At London Conference of 1953, the Greek Minister of Finance signed a treaty agreeing to cancel 50% of Germany’s debt! How times change!
While the idiotic posturing of Jean-Claude Juncker (a banker friendly supporter of globalisation and an expert in tax avoidance for multi-nationals) waits for Greece to agree to ridiculous demands to pay back the banks who were daft enough to loan a third world economy buckets of cash in the first place, Greece’s Prime Minister (and most of the Greek people) still want to retain the Euro.
Both sides in the debate, which is scheduled to end this Sunday (but don’t hold your breath) are publicly refusing to accept the inevitable, which is this: (more…)
… so says the disgraced Jeremy Clarkson in yesterday’s Sun newspaper (or so I am reliably informed by the Today Program 😉 ). The fact that Clarkson was quite right of course, was missed by the party political elite, all the pollsters, and the journalist clever dicks whose very living depends on producing acres of crap 24/7.
The simple reason for them all being wrong is that they could not bear to listen to the still small voice in their own heads that echoed Clarkson’s unmentionable thoughts.
Milliband, as leader and Prime Minister, was never, ever going to happen. He was a number two made into a number one by an outdated party political funding system.
The Liberal Democraps ignored the fact that nobody will vote for a liar as PM. The Lib Dems electoral failure was a tragedy for me personally because I am a natural liberal and hold most of the Lib Dems policies close to my heart, with one major exception. Their support for the nonsensical EU, is a complete mystery to me.
So then, Dave Cameraman just got lucky.
His two main opponents were dead in the water and that, together with the unfair electoral boundaries plus the First past the post system, destroyed the chances of UKIP and the Greens getting their fair share of MPs. Nicola Sturgeon’s surge dug the hole deeper for Milliband, and Clegg’s stubborn resistance to losing power was the icing on the cake.
The case for Proportional Representation has never been stronger.
Some form of PR is required for a truly representatiove democracy.
Perhaps then more than only 66% of the electorate might feel like voting!
But you can see why the Tories and SNP won’t like it!
Just look at what happens to UKIP, SNP & the Green vote for example!
Theresa May today underlined why so few of us will be voting for one of the main parties on May 17th. She played the usual game of not answering any question put to her, avoiding any semblance of honesty and straight speaking that we, the people, so desire. The same criticism applies to Millibean and Clegg too, so I am not being partisan!
The original Right to Buy policy, brought in by that dreadful 1980s Thatcher government, is to be renewed by a Tory government. If, that is, enough voters are persuaded to give them the 326 seats required for an overall majority. It was hailed as enabling council house tenants to buy their homes at way under market price. Many were then immediately sold on and profits realised on the backs of public funded but Tory policy.
The Right to buy policy was morally wrong and flawed in the 1980s, and it still is.
There is no such thing as a right to buy a house, or anything else for that matter. You can either afford to buy something or not!
The policy message iteself is based on the manipulation of simple greed. Rights are earned and cannot be given by some political party!
The Right to buy policy fueled house price inflation like nowhere else on this planet.
It created the fake debt led economic boom that savers and the poor started paying for in 2008. Our grand children will still be paying for it in 2060!
Council housing was brought in by an enlightened Labour government under Clement Atlee, just after the end of World War II. It was to be ‘a privilege’ for those who moved to the new, small and human sized, estates and was designed for “hard working families”. Most of those new Council estates had schools and appropriate infrastructure planned in, so all was good. I know, I was raised in one, a good one, in Letchworth garden city.
The idea, then, was that you had to meet certain criteria to live in a new council house. Only ‘hard working families’ with one or two working members could apply.
Back in the 1950s, there was little private debt to accompany the massive public debt. Credit cards and hire purchase agreements were yet to be invented by the Tories and the banksters. People saved for what they wanted to buy, but Oh no, that is not the Tory bankster way!
So what did this policy achieved for Britain?
a distastrous shortage of affordable, decent housing and no political will to replace that which was sold off cheap for party political ends.
the huge loss of Council housing, paid for out of public funds, was financed by the invention of mortgage debt.
a new private debt mountain to rival the size of the public debt mountain, both standing at about £1.6 trillion currently.
artificially low interest rates, for years to come, designed to stop the banking sector from collapsing and actually paying for the disaster they caused.
a private housing rental sector where rents are artificially too high because of the lack of Council housing caused by the Right to buy policy.
Our debt fueled banking crisis, caused mainly by mortgage debt was created by unregulated, greedy bankers here and in the USA. Bankers lent non-existent cash to people who could not really afford to borrow. A banker led credit boom that fueled the fake economic growth so loved by Thatcher, Blair and Brown.
History is to be repeated.
When will Conservative politicians stop presenting debt fueled consumerism as OK?
Where is a Labour party we can trust?
Where is a Liberal democrat leader who has any credibility?
Where are the lessons to be learned from history?
Nowhere – that’s where. Bah, POO and piffle!
PS: Government debt was £780 billion in 2010 (it doubled under New Labour – well done smarmy Tony, Ballsache Ed and Gordon Broon and Ed Millbean)
PPS: Government debt is £1,600 billion in 2015 (it doubled under the coalition – well done Georgey Boy, Call me Dave & Cleggipoos!)
