The View From The Cheap Seats

In my opinion...

The 'Modern' Labour Party

The whole world could have tuned in and watched this bunch of crazy lefties singing 'The Red Flag' on TV yesterday. Luckily for us the whole world couldn't give a flying fig about them, so international viewing figures were probably in the dozens. Here's why the Labour Party is un-electable - old school and out of touch praising a communist colour which even the Russians have abandoned. 'Proud to be a Socialist'? Give me a break. Clenched fists raised in the air - ANC style? Total loss of reality and completely out of touch with the people they claim to represent. They may be claiming to have the largest membership of any political party with 1/2 million, but to me that means 59 million are not - and are laughing at them all the way to the voting booth.

Scotland the Brave?

I am re-posting a reply to a question raised by a Scottish friend recently on the subject of Scotland's proposed independence (he is not a SNP supporter by the way!). Here's what I had to say, see if you agree with the irony of my final observation:

I listened a radio interview with her the other day, and I was astonished at her vague replies to quite sensible questions concerning Scottish independence. She once again stated she wanted complete independence, but with special 'benefits', i.e. remain with Sterling, not a separate currency, have the Queen stay as Head of State, open and free cross-border access, total control of north sea oil, and so on. Bear in mind that oil from the North Sea is not necessarily 'Scottish' oil, but British oil, the fact that it is landed in Aberdeen does not make it hers. At the same time she reluctantly accepted that north sea oil reserves were in decline.

It was extraordinary that she based her projected GDP figures on oil revenues supplying between 15-20% of Scotland's GDP in the medium term, but had little or no plans for when the oil dried up except a vague idea to spend oil money on bolstering existing Scottish industries. She played down the amount of money this actually was, merely referring to it as a percentage, but this equates to billions of pounds, and when really pressed she admitted that the nett difference would have to be paid for by either tax increases or cuts in services (or both), although she went to great lengths to avoid answering the question who would see their taxes rise, and which services would be trimmed to make up the shortfall. Perhaps SNP voters reading this will kindly elaborate?

One almost ironically comical statement she made was she objected to people in Scotland sending 'Westminster' Scottish taxpayers money, only for Westminster to return some of the money back to Scotland to finance projects that Westminster felt required funding. She was advocating the people of Scotland having 100% control of their tax revenue to spend only on Scotland. The ironic part being that should Scotland join the EU, this is exactly the same scenario she could expect from Brussels, where Scotland would be expected to send a portion of their tax revenue to the EU, and accept a rebate (for want of a better word) to be spent only on projects the EU sees fit to finance. Talk about out of the frying pan into the fire?


Brexit - and all that.

Not written by me, but I had to use it as I think this just about summed up the whole scenario of post-Brexit Britain today:

Were you a Remain campaigner? Are you sore about the referendum result? Check out these 10 top self-comforting strategies.

1. Call every white person who voted Leave a "racist", ignoring the fact that Europeans are also mainly white. Make sure you ignore and marginalise ethnic minority leave voters.

2. Claim that the (huge) turnout wasn't high enough. 72%? It should have been at least 75%! 80%? It should have been 85%! Make sure to keep moving the goalposts.

3. Make a stupid e-petition demanding another referendum, just like the socialists did when Labour lost last year. We need to keep having referendums until we get the "right" result.

4. Get over-excited about the economy, even if the impact has been pretty boring and mundane. Pretend that your 2:2 in English Literature makes you an expert on currency markets.

5. Attack the very idea of Democracy, because it's only a good thing when it goes the way you want it to. Working class voters don't know what's good for them, but middle class liberals definitely do.

6. Share memes bashing Brexit, ignoring the unwelcome and uncomfortable realisation that you are in the minority of public opinion.

7. Boldly claim that Scotland will leave the UK, forgetting that (a) they can't afford to (b) the EU can't afford to take them (c) 1.6m remain votes don't cancel out 2m NO votes.

8. Make fun of Boris Johnson while sweating slightly and really hoping he doesn't become Prime Minister.

9. Learn absolutely nothing from the campaign, blaming the result on everyone but yourself. Scaremongering and bullying are clearly the best tactics to use, there's no way they could possibly backfire.

10. Curl up in a ball and cry yourself to sleep while listening to "Ode to Joy".

Lottery & The EU?

Every week we buy a lottery ticket, hoping that it will be a life changing moment. Invariable of course, it's not. We check the numbers and we don't win anything. Yet every week we pay more and we get nothing back. Occasionally though, we have a little success, we win £5 or £10 and we celebrate. We are thrilled that we have 'won' something. But we forget one thing - it cost us £50 or £100 to win that £10. After all, nothing in life is truly free, but for a moment we feel good, we got something back.

Expand that further by increasing the numbers. We pay into the EU millions of pounds, and occasionally we get a 'win' - a University gets a new Science Lab, a charity gets a grant, a swimming pool is built in a deprived area with EU funding - you get the idea. But the vast majority of our stake money disappears down a black hole never to be seen again. What is it used for? Nobody really knows, we are told it funds 'good causes'. Do we have a say in what these good causes are? No, of course not, that's up to the National Lottery to decide what a good cause is. Do we elect the people who decide what a good cause is? No we don't.

See the similarities? Don't get me wrong, I am a supporter of the Lottery. After all it's my choice to play or not, and I know the odds of me winning are somewhere between remote and extremely remote, but it's my choice. With the EU I feel I have no choice - I am told what a good cause is, I have to pay whether I like it or not, and the odds of me 'winning' are similar to those of the Lottery jackpot - virtually nil.

Do we still want to play?


Celebrity Arrogance Personified?

I have taken the liberty of copying the content from UK Newspaper The Telegraph, written by Allison Pearson, entitled "Angelina Jolie-Pitt should open her doors to refugees - or shut up"

"You will doubtless share my delight at the heartwarming news that Angelina Jolie-Pitt is to fling open the doors of her 35-room, $60million chateau in the south of France to refugees. The Jolie-Pitts have completed the $5million renovations so their grateful, deracinated guests will be able to enjoy the vineyard, the 20 fountains and the lake, not to mention the furniture specially designed by Brad.

