Murdoch & Thatcher proved to be devious, lying stinkpots

 

Margaret Thatcher had a secret meeting with Rupert Murdoch at Chequers weeks before his 1981 purchase of the Times newspapers, newly released files show.

Maggie courtesy of Gerald Scarfe - (I think he'd caught the essence - don't you?)
Thatcher finally caught

What a surprise ?!

I can’t believe it!

Murdoch actually denied the meeting, on several occasions, I really can’t believe that such a decent businessman could have forgotten the meeting! He wasn’t old then was he?

  • Oh I think get it – he is a devious lying egocentric ba$tard – that must be it.

The fact that the deal was never referred to the Monopolies Commission can’t have anything to do with Thatcher’s influence – could it, shurley not?

  • Oh I think get it – she was a devious lying, egocentric, power mad politician – that must be it.

Osborne’s gone NATS, selling our air to Germany – !

 

Thatcher sold our water supply in 1989 which means that there can be no sensible policy to share out UKs water supply from the areas of plenty (the West & North West) to the areas of need (the South and South East). Those who now own the water do not live here so they just don’t care.The list of idiotic, incomprehensibly incompetent “policies” dreamt up, mainly by the Tories, continues.

Now there are  credible plans for George Osborne, The Treasury and a few airlines, who own the UK’s air-traffic control service  (NATS) to sell this to an outside bidder. This has been Tory party policy since before 1997, famously blocked by Labour, but now the possibility is all too real. Deutsche Flugsicherung the German air traffic service seem to be very interested.

George Osborne who has the financial nous of a bottom feeding Synodontis nigriventris (catfish if you were wondering) continues in the wake of Noo Laber  who in 2002 sold the controlling interest in NATS to the airlines for £50 million. The problem is that pollytishens, both Labour & Conservative, have no financial savvy as is evidenced, for example, by the way New Labour were screwed by the GPs when they last negotiated their pay settlement. We ended up losing our own doctors providing “out of hours services” for an enormous pay increase. Then, on top, we the people had to pay extra for Polish doctors to do the “out of hours” bit of the GPs job! Unbelievable!

This is because our current crop of rich and privileged party politicians have never had proper jobs, they therefore “know the cost of everything and the value of nothing”.

Anyway – back to the next debacle waiting in the wings! I quote an article showing the ineptitude of New Labour (just to be fair to the Tories) …

The Government seems to have received £800m from the sell off.  But the Airline Group paid only £50m of it and, by an extraordinary arrangement, the remaining £750m was paid by NATS itself out of a of £1.46bn loan taken out by NATS from 4 banks (Abbey National, Barclays, HBOS & Bank of America).  In other words, the Airline Group got a controlling interest in NATS for a mere £50m and NATS was saddled with an extra debt of £750m, which NATS – not the Airline Group – is responsible for servicing and repaying.  And if NATS defaults, the banks could acquire the controlling interest in it

NATS (National Air Transport Services) is currently 49% owned by the state and the rest is largely owned by UK resident airlines and BAA.

reading his first economics manual - economics for dummies
Osborne reading his first economics manual – economics for dummies

In my view the state should own 51% and UK resident airlines the rest, but no, Osborne, desperate for cash and clouded by short term party political considerations thinks the sales is a good  idea. Now look Georgey boy, if someone wants to buy it there’s probably a good business reason NOT to sell – and if what you are selling impacts national air security and safety then its not a very good idea!  Brainless, Asinine, Short Termist, Arrogant, Rank Dimwit …

Acknowledgements:-

  • Dominic O’Connell (Sunday Times 11th March 2012)
  • David Morrison’s website (for the picture of Osborne reading Economics for Dummies)
  • Oscar Wilde: For “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

 

Privatisation of the Police force, wrong question asked

 

Here we go again, what is it with our politicians – how can they be so consistently stupid? Privatisation may be good for some activities but not for soft public services like education, health etc. How can the profit motive provide a better police or health service at a cheaper cost to the public? The answer is not blowing in the wind – it is simple, ‘it cannot be’.

