Rescue Operations Launched Across Britain As 140mph Arctic Storm Wreaks Havoc (Pictures / Videos)

Rescue Operations Launched Across Britain As 140mph Arctic Storms Leave 120,000 Homes Without Power, Pedestrians Blown To The Ground And Thousands Stranded In Several Feet Of Water – Daily Mail

Thousands of people have been evacuated and hundreds rescued today as 140mph winds battered Britain in a hurricane-force storm.

A lorry driver died in Scotland and a man riding a mobility scooter in King’s Park in Retford, Nottinghamshire, was also killed when hit by a falling tree.

More than 120,000 homes were left without power as the most serious tidal surge for 60 years is predicted to hit the east coast tonight.

More than 10,000 homes in Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex are being evacuated, while residents were also rescued in Rhyl, North Wales, and Merseyside.

As they were taken away from their homes in dinghies, forecasters feared the worst is yet to come during tonight’s high tide at around 10pm.

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More than 240 flood alerts were in place across England and Wales, with 6,000 homes expected to suffer from flooding in the next 24 hours.

Sea levels could be as high as those during the floods of 1953 that left 307 dead, although defences have significantly improved since then.

The lorry driver died and four other people were hurt when his HGV fell onto cars on the A801 in West Lothian as winds disrupted transport networks.

This morning the entire rail network in Scotland was suspended, with trains halted at their nearest stations and passengers told to disembark.

Motorists in Scotland have also been warned not to travel due to ‘extremely dangerous’ road conditions.

Transport Scotland has escalated its travel warning to stage four red, advising people to avoid travelling, particularly in high-sided vehicles.

Closures, fallen trees, minor accidents and incidents of flash flooding are affecting the road network in the south, west, central and Perthshire areas.

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Homes in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, were evacuated after officials warned that the lives of people in the region could be at risk from the tidal surge.

Wave and surfing expert Ed Temperley, editor of global surf forecasting website Magic Seaweed (MSW) explained: ‘A tidal surge is effectively a wind and pressure driven rise in the sea level. This can be exacerbated by waves associated with the storm and particularly at high tide.’

More than 1,000 homes in Suffolk are to be evacuated ahead of tonight’s tidal surge. Essex Police added that parts of Jaywick, a small seaside village near Clacton, will also be evacuated.

The Environment Agency (EA) has issued three severe flood warnings for parts of the seaside town – the highest category, warning of danger to life.

Down the east coast, the EA has issued 26 severe flood warnings as high tides and strong winds threatened to swamp the coastline.

A Herne Bay Coastguard spokesman in Kent said high tides are forecast at 2.30am and 2.45pm tomorrow – and these are expected to coincide with a large coastal surge.

Officials at the Port of Dover in Kent said they have conducted a full-scale inspection of the port estate to assess the potential impact of any bad weather.

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Speaking to MPs, Commons Leader Andrew Lansley said Prime Minister David Cameron and Environment Secretary Owen Paterson were ‘very aware’ of the risks the storm posed.

He said: ‘The Prime Minister, (Mr Paterson) and other ministers are very aware of the risk associated with a surge tide and the current storm.

‘Many of our constituents are already experiencing the effects of that storm. I can’t say at this stage when (Mr Paterson) may be able to update the House as he will at this moment be engaged in ensuring that every measure that can be taken, is taken to help support those who may be affected.’

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His comments followed a question from Therese Coffey, Tory MP for Suffolk Coastal.

In a question to Mr Lansley in the Commons, she said: ‘A few weeks ago St Jude’s Storm resulted in several thousand households in Suffolk being disconnected from electricity.

‘Today, the storm that is gathering in Scotland is coming to Suffolk, where the entire coast line is under a severe flood warning.

‘I know the Prime Minister has asked (Mr Paterson) to chair a Cobra meeting. Will you say when (Mr Paterson) will come to the House to make a statement?’

Mr Paterson is chairing a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra (Cabinet Office Briefing Room A) committee to discuss the response to the storm, Mr Cameron said earlier.

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The Prime Minister said on Twitter: ‘I’ve asked Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to chair a Cobra this morning on the storm disruption – ensuring everything is being done.’

Some 120,000 homes were left without power this morning as rain and winds gusting up to 140mph battered Scotland.

