October 31, 2004
A MASSIVE slump in support for Europe's single market among international business leaders will be revealed in a new poll this week. Highlighting their mounting concern, an overwhelming 63% of top executives surveyed agreed that over-regulation was destroying European competitiveness.
The findings will deal another blow to supporters of the European Constitution which was formally signed by European Union (EU) leaders in Rome on Friday. The poll, due to be published this week by Chatham House, a London-based think-tank, was taken among business leaders in the UK, Europe, the US and Japan.
In the past, executives from global businesses have been the most enthusiastic and unconditional supporters of the EU, which makes the results of this poll especially striking.
October 30, 2004
Pigs strike back
...the situation worldwide hints at a wider porcine motive: though national intelligence agencies are reluctant to confront the fact, it is plain that wild boar are waging a guerrilla war against golf.
Incensed by the insidious spread of the game and the way it distributes its fussy playing areas over the surface of the planet like a seaside landlady depositing doilies about the parlour before the arrival of a coach-party of priests, the pigs are striking back. It is like Hitchcock's The Birds, only smellier and with brighter coloured knitwear.....
England, what England?
The CEP brings to our attention how Nick Raynsford explains the position of nuLabour on England and English home rule:..
" the position is different in Scotland because Scotland is a nation in its own right and similarly Wales".
Silly me, England isn't a country but a collection of regions! Bastards, double bastards, they must be stopped....
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A worthwhile cause!
Advice for Americans
It is a while since I referenced Kipling - I was reminded to do so again by John. But with the news from America being dominated by the burden of Iraq it is worth reading again his advice written to encourage the U.S. in 1899 to intervene in the Philippines.
(And don't be silly and run around crying "racist" and "sexist" because he uses the word's "White Man" - it is just a dated phrase.)
Take up the White Man's burden--
The savage wars of peace--
Take up the White Man's burden--
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better,
The hate of those ye guard--
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light:--
"Why brought he us from bondage,
Our loved Egyptian night?"
Read it all...
Take up the White Man's burden--
Send forth the best ye breed--
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives' need;
To wait in heavy harness,
On fluttered folk and wild--
Your new-caught, sullen peoples,
Half-devil and half-child.
Take up the White Man's burden--
In patience to abide,
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred times made plain
To seek another's profit,
And work another's gain.
Take up the White Man's burden--
The savage wars of peace--
Fill full the mouth of Famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hopes to nought.
Take up the White Man's burden--
No tawdry rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper--
The tale of common things.
The ports ye shall not enter,
The roads ye shall not tread,
Go mark them with your living,
And mark them with your dead.
Take up the White Man's burden--
And reap his old reward:
The blame of those ye better,
The hate of those ye guard--
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah, slowly!) toward the light:--
"Why brought he us from bondage,
Our loved Egyptian night?"
Take up the White Man's burden--
Ye dare not stoop to less--
Nor call too loud on Freedom
To cloke your weariness;
By all ye cry or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent, sullen peoples
Shall weigh your gods and you.
Take up the White Man's burden--
Have done with childish days--
The lightly proferred laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years
Cold, edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgment of your peers!
"The government's big boost to public spending is now showing results," said Mr Barber.
"Public services are improving but looking for simple savings through job cuts at this stage could be a false economy.
There are 520,000 civil servants...
Well if the cuts that are proposed won't bring about economy then they aren't cutting deep enough - sack another couple of hundred thousand for starters!
Traitors at the Gate
Ex-Labour leader Neil Kinnock and former Hong Kong governor Chris Patten are to be made life peers.
The only award they both deserve is a length of hempen rope and tall tree..Are there still spikes on the Palace of Westminster where Traitor's heads can be displayed?
October 29, 2004
Easy to Spot...
With over 500,000 deer/auto collisions every year, the cost in lives and money is staggering.
While insurers pay over a billion dollars in claims annually, over 200 people are killed. Countless other drivers and passengers suffer injuries and other serious medical complications.
By implanting the gene of a special jellyfish into deer, the transgenic NIGHTSAVE deer produced by GENETIATE (patent pending) have fluorescing hair and skin when illuminated by car headlights. The implanted gene has no other effect on the deer, who appear normal in daylight.
The NIGHTSAVE project aims to reduce the number of night time deer/auto collisions, saving the lives of both deer and people.
TO VIEW A SIMULATED COMPARISON BETWEEN NORMAL AND NIGHTSAVE DEER, CLICK HERE
:) It is too easy....
Friday Night Fun
He is drinking is some fancy wine bar tonight so it will be a quiet night at the beer and sawdust local - and they are the dangerous ones....
Time to switch?
The Times newspaper will be printed in tabloid form only from Monday after more than 200 years as a broadsheet, it has been announced.
I might have to reconsider my subscription - the whole point of a bloody paper on the breakfast table is to hide behind it so the caterwauling monstrous regiment of women can fight over the muesli whilst I try and sip my PG Tips in peace. If the Times is going to be some sodding Daily Mail lookalike I will have to investigate the other papers that come in a proper size - I have never taken the Torygraph as I'm not that sort - I'm not sure if the Independent still exists as a paper - has anyone seen one anywhere? And that leaves the Guardian - the attack geese are already terrifying the postlady and the dogs try and eat the paperman anyway - and being sound animals they would rip the throat out of anyone bringing that rag up the drive, so that isn't an option. Any suggestions?
HEALTH QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION
Q: I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life. Is this
A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it... don't
waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up
your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can
extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer?
Take a nap.
Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay
and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more
than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system.
Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass
(green leafy vegetable). and a pork chop can give you 100% of your
recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine,
that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even
more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms
Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have a body and you have body fat, your ratio is one
to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.
Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular
A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No
Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!!!. Foods are fried these days in vegetable
oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more
vegetables be bad for you?
Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the
A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You
should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.
Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: Are you crazy? HELLO ...... Cocoa beans ... another vegetable!!!
It's the best feel-good food around!
Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.
Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! 'Round' is a shape!
Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had
about food and diets and remember,
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of
arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather
to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - strawberries in the
other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming - WOO
HOO! What a Ride!"
They can run but they can't hide
There have been dozens of demonstrations taking place around the country, and several ministers have been run to ground as they attempt avoid clashes with protesters. Here are some of the highlights....
I think it is cruel that the hunters chase these poor defenceless animals and make them hide in their holes and prevent them enjoy running round the country. The whole of rural Britain is a no-go zone for nuLabour ministers and increasingly the hunters are invading the towns...What joy.
