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THE CUTTING EDGE

THE CUTTING EDGE

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.

GEORGIE OSBORNE

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 – AND WHERE TO NOW ?

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.

CHILCOTT ENQUIRY

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.

NAZI EPHEMERA

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.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/money/mullocks-auction-house-claims-art-adolf-hitler-sold-143k-article-1.361151

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/guywalters/100056277/be-very-very-careful-when-you-bid-for-a-hitler/


SPENDING WATCHDOG

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?

FISH, CHIPS AND WINE WITH NICK BOLES AND PRITI PATEL

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.

CORRUPTION IN THE METROPOLITAN POLICE

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.

THE VANISHING COMMA

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.

THE CUTTING EDGE

28th January 2014

SOUTH KESTEVEN DISTRICT COUNCIL (SKDC) – THE COUNCIL FROM HELL

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.

CENTENARY OF THE BEGINNING OF WWI

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

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

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.

DAVID CAMERON

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.

UKRAINE

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.

DRONES

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.

JUSTIN BIEBER

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.


THE CUTTING EDGE

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!

NEW YEAR’S HONOUR’S LIST

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.

UNUSUAL PLACE NAMES

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

UKIP – WHAT LIES AHEAD

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.

ENERGY LOSS

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.

NIGELLA LAWSON

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.

ALEXA

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.

CHILD ABUSE

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.

OBAMA

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.

MOBILE PHONE PROVIDERS

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.

A TRADE DEAL IN OUR TIMES

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.

OF ANCHORITES AND ANCHORESSES

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.

NOWHERE MAN

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.



THE CUTTING EDGE

15th November 2013

THE COUNCIL FROM HELL

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.

ROGUES’ GALLERY

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.


ALL THIS TALK ABOUT ECONOMIC GROWTH

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.

SIR BECKHAM, SIR BLACKADDER

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.

ANYTHING YOU CAN DO I CAN DO BETTER….

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.

SOME OTHERS DO ‘AVE ‘EM

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?

MAYOR OF TORONTO

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.

ARSENE WENGER

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.

JOHN MACAFFEE

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

FILTERING DATA

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.

ROMA ET AL

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

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

THE CUTTING EDGE

17th September 2013

FREE SCHOOL MEALS

I am delighted that free school meals will be offered to all 5 – 7 year old school children. Not only will it help hard pressed parents financially, but will provide many of these children with healthier alternatives to what they are eating at present.

VINCE CABLE

Vince Cable as leader of the Lib Dems? I don’t think, despite his blatant posturing to that effect. He has not a chance in hell. There is no one else to take over realistically from Clegg, at least not until the next election is over. Even then it very much depends on how well the Lib Dems do. I don’t think this will do Cable much good, other than the obvious appeal he has to the those on the left of his party.

MERKEL

I gather in a beer cellar in Athens a cocktail called Bloody Merkel is selling well! It appears to be popular. I haven’t a clue what its constituents are, but gather it is rather bitter. I expect her to win a majority in this coming Sunday’s election. The opposition parties, speak principally the SDP, are very disorganised. It is somewhat reminiscent of what is happening here, although in the UK we still have quite some time to go until the next election. A lot can yet happen.

US MASSACRE

I never cease to be amazed at how useless the US military is in providing security for its own, both in the States and abroad. Apparently Aaron Alexi had psychological problems, more than that, he had several brushes with the law, yet he was allowed to continue in his employment, all put down to PTSD!

PLASTIC BAG CHARGE

A good idea; I have been used to this for many years on the Continent. I use them liberally, but I dare say I will reuse them more, or take long term shopping bags with me. However, the following came to my notice.

I had a number of plastic bags filled with rubbish lying in an open space on some property I own. They had been exposed to the elements, rain, snow, frost and heat for some 5 – 6 years. When I cleared the site I discovered that the plastic, when I tried to lift the bags, disintegrated into small pieces. So what is this nonsense about plastic not degrading for so very many years? These were not bio-degradable bags, yet such bio-degradable bags have been around for a long time. Why were they not introduced years ago?

But of course it is those who dispose of such bags where they should not, be it on land or at sea, against whom I would like to see draconian measures taken. Of course, much of the time such dumpers cannot be identified, but they often can and fines are quite inadequate.

