By David Vance On April 12th, 2015 at 9:52 am
The imposition of inheritance tax was always an outrage so in that regard this political promise is welcome….
Parents will be able to pass on £1million to their children duty free under Conservative plans to “take the family home out of inheritance tax”. The reform, which David Cameron will announce today, would see the tax-free allowance raised to £500,000 per person where a property is involved. In effect, the move will mean only the wealthiest in the country will have to pay the hated 40 per cent tax. The cost will be met by restricting pension tax relief for those earning more than £150,000 a year, just one per cent of the population.
The notion that the STATE should grab possession of your home when you die and pay 40% tax on it is obscene. Naturally the political left relish this tax, it seems to please them that even when you are dead the State can tax you!
By David Vance On April 12th, 2015 at 9:33 am
Some interesting insight into the mindset of Welsh Nationalism….
A Labour parliamentary candidate has apologised ‘wholeheartedly’ for telling people to throw ‘Tippex’ over cars displaying England flags. Huw Thomas, the Labour candidate in Ceredigion, West Wales, suggested on an online forum in 2006 that the flags were for a ‘simpleton’ or a ‘casual racist’. He posted his views on a Welsh language website called Mais E writing during the 2006 World Cup: ‘I agree it is totally sickening the number of English flags to be seen around Wales.’It really shows the level our society has been infiltrated by immigrants who aren’t ready to integrate.’ He also stated: ‘I got the opportunity when I was offered an English flag for half price in WHSmiths Oxford to answer with the sentence: “Since I am neither a simpleton nor a casual racist I must decline your offer”.’
So, it is “racist” to fly the English flag in Wales? In that case, is it also racist to fly the Irish tricolour in Northern Ireland, or the Scottish saltire in England? Of course NOT!!!
Clearly these were the comments of a simpleton (!!) but do they belie the deeper truth that Welsh nationalism is driven by hatred of England? It’s my view that all forms of regional nationalism, be they Welsh, Scottish or here in Northern Ireland, are in essence driven by English envy.
By David Vance On April 12th, 2015 at 9:25 am
On the day that Hillary Clinton announces that she is running to be the next occupant of the White House, I wonder will this be ANOTHER Clinton vs Bush run off? I sincerely hope not -regardless of the likely outcome. Why do these two families SO dominate US politics? Is it just their wealth, this influence, their largesse? Dynastic politics seem to go against the very essence of the United States and in that regard alone the election of Obama was refreshing. The UK political scene also has minor dynasties and I find them all disturbing. Wonder what you think?
By David Vance On April 12th, 2015 at 9:12 am
There has been an extenuated period in history over which the US and UK have enjoyed what was called “the special relationship”. I suppose this image just about sums it up…
But things have changed a lot since Obama ascended to office and now I read this…
Washington believes that the ‘special relationship’ between Britain and the US is over, according to a secret briefing document. The memo for members of Congress states damningly that ‘the UK may not be viewed as centrally relevant to the United States in all of the issues and relations considered a priority on the US agenda’. Dated April 2015 and drawn up to brief the Senate and House of Representatives on the impact of Britain’s General Election, the memo also warns that the UK faces turmoil if there is a hung parliament.
I think the special relationship ended the day Obama returned the bust of Sir Winston Churchill that adorned the Oval Office. It is telling that the UK is seen as “no longer relevant” to the issues seen as important to the Obama White House and it simply begs the question as to which nations ARE important to his regime? Iran? China? Cuba?
By Mike Cunningham On April 11th, 2015 at 6:40 pm
I have often thought that one of the best and most straight forward contenders for ‘Dickhead of the Year’ would and should be taken by any one of the present bunch of mainstream politicians, either in America or in Great Britain.
But I contend that the outright winner, who should hold it in perpetuity; even partway through the year, is none other than the moronic idiot who calls himself Orange County Superior Court Judge M. Marc Kelly.
Now this clown decided that an imitation of a man, who had raped and sodomized a THREE YEAR-OLD girl; didn’t deserve a minimum sentence of 25 years, but instead awarded him a reduced sentence of ten years because HE DIDN’T MEAN TO HARM HER!
By David Vance On April 11th, 2015 at 5:39 pm
I am sure you will be familiar with this line from my favourite author.
By David Vance On April 11th, 2015 at 5:28 pm
One of the curious features of Scottish Nationalism is a quite large and co-ordinated social media group called “the cybernats”. I have been at the receiving end of their venom myself, given my own vocal opposition to Scottish Separatism and can assure you that these “CyberNats” hunt in packs, hurl the most incredible abuse and have a thuggish intelligence. That said, I could not care less what they say about me and it sure as heck would not deter me for standing up and exposing what I see as their caledonian cult! But comes the news that their viciousness has taken a new turn, and this time not on-line..have a look at this!
