I am not a political pundit. I am just an ordinary person who keeps an eye on what is going on in Westminster, and what the PM and his gang are doing.
So, last week, two former cabinet ministers mounted a coup to try to oust James Gordon brown from the office of Prime Minister, but had so little open support that they ended up with egg on their faces.
The dust hadn’t even settled when a former General Secretary of the Labour party, Peter Watts published his autobiography, which is serialised in a major Sunday newspaper, and what is being divulged is shocking. If it can be believed, not only is the PM not well loved by the electorate, but he is disliked by the people he works with, his Government!
But Gordon has issued a statement to say that he is determined to remain in office, and if labour win the election later this year, he will serve another full term as Prime Minister.
Power for the sake of power, or does he still believe that he is the saviour of the country and the world?
I am not a “warmist”, but then nor am I a sceptic. My comments are made on the back of reports I have read, some only half-remembered, but these are my views, not in the least scientific!
I have read a lot over the last couple of years and it strikes me that when anyone announces that global warming is accelerating it makes headlines, especially on the BBC (radio, TV and website).
However, when someone proclaims that overall mean temperatures have not risen since 1998 or whenever, this is consigned to a small link on the website and is not broadcast.
To me, this looks like biased reporting in favour of those who are pushing for action to prevent global warming.
I read somewhere that polar bears were declining “because of global warming”, then a report from one of the foremost experts on polar bear populations stating that one polar bear community was declining, two were increasing and the rest were stable – don’t quote these figures, I am typing from memory as the article has been lost.
So, who do I believe? None of them.
Yes, I believe we are ruining the planet. We are using non-renewable resources far too quickly. We are cutting down the “lungs” of the planet, the forests, which affects carbon dioxide absorption, which in turn may – and I say may – affect weather, which, as far as I can see, is not a good thing.
But, this almost hysterical screaming from some warmists is turning me away from the argument for global warming.
Another problem is that our (the UK’s) present government is pushing the argument for global warming and frankly, after suffering 12years of their rule, I don’t believe anything they say, especially as they are trying to tax us out of existence on the back of the argument.
Yes, I believe that the climate is changing. We have had a run of poor summers in the UK. But climate change happens; it is cyclic. It is not so long ago that Europe was covered in a thick sheet of ice. And before that, it had a sub-tropical climate.
Now we are told the climate is not following the predictions of the computer models. Why not? are the computer models faulty? Or were they just created to reflect what the warmists wanted them to?
It beggars belief! John Prescott, the biggest mangler of the English language ever to set foot in Parliament, is to be appointed as guest professor at Xiamen University in China, where he will give lectures on climate change – this from a man who ran two Jaguar cars when he was a minister.
And, just how will he get to China to deliver his lectures? I would assume that he will use an aricraft, those that the greenies will have us believe are akin to the Devil’s own work.
Of course, the other problem is that that there will be simultaneous translation so that the students actually understand what he is talking about. That will be a first. No one in the UK has yet managed that one.
Good luck, Chinese students.
After his resignation from the cabinet, James Purnell stated that he had lost faith in Gordon Brown as leader six months ago, and had been considering resigning since December (2008).
However, Home Secetary Alan Johnson sprang to the PM’s defence stating that Brown was the “best man for the job”.
He further stated that Mr. Brown had many, many talents and it was a tragedy that voters did not se them.
Well, here’s a suggestion for Mr. Johnson. If Gordon Brown has many, many talents (and as a voter, I have to confess that I can’t see them), how about pointing them out to us, the voters?
I would guess that he would be hard-pressed.
It has been announced ahead of Wednesday’s fudge it budget that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling will be making a saving of £15,000,000,000 over the next couple of years, by making Whitehall more efficient.
Presumably, this means cutting back on the number of civil servants presently “employed” by the various Government departments, something that the general public has been calling for for years.
But, if the civil service is trimmed, this would presumably mean sacking a lot of workers, rather than just shunting them around from one department to another, as has been done in the past.
So, these workers will expect redundancy pay. And they will expect unemployment benefit.
Lord Digby Jones said of the Civil Service, “Frankly the job could be done with half as many, it could be more productive, more efficient, it could deliver a lot more value for money for the taxpayer. I was amazed, quite frankly, at how many people deserved the sack and yet that was the one threat that they never ever worked under, because it doesn’t exist.”
This week’s budget is going to have to be a corker. It has to take the pressure off the Prime Minister, after weeks of criticism from many quarters regarding sleaze, corruption, police brutality, MPs’ expenses, opinion poll ratings, etc.
Uncle Bob Mugabe must be looking over his shoulder, wondering who that is just behind him in the race for sleaze-ball of the century!
But then, does it really matter what Darling says? After June 2010, there will probably be a new government in power, who, with a bit of luck, may have some ideas about how to run this country.
And pigs might fly.
After allegations of misuse of expenses allowances, the arrest and eventual release of an opposition legislator (because there was no case to answer), smear campaigns against opposition leaders, we now hear that there is an allegation of ballot box rigging, where a ballot box has been found, tampered with and with the ballot papers inside it torn up.
Where is all this? Zimbabwe? South America? Somewhere in Asia?
Nope, the UK.
Tuesday 20 January 2009
The day that the Internet slowed to its slowest, the day that the Google Blog service was not available, the day that Twitter was so busy, it couldn’t cope …
I am guessing that all this is caused by an awful lot of people using the Internet an awful lot more because of the Inauguration of Barak Obama.
Oh well, I suppose Pres. Obama cannot be blamed. However, I do think that, with his country in an economic mess, together with the rest of the world, he could have cut back a little on the celebrations.
I wonder how much this presidential election has cost in total?
I hope it proves to have been worth it.