Friday, July 20, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
But the standing joke with my colleagues at the time was "How do you make a small fortune? Invest a large one with our bank!"
Ring any bells? Gordon Brown has been "investing" your money for the last ten years and what have we got to show for it? Answers on a postage stamp please!
The United Kingdom used to be recognised as one of the richest nations in the world. Under this New (Brown) Labour government this country has dropped down this list and we should remember:
- There are five million people of working age not in work
- The poorest people in Britain have got poorer under Labour
- There are more young people not in work or full-time education than ten years ago
- We have one of the highest rates of family breakdown in Europe
- Most European countries recognise marriage in their tax system; Britain doesn’t.
The list could go on but it would only reinforce the abject failure of Gordon Brown and the erstwhile Blair to use your money to improve the fortunes of this once great country.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Maybe now is the time to stay and fight this nonsense?
Friday, July 06, 2007
Now, I know he is a Liberal Democrat but that doesn't mean there is one law for him and one for the rest of us plebs. I'm a smoker too and have to put up with the democratic decision that was made in Parliament.
All those people who are members of working men's clubs or social institutes where they have gone for years to have a drink and a smoke with their neighbours all have to abide by this law too. Don't forget these are private clubs where you have to pay to be a member. So you make a choice to join and are fully aware of the rules and regulations. There were no rules to say you couldn't smoke in the bar unless the members themselves had voted for them. Democracy in action, you might say but after 1st July 2007 our supposed democratic Parliament decided to take away this right.
So, in my view Goodtime Charlie should, as a so-called democrat, be subjected to the full rigours of the law he voted for and be prosecuted like any other common "criminal" that we smokers have become!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
The latest betting for the LibDems to win the next General Election is 150/1 - not much surprise there. But for some reason there are members of his party who think they should change their current leader as this would improve their electoral chances.
I don't know about you but if someone takes this job on they will have to be a bloody superman (sorry, superperson). My advice is stick with Ming - it's steady as you go, LibDems.
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
But for a man who has trained as a doctor and spent years of his life learning how to diagnose and treat disease and injury in fellow humans it is incredible that he should contemplate causing such potential death and destruction. What sort of belief system would engender such a course of action? He's not a disadvantaged youth in a high unemployment area that has been "turned" by some evil imam at the local mosque into a homicidal maniac. So what has made him what he is?
I think he, and his friends, are simply evil and will only be stopped if we confront them wherever they are or whatever they do. They cannot be allowed to intimidate the rest of us - ever! This might mean we have to accept some (temporary and intermittent) erosion of our hard fought liberties but this does not mean we have to have ID cards! Ever!
No, Hamas, that wonderfully competent government has decided that the stupid sub-group within their ranks should release him.
I detect the hand of Tony Blair on my shoulder. He's already making a difference. Suck on that Gordon!
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
"In the past decade Global Warming has become an international issue with global consequence but do the public really care? In a political sphere where parties campaign on a large scale for Green policies are the electorate themselves really that interested?
"Surely the simplest answer to this question is to look at the Green party and their support. The Greens received 250,000 votes at the last election and did not gain a single seat in the UK parliament. Admittedly the bad transfer of votes to seats due to the first past the post system is unhelpful, but only 12% of people between the 2nd and 3rd of May in the 2005 election thought that the environment was an important issue. (YouGov)
"Fundamentally whilst people are aware the world’s climate is changing they are either sceptical about the cause of Global Warming or are simply more concerned with the other issues.The war in Iraq was a big issue for the 2005 General Election but the Labour party still got re-elected.
"If a major party in the next election had no Green agenda but popular policies on Crime, Health, Immigration, Pensions and education I believe they would still win the next election. Now, at this point many advocates of anthropogenic Global Warming would say that these points merely highlight the laziness of the general public and the consumer society that places money above all. With regards to society being lazy it would seem unfair to associate a lack of reaction to being lazy. However it is true that by and large western society seems to be largely driven by money but is this really such a problem? The western world is a capitalist society driven by the demand for goods that fuel industries, provides jobs and funds homes and public projects. Whilst money is certainly not everything it is unfortunately not far off.
"The additional costs for eco-friendly industries will lead to price rises across the economy and for price elastic products this will produce a fall in sales, revenues and ultimately job losses. Naturally such a situation would lead to social unrest and a society divided between the haves and have nots. Furthermore, by forcing developing countries to pay crippling extra costs for eco-friendly industries we would destroy their already fragile economies and increase their global debt. In many respects Global Warming could become one of the greatest disasters of our generation; but not through the effects of climate change which have occurred for over 4 billion years and will continue until the world ends. The threat of Global warming is that people will lose their common sense and become carried away by the Green Lobby which has the power to destroy society as we know it. But luckily people don’t seem to care enough at the moment, let’s just hope it stays that way. "
I totally agree. Conserving energy, looking for alternatives, recycling, etc - all "good". Making people feel guilty because it is "their fault" is a turn off for most people. All this carbon footprint/off-setting stuff is so unrealistic for most people as they go about their daily lives is just not relevant.
For example, I need to travel in a car 30 miles each way to work. The alternative transport by bus or train would take even more time than the current hour or so and would be very much more expensive. What can I do about my carbon footprint?
Move house, uproot my family from an area where we have lived for over 30 years and buy a house within walking distance of my place of work? Would my sacrifice save the planet?
I doubt it and, frankly, I don't care!
Sunday, July 01, 2007
I hear that Osama bin Laden was offered a post in Gordon Brown's new "Government of all the Talents" but, after consulting his party leader, he said:
"Allah has told me that it would not be appropriate at this time to provide my undoubted organisational skills and intimate knowledge of the Middle East situation to the unelected Brown government. Until a truly democratically elected administration is in place in the United Kingdom he has advised me to stay out of the Big Tent. This is because, as a result of kidney disease, I have difficulty in pissing - in any direction."
However, I am also reliably informed that Mr bin Laden is prepared to meet with the Quartet's new representative for the Middle East as this would mean it was a prelude to speaking Condoleza Rice face-to-face - someone he's been dying to meet for years.