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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Mmusi Maimane comes a'knocking on the ANC's door.

There is a new man, Mmusi Maimane who, as the leader of South Africa's DA (Democratic Alliance) is knocking on the door of the ANC's control of South African Politics.

South Africa threw out the evil apartheid regime and the ANC, a terrorist organisation, then took over government. Mandela, a former terrorist, kept the ANC on a reasonably level footing but since he has died, corruption has been widespread within government. The DA started to make inroads, not only in the Western Cape, which it controls and runs reasonably well, but within other provinces of South Africa. There is a lot of government interference which hinders their growth.

Mmusi recently took over the leadership from Helen Zille, a very able woman - although she annoyed me by actively helping the Liberal Democrats in our last election. Ryan Coetzee, the guy she sent over, turned out to be a dismal failure, thank goodness.

Here we see him ably handling the BBC's Zeinab Badawi who is so for the disgraced ANC that it is embarrassing. It is 24 minutes long.


Sunday, 12 July 2015

What, exactly is The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

TTIP negotiations are held behind closed doors. There is a question to be asked here: "Why all the secrecy?"

But don't take my word for it, go and research on the Internet. I have included a video and some comments from different organisations to get you started.


Friends of the Earth say

Pro-TTIP lobbyists say the trade deal will result in EU-wide growth, jobs and prosperity.

In reality it will:
  • Lower EU and UK food, environmental and health standards
  • Allow foreign companies to sue governments in private international courts
  • Undermine international efforts to combat climate change
  • Not live up to the promised economic benefits. 

Global Justice say:

Our public services, environment and democracy are under threat from the biggest corporate power grab in a decade.

Behind closed doors, the EU is drawing up a dangerous new trade deal called the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). For the first time on a grand scale, corporations would be able to sue governments if they make public policy decisions which could harm their future profits. Regulation which currently protects people, public services and the environment could be removed.

The BBC are for it, they say:

What is the TTIP?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, now generally known as TTIP, is primarily a deal to cut tariffs and regulatory barriers to trade between the US and EU countries, making it easier for companies on both sides of the Atlantic to access each other's markets. Industries it would affect include pharmaceuticals, cars, energy, finance, chemicals, clothing and food and drink.

Patients for the NHS say

EU/US Free Trade Agreement (or TTIP as this one is called)

Free trade agreements (FTAs) might seem a million miles from the NHS. However, FTAs are not just about the trading of goods. They also cover services and corporate rights. The Coalition Government is keen to negotiate a FTA between the EU and the USA in which health services will be treated as things to be bought, sold and profited from. This will have disastrous consequences for the NHS. In this section of the website we attempt to explain why.

The European Commission is rather more bland, they say:

What is the TTIP?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, is a trade and investment agreement, which the European Union (EU) is negotiating with the United States - our biggest export market.

Customs duties, red tape and restrictions on investment on each side of the Atlantic can make it difficult to buy and sell goods and services on the other. Getting rid of these barriers to trade between the EU and the US would boost our economy, create jobs and widen choice and lower prices for consumers.

Thursday, 9 July 2015

An explanation of the Greek Bailout.

It is a slow day in a little Greek Village. The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted.

Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.

On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the village, stops at the local hotel and lays a 100 euro note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.

The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the 100 euro note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the 100 euro note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer.

The pig farmer takes the 100 euro note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel.

The guy at the Farmers' Co-op takes the 100 euro note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the taverna.

The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him "services" on credit.

The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the 100 euro note.

The hotel proprietor then places the 100 euro note back on the counter so the rich traveller will not suspect anything.

At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, picks up the 100 euro note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town.

No one produced anything.

No one earned anything.

However, the whole village is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that is how the bailout package works!


Sunday, 5 July 2015

How good is your school? Would this be a better idea?

Government assessments are not always showing the best results of a school. One of the best reasons for sending a child to a private school is that, apart from teaching the three Rs, they prepare the child for the outside world.

Wouldn't a parent be able to judge a school if the results of each comprehensive, grammar and private school had, by law, to show the following results:

1. The percentage of pupils who went on to get university places.
2. The percentage of pupils who enrolled on a proper apprentice scheme.
3. The percentage of pupils who got other work, showing average salary after a year of leaving.
4. The percentage of pupils who ended up on the dole.

