Monday, 26 December 2011

Modern Britain

Watch and weep. The Police actually have to draw tasers at 1.09 to keep the baying mob off a dying man in Oxford Street this afternoon. And people wonder why I've had enough of this corrupt shithole of a country. Happy New Year, all

the Family Credit Card

This has been doing the rounds for a while, so I thought I'd translate it to UK standards

  • UK Tax Revenue 2010 £548,000,000,000
  • Uk State Budget 2010  £660,000,000,000
  • New Uk State Debt 2010 £112,000,000,000
  • National Debt including PFI and Pensions liablities 2010 £2,990,000,000,000
Now let's pretend that the UK is a family, living in a rented home. Here's the same figures, reduced to hammer home the point

  • Family Income 2010 £54,800
  • Family spending 2010 £66,000
  • New debt slapped on credit card £11,200
  • Debt already on family credit card £299,000
Makes you wonder just when the bailiffs will turn up, doesn't it?

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

In the name of Freedom

George Moonbat has kicked off to attack Libertarians in the Gruaniad. Time to put on my fisking gloves.

Freedom: who could object? Yet this word is now used to justify a thousand forms of exploitation. Throughout the rightwing press and blogosphere, among thinktanks and governments, the word excuses every assault on the lives of the poor, every form of inequality and intrusion to which the 1% subject us. How did libertarianism, once a noble impulse, become synonymous with injustice?
In the name of freedom – freedom from regulation – the banks were permitted to wreck the economy.

In the name of freedom, taxes for the super-rich are cut. In the name of freedom, companies lobby to drop the minimum wage and raise working hours. In the same cause, US insurers lobby Congress to thwart effective public healthcare; the government rips up our planning laws; big business trashes the biosphere. This is the freedom of the powerful to exploit the weak, the rich to exploit the poor.
Well George, here's the rub. Freedom also includes the freedom to earn money and the freedom to do nothing. It's the freedom of choice. Ugly as it is, it means the freedom to sell your labour at the price YOU dictate, not the power of the State to force you not to work because your labour is only worth £5.99 an hour. Banks didn't wreck the economy. Saving the banks with our money has wrecked the economy. Politicians demanding that, in the name of equality, a worker on minimum wage *must* have what the rich have has wrecked our economy. Demanding banks lend to unemployed black men in string vests who could never afford to pay it back has wrecked the economy, not Libertarians. The powerful who have exploited the weak are not Libertarians, George, they are the Politicians.

Rightwing libertarianism recognises few legitimate constraints on the power to act, regardless of the impact on the lives of others. In the UK it is forcefully promoted by groups like the TaxPayers' Alliance, the Adam Smith Institute, the Institute of Economic Affairs, and Policy Exchange. Their concept of freedom looks to me like nothing but a justification for greed.
Libertarians do not adversely affect the lives of others. It is our core principle. We seek freedom FROM others, not the power to act on the behalf of, or to the detriment of others. It's why we aren't Tories. We do not have the right to interfere in the lives of others and kindly request they grant us the same. If wanting wealth achieved through creating things that people want to buy, rather than being forced to buy is "greed", so be it.

Modern libertarianism is the disguise adopted by those who wish to exploit without restraint. It pretends that only the state intrudes on our liberties. It ignores the role of banks, corporations and the rich in making us less free. It denies the need for the state to curb them in order to protect the freedoms of weaker people. This bastardised, one-eyed philosophy is a con trick, whose promoters attempt to wrongfoot justice by pitching it against liberty. By this means they have turned "freedom" into an instrument of oppression.

No, George. I do not exploit anyone. It is not Libertarians ripping half the wages out of the hands of the poor every week to hand back to them in tax credits and aircraft carriers. It is not Libertarians carpet bombing the poor of Iraq or telling people they may not buy whiskey at 5pm on a Sunday. It is not Libertarians buying up bankrupt financial institutions at a loss with money forcibly extracted from those on minimum wage. That, my dear George, is the all powerful State. The greatest instrument of oppression yet known to man.

It is the poor who need the most protection FROM the State. Ask the citizens of North Korea.

