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There was a time in this sceptred isle when bank managers were considered to be fine, upstanding pillars of society; wise, avuncular, prudent and honest guardians of the fortunes or poverty of society. Sadly, all that has changed and Mr Mainwaring for all his pomposity is long gone and has been replaced by a call centre in Mumbai and a gangster in Canary Wharf.
Consider the actions of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. Having been repeatedly found guilty of all manner of criminality, HSBC have announced that they intend to leave this sceptred isle for good because of impertinent investigation of wrongdoing, unacceptable corporation tax and a cruel and unjust banking levy. Along with money laundering, tax evasion, fraud, illegal rate rigging and stashing the cash of dictators and terrorists, we can now add blackmail to the charge sheet. (more…)
Oh Hokey Cokey Cokey
There are some cynics who question the necessity of an in-out referendum on the UK`s continued membership of the European Union but, in the great scheme of things, such a ballot is absolutely vital. Cameron needs a referendum because he cannot control some of his more rabid backbenchers and would promise an arm and a leg if he thought it would help to see off the threat from the venomous Kippers.
The suspicion, trepidation and ill-informed antagonism that he has done so much to encourage particularly over Europe and immigration, has become a self-feeding epidemic of invented hate, fear and aggressive bigotry that could result in a “No” vote. The poison is out of the bottle and is spreading and no amount of weasel words from Cameron will stop it. (more…)
Election poster from 2001
Given the current state of British politics, an MP resigning or being rejected by the electorate or even dying is usually a cause for celebration. Charles Kennedy resigned as leader of his party, was rejected by his electorate and has now died. This is not a cause for celebration as all three events can only be described as tragic because this was not just a good man but also an example of a rare and endangered species. There are very few politicians left that have been blessed with integrity, humanity, a sense of humour and an astonishing intellect.
He achieved a great deal. Electorally, he remains the most successful Liberal leader since Asquith in 1923. His was one of the few voices in parliament to oppose Blair`s idiotic rush into a second war in Iraq and, in death, has managed to compel the BBC to air footage of the huge demonstration in London on the eve of the war. Something the state broadcaster decided to ignore at the time. He voted alone against a coalition with the Tories in 2010 realising that such an arrangement would destroy the Liberal Democrat Party and fragment and degrade the entire nation. He was a clever one, that there Charles Kennedy and it turns out that he was absolutely correct. (more…)
It is now
Not everything is clear cut and straight forward or a simple choice between right and wrong. For every dodgy refereeing decision, disallowed goal, off side flag and waved red card there are always two, or many more, sides to the story. Consider the newly re-elected President of FIFA; the remarkably resilient Joseph S Blatter.
Ignore the hysterical bellowing from the western media and imagine for a moment a man of vision and integrity that has delivered unbridled joy to billions of human beings across the planet. Smiling orphans in the developing world consider him a saint for bunging loads of cash in the direction of local sports ministers and territorial FIFA representatives in a fair exchange of great wealth for presidential votes. Imagine this great man as a victim of a Zionist plot to oust him before he ousts Israel from FIFA or as a victim of an elaborate CIA plot intent on ousting Vladimir Putin. (more…)
All in this together
Hang on a minute; just run that by me again. You are telling me that an incredibly wealthy woman of German decent who is reliant on state benefits travelled about a mile in a gold coach with her Greek husband to “open” the law-making assembly of the United Kingdom.
You are also saying that she was wearing a 10 metre long ermine cloak and a crown covered in diamonds, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and pearls and sat on a gold throne to inform her “subjects” that “her government” is going to pass laws to take away employment rights, civil liberties, social housing and will continue to make the vast majority of the lives of her “subjects” thoroughly miserable during the next five years. Suggesting that Michael Gove dressed up as Baron Hardup from the Cinderella pantomime handed her the speech proves that you should go home – you`re drunk. (more…)