Friday, 28 February 2014

Labour’s Paedophile Pals Explained

Labour knows that most normal people don’t buy its brand of tax & waste and phoney class war, so the party is always desperate for votes from minorities, no matter how repellent. Just as the Blair regime was ready to wreck the economy, again, by promoting unrestricted migration of benefits clients in the interests of keeping New Labour in power, so the activists in the doomed Callaghan era were prepared to go to any lengths, and any extremes, to cling to power.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Death & Dishonour

Killing A Man? It’s No Big Deal”, yells the Daily Disaster. Well, let’s qualify that. If the man is killed by a terrorist, no, it isn’t. But if the man is killed by someone employed by the British government and paid by the taxpayer, then that someone is fair game for persecution, like the troops caught up in the IRA’s Bloody Sunday and the troops sent to Iraq & Afghanistan.

Being put first

One of the staff reports that his uncle has received an offer from the Nationwide (on your side) of a bank account, for which he will have the privilege of paying £10/month. For his £120/year, he will get UK and European breakdown cover (he doesn’t have a car), and worldwide mobile phone and family travel insurance (he doesn’t have a passport). He’ll also be able to earn £74/year interest if he has a credit balance of at least £2,500, but nothing on anything in excess of £2,500. And commission-free access to ATMs abroad (he doesn’t have a passport). All for £10/month. To my amazement, Uncle Bob seems able to resist this opportunity to give money to the Nationwide.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Getting real

I was watching an old sci-fi film this morning. A botanist arrived in the US with a Yeti, which he had captured in Tibet, and ran into some customs jobsworth, who decided that because some journalist had called the creature a “Snowman”, he needed an expert opinion on whether he should be asking the alleged “man” for a passport. It was about then that I realized why we have a public sector and quangos – to give people like that a place to go during the day when people doing a proper job are getting to grips with the real world.

Always up, never down

One of the staff noticed that someone has dared to complained about Sainsbury’s putting up the price of a Walls Vienetta by 27% to £1.90 on InYourFaceBook. The response from Sainsbury’s was that prices go up as well as down and everything the customer gets is value for money. In the experience of my observant staff member, prices go down only when stuff is on special offer – and temporarily – and they never go down otherwise. And shoving the price up by 27% is no way to give the customer anything approaching value for money.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Doesn’t add up

An observation by a correspondent to today’s Daily Disaster deserves repeating: If the nation is starving and relying on food banks for its next meal, as lots of bishops would have us believe, how come we’re supposed to be having an obesity crisis?

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Costly cosmetics

The Justice Minister intends to make convicted criminals pay up to £600 towards court costs. Even those who plead guilty will have to pay the charge. It’s a noble ambition, but given the courts’ lamentable record for extracting cash from criminals; like letting them pay off huge sums at 50p/week so they don't run short of cigarette money; any cash raised is likely to be more than swallowed up by the admin costs.

Saturday, 22 February 2014

In charge but not responsible?

The Mid-Staffs NHS Trust has admitted killing people through negligence so there will be a fine and taxpayers’ cash will be shuffled from one official pocket to another. But the managers and Labour ministers who let it happen will continue to ride the public sector gravy train.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Waste? It’s institutional

One of the staff has had four brown envelopes from HMRC over the last 3 days. The first was to tell him they’d bogged up calculating the amount of tax he should pay and he’s due for a refund. The next was the refund cheque. Then came an explanation of how they’d arrived at the amount of the refund. Finally, he got a tax code for 2014/15, to start in April. Why couldn’t all 4 have been put in one envelope to save on postage? Well, it’s only taxpayer’s money that’s being wasted.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Is it really art?

An Italian cleaning lady is in trouble for throwing away pieces of “contemporary art” because she thought they were rubbish left behind by the people who set up the exhibition. But the prize for bone-headedness goes to the insurance company, which went along with a 10,000 euro price tag  for the junk.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

It’s bound to happen soon!

