I was doing the Paper Reviews on the BBC last night. Hosted by Stephen Nolan, It’s quite a fun experience but it does mean a late night. It was on BBC 5 live. This is what happens.
I arrive and am ushered into an empty studio. I am then given the Sunday newspaper headlines and have an hour to study them. Then, at 11pm, I go live and spent about an hour on the line going through stories and putting my angle on them. I was on with a chap called David Banks (former editor of the Daily Mirror). David is a leftist, I am not, so we had some lively but well intentioned debate. We disagreed on the NHS, on Islam, on the House of Commons, on the EU, on UKIP and on Labour!
It finished at midnight and I had a peaceful drive home.
I see that Islamic State grow bolder and are now using TURKEY as a base from which to besiege the Syrian town on Kobane.
Militants from the Islamic State launched an attack on Kobane from Turkey for the first time today – indicating that the Syrian border town is now totally surrounded. The clashes, which killed at least 30 fighters, began when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives while driving an armoured vehicle across the border, Kurdish officials have said. Nawaf Khalil, a spokesman for Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union Party, said the terror group ‘used to attack the town from three sides. Today, they are attacking from four sides’.
And then the predictable denial….
Turkey denied the fighters had used its territory for the raid.
They can deny all they want but Islamic State is a supranational structure that only sees a Caliphate. Turkey will be part of that.
Yesterday I enjoyed one of the great treats of the day after Thanksgiving. A leftover Turkey sandwich with stuffing, ham and cranberry sause. I don’t belive in American exceptionalism, but I sure do believe in an exceptional sandwich.
Which leads me to the leftover nation when it comes to Europe, namely Turkey. Called the sick man of Europe this nation of over 70 million is situated for sucess, but has often not succeded. A member of NATO, yet with a human rights record that would make a South American dictatorship blush. It has a tradition of secularism, but seems handicapped by the most obvious thing which can’t seem to be mentioned – namely an Islamic movement. Note I don’t say radical Islamic movement, because Islam as a political force and worldview is simply bad enough. I distinguish the practice of religion from the imposition of a religion.
The current leader of Turkey would like to turn the clock back on human rights. This may not be spoken out loud outside of Turkey, but is patently obvious to Turkey’s secularists who correctly see a danger when it presents itself. Yet secularists in Turkey have not captured the attention of Western Media who would rather focus on fantasy oppression in Ferguson and elsewhere.
Turkey could be a vital ally against Islamic movements, but until we support the secularists there, Turkey is going to be of little help abroad.
I truly believe that a future King Charles will do incredible damage to the United Kingdom. Just consider this if you will;
Prince Charles’s coronation service should be opened with a reading from the Koran, a senior Church of England bishop said yesterday. The gesture would be a ‘creative act of accommodation’ to make Muslims feel ‘embraced’ by the nation, Lord Harries of Pentregarth said.
Now critics have instantly damned this suggestion from a dhimmifed Bishop but we mustn’t forget what Charles himself said a while ago;
The prince, who will become Supreme Governor of the Church of England when he becomes king, has already said that he wants to be Defender of Faith – not Defender of the Faith – when he accedes to the throne.
The truth is that the Monarch has a constitutional obligation to be Defender of THE Faith, and that Faith is the Protestant faith. He has no business “defending” other Faiths let alone elevating ISLAM to the position of the first Faith he pledges to defend. And as for that proposed reading from the Koran, maybe he will try this one on for size?
“Muhammad is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless to the unbelievers but merciful to one another.” Quran 48:29,
For the past four years, the mantra coming from the political left, and echoed in the salons of the media with alarming repetition, is that the Government has DRAMATICALLY cut back on Welfare Spending. This has caused so much misery as people are denied hope, blah blah blah! So, consider this if you will!
In 2010, the welfare budget including pensions stood at £188 billion. This year it is £208 billion. If it had simply kept pace with inflation it would be just over £210 billion. In other words, it has scarcely been reduced.
Where are the “savage” cuts, exactly? The truth is that Government has been scared to deal with the bloated Welfare budget and the action has not matched some of the rhetoric. As a Nation, we are still addicted to Welfarism even though it is unaffordable.
Well, it wasn’t JUST that the ATW server crashed yesterday that so distinguished yesterday but also the first national “Black Friday” here in Blighty. Here is a selection of some of the images of the day.
Several points to be made.
First, these scavengers who the left wing media tell us are suffering from “savage cuts” seem to have the time and cash to get their useless “bargains”.
Second, the displays of greed seem to have shocked a lot of people, left and right.
Finally, I hear some commentators decry this “US import” with preening outrage. BUT the fact is that it was not Americans fighting in the aisles at Tesco and elsewhere – it was “British” people behaving like animals, screaming and shoving, demonstrating a greed that is 100% home grown.
Some may argue against his statement; and some may well argue that Mr. Darby doth exaggerate, both from a political viewpoint, as well as from the actuality, which is that the school in Market Rasen has just been the subject of an unfortunate choice of words from a Government Quango which has been forced to alter its inspection arrangements: but do we really accept that a small school is failing because there isn’t enough contact between the children, and the wonderful world of Multiculturalism outside their walls?
Well it looks like the last week has been lost. It is a shame that the real events that have played out over the last week can’t be lost in a glich. However the lives that have been lost aren’t erased, nor the babies that have been born… which is a good thing.
Although those here may take a second and let some things disappear. I doubt that we are able, and that’s a shame.
The ThanksGiving Weekend is the Official start of the Christmas
now smile dammit or you’ll get a stocking full of Coal.