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THE CUTTING EDGE

13th January 2015

PEGIDA

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?

MEDICINS SANS FRONTIERES

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

THE PARIS KILLINGS

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.

PRINCE ALI OF JORDAN

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.

PRINCE ANDREW

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.

THE BBC

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.

ALDI

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

THE TORY ELECTION POSTER

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.

UKIP

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.

ISIS

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.

 

 

 

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

4th October 2013

FORCED MARRIAGES

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.

QUESTION TIME

I have always found Quentin Letts rather amusing – as a parliamentary sketch writer for the Daily Mail that is. Unfortunately on the panel of Question Time yesterday he is less than convincing. I am also disappointed that the audience came across as partisan. I would hope the audience was screened before the show, so as to reflect political opinion on all sides of the spectrum. But then, how can that work. Invariably potential participants can, and will, say anything to be selected. So where it is thought some who may reflect the views of the conservative party, these are in fact staunch lefties. It makes sense for all major political parties to plan for this. I don’t see what can be done about this.

ED MILLIBAND

I have always referred to him as the camp sounding, Jewish comedian. Anyone have a problem with that?

ABORTION CLINICS

I read that abortion clinics are offering abortions to couples who wish to ensure that the sex of their child is to their wishes. This invariably means the abortion of female foetuses. Of course, this comes as no surprise. It has been going on for many years and will gain momentum apace. Why? Because this practise pay, it pays very well, and will pay even better the more noise the government makes about curtailing it. Again, and why do I have to repeat myself, the pressure stems from the immigrant community.

FOOTBALL WORLD CUP

It was utter madness to select Qatar as a venue for the world cup. I have no doubt bribes played a part in this. Qatar wanted the cup at all costs, and paying bribes is the way business is done in this part of the world. Then again, FIFA have a track record in this respect, as indeed do the IOC. It is high time Sebb Blatter went.

ED MILLIBAND – LABOUR PARTY CONFERENCE

I quite liked Ed Milliband’s speech to the Labour Party conference. At least he had something to say, and some of his policy statements will find resonance with the electorate. Of course, nothing will ever happen with them, even if Labour were elected.

MIGRANTS DROWNED OFF ITALY

For Italy to declare a national day of morning is quite absurd. It will send out the wrong message to those who wish to enter the EU illegally, ie the bulk of them.

CAMERON TOTALLY OUT OF HIS DEPTH

I heard David Cameron a couple of days ago on the Today program. I find it tortuous to listen to him. The man gives quite simply such a bad and even absurd impression. I have always referred to him as ‘a petulant schoolboy’, right from day one; I hear nothing that will make me change my mind. He never had what it takes to become a prefect, let alone head boy. I have fed up with all these utterances about pledges – pledges here, pledges there – few of which will ultimately be acted upon. The Tory party is running the country with knee jerk sound-bites, it is tinkering with the problems we have faced and yet have to face. There is no thought out and cohesive model for the economy.

As for George Osborne, he always sounded so uncomfortable in his role as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Quite rightly so, for how can this man have the experience or capability to fulfil that function. But I noted in his speech to the Tory Conference a new confidence in his speech. I do so hope he has not come to believe that he thinks he knows what he is talking about. Most designed to garner votes, none of them deliverable.

Listening to David Cameron’s speech to the Tory Party Conference I have to ask the question ‘What did he actually have to say?’. Well, nothing, nothing at all, and yet there are those dim witted enough to find resonance with what was not said. There were no policy statements, no addressing of the fundamental issues that affect our economy and society in short… it was a shameful piece of propaganda. The man is out-goebbelling Goebbels.

FRENCH BAN ON RUMANIANS AND BULGARIANS

I grow to like the French more daily. They have the balls to virgorously protect their culture and life-style, something that is sorely lacking here on the part of our politicians, Nigel Farage excepted. There are those on the left of politics who defend the rights of Rumanians and Bulgarians to come to the rest of the EU freely, as per the Schengen Agreement. I say to those people, have you actually ever met and mixed with either of the above? No, of course you haven’t. I have. The prognosis that a very great many from both countries will come here, and indeed to other West European countries, in order to commit crimes, is being proven to be correct.

RALPH MILLIBAND

I really can’t see what all the fuss is about. I find the article ill advised. But did Ralph Milliband hate Britain? I have no idea. Did he prefer life in the Soviet Union? By all accounts he did, like many left wing radicals at the time, be they misguided or not. As for Alistair Campbell taking the high ground in this matter, that is quite farcical. He has been trying to re-invent himself since stepping down as de facto Deputy Prime Minister, but that doesn’t wash with me.

