Standing up for ourselves

In what is a world-first for The Slog, I am typing this post standing up. This is due to the lack of any furniture in the vicinity, and my tight-fisted desire to squeeze every last drop out of Orange before I depart Slogger’s Roost.

Yesterday, The Independent on Sunday wrote that Royal Bank of Scotland chairman Sir Philip Hampton had moved to calm investor fears over chief executive Stephen Hester’s future. Apparently they thought he might be leaving – an event that would calm the fears of every RBS customer – but he isn’t after all. Anybody with useful information about stakes and silver bullets should write to jawslog@gmail.com.

In the US, Fed Ponzi games continue, as Lee Adler relates how the Fed dishes out to sovereign US bond dealers in a way enabling them to buy more bonds, which the Fed then spends on half-arsed job creation schemes. This direct quote from Adler’s piece is a pearler:

‘….while the number of jobs is growing, the employment to population ratio has barely gained since the recovery began in 2009. Jobs growth is only keeping pace with population growth. Top line growth may satisfy the markets, but it is doing next to nothing to help the massive army of people who have been and continue to be unemployed. Their numbers are growing right along with the number of people who do have jobs.  It is a sad state of affairs for the US, but markets don’t care about that….’

Correct. Absolutely and utterly insane, but correct.

However, fear not you armies of Anglo-Greco-American recovery-without-jobs victims, because China needs workers! Yes, its infamous labour surplus will disappear soon after 2020, says the IMF. A decade after that China will face a labour shortage of almost 140m workers – the greatest jobs crunch in human history. Start learning Chinese today.

Chris Huhne should’ve started learning the difference between right and wrong many years ago, but pressure of work sadly kept him from the task. However, now the former energy secretary has pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice (by persuading his then wife in 2003 to accept penalty points on her driving licence for a speeding offence he had committed) Mr H has also resigned his seat as an MP. This means a by-election….and in the Eastleigh constituency, speedster Chris had a majority of  just 3,864 over the Conservative candidate in 2010.

This makes it a winnable seat for Dave. And we might even see UKip piling in. What fun we shall have.

53 thoughts on “Standing up for ourselves

  1. Blimey john you still here? I thought you might be going on about house prices and stamp duty.
    Or the stuff in the grain about undercover cops using dead kids identies when spying on activists years ago.
    I think so far my favourite is from the faily mail telling us that council tax rises are all the fault of jimmy savile.
    The cops doing their investigashuns up and down the country is costing local authorties thus forcing up council taxes.
    As in your accurate sub head . Total bollocks.

  2. JW. You’re like one of those terriers that refuse to let go aren’t you?

    Fight on, dear Slog, it’s your readers who benefit…but watch that BP.

  3. “….. but it is doing next to nothing to help the massive army of people who have been and continue to be unemployed.” Worse than that, John. Figures suggest that most of the job growth is in part-timers, much like here in the UK. It also seems full-time jobs, outside of public services, are also declining.

    Eastleigh could be a good test for UKIP, I doubt the LibDems will retain it and I doubt there will be any real enthusiasm for a Tory candidate. Expect an exceedingly low turnout. The UKIP vote, if they contest the seat, might cast light on the popular reaction to Cameron’s ploy to kick all things EU into the long, long grass.

    Good luck in France, you should just be in time to watch econogeddon from the inside as it starts! Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Italy have all been contained so far (doesn’t it seem awful when you see it like that?) and despite the ongoing troubles therein I think France may well be the pot that actually boils over, more to the point, so do my French friends.

  4. Copied from Guido Fawkes blog: The court restrictions have been lifted. Rejecting Huhne’s application to have the case thrown out last week, Mr Justice Sweeney said the jury would “be free to draw adverse inference” from these texts between Chris Huhne and his son, Peter:

    CH: Peter, just to say, I’m thinking of you and I love you very much. It would be great to talk to you, Dad.

