Monthly Archives: June 2009

>Feeling Under The Weather?

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H/t: Grumpy Old Twat

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>Stan’s Summer

>Go and have a read; it’s like being there yourself!

Retirement, something happens and every bastard wants to sleep in van at lochside, is like Candice Marie and Raymond from Nut in May, pair of stupid, fucked-up, calorie-counting, bird-watching, shitbrain useless mouthy bastard, only on wheels, Look at Us, here we are in our camper van, Silver FoxesRus.

>Liar, Liar Balls on Fire

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On the basis that you can never have too much of a good thing, here’s a link to Fraser Nelson’s account of a telephone call he received today from Ed Balls:

‘He instructed me to “take that post down now”. I thought he was joking: has there been some change to the constitution where ministers now have power over the media? But he was deadly serious. “You should not call me a liar,” said Balls. I told him that if he doesn’t want to be called a liar, he shouldn’t tell lies.”

Brilliant work from Fraser. You’ll find more graphs and more detail at the link above, together with Fraser’s updates.

>Drip, Drip, Drip

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Harry Cohen MP (Lab, Leyton & Wanstead) and top trougher has announced he’ll be standing down at the next GE.

He’ll be best remembered for saying: “I am almost certainly the most professional MP Leyton and Wanstead has ever had, and that includes Winston Churchill,” thus proving that delusional thinking isn’t confined only to the PM. Good riddance – but Go Now, let’s have a bye-election instead of you hanging on with all your other mates collecting salaries, perks, allowances, transitioning payments, golden goodbyes and final salary pensions. Just Go.

>A Europe Of The Regions

>The EU doesn’t merely ‘like’ the breaking up of nations, but actively encourages it. Here are two articles about what’s happening in Belgium and Spain. The end result could be many local inconsequential regions with an over-riding, unaccountable monolithic bureaucracy in Brussels. If I were Scottish, I’d be rather more circumspect about the EU’s promotion of devolution and independence from the UK. Barroso and his pals aren’t William Wallace.

>Lenient Jail Terms For MPs

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Following recent posts highlighting the leniency of jail terms (up to twelve months max) for MPs tried and convicted of offences uncovered in the expenses scandal, an article in the FT quotes Claire Shaw, a lawyer at Pinsent Masons and a former Serious Fraud Office prosecutor, as saying it was “hilarious” to see rules floated that would impose lower sanctions on parliamentarians than on the person on the street. She said: “They shouldn’t be passing a special act for MPs which has a tenth of the penalty the wider public face.”

The criticism is an embarrassing counterpoint to government attempts to clamp down on business and consumer fraudsters, by raising the maximum jail term for the offence from seven years to 10 years.

They do like to set their own rules and create their own loopholes, don’t they?
Full article here
Link to previous post on Parliamentary Standards Bill

>A Double-Dipper

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The prospect of a double-dip recession is finally being raised by the msm this morning with an article in The Independent. Despite the government’s attempts to place a different interpretation on the recent comments of the OECD it’s now being reported that:

“Britain remained “deep” in recession and faced a “bleak short-term outlook”.

“The recovery is likely to be slow and unemployment is expected to climb significantly,” it said, adding that the Treasury could do “considerably more” to fix the public finances.

Both warnings are at odds with recent market optimism and so-called green shoots suggesting that output in the economy may be recovering. But the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), which includes the Bank of England, the US Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank, said it feared that the problems of the world’s banks are far from fixed and could easily trigger a so-called “double dip” or “W-shaped” downturn. “A major cause for concern is the limited progress in addressing the underlying problems in the financial sector,” it said.

“A significant risk is therefore that the current stimulus will lead only to a temporary pick-up in growth, followed by protracted stagnation.”
UPDATE: Latest figures from the ONS show the sharpest decline in GDP for 51yrs