Archive for June, 2013

@Daily_Express, BBC Newsnight wants our children to blame austerity on us.

June 28, 2013

A recent BBC Newsnight program lay claim that Generation “Y” blamed my generation for the financial straits that they now face.

For the record, generation Y (Who provided this label? Government?) is my children’s generation; the young adults, who are bearing the brunt of the tax burden.

BBC Newsnight and its presenter, Jeremy Paxman, are telling my children’s generation that they are blaming my generation for the present financial mess. My phrasing is deliberate. It’s the way that The Devil, in traditional stories, insinuates into the minds of his victims that it is they who are thinking, how he would have them do.

This is the same old political formula of “divide and conquer”.

In this case, the propagandists are trying to paint pensioners as the cause of the Nation’s ills

My children know, who is responsible for the present austerity regime.

It wasn’t their parents, it was the ruling classes. It was the politicians.

My children’s generation know that we didn’t vote for a European Superstate, politicians did.

My children’s generation know that we didn’t introduce tuition fees, politicians did.

My children’s generation know that we didn’t agree to creating a huge National debt to keep Spain, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus, etc. afloat, politicians did.

My children’s generation know that we didn’t vote for an Energy Policy (politicians make policy) that will leave homes in the dark, next Winter, politicians did.

My children’s generation know that we didn’t intend for them to pay for our old age. They know that politicians embezzled the money that we paid in National Insurance contributions. (This is despite propaganda campaigns to persuade them otherwise)

My children’s generation know that we didn’t decide to give charity funds to countries, which are wealthier than ourselves, politicians did.

My children’s generation know that we didn’t devastate our armed forces, police forces, ambulance Service, fire service and prison service, politicians did.

My children’s generation know that we didn’t privatise our Gas, Elec, Water, Railway etc. and sell them off to our E.U. “partner’s”, so they can gouge us, politicians did.

My children’s generation know that we don’t draw up tax regimes that benefit tax evaders, politicians do.

We don’t set politician’s wages and expenses fiddles, politicians appoint “independent” bodies that “listen” to politician’s and the “award” them a “fair rate” with “fair” golden handshakes, “fair” tax exemptions and “fair” lifetime pensions (which make the State pension for plebs look ridiculous.). We didn’t decide that most MP’s should reach pension age as millionaire’s…………..Politician’s did.

My children’s generation know that we didn’t send troops into Iraq etc., politicians did.

We protested many of these acts but we have no more say in how politicians run the country, than Generation “Y” does.

My children’s generation know that we do not have a democracy and that politician’s are not accountable to us.

They know that he, who pays the piper, calls the tune.

They know that the paymaster’s of Politician’s  are the Bank’s, Insurance companies and the large multinational’s, who pay minimal tax and who benefit from Government schemes such as HS2 and The Dome.

Politicians will continue to “sow dragon’s teeth” , trying to cause distracting debates, whilst they press on with their own self-serving agenda. It’s up to  us, Generation “X”, who’ve lived through successive Government’s, who’ve learned to recognise the devices of politicians, to warn the next generation to keep their eye on the ball.

“We the people of the United States” a survey

June 25, 2013

I downloaded and tidied up this offical (I believe) survey made by the U.S. Gov’t.

U.S. National Survey Result

Q1 Do you believe global warming is a hoax, or not?

37%  Do

 51%  Do not

 12%  Not sure

Q2 Do you believe Osama bin Laden is still alive, or not?

6%  Do

 83%  Do not

  11%  Not sure

Q3 Do you believe a UFO crashed at Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, and the US government covered it up, or not?

 21%  Do

 47%  Do not

  32%  Not sure

Q4 Do you believe that a secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an  authoritarian world government, or New World Order, or not?

 28%  Do

 46%  Do not

  25%  Not sure

Q5 Do you believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the September 11th, 2001, attacks on America, or not?

 28%  Do

 51%  Do not

  22%  Not sure

Q6 Do you believe there is a link between childhood vaccines and autism, or not?

 20%  Do

 46%  Do not

  34%  Not sure

 Q7 Do you believe the moon landing was faked, or not?

