Friday, 25 March 2011

On pause

I get so little reaction to what I write here that it really doesn't seem worth the bother, especially as I do put in  reasonable amount of effort to check out sources and facts and to provide working links (something not even the long-established bloggers always get right!) so I have decided not to post on more than an occasional, exceptional basis.

I'll see how that goes before deciding whether to continue.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Protests in Britain

The political Left in Britain love "causes" that they support (often invent themselves, in fact) and gain themselves some publicity for being the good guys and supporting "the ordinary people of Britain".

The latest in a long line of these is the UK Uncut outfit, whose clearly-stated goal is to occupy other people's property (just follow that link and check the left side) and harm them in other ways, targeting those businesses they claim (usually erroneously) are not paying huge amounts of tax due in this country.

Frankly, they are criminals, trying to hide behind the tolerant nature of our laws toward non-violent protest.

Of course, it's all really driven by the Communist puppetmasters who themselves stay conveniently hidden away so are never caught or identified; although the British Communist Party itself is usually to be found on marches and at rallies (I have photos showing this).

This piece from a new (to me) name at The Spectator, successfully debunks UK Uncut, and is worth reading through in order to gain a clearer overall picture of what these outfits are really like.

The "anti-cuts" march in London this coming weekend is a classic example of the artificiality of all this and Labour hypocrisy. Labour people are tweeting that they'll be there, spouting the Labour party line about cuts "too soon, too deep". Yet it is on the public record that Labour's Shadow Chancellor (this month's one) Ed Balls has claimed recently that he was fully supportive of the Darling deficit reduction plan which is almost identical to what the Coalition Government is implementing, both in terms of timing (identical) and amount (similar: £14 billion rather than the Coalition's £16 billion).

Therefore their whole stance is a lie, and an obvious one. Of course, those who go on these events aren't usually all that bright, on the whole, as they are obviously being fooled whenever a stunt of this nature is being pulled. The majority of such events fall into that category, and anyone capable of thinking straight would realise that and keep away.

Apart, that is, from those who are actually using it as an excuse to "get one over" on those they hate for whatever reason. Usually it is unreasoning hatred; but the Lefties are like that: full of hatred, spite and downright nastiness. They've always been the same, at least throughout my lifetime of around half a century.

Thus it is safe to ignore whatever protests these bods dream up and attend; but it will be useful to have all of them identified so that all genuinely decent people can shun them in future, which is what they all deserve!

Cameron and Libya

Here's a good analysis, by the very sound Fraser Nelson in The Spectator, of just what David Cameron has achieved with regard to the Libya situation.

It also debunks the myth that France's president Sarkozy was the primary driver: he was using ( and manipulating) this for his own political ends. The second and third paragraphs in the linked article show this quite clearly.

It has been a remarkably statesmanlike job that Cameron has done, impressive for one so new to actual government. He still has his critics (some of them in the comments to that article) and the media management of this government could certainly do with some improvements, but overall this is the kind of Prime Minister who engenders confidence, not only that of the country's own people but in the international scenario as well.

He is almost infinitely better than Gordon Brown, for a start!

Friday, 18 March 2011

Libya No-Fly Zone approved by UN

That's the overnight news; and although some sources are trying to suggest it was the French who secured this (they did play an important part) or that US president Obama was behind it (he seems to have done nothing but dither) it was the persistent leadership of our own David Cameron, along with Foreign Secretary William Hague, that made this UN Resolution 1973 happen at all. cameron first raised the prospect of a No-Fly Zone (NFZ) in the House of Commons over two weeks ago, on 28 February.

The Prime Minister was making an emergency statement to the House of Commons as I started to write this, and Jonathon Isaby has now posted a summary of that.

Now, there are arguments for why the NFZ is a good thing, and other arguments why it is bad. It is unlikely to resolve the issues afflicting Libya (there are plenty of other potentially brutal dictators waiting to take over from Gaddaffi), but the simple humanitarian needs of a civilian population under threat to their lives from their own government is compelling for many.

At least having a UN resolution behind this preventative action is hugely different from the all-out attack on Iraq some eight years ago, and the waiting for that resolution this time was the right approach, even though further lives have been lost as a result of the delay. We couldn't have managed it alone anyway.

