The Tories in a world of economic spin…

A great comment on this article about Cameron’s party conference speech…


So many false promises, so many brazen lies. But the biggest lie of all?

“The total mess left by Labour. Labour always bankrupt the Exchequer. They spend more, borrow more and destroy our future by increasing our national debt. Only we Tories can be trusted with the economy.”

Oh really?? Lets put this load of bollocks to rest once and for all.

Between the years 2004 and 2008, Labour borrowed a total of £148.8 billion. In 2008/9, the year of the banking crash, Labour borrowed £97.5 billion. 

Since being elected in 2010, the Tories have borrowed a staggering £600 billion. George Osborne borrowed more in his first 3 years than Labour borrowed in their entire 13. 

This has seen the National debt rise from £0.62 trillion in 2009 to £1.26 trillion in 2014. Labour bankrupted our future? Hmmm.

Between 2004 and 2008, before the banking crisis, the average deficit under Labour was £43 billion. Since 2010, the average Tory deficit has been 3 times this, at £108 billion. And they tell you with a straight face they have slashed the deficit!

Between 2004 and 2009, average growth in GDP was 2.4%. Since 2010, the average growth has been 1.4%. Even if growth reaches 2.5% per year between now and 2018, GDP will be a miserable 11% higher than it was in 2007. To put this in context, between 1996 and 2007 GDP grew by 43%. 

But this doesn’t paint the whole picture of their incompetence.

In the last two years, 4.8 million different people have claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance. This fact tells you how secure peoples jobs are. If unemployment was counted in the same way as it was in 1970, there would be over 6 million people classed as unemployed. To keep these figures down, the number of sanctioned jobseekers with a reduced entitlement to JSA is now running at around 800,000 per annum. In addition, there are now 4.6 million people self employed , 15% of the total workforce. Self-employed people have on average experienced a 22% fall in real pay since 2008-09, with average earnings of £207 a week according to the ONS. 

20% of the population, 13 million people, are now classed as living in poverty, of which over 8 million come from families who are IN WORK. Close to eighty per cent of net job creation since June 2010 has taken place in industries where the average wage is less than £7.95 an hour. In 2004, the median wage was £462 a week. Today, it is £427. In addition, in 10 years, inflation has meant that the cost of living has risen by 34%, so that the average disposable income per household is now almost £1,200 a year lower than it was in 2004. Millions are now on zero hour contracts, working part time or on low pay. 913,138 people used food-banks in 2013/14, compared to 346,992 in 2012/13 and 26,000 in 2008/09. There has been a 74% increase in the number of malnutrition-related hospital admissions since 2009, with public health experts warning that the rise of malnutrition in the UK “has all the signs of a public health emergency.”

All this, in one of the richest countries on earth. 

Listening to the Tories this week has been like living in the twilight zone. And yet, we still have people who come on here and try to defend these bastards. You know, the ones telling us that the Tories had to fix Labour’s mess, Labour always destroy the economy, Labour always spend other peoples money. And that old favourite ‘There is no magic money tree.’ Well, guess what? By every one of these standards, the Tories have been an unmitigated disaster. 

And its about time people knew the truth.



Cameron is a lizard…!

A brilliant article by the sometimes king of bizarre comedy journalism! This one is well worth a read…

‘For instance Paul Yates recalled: “I went to a business lunch with Cameron once and he ordered spiders. We all laughed, but he just stared at us.”

This chilling behaviour was merely the tip of a deeply unsettling iceberg. Pete Strover encountered “a pack of feral dogs gathered in an underpass” which “barked Cameron’s name in unison”, Dave Probert “once saw Cameron vomit up his entire skeleton to avoid having to admit he doesn’t know where Wales is”, Tom Bain “saw Cameron put his entire hand through the hole in the middle of a CD”, while perhaps most damningly of all, Darren Smith said: “I heard he strips completely naked to have a shit.”


A nudge in the right direction…?

Nudges in the right direction: the belief that human beings can be encouraged to make life-improving choices through incentives and social cues rather than through regulation and government legislation.

The human race is now less healthy than the previous generation, will die younger, with more life-style diseases than ever before. Leaving lifestyle choices up to the general public is not working. The free-market system is partly responsible here, but so are human’s in-built motivations to acquire possessions, power and high-calorie food.

Personal motivation is ranged against huge forces driving in the opposite direction, including massive advertising campaigns, a culture of technological dependence, genetics and cultural learning pushing us towards self-indulgence and laziness.

There are hundreds of small modern alterations to our everyday lives which detract from our health and our understanding of the world we live in. There are also hundreds which enhance us in many ways. In general though, the trend seems to be negative, with lifestyle diseases increasing, eating habits degenerating, fitness falling and (in seems) overall motivation and happiness sliding.

I’m always banging on about sustainability but it’s one of many examples where nudges just don’t work – the two ideas aren’t even on the same page. They aren’t even in the same book! When small changes made by a few people are not enough, there has to be something stronger than just incentives and social cues. This is where strong Government intervention comes in. Legislating for change is honestly the only way major issues get dealt with.

Take smoking as an example. Even with very clear and direct warnings all over a packet of fags, including images of the damage that will be caused by using the product, people still smoke. Everyone knows smoking causes various cancers, but roughly 20% of the adult population in the UK still smokes. These nudges aren’t enough.

Compare this approach with the ban on smoking indoors in public places, introduced in July 2007 in the UK. Research from Scotland (according to this BBC article) found a 17% reduction in heart attack admissions in the year following the ban. This is a positive trend found in many countries and states which have introduced such bans.

The single most important factor affecting people’s lifestyle choices is cost. Cost determines many of our daily choices, from the house we live in to the car we drive, to the type of food we eat and how much of it we eat. It determines everything we do, because generally, most of the things we are engaged in for most of our waking lives, costs money.

The price of petrol has risen dramatically over the last few years and has put many motorists off the road. In 2009, there was a 11.3% fall in registrations, with this trend continuing into this year.

“It is the impact of pump prices,” said an AA spokesman. “When we ask motorists what factors have influenced their choice of car, fuel economy comes second after reliability. Environmental concerns come some way down.”

So, less motorists has lowered the CO2 output of the transport sector, but environmental concerns were not the initiating factor, cost was.

I feel nudges will work very well on a very small section of the population, moderately well on a larger minority, but will fail to work on the vast majority. You really have to be quite self-motivated to stand back from the crowd and take a different direction. This is not an easy thing to do and sometimes it seems everything in our society is trying to keep people where they are.

“Politicians all have a split personality,” Julia Neuberger adds. “On one level, they engage their brains and they know perfectly well that things do take quite a long time to happen. On the other, they’ve got a very short time frame: they want to get re-elected, they need to make a mark. I think they found that (Nudge theory) very appealing because, broadly, they prefer the idea of using behavioural change interventions to legislating or using fiscal measures.”


Ferris Bueller’s friends, Dad’s house – for sale!

If I was loaded, I would defo buy Cameron’s Dad’s house from the classic film ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day off’! It’s only going for £1.1 Million anyway – bargain!

The Rose House, outside of Chicago, where the film is based, saw the classic Ferrari crash through the rear glass wall of the raised section of the house and crash and die below. There’s a threat to demolish the house is no one goes for it – surely there must be someone out there?