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By David Vance On March 16th, 2015 at 6:05 pm


Seen this little media spat?

The East Belfast parliamentary race has descended into a bitter personality clash, with DUP candidate Gavin Robinson claiming that his Alliance rival has refused to speak to him in over three years. Mr Robinson, who is hoping to unseat the Alliance MP Naomi Long in the parliamentary election, said she has ignored all of his attempts to reach out to her. But last night Ms Long hit back, accusing the DUP man of launching a personal attack on her character. “I will not let such personal attacks characterise my campaign. How others conduct themselves is a matter for them,” Ms Long said.

I tend to believe Gavin. Let me tell you a little story.

Back in 2010, Naomi Long was elected MP for East Belfast to the surprise of all concerned. She beat the incumbent DUP MP Peter Robinson by a margin of 1500 votes in the biggest shock of 2010. A certain TUV candidate polled 1800 votes, sinking Robinson. COUGH When she was elected, I stood and applauded her. She promptly ignored me, did  not speak,  and I found her to be the usual hypocritical liberal. So on that basis, I can believe what Robinson says.


By David Vance On March 16th, 2015 at 1:18 pm

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But but, it came from NOWHERE!!!!!!

One minute Peter and Marty were BFF’s and then suddenly, unexpectedly, we had a …gulp, CRISIS! This from last Monday

‘Stormont is facing another crisis, according to Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, after a public row over welfare reform. He warned the latest dispute could have “profound implications” for Northern Ireland’s political institutions but what are those implications?”

The curious thing was the following night the BBC Spotlight programme was running a story concerning the following…

“A second alleged sex abuse victim who claims he was raped by a member of the IRA has spoken out to criticise how republicans dealt with his case. Paudie McGahon told BBC Spotlight he was subjected to an IRA “kangaroo court” after a Sinn Féin representative was told of the allegations.  He said the IRA offered to kill the alleged rapist but instead exiled him.”

The headlines generated by Sinn Fein’s threats over Welfare reform have completely overshadowed the IRA rape story…

And now?

“A deal on welfare reform could be struck within days, Martin McGuinness has claimed.”

Hahaha. Mission accomplished. Awkward story relegated in the news agenda and a DUP roll over to the Shinners in order to preserve Stormont uber ales.

This is distraction politics at its most cynical and it has been allowed to pass.


By David Vance On March 16th, 2015 at 12:24 pm

Wishful thinking or a taste of what lies in store?

Greece’s Defense Minister Panos Kammenos has said his country’s exit from the eurozone could be followed by Italy, Spain and even Germany. Kammenos’ interview comes amid lack of progress in Greece’s bailout plan.

Kammenos may be overly exaggerating to try and twist Germany’s hand. But the Euro has been plummeting in recent times and this shows no end in sight. The current architecture of the EU is unsustainable in my view and there is an obvious demarcation between the “northern” Europe countries and the “southern” Europe countries that cannot be reconciled by blandishments from Brussels.


By David Vance On March 16th, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Disturbing but increasingly possible?

Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe? For half a century, memories of the Holocaust inoculated the Continent against overt anti-Semitism. That period has ended—the recent fatal attacks in Paris and Copenhagen are merely the latest in a mounting tide. Today, right-wing fascist strains of Jew-hatred are merging with a new threat from radicalized Islamists, confronting Europe with a crisis, and its Jews with an agonizing choice.

I have to say that I do not recognise these “right wing fascist” threats (though would condemn them as vile, of course) but I DO see Jews being murdered by Muslims and all sort of threats against Jewish people in multiple European countries.  The Atlantic is right to examine the issue but it should face into the one stark fact that dares not speak its name – Jews cannot co-exist with militant Islam.

The EU has imported 13 MILLION Muslims and this number is rising.

The EU has 1 million Jews and this number is falling.

Can you see the problem?


By David Vance On March 15th, 2015 at 3:10 pm



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By The Troll On March 15th, 2015 at 1:52 pm

I watched a really good interview the other night. It’s a shame that these are the only pieces of it that I can find. Give them a listen you might enjoy them.  Charles C. W. Cooke is a writer at National Review and a graduate of the University of Oxford, at which he studied Modern History and Politics.

He also does a daily Podcast and has just written his first book.  The following are snippets from the interview the first one starts out joking on English accents but then gets serious. Enjoy

“The Cain Conversation” with Charles C.W. Cooke.

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This one’s for the Phantom and other anti-gunners

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By David Vance On March 15th, 2015 at 10:53 am

Seen this?

A Labour MP is to repay expenses after claiming the cost of a poppy wreath to honour the war dead on Remembrance Day.

Sarah Champion admitted the claim ‘should never have been made’ and will return the £17 to the expenses watchdog this week. The MP, who was the star of a documentary about life in the Commons, billed the taxpayer for the tribute last November.

The fact that she only thinks this was WRONG after it was EXPOSED says it all.


By David Vance On March 15th, 2015 at 10:48 am


Billy Bragg, singer songwriter. Russell Brand. Comedian and political thinker.

Both proud socialists.

But after a hard day’s socialising, they can always look forward to going home and having a well deserved rest. Billy’s pad is on the left, and one of Russell’s on the right.




By David Vance On March 15th, 2015 at 10:43 am


For the Democrats

By The Troll On March 14th, 2015 at 8:53 pm

It’s Not the E-Mails, It’s the Corruption: Congress Has to Find All the Facts

March 11, 2015
Newt Gingrich

hillary2016Hillary Clinton held her first press conference in years yesterday to address a few of the questions everyone wants to ask about her emails. But the focus on Clinton’s emails misses the larger and more dangerous scandal, of which the private server is only a symptom.

The poorly-defended personal server in her closet, her use of a personal email account for all of her official business, her unilateral decision to erase more than 30,000 emails, her narrow definition of “official” as emails sent to U.S. federal government addresses (when several of her top aides also used personal email accounts) – are all outrageous, yes. But none of these go to the heart of the Clinton scandal.

The key fact is that a former president of the United States and his wife, a U.S. senator, then Secretary of State and always a possible future president, have raised nearly $2 billion dollars–a significant part of it from foreign governments–for their family foundation.

That figure actually understates the total amount of money flowing through the Clinton empire since they left the White House. There have been extraordinarily highly paid speeches and consulting gigs. There have been extraordinarily large book advances (the most recent of which almost certainly did not earn back the advance). There have been expensive trips on private planes and yachts to stay at private mansions.

The IRS has investigated churches and Tea Party groups run by grandmothers to determine the extent of their political activities. The FBI has investigated Republican governors for corruption or abuse of office on the most tenuous grounds.

Yet apparently neither has any interest in the $2 billion raised for the personal foundation of America’s most prominent political family.

Given the national security issues at stake–and the national security consequences that may already have occurred–Congress needs to look at questions much larger than Hillary’s email. It needs to look at the Clinton Foundation’s income and expenditures. Because the Clintons didn’t just raise $2 billion. They also spent $2 billion.

Who gave the money is one question.

Who got the money is another question.

Whom did they favor with their largesse? What personal business transactions occurred parallel to foundation activities?

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