Lovely dry and sunny weather isn’t it? Yes, but …

 

Sub-title: Sell your Chinese “Emerging Market”stocks soon – you heard it here first. ūüėĮ

It hasn’t rained much this year, in fact it is looking like being one of the dryest years ever and the trend is probably going to continue.

So, I ask, where is the joined up thinking, the planning and investment designed to improve matters now before we find out out that it is too late? Answer is there none. That’s because the problem is not really an issue¬†for the owners of our water supply – they will just put the price up to maintain profits – easy; in any case they don’t live here so “not a problem” then…

If you want to see who owns our water supply¬† you can check at the Office of Fair Trading website¬†for an answer, but to summarise – Northern Ireland actually owns its water; Spain owns Scottish water supply;¬† but¬†(from here on in the news gets progressively worse); Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea own England’s water and Canada owns Wales’ water. Hedge funds (of course) are somewhere in there but it is very difficult to find out the detail.

If you, like me, think this is just too daft to be true then … WAKE UP!

When that short sighted, criminally stupid woman (Margaret Thatcher, if you were wondering), sold off our water supply to foreign investors in¬†1989 she forgot (because she probably didn’t care enough to think) to put terms into the deal that would protect the British public from profiteering bastards (I use the term loosely, because what else can you call men who care only for the creation of immorally created piles of dosh for themselves?).

Perhaps Mrs T can see now clearly that water is becoming a bit of a problem for those in low rainfall areas. Nothing however like the problem that those¬† criminals in China (the Chinese government if you were wondering…) who are in the early stages of overseeing China’s economic doom for the simple lack of a clean water supply and who have embraced the West’s philosophy of believing that money actually exists.

Britain’s water supply should belong to the population of that country; anyone who says different is¬†deluded.

Britain’s electricity energy grid belongs to the British people not, as it currently seems to be, Germany, Spain, South Korea and Canada. There are many more examples of this past and continuing lunacy in meBook.

Obvious is it not?¬†Apparently not, to successive British governments formed by that strange class of people we refer to as “party politicians”.

This “privatisation”¬†has become¬†a disaster waiting too happen, not just for us, but for the USA, China and many other countries.

The basic problem is that we are close to, if not actually at or past, the point where the world’s population is¬†balanced by natural resources. Governments dare not tackle population control (no votes in that!) and can’t act on resources because¬†they sold them! Those, and many other,¬†natural resources are no longer owned by the people to whom they should belong.

The reason that Thatcher’s potty government made Privatisation seem like a good thing was simply that, even then, Britain had run out of money (Ed: not since before the 1st world war have we actually been in the black) so in order to make herself look good she misused North Sea Oil revenues, sold off Council (sorry “Social”¬† (yuk)) Housing so she could reduce taxes and¬†fight a New Colonial war with Argentina.

Hose pipe ban? What hose pipe ban …?

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Manufacturing is good for Britain …blimey, at last!

 

There was a discussion on the BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ program this morning which is probably the most important issue for Britain today and probably the world. (Blimey – pompous or what?)

A conference exploring ways to develop British manufacturing will be held at Cranfield University today. Sir Alan Rudge, chairman of the ERA Foundation which funds and advises technology research, and Justin Urquhart Stewart of Seven Investment Management, debate whether more manufacturing would heal our economy or simply serve to denigrate the UK‘s world-leading financial services sector.”

Making stuff is important¬†and financial services¬†are¬†not.’ I paraphrase, but that is really what it is all about.

My point is that¬†this “story”¬†won’t be¬†published by most of¬†our media or indeed heard the British population as a whole because, I suspect, that it is seen to be a bit difficult to grasp. I suppose that might be¬†actually true, BUT that is no reason to bury it – it is bloody vital!¬†¬†And here’s the thing, “Money does not really exist”.

The invention of¬†‚Äômoney‚Äô was one of humanity’s most important “light bulb” moments and has enabled mankind to trade, progress and develop;¬†but it has been corrupted out of all recognition, to the point where its real purpose has lost, and has become a mystical thing in itself.

