Friday, 28 November 2008
Thursday, 27 November 2008
Wednesday, 26 November 2008
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
IIRC the EU collects VAT revenues.
People had said that the EU would not "allow" Gordon* to cut VAT for the above reason.
Gordon is cutting VAT.
We are told the cut will cost us...Non-sequitur?
Maybe not. Maybe the above adds up with one additional suggestion - Gordon, Town Clerk of Britain, got the ok from his EU masters as long as the UK Treasury funded the difference between 17.5% and 15% and passed the full amount on to the EU. That is my suspicion.
* Dear Darling, stooge, front man. Toady. I actually feel sorry for you. Grow a pair and tell Gordon to shove his job. The population will admire and respect you for it. Resign. In a blaze of glory. History will never forget you. So the Lefties will hate you, but that will be a badge of honour. Trust me.
Monday, 24 November 2008
BRUSSELS, Oct 21 (Reuters) - In its first protectionist move since the credit crunch, the EU is set to impose anti-dumping duties on imports of Chinese candles this week, angering retailers and churches before their lucrative Christmas period.
EU diplomats and industry sources close to the matter said on Tuesday that Brussels' trade officials would impose tariffs of between 20 and 30 percent -- a day after the EU's new trade chief warned against a protectionist response to the current financial turmoil.
'They (European Commission) are going ahead with the extra tariffs on Chinese candles ... on Wednesday,' one diplomat told Reuters. An industry source added that the extra duties would range between 20 and 30 percent.
The tariffs will come into effect from Nov. 15 for six months. A Commission spokesman declined to comment.
The decision is not yet final since the Commission, the EU's executive arm, must make a definitive proposal following a full investigation within six months, which is then voted on by the bloc's 27 governments.
In February, Brussels launched a probe after candlemakers from Germany, the Netherlands and other countries complained that they were being hurt by illegal pricing practised by Chinese rivals and accused them of getting unfair export aid.
The Commission's initial investigation was due to be presented to national trade officials at a regular anti-dumping meeting on Wednesday. But the Commission, which oversees EU trade policy, removed it from the agenda, industry sources said.
'They didn't want a repeat of the embarrassing shoe vote,' another diplomat said, referring to the Commission's decision to extend duties on imports of Asian footwear despite opposition from the majority of EU countries at a meeting last month.
In 2006, Chinese imports accounted for around 270 million euros ($357.6 million) of the overall EU candle market, worth 810 million euros, and also more than 90 percent of the bloc's candle imports.
Major European retailers and consumer groups have attacked the proposed tariffs, saying they will cost jobs and penalise consumers, notably ahead of a peak festive period. Diplomats said churches, notably Christian ones which use a huge amount of candles, were also unhappy with the move.
The British Retail Consortium, representing companies such as Tesco(nasdaq: TESO - news - people ), John Lewis, and Swedish furniture maker Ikea, blamed high raw material costs in the EU as the real cause of damage to Europe's candle industry.
'All this will do is hinder European retailers, hit the consumer in the pocket and inevitably this type of protectionism will cost jobs in the long run,' a BRC spokesman said.
Ikea cited last month's fine of 676 million euros handed down by the Commission to nine petrochemicals companies for a 'paraffin mafia' to fix prices as a major contributing factor.
'There is no EU manufacturing of hand-made and decorative candles because it is not a competitive market. A candle is made from around 70 percent paraffin,' an IKEA spokesman said.
(Reporting by Darren Ennis, editing by Jon Boyle) ($1=.7550 Euro) Keywords: EU CHINA/CANDLES
Our costs will rise because those who can lobby the EU now have their cosy world fenced off.
Friday, 21 November 2008
Thursday, 20 November 2008
So, 100+ years ago with far far less technology, a group got half as far away, for that is what 86N is vs 81N, 500km instead of the lycra'd one's 1000km. Bearing in mind that the distance from the pole at the start of the latest expedition was 1200km to start with brings it all into context.The attempt was abandoned on 2nd September, when the team were still in excess of 1,000 km from the North Pole. In his weblog, Pugh confirmed that despite several attempts, they were unable to find a gap in the ice.Pugh claims on his website that this was the furthest North anyone has ever travelled by Kayak, (81 degrees N) however critics point out that in 1895, explorers using Kayaks reached 86 degrees North, and their expedition records show that one of them swam to retrieve a Kayak, thus exceeding Pugh's trip and preceeding him by 113 years. Pugh has not chosen to respond to these accusations.
Now, that to me says he was more than twice as far from the pole than some chaps in sealskins and straw boaters.
The good news for the world economy is that Mr Brown has become a leader of global stature, filling the policy vacuum created by the clueless dithering of the Bush Administration and the surprising failure of Barack Obama to step into the breach.is beyond me. Brown is a disaster. A dysfunctional. Cameron has power as his goal but not backed up by principle. Power comes first, so he sacrificed principle and was swept along. Only a few weeks later and he has been painted into a corner and Gordon Brown is holding the brush.
