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Blogpost 24: 6/6/18

June 6, 2018

Letters sent to the Daily Mirror

Only government has the power, it just lacks quality politicians
Stuck in another long line of traffic this morning; no doubt worsened by commuters abandoning the train in their need to avoid being sacked and put at the mercy of Universal Credit.
My thoughts reverted to the billions of gallons of fuel being wasted by cars idling, or creeping along, pouring out pollution, Carbon Dioxide and wasted energy; all adding to Global Warming.
Political responses, so far, have been to increase taxes on motorists, legislate ridiculous limits on car design (manufacturers being forced into criminality to pretend to comply) and, generally, to try to make car ownership more stressful.
People need personal transport to comply with the demands of modern life and politicians should be enabling them to comply.
Allowing traffic jams, through failure to ease congestion, shows incompetence and an unsuitability to govern.

Smart motorways help but they aren’t even a pretence at a solution.
Roads need to be uncluttered, with overheads and underpasses, instead of traffic islands and traffic lights .
Pedestrians, cyclists etc. should be separated from more dangerous traffic by more than painted tarmac.
There shouldn’t be a need to dig up roads to repair pipes and cables.
There shouldn’t need to be road closures to cope with accidents.
Better planning and design is needed and only Government has the power to achieve it.


fob them off
Theresa May: “I’m getting a lot of flak over trains ‘oop North’.
Put out a statement that the situation is unacceptable”
Alison Saunders (CPS): “I’m getting a lot of flak over prosecutions failing through our incompetence.
Put out a statement that the situation is unacceptable”
Any Hospital Trust: ” We’re getting a lot of flak over our incompetence.
Put out a statement that the situation is unacceptable”
Time for a new fob-them-off statement?

Heli Vertanen
The three main food groups are fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
We’re constantly being warned against carbohydrates, which cause obesity and diabetes, leading to our dying of Heart diseases.
We’re constantly being warned against fats, which cause obesity furring of the arteries, leading to our dying of Heart diseases.
Now Heli Vertanen of the University of Eastern Finland tells us that a high protein diet with lots of lean meat increases the risk of heart failure in middle-aged men.
Heli Vertanen says lean meat increases the risk by 43%, so all those middle-aged fat men, who follow medical advice, cutting back the spuds and trimming their meat, are increasing their chances of dying?
Nutritionists talk more rubbish than panellists on BBC’s Question Time.
Statistics from the USA Census Bureau say 286.8 middle-aged men out of each population 100,000 die of heart disease.
Should we take it that the rest must die of starvation.
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We’re constantly being Warned aqainst fats and carbohydrates, but now Heli Virtanen, of the University of Eastern Finland, tells us a high protein diet with lots of lean meat also increases the risk of heart failure in
middle-aged men (Mirror, May 30). What on earth
are We supposed to eat?

EU co-operation
Interpol was established as the International Criminal Police Commission (ICPC) in 1923, between the World Wars, and is proof that we do not have to be in a political union with the EU to co-operate, or share data with the EU.
So why should Kevin Bentley, of the LGA, believe that the EU would risk endangering its own citizens by not sharing its food hygiene database with us?
The EU’s CE trademark is based on standards, originally estabilished by the British Standards Institute.
Its drug standards database is based on ours, which was originally based on that of the USA.
Sharing databases is mutually beneficial.
Why do some claim that the EU will not share intelligence data with us, when it already shares it with the USA and Australia?
Why do some claim the EU will not co-operate with us in Science, when CERN has Israel as a full member and most other nations as associate members.
Even the recent argument about Galileo access seems fake, when our military are already integrating into what is effectively an EU Army, which wants Galileo to act as a GPS, independent of the USA system.
Politicians may posture and issue threats but Democratic Nations do not, ultimately, cut off their noses to spite their faces.

You report that Greengauge21 has proclaimed that High Speed Rail will provide a boost to the Economy.
Such reports really annoy me.
We’re never told who funds these organisations, or on what they base their claims.
For all we know, Greengauge21 could be funded by the companies hoping to step in to pick up Carillion’s contracts for HS2.
And how does paying out £ Billions, speeding rich businessmen and public officials, between 5 star hotels, help our economy?
Don’t they have teleconferencing?

