Britain should seize this chance to strike a new deal with Europe

Twenty years ago, on September 16, 1992, sterling was forced out of the ERM amid extreme market turbulence. It was a political catastrophe that cast a long and baleful shadow over the then government.

It ripped open divisions in the Conservative Party. It hardened battle lines in the bitter debate over Britain’s place in Europe. It destroyed tolerance in the party, and laid finally to rest the notion that loyalty was its secret weapon. The aftermath inspired more myths than the Greeks.

Margaret Thatcher and I took sterling into the ERM in 1989 to general applause. Our decision was not some reckless flight of fancy. A poll in the Financial Weekly suggested that 97 per cent of business leaders wanted sterling to join, 66 per cent of whom did not care at what exchange rate we entered. The CBI, TUC, Parliament, press and public were overwhelmingly in favour. Entry had been proposed previously by Geoffrey Howe and Nigel Lawson, but – reinforced by advisers – Margaret had said “No”.


British troops help fight off Taliban attack on Afghan military base housing Prince Harry

At least two US Marines were killed in the strike on the base in Helmand province, which houses American and British troops among others.

Major Adam Wojack, a spokesman for International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, confirmed British forces had been involved in repelling the attack, alongside American troops.

He said 18 attackers were killed and another one was wounded and being given medical treatment.

The sprawling base was now secure, he said, but it was unclear if operations were still ongoing outside the wire.

Maj Wojack said: “The base is secure and we are assessing damage.”


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This is a reminder that we have rain forests right here in the continental 48. Temperate rainforest! In fact the Pacific Northwest and parts of Canada are the largest area of temperate rainforest in the world. That is one of the reasons contributing to this beautiful moss growing on just about everything in this image. If Michael slowed down it would probably start to cover him. Please read his story below and then save a couple of minutes to check out his galleries below and let him know what images are your favorite.


AmeriKim Patriot

Michelle Malkin is a PATRIOT…a concise, precise, articulate and resolute PATRIOT.  She is speaking out for the millions of Americans who are tired of having no voice in the face of the biased, attack-dog, leftist media.  This dim wit doesn’t agree with Michelle Malkin’s “Style”, because Michelle is getting the truth out there and getting people to stand up to propagandists like Tamara Holder, and fight her and her ilk’s lies!  What do they have left? Just character assassination  ridicule, fear mongering and flat out LIES!  So much for the party of love, tolerance, peace and compassion.

Liberal Fox News legal analyst Tamara Holder said Thursday that fellow network contributor Michelle Malkin is “angry” and “probably needs to get laid.”

“I don’t know her personally but I am not a fan of her debating style, I think that she probably needs to get laid,” Holder told host Don Imus on Fox…

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China News

Japan nationalised the Diaoyu Islands (called Senkaku Islands by Japan) to claim its sovereignty over the islands. According to Ming Pao, to counter that and claim China’s sovereignty over those islands under dispute, Chinese Permanent Representative to the United NationsLi Baodong delivered the coordinates of the base points for the baseline and the marine chart of China’s territorial sea around the islands.

Amid flaring nationalism, Chinese people have protested and refused to buy Japanese goods. A man even burnt a Honda Civic he owned before Honda’s sales outlet in Shanghai.

So far six Japanese have been injured by angry Chinese.

Earlier Japanese Prime MinisterYoshihiko Noda said Japan would send its navy to defend its territorial sea around the island if Chinese vessels entered the area around the islands.

Now, China has sent six marine surveillance ships to patrol the area. What has Japan done?

It lodged a…

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On September 15th 1890, Mary Clarissa Agatha Miller, later known as Agatha Christie, was born in Torquay, Devon, England.

Raised and educated at Ashfield, her parents’ comfortable home, Christie began making up stories as a child. Her mother and her older sister Madge also made up stories: Madge told especially thrilling tales about a fictional, mentally deranged older sister.

Agatha married Colonel Archibald Christie in 1914, before World War I, and had one daughter. While her husband was off fighting in World War I, Christie worked as an assistant in a pharmacy, where she learned about poisons.

She began to write on a dare from her sister and produced her first mystery novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920), featuring Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, who would appear in 25 more novels during the next quarter century. The novel found modest success, and she continued writing. The Murder…

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Humorous Dispassionate

A woman went to her doctor’s office. She was seen by the young
doctor Mark, but after about 4 minutes in the examination room,
she burst out screaming and ran down the hall.

The older doctor James stopped her and asked what the problem was,
and she explained. He had her sit down and relax in another room.
Doctor James marched back to doctor Mark and demanded,

What’s the matter with you? Mrs. Terry is 63 years old, she has
four grown children and seven grandchildren, and you told her
she was pregnant?

The young doctor smiled and continued to write on his clipboard.
Cured her hiccups though, didn’t it?

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