– Why British politics and democracy is broken

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Rate this postThere is no simple solution because we have no charismatic, statesman-like politicians speaking common sense to the people; and we have our own broadcast media talking endlessly about pointless fluff. Until that states-person arrives on the scene, our rivers will continue to be polluted by our poo and China and Russia will continue their aggression unopposed. Currently, the BBC and Sky news spend most of their time talking about party politicians moving from one party to another. This

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Rate this postHi All This offer refers to ‘British politics is broken, BUT, how we might just fix it’. The Kindle version can be read on your iPad or phone, just download the Kindle reader app. for your device. Go to the offer page:- If you do use this free download, and read or listen to the book, please write a review on Amazon. Thank you Derek

British politics is broken – now published on Amazon

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Rate this postMy main message is that if we carry on with our current ‘Party’ based political system we speed up Britain’s further decline. You might just recognise the cover because I am re-publishing ‘The Normal Curve’ as ‘British politics is broken’. The reason for this is that a thoroughly detailed review of the book was given to me by Tim, who remains a dear friend despite a fair amount of negative but valid criticism 😉 As a result of

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The ‘West’ needs to ‘wake up’ NOW plus the Rwanda bill

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Rate this postBy ‘the West’ I mean the UK, the USA, the EU, Australia,  Canada, New Zealand and quite a few other democracies. Do we really want China to move on Taiwan? Do we really want Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to succeed? Our current message to Putin and Xi is “do what you like” we won’t stop you! Madness! The pointless government & media focus on Rwanda Currently our politicians and the BBC seem to think the most important thing

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Chinese spies: ‘We’ve been unbelievably naïve’

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Rate this postThose words, from Ian Duncan Smith this morning,  echo what  I have been saying here on this blog for fourteen years. How could our politicians and security services be so stupidly incompetent? The reason that our politicians have been so stupid is explained in my latest book ‘British politics is broken, but…‘ From Tony Blair, David Cameron and Gideon Osborne onwards the idiots in Number 10 and 11 Downing Street have been welcoming Chinese spies into our universities

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5 percent is the 200 year average interest rate

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Rate this postA few facts about bank interest rates ‘Like most people of my generation who have lived through the period of hyper interest rates, of as high as 17% and inflation averaging in the teens in the 1970s, I am baffled by how long and how low-interest rates and inflation in the UK have lasted in recent years.'(*1) I find the current media doom-fest of the return to an historically average interest rate just nauseating. The current panic stories

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The PM waiting at platform 10 is departing soon

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Rate this postLiz Truss’s main features : Incompetence ignorance pomposity delusion and hopefully her train arrives soon I give her 10 days at most… If you haven’t seen Michael Spicer on YouTube and fancy a belly laugh please watch “An MP said to me”

Hurrah for Biden’s arms sales to Taiwan. But where is the UK and the rest of the west ?

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Rate this postUSA’s president Joe Biden has just approved 1.1 billion in arm sales to Taiwan. Whilst this has yet to be formally approved by the USA’s congress, the deal is certain to be approved. The Chinese tyranny is tossing its fake toys out of its fake pram. It is decrying the USA for destabilising the far east whilst Chinese aggression is the real source of the problem! Hurrah number two, from me for Biden. I know he is probably

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Privatisation – Water good idea eh?

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Rate this postWater privatisation? Thatcher’s legacy? Gimme strength! All of us should understand why we are in such a mess with our water supply. In reality, only a few of us do, certainly not the BBC interviewers when questioning the water supply companies. Their ignorance is jaw dropping. The simple fact is that the UK of GB has more than enough water, even now, to supply everybody’s needs. The UK is very lucky in this respect. To quote Paul Waugh of

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China – I told you so

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Rate this postThis post first appeared in 2021 and several more earlier should have alerted western governments to the danger that the Chinese tyranny has become. In ten years time China will be too strong to stop and will destroy everything we hold dear. Democracy, human rights, control of the world’s natural resources etc. So the USA, The UN, the EU and all other democratic countries must do a few things NOW! Recognise Taiwan as a sovereign state Accelerate the return of

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China shows its true face; world governments must ACT!

