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By David Vance On July 12th, 2012 at 9:32 am

Jackie McDonald is alleged to be a senior UDA terrorist commander. He has become friendly over recent years with the former Irish President Mary McAleese and her husband, playing golf with the latter, if I recall correctly. But don’t think he doesn’t repay such kindness…

Mr McDonald told the Belfast Telegraph he “hated” the Twelfth; described the annual demonstration as the “worst day of his year” and urged loyalist leaders in north Belfast to abandon a contentious return leg of a feeder parade at Ardoyne

Old McDonald has now been unceremoniously abandoned by his UDA pals, even THEY are now too embarrassed to associate with their great leader. I have long argued that there is little, if any, difference between the UDA, UVF and IRA. All criminals, all morally bankrupt, and all essential to keeping “the peace going”.  But where does it go?


By David Vance On July 11th, 2012 at 3:07 pm

I am often criticised for demanding that IRA (and UDA, UVF and other such groups) terrorists be held accountable for their crimes. My view is terribly unfashionable in the salons where the peace processors gather but maybe they have a reason for not wanting to look back.

Consider this;

Terence Jones, married and a soldier with the 20th Medium Regiment Royal artillery was shot by the IRA following an explosion at Great James Street, Londonderry in 1972. Described as the 19th soldier to be killed in the city, he was the 1st to die following the end of a Provisional IRA ceasefire. He was hit in the back by sniper fire when a single round was fired from the top of Great James Street. At the inquest into Lance Bombardier Jones’s death, the coroner said: ‘this young man came her to do his duty. This is what Irish hospitality meant for him’. Lance-Bombardier Jones, who was serving with an army medical section, came from Wrexham.

Now this…

Presidential election candidate Martin McGuinness has revealed that he left the IRA in 1974 – and confirmed he had said this under oath and without fear of prosecution to the Saville Inquiry into the Bloody Sunday massacre.

Now, up until he allegedly “left” the IRA, McGuinness was a senior terrorist commander in Londonderry. In 1972.

Don’t look back lest you see something that you wish to avoid.

It’s not just his role during Bloody Sunday that merits investigation.


By David Vance On July 10th, 2012 at 8:07 am

You might consider this an instance of criminal entrepreneuralism;

“A man was able to remove more than £40,000 from an Ulster Bank ATM in one day in the early stages of the computer meltdown, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal. The man, who is understood to be a foreign national and on benefits, is believed to have secured the sum after visiting a cash machine on the Shankill Road more than 80 times on the same day.”

Now then, let’s chuckle at the sheer criminal enterprise of this guy who must have been permanently attached to the ATM machine that day on the Shnakill Road but once we’ve finished chuckling consider the fact he isa “foreign national on benefits”. That’s right – he is here, like SO many, for the welfare. At a time when our welfare system is under extreme duress coping with the needs of our OWN people, we just cannot afford to be acting as a magnet for those like this foreign thief. Now had this been a local the crime would still be a crime and worthy of the same punishment (Whatever that will be? ) but the fact that this was a foreigner who has come here to claim benefits shines a little light into the devastating demographic changes put in place by our membership of the EU and the open borders agenda of the previous Labour government.


By David Vance On July 9th, 2012 at 8:13 am

Have to say I am also pleased with this latest news on the “Boston Tapes”;

The family of Jean McConville, murdered and secretly buried by the IRA 40 years ago, have welcomed a US appeal court ruling that an interview with a former IRA bomber should be handed to police. In the Boston College recording, Dolours Price allegedly discusses Mrs McConville’s death. She spoke on the strict understanding that the interview would be kept secret until after her death.

I wonder what she had to say about alleged Gerry Adams role in the kidnapping, torture and murder of Mrs McConville? As you know, Adams denies that he was in the IRA. Just like Machine Gun McGuinness claims he left the IRA in the early ’70’s to pursue a career fishing. The outrage of some at this decision by the US Appeal Court is curious. Don’t they WANT people to know EXACTLY went on within the IRA? Don’t they want a little light shone into the darkness of the Provos? I suppose there is a real risk that the halo that surrounds certain IRA warlords now masquerading as politicians might be tarnished if the truth gets out. Wouldn’t that be just awful? Of course since it is the PSNI that will get the information, we should not hold our breaths. The PSNI continues to pander to Republicans at every opportunity and is heavily politicised so I doubt that cages will be rattled too heavily.


By David Vance On July 5th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

And, in continued pandering to Irish Republicans, I see that the PSNI have announced a new FOUR YEAR investigation into Bloody Sunday.

The police are to launch a murder investigation into the deaths of 13 people shot dead by soldiers in Londonderry onBloody Sunday in 1972. The move comes after the PSNI and Public Prosecution Service reviewed the findings of the Saville inquiry, which said none of those killed was armed. The police investigation is expected to take at least four years and involve a team of 30 detectives.

Keep the MOPERY coming, PSNI.

Any investigation into the IRA commander who admitted to carrying a MACHINE GUN on that day? Nope? Thought not.


By David Vance On July 4th, 2012 at 8:06 am

Yes, I suppose this has very little interest to those of you living outside of Northern Ireland – but you should pay attention because in a small way it nicely illustrates the problems with politicians we all have.

