Thursday, 29 November 2012

Switzerland Is The Best Country To Be Born In

Switzerland is the best Country to be born in. Ireland comes in 12th while the UK is 27th.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Oh No Not Another Opinion Poll

I see the recent poll by Lucid Talk for the English Tory Party involved telephone interviews with 12,000 people in an area covering Belfast, Lisburn, Mourne, Bangor/Holywood, Newtownards/Ballynahinch and Larne/Ballyclare. Yes all along the East coast people were surveyed. But if you live in Cookstown or Strabane or Armagh City or Derry you need not worry about getting a phone call from Gerry Lynch and his pals.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

The British Press Are Still Drinking In Last Chance Saloon

1. 1953. Four years after a Royal Commission told the press to start regulating itself, nothing had been done. Only the threat of legislation forced them to create the General Council of the Press. Withdrawing his Private Member’s Bill, C.J. Simmons MP told the Commons: ‘I give warning here and now that if it fails, some of us again will have to come forward with a measure similar to this bill.’

2. 1962. A second Royal Commission told the press to make self-regulation effective: ‘We think that the Press should be given another opportunity itself voluntarily to establish an authoritative General Council . . . We recommend, however, that the government should specify a time limit after which legislation would be introduced.’

3. 1977. The third Royal Commission on the Press urged radical changes to the Press Council and said that if nothing was done parliament should act. The report said: ‘We recommend that the press should be given one final chance to prove that voluntary self-regulation can be made to work.’

4. 1990. Parliament backed the Calcutt Committee recommendations for radical improvements to self-regulation, including the establishment of an effective Press Complaints Commission. Papers were given a ‘year of grace’ to make this work and the Home Secretary, David Waddingston, told the Commons: ‘This is positively the last chance for the industry to establish an effective non-statutory system of regulation.’

5. 1993. The Calcutt Review concluded that the PCC was ‘not . . . an effective regulator of the press’. It recommended a Press Complaints Tribunal backed by statute. A Major government with a slender majority failed to implement this.

6. 2011. Amid public outrage over the revelation that Milly Dowler’s phone had been hacked, David Cameron told the Commons: ‘I accept we can’t say it is the last chance saloon all over again. We’ve done that.’

Sunday, 25 November 2012

SNP Lead In New Opinion Poll

SNP           39% (+19.1%)
Labour        33% (-9.0%)
Tory           16% (-0.7%)
LibDem        6% (-12.9%)
Other            7% (+4.5%)

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

DUP Leader Wants To Give Money To Loyalist Terrorists

Margaret Ritchie the SDLP MP for South Down has told the House Of Commons that the DUP would like to give money to Loyalist Terrorists.On the DUP she said: "The DUP leader, first minister of Northern Ireland and former member of this house, only recently complained to the Irish government that funding going into worthwhile North-South infrastructure projects should instead go to community projects for loyalists - because loyalist paramilitaries were getting restless and increasingly of a disposition to strike out."

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

I Guess Hes Not A Scientist

In a interview with GQ magazine Marco Rubio the Republican US Senator for Florida was asked the following question.

GQ: How old do you think the Earth is?
Marco Rubio: I’m not a scientist, man. I can tell you what recorded history says, I can tell you what the Bible says, but I think that’s a dispute amongst theologians and I think it has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States. I think the age of the universe has zero to do with how our economy is going to grow. I’m not a scientist. I don’t think I’m qualified to answer a question like that. At the end of the day, I think there are multiple theories out there on how the universe was created and I think this is a country where people should have the opportunity to teach them all. I think parents should be able to teach their kids what their faith says, what science says. Whether the Earth was created in 7 days, or 7 actual eras, I’m not sure we’ll ever be able to answer that. It’s one of the great mysteries.

Yes yet another great thinker from the party that brought you Dan Quayle and Sarah Palin.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Charles Green Wants Rangers In The English Premiership Or La Liga

He said: “As a football club, if Rangers were in the Premier League only Manchester United would be bigger.

“Arsenal have not got more fans than Rangers. The fanbase is so big.

“I don’t believe the Premier League are hostile towards it. I think it’s a generalisation.

“Speak to Manchester United. They’re not hostile to Rangers joining.

“Why would Man United want to play Southampton? Why, when they could play Rangers? Look, 60 per cent of the Premier League don’t want Rangers. Of course they don’t want Rangers.

“Why would Wigan, Southampton, Swansea, Aston Villa? Why would any of them want Rangers or Celtic in their league. Why would they? It threatens their existence — but if you asked the big clubs, ‘would you like Rangers?’”

Green reckons the Old Firm would also be welcomed with open arms in Spain — as TV firms look to deliver the best product for fans worldwide.

He said: “Ask Barcelona and Real Madrid if they would like Rangers and Celtic in their league. They definitely would.

“Why wouldn’t Barca want to play Rangers home and away as opposed to playing Getafe? They’d sell those games out. What will change football over five-to-ten years is this insatiable demand for the big clubs to play each other. This is not the insatiable demand from the West Midlands or north London. This is the demand from the Middle East, Asia, the Far East.”

Sunday, 11 November 2012

James McClean Refuses To Wear A Poppy

The Sunderland winger and Republic Of Ireland International James McClean refused to wear a football shirt with a poppy on it. The man from Derry who upset Northern Ireland fans by choosing to play for the Republic of Ireland rather than Northern Ireland.

Ashley Judd Could Run For US Senate In 2014

Ashley Judd the movie star has not ruled out running for a seat in Kentucky in the US Senate in 2014."I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I'm very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let's focus on coming together to keep moving America's families, and especially our kids, forward," she said.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Netanyahu Backs A Loser

Benjamin Netanyahu backed Mitt Romney to win the US presidential election. His key ally Sheldon Adelson spent millions of dollars in order to put Romney in the Whitehouse. But Barack Obama has won a great victory not just over the Republican Party but the Israel lobby in the USA.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Prosperity Index Top 25 Countries

1 - Norway
2 - Denmark
3 - Sweden
4 - Australia
5 - New Zealand
6 - Canada
7 - Finland
8 - Netherlands
9 - Switzerland
10 - Ireland
11 - Luxembourg
12 - U.S.A
13 - UK
14 - Germany
15 - Iceland
16 - Austria
17 - Belgium
18 - Hong Kong
19 - Singapore
20 - Taiwan
21 - France
22 - Japan
23 - Spain
24 - Slovenia
25 - Malta

Monday, 5 November 2012

Top Ten Most Prosperous Countries In The World

1 - Norway
2 - Denmark
3 - Sweden
4 - Australia
5 - New Zealand
6 - Canada
7 - Finland
8 - Netherlands
9 - Switzerland
10 - Ireland

Source Legatum Prosperity Index

Sunday, 4 November 2012

A Cancer In Foreign Affairs

Vincent Browne Ireland's top political interviewer has upset some people by attacking Israel. He said: “Israel is the cancer in foreign affairs. It polarises the Islamic community of the world against the rest of the world. “Unless you deal with the problem of Israel and the Palestinians in that part of the world, there’s going to be conflict and disharmony. It’s a massive injustice - they stole the land from the Arabs.”