Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Utter cockwaffle. Anybody with a memory (the enemy of the political establishment) will remember the Today Programme's Listener's Law vote of Christmas 2003. The deeply nasty Stephen Pound MP (check his voting history) pledged (well, he is an MP) that he would introduce a Private Member's bill to put the listeners' preferred option on the statute book. How I laughed when the crowd (to use a Colosseum analogy voted for homeowners to be able to use lethal force to defend their family and home against burglars. Of course, the establishment wouldn't permit a return of power to the inmates of HMP England. Pound's reaction "ludicrous, brutal, unworkable blood-stained piece of legislation. I can't remember who it was who said, `The people have spoken, the bastards'" encapsulated why we hate Westminster village.
Anyway, despite my rejection of this time-wasting distraction by MPs(run the country properly and hold the executive to account, you moronic narcissists) here are my ideas I will enact by decree:
1 Restoration of capital punishment for murderers and traitors;
2 Withdrawal from the EU;
3 Repeal of the Human Rights Act and replacement by a Bill of Rights and Duties;
4 Deportation without appeal for all illegal immigrants and immigrants who have committed any crime. To include dependent family members;
5 International Aid to be allocated on the basis of helping British interests;
6 Reform of the Armed Forces. Courage and getting on with it is not a solution;
7 Scrapping the Barnett Formula of overpayment to non-English regions. Why should Morningside get more per capita than Moss Side?
8 No public sector job to be paid more than £100.000 per year. No private sector company paying staff more than £100,000 to be awarded government contracts;
9 Abolition of the House of Lords and Life Peerages. Honours to be limited to 100 per year;
10 Gaoling of Anthony Charles Lynton Blair and Alastair Campbell for life. Surcharging of James Gordon Brown;
11 Drug addiction to be treated with cold turkey until cured;
12 No automatic early release from prison. Punish, Reform, Deter.
13 Day two .... Your turn.
Saturday, 25 December 2010
McVities Ginger Cake
Tin of mangos
One each Orange and Lime 1 pint jellies
1 pint Custard
300g Mascarpone Cheese
300ml Whipping Cream
Caster Sugar two heaped tablespoonfuls
3-4 tablespoons desiccated coconut
3 pieces of stem ginger cut into matchsticks
Note: read all the instructions and assemble the ingredients before starting. If you’re planning on having this on Christmas Day, make the jellies on 23 December.
Make the jellies and allow them to set as per instructions. I use old plastic ice cream containers for convenience. Chop the set jellies into half inch cubes.
Cut the ginger cake into half inch cubes and layer the bottom of a trifle bowl. Use ginger biscuits broken into quarters to fill up any gaps. Sprinkle four capfuls of dark rum over the cake and biscuit mix.
Drain the mangos, saving the juice or syrup for drizzling over the ginger cake and biscuits. Chop the bananas. Spread out mangos and bananas onto the ginger cake and biscuits. Layer the chopped jellies over the fruit. Cover bowl with clingfilm and put somewhere cold.
Make the custard as per instructions or use ready made. Save proper egg custard for bread and butter pudding.
Try this option: I put the desiccated coconut into the pint of milk for the custard and gently bring up to a boil before straining out the coconut, briefly rinsing under a cold tap and allowing it to dry. It adds a moreish coconut taste to the custard, as you would expect.
When the custard has cooled to room temperature pour it over the jelly layer. Allow to set
Gently toast the desiccated coconut until lightly brown and set aside. Chop the stem ginger into matchsticks.
With a whisk or electric beater, whip the mascarpone and whipping cream together. Add a capful or two of dark rum and two heaped tablespoonfuls of caster sugar.
Spread the cream out over the set custard and decorate with a fork. Sprinkle over the toasted coconut and chopped ginger. Bung in the fridge or somewhere cold for an hour before serving.
