Wednesday, 9 December 2015

DUP leader election

                      We are told that 75 percent of DUP MLAs and MPS back Mrs Foster for leader.   However that is not a unanimous endorsement.  All paid up members of the DUP should be given a vote.  There should be a choice.  If there was a choice between two candidates the result could be entirely different. Many unionist voters regard their parliament as Westminster and not Stormont.  If the new DUP leader is a Stormont MLA it will give a UK party like UKIP a boost in the May Stormont election.  Also some christians in the DUP will not be happy about having a woman as leader.

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Unionist MPs support bombing Syria but will it help?

                 all eleven unionist MPs voted for air strikes against Isil.  however there is no plan to send in ground troops which the military see as necessary to see Isis defeated.  Some argue that bombing Isil will mean the deaths of innocent civilians.  That in turn may mean increased recruitment to the Isis cause.  Will the UK be in greater danger? This is the great unknown question.  Also who is supporting who?  Both Cameron and Obama were quick to support Turkey who shot down the Russian jet yet there is clear evidence that Turkey(a member of Nato) is buying Isis oil and sending them weapons. Aerial  photographs show columns of lorries crossing the Turkey Syria border.

                    Where does President Obama stand?  Captured Isis leader Yousef al-Salafi is reported by RT to have told Pakistani officials that Isis gets its funding from the US government.  If this is true what exactly is Obama up to?    War with Russia?  Reports indicate that Obama knew the flight path of the Russian jet but did nothing!

Friday, 27 November 2015

The Little Red Book. The Conservatives and China

                          I watched the"experts" on the view BBC programme musing about John McDonald producing Mao`s little red book.  It was not a show of Labour communism as some seemed to think.
Quite the opposite!  The purpose of producing the Little Red Book was to show up the Conservatives and their links with China building the new nuclear power plants etc.  Yet again the self appointed experts got it wrong.  It was not a big Labour mistake. It was intentional swipe at the Conservatives links with China.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Marks and Spencer leaves Northern Ireland out of their xmas cake. Is it time for a boycott?

                    Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK not included in the Marks and Spencer Xmas cake.  Will you be buying one? I certainly wont be.   Is it time for a province wide boycott of Marks and Spencer by unionists?  Not a word from the DUP!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Trident submarines in Northern Ireland?

                   The suggestion by DUP  MP Jeffrey Donaldson that we in Northern Ireland could take the Trident nuclear submarines if required is an excellent suggestion.  However we should not wait until the SNP decide to reject Trident and the Scots vote for independence.  We should tell the Prime Minister NOW that we will take them NOW.  By us taking them NOW the SNP party would be completely neutered.  They would have nothing to grip about. Their favourite political ploy would be no more in Scotland. It would be a boon for the government and Northern Ireland would benefit to the tune of at least 10 000 jobs.  The union would be strengthened.   Northern Ireland has plenty of experience of building and looking after ships.  We are a seafaring country.

          Mr Corbyn: you are wrong.  Are people like Mr Corbyn and some Irish nationalists telling us that if North Korea landed a nuclear weapon in London, in Edinburgh or in Belfast that we should just sit there and take it?   The whole point about a nuclear deterrent is it "deters".  It makes countries like North Korea think twice before they decide to fire a nuclear weapon, that they might just get one back in double quick time!

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Life and Death in Northern Ireland. MLAs please take note!

                Amid the political euphoria about yet another fresh start in political life in Northern Ireland there is a matter of life and death that the political elite and indeed the Northern Ireland press have yet to resolve.  The little matter of forty cancer drugs(yes forty!) that are available in England but not in Northern Ireland.  People are dying in Northern Ireland as a consequence of this neglect so what are the politicians at Stormont going to do about it?   A matter of life and death far more important than any political "deal".   Lets us see where there priorities lie?  As long as we remain part of the UK the people of Northern Ireland are fully entitled to access to these drugs.   It is a fundamental matter of human rights and a matter of life and death so Stormont politicians act and act now!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

The National Anthem

                   The point that is missed regarding the playing of the National Anthem during the Armistist day commemoration service is that the playing of the National Anthem should have been on the programme from the start.  One must ask why it was not?   Surely it is the responsibility of the Secretary of State to ensure that Her Majesty is given due respect by the playing of the National Anthem.   It should have been on  the order of service from the beginning.  There is no use the Alliance Party sniping along with some unionists.  The DUP and the UUP should have insisted it was on the order of service.  Personally it would make one stop voting for these parties.  Both the DUP and the UUP need to ask themselves  if they are really unionist?

