‘Canadian’ Mark Carney Governor of Bank of England – time for him to bog-off?

Well, well, well, Mark Carney is in the news ‘again’ and stealing the headlines once more [this time by raising interest rates and then rubbishing BREXIT]– no surprise there then, as he is a ‘pig-headed’ self-publicist, and totally the wrong type of character for the man who is Governor of Bank of England [and Chairman […]

Britain’s wonderful NHS has just had its 70th birthday – will it still be with us to see its 80th?

  There was much flag waving and badges wearing four weeks ago when the National Health Service turned 70, as understandably it was a big opportunity to celebrate, wasn’t it? Some of us though instead had a tear in our eye. That was because we have been around a long while, we have been there since […]

The ‘Universal Credit’ benefit, together with the rest of the UK’s welfare system, is a national disaster – TIME to start ditching the whole bloody lot?

The terminal state of the British welfare state is ample summed-up by the furore that has arisen daily in recent weeks both across the airways of TV, Radio & Newspapers, and at Westminster about the ‘Universal Credit’ benefit now being widely rolled-out across the UK, wouldn’t you say? The cries from far and wide are […]

On-message Labour trounced in Council elections – blame the messenger?

RESULTS LOCAL ELECTIONS 2017 [BBC : Taking account of boundary changes] Conservatives: GAINED 562 councillors     GAINED 11 Councils Labour:              LOST       382 councillors    LOST  6 Councils LibDems:           LOST     41 councillors       LOST  0 Councils UKIP:                  LOST     145 councillors     LOST  0 Councils Councils gone to NOC:                                     DOWN  1 Councils Results from: all 88 COUNCILS  [34 in England, 22 in Wales, 32 in Scotland] (Labour lost Glasgow […]

Chinese New Year 2017 starts Saturday 28th January, “Year of the ROOSTER” – will YOU also celebrate it?

       Dragon                                                                            Lion            Well, according to the Chinese calendar, which consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems, Chinese New Year can begin (because the track of the new moon changes from year to year), anytime between late January and mid-February, can’t it? But this time it is today 28th January. The Chinese believe […]

The United Kingdom’s ‘unfair’ Bedroom Tax –has it now become the ‘illegal’ Bedroom Tax?

  The last British Government (a coalition headed by the Conservatives) introduced in 2013 the nicknamed Bedroom Tax on the poor, which has been widely condemned for being unjust and a politically contentious policy by those on the moral high ground. The tax has reduced housing benefit for all individuals who rent a Council or […]

England’s only now phasing out free plastic bags – a mammoth parliamentary scandal?

A week on Monday the English shoppers are in for a shock – albeit only a little shock for now though. The free re-usable plastic shopping bag is going to be compulsorily charged-for at 5 pence each – BUT only by the BIG-boy retailers. Oh yes, over the past fifty years the ‘single use’ ‘free’ […]

The Osborne Budget 2015 an amazing ‘fireworks display’ – or a ‘damp squib’?

  Well, well, well, George Osborne presented his last Budget of this Parliament. like a magician in a black cloak, pulled comatose rabbit after rabbit out of a top hat to the tumultuous applause of his Conservative parliamentary honourable friends (MPs) – mind you they would have cheered if he had announced that they were […]

The Budget TOMORROW – what can you expect then ?

With most Budgets everyone in the UK is in a state of panic to second-guess the Chancellor’s intentions, aren’t they? The worry for most of us consumers in the population was that he (there have been no she’s) would tax or increase tax on something important to us – should we rush to the off-licence […]

The Bedroom Tax – the most divisive charge since the Poll Tax?

  The Poll Tax and the Bedroom Tax certainly  have two things in common – first, they go under popular & common descriptive rather than official & correct names,. and second when introduced they were utterly despised by the general population (the ‘well-off’ were big supporters of both though, weren’t they?). The Poll tax was […]