Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Questions the Blogerati are asking

Who is Hamer Shawcross? Blogging MP Tom Watson hints that he knows who it is. Uber blogocrat Guido has been making enquiries. This aquatic creature can help him cross one person off his shortlist of possible candidates. It's not UCATT spinmeister and homme serieux Barckley Sumner.

One in 30 aborted foetuses born ALIVE

Following the recent good news from the US comes this timely revelation. A 10 year study of 20 UK hospitals found that 102 babies survived - albeit briefly - attempts on their lives in the womb. They all died after a few hours. The post-partum medical and nursing care they received from personnel who only moments before were engaged in grim attempts to end their lives, must have looked utterly incongruous.

Strangely, that bizarre group of extremists and malcontents which calls itself Abortion Rights has failed to issue any press release on the news. They're hardly publicity shy and are usually quite happy to shriek away on the topic. So why the silence? Aren't they comfortable confronting the reality of what they advocate? It can't be squeamishness, surely. These broads position themselves on the left and like to think of themselves as badder than bad, the shock-troops of anti-natalism. Maybe just this once they felt so shamed-up that they shut-up. Make it a habit, girls.

The woman in the picture, by the way, is Gianna Jessen, who herself survived an abortion attempt. She was injected with a saline solution in the womb. Some eighteen hours later, she was born, desperately ill, weighing merely 2lb but alive. Her luck held. The abortionist had gone home and the nurse on duty, taking pity on her dialled 911. The failed abortion did cause a severe disability and doctors said she'd never be able to hold up her head, sit up, crawl or walk but she went on to confound their predictions. At three she was walking and last year she completed the London Marathon.

Not long before that, this aquatic creature had the privilege of meeting her. She was honestly one of the nicest, most impressive people I have ever met.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

The Pro-Abortion lobby objects to the US Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Partial Birth Abortion Ban. With predictable mendacity, they have assailed it as a threat to womens' health (which it isn't) and acted as though they speak for all American women (which they don't). They are fond of using clinical sounding euphemisms to obscure the ugly truth of what they defend and what they stand for. They don't like the term partial birth abortion because it's too, er, accurate for their liking. They prefer dilation and extraction. That by which we call a barbarism would stink just as badly by any other name.

This is how nurse Brenda Pratt Shafer, who by her own account was 'very pro choice', described a Dilation and Extraction in 1993:

" I stood at the doctor’s side and watched him perform a partial-birth abortion on a woman who was six months pregnant. The baby’s heartbeat was clearly visible on the ultrasound screen. The doctor delivered the baby’s body and arms, everything but his little head. The baby’s body was moving. His little fingers were clasping together. He was kicking his feet. The doctor took a pair of scissors and inserted them into the back of the baby’s head, and the baby’s arms jerked out in a flinch, a startle reaction, like a baby does when he thinks that he might fall. Then the doctor opened the scissors up. Then he stuck the high-powered suction tube into the hole and sucked the baby’s brains out. Now the baby was completely limp. I never went back to the clinic. But I am still haunted by the face of that little boy. It was the most perfect, angelic face I have ever seen."

That is what the US Supreme Court has banned; a procedure which involves crushing a baby's skull and sucking out its brains as it exits the birth canal.

No civilised society should allow such barbarism. We wouldn't treat animals like that.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Good News

The US Supreme Court has upheld the ban on Partial Birth Abortion.

Monday, April 09, 2007

More on Brown and the pensions raid

The reaction of some Labour commentators and bloggers to the Brown pensions debacle has been to ride to Gordon's aid and denounce the whole thing as Tory-driven opportunism. This is endearingly tribal stuff but arguably misses the point. Brown's decision to raid pension funds was a colossal miscalculation. There has been a crisis in occupational pensions since 1997 with many final salary schemes closing to new entrants and some even collapsing altogether. Scrapping dividend tax credits did contribute to the problem and Brown was warned of the consequences.
Bear in mind that all this took place against a background of clear demographic trends (low and decreasing birthrates, more and longer living pensioners) as well as widespread agreement among policy makers of the importance of individual asset management and Brown's decision seems even more arrogant and short-sighted.
The depressing litany of failure which followed - pension schemes collapsing under the weight of their liabilities and hard-pressed pensioners deprived of the pension benefits they'd paid for - is something Brown has to take some responsiblity for.
Getting the obedient Ed Balls to make excuses for his decision simply won't do. A genuine leader faces the music himself.
Similarly, it won't do for partisan commentators to write the whole episode off as just another storm in a political teacup. The lost livelihoods of pensioners are not something to be treated as just another pawn in a political game.
The rightwing press and Conservative politicians have not invented this story. They would be unable to make such political capital from it unless it did strike a chord.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Gordon Brown and the pensions timebomb

Brown's ill-judged decision a decade ago, to ignore civil servants' advice and scrap dividend tax credits on pension funds has come back to haunt him. He was warned at the time that this could leave a massive shortfall in pension funds, which it did. Trying to hide the news from hacks by stalling the release of the documents and then finally releasing them on Friday just as parliament went into recess compounded the folly.
The doyenne of city hacks, Patience Wheatcroft, and fomer minister for welfare reform, Frank Field MP were both withering in their assessments of the Iron Chancellor's judgement.
This blog is a fan of Gordon Brown, who brings much needed gravitas and seriousness of purpose to the New Labour project. But what was he thinking of, ten years ago, with his tax raid on pension funds? Flushed with the heady success of the 1997 landslide it certainly wasn't long-term pensions policy. But how can he have been so short-sighted?
Any mugwump who glanced at the demographic trends (ageing population, low and decreasing birthrate) would have urged him to exercise caution and above all not to touch pension funds.