Hat tip The England Project
October 28, 2004
I must be dreaming...
attempting escape: Some sense over self-defence brings this story to mya attention -
A 73-year-old farmer who shot a burglar after being broken into three times "could not be criticised" for the way he defended his property, a judge said yesterday.
Judge Andrew Hamilton, sentencing the burglar to seven years in jail for a string of similar crimes, said it was "a pity" that prosecutors had even thought of bringing charges of assault against the farmer, Kenneth Faulkner.
Bloody Hell - what is going on? I can't believe it, so I think I will slip the cork out of something dry and white and drink to a Judge who talks sense.....
Booze, Bloggers and very very important discussions in a serious atmosphere
I thought it was just me a nd a few other select people going along but the nice people at the ASI are inviting all sorts of rif raf as well, so come along, and I'll be looking to get very very drunk later on - anyone up for it?
The Adam Smith Institute is hosting an evening seminar on
Democracy and the Blogosphere
with Stephen Pollard, New Labour journalist and broadcaster
William Heath, Chairman of Kable (publishers of Government Computing)
Perry de Havilland, Chief Editor of Samizdata.net and Partner of the Big Blog Company
and Sandy Starr, Spiked Online
on Tuesday 16 November 2004 at 6:15pm for 6:30pm
at the Institute’s offices at 23 Great Smith Street, London SW1
Dress: jacket and tie
If you would like to attend, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org in order to get a place. We have limited space, so it's important to book. The event will be followed by a champagne reception. Click here for a map.
Here's the blurb...
Much hype surrounds the internet's self-publishing phenomenon known as blogging. Many claim that the blogosphere - the community of millions of blogs - is the key to reinvigorating the political process. Some believe that, using blogs, politicians will better serve their constituents, the disaffected will become involved in politics, and public confidence in the ability of government to solve society's problems will skyrocket.
There are also those who fiercely believe that, if only MPs would all start blogging, public debate would be dramatically revitalised. Is this wishful thinking in the age of spin doctors and party whips? Would more conversation with the public encourage our MPs to follow better policies, or lead to governance by opinion poll?
Does the blogosphere really strengthen the political progress, or is it more anti-Establishment than the Establishment would like to believe? Should the unprecedented ability of citizens to spread criticism of the state, its actions and its employees be cause for governmental alarm? Can our political process withstand such scrutiny? And is the blogosphere the big, equality-driving democracy so many claim that it is, or is it really a meritocracy, where the most interesting, compelling, and worthwhile ideas rise to the top?
October 27, 2004
No Yolk campaign
A council has waged war on mischievous Halloween youngsters by banning children from buying eggs, it emerged today.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has joined forces with several major stores to stop youngsters buying eggs for "trick or treating".
The supermarkets have also agreed not to sell flour, firelighters or matches to anyone under 16 during the 10-day ban.
October 26, 2004
BBC bush bashing impartiality
I notice the BBC is leading with:
BBC NEWS | Programmes | Newsnight | New Florida vote scandal feared
A secret document obtained from inside Bush campaign headquarters in Florida suggests a plan - possibly in violation of US law - to disrupt voting in the state's African-American voting districts, a BBC Newsnight investigation reveals.
By Greg Palast
Reporting for BBC's Newsnight
Not a reporters name I recognised so I followed the link to his site:
The Greg Palast where being a good little capitalist he sells stuff - top seller is:
The Joker's Wild: Dubya's Trick Deck by GREG PALAST
an EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL OFFER
Make a small donation of $25 or more to the Palast Investigative Fund and get a personally signed deck of these unique cards.
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I think you get the picture without needing to go throught the rest of the stuff.....Still I'm sure he is impartial when he is "Reporting for BBC's Newsnight" after all we know "who's on our side".
H&S bastards Part 2
A traditional shower of poppies planned for a Remembrance Day service in Sandwell has had to be scrapped because of Health and Safety regulations.
In previous years thousands of paper poppy petals have been released during the minute's silence at the packed event in West Bromwich town hall.
But the emotional tribute which has been part of the annual service since before the Second World War has now been banned.
Fire inspectors who visited the venue in the town High Street said the practice breached health and safety regulations. They believe the paper poppy petals would be a fire hazard.
But Sandwell Council today vowed to raise the matter with the West Midlands Fire Service as a matter of urgency.
Councillor Keith Davies, cabinet member for community, today criticised the decision and accused "jobsworths" of ruining the event.
He said: "I'm absolutely furious about this and I shall be looking into this myself personally. We have to remember why we are doing this. We're doing this to mark the sacrifice of thousands of servicemen and women.
"For some jobsworth to come along and decide this is not on."
No comment needed
H&S nutters Part 1
A traditional bonfire built by firefighters and situated next to a fire station has been scrapped because it could breach health and safety regulations. The Guy Fawkes celebration in Coleshill, Warwickshire, fell foul of new legislation that requires public bonfires to be cordoned off and monitored 24 hours a day.
Of course Firefighters don't know as much as a spotty H&S official straight from school...
Stabbing them in the back
THE Black Watch yesterday began the move north towards Baghdad that will take them into one of the most dangerous areas of Iraq, uncertain of whether those who make it home will still have a regiment to call their own.
For the soldiers who have been asked to take on the insurgents in the notorious Sunni Triangle, the only certainty is that they face a torrid couple of months. After that, thanks to the government's plans to cut the size of the army and create one Scottish super regiment, their future is up in the air.
And yesterday Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, could only add to the misery of the Scottish regiments by offering vague assurances that a final decision had not been taken on their future, then apparently backtracking for all he was worth.
Typical Tony - if he told me it was raining I wouldn't bother with an umbrella - as a regiment goes into harms way and shows the importance of the Regimental spirit Nulabour proposes to destroy all that in the spirit of modernisation - they don't even wait for the action to end before betraying them.
October 25, 2004
EU economy reform " a big failure" - Prodi
The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler points out:
The head of the European Commission smells the coffee and gets only a whiff of rotting socialist cheese, leading him to call the EU an economic failure. This of course won't surprise anyone who doesn't go through life with their nose buried in a dog-eared copy of "Das Kapital" as they cash each month's allotted pay coupon as a non-working worker bee in a nanny-state taxpayer-subsidized Euro-socialist pretend economy....
October 24, 2004
or is it from Finland? Anyway the best and funniest gory training film I have ever seen...Click
Happy Birthdy to being online
Sun Oct 24 16:58:12 1993 - when I signed on to my email address the first time - I imagine I must have back from the pub after a good sunday lunchtime and eventully got that modem to work.. it has all been downhill from there.