In February 2015, Home Secretary Theresa May said ‘ …authorities need to look at the ideology which drives young people to travel abroad and join extremist groups.’
This was in the light of her studied shocked reaction to the fact that three intelligent, apparently well educated, schoolgirls were off to Syria to join Isis as jihadi wives.
Ms May said it was important to look not just at terrorism but ‘extremism across the whole spectrum’.
Did she define which “authorities” should undertake the task? No.
Did she define extremism? No.
Did she define the timescale? No.
Did she define the parameters for such an investigation? No.
So there we are; the usual display of meaningless poppycock presented as “policy” from a government minister.
Here is the answer for Ms May, and all those who still cannot understand the reason for the girls’ travel plans.
This, first suggested some 1,600 years ago by Hypatia of Alexandria (an enlightened teacher of mathematics and philosophy), a few years before she was burned to death by peace loving Christians.
“Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them. In fact, men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth — often more so, since a superstition is so intangible you cannot get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.”
“Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.”
“All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final.”
“Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all.”
In other words, as long as government treats religious faith as a valid subject for educating young minds, the problem will persist.
This wilfull blindness is dangerous for the nation’s children and for our future peace, but it doesn’t upset too many voters – yet.
Can you begin to see faith schools are dangerous and outdated?
Can you see that the treatment of religion as serious subject for young minds is deeply flawed? Once the seeds of ‘faith being a good thing’ are sewn in a young mind, all else follows. Then it is so much easier to present god as an irrefutable fact from which all else follows.
Faith seems to be revered as a worthy mental state when it should be seen for what it is, simply a vain hope based on myth or perhaps a comfort blanket for some.
Are our party politishituns ready to recognise that?
As the old joke goes “Is the Pope a Catholic?” in other words, the answer to the question just asked is Yes, obviously!
Catholic he may be, but Christian? No.
The new PR man at the Vatican, Pope Francis, has made the most ridiculous statement supporting a violent response to those who poke fun at religion.
He would “punch” anyone who mocks the irrational belief in the invisible, whatever variety of religious silliness is being mocked.
This is in direct opposition to the teachings of Jesus, his supposed boss (for heaven’s sake ;-0 ) who would,of course, have turned the other cheek.
Pope Francis was talking about the Charlie Hebdo attacks and said that he quite understood the action taken. Unbelievable! (Later, the Vatican tried to soft pedal the idiotic statement, but to no avail.)
The latest Pope has shown us how far from Jesus’ teaching the Roman Catholic church has strayed.
What a silly billy, but thanks for showing yourself up and making the case for atheism and secularism for us!
Paris January 7th was a wake up call to all politicians in the west, and to the vast majority of people who do and say nothing about the slow rise of radical Islam in Europe and Great Britain. Appeasement to the religious vote is no longer acceptable. Radical Islam is being silently and ignorantly supported by moderate Muslims, and by our government’s inaction.
Dave, by all means step up security, but please finally recognise the long term issue that really need to be solved, viz.
ALL religion must be removed from ALL schools.Why? We have seen that many of the atrocities, committed in the name of Islam, have been perpetrated by engineers, doctors and mathematicians educated in the west. How did they become so warped? Religious faith was instilled into young, unformed minds used later by political Islam.
So, the removal of all region from all schools is the only long term solution. Otherwise Islam will triumph on its inevitable slow, but demographically fuelled growth. That is a small price to pay for removing religious funding for Anglicanism, Catholicism etc.
First generation British Muslims came to Britain for safety, jobs and stability. Many of their children have forgotten that, and their parents and grand parents need to stand up for the very British values that are being challenged by their children.
Supreme Court of Wisconsin(Weiss v. District Board, March 18, 1890. )
“There 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.”
My long awaited book, “The Normal Curve” has a new name “Bah, Poo & Piffle”. It sums up, in an entirely legal way, my feelings and views on politics, politicians, journalists and the whole 24/7 piffle factory which forms most of the news verbiage today. The book argues that party politics is outdated and explains exactly why politicians are rubbish at decision making. It also makes a few suggestions as to what we should do about the whole system of government from which we currently suffer.
I needed to get the title out in the world before Boris hijacks it, hence the advance notice, the world (and Boris) has been warned!
Sadly, I missed my targeted November 2014 publishing date and therefore the January 2015 Political Book Awards. The insatiable market for political reading fodder leading up to the May 2015 election will just have to make do with the first 3 chapters. I missed my target due to my grade 8 flute exam taking priority over a book that will change the world (ahem). Next May, I am hoping for a minority government as this will be best for the people. Why? Policies will be decided more slowly and one by one as different minorities hold the balance of votes.
Chapters 1, 2 & 3 will start appearing on my blog soon. Don’t worry about missing them, I will let you know when they start appearing. The other 14 chapters are almost there but will take another month or two.
The rest will be e published by some lucky publisher, as yet unnamed (because they all keep saying things like “Go away, who on earth are you?” or “Thank you but your excellent work does not fit our current profile.”) I now know how the Beatles felt when Decca turned them down 😉
Anyway, I wish you all a very Happy New Year of Moaning and groaning at the antics of the political classes.