Police are investigating after the Labour and Conservative party offices were vandalised in Aberdeen, in what is thought to be a nationalist attack on the two major parties. A swastika sign and the word “scum” were painted in white on the front of the Conservative offices in the city’s West Mount Street.
The letter Q, believed to stand for “quisling”, or traitor, was also painted on the blue office door. Scottish Labour’s office in nearby Rosemount Place also had a large Q painted on the door.
Now we cannot be sure that it was SNP supporters who carried this thuggish aact out but I suggest this is a reasonable suggestion. I am equally sure that SNP LeaderKim Jung Sturgeon will rush to the cameras to declare her horror at this assault on the offices of her political competition. Then again, just last week, one of her SNP colleagues was boasting that she was hoping to “drive the last Tory out of Scotland”. What sort of message might that send to the more neanderthal part of the base?
I have said it before and I will say it again. The SNP and their hordes of supporters are the single greatest menace to the survival of the UK. Labour released the Independence genie from the bottle back in 1998 when Blair introduced the devolved Scottish Parliament and it has become onto a political cancer, devouring the minds of the gullible in Scotland whilst creating huge waves of antagonism south of the border. I know many unionist minded English people who would now be sooner rid of Scotland than keep up appeasing the demands of Sturgeon and her mob. The problem is that there are many decent minded Scots who do NOT support the SNP and it seems a shame that they could be swallowed up by the advance of the Separatists. I can’t help wondering how safe they would feel in an SNP dominated Scotland? It is a topic I shall return to.
By The Troll On April 11th, 2015 at 1:41 pm
Just having one of those days, can’t guarantee which Troll will walk onto the pages today. Somedays you get just that one extra punch. Right between the eyes. Now it can evoke one of 3 reactions. Defeat, which is never an option. Anger which is all to often the reaction, but usually not the best. Or Fuck it, it’s just one more smear of icing on the cake of life so just keep on smiling.
I’ll be bouncing in an out to torture and share words of wisdom that you all need to not just hear, but listen to once in and while. You will at times learn things…. like it or not.
With that I give you a tune that I know David will enjoy. Why it’s got the Dukes face I have no clue.
By David Vance On April 11th, 2015 at 11:17 am
The British NHS has become the new political religion. All the political parties worship at they shrine of this monstrosity and they fall over each other to throw OUR cash into its gaping maw. The beast require more of your cash and the politicians delight in providing it.
The Tories have pledged to meet NHS funding needs “in full” as the rival parties unveiled health policies targeting new mothers and OAPs on Friday. With the General Election outcome still too close to call, the main parties are scrapping for crucial undecided voters for whom health is a key issue. Labour will publish a mini-manifesto including a new right to a dedicated midwife before and after childbirth, with leader Ed Milband promising the sort of “personalised one-to-one care” seen in TV hit Call The Midwife.
And so the £££ billions are shovelled down its gaping maw. And yet, no one seems that interested in this kind of inconvenient truth…
Britain has been ranked only the 27th best country in the world for health and wellness in an international league table looking at a range of living standards. Obesity levels were the main factor pushing the UK down the health rankings. With figures showing that almost one in four of the population is obese, Britain was 111th out of 133 countries on that specific measure.
Well, not JUST obesity….
Cancer survival rates in the UK rank amongst the lowest in the Western world and show little sign of catching up, a damning report warns. Late diagnosis and a lack of life-saving treatments are blamed for patients being more likely to die here than elsewhere in Europe, Canada or Australia, Norway and Sweden. And the elderly are routinely denied surgery or drugs to remove tumours because doctors think it is not worthwhile.
Well, not just cancer….
Up to 13,000 people have died needlessly in 14 NHS trusts across England since 2005, a damning report from NHS medical director Bruce Keogh is expected to say this week.
Still, if you close your eyes and repeat after me “It’s the envy of the world” then you may just be ok. Until you need to go to hospital, obviously…
By David Vance On April 11th, 2015 at 10:59 am
Obama heralds another retreat as his Presidency has demonstrated the seemingly impossible – he makes Jimmy Carter seem only mildly useless by comparison in retrospect.
US President Barack Obama has told Latin American leaders that the days when his country could freely interfere in regional affairs are past. He was speaking just before the seventh Summit of the Americas in Panama City.
Mr Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro shook hands as the opening ceremony began, their first encounter since a December detente.
But – oh no- their historic formal talks due on Saturday could be overshadowed by tensions between Venezuela and the US.
Under the impervious gaze of President Narcissus the US has become a Milquetoast superpower. He has systematically gone around the world, rewarding America’s enemies whilst snubbing many of America’s allies. It’s almost as if the first black President was also the first anti-American President….