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[EnvironMENTALIST] Miliblog: 2 Questions

Posted by Lex Fear on March 27, 2007

Much debate has taken place over EnvironMENTAL, Food and Affairs Secretary David Milibands blog. Rumours abound at the cost of his blog to the tax-payer.

Guido first posted with a figure of £8,150 (but estimated the real cost to be nearer £50,000). One MP, Tom Watson dismissed that as nonsense and offered figures of £6,000 for setup and £4,500 to maintain annually. Guido came back with an annual wage of £62,400 for Milibands blog assistant.

Finally Miliband posted actual costs on the blog:
Initial Setup £6,000
Change over to DEFRA £1,250
Ongoing Technical costs £900 p.a.
Blog assistant £3,600 p.a. (£300 / 10 hours per month)

What no-one seems to be asking is:

A) Why tax-payers are paying ANY money towards a personal blog, especially when 11.2 million UK households (44%) are not online.

B) If one of the opposition parties gain power at the next election, no doubt the EnvironMENTAL secretary will be replaced- does this mean the blog will be forfeited to the new secretary? If it belongs to the tax-payer it should (yet another £6k for name change, no doubt).

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[Bogie Man] Gordon Picks The Greenie Vote

Posted by Lex Fear on March 22, 2007

There it is folks, the future PM (on the right) of the United Kingdom- miss lunch today?

Brought to you by Guy News TV

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[Budgeting] Economics

Posted by Lex Fear on March 21, 2007

I find myself looking rather ironically at the Prime Ministers Chancellors budget announcements for a number of reasons.

1) It is the first time in my life, I find myself on the slight benefit side of a budget announcement, though I consider other members of my family who have not done so well.

2) It is interesting (but none-the-less welcome) to see that it is mostly Tories who are pointing out how Browns budget switcheroo affects the poorest tax-payers of society:

Gavin Ayling
Guido Fawkes
18 Doughty Street
Iain Dale
Praguetory

Meanwhile The Man Who Would Be King provides a link to Virtual Economy 2002 where you can play at having a go at your own budget. I had a go and I think I fixed it. Most notable changes:

Reduced the rate of income tax (percent) : 6
Reduced basic rate of income tax (percent) : 10
Reduced higher rate of income tax (percent) : 35
Increased basic rate threshold (£pa) : 2,400
Increased personal allowance (£pa) : 6,000
Increased personal allowance for over 65s(£pa) : 8,000
Value Added Tax : abolish it
VAT on fuel (percent) : 0
Duty on tobacco per pkt 20 (pence per pkt 20) : triple it!
Duty on a pint of beer (pence) : double it!
Extra duty on a bottle of wine : triple it!
Extra duty on a bottle of whisky (pence) : triple it!
Extra duty on petrol per litre(pence) : abolish it!
Lowered vehicle excise duty (£p.a) for cars above 1,400cc : 50
Reduced base rate of interest : cut by 1/4 point
Increased department of health : increase by 10%
Increased department for education and employment (DFEE): increase by 5%
Increased the ministry of defense : increase by 1%
Increased child benefit (per child) : 30
Lowered child benefit (extra for first child) : 2
Increased basic state pension : 100

Looking at the generated charts my changes brought about:

  • Economic growth boom 2003-2007 with a sharp decline by 2010
  • Steady increase in national income up to 2009
  • Sharp drop in unemployment to -7% I think that’s a record- companies can’t find enough employees- wages rise.
  • Inflation takes a nosedive in 2004- banks are actually paying interest instead of charging. lots of mortgage and equity release buyers, who are then made bankrupts in the 2000% rise over next 4 years.
  • government debt drops from current 40% to 10% by 2009 (after a small rise).
  • The exchange rate tanks… can anyone explain what this means?
  • To summarise everyone benefits- single, family and pensioners apart from unemployed couples with 2 children who are finding an increase in tax on tobacco and alcohol…

…however… I would like to point out that not all unemployed people, on benefits for whatever reason, drink, smoke and breed like rabbits. Many decent people have no choice but to rely on benefits, but are ultimately more responsible than the cocaine-snorting upper-middle classes.

