13th January 2015


The invective displayed by some Germans, especially those of the liberal elite, towards PEGIDA is amusing; it does not surprise me one iota. After all, one does not want to see ordinary people express their opinions, particularly if one disagrees with them, far from it. And yes, perhaps such dissidents should be arrested and imprisoned. However, there is not enough capacity in prisons for them, so wouldn’t it be a good idea to build camps in which to house them, pending trial for subversion at some undetermined time in the future of course. Haven’t they been there before?


What a splendid job these people do, in all parts of the world, under the most dangerous and trying conditions. I have the greatest of admiration for them.


7th January 2015


It is distressing to see what has happened here, my heart goes out to the relatives of those murdered. Such attacks cannot be prevented and we should prepare ourselves for more, not just in France. And yet the outpouring of grief has turned into mass hysteria in the social media, which I find quite appalling. ‘Je Sui Charlie’ slogans abound, and quite frankly I find these absurd, they won’t make a blind bit of difference. Charlie Hebdo was a satirical magazine of which few outside of France had ever heard of. Those within France would appear not to have given it much support either, as they were financially in difficulties. I await the next catastrophe into which the Bookfaces et al can sink their teeth into.


The Prince is indeed an unusual choice of a candidate to succeed Sepp Blatter. I think he was put up to it by the Blatter camp to act as a spoiler, to further split the anti vote; in fact, they welcome his challenge. I would like to see England, Scotland and Wales take a more active role in garnering support for countries to leave FIFA and only re-join once Blatter has gone. How such a corrupt regime has been allowed to continue for so long beggars belief.


I have always admired the Queen for carrying out her job, and that under very trying circumstances for much of the time. However, I have scant regard for most of the minor Royals. I have no respect for Prince Andrew, and await with interest where the various accusations levied at him will lead to. I have to say nothing would surprise me as far as he is concerned. At least Edward has had the sense to keep a low profile over many years.


This insidious organisation needs to lose its charter. It is something I have advocated for some considerable time. Its power is too great, its influence all too pervasive.

It is the individuals within the organisation, for the most part at senior and middle management, that set the agenda of the BBC, and far too many have their own agenda, ignoring the fact that the BBC should be considered a public broadcasting organisation that should report objectively.


If I had any doubts about why ALDI is doing so well in our market, these were dispelled after hearing an interview with a former joint chief executive of the group here the UK, Roman Heini.  Here for the first time I heard precise and well articulated reasons why they are doing well. Heini is an astute operator who has an unparalleled knowledge of the UK retail market; eat your heart out Sir Terry Leahy. Well, he of course knew when it was advisable to quit Tesco in good time.


1st January 2015


I find this an odd choice for an election poster. I realize where they got the image from; it’s from the video of the Talking Heads song ‘Road to Nowhere’. I understand David Cameron is going to re-record the song under the pseudonym Talking off his Head.

The Tories are doing their best to play the only card they have, namely that they are the only party that can be trusted with the economy. Nothing can be further from the truth, as the UK’s economy is not doing well, but they will pepper their election campaign with blatant lies to persuade the electorate that it is. They will have some success in this. Those poor, deluded people who have always voted Conservative for totally irrational reasons, many out of a sense of voting for their peer, or in most instances, their reference group, will no doubt continue to do so. Had I not a UKIP candidate standing in my constituency, I would still vote, but spoil my paper. I suggest that those who cannot bring themselves to vote for any of the parties do the same. At least it is a positive action that sends a message to our politicians.


I support UKIP – let me get that out of the way; they have my vote. That is not to say that I support them blindly and will not offer criticism where I think it is appropriate, and it is becoming ever more necessary to do so.

After UKIP’s success in the European elections, it was inevitable that their popularity would wane somewhat, after all, for many this was a protest vote. However, this has not been helped by UKIP’s main failing, and that is their lack of organisation and, quite frankly, leadership.

If the potential voter in the street were asked what the party’s policies are, they would not have a clue, as indeed I do not, other than they want to leave the EU and take a firm line on immigration. That is not good enough. Out of the two immigration is the more pressing and important issue, although it is argued, and quite rightly so, that control of immigration cannot be exercised whilst we are still members of the EU. Actually it can be, but no one has the stomach to flout EU laws, the more is the pity.

I recall sending a personal tweet to Nigel Farage some two years ago advising him that as far as the electorate is concerned, immigration is the main issue , and why was UKIP not making an issue of this. His reply was: ‘I thought we were.’

The party runs the risk of imploding quite frankly, if they do not get their act together. The ever increasing bad publicity surrounding UKIP candidates and existing councillors is highly damaging, and so unnecessary. One can gloss over it by saying that every party has its lunatic fringe, but that is not good enough.

I also believe they will, if they do not already do so, rue the day that Douglas Carswell was accepted into the party. His views are not those of the majority of UKIP voters, and I fear he may prove to be divisive. I believe he also regrets his decision to join UKIP.

UKIP is indeed a people’s party, drawing support from the entire political spectrum. It can, in my opinion, do very well in next year’s general election, yet it needs a cohesive strategy and control over its more flaky members.


The new phenomenon that is ISIS is arguably the most dangerous we have seen in the Middle East for a long time. No other radical organisation has made such headway in such a short space of time as they have. Now in control of significant swathes of Iraq and Syria their power shows little signs of abating.

Their tactical use of terror and brutality has proved to be successful, their enemies completely routed and intimidated. Yet such methods can only work in the short term, as history amply demonstrates. Ultimately the conquered populations will reject this, but we have not reached that stage.

