Jan 28

Neo Liberal on the Conservative wing
Great job: Syriza’s Tsipras has destroyed >€50bn market capitalization of #Greece’s stock mkt in his first 2days.

@Someone Him personally. Greek voters nowt to do with it. Why do neo Libs personalise everything?

The point here is a) he changed his tweet to 5Bn although since neo Liberals generally go with what number suits them neither figure that important b) er what he personally trashed bank shares? Surely they should have collapsed as election went entirely with the polls? Also he is essentially decrying bank shares dropping as they may lose their state backing. This guy wrote a book on the evils of the state but of course the role of the state is to nationalise debt. The neo Liberals, sorry Labour fans, do not care for sick people or to educate the poor other countries can do that on their own tab so we can exploit it whilst reducing the poor to scavengers on the anvil of Austerity.

I read a lot of Labour fans tweet Cameron has done this or that and even the NHA party. I tend to only aim at them when they make personal statements like un-encrypting the internet or the latest fascistic quote from Theresa May. As much to show that the spokespeople for Corporates/Oil/Banks are just that and have no idea what they are talking about. Even the increasingly ridiculous and vicious POTUS I try to use Obama Administration except when referring to something their chief spokesperson said himself. It’s one thing to attack their ridiculous statements but more of what they do is a collective and done by Govt apparatus that will be there when they’re gone. To attack a leader because idiots still held Greek Bank Shares expecting infinite state aid and no risk is bananas but typical.

I don’t know why the media climate is so personalised and febrile I suspect it’s an ad hom’ thing that it is easier to attack people than ideas. That when your ideas are bankrupt and cannot work you aim your ire at your opponent to pretend your position is more moral – no don’t ask me why but the neo Libs love being sententious. It’s much easier to hate people on the other side when you agree on so much as Cameron and Miliband and Blair and Brown so clearly do.  For instance the child like attacks on Alex Salmond for putting a case for Scottish independence as neo Libs fell over themselves to cry about this as a personal slight.

I guess to demonise an enemy doing something as even right wing economics judges would agree needs doing in Greece is the only desperate resort of neo Lib fans. Indeed many who obstensibly agree try to predict SYRIZA losing popularity which appears the main problem according to the neo Libs. It [neo Liberalism] is a lunatic cult that cannot control its emotions it seems.

Is its success due to it plying the human weakness to feel superior? All opponents dismissed with a line of purest zero meaning rhetoric.

Next week I’ll define what I call a neo Liberal.

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Sep 13

It surely enters realms of ridiculous that a region would become a country on a mere 50.00001% vote. That probably is the rounding error of people voting contrary to intention. It’s also given this will be the first time a vote would have yielded this result in 100s of years. Indeed the Yes campaign has and is on most polls behind. It’s ahead on one day and committed to a not yet negotiated cessation of the union?

Now I would vote yes but as implied the ridiculousness of a single plebiscite to decide everything before negotiations. This will give Salmond a pretty weak hand which perversely might be good for the new Scotland as his weak corporatist arse will be swiftly discredited. Seriously after his fawning over RBS, Trump and Ineos I would not send him to buy ice cream.

This is no way to create a country and anyone who claims a plebiscite is Democratic has no understanding of the word nor of individual rights. The point being on 1 vote in 1 day 2 nations future could turn.

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Jan 12

Alex Salmond the anti intellectual head of the SNP has decided aside from a ballot on independence that he will hold ballots on how much of the UK Scotland wants to share in. Continue reading »

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Jul 23

Two issues struck me as particularly asinine this week: The Megrahi BP thing: The continuing tedious nit picking over Forgemasters’ Loan.

The Megrahi thing is kind of ridiculous as our leaders if they don’t break bread now treat Libya as an ally. If Megrahi committed this crime and he would appear to have more doubt than the Amanda Knoxes of this world then he did not do it as a stateless rogue but as a paid operative of the Libyan Govt. Libya paid a very large amount of money as Blood Money in settlement. Thus detaining him is like in the words of someone I like to agree with once a decade Bruce ‘Brute’ Anderson like holding a WW2 bomber pilot for 20 years after the war.

You’d think Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton and 4 Senators would realise that would you not? They are not stupid? No apparently he is labeled a  terrorist and since the US decided that is now axiomatically bad as it gets and he’s probably also considered E-V-I-L they don’t. Hypocrites maybe but sanctimonious righteous ones certainly.

Anyway BP are linked with al Megrahi’s release at least? Well there is no fact here. BP pushed  for a prisoner exchange deal to get an oil contract but Megrahi was not released under that deal – although to be fair as general agreements go it was probably intended to be about one man. However no doubt the exchange of blood monies by Libya and the USA was pushed by ExxonMobil etc.

This really does not matter since Megrahi was released on compassionate grounds under Scottish Law and hence all this wittering is just a act of stupidity. Indeed Alex Salmond made it clear BP did not contact him or his Scottish Govt at all. It was one of the benefits of devolution that Westminister could pass the buck and leave someone else make if it was an error an error of Commission something 3rd wayists studious avoid.