Wednesday, 22 December 2010
Saturday, 18 December 2010
Thursday, 16 December 2010
Monday, 6 December 2010
During WW2 several airfields were kept open in foggy weather through the use of the petrol- burning FIDO (Fog Investagation and Dispersals Operation) system which dissipated fog by increasing air temperature adjacent to the runway. Approximately 10,000 aircrew were saved by being able to divert to FIDO-equipped airfields. FIDO is too expensive and unecessary to be resurrected because there is a cheaper, more efficient alternative available.
I'm not suggesting towing old jet aircraft up and down to melt the snow either.
My suggestion is to combine geothermal/groundsource heatpump and underfloor heating technology. Use the large areas of flat grassland around the runways that all airfields have to bury water-filled coils to extract the heat from the ground, the temperature of which stays pretty constant throughout the year, pump it through a heat exchanger and you have warm water to heat the runways directly or a source of energy to generate electrical power. Any summer surplus can be sold to the grid.
Much cheaper and environmentally-friendly than ridiculous wind-turbines. Action this day Christopher Paul-Huhne.
Friday, 12 November 2010
Remember how Boris Johnson's remark that he would not stand for "Kosovo-style social cleansing" in London on his watch was immediately latched onto by the sinistocracy as evidence of how nasty the Tories were for not wanting to spend more than £24,000 per year on rent for benefit claimants? - The Coalition needs to borrow that money to waste on international aid, renewable energy subsidies and the midden that is the EU. Boris claimed that that phrase was taken out of context - I assume he meant that as it was bracketed by the usual bollocks nothing he said ought to be taken seriously. As an aside, if the student denstrators had dressed in Bullingdon Club kit, would a call to the Commisioner from Pater to settle the repair bill have got the rozzers off their coat-tails? How ironic that a man with a far, far better mind than Bojo or Dave was never allowed to explain away his quote from lines 86-87 of Virgil's Aneid. Translation here for those whose memory fails them.
Thursday, 21 October 2010
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
I never thought of Ken Clarke as a cat fancier before but as with many things this coalition or, to use the Legal French term, bastard, government is doing or failing to reform, I have my doubts.
Unprovoked attacks on fellow passengers attempting to stop anti-social behaviour is the sort of crime that the Big Society should punish severely as a deterrent. Prisons are for thugs and thieving politicians.
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Monday, 23 August 2010
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Compare his Anglophobia with his dhimmitude displayed in his Cairo surrender speeech or the hypocritical Mosque next to the Twin Towers "Some Religions Are More Equal" speech.
If British Petroleum had renamed itself Anglo-Persian Oil Company would Shyster, Flywheel & Shyster, Attorneys at Law of Chicago still expect their legal fees to come from a $32billion ransom pot or one of $16 billion?
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Saturday, 24 July 2010
I would like to see politicians account for their lobbying to secure the early release of convicted terrorist murderers in order to gain political and trade benefits. But would Prez Bill Clinton and the tormented soul of Ted Kennedy among many others turn up to answer questions on the 1997 Belfast Agreement and its prisoner release scheme? No, didn't think so either.
But just remember that almost as many people were killed during the Northern Irish Troubles by terrorists as died on 9 September 2001. And in which country were the Noraid collecting tins rattled?
Thursday, 22 July 2010
This is a P-40 Warhawk of the USAAC returning from a successful sortie (5 kills for this aircraft alone using only 20 rounds of ammunition) against 250 Lutwaffe Heinkel He-113s on 22 July 1940. The 20 Wings of fighters that America provided prevented Operation Seelowe after RAF aircraft had "their asses whupped."
Dave has said that in 1940 Britain was the junior party with America fighting the Nazis. While I appreciate that he may have been diplomatically, pouring oil on troubled waters to flatter our cousins across the "pond " in order to divert blame from the Jocks' release of the only person convicted of the Pan-Am Bombing* and the Great BP Gulf of Mexico Oil Leak (not the other one) which, thankfully, due to the efficacy of the newly-installed cap may actually have been the fault of American contractors, that crass statement from an Oxford PPE First would barely merit a D at GCSE.
