An object lesson in manifest bollocks

This actually made me laugh out loud. The comments are priceless and definitive.

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Ummm.. where to fucking start.

Okay, how about the increase in VAT to 20%, increased fiscal drag in the tax system, Theresa May’s grabs for power over all of our data and our communications via phone, internet, carrier pigeon and smoke signal? Their refusals and failures in reversing the last government’s vast expansions of state power.

What about Grayling’s egregious changes to legal aid, denying access to justice for the common man, and changes that mean an innocent defendant in a criminal case is unlikely to recover all or even any of the legal costs incurred in defending himself against our arrogant and overbearing state’s machinery?

Remember the Great Repeals Bill? Yeah. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/philipjohnston/100039561/new-governments-great-repeal-bill-can-help-repair-labours-damage-to-our-liberties/

That didn’t happen.

Historically, remember the Tories’ 1994 Criminal Justice Act, wherein they legislated on how many beats per minute your dance music can have? Yeah.

Adam Afyrie can fuck off. He’s just another one who has enough money, power and connections not to have to worry about the gross intrusions and injustices visited upon most of us by the state.

Bollocks, bollocks and thrice bollocks.

And this is the best option we have other than Miliband?

Al Qaeda? Are you there? Come on down, the price is right.

FFS

AJ

Winter blackouts ought to bury Ed Miliband

Dear The Tories,

Not that I think you deserve my advice, but here it is.

If the lights go out this winter, you should draw a line directly from that back to Ed Miliband and his Climate Change Act.

This weekend there was a huge fire at the Didcot B power station in Oxfordshire. This has had knock on consequences for the security of electricity supply for this country through the coming winter. So say experts.

Now, unfortunately, the links I originally posted on my blog are now behind various paywalls, but the head of the National Grid warned in 2008 of electricity shortages by 2015, as did the MD of nPower. In 2009, a professor of Energy policy at Oxford University chimed in, as did EOn and EDF in a article on the cover of The Economist, as OFGEM also had their say.

So it’s fair to say that the writing has been on the wall now for quite sometime, and that the coalition government has singularly failed to get to grips with the issue.

Nevertheless, the lunacy of the EU and the other-worldly meddling Ed Miliband –  “The most expensive man ever” – has lead directly to potentially catastrophic consequences.

Now, it’s all well and good for well heeled Tristans and Jocastas to wail about climate change and saving the bloody polar bear, but frankly, that all needs to be secondary to keeping the lights on.

More than keeping the lights on, in fact. Keeping the heat on, in homes where vulnerable elderly people and children live. Keeping offices and factories running so that companies who employ tens of millions of people are kept going. Keeping running the computers on which our entire national infrastructure and economy hang.

The man responsible for this perilous situation in which we find ourselves could be handed the keys to 10 Downing Street next May. This would be thanks to the broken electoral system that he has managed to fall into, with help from the quisling 5th columnist of the Lib Dems, and to postal votes which his party have unceasingly continued to exploit as easily corruptible, particularly in the hands of untouchable minority communities of which Labour are – understandably so fond.

But it would also be thanks to the Tories being such an unspeakably useless, spineless, cowardly bunch of fuckwits.

So get your shit together, Tories, or we’ll all be even more fucked than we already are.

AJ

UPDATE: The Department of Energy and Climate Change (really!) has just made its minister a hostage to fortune. Happily, that minister is the egregious and deluded socialist shitbag Ed Davey:

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UPDATE 2: I hate citing the Daily Mail, but http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/news/article-2798338/labour-leader-ed-miliband-s-pledge-freeze-energy-bills-comes-power-contributed-3bn-shortfall-investment-energy-sector.html 

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That said, when anyone refers to a ‘hate-filled rag full of lunatic opinions’ I always think of The Guardian before The Mail

NHS? Safe as 2 of the 3 little pigs’ houses….

Who knew?

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What a disgraceful shower.

I’m sure those at the coalface are (generally) doing their best, but what a crock of shit the wider organisation is.

And as for those idiots who wilfully ignore such blatant evidence as this and, before it the, Mid Staffs scandal.. well. Useful idiot is far too kind a term for that sort of person. Apparently, there’s no arguing with the ‘fact’ that this health service is the envy of the world.

