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Stanley
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Posted -  28/04/2011  :  07:37
Political comment is a high risk activity on the site these days so I thought I'd try again to give those who are interested in politics a safe haven!


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Tardis
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Posted - 28/09/2011 : 11:08
The thing I noticed:

When Today interviewed Balls, he came back into the discussion after Nick Robinson had given the "round-up". With wierd Ed he didn't come back, and I would have particularly liked his "ethical business" mantra to answer why Brown made tax policies that ensured companies like Southern Cross advantageously pursued them.

The Left wing press are not convinced by the speech, most branding it "confusing", so it looks like the field is free for the coalition. On top of which Conference has accepted the need to ditch the shadow cabinet elections so we will even be deprived of that entertainment. Presumably Wierd ed now goes away to consider a shadow cabinet reshuffle, maybe next week to try to spike the Tory Conference.


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Tardis
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Posted - 28/09/2011 : 11:24
Local Politics:

Anyone notice the campaign to upgrade the memorial gardens by Cllr Whipp et al?

Anyone notice the other postings by Cllr Whipp about poor broadband provision?

Would you believe there is a link?

Money was set aside by Pendle for Barlick to have a promotional website and an open wifi spot. The project has "not got off the ground" said Cllr Whipp at the last Craven Area Committee Meeting. An open wifi link at the civic hall could have benefitted some youth and employment groups. The website will now be paid for out of the Town precept by someone in the Rainhall centre (not sure if any tendering took place).

He then moved, at the same meeting, that the money allocated be moved over to be spent on the Memorial gardens.

Anyone catch the reference to the movement of the Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee piece from the Town Square to the Memorial Gardens as a "sundial feature"? The removal of this from the town square also means that the Marquee which could be hired can be an extra 3m longer as the Queen Victoria piece is currently inconveniently situated for such eventualities.

That Marquee currently costs a substantial amount for a short period, not quite as much as the flower planting though which is about £1500 per month for 12 months.


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Tardis
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Posted - 29/09/2011 : 10:28
Rumoured that Tony Blair is to be sacked as Middle East envoy for the Quartet as the Palestinians think he is "too close to Israel".

Much coverage of Peter Oborne on Newsnight last night too, and he was even given a hand in embarrassing certain europhiles by Paxman apparently


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Tardis
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Posted - 29/09/2011 : 15:24
West Craven Area Committee Meeting next week in Earby, but I just noticed that some of the documentation for the expansion of the Church School is on the agenda, so if you'd like a look, here is the link:

http://www.pendle.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/1224/west_craven_committee

last item on the agenda


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Stanley
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Posted - 30/09/2011 : 05:06
The tide of economic bad news rises and what significant political statements come out of Westminster? Phil Hammong being the motorist's friend and proposing raising speed limit to 80mph because 'it will bring us into line with Europe'. Eric Pickles finding £250million to subsidise weekly rubbish collections. Nice to see that it is business as usual!


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Tardis
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Posted - 30/09/2011 : 10:19
North West, North east and west Yorkshire Health Authorities are officially merged today. I never even knew it was out to consultation


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Posted - 30/09/2011 : 10:28
http://www.pagetutor.com/trillion/index.html


Every silver lining has a cloud.


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Tizer
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Posted - 01/10/2011 : 12:08
"it will bring us into line with Europe"

...leads me to ask, whatever happened to this which was announced in 2008 and was to be implemented by 7th February 2011:-

"To increase road safety, the European Commission has decided to introduce dedicated Daytime Running Light (DRL) on all new types of motor vehicles from the year 2011 onwards."

"The Directive, which has been adopted today, foresees that from 7 February 2011 onwards all new types of passenger cars and small delivery vans will have to be equipped with DRL [daytime running lights]."

See the origianl press release on this LINK.


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Stanley
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Posted - 02/10/2011 : 06:36
I suspect that at the moment a lot of people will be questioning the need to 'get in line with Europe'. Iceland is reported to be cooling on their application. They have taken the pain and are recovering well from their bankruptcy.

I have always been in favour of increased cooperation with Europe but a bit of distance is no bad thing at the moment.


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Bradders
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Posted - 04/10/2011 : 01:20
The Tory Party Conference is unlikely to be making the Headlines over the breakfast tables  tomorrow  morning ....(Knox et al....).

The spinsters should be relieved  ( read that any way you like....!)

 


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Stanley
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Posted - 04/10/2011 : 06:08
Ossie produced one interesting initiative yesterday, the Industrial Development Bonds. Quite a good innovation but we shall have to wait till November to see the fine print and see whether it can help small loans vis the banks consolidating them into financial instruments which can be bought by the Treasury. At the moment it favours large firms, many of which are carrying a cash surplus anyway. The caravan has moved on, the arguments over investment for growth are sterile because the money has been spent in the bail out of the banks in 2088 and the savage public service cuts will not be reversed. We are committed to low or negative growth for the foreseeable future. At the moment the elephant in the room is the Euro and the future of the EU itself. Greece will renege on debt, other Med countries are under attack and the central banks are on a knife edge. The UK fate depends on what happens in the EU, we can't get off the train now! Fasten your safety belts, it doesn't look good.