Like Fiona I’m enjoying the scramble caused by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect.
It’s compensation for the rude insistence of on-line merchants, requiring us to “register”, assign a “strong” password and use Captcha’s to prove we are not robots.
All we might want is a one time purchase from a site we will never access again, despite its spams in our mailboxes
Whether inside or outside the EU, could we please run the same exercise after every General Election? Just think of the data storage that would be freed up.
The only downside is that News outlets from outside the EU can no longer, it seems, access us.

Blogpost 23: 6/4/18

May 24, 2018

Letters to the Daily Mirror

The Daily Mirror asks us what we think of parking charges imposed on Nurses but is there anyone outside the Westminster bubble, who doesn’t see this as a scandal?
No doubt the hospital trust management have private reserved car parking and no doubt none inside that Westminster bubble faces such mean spirited treatment.
If hospital parking is such a problem, why not set up park-and-ride schemes.
These needn’t be just for hospital staff but for patients. also.
Under the Tories, Hospitals in congested Cities have become “Centres of Excellence”, requiring patients to travel long distances, inaccessible by public transport, especially for early morning appointments.
Of course, a more logical solution would be to build any new Hospitals, or other public buildings outside of towns, where there would be adequate parking and expressway links to town centres, for those relying on public transport.

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IS there anyone outside the Westminster bubble who does not see that parking charges imposed on hard-up NHS staff are a scandal [Mirror, April 9]? If hospital parking is such a problem, why not set up park-and-ride schemes? These needn’t be just for hospital staff, but for patients too.
Under the Tories, hospital closures require staff and patients to travel long distances for treatment and these new so-called “centres of excellence” are often inaccessible by public transport, especially for early morning appointments.
Surely a more logical solution would be to build new hospitals out of towns where there would be space for parking, and create expressway links to city centres for those relying on public transport.
Do our MP’s really think we want May acting as an elected dictator, taking us into another illegal war?
We may be concerned about what Assad is doing to his own people but it is a Civil War and not of our concern.
If the Sovereignty of Parliament means anything, then it is their decision to make.
We are not at war, the PM has no right to make executive decisions.
Our MP’s should be calling for a vote of “no confidence” and petitioning The Queen for a Dissolution of Parliament, if May tries to bully her way ahead with this attack on a “friendly” Nation.
Boris Johnson’s warning, that our public services are likely to suffer a Russian cyber attack, looks like a pathetic joke, in view of the unremitting onslaught made by our own Government.
Your article lists a 47% casualty rate amongst public servants and that doesn’t take into account the thousands who’ve died on trolleys, in stabbings, frozen to death, or forced to commit suicide.
There must also be thousands more who’ve suffered severe mental stress through lack of adequate care, balancing choices of eating or heating, torment from privatised disability assessment companies, or the numerous other cases of callous treatment reported over the past decade.
What can Putin do to ordinary citizens that May and her cronies haven’t already perfected.
So Jeremy Corbyn has promised free bus travel for under 25’s.
Obviously this will find favour with that age group and may attract a few more votes but unlike the Tories, who always make similar promises, I’m sure Jermy will keep his.
It’s not as if this is a promise without merit.
One only has to consider the burden of tuition fees, low wages and rising taxes that our youngsters face.
The benefit to young girls, who find themselves stranded without bus fare, after a night out, is a bonus.
However, the main benefit will be in easing congestion, by moving more people onto Public transport in those towns running their own services.
