Prince Charles courted controversy last night by blaming the Syrian conflict on mismanagement of the country’s natural resources. In a speech to leading members of the Islamic community, he claimed President Assad’s bloody war against his own people was in part caused by drought and mishandling of the rural economy. The prince blamed the same problem for other recent global conflicts, and although he did not name any in particular, many will take them to include Britain’s forays in Iraq and Afghanistan. Charles, who recently sparked division after hitting out at Britain’s ‘failing’ pensions industry, said:
I guess the reason they don´t have much water is because they threw it away because they didn´t just know what to do with it? Whadya think Chuckles? And what about that Global Warming? Won´t be too long before they will be drowning in water...
OTOH, maybe 1400 years of religious based hatred is sorta whatcha call a pattern, but Ohhhh Noooo - let´s not talk about that! Wow! What a national embarrassment to Great Britain this guy is. Why would they let someone with the mentality of a small soap dish out and about?
In any American discussion of the British monarchy, there are two constants: people will use the term "Her Highness" to refer to the Queen, instead of the correct "Her Majesty". And someone will obstinately insist that the queen has the power to "pick her successor", as if the crown were her personal possession, and she can just change her will and leave it to anyone she likes. Charles is the heir, and there´s nothing anyone can do about it. The only way he won´t become king is if he dies before his mother, or he voluntarily refuses to accept the position. You might as well daydream about Obama "picking" someone other than Joe Biden to take over from him if he´s ever incapacitated. There are rules for these things.
This is what I was afraid of with this goof. He has no common sense. Look at what he married (the 2nd wife.!) Anyway, he´s a big ´green´ nut job and I´ve read the Queen is backing off a lot of her job now due to her age. Pity they can´t skip Charles and go with William.
Soil from the First World War battlefields of Flanders was yesterday blessed and scattered in a memorial garden which will mark next year’s 100th anniversary of the start of the conflict. Seventy bags of “sacred soil” which arrived in London yesterday were taken by gun carriage from HMS Belfast to Wellington Barracks, where the “Flanders Fields 1914-2014” Memorial Garden is being created, designed by Belgian architect Piet Blanckaert. Eight-year-old Patrick Casey, of Barnet, north London, given the honour of pouring a casket of soil from all the battlefields into the garden, said: “It made me proud and excited.”
In this week’s Spectator Diary, Lord (Nigel) Lawson, chairman of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, partly lifts the veil on a curious “secret meeting” held at the House of Lords between a team from his GWPF and six scientists from the Royal Society. This arose from a bizarre personal attack made on Lord Lawson as a “climate denier” at an Australian university, by the Royal Society’s president, Sir Paul Nurse--a geneticist who has publicly shown that he knows little about climate science, but who believes that rising CO2 is disastrously causing the world to warm. After Lawson pointed out to
Thirty days and counting until the influx that the Government dreads either does or does not materialise. The massed Romanians and Bulgarians, who may or may not be waiting for the magic date, present a terrifying political prospect not just to the Conservatives but to Labour as well, who tend to be blamed retrospectively for unlimited immigration even when they are out of office. The only party leader who can benefit from another wave of Eastern European migrants is Nigel Farage. If I were to suggest that he might be relishing this prospect I would probably hear from Mr Farage’s
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Barack Obama’s deals with Iran and Syria may protect us for now, but US pragmatism does not bode well for tomorrow. Geopolitics is an inexact science, but the off-the-scale responses to the events of the past few months in the Middle East should send any sensible analyst rushing to double-check their data. How is it that a putative nuclear deal with Iran can be welcomed as a “historic” opportunity in Washington and Tehran, but as a “historic mistake” in Jerusalem and “more dangerous than 9/11” in Riyadh, in the phrase of one leading Saudi Arabian commentator? At the very least
At least six people are feared dead and more than 30 people were injured when a police helicopter crashed into the roof of an iconic pub in Glasgow city centre last night. Emergency services had to drag customers out of the premises after the aircraft fell from the sky ´like a stone´. A police officer at the scene said there were a ´few confirmed deaths´ but could not say how many. Sky News is reporting that a source has said that at least six people were killed in the incident. Police Scotland have confirmed that 32 people have been taken to hospital to treatment
When Laszlo Andor, the EU Employment Commissioner, said this week that Britain risked becoming a “nasty country” because of its attitude to immigration, I happened to be in Paris. I was exercising the right of freedom of movement, due to me as an EU citizen, to make a speech there and visit some archives. Paris is strangely empty of French people these days. This is partly because an estimated 300,000 of them are currently in the capital of the newly nasty country, London. The French Lycée in South Kensington is grossly oversubscribed. Educated French people have fled President Hollande’s punitive
