PERSONAL, UNDILUTED VIEWS FROM TOM WINNIFRITH
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Heidi Allen is one of the three Tory MP’s to have resigned this week to join the new Independent Group at Westminster. Like the other two she voted to remain in the EU, but told voters at the last election that she would implement the referendum result but has since done everything she can to block Brexit. She says circumstances have changed so we should have a People’s Vote. That is on Brexit but not on who should represent her seat where circumstances have clearly changed in that Heidi is now not a Tory and is now working to block Brexit. But it is not her rank double standards that is most appalling.
In giving a speech on why she was quitting Heidi described why she got into Tory politics. She was watching the Tottenham riots in 2011 and “had a Kitchener moment” that is to say she knew that her country NEEDED her to become an MP. Britain really needed to catapult Heidi into the top 1% of earners and spout platitudes at Westminster.
One suspects that when she loses her seat at the next election, somehow poor old Britain will just about struggle to get by without the talents of Heidi a woman whose ego is not quite matched by her abilities.
Of course this sense of entitlement and self importance is widespread among the political classes. And they wonder why they are despised as never before?
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Having lost his seat at the last election, former MP Ben Gummer is constantly wheeled out by the BBC and other liberal news outlets as a “mainstream” Tory. That is to say that – unlike most Tory members - he wants to stay in the EU. He then trots out the most monstrous canards claiming them as facts and, naturally, goes unchallenged.
On Radio 4 the other day, Gummer stated the FACT ( i.e. something that has happened) that UK economic growth had been reduced by 1.5% by the Brexit vote. Since there is no laboratory where one British economy trundles along with a vote for Brexit and another with a vote against, Gummer cannot prove that claim. It is not a fact. It is an opinion.
Gummer might claim that UK economic growth is less than had been forecast two years ago. But has he checked economic growth vs forecasts in the EU or US or China? Britain has a global economy and what happens here makes us, in many ways, a cork on that wave. Moreover those making forecasts back in 2016 had no idea of what the Bank of England would do with base rates or what our useless chancellor would do to "fine tune" the economy.
It may be that the Brexit vote has reduced economic growth although we should note that UK growth is far greater than growth in the Eurozone. So it is perfectly possible that the Brexit vote has not made an impact. After all, while folks like Ben Gummer predicted 600,000 job losses as a result of a vote for Brexit we have actually seen a net 700,000 job gains since June 23 2016. The bottom line is that we do not know for certain, the impact of that vote on UK economic growth.
But Gummer states it as a FACT and then makes all sorts of claims about lower Government tax receipts as a result of that FACT. But it is only an opinion. Not that the BBC and his fellow believers in the Great EU Project, who dominate the media, bother to challenge him on this matter.
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You may remember, that at the height of the Greek Financial crisis I went to deposit 10 Euro in an account with the National Bank. As I entered the branch the queues at the withdrawal counters were endless. I went to the special assistance desk where there was just me and three completely senile peasants.
Though they did not know what day of the week it was, they were not so far gone as to be making a deposit. They too wanted their cash out, they just needed help. I was the sole person actually putting money into the bank and for that heroic act, Jim Mellon, rightly, suggested that they should have erected a statue of me in Kalamata next to those of the heroes from 1821.
At some stage I will need 4,000 Euro in that account in order to get Greek residency so I can buy a car and a gun. Please don’t blather on about Brexit. My father’s Canadian friend Peter has had residency for years and Canada is not in the EU. Being a non EU resident just means that you need to pop along to the local cop shop once a year to present your papers. I can handle that.
Pro tem I have not actively deposited cash but the proceeds of the Greek Hovel olive harvest each year are deposited into the account automatically. Wondering how much was in my account and being in Kalamata I wandered into a branch which seemed relatively quiet. I took a tab from the machine and got a number (205) and waited my turn. The big sign showed 193. Though the bank was full of staff shuffling papers there was only one of six counters manned. After 20 minutes the counter showed 194 so I asked a young man if there was a quicker way for me to find out what was in my account. I was shuffled to the special assistance desk and pretty soon was sitting opposite a young lady presenting my account book and passport.
The account book was pushed into a machine and came back with a raft of transactions on it. Blow me down, I have 2057 Euro in the account and will have another 290 shortly. At that point the young lady started suggesting that she’d like to see an electricity bill which I said was not needed, took my passport and account book and left.
The time is coming to risk c1700 Euro of real money, visit the branch again and get my account book to show that I have 4,000 Euro in it. Since the Greek banks are all bust, though we all pretend otherwise, I may well lose the lot but if I act quickly I can secure my residency before that happens. And then, like everyone else in Kambos, I get to own a gun.
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As I sit with an ouzo in Greece, a country with 49% youth unemployment and where pensioners mist live on 9 Euro a day thanks to the EU, back in London, about 100,000 generally very affluent middle class folks are marching to overturn the wishes of 17.4 million of their fellow citizens and for Britain to stay in the EU. The organisers and the BBC and the rest of the liberal media claim this is a big demonstration but that is just fake news.
In 2003 a march against war criminal Tony Blair's illegal invasion of Iraq attracted 750,000 (Police estimate) to 1 million folks (BBC estimate). A few months earlier the Countryside march attracted 500,000 + including myself carrying my then baby daughter Olaf. On that march, where organisers claimed more than a million attendees, most folks had to travel in from the boonies. Some had never been to London before. But London is the most heavily remoaning part of the UK. If only 100,000 turn out today in the heart of remoaning territory, that is really, in relative terms, pretty small is it not?
Here is a picture from the start of the March.
216 days ago
You may remember that in extending the Greek Hovel I had to move two olive trees. One perished quickly, the other just about survived. But it is a battle. I have done my bit, providing fertiliser in a way that a man finds easier than a woman, one cycling champion excepted, but it looks touch and go as you can see below.
If you look carefully there are some green shoots, some signs of life. In many ways it is like the Greek economy after a few years of tender love from the EU and the banksters. So the game is not up yet. I gave it some more liquid fertiliser this morning and will make it my pet project this break to give it as much as I can provide. Then the autumn and winter rains arrive.
I am not sure that it will ever be a major producer again but I battle on with my tree, it will survive.
219 days ago
I see that London’s hapless Mayor Sadiq Khan is tweeting like a man possessed, pleas for folks to travel to his great City this weekend for a mass exercise in anti Brexit Remoaning. I would have thought he has more important things to do.
I shall be elsewhere on Saturday, in Greece where youth unemployment figures are massaged by National Service and mass emigration but where only about one in three young bubbles actually have full time work actually in the Hellenic Republic. Suffice to say Greek youngsters, nor pensioners living on nine Euro a day thanks to EU enforced austerity, are probably not that keen on supporting Mr Khan and his elitist and generally affluent, buddies on the remoaner wankfest.
However I am visiting London today. I write to you on a train up from Bristol and the highlight of my time in Mayor Khan’s City will, fingers crossed, be getting on board my train home having avoided any exposure to the knife crime that plagues . London is expensive, the people are rude and it seems a rather dangerous place to me. Back in Greece where all my neighbours have guns there is almost no violent crime or indeed any crime. In London only criminals have guns or knives and appear increasingly keen to use them on all and sundry.
I see that Princess Meghan has expressed the view that her first child be born and brought up like any other kid in London. The witch! She wants it to be on drugs and having sex with its classmates by the time it is 12 and “carrying” a year later? How uncaring can you get, I must report her to the NSPCC before it is too late.
240 days ago
"Next warns on Brexit" risks screamed the headline on the BBC website as you can see below. On radio and TV broadcasters shouted the same message. But if you read what Next, a company run by highly pro Europe management, actually said rather than what the state funded broadcaster said it said you might be surprised.
The BBC article states
Next said the UK retail market remained "volatile" and it remained "cautious" in its outlook.The Brexit-related risks include higher tariffs on goods imported into the UK. However, queues and delays at UK and EU ports as a result of increased customs declarations for other companies posed the biggest risk. The retailer said it was preparing for the possibility that the UK leaves the EU without a transition period or a free trade agreement in place.However, it downplayed the impact a no-deal outcome would have on its business.
Of course the UK outside the EU would not have to impose tariffs on imports. Indeed it could scrap the tariffs the EU forces us to have on good imported from outside of the Eurozone. Outside of the evil empire imports could actually be cheaper, it would be our call.
However here is what Next actually said. It note that the risks of a no-deal Brexit do not “pose a material threat to the ongoing operations and profitability of NEXT’s business here in the UK or to our £190m turnover business in the EU.”
It concluded that “there would be some additional administrative costs but, in the scheme of the Group, these will be de minimis.”
In short the BBC coverage was just more fake news from the remoaning metropolitan liberal elite.
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As you can see below, the little room in the Bat Room, the eco-loo room is almost ready. Fear not, there is a sliding door which locks in any odours as well as an extractor fan. As you can see there is plenty of reading material. Euro loon Jonathan Price will no doubt approve of the positioning of "Castle of Lies" the definitive history of the EU, by Uncle Chris Booker, next to the loo roll. But we are not quite there yet.
First up I need a bucket to go inside. That is not hard. And a receptacle for the sawdust you throw in after using the loo. The man making the windows and doors has already dropped off a big plastic bag of the stuff.
Meanwhile, Gregori the snake killer, and his men are, right now, constructing three humanure pits, one to use each year in the cycle of creating "black earth" for my olive trees. These will be up-market pits, each one metre cubed with three stone walls and one removable plank wall at the front. Photos of those will follow on Sunday when they are completed. And at that point i shall stop having to time my visits to the Kourounis taverna quite so carefully, in order to use its "facilities"
310 days ago
From memory, Justine Greening was fired from the cabinet for being utterly useless. There may have been another reason but she was useless. Her pronouncements on Brexit confirm the case that she is just fundamentally stupid and yet another Tory who holds the electorate in complete contempt.
Of course, Greening represents a remain voting London constituency of metropolitan elitists. Telling folks that she is a lesbian about three times a week is the sort of virtue signalling that plays well in such parts. Outside London folks would just say “so what, get on with it.” Like her constituents Justine voted to remain in the EU and has spent much of the time since bemoaning the result and suggesting that we bumpkins outside of London did not really understand what we were voting for.
Greening cannot hide the fact that she thinks that important decisions should be left to professional politicians like her who, despite having sod all real world experience, just “know” what is good for the little people who pay her salary.
And yet suddenly Justine has had a change of heart declaring that to stop the deadlock at Westminster – caused by folks like her – the people need to vote again. Jeepers, a woman who would not listen first time around thinks we need to vote again, presumably because she thinks that the result would be different at which point she would be able to “do as the people wished”.
Ms Greening proposes a ballot with three options - leave the EU with no deal, leave with Mrs May’s rotten deal or stay. And Voters would have to list their preferences with second preference votes from the least popular option redistributed. Cripes does Ms Greening now think that we thickos who voted the wrong way last time will understand this plebiscite? How very gracious of her.
What she forgets is that it is quite possible that the Evil Empire will reject Ms May’s pathetic proposals demanding so many more concessions that even the wretched PM can’t agree. So that “deal” is not on the table. As for staying in the EU, if we ask for that, what will Brussels demand in return? Joining the Euro? Even more cash? God only knows.
The polls, for what it is worth suggest that of the three options, the May plan is easily the least popular which, in effect means this is a poll on walking away, telling Brussels to stick its demand for £40 billion and trading on WTO terms or staying in and agreeing to God knows what. What happens when leave wins that vote?
The whole idea is non-sensical. How someone so dim can hold those who pay her salary in such contempt defies belief. Is it any wonder that MPs and, right now especially Tory MP,s are so utterly despised?
313 days ago
My 32 mile walk for Woodlarks with my fellow rogue blogger, Brokerman Dan, is now just two weeks away and I am conscious that most of my training has been on the flat. What better way to prepare for the Surrey hills than to walk up a Greek mountain in the burning summer heat? And so at 8.30 AM off I set....
The first 5-6 miles were along the mountain road up to Kambos. I kid you not, it is uphill all the way. Having started at c10 feet above sea level I reckon that by the time I left this road I was at least 750 feet above sea level, plausibly quite a bit more. The views down to the gulf of Kalamata were spectacular but that was of little consolation. It was a slog.
Now and again, as I passed a blackberry bush where the berries are now starting to ripen I would pick a berry and think of Joshua. On the way home from his nursery we pass an enormous blackberry bush and while English berries are still green I know they will ripen. At that point Joshua will gorge himself at the bush and we will take more home for supper.
I had been dreading this climb, worrying that I would just find it too tough and be forced back but, although I am still a bit too fat, I seem to be surprisingly fit and by the time the Mrs called me and i stopped for a water and a protein bar break the village of Kouris was in sight. Greece being Greece it remained in sight as the road looped and looped again but before I knew it I was at the turn which saw me heading downhill to Megali Mantineia.
This village is prettier than my own, Kambos, and is also far closer to the sea. And it was made famous by "Things Can Only get Feta" and so it has a genteel feel of Northern European money that Kambos lacks. There is a lovely taverna with views out to the sea where the Mrs and I have eaten as we explored this region. I rather wished she was there and called her to say as much as I stopped for a coffee, for lots of water and to top up my water bottles. I chatted to my father and to his delightfully right wing, Trump loving carer Emma and headed onwards, always downwards to the sea.
As the sea started got closer I left the Greece of old stone houses and entered the Greece I'd rather not think about. there was "Harmony Village" a half finished development of four or five fake stone houses to contemplate. The weeds at Harmony grow long and a sign outside "For sale, investment opportunity" will, I suspect, be there for many years. Worse still are the houses thrown up during the "good years" when cheap money was being thrown at Greece by the EU. A ghastly concrete mansion painted bright pink with its own private modern church was the low-point.
At this point readers may wish to avoid the next two paragraphs. As I headed on to the sea with what the maps describe as the "rema mili" (the dry river which nearer Kambos is the murder gorge) to my left, my problems started. I have a stomach bug which can cause an urgent need to visit a lavatory. it is minor affliction which will, I am sure, go away soon, but at this point it struck. I tried to suck it in, I thought of how Paddy Leigh Fermor and Bruce Chatwin would have done a walk like mine in the mountains of the Mani, before an alcohol and nicotine fuelled lunch, and then done another walk afterwards. Somehow I reached the sea.
By now I was really struggling but somehow made it to the next village and to a taverna into which I rushed, found a loo and sat there letting everything go and sweating buckets. After that I felt I deserved another coffee. Frankly i deserved a medal as well. My body was empty and I headed back to Kalamata, stopping now and again to drink water or pour it over my head to cool down. It was with some relief that I made it back to my hotel where, after a quick shower, I feel utterly refreshed.
Could I have done another circuit? The answer is almost certainly "yes." My feet are fine, my legs are okay but in this heat I would have been a wretched specimen by the end of hit. As i write the temperature is well into the mid thirties.
Assuming I shake this bug, I'd like to do one more big walk before heading back to the UK - taking the mountain road another three or four miles onto just before Kambos before heading downhill to the sea and back home. I shall try to fit that walk around the arrival of the van from Bristol.
To all those thousands of poltroons who keep posting on Bulletin Boards or tweeting how much they hate me, surely today's suffering has brought a smile to your face? So for making you happy - and promising to do so again in a couple of days, how about you make a small donation to a great cause, Woodlarks, HERE
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As we know big Corporations love the EU. Goldman Sachs led the cheerleaders for Project Fear and the ball breakingly liberal virtue signalling elitists at LinkedIn have jumped in on the act with some selective use of their own data.
Joshua Graff the UK Country Manager & VP EMEA at LinkedIn has penned the article below which states boldly at the top:
Our latest Workforce Report reveals that since the Brexit referendum the flow of talent has reversed, the UK is losing talent to the EU, and other potential sources of skills are not filling the gap.
The headline on the LinkedIn alert was even more scary " The UK is losing talent to the EU". Well er no Joshua old fruit, your own survey which is by definition selective as not everyone uses LinkedIn to hire, cannot substantiate the claim that this is because of Brexit
As we all know, for many years bright young things from the economic zombie that is the EuroZone have moved in large numbers to the UK, notably to London. For the same reasons that there are few economic migrants heading across the Med seeking a better life in Chad or Upper Volta, far fewer Brits seek work in the EZ.
So has this flow of talent been "reversed" as LinkedIn's Graff claims with more Brits heading to the EZ than Europeans heading to the UK? Yes it has. There are now marginally more folks leaving the UK for the zombie zone than vice versa.
There has, it seems been a 26% fall in EU folks coming to the UK. But there has also been a 20% fall in folks from outside the EU coming to the UK. So perhaps it is not just Brexit? Maybe it is the sky high costs of living in London of affording a roof over your head? Who knows? Or maybe if Josh read his own data...
There is a killer admission buried at the bottom:
The UK remains a net importer of talent from non-EU countries, because the number of professionals leaving for these countries is still lower than the number arriving from them.
Aha. Despite Brexit.
There is a more important point which might explain why EU nationals are coming to Britain in fewer numbers: there is less demand for them. The LinkedIn survey states:
Hiring nationally is down across the UK. The seasonally adjusted (S.A.) Hiring Rate across the UK was down Month on Month (MoM) in March, falling 1.2% since February and maintaining a downward trend since January. Year on Year (YoY), the hiring rate was 6% higher in March 2018 versus March last year.
Apparently the only sector that is hiring much more is, quelle surprise, the public sector. More sociology lecturers and consultants on transgender awareness for the NHS, that is what we need.
The LinkedIn data is based on "relevant insights from a survey of more than 600 recruiters and HR professionals in order to understand the experiences of talent professionals working in this changing environment". So these folks are hiring fewer folks so perhaps that explains the trends. But it does not mean that Brexit is to blame. Events can be conjoined but not connected, as the philosopher Hume explianed so clearly.
UK employment is now- despite Brexit - at its highest ever level and unemployment is at a 42 year low. Yet somehow arch remoaners manage to conclude that Brexit is causing untold damage to our economy. Whatever....the planes leaving Heathrow are packed with Brits fleeing Brexit says LinkedIn.
506 days ago
A friend who is the epitome of the remoaning metropolitan elitist emails me today to claim that "you really are becoming a fascist in your old age what with your support of Donald Trump and your climate change denial." The elitists always forget that labelling anyone with whom you disagree as a fascist demeans the true horror of what fascism is. But I suppose it is easier than actually debating facts. I shall deal with my admiration of the leader of the free world another day but let's look at some hard facts about climate change or , as it used to be known, global warming. I bring you three quotes:
The first is from 2000. David Viner who made his name at the world leading global warming (data bodging) establishment that was the University of East Anglia warned in 2000 in the Indescribably boring newspaper that because of global warming snow would soon become a “rare and exciting event”. He added: “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.”
The UAE forecasts published in the late 1990s, replicated by other experts notably the IPCC, suggested that the world would just get hotter and hotter. That underpinned Viner's prediction. And this Group Think has formed the basis for the Paris Accord and other initiatives that will cripple Western economies in order to fight global warming. Only one world leader has dared to point out how horribly wrong the UEA forecasts ( and all the other "expert" projections) have been so far. If Viner at al cannot get their forecasts right for 20 years why should we believe their 100 year guesstimates?
Of course the only leader understanding this basic logic is Mr Donald Trump. Fools like Theresa May and all of the rest of the EU are happy to sign up to economic suicide for their own nations even though the data on which the hara kiri pledges are made is now utterly suspect.
So you understand Viner's predictions and the UAE/IPCC projections on which they are based. Now I refer you to the Guardian, the fake news publication of choice for metropolitan liberal elitists, from yesterday:
Record-breaking big freeze grips much of North America
Bone-chilling cold gripped the middle of the US as 2018 began on Monday, breaking a low temperature record, icing some New Year’s celebrations and leading to at least two deaths attributed to exposure to the elements.
The National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories covering a vast area from south Texas all the way to Canada and from Montana and Wyoming in the west through New England to the northern tip of Maine.
Dangerously low temperatures enveloped eight midwest states including parts of Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Nebraska along with nearly all of Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.
The weather service said a temperature of 15 below zero (-9.44C) was recorded in Omaha before midnight on Sunday, breaking a record low dating back to 1884, and the temperature was still dropping early on New Year’s Day. That reading did not include the wind chill effect.
etc etc etc
But maybe that is a one off? I now refer you to Uncle Chris Booker writing in the Telegraph ten years ago:
"The winter from hell’
Over the first three months of 2008, as global temperatures continued to fall, the world endured one of its coldest winters for decades, In January, the northern hemisphere recorded its most extensive snow cover for the month since 1966 (just before those predictions that the world might be entering a ‘new ice age’). Not only were there record snow falls across North America, but countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iraq and several regions of China experienced more snow than they had seen for 50 or even 100 years. NOAA and the US National Climate Data Center reported that on land it had been only the 63rd warmest January globally in 114 years.
In February the chill continued. Snow was recorded in the deserts of southern Iran where no one could remember it ever falling before. Jerusalem had its second snowfall in a month. Astonished Athenians gazed up at a snow-draped Acropolis, while more than 200 villages in Greece and Crete were cut off by blizzards. In Turkey the number of villages cut off was estimated at 1,000.] Further heavy snows across southern China added to a disaster which had already damaged 10 percent of the country’s forests and devastated thousands of square miles of farmland.
As the four official sources of temperature data agreed that global temperatures had fallen below their 20th century average, even Hansen’s GISS figures showed the steepest January-to-January global temperature drop (0.75 degrees) since surface records began in 1880.
In the US in early March there were blizzards as far south as Texas and Arkansas. In the northern US states and Canada what was being called ‘the winter from hell’ continued to break records for cold and snow going back in some cases as far as 1873. In Afghanistan it was reported that the abnormal snow and freezing weather had killed 1,500 people and 200,000 animals. In Tibet six months of snow and record low temperatures had killed 500,000 animals, leaving a further three million at risk of starvation.
Meanwhile in Antarctica sea-ice cover was at its highest March level since satellite records began in 1979, nearly a third above its 30-year average. In the Arctic, where sea-ice the previous September had dropped to 3 million square kilometres, its lowest level ever recorded, prompting frenzied media predictions that it would soon be gone altogether, the winter freeze had now returned the ice to 13 million square kilometres, the same level it had been at a year earlier.
In western Greenland, the Danish Meteorological Institute recorded temperatures 30 degrees C below zero, while more ice was clogging the strait between Greenland and Canada than at any time for 15 years.
Snow falling in record amounts in winter, whatever next?. To happen once in a decade looks like an inconvenient truth. To happen twice suggests that the predictions made to support the bogus religion that is global warming by the "experts" are just plain bollocks. Here in Europe we ignore the facts, the record snowfalls, the plunging temperatures and still stuff the peasants with energy tariffs to fight global warming, we crucify heavy industry with additional costs to stop the planet getting warmer, our leaders follow this religion blindly.
Only one politician looks at the real data and is brave enough to call out global warming for the fraud that it is. That admirable and brave man is Donald Trump and the true fascists are those who try to close down debate on climate change by saying that it is a settled science when the hard data of what is falling from our skies suggests that this is simply not the case.
516 days ago
As of 2019 new British passports will be coloured blue as in the good old days, not EU red. This will not cost £500 million as some remoaners like James Caan claimed. It will not cost a cent. But still the fake news continues with the loathsome Guardian leading the way. Its headline today is "Blue Passports to mean red tape say EU officials" Natch this is just sheer fiction.
Certain EU officials have told the Guardian that once we leave the Evil Empire those of us with British passports may face delays at airports as we leave the EU queues and go into the Rest of the World Queues. Well if EU countries wish to punish Brits for Brexit by under-staffing the RoW lines I am sure that it will do wonders for the tourist trade in Spain, Italy, Greece etc. In other words while the EU wants to threaten another punishment beating for we naughty Brits, the real casualties will end up being its own citizens.
But that is not the point. The point is that we will be punished for being Brits, the colour of our passport makes no difference. We could stick with EU red or go for a glorious LGBT rainbow to pander to the Guardian and it would make no difference. In other words the Guardian headline is just pure fake news bollocks.
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I wandered up to the Greek Hovel this morning and saw, at once, that something was not quite right. Yes there were olives on the trees as you can see below but not vast numbers.
Instead the floor around each tree was carpeted with leaves and olives. Disaster! What had I done wrong?
Heading back to the village of Kambos it was soon clear. It is not just me. The whole village is in mourning for here the trees are like a beautiful woman, they are to be nurtured, protected and loved. In return they give generously. That is the theory. But the Gods have not been kind to us this year.
A few days ago there was a terrible storm. I kind of guessed as much as, in places, the track up to the hovel is reminiscent of the Somme in 1916. And the dry river at the bottom of the valley which one must cross to start the ascent up snake hill and to the hovel is getting fuller by the day.
The storm smashed into the trees hard. Gloomily my neighbours suggest that 60% of the harvest has been lost. Others say it is 80%. What on earth have they done in Kambos to suffer such a fate. Have the Gods not punished this country enough?
For me it is a pain but nothing more. My olive income might, in a good year, pay for a flight and a holiday here. I still hope to do a brief harvest for a day or two to bring back some oil to Britain and perhaps sell a few litres to get enough to pay George the Albanian for his help. But for my neighbours who really do need that olive money this is truly disastrous.
There is a glimmer of light. Lovely Eleni from the Kourounis taverna says that the Government is there to help. Welcome to Greekenomics. The Greek state is, as you know, bankrupt and only exists by borrowing more money from the ECB, the EU and others in return for taking measures to screw its poorest folks even more - real austerity. But the bankrupt Government may, it seems, be prepared to hand out cash to we poor farmers to cushion our losses - can Mrs May agree to up the Brexit divorce bill by a bit more, Kambos needs her to be weak.
All I need to do is head to the Town Hall ( workforce 4 for a population of 637) and ask for my cash? Suddenly a bare and broken olive tree becomes a money tree. What's not to like.
550 days ago
I see that Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr is complaining that she has received death threats after writing what she, without any justification, claimed to be an expose of Russian meddling in the Brexit vote. Let us be clear: Carole is talking shite on the Russians, as she does on almost everything, as I noted here, but death threats against journalists are always utterly wrong. I speak as a journalist who has received death threats.
Natch the old Bill did sweet FA about those I received for having the audacity to expose Quindell as the Stockmarket's biggest fraud in thirty years - you need to be an MP like Anna Soubry or a celeb or shagging Tom Daley to get any joy out of the rozzers these days. And as such folks like Carole and myself have a sad choice: write about fluffy kittens and so be loved by everyone or expose things (or in Carole's case make them up) and get grief.
And so in every respect I sympathise with Carole and defend her right to carry on writing. But equally I should point out that she, Theresa May and others are just talking utter shite about the Russians and Brexit. On new media it has now been established that of 22.6 million tweets opposing Brexit, 416 came from folks who are likely to be linked to Russian agencies. Can anyone say that this is really significant? How many tweets went out reminding us of President Hopey Change's American intervention in Brexit on behalf of Project Fear? A stack more than 416.
I do not believe that many of the 48% were swayed by the Nobel Peace prize winning man, who did so much to make Syria the country it is today, with his interventions. But equally is it really credible to suggest that those 416 tweets swayed any of the 17.4 million of us who voted for Brexit? Yet Mrs May, the Guardian and other remoaners continue to state otherwise.
Carole Cadwalladr's big thesis is that Russian cash found its way to fund the Brexit campaign and the link man here is Arron Banks who is married to a Russian and therefore clearly suspect. Carole has missed out that my uncle Chris Booker who has written about the evils of the EU for three decades is also married to a half Russian. I suggest that she half implicates him too.
Admittedly the finances of Banks are mysterious. He did pump £9 million into the campaign yet his finances elsewhere seem stretched. Where did that cash come from. Let's go to the Channel 4 website:
In a statement, Mr Banks said: “The Leave. EU campaign was funded by myself, Peter Hargreaves and the general public . . . My sole involvement with ‘the Russians’ was a boozy 6 hour lunch with the Ambassador where we drank the place dry.”
In an interview with Banks earlier this year, the Guardian quoted him as saying that “we had no Russian money into Brexit”.
The journalist conducting the interview, Carole Cadwalladr, wrote that the comment “would be a perfectly reasonable answer, if he had been asked if Russia had put money into Brexit. But he hadn’t. He asked and answered his own question”.
I suspect that some of the Banks cash may have come from non UK sources - he has a number of Eurosceptic pals in the Isle of Man. And that might be an issue for him and it is right that his funding be looked into. But there is really no hard evidence at this point, or indeed any evidence at all, that Russian cash was involved.
In every election where the lefty establishment is threatened or beaten they now play the Russia card. And they do so without any evidence at all. In the case of Trump the smear is based on a clearly very dodgy dossier paid for - it has now emerged - by his opponent, crooked Hillary. In the case of Brexit there is not even a dodgy dossier. There is just nothing but assertion without evidence. But if Carole and the Guardian wish to write articles pretending otherwise for their dwindling readership that is something they should have every right to do without threat.
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The OECD, aka a think tank run by and for the vested interests of the 1%, the global elite, has today urged Britain to hold a second referendum on Brexit and to vote the right way. Naturally the BBC and the rest of the liberal media is loving it and not bothering to point out one little inconvenient truth, that the OECD is a proven Brexit liar.
The OECD says today that a new referendum or a change of government leading to the UK staying within the EU would have a "significant" positive impact on growth. It also warned "no deal" would see investment seize up, the pound hit new lows and the UK's credit rating cut.
Hmmm. Now here is a quote from the BBC's sister paper the Guardian from before the referendum
Analysis by the OECD found that the UK economy would be just under 1.5 percentage points smaller in 2018 after Brexit than it would be if the country voted to stay in the EU on 23 June.
Within three months it was admitting that this forecast was completely wrong as UK economic growth surged ahead. Now if its big call of 2016 was proved to be complete and utter bollocks why would anyone take its latest outburst seriously? Unless of course you are diehard remoaners at the BBC in which case you just publish the latest dire warnings without mentioning the fact that the OECD's track record on this matter is more Mystic Meg than Nostradamus.
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Radio 4's flagship Today programme was discussing Brexit in light of the recent comments by Boris and the forthcoming speech by the worst Tory Prime Minister in living memory, if not ever, Mrs May. It had already given time to the senile old remoaner Vince Cable who wants us to keep voting until we vote the "right" way, hence the word Democrat in his party's name. And so next up...from our Nottingham Studio it was fat old Euro-bore Ken Clarke.
What would you say in your speech if you were Theresa May? Asked the Pravda interviewer. Predictably Clarke offered up his vision of Brexit which would see us leave the EU but stay within all its institutions, paying vast amounts to Brussels and sticking by every EU rule including those on bent bananas. Brexit uber light. Oh and Boris should be sacked as well.
We knew what Clarke was going to say as he is wheeled on about once a week to offer his vision of the way forward. He is there so the BBC can say how balanced is its coverage of Brexit "Look we always interviewing Tories who back Brexit as balance to mad old Vince. But 99% of Tories and almost all Tory MP's other than that other BBC regular the ghastly Anna Soubry, now accept that Brexit means Brexit not just EU-light.
This is another sham pretence of balance from the taxpayer funded broadcaster. Surely no-one is fooled by it?
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619 days ago
My father attempts to hide his inner reactionary by ostentatiously being the best customer of the fat Bulgarian lady who, rather aggressively, sells the Big Issue outside the Co-Op in Shipston on Stour. Sometimes, in order to either annoy me or to demonstrate his PC credentials to my virtue signalling public sector (part time) working sisters he will buy two or three issues a month.This is not Alzheimer's he has always done it. He is the favourite "customer" of the great Bulgarian lardbucket.
You and I might think that the Big Issue is there as a stop gap measure to stop folks having to beg and to get them back "into the system" but clearly for, at least one, Bulgarian it is worth taking an Easyjet flight to Stanstead in order to pursue it as a vocation.
The Fat Bulgarian plies her trade two days a week in Shipston and three days a week outside M&S in Stratford. Myself and my father's prime carer, the delightfully right wing E, can already see why this whole process is ridiculous. We suspect, but cannot prove, the Bulgar lardbucket is also helping herself to the largesse offered by the Welfare State but this morning came the bombshell.
E reveals that after putting in her shift of hard selling in Shipston the Bulgar does not return home by bus like other poor folks. Instead she is picked up in a silver Mercedes. E and I put it to my father that his generosity is now, beyond any doubt being abused and that this shows the reality of free movement within the EU and the moral degeneracy that mainlining welfare brings.
He was having none of it. Sister T, a part time Shipman, and the most pious of all the virtue signallers in our family ( quite an achievement in itself) was on her way. There was just enough time for the old fool to buy yet another edition of this month's Big Issue, featuring a lengthy interview with the loathsome Russell Brand, before T arrived.
620 days ago
5,000 folks marched through London yesterday to demand that we stay in the EU. The speakers included some poor incoherent dishevelled Irish chap who I thought was a Big Issue seller invited onto the platform as part of a drive for diversity but turned out to be Bob Geldof. Though the folks, most of whom seemed to be notably physically unattractive and/ or significantly overweight showing, once again, that politics really is show business for ugly people came up with all sort reasons for protesting its clear that all wanted stay in the EU.And that is how they felt before the nation vote the other way year. These remoaners just cannot accept democracy.
We need another vote they said. What happens if we vite again for Brexit. Then we can have yet another one. That is EU style democracy. Keep voting you fucking plebs until you vote the right way. Meanwhile we will all insult you for being thick and/or racist for voting the wrong way.
5,000 people in a country of 65 million really is not a lot. Put it this way, 6,730 folks felt strongly enough about watching Oxford United to pay to go to the home game against Gillingham in the 3-0 Division One match yesterday. Of those 382 were travelling Gills. Thus 6,448 were there to cheer for the boys in Yellow. More folks care about Oxford United than about frustrating the will of 17.4 million of their fellow citizens expressed in a democratic ballot, the biggest exercise in democracy this country has ever seen.
Were the BBC and C4 Fake News covering another win for mighty Oxford in full detail. Oddly no. But this really very small demonstration by those who reject democracy got mass coverage. Was it really deserved? Was that really balanced coverage? The answer has to be No. It says an awful lot about those who control the media and nothing whatsoever about what the country actually thinks.
As to those middle class folks who think their voices are more important than yours...I bring you a tweet and a video that says it all...
@Holbornlolz : This alone is reason to widen and dredge the English Channel
This alone is reason to widen and dredge the English Channel— Old Holborn✘ (@Holbornlolz) September 9, 2017
627 days ago
I am no particular admirer of my Oxford contemporary, the pompous MP for somewhere in Somerset, Jacob Rees Mogg. But my fellow residents of the Hellenic Republic should at once establish a committee to erect statues of the pin stripe suited buffoon in every town square in our great land. The heroes of 1821 should stand shoulder to shoulder with the man who has arrived at a solution to our economic misery and enslavement by the fucking Germans, sorry I meant the EU, and banksters. Jacob Rees Mogg is the new Byron.
This may come as a surprise to Jacob but he raised a very valid point this week on the matter of Brexit which, to his credit, he supports unreservedly. Jacob notes that if the UK as a large net contributor is expected tp pay vast sums as the price of leaving then should a big net gainer wish to leave surely the EU would have to pay it a vast sum as compensation. His logic is impeccable.
The amount that the UK gave the EU in 2016 net of automatic rebate and the amount spent in the UK by the Evil Empire, spent not always wisely it should be said, was £8.6 billion (call it 9.4 billion Euro) and the EU is demanding 100 billion Euro as our exit bill so that is 10.64 times historic net contributions.
In 2015 - the last year for which we have figures - Greece paid E1.206 billion to the Evil Empire but the EU spent E6.210 billion in Greece making a net inflow of E5.004 billion to the Hellenes. As Rees Mogg points out, a consistent and logical EU would force Greece to accept -a cheque if it left the EU which on the UK multiplier formula would be E53.23 billion. There could be no talks about trade or the rights of Germans to relive the joys of the 1940s and move to Greece until the Greeks agreed to receive a cheque for 53 billion Euro.
That works out at a one off windfall equivalent to a 31% boost to GDP or put another way a one off gift of E4,936.51 for every man woman and child resident in Greece. Hmm I make that the cost of 897 meals of a Greek salad and an ouzo at lovely Eleni's Kouronis taverna in my home village of Kambos. Each time I raise my glass I would think of Jacob, the man who made this possible for Greece.
I am sure that my fellow residents would each happily donate 1 Euro of their windfalls towards the committee to erect a statue of Jacob Rees Mogg in every town square in this land.
The way forward is clear. leave the logical EU, pick up a cheque for 53 billion Euro, go straight to Go at which point revert to the drachma and say that all our external debts will be repaid in nice new drachmas. We all know that the drachma will plunge in value every year so the banksters take it up the arse, Greece has solved its debt problems at a stroke and with 53 billion Euros to spend from the EU as our "price of Grexit" it is ouzos all round as we toast the new Bryron, Jacob Rees Mogg.
630 days ago
As an alternative to the fake news, non stop diet of Trump and Brexit bashing that is the BBC, our hotel offers up DW News, a German channel presented in English which offers up a non stop diet of Trump bashing and explanations of why the EU is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Today's winner was a story about a farm in Southern Italy run by a yuppie ancient history graduate which farms donkeys.
The young lady took over the place from her father and now earns an income by selling donkey's milk either as a drink or having turned it into soap or shampoo. The trouble is than donkeys do not yield much milk, just over half a litre per day per animal when in season.But fear not, the yuppie classics student turned farmer sells her milk at 14 Euro a litre. But even this is not enough to cover her costs so, the report, conceded that the farm is reliant on heavy EU susbsidies.
So in real world maths poor folks across Europe pay taxes so that the EU can employ officials to check out a donkey farm and then hand over slugs of cash so that a yuppie can ear a straw hat and designer jeans having a great lifestyle and sell her product at only 14 Euro a litre. Rich folks are the only ones who can afford to pay that and are delighted that the price is not even higher thanks to that EU subsidy. So rich folks get to save money, a spoiled princess gets to play farmer with her donkeys, men in suits are paid great salaries to organise this and poor folks pick up the tab through their taxes.
Naturally DW described this arrangement as "another European success story." Oddly I suspect that I am not alone in not viewing it quite in that manner.
654 days ago
Marie Claire showed commendable liberal idiocy for its take on the film Dunkirk. USA today was almost on a par. But the winner of the liberal metropolitan elitist idiot commentator on this war movie depicting an actual historic event is Robert Fisk of the Independent, a man who has real form when it comes to being a stranger to the truth. It is thanks to Robert that we have the phrase "to Fisk" meaning to go through a newspaper article to discover the series of statements from the post fact era.
Fisk slates Dunkirk because it is a "whitewash version that ignores the bravery of black and Muslim soldiers". Fisk says that by 1940 there were may troops from the empire fighting for Britain, notably Pakistani Muslims and also heroic black folks from Britain serving King and Country. Well up to a point. As I noted a few days ago the black population of the UK in 1939 was tiny. The BEF comprised ten divisions from all parts of the country and most came from areas outside those areas where black folks congregated in parts of London, Toxteth Liverpool and St Paul's here in Bristol. Thus of the c350,000 BEF troops sent to France in late 1939 it is inconceivable that more than 30 or 40 were black.
As for Fisk's assertion that there were large numbers of Muslim troops from the Indian sub continent at Dunkirk again this is sheer fantasy. Troops from the Indian armies were almost all retained in India in 1939 to fight the Russian threat in the North. You will remember that at that point Russia was allied with Germany in carving up Poland. The British were also mindful of the Japanese threat. In total four mule companies from the Indian armies were shipped with their beasts to Dunkirk. So perhaps 500 men from the Indian sub continent of which maybe a quarter might have been from modern day Pakistan fought with the BEF.
Make no mistake these men showed enormous bravery. Three DSMs were handed out and one clearly went to a Muslim, Jemadar Maula Dad Khan. But the hard fact is that the number of Asian and black soldiers fighting in a BEF which totalled 350,000 men was no more than 600. Or put another way less than 0.2%. The failure of the makers of Dunkirk to make a song and dance about the presence of ethnic minority soldiers in the BEF is simply a reflection of fact. Fisk's assertions are sheer fantasy.
Fisk points out that among the French troops fighting to protect Dunkirk, some of whom were saved in the end, were a number from French North Africa who would have been Moslems and this is not shown in the film. The French soldiers protecting Dunkirk were those who had evaded German capture and were from the French First Army. There were clearly some Moslems from North Africa but in the heat of battle with faces covered in oil, sweat, dirt and blood maybe Mr Fisk can sniff out a Moslem at 50 yards on the big screen but most of us cannot. I can't, despite having worked alongside Moslems from North Africa in a hot restaurant kitchen over vseveral year .The Moslem North Africans in the First French Army would have worn the same uniforms as Froggies from France and as it happens most ( c85%) of those in North African regiments were Europeans who just happened to be colonists
Millions of Black, Asian and Moslem soldiers did fight heroically for the right side in WW2. Very few, but it should be noted including 30,000 Indians, also fought for the wrong side. We should honour the bravery of our heroes but by making up untruths as Mr Fisk has done you honour no-one at all.
Fisk ends his piece by noting that Nigel Farage likes the film " No wonder Farage urged us to watch Nolan’s movie. The Brits in 1940 were, at last, alone. It took another generation to create a Europe in which there would be no more international slaughter. 72 years of peace. And now we are committing Dunkirk all over again". Whatever. Britain was not alone in 1940. The Indian army was more than a quarter of a million strong by then but it was NOT at Dunkirk. To pretend otherwise is just a lie. As is pretending that it is the EU that has brought "peace in our time" and that it is Brexit that threatens that.
654 days ago
The last time I felt under attack from Sir Vince Cable was when he called on the FCA to deal with myself and fellow critics of that Great British company Quindell (QPP). As, even Sir Vince now knows, Quindell was the UK's biggest stockmarket fraud for 30 years, the regulators have thanked me for my work exposing it but Sir Vince worked hard with Lord Peter Hain of sleaze and others to get me sent to jail for market abuse.To the man who has predicted 17 of the last 4 recessions I say thank you once again for your efforts. Now he calls folks like me, hardline brexiteers, "jihadis" in an article in the Mail on Sunday which, even by the standards of that paper, is lie filled fiction.
It is hard to know where to start with Sir Vince's diatribe. He labels some of us Brexiteers Jihadis and implies that our extreme positions will cause violence. His only evidence is a speech by the loathsome Nigel Farage suggesting that if Brexit does not happen, that is to say if the result of the largest exercise in democracy in British history, is ignored, there may be civil unrest. Farage is not calling for it but he says there may be. Well Sir Vince what does history tell you happens when an out of touch and widely despised elite ( and we can surely agree that MPs are despised) ignore the wishes of the sans culottes? Sometimes we little people get angry.
Sir Vince then proceeds with economic analysis which is GCSE grade fail material to justify his claim that since 2010 "the old have shafted the young" - he writes:
The martyrdom of the old comes cheap, since few have jobs to lose. And even if the country were to become poorer, their living standards are largely protected by the 'triple lock' on the state pension and many can rely on occupational, final salary, pensions which are closed to younger people. When I joined the Coalition Cabinet in 2010, we took pride in the 'triple lock' to banish the scourge of pensioner poverty. But one of its unintended consequences has been a growing rift between generations.