It says a great deal about their opposition, particularly in Iraq, whose troops after all we were meant to have trained to defend their country. How hollow a promise that has been is self evident. Yet ISIS are not a professional army, in fact they are a rag bag of terrorists and others malcontents from many parts of the world. Arguably they are rank amateurs, but they have been led by former officers of the Iraqi army and others with military experience, and of course they have been very well equipped. Not only that, but they have captured so much equipment that they now present a credible force. Most importantly they have faith, a rather distorted version of the Islamic faith, on their side, and that lends them great strength, something we in the West have never understood.

They have to be constrained and defeated. I don’t believe that this is within the capabilities of the Iraqi armed forces, not for one moment, and any amount of training by US and UK forces being sent there is going to change that.

Without a doubt airstrikes by allied forces have done great damage to ISIS and no doubt will continue to do so. It is however only boots on the ground that can defeat them, nothing else. I am not keen to see our troops, or any from the West, again committed to what will be a long and bloody conflict, so by all means let us carry on a war by proxy. The much vaunted and debated entry of Iran or Turkey into the fray, at least in any meaningful terms, is fraught with difficulties. Both countries have their axes to grind, their own agendas, and they are poles apart in their ideological and religious thinking, the one Sunni, the other Shia.

We cannot stand idly by and see minorities, especially our own Christian minority, being decimated by these Kafurs. There already are Western mercenaries fighting in both Syria and Iraq; perhaps these can be encouraged and financed without the seal of approval from any government.






6th June 2014

It’s a while since I posted anything. As I have said before, fundamentally there is little to say that I didn’t say some 10, 15 20 years ago. But I will say that little.


He is posturing and promoting himself for a Conservative leadership contest in due course. I must say I don’t see him as leader. He has an even more boring voice than does David Cameron; also he is equally prone to talking drivel as he demonstrated well enough on a recent TODAY program on BBC Radio 4. Zero points pour le petit garcon.


UKIP performed well in the European and local elections, as also in the Newark by-election. I am delighted, I support them unreservedly. And yet I ask myself where they go to now.

The coming year, until the next general election will be held, will be the most important period in this party’s history. Yes, they gained quite a momentum, and one cannot ignore them in the media, they are everywhere; but this will subside in the coming weeks.

Their stated aim is to concentrate their efforts, and limited financial resources, on those areas where they did well in the council elections. This is sound strategy. I personally believe they can do a lot better than most commentators suggest, more than they even believe in themselves. I can see them gaining a number of seats in next year’s general election, perhaps as many as 60, but that presupposes a number of things.

First their organisation is very poor, Oh, I know it has improved over the past year and more, but it is still quite simply unprofessional. You cannot afford to be that in today’s politics. They need to get a grip of this and quickly.

Second, the revelations made about Nigel Farage and some councillors and candidates of recent have damaged their appeal. They may pooh pooh this, but I have no doubt that it has. Candidates for councillors simply are not vetted properly, too many former radical members of the BNP have joined UKIP. Further damaging revelations will do UKIP no good at all. Nigel Farage himself will have to be on his ‘best behaviour’, the media and opponents are scrutinising his every move, his every action and utterance.

Most importantly, UKIP has not yet managed to bring to the electorate the third of people, or any significant number among them, who don’t vote. That apart, I read with interest a survey that shows that Farage appeals more to men than women; I can understand that. However, he needs to do something about this, perhaps punt Diane James more, an excellent politician by the way.

I would also point out that one can get too much coverage, whereby the electorate gets rather fed up with hearing about UKIP

The worst thing that has been muted is a pact with the Conservative party. I don’t care in what shape or form this pact can be construed, it is a vote loser. Perhaps Farage believes that tactically it can give him an advantage in certain seats, perhaps he believes former Tories will vote for him, but no, believe me, that idea should not be entertained. Were it to happen UKIP have lost my vote. My loathing for David Cameron is too great, it can never be overcome. We have some interesting political times ahead.


It is extraordinary how the results of this enquiry have not yet been published, all due to Tony Blair not wishing certain private correspondence between him and Bush to be published. Well, perhaps it’s not all down to him, I am certain the US State Department and the Bush family are also putting pressure on our Government. Blair is a criminal, and quite frankly to protect such criminals is obscene. I have little doubt that dirty tricks and blackmail are being employed to keep this under wraps for as long as possible, and at the best to expunge the correspondence that is causing such embarrassment. I hope all will out in due course. It was amusing to see the old liar in the news this evening claiming he had nothing to do with the delay, and that he wanted to see the report published. Of course you do Mr Blair.


Mullocks are probably the leading auctioneers in the UK as far as Nazi ephemera is concerned. It is part of history yes, but I do find it offensive when auctioned alongside Judaica, some of it making pathetic reading. Furthermore, it makes me wonder just how many paintings Hitler did paint; a lot apparently, but to have had them all come up for auction over a considerable period of time was curious. And then there was the etching of Hitler playing chess with Lenin. The auctioneer told me some time ago most of the material came from the descendants of a senior SS officer. I’m not sure whether I buy into that. It is all rather distasteful.


Royal mail shares were sold too cheaply. That was blindingly obvious at the time, yet no one raised any serious objections. Why raise this matter now?


I went along to this event some weeks ago. The fish and chips were excellent, and the wine potable.

The tory devout were there and after both Priti and Nick had given a speech one had a sort of mini question time. I resisted the temptation to ask awkward question, it is just not worth it.