Failing that, the refugees could be put up in some style at the Jolie-Pitt estate in Los Feliz, where they will enjoy considerable privacy because Brad bought two properties next to the house to keep ne'er-do-wells like, er, refugees, at a safe distance.

Or there is always that 7,000 square foot mansion in New Orleans, complete with three-storey guest house, oodles of space for several Syrian families.

If the refugees fancy being near the ocean, welcome to the Jolie-Pitt's $18million home in California. Brad bought it shortly after his divorce from Jennifer Aniston, but the cliffside property is not considered child-friendly enough for the Jolie-Pitt's vast brood, so the house has mainly been empty. No wonder the saintly Ange is so desperately keen to offer refugees a home.

Oh. Sorry, slightly crossed wires. Angelina is desperately keen for us to take in refugees.

In her capacity as special envoy to the United Nation's refugee agency, the movie star tore into Western leaders on Monday over their response to the migration crisis, saying they were in danger of "promoting the politics of fear".

By contrast, she praised Angela Merkel for her decision to admit over a million refugees to Germany last year, a move which, as well as alarming Merkel's own supporters, rode roughshod over EU agreements. "I think it came from a beautiful, emotional place," gushed Angelina of Merkel's recklessness.

Well, Mrs Merkel's "beautiful, emotional place" has now led to an ugly, unfeeling, face-saving agreement with Turkey which has already seen reports of refugees being shot dead on the border with Syria. The EU's Faustian pact with President Erdogan means bribing Turkey to stop refugees entering Europe by giving Turks visa-free access. A plan which, as Sir Richard Dearlove, the former head of MI6, points out is about as sensible as storing gasoline next to the fire you are trying to extinguish.

Such complexity and awareness of risk to European citizens seem to be beyond Angelina Jolie. Like many actors she looks most uncomfortable when required to play herself. The star dares to accuse us of taking a "hardline on immigration" when both she and her children are completely immune from its consequences.

Remember when Brad and Angelina were awaiting the birth of their daughter, Shiloh, the family stayed in Namibia at the Burning Shores resort? They rented out all of the luxury hotel's rooms to make sure they could command a total lockdown and absolute privacy.

What a contrast with the experience of pregnant women turned away from NHS maternity hospitals because they are full, due to uncontrolled immigration to the UK. Like those eurocrats who dictate the lives of millions of people from their Learjets and their limos, Mrs Jolie-Pitt is the Queen of De Haut En Bas.

May I suggest a compromise? We will accept pious, moralising lectures from the many-mansioned, multi-millionairess Angelina Jolie when, and only when, she has trouble getting her six children into an overcrowded school. That should guarantee a welcome period of silence."

Vote Our Way - or Not At All

It's not just the Tory faithful manipulating the EU story - the Liberal Democrats are at it as well. Yesterday the Lib Dems were in my local High Street canvassing opinion on whether we should stay in the EU or not. They had 3 clear plastic receptacles containing plastic balls. The receptacles were marked 'In', 'Undecided' and 'Out'. The 'In' receptacle contained the most balls.

My 'informant' was asked how she would vote next month she replied quite firmly 'Out'. My informant then asked if she could place a ball in the 'Out' box, to which they replied that there would be "No point in doing that" and wouldn't let her 'cast her vote'.

I am only guessing, but I take it they are only allowing all the 'In' voters to cast there vote and restricting the others so it reflects a better image to the passing public? Even in sleepy Devon, the political parties are rigging votes.

Democracy in action - as long as you vote the way they want you to.

Brexit - The Full Movie

If, unlike me, you are still not sure if we should leave the EU or not, take a break from your day and watch this movie. Maybe, just maybe, it will help you decide? Brexit - the full movie


Brexit & John (has-been) Major

Sir John Major, former UK Prime Minister, says Brexit is likely to fuel divisions within the community? Does this man not realise the divisions are already there and have been for years! This multi-millionaire has-been will make a speech full of silly outdated rhetoric today including using a not-so-clever cliche calling UKIP's alleged main focal point (immigration) by calling it their "Trump card". Oh, very clever play on words, Sir John, who wrote that one for you? Now go back into your cupboard marked 'Break glass in the event of desperation' where you belong and enjoy a nice Curry.
John Major

Brexit & Christine Lagarde

This silly cow (Head of the IMF and currently the subject of a French Police investigation) asked if the UK wanted to be "A la Norway or a la Switzerland" if we leave the EU. Well yes Mrs Lagarde, I would very much like to be 'a la Switzerland' - the lowest unemployment rate in Europe, the highest productivity rate, the highest unimpeded export figures, one of the best healthcare services on the continent, overall enjoying one the best and strongest economy.

No, wait a minute, I need a second or two to weigh up my options..... okay, I will go with being 'a la Switzerland'. Thanks.

Now go back and tell Mr Cameron you've done what you promised him you would do for him - lie like a cheap watch (not a Swiss one though) with a straight face.

Police - An Apology

This is unbelievable. The emergency services in Manchester (UK) wanted to create a scenario that would be as close to the real thing as possible for those taking part. Now they have to offer a humiliating apology for shouting the very thing that every single Daesh-like terrorist shouts before and during an attack. Just watch the news and see what the person who yesterday stabbed to death one German and injured three other train passengers. What he was shouting as he stabbed them? What were the Charlie Hebdo attackers shouting as they butchered the journalists? Or in Belgium? Or in any of the other 769 attacks so far this year that have resulted in over 7,200 deaths and 9,300 injuries - and that's just the ones that we know about.

Oh, and by the way, of course the German Government is playing down the motives of the attacker, saying he had a 'drug problem' which is there way of deflecting the truth about the motive for the attack so as not to upset their new immigrant population.

Want to know where the attacks have taken place so far are? This year alone extremist Islamic terrorists have carried out attacks in the following countries:

Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh, Thailand, Nigeria, Yemen, Somalia. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Philippines, Thailand, Uganda, Israel , Bahrain, Niger, Saudi Arabia, India, Dagestan, Belgium, Ivory Coast, Libya, Uruguay, Chechnya, Tunisia, Russia, Germany, Cameroon, Mali, Kenya, Chad, Indonesia, Turkey and France.

But hey, let's not worry about it, the nearest to our shores was in France, so we must not upset the sensibilities of our locals as this all happened to 'Johnny Foreigner' and has nothing to do with us - or does it?