Money, in its purest and most useful sense, is simply a means of exchange between the man who has some goat’s milk for sale and the woman who wants to buy some bread.

Investment, in its purest and most useful sense, is the link between the woman who invents a technology to make a  better battery and needs money to market and develop that battery (and boy is she going to be rich!) and the man who has some money he does not need just now for his living costs. 

Real stuff is the work people do when they dig the ground for vegetables or iron ore; 

Fantasy is the world of the hedge funds that make money from betting that such and such a venture will fail, or betting on the future price of coffee falling. Now come on Рwhat is the benefit, to you and me, of that? 

Sadly, financial services, are not services at all Рbut simply and sadly a conduit, a means to transfer value from a gullible cash holder to the exploiters of same., and remember, money does not really exist Рpeople, ideas and the useful work they might do does.

The sense of self worth a person gains for being paid and appreciated for doing something “worthwhile” is real and priceless but China digging holes all over Africa, poisoning Africans (and its own population)¬†¬†in the process, just¬†to make iPads is not.

Discuss.

What do we learn from the Ryan Giggs affair

 
These super-injunctions could make us all look very silly indeed!
These super-injunctions could make us all look very silly indeed!

The media is all excited and discussing endlessly how Twitter is ‘challenging the supremacy of conventional law’; so, once again I am lost for words.

The issue is not Twitter, or Giggs, or the F1 bloke who likes his prostitutes 3 at a time wearing Nazi helmets;  it is that the the English legal system is being misused and corrupted by the rich to protect themselves from exposure from their own crass behaviour.

The issue is that,  behind the scenes, our wonderful government is closing down the best bits of our local legal system Рthe magistrates courts. In this case centralisation is not good Рit just makes the law even more remote.

Even before Twitter and Wiki-leaks, the law was seen, by those who in habit the middle and lower levels of earnings in our society, as remote, irrelevant, quaint, far too costly  and so, not for them.

The legal system is corrupt and¬†is used by the rich, i.e. big business and¬†“celebrities” for their own protection and this government is even more remote from us than the last lot of useless beggars were!¬†¬†

Discuss..

Ed Miliband v Ken Clarke – who won?

 

Prime Minister’s Questions (‘PMQs’) this week , Wednesday 12:00 – 12:30, demonstrated perfectly all the points that I have ever made (in meBook)¬†¬†about the inherent pointlessness of party politicians.

Ed Miliband,¬†himself a¬†wonderful¬†example of how dangerous¬†AV can¬†be (tee hee, hoho and ūüėČ ), made a skin crawling exhibition of himself when he accused the Justice Minister of saying that “some rapes¬†are not as serious as others”.

What Clarke had actually said, was that the law recognises different classes of serious crime (including rape), which it has incidentally for decades, and that these distinctions are there to be used by judges when applying an appropriate sentence to the crime. 

This comment made by Ken Clarke, the Justice Minister, (married to the same woman for over 40 years) was misconstrued in an emotional radio talk-in show encounter with a rape victim. He simply used language which was open to misunderstanding because of its technical nature. However, given the emotionally charged situation, it was always going to be difficult to have a coherent discussion; at worse, Ken Clarke might be accused of not choosing his words carefully enough. 

But, oh boy, did Miliband show himself up to be the bandwagon burk of the day! There he was, all serious, quiet and controlled with a deeper voice than usual, calmly asking for Clarke’s head “by the end of the day”. Ed Miliband is a disaster for the Labour Party and all party politicians are a disaster for ‘we the people’; ‘we’¬†are simply not that important anymore, if indeed we ever were, and we are certainly not heard by Westminster Village.¬†

Miliband used all his allowed 6 questions on this storm in a teacup. Bah Poo & piffle Рtime for the end of party politics I say, and so, it seems, do the 60% of the population who actually bothered to vote in the May 2010 inconclusive election.

