Monthly Archives: December 2012
  • 31/12/2012

    Reader Predictions for 2013 and Cityunslicker’s top 3ish

    Malcolm Tucker - Royal baby saves government pushing worst ever economic figures off the front page. After that things begin green shooting. Syria conflict rumbles on. No one cares. It doesn't escalate. Neither does Israel- Iran. Obama does barest minimum on gun control. What he does fails to pass the Supreme Court anyway and is forgotten. Delete Anonymous   Blue Eyes - The Euro survives! The lights stay on! Anonymous  Electro-Kevin

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    29/12/2012

    The Dodgy Honours List, in Full

    Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, KtHmm. Let's just see if his 'unequivocal support' to the coppers who might have, well, made it all up about Thrasher Mitchell, explodes in his face. I am a great supporter of awarding medals and honours to policemen upon their retirement, rather than upon their appointment to top jobs. Who, for instance, would have awarded anything but a large raspberry and a halving of his pension to Sir Ian Blair, after the mockery he made of his Commissioner's tenure? Oh, that's right, NuLabour - they made him a PEER! Jeeeesus!Cherie Blair QC, CBEFor services to her property

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    29/12/2012

    Dates for the 2013 diary

    January 1st. Fiscal cliff - no resolution- Market panic -doomsayers predict end of America. Sally Bercow's first libelous tweet of the year. January 6th. Fiscal cliff fudge moves $900 gajizillion bazoomillion of spending cuts and tax rises to January 2014 . Markets recover instantly, for no reason that any sane person could conceive. January 9th - 1st prediction of imminent Euro collapse. Repeated every 9th of the month until 2015.


    27/12/2012

    2013 Predictions – The Reader’s Crowd Wisdom

    Every year we try to do our best to predict what will happen in the coming year, with some success although the run of 70% accuracy of a few years ago has sadly come to an end - maybe the onset of dementia or maybe the world has just become more unpredictable! Anyway, this year as well as your 3 regular writers, I am going to post up the best of the readers along with ours, names attached of course. Perhaps with more mind we can increase our accuracy back

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    23/12/2012

    Christmas Shopping Frenzy to save the economy?

    It is the time of year for hoary old chestnuts and surely this is the most common one. Every year there is a comparisons with like for like sales from the year before, no matter that in recent years relatively strong inflation means that actual falls in sales revenues must be a disaster. Instead we get treated to TV programmes and news discussing just how many people can get into the Metrocentre or Bluewater. It is all nonsense in the scheme of things, people buying lots of imported goods won't make too much of a difference to the economy, although it

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    22/12/2012

    Night At The Opera – Again!

    Yes folks, we are back at the opera! This year it is Der Fliegende Italiener, or Berlusconi Does A Bunka *   *   *   *   *   * The scene opens with Toni and Cheri, our perennial seekers after wealth, in one of their vulgar Jacobethan McMansions. They have clearly succeeded in their quest,


    22/12/2012

    Night At The Opera Again!

    Yes folks, we are back at the opera! This year it is Der Fliegende Italiener, or Berlusconi Does A Bunka *   *   *   *   *   * The scene opens with Toni and Cheri, our perennial seekers after wealth, in one of their vulgar Jacobethan McMansions. They have clearly succeeded in their quest,

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    20/12/2012

    Could kids TV be any more Gay?

    The experts added that the BBC should be 'more creative and bolder in its depiction of such groups of people, taking care to steer clear of stereotypes.' The report concluded: 'The LGB experts feel that the BBC should seek to incorporate the portrayal of LGB people within programming targeted at children, to familiarise audiences through incidental portrayal from an early age.' So says a report that thinks there needs to be many more LGBs on kids Tv.


    20/12/2012

    You Against The Professors: A Challenge

    Shale gas has greatly discomfited Greens (and Gazproms) everywhere, but their sleepless nights have been fruitful and they have launched a new "argument". If you haven't seen one of these little jolly little fallacies scampering around you probably think I am kidding; but no. Here, for example are Profs David Knight (structural biologist/ biophysicist) and Robert Whitmarsh (ocean and earth science), writing to the Grauniad.

     "The reduction in CO2 emissions resulting from the switch from coal to gas in the US has been entirely offset by


    19/12/2012

    A new source of funding from banks – a dangerous precedent?

    As regular readers will know, there is not much love lost amongst the authors of this blog for the big oligopoly of Banks that Western countries find themselves lumbered with. They played a big role in pushing the leverage in 2003-2007 which has led to the depression which we are now only about half way through experiencing. More exasperating in the UK is the lack of punishment for the criminal behaviour of many of the former executives, as discussed ad nauseam. However, Banks

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