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CLEGG -> “SPEND; SPEND; SPEND ……….”

“Some of the Coalition’s initial cuts in public spending may have harmed the economy,” Nick Clegg has said.

A) The word “may” could indicate a probability of as little as 0,000000000000001 in a thousand trillion, or indeed much smaller, so it is essentially meaningless.

B) Is it just me or are these people both stupid and wilfully malevolent?

Of COURSE cutting public expenditure means less economic activity by the state, but THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE. Or rather the alternative is:

  • to spend more, but we have no money, which means

  • to BORROW more which means

  • to increase the debt

  • to pay more interest

  • to lose more credibility

  • to have our credit rating cut

  • to pay more interest on ALL borrowing

  • to get into a death spiral of debt, interest payments and face the SAME choice of ….

  • EITHER cutting expenditure OR borrowing more

  • … at which point we return to the beginning and start over

  • And “NO”, printing money is no answer, as that would lead to hyperinflation PLUS economic collapse

Previous governments have CATASTROPHICALLY overspent and overborrowed. Clegg’s insinuation that there is some easy way out of this is IDIOTIC.

But then, what else do we expect from him. He may or may not recall that the current French President (BEFORE being elected of course) attacked “austerity” and promised to “change things”, but as SOON AS HE got into power he had to apply the SAME austerity programme as the dreaded Sarko. If he hadn’t, France’s borrowing costs would have gone throught he roof leading to economic collapse, vast inflation and massive social and economic misery (and it’s BAD ENOUGH already.)

There is no quick fix to DECADES of UTTERLY INCOMPETENT, COWARDLY and indeed CRETINOUS mismanagement of the economy. Quick-fixes will ONLY make things WORSE in the long run – as if of course people like Clegg could be bothered about the long run.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Britain, European Union

 

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IN or OUT?

It would be far better for all if we stay in and get on with the job of leadership within the EU, rather than bellyaching all the time.

Yes, we must stay in and keep paying twenty MILLION GB NET every single day to support THREE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY Brussels penpushers who earn more than the British PM, and of course there is Borroso’s (et al) 300,000€ salary plus vast perks and hardly any tax because it is so awful to work in distant Brussels. Not forgetting the EIGHTY-NINE MILLION euros “lost” this year and the fact that the EU accounts are NEVER properly audited not to mention the SIX THOUSAND MILLION EURO (and counting) European Diplomatic Service led by a Foreign Secretary of a non-existant country OR indeed the fascist imposition on Greece of an ex ECB-GS crony after the democratically-elected PM of Greece dared to threaten to offer a referendum on the euro to his people.

Then there are the 60% youth unemployed all over the Mediterranean AND the utter LIES used to get Greece into the Eurozone for blatant political reasons PLUS the mad rush to set up a United States of Europe which NOT ONE SINGLE ONE of the EU’S FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY MILLION Citizens has voted, since – as we all know – our unelected Lords and Masters in Brussels know best.

It hardly seems worth mentioning the tsunami of competitiveness-busting legislation coming from Brussels or indeed the imposition on the UK of an obligation to accept MILLIONS of Eastern Europeans anxious to sup at the insane British welfare system in a country already chronically short of decent housing for its own people, while of course we have no more control over our fishing, our borders, our law, our work-related legislation or indeed much else.

You cannot “LEAD” inside the EU, which is basically a stitch-up between France and Germany, though France is  so economically incompetent that even the Germans’ stoic patience and residual war guilt are wearing a bit thin.

The EU was formed by France and Germany along with a few hapless hangers-on and is impregnated by their bureaucratic mentality. It CANNOT be reformed from within UNLESS Britain’s threat to leave is taken seriously, which it will NOT be UNLESS it is serious. This is a gigantic poker game but it is the ONLY way to get real change in the EU which – otherwise – is doomed to economic decline, apart from Germany, though its position is not as secure as many think.

Oh – and the new ECB headquarters is costing AT LEAST ONE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED MILLION euros (money being no object), while van Rompo’s new palace (anyone know what he does all day for his THREE HUNDRED THOUSAND EURO salary plus sod all tax?) cost a paltry THREE HUNDRED MILLION euros and counting.

And of course the MEPS (all earning at least double what our own MPs earn – and there’s that piffling tax again) get ANOTHER 200€ odd JUST FOR TURNING UP TO PARLIAMENT. Brilliant. You get paid an obscene salary and then a daily rate for actually turning up for work!! This is known in the trade as “NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT”.

