By Mike Cunningham On May 11th, 2015 at 5:50 pm
A few of the many sets of buzz-words or –phrases popular within Party-political circles is “Are we message-good? Are we on track? Are we reaching our base; our core?” The Party faithful, or ‘the core’, are known to respond to command phrases which fit their belief profiles; but what happens when the Party changes, or alters, and the core doesn’t?
My son, a micro-electronics engineer, works in the automotive industry in the North-East, and a great many of his mainly male work-colleagues give their loyalty to the Labour Party; the “Party of the working Man”. My late eldest brother, my late father, were also life-long Labour supporters, On the map of voting intentions, where I live, County Durham is part of a Labour red block which goes against the vast spaces of Tory blue throughout the rest of England, We are, in reality, a rural area with the vast open moors of Northumberland and of Durham; with the inherited memories of an industrial heritage; of shipbuilding, armaments, coal-mining and steel: but with the emphasis on the ‘heritage’; because the ship-slips and cranes have all fallen silent, the Chieftain & Challenger tank factory is shuttered, the mines have disappeared, and the steel is hanging on by it’s veritable fingertips. But the Labour Party counts its support up here by the bucket-full; the ‘red’ seats are safe from Blyth to Newcastle, from Sunderland south to Durham.
But I do wonder why this ‘tribal loyalty’ still exists, when the Party which engenders and hopes for, and to a certain degree depends on the support of that ‘working man’ seems to have morphed into a metrosexual, femininised, elitist-run Party which laughs at the St. George’s flags on a house, or sneers at the ‘white vans’ of their male voting base, whilst promoting a ‘pink van’ for the Labour ‘wimmin’ who, incidentally, wouldn’t be seen dead in that pink monstrosity, or anything near it. When much younger than today, Read the rest of this entry »
By David Vance On May 11th, 2015 at 4:43 pm
I was interested in this story for a very particular reason.
The leader of the Church of Ireland has said “we may as well close the doors now” if it cannot solve the problem of falling attendances. Archbishop Richard Clarke made the comments after it was revealed in a survey that only 15% of Irish Anglicans attend services on Sundays. This represents just 58,000 out of a total of 378,000 who claim affiliation to the church.
Commenting at the General Synod in Armagh last week, the Primate said: “The statistics present the scale of the missional challenge ahead of us as a church, but nevertheless it is one that if we cannot embrace it with confidence and hope, we may as well close the doors of our churches now.
My mother was buried on Friday afternoon in the Church of Ireland at Tandragee. I found the service and the words spoken very comforting, as did my broader family. I find myself very conflicted. On the one hand I have grown to loath “organised religion” and yet I find these moments hugely helpful and I can accept all that is said. I was born into the COI and both my parents were avid church goers. My father sang in the choir and my mother engaged in the Mother’s union. I suppose they were ‘social’ Christians. I’m an “unsocial” Christian insofar as I have complete faith in the Bible and yet I find ALL the established churches to be a problem. Perhaps the most pertinent moment for me is when standing at an opened grave, hearing the comforting words of Christ, and realising that we are all mortal and that church teachings have an important role to play. But whether one needs to attend is the crunch issue.
By David Vance On May 11th, 2015 at 4:27 pm
Well then, as each day passes since the result of the General Election, the Left plunges deeper and deeper into misery. Their politics of envy and resentment, of higher taxation and deeper EU integration, has been comprehensively rejected but they don’t know what to do about it! We’ve seen some of the street riots and heard promises of more to come. The truth is that their arguments and indeed their protests are entirely bogus. Consider this. Welsh chanteuse Charlotte Church has take to the streets to vent her rage at the new Conservative Government, taking valuable time out from her relaxation time on her Private yacht (pictured Left)
She may be as mad as hell but this millionairess better learn to take it because she is going to get plenty for the next five years.
By Mike Cunningham On May 10th, 2015 at 7:35 pm
It seems as though the attempt to gun down Americans who were simply stating that they preferred that the First Amendment be upheld, was brought to an abrupt end by one brave sixty-year-old Policeman, who advanced on the threat, killing one terrorist, wounded the second; then, as the wounded clown attempted to reach for a backpack, shot him twice more for being ‘really, really, stupid’!