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Rate this postTime to act on China, I link to a Sunday Times article written in July 2020 A page or so down, I link to a Sunday Times article written in July 2020. It traces Covid-19 from 2011 to 2019. An illuminating article which few seem to have read. It is long but worth the effort. It reinforces the position that Covid-19 really is “the Chinese virus”. I read it, open mouthed, when it first appeared in print last

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What we learned about China in 2020 …

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Rate this post.. and what we should do about it in 2021. My sources are all blue, bold, italics and underlined. Clicking on them reveals a good read! What we learned in 2020: China has rapidly become a dangerous tyranny under Xi Jinping. Democracy became a dirty word to President Xi, as we saw in Hong Kong, and we did nothing. China has embraced the worst parts of capitalism and cares nothing for human rights or the rule of law.

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“The fairy tale of eternal economic growth”

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Rate this postI was going to entitle this article “The current BAME*1 game diversion”. I changed the title using Greta Thunberg’s words which are far more powerful exactly to the point. Dr Erich Schumacher made strong arguments against economic growth in his 1973 book “Small is beautiful (Economics as if people mattered)”. It is the most important guide to a sustainable future written in the last 100 years. I wish our business leaders and politicians had read it and then

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China’s future and ours; lessons from Covid-19?

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Rate this postFor the last 40 years or so, China’s financial, business, political and cultural effect on our world has been a disaster. A disaster both  for the Chinese themselves and for most of us. China’s cultural attitudes to selling “fresh” food and massively increased exports have exported their native bat diseases. Lessons have NOT been learned.  SARS and MERS were both created in the same way. Fresh, wriggling and fluttering food is sold all over China in open market conditions

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Our leaders’ decisions are mostly bonkers, why?

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Rate this postReading the news, since the 12th December2019  election, has been quite illuminating but equally depressing. I’m not talking about global warming, plastic waste pollution or the ever increasing ability of our politicians to “take responsibility” by just saying the words but remaining in place. I’m talking about the ridiculous decisions being taken, about to be taken, not taken or avoided by those whose job it is to make competent decisions. Many of the decision making processes used by

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General election Q & A – Happy Maastricht ;-)

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Rate this postYippeee! Another general election 😉 the third since the five year fixed term parliament act came into err “force” in 2011. Your Christmas General Election quiz starts here. Just 10 questions to answer. There may be prizes (Ed: I doubt it …) The biggest question left for me is “does this Boris Johnson’s exit deal actually give us freedom from the EU?”. My current understanding is that it still ties us into EU rules (for some years) and

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Our MPs are simply ignoring the wishes of the British people

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Rate this postMay I try to put the childish, irrelevant “furious backlash“, as reported today by the BrBC (British Remoaning Broadcasting Corporation), into some logical context? You may have guessed that I am for leaving the EU by now 😉 The Remainers have been told effectively to shut by Boris. Hurrah for him! This is why: Our MPs are simply ignoring the wishes of the British people. In 2016 the people were asked by our government to make the decision,

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Is democracy dead? Are you bothered? Am I?

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Rate this postThere are a few simple truths at the heart of our disillusion with politics & politicians No political party has dared to tell us that we can’t afford to pay for all our pensions, the NHS, social care and all those public services that we now demand “as of right”. The welfare state has weakened the government’s ability to break even? It was never envisaged, back in 1947, that is was to become such a huge part of

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My last post on Brexit; even I can take no more

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Rate this postIt is not about you MPs – it is about the 17.4 million of us! The sight of those silly school girls & boys skipping down the road away from their political parties was just sickening. Who do those adolescent MPs, who have never created anything of worth, think they are? It is simply not about them or their failed political parties. It is about us, the 17.4 million of “We the People” remember them / us /

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Brexit, echoes of PeterLoo & referenda

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Rate this postMPs are now so disconnected from the public that the current situation echoes events just prior to PeterLoo* in 1819. I saw the film PeterLoo last Friday and the political & economic similarities are hard to miss. Parliament and the Prince Regent (the King was mentally ill and incapable at that time) sent cavalry into a crowded Manchester square.  Sixteen people were killed and seven hundred were seriously injured. The discontent of the people? Pah, send in the cavalry!