In the UK we have private schools treated as charities for tax purposes for no good reason that most of us can see. Other than, perhaps, the establishment who made those tax rules to save themselves money on their children’s education. After all, they need to separate their offspring from the great unwashed (that’s you and me if you were wondering) and therefore invented charitable status to protect their socially divisive academies.
We also have a divisive education system that protects religious privilege as if it were something reasonable. Politicians promote these backward ideas as choices, when in fact all they are simply vote grabbing policies used by short sighted party politicians.
Politicians and the social worker intellectual elite dare not stop these retrograde practices because of a) votes and b) misplaced human rights sensitivities (plus that’s where many of them send their kids to schools anyway). As a result, we have Saudi Arabian Wahabbist(1) funded schools promoting primitive cultural differences, with impunity, because our liberal ideologies dare not offend our oil suppliers or provoke a religion so protective of its medieval cultural practices that violent reprisal is quite likely.
The obvious consequence of all this is the increase in Islamic self importance and the attendant religious schisms that are tearing the world apart.
We have politicians trying to make themselves heard by making short term and usually idiotic policy statement because an election is coming up next May.
The latest today is Ed Millibean calling for tax penalties if private schools don’t “do more” for the great unwashed (remember, that’s you and me), when a rational policy would remove tax breaks entirely for private schools and cease any public funding for faith schools immediately.
The lack of firm philosophical backbone in today’s party politicians has rendered the party system completely irrelevant for the issues our society faces today.
The rise of UKIP is a consequence. The UKIP success relies on the ‘none of the above’ vote that we don’t have in our, not-so representative, democracy.
The only way to solve the Islamist agenda is to remove ALL religion from ALL schools. Government should promote and teach secularism and reason based philosophy, encouraging rational debating techniques, in all schools. Childish minds are most susceptible to dogma and therefore should be protected from faith based education at all costs. Religious leaders know that all too well of course…
That will take 50 years to achieve, but only once the changes are made.Since there is no prospect of that happening soon, god help us all ;-(
Peter O’Toole (1932-2013) actor, famous for his role in Lawrence of Arabia
“Question: How do you know you’re God? Answer: Simple. When I pray to him, I find I’m talking to myself.”
(1) Wahabbism is a narrow misogynist, austere form of Islam that insists on a literal interpretation of the Koran. Strict Wahhabis believe that all those who don’t practice their form of Islam are heathens and enemies.
Or, if you do then you are wilfully misleading the people you lead and represent.
Obama has just said in his speech last Tuesday night, “Now let’s make two things clear: ISIL is not Islamic.” (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant)
On the face of it, that shows his profound ignorance of the Qur’an and Hadith (supplementary Muslim instructions written after their manual was last updated in 1910). However, he is probably doing what all western politicians are doing, and that is, appeasing Muslim voters.
I am pretty sure that the majority of Muslims are just as peaceful as the majority of other faiths together with we poor old rabid atheists, but until the evil message of 143 suras (verses) of the Qur’an is denied by those moderate Muslims we keep hearing about, but not from, the myth of Islam being a religion of peace will persist. The simple truth is repeated endlessly in Qur’an; the duty of all Muslims is to make the whole world into an Islamic Caliphate, however long it takes.
That is why the popular Saudi cleric Mohammad Al-Areefi sounds like the ISIS army chaplain. The man has 9.5 million followers on Twitter (twice as many as Pope Francis has).
More British Muslims have joined the ranks of ISIS than have volunteered to serve in the British armed forces. In fact, this group has managed to attract thousands of recruits from free societies throughout the world to help build a paradise of repression and sectarian slaughter in Syria and Iraq. This is an astonishing phenomenon, and it reveals some very uncomfortable truths about the failures of multiculturalism, the inherent vulnerability of open societies, and the terrifying power of bad ideas.
Are apostates “innocent”? Blasphemers? Polytheists? Atheists? Islam has the answer, and the answer is “no.”
So then “How to fight ISIL”? I can give you the long term answer but a short term response is all that we can expect from the politicians (god help us all! 😉 .
With the rational philosophy of peace based on the European Enlightenment, that’s how! That involves the creation of a secular message being preached from political pulpits and all our school assemblies, in Europe and the USA. It will take 50 years but it is the only answer.
That is what built the American constitution back in 1788 where it separated religion from the politics of government.
I’ll leave you with the words of Ayatollah Khomeini, the leader of the Iranian revolution back in 1979:-
“When anyone studies a little or pays a little attention to the rules of Islamic government, Islamic politics, Islamic society and Islamic economy he will realize that Islam is a very political religion. Anyone who will say that religion is separate from politics is a fool; he does not know Islam or politics.”
Well, he did warn us! A pity our damn stupid politicians dare not listen.
“We’re not afraid of sanctions. We’re not afraid of military invasion. What frightens us is the invasion of western immorality.”
By which he meant, he was fearful of democracy, short skirts, equality for women and therefore the end of male domination over women ratified by the, not so, Holy Qur’an.