 7%  Do

 84%  Do not

  9%  Not sure

 Q8 Do you believe President Barack Obama is the anti-Christ, or not?

 13%  Do

 73%  Do not

  13%  Not sure

 Q9 Do you believe the Bush administration intentionally misled the public about the possibility of weapons of mass destruction in  Iraq to promote the Iraq War, or not?

 44%  Do

 45%  Do not

  12%  Not sure

 Q10 Do you believe aliens exist, or not?

 29%  Do

 47%  Do not

  24%  Not sure

 Q11 Do you believe the CIA was instrumental in  distributing crack cocaine into America’s inner cities in the 1980s, or not?

 14%  Do

 55%  Do not

  30%  Not sure

 Q12 Do you believe the government adds fluoride to our water supply, not for dental health reasons, but for other, more sinister  reasons, or not?

 9%  Do

 74%  Do not

  17%  Not sure

Q13 Do you believe that shape-shifting reptilian  people control our world by taking on human form and gaining political  power to manipulate  our societies, or not?

 4%  Do

 88%  Do not

  7%  Not sure

 Q14 Do you believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing President Kennedy, or was  there some larger conspiracy at work?

 25%  Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone        

 51%  There was some larger conspiracy at work

 24%  Not sure

 Q15 Do you believe in Bigfoot or Sasquatch, or not?

 14%  Do

 72%  Do not

  14%  Not sure

 Q16 Do you believe media or the government adds secret mind-controlling technology to television broadcast signals, or not?

 15%  Do

 70%  Do not

  15%  Not sure

 Q17 Do you believe that the exhaust seen in the sky behind airplanes is actually chemicals sprayed by the government for sinister  reasons, or not?

 5%  Do

 87%  Do not

  8%  Not sure

 Q18 Do you believe that the pharmaceutical industry is in league with the medical industry to “invent” new diseases in order to  make money, or not?

 15%  Do

 69%  Do not

  16%  Not sure

 Q19 Do you believe Paul McCartney actually died in a car crash in 1966 and was secretly replaced by a lookalike so The Beatles could  continue,  or not?

 5%  Do

 80%  Do not

  14%  Not sure

 Q20 Do you believe the United States government knowingly allowed the attacks on September 11th, 2001, to happen, or not?

 11%  Do

 78%  Do not

  11%  Not sure

 Q21 In the last presidential election, did you vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?

 50%  Barack Obama                  

 44%  Mitt Romney                  

 6%  Someone else/Don’t remember        

 Q22 Would you describe yourself as very liberal,  somewhat liberal, moderate, somewhat conservative, or very conservative?

 11%  Very liberal                    

 16%  Somewhat liberal               

 31%  Moderate         

 23%  Somewhat conservative            

 19%  Very conservative              

Q23 If you are a woman, press 1. If a man, press 2.

 50%  Woman

 50%  Man

Q24 If you are a Democrat, press 1. If a Republican, press 2. If you are an independent or identify with another party, press 3.

 38%  Democrat

 34%  Republican            

  28%  Independent/Other

I then sorted them in terms of the “I do believe” .

Q13 Do you believe that shape-shifting reptilian people control our world by taking on human form and gaining political power to manipulate our societies, or not? 4%
Q17 Do you believe that the exhaust seen in the sky behind airplanes is actually chemicals sprayed by the government for sinister reasons, or not? 5%
Q19 Do you believe Paul McCartney actually died in a car crash in 1966 and was secretly replaced by a lookalike so The Beatles could continue, or not? 5%
Q2 Do you believe Osama bin Laden is still alive, or not? 6%
 Q7 Do you believe the moon landing was faked, or not? 7%
Q12 Do you believe the government adds fluoride to our water supply, not for dental health reasons, but for other, more sinister reasons, or not? 9%
Q20 Do you believe the United States government knowingly allowed the attacks on September 11th, 2001, to happen, or not? 11%
Q8 Do you believe President Barack Obama is the anti-Christ, or not? 13%
Q11 Do you believe the CIA was instrumental in distributing crack cocaine into America’s inner cities in the 1980s, or not? 14%
Q15 Do you believe in Bigfoot or Sasquatch, or not? 14%
Q16 Do you believe media or the government adds secret mind-controlling technology to television broadcast signals, or not? 15%
Q18 Do you believe that the pharmaceutical industry is in league with the medical industry to “invent” new diseases in order to make money, or not? 15%
Q6 Do you believe there is a link between childhood vaccines and autism, or not? 20%
Q3 Do you believe a UFO crashed at Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, and the US government covered it up, or not? 21%
Q14 Do you believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing President Kennedy, or was there some larger conspiracy at work? 25%
Q4 Do you believe that a secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government, or New World Order, or not? 28%
Q5 Do you believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the September 11th, 2001, attacks on America, or not? 28%
Q10 Do you believe aliens exist, or not? 29%
Q1 Do you believe global warming is a hoax, or not? 37%
Q9 Do you believe the Bush administration intentionally misled the public about the possibility of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to promote the Iraq War, or not? 44%