How long is it going to be before some clown in office gets up on his hind legs and claims that all the sink-holes, which seem to be opening up daily all over the world, are a product of man-made global warming? Possibly Ed Davey, our Warmist energy minister, is the favourite. Even though he’s skiving at home on paternity leave, he claims he’s still in touch with the office. Or will Red Ed Miliband declare war on sink-holes as his latest distraction from having nothing useful to say on anything that people really want to hear about?

Monday, 17 February 2014

Isn’t it great to be a Trivial Democrat!

First, he goes crazy with a rant against everyone who doesn’t buy the Great Global Warming Swindle, then our Energy Secretary shoots off on paternity leave whilst thousands of taxpayers are without energy due to the floods caused by government failures and a spot of nasty but not extraordinary weather. Ed Davey, what an asset to the nation!

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Big victory? Oh, yes.

I’ve just seen the results for the by-election in that Manchester constituency this week. The one Red Ed was claiming as a major victory. Out of a total electorate of 85,000 and some, just 15% of them voted for his party and a staggering 72% didn’t bother to vote at all. Oh, yes, they really love you in Wythenshawe, Eddie. Not!

Friday, 14 February 2014

Another wheel comes off!

Some jobsworth toerag of a civil service mandarin has produce a review of the balance of power between Britain and the European Union; and come to the conclusion that it’s “about right”. Which leaves Dave the Leader with egg all over his face after issuing all sorts of promises about rebalancing things and giving us a referendum on EU membership after he’s done his renegotiations with the Eurocrats in Brussels.

Thursday, 13 February 2014

The power of sound insulation & construction!

We were actually going out in the storm last night. Mainly because several people I spoke to on the phone were remarking on how loud it was and how their house seemed to be shaking. But it looks like the Mansion is very solidly built as we were hardly aware of the storm inside. It was a completely different story outside, though. I was surprised to see some of the trees still with branches on this morning after the way they were bending about last night!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

What planet is he on?

“We are a wealthy country,” sez David Cameron, our Walter Mitty prime minister. So he doesn’t think money should be taken from the overseas aid budget to help British people up to their necks in floods. Does he not know that the Labour party left the country deep in debt? And that his “aid budget” exists only because he’s borrowing the money to give it away? Obviously not.

Not thought through

Retired solders are allegedly being told by dim-witted personnel/HR staff and prospective employers that they will have no one to shoot at in civvy street. What if they join the police?

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

True to life, true to image or both?

The Channel 4 programme Babylon portrays rank & file coppers as idle, foul-mouthed gits, the senior officers as obsessed with spin and PR, and the ones allowed to have guns and tasers as ill-disciplined, kill-crazy nutters. Which is pretty much how a lot of people see the sorry shambles which is the present New Labour-created police “service”. Which illustrates the magnitude of the task of turning it back into a police “force” which serves the public rather than itself.

Monday, 10 February 2014

Windows 8: the saboteur?

Think of the number of hours I’ve wasted going from Windows 7 to Window 8 to Windows 8.1 and ending up with a laptop with less of the originally installed software working. Now multiply that by the number of people who have gone through the same process. The total amount of time wasted around the world has to be comparable with the amount of time it took to go from the Mercury programme to putting a man on the Moon with the Apollo programme. Frightening thought, eh?

“On your side”? Joke!

How do you find out if a saving account is registered for gross interest? With some banks, you just log on to the website and the information is there when you reach the account data. Not so with the Nationwide Building Society. An impoverished acquaintance of mine wished to know if he was getting gross interest on his paltry savings. A trip to the website proved to be a compete waste of time; the information wasn’t there. So he wrote to the Nationwide asking for the information. No reply, so he wrote again a month later. No reply, so he went back to the website and made a complaint. Eventually, 3 months after he started the whole business, he got the information he wanted.
   p.s. His complaint was rejected but he wasn’t bothered as it had only been a means to the end of getting hold of the information he wanted.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

