Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Buy One Get The Rest Free ..... In German Brothels!

Walk through any shopping centre in the UK and you will see discount offers a plenty, aimed at boosting trade for a range of struggling businesses.

The German's have gone one better and are offering customers of their brothels the chance to sleep with as many prostitutes as they want.... all for a one off fee!

If that isn't tempting enough, they have other offers, including rebates for customers on benefits or pensions, free shoe cleaning for overnight guests and ten per cent off if you arrive on a bicycle or by public transport.

With deals like that, I am sure our euro MPs will be queueing down the street for the chance to get the taxpayer the best value for their claimed expenses!!

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Cameron Is A Complete Tw*t

If I ever had any doubts about the Opposition Leader, David Cameron's ability to lead this country after the next general election, they were confirmed today.

As a guest on a networked radio show he 'inadvertantly' used swear words and has since made a carefully crafted 'apology'

Explaining why he does not use social networking site Twitter he said:

"Too many twits might make a twat"

then, talking about the impact of the expenses scandal on MPs' reputations, he said:

"The public are rightly pissed off - sorry I can't say that in the morning - angry with politicians."

His aides say he did not go on the programme with the intention of swearing. However, someone with Cameron's slick PR background does not easily make a 'mistake' such as the one today.

I can only assume he was trying to court publicity by trying to appear hip to the younger voters in the UK.

Instead, what he has shown today, is that he is not hip but hype.

He has chosen to promote himself to the public based on what he thinks will be popular and 'cool' rather than what he really is.

This country is in a mess and we need a true leader with conviction and policies - not a Chameleon - to guide us back into better times.

I am not easily offended by swearing so I will be honest and admit I think he has been a complete twat!

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Afghanistan - We Will Eventually Have To Talk!

My goodness, it has been three weeks since I last posted. I have been trying to think of a reasonable excuse for being so unreliable and have failed miserably.

During my 'downtime', more of our troops have lost their lives in Afghanistan and two more have died today.

Politicians of all parties have been making accusation and counter accusation about the lack of helicopters available to our military but none of them are owning up to the fact they have known for many months of the situation but have not wanted to be seen as the first to break ranks with the government. In short, they have first waited for the media to question the increasing number of deaths so they can capitalise on the public shock.They are spineless!

The government are, of course, still promoting the 'war against terrorism' excuse as being the reason for our presence in Afghanistan but no one has yet pointed out that all previous such situations have only ever been resolved by sitting around a table and compromising over beliefs and demands.

If anyone should ever doubt we talk to terrorists they should remember we have a number of MPs, with Irish accents, elected to the Commons - and who are claiming large amounts in expenses and salaries - who in the past, have been involved in what was perceived as being terrorist offences.

Indeed, even Nelson Mandela, who seems to be only a breath away from Sainthood in the minds of many, was himself branded a terrorist before being incarcerated for all those years. He is living proof that time changes our perceptions and we all eventually have to talk.

Meanwhile, a report in the Independent on Sunday has stated that our military action in Afghanistan has cost every man, woman and child in the UK, £190 since 2001. That money would have financed 23 new hospitals, 60,000 new teachers and 77,000 new nurses.

The cost of the lost human lives cannot, of course, be valued but it seems to me that any expected benefits from what has been described as "a war we cannot win", are unlikely to be worth the price we have so far paid!

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Afghanistan - Is The Gamble Worth The Lost Lives?

In the space of a week, seven British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan.

UK Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth has now admitted what we all know already.... that even more lives will be lost.

The total number of UK military personnel killed in the conflict is now 176.

The Defence Secretary justified our continued presence in Afghanistan by saying:

"for Britain to be secure, Afghanistan needs to be made secure".

But is he right? Can we achieve anything approaching stability in the country and will it really make any long lasting difference to the security of the UK?.

Indeed, do most people in the UK even know where Afghanistan is?

Politicians are now starting to give various new reasons for our military presence but our main aim is, apparently, to defeat the Taliban and to stop Al Quaeda being able to operate from within the country. The only trouble with that aim, is that few of the terror organisations' permanent bases are within the borders of Afghanistan; they are operating, instead, from within neighbouring Pakistan and it is unlikely that situation will change in the near future.

We are, therefore, going to be gambling with the lives of our troops for years, if not decades, to come.

History has shown that the military might of most foreign powers has ultimately suffered defeat in Afghanistan.

If our politicians are to continue gambling, I just hope they can prove history wrong!

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Government - The Illogical Cost Of Logic!

The politicians are, once again, taking shots at each other over the spiralling cost of government and how they are going to reduce it.

The Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition, David Cameron, said yesterday he would cut back on the expensive and unelected quangos should his party win the next election.

What is needed, though, is much more than that; it is an understanding of how the system works in the first place and that is something that no-one seems to be able to get their head around.

The best illustration of the way our government is run was printed in the letters page of The Kent on Sunday at the weekend. It read thus:

Once upon a time, the government had a vast scrapyard in the middle of a deserted industrial estate.

A civil servant said: “Someone may steal from it at night.” So they created a night watchman position and hired a person for the job.

Then the Prime Minster said:

“How does the watchman do his job without instruction?”

So, they created a planning department and hired two people - one to write the instructions and one to do time studies.

Then, the Minister for The Department of Work and Pensions said:

“How will we know the night watchman will be doing the tasks correctly?”

So, they created a quality control department and hired two people - one to do the studies and one to write the reports.

Then the Chancellor said: “How are these people going to get paid?”

So they created the positions of time-keeper and payroll officer, and hired two more people.

Then the Treasury said: “Who will be accountable for all these people?”

So, they created an admin section and hired and administrative officer, assistant administrative officer and a legal secretary.

Then the Chief Secretary to the Treasury said: “We have had this command in operation for a year and are £18,000 over budget. We must cut back overall costs.”

So, they made the night watchman redundant!

Seems to be a pretty fair summary to me....!

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