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Well as I said it depends on if you can stimulate the economy enough to improve the employment situation you have more people in work and therefore you have more people paying taxes now if you can through that get back on an even keel it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to increase taxes. That is the point; the point is to get confidence back into the economy, to get people back into work
So, Rosie first hopes that increases will not be needed. She is at the tables and intends to put everything on "Red".
OK Baroness Afshar...
Jonathan can I come in again. I was in this area on Monday with the Humber Economic Partnership looking at what the situation was and I think this is a very important point. That at this time we do have through the regional development agency a very effective way of analysing exactly what is happening in different sectors of the economy and particularly at a very local level and the reason why I think that is important is because for example here in Scunthorpe I visited one of the companies on Monday where they were supplying smaller supermarkets with food and what they said was that because of the current economic situation peoples habits had actually changed and they were more likely to be shopping locally and what that meant was that for their section of the economy it was actually they were saying that their business was going to be 10% at the moment.
So this is a kind of always look on the bright side argument is it
At the same time the caravan industry has been suffering. We have some areas but what we need to do is have a very careful analysis of exactly what is happening in different areas so that we can at regional and local level assist those companies that are in difficulties and stimulate others…
Friday, 14 November 2008
Commons leader Harriet Harman said the committees would "plug the accountability gap" and improve the scrutiny of regional health and economic development bodies with huge annual budgets.
Wednesday, 12 November 2008
Saturday, 8 November 2008
Mr Phillips went on to say that he opposed all-black shortlists for parliamentary candidates because it would be difficult to define "black" or to decide where they should be imposed, but he said action was needed by all parties.
Friday, 7 November 2008
Wednesday, 5 November 2008
Tuesday, 4 November 2008
A theory of "social rights," the like of which probably never before found its way into distinct language--being nothing short of this--that it is the absolute social right of every individual, that every other individual shall act in every respect exactly as he ought; that whosoever fails thereof in the smallest particular, violates my social right, and entitles me to demand from the legislature the removal of the grievance. 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; it acknowledges no right to any freedom whatever, except perhaps to that of holding opinions in secret, without ever disclosing them; for the moment an opinion which I consider noxious, passes any one's lips, it invades all the "social rights" attributed to me by the Alliance. The doctrine ascribes to all mankind a vested interest in each other's moral, intellectual, and even physical perfection, to be defined by each claimant according to his own standard.
Coastguards have been banned from using boats in rescue missions after they were ruled to be a risk to health and safety.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says the devices, which are used to navigate large areas of sea during searches, could cause 'considerable injury'.
Rescue teams have been told to use 'safer' alternatives such as inflatable animals and armbands during sea and beach rescues.
All 400 Coastguard rescue teams now have until the end of the year to use up their cache of boats or hand them over to the Ministry of Defence for disposal
by a friend of theirs.
Yesterday volunteers claimed the decision will put lives at risk because boats are essential for locating lost people and vessels in the dark.
One crewman said: 'This is the most stupid, ignorant thing I've heard of.
'This is over-zealous bosses bowing to health and safety nonsense - but they don't realise it could put people at risk.'
A boat can be launched into the water and contain a number of people called "crew".
They have been used by the MCA since the Dawn of Time and deployed by Britain's 3,200 Coastguard volunteers in hundreds of rescue missions along the UK's 10,200 miles of coastline.
They require no legal licence to keep or board, but the MCA - a government organisation which co-ordinates search and rescue missions - requires at least one volunteer in each crew to be certificated in their use.
But the MCA conducted a review earlier this year, which found no 'sound operational reason' for their continued use.
It said 'multi-person water-displacing carcasses' were outdated and rarely deployed because of modern alternatives.
These include arm-bands, foam tubes and inflatable animals which are regularly lashed to the side of the Coastguard's 12 helicopters across the UK. But there are fears among rescue teams who do not have immediate access to the helicopters and say inflatable dolphins do not match the carrying capacity of boats.
Crews learned about the ban last week when the MCA contacted all 400 regional branches.
Last night an MCA spokesman said he was unaware of any incidents in which coastguard personnel had been injured using boats. But he added: 'We have suggested withdrawing the boats after a consultation with coastguard teams showed they are not being used on land.
'They are capable of causing considerable injury, and for that reason alone using safer alternatives is
Boats will still be used by the RNLI
because they are an independent charity not beholden to government QANGO lunacy and by the Coastguard's ten teams which operate in conjunction with lifeboat crews.
My apologies to Luke Salkeld at the Daily Mail.
Sunday, 2 November 2008
OH: “Again, I state, there are but 646 of you. Don’t you EVER forget it, because it wasn’t that long ago that we really did hang politicians. And Ceauşescu moments will always happen.”
TH: How pompous can any individual actually get? So, are you threatening democratically-elected politicians with murder just because we don’t do what you and your small band of fanatics in the Libertarian Party want us to do?