It’s interesting that 5% seem to be complete whack jobs. It’s probably the same %age in all nations.

What’s disturbing (for me) is that only 44% believe Bush deliberately lied about WMD. I bet UK belief in Blair’s honesty is much lower, which says much for US control of its media.

#NHS Government propaganda comes via planted press pieces e.g. Vanessa in @daily_express

June 25, 2013

I’m convinced that whenever Government wants to bring in unpopular measures, it plants pieces in the Press.

Usually there is a report of someone, non-govermental but in some quango like organisation voicing a concern.  The piece doesn’t actually qualify as News but is given more space than reports of events that have happened and might actually be relevant to people other than those of some political lobby.

If there is any abreaction, a Junior Minister will quickly (they never act quickly on anything else) produce a well worded statement distancing his boss from the very notion of such a scheme. It’s always a Junior Minister, in case the Minister needs to try and push the idea, again.

Next, there is a piece by a newspaper columnist. Sometimes these are obvious plants, because the wording and sentiments are so at variance with that columnists usual style and / or concerns. If the reaction is not too negative, other columnists will insert their own versions, often with some of the same key phrases.

If the reaction is favourable, it will then pop up on a “discussion program” and finally a Minister will appear on some BBC couch to give his/her considered opinion.

Again, if there is no serious abreaction then it will be quietly placed on the Government process schedule.

Some of the legislation relating to the privatisation of the NHS seems to be getting fast-tracked, with little regard for anything but the most severe abreaction. The example which has prompted this blog is that of GP’s charging for services.

First mooted, some years back, as a charge to see your GP, when it was ostensibly intended to cut down on those failing to keep appointments, even though it would only be getting paid by those, who actually kept appointments. An easier solution would have been to cancel appointment systems and simply go back to crowded waiting rooms (People didn’t attend, unless they absolutely needed to).

That idea was dropped for being so obviously crass.

However on Monday, some anonymous spokesperson, from the BMA, advanced the notion that GP’s might need to charge fo certain treatements. It wasn’t made clear, as to which treatments. Nor was it made clear, what had prompted this press release. Had there been a flurry of letters / complaints from hardworking GP’s in Urban area’s, or was it from Tory HQ?

The following day’s Daily Express carried an item by Vanessa Feltz (I haven’t checked any other newspaper columnists but I would expect something in the Telegraph and maybe the Mail).

Vanessa had her usual pieces bewailing the fact that her husband had dumped her, by taking up the cudgel for Nigella and for Anthea Bovey, and a bit about her own family concerns.

Apart from appearing on any reality show or ” I have an opinion” chat show that will have her, she seems to spend most of her time at one soiree, or another.

Her main piece was where, entirely off her own bat, she had asked one top (?) London GP about this issue. She found out that politicians were too cowardly to introduce it (Hunt the destroyer of the NHS?????).

Apparently, it’s Senior (????) doctor’s, who are claiming that a free NHS is unsustainable.

I don’t know how she defines a Senior doctor but why should they be allowed to speak for the thousand’s of working GP’s, who believe in the NHS and, who don’t have shares in private health provider’s, based in the U.S.A.?

She finishes  by suggesting that we should get used to the unpalatable idea of  paying, say £5 a time to see our GP’s.

She lives in her own little world.