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Shocking scenes from Egypt


On the aniversary of the beginning of the Arab spring, truly shocking scenes of the State doing what the State does best.

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

The Freedom to Ignore

It warms the very cockles of my cold, icy heart to note that SIX million of us are not even bothered enough to register to vote, a huge 1/5th of us are so disenfranchised with what the Political elite have to offer, we prefer not to bother to even attempt to play the game in which at the first sight of losing, our opponents can change the rules in their favour.

Slowly, but surely, we are turning our backs on a system that has done nothing except enrich those already in power or privilege. Tired of endless promises on the best way to spend our money, extracted by force, we are doing what every Politician most fears. Declaring them irrelevant after decades of minority rule, unenforced manifesto promises, thrown to the wind upon election, ignored pleas for referendums whilst gratuitously lining their pockets with the profits of lobbyists, big business and unions.

Good luck to them, I say. Carry on your pontificating and legislating because the more of us that choose to ignore you, the more grains of sand are slipping through your fingers. If "austerity" is teaching us anything, it is teaching us how to live without you and soon enough, you will be as relevant to our lives as we are to yours.

You're welcome. More please

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Back to basics

It's finally sinking in that when times are tough, the tough get going. In Greece, sacked diversity coordinators are heading back to their parents farms and learning how to milk goats again. No more inflated public sector sector salaries financed by State borrowing, no more retiring at 50 and no more Mercedes bought on cheap credit. Twenty years of being told they are as productive and worthy as the Germans has finally collapsed and a cold new dawn of reality is being served up to the melon farmers. Likewise, the Portuguese, Spanish, Irish and Italians are also putting down their iPads and picking up ploughs and shovels and getting on with the job of living within their means. Nothing to be frightened of guys, your parents managed it until they were seduced by the promise of "free" money by Politicians.

Will it happen here? I certainly hope so. My Blottr post this week dealt with the absence of a peasant class in the UK (and I mean peasant in the sense of actually producing something). As you know, I'll be headed off to sunnier climes to do the same shortly and I'm not expecting anyone else to pay my bills for me. I've made sure I won't be relying on a state pension or welfare handouts and in return, I'll be rewarded by minimal State and taxes and the chance to live my life as I see fit, taking responsibility for my own actions.

As luck would have it, more and more citizens are beginning to feel the same.The National Centre for Social Research's 28th annual British Social Attitudes report shows  that people are sick to death of handing over an ever greater amount of what they earn with their own labour to those who will not. The majority now believe the State hammock, designed to keep the feckless voting Labour, has to go. No more taxes, no more handouts.

Now I don't believe this will have any immediate effect as the State is still desperate to grab as much of your wealth as it can lay it's greedy little hands on, but eventually, when the cuts have really taken place, the entitlement classes told to do one, the welfare state once again reduced to something that you fall back on, not into, then those who actually earn the money are going to start asking why they are still paying eye watering amounts of taxes. And when they do, the next cuts they demand will be in a reduction of the State.

People are paying off their mortgages, debts, saving for a rainy day, shunning the shops and rightly bolting down the hatches. When this is over, millions will wonder why they ever paid so much to Politicians in the first place, why they allowed the State to grab so much and inflict itself upon them so totally.

Bring it on. Those who are forced to feed the beast are slowly realising it serves no useful purpose with its gargantuan appetite and grasping tentacles. It can't be long now until they work out how to starve it to death.

Meanwhile, a little story to amuse you:

It is a slow day in a little Greek Village. The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit. On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the village, stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.

The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher. The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer. The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel. The guy at the Farmers' Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the taverna. The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him "services" on credit. The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note. The hotel proprietor then places the €100 note back on the counter so the rich traveller will not suspect anything. At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, picks up the €100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town. 

No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole village is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism. And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how the bailout package works

Hat tip to Elsa

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

One out, ALL OUT

I'm old enough to remember when the Unions really did have the power to bring the country to its knees. Management would carefully and warily tread their way around them lest a shop steward decide that actually working was not in the interests of the Comrades and everyone downed tools. Remarkably, it didn't make them rich or society equal. It just ended up in misery for all concerned. I was also a member of a Union (I had no choice) once and since that day have utterly detested them and pretty much all they stand for.

