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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 Theyworkforyou.com
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.
http://www.newsweek.com/monarch-airlines-cease-trading-out-business-bust-675287?yptr=yahoo
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.

Printed version:

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”.

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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.

blog posts 12 (23/8/2017)……………. mostly #Brexit

September 2, 2017

letter to Daily Mirror 1/8/17

Here’s a puzzle.
The majority of those voting in the referendum called for Brexit.
They were told that the economy would crash, yet they still voted to leave.
They were told they wouldn’t get a second vote, yet they still voted to leave.
They were told they’d lose their jobs, yet they still voted to leave.
So how can these be used as justifications for a second referendum?
Remainers say that Leavers were conned by Boris’s bus, but it’s not Leavers claiming they were so stupid that they believed what the Tories were telling them.
Only remainers are claiming that they believed them.
What other excuses for a second referendum have been put forward?
The Tories are making a mess of it?
Did we think any of our politicians were so skilled at negotiation that we’d leave the EU with a Europe wide party and a car boot full of going away presents?
When we actually get towards the end of this exercise and remainers are still calling for a second referendum, what excuse will they use to force one on us?
Will they claim a poll (a mini referendum aimed at a selection of people likely to have voted to remain) says we must?
Are they of the opinion that they can spend more money on a new Project Fear than was used last time?
That another £9 million Government leaflet, explaining the disadvantages of leaving, could be better designed?
The only case for a second referendum, would be if we end up inside the Single Market and the Customs Union but I can’t see it happening in that situation.

letter to Daily Mirror 4/8/17

Are low interest rates really so bad?
For those at the bottom of the economic ladder, it means credit is more manageable.
Most people have very little in the way of savings and the difference in interest rates means very little on the sort of sums a family may be able to put aside.
However; most people have debts, even if just their mortgage, and a rise in interest rates would have a disastrous effect on them, with many losing their homes.
The only people to benefit from high interest rates are the rich and lazy.

letter to Daily Mirror 4/8/17

So; over 3-4 years, 40,000,000 bottles of fake, expensive plonk have been sold to those with a “discerning” palate?
Nobody complained. Nobody noticed.
The scam was only discovered by French customs querying some paper work.
I always suspected I was not alone in being unable to do more than recognise whether or not a wine was drinkable.
Obviously most people pay for the label, or judge a wine by the price tag.

letter to Daily Mirror 4/8/17

A recent survey was asking about who should pay for hospital treatment of victims of car accidents.
Should it be the person causing the accident, the State, or some combination?
At present, it’s the driver’s responsibility, assuming he has obeyed The Law and taken out car insurance
I suppose the problem lies with the increasing number of uninsured drivers, leaving the State to pick up the bill, at a time when politicians are trying to privatise the NHS.
I can only infer that we will presently see a requirement for personal Health Insurance for treatment beyond emergency aid.
I.e. a back-door introduction of a two-tier Health Service, via some new Car insurance legislation.

letter to Daily Mirror 6/8/17

Who cares about “protected geographical indication” status?
People, whom I know, eat pork pies, pasties, spiced sausages etc. but they don’t care if they are made in Melton Mowbray, Cornwall, Cumberland and such.
Put another way many can’t afford to care.
That’s the key; it’s about manufacturer’s being able to charge more.
It’s about the French selling sparkling wine (Champagne) at exorbitant prices.
It’s about snob value.
So why should Daily Mirror readers be expected to get upset about losing PGI on products, which most will never buy.
Look on the bright side of Brexit: If you like wine, Australian, Californian and Chilean will all be cheaper.
New Zealand lamb (frozen) will slash the prices we have to pay for portions we used to feed to the dog (breast and neck). The rich can still get their fresh lamb cutlets and pay as much as they want to.
The Cadbury’s heir is upset about what Kraft has done to the chocolate that Cadbury used to make.
After Brexit he can set up a factory in Nigeria selling his chocolate, to his recipe, at a price, which is good for him and good for Nigerian producers, who because of EU tariffs can only profitably sell us the raw beans, at present.