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Project fear refuted …

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Rate this postThere are many serious and rational voices in support of a No Deal, despite the BBC’s overwhelming Project Fear coverage, and, to my surprise, by Channel 4’s Jon Snow (more on this below) which you just have to watch. The pity is that these views are hidden from our view, but they are there, if you look.   So then, who are these misguided, treacherous, thick, ill educated No Deal supporters? I have collected a few of the best arguments

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The Brexit smokescreen unmasked & let’s see more of …

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Rate this postA short constitutional overview A referendum is the most powerful democratic tool we have. It is, and was in 2016, a direct call to ” we the people ” to have our say. But our confused party politicians hate that level of direct democracy because it sidesteps what they think is their job 😉 This explains why around 500 members of parliament are doing all they can to reverse the clear instruction given to them in 2016. Our

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Brexit on Theresa May’s terms would be the worst of all worlds

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Rate this postI am quoting Daniel Hannan an MEP writing in the Telegraph (on-line) a few days ago. Daniel is a Conservative MEP and someone who has been very critical of the EU’s systemic hypocrisy, inefficiency and financial incompetence for many years, as have I. Whether or not you are or were a Remainer or leaver, this current policy direction is beyond daft; it is criminal incompetence from Theresa May who is either so confused by what she thinks she

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Salzburg, time for May to walk away, enough is enough

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Rate this postThe BBC’s ridiculous pro-Remain stance is irritating enough, but Salzburg has exposed Theresa May, yet again, to be completely clueless. I have been saying this for months here and here and here. Do the BBC, Theresa May & Dominic Raab really think we are all stupid? The EU’s delusional bureaucracy is simply fighting for its very existence. It is scared shitless of the domino effect once we, the second largest net contributor, leave. The EU is a failed organisation

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Brexit means Brexit? May rubbishes the referendum

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Rate this postSo now we know why she said and did nothing for the last two years. Saying nothing meant she avoided lying to us until the very last moment, she was always a Remainer. “Brexit means Brexit” was always a shallow lie hidden behind her meaningless words. Instead of accepting the referendum result, she is supporting big business, bankers, hedge funds, the bankrupt EU who are all shouting, at her, louder than we can. She is supporting anybody it

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Brexit: UK fisheries are sold out … again

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Rate this postAs Nigel Farage has said today “We sold out fisheries when we joined the EEC and we’re selling them out now as we leave.” I could not agree more, but it seems that almost nobody else can see that “we the people” are being screwed both by the EU and our own government. I think the two cartoons below tell the story better than I can but where would we be without a sense of humour? (Answer: at foot

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The Institute for global change, Blair & Adonis

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Rate this post“The Institute for Global Change” blames Populism for the incorrect result of the Brexit referendum. Adonis said “Brexit is a populist and nationalist spasm worthy of Donald Trump” (full text of his letter here). Tony Blair fronts ‘The Institute for Global Change’. Multinationals fund it (but try and find out who!). The Institute for Global Change is a preposterous and egotistically named organisation. You just have to follow this link for the Twitter response to his Christmas message on

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Mrs May: How to negotiate with Brussels (hint: heed Churchill & Attlee)

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Rate this postPerhaps you may be wondering why the TV, radio and papers are so full of endless discussions about the need for a deal with the EU and why we are “getting nowhere” and “time is running out”? That is, unless like me, you are so heartily sick of it that the news has lost its onetime appeal 😉 Those who report the “news” inhabit the same bubble of unreality as do most of our MPs. They feed off

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May’s kind words to the EU – how to make a corporate tax avoidance specialist happy

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Rate this post“We are so sorry to have upset you Mr & Mrs EU, but now we see that your requests for all our money were quite justified.” Mrs May says “The fact that you, the EU, have proved your financial ineptitude on so many occasions means that we should have foreseen your desperate need for our money and we are so sorry to have caused you pain, so here it is. “Please come and take all the cash you

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Blimey, I May have to vote for Corbyn ;-o eeeeeeeek!