Just like us, Americans like their myth of winning the Second World War, and in the Pacific, and Western Europe from July 1944 onwards they did indeed, In addition, America was the "Arsenal of Democracy" (and the Soviet Union) but only after bankrupting Britain by demanding cash for arms. Apprently, to get round the strict neutrality laws passed to satisfy isolationists and pro-Nazi Fenians, Lockheed Hudson patrol bombers had to be towed a short distance across the border to Canada by a horse. And how fortunate that Dave apparently knew nothing of the Tizard Mission of September 1940 that gifted America Britain's most advanced technology.
And of course Hollywood has always had Americans winning the war for, often unwilling and incompetent. Britons ever since Errol Flynn sorted things out in Burma (a big thank you from the 14th Army) and Ben Affleck taught Fighter Command to fly dirty in the Battle of Britain section of the dire Pearl Harbor ( why not Perl or Purl for consistency?)
In 1944, Chindits commanded by Brigadier Mike Calvert captured the important Burmese town of Mogaung from the Japanese. For political reasons, American General Stilwell's HQ credited the Nationalist Chinese. On hearing this, Calvert signalled that the Chindits had taken umbrage. Stilwell's staff officers scoured their maps for several hours in vain looking for somewhere called Umbrage.
So Dave, after you've given yourself and Sam a pat on the back for giving Obama a graffiti "artwork" why don't you read about the Battle of Britain on the brilliant Days of Glory blogexe?
*As the Pan-Am 747 was allegedly blown up in retaliation for the shooting down by an American Aegis-class cruiser of an Iranian airliner, it's always puzzled me why Libya picked up the murder contract when terrorism is about the only thing that just about every Middle-Eastern government can do themselves without hiring foreign contractors.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
The memorial to the most shameful former secret of WWI at the National Memorial Arboretum
The re-interment of the last unknown one of 250 Australian and British WWI soldiers in the new CWGC cemetery at Fromelles prompted mixed emotions in me. On the one hand, the knowledge that men who died for their countries were finally being given a dignified permanent resting place, was a positive thought, and one that the establishment and even the BBC in its recently adopted mawkish Dianification* of military casualties wanted the general public to feel. To feel, mind, not to think.
Because on the other hand, I thought "A New Cemetery For A New Century", the title of the exhibition at the IWM, was a bit Powerpointy. In addition, the constant repetition that the soldiers "went over the top even though they knew they would probably be killed", even though it was true made me uneasy. They went over the top because society had trained them to obey their superiors, because military training had reinforced that, and because they knew the full force of military law would be brought down on them if they refused an order on grounds of self-preservation. Remember, the Battle of Fromelles was a diversion from the Battle of the Somme in 1916, so those British soldiers, Australia never had conscription, wouldn't except in very small numbers, have been from the pre-war Regular Army or the volunteers (the "Pals")of the first few months of the war. They would have been conscripts. The First World War actually was a major reverse in a broad historical trend of individual freedom against the state dating from habeus corpus, the rights of juries, the Bill of Rights, the expansion of the electorate, trade union legislation, etc. With the Military Service Act of January 1916, free Englishmen reverted to serfs bound to their liege lord's bidding. And with the precedent established, the State has never let go its power over individuals. National Service was scrapped merely to save money and the Government has extended its power over us in other ways. War cemeteries are a way for the State to assuage its guilt for its crass errors and attenuate the anger of the bereaved, to build another layer of military myth of the glamour and noble sacrifice of war (the power to use violence being a fiercely protected sole prerogative of the State) to maintain the supply of willing recruits, and also a statement that Your Country Owns You, Even In Death. Think of President Kennedy's "Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country." should sent a shiver down the spine of everyone.
