Should they stay or should they go?

Alex Salmond

With just over a week until Scotland decides the polls put the ‘better together campaign’ and the ‘yes campaign’ just a hairs breath from each other. In all the debates it seems The English voice has long been lost, possibly because we don’t get to vote.

As an Englishman, six months ago and I would have said it is better that Scotland stayed within the UK. Now, I’ve changed my mind! Whatever happens on September 18th 2014 Westminster politics is never going to be the same. As an Englishman I do not like the devo-max option now on the table. I can’t see why the UK should still fund some of Scotland’s activities and allow their MP’s to claim vast amounts of expenses while on their jollies in Westminster. The question has to be ‘in’ or ‘out’, there is no devo-max option on the voting paper.

A truly independent Scotland must vote ‘yes’. Yes, this will mean having a Scottish currency and its own institutions. The Bank of England cannot be the bank of last resort if Scottish fiscal policy goes belly up in the future. A central bank of Scotland that will control interest rates, borrow and print money. You can even call your cash the ‘Scottish Pound’.

Now, I do believe the Scots have been sold short by Mr Salmond because all this nation building takes time and buckets of cash. In the Age of Empires you get from being a tiny settlement to a mega metropolis in a few hours. It’s also very easy for those buckets filled by oil to dry up on various new institutions. With no cash crossing the wall I believe Scotland will struggle to maintain, certainly over time, this socialist utopia Mr Salmond has sold the people. Will GDP suffer? Perhaps? Do you really think the divide between the political class and the ordinary person will shrink? I don’t think so, a new Scottish political class will emerge and the gap will grow ever increasing while the general worker will find prescription and university fees introduced and their taxes increased. Maybe, this is price Scott’s are prepared to pay, high taxes for a more equal society. If that is so, then I solute you with a scots whisky! Yet, this is the risk you must take if you truly want an independent Scotland, Well, look at it this way ‘The UNION’ is only 300 years old and that’s not long in the thousands of years of history.

As for the English, this is also a good opportunity. While once the thought of regional assemblies was laughable due to the fact they were nothing more than a talking shop. However, with real powers they could finally bring the Conservative party vision of localism to real fruition by diverting power from Westminster to the regions. Of-course, I say this with much irony as most intelligent thinkers know it’s never any party policy be that of, Labour, Conservative, Lib-Dem or UKIP to divert power away from Westminster.

The UNION is dead… long live the post union!

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Jennifer Lawrence Naked

Jennifer LawrenceI could let today go past without mentioning the biggest news of the day. No, it’s not innocents being killed in Syria, or the war in Ukraine, but leaked naked pictures of Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities.

It led to an article and a heated debate in The Guardian newspaper stating “If you click on Jennifer Lawrence’s naked pictures, you’re perpetuating her abuse

Miss Van Badham says “There are suggestions that prosecution may result not only for the hacker of the photos, but for those who view and share them. Good. To excuse viewing the images just because they’re available is deplorable”.

I perhaps should not be surprised that the Guardian publishes such rubbish because it reflects the way today’s society is going – an over reaction to ‘what are in the end are minor matters’. Jennifer will get over it one day! But there are two or even three confused arguments to Miss Badham’s piece. First, there is the subject of what is public verses private. UK law in some ways does not help as Section 63 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 made it illegal for anyone to photograph, a girlfriend, boyfriend or partner in an act which results (or is likely to result) in serious injury to a person’s anus, breasts or genitals. A law in my view is open to interpretation and basically means the state can snoop on anyone’s private space should they think you could be up to such acts in the privacy of your bedroom. Certainly, the line between private and public is blurred.

Second, there is the subject of the criminal act of hacking. Yes, whoever did the hacking did a criminal act, I don’t think there is much more to say on this. However, Miss Badham’s article goes beyond this stating anyone who looks at these photo’s is basically also participating in the same criminal act as the hacker. This is a very false, but worry new idea, that has been emerging since the hacking and sex abuse scandals.