See everyone can be stereotyped.

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[Spot The Difference] What Is Guido Trying To Hide?

Posted by Lex Fear on March 16, 2007

Guido Fawkes is offering a Boozy Friday Lunch with himself and Katy Taylor Richards on Ebay in aid of comic relief. But check out the picture of Katy above (the one on the right), then check this one on Conservative Home blog, compared with an earlier one from Guido’s blog:

Spot the difference yet?

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[Interesting] Selected Blog Quotes

Posted by Lex Fear on September 22, 2006

“Just as many Germans woke up after World War Two claiming they simply didn’t know what came over them, many right wing Americans are going to have to one day explain their support for a regime that attempted to justify torture.” – Kel, The Osterley Times

“For my part, I wish reporters would stop saying that people are on the ground. Troops on the ground in Afghanistan… Our people on the ground in Iraq… Where else would they be? Larking around in trees?” – Harry Hutton, Chase Me Ladies… I’m In The Cavalry

“But who’s surprised with the pro-choice culture we live in? If a mother can kill her baby just two minutes before it’s born why should it acquire the dignity to live only two minutes after?” – Jessica Clark, Dead Yet Living

“A special message to all the new readers from Daily Kos: Get lost we don’t want your type round here.” – Guido Fawkes, Guido Fawkes’ Blog

“Whilst at the DIY superstore, I carefully considered the assorted power tools before me and then proceed to pick the one I felt most comfortable performing the ‘quick-draw’ with.” – Mr Angry, I Am Livid

“Chavez is addressing Bush at a level that Bush likes to engage the world.” – Memiors of a Samurai Barber

“My quibble here is minor, but one that I think presents an important note to the conversation. Clinginess, emotional instability, a propensity toward manipulation, and an inclination toward jealousy are not actually stereotypes of women, —but are certainly stereotypes of Evil Ex-Girlfriendstm.” – The Dane, Nowhersville

“The pope has all those crazy muslim extremists with their panties in a bunch, which in turn has led to them living up to the adjective I just assigned them, which in turn has led to tons of people doing google searches involving the phrase “crazy muslims”.” – Patriot Xeno, Right Hand of God

“In the end, we have reacted out of fear, willing to do anything for a false sense of security, which is exactly what the terrorists want you to do. Acting out of fear creates chaos. What most people don’t realize is that you have always had a higher probability of dying by suicide than by a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. That includes 2001.” – Alabama Moderate (comments), The Gun Toting Liberal

“YES I know some may find it hard to believe I do believe in the BIBLE” – Mark De Hoog, Blog This

“Right I’m off to buy shoes…

Gosh that last line was camp.” – Yellow, Dark Side of the Moon Chaplaincy

“Please do not fret, for I have wondrous and magical plans for this little corner of the internet” – Reed, The Plural of Ajax

“There seems to be a trend in uniform departments to move good people constantly. Crap officers get to stay in post forever. HR deliver the usual nonsense to justify this – the infamous ‘development opportunity’. Just as you get to know the players, you are moved. This is why we stare blankly at members of the public when they try and tell us about local problems.” – Inspector Gadget, Police Inspector Blog

“The bottom line is the Pope meant absolutely no offense by his remarks and he owes no one an apology. Anyone who carefully reads his lecture can clearly see that this debate has been blown way out of proportion.” – Jimbo, The Pope Blog

If you have linked to me, quoted me or left comments on any of my blogs, I will be returning the courtesy soon, keep watching for my link page.

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[Israel] Not The Only Guilty Party

Posted by Lex Fear on August 10, 2006

“There, one of them shot Danny in front of Einat so that his death would be the last sight she would ever see. Then he smashed my little girl’s skull in against a rock with his rifle butt.”

It’s time things were put in perspective about Hezbollah. I’ve hinted already that I’m not in favour of this organisation as just as I am not in favour of Israel’s bombing of civilians.

I was directed through Guido Fawkes‘ blog to an excellent post by Harold Evans on The Guardians Comment is Free.

