Category Archives: SERIOUSLY though

What’ll it be like?

“setting off for the fairytale never-never land of buccaneering neo-Elizabethan independence – a Trump-like mirage of “Global Britain” that would rapidly collapse into a putrid reality of being Greater Cyprus with missiles.”

Timothy Garton Ash – Guardian today – or more specifically HERE

Teresa May offering sweeties

L/H side – Guardian 29/9/17

Oooowww . . . she husks (she’s been taught to Husk) on seeing the EU treats bag being slowly edged away from her – “if I offer them some sweeties, maybe?”

The sweetie she has in mind is “maintain security co-operation with the eu”.

She keeps just missing the target doesn’t she?  Conservatives locked in their bubble of themselves, London-centric, big-business-friendly, money, money, money – never life, life, life.

So – if the eu doesn’t feel like listening to more of the self-deluded drivel from the Conservatives, we’ll stop co-operating with security?

What! Really?

Grenfell Tower – apologies mean nothing

There’s not a single reason to read
any apologies.

or, any trite little devices such as “recognise the response blah blah blah”, never mind some now housed in ‘Luxury’ blocks temporarily, nor even the money going to the homeless survivors.

The people that run us (not just the politicians) will know we soon forget – soon turn to the Next Big Thing (oh my god – “I’ve not got much charge left on my smartphone“)

Let’s do a bit of drilling, shall we?

  • Who owns the block?
  • Who profits from the block?
  • Where do the owners live?
  • How much do they earn?
  • How much tax did they pay last year?
  • Where are their second and third homes?
  • How many holidays a year do they go on?
  • What other financial interests do they or their families own?

But don’t stop.

Building/refurbishment/legal costs.
How much for each item?  I MEAN for each ITEM that makes up some ‘cost’ we’re told about (note – we’re told about).

. . . . . . and then – widen these questions to every single tower block in the country.


We hear such-and-such “just had a £20,000,000 refurbishment / build / new road / new pedestrian crossing / cycle lane / blah blah”

well show us where every single penny WENT.

  • Where does that money ACTUALLY GO?
  • Who owns the companies doing the work?
  • Who owns the companies supplying the materials? / Renting out the equipment etc etc etc.
  • Where do these owners live?
  • How much do they earn?
  • How tax did they pay last year?
  • How many days a week / month do they work?
  • What are their qualifications?
  • Who sets these Quals – who pays who?
  • Where are their second and third homes?
  • How many holidays a year do they go on?
  • What other financial interests do they or their families own?

We’re all getting too much CRAP. . . getting told and sold too much crap . . . . .

and they’re making us pay too much, for too much crap.


Embrace the Reds under the bed


Well, there’s a headline – privatise mail, railways, energy firms.
Not sure about the mail thing – unless you can get even more radical and insist nothing is posted unsolicited through a letter box.
Imagine the relief upon rubbish collections.

But to be a little more thoughtful – Energy?  Yes, of course – I was banging on about the unimaginably ridiculous need for a UK citizen to “do a deal” on their energy tariff.  This is truly ‘market forces’ gone mad – and you still don’t get good value, or a deal that works, or really anything other than hassle and time-wasting with no-one to defend your rights.

Bloody ridiculous.

Let me be clear.
(Ha – how many times have you heard that particular little device this year from a politician on the radio or TV?)
The tariff is the cost of supply, staff (watch the salaries), upkeep, modernisation.  Every householder pays the same.

Rail – that’s a bit less easy isn’t it?

In truth –  (you’re lucky I didn’t type ‘to be fair’ just there – but then I would have had to kill myself) – where is the logic in different companies running stuff on the same rails?  I think this idea needs teaming-up with a conscious push to get freight off of the roads, and again the same truths emerge – in Europe (god! what did I say???) – rail ticket prices are reasonable (they probably reflect true costs and needs) – here?  Do profits help to keep ticket prices affordable? 
Don’t make me laugh, profits go to shareholders.