So tomorrow will see our "public servants" striking to defend their slice of the Government pie when the rest of us have already worked out that the Government is not to be trusted with our pensions and have quietly made our own provisions for old age via property or investments. They will march and scream and stamp their feet, the soundbites of vital public services being decimated will broadcast across the airwaves and Socialists, simply unable to believe that they didn't win the election will rant and demand we do as they say or else.

I have no problem with anyone striking. Go for it. In all honesty, most of the public sector already withholds their labour by ringing in sick 10 times a year on average, one more day won't be noticed. Except of course, should your position be outsourced in the near future, any private HR manager worth his salt will be looking through the attendance records of any staff he is expected to take off the State. Having "absent" on November 30th 2011 is pretty good indicator of work ethic, loyalty and value to any potential private employer.

Should you encounter any donkey jacketed placard waving dinosaurs on your travels tomorrow, hand them one of these:

Monday, 28 November 2011

Racist Tram Woman

Another trending viral has popped up this morning, showing the outburst on public transport (one reason I never travel on it) of a racist woman when confronted with a tram full of people she was obviously not happy sharing the same space with. Cries are going up for her to be named and shamed, arrested, her child taken into care.

I've said it before, I'll say it again. Be careful what you wish for. I find her views laughable, ignorant, misguided. But they are her views and she is perfectly entitled to hold them. There is no law to protect you from being offended and I am certainly not going to lobby for the introduction of "thoughtcrime" legislation where she must sit in silence. What IS interesting is that she is not alone. Just this morning, a report comes out telling us white, lower class English are marginalised and feel victimised by what they perceive as a bias towards foreigners and minorities soaking up their precious "entitlements" to benefits, housing etc. Coincidence?

Treat the disease, not the symptom.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Guido called before Leveson

Oh dear. Guido published Alistair Campbells Leveson evidence this morning. Campbell was FURIOUS and now Guido has been summonded to the Leveson Enquiry to explain where he got the evidence from. Best of luck Guido.

Oh BTW, if YOU would like to appear before the Leveson Committee, just read this

Thursday, 24 November 2011

The EU import tax on Garlic. It reeks

Whilst watching my twitter stream today, I spotted a press release from the EU stating that Britain had been a very, very naughty boy and owed the EU £20 million in unpaid taxes. For importing Garlic.

Between 2005 and 2006, the UK customs authorities allowed imports of fresh garlic from the People's Republic of China under wrong authorising documents. They have erroneously stated that the goods imported were frozen garlic for which significantly lower import duties apply. The Commission considers that the UK authorities did not act with all due care when issuing the authorising documents and failed to collect the correct amount of duties.

They are therefore held financially responsible for the loss of own resources (approximately £20 million) to the EU budget.The Commission is determined to protect the common EU interest. Fair treatment of all Member States must be ensured. If a Member State fails to make available all the money it owes the EU budget, the other Member States need to pay more as a result.
I'm going for a lie down. Anyone care to clarify why we are forced to pay import duties on Garlic?

Saturday, 19 November 2011

#OccupyLSX - The Pepsi Challenge

After watching the various crusties and social misfits take over the #Occupylsx movement for their own agendas and turn it into an anti Capitalism campaign - as opposed to the #Occupy movement, which is against Corporate Greed - the time has come to actually challenge them.

I propose a debate. I am prepared to publicly defend Capitalism and Libertarianism, the minimal State and the freedom of the Individual against whatever #Occupylsx want to throw at it. I ask fellow Libertarians and anyone interested in a different perspective to ridding us of big Government and croney State Corporations to join me.

Date to be announced by #Occupylsx

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Who is Old Holborn?

Total Politics magazine have asked me the following questions, so I thought I'd share the answers here.

Who are you?