An Englishman's day out
Some people are worried that Kim du Toit has disappeared so may I reassure them he is alive and well - Mr Free Market and myself had a mini Blogger Bash of our own with the Du Toits, some Poppadums and some refeshments in London on Saturday night. The canned music playing far too loud in a speaker above our heads nearly got the Full Kim treatment..
Surprisingly chipper today after staying over night in The Farmers Club and enjoying the Best Breakfast in London - The Farmers Club, you will recall, is where Fisher and Harris met to do the deal that set up the IEA, without which much of recent history would have been very different.
October 23, 2004
According to The Times:
LARD may be unfashionable but there is a national shortage which is threatening supplies of Christmas cakes and mince pies.
Even Yorkshire pudding could be missing from this weekend’s Sunday roast.
Many supermarkets have been out of lard for the past two weeks and traditional pastry cooks have had to scour corner shops for a pack.
There has probably never been such a rush for lard since wartime rationing or the austerity years of the 1950s.
And it is all the fault of those eastern Europeans buying up all our fat pigs - and here is an example from further east of their love it:
Ukrainians celebrated their love of pork fat at the weekend by consuming a giant sandwich filled with 40 kilos of the "delicacy" called salo.
Deep in the trough
The Prime Minister, who sold a property in Islington and whose family is now accommodated in Downing Street,
The article forgets the prime minister’s official country residence, Chequers, which occupies 1,250-acres of prime land in leafy Buckinghamshire. The 16th-century house, once valued at £8 million, boasts a large array of luxury facilities. The swimming pool, mothballed by Thatcher for being too costly to heat, is open for business again. The annual wage bill for staff comes to around £300,000.
...a housing allowance claim of £43,000 over three years - approved by the Commons authorities - has been spent on his Sedgefield home. Since moving into Downing Street, Mr Blair has acquired two properties in Bristol..
one bought because the Rozzers would have to rent it to provide protection to the BlairBrat and so would pay throught the nose..
.and more recently a £3.5 million property in London's Connaught Square...
work out the mortgage on that and it is more than he is paid..
No reasonable person would deny the Prime Minister anything less than a full reward for what is the most punishing and demanding of jobs. But in addition to the government house in which he lives for free, does he really need the taxpayer to help him out on one of the four his family now owns?
October 22, 2004
Essential Kit for An Englishman
As Mr FM points out certain items of clothing are essential:
So please excuse me if bring the following to your attention - if, dear reader you do not possess one of these it is requested that you remedy the situation.
eBay item 8140548977 (Ends 27-Oct-04 20:22:01 BST) - Cordings Covert Coat - from an English Aristocrat
This lot is superb Cording Covert Coat by Cordings of Piccadilly. It is a 42in Chest. The Jacket has very little wear. One button is broken but other wise for a thirty year old (probably) coat it is wonderful condition.
Cordings http://www.cordings.co.uk/ originated the Covert Coat - a new one would cost £425 - in the middle of the Nineteenth century and they have been the correct attire since for gentlemen from the Shires to the Dog tracks.
Without a doubt this is the finest traditional English tailoring which would do you credit in the sporting field or on the street - No English Gentleman would ever like to appear in new clothes on a shoot - and you can be confident that it is "fit for a Lord". - Will ship overseas....
I gather David Blunkett's recent worries about our degenerate culture stem from his birthday back in June. Someone gave him a cheese grater - he said it was the most violent book he had ever read....
Iran war started
An Englishman's Castle: Iranian Race is getting a lot of comments at the moment with Sunnis and Persians etc shouting at each other - I'm strapping on the old helmet and keeping a low profile.
A modern romance
Film rights available...
Many thanks for the kind messages - the operation was postponed - more blood tests needed and also emergency cases took up theatre time. Kids wards are depressing places.
More than 1,000 market towns throughout Britain face an uncertain future due to a shift in modern lifestyles, new research claims.
It found more people were prepared to use out-of-town shops or the internet, leaving local traders out of pocket.
Well it has been going on for a long time - so what do the local council do to encourage people to use the town centre? let us take Devizes as an example which has a large central marketplace were free parking for shopping always has been the norm. So to "make it better for people to use" Kennet council reduces the number of free spaces, suggesting people are happy to walk half a mile down a narrow sloping street to an other car park. And they want to introduce parking charges, not to manage the parking problem or provide revenue to go towards the upkeep of the car park. No "consultants" have shown the way for the Council to make up the "revenue shortfall" is to issue more penalty tickets. Yes penalty tickets, they are introducing a bye-law purely so they can raise money by fining people who break it. And they wonder why people don't go there..
Below is the local rag's story - as they lose it from the web after a week.
A DEVIZES councillor is appealing to colleagues on Kennet District Council to resist pressure to introduce "decriminalised" parking in the district.
Jeff Ody, the member for Devizes South, says that parking attendants will be under pressure to maximise the revenue from fines to cover the enormous cost of introducing the scheme.
Decriminalised parking means that offenders will not be pursued through the magistrates' courts as part of the criminal justice system, but fines will be enforced through the county courts as civil debt. Local councils will hold onto the fines imposed, rather than central government.
But the cost of bringing in the new system would put a financial strain on Kennet District Council. Government grants would be available for some of the £269,000 start up costs but not for the estimated £210,000 running costs in future years.
A report to the county council by consultants RTA Associates, seen by Kennet councillors in May, showed a healthy surplus to Kennet every year, but only if there were 9,830 penalty charge tickets issued. Currently Kennet issues about 4,000 a year.
Coun Ody said: "One of the greatest assets of our towns is the relaxed, friendly and non-confrontational relationship between motorists and parking wardens.
"If we move to decriminalised parking, a high-pressure regime of impersonal penalty enforcement will be introduced, for revenue and commercial reasons, which will destroy the amiable mood which we now enjoy in our streets."
A spokesman said that Wiltshire County Council is hoping to apply for decriminalising parking by the end of the year and to have a scheme in place by 2006. But the county would only proceed if the district councils agreed.
October 21, 2004
Civitas has started a blog. The reasoned argument - not a mad rant like me...
October 20, 2004
My bloated subsidy cheque arrived this morning so it was straight down to the Wiltshire Shooting Centre to bag the Lee Metford .22 training rifle and order another gun as well (subject to being granted the variation on my Licence). Assuming Plod doesn't object then I will be ready for Boers next week - expect pictures (if I get the other one as well you will be let in on it as well.)