YOU COULD NOT MAKE IT UP, and as the EU thunders towards banking and political union IT CAN ONLY GET WORSE.

It is UNAFFORDABLE, WASTEFUL AND IMMORAL. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, but that is what it has become; a monster greedy for both power and money – OUR money.

Remember the statistic: TWENTY MILLION QUID NET EACH AND EVERY SINGLE DAY goes to the EU. How many desperately-needed houses could we build for that?

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2013 in Britain, European Union

 

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Central Bankers …..

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard is always an excellent read. However, I had to take issue with him today on the subject of “central bankers”:

“Central bankers should be brought to heel by elected parliaments.”
“The Daily Telegraph” – 22-1-2013

 Ambrose

Forgive me for disagreeing with your emphasis.

The debt crisis has been caused by GOVERNMENT OVERSPENDING of money they HAVE NOT GOT.

 It is NOT the fault of Central Bankers; nor of ratings agencies, the Anglo-Saxons, the banks, or anything else.

 I would prefer a headline:

 “Government should be brought to heel by elected parliaments.”

However, the latter are craven, short-termist, greedy and unconscionable, so maybe we even need the headline:

“Government should be brought to heel by the people, through direct action if the former are incompetent to do it.”

 To put it another way, GOVERNMENTS run the country, NOT Central Bankers, who should therefore ALWAYS do what they are told by the law-making institution.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in Britain, European Union, Politics

 

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LOGIC à la EUROZEALOTS

They have both their own language and their own logic in Brussels. This takes a bit of learning, but once you’ve got the idea it helps to determine the propaganda quotient of the stuff put out by some of the 3,250 Brussels penpushers who earn more than the British PM and pay minimal tax.

To save you time, this quotient is in fact 100%, which after a while becomes bleedin’ obvious, but is cunningly hidden – as with all good propaganda – within a web of lies, exaggeration and incomprehensible jargon.

As for the logic, here is a typical example:

A) Many non-EU countries do a vast amount of trade with the EU.

B) If the UK is out of the EU it will have the same status as these many other countries … but

C) …….. will not be able to do a vast amount of trade with the EU.

YUP – sucks, doesn’t it. But it is the level at which these people operate. Let’s try a bit of home-grown logic as a yardstick by which to compare it:

A)  Many non- EU countries do a vast amount of trade with the EU.

B) Britain is one of many countries.

C) Britain out of the EU could do a vast amount of trade with the EU.

Yup – that sounds more like it.

Of course, the EU would be so pissed off at losing our TWENTY MILLION QUID NET PER DAY to splash out on the vast salaries, little tax and immense perks of the Brusselomafia – so much so that they might start a “trade war”. BUT …….

A) ….. this would be against the rules of the WTO and HILARIOUSLY …….

B) … they flog US more than we flog THEM, so …..

C) ……. WHO WOULD BE THE LOSERS, HA, HA?

Still, keep it up Borroso, for whom the crisis is over, and this despite the fact that none of the root causes have been – or indeed can be – remedied given the vast difference in economies inside Euroland, which of course their own economists told them about BEFORE they let in Greece based on a pack of lies cooked up by Goldman-Sachs. And meanwhile SIXTY PER CENT of Greek and Spanish youth is unemployed – a ruined and disillusioned generation.

THANK YOU EU and EU NATIONAL LEADERS – you REALLY have done a good job.

PS Incidentally, Goldman-Sachs executives are apparently making millions in betting on food prices, while millions of the world’s poorest are ever hungrier as prices rise. This gives you a clue about the morality of the people the EU likes to bed.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in European Union

 

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The Tories, the EU, and the Future of Britain

18 January, 2013

Dear Ms Sandys

Thank you for taking the time to answer my previous letter concerning the EU and homosexual “marriage”, following which I have a number of points:

  1. I don’t envy you your job with so many problems and conflicting issues, especially as one of the coalition leaders is a clown – and I don’t mean David Cameron.

  2. You are certainly not paid enough, especially in comparison with obscene payments made in banking but also – as it happens – in the EU.

  3. Concerning this homosexual marriage nonsense we will have to agree to differ. I am all for homosexuals being able to have a civil partnership with almost all the rights of the rest of us (excluding of course the right to adopt children), but calling it “marriage” is absurd. And unlike you and Mr Cameron, I have no faith whatsoever that once this becomes law there will not be cases in the ECHR about the human rights of homosexuals to “marry” in church.