12th September 2013

ECONOMIC RECOVERY

The economy is recovering, and why shouldn’t it. It has been in the doldrums for some years now. Let us not forget, however, it is recovering from a low base. Whether Osborne can take any credit for this is doubtful. His qualifications to be Chancellor of the Exchequer are more than dubious. He, and the Tory party, can however take comfort from this. The game plan is of course to have a recovering economy and feel good factor in place for the next general election. That they will probably have and, given the lack of a credible opposition, should win an outright majority. That will be disastrous for the country of course.

A FORMAL EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN

I am following the debate about when children should start a formal education. It does rather depend how one defines formal. If a structured education is meant, then I am very much against it beginning until a child is 7 years old. Let our children be children, they have little enough time to be so.

Yet there is no reason why reading and basic arithmetic, for example, cannot be taught at a very much earlier stage, but so as it is fun for the child. I did so with my son. He wanted to be able to read the the text contained in the books he had, there was no pressure exerted by me. This of course means that children from a deprived background may very well not be offered this opportunity by their parents.

JUST WILLIAM

I heard Just William make a statement in Parliament earlier which is farcical in the extreme, even by his standards. The emphasis on the use of chemical weapons is quite sickening. The fact that innocent civilians, men women and children were killed, hardly gets a mention. Then to hear him say when speaking of the Syrian government ‘ given their track record any commitment made by them must be viewed with caution’, well…. any commitment made by HM government over the past three years could certainly and demonstrably not be taken seriously.

BOB GELDORF

I read a couple of days ago that Bob Geldorf has been given a ticket for a space flight next year. The Space Expedition Corporation hope to have 100 people sent into space then. We can but hope that in Bob’s case it is a one-way ticket. I am sure Midge Ure shares this opinion. It would be ironic if they send him up on a Monday!

POOR OLD ALEX BRUMMER

Our basket case economy will take years to fix. This a headline statement made by Alex Brummer, chief financial journalist with the Daily Mail. Truly the man is a bummer! I recall him over the years fawning over Brown and Blair, how excellently they, most particularly Brown of course, were managing the economy. He was not alone, the entire financial establishment backed these two idiots. One of the very few exceptions was Richard Littlejohn, to his credit, and of course I predicted this and wrote about it as early as 1997-8.

ID Cards

I have always been vehemently opposed to ID cards being carried by the British. Now, much to my regret, I have been forced to change my mind, it has become an absolute necessity. This for many reasons, but largely for trying to control levels of illegal immigration. For this we have Blair and Cameron to blame and, oh yes, the one in between.

SUAN BOYLE

I read that Susan Boyle is to release a Christmas album in which she duets with Elvis Presley. Can she not have the decency to wait until she is dead?

ROLF HARRIS’S PORTRAIT OF THE QUEEN

Given Rolf Harris’s current predicament the queen has understandably returned the painting he made of her. I say returned, but no, rather curiously she sent it to the BBC! They, even more astonishingly have ‘lost’ it. Come on, own up, who there has nicked it?

PORN SITES IN PARLIAMENT

Appraently porn sites were accessed 300.000 times last year from within the houses of parliament. Wow! This together with extensive cocaine usage in parliament – is it too late to become an MP?

FEMALE MUSLIM IN BRITISH COURT

I am delighted at the action of judge Peter Murphy in ordering a female Muslim woman to remove her burkha in court. I am astonished that this should even be an issue. If this woman has a problem in complying, then she should not be in this country. Quite simply, that’s not how it is done in this country. And yet it has gone rather quiet about this issue, the government’s hand at play no doubt.

And subsequently we have female Muslims wanting to wear headress at Birmingham Metropolitan College, who to their credit have refused this to be permitted. This trend has to be nipped in the bud.

SYRIA

I don’t know what Cameron is thinking of. He lives in another world, yet the proposed bombing of Syria is taking on a new dimension. Britain, for the time being, will not be party to it, but I have no doubt assistance will covertly be given. I would not be surprised if Special Forces are not already on Syrian soil. Whether it proves successful or not, I for one do not wish to see this. It is for those around Assad to realize that enough is enough, just as happened with Saddam Hussein, who was ultimately betrayed by one of his circle. I suspect he will be deposed in the hope that negotiations with those opposing may be conducted. The long term ramifications in the Middle East will be significant, there are too many players involved. I am intrigued by the fact that Israel has kept very quiet about the whole matter.

