Well, a “deal” has been brokered in Vienna between the Obama regime and that of the Mad Mullahs. The details will be poured over but what is absolutely clear is that regime which only just celebrated “Death to Israel Day” will have taken one step closer to that objective. History will record that Obama has done MORE to bolster the enemies of the USA than to support its friends. This is done in the name of progressive politics. In this case, Israel is being sold out so that Obama can bathe in the adulation of the mindless liberal media.
I went to the 12th July celebrations yesterday. It’s something I rarely do, readers will be well aware of my contrarian attitudes! However, what attracted me was the fact that a major 12th event was taking place in the village in which I was born – Bessbrook.
It was so nostalgic for me to walk the streets of the village where I spent my first 13 years! my wife and I had tea and a sandwich in the local Rectory and the lady serving recognised me!!! She was a neighbour way back and remembered me as a little blonde haired boy looking over the garden fence! Hard to imagine that now! She talked of my parents, and it was so nice to hear memories.
I suppose time has a way of making the past seem like it was always a good place and yesterday brought back loads of childhood memories! Here is my Primary School.
I went there in 1965 at which point the building was 115 years old. I remember hating being apart from my Grandmother and I ran home on my first day – breaking the 400m sprint record!
Here is an image from the actual parade..
You can tell there was an abundant supply of liquid sunshine! I liked the hymns that were played and the sun did break through and I got a bit of burn on my head.
Of course Bessbrook also has sad memories – none more so than this…
The name at the top was the father of my best friend – he was also my Sunday School teacher. I can never forget that night of slaughter – and then all those funerals going up through the little village. Grim. Grim. Grim.
My cousin still lives in Bessbrook and I do visit the family grave each year to keep it right.
But yesterday was more about me revisiting the past and I enjoyed my short while there. Normal politics will now resume.
Without wishing to intrude upon any part of this sometimes-United Kingdom’s need to celebrate its history, traditions or culture; the picture does give the impression similar to using a sledgehammer to knock a carpet tack into the wooden flooring.
I have been recently involved in correspondence regarding the Durham Miners Gala. In my view, it is, and has been for years past, an anachronism, a wish to return to the good old days when the Labour Unions ruled the roost, and the Labour Party did exactly what the Unions demanded. The return correspondence was, literally; acid and vitriolic. But, here in England, we would no more expect a portion of our populace to build and light a massive bonfire to make a historical and political point than we would expect to fly off to the moon without a space vehicle or rocket. Yes, we do have bonfires, allegedly to celebrate Guy Fawkes’ attempt, some 410 years ago, to murder the entire political establishment; but those bonfires are either dying out, or carefully controlled and supervised.
There are marching bands and bowler-hatted leaders, flags and parades aplenty; so, I would ask a simple query; why the massive bonfires?
The BBC is to urge pensioners to voluntarily give up their free licence fee to save the corporation and protect their favourite programmes.
The BBC is to ask the over-75s to opt out of their entitlement to free licence fees, hinting that it will help secure the future of television or radio programmes.
A senior executive at the corporation said the elderly will be invited to pay at least £145.50 each year to the “cost of the BBC’s services” after it takes over responsibility for funding free licence fees in the years to come.
James Heath, director of policy at the BBC, said: “We will give those eligible households an opportunity to voluntarily pay for a TV licence and so make a contribution to the cost of the BBC’s services.”
Members of staff at the corporation have regularly spoken out about the threat to programming on screen and on air if further funding cuts are imposed, suggesting licence fee-payers’ favourite shows could suffer.
It was later stated that both the reporter, and James Heath, managed to keep straight faces until the end of the interview!
Most of us weren’t alive when the Nazis threatened a world war but we are all living at a time when Islamofascism does exactly the same. Just as demented and just as savage!
“Iraqi citizens said on Saturday in Mosul that an Iraqi woman was killed by ISIS women with Russian citizenship in Mosul, 250 miles north of Baghdad.
The citizens said, “The Russian women in ISIS have attacked Mosul girls, beating them severely in one of the clothing stores in the market of Asarghahana in the center of Mosul. They claimed the women had lifted their niqab to look at the merchandise as well as failing to uphold the rule of wearing the correct color himar specified to women, married women and widows as determined by the organization.
The Russians hit twelve married women, which caused the death of one of them aged 17, due to the severe beating she received.”
This is a global death cult, a toxic virus, and we must destroy it.
Gosh, the Old Gray Lady (Now under Mexican ownership) has had a moment of clarity…
“Suppose you consider Tsipras an incompetent twerp. Suppose you dearly want to see Syriza out of power. Suppose, even, that you welcome the prospect of pushing those annoying Greeks out of the euro.
Even if all of that is true, this Eurogroup list of demands is madness. The trending hashtag ThisIsACoup is exactly right. This goes beyond harsh into pure vindictiveness, complete destruction of national sovereignty, and no hope of relief. It is, presumably, meant to be an offer Greece can’t accept; but even so, it’s a grotesque betrayal of everything the European project was supposed to stand for.”
Two problems with that.
1. It is true and Greece has accepted it.
2. This is a reinforcement of all the European project stands for – the demolition of national sovereignty.
Gosh, where does the time go? It’s 30 years ago since Live Aid and this was my favourite moment…it’s an old English folk song.
This amused me.
Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham has indicated he would not do an interview with the Sun newspaper if he becomes party leader.
Mr Burnham told the BBC he had not forgiven the paper for its coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. He said he did not do “special favours” for papers “attacking” him or Labour. The Sun has not come out in support of any of the four candidates but has praised Liz Kendall, describing her as “the only prayer [the party] have”.
Andy is such a PRINCIPLED chap. Here’s an interesting image of our Andy
Just one more political hypocrite.