Pensioners have suffered relatively little from the aftermath of the financial crisis – unless they were slow to shift savings from banks to shares or property. The burden of austerity has been carried by the working population. Young people suffer the additional disadvantage of prohibitive housing costs, growing job insecurity and limited career progression. The old have comprehensively shafted the young. And the old have had the last word about Brexit, imposing a world view coloured by nostalgia for an imperial past on a younger generation much more comfortable with modern Europe.
What pure drivel. There are a lot of pensioners who have been screwed by the policy response to 2008, those on fixed incomes for whom near zero interest rates have been a disaster. Our response to 2008 has been to obliterate the income streams of the prudent and yes most such folks are old. The idea that millions of pensioners could switch asset allocation to shares or buy to let in response is just fantasy.
Those low interest rates have fuelled an asset bubble notably in property and that has indeed screwed the young via higher rents and increased costs of buying. Indeed so expensive is it to rent that record numbers of young people have to sell their bodies for sex to survive. We should have raised interest rates to reward the prudent and to pop that bubble. We did not. When did Sir Vince make the electorally unpopular call for higher rates? Natch. Never.
This is not the old screwing the young and it is not a British only phenomena. It is the establishment screwing the rest of us, the pensioners, the young and the ordinary working class folk with no exposure to the asset bubble who missed out on the gains enjoyed by the metropolitan elites. Those who have suffered are the sort of folks who voted for Brexit and for Trump and for other people Sir Vince despises.
This is not about austerity for, as everyone bar the man sho has predicted 17 of the last 4 recessions knows, Government spending has increased in real and absolute terms, every year since 2008. There is no austerity. This is about ZIRP and the asset bubble.
Sir Vince's icing on the cake is the claim that we ageing Brexit voters voted as we did because of "a world view coloured by nostalgia for an imperial past ". Hmm I guess the 54% of Sikhs who voted to leave were just looking back on the Raj and saying let's have more of that. Notalgia means memories of things that happened in the past but is almost always used about events of which you have first hand experience. You look back nostalgically on your school days, on University, on your first kiss on when West Ham last won anything at all. But when did Britain last actually have an empire about which we can be nostalgic? The answer is during the second war: by 1945 the empire was in tatters, Britain was a bombed out mess. So to have remembered that imperial past you would have had to be, say, 12 in 1945 so born in 1933 which makes you 83 at the time of the Brexit vote. I put it to Vince that very few of we Brexit voters actually have any sense of imperial nostalgia. Folks in their sixties reached 12 in the sixties by when Empire was dead and buried.
Last week Polly Toynbee was saying that we evil Brexiters voted as we did to protect the green and pleasant land. Now Sir Vince says it is because we dream of empire. That is the way of the patronising elites they like telling the rest of us why we voted as we did because they know better than we do - we are just too dumb to know why we vote as we do. Okay the remoaners change their mind and contradict themselves but they do know best. Remember that common people.
I voted as I did because I wanted decisions about the country where I live made in that country not by an out of touch elite in a foreign land whose direction I could not influence and which was able to take my money year after year even though it could not get its accounts signed off and could not explain where the cash all went. I think that view can be summarised as believing in democracy. that also means that I respect the referendum result and don't - like Sir Vince - want it overturned. There used to be a party that believed so much in democracy that it had Democrat in its name. Sir Vince can you remember what that party was?
Incidentally my wife, whose parents came here from India, voted the same way as me but thanks to ir Vince we now know that this must be becuase she was just looking back on the Amritsar massacre of 1919 and thinking of what a great time we Britishers used to have before the evil EU.
As I noted above, even by the lamentable standards of the Mail on Sunday, the fraudster's friend scores a fact check fail.
656 days ago
Over the past few days I have written a couple of times about my grandfather, Sir John Winnifrith, a thoroughly respectable fellow who ran the National Trust and was a staunch Bennite opponent of the EU. He was intelligent, sober and obviously not what one might term glamorous. But his little sister Joan was rather different.
Dubbed "The British Bombshell" at one point she moved to Hollywood as an actress using the stage name Anna Lee. Her son, my father's cousin Jeff gave Tatum O'Neill her first on screen kiss and raped Lucy Ewing in Dallas. He also popped up in Baywatch and having started his acting career aged eight (Donovan's Reef) he is still in the business.
His mother's biggest role was Lila Quartermaine in General Hospital for years and years. In the final years as Aunt Joan needed a wheelchair, the Hospital adjusted its script so Lila could stay part of the cast.
I stayed with her briefly between school and University as I travelled around the USA. My abiding memory was of her explaining that to deal with the IRA we should just cut their heads off and put them on spikes on the London bridges. It would be fair to say that she did not share her brother's lefty politics.
General Hospital was massive in the US but not over here but you will all have seen her in one film at least...the sound of Music where she was sister Margaretta. Again that was a late middle age role. The photo below, posted by cousin Jeff, is from the bombshell days.
659 days ago
In her Guardian column today arch remoaner Polly Toynbee took time out from tending to her Tuscan castle to bash Brexit because it will hit British farmers so badly as they lose subsidies from the Common Agricultural Policy. Natch, the BBC took time out from the month long LGBT-fest to make way to report this breaking news from its sister publication and thus Toynbee opined on Radio 4's Today Programme. It was classic Toynbee and I am so glad my late grandfather Sir John Winnifrith, a true socialist and friend of Tony Benn and a campaigner for No! in 1975 was not around to hear it. He would be incandescent as he really did believe in "for the many not the few."
As ever, Toynbee started off by patronising we ignorant Brexiteers by telling us why we voted as we did. Apparently we voted for Brexit to preserve the British Countryside. Jeepers. And there was I thinking we voted for Brexit because we were all racists or just plain stupid. It is so good of Polly to let me know why I really voted as I did.
Toynbee went on to say that the end of CAP subsidies will see many British farmers go bust. Of course we put more into the EU than we take out so it would be very simple for the UK to carry on subsidising our farmers but just not have to pay to subsidise those in France, Germany, Italy etc. No British subsidies for Tuscany but more for the Shires...one can see why Toynbee's neighbours are so angry about it all.
But then Toynbee played her trump card saying that Liam Fox and the wicked Tories were trying to open up the UK to new markets which would allow more cheap food to enter Britain from outside the EU. Food prices would go down so some British farmers would go bust.
Now what was that that Mr Corbyn said about for the many not the few? The Mrs said "but is it not good for us to have locally produced food?" Of course for folks like this household and Ms Toynbee, when she is in genteel leafy North London as opposed to Tuscany, paying more for your food is not really an issue. We can afford it. But we are the few. So too are the farmers. The many are those who are struggling to make ends meet and for whom cheaper food would be great news.
That was what concerned my Grandfather in 1975. No longer being the senior Civil Servant (at MAFF) he could speak out. He warned that being in the EU meant external tariffs on non European food which would increase the cost of food. That was a bad thing. Though my grandfather had, via scholarship, gone to Westminster and Oxford he was all too aware that his father was a country vicar descended from blacksmiths and labourers. His mother was illegitimate, her mother a servant. My grandfather, though wrong on most things, cared deeply about those Toynbee pretends to care about, the poor and the working classes. But Toynbee never actually meets such folk and her outburst today shows that she really does not care at all.
As an evil right winger I believe in no subsidies. If British farming cannot compete with cheap food from abroad then so be it. Turn the countryside into theme parks for foreign tourists. Create real jobs and give our citizens cheap food. Do not expect profitable industries to be throttled by taxes needed to support the unviable. That is in no-one's interest. I would not expect La Toynbee to agree with that analysis, nor would my grandfather have supported it. But my solution offers a lower tax burden ( so helping the poor), real sustainable jobs not bought unsustainable jobs (so helping the poor) and cheaper food. What is so dreadful about that grandpa?
660 days ago
I noted earlier today that World War One was pointless and that folks rewrite history aggressively to show otherwise. But the Nobel prize for rewriting WW1 history goes to the French Embassy in London as this tweet below demonstrates. Linking the slaughter of Flanders to the peace in Europe created by the EU is tasteless as well as wrong. Perhaps the lying Froggies might wish to discuss NATO, Bosnia, The Ukraine, the Basque conflict, Cyprus, EU funding of Hamas killers, how Reagan & Thatcher delivered the end of the cold war with policies most EU nations opposed and many other matters.
676 days ago
There is a strong contest to be the maddest and most extreme Brexit denier in public life. Normally Tory MP Anna Soubry is a strong contender, turning up on the BBC or C4 twice a day to offer up a few post fact era words to explain why she cannot accept the democratic will of the nation. But this week Soubry started to look positively sane when compared to two chaps who really are yesterday's men.
First up was the former PM and well known war criminal Tony Blair. Old Tony is hearing voices again. Poor fellow. Back in his pomp those voices told him that Saddam had Weapons of Mass Destruction capable of hitting British bases within 45 minutes. This week the voices told him that EU leaders would agree to all sorts of compromises that would allow Britain to get a far better deal so we could vote again on whether to stay in the EU.
So why didn't the EU leaders give Call Me Dave such a deal before the 2016 referendum, instead of the worthless Munich style piece of paper he was forced to try to sell to us as bringing peace in our time? Strangely the EU leaders denied telling Mr Blair any such thing but still the old fool blathered on. The one voice Mr Blair cannot seem to hear is that of the British people who may be divided on almost everything else but are almost united in loathing and despising Blair and not believing a word he says. For some reason Blair is the only person in Britain today who thinks we give a fuck what Mr Blair thinks or says.
Normally Mr Blair and his voices would win the mad remoaner of the week contest but on this occasion he was trumped by former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg who suggested we have a second referendum on Brexit with 16-30 year olds given two votes as they have more of a stake in the result.
I quite like this principle. Higher earners pay most tax. The top 1% of income taxpayers pay c30% of all income tax. How about we gave them 10 votes, and normal rate taxpayers 1 vote and those who pay no tax zero votes on a referendum on whether we move to a 10% flat tax and also force the Government, by law ,to have a balanced budget. We who pay most tax surely, on the Clegg principle, deserve far more votes that those inhabiting the welfare safaris of Northern England and the Celtic provinces?
But it is not democratic and so it is wrong. I suppose that a party that supported secret courts and gagging the press is entitled to call itself Liberal just as the same party can show utter contempt for the biggest vote in British history and call itself Democratic. To be fair that great Liberal John Stuart Mill did toy with the idea of giving more votes to those who were more intelligent. In his day that was to be judged by those who had obtained a University Degree when that marked you out as academically elite. We would need a rather different test today.
But it seems that there is scant evidence that the millennials are brighter than we old folk or that they understand the EU - or indeed anything - better than we do. The one thing that can be said in their favour is that in Sheffield Hallam a few weeks ago they had the good sense to vote against Nick Clegg in droves for he really does seem to be losing the plot badly.
684 days ago
It is really simple being a lefty. You have to be dogmatic and have a set world view. Otherwise you may be suspect in your liberalism. As such certain things are beyond doubt. LGBT and abortion issues are important above all else - these are the number 1 concerns of "real people", or at least of real people among the Metropolitan elites, not thick working class people or evil Christians because they don't matter. The USA is wrong on everything and Donald Trump is stupid and satanic. Israel is also wrong on everything. The EU is right on everything, The Daily Mail should be shut down to protect free speech. The Palestinians are always right. The BBC is a vicious right wing tool of the enemy but we'd all love to work there. You get the drift.
The problem with this dogma is that it all too often generates logical inconsistencies but so stuck are the left in their world view that they do not see how ridiculous they look. Have a look at this photo from Gay Pride yesterday.
You will remember how Jewish gays were banned from waving a rainbow flag with a Star of David in it at Chicago Pride as it might have offended some folk? Not that anyone was offended when liberal posterboy Justin Trudeau wore his Eid socks at Gay Pride in Canada in one of the silliest bits of virtue signalling seen this year. For some reason Justin was not wearing his gay pride socks at the numerous Eid celebrations he attended. I cannot think why.
Back to London and our photo. There is, of course, no Israeli flag on the street art below. Those fucking Jews, what with the fact that homosexuality is legal in Israel even in the army; that Pride Tel Aviv attracts 200,000 folk and that Israel welcomes refugees from across the Arab world who flock there because being gay is an offence punishable by death where they live. The fucking Israelis they are such homophobic bigots, shame on them all.
On the other hand there is a Palestinian flag. Natch those lovely folks in Gaza who can do no wrong at all should be applauded. Okay they don't have a Pride parade there and in fact they execute gays because being LGBT in Gaza is a capital offence. And thus many gay folks in Gaza are forced to claim political asylum from those evil bigoted Jews in Israel to dodge a state sponsored execution. What nice folks they are in Gaza let's fly their flag with pride.
Here explained in pictures are the logical processes involved in being a dogmatic liberal
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717 days ago
Wall to wall coverage of the London Bridge attacks continues on BBC World News. the only interruptions are the adverts which are largely for BBC news itself. How much do they cost and what exactly is their purpose? But in between the adverts and the latest recycling of old footage the BBC served up a montage of how London and the World reacted. It was so utterly dismal and predictable.
We started with a photo of a group of Muslims showing solidarity carrying placards saying #PrayforLondon or some such trite nonsense. There were folks laying flowers. Then to a European City where a monument was lit up with the Union Flag and then Eiffel Tower went dark. At length EU flags were shown at half mast. Briefly we saw a Union flag at half mast. Er that was it. I guess the candle footage will be added in tonight.
The EU is leading mourning, Brits are defiant and resilient (the new buzz words), Muslims are all peace loving folks and this attack has nothing to do with religion. Yadda, yadda, yadda.
Is this really a reflection of the conversations that ordinary folks, outside the Metropolitan media bubble, are having across Britain today. Are they really saying thank God for multiculturalism and the EU? Are there no words of anger or demands for real action not just tougher controls on the internet and other weasel measures? Somehow, I doubt it.
It is worthy of 1984. Big Brother ensures that a message is pushed to the population who in their hearts know that it is not true, that it does not reflect reality.They do not feel happier, safer and more comfortable with life. But Big Brother insists that they do. And after a while they start to wonder if maybe Big Brother is right after all and that their own doubts are a reflection of their inner weakness or dirty innate prejudices. In the end they just accept that they were wrong to doubt the "truth".
The BBC was right all along. London Bridge had nothing to do with religion. All Moslems are good and there is no problem with a small - but significant - number of extremists in our midst. Only by working with our friends in the EU can we be safer. Big Brother I am sorry that I ever doubted you.
722 days ago
"Congratulations on your anniversary" said a raft of messages from folks I once knew, barely know or don't know at all but who are connected to me on facebook for grown ups, that is to say LinkedIn. Er ....what thought I... what anniversary?
Apparently this blog started five years ago and I updated my LinkedIn profile 1826 days ago to reflect this. I was no longer on the board of Rivington the company I founded but was ousted from, I was the editor of Tom Winnifrith.com. Well thanks folks it has been a blast. I really should thank Jim Mellon for asset stripping Rivington and reneging on our agreed compromise deal. That and those nasty lawyers letters sent to me (and to my Dad after one of his henchwomen stole data, just the wrong data) to try to stop me working five years ago, gave me a whole new opportunity and a motivation to succeed again. So thanks Jim, without your valiant efforts none of this would have been possible.
Our media operations are very profitable and growing. Jim, remind me how big are your losses on those media ops you asset stripped now? After five years your loss is well over £3 million or are you up to £4 million by now? When ousting me it was said that all that the media operations you asset stripped (which were, at that point, profitable) needed was a change of management. It really is all about management isn't it Jim?
The five years here have been quite fun. I was trying to explain to my sister T, who was pissed off about an article I wrote mentioning her, and who thought I was on sick leave, that writing on this website does not actually make me much in the way of money, but it keeps me relaxed and happy. It kept me just about sane when I was in a bad place five years ago and remains a relief outlet to this day, a place to vent.
At Rivington I was, for several years, gagged, unable to write what I thought. On this blog that has not been an issue. Sure, some folks, including the facist lawyer of a celeb who enjoys unprotected anal sex with folks who are not his husband in pools filled with olive oil while lecturing us all about the good work he does fighting the spread of AIDS, have tried to stop me but so far it has been free speech central. Such are the joys of an overseas server and being your own boss.
Thank you to all who have supported or read this blog as well as to Jim Mellon for giving me this unexpected career opportunity. My most widely read material is financial and appears elsewhere, mainly at ShareProphets but this is my real joy.
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749 days ago
Those running the EU are doing their best to meddle in the UK Election. By smearing Mrs May with silly leaks and by making outrageous demands ahead of Brexit talks they seem to think this will boost the remoaning parties. Au contraire. Mrs May gains more seats with every outrage. The claim that the UK must hand over £100 billion before Brexit proper talks can start is just obscene and there is a handy six point response.
The idea that the UK should pay £100 billion to a body that has failed to get its accounts signed off in 21 years so has no idea where the money it extracts from member states is spent, wasted or stolen is a joke. This is not for past liabilities but for future expenditure which will not benefit Britain at all. Whether the EU wants £60 billion, £100 billion or whatever next week's claim is is irrelevant Mrs May should just tell the Evil Empire to bugger off. That is point 1. "Dear Mr Juncker, Re the £100 billion - screw you"
Point 2? Mrs May should state clearly that all EU citizens living in Britain as of that day can stay. We hope that the EU reciprocates. If it does not it will be seen for the heartless monster it is. And member states will rebel. Do the Spanish really want the only folks in Spain with cash to be booted out forcing fire sales of property into an already bombed out market? Of course not. It just won't happen. Mrs May can call the EU's bluff on that one.
As for trade the UK should make it clear as point three that we will go to WTO rules. That means relatively small tariffs as opposed to free trade. But we offer the EU free trade if it wants it. If the EU rejects this then the big loser is ...the EU since it exports more to the UK than it imports. I would imagine that French wine producers, for example, will suffer a double whammy. Not only will their wine cost more in the UK so sales will fall but there will be a patriotic backlash as Brits switch to wines from outside the EU. The big losers will be the EU.
Point 4. Free of EU regulations on tax levels Mrs May should then cut UK Corporation tax to 10% - lower than anywhere in the Evil Empire. That will more than offset any tariff pain for our exporters and it will make any firms wishing to invest in Europe far more ikely to come to the UK. Being "offshore" should be to our gain
And while we are about it ( point 5), on day one UK territorial waters are for UK fishing boats only. British fish will - as used to be the case - be caught by British fisherman and processed here. More British jobs: what's not to like.
There is nothing the EU could do to stop this and its people rather than our own will be those that suffer and perhaps at that point they will realise that those running a political project have been running it for a political elite not for the people. They too may rebel.
Just to make this clear point six is that we should bring forward Brexit. There is no point negotiating with folks like Juncker so why waste two years ( and two more years of the UK paying far more than its fair share of the EU's budget). Let's just walk now.
As for the UK election with every ridiculous demand made by the EU the voters will ask themselves again who do they want to negotiate Brexit. Each time the EU behaves with aggression that question becomes more important. Is it Mrs May or Comrade Corbyn and a coalition of chaos? We all know the answer to that one and thus the EU meddling in the UK election just adds to the certainty of a Tory landslide.
752 days ago
The drunken career politician and all round poltroon Jean-Claude Juncker, aka the President of the Evil Empire, is the source of a leak of a meeting he had with PM Theresa May. He aims to embarrass her - in fact his leak, and the ludicrous demands made by EU leaders for pre-divorce Brexit negotiations, are Mrs's May's best presents since Jeremy Corbyn was re-elected as leader of the Labour Party.
The EU's demands are rather like the nightmarish demands one fears when entering a divorce court with a greedy ex wife. She wants to have a say in managing the cat you brought into the marriage (Gibraltar) and vast sums to pay for things for her from which you will derive no benefit. Until you agree to that there is no chance of discussing matters such as access to the kids. The demands of the EU are obviously unreasonable and the British people know that.
Now the drunk Juncker says that Mrs May is deluded and must agree to all his demands. Au contraire. The UK has the whip hand. We import more from the Evil Emppire than we export to it. If the politicians of the EU go ahead and start a tariff based trade war the big losers will be their own people. Jack up the price of French, Spanish and Italian wines entering Britain and Brits will happily switch to the fine produce of New Zealnd, Chile, the US and South Africa, not to mention our own superb wines. So French cheese costs more? Fine. I'm happy with Somerset Brie aren't you?
The people of Europe will be the big losers from such a trade war and that will make them hate the EU political class with even more intensity for the people of Europe as opposed to its corrupt political class, see no need to punish the Brits for Brexit.
Moreover the EU is an economic zombie - the big growth markets for UK exporters lie elsewhere. Ultimately the EU leaders know that and so if Mrs May's red line is that "no deal is better than a bad deal" it is they not her who will be forced to compromise in the end. It may take years for the message to sink in but it will.
Every time the EU behaves like that greedy ex wife the British people will hate it more and will be more likely to vote Tory on June 8. That the oafish drunk Juncker thinks that his silly smears strengthen his hand is just another sign of how out of touch he is.
767 days ago
I have remarked many times before on Paddy Leigh Fermor's good Greek bad Greek thesis. 99% of Greeks are generous, honest, good folks. The other 1% are such complete and utter bastards that their actions serve as a stark reminder of how incredibly good their fellow countrymen are. The lying traitor of a PM, Alex Tsipras is firmly among the 1%. So too, are more than a few taxi drivers in Athens.
The Aegean flight to Athens was staffed by 99%-ers. All passengers were given a candle with a ribbon as we boarded. This was to celebrate Easter. The hostesses smiled. Not the fixed, forced and robotic grimace of a Ryanair staffer but a warm smile like they really were happy to see us and share some Easter joy with their fellow human beings. After a lovely lady handed me a pre-ordered diabetic meal as she whispered "here is your special meal," as if my condition need be kept hidden, the crew were even more kind to an ailing old man. Actually I feel greatly improved.
At Athens airport I met a 1% man.
The meter showed 50 Euro as my cab from the airport pulled up at the bus station. So I handed over a note. 5 more Euro for the toll said the driver. I have done that ride many times so know full well that tolls are not "on top". So I waved my finger and told him in "Greeklish" where to sling it. But many first time visitors to Athens will fall for what is just blatant theft. It is a bad first impression to give a visitor. It is the sort of thing that discourages a return visit. But the 1% do not care about that. They are just bastards to the core who will steal and cheat whenever they can.
But if you happen to meet such a Greek, please just smile, think of Paddy and think of the 99% who, in spite of the unforgivable misery heaped on this country by the EU, the banksters, Tsipras et al, remain the most hospitable and warmest folk on this planet.
Angela Merkel arrived at Athens the other day. At passport control she was asked "Nationality". She replied "German". The Officer continued "Occupation?" "Not this time" she replied.
Boom boom...hat tip David Scott for that one.
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You may remember that the leaders of the EU, backed by that imbecile Dave Cameron, agreed to give President Erdogan's Turkey $6 billion if it promised to stop migrants flooding to Europe. Forget that Erdogan gags and shuts down a free press, fires teachers who do not support his crackpot ideas, discriminates against gays, has offered overt support to Islamofascists in Syria, bombed Kurdish civilians and does all sorts of other things we are not so keen on, the EU thought it had secured a cracking deal.
But President Erdogan whose behaviour has led some to brand him a bit of a fascist, has decided that Europeans, notably the uber liberal Dutch, are bad folks. Indeed he has compared the Dutch to the Nazis. Pots, kettles, etc.
And to punish the wicked Dutch he has announced that having trousered half of the $6 billion bribe for stopping migrants heading to Europe, the deal is off and the floodgates will be reopened. This will happen just in time for the Dutch elections and just a few weeks before the French go to the polls. One imagines that anti migrant populists Gert Wilders and Marine Le Pen will be thinking that all their Christmases have arrived at once. For those of us who would rather that Le Pen and Wilders did not win, the collapse of the EU's pathetic attempt to bribe an obvious lunatic with taxpayers hard earned cash is predictable, but less than welcome.
Here in Britain perhaps it is a cue to speed up the Brexit process and leave the EU to deal with President Erdogan all by itself. However, before we go, perhaps we should also to make it clear to the 2 million folks preparing to leave Turkey that Scotland is very keen to play its part in Europe and as such would welcome every single last one of them with open arms.
If I was a migrant and given the choice of living in squalid slums in a second world country heading for bankruptcy or staying in Turkey, I'd probably reject Scotland's invitation but at least it should be made.
821 days ago
I arrived in good time at Athens bus station, aka the biggest shit hole this side of Mosul. and grabbed a cab for the airport. Within 100 yards the car was stuttering as if it was out of gas. The driver seemed unphased and just played with the gear stick as` if this was par for the course. On a dusty side street I was not too bothered but then we went onto the 4 lane motorway to the airport. He sensed my unease and asked "are you scared?" I lied and said no.
But as we kept losing speed as he tried to pull out to overtake even slower rust buckets and then stuttered as huge lorries found themselves heading up our tail my unease grew. I peered over at his fuel gauge and pointed out that it was showing empty. He said "no no its a mechanical problem" pointing to a flashing yellow light on his dashboard. That was not exactly reassuring. As I closed my eyes and held on tight to the door he asked again, several times, if I was afraid. I kept on lying.
After about thirty minutes of this hell he said "right we will get some gas" as if this would reassure me given the stated mechanical problem. So we pulled in, he got 20 Euro of gas and guess what? The gauge still showed empty.
After what seemed like a lifetime we approached the airport. There is a fixed fare for this ride which is 43 Euro. The driver asked if he could ask me a favour? Sure. He pointed at an Ikea and said "can we agree that this journey was from the Ikea to the airport?" I am aware that tax evasion is wrong but I was just so glad to arrive safely at the airport that I agreed meekly. I now discover that my flight is so late that I might as well have saved 43 Euro and a near breakdown and walked.
If the EU and IMF think they will get Greeks to give up a lifetime of tax dodging they are fooling only themselves.
821 days ago
Yikes! I thought I was safe with Greek TV from the likes of Lineker & Graham Norton but then up popped commie media tart Paul Mason lecturing the poor bubbles on why the EU and the Euro was the only way forward. Mason is an asset millionaire. My neighbours here in Greece are starving, unemployed, emigrating and angry. Mason just has no idea and worse still he talks rot. Greece does have a choice and I urge it to take it.
826 days ago
I do not normally pay much attention to what folks on neighbouring tables say when watching the world go by in the Kourounis taverna in Kambos, the village closest to the Greek Hovel where I hope to spend most of the rest of my life. I just tap away at my keyboard or think about olives. But today I exploded as a fat and smug German explained to a couple of timorous Brits why hard Brexit would screw England and thus why we should "obey orders" and fall into line with what Germany, sorry the EU, wanted. I exploded.
Seventy years ago folks like him were shooting villagers around here, raping the women and setting fire to the houses. They too were just doing what Germany ordered. They too just thought that there was no other way to behave and that it was all part of creating a united Europe under German leadership. This guy had already opined on all the good stuff the EU had done for Greece to make it the happy place it is today and then he started on Brexit.
If we have a hard Brexit, this man said that the first thing that would happen would be that Scotland would vote for independence and that would really mess up England. Already riled by his comments about Greece I turned round and said " Since the Act of Union in only one year has Scotland subsidised England not the other way round. Do you not know that 88% of Scots are net takers from the State - if the welfare junkies wish to leave England good riddance. Maybe Germany can pay their benefits?"
There was a bit of a stoney silence before the Kraut started blathering on about how Germany was putting Trump in his place, etc, etc ,etc. On every issue he stated opinion as fact. He was always right. Smug bastard.
My friend George the Architect, who was sitting opposite me, was a little surprised as - even when dealing with delay after delay on our planning permit - he had not seen me this angry. But like most Greeks he is not wild about the krauts either and this man's comments on Greece had not impressed him much.
On my first night in Kambos I was struck by how much the folks there still loathe the Germans with a passion. Sure they can be polite to tourists even like this pig. Money is money. But deep down they cannot forgive and the hatred still burns with a real intensity. Back in the UK, the liberal elite tell us that we must be good Europeans and not mention the war and when it comes to crazy EU diktats we must just be "Good Germans".
On days like this I feel that I fit in far better in Kambos than back in Britain.
830 days ago
When you get on a Greek bus, either the driver or a ticket collector who sits with him at the front, checks your ticket. You cannot board without one. It is simple enough. But then it gets complicated.
In the middle of nowhere suddenly another chap joins the bus and walks down the aisle checking each ticket and sometimes running a red pen across it. Since each ticket has an allocated seat on an allocated journey it cannot be reused and since only those with a ticket can board the bus to start with you may ask what is the point?
But before you can try to work that out, collector two has asked the driver to stop and he gets off, again in the middle of nowhere, and waits to flag down another bus.
You will by now have established that collector two has achieved absolutely nothing in the war against fare dodging and has added not a cent to the revenue of the bus company. He has added two or three minutes to your journey time with the two additional stops and that is it. But you are not Greek and thus do not realise that this is job creation: the bus company has taken someone off the dole by creating a job, albeit one that is completely pointless.
And that is Greekenomics. Across the private sector but, on a far larger scale, in the bloated public sector, fake jobs are created on an enormous scale and whatever the IMF or EU tries to do these jobs have not been eliminated. Thus the Government runs an unsustainable deficit and the private sector is less efficient, less profitable and thus able to create fewer real jobs.
What could possibly go wrong?
833 days ago
For about forty years I have teased my sister T about how when travelling on the bus from Ioannina to Metsovo she was always sick numerous times. Poor girl she was just not a great traveller. But I think, having just done that journey it is time to say sorry.
The roads, she will be delighted to know, have got better thanks to the EU money, aka your taxes folks, that used to be sent by the lorry load to Greece. There are now two tunnels through mountains that cut out miles of winding on loop after loop around mountains. I reckon what is now a 55 kilometre trip must have been 70 back in the day. And the journey lasted a mere ninety minutes which must be an hour shorter than it was in the 1970s.
But the roads are still bloody windy. The 1000 foot sheer drop as you climb above the plains of Ioannina at the start and look down on the vast lake with its sprawling reed banks and that charming island, where some mythical princess was imprisoned and left to die but where I have always wanted to go and never gone, made me feel queasy and the sharp bends and loop after loop were a tad unsettling.
I was not sick but thinking back to those hot summer days with a cranky old bus smelling of T's sick, I think her vomiting was more than understandable.
908 days ago
Jeepers, to think that this drunken elitist fool Juncker thinks he is speaking for me. Fidel Castro was an evil bastard whatever the BBC says as I noted earlier. Back in 1968 he cheered on as the Russian tanks crushed the uprising in Prague. Do you think that the people of a, now free, Czech Republic are mourning Castro today?
Fidel stood shoulder to shoulder with the bastards who oppressed, tortured and murdered their own people behind the Iron Curtain. Are they weeping in Poland today or in the Baltic states or Hungary? Yet an out of touch member of the elite does not care about history or ordinary people and their suffering and so has announced:
Fidel Castro was one of the historic figures of the past century and the embodiment of the Cuban Revolution. With the death of Fidel Castro, the world has lost a man who was a hero for many. He changed the course of his country and his influence reached far beyond. Fidel Castro remains one of the revolutionary figures of the 20th century. His legacy will be judged by history.
I convey my condolences to the Cuban President Raúl Castro and his family and to the people of Cuba.
Juncker, fuck you. You do not speak for anyone other than yourself you out of touch drunken old man.
913 days ago
German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble has always been a bit of a bastard. Screwing Greece and causing misery across the Hellenic Republic was the high point of his career. Now he wants to go one step better and screw Britain even after we have left the EU.
Schauble granted an interview to the slavishly pro EU Financial Timesw in which he stated that even after Brexit, the UK would be bound by tax rules that would restrict it from granting incentives to keep investors in the country — and would also face EU budget bills for more than a decade.
Just how will Germany, sorry I meant the EU, enforce its tax bills? Will it send in the collection panzers if we do not pay? Perhaps this humourless creep needs to understand the idea of no taxation without representation.
But will we be alone in trying to leave the Evil Empire? By December 4 Italy could have an anti EU Government. In Austria the next President will almost certainly be the neo-fascist Norbert Hofer who is anti EU and another "outer", the frightful Marine Le Pen, is looking a better and better bet to break the glass ceiling in next year's French Presidential poll.
Schauble and the FT are part of a political/media elite that is taking an almighty kicking across the West. In that vein we should not discourage Wolfgang from speaking out. Every time he does so the "insurgency" grows more popular and the demise of the EU gets one step closer.
922 days ago
I start out by explaining why those discussing how Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 0.25% so should be President are talking rubbish but I then go onto the more widespread refusal to accept what is going on by the liberal establishment here and in the USA. I look at Thursday's BBC Question Time which was a disgrace and forward to more shocks for the elite across the EU.
925 days ago
I am a bad winner. I wanted Donald Trump to win and I wanted crooked Hillary Clinton to lose even more and my eight reasons why that would happen, published two months ago, proved 100% correct. I was punching the air all night as I stayed up watching the results. Georgia Yeeeees! North Carolina Yeeeeees! "Racist" Trump's share of the black & hispanic vote is up on 2012 - Yeeessss!!! Take that Matt Frei you ignorant bastard. Dippy Millennials in tears at Clinton HQ YEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! Oh what fun I had and so in the cold light of day, I list the eight moments that brought me most joy from the past 24 hours.
1. Seeing those smug and pathetic millennials who had, just hours earlier been blathering on about glass ceilings and how America rejected racism and Loves Trumps Hate, bursting into tears. Oh how I laughed as they blubbered. Oh please BBC show me that clip again. Waaaaaaa.
2. Seeing idiot Libs tweeting away #NotMypresident #StillwithHer. No folks get used to it he will be your President and he will be hers too. Don't these folks have proper jobs to go to? Ok...no need to answer that.
3. Watching the TV liberal media hosts have to admit how useless they were. They just called it wrong because they were too lazy to crunch real data and so rarely got out of the bubble of the East Coast big cities. Next time Emily Maitlis and Matt Frei need to do a course on number crunching and data analysis then go meet real Americans in the flyover states.
4. Seeing James Delingpole tweet about how all those parasites employed in useless jobs tackling climate change would have to learn how to pour a milk shake at MacDonalds as they face getting real world jobs. Go on Donald, drain the solar swamp and fire all the climate change nutters now.
5. Looking back at those Guardian and Independent front pages promising us that the Dems had it in the bag. The Indy said Hillary was 99% certain to win. For those journalists perhaps following the suggestions for Emily Maitlis might be a good idea.
6. Seeing our politicians squirming. Paddy Pantsdown says that with Trump and Putin in power what we in Europe need to do is to integrate an ever more powerful EU . Jeepers talk about holding the little people in contempt. Do those fascist lefty MPs who wanted to ban candidate Donald Trump from the UK still want to ban the next POTUS?
7. Calling up various deluded lefties who had in the most patronising of ways insisted that Hillary would win. The same folk also told me we would vote against Brexit. Ha! There was also a call to Uncle Chris Booker, who believed the liberal media and their bent polls and not his nephew and was calling it late on Tuesday for crooked Hillary. Uncle Chris: ye of little faith, don't you know that the BBC tells only lies? When will you learn.
8. And finally we can now look forward to the FBI completing its investigation into the Clinton Foundation. Remember rich Dems got charity tax breaks to give cash to the charity which went on Chelsea's $3 million wedding. We must now pray that Hillary, the rapist Bill and their spoilt brat Chelsea all go to jail.
You know I try to be a good winner but I called this right and I backed a winner. In both cases got a fair bit of stick so I shall make no pretence of not gloating. I've been laughing and shouting at the TV all night as the useless liberal media and the dumb pundits flapped. I have celebrated as the establishment and an out of touch elite has again got an almighty kicking.
It is a good day to be alive and a deplorable.
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Once again Nicola Sturgeon is insisting that if the evil right wing Tories take Britain out of the EU then she will do her utmost to get Scotland to leave the Union. Is her contempt for democracy more alarming than her delusional failure to grasp basic economics? It is hard to say.
The poisonous midget is clearly a great fan of referenda as long as the peasantry vote the right way. Sadly for her the Scots voted to stay in the Union and Britain then voted to leave the EU. She likes neither result so, as with all patronising lefties, she wants more taxpayers cash to be spunked on another vote so the oiks can vote "the right way". Repeat and rinse. One day the peasantry might do as folks like Nicola know to be in their best interests.
What is more amazing is that Nicola reckons that outside the UK, Scotland would be embraced as a new member of the EU. True, there are some EU officials so determined to snub and humiliate Britain that they might consider this wheeze for a second. But even they will look at the stark maths of such an idea and baulk.
Across the continent folks are rising up against their leaders who have spent billions on idiotic schemes, and on themselves, leaving the ordinary people of Europe to foot the bill. In Holland, Italy, Germany and France those politicians who have supported such profligacy in the name of a project that serves only the elites, will be swept from power over the next twelve months. As such who is going to want to take on Scotland.
The reality is that Scotland is an economic basket case. The budget deficit to GDP ratio in Scotland is 9.5%. In the UK as a whole it is 3.32%. That, by the way is among the highest in the EU - higher even than that of Greece. With UK debt to GDP now at 88% we as a nation should be pretty worried and that deficit number combined with a commitment from Phil Hammond not to deal with the deficit is one big reason the pound is slumping.
For Britain, a good way to cut the deficit in a meaningful manner would be to get rid of Scotland and so personally I'd be delighted if the poisonous midget leads her folks off into the economic wilderness. But with an average Eurozone debt to GDP ratio of 92% but budget deficit to GDP ratio of just 1.86% why on earth does Ms Sturgeon think for a second that the EU would want to take on board the Greece of the North to add to the Greece of the South.
At least the Southern Greeks have faced real austerity and are starting to get their budget deficit under control. The Greeks of the North are spending cash from the Money Tree like it's going out of fashion. At some stage Nicola and her welfare addicted countrymen are going to realise that nobody else in Europe wants to pay for Scotland's spendathon.
The poisonous midget may hate her fellow Britons but she should thank her lucky stars that we are so stupid that we keep subsidising her folly and that of her countrymen.
961 days ago
The Hungarian referendum on immigration left me feeling pretty disgusted by all involved. All the players appall me.
The liberal media wags from the BBC and Channel 4 were delighted to interview a raft of fat old Hungarians dressed in national costume heading off to vote. One woman insiated in sitting on the back seat of the car facing backwards with her ample arse in the air so as not to crumple her hideous dress which reminded us of folks in old Nazi propaganda movies from the thirties. Naturally 99% of those voting wandered to the station wearing jeans and looking normal. But the media wanted to show that all those voting to stop migration were old, inbred and stupid. We have seen that agenda before.
But the fact is that 98% of those voting did so because they wanted their constitution changed so that there would be no refugees forced on the Magyars by the EU. In this they are egged on by a loathsome Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, who says that the EU plans will destroy the Christian and Hungarian culture in his country. That is a blatant lie. The population of Hungary is just shy of 10 million. The EU set a quota for refugees of just 1300.
i am afraid that the Hungarian leader lied but his people must have known that he was talking nonsense but lapped it up anyway. Hungary appears keen to continue its long tradition of nationalism and intolerance of minorities which saw it side with Germany during the 1930s and in World War two as a willing ally. And so I find the attitude of the Hungarian nation mean spirited and frankly revolting.
But there is another player: the EU. It has simply imposed quotas on countries such as Hungary which are poor and whose people are hostile. There has been no consultation just a diktat by large unelected souls thousands of miles away. That is how the EU operates and it is something that is causing growing resentment by folks outside the elites across the continent.
I too am revolted by the actions of the EU on so many matters, notably the appalling way that the poor of my alternate homeland of Greece have been treated. The EU will cause folks across Europe to react against it in so many way. Brexit in Britain, this referendum in Hungary, by voting for fascists like Le Pen in France or Golden Dawn in Greece. Most of those outlets for anger fill me with horror.
None of the players in this Hungarian tale emerge looking like the good guys. They all deserve each other.
961 days ago
When a broadcaster that we are forced to pay for abandons any pretence of impartiality with its news coverage, the great unwashed who earn a fraction of the salaries of the star presenters, and even B list camera candy, have every right to be angry. That is where we are at with the BBC right now. last night's Newsnight from the Tory conference marked a new low point. A panel was assembled to discuss Brexit.
Leading the pack was Guardian journalist Andrew Rawnsley, a lefty and a Remainer. Then there was Tory MP Heidi Allen who campaigned for Remain. Third up there was Tory peer, journalist and Cameron biographer Danny Finkelstein. He too was a remainer. Finally there was Jenni Russell a journalist who went from the BBC to C4 to the Guardian and New Statesman and is now at the Times and was described as a "key member of the new establishment". Jenni is left of centre and, of course, voted to Remain.
So the 48% of the country and 30% of Tory voters who wanted to Remain were well represented by four members of the political media establishment whose views on social issues would all be described as liberal and who all wanted to stay in the EU. And they were there to discuss Britain and the EU with presenter Evan Davis who, of course is another uber rich member of the liberal left and also a "Remainer."
The BBC could easily have found the odd Eurosceptic at the Tory conference but it is now not even pretending to be partial. This is the broadcaster that proceeds every single piece of good economic news, of which there has been an awful lot since June 23, with the words "Despite Brexit."
I could probably accept that the BBC is out of tune with the country on many issues with its left liberal bias. I would privatise it but could understand why others would not. But when Pravda stops to even pretend that it is impartial, it shows a contempt for those who pay for its output not through choice but because they are forced to. At that point we, the great unwashed, will show our contempt for the BBC.
After last night's effort can anyone explain the moral case for me to actually pay for my license any more?
966 days ago
As head of the CBI Carolyn Fairbairn is meant to speak for British Business. She is, naturally, totally unqualified. Her CV says it all:
Cambridge, MBA at Insead, spot of journalism, management consultant, manager at BBC, NED at the FSA ( now FCA) and now head of the CBI. Those who can do, those who can't consult and preach.
During the EU referendum Carolyn warned ius all of the dire consequences of Brexit and insisted that British business wanted to stay. The warnings were lies and just as when the CBI said business wanted to join the Euro it spoke for a few not for all. This week Carolyn Fairbairn has been at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool.
Labour has promised so much additional spending that it will bankrupt the state. As Mrs Thatcher observed, the problem with socialists is that eventually they run out of other people's money. And socialism is back with Labour. we are promised a minimum wage of £10 that will send companies to the wall, we are promised more and more regulation, workers sitting on boards, the works.
This is clearly a manifesto that is very much a total disaster for British business and so what did Ms Fairbairn - who has never run a private sector business or risked her capital - say? She said she was "wary" of the minimum wage plans and that the spending and regulatory committments needed to be considered. FFS Ms Fairbairn, Labour's plans are a disaster for business. I know your old chums from the BBC may not appreciate that but your members do.
If Carolyn Fairbairn cannot speak up for the productive part of the economy, in which she has spent so little of her adult life, she should be looking for another job. Right now she is just not fit for purpose.