One has to ask are the Democrats making a big deal of this because: they are funded by rival oil companies (just as complicit in sucking up to Quaddaffi): they see electoral advantage in the feeding frenzy on BP and do not care about facts, “rhetoric is all there is” Rahm Emanuel  (I made that quote up, sorry!): The Obama Administration has been made to look a clown by allowing deep water drilling when we do not have the technology to cope with errors*. The answer is probably a bit of all 3 but most likely the main driver is to appear alpha male just as Labour did on Crime to no positive effect.

* The Obama administration gave up on the whole environment bar the Gulf of Mexico bizarrely yesterday. The ultimate error of Human omission so politically acceptable. If anything reflects the point I am trying to make in this article it’s this juxtaposition between an environmental impact on the news being no 1 priority and a far worse potential problem Climate Change being dropped!

The Forgemasters thing is something I assumed Labour would want to brush under the carpet and the Govt put Mandelson and Balls on charges of gerrymandering, at least if you believe Lib Con logic. The basics are this the Labour Govt just before an election agreed a loan to a private company at a low interest rate. The loan was cancelled rightly by the new Govt  as governments should not be loaning money to random private companies as every company in the country would wonder why they were so favoured. It breaks competition and EU Law potentially as a subsidy and if I was a competitor company I would want a cheap loan as well thank you very much.

Yet amazing the matter was brought no by the Coalition but by Jack Straw. Apparently a Tory businessman who gave money to the Tory party and paid for flights for Cameron lobbied for the loan to be canceled. His motivation apparently to invest in Forgemasters. However this rather makes the point why would the Govt need or have to make a loan/subsidy to a company that many others wanted to invest in?

So is Jack Straw a moron? No, so why is he making such illogical attacks on his own party’s behaviour in fact?  He’s doing it as a smear never mind that nothing wrong was done by the Coalition at least. He’s linking Tory donor, canceled loans etc in the backyard of the Deputy Prime Minister. It’s a scorched earth attack on good Government.

The point being that these two witch hunts where the party in the wrong dons the clothes of  self righteousness and screams like a baby for attention shows where so called liberal politics has gone now. Whatever seam the 3rd way once mined is barren. It’s reduced to nothing more than doing things for political advantage.

It’s coming to something when the Scots Nationalists are the most sincere and honourable politicians?

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May 15

Alex Salmond the First Minister of probably the best answer to any leftist I can think of, Scotland. If any state shows up the shortcomings of lashings of public spending, public jobs and handouts not leading to a better society then Scotland is it. It leads to bad architecture, graft and a dependency culture or put simply sad lives. No doubt the left will defend its entitlement to misery!

Naturally when you create a dependent society it never advances and with vast public sector cuts on the horizon Salmond in a gallery playing moment of the first order asked for even more money – if he wanted to be taken seriously he would have represented Scotland not played to the galleries of his home land.

Salmond’s fatuousness comes from a self righteousness based on the fallacious logic that as Scotland is near the oil brought ashore in Scotland it somehow owns it and is in fact despite being the most over funded part of the union deserving of more. The whole history of a bankrupt Scotland sniveling at the British table for a Pork Barrel and Union in the first place is ignored to try to consign pre 1975 history to the dustbin.

It even provides tuition fees for no extra tax to its students which allows at least its best and brightest to move to London without debt unlike the poorer English students. Like Wales prescriptions are free which probably helps a country where drug addiction is the worst in the country.

Scotland’s charmed place has been generally cemented by having a ludicrous number of MPs for a  small country. It has 41 Labour MPs and with its Pork Barrel and Graft culture provided a power base for the taking over of the Labour Party by a clique led by Blair and Brown whose policy differences with Labour supporters I detailed the other day. The Scottish Labour Party was always considered famously corrupt to boot.

Labour got its reward for buying off Scotland with 41 seats – Scotland supports locking up innocent children and Rendition clearly. It’s why even with 20 more seats a coalition with the Lib Dems, with 11 Scottish seats, had no chance to succeed even if they had 340 seats between them as no way could even the fatuous unprincipled Labour party have patronised Scotland in an austerity drive and its MPs like Salmond would have rebelled and shown only a self serving regard for their fellow Scots.

One wonders if with 11 Lib Dem seats there Scotland could be the fault-line for  the new coalition. After all a relatively similar percentage have wagged the Labour dog for too long – to no one bar a lot of middle class Scottish students benefit (benefit is almost an ironic term of course).

The coalition will of course be further tested by the Conservative’s close association with the Unionist parties. Northern Ireland thanks to the troubles and lubricant for the ending of them has become Scotland’s mini me. However with the Tories having 1 seat in Scotland they have little to lose there and with the Liberals have likely 349 English and Welsh MPs bad luck Scotland.

As Jonathan Meades opined 1% of Scotland are heroin addicts and one wonders how the other 99% refrain.

The addiction to Pork Barrels is not about to end but they may not be as deep in future.

BTW Try taking an English prescription to Wales and watch the staff in Boots work out how to charge you for it! It’s funny.

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