Archive for December, 2014

It’d be cheaper to have a totally free #NHS, with spare capacity

December 31, 2014

The story that the present A&E crisis is mainly due to seasonal illnesses, such as flu, is alarming.
Not simply alarming for the poor management, which has failed to ensure spare capacity for such an expected event, but for the lack of resources to cope with some more serious problem; a plague, or major catastrophe.
However; unless the Government, in its intent on austerity measures, is prepared to deny health services to the masses, next Winter, might it not be a saving to extend the free flu vaccinations, for the very young and very elderly, to the work force, on whom the Chancellor relies for economic growth?

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@Bruciebabe

December 31, 2014

1. Tories have no hope of winning the election
2. We owe more under the dreadful duo, through bailouts, subsidising privateers and political grandstanding.
3. Main parties don’t give a care about affordable housing for the masses.
4. HS2 is silly(agreed) and a waste of money and it was Osborne who fired the starting gun.
5. NHS privatisation was started by Maggie but it was Cameron who put his foot on the accelerator. It is duplicitous to claim that a nationwide  privatised and fragmented health service is The NHS as it was created to be.
6. The immigration policy, or lack of it, is a disaster and has continued to be under the Tories. Neither party had any intention of planning for the assimilation of the immigrants. Both want the cheapening of Labour that ensues from the resultant conflict.
7. The EU has been a curse, since well before Maastricht and the Sainted Maggie did nothing to extricate us, merely grabbing back a fraction of our subs.
8. What has been called the bedroom tax was deliberately obtuse; a hammer to crack a walnut.
9. ditto the foodbanks and suicides arising from the benefits cap. While people are protesting these iniquities, they won’t notice their freedoms being stolen by the EU and TTIP.
10. The Queen is a more impartial President than any political nominee would be. Even Charles would be a better voice for the Country.
11. why would any Scot want to stay in a Country governed by people, who have your mentality.
12. Fracking is not brilliant but may be necessary, as we have no coal mines or Nuclear plants left and alternative energies still aren’t yet viable and reliable.
13. check the sabre rattling from Putin, it has an edge to it. He just wants a bigger piece of the Global pie. He’s merely a distraction for us, unless the corporates think it worth while extending the conflict.
14. Mansion Tax is a sop for Sun readers and does appear to be an own goal.
15. Productivity is good but a lot of morons seem to think that squeezing bottom-end wages is conducive to productivity. Raising wages increases consumption and is the key to increased productivity (if British Management is up to the challenge).
16. Osborne needs to tax corporate turnover in this Country. No more getouts for Starbucks, Google, Amazon, Goldmann-Sachs etc.
17. A properly managed British Public Sector will always be more cost-effective than any unfettered privatised sector.
18. MP’s get more than peanuts, yet we’re still getting monkeys. If my M.P. took even longer holidays than at present, I wouldn’t notice. When your GP takes a day off, it is noticeable.

Irrespective of your, or my, opinions on these issues, it would be nice if the people could have a vote on every one, instead of having to choose between Tweedledum and Tweedledee every 5 years.
I’d trust the Demos on all these opinions over any one self-opinionated box set.

Happy Xmas Jihadists. Too busy shopping to watch out for you.

December 17, 2014
 Letter to daily Express 17/12/14:
At the height of the IRA bombings, the Public were warned to be vigilant and we were.
All unattended parcels were deemed suspicious and reported to the nearest person with a semblance of authority.
But how can we comply with the demand for vigilance in terms of Jihadists?
Obviously, if their rucksack is smoking, you move away fast.
If they are brandishing Kalashnikovs, or wearing a vest of dynamite sticks, you, again get away fast. You might even focus their attention on yourself by shouting a warning to the less attentive.
These actions don’t require vigilance, just a little bit of awareness, on par with not walking into a lamp post.
So what can we be vigilant of?
Does that mean accosting everyone who looks like they might be Muslim and demanding to know if they are Jihadist? Not very nice and certainly not very wise.
What, then? Nothing.
We emulate the Security forces and wait until there is proof of intent, such as pulling out a pump action shotgun.
 
Meantime it’s Xmas and there’s presents to buy.

I spend half my computer time cleaning out spyware. should I surrender and get a tablet?

