Sunday, 28 June 2009
It came into power in 1997, because it was perceived by some of the middle classes that the wealth that they had accrued in the Thatcher decades should be spread into the National Health Services and other social programs.
However a decade of New Labour polices has produced no appreciable increase in the NHS and other social policies, and indeed by many indicators, Britain is a worse place than it was before Tony Blair swept into power. Certainly the massive debt that this government has taken on, in order to pursue with messianic zeal its polices of social manipulation, has shaken those of the middle classes who had supported the aims of New Labour.
This is in itself might not be too damaging for the party, who hold a commanding majority in the House of Commons, but their policies have damaged the aspiring manual classes, who not being dependent upon welfare and benefits, see their dreams being taken away by polices that are either senseless class war vendettas or damaging to them and theirs.
The attacks on fox hunting for example, were of no interest to them, but the non stop attacks on cigarette smoking and now alcohol, are issues that the typical labour core voter is not happy about. It's also without a doubt that, the open door policies of mass third world immigration has deeply frightened the working class votes, who find social housing simply given away to African or Asian immigrants on a "most need basis", rather than based on local waiting lists.
It's also no secret that many in the Labour Party deeply fear the rise of the BNP, but are unwilling to admit that its their own core inner city voters who are turning to the far right, not the Tory voters who don't live in these areas. Hazel Blears and others in constituencies similar to Salford, have been warning of this rise in BNP support for some time, but of course PC "new think" prevents them from stating which policies are causing the problems, so they have to waffle on about meeting voters concerns without explicitly stating what the voter concerns really are.
They certainly can't criticise those who vote for the far right parties, because they want them to come back to Labour without being named and shamed.
This all being true, you would consider that they would be doing everything possible not to further antagonise the voters that they need to stave off a massacre in next years elections, so this story about at least 1.5 million (and another government report states 5 million!) people being taxed out of flying next year, when Gordon Browns latest "Green taxes" (aka trying to plug the financial black hole) kick into full force, is surprising.
A former Labour minister Brian Wilson, has accused the Government of effectively rationing flights for all but the well off. Now chairman of the aviation lobby group Flying Matters, he said: “These figures show how millions of ordinary families will be priced out of flying by these taxes. There is no justification for such a regressive measure. Returning air travel to the preserve of a wealthy elite is likely to go down like a lead balloon with the electorate.”
It's obvious that the Labour Party tacticians have still not been able to openly spell out the dangers inherent, in making those on lower incomes detest the party and that they have to change tack on several fronts .... making air travel once again the preserve of the wealthy (and politicians), in order to allow the Government a little extra revenue, and make a reduction in CO2 emissions that is insignificant compared to the massive increases in other countries building huge new coal power plants almost weekly is just election suicide.
All sections of UK society expect to be able to travel abroad, to take that away by yet another stealth tax will simply ensure that the Labour Party will have managed to alienate and impoverish, the very proletariat (including the welfare lumpenproletariat) who were the cause of its birth.
Are we at that start of its death?
There was a collective denial that the Junta was 'a right wing' group of torturers, who had disappeared thousands of left wing and liberal Argentinians ....... it was frankly pathetic, listening to the UK Left whingers support for such a regimes takeover of British territory and peoples, in order to further their own narrow domestic political agenda.
Over the years I assume that some of these 'fellow travellers' have been ashamed by their actions then, and I hope that this latest story from Argentina (after twenty years and more of democracy because the Junta fell after it lost the Falklands war), will suitably shame more of them.
|Argentine Military Junta Tortured Thousands|
If you can torture your own people, you can certainly torture 'invaders'.
Just what were you supporting all those years ago?
* Update: A case in point is John O'Farrell the Labour Candidate for the Eastleigh by-election in 2013, who has previously stated that he was "disappointed" that Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was not murdered by the IRA and that he wanted Britain to lose the Falklands War to the Military Junta of Argentina.
Saturday, 27 June 2009
I am not going to waste too much time on an obituary, there will be millions of bloggers who have something to say (either good or bad), so I will simply say this..... There are times when too much money and fame are actually a hindrance to good health.
This is particularly so when the rich and powerful are surrounded by "My people" (a peculiarly American driven celebrity phenomenon). Lackeys and flunkies, who run around, ensuring that the centre of their little universe, "the star" has their every whim, no matter how childish, met.
I have often wondered when these flunkies collide with another 'stars' people in the same venue, whilst each trying to achieve the same goals for their 'star'. Is there a battle royal, or is there some internal and subtle weighing of "Stardom levels" e.g. Madonna vs Liam Gallagher (home win) and the lower flunkies back off (knowing that they can't win). Whereas ‘Madonna vs Bono’, might turn out to be more of a clash of the celebrity titans?
Anyway I digress, the point I was making was that these flunkies are not paid to say 'No' or in anyway gainsay their masters or mistresses wishes. They are simply paid to "make it so". This can easily lead to the Howard Hughes syndrome, whereby a mentally and physically sick man, who could very easily have been treated in the early days, was allowed to retreat into a twilight world of power and delusion, where treatment was no longer possible, and who ended up surrounded by minions whose best interests were best served by fuelling his phobias and delusions.
