Monthly Archives: January 2013
  • 31/01/2013

    Question Time – return of the NHS

    David Dimbleby chairs Question Time from Lancaster.  On the panel are Baroness 'working class' Warsi, foreign and Commonwealth Office minister; Alan 'tax rates are different are they?' Johnson, former home secretary for Labour; comedian Dom Trigger Happy - I found a TH cd only yesterday - brilliant music' Joly; Guardian columnist Zoe 'pregmum' Williams; James 'climate change is hippie biscuits' Delingpole of the Daily Telegraph.  Enter your guess for what you believe the audience will ask the panel. Maximum


    31/01/2013

    What Has Parliament To Do With Soccer?

    On the matter of overpaid MPs with altogether too little to do ... may we ask Mr Quango what business his colleagues have pronouncing on the shortcomings of the Premier League ? We have become wearily accustomed to Keith Vaz and his Home Affairs committee grandstanding on any issue he considers is worthy of a sound-bite on the News and fleeting paragraph or two in the tabloids, so I suppose we can't be entirely amazed when the Culture committee does likewise. 


    30/01/2013

    MP’s Pay. Bill Quango responds to CityUnslicker

    Its not easy being an MP you know.And as you said earlier CU, the salary is pitiful.Just £65,738 + £3,000 for each seat on a committee & £10k for each Quango chairmanship. Then there's the coveted cabinet position that brings an extra £68,827 to the pot. I suppose there are some minor fringe benefits. A free house with full profits from the sale. Free household items; loo roll, toothbrush, vase and plinth, bathplug, bookcase, trampoline, canteen of cutlery, table lamps, dishcloth, tea towel, flat

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    30/01/2013

    Just Plain Wrong

    Just how stupid, sad and sick do you have to be to go to a demonstration with a poster like the one being held by the imbecilic man above?Readers of this blog know only too well that I have an extremely low overall opinion of Cameron, but I do concede that he has his good points. One of them is that he empathises with the disabled in a way that no previous Tory leader (or any Prime Minister, probably ever) has done. His behaviour, and that of his family, over the

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    30/01/2013

    Performance related pay for MP’s

    The deserving poor This week, as is becoming more frequent in a Country which is on its uppers, there are some big raging disputes about pay and with it the usual class warfare that has become endemic. Yesterday I opined upon the Bankers and their approach to their own pay and rations. Shame is foreign word for them and money tops morality at every turn, especially when there is so much less of it about (OK, we have Quantitative Easing, but that is

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    29/01/2013

    Typical of the Breed

    I am assured this is for real. Courtesy of those competent fund managers at Artemis:“Last year was a big one for me. I had my gastric band fitted, and took the opportunity to reassess my life. I read works by the great thinkers – Plato, Aristotle, Hegel, Lenin, Malcolm X, Bono, Will Hutton, Hitler – and revised fundamentally my whole philosophy. This year I will be voting LibDem in the local elections.”– A member of

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    29/01/2013

    RBS Bonus row, part 69….

    It is fairly wearying reading the wild gnashing of teeth about the latest developments at our state owned RBS bank. The bank is due to announce a fine for LIBOR trading that will be in excess of Barclays but somewhere short of the UBS fine, where the criminal behaviours will be tested in court. But at £500 million, of taxpayers money, much of it will go to the US Treasury, at a time when our own deficit is climbing and the share

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    28/01/2013

    Of Little Importance

    Is it just me, or might this have justified 30 seconds on the national news over the weekend? I can quite understand that the telly news was more interested in Adam Afriyie or Andy Murray or Harry's todger or the baby with its dummy gaffer-taped into its gob, but even the Today programme this morning at sparrows had nothing to say about it. I'm gobsmacked.Torygraph Blog, this afternoon: Is Iran's mystery nuclear explosion too good to be true? By

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    28/01/2013

    Let Them Dig Ditches

     HS2 trainOh dear. I had been so confident back in June when I blogged that support for the Great Whitle Elephant Line was draining from the Treasury and the Cabinet. The Spectator is certainly the best weekly newspaper (NEVER to be called a 'magazine') in the English language, as its devotees know (and if you are not a subscriber or reader, you really ought to be). Its Political Editor, James Forsyth, is extraordinarily well-informed, as well as being of sound judgement. It normally gets these things bang on.So it is a surprise as well

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    28/01/2013

    Nuclear Endgame – and a Rogue We Will Miss

    Looks as though the nuclear strike-price endgame is in prospect.  EDF had softened us up with mention of £140/MWh for their Hinkley output; I had predicted £119.95: DECC seems to be trying to keep it under the hundred, "whatever that means", as the Inde's writer justly puts it. Because whatever the notional outcome, bear in mind that (a) it will be index-linked, and the electrons will not be in action until 2021; and more significantly  (b) there are