ENGLISH SPEAKERS ON FACEBOOK

Perhaps not just on Facebook, but then Facebook is a multi-cultural medium spanning all of the world and many of the conversations are conducted in English; English is quite simply the lingua franca. It begs the question what does one mean by English. The English language has been adapted by peoples all over the world to suit their own language, its vocabulary, its idioms, its nuances etc. One could therefore argue that now there are many different forms of English. I speak and understand a number of languages, but am nevertheless occasionally flummoxed by something someone has posted. One as to be careful in replying, should one wish to do so, as to avoid any misunderstanding. It is also almost pointless writing in too good an English, as I have found to my cost, comments often being misinterpreted. Then again, this can give rise to some quite surreal conversations.

MY YEARLY RANT

I seem to have a moan on a yearly basis about the plethora of sites that tell you what your site’s world ranking is, and the number of visitors you get to it. They are all, without exception, totally fraudulent. I have a number of websites, one of which has scored a world ranking of between 6 – 20 million; quite frankly, I don’t care what the ranking is. Alexa is the ‘foremost’ of these sites and one which all others defer to. Yet Alexa has quite simply not a clue as to the number of visitors one gets on one’s site. Only the owner of a site knows that (and yes his/her server). Alexa can only gather information on those who have ‘subscribed’ to Alexa, and precious few have in the big state of things. I read that my site has some 300 visitors a month. Well, actually, I get between 300-1200 per DAY. I rest my case.

MICHAEL GOVE – Much reduced

I read that Michael Gove had spent two months in an Austrian fat farm. Fat farm, I just love that description, but it is a spa for the overweight and otherwise challenged. Apparently he lost 2 stone in weight, largely by being restricted to a healthy diet allowing not more than 600 calories a day. That’s the way to do it! No doubt this was augmented by copious colonic irrigations, of which such spas in Teutonic lands are very fond. To be fair, he looks like a new man.

If there is one overweight, puffy-faced, balding Tory politician who should undergo this treatment, it is of course David Cameron. I think he would particularly benefit from colonic irrigation, after all, the man is so full of shit.

UKIP

Geoffrey Bloom has done UKIP no good. On the hand hand I believe you can say all manner of things and get away with it – he can’t. That apart, and most importantly,  many in the media, even those to the right of politics, are scrutinizing UKIP closely, looking for such gaffes to report on and no doubt blow out of all proportion.

THE CUTTING EDGE

4th August 2013

Oh yes, the Yemen is definitely the ‘in’ holiday destination now, especially if you’re a woman – there are 130 men for every woman. Fly down by Al-Quaeda airlines, stay at the luxurious Bin-Laden hotel, and enjoy the hospitality of those lovely Taliban wallahs. Book now to avoid disappointment!


This planet sucks. I’m outta here – you coming?

GET OUT OF JAIL FREE CARD

The Taliban are preparing themselves for the predicted onslaught against Khazi’s government, and what better way to do this than to free those of their number (and others) who have been languishing in Afghani prisons.

UKIP

One has to ask what has happened to UKIP. It has become very quiet about them. It is understandable, a protest vote was registered, and now we are back to the usual main party two and a half party political wrangling. I do feel UKIP are missing many chances to offer the government opposition; perhaps they are trying to, but it is not getting the media attention. Lynton Crosby is certainly doing his job well, but then it is not exactly difficult for him under the circumstances, given the shambolic state of Labour party and UKIP’s vulnerability.

Are UKIP saving their energy for a concerted effort prior to the Euro elections next year? Possibly. It is here where they have been spectacularly successful. It is here where people can vote for them with a clear conscience, notwithstanding any party allegiances they may have had, something they may not be able to do in a general election. The problem is that UKIP have few savvy people in the European parliament. The thought of the Tories being elected with an outright majority in due course is daunting – no terrifying!

MUSLIM SPRING

I well recall how the chattering classes welcomed the Arab Spring. Indeed, it is satisfying to note that all is now well in those countries.

31st July 2013

HOGARTH’S GIN LANE, 1751.

Hang on, 1751? I could have sworn this was Bourne High Street last Saturday.

DISMEMBERMENT OF THE BBC LONG OVERDUE

I have long advocated that the BBC lose its charter and the corporation be dismembered. Whether then it should be privatized in parts is debatable, but I cannot see it continuing along its present course for that much longer.