Because, according to the Daily Mail, this is how a proud State treats its soldiers even after nine years fighting in Afghanistan. "Nothing but the best for "Our Boys", whatever they need," is the cry from the Despatch Box. Snafu is the reality. Who should we be angry with? The Politicians? The Top Brass? Or ourselves for going along with the whole bloody charade?
* Where was the BBC when soldiers' coffins were returned from Northern Ireland as cargo on scheduled airline flights?
Saturday, 17 July 2010
Side view of my happy place
Statutory Victim Lord Browne of Madingley claims that "Homophobia is rife in public life and gays are forced to hide their sexuality" in an article in today's Daily Mail.
This is the same Lord Browne who only escaped prosecution for perjury because, to quote wikipedia, "Mr Justice Eady, the presiding judge in the case, said he decided not to refer the matter to the Attorney General with regard to possible perjury charges, as disclosure in the judgement of Lord Browne's behaviour was "probably sufficient punishment"." And with one leap he was free. Richard North of EUReferendum was not amused by the noble lord, twice.The Daily Telegraph publlished Browne's resignation statement in May 2007 when he said "For the past 41 years of my career at BP I have kept my private life separate from my business life. I have always regarded my sexuality as a personal matter, to be kept private." And then he published his memoirs in February 2010.
So are we right to assume that Browne has changed his stance on the pros and cons of having an individual's sexuality in the public domain in the meantime because he was appointed to head a government review into university tuition fees by Labour and improve Whitehall governance by The Coalition and is therefore now threatened and discriminated against by "homophobia" instead of preferring, like the vast majority of everyone of every persuasion not to continually bang on in public about their sexual preferences? Wow, He's had much harsher treatment than that dealt out to the perjurers Archer and Aitken who have been obviousy favoured by the establishment because of their overt heterosexuality. Remind me, was it duPont or BP that invented teflon? Whatever, working in oil for 41 years is bound to make someone a slippery customer.A word in your shell-like, Your Grace. If you really want to experience a hard time at work, why not, as your first job, work for a openly homosexual boss who when asked, after the first week, how one was doing (i wanted to be a Mandarin then), replied without a hint of irony, sarcasm, or any other humour "Well, we've not had to make any adaptatations to the stairs." Nothing about the clear style and dry wit of my minutes or my blossoming administrative skills. There was I, hearing someone utterly smash my preconceptions that, a) gays were above averagely sensitive souls, and b) that possession of a congenital limp wouldn't affect the way I was treated in the Civil Service (that's what they said in the brochures). I realised then that I was wasting my time even trying there because I couldn't hide my limp in the closet. There was no privacy. And so began a downward spiral of low self-esteem, stress, stress-induced epilepsy, depression, low self esteem.
The course of my life has been a phugoid of such downs interspersed with recovering ups when I make very positive, almost aggressively so, fightbacks inspired by the example of my lifetime hero Douglas Bader. Once I have the bit between my teeth I can, I admit, be an arrogant, stubborn sod who wants to catch up with life at full rethrottle. I don't believe the world owes me a living or special treatment, just a clear few hundred yards to take off from where I'm the match of anyone. Give me that opportunity to stretch my wings and I reveal my inner semi-housetrained soft Labrador character (although dogs don't have wings of course so the simile needs a bit more polishing, but you get my drift).
So, how very dare Baron John Browne moan about the perceived woes of rich bastards like him and David Laws caught out by society? There is a telling phrase in his memoir, Beyond Business "I just could not bring myself to tell the truth."
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
HIS face a mask of blood, this is the heroic police officer shot at point-blank range by Raoul Moat.
The horrific photograph of PC David Rathband, 42, was taken shortly after he was gunned down while on patrol in his marked car.
Injured: PC David Rathband was shot in the face
He asked for it to be released to the public in the hope that it might help the hunt for the killer who shot him in cold blood. 'Catch the man responsible,' he told colleagues.
The PC was sitting in the driver's seat when Moat approached him from the passenger side and blasted him twice in the face and chest with a shotgun.