NIck Boles is MP for the Stamford and Spalding constituency, as also a junior housing minister, or is it foir planning? His guest Priti Patel, is MP for Witham, Essex. Both are very bright people, Priti a particularly good speaker. Nick I found a little ponderous, he tries to be all things to all people, which does not come off, for me at least. Of course, the audience were for the most part older, devout Tories, who had the irritating habit of asking exceedingly boring and inane questions, but I managed to stay awake.


Ever more revelations are coming to light relating tothe Lawrence murder enquiry that took place some time ago. It is not the Met that is corrupt, but a significant number of police officers within it, as I know to my own cost. But then again, this has been known since the 1950s.


Punctuation, or the lack or misuse of it, is often in the news, and so it was with the humble comma recently. It was suggested we can do away with it. What arrant nonsense! Punctuation gives meaning to what is written, and no punctuation mark is arguably more important than the comma. Many good books have been written about punctuation, not just recently, but going back some centuries.

Although very much a layman, I have nevertheless read many thousands of letters of the 17th, 18th, 19th and indeed 20th centuries and have therefore formed my own opinion on the matter. In the 17th and 18th centuries hyphens were used a great deal, usually instead of a comma. They have made a comeback of recent. I use them quite often instead of a comma, or to add something as an afterthought. However, by the end of the 18th century the comma had gained predominance. For me its most important asset is to demonstrate in writing how what you are saying is spoken, that is with pauses.

There were exception to this. You will rarely find a legal document such as a conveyance with any punctuation marks in it, other than full stops, at least not until the latter part of the 19th century. Lawyers realized that a misplaced comma could invalidate a document, or at the best make its meaning ambiguous.

Of course, texting is more than anything responsible for the decline in both spelling and punctuation, but we have to live with that. Nevertheless, let’s stick with the comma and put these dullards who propose its abandonment in their place.


2nd March 2014


I find it curious how we in the West are treating events in Ukraine. On the one hand it is good to have Janukowitch removed. On the other hand, he was of course legally elected, but we can gloss over that little nicety. Yet this hysteria on the part of most Western leaders and media is quite repugnant. I can fully understand Russia’s position as far as the Crimea is concerned. It is in essence Russian and is highly important to them strategically. The port of Sevastopel is the home base of the Russian Black Sea fleet, and naturally they would not wish the EU, if indeed Ukraine does foster closer relations with it, to be even nearer on their doorstep, so to speak; and who can blame them. Ukraine has the port of Odessa which is far more important to them.

There can be no doubt that the overwhelming majority of the people in the Crimea wish to be part of the Russian Federation. Why should we stand in their way?

Indeed, since I first wrote this piece and posted it on Facebook this morning, the de facto occupation of the Crimea is now official. Should Russia decide to invade the Ukraine proper, this would turn out problematical for them. There is no need, as the Russian minorities in the East and Souithern parts of Ukraine can well undermine the government in Kiev on their own.

I do find the moral high ground that some in the West are trying to adopt, President Obama for example, quite absurd. I hardly think the USA is in a position to give us such humbuggery, one could name many reasons for them not to do so, I mention only one – Guantanamo Bay. As for our Government issuing threats against Russia, this is farcical in the extreme. We are a toothless nation with nothing but rhetoric and empty threats to offer anyone. The German government is spineless as ever, and will not issue too many threats, their trade with Russia being far too important to them; nor will the French. I have a sneaky suspicion that Holland personally even endorses events.

Let us not destabilise the region more than it already is; we should learn from our naive support of the many so-called Arab springs. They have done little to benefit the recipients of these.

Of course, what this does do is detract from many other pressing problems our Government faces at home, after all, there is nothing like some meaty foreign affair to deflect from these, such a good old stand-by.


I will not allow this small, yet not insignificant, piece of German history go unrecorded, indeed to be airbrushed I alluded to this some years ago. However, going through correspondence I found for the first time the letter which is illustrated. It was written by Werner Scholten to my mother in 1970. I also give the background to this below. I did contact Peter Millowitsch over two years ago, but he is in denial about what happened to Else, indeed, Wikipedia makes no reference to this or her son Werner. Perhaps one does not wish to blemish her memory, but it does not do that in my opinion.

I have childhood memories of Else Scholten (1902-1981). She was an actress and a member of the Millowitsch-Theatre, a keen participant in Karneval festivities in Cologne and elsewhere. Her son I met too, to play with, although he was some years older than me. Both were good friends of my German grandparents and their family, my grandmother also being an active Karnevalistin.

Else was Jewish and had married a German, who went on to join the Nazi party, and subsequently divorced her because of her faith. The effect of this must have been devastating for Werner, their only child. Yet they survived in Hitler’s Germany. Else managed to continue to live openly in Essen for much of the war; perhaps her husband, for his son’s sake, assisting her. Towards the end of the war, however, she was taken to Theresienstadt concentration camp; she survived. Perhaps her wealth played a part in this, or perhaps her many friends played a role in this too. I have been told stories about Jews in Essen remaining in hiding during the war years, one of whom spent much of that period living in a cellar not far from where my grandparents lived. After liberation from Theresienstadt, Else remained in Germany to work, and her career went well.

Werner’s life was not to be an uneventful one. He became a well known society photographer, much feted in Germany. His undoing was an affair he had with an Iranian photographic model, Parvaneh Koshnevis, some many years his junior. He discovered she had been unfaithful to him – and shot her. The trial hit the headlines in Germany and elsewhere, and was reported at length in Quick magazine.

After the trial, where his guilt was not disputed, my mother received a phone call in London from his mother Else. I recall it well, as I was there at the time. My mother was asked whether she would take Werner in to live with us in London, and look after him. Else was wealthy and would look after my mother and Werner. My mother, after some thought and discussion with me, decided to decline the offer; she feared, perhaps not unreasonably so, that Werner was by now a little too unstable.

