Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Good Friday Agreement debate. Letter from NI Commissioner.

  Letter in the Times  26 April;

                Dear Sir
                                       I disagree with Carolyn Fairbairn and Frances O`Grady(letter Apr 24) that the Good Friday Agreement is the political linchpin they suggest.   Northern Ireland now has lower productivity, greater economic inactivity and significant levels of inwork poverty not seen elsewhere in Ireland or Great Britain.  If these structural issues were addressed it would provide work and opportunity for the entire community,and would ensure there is not a return to violence.  Were the CBI and TUC to lend their support to inclusive growth in Northern Ireland that would be much more effective in guarding against a return to the past.
                                       MARK HUDDLESTON
                                         Northern Ireland commissioner for employment and skills   2015-2017.

Monday, 11 June 2018

G7---will it be the G6?

              Official White House photograph.by Shelah Craighead

President Trump arriving at the G7 Summit in Canada 8 June 2018.  Clearly President Trump will not be pushed around by anybody.    Is the special relationship with the UK under threat?

Acknowledgements   Gary Varvel 11 June 2018

Sunday, 10 June 2018

US rebukes World Health Organisation for its abortion activism

by Susan Yoshihara PhD  25 May 2018    CFam Washington USA

GENEVA, May 25 (C-Fam) The United States put the World Health Organization (WHO) on notice this week that it should stop its abortion activism. In two pointed statements, the U.S. delegation said that the bureaucracy at WHO must respect international consensus reached on sexual and reproductive health, and that abortion is not a human right.
Led by Kevin Moley, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations, the U.S. announced an about-face on its stance toward a little-known but highly influential research arm of WHO’s reproductive health department, called the Program on Human Reproduction. The U.S. delegation expressed “deep concern” about the program’s activities and said the U.S. is “re-evaluating” its support. In 2004, the Program on Human Reproduction published a Global Reproductive Health Strategy calling for legal abortion.
The U.S. also complained that the Program for Human Reproduction gives “elevated status” to one non-governmental organization, understood as a reference to the International Planned Parenthood Federation, “to operate on an equal footing with governments and international organizations seemingly to the exclusion of other viewpoints.”
The U.S. also rebuked the WHO for its understanding that sexual and reproductive health includes abortion, a position that is at odds with the international consensus. Late on Thursday night, Dr. Alma Golden, representing the U.S. Agency for International Development, among the top funders of development in the world, told the assembly, “We have stated clearly, and on many occasions, consistent with the International Conference on Population [and Development] Program of Action, that we do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance. The term sexual and reproductive health does not include the promotion of abortion nor do we recognize an international right to abortion.”

Monday, 28 May 2018

Abortion. Will democracy be overthrown in Northern Ireland?

                          If the May government introduces abortion in Northern Ireland over the heads of the DUP we will be facing the overthrow of democracy.    the DUP went in to the General Election last year as anti abortion.   they got a overwhelming endorsement with tens of thousands of women voting for the anti abortion party.    Add to that the many SDLP voters and even some in Sinn Fein who are anti abortion and it is clear that there is a overwhelming majority against abortion.  In spite of that the bigoted dishonest media are busy putting the case for abortion in Northern Ireland.   they cunningly keep the DUP off the airwaves and off television.   not a word from the media about the DUP mandate against abortion.
                          I condemn the Newsletter and of course the anti unionist BBC with their bigotry.
         read THE BURNING BUSH   Rev Ivan Foster for up to dated revelations

Monday, 14 May 2018

Jacob Rees-Mogg. A friend of Ulster!

If the Irish Government obliges us to choose between the Republic and the Union, then we will choose the Union        Jacob Rees-mogg

Daily Telegraph 14 May 2019

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Is Mrs May`s time up?

           Ignoring the wishes of over 17 million British citizens who voted leave  Mrs May is more inclined to support the Irish Republic.   Her customs partnership idea with the EU will be just what the Irish republicans want, just what the Irish Republic wants.    the cunning and devious Mrs May is prepared to override her cabinet colleagues  Gove, Johnson, David Davis,  Fox all prominent leavers who were at the front of the referendum battle.    For the DUP it is decision time!    Is the DUP going to continue to keep her in power and side with the Irish Republic?   The present GFA is unacceptable to unionists.   There must be changes.   Owen Paterson MP is right when he says there needs to be changes.   Voluntary power sharing is the only option that might work.   Mandatory power sharing will no longer be supported by unionists.    D`Honnt is not acceptable in a democracy.
The question for the DUP is to either strike a blow for the whole of the UK and bring May down or go along with her treachery and sell out over 17 million British citizens across the UK?  Which is it to be DUP?  Party first or country first?  Take a lesson from former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron ,  a man of honour!

Friday, 4 May 2018

West Tyrone. A case for voluntary power sharing!

                The election result in West Tyrone illustrates how it is possible to have voluntary power sharing.   the combined votes of the DUP, SDLP and UUP candidates are over 1000 votes greater than the Sinn Fein vote.   If voluntary power sharing was in place the Sinn Fein candidate would have been defeated.  The GFA is indeed dead.    The only alternative that might have a chance of succeeding is voluntary power sharing.   Those who cannot establish a voluntary cross community coalition go into an official opposition.