Lies, Damn Lies and The Tories

On Sky News recently was Philip Hammond (UK Foreign Secretary) talking about the EU Referendum, in particular the PM's speech that same morning where he will intimate that we would be more likely to see a war if we leave. He also used the example of Bosnia, as part of the European mainland going to war with itself and how, he infers, it may have been stopped had they been in the EU? That's a complete joke.

Total respect to the Service Personnel who endured that internal fight, but let's be honest, they were run by a politically ham-strung NATO and the less than useless EU and were, to all intents and purposes, impotent to stop the genocide that took place there.

If you want examples of where the 'peace keeping' forces were stopped by the protagonists, let me know and I will write a paper on it.

Police & Crime Commissioner

You really couldn't make this up. The new Police & Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, Alison Hernandez, is herself the subject of a criminal investigation by (wait for it....) Devon & Cornwall Constabulary! Yes, it's true, our new 'Crime Czar' is herself under investigation amid allegations of election expenses fraud. I wonder how this is going to turn out? Call me cynical, but I have a sneaky feeling terms like 'whitewash' and 'under the carpet' will be used in the coming months - don't you? P.S. I didn't vote for her.

Update: The Devon & Cornwall Police have decided to pass on the investigation to another Force, as there is likely to be a conflict of interest.

Lethal Bacon?

Sensationalist headlines from the Libtards at the BBC. Let's just read this extract from the BBC News website again shall we?

"A teenage girl and 39-year old man who desecrated an Edinburgh mosque by attacking it with strips of bacon have both been jailed. Chelsea Lambie, 18, from Paisley, was sentenced to 12 months and Douglas Cruikshank, from Galashiels, to 9 months. They attached bacon to door handles and threw strips inside Edinburgh's Central Mosque on 31 January 2013."

Okay, so they were stupid, and are probably not the sharpest knives in the drawer, but send them to prison because they "desecrated" a mosque by "attacking it with strips of bacon"? Really? Were the lethal strips of bacon actually cunningly disguised C4 explosives? You really have to re-evaluate your view on life when two not-so-bright individuals only did what their limited attention spans allowed them to do - or as in this case, not allow them to do.

Meanwhile, it's okay for radical Muslims to stamp on our nation's flag, burn poppies, call for the death of Police and members of the Armed Forces, organise illegal kangaroo sharia law courts with impunity, walk past our Parliament carrying a (so called) ISIS flag? That's okay, we must be tolerant and diverse - after all, what could possibly go wrong?

BBC News Headline


It's a sad indictment of the world we live in when a complete system is almost brought to its knees by the actions of a few like we are witnessing in Brussels today, Tuesday 22 March 2016. It would be easy for me to blame it on the European migration problems, ISIS, radical Islam, individual Governments or even individual leaders such as Stefan Lofven of Sweden, David Cameron of the UK, Angela Merkel of Germany - even Charles Michel of Belgium. In my opinion they are all to blame collectively, which is quite a statement to make lumping them all in one basket.

Individually, they would never have been able to land us all in this situation, collectively, they have managed to make every man, woman and child living in Europe an easy target for extremists. If you think about it, take any one of the above out of the equation, or in the case of politicians, make one of them stand up and be counted as a true patriot, rather than a bleeding heart do-gooder hell bent on showing themselves to be a 'global statesman with a heart'.

You have all made yourselves collectively responsible for the deaths and injuries in Brussels today. Your failed and doomed from the start plan to welcome 100's of thousands of un-documented migrants into our countries with your misguided notions of liberalism, pacifism and capitulation to the ideals of left-wing politically correctness makes you as culpable as the terrorists who merely detonated the bombs. You are at fault, and doing your piece to camera with your 'this is serious' face on will not work anymore. We see through your facade, from your continued failing to support the Police and Armed Forces of this great nation to the downright daylight robbery of the poor and needy, your time is approaching when, as the man once said, you shall reap what you have sown.

Sugar Tax?

Does George Osborne actually think that we believe he is introducing a 'sugar tax' for any other reason than to flees us for more cash? Does he think we are that stupid? What's next a Obesity Tax? Fresh Air tax? Taxing is not the answer to childhood obesity - education is.

Another thing. According to George Osborne, leaving the EU will be 'a leap in the dark'. In other words he has no idea what will happen if we do leave. Okay, so why has he just released a statement to the effect that leaving the EU will cause prices to rise along with unemployment? If he has, by his own admission, no idea what will happen post-leaving, how come he is so sure about prices & unemployment? He either knows, or he doesn't, surely?

George Osborne

Liar, liar...

I refuse to believe Hillary Clinton didn't use the home server to send and receive classified State Department communications. There is absolutely no way she can use the 'ignorance is bliss' argument.

Under US Federal law, anyone (and I mean anyone) who knew, or was party to, the transmission of classified information over an insecure server are as guilty as she is. That includes anyone in the State Department who were aware of the server's existence, replied to any correspondence transmitted though the server, and failed to inform the Department of Homeland Security of their suspicions. Imagine the possible fall out from this? If you sent or received a classified eMail from her, and you failed to inform the authorities, you can be brought up on charges. Does she care? Not a jot, as long as she continues to stand there a lie her ass off about her undercover activities, more people in the State Department are likely to be facing prosecution once she is booted out of the Presidential running.

If a Republican candidate wins the election, it will be a case of light blue touch paper and stand back, because the brown and smelly will hit the fan in a way unseen since Watergate - in fact I think this will make Watergate look like a Sunday school outing in comparison - and she knows it.

Hillary Clinton

You Really Can't Make This Up...

I can't write this any better than the source (The Telegraph) has, so I am simply copying what they had to say about this incident:

As David Jones arrived at the security gates at Gatwick airport, he was looking forward to getting through swiftly so he could enjoy lunch with his daughters before their flight. Placing his belongings, including a scarf, into a tray to pass through the X-ray scanner he spotted a Muslim woman in hijab pass through the area without showing her face.

David Jones
David Jones

In a light-hearted aside to a security official who had been assisting him, he said: "If I was wearing this scarf over my face, I wonder what would happen." The quip proved to be a mistake. After passing through the gates, he was confronted by staff and accused of racism.

