Saturday, 13 December 2014

Labour: Party before Democracy

Labour's deeply corrupt fundament is showing again. This is a Party that is quite clear that its priorities are Party first and second, nation and democracy a poor third. Labour's recent sabotage of perfectly fair and reasonable measures to bring the Electoral Quotient within a very broad measure of +/- 5% when just about every developed nation in the world achieves +/- 3% is an utter disgrace, and a reason by itself why no voter who values democracy and freedom should ever again vote for this Party of chiselling, rapacious crooks. There are also some 3m voters on the electoral rolls who shouldn't be, and some 3m missing who should be; the former largely a result of Labour's decision to make voting fraud simpler by introducing a universal postal vote, a measure that benefits the Party greatly, most frauds and crooks in the nation preferring to vote Labour. And they tried hard to stop the introduction of electoral checks that would help prevent impersonation and stolen and false identities, on the grounds that this would deprive the party of votes.

Now of course they are attempting to sabotage Home Rule adjustments for England to place our nation on parity with Scotland, and they are trying to block the moves purely for Party interest, because they would lose Scots Labour votes in the Commons. Shame on Labour, shame on Miliband - that this creepy little fraud puts his nasty corrupt party before the interests of 38,597,137 English voters.

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Getting at the Truth

So, the CIA and the republican right

1. Have not told and are not telling the truth
2. Believe that torture is an effective way of getting at the truth

There is an inescapable conclusion - that the Senate should have Dick Cheney's rectum forcibly stuffed with pureed hotdog whilst wrapping his head in a sopping wet towel. He will then tell the whole truth about what went on under his watch. Or maybe not - but, heck, he deserves it anyway. 

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Bunny boiler Bolter bags Bird

I don't know why alarm bells weren't going off in Roger Bird's head when the weird and obsessive tone of texts from Natasha Bolter became clear, but suspect that the usual male Achilles' heels of vanity and pride at bedding a trophy were to blame. Anyway, what should have been and should have remained a very private little affair is now the gift that goes on giving - in this case, wry amusement to the nation.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Is there a need for State-sanctioned torture?

US Embassies around the world are braced for a backlash following the publication of a report into CIA torture. The great strength of the USA is that such a report is being published - the UK would prevaricate endlessly until the geriatric judge heading the enquiry died of natural causes and then start over, the Kremlin would ban all publication and post officials to the Russian far east and the Chinese would simply announce that some wrongdoers had been shot. So well done, America. 

However, I'm not so sure that this is proof of Churchill's adage that "America always does the right thing. Eventually". You see, we've been here before - with both the CIA's attempts to assassinate democratically elected leaders, and the CIA's creation and support of death squads / terrorist gangs in other nations. In both cases there was a lot of noise and light, democratic intervention, a lot of public hand-wringing and, eventually, the legalisation of such activities with appropriate democratic oversight. It's OK for the CIA to kill people so long as Congress are openly looking over their shoulder. From past performance, the next stage following publication of the torture report is the presentation of evidence that torture is absolutely necessary to ensure America's security, and then the creation of a framework and mechanism that permits official State torture under appropriate democratic oversight. 

And this is possible because the US is not a signatory to any of the international treaties that would prevent it from doing so. The question is this;

Whilst the EU enjoys the moral luxury of acting without responsibility, the US cannot do so. If there is a genuine need for State sanctioned torture, then the US will do it. And EU nations tempted to sniff about this should consider just how much they actually benefit from the USA taking such responsibility. 

The question really is, is there a need for torture? If it's absolutely necessary for our own security, can moral scruples ever outweigh such necessity?

Sunday, 7 December 2014

HDTV for £12.48 (techy post)

I suppose I'm what the trade terms a 'slow adopter' for new technology; the TV in the sitting room is a not overlarge CRT and I'm very happy with the top-grade CRT computer monitor I bought back in 2007 - still working perfectly. I've been waiting for the new fangled LED things to come down in price, you see. 

However, from time to time I flirt with cheap bits of kit; my latest is a Freeview receiver for the PC costing £12.48 from eBay that consists of a USB stick and an aerial the size and shape of a biro ink-tube. Frankly, I'm astonished - HD reception is perfect for all the Crystal Palace channels, even SD is better than the TV and the CRT monitor renders colours and blacks beautifully. Wow. It will even record onto the HD and manage 8-speaker surround sound.

Why didn't I know about this before? No wonder the licence fee is a lost cause for the BBC.

Welby: Giving the man a daily fish

Back in the 1970s a Christian Aid poster stated unequivocally "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for life". That I remember it clearly after more than forty years suggests it's a message I have taken to heart; but not it seems the Archbishop of Canterbury. Either he never saw it, or he's a firm believer on ideological grounds of daily fish distribution being undertaken by a benevolent central State, keeping the fisheaters all the while in the serfdom of ignorance and dependency.

I agree wholly that 'More should be done for hungry UK' as the Mail puts it; and the answer I think is threefold. First, encourage family life and inter-generational skill sharing; grandparents and great grandparents who learned to live on rationed food or cook with unavailable ingredients can pass on key skills. Most families will experience lean times, and kitchen coping strategies can run through the generations. Give me two potatoes, a couple of pounds of stale bread, four ounces of bacon and an onion and I will put a dish of knödel with kartoffelsauce dressing on the table that will fill six hungry mouths.

Secondly, teach cooking and nutrition at school to all but for the particular benefit of  kids of fractured families, of disfunctional single parents or those (an increasing number) who have had no parents except State child-custody institutions. A child of fourteen who cannot make something for the oven from a bowl of flour, some fat and some raw vegetables does not have a good chance of flourishing as an adult.

Thirdly, encourage, through the churches and other social institutions, co-operative and buying clubs, bulk buying at wholesale prices for all those ingredients where this offers significant price advantage over the supermarkets. Fill the vestries with sacks of flour, beans and potatoes.

The answer to hunger, I think, lies in the application of traditional Christian tenets - the family, the community, the little platoons, rather than in the Marxist slavery of food seizure and forced redistribution by a powerful central State. But far be it for me to seek to advise the Archbishop which course he should advocate.