For the answer on why they are congenitally incapable of rational thought please read meBook – hopefully to be published just after the overblown Olympics have added to our debt mountain.

Even my hero, John Humphrys on this morning’s Today program failed to ask the right question.

Here is the unasked, but, perhaps, better  question “Please explain, Chief Superintendent, how can it be cheaper for a private company to perform the same duties currently performed by the police?”.

The question John did ask was this, “Why not just employ more PCs? You are going to spend money anyway!” Answer came their none but waffle and evasion smelling of horse poo was there in plenty.

Chief Superintendent Phil Kay of West Midlands Police answer was a bunch of weasel words which carefully avoided answering the question – his knighthood now assured methinks, for providing the politically correct answer. John you should be smacked for not pressing the man!

Government avoids real issue, as usual ...

Here is the real answer to the question; “I’m afraid, Mr Humphrys, that Police officers retire far too early on overly high pensions, we simply cannot afford to employ more of these staff and anyway we have been told by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to find ‘other and cheaper ways’ to get the same work done. Hiring people in the private sector who are paid far less and cannot afford to retire early  is the obvious thing to do.

It is “party politically” unacceptable to deal with the real problem – the “Greek style” employment perks enjoyed by the Police force (sorry “service”) plus over generous pensions paid to police officers who can retire in their 50s need to be dealt with but cannot be addressed.

I am truly sorry to have a go at the police but the public are not well served by senior officers going along with the Tory party line.

This is blatant short termism, fundamentally wrong, and the start of the destruction of the police force which was the envy of the world, forced on us by politicians whose myopic 2/3 year view precludes rational thought.

The case for aggressive secularism

 
... off to help the Pope fight agressive secularism - ROFL
Baroness Warsi off to help the Pope fight agressive secularism ...

Almost daily now, on the BBC, we hear religious leaders droning on about the importance of faith in our lives and the dangers of aggressive secularism. Now ‘we’ are sending Baroness Warsi to the Vatican, accompanied by 7 cabinet ministers, to join forces with the Pope to speak out against so-called ‘aggressive’ secularism which I would simply describe as reason and commonsense! I find this government mission frankly deeply misguided and almost unbelievable – and who on earth sanctioned that level of expense? We are the only country in the world (apart from Iran) to have theocratic ‘believers in the improbable’ as part of out legislature! As for being ‘aggressive’, secularists are simply employing reasoned argument to remove the priviliges these relics of the Dark Ages still enjoy!

Nick Clegg, as our Deputy Prime Minister (and as the atheist he most assuredly is) should be ashamed of himself for not lambasting this criminal waste of tax payers money. The Lib Dems are rapidly losing any credibility they ever had – nobody now ‘agrees with Nick‘ – not even other lib dems!

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore and Northern Ireland Secretary Owen Paterson will also attend, along with International Development Minister Alan Duncan, Energy Minister Greg Barker and Foreign Office Minister Lord Howell of Guildford. Despite Duncan and Barker being openly gay, the forthcoming free vote in the Commons on introducing gay marriage is said to be firmly off the agenda. (With thanks to the Huffington Post).

How can the suspension of reason in favour of divisive policies at the heart of government be considered so important? We waste so much time in this world trying to cope with religious differences and prejudices that we really should have caught on by now – secularism is the safest place for religion to reside. Religion must be a matter of personal choice and NOT EVER part of central government. Here are just two examples:-

1) Just because Henry VIII fancied a new woman he invented the Church of England to rid himself of the Pope’s veto on his divorce. He broke with Rome in 1534, which led to hundreds of years of sectarian violence and death in England and Ireland. The wounds are still open today 400 years later. A religion created on a pompous monarch’s whim.

2) Just because early Muslims couldn’t agree on who should lead them in after Mohammed’s death in 632 AD, we have another religion divided (Sunni Muslim versus Shia Muslim)  at each others throats for the last 1,400 years. The figures here for sectarian violent death are impossible to estimate but ‘100s of thousands’ is probably not too far out.

