don't be surprised when you don't get there
This saying came back to me the other night while I was driving to Ballymena-hi and I was listening to ‘Any Questions’ on Radio 4.
UKIP, the party that sounds like an afternoon sleep, had done well in some by election in England and the chattering classes were bewailing the rise of this anti immigration party.
“Let no more foreigners in,” would appear to be their only gripe if the people speaking on Any Questions were to be believed.
Then I reflected on our experience during the Troubles. For twenty odd years the chattering classes of Northern Ireland bewailed the behaviour of a few hundred Provos who, according to them, were behaving in a totally unacceptable way. These chattering classes were usually made up of Unionists and middle class Catholics who were comfortable in British Ulster.
It was not until John Hume began to ask real questions about the relationships in Ireland that some sort of progress began. Basically the question was: “Why are so many young men prepared to go out and die in a war that they cannot possibly win. What is wrong with our society that such things are possible?”
Between 1969 and about 1990 these questions were never asked; the British, the Unionists and middle class Catholics just shouted at the Provos.
The question no one is prepared to ask in Britain today is why do we need so many immigrants, why do they come here and why do we feel threatened by them?
The answers to these questions say a lot about us as people and although we do not live on the island of Britain what goes on there drastically affects us here. And we also tend to lag a few years behind them socially.
After the war and the era of the “baby boomers” Britain and indeed Europe as a continent, bought into the whole materialistic way of thinking that called for smaller families, bigger houses, working mothers, more holidays and better cars.
how fast is it increasing?
However, the populations of these countries are actually growing because of the influx and high birth rate among immigrants. The “White Anglo Saxon Protestants” (WASPS) are dying out.
Where there is this population decrease there shall be migrants to fill the economic needs. Without foreign nurses and doctors, our health service would be in some state. Without the free movement of labour in Europe we would not be able to do the little building and construction that is going on. Can you imagine our service industries now without the Polish girl serving you your meal?
We all want to maintain our standard of living but we feel uncomfortable with these people who we have to listen carefully too to understand.
In the 2001 census, over three million people were living in the UK who had not been born here. By 2011 that figure had risen to over seven million. The number of people living here who had not been born here had more than doubled in ten years.
The question is not why do we need the immigrants or should they be here. The question is what kind of society is going to evolve out of this new mixture of races and creeds over the next few generations.
Muslims, Eastern Europeans, Africans coming to our shores shall bring with them attitudes that are foreign to our way of life. The Muslim and African attitude to women shall have to be accommodated. There shall be little use the women’s liberation movement shouting about the treatment of women when a person’s religion and legal code call for them to be discriminated against.
There is a new Europe emerging and we shall have to learn to live with it.
The Daily Mail (Sept 18, 2012) ran a headline that British birth rates were now third in the 27 countries of the EU. Great news for the people in UKIP, until you read the article and find that it is among the migrant workers that the birth rate is really soaring!
These children shall not show up as migrants in the 2021 census as they have all been born here.
Nor is it only in Europe that the decline in the WASPS is occurring. In the US in 2011 there were more non whites born than whites for the first time in the country’s history. This trend shall continue in the coming years and was foreseen by such great people as Margaret Sanger. (Look her up, she is worth reading!)
“Mother of 11 children is poster girl for the scrounging classes” was a headline in the Daily Express with a story by Leo McKinstry.
This is liberal Britain where you are free to do as you choose as long as you do what the liberals think is right.
The whole raison d’être of the secular movement is that people shall be free to be who they want to be without interference from outside; we are all autonomous beings who can choose what is right for ourselves.
The liberals believe all people can do what they want....but step outside their ideas and see them gather like a pack of wolves.
Poor Lord Rennard made the mistake that all of us overweight middle-aged men make; he thought he was still young and handsome.
He did what men have done from time immemorial; he used his position and power to try to get his wicked way with women. Again the liberals are squealing about his inappropriate behaviour.
Would his behaviour have been inappropriate if he had been George Clooney or Richard Gere of twenty years ago?
These things happen in life. Men make unwelcome passes at women every day. It is part of life. What was the fuss about?
John F Kennedy was famous for his philandering. Are we going to dig him up and put him on trial for inappropriate behaviour?
What about Bill, peacemaker extraordinaire and all round good guy, who even walked the Falls ‘til he met Gerr. He is well documented for the odd bit of inappropriate behaviour. How long do you think? 10 yrs or maybe even 20!
Hillary will be the first US president with a husband in prison not for messing around with the economy or the health system but for messing around with the neighbours!
John Major had a little bit of inappropriate behaviour with Edwina Currie—strike him of the list of Prime Ministers.
Paddy Ashdown, aka Paddy Pantsdown, I wonder why he got that nickname.
The quicker the Muslims overrun the place and bring back a bit of sense the better.
But in fairness, commonsense won out; the Lib Dems won the by election. The people voted with their Xs that Lord Rennard is what he is, an ageing playboy trying to hold on to his youth and making a fool of himself.
In the middle of all this hub-bub Italy went to the polls and my old mate Berlusconi came within a hairs whisker of winning.
