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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The 'stiff upper lip' those on this island are known for, may soon begin to tremble, just a bit.. Following the news that we had slipped back into recession, come figures today which show the rate of inflation is up to 3.5%, a figure which will impact all, but most of all those on fixed incomes.
It's the price of a weekly shopping which has bumped it's way up, and up, and up.. and with the losses incurred in countries the likes of Spain and France over the last harvest, there seems to be little hope for a return to 'normalcy' for us..
When we factor in the cost of fuel, both for home heating and transportation, we find that we here are paying the highest rates in Europe. This has, in some large part, the rates the government peels off the top in taxes.. but our leaders, whether considered competent or incompetent, have set us on a path which will, hopefully, avoid the problems currently affecting those on the Continent..
Yet it can be seen in the faces of those on the busses or trains, or those queuing for petrol.. there is a resentment beginning to show.. a line between the eyebrows which was not present some months ago..
However, as the much maligned Machiavelli points out in 'The Prince', a State which claims to be a democracy will always lay the blame for difficult times on those in power, whether or not that blame is deserved.. The simple fact bears repeating, that it would matter little which Party held the reins.. that which keeps the ship of state on an even keel is in large part dependent on the state of affairs current with our trading partners..
And when it comes to the larger picture, we're all in the same boat..
And it's leaking badly.. with no safe harbour in sight..

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

One has to wonder what is happening behind closed doors as far as 'justice' is concerned in this country.. Now we're all aware of the obscene powers handed the Homeland Security authorities in the States, but developments here as proposed by the Prime Minister, would allow for closed hearings for those accused of breaches of national security..
For once, the LibDems have voiced outrage at such plans, but it would seem this system of trial has been in effect for some time now, and the Prime Minister is merely trying to broaden the scope of this infringement of basic civil rights..
These trials have been called, to this point, 'closed procedures', in which the accused is appointed a special defender, and refused the right to their own choice of lawyer.. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said proposals were "a common-sense solution to a genuine problem".. But from this perspective, it smacks of a Star Chamber, and is diametrically opposed to British Common Law.. The LibDem leader, Nick Clegg, is insisting that the powers cannot apply to coroners’ courts and that judges, not ministers, must have the final say on whether they apply in a small number of civil proceedings..
To take one step further, such proceedings should never be allowed, regardless of what the government might claim to be in the interest of National Security.
To take any other stance, would be opening the door to 'back-room trials', in which defendants would lose their right to a 'fair and open trial'.
Unacceptable, under any circumstance.

Disregarding Barack's 'open mike' disclosures of a couple of days ago, Mitt Romney has taken a stride closer to the Republican presidential nomination by winning primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington DC..
Apparently he hasn't been told the outcome of the next election is a fait accompli..

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