Well, guess what, you blinkered twats? The world caught up, and the NHS these days would be doing well if it earned the label of ‘mid-table mediocrity’.

Burn it down, salt the earth and start again. With smaller organisational units, no unions, and with national pay bargaining replaced with performance related pay driven by clinical outcomes.

AJ

This is why we hate you all..

Ed Miliband, whose party is widely acknowledged to retain an unfair advantage in terms of Scottish MPs’ votes on English matters, refuses to countenance righting this wrong, on the basis that the Conservatives’ desire to do so is a matter of ‘narrow party advantage’.

And that, Ed, is why I would like to see you, and every single one of your political compatriots, tied to a lamppost in Parliament square and bum-raped by a rabid rhinoceros.

AJ

Police…

Sussex Police: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-29282731

Greater Manchester Police: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/police-officer-arrested-work-over-7790069 

Greater Manchester Police – again and far more seriously: http://www.itv.com/news/2014-10-14/itv-news-investigation-finds-hundreds-of-child-abusers-walking-free-in-manchester-due-to-police-failings/

South Yorkshire Police: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/aug/28/rotherham-abuse-scandal-south-yorkshire-police-tough-questions

Cambridgeshire Police are just 2 of the 100 police in this FBI list: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-139434/More-100-police-suspicion-paedophilia-crackdown.html

Wiltshire Police (23/09/2014): http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/11474771.Top_cop_probed_in_alleged_cover_up/?ref=twtrec 

Merseyside Police (23/09/2014): http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/merseyside-police-officer-charged-sexual-7762271 

I’m sure there are other examples from all around the UK of police either covering for child abusers, or being actual child abusers. As they turn up, I’ll update this post.

If you trust them, if you want them to have more powers – or even keep the powers they have – you’re probably protecting those who enable children’s lives to be ruined in the most heinous way possible.

Think on.

AJ

Scottish independence… vote nyeai

Are you sick to death of the ‘debate’ over Scottish independence? Me too.

The arguments for and against Scottish independence have been exercised to death over recent months, and the culmination of all this will be done and dusted this time next week.

I wrapped the word ‘debate’ is quotes above because it’s not really been a debate, has it? It’s been like watching a wise but oh so dowdy father trying to reason with a fat, spoiled, recalcitrant child – a child of an age prior to self-awareness and an understanding of the concept of consequences – to whom everything is not fair.

Well, if I may put words in the mouth of the dowdy father, “you’re damned right it’s not fair, Jimmy. I work like a Trojan to keep you in sweeties. I arrange my affairs to accommodate you and I allow you a say in decisions about my life.  Time after time, I put you first,  but what thanks do I get for it?”

So when Jimmy says, “I’m leaving home. You’re a tyrant abroad in my life”, dowdy dad – if he had a spine – would say, “fine, son. Take care, now. I’ll look back fondly on these 300 years you’ve been living out my pocket without a word of thanks. Be sure to write, now.”

There’s much I find like about Scotland. The city of Edinburgh, if not the people. The people of Glasgow, if not the city. The countryside, if not the towns. The drinks if not the food. The musicians, writers and comedians, if not the politicians, churchmen and benzo-addled dole monkeys.

There are only two reasons I’ve ever wanted Scotland to be granted what may or may not yet turn out to be its wish:

  • The West Lothian question. This is the one where – as a result of Labour’s devolution kludge – Scottish MPs can vote in Parliament about English matters, even though these very same matters are, for Scotland, devolved to Holyrood. Closely related to this is the significant likelihood of these Scottish MPs being left-wingers, who love to dip their jammy hands into other people’s pockets.
  • The Barnett formula. This is the one where English tax-payers significantly subsidise Scotland, shielding modern Scotland from the consequences of its propensity for ‘poor me’ welfarism.

In spite of any of my past bluster, I had never actually wanted to lose Scotland as part of Britain – after all, why throw the baby out with the bathwater?

There had always been the possibility of fixing the above two problems without such disruptive, costly and extreme measures as Scottish independence.

But all that changed last week, when Gordon Brown – of all fucking people – emerged from his crypt to announce that in the event of a no vote this week, Scotland would be given pretty much everything it wants in terms of devolution, irrespective of what that means for the rest of the UK.

Somehow, the syphilitic cyclops has managed to secure an agreement from panicking cowards Cameron, Clegg and Miliband that his plan would be implemented with haste by whichever of them happen to be in power now and after the 2015 general election.

