Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Good news? Sure it's around, just look....

After all is there actually ever any good news? With politics, the state of ythe economy, the state of the planet, the never ending troubles between nations, just to sum up a few. But it is easy to highlight the bad, you have to look very hard for the nice and good. This morning I got up and the sun was shining just getting above the eastern horizon and also a huge moon low in the western sky. I was thinking blimey, what’s wrong with that? You do not see that often in our situation. Wales can be clouded over, grey and damp for days on end. That is why it is so green. So, I will spend some time to tend to the garden, I noticed the grapevine in the greenhouse has mildew! Never had that before. According to pundits jojoba oil will kill it, so I might try that rather than a mixture of washing-up liquid. Anyway, back to the good news, it seems that more and more of us are beginning to look at our personal lifestyles. That certainly is good news. A life of western excess will do no good to anyone. The political front also looks rosier today, perhaps showing our politicians beginning to understand the world needs a new way of governing more equal for all. 

Besides all of that my cactus plant, known as the money plant (officially known as Crassula ovata) is growing again. I left it out but that did not go down well. It apparently is semi-tropical. But I believe, silly me, that as long as I have it I will not run out of money. Yep, you heard it here, I might need psychiatric help but it has served me well over the years. Moreover, this morning’s crossword, I like the ones that have two sets of clues, one straight forward, the other a cryptic one; I solved it without looking at a crossword solver! Yeah, yeah, yeah, dance with me around the kitchen table and don’t kick the cat! Now I will try the Suguru number placing riddle. So, the world is not so bad and like the plant Crassula can recover but only if you look after it and say sorry!

Monday, 20 September 2021

Planet in trouble? No, we are...

More and more reports are seen that show without any doubt that the planet is in trouble. Well, actually it is not the planet but what lives on it, and that includes us humans. Global warming is no longer in doubt, it is happening. Whether we will cope with it is another matter. Actually, I think from the reports that we have already overstepped the mark where going back was possible. The problem of CO2 is only part of the total. If you already have an enormous amount of it, even volcanic emissions will just increase the total and these will continue whether we like it or not. The warming of the seas and soil will only help to further emissions of methane, a gas worse than CO2. Human activity itself, for instance the increased deforestation of tropical forest has also increased the loss of soils which in turn contains nutrients for bacteria and algae providing poisonous blooms in the oceans. It is no wonder fish stocks already under threat of overfishing have further declined. The ‘holiday’ mentality of western populations has not helped either. Flying a single plane puts tons of CO2 in the air. You only have to look at ‘flightradar24.com’ to see how many are in the air 24/7!

So, you will see that this planet is in trouble, for who will make the decisions? And moreover, what would these entail? All I am prepared to say is – it will not be easy. It might entail WW2 rationing, curtailing flights, abandoning the internal combustion engine. I just don’t envy those we have elected. Besides all of that their acumen in solving problems is pretty bad. 

In truth it is not, will not be easy. I have neighbours who don’t give a damn about anything. Lighting fires at night because they feel like boyscouts and are on a jamboree. Just look at the waste bins, overflowing. People with gardens ought to put all their food waste and make compost out of it. I have a compost bin and for years I have not thrown out any vegetable matter at all. My earthworms are the fattest in the world I think. So, I am certain that they will be the only survivors in the calamity to come before too long. But don’t tell ‘m they may end up as human food. Cheers!

Friday, 17 September 2021

Hurrah, things are changing...or are they?

Looking at the latest political machinations, eg the reshuffle, we might think that things are changing for the good? Nadine is going to take the woke society to task? I like the sound of that. Then also we have Priti’s insistence on taking on the lazy French. Not paying a penny until they do something about the inflatables trying to cross the Channel. All these problems, if I may call them that, are of our own making. Our lax attitude, our weak political will. To top it, we are governed not by the elected government but by a woke Civil Service. Time to give them a bath. 

