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By David Vance On October 10th, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Hands up all in favour of this then? This is the sort of FOLLY that our political class are PROUD of. Stunning really.



By David Vance On October 10th, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Have a look at this poll.


Can you see the SINGLE biggest issue concerning the UK people? It’s the same issue that Labour leader Ed Miliband managed to avoid mentioning in his keynote speech to his Party conference last week. It’s the same issue that Conservative leader David Cameron equivocates on and cannot deliver upon. It’s the same issue that LibDem leader Nick Clegg wants to see more of!!!!!!

IMMIGRATION is the big issue that most of the political class seek to avoid discussing. By contrast, UKIP place it as their central issue. And people wonder why more and more vote UKIP????


By David Vance On October 10th, 2014 at 7:31 pm

Yes, yes, I know it is easy to be cynical. Yes, I know it is wrong to place faith in politicians! BUT, last night saw some truly remarkable electoral results.

Nigel Farage has predicted UKIP could hold the balance of power following the next general election after his party gained its first elected MP. The UKIP leader said his party had momentum after Douglas Carswell won the Clacton by-election by 12,404 votes.  In Friday’s other by-election result, Labour held on to Heywood and Middleton but UKIP slashed its majority to 617. David Cameron said voting UKIP helped Labour, while Ed Miliband pledged no “complacency” from his party.

The people of Clacton gave Douglas Carswell an OVERWHELMING endorsement with over _78127177_byelection_results_clacton_20141010_624

Cameron response is so poor. What this result proves is that if you vote UKIP then you get UKIP.

Just as interesting is what has happened in Heywood and Middleton. Before last night, this was seen as a SAFE Labour seat.  Here is the result.


To paraphrase David Cameron, vote Conservative Get Labour! UKIP are the major threat to Miliband’s Labour – NOT the Conservatives.

And as for Miliband’s claim that he is not “complacent” THAT is precisely his problem. He believed UKIP could not make massive inroads into Labour heartlands. They have.

All this makes May 2015 a VERY interesting month when the people of the UK pass judgement on the political establishment.


By The Troll On October 10th, 2014 at 11:14 am

Feeling kinda melancholy which means a day of Springsteen in the background.  When I’m consumed by ghosts of the past the soundtrack is always Bruce.  So many memories are tied to his music for me.  I ran into an old lady friend, and this song has been playing in my head ever since.

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By David Vance On October 9th, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Islamic State. Do they remind you of Al Queda? Anyone else?



By David Vance On October 9th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

I loved this image of Sinatra…playing cards….with a dog!



By David Vance On October 9th, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Seen this?

A new poll in the Republic of Ireland places Fine Gael and Sinn Fein neck-and-neck with 24pc support – the highest support for the republican party since 1918.

The poll shows Sinn Fein is poised to be the largest party in Dublin after the next election with 26 percent of the support there.Their support is overwhelming in working class areas at 39 percent. Sinn Fein is up by four percentage points since the last Irish Times poll.

Their vote is overwhelmingly young, male and working class

Sinn Fein postures as the “anti-austerity” party that will “save” Ireland.  Of course the contrary is true and yet it seems that Barnum is vindicated.

Killarney Pub Closes Tonight

By Phantom On October 9th, 2014 at 5:41 pm


The Killarney Pub in Bay Ridge closes tonight at 4am.

Under various owners and names, this Irish American pub has stood on Bay Ridge’s Fifth Avenue since at least the 1930s.

Supposedly, it was a speakeasy during the Prohibition era, with a ” hardware store ” in front and cold beer available in the back if they knew you.

The Killarney Pub is closing because business has been in decline for some time. One reason is that some of the new Muslim neighbors supposedly don’t drink, and some of the other new neighbors, the Chinese, don’t hang out in bars. But the real reason in my opinion is that Americans in general don’t drink as much as the once did.

This area used to have a lot of immigrants from Ireland, Norway, Germany, other places in northern Europe. The men ( and it was just men in the early days ) might stop off after work nearly every day for a beer and a shot, or maybe five or six. You do not see this anymore.

The younger generation here certainly drinks, but most don’t drink a lot. A lot of the health conscious don’t drink at all. Some will drink a bit , but get their buzz mainly from molly or other illegal drugs.

It is amazing how many bars have closed in the past years. Curran’s, Rob Roy, Joe Major’s, Old Pump Inn, Lion Rampant, Scruffy Murphy’s, all closed, and not replaced. There are plenty of bars, but there is not the superabundance that once was.

For the past twenty years, Killarney Pub has been owned by Paddy Finn, of County Longford. He’s a good man. I’m sorry that he won’t be running a bar anymore.


By David Vance On October 9th, 2014 at 4:04 pm

First, the problem.

Stormont needs to cut spending by £200m by year end.  (This is because it has refused to live within necessary spending limits over the past several years)


Ask for a loan of £150m.

Hahahaha. And some say this is WHY we need our “local people making local decisions”????

They know there is an election on 2015 and they want to kick the cuts beyond that period. Cynical beyond words but what do you expect from the amateurs on the Hill?


By David Vance On October 9th, 2014 at 3:58 pm