So, without a by your leave, all of the main political parties have agreed to give Scotland whatever it wants and fuck the English in the eye-socket with a skean dhu.

No mention of stopping the subsidy of benefit-addicted Scots by the more industrious English (specifically those of south & east England). No mention of keeping Scottish political noses out of English parliamentary affairs.

Without any democratic say so whatsoever, the Scots will get the lot and any hope of a just settlement for the English is now down the crapper.

So for me there is now no dilemma at all.

Vote yes & away tae fuck, the lot of you.

AJ

Update: The ‘Vow’ from the LIBLABCON mob, and the potential backlash from English MPs about the pledge to keep the Barnett formula unchanged.

Update 2: Apparently, I’m not the only one unhappy about Brown + LIBLABCON’s stich up of the English… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scottish-independence/11098825/David-Cameron-faces-Tory-bloodbath-over-unfair-cash-for-Scotland.html

Update 3: Bwahahahahaaaaa http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/scottish-independence/11100400/My-funding-formula-for-Scotland-is-a-terrible-mistake-Lord-Barnett-admits.html

Best of breeders

I know. I know. I know that the Daily Telegraph comment pages are just a masterclass in trolling.

I try to resist, but with this, they’ve gone too far.

Janet Daley came up with a whole premise that makes me want to eviscerate my fellow man.

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Apparently, Cameron is out to win over the votes of ‘hard-working families’. Whatever his futile ruse is, it’s not adequate for Janet Daley.

She is unequivocal about her answer to the challenge:

he does not address the most prevalent form of anxiety and distress that bedevils a majority of families (and not just those who are "troubled" in the sociological sense): the strain caused by worries about money. Given that this is a problem which could be directly remediable by government – in the form of tax relief for people raising children – it seems distinctly odd that he should fail to mention it.

Tax relief for people raising children. That’s right.

She thinks that people who make the choice to have children should have to pay less tax than people who do not have children.

That’s right. The people who consume school places, place extra burden on medical services, produce extra waste for landfill (disposable nappy mountains anyone?), and demand clean, safe public parks for their children to play in, want to pay less tax than those people who don’t use schools, make scant use of the NHS, produce far less waste (refuse, water, sewage) and have no need of childrens’ playgrounds.

All of these things that children consume cost money. The state provides those funds out of various pots of tax revenue.

Even if those who procreate pay the same in tax as those who don’t, those with children are being subsidised. They pay no extra taxes at any level to fund the services that they require and the child-free do not require. If one adds a tax break for the fecund, those who can’t or won’t breed are being baldly penalised for their  circumstances or choices.

Bringing up children is hard, they say. It’s expensive and tiring.

I know all of this – that’s why I don’t have any children. I made the choice on the basis raising kids places burdens that I have no appetite for.

I’ll have to live with the consequences of my decisions when I’m old and there’s no-one to look after me, they say.

As if.

As if having kids is a guarantee of support in your dotage (it’s not even a guarantee they won’t push you down the stairs so they can have your house).

As if these parents who demand tax breaks are even bearing the consequences of their decisions now, let alone in 40 years time.

Despite not wanting children, it doesn’t mean I’m uncaring or unwilling to accept any undertakings. I have 3 cats and a horse.

The cats cost nearly £2000 a year to feed, plus vet’s bills etc, making nearly £2500 a year.

Keeping a horse is even more expensive. If I want to do everything myself, then I can expect to spend upwards of £5000 a year. If I require any assistance, i can expect that cost to double.

It’s hard. I wanna hand-out. Wah Wah Wah.

No. I don’t. I made considered decisions and now I’m prepared to live with them. Which is as it should be.

In economics, there’s the concept of externalisation. The industrial polluter who saves money on clean technology and emits fumes that are other people’s problem and not the industrialist’s is externalising the cost of his activities. You may of heard the exhortation to “Make the Polluter Pay”.

This means that the externalities must be eliminated and those responsible for producing things that pollute or consume common resources must bear the cost of their activities.

I see no reason why the exact same principle should not apply to having children.

In short, if you want to pollute the world with your offspring, you have to pay for the consequences, and not expect those of us who have made more prudent choices to pick up the tab.

AJ

Update:  This just in from the Daily Mash.

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