There has been much head scratching as commentators try to explain why, when overall GDP is growing nicely, people are not feeling the benefit in their pay packets. Well, it’s not rocket science. GDP is back to the pre-recession level of 2008, but the UK’s population has risen by 5% [...]

Sunday’s papers – 27 July 2014

July 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

NHS tax The Guardian reports on LibDem plans to introduce an NHS tax. An NHS tax is being examined by the Liberal Democrats as a solution to the current crisis in funding for the health system. The plan is regarded by senior figures within the party as a necessary step towards filling a [...]
UKIP members know what a concerted and sustained attack in the British media looks like, having been on the receiving end for the weeks before the elections to the EU Parliament. That this attack was not very effective was shown in the election results. One of the reasons was that people up and [...]

Another Nigel

July 23, 2014 // 8 Comments

  DAVE’S PUTIN POLICY : SPEAK LOUDLY AND DO….ER….ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!   The first political demo I was ever moved to attend was way back in August 1968 when, as a spotty schoolboy, I went to Earl’s Court exhibition centre to join a forlorn protest against Soviet [...]

Surreal in Strasbourg

July 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Last night I attended a meeting in the Strasbourg parliament of the Industry Committee, ITRE, which had been called for a hearing to approve a new Industry Commissioner, Mr. Ferdinando Feroci. He will be replacing the previous Italian incumbent Antonio Tajani, who has had to step down as [...]

An Impotence that dare not speak its name

July 15, 2014 // 1 Comment

On Wednesday, June 25th the European Commission announced that it had given its blessing to the proposed £3.7 billion merger of two of the UK’s best known high street businesses – Dixon’s and Carphone Warehouse. The European Commission? Brussels? Not our own elected UK Government? Once upon [...]
OK ….where do we start ? There are so many subjects around which are apt to cause me a good deal of prickly pique that there simply isn’t space to get it all out. So I’ll pick one ramble on for a moment and see what you all think ! The most recent Blood Boil was the [...]
Earlier this year, the EU signed a controversial trade deal with the Ukraine. Although significant, it has not been addressed by many Eurosceptic commentators; instead having been discussed purely in terms of EU/Russia relations. But if we examine this trade deal, it may be just what the UK is [...]

Saturday Papers – 5 July 2014

July 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

Well, we’re having salmon and scrambled egg for a change this morning… And in the news there’s plenty of tripe and fudge: Westminster Paedophiles The Telegraph leads with the developing story on the paedophile ring operating in Westminster, some 30 years ago: Whistleblower who [...]
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