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 Pah There is no special relationship In meBook, sadly as yet unpublished, I explain in some detail that the USA has never really been a friend to Britain and has in fact treated us as an easily exploitable business asset, occasional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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Localism? – Shmocalism!

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Rate this post I speak as a Parish Councillor, the lowest cog in the administrative wheel that is local government in England. We receive many daft letters from our district council leaders and the latest on “Localism” is a classic of ineptitude and time wasting. I recently spent several hours spread over many days, with another Parish council, trying to understand the “requirement” for Parish Councils (PCs) to formulate and write a “Neighbourhood Plan” (NP). District Councils have to create

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Disestablish Church of England now! (Women Bishops row)

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Rate this postThe management of the Church of England, (Archie Bishes, Bishes etc.) has clearly revealed its true nature. They are political animals. They can see all too clearly that yesterday’s Synod decision to disallow the creation of woman bishes is damaging to the “brand” because their focus group management information clearly reveals that “we the people” have moved on. The are just seven other countries in the world where clerics form part of the legislature, by right and the

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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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Cameron protects idiotic Gove & Ofqual management

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Rate this postThe GCSE exam debacle continues. Many pupils who had been expecting a C grade were given a D as a result of the grade boundary changes made half way through an academic year! Students are to be ‘allowed‘ to resit the exam instead of  having their grades automatically brought in line with January 2012 results says £138,000 / annum Glenys Stacey. This is yet another sordid example of public sector highly paid self important bean counters getting it

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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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Pope’s butler in unholy mess – jailed in Vatican!

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Rate this post‘Evil & corruption was everywhere’ says the Pope’s former butler, Paolo Gabriele . This naïve yet probably honest man actually thought that by exposing corruption and two faced underhand power struggles in the Vatican elite he was doing the Roman Catholic Church a favour – he even thought the Pope and Cardinals would be pleased! The Vatican has confirmed Saturday, May 26, 2012, that the pope’s butler Paolo Gabriele, at left holding the umbrella, was arrested in an

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Lords reform, Lord steels Clegg’s conkers (geddit?)

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Rate this post“The Lords Reform Bill is dead.” says Cameraman Senior. “Oh no it isn’t!” says Cleggy Minor … The rowdy delinquents are at it again – no parental controls in place as Clegg minor & Cameraman major battle out their respective class captain campaigns for the next two years. Although Cleggy Minor’s dad (Lord Steel) has tried to calm down his errant offspring by calling him “petulant”*2 Once again these silly little boys are spending all their time,  our

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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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Defender of the faith..?

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Rate this postSeneca (4 – 65 BCE) “Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.” ’nuff said! I know we all love Queen Elizabeth and the wonderful quiet, dignified way she does her job. But we feel for her when some of her progeny and relations, have, in the past acted as adulterous, spoiled, brats, but ah bless, isn’t she doing a wonderful job? Well actually, in one

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A rationalist’s view of “same sex” marriage

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Rate this post‘Marriage’ is culturally defined as being between a man a woman This is prompted by Arch Bishop Sentamu’s statement (27th January 2010) that ‘Marriage’ is not for same sex couples. Why this is news or controversial makes me sigh – but let’s have a bit of common sense shall we? For me, the religious definition matters not except for the simple fact that ‘Marriage’ is culturally defined as being between a man a woman, usually for the creation

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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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Murdoch & Thatcher proved to be devious, lying stinkpots

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

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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 case for aggressive secularism

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Rate this postAlmost 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 common sense! I find this government mission frankly deeply misguided and almost unbelievable – and who on

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

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Rate this postYes, 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. Can you believe this crap? It appears that she is to be allowed to repay the £100,000 she has fraudulently claimed (still unpaid after 18 months!) from

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

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Rate this postLast 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 latter-day 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

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“Foxy was a werry naughty boy” (not too tough I hope Dave?)

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Rate this post Sir Gus O’Donnell, the current Cabinet Secretary, the highest rank in the British Civil Service, has today completed his exhaustive and painstakingly thorough investigation into the misdeeds of Liam Fox (former Minister of Defence) and his friend Adam Werrity. He has made some tough recommendations for the Prime Minister. Well, no he didn’t… Sir Gosh O’DontAskMeDifficultQuestionsPleaseImAbout ToRetire Meanwhile, and in an alternate reality (the one you and I live in) somebody wrote “Today, a soon to retire,

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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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It’s a funny old world (#1) So our Vince was right then ..?

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Rate this postThis is the first of a new series of posts pointing out the obvious hypocrisy of politicians that most people don’t have time to spot – I do, so here is a classic example. The following article appeared in the Guardian on 21st December 2010. A humbled and diminished Vince Cable was tonight allowed to cling on to his cabinet post as business secretary, but was stripped of all responsibility for media policy after it emerged he had told undercover reporters that

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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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Our Dave gives a master class in arse covering

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Rate this postThe main theme of meBook  is that “party” politics corrupts the decision making process in government thus ensuring that unforgivable errors are made in managing Britain’s resources. The last few days have made me glad to be grumpy – my cup runneth over with material for a grump-fest not seen since Blair made the BBC apologise for telling the truth about his mad, bad, god inspired decision to invade Iraq. “Politics” (original meaning = ‘of the people’) has come to mean

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We’re all in this together – but don’t dare strike says our Vince!

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Rate this postRemember this from our mate Dave? (Tory Conference – October 2009 – full text here) “It means showing that we’re all in this together, which is why we’ll freeze public sector pay for all but the one million lowest paid public sector workers for one year to help protect jobs. And it means showing that the rich will pay their share which is why for now the 50p tax rate will have to stay and child trust funds for

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

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Rate this postSub-title: Sell your Chinese “Emerging Market”stocks soon – you heard it here first. 😯 It hasn’t rained much this year, in fact it is looking like being one of the driest years ever and the trend is probably going to continue. The UK water supply should be owned by the UK A significant majority of British people believe that the water supply is so vital that it should be run as a not-for-profit public service, but the Westminster

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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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What do we learn from the Ryan Giggs affair

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Rate this postThe 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. Government is closing down the best bits

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Rape discussion: Ed Miliband v Ken Clarke – who won?

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Rate this postThe inherent pointlessness of party politicians Prime Minister’s Questions (‘PMQs’) this week , Wednesday 12:00 – 12:30, demonstrated perfectly all the points that I have ever made (my book)  about the inherent pointlessness of party politicians. “some rapes are not as serious as others” Ed Miliband 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

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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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Daniel Hannan destroys Gordon Brown – a classic …

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Rate this postDaniel Hannan destroys Gordon Brown and he says it beautifully in the EU parliament. Just watch Brown squirm. …not widely publicised at the time and if you have not seen this – it is a real treat! Most of what he says (and he says it beautifully!) is just as valid now as it was in 2009; enjoy! Just search YouTube for Daniel Hannan and Gordon Brown – wonderful use of the English language.