Killers die in Scottish Prison MSP @John2Win orders enquiry.

The lead story in The Sunday Post front page tells us the chief whip John Lamont has ordered an enquiry into the deaths in prison of 3 killers. The story in The Sunday Post would lead you to think he is looking for an enquiry into why the heroin in the prison is contaminated. That I’m sure is just journalistic creative writing and in fact the MSP will be looking for answers on why drugs are routinely getting into prisons in the first place.
The Sunday Post story goes into some detail on the convicted killers and it makes for gruesome reading. While there clearly is a duty of care element in our prisons, the fact they have taken contaminated illegal heroin while in prison points fairly clearly to what could surely be called ‘self inflicted injury’ leading in this case to death.
The story goes on to inform that other drug dependent prisoners now fear for their well being. You can just see what is coming can’t you. The prisoners will at some point manage to sue the prison service for allowing contaminated drugs to harm them. Millions of pounds will be wasted on legal costs defending this and then the massive awards of compensation to the prisoners will follow. Watch this space…..
I fear our MSP needs to refresh his memory on the killers backgrounds and conduct an appropriate enquiry based on common sense. The likelihood of that ?? sadly very small.

This reminds me a little of the candy crush MP Nigel Mills who spent 2 hours playing a game in his tablet, was caught on camera and rather than investigate the MP the powers that be want to investigate who took the photo !

In the commons, common sense is in short supply, let’s hope the chief whip applies a generous helping to the enquiry he is calling for.


UK car sales hit 2m

Britons have bought more than 2m new cars so far this year, following an unexpectedly sharp jump in sales in October.

A total of 2.14m new cars have been registered in 2014 so far, the first time the two million mark has been passed in the month of October since 2007, before the financial crisis took hold.

It followed unwavering demand for new cars last month as consumers took advantage of cheap financing deals. Sales were 14.2% higher in October than a year earlier, at 179,714 vehicles, extending the longest-ever run of growth to 32 consecutive months, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Sales of diesel and petrol cars were up but alternatively fuelled vehicles saw the biggest increase, up 59% in October.

Mike Hawes, chief executive at the SMMT, said: “The October new car market outperformed expectations, with registrations showing the strongest growth in a month since March’s 18% rise. With economic confidence still rising, customers continue to benefit from attractive financial packages on exciting new models.

“We still expect the overall market to level off as we head towards 2015, but the exception to that rule will be alternatively-fuelled vehicles, demand for which will continue to accelerate.”

The Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, and Vauxhall Corsa were the top three bestselling models in October and the year so far.

Millions hit in Drupal hack attack


Millions hit in Drupal hack attack

Mercedes G-Code concept revealed

Merc G-Code

Meet the new supermini-SUV concept car from Mercedes, called the G-CodeMercedes has jumped on the supermini-SUV bandwagon with a new pint-sized concept called the G-Code. As reported by our sister site Auto Bild, it’s roughly a match in size for the Nissan Juke and Audi’s forthcoming Q1 and it’s said to give a strong indication of how the brand’s future SUVs will look.“The G-Code is both beautiful and intelligent, and interprets our typical Mercedes Coupe design idiom,” said styling chief Gordon Wagener. Officially just a design study at this stage, it also features a number of wild pieces of tech that could appear on Merc’s SUVs in the next decade. The trademark two-blade grille dominates the front end – although it’s not a grille at all.In fact, it’s a fancy digital display that changes colour according to how the car is driven – pulsating blue at rest, switching to blue moving stars when in motion and fast-moving red stars if the driver selects “Hybrid Sport” mode.

via Mercedes G-Code concept revealed | Auto Express.

UK total national debt 1.43 trillion


Ed Milliband’s recent embarrassing conference speech mistake – the bit where he forgot to mention the deficit – led to much talk about how important dealing with it is. Given our apparent inability to live within our national means, it is worth reminding ourselves just how much we still borrow each year and how big our total national debt is. The total debt is now over £1,430 bn. That’s not far off double what it was in 2010. Worse still new borrowing in the first five months of this fiscal year (April to August) at £45.5bn that’s up rather than down from £42.8bn this time a year ago.
Public spending cuts are ongoing, but due to the rise in the personal allowance and a failure of wages to rise in line with inflation, tax revenues are down too. So we are set for another £100bn-plus budget deficit this year. Even now, with interest rates at rock bottom and the market for sovereign debt effectively rigged by virtual money printing, Britain is spending far more on debt than on defence, and almost the same as on education.
Not going well is it !

The Fabled Robin Redbreast

We see a lot of robins at this time of year, particularly on Christmas cards, because in the past the postmen wore red tunics and were nicknamed ‘Robins’, so they appear on the kinds in their bird form as tokens of the deliverymen. The Robin was originally called the Redbreast but as people began to add proper names to the names of animals and birds they became Robin Redbreast, later shortened simply to Robin; much the same happened with the Jenny Wren and the Jackdaw. In Lancashire there is a rhyme,
“The robin and wren
Are God’s cock and hen.
The spink and the sparrow
Are the deil’s bow and arrow.”
(The spink is a dialect name for the chaffinch or sometimes the yellowhammer).

Iraq – Alliance from hell follows UK MP’s decision – #NoTowar


UK MP’s commit to war in Iraq. The BBC reported the same evening that Al Qaeda affiliate Al Nusra were now seeking to merge with IS to form an even wider group against the western coalition. Local fighters in Syria were reported to be turning against the USA and the coalition since the support they were promised has not emerged, these are Sunni rebels fighting Assad, who now feel betrayed by the USA for unofficially supporting the Assad regime to target ISIS.

 Iraq war could cost taxpayer £3.5bn

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  •  Formed out of al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) in 2013, IS first captured Raqqa in eastern Syria
  • It captured broad swathes of Iraq in June, including Mosul, and declared a “caliphate” in areas it controls in Syria and Iraq
  • Pursuing an extreme form of Sunni Islam, IS has persecuted non-Muslims such as Yazidis and Christians, as well as Shia Muslims, whom it regards as heretics
  • Known for its brutal tactics, including beheadings of soldiers, Western journalists and aid workers
  • The CIA says the group could have as many as 31,000 fighters in Iraq and Syria



Alliance from hell: Al Nusra fighters in Syria want to merge with ISIS – creating united army of fanatics

  • Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria under pressure from members to merge with ISIS
  • Demand for alliance comes after both groups were hit by U.S.-led air strikes
  • But sources say it may not work without weaker Al Nusra merging with ISIS
  • Groups share ideology but split during power struggle between 3 leaders

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Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria is facing mounting pressure from its members to form an ultra-alliance with the rival Islamic State to confront a common enemy after U.S.-led air strikes hit both groups this week.

Al Nusra, long one of the most effective forces fighting Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, was weakened this year by battles with Islamic State, an Al Qaeda splinter group that routinely employs ruthless methods such as beheadings and mass executions.

U.S.-led air and missile strikes, which have hit Al Nusra as well as Islamic State bases in Syria, have angered many Al Nusra members who say the West and its allies have joined forces in a ‘crusader’ campaign against Islam.

The two share the same ideology and rigid Islamic beliefs, but fell out during a power struggle that pitted Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi against Al Qaeda chief Ayman Zawahri and Al Nusra Front leader Abu Mohammad al-Golani.

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