So I´m a speaker at this conference, a month or two ago, and I´ve just delivered my spiel about the global warming hysteria being a classic example of the madness of crowds. The audience are gratifyingly impressed: some of them have never heard this stuff before, certainly not expressed in quite so forthright a way. Now there are questions from the floor and one of them comes from a university professor. Actually--I´ve seen this before, all too many times: it´s how the Warmists roll--there´s no question being asked, it´s more of a rambling, grandstanding statement. The professor roots his statement
Britain’s immigration row escalated on Friday after the leaders of four Eastern European countries jointly criticised David Cameron for attempting to limit migrants’ benefit entitlements. A statement by the governments of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary warned the prime minister against a “selective application” of European Union rules on free movement of labour. The quartet added that migrants from central and Eastern Europe, at least a million of whom are believed to be working in Britain, had been greatly beneficial to the British economy overall. [Snip] Mr Cameron responded by saying that it was “inappropriate” for an unelected
A moonwalking Shetland pony that shot to fame after being seen by millions in a TV advert for a mobile network is set to return to our screens. The video of Socks dancing to the tune of Fleetwood Mac´s 1988 hit Everywhere became an internet hit earlier this year, with more than seven million people viewing it on YouTube. It has now been announced that Socks has been called back to star in a second commercial for the mobile phone network Three, again set on the windswept beaches of Shetland. [Snip] Socks will be kitted out in a Fair Isle
A British soldier was set upon by Muslim converts like a butchers "attacking a joint of meat" as they tried to hack off his head, the Old Bailey heard. Footage of the moment two men allegedly ran down drummer Lee Rigby before attacking him with a cleaver and knives was shown to the jury in his murder trial. The CCTV clip showed the car, allegedly driven by Michael Adebolajo swerve across a road and hit the 25-year-old from behind as he crossed the road. Mr Rigby was knocked unconscious by the collision and his motionless body was then attacked by
Liquidators escorted by police are evicting staff from a public TV station in the Spanish city of Valencia, after an order to shut it down. They moved in after staff at the loss-making station defied the closure order by the regional government and continued broadcasting. Valencia´s government took the decision to close RTVV after losing a court battle to cut staff by more than half. Valencia´s government is run by the conservative Popular Party, which is in power nationally in Spain under Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy. In Greece, the conservative-led coalition government shut down the national broadcaster ERT on grounds
Eyewitnesses said trouble flared up when staff told him was only allowed to buy one of each product. He was escorted from the store by security guards and was finally restrained by five members of staff--with one employee suffering a cut face. One witness said: ´He was being told by staff at Asda that he wasn´t allowed to buy two TVs. ´Security then escorted him and he was arguing and filming them on his mobile phone when it was knocked out of his hand. ´He ended up being carted off handcuffed in a police car but it was the security
Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin are starting to sour on the new pope. In response to Pope Francis’ first Apostolic Exhortation, in which the pontiff denounced “trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world,” these two paragons of the far right – both of whom regularly invoke the teachings of Jesus to bolster their own political views – have suddenly turned their backs on the man whose actual job description is to speak for Jesus. Sarah Palin complained that Pope Francis sounded “kind
The human species began as the hybrid offspring of a male pig and a female chimpanzee, a leading geneticist has suggested. The startling claim has been made by Eugene McCarthy, of the University of Georgia, who is also one of the worlds leading authorities on hybridisation in animals. He points out that while humans have many features in common with chimps, we also have a large number of distinguishing characteristics not found in any other primates. Dr McCarthy says these divergent characteristics are most likely the result of a hybrid origin at some point far back in human evolutionary history. What´s more, he suggests,
The hits to President Obama´s popularity, prompted by the botched HealthCare.gov rollout, are simply a natural fluctuation every commander-in-chief faces, Obama told interviewer Barbara Walters in an interview aired Friday. "If you remember, I´ve gone up and down pretty consistently throughout," Obama said in the ABC interview on Friday. "But the good thing about when you´re down is that usually you´ve got nowhere to go but up." "I got re-elected in part because people did think I was trustworthy and they knew I was working on their behalf," Obama said in the network´s exclusive. A CNN Poll of Polls complied
For Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, enough was enough. The Senate´s top Republican had watched a Tea Party-driven government shutdown sink the GOP´s already-weak brand and jeopardize McConnell´s own chances of ever becoming majority leader. The solution, he concluded, was that the party´s so-called Establishment had to start fighting back against its most conservative wing. McConnell, an ardent Obamacare opponent, and other Republican pragmatists in Congress, supported the conservatives´ mission to defund Obamacare during budget negotiations, which led to the 16-day shutdown. But the pragmatists also accepted that their odds of success were virtually nil. Democrats ruled the Senate and White House, those
The Washington Examiner recently reported on an academic study on the 2008 presidential election entitled "The Palin Effect" that examined the effect of then Gov. Palin on the John McCain campaign. Its conclusions run counter to conventional wisdom. The cliché, advanced by the media and the now infamous HBO TV show "Game Change," was that Palin helped to cost McCain the election because of her "controversial" personality. In fact, typical of most vice presidential running mates, Palin had a marginal but largely positive effect on McCain´s standing with the voters. She certainly did not drive away independents and moderates, who along
Four more years. 10 trillion more dollars in debt. And by the end of it, we’ll have a nuclear war in the Middle East and mandates forcing you to buy everything from electric cars to Michelle Obama’s trademark Soy and Asphalt pie. The motives behind the Washington Post op-ed argument are… revealing. I watch President Obama, whose approval rating has dipped to 37?percent in CBS News polling — the lowest ever for him — during the troubled rollout of his health-care reform. Many of Obama’s fellow Democrats have distanced themselves from the reform and from the president. Even former president Bill Clinton
He´s a proud family man already, but President Barack Obama will turn to his children when it comes to life after the White House. Sasha Obama could be the deciding factor in whether the first family stay in Washington once he leaves office in three years. In a taped interview with ABC News, the President said his now 12-year-old daughter ´will have a big vote in where we are´ because she will be a sophomore in high school. When Obama leaves office in January 2017 after two terms, eldest daughter Malia could be off in college. Both girls attend the exclusive Sidwell Friends School
AUBURN, Ala. — In a season of miracles for Auburn, all it has taken is one mistake to give the Tigers life. No. 1 Alabama made just enough of them Saturday to change the course of history. With no time left on the clock, Auburn cornerback Chris Davis caught a 57-yard field goal attempt by Alabama in the back of the end zone, ran it out down the left sideline and went 109 yards untouched to beat the Crimson Tide, 34-28.
Progressive talk radio needs a savior. Just a few dozen stations now carry liberal talkers, as key affiliates in cities with active left-wing politics are falling like dominoes, going dark or switching formats. Detroit’s progressive outlet shut down in January, along with Seattle’s liberal talk station, which changed to sports. And after last year’s election, Portland’s progressive talk station ended its political programming. With the political battlegrounds of 2014 and 2016 on the horizon, reducing the whopping imbalance between conservative radio, with its huge fan base, and the left has become more important than ever, according to those in
Sen. John McCain is starting to sound like a Tea Party “wacko bird.” In a new fundraising letter for the Republican National Committee released Friday, McCain lashed out at “Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Washington liberals,” who he claimed are destroying the United States. Liberals, he warned, “have taken us down a dark and dangerous path defined by record levels of debt, ever-expanding government, and a lead-from-behind defense strategy. There´s not much time left to turn things around.” McCain’s name carries a lot of weight in fundraising because he was the 2008 GOP nominee and is a leading voice of
President Obama took part in Small Business Saturday by heading over to Politics and Prose, a locally-owned bookstore in Washington, D.C. Wearing a brown leather coat and tan sweater, the president mingled with customers and wished them happy holidays. He brought daughters Malia and Sasha, who occasionally left his side to shop as he chatted with others. At the register, when asked what books he purchased, Obama said, “it is a long list ... books for every age group, from 5 to 52.” In all, Obama purchased 21 titles, including, “All That Is” by James Salter; “Collision Low Crossers:
The time has come to end presidential term limits, because continuing the restrictions on how long one can serve in the country´s highest office is bad for the United States, a university professor argued this week. In an opinion piece published in the Washington Post, Jonathan Zimmerman, a history and education professor at New York University, says deciding whether a president deserves a third, fourth or more terms should be left to the American people, not the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, which placed a two-term limit on the position. As background, here´s an excerpt from the amendment, ratified in