So it went with others such as 'Jacko', whose indiscretions are well documented, but whose ever more bizarre medical interventions and morally dubious activities, were aided (or at least not objected to), by staff who should certainly have pointed out how wrong it was for children to be 'sleeping over' with him, but whose livelihoods were based upon never saying no.
As a calendar (not anyone else) said "Money isn’t everything, but it certainly keeps the children in touch' ...... a joke that is amongst the kinder ones that have circulated around Mr. Jackson, since he started paying parents to remain silent about any alleged activities between himself and their offspring.
This ability to buy off complaints in the US, doesn't compare well with the UK, where Paul Gadd (aka "Gary Glitter"), a now minor 1980's celebrity singer has been imprisoned and put on the sex offenders register for similar accusations (with little girls), but contributes greatly towards the 'look the other way' mentality and culture amongst the lackeys who know whats going on.
If 'wacko' had been challenged before his behaviour had overstepped the mark, then his reputation may have been better, and a line would have been drawn about where 'celebrity behavior' ends, and common decency and legality begins. It's also possible that all the medical interventions he's alleged to have undertaken (many of which seem to have been totally unnecessary), may have contributed to his demise at the age of 50.
Undoubtedly he was talented, but he was a deeply flawed man.
Obama "unclenches his fist", and the Iranians kick him between the legs!
If that doesn't about sum up the futility of President Obamas 'appeal to the Muslim world', then nothing does. Certainly the Iranians couldn't give a damm about his appeal
Back to the drawing board I suspect.
Last week I discussed the shocking revelation, that a poll in South Africa showed that one in four men were rapists, and one in eight was a serial rapist. Well surprisingly, the 'wimmin' at the BBC, decided that being an African male was no longer an excuse for being a rapist, so there was a follow up story.
However, instead of finding one of the rapists who was proud of their attitude (the vast majority of them), and asking why? They found the one repentant 'rapist' in South Africa, and chronicled his 'apology' to the woman he had raped (she had since been raped on two other occasions). The wave of criminality that seems to accompany African males around the world is still a 'no no' subject, but maybe this is a start in addressing the fact that there is an issue.
Still in the enlightened continent, the burning of old people to death as witches, is still apparently a popular tribal sport in Kenya. This latest story describes the casual burning alive of five elderly men and women in Itii village, as witnessed by a BBC reporter.
The total silence by the PC brigade and their spineless politicians, on the subject of these horrible murders, and similarly on the mass rape of South African women, is more damming than anything else I could say about the PC sickness that is corrupting Western moral values.
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Just a quick resume, is enough to bring awe! Born on the 6th of June 1896, he was aged five when Queen Victoria died.
He is the last survivor of the Battle of Jutland, the last surviving member of the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) in which he served in the first world war, and the last surviving founding member of the Royal Air Force (RAF).
He remembers watching W. G. Grace playing cricket, around 1903-05, and also recalls seeing the City Imperial Volunteers return from the Second Boer War.
He has lived through the Wall Street Crash of 1929, as well as the current collapse, and in all, his life has spanned three centuries and six monarchs. The US president at his birth was Grover Cleveland (the 24th), and its now Barack Obama (the 44th).
Here's a few memorable events - there are thousands more I could list.
- 1901 - Queen Victoria dies
- 1914 - WWI begins
- 1917 - Russian Revolution
- 1929 - The Wall Street Crash
- 1939 - The Second World War starts
- 1945 - First atomic bomb detonated
- 1953 - Everest climbed for the first time
- 1963 - President Kennedy assassinated
- 1969 - Neil Armstrong walks on the Moon
- 1989 - Fall of the Berlin Wall
- 1990 - Nelson Mandela freed from prison after 27 years
- 2008 - US elects first black president
These figures are simply appalling, and in a civilised world would cause shock waves in the South African tourist industry, and demands that any society that could act this way be ostracised until it was reformed.
However as its "The Rainbow Nation" this complete collapse of civil behaviour is ignored, downplayed, or apologised away by all the foreign ministers, despite the imminence of the world cup next year. I wonder if this wilful downplaying, of the risks of sending their citizens to what is virtually a war zone (with 22,000 murders every year, rape apparently a national sport, and even visiting sports teams getting robbed, how else would you describe it?), are not actually in criminal neglect of their duty of care?
South Africa has fallen a long way in the last decade or so, and any PC apologists for a nation of rapists are welcome to debate this opinion with me.
Yes, in 2001, in a little publicised experiment, the Portuguese government decriminalised recreational drugs, including heroin and cocaine, in an attempt to reduce the number of hard drug users in the country.
The visible results? The invasion of drug dealers into tourist areas.
The invisible results ..... well this news report discusses that.
Saturday, 13 June 2009
There are pictures of Jackson with a goatee, but he looks so freakish that I prefer not to post them on the blog. He needed help years ago, before he excavated his face and lost his colour. But mad as others undoubtedly are, there can only be one Gadfather!
