Exercising your democratic right to Vote is important. It’s also important that only those people entitled to vote do so. Which is why I welcome this….
UK voters will have to take ID to the ballot box at local elections in pilot areas under new plans to combat electoral fraud. Chris Skidmore, minister for the constitution, announced the trials would start from 2018 after a report on voting fraud by Sir Eric Pickles, the anti-corruption tsar and former communities secretary. Ministers will also consider Pickles’ recommendations about measures to check nationality of voters, creating safe zones around polling stations to stop intimidation, and ending vote “harvesting”, in which postal votes are submitted in bulk.
All perfectly rational and in fact this is what already happens in N.Ireland. You must produce ID in order to vote. But some on the political Left are not happy…
Ken Livingstone has attacked as anti-Labour a scheme requiring voters to show proof of identification before casting their ballot in a crackdown on election fraud.
“And the real problem is, the people most likely not to have a a passport, or a driving licence, are going to be the poorest, and that, I suspect – once again, like the decision last year to knock a lot of people off the electoral register – will basically hit the Labour Party.”
So, Ken thinks it wrong to expect a voter to prove their ID. I see. Almost as if Labour has a voter base which is unable to prove itself as legitimate in…coughs….certain areas. Do you remember what happened in the Londonistan Borough of Tower Hamlets?
There can be no logical coherent argument against politely requesting that voters produce evidence of their identity. That Livingstone reflexively opposes it speaks volumes. Even The Guardian journalist Michael White sees the issue plainly…
Morally smug conspiracy theorist, Ken Livingstone, on R4 Today opposes voter ID pilot scheme. His intervention persuades me to support it
As President Obama leaves office but I’m sure not Public Life he tosses his last grenade into the Political Legacy of his Presidency. In his arranging an attack on Israel he has sparked a fire of I’m sure unintended consequences.
After 71 years the U.N. might actually be put out of OUR misery. Sadly it probably wont happen, there are just too many other things that need to be done first. However Obama’s action will have consequences and not the ones that he was shooting for.
The U.S. provides the U.N. 22% of it’s budget, slightly over $3 Billion. Where that may be a lot of money to some nations it’s a line item to US. Depending on how disruptive Trump wants to be will decide on the amount of pain the U.N. feels. The money will be held up for at the least wo years, the logistics problems this will cause will just be the beginning of their Problems.
The U.N. was formed to be a body for Peace and Civil Negotiations. It is anything but.
This morning John Kerry will lay out The Obama Plan for Peace between the Pallies and the Jews. After 8yrs as a President with only 3 weeks left before the door hits him in the ass he’s going to dictate what and how the next Administration should do and handle the situation.
No matter what Obama does or Kerry says President Obama’s Legacy is the Middle East. The complete failure of both American Diplomacy and Force. This last insult to Israel is just the cherry on top.
No sooner have the corpses of those 12 people brutally murdered by a Tunisian Jihadist at that Berlin Christmas market been scooped off the pavement than we read another tale of cultural enrichment visited upon Germany care of Merkel’s grand plan to invite in unlimited numbers of muslim immigrants…
Seven migrants have been arrested after a homeless man was set on fire on Christmas Eve at a Berlin subway station. The men, aged 15 to 21, are suspected of torching the victim as he slept on a platform bench at Schönleinstraße station. Six of the suspects are Syrian and one is Lybian and an attempted murder investigation has been launched.
I’m shocked ….that there are six Syrians in Germany, since most group analysis shows that it is one of the least represented groups present in the country. Of course they may CLAIM to be Syrian but that’s not quite the same thing! Setting a homeless man on fire is another instance of how these new German citizens add gaiety and much needed colour to this Nation.
Well then, given ALL that has been happening in Germany it was only a matter of time until Germans took to the streets to make it ABSOLUTELY clear to Angela Merkel what they think of her policies. It’s just that it didn’t QUITE happen in the way one might expect…
I suppose it was inevitable that he would retire one day but it’s still going to be a shame not being to read his regular column. I refer to that great black American thinker, economist and writer, Thomas Sowell. You can read his final column here.
As he puts it….