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Rate this postTheresa May is robotic in her endless “strong & stable” meanderings containing little detail and has no interesting vision for Britain. She has repeatedly shown she cannot handle ordinary people whereas Corbyn has scored well. I can’t remember a general election where I have found it so difficult to summon up the enthusiasm to vote. I have voted in every general election since I was in my mid twenties. Both May & Corbyn look and sound like geography teachers instead of

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Brexit, the Supreme Court, lawyers and logic

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Rate this postThe Supreme Court is today ruling on something that really does not matter very much to ‘we the people’. Lawyers, who form the largest and probably the most vocal part of our so-called democracy have missed a very simple fact, on purpose. That fact is that a referendum is a direct approach to the people, and is the most powerful democratic tool that ‘we the people’ have. The executive, that is our government ministers, devolved the question of EU

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Hinckley approved! Theresa May’s criminal incompetence

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Rate this postThis is a truly appalling and criminally incompetent decision by Theresa May. Thirty odd years of indecision and delay in addressing our electricity requirements from both Labour and the Tories have led us to this ridiculous point. Yet again, party politics and our 4/5 year election cycle have been obstacles to logical and rational long term decision making. The technology of the proposed reactor is unproven. The PFI business deal is so stupid that EDF & China must be laughing all

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Well, we are still waiting …

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Rate this post…for someone to bring philosophical and visionary leadership to post Brexit Britain. Don’t get me wrong, I am a Britain first, and Englishman second but staunch European third.   Remember the European Enlightenment? Few seem to, yet this was the flowering pinnacle of human philosophical rational thought, started by Confucius, Buddha and Socrates ending with Nietzsche telling us that ‘God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves,

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Up yours Juncker, now we need to think and wait …

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Rate this post… for our politicians to accept the reality of what the British people have told them. This result is quite a shock for them and most will be in denial for some time. I suspect the best positive way forward is a mixed party coalition executive (government) based around Boris Johnson, Daniel Hannan, Michael Gove and a few of the impressive economists from the campaign group The Economists for Brexit. I know this idea not quite perfect, BUT

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Vote Remain for unstoppable globalisation & democracy’s death

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Rate this postToday’s Remain campaign sponsors are a financial gambler and a retail expansionist failure. I speak of George Soros and Terry Leahey leading the “Remain Campaign’s” sound bite bollocks today. George Soros made billions on betting against the pound on Black Wednesday in 1992, when Britain left the ERM. The ERM was almost as daft as the invention of the Euro and yes, you guessed it, was also invented by Brussels faceless bureaucrats. Soros wants to remain because he

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The EEC, the EU and why it’s time to leave

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Rate this postEver since I started this blog, some 8 years ago, I have written many posts urging us to leave the EU because of what I discovered in my personal quest to understand why and how the EEC became the EU. Prophetic is the description I would use, or so I hope, having just re-read them. I’d love to know what you think! 😉 This is my last chance to persuade you to vote leave on the 23rd June.

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Why Obama fears the UK leaving EU, the clue is “queue”

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Rate this postWhat a huge disappointment Obama is, I’m sure both to himself and to all those non-white Americans who had so much hope invested in his first term. I too had hoped for a radical change in world politics but the globalised corporate world is bigger than politics and indeed now pays for most party politicians. All those hopes have been defeated by the corrupt corporate mess that US and world politics has become. As most of you may

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Cameraman, the EU & the pointless charade

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Rate this postEveryone I meet who is even minimally interested in the EU, knows that Cameraman’s EU negotiations have been pointless from the start. The charade continues to be supported by the BBC and most journalists because “the story” fills up the time available for news broadcasts and keeps everyone busy. There is no reason at all to link the date of the promised referendum to what Cameraman is doing. Yet this is being presented as being a necessary step!