Will Syria retaliate to such an act of war on the part of the USA, Britain and possibly others? If they are capable of doing so, I am sure they will attempt it. A statement could be made by sinking some American ships in the Mediterranean. As well protected as they are, I can think of at least two unconventional ways of sinking the aircraft carrier Harry Truman. Of course, that would lead to the USA invading Syria, and one has to ask where it will all end.

As for the UK, why is it we continuously want to fight wars overseas, when the real battles that need to be fought are on our home turf.

Since writing this we have seen the smart initiative by Russia. Putin is certainly running rings around Obama, but then that is not difficult to do. Will it succeed? Only if Syria plays ball, and if they have any sense, they will. An interesting development.

THE CUTTING EDGE

24th August 2013
FUKUSHIMA POWER PLANT

The incident level in the Fukushima power plant has been raised from 1 to 3. This belated acknowledgement of the tragedy that is unfolding there is appalling. It is not, in my mind at least, that nuclear power plants are all inherently dangerous, but rather the undeniable fact that in this case there has been a lack of control by the owners of the power plant, and more importantly the Japanese government. More than that, there has been a complete lack of interestshown by the rest of the world until rather a late stage.

DOCTOR I’M IN TROUBLE, OH GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME

So some NHS patients may be sent to India for treatment in future. The mind boggles. I mean, for heaven’s sake, this is utterly unacceptable. This government has totally lost the plot. I would like to see an improvement in the service the NHS gives, although I am not one of those who is totally condemnatory about it; it depends very much in which part of the country you live in. But the money should be spent here in this country.

GARETH BALE

This man has a lot to live up to. Will he be able to do so? I wonder. The deal between Real Madrid, Tottenham and Bale is quite perverse. A ridiculous amount of money is involved. One reads different reports, but the Sunday Mirror state Madrid will pay £86m to sign him, his 6 years contract being worth another £97m to Bale himself. He has a lot to live up to. To cap it all the poor chap will be subjected to Spain’s top rate of tax, which means from a weekly salary of £310k per week he will only be taking home about £150k. Too bad.

HI SPEED RAIL LINK (HS2)

This is a white elephant, one that will cost this country dearly, as costs for its construction will undoubtedly escalate out of all recognition. Yes, it would be nice to have high speed rail links between many of our cities, but the cost involved simply does not warrant this particular one. And what is the benefit of this link? It is a mere saving of 20 minutes for the journey between London and Birmingham. The money could be much better spent on improving existing rail services and infra structure generally. This Government is hell bent on wasting money much as, in his own way, Gordon Brown did. There is little difference between them.

THE CUTTING EDGE

4th July 2013

Will you be voting for this man again? I sure as hell will not. It is extraordinary, but when speaking with friends and acquaintances hitherto staunch Tories, I find it hard to identify but a handful who will vote Conservative in the next election. The majority will vote UKIP. I chatted with an acquaintance recently, a Tory peer, who actually told me he thought the Tory party was finished! That I think is taking it a bit far, but coming from the mouth of one who is a leading member of his party, it demonstrates the disillusionment they all feel for David Cameron.

HOW VERY SAD

It is surprising what extreme poverty can make one adopt desperate measures, or is it?

Chicago – 1948

24th June 2013

DENTISTRY WHEEZE

It was very difficult some years ago to find a National Health Service dentist, nigh impossible. Then for a time dentists were accepting NHS patients. Now the situation has reverted to what it used to be. Indeed, arguably it is even more difficult finding a dentist now, largely due to the increase in potential patients because of continued immigration. Dentists that do provide such treatment are for the most part non-British, and in many instances not well trained nor do they speak English well (see an earlier post). Looking at an NHS site which tells one where NHS dentists can be found locally, I found quite a number. On phoning them all, but all, told me they did not offer such a service. When I referred them to the site, the response was: ‘Ah yes, of course, that is for patients aged under 18’. This tells me that there is a scam going on here. Is this a wheeze for signing up to contracts which will not in the event be honoured?