973 days ago
It is a bit off the radar screens of the mainstream media right now but life in Greece grows ever more miserable. Nothing works. The poor are getting poorer and hope has just gone. But of course PM Alex Tspiras, a man reminiscent of Tony Blair in all the worst ways, will accept none of the blame.
I linked to a report earlier on how folks now cannot even afford bread and how Greeks are responding. This is not just in Athens but across the land. Thanks to "reforms" implemented by Tspiras at the behest of the EU and IMF, pensioners must now live on 9 Euro a day. Despite the EU bodge agreed with Turkey which saw our isolamofascist neighbours pick up a 6 billion Euro bribe, economic refugees still arrive on Greek shores daily and Greece must foot the bill.
Is there any sign of the supply side reforms we were promised which might create real jobs in Greece? Precious little. The Mrs and I learned today of yet another bureaucratic delay stopping us from starting to rebuild the Greek Hovel. It is a pointless delay caused by one of the daft bureacrats on the state payroll trying to justify his job and it may last for months and months. We are now 18 months into seeking planning permission and there is no end in sight.
Give us that permission and 240,000 Euros will be injected into the Greek economy at once creating jobs for several men who currently stand idle. Once the hovel complex is rebuilt there will be more visitors going to Greece, more cash into the economy. But one of the 2.5 million jobsworths paid by the Greek State is again delaying matters. We do not know who it will just stay that way and Tspiras has done nothing to deal with these sort of issues.
And so the cleverer and more ambitious young folk continue to leave. The population gets older and poorer and hungrier.
Last year the Hellenic Republic voted Oxi!, No!, to all of this. We voted no to the EU imposed austerity. It was Tsipras who lead the Oxi! campaign but then went and agreed to more austerity from the EU. It was Tsipras who betrayed Greece not the EU. The EU just screwed the Greek people but it was upfront about saying that it would do just that. It did not lie. It betrayed no-one.
Alex said the other day: "I would say that what is creating conditions of delay in regaining trust of markets and investors ... is the constant clash and disagreement between the IMF and European institutions."
No Alex, what is needed is quite simple. Greece should leave the Euro and go back to the drachma. that would effectively get rid of the debt in that Greece could repay in worthless new drachmas from the printing presses. Tough luck banksters but that will be your problem not ours.
As the drachma collapses in value, as it surely will, there will be a tourism boom and real inward investment and that will allow Tsipras the leg room to fire hundreds of thousands of the jobsworths on the state payroll and to let the private sector flourish.
Tsipras could have done that, with a mandate from the Greek people, last year. But the odious little man rather enjoys hob nobbing with other PMs and Presidents as an equal within the EU. Tsipras betrayed Greece and put himself first. He will go down in history as a Traitor for that but there is still time for him to change the way he is viewed, one last push for Grexit and he could be a hero.
But, sadly for Greece, the odious Blair clone is unlikely to go down that path. Instead it is easier to blame others as het gets on a jet plane for another summit and more high jinks on the World stage.
975 days ago
Channel 4 News anchorman Jon Snow had the pleasure last night of interviewing a man who is not really a household name even in his own household, that is to say Tim Farron the leader of the Liberal Democrats. Farron was both inconsistent and uninspiring but it was Snow who made the real spectacle of himself, showing sneering contempt for seventeen million of his fellow citizens.
Despite the party name the Lib Dems are not big on democracy when the people annoyingly choose to vote the "wrong way". So they want another referendum on Brexit and even if that goes the "wrong way" they will carry on campaigning for us to rejoin the EU anyway. Snow is not a great admirer of referenda. He wants the Westminster political and media elite to chat among themselves to ensure that decision making is left to those who understand the real issues. And thus, in between farron droning on about this and that, the millionaire media darling Snow opined:
"surely the lesson of the referendum was that it was too complex a question to ask?"
Er..... no... Jon it was very simple. Do you want Britain to be in or out of the EU? That was it. You do not need to live in luxury in North London and work at the heart of the liberal media establishment to get it. We all understood the question very easily thank you.
Not only did folks understood the question but the polls since our Independence day show that more of those who voted to leave are happy they did the right thing than those who, like Snow, voted to stay. What Snow is really saying is that those who voted to leave ( i.e. the majority of us) can only have done so because they were too stupid to understand the complex and compelling reasons that the bien pensants, like Snow, had for staying. You know: things like avoiding World War Three, not making ISIS happy, not seeing interest rates surge while the stockmarket and house prices plunged and not seeing Britain getting thrown out of Eurovision.
52% of us simply did not get those arguments Jon so I guess we must be stupid. It is very good of you not to mention that we must also be xenophobic and racist as well you patronising liberal elitist bastard.
984 days ago
We told you so! So shout the "Remainers", leaving the EU was always going to make life worse say folks such as my utterly misguided father. Thus we are told today that the EU is thinking of introducing US style visas and that, post Brexit whenever that is, we in Britain may need to cough up a few quid should we want to travel into the Evil Empire.
The scheme will work a bit like the US ESTA scheme and the EU says that it will tackle terrorism. Like hell it will. Most of the Islamofascists who want to murder folks within the EU are there already. And is the EU suggesting that anyone washing up on the shores of Italy and Greece without an EU-ESTA will be sent back at once? Er...no. We know already that some of those folks actually are terrorists but this proposal will not stop them. It will not make the EU one iota more safe.
Instead it will impose a cost of both time and money on Brits travelling to Europe. This is the sort of petty vindictiveness we might have expected from the EU. But it will be so utterly counter productive.
Firstly such Visa schemes are not self funding. As such it will impose an additional cost of EU taxpayers which will not make Europe any better off. Secondly for countries in Southern Europe where holidays are targeted at the "budget" level this will, in percentage terms, make a noticeable different to the bill for British tourists.
I fill in an ESTA online with no problem, many folks of my father's generation or in lower income groups may struggle. So that means fewer British tourists heading to Spain, Portugal, Bulgaria and Greece. I bet they will be delighted.
Today's news makes the case for Brexit even stronger. Do you really want to be part of a club which takes decisions that will make its people worse off just out a sense of malice? Me neither. we are so much better off out.
987 days ago
Mr Arnold Mballe Sub, his Mrs and eight kids moved from France to Luton in 2012 so that he could study to be a mental health nurse at the University of Bedforshire with the NHS picking up the £27,000 fee for the course. Neither Arnold or his Mrs work, they are currently housed in a three bedroom house. Before that they clocked up a bill of £38,400 staying in a hotel for four months. Actually it was worse. The family ordered hotel meals of £21,000 and then refused to pay leaving the Council to foot that bill as well. Chuck in benefits and this lot have cost the taxpayer £103,000 in the past year. It gets worse.
The family want a larger house which, natch, will be paid for by the State. They have been offered several five bed houses which might see some of the brats having to share but they are young so that should be okay. But apparently that would not have enough storage space so the family want more and they want it now. They accuse the State of leaving them feeling "neglected. At this point you and I might start to use the words "ungrateful parasites."
We all know that these spongers will get a larger house. They will be a lifelong drain on a State funded by hard working taxpayers and taking up nil cost accommodation in an area with a housing shortage. The British taxpayer has to pay for a French family. At every level you can see this is wrong. What on earth was the NHS, which is always bleating on about how underfunded it is, thinking when it organised this bonkers arrangement?
For years the media and political establishment has cried "racist" when anyone questions immigration or open borders with full welfare entitlements within the EU. When cases like this one crop up, time and time again we are assured that they are "one-offs". We all know that there are vast numbers of such "one-offs" but to express that view is racist so we can't say a thing.
I do not blame Arnold for a second. He has spotted that there is a flawed system and is quite legitimately milking it for all he can get. Don't blame Arnold blame the system.
And above all blame a political and media class which does not suffer any of the consequences of this structural insanity, that is for ordinary taxpayers, and has united in smearing anyone stupid enough to point out what was actually happening. it is the elite that created Arnold and his family and that elite still does not see the error if its ways, merely innate evil in anyone who raises a criticism of anything to do with immigration.
995 days ago
So the Evil Empire is forcing Eire to claim back £11 billion of back taxes from Apple and nearly all conservative commentators say the EU is 100% wrong. At one level it is and I hope that Ireland invokes the spirit of Easter 100 years ago, tells the EU to feck off and goes for Irexit. But this will shock you, in a sense there is a valid moral point that the EU is making. Gosh much though I loathe and destest the EU I offer it some praise in this podcast. There is a first time for everything.
1001 days ago
I remember my daughter remarking how wonderful the poisonous midget Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP was a couple of years ago, for there was a time when on both sides of the border this silly woman appeared to be the darling of the left, of the liberal media and the metropolitan bien pensants. Since my daughter lives in Islington, I expect midget worshipping was almost compulsory for her. But how the Sturgeon devotees must be recanting for as every day goes by the Scottish leader seems sillier and more disingeneous.
Data came out this week showing that Scotland is running a budget deficit of £15 billion. Last year it spent £68.6 billion, not all of it wisely, but brought in revenues of just £53.7 billion. Some of the gap is down to oil revenues collapsing by 97% as the oil price tanked but that explains only a portion of the shortfall.
Of course all of the UK runs a budget deficit. But the Scottish deficit equates to 9% of its GDP, the UK deficit is half of that. Successive British leaders - including Cameron, May, Brown and Blair have been happy to grant ever greater largesse to the folks in the Greece of the North to bribe them not to opt for independence. But all that is doing is racking up an ever greater debt for the UK and it is England & Wales which disproportionately will be servicing that debt. Why should taxpayers south of Hardrian's wall continue to subsidise the welfare junkies North of the Wall?
Sadly English Independence is not on the agenda but Nicola Sturgeon thinks that Scottish Independence might be. Scotland's deficit to GDP ratio would be highest in the EU, yes even greater than that managed by the Scotland of the South, the mighty Hellenic Republic. What on earth makes the midget Sturgeon think that the EU would welcome a basket case like Scotland? It has more than enough basket cases of its own already. And who does Sturgeon think will fund her deficit going forward once the English sugar daddy disappears? Naturally, Sturgeon, like nearly all Scots, believes in the Money Tree.
Having claimed that Scotland would be the 14th richest country on earth post independence when confronted with the facts that demonstrate that it might just be the 14th richest country in West Africa Sturgeon moves from lies to demonstrating madness and ignorance. The biggest problem Scotland faces she say is not the fact that it makes Rwanda look like a model of fiscal excellence but Brexit. The midget says, relying on Dodgy Dave Cameron's dodgy dossier, that leaving the EU will make Scotland £11 billion worse off.
That Dodgy Dave derived stat related to his - made up - estimate of the effect of a lower growth in GDP out to 2030 divided by population. Not only was this made up "fact" just nonsense but as anyone with a grade D in GCSE Economics knows GDP data in 2030 is not the same as a budget deficit in 2016. In claiming the two as the same lyin' Nicola shows her ignorance. In ignoring the dire state of Scottish finances yet still campaigning for Independence she shows herself to be mad.
As an English taxpayer I wish the mad, lying and ignorant little midget the best of luck. The sooner she leads her nation of bleating welfare addicted scroungers off to fuck off to enjoy economic destitution and full independence the better.
1002 days ago
You would have thought that leaders of the failing Evil Empire would have reacted to Brexit and the surge in support for anti EU parties across the continent by at least pretending to listen to the people of Europe. Surely a few cliches about "we must listen" would have been standard spin. But the EU really does not care.
And thus the leaders of Germany, Italy and France have just met out to map out the way forward. Heck, no need to invite the 24 smaller nations. the great Axis powers and Vichy France will make the decisions and the puppet rulers of the Lebensraum nations will just do what they are told. The trio met up on some Italian island where the founding fathers of the EU had also met to map out their dream and Europe's nightmare. The symbolism was clear, the EU is not listening. And so the answer that the EU's heavy hitters came up to growing popular discontent was more integration. The leaders are not listening to the little people it is full steam ahead.
As if to make that point even more clear, EU boss Mr Juncker opined, in a rare moment of sobriety, that the worst invention ever was national borders. As countries across the EU start to take the view that open borders are bad news when it comes to controlling illegal immigrants and terrorists and so so in the face of a massive groundswell of popular opinion, Juncker says we must head in the opposite direction.
Of course it is not the wel guarded elite who get killed by ISIS and it is not the very well paid elite that suffer downward wage pressure as a result of migration. Being blown up or taking a pay cut, that is for little people.
The EU elite say that opposition to the Evil Empire is lead by deranged right wingers like Madame Le Pen. What they fail to understand is that so many folks are so revolted by the EU that they are forced to follow Madame Le Pen and her ilk. That is because the mainstream political elite, especially on the left, are - like Goldman Sachs, the other banksters and big business, travelling first class on the Express Train to more integration and a more powerful super state.
The ordinary folk of Europe have been abandoned by a political elite who once again have made it clear that they just do not care. Pensioners in Greece living in 9 Euro a day? Spanish youth unemployment at 65%? Another terror attack by a French National last night? Portuguese and Italian banks one inch from failing? The Euro elite think there is just no problem. There is. And that is why the UK will not be the last nation to decide that it is better off out.
1008 days ago
I was waiting this to happen just at it did four years ago as I reported HERE. The EU has claimed that it sits at the top of the Olympic medals table with Team GB, currently second behind the US, submerged into team Evil Empire.
The EU table shows that the Evil Empire has won 223 medals at this year's Games – including 78 golds – compared to the United States' 84 and China's 51. Team GB - on 50 medals and 19 golds - disappears.
Remember that it is your taxes that funds such a pointless exercise. Do you think that in the streets of Athens they are cheering every time Team Germany gets a gold? Or that the folks in Dublin really give a flying wotsit that some chaps from Portugal have won bronze medals in the underwater synchronised volleyball?
Across Europe hard working folks pay taxes so that empty headed and overpaid wasters sitting in an office in Brussels or on a jolly in Rio can come up with this nonsense. Is it any wonder that those hard workers hate the institution in every greater numbers as each day goes by?
1024 days ago
There are two matters EU to discuss today and they are linked: the debate over who pays the EU pensions black hole for British MEPs and Eurocrats now we are ,leaving and the comments from Michael Heseltine showing how he views you and I with contempt. He is a vile man at every level but these two issues are linked as I explain in this podcast.
1029 days ago
Every morning at around 6 AM I hear a sound at the front door, here at my father's house in Shipston, as a little man pushes a copy of the Guardian through the letter box. My father can hear the same sound from upstairs and emits a grunt of approval and prepares to start his day with a mug of coffee prepared by me and a dose of poisonous lies from Polly Toynbee and her mates. The paper is written by middle class lefties who are filled with hate for so many things but mainly the value set of the working classes a group they claim to support but clearly despise and just never meet. Each day there is stiff competition for the nastiest and most inaccurate article. Monday's winner on both counts was a classic from Joris Luyendijk "After Brexit, a game plan for the EU, unleash Project Pain"
Joris wants the EU to be as horrible to Britain as possible, to make the lives of British people as miserable as possible to "stop other arsonists and help reinvest British democracy". On the off chance that the EU could trainwreck our economy it would not be middle class lefties like Joris who suffer but the poor and vulnerable. But so what? Lefties do not really care for the sans culottes, they just pretend to care about what is their "client state". The poor are cannon fodder for Joris and co. The point here is that the British need to "reinvent democracy" because Joris does not like the result of the largest democratic exercise in our history. And any other nation in the EU tempted to allow its own people to decide their own futures must be deterred. Democratic expression of the will of other peoples in Europe is arson if it endangers that anti-democratic edifice, worshipped by the Guardian, the EU.
Joris reckons the EU owes the UK no favours. He lists the nasty things we have done to the EU. The most laughable of these is "when France was trying to reduce inequality by increasing taxes on the rich and the UK Government sadistically rolled out the carpet for French millionaires". Jeepers where do you start?
France hiked the top tax rate to 75% in order to punish the rich. President Hollande, like Joris and other mad lefties, thinks that this reduces the gap between rich and poor which is a policy goal in its own right. We on the right care not a jot about that gap we just want the poor to be less poor in absolute terms. That is why we are actually the friend of the poor and Joris and his Guardian pals are not. Britain did nothing sadistic in response but hundreds of thousands of Froggies, many of whom were not millionaires but just hard working and well off, used EU freedom of movement rules to move to London to pay 45% tax. It was a nil brainer.
In today's world many of us can opt to work where we want, register our companies where we want and if one country whacks us with punitive taxes it will see an exodus. Post Brexit the UK will continue to welcome hard working Froggies who want to live here and pay 45% tax not 75%. Naturally France saw its tax take from the 75% class plunge and so its State finances weakened. Meanwhile those rich Froggies were spending their ( enhanced) post tax earnings in London not Paris so the French economy weakened. The big losers from Hollande's madness were thus in every way the French poor. The big winners the British poor. C'est la vie.
How is Joris going to trash the British economy? He says "it must become nearly impossible for multinationals from outside the EU to have their European HQs in Britain". Hmmm so Joris is going to force them to relocate to higher tax zones. How? It gets better. He wants the EU to sink the UK economy by getting EU universities to offer much higher wages so that British academics flock to abandon UK universities and to work overseas. Joris wants to stuff the workers of the EU with higher taxes so that middle class Guardian reading Brits can trouser it big time. One suspects that having a few less tossers filling the heads of British young people with daft left wing ideology will not exactly kill off UK PLC. Since when were the campuses a hot bed of entrepreneurial talent anyway? Meanwhile in EU land it will just see the workers even more pissed off at their masters.
More taxes for the workers so that University Lecturers can have more money. I guess that is how Owen Smith thinks Labour can reconnect with the working classes so Joris is not the only delusional lefty on this score.
The plans of Joris wont wreck Britain. They are silly. His arguments and assertions are nonsense driven by hate. But what he appears to hate the most is democracy, the idea that ordinary, smelly, white van driving men and women across the EU ( whose views, aspirations and wants he despises) are sick of the rubbish that folks like him and the EU law-makers have forced upon them and are now daring to say "no" via the ballot box.
1035 days ago
In days gone by it was perfectly respectable to be a Eurosceptic and a lefty. Great socialists such as Tony Benn, Peter Shore and Barbara Castle lead the battle to get out of the EU in 1975. But gradually most on the left have abandoned that position. That they have done so while working people and the old, young and sick across Europe have been screwed by the EU might be rather surprising.
And thus while Greek Pensioners have to live on £9 a day, find hospitals starved of drugs and while employment in Greece among Greek youngsters is sub 15%, the left generally stands shoulder to shoulder with the banksters at Goldman Sachs, the CBI and the media elite in support of the EU. How odd. In Britain, immigration holds down wage rates for the working poor so is a tax on the less well off while reducing the cost for the rich of hiring cleaners, plumbers and of dining out. The EU works as a tax on the poor to benefit the rich.
Yet for liberals like film maker Inigo Gilmore a long time contributor to the Guardian and Channel 4 News it is an article of faith that only those on the far right are Eurosceptic. And thus Inigo ran a film on Channel 4 this week making that point.
Among the far right MEPs at Brussels there are some fruitcakes. The German who thought Hitler was a great statesman, the Pole who seem to think war was a normal part of life were odd. Although they were made odder by the Gilmore spin. Thus the Pole was described as "wanting war" which is clearly not what he wanted at all. But Gilmore did show that among the far right of MEPs there were a good few fascists and fruitcakes who applauded Brexit. I could, of course, find a good few "Remainers" with odd views. Islamic hate-preacher and ISIS supporter Anjem Choudary was a keen Remainer for instance.
But whilst I would not make the philosophical leap of saying "some Remainers support chucking gays off high buildings so Remainers are usually homophobes" Mr Gilmore seems to think that he can demonstrate " some supporters of Brexit are fascists therefore Brexiteers tend to be right wing extremists".
Gilmore cannot make that leap at all. He strengthened his case by bringing in Churchill " the dream of Churchill was of a Europe of peace and prosperity". Well we would all like that. It is a shame that the EU's crackpot socialist economic policies make such a dream unattainable. The implication, of course, is that Churchill, a moderate right winger would have supported the EU. There is much evidence is that he would have not and at best the question is a matter of debate. But Gilmore slips in the assertion so that we do not really question it.
The reality is that working folk across Europe feel that the EU is for the few, the banksters, big businesses, the political and media elite it is not for Joe or Josephine Public. And it is not. The popular mood not just in Britain but across the EU is increasingly hostile to the Evil Empire but that does not mean that Europe is shifting to the right. In Greece Eurocsepticism found an outlet in a left wing party, Syriza, before its leaders sold the people out in order to maintain the trappings of power.
An angry people could vote left if only the leaders of the left were not now almost entirely in bed with the banksters and their media patsies like Indigo defending the Status Quo
1038 days ago
1039 days ago
Nicola Sturgeon seems amazed that EU leaders are not lining up begging Scotland to join the Evil Empire as soon as possible. It has not dawned on her that, set to lose a major benefactor in form of the United Kingdom (in reality England plus the Celtic scroungers), the last thing it wants is to take back the welfare addicted nation of idlers that is Scotland. Heck the EU alread has the economic basket case that is the Real Greece why would it want the wannabee Greece of the North as well?
88% of Scots are net takers from the State. The entire Scottish political class seem to be born again Money Tree believers with no concept of Fiscal prudence because they know that since 1707 the ever grateful English have been picking up the tab for the whims and follies of those North of the border.
If Britain gets to leave the EU the initial saving is £350 million a week. Jettison the smelly socks as well and that number goes up sharply. It is a win win for us here in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is party time.
But why on earth does the poisonous midget from Edinburgh things that the EU wants to admit another mouth to feed, another nation stuffed with obese welfare junkies with a sense of entitlemnent? The EU deck already contains far too many cards of that nature, the last thing it wants is another in the form of Scotland.
1050 days ago
The Sad Truth: Theresa May is bad, but the others are worse is the headline in the main opinion article in yesterday's Guardian. Author Rafael Behr urges Tory members to vote for May. His qualification for offering such advice is that he is a screaming lefty. A cat offers mice advice on personal safety. Behr is a star of the Guradin in that he is not only wrong on most issues, deriving his conclusions from prejudice as opposed to fact, but he is also a pretentious twat to boot. Thus he starts his piece on why Tories should vote for May on Europe, a subject where May disagrees with the vast majority of Tory party members and voters and 52% of the wider electorate
"Imagine Britain's membership of the European Union as a cat. The cat is seated in a box with an unstable radioactive element, "article 50". At some point the toxicity of A50 will kill the cat - an outcome that is confirmed by opening the box. But as long as the box is sealed, moggy is simultaneously dead and alive. This state is known as Schrodinger's EU membership after the Austrian physicist who desscribed something similar in 1935 to elucidate the mysteries of quantum mechanics".
At this point we are expected to say that Rafael is fecking brainy to know all about Schrodinger and his cat. You know Guardian writers are all fecking genii. After all not only did most of them go to posh public schools and Oxbridge but they all voted for Remain and as we know Remainers were clever while those of us who voted for Brexit were just thick and often racist as well. And so as night follows day, Article 50, the way the UK leaves the EU is seen as toxic and something that will kill Britain. That in Guardian la la land is just a given.
Back in the real world we see that, amid a new banking crisis in Italy, Europe's largest bank (Deutsche from Germany) is also teetering today. Economic growth in the Eurozone has been negative to negligible for months before Brexit was an issue. It is an ageing economic zombie, run by a corrupt political, media and business class which is loathed by ordinary folks across Europe. We, the plebs, are tired of a project which empowers and enriches the elite - including our posh well paid lefty comrades at the Guardian - but sees ordinary folks gain little or, in places such as Greece, Portugal and Spain, get utterly screwed.
And so back to the cat. Surely A50 is they key to a box which has itself become contaminated by radioactive and toxic elements. The cat has just taken a decision of its own free will and has used the key to do as it wishes and escape. How it fares on the oustide is not that it will be certain to be dead as Behr states. There are no facts and certainties here. The cat may thrive outside the box or it may not thrive, there is no certainty about what will happen to Britain outside the EU, only opinions. I concede my opinion may be wrong. Behr cannot see that possibility.
I would suggest that Tory voters who find themselves reading the dreadful Guardian should ignore advice from this loathsome rag and from Mr Behr on how to vote as he really does not have your best interests at heart. Moreover his dismal Schrodinger analogy showns him to be a pretentious fool. No wonder he has done so well at the Guardian.
1050 days ago
Yeah...I bet you are gutted we are not staying in the EU now. EU boss Jean Claude Juncker explains below how he has met leaders of other planets who tell him that they are worried about Europe. I can see now why so many were so keen to pay £350 million a week to be ruled by men such as this.
1053 days ago
The University lecturers are not happy with their pay offer and so will tomorrow again be withdrawing their labour. For many that will be a real pain as they will actually have to go to the campus in July, in order to signal their displeasure.
You can have a look at how much lecturers can earn in the tables HERE which the Union is too embarrassed to update. For a job with long vacations allowing you do do "research" on a beach of your choice and with total job security, it sure is worth working your way up the greasy pole is it not?
The current pay offer is 1.1% across the board with more for lower paid staff. Of course since many lecturers each year move up a grade or get promoted so jumping many grades that 1.1% figure is utterly meaningless - the reality is that the idle bastards are going to get another year of inflation busting rises. And they will get the same again next year.
Meanwhile in the private sector, as the UK is almost certain to head into recession, the next 12 months will see P45s, pay cuts and pay freezes. It will see firms going to the wall and folks losing their jobs in material numbers. The University Lecturers are immune from this. The pretend student loan scheme which will ultimately mean taxpayer funding as defaults rack up, means no lecturers will lose their job however bad the economy gets and however useless they are at lecturing. They will just get another inflation busting pay rise.
The fact that no-one has noticed the summer of discontent tells you a lot. Less than 40% of lecturers voted in the ballot. No doubt many of those who did vote want another ballot on the EU where the turnout was almost 70% but see no irony in their conflicted position.
Let the bastards keep on striking. As the long vacation starts the picket lines will disappear. After all who would want to break into twelve weeks in Tuscany to go into "the factory".
The lecturers demand parity with the private sector so let's make plans to sack 5% of them at random next year as the economy heads into a downturn. Now that would help fund higher education, I'd pay good money to see the game show where we get to see lecturers picked at random for a public sacking. Wouldn't you?
1054 days ago
The charming woman next to me on the plane back from Kalamata was a Greek living in Cardiff. She said that she was frightened. So were her friends: Italians, Poles and other bubbles living in Britain. How could they plan for the future when it looked as if they would be booted out post Brexit?
I asked: Who said this was going to happen? Which of the leaders of the vote leave campaign: Boris, Gove, Priti Patel, Nigel Farage, Carswell, Gisela Stuart, who? She did not know but she said that on social media it was everywhere. My wife reports that our Greek friends in Bristol have the same worry and their fears are intensified every time they meet the lefty friends of the Mrs who insist, incorrectly, that Brexit was driven purely by Xenophobia and racism.
The truth is that no Brexit campaigner, not even nasty Nigel Farage, said anything about repatriating EU migrants who were already resident in Britain. They arrived legally and that is the end of the matter. Indeed Brexit campaigners stressed that there would be not a single expulsion of such folk.
But that does not matter to those in Project Fear. They lied ahead of June 23 and they continue to lie. At every chance the smear the 52% of us who voted for Independence day as racist little Englanders and they smear our leaders as bigots as they try to thwart democracy by making us all vote again by pretending the last vote was somehow dirty.
Those folks on the liberal left who claim the moral high ground need to realise that what they are doing is spreading fear and panic amongst those they claim to support, EU Nationals who are residents in this country, immigrants. The sanctimonious left are telling lies as part of a cynical campaign and causing misery and fear among, often vulnerable folks, as a result.
They should be ashamed and desist. But they will not because they are always correct and holier than now and anyone who disagrees with them is simply a wicked right wing neanderthal. As such there can be no discussion of facts. Here endeth the lesson from the book of Toynbee.
1055 days ago
As the earnest young people, mostly loathsome students, gather in London today they claim that they march for Europe. it sounds good to be an internationalist showing solidarity with a whole continent. MarchfortheEU does not sound quite so good. The EU is after all, as even its supporters in the remain campaign admitted, inefficient, corrupt and far from perfect. Moreover it is loathed across the continent.
Switzerland has just withdrawn its application to join. In France, Austria, Greece, Italy, Holland, Sweden and Denmark there are growing calls for their own referendum and signs that in many of those countries folks will vote to leave. For what these young people fail to see is that across Europe there is a widespread feeling that the EU serves an business, bankster, media and political establishment very well but for the ordinary Joe, for the 99% it sucks.
Here in Greece, youth unemployment is 60%. It would be far higher but for the mass emigration of our young people to places where there are jobs. Pensioners now have to live on £9 a day. And that is down to the EU and scorched earth economic policies imposed on this country. Can the young folks in London imagine living in a place where only 2 in 10 young folks can find work without having to emigrate? Are they really supportive of an institution that has caused such wholesale misery to the people of the Hellenic Republic but also to poor Spaniards, Italians and others? Are they marching in support of the body that has completey buggered Greece and its people?
The middle class young people are so blinkrered and ignorant that they fail to see the revulsion at the EU across Europe. What they also appear to fail to understand is democracy. In the biggest popular poll in British history we voted to leave the EU. We Brexiteers won and the 40,000 need to get over it. Moreover, not only did we win the vote, history has already shown that the campaign run by Dodgy Dave Cameron and the former drug dealer Will Straw was fundamentally dishonest. It was based on lies.
We were told that Brexit would lead to thre stockmarket falling by 20%. It has risen. We were told it would cause interest rates to rise. The lying scumbag Mark Carney, who should be sacked as he Governor of he Bank of England for his part in Project Fear, has now admitted that this is not going to happen and indeed the next move in rates is likely to be a fall. We were told that companies such as HSBC would relocate. They have said they were staiyng. Banks like JP Morgan, or was it Morgan Stanley, said there would be mass layoffs at once. There have been none. We were told food would be more sharply expensive to buy. It is not.
We the people were told lie after lie after lie by a campaign run by the establishment for the establishment. Goldman Sachs bankrolled the drug dealer Straw's efforts in the Remain campaign. Of course, "Straw the Draw" as he wa sknown at school, only has a career because he is the son of the war criminal Jack. That is how the establishment looks after its own. Big business claimed (wrongly) it spoke for all businesses. BT told its staff how to vote. Dodgy Dave used taxpayers cash to publish more lies.
But the people of Britain saw through all of this and voted for Brexit. So now Remainers need new lies as the old ones were shown to be lies. So we are now told that Brexit won because it apealed to racists or because people were too stupid to understand the issues. Not content with smearing the leaders of the campaign as they did prior to June 23 and Independence Day, now supporters of Remain are happy to smear 52% of the population, 17 million of their fellow Britons.
The silly young people today will insist that the 17 million are just insular little Englanders. Au contraire. Many of us want to be global citizens. It is wonderful to see countries such as New Zealand and Australia and even the US ( despite what Obama threatened) who have failed to do trade deals with fortress Europe rushing to do deals with Britain as it prepares for freedom. We can be part of a free trading free spirited world community, able to import food from Africa without the tarfiffs the EU imposed to keep Africans in poverty and to push up the cost of food in Europe.
We can decide who we let into the UK: those with skills we want and those really fleeing persecution not just those who will come to force down wages for the lowest paid or who like our generous benefits. In the new era we will let in more deserving people with darker skins and few underserving ones with white skins. That is called being a really good global citizen, it is anything but racist.
And that desire to be a global citizen, rather than a servant of the inward looking decaying EU project, is shared by many of our fellow Europeans. The banksters at Goldman, big business, the BBC and the war criminal Blair may prefer life inside fortress EU but across Europe folks want to escape as we have just done. They yearn for their own vote, for democracy, for the people being able to tell the establishment what to do and not the other way round.
But 40,000 silly young people don't support democracy. Todya they are not marching for Europe. They are mnarching for a political construct that serves the interests only of the establishment. And they are marching against democracy.
What a sad and silly bunch of losers.
1057 days ago
Maybe it is just a feature of getting older but whenever I read about more or less anything to do with students and politics I find myself thinking that we should bring back National Service is a prerequisite for those wishing to study for a degree. Of course National Service was something I dodged by about thirty years, but when I was a student only 10% of folks went to university. We were - with a few exceptions - an elite. These days almost half of young folks go to what are, in many cases, laughably called Universities and it seems that large numbers of students are pathetic, idle or stupid or all three.
The leader of Britian's students, Malia Bouattia is a 28 year old perma-student fanatic who has featured here before as a supporter oif ISIS and fanatical Jew hater. The other day she told the world that Tory cuts to higher education (regrettably there have been none) were driving students to join ISIS. She is a barking mad fanatic but the fact that she was elected as head of the National Union of Students shows just how many students live in a parallel universe based on discredited ideas and a sense of entitlement.
Post the Brexit vote, in which only 30% of those between 18 and 25 could be bothered to get of their arse and put a cross in a box, the outpourings of grief from the young people who are "working" their way through the University system have been a hoot.
A thread on the student chat room ( stop chatting and get back to your studies you lazy fuckers) "The Student Room" entitled "Does anyone else feel genuinely depressed about Brexit?' is, it seems, humming. Comments include:
'I've felt so down all day because of this, and just have this constant sick feeling in my stomach.
'I genuinely feel like I'm grieving. I feel like I'm grieving for our growing economy (slow but steady). I'm grieving for our loss of cultural enrichment.'
'Took about an hour for my hands to stop shaking, and for my knees to return to some semblance of working order after I saw the result.'
"I have felt sick all day, and ashamed. And angry, with special little peaks of rage dedicated to the claptrap by degrees either ignorant, racist or both, that leavers have peddled as their "reasons".'
"Can I class Brexit as a traumatic event when fail my exams next week? Because honestly I'm so distracted now because of it."
"II wonder if I can get special consideration for my Further Maths and Physics exams today because I was stressed about Brexit?'
Hmmmm, so we leavers were all ignorant racists while the intelligentsia preparing to get a 2:1 in a joint course in media studies and basket weaving are now traumatised by the whole event. Whatever. Perhaps they should all be given counselling?
But who from? A lefty academic well known to me, who actually voted to leave, reports back that her facebook stream is unremittingly gloomy. Natch nearly all her facebook pals are also lefty academics and all are gloomy and also lashing out with the narrative that leave voters were ignorant and racist and that the world is going to end. Such is the violence of the "groupthink" on this that this individual has not dared to fess up to a single friend in academia that she voted to leave, lest she be branded a racist too. Or just thick. Or both. She just sits and listens as they rant on for they cannot consider the idea that the she voted to leave. They assume because of her job that she is part of the group think.
At the "victory" party the same person attended on the night of the 2015 General Election as the results started to filter in there was a similar shock among these lefty academics. They could not believe what was happening because, as one put it, "I don't know anyone who voted Tory."
British academia has been expanded massively in the past three decades on the basis that this expansion was self funding via student fees and loans. Of course many of those taking out such loans will either emigrate ( some folks always do) or in many more cases just not earn enough to have to repay and so, in the end, it is the taxpayer who will pick up the tab for this massive default.
We have thus created a system which lefty academics will fight tooth and nail to defend whereby not very bright folks go to bogus new Universities to learn not a lot and to have their tiny brains polluted with lefty groupthink by an academic establishment will will not tolerate any dissent from what it deems to be the truth.
You would have more chance of a fair debate on cultural diversity with a team from the Spanish Inquisition than you would have on discussing in a balanced matter: global warming, changes to immigration policy, the benefits of capitalism, the right of Israel to exist or the merits or otherwse of the EU on a campus in Britain in 2016. If you are a student or indeed lecturer reading this, you can go to Google to discover what the Spanish Inquisition was.
And as a bonus the expansion of all this nonsense is anything but self funding. At some point that will become clear. You the taxpayer are paying for this totalitarianism and excercise in futility. Are you sure that it is worth it?
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1059 days ago
Thanks to the lightning strike on the Greek Hovel I spent Saturday night in a hotel room in Kalamata which meant that I got to enjoy the BBC World News. Jeepers it was excruciating as the presenters reported on something they obviously felt was a disaster, that is to say Brexit.
In one session we went live to interview a chap in Paris. natch, it was not an independent expert but the BBC's own man there Hugh Schofield who discussed how the French viewed Brexit. Please note how "the French" viewed the vote.
Hugh prattled on gamely for two minutes saying how the Froggies wanted the UK to crack on, invoke article 50 and essentially bugger off out of the EU. That is indeed the Government line. But out in France itself the most recent poll shows that 61% of Froggies want out of the EU too. So the correct answer to "how to the French feel" is "bravo les Rosbifs, prochaines nous" or words to that effect.
Hugh and the BBC view the French Government as speaking for ordinary Froggies because the BBC believes that the State can tell little people what to do and as the French Government is a left wing pro Euro one it shares DNA with the Beeb. But the political and media elite no more speak for ordinary Froggies than they did for ordinary Britons on June 23rd.
We the people are starting to revolt and the BBC - which we pay for - needs to understand that it is increasingly perceived by the great unwashed, the sans-culottes, as part of the problem.
1062 days ago
Poisonous midget Nicola Sturgeon notes that Scotland voted to stay in the EU but that Britain voted out and so she is having another referendum on whether Scotland should leave the UK. We should pre-empt her and just boot it out now.
In the referendum poll as in the General Election Scots are totally out of kilter with the rest of the United Kingdom. Over subsidised by England and Wales, their Government spends far more per person on the average Scot that we get south of the border. This happens because of a net transfer of funds as per the Barnett formula.
Quite simply Scotland as a nation not only believes in the money tree it worships it. 88% of Scots are net takers from the State - they take out more than they chip in. They expect the big old nanny to do everything. Life expectancy is too low. So the State spends more and more. Folks take less and less responsibility for their own lives. And thus today in Glasgow male life expectancy is - at 57 - lower than in the Ukraine (pre civil war, post Chernobyl). Yup you keep smoking, drinking, stuffing your fat faces with deep fried Mars bars and the state will do everything until you croak.
The rest of us really do not think like that. We are a nation divided. In this the poisonous midget is correct. Let us just recognise it and let Scotland go its own way.
The EU may well welcome the midget with open arms. It already has the Greece of the South why not get the Greece of the North too. Deficit financing based on Money Tree worship is all the rage in EU nations so Scotland will fit in well.
Okay, maybe that is why the EU is the world's least successful trading block and why its collective economy is heading only one way but as that happens at least Scotland can sit alongside like minded folks. They can all blame the bloody English, Thatcher, banksters and the Americans together as they discover that the problem with socialism is that in the end you run out of other people's money.
It is not just that most Scottish people are welfare addicts, it is that the political class believes that the State has a right to mainline other people's money as well. Great Scottish thinkers like Adam Smith, John Buchan and Elaine Craig come from another tradition and perhaps were it forced to stand on its own two feet Scotland might again rediscover the virtues of self reliance and hard work. As part of the EU it will be like the frog in ever warmer water, sitting there with all the other froggies not realising what is to be their fate.
But that is for the future. for now Scotland votes differently, acts differently and thinks differently to the rest of Britain. As a Republican who shall be cheering on teams playing in Green this weekend but as a taxpayer in England I say this in the nicest possible way but it is high time that Scotland just fucked off and went its own way.
1063 days ago
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1065 days ago
And so our party finally made it through the large blue door which marks the entrance to the house that Paddy built in Kardamili. Turning right along a terrace open on one side we found ourselves with the rest of the group in the library. This was all rather different from the Greek Hovel.
My father finds movement hard and so soon plonked himself on a chair and within minutes the group was aware of his views on the EU ( a good thing, shame you on you Dad, your father would be mortified) and that he had been there before to have lunch with his friend Paddy. Dad neglected to mention that as our guide he had forgotten the way here or indeed what the place looked like, the posh Brits who dominated the party were in the presence of a friend of Paddy's and my father was in his element.
Have I mentioned how the two men met? My father was lecturing at the spectacular fortress of Monemvasia on the vlachs - a Nomadic tribe in Northern Greece. There is no connection at all between the Vlachs and Monemvasia here in the far South so I assume it was some sort of academic junket. Amazingly, thirty folks turned up and one of them - driving three hours to get there - was Paddy. There the friendship started.
My dear wife says that I have too many books. She points out, correctly, that I do not read that much and argues that she should be allowed to give them all to a Charity shop. I say that I will read more when I re-balance my life and become the primary carer for our son. Bedtime reading little one: have we finished that Ayn Rand yet? Okay time for a bit of Mark Steyn. Between Bristol and Greece we have more than enough room, in fact we need more books!
Paddy certainly had books. There are those in neat bookshelves as below and then just piles and piles of books in every room. My stepmother and I started to hunt for what would really please Dad, sight of a copy of his book on the Vlachs which he gave to Paddy. It was like hunting for a needle in a haystack and eventually we gave up. But my father was still in the library with folks hanging on his every word. Or at least that was what he said was happening as we collected him and started the trek down the long path.
At this point he was propped against me for support as we edged down the hill. On the other side was a middle aged American lady who appeared to think that she had just met the real thing. My father told an old joke about his bad greek once leaving him boasting that he had 25 penises ( he meant chickens) and the lady roared with laughter. Maybe I did too the first time I heard it but that was many incantations ago. Eventually we reached the car and the lady departed sadly.
We Winnifrith men, like Paddy himself, we know how to pull the birds in Greece.
1065 days ago
When Turkey joins the EU its 75 million citizens will be able to travel and live in any other EU country. Turkey is a poor place ruled by David Cameron's pal the homophobic, sexist, fascist beast Erdogan and I do not blame any Turk for wanting to leave. And polls say that millions will leave and that Britain is a favourite destination. The only way to avoid millions of Turks - understandably - pitching up in the UK is to leave the EU. David Cameron - and last night Sadiq Khan - have repeatedly lied to the British people about this.
Cameron says the Turks just are not going to join the EU. Would he veto them joining? Er...he will not answer that. He just insists they will not join. But Turkey has powerful friends who want it to join. On Newsnight last night Erdogan's right hand man Ilnur Chevik said: ‘We are really flabbergasted! We thought Mr Cameron was our chief supporter for our quest in European Union membership. We felt that when we needed him, he was going to be there."
And it gets better. Guido has just revealed that talks with Turkey about its joining start just seven days after the referendum, something the EU was trying not to let us know about until Friday.
You see now clearly the real lyin' David Cameron for you. You just cannot believe a word he says. And when Khan says there is no way Turkey will join the EU he is just lying. It is not an "if" but a "when"
The level of lying from David Cameron and Project Fear has been unsurpassed and that alone is one reason why tomorrow, you, I and all the other little people should say "enough is enough" and vote to Leave the EU and at the same time ensure that the most dishonest PM in our history is soon packing his bags.
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1072 days ago
I've crossed swords with upper class fish wife Tanya Beckett over many years and she has always struck me as thick as two short planks on every occasion we met. In other words, she is an ideal presenter on BBC World News covering business. Of course she is more famous as the ex wife of convicted felon Champagne Charlie Gibson who is a real hoot, but back to Brexit.
