Archive for the ‘McMental’ Category

Stop spending our future

28 July 2009

The US is drowning in debt, using much the same formula as that ‘championed’ by our bone-headed PM. Both insist that we have to spend our way out of recession.

If spending got us into this mess, how can spending get us out, without mortgaging our future?

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Juicy Reads

25 July 2009

With his usual clarity of thought and incisive argument, Daniel Hannan lashes out at the BBC for its partisanship in promoting the Greens over UKIP in the Norwich North by-election – despite UKIP proving to be more popular than the Greens.

The Mail reports that three Ethiopian exchange students went missing on a trip to Parliament. Unconvincingly, the police say their police’s primary concern is for safety of the three. Somehow, I doubt that! Their student visas expire on September 9th; I can’t help wondering if they’re hoping to extend them ‘unofficially’. Labour’s stance on this – and more importantly, its actions – will be very interesting indeed.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Venomous Balls can’t resist smearing Purnell, suggesting that his decision to quit the Cabinet in June was due to a “midlife crisis”. I look forward to Purnell’s retort. Clearly Balls doesn’t want yet another career opportunity prized from his clammy grasp, when Brown drops off his PM’s perch.

Balls will also be frothing at the mouth at the Tories’ plans to bring back O levels – killing two birds with one stone.

I doubt many would disagree of Jeremy Clarkson’s colourful description of Brown – it seems pretty apt to me!

Simon Jenkins contends that Britain is losing its sense of proportion over swine flu. I contend that the government has done everything it can to hype up this piddling disease. There are so many more important things that a government can and should concern itself about – swine flu is not one of them.

Labour’s lies: Labour’s planned spending cuts

23 July 2009

Quite why Labour bothered to lie about it’s planned spending cuts is beyond me, when the official figures, published on the Treasury’s own website, trash Gordon Brown’s claims so easily.

The cuts announced amount to nearly £3 billion.

Some of Labour’s planned cuts, adjusted for inflation are to fall in:

Education: 0.11% (£100 million)
Business Department: 24.6%
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: 22%
Transport: 8%
Defense: 8%

Yet Labour is still in denial. A Treasury spokesman spins it thus:

“It is ridiculous to suggest that the Government is planning cuts in defence spending or overall spending next year. We have brought forward £3 billion of spending from 2010-11 in order to support the economy now and spending on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan — over £4 billion this year — has not yet been allocated for next year. On the basis of findings of independent advisers, the Government also announced in the Pre-Budget report that it would make £5 billion of efficiency savings next year, protecting funding for frontline services.”

Given the enormity of the UK’s rising national debt, can Labour only identify £3 billion’s worth of cuts?  That’s just not good enough, when you consider the amount of debt Labour’s saddling us with.

Thanks to its reckless spending thus far, our debt will increase to nearly £1 trillion in coming years:

2009: £175bn
2010/11: £173bn, total debt = £348bn
2011/12: £140bn, total debt = £488bn
2012/13: £118bn, total debt = £606bn
2013/14: £97bn, total debt = £703bn

All this assumes that the economy will grow by 1.25%, optimistically predicted by Darling but disputed by most economists. Stephen Gifford, chief economist at Grant Thornton, called Darling’s prediction “wildly optimistic”.

Brown-induced nausea

16 July 2009

I’m forcing myself to listen to Brown in his “wooden and perfunctory manner”, not answer the questions posed by members of the House of Commons Liaison Committee.

You can see from the sickened faces of the questioners that they have utter contempt for this weasel, who poses as our Prime Minister.

Not only does he not answer questions in a select committee but he takes every opportunity to drooooooonnnne on, and on, and on about his government’s fictional achievements.

I might be too unwell to post tomorrow.

Nudge me, if you don’t hear from me.

Back to the droning ….

Lisbon Treaty: Irish guarantees a fiction?

16 July 2009


We must to more than hope that the Irish will wake up to the con that they’re being sold. We must help them to open their eyes. The EU will be throwing our money at a Yes vote, in the process, interfering with the democratic process in a sovereign state.

Let’s look at what Gordon Brown said today.

Background:

About 48 minutes into the HoC Liaison Committee’s deliberations (today, from 10:00 to 12:32), Gordon Brown was asked whether Parliament would have to vote again on a protocol that attaches to the Lisbon Treaty, regarding Ireland’s ‘guarantees’.