In the UK, both labour and conservative governments still think that creating more and more faith schools, which are, by definition, inherently divisive, is a good idea! Parents opt, mostly hypocritically, for a faith school, if they can, simply because discipline is managed better in faith schools, religious faith does not play much of a part in the decision for most.

Religion, whilst it remains at the heart of government, will continue to engage us in pointless activity trying to appease all yet pleasing none. Until we remove the shackles of ‘faith’ from our everyday lives we simply cannot make “reasonable” decisions and live in peace. Please note that I am concentrating on versions of the Abrahamic based religions as it is these which have caused most of the worlds strife. Buddhism is more of a philosophy than a religion and Hinduism with Sikhism both seem not to be bent on world domination!

A few thoughts from just a few well known thinkers might explain my position, a position based on reason:-

  • Hippocrates (c.460-c.377 B.C.E.) “People think that epilepsy is divine simply because they don’t have any idea what causes epilepsy. But I believe that someday we will understand what causes epilepsy, and at that moment, we will cease to believe that it’s divine. And so it is with everything in the universe.”
  • Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), “Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis.”
  • Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) “The most practical and dramatic victory of science over religion occurred in the 17th century, when churches began to put up lightning conductors.”
  • Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) (1935 – ) “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”

Despite these insights, spanning the last two thousand years, around 70% of the inhabitants of the USA think that world was created in 7 days by a god like man with a white beard who actually cares about them. He cares far more about Republicans of course 😉

The world has gone mad – faith has trumped reason despite the legacy of Socrates and the European Enlightenment philosophers, so where to start? ‘Reason’ and philosophy is the best place to start so here goes:-

  • The Riddle of Epicurus (341-270 BCE)
  • If God is willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
  • If he is able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
  • If he is both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
  • If he is neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?

If there is a god, he is no use to us because he / she / it made so many errors in the overall design of the universe, and us, that we have to invest billions in the NHS to save us from the disease pestilence and famine that he (in his own mysterious way) sent, so, even if there is a god, he obviously does not care about us one jot or tittle. The beautiful ‘theory’ of evolution just makes far more sense, and yes it is a theory but it is the best explanation that we have, so far, for the random, beautiful, unfair, chaotic but wonderful world in which we live.

If ‘he’ had a master plan for our ultimate “salvation” he did a very poor job in communicating it! The message should surely be the same for all, so why all these different religions with different back-stories and disagreements?

Its almost as if he / she / it / was some shadowy human Mandelson figure who makes up a different story every few hundred years and tries again  😉 

For example, starting with the Jewish Torah, then on to the New Testament followed on a few hundred years later with a punchier version of the Torah because the New Testament was just a bit too… well, New Age!  All that talk of love and peace PAH, let’s get back to smiting! So finally, to the Quran, the last and biggest Abrahamic story revision. Do take some time to read it – I have read it twice in two different translations and whilst I acknowledge the beauty of the Arabic oral rendition of the Quran – it is sheer poetry, mesmeric – one does not need to understand the words to feel the ‘power’, it is simply spine tingling when recited well.

For me however – the words of the Quran are those of a politically astute desert Arab[1] who demands the suspension of personal reason, the sublimation of free will and demands complete submission to what HE says or else, and, since all he says is the will of Allah, there is no choice but to accept (very handy)! The Quran is a scarily primitive political polemic in which all Muslims seem to be trapped forever; after all, it is “the unalterable word of god”.

Christians have had their reformation but many, albeit in declining numbers, still take enormous comfort from the social structures it provides, but Islam is seemingly forever held frozen in the Arab deserts of AD 650 promoting misogyny and Islamic supremacy; it will take a very brave moderate Muslim scholar to reform all that!

I know I have missed out Rosicrucian’s, 7th day Adventists, Mormons and the ‘Beam me Up’ Scientologists, but they are all just too silly for words aren’t they? 

Well aren’t they? Apparently not, some 40 million of us would disagree. (20 million Mormons claimed worldwide, 100,000 best estimate for the Scientologists (OK +0.5 for Tom Cruise ’cause he’s a bit short), and say another 20 million Christian and other religious factions).