Then took the boy to Frenchay hospital - it stinks of disinfectant and the cleaners were busy everywhere, a lot of confidence in them. Op tomorrow so I will be away from the blog fabricator.
Death Stats in the USA
Firearm Homicide 3.72/100000
Abortion 1000/100000 (Based on 2000/100000 women)
October 19, 2004
The IEA is asking very nicely for my annual dab in their hand - but the Englishman's wallet is feeling the pinch at the moment and Mr Du Toit and Mr Free Market have both been with me to the Gun Shop and suggest an addition to the gun cupboard is in order.
What to do? - do I support World Peace, Prosperity and Freedom or do I support Personal Peace, Pauperdom and Freedom.
Dear Reader - it's you call.
Ceterum censeo Consilium Europaeum esse delendam
Bring me my bow of burning gold
Bring me my arrows of desire
Bring me my spear: o clouds unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire.
I will not cease from mental fight
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Hat tip Tim Worstall and L'Ombre de l'Olivier
A likely story
All pigs fuelled and ready for take off....
BAN IT BAN IT BAN IT
Firms should be banned from cold calling door-to-door the Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has said.
Of course most of the cold callers are slime bags and extortionists but the same could be said about politicians - when I built a business by cold calling of course I was different. But it just shows the mindset of our rulers that the knee-jerk reaction is to ban it - a $2.4 billion business at least that has existed since Ugg popped his head into the next door cave and said "I have got this round bit of rock with a hole in it, they are the up and coming thing, would suit sir very nicely as a garden feature".
The civil servants won't be happy until we are all shopping at an old style Gosudarstvennyi Universal'nyi Magazin with our government controlled list of good things and bad things to buy.
October 18, 2004
Welcome to the NHS
A mother has said her 16-year-old son waited two hours for an ambulance to take him 300 yards to intensive care.
Jackie Gallimore said three ambulances were outside A&E at University Hospital of North Staffordshire but none could be used to pick up Luke.
Luke, who had leukaemia, slipped into a coma as he waited to be transferred from a ward and never recovered.
One hour after the first call for an ambulance, Dr Keiron Lennon asks ambulance controllers why Luke had still not been moved.
An ambulance control supervisor then came on the line and told the doctor: "It's politics and it's not fair on your patients but I'm going to speak very strongly to the bed manager. I'm sure she can get one of those cleared."
"going to speak very strongly" - I bet that sorted it out - a 16 year old dies and they wring their hands in sorrow but change nothing.
My 16 year old boy is going into an NHS hospital for a serious operation this week, wish him luck.
Last week G2 launched Operation Clark County to help readers have a say in the American election by writing to undecided voters in the crucial state of Ohio. In the first three days, more than 11,000 people requested addresses. Here is some of the reaction to the project that we received from the US
Just go and read them, after putting your drink down....
Have you not noticed that Americans don't give two shits what Europeans think of us? Each email someone gets from some arrogant Brit telling us why to NOT vote for George Bush is going to backfire, you stupid, yellow-toothed pansies ... I don't give a rat's ass if our election is going to have an effect on your worthless little life. I really don't. If you want to have a meaningful election in your crappy little island full of shitty food and yellow teeth, then maybe you should try not to sell your sovereignty out to Brussels and Berlin, dipshit. Oh, yeah - and brush your goddamned teeth, you filthy animals.
Wading River, NY
Hat tip to The Burnt Pig
it seems as if the British Army is to be provided with second-rate equipment chosen, in part to rescue the troubled Eurofighter project, at a cost that does no favours to the British taxpayer. And, as we have observed before, despite the political implications, not a squeak of protest from the mainstream media.
Leave it to us - we are professionals.
BBC NEWS | Health | Warning on internet health advice
..seemed to boost medical knowledge, but, if anything, have a negative effect on the users' health...users may become so steeped in information that they make treatment choices on their own, contradicting advice from their doctors....The researchers say more work is needed to fully understand...researchers "worry that the friends you make on computer are not right sort of friends, won't be there for you and may not be good for your social well being."..Further, well-informed health consumers may not, as expected, drive down the use of health care but may increase it by demanding specific and possibly more costly treatments.
In other words - doctors don't like punters who know anything and want to take some control of their own problems, life is much easier if you can fob them off with "the usual" instead of them asking awkward questions.
I plead completely guilty - when one of the Englishettes went down with chronic eczema the GP and consultant were sympathetic but not that helpful. We worked out our own routines from Internet (and other) advice and the eczema has 99% gone. And, yes, we demanded new, modern expensive drugs that the doctor hadn't offered..(Topical immunosuppressants such as tacrolimus (Protopic) and pimecrolimus (Elidel) - out of interest our ezcema routine is below)
Our Eczema routine..
1) All eczemas are different - what works for me might not work for you - just read all the advice and experiment and go with what works. I'm not a Doctor - this is just what worked for me.
2) There is no cause and there is no cure - it is all about management.
3) Check nothing is causing irritation - woolly clothes, cats etc.
4) Buy sleep clothes with built-on mittens - you must stop itching. www.healthy-house.co.uk is one example of suppliers.
5) The problem is that the skin has lost the ability to hold in moisture - you have reverse that.
6) It is also susceptible to infection - so be prepared to use antibiotics as much as necessary - but they also inflame so don't use them as routine.
7) Morning and night give a flannel bath with a cool oily water (Avena oil in water worked). When you can give a bath with the same.
8) While still damp cover in grease to keep that moisture in - we tried lots, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly is still a handy mainstay.
9) Moisturise twice as much as you think you need to - Vaseline Intensive Care range worked best for us.
10) Hit outbreaks hard with Elidel and or hydrocoritisone - we used to swap between the two every couple of weeks (Elidel is great but we just had a gut feel that is helped to change occasionally.) By the time the patch is really visible the damage is done - learn to spot them as they start deep in the skin and stop them then.
11) You are in this for the long haul - months maybe years - but you will get through it and it will get better. keep trying new things and trust your judgement as to what works - be prepared for it not to get better in the short term but don't resign yourself to victim status. And remember ezxema comes and goes, so just because you tried pointing the bed to the sunrise and it cleared up doesn't mean you have discovered "the cure". Good Luck.
October 17, 2004
Totnes - just say No
A DEVON town has decided not to mark next year's 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar - because it might offend the French.
Totnes councillors feared commemorating Nelson's victory over the French and Spanish could upset their twin town in France.
