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I have been over zealous with political comment lately so have now accepted the offer to assemble and write for two blogs on the WatchingUK website. The "Good News" blog is for items where we have benefited from the Brexit referendum vote and the "Bad News" blog is where others have tried to damage our chances of leaving the EU.

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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Some humour is, sometimes, so embarrassing true!

 The following humour is from Johnathan in South Africa and I thought my readers might appreciate it.

JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded "Does that include those who are buried here?"

You could have heard a pin drop
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There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?'

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly:

Wednesday, 27 February 2013

In reponse to my Western Cape story

I received an email from one of my readers, who sent in a story from South Africa. I have turned it into a blog because it illustrates two South Africas. The first, the extremely successful Western Cape, run my the Democratic alliance who, to be honest, are starting to make inroads all over South Africa, but still have a way to go.

The second South Africa is under the control of the present government whose major party, the ANC seems to be riddled with corruption and cannot escape their battles decades ago with the Apartheid government, which thankfully is no more. I left Sough Africa, at fifteen, because even at that young age, I was disconcerted at entire races being subjected to the dominance of the government at that time. alas, the ANC, as a party, cannot escape from that era.

Here is the email from my reader and her attachment from a South African living in neighbouring Botswana.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

If you are seventy or over, come cry with me...

This had me in stitches, and is certainly part of growing old!


After you have heard this excellent and funny song, you might like to take a look at an old blog of mine along the same vein.
 
Ampers.

Monday, 25 February 2013

This is the type of person we want running the UK Government

The Democratic Alliance took control of the Western Cape from the ANC on the 22nd April 2009. The party has only been in existence since 1994. Everything listed here has been achieved in less than a decade. Items in [square brackets] have been added by Ampers for clarity for being read outside of South Africa. Just imagine her running UK PLC!.


Western Cape State of the Province 2013

Helen Zille, Leader of the Democratic Alliance

22 February 201

The Honourable Speaker
Honourable members of the Provincial Cabinet
The Honourable Mayor of Cape town
The [ Honourable leader of the Opposition
Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Honourable leaders of political parties
Honourable members of the Provincial Legislature
Director General of the Western Cape
Heads of Provincial Departments
Leaders of Local government
Religious leaders
Community leaders
Colleagues and friends and

Most important:  all citizens of the Western Cape

Welcome to everyone here today.
Namkelekile nonke apha namhlanje.
‘n Hartlike warm welkom aan almal hier vandag.

Speaker, Thank you for this opportunity to report back  on the progress we are making towards our goal of ensuring that every citizen in this province has real opportunities to use their freedom to live a life they value.  Many challenges remain, but as long as we progress every day, as far and as fast as possible, we will achieve our objectives.

I would like to welcome two special guests to the House today -- Dr Cleve Robertson, Director of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Mr PhumzilePapu, the Provincial Ambulance Chief who manage 1,522 emergency medical staff across the province.

Today we pay tribute to every member of the EMS team.  Every day you save people's lives by freeing them from the mangled wrecks of motor vehicles, or lifting them off one of our mountains, or simply getting them to a hospital in time.  This year, the extraordinary skills of our divers, Mr Fabian Higgins and Mr Elvin Stoffels, saved the lives of people trapped in freezing water underneath the overturned Miroshga. Working against time, in bad weather conditions, and in circumstances where no conventional methods could be used, they managed to get most passengers out alive.

For our EMS colleagues, heroism is a daily routine.  That is why I speak for everyone in this House Most important:  all citizens of the Western Capewhen I say we are greatly disturbed by the increasing number of attacks and muggings of EMS members on duty. Something is seriously wrong when the people who give of themselves so selflessly to save the lives of others are targeted by criminals while they are doing so. Every citizen in this province has a duty to ensure the safety of EMS members so that this extraordinary service can continue across our Province.

Speaker, all of us in this House today share a deep sense of horror at the series of brutal rapes and murders in recent weeks, symbolised by a crime so depraved that there are no appropriate words to describe it.   As we piece together the tragic story of Anene Booysen's short life, and the background of her alleged killers, we see the all-too-familiar strands of a web in which so many young lives are trapped:  absent parents, dysfunctional families, drug and alcohol abuse, school drop-outs.  Most of these elements are present in all these tragic cases.

Yes, the state has a crucial role to play in combating these social ills and in protecting our young people.  But it is impossible to resolve any of them without everyone playing a role:  individuals through the choices they make, parents through the responsibility they take and the guidance they give, whole communities through the norms they establish, institutions like churches and schools in the leadership they provide, as well as the services offered by the state.  That is why we speak of a "whole-of-society" approach.  It is the only way in which we can tackle our many challenges.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Kittens aren't scorpions, but these have a sting in their tales (sic).

Free Kittens


A pretty little girl named Suzy was standing on the pavement in front of her home.


Next to her was a basket containing a number of tiny creatures; in her hand was a sign announcing Free Kittens.

Suddenly a line of big cars pulled up beside her.  Out of the lead car stepped a grinning man.


"Hi there little girl, I'm the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband. What do you have in the basket?" he asked.

"Kittens," little Suzy said.

"How old are they?" asked Miliband.

Suzy replied, "They're so young, their eyes aren't even open yet."

"And what kind of kittens are they?"

"Labour supporters," answered Suzy with a smile.

Miliband was delighted. As soon as he returned to his car, he called his PR chief and told him about the little girl and the kittens.

