Saturday, 27 August 2016

Five terrorist suspects arrested in Birmingham and Stoke

Five men have been arrested by mental health police in Birmingham and Stoke on suspicion of commissioning, preparing or instigating terrorist attacks.

Following the arrests, army bomb disposal experts were sent to a Birmingham hotel near the Bullring shopping centre. The Pentahill hotel was visited by one of the terrorists that was involved in an attack on Paris last year.

The arrests were part of a joint operation between MI5 and West Midlands Police.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Scottish government runs £15bn budget deficit paid for by English taxpayers

Scotland's budget deficit has jumped to £15bn after North Sea oil revenues dropped 97%.

The SNP's economic plans all rest on Scotland investing tax revenues from North Sea oil but whilst just a couple of years ago the Scottish government could expect to lay claim to as much as £10bn in revenues, it fell to just £60m last year thanks to a crash in oil prices and a slow down in production.

Luckily for Nicola Sturgeon she doesn't have to worry about inconvenient things like budget deficits because Scotland's heavily inflated share of public spending isn't linked to the amount of tax they raise. Scotland is guaranteed a subsidy every year under the Barnett Formula which is currently a 16% premium on the UK average. This is a little misleading though because Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland all receive more money than they pay in to the Treasury which bumps up the average. The Scottish subsidy is a 19% premium on average spending in England and a whopping 28% premium on public spending in the east of England euroregion which is the poorest funded part of the UK.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Conservative councillor complains about UKIP councillor doing his job too well

A Conservative councillor in Hayling has complained that a UKIP councillor helped a resident get a parking ticket overturned.

Cllr Jackie Branson said that UKIP councillor John Perry shouldn't have got involved because the resident didn't live in the ward he was elected in. She claims that there is an "unwritten rule that a councillor acts within their own ward".

As a councillor myself I find myself getting involved in issues all over my borough. Residents often feel that they can trust UKIP but not other parties or are impressed with the performance of a particular councillor and would prefer their help. There is certainly no rule, unwritten or otherwise, that prevents a councillor from helping a resident who lives in another ward. I sometimes refer residents to another councillor because they need the clout of a cabinet member or because it's something that they have particular expertise in but I certainly wouldn't do so just because the resident didn't live in my ward!

Instead of complaining about Cllr Perry doing his job, perhaps Cllr Branson should take some time to reflect on why the resident in question decided not to contact her or the other two Conservative councillors representing her ward but approached a UKIP councillor instead.

Derby Conservative jailed for election fraud

A Conservative councillor in Derby has been jailed for two months for giving a false address to fraudulently stand in a local election.

Cllr Richard Smalley successfully stood in last year's local elections for Derby City Council but resigned 10 days later after rumours appeared on social media about his fraudulent declaration.

His solicitor claimed that he was driven to commit the fraud because he was stressed.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Richard Branson outs Jeremy Corbyn lying about "ram-packed" train

Comrade Corbyn released a video a couple of weeks ago of him sitting on the floor at the back of a Virgin train from London to Newcastle.

The train was "ram-packed" according to the man of the people and shows why rail services should be privatised.

Unfortunately for Red Jez, Virgin trains have CCTV and Richard Branson took a personal interest. Virgin have released CCTV stills showing Jeremy Corbyn and his entourage walking through a half empty carriage of unreserved seats to shoot his video before taking seats 15 minutes later with the help of a member of staff.


Germans told to stockpile food and water in case of terrorist attacks

A "civil defence" plan is to be put before German ministers which advises citizens to stockpile 10 day's worth of food and drink for use in a national emergency.

The plan says that Germany is unlikely to face a "conventional" threat but a major security threat couldn't be ruled out so civil defence measures are necessary.

Germany, France and Belgium have suffered from a number of terrorist attacks since Angela Merkel invited an unlimited number of illegal immigrants to Europe. ISIS has used the open invitation to send terrorists into Europe who have then gone on to carry out attacks on the continent including bombings, shootings and knife and axe attacks.

There won't ever be another "conventional" war again where two countries make a formal declaration and the armies of one country fight the armies of another and civil wars are no longer confined to national borders. We are at war now, we've been at war for years and we'll be in a permanent state of war for decades to come at least.

A century ago there would now be a country called by Islamic State, their leaders would have been legitimised, their borders fixed and their leaders would be tied up with internal power struggles and international diplomacy. But now that military imperialism isn't acceptable any more western governments are trying to bring back a status quo that they undermined with the removal or serious weakening of the authoritarian leaders that were keeping the likes of ISIS at bay.

When your government is telling you to stockpile food in case of an attack from terrorists that they're knowingly allowing into the country it's time for a new government.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Racist MP Diane Abbott spent most of her charity's money on a party

Racist Labour MP, Diane Abbott, spent £29k of her own charity's money on a a party and just £2k on good causes according to accounts that she tried to withhold.

Abbott was threatened with £6,500 in fines if she didn't submit accounts for the Diane Abbott Foundation as well as a possible criminal prosecution. She eventually submitted the accounts for 2014 which show a £35k income and just £2k of it spent on good causes with £29k spent on a party in the Houses of Parliament.

