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His Holiness the Pope has a new Lamborghini

Pope Francis has been given a godly V10 supercar. Amazingly, he’s not keeping it.

Pope Francis has a new Lamborghini. A bespoke, one-off, striped Lamborghini Huracán LP580-2, to be precise. That’s right. The head of the Roman-Catholic faith, on speed dial to the all-seeing one upstairs, has a purist’s rear-drive Lambo. Hallelujah.

However, the Pope didn’t spend £155,400 on a white wedge of V10-poowered loveliness. In fact, in was donated to him (Him?) free of charge, by Lamborghini. Is Sant’Agata hoping divine intervention will make the new Urus SUV the best super-4×4 ever?

Unlikely. Actually, it’s a donation for charitable causes, much like when Ferrari donated the Pope the final Enzo ever made, to be auctioned for funds to help survivors of the 2003 tsunami. This Huracán, as signed by his Holiness, will be auctioned by RM Sotheby’s on 12 May 2018.

The funds generated will be allocated by the Pope himself to causes including rebuilding homes and Christian places of worship in Iraq, helping victims of human trafficking, and two Italian-based African aid charities. The winning bidder, meanwhile, gets a Huracán RWD wearing a Vatican flag-inspired paint job, and the best excuse ever to waive any speeding tickets…

With many thanks to: Top Gear for the origional story.

Gerry Adam’s claims Stormont’s return key to a United Ireland ?

But real republicans know Sinn Féin signed away our rights to a United Ireland in 1998.

I think ‘ Our Gerry’ should take those blinkers off. Is he having a laugh?

Gerry Adams has dismissed speculation that Sinn Fein had lost interest in Stormont as his newly-elected MPs headed to London.

The Sinn Fein president argued that devolution provided “a strategic route” towards a united Ireland.

26+6=1 – United Ireland.

On the first day of a two-day visit, the seven republican MPs had a series of meetings, but continued the tradition of staying away from the House of Commons chamber.

There was speculation the group might meet Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, although there was no confirmation yesterday.

With the MPs in the UK capital, Mr Adams was in Dublin, where he urged incoming Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to get more directly involved in the negotiations aimed at restoring devolution.

Mr Adams also firmly denied that his party’s focus had shifted as a result of the Brexit vote.

What has Stormont got to do with a United Ireland Gerry?

Gerry Adams (TD) President of Sinn Féin

“The focus has to be on plan A, which is to get the institutions in place, that is our focus and we would like to think it will be the focus of the incoming Taoiseach,” he said.

“We want into the institutions, because that is what the people desire, that is what the people voted for.

“But also because we think, strategically, that is the way to a united Ireland.

“The way forward is not to be in a vacuum, to have stagnation, the way forward is to have that forum working on the basis on which it should have been established.”

Meanwhile, the smaller parties have complained that the Stormont talks to restore devolution are failing to gain momentum. The first round-table session involving all five parties and the British and Irish Governments is not expected until tomorrow.

The lie’s sorry “untruths” being peddled by the BBC. If you really believe their ‘false news’ then you need to open your eyes to the truth.

That leaves just a fortnight until Secretary of State James Brokenshire’s “immovable” deadline of June 29, after which a decision must be taken on the return of direct rule.

This wite-up appeared in the Irish News today. From a Unionist point of view. Written by Newton Emerson.

Inter-party meetings, mostly involving officials, continued yesterday but the focus of interest had shifted to the talks in London between the Conservatives and the DUP.

Irish Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan is also expected to be absent today because of events surrounding the incoming Taoiseach in Dublin.

Back in Belfast, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood said there was “deep suspicion and concern that a public deal between Theresa May and Arlene Foster might be accompanied with a private, grubby back room deal which none of us will get sight of for years to come”.

“It is in the interests of all our people that we are given full transparency. It is also the only way to address the public’s suspicion and concern,” he insisted.

Alliance deputy leader Stephen Farry said the lack of an all-party round-table until Thursday at the earliest “doesn’t inspire confidence”.

Most of the parties have met Mr Flanagan and Mr Brokenshire since Monday, but Mr Farry said: “There remains no impetus. We need people to step up to the plate, and do so without delay.

James Brokenshire, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (North of Ireland). Sinn Féin asking: “how can he be independent to chair talks in restoring Stormont.

“The consequences of not doing so are too severe.”

Meanwhile, UUP leader Robin Swann said seeking an independent chairperson for the talks was “futile”.

Nationalists have complained that Mr Brokenshire cannot be an “honest broker” because his party is seeking a deal with the DUP at Westminster.

Mr Swann said: “We have a few short weeks to restore devolution. Let’s not waste any more time dancing around on the head of a pin.”

