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Miller and small government

April 10, 2014 3 Comments
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Wiggia writes: A trend running through the general commentary on the Maria Miller affair, has been why have we a “culture” minister in the first place, it is an unnecessary dept. A recent HOC select committee report said that a third of all MPs or PPS would have ministerial status, the report suggested that 70 – 80 was sufficient and that from MPs. The increase has been relentless over the…

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The EU, UKIP, the Harrogate Agenda, Autonomous Mind

February 13, 2014 21 Comments
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The EU, UKIP, the Harrogate Agenda, Autonomous Mind

By Wiggia: There is something very strange going on, with the three main parties worried that UKIP might at last have enough potential votes to effect there status quo, those who in the past broadly supported the party and Farage are putting the boot in. The reasons to a degree are valid if the minutiae of things said or printed or indeed not are examined in that way. § http://autonomousmind.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/it-has-been-laid-out-clearly-but/…

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Lord Smith and the Environmental Agency

February 3, 2014 Comments Off
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Lord Smith and the Environmental Agency

From Wiggia: The Environment Agency has been getting a lot of stick recently, especially over the flooding in the Somerset Levels. Now nobody can stand in the way of nature when conditions are way above anything that can be anticipated and nobody ever will, but this authority has undoubtedly failed in its duty of maintenance time and again regards rivers and watercourses. A little bit of history spells out that…

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Do not criticize Islam

September 24, 2013 16 Comments
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A bit late from Wiggia [my fault] but better than not at all: Is David Cameron really stupid, or is he prepared to quash any criticism of Islam at any cost, today’s quote on the Kenya terrorist attack “These appalling terrorist attacks that take place, where the perpetrators claim they do it in the name of religion, they don’t.” and finishes: “They don’t represent Islam or Muslims in Britain or…

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More immigration please …….

September 4, 2013 8 Comments
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More immigration please …….

By Wiggia: More immigration please……………….. Two conflicting reports from the Office of Budget Responsibility and the Equality Human Rights Commission are symptomatic of the muddled thinking when it comes to immigration, the OBR report published in July is only available in PDF form so a report on the report is a good guide to the contents. http://niesr.ac.uk/blog/migration-and-public-finances-long-run-obrs-fiscal-sustainability-report Much of the OBRs report is based on assumptions and as with all…

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Continuing blight of the PFIs

August 11, 2013 2 Comments
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Continuing blight of the PFIs

By guest poster Wiggia PFI a blight…………… Last week on the Today program, I caught a small part of a conversation between Mark Porter, Chairman of the BMA and Chris Hopson CEO of the Foundation Trust Network, a sort of umbrella association that 95% of the hospital trusts belong and which from what I can gather advises on strategy, management etc for these trusts. The piece I heard was when…

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What a load of Shite

May 21, 2013 2 Comments
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What a load of Shite

From Guestposter Amfortas on the smoking situation downunder, showing this PC phenomenon is not just over here: BAN on smoking could be the death knell for Tasmania’s agricultural shows, the chief of the Hobart Show says. Royal Agricultural Society of Tasmania chief executive Scott Gadd says his staff will not police the new rule at the Hobart Show in October. The former top public servant is angry at the smoke-free…

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Benefit of the Doubt(er)

April 18, 2013 9 Comments
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By Amfortas: The raging of Global Warmists against the doubters, calling them ‘Deniers’ and worse, often much worse, seems not matched by the doubters’ considered and more instructive observations about them. There is something deeply psychological about the disconnect in GW fanatic’s minds which, although I spent 25 years as a psychologist, frankly I just cannot be arsed figuring out. In Oz we have an arch-GW apologist/defender/advocate who is also…

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TPA latest

April 12, 2013 3 Comments
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At the Conservative Party Conference in 1983, at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool, Margaret Thatcher famously reminded the audience that there “is no such thing as public money; there is only taxpayers’ money.” The economic reforms that she introduced were based on a simple idea: You should be allowed to spend your own money supporting yourself, your family and your community. Instead of seeing it handed – thanks to taxes…

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Stone cold facts won’t change prejudice

April 5, 2013 6 Comments
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By Amfortas: The horrendous ‘victim’ stories about the Magdalene Laundries in Ireland added to the voluminous ‘evidence’ of the wickedness of the Catholic Church and its Religious staff. The stories were as quick to be believed as the speed of condemnation heaped on the Church. It had to be investigated, by popular demand. That popular perception behind the demand is as manipulated and distorted by ‘agendas’ as any Gramscian plot.…

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And so it comes to pass …

March 29, 2013 Comments Off
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From Amfortas: That most common phrase in the Bible, itself full of arab shepherd magnates prophesying this and that. “And it came to pass that….”. The prediction bizzo continues but like the ‘clutter’ on the British radar used in Hawaii as the Pearl Harbour attack was in full swing, no-one believed what was being seen on the screen. The Japs then were as thankful as the European elites today that…

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Sorry is such an easy word

March 26, 2013 3 Comments
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Sorry is such an easy word

By Wiggia: Not my usual stuff but I was incensed – the more I delved the worse it got. Above is all that is wrong in one picture of the organisation she headed, Dame Jo Williams saying ‘sorry’ for suggesting a whistleblower had mental health problems at select committee hearing, though what good that did is still debatable. The ongoing drip drip of investigations and stories of malpractice in the…

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An attempt to enslave humanity?

March 10, 2013 1 Comment
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by Ken Craggs of Panopticon The following are excerpts from a document published by the ‘EU Commission’ on 28 February 2013. See pages 4 & 5 – points (1) & (7). “What are the defining features of the [Internet of Things] IoT?”   (1) “Ubiquity and pervasiveness. The user is engulfed and immersed by IoT and there are no clear ways of opting out of a fully fledged IoT, except for a…

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Securing Energy Supply (1)

March 3, 2013 12 Comments
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Securing Energy Supply (1)

by Nick Drew [original at Broad Oak] When it comes to energy policy-making in the 21st Century, for most developed economies it is built around a ‘triad’ comprising these elements: environmental – reducing the detrimental impact of obtaining usable energy economic – delivering ‘affordable’ energy security of supply – delivering energy reliably To state them as briefly as this is to skate lightly over huge complexities, but let us accept…

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Common Purpose, the Internet of Things & Global Surveillance

February 22, 2013 2 Comments
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by Ken Craggs U.S. cyber-security strategist Donald “Andy” Purdy joined Huawei after a U.S. congressional report raised concerns that Huawei might be spying for the chinese government. A White House-ordered review of the report, which was completed in 2012 “found no clear evidence” that Huawei had spied for China. Another report released in 2012by the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee raised concerns about spying by Huawei and ZTE, but the report did…

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