I’ve long held the belief (since I was 15 – so for 45 years) that some sort of modern socialism is the only way the planet can get along, share-out stuff – if you will.

There are certain things in this life we need (our hierarchy of needs, incidentally): shelter, food & water, heat.  Anything more than that is a bonus.
And I don’t think it’s pandering to reds under the bed to suggest that, yes, such utilities should be run for the good of everyone not shareholders.

Air pollution #1


Just a thought (air quality/pollution) – as all supermarket home
delivery vehicles run quite light distances, and never far from base before returning – why are not every single one of them electric?

George Monbiot penned a beautifully researched piece << here >> about this.

And further – now the supermarkets have got back into the high street (Tesco express, Sainsburys local etc) we are seeing enormous trucks arrive to re-stock them – how is this progress?  Surely out-of-town distribution points should be where the big trucks go no further, then much smaller electric trucks complete the job?

I mean, are we serious about this or not?

You could go further – Taxis, in other words – those that merely
poodle around town all day – electric – why not?

I guess the time will come, no doubt the death rate isn’t high enough yet.

It has started, and we’ll do nothing to stop it

“Rich western countries are now siphoning up the planet’s resources and destroying its ecosystems at an unprecedented rate,” said biologist Paul Ehrlich, of Stanford University in California. “We want to build highways across the Serengeti to get more rare earth minerals for our cellphones. We grab all the fish from the sea, wreck the coral reefs and put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We have triggered a major extinction event.

Link for full text here (Guardian)

Teresa May – so careful to sound just a bit like Corbyn


So Teresa May then?
A mixture of good and bad.
The ‘good’ if you can call it that, being such comments as  “Under my leadership, the Conservative party will put itself – completely, absolutely, unequivocally – at the service of working people.”  Not so good the continuation of – Privatise through the backdoor – policies such as ‘free’ schools, academies, et al.

It hasn’t been suggested yet, so I thought I’d wade-in here – you don’t think, I mean, it’s not possible is it – that such a Monster reformer looms somewhere in the background, in Opposition, that the Tories just HAD to manoeuvre this ever so slightly softer version of their usual true blue stance, as a foil against such a threat?

The Cons can reasonably argue that the public might well, after Brexit, not have the appetite for yet more shocks, so, ‘steady-as-SHE-goes’ – with just enough wiggle room to feel someone might be a bit on their side, is less of a leap of faith than a full-blown political system upheaval?

Definition of the word: manoeuvre
carefully guide or manipulate (someone or something) in order to achieve an end.
“they were manoeuvring him into betraying his friend”
synonyms:    intrigue, plot, scheme, plan, lay plans, conspire, pull strings;

And what on earth, WHO on earth could be such a threat as to necessitate such manoeuvres?

Ah yes, Jeremy Corbyn.

A tumultuous week

An eerie silence descended upon England Friday 24th June.

“What the HELL have we done?” – coupled with the feeling of loss, of instability, the realisation of a few complications and truths not made apparent during the disgusting run-up to the In/Out referendum.

Days later both main Political parties are at each other’s throats – as if it was only ever about THEM, and as I type this, we’re facing the possibility of seeing one imaginative force for change ousted today (Jeremy Corbin).  Not just change, but a change of direction – away from the city-led, money-led, spin-led CRAP that has assisted the UK in its downward path toward the mediocrity we see today all about us.

Windows 10 – Anniversary Update preview build


Curmudgeonly old git wot I am – the WIN10 preview start menu build seems fantastically cluttered with the addition of a ‘rail’ down the far-left edge.
(I’ve thoughtfully marked it in the pic -with a lovely wiggly line).
Not sure – in the longer run if MS’s and Google march toward ubiquitous icon markings (EVERYONE knows what these icons mean – don’t they . . . I mean, DON’T THEY?) – no, really NO, they don’t. This is singularly inaccessible to most except frequent and constant users.