Thursday, 28 June 2012

Affordable Care Act Is Upheld By US Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court upholds most of the Affordable Care Act. Vote is 5-4 the court split on traditional lines ie Liberal/Conservative with Chief Justice John Roberts breaking the tie. The Affordable Care Act is the flagship of the Obama administration.

Remember The Poll Tax?

Margaret Thatcher introduced the Poll Tax also known as the Community Charge into Scotland in 1989. A full year before it was due to be brought into England and Wales. The Poll Tax lead to a massive backlash against the Tories and some say the final downfall of Mrs Thatcher. Many blame her stand on Europe but it was the poll tax which really did the real damage to her support. John Majors first act as Prime Minister was to scrap the Poll Tax and replace it with a Council Tax based on the ability to pay. In the end though Scotland was the Guinea Pig for a policy put together by a Westminister Government that had very little if any political support in Scotland.

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Lib Dem Party Donor Gets Six Months Extra In Prison

Michael Brown has been given a extra six months in prison for breach of bail. Mr Brown was arrested in the Dominican Republic last January. He was sentenced to seven years in his absence in May 2009 for carrying out a almost 8 million pound fraud on Martin Edwards a former director of Manchester United.Michael Brown donated £2,400,000 to the Liberal Democrats in 2005.

Top Tory Spin Doctor's Wife Used Tax Avoidance Scheme

A Downing Street spin doctor Craig Oliver was secretary of Paya Limited a company set up to deal with his partners earnings. His wife Joanna Gosling a BBC News presenter was paid £150,000 a year into the private company. Experts claim this could have saved about £22,000 a year. Other BBC presenters including Jeremy Paxman and Gavin Esler are also believed to benefit from freelance contracts.

Monday, 25 June 2012

Scots "Do Not Trust Westminster"

The SNP commissioned pollsters YouGov to ask two questions. The first was: "How much trust, if any, do you have in the UK Government in Westminster to take the right decisions for Scotland?" Secondly, pollsters asked: "To what extent do you agree or disagree with the statement: It is better for Scotland to be part of the United Kingdom when there is a Conservative government in Westminster?".Seven out of Ten Scots do not trust Westminster to make the right decisions for Scotland. And only Two out of Ten Scots think it is better for Scotland to be part of the UK when the Tories are in charge.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Liam Holden The Last Man Sentenced To Hang In The UK Has His Murder Conviction Quashed

Mr Liam Holden was wrongly convicted of the murder of a Private Bell in 1972. Mr Holden was arrested by soldiers from the Parachute Regiment and taken to a army barracks. He was pinned to the floor by six men, a thick towel was held over his face and soldiers started pouring water on it. “What the soldiers did to me...water torture, hooding, putting the gun to my head, no one will ever get a real feeling of what it is like, it is like a slow drowning sensation.”

Mr Holden was also taken to Loyalist area of Belfast by British soldiers and told he would be shot unless he confessed to the murder.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

SNP Attack The Lib Dems Over Anti-Independence Confusion

Angus Robertson MP said "By avoiding straightforward questions with a negative response Michael Moore has added to the state of confusion that has engulfed the anti-independence parties over Scotland’s constitutional future.

“Mr Moore and his Tory and Labour allies all admit that the constitutional status quo is not sustainable but, with only days until the formal launch of the ‘No’ campaign, he cannot name a single power that he would devolve. If the anti-independence parties claims were being genuine they have a democratic duty to set out exactly what is on offer.

“The anti-independence parties have been left behind by people across civic Scotland who are considering the powers that Scotland needs to have a successful economy and fair society - instead of savage cuts and a stagnant economy from the UK coalition.

“People in Scotland are entitled to know what the anti-independence parties have in mind, and whether their proposals include any real economic powers and responsibilities, for example, over welfare issues.

“Mr Moore seems to have ditched the Lib Dems’ own policy of more powers for Holyrood and is now just acting as a front man for a Tory Government Scotland didn’t vote for – no wonder so many Lib Dems in Scotland have abandoned the party in favour of the SNP.

"While we take nothing for granted, we are very confident that we can win the Yes case for independence and equality for Scotland in the referendum.”

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

SNP Condemn Obscene Waste Of Money

Angus Robertson the SNP MP has condemned the UK Government for spending 1.1 Billion on nuclear weapons. The money will be spent updating nuclear reactors at Rolls Royce in Derby. Mr Robertson said the move would lead to “the next generation of weapons of mass destruction on the Clyde” where the nuclear fleet is based.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Enda Kenny Calls For All-Ireland Football Team

"I think they could certainly qualify for World Cups, we'd have a much stronger team. But then, I'm not in control of that," he said. "When we do so much work... as we do in rugby, as we do in boxing, as our sports people in many spheres reach world-class performances and astride on the European stage, with achievements that are outstanding from my point of view personally, I'd be a big supporter of it." said the Irish Prime Minister.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Sheldon Adelson Gives 10 Million Dollars To Mitt Romney Campaign

Sheldon Adelson and his wife have donated 10 million dollars to Restore Our Future a Super Pac supporting Mitt Romney. A source also says any future donations from Adelson to Romney could be limitless. So far 32 billionaires have given money to Mitt Romney. Meanwhile John McCain has attacked Mitt Romney for taking money from foreign sources. Mr Adelson owns a Casino Resort in Macau a province of China.