letter to Daily Mirror 14/8/17

I understand Kevin Maguire’s call for a Republic but it’s just as much a fantasy as believing we can have a Democracy.
We would have to have a President as chief meeter and greeter but would we get someone elected on popularity?
Would the people, who run the country, allow us that choice?
No matter how it was presented to us, we’d end up with a careerist from the political arena.
Such a person would be far more forward than Prince Charles with his secretive letters to cabinet ministers.
We could end up with a quiet, retiring figure like the Queen but my money would be on someone like Trump buying his way in

Published version

I understand Kevin Maguires call for a republic but it’s just as much a fantasy as believing we can have true democracy.
” We would have tn have a president as head of state and would end up with a careerist from the
political arena. Such a person would be likely to be far more forward than Prince Charles
with his secret letters to Cabinet ministers.
We could end up with a retiring figure like the Queen, but wed be more likely to end up
with someone like Trump.

letter to Daily Mirror 23/8/17

When I went canvassing, the people, I spoke to, who said they were likely to vote BNP, instead of Labour ( I was “old Labour”), didn’t use derogatory racial slurs.
Those, who did, weren’t very approachable or interested in explaining their views.
Those, who were prepared to talk, were concerned about what could be grouped as cultural changes. I don’t mean eating curries, although that used to be an issue.
Mainly of my generation, their parents hadn’t wanted to be Germans, or Nazi’s, and they didn’t want to have to accept the new immigrants and their ways, either.
The line: “some of my best friends are…” is usually sniggered at but it expresses the same point.
Those who assimilate are readily accepted.
They would have applauded Saira Khan and her rebuke of @silverbengle.
If Labour wants to fight racism they need to accept such concerns instead of simply decrying them as racist and attacking the likes of Sarah Champion for trying to address such issues.
They also need to confront such people as @silverbengle

 

Loved this from @Quora website

June 20, 2017

From the Quora website
Q. Is it a crime to burn the Union Flag in the UK? How would British people generally feel about such act of desecration done in front of them?

A. Tim Woodhead
Tim Woodhead, lance corporal at British Army Reserve (1987-present)

I stood in a line of soldiers with riot shields while Iraqis burned a Union Flag in front of us. Our overwhelming views were:

  • Someone tell them,  “We are not Americans. It really doesn’t upset us. You bought the flag, feel free to burn it!”.
  • It was a windy day, the Iraqis were wearing traditional Arab robes, and they had just poured petrol everywhere . We were worried they were going to set fire to themselves.
  • Should we pretend to be upset as it is a bit rude for someone to go through all that trouble to burn a flag and not get any reaction?

So we looked angry and banged our shields with our batons, which seemed to please the flag burner. The demo ended, they got back on the coaches, we got out of our riot gear and went back to doing whatever we did normally.

Meanwhile, several years ago in Bosnia, a Royal Marine in a drunken prank burned our regimental flag. Colonel had to beg regiment not murder anyone and said Marine was sent back to the UK in disgrace and Marines made an apology. Veterans are still more upset about that than anything the locals did to them.

Scientists and Epidemiologists use statistics but that doesn’t mean Epidemiologists are Scientists

June 11, 2017

“Scientists prove Left-handers can predict the future”

10 left-handers and 10 right-handers play “heads or tails”.
Left-handers win 60% of games.
Players say Left-handers have been lucky.
Scientists say there is no proven link.
Statisticians say there is a 0.2 correlation between being left-handed and the ability to foresee the toss of a coin.
Epidemiologists will publish paper claiming that evidence indicates that Left-handers may have degree of prescience.
Newspapers will report the paper with the headline “Scientists prove Left-handers can predict the future”.
On the basis of the report the Epidemiologists are appointed by Minister of Education to design courses to promote Left-handedness amongst school-children.

Various blogs 9 (3/6/2017)

June 3, 2017

9/5

The fatcat boss of British Gas is a blowhard.
The National Grid controls the distribution of Gas.

All his company, British Gas, does is sign up customers to give them their money.
It’s like Ticketmaster; it just handles the Admin, adding handling fees.
Anyone could set up a similar business

E.g. Nottingham council’s https://robinhoodenergy.co.uk, which is non-profit.
If Labour wants to control fuel prices, it could confer preferred status on them.

I.e. transfer all Government purchases to Nottingham’s Company with direct access to a relevant Minister.
After leaving the EU, Labour could even subsidise that company.

10/5

So the Tory MP’s won’t be prosecuted and the Tories will get away with breaking electoral rules!