Quite possibly she does use a NHS doctor, although it seems unlikely. Quite possibly, it might “only” be a  tatty little fiver that will be pressed into the receptionist’s petty cash box.  Quite possibly, Vanessa might spend more on a skinny latte. I can even imagine Vanessa spending more on posh frocks than many receive as their State Pension. There’s a thought. How often will Pensioner’s visit their GP’s, at £5 a time. Would a Gov’t intent on capping pensions, make them exempt from this charge?

Wouldn’t it be nice if Newspaper and their columnists kept Government propagandists at arms length.

 

War should only be embarked upon, except when it is truly Hobson’s Choice

June 20, 2013

One of my favourite series of programs is the “World at War” series.
An evocative signature tune and poignant intro combined with the Sir Laurence Olivier’s tones of resigned dismay are very effective.
The actual narrative and “behind the scenes” Black and White film of people enduring the War, or the colour film, sadly recounting the mundane and stoic fortitude of those caught up in it, are all a welcome change from the Gung-Ho racism involved in the film versions of War.
When politicians blithely talk of interventions, sit them down to watch these programs and shoot any that dismiss them as irrelevant to “their duty to the people, who elected them”

@notunimportant . I’ve endured the attack’s of women’s lib for two-thirds of my life. Enough already.

June 16, 2013

I came across this link on twitter:

http://snippets.notunimportant.com/post/43564516526/the-unearned-benefits-of-being-male-from-men

I’m aware that some women believe that the battle for female emancipation is not yet over but I’ve had these accusations thrown at me since my teens and I’m getting tired of it.

I’m getting tired of adverts, showing men as helpless and hopeless, with soaps portraying them as either bastards, or doormats.  Mind you, they also portray woman as either snooty bitches, or hysterical, screaming harridans, but that’s outside this particular rant.

I look at real life women around me and most prefer the old family model, with a husband as protector and breadwinner.

The last is a forlorn hope for the working classes, because the only effect for them was that their jobs, where possible, were passed to women, who cost less. Most of their jobs were segmented into part-time jobs, so instead of one full-time, male breadwinner, the household depended on women working multiple part-time jobs.

The middle class women haven’t fared better, because, like it, or not, it is a big problem for businesses and for women that they are best designed and genetically motivated to bearing children.  Even, where women manage a career and motherhood, it is difficult for a business to promote a woman, over a man. It may be unfair to women but the alternative is unfair to the business and all the personnel employed by it.

There is a push for positive discrimination in female promotions. In Wigan, two useless, male MP’s resigned (avoiding expenses examination) and were replaced by two female MP’s, who were parachuted in.

They may prove to be very good MP’s  (you don’t choose plonker’s to bear a torch) but this deliberate exclusion of male candidates won’t create a better Society. In organisations, generally, there are not enough female careerists to provide a sufficiently high calibre of candidates worthy of promotion. Just because the majority of top jobs in certain sections (e.g. politics) have been filled by male drones, it doesn’t mean that they should be replaced by women. It just means that there should be a better selection method.

It is rightly argued that women are more consensual and can work together, better.

This ignores the fact that women set up a pecking order and can gang up on individual’s, who offend the queen bee. The cases, where a teen commits suicide, because of cyber bullying, have invariably been amongst females.

A proper mix of girls and boys works best in the classroom and would probably also do so in top management, assuming all achieve that status on genuine merit.

Anyway, it’s all moot and the following is a (sometimes unfair) parody of the whinges shown on the website, above.