Such services will be cheaper than the presently, mainly, foreign owned private firms, who are siphoning off fat profits and servicing only high volume routes.
Personally, I would like to see this rolled out to all age groups, so reducing congestion and pollution.
Obviously, it wouldn’t completely remove the need for personal transport but it would reduce traffic jams and fuel wasted by cars caught in tailbacks and, coincidentally, reducing the cost of fuel imports.
The comparison of the knowledge base of 25-34 yr-olds, with older generations, seems to blame the i-pad but this came out in 2010 and can’t really be blamed.
A better explanation lies with Thatcher.
Having immediately laid the groundwork for privatising schools in 1979. Powers and responsibilities were taken away from, local education authorities and given to Inexperienced Governing bodies and HeadTeachers. Headteachers became the equivalent of a CEO, under the control of a Board of Directors, with little idea of the planned changes.
Many Head teachers took early retirement, at this time.
Thatcher culminated her attack on the Educational structure by introducing the National Curriculom in 1988, whereby a politician , intially Kenneth Baker, told schools how and what they must teach.
It took about 10 years to bed in the main body of the final version.
This means that those 15 yr-olds taking their GCSE’s, at the time, would be 20 to 30 yrs-old now.
The constant roll over of Ministers, has not helped stabilise the situation, or improve educational standards for the younger generation.
Andy Dunn is right to criticise the Premier league for not bringing in VAR but not just because it’s inevitable.
Ignore TV pundits claiming it disrupts the game; they’ll still find opportunities to criticise the decisions being made
Ignore Managers criticising decisions, which go against them.
If they love the Sport, as most profess, they’ll grow to recognise that better decisions are good for the game. Only bad managers can complain about their strikers being caught out “winning” penalties. Only bad managers can complain about red cards being issued for “dissent”.
Referees won’t be vilified by fans, as much, and they’ll also be able to learn to recognise tactics being used to con them.
Players will be forced to develop footballing skills, instead of acting skills.
Two problems remain: When should VAR be called in and by whom? Rugby League seems to manage.
How much time should be added? Rugby League has the answer. The referee stops the clock.
The most ridiculous thing about the Windrush fiasco is that they can only send these people to Jamaica, because they have proof that that is were they came from.
The TV series, on our Border Control, showed that true illegal aliens were escaping deportation, after capture, simply because there was no proof of country of origin.
Many were released (no charges could be brought) and told to report to a police station with their documents.
When Maggie Thatcher began privatising State functions and selling off Tax-payer funded assets, she also began an attack on Public employees and their conditions of employment.
She was quoted as saying that she would squeeze them until the pips squeaked.
Under Cameron and, now, May, the pips aren’t just squeaking, they’re cracking and, in terms of the analogy, our wine is bitter.
Windrush, Police resignations, Teacher resignations, Stabbings and contempt for the Law by criminals, Drug-fuelled crime, A&E collapse, homeless every high Street, benefit sanctioned suicides, food banks
They’re still squeezing and we have no means of stopping it, until 2022.
This isn’t Government, it’s persecution.
To say that Amber Rudd did the honourable thing, by resigning, is untrue.
There was nothing honourable about anything to do with the deportation of the Windrush people.
Rudd denied British Citizens their rights and persistently lied about it to The Nation, via the House of Commons.
Is it any wonder that so many people won’t vote for any of these honourable and very honourable members, when even the Prime Minister has shown equally as much respect for people’s rights as her underling and now disgraced partner in crime.


