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Robin Hood Tax

I got sent this link about the Robin Hood Tax.

Great video – which invigorates you into thinking that the tax will do something about the money that was lent out of public coffers in the ‘great bail out’ of 2009 and will some way be seen to be paying it back in an incremental manner, which until now, a bean of which has not been seen! And will also to a degree make the exorbitant bonuses and wages, that they will yet again (Barclays!) pay out, a less bitter pill for the public to swallow.
What it gets me thinking about though is how the large banking conglomerates will try to wriggle out of it? The most glaringly obvious is that they will move operations abroad thus taking away revenue from our financial services market (which is all we are known for ‘producing’ now) into our economy and then all the money used to bail out banks, Barclays included, will have amounted to nothing and we might as well have pissed £37bn (or however large the incomprehensible figure was) up against the wall, while snorting coke off gold plated hookers’ arses!
You think that cohesive international policy would make such a tax internationally implementable? No – because no one trusts anybody else in this big old world and like in every free market, one will try to undercut the next. Therefore, though this would be an ideal solution to a public spending ‘black hole’ – it ain’t gonna happen guys…

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If you want to vote, hit the red button

From a Blogging Bored guest writer:

Watching Question Time last night, it struck me that if Robert Kilroy-Silk had his way, we would have a referendum on everything. The UK would be the ultimate democracy and any major political decision would go to the public vote. Should we sign the Lisbon Treaty? Yes / No. Should we get out of Europe? Yes / No. Should we ban immigration? (he actually did suggest this as a referendum topic). A simple yes or no answer will suffice.  Unfortunately, Kilroy-Silk’s ‘share or shaft’ debate did not rear its ugly head again.

In the aftermath of the expenses scandal, and in the height of a credit crunch it is not all that surprising that we have so little trust in our politicians. Even if they are our elected political representatives, can we really blame people for wanting to step in and make the big decisions for them? But if we have so little faith in our politicians’ decision-making ability, where do we stop? Should the PM wear the red tie or the blue polka dot tie for Prime Ministers Question Time? Should he have a bourbon or a custard cream with his cup of tea this afternoon? Lets put all these important issues to the public vote.

With a general election coming up in May, it won’t be long until we all do get a chance to say how we want the country to be run. Admittedly it barely feels like a choice at all – like choosing between a Burger King or a McDonalds –both equally rubbish (and just as bad for you); both fairly indistinguishable and in essence a choice between the lesser of two evils. But nonetheless, it is our opportunity to make a choice and have a say, and one that 40% of us couldn’t be bothered to make in the 2005 election.

With this in mind, where does that leave the Killjoy-Silk’s plans for multiple referendums? If people can’t be bothered to show up for a General Election, how will they be bothered to show up for every little thing he wants to vote on?  We’d never get anything done!  The country would be worse than it is now!

The answer is simple – where else have you heard the phrase “public vote” in recent weeks? Yes… X Factor. Thousands of people feel compelled to vote every week for their favourite musical wannabe – they text those numbers, log onto that website, hit that red button on their sky remote.

Picture it now – first a 2 minute slot in which Gordon can show us what he’s made of – what gives him the X Factor. The crowd will whoop, cheer or boo, then he’ll turn to face the panel – what better form of public scrutiny? First Cheryl can tell him that she loved the polka dot tie, and that she thought he made a good effort and had a lovely smile; then Simon will step in to sneer at him over his fiscal policy. Once the “performances” are over, Dermot can give us a little sum up of the issues – a reminder of what we’ve just seen – and then to the public vote. It’s a format that works, it’s foolproof! I think Kilroy-Silk will just be disappointed he didn’t think of it first…

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Alas, there was no riot…

After having returned from a night of skiffle blues up at the Boogaloo (which was very good I might add), I settled down to watch last night’s episode of Question Time.  In my head I had dubbed it to be the television highlight of the year, so I got the popcorn out and settled down.  I expected to see the British stiff upper lip quivering at the sight of the ‘toad that someone stretched luncheon meat over’ – in the words of Russell Howard, spouting fascist rhetoric, however, he was not forthcoming though.  Griffin looked uneasy to say the least and confused in what he was saying and was sucking up to Bonnie Greer – which was amusing as she was having none of it, and he reckons they got on well!

It was all a very civil affair, no eggs lobbed, no one rushing the stage, no gunshots – I was disappointed.  When asked on the Daily Politics today whether Nick Griffin was good on QT, one panelist said ‘good like a sweating sex offender’ – hilarious.  Today’s sound bites from Griffin called the show a ‘lynch mob’ – oh the irony as he did share a stage with David Duke a former head of the KKK.

My favourite quote was him saying – last night was like a ‘bear trap’, and he was like a ‘bear with its hands tied behind its back’.  Firstly, Mr. Griffin, a bear has paws and not hands, which really worries me about his knowledge of zoology and gene pools etc.  Secondly, Russell Howard has already likened you to a toad (not a bear, I would say a boss-eyed toad, but you can understand why Russell Howard did not say this) with a luncheon meat veneer – and not a veneer of respectability as you might like to think.

Now that the BNP has supposedly opened up it’s ranks to anyone, wouldn’t it be funny if Operation Black Vote encouraged it’s members to all join the BNP as one of my friends (of the Labour Party) suggested or to call up the BNP’s freephone number from payphones all across the country and financially bankrupt them with a stupendous BT phone bill as another suggested.

Was it a good thing for him going on QT?  No, but as I said in a previous entry there is no such thing as bad publicity (doffs cap to mother).  However, I don’t see ethnic minorities or people with more than two brain cells giving him the sympathy vote.

We salute you Nick Griffin for being the most unintentionally funny man in politics!

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Have you ever noticed…

that the music to the ASDA ads is the theme from Dad’s Army (Who do you think you are kidding Mr. Hitler etc), although slightly jazzed up (a few more horns). The irony is not wasted on me and is surely in poor taste as the main rivals mentioned in the adverts are run by Jews or have had Jewish founders (Tesco & Sainsbury).  What are they trying to say?  That their main rivals are a imperialist invading force likening them to Hitler and the Third Reich?!  Or are they trying to say that ASDA’s parent company, Walmart, are likened to a bumbling bunch of old men with health issues?  Go figure – is all very incongruous to me.

Quite apt that I should notice this on the day that BNP leader Nick Griffin will be appearing on Question Time tonight (oooo controversial!).  Oh goody I can’t wait, there might be a riot on BBC1…

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