However the report highlighted that corruption is costing Africa around $150bn (£92bn) a year.
Mr Annan said "Africa has transformed in my lifetime and the progress reached so far is proof that concrete achievements are possible amidst adversity. The economic, climate change and food security crises are all linked. They cannot be tackled separately. We need a new development model that provides security, stability, and addresses people's needs. Everyone needs to contribute. Business has a key role, as do Africa's trading and donor partners. But the primary responsibility to make it happen rests with Africa's political leaders."
The Africa panel who produced the report said the number of wars was sharply down. Fifteen years ago there were 13 civil wars. Now they claim that there are just three: Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia.
However African Analysts point out that this report ignores conflicts in Chad, the Central African Republic and Ethiopia, not to mention low-level insurgencies in at least another four states - including Nigeria.
In otherwords, Africa is still a basket case of wars and corruption.
Omar al-Bashir, the President of The Sudan wanders freely as a bird o'er vales and hills, Africa, and most of the Middle East, despite being wanted International Criminal Court, on charges of genocide.
As long as he stays in Islamic and African countries he can't be touched. So much for world justice or opinion.
He has apparently been hung out like dead meat by his party, for anyone to take pot shots at, as no one in the party will sack him, for fear that one of them has to take the predicted election defeat in his place.
So he won a stay of execution (again), but will suffer 'death by a thousand cuts' over the next few months instead.
The Sufi's of Somalia are apparently up in arms (literally in that country) over the desecration of their Mosques and graves sites by the hardliner Wahhabi, al-Shabab terrorists that they allowed to operate from their country.
But before we get too upset for the Sufi’s, remember that when the radicals take over, even their friends suffer ..... so lets not have too many crocodile tears from the Sufi's, who said nothing when Christian graves were scattered in Somalia .....
Crimes against humanity (which they say the mosque closures are), are not restricted to being only when Muslims are being upset. If the Sufi's are now saying that the Wahhabis are 'foreign', it all sounds a little too late to me.
The Wahhabis are not the sole root of militant Islam, and their erstwhile supporters and allies should remember that they have collaborated in attacks on us, when asking the West for help or sympathy.
There has to be a point when Parliament is considered to be the main defender of the
I say this, because the British judiciary continue to display a reckless disregard for the safety of others, by thwarting every effort to deport scumbags back their own countries. Now they have decided that house arrest for people deemed a threat to national security, is only legal if the security services give disclosure of the evidence (and presumably therefore, from whom and how, it was obtained) to those accused.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am aware that Habeas Corpus has long been used as a means of redress, which a person can seek from the unlawful detention of themselves or of another person. It protects the individual from harming him or herself, or from being harmed by the judicial system. In fact the writ of habeas corpus has historically been an important instrument for the safeguarding of individual freedom, against arbitrary state action.
However, when we can’t remove persons who act against the state and the national security of the UK, because the courts insist that terrorists, murderers, rapists etc have ‘human rights’ that supercede those of the law abiding citizen. And that this 'right' means they can’t go back to a 'place of danger' (even though the ‘danger’ is often a legally sanctioned penalty, for their terrible crimes commited in that country), then how exactly can we defend ourselves?
I like many others, despair of the fact that an act of Parliament is no longer the law of the land, but merely an excuse for unelected judges to determine the social, immigration and public defence policies of the UK, often against the wishes of the general public, and the aims of the legislator.
What is democracy, if even those elected are subject to the decisions of the totally unelected?
Sunday, 7 June 2009
a) Not the right man for the job, and
b) Be lucky to make it to the next election as leader, before being comprehensively rejected by the English (if not the British).
Well it appears that we may be near that end game, with his popularity at an all time low, and his government in turmoil with Ministers leaving, and others deciding to leave him in office to take the inevitable wipe-out next June (in many instances it would seem stupid to take over the leadership now, so better to look "loyal" and earn a few "Brownie points" - sorry about that pun).
It's possible he will survive this crisis, after all its not the first, as his Premiership has floundered for over 12 months, and he may even not get beaten out of sight in a the next general election.
After all, a weeks along time in politics, but I for one wouldn't put £5 on either event, and nor would many others .....
However a note of warning to the Conservatives, the old swingometer, shows that the Tories need a swing of at least 11.5 percentage points, in order to get a 'working majority' (this because they have been so poorly supported in the last few elections), so a 'hung Parliament' is the most likely election result.
This story illustrates my concerns. World Vision (A US charity) says that 90% of its aid to Liberia was stolen by locals employee's in a massive fraud. This was nearly $1,000,000 dollars pocketed by the staff.
My only surprise is that there aren't more revelations like this ...... but then this was only discovered after an anonymous local tip off, not because the charity had enough safeguards in place.
|The Safest Way To Give To Charities In The UK?|
I strongly suspect that many more scams like this would come to light if investigations took place and I also suspect that many 'Islamic charities' that operate in the West, are little more than terrorist fund raisers (much like the 'Irish Republican' collections by Noraid in the US were alleged to be in the 70's and 80's).
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