To say that Amber Rudd did the honourable thing by resigning would be untrue. There is nothing honourable about the threatened deportation of the Windrush generation. Nor the fact that the Government denied British citizens their rights or that Ms Rudd lied about the existence of
Home Office targets to the nation.
Is it any wonder that confidence in our so-called honourable members is at an all-time low?———————————
I agree with Paul Maguire’s summation on the story of Alfie Evans but would add one thought.
The defence given for denying his parents the right to seek treatment abroad was that our professionals were compelled by their ethical concern for their patient.
This implies that the Italian professionals, who offered to treat him, were not acting equally ethically.
What evidence did our Courts have, to arrive at this judgement?
Thank you, Brian Reade, for expressing my own concerns over Diane Abbott.
I would throw in her unfortunate manner of speaking, which makes her sound as if she’s a Primary school HeadMistress, lecturing a pupil. Sadly, the heavy trolling and racial abuse, she has reported, makes criticism of her problematic, for the majority of us, who would support her politics.
I would like to further add that her brief editorship of Labour List showed her in a much better light, with a set of well presented opinions.
I, too, reccommend that she be kept away from Media interviewers.
I suspect that, when Jeremy Corbyn eventually moves into Number 10, he will be seen in a much better light by voters.
Every Labour leader, with the exception of the suave public schoolboy, Tony Blair, has been vilified by most of the Main Stream Media, as a Communist lackey and potential traitor.
In Harold Wilson’s case, the public found distaste for “13 years of Tory Mis-rule” an overwhelming argument and voted for him, anyway.
A short period in office, with a slender majority, was sufficient for him to be quickly returned to power, with a decisive majority.
You posed the question of “What are the Golan Heights?” and correctly stated that they were a region seized by the Israelis in the Six-day War.
I feel that a fuller answer is needed to avoid the present generation beleiving that Israel were the agressors.
My best recollection was that three neighbouring nations attacked Israel on two flanks in an attempt to wipe it out.
The Israeli’s, repulsed and defeated this genocidal attack and took the Golan heights during the six days of the war.
After their victory, they withdrew to their own borders.
They then retook the Golan heights, because the settlements, in the lowlands, were being subjected to continuous sniper fire from the Heights.
The full History is needed to help people understand the animosity, which has created the present anti-Semitism row in Labour.
Dominic Grieve confuses Democracy with public school etiquette.
The Prime Minister has, over the centuries, become an elected dictator but he, or she, is still only meant to interpret and implement the will of the people. All Prime Ministers need to be pulled up short, if they forget that.
In this case, Boris Johnson has said Theresa May’s lame-brained suggestion is crazy and, for once, he is correct. In a Democracy, that is precisely what he should do. The disgrace is that other Tory Ministers are prepared to keep quiet (and keep their jobs), whilst Theresa May zombie walks through the Brexit negotiations.
In your report on Abramovich having difficulty renewing a visa, you report that Downing Street’s response was that they don’t discuss individual cases. This seems to have been accepted as a “shut-up and don’t ask any more questions”.
Why? This seems to be the Goto response of most PR people nowadays. It is one which is invariably accepted by reporters, without further query. There are issues, of a sensitive nature, where this response might be appropriate but surely not in this case.
This may be tied into the investigations into rich Russians possibly being involved in criminal activities. This may involve individuals but it is not just this one individual and this “shut-up” shouldn’t apply unless there is a likelihood of Abramovich being arrested.
In a wider arena, involving official incompetence, or criminality, this “individuals” plea shouldn’t be allowed to cut off investigations into cases of Public Concern, as it seems to have done in recent cases of child abuse, paedophile gangs and medical negligence.
Leveson seems to have severely tamed modern reporting.
The claim that we’d need a £2,000 tax hike to support the NHS may be true, even if simplisticly stated.
The question is should we?
Should we pay to preserve the NHS, that was created by a Socialist Government?
Most would say “Yes!”
But are we really being told that we have to pay more to increase shareholder dividends of the privatised NHS, created by this Tory Government.

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The claim that we need a £2,000 per household tax hike to support the NHS may be true but the question is, should we pay? Taxpayers’ money must not be used to increase shareholder dividends of the privatised parts of the NHS brought in by this Tory Government.

Newspapers and prodnoses need to stop telling us scare stories about cancer. They only increase stress.

May 24, 2018

I’m tired of newspaper headlines saying that everything we eat, or drink, increases our chances of dying of cancer.

From decades of articles on cancers, it seems obvious that anything that can damage a cell can also create a cancer.

It seems that a damaged cell has a mechanism, which can cause it to kill itself in a process called apoptosis. Usually triggered by chemicals released from healthy cells, apoptosis sometimes fails to happen. If a damaged cell fails to die, it may simply reproduce itself, endlessly. The clump of cells produced is called a tumour. If it grows to a point where it squeezes an important organ, a related nerve, or its blood supply, then it may cause problems, unless removed.

Many are deemed benign tumours, because they have some mechanism, which prevents them continuing to grow e.g. a skin (sac) grows around them. Sometimes these benign tumours can be safely removed. The danger is that any tumour cells which break free can lodge elsewhere and grow other tumours affecting other more important organs. If there is a risk that cells may break free, anyway, then the tumour is said to be malignant and has to be removed, before it can do this. This process where it moves to another (meta-) place (-stasis) is called Metastasis.

