The really big problem with attempting to convey a really big idea is the necessity to form a really meaningless sound bite or, in this increasingly digital age, a stupid hash tag. The reduction of collective human intelligence to a bullet point is, however, nothing new. Some might point to Plato with his syllogistic “all men are mortal” meme or to Rene Descartes who proclaimed “cogito ergo sum”. It is worth pointing out at this point that Plato and Descartes are long dead and so are probably indifferent to “likes” or “RTs” on social media. My advice is to find out about stuff before you endorse things that might or might not be true. (more…)
March 2, 2015
February 28, 2015
To suggest that Jack Straw and Malcolm Rifkin are anything other than fine upstanding, honest and highly respected parliamentarians is merely cheap political opportunism in the middle of a toxic and seemingly endless election campaign. The Right Honourable Jack and the Right Honourable Malcolm have broken no rules and done no wrong according to the Right Honourable Jack and the Right Honourable Malcolm. Bellowing indignant outrage or even mild disquiet at an occasional honest mistake or slight lapse of judgement is nothing short slanderous spite and libellous envy. These fine, upstanding and rather gorgeous MPs have devoting years of selfless public service and are entitled to an occasional big, fat juicy cheque over and above their meagre £67 grand basic salaries plus allowances and expenses. It is not as if they are doing anything immoral or even illegal. (more…)
February 24, 2015
The relief at returning home after a few days away to find that the house has not actually been burgled is usually tempered by having to force open a front door barricaded by a mountain of junk mail. The urge to sift through the pizza delivery leaflets would be a treat for later once the kettle was on, the washing machine loaded and the children safely back on their tablets.
On this occasion, however, the sorting of the privatised Royal Mail unearthed some treasure. Firstly, the bank had admitted to making a mistake in debiting an account (surprise surprise) and a long overdue invoice for a lucrative if difficult commission was finally paid. This good fortune covered the cost of parking in York for the day and still left change to rent the holiday cottage for five days. Mr Micawber knows more about economics that George Osborne. (more…)
February 13, 2015
There are elements of Europe`s small but supremely powerful ruling elite that are of the opinion that by electing Syriza, the people of Greece have gone stark, raving bonkers. Universally described as “far-left” or “radical far-left”, the leader of Syriza has been given a new first name by almost all European media. Prior to being elected Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras was known as “Alexis Tsipras” but now in the spotlight of media ubiquity he is known by his new, full name; “Ex-Communist Alexis Tsipras”.
The Greeks are obviously flirting with this crazy fad called Democracy that is certain to result in tears before bedtime. After all, it was the Greeks who cooked up all this nonsense about representing the will of the citizenry and the preposterous notion that the populous should have a say in how a nation is run. (more…)
February 10, 2015
Perhaps the most surprising, shocking and outrageous reaction to the escalating HSBC scandal is the surprise, shock and outrage expressed by folk previously unaware that this kind of thing has been going on since the Book of Genesis instructed forced labour to give one fifth of the crop to the Pharaoh. Tax for the wealthy has always been optional; so stop bleating that it is unfair or immoral. The rich did not become rich by being fair or ethical.
The worship and preservation of money is as old as the hills and we mere mortals must pay the tithe in order to keep the machinery of society in good working order. Our wealthy Gods, however, must be allowed to generate wealth and if the machinery of society suffers some catastrophic breakdown, then it is the poor who will be required to pay for the repairs. The Gods are above any thoughts of fairness, morality, responsibility or resultant poverty. (more…)