So then, our government thinks it’s a jolly good idea to support a Catholic leader who still supports the protection of pedophile priests by doing nothing? Who on earth thought that an inter-faith dialogue would promote peace when all the evidence is that the slightest disagreement causes schism, death and mayhem as history demonstrates over and over again?

Oh dear me “Beam me up Scotty – take me away please”.

[1] I have a theory that it was his first wife who did most of the political thinking whilst coping with Mohammed’s ‘divine’ fits of epilepsy (see Hippocrates quote above).

The end (?) of the 43p Feed in tariff debacle

 

Here we have the latest in the long tradition of cock-ups by those who are paid to know better than ‘we the people’, you know, Government Ministers …sigh

The ‘Feed in Tariff’ green initiative started by the last unspeakable Labour government (don’t get me wrong, this one is dreadful too – I’m not being partisan!) and continued by the coalition (subject to a current legal challenge).

What is so infuriating to me is that most people think that the ‘excess’ energy created under this scheme is ‘somehow’ fed back into the grid.

IT IS NOT!

The marketing leads us to believe but just that, but it is simply not true.

Power stations produce electricity at 25,000V. Electricity is sent through the National Grid cables at 400,000V, 275,000V and 132,000V. These high voltages are too dangerous to use in the home, so step-down transformers are used locally to reduce the voltage to safe levels. The voltage of household electricity is about 230V and any excess micro-generated electricity cannot be re-converted back up to a higher voltage because there simply are no step-up transformers to do the job.

Here’s what actually happens:-

“Thanks awfully, you suckers!”
Sir Reginald – the 8th Baronet Sheffield and a direct descendant of Charles II
  • Rich landowners install loads of Solar panels in a field that used to grow food.
  • They use some power themselves (if they can be bothered).
  • Claim the 43p rate on all units generated – as shown by their new shiny meter.
  • Claim an extra 3p for each unit they “don’t use”
  • Any excess is NOT FED BACK TO THE GRID because nobody has installed the hardware to do it!
  • This payment to the landowners is paid for by you and me and the truly “fuel poor”!

Q) Why this is? How could anyone, supposed to be in charge, be so very stupid?
A) The “Grid” is currently worth about £22 billion but is not owned by “we the people” (as it should be) because it was sold off by that dreadful Thatcher woman in 1990.

This very system has been used by Sam Cameron’s dad (for useless wind turbines), Sir Reginald the 8th Baronet Sheffield and a direct descendant of Charles II. Thousands of rich people earn cash from you and me because of the financially incompetent mistake. I have made the point, over and over again, in meBook, that our governments routinely make crass decisions over the use of our resources.

This so-called green enterprise is nothing of the sort. It simply raises electricity costs for all consumers cannot afford a micro generation capability (solar panels, wind turbines, heat pumps etc.)

Time after time clueless politicians have been screwed rigid whenever they try to do a deal with the private sector.

Thatcher selling our electricity grid in 1989
Thatcher selling our nuclear power stations in 1989
Blair / Brown selling our gold at an historic all-time low in 2002
So many more that it makes my teeth hurt!

Secondly,  the FITs system is another example of the poor subsidising the wealthy.  Those who have installed PV panels have done so because they can afford to and are claiming payments from all electricity users including the less-well-off in society.  The fuel-poor will never be able to afford to install PVs but will continue to subsidise those who can.

Thirdly, the tariffs were set too high in the first instance, the 21p tariff is at a similar level to that paid in Germany.
I don’t always agree with George Monbiot but in this case I do:-
“We have plenty of ambient energy, but it’s not to be found on people’s roofs. The only renewables policy that makes sense is to build big installations where the energy is – which means high ground, estuaries or the open sea – and deliver it by wire to where people live. But the government’s scheme sloshes money into places where resources are poor and economies of scale impossible.

