May 2009

On the Wintertons

The couple\’s sons, bankers Robert and Andrew, are in their 40s and are believed to earn six-figure salaries. Daughter Sarah is also in commerce.

Commerce? You can hear the echos of Lady Bracknell there. Blimey, it\’s dangerously close to trade!

On Julie Kirkbride

If Iain honestly think that Kirkbride’s treatment will put women off going into politics he doesn’t give us much credit does he?. In fact I reckon there is a good couple of million women, with kids, out there, that right this minute are thinking ‘cheeky fucking bitch, that’ll teach you’.


I\’ve only ever had one proper screaming argument with an animal rights activist. That was a great night. It was at a student party. She told me she believed animal lives to be worth just as much as human lives. I told her she was the most apathetically selfish person I\’d ever met.

“Because if that place down the road was selling Kentucky Fried Person,” I explained, “I\’d probably firebomb it. Not just sit here whingeing, with a spliff and a can of Skol.”

Cleggie\’s reform plans

Today I\’m setting out a plan of action to get all the changes we need delivered in just 100 days – making it possible for MPs to be sacked by constituents, abolishing the House of Lords, getting corrupt money out of politics and changing the electoral system to give everyone a voice.

What a twat.

So, elected politicians have been troughing it. The solution is to abolish the Lords and replace them with more elected politicians.

What part of his arse told him this was a good idea?

Michael Brown

Can someone help out here?

Michael Brown, the bloke who donated £2.4 million to the Lib Dems.

I know he\’s been convicted….but has he been caught? Or is he still on the run?

Update. OK, all done.


Hurrah! Hurrah!

The number of millionaires in the UK has more than halved since 2007 as house prices, share values and bonus payments have tumbled.

About 242,000 people now have assets of more than £1 million, down from 489,000 in 2007, according to estimates from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). Millionaires have seen nearly a quarter of their wealth wiped out over the past two years.

Isn\’t this excellent news? Surely lefties and socialists everywhere are celebrating? Equality has risen as the rich become poorer.

Never mind that everyone has become poorer, if inequality has fallen that\’s all that matters.


Painting the world

As a weapon against global warming, it sounds so simple and low-tech that it could not possibly work. But the idea of using millions of buckets of whitewash to avert climate catastrophe has won the backing of one of the world’s most influential scientists.

Steven Chu, the Nobel prize-winning physicist appointed by President Obama as Energy Secretary, wants to paint the world white. A global initiative to change the colour of roofs, roads and pavements so that they reflect more sunlight and heat could play a big part in containing global warming, he said yesterday.

Given that this is coming from the Nobel winning scientist appointed by the ObamaMessiah, this will of course create squeals of rapture in leftoids everywhere.

The only thing that\’s a bit odd about it is that when Bjorn Lomborg made the same proposal a couple of years back it was treated with contempt.

I guess it matters who makes such suggestions rather more than what the suggestions are then.

Nadine Dorries on expenses

Umm, just a thought:

Is there not something slightly hypocritical about the DT increasing its revenue by an estimated £1 million per day in the name of public good?

Err, no dear, there ain\’t. We want people to have incentives to increase the public good, to act in it.

That\’s actually what we spend rather a lot of time doing: or rather you MPs are supposed to be doing. Manipulating the incentives that economic actors face so that when they are not aligned with the public good then the law changes them so that they are.

OK, altogether now my fellow good little classical liberals:

“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest.”

Sir Pterry

So I am, therefore, somewhat peeved to find that, now, slightly more than every other word I write will be written for the Chancellor of the Exchequer, who will undoubtedly waste the money on computers that don’t work and other people’s duck shelters.

Credit Crunch Munch

Received this press release.

Anyone who would indeed like to interview Don Serrat is at liberty to do so. The phone number is at the bottom.

I. of course, have no comment.

A significant proportion of British adults are in danger of falling victim to the ‘Credit Crunch Munch’ by self-medicating with food to relieve depression and stress brought on by their financial worries.

‘Addicts use alcohol and drugs to change their mood,’ says Don Serratt, founder of Life Works treatment centre which specialises in addictions and eating disorders.

‘Tragically, food has now become Britain’s latest mood-altering drug. Over the last six months we have seen a 25% rise in clients presenting with Credit Crunch Munch – binge eating and over-eating to deal with serious mental health issues caused by the recession. People are choosing to literally stuff back their negative feelings with food rather than face them. The danger Credit Crunch Munch presents to the UK, which is already in the grip of an obesity epidemic due to over-eating, is epic.’