But it shows in a distasteful way the situation we face today. It sounds good doesn’t it when someone says ‘We protest against global warming’ and then just does the things that furthers global warming. It sounds good when someone says ‘ I have just thrown a statue of that horrible racist goon in the water’. The facts of how societies were in the past escapes them because they failed their GCSEs, in particular history. I am not condoning racism but what we have ended up with is just the opposite. We now have coloured people throwing their weight around. ‘You can’t touch me, because I will call you a racist’. Talk to Piers Morgan how he feels about that. Talk to Emma Raducanu how she feels about being called an immigrant and should not be really in Britain. It escaped their dim braincells that she is a top athlete winning one of tennis top prizes. Something the woke leftie will never attain. BLM is another anachronism. The fact that ALL lives matter just escapes these dumb grasshoppers. I think we will have to take a hard look at what we want. At how we want to live. How we ALL want to live. It is political because there are many many different views but somehow or other we will have to come to a consensus and soon!

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Having a backbone like steel? Then face up to responsibilities...

We probably all know by now that the prince named Andrew has a problem. According to the news on the BBC he has now been served with the necessary legal papers. What many people including myself don’t understand is this, he has vehemently denied any wrongdoing. He barely knew the lady in question. So, why not then stand up in court and officially fight the accusations? Yes, he is a member of the royal family but he is also a member of the human race. A man like half of the world’s population. One would have thought that a past member of the Navy had more of a backbone. He was under fire from Argentinian forces, not many can claim that! So courage was not in short supply! Why then walk away from these sordid claims? Face up to it because the way this is handled now just makes him show guilty. All men will understand that if you are free, not married, roaming the world, you will meet ladies. Some wild ones, some loving ones, some hard nuts, and some soft nuts. It’s the natural way. You might, if your luck is in that day, even have sex! So, look, face up to the sleazy accusations, yes you met her, photographs seem to say so. Well, OK so what, get a good lawyer. It’s all because they think you’ve got money and status. Don’t lose it.

In the meantime the royal family is under pressure. The 60’ and 70’s consignment haven’t done so well, have they? Plenty of divorces, kicking against the establishment. It seemed they just did not want the exalted position. They wanted to roam the streets of Soho, the fleshpots of Cardiff and that’s just for starters. Although they did want the exalted position but not what it entailed. That’s where it all went wrong. To be a prince or princess takes courage, a steel backbone, and a head of hair like a lion’s mane. I just know this, I am so lucky I am not a prince!

Thursday, 9 September 2021

Woke Britain at its best!

Anyone who’s thinking this country is sane? First of all we have a PM who is convinced that 1.25% on NI is enough to solve the health and social care crisis. Then we have Churchill erased from our collective memories. Who is Churchill anyway I hear you ask? Well, dear reader only the man who kept his nerve during WW2 and in the end ensured our victory over the defeated Germans of the Nazi era. The world would have looked a lot different and possibly a lot poorer if it wasn’t for him. Shame on the wokists. But what do you expect? When you start listening AND acting on vociferous minorities then you are just lost. It needs a real rethink how we select managers or manageresses. And by saying that I am grammatically correct! Because friends, there IS a difference in men and women, only I am not sure exactly what. But Prince Andrew seems to know.

Talking about the NHS, I have said many times before it is a money black hole. No matter what you pour into it, it will never be enough. Besides all of that, if you put suddenly a few billions on the table the first thing that happens is a free for all increase in managerial salaries. This was proved last time. So, this time will be no different. Managerial salaries will be hiked up the ladder. Well done PM, you took note of the research and reports, I hope? Frankly, again as said before you definitely have lost the plot. Stop listening to advisers who have little idea about how the ordinary folk have to live their lives. Start making proper plans, get those lazy patriots called Civil Service back in the office seats and if you ask me, sack all of ‘m who won’t. That’s it for now, I am available as a down to earth, feet on the ground, adviser. Oh and cheap!