Something like a third of us die from cancer, throughout The World. The type of cancer may vary from country to country, but the %age stays the same, because, some people are genetically predisposed to cancer, whilst those, who aren’t, may be more prone to auto-immune problems where apoptosis is forced on healthy cells. The percentage of those dying from cancer, may seem to go up in some populations,, as more survive heart problems. Presently, we still rely on chemo, or radio-activity, which is rather like spraying a flowerbed with weed-killer, to get rid of the dandelions. The key to cancer treatment seems to lie in detecting cancers, early on and either coaching the auto-immune system, or by emulating it.
Until that happens we should ignore the censures of Newspaper editors and we should eat, drink and be merry and, so, die of heart problems to avoid dying of cancer.

If you want a posh frock, why not buy a sewing machine?

May 24, 2018

As a man, I’m at a loss over women’s fascination with “posh frocks”.
In most cases, it seems to be just a basic dress, which is tailored to the body shape of some A-list celeb.
Red carpet gowns appear to be dresses with extra material stuck on, as collars, trains, or bows.
Alternatively they have bits cut out to expose thighs, cleavage, spine, or other areas of bare flesh.
In all cases, the basic dress, worth maybe £20, costs £100’s, or £1000’s.
Post-war, it seemed that most women had a sewing machine and knew how to knock up a dress, or, at least, how to tailor an off-the-peg one.
It does seem strange that there isn’t a cottage industry of women, supplying bespoke dresses.

Build trees, where there are midge swarms

May 24, 2018

The Tundra is bedevilled by midges and mosquito’s
The Tundra is flat without trees or cliffs
Swifts and Martins feed on midges and mosquito’s but they need trees or cliffs, for nesting and roosting.
Perhaps those, who dwell in the Tundra, should build artificial trees or cliffs.

Blog post 17. 2/1/18

January 3, 2018

letters to Daily Mirror

The Speaker is in charge of policing MP behaviour, in the House
Perhaps he should also have charge of monitoring moral behaviour of MP’s etc. , generally.
An experienced and independent police investigation team could be formed, to support him. It would rely on fixed period secondments of officers from regional forces.
Where cases can’t be taken to court, at least offenders would know that their names were on a register and they needed to mend their ways.
The Speaker would be in a position to warn Party leaders of a need to nudge serial offenders to the exit


No-one can doubt that a fireman “earns” his wages but it seems an insult to his job to claim that one TV presenter “earns” £50,000 per year more than another.
One may be “bank”ing more than the other, and is “laughing all the way to the bank” but it’s surely time to stop using these two words as synonyms

Vince Cable has said that the Public should have a vote on the final Brexit agreement.
Would that be another “advisory” vote; allowing disappointed politicians to claim the sovereignty of Parliament in order to overturn it?
Would it be another yes/no vote enabling them to claim that the Public hadn’t voted for some minor aspects of the agreement?

The LGANews tweeted this:
“It’s not complicated. The best way to solve housing crisis is to let councils build.
We will get right homes in the right places” –
@garyporterlga tells @SkyNews

He’s wrong.
It is complicated, because, it’s not just houses, it’s infra-structure, as well.
In Wigan, we have main roads which were originally B-roads, bordered by terraced houses, old mining scrub and farms.
New estates have been built behind these terraced houses and just plugged in to the existing mains water, sewage, electricity and gas. These can be upgraded but at a cost.
The up-grading means closing that B-road, which can’t be widened, without demolishing the houses bordering it.
This is further complicated by the fact the people living on the new estates have to use that same road to get to work, increasing the congestion on it and the need to keep it clear of roadworks
We need new purpose built towns to accomodate our growing population, especially if we’re to welcome large numbers of immigrants, whether refugees, unskilled illegals, or highly desired skilled workers.
You can’t just keep finding brownfield sites to squeeze in high rise flats, as one Tory MP suggested on the daily politics show
It’s not a Monopoly board, where you just plonk a few more houses down, or swap 4 house with a hotel