Anybody can be Old Holborn. The reason I choose anonymity is that the focus remains on the message, not the man. Poilitics and the blogosphere is full of those trying to promote themselves for their own ends, desperate to climb the greasy pole, whilst I can sit back and smile every time I bump into them safe in the knowledge they have no idea who I am and can't vent their frustration by rummaging through my dustbin to undermine my arguments. Even standing for Parliament last year as an independent in Cambridge, I became the first person to stand completely anonymously. It drove the electoral commission and my fellow candidates to distraction, much to my amusement and that of my readers. Humour is the key, until they find a way to tax it.

Where do you blog?

I use blogger. I did host my own domain, but it was closed down as I refused to give the authorities my name and address. I will probably take it offshore to an anonymous US host when I have time and let the 1st Ammendment do it's job.

When and why did you start blogging?

I started blogging four years ago because I was sick of being censored and moderated on Internet forums. There is no moderation or censorship on my blog at all. The comments section is, as far as I am concerned, a white wall. I refuse to be held responsible for what a passing individual chooses to daub on it.

How would you describe Old Holborn to the uninitiated?

I fight for the individual. I'm sick of being told what I must do or finance "for the common good", sick of legislation that removes my freedoms to do as I please when I'm not adversely affecting the lives of others and have nothing but contempt for Politicians. In my ideal world, I would live as a hermit and shoot anyone that trespassed on my land. Small State, anti authoritarian, leave me alone, not right or left just stop telling me how to live my life. It's mine, not yours.

Why the name?

No reason at all

What has been your best or most controversial blogging moment?

Well, I have released people from prison who shouldn't have been there, I did name the murderers of Baby P and I do my utmost to upset anyone who assumes they hold any power over me that wasn't expressly given to them by me and I'm always ready to break super injunctions or challenge authority. It's a hobby of mine.

What are your thoughts on the Occupy movement?

What a wasted opportunity. No sooner did something get started than it was hijacked by the usual suspects. Anti cuts, Greenpeace, the Unions have all piled in to attempt to make it a Fabians wet dream, a cooperative of the left. A great shame as not one banker or Politician, those who we really should be hanging for the utter mess we are in, has been touched by any of it. I can actually hear them laughing yet again whilst the European Central Bank installs new leaders all over Europe to protect the very same banks from the consequences of their own actions.

In your ideal world, how would our political system look?

Direct democracy, no borders to immigration (yes, odd isn't it?), no political parties, minimal state, minimal voluntary taxation and where the rights of the individual trumps the rights of the collective. Sadly,  it'll never happen, so I hope to buy an Island and run it as an international tax haven, issue currency based on Gold reserves (remember them?) and declare war on the unelected EU Commission.

What other blogs do you read?

Any blog that attacks the status quo will find its way onto my radar. I rabidly consume news in the hope of finding the nugget of information that will hang the great and the good who assume they are my master.

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

the Power of the State

Greece is having something of an interesting time. A new leader has been installed, handpicked by the European Central Bank to ensure that the debts racked up by socialists do not go unpaid, just forty years to the day after the Greek people overthrew their last unelected Government of the Generals. Austerity measures WILL be pushed through, ensuring that those who had nothing to do with the debt end up paying the bankers with their carefully saved personal wealth and Merkels dream of a Germany by the Sea can continue.

Of course, certain assets of the State could be sold off to cover them, but be sure, the National Power Company won't be one of them. You see, controlling the electricity the citizens need is a way to control the citizens. Greeks are just about to be handed a new property tax that will simply be added to their electricity bills. Refuse to pay, and the State cuts off the juice.Using a State monoply Corporation to get to your wealth.

Now you know why socialists want so much of the state infrastructure firmly in the hands of their Politburo. Never trust a politician to provide what the market is capable of doing, as the Greeks are finding out once again

Thursday will see the largest Demo in Athens yet seen. Expect real fireworks.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Perpetual Growth

The whingeing, the whining. I can't stand it any more.

The Western world is obsessed with "growth". Our useless politicians seem to be of the opinion that if there is no "growth" we will all die (or hang them from lamp posts) and every thing MUST be done to maintain growth. Out taxes must be reinvested in programs that will bring growth, our labour and effort must only be used to promote growth, God help us all if we don't have at least as much as our parents had, we will have all failed miserably and the world is doomed.

