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Friday, 30 April 2010

Starting to settle ...

The drive from Tewkesbury to Dover, then Calais, via Brugge, Gent, Brussels, Aachen, Cologne and finally Bliedenstadt was accomplished thanks to my son's superb driving skills and great company, in a little ove twelve hours. We rested on the ferry and had a great meal (Seafrance employs proper chefs for their restuarant. The Beef Bourgonoin, was superb.

The welcome at my new home was warm, welcoming and a relief - especially after startling a herd of Wild Boar on the road about a kilometer from our destination. Madam Paddy has travelled well, though she is still a bit uncertain of her surroundings. She preferred to travel beneath the passenger seat of the car, but later curled up inside her travelling case when I covered it. Her reaction to the shadow cast by overhead bridges was fascinating - evidently the swift moving shadow suggested a hunting eagle or some other predator - and she flattened herself and yeowled each time we passed one until she could get beneath the seat.

Thanks to a pheromone based "plug-in" she has settled into the new house remarkably easily so far, though she is still "exploring" each noo and cranny as she gets a chance.

Now all I have to do is help Mausi get the place ready for the arrival of my stuff in two weeks - we have to redcorate a room and get some additional furniture sorted out - but for now I need some rest and some sleep. So does Mausi as she has been putting in the extra hours at this end preparing for my arrival.

My son, left this morning for Milan with the car and hit a long weekend rush on the Autobahn south... He finally got to Milan two and a half hours later than planned, and will at least be able to catch up with his girlfriend and a bit of rest before heading back to the UK on Monday...

And now, to bed!

Monday, 26 April 2010

Final Push ...

Now in the final stages of packing, thank the Lord. Still a few things to sort, but only a very few of these will go with me. Madam la Cat has decided "these humans are mad" and if she just curls up on the bed we'll stop being stupid, put everything back where it belongs and settle down again.

At least I've now managed, I think, to deal with all the things I have to stop, start, or change. It may be slow, but we're getting there!

Friday, 23 April 2010

And nearly finished...

The packing is now almost completed, there are just those final things that can't go with anything else, because they are fragile or so solid they will shatter anything they make contact with...

So there are lots of little bits and pieces to go into the remaining boxes and naturally they only fit the larger boxe, but don't fill it... But we're almost done. Its just time and energy consuming.

In the meantime, it's St George's Day. Let us hope the good saint will come out on the side of the English for a change and deliver us from the clutches of the collection of Scottish, Welsh and English hating professional policticans and their parasite civil servants now destroying England. Let the cry be "St George for England" and here's hoping the Labour dragon can be slain in the polls for eternity.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

TV Interview

Yesterday I attended the London Book Fair. It was a very interesting and educational experience, not least for the insight it gave to just how closed a community the Publishing industry has become. Book Fairs are places authors go in the hope of meeting an agent or finding a publisher and the LBF is the biggest around. But, if you think you will be allowed to talk to a publisher or an agent - forget it. No appointment? No meeting.

I had been warned of this and had sent off a number of enquiries and synopses, CV's etc to agents who were slated to be there. Not one bothered to exercise the courtesy of a reply. OK, so there is a Consultancy where you can get advice at the Fair. Except they are in the "closed" section where all the agents entertain their clients ...

The publishers will only speak to an author who is represented by an agent, preferably accompanied by them and again, you can't even enter their stands unless you have an appointment, are on their list of buyers or an agent invited by one of their editors. Only the "Independent" Publishers welcome you - in the hope of persuading you to part with varying amounts of cash so they can print your work and leave you to do the selling and marketting.

Anyway, the main reason for going was that I was to be interviewed by The BOOK CHANNEL. It will be aired, I'm told, in the next few weeks both on their channel (Sky 166) and (Freesat 402) on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 19.30 each evening. I have to say they were superb, encouraging, helpful and really nice people. Made the day in fact. I've added the link in the sidebar and will, in due course, add the clip to YouTube.

