Cleaning away the muck

Posted in Political ranting by your's truly, Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 by thefyrdman

I don’t believe in listening to your feelings before your thoughts.  I don’t think you should consider instinct over your mind.  Which is why I’m torn right now. 

My head know’s that the odds are slim that the Dave and Nick Show have the cajones to enact the desperately needed cuts.  Are they likely to slash welfare?  Are they likely to start the bonfire of the quangos?  Are they, at the end of the day, likely to cut the circa£170billion per annum structural deficit that Gordon has left for them?

I don’t think so.  The Tories will be terrified of the media portraying them as the nasty party, so won’t shrink our welfare bill nor will they start scrapping all of the working jobless that comprise much of the the public (and public funded) sector. 

And if they are not going to do it via savings, are they going to do it via growth?  I think not.  Raising National Insurance is a tax on jobs.  The cost will, where possible, be passed to the consumer.  Great, we’re all hurt by it.  If the cost can’t be passed, for instance if the same good can be imported cheaper, the cost will hit employment.  This is especially true of small businesses that are already going into debt to get them through the recession, and manafacturing even more so.  And then there is the Capital Gains Tax rise.  Who is going to invest in new businesss, which involves taking a large risk, if the rewards are so meagre?  As new and small businesses provide the bulk of new employment (large companies tend to be fairly static overall) this is tragic.  But it’s also true for large companies that new investment will be more difficult to find.  Why would you invest any spare money you have in shares if your going to find 40-50% of it robbed by the taxman?  And then there’s the housing market to think of too.

What other options are left to them?  Taxing?  Although they will no doubt do it anyway, it won’t help.  If the economy doesn’t grow quickly, the wealth that can be taxed won’t grow quickly.  With their anti-business measures listed above, it will grow even slower.  And when you increase taxes, you increase tax avoidance as no one likes to see their wealth pillaged by some greedy looter.  If the amount of taxable wealth doesn’t grow, taxes  won’t bring in enough to fill the hole.

So I know that the odds of this change in management of fixing the problems are slim to none.  However, I can’t help but feel like a massive weight has lifted off my shoulders, like I’m being washed of 11 years of completely useless governance.  I can’t stop myself from feeling like the UK has become a better place.  The ID cards will be scrapped.  The National Identity register is to be scrapped.  Councils and other worthless public servants will be stopped from using anti-terror legislation to enforce their worthless rules.  HIPs will go too.  And we will see the raising of the tax threshold, even if it is only introduced gradually, to £10k.  That’ll help everyone who works for their living rather than mooches for it.  And, I’m letting my hope runaway here, they’ll have the good sense just raise the tax threshold for their special interest groups rather than give handouts.  I’d much rather they scrap all such benefits, but if at least they did it this way we’d reward work and we wouldn’t lose a fortune in government paper shufflers.  And then there’s the schools policy.  I know it’s not enough, they have been cowards in terms of allowing profit to be made but it’s a step in the right direction and once it starts who knows, maybe they’ll see that Sweden succeeded because it allowed profit making.

I know I shouldn’t let myself get too excited.  It won’t be long before we’re covered in a shower of shit from this new lot.  But I can’t help it.

So wrong and yet so right

Posted in Uncategorized on May 5, 2010 by thefyrdman

http://www.kontraband.com/videos/22503/Tim-Minchins-Pope-Song/#show

Tim Minchin articulates the correct response to the Catholic priest scandals, and one silly hatted man in particular.

Quote of the Day

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2010 by thefyrdman

 

“Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter. So long as men live together on earth and need means to deal with one another–their only substitute, if they abandon money, is the muzzle of a gun. “

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged.

Another rat deserts the Labour ship

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2010 by thefyrdman

Labour stunned as James Purnell quits as MP

Better to walk the plank by you own motor than be poked off by the electorate pissing yourself like the rest of the Labour Party later this year.

Ironically though, those with the good sense and courage to walk out now are probably the best of this shower of shit government.  Untill the election we will get stuck with an increasingly more vile but incompetant government.

Why I love alcohol

Posted in Personal mumbo jumbo on February 19, 2010 by thefyrdman

Far too often do I hear nonsense about alcohol from government, NGO’s, soap operas who I am becoming more and convinced are being sponsered by anti-drinking groups etc.  The tragic thing about it is that, even though it is mostly exaggerated bullshit, because the lie is now so big and widespread it is settling into peoples minds.  And every time I feel myself actually considering the opinions of these puritanical fuckwits I stop myself and read this comment from Mr. Eugenides:

Drinking with friends is one of life’s small pleasures. No, let’s change it up; it’s one of life’s biggest pleasures. How many memories are burned on the brain – albeit fuzzily – from boozy student nights out, when tomorrow morning’s lectures could be skipped with impunity and the whole world was there for the taking? How many lifelong friendships forged over pints on lazy summer evenings? How many of your friends have met, taken a fancy to and fallen in love with life partners with the aid of a shot of Dutch courage to loosen the inhibitions or a glass of wine to lubricate the tongue? How many of us and our children, to say nothing of geniuses yet to be born, owe our very places on this earth, and some of the fondest times of our lives, to the joyous, self-actualising, life-affirming, complex, subtle, almost magical force that is alcohol?

So seeing as it’s Friday, I’d like to raise a toast to that most wonderful of substances and finest of life’s little pleasures, alcohol.

Cheers.

Quote of the Day

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18, 2010 by thefyrdman

While I’m writing up an article on the Optimum Population Trust (hint – turns out they are the anti-human moonbats I suspected), I’ll have to keep you entertained with another quote.

“Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy, the whores are us. ”

PJ O’Rourke

Democracy is overrated.  It serves one purpose only – to allow us to change government without resorting to civil war.  Extending it’s principles beyond that is bound to lead to tyranny.  As Churchill noted, “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.”

 

Quote of the Day

Posted in Quote of the Day on February 16, 2010 by thefyrdman

Trying to play catch up by doing lots of posts today, clearly.  Today’s quote from one of my favourite authors, Ayn Rand.

I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.

Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

These words are spoken by the character John Galt.

What I love about this quote is that it, for me, sums up liberty so definitively and concisely.  It does not preclude the desire or will to help others, or receive help, but it does deny the right of others to claim we must help them.  Where we help by choice, we are morally good.  Where we help by force or blackmail, we are amoral in our actions, and the instigator becomes wicked.  It also neatly shows the respect required between sovereign individuals, to ask no more of someone else than we would ask of them.