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Russian President Vladimir Putin says global warming theory is a fraud!

                Russian President Vladimir Putin says the west`s global warming theory is a fraud and designed to stop industrial development in many countries and to stop Russia using its vast oil and gas reserves.  (report by Michael Bastasch in the Daily Caller of 29 October).  This has also been reported in the New York Times and on the WUWT climate
web site(Eric Worral).  Image acknowledgement : Russian President Press and Information Office web site  www.Kremlin.ru      http://dailycaller.com/2015/10/29/russias-putin-says-global-warming-is-a-fraud/      a public opinion survey by the Daily Caller asked the question:  Is global warming theory a fraud?  result: 98% said yes!  2% said no!

Monday, 5 October 2015

San Francisco banned plastic bags in 2007. Result? Deaths and hospital admissions rose 50 percent!

    The Food Standards Agency has warned people that uncooked meat purchases should not be put in the same bag as ready meals bought in a supermarket.   When plastic bags were banned in San Francisco in 2007 deaths and hospital admissions went up by 50 percent!   Is banning plastic bags a health risk.  A disposable plastic bag does less harm to the environment than  a hessian non plastic bag. this has been proved by research from the GB Environment Agency.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Corbyn. He would not press the nuclear button.. Are his days as leader numbered?

                 Mr Jeremy Corbyn    says in the event of a nuclear confrontation he would not press the nuclear button.  In that case if a rogue state fired a nuclear bomb to hit Britain is he telling the British people he would not defend them?   Defence of the realm and protection of the British people is an essential prerequisite of any British Prime Minister.   If he will not adhere to this fundamental requirement of a Prime Minister then it is only a matter of time before he is replaced.  Some might say his position is treasonable.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Donald Trump--- Pope is wrong on climate change!

   Politico reports that the Pope`s campaign for climate change has got nowhere in the US Congress(Report by nick Gass 24 September 2015)..  Trump says he is all for clean air and clean water but he says the Pope is wrong on climate change, we cannot destroy our country.  Gass reports that this month is the warmest on re4ord.   It is not!.   For 80 percent of the 6 billion years of earth existence the global temperature has been higher than today. Pollen samples taken from Baffin Bay shows that the temperature five thousand years ago was four degrees higher than today(Professor Ian Plimer Adelaide University).  When are media
people like Gass going to stop reporting on alarmist nonsense claims on climate change?

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Would you buy a diesel? Is the Brown Labour government to blame for the health deaths from asthma?

                       The deception by VW over vehicle emission testing has brought this matter to a head. However lets be clear about what emissions we are dealing with.  It is not carbon dioxide emissions that are causing the pollution but it is the nitrous oxides and particulates emitted by diesel engines that are causing serious health problems in many UK cities.
                 Mr E King the President of the AA said that drivers were encouraged to go for diesel as there was hysteria over carbon dioxide at the time under the Brown Labour government.  that was the big greenie lie propagated by some greenie politicians at Westminster and some of their allies in the print media. The Brown government brought in the scheme to penalise those vehicles that emitted higher carbon dioxide levels. Tax breaks in the form of lower car tax were given to those who bought diesel vehicles.  This when all along it was the particulates and nitrous oxides from diesel vehicles that are the causes of air pollution, not carbon dioxide.  this was and still is a scare put out by unknowledgable politicians. the greenie politicians were warned at the time that diesel vehicles emit ten times the particulates and twice the nitrous oxides of a petrol vehicle.

                Over the last decade the number of diesel vehicles on UK roads has risen  from 1.6 million to over 11 million and accounts for a third of all vehicles on UK roads.   Frank Kelly the chair of the Department of Health committee on air pollution in GB said the public were still being misled about the benefits of diesel cars with  plenty of information abot carbon dioxide emissions(which do not harm the environment) but nothing about the particulates and nitrous oxides pollution coming from diesel vehicles.   It is reported that about 18 cities in the UK could be forced to impose higher charges on diesel vehicles.  these nitrous pollutants are closely related  to asthma and respiratory diseases. By World Health Organisation (WHO) standards 96 percent of UK urban dwellers are exposed to dangerous levels of particulates.The WHO has classed diesel fumes as a cause of cancer.