And so the FTSE fell the other day by 1.2%. This, Tanya, assured us was all down to fears about how Brexit would hit the UK. She then moved to the French and German indices which were down by c 1.8%.
Actually don't bother. The BBC - which receives funding direct from the EU - wants you to think Brexit is awful so airheads like Tanya don't care about the facts they just blame Brexit for everything and anything.
And you and I have to pay a license to watch this third rate propaganda.
1073 days ago
So how does immigration affect multi millionairess luvvie Keira Knightley? Is she facing longer lines to get treatment on the NHS? Is there downward pressure on her wages? What about problems getting housing at affordable rates? Er no: it just means more cheap labour at her fave posh restaurants in London. Luvvie Keira and others in the 1% have no concept at all about how the EU affects those of us in the 99% , young or old.
Today Keira has released a video for the Remain camp in which she urges young people to vote to stay in the EU and "to stop others fucking with your future" . Ooooooh a bit of bad language, that is going to help you relate to young people is it not? What a patronising bitch.
Keira has not got a scoobie about how the EU impacts on young people across Britain. She can patronise them as much as she wants but the polls suggest that Ms Knightley's elegant and well thought out contribution to the debate is not having much of an impact.
1075 days ago
1075 days ago
Sadly here in the most excellent Melitsina Village hotel here in Kardamili the only English language channel we can get is the BBC World News Channel. It is Pravda at its best. The agenda is clear: Trump = evil racist, Brexit - evil supported by racists, Tories - evil racists who hate the NHS, all of the NHS, EU, crooked Hillary = perfect. Once you understand that all reporting has to fit that narrative watching becomes easy and your anger at having to pay for this crap with your taxes sort of subsides.
And thus we flicked channels and saw a BBC chappie called Sean with a panel of four folks discussing Brexit. As far as I could make out it was two yanks and two Europeans. It did not long for me to realise what this panel debate was about. It was not about whether Brexit was good or bad. All four guests and the host agreed that Brexit would be a disaster.
I think it is actually a game called BBC Bingo/ two minutes without hesitation. The idea is to see which of the guests or indeed the host, can use the most words like Trump, racists and Boris Johnson in a negative sense and immigration, Clinton and the Labour Party in a positive sense all in one sentence.
Once you understand that it is a sort of game show your anger as a taxpayer and license fee payer subsides. Surely after the fall of the iron curtain no country in Europe would consider extracting money from its citizens to fund such blatant propaganda while pretending it was news would it?
1075 days ago
Much to the chagrin of the patrician twit who did not want a scruffy bearded fellow like me to gain admittance to the house of Paddy Leigh Fermor here in Kardamili, after much huffing and puffing my father made his way up a gentle slope and we passed through a large blue door and were in. We all headed straight for the library where most of the other folks on the tour were assembled.
A member of the English upper middle classes was quizzing the Greek lady in charge on how they were to fund the restoration of Paddy's place. Frankly it seems in far better nick than the houses that 99% of Greeks live in but that is not the point. This is a place where predominantly British folks can go to pay their respects to a great master of the English language who opted to make his life here in Greece. In due course the house is to be rented out for three months of the year at commercial rates as Paddy instructed. Thus the rent from loaded investment banksters will allow poor writers (me?) to use it as a retreat for the rest of the year. But what of the repairs?
The member of the British upper middle classes said loudly "have you asked the Greek Government for money?" The woman looked back amazed that she appeared to have met the one person on this planet who was unaware that the Greek Government is not exactly awash with cash. In response to her silence, the pompous member of the British Establishment asked "well what about the EU then?"
Let me translate for your benefit what this posh twit believes. Poor people across Europe but especially here in Greece should pay more taxes because as we know taxes are for little people, that is to say most are regressive. That will allow Governments which have no money of their own, or in the case of Greece no money at all, to refurbish a house built and lived in by an Englishman who wrote books that are overwhelmingly read by middle and upper class Brits so that the same rich Brits can have a more pleasant summer holiday as they visit his house. Jolly good show.
It is, of course, the way the UK National Lottery works. Overwhelmingly it is played by the poor and stupid. They put the money in and a good chunk goes to subsidise activities such as the theatre and opera which are overwhelmingly enjoyed by the upper classes.
The intonation of the questioner at Paddy's house was clear. This is the natural order. It is the way the world works and should always work. I bit my lip and said nothing not wanting another dirty look from my opera loving upper class step mother.
1075 days ago
I see from numerous congratulations messages from folks who I do not know, sent via LinkedIn, that I am celebrating another anniversary. Having checked it out it appears that www.TomWinnifrith.com is four years old. It was a very strange birth indeed.
For it was back in June 2012 that I formally left Rivington Street. The board wished me well and made me sign a compromise agreement which I honoured but they did not. Jim Mellon and the asset strippers still owe me £15,000 and even had the audacity, after not paying the money they were obliged to pay, to send lawyers letters not only threatening me if I did not abide by my side of the deal but also if I did not agree to a full one year extension of a non-compete clause. That lawyers letter still brings a smile to my face, surely Jim Mellon must feels some shame about it now? You can tell me Jim, blame it on a minion surely that is a source of extreme shame?
Faced with fascist lawyers letters from a Sunday Times rich list fellow and worth minus £250,000 I was obviously in a pretty low place and so I turned to writing as therapy. In the beginning there was more or less no-one reading this website other than Mellon's bully boy lawyers at Kerman & Co. It could not be called a commercial enterprise. But gradually word spread and the legal eagles from Kerman & Co were joined by many thousands of other readers. It has been gratifying.
In my last few years at Rivington, when team Mellon ran the show, I was barred from writing on numerous topics. Israel, global warming, welfare reform so many things were deemed verboten in an atmosphere of tyranny, the release I enjoyed of saying exactly what I thought was a delight.
I am not sure what has given me more pleasure during the past four year. Is it competing against t1ps - the company I founded - which was asset stripped from Rivington? Because that company has fired nearly all its workers and - albeit with a new name - continues to lose hundreds of thousands of pounds a year for Mr Mellon, while my start up competitor hires talent and makes profits. That gives me some pleasure but is it more than being able to write exactly what I want?
I think it is the latter. Would I rather get that £15,000 back and not reveal how rich men send the most amazing fascist bully boy letters to try to crush those who are already down or woulde I take the money? You know what Mr Mellon, you can stick that £15,000 where the sun don't shine. Here's to the next four years of free speech for me and of me making money from the media world as you lose ever more.
Four years ago I fled to Greece on a one way ticket. Since then many things have brought me back. Retracing the last footsteps of my great Uncle David Cochrane, holidays with the Mrs, the Oxi vote and - of course - the Greek Hovel. And so:
Here are the twenty most read stories on this blog from the past four years...
And here are the top twenty non Greek stories
1077 days ago
There is no sitting on the fence from German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble. He has stated explicitly today that if the UK leaves the EU as a result of Brexit we would have no access to the single market, not even limited access like Switzerland or Norway. Does this mean that for we Brexit Tommies "ze war is over". Nope, sorry Wolfgang but whatever you say, The Great Escape is still very much on.
You see we all know that the EU exports more to the UK than the UK does to the EU. And so if Germany forces all the other folks in the EU to impose trade restrictions on the UK and we reciprocate who ends up worse off? Yup those in the EU.
I am quite happy drinking wine from Australia, the US, Chile, South Africa and New Zealand or agricultural produce which - shorn of EU imposed tariffs - comes from across the world and is cheaper than it was before, rather than French muck. But as French farmers go bust as their exports to the UK dry up how does Wolfgang think they will react to a trade war he is creating? And what about those German automakers who see their exports to Britain dry up.
Wolfgang showed himself a prize bully as he destroyed Greece last summer but then Greece was led by Alex Tsipras, a man who made Neville Chamberlin look like a man of steel. I wonder whether he thinks that German leaders trying to bully the people of other European nations to bend to their will always works? History shows otherwise.
Bring on 23rd June - the British people really don't like being ordered what to do.
1080 days ago
If we vote for Brexit on June 23rd we will get to leave the European Union, right? No. Wrong. Certainly that is the view of certain MPs, Tory and Labour who have stated that they will use Westminster rules to insist that the UK still stays in the single market, pays money to the EU and allows unlimited numbers of migrants in, even if the UK leaves. This contempt from some of of Westminster "servants" for the folks who pay their wages is obscene.
The EU itself has "form" in ignoring referendum results it does not like. It either ignores the vote altogether or tells the little people to vote again until they vote the right way. This culture of corruption, of subverting democracy has clearly infected a number of Europhile MPs at Westminster too.
That MPs are even considering this is a compelling reason to vote for Brexit. It is clear that one side in this plebiscite views Democracy as a threat to its way of life whilst the other side actually believes in the people having a say in how their country is run. Voting for Brexit will start the process of re-energising democracy.
Then let the Europhiles try to thwart the wishes of the little people. Tories who behave in such a disgraceful manner will almost certainly be ousted by local associations which are overwhelmingly Eurosceptic. Labour MPs can try to thwart democracy if they wish but if they do then many will lose massive popular support at a General Election.
Notwithstanding the fixed term legislation Dodgy Dave enacted, that may well come far sooner than folks think in the event of Brexit and a change of Tory leader.
That so many leading figures on one side on this referendum can openly show the contempt with which they view the process of democracy and the views of the folks who pay the wages, who are their masters, the electorate means that whatever ones views on the EU, if you believe in democracy, you must now vote for Brexit.
1080 days ago
To be fair to David Cameron he does not need to open his mouth to tell an actual lie in order to mislead the British people about Brexit. Sometimes his silence is equally deceptive.
It appears that the EU has overspent its budget by circa £20 billion and that member states will be asked - once again - for bonus contributions to fill the black hole. But in order to assist Dodgy Dave who is trying to tell the British people that we are "better off in" it has been agreed that the invoices will not be announced or sent until after June 23rd. How convenient.
No doubt lyin' Dave will now pipe up that he is going to stamp his patrician feet and won't be paying. Yup. The last time the UK got stung with a little bonus bill like this was in 2014 and the sum involved was £1.4 billion. Sure enough, lyin' Dave Cameron stamped his patrician feet, flew off to Brussels to tell his pals that he was not paying. And then when the fuss had died down he paid every last cent.
And we will end up paying every cent this time because that is how the EU works. Its unelected officials, men such as Neil Kinnock rejected by their own voters but now empowered to run our lives from overseas, overspend year in and year out. Then they tell member states to pick up the tab. And since the UK is economically successful we pick up a large slug of the tab and there is nothing we can do to avoid this other than leave the EU.
As it happens the £2 billion might be an under-estimate. It seems that Greece is going bust again as is Spain. That is part of the pleasure of being in the Euro, a currency so many of those in the Remain camp told us we had to join to avoid disaster. If Europe has to bail out our friends in Southern Europe it will not just be Euro currency users that pay but all EU members. Better get the UK's cheque book ready once again Dodgy, you'll be needing it after June 23rd big time.
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In today's Daily Telegraph the columnist Allison Pearson describes how when debating Brexit with multi-millionaire PR man Roland Rudd (brother of dimwit cabinet minister Amber) she was told that "Allison does not want any immigrants coming to this country". The traditional retort to those to question any aspect of immigration policy is "you're racist"
As Pearson points out, the Rudds were kids of a millionaire stockbroker and then went to posh public school and Oxford (just like Dodgy Dave Cameron himself). They have never experienced the downside of immigration: downward pressure on wages for lower earners and problems getting access to schools and healthcare in certain areas or pressure on the housing list. For them as affluent employers and consumers immigration is all upside. And thus the rich and middle classes have for years branded anyone who queried our policies as racist. The most excellent Priti Patel, who also thinks current policies are crackers, came up with the same analysis.I guess Priti is a racist too. Heck so many of us who didn't grow up in millionaire households seem to be racists these days.
And that matters in terms of Brexit at two levels. Firstly there is the Turkey issue. It will join the EU at some stage. And if we are in then its 75 million punters plus a few million refugees now living in Turkey all have the right to come to the UK and polls suggest that, understandably, many want to. Dodgy Dave says this will never happen so here is a quiz question for you. Who said:
"I will remain your strongest possible advocate of EU membership , together I want to help Turkey pave the road from Ankara to Brussels."
Yes it was 2010 and Dodgy Dave Cameron himself. Turkey will join one day and those who want us to stay in the EU just do not explain how we will handle this. Oh and Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro will also be joining soon but I guess the Albanians who pitch up will not be moving to the neighbourhoods where folks like Cameron or the Rudds live, nor will their kids try to get into the sort of schools where little Camerons or Rudds are educated meaning that the little Camerons and Rudds end up at 2nd, 3rd or 4th choice academies.
Then there is the proposal from the leavers that Britain apply an Australian style points system to ensure we admit only those we want to admit from wherever in the world rather than the current system of points for non Europeans (the darkies) and free access for Europeans (the whities). Those in Project Fear started by saying that the proposal articulated by Boris (half Turkish, born in the USA), Gove and Priti Patel was a touch racist implying it was certain to reduce numbers. At the same time they said, look at Australia it will increase immigration! Talk about having your cake and eating it.
Australia is a vast continent with just 22 million citizens so it needs more folks. But its system allows it to decide exactly who it wants and also to control the flow. If it wanted to slash immigration it just ups the points needed and vice versa. The key point here is that Australia gets to decide exactly how many folks it admits and what skills they must have and it does it in a 100% colour blind manner, there are no bonus points for being an Aryan from Europe unlike our own racist system.
My own solution is of course totally free movement but zero state benefits for anyone (including native Brits) until they have paid five years of taxes. But that will not happen given the reluctance of the political classes to really tackle the welfare culture.
As a half way house Aussie points is clearly less racist and fairer and better for Britain than the current EU mess. There is no argument against it so elitists such as the PR supremo Roland Rat must merely resort to the smear of "racism" or the patent lie that Aussie Points will lead to more immigration. Even folks like Rat and his ghastly sister Amber must be aware that they are talking utter rubbish. On this matter, camp Brexit has won the debate and perhaps now the referendum might go the right way. I am starting to hope again.
1095 days ago
I wrote this article pre postal votes. I have updated it to reflect the fact that they altered the result. EU boss Martin Schulz warned the Austrians not to do it but I guess that they stopped obeying orders from the Germans some time around 1945 and so have almost just elected an extreme right winger as their President. Norbert Hofer denies he is a fascist or a Nazi but he, and his Freedom Party founded by , are pretty right wing. Excluding postal voted Norbert won, overall he lost narrowly. Who is to blame for the rise of the far right? No doubt David Cameron is already blaming Brexit while his new best buddy President Erdogan of Turkey is blaming the Kurds.
In a sense nobody is "to blame". The left only likes democracy when it wins. But as Ben Gurion noted of Israel, his country only became a proper country when it had prostitutes and fascists.
The people of Austria have "form" in voting for extreme right wingers. There was the war criminal Kurt Waldheim for starters. And then of course that native born son with the moustache who emigrated to Germany but returned to take control after the Anschluss.
The Freedom Party almost won power under its founder Jorg Haider in the 1990s. Incidentally, in Austria, you can be fined 100,000 Euro for suggesting that the late Mr Haider - who died in a car crash after drinking heavily in a gay bar after rowing with his long term male lover - was gay or bisexual. I guess I won't be visiting Austria soon then.
As democrats, we must respect the choice of large numbers of Austrians in voting for gun toting immigrant bashing Herr Hofer and his party which was founded by a gay and Jew bashing closet homosexual who took funding from both the late Saddam Hussein and the late Colonel Gadafi. We must respect that choice even though Herr Hofer is pretty loathsome. I am not quite so sure the EU will see it that way.
Because, in a sense, the EU which claims to have brought peace to Europe. is once again to blame for the rise of extremism not just in Austria but in France (Le Pen's National Front), in Greece (Golden Dawn) and elsewhere. Austria was last year forced to absorb immigrants equivalent to 1% of its population. That is an almighty influx.
Some of us might say that with an ageing population, Austria needs immigration. But it is not for me to say that. Nor is it a decision that the EU should be making. It should be a decision for the people of Austria and it seems that they are not that keen on the idea. Yet it has been imposed on them by the EU, abetted by home grown bien pensants who think they know what is good for the "little people".
No doubt the EU has also meddled in Austria with daft new regulations on the length of Lederhosen or alpine horns. Across Europe there is a growing backlash against the edicts of corrupt, grossly overpaid and remote officials in Brussels. Herr Hofer and Madame Le Pen, in opposing this interference, are the electoral beneficiaries of the EU's power grab.
The people of Europe clearly do not want ever closer political union. In Britain we are being lied to as we were in 1975 when we are told that the choice is out or status quo. It is not. It is out or ever closer union. Across Europe folks are waking up to the lies and starting to fight back. I loathe pretty much everything Hofer stands for - other than the right to bear firearms - but I can see why he has won so many votes and if anyone is to blame it is folks like Martin Schulz and his comrades at the EU.
1098 days ago
1098 days ago
A list of 250 celebrities have signed a letter telling us that we should vote to stay in Europe. The actor Derek Jacobi thinks I care so much what he thinks that his name appars four times. So lots of rich folks whose lives are not impacted at all by immigration, NHS waiting lists, paying the mortgage and other matters which you & I must deal with on a daily basis, are telling us we should listen to them just because they are fecking celebs.
What on earth makes them think that as celebrities their views carry any weight at all? It is not like they are experts in economics, social policy, running a business or indeed anything other than singing, dancing, acting and in most cases getting their kit off for the camera.
It is bad enough that the war criminal Blair and the leaders of the United States and Eire tell me how to vote but Keira bloody Knightley is really taking the piss.
I really liked Keira in Bend it like Beckham and thought she was pretty good in Pride & Prejudice and I know that she is a lifelong West Ham supporter so she can't be all bad.
But what on earth makes her think that what she thinks about the EU matters to me or that her lecturing we little people about how we should vote will assist her cause at all?
It just makes me angry. Inspired by Keira et al I think it is time to donate to the Vote Leave campaign. Or at least think about it.
1101 days ago
The Daily Mail has obtained a letter which is political dynamite and shows that David Cameron has lied on a monumental scale over the EU referendum. If he was a man of honour he would resign at once. But he is instead Dodgy David Cameron.
Eleven days before calling the poll Cameron was negotiating with the other EU nations on a deal for Britain. Dodgy Dave told Parliament and us all that if he did not get the deal he wanted he would campaign for us to leave the EU.
But at the same time, it emerges via a leaked letter to the boss of Serco, the brother of EU loon Tory peer Lord Soames, that he was plotting with pro EU businessmen on the anti Brexit campaign. He was working with them to get FTSE 350 companies to include a warning about the dangers of Brexit included in their annual report. These are any annual reports coming out before June.
Thus it is clear that Call Me Dave was already working on the "in" campaign at a time when he was telling us all that his stance depended entirely on him getting a good deal for Britain in his talks. As it happens he asked for little and got less in those talks. Cameron got a crap deal for Britain but as the Daily Mail letter shows the reality is that Dodgy Dave would have signed any deal at all and still said it was a great deal and campaigned to stay in on the back of it.
Many of us already believed this to be the case but now there is proof. David Cameron in saying that his stance depended on what deal he got lied to the House of Commons and lied to the British people. An honourable man would today be resigning. But then an honourable man would not have lied in such a monstrous manner about the most important political vote in 40 years. And David Cameron is not an honourable man.
The polls show that even before today only 21% of Britons believed Dodgy Dave on Europe. After today anyone still believing lyin' Dave will truly believe in anything.
1103 days ago
Looking at twitter I see folks aghast that Boris Johnson has compared the EU to Hitler. How dare Bojo link Brussells to white supremacism and killing Jews? You think I am kidding? Here you go:
EU to Hitler? So is #BorisJohnson saying that a body of countries is a white supremacist thug & committing genocide?
Er no Prita Boris is saying nothing of the sort. Tactic one of Project Fear, or is that now Project Smear, is to take what we Brexiteers say totally out of context. Here is what Bojo actually said:
"The past 2,000 years of European history have been dominated by doomed attempts to unify the continent under a single government to recreate the “golden age” of the Romans. Napoleon, Hitler, various people tried this out, and it ends tragically. The EU is an attempt to do this by different methods,”
There you go. No mention of racism or genocide merely a point about Empire building. Now given that those at the heart of the EU are pushing for ever closer union, for ever more powers to leave national parliaments to head to the EU and for an EU army to join the single currency what Johnson says appears to be a valid point. The critics do not mention his comparison to Napoleon, various other people (Louis XIV? Bismark?) just Hitler and then take it out of context.
Play 2 in the Project Smear playbook comes from the shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn whose father must be spinning in his grave at the Euro piffle his son spouts. Little Benn accused Bojo of losing his moral compass, again by opting to ignore what Boris actually said and just focusing in on Hitler. Benn continued:
“After the horror of the second world war, the EU helped to bring an end to centuries of conflict in Europe, and for Boris Johnson to make this comparison is both offensive and desperate.”
Again you see the focus on Hitler not the point Bojo actually made. And as it happens did the EU really bring peace to Europe? Most folks had that down to NATO, Reagan and Thatcher standing up to the Russians in a way that the Benn family strongly opposed. Where the EU has tried to intervene to bring "peace", in Bosnia, the Ukraine and Syria it cannot be said to have been a great success. Benn follows his smear with lies.
Truly Old Tony, who back in 1975 campaigned alongside my Bennite grandfather Sir John Winnifrith in the leave campaign, would be mortified not just at the stance of his son but also at his intellectual laziness.
The response of his Benn junior and others to what Boris Johnson said shows the weakness of the "in" campaign. It cannot argue on facts and so must simply resort to attacking what outers did not say, to smears and to lies.
1104 days ago
Jumped up Canadian pipsqueak Mark Carney, the grotesquely overpaid Governor of the Bank of England has again intervened in the Brexit debate but this begs the question, which Mark Carney was lying? I bring you two quotes;
2014 "Struggling eurozone poses biggest threat to UK recovery" - Mark Carney
2016 "Brexit slowdown could lead to recession" - Mark Carney
So less than two years ago the biggest threat to the UK economy was the fact that our pals in Euroland were struggling. Two years on they are actually struggling even more yet oddly the UK has grown very happily. But now we are told that not being part of the EU (with whom we run a balance of payments deficit) could lead to recession, not being shackled to the zombie is the danger.
Make up your mind Carney -which of these two statements is a lie? Actually it is probably both.
Carney's analysis is so dreadful at every level that he shows he is a fully paid up member of Project Fear. He is not independent and should just feck off back to Canada, a country that does well enough despite not being part of a political union with its continental neighbours.
For starters the EU is struggling because across that zone there are in place anti business supply side laws which stunt growth. We do not have such measures in place in the UK but the EU wants us to. The EU is the biggest threat to our economy in that respect. Europe's woes have been exacerbated by the fact that the Euro is not working. Most of those arguing for Project Fear also told the "little people" of Britain that it would be a catastrophe if the UK did not join the Euro. They were wrong then they are wrong now.
Finally Carney says the slowdown in the UK economy is down to Brexit fears. If something bad is happening blame it on Brexit. But there is also slowdown in the US, across Asia, in China and in Australia and South America. is that all down to Brexit? Gosh that Michael Gove is really powerful is he not? Bloody Priti Patel look how she has crashed the Brazilian economy. That Boris Johnson has really screwed up the US Non Farm payroll data.
Carney is living in a fantasy world. The global economy is slowing and the UK slows with it. To blame our woes on Brexit and ascribe nothing to the global slowdown affecting every other country on this planet is just pitiful analysis.
Carney is not fit for purpose.
1106 days ago
Dodgy Dave and Project Fear keep on lining up fat cat FTSE 100 bosses to oppose Brexit. None of these chaps are entrepreneurs who start businesses with their own capital. They are just grotesquely overpaid managers who prosper whether profits are rocketing or plunging. They are crony capitalists who like the EU as its feast of red tape helps put smaller competitors out of business. But Dodgy Dave and vile harridans such as Amber Rudd time and time and time again tell us that this means that most businessmen oppose Brexit. It will not surprise you greatly that this is a lie.
70% of FTSE 100 profits are generated outside the UK. The crony capitalists really don't employ that many of us. Most Britons work for millions of smaller businesses almost all started by genuine entrepreneurs risking their own capital. As the multinational outsource work away from the UK, it is the SMEs that create employment. So what do the folks running them think?
The latest survey from the British Chambers of Commerce show that a clear majority of its members (SMEs) who trade either only in the UK or only in the Rest of the World (ex EU) support Brexit. And what percent of SME's fall into those two categories? 94%. What percent of the private sector economy is in those two categories? 87%.
The message is clear. British business folk are going to vote for Brexit. Not that you'd know it when you listen to the lies spouted by Amber Rudd, the ghastly airhead Lynne Truss as well as Dodgy Dave Cameron himself.
Hat Tip to Nigel Wray, the man known as Britain's Buffett who will be voting for Brexit who spotted this.
1107 days ago
I cannot remember when I first described David Cameron as the heir to Blair. I think it was in 2012 but it may have been at the time of the funeral of Lady Thatcher, whose shoes Dodgy Dave is not fit to lick. Today's comments on Brexit are fantasy lying league stuff which is right up their with with the war criminal Blair's comments on Weapons of Mass Destruction.
Cameron argues that leaving the EU would make a world war more likely. A world war with whom? Would Russia or China really invade NATO Stalwart Britain just because we were no longer part of the EU, a military enterprise so pathetic it cannot even keep out illegal immigrants on rubber dinghies let alone the might of the Red Army and Navy?
The EU has not kept the peace in Europe since 1945, that has been down to America and NATO seeing off the commies. When the EU has intervened in conflicts, such as in Bosnia, it has proved worse than hopeless. Its interventions in places such as the Ukraine has fueled conflict.
In telling such a silly but enormous lie Cameron makes himself look ridiculous. Should the vote on June 23rd be in favour of Brexit then interventions such as this one make his position look less and less tenable and will make his reputation increasingly one that is , like that of the liar Blair, a poor one.
John Major is today, with hindsight, viewed as almost competent despite the actual omni-shambles of his Premiership. It is perhaps because his successors have either been utterly mendacious and self serving (Blair) or a walking disaster (Brown) and so the chummy but dull honesty of Major seems almost appealing. Until now it was hard to say which way Cameron would be viewed: as a Major, a Blair or a Brown. I think perhaps not a Brown but after today it is surely far more as a Blair than a Major.
All politicians lie bit only a few lie on such a monstrous scale. It is hard to see what motivates a man like Cameron to say something that he knows is not only untrue but demonstrably untrue. With the polls showing that its neck and neck but we outers far more likely to actually vote on the day could this act of madness by Dodgy Dave just be seen as a sign of pure desperation?
1107 days ago
Personally I would not trust the morons in this video from Vote Leave to spend the cash but then I don't trust the EU to spend it wisely either. Couldn't the Brexit chaps find anyone with an IQ of more than 25 to interview? £350 million reasons a week to vote for Brexit as explained by a range of stupid folk.
1107 days ago
Yesterday Dodgy Dave claimed that leaving the EU increased the risk of World War Three. That was a slam dunk 100% lie and some people pointed that out but on the whole he got an easy ride.
Today David Cameron was revealed to have said that Nigerian and Afghanistan are corrupt. Well that is not an opinion that is a fact. According to Transparency International only 16% of the world's countries are more corrupt than Nigeria while Afghanistan is ranked as among the top 1% for corruption. It is in a neck and neck race to be the most corrupt country on this planet.
Naturally the UK gives both countries oodles of aid to be stolen. International aid is as ever money taken from poor people in rich countries to give to rich people in poor countries.
Back in airstrip one, for telling the truth Cameron was widely slated. Some said that he was being undiplomatic, others thought that he was culturally insensitive. It is only a matter of time before the Guardian accuses him of slam dunk racism.
The moral of the story? Simple, Call Me Dave should keep out of trouble by telling only lies. Telling the truth just does not seem to be doing him any good at all.
1107 days ago
1108 days ago
I am no late arrival on the Eurosceptic ship. Euroscepticism is hard wired into my DNA. My father's father, the Bennite Sir John Winnifrith spoke for the "out" side in 1975. My mother's brother is Christopher Booker. How could I be anything other than an "outer"?
And so three years ago I designed a T-shirt which I have worn happily in Greece & England ever since. It's Time to Leave. The imposition of a Soviet hammer & sickle on the EU stars says it all about this most undemocratic of establishments.
As hatred of the EU has grown not only in Britain but across Europe, I think my design was ahead of the game. As a good European, who just happens to loathe the EU, I get the shirts printed up in Germany.
1111 days ago
Around 40,000 kids are not going to school today because their stupid left wing parents have instructed them to go on strike. The overpaid and lazy teachers, no doubt delighted that they have even less work to do as they look forward to their ten week summer hols, support the strike. Who suffers from #Kidsstrike3rdMay and why?
Of course it is the kids who suffer since they have one day less of being taught all about global warming killing all the polar bears and why we must stay in the European Union because its racist not to do so, as well as a few minutes of learning the three Rs.
If its not bad enough that your parents read the Guardian and fill your impressionable young minds with crap at home, now these poor souls are also being deprived of what passes for a State education as well.
Apparently the strike is in protest at the imposition of new SAT tests by the wicked Tories which, it is claimed, are stressing out the youth of today. The evil Tories have spent too much time listening to evil capitalist employers complaining about how younger folk cant read and write and not enough time noticing how everyone gets 27 A*s at GCSE. And so they want more tests for the kids which is stressing out the poor lambs as well as the over-stressed and underpaid teachers.
Of course it is all the fault of Thatcher. Or perhaps these days lefties just blame it all on the Jews. Whatever.... as a rule of thumb if a Guardian reading teacher tells you something is good you just know that it is very bad indeed.
1115 days ago
The Mrs was renewing her MOT. A banner advert on the site linked to take the EU quiz which by mistake she hit. It is a multiple choice quiz by the Government. It is laughable.
How many jobs in the UK are linked to our exports to other EU countries. Ooooooh 3 million says the Treasury. I better vote to stay in. And it goes on for eight questions that are slanted and with answers which are not facts but opinions. How many Turks, Albanians, macedoniasn and Bosnians will be able to wander freely around the EU from later this year? 0, 1 million, 75 million or 87 million? No...that question was not asked.
The whole thing is laughable but what makes it criminal is that the advert on the MOT page could have been sold via google or even via an ad house. The Government could be generating real revenues from its websites to reduce the deficit or support the NHS or whatever. Instead it is using its inventory to direct folks like the Mrs to its EU lie machine.
Quite simply Dodgy Dave is now stealing your cash to lie to you.
1123 days ago
1127 days ago
Carefully planted in the Daily Mail is this little gem from Project Fear: "Don't believe that nasty Boris Johnson...if you vote to leave the EU, the mad Islamofascist nutters of ISIS will be celebrating". Yes that is right, ISIS are backing the out campaign. What cobblers.
This story, dreamed up by Project Fear and served up by the pliant Mail, which has a ghoulish fascination with ISIS and folks having their heads chopped off, centres on claims made by Aimen Dean who used to be in Al Qaeda before becoming a British spy on ISIS. Apparently his cover was blown in 2006 but despite that he claims to know that:
ISIS is planning an attack on Britain ( I think we all know that) in order to convince us to leave the EU and when we do the brothers in downtown Raqqa will be celebrating as this marks the start of the break up of Europe or, what Dean terms, the successor to the Roman Empire which fought Muslims for control between the 7th and 11th centuries.
It is hard to know where to start with that analysis. Perhaps with some basic history. The last Roman emperor - Romulus - fell in 476 AD but the Roman Empire was not put to the sword by the Muslims but by the Germans, it was the krauts wot done it.
I think Mr Dean, please go to the bottom of the class Aimen as you are truly thick, means the Holy Roman Empire which started with the Coronation of Charlemagne in 800 AD and ended in the 1100 or 1200s, it is hard to say exactly when. You could , if you stretched it a bit, take it up to 1806. Mr Dean will note that England and Scotland were never part of the HRE indeed the wicked Europeans briefly captured our king (Richard) and held him to ransom. As it happens, Spain, Portugal, Eire, nearly all of France and most of Italy were also never in the HRE. Folks from the HRE and indeed England did go to fight Muslims on the Crusades but that is about as far as an all our war with Islam goes.
So its a fail for Mr Dean on basic history and as for his claims to know what ISIS is thinking ten years after he stopped being a spy, Im not overly impressed. I sense that back in Raqqa they are more worried about being wiped out by President Assad, Iranian fighters and Russian jets ( i.e. the side that the EU opposed rather than backed) than about how the UK votes on independence day.
But dont let the truth stop project fear. As you consider how to vote on June 23rd remameber ISIS wants you to vote for Brexit. Now run along and vote the right way, do what Mr Cameron says or otherwise the Islamofascists will be murdering us all in our beds.
It must be true. It is in the Daily Mail.
1128 days ago
Barring a successful last minute appeal by two married celebs the celebrity injunction will be lifted on Thursday morning. The celebs front up an Aids charity but do not want you to know that the younger of the two plays away from home having unprotected anal sex including in threesomes in baths filled with olive oil. The UK Courts are now minded to accept that an injunction is pointless since the latest polls suggest that 55% of folks in England & Wales can now name the celebs. This is the Streisand effect - gagging is counterproductive.
Up until ten days ago while my father, Thomas John Winnifrith, could wax eloquently on most matters of great import such as the works of Virgil, the thoughts of Socrates, the latest developments in the EU debate, the works of Charlotte Bronte or where Man United stood in the Premiership, I am pretty sure that he could not have told you anything about either of the two celebs, not why they are famous, who they are or what they do. But these days he is up to speed, indeed he knows about the olive oil too. If you ask him he would be quite capable of being able to furnish you with full details. Its not hard. Its not rocket science. You don't need to be a rocketman to work it out.
When my father knows enough about the sexual habits to these two celebs, while still not quite sure why he should care, the celebs - who have spent £500,000 plus trying to keep this thing quiet must know the game is up. In future they must accept that if they dont want their kids discovering that their old man is a safe sex hypocrite then perhaps he should take precautions like using a condom or not taking it up the jacksie from folks who are going to sell their stories to the currant bun.
Part of the money spunked by these daft celebs has been with an odious firm Web Sheriff which has sent me two fascist letters threatening me if I did not remove artoicles such as this one HERE. It has been asked repeatedly by me if it is acting for the UK Courts. It declines to answer as it is not. So actually it is not its job to enforce a silly injunction but the celebs have paid it vast sums to do that via letters that make threats it cannot actually fulfill.
Fingers crossed, the farce ends Thursday morning with the law now looking a bit less of an ass.
1129 days ago
Turkey is not a member of the EU but it is going to be, whatever those behind Project Fear tell you. As of this summer 75 million Turks can travel within the Schengen zone without a visa. And one day soon they will have full travel rights to come to Britain when Turkey gets full membership.
Mr Cameron and the other figures of the establishment who wish us to say in assure us that Turkey wont be joining the EU with the same sincerity Ted Heath & Harold Wilson told voters in 1975 that Britain's fishing waters would always be for British fishermen only and that all we were joining was a common market.
But we are not driving the good ship EU. To see which way the wind is blowing look at the EU parliament which seems to have no qualms about the fascist, gay hating, free speech denying, genocidal regime of President Erdogan.
A Report the EU Parliament published on 14 April calls for making Turkish an official language of the EU. The report was passed by 375 votes to 133, with 87 abstentions. Why Turkish since that country is not in Europe or the EU? Why not Hebrew for instance or for that matter Chinese? The reality is that while Israel and China will never join the EU, Turkey is on its way.
To misquote Groucho Mark "Any club that will admit it, is not a club I want to be a member of."
1129 days ago
Stephen Kinnock has never really had a proper job outside the political world apart from a few months with the British Council. Daddy led the Labour Party to defeat then became a European Commissioner. Mummy was an MEP. His Mrs was PM of Denmark stating that her whole family lived in high tax socialist Denmark. Only that Stephen actually paid (very low) taxes in Switzerland where he worked. The establishment investigated and the establishment said that its own had done nothing wrong. Jolly good show.
Boris Johnson said that Obama - who wants the UK to stay in the EU - would never consent to the US suffering the intrusions on its sovereignty that Britain suffers from being in the EU. Young Kinnock responded "The last time I looked the US was in NATO and in the WTO, if one NATO member is attacked all must rush to its defence, I can think of no greater intrusion of sovereignty."
Mr Kinnock, I sense, just cannot think. NATO has no right to impose laws on the US, to determine its border controls and neither does the WTO. A common defence pact is not the same as being part of a superstate.
Boris is correct. If we suggested that the US had to open up its borders with Mexico or that 55% of US laws would be imposed on it by a Council of all the Americas Obama would go mental. Yet President hopey change thinks we in Britain have to accept just that.
As for Kinnock, it would be harsh to accuse him of lying as part of Project Fear, he is just plain thick to make that assertion since it is palpable nonsense.
1133 days ago
The headline is deliberately offensive for as someone who, pro tem, lives in the EU I am utterly offended by an assault on free speech taking place in Germany right now.
Comedian Jan Böhmermann read out a poem in Germany about Turkey's fascist President Erdogan. You know the guy who closes down papers and TV stations that criticise him and treats journalists as "terrorists" if they are not "on side". Erdogan demanded Germany prosecute the guy and Angela Merkel has now agreed to this.
Turkey wants to join the EU and no doubt will while Germany is the most powerful nation in the EU and we want to be part of this club? It defies belief that this sort of thing could happen in 21st Century Europe.
One might imagine it if Germany was still lead by Time Magazine's person of the year 1938 but that the next German leader to win that prestigious title acts in this way is shocking.
If Mrs Merkel thinks that such behaviour is going to ensure that the EU Reich lasts for 1000 years with or without an anschluss with Turkey she is sadly mistaken. That was also meant to be gratuitously offensive.
1133 days ago
My favourite German leftie, Gisela Stuart, a Labour MP for some rat infested bit of Birmingham wasteland, was on The Today programe today explaining why we should all vote to leave the EU.
At one level she pointed out that if we were not members of the Evil Empire we would have an extra £350 million a week more to spend on the NHS. Our "contributions" she argued could be better spent at home. This got presenter John Humphries in a tangle which was a delight to behold as the old lefty just tied himself up in knots.
Rather lazily, and without thinking it through, Mr Humphries told Ms Stuart that we had been in the EU for years and no-one was saying that the NHS was not in good shape so why would things be better out? There was a short silence as Mr Humphries realised what he had said. For six years the entire BBC has been running with a narrative of how the wicked and evil Tories are starving the poor NHS of cash becuase they hate poor people and saintly doctors and want to see the former all dying and the latter staying on the poverty line.
Of course this is complete rubbish. If only the Tories would stop pouring cash down the bottomless pit. Instead spending, on what is the world's third largest employer, has risen in real terms every single year under the wicked and evil Tories. But the BBC has stuck to its basic story about the NHS irrespective of the truth or facts. But suddenly old Humphries had deviated from the party line.
Quickly he realised that he had sinned and, having no desire to find himself presenting the morning show for BBC Tyne & Wear, he started gabbling on about how many people do think the NHS is in real trouble and needs more money.
Well luckily charming Gisela has an idea of how to fund it but that means leaving the EU. Cripes, Humphries was all over the shop. It was almost worth my license fee to hear those twenty seconds when the BBC squirmed collectively after the Humphries gaffe.
1136 days ago
Like many folks I am still shocked that David Cameron saw fit to use £10 million of taxpayers cash to send out EU propaganda. He termed the glossy booklet as containing facts but as any Latin scholar knows the word FACT is derived from the past tense "it has happened". CMD's glossy booklets contained predictions which thus cannot, by definition, be facts. They are opinions and dubious ones at that.
So what do do with your booklet when it arrives? I suggest sending it to the address below:
The Conservative Party Foundation
That will cost the Tories 70p a pop and that will soon start to hurt. It will also seriously clog up the letter box. At some point this might make Conservatives wonder what on earth they are doing in backing as leader a man who is, arguably not a proper Tory, and most certainly has abused his position of power to waste taxpayers cash on piss poor propaganda.
1136 days ago
Nick Clegg, the name rings a bell, didn't he used to be an MP? Apparently he still is and today he sent me a strong email telling me why I must vote to stay in the EU. The last time I remember Nick Clegg telling me I had to vote urgently it was to stop tuition fees for students. Can anyone remember how that one played out?
This time Nick says that I must vote to stay in the EU to ensure we still have low cost air travel in Europe. Apparently if Britain leaves the EU the low cost airlines say that "routes will be cut" and "prices will skyrocket."
Really? Can Mr Clegg find the quote that proves the low cost airlines saying prices will "skyrocket"? He will struggle, one suspects.
There is a good reason why this will not appen. If UK based low cost airlines hike prices post Brexit - though there is no reason why they should as their costs will not go up - airlines such as Norwegian Air (voted Europe's best low cost airline last year despite being based outside the EU) will just hoover up market share. Having just checked Norwegian Air I see that its rates to Athens from Gatwick are really very good indeed.
As to closing routes? Will Michael O'Leary close a route where there are a lot of passengers and he is making loads of profits for Ryanair? You must be kidding.
Nick Clegg is just making this up for Project Fear. Now about those student fees. Maybe Mr Clegg can remind me what happened about them?
1141 days ago
And so the Dutch referendum on the EU's Trade treaty with the Jew hating Government of the Ukraine has seen a resounding 64% no vote - the opinion polls again under-estimated scepticism as some "shy voters" did not dare admit to politically incorrect views in liberal Holland. Naturally the EU and the Dutch "inners" were across the media last night explaining why this vote does not appear what it seems. It was a classic of Orwellian newspeak. Thus we were told:
The turnout was low (32%) and a spokesman for the inners told Newsnight that most of those who did not vote were on his side. So really it was a win for the EU.
Moreover those who voted the wrong way did so only because the EU has a problem with selling its case. It is not that we would not all love it, it is just a matter of the EU being bad at PR. Naturally.
Moreover this was not really a vote on the EU, in many ways those voting were really protesting against the referendum concept. Aha so in fact those voting no really love the EU it is just that they dont like direct democracy. Got it.
All in all it was a resounding endorsement of the EU by the Dutch however the wicked Eurosceptics try to spin it.
The EU is not unpopular with voters across Europe. The EU has never been unpopular with voters across Europe. Or so Big Brother, that is to say the media, business and political elites across Europe would have us believe.
The fact is that whenever the little folks, the ordinary voters, have been offered a chance to kick the EU in the goolies via a referendum they have grabbed it in Greece, France, Holland, Denmark and Eire.
The elites would have us believe that we who support Brexit are little Englanders out of touch with Europe and our European friends. The reality is that we Brexiteers are very much in touch with ordinary folks across the continent in loathing the institution that is the EU. The elites of each country have more in common with the elites of other countries than with their own citizens.
In loathing the EU and wanting out we Brexiteers think like ordinary Europeans, something our friends in Holland have reminded us of once again.
1142 days ago
The Dutch are holding the sort of referendum the EU loves today. That is to say the result is non-binding so if the little people vote the "wrong way" their leaders in Holland and their masters at the EU can go ahead and do what they want and ignore them anyway. Welcome to democracy EU style. But the vote could be a snub to Brussels and for that reason lets pray for a No result.
