Wednesday, 28 April 2010

International Aid For India

A dozen C-17s on exercise over America.

The UK is giving India in £825 million development aid between 2008 and 2012. None of the main parties intend to cut international development spending despite the PSBR reaching £165 billion per year. How nice that the heirs of Gandhi wish to spend £5.6 billion to buy 10 C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft. It will keep Boeing workers in employment. Which is nice. Wouldn't it be better for the Indian government to spend more money the improve the standard of living of its world-leading population of poor people instead of trying to militarily outbling Pakistan in the region thereby destabilising a tinderbox? Or for our government to spend that money by reducing the national debt?

A poor woman in Orissa drying cowpats for cooking fuel.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Gliders! Or Another Ashcloud Solution

Gliders don't have engines. I've examined and discounted the practicalities of using ground-towed Airspeed Horsas for short journeys across the channel. The sink rate of 400ft/minute at 150 mph would require an impractical 12,000ft release height to give a fairly safe 75 mile range without thermal assistance.
However, given that Scottish airspace is ash free at present, why hasn't consideration been given to temporarily diverting civil airliners to RAF Lossiemouth and Kinloss with their 2km plus runways? Both bases are near to Elgin which is on the main intercity rail network. Plus, there are plenty of A roads going south for coaches to use.If something is a priority, action this day is possible.

Sir Winston Churchill, who would see the present situation as an opportunity to sack incompetent wibblers and replace them with people who get things done.

Monday, 12 April 2010

Election Arithmetic

I heard Alan Johnson being interviewed by Sophie Raworth on the news this lunchtime. He criticised the Conservatives' proposed spending and tax-raising strategy and said that Labour was the only party whose figures added up. Added up? Excuse me, but having to borrow £180 billion annually to fill the gap between tax and spending doesn't mean adding up to me. If I spent £60,000 a year and borrowed £30,000 on my credit cards to afford that standard of living, I wouldn't expect to be praised for my financial acuity, even less could I explain it away on the global recession.
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

Peregrine Grabs Wood Pigeon

Well, we don't see this happen in our garden very often. After leaving the top half of the pigeon, the Peregrine flew off to the raspberry posts where it proceeded to clean beak and talons. Amazing!