December 17, 2014

I’m close to giving up on firefox as a browser.
I have a TomTom which needs constant updating.
I’m pretty sure it also checks out my cookies, which means I’ve always cleaned them out before an update.
The problem is that Firefox has decided to protect me from their snooping, by blocking the flash drive it uses.
There is no way around it.
So having to clean my cache etc. (CCleaner), then change default browserm a 1 minute update is lasting 15 mins., or more.
On top of this Ccleaner’s latest update insists on monitoring all traffic. I can not stop it except by uninstalling it.
Firefox has warned me off Adobe Reader and wants me to use their on-line browser, everytime I want to check a pdf manual.
I went into a Firefox forum to try to remove a plug-in only to find that not only was it problematic, with a risk of fouling up my registry, but Microsoft probably had two other plug-ins on Firefox, of which I knew nothing.
What is the point of trying to stop these corporate voyeur’s, when the “good guys” appear to have sold out.
Io all activists out there, stop concede defeat and at least let me run my computer without Microsoft seizing control to update the patches on their trapdoors.

@Daily_Express. Combat cyber wars with free computer vaccinations

December 17, 2014

To the EU:
I know all these websites are using cookies and may be spying on me.

All your stupid legislation does is make me waste time acknowledging the fact, every time I switch websites.

You’re not protecting me. You’re just pissing me off.

It’d be more useful if you subsidised Freeware such as CCleaner and told everyone to use it.

Malware Malbytes is good, as are AVG anti-virus and Spybot.

Sponsor CD’s carrying these progs, for same reason some people hand out free condoms and vaccinations.

@PositiveMoneyUK reply from my MP to the query on the money debate

December 13, 2014

Thank you for contacting me recently about money creation, banking and the Positive Money campaign.

I know the Positive Money campaign has been raising important issues about how we ensure financial stability and gain a greater understanding of money supply in the UK and, indeed most other developed countries, following the global financial crisis.

As you know, there was a debate on this issue in the House of Commons on 20th November, which provided a welcome opportunity to debate money generation and consider how we can improve our banking and financial stability so they better serve consumers.

I believe we need a more transparent and accountable commercial banking sector which works for the whole economy if Britain is to earn our way out of the cost of living crisis. I also believe, though, that the Government have not taken sufficient action to deliver a competitive banking system which serves the interests of consumers or the needs of businesses and the British economy. It is particularly disappointing that the Government have not done more to implement the recommendations of the independent Vickers commission on banking or to help rebuild consumer trust in the sector.

In my view, instability in the money supply is less related to the existence of bank credit and more an issue of incentives to ensure that loans and debts are repaid and only granted when there is a strong likelihood of repayment. If the money supply expands so quickly that doubts exist about the viable repayment of that credit then real risks emerge.

That is why I strongly believe that the banks need to be tightly regulated both in terms of the constraints placed upon their leverage ratio and the core capital that they are required to hold in the first place.

As you may be aware, these issues were debated in Parliament during the consideration of the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013. during which the Opposition frontbench proposed a number of amendments including for a leverage target to be set by the Treasury and ahead of 2018.

Unfortunately the Government rejected this amendment.

I accept that the main points you raise in your letter are broadly correct but cannot agree with all of the points made by the Positive Money campaign. I do, however, welcome that such fundamental questions are being asked about how the money in our economy is being created and used. how our financial system can be more transparent and accountable and work for the benefit of the country as a whole.

Thank you again for writing to me. I will of course keep your views in mind as the issues around our banks and financial institutions continue to be raised in Parliament.

osborne stitching up Greater Manchester like Chinese have done in Hong Kong

December 11, 2014

this is a piece by Stephen Hall, which I’ve copied from Facebook:

The Chancellor dismisses call for referendum on Devo Manc and says “the talking is over”.“What people here want to see is real transport improvements, they want to see the Oyster card scheme rolled out to the whole of Greater Manchester they want to see the investment in the skills, the businesses.” Really?

While additional investment in transport and new skills, such there is actually going to be any, are to be welcomed, few if any Greater Manchester residents support the idea of a new elected Mayor, and most are highly suspicious of any so-called devolution package which is to be imposed on them without any proper public scrutiny and whether they like it or not.

Additionally, not one of the the leaders of Greater Manchester’s ten local Councils has any democratic authority or mandate from the people of Greater Manchester to speak on their collective behalf. None at all! Neither have they even asked Greater Manchester residents whether they want to be part of any Manchester City region devolution deal, or whether they might actually prefer to be part of a wider devolution to deal for the North West, which might even include more devolved and “substantial new powers” for local communities, or even if they want any kind of devolution at all.

