Sunday, 16 May 2010

Scorched Earth

Well well.

- A series of defence contracts signed shortly before the election, including a £13 billion tanker aircraft programme whose cost has “astonished and baffled” ministers.

- £420m of school building contracts, many targeting Labour marginals, signed off by Ed Balls, the former schools secretary, weeks before the general election was called.

- The troubled £1.2 billion “e-borders” IT project for the immigration service, which, sources say, is running even later and more over-budget than Labour ministers had admitted.

- A crisis in the student loans company where extra cash may be needed to prevent a repeat of last year’s failure to process tens of thousands of claims on time.

- The multi-billion-pound cost of decommissioning old nuclear power plants, which ministers claim has not been properly accounted for in Whitehall budgets.

- A £600m computer contract for the new personal pensions account scheme rushed through by Labour this year, which will still cost at least £25m even if it is cancelled.


Jack Straw, who is presumably free to speak the truth because he is past all personal ambition, put it most explicitly last week. In order to recover, he said, Labour would have to get back the votes of “decent, hard-working families” who felt that “we had not been listening enough on issues such as immigration, benefits and fairness”.

Every word of this statement is significant. “Decent” implies not feckless or irresponsible. “Hard-working” means not choosing benefit dependency as a way of life. “Families” suggests people who are maintaining more or less stable relationships in which to raise children. In other words, Mr Straw is acknowledging that Labour had come to be associated with the interests of people who were irresponsible, not hard-working and had no commitment to family life in any sustainable form.

Do read the full article

Random UPDATE: If you run an old diesel, Tesco's has Vegetable oil for 42p a litre at the moment. I've just filled the car up for £21 and starved the State of over £40 in tax.


Anonymous said...

You know what OH why doesnt this surprise me ! They are/were a bunch of wankers the lot of them.
Every day i get more enraged and to be honest this is the tip of the iceberg isn't it. How many more skeletons are going to come rattling out of the cupboards, time will tell.
i really hope that cunt ed balls is the new party leader then we can watch the fuckers implode, cunts the lot of um

rant over

Ampers said...

Rant over?

I have a suspicion it has only just began!


Anonymous said...

The BBC .
I saw that big eared commie Marr this morning fawning to the usuall leftie trash .
Glad I hadn't had breakfast yet.

RantinRab said...

£13,000,000,000 for aircraft tankers?

How can that possibly be right?

Are they made of gold?

Rightwinggit said...

Isn't that treason?

Or malfeasance in public office?

Anonymous said...

Ampers agreed !!
I really hope this next lot do some good.
i dont mind paying a bit more (not much though) but i dont want it wasted on "diversity cohesion" bollocks. Also if they dont get these fat fucking idol people off a life of benefits i for one will be one pissed off cookie.
i have worked all my life and paid into the "system". (whose the cunt here?)
i am still keeping an open mind for now, time will tell wont it.
better stop now or i will go into rant moade and dont to fuck up my keyboard up !

RantinRab said...

Thirteen. Thousand. Million. Quid.

For some flying jerry cans.

The bastards need rounding up and shooting in the face. With a fucking crossbow.

king chillout said...

Oh, so NOW, Labour care about what people like me think ?

And within ten minutes of regaining power they will be calling me a bigot and doing the exact opposite of what I want or need.

Fuck'em. I will never vote for Labour again as long as I live.

Anonymous said...

When politics is kept out procurement (particuly mod) then and only then will this kind of thing stop.
Do a google on "a400m eads" that will really wind you up !
Then again there is "fres" and and well the list goes on and on and on................

Ampers said...

RantingRab, Have you never read 1984 and room 101?

They had a rats cage with a tunnel to an end strapped around the guys face, and the rats were starving. They threatened to open the door to the tunnel if they guy didn't acquiesce.

We could use that, but fix it to their genitals.

The guy who wrote the book "1984" was Eric Arthur Blair!!!

Anonymous said...

Is there some way to actually bring criminal charges against these fucking vandals?

I note the BBC doesn't appear to cover this at all of course.

Anonymous said...

The whole sordid details of our economic predicament must be made public. To every single person in the UK not just the Times readers or bloggers. The perpetrators of this crime against the people should be publicly named and shamed in Westminster and promptly arrested live on primetime TV. Our current PM then should solemnly, tearfully announce live on TV the draconian measures that have to be implemented and that we the people will have to suffer in order to save our Country.

The time for denial, spin and mollycoddling people is past.

Anonymous said...

Scorched Earth ?

Here's your scorched earth right here - this is what your future holds for you.

Raging muslims assault swedish artist during Freedom of Speech lecture

Time to wake up and smell the coffee, people. Time really is running out for Europe....

gerateal said...

In a BBC radio interview before the election Brown admitted they hadn't had the expected spending review because he would have had to make substantial cuts.

Dianne Abbott, John Reid et al, crawling over the telescreen post the election results pleading with Brown to get Labour out of the firing line were not really bothered about the result as such but more the opportunity for the cuts to have to come under a different Government.

john in cheshire said...

Anonymous 12.47.
Having watched the video, it only affirms that it is people like that who make people like me hate people like that. They came to the movie showing to be affronted. They are also foul-mouthed for such peaceful and religious people. In my opinion, they are not fit to love amongst us normal Europeans. If they love islam and muhammad so much, there are plenty of countries to which they could relocate and live out their dream of perpetual subjugation, and hatred.

john in cheshire said...

of course I meant to say 'live amongst us' rather than 'love'. ironic really that i should mistype it, when the last thing muslims have in their hearts is love.

bofl said...

re no no no no!
it is not your country......

you are guests.......

if you do not like the house rules then go back to the middle east...

this is what happens when people are brainwashed from birth and then our spineless politicians allow unfettered immigration......

islam and he west do not mix.....

one would have thought the past 1300 years might have been a clue?