The Met Office said there had been severe gales of between 60mph and 80mph across Scotland and northern parts of England, and some mountainous regions in Aberdeenshire and Inverness-shire reported speeds of around 140mph.

This Scotland rail network was suspended after Network Rail said debris on lines and damage to equipment meant it was not safe to operate any services.

Train companies in England were operating amended timetables and the bad weather hit a number of flights. Closures, fallen trees, minor accidents and incidents of flash flooding are affecting the road network in parts of the country.

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Natural Resources Wales, the organisation which leads on flooding in Wales, is urging people along the North Wales coast to take ‘immediate action’ to protect themselves and their properties.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency has issued flood warnings to 14 regions and alerts to a further 13 areas.

The EA has so far issued 26 severe flood warnings in England and two in Wales – which are only issued when flooding poses a ‘significant threat to life’. Officials said that more severe warnings are expected in coming hours.

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The agency said communities along the North Sea coast from Northumberland to the Thames Estuary and Kent, in addition to those on the Irish Sea coast from Cumbria down to Cheshire, could see significant coastal flooding later today and into Friday.

A spokesman said in some areas sea levels could be higher than those during the devastating floods of 1953, but defences built since then – including the Thames and Hull barriers – mean that many parts of the country are much better protected.

The Thames Barrier will be closed tonight, it has been confirmed. However, some coastal flood defences could be ‘overtopped’ by the combined effect of high tides, high winds and a large tidal surge, the spokesman said.

The coastline from Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk to Clacton, Essex – including Great Yarmouth – is ‘particularly at risk’.

Anne Edwards, editor of the Great Yarmouth Mercury, was one of those told to leave their homes tonight, but is determined to ride out the storm with sandbags and supplies.

She was awoken by an alert call from the Environment Agency at 6.30am, warning of severe flooding in the area of her home, which is a mile from the coast.

Ms Edwards, who believes hundreds of homes are being evacuated, said: ‘We’re staying put. The house we live in was flooded in 1953 and there’s a four-and-a-half foot-high water line in the dining room from then.

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‘We always knew we might be at risk of flooding, so there is a camping stove upstairs and we have water and cans of food. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. We can go upstairs, it’s not going to kill us.’

She said she went into a ‘mad panic’ at receiving the automated call this morning and hunted for her home insurance policy. Her husband has bought sandbags and the couple have containers ready to fill with fresh water.

She said: ‘I’m going to get the paper out then go home for dinner, but then I’ll be back in the office later. I’ve got my wellies ready.’

John Curtin, the Environment Agency’s head of incident management, said: ‘Flooding of coastal communities along the eastern and north-west coasts is expected today and into Friday.

‘Some defences could be overtopped by the combined effect of high tides, high winds and a large tidal surge.

‘Our teams have been out in force checking that flood defences and barriers are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and issuing flood warnings. Coastal paths and promenades will be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of people being swept out to sea.’

A major traffic route into a city centre was closed today following warnings of high winds.

Leeds City Council took the decision to shut the road past the 367ft Bridgewater Place tower – the tallest building in Yorkshire – after predictions that wind speeds in the area could reach 75mph.

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The move follows a recommendation made yesterday by a coroner at the inquest into the death of Edward Slaney who was hit by a lorry that flew through the air in windy conditions in March 2011.

Following a lengthy inquest which examined the tower’s influence on wind conditions in the area, Leeds Deputy Coroner Melanie Williamson said she was recommending the junction at its base should be shut to all road users when wind speeds reach 45mph.

Leeds City Council said it was closing the junction at 6am until the winds subside. The road is the main route into Leeds from the south and links the city centre and railway stations to the M1, M621 and M62 motorways.

Scottish Hydro Electric said more than 80,000 homes across the north of Scotland have suffered power cuts. The worst affected areas are the Highlands, Tayside and Argyll, with road blockages slowing work to reconnect people.

The company says it has mobilised 1,000 engineers and support staff and that power has since been restored to around 3,000 homes.

A further 50,000 properties were cut off in central and southern Scotland at the storm’s peak, Scottish Power said. Power has now been restored to around 28,000 properties.

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Uprooted trees and other debris have been blown on to overhead power lines, causing damage and bringing down the lines in some areas.

