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118. 16.00 GMT.
22/12/15. Many apologies for the massive gap but CB felt
this needed to be said. We have just had nearly 200 countries in Paris
discussing global climate change. The result is that they are all
looking over one anothers shoulders for who is emitting what! They did
agree to apportion $100 Bn per annum to remedy the problem. There were
scientific advisors there but WHERE WERE THEY? It is no use worrying
about emissions when one of the main causes was never mentioned. This
planet was provided with natural lungs by Mother Nature so it could
breathe. They were the rain forests (before we cut most of them down).
Those who know photosynthesis, the method used by all green plants to
live will realise that in daylight plants absorb oxygen and give off
carbon dioxide, BUT, in the hours of darkness it flips, they absorb
carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. This is natures way of keeping our
air clean. It is why, when you take your dog for a walk in the park at
05.00 AM, the air smells so fresh. That is at a low level so the new
oxygen is near to the ground, you can smell the freshness but consider
the size and density of a rain forest, they push oxygen mush higher
into our atmosphere so that winds can distribute that fresh oxygen. It
is the pollution of our air by carbon gases that is contributing to our
climate change. If those countries in Paris had any sense (and
scientific advice) they might have considered a change to how we
conduct the worlds finances. Rain forests are cut down first for the
value of the exotic woods from the trees. The government of that
country then levels the land to build industrial units in the hope of
attracting business so they can grow an economy. The world, however,
needs the rain forests so why do we not use some of that $100 Bn tp pay
these countries to regenerate their rain forests. Firstly, they could
plant large areas of the woods we need, mahogany, ebony eyc so the
world can still have them. If the plantations were large enough they
would constitute something of a factory farm where an annual crop could
be cut down and reseeded. The nature of these trees is such that all
the usual undergrowth would naturally re-occur, thus cleaning our
atmosphere just as it used to be and was designed to be by Mother
Nature. AFTER we do this, OK, start to worry about emissions. It will
take SO MANY years but years going the right way, not down the up lane
of a motorway that will eventually kill us, our children and our
grandchildren. This is a political position based on the worlds
financial system, not realising what it is important to pay for and
finance and it is time we all WOKE UP!
117. 03.00 BST.
20.06.15. Maybe for once we might see real justice in
action. The 21 year old Ruff, a white man who killed 9 black people in
a church was captured alive. He may well live to regret that. He will
go to prison where, given american "justice", there will be over 50%
black inmates who will know why Ruff is in prison. CB does not believe
he will live one day in there where he is not reminded what those black
inmates feel about him. He may well begin to realise what true hate is.
If they put him in solitary, maybe one of his gusrds will be a black
man who sometimes suffers temporary blindness. CB thinks that Ruff will
never again suffer from constipation and piles are not an option as
there may be a lot of traffic right where he does not want it. If he
does not learn to be a good bitch very quickly, he may die but maybe he
will get all he asked for. OK, every one is innocent until found guilty
but CB thinks his real innocence will be lost within the first 24 hours
of his sentence.
116. 22.15 BST.
17.06.15. Now we know the truth of maybe why the 3 west
Yorkshire women with their 9 children decided to go to Syria. Even
though the fathers solicitor said there was no domestic problems, the
truth has just come out on the news. In Islam the man is the law in the
house and women are mere posessions. It is their culture. One of the
husbands, in a TV interview said "I can't understand why they went, and
without my permission", seems he is more hurt by the defiance than the
loss. When a womans home life is a bag of crap, another
life in the IS would look very inviting. Shame those mothers will find
the truth now they are there. Out of the fire and into the frying pan.
The only good to come from this is a clearer understanding where Turkey
really stands on the question of people moving from there to Syria.
Turkey should now be regarded as a muslim state more than a member of
the western civilised world.
115. 12.45 BST.
17.06.15. Well, didn't he do well! George Osborne today
stood in for David Cameron at Prime Ministers Questions. For some
reason it was a quiet affair in comparison to the norm but overall
George Osborne won the day. He DOES look like PM material but the
tories have strength in depth with Boris and others who also look like
they would be winners as PM. Labour, on the other hand, will still be
in disarray. George Osborne added a put down to the opposition,
unanswered, about their negative policies on some of the development
projects now in place. In most cases he outperformed the answers that
we may have expected from David Cameron, were he here.
114. 10.00 BST.
17.06.15. It is all change today. Firstly we hear that Top
Gear will continue with a different line up headed by Chris Evans. CB
will wait, watch and then make up his mind. CB can't help but feel that
the 350 million audience will shrink to maybe 35 million. It is not
possible to replace a man with a unique personality like Jeremy
Clarkson, especially when backed up by 2 wholly different personalities
like Richard Hammond and James May. Eack one played a part which
allowed their individuality to shine whilst the 3 fitted together so
well. The new guys will be given a chance but it is a very slim chance
that they can present this show as capably and with as much humour as
the original cast. Now we move to Camelot. When will they ever learn?
The beginning of the end came with the lifting of the lottery from £1
per line to £2. We were promised bigger jackpots but, as CB said at the
time, this would not happen and it didn't. Too many people stopped
playing or only played when there was a roll over. Funny, isn't it, in
the early days when one person won a roll over the tabloids complained
that "nobody should be able to win so much money". After that we saw so
many roll overs won by multiple winners. After a time it went back to
normal but now, at a time of falling revenues, we get double, triple or
quadruple roll overs and sometikes won by just 1 winner. A good sql on
the system would identify the numbers that would provide a roll over
but how could it be guaranteed that those exact numbers came up. CB
just finds the trend of rollovers to be less than credible when they
appear to fall into what the promoter might want. Now they are to
increase the number of balls in the draw from 49 to 59, taking the 1 in
£14M to over 1 in £40M as your chances of securing the jackpot and this
comes in around October this year. Camelot should register as a
political party as they are very good at making promises but not at
keeping them. We are told there will be more smaller prizes but we
shall see. Bigger jackpots? We shall see. If this change does not work,
will we see the end of the lottery, well CB will as CB will not play
anymore with 59 numbers in the drum.
113. 10.00 BST.
16.06.15. The who-ha over the 3 women from West Yorkshire
who, with their 9 children, have failed to return home from a trip to
Saudi Arabia is showing the weakness of the UK government. There is so
much time being wasted by the police and other authorities on this. CB
sees the solution as quite easy, except for the children. ANYONE who
expresses an afinity with the Islamic State is NOT behaving in a
"British way". Let them go but mark their passports for seisure should
they try to return. The government might also mark their passports as
expired at this point. If they want to go, let them but make it a
permanent move from the UK with no return possible. In the case of the
children, they have no choice and must go where their mothers take
them. They are too young to decide on an idealogical basis so, as where
they are going is a war zone, they must be taken into care by the
authorities. It is about time we exported those who have lost any
"Britishness" they once had.
112. 11.45 BST.
04.06.15. The questioin of MP's pay is now a prominent
feature of the current news. An increase of 10.3% is way too much in
times of austerity, even though the recent awards not being taken has
led to the real pay of MP's slipping backwards. This slippage has
happened to most working folk so surely the MP's could stand it too.
What is wrong is the idea expressed by most party leaders to giv it to
charity. Noble though it sounds, that would impose a compulsory
charitable donation to the tune of 10.3% of the cost of running our
political system on the taxpayer. CB suggests that is not acceptible.
When working folk have paid their tax and bills, it is up to them to
decide if, from what is left, any may be given to charity. It is not
reasonable to force the increase on the taxpayer as a compulsory
charitable donation. In times of austerity, the right way to do this is
to ensure the increase never happens. Pressure must be brought to
nullify the increase at it's root.
111. 11.45 BST.
04.06.15. The investigations into FIFA are now at a place
where thought is being given to changing the venue of the 2018 and 2022
World Cup. Russia and Qatar are indignant and assert that the
respective World Cups will stay as placed. Whilst it is undesirable to
introduce politics into world football, it is only reasonable to
question the Russian World Cup. It is, surely, against the sanctions
imposed on Russia over the Ukraine situation to give them the financial
boost the World Cup would bring. With Putin flexing his muscles by
constantly flying his military aircraft near to or infringing the
airspace of western European countries and his open stance against
homosexuals visiting Russia to watch football, can the 2018 event be
left with Russia? Much more to come but such questions MUST be
addressed and solved. Should the two disputed venues lose their status
there would be £billioins claimed against FIFA as compensation. CB
thinks the compensation should be paid from the personal accounts of
Warner, Blazer and, if shown to be implicated, Blatter, the rest being
made up by FIFA!
110. 0945 BST.
02.06.15. It has been announced that the Large Hadron
Collider is to be restarted again. Twice as powerful as before but
still smashing protons. When the accelerator is smashing the sub
particles (see The Standard Model)
that make the proton they will be near to the base of all mass! They
will not "discover" their result as such results will merely CONFIRM
what was first published 6 years ago at 17.00 on Friday 13th March
2009. That is a theory that explains the universe, explains how the big
bang happened, explains black holes and answers so many supposed
unanswered questions. To read this go to The Universe Explained
109. 09.,45 BST.
02.06.15. Finally we have FIFA without Blatter, feels
cleaner already. Blatter will stay as a caretaker until early next
year. There has been talk of cracking on with reform BUT, as tainted as
FIFA (and Blatter) are it should not be started until new faces are in
play. Blatter should stay in the background, shut up and wave when
108. 12.00 Noon
BST. 31.05.15. Well, after another bought of
illness CB is back again. Regular readers will know CB's thoughts on
Sepp Blatter. It was always said on this page that FIFA could not be
cleaned up whilst Blatter was in charge and here he is back again. All
through his reign corruption has been rampant. Any organisation
handling the amount of money washing around in FIFA must be likely to
suffer corruption but Blatter is trying the divorce method "I didn't do
it, it was all that lot". He fails to see where the buck stops. Any
organisation as financially of that size ought to be required to have
independent auditors ON SITE daily. Perhaps that audit team needs to be
a part of the money movement function with the proviso that their
private financial situation MUST be monitored with snap audits on their
privete money situation. OK, from time to time this may fail BUT
wouldn't it limit the amount of corruption?
107. 12.00 noon
BST. 21.05.15. Today David Cameron has
delivered a speech from the Home Ofice on the Tory immigration policy.
What crap, CB has been personally involved in an immigration situation.
CB is a British Citizen but was subjected to an insane pantomime at the
Hull immigration desk because he was travelling on his Canadian
passport. The bottom line is that what happened to CB is consumate
proof that the UK Border Agency has no realistic control over
immigration. More will come from this but for now, as it is still being
dealt with by CB's MP, we have to stop there, be patient, you will love
the full story when CB can tell all.
106. 09.15 BST.
17.05.15. First, just to clear something up and before we
deal with Europe, read post 103 from 5 days ago where CB posed the
question of the IS using the "refugees to Europe" Mediterranean
migration problem to send IS militants to Europe for terrorist
activities. The BBC news channel is today agreeing that point,
remember, you saw it here first! Now let us deal with the UK "in or
out" of Europe debate. Lets cut through all the crap that politicians
are using to cloud the issue. Europe came from a common trading
agreement to facilitate business between European countries called The
Common Market. Now business is all about MONEY, not politics.
Politicians have taken the Common Market forward towards a federal
"Unites States of Europe". We did not sign up for that! Because
business is about MONEY, to leave Europe should not affect business by
much. We will still know all our contacts. Our refusal to join the Euro
did not hurt our ability to continue doing business with Europe and
neither would our exit from Europe. It could be an opportunity for
business expansion. The South American countries who want to expand
trade with Europe might need our knowledge and contacts so we could be
the middle man here. At the same time we are in a position to develope
our ability to trade with those countries. Leaving Europe, but NOT the
Common Market, might be a very good thing. All our sovereignty would be
back here allowing us to control immigration how WE need it. All we
need to know is the money, the bottom line. How much per day does it
cost to be in Europe and how much per day do we get back? If we get
more back than we pay, is the difference worth losing to get back our
sovereignty? This needs to be ACCURATELY costed and explained to us
before we are asked to vote. Now, Cameron, Farage and a. n. other,
answer this honestly before the referendum. Please word the referendum
cleanly and not with words designed to make us vote to stay in. By the
way, a definition of honesty can be read in any reputable dictionary,
are we CLEAR?
105. 14.15 BST.
15.05.15. Goodbye BB King. Half of CB's collection is BB or
those who were influenced by him. He was the father of the rebirth of
blues and most of todays music has to pay respect to him. Glad he left
so much on tape, vinyl, VHS, CD and DVD. CB has his music on ALL
the media just stated.
104. 14.15 BST.
15.05.15. At last we hear good words from Theresa May, she
wants to repatriate African refugees. About time we heard sense. Nigel
Farage is still in the middle of a mess but HE has spoken wisely, he
has said that the agitators within need to decide if they are really
UKIP faithfuls. Does it always take an election to bring the
politicians down to earth? The only question is for how long? Now
Chukka Umunna is walking away from the Labour leadership challenge.
Seems so soon. Is there a skeleton in his closet that has ruled him
out? He was the one CB was scared of as he looked like a winner but now
we do not have to worry, the rest are nowhere in comparison.
BST. 12.05.15. Much has been in the news lately
of those who are moved by people smugglers onto boats from Libya bound
for Italy. David Cameron is right to provide whatever help he can but
he is also right to refuse to take any into the UK. How many of them
have the skills to contribute to the UK? How many of them are IS
militants using the route to get into Europe to begin terrorist
activities? If these boats were truned back then people would not see
the route as viable, the smugglers would be defeated and the problem is
solved. Sometimes you have to be hard to do the right thing.
102. 14.15 BST.
12.05.15. What a load of fuss over Nigel Farage's decision
to accept that the UKIP executive would not accept his resignation!
Interviewers tried to question Nigel's integrity, typical of some 80 IQ
producer trying to lay a trap for a man considerably more intelligent.
Higel is a character, has become the face of UKIP, has looked the best
Prime Minister material through the whole election pantomime and does
look to be one of the most honest of all the politicians. When
tendering his resignation, it was pointed out to him that the ENTIRE
party executive UNANIMOUSLY agreed that UKIP could only carry on their
good work if Nigel was the leader. They also pointed out how many and
who may leave UKIP if Nigel were not the leader. The decimation of the
talent of the perty would be the result of his resignation. Nigel had
no choice, does he walk away from all he has built and stand aside to
watch the party collapse or does he stay? CB knows what he would do and
Nigel did the same. All those in the media who want to turn this into a
defeat for Nigel should beware, the little numbskull in your earpice
will push you into a place where you look as dim as he/she is. Anyone
who has neural electricity still active within their brain cells can
see, not for the first time, Nigel is a man of integrity.