               (report by S Swinford. N Collins and G Lean  Daily Telegraph 2 August 2014)
     As for Northern Ireland we need the environment minister Mr Durkin MLA to determine how many diesel vehicles there are in Northern Ireland and how he is going to restrict their movement. There has been many premature deaths in the UK as a result of the pollution coming from  these disastrous decisions by past govenment ministers. A network of low emission zones is already being set up in cities in GB and diesel vehicles are being lilted in access to these zones. Should politicians be made accountable?

Captured Isis leader says they are being funded by the US government!

                  A report in RT has revealed that captured Isis leader Yousef al-Salafi has told Pakistani officials that Isis is being funded by the US government.  Is that the reason why Obama has not taken on  Isis?    Is that the reason he does not want Russia in Syria?  the Russians will take on Isis and defeat them. Remember it is Isis that is slaughtering British citizens.  Thirty died on the beaches of Tunisia only a couple of months ago.
IS  OBAMA A MUSLIM?  IS THIS PHOTOGRAPH THE PROOF?    This startling photograph taken by Associated Press at the August 2014 gathering of African leaders in Washington DC shows President Obama giving the Muslim  Shahada the extended forefinger symbolic of Islamic faith. This photograph was only published in the UK in the Daily Mail but the Daily Mail editors did not understand what they were looking at.  They thought is was only finger wagging. However the African dignitaries understood. Note the reaction of Abdelilah Berkirane the prime minister of Morocco pictured just behind Obama`s left shoulder, and Ibrahim Boubacas Keita the president of Mali in white garb and hat.  They are Muslims through and through and they are all smiles.   the one finger index finger represents the Muslim one god concept that there is only one god Allah. Essentially forget about the god of the Bible!  Thats what they are saying and it would seem Obama concurs!

Friday, 18 September 2015

The Russian build up continues

Debbka File reports that five Russian ships with guided missiles on board have arrived off the coast of Syria. Russia has alerted countries in the region that they will be conducting military exercises and test firing in the region which will go on until 7 October.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

UKIP Henry Reilly. Is he suspended or not?

                       The controversy in the press regarding the status of Henry Reilly  Northern Ireland UKIP councillor as to whether or not he is suspended is very unedifying.  Mr McNarry MLA says he is suspended while Mr Reilly says he is not!    this situation will most certainly not be an inducement for Northern Ireland unionists to vote for UKIP and will undoubtedly be a fillip for both the DUP and the UUP.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

World`s largest nuclear submarine the Russian Dmitri Donskoy heading for Syria! Dramatic development!


 The world`s largest nuclear submarine the Dmitri Donskoy(above) with 20 ICBM and 200 nuclear warheads on board is on its way to take up position off the Syrian coast(Debka file report).  In addition six Russian Mig fighters have landed in Damascus and Russia is in the process of building a new base on the west coast of Syria. Will this lead to a confrontation with US military forces in the region? Are we on the verge of a nuclear conflagation?  The Russian submarine set sail on 4 September from its North Sea base
 escorted by two anti sub warfare ships.  Each nuclear missile on the Dmitri Donskoy has a range of
10 000km.  Will Obama confront Russia?  Is he capable of such insanity?

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Over 82 percent of unionists agree with UUP leaving executive

              In a new poll of around 2000 unionist voters commissioned by on line polling company Lucid Talk over 80 percent of unionists polled said they agree with the UUP leaving the Northern Ireland executive.  This puts the DUP in a difficult position.  How long do they remain in the executive before it starts to affect their electoral chances?   There is no doubt that UUP leader Nesbitt is setting the pace in unionism

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Northern Ireland should take in several thousand of these destitute refugees.

                              When one considers the large number of Christian churches there are in Northern Ireland the christian response to the refugee now flooding into Europe is for us to take in several thousand. It should not be left up to Martin McGuinness to take the lead on this issue.  If little Iceland with a population of only 300 000 can offer to take in 11 000 then Northern Ireland should be able to respond and show compassion and also take in some, at least a few thousand. I find the views of UKIP Mr McNarry revolting.   Christ says in Matthew 25 "for as much as you have done it unto the least of these you have done it unto me"  What is the response of the unionist politicians?  do they have a response?