The curious thing is, he was not incarcerated for long. Apparently he was suffering from an incurable disease and was receiving treatment in Hamburg. We last heard, however, that he had gone to live in Teneriffe. From then on we gradually lost contact with both of them.

Else died on 14th October 1981, but I would quite like to know how Werner’s last years played out.


What was the point of the meeting between Chancellor Merkel and David Cameron? I see none. As for her address to both houses of parliament, this was a complete waste of time. She was, as expected, totally non-committal, and io this government believes that anything will be achieved in behind the scenes discussions, they are very much mistaken; or are they? Is this not just one big cynical PR exercise. So where does this leave Cameron with his promise to ‘renegotiate’ the EU treaty? Nowhere, but up the Swanee without a paddle.


Bishop’s Avenue in North West London is nick-named Billionaires Row; many of the houses there are in a sorry state of disrepair and neglect. That is a shame. I fond memories of being in a number of them years ago. Surely they present an excellent up-market squat?


28th January 2014


I posted some weeks ago about this evil and utterly incompetent council. Arguably they have now surpassed themselves, but at what human tragedy. The development they undertook here in Wherry’s Lane, Bourne,  is running very much over its sheduled completion date. The site foreman, Carl, was facing tremendous problems in trying to get the development finished on time, or even anywhere near time. In the event its completion is well over a year overdue. I have it on good authority that he would email his bosses at 2 or 3 in the morning informing them of these.  Last year, but a few months ago now, his wife and a son found him; he had hanged himself. They cut him down, but it was too late. He was dead! Whether this was the reason for his suicide, or whether there were other contributory reasons, remains to be determined. I find it odd, however, that this has not been reporterd in the local media. Are the council putting pressure on them not to report this matter? I would not be surprised.

There had been so many problems he faced. I have already mentioned the fact that the seven shop units built cannot accommodate eateries. This is due to a design flaws in the shops, and these cannot apparently be corrected. Given that it is shops selling take-away foods which are the only likely ones to take up a lease, this demonstrates South Kesteven District Council’s (SKDC’s) total incompetence. Gregg’s had shown interest in a shop, but pulled out, due to the company’s current financial difficulties. Subway also showed interest, but could not proceed forthe reason stated above.

I found out recently that the council in their wisdom had installed energy saving electrical fittings. The electrician refused to supply the light bulbs for these as they cost £75 a shot, a grand total of over £2000, which had not been costed in. May the Council leader Linda Neal and her acolytes be brought to justice over this utter mismanagement of a matter in which they should not have involved themselves in the first place, ie property development.


Why celebrate the beginning of WWI? If anything we should surely be celebrating its end in a few years time. I find this quite perverse. Those poor bastards who died in their millions were in the wrong place at the wrong time. I have no doubt whatsoever that they would now be turning in their graves when they see how the current leaders of this country are selling it to the highest bidder.


Ed Balls is a moron masquerading as an imbecile. While I have a certain sympathy for taxing those exceedingly wealthy more than the rest of us, I do come out against this. I don’t subscribe to the argument that increasing the top tax rate to 50% will lead to an exodus of wealthy people from this country. They are here for many reasons, largely in London and the Home Counties, reasons other than the level of taxation in the UK.

And yet I feel a tax rate of 50% is not equitable. I myself have been a recipient of tax rates very much higher than 50% in the days of the Labour governments in the 70s, so cannot forget this easily. How much better, and how more revenue can be obtained, by closing down loopholes for tax avoidance, coming down on tax evasion, and making double taxation agreements more difficult to enter into. This would bring in a substantially higher amount of money; various figures have been given and I won’t go down the road of citing these, but significantly higher they will be.


UKIP are not doing themselves any favours at the moment. I have the greatest respect for Nigel Farage, a man who calls a spade a spade, and recognizes the fundamental issues relating to our economy, society and much else, and most importantly shares the concerns of ordinary people. And yet UKIP are badly organised, a point I have made for some time. Too many of their election candidates in the past have been what I can only describe as flaky. David Campbell Bannerman is no doubt an idiot, but too many such idiots have been admitted to UKIP over the years. As for the ranting of David Sylvester, a councillor of Henley-on-Thames – I am lost for words.

Farage’s weather forecast of a few days ago was a damage limitation exercise, and quite funny and clever I thought; but it should not have been necessary. Let us hope no further disasters await them.


I read in the Mail on Sunday  ‘PM: I drive Sam so crazy with the TV remote control that she walks out of the room.’ What would a psychologist make of this? I am no psychologist, but it occurs to me that he is scatter brained, does not have staying power, and demonstrates a lack of concentration. Quite apart from that, he shows an uncaring attitude towards his wife. I’m not sure that these are good traits to have in a man who is meant to be running this country. As for his views on British history, the less said the better. The man is an idiot, Jeremy Paxman is right.


What is happening in the Ukraine is disturbing, and yet the Brussels Facista have a lot to answer for. That useless woman Kathy Ashton, EU foreign policy chief, and the then German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle did nothing to help the matter by visiting the Ukraine at the end of last year. If anything it fuelled the already smouldering situation.


Listening to Cameron speak is even worse than listening to that consumate drone Gordon Brown. Gordon who? You may well ask. And who on earth invited him to Davos? I’m astonished it has not dawned on them yet that he has no financial acumen whatsoever.


The poor guy has had to endure such a wholesome lifestyle for most of his life, it is not surprising that he is rebelling against it. It is very refreshing to see, given his recent arrest, that he is after all a normal young man. Will it harm his career? Well, it’s not going to go down too well with his Christian following, but then God is forgiving, let us see what wonders he can work.