101. 12.45 BST.
12.05.15. This web site has campaigned for a change in our
political structure since 2006. The recent debacle in the election of
vote inequality has underlined all that CB ever said. The SNP got 1.5
million votes, five percent, out of 30 million and that translated into
56 seats. UKIP got almost 4 million, fifteen percent and got 1 seat.
Surely it is now time for Proportional Representation to be our voting
system. UKIP would have 65 MP's under a fair scheme. How can anyone
think that what the people wanted is represented by the UKIP result?
The only UKIP voters who got what was right were those in Clacton.
Politicians do not want PR as they fear two things, one is that there
would never be a clear majority and secondly the Commons would have too
many extremists as MP's. Well, the larger constituencies with 5 to be
returned to Westminster could be cut to 4 IF we cut the number of MP's
from 650 to 500. It is all the minor placings that would be lost under
those conditions. The nation would save £10M per year PLUS all the
associated expenses. One in three eligible voters did not vote
this time as with todays media giving political education, they knew it
was pointless so abstention was their protest. Under PR abstention is
no choice as EVERY vote counts. PR fixes all things from the PEOPLES
point of view and those elected must ACCEPT it, like it or not. There
is a petition on change.org
to get PR discussed in the house. If you want your vote to count next time, go there and sign it.
100. 12.30 BST.
10.05.15. A message to David Caneron. Please read the
previous post. If the SNP keep to their word and allow their fanatical
hatred of all your work to motivate them to disrupt all your work to
come, you cannot allow this. We have all moved down a
nationalistic path and England expects (from you).
Now you have a majority there are no excuses, we expect promises
to be kept this time. We expect you to keep the SNP in their place or
to engineer their forcible independence but NOT at our expense!
We need Trident to provide our safety through deterrence but we do not
need the Scots. Their independence would solve all the devolution
problems AND reduce the number of MP's in the follies by 56, a highly
desirable outcome. Be under no ilusioins, the English public feel
much more empowered by recent political events and should you
stray or fail to contain certain possible situations you will come
under pressure from public pressure and todays social media will
no doubt be used to remind you of this. Do not suffer the
illusion of "now we can do what we want", you CANNOT do so without the
knowledge that YOUR people are looking over your shoulder all day,
99. 12.30 BST.
10.05.15. A message for Nicola Sturgeon. Do you think the
60M people of England, Wales and N. Ireland are going to sit back and
put up with your block of MP's disrupting the smooth running of OUR
country? Think again! Public opinion, through organised online
petitions are of a mind to stop you. In fact it may give you the
independence you crave BUT it would not be your way. It would be a
terrible mess as they will demand a total financial divorce which CB
believes will put the Scottish economy back by several decades. Your
non austerity policy will take Scotland down the road to bankruptcy in
just a few short years. We will demand that we do not share our
currency with you. We will make you happy by moving Trident to England.
Some of your leading companies may well move their companies out of
Scotland. You cannot rely on or make assumptions about your treasury
take on tax. If you still want to dig your grave, there are some very
good shovel manufacturers in England but the Scottish pound will only
buy half as many as English pounds will. Take care and read the post
above, number 100.
98. 09.30 BST.
08.05.15. Boris Johnson spoke a lot of sense last night
when asked about Scotland. He said that a federal decision/offer had to
be made abot them. First we need to repatriate Trident to Plymouth or
Portsmouth. We can't do without that but we can do without the Scots.
We should send a building team to reinstate Hadrians Wall. We need to
install border controls. We would want all their passports (they are
the property of the UK). We don't need a referendum, we just dump them,
97. 09.00 BST.
08.05.15. Now we have it, our country is safe as far as the
economy is concerned. The UK was at great risk so the election was the
most important in CB's lifetime. Now we have the confidence of the
world via the IMF, the banks, the financial services, the stock
exchanges! CB's main concern is just how far Cameron might go now he
has not got the Lib Dem reins holding him back. What anazing losses,
Vince Cable, David Laws and Danny Alexander. Now the Labour Party can
truly be said to be the party without Balls! Hope Nigel Farage gets in
but what has been clearly seen is the need for proportional
representation to be installed as our voting system. The MP's do not
want it but WE SHOULD! It is the fairest system and when UKIP can
get so much of the vote and get just 1 MP (or 2 maybe) it
stinks. The problem is that under PR we could get some extremists
elected BUT if we cut the number of MP's from 650 to 500 we save £10M
per year and it cuts out the extremists. CB calls that a
good deal. Todays times DEMAND political change in the UK
so we never have the "either, or" choice again, it's not good
enough. CB has been told there has been a petition started for PR, you
can find it at change.org!
96. 10.30 BST.
26.04.15. Well, friends, electioin fever grows and I have
nothing to say. This is due to all players bar one are behaving so
badly. Billions promised and no indication of where any of them will
find the cash. The only party behaving is UKIP who seem to be standing
back and not getting involved in the pantomime. They have, we are told,
a manifesto which has been professionally and independently costed.
Please realise that no promise can realistically be kept. Whoever is in
after the 7th will have to compromise so much to scrap together a deal
that all are lying through their teeth when they promise us something.
Our only hope is that UKIP get enough seats as to doing a deal with the
Tories becomes workable. In this way the economy is protected and all
other scenarios are fraught with danger for the country. Vote wisely,
95. 23.30 BST.
21.04.15. What a life! The dog fight before the 7th May
just gets worse. The reality is that now any Labour vote is not just
the Ed and Ed show gaining control but the ultimate power being with
the SNP! What ever happened to Hadrians Wall? The National Heritage
needs to start the rebuild NOW but build it higher. If Nicola Sturgeon
wants to hurt England to get us back for losing the independence
referendum then wielding power in our government is an inside stab. 95
out of every 100 voters this time will not get it until it is too late
that a vote for Labour will ensure that the SNP may well run this
country! Ed Balls will maybe be the chancellor if Labour "win" and last
time his fingers were in our till it came up empty. What Ed Balls knows
about economics can be tattooed on a gnats foreskin, unfortunately,
there would be almost a blank canvas left! We cannot afford a Labour
government BUT a Tory government with Cameron running rampant scares
even CB and he don't scare too easy. Time for a real seed change and it
comes with using the Proportional Representation voting system. This
might mean that we always have a coalition government or a hung
parliament but this is FOR the people. Hey, if you want the history of
how we got here from the mid 1660's, use the feedback. I am old but not
THAT old but I did read it extensively, you will be surprised.
Here is from the mid 1600's and here is either Miliband, the cannot do
or Cameron, the will not do. Is this the choice we deserve? NO WAY,
time to bring UK politics into the 21st century even though the
dinosaurs want to preserve the past. Ultimately, this time, no change
to the system but so many ways we all lose, we need to tell those who
will not hear that enough is more than enough and LISTEN!
94. 02.45 BST
17.04.15. Well, did you watch the debate? Yet another
shambles. Miliband was, once again, disputing figures supplied by the
others whilst saying nothing to make us believe Labours figures, he is
no Prime Minister. The most honest sounding person there was, yet
again, Nigel Farage (apart from one freudian slip) and again looking
like he would be a good PM, shame he cannot get it. What CB was
surprised about was the 3 women all totally against Trident. They
should all be prosecuted for treason. Do they not know about Russia
testing the UK defences? Do they not know how many times in the last 3
months the RAF have scrambled to "escort" Russian military aircraft
away from UK airspace? Do they not know about this weeks "escorting" 3
Russian military ships as they sailed down the English Channel? Trident
may be expensive but it is imperative we renew it! Who else in Europe
has been tested in this way but have said nothing? These are dangerous
times as Russia are suffering financially due to the oil price and that
compounded by the sanctions imposed over the Ukraine. Such conditions
added to a leader like Putin are a very dangerous mix and to not renew
Trident would be to hold a white flag up. Add that to the IS and with
the political uncertainty in the UK, we are seen to be vulnerable. This
has to be turned around and Nigel Farage is the ONLY positive person on
our defence question. CB is not happy and hopes the election will fix
things, unfortunately, it looks less likely every day.
93. 17.00 BST
16.04.15. Old CB has been very quiet about the election.
This is due to total disgust at them all. It has been like schoolyard
bickering and with no winners. The only one who has remained above that
behaviour (most of the time) is Nigel Farage, who looks more like Prime
Minister material than all the others added together. Sadly our voting
system does not allow for that and UKIP are just not fielding enough
candidates. CB fears the UK is in so much trouble and Ed Balls as
Chancellor would seal our fate. We might all take note of the rudeness
and belligerence of the TV interviewers has added to the total turn
off. CB would not be surprised if the turnout this time is quite a bit
less than 2010 and, if so they have all contributed to it.
92. 19.30 BST.
05.04.15. Apology time from CB. It was said that we are in
silly season because it is election time and CB would be busy on this
site. The reality is this campaign has been so far so stupid CB has not
found too much to say, UNTIL NOW! CB has been so sickened by what has
gone down. CB is so sickened by the blatant lies given in promises, it
prompted CB to think about tomorrow. The UK is now in so much danger
because we will end up with a minority government OR we will have to
accept a coalition which the majority of us find unacceptible, NOT
quite what we wanted, is it? Sorry if that looks like CB has already
decided the outcome but that is not the case, how many times on this
site that CB's words have come true? If we, the electorate, can never
get what we want, why do not WE change the rules? What if we REQUIRED
whoever was the next government to impose our wishes? What if, we asked
for a "supplementary vote" on the ballot paper? Normally our candidate
makes promises then, once we elect him/her, they do what they want, who
gives a shit about promises, read about this on my page entitled
"Politicians". What if all their promises were on the ballot sheet?
That means, after you have selected your choice, there was a second
ballot that listed all their promises and you had to vote for each
promise? What if it was the law that they had to obey that vote? We
would be requiring them to only make honest promises! That would mean
they could never make a promise that they knew they could not keep!
Maybe it is a small way to return a small amount of HONESTY to
politics. Think about Cameron who made promises in 2010 that he did not
want to keep, like electoral reform. He did as we had a referendum BUT
it was worded to persuade voters to keep the first past the post
system, which he wanted AND we did not get the chance to vote for
Proportional Representation. He went to the Conservative conference
where all the blue haired old ladies were and every promise that was
discussed was defeated, just like he expected. If the old girls said
NO, he got the £1M cheque from them on the way out. Miliband is no
different, the unions only pay for what they get. Making the elected
keep their election promises is much like the company who gives you a
job requiring you to be good at that job or else you are out, so why
don't we DEMAND it, if the elected will not give us change because they
do not want it, we need for them to see that WE DEMAND IT!
91. 23.00 BST.
04.04.15. Well Nicola Sturgeon, what is the real truth
about what was said? The dirty tricks will be more severe than ever
before in this campaign. In a case of rape there are usually only 2
people there so only they know the truth. In politics there are usually
translators there, pps's (personal private secretary's), possibly
electronic devices that you DO or DON'T know about and all the rest. In
todays world denials usually get found out so CB hopes your denials are
the truth. In politics it is so easy to be top of the pops one day and
out of the charts 48 hours later, take care.
90. 23.00 BST.
04.04.15. The LHC (Large Hadron Collider) at CERN is due to
be switched on again after a two year wait. Accelerating protons MAY
shed some light on things but if it does, we should only see sub
particles as those in the Standard Model. make up protons. Dark matter?
That is unallocated gravity! How do you expect to contain gravity, it
is not like electricity, there are no known batteries for gravity
storage. When you can isolate sub particles and accelerate them, maybe
you will get the same answer that is given in "The Universe Explained
CB wishes you all the best but you are playing catch up, most of what
you may "discover" might only be confirmation of what is already
proposed in and proof of The Universe Explained.
89. 21.45 BST.
04.04.15. We have just had The Voice UK final and Lucy
didn't win! CB thought she would and deserved to. She might consider
pursuing the marriage of classical and the pop culture, her duet with
Will was ace and she would be quite unique, it was done by Queen with
Bohemian Rhapsody nd let us not forget Tommy by The Who. This did turn
out to be the
best year yet and it should grow in future years. Sir Tom's history is
that of legend, when he had his own TV show back in the late 60's the
pubs used to empty so that nobody missed a minute of him and NOBODY has
ever done that before or since. Nice to see
Ricky win, CB has grown to like and respect him more and more every
show. Will could be one of the great thinkers of our time but, sadly,
his web site promises they will get back to you but they never do, Will
should go into politics, they never keep their promises either. Will,
you might want to read a web site entitled "The Universe Explained
it will help you understand the formation of the particles found in The
Rita Ora has been a revelation! If you look closely, whether the song
the act is singing is an old one or a new one, she sings all the lyrics
so she has an exceptional mind, not to mention her beauty, both visual
and personality AND her exceptional talent. CB hopes the team all stay
hopes Stevie goes on to have an amazing career in music so blue watch
need to get training his replacement right away.
88. 04.00 BST
03.04.15. So we have had the big 7 pre election debate and
what a farce. Many promises with no explanation of how they would pay,
promises that will never be kept. Shame about the 2 party system, Nigel
Farage came out of it looking like the best Prime Minister material and
Nick Clegg didn't do too bad either. Miliband and Cameron, well it IS a
question of trust. Morons who want to do away with Trident (read post
86). CB thinks we will be in big trouble in a months time, the future
of the UK could end up in the wrong hands in so many ways, we fear the
worst. Nobody saw the possible benefits of exiting Europe, could be the
right time before the fan gets overwhelmed with the brown smelly stuff.
We do need more financial breakdown on the financial implications of in
or out of Europe but there are good opportunities should we leave. It
may be only a month to go but somebody once said that a week in
politics is a long time.
BST.`31.03.15. The BBC are showing a quiz show called "The
Edge" and what a laugh it is. Nobody seems to be able to win much more
than £500. Credibility is the issue here. Why do they bother? Who is so
stupid as to want to play for an unwinnable prize? The BEEB should get
out of quiz shows OR have 1 or 2 that are credible. The credibility of
the programmers and the directors is very much the issue. How could
such a big company be so stupid? This cuts to the heart of the
viability of the BBC>
86. 14.45 BST.