I admire George Galloway, he’s a great speaker and amazing to watch in a debate, however not everything he says is easy to agree with. Galloway and others in the Stop the War Coalition (STWC) march on Saturday 5th August 2006, have been calling for the release of an unrepentant terrorist named Samir Kuntar.

Would it be a good idea to release him? Smadar Haran, an Israeli woman, shares her testimony of her encounter with Kuntar on April 22nd 1979:

“It had been a peaceful Sabbath day. My husband Danny and I had picnicked with our little girls, Einat, 4, and Yael, 2, on the beach not far from our home in Naharyia, a city on the northern coast of Israel. Around midnight, we were asleep in our apartment when four terrorists from Lebanon landed in a rubber boat on the beach two blocks away.

“Gunfire and exploding grenades awakened us. Desperately we sought to hide. Danny helped our neighbour climb into a crawl space above our bedroom. I went in behind her with Yael in my arms. Then Danny grabbed Einat and was dashing out of the front door when the terrorists came crashing in. They held Danny and Einat while they searched for me and Yael.

“I will never forget the joy and the hatred in their voices as they swaggered about hunting for us, firing their guns and throwing grenades. I knew that if Yael cried out, the terrorists would toss a grenade into the crawl space, so I kept my hand over her mouth. As I lay there, I remembered my mother telling me how she had hidden from the Nazis during the Holocaust.

“The terrorists took Danny and Einat down to the beach. There, one of them shot Danny in front of Einat so that his death would be the last sight she would ever see. Then he smashed my little girl’s skull in against a rock with his rifle butt. That terrorist was Samir Kuntar. By the time we were rescued from the crawl space hours later, Yael, too, was dead. In trying to save all our lives I had smothered her” – Original source: Washington Post

Should any human being be locked up indefinitely without trial? No. Should any accused be presumed guilty and charged without evidence? No. However, this man is clearly proven to be a real and recognised terrorist. He is reported to not show any signs of remorse, so I would definitely say that it’s beneficial that he is locked up.

This does not mean I believe he should be given inhumane treatment. The difference between a state and a terrorist organisation is that the state believes in humanity, sanctity of life and respectful treatment of all people, friends and enemies, free and imprisoned.

Is Hezbollah an organisation of freedom fighters? or are they an organisation of terrorists, simply manipulating and taking advantage of victims of Israeli terrorism? There are no innocents in the Middle East conflict, apart from the ones that are killed daily by both sides.

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[Blogidarity] More Offerings

Posted by Lex Fear on June 13, 2006

It’s that time again where I offer up some new blog-links, and give some respect to the ones I’m already linking, whom I haven’t mentioned already. Without further ado:

Guido Fawkes Blog – The witty diatribe of the main political parties. Written, as far as I know, by an parliamentary insider. Not sure which party he belongs to though.

The Bearded Man – A thought provoking, revealing and authoritative commentary provided by someone who has lived and worked in Zimbabwe. Knowing only what we hear in the British and International press, it’s great to read something from someone who has lived there and knows exactly what is happening.

The Cranky Insomniac – A US Army veteran who is kept up at night by thoughts of politics, military affairs, religion, culture amongst other hot topics. In honesty, I haven’t had a chance to read Cranky yet but he seems to have some fairly good observations.

Sharper Iron – Some good articles written by a Christian in order to discuss “news and ideas from a Christian, Biblical, Fundamentalist worldview“. It’s pretty positive, wanting to avoid the typical fundamentalist narrow mindset and merely edify Christ.

Chase Me Ladies, I’m In The Cavalry – Very, very funny, not to be missed!

Nick Robinson’s Newslog – OK, so he works for the BBC, but this guy is a god when it comes to TV political news reporting. Sorry.

BarrenAlbion – Pregnancy and IVF treatment might not be up everyone’s street, but this girl manages present it in a humourous way. So I make Albion the exception to the rule, and I’m glad that I blog anonymously.

Universal Soldier – Intelligent memoirs from a serving British soldier half way through his army career. He does some pretty awesome stuff with his own images, and offers some good insights into a soldiers life.

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