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Who do you believe Adams or the Chief Constable and the Sunday Times reporter?

                    Has the IRA gone away as Mr Adams tells us?  Well the Sunday Times John Mooney made it clear they were the biggest crime organisation in the Republic and the IRA army council meets twice a year!     So who do you believe Adams or the Sunday Times reporter and the Chief Constable?  Are they all lying except Adams?   Sinn Fein are clearly unfit for government.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Debbie Abraham MP calls today on Ian Duncan Smith the WP Secretary to resign.

Iain Duncan Smith must resign after he disgraced himself yet again, with a leaflet containing fabricated comments from non-existent DWP benefit claimants, according to a leading Opposition MP. (see www.voxpolitical.com and change.org)
Debbie Abrahams, who has been a leading light in the fight to force the Conservative Government to reveal the true number of people who have died following Duncan Smith’s “welfare reforms”, said the Work and Pensions secretary’s behaviour was a “disgrace” and his position was untenable.
But don’t take This Writer’s word for it – here’s Ms Abrahams herself (all boldings mine):
“As a member of the work and pensions select committee, I have called for Iain Duncan Smith to resign following revelations that his department created a leaflet about sanctions containing made-up quotes attributed to non-existent benefit claimants.
“I instigated an inquiry into the use of sanctions by the work and pensions committee, which reported in March this year, and I believe after being caught out so publicly it must be impossible for Iain Duncan Smith to continue as work and pensions secretary and he should do the honourable thing and resign.
“This is yet another example of not only his incompetence, but what can only be described as very shady and unscrupulous behaviour not befitting a Member of Parliament let alone a Secretary of State leading a Government Department.
“Once again, Duncan Smith is caught trying to paint a particular picture of social security claimants. He is a disgrace and should do the honourable thing and resign. When his own department have to resort to this sort of tactic, in adesperate attempt to make it appear as though the system is working, no-one can be left believing that his draconian social security sanctions regime is fit for purpose.

Monday, 10 August 2015

There will never be a united ireland

   Contrary to Mr McGuinness`s assertion that a united ireland is inevitable election results indicate the opposite. In the general election in Northern Ireland the unionist vote went up to 46% while the overall combined republican and nationalist vote declined to 38% with Sinn Fein losing Fermanagh by a massive 500 votes.    Mr McGuinness the union  is appealing to  more and more nationalist voters in northern Ireland.  However we need a refinement in electoral policy.  A return to full democracy is the next step.  Power sharing was an interim solution but to free up decision making, a return to full democracy in Northern Ireland as in any other country is the inevitable outcome.  That means majority rule.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Mental health in northern ireland a disaster!

               I strongly advocate the abolition of the five health trusts in Northern ireland.  They are eating up millions which could be going direct to hospitals and GPs.  They are full of administrators on massive salaries.  We cannot afford them.  Take mental health.  The people of Northern Ireland are getting a raw deal.  Those with mental health problems in England are guaranteed one hour a week with a mental health councillor.  In Northern Ireland mental health sufferers can go for months without an appointment. What are political parties like the DUP going to do about this situation?.                     Also those suffering with eating disorders here  often have to be transferred to hospitals in England to save their lives.  Why is there no money going into anorexic sufferers in Northern Ireland?

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Deisel car pollution, thousands dying in London. EU very concerned How many people in Northern Ireland are dying as a result?

                        A report from the London Mayor`s office has revealed that much larger numbers of people in London are dying as a consequence of pollution from diesel cars on London`s streets.(report in Financial times 15 July).how many are dying here in Northern Ireland? Is it not time the health authorities here looked into this matter? As many as 9400 died prematurely in 2010 because they spent years breathing in pollutants commonly found in fumes from diesel cars and trucks such as particulates and nitrogen oxides (study by Kings College London academics. )  Other parts of the UK including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are bound to also be affected.
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            A recent report in the Sunday Times (26 July) noted that scientists warned British ministers 22 years ago their planned alarmist "dash for diesel" could cause a public health disaster.  They were ignored by the climate alarmist politicians who believed wrongly it was more important for lower carbon dioxide(a harmless gas) so they promoted diesel cars with now disastrous health implications. Britain has been exposed by the EU with heavy fines in the pipeline if this pollution is not dealt with..

