Category Archives: democracy

A man of peace

So former IRA commander Martin McGuiness has popped his clogs. Personally, I’m with Norman Tebbitt on this one…

He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain fronted by Piers Morgan : “I’m just pleased that the world is a sweeter and cleaner place now. It’s not merely these creatures [the Brighton bombers] crippled my wife, but they also murdered five of my friends.”

Norman is a neighbour of mine. I see him regularly in Waitrose doing his shopping. I have always been impressed by the forthright way he expresses his views. He talks a lot of sense and says things that others shy away from. He’s an honest and straightforward man.

I confess to my own strong views on the IRA London bombing campaign, having nearly been caught 3 times by the bastards. I used to work in Westminster Bridge Road. I came to work one morning to find my office covered in glass and the window blown out when they bombed the Central Office of Information which backed onto our building. They bombed High Holborn tube station under the office where I used to work. Thankfully I’d moved on by then but some of my friends were a bit shaken by that one!

The clincher for me was the Westminster Tube Station bomb. I used to buy a paper at the station when I got on the train in the morning. Sometimes I’d cut it a bit fine and buy one the other end – at Westminster Tube Station. That morning, I got my paper at my home station. I walked up the steps – right past the bomb – and started across the bridge. About 100 yards across there was an almighty bang as the bomb went off.

If I’d stopped to buy a newspaper that morning, I’d have been killed.

That was enough for me. I got a job out of London at less pay. It was better than being killed or – worse – maimed like Margaret Tebbitt.

I reflect at this stage on the words of Custer when he was minister for Indian affairs. When asked how he reconciled his views on Indians with being a ‘man of peace’, he replied “Ain’t nothing as peaceful as a dead Injun!” I believe McGuinness, man of peace, believed there was nothing as peaceful as a dead protestant.

So that’s why I’m with Norman. The world is a better place this morning…

You’re NICked…

First of all let me declare an interest : I spent the best part of the last 20 years of my working life as a self employed contractor in the IT industry. I’m also a chartered accountant so I was particularly interested in what the Chancellor had to say yesterday about National Insurance contributions.

There’s been a lot of nonsense spouted by various self employed people over yesterday’s announcement, not least of all by one particular blogger – whose blog I’m banned from accessing – that I read this morning (working well, that ban, isn’t it?) who simply doesn’t seem to understand the situation at all, frankly. However, in the interests of fairness, you can read his slant on all this here even if I’m not allowed to! (sic.)

What the Chancellor has done is to abolish Class 2 NICs and incorporate that saving into the Class 4 NIC. The Class 4 NIC has then been increased by 1% this year and a further 1% next year.

The bleat from the people who don’t like this seems to revolve around around their employment rights. The self employed have no employment rights, so the argument is irrelevant. The government provide the NHS and a state pension in return for NI. Here’s an important point : The State Pension has been changed so that self employed people now have the same pension rights as employees. They also have the same access to the NHS, so why should they pay less?

Even after these changes, the self employed still pay a lower NI contribution that employees whilst getting the same access to the NHS and the same pension rights. Employees pay 12% compared to the current Class 4 rate of 9%. Over £43,000 p.a. everyone pays 2%.

The net effect of the changes is that self employed people earning under £28,000 per annum will pay less NI. From £28,000 to £43,000 they will pay the same. Over £43,000 they will pay more.

This seems fair to me. Maternity rights, sick pay and paid holidays are not the responsibility of the government. When I worked as a self employed contractor, I earned more than I would have done as an employee. This was precisely because I had to earn enough to cover unpaid holidays, sickness, gaps between contracts and the like.

There is a class of people in this country and others who believe that things should be given to them as a right and that they shouldn’t have to contribute in order to get them. My fellow blogger’s rant calling the government ‘thieving scum’ and the taxman a ‘blood sucking leech’ shows a fundamentally bad attitude and is typical of the ‘something for nothing’ mentality. I won’t bother to argue the case with him because that would be like trying to teach a pig to sing.

The case for this change is clear. It’s about fairness. If you want the same rights, then you should pay the same contributions towards them. And, at the end of the day, nobody forces you to become self employed. It’s a choice for you as it was for me and I fail to see why there should be a financial incentive funded by employed people for you to do so…

The Ministry of Truth

I was interested to read this morning an article in the Daily Fail by Katie Hopkins about the infiltration of our schools by snowflakes and libertarians who are brainwashing our children.

She’s quite right when she says that it’s fine for teachers to teach our children to think, but goes on to point out that that what’s increasingly happening is that teachers are teaching our children what to think. By pushing their own agenda and their biased view of the world, they’re brainwashing an entire generation – and that’s not only wrong, it’s dangerous as well.