As his daughters, who had passed through security, waited in the departure lounge wondering where he was, he was subjected to a one hour stand-off as officials tried to force him to apologise.

Mr Jones, 67, who is the creator of the popular children's character Fireman Sam, said: "Something like George Orwell's 1984 now seems to have arrived in Gatwick airport. I feel that my rights as an individual have been violated. What I underwent amounts to intimidation and detention. I was humiliated and degraded in full public view.

"I am a 67-year-old pensioner and have lived my life within the law. I do not have even one point on my driving licence." He said that when he made his initial remark the security guard had appeared to agree with him, saying: "I know what you mean, but we have our rules, and you aren't allowed to say that."

As he went through the metal detecting arch, his artificial hip set off the alarm, prompting a full search from a guard. It was after this, and as he prepared to rejoin his two grown-up daughters, that he was confronted by another guard who said he was being detained because he had made an offensive remark. "I repeated to her what I had said and told her that I had said nothing racist," he said. "She took my passport and boarding pass and I was then escorted back through the security zone into the outer area. Here the female security guard proceeded to question me further, inferring many things that I had not said. It was impossible to get her to listen to reason. We were then joined by a second female security guard who stated that she was Muslim and was deeply distressed by my comment. "I again stated that I had not made a racist remark but purely an observation that we were in a maximum security situation being searched thoroughly whilst a woman with her face covered walked through. I made no reference to race or religion. I did not swear or raise my voice."

According to Mr Jones, who was due to board a British Airways flight to Portugal, where he now lives and runs a restaurant on the Algarve, the British Airways duty manager was then called in and sided with the security staff. He continued: "I had now been detained for some time and my daughters were worried, calling me on my phone asking what was happening. We were going around in circles. I maintained that I had said nothing offensive and the security guard was continuing to accuse me. This had taken about 15-20 minutes and looked as though it was not going to be resolved. I asked the security guard if she was going to charge me to which she said no but I could not leave until I had apologised to the Muslim guard.

"At this point I asked for the attendance of a police officer. After some time he arrived but it was also plainly evident that he was keeping to the politically correct code. I told him that if there was a case then he should arrest me. I was told that we now live in a different time and some things are not to be said. They decided again that I would only be allowed to continue on my journey if I were to apologise to the Muslim guard. My reply was that as I had not made a racist remark it would be impossible for me to apologise."

Mr Jones, a former member of the Household Cavalry and retired fireman, added: "I felt that I made a logical observation. That while everyone was being subjected to an invasive search it was illogical that someone should be let through with their face covered. I am not opposed to having this level of security but it must be equal for all."

Eventually, Mr Jones said, the BA manager suggested that he should agree that what he had said "could" be considered offensive by a Muslim guard. With his flight departure time now fast approaching Mr Jones agreed to the compromise. Escorted by the police officer, he was taken through security where he was again subjected to a full search after his hip replacement set off the metal detector alarms. Mr Jones said he intended to complain formally to the Gatwick airport authorities and British Airways about the incident last Sunday.

Department for Transport rules do not prevent people covering their faces at UK airports for religious reasons. However, all passengers must show their faces to UK Borders officials when they pass through passport control. Muslim women who wear hijabs can request that their identity is checked by a female immigration officer and they can also ask that they be taken to a private room before they remove their head wear.

A spokesman for Gatwick airport said: "The security team are examining the incident to ensure that the issue was managed in the right way. They are talking to the people involved to understand what the issue was and how it came to have the police involved."

My question to the idiots at Gatwick is, where is the racist remark? The veiled woman could have been British, Italian, German, Japanese - or any other race, but this was an incident over religious dress and nothing to do with her race. If he had commented along the lines of "Why is that Japanese woman getting special treatment? That could, potentially, have been a racist remark, but she was wearing a veil for religious reasons, and last time I checked, Muslims are not a race.

Look at it another way, if he had asked why an Anglican Vicar was allowed through customs with his 'dog collar' on, and it was commented on, would this be a racist remark?

Freedom Of Speech?

(As long as you say what we want to hear)

So let me see if I have got this right. A bunch of deluded lefty pro-Palestinian 'students' break into a meeting of the KCL Israeli Group at Kings College London. They break windows, throw chairs, intimidate the attendees and force the premature closure of the meeting. With me so far? Naturally, after such a violent disruption to a legitimate meeting, the Police were called... and guess what? No arrests were made!

Perhaps they should have sent for the new Volunteer Rent-A-Cops that our beloved Home Secretary Theresa May is proposing as The Metropolitan Police are in dire need of some crime-fighting skills.


Oscar Night Approaches (yawn)

Has anyone considered the notion that there are no 'non-Caucasian' nominees for this year's Oscars - you know, the annual 'let's all tell each other how great we all are' - could be because the "people of colour" (that's a quote from Jada Pinkett Smith - wife of Will Smith) just weren't good enough? I mean, I know it's a long shot, and I am just guessing, but maybe you just didn't cut the mustard?

Plus, while you are all considering your boycott, perhaps they should broaden their protest to include Indian Sub-Continent and Oriental actors rather than play the race card (again) on just your own ethnic origins?

I'm not saying that the people who draw up the list of nominees are not considering ethnic origin in their musings, I don't know for a fact one way or the other, but maybe, just maybe, Leonardo DiCaprio's performance in 'The Revenant' exceeds Will Smith's performance in 'Concussion'? Perhaps these 'It's not fair - I didn't win' lovies should visit Toys-R-Us to stock up on more teddies to throw out of their collective prams? P.S. Mrs Smith - white is also a colour - at least it was the last time I checked my B&Q paint colour chart.


Feed The Birds?

I bought a bird feeder. I hung it on my back porch and filled it with seed. What a beauty of a bird feeder it was, as I filled it lovingly with seed.

Within a week we had hundreds of birds taking advantage of the continuous flow of free and easily accessible food.

But then the birds started building nests in the boards of the patio, above the table, and next to the barbecue.

Then came the shit. It was everywhere: on the patio tile, the chairs, the table... everywhere!

Then some of the birds turned mean. They would dive bomb me and try to peck me even though I had fed them out of my own pocket.

And others birds were boisterous and loud. They sat on the feeder and squawked and screamed at all hours of the day and night and demanded that I fill it when it got low on food.