Except of course, it isn't. Growth promoted by the State usually means growth of the State. It isn't a coincidence that for every major technological breakthrough, the Government manages to employ an army of bureaucrats to monitor, measure, licence and tax it. Not content that something is actually working, a stranglehold must be placed upon it to ensure that every last drop of growth is squeezed out of it "for the common good", so a Politician can sit back and bask in the glory.

Sorry guys, I see perpetual growth as a tumour. In the rush to make sure everyone on the planet owns a Govt funded iPad just because our parents didn't (and that MUST be progress, right) all we have ended up with is enormous corporations feeding from enormous Governments feeding from us. It might be "admirable" that the unemployed can now drive fucking cars because I'm paying their rent and council taxes but if that is growth, I'd rather keep my own money, thanks.

I've reached that stage in life where I'm not looking for growth. I have all I need, certainly all I want and now, I'd like to enjoy it without the constant nagging that someone, somewhere hasn't and therefore society has failed and I need to work harder or pay more in taxes.

Growth in the Greek state has bankrupted the nation, likewise in a basket of other Southern European countries. Growth for growths sakes has killed them. Not much point in handing out iPads to schoolkids if they can't afford the electricity bill to recharge them.

So I say kick back. Maintain, adjust, prune where necessary but stop looking for perpetual growth. you'll end up throwing away a fiver in the hope you'll find a tenner. Be thankful for what you have and enjoy it. In just 100 years, we have seen remarkable things and now is the time to slow down and make use of them. If that means living with an Xbox2 whilst claiming the dole, is that really such a sacrifice?

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

A silent Plan B

 the Elite handing back the small change from your taxes at a Greek soup kitchen, yesterday

For those of you who watch the tellybox, last night had a little gem in it. A program showing how the Greek economy manages to bumble along just fine in the background whilst the Greek State has bankrupted itself by taking the EU shilling. 

It comes as no surprise that the EU have just installed the Vice President of the European Central Bank as new leader in Athens. After all, the entire country is now owned by the EU bankers, lock, stock and barrel, having your own man on the scene makes perfect sense. Rather like the Mafia ensuring only their bouncers and accountants get to the run the nightclub you thought you owned. At least the Rothschilds ran the show from the sidelines, the EU hasn't even got the subtlety to enslave a population quietly. I wonder what his first priorities will be; the people he is supposed to represent? Or re filling the coffers of the ECB with Greek money? Anybodies guess.

Back to last nights TV. Of course the Greeks wised up pretty quickly that the only way to survive what the State had done in their name, was to hide what they have from the State. A massive black market has opened up. Cash is King again, just like it used to be before the State and the bankers got too big to fail, remember? Capital has flown to Switzerland and Bulgaria, precious life savings have been ferreted out of the country where the ever more intrusive tentacles of the tax authorities cannot touch them. Bartering, cash in hand, envelopes are back in fashion.

Sure, those dumb enough to work for the Beast or obediently pay their taxes are now the ones queueing at soup kitchens (one in eleven Greeks now eats at one) whilst those who saw how much power the State had awarded itself are not going to go hungry. They had a personal plan B to ensure their individual wealth did not suddenly become the collective wealth to be plundered by the new Banker Emperor from Brussels.

You would do wise to do the same. At some point, the State is going to come for what little you have left. It's needs FAR outweigh yours and whilst it may supply a soup kitchen in return, to stop you from actually starving, it will be the final mediator as to what you may purchase with your own hard labour, ensuring that what you own, it can also claim ownership to, if needed.

Arbeit Macht Frei, Comrades.

Monday, 7 November 2011

Let's do it again sometime

Well, that was fun. For those who were otherwise engaged on Saturday November 5th, you missed a great day of fun, drinking and political mischief.

Alas, as no debate was held in the Commons, the price of admission to our Parliament was 15 quid a head, cash up front, guv. So we went to the Westminster Arms instead (traditional) followed by a trip up to St Pauls to show my followers what a real protest doesn't look like.