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Cameron, China, the dragon in the room …

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Rate this postThis article is a timely update to one I wrote about the dangers of China in February 2014 China the elephant in the room. This Tory government has learned nothing from Thatcher’s disastrous reign of myopic, crass decision making or that of New Labour’s 13 incompetent years at the helm. It cannot see beyond Cameraman’s departure two years hence (yes – two) and is making huge errors of mismanagement in three vital areas of Britain’s future. These are: 1) future

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Corbynaphobia

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Rate this postI am greatly amused by the frantic anti Jeremy Corbyn campaign being waged by the other three Labour party leadership contenders. 😉 They simply do not understand why Corbyn is so popular with many Labour supporters, and many of us. The reason is, that Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper (AKA Mrs Balls) are still speaking and thinking poli-balls. They have not twigged that we the people don’t like it. (Ed: I wonder why Ms Cooper uses

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The immigrant crisis, an alternative view

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Rate this postOur dumbed down BBC news A BBC reporter was interviewing one persistent, but unsuccessful, immigrant on the recent death of his friend. “How are you feeling?” she asked. They were in a tent, “in the Jungle” the Calais camp site, where he had been living for the last month. “Oh it must be so sad for you to still see his shoe on the floor over there…” said the reporter, interviewing the man who cousin died last week

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EU leaders remain clueless – Greece in denial

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Rate this postAt 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

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Right to buy is back, sigh…

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Rate this postTheresa 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

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Fracking, guess who pays? Un-fracking-believable!

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Rate this postToday the government is accepting applications for licenses to explore potential fracking sites. The contracts that will be eventually signed will not contain clauses to clean up contaminated water supplies or clauses insisting upon insurance to be taken out to pay in the event of a natural disaster. Instead, here is what the government says to fracking companies “when things go wrong”:- “How operators manage incidents if something goes wrong:- Operators must prepare a safety document with an

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Nobody agrees with Nick – or Vince

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Rate this postNobody has ‘agreed with Nick‘ for three years. Now, even Vince ‘the’ Cable has joined that club of pollishituns who have shafted the public and refuse to take responsibility by resigning. Vince Cable, the man who foresaw the financial disaster of 2008, is no more, and should resign after his disastrous mishandling the Royal Mail privatisation. He still speaks, but his words are mealy-mouthed establishment twaddle. In every privatisation of public assets, since Thatcher’s dark days in the

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The EU, silly Millband and daft Dave’s desperate days

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Rate this postEd Miliband as leader of the Labour Party? Ed Miliband has never found his way into our hearts since becoming leader of the New / Old / Labour party. The labour party faithful just cannot accept that he is simply not leadership material. He sounds odd and looks weird. If that seems unkind, well tough, it’s simply true! Not PC but true. Millibean’s  latest desperate pronouncement on not supporting a referendum just shows how incapable of rational thought

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China – the elephant in the room & two royal bores

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Rate this postChina’s economic miracle is to be feared Everywhere I look in today’s news, I see that few see China, as one of the biggest problems in our globalised world. Most commentators see China’s “economic miracle” as something to be admired! In my view, China’s miracle is an example to be feared and then understood. Then dispatched to the history books as a colossal error by the human race. I see, as does dear Robert Peston, who has done

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Airport options fiasco

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Rate this postAir traffic requirements for Britain  are today’s PoliNews*1 subject and, for once, Boris is right. Dave, as usual is wrong and incapable of vision. This blog, and my book ‘The Normal Curve‘, are largely about how and why the party political system is incapable of rational thought. We need, instead, a system  of infrastructure and resource planning that can think 30-50 years into the future. Time after time cockups of such gravity have been made and none of