If I were a parent, this would give me a better idea of how successful the school was.

But, for this to work successfully, parents would need to be allowed to send their children to the school of their choice, no matter where they lived.

Can you suggest any additions or alterations to the four points above?

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Seems like Three are outperforming Vodafone, O2, EE etc.

YouGov - What the world thinks.

Every quarter YouGov asks smartphone users to rate their network for reliability - and Three came out on top.

The YouGov survey is important because it's a poll you can trust - it's customers just like you rating their experience.

In the last five years the Three network has doubled in size, and today it covers 98% of the UK population. They were also the first network to offer 4G at no extra cost. All their plans come with 4G as standard.

  • Three is rated the UK's most reliable network according to smartphone users surveyed by YouGov.
  • In the latest SMIX Wave 22 survey, Three outperformed other operators for overall reliability.
  • YouGov surveyed 4,084 mobile users, of which 3,202 qualified respondents owned a smartphone.
  • The survey found that we scored the highest for overall reliability against the three other mobile networks.

This survey was conducted between 9th and 16th of March and is the twenty-second wave of a larger independent study, which is conducted quarterly. Interviews were carried out online by YouGov panellists. Three is the highest rated MNO (Mobile Network Operators).

Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) were excluded from the analysis.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

This is England, when it ruled the world

Roger, a young fellow African, first sang this song in 1975. He was born in Kenya, studied medicine in Cape Town, but left to go into music.

The last Farewell epitomises the nineteenth century, when our ships ruled the world. Now we are just a small colony, with little say, in the new German/French empire.



Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Some free books and their websites which may be of interest

One very interesting website, in America is the Ludwig von Mises website where you can not only buy books on all forms of Libertarianism, politics and economics but if you can't afford the books, they are perfectly happy to let you download pdf's or e-pub files free of charge.

One book I downloaded was so good, I then purchased the book. This was Murray Rothbard's "The Ethics of Liberty".

A piece of free software called Calibre, available on Windows, Apple or Linux, will allow you to change to other formats, useful if you have a Kindle. I've used Calibre for years, perfectly clean.

Another website is by Anthony Robbins, This is in California and is his "Leadership Academy". Anthony is a little more mercenary than the von Mises organisation but what he offers is very worthwhile. There is a page full of free videos on the website and also a free ebook to download.

Anthony has a business of helping companies and I do remember that IBM and the American Air Force were clients of his.

I purchased two copies of his "Awaken the Giant Within" from Amazon. One for me and another for my wife. We got an awful lot of really good information to work on to help us with our lives and twenty years ago, when he came to London I went on his Unleash the Power Within full weekend, Friday to Monday, and actually walked on red hot coals. At the end of the firewalk I thought "Is this all it is" but the next morning I felt I could do anything in life I wanted to. This book is available on Amazon, in paperback or Kindle, but Tony is offering an update free on his website in PDF, EPub or Kindle (mobi) format.

I hope the above information will help you, in one way or the other, as it certainly has been invaluable to me.


Sunday, 14 June 2015

Governments shouldn't interfere with business but...

They can do subtle things.

I have a plan which will endeavour to bring a little honesty into public limited company bonuses for directors and their chairman.

And, it is so simple.
The Plan: 
On the Balance Sheet notes, there should be a list of bonuses for each director on offer. Each director must state the criteria with which he can earn his bonus. 
For example, if a director is offered a bonus of £1M he must add, in the Balance Sheet notes, what he has to do to earn it. Such as increase sales by 10%, increase share value by 15% or whatever. 
It would be perfectly legal for him to say, increase company share value by a ha'penny, but remember, he has to get this past the shareholders at the AGM. He'd very quickly be voted out of his bonus.
OK, the last example is a little extreme, but the idea is that if a director doesn't put a realistic aim for his bonus he may get it reduced or even cancelled by the shareholders.


Tasers are all very well, but...

As most of my readers know, I come from Africa and, in the bush, vets hunt animals in which they want to insert radio trackers. This is so they can study their movements across Africa. Elephants, Rhinos, Hippos, Lions, to name but a few. 
They hunt them in Helicopters, and when near, fire a tranquilliser dart from a rifle. After a short while, the animal collapses, unconscious. The tracker is inserted, the vet and Helicopter moves off. The animal regains consciousness and carries on its way non the worse for the interlude.
I would like our laboratories to work on a less powerful dart which will knock a human out, but only after a minute or so. There is a good reason for this last comment.