Though there’s a system to ensure functioning devices are installed, it can’t be long before thousands of petty criminals discover the perfect carousel fraud, bypassing their solar panels by connecting the incoming wire to the outgoing wire. By buying electricity for 7p and selling it for 44p (if you sell power to the grid rather than using it yourself, you get an extra 3p), they’ll make a 600% profit. Amazingly the government has decided not to measure how much electricity people are selling, but “to pay export tariffs on the basis of estimated (deemed) exports”. Elsewhere in its report it boasts of “encouraging a risk-based approach to audit and assurance”. Come on in, you crims, the door is wide open.”

My final word on the EuroLaLaLand

 
The person In charge of Europe ...
The person In charge of Europe …

Name that gnome –>

I am so very fed up with the utter nonsense that our political leaders are spouting about the damn EU – day after boring day.

  • Clegg – a disappointment – a disaster of a man – wake up you idiot!
  • Cameraman (no- not a spelling mistake) – out of his depth – a shallow man with no understanding or clue. (Not as bad as Blair was but just too , well … political)
  • Osborne – Muahahahaha
  • Milliband – a tragic mistake in Labour’s history (as was Brown, as was Blair)
  • Balls – Muahahaha
  • Cable – Oh dear – what a disappointment
  • Farage – perhaps a hint of hope lies there ..?
  • Sarkozy – Muahahaha
  • Merkel – blind but posiibly well intentioned but a disaster for all of us

No statesman in sight – anywhere – what a tragedy for Europe!

The Euro can’t ever work because :-

a) The international value of a currency depends on the relative strength of its economy as compared to others. The markets know that, but, because they actually believe in money then they go along with the deception which is the Euro. They actually have to believe that “confidence” can be restored, for without it, they would lose all their bonuses, their businesses, their jobs – just like us!

b) The Euro was, and remains an illogical construct which can never, ever work because a shared interest rate mechanism requires a shared taxation and fiscal policy mechanism. It really is first year first term economic theory!  Just accept that simple, sensible fact and revert back to the EEC – remember that one? the one everyone thought was a good idea?; the one we voted for in 1975? If you can’t “just accept” that assertion then just imagine Berlusconi in charge of France & Sweden. Just imagine Merkel running Greece – you catch my drift!?

c) There is no democracy. The EU Commissioners are all powerful, all decisions are taken after a nice dinner, in private; the MEPs are therefore pointless window dressing. When EU members break their own rules there is no retribution or consequences. The best example I can give is allowing Italy to join the Euro in the first place. Italy could not and did not meet 3 of the 5 basic criteria set out in the Maastricht agreement.

d) Even Germany is over extended on debt (as are we, only less so). The Euro only works for Germany and perhaps France – but that’s it.

e) As for the other members of the Euro – we can’t even remember their names (former members of the USSR if you were wondering, but I suspect you were not 😉 )

This slow death by a thousand cuts trying to save the Euro is just naive, illogical, criminally incompetent and simply can’t work.  

The solution?

The ONLY solution is to recognise the reality of the debt we can’t repay; tell the banks that we won’t be paying it all back – let the financial classes take their haircuts and wait 25 years while we all sort ourselves out.

This requires politicians with cajones (balls to you), intelligence, integrity and communications skills – yeah right!

Nuff said.

PS: A more detailed solution is to be found in meBook  and elsewhere in this blog …happy reading

PPS: As there is nothing else to be said on Europe – I will concentrate on Great Britain from now on

PPPS: Yes – I really do know that nobody reads this 😉

U.S. v Them (from ”Perspective” in the USA)

 

Belief in some kind of “higher power,” or not, has a relationship to one’s preference in governance. 

The Left has the most straightforward belief in a higher power:  they ARE the higher power.  The Right, who generally believe in some power higher than they, splinter as to what exactly it is.

The Left considers reality as evidence that there is no higher power – surely a Supreme Being would not have created an inequitable world.  We, and the universe, are lucky accidents that occurred by chance.  All outcomes would be random, not fair, if it were not for the intervention of Leftist intelligentsia.  Lacking a higher power, Man needs the Left to right the wrongs visited upon the unlucky victims of chance. 