31.03.15. OK, today we got Cameron, Ed Balls and Nick Clegg
from 07.30 AM giving us promises that they are unlikely to keep.
Cameron and Balls did not define how they would pay for the promises.
Such is UK politics in todays world. We do have a BIG problem in this
election which is only being talked about sparingly, that is Trident.
Plaid Cymru and the SNP are against the renewal of Trident. Nicola
Sturgeon believes that if it is removed to Plymouth, Portsmouth or
anywhere out of Scotland, the Scots will be safe. Such a FOOL! If Mr.
Putin decided to explode his biggest device 1 mile above the centre of
the UK (say Sheffield/Leeds) ALL computers, phones and any other
electronic kit would be fried. No communications is no defence, we are
all done. We need 1 litre of fresh water per day to survive, after
which our brains will not function rationally. Fresh edible food, well
we can go 3 weeks without this and then our brains will not function
rationally. This means that 99% of all UK residents will be dead within
6 weeks. Only those who live on a remote island and with their own food
and water supply will live BUT for only maybe 2 years because of
radiation sickness. Trident frightens Putin because it is mobile and is
the first strike but where from. It is on stealth submarines and if
launched, the American back up follows within minutes. SO, if you are
wearing your cloth cap on May 7th and you just look for LAB and put
your cross there, you do need to know if that candidate is for or
against Trident. If they are against, you might be voting for your own
death. Same for the blue haired old girls down south. Over the last 3
months the RAF have admitted to scrambling our fighters to escort
Russian military aircraft out of British airspace so Putin is testing
us. We have not been told how many times this has really happened. We
have not been told how many times this may have happened in France,
Germany, Spain and so on. Trident is a MUST HAVE and anybody in
politics who wants out of Trident is, in CB's mind, guilty of treason.
85. 19.00 GMT.
25.03.15. Today is a day of loss. Jeremy Clarkson AND
Richard and James from Top Gear and Zane Malik from One Direction. The
other four lads can carry on as half a direction and they should do
fine but the loss of Top Gear is something the fans will never forgive
the BBC for. Perhaps ITV might pick up all three of the presenters and
give them licence to continue with just enough of a format change to
skate past any legal problems. Profits of £1M per week might help that
decision along so CB expects the commercial networks to have their
lawyers working overtime to make it happen.
84. 19.00 GMT.
25.03.15. Today was the last PMQ's of this government and,
once again, Ed Miliband showed us all he is no street fighter. David
Cameron gave him yet another mauling, backed him into a political
corner and then started kicking him in. Today, however, instead of the
usual "party line" comments and statements were pretty accurate, much
to the pain of Labour. Anyone in any doubt and who watched the show can
be in no doubt that the Tory economic program is working and that a
Labour government would take us right back to near bankruptcy within a
couple of years. The Ed and Ed show (Miliband and Balls) have no idea
abouit the economics of this country and CB for one does NOT want them
playing with our money.
83. 08.45 GMT.
24.03.15. OK, it is silly season when it is pre-election.
David Cameron is coming under fire for his statement that, if
successful in May, he would serve a full five year term as PM but would
not serve a third term if the Conservatives were successful in 2020.
That is a very fair and honest statement BUT, in their desperation to
find straws to cling to, the Labour party is trying to use that
statement against the Tories. One Labour MP even accused Cameron of
being "arrogant" by making the statement. Those who accuse others of
arrogance or egotism put themselves in a bad place because when the
words of the accused prove to be right and accurate, the accuser stands
guilty of arrogance or egotism for thinking they were qualified to
judge the accused in the first place! Mr. Cameron even suggested three
names of those who may replace him but he was merely identifying the
wealth of talent in his party who had the quality to do the job of
leader, many good candidates were not named AND we do not know if those
named would want the job. The real arrogance here MIGHT be the Labour
Party trying to read into the statement words or meaning that were NOT
there. CB hopes the electorate does not inflict such people on the UK
as our next government.
82. 13.15 GMT.
23.03.15. Theresa May has been speechifying about
extremism. She was adamant that new steps would be taken against
extremism. CB would bet that she does NOTHING about the Qoran which as
has been stated before is illegal under British law. It directly
offends the sexism laws and it clearly incites to violence in just two
statements. Oh, well, it IS coming up to an election so it is OK to
make promises that you have no intention to honour. Lets wait and see
if she retains her seat, then her job and, at that point, we can remind
her of todays words.
81. 13.00 GMT.
23.03.15. The great debate is still in the news. Aren't we
all getting tired of the crap being dished up in the speeches? Old
party lines, silly attacks on the enemy, seemingly unkeepable promises,
we are getting them all. The debate has prompted the question "who is
running the UK, the government or the media"? Cameron has had a tough
time and the media are supposed to be his pals. At times the media has
seemed to have political leanings and UKIP has taken most of that
flack! The whole package merely underlines the fact that you can't
trust any of them so why should we bother to vote? Many of us already
feel that way and, as much as CB has concern for UK politics, the
knowledge of how controlled our voting system is may mean a day in the
pub comes May 7th. CB has no time to waste and given what there is to
vote for, going to the polls would be a waste of good beer time.
80. 13.00 GMT.
23.03.15. What good news, Ashya King, the five year old
with a brain tumour has been declared cancer free according to his
parents. The parents were jailed when they disagreed with Plymouth NHS
over his treatment. The NHS treatment would have seen him dead by now
and, when the parents wanted to take him to eastern Europe for an
alternative treatment, the NHS involved the police, saying they "were
acting in the best interests of Ashya". Shall we ask them now? Perhaps
there should be a review of all those who were party to the decision to
jail the parents, including the police! Perhaps those NHS officials
should be compelled to go to the treatment centre and take a course on
this alternative treatment. Perhaps there should be legal steps taken
against ALL those who, by their care and concern for Ashya, may well
have killed him by delaying his treatment. Ashya, good luck to you, you
have very good
parents and now you will hopefully enjoy a good life with them.
79. 18.30 GMT.
22.03.15. OK, old CB must eat his words. Last night on BBC
TV The Voice UK was exceptional. After all that was said, there was
only one that CB does not believe could win and that is Vikesh, Rickies
young lady should have gone through. Not only can we see that all the
last eight have a career in music, there are also about as many that
have gone home who could easily fashion a musical career. This must be
the best standard ever seen in the show. After the loss last year of
Kylie, Rita had a hard act to follow but she is delightful and a
natural. Is there a song she does not know? CB sees her singing along
to every number, she is a true natural talent. The show has been good
to Ricky as well. We must hope it becomes an institution and should run
for many years yet.
78. 11.15 GMT.
20.03.15. We have had our solar eclipse but sadly, cloud
coverage spoiled the experience for many. CB saw a full eclipse back in
the 1950's in Canada. CB's father had got some brown and green glass
which we used as eye shields. The most memorable part of the experience
was how quickly it turned very cold and how fast it went back to warm
again. For more on the universe, go to The Universe Explained.org.uk
which is a quite novel theory of the universe but, not only the most
plausible theory yet, but it stands up to all the mathematics including
Quantum Gravity. It explains the big bang and how it happened along
with answers about dark energy, dark "matter" so go see for yourself.
77. 13.15 GMT.
19.03.15. Yesterday old CB was facing having the water off
all afternoon, we had a burst main. The obvious answer was to go to the
pub. Picked up some parts for the new PC first then hit town. CB went
to The Roebuck, an old style pub in the centre of Sheffield. This pub
is owned by the Wood Street Brewery, a small micro brewery providing a
wide array of real ales. CB has it on good authority that a new
collection of brews with some very interesting flavour changes is
imminent. The pub also provides a good range of fine foods and all at
affordable prices. Modern pubs, all plastic palaces, are not like the
Roebuck, it is a traditional pub but with free game playing amongst
it's traditional attractions such as a good beer garden (the smoke
room). Jody is the pub boss but her mother is the head brewer. CB does
not drink crap and is quite a fan of the beers found in the Roebuck.
When in town in Sheffield, go there and try for yourself, you will not
76. 13.15 GMT 19.03.15.
Yesterdays budget had no surprises and was described by Ed Balls as an
"empty" budget. Labour are still clinging to their "£1,600 worse off"
figure, even though the latest figures prove otherwise, yet another
demonstration that Labour have no grasp whatsoever of economics. George
Osborne had no reason to change much in his budget because the economic
medicine is working and working quite well. Nice he clipped the banks,
helped the pensioners and resisted the temptation to do "a political"
prior to the election. He didn't need to as all is in place to continue
the recovery without any meddling. It must be hard to be Ed Balls,
fighting from a losing position and, with every word said, further
proving that as Chancellor, we would be in deep shit.
75. 22.15 GMT.
15.03.15. OK, CB has much to do this week. After the
embarassment of the back up system failing at the same time as computer
problems with this machine, next week is a big week. Serious business
must be tended but, from mid week on a new 3 machine system will be put
in place. Machines are bought and installed but the software laying 3
times will take days. This machine will keep things going, just, so
please bear with oold CB, he does know what he is doing.
Now down to business!. The Voice UK! What a mess. Rita, CB has so much
respect for your position in the music biz but haw could you not choose
Hannah? You have 2 good people but she was my pick for the final,
sadly, not now. Will, Vish? He sold you on one song, Esmee or Brooklyn
were so much better. Ricky, good choices but CB would bet you are
gnashing your teeth right now over one of your rejects. Sir Tom, CB can
remember when your TV show emptied the pubs, NOBODY has ever done that
before. You have a good team BUT CB only agreed with 1 of your picks.
The outstanding performer from them all (the last 12) who looks like
the winner is Emmanuel. It will be a different year because it usually
comes down to 3 or 4 likely winners, not just 1 but, hey, lets see
where it goes.
74. 09.00 GMT.
14.03.15. Having seen the news of the Jeremy Clarckson
"dinosaur" statement, CB is amazed. The only way out for the BBC is if
it was seen to be Jeremy's choice to leave the programme. So, Jeremy,
how much did they offer? CB watches every show and does not believe for
one second you are ready to leave, you do it so well because you love
what you do. OK, maybe you are fed up with the constant world travel
and might want a rest but surely you do not want a full severance! The
problem CB has is that he does not think you would do a dinosaur sized
SHIT on all the hundreds of thousands who have given you their instant
support. If you do, CB suggests a new career for you, that is politics,
you would be displaying the same skills as they obviously have.
You could be the new John Prescott! Think very carefully before
you take that dump, Jeremy.
73. 14.15 GMT.
13.03.15. The row over Jeremy Clarckson is so regrettable.
He is the hub of Top Gear. CB watches without fail. Car testing is
excellent, star in a car is good fun, the challenges are outragious
but, above all, this is TV's best comedy. Hearings are next week but
let us not judge too soon. We do not know if anyone had supped one too
many, is there a long running and deep seated dislike of one another,
was this a momentary misunderstanding? It might come out but maybe only
half of it. Over all CB likes all 3 presenters but it is Jeremy's
character that helps drive the show, his no nonsense approach and
willingness to say it as it is which is the quality of the show. Top
Gear without him is hard to contemplate and the whole world loses if
any change is made. Having said that, for an intelligent man like
Jeremy to lose reason and descend to schoolboy tactics is quite
deplorable. CB is glad he is not making any decisions on this situation.
72. 11.30 GMT.
13.03.15. Once again CB has watched a couple of BBC Horizon
programmes, one on the development of our Solar System and another,
much better effort, on Gravitational Waves. As always the presenter
leaves us with "unanswered questions". Once again if the Horizon
dimwits who call themselves "researchers" had bothered to read "The Universe Explained
all the answers that Horizon and science seem to be still looking for
are THERE! The author has pointed this out to the BBC at many levels
including the Horizon producers but deliberately deaf ears hear nothing
and there are none so blind as those who will not see. Go see for
yourself, it is written in everymans everyday English so have no fears.
It explains the Big Banf, how and why it happened and all that
transpires until the next Big Bang so spend 30 minutes and enjoy.
71. 13.00 GMT.
11.03.15. Old CB has again had a bad few days but is much
better now. Sadly there have also been PC problems and the back up
machine, would you believe, went down at the same time so lots of work
to do. We have just had the pantomime of PMQ's and there is no
improvement there. It was interesting to hear of the Post Office
instructions to the independent inquiry to stop their work and shred
all documentation regards the second report on their work. How can an
"independent" organisation be instructed by those who they are
reporting on? This is just another reason for an anti cover up law as
those who would suppress that report belong in a prison cell. Now there
was much more debate on "The Debate". By the time the voters have had
all this shoved down their throats, comes the 7th May, it is likely
they will throw up their hands and go to the pub for a pint, it will
make more sense than voting for any of the clowns, save for one or two
who always seem to be talking sense, Nigel, take note, when the
electorate are in your favourite place, sadly you will be working.
Apart from the levity the most serious points were those relating to
defence. CB wonders why there are so many doubters when twice in the
last couple of months, the RAF have scrambled to ward off Russian
military aircraft overflying British terrority? When a not so friendly
power is testing our defences, Trident is a MUST. The SNP may not like
it so maybe the BBC should re-broadcast the excellent programme written
by Barry Hines called Threads, after watching that they may want to
70. 21.30 GMT.
03.03.2015 CB was just watching Horizon on BBC2 and what
bollox it was! All they need to do is read
www.the-universe-explained.org.uk which does what it says, it EXPLAINS
the universe, all the rules of chemistry are obeyed, all the rules of
physics are obeyed. Horizon listrens to all the dummies who PROFESS to
be a brain but they all are protecting their wages and they know
nothing. Go to it, read and learn, it is important to the future of
mankind AND, Horizon will hurt mankind if it is allowed to keep
misinforming us! Read the truth, learn the truth, think!
69. 13.30 GMT.
03.03.1205. OK, we have Jihadi John, we have 1400 girls
abused in Rotherham, we have over 300 girls abused in Oxfordshire so
just how SICK are todays people? We must start to deal with the so
called "authorities" who let this happen. Maybe we should look at why
they turned their heads when girls complained about abuse. Were those
"authorities" involved? Our world is losing the things we used to
respect. We MUST stand up and deal with the sicko's, look after our
kids and try to make this world of ours a place we can be happy to live
in. CB has no kids (that he has ever met) and CB is glad about that
because if CB had a daughter who our "authorities" had failed, there
would be some dead people on the streets. Time to WAKE UP!
68. 02.30 GMT.