Despite his horrendous injuries the officer, who is married with two children, managed to radio his colleagues and raise the alarm. PC Rathband, who has been in the force for ten-andahalf years, remained in a critical but stable condition in Newcastle General Hospital last night.
The photograph, taken before he underwent surgery, shows him in intensive care, wires attached to his chest and stomach.
Surgical dressing patches a wound on his left shoulder, whilst further bandaging around his neck is clearly drenched in his blood.
His head leaning to one side, shrapnel wounds pepper his face as blood trickles down his chin and on to his chest.
PC Rathband was shot as he sat in his marked police car at the roundabout joining the A1 and the A69 at East Denton, in Newcastle, at 12.45am on Sunday.
Just 12 minutes earlier, his attacker had telephoned 999 to tell police he was going to shoot dead one of their officers.
Although the conversation lasted six minutes, Moat's position could not be traced.
PC Rathband, who has a son, Ashley, 16, and daughter, Mia, 12, with his wife Kath, was on static patrol duty when he was attacked.
Fifty minutes later, Moat called police again with the mocking message: 'Now are you taking me seriously?'
Temporary Chief Constable Sue Simm, who visited the officer in hospital yesterday, praised his 'extreme bravery'.
She said: ''Despite being seriously injured David demonstrated extreme bravery by alerting his colleagues and even managed to give fellow officers vital information about the incident which has proved invaluable.
'I have nothing but absolute admiration for David. He acted in the best traditions of the police service, showing outstanding bravery in what must have been a terrifying situation.
'At his request we are releasing a photograph of his injuries before he received treatment.' "
Police have said the officer could lose the sight in both eyes.
[ ] Pc Rathband, a 42-year-old father of two, said: "I bear no malice towards the man who shot me, but now wish to move on with my life.
"My injuries are life changing. It will require significant adjustments in the future in all aspects of my life.
"I enjoy my job as a police officer and I am totally committed to serving the public.
"Although I face long-term treatment, I am determined to return to duty as a police officer."
PC Rathband has undergone facial reconstructive surgery at Newcastle General Hospital and is now off the critical list.
Pc Rathband was shot the following day (4 July).
He said the officers who came to his aid had helped to save his life.
"I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped me, in particular those officers who came to my immediate aid at the scene and helped to save my life," he said.
"All the medical and nursing staff who have cared for me have been fantastic and I am indebted to them.
"I am grateful to all those officers from many forces who have helped me and my family during the last week and to my own shift of officers who have given me their full support.
"I am acutely aware of the impact events have had on many people and my thoughts are with them all, particularly the family of Chris Brown."
Monday, 12 July 2010
Thursday, 8 July 2010
*according to the consensus of scientific opinion and shareholders in carbon-offset/renewable energy companies. Ironically, whitewash, a paint widely used for covering up stains, is a chemical reaction between calcium hydroxide (slaked lime) and carbon dioxide in the air.
Sunday, 4 July 2010
Saturday, 3 July 2010
In the wake of the unmasking of the alleged Russian spy ring (it ought to have a name) in America, I contacted You Know What to reassure myself that the 44th US President didn't have a second job. I haven't received a reply yet but I'll keep you in the picture. (Usual place: St Giles Church notice board. If I've left a message in the agreed place there will be three drawing pins in the top left hand corner of the board). Isn't tradecraft fun? Would they actually tell me the truth? Where's George Smiley when you need him?
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
This brings the entire justice system into disrepute. It may just be one bad apple but the whole barrel is tainted. If there is one corrupt person at such a senior level then the whole system is weakened. Every case that Ibrahim handled will have to be checked for impropriety. His colleagues and associates will come under suspicion. People who had cases dropped against them may be wrongly slurred by the possibility of corruption. If there is one thing that the administration of justice, on which civil society rests, requires it is absolute honesty and impartiality. That is why Justice is blindfolded.