Sorry if you came here looking for a "Hot Chick Webcam"
No 1 on Google Search for hot chick webcam is this humble blog (so it comes up if you hit the "I'm feeling lucky" button on Google for Hot Chick Webcam). Bet they don't feel lucky now, but hey, they may stay around and learn something...
More on the European Social Forum - spit
BBC fight for justice?
The BBC is covering a convention of soapdodgers - The European Social Forum - the link reads
"Fight for justice -
Thousands to protest against racism, war and corporate power".
The piece just reports one of the leaders going on about how wonderful it is "there's already an unmistakable buzz in the city as delegates wearing different-coloured wrist bands wander round the capital poring over their 76-page programme, handing out leaflets and pasting stickers on everything that doesn't move.
Tony Benn was joined on the platform by a German MEP, an Italian peace worker, a Turkish human rights lawyer and an Irish journalist, and to me this summed up the beauty of the ESF: its inclusivity and diversity.
It is everything the establishment is not. At a time when world leaders have been forced to conspire in ever-more isolated spots, the ESF is unashamedly vibrant and on the streets, connecting with people."
Doesn't that make you wish you were there? With not a dissenting note on the BBC obviously no one could have any doubts about how lovely it all is - could they?
And I hope Red Ken is is encouraging the Local authorities to use their powers against the flyposters - £2500 fine per poster, and the use of ASBOs against offenders which then ups the ante if they do it again - after all they use them against companies who flypost.
Life after subsidies..
Twenty years ago, the New Zealand government announced it was stopping all subsidies for farmers. At the time, those farmers thought the effects would be disastrous, but things panned out rather differently....
Trying telling that to our leaders.
October 15, 2004
cunningstunt oh and it is work safe!
30 pieces of silver
The Times suggests that, despite Mr Blair's assertions that there could be no deal over the premiership, he was ready to give up his job if Mr Brown granted him the chance to confirm Britain's destiny in Europe. The assumption among colleagues was that Mr Blair had promised Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schröder he would try to join the eurozone. The disclosure also indicates that Mr Blair regarded the five tests as something of a sham, and within the Chancellor's power to deliver.
The story is obviously to Brown's credit in that he is claiming he wouldn't sell out Britain for his own personal ambition. And the shocking thing is that it doesn't seem to be big news or unbelievable that Tony would act in such a traitorous way - obviously he wants to be President of Europe more than he cares about Britain.
TONY BLAIR was so anxious to take Britain into the euro that he told Gordon Brown he would stand down during his second term if the Chancellor would pave the way to a referendum.
He suggested to Mr Brown and ministers close to the Chancellor that he would be ready to leave No 10 if Mr Brown concluded that the terms for entry to the euro had been met in the assessment of the five economic tests.
The Times has been told that the idea of a deal was first raised by an emissary from Mr Blair at a meeting with a close Brown confidant as long ago as December 11, 2001, in the hope that it would enable a referendum in the spring of last year.
Former ministers say that it was then discussed by Mr Blair and Mr Brown at a dinner held at Mr Blair’s request in Downing Street a week later on December 18, 2001.
Mr Brown rejected the proposal on the ground that such an important decision should not be governed by personal ambitions but by economic factors, informed sources say.
But Mr Blair was still pushing the idea through intermediaries in the autumn of 2002.
According to extracts of her diary disclosed by The Sunday Telegraph at the weekend, Clare Short told Mr Brown in September 2002 that Mr Blair wanted to go into the euro but did not want a third term.
The entry stated: “I had discussion with GB and said Iraq would divide Government . . . I told him TB also said we must go into euro before election and still meant what he said on trip to West Africa about not wanting a third term.”
She recorded that Mr Brown was doubtful about whether Britain would be ready to sign up. “GB said he would think and get back, but on the euro it would take some time to converge the economy.”
The diary note was written after a conversation with the Prime Minister. The West Africa trip was undertaken by Mr Blair and Ms Short in early 2002 when the Prime Minister was believed to have told her that he did not want to go on for a third term.
But the disclosure to The Times shows he was talking of an agreement two months earlier, illustrating how ambitious he was to take Britain into the euro and how far he was prepared to go to achieve this goal.
It has been revealed recently that Mr Blair had discussed standing down this year at the Admiralty Arch summit with Mr Brown and John Prescott, which was held last November. He had also discussed “preannouncing” it with Mr Brown in the spring, before telling Mr Brown only in July that he had decided to stay on because he had been cleared by the Butler report and the Conservatives remained weak.
Since then he has announced that he will stand for a third term but leave before a fourth election. After denying that there had been an agreement at the Admiralty Arch meeting, Blairite sources have since confirmed it, saying that Mr Blair had reneged on the deal because Mr Brown had failed to back him on key issues.
Informed sources say that when Mr Brown was first approached over a political deal on the euro, he told the Prime Minister that the idea should not be countenanced.
He is reported to have said that the euro decision would have to be based on the national interest as determined by the five economic tests for entry and not on either his or Mr Blair’s personal hopes. It could not be the subject of political bargaining. But Mr Blair pressed the idea in the early months of 2002 and asked at least two Cabinet ministers to raise it with the Chancellor.
According to insiders involved in the preliminary discussions, the message from No 10 was that the Prime Minister did not intend to go on indefinitely and that he was prepared to go before the next election, provided that the euro terms were met and there was a referendum in the spring of 2003.
Mr Brown was insistent that the euro tests could never be seen to have been a subject for political bargaining.
Further approaches were made to Mr Brown from Mr Blair’s supporters, including Cabinet ministers, in 2003 as Mr Brown prepared to make his assessment on euro entry.
The disclosure to The Times suggests that, despite Mr Blair’s assertions that there could be no deal over the premiership, he was ready to give up his job if Mr Brown granted him the chance to confirm Britain’s destiny in Europe. The assumption among colleagues was that Mr Blair had promised Jacques Chirac and Gerhard Schröder he would try to join the eurozone. The disclosure also indicates that Mr Blair regarded the five tests as something of a sham, and within the Chancellor’s power to deliver.
SwiftVets.com has their new adverts up - very effective.
If nothing else John Kerry has shown through his campaign that he failed to anticipate, neutralise and counter this attack. All of which he could have done if he had done it early enough. Denis Healy showed an example when he was attacked for once having been a member of the Communist Party - "Yes I was, I also once believed in Santa Claus". End of attack. So if John Kerry can't effectively fight against a widely anticipated assault what does that say against his leadership?
Lawyers, don't you love 'em?