26.02.15. CB has just watched a woman on TV from Gaza
complaining that no arab countries have helped them. WELL, after the 6
days war the lesson was "do not piss around with the Israeli's". Gaza
is a building site, rubble only BUT, the people are cheering marches by
psychos dressed in black, carrying grenade launchers, re-digging
tunnels into Israel, calling themselves HAMAS and talking of the next
war. Maybe the Israeli's will eventually remove all Gaza residents to
the West Bank, which the Gazan's will not like but, HEY. it is "the
will of allah". After that the Israeli's are only watching 1 flank and
any more aggression will be easy to fix. OK, CB does know how ruthless
the Israeli's have had to be BUT, historically, they had to be. How
many other countries reduced to builders rubble because of the actions
of internal rebels would still support such rebels? CB does know that
this HAMAS support may not be voluntary, he has seen photos of young
boys kidnapped by Hamas, taken to camps to be trained to fight so it
may not be easy to reject Hamas but eventually it has to change. Hamas
is driven by blind, emotional hatred and, whilst there may be a lot of
hate in Israel for Hamas, Israel is driven by the logic of a peaceful
tomorrow and CB expects logic to always triumph over belief or emotion.
67. 02.15 GMT.
26.02.15. Three UK girls, one certainly under age were
allowed to fly to Turkey so what did the airline do to verify the
validity of their trip? Just to fly to Spain we have to be almost strip
searched so what is the excuse from the airline. Now we have a row
between Scotland Yard and the Turkish government about when the
information of the disappearance of these girls was made available.
Scotland Yard needs to publish the proof of passing the info to the
Turkish Embassy. WHY? If the Turkish embassy employee is muslim, they
may have sat on the info to allow the girls to get away. Given the
Turkish government, did they instruct the embassy to sit on the info
for 3 days? The Turkish government is only just now talking about
closing their border with Syria, something that should have been done
months or even years ago because they do NOT have an embassy or
diplomatic representation in Syria. So, who do we believe, lets get it
in the open! Turkey cannot be a UN member and disregard the
responsibilities of that membership.
66. 02.00 GMT.
26.02.15. The cops are after Cliff Richard again. Given the
pursuit of "stars" for sexual offences going back nearly 50 years, why
are they not going after the senior policemen who let it all happen?
Why are they not going after councillors and other officials who let it
happen? Is there something they do not want us to know? Do they think
that to imprison "stars" will make us forget they could only do it and
get away with it because of the blind eye policies of senior officers
and other officials. Do they think we will never see that some of those
officers and officials might have had some involvement. Today more
Jimmy Savile offences have been suggested BUT Savile had a coffee
morning for policemen every Friday morning at his flat. This should and
probably will go much deeper when we start to question those who held
positions that could have dealt with these offences when they happened.
We have had a sniff of this in Westminster where only those as cynical
as CB saw the removal of those selected to chair the inquiry into child
abuse MIGHT have had reference to what or WHO they classed as their
friends. NOW tell CB there is no need for an anti cover up law!
65. 01.45 GMT.
26.02.15. Russia is reported to be preparing to use Cyprus
ports for their fleet movements. Well, the Cyprus banks hold a few
billion roubles so why not? The RAF have warded off Russian military
aircraft from UK airspace TWICE in recent days! What is Putin doing?
After a long time of being the "Russian Darling" in his presidential
duties, the belligerence in Ukraine, the collapse of the Russian
economy and the above info suggests the early onset of dementia. Maybe
the west suspects this. Maybe the low oil price is with the agreement
of OPEC in the full knowledge of the serious effect this will have on
Russia. Russias involvement in the Ukraine is a bigger threat to world
peace than even the IS so what is really happening? Perhaps now is
another opening for China to become more involved in world affairs.
China is one nation that Putin might be more aware of than any other
country so why do they not come forward with an opinion? Whatever it
takes to quieten things down will do.
64. 13.15 GMT.
24.02.15. Sir Malcolm Rifkind has joined Jack Straw in
resigning his post as MP from the next election. Given the sensitivity
of his position as chair of the intelligence committee this was
inevitable. CB feels Mr. Rifkind's statement that "I do not get a
salary, I have to earn my own income" shown on TV was a sealer of his
fate. What does he think his parliamentary money is? What about the
enhanced payment for chairing a committee and what else did he do in
the Commons for which he gained enhanced payments? CB feels Jack Straw
was merely preparing the way into consultancy work after he left
parliament but Sir Malcolm Rifkind's position seems much more tricky.
This one has not done yet.
63. 13.15 GMT.
24.02.15. Football seems to be at odds over the decision to
stage the 2022 world cup hosted by Qatar in winter (November and
December) to avoid the stifling hot summer. The question is why should
they have the world cup in the first place. It has long been suspected
that the Qatari nation has support for Al Qaeda and other islamic
terrorists and that support might extend into financial considerations.
It seems ludicrous that the world should pump money into such a
country. OK, there is an on cost to stage the event but there is also
an associated profit for the host. There has already been an outcry
about how they were chosen in the first place. Given that with every
turn we have more concerns, surely moving the event to another host is
the best plan. There may be financial concerns with such a move but
that would be better than having terrorists laughing at the world for
financing their extreme efforts. When will the world ever WAKE UP
62. 15.00 GMT.
23.02.15. OK, let us forget CB's pre-election silly season
just for this post, CB is asking you all to read this post and
understand it may be the most serious thought that the UK can have
pre-election. Looking at the polls, we have Labour at 34% and the
tories at 33% with UKIP at 14% for May 7th election day. If this is
correct we could have Miliband with the SNP as our next government, the
Scots calling many of the shots that runs England. CB says this because
the third biggest party may be UKIP and they could only do a deal with
the tories. Given a UKIP/TORY alliance, this would guarantee the in/out
referendum on Europe. Given CB's research on this the referendum should
be 55% to 45% to stay in, not what UKIP want BUT!!!! That result could
lead us where we need to be! If a coalition TORY/UKIP government got
that end, they could see a few things from that result. As the UK is
not a euro member, we may be viewed as a peripheral member of Europe.
This gives us a different angle. Perhaps the new coalition might
propose a "Power Repatriation Bill" which might state that the UK is
now exempt from any EU measures that stops us policing our borders,
obeying the EU human rights act until we refine our own and any other
EU interference in our domestic affairs. This would effectively put the
ball in the EU court. They do not want to lose us (BRexit) BUT, under a
tory/UKIP government the EU would have to either back down or lose us.
Given that the UK is now the strongest economy in the EU, we have
quite some negotiating power. This CB believes would work for Cameron
AND Farage and all of the UK. In Europe but with a divorce from
"Federal Europe Control" we can fix all that is wrong at home. Out of
Europe, the UK could be the power broker for a lot of the rest of the
world and Europe. OK, CB's invite to Nigel Farage to meet and sample
the finest real ale ever brewed, Abbeydale Moonshine
still stands. Nigel, you have been to Doncaster, Rotherham but just 20
minutes down the road and CB would have bought you that pint AND you
would have been in the heart of Nick Cleggs constituency. It is a
genteel pub and CB would have a few lads there to augment your
security. Next time up here, think about it, there are many more
avenues than, maybe, your team has seen yet, just read this site every
61. 12.15 GMT.
23.02.15. The Chuirch of England stands accused of paying
some employees less than the minimum wage and if this is true they
should be taken to task. Recently we have had Bishops and Archbishops
sticking their noses into politics when they should stay doing what
they do, that is con artists. All religions are confidence tricks
that get away with it because of the thousands of years they have
enjoyed acceptance. Everyone has the right to believe in the god of
their choice but it is a matter for their heart and mind ans is a
PERSONAL choice. Religionists use that belief to hook people in
so that the church gets their money. Many of those who give to churches
can least afford it whilst the Bishops and Archbishops live a lavish
life. Look at the uniform clothing suppliers to see how many thousands
of pounds a mitre or the robes cost and that is bought from the givings
of some of the poorest people who believe. You can sit quietly in a
corner of your house and contemplate your belief, at zero cost, and if
your belief is well founded, your god will hear you. Religion is quite
possibly one of the worlds greatest evils and could become a major risk
to mankind (look at the IS).
60. 12.00 GMT.
23.02.15. We have another "MP's for hire" crisis, CB
only says crisis because of the high level status of the accused.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw appear to have been targeted by the
(lower than) gutter press in attempts to show wrong doing. People do
what they know in this life and after a career in politics there is
nothing wrtong in establishing a Public Relations company and selling
it's services. As long as you can deliver on your promises (not
something we associate with politicians) you will be offering a
legitimate service. Using your friends and contacts is fair game as
long as you do not break the law. Doing so whilst still a serving MP,
however, is not right as misuse or abuse of power and position is
possible and in the case of Sir Malcolm Rifkind who chairs an intelligence
committee, special care and observance should be in play. Where do
these press guys get off? Unless either of the named
parties are found guilty of a transgression then legal action should
follow against the sting artists and all and any who employ them.
Readers of this page will know CB is no friend of errant MP's but right
is right and we should back innocent victims of a smear campaign UNLESS
they have done wrong.
59. 13.30 GMT.
22.02.15. Labour MP for Great Grimsby,Austin Mitchell has
come back into the news with his comment even if the candidate was a
raving alcoholic sex paedophile, as long as they were a Labour
candidate, they would not lose. Grimsby has been Labour since 1945 so
should be regarded as a safe seat (under the 2 party system we have in
the UK). Nigel Farage is delighted with the statement and believes it
will add a stimulus to the electoral reform debate. Much is being said
about the relevant intelligence of the UK electorate who are much
better informed by the modern media, the social networks and not least,
caustic-bytes.co.uk. There is still a big hangover from the past. An
old friend of CB's lived in a flat where his next door neighbour was a
large, belligerent Irishman. This Irishman was devoted to political
belief and was a racist who hated Pakistani's. He did not understand
the value of abstention and would willingly punch anyone who professed
a political opinion but had not voted. After a recent local council
election, CB's friend saw his neighbour and asked him if he had voted
and was told "yes, I did". The question was then, "did you look for the
LAB tag on the ballot and put your cross there"? The neighbour said
that he had, only to be asked "did you look at the name"? The reply was
"no, didn't need to, Labour is OK by me". CB's pal then told his
neighbour that he had helped Asif Iqbal to the council. Now, when that
is the mentality, surely we need a better electoral system than first
past the post. Proportional Representation is the only system where
every vote counts and MAY then persuade more of the electorate to come
out and vote. Whether it would help in the case just described we do
not know but it surely would not make things worse. Austin Mitchell
retires from the Commons in May this year so if Grimsby is to be lost
to Labour, this is the time. With an unknown standing for Labour, maybe
UKIP might do very well.
58. 23.30 GMT.
20.02.15. CB has just listened to Kelly Clarkson singing
her "new" single, Heartbeat Song on the Graham Norton Show on BB1 TV.
Listening to it, all I could hear was Jessie J and "Money, Money,
Money", the similarity was so strong, or is it just CB's ear. Jessie might have a case here but
CB does think that Jessie might be too nice a girl for such an action
but maybe her management might not be so nice. If a judge with no ears
could find George Harrison guilty of plagiarism with his song "My Sweet
Lord" in a suit in favour of "He's So Fine", released in the early 60's
by the Chiffons, then Jessie's case has to be much stronger. Anyone who
has listened to music for 60 years, has a good ear for music and is a
discerning listener should marvel at the available variations used by
writers and arrangers and, thus, the similarities between "Heartbeat
Song" and "Money, Money, Money" could and should have been avoided. CB
will not be surprised if a suit or, at least, a settlement, is part of
coming showbiz news (but a closed settlement would not be reported, as would be the case given no suit).
57. 15.15 GMT.
19.02.15. CB watched a fiction this week entitled "UKIP 100
days" which was a fantasy of events after a shock win by UKIP leaving
them as our next government. All supposed to be good fun BUT it looked
as a joint effort from the other parties to frighten the electorate
into not voting UKIP. Whether an ill conceived show or an ill timed
broadcast date in the run up to an election, CB wonders if UKIP might
have some legal position here against the broadcaster. The media,
enjoying "freedom of speech" also enjoys the responsibilities that come
with such freedom. Portraying even fictional events, such a programme
might conceivably be seen as something which might sway the thinking of
many of the electorate who do not enjoy high IQ's. If we allow such
programmes we leave the door open to the misuse of radio and tv to have
a major influence in politics under the guise of entertainment.
56. 12.30 GMT.
18.02.15. Cameron was crowing this morning about the
employment figures but with good reason, given a 97,000 reduction in
the unemployment figures for the 3 months to 31st December 2014. Labour
were bleating once again using the old figure of the working man being
£1,600 worse off than he used to be. We know that in the world of
statistics the numbers can be massaged to get the desired result but
the Ed and Ed show should be careful. Given an inflation rate of only
0.3% that figure should be adjusted. Such a low rate of inflation is
not quite what the economy needs and may go negative but we could only
stand a short break of negativity. It is to our credit that we have
Mark Carney as the governor of the Bank of England, a man who appears
to be the best we have ever seen in that capacity. Canadian by origin
he is of the best stock but that origin may debar him from being
awarded a Knighthood, something he already deserves in CB's view.
Interesting times but the figures that appear to support the tory
claims of the continuing good fortune of the UK economy come at the
right time for them, given the impending election.
55. 11.30 GMT.
17.02.15. More silly season with Cameron speaking in Hove,
more promises so more to be wary of. The difference is he does sound
more plausible than the Ed and Ed show. In one question he defended the
policy of the removal of Gadaffi from Libya but we are seeing the
result of failing to install a strong government in that dictators
place. We now have the IS in Syria, Iraq, Sinai and Libya and that is
not recognising Africa's troubles with Boko Haram and others. Any who
disbelieved CB when he said world war 3 was under way might stop to
consider recent events. France, Denmark, arrests in Manchester,
Liverpool and London for terrorism. The soldiers of Jihad are in every
major city of the world, ready, able and waiting to pursue the aim of
converting the world to the insanity of Islam. Make no mistake, there
is no such thing as "radicalisation", only more and more who believe
the teachings of the Qoran and it's ideaology and who are increasingly
impatient to Islamise the world. Every day the west fails to heed the
warning signs is another day that Jihadi's get stronger. If that is the
world the west wants, they are aiding and abetting the Jihadi's
54. 09.15 GMT.