Whoever came up with the suggestion of placing images of road traffic accidents next to speed limit signs, must be on a 6 figure salary.
A lesser employee would be sacked for such lunacy.
The only drivers who would slow down would be ghouls wanting a better look, or wishing to traumatise their children.
Really, it’s bad enough having electronic message boards warning drivers
“In the time it takes you to read this message, your car has travelled 100m. Dont be an idiot, concentrate on the road”

I must admit to buying stuff from Amazon and will continue to do so, despite reading your report of employees being treated worse than slaves.
I’ll continue buying food, over-wrapped in plastic, despite TV showing pictures of seas covered in plastic waste.
I’ll continue needing Health care, despite the NHS being stretched to breaking point.
If I had a magic wand, I’d solve the World’s ills but I don’t have such powers.
I can write letters to Newspapers, sign on-line petitions and every 5 years I get to help choose which group of MP’s are given the power to try to fix these problems.
These MP’s, once elected tell me that they’ll vote for what they want, regardless of what they may have promised me.
I absolve myself of all the blame dumped on me, by the TV and Press.
These things are not my fault, or my responsibility; I just get to pay for them.

I was disgusted to read about the Coventry and Rugby hospitals denying free tea etc, to staff, especially while it is free to patients.
I suppose it’s only to be expected of the Trusts running them.
They’re gearing up to privatisation, when patients will become customers and nursing staff will become menials, wishing us to “have a nice day!”

I don’t think Michel Barnier and the EU were really concerned about the UK leaving them to face ISIS on their own.
I think it’s that UK armed forces would have been under the control of Parliament, instead of Juncker

You printed an Aviva report that many 55-60 yr.olds had insufficient funds for retirement, because they were too poorly paid to put money aside.
It seems obviously true, when one considers so many having to resort to food banks, to survive.
It’s why the State Pension was created and at a level that would allow an end of useful life worker to survive in a degree of ease.
Since then that pension has been eroded, year on year, by successive Governments; with sticking plaster gestures such as pension credit and Winter fuel allowance.
The new State Pension will be a magnificent £140/wk, for all those who’ve been fortunate enough to collect sufficient green stamps.
How far will £7,000 a year go?
There won’t be many working class OAP’s going off on cruises, which pensioner’s from the professional classes are so often portrayed as doing.
It’s worth bearing in mind that Care Home charges are 4x the State Pension and many Care Homes are pleading that that’s not enough, even with very low paid staff.
Present trends point to a return to the pre-war days of isolated, elderly people starving to death in the street, unless we force politicians out of their WestMinster bubble.

The Which report about people not switching fuel suppliers is a long-standing issue, even for those who do it.
It’s not as easy as we’re continually informed it is.
Assuming you have broadband and are relaxed with using the Internet, it’s still a chore.
Unless you keep a record of your metered usage, you can’t properly be sure that you’re comparing like with like.
It’s mainly the disadvantaged in Society, who are being ripped off by this Inertia selling.
If the utilities were re-nationalised, we wouldn’t have to go through this pantomime on a regular basis.
We’d have less meter reading appointments (no! I don’t want a “smart” meter).
There’d be no call for comparison websites, whose costs must add to price of our fuel.
We wouldn’t have to sit in costly phone queues, when we need to talk to a person.
We need to re-nationalise.

We are required by law to have car insurance to pay for injuries that might be done to other road users; so how can insurers be allowed to exclude drivers from cover, when they use their car for commuting.
Such an exclusion does not protect innocent Third Parties.
There should be a legal requirement for insurers to provide such protection to anyone buying any form of car insurance.
There shouldn’t be a risk of having your car seized and facing fines, when often the only reason to buy car insurance is because of this law.
To my mind, Insurers are the criminals here, selling a service under false pretences.
For most of us, a few years Car Insurance costs are often more than the recompense offered should a car be written off and I, for one, wouldn’t bother buying it, otherwise.

I suggest that if we have to re-cycle our own plastic waste, then a good use would be to make plastic fence panels.
They’d be more decorative than the concrete ones but just as robust.
They’d be more fire-resistant than wooden ones, which they could emulate, and less prone to weathering.
Any other suggestions? e.g. kerbstones.