1. when I walk down the street, I know that yobs will be far less considerate of my life, than of a woman’s
2. My forefather’s were mainly seen as expendable muscle power, who never had a chance to break out of the class structure.
3. When I look at Civil rights movements and Black Power, I rarely see women putting themselves in the firing line.
4. Men don’t look on women as baby machines; women do. Men are attracted to sexually attractive women, not those who are proven baby makers (Henry VIII is famed for being the exception)
5. Only women will think me weird, if I choose not to have children.
6 a) school sports have always been about ensuring Men are fit to be sent into battle. That may change as people get used to women, in uniform, being shot at
6 b) Cheer leading has always been about girl’s who want to be seen as desirable mates for alpha males, not as bon-bons for the players.
7. At work, I can be fairly sure that women will try to use their “wiles” to gain an advantage, over me. (and I’ll let them)
8. If I have sex with a lot of women, I’ll be one of the small group that women will have favoured (George Clooney?) and other men will envy.
9. I will be expected to prove my manhood by fighting a woman’s battles for her, even if we are stranger’s and the woman is at fault.
10. I can be sure that when I talk in groups or in public, people will only listen to what I’m saying, as long as I don’t talk twaddle.
11. I’ve never got a job through connections. As a man I’ve always been in competition with other men for jobs (and occasionally women with short skirts).
12. As a man, I don’t bitch, or nag other’s, upto the point of anger, and then attack them knowing that most dare not retaliate.
13. I have always been prepared to enter a dark room, or go off wandering, because it is the nature of men to take risks and defy danger. Lucky me.
14. I can turn on the TV, or open the newspaper, and expect to see women represented mainly on their propensity to verbalise their opinions on issues, in which I have no interest. Alternately they will be women who are sexually attractive and prepared to bare large expanses of flesh in exchange for highly paid jobs requiring a minimum of observable skill.
15. As a man, I am criticised for not being open about men’s problems, apart from “man flu”. I do not read numerous magazine columns on them and the “Race for Life” funds will never be matched by funding for research into prostate cancer ( I believe such research can not be carried out on women, as test person’s)
16. I have heard constant reference’s by women about men’s short-comings (giggle, giggle) and dismissal of men, who are short, fat and bald as being unworthy of consideration, in any situation.
17. There are many men, whose only chance of sex is to amass large amounts of money to buy it, whereas almost any woman, who wants sex, merely has to wave her knickers in the air.
18. Women have easy access to sexually revealing images of men on the Internet and in books and movies.
19. I can assume that I’ll do more of the skilled DIY jobs than the women in my family do and that my “presents” will often be the tools to do such jobs, rather than personal items to show that I am treasured.
20. I can dress, as I want, so long as I dress appropriately, wearing a tie and tight collar, even in extremely hot conditions. I must never wear revealing clothing indoors, in public and if I have a dress mishap, I will be ridiculed and/or arrested for indecent exposure.
21. When I am permitted to have sex, I have to be careful that I don’t end up with a paternity suit and a huge unasked for drain on my finances.
22. I can’t open a newspaper without some feminist claiming that they are the victims of my actions, that I am a latent rapist or responsible for various religious nuts in foreign cultures. I have the privilege of being constantly berated for being a coffin-dodging, white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant man, who’s worked consistently throughout his life, to provide a secure home for his wife and family.

 

 

 

 

 

this email (microsoft) was meant to be funny. Why didn’t I laugh?

June 12, 2013

For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on. At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, “If Ford had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.”

In response to Bill’s comments, Ford issued a press release stating:

If Ford had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part):

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash………twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new  car. 3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive – but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single “This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation” Warning  light.

I love  the next one!!!

7. The airbag system would ask, “Are you  sure?” before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

10. You’d have to press the “Start” button to turn the engine off.

PS  – I’d like to add that when all else fails, you could call “customer service” in some foreign country and be instructed in some foreign language how to fix your car yourself!!!!

Please share this with your friends who love – But sometimes hate – their  computer!

I’ll get out of the middle lane, if you’ll allow me to do so safely

June 11, 2013

Sometimes, when I’m on the motorway, slowly overtaking a convoy of lorries, with the outside lane clear, I’ll see a herd of salesmen and important people advancing on me.

I step up my speed to 80mph to get past and back into the lorry lane but I’ll be too slow.

An important person will close in on my rear end, whilst the outside lane fills with sales reps doing the ton.
I’m stuck, because, if a gap in the slow lane appears, I need to avoid “cutting up” the lorry driver (they resent it), whilst I “know” that my  tailgater will proceed to overtake me, when I’m still only halfway over.

He’ll clip my rear, put me in a spin (I’ve watched USA cop chases) and cause me to crash, whilst he drives off to his important lunch.

Now I have to watch out for taxmen disguised as traffic cops.

On another occasion I’ll move into the middle lane because there’s a joining lane ahead and I can see the sales reps speeding along it.