17.02.15. It is classroom time for silly season followers
in the run up to our elections in May. We look to Greece where their
seemingly highly capable Finance Minister, Mr. Varoufakis, is now ready "to do whatever
it takes" to extend Greek Euro debt. This suggests acceptance of the
austerity imposed by the European Union, something which the Greek PM
told his people pre election that he would not accept unless
re-negotiated terms are on the table. Which one of the two will have to
back down? Should it be Tsipras, the Greek PM, the lesson would be
relative to pre election promises not being kept! Now relate that to
the Ed and Ed show, Cameron and Clegg in the run up to May. Can't speak
of Farage just yet, he seems to have largely avoided making promises.
It is too late in Greece, they have got Tsipras for a full term now,
even if he cannot deliver on his promises unless there is a no
confidence vote or serious street dissention. All of us in the UK
should watch the Greek pantomime with our election and the associated promises in mind!
53. 00.15 GMT.
17.02.15. Well, following on from post 51, CB renewed the
contact with his online friend but after 2 or 3 days chat the ties have
again been severed. The internet is so tricky with people being
somebody that they really are not but CB thinks this friend was by and
large genuine. Questions were asked to clear up some things but some
were and some were not fully answered. CB is a chat room veteran and
has personally conducted a year long very successful experiment looking
at keyboard contact, no body language there to help, and that which
applies for a person to totally "be" a different person online, as many
chat room users do. CB has very cold feet based on those experiences
but a very warm heart which will not now be needed. It is hard to lose
a friend, real ones are so few in this life so take great care
online, it is not an easy place to be sometimes and recognise how easy
it is to hurt others even when you do not intend to.
52. 12.45 GMT.
16.02.15. The Ukraine ceasefire is hanging on but is very
frail as reports of military action at Debaltseve are coming in, not
unexpected. This could have serious repercussions for Russia. The Ed
and Ed show (Miliband and Balls) rolls on with more promises on wages
and employment contracts. Why does it always have a hollow ring when we
get Ed and Ed promises and they are not the only ones who'se promises
sound hollow, after all, it is pre election silly season? Egypt is now
bombing Libyan IS supporters so is
the IS making more ground? Iraq's PM has boldly predicted the
recapture of Mosul this year. Has he been taking lessons in promises
from Ed and Ed?
51. 12.00 GMT.
14.02.15. Yesterday was a day of 2 halves for old CB. The
afternoon was a lovely experience sharing a few pints of Abbeydale Moonshine
the finest real ale ever brewed, with a young friend. We meet up about
every 6 weeks and have a pint or 2 (or more) in the Hammer and Pincers
where the food is excellent, the staff are so friendly and the beer is tops.. So, on returning, CB was
involved in a chat with a lady who had sought him out on the book
did not end well. Now CB is a solo item and would love the
friendship of a good lady (anyone up for the challenge?) but some things in the chat which had gone on
all week just did not add up. CB is a veteran of chat rooms
and was involved in a study of online contact (read the page entitled Online Dating
and all did not feel completely right so CB had to go with his
gut feeling and end the contact. There were peripheral problems to
consider as well but it never feels good to end up in such a sad
situation but that is life. CB will still be open to any new female
but genuine people are so hard to find and CB is not an easy guy to
relate to, hence the previous reference to "a challenge" but it should
be rewarding to any girl who is up for it. Sticking to the odd
day seems the best idea and is guaranteed to be enjoyable.
50. 12.45 GMT.
12.02.15. Old CB was at the hospital yesterday and then out
for a pint so there were no posts. Today, however, we make up for it.
After strenuous denials by the Russians of any imnvolvement in east
Ukraine, yesterday a cease fire was agreed. How could the Russians do
that if they were not involved? Putin, be sure your lies will be found
out! Speaking of lies, silly season has Ed Miliband dishing out
promises on education today. He is going to mess around with education
but, it needs something to happen. The standards in spelling and use of
the English language by school leavers is appalling, just look at the
typo's and spelling mistakes in the banner headlines shown on the BBC
news channel! Oh, yes, just as a reminder in case Cameron is elected in
May, if you want something, DO NOT get Cameron to make a promise on the
subject, we all know what percentage chance exists of any Cameron
promise being kept. The two journalists in Egypt have been bailed for
11 days when they will go on trial again. CB's message to them is GET
OUT of Egypt. When governments throw the law around for political
reasons you cannot get a fair trial! Do not expect all will be OK, get
to safety if you can or prepare for a long time in prison.
49. 22.45 GMT.
10.02.15. Sad to see on TV a report on Todmorden and
Calderdale schools who both have NOT been allocated funds for
refurbishment. The damp at Calderdale looked to be such that the school
was not fit for purpose. Maybe the answer might be to involve the
Health and Safety executive who have the power to shut the schools
down. Perhaps a well off parent might go to law over the unhealthy
conditions their child must suffer in order to attend school. If those
who should allocate funding are reminded by a court of law just what
their responsibilities are, then they may make better decisions on fund
allocation. Smells like there is politics at work here! Has funding
gone to a school less needy than these 2 mentioned here. Maybe the
Education Secretary should have a close look at what is going down!
48. 08.15 GMT.
09.02.15. Much discussion yesterday on politics TV about
the sex scandal in Rotherham being more political in it's failings than
for any other reason. Yet another reason to do something CB has
repeatedly proposed on these pages, ban politics from local government.
Those who would be councillors in our cities do so as an apprenticeship
to be selected by their party to stand as an MP. CRAP! They should be
standing for election as a councillor purely to do as much as they can
for the city and the people who are in the parish for which the
intended councillor is standing. Politics does seem to be a major part
of the failings of Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police amongst
other reasons which may yet come out. Politics in local government can
have the most negative effect. Consider a city that has to suffer
budget cuts. A council that is politically opposed to the government
may well impose a cut that hurts the people and they then blame
government to score a political point. It may be that they could save
that money without hurting the people by cutting elsewhere BUT that cut
is politically unacceptable. CB knows of this happening where CB lives.
CB is also aware of the cloth cap mentality of some voters. One such
case is a man who is staunch Labour but also an extreme racist, he
hates Pakistanis. Some years ago he voted in local elections by doing
his usual, he looked down the list until he saw the box with LAB in it
and put his cross in accordingly. He was near suicidal 2 weeks later
when it was pointed out to him that his councillor, the one he voted
for, was called Asif Iqbal or some such similar name. Such is the
stupidity of politics in local government, we need a law to remove
politics from local government. We also need an oversight, all party
commission to take any council or councillor to task should they
propose, support or vote for a blatantly political act or policy where
logic dictates a better way.
47. 08.00 GMT.
09.02.15. Here we go again with a subject that has been
reported before on these news pages. HSBC are under fire for aiding
high level clients to pay the minimum tax on their income. There is,
YET AGAIN, much talk of "fairness". Fairness is NOTHING to do with it!
All governments will snatch as much in tax as they believe they can get
away with. That is why we have accountants. Accountants prepare a
profit and loss statement which serves as an annual tax liability
statement. They must do this within the provisions of the law BUT multi
national businesses will use so called tax havens to utilise
international laws to minimise their tax bill. This is an ongoing
financial war and nothing in war is fair. Because the UK economy is
looking much better than most other countries, idiots like the
Balls/Miliband team can bleat on about fairness and what they would do
to get their hands on more revenue. The nett result of such actions
would be a negative economy. Household names may disappear off the UK
shelves if the tax payable on UK profits makes it not worth trading in
the UK if the amount of nett income after tax makes it better to
withdraw from supplying the UK. Companies not based in the UK who would
incur UK taxation on profits earned here may withdraw from trading in
the UK. Large corporations based in the UK may decide to relocate to
tax havens should new laws make it prohibitive to stay here. Laws that
reduce the effectiveness of some tax havens would only promote other
needy countries to re-engineer their laws to become a tax haven. This
is a never ending war but with dire consequences for those who take a
step too far without thinking things through, as the Labour party seems
to be very good at. With lines being crossed, such as Cyprus taking 10%
from every bank account, the war may be hotting up but be assured,
those who speak of fairness are those who have already lost. Those who
recognise it is the law and international law that is in control are
already miles in front of the losers who speak of fairness. As far as
HSBC are concerned, if they broke the law OR if, as alleged, they
assisted their clients to break the law, action is expected and a
severe fine or levy would not be out of order as it might show HSBC and
others that they will not profit from such actions. Meanwhile, Ed
Miliband might do well to keep quiet as most of the alleged
transgressions appear to have been ongoing during a Labour governments
46. 08.45 GMT.
08.02.15. Todays Sunday papers are callimg for protection
of whistleblowers and they lean heavily towards those in the NHS who
speak the truth. Read post number 43 below and realise that the FULL
answer to this problem is legislation to make cover ups a serious crime
carrying a 7 year minimum sentence. Just look at Orgreave, the
Hillsborough disaster, Rotherham Council and South Yorkshire Police and
the child grooming scandal. Such a law would catch the press, the
police AND politicians. Maybe such powerful organisations are the
reason why a law of this type would be so hard for the people to get.
It is one way we could cut down the number of MP's in the House of
Commons, half of them would be in prison. It would fix the police
budget as half of them would be in prison. The spelling in our
newspapers would be terrible as, once the cover up squad in the press
were in prison, the journalists desks would be staffed by school
leavers. Similarly, the BBC's desks would be full of new recruits given
the amount of covering up that has gone on there. What of our bankers,
would there be enough of them still free to operate the financial
systems? The down side is the number of new prisons we would need to
house them all but at least the building industry would get a jobs
boost. Perhaps the voters might make the provision of this law a
requirement of any party who may form a government after this May's
election. We can live in hope but CB does see that a law requiring
honesty might be too much to ask of modern day mankind!
45. 15.30 GMT.
07.02.15. Mr. Putin, if, as you say, Russia does not want
war with anyone, you need to say that with actions. Words from any
politician will not be believed by the rest of the world, they need to
see deeds that prove those words. Are you in control of your military
leaders or do they call the Russian tune? If you need to have attack
training exercises, surely Russia is big enough to hold such training
anywhere other than on the Ukraine border. If you agree a cease fire,
let us see that no weapons and ammunition found in eastern Ukraine
cannot be traced back to Russia as their place of origin. Maybe you
might open the border with Crimea so that those in the Ukraine of
Russian lineage could relocate there and leave the rest of eastern
Ukraine in peace. There is so much you need to do, yes. in the light of
evidence given in the Litvinenko inquiry, NEED TO DO is the operative
phrase otherwise nobody will believe you. You have put yourself in this
position and only you can change that. Time to act and let the world
judge those actions.
44. 18.45 GMT.
05.02.15. Today it is National Voter Registration Day in
the UK. The politicians want the 800,000 young people between the ages
of 18 and 21 who are not registered to change their status. They are
perhaps brighter than the politicians give them credit for. The
disaffectation with UK politics comes from years of the same old same
old. We know we cannot trust politicians to keep their word. The Labour
and Tory safe seat system means we can only have either a Miliband who
is not seen as Prime Ministerial material OR Cameron who after 4.5
years has shown us a man who cannot be trusted. What kind of choice is
that? Given the actual number of voters who may turn out, we could have
a PM after May who heads a party that only got a real total of 12% or
so of the votes cast against the total registered electorate. To
reverse the apathy trend, politicians must learn to keep their promises
OR not make any promise that has little chance of success. They must
also get rid of the safe seats. After the abortive, controlled
referendum on the vote held 4 years ago, politicians might consider
Proportional Representation as our voting system which most people
recognise is the fairest vote as all ballot papers would count.
Whitehall, you have a long way to go and most of what we want is
opposite to your wishes but, remember, it is what WE WANT, not what you
want that is why you are there. No change is more same old, same old
and will see the turnout for elections keep on the downward trend.
43. 11.40 GMT.
05.02.15. Well, what a hard post to write. Much was said
yesterday about Rotherham Council and their failure to protect underags
girls from a major sex ring. Mr Pickles MP, the Communities Secretary,
has taken major serious executive action to deal with the immediate
problems but we are to have an inquiry that will take years to
complete. The problem is that there are 2 major players in the child
protection arena, the council AND South Yorkshire Police. We have heard
plenty about Rotherham Council but virtually nothing about the police.
Will this inquiry go deep enough? Will it cover police inaction? Will
it get almost everyone? We saw on TV a man who said he went to a flat
in Rotherham to get his daughter back. The police were called and the
father removed from the scene. When he went back a second time, the
police told him if he ever went there again he would be arrested for
stalking. How can any inquiry get the truth of this incident? Was the
father an abuser and the daughter escaping one source of abuse only to
fall into another? Was what she told the police because of duress? And
when we cannot get the truth, it only makes us wonder. Why all the
inaction, was it the race card or was it worse? Did the Council and,
maybe, the police, have networks containing very senior members who
were clients of the groomers? The severity of what has been going on
dictates that the inquiry MUST go all the way. We have already seen
some other local councils spring into action on child care, perhaps
trying to avoid being another Rotherham. Answers are needed from the
police as to why they ignored young girls who reported abuse. Surely
laws were broken by those who did ignore reports of serious offences.
The South Yorkshire Police behaviour on something as serious as this
merely underlines the calls CB has made for a total reorganisation of
the whole UK policing policy. Perhaps we should establish a public
response bureau where anyone who is a victim, and not just of child
abuse, who is being disregarded by the "authorities" can ask for
outside help. Do you not now see why the UK needs an anti
cover up law, making such actions a serious crime carrying a minimun 7
years in prison, something CB has suggested many times before. A law
such as this would be useful in dealing with police who dictate
statements to officers and then coerce those officers into signing the
diktat, as was done by West Yorkshire police trying to cover up the
Hillsborough disaster. These measures could go a long way towards
ensuring the safety of
young girls in the interim, necessary as an inquiry as serious as this
one may take 10 years to bear fruit. Much
more will be reported in future posts,
you have CB's word.
42. 11.15 GMT.