Not because they were innocent of doing so but because it couldn’t be proven that they intended to make fraudulent expenses claims.
That just leaves incompetence by their electoral team and/or ignorance of Electoral Law.
You’d think, though, that the people who run the country and who made the Electoral Law, would be aware that its intention is to prevent politicians buying elections, as they tried to do.
Whatever the truth, they were in charge of the country for 2 years and could become the next Government.
Inspiring thought.

20/5

The Tories have just escaped prosecution for electoral fraud, by claiming that they hadn’t realised that their use of battle-buses was against electoral rules. Now I read that they have a new understanding of them, claiming, according to your report, that they can’t release key NHS figures, which are now due.

Presumably they are so bad, they could affect how people vote.
I wonder if they have correctly interpreted electoral rules this time, though.

Has anyone checked?

20/5

The Mayor of London is quite right to berate First Group over the driver falling asleep on a tram.

This is especially so after the November crash of a tram run by this private company.

Maybe taking the trams into public ownership won’t solve the problem but this case could justify a prodder to ensure the driver stays awake, or help in the event of an accident, or other difficulty.

The prodders would serve a similar function to Guards on trains.

20/5

Fiona Phillips asked whatever happened to The Postman Always Rings Twice.
Of course the answer is he was privatised.
Watch a postman at work Today. No more jauntily strolling along, whistling a merry tune. They don’t have the time; they’re scurrying from house to house at a pace described by 1940’s Time and Motion Management as a “brisk pace”.
A similar effect of privatisation is apparent with refuse collection. Previously bins were collected from and returned to a homeowners premises (by Law).
Now the bin is collected from and returned to a place within 5 yards of the refuse collector’s route.
It’s Time and Motion.
It’s about profits and costs, not about efficiency, or service.

Published version

#|n her column, Fiona Phillips asked whatever happened to The Postman Always Rings Twice when it comes to the delivery of our online orders (May 20)? Of course the answer is, he was privatised.

Watch postmen at work today — no morejauntily strolling along, whistling a merry tune. They don’t have the time, they’re scurrying from house to house in a rush.

Similarly, with refuse and recycling collections, once upon a time bins were collected from and returned to the house — now they are left out on the street. It’s all about costs and profit — not about efficiency or providing a service.

24/5

One of the biggest concerns, seen on Twitter, in the aftermath of the Manchester bomb, was by people needing News of Loved ones.

The G.M.Police did eventually put out a phone number on twitter but in these cases even a few minutes, of uncertainty, is an eternity.
There must be procedures for co-ordinating the rescue services, it wouldn’t take too much effort to set up a prepared website, to which The Media and Public can turn.

Any advice phone numbers could be added, as they are set up., and there could be a page where parents could post a named picture of their child etc.

This could be consulted by police and medical staff, who need to be able to quickly identify the injured.

A related call-out , on Twitter, was for blood group “O” donors and another for food packs.

The Army has, presumably, field medical supplies, including artificial blood and ration packs, yet there was no mention of such items being deployed.

What does Cobra do?

26/5

As a civilised country, our Government bombs terrorists, who are hiding behind innocent foreigners in foreign countries and it feels totally justified in its actions.
The same politicians express shock and horror at anyone voicing the barbaric notion of executing those same terrorists here at home.
Indeed, the killers of Drummer Rigby will be accommodated, fed and watered, at public expense, for the rest of their days.
This is a deep-boned, racist hypocrisy.

We are at war with ISIS and whilst most of the fighting is taking place in the Middle East, they have their agents embedded in our homeland.
During WWII, when we were fighting in the same deserts, German agents and fifth columnists, caught here, were tried and executed, before they could do us harm.
With ISIS agents, we wait.
We wait and watch.
We watch them preaching sedition, passing out propaganda, stirring up hatred against others. Others, who may have fled here to escape their persecution.
We wring our hands and wait for them to kill.
We wait until they kill, because we are civilised and must obey the rule of Law.
Time to challenge this racism and change Our Laws, so that we apply the same moral code here and abroad.

27/5

The thing that worries me about the latest opinion poll figures is not that so many voters appear to still support the Tories but that, if these figures were turned into seats, Lib Dems would again hold the balance of power.
The even more worrying aspect would be if Labour were to form a coalition with them.