The Left embraces totalitarian government, where their elites have God-like, absolute, power to enforce what is right on behalf of the benighted masses who look to a non-existent God for salvation.  My will be done (for I am just, you ignorant fool). 

The Right views reality as evidence that there is a higher power – surely Man who runs his own affairs so poorly could not have created a universe which Man dimly understands.  Intelligence beyond their comprehension rules Man and universe, not chance.  They pray for God’s guidance to use the limited abilities they have been gifted to conform the world more closely to their limited understanding of the Master’s plan.  Man is a servant, an employee, who, although he does possess full knowledge of the corporate entity, can nevertheless receive sustenance in return for performing tasks within his capabilities.  There are reasons for inequity among men, just as there reasons why a more productive employee is paid more than a less capable employee.  This does not mean that the lesser paid employee is valueless.  If his work was of no value, he would not be on the payroll at all.

The Right prefers freedom, because God might have made his will clearer to the other guy – they need to listen to him, just in case or for perspective.  Whether he is right or wrong the other guy is still a child of God, and to disrespect one’s fellow is to disrespect one’s creator.  Every life is of value, or God would not have enabled it.  Thy will be done (God bless you, fellow seeker).

Of course, there are members of the Left who profess belief in God.  Theirs is a supportive God, not a higher power.  He is a kindly uncle, generous in hopes of receiving love, but not a father who must be obeyed.  He is a resource, not a master.  A cosmic concierge who finds the difficult-to-obtain on behalf of his clientele.  Whether or not He is supreme is irrelevant because His only desire is to serve believers.  They believe in Him because He believes what they believe.  It would not be believable that God would not want what the Left wants.  He has lent His support to the Left to rule by proxy.  

Their counterparts on the Right also profess belief in God, but what they actually believe in is a religion.  Their adherence to the religion’s political posture (governance of relationships between people and nature) has bestowed God’s power on the Right to rule by proxy. 

Neither group believes in an all-powerful God, because they both believe He needs their help to get rid of gays or the HIV virus or Jews or poverty or whatever.  He just can’t get it right without their intervention.  It is unacceptable to either pole of zealotry that gays, HIV, Jews and poverty are all part of God’s plan.  God can’t do it alone.

Let’s get real.  The difference between the Left and the Right is not at all determined by whether God exists.  Rather, the belief (or lack thereof) in a higher power is a consequence of other predispositions which have the additional consequence of determining a person’s political predilection.  The beliefs are correlated, not causal.  The underlying traits for both opinion sets have to do with humility versus arrogance, and acceptance versus denial. 

People who are essentially humble can both accept the existence of an intelligence greater than their own exercising control over their lives, and accept that others’ freedom to express contrary opinions can benefit their understanding.  “It is what it is” (with or without my judgment).

People who are arrogant believe their failures are caused by bad luck, or being treated unfairly, but are never due to their own inadequacy, as judged by their peers or God.  The arrogant, confronted with abundant evidence of their fallibility, are in denial, and feel threatened by both existence of a supreme arbiter and the expression of contrary opinions.  Intelligent and rational, both are threats to the arrogant.

The humble are eager to be shown where they are mistaken, so as not to repeat the mistake.  The arrogant are intolerant of being shown their mistake, because they are never mistaken.

The “old saws” on this point are abundant.  Some of my favorites are:

  • There is always a mug at the table.  If you don’t know who it is, you are the mug.
  • God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason.
  • Just because you have silenced a man does not mean you have converted him.
  • Pride is a man who goes forth on horseback and comes back on foot.
     

It is laughable that the Left prides itself on its intelligence (but not because they’re wrong).  Conservatives are portrayed as stupid.  Intelligence is the capacity to learn.  Knowledge is the sum total of what has been learned.  I have not seen much of a correlation between the two.

High intelligence is conducive to arrogance.  Arrogance is not conducive to learning. 