05.02.15. No government wants to go to war, given the cost
in lives and money. There is also the balance of how many of their
country's people are in favour of such a move. The UK is still smarting
from their involvement in Iraq and, latterly, Afghanistan. The problem
is that we face a MUCH greater threat from the IS. It has been said
that the effort by the UK in the western coalition against the IS is
only 6%. Now we have the Defence Committee, MP's who say the UK should
do a lot more in the efforts against the IS BUT, there is the hangover
from Iraq. The UK danced to America's tune in Iraq and at the moment
the strategy against the IS is all American so many might be wary of
any step up in the UK's involvement. Decisions like this are
overshadowed by the well overdue Chilcott report, the forthcoming
election and other smaller dissenting factions. The reality is that a
massive coalition army, properly and fully equiped, is needed to drive
the IS out of the territory they occupy. This sweeping up is the
obvious complement to the air strikes but very few coalition members
have any appetite for this. How can we expect to win back the occupied
territories with such reticence? Perhaps we need total agreement on
strategy from ALL members because the fight is against a unified force,
well led and, to a man, all with total belief in the insanity of the
ideal they follow. This will not be easy and the longer we carry on as
we are, the more of our lives will be lost.
41. 13.30 GMT
04.02.15. Finally a chair for the intended inquiry into
persistent child abuse has been chosen. Justice Lowell Goddard from New
Zealand is the new encumbent of such an important chair. She has good
credentials, having successfully investigated how New Zealand police
handle child abuse. Whilst she is a justice, NZ law may be quite
different from UK law and she will need the services of a good
Recorder, ask CB, he knows one of those. It appears that favourable
soundings as to her suitability have been taken from survivors of
abuse. CB suggested months ago that we should look abroad for the right
chairman and you cannot go further afield than NZ! We shall watch and
see if there are yet more banana skins to be encountered by this chair.
Following the abuse connection, Rotherham Council has been found by an
investigation to be "not fit for purpose". That report has been so
scathing about Rotherham Council it is hard to see that even the toilet
cleaner could hope to keep their job so we shall wait and see who and
how many have to go, yet another space to watch.
40. 11.45 GMT.
04.02.15. CB has just learned of a massive breakthrough in
the understanding of dementia. Ed Balls could not remember, in a TV
interview, the name of a big Labour supporter from high end business.
If we add that to Miliband's forgetting to speak on the economy in his
speech at the Labour Party Conference last year, we now know that
dementia is not just an individual problem, it afflicts political
parties as well! With quite a number of senior business
leaders expressing no confidence in a Miliband led government and with
Labour's lack of the understanding of business and economics, we have
the clearest indication of just how much crap the UK will be in if we
get a Labour government next May. If we add the reduction of confidence
in the UK by major world players such as the IMF, given a Labour win,
surely the voters can see that any vote for Labour is a vote against
the UK! As for Europe, a Labour government might lift the UK above
Greece on the list of those most likely to be kicked out of Europe.
Voters, beware the loony left or sell your house and emigrate.
39. 15.00 GMT
03.02.15. David Souaan has just been sentenced to 3.1/2
years in prison for planning to join the IS in Syria. Perhaps, if he
shares a cell with a "sugar daddy", he may come to understand how it
feels to be the victim of rape. Ah but every cloud has a silver lining
so the nett result is that he will never again suffer from piles or
38. 13.15. GMT
03.02.15. The UK commons votes this afternoon on the so
called "3 parent baby" change to the law. Two churches have stuck their
noses where they do not belong and are against it. Others are "don't do
it" types. CB has heard many arguments on the subject but feels it may
be a significant step forward. Mitochondrial disease only affects the
babies of 150 couples per year so a "yes" result is in a position to
change things for those families whilst, because of the small numbers
involved, leaves a lot of room for monitoring so it seems unthinkable
that permission should be refused. CB feels the doubters are thinking
with emotion and the rest are using logic, logic being by far the
better way to make any decision. What say you?
37. 11.20 GMT
03.02.15. The Al Jazeera journalist, Mr. Greste, is about
to set off for his native Australia, having been released from an
Egyptian prison. One down, 2 to go. Should the Canadian be released,
what reason could the Egyptian "government" have for retaining the
third man, an Egyptian? Maybe they might think they can persecute him
because he has nowhere to go for pressure to be put on to secure his
release. These were political imprisonments. Countries all want their
standing and esteem in the international league table to be at the
highest but then they do something stupid and the snakes and ladders
begins. Steps up the ladder are climbed painfully and very slowly but
should a snake be hit, the descent can be rapid. Political
imprisonments like this are stepping on a snake but the relevant
government never sees it. Such actions, particularly when a climb down
is forced, are likely to be seen by such as the IS as weakness and we
know what happens next. Egypt is already facing IS supported terrorism
in the Sinai. CB knows that this site is watched by many governments
because they want to know what the world thinks of their leaders.
Look at China, a communist government presiding over a predominantly
capitalist economy. The communist traits come out over things like Hong
Kong, an unthinkable intrusion into that territory. Hong Kong is so
important to the Chinese economy so why be stupid and incur the wrath
if not enmity of the people. The human rights violations in
China would be a big snake if it were not for their importance to
supplies of goods and ores needed around the world. Russia is
different. Putin seems to be loved by the Russian people but with the
kind of evidence being given to the Litvinenko murder enquiry that goes
right back to Putin himself, he has put Russia well down the
list, a list where Russia has already suffered over the Ukraine.
Modern Governments need to realise that human rights
violations, political imprisonments and such like are a guarantee of
world wide condemnation.
36. 11.15 GMT
03.02.15. A North Yorkshire halal abbattoir has been
employing animal abusers. Are we surprised, NO! When we see how the IS
treats women, children, ethnic minorities etc. we cannot be surprised.
Makes a mockery of the whole halal crap, doesn't it? Day by day
evidence piles up against Islam so how long will it take for the light
to dawn and all the countries of tolerance begin to realise that
tolerance of inherent evil is the wrong approach. CB is sick of saying
the obvious however nothing is obvious to those who will not see!
35. 2045 GMT
02.02.15. CB informed you a few weeks ago about MPIG
(minimum practice income guarantee) which is a payment from the NHS to
some doctors practices. It is designed to allow a small practice in
rural countryside to be viable enough to stay open. If that practice
were not subsidised in this way, many country dwellers might have a 30
mile drive or bus journey to the nearest doctor, tough when the buses
only run twice a day. MPIG also comes into play for inner city
practices where the numbers of patients is swollen by alcoholics, drug
users and others who take up a lot of the doctors time, often when they
do not need to. The government wants to withdraw this support which
will mean the closure of such practices. There is a petition on
change.org under the name of Graham Pettinger that is trying to stop
the withdrawal of MPIG. Anyone can be under threat of losing their
doctor, complete with their practice, if MPIG is taken away! If you are
one then sign the petition, every name counts.
34. 13.45 GMT
02.02.15. Are we about to witness Tony Abbot, Australia's
Prime Minister, getting his comeuppence for deposing Julia Gillard,
the previous holder of that post and a widely liked and certainly
highly competent leader. She was respected in international affairs
whereas Abbot is much less respected in those circles and for that and
other home based indiscretions may well be deposed. It seems like the
Ozzies are likely to reject him so, come back Julia, Australia needs
you. You were always open minded as opposed to Abbot who is not. He is
sceptical regarding mankinds pollution of the atmosphere. Does he not
see that after 250 years of the industrial revolution with all the
chimneys of the factorys, with all the effluent pipes taking industrial
waste to the nearest stream or river, with all the cars pumping carbon
monoxide into our air that it is undeniable man has had an adverse
effect on our atmosphere? Does he not see that the pollution factor may
well be responsible for the climate change we have seen over the last
decades? AUSTRALIA, if you cannot get Julia back at least pick someone
with more than just a few brain cells to lead you forward.
33. 08.30 GMT
01.02.15. It appears that the IS (Insanity State) has
murdered their Japanese hostage. Just another reason to support CB's
call for the western coalition to ramp up their efforts to eradicate
the insanity, get masses of boots on the ground and undertake a long
term action to rid the world of this threat. We must be careful,
however, to be sure that new factions cannot fill the void. The IS have
only gained their position because of botched efforts in the past
leaving weak or failing states ripe for a takeover. It is not enough to
win the war and free the Iraq and Syrian territories, that is only
phase 1 of a longer world wide battle against the ideaology of insanity
that drives these animals, it is the aftershock that needs addressing.
Any state such
as Iraq or Syria must have an interim government in place that is
strong enough (and contains no sympathisers) to establish effective
control over the freed territory. That may call for half the government
to be from the western coalition until it is clear that the government
of that state could be safely given over to local people. Any
territory, while ever it is under the control of Islamic Factions
should be treated with respect for their beliefs. That means they are
denied medicines or medical equipment discovered or perfected by a
woman. They should be denied access to the internet as women have
played a major part in it's use and development. They be denied access
to international financial dealings. That there should be a complete
embargo on exports to and imports from such a state, foods, medicine,
services and especially any trade that may help their finances.
Sanctions such as these should also be in place on any country that
offers help or sympathy to such a state with the threat of the
coalition forces possibly aimed eventually at such sympathetic
country's. Nothing short of a total 100% effort against the insanity of
the IS should be contemplated until the world is back to a situation of
reasonable safety. It might be a good idea to convene a summit to look
down this path as soon as is reasonably possible!
32. 18.30 GMT
31.01.15. Greece has already started to roll back some of
the austerity measures required by Europe when the £180 Bn loans were
secured. Tsipiras seems bent on keeping his election promises but his
policy is typical left wing, spending now money he hopes will be earned
tomorrow. Unfortunately, Greece seems not to have the ability to
sustain that bet. Now Greece must negotiate with Europe but a Europe
that has already said "no change". This is a Europe with a flat economy
and involved with a fight against deflation. This is a Europe with no
wriggle room and therefore needs all financial provisions already made
to be sustained. This is a Europe that, if not careful, may be
presiding over the collapse of the multi state dream or a drastic
reduction of it's membership. Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy are all
major candidates to leave or be sacked because their economies do not
fit the European template and these could be joined by the UK but
for quite different reasons. Time to sit back and watch,
not a time to invest unless you see a short term high gain where you
can get in and out safely with the loot. The bookies can clean up
here taking bets on the future shape of Europe.
31. 09.30 GMT
31.01.15. Was just watching Williams vs Sharapova in the
Australian Open ladies final until rain stopped the screaming at 30 all
and 3 - 2 to Williams. Whenever Maria is playing the mute button comes
into play because of the decibels streaming from her mouth on every
shot. You lose the commentary apart from between games but you retain
your sanity. Hardly any players do this anymore as the thinking behind
the noise seems to have been debunked. Does Maria have to have a throat
operation after every match? Can she hear music or has the shouting
destroyed her eardrums? Maybe we should ask her partner what the
bedroom experience is like, does her partner have to shove a sock in
her mouth when they are in a hotel? That is always assuming that her
partner can take
her to the same levels of excitement as is seen by Maria in a grand
slam final. The real question is, if all the energy expended in the
scream were transferred into the shot, would she hit more winners? If
she wins, the tennis fans will be all over CB asking
"what do you know" and "who are you but, take it from me, CB can still
hear good music.
Have you any opinion on this (not so mute) point? If so, use the
feedback link under the page title.
30. 08.00 GMT
31.01.15. The BBC's Newswatch this morning commented on the
interviewing technique of Kirsty Wark where she would not listen to the
answers being given on the NHS by Andy Burnham. Maybe she was trained
by Andrew Neill and Jo Coburn from the Daily Politics show. CB thinks
this style of interview is caused by some dimwit producer shouting down
the earpiece of the interviewer. The BBC has quite some problems.
Newswatch introduced Robin Pembrooke, head of online news, as he has
developed a new News App but we hope it was not written by the same
person who does the streaming headlines used by the News Channel. Some
headlines assume we know most of the news as they are so abbreviated it
is impossible to gain any sense from them whilst others contain
spelling errors and "typo's" which remain uncorrected for half an hour
or more. What ever happened to proof readers. We have also been told of
similar errors in the subtitle service. The BBC needs to realise that,
due to how our brains read text, it is hard to see online errors.
Because of this, CB will draft a letter, print it out as this allows
the brain to spot errors, correct the draft and then do a final print.
So, BBC, stop using young but cheap typists to do the banner headlines
and subtitles OR get a proof reader to check the typists work BEFORE
that work is passed fit for showing on our screens. The standards of
the BBC have been steadily falling for some time now and it is a
failure of the management function that poor production techniques can
make it to the screen before the errors are spotted.
29. 01.15 GMT
30.01.15. How pleasing it is when CB has criticised someone
only to hear themselves back up that criticism with their own words.
After criticism of The Daily Politics show and in particular Andrew
Neill (post number 12), today on the same show he demonstrated that he
should be retired from the programme. He was interviewing a Labour MP
who was making the point that the "man in the street" should be given
more power of control in some areas. The MP was talking about a run
down housing eatate (possibly council housing) and Andrew Neill did his
usual, talking all over the MP's reply to a question. He said "surely
those people would vote with their feet". This remark shows that Andrew
Neill is just as out of touch with everyday street life as the
politicians he "interviews". He fails to realise that voting with their
feet only applies if they can AFFORD to. If the run down estate is
council housing then every tenant will already have an application to
move lodged with the council and failing any offer of new housing,
their financial situation would preclude any move. Time for Andrew and
Jo Coburn to step aside and make way for new blood, blood that will NOT
talk over or interrupt any answer to a question they have put and, when
there are 3 or 4 participants, to police the discussion when they all
want to speak at once.
28. 00.45 GMT
29.01.15. We finally get a real insight into the Islamic
State. They have a Japanese hostage and a Jordanian pilot, also a
hostage. They asked $200m for their release. They then changed the
demand to the release of a female suicide bobmer held in a Jordanian
gaol, not the highest profile prisoner they could have asked for. They
then said only the pilot would be exchanged for the woman.
Then they said only the Japanese detainee would be released for the
woman. Jordan has said OK, it's a deal but we have heard no more since.
The real problem is the intensity of the chess game they are playing
and playing it rather well. Their intention is to undermine the loyalty
of the 3 arab states who are part of the western coalition against the
IS. They are looking for a unified middle east, all under Sharia law
and all under islamic control. Any doubts in western minds must now be
sidelined. Any hesitation now will gurther enhance the position of the
IS. If the western coalition feels they are doing enough they are wrong
and therefore selling us all down the river, time to ramp it up and
make strides into the IS, boots on the ground and full frontal, nothing
less. This is still not enough, the western coalition must widen the
net and start teaching lessons to those countries that finance or
facilitate the provision of finance to the IS! Military action here
with the relevant publicity, backed up by financial restrictions or
sanctions, would wake the people of such countries up to what their
leaders and bankers are doing. Why ramp it up? Just look at the latest
action in the edge of Egypt, a country that may appear weak to the IS
and therefore a target.