Tuesday, 7 September 2021

Found him, talking about social care ....

So, the increase in NI contributions (NI – National Insurance) is virtually agreed. 1.25%. We should not be surprised, I have said sometime ago on this blog ‘Who do you think is going to pay for it all?’ Remember the government has no money of itself. The only thing it could possibly do is print more money and fuel a huge inflation increase. The other things such as increasing VAT would hit businesses and increasing Income tax would also hit the lower paid. I have heard it said before, increasing NI would be the least problematic. Yet this government is still struggling despite the cheering smiles and the lovely words. It is quite observable that actions are in pretty short supply. We hear encouraging words like ‘We are going to press the French to become more assertive’ Eh? The French becoming assertive? Forget it, the boats will still be coming, they are now crossing the Channel at a thousand a day! And Boris’ words about families not having to pay destructive sums for care to the elderly will also sound somewhat hollow. Care costs a fantastic amount, £100,000 per annum seems to be the norm. Even the NI increase will not pay for that, simply because this nation is having to cope with more and more older people. It is said that soon there are more on a pension than are working. So, finally something has to be done. Whether Boris was up to it or not, the pressure just became too much. In any case we have done it and whatever is going to follow it, we will have to deal with it as and when. 

To my mind this free NHS stuff sounds great but in other lands people do pay. One of the problems that comes with free stuff, it becomes a magnet. Yes, also for rich people. Rich people are rich because one way or another they care about money and giving it out. Poor people just keep on complaining about not having had the same chances. Well, that may be but I know of some rich people who were poor not that long ago. How did they get out of the trap? I know, I don’t know what I’m talking about, just being a middle-classer. 

Edit 8/9/21 - Now we know a bit more. As suspected it is an increase in NI. But as per the usual the thing is not quite as it seems. You would have thought that the amount of £86,000 and that's all you would have to pay is it. No, apparently it isn't. The food and accommodation is not in that. That could be another whopping amount on top. So, perhaps another £20,000. Just so you know it and that £20,000 could be an annual charge! No-one says anything in government. What did I say about management? Talk about fuzzyness!

Monday, 6 September 2021

Yoohoo Boris, where art thou?

Yoohoo Boris where have you gone? More and more editorials are saying the same thing. The government is a rudderless boa, it started out from the harbour, flags flying, people cheering on the banks. We all saw it taking a right straight course, it was wondeful. Suddenly then it veered of course, and started the go around in circles. What happened? The captain left the bridge and is hiding in a cupboard. That is how the UK government is looking at present. Boris seems to have lost his mojo, the captain no longer has his thumb on the button. In fact he doesn’t even know where the button is! On top of that he is not on the bridge! Where is the image now of good old Winston? Who is leading the UK? Surely not his wife? Or his dog? Or did Jeremy Corbyn take over after all? Well, I had a dream, I dreamt seeing old Winston back at the helm. Yes, yes, yes, I know he liked a drink, yes I know he had faults, for all that he had his thumb on the button. He had a good wife. He had British interests engraved upon his heart. He lived for the Empire. You might think that Empire is a wrong word but the reality in those days now long gone were that the Empire was part of who we were. Frankly, without the Empire we would all be speaking German and living under the cosh of the Gestapo. So, Boris who was known to be belligerent amongst other things came to the front. Wonderful, here was another human being, looking a bit dishevelled but we all liked the flamboyant and decisive attitude. Where did it all go astray? He still looks dishevelled but no longer decisive. As a result there is infighting yet again in the hallowed halls of the rat kingdom in Westminster. As far as I know there is not a single Tory minister worthy of the name Prime Minister. Boris has simply slunk down once again in the back looking around bewildered at the things going on. The country the way I see it is a rudderless entity where every Tom, D*ck and Harry knows how we should live. Tom is a wokestaner, D*ck is a member of Momentum and Harry is in Los Angeles. God help us all.