Saturday, 25 December 2010

UK Aid goes up in Smoke

Seems an Indian rocket carrying a communications satellite exploded not long after launch.

India, a country we give over 500 million dollars in aid to every year (615 million in 2010).

Why the hell are we giving money to a country with a space capability? Why are we giving aid to the 11th largest global economy? If there's poverty in India thats their lookout, they obviously have the money to reduce it should they chose to do so.

Merry Christmas and Bah Humbug

Merry Christmas to those of you reading this blog that can afford to enjoy it.

Do spare a thought for those less fortunate at this time of year though, won't you?

And Bah Humbug to the bailiffs, and other agents of the state that deliver misery to thousands across the nation, the people who think its right and proper to demand money by menaces, to bleed us dry to prop up the state's profligate spending. Bah Humbug to those in Parliament of all persuasions: those that continue with the staus quo. You don't have long to change your ways. There is a mood change in the country as I predicted two years ago. This is a pivotal year in  the politics of the country. Many more people I talk to are advocating dissent and more.

We shall be celebrating Christmas a Week later than normal thanks it being the weekend the missus works. So next week we get Christmas and New Year all rolled into one festive weekend (and dare I say it, cheaper presents in the January sales....)!

Right now I have the house to myself, and I intend to revel in the absolute luxury of having to do absolutely nothing at all. Fluffy slippers and bathrobe will be worn until lunchtime, whereupon it will be time to imbibe in a bit of festive spirit.

Those of you that have lunches to prepare, you have my sympathy. I shall toast you as the local church bells strike noon.

Whatever you are up to today, I hope above all you have fun.


Thursday, 23 December 2010

Dissappearing Blogs

Over the past few weeks, I've seen a number of popular bloggers turn their back on blogging and quit.

I've seen on other blogs speculation as to the reasons, but I think I've nailed it.

You see, before the election, there were lots of us gunning for change: a change of government and governance, a chance to rewind this post-democratic despotism we find our Parliament has been reduced to.

We got our change of government and for a short while we were hopeful, but realised that in reality, nothing was going to change. Big corporations and big financiers own our government and us, the little people get nothing in return for scrawling that X at the ballot box.

So, a number of bloggers have realised virtual vitreol won't change a thing and said "bollocks" and bowed out. However, there are bloggers, like myself that long ago realised that the political elite cannot be changed by high-mindedness. What's needed is real-life action.

Now, the one thing I'm good at is picking out trends: and the increasing trend is a realisation of this very idea, that bloggers need to evolve away from just sitting at a keyboard, but to actually start doing things in real life.

There are those already advocating activism, from lawful rebellion, all the way to the riotous activity of the student demos.

Things needn't be as risky and extreme: you can make a start by emailing your MP: make him or her aware of your thoughts directly. Use the They Work for You website, where its ludicrously easy to get a message direct to your MP. Give them some stick, get your friends to do the same, activism with a small 'a'. Get your friends to get their friends to do the same. They needn't share your views either: just as long as you burst that protective bubble around Westminster and let them know what you think of them and their actions.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Just Think:

 If a fraction of the 9 billion pounds a year we spend on overseas aid was actually spent here at home in the UK, we'd be able to pay pensioner's heating bills and have all the snowploughs, salt and grit we'd ever need ready to roll.

Oi, Cameron and Clegg! Stop pissing money abroad to corrupt foreign cronies you fucking tossers! I've had enough, SORT IT OUT NOW!