As for homosexual “marriage”, another problem is where does all this PC rubbish stop? Will the next thing be British Arabs taking us to the ECHR to demand that polygamy be made legal as part of their “human rights”? Will Muslims formally demand we have “Shariah Law” in Britain? Will it later become legal for Muslim men to lock up their women at home?A fter all, they could – and no doubt do – maintain that it is part of their culture (and we are in the UK supposed to accept every other culture so it seems) – and of course that it does no harm. The Catholic Church adoption agency having to close because they can’t accept adoption for homosexual couples? It is all going too far.    And THIS is part of the reason you are haemorrhaging to UKIP. NONE OF THE MAJOR PARTIES IS DEFENDING OUR TRADITIONAL CULTURE AND WAY OF LIFE.

Concerning obscenity and item 2, I note that a Mr Carney has been made Governor of the Bank of England at a salary of nearly half a million quid plus €5,000 per week for accommodation. I also read somewhere that all this will be tax-free, but am not sure if this is accurate. I have to tell you that this is an extraordinary insult to the taxpayer and a symbol of why this country is in such a shambles. His job involves hiring a few good people to manage the bank and in particular keeping inflation as low as possible. Apart from anything else, he also has an entire and no doubt very expensive MPC to oversee all this. However, his job is not – to be honest – rocket science, and the remuneration is absurd, especially the housing allowance. None of the rest of us have such benefits, even in proportion. David Cameron made a TERRIBLE error in saying “We’re all in this together.” Clearly, Mr Carney is not with us together at all, but is one of the super-rich, business, financial and political elite that is – I am afraid – ripping us off (but your party appointed him).

I also read him as saying (forget where) that a degree of inflation would not go amiss as a partial solution to the debt crisis. For this ALONE he should have been sacked before he arrived. As a pensioner, I can tell you that any government that connives at inflation to save the face of the banks and the previous cretinous government while at the same time wiping out my meagre lifelong-earned savings and pensions would become my mortal enemy. Chucking rocks at police in Trafalgar Square would then seem to be the order of the day. I have rarely read anything so stupid and offensive, and yet WE are paying this person nearly a million GBP per year. Preposterous.

The EUROPEAN UNION

However, my main gripe is the EU. What I cannot understand is why nobody – least of all Mr Cameron – is getting to the NUB of this matter, which is:

A) It is the STATED AIM of the EU zealots to create a United States of Europe. Everything they do is designed to push this closer and closer. Many even suspect that their blatant lying to get Greece into the EU against the advice of all reputable economists was designed (since they KNEW it could not work) to bring about the very banking and economic crisis we are suffering from (60% youth unemployment in Greece, for a start) and then of course ultimately the banking and political unions which they dream of. But, Ms Sandys, NOT ONE SINGLE ONE OF THE 450,000,000 EUROPEAN CITIZENS has voted for this. NOT ONE SINGLE ONE, for of course the very good reason that they would not accept losing their sovereignty. For this reason alone, I regard the EU elite as essentially fascist insofar as an elite is organising things without consulting the masses. Indeed, they – like all three major parties – do EVERYTHING POSSIBLE to prevent referendums. In Greece, they even dumped the legitimate PM for daring to propose one!

B) The EU is horrendously expensive and corrupt. It costs the UK TWENTY MILLION GBP PER DAY NET, and for this we get to be lectured by Messrs Borroso and van Rompuy. Thanks for that.

I said at the beginning that you were underpaid. However, what do YOU think about all the following?

  • Over three thousand EU penpushers earn more than David Cameron, the leader of a nuclear power and a country of some 70,000,000 people. (After 13 years of Labour, nobody has a clue how many we really are.)

  • The top EU officials earn 300,000€ per annum plus VAST expenses and with LITTLE TAX.

  • MEPs earn nearly 200,000€ plus the usual vast expenses, free schools, free everything and the usual piffling tax.

  • MEPs ALSO get attendance money of some 200€ odd per day JUST for turning up at the Parliament. Some even turn up, sign on and don’t even GO to the Parliament. They should be locked up for this fraud, but nothing EVER happens.

  • The totally fatuous Diplomatic service headed by arch Labourite crony Dame Ashton cost us SIX THOUSAND MILLION euros, and this for a “common market” that is NOT a country. It is an absolutely staggering insult to the taxpayer. we do not need 36 EU diplomatic staff on the island of Barbados. It is of course ALL part of the plan to create a single country. The logic goes like this: 1) A country has a diplomatic staff. 2) The EU has a diplomatic staff so  3) The EU must be a country. Yes, it was in the Lisbon Treaty, but which idiots signed THAT?