31st December 2013

Reading about this Piranha attack in Argentina, which left a number of people injured, reminded me of my pet Piranha Pedro. OK, I guess I can call him a pet because he is stuffed. But what choppers he’s got!


It’s the time for many to grumble about who received and who did not receive an honour in the list just published. Personally, I find it all a nonsense. Yes, I can become irritated by the fact that the gynecologist who delivered Frederick was knighted and be delighted that David Beckham wasn’t. But why don’t some of these people become inverted snobs and join the much more exclusive list of those who refused such honours. We have John Cleese and J B Priestley, who both refused Peerages, and a good number who declined knighthoods, such as Alan Bennett, David Bowie, Francis Crick, E M Forster, Stephen Hawking, Harold Pinter, George Bernard Shaw, to name but a few.

Consider that several centuries ago, especially in the 14th century knighthood was not desired by a great many. It was an onerous thing to be a knight. You became in effect part of the governmental executive in your county, sitting on commissions and juries, for example. Most knights by then were happy to enjoy their land without having to offer military service to the crown or other nobles. In any event scutage had been introduced in the reign of Henry I (1100-1135) which meant you paid an amount of money in lieu of doing military service yourself, money with which mercenaries could be hired by the crown. If you held land to the value of £20 per year in King Edward I’s reign (increased from £10), you could be distrained upon to become a knight. Perhaps onerous duties should be imposed on those who now become knights, or are awarded other such honours.


Here a small selection of some weird and sometimes naughty place names around the world. A full list can be found on Wiki, for example:

BATMAN: A city in Turkey, whose former mayor threatened to sue Christopher Nolan and Warner Bros for the use of their name in the Batman films.
BELL END: A village in Worcestershire, England.

BORING: A place in Maryland, USA.
BUTT HOLE ROAD: A former street in the town of Conisbrough, Yorkshire, England.
CHRISTMAS PIE: A hamlet in Surrey, England.
CONDOM: A commune in South-Western France.
DULL: A village in Perth and Kinross, Scotland.
FUCKING: A town in Austria.
GOGOGOGO: A town and commune in Madagascar.
HELL: A community in the US state of Michigan; apparently it is only 294 miles from a place called PARADISE.
INTERCOURSE: A place in Pennsylvania.
KNOB LICK: A place in the US state of Missouri.
MIDDELFART: A town in Denmark.

NAMELESS: A place in Tennessee.
NORTH PIDDLE: A town in Worcestershire,. England.

NO NAME: A place in Colorado.

PITY ME: A village in Durham, England.
RECTUM: A hamlet in the municipality of Wierden, Netherlands.
TWATT: A small settlement in the Shetland Islands, Scotland.
WANK: A small hamlet in Bavaria (of course).
WANKER’S CORNER: A village in the US state of Oregon.

29th December 2013


Nigel Farage’s statement that we should admit some 500 or so Syrian refugees is a calculated piece of electioneering. Whether that is his true belief or not, it was said to garder votes in the Euro elections in a few months time. The bulk of the core vote of UKLIP will not share this view. It was said to appeal to wavering voters and those who have not made up their mind which way to vote and do not wish to be seen to be voting for a party with racist views. Indeed, a recent DVD sent out by the party tries to dissuade people of this view. Of course, UKIP are not racist in any way, but they are perceived to be such by many people.

UKIP are, and always have been – a party for the protest vote, as much as they would like to deny this. Long seen as a one-issue party, they have evolved over the past two years and have on the whole put forward some coherent policies in a diversity of areas. They recognize, at long last, that it is immigration that is the issue foremost in people’s minds, a subject many in politics have found delicate to approach. Why? I am confident it is not in most people’s minds, and it requires politicians who will call a spade a spade and tackle the issue head on.

UKIP are tipped to win the most seats in the Euro elections; that may well be. But have they become the party many will vote for in elections which few take seriously and indeed where the turn-out is so very low, and not the party they can vote for in a general election, where they believe their vote may be wasted. We shall see.


The loss of power supplies to many people in the South of the country, due to the recent bad weather, has shown how shambolic the response by the energy suppliers affected has been. A loss of supplies is nothing new and must be expected from time to time when the weather is so inclement, but the response to this, where some are still cut of six days after the event, is worrying. This is compounded by David Cameron offering nothing but platitudes to those affected. The man really should keep his mouth shut – at all times preferably.


I am no great fan of this woman, but the verdict in the recent trial surprises me.

Although she has admitted infrequent cocaine use, we were told no prosecution was envisaged, although that has been superseded by the police stating they will investigate this matter. Any illegal substances will one trusts have been removed from the premises. A wink is as good as a nudge. But this is not the issue. I believe the trial was badly handled by the judge presiding over it. Whether she took cocaine or not was not the issue, it was the alleged theft by her employees of a couple of hundred thousand pounds, and I am astonished that they were found not guilty.


The latest wheeze for these people is : Get certified if you want to see your website world ranking. You certainly would have to be certified to subscribe to this bunch of cowboys.


It has been said by many that the abuse of children and young adolescents in Rochdale is but the tip of the iceberg; I believe that to be true. Little was done by the local authority and the poilice to investigate this matter at the time. Why? Because these crimes and others like them were committed by immigrant communities for the most part, largely Pakistani. Any action taken against them would have had the tag racism attached to it. But for many young Pakistanis the girls involved were but white kaffur meat.