The Senate has voted to impose import duties on countries with over-valued currencies, for the main culprit read China. Protectionism was one of the big mistakes of the 1930s..... Read the history.

Did you see the Panorama prog on minimum wage and internships last night? 63% of full time jobs are either on frozen wages or have had a reduction. Estimated that up to 500,000 people are on less than minimum wage or no wage at all in some internships. Some people are actually having to pay for work experience. It all reinforces my scepticism about employment figures, how many jobs pay a living wage?


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Posted - 05/10/2011 : 08:44
Michael Portaloo has been doing a series of interesting progs on R4 in the 9am slot on Capitalism. Yesterday's was particularly good and something that Nigel Lawson said struck me. He said that it was a waste of time trying to regulate casino banking because the brains there were far superior to the regulators and by the time the authorities realised something was wrong it was too late. He said they should be divorced from Main Street banking and the casino banks left alone on the understanding they were responsible for their losses. No bail-out. I think we all knew this but nice to hear such a clear agrument from a man who knows the system.

Europe sinks deeper into the mire as Moody's downgrade Italy's bond rating. The Central Powers are beginning to realise the scale of the problem and I have little doubt much midnight oil is being burned trying to decide when to bite the bullet and turn the failing economies loose. In the end this is what is going to happen, the project has failed.


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Tardis
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Posted - 05/10/2011 : 11:03
Very interesting piece by Michael Portillo, and probably explains the cameroons change of focus to the debt crisis that may engulf the euro zone now that it looks imminent for a Greek collapse. The "we saved the world" quote is now ringing rather hollow as issues are not being dealt with quickley enough in the little market liquidity that is left.

With Italy now named, that is all the PIIGS and America. The Dutch bank is another collapse and now we have to wait to see if the French system can be rescued with a little gallic flair.

Lib Dems may just take a pounding again now over their pro-euro stance as it becomes obvious that new treaties will have to be negoitiated if Euro economies subordinate themselves to one fiscal package. Then watch as all the jobs gravitate to the North, and the people with it. Treaties take years, money markets take seconds.

Looks like the EU is getting in early too by ruling out Rumania from the Shengan agreement (spelling?)

Looking forward to George fleshing out the bond idea, although I think the intransigence may be coming from the BoE who still think that the last round of QE actually worked. The issues are still around bank fragility, liquidity, and basic bankruptcy, and there is nothing yet available to bypass the zombies for business finance.

Noticed today that GP's are being picked up because it would appear that whilst promoting "public services only" through the BMA (medical Union) they have begun to actively champion the Private Sector and offer referrals.


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Stanley
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Posted - 06/10/2011 : 05:22
Sarah Palin has announced she is not running for President next year. Good!

Michael, I heard that report on certain GP practices as well. Made worse by false information about NHS withdrawing minor procedures and the fact that one of the practices involved had a connection with the private provider they were touting. More a scam than a general movement I think.

Cameron did quick edit of speech yesterday after public reaction to his initial draft in which he said we should pay off our credit cards. Much back-pedalling and explanation from the party spokesmen but the bottom line is that he was exposing his total lack of understanding about what is happening on the street. (Would Coulson have saved him from this faux pas?) Of course there is too much personal debt but the question that should be asked is what persuaded people to believe that debt was good. Could it have been the fact that they saw house prices and total personal assets rising? Were they encouraged to spend to support the 'New Economy'? Doesn't go down well with the electorate to be told to reduce debt by a millionaire. I'm not sure whether his inspirational alternative appealing to 'Bulldog Britain' was any nearer the mark. When a politician wraps himself in the flag it is an indication he has run out of options.

Forecast for growth reduced again. It is gradually dawning on the politicians that we are no longer flat-lining but losing ground and the downward pressure is increasing as global trade slows down and the banks find that once more they have invested in the wrong securities. This is the first time in my life when I have to agree with the Monetarists that the problem is the dichotomy between 'sound money' and 'phantom funds'. Yet another creation of the imaginative traders in the casino banks. It's ironic that the industrial bonds proposed by Ossie are in effect derivatives. In order to make them work for the smaller businesses the banks have to bundle the debts together to make tradeable instruments. This will be fine as long as the debts are sound, that may be the Achilles Heel of the initiative.

The markets are taking heart from the moves to support sovereign debt but in the case of the Euro it could be a false dawn, the EU is not out of the wood yet and inter-bank lending is drying up, the same problem we had in 2008. The solvency of the mediterranean states is still in doubt and there is no assurance that they will be supported and remain solvent. The Greek syndrome all over again. Such support can only come from one source, the EU taxpayers. What a mess....... Anyone know where the lifeboats are?


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Posted - 06/10/2011 : 10:44
Wish I could quote this exactly, but yesterday Camerons speech included two sentences which made everything he said discountable..they went something like this ..."we are all in this together, we need to pull together.." and " I know you don't know what we are doing and it isn't making a lot of sense to you but you just have to trust us!"


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