This referendum is about wherther Holland should ratify a new EU trade deal with the unelected coalition of nationalists, Jew haters and non Jew hating fascists who run the Ukraine following the putsch against its elected rulers which the EU supported. The new regime - only some of whom openly admire Adolf Hitler - banned Russian as an official langauge within 24 hours of gaining power prompting demands for secession from Russian speaking areas who - feared for their rights - and thus the move into Civil war. As ever the EU is really into democracy and hooking up with nice folks.
Both houses of the Dutch Parliament have already approved the treaty. Europe's political classes like this sort of thing. And since the referendum is non binding, if the little people, the plebs, folks like you and I vote no it will make no difference at all.
As it happens quite a few of the Dutch are not wild about various aspects of the EU and polls suggest that the result will be very close. A no vote for a country which has done less badly than most out of EU membership would be a bit of an embarrassment for those running the Evil Empire in Brussels.
It would also give a lie to the idea that it is just we "little Englanders" who have real issues with "Europe". Across Europe ordinary people - as opposed to the media, political and business elites - are increasingly saying that enough is enough. It is the unthinking Europhiles of the elite here in Britain who are out of step with the people of Europe. Those who question le projet grand are far closer to the zeitgeist and like many sceptics across the continent, I love Europe I just loathe the EU and want out.
So it is fingers crossed that the Dutch send yet another message to Brussels today. It will, of course, be a message that is ignored but it would be good to see it sent anyway.
1143 days ago
Australia's foreign minister Julie Bishop has opined that she thinks that it is in Australia's interests that Britain stays in the EU and votes no to Brexit. Meanwhile 99.9% of Britons think that it is in Britain's interest that Aussie nonce Rolf Harris is shipped back to Australia ASAP. As a convicted felon he'd be following a well worn path and frankly there's no reason why the old kiddie fiddler should be allowed to stay here. While we are at it can the Aussies take Germain Greer back as well?
What on earth makes Ms Bishop think that her intervention adds anything to the argument? Does she honestly think we will change the way we vote becuase it will make her nation of convict descendants and uncultured morons feel any better about life?
Maybe it is just that Ms Bishop is a Republican who does not wish to be ruled by our own dear Queen. As we know the Queen is a bit of a Europsceptic. So would I as a Briton rather have no Queen and be ruled by Europe ( Ms Bishop's suggestion) or leave the Queen as the only German with a say in how the UK is run? Simple.
Its another reason to vote yes to Brexit and meanwhile Ms Bishop can fuck off back to Australia with her unwanted and daft views taking Rolf Harris, Germain Greer, Jason Donovan and Natalie Bennet, the mad cow who leads the Green Party, with her.
1150 days ago
Yes it is official. Today's fairy tale from Project Fear is that if you vote to leave the EU on June 23rd you will be damaging your children and grandchildren. Hell's teeth why didn't Education Secretary Nicky Morgan just go the whole hog and liken Eurosceptics to paedophiles?
The ludicrous assertion is based on the idea that the economy will be damaged by Brexit so young folks will not get jobs. But Ms Morgan asserts this economic view as if it is a proven fact which of course it is not. And thus her whole proposition is just based on opinion and is thus nothing more than an assertion.
In case you think the paedophile jibe is going a little far I refer you to the global warming nutters who likened we climate change sceptics to paedophiles on the basis that we did not care about the planet our kids would inherit. Of course we did we just did not believe in bogus sciences but that was not the point.
I wonder what qualifies Ms Morgan to be education secretary as she is not very bright. She ends her claim with the assertion: 'This is the generation of Instagram, easyJet and eBay. They don't want to see a Britain cut off from the world, where not only their opportunities, but our influence as a country, ends at our shores.'
Ms Morgan seems to equate the EU with the World. When I studied geography at O Level (Grade A) the 27 other countries now forming the EU were but a small portion of the world but maybe in today's GCSE's that is all different. Whatever happens on 23rd June there is no suggestion yet that the ability to use Instagram, ebay or easyjet will be in any way affected. Or perhaps that will be next week's scare story from Project Fear?
And does Ms Morgan really want us to believe that the World's 5th largest economy would as an independent nation have no influence beyond our shores? I think we have had that scare story already but how very green of Ms Morgan to recycle it.
1154 days ago
Cabinet Minister Amber Rudd has been marked down as a ghastly careerist harpie for some time. Her last appearance on Question Time, or rather the last that I could bear to watch, saw her refuse to point out that it was the private sector not the State that created jobs and wealth as she spoke to a hall packed with clinically obese welfare junkies from the grim northern post industrial wastelands. Ms Rudd is someone who will say whatever she thinks will advance her or her cause. I have no idea what she actually thinks if indeed she thinks at all.
As such it is no surprise at all that she is a fully paid up member of Project Fear. And last week she served up the shock claim that if we leave the EU, British Energy bills will rise by £1.5 milion a day - please note that we pay c£30 million a day for the privilege of being in the EU. Let's ignore real maths, Amber reckons we must vote against Brexit to avoid increased power bills.
It is hard to see where Amber gets this idea from other than the drawer marked "bogus claims Project Fear". But apparently if we leave the EU we may not be abe to get gas from Europe so will have to buy it from President Putin who may charge us more. Is there any evidence that the Europeans will not sell us gas if we leave the EU? No? Or that Putin would charge us more? No?
Could we take measures to offset this threat even if it was real which of course it is not? Of course. We could build a few more coal pwer stations, import cheap coal from the former Commonwealth, and stop subsidising highly expensive bird killing machines and other green sources of power and fuel bills would come down. As it is our power is amongst the most expensive in Europe thanks to policies implemented by this ghastly woman and her colleagues and cheered on by uber-rich "green" lobbyists and consultants living in Islington.
Amber Rudd is all over the shop on energy policy and as a spineless careerist Cameronite devoid of principle it is no suprise to see her telling blatant porkies to scare us into voting against Brexit. The only shock is that it has taken her so long to serve up this clear rubbish.
1157 days ago
As we prepare to hand over 6 billion Euro to Turkey and to give 75 million Turks free travel across Europe it seems that nothing that the country's fascist President Erdogan does can raise any objection from the EU or from David Cameron.
Close down hostile newspapers and TV stations: no problem. Arrest 2000 folks for disagreeing with the President: no problem. Use water cannon on Kurds holding a New Year celebration: go ahead. Brand journalists as terrorists: whatever you want Mr Erdogan, just help us with our unworkable solution to the refugee crisis. But do Mr Cameron and the EU really support the gay bashing of poor Sir Elton.
It seems that the newspaper Zaman was to lead with an article about a photo exhibition about Sir Elton. But now that it is under Erdogan control Zaman was forced to drop the story because Sir Elton is openly gay and Call Me Dave's fascist friend does not approve of that sort of thing. Instead it ran a story on Taylor Swift who is not gay but is also not very interesting and had no photo exhibition to discuss.
Perhaps as he prepares to write his share of that 6 billion euro cheque Mr Cameron would care to explain his tacit support for yet another indefensible action of the Erdogan regime?
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I listen to BBC Radio 4 which seems to be about twenty minutes behind twitter in reporting the latest attacks in Brussels. They are co-ordinated ISIS style. They come a few days after the arrest of the the most wanted man in Europe, an ISIS terrorist. Shouts in arabic were heard before the airport blast which took place next to the American Airlines desk. And naturally the BBC is reluctant to speculate about who might be responsible. Hmmmm let me have a guess?
Maybe it is the wicked Jews from Israel whom the BBC blames for most bad things in the Middle East? Or perhaps it was the Kurds? It is surely only a matter of time before the EU's new best friend, the fascist leader of Turkey, President Erdogan, blames our allies the brave Kurds for this atrocity? What, you think it might be ISIS? So do I. But it has not crossed anyone's mind at the BBC. That would, presumably, be racist.
Finally, 80 minutes into the coverage someone has dared meantion the ISIS word. Well done Frank Gardener.
Old fool Ken Clarke was on the show telling lies about Iain Duncan Smith. Perhaps he might have been asked to comment on the claims made by his side in the Brexit debate that Britain was safer from terrorist attack as a member of the EU. As the Parisians already know it does not always feel exactly that way does it?
1158 days ago
The poisonous midget who leads the SNP, Nicola Sturgeon told her party faithful the other day that she was going to organise another referendum on independence come what may. It is no surprise that the midget is so keen on the EU given how she buys into its idea of democracy: the people can vote however they wish in referenda and they will keep voting until they vote the "right" way.
Of course independence would be economic suicide for Scotland. At $100 oil it was spending more than it would have received in tax. 89% of Scots are net takers from the State and the nation is almost united in its belief in money tree economics.
Despite all this spending Scotland gets poorer as the public sector squeezes out the wealth creating sector, and sicker - life expectancy in Glaswegian men is now - at 57 - lower than anywhere else in the EU, indeed in the Eurovision zone which includes Ukraine with its civil war and its Chernobyl legacy.
As an independent nation, Scotland would be the Greece of the North at $100 oil. At $40 oil it would be the Upper Volta of the North which perhaps explains why while Miss Sturgeon may wish to join the EU, the Evil Empire is not quite so keen on embracing the bottomless pit that would be an independent Scotland. But perhaps a deal could be done - independent Scotland could for instance be used to rehome 2 million Syrian refugees as a condition of its EU membership.
Heck I feel sorry for the Syrians. Living in a place where no-one speaks proper English, no-one works and life expectancy is falling fast amidst widespread poverty and violence and a regime losing grip on reality would be really grim. So maybe after a few weeks in Glasgow they would be begging to go back to Syria.
Despite the fact that it would be economic suicide, increasing numbers of Scots seem to want independence. We follow a familiar pattern which sees moaning heathens bleat "The Tories won the UK election but we voted for Money Tree worshippers here it is all so unfair, our poverty is all the fault of the English and Thatcher, we want more state aid, cry freedom, we sent Proud Edward's army home, Brits out, yadda yadda yadda."
This pattern of abuse of the English and blaming others for all their woes will continue ad infinitum so lets put an end to it with an English vote this June 23 "Do you want the Scots to fuck off so that you get to keep more of your money here in England?" Yes or No. Its all very simple.
Actually why bother with a vote just privatise Scotland. Sell it to the highest bidder. "You there the midget in the corner bidding £1 on behalf of the Scottish people, there are no higher offers, here you are, you own Scotland"
Lets make it easy Scotland can take none of the National Debt. It can start with a clean sheet. A few years imbibing the fruits of the money tree will see to that but then Scotland will have no-one to blame but the Scots. The English will see their debt to GDP ratio increase short term, but without Scotland sucking at the Treasury teet ad infinitum the deficit will be slashed at a stroke. Move "political" State projects like Faslane back to England and unemployment in the hard working South would be slashed.
What is not to like about this cunning plan?
As an added bonus, having jettisoned the bleating Scots we might then have a look at those other Celtic welfare safaris, Wales and Northern Ireland. Next time that the cocktail of semi-retired muderers, religious bigots and closet homosexuals that make up the Stormont Assembly demand more money to spunk on a pointless project, the English could simply say "shut up and behave yourself or you will go the way of Scotland". Pretty soon both celtic welfare safaris could be whipped into line with their budgets slashed. The era of bribes for good behaviour would be over, the era of austerity and self-reliance would be upon them.
It gets better by the day, can anyone explain the flaw in what I propose?
1159 days ago
Project Fear becomes even more desperate in its attempts to scare us into staying in the EU. Today's "you couldn't make it up but we will anyway" comes from Lord Browne, the former boss of BP.
Browne is plugging his new book in the Mail on Sunday which mentions his controversial departure from BP. You may remember the actual details although the Mail declines to mention them. Lord Browne, a closet homosexual, became involved with a rent boy. He then put the rent boy on the BP payroll though his young friend did not actually assist the company. Lord Browne agreed to leave but did so with a £22 million pension pot and a payoff.
Lord Browne has since written a book about the problems of being a gay businessman. You see this was all about him being gay.
Of course it was not. Had his rent boy just been a hooker (female) the issue would have been the same: using company cash to subsidise your sexual partner, to fund your sexual appetite. It would have been a sacking offence in any normal company whichever side Lord Browne batted for.
Go on include a night with a hooker on your next expenses claim. Stress that she was a woman. And you will find out that Browne was not a gay victim but he he lost his job because what he did was so utterly wrong. It was shareholders cash, not his that he was spending - in his lat year at BP he earned £4.58 million.
That he still cannot accept that using shareholders cash in this way is appalling and it does nothing to advance the cause of gay equality in the City. Moreover it also makes the general public mistrust big business. Lord Browne was effectively stealing from his employer. You try doing that and you are fired and your CV is in tatters. Lord Browne got his payoff and continues to be employed on huge sums in the private sector and to be one of the great and the good.
His new book is about why the great unwashed should trust big business more. Whatever...
Lord Browne tells the Mail that a big reason he is an "inner" is that his mother survived Auschwitz and his dad fought in the war and the EU has ensured we have peace in Europe and ever have to see those horrors again. Ok plebs, vote for Brexit and without Britain in the EU its leaders - I guess that means the Germans - will be setting up gas chambers again. What utter tripe, even the most ardent of Eurosceptics would not suggest that the Krauts or indeed some of those dodgy Eastern Europeans would even countenance that for a second.
As for peace in our time, really? As the genocide kicked off in Bosnia the EU did nothing, NATO had to step in. In Ukraine it was EU meddling to oust a democratically elected leader that brought about a horrible Civil War. NATO was established in 1949.
The Common Market became the EU in 1993 after NATO had won the cold war.
NATO has helped ensure peace in Europe for 66 years. the EU has done nothing. Lord Browne is a man who should not be playing any role in public or business life whatsoever given his abuse of shareholders funds back at BP and the way he has defended himself by claiming he is a gay martyr. He is just a thief. And as part of project fear he is a thief talking utter bollocks.
1162 days ago
By we, I mean the EU which is giving Turkey 6 billion Euro as a bribe to only export the right sort of immigrants (ie Syrians whether they be peace lovers or jihadis) to Europe. As part of the EU's Turk-geld policy we are also planning to allow 75 million Turkish citizens to roam freely around the EU from June and to accelerate Turkey's membership appliocation to join the Evil Empire. What could possibly go wrong? What's not to like. Answers on a postcard to David Cameron in Downing Street because Call Me Dave reckons this is money well spent and wants to be part of this barking mad set-up. I don't which is aother reason I am voting for Brexut.
As a reminder, Turkey bombs our friends the Kurds. It buys oil from ISIS and is the chief supply route of men and arms to ISIS. It closes down newspapers and TV stations that are hostile to the Government. And more than 2000 folk have been arrested for the offence of insulting the Government, that is to say disagreeing with it.
Terrorists are dealt with very harshly but who is a terrorist? Helpfully, President Erdogan has cleared that one up for us all. In Turkey a terrorist is not only someone who sets off a bomb or pulls a trigger but also includes journalists, politicians and civil rights activists if the Government deems them to support those engaged in military action. Thus three academics have just been arrested for saying that the Government should cease military action against the Kurds in a region that is overwhelmingly Kurdish. Those academics are terrorists.
If I was in Turkey then I could, for suggesting that Erdogan is acting like a total fascist, also be arrested as a terrorist. Essentially a terrorist is someone who disagrees with the Government and says so.
The Turkish approach to free speech, civil rights and democracy is, shall we say, not exactly in the mainstream of the Europan liberal tradition. It is closer to the model adopted by Time Magazine's Person of the Year 1938, the last German leader befor Mrs Merkel to pick up that honor, Herr Hitler.
Yet call Me Dave wants us to stay in the EU so we can give our taxes to these fascists? So that they can join the club and send their citizes - who seem, in large numbers, to approve of this sort of thing, over here? Perhaps we might hear an outright condemnation of Erdogan's latest words from Call Me Dave and the other EU leaders today as they meet to discuss the migrant crisis that they caused but cannot solve?
One suspects that we will not. All that is needed for evil to triumph is for good en to sremain silent. Or in this case weak little men and Mrs Merkel.
1164 days ago
Earlier today I suggested a few more possible scare stories that the increasingly desperate "inners" campaign might spin in order to terrify us into not voting for Brexit. But even I did not think they would come up with a claim this daft.
Tory Minister Anna Soubry has just claimed on the BBC that if we left the EU, Britain would no longer be able to export anything to the EU. Anna knows we run a trade deficit with the EU so if we are blocked from that market and reciprocated the big loser would be the EU. She knows that before we joined the Common Market we were able to export to it. She knows that countries around the world export to the EU.
In short she knows that in stating that exports to the EU would " go down to almost absolutely zero if we come out" she is talking total bollocks.
Anna you cannot be serious. I cannot imagine Brexit heroine Pixie Lott who got straight As at GCSE being dumb enough to spout such piffle, truly Anna you are thick as two short planks if you think that the British people will now believe a word you say. Actually I rephrase. Anna you are quite simply as thick as two short planks.
How now will Project Fear trump this with an even more ludicrous claim? According to the inners just today we have now been told that if we vote for Brexit we will not only have no exports to the EU but the Russians will invade as well. What fiction will be unleashed tomorrow?
1164 days ago
This morning, the BBC and the rest of the liberal media cannot get enough of Lt General Ben Hodges who has warned we Brits that we must not vote for Brexit as it could damage NATO. What on earth is a US Soldier doing intervening in a British Election rather defies belief, how would Obama feel if a British General made the equally factually innaccurate claim that Mrs Clinton was a lying, deceitful old dyke and so urged folks to back the GOP this November?
Hodges, who is the top yankee soldier in Europe, seems to think that without Britain the EU could unravel. And if that happens NATO will unravel. Frankly it does not make much of a case for staying in the EU if we are told that if one of its 28 members quits it will fall apart.
Moreover do you need the EU for NATO? The latter was formed in 1949. A small common market did not get going until 1957 but the vast majority of NATO members were not part of that. The Evil Empire itself says that it only stopped being a Common Market and became a political union in 1993 by which time NATO had been getting along fine, winning the cold war and ensuring peace in Europe for 44 years. Yes it is NATO that has kept peace in Europe not the EU.
There are a stack of large NATO members who are happy to be involved despite not being in the EU: The USA, Canada, Turkey for example. Hodges - like Defence Secretary Fallon - is pushing this theme of NATO needing the EU as part of project fear. But the more outlandish and patently bogus the claims made by those opposing Brexit and the more interventions from those we in Britain really are bound to react against such as Americans, froggies, krauts and the war criminal Blair the more the Brexit camp will feel it has a chance.
With Ms Pixie Lott leading the charge for Brexit and making far more sense that General Hodges, President Obama, Blair et al, I note that polls today show we "outers" narrowly in the lead overall and well in the lead among those certain to vote.
Indeed, my hope is that the polls understate the outers in that just as at the General Election when "shy conservatives" failed to admit to pollsters how they would vote in a secret ballot, we will also see "shy outers". For folks such as my wife working in a bastion of the left, a liberal arts campus, admitting you are an outer to your colleagues will be tough for they will instantly associate her with Nigel Farage, racist Colonels from Surrey and folks who read the Daily Mail. And in campus Britain where the thiought police no platform anyone who is even slightly suspect, being branded a Daily Mail reader is career suicide.
Of course this is hugely unfair. There is a strong and proud tradition of Euroscepticism on the left with Tony Benn a leading figure in this movement. But that has all been forgotten in certain quarters and however much my wife were to mention Pixie Lott, Sigma, Sigala, Phats & Small, DJ Luck and MC Neat, that is to say the cool young pop artists who I have never heard of but are apparently all ardent Brexiters, she would still be viewed as odd. Given the intolerant nature of the University left today one imagines that any outer working in academia wiuld be well advised to be bloody shy.
Chuck in a few terrified public sector workers who are shy outers to the opinion poll mix and you can see why Project Fear may be even more on the back foot than we think. The silly claims from the folks with no business meddling in British affairs just are not working.
Next up? Tony Blair warns that voting to leave the EU will mean that Andy Murray is less likely to win Wimbledon while David Cameron claims that Brexit will cause a sharp increase in global warming with poor little polar bears floating down the thames on the last bits of Arctic ice. And it would all be the fault of Boris and Pixie.
1165 days ago
You might think that pop singer Pixie Lott is just another brainless airhead. Au contraire. Apparently she got straight A's at GCSE despite having to record her first album at the same time and thus she can probably tell President Obama all about events in 1776 which the American leader seems to have forgotten all about.
Back then, the folks in the USA resented bitterly being ruled by an empire over the water. They did not like a man for whom they had not voted ( As Ms Lott knows I refer to George 3rd) stiffing them with taxes which exceded expenditure in the colonies or imposing a lot of unwanted new rules and regulations. And thus the Americans declared their independence.
With no sense of irony, George 3rd, sorry I meant President Obama is planning to fly to the UK to lecture us on why we must vote against Brexit and not enjoy our own independence day on June 23rd. Obama can fuck right off. His intervention is as unwanted as that of the French and German Governments but as with that of the other pro EU campaigner the war criminal Blair, I cannot see anyone reacting positively to his comments.
Instead next month also sees the Brexit campaigners, the outers, reaching out to young people with "rock for Brexit" concert. One can just imagine the crusty old reactionaries at UKIP asking "who is Miss Pixie Lott?" as crusty old Judges once enquired "who are the Beatles?" Times move on.
Who do I believe in Obama (with staight E's at Leading the free world) vs Pixie (with straight A's at GCSE) contest? Natch George 3rd has been wrong on nearly every issue for the past eight years and so I stand with Pixie. Indeed upon reflection perhaps one can interpret her classic "Nasty" as an allegory of Britain's abusive relationship with the EU, it is just that finally Pixie wants to ignore the sexy smile and say NO as the EU really is N-A-S-T-Y!
Come on, just do it, uh
Do it, uh
Do it till you're good and tired
I was sitting all alone, yeah
A lot on my mind
I felt a tap on my shoulder
And I rolled my eyes
I wasn't in the mood for another man
Telling me lies
But how can a girl say no
When you flash that sexy smile?
And you say
"Uh huh, ay hey
Want to see you get nasty
Want to see you shake it down, babe"
N-A-S-T-Y, you're nasty
But baby, I don't mind
I love the way you're talking nasty
You know you're just my type
1166 days ago
I speak as someone who supports - with one massive caveat - free immigration to the UK. But on the matter of EU immigration to Britain the Government is lying to us all and refusing to tell us the real figures. There are two possible reasons for this and either means that Brexit is the only way forward.
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Turkey's record on human rights, free speech on committing genocide against the Kurds on backing ISIS is disgraceful. Ignoring all that, the EU (with Britain involved) is doing a deal with the Turks on the migrants which will still see Europe having to take in millions and will cost us a packet and will see millions of Turks also now heading for Northern Europe. It is an awful deal at every level and Call Me Dave Cameron is at its centre. This should make every waverer decide today to vote for Brexit - the UK cannot afford to be part of the EU Club any longer.
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The Government of David Cameron has today published a document considering the impact on trade and food prices of an EU Brexit. This dodgy dossier contains lies from start to finish as I explain in this podcast.
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Rather unusually it was in my Bearcast today that I discussed some of the myths pushed by those opposing offering sanctuary to refugees from Syria - that can be listened to HERE. In this postcard I despair at UKIP ahead of the 2016 Referendum on staying in the EU and express support for President Putin's policy - as opposed to that of the West - in Syria.
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In March 1821 the Greek war of independence began as the folk in the Mani launched an uprising against the accursed Turks. The Mani, where the Greek Hovel is situated, was always quasi independent anyway but its warlike folk started a fire that could not be supressed. The first major triumph was the storming of the Turk held fortress at Kalamata. No Maniots died but the entire Turkish garrison was slaughtered.
Right now I sit opposite that fortress, in Kalamata bus station having just purchased one more ouzo for the road, to Athens. Tomorrow Greece will formally not pay monies owed to the IMF claiming that it will bundle the payment due then with another due on June 30th. It is now 24 hours away from being technically in default and on June 30 when it has not got a cat in hell's chance of meeting either June payment the can will have been kicked to the end of the cul de sac.
There are some that hope that Greece will compromise. I am not one of them. There are huge debt repayments due in July and August and indeed right up to 2057. Agreeing to draconian cuts in all sorts of things in returning for leaving the kids and grandkids an unsupportable level of debt repayments is no way to behave.
Greece should think of the heroic Maniots of 1821 and tell the EU and IMF where to stick it, default on its debts and leave the problems with other country's banks. Hellas can start again just as it did in the 1820s free from foreign tyranny. It will be painful just as it was in 1821 but it is the only way.
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A UKIP voter tweeted out a UKIP image suggesting that immigration causes, among other things, crime. I disagree. There is not a causal connection per se between all immigration and increased crime in the UK. And so I challenged this thesis.
I now face a volley of abuse from UKIP tweeters. Apparently I am a “leftard”. Hmmm… the various libertarians with whom I discuss shrinking the state in a way that deficit denying UKIP – happily announcing a raft of new spending pledges all paid for by the cost savings from leaving the EU – will be surprised to hear that I am “leftard”.
I support immigration because it makes Britain richer and it makes it more diverse. I am partly descended from Irish immigrants and my wife’s parents came here from India. Had UKIP been in charge sixty years ago, the parents-in-law would not have been able to pay taxes here for fifty years supporting the NHS (as a doctor) and small businesses as an accountant.
We can debate the economics of immigration all day. To assert that immigration causes crime and that anyone who disagrees is a “leftard” may win UKIP some votes. But it is sort of poison that means that, even though I am dyed in the wool Eurosceptic, it will never gain my support.
1669 days ago
In my weekly personal video postcard I look at the issue of the EU’s money grab on Britain, why UKIP is not the answer but why leaving the EU is.
In my financial video postcard I look at the kerfuffle and all the allegations about David Lenigas, Brokerman Daniel, Horse Hill. Neither of the two men are angels. For the avoidance of doubt neither do I claim to be a saint. However both Lenigas and Dan have come in for unfair stick in recent days and I explains why some of that criticism is so wide of the mark.
Yes both men are my friends but if you do not stand by your friends when they are under siege you are no friend. And some of the attacks made are well out of order. That video can be watched HERE
1775 days ago
Greetings from the Greek Hovel. Actually it is not too bad. The Mrs says that it looks quite clean from my photos. Well that is the one habitable room anyway.
I am yet to fit a shower (you might call it a hosepipe and sprinkler attachment) – that is a Monday job so pro tem I am not exactly in pristine condition. I start with a discussion of my first night in the hovel listening to the wildlife trying to get in.
I then move onto the relationship between Church and State here in Greece. As EU taxpayers are bankrolling this country perhaps we should demand that a quite ludicrous arrangement comes to an end?
My weekly financial video postcard discusses how one should revisit your perceptions of a given stock in light of new information coming to light. It can be viewed HERE
1781 days ago
1825 days ago
And so the old parties run by the political classes are running scared of UKIP. After UKIP wins the Euros on Sunday there will be more hand wringing and talk of “we must listen.” Of course they will not. UKIP is not going to win the Westminster elections and so there is a pretence of listening to the voters but it is a sham. Which is why UKIP may not win any or many Westminster seats but it will not go away.
LibLabCon could neutralise it at a strike with just two announcements which negate the poisonous issues of sleaze and Europe.
1. All three party leaders could announce that any MP, starting retrospectively with greedy pig Maria Miller, found guilty of fiddling expenses will lose the party whip at once and not stand at the next election. We plebs find it nauseating that if the Tories win in 2015 the thief Miller will almost certainly once again be a minister. She should be out.
2. The leaders of LibLabCon could agree that on the same day as the 2015 General Election there would be a binding referendum on the question “Do you wish that the UK stays in the EU?” Offer voters that choice and vast swathes of Eurosceptics would leave UKIP and return to the old parties. The people could have their say and there would be little point in voting UKIP. It would have served its purpose.
And as an added bonus the old parties would not have blathered on about how they were going to listen to we plebs. They would actually have listened to us and given us what we want. What, Mr Cameron, Clegg and Miliband is do dreadful about that?
1862 days ago
1880 days ago
In my weekly video postcard I discuss the three reasons why I plan to hold my nose and vote UKIP in the Euro Elections on May 22nd. The only thing that might dissuade me from this is some of the utterly bogus scaremongering that some of the fruitcakes following UKIP Fuhrer Nigel Farage over the top come out with. For scaremongering to work it has to be vaguely plausible and that brings me to UKIP loon of the day, Councillor Suzanne Evans who is apparently UKIP’s National Communities spokesperson (whatever that is).
Cllr Evans (@SuzanneEvans1) tweets today:
“So it has finally come to this: Euro-court outlaws criticism of EU - http://fw.to/MGg3gIM Be afraid. Be very afraid. #EUSSR”
Cripes will I be sharing a cell with Uncle Chris (Booker), Ms Evans and Farage before long? Time to be fearful.
But then hit the link. It is to an article published on the 7th March 2001 – more than 13 years ago! Since then myself, Booker, Farage, Evans and hundreds of thousands of other folk have been bashing the Evil Empire on a daily basis and none of us have been prosecuted. The article was clearly rubbish back then but to cite it as evidence of a new threat today is incredibly amateurish scaremongering indeed.
Councillor Evans is UKIP fruitcake of the day. Her party can have my vote in the Euros but if halfwits like her came anywhere close to achieving real power I would view the matter rather differently.
1880 days ago
My weekly video postcard is longer than usual as I will probably not record another for two weeks.
I am now 100% focussed on preparing for the UK Investor Show on Saturday April 5 and I touch on what I am looking forward to next week most, notably the shareholder activism session. You can still grab one of the last 50 seats going by clicking HERE.
After that I am off to Greece and I shall be sending back a few videos from a country which, I shall argue, has suffered both from being in the Euro but also from EU membership.
In that vein the meat of this video postcard covers the three reasons why, holding my nose, I shall almost certainly vote UKIP on May 22nd.
Tom’s weekly financial postcard covers Minoan, EMED, Globo, Gulf Keystone and more on the UK Investor Show. To watch that video click HERE
1893 days ago
The EU and USA are not recognising the referendum in Crimea. In both zones the political classes simply fail to understand that democracy is the will of the people and that for almost 100 years an abiding principle of international law has been the principle of self-determination.
Today I feel more strongly as ever on this matter.
The referendum in the Crimea was not perfect. I am not sure that 95% of Crimeans really wanted to rejoin Russia. But the vast majority clearly did. And as such let the people have their say.
In contrast when the people of, say, Ireland have voted no to the concentration of powers within the EU, the leaders of the Evil Empire have simply bullied them and told them to think again.
In Kosovo the 1991 referendum was clearly somewhat flawed. Would you as a minority Serbian have rushed back to your burned out village to vote? But most Kosovans wanted to be free of Serbia – that was clear and so the EU recognised the result. Natch the EU did not recognise referendums held in Northern Kosovan districts in 2012 which – with a Serbian majority population - voted to leave Kosovo.
For the EU referendums are only valid if the little people vote the right way. Otherwise they are either not recognised or the little people are told to vote again. This is not democracy. What has happened in Crimea is democracy. And as such we should be supporting it and the principle of self-determination without reservation.
The UK should today be imposing sanctions on Belgium and confiscating the assets of anyone employed by the Evil Empire at a senior level in order to show our support for democracy and self-determination and our opposition to those who seek to deny the wishes of the people if those wishes are “inconvenient.”
1900 days ago
It did not gain much coverage in the UK press but last week the Israeli Navy intercepted a boat called the Klos C which was on its way from Iran, carrying a very special cargo, ultimately destined for the Hamas regime in Gaza.
This is the regime which receives vast amounts of funding from the EU every year. It is a regime which, according to the EU and other apologists for any crime committed against Israel is peace living and only acts in defence. So what was the Klos C carrying?
It was carrying missiles with the ability to hit any spot within the State of Israel and to kill Jews. For that is what Hamas is committed to. Of course when the Israeli Defence Forces intercepts ships with cargos ultimately bound for Gaza to stop deathly weapons getting through this is viewed as an act of aggression by its apologists in the West.
And so I ask you for suitable captions for this picture, the winner getting a discount voucher to Maribelle's
For what it is worth my entry is: “Fresh from creating harmony to the Ukraine, EU foreign minister Baroness Ashton issues a message of thanks to the people of Iran for their assistance in creating a one-state final solution to the problems in Palestine.”
Last week I asked you for captions to this picture of a man born with a silver spoon in his mouth who has never done a useful day’s work in his life and also of Prince Phillip.
The impartial judge (my cat Tara) reckons that the best entry came from me, viz:
"Okay that is Fergie taken care of now where should we put Boris Johnson?"
I hope that you can do better than me this week – post your entries in the comments section below.
1905 days ago
The democratically elected President of Ukraine was a prize rotter but was ousted in a coup. The EU supported that coup because the old guy was not so keen on joining the warm embrace of the EU.
The Ukraine is bankrupt. It is set to default on its debts because a) its bloated Government spends too much, b) it was and probably still is run by crooks.
Large parts of the Ukraine do not want to join the EU. Sadly those large parts are generally the economically viable Russian speaking parts in the East. It is the unviable Western bits that wish to sign up to the joys of the EU. And, having prompted this mess with its meddling, the EU now wishes to send 11 billion Euro off out east. But hang on a sec? The EU has its own deficit. It has only just asked the UK to pony up an extra couple of billion quid to cover that black hole. Several of its existing members (Greece, Spain, Italy, etc) are themselves bust.
Where is this 11 billion coming from? The bloody Money Tree of course. That is to say taxpayers in the not yet bust EU countries now. And future generations of taxpayers in any EU country that is still solvent in years to come.
Grotesquely overpaid politicians love spending other folk’s cash and the EU serves up the worst offenders in this respect – step forward Cathy Ashton, for example. When will it learn its lesson: a) stop meddling outside the EU, b) sort out your own near-terminal problems before trying to fix those of others?
The EU fostered the coup and now wishes to send your cash to support a regime containing a good sprinkling of Jew hating neo-Nazis. It should instead be apologising, firing the lead meddlers and allowing Ukraine to go bust and market forces to work their magic.
Which country has done better since it faced bankruptcy Greece or Iceland. The former gets the EU bailouts, the crooks stay in charge and is still bust with its population facing economic Armageddon. The latter went bust, sent the crooks to gaol, reconstructed and is now the fastest growing economy in Europe.
I guess Ukraine wishes to follow the Greek model.
1908 days ago
I doubt that this will be popular but the mess that is the Ukraine today is not the fault of Russia but of liberal leaders in the West who just cannot stop meddling in other folk’s affairs. As for the response of Vladimir Putin and Russia, I have every sympathy with the old tyrant. On this occasion his actions are utterly defensible.
Let’s start with the overthrow of the crooked former President Yanukovych. There is no doubt that he was looting state coffers and was not a very nice man. He was, however, democratically elected. The EU has been trying to get the Ukraine into its orbit with a treaty of co-operation for a couple of years. The President was not helpful. So the West meddled.
The West does not really understand that the Ukraine is not exactly a homogenous block. It should perhaps have looked back to the last War when most Ukrainians fought alongside the Russians but a good number fought either for an Independent Ukraine or actually fought with Germany. But heck that is history so who cares, the EU marches on.
And so we supported tacitly and indeed verbally those who wished to overthrow the President. Senior EU politicians flocked to Ukraine to offer support. Why? It was none of our god damn business. Look at the speeches of US Politicians such as John Kerry but also the truly abysmal EU Foreign Secretary Baroness Ashton. As in Syria we back the rebels against an unpleasant regime just assuming that your enemy’s enemy is your best pal. As in Syria we are wrong.
I accept that many of those who protested in Kiev are good folks who would feel at home in a liberal Western democracy. But the hard-core, the ones that held firm against the riot police? Think again. Those hard core are the militant wings of political parties that are now represented in Parliament. Watch some recent interviews. I quote the leader of one of the largest militias (interviewed on the BBC) “We are nationalists, we want a country for Ukrainians…that means without any Russians…or Jews.” These are the folks – some of whom openly admire Hitler – the West has stirred up and encouraged.
I accept that most of the new Ukrainian Government are not Jew haters. But their attitudes to the sizeable Russian minorities in the conglomeration of territories that is the Ukraine is less than welcoming. One of the first acts of the new Government was to scrap a law which recognised Russian as an official language. This sent a clear signal to the Ukraine’s ethnically Russian citizens that their rights and liberties were in danger. It is no surprise that since the “glorious revolution” 143,000 ethnic Russians from the Ukraine have sought asylum in the mother country.
President Putin has every right to look after the interests of ethnic Russians since the West was doing little to do so, so busy was it cheering on the Glorious revolution. One might go further and say that parts of the Ukraine really should not be in the Ukraine at all. The Crimean region was part of Russia until 1954 when in an act of folly President Khrushchev handed it over to the Ukraine. Inside the happy family of the USSR this mattered little. Today it matters quite a lot. Most folks in that region are Russian. Would they rather live in:
b) A Ukraine where Russians feel threatened and where some members of the Government are openly hostile to Russians.
I support self-determination everywhere – whether it be in Port Stanley, Gibraltar or in Sevastopol. There is no doubt that in the Crimea ( as well as in certain other districts of Eastern Ukraine which only became part of that territory under Lenin) a plebiscite would support a union with Russia rather than remaining in the Ukraine.
That the leaders of the West are now selectively opposing self-determination is just typical. What does the EU know about democracy? That they are condemning Russian military intervention is also rank hypocrisy. At least Putin is intervening to protect his fellow Russians from a mess the West helped to create. What was our excuse in intervening in, say, Iraq?
The break-up of the Ukraine is no great evil. Look at the “real Ukraine” of 1654 and it is a tiny little place. The Ukraine of today is an artificially created country with peoples forced together. The West should encourage district by district plebiscites. Much of Eastern Ukraine and the Crimea would become Russian. Good luck to them.
The corrupt, economically challenged, western part of the Ukraine with its bloated Government bureaucracy could then decide its own fate. In many ways it seems an ideal candidate to join the happy band of brothers that is the EU and Eurozone although I guess that it might have to tone down the Jew hating a bit.
As to the leaders of the West, I despair. When will we learn to stop meddling in the affairs of other countries suffering an inevitable “blowback” as Ron Paul has termed it? Surely we have enough domestic issues to deal with. Perhaps if we might fix the vast Government deficits and debts, bloated State systems and unstable currencies that blight both Europe and the US then we could start thinking about lecturing others on how to Govern their countries. Even then it would be better not to interfere at all. It never has the desired effect.
1951 days ago
UKIP Councillor David Silvester has written to his local paper in Henley, arguing that the recent storms to hit Britain were God’s punishment on David Cameron for legalising gay marriage. Hmmmm.
UKIP says that this is not official party policy but that every party member has his or her right to express their beliefs. Well how jolly tolerant. For that I applaud UKIP but it could have gone one step further and added that on this matter Councillor Silvester has views which can only be described as completely bonkers bordering on offensive in a bigoted way.
UKIP claims to be a libertarian party. One would have thought that to describe Councillor Silvester’s views as libertarian would be pushing it a little. As libertarians we should support the rights of this bigoted old fruitcake to say whatever he wants. But we should also be allowed to and instinctively feel the need to express the view that such views are pretty repellent and clearly do mark Silvester out as a bigoted old fruitcake.
UKIP keeps on having these episodes where party activists are exposed as bigoted nutters. The UKIP line – as expressed to me by a national organiser – is that “we have one or two backwoodsman who will embarrass us now and again.”
The trouble is that it is not one or two but rather too many UKIP members who clear hold some rather unpleasant views about homosexuals, immigrants, Jews and other minorities.
You can bet your bottom Euro that Silvester will not be the only UKIP nutter to emerge in 2014. I suspect that will not deter many of us from holding our nose and voting UKIP in the Euros just because the established political parties are so awful and because we hate the EU. But when it comes to a REAL election will quite so many folks really want to send some of the loons who fly the flag for Fuhrer Farage to Westminster? Somehow I doubt it.
1965 days ago
I stumbled on this video today where Tory MEP Dan Hannan, who is easily the cleverest Tory going, puts three Euro-loons (headed by the almost comical Lib Dem MEP Sir Graham Watson) utterly to the sword. This is a breathtakingly good indictment of the Evil Empire.
1992 days ago
High profile defector to UKIP Victoria Ayling is now exposed on camera saying about immigrants that she wants to “send them all back.” UKIP Fuhrer, Nigel Farage says that this is “slightly odd”. No, Nigel it is despicable. What do you not understand about that?
If Mrs Ayling ends up wielding power in a Farage Government (unlikely, I admit, on two counts) she would presumably be despatching my parents-in-law back to India after 60 years of hard tax-paying slog in this country. Would my wife get booted out too? Perhaps Mr Farage might wish to clarify this point? Having watched this racist old bag (I refer to Mrs Ayling not my Mrs) on video there is nothing “odd” about her views, they are merely abhorrent.
Incidentally would the Ayling diktat apply to Europeans in a UKIP run UK outside of the EU? I guess that means that Mrs Farage would be on the banana boat with my in-laws as she is German. Or perhaps Mrs Ayling only has a problem with non-whites?
The UK has an ageing population as well as a large number of folks who would rather live on welfare than take low paid jobs. We need immigration desperately if we are to thrive as an economy. We also need welfare reform. In his heart I know that Farage accepts both of these points but for electoral purposes he’d far rather play a simple tune on his wolf-whistle: “UKIP is tough on immigration.”
And if that means having folks like Mrs Ayling in his camp he seems happy to play along.
Shame on you Farage.
2015 days ago
If you were not short of reasons to leave the Evil Empire…here is another one. There is little doubt that the good folks of Gibraltar want to remain British. But bankrupt Spain has other ideas and has been turning up the heat on this issue with ludicrous border restrictions. And whose side is the EU on? Obviously..
The EU commission today states that it
“has not found evidence to conclude that checks on persons and goods as operated by the Spanish authorities at the crossing point of La Linea de la Conception have infringted the relevant provisions of Union law.”
What the fuck? But it gets worse. The EU has decided that if anyone is doing anything wrong it is the wicked British and is demanding that we:
“develop risk based profiling (in particular Gibraltar should ensure non-systematic and risk analysis based checks on travellers and their belongings upon exit from Gibraltar, optimising legislationand safeguards in view of contributing to an efficient fight against tobaccosmiuggling; and develop the exchange of intelligence on tobacco smuggling with Spain.”
So what is that about a single market? Jeux sans frontiers, etc.
2040 days ago
Why do these fools set themselves up for humiliation? Well if you are President of the Evil Empire you are used to it. And so this afternoon Herman Van Rompuy (@auHvR) tweeted: Welcome all to this live Twitter Q&A on innovation. I may not answer all Qs, but will try to answer as many as possible #Askthepresident – if he was expecting not to get any questions he was in for a shock. Tosser! You deserve it. Here is the best of #Askthepresident
The day the Evil Empire met British twitter users at their best and was trashed:
Why is it that the EU is the trading bloc where economic growth is most sluggish, with a declining share of world trade? #AskthePresident
#Askthepresident Do you have any idea when the eu will be able to present their audited accounts?