PMQs has become a farce, a reality show watched by saddos like me and Andrew Neil (except he gets paid to watch it ). The questions are never answered by the ‘ohoho so clever’ Prime Minister and waste¬†valuable time that could be used for the benefit of the people. Time for a change methinks …

NHS reforms – makes me want to weep!

 

The NHS “reforms” proposed by the new Tory government are not reforms, they are simply a politically expedient way to remove future responsibility from central government by putting private companies in charge. The same principle applies to the schools system started by that self-obsessed idiot Blair and continued by ‘gormless’ Gove and ‘Couldn’t care a less’ Cameron.

All we hear from Cameron is how necessary the reforms are – but never ever any detail. Andrew Lansley’s gone a bit quiet though …

The key reform that you have NOT heard is that “The NHS will cease to be an organisation with a management structure.” Think about that for a minute – then think again. No mention of such radical reforms was made in the manifesto of either the Conservatives or Liberal Democrats at the last general election. This means that the NHS, as you knew it, just disappears.

Here are some reforms I think should be made and they don’t require any expensive re-organisation at all.

  • Firstly – show some grit and cancel ALL the damn PFI schemes started under Thatcher and continued by Blair & Brown – just do it in the name of future generations of British people who are going to be totally screwed for years to come. The saving? At least ¬£50 billion! … and where’s my 10%? (for further details of the PFI disaster – see the section on Alex Salmond below…)
  • Put Senior Nursing Staff back in charge of hospitals and ward sisters in charge of cleaning of their own wards! Remove all private cleaners and private contracts from hospitals.
  • For years drug companies have been funding skiing trips and other expensive bribes for GPs who take their drugs – just stop it! GPs should simply select drugs from a “NICE” list of approved drugs – that’s it. Re-organisation & ¬£2bn saved – I’ll take my 10% fee now please!
  • Doctors who cannot speak English should be removed from service forthwith.! I have¬†had to see two of them over the last few months, about an eye problem, and I was left feeling completely un-served by their inability to hold a detailed conversation. They knew how to fill out the forms alright, but as to advice etc. it just left me fuming! Both were east European and were woefully short of the the mark.
  • Nurses should live up to their name and nurse (verb) rather than oversee medication rotas – perhaps this is a bit strong BUT it is more right than wrong! Put the care back into nursing.
  • I’m sure that any businessperson of 20 years experience in starting & running their own company could propose billions of savings after a matter of a few weeks investigation. You don’t need one of the big 5 accountancy firms to tell you how to do it with fees mounting to millions!
  • Its the bureaucracy that really is inefficient and largely useless. Just get that same chap(ess)¬† just above to research make some changes – another billion saved! If you remove the NHS management function – who will have the power to investigate and remove duff doctors?
  • The NHS is the flower of British political development – don’t mess with the NHS mate – or we will all come and getcha!

I am right –¬†you probably agree too¬†– so why the bloody hell can’t¬†our politicians¬†do just that?

Most of my suggested reforms would be supported by most of the public but they require political will to be achieved. There’s the the problem – our politicians are gutless, clueless and lost in a funny little world of their own.

To quote Alex Salmond recently, and whilst I completely disagree with him on his desire to split Scotland off from the UK, his analysis on the NHS is spot on!

“Don’t let these¬†three parties destroy your NHS”.

It will not be “National” anymore – the reforms mean a locally run postcode lottery.

It will not be a “Service” – private company profitablility will supercede service – that’s the nature of the beast!

A recent BBC investigation of PFIs (Private Finance Initiatives) found that the 11bn investment made so far will cost us 66bn over 20 years, and that does not include the £600 to change a lightbulb scenario!
(Derek Ruskin says: “600% return to private business – not bad eh? Do you remember voting for that when you voted Blair in? Neither do I!”)

99% of the Royal College of Nursing are against NHS reforms

95% of GPs are against the reforms

Started by new labour¬†forming ‘Foundation’ Hospitals 2003 following on from Thatchers “reforms”.