The company said around 500 staff are working to fix the faults, including extra engineers drafted in from England.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued 11 flood warnings throughout Scotland.

Severe flood warnings are in place for Skye and Lochaber, Caithness and Sutherland, Tayside, Central Scotland, Fife and Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The AA said its severe weather team was being deployed in Scotland to deal with coastal flooding.

Darron Burness, head of the AA’s flood rescue team, said: ‘Coastal flooding is particularly dangerous because of the risk of high waves and very fast-moving water.

‘I would particularly warn motorists to avoid coastal routes where the combination of high winds and flooding with sea water will be life-threatening.’

Many bridges have been closed to traffic, including the Forth Road Bridge, A898 Erskine Bridge, Dornoch Bridge and Skye Bridge

The Kessock Bridge at Inverness is closed to high-sided vehicles, police said.

Numerous roads are closed in the Highlands while debris is cleared, including the A82 at Torlundy, the A830 Mallaig road, the A86 Newtonmore to Laggan road and Grant Street in Inverness.

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said it was responding to a high number of calls relating to fallen trees and road blockages throughout Scotland.

Caledonian MacBrayne ferry services are affected by the high winds and some flights have been delayed or diverted.

An easyJet spokesman said a flight from Bristol to Edinburgh was diverted to Newcastle and a Gatwick flight to Glasgow was diverted to Manchester. A flight to Aberdeen returned to Gatwick due to high winds, she said.

Glasgow Central station was evacuated due to debris smashing glass in the roof. No one was hurt and arriving passengers were escorted from the station. Winds reached 59mph in Edinburgh and 63mph in Glasgow.

John Hutchinson, a senior forecaster with MeteoGroup, said winds were expected to moderate after about 10am but snow was likely to replace rain in northern areas.

‘We have a band of heavy rain with some much colder air coming in behind that, especially across northern areas, so there will be snow showers,’ he said. ‘The colder air is flooding down from the north.’

Police Scotland said snow is affecting the B976 Crathie to Gairnshiel road in Aberdeenshire. The fire service in the east of Scotland said it had dealt with 63 incidents between 7am and 10am.

These included five road accidents, two reports of trees falling on vehicles and 12 relating to dangerous structures such as falling chimneys and slates.

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Motorists in the Lothians, Edinburgh, Borders, Fife and Forth Valley have been warned not to drive until the high winds subside.

A 61-year-old man was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary after being struck by a falling tree in the Meadows. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A tree also fell on a car in the city’s Quality Street but no one was hurt. A woman was taken to Hairmyres Hospital in South Lanarkshire after a tree fell on a taxi in Bothwell Road, Hamilton.

The Southern General Hospital in Glasgow has been affected by the severe wind, with part of the roof around the helipad blown away.

Police Scotland reported an explosion at an electricity substation in Coatbridge. No one was hurt.

Lorries were blown over on the M74 at Douglas, South Lanarkshire, and on the A83 at Rest and Be Thankful in Argyll and Bute.

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As the winds subsided in some parts police reduced their warning to motorists but said there remained a high risk of disruption. Drivers in the Dumfries and Galloway area were still advised to avoid travel completely for the time being.

A spokesman said: ‘The police are advising drivers that conditions for travel are extremely poor and there is a high risk of disruption for road journeys in Scotland. If you do travel, you are likely to experience significant delays.’

Meanwhile in Northern Ireland, thousands of homes are still without power after gale force winds ripped down trees, power lines and electricity poles.

Gusts of up to 70mph which swept in from the Atlantic have left parts of the north, east and exposed rural areas facing major blackouts.

Energy company NIE said the damage was caused by flying debris and high winds and its latest figures estimate that around 7,000 properties are currently without electricity.

Specialist incident centres have been set up while additional emergency crews and engineers have been drafted in to resolve the 200 faults on the network.

An NIE spokesman said: ‘Damage has been caused by flying debris and high winds, including broken electricity lines and damage to poles and other equipment.’

More than 15,000 homes had power supplies restored overnight. She added: ‘There may also be further faults which have not yet been reported to Northern Ireland Electricity and adverse weather conditions, which could cause additional faults, are due to continue for the next few hours.’

A number of ferry crossings were also expected to be disrupted including the P&O Larne to Cairnryan service. The company has advised customers to check the helpline before setting off on their journey.