After a while, I couldn't even sit on my own back porch anymore. So I took down the bird feeder and in three days the birds were gone. I cleaned up their mess and took down the many nests they had built all over the patio.

Soon, the back yard was like it used to be... quiet, serene... and no one demanding their rights to a free meal.

Now let's see...

Our government gives out free food, subsidised housing, free medical care and free education, and allows anyone born here to be an automatic citizen.

Then the illegal's came by the tens of thousands. Suddenly our taxes went up to pay for free services; small houses are housing 5 families; you have to wait 6 hours to be seen by an emergency room doctor;

Your child's class is behind other schools because over half the class doesn't speak English. Corn Flakes now come in a bilingual box; I have to 'press one' to hear my bank talk to me in English, and people waving flags other than 'ours' are squawking and screaming in the streets, demanding more rights and free liberties.

Just my opinion, but maybe it's time for the government to take down the bird feeder?

Served & Ultimately Forgotten?

A former soldier who died five days after being found sitting in his living room chair had been unable to get up for three weeks, an inquest heard.

Peter Mitchell, 64, was found at his home in Accrington by his sister Carole Mitchell on 12 August last year (2015) after she had not heard from him since mid-July.

Blackburn Coroners Court heard how the former Royal Corps of Signals soldier had been living in 'squalid conditions' with no gas and electricity for around three weeks after he had suffered a fall and was unable to get any help.

Supermarket food delivered on July 22 was still left in the hallway and was 'rotting'. Rubbish, including empty bottles of flavoured water and cans of lager and cola, were also found near his chair. Mr Mitchell, who had previously suffered a stroke after retiring on grounds of ill health, was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital suffering with dehydration but he died on 17 August.

Miss Mitchell, formerly of Accrington but now living in North Yorkshire, told the inquest how she had last seen her brother in May but regularly sent him calls and text messages. The inquest heard how she became 'so concerned' after not hearing from him that she called the police on 11 August to request an immediate welfare visit. Miss Mitchell was asked by the operator if she could visit him herself but said she was unable to because of a debilitating spinal condition. She was then asked to call local hospitals to see if her brother had been admitted. The inquest heard how she called police again the next day but the call was not answered and rang for three minutes and 40 seconds before she decided to travel to Accrington herself. She told the inquest: “I opened the door and the smell was absolutely appalling and I was being hit by flies. You can't imagine it. He was just sat in his chair and his eyes were fixed. His hair was everywhere and he had grown facial hair. He was so thin he didn’t look like my brother. He said his legs just went and he couldn't move or walk. I thought he had had a stroke. He had been there quite some time. I went upstairs and there were cobwebs on the toilet so it had not been used for a long time." Miss Mitchell told the inquest her brother was unable to swallow food in hospital and needed it to be pureed.

Dr Harry Tucker, of Royal Blackburn Hospital, told the inquest that Mr Mitchell had a long-term wound on his leg that was 'foul smelling' and 'infested with maggots'. He said: "It was quite a shock to see it for the first time. I have not seen one to that extent before." When asked if getting to hospital earlier would have made a difference, he said: "It's difficult to say. I probably think maybe not, but in this context the sooner he got into hospital the better."

The inquest heard from pathologist Dr Richard Prescott who said Mr Mitchell had a 'number of co-morbidities' including bronchopneumonia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and severe heart disease which contributed to his death. Dr Prescott added: "By the time he arrived in hospital, the chances were not great. If he had been seen earlier he had more of a chance to get help but I couldn't say if he would still be alive."

Coroner Michael Singleton ruled Mr Mitchell died from natural causes. He told the family that despite the incident being referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, he was 'satisfied on the balance of probabilities that does not have any bearing on the ultimate outcome'. He said: "It seems to me he ultimately succumbed to a natural disease process following its course."

Peter Mitchell
This article has been taken from Accrington Observer (Accrington Observer) My thanks to them for posting this report.

US Border Control?

US Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has recently issued and endorsed a video concerning border control - aimed mainly I suspect at the US-Mexico border. He raises a valid point and one not lost on me in particular. If the 'undocumented immigrants' (or 'illegal immigrants' as the rest of us call them), were actually Lawyers, Bankers or Journalists taking jobs away from US Lawyers, Bankers and Journalists for lower wages, perhaps they wouldn't be so quick to castigate opponents of illegal immigration.



German Back-Pedal? Oh Yes!

In what is seen as a massive turnover in attitude, the Mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker, issued the following statement following a huge public backlash after she made the most ridiculous comments which partially blamed the women of Cologne for the robberies, rapes and sexual assaults carried out on New Year's Eve by Muslim men on a drunken rampage.

Naturally, the German Government still refuses to say, at least publicly, that the perpetrators of the crimes were, as we all know, young men recently allowed into the country by the suicidal German open-border policy, but at least it's goes some way to redress the issue. I have translated her statement as best I can, and here it is:

"In yesterday's emergency meeting, we decided upon a package of measures against inhuman acts of violence, as happened on New Year's Eve at the main station. The city may, inter alia, make a small contribution, by pointing to the already existing offer of advice for girls and women it provides, what behaviour is acceptable successful in such situations. This, incidentally, also points to the victim protection organization, White Ring. There are of course the offenders, who must be perused by the police with full force of law. Should I have upset any of the victims by my statement, then I'm sincerely sorry. I wanted to, and will in future, not establish rules of conduct for women. To such excesses of sexual violence to prevent any future incidents, and to guarantee the safety on our roads and squares, we need adequate police and security forces. I urge the support of the entire country."

Henriette Reker
Henriette Reker

In a further update on the Cologne incident, Police Chief Wolfgang Albers has succumbed to mounting political & social pressure, and has resigned.

Assassination attempt?

My hat is off to Police Officer Jesse Hartnett who was ambushed in Philadelphia recently by alleged ISIS sympathiser Edward Archer, a Muslim convert. After Officer Hartnett was shot at close range in the arm 3 times, he still chased after the bad guy whilst returning fire - you can clearly see in the released video his left arm is completely useless to him.

Archer was quickly apprehended by fellow officers and is now in custody. He gave a voluntary statement stating that he conducted the attack in the name of Islam and the Islamic State.