With many thanks to: BBC for the original story. 

Patrick Murphy: Debate on social economic policy absent from the north’s election campaign.

The Irish News 27/05/2017

IN Britain the general election has centred on the re-nationalisation of key industries, a Tory drive to capture working class votes in former Labour heartlands and a wider debate about conflicting definitions of national interest.

Over here, the main argument so far has centred on what one politician said about another politician’s hair.
Welcome to Not The General Election, the north’s alternative to the real world, in which one party abstains from Westminster and all of them abstain from normal politics.
Like the 18th century War of Jenkins’ Ear, we are engaged in the War of Michelle’s Hair. It is an issue which has prompted more outrage than, for example, the recent proposal to close 40 schools.
So for us, the election in Britain is a spectator sport, because none of our main political parties possess the ideology or even the vocabulary to seriously debate social or economic policy. As a result, local political comment on events in Britain has been limited to personalities.
Nationalist politicians have expressed indignation at Theresa May calling an election in the middle of the Stormont talks. Apart from the fact that the talks were less than promising, do they really believe that a British Prime Minister would forego the chance for a bigger parliamentary majority to avoid delaying a sectarian argument in Belfast?
Ah but, they complain, she does not care about us, because she only visited us recently for a few hours. Would they like to list British prime ministers who have cared about Ireland? Perhaps they are thinking of Lord John Russell who oversaw the Famine? Maybe they had in mind Lloyd George, who sent us the Black and Tans or perhaps Edward Heath, who was ultimately in charge on Bloody Sunday?
When voting for union with Britain, nationalists appear not to have noticed that the Good Friday Agreement contained no stipulation that British prime ministers should care for us or about us.
Indeed, along with every other agreement, from St Andrews to last year’s Fresh Start, the Good Friday deal had no plan for economic investment or what should have been special economic status for the north.
It would appear to be a bit late now to complain about Tory cuts, when that nice Tony Blair – who really did care for us – was implementing them in 1998 under a Labour government, as he signed the Good Friday Agreement.
An election victory will allow Theresa May to complete Margaret Thatcher’s campaign of diminishing the role of the state to American levels, resulting in the inevitable scaling down of the welfare state and other public services.
But she is doing it differently. She is aiming to shape a new, right wing Britain, outside the EU, by cleverly exploiting working class support for Brexit.
The recent tragic bombing in Manchester will strengthen her message for strong and stable government.
For the first time since the 1960s, there is a clear left wing alternative to the Conservatives. However, there has been little comment from our major parties on Jeremy Corbyn’s policies.
It would be nice to know what they think of his proposals, for example, to abolish university tuition fees, to rescue passengers from the huge inefficiencies and high government subsidies of rail privatisation and to tax financial transactions in the City of London. This is the only part of the UK where the electorate has to guess what the parties think.
We know that in the Executive they all favoured reducing corporation tax and cutting public sector jobs, which tends to align them more with May than Corbyn.
The problem is that our long war began under a welfare state system and ended under Thatcherism. There was no attempt to build an economic dimension into the peace process, in which the needs of ordinary people might have taken precedence over paramilitaries; had they done so, Stormont might have worked.
We are now paying the price for failing to develop real politics in the peace process. Hence the fallacy that Sinn Féin and the DUP merely agreeing to enter government means that Stormont is ‘up and running’, when the success of every other government in the world is measured in terms of outputs. It is in that political vacuum that arguments over hair colour tend to arise.
So if you think that Theresa May does not care for us, why should she? After all, if she glances across the Irish Sea and looks at what passes for politics here, she might reasonably conclude that we do not care much for ourselves.
The way local political parties are conducting this election campaign would prove her point.

With many thanks to the: Troops Out Movement.

David Simpson lied on election leaflet literature and claimed it ‘was print error’ !


Former Upper Bann MP David Simpson

THE DUP election candidate’s false claim in promotional literature that he visited serving soldiers in Afghanistan was ‘A LIE’ and has been blamed on a printing error.


DUP MP David Simpson

An election leaflet for David Simpson MP said he had “visited British troops on the frontline of Afghanistan”.

The former Upper Bann MP was due to visit in 2010 but was prevented from going to the war-torn country because he was to big to fit in a flak jacket.

As a result, the Army prevented him from travelling.

TUV calls for painting depicting ‘Orangemen as KKK members’ to be removed from RUA exhibition –

Famine Song played outside St. Patricks Church, by Young Conway Volunteers.
A close up of 'christian flautits outside St. Patricks' by Joe McWilliams from RUA (Royal Ulster Academy of Arts).

UVF - Loyalist dressed as a member of KKK

With many thanks to: Belfast Telegraph. For the origional story.

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