               This disaster  was promoted by the Brown government politicians.  Are they going to compensate the relatives of all those who have died  and those who are suffering?   they certainly should.   As far as Northern Ireland is concerned this should be raised in the Northern ireland Assembly as a matter of extreme urgency.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Crisis Crisis and more Crises!

Crisis 1)    What is the answer to the Calais crisis?.  Lorry haulage drivers, many from Northern Ireland feel threatened.  Should the government close our borders? Should the army be sent in ?  What about our border with the Republic.  Should our border be manned?
   The number of illegal immigrants using our border has increased from 274 to 468 including some criminals who have been deported from GB.

Crisis 2)    the spokesman for the Iran religious leader has made it clear that no-one will be permitted to inspect Iranian military sites(television interview).  That really means the Obana "deal" is in tatters.   Read the truth about the coming crisis with Iran and Israel. The nuclear crisis!

           IRAN   THE COMING CRISIS
                             radical Islam, oil, and the nuclear threat

                    by Pastor Mark Hitchcock, Pastor of Faith Bible Church Edmond Oklahoma
       available in all Faith Mission bookshops.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Developments at home and abroad.

             At home I see that Mr McGuiness is on his way to the US to consult with his american allies. With the Northern Ireland Secretary of state Ms De Villiers also on her way to the states I would have thought this would have been front page news in the local media, but apparently not!  Very odd!

            Abroad in a television  interview the spokesman for the Iranian Islamic religious leader made it very clear that on no account will Iran permit the inspection of military sites by anyone!.  Again strangely this has not been given any real coverage in the British media.  Why not?  Also where does this leave the Obama nuclear deal with Iran?   In tatters?   Is Israel justified in rejecting the deal?  What are the implications of the clear fall out between Israel and Obama?  can Iran be trusted?

Friday, 24 July 2015

Flights to Gatwick from Belfast to be cut.(Report)

    As a result of the takeover of Aer Lingus by AIG(Aviation International Group) it is reported that Aer Lingus flights from Belfast to Gatwick are likely to be cut from five flights a day to one(press report).  This is not good news for the travelling public so one must ask what are local politicians doing about it?  apparently nothing!

More Green cuts for solar panels and wind farms. UK government in a green cull.

                  Householders who thought they were on to a good thing with solar panels have fallen foul of government cut backs. It is proving to be a loser.   Feed in tariffs are being reduced for solar panels on  roofs under UK government plans. Also at least 200 proposed solar farms are likely to be abandoned with subsidies being withdrawn.   this follows after subsidies for windfarms have been withdrawn.   Bill Gates the richest man in the world has said solar and wind renewables are much too expensive and will never take over fossil fuels.  In the US president Obama has given permission for drilling for oil in the Arctic much to the frustration of green  advocates.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

The Windsors and the Nazis. Is there a connection?

                          The photograph of the Queen giving a Nazi salute in 1933 on the front page of todays Sun newspaper makes one wonder if there really is a connection.  Certainly Andrew Morton thinks there is in his book on the subject:  The Windsors, the Nazis and the cover-up.  Published by Michael O`Mara books London 2015.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Patricia McBride and Alec Kane wrong in BBC Talkback direct rule discussion.

                  A discussion today on Talkback on the possibility of direct rule for northern Ireland as a result of the welfare cuts impasse in the Assembly led to some mistaken notions..  The London government will not countenance "joint authority" in such circumstances regardless of any "agreement".  The analysis by both Patricia McBride and Alec Kane is flawed.  While the Irish government may have an interest in such circumstances they will have no constitutional input into the governance of Northern Ireland.
                Also Alec Kane`s suggestion of a possible suspension of the assembly will not happen.  In a letter to the Northern Ireland finance minister Mrs Foster the treasury in London have said they are making preparations for the takeover of welfare matters.That is the only direct rule that will occur.  All other assembly matters will continue as usual.  The only change will be London will control welfare.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Water cannons banned in Britain but not in Northern Ireland!

                   The Home Secretary in her speech in the House of Commons has banned the use of water cannons in Britain as being too dangerous.   Yet the police in Northern ireland can use them with no such restriction.   Not a word of opposition from unionist politicians!