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Update 25 June 2010: re Bhopal, it would appear Obuma's vitriolic attacks against BP has roused Indian public opinion against Union Carbide . I wonder if America will allow a level playing field?
My point is that, as Sun Tzu wrote 2,500 years ago, and I paraphrase, it is always better to seek battle at a time and place of one's choosing. The wise chap also said that it's better to avoid battle altogether if possible. Something that the Duke of Wellington and those awkward third world amateur generals who beat modern western armies understood.
So why are Coalition forces engaged in fighting a war in Afghanistan against an enemy who won't stand still long enough in one place in large enough numbers for a set piece all-arms engagement to achieve a decisive victory?
The Taliban or local tribal fighters have no territorial claims against any western nation, although a bit of border tidying outstanding since independence was granted to India and Pakistan in 1947 would enable the Pathans to be united and save Pakistan a lot of internal strife in pacifying its western tribal areas where the writ of Islamabad is tenuous and temporary.
Al Quaeda can easily move its bases anywhere in the Middle East, North Africa, South East Asia where there is a large muslim population and poor government (the two tend to exist together).
What is to stop Venezuela becoming a terrorist haven as a means of attacking the USA?
Another reason given for Britain having 10,000 troops in Afghanistan is the destruction of the opium crop. If I was a poor Afghan farmer living in poverty, I would definitely grow poppies in preference to wheat, apricots and pomegranates. Western heroin addicts are the West's problem. However, it treats addicts as victims whereas the Afghan farmers have their crops destroyed and are then ordered to grow something much less profitable. The problem is not down to the suppliers, despicable as they are, but with the consumers of the drugs. It would be easier to reduce demand by vigorously tackling the drug addition problem in this country. How much extra expenditure than is spent in Afghanistan would be needed to wean addicts off their drugs and keep them clean?
Another argument for fighting in Afghanistan is to bring equal rights to women, educate children and improve healthcare. There are swathes of the Third World that require such reforms. Afghanistan is no different. Think how unequal, how illiberal, how brutish, nasty and short were the lives of ordinary people in the West until a hundred and fifty, or a hundred years or even more recently in some parts of London. Yet the development was not imposed from outside, it was grown in fits and starts and some dead ends from within. Because of that gradualism, people accepted it and felt a sense of ownership so that our veneer of civilisation became habitual and part of the furniture. What right have the Mrs Jellybys of the West, for all their good intentions, got to expect that the off the shelf, flatpack 21st century will be accepted with open arms by people living what is a very dangerous medieval lifestyle? Wouldn't it be more realistic and sensible to identify the points of similarity between our very different cultures, use those to develop understanding and leave the Afghans and indeed the rest of the world to sort out the awkward bits by themselves in their own time? After all, only an idiot expects everybody to celebrate Christmas in an identical fashion. So long as there's presents, telly and turkey the order and respective amounts are unimportant.
So back to the question of why the Coalition fights in Afghanistan when it is a foreign country that is not vital for the protection of our people and property, that offers geographical advantages to the guerrilla fighter, that extends the lines of supply so that every soldier costs £250,000 per year to feed and equip when a Taliban fighter would be rich if he earned £1,000 per year, and where the population is at best ambivalent towards the government and the Coalition. In the words of the First World War song, "We're here because we're here, because we're here." The very successful campaign of 2001 removed the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and left a power vacuum. Unfortunately, instead of just tidying up the worst of the damage and leaving smartly with the warning not to make us return, it was considered desirable and possible that a new country could be grown out of the wreckage of thirty years of war and zip all, with the exception of some thirties vintage Hawker Harts, modern civilization outside the big cities. Nearly nine years down the line we have, metaphorically, advanced back to Mons just like the BEF in WWI and called it a victory. We may be winning but are the Taliban losing?