But there are deeper questions here, which is when and will we see this brave American saluted by President Obama on the steps of the White House; or will this failed attempt to bring the deadly salute to a deadly religion not be the same say, as the salute to a deserter’s parents, or will it be downplayed to a ‘Domestic disturbance’ which somehow doesn’t qualify for a visit by senior Cabinet members such as the Attorney General, who probably would be visiting just to make sure that the two gunmen hadn’t been deprived of their civil rights and liberties without due cause.
And before anyone asks, I really do not believe that Pamela Gellar is a ‘Bigoted Blogger’!
By David Vance On May 10th, 2015 at 10:59 am
You have to laugh. For the past five years, the pro-entitlement class at Storming have refused to implement welfare reform. This is because it will effect “the most vulnerable’ – i.e. those on the equivalent of £100,000 salaries. This currently costs N.Ireland £2m a week in terms of fines on the Block Grant. These fines will now increase as the Welfare Cap is reduced even further (most welcome) and all the humbug we have heard from the DUP et al about seeking “an extra £1bn” as the price for their support at Westminster is now shown up as a TOTAL IRRELEVANCE. A majority Conservative does not NEED to listen to the begging bowl mentality of Northern Ireland politicians.
By David Vance On May 10th, 2015 at 10:46 am
This remains a significant story;
“The epic struggle to keep Greece solvent and in the eurozone intensified on Saturday night amid signs of a looming crisis within the anti-austerity government that took Europe ablaze barely three months ago.
“As prime minister Alexis Tsipras scrambles to secure a financial lifeline to keep the debt-stricken country afloat, hardliners in his radical left Syriza party have also ratcheted up the pressure. In a make-or-break week of debt repayments, the politician once seen as the harbinger of Europe’s anti-establishment movement has found himself where no other leader would want to be: caught between exasperated creditors abroad and enraged diehards at home.
With government coffers almost at nil and Athens facing a monumental €750m (£543m) loan instalment to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday, it is the last act in a crisis with potentially cataclysmic effect. Either Tsipras betrays his own ideology to deter default – reneging on promises that got him into power – or he goes down as the man who allowed his country to do what no other EU member has done: enter the uncharted waters of euro exit. It is a moment of truth with consequences far beyond the borders of Greece.”
I keep saying it but the fact is Greece cannot be solvent and remain in the EU. I believe that Syriza is doomed to fail and it will either collapse as a government or it will exit the EU.
By David Vance On May 10th, 2015 at 10:41 am
Reasonable analysis here.
‘Labour has been plunged deeper into crisis as some of the party’s most senior figures warned that they would be out of power until at least 2025. As the search began for a new leader, former Cabinet ministers joined members of Ed Miliband’s front-bench team to call on the party to “skip a generation” and pick a candidate who is untainted by the failures of the past.
In its worst election night for 30 years, Labour finished with just 232 MPs – 99 behind the Conservatives and 26 fewer seats than Gordon Brown won in 2010.
Blame quickly fell on a series of strategic blunders, including “gimmicks” such as Mr Miliband’s courtship of Russell Brand, the comedian, and his decision to engrave his manifesto pledges into an 8ft slab of limestone. Mr Miliband’s own standing as leader was also seen as “a personal drag” on the party’s prospects which candidates had to overcome on the doorstep, shadow cabinet ministers said.
But in a display of public recriminations, some of the party’s most prominent MPs clashed openly over whether Labour’s “old-school, socialist” anti-business agenda had put voters off – or whether the party had not been Left-wing enough to win. One shadow cabinet minister said the pledge stone – which became ridiculed as the “Edstone” – was “a disastrous gimmick” that cost the party credibility.”
Labour face an existential crisis. To win in England it must turn right. To win in Scotland it must turn left. The greater likelihood is it will turn in on itself.
By David Vance On May 10th, 2015 at 10:25 am
The UK left have but a passing regard to democracy. After the UK returned a MAJORITY Conservative government, they took to the streets of London yesterday. Here are a few images for you to reflect upon…
The truth is that this rabble personifies the childish instincts of left wing politics. They lose so they take to the streets to vandalise and intimidate. They march against the expressed democratic will. The attack the Police. They pollute our streets. They have five years to get used to the fact that they lost.