EDL

I have some sympathy for the English Defense League, as also other groups taking action against Muslims. I say this advisedly, as I would certainly not condone the burning down of mosques, and yet the EDL are the only ones actually doing anything to counteract the spread of Islam in this country, even if only in their own misguided way. Whether what they do is effective remains to be seen.

FORGED POUND COINS

We have a vast quantity of forged £1 coins in circulation in this country. I find them on a regular basis, when bored I go through my change to do so. Not that I’m often bored. The police should leave the counterfeiters alone. After all, they are doing their bit towards quantative easing.

GYPSIES IN PARK LANE

It has gone little reported, but we still have a small illegal encampment of Romanian gypsies in Park Lane, Mayfair, London. What have the authorities done to remover this eyesore? Precisely nothing. These toothless tigers of Westminster City Council and those in Parliament should be ashamed of themselves. I can think of absolutely no reason why this should be permitted.

STOP WATCHING US !

Indeed. A couple of days ago I found a small icon attached to the Mozilla search bar. I clicked on it and found the following. Whilst it is a sentiment with which I wholeheartedly agree, I still find it somewhat curious that this appeared only the once, not since. Has it been pulled, and if so at whose instigation? I would like to see Google associated with this, but given their track record this is hardly likely to happen. As far as I am concerned, they have been guilty of granting access to security services to their databases. There is also a list of those who support this action, which is quite incongruous, and is worth looking at.

TRENDING RIGHT NOW - SONGWRITING

If you want to be cool and socially mobile, whether you’re young or not so young, then the in thing to do right now, that which is trending, is to become a songwriter. Actually, hang on, this is stretching it a little too far, the thing to do is to call yourself a songwriter. And I just love following the antics of songwriters in the social media, most particularly Facebook. Song writing is somewhat of a misnomer, but let me be charitable.

I have followed the antics of a number of my Facebook friends, and more importantly other, non-friends, but whose profile is public and have come to the following conclusions. The first is, don’t be a musician, be amusical – it helps. Being musical is a no-no. A basic knowledge of programming is desirable. State clearly that you are a writer of music or words, or if you are brave enough, both; that’s all that is needed. Avoid at all costs letting people hear your endeavours, you may lose friends that way.

You then immediately attain a certain kudos, a certain standing within your group of friends, real or imaginary. It gives you access to a clique of similar minded individuals, all equally talentless, whom you can endlessly bore with posts about your latest song writing endeavours. Occasionally, it has to be said, the one or other song can be listened to, and may even get performed on third rate internet radio stations.

SHALOM:

You know who you are.

STOP WATCHING US !

Indeed. A couple of days ago I found a small icon attached to the Mozilla search bar. I clicked on it and found the following. Whilst it is a sentiment with which I wholeheartedly agree, I still find it somewhat curious that this appeared only the once, not since. Has it been pulled, and if so at whose instigation? I would like to see Google associated with this, but given their track record this is hardly likely to happen. As far as I am concerned, they have been guilty of granting access to security services to their databases. There is also a list of those who support this action, which is quite incongruous, and is worth looking at.

9th June 2013

EXOTIC MEATS

At Stamford market a short while ago I discovered an interesting stall that sells meats that are somewhat different. I bought a couple of pies, one made with Zebra, the other with Camel meat. If I come out in stripes, you know I’ve got the hump!

PING PONG DIPLOMACY

After Some 40 years or so Ping Pong Diplomacy has returned. President Obama is meeting the Chinese president Chi Ting Ping and the Foreign Minister Du Hai Pong, two formidable politicians. Of course, Ping Pong Diplomacy was started by former president Richard Nixon, a good old boy of whom I was rather fond. He did much to open up and foster relations with China in the 70s and he initiated the US withdrawal from Vietnam. OK, so he had the Democrats’ office bugged and recorded a good number of telephone conversations, but come on, that’s no big deal. He was ahead of his time, that’s all.  The current president of the USA has authorized American internet companies to gather and supply the security services in that country with information relating to individuals’ emails and telephone conversations. This is totally invidious and unacceptable. Such action will affect not only American citizens, but others around the world. I look forward to hearing to what extent the authorities here cooperated with the USA.

PORTOBELLO ROAD