The phrase "ethnic minority" is out of date and should be replaced by the new alternative "minority ethnic", the Law Society said today.
How many billable hours did that work of genius take?
And it doesn't make sense!
White Foxhunters are members of an ethnic minority - vs - White Foxhunters are members of an minority ethnic.
Ethnic is a bloody adjective - or a slightly derogatory term applied to a single member of an ethnic group.
October 14, 2004
Warning: Sometimes you get what you ask for.
A barrister cut out of his mother's will after writing her a hurtful letter has failed to win a share of her £250,000 estate.
Mark Parker told his terminally ill mother he 'would rather sit in the gutter' than ask her for a penny.
His mother Joan, from Swansea, changed her will and left almost everything to another son, Christopher.
Mr Parker was refused permission to challenge an earlier ruling in the county courts that the will was valid. .."her decision to cut him out of her will could not be described as "irrational".
Good for her - he sounds like a right little shit and - "tautology alert" - a barrister as well.
How to measure an elephant's height
"Apparently, a good way to estimate the height of an elephant is to measure the diameter of its foot and then multiply by 2pi. For this calculation the value of 3 (often used in the ancient world) should give sufficient accuracy." If not http://3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592.com/ may be able to help.....
Disgrace all round
A police officer is facing a tax bill of £4,800 after his force paid for an operation to remove a brain tumour.
Hampshire Police agreed to pay for a private operation costing £12,000 after the officer was told he would have to wait eight months for NHS treatment.
Chief Constable Paul Kernaghan said it was a "public disgrace" that the Inland Revenue had decided to treat the operation as a taxable benefit.
"Brain surgery is not performed on a whim, nor is it a cosmetic procedure, it is a procedure no one undertakes lightly."
"The NHS should have treated the officer much quicker, it failed to do so and we were able to step in. Yet the officer is now being penalised. That is just plain wrong."
Google your own stuff
Google Desktop is a new toy - a local version of google that you use to search your own computer - if it works it will fantastic. Installing now....
Living in the past
AN ENGLISH MP may be attempting to use devolution to allow England and Wales to move to continental time without Scotland.
But this is a non-starter. ..The real issue is whether the UK as a whole opts to shift to European Central Time.
There was a BBC discussion about Time zones today - with the thread that unless we synchronised with the rest of Europe we were living in the past and that trade and the economy suffered. I suppose those North Americans who have bits of states at different times to the rest of the state and different yet again from next door and as for the whole country - what a mess - they must be living in caves or something....
October 13, 2004
The Times and BBC have been wetting themselves over Bush being "wired" in the debate and the mysterious bulge. I found the Pictures and strangely the bulge seems to change shape and in some looks like a wrinkle with backbone below. If I can buy a match box sized mobile phone I think the President of the USA would probably be able to lay his hands on something smaller than a brick sized receiver. More proof needed before I'll buy this one. Of course Kerry bringing a forbidden black pen into the first debate has never been mentioned.
Did you know?
A couple of emails that amused me - a bit -
1) Triangular sandwiches taste better than square ones.
2) At the end of every party there is always a girl crying.
3) One of the most awkward things that can happen in a pub is when your pint-to-toilet cycle gets synchronised with a complete stranger.
4) You've never quite sure whether it's ok to eat green crisps.
5) Everyone who grew up in the 80's has entered the digits 55378008 into a calculator.
6) Reading when you're drunk is horrible.
7) Sharpening a pencil with a knife makes you feel really manly.
8) You're never quite sure whether it's against the law or not to have a fire in your back garden.
10) Nobody ever dares make cup-a-soup in a bowl.
11) You never know where to look when eating a banana.
12) Its impossible to describe the smell of a wet cat.
13) Prodding a fire with a stick makes you feel manly.
14) Rummaging in an overgrown garden will always turn up a bouncy ball.
15) You always feel a bit scared when stroking horses.
16) Everyone always remembers the day a dog ran into your school.
17) The most embarrassing thing you can do as schoolchild is to call your teacher mum or dad.
18) The smaller the monkey the more it looks like it would kill you at the first given opportunity.
19) Some days you see lots of people on crutches.
20) Every bloke has at some stage while taking a pee, flushed half way through and then raced against the flush.
21) Old women with mobile phones look wrong.
22) Its impossible to look cool whilst picking up a Frisbee.
23) Driving through a tunnel makes you feel excited.
24) You never ever run out of salt.
25) Old ladies can eat more than you think.
26) You can't respect a man who carries a dog.
27) There's no panic like the panic you momentarily feel when you've got your hand or head stuck in something.
28) No one knows the origins of their metal coat hangers.
29) Despite constant warning, you have never met anybody who has had their arm broken by a swan.
30) The most painful household incident is wearing socks and stepping on an upturned plug.
31) People who don't drive slam car doors too hard.
32) You've turned into your dad the day you put aside a thin piece of wood specifically to stir paint with.
33) Everyone had an uncle who tried to steal their nose.
34) Bricks are horrible to carry.
35) In every plate of chips there is a bad chip.
36) Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years.
Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the
back of the $5 bill.
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
Babies are born without kneecaps. They don't appear until the child
reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
Butterflies taste with their feet.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10.
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line
would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an
average of 6 months waiting at red lights.
It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or
On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament
building is an American flag.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears
never stop growing.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and
"lollipop" with your right.
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel
that it burns.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and
a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every
letter of the alphabet.
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely
The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are
read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
There are more chickens than people in the world.
There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous":
tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in
order: "abstemious" and "facetious."
There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only
on one row of the keyboard.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks;
otherwise it will digest itself.
So much good stuff.
The Cabarfeidh Pages (Highland Warriors): So much to see so much to link! is an excellent round up of some stories I had missed - he has buggered up the links but you can work them out!
Euro fails Bacon Buttie test
Despite the extravagant claims for "price transparency" and the theory that this would push prices down, the actual prices of consumer goods in the different eurozone countries are nearly as far apart as they were at the time of the introduction of euro banknotes and coins three years ago
Advocates of the single currency had confidently predicted that the euro would overcome the difficulties consumers had in comparing prices when they were expressed in different currencies, but the Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein investment bank has blown that comfortable little fantasy apart.
October 12, 2004
One for Mr NBC
An ammonium perchlorate plant exploded in May 1988 near Las Vegas (Henderson, NV). A fire and two massive blasts, the largest of which exceeded the equivalent of 1.5 million pounds of TNT.. oh hell that is the band width gone downloading the video.