However, the Mayor of Philadelphia, Jim Kenny, forever the politician and probably with one eye on the minority vote, stated:

"In no way shape or form does anyone in this room believe that Islam or the teaching of Islam has anything to do with what you've seen on the screen. It is abhorrent. It is terrible and it does not represent the religion in any way, shape or form or any of its teachings."

Mayor Kenny continued by blaming the leftist favourite cure-all, banning the gun: "There are just too many guns on the streets and I think our national government needs to do something about that."

Jim Kenny
Philadeliphia Mayor Jim Kenny

Well Mr Mayor, here's a bit of free advice for you - If it sounds like a duck, looks like a duck and walks like a duck, you can be pretty sure it's a duck.





One rule for one....

British born former Grenadier Guardsman Andrew McLaughlin is facing a predicament none of us would envy. Married to an American citizen and father to a dual-nationality daughter, he has been denied UK residency status for his wife, Wanda, after they decided to move back to the UK. Andrew himself has dual-nationality, his father being an American. For a few years Andrew lived and worked in the USA after he met and married Wanda.

On the recommendation of his former CO and others, Andrew attempted to re-join the Army, but his application was refused as the MOD had placed a moratorium on re-enlistments due to cuts in their budget. No surprise there. He is currently employed by a local firm in Warwick, but his income is below the Government set minimum of £18,600, which they claim is the requirement for him to support his family.

Guardsman Andrew McLaughlin

So, the reason given to Andrew for not being granted resident status for his wife is, quite simply, he doesn't earn enough according to the Government's 'thumb in the air' criteria. This is despite the assurance that Wanda will have no problem getting work here in the UK due to her skills in retail. I quote:

"All spousal visa applications must be supported by the evidence required under the rules to show that the sponsor is able to financially support the applicant in the UK. Cases are carefully considered on their individual merits, in line with the immigration rules and based on the evidence provided. There are clear rules for British citizens looking to bring their non-EU spouse to this country, including a minimum income threshold based on advice from the independent Migration Advisory Committee. This policy has been approved by Parliament and upheld by the courts."

Allegedly, the MP for Warwick & Leamington, Conservative Chris White, has shown little interest in the case despite repeated requests to intervene. Once again, no great surprise there.

Perhaps Andrew has gone about it the wrong way. Maybe he should go to France, change his name to Mohammed Al-McLaughlin, walk the entire length of the Channel Tunnel and then claim asylum when he reaches Dover. That way he will be assured of a warm welcome, a place to live for him and his family, and money in his pocket. Down side to that is he will be surrounded by tree-hugging bleeding heart liberal activists anxious to show their humane side.

On second thoughts, with that prospect in mind, maybe Andrew will be better off back in the US?

Andrew Mclaughlin
Andrew McLaughlin and family

Cologne - New Year Chaos

Reports are still arriving from Germany concerning the events surrounding the 2015/16 New Year celebrations, especially in the beautiful and ancient city of Cologne. Despite the German media's attempts to play down the near-riot, claims from numerous women who were subjected to assaults continue to leak.

Increasing numbers of complaints that the alleged attackers were of 'Arab or North African appearance' were quickly played down by the Mayor of Cologne, Henriette Reker, a firm Angela Merkel supporter, who said "..there was no reason to believe those behind the attacks were refugees." This is despite overwhelming evidence that the perpetrators of the numerous crimes spoke neither English or German and there was no mistaking their appearance. So who were they?

Interestingly, German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke about the incidents including a statement saying "Everything must be done to investigate those responsible as quickly and completely as possible and punish them, regardless of where they are from.". My point is, if she is so sure that the criminals were just criminals, not necessarily refugees, then why make the specific point in her statement "..wherever they are from"?

Cologne City Centre - New Year's Eve

I recently watched an interview with a member of the security staff at a leading Cologne hotel, who clearly stated that he was witness to the events and physically protected women caught up in the attacks. He claimed they were 'terrified' and sought safety having been the subject of robbery and sexual assault by 'non-white young men' on a scale he had never witnessed before.

Calls for the Cologne Police Chief, Wolfgang Albers, to resign have to date gone un-answered despite criticism of the handling of the event from the German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere. Having said that, Mr de Maiziere has gone on record saying "This is not about where someone is from but what they did. …Making an issue out of it, lumping it together with the refugee issue, is nothing but exploitation."

Not just Cologne. Evidence has emerged that similar attacks had taken place in seven other German cities. After Cologne, Hamburg appears to have been the worst affected. Out of a total of 167 complaints to police of attacks in the cities – around two-thirds of them being described as sexual assault, including two cases of rape – 100 relate to Cologne, and 53 to Hamburg.

In a more recent development, the Cologne Mayor, Henriette Reker, plans to draw up a 'Code of Conduct' for German-born citizens, especially women. He is advocating keeping strangers "at arm's length" so as to avoid further incidents like NYE. It's hard to believe that this woman (pictured below on a recent campaign poster) is putting the onus squarely on the shoulders of the women of Cologne to avoid assaults and rapes, rather than prosecute the criminals!

Henriette Reker

Police in Finland reported an unusually high level of sexual harassment in Helsinki on New Year's Eve and said they had been tipped off about plans by groups of asylum seekers to sexually harass women.

Helsinki’s Deputy Police Chief, Ilkka Koskimaki, said: "There hasn’t been this kind of harassment on previous New Year’s Eves or other occasions for that matter … This is a completely new phenomenon in Helsinki."

Security guards hired to patrol the city on New Year's Eve told police there had been widespread sexual harassment at a central square where around 20,000 people had gathered for celebrations.

In Sweden, Police said at least 15 young women had reported being groped by groups of men on New Year's Eve in the city of Kalmar. A spokesman said groups of men encircled women on a crowded square and groped them. He said no one was physically injured but many of those targeted were "terrified".

German Guilt Trip? It seems to me that the German fixation with seeking reporation for two European wars seems to know no limits as they desperately attempt to show the world that they are a caring, nurturing culture far removed from the tragedy of the 1930's and 40's. Have they gone too far? I think they have and the whirlwind of reprisals against a socialist led Government are just around the corner.

Protests in Cologne

Exit stage left?