And I have to admit that I did get a couple of useful contacts and hints from some of the people I spoke to.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Chaos reigns...

It seems that as usual, the UK is allowing the overpaid, underqualified filing clerks to make decisions about technical matters they have only the vaguest grasp of. The EU Weather predictors make use of satellite imaging and airsampling to determine where the volcanic ash is. In the UK, they are using computer modelling to "predict" the spread. There is, as a result, a very significant difference of opinion between most European Civil Aviation Authorities and the UK CAA as to the level of threat and the extet of it.

The UK predictions show a cloud spread right across Europe and the UK, the French, German and Scandanavian maps show several isolated "patches, most of them clear of the UK and fairly localised in other areas. As usual, the Whitehall W*nk*rs are playing the "'Elf 'n Safey" card.

Likewise, yesterday, they finally ordered the Royal Navy to "do something", which the RN then did, they sent three of our largest ships, HMS Albion, HMS Ocean and HMS Ark Royal to various ports along the Atlatic coast to help bring home stranded passengers. Typically, some commentators have questioned sending warships to help, one saying - "Won't a big warship like this turning up n some small port cause alarm?"

I'll hand it to the Rear-Admiral. He laughed and said, "That is what they are intended to do, but in this case, they are NATO allies and the diplomatic arrangements have been made." Pity it took the Labour Luvvies five days to get their act together.

Watching the news tonight it is still a farce, they have issued a statement saying that flights will resumed, under strictly controlled checks and in limited areas. Left to this lot, the industry might as well pack it in and move offshore. Otherwise open Heathrow and the other airports as museums in a year or two and in the meantime as monuments to the caution and inability to make decisions that accompanies placing unqualified and ignorant filing clerks in charge of technical matters.

Monday, 19 April 2010

Broken Britain. Now which Party will fix this I wonder?

The Postulant sent me this real story today...

One of my work friends’ building in West London was evacuated last night because some stupid kid set fire to a car outside – her flat was fine (if everything inside being coated with soot is fine), but her neighbour’s flat has been wiped out and they’ve lost everything, just because some kid was bored and thought it would be funny to set fire to a parked car. My friend woke up to an explosion (the fuel tank) and flames immediately outside her bedroom, then spent 2 hours waiting for the fire to be put out and everything checked for structural damage. (She’s a Zimbabwean who lived in the US for a while, so in her first moments of waking up, she and her fiancĂ© were desperately trying to remember which emergency number to dial – 121, 911, or what’s the other one…? That’s a side issue to rant about another time…)

Apparently LFB were fantastic; they arrived in minutes, evacuated at least 40 people from the terraced houses (each house converted into 2-3 flats), arranged for a bus from the local bus depot to be borrowed and parked at a safe distance for people to shelter in while they tackled the blaze. My friend had somehow woken up enough to put on slippers, but several of her neighbours were barefoot, so they were very grateful for the slightly warmer bus.

I think the “broken Britain” tag is overused, but the recent spate of stabbings, combined with an event like this, really illustrates that we have a huge number of young people out there who have no concept of what their actions do to anyone else or any understanding of why other people matter. Five-year-olds can be forgiven for not understanding consequences, but when kids get to 15 and just stab someone, or set fire to something, for fun or for some childish concept like “respeck” for their stupid little gang (as opposed to respect for other people’s right to live and not have their houses burned down), you know something’s gone wrong.

End rant…

Anyway, LFB did good and the people in her terrace were all grateful for what the fire crew managed to save last night – and as far as my colleague was aware there were no casualties, which is amazing considering how quickly the fire seems to have taken hold, based on my amateurish calculations and her description. Her neighbours were bloody lucky to get out their front door with a car on fire immediately outside.


We hear a lot about "tough in crime" from the party that seems to be composed entirely of criminals, and the LibDems want to give convicts the vote ....

This will not be fixed without lots of tears and the curtailing of a lot of youff "rights".