27. 12.30 GMT
29.01.15. CB has just watched Andy Murray win through to
the Australian Tennis Open final. A number of times it felt as though
the commentators had given him their curse but after a disappointing
first set (lost 7 - 6 in a tie break) he shone 6 - 0, 6 - 3, 7 - 5 to
get the final slot. He will be playing Djokovic (yet again) or Stan
Wawrinka. Either way, this time surely he must add the third grand slam
title to his coffers having lost the Ozzie final 3 times before. So
many times CB has watched Andy lose on TV so it begs the question, how
many of his matches have been televised and how many of those did he
win? If you know, tell CB with the feedback under the page title.
Best of luck Andy, bring home the pot!
26. 08.15 GMT
26.01.15. Syriza wins the Greek election, as expected. A
female Syriza spokesperson described it as "a great night for Greece".
Well, we shall see. In a couple of years from now, given the policies
as outlined by Syriza, Greece will be in a much worse position than it
has ever been. At that point it will be impossible for them to get
financial help such as they have had in the past. The Euro took a hard
fall against the dollar and the pound on the news of the election
result and those holding Greek paper now think they will not be
paid. Once they feel certain there will be no repayments and the
austerity requirement of the European assistance is ignored it
will be not just easy but it will maybe be a requirement to oust Greece
from Europe. Anyone with investment money will not be
putting it in Greece so where will Syriza get the wherewithall to drive
their economy? Holidays there may become very cheap as they come
under increasing pressure to get foreign currency, albeit in the form,
for now, of euros, into the country. If the Greek people did not like
austerity, they will get a much harder economic lesson when the shit
hits the fan in years to come. That will be the time to invest,
when Greece can be bought for 1 cent to the euro. Watch this
25. 14.30 GMT
25.01.15. It seems that a Japanese journalist might be the
latest victim of the IS. No country is safe but, as the IS spreads the
breadth of countries they alienate, it all helps the western coalition
in their efforts to work together against the monster. We have to be
looking towards amassing a multi nation army big enough to slowly
advance through every inch of terrority thought to be IS and
comprehensively despatching jihadi's to their graves. No it won't be
easy and losses will be incurred but every day the IS survives is
another days worth of danger for us in the future. Have we not learned
from our history? All delays allow the enemy to strengthen their
position and make it harder, longer and with more losses before we take
them out. The western leaders need to wake up and get the job done.
24. 14.30 GMT
25.01.15. The traffic through UKIP's front (or back) door
is now 2 way. Nasty allegations both ways but Nigel Farage's input is
so serious that CB thinks it would not have been said on TV without
serious substance. CB also believes that the slurs cast at Nigel Farage
from the errant MEP are less likely to have much substance as Paul
Sykes, UKIP's banker, would not pump money into an already failed
party. All that is needed now is for UKIP to field 500 candidates, not
the 40 they admit to, in next May's General Election. That would go a
long way towards the voters seeing a party working for the people, not
just Nigel Farage! Five hundred candidates could break the 2 party
system and could even return UKIP with a similar number of MP's to the
Labour and Conservative parties. This is what UK politics needs,
something to force political reform from those who promise it whilst
not wanting any change at all.
23. 12.30 GMT
24.01.15. Yes it is silly season. Greece go to the polls
tomorrow with the anti austerity party Syriza looking like they might
prevail. The policies they have put forward are a recipe for disaster.
Nobody likes austerity but once it is introduced, it must be run to
it's conclusion. Turning away from austerity now may mean the eventual
bankruptcy of the country, exclusion from Europe and all that goes with
that. Re-negotiation of Greece's debt is unlikely, they already have a
deal which may well be the best they could get. Reducing austerity will
move Greece away from their agreement so why should the holders of
their debt believe any new promises. Their ability to repay is based on
the guess of how much the country will earn tomorrow, which will be
badly affected by any reduction in austerity. A large chunk of their
economy is based on tourism and should countries holding Greek debt and
feeling that Greece has reneged on a deal, might impose sanctions on
Greece which may include levelling extra taxation on those going to
Greece for their holidays. Left wing economics such as spend now
and worry about it tomorrow under the current conditions
will surely take Greece to the brink. The leader of Syriza is acting in
his own interests and not in the countrys best interests.
The Greek people should take great care but CB does not think they
will. Do not put money in Greek banks, do not invest in Greece
and prepare for your Greek holiday to become more expensive and less
safe in the future.
22. 01.00 GMT
23.01.15. Following on from post number 14, a good pal of
CB's did an online shop this week. He shopped at Sainsbury's. All
ordered came correctly but the bill was wrong. The picker had picked 5
packs of meat, sold by weight, but swiped the first pack through the
reader. They then picked up the dearest pack and swiped it through 4
times to make up the charge for 5 packs. This led to an overcharge of
over £1.20. This was shown to the delivery driver. He then emailed the
fault to Sainsbury's customer services who responded by emailing an
e-voucher for the difference. Now, CB's pal was not happy at being tied
to another shop with Sainsbury'r by a voucher so he complained. He was
advised to call a freephone number where he had to explain it all again
and had to be put on hold whilst being transferred to somethone
authorised to pass a credit to his card. He has had this experience
with TESCO and they just replied to the first email of complaint with a
confirmation of the credit passed on his card, no hassle with TESCO.
The problem of picker error has happened to CB's pal with BOTH of these
online suppliers. Seems funny that on both occasions it was the most
expensive pack that was multi swiped. Tends to make you think that it
is company policy to do this, hoping that many will not notice. Should
that be the case it could be seen as an attempt to defraud the
customer. There are 2 areas where picker error seems to be going on
unchecked. The multi swipe of 1 pack is one error but the other is for
multi buys of dairy products like milk and fresh cream. Too many times
CB's pal has bought 3 tubs of fresh cream (for his coffee) and the
cream has been all 3 tubs with a use by date of within 2 days of
delivery. When this has happened, TESCO have credited him with the
total charge for the 3 tubs. When picking multiple items of perishables
such as cream, they should pick 1 tub with a use by date within the
next 3 days, the second tub should have a use by date of 4 to 7 days
away and the last one should have a use by date of 6 to 10 days away.
Actually getting them to be aware of this is another story. ALWAYS
carefully check the goods delivered by an online shop against your bill
and watch the use by dates. Also be aware that, given this post, TESCO
are still far out in front of other suppliers known to CB's pal. CB's
pal did comment on his purchase in that he made a mistake by ordering
10 packs of smoked back bacon. The TESCO bacon cooks up nicely but the
Sainsbury's version leaks a lot of white goo into the pan which usually
is explained by the water that is injected into the meat so TESCO
scores on quality. He further commented that when ne buys fresh cream
from Either TESCO or ALDI it is still good up to 10 days after the use
by date but the Sainsbury's product is going off within 1 or 2 days
after the use by date so quality is a consideration. Somebody is
selling us todays product and, maybe, somebody is selling us yesterdays
product at todays prices.
21. 12.45 GMT 23.01.15. CB
warned you it was silly season politically. We are now in the midst of
a huge row about pre-election TV debates and who should be involved.
The truth of the matter is that no party that cannot be elected into a
government forming position has any place in a TV debate. That means
the debate should only be Labour and Conservative under our 2 party
shamocracy. No party contesting less than 500 of the 650 seats
available will be in a position to be elected into a majority and so
there is no place for such a party in TV debates. Even if such party
were to win every point hands down, they could not achieve a break
through in our flawed political system so there is no place for them in
the debates. By fielding less than 500 candidates they are letting the
voters down. Given the general apathy amongst the electorate, should we
have a turn out of 30% to 40% of the voters and that led to one party
having, say, 40% of the votes cast, then that party would be trying to
form a government with less than 15% of the votes from the TOTAL
registered electorate, and they call that a majority! The 2 party
system MUST be broken and, until it is, we should not refer to our
country as a democraccy!
20. 01.00 GMT
23.01.15. David Cameron has released the new "extra
devolution for Scotland" document to some disdain from Ms. Sturgeon. It
is said that some proposals promised have been watered down. Is this
just politics? Probably! That which has been held back is a lever to
gain concessions elsewhere. The stance of Ms. Sturgeon regards the SNP
voting on health matters that only affect England may also be such a
lever. We will see after negotiations what the final bottom line is but
this will only come to us in bits and pieces in the hope we cannot add
up. Given a general election is 3.1/2 months away you can expect some
things in parliamentary business speeded up and other things delayed to
gain a political position favourable to the government. Plain packaging
for cigarettes? We have heard NOTHING for ages now and, suddenly, here
it is before we go to the polls. CB thinks we are in silly season from
now until it is all over, watch this page.
19. 01.00 GMT
23.01.15. Leon Brittan has died. He was an exceptional
politician but his passing will be clouded because, IF we ever get an
inquiry into child abuse in Westminster up and running, his testimony
may well have been quite important. At the pace the government is
moving maybe half the intended witnesses will also be dead.
18. 22.45 GMT
21.01.15. President Obama has given his State of the Nation
speech. Were CB in his position the core of that address would be
"nothing doing"! Mr. Obama as much as said that in his speech. He could
well be forgiven for saying that he will only deal with matters arising
during the rest of his tenure and that there is little point in
introducing new initiatives. Should he take that stance, he will
effectively stop the political points scoring by the Republicans in the
run up to the next election. When the American electorate puts a
Democrat in the White House and then fills Congress with Republicans,
they engineer a stalemate where every Presidential initiative is killed
by his opponents, not by good sense but to gain a political point. The
nett result is not in America's best interests. Remember it was the
Republicans that took the world to within a week of financial collapse
and all in the name of politics. There is the suggestion that the whole
system is flawed when this can happen. Many western countries have
reduced their trading dependence on America because of the Republican's
actions and they may well not be too happy should a Republican
President be installed in the White House in January 2017. CB feels
that Mr. Obama has so far been a good leader, how good could it have
been if he had been able to conduct the business of America. The
political situation is changing around the world and the only people
who do not see this are the politicians who are stuck in the past and
wish for no change to their comfort zones.
17. 12.00 GMT
20.01.15. Welcome to the anti IS club John Key, Prime
Minister of New Zealand. It is good sense to ally yourselves to the
Australian efforts to train soldiers who will resist the IS. New
Zealand is not thought of as an international force but maybe you will
be now. You come across as a very calm and level headed fellow and CB
looks forward to your continuing input to world affairs. The more the
merrier in the fight against the insanity that is the Islamic State. CB
hopes that your involvement is a shining light to other smaller
countries who may feel they can contribute too. Many of the smaller
countries of the world, should they decide to help, would add up to a
significant total force underpinning the efforts of all the others.
16. 09.15 GMT
19.01.15. Would that there was something else to write
about but, alas, this is the most important issue of the day. Mr.
Pickles has written to all imams asking their dedication to the
eradication of extremism in the muslim faith. Lord Ahmad, the
Communities Secretary is "disappointed" that the imams are upset by
this letter. Many feel that the muslims are being victimised. Tell that
to all who have lost loved ones at the hands of islamist terrorists.
Until we find a catholic, Hindu or other faith suicide bomber it is
only Islam where the fanaticism of their belief drives terrorist acts.
It is only Islam that preaches hatred via the teachings of the Qoran
(all infidels must be killed, an illegal statement under current
British Law). The Qoran is the teaching given to all muslims via the
interpretation of the imams and whilst those teachings are hateful (all
men are born superior to women, an illegal statement under current
British Law) then ALL muslims live a life which can never be integrated
into British Society. There will never be integration into British
Society by those who believe in Islam, look at Bradford, Morely,
Birmingham and other places where whole districts are populated by
muslims who then build their own communities where they do not have to
integrate. It seems Mr. Pickles is one of the few in
Parliament who understands. His understanding is quite shallow,
however, as his letter implies that he will believe a favourable reply
from any imam, more than CB would wish to rely on. Our world is full of
sickness because 1 in every 5 believes in a religion of fanaticism and
we do know fanaticism is only half a step from insanity. It has been
said that 600 have left the UK to fight in Syria or Iraq for the
Islamic State. Ask yourself how many of those went to fight on a
principle OR how many went to be able to kill and rape with impunity
because the Qoran implies that they have the right to do so. How many
of those we can catch and prosecute would accept that their fate was
the will of Allah, even when it is western justice that has been
imposed on them? CB suggests none of them because thw will they speak
of is only used when they are on top, not when they are paying for
their sins. What a fine thing selective belief is. CB is so tired of
writing about this, it must seem he is an Islamophobe but, in truth, it
is the evil of belief, the evil of religion that CB hates and constant
writing about the failings of the teaching of Islam is only because
they have promoted themselves via terror and the IS, to the top of the
15. 11.45 GMT
18.01.15. The French have buried one of the Charlie Hebdo
attackers in an unmarked grave. Shame they do not understand. This is a
man who believed he would go to his heaven as a martyr. Maybe the
French should have sent out a message to other would be terrorists that
heaven and martyrdom is not attainable for terrorists. How might they
do this? Perhaps the dead terrorists body might be strapped to a dead
pig and then cremated on an open fire built and lit on ground considered as tainted by Islam! Sounds like barbarism but, hey,
it would be the will of the leader of their belief but a serious insult
to all pigs! The western world may not believe in that flawed
religion but if terror is perpetrated in the name of that religion,
perhaps we should use the very same religious teachings against all
those who believe them.