    PH: **** off

    PH: So nice to see our entire relationship reduced to lies and pleasantries in that letter. Do you take me for an idiot? The fact you said your parents were happier as a result of their divorce was disgusting… when you were having affairs makes me sick. You are the most ghastly man I have ever known. Does it give you pleasure that you have lost most of your friends?

    CH: I understand that I have really offended you but I hope that the passage of time will provide some perspective… I love you and I will be there to support you if you ever need it.

    PH: You are right – the perspective involves me getting angrier with every day that goes by. You just don’t get it.

    PH: We all know that you were driving and you put pressure on Mum. Accept it or face the consequences. You’ve told me that was the case. Or will this be another lie?

    CH: I have no intention of sending Mum to Holloway Prison for three months. Dad

    PH: Are you going to accept your responsibility or do I have to contact the police and tell them what you told me?

    PH: I don’t want to speak to you, you disgust me, f**k off.

    PH: You just don’t get it.

    CH: Happy Christmas. I love you

    PH: I hate you so f**k off.

    CH: Well I’m proud and I love you, Dad.

    PH: Leave me alone, you have no place in my life and no right to be proud. It’s irritating that you don’t seem to take the point. You are such an autistic piece of ****. Don’t contact me again you make me feel sick.

      • Good riddance to a thoroughly arrogant bastard. I used to think he was OK, good pedigree in business, successful, knew what a days work was. But now I just think, what sort of man could hold the spectre of a prison sentence over his son’s mother, while he quacked on for over a year about how it never happened, then that it didn’t happen, then it happened but not like that, then that she was making it up, that she was a liar. And even all the way up to last week he was still trying to get it thrown out of court.
        This is good to see, but he is a low levelish politician, hardly to be described as an ‘elite’ (despite what he thought of himself) Half a dozen of them or so in the last couple of years. There needs to be more.

    • This is the man who was supposed to be running out energy policy. Or should I say ‘energy policy’, as the whole thing is in serious disarray. Huhne did not help one bit.

  5. You write: “However, now the former energy secretary has pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice (by persuading his then wife in 2003 to accept penalty points on her driving licence for a speeding offence he had committed)”

    Look at it from the other side though. Who would not have accepted the penalty point if asked to do so by his wife… with a please!?

    Come on, if this is all you can come up with in Britain, then I am truly concerned for your future. You should come down to Venezuela and see some real justice perversion… like the Supreme Court of Justice opining there is no cause to send a medical team to check up on an elected president that has been absent for 2 months.

    • Yes, but Britain has a much longer history of democracy than Venezuela, and of expecting its leaders to act honourably (!) ……. the Brits are still reeling and coming to terms with the fact that the whole shebang has now become a farce, a huge betrayal of trust and that they have been suffering from delusion, deception, betrayal and all the bollocks that John has been continuously striving to “deconstruct” in these columns.

    • @Per. Yes but. An honourable man would, as you say, take the rap for his wife – but would not ask her to take the rap for him. The man is a piece of shit

    • He can’t get his arse well-kicked. He’s a tory and this is a Lib Dem seat. The worst he can do is not win it – which is the same as now.

      • (stand firm) I think you misunderstand — He (Dave) has to win it to have a realistic chance in a general election

      • The tories and cameron in particular are so distrusted and disliked and incompetant…………… that I do not think they could win a one man arm wrestling competition……….. not altogether a bad thing.
        Once the tories have totally self destructed – we can hopefully see the demise of the other faction and the rise of new ideas which work for the Country and not those who intend to rule (mainly for their own benefit).

  6. Beware John,

    The European Parliament is to spend almost £2 million on press monitoring and trawling Eurosceptic debates on the internet for “trolls” in the run-up and during euro-elections next year amid fears that hostility to the EU is growing.
    Once you leave the security of the British Isles you will be at the full mercy of the fanatical euro- totalitarian state authorities who are showing increasing signs of desperation in their bid for survival.