Mr Free Market has a highly edited range report - Tomorrow I'm off to the Gun Shop, purely to look, I can't justify spending any money.....
October 11, 2004
Important one to watch
Neil Herron's Blog - run, don't walk to go there.
"democracy is not a spectator sport"
We are the Champions!
"This is a little bit of old England, a fast vanishing heritage that just keeps on going here."
Dave Pitcher: "I'm a mild person. I got all my aggression out of me years ago - just be happy and enjoy the day. This place cocks a snoop at the political correctness crowd, which is great."
Darren Foster, a 34-year-old hairdresser from Peterborough claimed the men's title from a fellow snipper.
Alison Everett, 27, from Northampton, beat a finalist from the Dordogne in France to win.
She said: "It was good to beat the French – but to be honest I just think I had a lucky conker."
Just a nuisance
Dean's World - A Nuisance `'We have to get back to the place we were, where terrorists are not the focus of our lives, but they're a nuisance,'' Kerry said.
Just for once I am not sure that Kerry isn't right. We are never going to completely remove the threat of terrorism, so what are we going to do? Run around with tin hats on demanding cctv on every corner and fingerprinting when you buy batteries and duct tape? Here in the UK we have a little more experience of terrorism. From the Sidney Street siege, through Zeppelin raids, Baedeker Raids, Doodlebugs and the Irish troubles (to name a few)civilians on the street have been subject to it. You will probably guess that I know one or two people who have been on the sharp end of the fight; at least two of my friends will still not have their photo taken anywhere in case their past catches up with them. So terrorism is still personal and close by. We have killers on the loose. But is it the focus of our lives? No it is just a nuisance and like many other nuisances you just take sensible precautions and get on with life. To do otherwise is to grant victory to the terrorists. Ignoring them is the one thing they can't stand! Remember the Spirit of the Blitz!
October 10, 2004
Screwed up articles
I saw several items on the BBC last week about the up coming Australian election and you could hear the reporters loving the idea that Howard was going to lose - 1500 word essays on Iraq and domestic politics were being drafted - and what happens, the polls are badly wrong. It reminds me of Kinnock's loss when no one liked to admit they were going to be uncool and vote Tory to the pollsters, but safe in the booth that is what they did. So I was glad to see that Instapundit.com has noted the same phenomenon:
AFTER WHAT THE AGE CALLS JOHN HOWARD'S "THUMPING VICTORY" in an Australian election that was run in no small part as a referendum on the war, it's interesting to see how little play it's getting in U.S. media.
If Howard had lost, however, I suspect it would be getting a lot of attention, and advanced as evidence that the war was going badly, Bush can't keep allies, etc., etc.
October 9, 2004
A "must read"
IHT: Always an England? The Scots say no
England (is) in danger of being abolished. How could that happen? The answer lies in Britain's curious constitution, which makes England the only major democratic country in the world to be governed by foreigners. For centuries, England, Scotland and Wales have pooled their sovereignty under the British banner, with the British Parliament legislating on all matters affecting them. Then in 1998 Tony Blair established a Scottish Parliament, through which that country largely governs itself, and a Welsh Assembly with more limited powers. But the English continue to be governed by the British Parliament, to which the Scots and the Welsh elect members as they always did.
What sort of people could have created a system that so obviously discriminates against the English? The Scots of course. Though Tony Blair, who was born and educated in Scotland, has convinced the English that he's one of them, in many ways he's as Scottish as a plate of haggis, and so are his chancellor and several other leading ministers.
Their motivation for denying England a Parliament is certainly political, and, in the view of some, insidious. An English Parliament would not only revive the opposition Conservative Party - which always fares better in England than elsewhere - but, worse, will make people feel more English. And that's an embarrassing habit that the Scottish-led government seems intent on discouraging......
October 8, 2004
Sick Terrorists at work in England
The grave of an 87-year-old woman whose family has been the target of animal rights protesters has been desecrated.
The damage to Gladys Hammond's burial plot was discovered on Thursday at St Peter's Church, Yoxall, Staffordshire. Her remains had been dug up.
Her family's connection to a farm where guinea pigs are bred for research has led to a campaign against them..
What can you say about people who would do such a thing that couldn't be better said with a baseball bat and some heavy boots. Bastards - and it is all for the love of furry animals!
Mi casa es su casa
Blogging forecast - light turning windy later.
Spare time for the next couple of days is turning a building site into a spare bedroom - a wandering band of Texan refugees have honoured me by asking if they could stay for a couple of days at the beginning of next week, of course I'm delighted but the spare room had chippies, plumbers and planers at work in it yesterday - and no sign of the Sparky yet - so a bit of work to be done to make it habitable...
Live long and prosper.
Reading the essential Numberwatch review of October 2004's health scare nonsense. I remembered this quote from Desmond Morris in The Times:
At 76, Morris is ampler-bellied than during his television-presenter days, but he is still effortlessly healthy, so much so that he boasts that he has yet to know what it is to spend a night in hospital. “People don’t realise that all these fitness regimens are linked to anxiety, and anxiety suppresses the immune system. So rather than embark on regimens, you should just enjoy life,” he hoots. “Oh dear, I do sound awfully smug. I can see how some might say ‘ Kill the bastard’.”
First sensible advice I have read there for a long time - but true to form the day after thhe paper lead with the hysterical story:
ONE in ten Britons can expect to suffer from diabetes by 2010 as the full impact of the country’s soaring levels of obesity takes its toll on public health.
Doctors’ leaders gave warning yesterday that a diabetes epidemic was now inevitable as new figures revealed that the number of cases has gone up by more than one third in the past eight years.
October 7, 2004
"Get your tanks off our lawn"
The Government was told yesterday to "take its tanks off Oxford's lawns" and stop threatening it with financial penalties for failing to admit more pupils from state schools and poorer backgrounds.
Michael Beloff, the president of Trinity College, Oxford, which two years ago rejected an application from Tony Blair's eldest son, Euan, said the university owed its international standing to its insistence that academic merit was the only criterion for admission.
"To alter our standards in pursuit of social or political rather than educational objectives would be a betrayal of what the university is for,"
For once the Old Alma Mater is speaking sense - hat tip to Mr Free Market who insisted on bring his S10 respirator when we stopped for a quick gargle at the local..
The chancellor's decision to cave in to the fuel protest four years ago is costing the government £2 billion a year, according to a Treasury source.
This "costs" as in money the Treasury hasn't mulct from the peasants and has left in their pockets. Outragous really that people are allowed to keep any money to spend according to their own silly whims when the Treasury could spend it all so much better.