When we have riots and huge violent mobs roaming an area, police won't have to get near to them as they do with tasers, so can keep well away from the reach of the angry mob.

When there is looting, or violence en masse, the police can start shooting in the knowledge they won't do any lasting damage or kill anyone. Once a mobster gets hit, he'll know he has a minute or so to get from being trampled underfoot by his colleagues.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Ampers Humour; Men, be wary about how you go about getting your divorce.

After 37 years of marriage. Jake dumped his wife for his young secretary.

His new girlfriend demanded that they live in Jake and Edith's multi-million pound home and since the man's lawyers were a little better than the woman's he prevailed.

He gave Edith his now ex-wife just 3 days to move out. She spent the 1st day packing her belongings into boxes crates and suitcases.

On the 2nd day she had the movers come and collect her things.

On the 3rd day she sat down for the last time at their beautiful dining room table by candlelight put on some soft background music and feasted on a pound of king prawns, a jar of caviar and a bottle of Chardonnay.

When she had finished she went into each and every room and stuffed half-eaten prawn shells dipped in caviar into the hollow of all of the curtain rods. She then cleaned up the kitchen and left.

When the husband returned with his new girlfriend all was bliss for the first few days.

Then slowly the house began to smell. They tried everything cleaning mopping and airing the place out. Vents were checked for dead rodents and carpets were cleaned. Air fresheners were hung everywhere.

Monday, 8 June 2015

A pictorial description of karma

Or, "What goes around, comes around!"


Sunday, 7 June 2015

Not all Tory MPs are useless idiots.

Ex Captain Johnny Mercer's maiden speech in the House of Commons brought tears to the eyes of this ex-forces blogger.

"The past decade and a half has defined a whole generation of us in often unseen wars against enemies that only seem to grow darker.

"We have no complaints about the duty that we have chosen. It formed many of us; indeed, it made many of us who we are today. We were proud to defend this great nation in the same traditions of the immense sacrifices of our forefathers.

"However, last week the Prime Minister spoke of the gravity of the end of combat operations in Afghanistan. For many families, that marks the end of the sleepless nights by the phone and the ever-dreaded knock at the door.

"But there remains a great stain on this nation when it comes to conflict. In 2012, we reached a very unwelcome threshold when, tragically, more soldiers and veterans killed themselves than were killed on operational service in defence of the realm.

Johnny Mercer in centre

"It goes without saying that there are some genuine heroes in our communities and charities up and down this land who work tirelessly night and day to look after and assist those who have found returning to a peaceful life the biggest challenge of all. Many of these veterans are not only from Afghanistan.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

BREAKING: UKIP will not stop international aid

However, they intend to stop the present system where it goes to help dictators build their armies so as to suppress their people. Then there are corporate jets and helicopters, homes, and holiday homes as far away as Paris where they all seem to want them.

They intend to pour aid into areas which have earthquakes, tsunamis and other natural disasters, where the money and aid can do the most good.

I would like to take the aid idea one step further. And you may be surprised to learn I want to give more money away than UKIP.

I'd certainly cut down our bill for overseas aid, but not nearly as much as many UKIP members would like. You see, I am thinking of the UK economy and I see a way of carrying on helping the ordinary people in these countries and, at the same time, helping our country and our people.

I would not give money. I would give credit which they can use to buy British goods, and employ British experts to help their country grow.

Was Hitler a Fascist or Socialist, this video lays that question finally to rest.

I don't like Hannan, but that is no reason not to promote his work if it is sensible and has a grain of truth in it. This has many tons of truth.

However, if you are of the left, I sincerely urge you not to watch it or you will become confused and listless. In fact it might even break your heart.

This video isn't that long but is an eye opener.

After you watch this, you will also know the answer.


Sunday, 31 May 2015

Barrack Obama USA and Mmusi Maimane DA Leader in South Africa - what a difference!

Mmusi Maimane is the new leader of the Democratic Alliance, having taken over from Helen Zille. The video is only 20 minutes but is well worth watching.