GMATUC are reliably informed that the Chancellor made the whole Devo Manc agreement conditional on the ten GM local authority leaders agreeing to a new Mayoral set up, and that if they didn’t do that it would be withdrawn entirely. If that is so, then they should have refused to sign it rather than simply rolling over and meekly accepting what effectively amounts to a sell out of our democratic rights, just to get control of a bit more cash, with a whole series of strings attached, than they have control of now.

They could have also pushed for something a whole letter better, with less strings attached, and which could have involved a real devolution of powers to the regions and then put that to the people in a referendum. If Osborne wouldn’t agree to that, then maybe they could have even pushed for a better deal from the next Government? Instead, what we are presented with is little other than a stitch up.

Our campaign for a referendum will continue whatever Osborne and our ten local authority leaders say, and the more they oppose it, the more the public will get behind it in our view. It’s not a done deal, the talking isn’t over and we aim to prove it.

Sign our petition now at: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/people-must-have-right-to-vote-on-devo-manc. Printed versions available from stefan.cholewka@btinternet.com

check out #GetCovered to see what Obama care looks like ( & #NHS under TTIP?)

December 5, 2014

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I clicked on the above link to see what was involved in Obamacare. I had to use fictitious details but this gives a flavour of what we are in for.>>>>>

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Eat nuts and berries, forget about pensions and free doctoring, know your place.

December 4, 2014
this was a letter to the express over their persistent front page stories from Tory HQ, trying to edge us towards a low cost lifestyle. I suspect it’s a piece of Social engineering, moving us back to a Victorian workforce.
I am bewildered by the free advice, which is continually presented to me.
Recent pronouncements, by “Scientists”, via Twitter, instruct me that we should eat less meat in order to reduce our carbon footprint, whilst a “scientific” publication has put out a schematic showing that while as much energy, as received from the Sun, is radiated out into Space, even more is “created” by Greenhouse gases.
OK, it’s Twitter but then I pick up my Daily Express with its headline proclaiming that I’ll live a longer healthier life if I would only adopt a Mediterranean diet.
This theme of living off nuts and berries is continued on page three.
Sandwiched (!) between them is a story about an 80 year-old butcher (presumably a carnivore)living healthily and happily, having not endured even one days holiday, throughout his working life.
Page four I’m immediately into a story of a 102 year-old woman, turfed out of hospital in the wee hours.
Musing on the pro’s and con’s of living longer, I make my way to unlucky page 13, where I’m informed that sadly our hard-pressed MP’s are donning sackcloth and ashes at the thought that they may have to make commoner’s work on until 70, without a State Pension. Ironically a snippet of news about The Rolling Stones saxophonist is squeezed up next to this, giving his age at death, as 70!.
So this Xmas, what should I do? Forgo the Turkey and its trimming to extend my life and avoid the Planet turning into a fireball? Forgo the mince-pies and brandy-soaked Xmas pudding, so I don’t die of diabetes, or cirrhosis?
Perhaps I should advise the younger generation to take advantage of our EU membership and move to a Mediterranean country, where they Siesta in the midday heat, retire early (Is it still 55 years in Greece?) have plentiful nuts and berries, all, presumably, cooked in healthy olive oil and life is one long holiday, financed by bailouts from their northern EU partners.
I don’t know what to do. Any more advice?

@Ed_Miliband @David_Cameron signing TTIP will make it impossible for Government to rein in over-exploitive Capitalism

December 4, 2014

I’ve just watched this:

http://www.sg.org.za/beware-fellow-plutocrats-the-pitchforks-are-coming/

This man  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Hanauer  is not saying anything new; the significance is that no-one can accuse him of Socialist twaddle.

If our politicians listened to this and accepted its truth, they wouldn’t sign TTIP.

They’d stop cutting public services, they’d limit monopolies, patent rights and copyrights.

They’d increase the minimum wage.

In one of my blogs, I pointed out that protecting the NHS, Police, etc. protected the wealth source, because if you keep lowering wages and raising prices you eventually destroy your market. No one is buying and no-one is profitting.

What the man says becomes more relevant as we move towards a Global Economy. The mine owner, of last century, could screw his workers via the company store, because he sold his goods to another wealthier community, but in a Global Community, all the workers eventually become equally unable to afford them.

If I pick apples and you buy them, you can polish and pack them to sell, profitting from the added value. However, if I’m the only person buying them, I won’t be able to afford them. I starve and you go bankrupt (then starve).