They will not be slowing down to avoid colliding with granddad in the “slow” lane, in fact they’ll probably shoot through into my lane and then into “their” lane.

In any case, I’m not going to move into the lorry lane so I can be sandwiched between the joiner’s to my left and the important people to my right……………. I’ll play piggy in the middle lane until we’re past the jostling.

If the Government genuinely wanted to stop me lingering in the middle lane, they’d make it easier for me to move in and out of it, by catching and prosecuting (effectively) those who delight in speeding.

The solution is more Motorway camera’s and the imprisonment of disqualified driver’s who are using the motorway.

It won’t happen.

Instead we’ll get more revenue collector’s in unmarked police cars, fining middle lane drivers and ignoring tail gaters, because video evidence of the former is easier to collect.

Speedster’s will continue to escape retribution, because they are important people, or have important jobs relying on them being able to drive at high speed.

Also, because as soon as a police car (marked) enters the motorway, the important people stand on their brakes and cause a huge traffic snarl-up.

I suspect this middle lane law was dreamed up by all the important people, who live in and around London, where speeding is “not really illegal” and only applies to “small” people.

I’ll carry on trying to avoid hogging the middle lane but if you do find youself behind me, don’t drive up my exhaust in the hope that I’ll put my foot down, or play dodgems with the driver on my left.

the internet has to be kept out of the control of Government

June 11, 2013

The reins of power are the judiciary, the legislature and the executive (Civil Service, Police and Armed Forces).
They also include various strands of the Media, the Press, TV and the Internet.
The Romans, on whom our Gov’t structures were once based, always tried to ensure that the reins were kept in diverse hands.
The Caesar’s collected the various reins into their own hands and tyranny ensued.
In our Society the Party leaders control the legislature (the Whips), the Judiciary (The Lord Chief Justice) and The Executive (The Cabinet Office).
TV is under indirect political control via politically appointed quangoes e,g,The BBC is under the Board of Trustee’s (controlled by a political hack, appointed by the P.M.)
The Queen rubber stamps legislation.
The Press is running scared of Leveson.
The Internet is the focus of concern for our politician’s.
Won’t be long now.

blogpost letter to S.Express on epidemiological cancer and fatuous headline

June 10, 2013

Please, You Have to stop printing headlines such as “cancer risk of two beers a year”.
Such assertions are not only alarmist but of dubious merit.
First point of objection, to this particular claim, is that anyone, who drinks beer, will have already exceeded that limit by January 1st, every year.
Second point of objection is that scientists do not make such statements.
For a scientist with any integrity to make such a bald statement, he/she would have to prove a causative effect, that could be demonstrated and repeated.
I suspect that this claim has been made by epidemiologists.
These are people, who search for associated factors and make statistical analyses, based on them.
In this instance, I would question first the form of cancer being associated.
Most cancers can be linked to a particular cause. For example lung cancer can be directly linked to tobacco tars.
Which cancer is being linked with beer drinking?
Consider; Until about ten years ago most pub/club interiors had walls stained yellow with tobacco tar and most people, who I know, would frequent such places to celebrate New Year.
I suspect that these scientists would, if funded to do so, find overwhelming evidence that celebrating the New Year causes cancer.
I really do question the integrity of the people making this claim, even if only on the basis that one third of all deaths are related to cancer, yet the fraction of the population exceeding the stated alcohol limit is probably much greater.

blogpost letter to S.Express on fracking in Wigan

June 10, 2013

I understand H Atkinson’s view on our coal reserves but doubt that it would be viable to do as he says.
Apart from the fact that the coalfields have been used for underground dumping and apart from the fact that many will have collapsed and / or flooded, there is the problem of fracking.
The proposed fracking in Lancashire seems particurly focused on the coalfield centred on Billinge Hill.
I suspect that much of the gas, being prospected for, is actually coal gas and that the explosions used will complete the destruction of any coal mines still left.
Not only will there be a danger in trying to re-open those mines, I suspect that mine collapses will see re-newed cases of subsidence in this area, such as the one foot slip across the A580, which occured near Haydock Racecourse, shortly after the closure of the Parbold pit.