If he became president before I die, I will seriously think of returning home. He really is that impressive. Mind you, the way he spoke of Jacob Zuma, in front of him, he may not live as long as I might. A brave man, I hope he's hired a lot of bodyguards.

Watch in a quiet room without interruptions.


Saturday, 30 May 2015

We are heading for an awful defeat (referendum)

The EU Referendum: Wake Me after the Defeat
by: Sean Gabb

Though I no longer read newspapers or watch television, I see the British Government has published its Bill for a referendum on our continued membership of the European Union. I suggest that anyone who believes in eventual withdrawal, and who sees a referendum as a means to that end, needs to have his head examined.

Let me explain.

First, my own belief in eventual withdrawal is tempered by an awareness of present benefits. I agree with Richard North that complaints about harmful regulation from Brussels are often misplaced. Much regulation comes via rather than from the European Union. A growing number of regulations – the Codex Alimentarius, for example, or further laws on money laundering – are agreed at a higher international level before being transmitted to Brussels for incorporation in Directives. If we left the European Union, perhaps we might have more control over the making of these regulations. Perhaps we might have more scope for quietly ignoring them. But leaving would not in itself free us from giving effect to these agreements in our own laws. This being said, the economic benefits of leaving may be overstated.

Turning to the present benefits of membership, there is no doubt that leaving would subject us to the unrestrained power of our own ruling class. Our constitutional arrangements have proved inadequate over the past century for the protection of our historic rights. The Judges are working hard to provide us with one. As yet, however, we still have no body of fundamental law that can be used to strike down incompatible Acts of Parliament. Therefore, if we want to stop the Government from turning the country into a freakish police state, we must look ultimately to the European Court and to the separate but associated European Court of Human Rights. I want eventually to leave the European Union – but not with our current political arrangements still in place.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Brexit and the Europeans

The Europeans, especially the Germans, have never understood the will of the English.

As an immigrant with English as my third language, I think I understand them, but only a little, but far more than most other races do.

You only have to look at the two world wars. Britain was hopelessly outnumbered but were the winners in both. I don't know a lot about WW1 but do about WW2. I know the numbers and firepower of the Americans were conducive of us winning when we did, but it was the resolve of the English, more even than the Scots,Welsh and Irish, which held this partnership of nations together.

The English have a really strong resolve to see things through, and if Brexit comes to pass, the English will knuckle down en masse, to make things work.

Our detractors are right, if we left, things will be tough at first, and those that say it could be another 2008 (when the bankers showed how corrupt they really are) could be right, but we'd pull through.

Our detractors also try to frighten us with threats of EU tariffs on our sales to the EU. But, when you consider we buy more than twice as much from them, all a tough Prime Minister would need to say is, OK, please feel free to put any tariff you want on our sales, but we'll put twice as much on our imports. Job done. Remember in Germany, they sell Mercedes, BMW, Audi cars to us, imagine their reaction of tariffs are even considered. And the French with their wine and cheese? We are their biggest world exports of wine.

Monday, 25 May 2015

"EU exposed" meeting in 2008 at the House of Lords

I attended this meeting, memory plays tricks as you grow old, as it feels like a decade longer than 2008!

Rodney Atkinson once stood for the UKIP leadership and is the brother of Mr Bean.

This is horrific and if you are pro the European Union, I would seriously suggest, for your peace of mind, that you didn't watch it as today is "be fair to a lefty" day.


Saturday, 9 May 2015

This one is especially for my South African friends to help explain UKIP

UK Independence Party is not concerned with immigration. This is the biggest non-truth put out by our enemies.

We are concerned with not being allowed to control our borders. This is totally different to being concerned with immigration.

To allow anyone and his cat to come in from twenty-eight different countries, flooding schools, medical practices, hospitals, housing on a totally uncontrolled basis is simply not on.

Our country needs immigrants desperately, we have an ageing population and there are thousands of good jobs which can't be filled. The EU “open borders” policy has filled many of these but has also flooded the country with hundreds of thousands of manual labourers. These people work for below a liveable wage so that many of our workers have to be paid “make up wages” out of welfare so they can live. This is not good for family pride.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

UKIP's Rallying Song