PERSONAL, UNDILUTED VIEWS FROM TOM WINNIFRITH
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The spendfest demanded by the people of Wales, Ulster, Scotland and the North of England is paid for by the hard working folks of London and the South East. That might sound like a provocative and unpleasant jibe at the expense of idle celts and workshy Northerners as they roam the welfare safaris. But it just happens to be a statement of fact as you can see below.
The graph shows the budget deficit by region - how much is taken in tax and how much spent as a percentage of the size of the economy. As you can see, in the hard working South and East Anglia there is actually a budget surplus. But elsewhere the picture is really grim.
Oddly those in the biggest deficit regions demand more Government spending to tackle poverty. It is quite clear that what they need is less Government intervention and more raw capitalism. But that is not the zeitgeist in the Northern Welfare safaris or the Celtic fringes.
I guess, as an English taxpayer, I can stick with the North pro tem but there are large numbers of folks in Wales, Ulster and Scotland who blame the English for their woes, indeed often London and Southern England in particular. Such folk demand more not in a fraternal way based on solidarity but in a menacing way based on dislike. Watch a Question Tine in Wales and hear the rapturous applause when some low grade politician bleats about London and demands "a fair share" or more cash for Wales.
The graph below shows that when it comes to taxpayer handouts the Celts and Northerners get far more than their "fair share" but they will always want more until the English wake up and realise what a gravy train we have been funding and we get a vote on our independence, a decision which would make perfect sense.
But it will not happen and so the ungrateful and idle Welsh, Scots and Northerners will just carry on bleating in a post fact era manner.
PS In 1745 Bonnie Prince Charlie's Scottish invasion of England reached Derby. Might the SNP not be persuaded to take back their former lands in the North of England as part of a newly independent Scotland?
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I am not saying that all Brummies are thicker than Benny from Crossroads but it strikes me that he would probably have been among the brighter sparks in his local pub quiz team. I read today about Richella Heeking and Ben Marlow from Sutton Coldfield, who saved up £1200 to go on a lavish break in Las Vegas and turned up to Birmingham airport to find there was no plane.
Er.. slowly it dawned on these two imbeciles that they had booked a flight from Birmingham Alabama as opposed to Birmingham, the post industrial shit-hole on the southern fringes of the great Northern welfare safari.
These idiots insist that it is a common mistake. Yeah right, among folks with an IQ of less than thirty. The couple seemed surprised that the airline would not offer a refund. Compensation, we need compensation for being so incredibly fucking stupid. Whatever.
I suggest that airlines impose a 50% surcharge for all passengers from the North of England. The odds are that they will be morbidly obese as a result of a lifetime eating junk food while on the dole. So they should have to pay more anyway, like we do if we take on extra baggage. And there has to be a good chance that, as a result some act of innate stupidity, they will make life harder for other passengers or the crew.
Perhaps Michael O'Leary at RyanAir will see the logic behind my suggestion and be the first to impose the Northerner surcharge on his planes.
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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?
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Donald Trump's mother comes from the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides and so the BBC thought it would be a hoot to go Trump bashing by asking the folks up in the far Northern reaches of the welfare safari to say what they thought of The Donald. Well what a surprise ...they don't like him.
But for Newsnight it was better to show this meaningless piffle than have to report on the Michigan primary which saw another stunning win for Trump and the favoured son of the GOP establishment, and thuis by default the liberal media, Marco Rubio crash and burn as he came fourth.
The Trump message is one of small Government and self reliance. Now you might think that up in the Hebrides the inbred population are all hard working self reliant crofters. Think again. Times have changed and in the land of Adam Smith the invisible hand has been replaced by the dead hand of the State.
Thus around 40% of the working population in Lewis now work for the State. And another 6% are on the dole. Those of working age are just over half of the entire population with 26% of residents being pensioners (nearly all on State pensions) and c20% being young folks.
And thus we find that those who are directly existing by mainlining money provided by the taxpayer are 20% + 26% + (46% of 54%) = 73% of the population. And naturally a good chunk of those who work in the private sector earn so little that they also get big state handouts. In Scotland as a whole just 12% of the population are net contributors to the State and among the inbread folks on the Hebrides the number is even lower.
The 27,000 folks in the Hebrides are the posterboys for the welfare safari. When they are not shagging their cousins these folks simply suck at the nipple of the state. Like Mr Trump I reckon they should each get off their arse and if needs be get a ferry to civilisation (I use the term loosely since I refer to the Greece of the North that is Scotland) not only to diversify the gene pool but also to seek meaningful employment.
Those with drive are, like Momma Trump, already living the dream elsewhere. Those that stay are probably beyod redemption and that they are no great fans of The Donald is hardly a surprise is it?
But at least Newsnight gets to carry on reporting about the GOP primaries without having to mention, through gritted teeth, another two stunning wins for The Donald.
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I take it all back. Having suggested that the entuire population of Liverpool were workshy welfare addicts I apologise. It seems that there is one industry that is booming in the Scouse welfare safari. The local paper (The Liverpool Echo) boasts that the City has become a net exporter. Can you guess of what? Er... As scouse twitter bums urge their fellow welfare grazers to abuse me how about folks in the hard working South of England suggest suitable captions for this picture in the comments section below
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Does stealing hub caps count as work? If being a professional full time "victim" now regarded as a career choice? Is drug dealing now seen as a career in retail distribution. This tweet below from the Liverpool Echo opens up so many possibilities.