  • Van Rompuy’s new palace cost us 300,000,000€ and counting. Even other EU officials were apparently staggered when they saw the quality and expense of the furnishings and fittings.

  • The EU NEVER has its accounts properly audited and this year alone has “lost” 89,000,000€ euros.

  • It is a den of nepotism and cronyism. Mr Mandelscum (sorry, but he and his party have ruined Britain) resigned from his post as EU Commissioner to help the Labour Party lose the last election. He was made a British Lord (thanks for that) on the piffling salary (plus benefits) of 100,000 GBP per annum. This was apparently 60,000€ less than he earned in Brussels, so for FOUR YEARS the taxpayer has made up this difference as “compensation”- But he RESIGNED!! Have YOU ever resigned to go to a lower-paid job and your former employer made up the difference? It is totally PREPOSTEROUS and in fact what I call LEGALIZED THEFT.

  • The new ECB building in Frankfurt is costing – at latest estimates – 1,300,000,000€. Nothing but the best of course. No doubt the final cost will be nearer 2,000,000,000€.

  • Of course, they flog up and down to Strasbourg regularly …. at vast cost in money AND emissions, even as they force us all to buy more expensive light-bulbs (to save emissions) which – in fact – have toxic metals in them. And as for energy, they are ignoring thorium as a potential fuel, while the Chinese and Japanese are storming ahead with it just as Europe is shutting down its nuclear industry (at least in Germany, while the UK’s are all ageing and nothing new is being built).

It is all an utter disgrace, but you never seem to highlight any of this. And it really IS “fascist”. When the euro crisis erupted in Greece, the then PM said he would put a referendum to the Greek people on continued membership of the euro. Within weeks he had been replaced by Papademos, an ex ECB-GS crony. Papademos in fact had been Governor of the Bank of Greece before the euro and was responsible for preparing Greece’s entry to Euroland. It now transpires that Goldman-Sachs helped Greece massage the figures (in other words LIED to meet the EU criteria for entry.) I knew this, and I am just a member of the public, so it is obvious that the ENTIRE EU ELITE knew it, too. Nobody seemed to care, least of all in Brussels. But the EU & Merkozy replacement of Papandreou reminded me of the Nazis installing Richard Heydrich in Austria.

And you think I want to be associated with this shambles and corruption?

Mr Cameron is now making noises about the EU. Whether this is out of conviction or because he can see UKIP losing him the next election is a moot point. I sure have my own opinion on that, but the whole approach is unbelievable. There is talk of a possible referendum in 2018. That is SIX YEARS AWAY. It is not SERIOUS. Do you think that is going to placate people like me? I may be more vociferous than many, but I am far from alone. And your party never highlights any of the above!

And of course we have not talked about next year when hundreds of thousands more immigrants will come from Eastern Europe into an already overcrowded country. My daughter has a reasonable job in London, but has not a snowball’s chance in Hades of ever being able to buy her own house. The housing situation in the UK is catastrophic. There are MILLIONS more immigrants. Logically, that requires millions more dwellings. Have you any idea what a betrayal of the indigenous people this all is?

I am very bitter about all this. Our country, culture and sovereignty are being stolen from us. The EU is cast in the bureaucratic mould of France: statist, interventionist, costly, bureaucratic and ultimately doomed to economic collapse. What your party is doing is a sort of step in the right direction, but I truly believe that you haven’t understood what is really going on and how so many people feel. And as for “We need them.”, it is rubbish. The EU sells us MORE stuff than we export to them. In or out of the EU they will STILL want and need to sell us their wine, cheese and cars. The PM made an astonishing comment some weeks ago to the effect that if we left the EU we would end up like Norway. This was staggering!! I would give my right arm to be like Norway, enjoying the benefits of a common market without all the insane bureaucratic nonsense that is so dear to the heart of ex-Maoist Borroso and his ilk.

The clock is ticking, Ms Sandys, but 2018? That is a sick joke.

Good luck – you are going to need it. Unless you really take all this on board, UKIP will put Labour back in power to finish the job they started of ruining the country. We thought the Coalition might stop this, but we seem to have been wrong. And Clegg is so far not of this planet that he will drag you down even faster.

