Bojo talent and earnings appal Daily Mirror, they are only at ease with sad losers

The Daily Mirror has accused Boris Johnson of the worst crime any Tory can commit – being hugely talented, wildy successful and gob smackingly well paid.  On top of his £47,000 salary as Mayor of London, (reduced by 2/3  because he is an MP) and the £67,000 a year he earns as MP for Uxbridge, said the Mirror,  Boris was paid £22,916.66 for his weekly column by the Telegraph newspaper in May.borisbulldogSo outraged is the Mirror, they even published a graph, rubbing in how much more Boris earns than a) average MPs and b) more than the Uxbridge average. Continue reading

The gangster organisation of Isil is a narcissistic death cult, says Boris

This week, in the Daily Telegraph, after three terrorist attacks in a week,  Boris Johnson is writing about the Islamic State. He begins:

“If we are going to defeat our enemies we have to know who they are. We have to know what to call them. We must at least settle on a name – a terminology – with which we can all agree. And the trouble with the fight against Islamic terror is that we are increasingly grappling with language, and with what it is permissible or sensible to say.When a man sprays bullets at innocent tourists on a beach, or when a man decapitates his boss and sticks his head on the railings, or when a man blows himself up in a mosque in Kuwait – and when all three atrocities are instantly “claimed” by the same disgusting organisation – it is surely obvious that we are dealing with the same specific form of evil. This is terrorism.

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David Cameron is the last man to handle the EU negotiations

One of David Cameron’s greatest assets is he looks and behaves like a PM, unlike Ed Miliband who had no gravitas and failed to convince as a leader.  David Cameron can be justly proud of the unexpected Tory GE15 win and the gracious way he behaved in victory enhanced his reputation. On any formal occasion, he can be relied upon to behave with dignity.PMjunckerUnfortunately, David Cameron is a conciliator, skilled at pouring oil on troubled waters, adept, indeed brilliant, at maintaining the status quo.   Past events proved conclusively that he is not a negotiator.   He gave far too much power to the Lib Dems – Nick Clegg apparently had the right to override any Tory decision he fancied – and the Lib Dems took full advantage of their totally undeserved importance,  slowing the recovery by at least 3 years. Continue reading

Ramadan makes us feel closer to God, say Muslims

In Ramadan, a month of fasting celebrates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.    This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in the hadith.ramadan2My friends tell me how after a day’s work they don’t go home, they go to the mosque. While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, or smoking.  Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behavior that may negate the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting. Food and drink is served daily, before dawn and after sunset. Spiritual rewards (thawab) for fasting are also believed to be multiplied within the month of Ramadan.   Continue reading

Is Boris in pole position to bring Formula 1 to London?

Today Boris Johnson waxed lyrical over the benefits of bringing Formula One to London and he was keen to emphasise the green credentials of the series.   “We will have an ultra-low emission zone in the heart of the city by 2020, ” said the Mayor, “we are bringing in new green taxis in 2018, the buses are already one of the greenest in the world. It’s part of our campaign to get London going electric.”borisracing2Boris had just stormed round the track, finishing two laps without mishap of the Battersea Park circuit that is hosting the final two rounds of the Formula E championship this weekend.    He said a London Grand Prix would “showcase our drive to get low-carbon vehicles in the streets.” Continue reading

Uber boss tells FactCheck we are successful because we are efficient

The black cab version of the Battle of Thermopylae is being fought on the London streets,  with Uber as the Persians and black cab drivers in the role of  the valiant and heroic Spartans.spartansAccording to black cab drivers, Uber are playing  dirty and are only successful because they cut corners on tax and regulations. Channel 4 Factcheck’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy spoke to the Europe head of Uber, Jo Bertram  who said  the secret of the company’s success is it’s cheap because it’s technologically efficient, while abiding by all relevant UK tax laws and regulations. Continue reading

Ivan Massow clued up and sensible on Uber and black cabs

Softly spoken Ivan Massow gave a sensible analysis of the problems between Uber and black cabs., unlike the wildly gesticulating Peter Stringfellow, who continually interrupted Ivan on the Daily Politics Show.ivanmassowIvan said Uber have opened up an entirely new market, and are popular with the young. They have revolutionarised the minicab market and are a cheaper choice than black cabs.  He gently suggested that black cabs would benefit from more modern technology and said it was overdramatising to say that black cabs will disappear forever.  Ivan has met with Steve MacNamara of United Cabbies who said they do not want to get rid of Uber.  News to me! Continue reading