My proposals are that Coalition Forces withdraw from Afghanistan as soon as possible to enable the Afghans to sort out their affairs again and a UN Border Commission is established to resolve the outstanding border problems of Afghanistan/Pakistan and Pakistan/India that were swept under the carpet in 1947. Nato and other Coalition forces need a period of time, call it a hudna for want of a better word, to rest, learn lessons and reequip where required and in the meantime the foreign ministries of all western nations must adopt the Arab technique of taqiyya in all dealings with the islamic world as a matter of professional courtesy.
I will discuss equipment and strategy in a later post.
May I suggest that our armed forces are not perfect and spending more money on them without clearly specifying targets to achieve is wasteful of the nation's limited resources at any time and especially so now when the National Debt is £900 billion and rising.
Instead of viewing Defence as A Good Thing in its own right, the radical Tory should regard Defence as a means of protection for the United Kingdom and its international trade. The three most important areas of government business are foreign affairs, homeland security and industry and energy policy. The other departments support this Triad. The Treasury is a means of efficiently raising and distributing the money needed to operate government. Just as in an ideal world there would be no need for the Police to protect, deter, detect and prosecute to allow law abiding folk to go about their lawful business, in a similar Utopia there would be no need for armed forces. It is clear that there are states or quasi-states that threaten the physical safety and interests of the United Kingdom. I propose a system whereby every five years the Triad define the threats facing our country and, if they are unable to ameliorate them with in-house resources, ie diplomacy, foreign aid, policing of aliens, trade agreements etc, they should request the MoD to submit a tender for the military means to counter the defined threats. The MoD could also add other threats it had identified for consideration by the Triad for inclusion in the defence package. The package would then be presented by the Triad to the Treasury to assess its affordability. Each part of the bid would be benchmarked to ensure best value for money and effectiveness. If the Treasury considered that the tender was too dear, the Triad could either fund the deficit from its own resources or argue the case for more expenditure or renegotiate the defence package with the MoD. The Defence Budget would then be submitted to Parliament for its approval.
Sunday, 20 June 2010
Sometimes there are very good reasons for introducing apparently inconvenient working practices. It is better to be thirty minutes late in this life than thirty years early in the next.
Friday, 18 June 2010
Why can't Today have some common sense for a change?
Saturday, 12 June 2010
Tuesday, 8 June 2010
Remind me, POTUS, C-in-C of the world's only hyperpower, what you have done since you were sworn in (and you bollocked that up) eighteen months ago? Oh yes, you made a surrender speech to muslims in Cairo and in return for that a Nigerian blew his balls off on an American airliner and a US Army psychiatrist murdered 13 people on an army base. Iran and North Korea are even more dangerous. Well worth the No Balls Peace Prize you were given after five minutes in the job. Will the committe want it back after reading about this Amnesty report on Yemen? I'll admit that catching that fly was pretty clever.
In short, you have squandered your opportunity as President and have sought to spread the blame on other people to save your own skin. Not very impressive.
I would sack you straight away but with your American legal training behind you I would be tied up at a tribunal and forced to pay you £thousands in damages for wrongful dismissal, hurt feelings, discrimination and Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all. So, I'd probably give you a flash title, an ofice and appoint you to carry out a meaningless time-consuming project to keep you out of harm's way. Like the American voters did.
Monday, 7 June 2010
Which leads one to ask if there is one law for us and other laws for them. If you were to ask me my opininion I would have to say that Lord Browne is an extremely capable person of impeachable honesty and integrity. I learned that from reading about Lord Browne.
Sunday, 30 May 2010
Can he do anything for poor little David Laws? The seven hundred odd civil servants in Coventry working for Becta and QCDA who learned this week that their quangos were closing. They also did their jobs well* but didn't claim for expenses to which they weren't entitled. But they received no sympathy from the self-absorbed ranks of the LibDems and professional gays. Hypocritical? Of course, but they aren't those saints who give their lives in public service (not "Our Boys" who aren't given appropriate kit and training to protect life and limb) our wonderful MPs.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
*credit cards are an extremely inefficient way to borrow but are widely misused by the same people who vote sinisterly. When they discover they can't afford the repayments, it's not their fault because they couldn't be expected to understand the way credit cards work.