That additional loss of life, though, was because of others' dilly-dallying, not our own leadership here in Britain. Cameron and Hague had exactly the right approach and come out of this better than any other country's leadership anywhere in the world, bar none.

The same cannot be said of the Labour opposition, though, as Guido notes in a tweet, and provides some detail here.

P.S: by a curious twist of fate, this resolution has come into being just in time for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day this year!

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Hello, Chuck!

I have recently started watching a TV series called Stargate: SG-1, and was today surprised to encounter a character called Chaka the Unas:

That name is so similar to nearby (to me) MP Chuku Umunna

that I thought I'd study the characters of both. My conclusion after doing so is that, although Chaka is less appealing visually, his standards of honour and trustworthiness seem to be much the higher!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Tweet of the day - 9 March 2011

From Guido, after today's Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs):

Labour line on Dave [Cameron] has fully swung from "posh smoothie hiding dangerous radical right-wing neo-Thatcherite plan" to "he's incompetent".

Ed Miliband's "he's incompetent" line was very obviously pre-scripted and frankly didn't work: it was mis-timed and the context wasn't suited for such an attack. Cameron had been very competent at dealing with everything that Red Ed had thrown at him, and the general view of the commentariat seems to have been that, despite a less than top performance today, Cameron had completely flattened Ed-M.

He even turned around a suggestion of 'knifing' his Foreign Secretary: Cameron responded that the only who had done that was Miliband (against his brother David, who had been Foreign Sec' in the Brown government).

Monday, 7 March 2011

Tweet of the day - 7 March 2011

From Iain Dale, on the revelation that the MPs' expenses watchdog IPSA (set up under the last Labour government) spent a small fortune from public funds on its office furnishings:

"IPSA spent £4,300 on each of their employees' desk space. Biteback spent less than £500. There's a lesson there."

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Tweet of the day - 5 March 2011

From Greg Hands, Conservative MP for Chelsea & Fulham:

"In 5 years of Conservative Council control, the number of neighbourhood watches in H[ammersmith] and F[ulham] is up from 6 to more than 150."

Friday, 4 March 2011

Seat equalisation

The two-year exercise to redraw Britain's parliamentary constituencies to reduce their number by fifty and to equalise their electorate sizes begins today.

A good sign (though not worded that way in the media) is that it really does promise to reduce if not eliminate the considerable pro-Labour bias under the present boundaries. That has always been unfair to voters throughout the nation, and frankly disgusting - there was never any genuine excuse for it and it should have been tackled a long time ago.

Now of course there will be a Labour outcry, supported by their pals in the various media. Typical Socialism of course: everything is "unfair" unless it is tilted heavily in their own favour. This work, though, will be to the advantage of the voting public rather than any political party. The playing field will end up more or less level, and no-one honest is going to bleat about that!

Update: Conservative Home has written in similar terms to the above, with  a regional breakdown of the number of seats to be removed.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Tweet of the day - 3 March 2011

From the BBC's Andrew Neil, possibly the lone voice of sanity in an otherwise Lefty-corrupted organisation:

"UK tax code now longest in the world. More than doubled under Gordon Brown not just in size -- from 4,998 to 11,520 pages -- but complexity"

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Yes2AV campaign misusing email addresses

Not exactly surprising to discover that the pro-AV voting method campaign have, despite warnings in recent times, continued to misappropriate people's email addresses in furtherance of their goal.

It is a valuable clue to the base nature of that campaign, and reminds us that there are some out there who stand to benefit personally &/or ideologically from such a change in our country's parliamentary voting system. The innately corrupt always put their own interests above the law when they think they can get away with it long enough to tip things their way - it's hardly a new story in that broader context.

Whether that automatically means one shouldn't vote "yes" in the referendum because the change is supported by a warped and untrustworthy campaign is debatable; but it is certainly a reason to be cautious regarding (in particular) the pro-AV campaign, as has been their well-hidden (but recently exposed) sponsorship by at least one outfit that stands to gain considerable benefit from a "yes" result.