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Packing ....

Back from the Abbey, had lunch, back to packing and wishing I was with Mausi the human as she mourns Mausi die Katse.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

RIP Mausi die Katze


Mausi the human is in mourning this evening. Her beloved black and white cat, also Mausi, was killed this afternoon by a dog that cornered her in a field near her home. The dog belongs to a local huntsman who was unable to prevent the dog from attacking her and before he could stop the animal Mausi was dead.

She has been buried in a favourite corner of the garden and some special flowers planted over her resting place. We are both rather upset at this sudden and unexpected tragedy.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Volcanic disruption

The volcanic plume from Iceland has stopped all flying in the UK and is shutting down flying across Europe. Makes me glad I'm planning to travle to Germany later this month by car and ferry. Already the Eurostar services are overflowing and so are the rail and road services within the UK.

Looking at the pictures of the ruption this could go on, and on, and on. It looks like this volcano is going to have its say and it is certainly going to hold forth.

As yet there is little indication on the ground of the ash stopping flying, but that could change. In the meantime the weather has turned cold again...

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Those magnificent men ...


Mausi and the Monk went for a ride in a helicopter on Easter Monday. The Monk's son has become a flying instructor teaching people how to fly these incredibly agile and complex machines. Think of trying to pat your head with one hand, rub your stomach with the other and move both feet in opposite movements at the same time...

The instrument panel located between the "Cyclic" controls which determine which way the rotor blades are pitched to give up, down, forward sideways or backward motion. Next the seat is the "Collective"which controls engine power and the speed and rate of climb or descent and the feet control the tail rotor and thus direction in a turn.

The Monk's son enjoying showing his father how to fly the aerodynamically impossible machine in a co-ordinatedly unco-ordinated manner. A thoroughly enjoyable outing on a blustery day.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Abuse of the law...

That well known atheist Richard Dawkins and so-called scientist (I make that charge as, if you bother to sully your mind with his diatribe against Christianity, "The God Delusion", you quickly realise that it is unresearched and based entirely in inaccuracy, misrepresentation of facts, abuse even of historically improtant events and little, if any, scientific rigour. If that is an example of his usual scientific work, then I question his claim to be a scentist!) has, according to the Sunday Times Online, instructed his lawyers to prepare a case for the arrest of the Pope on his visit to Britain for "Crimes against humanity".

Quite apart from anything else, this man has become extremely offensive in his ill-informed and frequently hatefilled utterances. He is not alone though and is almost guaranteed publication by a media which ssupports him in attempting to destroy Christianity. Even the publishing houses here in the UK refuse routinely any book based on Christianity or which shows religion in a positive light, but will rush into print garbage such as Dan Brown's depictions of the Templars and the Cathars as saints and the Christians as murderers and liars. This does beg the question, why are the literati, certain (Notably NOT all) scientists and certain politicians suddenly so vehemently anti-Christian?

I do believe that it is, in part, due to their failure to convince others of their "faith" and to the realisation that they are losing the "moral" argument. Their dream of a "religion free world" is rapidly vanishing. Religion is gaining ground, and, thanks to their efforts, the most fundamentalist forms are striding back to centre-stage. The truth is that humanity is programmed to believe in something and perhaps it is this inner conflict which drives men like Dawkins to such fury. They rail against any form of belief in anything other than their narrow vision of a creation made up entirely of random particles, nucleic acids and carbonaceous matter all randomly mixing to create life - or not. They find every platform from which to denigrate religion, frequently from a starting point outside of all religion, yet they stridently proclaim themselves "expert" in the tenets of faith, then open their mouths to prove they don't know what they are saying. Dawkins is a good example, the man HATES religion with a passion worthy of St Paul. Specifically, Dawkins hates Christianity, yet he proudly proclaims, in writing his book, The God Delusion, that he has no need to study Christian beliefs, the Bible, the creeds or anything that might inform his vocal opinion, because "he knows its false."