#Askthepresident You are aware that no one actually likes you, yes?
How many votes did you win by ? Who came second #askthepresident
#Askthepresident how does it feel to have control in more european countries than Hitler managed even though Hitler was elected?
#Askthepresident What's your favorite cheese? Oh yeah, and who the fuck voted you in ya cunt? But mostly, what's your favorite cheese?
#AskThePresident My banana looks a bit too bent. Is it safe to eat?
#AskthePresident Greece just called you a poof and wants to see you in the car park. Well?
Which of your advisers thought this was a good idea? Are you now really cross with them? #AskthePresident
For what it is worth my own effort has yet to get a reply:
Tom Winnifrith @TomWinnifrith
#AskthePresident - with youth unemployment at 60%+ please explain why Spain & Greece have gained from joining the Euro?
2081 days ago
I think you know that I love Greece as does the Deluded Lefty, I mean the Mrs. What is there not to love about this place? Hmmmm.
There is the Greek two kilometres. How far is it to the nearest taverna from our hotel? We asked the man at the local taverna which did not actually serve food and did not seem terribly strong on the drink front either. Two kilometres he said. Our hearts sank.
Both of us have been here often enough to know that even when a sign says two kilometres it might actually mean five kilometres – it is just a random gesture thrown up casually like a pebble on the beach. And so off we strode in the midday sun.
After a short while we came to an area where – in the Good times – the local municipality had built a pavement by the side of the road. It had also erected some ghastly faux-vintage street lights. It was not as if there were any houses nearby but in the good times, EU money funded such schemes. The pavement is now overgrown and none of the lights work but it is a reminder of the good old days.
Why when the EU cash was flowing no-one invested in a sewerage system that allowed one to flush loo paper down the pan rather than place it in a bucket is something I never figured. I guess that was not a vanity project. But I digress...
Knock me down with a feather, when after only around one kilometre we stumbled across the taverna. For the first time in my life a Greek distance estimate was wrong the right way. As an added bonus it was a downhill walk after lunch.
Then there is our hotel which is one of the smartest I have stayed in in my life. This is posh Greece. Hmmm.
So that means that the internet works. Sometimes. The Mrs thinks that this is a good thing. Except when she wants for the nth time to check if any more wedding photos have been uploaded to her wedding photo site. Oddly most of those that have been uploaded have been of the stunning bride rather than the groom. I cannot think why.
The hotel has just called to say we are checking out today. No we are not I said. But our records show…. Well they are wrong said I. And put the phone down. They called back to say their records were correct. No they are not said I and put the phone down. They have just called again to say that their records were wrong and that they hoped we enjoyed another night here.
That means another night of inviting the hotel kitten into our rooms where we have secreted some meats we half-inched from breakfast in order to give the little creature its first decent meal in weeks. And another day of doing not very much at all.
Only one phone call with Dan Levi today. And one from a former colleague at the old place. Breaking news on that front on Monday. For now it is back to the honeymoon. I am behaving myself. And Greece is Greece.
2124 days ago
Last week the EU took three decisions regarding Israel which are in short despicable and take the Jew hating stance of the Evil Empire to new levels. Led by the former CND activist and total non-entity Baroness Ashton (the EU Foreign Secretary), the Evil Empire has plunged to new depths.
The first two measures impose trade sanctions on Israel. Any goods produced beyond the 1949 Armistice lines will now have to be flagged up with specific labelling and any entity with an address beyond those lines will be deni8ed any EU contracts or funding. The 1949 Armistice lines are not Israel’s borders but merely the point at which Arab armies were halted as they tried to wipe out the Jewish state at birth. So areas which the UN recognises as Israeli and which are Israeli under International law will be targeted by the EU.
Frankly, economically successful Israel does not need money from bankrupt Europe and so can stand on its own two feet. But having to wear a “yellow star” on your goods has kind of sinister undertones.
The third measure is the truly vile one. You will remember that in the West we are meant to be fighting a “war on terror”, tracking down the sort of evil which sees rockets fired on innocent men women and children and suicide bombers head onto buses? Remember that? Well I guess it doesn’t matter to the EU if those innocent men, women and children are only frigging Jews.
The EU has at last recognised that Hezbollah's "military wing" is a terrorist organization – in that it is responsible for sending those rockets, suicide bombers etc. However the EU has also stated that the political wing of Hezbollah is a legitimate body and thus as long as they say they are “part of the political wing” Hezbollah personnel and Hezbollah institutions can operate with utter freedom in Europe raising money, planning attacks, and recruiting terrorists.
To quote the uber excellent Caroline Glick: “In other words, all Hezbollah operations directed against Israel and Jews will remain lawful in Europe.”
I guess Baroness Ashton always thought that Saint Gerry of Adams and the Butcher McGuiness were nice folks who had nothing to do with the IRA at all?
In short the EU has in one week moved down the road to a yellow star regime of economic sanctions against the Israeli state while at the same time made it easier for a terrorist organisation committed under its charter to pushing all the frigging Jews into the Sea to expand its operations from the sanctuary of Europe.
Not in my name Baroness Ashton and the EU. What shall I do about it? I shall increase my personal commitment to buying goods and services made in Israel. Stick your Yellow Stars where you like I am buying more.
As for Hezbollah just remember Pastor Niemoller. First they came for the Jews. Well I know the EU does not care about frigging Jews. Then they came for the homosexuals. Well the EU tends to overlook what happens to members of the LGBT community in Gaza these days (hint: it involves either stones or concrete, not a free and joyous celebration of pride). And then the wider Islamofascist terror alliance came for stupid, idiotic, Western liberals who have acted as their patsies for years and started blowing up buses in London, Brussels and Madrid. Baroness Ashton I am talking about YOU.
2143 days ago
2146 days ago
Larissa is the birthplace of Achilles and the provincial capital of Thessaly. It is a fairly sleepy town of 162,000 people which is nor rich, or certainly shouldn’t be, since the mainstay of the regional economy is small scale farming. How odd then that ownership of Porsche Cayenne’s per head of population in this town was twice the OECD average. Hmmmmm.
Welcome to the 100 sheep trick from the good old days. Each Greek farmer got a large EU grant per sheep. The EU did have to inspect the sheep but had to pre-arrange its visits with the local Mayor. There are ten farmers each owning 20 sheep. The inspector arrives and finds that farmer A has 100 sheep. The mayor takes him to a farm on the other side of town owned by farmer B where there are also 100 sheep. Back to farmer C where there are also 100 sheep and so on. The inspector is not Welsh so fails to twig that by the end of his visit he has seen the same 200 sheep five times each.
The grants are duly handed out to all ten farmers. They then employ one Albanian on peanuts to look after 200 sheep and head off in their Porsche Cayenne’s to the village square to drink coffee.
Everyone in Greece knew this was going on but no-one complained. The EU was spending other people’s money (er yours and mine) and so did not care. It was great that Greece had joined the Evil Empire which now reached from the Shetlands to within a couple of miles of Asia. Party on…
Yes I feel sorry for the Greek people and for poor Hellas. But it is worth remembering that in the good times more than a few Greeks trousered it big time and we paid for that.
2159 days ago
Is it time to sell everything? Probably not but it is quite possible that all asset classes will fall sharply in the coming weeks and months. – Well that is the theme of my financial video postcard this week which you can watch on Shareprophets.com here.
The political postcard focusses on the Euro, the EU, State sponsored theft and the end game. I sense that we Eurosceptics are about to be vindicated big time and soon.
2171 days ago
Trying to find out how much money the EU has given to Gaza in aid is almost impossible but you will be delighted to know that we are the biggest backers of this regime. And so just what sort of regime are we shovelling cash to? In that vein I read press reports this week where senior court official Khaled el-Batash argued that Gaza courts should have their own police, who would implement court rulings by publicly executing condemned criminals.
Public executions would serve to deter Gaza residents from serious crime, he argued. The Hamas regime has already reintroduced the death penalty for a number of crimes, among them murder, rape, drug dealing, and - the most heinous of all, "collaborating" with Israel. That charge is appled to those who who provide information on terrorist activity that is used to assassinate terrorists or otherwise thwart attacks. In other words if I report a potential suicide bomber or the site of an illegal rocket launcher to the wicked Jews I can be executed.
Some of these executions have indeed occurred without a formal trial and in public but it seems now that the “moderates” are on the back foot and that there is a push for more public executions. And this from a regime that is only solvent because of EU aid. It is always good to know that my taxes are going to such good causes.
2171 days ago
The world has got cooler since 1998 – even the Met Office admits this. We have skiing in Central Europe in June. But the last bastion of global warming nutters is predictably enough the EU. I bring you a real delight – the EU long range weather forecasts 2071-2100. As you can see “The rain in Spain falls…nowhere” We can all look forward to no rain, stacks of tropical nights and the Sahara desert crossing the Mediterranean and creeping up towards Switzerland. Sheer fantasy. Your money.
The link is here
2180 days ago
In four weeks’ time the happy band of brothers that is the EU will welcome a new member – its 28th. Welcome aboard Croatia you do not know all the fun you have been missing.
The unemployment rate in Croatia is 20.9% (against a Eurozone average of 12.2%) while youth unemployment is already 51.8%. So in terms of making this a greater “common market” what will be the added trade benefits to Britain of welcoming this economic basket case on board? Er…exactly.
But of course it means that Croats can now pack their bags and seek employment or claim benefits elsewhere in Europe. The first flight (one way) out of Zadar, Croatia to London Stansted after July 1st is on July 3rd and costs 47.99 Euro with Ryanair. You kind of sense that it will be sold out soon.
As an employer I welcome more cheap labour. Persuading a native Brit to come off welfare and earn £16,000 as a waitress is pretty much impossible and so the EU provides an answer. I gather that there are some good looking birds in Croatia and so I am not grumbling.
But I am not sure that on balance, the addition of another country which will be a net taker from EU funds really makes the case for the UK staying in the Evil Empire any more compelling.
As for Croatia presumably with its economy already fucked it can do a few Greek style fiddles and compound its misery by applying to join the Euro. At which point youth unemployment of 51.8% will seem like the “good old days.” Although perhaps not quite as good as the the glory days the last time it linked up in an Axis lead by Germany.
2182 days ago
I see that the EU is lifting its embargo on arms sales to Syria at the insistence of Britain and France. Why UK trade policy should be dictated by the Evil Empire escapes me but that is not the issue here – the concern is that the UK is set to give weapons to the FSA ( the coalition fighting President Assad). This is sheer insanity.
For the past few months the Western powers have tried to show that Assad is a truly evil man committing war crimes on a daily basis. It is surely only a matter of Time before Tony Blair pops up to suggest that he has Weapons of Mass Destruction capable of hitting Britain in 45 minutes. The agenda all along has been to supply arms to the rebels.
Of course evidence on the ground shows that both sides in Syria are committing atrocities on a daily basis. William Hague may feel able to play God and decide that one side is better than the other but I cannot. Both seem utterly loathsome.
One thing that is clear is that large numbers of the rebel forces are Islamofascist with many being directly involved with Al Qaeda and associated organisations. Jihadists from across the globe including some of our fellow British citizens are fighting as part of the FSA. When this conflict ends they will move on to a new battlefield: Gaza, Iraq, Libya, and Woolwich..
The idea that we supply armaments to folks who ultimately hate the West almost as much as they hate Assad is absurd. What will Hague say when a British soldier or civilian is killed with a weapon which was originally sent by this country to the FSA in Syria? Ooops. Sorry. I forgot about that Bin Laden chappy who we gave weapons to in Afghanistan. What will you say Hague?
Time and time again the West forgets about what Ron Paul calls “blowback.” We meddle in countries with intentions which are sometimes good but ultimately that meddling wins us now friends and in the end all we do is create new enemies (and in this case enemies we arm). Has our meddling in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya or Egypt created stable regimes? No. Has it won us friends in these countries? Not many. Who is now running them or will run them soon? Islamofascists. Does that make British citizens safer? No. Does it make us more likely to be attacked? Yes.
Britain is bankrupt. We cannot afford to meddle even if we knew that it would create a good end game. But it never does. Syria faces a civil war between tow ghastly murderous camps. The best thing that we can do is to let them get on with it.
The policy we are embarking on is at every level sheer madness.
2210 days ago
147 net gains for UKIP on Thursday was a political earthquake. The political class is scared. They do not like it up ‘em.
Like most folks I was first attracted to UKIP over the EU. It wants out of the Evil Empire and so do I. Does it have any other policies? Yes. Do I agree with all of them? No. But where we disagree on matters like immigration UKIP at least accepts that the current system (easy entry + free welfare) is a joke and unworkable. UKIP would make entry impossible & keep welfare, I would make it automatic but scrap the welfare.
My point is that UKIP is instinctively right in that it sees – as do – most folks in Britain – that there is a vast problem. In its DNA UKIP is on the right track. The established parties have – for years – made it clear that the immigration system needed minor adjustments. They have lied about the scale of immigration, tarred anyone who questioned the system as a racist and then occasionally made tiny changes which stop skilled workers coming here ( who we want) in order to win grubby votes and Daily Mail headlines.
And so when David Cameron or Ken Clarke or any of the other mainstream politicos of all three parties tarred UKIP as racist in the past they meant it. That is what they actually believed. When they now say they are “listening” and must “connect with the views of those who voted UKIP” it is just another big fat lie. It is a lie born out of desperation.
And that brings us to David Cameron. Instinctively Nigel Farage is what we might describe as a Tory in the Thatcher mould. He believes in a small state, is Eurosceptic, feels no need to piss billions away on aid to despots, tackling bogus global warming scares, etc. I do not always agree with his solution but the DNA of Farage and UKIP is to call it correctly or at least to boldly state that a problem exists.
Cameron on the other hand has lived a closeted existence (like most of the political elite). The same sort of schools, the same Universities, the same utter lack of real world job experience and thus the same total lack of understanding of how most folks actually live and think. So can he be instinctively right about anything? No. All he wants to do is win elections. He thought he could do that by protecting foreign aid and jumping on the global warming bandwagon to make the Tories “nice.” If he thought that winning power meant abolishing foreign aid altogether and stating that global warming was bogus he would do it. Does he actually believe in any of it? No.
And so now he says that he wants to ensure that we get a referendum on the EU in 2017 by passing legislation now. This is all Westminster Willy waving. If Thatcher were leading the Tories she would say “there will be a referendum NOW.”
And so when Cameron says that he will now “listen to the little people” you should ask “why the hell were you not listening before?” And then ask yourself will he act on what he hears? The answer is probably not a lot and if so only grudgingly. And if UKIP went up in smoke not at all.
If UKIP was in power it would attract folks from the political classes and elite and I would probably start to despise and mistrust it too. But right now it is not. And since there is no ideological difference of note between the three grubby parties of old (most of whose leading MPs had to hand back cash they stole from us via expenses) I can see no reason to abandon UKIP. The protest will go on and hopefully grow. And Cameron is a good reason (as are his fellow Oxbridge PPE, never had a proper job, pals Miliband and Clegg) for that growth to continue.
2211 days ago
As I sit at Bristol Temple Meads preparing to head up to London it is 8.30 AM and just 7 of 34 councils have declared the local results from last night. But already it is clear that the ONLY clear winner is UKIP. There is little doubt that Nigel Farage’s party will make further big gains from the other 27 counts and that it is a triumph. But does it mean much?
The results are pretty spectacular given that four years ago UKIP stood in few of these seats. In other words they have come from nowhere. As things stand UKIP is on 42 seats (level pegging with Labour) and a net 42 ahead. The Tories are 66 down, the Lib Dems 15 down and Labour 30 ahead. Where UKIP has stood it has averaged 27% of the vote and should gain c20% overall – well ahead of the Lib Dems and not far behind Labour.
So what does it mean? The easy calls first.
Together with its abject result in the South Shields by-election (the worst by a major party since 1948) the locals are a disaster for Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems. There will be yet more angry beardy weirdies losing their seats today and calls for Clegg to go will be heard. To sacrifice your principles in pursuit of power (secret courts, gagging the press, etc.) is bad enough. To sacrifice your activist base with their cushy Councillors allowances as well is a disaster. It is hard to see the Lib Dems making anything other than big losses come the General Election.
Folks like my Dad had hoped that UKIP would take mainly Tory votes so let the Lib Dems win in all those traditional Blue on Yellow contests. But the Lib Dem vote has just evaporated going to Labour, the Tories, to UKIP in big numbers and just to nowhere. What is the point of the Lib Dems anymore? No longer a protest vote they have no principles either. Can it still be described as “one of the three main parties?”
Labour should have done marginally better. It has also lost votes to UKIP and also to “I can’t be bothered.” But in largely rural areas this was never going to be a night for big headline gains. It is probably satisfied enough given the problems facing the other “main parties.”
Call Me Dave’s Tories had prepared the ground for a disaster by saying that they expected to lose 350 seats. They will thus meet those low expectations and say “midterm blues, we are listening, blah, blah, blah.” Well maybe, but it strikes me that the results are pretty dire and UKIP is clearly eating into its vote.
It is all very well to say that this is just a protest. But I sense that the same people will protest in the same way in next year’s Euro elections. It might just become a habit for some of us.
And so to UKIP. It has done spectacularly well in terms of seat gains and its percent of the vote. It will gain more than 100 seats so confounding the polls. It is winning in Counties up and down the land although the results from Lincolnshire (where migrant workers are an issue) are a real stand out. Its activists are the only activists of any party to be en thu9sed and will be out recruiting and building up the party all summer. It is perfectly conceivable that by the end of 2014 UKIP will have more party members than the Lib Dems.
Will this ever translate into MPs? That is a harder call. But for a postal voting set up by the political elite to protect incumbent parties UKIP would have won Eastleigh and come close in South Shields. At this rate it will win a by-election at some stage.
The old parties dismiss UKIP as a protest vote, a party without policies and a home for fruitcakes, racists and assorted loons. They do so at their peril. On Question Time last night, David Starkey ( more on this later) was bang on the money when he described the anger at the failure of the established and quasi hereditary political and media elite to address the real concerns of we mere plebs while, ostentatiously living the high life at our expense.
I disagree with UKIP on immigration. But there is a debate that should be heard. However the main parties have closed down that debate by branding anyone who raises the issue a racist. That fat old career politician scumbag Ken Clarke was at it again last weekend.
On a day when Russian scientists warned that we now face a period of global cooling, I saw Alan Johnson dismiss UKIP as loons because they did not believe in global warming. Bloody hell the next thing you know UKIP will dare to suggest that the Earth is not flat. Bloody loons. Actually Alan, the loons are the political elite who have spent squillions and raised taxes for we mere plebs to fight Global warming on the back of bogus science. The elite just knew better. It always does. And that is why so many of we plebs hold you all in contempt.
Did I mention MPs expenses? Westminster is still packed with proven fiddlers – men and women who stole from the taxpayer. And I am told that UKIP are clowns or lectured that I am racist if I do not vote for parties lead by thieves?
And there is Europe. The UK clearly wants a vote now. Not in 2017. And we want to vote No. Yet the mainstream parties force on the mere plebs silly votes on voting systems or whether we want elected Mayors or on which nonentity will waste our cash as a Police Commissioner but deny us a say on this matter. It is too important and complicated for it to be left to the plebs.
And we are told that the TV debates in 2015 will feature the leaders of the three main parties only. This is a win win for UKIP. If it is allowed into the debate Farage will tear the three lightweight main party leaders to shreds. If he is excluded (given that it will win the Euro elections next year) that will clearly be a scandal and will ram home the point that the political elite want not open debate but simply to protect the status quo.
So yes, UKIP did well on protest. But if the main parties continue to support expense fiddling MPs and to ignore the wishes of the electorate on a wide range of issues and to clearly gang up on UKIP to protect the status quo, that protest vote will harden. The choice in the 2015 General Election will be between three parties offering candidates from the “beltway classes” and a basically pro-European social democrat platform and a refusal to address or discuss awkward issues. I cannot see why anyone would be enthused to vote for this and UKIP is now a credible fourth way.
2213 days ago
At 8 degrees - the swimming temperature is chalked on a board each day – these intoxicating waters of Hampstead Heath, sparkling and dancing in the early morning sun of an early May morning have the coolness and body of champagne; perhaps a Dom Perignon 55 in deference to Ian Fleming, who once lived nearby and who may have had a swim or two here in his days living on the edge of Hampstead Heath. All Etonians are taught to swim after all. The idea of 007 swimming in champagne seems perfectly normal. The water clinches you in a thrillingly cool embrace that would have pleased Her Majesty’s secret agent, as it does me. Did not 007 seduce some gorgeous foreign agent by a river whilst sipping the classic vintage? I trust the lady was stirred but not shaken.
Pond swimming prompts the imagination. I consider the policies of our Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne - wondering if he could in fact be a vampire; an economic Count Dracula, sucking demand out of the neck of the British economy in the name of Friedrich Hayek who has a name that sounds suspiciously Transylvanian to my British ears. There is a vampire tenacity about George, as he keeps on seeking and sucking the lifeblood of economic demand; the victim turning an ever deathly white. As with all vampires, there seems no intellectual intermediation of a fearful mindless compulsion. Nothing can prevent him it seems, from rising from the coffin of his economic policy each night! Not even Christine Largarde of the IMF wearing a garlic around neck and carrying a crucifix in front of here. In literary terms, it is Bram Stoker meets a Greek tragedy by Sophocles in which, George turns the British economy into the zombie like walking dead of a modern Euroland Greece. In fact the whole of northern Europe from Berlin to London seems to be in the grip of an empire of policy vampires.
The champagne quality water laps about my own neck and shoulders as I swim on. The flying creatures above fortunately proving to be swallows lately arrived from South Africa not vampires; anyway it is after dawn. Having heard the economic policy of Nigel Farage, I realize that he too has been bitten by the super austerity of vampires. They say he stays out late out night! One wonders why he wants to quit a European Union that is following his own economic policy? We shall need to bury them all, along with the ideas of Friedrich Hayek at some cross roads, at midnight, with wooden stakes at the ready. That may be the only way I fear.
Having swum for thirty minutes I climb up the steps back onto the small jetty and dry myself. I gaze back at the Vive Clicquot waters sparkling in the hope and light of a springtime morning
Robert Sutherland Smith
2215 days ago
2229 days ago
In Greece youth unemployment is c60%. Ditto Spain. In Eire 30%. But these figures dramatically understate, yes I repeat understate, what is going on and it is the Euro that is to blame. An entire generation across much of Europe is being pulverized, systematically smashed and it is the Euro worshipping leaders of the same countries who are to blame. This is almost a crime against humanity.
Why the understatement? Emigration. Last year 90,000 people left Ireland. Nearly all were young people without jobs. Young Spaniards, Greeks, Italians have all flocked to North America, Australia and above all to London in search of work. I have noted before that not a day goes by when I do not have five or six young Southern European walk into my restaurant with a perfectly typed CV asking for work. If the young folk of the PIIGS nations did not have the ability to seek work outside the Eurozone then youth unemployment in Spain and Greece would be 70% or higher and in Eire it would already be at 40% plus. And in all cases the numbers rise day by day. There are just no jobs going.
The austerity measures imposed as a condition of bailouts means that life is getting worse. Youth unemployment and emigration numbers will both climb again in 2013. And of course it is the brightest and most driven youngsters who are emigrating. The long term implications for economic growth in these countries of this generation specific diaspora are truly dire. It is, incidentally, great news for the economy of London.
To inflict on almost an entire generation a choice of family break-up or poverty and forced idleness is a crime. Just like State sponsored theft is a crime. In Cyprus that is via bank robberies. In Eire it is by a draconian tax on all properties, even those which are now virtually worthless and unsellable. Perhaps 10% of Eire’s houses are now on tumbleweed developments. With a rapidly declining population no-one will ever live there. They are 100% unsellable and unrentable. You cannot even sell them for £1 because the new property taxes (needed to meet Euro bailout conditions) will make the negative yield so enormous. They will become a lifetime negative annuity – the price of being Irish.
What would Michael Collins have said had the British imposed such a scheme on his people? Had they imposed policies which sought to destroy a generation in just two or three years? What the hell was the point of throwing one Imperial master out if it has all come to this?
There is another way. Albania and Iceland faced the same problems as the PIIGS within the past ten to fifteen years. Bad bank debt had become unsupportable national debt. The answer is simple. Default on your national debt. Leave the Euro and establish a floating currency that will crater in value. But once again your economies will be competitive. Yes asset values will fall by 40% at a stroke. But as we are going the combination of state theft of assets and austerity will wipe another 40% (and more) from asset values within the Euro. It is just that the pain will go on for years.
Albania and Iceland took the pain quickly but have not looked back since. With their floating currencies they have enjoyed years and years of economic growth. Folks are happy.
The people of the PIIGS nations want a plan B before their society as well as their economy is completely destroyed. But the pan European political elite is determined, at any cost, to drive ahead with the Evil Empire's political project.
This is not ending happily.
2243 days ago
Cyprus is a small island and it was easy to ignore or play down events at first but the situation is now out of control. We live in a new world order, the post Cyprus order and you need to wake up to the reality of that fast.
The Euro was never an economic project. It was a political one. And as such the “believers” brushed aside any economic objections and sought to ensure that everyone joined the club. Some countries were not fit to join (Portugal, Eire Spain, Italy, France, Greece, and Cyprus) but that mattered little. The leaders of those countries and the ECB agreed to lie in order to gain entry.
This was a concerted lie by the political elites across Europe – a class distinct from the folks they nominally represent. And so today as the Euro collapses the political elites of Poland, Rumania and elsewhere are still applying to sign up. Hey, I know the Titanic is going down but is there any chance of me jumping off a floating currency lifeboat and getting on board your fine vessel? Madness.
And one reason that it is madness is that we have no idea how Cyprus will play out. The initial plans for state bank robbery have been shelved and so if you have less than 100,000 Euros in your bank account that money is, pro tem, safe. But it is impossible to withdraw it in more than small tranches. If you have more you will lose some of it. Perhaps 40% or 60% or potentially all of it. The idea that bondholders should lose everything if a bank fails seems fair to me. The idea that depositors should lose cash is just obscene.
What will be the effects?
For one you will see a growing scandal of how the political elite looked after its own and its friends. The family of the Cypriot President took its cash out of the banks a few days before the robbery was announced. The list of those that took out large sums is HERE
The chasm of mistrust that exists between the political elite across Europe and those they are meant to govern grows wider by the day. At some stage somewhere folks will say that enough is enough.
Secondly, the economy of Cyprus will seize up. 100,000 Euro is not actually that much. There are pensioners (many of them British), small businesses and others who have lost everything. They simply will not be able to pay staff, bills and debts. They will go bust. The knock on effects on the Cypriot economy will be disastrous.
Some within the Evil Empire claim that it is only dodgy Russians or largely dodgy Russians who are effected. My guess is that your average dodgy Russian stashed his ill-gotten gains in various islands. So he will be hit but not wiped out. Once again it will be the Cyprus based middle classes and small businesses that are really whacked and the negative multiplier effect of them not being able to pay bills will smash the local economy.
Once again EU austerity measures will simply make a situation worse.
But this will also spread beyond Cyprus. Already there are hints that Slovenia is in a similar position. Once again its banks passed EU stress tests a couple of months ago but we now know that such tests are meaningless.
And the precedent has now been set. The EU itself says that going forward if a country’s banks need bailing out it will not just be a new international loan that is offered – citizens of the country affected must also pay. State sponsored bank robbery is now deemed legitimate. Work hard, save and it can all be stolen from you.
This is of course a vicious circle. You now have to be quite certifiably mad if you live in a European country where the economy is a mess (i.e. France downwards) to keep your cash in a bank. There have not been large scale bank runs yet but you can bet there is a drip drip of withdrawals and the next time there is a Cyprus type incident that will turn into a flood. And you might as well get capital out of such a country before the EU (illegally) extends Cyprus type capital controls elsewhere.
What rather worries me is that Call Me Dave and other Western leaders refuse to stand up to this theft. It is as if they agree that the State has a right to seize whatever it wants whenever it wants.
And so what is the solution? There is only one. Cyprus would be better off leaving the Euro, devaluing its currency, taking the hit of bank failure now and restarting. The two fastest growing European economies (Iceland and Albania) have both faced a similar storm in the past 15 years. Their response was to take the hit and then rebuild with a floating currency. It is the only way.
Of course if Cyprus left the Euro and started its recovery other countries which should never have joined the Euro in the first place will start to realise that such an option is better for them than more German imposed austerity. Spain, Greece, Slovenia, Italy, Portugal, Eire will all be on the way out. Right now their leaders (part of the pan European political Elite) cannot face such a solution although their people must increasingly yearn for it. But at some stage someone has to break ranks. And then the floodgates are open.
Until that moment happens the EU will continue down a path which can only be described as sheer madness. Folks across Southern Europe will trust banks, paper currencies and their political leaders ever less and gold, cash under the mattress and anti-politics ever more.
Now who can find me the best quote from Huhne, Mandelson, Pantsdown, Blair, Heseltine, Howe or one of the other “guilty men” describing the dire consequences for the UK if we did NOT join the Euro? A bonus prize if you can find one of them apologising for getting it so dreadfully wrong.
2248 days ago
For all the posturing by hopeless and useless Tory wannabee leader Theresa May and others the reality is that terrorist Islamofascist hate preacher Abu Qatada is staying in the UK. The Court of Appeal has backed his claim to stay. And that means that he will stay here in a large house (funded by you, the taxpayer), receiving thousands of pounds of benefits for him and his family each month ( funded by you), making no effort to work or get a job, preaching hate and almost certainly assisting evil terrorists. The UK law is quite simply a joke.
There are those who say that the Government should simply over-ride law and stick him on a plane back to Jordan or just get him bumped off. But once you give the State the power to ignore the rule of law for one individual (albeit a total scumbag) it can then use such arbitrary powers as it wishes – the Rubicon has been crossed. Pretty soon you will find whistleblowing bearded scientists lying dead in the woods. Oh, okay we have been there already. You will find folks arrested for shouting dissenting views at the Prime Minister. Oh, okay we have been there already. But you get my point – you cannot trust the state with arbitrary power to break the law.
And so we just have to recognise that the law sucks and get the daft Human Rights legislation driven through by the Wicked Witch and her husband the war criminal Blair amended. If that is not possible within the EU then the case for leaving gets ever stronger. But change the law and then kick him out. Meanwhile, sickeningly, we all pay for his benefits.
As for Theresa May. Heck we all know that she wishes to lead the Tory party and she talks tough. But does she actually do anything useful at all?
2256 days ago
2256 days ago
Turn down the volume, this chappie makes my language in the kitchen on a busy Friday at Real Man Pizza Company look like the output of a Swiss finishing school. I think he is mad and a little confused. But enjoy..
2258 days ago
I think sound and vision nailed once again. I am finally getting the hang of this. I am meant to be celebrating St Patrick’s Day with some Irish-for-a-day folk which means just mindless drinking. Since they were not Irish yesterday they will not understand why there is nothing to celebrate today. And so I may dodge that for some more writing. Pro tem here is the video postcard for this week
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2258 days ago
Cyprus has become the fifth Eurozone nation to get a bailout but this one is different. At the insistence of the Germans one condition of the bailout is that private citizen’s pay and they will do so via a tax of up to 10% levied on all bank deposits in the Mediterranean island. This is pure socialism in action – the idea that the legitimate savings made by an individual as a result of fully taxed income can just be seized by the State. It is a horrific precedent.
For having established that the State can effectively seize whatever it wants whenever it wants you rather accept that you have no private property or savings. You can work your socks off, pay taxes to support those who do not work, save prudently so that you will not be a burden on the State or your family in the future and then one day the State just seizes your money. Heck why stop at 10% of bank deposits? Why not seize land, houses, etc.? The precedent is now there and this is an EU precedent.
David Cameron wishes to remain part of an organisation which thinks that State sponsored theft of private wealth is acceptable. I do not and nor, I suspect, do most British people. If the Conservative party and for that matter the Lib Dems and Labour support State sponsored theft that is fine they should be honest about it and we can all vote UKIP. But will the established parties stand up to the political elite in the Evil Empire and say “This is wrong and if you wish to behave in this way we want no part of it?” I doubt it. Call Me Dave, Clegg and the leader of the party that boasts prize shit and anti semite Lord Ahmed in its ranks, may huff and puff but the bottom line is that they all want to be part of a club that allows State sponsored theft.
I suspect that across the continent of Europe there are a lot of folks really questioning whether they want to stay part of this enterprise any more, especially in places such as Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal and to a lesser extent France and Eire. Do you folks out there in Spain really feel safe leaving your assets where the State can just steal them?
I wonder if next week we might see a bit of a run on the banks in a number of places… unintended consequences and all that. Of course that could then trigger a bailout in Spain or elsewhere. It all becomes self-fulfilling.
It is at this point in a cycle of lunacy that one starts thinking that taking all of your cash out of the banks and buying physical gold to bury in a safe place which just you and one trusted friend know about. Is that any less risky than leaving a money in a bank where you had thought that the Government guaranteed the safety of a deposit but is now, it seems, able just to steal your cash at will.
As for the Euro? The austerity measures imposed on the PIIGs are causing unemployment and misery on a 1930s scale. Social unrest is growing. Now that in at least one PIIGS nation ( more to follow) the basic contract of trust with banks and the Government has been destroyed one must ask if the price being paid for the maintenance of what was always a political not an economic project is a fair one. Perhaps some of those who warned that Britain would be ruined by not joining the Euro (Chris Huhne, Paddy Pantsdown, Tony Blair, Lord Mandelson, Geoffrey Howe and the other “guilty men”) would care to explain why the people of Cyprus have benefited from being in the Euro? Incidentally thousands of British owners of properties in Cyprus and servicemen based in Cyprus will also be hit by this State sponsored theft.
The Euro has to be broken up with the eviction of all of the Southern European nations if it is to survive and if civil unrest, anarchy and abject misery is not to ensue across the Med.
At some stage the little people across Europe will just say that enough is enough and refuse to be trampled upon by a political elite pursuing ideology over common sense.
2270 days ago
The answer to the 1998 financial crisis was to slash borrowing costs across the globe so that we all over-leverages and misallocated our capital. On that occasion it was junk dotcom investments and property. In 2008 another crises and the same solution. The fact is that the world has been misallocating capital for decades, led by Governments freed from prudence by the abandonment of the gold standard in 1971.
With each crisis that crops up, the solution is simply to print more money and to get folks to take on even more debt. You owe too much – heck borrow some more. And so capital is misallocated and bubbles grow ever bigger. But at some stage the party ends. It will. The current set up is simply unsustainable.
And so what will be the black swan event that causes the mother of all reality checks? If offer four runners and riders. Inevitably if one occurs it will trigger the others. And it will probably be a fifth black swan that no-one has thought much about that starts the party. But here goes.
1. The Chinese property bubble. I have written before on numerous occassions about just how mammoth this is and how it really can knock the Chinese (and thus the worlds) economy for six. The answer of the authorities to the slowdown in the PRC in 2012 was to pump more hot air into this bubble. It has to be my top black swan bet. Read this piece out yesterday on Zero Hedge if you doubt me.
My major work from September 2012 on China, the misallocation, fraud an inevitably of a crash is HERE
2. A market refusal to buy US T Bonds in an auction. The US Government is three years away from having a balance sheet like that of Greece just before the crisis. An economically illiterate President and, to show balance, a spineless Republican party in Congress just cannot get to grips with what is happening. The US today is like sick Britain at the end of WW1. But it will take the US far less time than we took to see its currency tank. At some stage folks will refuse to stump up cash for a debt that yields sod all and is clearly unrepayable and unsupportable.
3. Sovereign default across Europe accompanied by widespread Civil unrest. The only folks buying Spanish debt right now are the Spanish state pension funds. Oooh lucky Spanish state pensioners. But those funds are tapped out. Spain is bust and its economy is enjoying an EU austerity driven spanking session which Max Mosley could only dream of. It is not just Spain. Italy, Greece, Portugal are in the same mess. The Irish economy and society has been beaten to a pulp in the name of fiscal responsibility and yet could still collapse. France is heading the wrong way fast as is the UK. The collapse of the Euro as we know it has to be an odds on bet it is a matter of how it occurs.
4. The Arab spring moving to Saudi Arabia. A regime with no legitimacy is kleptocratic, autocratic and barbaric. It bribes the people with a fraction of the nation’s wealth and panders to radical Islam in a most unhealthy sort of way but it is unloved. One day it will fall. Revolution in the world’s largest oil producer could perhaps trigger unforeseen events elsewhere.
Hey, maybe we can all carry on spending beyond our means, leveraging up as individuals and as States for a good while yet. We have been kicking this can down the road for decades so maybe we can carry on for another few decades. Or maybe not. One day something will happen and we will find our noses against the wall at the end of the Cul-de-sac. That day may be sooner than we think.
For more thoughts from Tom Winnifrith follow him on twitter @tomwinnifrith
2274 days ago
The Lib Dems held on but UKIP was surging. A couple more days and UKIP would have snatched it. In the end it was wasted Tory votes that let the Lib Dems in as Call Me Dave’s party came third in what is his 40th target seat. Labour was always irrelevant here, its own disaster is not an issue.
The Lib Dems will be greatly relieved to have held onto what should be one of their safest seats albeit in very tough circumstances: Chris Huhne off to do porridge and the current sex scandal. For now Clegg hangs on but if he is shown to have lied about his knowledge in the sex pest cover up he may still face the chop. This is not the start of a Lib Dem recovery, Rennardgate may well still drag that party to Thorpe style lows.
UKIP is now coming second in both leafy southern towns like Eastleigh but also GMSH’s like Rotherham. There is a growing disgust with the entire political class and UKIP is the big winner from that. All the established parties should be worried but they are so arrogant and out of touch that the corrupt establishment will not change tack.
But the big losers right now are the Tories. As long as Call Me Dave stays as Tory leader it is only a matter of time before UKIP gains an MP in a freak by-election – that will I fear be the limit of its success for now. But the Tories are in trouble. UKIP picked up votes from all three parties but the Tories were the biggest losers. This was a humiliating night for David Cameron and for his whole team.
He will no doubt say it was a mid term protest. Or have it down as a single issue cry of anger on Europe and the EU. He is wrong. On a whole raft of issues Call Me Dave has shown himself as the heir to Blair not to Thatcher and those who should vote Tory are disgusted and have had enough and now have another credible home in UKIP. As I have noted before, if the Tories stand for no Tory principles who cares if they or Labour are in Government since it makes sod all difference.
As a social liberal I support gay marriage. Why shouldn’t they suffer like the rest of us? But to make it such a critical issue when the UK has so many problems pisses off me as much as it pisses off the traditional Tories who believe marriage is something for a man and a woman. And on a whole range of other core issues Call Me Dave, his wimpish sidekick George Osborne and his team of effete London based modernisers have quite simply failed: deficit reduction, welfare reform, shrinking the State, immigration, the EU, rolling back rather than increasing State surveillance powers, the real needs of the Countryside. I could go on for ages as the list of failures is a long one.
Call Me Dave has failed his party and his Country and shows no signs of changing course. If he offers a big state, elitist ( in a non meritocratic sense) social democrat agenda, real Conservatives will increasingly look to UKIP. Or at least in enough numbers to see Dave thrashed in 2015.
If only the Tories had voted for David Davis as their leader, there would have been no need for Nigel Farage.
2282 days ago
In a sense this a daft question. Spain IS bust. We are just not admitting it yet. The Euro fanatics at the EU will not admit it until it has happened. But the day of truth is almost upon us. Spain will go bust and we will see a Sovereign default this year, taking the Euro down with it -or at least forcing a two speed Euro upon the Evil Empire.
Greece was small fry. Spain matters.
I suggest that you read this brief note from Phoenix Capital on the Zero Hedge website and think very carefully about what happens next. You can read that note HERE.
2282 days ago
Like all politicians Boris Johnson likes signing off on big grandiose projects. He looks good at the opening ceremony. The ego is swollen. And heck he is not paying. I have noted before (here ) how BoJo has rather lost the plot in advocating that a bankrupt Government swells its deficit for “capital projects”. So far the Labour party has rejected his leadership application. But now in small detail we see one of Bojo’s little “capital projects” for London unravelling in a most embarrassing fashion
I refer to the £60 million cable car which links the Greenwich Peninsular to the Excel Centre. It was promised that this obvious folly would be self-funding thanks to passenger fares. Oh dear. Check out the graph below. It does not seem like many folks are using it. And apparently it is now pissing away £50,000 a week of taxpayers’ money off to money heaven.
So who will rescue BoJo? Well it is unlikely to be his non-pal Call Me Dave. Who likes pissing away cash big time? Yes, of course. Someone once said:
The EU budget will never be properly policed because the cash doesn’t properly belong to any nation — it belongs to “everybody”. And since it belongs to everybody, each individual country cynically reasons that there isn’t that much harm if its own citizens quietly loot as much of it as they reasonably can.”
Very wise. Who was that? Oh.. A Mr Boris Johnson. And so later this year Bojo will be picking up a cheque for £8 million from the European Regional Development Fund. Bingo. Happy days. How exactly does this encourage sustainable development? Er… as Boris would say…cripes..that’s a bit of a beastly question. You stinker.”
It is simply another white elephant conceived by a vain politician being bailed out with taxpayers cash. Well done Boris. What with your new found love for the EU you become an ever more credible party leader every day. That is of the Labour party.
2286 days ago
I am not a UKIP member nor can my support be taken for granted – generally I despise all politicians and which they would just stop introducing laws and go away. And with that caveat I approach the looming by –election in Eastleigh with the conclusion that the ONLY sane and the ONLY honest vote is for UKIP.
The election is caused by liar and criminal Chris Huhne (Lib Dem) having to stand down because he is almost certainly heading for prison. In terms of Government and policy it will change nothing. We will still be ruled by this wretched Tory Lib Dem coalition and Labour will still be offering a principle free crackpot populist opposition. And as such an Eastleigh resident can vote with a clear conscience and on principle.
I start with why each of the candidates from the main three parties does not deserve to win a single vote before turning to UKIP.
Labour. The party drive the country to bankruptcy with crackpot economic policies. It has not apologised for that and promises more of the same of re-elected. Ditto immigration, crime, the EU , etc, etc. The Labour candidate says that he supported the Argies in the Falklands War and was sorry that the IRA did not kill Mrs Thatcher in the Brighton Bomb. He is obviously a scumbag of the highest order and deserves to win no votes at all. He will do marginally better than that.
The Lib Dems – I have no idea who has been selected to maintain the honourable tradition of Chris Huhne. The Lib Dems have compromised on most things they promised last time around in order to get a sniff of power. Their manifesto for the next election gets more extreme by the day – they snort the politics of envy and block any meaningful reforms. Huhne was in favour of joining the Euro, signing up to every act of EU madness and was a wind farm fanatic. I am sure that his replacement is no different.