Monday, 10 May 2010
Saturday, 8 May 2010
2. The Victorian Boundary Commission using 2001 data to set constituency boundaries helped Labour MPs get elected with fewer votes in smaller constituencies.
3. The uberPC Electoral Commission quango which managed, in conjunction with many incompetent Returning Officers, to turn the election for many people in large cities into a farce worthy of the third world. For fusk's cakes, don't they teach contingency planning anymore? A general election is one of those occasions where a bit of waste (too many ballot papers, too many polling stations or polling staff) can be justified. where diversity training and translation services can not.
4. The LibDems will become the institutional party of government. Any other party, if First Past The Post is scrapped will have to get into political bed with them. The third most popular party will end up on top for ever. Any political wonk who wants a job for life will join the LibDems, secure in the knowledge that they will be guaranteed a government or quango job.
5. Proportional Representation will divorce the public from their MP whose loyalty will shift to their party bosses as their job will depend on their place on the party list. Mmmm... Continental machine politics and corruption. The alternative voting methods will favour vanilla, or least disliked candidates who offer the most for the least required. And, as manifestos are not actionable in law, you will not get what you want or expect.
6. Coalition government means that the one person with a vote to decide the government is now Nicholas Clegg whom over 25 million people didn't vote for. That's fair. Not.
7. Think back over the election campaign or futher if you wish and recall all the things the LibDems said about the Tories and vice-versa. And yet they hope to convince themselves and us that they can work together for the good of the country.
8. As nobody has yet commented on it, this country is engaged in a big war in Afghanistan. I hope our lads and lasses were able to vote.
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
A dozen C-17s on exercise over America.
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
Monday, 12 April 2010
And for the last time Gordon, if you rely on the global recession as an excuse for the UK recession, you must also accept the preceding global boom as the cause of the British boom. Your part in the economy has simply been to double the National Debt. Loser!
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Imagine if someone other than a black female socialist mother of a privately educated child had done the same to Nigel Vaz. The BBC would devote their entire news gathering budget to building a wicker man in which to cremate the "offender".
Sunday, 14 March 2010
Friday, 12 March 2010
Trains are a nineteenth century technology. Aircraft are more economic and more flexible. One final point: thanks to the same anti-carbon religion preached by the trainophiles, UK electricity generating capacity is decreasing and there will be a gap. Hey, let's run the new trains on electricity. Madness.
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Yet another stealth tax.
My reasonable suggestion is to microchip thugs and thugesses, get proper Police on the beat monitor them closely and turn the CCTV cameras off.
Thursday, 4 March 2010
One Latvian, Jolnta, works 8-12 hour shifts in a freezer packing salads. She is paid the £5.80 minimum wage and sometimes is only hired three days a week. Jolnta met another Latvian:
"Iveta Suna, at Parca. She helped her to apply for housing benefits and tax credits that she didn’t realise she could claim. “In my country benefits are very low,” Jolnta says. “Here I think we can get £170 a week in benefits, plus wages.” "
I don't begrudge anyone being eligible for housing and council tax benefits and tax credits when they are earning the minimum wage. I consider it the economics of the madhouse that poor people are paid the minimum possible which is then topped up with taxpayers' money to a living wage by an expensive and cumbersome bureaucratic system in order to subsidise the profits of packing companies and private landlords.
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Monday, 22 February 2010
On 15 November 2006 Tony Blair, speaking in the House of Commons said:
"He said Mr Brown was "very demanding of people, he's demanding of himself... He knows what he wants to do, he does not like taking no for an answer from anyone.
"On the way yes, there is a degree of impatience about the man, but what would you like? Some sort of shrinking violet at the helm when we are going through such stormy waters?" "