14. 06.15 GMT
14/01/15. Now we have, for the first time, 3 of our 4 major
supermarkets closing stores and re-aligning their approach to how they
sell us our foods. Of course, this is a reaction to how we decide to
spend our money AND to the effects of the larger discounters such as
Aldi and Lidl who are increasing their market share. All of this
fits exactly the picture of tomorrows world in supermarket terms as
described by CB in previous posts last year. We are more inclined to do
a large shop ONLINE which means we use the smaller convenience shops
near where we live to top up the large online shops when we have
forgotten some items. This pattern of shopping reduces the
footfall in the large supermarkets situated in business estates on the
outskirts of our cities and therefore has an effect on the
profitability of such stores. We have learned that we can save up to
30% of our food bills by using the discounters. We have learned that
the vfm (value for money) factor at the discounters is very high
because the quality of the unknown brands on offer is often much higher
than the big name supermarkets and for less money. We have learned the
real convenience is online shopping. Now, as the profitability of large
stores falls in relation to the reduced footfall, decisions must be
made regards keeping those stores open. Their usage may be to become
"dark stores", where the only people employed in them are pickers of
online orders and also they may become distribution depots feeding the
supply of the convenience outlets. The future means less personal
shopping in large stores BUT, the next big move may be when the
discounters embrace online shopping OR start to accept credit cards. Our world never stops changing and
in the supermarket world we can expect store closures (if only closed
to the public based on footfall profitability), job losses and an
ongoing move to online shopping. CB already uses the internet very
regularly and there have been many posts on this. Currently many online
providers have yet to learn that online is not an excuse to offer less
choice and at a higher price. CB has found that TESCO are way ahead
here, offering everything you might find in their larger outlets and at
competitive prices. They also have an exceptional customer service team
to fix any problems with online shopping. Ocado also performed well but
CB has only used them once based on price. Sainsbury's has more or less
been discarded by CB on past performance where nectar points are not
awarded for much of the online spend and where a problem has occurred,
their customer service team seemed powerless to do any other than
apologise but not fix the problem. CB has felt that ASDA might be a
good online source but as yet has not shopped with them on price or
special offer considerations. Morrisons are fairly new to the online
experience and have much to learn. When they offered 1 litre bottles of
scotch at a price comparable to TESCO, they would only allow a purchase
of 2 bottles against TESCO and Sainsbury offering the same at the same
offer price but with a 6 bottle limit. The message is to look at online
shopping in the future but be careful of price, quality and customer
service. CB shops online but uses ALDI on a weekly basis for
perishables such as fruit, veg and dairy when an online shop is not
needed. This may well be the future shape of our foods spending.
13. 23.30 GMT
13.01.15. Today we saw the return of Tony Blair to answer
questions put by the Commons Northern Ireland Committee. Those answers
we were shown clearly demonstrated the massive distance between himself
and Ed Miliband. The old Blair still has it. He acknowledged his
mistakes, apologised for them but stood up for all the other deeds. He
clearly was convincing when he said that without the "letters of
forgiveness" sent to IRA members there would not be a Good Friday
accord which is the basis of the peace deal in Northern Ireland. Might
there be room for a come back? Watch your back Ed, there is some hot
Blair behind you!
12. 12.45 GMT
13/01/15. Once again CB is watching The Daily
Politics on BBC2, and once again it is pointless. Andrew Neill was
"interviewing" 3 MP's and every question he asked them he proceeded to
talk over their answer. How do we, the viewers get to hear the answer
when all we can hear is Andrew Neill's voice? The height of his
ignorance knows no bounds, perhaps the BBC should change the name of
the show to The Andrew Neill Roadshow or Questions Without Answers. He
is of an age now where we cannot expect any improvement in his
approach, old dogs and new tricks comes to mind. Surely, should we find
a few brain cells alive and well within the ranks of the programme
makers, this approach might well be discarded in favour of something
that is informative and therefore watchable.
11. 08.15 GMT
12.01.15. A good weekend for CB. Unfortunately, the news
media have learned no lessons. The reporting of the situation in France
was milked 24/7 to the point where such an important event was reduced
by such coverage to the status of a soap opera. Todays viewers are
savvy enough to switch channels rather than be bombarded by this kind
of coverage. On the good side, the BDO darts final, won by Scotty
Mitchell was every bit as good as we have come to expect from a BDO
final except for commentator Hazel Irvine thinking it was coming from
the Lakeside shopping complex in Essex when it was played at the
Lakeside Country Club cabaret venue at Frimley Green in Surrey. The
snooker Masters kicked off with a good result for Shaun
Murphy. The Voice started on Saturday and left the judges full of
apologies for some as they didn't turn their chairs for a couple of
performers who were quite obviously up to the required standard. It
does appear to be very hard to judge an act when you are not able to
see the performance as well as hear it. Ski Sunday had it's second show
of an all too short 10 week series but after the dismal and apalling TV
offerings at Christmas, it is good to be into a pretty good time of
year for the return of much loved shows. CB does not live his life for
TV but when the weather is cold, wet and unforgiving, good TV is
10. 08.30 GMT. 09.01.15.
George Osborne has just been talking on TV about the proposed political
debates on TV before the election in May. He was commenting on David
Camerons statement that he will not take part if the minor parties,
such as the Greens, are not present. This is TOSH! While ever our
political system is a shamocracy, I.E. a 2 perty system where our
choice in May is limited to either Miliband or Cameron, of what value
is it to have all the smaller parties in play. ONLY when our voting
system is freed from the Tory or Labour limitation will that be
relevant. Until then it is a ploy for Cameron to hide from the debates.
9. 07.50 GMT
09.01.15. When the French authorities eventually catch or
kill the Charlie Hebdo attackers there is one question that stands
above all others. Where did they obtain military automatic attack
rifles from? Should there be any link to the Islamic State then it must
be read as proof positive that the holy war between the western
coalition forces and the IS is moving to street terrorist style warfare
which may be waged in any major city in the western world. Maybe then
the world will realise the true breadth and depth of the threat.
Politically, no country wants to be seen as moving against the belief
in Islam BUT, from the teachings of the Qoran, the root ideaology
pursued by the IS is at the heart of the belief. There must be a large
scale political shift by the western world because the only way to win
such a holy terrorist war is the eradication of such evil ideaologies.
The distaste, politically, to pursue such an action will be responsible
for thousands of deaths of innocent citizens to the point that,
finally, the eradication will be the only way left. Should the western
world see this early enough, they may proceed to the only end but do so
BEFORE too many innocents die. Those in power should take note and the
likes of Angela Merkel siding with the area that breeds such terrorists
is the biggest mistake that can be made. Perhaps the German people
might remember where her sympathies lie when they next go to the polls.
8. 12.00 GMT 07.01.15. There
has been a muslim driven attack on the French satirical magazine,
Charlie Hebdo, where 11 are dead at the time of this post. It is said
the attack is revenge for satirical cartoons published in the magazine
but they have the right to publish this material. How deep is the flaw
in the muslim faith that their only perceived answer is killing and
death. This is the
fourth muslim attack in France within the last month. All of these
attacks are by those who are insane enough to believe in a fatally
flawed religion. We have seen just how flawed it is when we look at the
Islamic State and all the other muslim fuelled attacks over recent
years. The whole ideaology of this religion is what we, the infidels,
are up against. Surely now is the time for all countries, France,
Germany, The UK, Canada, the USA and any other country infested with
this ideaology to call a summit and decide how to proceed. Without this
we will stand the chance of the world descending into a state of global
terrorism and all in the name of belief. By now any cause whatsoever
would be pursued with an eye on eradication but because this cause is
seen as a "religion", nobody wants to make a move. This is no religion,
it is barbarism and we should see it for the reality of just that.
Failure to take joint action will come back on us and procrastination
will make it too late once there is an agreement on joint action. Time
to wake up! CB wants to ask the establishment, you know, the one we
elected why they are refusing to uphold British Law? We need an answer
to these questions Party by Party as we are 4 months away from an
election. Why do we not outlaw the covering of faces in Britain? It is
against anti terrorism provisions as terrorists can move freely, posing
as women and avoiding our CCTV system? Why do we not stop the covering
of heads by muslim women, it is against the sexism laws as it does not
apply to men? Why are we not siezing and destroying copies of an
illegal publication called the Qoran? The Qoran says "all infidels must
be killed" which is an illegal incitement to violence. The Qoran says
that "all men are born superior to women" which is also against the
sexism laws. Is our government going to uphold the law or do we vote
7. 23.30 GMT 05.01.15.
Tonight there have been protests in Germany against the ever increasing
muslim influence. There have also been protests against the anti muslim
protests. Angela Merkel has come down firmly against the anti muslim
protesters, calling them racists. She needs to refine her accuracy, the
protests are not against any race, they are against the ideaology of a
religion that spans many different races. Her stance is flawed, it may
be politically correct and tolerant but when Germany is a muslim
caliphate, she will learn that tolerance is a forgotten word in Islam.
She may also learn what the average German person feels when she is
next at the polls! WAKE UP ANGELA, time to stand up and be counted!
6. 23.30 GMT
05.01.15. When will the media ever learn? CB has just
watched BBC 2's Newsnight. The presenter was "talking" to Michael Gove,
Conservative Chief Whip. Every time he asked a question, as Michael
Gove tried to answer, the presenter talked all over the reply, such
crass ignorance. CB has to watch such shows to pick up on any material
suitable for this page but CB can understand how any other viewer would
switch channels in disgust. The interviewer should ask the question
then SHUT HIS MOUTH and listen to the abswer. When there are 3 MP's
from 3 different parties he should also be the "policeman". Should an
MP be replying to a question and one of the other MP's talks over the
answer, it is the job of the interviewer to shut the second MP up and
allow the answer to be given. TV presenters are supposed to be the
masters of communication and the art of communication is to LISTEN. If
the presenter's voice adds up to more than about 20% of the talk, then
they are out of order. We want to hear the MP and his answer!
5. 11.45 GMT 05.01.15. Post
number 3 has been up just under 2 hours and it has started already. Ed
Miliband has just delivered an election speech. He said that Labour has
no policies that are unfunded! Just another demonstration of how little
Labour understands basic economics. Technically, ALL policies are
unfunded because they rely on our economic performance for funding. How
Labour handles the economy is the prime factor. The economy determines
how many are working and how many are drawing benefits which has a
direct bearing on the cost of benefits. The economy also determines the
revenue income from taxation. All of these can be predicted with an
upper and lower level but for a party that does not understand the
economy, no predictions are valid. The tories are in the same boat with
the exception that after 5 years, they have demonstrated some measure
of economic success. They still love to over estimate the future
position, a failing common to all parties but CB thinks the tories will
be nearer the true results, shame they haven't got a leader whose word
we can trust. The fun starts here!
4. 11.30 GMT 05.01.15. There
is a lot of controversy surrounding the convicted rapist Ched Evans and
his possible return to football. He has paid his prison penalty BUT, on
behalf of every female UK resident, CB sees the problem. Evans has the
legal right to work in the profession he is trained in, football, BUT
as a player he is a role model to many so how could he return. Money
from sponsors may decide his future so maybe the only club he could
play for is one that is muslim financed as muslims have little regard
of the rights of women. Do we have such a club in the English leagues?
Maybe he should take an apprenticeship as a bricklayer or some such
other job, one that, like plumbing, does not allow him access to a home
where he may be on his own with the lady of the house. One thing all
seem to have forgotten is that he has an appeal against his conviction
in the pipeline and what if that appeal is upheld? Is everyone jumping
to, as yet, unfounded conclusions. Emotion is driving this situation
when we know logic is the best servant.
3. 09.15 GMT
05.01.15. The voters of the UK should prepare themselves
from today as we are firmly into 4 months of election fever. The
symptoms of this disease are untruths, half truths, the use of
statistics to blur the real picture culminating in the frenzy of fear
in the candidates that they may fail to be elected. Readers of this web
site will know that CB will do his best to clear the picture using the
principles of this site which are honesty, accuracy and no punches
pulled. CB will not always get it right but regular readers can be sure
that opinions expressed on here have a history of being as near as it
can get. Be aware that, in CB's opinion Ed Miliband does not look like
Prime Ministerial material and with Ed Balls wanting to be in charge of
the UK's finances, after a couple of years of his policies, there will
be nothing left to be in charge of. Our only other choice under the 2
party system of shamocracy that prevails in UK politics, is David
Cameron, he who cannot be trusted to keep his word. We do have Nigel
Farage to turn to but his party will not put up enough candidates to
make a difference and he carries the danger that his team will see
every vote for them as a vote to leave Europe, which is not strictly
true. The other danger here is that the SNP may end up as the most
likely to form a coalition government and do we want the Scots to be a
major deciding factor in English legislation? In other words, if all
stays the same, we are in the shit. The
economy will be safer with Cameron's team. The NHS will not be safe
with any of them. It needs a large scale demolition of the middle
management ranks and CB, having had extensive care in recent times,
knows that the caring units of the NHS are OK if left alone by the
middle management meddlers. An extensive expose of the UK Border
Agencies failings will be reported on this page as soon as legal
clarity has been established which is an ongoing task as we speak.
Other important occurrences will be dealt with as they arise but in the
mean time, DO NOT believe what you read or are told on the TV. As
things stand, CB can foresee more than one election this year because
of the 2 party system and we may hope that 2 or more indecisive
elections may finally prompt a change in the system but with Labour and
the Tories firmly resisting this it will be hard to achieve. Read the
pages in the Government section to get a better picture of what needs
to be done to change the system. Stay with this page, CB will be
diligent in dealing with the fever which we all must suffer until May.
Good luck and be careful where you put your cross come the day.
2. 12.00 GMT
04.01.15. We are firmly into the new year, with good wishes
coming from every quarter, even this page. Sadly, a new year makes no
changes. We still have an Islamic State, the Taliban in Pakistan and
destabilisation in the Ukraine. Northern Ireland is still in a state of
flux because of the stupidity of belief. Our world is no different and,
despite all our hopes, tomorrow does not look too tasty in many parts
of the world. Muslim terrorists and ebola still take their toll in
Africa. The UK authorities still do nothing about the muslim population
of the UK who, by their ideaology, live outside of some basic British
laws. Isn't forcing women to cover their heads against the sexism
laws? If men had to do it too, it would be lawful. Ignore these
breaches at our peril, within 50 years the UK will be under Sharia
law. The spread of muslim terrorism is likely to be seen in every
around the world over the next 10 years and only because we are letting
it happen, ask the French. Charges have been published against Prince
Andrew but, in a world where
the cover up is standard proceedure, Buckingham Palace is one
institution where CB thinks they know better so their rejections of
such charges are quite believeable. We may live in hope that 2015 will
than 2014 but it is not likely. In 5 months we can vote for either the
incapable Miliband or the duplicitous Cameron, what a great choice.
Nigel Farage COULD break this system IF he fielded 500 candidates at
the election but he is going for about 40 so HE is letting the country
down. Looking at all that, hope is out of the window and justice will
never happen (a UK nursing volunteer, fighting ebola in Africa, comes
home to find she is infected). Sorry, folks, CB does not want to say
these things BUT CB
must, it is the philosophy of this site, honesty, accuracy and no
1. 13.30 GMT 31.01.14. CB
wishes all readers a happy and prosperous new year. You can find all last years posts on "news2014
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