The Conservative candidate has this weekend said that her son is “too clever” to go to a State school. The Tory party of Thatcher was one of freedom, of meritocracy of providing opportunity and allowing folks to keep more of the fruits of their labours. That is not the Rory party of today and this silly woman typifies that. She can afford private education and justifies that choice in a smug way. State education is failing the poorest in society as is the welfare system.
The tax system crushes the aspirant Middle classes and on all these matters the Conservative party of Osborne and Cameron does nothing. Instead it introduces draconian legislation on Civil Liberties matters which affect us all and obsesses about civil liberties matters which few outside Notting Hill and Islington care about. It lies on a systematic basis about our relationship with the EU, pretending to win gains when in fact we are rogered once again.
As such, given that this contest will change nothing, none of the established parties deserve to win a single vote.
I have a vague idea who the UKIP candidate is – Diana James. She seems a blameless woman and only joined UKIP and the political battle in 2010. She is the only candidate who could win who is not a long established member of the political class. That is a political class that is still gorging on expenses and which refuses to make the reforms to the way we are governed and to our parlous State finances that are so clearly needed. If you live in Eastleigh you should consider the reasons NOT to vote for the established political parties and not to send yet another member of the political classes to Westminster where they will represent not you, the electorate, but them (the political classes).
A vote for UKIP sends a message to the political classes that enough is enough
It sends a message that we do not want referenda on a range of issues that do not matter but we want a clean fair vote on our relationship with the EU NOW, before it is too late.
It sends a message to the Tories that the betrayal of the prudent, the hard working and the aspirant on tax, education and crime has just got to stop otherwise UKIP ( which offers clear policies which traditional Tories do actually support) will just grow and grow.
It sends a message to the Lib Dems that crackpot policies and bent MPs are not the way forward
And it sends a message to Labour that it must stop spinning and admit it messed up last time and come up with concrete changes on economic policies, the EI, immigration and reform of the public sector.
A UKIP vote is on this occasion both a positive and a negative vote. But in Eastleigh this time it is the only sane and honest vote.
2290 days ago
This is the annual letter sent out by my friend Richard Poulden. This year – as every year – we wil hold a 10 minute debate at the UKInvestor Show – I am not sure of the subject matter yet but it is always sparky. I am not sure that I agree 100% on China but on Europe we are at one. No debate there. Over to Richard:
“In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation” – Alan Greenspan, 1966
“Keep a clear head and always carry a light bulb” – Bob Dylan, 1965
Yesterday morning in Dubai was foggy: thick, gooey, 12-metre visibility stuff. As I drove my daughter to school , I said: “Let’s see how many cars we can find driving without lights”.
“Come on”, she said, “no one could be THAT stupid”
“Oh yes they could”, I said, “I’m going for a starter of three”.
Well we found three cars in the space of a few blocks. As we hit Sheik Zayed Road where the traffic in the fast lane was still doing 120km, she said: “OK, this is crazy, let’s go for 8 or 12”.
“That’s fine”, I said, “but I want to go for the big one: I want to find the European Union…. I want to find a bus..or a large sewage tanker”……and we did.
The gurus at Deutsche Bank published a study1 in July of last year suggesting that the politicians guiding the world economy were behaving exactly like those sewage tankers and buses in the fog. They propose this because their hypothesis is that none of the old economic philosophies actually apply to the current world economy and thus the levers being pulled by the politicians are not actually connected to anything.
Their proposal is quite simple. For most of history, the currency that has circulated in economies has either been itself an item of intrinsic value (gold/silver) or linked to an item of intrinsic value (Bretton Woods and the post WWII exchange rate mechanism). This automatically prevented governments from simply “printing money”. Then, on August 15th 1971, Richard Nixon severed the final link of the US dollar to gold. In so doing he severed the last link of paper currencies to any item of real value. True, international gold convertibility of most major currencies had gone decades before but up until that point the US dollar could still be exchanged for gold at the rate of $35 per ounce.
In 1971 we thus entered a period when, for the first time in history ALL world currencies were “Fiat Currencies”2. The last 41 years have thus been fundamentally different from all preceding economic history, where we have lived in a period where currencies have not been linked to anything other than a government’s statement of what a currency is worth. One of the major problems with this, say Deutsche, is that the economic theories which are now being applied were all developed PRIOR to the Fiat Currency era and thus none of the actions taken in the West are actually relevant to fixing the world economy. Couple this with my hypothesis last year of a tipping point to failure for economies when the state becomes too large a percentage of GDP3 and I suspect we are getting close to an answer as to why the actions of the western politicians since 2008 have had so little effect. If the Swan and Deutsche Bank are right on this then the implications are profound. It means that the European economies (in particular) do not require a bit of stimulus, time to get debt back in line etc. they require a fundamental restructuring like turning round a failed company: I don’t see that happening.
This is a worldwide issue, but unlike Europe, the United States is going to recover. They teeter still on the fiscal cliff and they are gong to run massive deficits under Obama, $1tril plus per year for the rest of his presidency and I know they don’t deserve it, but it is all going to come right.
Never underestimate the underlying strength of the American economy. I have said it before but I’ll say it again… all they have to do is tighten a couple of bolts in the rust belt, get up half an hour earlier and that’s a couple of percentage points on GDP. But now there is something new: cheap energy. Again. Yes, the shale/hard rock oil and gas reserves under the US are going to make them a net energy exporter in a couple of years and mean they can once again ignore world energy prices: US gas is currently about 30% of the European price and may fall.
Obviously this will alter the economics of manufacturing back into America’s favour. Forget cheap labour; in modern manufacturing the cost of energy is almost always the key and this will prove to be America’s salvation. But there are a few other statistics to factor in. They are dramatically counter to what most western press comment, Mitt Romney (RIP) and the entire US Republican Party would have you believe. So…..
Who holds the majority of US Government debt? Is it:
What percentage of products consumed in the US are produced there? Is it:
What is China’s percentage of the above consumption in terms of goods sold in the USA? Is it:
The answer is c) in every case4. China actually only holds around 7.5% of US debt but the vast majority is held by US institutions and individuals. The point here is that this shows you just how disconnected the US economy actually is from the rest of the world. Drawing on the other numbers you can see how a US recovery on the back of cheap energy, regardless of the debt, could happen. Inflation is still going to run and run but that can be good for certain investments like equities and hard assets. Accordingly watch the Dow.
Now let’s take a look at China. Goldman Sachs coined the term “BRICs” as long ago as 2001.5 But the seminal work was “Dreaming with the BRICs” which they published in 2003. In that they predicted that China would overtake the US as the world’s largest economy by 2041. They then revised that to 2027. Now they suggest 2020 and the Economist recently went for 2017. Well I have news for you: if China is not already the largest economy in the world it is certainly the most influential.
Remember the earlier statistics for the percentage of the USA accounted for by China. Remember that China is making massive investments internally. Remember that Internet penetration is still only around 35%: it is about to explode with mobile and the introduction of 4G. Fantastic growth is still there. China will be OK and the rest of the world will benefit from this.
If you look at the graph on the left you can see that China has provided the bulk of world growth since 2002. That is pretty damn influential.
We are seeing the steady introduction of the Chinese currency into world markets. Already ‘offshore’ RMB are freely traded in Hong Kong, Singapore and London. Already many trade transactions are conducted in RMB but I think during 2013 we will see more formal moves to push the RMB onto the world stage.
China is one of the largest holders (and the largest buyer) of gold in the world. Could they..would they..ever push towards gold convertibility for the RMB? I doubt it, as the value of the RMB would soar against all other currencies. But China still has a capacity for infinite surprises.
The same themes of the last few years are still here. Two years ago the Swan predicted that, far from the EU recovering, the rest would drag down the one proper economy in the whole group. At the close of 2012 it seems that is indeed the case as Germany shifts inexorably towards stagnation. There will be no recovery in Europe and there will be increasing social unrest.
Inflation is going to hit big time over the next few years. Look back to my section on fiat currencies. All conventional deposit based savings will thus be destroyed. All pensions managed by a “Fund Manager”, “Insurance Company” or “Independent Financial Advisor” will be useless because they will not place the bets on equities (always just a part of your portfolio) or China and will almost certainly not include enough gold and silver.
I know with both gold and silver flat for 2012 the Swan’s call for gold last year looks weak. However during 2012 money was placed where mouth is and we floated Wishbone Gold in London in July (www.wishbonegoldplc.com ). I remain strong on both gold and silver as hedges on inflation and because of continuing Asian growth, selective commodities in general.
There are also the political and economic wildcards, which can shatter all predictions. As a dweller in the UAE, I hope that the USA does not allow Israel to attack Iran. Recent hope here comes from Obama’s apparent renewed intention to talk.
Bright spots? Continuing growth in Asia and here at home in Dubai the turnaround has come faster and harder than I expected. Driven in part by the “safe haven” view of the UAE but undoubtedly the economy here has turned, new projects are coming on stream and old ones which were mothballed are being restarted.
So to finish on the cars in the fog analogy there’s that old joke that goes: I want to die in my sleep like my grandfather… not screaming in terror like the passengers on his bus. Unfortunately, for those in Europe at least, if you are not screaming already, it is time to start.
All the very best for 2013 and the up coming Year of the Water Snake on 10th
PS: Pictures of “the horror, the horror” as Mr Kurtz once said.
Purchasing power parity on the left scale, currency in circulation on the right. Note performance of Swiss Franc versus the other two.
Very neat pic from the Deutsche Bank study. Under Obama this will turn down again..
1 “Deutsche Bank Annual Long Term Asset Return Study”, Jim Reid, Nick Burns, Stephen Stakhiv
2 Paper money or coins of little or no intrinsic value in themselves and not convertible into gold or silver, but made legal tender by fiat (order) of the government. Source: Financial Times Lexicon.
4 Various sources: US Government data, Reserve Bank of San Francisco cited by Kevin Rafferty in South China Morning Post
5 Jim O’Neill then Chief Economist at the Vampire Squid.
2290 days ago
Just a reminder that my Tomograph Newsletter goes out bi-weekly and the Wednesday shares edition containing that free share tip.
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2293 days ago
David Cameron tells us that he has secured a deal which will ensure that the maximum the EU is allowed to spend between 2014 and 2020 is lower than in the previous seven years – that he has secured budget cuts. This is a lie. And here is why.
The headlines look impressive. The total number falls from £994 billion in commitments (how much the EU is allowed to spend) in the 2007-13 period to £952 billion next time around. Great. Well done Dave. But then look at the fine print and GNI ( essentially inflation since there is never any real terms growth in Europe) adjusted numbers. The last budget was originally set at 864 billion Euro. But each year there us an annual locked in GNI adjustment. And so that 994 billion Euro number is adjusted for 2011 prices.
And the 2014-20 numbers will also get adjusted as time goes along and thus you can bet your last pound that the total number by the time we reach 2020 will be way over a trillion and way over what is projected now. In other words when Call Me Dave talks about a cut what he in fact means is an almost slam dunk increase. And in absolute terms the proposed ceiling for the next seven years is in fact a 10.2% INCREASE over the proposed ceiling for the last term.
The number we use here is the maximum number the Evil Empire is allowed to spend. The amount each country has to commit is a different, lower number. But the EU cannot run a deficit. So what happens when the EU wishes to head up to its credit card limit. I suspect we will find out soon enough.
I chuck in a few other caveats.
1. Certain items fall outside this framework, i.e. there are budgeted items which are not er budgeted. This adds about 5% to the total. So when Call Me Dave says that the EU budget is less than 1% of EU GDP at 0.95% what he actually means is that it is 1%.
2. This budget is on the basis of current EU members plus Croatia. If Turkey or Albania or other countries which will be clear net takers not givers sign up to join the Evil Empire the number agreed by Call Me Dave will have to go up again.
3. Under a deal agreed by the war criminal Blair, the UK’s net payments to the Evil Empire will actually go up despite the “cut.”
4. In 2012 the Evil Empire managed to spend 129 billion Euro. The proposed ceiling for 2014 -2020 works out at 136 billion Euro a year. While the EU committed itself to being allowed to spend 150 billion euro in 2013 it is planning to spend only 132 billion Euro. You will note therefore that the 2014-20 number is actually an INCREASE on current spending ( in both absolute and real terms) and that it will be inflation protected by the GNI calculation each year.
This is a taster for what is to come ahead of Call Me Dave’s 2018 referendum. He will head off to the death star and come back claiming some great triumphs. The daily Mail will praise him as the next Churchill and the French will pretend to be annoyed with him. In reality we will get screwed again but CMD hopes that his spin will persuade us to carry on with this madness.
Call M Dave EU Newspeak
Cut = Increase
Getting a good deal for Britain = The UK pays more
Trust Me I’m Dave = Trust me I’m Tony
2299 days ago
The EU has announced that it is to spend £2 million “monitoring” twitter and other new media outlets in the run up to the 2014 European elections. Of this around 40% will not come from existing budgets in the Evil Empire’s Ministry of Truth but is new cash, part of the EU budget increase. The aim of this is explicitly to counteract Euroscepticism. In other words the EU is pissing away your cash to monitor folks like me who write and tweet stuff pointing out what an inefficient, misguided crook factory this edifice is. The stated aim is in persuading voters not to listen (and I presume vote UKIP or for other sceptical parties in Europe) but to “see the light” and vote for Eurofanatics (i.e. Labour, Lib Dems or Call Me Dave’s Tory party).
I quote from a document produced by the Evil Empire:
“Particular attention needs to be paid to the countries that have experienced a surge in Euroscepticism…Parliament’s institutional communicators must have the ability to monitor public conversation and sentiment on the ground and in real time, to understand ‘trending topics’ and have the capacity to react quickly, in a targeted and relevant manner, to join in and influence the conversation, for example, by providing facts and figures to deconstructing myths.”
But what is a myth? The EU tried to tell us that the bent banana directive was a myth until it was shown to be true. Would it say that my statement “The EU is the world’s largest donor of foreign aid and much of this cash is wasted or stolen” is a myth? Oddly UK Government audits back up my claim. When EU spokesman claim on radio 4 that “EU spending on agriculture subsidies has fallen” – that is in fact a myth as it has fallen only as a percentage of the rapidly bloated overall EU budget but in absolute terms has risen year on year. Who is pedaling a myth?
Whatever the rights and wrongs ( and the EU is wrong on most matters) it is obscene that taxpayers cash is being used with the explicit aim of influencing elections so that parties who have supported more taxpayers cash being used on such waste can win.
My only consolation is that if I am to be monitored I am delighted that it is by a body as useless and incompetent as the EU.
I am aware that I already have a number of EU employees following me on twitter and so if anyone is reading this in Brussels, rather than engaging in the national pastime of molesting kids, please do not forget to follow me on Facebook too (I signed up last week) as I shall be dishing out stacks of Euroscepticism there too.
2300 days ago
Apologies for the delay in the Friday caption contest – it is all Zak Mir’s fault.
I really cannot think of anything particularly important to prompt tasteless caption entries this week and so fall back on the issue which George Osborne says will be at the heart of the next Tory manifesto and which is guaranteed to bring the faithful back to the Conservative fold.
As you know, I would allow gay marriage. But I cannot say that it is the number one issue on my mind right now. The way that the Tory party is tearing itself apart with half its MPs revealing themselves as knuckleheaded bigots while the other half show themselves as being even more out of touch by making this such a number one priority is almost comical. If the Tories are to tear themselves apart at least they could do it over something that matters like the EU or the fact that Britain is going bankrupt.
Anyhow, to win an “It’s time to leave” T-shirt please post your captions in the comments box below (Jon Pickles, this has to be an easy Prince Harry one for you)
You can, of course, buy your own It’s Time to Leave T-shirt, hoodie, mug or thermos flask here.
For what it is worth my entry is:
Following the success of imposing Louise Mensch on Corby, Call Me Dave introduces his three new A-List candidates for winnable marginal rural seats, claiming from his Notting Hill mansion that the Conservative Party really does understand village people
Last week I asked you for entries to this picture in our Shipston on Stour special. No entries sadly from Labour Councillor Comrade Kenner as his humour would no doubt have dazzled us all. I was minded to award the prize to Donalgarth for:
Big interest shown as queue forms for viewing, after house in sheep street is put on the market by owners evil son!
However, the independent judge has awarded the prize to a late entry from the same evil son for:
News spreads quickly in Sofia that Ryanair is now taking bookings for its January flights…
I am sorry, we cannot argue with the independent judge. Try and impress him this time and post your entries for this week’s entries below.
2300 days ago
Two years ago the EU ceased to subsidise tobacco growers in Greece, Poland and Bulgaria – folks who received £260 million a year as recently as three years ago. The problem is that their tobacco is a) not very good and b) costs far more to produce than tobacco from the third world so they need subsidies to stay in business. Now the EU wishes to restart subsidies. This is patent nonsense on three levels.
1. This is the same EU that is spending £27 million a yet trying to stop folks smoking. It claims that its campaigns are helping hundreds of thousands of people quit the habit. That is 100% unprovable and I would argue that this money is also being pissed away. But if they want to stamp out the habit why subsidise producers?
2. Subsidising high cost farmers (of anything) in Europe merely makes life tougher for low cost farmers in places like Africa. They are thus less able to export cash crops. Which means they are poorer so demand more aid (most of which their leaders steal). Which body is the biggest donor of aid? Er…the EU. Go figure.
3. The farmers milking the subsidies in Greece, Poland and Bulgaria could farm something else. If that meant that there were more carrots or broad beans produces that would mean cheaper food costs for European consumers. Which is probably not a bad thing.
And so here we have a proposal that the Evil Empire spends money on something that will make folks in Africa poorer, consumers in Europe poorer and clearly has a negative health impact for all concerned. And the UK will be chipping in 12% of the cost of the scheme.
The EU will also have created an agri-bubble. No-one actually wants or needs low grade Greek tobacco and the industry is only viable with subsidy. But if the taxpayers of the EU write a blank cheque folks will be produced into producing more and more of something no-one actually needs or wants. This is capital and land misallocation – a bubble EU style. And you pay…
Is this the sort of thing Call Me Dave reckons he can get the UK out of before his 2018 referendum? Like hell he can.
2304 days ago
It is quite clear that, as things stand, anyone in Romania or Bulgaria will be able to celebrate New Year’s Day by coming to live in Britain. We are after all brothers in arms in the EU. Given that the average net wage in Romania is £275 a month, with many earning far less, while in the UK families can trouser up to £500 a week tax free on benefits you do not need the brains of Lloyd George to see what is going to happen next. Yet our political elite seem either not to care or not to have an answer and so they resort to lies and smears.
Is it unreasonable for you and I to object to the idea that Romanians and Bulgarians will in very large numbers make a sensible economic choice and move to the UK? Are we racists for objecting? Of course not. The fact is that the UK has mammoth debts and is running a huge budget deficit. So having to pony up vast amounts in benefits for folks from out East is beyond our means. We cannot afford it. This is not an argument about race simply basic economics. Britain is going bankrupt and this could accelerate that process.
The political elite seem finally to have twigged this despite being warned about the looming problem for a long time by, among others, the good folk at UKIP. The response has been pathetic. There was a plan floated to distribute millions of leaflets (cost unspecified) to hand out in downtown Bucharest and Sofia warning that Britain was a horrible place with nasty weather. Er… words fail me.
Now we are told that the Government will force Romanians coming here to get private medical insurance so as not to overburden the NHS. Does this Government think we are stupid? GPs are told they must allow anyone to register. Are they now to be told that that this means anyone from Upper Volta, Mali, Greece, Turkey and any other country on this planet except Bulgaria and Romania? Go straight to the Human Rights commission, do not pass go, collect a load of wonga in compensation. And, apart from anything else, it would be illegal under EU edicts. The Evil Empire will not allow this plan to get off the starter’s blocks.
There are only three solutions to this:
1. Tell the EU to stick its rules where the sun don’t shine and say that we will not allow anyone from outside the UK to enter this country without proof they have a job and see what the EU says.
2. Tell the EU to stick it altogether and leave.
3. Change the benefit rules for ALL new claimants of benefits after 31 December 2013 irrespective of where they were born so that you cannot claim any welfare payments at all or gain access to social housing until you have paid 5 years NI contributions and then allow unlimited immigration.
Naturally as someone who wishes to see wages driven down and the UK become competitive I would go with option three (and at the same time abolish the minimum wage and increase the thresh-hold at which you start to pay tax to £20,000.).
Naturally Call Me Dave and the pathetic Conservative party will do none of the above. Nor will Call Me Dave tell us whether one of the changes he will demand from the EU before giving us a referendum is one allowing us to boot out welfare claimants from outside the UK. Instead we will be fed a diet of silly suggestions, lies about how many Bulgarians are expected and nothing concrete done to stop this next step towards the bankruptcy of Britain. Another day to despair.
2310 days ago
I think this says it all about the Evil Empire.. Pythagoras' theorem - 24 words. Lord's Prayer - 66 words. Archimedes' Principle - 67 words. 10 Commandments - 179 words. Gettysburg address - 286 words. US Declaration of Independence - 1,300 words. US Constitution with all 27 Amendments - 7,818 words. EU regulations on the sale of cabbage - 26,911 words
2311 days ago
Just a reminder that my Tomograph Newsletter goes out bi-weekly and the Wednesday shares edition containing that free share tip.
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2312 days ago
One Term Dave says:
I dream of German-themed spanking parties. I have a fantasy where I grovel at Angela Merkel’s feet, and she shouts “Schweinhund” and makes me give her £19.2 billion of your money, every year, and then she gives me sheets and sheets of new laws designed to destroy our economy whilst benefiting hers.
In fact, it’s not a fantasy..
2312 days ago
2318 days ago
Just a reminder that my Tomograph Newsletter goes out bi-weekly and the Wednesday shares edition containing that free share tip.
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2330 days ago
I would scrap all Foreign Aid tomorrow as most of the cash is wasted, few poor folks benefit and Bankrupt Britain cannot afford to piss away £11 billion a year. In the greater scheme of pissing away cash £27 million is not a lot but to hand that money to the frigging Argies who are demanding that we hand over British Land lived in by British Citizens (viz the Falklands) just fills me with the despair.
Of the £27 million, £20 million is our slug of a£450 million loan from the IMF. That the Argies need an IMF bailout at tall shows why its demented President Fernandez is sabre rattling: because under her stewardship the economy has gone down the pan. But why Bankrupt Britain should have to bail the old trout out is beyond me. But it gets worse.
The other £7 million is our share of an annual EU aid programme which according to EU “Foreign Minister”, aka the Guardian reading former CND spokesperson and total nonentity Baroness Ashton is aimed at helping “people at the poorest end of the spectrum.” She can piss off too just like Argentina and its tax dodging pals at the Guardian. Giving aid to corrupt States which maintain an un-needed spending on military matters is per se wrong. The fact that it is the frigging Argies compounds this crime.
The EU (with the UK picking up 1/7 of the tab) is the World’s largest donor of foreign aid. The list of regimes it honours with its largesse is an open invitation to donate to UKIP.
I am today again wearing a Piss off Argentina T-shirt with pride.
2331 days ago
In case you missed it, yesterday was the 40th Birthday Party of what we used to know as the European Economic Community (EEC) but is now simply known as the Evil Empire. No doubt in the slums of Athens and Madrid as youth unemployment hits 60% they were having a party to celebrate. Back here in the UK our political and media elite were strangely quiet on the matter because they are – for the most part – supporters of the EU in one form or another but aware that the plebs feel rather differently.
In years gone by, we Europsceptics were a minority. Our predictions that the Euro would be a disaster on economic grounds and that the Evil Empire would seize powers from Britain were dismissed by the bien pensants as the rantings of a crazed Xenophobic, little Englander, sort of racist minority. Yet sadly for Lords Howe, Hurd, Pantsdown, Mandelson, etc and for Tony Blair himself we sceptics have been proved 100% accurate in our predictions. And consequently popular opinion among those who pay for this folly (the pleb, taxpaying class) has moved strongly our way. As such the “guilty men” can no longer equate euroscepticsm with racism etc as they know they are insulting well over half the electorate.
The debate among the political/media classes in the UK ( and elsewhere in the EU where similar elites apply) has, to date, been about the shape of the structures within the Evil Empire, the speed of change, about how much we each nation should contribute to the financial black hole at the heart of the Brussels Death Star. Away from the Beltway classes there are no such debates. For them it is a straight choice. In or Out with most folks now feeling that it is time to get out.
Yet while we are offered referendums by the political classes on matters which we do not care about (although they might) such as voting systems, elected Mayors, Scottish Independence and police commissioners there is no chance to vote on the one issue which might actually attract public interest. And so the boil festers and grows.
Yet this is just one boil. The elite will continue to pretend that the EU does not make daft laws which it imposes on Britain, that maintaining the EU budget in real terms is good news ( that was Call Me Dave’s idea of talking tough) or that the Evil Empire is in some way democratically accountable. Just as the elite will vote to increase MP’s pay and to allow expenses fiddles wile imposing austerity on others, or to spend more of other people’s money on foreign aid. The elite will carry on living in its world. And we in ours. But the divide grows bigger by the day.
It is that, now tangible, and rapidly growing sense of alienation, as much as the European Issue itself, that the anti-politician that is Nigel Farage and UKIP are tapping into.
Thank heavens it is Farage and UKIP that will benefit. In Greece it is the Nazis of Golden Dawn. The elite across Europe increasingly resemble Marie Antoinette in how they ignore their concerns of the rest of society. One can but hope…
2338 days ago
Okay this is from the Parliament of the Evil Empire May 2011 but I have only just stumbled across it thanks to Nigel Wray (a man with sound views on the EU). It is truly superb stuff.
Wait for the Question from Euro-loon MEP Mr Goebbels after the main speech and to Bloom’s wonderful answer. Great stuff.
Sorry if you have seen this video before. If not it is worth spending three minutes watching.
Ideally you will be watching while earing an “It’s Time to Leave” T-shirt, Sweatshirt or Hoodie and drinking Contra coffee from an It’s Time to leave coffee mug.
2341 days ago
Some young chap from UKIP was running a “Christmas carols opening two lines for the modern world “ chat on twitter tonight. His first entry was:
“Once in royal David’s city, Stood a lowly cattle shed, But when the Palestinians Bombed it, We build 200 new settlements instead”
To which I countered:
“Arrest you merry gentlemen from the BBC
You’re all screaming perverts it is now plain to see”
Naturally this got me started. And so ( in either English or German) I offer you the Evil Empire’s Silent Night
Silent night, EU night
The future for us is terribly bright
The Euro brings prosperity
jobs they are a plenty
Bringing Nobel peace
Bringing Nobel peace
Of course these are not my first carols of the year. Next year I plan to record an audio cast with my daughter Olivia on piano. Pro tem I bring you once again the Vialogy (VIY) jingle bells:
Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way
Ramp the stock for Santa Claus
Every single day….ooohhhh
Jingle bells, Jingle bells, jingle all the way
we need more investor cash
we have boardroom bills to pay
And to the tune of O little Town of Bethlehem, we have the Sefton Resources (SER) carol
O little town of Ellerton
Where everyone seems to lie
The Sefton car crash carries on
The shares are set to die
Doc Green spins the tale of hope
But the cash is running out
The lies and ramps from ten long years
Will end in next year’s rout
But Ali’s report looms
To save the board once again
Chat room fools will lap it all up
More shares issued it’s just when
99 Per cent down
But the board has hoovered up
Lets sing the Sefton song once again
All praise this market pup
And finally back to Vialogy ( to the tune of God Rest you Merry Gentlemen)
God Rest you Merry Directors
And shareholders who dismay
For Chevron uses your old kit
But little does it pay
To save us all from penury
As the cash seeps away
Oh promises of better times
Oh promises of better times
If I think of any more I shall post them here. But feel free to offer up any suggestions (first two lines, or a whole verse or two) in the comments section below.
2342 days ago
The weekend Tomograph Newsletter will go out on Sunday Evening. This will be an abridged Christmas issue but will also announce the winner of the 2012 Pig of the Year award (EU & Westminster category).
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2345 days ago
This article first appeared in my Tomogrraph Newsletter a couple of weeks ago but prompted my an angry response or two to my article of yesterday (Being on Welfare is NOT a Job) I am goaded into republishing the piece to a wider audience. One chap thinks I am “ bitter and twisted” and a “sad man” for arguing that taxpayers have no obligation to support a life of Sky, fags and booze on welfare. Whatever…folks need to face up to the problem.
This piece deals with those deficit deniers who cannot accept that Britain is heading for bankruptcy and offers up a 13 point plan to deal with the issue – needless to say I do not expect the cowardly Conservatives to adopt even one of my suggestions.
The Autumn statement came and went. George Osborne laughed and smiled. Ed Balls stammered. The left bleated on about wicked Tories and even more wicked cuts. The Tories claimed to be satisfied with the job being in hand. But we are as a nation kidding ourselves. We are all deficit deniers.
Two and a half years into this Parliament, Osborne has missed his forecasts again. Government spending has, in absolute terms risen year on year since the election. We will next year run a budget deficit of £100 billion. I believe the forecasts made by Osborne about growth and tax receipts as much as I believe in the tooth fairy. His track record on this matter is dire. No longer is he talking about a balanced budget by 2015 but now it is 2017 or 2018. And that is if his growth and tax forecasts are right which they never have been to date.
The reality is that Osborne is tinkering with spending at the edges. Tweaking pension contribution limits, getting Starbucks to pay £20 million as a tax “donation” will make sod all difference to tax receipts. Penning welfare increases to 1% or promising to cut Whitehall bureaucracy ( that old Chestnut) will make no real impact.
If we continue as we are then by 2020 the UK will have a debt/GDP ratio where Greece was two or three years ago. We will be bust. We will look back on the days when we worried we “might lose our AAA rating” as a golden halcyon era of success and stability.
In the Telegraph Jeremy Warner had it right when he argued that to solve this mess you need to axe whole departments. Ron Paul argued a similar line in the US saying that he would axe five departments in order to balance the budget. But for now those of us who argue that we have to make such changes are viewed as deranged loons. The reality is there is no choice.
Some in UKIP argue that leaving the Evil Empire would solve all our problems. They too are dreaming. One sort of UKIP supporter just assumes that the deficit will go away and so the £15 billion or whatever we pay net of rebate can be used on Schools, Hospitals, etc. That is fantasy. The other sort of UKIP dreamer argues that without EU red tape the UK economy would flourish and grow so tax receipts go up. Well that might happen. But you cannot spend growth until it happens. And even were this to be the case it would take years to filter through.
I am afraid that if cuts are to be made they must be savage. What would I cut? Well to save £100 million without trainwrecking the economy I would start with
1. Scrap all foreign aid. We cannot afford it. £11 billion
2. Yes I would leave the EU call it £10 billion.
3. Privatise/close the BBC & fire all staff involved in collecting license fees £4 billion
4. Merge local councils. There are c326 in England. Bring them down to 50 ( the counties plus the big Cities). And severely restrict what local councils do ( no 72 climate change officer as there are at Islington) down to core services £6 billion
5. Raise the retirement age to 80 with immediate effect. We spend c£70 billion a year on state pensions. The savings would tot up from ( perhaps ) £3 billion in year one to £40 billion by year 15. So by 2020 the saving would be, perhaps, £20 billion.
6. Abolish Child benefit, cap housing benefits, abolish unemployment benefit for those losing their jobs as of next year who have not paid five years NI £10 billion.
7. We all know that student loans will not be repaid. End the pretence. Shut down one third of Universities. £4 billion.
8. Introduce a minimum charge of £5 for use of any NHS service and refuse to offer free non medical procedures (sec change ops etc), sack ¼ of all NHS back office staff – £15 billion.
9. Abolish the Department of Energy and Climate Change £1.5 billion
10. Reduce the number of MPs to 250 and reduce Whitehall staffing accordingly – end all state subsidies for political parties – £2 billion.
11. Simplify the tax system by increasing the threshhold to £20,000 and by merging NI with income tax and halving employers NI at once and then phasing it out 1.2% at a time until 2010. This would actually cost money ( notwithstanding the vast savings from firing HMRC staff) of around £30 billion. But it would create incentives for employers to hire and give spending power to exactly the sort of folk who will spend it on domestic goods and so most of that would come back via tax receipts. It gives a real incentive for folks to get off welfare and accept “lower paid jobs” currently filled by young people from Eastern Europe.
12. I cannot quite see how any UK military intervention overseas in recent years has made the UK or the world a better or safer place. Shut down all UK military bases outside the UK and the Falklands. Bring the troops home. Saving £5 billion.
13. Legalise drugs. That accounts for 80% of crime. Police numbers can be cut accordingly ( with the back office and diversity trainers) taking the big hit. Saving £4 billion. Tax receipts from treating drugs like cigarettes would double that.
So far so good. £68 billion net saved (or generated as extra tax) already and an additional £30 billion ploughed back into the productive economy to generate more (real) jobs and tax receipts. That should push Britain to a stage where the deficit can be closed pretty rapidly indeed.
Those losing their jobs at the BBC, in Whitehall and the New Universities always argue that they merit salaries far greater than the private sector because they have unique skills are so much in demand. Go prove it in the private sector or pick up a, much reduced, welfare cheque. The scrapping of employers NI will leave the private sector hiring – let’s see how much demand there is for a former diversity facilitator from De Montfort University out in the real world.
You see it could all be done. But can you see anyone in power implementing any of the changes suggested? Nope. Even little Osborne’s pathetic tinkerings are viewed as savage and inhumane. And as such the nation denies the scale of the deficit and Britain hurtles ever closer to bankruptcy.
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2352 days ago
Hooray, the UK is once again to allow fraccing. This is a process that allows gas to be released from shale rocks. And we are sitting on vast reserves. We could quite plausibly have discovered a new resource equivalent to 25% of our North Sea gas reserves. Perhaps there is even more as exploration to date has been limited. So I guess that means that gas bills ( $10 mmBTu) will fall to US levels ($3mmBtu) – in the US fraccing means that the country has massive supplies of gas. Er…no. If we exploit this gas fully gas prices will go up. Such insanity can only come from global warming nutters and the EU. Of course it does.
David Kennedy of the “Climate Change Committee” a Quango which spouts hot air on climate change to validate the coalitions’ crackpot wind farm policies explained it all on radio 4 this morning. If we exploit no gas then fuel bills will increase by £100 by 2010 because we are being forced to pay to subsidise wind and solar power projects. These projects are far less efficient producers of power than natural gas power stations.
If however we use that gas then bills go up by £600 per family as not only do we have to pay for the useless wind turbines and solar panels but we get stuffed with a vast fine for producing more carbon. This fine will be passed on to the consumer.
Kennedy first tried to say that fraccing would not release much gas as it might only ever count for 10% of “European gas production.”Er…smell the rat? I do not give a monkey’s arse about how the Froggies or Spaniards or Greeks or Poles or Latvians generate power. Sitting in freezing minus 2 Shipston I care only about UK demand and supply and our fracced gas can give the UK a very healthy gas supply for many years. Easily enough to scrap our solar and wind programmes which, at a great cost, generate very little power.
So we could just tell the Evil Empire to stick its carbon taxes where the sun don’t shine ( that is normally above solar panels in an increasingly cold Britain) and scrap our solar and wind programmes and use gas instead. Fuel bills would actually fall.
The only argument against such a policy is that gas emits carbon. Yup. With global carbon emissions increasing steadily for 200 years we have had cold runs and warm runs. Right now we have had 16 years of a cold run. There is no link between ever higher carbon emissions and the planet getting hotter or colder. Data shows that. Global warming is a religion and an increasingly costly one for all of us whether we are believers or not as the fraccing farce shows in spades.
2352 days ago
I am back with my family in Warwickshire. Being deluded lefties they appear to only get two channels, Pravda One and Pravda 2 and so on the latter I have just found myself watching Newsnight debate the great European question. It was a slam dunk win for the team of Nigel Farage, Terry Smith and a sensible woman from the No campaign in Norway. The only good thing that can be said for the yes side is that their blonde bird talked utter rubbish but was quite fit. That really is it.
The arguments for staying in were utterly spurious. Is Spain really going to kick out the 400,000 Brits living on the Costa del Crime if we quit? Really? Crash the housing market even more. It is not as if those folks take any local jobs they just spend money there. That is rather different to the 27 million Bulgarians and Rumanians who come 2014 can come to the UK to work, claim benefits and use the NHS. Do we really think then Britain is a huge net importer from the EU that the Evil Empire would defy WTO agreements and try to put tariffs on British goods? It is just plain rubbish.
Boris Johnson’s idea that we can stay in the Evil Empire but opt out of CAP, fisheries and anything else we please is spurious. The French Lady made that clear and he is clearly just jockeying for position in the Tory party (down to 26% in the opinion polls) rather than being serious. Even he must recognise that.
The silly woman who speaks for the Labour Party on Europe was worse. Will you offer a referendum? Er, no, but yes but no but yes but no but we will change some things but not others but I cannot tell you what yet and cannot explain why we changed nothing while in power. A real conviction politician of principle.
Newsnight being Newsnight we had to have some deluded leftie Luvvie celebrity who is economically illiterate and so we got Irvine Welsh of Trainspotting fame piped in from Scotland to speak on behalf of welfare addicts and other poor people. Some of whom live outside Scotland. Can we have subtitles if this man is ever on again, I did not understand a word he said but think he was banging on about how the EU was too right wing and needs to give more money to poor people. Much more of him and I think I’d turn to heroin.
Who was the posh twit sitting next to Martin Sorrell? He really was dreadfully patronising. To summarise his conclusion: “I am sure that when the British people hear clear reasoned arguments and debate they will vote the same way as me.” Maybe not pal. Perhaps we plebs might actually be able to think for ourselves rather than deferring to those who regard themselves as better than the rest of us because they just know that only they really understand the issues? Whoever he was, he really came over as a prize tosser.
UKIP is apparently on 16% in the latest opinion poll. On the off chance that anyone was watching this Biased BBC piffle its standing will have risen as Farage and Smith were the class acts on the show. And they had the added advantage. Their arguments stood up.
2358 days ago
The weekend Tomograph Newsletter will go out on Saturday with all its usual material plus an exclusive article on the deficit deniers of Bankrupt Britain a comment on how AIM placings are rigged and spun and another piece of EU madness – the lunacy of the Evil Empire. there is my editors pick of the week.
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2362 days ago
We have just massively expnaded our range of incredibly offensive “It’s Time to Leave” ( the EU ) merchandise.
We were inspired to launch the original range by those deluded lefties who were setting up an operation to sell organic, ethical eco-friendly T-shirts with messages about what a jolly good thing the Evil Empire the is.
following readedr feedback we have now expanded the range with more colours on offer (true diversity awareness) and also to produce Hoodies and sweatshirts just in case global warming does not happen.
Any orders will be produced by good capitalists (and they are German owned capitalists). The T-shirts are cotton but there is no claim of eco-nonsense- the shipping of them uses lots of carbon. And the message for the Evil Empire is clear. It is an oppressive, authoritarian, anti-democratic organisation and it is time we left.
My problem of what to get my deluded lefty family for Christmas is solved at a stroke.
2364 days ago
You may remember those deluded lefties who were setting up an operation to sell organic, ethical eco-friendly T-shirts with messages about what a jolly good thing the Evil Empire the is. They are my inspiration as I launch my new range of It’s Time to Leave T-shirts and Mugs. An ideal purchase for any UKIP supporter or EU-realist.
Any orders will be produced by good capitalists (and they are German owned capitalists). The T-shirts are cotton but there is no claim of eco-nonsense- the shipping of them uses lots of carbon. And the message for the Evil Empire is clear. It is an oppressive, authoritarian, anti-democratic organisation and it is time we left.
My problem of what to get my deluded lefty family for Christmas is solved at a stroke.
2365 days ago
UKIP was never going to win any of the three by-elections last night. The mainstream press knew that but happily suggested it might in order that the political and media establishment in the Westminster bubble could say that UKIP had not done as well as expected. UKIP is not a party of the establishment and it will thus get no favours from the established media. The way that papers such as the Telegraph took the spin from the established parties is the sort of dirty trick UKIP will have to get used to as it grows. And it will grow.
I write this not as a UKIP member or indeed committed supporter. Pro tem I am clearly a sympathiser. I think that the party has a good few loons in its ranks. Don’t they all? It strikes me that it can appear not to be libertarian at times on social issues. That may be unfair on it, but it is the impression one gets. However on a range of issues, notably the EU, smoking in public places and deficit reduction it is, for me, bang on the money. And though it wants to have MPs, right now it has nothing to do with the sleaze club of Westminster to which the other three main parties all belong. That is enough to attract my sympathies and I suspect that I am not alone in feeling this way.
Despite the spin of the mainstream parties and their lackeys on Fleet Street, most folks can see that UKIP did incredibly well yesterday. It is a smaller party and so to fight six by-elections in a fortnight must have stretched it in a way that the established parties could manage far more easily. But its activists seem motivated in a way that the troops for the old three parties are not and so UKIP battled through. To secure two seconds and a third yesterday was a triumph. Any party securing almost 22% in a Parliamentary poll as UKIP did in Rotherham has to be taken seriously.
Before looking at UKIP, the polls say a lot about the three older parties. The Lib Dems came 8th in Rotherham and lost two of three deposits. Clearly they can no longer attract protest votes as they are part of Government. The same happened in the late seventies as the Liberals propped up Callaghan’s Government. But these results following the Corby lost deposit are appalling. The last time the Liberals scored this badly their leader was on trial for trying to have his gay lover killed although it was poor Rinka (the dog) that got the bullet instead. Nick Clegg does not have that sort of problem but he is almost as much of a liability as Thorpe. If the coalition delivers Call Me Dave will get the credit and the Lib Dems will be decimated. If the coalition does not deliver both Clegg and Call Me Dave will be blamed and the Lib Dems will be decimated. Perhaps two thirds of Lib Dem MPs must by now be seriously considering what they do after 2015.
Labour should have romped all three contests. But they did not. In Rotherham Joyce Thacker and her PC UKIP child snatchers scored a bit of an own goal for Labour but generally in safe Labour seats there was no great enthusiasm for Labour. Given that the coalition is clearly suffering mid term blues that should be a bit of a worry for Ed Milliband. As for the Conservative Party? Second in Croydon but by a long chalk is some comfort. But third in Middlesbrough and Fifth in Rotherham (beaten not only by UKIP but also by the loons of Respect and the Nazis of the BNP) is shocking. I cannot remember a Governing party doing that badly in a by-election.
The big winner last night, other than UKIP, was “sod the lot of you”. Turnouts of 26%, 26% and 34% suggest most folks just do not care. Most people seem to regard all politicians as sleazy, idle, greedy and out of touch on so many issues. That UKIP has no MPs right now could allow it to tap into the “sod the lot of you” block given the right opportunity.
So where does this leave UKIP. I wonder if there is a by election in Eastleigh (should its sitting MP be forced to stand down) how well it might do. It is the sort of place where one suspects Euroscepticism abounds. The coalition will last until 2015 and so in a Liberal/Tory marginal it does not matter who wins. Why not lend your vote to UKIP? That could be a 2013 boost for Nigel Farage and his troops. The next Euro elections must look like a good bet for another UKIP triumph. UKIP is the only party whose membership (albeit not from a great base) is growing. But it is growing fast.