The author Philip Pullman who has declared that he aims to "destroy Christianity" through his writing is another of the current atheist tendency whose hatred of religion, and Christianity in particular, drives them to a vehemence and a vitriolic abuse of facts and the invention of untruths where it suits to make their point. One has to ask again, why? What is it that drives them to this frenzy of hatred. If they do not wish to be a part of a religion, fine, that is their choice. They insist that I must not be allowed to speak out in public about my faith - because they find it "offensive" - yet I am not permitted to object when they make statements, tell blatant lies and spread disinformation about my faith.

One of the ultimate ironies has to be that Dawkins is a professor at Oxford University, his post, his salary and probably even his house, all provided out of invested trusts set up by the Christian founders of his college. Likewise Pullman is awarded prizes and lauded by those who now administer the Trusts and Prizes set up by Christians such as C S Lewis. The irony there is that Pullman has deliberately set out to write an "atheist" counter Narnia, which is best described as "Pantheistic and floundering in its attempt to escape the Gospel outcome of self-sacrificing love.

Having listened in growing anger to Stephen Fry and another atheist on BBC "Hard Talk" lambasting the Roman Catholic Church with hyperbole and histrionics, I found it remarkable that they can trot out unchallenged such utterances as "the Catholic Missionaries were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands - if not millions - in their conquest of South America. Naturally the carefully selected "Studio audience" dutifully declared that the "Catholics were a bad thing" in the end of show voting. Big surprise, the predebate vote showed that the outcome was a forgone conclusion - especially after the impassioned, but utterly factless performances of the two "Abolish the Church" speakers. Great tragedies certainly did follow the conquest of the South Americas, but these were hardly the result of the Christianisation of the populace, but rather of the greed of the Conquistadori who never bothered much with religion anyway, except when it suited them. In fact, to call some of these soldiers of fortune "Christian" is to use the term very loosely.

The truth is that, in the last Century, the Atheist/Humanist/Socialist movements currently driving Western Civilisation to destruction were responsible for more genocide, murder and cruelty that can be laid at the door of any church in the last two thousand. For the record Prof Dawkins et al -

Lenin/Stalin - Between 30 and 40 million Russians plus an unknown number of other nationalities including 25,000 Polish PoWs and around 2 million German civilians and PoWs who "vanished".

Mao Tse Tung - some estimates put his score at between 50 and 100 million Chinese

Pol Pot - Between 2 and 5 million Cambodians

Hitler - 6 million Jews, gypsies and homo sexuals

It makes a pretty impressive total, and remarkably, though this same coterie of angry and hate filled atheist are quick to accuse the Roman Catholic Church of "conniving" with Hitler, they seldom acknowledge that he and all the other mass murderers in this incomplete list, were atheist-socialist-humanists...

Perhaps that is why they hate Christianity with such passion, we are proof that religion does moderate behaviour...

In a later report on the BBC web page I note that this report is now claimed to be a "joke". Either that, or the University Council has finally seen where his continued vitriolic and insane campaign is likely to lead them, and called him to heel. I certainly wouldn't count on his obedience for too much longer though, this is a man blinded to everything by his hatred.

Monday, 12 April 2010

A profound paragraph that says it all

The following statement sums up my feelings on "Socialism" and its philosophy of draging everyone down to the lowest common denominator - except for the "leaders" of course -

