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Minister Appalled that ONS Tells Truth

March 4, 2009 Leave a comment

Government Immigration Minister, Phil Woolas said he was “appalled” at the release of figures showing one in nine British residents was born abroad.

If the figures are correct, why should he be appalled that they were released? Are we, the British public not allowed this information?

Full report on BBC News

More Family Silver Sold Off

December 20, 2008 Leave a comment

So the Government has sold off the last controlling interest in our nuclear industry to the Yanks.

I heard this on our local radio this morning (the AWE is within our county), so looked it up on the national press websites. It took a long time, but eventually, I found an also-ran headline on the BBC.

Here is the full story – well as full as the BBC wants to report, anyway.

What are the Government going to sell next to try and fil the big financial hole they have dug themselves into?

So this is the Seat of the Birth of Democracy

November 29, 2008 Leave a comment

This post is not about tools or making things, but this is a rambling thought that will not go away.

Up to now, I have held back from commenting about the news of an opposition member of Parliament being arrested for leaking information that embarrasses the Government, but I do have a couple of thoughts, so here goes.

Firstly, the MP, Damien Green, opposition spokesman on immigration, was arrested on “suspicion of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office and aiding and abetting, counselling or procuring misconduct in a public office.”

A bit of a mouthful, but the words that hit me were “aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring”.

A few days previously, a junior minion of the Government was arrested for leaking papers. So, I put two and two together and wonder if the actual “crime” that has been committed is that said MP, bribed or coerced the minion to spill the beans.

Secondly, with a hat-tip to too many other bloggers to mention, the following points came to mind:

The present Government under Gordon Brown:

  • Unelected head
  • Accuses Political Opponents of Undermining the Economy
  • Blames our wrecked economy on foreign countries
  • Plan for economic recovery is to print more money
  • Arrests opposition politicians (I don’t for one minute believe that the Prime Minister did not know what was going on).

Now, substitute Gordon Brown with Robert Mugabe, above and re-read the list. Oops!

As my reader(s) know(s), I have strong links to Africa, so this comparison means more to me than most, and I find it, to say the least, disturbing.

And it is no consolation to say to my friends in Zimbabwe and other African countries run by politicians who look to their own well-being over those of the people who employ them, “You’re not the only ones.”

Stop the World! I want to get off.

November 13, 2008 Leave a comment

A Conservative MEP is sacked after it is found that he apparently creamed off £500,000 – sacked? Why didn’t he resign when he was found out?

The EU books cannot be signed off by the auditors – again. That’s 14 years on the trot that the auditors have refused to sign the books because relevant information about OUR money is missing.

Gordon Brown sounded like a robot as he trotted out meaningless rhetoric when a perfectly reasonable question was asked about the case of Baby P (see previous post).

Kenyan MPs voted unanimously to block a finance bill that would tax their highly inflated income package.

Stop the World! I want to get off!

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On Rotten Apples

October 14, 2008 Leave a comment

I find it incredible that someone who has resigned or been forced to resign from Government office twice, can find his way back into said Government, albeit by a convenient back door that he has, in the past fought to abolish.

If we were seeing this in Mugabe’s despotic regime, or any one of the other non-democratic governments in Africa, Asia or South America, we would not be surprised. It wouldn’t make the back pages of the newspapers.

But here, in the UK?

Many people look at me askance when I say that I would prefer to live in Kenya than here. Why? At least, we expect the legislators to be money-grabbing, power-hungry and corrupt. If they are not, that is a bonus.

In the country of the Mother of Parliaments, I expect, nay, I insist upon a higher level of rule. I expect the people who tell me what to do and how to do it (if this is really necessary) to be squeaky clean. Not only squeaky clean, but to be seen to be squeaky clean – not a shadow of doubt about their squeaky cleanness. After all, that is what they expect of us, isn’t it?

I know this is a tall order. In any barrel, there will be a few rotten apples. But I expect them to be thrown out – for good. I do not expect them to be re-introduced at a later date – twice.

After all, a rotten apple only becoems more rotten with time, surely?

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Will the Last to Leave, please switch the lights out?

September 29, 2008 2 comments

Another depressing week in the UK. Banks going bust, the government in free-fall to self-destruction and taking the country with it.

I am glad that I have a bolt-hole, where, although life is hard, but there are opportunities. If something fails, it is down to the entrepreneur, not busy-bodies intent on running every aspect of your life.

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NICE – unless you happen to be ill!

September 10, 2008 Leave a comment

The Daily Mail has reported that the UK Government’s health rationing body, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is spending more on “communications” than on actually testing new drugs, their prime reason for existence.

The Mail states:

The health rationing watchdog has come under attack for spending more money on spin than on evaluating drugs which could save patients’ lives.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), which has been widely criticised for banning drugs from NHS use as too expensive, squandered £4.5million on ‘communications’ last year.

This was £1.1million more than the £3.4million the controversial organisation spent on assessing new medicines.

The money forked out on press officers, marketing executives and consultants included £25,000 on top public relations firm Weber Shandwick to defend NICE’s ban on Alzheimer’s drugs. 

It could have paid for 5,000 Alzheimer’s sufferers to get £2.50-a-day drugs for a year. Alternatively it would have funded nearly 200 patients with advanced kidney cancer to have a drug for 12 months that would double their life expectancy.

Tens of thousands of people across the country are waiting for NICE to assess drugs that could extend their lives or alleviate conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and thinning bones.

This seems  to be just another Labour Government excess. How do people who are dying because they are not allowed drugs because they are too expensive feeling now?

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