Sunday, 25 January 2009

BBC wrong again

I am greatly saddened by the disintegrating standards at the BBC, a unique institution that seems hell bent on self destruction. Its' latest insanity is to refuse to broadcast the appeal for aid to Gaza on the pathetic grounds of 'impartiality'. It is compounding that folly by refusing to listen to the torrent of distinguished outrage directed towards it.

Of much less import, but symptomatic of the same breakdown, was the way it handled the Jonathan Ross/Russell Brand affair. It is not the function of the BBC to spend millions of the licence payers money promoting such people. There are other places they can go to display there talents. Similarly the ubiquitous Jeremy Clarkson who seems to think it OK to set fire to a rare car on television - a great example to vandals everywhere.

And we all know how 'balanced' the BBC is when it comes to giving air time to the LibDems.

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Michael Spencer of Icap, and David Ross, co-founder of Carphone Warehouse are
amongst some of the richest men in Britain and are also friends of David
Cameron .Indeed Michael Spencer is Treasurer of the Conservative Party. They
have both been engaged in controversial share dealings which, although not
illegal, hardly help us to believe David Cameron's assertion that the Tories
are the party best placed to look after the interests of ordinary people.

As far back as Dr Beeching, of railway destruction fame, but particularly
since Thatcher, we have been led to believe that putting a 'businessman' in
charge of major public services is the solution to the all problems. Hopefully
the current financial crisis, which has revealed the breathtaking stupidity &
incompetence of so many of these grotesquely overpaid individuals, will
finally bury that myth. One is reminded of the comments of that iconic
economist of the 1930's, John Maynard Keynes, who when asked why, if
businessmen were so stupid they continued to make money, replied "because they
do business with each other".
I've been quiet for some time but up & running again now.
According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS) three million eight
hundred thousand (3.8 million) UK pensioners have total savings of less than
£1500. Fat lot of good David Cameron's proposal to scrap tax on savings
interest is to them. A current rates they would be just over 5p a week better
off!! Sorry David. Hot air & headline grabbing will not help us get out of
this mess. Try some solid & realistic LibDem policies instead.