‘The UK’s leading grocery multiples have recently achieved record-breaking profits totalling billions of pounds despite the worst recession in 50 years,’ says Serratt.

‘They are cashing in on the nation’s mental ill-health by selling poor quality food at extraordinarily low prices and encouraging consumers to eat, eat, eat through high-profile promotions. Where is the morality?’

According to Serratt, relying on food, alcohol or drugs to feel better eventually develops into psychological dependency. Every time someone Credit Crunch Munches and achieves a transitory positive mood change the addictive pattern is reinforced, with disastrous results.

‘When people use food as a mood-altering drug they create triggers that ignite emotions, setting up a cycle of stress, eating, relief and more stress that becomes unstoppable,’ Serratt explains.

‘British food is now cheap, available 24/7 and it’s socially acceptable to over-eat and be overweight, exactly mirroring American society over the last 25 years. Combine this with a population under extreme financial duress and you have the beginnings of a mental health pandemic.’

Research has shown that carbohydrates stimulate serotonin production, so eating carbohydrate-rich foods is an attempt to self-medicate depression. Higher glycemic index carbohydrates like sugar have a greater effect on serotonin levels than starchy, lower glycemic index foods.

’Additionally, some alkaloids that may raise brain serotonin levels have been found in chocolate, giving rise to a chemical foundation for ‘chocoholism’. Chocoholics effectively make their own drugs in their brains with low-cost chocolate products and it is incredibly addictive.’

‘We believe that an unacceptably high proportion of the British public may be Credit Crunch Munching,’ says Serratt. ‘We urge anyone reaching for the biscuit tin or a cheap bag of doughnuts to stop and think about what you are eating and why. If you are Credit Crunch Munching because you are depressed or anxious about your financial situation, seek professional help. Your GP is a good staring point.’

According to beat, the leading UK charity for people with eating disorders, around three per cent of the British population has a binge eating disorder.



Doctors and climate change

OK, so a senior doctor has said that climate change is going to be as big a thing as cholera in its effects on public health.

I rather have my doubts that something which is going to happen over the next seven or eight centuries is in fact going to be something which society cannot adapt to but there we go. However, just to give you an idea of where Professor Sir Muir Grey is coming from, consider this:

…..when I was the secretary of Action on Smoking and Health.

A known scaremonger, willing to distort (if not lie completely) to insist that all do as he wishes, in the pay of a fake charity.

We\’re going to take him seriously on climate change, aren\’t we?


Banning those predatory lenders

There are people out there who, when you add in fees and work it all out as an annual number (APR) charge hundreds of percent for short term loans.

There are those who think that such lenders should be curbed, constrained, even banned. What\’s the effect of doing so?

Loan sharks are illegal money lenders who charge high rates of interest, in some cases as much as 2,500,000 per cent .

The report\’s author, Chris Leslie, said: "There is evidence to suggest that the pernicious trend of illegal unsecured lending at extremely high rates of interest, or loan sharking, is making a comeback.

"The diminished availability of regulated sub-prime credit is creating conditions where a sizeable number of people have little option but to borrow from illegal sources.

Yup, people turn to the unlicenced lenders who charge even higher rates. Probably not all that good an idea constraining the legal ones then, eh?

I didn\’t know this

Or had forgotten it at least:

In 1983 Ms Kirkbride became a researcher for Yorkshire Television and she went on to work as a producer for BBC News and Current Affairs and then the ITN Parliamentary Unit.

She was a political correspondent for the Daily Telegraph from 1992-6 during which time her then partner Stephen Milligan, the Conservative MP for Eastleigh, was found dead at his home.

Mr Milligan, who was wearing stocking at the time of his death, was thought to have died when an autoerotic experience went tragically wrong.

Ms Kirkbride remained dignified during the tragedy and went on to become social affairs editor of the Sunday Telegraph from 1996 until 1997 when she became an MP.

(From PA)

Bit of a politics groupie really. Stepping out with one MP, marries another, becomes one herself….

What was that people were saying about a professional political class?

Well, true


On Friday Viscount Eccles acknowledged that the £44,000 claim was more than it cost to run the home, but said the couple were entitled to the payments as they had “forgone income” they could have made by selling the flat.

This is the concept of opportunity costs. Good luck with getting that one across to the voting public in their current mood.