Don't you just adore Jeremy Corbyn and his 'New-Old Labour'? Those of us lucky enough to have survived the latter part of the 20th century remember with faux fondness 'Old-Old Labour' - the strikes, flying pickets, the work to rule, the endless Union disputes, the demise of the UK manufacturing industry - oh my, those were the days.

Meanwhile, back to the 21st century we see the resurgence of 'Old-Old Labour' complete with glorious fanfare as we welcome a tired old has-been backbencher to the forefront of UK politics in the form of good old 'Jezza' and his band of not-so-merry men and women in the Shadow Cabinet. But wait, all is not so well in the Labour camp as the threat of a re-shuffle looms.

Jezza is facing descent in the camp as some of his 'allies' are not so comfortable with some of his personal policies, including Trident, air strikes in Syria and so on. Despite Mr Corbyn's alleged policy of 'informed debate' within the party where he is open to the views of all, it seems that maybe he is not so comfortable with shadow ministers not agreeing with his every utterance.

Don't like what he has to say? Exit stage left and he will bring in a whole bunch of Diane Abbott clones who will agree with him.

Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn shows decenters the door

Grinds my gears....

If there is one thing that really grinds my gears, it's "here today, voted out tomorrow" bloody politicians using Troops for a photo opportunity to show them (the politicians) in a favourable light. I guarantee I can quote what these lads are saying under their breath as Cameron puts his "I care" face on for the benefit of the cameras. Bear in mind that the troops had their Christmas and New Year screwed to help the flood victims.
David Cameron
David Cameron annoying the Troops

Parasitical Lawyers

Just had a chat with a friend online and it has prompted me to post a couple of pictures for the blood sucking parasite lawyers who are involving themselves in the alleged 'war crimes' investigations against British troops in the Middle East.

Here's a reminder why we are not all speaking German. Are you going to interview former pilots to look into the alleged shooting down of unarmed enemy aircraft?

Or maybe interview former members of the Gloucestershire Regiment in Korea who had to resort to using shovels when their ammunition ran out?

I know, interview members of Earl Hague's family and see if they had any involvement in the use of mustard gas in World War 1?

Even better, how about interviewing members of the SAS and see if there was a more 'reasonable' and humane way of re-taking the Iranian embassy in London without resorting to the use of firearms?

There are literally no limitations where you can find ways to make money off the backs of the UK Armed Forces!


England floods as Cameron fiddles

Do you not find it ironic watching and reading all the tributes to the Police, Fire & Rescue Service, Ambulance Service, Coastguard, Environment Agency and of course the Armed Forces responding to the flooding in the North of the UK?

Many of the tributes are being heaped on them from the very people who are cutting these services to the bone in a bid to save money in what many people consider to be the very last place the cuts should be made? Well done H.M. Government, you've scored yet another own-goal.

Whilst we are on the subject of tributes, well done to The Prince of Wales for his personal message to the Armed Forces, especially the subtle dig at the afore-mentioned Government when he said:

"Sometimes it would appear that there is no real threat facing Britain and that therefore defence can perhaps seem somewhat irrelevant. However, the extent of current global deployments of the UK's armed forces only goes to highlight the continued, essential role of the armed forces in today's society."

Nice one Sir!

Prince Charles
Prince Charles

Paris - and afterwards.

Friday 13 November 2015. 129 ordinary people like you and I woke up for the very last time. They quietly went about the business of the day and in the evening relaxed with friends and work colleagues in a Paris cafe, or attended a rock concert. Others just enjoyed the sights and sounds of this amazing city. Unknown to them a group of extremists had already decided that because they didn't share their warped ideology, they would kill them all.

Their homeland is now in a state of emergency, their borders are closed and the people of France are in mourning. No doubt the leaders of the 'free world' will wring their hands, say publicly what is expected of them to say, offer friendship and support to France, and so on, and so forth.

Then what? Get back to the political business of the day? Probably. They will keep their borders open, blame a minority of 'radicals' and continue to flood their nation with the masses of homeless and destitute.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that hidden amongst the thousands of 'refugees' will be terrorists hell bent of destroying western culture in all its guises and replacing it with a barbaric system of government that treats women as worse than second class citizens, slaughters animals in the most barbaric way with complete impunity from the law; stones to death homosexual men and women; blames rape victims for 'incitement', and sees nothing wrong with old men marrying children as young as 8 or 9. For the sake of 'diversity' we continue, no, we encourage, these people to come to our country and live the secular lifestyle they crave, slowly eating into the fabric of our society like a cancer growing unchecked from within, imposing their own interpretation of the law upon themselves and then upon us.

I am convinced in my own mind that there are real refugees seeking a better life in the west, or escaping war and persecution in their own land, but we are missing the point of the exodus. Did the young men of France leave Caen in droves after the D-Day bombing? Did the Russian men flee Stalingrad when the Germans advanced and almost encircled them? What about the people of London during the blitz, did they run? No, they stayed, fought back and afterwards re-built their homes and businesses.

My point is this, if you turn up in Lesbos as a fighting age man on an inflatable boat, minus your passport which mysteriously vanished on the way over (the only proof that you are, or aren't a Syrian) although you somehow managed to hang on to your iPhone, expect short shrift from your proposed benefactors.

French flag

Deafening Silence

The deafening silence from Angela Merkel and Benedict Cumberbatch is noticeable since the revelation that one of the Paris terrorists reportedly slipped in to France disguised as a Syrian refugee.

Perhaps Mr Cumberbatch would like to add to his much reported rants with a few words of comfort to this person's family and remind them why Europe should expand the open border immigration policy?



Whilst I support the victims of the Paris massacre and their families 100%, let's not overlook the fact that on the same day as the attacks took place in Paris, two suicide bombers detonated explosives in Beirut, Lebanon killing at least 41 people and injuring scores of others.

Terrorism doesn't just happen in Europe, the plague is spreading throughout the world.


"Shoot to Kill?"

Jeremy Corbyn (the UK Leader of the Opposition & Labour Party) has said he is "not happy" with a 'shoot to kill' policy. This attitude is really beginning to grind my gears. Let's face a few home truths about this very trendy phrase - 'Shoot to kill' - once and for all. First there is no such thing as 'Shoot to wound', if a Police Officer or a member of the Armed Forces is confronted with a scenario whereby they are legally entitled to exercise the use of deadly force, they are NOT trained to aim to wound the 'assailant'.