Higher penalties for illegal parking in Northern Ireland have come into force. The new fines, voted in by assembly members last month, mean offending drivers will have to pay £90, an increase of £30. However, if the fine is paid within two weeks, it will be reduced by 50% to £45.

So, if someone parks illegally and is unable to pay the £90 fine within two weeks from date of issue, they get stung severely. What if they are unemployed? That’s a week’s income! What if they are retired? What if … etc.  Funny how quite the same advocates for entitlement culture are over this legislation.

Look, illegal parking is not a massive issue – I don’t hear people in the street stopping to talk about the huge problem it represents. Yet our little tinpot legislators at Stormont need SOMETHING to do – so introducing more punitive penalties for non-issues seems to be an attractive proposition for them. And the same applies anywhere. If you give an infinite number of politicians enough time, they will introduce an infinite number of punishments upon you. It’s what they do best, in fact it’s about all they do. That’s why LIMITING their powers is so vital.

I speak as someone who always parks legally. I speak as someone who always supports the rule of law. But a 50% hike in parking fees in the teeth of an economic recession is simply simultaneously frivolous and stupid. In equal measure.


By David Vance On June 12th, 2012 at 6:06 pm

It’s not that leopards can’t change their spots, some delight in them…

Sinn Fein has defended a decision to appoint the third ex-prisoner in a row to a ministerial job which includes responsibility for victims of the Troubles. West Belfast MLA Jennifer McCann reacted to unionist criticism by pledging to work for all victims and accusing her chief critic of scoring political points. She was unveiled as her party’s new junior minister at Stormont and succeeds Sinn Fein colleagues and former IRA prisoners Martina Anderson and Gerry Kelly. Ms McCann, who was sentenced to 20 years in the early 1980s for the attempted murder of an RUC officer, said she brought a wide range of political experience to the ministerial role.

I’ll say.  Another IRA convicted terrorist in the limelight.


By David Vance On June 12th, 2012 at 8:18 am

It’s the cosmic incompetency of it all that so impresses me;

Northern Ireland Finance Minister Sammy Wilson is blaming an oversight in his private office for a delay in giving the finance committee details of executive spending worth billions.

The finance minister has apologised to the committee, but one member has said he is not satisfied with the explanation. The committee has to scrutinise the latest budget bill. However, the minister failed for two successive weeks to ensure the figures were with the committee. Last week an official told the committee that was because the minister was still considering the bill. The minister subsequently wrote to apologise for the delay blaming an oversight in the private office.

With morons like this running the equivalent of our Exchequer, is it any wonder our economy languishes in the economic doldrums?


By David Vance On June 11th, 2012 at 8:10 am

Wonder how Arlene Foster, our esteemed Enterprise Minister, is getting on with her strategy to deliver economic growth?

 Northern Ireland private sector firms, across all sectors, reported a marked deterioration in output last month. Meanwhile, the forward looking new orders index fell sharply to its lowest level in 16 months.  Twice as many firms reported a drop in new orders in May as those who reported a rise. This suggests that further declines in business output can be expected in the months ahead. Whilst lack of demand remains the primary problem, this is closely followed by profitability…. 

Whoops. Meanwhile our Sovietised Public Sector economy remains intact, dominating all it surveys, with no substantive cuts and no political desire to rebalance the ec0nomy. Why? Well, with so many public sector votes at stake, it’s easy to just pose for photo-ops and pretend all is well. The reality is all to visible across our high streets and industrial estates – decline and decay. All hail the State….


By David Vance On June 9th, 2012 at 9:06 am

I have to put on record my admiration for Anne Travers, whose sister Mary was murdered by the IRA as she left a Belfast chapel with her father and mother in 1984. She has  branded Sinn Fein claims that the Shankill Butchers were victims of the Troubles as “political correctness gone barmy” and also hit out at suggestions that one option to deal with Northern Ireland’s past might would be to let victims “die off”.

Ms Travers was speaking yesterday after Sinn Fein MLA Mitchel McLaughlin was asked on the BBC’s Stephen Nolan Show if the Shankill Butchers were victims. He replied: “I think they were, because all of us are victims of a conflicted and divided society.” The Shankill Butchers were a group of Belfast loyalists who murdered 19 people in the 1970s using tools from the butcher’s trade. Their nickname is still used today as a by-word for cruelty. Mr McLaughlin was then asked if ordinary people distinguish between an innocent child killed in the Troubles and armed men on the British or republican sides. But the MLA replied: “I am refusing to be drawn into that game of a hierarchy of blame.” Asked if dissident republicans are also victims, he replied: “Of course they are.” Ms Travers immediately hit out against Mr McLaughlin’s comments on social networking site Twitter. She then contacted the News Letter to repeat her views.

“What Mitchel McLaughlin said was going to the ridiculous,” she said. “His definition of victims is political correctness gone barmy. “I cannot see how someone who plants a bomb can be on an equal footing with one of their victims, people who had no means to defend themselves and no prior warning they were about to be attacked. “Just because you are in a community where something bad has happened to you, it doesn’t mean it is completely right to go out and murder. “Sinn Fein put the IRA volunteers to the forefront and are very supportive of them. But I remember growing up in Northern Ireland where people were petrified of what the IRA and loyalists would do to them.”

Ann Travers speaks the truth on this issue and I doff my cap to her. It cannot be easy to speak out in this way but she is right and I hold precisely the same view.