The anti-Trump protests are a visible example of this insidious practice. I worry when I see 9 year old kids carrying banners saying things like “Not my president” or “Immigrants welcome” or “No hate, No racism!” because my grandson is 9 years old and is certainly not au fait with the complicated goings on in world politics. He simply doesn’t understand it. And why should he? He’s 9 nine years old and enjoying his childhood. Plenty of time later for worrying about the state of the world!

When kids start coming home and telling their parents that Mr Trump is a racist and wants to do bad things, I seriously wonder how young children could have arrived at this opinion unless it was rammed down their throats by teachers with their own political agenda. I doubt my 9 year old knows very much about the new President of the USA or, for that matter, about Brexit. Somebody is filling their heads with this stuff.

Now I’ll admit that some of this might be down to the political leanings of the parents and that’s been going on for generations. My political leanings might have been considerably different if my father had a different job to the one he actually had. He never rammed his political opinions down my throat, but at the same time we are all heavily influenced by our upbringings. I’m not defending it – it’s just the way it is and has always been. But it is worrying when out teachers do it.

We send our kids to school to be educated, not molded; taught to think not what to think; to behave not how to behave. It’s a school, not the ministry of truth. They’re there to be educated, not re-educated.

Orwell got it right – he just got the year and venue wrong…

Treason and betrayal

Yesterday saw a new low in the politics of the United Kingdom – a low not seen since the English civil war and bordering on a good reason why there might well be a second civil war!

In June, there was a referendum. You might remember it? The people gave a clear indication that they wanted to leave the European Union. To give the departed Mr Cameron his due, he delivered on his promise to let us have a say in our future. The House of Commons passed a bill that authorised the referendum. Parliament had it’s say and the elected house decided to let us vote.

Yesterday the House of Lords decided that that decision should be set aside. They decided that our PM – who you will remember has a clear mandate – should not be allowed to invoke article 50 without a vote in the Commons. They also decided that when the negotiations are concluded on the terms of exit, the Commons should have another vote. In their words, to do otherwise would be ‘constitutionally unacceptable’.

Well, I’ll tell you what is constitutionally unacceptable – and that is having an unelected bunch of cunts telling the elected government that it cannot leave an undemocratic organisation run by more unelected cunts in defiance of the will of the people clearly expressed in a referendum which was authorised by a vote from a bunch of cunts that were actually elected.

The Lords are quick to point out that the referendum result is merely ‘advisory’ but fail to recognise that the decisions of the Lords are advisory as well. The PM is free to ignore their advise and as a last resort can invoke the Parliament Act to overrule them.

This is treachery and treason on a grand scale. If ever there was an example of democracy being ignored, this is it. If ever there was a better justification for abolishing the Lords then I’m reaching to thinking of it.

Shame on them! Heads on poles on Westminster Bridge is a picture that comes to mind…

Buying votes

Vote Rigging for Dummies
I was intrigued – but not surprised – to learn this morning that the Labour Party has attracted no fewer than 183,000 ‘affiliated supporters’ during the 48 hours that people were permitted to register to vote in the upcoming leadership election. This has added no less that £4,588,525 to the Labour Party’s coffers at £25 a head.

It’s interesting to compare the way the Labour Party is running this election to the leadership election recently carried out by the Conservatives. Quite reasonably, if you joined the Conservative Party less than 6 months before the leadership contest was announced then you were not eligible to vote in that election. This ensured that only genuine Conservative members were allowed to vote for a new leader. Labour, of course, has no such scruples when it comes to keeping the bully boy lefties in power.

It would be interesting to know how many of those £25 payments were made out of the individual’s own pockets and how many were ‘reimbursed’ by the Trades Unions. It would, after all, be a good way to divert members subscriptions into the Party’s coffers, wouldn’t it?

Whatever the ins and outs of this practice, one thing is obvious. If this was being done in Zimbabwe of some other such similar third world shit hole, then the UN would be condemning it as electoral fraud – yet when it is done in this country by one of our major political parties, it is described as ‘opening up democracy to the masses’. It is, as a matter of fact, the exact opposite.

Thankfully, it will make little difference. Corbyn will hang onto his job courtesy of Unite activists and Momentum bullying and intimidation. The PLP will continue to defy him and might even resign the whip and break away. If they do so, then I somehow doubt it will be – as Tim Farron recently fantasised – to join the Liberal Democrats.

Whichever way you look at it, something here stinks and there appear to be an awful lot of people about with a dreadful sense of smell…