Now there’s a man with a fair doze of inappropriate behaviour behind him. Several court cases going on, a prison sentence hanging over him, a penchant for teenage girls and he still runs a close second in the general election.
But Italy’s fun at the elections could have a serious effect on us all. Beppe Grillo, a comedian who cannot take his seat in parliament because he has a manslaughter conviction hanging over him, his party got 25% of the vote. The man imposed on Italy by Frauline Merkel, Mario Monti, was humiliated with less than 10%.
Although there is not much talk about it at the moment, the Euro is still in crisis, the world is beginning to realize that the British economy is a basket case, the US fell off the “fiscal cliff” at the weekend, and Lord Rennard is misbehaving.
And to top it all, we’re watering down the beer!
Beer drinkers in the US have filed a $5m (£3.3m) lawsuit accusing Anheuser-Busch of watering down its beer. It seems the employees have been talking about some dodgy practice during the bottling process.
There is nothing new in this; rumours have abounded for centuries about various innkeepers altering the water content in whiskey.
Once, during a period of inappropriate behaviour in my youth, I heard an innkeeper ask a friend if he wanted a “drop of water in your whiskey,” to which my friend earnestly replied, “You couldn’t take some of the water out again could you.”
The host was not best pleased.
I see the SDLP is into a little bit of recycling. Brid Rodgers has been taken out again and dusted down to say something that nobody even understands: The SDLP should go into opposition.
Ecxuuuse me, Brid, but where do you think you have been these past few years?
She also said the SDLP would "lose a few jobs by leaving government but could lose its soul" if it stayed.
A political party with a soul....hmm, I don’t buy that one. We in Northern Ireland are political babies who need to be mollycoddled, just like the rest of the UKs children.
“UK children are being "babied" by overly-intrusive parents, leaving them unable to cope as they grow up, an adviser to David Cameron has said.
Speaking to the Times, Conservative MP Claire Perry criticised parents for filling children's lives with too many organised activities.”
There you have it. The liberals are now going to tell us how to rear our children.
We will soon have to go to classes to learn how to be good parents, what is appropriate or inappropriate behaviour, (I want to sit between Berlusconi and Lord Rennard in that class) and how to polish our shoes.
Well, everything else is regulated ain’t it?
This free Latin language lesson comes to you courtesy of Uncle Turlough and translated it means, “We do not have a pope.”
The rumours have been great craic; homosexual priests blackmailing or being blackmailed, a coup by the curia, financial shenanigans in the Vatican. There has been every crackpot theory from every equally crackpot “expert” that the media could find.
No one even hinted that the pope might be telling the truth about why he resigned; there had to be a hidden reason.
Soon the “Princes of the Church,” Cardinals to you and I, shall be closeted away in the Sistine Chapel, under the watchful eye of the world and told to pick a pope.
With baited breath we shall await the smoke signal from the chimney of the old Sistine fireplace, white smoke, we have a pope, black smoke, we have another vote, Pink smoke...........oh dear!
In 1958 when Angelo Roncalli was elected John XXIII, there was one session when grey smoke came out and there was confusion. To remedy this, the conclave decided to use Italian army flares from 1963 onwards.
The Quinn household is rooting for Timothy Dolan, Cardinal and Archbishop of New York and former Archbishop of Milwaukee. It was during his time as archbishop that Mrs Q had the pleasure of meeting Fr Dolan and making him a cup of tea. This auspicious event took place on more than one occasion and Mrs Q counts Cardinal Dolan as one of her many acquaintances.
I know nothing of Cardinal Dolan’s views on matters such as priestly celibacy or contraception. These are a matter of indifference to me. What I want is a headline, complete with picture, saying that “Clady woman made tea for the Pope.”
the drain: Workers accidentally flush
thousands of litres of booze
With all the employment protection laws and employee rights, it seems to be nearly impossible to lose a job if you turn up at all. However, every now and then something happens for which sacking is the only possible remedy.
It appears that thousands of litres of whiskey were flushed down the drain in Scotland at the Chivas Brothers bottling plant in Dumbarton. Don’t sack ‘im, hang ‘im!
The problem here is that the whiskey could enter the water system and be drunk by thousands of overweight middle-aged men like Lord Rennard, who would then run mad about the Scottish Highlands behaving inappropriately.
A drunken Scottish man in a kilt behaving inappropriately is an awesome sight; it would strike the fear of God into any Sassenach who witnessed it.
What was even worse was that when you looked at the photos of the bottles this was all 21, 25 and 30 year old whiskey, the best of good stuff.
“If you don’t know where you are going, don’t be surprised when you don’t get there.”
I hope the Cardinals know where we are going. The whole place is wondering aimlessly from one crisis to the next: Berlusconi, the Euro; Lord Rennard, sterling; Obama jumping over the fiscal cliff with the dollar falling quickly.
I hope the spirit in the Sistine Chapel does not come from Chivas Brothers via the water top. Maybe there will be a special spirit in the Sistine, perhaps even a “Holy Spirit” who will help our Cardinals pick a man who is right for the job, a new man with a new understanding of the dignity of the human being.
For God knows, we human beings are not being treated with much dignity in this world!
“Our God is a great God.”
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