The humble generally seem to know more than the arrogant.  They work harder at learning because they have to.  The intelligent can fake it.  It took Einstein some time before he could wipe himself.

It takes extreme arrogance for any one individual to feel that he has come up with a correct answer which has been missed throughout the course of human history.  It does not take much humility to realize that the best answers are the ones that people keep coming back to after being challenged by generations.

What separates the philosophies is the humility to accept responsibility for one’s lack of success rather than faulting the successful person.  It is the humility to accept that if the “right” thing to do has never worked it will not work this time around because that idea is probably wrong.  It is the willingness to accept that if helping another person makes one feel peaceful, and forcing someone else to help the person in need makes one feel resentful, that service is preferable to control.  It is the humility to believe that if I can’t get a job for myself, even from the government, I am a poor choice to lead a government that will supply jobs for everyone.

The Left, at its core, is composed of arrogant disbelievers.  Their arrogance permits them to seek control of their fellows by force, including violence to people and property, because their narcissism permits is no possibility they are wrong.  Even though every Leftist government has failed to deliver the basic necessities of life to most of its populace they have the arrogance to believe that this time, under the new guy, who is very smart, they will get it to work.

The Right is humble enough to insist the Left must have a voice.

America is still the richest country in the world.  And soon, Americans will be celebrating their holiday of Thanksgiving.  The purpose of the holiday is to pay homage to the aboriginal “Indian” wogs who saved colonists from the then richest country in the world from starvation.  The plight of the Brits was that they were on the beach sandwiched in between cornfields and the virgin Western Atlantic, not yet commercially fished.  Couldn’t find a bite to eat to save their lives.  Thank God for Chief Squanto.

This Thanksgiving, President Obama, arguably the most intelligent American President (not a high hill to climb), certainly the most Leftist, and author of the biggest entitlement program in human history, will feast on the goose-that-laid-the-golden-egg.

The light dawns that maybe (just, maybe) politicians are not the right people to run countries …

 

In Italy, which has been run into the ground by that egocentric, gobsmackingly incompetent, clown , Silvio Berlusconi, – the penny might just have dropped that maybe he was the problem and was never- ever – a solution. People are beginning to think that he was in power for his own reasons and not for the benefit of the people – “shurely not!” 

The Italians have appointed a banker to sort out the mess! 😆  . OK he’s a  nice banker and not really Italian, but, well, oh dear me …we shall see …(or, as I suspect, we will not …)  

In Greece, where the politicians are just one IQ point from greedy, feral children feeding from the cheap dosh supplied by the Euro Project and laughing all the way to their opulent villas and ridiculous pensions without a responsible adult anywhere in view.

So, the Greeks have appointed a .., no, patience please, wait for it .., NO WAIT for it …, surely not, but, YES a banker to sort out the mess! Well thank the lord for that, so that’s alright then, phew!

There are some in both countries, and ours, who still demonstrate against the “unfair” cuts and job losses that the ordinary person is suffering from. Their cause is sadly pointless and ultimately fruitless – the money all went years ago – we and they maxed out our credit cards, encouraged by greedy bankers and incompetent politicians  We were watching but we are not responsible are we? 😉

CameraMan selling Merkel some cheap Euros
Take my body - but leave my pounds alone ...

In Berlin today Merkel will still ask for a 5% increase in the Euro budget and in the same breath tell Cameraman that she can’t afford to bail out the weaker members of the Eurozone – “Well my Dear …” (I can hear him saying), “you can’t have it both ways!” He should also remind Chancellor Merkel where all the money came from to rebuild Germany after the nasty National Socialists invaded Poland (“Don’t mention ze voor – I here you all cry – heheee – just did – ya boo to you”).

It is that sort of illogic that ‘party’ politicians just cannot recognise and therefore face. Why not ..?

‘Party’ politicians are simply incapable of using the truth even if they can see it because party dogma is all – the party line distorts perception and action.