"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for,that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
~~~~ Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931


The simple analogy given here is apochraphyl, but is a perfect example of the demotivation of able individuals caused by the application od Socialist Principles. It strikes a cord with me precisely because I can recall listening to a group of students holding forth on the subject of "equality" of wealth. Their proposal was that everyone, from CEO to floor sweeper should receive the same pay...

An economics professor at a local college made the statement that he had never failed a single student before but had once failed an entire class.

That class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, "OK, we will have an experiment in this class on socialism. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade so no one would fail and no one would receive an A.

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B.

The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little.

The second test average was a D! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F.

The scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.


It could not be any simpler than that.

Sunday, 11 April 2010

THE PRAYER THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD

The prayer used by the Rev Joe Wright when he was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate caused a stir in the "governing" classes. The Senators and their psychophants were expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:

“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance.

We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good", but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost

our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

• We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.

• We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.

• We have killed our unborn and called it choice.

• We have shot anti-abortionists and called it justifiable.

• We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.

• We have abused power and called it politics.

• We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.

• We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.

• We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.

• Search us, Oh, God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Amen!"


The response was immediate from the "Politically Correct" legislators and showed their contempt for the morality the Rev Wright represented. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest.

The Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls in the following six weeks with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church is now receiving international requests for copies of this prayer from India , Africa and Korea .

Commentator Paul Harvey aired the prayer on his radio program, "The Rest of the Story," and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired.

Why the fuss? It appears that our "movers and shakers" in the various legislatures around the world are trying to run counter to the feelings, experience and understanding of those they purport to "represent". Political Correctness has become the new "morality" in their eyes, and they have failed to understand that the people they claim to govern disagree very strongly indeed. This is not unique to the US, it is rampant in the UK and in Europe, where the Atheist/Humanist and Anti-Christian Lobby are utterly determined to erase anything religious or based on religion, from the face of our civilisation. They are a minority, yet they control the legislatures, the media and thus the minds of those who refuse to think and consider what is happening around them and to them.

If you believe in nothing, you do not cease to believe, you merely find that morality gets a little screwed up because it becomes what you like or don't like.

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Polish tragedy

The crash today in Smolensk has added poignancy to the event they were travelling to attend. That it has killed the Polish President and almost every head of the Armed Forces and all the senior members of the government must be the supreme irony of the Katyn Forest - the scene of Stalin's murder of all the Polish leadership - 25,000 officers of the Polish nation in 1942. He intended then to "behead" the Polish nation, deprive them of leaders and turn them into a subject nation. He failed then and this crash will no doubt fail to do it as well.

It is, however, a tragedy the Polish nation could do without. We shoud all pause to pray with them for the future of their democracy and their nation.

Friday, 9 April 2010

Still packing

The sorting and packing is ongoing...

I have to say that the election campaign is so far inspiring me to withhold my vote at this election. Why would I want to vote for a party that has ruined the economy, destroyed the United Kingdom, sold our sovereignty down the river and given away our gold reserves? Why would I want to vote for a party that is theatening to raise taxes? Again?

And why would I vote for anybody whose entire election strategy is apparently based on telling me that voting for them is the best option because the other candidates are going to...?

And they are still wondering why the public is so disaffected with politics...

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Half packed

Sounds better than half baked...