So many vested interests, all jostling for the mic, a chance to remind the massed throng that their cause was the real reason for the protest and everyone should pay attention to them and save a whale or show solidarity with a tribe of goat herders in Kurdistan. And the bogs in Starbucks were bust - can't think why.

Oh wait, #OccupyLSX were going to march on Westminster to idea and out came the Socialist Workers banners screaming all sorts of nonsense. Quick, grab one, Jocasta, this is REALLY happening.

Now as it happens, a couple of the 99% - US, had also bought along a banner stating that taxes are slavery and we really ought to cut the deficit a bit deeper if we are ever going to get a smaller State and less intrusive Government. Our voices count, right? Freedom of speech, right?

So we led the march. And I do mean march. No public sector dawdling when OH is at the front. St Pauls to Trafalgar Square in half an hour, keep up at the back. Now one of the advantages of being at the front of the march is that your banner becomes the head of the snake, the message, if you like, and soon it became apparent to our fellow protesters that our message might not be entirely aligned with their message. First came the hysterical fat arsed black woman (on loan from Tower Hamlets Council, no doubt) , denouncing us at 110 db as "EDL Infiltrators". When that failed to motivate the mob to hang us from lamp posts, our banner was ripped down by outraged crusties - furious that we were not advocating "free speech and a new democracy where every voice is heard".

One of the major problems of a strictly vegan sustainable eco diet is that you do not have the strength to retain whatever banner you may have just ripped out of the hands of your fellow protesters, especially when the one who wants it back is me, six foot two, masked and built like a brick shit house.

We abandoned the March at Traflagar Square for the pub (again), leaving a few hundred out of breath and wheezing protesters to make their way to Westminster where 30 of them sat down (knackered no doubt) until they were told they would be arrested and then ran away. Bravo, comrades.

Many thanks to those who joined me. Let's do it again sometime.

Friday, 4 November 2011

November 5th update

What a week. Greece in meltdown, Europe in chaos, sabre rattling at Iran. Should give us plenty to discuss when me meet at 11am in the Chandos Pub (excellent, cheap beer), Traflagar Square tomorrow as usual on this hallowed occassion. All are welcome, even those who harbour grudges or have no masks. A walk to Parliament, followed by some robust debate with those at #OccupyLSX, who have decided to march to Parliament as well to demand knows? 

If you feel, as I do, that things are just about to take a very serious turn for the worse, now is your chance to let your feelings be known to the numerous media outlets scouring the streets for soundbites. See y'all there.

Update: This is too good.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

The Emperor is naked.

Hang on a minute, that wasn't in the plans. Greece has decided to hold a referendum on whether to return to a simplistic existence herding goats and growing olives or propping up a Ponzi Euro with the sweat of their childrens labour.

The carefully crafted bailout package that nobody understands but would save the arses of  Europes elite bankers and politicians has managed to last just four days. The man behind the curtain has been rumbled.

How come? 

The people are going to be asked whether they are happy to be enslaved in EU debt and living for a pittance whilst prices for a coffee remain as high as Berlin or simply say "sod it. I'll make do like my parents did, this bloody growth bubble not helping me at all, innit"

The markets are not in panic. They are adjusting quite naturally to a hard dose of reality that some people might not get their money back because no matter how much can be extracted forcibly from German taxpayers, the Greeks will simply say "thanks, but no thanks". Capitalism is being allowed to work, banks who recklessly over invested because the Politicians told them the well would never run dry are losing their shirts and the Greeks have spotted that the EURO emperor is naked as the day it was born.

More please, Toto. Keep pulling at the curtains....

Friday, 28 October 2011

OccupyLSX to take on the Big Boys

Finally, after two weeks of milling around demanding nothing except the right to camp outside a church, the Occupy movement in London have finally grown a pair. No more "tranquility Tent" and vegan meditation idiots, some very astute souls have decided to take on the beast itself. The corporation of the City of London.

Yes, the city of London is a corporation - complete with a private Police force, the ancient right to have a lobbyist in the House of Commons and more Freemasonary than you can shake a rolled up trouser leg at. It is the epitome of undemocratic corporatism and it runs the UK Financial sector.