This man is no less an idiot than ours. He suggests that the international community has lost confidence in the USA over the Snowdon revelations. They have, but a long time ago. To remedy this he is considering having the billions of records relating to phone calls that have been monitored and/or tracked to be stored in private hands. How on earth that is to raise confidence beggars belief; not would even any purported destruction of these records raise confidence in the US, for the simply reason that no one would believe they had been destroyed. After all, if Snowdon could download what he did on a few memory sticks, who knows who else has done the same or may yet do so. The situation is irredeemable.


If you are looking for good service from a mobile provider, then don’t go to the Three shop in the Queensgate shopping centre in Peterborough.


I expected a similar headline in the British media on Cameron’s return from China, a headline trumpeting the success of a trade deal in our time, but it didn’t happen; in any event it would have been just as worthless as the scrap of paper Neville Chamberlain obtained from Adolf Hitler in 1939. This fool who masquerades as our prime minister, together with his circus, returned recently from China. Why does he embarrass this country so? It is in order to get headlines, positive spin, that attempt to make him appear something he is not – a successful leader of this country; leadership and Cameron are an oximoron.

In any case, this is not the way to rustle up business in China, or anywhere else for that matter. The Chinese take our Del Boy with rather a pinch of ground Rhinocirous tusk. Cameron could not even resist mentioning human rights issues, even if this is aimed at our media and, no doubt, to placate Nick… I forget his name.

We have little to offer the Chinese if the truth be known. The much vaunted financial service sector is nothing but a gaming club, and yes, the Chinese do love gambling. I have no doubt they will have their own financial sector established very rapidly, and it will eclipse ours. Service Industries have a precarious base to them, especially where they are so heavily reliant upon IT technology, as the City of London is, and I have every confidence it will disappear in a blink of an eyelid.

What Cameron is doing is pawning our country to the Chinese. It is something I don’t welcome.


I found a reference to an anchoress in the mid 14th century not hitherto recorded, at least as far as I can see. She lived in a cell built against the wall of a medieval city of London church, which was destroyed in the great fire of London in 1666. You have to be very dedicated, or have little going for you (if I may be uncharitable) to live out the rest of your life walled up in such a cell, or perhaps just a loner. There was a window through which food could be passed and waste taken out, and no doubt spiritual advice given to those who sought it. At least within the monastic life you had company, here you were on your own. Mind you, I can think of a few people I wish would take up this type of solitary existence.


This song could have been written about David Cameron, or indeed other politicians since the Beatles first recorded it.

He’s a real nowhere man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans
for nobody.

Doesn’t have a point of view,
Knows not where he’s going to….

These revolting people need to be sent back post-haste, wherever it is they have come from. They have nothing to seek in this country.


17th December 2013


When did I first use that headline? It must be some 15 years ago in a blog. Today I refer to the COULD BE daily paper, the Daily Mail. Have you noticed how a vast number of their headlines read this, that and the other could happen? But it never does. Today we have:

An apple a day COULD be good for you…. Really? How about:

The smart bra that COULD give your diet a boost… yeah….

Pay rises COULD soon outstrip inflation…

Plastic banknotes COULD….. I won’t go on.

This is all very tedious. I find the horoscope in the Mail, as predicted by Jonathan Caylor, is more accurate.


I read to day, in the Daily Mail no less, so it must be true, that drones attacking targets in Afghanistan, and no doubt elsewhere, are flown by a pilot from the comfort of his armchair in his home somewhere in Lincolnshire. Two thoughts occur. Once his home is identified, this man runs the risk of being targeted by terrorists. More generally, I don’t know why some smart IT alec hasn’t managed to intercept the communication between command centre and the drones, hijack them and use them to their own ends. It is going to happen, I have no doubt.


I understand from the manager of this establishment in North Street, Bourne, that they have been burgled for the second time in almost as many months. I am not surprised. I understand the man haS made a great many enemies over the years. That apart, come on, Christmas is almost upon us, and no doubt criminals celebrate it with festive cheer as do the rest of us.


How we in the West react to the difficulties in the Ukraine at present is important. There are many outside of the region, and indeed a good many in the country, who want to see Ukraine join the EU. That is some years away, if it happens, but a trade agreement has been offered. I can well understand Russia’s reluctance to see this happen, for many reasons. First and foremost they see this as an incursion in and encroachment upon their interests in their own sphere of influence. After all, the Ukraine was an important member of the Soviet Union and still is important economically. The country supplies Russia with many raw materials, products and produce; after all, where would Russia be without the Ukraine’s wines and champagnes. By the same token industry in the Ukraine is heavily dependent upon Russia not only as a consumer of its products, but also a supplier of energy in the form of gas. The trade agreement just signed between the two countries is not disadvantageous to the Ukraine. A similar deal between them and the EU could not be envisaged, thankfully so, as we have enough problems as it is. One could go on, but there is no need. I believe we should keep well out of this affair. Look at what involvement by well-meaning, but totally misguided, people here in Europe and in the USA brought about in the Arab world. Arab Spring – my arse!


15th November 2013


South Kesteven District Council (SKDC), led by Miss Piggy aka Lind Neal, are certainly a council from hell, as is demonstrated time and time again. The old chestnut in respect of their lack of care as far as noise pollution on their patch in Bourne is concerned will not go away – nor, let me assure you, will I as it happens. Be it the Firkin Ale, The Jubilee, even on occasion Smith’s, they have all been in breach of both Licensing and Environmental Health regulations. Inevitably the council care not a jot. One of the problems I dare say is that this council has been led by one party and the same people more or less for a very long time. Corruption inevitably sets in, and by corruption I don’t mean solely financial corruption. I have made enquiries about other councils around the country, they treat such issues seriously, not so this council. Operatives will not come out to investigate such issues, particularly not out of hours. Well, that is not quite true, if one carries some clout with them they will send someone out, as in the instance of a vexatious and spurious claim made by a shop owner recently. They are fundamentally in breach of sections 79 and 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, but appear to be law unto themselves.


