Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Counting out public support

I signed the petition for Gordon to resign the other day, which is nearly on 25,000 signatures as I speak. Contrast that to the one asking him to stay, of which I counted 4 or 5 real signatures and 40 joke ones.

As far as polls go, this is pretty damning. Forget 19% leads, this is in 99.9% territory.

Dave at a rave?

Is it him? Is it not? Does it really matter?

Chances are Labour will try to discredit him, but if it's him it shows he's more "normal" than people think and he's certainly got more respect in my eyes.

Also funny that someone who "admires" Thatcher went with what she tried to stamp out, but it was before his political days, so as with the weed-smoking is irrelevant.

Thanks Iain!

Seems I have a mention on Ten New Blogs on Iain Dale's blog. A mention up there is brilliant, and I'll wait and see what happens.

More posts coming your way soon.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Hannan is still a brilliant orator

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Straight in there with the Eurosceptic sentiment. I like it.

h/t: Tory Bear

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

The Budget: death throes of this government

The Budget this afternoon is an utter mess. The government think that they are helping, but they aren't. It shows so many reasons why governments, especially when left-wing, should not get involved.

The message of the tax rises is that if you are a wealth creator, stay well away. The 50% rate is just going to send our top businessmen, etc, to Switzerland, Monaco, Andorra..... In short-termist electioneering, the government has put short-term gain over long-term growth. They borrowed to the extremes, and now they want to please their core voters.

The real change should be a tax CUT, and a corporation tax cut to make our economy competitive and to give entrepreneurs an incentive. I certainly hope that Cameron and Osborne oppose this political rent-seeking.

As for the car scrappage scheme, it will help foreign economies not our own (BMW, Mercedes, Audi et al) and will cost a huge amount to the taxpayer.

Then the news that they are putting half a billion towards those noisy monstrosities that tend to end up where local people don't want them. Let private companies supply the demand (which is very low) and don't waste taxpayers' money on them.

He's also optimistic in his predictions. They are confident, but we aren't. Do you know what will make me confident? A change of government, with policies that give me confidence in the future. Cameron, sort it out.

EU and mobile phone charges

The EU is forcing mobile phone companies to cut their roaming charges abroad. Sounds nice, yes, but I can't imagine the burden on mobile phone companies, and indeed on domestic consumers - after the last roaming charge legislation my minimum call charge rose from 10p to 15p - will it go up again? Probably.

It also tends to ignore supply and demand, which is the best legislation - they charge too much and I won't make calls abroad - and indeed that's the case.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

The Budget and fuel prices

Since fuel prices have started going up (and have gone up at least 10p from where they were lowest), are the government going to abandon the 2p fuel tax rise?

Obviously not since the government just wants more of our money, but it would be the sensible thing to do, unless they want more hauliers going out of business, and higher supermarket prices, etc etc.

I suppose their excuse will be it will pull us out of deflation. But weren't they printing money for that?

New Labour are probably as confused as I am.

Friday, 17 April 2009

Another reason to disregard the Lib Dems

What an utter joke. And no, I'm not talking about Nick Clegg.


Thursday, 16 April 2009

What I blog about

I've been away and missed the whole Smeargate affair, and will have some proper posts up later next week.

In the meantime, thank Wordle for this. It's not perfect but will do the job for a basic freebie.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

The BBC and "right wing"

The BBC has reported that "right-wing groups" are growing in the USA. It then goes on to talk about racist groups.

Give me a break. Racists aren't necessarily right wing. It's just a blanket attack on the right, and tries to bundle in moderate conservatives with these racist planks. I'm right wing and not racist. Being right wing generally means being capitalist and socially conservative (normally). It doesn't make me a racist.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

G20 Protests - Ian Tomlinson

I've normally defended the police's actions in the protests, but this is different.

Video footage

This is just an unprovoked attack on someone who wasn't causing any trouble. The officer in question should be sacked.

Anti-terrorist informers

It was only a matter of time.

My message is a little rubbish, but create your own here.

Yeah, I can't stand those adverts that want me to snoop on my neighbours' bins too.

Smacks of informants in Nazi Germany. Those chemicals could be totally legitimate.

Something else

Why were the police that talked to Eamonn Butler earlier this week from the Diplomatic Protection Group? Why the hell were they needed?

Shouldn't those red cars be guarding embassies?

Monday, 6 April 2009

Did a bit of housekeeping

Changed the template, added more blogs to the recommended list, moved some things around, added some widgets, etc etc.

Should make things a little better.

Also, apologies for the lack of posting on here - it's hard to find time (and to think of what to write) at the moment.

The new HIP fines are rather stupid

Not only are the Home Information Packs unnecessary red tape and a colossal joke, but the government is introducing £200 fines for those who do not produce one.

If I am willing to sell you a house without a HIP, and you are willing to buy one without a HIP, why should the government say I must buy a HIP? You cannot alleviate excess demand by shifting supply inwards even further.

And HIPs cost anything from £350 to £500 to produce, while fines will be £200. Get the picture?