Scotland has it right – SNHS has gone back to original ethos of the NHS. Alex Salmond for President of Great Britain – hurrah!

An interesting history of the NHS and the “improvements” made by our dear leaders over the years is here – its¬†not a pretty¬†website¬†but the facts are thought provoking.

Religion in Education – No Thanks …

 

Supreme Court of Wisconsin ‚ÄúThere is no such source and cause of strife, quarrel, fights, malignant opposition, persecution, and war, and all evil in the state, as religion. Let it once enter into our civil affairs, our government soon would be destroyed. Let it once enter our common schools, they would be destroyed. Those who made our Constitution saw this, and used the most apt and comprehensive language in it to prevent such a catastrophe.‚ÄĚ (March 18, 1890)

So, we knew it then ‚Äď why, oh why, can we not learn from our mistakes? Where is the central repository of accrued wisdom to be used when our leaders need guidance? Perhaps we need to have some basic but required education for our politicians (I sow the germ of an idea ‚Ķ ‚Äď OK own up now, who has NOT read Plato‚Äôs Republic yet ‚Äď eh? eh?).

Religion has absolutely no place in our schools simply because it is a matter of faith / belief and therefore should simply be left to individuals, once they are over 18, and therefore legally old enough to decide for themselves.

Religious schools are by definition divisive ‚Äď each of the three Abrahamic religions says quite clearly, each in its own manual, that ‚ÄúYou shall have no other god but me‚ÄĚ. Well, they can‚Äôt all be right can they ‚Ķ? Until that point is answered I demand the right to cease all government funding of blind, stupid, archaic, ridiculous faith based organisations based on the rantings of long dead ignorant power mad wizened old men.

Faith schools were not really a big problem, for Britain, while fluffy C.of.E schools were all that there were (OK the Roman Catholic ones were hotbeds of erm ‚Ķ well, ahem hotbeds ‚Ķ), but things have changed. We now have our government funding alien and dangerously backward-looking 7th¬†century Arab culture which is demanding to be ‚Äúrespected‚ÄĚ and our politically correct party politicians cannot seem to act to stop this dangerous nonsense.

By all means tolerate them BUT why on earth respect them? We know better! We grew out of tribal warfare around a thousand years ago but seem to forget that it takes time to others to grow up too. OK – it has only been 80 years since our women gained the right to vote but we have to maintain those societal principles and demand that those who immigrate here follow them.

I openly criticise this government‚Äôs blind financial support for Islam, and all religions for that matter, because they should damn well know better ‚Äď read¬†history – understand the lessons for Pete‚Äôs sake. The lessons I refer to are encapsulated in paragraph¬†1 above and in the obvious case our own monarch inventing a religion, (I speak of course of Henry VIII), just because it suited the leadership of the day. Things haven‚Äôt changed much ‚Äď have they Charles?

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Clegg’s proposed House of Lords reforms …

 
Nick Clegg after the AV results were published
... just after the AV results were published

Nick Clegg is a huge disappointment to me, and to many people who were looking for a new political direction in the dying days of the Brown government; his academic writings and philosphical background were like a warm fire to me 15 months ago Рbut oh how times have changed!

OK then – what’s he done to upset me?

  • He actually wanted PR, not AV, as a parliamentary electoral system yet he “forced” a referendum on AV as part of the “coalition agreement”. The last time we had a referendum, back in 1975, it was about joining the EEC (NB: this was not the pile of poo we now have called the “EU”!). So, he should either have stuck to his principles and used his temporarily powerful position to get something useful done for the people. Referenda don’t come round very often and he completely screwed up on this one.
  • He is now proposing to rename the House of Lords as “Senate”, a word that belongs to a republic not to the primitive Monarchical jobby that we currently have and incidentally he does not want either.
  • However, the very worst of his proposed reforms is to increase religious voices in the new “Senate” instead of taking the opportunity to remove them all together, which as an atheist is what he really wants to do. So, as well as the priviliged nonsense from the Anglican ‘Lords Spiritual’ he proposes to add Muslim, Roman Catholic and Jewish voices into the reviewing legislature. Sunni or Shi-ite? Orthodox or liberal Jews and what about the Scientologists, after all they get tax breaks too! (Yup, I know it sounds bonkers but alas it is true).Clegg has clearly sold up any principles he held dear to the Westminster power / money game and looks desperately miserable as a result.