More “up yours” than upgrade

The thing I resent most about this “upgrade” process is all the time wasted after getting wrong information. Like when you click on the button to the update a driver and you’re told that the one you’ve got is up to date. So how come I was able to find one for the AMD HD audio device with a higher version number and a later release date? Not that it worked after I’d run the installation program. I had to disable the driver and make it vanish from the device manager and then work out how to get it displayed again. At which point, it worked without having to be reinstalled.
    It’s all the time wasted down blind alleys that gets me. Because you’re sent there by duff information from Windows, which is so sloppily gathered that it’s as bad as deliberately misleading information and just as good at wasting the unfortunate customer’s precious time.
p.s. Dolby Advanced Audio V2 doesn’t work despite being uninstalled, rebooted and reinstalled using what is supposed to be the latest driver from the Lenovo website. And the same after being uninstalled, left uninstalled through several boot/shutdown cycles and reinstalled.

Friday, 7 February 2014

I hate Windows 8.1

And another thing, after “upgrading” to Windows 8.1, all sorts of stuff no longer worked because of driver problems. Like there was no sound over the HDMI cable when I plugged the laptop in to a big TV to watch movies streamed from So add the time taken to sort that out, plus all the other niggles, to the two and a half hours wasted initially and it all starts adding up to a considerable sum.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Windows 8.1 will still be history

As a postscript to yesterday’s rant, my tech guy showed me how to undo all the messing about which the “upgrade” had wished on me. The laptop now boots straight to the desktop without demanding passwords and permissions. But I’m still going to get rid of in in favour with one with Windows 7 and a display that works: and certainly not one made by AMD, who supply the defective ones for the Lenovo laptop.

It’s only taxpayers’ money, after all

A copper on duty smashes up someone’s car and ends up with getting on for half a million quid from a tribunal for constructive dismissal because he became a laughing stock as a consequence of his own actions? What a fine example of the unrepaired lunacy of New Labour’s compensation culture.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Windows 8.1? Forget it!

A laptop with Windows 8 kept harassing me to get 8.1 for free. So I asked the tech guy what he thinks. “If you don’t have a couple of hours to waste, and another computer to use in the meantime, forget it,” he said. “And if you hate Windows 8, you’ll hate 8.1 even more.” Which decided me. I don’t like Windows 8, and this Lenovo laptop has a display driver which keep crashing due to hardware defects. So I went ahead. Two and a half hours later, I had a laptop which takes 3x longer to get to the desktop than previously. So I’m going for Plan A: give this laptop to some unsuspecting person and buy another with Windows 7 on it – the last decent version of Windows – and a display driver which won’t keep crashing.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Always doomed to failure

“Not me, Gov!” seems to be the most powerful influence on politicians. Red Ed Milibandit would have nothing to do with publishing a Labour party report on Unite’s vote-rigging activities in the Falkirk constituency but he must have known that someone would leak it. Presumably, he did it so that he could assure his trade union paymasters that he had nothing to do with the leak. But is he likely to get any credit for the hands-off approach? Especially if he must have know there would be a leak eventually.

Monday, 3 February 2014

One strange Super Bowl

There was a general consensus that the Seattle Seahawks would win Super Bowl 48, but no one expected it to be by much. But as the match progressed last night, the sense of shock grew. And it was complete at the end, when the Hawks had scored 40-odd points and the Denver Broncos had managed just 8. Train wreck, or what!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Thatcher drove Scots to drink?

I bet it was a short journey. In fact, it’s probably in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s shortest. The author of this pathetic whinge is one A. Neil, MSP, (who is more an MSF). He reckons that Mrs. Thatcher did it by depriving the Scots of subsidies from English taxpayers for their loss-making heavy industries. Funny how they still had enough cash to turn into alkies.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

What a twit!

Isn’t it nice to see someone take up a cause and then get things hopelessly wrong. Like Prince Charles, the Neddie Seagoon of the royals, accusing people who didn’t fall for the Great Global Warming Swindle of intimidating the crooks who are making money out of it. Does His Royalness really expect us to believe that all the intimidation by the mob at the United Nations and once respected institutions like the Royal Society, and the BBC’s attempts to ignore contrary views, didn’t happen? And that the Warmists’ “scientific wisdom” is anything more than political expedience and an excuse for raising taxes?