The irony is that the mainstream parties could neutralise UKIP at the drop of a hat. If all three party leaders announced tomorrow that the Evil Empire had become such an issue that the UK would have a straight in/our referendum next Spring UKIP could campaign for “out” but whatever the result it would be a largely spent force. Just conceivably it could survive if all three party leaders campaigned to stay in (as they would) and the result was a narrow stay in vote, UKIP might even prosper in such circumstances. But I’d hope that with most polls showing we’d vote to leave, that the result would be a win for “out”. At which point it is back to politics of the two party variety with the Lib Dems somewhere on the fringe.
But it seems certain that there will be no referendum pre a 2015 General election. As such, as our relationship with the Evil Empire becomes ever more strained and with no signs that the Westminster elite are becoming less sleazy and out of touch, UKIP has every reason to enter 2013 with a spring in its step. And for all his faults, Farage is the most charismatic party leader of a major party. I admit the competition is not that great. Do you think that you could bear to spend an evening in the pub with Clegg, Milliband or Call Me Dave? No. Me neither. Farage would, I am sure, tell a few jokes, stand his round without putting it on expenses and make good conversation. For an electorate that despises all politicians, the charm of Farage and his earthy jokes are a big asset for UKIP.
Will UKIP ever make a breakthrough at Westminster? I am not sure. In a sense not being associated with one of the most reviled institutions in Britain is a bonus. But will UKIP grow its membership rapidly and continue to spring electoral surprises? Almost certainly yes. It certainly did last night with its 21% in Rotherham and the second place in Middlesbrough.
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2371 days ago
EU Leaders held a crisis summit last week to try to agree a budget. Our own David Cameron was told that there was no way that the Evil Empire can save money. We all know that this is utter bollocks. It is the little things that give it away.
At the summit the leaders were offered as a drink Chateau Angelus Premier Grand Cru. It is red Bordeaux and a bottle of 1992 (not the greatest year) costs £120 a pop. The Evil Empire is no doubt congratulating itself on its restraint in not serving the 1982 vintage which costs £220 a pop.
With waste it is the little things that give away the attitude of the wider organisation. Does a CEO doodle on used envelopes or on expensive embossed headed notepaper? One shows a keen respect for cost, the other shows that someone cares not a jot about spending other folks cash. The EU wine menu says it all. I would recommended a nice ChapelDown Pinot Noir from Kent which can be bought at a trade price of sub £10 a bottle for the next summit.
That the world’s largest donor of foreign aid, an employer of 40,000 people in Brussels, an organisation that spends 60 billion a year subsiding uneconomic lifestyle farmers in a continent with too much food thinks it needs to spend more is patently ludicrous. The decadence of the crisis summit says it all.
2371 days ago
Whether Rotherham Social Services is run by incredibly stupid folks or human beings created by genetically modifying former members of the Stasi with Guardian reader genes does not matter – either is a scandal. The case of the UKIP foster parents marks another sad landmark in the death of free England.
By way of background I have never been to Rotherham but I gather that this grim Northern town has suffered far more than its fair share of child abuse scandals. And so you would have thought that finding a pair of responsible foster parents would be a dream for its hard pressed social services department. Step forward an un-named couple in their late 50s who live in a neat detached house in a village in South Yorkshire. The husband was a Royal Navy reservist for more than 30 years and works with disabled people, while his wife is a qualified nursery nurse.
These are socially caring folk who for seven years have taken in kids of all races and been praised for being fantastic foster parents. Their record of work and service should provide the poor kids with role models and stability. They have had an exemplary record over 12 placements.
Until the other week they were looking after three kids, a baby girl, a boy and an older girl, who were all from an ethnic minority and a troubled family background. The three thrived. The baby put on weight and the older girl even began calling them “mum and dad”.
But then the Stasi arrived and said that they had received an anonymous tip-off that they were members of Ukip. One Stasi official said “Ukip have got racist policies…Ukip does not like European people and wants them all out of the country to be returned to their own countries.”
The Kids were removed.
The first thing that is so creepy is that a (Labour run) local authority operates on the basis of “anonymous tip offs about political beliefs.” That really is Orwellian. Does Rotherham Social Services remunerate its network of sneaks who report if Foster parents have unsuitable beliefs about the European Union, passive smoking, global warming or any other 2012 “Thought crime.” Or do the spies act for free because they just wish to show loyalty to Big Brother?
The second thing is that Rotherham Social services does not seem to know what UKIP policy is. Wishing to leave the Evil Empire does not equate to hating Europeans. UKIP has no policy of repatriation. This is just fantasy.
No doubt Big Brother (Rotherham branch) will blame this on a couple of errant employees but such a big call must have been discussed at departmental level. This is the official policy of Rotherham Social Services.
Nushra Mansuri, of the British Association of Social Workers, said: “My first question would be, does the local council have a clear equality policy so you can understand a bit more about the decision-making? Otherwise it’s very difficult to fathom.” No Nushra you are wrong. It does not matter what the “clear equality policy” of Rotherham Council is. This is a case where the State has decided that the 10% of its citizens who support UKIP have views which are unacceptable. Whether there is a “clear equality policy” or not this case is a disgrace.
I wonder. If the Conservative party was lead by a proper Tory and also came out in favour of quitting the Evil Empire, would Rotherham then start snatching kids from Tory voting foster parents. If indeed it can find anyone at all in this Northern shit-hole brave enough to vote Tory.
This is the State imposing an extreme dogma about what one can or cannot believe on its citizens even though it is patently not in the interests of those it is meant to be assisting ( the poor vulnerable kids). Another day in Airstrip One.
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2379 days ago
An IPSOS Mori poll out yesterday shows that 48% of Britons agree with Call Me Dave that the EU budget should rise only to match inflation. 31% want the EU budget to be cut. But 14% want it increased in real terms.
Cripes. As you walk down the street today be warned that 1 in 7 of those you pass are certifiably mad. They want to hand over more money Britain does not have to the Evil Empire. I wonder what percentage of our fellow citizens believe in the tooth fairy. Or in Santa Claus. Presumably the same sort of headcases. About 14%. How many believe in Nick Clegg’s promises? You are aving a larf. No-one can be that mad surely?
2380 days ago
For once the BBC and the Guardian do not stand in the dock alone. It seems as if the entire Western liberal elite and press corps are united in condemning the wicked Jews, oops they meant to say Israel, for taking out Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari today. Old Said was the head of the military wing of the Islamofascist Hamas organisation that runs the Gaza strip today and thanks to a precise strike from the Israeli Defence Forces he is now on a one way ticket to hell.
I support the brave IDF 100% and am this evening celebrating the death of this bigoted murderer. It seems that deluded lefties across the planet have a different view.
The BBC coverage stands out for its extreme bias. No surprises there. On its website today the lead story reports:
“The head of the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has been killed during Israeli air and naval strikes in the Gaza Strip. Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari and another Hamas official died when the car they were in was hit in Gaza City.
It follows a wave of rocket attacks against Israel from the territory. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the military was prepared to broaden its operation against Hamas targets in Gaza. Gaza’s health ministry said a further five Palestinians had died in the attacks across Gaza. Civilians injured in the air strikes were rushed to Gaza’s hospitals.”
Searching through the BBC website ( bloody hell I really do not know what I have done to deserve such torture) I find one report in recent days about how a few rockets fired from Gaza had landed in Israel killing no-one. Clearly this is heavy handed and disproportionate oppression by the wicked Jews, I mean Israelis.
Later on in the piece the BBC’s reporter notes: “Outside the hospital to which Mr Jabari’s body was taken, thousands of angry Gaza residents chanted “retaliation” and “We want you to hit Tel Aviv tonight”, according to the Associated Press news agency. Hamas spokesman Abu Zuhri said: “Israel will regret the moment they even thought of doing this.” A number of injured civilians, including a badly burned young child, were seen being taken to hospital in Gaza City.”
Ok, forget the spin, here are the facts. Something that you do not read about on the BBC website, in the Guardian or in fact more or less anywhere in the British press.
Gaza’s democratically elected Government is Hamas, an organisation whose charter is committed to ending the State of Israel. Forget about two state solutions. Hamas is committed to a one state final solution with those pesky Jews swept into the sea.
Between 1994 and 2011 the EU has handed over 5 billion Euros in aid to Gaza. That aid continued even after Hamas came to power. The BBC meekly reports that there were rocket attacks on Israel this weekend. You will note its phrase in its article about the terrorist being sent to hell “It follows a wave of rocket attacks against Israel from the territory.”
Try again. This is no one off wave. Month on month there are c200 rocket attacks on Israel from Gaza. That is not just one weekend of hell that Israel is responding to but an every day occurrence. Do you think that if 6 rockets a day landed in Islington the staff of the BBC/The Guardian would just sit there and take it?
If you live in an Israeli town within range of Gaza you have 48 seconds to react on average between when the alarm sounds and WHEN a rocket lands. 48 seconds to get you and your kids to a bunker. The rocket attacks are not precise strikes against military targets but random attacks on towns and villages. The rocket might land on a school, a playing field or a house. Hamas does not care. It just wants to kill Jews.
And what does Israel normally send back in return? Well, as it happens, Israel sends more aid into Gaza than the EU and all the Arab states put together. On average it is about 175,000 tonnes a month. Can you remember the BBC reporting that? Er, no me neither.
The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) are now attempting to take out Hamas military leaders and other folks or equipment that may be used to rain death down on its civilian population in an indiscriminate manner. The IDF is doing its best to target its strikes. It has every right to act in self defence. That the EU continues to send your taxes to support such a murderous regime is an indictment of the Evil Empire.
That the British press cannot report what is going on without even pretending to offer balance is in a sense worse. At least I can choose not to buy the Guardian. Sadly I have no opt –out on the media PR wing of Hamas, the BBC.
I now raise a glass of red wine to Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari and to the Israeli Defence Forces. To the former: I am glad that you are dead. To the latter: well done.
2382 days ago
Under its super crackpot socialist loon of a New President Francois Hollande, France is going bust even more quickly than soon to be bankrupt Britain. As such, nothing the Froggies do should surprise you. In France government spending is already 56% of GDP (OECD average 46%) The debt to GDP ratio at the end of 2011 was 85.8% and with a whopping budget deficit it is rising fast. 90% is the point at which debt stifles growth – a point of no return. Pretty soon you get to 120% and you are Greece.
So faced with a country going bust and spending too much what does a Socialist President do? Yes, of course. He spends more. And he pays for it by a) borrowing, while he can and b) by imposing new taxes. And this brings us to the great Nutella tax. According to France 24, the latest wheeze from the loons comes in the form of an attempt to hike taxes by 300% on a key ingredient in Nutella. A bill to push through the tax was adopted by a Senate commission and heads to the National Assembly this week for review.
The key ingredient is palm oil which comprises about 20% of Nutella. So how do the Froggies justify this tax hike?
Apparently, they are doing it to be eco-friendly? Pardonnez Moi Monsieur socialist avec un tete plein de muesli, repetez vouz s’il vous plait? It seems that the widespread use of palm oil has also been criticised for leading to deforestation in countries like Indonesia and Malaysia.
No doubt the Froggies also reckon that it will encourage the people to eat more healthily.
Well here is what this actually means. If demand for palm oil is reduced that will hit commercial plantations across Asia and West Africa so depriving poor people of real, free market, unsubsidised jobs and income. But maybe the EU can just send out more foreign aid instead?
The cost of Nutella will go up as whoever produces this foul product passes on the hike. Middle class people do not use much Nutella anyway – we eat muesli and porridge for breakfast. Those Andrew Mitchell might describe as plebs, spread Nutella on anything. And so this will be a regressive tax. Like all “health taxes” it is the poor who get whacked the hardest which is odd as it is always socialists ( and Lib Dems) who are keenest on such taxes.
My guess is that the percentage of the cost of a jar of Nutella accounted for by raw material palm oil costs is (after everyone’s mark up) perhaps 5%. And so by imposing a 15% price raise and blaming the Government for the 300% Nutella tax the manufacturers will look like heroes but preserve margins. Poor folks will eat as much Nutella as before and just spend a bit less on turkey twizzlers or whatever.
And so to summarise the net effects.
1. Froggy politicians fiddle at the edges. Tough decisions about the fundamental issue (the State spending too much) are deferred – France is still going bust.
2. Working class/non-working class people eat as much Nutella as before but are worse off. They may eat fewer turkey twizzlers as a result. Their diet does not improve they are just poorer.
3. Some middle class realise how evil Nutella is and ditch it. They had generally healthy diets anyway so will still live to 90 demanding a full range of State benefits
4. A few jobs are lost in Africa and Asia. But the poor black people can celebrate that they are saying the environment as they either starve or, rather more probably, wait for the EU to increase its foreign budget to look after them. France and the rest of the EU inch a step closer to bankruptcy.
So it all makes perfect sense if you are a deluded lefty. It is only a matter of time before the Lib Dems, Harriet Harman, the BBC or the Guardian (or all four) calls for Britain to follow the enlightened lead of the Froggies on this critical issue of the day. Perhaps George Osborne might like to make a Nutella tax another “central” part of the Tory manifesto and we can all celebrate a beautiful political consensus?
2382 days ago
Post the defeat of Romney it was inevitable that “modernisers” within the Tories would draw the conclusion that the way to win in 2015 is to be more socially liberal. And so today George Osborne insists that the “nice” Conservative Party will put gay marriage at the centre of its next election manifesto. Oh saints preserve me. I think I am emigrating.
As a social liberal I actually support gay marriage as well as legalising drugs and a whole raft of other measures which would horrify traditional Tories. If gays want to sign up for marriage with a one in three chance of an acrimonious divorce to follow why not allow them that right? But do I really regard it as a key issue? Does anyone outside certain metropolitan circles (where they are never going to vote Tory anyway) regard it as a key issue, one that should be central to a manifesto? I doubt it.
There are one or two matters that do concern me. Like 48% of voters I want to leave the EU (only 29% want to stay in). Yet while I am offered referendums on whether I want a Mayor, Police Commissioner, etc, etc I have no say in this matter. Indeed the Conservative Party promised me a vote on the Lisbon Treaty and lied about it.
I am also a bit worried that Britain has a deficit of £120 billion a year and will, at current rates be bankrupt by 2020. I do not like our young men and women being sent to die needlessly in pointless (and in some cases illegal) wars overseas. I am terrified by the increasing curbs on free speech and civil liberties. But really it is the economy and the EU that bother me most. Show me that the Tories are competent on the former and believe in democracy on the latter and Osborne might get my vote.
So far he scores about 0 out of ten on both – with New Labour on minus 10 out of ten. Gestures on gay rights and other ring issues from Osborne might just persuade the odd Guardian reader to vote Tory. But failures on the matters that concern most people will see far greater numbers of those left in Bankrupt Britain switching to UKIP, just not bothering to vote at all or checking out websites about emigration.
Before revealing his next bright idea I suggest George asks Nadine Dorries what she thinks. I reckon Nad is far more likely to come up with the right answer than he is.
2385 days ago
I think I got the sound and the video right this time. I have been thinking in the New Year that I might start doing two short daily audio reports on a) the markets and b) life in general – the world, the evil State and the Evil Empire. I am investigating the technology. Whaddya think?
On the Agenda
1. Sefton Resources
2. Re Sefton but a wider point about looking at revenue, profits and free cashflow
3. The US election & what it means
4.The Euro mess what it means
5. The UK’s broken budget. How all four parties ( I include UKIP) are not admitting the hard choices we must make and what those choices (i.e. cuts) will be
6. value stocks v hype stocks
7. The Nifty Fifty – two more tips up this week and how to join HERE.
Running Time 9 mins 36 seconds
2386 days ago
The Greek General strike has come and gone. A few riots, a few more businesses closed than usual but no real change. Unemployment creeps up. The 4th Reich imposes more austerity and society falls apart. And so as the workers ( or in the case of Greece, non-workers) of the world unite who is next to strike? For a range of reasons I urge some of the lead candidates to go ahead – comrades I stand along side you.
Starting with the poor oppressed editorial team at The Guardian newspaper – average salary no idea but with some highly paid columnists (Polly Toynbee on £300,000) pushing up the mean. My guess is that most of the writers on the Guardian are on £50,000 plus and heck you do not get to live in Islington and Camden if you are on the minimum wage. The paper is losing £100,000 a day and management wants to cut costs. Naturally the poor Guardian workers think this is a monstrous suggestion and are planning a strike.
Obviously the BBC might have to come up with its own stories now but elsewhere I cannot see how this is going to hurt anyone. In North London they will have to struggle by with the Indy for a few days. Of course it is a pointless strike which will only hasten the demise of a loathsome publication. Basic economics dictate that if you produce a crap product no-one will pay for on the back of a bloated cost base you go bust. That is the Guardian to a T.
There will be free champagne ( English) on offer at The Real Man Pizza Company the day the Guardian closes for good. The strike hastens that day. So comrade journalists, I stand by your side.
Next up is Spain where a General strike has been called to protest against austerity imposed by the 4th Reich. See Greece above. This will only deepen the crisis, will not make a blind bit of difference to the gauleiters from Brussels and accelerate the breakdown of civil society in Spain. It will happen anyway but as Sun Tzu tells us a quick death is better than a slow death. In the end Spain is toast and so too will be the Euro. As such I stand with you comrade Spaniards, bring it on.
And finally, protesting against austerity at home and the miserly wages they suffer are London’s tube drivers. With annual leave of 43 days a year and on an average salary of £43,000 ( plus £4,000 in travel perks, plus pension) you might not assume that someone who needed just 16 weeks training to start work is exactly at the biting edge of the austerity programme. But comrade Bob Crowe wants his lads to walk out. Crowe is a perennial blackmailer.
One day ( why not now?) someone should call his bluff and sack all RMT workers walking out for no reason. Rehire, re-train and as new train drivers should get paid the same as a nurse (£30,000 average wage) with 20 days a year annual leave and no perks. A few weeks travel chaos but the blackmail has to end one day. In the hope that on this occasion Crowe’s bluff is called, comrade tube drivers I stand shoulder to shoulder with you.
In all three cases the strikes are pointless gestures by workers/non workers in places where the maths do not stack up. In the end the Guardian will go bust and so ( while it stays in the Euro) will Spain and the Tube will have to be reformed. Delay is painful. On that basis bring on the strikes, lets accelerate the process.
Workers of the world unite. You have nothing to lose but your jobs. I mean chains.
2386 days ago
So much in the news, if not yet in the newspapers, this week I am spoiled for choice. Surely a few cheap Obama/Romney jokes, Greek strike jokes, Angela Merkel jokes, EU diktats on children’s gender neutral TV jokes or just David Cameron again spring to mind? I am spoiled for choice.
So, to win a Piss off Argentina T-shirt I offer you this picture and ask you to post your non entries in the comments section below
For what it is worth my entry is:
The leader of Germany says: “I think it is good also for the UK to be part of Europe. If you have a world of seven billion, and if you are alone in that world, I don’t think that is good for the UK. So I will do everything to keep the UK in the EU as a good partner, and that is why I’m going to London and I will ask the inhabitants of the wonderful island to reflect that they will not be happy if they are alone in this world”
Do your worst. Deadline Monday 4 PM
If you are looking for that perfect Christmas gift for any deluded lefty friends you can of course always buy your very own Piss off Argentina T-shirt, or Mug.
Last week I asked for captions to this picture.
I am afraid that Jon Pickles seems to be on holiday and thus the impartial judge says that the winner is Google’s favourite swear-blogger Tom Winnifrith with:
“Rebekah, is that you at the back of the room, any chance of borrowing your horse this weekend? LOL”
I dread your entries this week.
2386 days ago
A map appeared the other day showing how Britain had invaded 90% of the countries on this planet at one stage or another. Generally the 10% had suffered from missing out. The longer the British stayed the better off a country was. I am no apologist for Empire. It is a matter I will be covering at some stage.
I just looked at my Google analytics map and I see that this blog has now been read in 117 countries around the world during the past two weeks. So I still have a way to go to catch up with the British Empire in bringing the message of hard line small state libertarianism to the world. Most of the planet now looks green. I seem to have a good few readers in Belgium. I wonder if it is the articles on their national hobby of paedophilia that attracts them or perhaps, noting that members of the EU press office now follow me on twitter, it is just the Evil Empire tracking members of the rebel alliance?
I am missing out on readers in Mongolia, Greenland, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan – surely folks in the last three of those want to read about Islamofascism? Those five countries would make my Google map look a lot greener.
I just need to find a reader in Zimbabwe to complete my, Rhodes like, Cape to Cairo strip of green. Come on Mr Mugabe, I am sure you can take a few minutes off from being Africa’s Hitler to log on?
But generally Africa seems my week continent. Most of those tinpot kleptocracies in West Africa have yet to hear the message of the benefits of a libertarian, small & honest Government.
I do appear to have a few Argies reading this blog (I cannot think why) but South America is my other weak area. And so far no-one from the Vatican City has tuned in. I suppose a few more articles about institutionalised paedophiles should correct that in due course.
2393 days ago
And so, 51 Tory MPs showed they have some principle and voted against their party. Call Me Dave Cameron is now mandated to reject the 6.8% proposed EU budget increase. Will he show backbone? Will he show principle like when he promised us all a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. And then, er … defined promise in a Nick Clegg manner and changed his mind? All will be revealed.
But in honour of our great leader this week we invite suitable captions for this picture – “I vow to thee, my Country”:
My entry is: “We have spent tens of billions building wind turbines so that global warming does not push up sea levels by this much…”
“Rebekah, is that you at the back of the room, any chance of borrowing your horse this weekend? LOL”
Last week I asked for captions for this picture
With Jon Pickles taking a week off it was back to the normal winner and once again I win a Piss Off Argentina T-Shirt for
“Thirty two years after Moscow, Seb realises he has won Olympic Gold again and this time he does not have to share it with Steve Ovett”
If you wish to win a Piss off Argentina T-shirt post your entries to this week’s contest in the comments section below.
You can of course buy your own T-Shirt only here.
2394 days ago
Sir George Young is the new Government chief whip. As it happens I know a bit about him as he is also my second cousin once removed and, rather more importantly, brother of my step mother Helen. And I see that he is now a founder member of a new group of Tory MPs which wants to “reach out” to “blue collar” Conservatives. The sort of people Young’s predecessor Andrew Mitchell might have described as “plebs.” Young’s qualifications?
Born in a stately home at Cookham, like his grandfather, father and brother he went to Eton then Christ Church Oxford ( the college known as “the House” known as the posh folks college). On the death of his father he inherited the baronetcy. When Sir George goes to a better place his son Gerry ( Eton, Christ Church, natch) will become the next Baronet. As a housing minister under Thatcher Sir George once opined that “the homeless are the sort of people you trip over on your way back from the Opera.”
Overall he is not a dreadful man, but the closest Sir George Young has ever come to talking to a “blue collar” Tory is when he ( or Lady Aurelia) have to pay the cleaning Lady or the gardener. I see that this group thinks it can reconnect with what should be termed “Thatcher Tories” ( Labour working class voters converted by Baroness T) with policies linking the tax threshold to the minimum wage and “boosting education opportunities for working class kids”. Yeah…that will really have them flocking to the blue flag in Basildon.
Norman Tebbit and Thatcher understood this demographic, in part because that was their background. Hint for “wicked Uncle George” if you wish to reconnect:
1. Bring back grammar schools
2. An immediate referendum on the EU and it would help if your party campaigned for withdrawal
3.Bring back the death penalty and stop handing out soft sentences in the Courts
4. No welfare benefits for those who have not paid tax
5. Tell Piers Morgan that he is not allowed back from America.
How is that for starters?
2395 days ago
You could not make this up. Just how stupid are the men and women who run the UK and Ireland? The Irish have just suspended its aid to Uganda after a £10 million package from the Irish, Norway, Sweden and Denmark meant to help the poor and needy somehow ended up in the personal bank account of Ugandan Prime Minister Patrick Amama Mbabazi.
No British cash was nicked by just as a precaution the £4 million in aid we already give to Mr Mbabazi’s office has been suspended. However other aid programmes (another £94 million) will continue. Where does one start?
Let us start in Ireland. In case whichever midget is running Eire today has not noticed your country is frigging bankrupt. So what on earth are you doing handing out aid to “poor nations.” Uganda is not bankrupt. So technically Uganda is in fact richer than you are. Ireland as a country has negative equity – the cash you send to Uganda is just adding to your already bankrupt state. If anything you should be asking its PM Mbabazi if he can send any aid back to Ireland. I kind of suspect that he could lay his hands on a few Swiss denominated shekels if he wanted to.
The apparent fraud was discovered when the Irish government was told by Ugandan auditors that the 12million euros had gone ‘missing’. The sum – of which Ireland’s contribution was 4million euros (£3.2million) – was supposed to have helped pay for a ‘peace recovery and development programme’ in northern Uganda after decades of conflict and devastation.
I read that a political storm is now raging in Dublin, with Irish foreign minister Eamon Gilmore branding the apparent theft ‘intolerable’. No Mr Gilmore you are wrong. What is intolerable is that you decide to spend £3.2 million of money that Irish taxpayers want to see bringing your own country back from bankruptcy on a country that is not bankrupt. What is also intolerable is that you are so bloody naive/stupid that you thought the money you did send would not be stolen. Gilmore you are a total fool.
Then to Britain. She is not bankrupt yet but has a gaping budget deficit and is heading that way. As such we cannot afford the £98 million we send to Uganda either. What on earth do we think the £4million sent to its PM’s office directly will achieve? Just how naive are those responsible for that call. Actually, I suspect we send more than £98 million to Uganda because we are a large net contributor to the EU and the Evil Empire is the world’s largest donor of foreign aid. But there is nothing we can do about that is there?
I would point out that in 2011 the UK handed over only £70 million to Uganda so while we are trying to rein in spending elsewhere, our gifts to Uganda are actually up by 40% year on year. As David Cameron today lectures the EU that a 6.8% budget increase is too much ( it is), I suggest that our hopeless PM looks closer to home for even greater examples of profligacy.
And then to the “surprise” of the politicians? Oh please. So you thought that political leaders in Africa were honest? I bet you probably still think that Jimmy Savile was a tireless worker for good causes and also believe in the tooth fairy and Santa as well. Had you read this blog 61 days ago I would have pointed out that:
“In 2011 Britain ponied up £70 million in international aid to Uganda. Via the Evil Empire we handed over another £57 million. In the same year Uganda’s charming President Yoweri Museveni bought himself a top-of-the-range Gulfstream G550 private plane for £30 million.”
You can read the whole piece HERE. Are you honestly telling me that no-one in the British or Irish Governments knew about that jet?
And then to the whole idea of Foreign aid. It is wrong. It does not work. It never has and it never will. It is simply a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. Although in this case Uganda is actually not bankrupt like Ireland so arguably it is in fact richer.
There are three classes of people in Africa. The super rich political class. They steal foreign aid and get richer. There is the Middle class. They do not receive foreign aid as they do not need it. However it is this class ( not the very poor) that will emigrate to the West. Academic studies consistently show that the poor cannot afford to leave. The Middle class leave because economic opportunity is denied them because their countries deny free enterprise and exist on patronage because the political class want most folks to stay poor as that allows them to steal vast sums of money sent by dumb white Western liberals still feeling guilty about Empire and all that nonsense. Those who argue that aid is needed to stop mass migration are wrong.
And then there are the poor. These folks see only a tiny proportion of the aid that is sent because most goes on administration by Guardian readers at NGOs or in Brussels/Whitehall or is stolen by Africa’s rich. That that does get through rarely creates opportunity or a chance to break the cycle of poverty, it merely creates dependency.
What Africa needs is political reform not Western cash. And you will not get political reform when corrupt leaders can send out the begging bowl and play a few old Bob Geldof videos to keep Western cash coming in which they can steal. Cut off the opportunity for theft and Africa will have to reform. Right now the African political classes want most of their folks to stay poor/will block reform because that will make them ever richer.
Your case study here is Mozambique. For years it was a Marxist hell hole with its leaders stealing any cash the West sent (some are more equal than others, comrade) leaving the population as a whole in poverty and starving. Mozambique had to import food. But 20 years of running an economy with low taxes and allowing free foreign investment and ownership of assets by companies and individuals has created jobs and a climate where local people see the merits of becoming entrepreneurs/small scale farmers themselves. Mozambique is now a net exporter of food. Its economy is growing and poverty is reducing.
The current system sees vested interests pitted against common sense and hard fact. The vested interests of the African political class and of an entire Western bureaucracy stuffed with white liberals with a guilt complex will insist that cutting off aid will cause starvation. The reality is that cutting of aid is the only way to eliminate starvation in Africa but also that the donors just cannot afford it any more.
2398 days ago
Once again both the sound and picture are all okay. A pity about the window occasionally banging in the background but almost there for the latest video postcard which is fairly wide ranging.
Back in London on the first train Tuesday I plan to record my first CEO Videocast this week. Hopefully no banging windows there. And I cannot say where it will appear. But it will.
The video lasts 12 minutes
On the Agenda
1. The Wit and wisdom of Viagra Man – now with the publishers
2. UK GDP Data – I am far from convinced
3. The UK’s own structural problems are not resolved – bankrupt Britain
4. The threat to UK growth from the Eurozone, the US (The Fiscal Cliff) and China
5. China – the crash is inevitable and a case study – LDK Solar ( here )
6. Seeing Ariana Resources and Leyshon Resources next week – more on Leyshon here
7. My feeling on the markets – divergence between real value and utter hype. In the latter camp Zoltav Resources (more on this here )
8. Gold and the US election – I still think Obama will win
9. I hope you like my T-shirt. You can of course buy your own Piss off Argentina T-Shirt or Mug only HERE
2439 days ago
As official attack poodle for David Cameron, the Daily Telegraph has today had a go at UKIP and its leader Nigel Farage.
“Any mockery of UKIP has to be balanced by due respect. The low handicappers are now the only game in town when it comes to anti-establishment Right-wing politics. They hold 12 MEPs in the European Parliament and took 3.1 percent in the 2010 general election. If we had proportional representation, UKIP would probably own a batch of MPs and be a querulous part of the coalition. Smoking would be permitted in the House of Commons and the national anthem would be played in cinemas. Augusto Pinochet would feature on the £5 note.
So Farage believes that his movement stands a genuine chance of subverting the morally compromised Lib Dems and emerging as the new third party. But he’s mistaken if he believes that swapping the pound symbol for a Bentley or a bull dog will do the trick. UKIP still needs to confront that golf club stereotype.”
Well I guess that changing that stereotype is going to be simple when the Daily Telegraph presents such a mature and balanced analysis of its main policies isn’t it?
The Torygraph continues:
“Nige” is an anti-politician. He visits lap dancing clubs, smokes, drinks and is alleged to have had an affair with a Latvian woman he met in a pub in Biggin Hill. The ordinariness defuses the potential extremism of UKIP’s manifesto and injects some real world outrage into politics. “
You note the use of the word “potential” next to extremism. It is not as if UKIP actually has a manifesto yet but let’s just say that it could potentially be extreme. As for what Farage gets up to in his spare time, who gives a damn? I am sure that the other three party leaders think that a rip-roaring night out is a dinner party in Islington discussing “The Spirit Level.”
If you had to be stranded on a desert island with any of the four party leaders who would it be? Nige of course. A couple of days with any of the other three and you would be swimming off into the shark infested waters as Cameron/Clegg or Milliband droned on about how building an escape raft could wait until we had agreed whether our desert Island had an elected upper chamber and same sex marriage or not. Even if we did build a raft, Cameron, Clegg and Milliband would probably dither about getting on board until they had worked out how they could claim a second home allowance for the island.
As for what does UKIP stand for? Well I am not sure that I really know. And I do not care enough to want to know, before any UKIP activists bombard me with information.
I do know that it is the one party that would not lie about referendum promises, that does not and never supported joining the Euro and thinks that we should stop pissing away £150 billion a year by staying in the EU. I gather it wants to cut taxes and Government spending and while it seems to have more than its fair share of crackpots, Farage is generally pretty good on civil liberties. And his party shares my (I know obsessive) loathing of speed cameras. That it has no MPs as of yet is a good thing, given that those who do sit in Westminster are still claiming £250,000 a week in expenses. But they are worth every penny are they not?
I cannot say that I am that enthused about any of the parties, but the Torygraph has today done a pretty good job with me in acting as a recruiting agent for Farage and his lot.
2445 days ago
2446 days ago
I have a bit of a sense of déjà vu as I read that new Tory Minister Michael Fallon is wants to scrap 3,000 bits of red tape to “help businesses grow”. I am sure that the man means well but does he really believe it? The problem is that I have heard it so many times before.
Michael Heseltine famously promised a bonfire to red tape to “help businesses grow.” No business minister actually promises more red tape. But with the Evil Empire passing daft new regulations every day and Westminster continuing to pass new diktats while local authorities are always keen to empire build this is just a losing battle. And so are my big predictions on the Fallon pledge.
1. There will be more legislation affecting British businesses at the end of this Parliament than there is now.
2. Really controversial laws which really do screw business, especially small businesses, notably employment laws will not be changed in any meaningful sense. The Government has said that it is looking at this but its new plan still forces firms to pony up to get rid of useless staff.
3. Polly Toynbee and The Guardian will say that Fallon’s wicked Tory plans will allow profiteering businesses to scrimp on Health & safety so threatening the lives of workers and customers in the ruthless pursuit of profit.
I would love to be proved wrong but having heard the same sort of promises for my entire adult life can you blame me for being just a little sceptical?
The really interesting point here is how little Fallon can do to stem the tide of new Euro legislation which could easily over-rule his own efforts. How much of our legislation comes from the EU?“50 per cent of all our economic laws come from Europe.” Bill Cash MP (Conservative), House of Commons, 24 October 2011.
“EU legislation…accounts for around half of all new regulation.” Chuka Umunna MP, Labour Party press release, 25 October 2011.
“Only 7 per cent of primary legislation comes from the EU.” Polly Toynbee, The Guardian, 24 October 2011.
Well who do you believe? Naturally Polly Toynbee does not offer up the correct answer. She uses a short time period (which assists her claim) and counts only Primary Legislation. Most EU rules that affect us are either secondary or – by far and away most commonly – merely regulations. These do not need Westminster approval but just become law because the EU says so.
A House of Commons select committee and the OECD agree that the true figure is 40-50%. As such my prediction that the amount of red tape imposed on British business will increase steadily looks like a slam dunk. And I would bet a few hundred Albanian Lekke that the EU may even over-turn Fallon’s suggested reforms, timid though they are.
2480 days ago
The origin of the phrase Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics is usually attributed to Disraeli although it appears in none of his works and was first reported several years after his death. But it could be made for those who have convinced our leaders to spend gazillions tackling the threat of global warming. When I was a boy, the scientific consensus was that we were heading for a new ice age. Heretics who objected to spending vast sums tackling that “slam dunk cert” were pilloried. You cannot really win. But back to the graph below.
If you look at this it appears alarming. Frankly I can only conclude that we will all fry up by some time in April 2013. Okay, I exaggerate but there appears a clear trend. But of course this is a special from the global warming brigade so all is not as it seems. At this stage I bring in the assistance of Christopher Booker (Uncle Chris) who understands how these things are manipulated.
For starters, Booker points out that is “not particularly helpful” to look at graphs of modern temperatures in isolation, without seeing how they fit into a much longer historical perspective. This is his polite way of saying that looking at a short term trend is utterly misleading since there is no long term context. Booker continues:
“The Modern Warming has been carrying us out of the Little Ice Age for 200 years and temperature rises of the past 30 years are part of a much longer pattern of temperature rise which long predates the modern rise in CO2. As part of that general rise it is useful to look at the rises between 1860-1880 and 1910-1940, which were not dissimilar to the rise between 1980 and 2010, When the global warming scare first got going in the 1980s, it did so on the basis of a ten—year rise no greater or faster than that recorded in the decades after 1910 less than 0.2 degrees.”
You see his point? We have always had short periods when temperatures rise sharply. That is the way of the world. We have not always had CO2 emissions on anything like the scale of today. Thus how can one claim that the most recent temperature rises MUST be caused by CO2 emissions?
Booker continues… “also tending to fog people’s understanding is the tendency to present these temperature fluctuations by exaggerating the vertical axis, so that comparatively minor fluctuations in global temps of a few tenths of a degree look like wild upward swings, If you put the base line much lower, to show the average global temperature rather than just anomalies from an artificial mean, the actual temperature graph looks much more like a straightish line, with a few very modest little wiggles up and down.
By exaggerating the vertical axis the warmists have been able to convey the impression that temperatures have been virtually doubling in recent decades, whereas they have only risen (and indeed fallen) by tiny fractions, Twice in the past 14 years, since the freak El Nino effect of 1998, we have seen temperatures fall by around 0.7 degrees, equivalent to the entire net rise of the whole of the 10th century, They may then have risen again, though never so high as they rose in 1998, but the one thing that is incontrovertible is that the rise in average temperatures has not been anything like so great as that projected by the computer models on which the IPCC and the warmists rely (0.2 degrees-plus per decade), because the models are programmed to assume that a rise in CO2 will produce a commensurate rise in temperatures, This is simply not happening, which reflects the fact that the models are wrongly programmed to rely much too heavily on that assumed correlation between CO2 and temperatures, and also on the assumption that the effect of water vapour, by the far the most significant of the greenhouse gases, is to reinforce the CO2 effect (‘positive feedback’) whereas experts such as Richard Lindzen argue that water vapour produces a negative feedback effect.”
Well there you have it. A friend of mine in Bristol occasionally picks me up for not citing enough primary sources. Well here is a secondary and a primary source. Good enough to convince you Dr D?
The truth is that temperatures have always gone up and down over short and medium term cycles. The 11th century when vines grew in Greenland was a rather hot one as were those that followed. A few hundred years earlier we had the “dark ages” in Northern Europe which was a rather cold period. And temperatures have moved in this way before and after CO2 emissions started shooting up. There is no proven causal effect at all.
Booker: “Nobody actually knows how any of these things work or what really shapes the climate, let alone what the world’s weather is going to be like in 100 years time (or even next week). But the one thing we do know beyond any doubt is that those officially approved computer models are wrong. “
Back to me. Look at the projections made for the past five years back at the turn of the Century. They are already wrong. Yet we are meant to spend gazillions of quid and pass laws on emissions which will send Britain back to the stone ages on the basis of projections made by the same computer models for 50 or 100 years time? For how many more years do the models have to keep getting it wrong before our leaders and betters admit that they got it wrong?
As an aside, there is a graph that I really wish to see which plos on one axis the fervency of a belief that we must spend gazillions tackling global warming and on another the fervency of the public cliams made by the same individual between 2000 and 2005 on how vital it is that join the Euro to prevent our economy collapsing.
You could put in a third axis just for Chris Huhne plotting the speed at which your wife drives.
2511 days ago
I was going to run with something about Liam Fox thinking about coming out. That is to say about his comments this week about Britain coming out of the EU – I would not you to think I was suggesting anything else. But I just could not get my words out in a straight and open manner.
And so we turn to the man of the week: Bankster Bob Diamond (ex Barclays) for this week’s tastless caption contest. Tweet your suggestions (the more tasteless the better as long as they are remotely funny) to @tomwinnifrith – deadline is 4 PM Monday and the winner gets one of our special Piss off Argentina mugs.
For what it is worth my entry is: “ Yes I did say that Barclays was number 1 for fixed rates.” I am sure that you can do better. Competition, as ever, only open to those following me on twitter
2542 days ago
The EU has failed to come up with any solution to the crisis yet again. The Germans seem happy to go down in history as the volks who pushed Europe into a re-run of the 1930s (I still think they will blink before midnight) and everyone else is in denial. But prize idiot of the day award goes to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius who is demanding that America sort this out (i.e. US taxpayers ignore their own gravity defying National debt/deficit and write a mega cheque) because:
“The crisis did not start in Europe. Lehman Brothers was not a European bank. We should not shift responsibility.”
Aha so the problems of Europe are nothing to do with Greeks, Spaniards, the French and Italians taking a Lagardesque view of paying tax; with countries with mega debt/deficits cooking their books to get into a fundamentally flawed single currency; with banks across Europe lending far too much to far too many risky covenants; with the ECB pushing up base rates as much of Southern Europe wet into recession simply to appease the Germans. Nope. Je suis un imbecile. The current crisis is clearly entirely down to the failure of one US investment bank much of whose operations were in Europe. Uncle Sam get out your chequebook.
With men like Fabius in charge no wonder Europe is doing so well.
2546 days ago
Gold raced ahead on Friday by almost $100 to $1625 oz. I have long predicted $2,000 gold for 2012 – I actually think we are heading rather higher. For weeks gold has been slipping (to a low of $1525). This has not been the fault of gold but of the morons who run (I use the word loosely) the EU. As the Euro has tanked there has been a flight to the US dollar and gold has slipped in dollar terms as a result. But now there are worries about the US.
Let us start with the US. It fiddles its job stats to hide the grim truth. The reality is that those without work are at levels not seen since the 1930s. What recovery the US has seen so far this year has been a largely jobless one. It is not for want of trying. President Obama has chucked gazillions at daft job creation programmes which create a few posts for overpaid paper-shufflers and diversity co-ordinators inside the Beltway but do not actually create any real jobs. All these programmes do is serve to swell the deficit and US Government debt but that is an issue most Americans are happy to park until after November’s election.
However on Friday quite dire jobs and other economic data came out of the US. The problems affecting Europe are now causing contagion Stateside. It is now only a matter of when – not if – Ben Bernanke starts the printing presses again for QE3. And thus America finds itself with a greater Government debt/GDP ratio than Italy, with stagnating economic growth, with chronic unemployment and thus inevitably resorting to the printing press on a scale as yet unseen. So why on earth hold dollars as a safe haven?
Well dollars are not Euros. Greece is bust. So is Spain. We have runs on the banks in both countries. Sovereign default is somewhere between inevitable and incredibly likely. And if one Domino topples others have to follow. What is the non PIIG EU banking exposure to the PIIIGS? How much of non PIIG EU trade is with the PIIGS? How many non PIIG EU residents hold PIIG assets? I have no idea and doubt anyone does really. But while I would argue that brave Hellas should default and go back to the drachma to “share its pain” – that pain will be felt across Europe and as such the single currency are just holed. And before the Jubilee celebrating Brits get too chippy: the UK is also up to its eyeballs in debt, our banks have loaned gazillions to the PIIGS and enough of our trade is with the EU to mean that EU meltdown will seriously hurt here too. Sterling is not a safe currency.
And so we come back to gold. I have argued for yonks that fiat currencies only hold their value because the population believes in them. Right now there is no reason to believe in any of them. Gold, on the other hand, is a very scarce resource and is a currency. As such as BOTH the EU and US face troubles not seen for decades gold could well shoot well past $2,000 oz. Indeed $3,000 is now far from fanciful.