The latest attack by certain people within the BBC on John Humphreys, known largely as one of the presenters of the flagship ‘Today’ program for right wing bias is not acceptable; whether you agree with his tone or not, he offers a balance to views expressed by others. I wrote to Humphreys many years ago suggesting the BBC was past its sell-by date, but he replied that in his view it should remain intact. I wonder whether he has changed his mind in the interim.

I hate the terms left wing and right wing, somehow they seem rather outmoded to me. After all, the extreme right and extreme left have so much in common, although they would deny this; all I say is think of it topologically. I don’t believe anyone can deny that the BBC espouses political views that are contrary to those held by the majority of people in this country, I will refrain from calling tose views left wing. But these views permeate all kinds of programs both on radio and television. I find it quite obnoxious that an inordinate amount of air and TV space is given over to minorities. For example, and this grates particularly with me, I am fed up to the back teeth hearing and seeing Muslim spokesmen (rarely women) on air. According to the 2011 census Muslims represent but 2.7% of our total population. You would not think so when hearing their spokesmen on air, and more importantly the gratuitous use of Muslims and members of other minorities on television, one need only look at Eastenders. The same can be said of Jews, who represent but .5% of our population. Of course I would want to see minorities catered for, but this is tantamount to ethnic and social engineering on a massive scale, carried out largely by the BBC, to a much less extent by private broadcasters. But why refer to the BBC as the bad boy in all this. It is the controllers and producers of programs who ultimately are responsible. I would like all of them to lose their jobs, before one considers reemploying those who have kept a neutral stance; and neutral the BBC must be, given that it is a publicly owned entity. The BBC is, to my personal knowledge, a cosy little club, where members look after and promote themselves, as has been demonstrated by the obscene pay-offs to executives who left the corporation in recent times.

ROGUES’ GALLERY

Corrupt councils

In the forefront here is, in my opinion, South Kesteven District Council (SKDC), and let us not forget corruption takes many forms. I want to speak here of one aspect of this dreadful council’s activities, or should I say lack of activity. It is something I have touched on in these pages before.

There are a good many pubs in Bourne, Lincolnshire, some would argue too many. In fact, a number of these are facing tough times, two having closed over recent years, and there may be others faced with a similar prospect; in short, it’s very much like it is in most parts of the country. Whether that is a good reason to allow a number of these pubs to flaunt the law is another matter. Certainly noise pollution is a problem, and again that is the case not only here but elsewhere. Pubs such as the Firkin Ale, The Burghley Arms, the Jubilee and Smiths all abuse their neighbours and the public in general with excessive noise, often by flaunting regulations imposed by their general and music lincences, for example having the door to premises and windows closed during live (and other) music events. Then, with some pubs, there is flagrant under-age drinking, drinking on the pavement and even the street (this notwithstanding that three of the above are in an ‘alcohol free zone’ imposed by SKDC), drug dealing and of course the selling of alcoholic drinks to those patently already highly intoxicated. This especially as far as the Firkin Ale is concerned. The latter has given rise to near riotous behaviour.

Nothing is being done about this. Indeed, nothing has been done over the years, I and others have complained to Environmental Health and Licensing departments of this council, as also to the police. In short, this is being condoned by all parties, for inaction smacks of acceptance.

2oth July 2013

DOES LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT EXIST?

A romantic notion, but perhaps it is more likely to be Pheromones at first whiff. Sorry to sound like such a spoil sport.
For those of exquisite sensuality, there is nothing headier than the musky smell of a loved one moist with sweat. But natural body odours don’t strike most of us as particularly enticing. In the Elizabethan Age, lovers exchanged “love apples” — a woman would keep a peeled apple in her armpit until it was saturated with her sweat, and then give it to her sweetheart to inhale.
Cats have scent glands on their cheeks, and can often be seen “cheeking” someone or a favourite table leg. When you pet a cat, she will, if she likes you, lick herself to taste your scent. And then she’ll probably choose your favourite armchair to claw and curl up in, not just because of its cushions but because your scent is on it.
In a famous letter, Napoleon told Josephine “not to bathe” during the two weeks that would pass before they met, so that he could enjoy all her natural aromas. Well, we don’t need to take it to that extreme.

But for those of you interested in this topic, read on:

http://www.anapsid.org/pheromones.html

We are born, we die.
We drink, we urinate
We eat, we defecate.
Most of us fornicate.
There is little else to life.
And yet there are those who would have you believe there is meaning to our existence.

LIFE IS BUT AN ILLUSION – DEATH IS THE ONLY REALITY.