Cat is now innoculated, one room's books and trinkets are now sorted, some packed, some discarded and some thrown out. Only two more rooms to go, and then there's the loft... I still have to contact the HMRC about future tax, the Pension Fund about where to pay my pension and the bank to close things down pay things off and finalise my business with them. I have a man coming this afternoon to give an estimate for shifting my boxes and the three items of furniture I'm taking with me as my son and I have looked at the option of moving it ourselves and decided that it may cost a little more, but it will mean we get there in one piece and in a fit state.

And Mausi heads home today to get the other end ready for our arrival...

Four weeks and counting.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Packing...

And sorting. Its been a long, long day, and the mess is incredible.

How have I amassed this mess in just over six years? Easy, three previous moves when I just packed and didn't sort...

And today would have been my father's 85th birthday.

Monday, 5 April 2010

Job creating government?

One of the greatest truths is simply this - the government spending my money or yours, does not “generate jobs”. By that I mean, they do not generate jobs that last. Those are created by commerce and industry and a wise government is lean and light on regulation so as to stimulate activity and encourage enterprise. This is something Louis XIV’s Minister of Finance recognized in the 1690’s and which British governments followed up to the day that Prime idiot Gladstone created the Civil Service. Unfortunately it is not something the present socialist ideologues infesting Westminster and Whitehall recognize either. The present political truth clings to the belief that government alone has the money and the ability to create jobs – and at the heart of that is the belief that in an “ideal socialist state” the “government” can, by controlling commercial and industrial activity and expanding the bureaucracy, “create” that glorious Utopian dream – “Full Employment”.

As students of history are coming to realize, experiments of this sort have been tried in the past – and failed. The most obvious is the former Soviet system which, as these systems always do, favoured those who could sing the Party song. Thus, quite often, total incompetents would be placed in charge of organizations – frequently over far more able people – and left to run it any way they liked. It didn’t matter that central planning required production of goods and materials no one really wanted. And it certainly didn’t matter that the organization ran at a huge cost producing something no one wanted, or that the workforce weren’t that happy, they had jobs didn’t they?

The same problem begins to appear when Rooseveldts “New Deal” is examined closely. Many short term jobs were initially created, but it is now argued by some analysts that the “New Deal” may well have prolonged, rather than shortened, the Depression. Similar schemes in other western countries seem to have had the same outcome. The problem is a simple one – governments do not, contrary to the belief of many, have any money of their own. It comes from your pocket and mine, from your labours and mine. In short, it’s our money they are spending and here’s the conundrum - in order to spend they have to tax everything we earn or do. The next problem is that in order to “manage” all this spending, they create huge bureaucracies …

So you end up with a very large slice of the money supposedly “creating jobs” actually paying those who administer the schemes and doing very little “job creation.” The money goes into a sort of carousel with our taxes paying bureaucrats and politicians and their hangers-on, which is taxed and goes into paying…

When you have the situation we now have in the UK where 21% of the total workforce are directly employed by central government, local government or agencies of government, you are beginning to approach a point at which tax on people paid from taxes simply recycles tax. Now you really have to get creative to find ways to raise more money to pay more bureaucrats.


In a similar vein I find the arguments, as presented on international news broadcasts, from Washington on the proposals for the health care provisions envisioned by Mr Obama sensible. Of course, as ever, the devil is in the detail of “who pays?” Here again, it appears that members of Congress seem to have this grand scheme that somewhere down the line the “government” will at least part fund this from tax and “government borrowing”. Once again we see a disconnect between those spending the money and those providing it. “Governments” have no money or wealth – it belongs to the people and not to the party in power or the bureaucrats who control the spending of any government’s “budget”.

What is immediately apparent in the debate in the US on this issue is that there is a need for providing health care to those who cannot afford it or cannot obtain it even if they can afford it. But, as in my opening to this chapter, I am not convinced that creating more jobs for bureaucrats who will regulate what the insurance companies can and cannot do to those buying into their health care policies, is the best way to do it. Bureaucrats seldom, if ever, provide “value for money”. Usually the opposite.

As always someone has to pay and it is seldom those who make these laws and proposals. In fact, the one thing which leaps out to a cynic such as myself, is that these proposals are similar in intent to the “games” staged in ancient Rome for the “amusement” of the population. They are about making sure a certain section of the electorate remain loyal voters. In short, it’s a bribe, and the person paying isn’t the politician handing out the bribe. This is classically revealed in the latest election battle between the three main parties in the UK.