“Even the best things come to an end. After enjoying a quarter of a century of writing this column for Creators Syndicate, I have decided to stop. Age 86 is well past the usual retirement age, so the question is not why I am quitting, but why I kept at it so long.
It was very fulfilling to be able to share my thoughts on the events unfolding around us, and to receive feedback from readers across the country — even if it was impossible to answer them all.”
Thomas Sowell has produced some of the best and most challenging thoughts that I have read and I thought I might share a few of them with you at this moment. Food for the brain, my friends…
‘The welfare state is not really about the welfare of the masses. It is about the egos of the elites.”
“Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.”
“Socialism in general has a record of failure so blatant that only an intellectual could ignore or evade it.”
“The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics.”
Sad to report that no sooner has George Michael died than Carrie Fisher follows him into the great unknown. She will be forever remembered as Princes Leia, of course. But her mother, Debbie Reynolds has just lost her daugher, and of course Carrie’s own daughter, Billie Lourd.
2016 has seen a seemingly large number of celebrities pass away and I fully understand how upset fans can get. I can but imagine how I would greet the demise of Elvis Costello. However there is this thing called the “dianafication” factor (after the late Princess) where public grief seems excessive. Few of those mourning Carrie Fisher will have met her/known her. It’s a celluloid image they mourn. I know we live in an age of celebrity and that magnifies these moments, of course.
I have read Carrie Fisher’s book “Postcards from the Edge” (subsequently made into a movie) and she was a fine and honest writer, detailing in a semi autobiographical way with the drugs and booze lifestyle that almost consumed her as the fame of Star Wars took its toll. She pulled back from the edge and had many more years than she might otherwise have had.
FINALLY the government is (apparently) going to tackle voting fraud in “certain communities”. Reports the BBC:
Plans to demand proof of identity before voting in a bid to combat electoral fraud have been defended by ministers, amid criticism the move is a “sledgehammer to crack a nut”.
Councils in England, including Bradford and Birmingham, will trial the pilot scheme at local elections in 2018.
The government said it would “ensure the integrity” of the electoral system […]
As well as the trials, election officials and police will be given new powers to tackle intimidation of voters by activists, who will also be banned from collecting postal votes for submission – a practice known as “harvesting”.
You have to read deeply into that piece to discover the full intent of course, which is to tackle the rampant voting corruption by Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. Import Third World, get Third World.
Labour MPs are up in arms of course, claiming that it’s “a political move” and that it “will hit low income voters”. What they mean is that the Labour share of the vote will decline, because most of these fraudulent votes go to Labour. Good.
The plans come on the back of a report by Big Eric Pickles, yet another one which cited fears of racism for muslims not being accused of what has been blatantly obvious, which is that they will always import their primitive ways.
A FRENCH town is to christen one of its streets “rue du Brexit”. Beaucaire’s centrist, Front National mayor says it is to “pay tribute to the sovereign British people” who chose to leave the European Union.
What a beautiful, fraternal gesture. Many boucoups to the mayor. It’s also a nice bit of trolling, since Brexit Street will next to “rue Robert Schumann” and “rue Jean Monnet” – streets named after two of the maniacal founders of the European Union.
EVENING punters, I hope that Santa’s sack was full of what you wanted.
It was good to see my brother and his family again. He’s lived in Sydney since 1992 so we don’t all get together that much. When I was over there for his wedding I managed to run over a Kangaroo in the Kur-ring-gai National Park. It really wasn’t my fault. Despite being the only motor on the road, it shot out of the bush and into the front of the vehicle like a missile. I’d only been in Oz for 24 hours and already the wildlife was after me. They didn’t let up either. My brother had a right chuckle about it when I told him.
Fast forward to this afternoon and we’re opening the presents. He already chose well with a large bottle of the old Pol Rog for me. I’ll be saving that for a special occasion. Arsenal winning the Premier League maybe. Yeah, ok. England winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup would be a worthy one, or the day that we leave the EU. Whatever, it’ll be special.
Oh, and then he handed me another gift. I’m now the proud owner of a mounted kangaroo scrotum paperweight. It actually goes well on the bookcase.
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