(Kenneth Jacob c 1012)

I have become somewhat tired of playing to the gallery over the years, but of recent it has become quite fun.

A ROYAL BIRTH

It really is extraordinary how much publicity the pending Royal birth is getting. Personally I care little for it. Of course, I’m happy for the young couple, as I would be for any young couple. However, the hysteria surrounding the event has been, and threatens yet to be, quite distasteful. It is reminiscent of that surrounding Diana, in life as in death. Have people nothing better with which to concern themselves? Apparently not.

PORNOGRAPHY INVOLVING CHILDREN

A delicate subject, but I will broach it.

So David Cameron is going to ‘take action’ to prevent people accessing kiddie port. Unfortunately the man is conning us, in two fundamental meanings of that word, as he has done ever since he was elected leader of the Tory party. As with all else he does, this is very much a cynical attempt at garnering votes for the forthcoming general election.

I very rarely watch or read porn. After all, why view sex if you can do it; much more enjoyable. But porn has been around since ancient times, that much we know, and without a shadow of doubt very much earlier than the earliest records of history demonstrate. One need only look at Greek pottery and the walls of Roman houses where it proliferates. It will, quite simply, continue to thrive. For people to decry it is utterly hypocritical. After all, how many of you have been titillated by the best seller ‘50 Shades of Grey’? Judging by earlier posts and comments a good many.

But the depiction and portrayal of porn involving the abuse of children is another matter. It is quite obnoxious and utterly revolting, resulting in a good number of children’s lives being ruined.

Yes, I would like to see this stopped, but I don’t see how it can be done. The idea Cameron has come up with is facile, it cannot work. It cannot work for any number of reasons that have been given by others better qualified than I am to do so. The only way I can see it being successful is if ALL we view on the net is controlled, every action recorded. And here’s the rub. We are moving in the direction of a surveillance society, where it is not only governments (and their agencies) who monitor our every action, but the possibility, no predictability, that information gathered will fall into the hands of third parties who will misuse such information. I for one would not like to see such a nightmare become reality. Oh for those pleasant times depicted in ‘1984’.

So where does that leave us with kiddie porn? Nowhere I fear. As loathsome as it is, it cannot be stopped. Those who produce it are outside the law at present, operating from parts of the world where they cannot be apprehended, and are in any case able to disguise their IPs. By all means arrest those that download it, but that is not the complete answer. Change people’s attitudes? Perhaps we should try and protect children better, but then again children can be bought for a few dollars in many parts of the world. As depressing as the idea is, perhaps we will have to learn to live with it.

COCAINE IN PARLIAMENT

Once again we are told by the Daily Mail that significant traces of Cocaine have been found in the toilets of the Houses of Parliament. But this is nothing new. The same newspaper reported on this some 3 – 4 years ago. So nothing has apparently been done to curb the use of Cocaine in Parliament in the interim. I wonder who’s dealing the drug and from where; one of the bars perhaps? Is it subsidized, as are the drinks? Who is using it? Cameron speaks far too rapidly for my liking.


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

PARIS JACKSON

I do feel sorry for this poor girl tried, who tried to commit suicide in Paris this week. What a dreadful legacy it must be fore her to be descended from a freak like Michael Jackson.

PRINCE PHILIP

My favourite royal is in hospital again, he of the many wonderful non-PC gaffs, namely Prince Philip. So I have just heard is Nelson Mandela. I think we are being prepared by the media for a couple of departures in a short time.

KEVIN JAMES HOOK (1962 – 2013)

Life is a bitch, as I recall Kev saying on numerous occasions. It sure is, because it has taken Kevin Hook from us at far too early an age. The pic here is from the cover of a single he had out in the early 80s, when I first got to know him. He was a kind, gentle soul, a great musician and a brilliant guitarist, who will be sorely missed by many. He contacted a number of his friends some weeks ago to prepare them for what was likely to happen. That took some guts; yet it still came as a great shock. My thoughts are first and foremost with his family, particularly his daughters, as also with his many friends. I’ll see you in Valhalla matey!

THE CUTTING EDGE

8th May 2013

SIR ALEX FERGUSON

It had to come sooner rather than later. He achieved so much for Manchester United and one can only hope a worthy and capable successor is chosen. I must say I found his speech over the past few months somewhat impaired. Is it really just a hip operation he is having shortly?

DAVID BECKHAM

Poor old Becks, he left his I-Pod unattended in a changing room. This was accessed by others who discovered he had little taste in matters music and much else. Such views are rather subjective, but then again, he has a track record: He married Posh.