Recognizing the perfect photo op, the two of them agreed that he should return the next day; and in front of the assembled media, have the girl talk about her discerning kittens.

So the next day, Suzy was again standing on the pavement with her basket of "Free Kittens," when another motorcade pulled up, this time followed by vans from BBC, ITV, ABC, CNN and Sky News,

Cameras and audio equipment were quickly set up, then Miliband got out of his limo and walked over to little Suzy.

"Hello, again," he said, "I'd love it if you would tell all my friends out there what kind of kittens you're giving away."

"Yes Sir," Suzy said. "They're UKIP supporters."

Taken by surprise, Ed stammered, "But...but...yesterday, you told me they were Labour Supporters."

Little Suzy smiled and said, "I know.

But today, they have their eyes open.

Why are they deliberately making us poor?

Thought for today

Fact:

We know from information leaked out from the Bilderburg conferences, that the leaders in this world are eager to have world government. First EU, then USA and EU, then the rest of the world.

Fact:

You cannot possibly have world government whilst there is so much difference between the wealth of the average citizens in each country.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Food: A foolproof way of ensuring you buy British.

If you want to support our economy by buying British, you might want to take this with you when shopping, so it is worth printing and cutting it out to have in your wallet or purse.

Let's stop the outsourcing of our jobs to foreign countries and help Britain out of the financial slump.

Always read the labels on the food packages. Don't accept the front of the box at face value. Turn it over and read t
he back, carefully!

With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read labels at the grocery store and especially Tesco/Asda when buying food products.

Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located. The country of origin is only in the bar code.

AmpersIt is therefore important to read the bar code to track it's origin if knowing this and buying British is important to you.  Here is what to look for -------------

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Five Inconvenient Truths of the UK's Trade with the EU


Guest Blog


The UK's trade with the EU, which was in surplus before we joined in 1973, has been in deficit in all subsequent years but one. (Over the last six years, the UK's cumulative trade deficit with the EU was £190 billion, but it ran a £21 billion surplus with the rest of the world during the same period). It is also worth noting that over the period of UK membership in the EU as a whole, we have maintained a cumulative trade surplus with every continent in the world except Europe. 

Our membership of the EU ties our hands when we want to form coherent trade policy.  Far from advancing the UK's clout in the world economy, EU membership has eroded it. For example, when David Cameron proposed emergency trade preferences for Pakistan in September 2010 at an EU summit following catastrophic flooding, he ran into stiff opposition from France, Portugal and Italy. All of those countries were concerned that the proposal would threaten their textile manufacturing – not a concern of the UK. As a result, the trade preferences for Pakistan - which Cameron explicitly intended to be emergency trade preferences - took a full two years to get through the EU legislative process.

What follows are five of the most glaring reasons why belonging to the EU is contrary to the UK's interest as a global trading nation. I have called these the inconvenient truths.

1. The UK's trade with the outside world is already more important than its trade with the EU.
  • The UK's trade with non-EU countries is greater than 60% of its total trade and is increasing. This figure - unlike figures commonly circulated by the EU - takes into account the distortion of the Rotterdam effect, whereby UK exports sent on to non-EU countries via Continental ports are erroneously counted as exports to the EU.
  • A decade ago, the EU's share of global GDP was 25%, but by 2050 it is expected to fall to 15%. 
  • The US and Canada together account for nearly a third of the foreign direct investment (FDI) in the UK, while the UK is the largest foreign investor in the US.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Nigel Farage at his best on YouTube

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is this video worth?


Ampers

Sunday, 3 February 2013

The onward march of UKIP - Membership explosion!


There was much disappointment amongst the general public when David Cameron gave his much publicised and awaited 'referendum' speech.

The idea of a referendum in five years time did not satisfy many people, apart from 'dyed in the wool' Labour and Tory supporters. On the whole it was all just 'pie in the sky'.

If anything, the speech has driven many people, both Tory and Labour into the bosom of the UK Independence Party. In fact, Gawain Towler, the UKIP Press Officer, in a recent press release, gives out figures which show that membership has increased significantly during the seven days after the speech.

One particular figure stands out. UKIP membership increased
233.03% in the seven days after the speech against the seven days previous to the speech. This has seen a lot of administrative work in the UKIP head office put into abeyance as it is all hands on deck answering the phone and taking new membership requests and credit card payments.


Friday, 1 February 2013

Which is worse, Lorazepam or Cocaine?

My wife, alas, is suffering from 'High Anxiety Syndrome' and has been for a year now. I am now her carer and have to be with her twenty-four hours a day so my life is in total abeyance. I have no complaints and am not looking for sympathy as she looked after me for the first thirty-five years so I look at it as being my turn now.

But I am looking for help.

The doctors, in their wisdom, had put her on one miligram tablets of Lorazepam a day and this is as habit forming as cocaine. She now has to been weaned off them.

Fortunately for me, I have had some experience of weaning people off drugs. Fifty years ago I had a friend, a Welshman Poet who I helped wean off cocaine. It was a nightmare, but this is how I know Lorazepam is so bad.

To cut a long story short, I am desperately looking for someone whose spouse has been on Lorazepam, and is in the throes of weaning them off this terrible drug.

The objective is to keep in touch and help each other via email and the telephone.

If you know of anyone, please put them in touch with ampers@gmail.com.

Thank you for your patience.

Ampers