Have now added some videos via uTube, and working on adding our blog from our Canadian trip into articles.
Just an apology as the blogs below date back over the last couple of years, although they are all showing the date 2013.
It is just the result of re-publishing them on the move from the original website to this new one.
Derinda’s eldest son has been made redundant, and has spent the last month trying to claim
unemployment benefit whilst he finds a new job.
Unfortunately his circumstances mean he does not seem to qualify for any benefit.
Being a white English male with a previously full employment record and genuine British documents puts him at the bottom of the queue.
Regretfully there are no laws to protect him, as the Race Relations and Discriminations Acts
don’t apply, so the Benefits office can jerk him around as long as they want with total impunity.
David Cameron, the Conservative leader, announced yesterday that they had found one last vestige of efficiency that had not been fiddled with over the past few years. I don’t recall exactly what it was, but it was something obscure like Funeral Directors.
They had plans to add it to the list of essential services that had been totally cocked up by successive Government interference since the War.
I can’t remember the exact plan, because politicians have no real idea of what they are going to do, but it involved either cost centres, trusts, centres of excellence or selling it all to an overseas buyer.
Whatever the service and whatever the plan, we will in future have to pay more for a worse
service. And doubtless the Labour and Lib Dem camps will have their own very different plan, but with the same end result.
Segregated airlines would seem a logical solution to the present terrorist threat to the airways.
We should nationalise British Airways (lets face it, we could pick it up pretty cheaply) and only let the indigenous UK population use it.
Then we could go back to simple security checks, safe in the knowledge that there has never been an English, Scottish or Welsh suicide bomber.
We would have to get the Irish to do the same with Air Lingus, well, you never know!
Then the terrorists could only blow up their own planes.
It has always seemed a good idea to me that everybody in the world should live in the country that their great grandparents were born in. This might not work in all countries, but it would have certain benefits to the indigenous populations in the UK.
There would be no need for emigration, as nobody would want to leave. The UK population would be stable. The majority of inner city housing would be unoccupied, ending the housing
shortage, and reducing property prices overnight, allowing affordable housing for first time buyers.
The National Health Service and Social Security systems would have budget surpluses. There would be more University places than applicants.
Racism and equal opportunities would cease to exist, as would the proliferation of multi-linguistic signs (except in Wales of course).
There are downsides in that there would be initial staff shortages in the Health Service, Transport,
Factories, and the unskilled labour market, but these would simply rectify themselves over time as normal market forces compensated.
As Martin Luther King so aptly put it ‘I have a dream’.
On the news today the Tories have committed to maintaining overseas aid and NHS funding at current levels. Good to know that gift aid to foreigners takes priority over education and pensions.
Well, the election debates are going well, with each party leader demonstrating their lack of policy substance, their ability to twist facts, and their inability to come out with any effective solution to the current state of the economy.
So, we let the Lockerbie bomber be released to Libya as a sign of compassion because he only had 3 months to live. I don't seem to recall any signs of compassion on his part when he murdered 270 people in 1988, in blowing up Pan Am flight 103.
As he is still alive and well after 12 months, maybe it's time he became a terminal victim.
Maybe we could drop something down his chimney, some sort of missile perhaps?
I see the French have voted to ban the Islamic Veil or Burqa in public places. Despite liking the
French as much as they like the English, I must admit they have done something right at last. Is the UK following their lead? No, not us, we might upset someone.
So if our women visit a Muslim country they have to cover their skin or get arrested, but a Muslim
woman over here can just follow the laws of her country and ignore ours.
I seem to recall the authorities recently let a wanted terrorist walk out of here on a scheduled
flight disguised as a Muslim woman.
We might as well just issue the same duplicate passport to every Muslim woman who wants
one – much the same as we do now, but just use the same photograph.
Last passport photo I sent in was rejected as I had a facial expression, but on the examples of
acceptable photos was one with a couple of eyes and a black mask!
Maybe the only failure then is if the eyes are closed – something our politicians seem to do a lot of the time.