Friday, 15 June 2012

A New Blog

"We In Coming Days May Be" a new blog published by BangorDub is well worth a look.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Coco-Cola Or Cannabis Boris?

Daily Show host Jon Stewart asks London Mayor Boris Johnson which should be penalised more Cannabis or Coco-Cola?

Scotland Would Become The Fifth Richest Country In The EU Under Independence

According to new figures obtained by a SNP MSP Scotland would become the fifth richest country in the EU under Independence. Mr Kenneth Gibson MSP said: "These official figures yet again show the wealth of Scotland and demolish the credibility of the anti-independence attempts to talk down Scotland's economy and ability to make decisions for itself.

"The example of other successful small independent European nations is an overwhelming vote of confidence in the economic case for an independent Scotland."

Monday, 11 June 2012

David Cameron Leaves His 8 Year Old Daughter Behind In Pub

David Cameron left his eight year old daughter behind in a pub. "You'd have thought someone would have done a headcount or something. "Pub staff found their daughter in the toilet and didn't know what to do. "It's not like you can look up David Cameron in the phone book and then ring to say, 'You've left your daughter behind'. "It's frightening the prime minister of Britain can forget something so important as his own daughter." said a pub insider.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Alliance Party Warmly Welcome Improved Provision Of RTE In The North

Newcastle Councillor Patrick Clarke stated: “Alliance warmly welcomes that the Communications Minister Ed Vaizey has now made provision for RTE channels to be made available across the North following the digital TV switchover in October.” “The recent announcement that TV viewers in the North will be able to receive TG4 and RTÉ One and Two on Freeview following digital TV switchover on October 24th is very good news particularly for areas like Newcastle which were previously unable to receive RTE on the analogue signal.The announcement is good news for viewers and honours the commitments set out in the Good Friday agreement.” Patrick Clarke added, “I have no doubt to many viewers in Newcastle, and bad reception areas across Northern Ireland who were previously unable to receive RTE television broadcasts that the announcement will be very much welcomed by the thousands of people across Northern Ireland who will be able to enjoy watching RTE channels in digital from October 24th.”

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Angry BIrd's Company Rovio Could Move To Ireland

The company behind one of David Cameron's favourite mobile games Angry Bird's is considering a move to Ireland. Rovio which is currently based in Finland has been approached by the IDA to set up shop in Ireland. If it does move it will join the likes of Apple and Facebook as well as Microsoft in making Ireland its base of European operations.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Would You Trust This Man With Your Savings?

George Osborne the chancellor in the ConDem government has been working on a new scheme to pump more money into the economy. Growth Bonds in which savers hand over there hard earned money to the Government who then invest it in building new toll roads and houses. Savers could be offered tax breaks, similar to those available in Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs).

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Legal Eagles Living It Large On Legal Fees

Northern Ireland’s millionaire QCs:

WG Berry: £3,807,244
AM Cinnamond: £1,156,972
DP Fee: £1,311,333
JA Gallagher: £3,175,245
JE Grant: £2,510,616
AD Harvey: £3,375,838
DJ Hopley: £1,714,311
BG McCartney: £3,026,071
FG McCrory: £1,174,195
LP McCrudden: £2,013,363
JF McCrudden: £1,704,797
EM McDermott: £3,724,003
PT McDonald: £1,641,032
B Macdonald: £2,402,943
P Magee: £2,772,643
FP O’Donoghue: £1,497,010
J Orr (Mr): £1,919,960
J Orr (Miss): £1,001,906
O Powell: £1,160,839
PE Ramsey: £1,638,948
J Treacy: £1,961,089

Monday, 4 June 2012

The Union Flag Will Only Fly On Certain Days At Belfast City Hall

According to a leaked draft report the four options are:

1. Flying on designated days, such as the Queen's birthday

2. Flying on designated days plus extra days where appropriate

3. No flag or a new neutral flag

4. Two flags, with the Irish tricolour flying alongside the Union flag

There will now be a four month public consultation starting on the sixth of June. The final decision will be taken in November when Belfast City councillors vote on it at Belfast City Hall.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Number Of NI Students With Irish Passports Applying For Scottish Universities

Glasgow University 286
Aberdeen University 70
Glasgow Caledonia University 286
Edinburgh University 373
Dundee University 200

It was recently revealed that NI students with Irish passports do not have to pay tuition fees at Scottish Universities.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Meet The Koch Brothers

Charles and David Koch are two of the richest men in the USA.They own Koch Industries Inc the second largest privately owned company in the United States. Each man is said to be worth about 20,000,000,000 dollars now thats a lot of money. Over the years they have given a lot of support to various Conservative political causes. They have spent 50 million dollars lobbying in Washington DC since 2006. Now they seem committed to getting Mitt Romney elected the next President of the United States.