Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Charles Moore is Britain’s Gandhi :200,000 Pledge Not to Pay TV Licence

Since launching last August the Campaign to Abolish the TV Licence has received over 200,000 online pledges not to pay as of the beginning of December. That is pretty good going for a new and unfunded grassroots campaign.

In 1930 in order to help free India from British control, Mahatma Gandhi proposed a non-violent march protesting the British Salt Tax, continuing Gandhi’s pleas for civil disobedience. The Salt Tax essentially made it illegal to sell or produce salt, allowing a complete British monopoly. Since salt is necessary in everyone’s daily diet, everyone in India was affected. The Salt Tax made it illegal for workers to freely collect their own salt from the coasts of India, making them buy salt they couldn’t really afford. The British Broadcasting Corporation’s TV Tax protects an unjust monopoly, since television is necessary for information it affects everyone in Britain. It makes it illegal to freely receive information without paying the TV Tax. Information which is essential for civil society and democracy to function. The TV Tax can be defeated – on April 5, 1930 Gandhi and his satyagrahis reached the sea coast. After prayers were offered, Gandhi spoke to the large crowd. He picked up a tiny lump of salt in his hand, breaking the law. In that moment India’s freedom from colonialism was secured. In Charles Moore the British people have their Gandhi.

Mass civil disobedience is as easy as canceling your direct debit, then pick up your Sky remote in your hand, break the law. By this small act freedom from cultural domination by a left-wing metropolitan elite can be secured. If Gandhi was the quintessential Indian, Charles Moore is surely the quintessential Englishman. Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

Pledge not to pay here.

Boris Johnson Meets Jeremy Clarkson

The Tax Base is Fading to Grey

The number of people over state pension age is now officially greater than the number of children for the first time in our history. Today there are 4 people of working age for every person of retirement age. By 2050 there will only be 2 for every retiree.

It takes something like 30 taxpayers to support a bureaucrat, yet the ratio of bureaucrats to productive taxpayers is worsening. State pensions are unfunded. Where in the coming decades are the taxes going to come from to pay for the pensions and bureaucrats as well as servicing the colossal government debt?

Who will bear the terrifying burden?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

+++ US Treasury Bills Trade at Negative Yields +++

For the first time in history, not even in 1929, $27 billion of three-month bills were sold at a discount rate of 0.005% and are now trading at negative yields. Investors will get back less than they pay for them for the security of actually being repaid. That shows real fear in the markets.

Unfortunately British Gilts are not considered such a safe bet…

Ronald McDonald Higher Rated than Gordon Brown

Every day the pound hits a new record low and the markets now see Britain as a bigger credit default risk than McDonald’s Corp. So much for “Britain is best placed to weather the global financial turbulence”. The global capital markets think Gordon is a bigger clown than Ronald:

Exclusive : Tribune Mystery Buyer is a Capitalist

Kevin McGrath, coyly described in the press release as “a Labour activist”, is the mystery purchaser of 51% of the failing socialist newspaper Tribune. The former parliamentary candidate and multi-millionaire property fund manager is behind the purchase of the venerable paper for £1. These socialists are really no good at business. Guido would have given them twice as much for the shares…

UPDATE : Kevin McGrath is a founder member and equity partner in Foreign & Colonial’s REIT Asset Management, a specialist investment, finance, and asset management company, which currently manages approximately €5 billion of commercial property investments. REIT has offices in London, Germany, Sweden, India and Israel.

In addition to his directorship with the Trust, Kevin is an Elected Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, a former non executive Director of QPR football club, a current non executive Director of two plcís, a Trustee of the GSA Conservatoire, Director of the McGrath Charitable Trust, Trustee and Treasurer of the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, a Member of Property Investment Forum, and a School Governor of the Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls.

Kevin was the Labour Party Parliamentary Candidate for the North East Hampshire constituency at the 2005 General Election.

Source : here.

+++ BBC : Ross Quits 2012 Role +++

Inevitable really.

