• 10/04/2013

    Miners and Thatcher

    She won't go away..  I know we said no more ..but.. Listening to Nicky Campbell this morning an ex-miner was arguing with an old lady from a different mining town. The debate was Baroness Thatcher's funeral and how this is an insult to the nation. The miner was saying about the devastation in the mining towns of Wales. How nowadays the sons of miners were reduced to driving to work in a factory packing food for airlines. The


    Xcite Energy – progress at long last

    It is a while since I posted on any of my share portfolio. Eagle-eyed readers without ad blocks will note that our one time site sponsorship with spreadbetmagazine (still a fab blog for trading insights) is at an end and during that time I posted about trading more over there. So now there maybe a slight renaissance on this site from time to time. Most of my trading has long since slowed down since I ended up in events based shares where there has been a lack



    Thatcher 2.0

    Of all the nice and nasty things said about Margaret Thatcher since the sad news of her death yesterday, we that she was a driven woman who knew her own mind and had a desire to get things done. Right or Left she was a woman of action. Equally unanimous is the derision for the current leaders of Cameron, Clegg and Milliband for their uniformly weaselly approach to politics which allows strong positions only to be taken on minor or non-issues like



    Margaret Thatcher: 1925-2013

    Lady T. has died, age 87.  A  genuine change politician. A conviction politician. A politician who utterly dominated politics and in some eyes still does. Someone who left the nation vastly different from when she found it. Divisive, to be sure. But, as Andrew Marr said in his History of Modern Britain, Politically, Thatcher has made us all her children. Of the prime ministers since the war, she was the one who changed the political weather. Reader's thoughts on the Thatcher era? 


    On Marginal Tax Rates

    Apologies for a very pedantic piece on a Monday morning, but someone has to raise it. Today is the first day of the next tax year and so there is some play in the media about the various tax effects of the budget and previous budget as to what all of those who may be due pay some tax may experience in their wage packets. Much of the discussion, as one would expect, is around who wins and who loses and indeed who got

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    Am I Allowed To Say This?

    The Thought Police have been out in force this week, reading the Riot Act to those with the temerity to make connections between the callous and sometimes lethal actions of ne'er-do-wells, and their unearned sources of income.  One understands that the days of freedom of blog-speech may be numbered, but I'm chancing my arm anyway. Since, as people of good will, we are all presumably moved to lament extreme outcomes such as tragic, if unintended waste of life all the way to actual loss of life; and even to deplore the often squalid lifestyles observed among those


    Parliamentary Standards Commission into the BOE/Treasury?

    The HBOS leadership team is roundly and rightly condemned for the horrendous mess they made of HBOS. Under their watch a stable, non-investment bank was turned into a leverage monster which has blown up to a cost of something like £25 billion to UK taxpayers and now helps play a key role in crippling Lloyds and holding back our economic growth. As I have said many times before, what has been done should be a crime and these men should be facing a long stretch in chokey - luckily for them the inept system that we have for tracking white



    Ban the bomb -

     CND - Cameron's nuclear deterrent The UK would be "foolish" to abandon Trident in the face of the potential threat of nuclear attack from North Korea and Iran, David Cameron has said.  The Lib Dems want the UK to explore a cheaper alternative to the Tories' £20bn plan to replace Trident..  Shadow defence minister Kevan Jones said it was "absolutely right and necessary" for the UK to retain an independent nuclear deterrent.. Really?   North Korea, one of the axis of evil, is a nutter country. A personality cult, divine leader, communist propagandist full blown looney tunes nation. They need a really big


    My MEP Working Hard For Me

    This chappie is Charles Tannock, one of my MEPs.  I've met him several times, he's a cheerful enough cove, quite good company over drink.  And now he would like me and my fellow electors to know what he's up to: he's sent us all a glossy brochure entitled 'Working For You Since 1999'.  The thing is, working for me obviously doesn't represent a full time job for Charles, and he has a lot


    What happened to the COE and are they right?

    Once up on a time, the Church of England was considered the Tory Party at prayer. No longer, now instead we have a whole Easter weekend given over to hand-wringing by the COE about potential welfare cuts and harming the poorest in society. The leftie take-over of the church is complete, even if it is run by an Etonian. I don't know how this came to pass, less do I care how it has happened,  except to note that the Catholic leader was more concerned with the meaning of Easter and the Jewish and Islamic leaders have chosen not to get