Brown said that it would, but that whether or not the protocol was itself ratified, the Lisbon Treaty would still be ratified, if all member states did so in their respective countries.

The protocol would be attached to the next accession treaty.

Questions:

Given that the Lisbon Treaty is self-amending, requiring no agreement from member states to ratify any further treaties or amendments to current treaties, what guarantee is there that the Irish ‘guarantee’ protocol will actually be implemented?

What are Ireland’s options if, post-Lisbon Treaty ratification, the next accession treaty does not implement the ‘guarantee’ protocol?

Aren’t the Irish being asked to take on trust that this ‘guarantee’ protocol will be incorporated, as agreed with Ireland?

Are any sceptics asking these questions and ensuring that the Irish understand the implications of the pile of sh*t they are being sold?

Audit Commission Chief urges £50 bn budget cuts

5 July 2009

CEO Steve Bundred of the government spending watchdog, the Audit Commission says that party leaders are not being honest with the public on the need for cuts in all government departments.

He warns that “nothing should be off limits” and that there should be a freeze on public sector pay in order to help to reduce the national debt by £50 billion, which would return us to 2003-4 spending levels.

Just as economists are predicting a “W” or double-bottom in this deep recession, McMental supposed out loud that the economy was about to recover.  But then he also thought it was a good idea to sell our gold at the bottom of the market – and warn the markets in advance of how much he was going to sell and when he was going to sell it!  Prize twat.

The NAWUWT teaching union’s general secretary, Chris Keates gets a notional prize for truly upside-down logic; he spouted:

“The idea that you have to have some equity of misery, that because the private sector is suffering the public sector must too, is disgraceful. What it is doing is not understanding the role of public services in a recession – to sustain and rebuild the economy.”

No, dear. It is the private sector that sustains and builds the economy that pays for the public sector. Without the private sector, there would be no economy.

The Guardian reports:

“Last night a Downing Street spokesman said that it was right to find savings but added: “We have identified £35bn of efficiency savings in this spending review period. By finding these savings we can provide more resources for key public services, such as health and education.”

Didn’t Brown and Darling say they weren’t planning to have a spending review? Yet another U-turn! That’s at least a dozen this week – I’ve lost count!

Read the full article.

Mandelson, Balls and Woodward vie for position

5 July 2009

Brown has been mighty cosy with Shaun Woodward lately – probably because Woodward can impart Tory tactics and inside knowledge to Brown’s desperate, dirty fight-back.

It seems that Mandy and Balls are resentful of his closeness to Brown, as they both wish to occupy that very position – Mandelson, because he wants to control Brown, and Balls, because he wants Brown’s job.

Neither want an ex-Tory MP mucking up their chances.

Once Woodward’s out of the way, they might turn on each other.

Prosit.

Read the Mail‘s article.

Alistair Darling gets a rise out of Brown’s zero percent

1 July 2009

Watch Alistair Darling’s face after Brown’s 0% rise. Oh the schadenfreude!

And the Big Brother bogeyman is … the EU

26 June 2009

OpenEurope reports:

European Commission wants database for all 500 million citizens, raising “big brother” concerns

The European Commission has proposed to set up a new agency to oversee all its large-scale IT systems, thereby bringing together management of three key systems – the Schengen Information System, Visa Information System and Eurodac – plus other related applications, into a single operational structure.

Webwereld reports that human right groups have expressed fears for big brother implications, as this would mean that data on all 500 million European Union citizens and all illegal migrants would be merged into a database for “freedom and security”. The cost of the system would be €113 million in the first 3 years, and later €10 million per year following that.

As if we hadn’t already guessed that this government was kowtowing to its political masters, while attempting to hide the fact from the electorate.

For the uninitiated, now you see why Brown is not listening to you. He doesn’t take his instructions from you, plebian. You are his serf, the property of the EU which is Brown’s political master.

Unless we rid ourselves of the EU, democracy is dead in the UK.

Computing.co.uk, Webwereld

Tom Utley’s conspiracy theory

26 June 2009


Tom Utley is 95% sure that Mandy is propping up Brown in order to secure the prize of the Lisbon Treaty – the deliverance of the UK on a plate to the EU, for his traitor’s shekels. Brown is happy to oblige, so keen is he to cling to power and so keen is he to further the EU projekt.

Utley is not alone. Many of us have suspected this ever since the Prince of Darkness descended upon Westminster to revive the fortunes of McBean the walking dead. Dan Hannan weighed in with his belief that this indeed was the case.