A New Approach to Whistleblowers

The Chinese don’t arrest whistleblowers, they treat them. An idea for Jacqui?

The Resurrection of Saint Hain

Harold Evans in the Guardian this morning defends Hain on the grounds that “everyone does it”. The “it” being late declaration or non-declaration of donations. Tell that to a judge.There was an absolutely nauseating revision of history by Hain himself in the Guardian immediately after the decision not to prosecute was announced. In it he made the preposterous claim that

“… when, to my horror, I discovered the problem, I went straight to the commission, and also told the media. There was no exposure by tabloid or political opponents. It was me who outed me …”

Hold on a second Peter, didn’t you tell the press last April:

“I have felt since February last year and throughout the course of my deputy leadership campaign and its aftermath that I was increasingly the victim of scapegoating and dirty tricks. Someone has persistently been sending material designed to discredit me to the right wing Guido Fawkes website. Some of the material has also been sent to the Western Mail…. There has been a concerted attempt to get the Guido Fawkes website to run damaging stories about the campaign.”

Printing the truth is such a “dirty trick” isn’t it?

Guido knew his accounts were fishy as early as May 2007 and revealed on the morning of Dec 3, 2007 details of an undeclared donation, Guido contacted Hain’s SpAd Joe Carberry with the details, later that afternoon Hain went to the Electoral Commission.

So when Hain says there was no exposure by opponents and he outed himself he is not only being untruthful, he is contradicting himself. If Guido and the Guardian’s own David Hencke, hadn’t been digging relentlessly I very much doubt Hain would have come clean.

Peter is very keen to rehabilitate himself and to that end is peddling another myth: that he was cleared. He wasn’t cleared, he just was not prosecuted. Not proven guilty is not the same as innocent.

David Hencke expressed surprise yesterday that no one could be held responsible for undeclared donations totalling £100,000, half of which came from the mysterious Progressive Policies Forum.

Phil Taylor, the former Hain SpAd who quit working for Hain after Guido exposed him working on the leadership campaign at the taxpayer’s expense, had a revealing Facebook exchange last week which deserves wider circulation:Sleazy lobbyist Steve Morgan is desperately trying to put the blame on Phil Taylor for unreported donations that arrived after he had quit the campign. If Hain couldn’t be charged as the regulated donee, surely Steve Morgan, who took over as campaign manager after Phil Taylor resigned, should be held responsible. His office collected the cheques and he was the campaign manager.

Hain is already trying to portray himself as an innocent victim of his underlings incompetence, despite legally the buck stopping with him. He clearly needs someone he can trust and rely on in his personal office. Just as well he “employs” his 80 year-old mother at the taxpayer’s expense to look after his interests, such a shame she never actually visits his office…

Zimbabwe is One Big Death Camp

That “what if” discussion as to whether assassinating Hitler in 1940 would have saved the jews seems to be relevant to contemporary Zimbabwe. The country has become a giant death camp, a hungry bedraggled populace and thousands dying in the streets from cholera.

There is no available remedy under international law. The Americans have had some success with offering multi-million dollar rewards – they found Uday Saddam Hussein in that way and dealt him justice the same day. Perhaps a humanitarian minded African billionaire might be that way inclined, failing that, what is Ross Perot doing nowadays?


Seen Elsewhere

Labour Failed Those Victims | Labour Uncut
We Cannot Ignore the Race Issue Here | Dan Hodges
74 MPs Who Back Stop Mills Motion | Speccie
Milibande | Ian Birrell
The True Meaning of Political Correctness Gone Mad | Speccie
Nigel, Nigel, Nigel! | Bloomberg
Bercow Blinks | Guardian
Speaker on the Ropes | Indy
Outgoing Clerk Slams Bercow – Row Goes Very Public | BBC
Darling Was Wrong on OBR | Speccie
Climate Change Cools Off | Washington Times


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Shaun Wright’s understatement about the Rotherham child abuse scandal…

“..I could have taken more action and probably dealt with this issue better.”



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We also need Zil lanes.


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