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Prime Minister Cameron makes his case to the House of Commons, as Obama dribbles

March 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Prime Minister David Cameron has made his case before Britain’s House of Commons, which voted overwhelmingly in support of the Libyan War, with a final tally of 557-13.   

A bit late, as military action had begun three days before, but we can allot some points to the Brits on that note.  At least they’re putting together some semblance of how checks and balances in government should work in a time of war.

President Barack Obama, on the other hand, was in South America working on his bicycle kick:

The contrast in leadership styles is stunning, wouldn’t you say?

We need some Nigel Farage

March 15, 2011 Leave a comment

When the European Union and the United States collapse under the weight of its debt and political impudence, we can’t say we weren’t warned:

 

American politics could use a few Nigel Farages, or at least the Republican party could anyway.  The Democrats are beyond saving.

UK death watch continues

November 25, 2010 1 comment

Yeah, things are looking real great on the other side of the pond:

A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of inciting religious hatred after allegedly burning an English language version of the Koran.

The 15-year-old, who lives in the West Midlands, allegedly posted the video, filmed two weeks ago on her school premises, on Facebook.

The video was reported to the school and subsequently removed, police said.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of making threats. Both have been released on police bail.

It is thought the girl, who lives in the Sandwell Council area, was allegedly filmed setting the booklet alight while other pupils watched.

Two Facebook profiles have also been removed from the site, police added.

It is understood that the group who published that version of the Koran have since been to the school to talk to pupils.

Good lord.  Anyone who’s been paying attention knows that England has been headed to the crapper for some time, with their subjugation to radical Islam.  I just never realized it was this severe.

UK Elections 2010 (Monty Python edition)

I find myself tuned into BBC television watching as the election results roll in.  On a beautiful Thursday night in the middle of spring.  I guess I really am a political junkie.

There’s really nothing I can add to the election, although I’ve been following the news for the past several weeks.  All I can say is that whenever I think of elections in Britain, I think of this:

Earlier in the broadcast, I heard an analyst say “Here’s the swing from Belfast” and the first thing I thought of was “There’s the swing.  Where’s the swong?”

Brown and Obama

April 28, 2010 Leave a comment

This should put the final nail in Gordon Brown’s political coffin with a week to go before the UK’s election:

Gordon Brown prostrated himself as a “penitent sinner” yesterday after a brush with a voter triggered a calamitous chain of events that threatened to derail Labour on the eve of tonight’s pivotal TV debate.

The Prime Minister spent an unscheduled 45 minutes inside the terraced house of Gillian Duffy apologising to the Labour-supporting widow for insulting her behind her back.

His muttered description of her as a “bigoted woman”, picked up by a microphone as he drove off from their combative but apparently friendly encounter, plunged Labour’s high command into its most serious crisis of the campaign.

Brown heard the recording of his comments during an appearance on a radio station.  The video of that is here, because his reaction to the comments is priceless:

He just knows he’s screwed.  Here’s a clue–when running for political office, don’t insult little old ladies.

More importantly, Brown’s comments were made in response to Ms. Duffy expressing concern about illegal immigration from Eastern Europe into the UK, and now Gillian Duffy is a national figure.

My reaction to all of this is nothing new, just that Gordon Brown is your typically egotistical and arrogant politician who doesn’t understand and probably will never understand why the dirty rubes just don’t get his elitist and utopian point of view.  This arrogance transcends political allegiances and is found on all sides of the political spectrum.  Brown has apologized to Ms. Duffy, but really, he’s not sorry.  He made these comments without any hesitation.  This is how he thinks.

Ironically, last week’s passage of Arizona’s new immigration law (SB 1170) has made illegal immigration an issue in th e US as well, and when I read what happened with Gordon Brown, it got me thinking about our leader.

Given what we know about him, his past associations, his leftist ideology and his elitism, does anyone really believe that President Obama thinks differently from Gordon Brown?  He’s given clues with his comments after the law was passed (with 70% of Arizonans voting for its passage), suggesting that our fellow American citizens were “misguided”, which is just code for “you ignorant rubes are so racist”.  Everything is for political expediency.  In that sense there’s really no difference between career politicians whether they’re here in the states or across the pond.

You can’t fight city hall. Or the NHS (Government is so virtuous edition)

April 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Yet another disturbing government-run healthcare story from across the pond (my bold):

Jenny Whitehead, a breast cancer survivor, paid £250 for an appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon after being told she would have to wait five months to see him on the NHS. He told her he would add her to his NHS waiting list for surgery.

She was barred from the list, however, and sent back to her GP. She must now find at least £10,000 for private surgery, or wait until the autumn for the NHS operation to remove a cyst on her spine.

“When I paid £250 to see the specialist privately I had no idea I would be sacrificing my right to surgery on the NHS. I feel victimised,” she said.

[…]

Whitehead’s case […] reveals that patients who go private in despair at long waiting lists still risk jeopardising their NHS treatment. Department of Health officials admit it remains official policy.

Whitehead, 64, a former museum assistant from Yorkshire who works as a volunteer at a hospice, went to her GP in December for back pain. Because of her breast cancer history, she was immediately offered an MRI scan to check the disease had not returned. It revealed a cyst on her spine, pressing against her sciatic nerve. Her GP referred her to a consultant at Airedale NHS hospital.

She was told the next available NHS appointment was in May, so she accepted the offer of a private slot to see him the following week.

[…]

The specialist promised to add her to his NHS waiting list for surgery. After two months, however, hospital managers told her she had been barred from the waiting list because she had seen the surgeon privately. Now her only alternative to paying £10,000 privately is to go back to her GP, seek another referral to the same specialist, this time on the NHS, and face another 18-week wait.

“We will scratch together the money if we absolutely have to, but I feel it’s incredibly unfair,” said Whitehead. “I’ve paid full National Insurance contributions all my working life and feel I should get this operation on the NHS.”

[…]

Bradford and Airedale NHS trust said it was looking into the case “as a matter of urgency” but added: “Anyone who chooses to pay for a private outpatient consultation cannot receive NHS treatment unless they are then referred on to an NHS pathway by their consultant.”

Isn’t government grand?  Specifically, isn’t government determining which procedures you can or cannot undergo, grand?

I’m not saying this is going to happen once the US officially completes its transformation into a  nationalized healthcare system in about 10-15 years.  If anything, I’d ask my liberal and progressive friends who think that government, and only government, is so virtuous and kind so as to look after the healthcare needs of it’s citizens, if this is the kind of government they’re constantly referring to?  Surely a government bureaucracy in the USA is far more superior to those in the UK?  Those in France?  Italy?

The bottom line is that the power of government is scary. 

[Via Memeorandum]