Archive for May, 2011

Land of the brolly

May 30, 2011
When the water companies were privatised, the first thing that they did was sell-off, allegedly, excess reservoir capacity to land-fill and housing development.
 
Now, as a prelude to these private companies forcing through legislation to charge us for fitting water meters, they are claiming that the alternative will be to build new reservoirs.
 
Either way we pay for their failure to meet their contractual obligations.
 
They have consistently been allowed to increase prices, above the rate of inflation, to meet a contracted obligation to renovate and maintain a system, built by the Victorians, to ensure clean drinking water and to stop our cities stinking of sewage.
 
They were supposed to maintain those reservoirs that existed and repair the sewage systems that were beginning to collapse.
They were supposed to replace sewage outfall pipes, which were causing our beaches to be too polluted to swim in, with treatment plants.

Instead of budgetting for this work and setting up a suitable replacement schedule, they have mainly relied on a damage limitation exercise, making temporary repairs, as the old pipes etc. collapsed.
 
The only area’s in which they appear to have been active are in pushing for the right to charge more, claiming that we are living in a semi-desert climate (as testified by our recent wonderful Bank Holiday weather that forced so many to fly South to warmer, wetter regions) and lobbying for more legislation to punish us for wasting water, watering our gardens and, possibly, for washing our windows.
 
If we do install water meters and, because of increasing financial restraints, use less water, what will the water companies do?
They have to maintain profitability, so prices will rise and water usage will drop further.
At what point will The Government step in to prevent the country stinking again?
At what point will the Water Companies realise that the sewers are being clogged up with solid waste that can’t be moved, because toilets are not being flushed as much?
At what point do Seaside resorts complain about having to close their beaches?
At what point do Hospitals start reporting cases of diseases, caused by bad hygiene, returning?
 
It’s time Government represented our cause and used the threat of re-nationalisation to
force them to comply with their contractual obligations instead of contriving a situation, which will merely give them a tighter grip on our individual finances and our lifestyles.
 
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Show the originator on chain emails.

May 30, 2011

It’d be nice if originator’s of emails, sometimes put their contact email as originator, where safe to do so.

I recently received some photo’s of the Pearl Harbour (Harbor) attack, which a local paper was interested in but couldn’t publish, because they did not know who to ask for permission.

Punch, where are you?

May 30, 2011
Another round of Euro taxes and now a threat of foreign hirelings in charge of our borders.
The image presented is that of a German and a French thug, heading a mob of low-life’s, gang-raping Britannia.
Meanwhile, P.C. David Cameron stands by, like a PCSO, complaining that he can’t interfere, because the former beat bobby reached an agreement with the Gang, in exchange for a promise to not to beat him up.

Jungle Law

May 27, 2011

Two stories on BBC’s breakfast program. First is another tale of an old woman falling for the “you’ve won a huge sum” scam. Second was a couple, who’d signed up with a debt management company, only to find that the company had pocketed their “manageable payments” leaving them facing bankruptcy and dispossession.

These issues, or similar, keep cropping up and no action ever seems to be taken to remedy the situation.

In pondering this matter, I was drawn to an analogy of tiger’s in the wild.
Understandably, the natives living in tiger territory would like to kill them off but are deterred by the “caring elite”, who admonish these poor ignorant people, who can’t understand that the beauty and majesty of this animal in its natural habitat, is a sight worth a few peasants’ lives.

The “caring elite” are Labour luvvies, happy to throw cash compensation at those maimed or the families of the bereaved.

The Tories are those, who believe in “the law of the jungle” and have an admiration for the Tigers’ culling of the lower classes.

The Government Executive arm is represented by the Office of Fair Trading,  who sees its job as putting up signs, warning that tigers are predatory, whilst  occasionally firng air-shots to chase the tiger onto a new territory and fresh prey (via the Fraud Squad, who aren’t allowed to shoot the tigers, unless there is incontrovertible proof that a particular tiger has absolutely definitely, killed and eaten more than one person of significance and they have filled in the necessary forms, countersigned by the C.P.S.).

As a Philistine, I would go for the option of shooting the Tigers, or placing them on an island reserve, away from all but the luvvies, who wish to view them.
Interpretation: get rid of the individuals who perpetrate these scams, by legislation against them, such that they can be permanently locked up away from their prey.

*.dll’s

May 27, 2011

Having recently bought a high capacity external memory. I transferred a lot of programs to it, from main memory.
One, which I later deleted, raised the problem of *.dll usage.
My understanding is that these are a library of small programs that are needed for microsoft windows but are accessible by other software manufacturers’ programs.
The problem arises that these *.dll’s can become attached to these third party programs and either suborned or substituted by that third party program. This then makes it difficult to eradicate that third party software.
The issue is further complicated by microsoft trying to protect them and thus providing a safe haven for malware.
I would like microsoft to find a way to prevent third party and hacker software from doing this.
Obviously if I was well versed in Microsoft’s cumbersome structure’s, I could simply replace any dubious *.dll’s with a safe backup version. I’m not!
I pay a lot of money for a system, which is supposed to let me surf the Internet, without fretting about the nuts and bolts of the operation. With Windows changing on a two year generation cycle and memory requirements increasing exponentially, I feel it’s time this sort of problem was resolved.

