Archive for January 2015
(not satire – it’s Germany!)
This little fact changes everything.
In 1943, Germany forced the Bank of Greece to lend it two loans worth 11 billion euros in today’s money.
And Germany has still not paid back the debt.
This money is not war reparations, which are a separate and much more complex issue.
The debt is a straightforward loan from Greece to Germany – albeit a forced one – which the Germans have not bothered to repay.
Which – considering the Germans have been bleating on and on and bloody on about how the Greeks should honour their present debts – is a case of breathtaking hypocrisy writ large, I’d say.
If you agree, please share. Thanks.
The Coalition Government Colouring and Activity Book is now available for download as a PDF and in print:
Another Saturday gone- another boozy day.
Sat here now, thinking I could do with a good woman- then I thought, no a bad woman!
But I’ve known bad and good women in my time.
And, d’ya know what? Given the choice, I’ll take a walk in the park, sit and watch the stars and a kiss goodnight over a night of passion.
Maybe I’m getting old; but perhaps wiser, more understanding. And hopefully, a better person for it.
I work and earn a good wage by today’s standards- a bloody good wage, but I believe my sweat and toil is worth more.
I believe that NO person in this age should be in poverty.
The lowest of the low, the least of us are entitled to a decent standard of living.
It is my opinion that the government, my elected representative should strive for this, not through low taxes and benefits for the wealthy but rather through high taxation, particularly for those best able to pay- including myself- so that no man, woman or child is cold or hungry; no parent should worry for their children’s well being; nobody, in one of the wealthiest counties in the world should be cold, hungry or worried about their future.
Give us work, give us hope and the folk of this country will be up to the task.
Give us worry and fear, we meet the task equally but diametrically opposed to the undertaking.
by Martin Odoni
NB: This is probably not going to be one of my best written efforts, as I’m currently sat shivering in bed with gastric ‘flu. Hardly a scrap of food for about thirty hours, and unable to go to work – please don’t tell Iain Duncan-Smith or he’ll have me attend a Fitness-To-Work Assessment – so I’m not going to be at my most eloquent.
Earlier today, Thomas G. Clark, the Angry Yorkshireman, published a new post about an increasingly reflexive pet-soundbite of Labour Party activists, “Vote Green, Get Tory”. The idea is that, as more of the left-leaning electorate chooses to vote for the upstart Green Party, fewer will vote for Labour, and that this will open the door to the Tories getting back in for another five years. As we saw the other week, the Tories themselves rather like the possibility.
I was rather thinking about…
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The Company That Dare Not Show Its Face: How Maximus Plan To Hide Their Involvement In The Work Capability Assessment
Maximus – the US based firm brought in to replace Atos to carry out benefit assessments – will hide their corporate identity behind a hastily erected front company in an attempt to avoid damage to their brand The Guardian revealed yesterday.
According to the paper, the company will not use its logo on letters sent to claimants facing the notorious Work Capability Assessment, instead using a neutral name such as “The Centre for Health and Disability Assessment”. In fact this company has been up and running since June 2014, suspiciously several months before it was announced that Maximus would be taking over the contract from Atos. The Guardian should probably have known this, because they are currently running an advertisement for a Social Media Manager for the new company on the recruitment part…
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Few ordinary voters really understand government debt and have for at least 35 years equated it with household debt- thanks to Thatcher- but it really is not anything like household debt; government debt is akin to you moving money from your savings account to your current account.
Effectively, government debt is money they owe themselves!
Here’s an interesting poll finding from Yougov this week. They asked people the question “How well would you say you understand what people mean when they talk about the government’s deficit?” In answer, 69% said they had a very clear or fairly clear understanding. Not bad then. It’s talked about every day by politicians, so it’s good people understand what it means.
Not so fast though. Yougov followed up by asking “Which of the following do you think best describes the government’s deficit?” The majority (51%) thought “The total amount of money the government has borrowed” rather than the more correct description (“The amount of extra money that the government borrows each year”), which was only picked by 31%. 2% even answered “The total amount of money that everyone in the country has
collectively borrowed on overdrafts and credit cards.” Oh dear.
This is probably good news for…
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