Chris Huhne seems to have been caught lying to the police about a driving issue, Vince the Cable has blotted his copybook, by telling us the truth about the BSkyB takeover, so where next for the Liberal Democrats?

Nick has to go back to his liberal principles and try to get just one of his genuinely held views out there.

Are you listening Nick? Because I, and¬†many others¬†“agree with you” still, but for how much longer¬†..?

The pointless referendum

 

Today some 50% of the British public will put a tick in a box to ‘change politics forever’. Poppycock, this referendum was party politically motivated, irrelevant to the¬†British people¬†and as such will be supported by the British people in drove(let)s. Pah BOOO & piffle

If PR were an option then perhaps it might have been a useful exercise – but let’s see this exercise for what it was – “a miserable little compromise”¬† to quote Clegg.

AV is a useful system for voting for a chairperson, president or group leader but its use and relevance for electing a parliament is nigh on useless, if not damaging.

Another £120m of your quids down the loo! (Estimates vary between £80m Р£250m)

Beatification season – is Mugabe to be the next Catholic saint?

 

I listened with sad incredulity this morning to the BBC Radio 4 program “Sunday”. At one point in the program there was a half hearted attempt to expose the current & previous Popes as the cynically self centered supporters of paedophile priests they undoubtedly are.

The program even¬†invited Colm O’Gorman ¬†in to support the side of the abused thousands, as he himself had been abused by a Catholic Priest, however, the two Catholic supporters in the studio attempted to explain away this unforgivable behaviour as an example of the previous pope’s humanity!¬† We all make mistakes if we are human don’t we¬† – ah bless! The program presenter then calmly moved on as if the words of Colm O’Gorman meant nothing. Ed Stourton – words fail me!

Colm had of course exposed the entire cover up process, for those who had ears to listen, for the puerile, inexplicable evil that the Roman Catholic Church continues to propagate.

The Roman Catholic church¬†is simply the most successful political power base that the world has ever seen. Peter Mandelson and Alistair Campbell as the “dark lords” of british politics, intent on making that deluded burk Blair look good, were mere amateurs in comparison.

To me the only miracle¬†I would like to see is the arrest of the current pope for the crime of covering decades of priestly paedophilia, for it is he who as “Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith” was in charge of the cover up. The¬†newly beatified pope was his boss as he did¬†that job! That 2nd miracle that the faithful are waiting for will magically appear within six months as some other hapless nun (one such ‘story’ has already been published but is now discredited) somewhere was cured of inoperable cancer after a smile from Pope Paul the pompous.

It would be difficult to make this all up –¬†sadly I have not had to –¬†yet still the crowds gathered in Rome to adore this tragic, sad and misguided little man; can nobody do anything? What will it take to bring this edifice of evil down.

It is simple¬†to explain the Pope’s actions – “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Until very recently they both thought they are “obviously above civil law” – privately, of course, they still¬†think they are,¬†but have had to make a few minor nods to secular legal systems by paying over a few million pounds and dollars in compensation.

As to how to explain the behaviour of the worlds politicians and the gathering worshipping crowds as they support this facile organisation – I am at a loss; sad days indeed for humanity.

The icing on the cake for me was to read that one of the 22 “World Leaders” attending the Vatican’s celebrations was non other than that bastion of Roman Catholic love, peace, Christianity and tolerance – Robert Mugabe. I suspect the real reason for his visit was for his wife to do some proper shopping …

 

It would be difficult to make this up too, but¬†unfortunately I have not had to …

One is left completely speechless.