All sailings between Ballycastle and Rathlin off the Co Antrim coast were cancelled for the day.

Translink, which operates the public transport network, said train services to Londonderry and Larne had been impacted by the bad weather with some passengers having to travel by bus because of debris on the railway lines.

Meanwhile, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has urged motorists to drive with extreme caution as a result of the adverse weather conditions.

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The Crawfordsburn and Rathgael Roads in Bangor were closed because of fallen trees as were the Spa Road, Ballynahinch, Mearne Road, Downpatrick and Castleward Road, Downpatrick.

In Belfast, morning rush hour traffic faced further congestion because the Antrim Road was blocked by a fallen tree at Kincraig Park. The Ormeau Embankment in the south of the city was only passable with care.

In Londonderry, high winds forced the closure of the Foyle Bridge but it has since re-opened. The main Coleraine to Limavady Road was also shut due to fallen trees while in Co Tyrone the Sweep Road in Cookstown was shut due to an unsafe roof on a building.

Di Standley, chief executive of the Royal Life Saving Society UK, said: ‘Whether it is coastal flooding, swollen rivers or general floodwater on roads and pathways, it is vital people follow simple, common sense, steps during periods of flooding to help ensure they, and their families, stay safe.

‘Apart from trying to go about their daily business during floods, people are often curious to see flooded areas but this can be dangerous, and drivers may take risks driving through floodwater, unaware of levels of depth. It is vital not to underestimate the power of floodwater.

‘The RLSS UK calling on everyone to be proactive and to learn about water safety to protect themselves and their loved-ones.’

Meanwhile, the body of a fisherman was pulled from the sea off the Cornish coast after a search lasting three hours last night.

The man, understood to be in his 60s and from a small village on the Lizard peninsula, was plucked from the water off Cadgwith shortly before 8pm.

Police are still investigating but it is thought the man had been fishing alone in his own boat. The death is currently unexplained, a spokesman said.

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British people want their guns back

Ah, so we have two great truths here. First, gun control is an abject failure. Two, people desire to be able to defend themselves

Last Friday the Daily Telegraph, Britain’s most widely read broadsheet newspaper, issued an online poll asking members of the public which proposal they would like to see introduced as a Private Members’ Bill in the UK’s Parliament.

Private Members’ Bills are introduced by Members of Parliament or Peers who are not government ministers.

The choices include term limits for Prime Ministers, a flat tax, a law to encourage the ‘greening’ of public spaces and the repealing of Britain’s hand gun ban.

While the poll continues, so far over 80 percent of the 11,000+ respondents have told the Telegraph that they want to see the handgun ban repealed. The news comes as America contemplates its own new laws on gun ownership, with British talk show host Piers Morgan claiming to back a UK-style ban for the United States.

I suppose that the Brits are looking at us, and seeing the truth

But statistics from the United States show that guns are used by citizens to defend themselves around eighty times more often than they are used to take a life. A recent study published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy concluded that there is a negative correlation between gun ownership and violent crime in countries internationally, that is, “where firearms are most dense violent crime rates are lowest, and where guns are least dense violent crime rates are highest.”

Funny how a public beheading will change your view of gun control. Is there any doubt that the two Islamists that beheaded that British soldier did so with no fear of being confronted? Any doubt that they would have had very different thoughts doing so in public streets in Texas or Florida, or Arizona? 

Why the UK will lose to radical Islam

Playing the appeasement game with terrorists and mad men never works, and the Left never learns that lesson

So yesterday I talked about the suppression of speech in Britain and it turns out that the story has expanded and some details have been added.  Let me quote from the Daily Mail,  with analysis interspersed.  It’s not quite a “fisking,” because I always understood that term as being hostile to the author of the piece, but it is almost a point-by-point commentary similar to one:

The murder of soldier Lee Rigby has provoked a backlash of anger across the UK, including the attacking of mosques, racial abuse and comments made on social media.
 
Well, of course actual physical attacks on mosques are not protected speech by any reasonable understanding of it—I mean besides Mona Eltahawy’s idiot theories—but I didn’t feel confident that we are talking about physical attacks.  There is a disturbing tendency among some on the left these days to pretend that criticism is an “attack” thus blurring the line between action and mere words.  So I was curious to check it out.
 