Kit said...

Yet more proof of the deliberate anti British actions of the Labour government.

Deliberate, systematic actions designed to weaken this nation.

Sean O'Hare said...

@Anon 16 May 2010 12:47

Err, don't you think that showing a gay porn film to a largely muslim audience was being a little provocative?

Anonymous said...

@Sean O'Hare

They chose to attend the lecture. The chose to live in Sweden.

scorched eath will be charcole by the time dave is finished said...

Tory eurosceptics seek referendum

Conservative eurosceptics are planning an attempt to force a referendum on the EU’s Lisbon Treaty within the next few months, it has been revealed.

Tory MP Douglas Carswell said that he and colleagues are planning to take advantage of a minor technical change to the Treaty to trigger a public vote.

The move would be a headache for Prime Minister David Cameron, who dropped his “cast-iron guarantee” of a referendum on the Treaty after it was ratified into European law last year.

And it would provide an early test of the unity of the new Tory coalition with the strongly pro-European Liberal Democrats.

Anonymous said...

Now all those tossers who cheered on dave the other day over nothing but spin, wanna bet he signs the treaty and ignores the people?

who wants to bet on cast iron Dave calling and backing a referendum now he has the opportunity?

Nah didn't think so, take up supporting football sheeple, it's less dangerous to the rest of us.

Hamish said...

I expect you're fibbing about the car fill-up.
If so, respect.
If not, respect.

Anonymous said...

Hi Middle England
Keep up the good work,you know,
getting up at the crack of dawn,
the rush hour ,the taxes, the rates,the stress and the tiredness.
The local chavs and chavettes
will make good use of your taxes
down at the pub,bookies and bingo hall. Bit late now to start moaning,just get used to it,more taxes,more vat etc
What are you going to do,
bit more blogging and tittering.


Old Holborn said...

They've got fucking pallets of veg oil (3 litre bottles for £2.53, buy one get one free)

I've bought as much as I could fit in the car and I'm going back for more tomorrow.

20 boxes for £151.80. 360 litres, which is good for 2000 miles. Instead of £442 in diesel and supporting single asylum seeking mothers with the tax.

Old Holborn said...

I might just spend the extra £300 I've saved on a trip to France to buy wine.


Lutney said...

"The MoD announced on 6 June 2007 that AirTanker had been given the approval it needed to continue with the project, allowing the company to seek the £2 billion private financing required to begin funding the aircraft.
On 27 March 2008, the UK signed a contract with AirTanker for £13 billion over the course of the contract, and will involve 14 converted A330 aircraft being delivered from 2011 onward.[5] This is two years later than in previous discussions.
The contract will be paid for at £390 million per annum. Of this running costs are £80 million and the remainder covers the consortium's financing and profit.[6]"

£13bn is because as aircraft become more fancy the cost accelerates.

So less than a billion each; but bear in mind that it's not as though the country could *not* spend anything on new air tankers, the old planes are rust buckets, and have to be replaced with something, and even shit planes cost loads.

This has been happening for years.
It's the hidden price for maintaining a permanent seat on the UN security council and all that goes with that.

If you like waving the flag, then have a slice of shut the fuck up.

I don't know I believe that Labour has deliberately shat in the Tories bed - I don't think they're that competent for a start.
I also think that Labour jihadists like Ed Balls were so convinced of their impending 1,000 year reich (like that silly Iraqi propagandist general year back), that they genuinely didn't expect to lose.

Kit said...

The Hypermarkets around Calais are rip off joints for stupid British day trippers. Go another 50 miles inland and get the price the French pay not the tourist price.

Kit said...

Lutney, do you seriously think that a price of nearly a Billion pounds for an airtanker is really reasonable?

Kit said...

BTW Old Holborn,

People in Britain have been CONVICTED of the 'crime' of tax evasion because they used chip fat or vegetable oil to power their cars rather than taxed diesel.

Youf of today said...

@Kit 22:32

Unless the rules have been changed in the last two years, it's duty free up to a threshold of 2500 litres per annum.

Ethan said...

OH I guess that 'old diesel' applies only to non common rail injected diesel. ie Really old.

Do you heat the fuel line or add a spoonful of white spirit? More details please. Otherwise some of your loyal vieweres may shat up their ride.

Lutney Chocker said...

"Kit said...
Lutney, do you seriously think that a price of nearly a Billion pounds for an airtanker is really reasonable?"

It depends what you get for it doesn't it.

You're just focussing on the ticket price for an item whose complexity and functionality you don't either care about or understand.

Obviously, what you get for it goes beyond the thing itself, but what you can do with it, and what geopolitical and macroeconomic stuff it gives you access to.
Having equipment like this probably gains us far more indirectly in trade and influence (on treaties and international policy) than the simple cost of the hardware and crew.
It's a topic far too big to go into here, but I suspect some of it might be wasted on you, as all you're bothered about is the £13bn price tag; which is very myopic and belies a lack of understanding of what defence procurement is for.

Not to mention, if it's built or part built here, then there are all sorts of employment and research benefits - skills maintenance.

Kit said...

Wow, Lutney, you really are an arsehole.

I ask a simple question and you respond with a load of vague bullshit. You really think the UK gains from 'geopolitical and macroeconomic stuff' because we have an incompetent government that overpays for aircraft.

What a fool you are.

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