Archive for October, 2015

If we get nuked, will we care about retaliation?

October 19, 2015

The cost of Trident is crippling us but we are told by politician’s that we must have it.
The proffered explanation is that is a deterrent I.e. if someone chucks one at us, we would chuck one back.
O.K. which someone?
If it was Russia they’d not just send one, they’d send enough to obliterate us.                                           Even the politicians buried in their bunker’s wouldn’t survive.
Here, we’re assuming they could get to the bunker’s in the 4 mins., which would be the time between someone had thought to switch on the sirens and the ICBM’s landing. That’s a big assumption.
Here’s a few more.
Politician’s think that a nuclear war is surviveable. Who by?
Politician’s think that there’ll be enough warnings for them to ensure that they’ll be within timely reach of a bunker.
Politician’s assume that Russia will use ICBM’s and not Satellite platforms i.e. barely enough time to ask if that siren is genuine.
UK politician’s believe that their Nato allies (i.e.the USA) will fire back. Uh-oh! one of the Cold War scenario’s was UK obliterated, US would say “OH,Dear! very sad. Do we really want to start swapping missiles with Ivan and maybe hurt U.S. real Estate values?”. E.U. NATO allies were assumed likely to capitulate and make plans to move their citizens farther away from the R-A fallout of the defunct UK.

So not really a plausible attacker. What about N.Korea?
Maybe Kim Jong-il has missiles and is dumb enough to fire first. so dumb enough that he’ll attack us but not dumb enough to attack the U.S.. To what end?
If he’s that mad, then he’s unlikely to worry about our firing back.
There, again, we have to assume that the U.S.A. will let us fire missiles to land so close to Japan, or South Korea.
China might also react badly to such an action.

How about ISIS?
They’re going to attack the UK? Not Israel, or the USA?
Assume that’s likely.
Their M.O. suggests it’s possible but they’d get a patsy to fire it fom Morocco, whilst they’re all in Syria. Where would we aim ours?
How about a fixed Islamic target?I
Iran has been a big worry. So they fire on us. Likely?I’d think the Hawks in The Pentagon would go crazy with delight. A perfect target for their nukes. Even if we didn’t pay protection money (by buying Trident), they’d jump at the chance to turn a North African into a piece of Radio-active glass, without risk of heavy political censure.

On the other hand, Let’s assume that it was actually protecting us from attack.
Attack by whom and why?
Switzerland and many other countries don’t feel a need to be protected by having a nuclear arsenal.
Why don’t they feel threatened?
Are they threatened?
I suspect not.
Why not?
Because they aren’t throwing their weight about, pretending to be a great world power, or the lackey of one.
I’d be quite happy to live in a country, where the politicians were only concerned with domestic affairs, rater than strutting about on the World Stage.
I’d feel a lot happier about the fact that I’ve not got a reserved space in the nuclear bunker, should a stray 1 kT bomb drop nearby.
I’d feel a lot happier that those with a space in the bunker, didn’t feel it was, therefore, safe to rattle their saber’s.

Charity. The only growth industry in Osborne’s austerity Britain.

October 19, 2015

If Gov’t were fit for purpose, there’d be no need for so many charity companies
How many cancer charities do we need? Each with a CEO earning(?) a 5 figure annual salary, with a descending hierarchy of salaries for admin roles.
This is before any money trickles through for research or specialist treatments.
I took especial note of one lady claiming, on a TV program about buying and selling antiques, that she’d turned a hobby, of re-selling car-boot items, into a career by setting up a charity for a niche cancer.
I know the present generation of politician’s are fixated by thee Wall Street dogma, of the State sloughing off responsibilities, onto the private sector, but isn’t the Wall Street mantra of economy of scale more relevant?
The job of Government is to keep the citizenry safe, not to farm it.

The BBC’s “Rip-off Britain” program allowed Energy companies to claim their poor billing could be fixed with smart meter’s (!)

October 19, 2015

The BBC’s “Rip-off Britain” program would be redundant, along with many similar program’s, if Government were doing its job policing us.
That program had one presenter announce that most problems it received tales of were about the privatised energy companies and their bills.
It’s ridiculous all these energy companies do, apart from advertising themselves and running a website, is take meter readings and calculate how much they#ll charge us for the energy produced by and transferred by another company.
A P.R. asked to explain the fiasco being faced by certain customer’s, tried to claim that it was all the fault of our antiquated system of meter readings.
I’m sure there are some Sun reader’s who’ll buy that load of proverbial but a moment’s thought shows it for what it is.
Growing up, we had meter’s that had come with the house and were probably still there until privatisation, when the new companies came up with less easily fiddled meters.
A smart-meter doesn’t take a more accurate reading than me, or the meter-man, who comes to check my veracity.
The smart-meter doesn’t make up the bills, which is where the complaints arise. These companies are trying to exploit their own incompetence by getting us to buy(indirectly) meters, which will save them the cost of sending someone to read them.
They’ll still mess up the bills but we won’t be able to challenge them.
There is, I’ve read, another more sinister aspect, in that they’ll be able to spy on us (and make extra profit from it).
The smart meter’s can sample our electricity consumption at Broadband speeds and deduce out TV viewing. A little more hard to believe is that they can also deduce the keys being typed on our computer’s, should they be that interested.
Main thing is we’d still get dodgy billing but without even TV reporter’s being able to challenge them.

reply from my MP about Tory attack on Addenbrooke and rest of #NHS

October 19, 2015

I recently completed a petition about Addenbrooke hospital being forced to its knee’s, so privateer’s can step in and buy it at a bargain basement price.
This is my reply from my MP:
Thank you for contacting me about Addenbrooke’s hospital being put into special measures.
I share your concern that such a highly regarded hospital which was ranked as one of the safest in the country just two years ago, can deteriorate in this way.
It is important to note that inspectors rated the quality of care in Addenbrooke’s as outstanding, describing staff as caring and skilled. understand that the key contributor to the ‘inadequate’ rating was under-staffing, particularly in maternity and A&E. I believe Addenbrooke’s also faced problems discharging patients when they were ready to go home. Indeed, at the time Addenbrooke’s reported a major incident, the then Chief Executive stated that 200 beds were taken up with patients who could not leave because there was not the social care in place to support them.
I also share fears that Addenbrooke’s may not be an isolated case.
The NHS is under pressure because of decisions the Government has made. Cuts to older people’s care in the home means it is harder to see a GP and hospitals have become dangerously full. Cuts to nurse training commissions means a shortage of qualified nurses and a reliance on expensive agency staff. Hospitals across the country are facing a stark choice between balancing the books and delivering safe care.
It is vital, therefore, that Ministers take action if the NHS is to get through the next year without more hospitals failing. The Government promised more funding for the NHS by 2020. However, that money is needed now and support calls by the Shadow Health Secretary for that investment to be front-loaded so that Addenbrooke’s is not a sign of things to come.
I hope the Government listen to those calls and the concern of everyone up and down the country who rely on and care about our NHS.
Thank you again for sharing your views on this important issue.