Labour have run out of tax options to fund their runaway spending, so now they are turning to one of the dishonest taxes they created almost sixty years ago and which subsequent governments have kept going. Its called “National Insurance” and it was created to fund Unemployment, Pensions and the NHS. The idea was that everyone in work and every employer, would contribute a certain amount each week or month which would fund these government handouts. Most of us have paid it throughout our lives, not realizing that no effort was ever made to “ring fence” it or to invest it in anything that would provide an income from which to fund any of the three things it is supposed to cover.

Over the years it has increased in contribution, but, never was it actually put aside. Instead it went into the “general” revenue and was squandered gaily by Whitehall who claim that legally they cannot “invest” it. So we reward free spending, overspending and waste by giving them more money each year because they used the full budget last year. So now we have a situation where Brown’s raids on the private pension funds have destroyed them, the State Pension is now unaffordable, employment is falling which means tax and National Employment revenue is falling and Labour’s proposal is to increase tax and increase National Insurance.

So they can spend some more “creating” jobs.

First of all let’s take a look at one of the “projects” they claim has “created” jobs. Centralising the Emergency Services Control Rooms from 44 into nine was supposed to save money. It still isn’t running, the budget is now twice the original costing and it won’t be online for at least another two years. Has it “created” any jobs? No, but it has certainly redistributed some of our wealth into the pockets of a small group of contractors and their politician and civil service “advisers.” The project is already years late and will actually reduce the number of Control Officers currently employed by two thirds. That’s a pretty good round of “Job Creation” if you ask me, but it is also typical of other “Job Creation” schemes. They tend to be short term, costly, and in the long term, counter productive.

Then there is the disincentive of increasing National Insurance. Let’s be clear on this, NI is paid by the worker – typically about 9 – 11% of salary or wage up to a maximum level, though Labour again removed the ceiling recently meaning that they were able to take considerably more from this, but it is also paid by the employer for each and every employee. So increasing it means that they are actually taxing the employer for employing you. Plus, of course, taxing you for being employed on top of your contributions through Income Tax, Property Tax, Value Added Tax, Fuel Tax, etc., etc.
They legitimize all of this by claiming that when you or I vote for them (or not as the case may be) you are giving them a “mandate” to spend your money. If you or I tried this we would be whipped into court on charges of Grand Larceny at the very least.

Must be lovely to be able to self determine how much you can steal out of other people’s pockets for your own comfort and even more so to be able to make it all a criminal offence to refuse to play the game. I was strongly reminded of the Vampire Lord in Terry Pratchett’s wonderful spoof on politics called “Carpe Jugulum”. In it the Vampires have gained control of government and instead of attacking everyone whenever they need blood, simply line everyone up once a month and take a little at a time…

An interesting analogy.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed, Allelulia.

Today Christians everywhere celebrate the most important event in the history of mankind, the ressurrection from the tomb of Jesus, son of Mary, the Living Word of God.

That single event, brings God and mankind back into union and offers all those who embrace the resurrection and the grace underlying it. Why do I beieve it? Because it can be proved by a number of legal tests which would be more than sufficient to obtain a conviction is merely one of several things, but is certainly an important one - and one that our anti-Christian government is trying desperately to deny through their propaganda campaigns in education, the media and through legislation.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Good Friday

Today is "Good" Friday and we will be at the Abbey for the Solemn Liturgy and probably part of the Three Hours Devotion. Churhes in Tewkesbury will also be staging their March Of Witness along the High Street, though this is frowned on by the Police on the grounds that it "disrupts traffice" and is a "political demonstration".

It may surprise many readers to know that, since that well known "Christian" gentleman and Regicide ruled England after the Civil War, Good Friday and Christmas have not been recognised "holidays" and are technically full working days. Most people don't, of course, but I sometimes wonder how long it will be before this government - atheist and humanist to a man - or the rest of the Whitehall closet atheists decide that we should all be forced to work on these Holy Days.

Time, I think, for Christians to stand up and be counted and to reclaim our faith.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Waiting for Mausi

Mausi arrives in an hour or two at Birmingham for a brief stay during which we will hopefully be able to sort a lot of my accumulated baggage of the years, dispose of a lot and pack the remainder. My flat is sold and this all to brief visit is the first step toward our future life in the Taunus along the north shore of the Rhine.

For me it will be quite a culture change, but it is one I am looking forward to. Mausi and I share so much in common its almost as if we are twins. Now I have to get to the airport to meet my soon to be wife.