Blog post 15. 5/10/17

October 8, 2017

Sent to Daily Mirror 28/9/17
I was pleased to read how Andrew Bridgen had been slammed by his constituents.
How about focussing on one MP each week?
There’s plenty of info on
The register of MP interests would be interesting, as would be comments from constituents

Sent to Daily Mirror 2/10/17
How joyful for Chancellor Philip Hammond that as he comes to the defence of Capitalism, Monarch Airlines goes bust, putting thousands out of work and even more stranded abroad.
This is on top of the shambles that is Ryanair and the avarice of those controlling company pension funds (BHS)
Maybe he was really expressing gratitude to the banks, which collapsed our economy, allowing his party to gain power and then plunder our taxpayer funded assets.
Our NHS is hanging on by a thread, as “Capitalists” gather around waiting for Jeremy Hunt to produce his scissors for the final cuts.
These “Capitalists” have no intention of funding new improvements as Hammond would claim.
They are asset strippers and cherry pickers, who will leave us with paupers’ hospitals, manned by volunteers, as happens in the USA.
Unfettered capitalism has proven an economic millstone for our nation.
We need a Government which directly controls delivery of key services, whilst ensuring that other industries are made to take steps to protect their employees and the taxpayer from their owners’ incompetence, fecklessness and, in some cases, undisguised greed.

Sent to Daily Mirror 2/10/17
Gove has called for a refundable charge on plastic bottles.
No doubt this is an appeal to Green voters but is it feasible?
At present, most go into the wheelie bin, some into litter bins and some chucked over hedges.
On the one hand there is the Dickensian charm of down and outs scavenging these discarded bottles; maybe, even raiding wheelie bins, like urban foxes, scattering unwanted items.
Perhaps householders, already resorting to foodbanks will stop off at wherever refunds are issued, even more life-enhancing.
Of course there’s the logistics of who will tender the refunds.
Will they have to be returned to the shops, where they were bought (I remember my local sweet shop putting a stamp on the labels of their glass pop bottles)?
Who will administer the scheme and collect these bottles from the shops where they’ve been amassed and stored in special set-aside areas?
Again, I recall how many off-licences used to have their back-yards raided by kids looking for an extra income from money due on empty beer bottles.
The present system just needs Councils to hire a few more rubbish collectors to tidy up after the slobs who carelessly discard everything, which they no longer have a use for

Sent to Daily Mirror 5/10/17

I totally endorse Brian Reade’s view that where Sportsmen have brought politics into Sport, it has been justifiable and that it is politicians impositions on Sport, which have been indefensible.
I suggest that prankster Simon Brodkin should immediately apply for a retrospective grant from the Arts Council.
Any one of his jolly wheezes would count as far more significant than most of the examples of Event Art that The Arts Council usually dole out taxpayer money for.

“25,000 homes for social rent by 2021” doesn’t seem worth mentioning, when the ONS says Britain’s population grew by half a million last year.
Instead of “Phish and chip” vans, far more data could be collected by giving an email address for phishing spam to be forwarded to.

In reply to ST Vaughan.
Referendums don’t cause the problems, they reflect an existing problem.
The call for Catalan independence reflects a long standing feeling of being treated as second class citizens by the ruling Spanish Government.
It’s not unlike the situations with Scotland, Wales and Northern England being dumped on by our London/ Home Counties focussed Government.

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In reply to S.T. Vaughan, referendums don’t cause the problems; they simply reflect an existing problem (Madeuthink, October 5).

The call for Catalan independence voices a long-standing  feeling of being treated as second class citizens by the Spanish government.

It’s not unlike the situations with Scotland, Wales and Northern England being dumped on by our London / Home Counties-focused government.


The Jutexpo claim, that the 5p plastic bag tax has increased their sales, is undoubtedly true.
However, I’ve noticed a creeping increase in the number of people, ahead of me in shop queues, stumping up for this tax, rather than haul two or three “bags for life” out the recesses of their bags and pockets.
Many are finding it too inconvenient, to carry them, “just in case”.