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Vince is right (again) & Nick is wrong (as usual)(updated)

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Rate this postParty conference poppycock 2013 Part 1 – the Lib Dems. Vince Cable Business Minister, remember him? He ‘s the chap who foresaw the banking crash, the credit crunch and says that George Osborne is wrong about signs of economic recovery. He is still seen by everyone as someone who has principles and vision. Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister,  remember him? He’s the chap who lied about his principles to students and forever lost any trust the public might

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The people say No to any more intervention in the Middle East!

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Rate this postCan it really be that politicians are listening to the people? It may just be so here in the UK perhaps even so in the USA?. Pity about France … I hope Congress and President Barak Obama have the balls to say “No” to any more intervention in the Middle East. Let us instead promote the values and reason of the European Enlightenment upon which the USA was founded and wait 500 years while the Middle East catches

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EU debate – the ‘in or out’ un-reality show

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Rate this postLack of definitions mean arguing about the EU gets nowhere Everywhere the media is full of the ‘politics’ of the EU “in / out” issue. Nowhere are the reasons for being in or out of the EU being discussed rationally. Everywhere the need for “reform” is argued. Nowhere is “reform” actually defined. Everywhere hundreds (maybe thousands) of highly paid journalists and politicians are producing acres of crap about who said what, why that might be important and to

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Thatcher’s legacy? Gimme strength!

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Rate this postI weep not for her, but for the British people who’s country she reduced to rubble It will take us at least 50 years to recover from what Thatcher did to Britain – and that’s only if we get a government as good as  Clement Atlee’s. So we are probably in the shit for centuries. Thatcher started off the real stupidity of modern ‘fast’ stock market madness and Blair & Brown followed on like unthinking lap dogs. OK

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Italy’s election, UK 2010 again ..? Good news for the £!

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Rate this postApart from being good news for the £ (of which more later*), the lack of a majority for any one Italian party, in yesterday’s general election, is giving the political classes the same lesson that they failed to learn in 2010. “We the people” have nobody credible to vote for. When an Italian comedian can get 25% of the vote, then I think we may say that conventional political parties have been rumbled as  the comedians. The lesson

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The USA, Britain & Europe

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Rate this postSpecial relationship? Pah There is no special relationship In meBook, sadly as yet unpublished, I explain in some detail that the USA has never really been a friend to Britain and has in fact treated us as an easily exploitable business asset, occasional cannon fodder and for the rest of the time just screwed us in every business / economic deal we have ever made with it. The fabled “special relationship” lives only in the minds of politicians

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Two facts you may not know about the Maastricht Treaty…

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Rate this postEU now says it wants a federal Europe, controlled by the EU Last December I said there was no more to say about the ridiculous EU; just lately I have had to say more, mainly after José Manuel Barroso said the EU needs to become a Federation urgently! Baroso former PM of Portugal with a stupefying record of economic incompetence is now in charge of the EU project … words fail me … If you, like me (a

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David Cameron ‘extremely angry’ over First Group rail franchise errors 2012

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Rate this postMay I present the latest example of the blitheringly obvious being missed by politicians and their slimy attempts to blame anyone but themselves! First Group’s winning bid was based on revenues growing by 10% per annum for years to come! That was headline news some weeks ago. To any first year student of politics, accounting or indeed anyone who lives, or has lived, in the real world this was obviously bollocks nonsense! Oh, and by the way, this

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Social housing: latest measures will fail, and why

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Rate this postSocial housing in expensive areas of England should be sold off and the money used to finance the building of new homes in cheaper areas, the think tank Policy Exchange says. Neil O’Brien, (PPE Oxford – say no more …) director of the think tank Policy Exchange, said he does not believe anybody “has a right to live in the most expensive parts of town.” “People do have a right to be housed but not in the very