Can you suggest a suitable caption designed to offend as many of the pathologically workshy residents of the crime infested welfare safari that is Liverpool as possible. Remember this is a City where folks always suffer because it is someone else's fault and ayone who suggests otherwise is forced to apologise and grovel.
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I have defended Jeremy Clarkson when he has been attacked unfairly – for instance when he made a series of factually accurate comments about the workshy semi feral population of the welfare safari that is the slum Liverpool. I cannot think that I have ever written a pleasant word about the politically correct nest of paedophile friendly vipers that is the BBC – I would privatise it at once. But for once I stand firm with the waste of taxpayer's cash that is the Beeb.
Clarkson is alleged to have thrown a punch at an employee of top gear. In every single workplace in the country such conduct would see anyone – even a CEO – suspended pending an investigation and, if found guilty, fired. Simply being a celebrity does not buy you an exemption. O it should not buy you an exemption.
I see that Noel Edmonds is arguing that the BBC should accept that “stars” have to be treated differently. Rubbish. One of the facets of the sad decline of Britain is our lamentable worship of the cult of celebrity. Folks want to be famous just to be famous. And when you are famous somehow you get to live by different rules.
Maybe that is the way our nation is going. Maybe simply by being famous you can be allowed to hit your staff. What else are you allowed to do as a celeb which we plebs cannot do? Steal, cheat, murder? I don’t know but where exactly do the celeb-worshippers draw the line?
It was, arguably, this cult of celebrity that allowed Saville, Hall, Harris and the other monsters to get away with what they did.
Call me old fashioned but I rather believe that all should be equal in the eyes of the law and the law should include acts in the workplace. And that means that Clarkson should be suspended pending an investigation and if guilty he should be fired.
Whilst I suspect that the BBC would not have taken this action had the punch thrower been Kirsty Wark, James Naughty or some other harridan of the left, while I suspect the motives of the BBC, every busted clock is right twice a day and on this occasion the loathsome Beeb gets my backing.
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A balding and obese individual who turns out to be the Lord Mayor of the welfare safari crime hotspot known as Liverpool has branded Jeremy Clarkson as an “oaf and a buffoon” and for “stigmatising” the post-industrial Merseyside wasteland, saying “People up there earn less, die more quickly, have fewer jobs and live in houses that are worth the square root of sod all.”
As it happens on this matter Clarkson is 100% factually correct. He is not stigmatising the folks in Liverpool he is giving an accurate assessment of life up there. Clarkson may or may not be an oaf and a buffoon but his latest statement does not prove that matter either way because he is simply telling the truth.
The reaction of the lard-bucket Lord Mayor (has he ever had a real job in his life?) is part of the victim self-pitying culture of large parts of the Grim North, but notably the slum that is Liverpool. Everything bad is some-one else’s fault. Anyone who criticises them is a Southern bigot. The Government should spend more money (earned by hard working folks in the South) to make their lives better.
By the Money Tree approach to what were once great Industrial powerhouses like Glasgow and Liverpool has failed. The more the taxpayer spends encouraging more healthy lifestyles the more the folks eat shite, drink and smoke and die younger. The more we throw at Government rejuvenation initiatives the less desire there is among the population for engaging in real enterprise, other than – in the case of Liverpool – industrial scale petty crime. And the more we chuck at the welfare state the less the folks in the Northern slums actually go out and seek real jobs.
Clarkson’s only crime is that in assessing the sorry state of Liverpool he did not go far enough.
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My wife, a lifelong devotee of Coronation Street was naturally devastated about the death of Anne Kirkbride who played Deirdre Barlow in Coronation Street. This tragedy was not reported in her paper of choice, the Guardian, so it was left to me, skimming the red tops at the tobacconist, to break the sad news to her.
As I have admitted before, I have started watching Corrie myself to get an insight into what life is like in the grim, frozen post-industrial welfare safari park that is the North of England. As far as I can make out about one fifth of the population is a homosexual, most folks are on welfare or earn their living selling drugs, selling stolen goods or shipping stolen goods in white vans but a few work in factories making underwear. Everyone in the North lives in a house with a partner and some kids who belong to one half of another couple living elsewhere down the street. And someone gets murdered in the street every six months. It is all very baffling.
But now I read of “the pusher” a serial killer stalking the canals of Manchester. Apparently one young man a month has perished in these filthy waterways. Newspaper reports say that in dredging the canals to clear out the syringes, condoms, bottles and other essentials of every day Northern life, the old bill are now fishing out stacks of bodies. All male.
The police do not think that a killer is on the loose. They just say that the victims were all pissed or high and fell in. Other folks say that some of those perishing just found life too boring which – having now watched Corrie for a year – I can fully understand. But the rate of mortality makes even Coronation Street seem like a safe haven.
As if life in the welfare safari was not bleak enough it now seems as if it is plagued by a serial killer as well. Fearing for his safety, my Manc slum dwelling pal Brokerman Dan, is likely knock on my door at any moment claiming both economic and political asylum here in the hard working South.