Eleven people have been arrested around Britain for making ‘racist or anti-religious’ comments on Twitter following the brutal killing in Woolwich on Wednesday.
 
The incident has also prompted a huge increase in anti-Muslim incidents, according to the organisation Faith Matters, which works to reduce extremism.
 
Besides the revelation that now eleven have been arrested (and remember, in my last post, some were being warned without arrest), I checked out the Faith Matterswebsite.  They provide a map of Mosque attacks, and a quick sampling of a few makes it clear that this is essentially vandalism.  Although really, is it even worth fretting that someone left bacon at one?  Next we will get reports of someone TP-ing their trees.  I’m not even sure leaving bacon counts as trespass or littering.  (For instance, church property is generally open to the public.  And often littering laws include exceptions for biodegradable items, such as food.)  But presuming the veracity of these accounts at least they involve conduct and not merely speech.
Much more at Allergic To Bull. 

 

The best thing the West can do is to STOP bending over backwards to appease Muslims

Amazing is it not, that every terrorist act committed by a Muslim is followed by some world leader pleading that we not judge all Muslims by that act. It is time we stopped treating Islam as a religion we have to make excuses for. Donald Douglas has more

Daniel Greenfield writes on British Prime Minister David Cameron, “PM Cameron: ‘There is Nothing in Islam that Justifies this Truly Dreadful Act’.”

Usually, after a horrible crime, it’s the lawyer for the killer who steps forward to assure the public and potential jurors that his client had nothing whatsoever to do with the act.

But when it comes to Muslim terror, that is now the role of political leaders.

“This was not just an attack on Britain – and on our British way of life. It was also a betrayal of Islam and of the Muslim communities who give so much to our country,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said. “There is nothing in Islam that justifies this truly dreadful act. We will defeat violent extremism by standing together by backing our police and security services and above all by challenging the poisonous narrative of extremism on which this violence feeds.”

Muslim communities do indeed give so much to the UK, aside from the occasional bombing and beheading, there are the sex grooming gangs, the social welfare fraud and the drug dealing.

It’s astounding really. They give so much and get so little in return. Just free homes and jail sentences.

But while I would hesitate to disagree with a scholar of Islam like Cameron, perhaps we should turn to a more expert source.

Sura (chapter) 47 contains the ayah (verse): 

“When you encounter the unbelievers on the battlefield, strike off their heads until you have crushed them completely; then bind the prisoners tightly.”

As I have written before, this is ultimately a Muslim issue. Muslims, and there are many of them must either take their religion back, or reject it entirely. Either way, the excuse train has to be derailed

The Great Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s First Female Prime Minister, Dies At The Age Of 87

Margaret Thatcher Dies After Stroke – Sky News

Britain’s first and only female prime minister Baroness Thatcher has died at the age of 87 after suffering a stroke.

Lady Thatcher’s children Mark and Carol said their mother, who suffered bouts of ill health in recent years, died peacefully on Monday morning.

Downing Street, which joined Buckingham Palace in flying its flags at half mast, said the politician would be given a full ceremonial funeral with honours at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Sky sources understand she died at the Ritz in central London where she had been staying since January following a minor operation.

It is believed her Belgravia home was not properly equipped for her recovery and she was invited to stay at the hotel by its owners, David and Frederick Barclay.

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Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes from around the world, calling the former Tory leader “a great prime minister, a great leader, a great Briton”.

He said: “As our first woman prime minister, Margaret Thatcher succeeded against all the odds, and the real thing about Margaret Thatcher is that she didn’t just lead our country, she saved our country, and I believe she’ll go down as the greatest British peacetime prime minister.

“Her legacy will be the fact she served her country so well, she saved our country and that she showed immense courage in doing so and people will be learning about what she did and her achievements in decades, probably centuries to come.”

Mr Cameron was in Spain at the start of a European tour to push for a more flexible EU when the news broke but immediately cut short his trip.

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It is understood that Lady Thatcher was consulted about details of the funeral arrangements and made clear that she did not want to lie in state.

The streets between Westminster and St Paul’s will be cleared for the procession, the date of which is yet to be decided. The route will be lined with members of Armed Forces.

US President Barack Obama said that America would “never forget her standing shoulder to shoulder with President Reagan” and that she had “with moral conviction” helped to shape history.