Enough, before I give the game way, I will have to focus on meBook now because a few, but still only a few, are waking up to the fact that politicians, and party politicians in particular, are well past their sell-by dates. It won’t take Paris, Marr and that pesky Peston very long to steal all my ideas – so…

See y’all …in 2012

Byeee  😉

PS:- Spain will be next – followed by Portugal, followed by Ireland (again) followed by France and then us…

PPS: Read all about it (2 years ago in meBook) to be published next September just after the Olympic Drains (oops, sorry – games).

To Baroness Uddin my message is :- ‘Pay up & p$$ off!’

 

The Right Honourable the Baroness Uddin (who is neither right or honourable)Yes, I agree with you dear reader, the title of this piece is as unattractive and offensive as is this disgraceful woman’s opinion of Britain. She is cynically shameless and has obviously been corrupted by the power, position, privilege and title of which she might have once been worthy – but no more.

It appears that she is to be allowed to repay the £100,000 she has fraudulently claimed (still unpaid after 18 months!) from her future House of Lords attendance allowance of £180 per day! Can you believe this crap?

That it appears impossible to remove her title and to stop her return to the House of Lords is itself a ridiculous state of affairs.

She has shamed not only herself but that truly despicable Tony Blair who appointed her, her professed religion (Islam) and the political hierarchy of Britain.

For Pete’s sake wake up Britain – is there nobody, in power, with any sense of decency or the guts to do what needs to be done ?

She is but one example of the worst excesses of the Blair administration’s attempt to raise the profile of Muslims in Britain. Blair’s ridiculously incompetent, incoherent time at the helm of our country has impoverished most of the British people for at least one generation while he himself ambles round Israel and Palestine, charging us £4 million per year just for his Jerusalem office costs alone  (the people’s share of his “Quartet expenses”), as a peace envoy creating peace in the Middle East! 😯

This situation is so ludicrous that, to anyone with half a brain, he, together with that disgrace of a woman Uddin, should be simply arrested and retrained as a bottom washers in our retirement homes industry; at least there they might learn humility and earn their money.

To finish my rant I found this pictorial view of Blair’s true legacy to the nation:- all; of whom have disgraced themselves and are the lowest of the low but are left free to extrort even more cash from the raped tax payer.

 

The sound of gentle weeping can be heard …

 

PS: I thank http://charonqc.wordpress.com/ for the picture of the Right Honorable Baroness.

PPS: Where is Hazel Blears, to name but one, in that ignominious lineup?

 

‘Would Jesus have ‘cast out’ the demonstrators at St Pauls’ …

 

Last night’s Questiontime on BBC1 gave us that question – I have to say thanks to the gentleman who asked it 😉 Juilian Fellowes somewhat missed the point at first, but did recover later on, do watch him getting it wrong hehe!

I have to proclaim that I am an atheist, a latterday convert from the gentle Methodism of my family, but the treatment of Giles Fraser, by the ‘religulous’ committee that ‘run’ St Pauls Theme Park, has shown up today’s Anglican Christianity for the self righteous, pompous ‘Sadducees’* that they are. They have done the humanist and atheist cause a great service so tar very much mates!

Giles Fraser outside St Pauls

As a ‘cultural christian’ I can see that today’s ‘religulous’ authorities have little connection with Jesus’ Gospel teachings which were, on the whole, pretty radical and socialist for their times. 

The Jesus of the gospels would have ‘cast out’, not the protestors, BUT the ruling elite of the Cathedral and then re-instated Giles Fraser as the only one, of that disgraceful committee, who had got the point of his teachings 2000 years ago.

Once he had done that, Jesus would have invited the protestors in for a cup of tea and a biscuit, invited the TV news crews in, and given a sermon on the evils and irrelevance of hedge funds, self-serving bankers, short termist politicians and then told the protestors to occupy Canary Wharf tube station, while he set about disbanding the religions set up in his name, but not his message!
 
* I quote the “Catholic Encyclopedia on the Sadducees:- ” …during this period and down to the destruction of Jerusalem the Sadducees were naturally unpopular with the masses because of their marked tendency to side closely with the ruling power”. Basically they were the self perpetuating establishment health & safety committee of their day.