Friday, 19 September 2008
Thursday, 18 September 2008
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Monday, 15 September 2008
UPDATE: Further to the NHS invasion is indeed the idea of Polyclinics - GPs told where they can and cannot practice. The very nature of the tendering process will move away from independent partnerships to corporate run polyclinics with GPs as employees. Those corporations will be lobbying and once they get their way, vast numbers of people will have NO CHOICE over GP. The State is a monopoly, so everything it touches becomes a monopoly in turn. Healthcare is a monopoly and now it wants to get its dirty fingernails into General Practice, we again shall have a monopoly, a State-sanctioned privately run monopoly, the worst kind.
Please listen to the above, it is only 10 mins long and ends with a statement that even now I fear I will have to tell my son and maybe some day my grandson.
Thursday, 11 September 2008
Wednesday, 10 September 2008
So monstrous a principle is far more dangerous than any single interference with liberty; there is no violation of liberty which it would not justify.
Tuesday, 9 September 2008
Monday, 8 September 2008
Friday, 5 September 2008
This is one of the most scary yet fascinating things I have seen in some time. Forget bipedal robots, this quadruped robot/pack animal - BigDog by Boston Dynamics* - is quite something to behold. The Tank and aircraft changed warfare, along with rapid reaction motorised units, and this is part of the new battlefield environment, I should not wonder. Pack animal? I suspect it will go hunting for people very soon. Put a big pair of mandibles on the front and you will scare the living bejeezus out of anyone who sees it scuttling down the street gnashing away.
Reminds me of a Bug from Starship Troopers.
* Cyberdine Systems?
Thursday, 4 September 2008
In times of change, the Patriot is a scarce man; brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a Patriot. - Mark Twain
It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from his government. - Thomas Paine.
What this will do is threefold
1. It will consolidate the burden upon the working and middle classes and allow the rich to reduce their exposure. It might have the benefit of relieving those who are not poor enough to get support for Council Tax today, but the money must come from somewhere, so I doubt it. The poor who get relief from Council Tax will either pay LIT, so their costs go UP or they are to keep getting refunds or relief. If the lower income brackets are unaffected while the top can bypass it, logically it means that the 3% will hit the middle and upper middle hardest. As usual*.
2. It will be a blunt instrument, finally centralising revenue collection and distribution at Hollyrood, for each geography will have a disparity between income tax collected and cost of provision. I suspect areas with many wealthy residents will need less social housing, less police, less damage to council property, lower social services and lower benefits payments per head. How the horse-trading will occur is not clear. If anything it might result in calling a spade a spade and realising that the vast majority of council spending is controlled and dictated by the centre anyway. Alex Salmond might inadvertently be doing the right thing.
3. The true cost will be obscured and local accountability for same will be broken. A flat 3% income tax will finally turn local council fiscal accountability from the residents to Hollyrood. Local people will not be able to use their vote in local elections to influence spending while at the same time it will be "lost" in the income tax system, drawn out slowly like blood by a bloodsucking parasite you do not see in plain view. Some might say this is a good thing, as locals who pay nothing will not be voting in those who promise to spend ever greater sums of other peoples' money on them. However, I do not think this problem will be solved, it will just be placed in another bucket of slops along with a raft of new problems that this proposal creates.
At least this will bring the whole issue of local authority financing back into the arena. Approximately 80% of local spending is financed centrally. He who pays the piper should call the tune. Either collect more locally and have local control and accountability OR collect it centrally and RUN it centrally, without any funding passing through the sticky fingers at a local level - the prime example of this would be Education.
Alex Salmond has not so much upset the applecart as kicked over a full bucket of night soil. The mess will be for all to see, the stink unavoidable, yet it might mean we get a chance to sort out the plumbing once and for all, though I doubt it.
* Can someone explain to me how a middle class person consumes more street lighting, parks or road sweeping? There is a good chance that they do not consume as much educational resources as a group, for some pay twice yet consume once outside the state system.
Gordon, that odd smell you now detect is coffee. Wake up and take in a long drag.
NOW do you get the point about loss of sovereignty? NOW do you understand?
The fact is I do not agree with your plan but I DO agree with your right to
Gordon. Learn. Stop being a traitor and give us a referrendum, then you can do what you want and point the finger at us for any fallout over the Constitution. Go on. We are happy to shoulder the blame.
Wednesday, 3 September 2008
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
We have approaching £700bln in government debt and yet that moron, mad Hazel Blears, thinks the government has money in hand to blow on subsidising an already over-inflated property market.
I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy. - Thomas Jefferson.