He said: “With the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend.

“As a grocer’s daughter who rose to become Britain’s first female prime minister, she stands as an example to our daughters that there is no glass ceiling that can’t be shattered. As prime minister, she helped restore the confidence and pride that has always been the hallmark of Britain at its best.”

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Labour leader Ed Miliband, who was launching his local election campaign on Monday, cancelled the party’s operations as a mark of respect.

He said: “She will be remembered as a unique figure. She reshaped the politics of a whole generation.

“The Labour Party disagreed with much of what she did and she will always remain a controversial figure. But we can disagree and also greatly respect her political achievements and her personal strength.”

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg said: “Margaret Thatcher was one of the defining figures in modern British politics.

“Whatever side of the political debate you stand on, no-one can deny that as prime minister she left a unique and lasting imprint on the country she served.”

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Buckingham Palace added: “The Queen was sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher. Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family.”

Former Labour prime minister Tony Blair called the ex-PM a “towering political figure” who exercised a huge influence over Britain and the world.

“Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world. Margaret was such a leader. Her global impact was vast,” he said.

He added: “As a person she was kind and generous spirited and was always immensely supportive to me as Prime Minister although we came from opposite sides of politics.

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“Even if you disagreed with her as I did on certain issues and occasionally strongly, you could not disrespect her character or her contribution to Britain’s national life. She will be sadly missed.”

Former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major described his predecessor as a “true force of nature” and a “political phenomenon”.

He said: “In government, the UK was turned around under – and in large measure because of – her leadership.

“Her reforms of the economy, trades union law, and her recovery of the Falkland Islands elevated her above normal politics, and may not have been achieved under any other leader.”

Lady Thatcher, who made history by becoming Britain’s first female prime minister in 1979, had become increasingly frail over the last decade.

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She suffered several small strokes in 2002 and was advised not to accept further public speaking engagements.

Her apparent fragility when she did appear in public, especially after the death of husband Denis in 2003, led to frequent bouts of speculation about her health.

But MPs and friends who saw her regularly said she remained alert and interested in politics and she was not known to have deteriorated notably recently.

The former leader was admitted to hospital shortly before Christmas where she underwent an operation to remove a growth from her bladder but was allowed to return home before the New Year.

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As prime minister from 1979 to 1990, she has been credited with transforming a nation in one decade and putting Britain back among the leading industrial nations of the world.

Loved and loathed in equal measure, she crushed the unions and privatised vast swathes of British industry as she led the Tories to three election victories.

She was nicknamed the Iron Lady by a Russian journalist in 1976 for her opposition to Soviet communism.

The moniker stuck and privately she was thought to enjoy it. It also became the title of the 2011 biopic for which Meryl Streep won an Oscar.

“To have given women and girls around the world reason to supplant fantasies of being princesses with a different dream: the real-life option of leading their nation; this was groundbreaking and admirable,” Streep said.

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Lady Thatcher was also memorably described by the then French president Francois Mitterrand with the back-handed compliment that she had the “eyes of Caligula and the mouth of Marilyn Monroe”.

But perhaps the defining moment of her career will be the decision to send a taskforce to the Falklands on April 2, 1982 after Argentina invaded.

Despite her toughness, few will forget the pictures of Lady Thatcher leaving Downing Street for the last time with her husband, Sir Denis – tears in her eyes.

A woman who believed in hard work, she was the daughter of grocer Alfred Roberts and gained a degree in Chemistry at Oxford University, where she became president of the university’s Conservative Association.

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Her first job was as a research chemist but in February 1951 she was adopted as Conservative candidate for Dartford and at a dinner that day she met the wealthy and divorced businessman, Denis Thatcher. They married later that year.

He supported her during her unsuccessful campaigns for the seat and during her studies to become a barrister. She qualified in 1953, the same year she gave birth to twins Mark and Carol.

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Of course you know THIS means war!

The other McCain is keeping ABREAST of a breaking story out of the UK!