Yours Sincerely,                             

 
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Posted by on January 17, 2013 in Britain, European Union

 

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Secondclass Workers

The Honorarlehrer in Germany

In Europe we have various categories of second-class workers, and one of these is the Honorarlehrer. These are qualified teachers employed for specific courses and/or classes only and paid a fee when the totality of the work is completed. What’s the problem then? Well, this fee-paid, short-term, ad hoc basis for specific tasks is fine as originally established for lawyers, architects, doctors and the like, and also my Steuerberater (tax advisor), who charges 60€ an hour.

Teachers, however, are not paid on the same scale and do not enjoy the considerable advantages accorded to those with a “proper” job, a beast becoming increasingly rare in the EU. The Honorarlehrer in fact labours under the following DISadvantages:

  • The life of an Honorarlehrer is precarious – you never know if and when you will be able to find enough work to keep you off the streets and/or away from the state begging bowl.

  • You get NO holiday payment, NO health insurance payment, NO contribution to a pension and NOTHING AT ALL if you can’t work because you are ill.

  • So you can’t afford to be ill because A) you immediately lose money and B) there is a good chance your employer will take on someone else next time who in their estimation is less likely to be ill.

  • You also have more difficulty than salaried workers in getting bankloans, specifically and most importantly if you seek to buy a house, since you cannot guarantee a regular income to a bank.

  • In ADDITION to all the above, in many cases Honorarlehrer doing a three-month course are not even paid until the END of this period, but no explanation is forthcoming from the employer as to what their staff are supposed to live on while waiting to be paid.

  • On top of this, it is in the regulations that staff who have worked diligently a FULL THREE MONTHS will ONLY get paid if they fill in some paperwork correctly.

Salaried employees on the other hand none of the above disadvantages, and among “salaried employers” we must of course include the university bosses and administrators who make and organise the system of Honorarlehrer.

And why is this practice prevalent in Europe? It is of course far cheaper. Employers have no insurance, holiday or pension money to pay for a start, and obviously have reduced personnel costs.  An added bonus is that the workforce is fragmented, which mitigates against any possible form of collective bargaining. The consequence of all this is that it is almost impossible to get a proper, full-time, properly paid job in the teaching profession – unless you work for the state, whose employees are thus massively advantaged over the private sector, including remuneration levels. It seems that a Doctorate is about the minimum possible qualification required in order to get a job administering teachers who have no hope of ever getting a “proper” job, no matter how good a teacher or indeed teaching administrator they might be

C’est la vie, but it isn’t particularly moral, is it?

As for the administrators who remind their hired staff that they will ONLY get paid – even after three months of diligent and professional work – if they complete certain paperwork, I am not sure if they have understood that this is an unacceptable threat. Firstly, the people they hire are qualified professionals who understand the rules (immoral though they may be) and would in normal circumstances not dream of not doing their best to comply. Therefore, being the conscientious professionals that they are, it is insulting to be threatened with the withholding of reimbursement for work already done OVER THREE MONTHS.

A manager’s primary task is to keep the workers happy. Unhappy workers = poor results and eventually no staff and the collapse of the enterprise, except of course that universities and their departments – like the banks – are too important to fail.The correct procedure – given these immoral rules – is to state them clearly at the beginning of the work, and then re-explain what teachers  are supposed to do at the END of the work WITHOUT the accompanying threats. In those RARE cases where a hireling does NOT complete the required tasks then in THIS case the authorities should take the matter up with the individual concerned and not issue a pre-emptive general threat to ALL the hirelings.

As for the failure to pay workers until the end of a period of three months, it is astonishing to me that this can – in the wonderful, Nobel-Peace-Prize winning EU (Let’s forget that it was the Allies that saved Europe from fascism during the last war and from “communism” after it)  – even be legal. The EU is about equality and justice, and I fail to see how an Honorarlehrer is in ANY way equal to a salaried university teacher or administrator. There IS no equality there at all. At the VERY LEAST we should be paid MONTHLY, just like the people who hire us. Yes, this would cost the university a bit of time and even money, but so be it.

This Honorar system is not confined to Germany. It may even be an essential way that the teaching of ad hoc courses has to be organized, but that does not lessen our sympathy for the difficulties faced by the victims of this system, which is – as previously stated – ever more common in Europe. We Honorarlehrer do not usually complain; there are things in life one has to accept, but the contrapartie is that fully-salaried administrators should appreciate their vastly advantageous positions and show more respect for those who actually do the work.

 
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Posted by on January 13, 2013 in Education, European Union

 

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