    • Yup! Gemz, I spotted this in The Telegraph too, but thanks for this…

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/9845442/EU-to-set-up-euro-election-troll-patrol-to-tackle-Eurosceptic-surge.html

      1984 and Thought Police have nothing on this lot ! The bit that the ‘troll patrol idea’ misses is that if the Spanish decide to dispose a leader that takes regular bungs, Bellesconi gets voted Italian Finance Minister and undoes most of Monti’s taxes, Cyprus goes bust and Geli gets the Russian mafias equivalent of a fatwah on her and the Greeks take to the streets again while the rest of them down tools along with the seamen and farmers……..JW will hopefully be the least of their worries.

      Anyway, if the ‘Trolls’ budget is EUR 2million, we all know that 1.8 million will be go in ‘meetings’ and (piss ups) er….”Subsistance” …(like every other EU budget) ……and not leave them much dosh to track JW down in his real new SloggersRoost in AUSTRIA !

      Ooops…. I did’nt mean to post that last bit…what have I done? …Sorry JW

  7. This lady is certainly standing up for Australians. Good for her.
    About time.
    Australia says NO — This will be the second Time Julia Gillard has done this!

    She sure isn’t backing down on her hard line stance and one has to appreciate her belief in the rights of her native countrymen.

    A breath of fresh air to see someone lead. Australian Prime Minister does it again!!

    The whole world needs a leader like this!

    Prime Minister Julia Gillard – Australia

    Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.

    Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies
    monitoring the nation’s mosques. Quote:
    ‘IMMIGRANTS, NOT AUSTRALIANS, MUST ADAPT… Take It Or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali , we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.’

    ‘This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.’

    ‘We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese,

    Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!’

    ‘Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented. It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.’

    ‘We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why. All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.’

    ‘This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this. But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, ‘THE RIGHT TO LEAVE’.’

    ‘If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.’

      • I think it was made by the geezer before her actually, much to the embarrassment of the ordinary Bruce in the street at the time.

      • I thought it was K.Rudd the previous Oz PM who said that a good while back.
        It may be b*llocks but it’s good b*llocks, the kind we need in the UK!

      • This was the speech made by Ron Howard several years ago. Gizzard is too Cameronesque to think this way………… or put 3 words together to make as much honest sense as this.

        But I know a man who will :)

    • They invented multiculturism in order to satisfy a people shortage, and now this. All goes to show that Australia always was an empty nut.

    • ‘This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE

      Errm actually you are an aggressive outside group – mainly from Europe that has emigrated to there, completely overrun the indiginous culture. You have introduced by force a middle-eastern religion and have mafde no effort at all to assimilate.

      • Complete bollocks. More John Howard than Gillard. Australia copied the dozy theory of Multiculturalism from Canada. It had nothing to do with workers- more to do with settling unrest among ethnic groups -Balkan, Greek and Italian and others who came in big numbers after ww2 . Asian and Arabic speaking people did not start coming to Australia until after the war in Vietnam and the 1975 war in Lebanon when most came as refugees and ‘boat people’.

  8. John,
    I didn’t want to let this momentous day pass without mentioning that Hillary Clinton is no longer US Secretary of State, having resigned after four years of service.
    It would be remiss of me to omit Hillary’s postive contribution to World diplomacy so permit me to list Ms Clinton’s achievements…below:-
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    .
    .
    Yes, exactly !
    Kennyboy

  9. Will you become a tax exile john?
    Will your blogs be en francais?
    Will you be riding around Provence on horseback or starving in a garret like all tortured artists?
    As long as you don’t go nuts and do a van gogh you will be ok..

  10. “However, fear not you armies of Anglo-Greco-American recovery-without-jobs victims, because China needs workers!”

    Mr Ward, seen the article on that but what China also needs and so do other advanced economies is consumers. Linking it in too your earlier comment on employment.

    “The economic system they created was built around the unemployed at least consuming a certain amount also even though they may not get to save much for when they grow old”. Now go and build one where the unemployed consume nothing.

    As an example… and only 2 points I think worth considering.

