Archive for March, 2010

Go for it, Nigel

I will let the video do my talking. It is about Nigel Farage, who I have to admit is one of the more charismatic politicians in Britain, talking about the aims of the UK Independence Party in a televised interview.

The interesting thing is that I first saw it on a Conservative MEP’s blog (Dan Hannan).

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Use your car, dammit!

So a family large enough to need four bedrooms with a job in an area where houses all cost more than a million for that size says. Dammit, I can’t afford an extra 20,000 in stamp duty, I will move to a cheaper area and drive. So their one car family becomes a two car family, and the husband pollutes the London atmosphere by driving into work.

Does this mean that Darling knows that the “climate change”  business is just a way to tax us more so people using their petrol engined cars doesn’t really bother him?

Or that he hasn’t thought it through?

“That man at the back, could you speak up… what did you say?”

“Both?”

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Which argument is right?

I hear many arguments for pulling out of Europe. Which one is right for you?

Is it the fact that we have given away our sovereignty to a political body where the majority of the centre hate the Anglo-Saxon with a passion?

Admittedly it is not so bad with Eastern Europe coming in from the point that many of their politicians do like the English. However, from another point, these countries are not bringing in funds but draining funds.

Is it because, out of twenty-seven countries, Britain are one of the three major contributors handing out funds, decided by other countries representatives, to the 24 other countries?

Or is it that the billions we hand out could be used to build more hospitals, build more schools, kit out our soldiers with the right gear?

Maybe you would be pleased to learn that the tax burden on our shoulders could be reduced?

Which one works for you?

C’mon “Call me Dave” – get us out of the political European Union.

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Is Blogging a waste of time?

According to “Working Class Tory”, his latest blog gives a resounding No!

Here is the extract:

This is for two reasons. The first is that blogs regularly influence the mainstream news stories. The second is that blogs are essential for balancing the liberal bias in the media. James Delingpole:

What I always find equally heartening is when you look up an article online by, say, Polly Toynbee or some crack-papering fraudster from the Met Office and find its inconsistencies and idiocies being torn to shreds by a readership far more intelligent and on the ball than almost anyone in the liberal commentariat.

And this, I think, is the crux of the matter. The main reason so many left-liberals so loathe and fear the internet is that it is a medium that favours the libertarian right. It completely bypasses all those institutions that Gramscian Marxists fought so hard to capture: broadcasters like the BBC, the liberal-dominated print media, the seats of learning. It allows real people to say what’s really on their mind, unfettered by politically correct pieties. It is part of the same grassroots phenomenon that has seen the Tea Party movement flourish in the US and it expresses a wave of public revulsion at the dishonesty and cant of our political leaders, as well as a yearning cry for liberty in the face of growing dominance by the state.

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Plastic Policemen

According to this mornings Telegraph, more than 2,000 police community support officers have been investigated for misconduct and more than 160 charged with criminal offences since the role was created.

There have been at least 2,233 investigations into PCSOs for alleged misconduct. By comparison, a total of 16,300 PCSOs are now serving nationally.

Since the role was created 167 PCSOs have been charged with crimes, while 276 have been dismissed.

In one case, a PCSO resigned last year after he was found to have an arsenal of weapons at his home and to be a member of the British National Party.

This is one in seven of all  these “civilian policemen”.

Full article here.

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Pensioners to show ID for bus travel

Pensioners could be forced to carry identity cards to qualify for free bus travel, a Government minister has said.

Published: 7:00AM GMT 18 Mar 2010

Campaigners last night attacked the plans, with some suggesting that it could stop retired people who are opposed to the controversial scheme from using buses altogether.

The Home Office estimates that more than 17 million cards will be in circulation by 2017 – although the Tories have pledged to scrap them if they win the general election.

Full story here.

This government is determined that, by hook or by crook, they will force us all to have identity cards.

The real purpose of these electr0nic, biometric identity cards is so they can have an “audit trail” of everything any citizen does, and everywhere they go to, at the exact times of travel, stored on their huge mainframe computers so that, at any time, day or night, they can check up on where you may be or have been.

With Councils paying members of the community of spying on each other; with the labour government having introduced 4,300 new laws since 1997 (that’s an average of one a day); with the government creating a huge amount of non-jobs, and turning a blind eye (although they say otherwise) to people on benefits, they create permanent voters for their party. The Labour Party know they can’t openly turn Britain into a dictatorship, but they can stack the odds up in their favour. And I haven’t even mentioned how they fiddle with postal votes.

I, for one, will not be surprised if Gordon Brown wins the election and has another term to fuck up the Anglo-Saxon even further. How the left hate us.

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How to price a conference

There are lots of opportunities, in life, to attend a conference to learn more about a subject that is going to be useful to you. However, some of these conferences can be expensive and it is often difficult to decide whether you will receive value for money if you pay and attend. Notice I didn’t say whether the conference is value for money, but whether it will be value for money to you.

We can approach this dilemma in a reasoned way. Take the cost of the course. Add to it the cost of getting there and, if you are going to lose money by attending, add that cost as well. So now we have the gross cost of attending. For our simple example, we will assume the cost is £500.

How much do you earn in an hour? Gross of course! If dividing your annual salary by the number of weeks in a year, take into account your holiday entitlement to get the true weekly cost, then divide by the number of days you work in a week, then by the number of hours in the day you work. Here, do not include overtime. Let us assume this figure is £25.

Now divide your hourly figure by the gross cost of attending the course. Which is 20.

Round up, not down, any decimals to get a whole figure. That is the amount of good ideas you will need to get from the conference to break even. These have to be real ideas that you will put into practice and use for at least a year. If you think an idea could be beneficial to you for the rest of your life, you can count it as two ideas for the purpose of this exercise. So, in the above example, if you don’t think you are going to get twenty good ideas, then the conference is over-priced. There may be other reasons you need to attend the conference for, such as networking amongst your peers, but at least you know what you will eventually be paying for.

Most conferences contain a detailed list of all the points that will be covered. Go over them carefully, and make a tally of any idea that you think you could glean from that section of the conference.

I have used this, whether successful or not, I could never be totally sure. However, those conferences or seminars I did eventually attend all produced the required number of new ideas I have adopted, and often many more. So, in my opinion, the costs were never wasted.

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