It reminds me of some very old Christian theology – we (humans) all share in Adam’s downfall, we are all sinners, because we are son’s of Adam therefore share in the first sin. Now, I believe that most people feel this not to be true. Let us look at it in another way… buying a packet of cigarettes or a bottle of wine contributes to the profits of companies who, lets face it, contribute to the deaths of thousands of people every year. Because I’m participating in these things does it mean I’m perpetuating to the deaths of these people? The answer is no! The hacker illegally obtained these pictures and will face the consequences law (maybe), there is no transference of his criminal act on someone viewing a picture.

Politics and Boobs

Readers – I have to admit I’ve not been too good at keeping up with up-dates. It is something I hope to amend over the coming few months.booba There has been a number of interesting political debates recently however I always seem to miss them. Today, it seems very quiet on the political side – only if you are over weight and want a gastric band!

This story did catch my eye and has nothing to do with politics – well… a very tenuous link to breast reduction surgery and the NHS. It would seem attractive Anola Browne has breasts that men adore – but they are so big they are ruining her life.

The 31-year-old — whose is a all-natural 34LL and a size 12. Her problem is not getting a man but knowing that when she undresses her boobs will drop to the floor. Her confidence has been shattered by her breasts and the security guard has been single since her last relationship ended TEN years ago — and she has not had sex in five.

Walking down the street, men are quick to spot buxom Anola and often shout remarks such as “Boobs!” and “Milf!” Single mum Anola, from Ilford, East London, said: “I try to laugh it off as it happens a few times a week.

Anola hates her single life and would love to have a boyfriend. Describing herself as “sex mad”, she added that she would need someone who could accept her body.

She said: “If I’m in a relationship I want sex all the time.BpKVRx-IQAAi8IG

“I’m so dirty minded and I think like a bloke but the way I look is stopping me from letting go.”

Over the past ten years, 5ft 6in Anola has visited her GP SEVEN TIMES, begging them for an NHS breast reduction.

But she claims she has been turned down every time because, at 12st 7lb and with a BMI of 28, she is classed as overweight.

According to NHS guidelines, a patient’s request for a breast reduction is likely to be refused if their BMI is higher than 27.

Anola said: “People assume having big breasts is a blessing but it’s nothing of the sort.

“I weigh more than 12st but because my boobs are so big and heavy, I’m classed as overweight and can’t get the op on the NHS. They should weigh my boobs separately.

Comment: I do feel sorry for Miss Browne not because she has been turned down by the NHS but because of comments made by men about maxiher natural assets. She should be celebrating having such natural female parts. Some like Debbie Delamar (above) even pay to have Britain’s biggest fake pair at around 30KK. Better natural than fake is what I say! pic19

Both are in good company Maxi Mounds (left), from the US, holds the record for world’s biggest fake boobs at 42J. Keisha Evans  (right) is an amateur large breast entertainer who also enjoys her ample pair.

As for Miss Browne, I say find a guy who will love for your mind (and body) not just for your boobs and be proud of them because you are one of a kind and a beautiful person.

 

 

2013 Draws to an End

Comment: Many interesting things in politics and beyond have happened during 2013. In the UK, the rise of UKIP, the economy at a turning point, the general public still turned off by politicians and politics. Looking forward to 2014 we still have more grinding months of austerity and governments cuts, UKIP will certainly put a spanner in the works for all the main parties at the Euro elections. Happy New Year to you all!

So what is new?

As we are just over through way through the party conference season here in the UK. So what has been the main policy announcements?

For the Liberal Democrat’s free school meals for all children in years 1 and 2 saving parents about £400 a year per child. The scheme will cost the tax payer around £600m per year. The announcement was welcomed by the Child Poverty Action Group, many parents, and the Chair of Local Caterers Association. It was seized upon by the opposition because not only those parents of the less well off would receive the benefit so would sons and daughters of rich bankers, footballers and millionaires. It sort of made the policy rather bananas! As one group stated “There is no such thing as free lunch, especially one doled out by a politician”. This announcement means taxing those on low and middle incomes to pay for hand-outs to affluent families. It’s incredible to see it proposed by Nick Clegg, who was, until very recently, rightly arguing against universal benefits for wealthy households.