Since 1970, Britain’s largest-selling newspaper, The Sun tabloid, has been famous — or, as some would say, notorious — for publishing photos of topless models on page 3, so that the “Page Three Girls” have become something of a national institution. Yet now, radical feminists have mounted a campaign to ban these buxom beauties:

The campaign to have the infamous ‘Page 3’ of The Sun Newspaper stopped, banned or otherwise censored has reached incredible feats over the past few months. There is no doubt that when it comes to orchestrating a campaign, Lucy-Anne Holmes and her sidekicks are no fools.
From high-profile news stories to political buy-in, from university blanket bans to a petition now signed by 85,000 people, the anti-boob campaigners are allowing their censorious and illiberal tendencies to shine through.

That’s from Raheem Kassam of The Commentator, who points out that the argument made by feminists is that — wait for it — celebrating beautiful women hurts the feelings of less-beautiful women:

Holmes declared her selfish and self-hating motivations in an interview with The Guardian in September 2012.

She said, “It took me until I was 35 to go, ‘why have I hated my boobs?’… Oh, because I’ve been comparing them to this image in the paper that is purely for the gratification of men. I have never really owned this part of my body.”

Does Holmes’s insecurity seem like a good reason to stop other, secure women from using their bodies in a way they choose to, and in a way that drives the sales of the most popular newspaper in Britain?

Ah the Feminuts cannot stand to see men enjoy themselves can they? Well, as I said THIS MEANS WAR!

Bugs is right! So, in solidarity with my brothers in the UK, I offer you this. NSFW! 

 

What happens when cheap sex replaces love?

Everything has a price, and yes, the hook up culture has had a price. It is costing us things like romance, love, real intimacy, and made dating, and being single much more difficult than it should be. It has cheapened, male/female relations, and twisted how we think about sex, traditional gender roles, marriage, and I believe has robbed us of a beautiful thing. Hey, as The Other McCain points out messing with nature has consequences and yes, quoting Jimmy Buffet helps prove the point

I really do appreciate the fact you’re sitting here.
Your voice sounds so wonderful,
But you face don’t look too clear.
So bar maid bring a pitcher, another round of brew.
Honey, why don’t we get drunk and screw?

Is this what they’re teaching in Women’s Studies classes nowadays? Evidently so, according to one young British feminist:

The idea that my generation are unhappy and sexually unfulfilled because, thanks to the dwindling of traditional gender roles, we’ve been able to have sex on our own terms, makes absolutely no sense to me. Especially as in Britain, we never really had a dating culture to begin with. Americans are complaining because “dinner and a movie” has been replaced with “hanging out”, when on this side of the Atlantic people have been flinging themselves at one another outside the pub following last orders since time immemorial, and it’s worked fine. Likewise, while the Americans see the classic “are u out?” fishing text as evidence of shallow promiscuity, we see it as a convenient way of minimising social embarrassment by ensuring both parties are too drunk to attempt a conversation capable of, let’s face it, shattering the illusion whose maintenance is so essential for successful coitus.

OK, so if getting “too drunk to attempt a conversation . . . is so essential for successful coitus,” how is this a triumph for women? Is this what being “able to have sex on our own terms” means?

Or does it mean, you’re getting played?

Making the bar/club/party scene your native habitat makes you a potential prey for the practicioners of “game.” And if he’s good at it, you won’t realize you’ve been played until it’s too late. Ladies, if want to know what the players really think of you, you should read their blogs:

What is a bar? It’s a social venue where women can receive attention from men at predictably constant rates. Every approach performed will increase her worth. Every hot stud who lays pipe inside her via a one-night stand will reinforce in her mind that she deserves Mr. Perfect. These men feed her ego like an IV bag nourishes a surgery patient.
The effect of all this is cumulative so that a 30 year old woman who is well past her prime will put out attitude multiple times higher than a hot 18 year old who just started going to clubs. Since the older woman simply can’t forget all those men who have approached her and wanted to take her home, she won’t receive your approach unless you’re nearly the best of what has attempted to f–k her in the past, even though the number of guys willing to wife her up has decreased exponentially. Nightlife venues give average women near unlimited choice and attention, causing a sharp degradation in her attitude, warmth, and even her appearance. . . .

More at the link. I am no Puritan, never will be. I am not condemning pre-marital sex either.What I am saying is that society has lowered its standards for women and their behavior. And that has resulted in too many women lowering their standards for themselves, both in who they date, and how they conduct themselves. And this really bad for men, and even worse for women. If you are happily married you might not notice, but, if like me, you are single, and dating, trust me you have noticed.