Archive for July 2009
Afghanistan is we are told a terrorist (Al Qaeda) base. The Taliban is our enemy. That is why our young men are dying there.
The Afghan people have never been defeated. Not by the mighty USSR. Not by the mighty USA who tried their hand in 2001. Now they bring us into a war that cannot be won. And we follow, like the 51st state we have become.
Leave the Afghans to run their own country. If they become a discernable threat to us, hit ’em hard. Until then, back off and use the money you are wasting to help English people in England.
And leave the USA to spend the billions they charged us for helping out in WWII.
Why, after four years of investigation is it only now that there are to be questions asked about the demise of MG Rover and the so-called ‘Phoenix Four’?
Couldn’t a QC and a forensic accountant see there was something wrong?
It might be argued they saw the evidence but wanted to investigate thoroughly before any public announcement. But surely it is/was their duty, even their legal responsibility to call in the Serious Fraud Office?
Whatever the outcome (and I suspect it will be the ‘old boy network’ cover up) the impression is that something is wrong.
It is not enough to be above suspicion- as Caesar’s wife, all involved must be beyond reproach.
This seems to be a growing trend. Save your jobs by wage cuts. For those earning high wages, this might not seem so drastic. But what happens when this filters down to minimum wage earners? How will we stop unscrupulous employers using creative book keeping to reduce their wage bill? (For this read ‘increase their profits’).
I’m sorry, but this has all the hallmarks of a well thought out con. Use the recession to put money in our pockets.
How many industry chiefs have had to sell their mansions and country houses and move into a five bed roomed detached house? (An unattainable luxury for many of us- whether we are working or not.)
Will directors work for nothing?
Shouldn’t a socially responsible employer be offering term-time employment for parents anyhow?
And what’s innovative about cutting wages, making people (not jobs) redundant and short time working?
How is it progressive to blackmail workers with redundancy or pay cuts?
Leaving those left to work harder to cover the jobs of part time, short time and redundant employees.
And what happened to the Thatcherite privatised capitalist utopia we were all promised?
And don’t blame New Labour. They’ve done nothing to change anything. Even the things they promised to change in their manifesto.
I cannot believe some of the BT employees’ comments. Being grateful for wage cuts, short time and redundancy!
We might no longer wear a cloth cap to doff every time a wealthy industrialist raises his voice. But it is reincarnated in the form of the baseball cap. So grease the rim that it might slip off more ably. You never know when you might need to.
A rogue trader at London oil broker PVM Oil Futures has cost them $10m (£6m).
First, these traders make billions off the backs of consumers, keeping prices artificially high by sitting on oil (or any other product) until the price is right.
Second, one might argue that these futures investors are fraudulent themselves, since they never physically hold the product. PVM could not take a prospective buyer to a thousand barrels of oil and say ‘here’s what you’re buying’. It’s all done on paper.
And finally, they lose $10m and there is no suggestion of financial difficulty, never mind bankruptcy. How many real businesses that actually produce something besides profits have $10m to lose, never mind stand the loss!
That’s what I want to be when [if]I grow up!
The Welsh Assembly Government has many devolved powers, one of which is their health service. Yet they want the UK treasury to foot the bill for the swine flu vaccination program.
The Welsh wanted devolution. They got devolution, as far as I am aware essentially on their terms. Yet at the first sign of trouble, they run back, charity tins rattling for help.
I am an Englishman with a Scots and Irish heritage. My Irish ancestors originally settled in Wales early in the 19th century.
Now, I believe in devolution. I really believe the Irish, Scots and Welsh are a different race being of Celtic descent as opposed to Saxon. As such, they should have home rule and be treated as individual nations. But if they want it, and have it they have to live with it, taking the rough with the smooth.
There may be an argument to say England’s imperialist expansionism, however long ago has left them unable to function as a separate country without a transitional period. But let them say that, not claim the flu issue is an exceptional emergency situation.
Because let’s face it, swine flu is flu. Each ‘new’ flu is a genetically modified version of a previous flu. There is no emergency. The problem lies not in the new flu being particularly virulent, but in the lack of new, effective vaccines. The new flu is dangerous during the period a vaccine is being developed.
Gordon Brown may be honest about his spending plans, but is he right? He says “making big efficiency savings in government and selling state-owned assets” could meet targets for cutting debt and still improve frontline services.
Well, how does selling services (state-owned assets) improve them? The mythical efficiency the Tories told us about throughout the 1980’s? Just look at the private water companies.
If a private company can run these services efficiently, pay shareholder dividends and make a profit, why can’t government run them and use the dividend payments and the profits to reduce costs to the consumer or further increase efficiency?
We need to turn away from the privatisation and the myths associated with it and re-nationalise the utilities, major manufacturing and stop the ingress of privatisation through ‘partnerships’.
And we need to do it now.