The Diane Abbott Foundation is supposed to make awards to disadvantaged black boys to help them "achieve their dreams". The £35k in donations came from city law firm, Linklaters, which MPs have named as being "culpable" for the collapse of BHS and pensions company Prudential, which is facing strike action from its staff over a plan to outsource jobs to India. Diane Abbott didn't donate any of her own money to her charity.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Corbyn supporters change rules to allow violent conduct

Jeremy Corbyn's stormtroopers, Momentum, have dropped a non-violence clause from their code of ethics (£), leaving the door open for violent revolution.

During the Labour leadership election last year Jeremy Corbyn's supporters orgainsed themselves into the trade union-sponsored Momentum, a bizarre personality cult which has grown up around Red Jez. Until now they've kept the nasty side of their movement fairly low key - threats and lobbing bricks through windows - but now they've dropped their official ban on using violence in the name of "self defence".

The whole Momentum movement has echoes of the early days of the Nazi Party and this tacit endorsement of violence during campaigning will no doubt worry law enforcement agencies as much as the non-Corbynites.

Saturday, 20 August 2016

EU propaganda agency claims Team GB's medals

One of the EU's propaganda agencies have been widely slated for claiming the Olympic successes of member states for the EU in a medals table featuring the European Union in the top spot.

If the EU competed in the Olympics that would be quite an impressive tally but take Team GB's record medal haul off the EU and add it to the rest of the Commonwealth and the EU drops to second place.

Both medals tables are equally meaningless but the EU pales in comparison to the Commonwealth.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Rabbi stabbed in Strasbourg by Muslim shouting "Allahu Akhbar"

A Jewish man, identified locally as a Rabbi named Mr Levy, has been stabbed by a Muslim man who shouted "Allahu Akhbar" as he attacked him.

French police have said that the attack isn't terrorist related and ... wait for it ... the attacker "has a history of mental illness".

The standard response now to Islamic terrorism is to dismiss it as mental illness and it's not only farcical but dangerous to do so. Islamic terrorism is a very real danger and it needs to be taken seriously. Attempting to cover it up by describing every terrorist attack as the actions of a mentally ill person fools nobody and sends a message to Islamic extremists that no matter what they do there will be no wider consequences, no restrictions on their ability to import terrorism and radicalise.

UKIP win back majority in South Thanet by-elections

UKIP candidates took another two seats on South Thanet District Council in by-elections yesterday to secure a working majority again.

The council has been UKIP-controlled since last year's local elections although infighting over Manston Airport saw some UKIP councillors form an independent group, losing UKIP's overall majority. Last night's victories means 29 out of 56 councillors are UKIP, giving the party back its working majority.

As well as the district council wins, UKIP candidates won two vacant seats on UKIP-controlled Ramsgate Town Council which now has 11 UKIP councillors out of a total of 16.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Latest unemployment figures prove Project Fear wrong AGAIN

Figures out today show that unemployment is down, the number of people out of work and not looking for work is down and the percentage of working age people in work is at a record high since records began in 1971.

Project Fear told us that the economy would tank if we voted to the leave the EU, that millions of jobs would be lost and that companies would abandon the UK in droves. Instead, we see fewer people out of work, companies making big investments in the UK and investors putting their faith in our future prosperity.

If things are going this well during a period of economic instability and political uncertainty caused by David Cameron's refusal to plan for Brexit then just imagine what it's going to be like when there's an actual plan and some firm answers on our relationship with the EU and the rest of the world.

Sorry George, did you have something to say?

Nathan Gill resigns UKIP whip in the Welsh Assembly

Nathan Gill has resigned from the UKIP group in Welsh Assembly and will sit as an independent AM.

He made the decision to resign from the group after weeks of infighting which almost resulted in him being expelled from the party but group leader Neil Hamilton's reaction points to the root of the problem.
We'll have to do our best to survive without him - we don't see him much in the assembly so I don't think well notice much difference
There is a time and a place for hardballing rebellious members and this is neither the time nor is the Sennedd the place. Having won the EU referendum, we need to be showing voters that we are the party that can make Brexit happen and happen right. With the pointless infighting in Wales, the shambolic leadership election and a string of ridiculous decisions by the NEC we appear to be anything but competent.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Labour avoided tax on £4.3m profits last year

Today's personal attack on Bill Etheridge MEP is unacceptable

The invasion of +Bill Etheridge MEP's privacy by his ex-girlfriend today is not acceptable.

Lorraine Chew posted a picture of Viagra with a box showing that it had been prescribed to Etheridge on Twitter, accusing him of having an affair. She later deleted the picture along with tweets endorsing his rivals in the leadership campaign.

Bill is thick skinned but it was a very personal attack on him and goes far beyond what elements of their personal life a public figure should be expected to accept being made public. No matter how upset you are with someone, this sort of behaviour is unacceptable and the press should certainly have recognised that this simply was not a matter of public interest and shouldn't have been given the oxygen of publicity.