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Diamond forced into early retirement – LIBOR ated from £20m payout

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Rate this postBob Diamond resigns as CEO of Barclays Bank which itself has been, so far, fined an estimated £200 million by the UK’s FSA and USA institutions as a direct result of the senior management team fraudulently fixing the LIBOR interbank lending rate. In three separate penalties, Barclays will pay the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.K.’s Financial Service Authority a total of $454 million. In the CFTC’s settlement, Barclays traders – with the assistance of

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Blackadder explains the Euro to Baldrick …

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Rate this postBaldrick: “What I want to know Sir, is, before there was a Euro there were lots of different types of money that different people used. And now there’s only one type of money that the foreign people use. And what I want to know is, how did we get from one state of affairs to the other state of affairs” Blackadder: “Do you mean, how did the Euro start?” Baldrick: “Yes Sir” Blackadder: “Well, you see Baldrick, back

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First they came for our forests, then the NHS – they already took our water & electricity grid …

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Rate this postThis is yet more madness delivered by visionless, asset stripping, incompetents (AKA the Tory party) …first OUR water, then OUR electricity grid, etc. etc. and now, our roads. How can a private company doing the job be cheaper? Let me think, … Ah yes … Cut wages costs & therefore quality? Cut materials costs & therefore quality? Keep public sector pension provision levels?  HeHe, err … noooooo … Charge the users? YES – that’s the way to do it !! There are

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

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Rate this postOsborne’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,

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Privatisation of the Police force, wrong question asked in 2012

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Rate this postHere 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’. That politicians are congenitally incapable of rationality which is explained

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

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Rate this postHere is 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

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My final word on the EuroLaLaLand

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Rate this postName 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. Osborne – sigh Milliband – a tragic mistake in Labour’s history (as was Brown, as

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

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Rate this post  I have no money but take my body if you must …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

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It’s a funny old world (#2) QE2; £75 billion “boost” for the economy!

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Rate this post The casual hypocrisy of George Osborne:- 09/01/2009 – “QE is the last resort of desperate governments when all other policies have failed” – George Osborne in opposition The U turn 06/10/2011 – “QE is an appropriate tool” – George Osborne (reported on politics home) Yes it is par for the course for politicians to lie and spout bollocks – this is a jolly good example. Here is some sanity from my favourite BBC economics commentator, Stephanie Flanders,  who blogged  “Some say that

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Eurozone delusions continue

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Rate this postEven now, when it is obvious to everyone but politicians, journalists and most economists, that “bailouts” don’t work – cannot work – never in a million years would work, do we have emergency meetings between, France, Germany and Greece “to sort out the ‘crisis’”, again. These meetings, being held today, won’t work either because of the refusal to face reality. The reality is that Greece is totally bust, Portugal, Italy and Spain are almost bust and therefore the Euro is

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Reality bites – at last …triple AAA? (ask Mr Micawber, he knows)

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Rate this postThe AAA rating, by Mr Micawber’s definition (and that of reality and your grandmother) is earned when your income just exceeds your expenditure and that future prospects are stable. Neither of these simple criteria apply to any country in Europe, including Germany, and certainly not to the USA or to Great Britain. So why all the excitement when the USA which has not met these criteria for years (as indeed, we have not) loses the AAA rating? Politicians have been

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When Italy and Greece joined the Euro, they failed several of the main criteria (Euro bailout #2)

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Rate this postAll “bail outs” of failed economies in the Eurozone are prohibited by EU law, but … Did you know that when Italy and Greece joined the Euro, they failed several of the main criteria set up for countries joining the Euro? You may have heard that we (residents of Great Britain – the UK …) are in a bit of financial bother and that for every £4 we spend we have to borrow £1, at around 3.0% from China.

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Manufacturing is good for Britain …blimey, at last!

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Rate this postThere 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

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NHS reforms – makes me want to weep!

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Rate this postTory government’s privatisation plans to free ministers from blame for NHS failures 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

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