The best outcome would be if Labour continued to gain ground and Jeremy Corbyn became P.M., in time to save the NHS.
The least, worst outcom, for me, would be a Tory minority Government forced to think about every word they utter and every piece of legislation that they try to push through the House.
It would be the exact nightmare that Theresa May has tried to avoid by calling this GE.

27/5

After the court victory of the candy stripe house, it’s disappointing to read of the Hycinth Buckets giving Holly Willoughby grief, just for flying the Union Jack on her own house

2/6

The East Lancs Road (A580) connects the two newly created mayoralties of Liverpool and Manchester.
Midway, the old mining sites, near Haydock Racecourse, are being redeveloped as transport depots and such.
Eventually this road and others will have to be widened but, in the meantime, why not create a new adminstration centre in the area, providing hospital, police, fire and emergency Service facilities for both cities and capable of coping with the populations of the two cities and of Wigan, Leigh, Warrington and Bolton. The distances involved are comparable to those covered by the Greater London Rail Network.

Such a scheme could be implemented now, in time for the anticipated population increase of the next century.

2/6

When May suffers her night of the long Knives, who will fill her kitten shoes?

All of the Tory Cabinet are damaged goods and only a potential suicide would want to pick up the whip and try to unite them.

List them and see if you can pick out a capable leader.

Labour may be divided and pull in different directions but they have a leader, who will go where the Party wants to go.

@TheGreenParty recycling dry cell batteries

May 12, 2017

Most people buy dry cell batteries for a specific device and then chuck them when they begin to fail.

I’d like to suggest a little experimentation, using a multimeter.

These devices are quite cheap nowadays and my digital version was about £6.

The graph shows how the voltage of these batteries drops with use.  Basically the central carbon electrode gets blocked off by gases and effectively insulated.

If this problem didn’t exist then the batteries would work at maximum voltage until all the Zinc casing was eaten away but it doesn’t. This is why they’re recyclable.

This graph shows a typical voltage characteristic for a battery, although most can be 1.6 volts when new and some can last longer than the average. In my opinion the cost of the better ones is usually too high and it’s more efficient to buy two average ones.

What I noticed was that my wifi mouse ate up batteries but the batteries still registered about 1.45 Volts on my multimeter. Placed in my wifi headphones they began to give problems whilst reading about 1.35 Volts. Transferred to my wife’s “candles” they worked well until about 1.2 Volts, when only the red LED was giving light. These would still work the remote controls for some considerable time until the Volts dropped to about 1.1 volts.

These figures aren’t rigorously proven but merely serve to give an idea of how to minimise cost and waste.

It’s worth checking out your own needs, if you’re as penny-pinching as me.

@TheGreenParty time to stop persecuting us for Global Warming and help us survive it

May 10, 2017

It’s now an established political truth that the World is getting hotter and it is caused by the burning of fossil fuels.
This is also persistently proclaimed, by climatologists, as a Scientifically proven truth.
So far, the consequences have all been political I.e. conferences, debates and treaties.
Industry has complied by switching from burning fossil fuels to building wind turbines and solar panels. All very laudable but to what purpose?
The population of the planet is increasing geometrically and so is the amount of Carbon dioxide that we are producing, just by breathing.
Assuming we can keep feeding everyone and there are no natural disasters, global warming will continue regardless.
Is it not time that the politicians and climatologists turned their efforts to gaining some benefit from all the money spent on these conferences and accords?
Instead of writing further learned treatises showing incontrovertible proof that Polar bears will become extinct, the ice caps will melt, sea levels rise and many major cities drowned.
Instead of this, perhaps the experts could turn their attention to coping with their doom-saying.
Perhaps, moving new building to higher ground, instead of constructing expensive stop-gaps like the Thames barrier. The alternative may lie in learning to live in our own sewage like Venice.
Perhaps investigating how agriculture should adapt to new crops and fisheries to new food species.
Perhaps we should stop crying over the polar bear. We won’t save it by signing bits of paper.
If we must conserve the polar bear, it’ll have to be in zoo’s and cryonic chambers.
Climatologists have made the sale: Instead of badgering us into feeling guilty they should begin to earn their research grants and show us ways to adapt to what they can’t truly prevent