Next headline will be:
"The chancellor's decision not to tax the air we breathe is costing the government £20 billion a year, according to a Treasury source."
One for a whipround.
A rugby player has been fined more than £1,000 after his stag party friends sang The Dambusters theme while on board a plane with German passengers.
October 6, 2004
Margaritas ante Porcos
Hairdressers in a German town have started collecting their customers' hair to drive away wild boar.
The spa town of Bad Saarow, between Berlin and Frankfurt on the Oder, has been plagued by boar roaming the town.
The animals have already destroyed a park and a sports ground, and weren't scared away by shots.
Now health and safety chief Juergen Knuth is now turning to a traditional way of keeping boar away - human hair.
Now isn't that much more civilised and European than those butch Texans at HUNTING TACTICS FOR WILD BOAR who recommend a hand loaded, lubricated, hard cast bullet in their revolver....
In my Google research I cam across this picture with the caption:
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You have to be English to giggle at that...
Quis Custodiet ipsos custodes?
A chief constable has apologised after his force was slammed over the length of time it took officers to attend a shooting in which two sisters died.
Vicky Horgan, 27, and Emma Walton, 25, were shot dead by Vicky's estranged husband, Stuart Horgan, in Highmoor Cross, Oxfordshire, in June.
Police received two 999 calls at 1637 BST but armed officers did not enter the house until an hour later.
An inquiry into the shooting said the delay "cannot be justified".
It also criticised the ambulance service, which did not arrive until after 1800.
The report found that the control room inspector on duty at the time did not initially send officers to the scene as it was "not safe".
Oh isn't that bloody wonderful?, we are not allowed to protect ourselves as it is the State's job and when some maniac is gunning us down Plod won't turn up as it isn't "safe". At least the inquiry gives the Rozzers a bit of a kicking.
October 5, 2004
Auditing the nanny state
Nanny Knows Best
is a website I had missed - now in the blogroll.
October 4, 2004
The Disabled Industry.
The quality of care for many of the UK's 49,000 severely disabled children is inadequate because too much money is spent on administration, according to a new report.
Regular readers will know that one of my daughters is disabled. At the age of four she provides employment for at least one full time equivalent in the caring services. She doesn't actually get that much help from them, or need it. But the files and assessment forms and meeting records fill up at an astounding rate. And of course the suggestion that anything can be done without professional help is incomprehensible.
A physio suggested that a grab handle by the back door would be helpful, her suggestion was that she contacted social services who would send out a "planner" who would then organise the work to be done through one of their specialist teams. My suggestion that I went and bought one for £9.99 from Focus and put it up myself was considered bizarre, because we could get it done for free. (Three months later we have just received her report where she raises the proposed handle and that she is going to "action" it.) Of course the one I put up is no longer being used as the Englishette has out grown it...
Lack of Tory Balls
Oliver Letwin wants to talk about tax. He wants tax cuts, and so do his party.
But the Tory's are running scared of wanting cuts in services - so they are in a no win situation. To get real cuts in Tax, services have to be cut. People know that. Otherwise it is just a choice between two spotty MBAs as who can streamline management better. Now obviously the Tories have judged that they can't win by promising cuts in services. But they won't win by being nu-nu-labour either.
So wouldn't it be worth trying the gambit of being a radical party that promised real tax cuts? - and pointing out that people are better judges of how to spend their own money than politicians. At the moment I can't work out why I should care whether Labour or Tory run the economy. And that the Tory's real problem.
October 3, 2004
Porn star interview plugs The Castle
katjakassin NOT work safe.
every man to fully comply with Health and Safety directives and carry out a full risk analysis before engaging in action"
Lack of Trust
45 percent of voters agree with the statement: "Tony Blair mostly lies about Europe". 41 percent disagree. Among young voters this lack of trust is most pronounced, with 51 percent agreeing that Tony Blair "mostly lies" and just 39 percent disagreeing.
-The other politicians unveiled by the pro-Constitution campaign in recent weeks also suffer from negative trust ratings. Neil Kinnock and Chris Patten, (who have both joined Britain in Europe in the last two weeks) suffer negative trust ratings. Peter Mandelson, who set out the case for the EU Constitution at a conference fringe meeting last night, suffers from extremely negative trust ratings. -Taking the balance of those who "trust" these politicians minus those who would "not trust" them, all three have negative ratings. Neil Kinnock is at minus 1, Chris Patten at minus 2, and Peter Mandelson at minus 49 percent. Even among Labour voters Peter Mandelson's net trust rating is minus 30 percent.
Bizarre - that means there are actually people who trust Kinnock and Patten.. But then:
Americans Who Believe Elvis Is Alive 7%
Elvis Fans Who Believe Elvis Is Alive 9%
No Taxation without representation"
"There is, they say, no need for an English Parliament. Well they would say that, at present Scots have:
- over £1000 per head per year more than the English in government spending
- a disproportionately large representation at Westminster.
- a predominance of Scottish and Welsh MPs in UK ministerial positions.
- their own parliament and executive up in Scotland
- no requirement to ratify Scottish legislation in the house of Lords
- no English representation in the Scottish Parliament or Executive
- imposed top-up fees on English students when their constituents do not have to pay them.
- imposed foundation hospitals on England when the Scottish Parliament has rejected them for Scotland."
October 2, 2004
So you think you know me?
Stupid Internet Quiz time - tell me how you get on.
I love the smell..
Let me present you a small vignette of rural life in England today.
The pub was busy, but quiet without Mr FM and the Good Colonel (off serving his country in some boggy country). Rob the Knob, our local drug dealer, was showing off to the youngsters in the backroom and "accidentally" let off a CS gas spray.
The landlord just opened the windows; the teenage girls cried a bit more than they usually do on a Friday night; the old Ulster hands I was drinking with started the automatic reflex of searching their pockets for some HP2 batteries; and the hunt supporters just thought it was a training exercise. As tears streamed down our faces the beer went down faster and no one really complained...
October 1, 2004
One for Mr Free Market
Animal Aid calls for an end to bird breeding for sport shooting
In the wake of the government's decisive move to end hunting with hounds, Animal Aid has published a shocking dossier making the case for a ban on another major British bloodsport - the mass production of pheasants for 'sport shooting'.
Th wisdom Spain is missing
The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler points out an incredible speech on terrorism that was delivered by Jose Maria Aznar, the man who was in charge of Spain before the Socialists took over. Read it here and wish he was still in power.