I have a number of people to add to this, but will make a start this week with the two dears depicted below. In view of the Government’s investigation into dodgy detectives (which has gone rather quiet again of recent), perhaps one should just cast a eye over them. They go under the names of Cameron Gowlett and Duncan Mee.


What people tend to forget is that we had stood still or had negative growth for some years, consequently growth in our economy was inevitable sooner or later, the French example notwithstanding. This comes at a good time for the Government as they can talk it up in time for the next general election. But let them beware, there are still some further growth figures to be announced by then. And now we have the Tories airbrushing any references to pledges they gave (all of which were not maintained) from their online presence, nor do Nick and Dave  appear to be such good friends any more; all in the name of politics.


It’s bad enough having had Tony Robinson knighted, but David Beckham? Come on! As far as Robinson is concerned, some may be very disappointed in him. An icon of the far left he nevertheless decided that Sir Tony has a nice ring to it – rather hypocritical methinks. I guess the fat man from Hull set a precedent.


At least, so the song goes. In response to events in the Philippines our idiot Cameron sent a warship to assist with relief efforts. The USA announced the next day they would be sending an aircraft carrier. Hark… hark I say, now we too are sending an aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious. It doesn’t look much like an aircraft carrier compared to the US navy’s George Washington, but it sounds good, right? Oh, by the way, calling our man an idiot, something I have been doing for a good many years, is quite OK, as it has now been given the Paxo seal of approval.


I read some of the comments made by Sir James Munby, a senior judge and president of the Family Division of the High Court. Munby had a run in with the barrister representing the Earl Spencer in his divorce from his second wife some years ago. That barrister, Nicholas Mostyn, farmed pigs and named a litter of seven of them James, Munby, Self-regarding, Pompous, Publicity, Seeking, Pillock. That did not go down too well, but I must say, I rather like his style!

‘Courts must not be swayed by Christian morality,’ Munby said. Well, who knows, if you are an atheist you would agree with this sentiment. Then he goes on to say that England is multicultural now. I am concrened about his use of that much perverted word ‘multicultural’. Arguably we are not multicultural, or we have been for at least a couple of millennia, but if we have, then not in today’s context. He said: ‘Surely we must assess matters in 1213 by the standards of reasonable men and women, not by the standards of their parents in 1970, implying that Christian values prevailed then. I would suggest that if we were to live by Christian values we would have a much fairer society, and I don’t speak as a Christian. I wager that the vast majority of people do look back fondly on a time when crime rates were much lower than today, although one should not forget the many gross miscarriages of justice that took place. Or perhaps we should have Shariah law in this country (it already exists in some matters, legally and illegally). Let homosexuals be executed, thieves have their hands amputated, adulterers/adulteresses be stoned to death, yes, why not. But of course his lordship baulks at that, but is not the thin end of the wedge that such opinions may well give rise to such draconian punishments in due course?

Incidentally, Munby was appointed Lord Justice of Appeal by Gordon Brown whilst he was in office; that says it all for me. Judges for the most part come from the ranks of QCs (Queen’s Counsels). A successful QC would take a significant drop in salary to become a judge. Some do of course for the cudos and status. But will a QC who is unsuccessful, and they do exist believe me, make a good judge?


Having heard this man speak several times over the past fortnight, I have to say the people of Toronto, having voted him into office, got what they deserve.


I have for some years been advocating that Arsene Wenger is well past his sell-by date. If he isn’t then Arsenal fans are a curious crowd, happy not to see metal-ware come their way for a good many years. Of course, were he no longer to manage, and I can well imagine that he won’t want to again, may we yet see and hear him as a pundit in the media. That perhaps is even more intolerable.


I heard an interview with him recently on British radio. What an amazing and fascinating man.


Everyone seems to be so worried about security agencies reading ones emails, blogs and so on. But pretty ordinary people filter through content to find data that is of interest to them. There are many ways this can be done, even with such basic and not particularly effective tools such as Google Alerts. There are even companies specialising in finding information for you. So in that context I find it amusing to note that when one mentions keywords such as ‘behead – Tony Blair – David Cameron – Mark Zuckerberg’, visits to this site went up 6 fold for the day.


Why do the media, and the Government, one should not forget them, although it is easily done, talk about Roma, Romanians, Bulgarians, uncle Tom Cobley and all, as if they are a a fait accompli, as if they are here to stay. They should be sent back where they came from, and it is, believe me, as simple as that. They have nothing to seek here, nor do they make a positive contribution to this country. This will all yet find a very violent end.


David Cameron’s voice and his speeches are to oratory what Heinrich Himmler was to European Jewry.


23rd October 2013


Some have commented this year about the changes made to BBC Radio 5 Live. These have no doubt been occasioned by the drop in audience figures for the station, as also the intense criticism it has faced from many in industry and listener forums, blogs etc.. I ask whether R5L still does what it was established to do, provide live news and sports coverage? In both areas they now face intense competition from other stations, local BBC and independent, the net and social media.

To broadcast 24 hours news coverage is an unenviable task in that arguably there is not enough news to go around. I guess if we report events in Asia, Africa, the Americas and elsewhere, much of it of little consequence, at least to us, this can be done. But do we really care for such news? I suspect but a tiny minority do. In the process R5L, to fill in and pad out programming, has been dumbed down and this was the principle reason, in my opinion, for a falling audience. I have for many years described Radio 5 as being programmed by semi-literates for semi-literates, and before any of you take offence at this comment, I listen to it.