Sent to Daily Mirror 24/9/17. plan to retire by 55, because that’s when they’ll try to get rid of you

October 8, 2017

The senior firemen, involved in teagate, obviously don’t get the reason why it happened.
As one said, if they get a final written warning and something happens in the next 12 to 18 months, then they could face dismissal.
The clue is in their age group.
These are men, who will begin to succumb to the effects of age on their muscles and faculties.
How do you get rid of men, who are entering their 50’s, without the Union having to step in and demand cash for forced early retirement?
The tried and tested method in the 80’s was enhanced redundancies.
Now it’s creating a paper trail of official warnings: much cheaper.

blog post 14,,, 21/9/17

October 8, 2017

Sent to Daily Mirror 18/9/17
If the side of Boris Johnson’s bus had said we pay £154 Mn/week towards maintaining Brussels’ Bureaucracy, would less people have voted for #Brexit?

Sent to Daily Mirror 19/9/17
The on-line presence of ISIS can best controlled through the problem that they create.
They promote murder and terrorism; so make it a criminal offence to promote, facilitate, or incite acts of murder, or other terrorist acts.
This would directly affect Social media Companies in that each screen-shot can be tested in law as an offence, carrying a £1000 fine. There’d be no need to legislate against Facebook etc. directly, as these fines could be assessed and implemented very quickly in a special magistrates court.
Large on-line organisations would act quickly to stop this loss of cash, which is their life-blood.

Sent to Daily Mirror 21/9/17
The consumer group, who, because of Grenfell Towers, want manufacturers to stop putting plastic backs on fridges, may have to wait until we leave the E.U.
In the UK, mains electric has a potential of 240 Volts, compared to the 110 Volts prevalent on the Continent.
This was why, c

Sent to Daily Mirror 18/9/17
If the side of Boris Johnson’s bus had said we pay £154 Mn/week towards maintaining Brussels’ Bureaucracy, would less people have voted for #Brexit?

Sent to Daily Mirror 19/9/17
The on-line presence of ISIS can best controlled through the problem that they create.
They promote murder and terrorism; so make it a criminal offence to promote, facilitate, or incite acts of murder, or other terrorist acts.
This would directly affect Social media Companies in that each screen-shot can be tested in law as an offence, carrying a £1000 fine. There’d be no need to legislate against Facebook etc. directly, as these fines could be assessed and implemented very quickly in a special magistrates court.
Large on-line organisations would act quickly to stop this loss of cash, which is their life-blood.

Sent to Daily Mirror 21/9/17
The consumer group, who, because of Grenfell Towers, want manufacturers to stop putting plastic backs on fridges, may have to wait until we leave the E.U.
In the UK, mains electric has a potential of 240 Volts, compared to the 110 Volts prevalent on the Continent.
This was why, before we joined the EU, all UK appliances were required to have metal casings, which were earthed via a 3-pin plug.
EU manufacturers used plastic casings, especially on small appliances such as hair-dryers; so this requirement, for an earthed metal casing, was dropped in favour of the “double insulated” EU safety standard.
EU manufacturers used plastic casings, especially on small appliances such as hair-dryers; so this requirement, for an earthed metal casing, was dropped in favour of the “double insulated” EU safety standard.

Poor Lib Dems: lost a moralist leader and seem to have got an amoralist one

September 19, 2017

#bbcdp Most remoaners just say 17.4 Mn of us morons.
@vincecable is saying we’re worse.
He called us #Brexit fundamentalists, implying we’re on par with Jihadi’s and KKK Christians i.e.religious fanatics.
He also called for “Remoaner” politicians to come together to have an “adult” conversation on how to overturn #Brexit. The implication is that no pro-brexit politician is grown-up enough to be taken seriously.
He must have worked hard to find new ways to sneer and smear by such semantically worded phrasing.


@vincecable, who sold the P.O. to his mates in a Fire-Sale, is reared up on his hind legs (pretending that he wasn’t a Tory fellow traveller) claiming to be their Arch-foe and spouting Corbynist policies as if he originated them.