Thursday, 21 January 2010

Chocolate loss

The proposed takeover of Cadbury’s by Kraft is an example of destructive business practices encouraged by the banks and hedge funds. Massive amounts of money will be borrowed by Kraft, dubbed the plastic cheese maker, to perform this “buyout”, that debt will be loaded onto the resulting “Cadbury Division” weighing heavily on their profits and no doubt leading to cost cutting measures such as factory closures. No doubt within a couple of years Cadbury production will be shifted to oversea’s sites because it is deemed “too expensive” in the UK. However Kraft will still expect to sell the Cadbury product as British in the UK. There is no gain for “UK Ltd” in this sale and little gain by Kraft. The only people who gain from this further destruction of UK manufacturing is the banks funding the takeover.
I stopped buying Mars and Rowntree products when production was shifted out of the UK. I guess there is another name to add to the list.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

More road salt

Now we learn that Local Authorities were offered stockpiles of road salt at reduced prices in mid 2009, but they declined the opportunity. David Sparkes of the Local Government Association should accept that penny pinching by the Local Authorities has cost this country dearly.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Greatest Threat to the British Armed Forces

It strikes me that the great threat to the UK Armed forces is the Labour Government. We now have talk of further reducing the strength of the Armed Forces from 175,000 to 140,000.  This is from the Labour Government that is only too keen to commit our armed forces to places like Afghanistan or the illegal war in Iraq. At the same time the Labour Government has allowed uncontrolled immigration to the UK. These immigrants legal and illegal suck up benefits payments with no real return to our country. Sure these benefit supported incomers will bolster the votes for Labour at the time of an election, but at what cost to our country? Certainly one cost is a reduced defence budget.

There are now many places in the UK where the English population has been displaced by immigrants. Anyone who wants to dispute that should take a wander around the Whitechapel area of London. There are many more such places.

I don't blame the immigrants for wanting to come, I do blame the incompetent officialdom who have allowed this uncontrolled influx.

Time to get back to work on the book

Ah well it is time to get back to work on the third book. Though with some of the negative "reviews" by people on who only partially read the book such as Teen Valour I wonder if it is worth the effort. It is interesting that people who read the whole of the book enjoy it, but those who just read the first half tend to write negative reviews.  Too many people have said it is a great book for it to have been a failure.
A lot of the public have become educated to immediate gratification from the media and are unwilling to put in effort themselves. Many of these people have become addicted to the banal which gives a low quality but quick fix.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Sharp knives need sharp minds

Myleene Klass, alone in her house with her young daughter, armed herself with a kitchen knife inside her own home when she spotted intruders in her garden. She said the attending police warned her about the use of an offensive weapon. Since then embarrassed senior officers have denied that any such warning was given to Ms Klass. Personally I don't see why she should make up such a story.
The legal officialdom is far too quick to persecute the innocent in this country. The law must be changed so that people in their own homes have the right to equip themselves for defence without the worry that they are going to be prosecuted. The police have a poor record of quickly attending such situations and are ineffective at providing protection from criminals.
It would make a pleasant change if the police and courts served the general public rather than tried to control them. Criminals intruding into private property should automatically lose any protective rights against the people defending their safety and property. No-one has forced the criminals to enter the property.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Cool here in Edinburgh

It's pretty cool here in Edinburgh at the moment. the forecast reckons it will be -9C tonight. Back to work tomorrow after the Christmas break. I did get to go out with the missus to see the End of Year fireworks up by the Castle. Was fascinated to discover that the fireworks were set up by a company in Kimbolton in Cambridgeshire. One of the other leaders in the youth organisation where I was a member used to be a manager at that fireworks company. I wish that I could remember his name.