Hospitals sell-off in final stages

May 26, 2011
The old matron-led hospital system may not have been perfect but we definitely didn’t see such mismanagement that a doctor felt forced to prescribe water for his patients, because they had been allowed to become dehydrated.
The present pre-privatisation Trust Hospitals have proven to be a failed system, incapable of dealing considerately with patients.
Nevertheless, I predict that Government will tell us that hospitals can only be improved by pressing ahead with plans to sell them off to the same type of profit-motivated companies that are doing such a terrible job of managing our water, our railway’s, our gas and our electricity.

Ostriches or Squirrels

May 26, 2011

congratulations to David Wells of HSBC bank for his insight to the forthcoming pension crisis.
Having a banker remind us that we all need to take individual responsibility is a reminder of the reason for the predicament many will find themselves in.
The real query is what prompts Joanne Seagars,CEO of the National Association of Pension Funds, to fret that the Ostrich Generation (David’s poetic turn of phrase) is not preparing for their old age.
Perhaps she and her friends are feeling a shortfall in the profits that they make.
Is this the ostrich generation, or could there be other reasons for the pension funds losing custom?
In the present financial situation, the ostriches may not have any surplus cash to invest. Perhaps those, who do have spare cash, have become wary of how often such funds are raided by Government, employers and even fund managers.
Certainly, the experience of my generation must have served as a brake on such sheep-like trust in pension funds.
Perhaps they look around City Centres and see that the biggest and newest buildings, in the most desirable locations, belong to Government, Local Government, Banks, Insurance Companies, Unions, Embassies and Pension Funds.I.e. people who handle “other people’s money”.
Perhaps they are not ostriches but like squirrels, they are hiding any surplus, away from prying eyes.
My recommendation to this ostrich generation is to buy property that doesn’t leave a paper trail and which will either hold its value, or, at least, not have its value eaten away by taxes, low interest rates, commissions etc.

Traffic jams could save Euro-zone

May 26, 2011
The research by “More Th>n”, which claims that motorists spend an equivalent of 3 days per year in traffic queues, gives food for thought.
 
Figures suggest that for every two minutes a car is idling, it uses about the same amount of fuel as it takes to go about one mile.
So for a typical family car doing 40mpg that equates to about 243 litres per year, or at £1.35 per litre, a cost of £330 per year.
 
Of course the tax component hardly motivates Government to take action on unnecessary traffic delays, as with over 30,000,000 cars on the roads, this equates to a spend of £10 billion, which at a tax rate of at least 80% means that Government rakes in £8 billion from traffic delays.
 
With the Euro-zone in such a mess and Greece needing some more cash, it might be worth investing in the Companies that make traffic cones.

collapse of the Euro

May 24, 2011
Superinjunctions and royal weddings/visits may be the focus at present but The Lisbon Treaty and the bailouts of Greece, Spain, Ireland etc. are still hanging over us.
The only bright aspect is that the protests in Spain will probably re-ignite Greek protests, forcing France and Germany to raise taxes on the rest of us.
We, Brits, will probably take the hit but the German and French people may not.
This could lead to the downfall of the Euro and allow us to escape from further federalisation. Fingers crossed.
 

plaudit for Lib Dem MP, David Hemming

May 24, 2011
Having read the letter by Lib Dem M.P. David Hemming, I would like to express an appreciation of the way that he has expressed my sentiments on this matter and for his action in showing that here is an MP who understands his role.
I feel sympathy for Imogen Thomas, a girl, who has only done what Modern Britain usually rewards attractive young ladies for doing. Now, instead of becoming a figure to mock, her TV career can take off.
I feel sympathy for Ryan Gigg’s wife, having to endure the condolences of those around her, even though Ryan has not been a stranger to dating attractive and liberal young women, in the past.
I feel a little sympathy for Ryan, on par with the vicar, who’s wife finds his stack of girlie mags.
The point being glossed over in these reports, is not simply the prurient nature of a large section of the public but the danger of “creep”.
What if it was a story involving the public interest but where, on balance, a judge deemed it might cause a rich and important person to suffer unnecessary harm to his career?
What if a judge decided that disclosure could lead to a collapse of the Government and that this would not be in the public interest?
What if a disclosure might lead to heightened political, racial or religious tension?
Perhaps the key phrase should be changed from “public interest” to “likely to meet with public approval”.
No-one would object to an injunction to protect the privacy of the victim’s of a crime or misfortune. Most people would object to someone being allowed to use the Law to cover up their misdeeds and thereby put others at risk of being branded as criminals.