Twenty months will tell if this is the right policy or if polls are correct and the Lib Dems seats in parliament as predicted will be halved.

The big announcement from Labour was a 20 month freeze of gas and electricity prize while reforming the power regulator. Tories and powers companies were quick to point out ‘Red Ed’ was back and Labour were taking us back to the 1970’s, with power cuts and black-outs. The big energy companies fail to mention they have been over charging business and domestic customers by manipulating the market by a tune of 125m per year for at least the last 5 years.

The Tories would ever admit to do such as thing because it would be an acknowledgement that privatising the energy market was a complete failure. Michael Portillo on this Thursday’s ‘This Week’ stated it made on economic sense to fix prices. So all those -like myself – who have been on a fixed pricing plan (in my case 2 years) don’t know about economics? The point is the policy may help those who pay day-to-day via meters. Many already have fixed term deals so I hardly think the lights will go out!

Buried within these announcements was a commitment to lower the voting age to 16.

Not wanting to be outdone the Conservative Party would like to take the country back to the 19th century by announcing tax breaks for married couples. The prime minister said four million couples would benefit from a £1,000 transferable tax allowance from 2015. Conservative Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the policy recognised the value of the institution of marriage.

Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury Rachel Reeves said: “David Cameron’s so-called marriage tax break won’t even help two-thirds of married couples, let alone millions of people who are separated, widowed or divorced.

“He’s so out of touch he thinks people will get married for £3.85 a week.”

The battle lines for the next general election have been drawn – only 20 months to go!

Is Equalities killing feminism?

Comment: News today brings the resignation of Britain’s senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien after being accused of inappropriate conduct to other priests. At the same time police are looking into activity of former Liberal Democrat chief Lord Rennard following claims of sexual impropriety. This all comes after the Jimmy Savile sex scandal and the 300+ women making claims against the dead DJ’s estate.
There is a real problem however for the police to sort out what is genuine and what is not. Currently, the media and public don’t want to question any of the allegations these women bring to out attention. Are all the them true? Can we really understand or know what happened 20 or 30 years ago. Do people preceptions of the event change? Making such comments would be unpopular. Being a sceptic I listened to one such allegation concernign Mr Savile and it did not all add up.  This example, the women involved stated Mr Savile put his arms around her…yet nothing else happened.

I’m not saying Mr Savile, Lord Rennard’s or Cardinal Keith O’Brien are innocent but we should be a little slower to accepted with our 2013 values what was wrong in the 1970’s and 80’s. We all know that those in power abuse their power and position- so we should not be surprised by such stories involving celebrities and politicians.

Yet, the constant witch hunt by the media on such matters not only undermines equality as the general public and become sceptical and switch off as these stories are constantly in the media then the genuine women (and men) of sexual abuse will not be heard.

Update

Comment: It’s been some time since the last update – we have been too busy working our buts off and paying our tax! Unlike some we know! Lots happening in the poltical world. Our mate Mr George Osborne is under pressure after Moody’s cut  the  UK lending rate from triple A.

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This has moved the debate to the right for a group of Tory benchers who are now pushing for greater austerity to fund tax cuts (for the rich) while the Lib Dems want more spending. Really, there is no real answer – at the end of the current governemts 5 year reign the UK will have a larger debt and crumbling public services.

 

To cheer us up – The Mirror a few days ago published the story of psychology teacher Laura Butler (right) . I can’t really say she was leading a double life (as the Mirror did)  teacher by day and lingerie model by night because really… who cares? A teacher with two jobs, one as a model. Shocking ! Good luck Miss Butler you look great and I’m sure you are a great teacher. Brains and great looks – two great assests!