Then again, the quality of many broadcasters is suspect. You have characters like Stephen Nolan, who pick up on a topic and flog it to death, squeezing out the last drop of sentimental goo and wallowing, like a whale, in the misfortune of others. Why? Why do this? He may have received a Sony award for this from within the industry, but I doubt he would receive one from listeners to R5L.

R5L’s share of audience figures is but 4.1% of the total, this according to RAJAR, so it is very much minority listening. To give some comparable figures, Radio 1 has 6.8%, Radio 2 17.2% and Radio 4 12.1%. There are any number of local BBC local and independent radio stations which have a significantly higher number of listeners than R5L.

There has also been an agenda of social engineering on the part of the BBC, particularly as far as radio is concerned. The BBC charter states inter alia that the BBC is there to report news with impartiality. This is not happening. There has been a left wing bias on the part of producers and some presenters. This is especially the case with Radio 5 Live. I am not a supporter of the left or the right wing in politics, but find this social engineering totally unacceptable. I would like to see the BBC lose its charter and it be re-assembled.

The BBC has grown exponentially, and without much forethought and planning. It is also an exclusive club that takes good care of its members, one need only think back a short time to the gross pay-offs given to many executives. Few were dismissed from service for misdemeanours, lack of judgement and arguably criminality, instead they were quietly reassigned to other positions.

Let the BBC go back to its roots. Let the back catalogue of TV and radio programs be privatized or licensed to a private entities. The argument that the BBC needs the revenue from these to re-invest in future programming does not stack up. After all, many programs are done out of house already and revenue from licence money should pay for licensing these. Profits from the sale of back catalogue material, and other merchandising, need not go to growing the BBC. It could go to government, or indeed back to TV license payers. .


Ich las heute in einer unserer Tagezeitschrift, dass Banden von Pilzraeuber in unseren Waeldern unterwges sind. Besonders Epping Forest und Ashdown Forest siund betroffen. Begleitet von ‘Micologists’, nehmen sie alles was an Pilzen essbar ist! Offenbar sind diese Banden aus dem Osten. Ich habe nichts gegen Ostler, aber das geht zu weit. Schon vor Jahren verschwanden Schwaene hier in Unmengen. Warum weiss der Teufel. Ich habe mal einen Schwanenschenkel gegessen, und der war nicht besonders geniessbar; das mag daran gelegen haben, dass ich ihn nicht besonders gut zubereitet hatte. Karpfen verschwinden auch. Eine Delikatesse fuer die Polen, aber wenig von Briten verzerrt. Ein Freund hatte vor Jahren einen Karpfenteich, und das war echt ein Problem, sowie auch fuer seine Bekannten. Zurueck zu Pilzen. Scheinbar warden diese an Restaurants verkauft, zu Preisen biz zu £50 pro Kilo. Weiss der Teufel welche Pilze solche Preise verlangen, aber ich hoffe Stefan wird uns schlau machen. Es muss was unternommen werden. Diese Diebe muessen aus dem Land gewiesen werden, am besten nach Deutschland in den Koenigsforst, wo Stefan’s Freund der Foerster mit seiner Schrottflinte sie bedienen kann.. Aber sie erst fangen? Das waere kein Problem. Restaurants die sie kaufen sollten eine Geldbuse von £10000 pro Kilo zahlen muessen. Wie findet man aus wer diese sind? Einfach. Man bietet ‘Whistleblowers’ £5000 pro Kilo an. Mein Gott, so viele in der Branche sind so schlecht bezahlt.


I am glad the government is to discontinue its partial advertising campaign, the one with hoardings mounted on vans, advising illegal immigrants to go home or be arrested. I mean, what a stupid idea, it can only have stemmed from Cameron’s sidekick Lynton Crosby. Who the hell takes a blind bit of notice? It was a sop to the electorate, no more than that, but even they are not foolish enough to give this credence. The adage that Cameron cannot be trusted now carries more weight and will be used a great deal in the next general election campaign -and quite right too. Why does this government instead not go and arrest illegal immigrants and send them home? Is it they don’t know where they are to be found? I do, a very great number. Come and talk to me about it.


Well, one of the best cures is to listen to a William Hague speech, that is guaranteed to put you to sleep.


For Facebook to allow videos and images of beheadings once again is totally grotesque and disgraceful. It really doesn’t matter whether these have warnings attached to them. They are offensive, and it is not often that I find something offensive. I could, however, be persuaded to have them on Facebook if they portrayed the beheadings of Tony and Cherrie Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron – oh yes, and for good measure Mark Zuckerberg.


So Richard Branson is going to become an émigré. Why not, his time is over. Of course, he says he is not doing this to avoid paying UK taxes. Is he paying income tax here? The fact that many of his enterprises have only succeeded because of grants given by successive government rankles in particular.


What doesn’t stack up, for at least, in this affair, is the fact that after having been accused of calling a policeman a pleb, he subsequently apologised for having done so. Then at a later date he denies having called him it.


4th October 2013


A law is to come into force later next year prohibiting and making illegal forced marriages. Half of all these take place within the Pakistani community. I cannot see this law being enforced, as indeed has the law relating to Female Genital Mutilation not been. It is offensive in the extreme that we here, in Great Britain, see the clock turned back many centuries, when such ‘arranged’ marriages were also common. The majority of such marriages are conducted within the Asian community. This goes totally contra our culture, and rather than have a law that will not be applied, I would like to see any potential perpetrators of such crimes removed from this country.