The IRA killers of a Garda detective have made more than £91,000 making bodhrans while serving their prison sentences in Castlerea prison.Prison authorities say the money made is put into a fund for the men and their families.Isn't that nice? Read more here
GM cropsare no more harmful to the environment than conventional plant varieties, a major UK study has found.The Bright project looked at varieties of sugar beet and winter oil-seed rape which had been engineered to make them tolerant of specific herbicides. The novel crops were compared with non-GM cereals grown in rotation. The project concluded that the GM varieties, used in this way, did not deplete the soil of weed seeds needed by many birds and other wildlife.OOPS - don't tell Friends of the Earth!
Migration Watch UKexplains that the Government have announced that 91,000 Eastern Europeans have registered since May, nearly half of them new arrivals. This is a very large number. At an annual rate it is 7 times the governments maximum prediction of 13,000.
The Government have shown a complete lack of foresight. In recent years, they have quadrupled work permits from the rest of the world to 175,000 a year. They must now make a sharp cut in work permits to accommodate these East Europeans who since May have had an automatic right to come here to work.
Britain simply cannot accept massive levels of immigration from all corners of the world.
The excellent Nanny knows Besthighlights the two-faced hypocrisy of this Labour Government as evident in its alleged new "Freedom of Information" laws due January 2005. Presiding over this will be that well-known "safe pair of hands" and mate of Tony Blair, Lord Falconer. Remember him? - good guy. Here's his track record;
He had to apologise to peers for misleading them about the financial state of the Dome, his pet project. It seems that he was mistaken in denying that it was insolvent
He tried to abolish his own post of Lord Chancellor, then found he couldn’t
He is involved in introducing a Supreme Court in Britain, some people have unkindly suggested that this plan is being worked out on the back of an envelope
He managed to persuade Government to exempt members of the judiciary from the £1.5M tax threshold on pension funds, that everyone else is subject to."
As I say, really good bloke. How can things go wrong?
Whilst the left delights in its continual sniping at US efforts to cleanse IRAQ of the remnants of the Saddam regime - this is worth a read.
"A trench with piles of clothed bodies packed tightly together. Men, women, little children. Even unborn children. Some blindfolded. Some with their hands bound. All slaughtered in cold blood by the henchmen of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein."
The Belfast Telegraph reports that Bubba Bill Clinton is thinking of perhaps buying a house in Ireland, North or South. Apparently it's his favourite place outside of the US. A rumour two years ago that he was to buy an apartment at the K Club golf course in the Republic turned out to be false - though I'm sure it wass helpful to local real estate prices..mmmm.
I laughed at this clip from a Clinto speech; "You Protestants and Catholics alike must not allow the ship of peace to sink on the rocks of old habits and hard grudges. You must stand firm against terror."
Yeah - just as you stood firm insisting that the Sinn Fein delegates of IRA terror and the godfather of Palestinian terror could enter and bring shame on the White House. What a goon.
The Sheffield Star goes a good job in minimising the errors of Home Secretary, David Blunkett, over the questions revolving around his abuses of privilege . In this piece it devotes only 36 words to his alleged involvement in the fast-tracking of a visa for his lover's Filipino nanny. His other morally corrupt antics - such as fathering two children of an already married woman - are mentioned with no condemnatory passages whatsoever.
It really does show the extent to which we in Britain are now so inured to questionable behaviour that we raise barely a mutter of disapproval over Blunkett's antics. Remember when, twenty years ago, Cecil Parkinson was caught with his proverbial trousers down in an illicit relationship with private secretary, Sarah Keys? Such was the outcry Parkinson was forced to resign. Defenders of New Labour are quick to deflect the argument by saying Parkinson did not own up to this affair (in stark contrast to Blunkett himself). Sorry, I don't buy it. Parkinson was forced to resign because, in those halcyon days, the public correctly viewed someone's moral integrity as an interconnecting indicator of his or her professional conduct. These days, in a country where anything goes, Blunkett could father 100 children to 30 different women and barely an eyebrow would be raised. Isn't it sad?
Is it possible that a politician who has made his career out of saying "NO" is about to say "YES" to a PERVERSE deal that will put self-confessed IRA terrorist Martin McGuinness into the Government as Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland? Could it be that Dr. Paisley - approaching his 80th birthday - is more focused on the goal of becoming First Minister than withstanding Government's machinations to restore a corrupt Assembly? Might it be conceivable that as the DUP leader considers what his political legacy will be, and as he listens to those chirping "pragmatists" that surround him, he is about to sell out Unionism for 1.2 billion shekels and a kodak moment or two? I think the answer will be a resounding YES. It make me wonder why we bother with Unionist politicians. They are, almost without exception, useless.