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Institute of fiscal studies exposes the budget con

    According to the IFS(Institute for Fiscal Studies) 13 million families will be £260 worse off as a result of changes to tax credits.  three million families will be £1000 worse off as a result!.  In other words the budget is a total con.  What has the BBC and the rest of the "experts" in the Northern Ireland media got to say about this fiasco?  Precious little!   even  worse what has the eleven  unionist MPs to say?   they are so quiet you would hardly hear a squeak from them!

Monday, 6 July 2015

Is Merkel the new Fuhrer?

                 With Greece resoundly rejecting the trioka austerity bail outs and with reports that Merkel wants reform imposed,  some are suggesting Merkel is the new Fuhrer!    Are we witnessing the end of the euro? what will happen to our money?  Will we have any at the end of this? Changes seem to be the order of the day.  With Jeremy Corbyn closing in on the other contenders for the Labour leadership and with Donald Trump now the Republican front runner for President in the US could we be witnessing a dramatic change in world political affairs?  Watch this space!.

Friday, 3 July 2015

Will Austria be out of the EU before Greece?

                        It has just been announced that Austria has obtained 128 000 signatures to trigger a referendum on membership of the EU.   A vote can be triggered with 100 000 signatures so will Austria leave the EU before Greece?   As Austria is one of the richest members it is clear there is likely other reasons why people in Austria may want to leave.  National sovereignty? National independence? This will be a fundamental factor in the coming UK  referendum.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Oliver Cromwell and his message to the Rump Parliament.

                "You have been sat here too long for any good you have been doing. depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God go!"
 
      Cromwell`s plea to the Rump parliament.   A likewise plea to the Stormont Parliament in Belfast?

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Six Recommended Books

Recommended Books:

       1)Climate of Corruption by Professor Larry Bell Professor of Space Architecture at the University of Houston Texas: Politics and Power behind the Global Warming Hoax(foreword by Fred Singer founder of the US weather satellite system and emeritus professor at the University of Virginia).  Greenleaf Book Press Texas.
                          
       2) Paradise lost:.  Smyrna 1922   The Destruction of Islam`s City of Tolerance  by Giles  Milton. Sceptre.

       3) The mystery of Olga Chekhova.  was Hitler`s favourite actress a Russian spy?   Anthony Beevor.  Penguin Books(Viking)
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      4) The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels:  Alex Epstein Center for Industrial Progress.  Penguin books.

      5)the Greatest Hoax:  US Senator James Inhofe   How the global warming conspiracy threatens your future.  WND Books Washington DC.
                                                
       6)  D-Day: The Battle for Normandy  Anthony Beevor  Penguin books

Friday, 29 May 2015

Sepp Blatter elected again?

                         Sepp Blatter the President of Fifa has just been elected for an incredable fifth time. With all these corruption matters swirling around it is an incredable achievement.  He fell just short of being elected on the first ballot.  Will there be actual charges against these Fifa officials or will the accusations be quietly dropped?

added note: With Blatter`s resignation announced there will be an election for the Presidency of FIfA in December.  While Blatter remains as caretaker president there is nothing to stop him standing in the election.   The big question is will he?

Ashers bakery in Belfast is to appeal the court decision

                  Ashers bakery in Belfast is to appeal the decision by the court that they discriminated against a gay man when  they refused to bake a cake depicting same sex marriage.  the Christian Institute id supporting Ashers in the appeal.                                  

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Irish Republic referendum on same sex marriage

                            This Friday see a referendum on same sex marriage in the Irish Republic.  Reports indicate a close result.  the Roman Catholic Church has had statements read out in all Catholic churches in the Republic supporting traditional marriage and opposing same sex marriage.  Referendums have already been held in Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary, Latvia, Croatia, Estonia, Lithuania.  All these referendums have resulted in same sex marriage being rejected.  Russia has also rejected same sex marriage.  The referendum  has been passed by a majority of about 62 % to 38%(28 May).  While the majority is decisive the no percentage came to over 170 000 which would have included members of all parties including Sinn Fein.

Baptist preacher enters White House race on the Republican side

                       Ordained Baptist preacher Mike Huckabee has entered the White House race as a possible Republican candidate.  He says he is ready to take on the Clinton clan.  And we will all say Amen to that!