    If you produced 1000 TV’s and 200 of them went to the unemployed now removed the 200 so in fact you only need 800.

    1. What you going to do with the other 200 TV’s or does a company just remove any works hours to produce this 200? Think they remove it myself and that tends to a constant % of the population being employed through population growth. You can have 50 baby’s, do the right thing for your country you have just created at a rate of 10% 45 jobs for people because you are also creating 5 with no work in the future.

    2. The other point that comes from this is preventing the unemployed through lack of affordability purchasing many items all those in work “the employed” will pay the full whack for 800 TV’s to be produced means a price rise to at least maintain corporate profitability or that shrinks too.

    The direction to preserve it as it is …
    Everybody clamours for the developing countries to expand their consumerism that is a dead end by the having babies principle. Once fully developed you are in exactly the same position as everybody else.
    What is the timeline for China and India being big population for being full developed?

    Conclusion …
    In all cases it “ends the same”, today, tomorrow or 30 years from now so we should be anticipating the end consequence and building a society that will support that end consequence. We are not!

    This could be extended like what do we get if the conclusion is not allowed but the pertinent points have been made.

  11. The seemingly universal assumption that “everyone thinks like everyone else that thinks for everyone therefore you’d better except it or else!” attitude that prevails over the internet ether smells worse than sh*t.

    It makes absolutely no difference whether or not Chris Huhne goes to jail or that the “system” is full of “cocaine snorting paedophiles”.

    FU*K IT ALL.

    Now look at J.S.Bach’s fugue in B flat minor BWV891 from bars 89 to end. Listen to and look at the beautiful stretto with inverted subject and counter-subject.

    Now go back to an earlier work – BWV913 in D minor. A typically overlooked Bach technique of cross rhythm occurs in bars 12-13 of the toccata and is mirrored in the final fugue – bars 7-9.

    It’s all nonsense. One can say what one likes but one is going to die horribly either way.

    My life is sh*t and from reading this blog John’s life is sh*t.

      • Oh, and by the way Bill, you don’t seem to have a brain that madness would be capable of infecting. You can’t spell my name correctly and I can guess – with 100 percent certainty – that you’ve never heard a Bach fugue in your life let alone understood it.

        You’re just a pethetic git like the rest of us. You’ve got no hope. HA!

  12. Life is only sh1t as you get old. I’m approaching 50 this year and no words can describe my horror of this. We are daily bombarded with insanity and bo**ocks and here is a nice escape to get a little truth.
    I don’t agree with everything but by and large we all, in our own way, want those in power held to account, Is being a keyboard warrior really helping? It’s not much but better than nothing.

    As for “wereallyaredoomed” if you are ever in Nanning do drop in. Don’t forget your VNP to get round the firewall.

    • Why should turning 50 make any difference to you? You speak of horror, yet your days will seem just as they always were. You will feel like you are in your 20s only look older.

      As to being a keyboard warrior – as in all things, it is the means not the end. If you can inspire humans to take action in the real world, then it is effective.

      If, after all is said and done, all they do is sit around and gossip? Then the time will come when those who do take action will roll over them. That is when being a keyboard warrior has no meaning.

      • May I also add that ‘TPTB’ fear the keyboard warrior……. they know our message gets out well beyond the screens behind which we sit. Knowledge and intelligent thought counters the propaganda – down the pub (which may well be why they wanted to detroy our pub culture – and use ‘bing drinking’ and ‘smoking’ as the ‘in your best interests’ pretend motivation).

        Long before I discovered the Slog – I was out there opposing the smoking ban……… it is not the smoking which is the great danger to the public……. it was always the BAN which opened the floodgates to the public being attacked for doing something which is perfectly legal…… by way of government enforcers (beyond the police) and look how the net has widened since that time ! The perversion of the law that allows someone to be held liable for someone elses ‘crime’…….. it all became the last step in the downward spiral of ‘rule by dictate’…….. whether the demos want it or not. It proceeds apace :)

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