Aiming to wound is an extremely dangerous thing to do, and this has been proven many times in (for example) the USA, where the armed assailant, wounded, has continued to fight/shoot/advance even when they have a bullet in them. The Hollywood myth where 1 shot = 1 kill is total bollocks, especially if they are hit with something as relatively placid as a 9mm bullet. The only exception is a shot to the head, a very difficult thing to hit, even for a well trained marksman as you are trying to hit a (relatively) small, and probably moving target.

The answer is a body mass shot whereby the largest area of the torso is fired at, followed by, if possible, a head shot (the famous 'double-tap'). Having said that, hits to the body mass that miss vital organs (esp. the heart) will often not completely stop an assailant, in fact if they are high on drugs (i.e. Cocaine, PCP, Methamphetamine), they will probably not even feel its impact.

UK Police

So why not use a higher calibre bullet? A high velocity bullet (for example a 7.62mm rifle bullet) will, by it's very design and used in close proximity, pass right through the body and there is a risk of injuring anyone behind the assailant. That's why the standard NATO round was changed from 7.62mm to 5.56mm (M16 & SA80), US military pistols use 9mm rounds, the UK spec Glock is also a 9mm, as is the standard automatic weapon, the H&K MP5. The weapon carried by Air Marshals is often a 9mm with reduced 'punch power' so there is a reduced chance of a bullet piercing the fuselage.

A armed Police Officer will attempt to avoid using lethal force in all situations without plenty of warning to the assailant, unless to do so will, beyond any shadow of a doubt, place the intended 'victim' in immediate life-threatening danger.

If this man becomes Prime Minister, what additional restraints will he place upon an already ham-strung Service. Bear in mind that the taking of a human life is not something you undertake without careful consideration, legal justification, and a certain degree of soul searching.

Jeremy Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn

Gun Control - Theresa May says...

The UK Home Secretary, Theresa May is, in my opinion, a complete buffoon. Western Europe already has tough gun laws, especially France, where it is virtually impossible to legally obtain (for example) a AK47 assault rifle. She said she would be "reviewing the UK's own response to firearms attacks" but added that "Britain's strict gun laws mean that assault rifles such as Kalashnikovs - as used in Paris - are not as big a threat."

What planet is she on? The Paris terrorists didn't go into a local gun shop and asked for a couple of AK47s and a pound of Semtex did they? Idiot.

Theresa May
Theresa May

UK Strategic Defence Review 2015

The UK Government, in a fanfair of self-praise and flag waiving, has released its long awaited findings for the Strategic Defence Review, probably hashed up again in the 11th hour since the Paris, Mali and Lebanon attacks.

But is it all it's being cracked up to be? Let's take a quick look. The Army is being reorganised (again) in order to provide a 10,000 strong 'rapid response capability' to be virtually anywhere in the world very quickly. This has been available for some years already (Royal Marines & the Parachute Regiment), but the question is how do we get them there? We have precious few transport aircraft left so presumably we will once again have to rely on 'borrowed' civil aircraft (thanks British Airways - just send us your invoice).

No increase in troop numbers of course, we will just have to make do with what we have. 600 new armoured fighting vehicles? They were already on order (in a pre-announced move) for two high-readiness brigades, which will modernise them (by 2025) in case they had to be deployed in support of a NATO ally. So nothing new there really, just highlighting an order already placed.

The Royal Navy has taken a back seat again with a reduction in the number of planned Type 26 Frigates from 13 to 8, replacing the time-expired Type 23. In addition the (very) lightly protected new aircraft carriers (HMS Queen Elizabeth & HMS Price of Wales) will eventually carry the F35 aircraft once they have sorted out the numerous 'teething problems' with the most expensive aircraft ever built. Oh, and by the way, the carriers will have to operate painfully close to enemy shores due to the relatively low range of the F35, so the Royal Navy will require excellent radar cover against enemy aircraft that would normally supplied by the Frigates. But of course we now know that we are having fewer Frigates.

And just so you know you can sleep safely in your beds at night, the aircraft carriers, F35 jets and the Frigates will not be available for at least another 5 - 10 years (best guess scenario). In the meantime, after putting to sea, HMS Queen Elizabeth will just have to wander the seas pretending it has aircraft on board. It's a bit like soldiers on exercise shouting "Bang!" when there is no blank ammunition left. Don't laugh, this happens - a lot.

More drones? Well that's a good idea, in theory. Anything reducing the risk to pilots is a good thing, but nothing quite beats a pilot's point of view of when to fire, or not. My jury is out on this one.

Sneaking in under the radar (excuse the pun) is the announcement that Trident is still on the books with a minor alteration in the likely cost, an increase of around £6 billion to £31 billion. Here's another classic example of the UK punching above its weight so it can remain at the top table with the likes of Russia, USA and France. This may surprise you, but I don't think we should have nuclear armed submarines. If you are going to spend £31 billion then spend it where it's really needed, more troops, better equipped, more Frigates for the Navy, more 'conventional' aircraft for the RAF (we could buy 24 F15E Strike Eagle from the US 'off the shelf' and 'combat ready' for £8.4 billion). The equivalent number of F35 aircraft will cost around £13.5+ billion. A new Type 36 Frigate costs around £350 million, so with the change from the purchase of the F15, and the scrapping of Trident you could afford quite a few Frigates for the Navy.

Finally, the cost in terms of personnel. It is anticipated that there will be a 30% reduction in civilian support staff over the next few years. This doesn't mean their jobs will go, it means that the likes of Serco will take them over under the Government's privatisation schemes. If you visit a military base these days, don't expect to see uniformed personnel working in the stores, in the Officers' and Sergeant's Mess, driving non-combat vehicles or even refuelling & maintaining support aircraft, the chances are they will have Serco personnel (invariably retired military personnel) looking after them.

So all in all, the Review has provided very little new, all they have done is juggle the figures around a bit in light of recent events and placed their faith in a deterrent which will not become an asset for many years to come - if all goes to plan, which of course it won't, all battle plans fail after the first shot - don't they?

Lightning II