Expect some serious sparks to fly as the many layers of this ancient order of privilege is exposed to the cold hard reality of the media spotlight.

This is a revolution worth fighting for. Let's get started.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Over the border...

I notice that our masters have struck up a deal to keep the endless stream of free money flowing, greasing the wheels of their own vanity promises to make us all rich and equal. One trillion Euros is to be produced to recapitalise the banks that lent the money to the states that made the promises they couldn't honour. Only another €4000 debt for every man, woman and child in the EU, nothing serious....

As my more astute readers will know, I have a plan that revolves around getting the hell out of here. I have achieved what I wished to achieve financially and no longer see the point in supporting a state that would happily grab 100% of my wealth if it could just find a way. Meanwhile, the promises of more wealth for all continue to spout forth from politicians in the pockets of the banks who will lend it to you, just sign here

So let's have a quick look at what happened to Greek prices when they decided to take the offer of endless EU cash that was on the table and Southern Bulgaria, the country I plan to make to make my home, that didn't. Indulge me, I am moving to a village just 40km from the Greek beaches and want to know what my carefully managed savings will buy me.

A little research tells me that Greece is around three times the price of neighbouring Bulgaria. You can find detailed prices here and here

A Greek peasant now has to find three times the money of his neighbour to buy a beer ( I'll focus on the important things). Why? All part of the dream, I'm afraid. If Greeks are going to drive BMWs like their Northern European backers, they'll have to pay the same prices as Northern Europeans, even if it means borrowing the money to do so. In the glorious EU, no one is allowed to live a simple, low cost life. That would be treason against a state that is designed to invade every aspect of your life, control your finances and your thinking and dictate how you may live. In the name of "equality"

The Greeks have now been told that they can't have any more money to buy BMWs and their wages have just been slashed by half. Yet a coffee still costs £3 and they are still burdened with the crippling and expensive debt, legislation and regulation that a Northern European is taxed to death to supply. No wonder they are rioting.

Greece was sold a pup and is now trapped in poverty. Greeks will return to riding donkeys and herding goats for a pittance but unless they drop the Euro, they'll still be paying the same rate as you or I for that mandatory EU health and safety audit or translation of their benefits forms into Latvian. Drink up Kostas, another coffee?

Brussels attempted to place Bulgaria in the same position as Greece when they joined the EU. Sofia refused to take the shilling and as such, has a flat income tax rate and corporation tax rate of 10%. Coupled with bank deposit interest rates of 7% per annum, a shrewd businessman will pay just 3% tax per annum. My kind of State. Sure there aren't as many diversity coordinators in Bulgaria as Brussels would like, and their commitment to climate change is appalling, probably best not to mention building regs or planning permission or vehicle emissions zones or disabled access and cycle lanes, but then again, Bulgarians are not hopelessly in debt to the bankers  whilst admiring a gleaming new airport either.

Sorry, Kostas my short jaunt over the border to visit the beaches of the Aegean will almost certainly involve a picnic hamper and a thermos flask. Brussels made sure of that.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Fight fire with fire

Aw, they didn't do what we asked them to. So let's do what the EU itself does. Ask again. And again. And again. Until we get the answer we want.

Sign the NEW ePetition on an EU referendum here and keep signing until they realise they are supposed to represent us, not their party.

Monday, 24 October 2011

147 state aided Corporations rule the world

As my readers will know, I am a fervent capitalist. It puts food on the table, allows me to sell my unique talents at market rates, drives ambition and increases my standard of living. I repeat, I have no issue with earned wealth or capitalism. It isn't perfect because more often then not, it is controlled by someone with a vested interest in distorting the market for personal gain, be that Corporations who crush or "acquire" their competition or Governments who regulate to the Nth degree so that only established players stand a chance and entry to market is effectively closed for newcomers who do it cheaper or better.

One of the major problems I have with the Occupy movement is their anti Capitalism. Their solution, socialism, has been proven time and time again to drive DOWN standards of living whilst driving UP prices for you and me. No amount of well meaning rhetoric and concern for my fellow man will ever see me take money out of your pocket against your will and hand it to someone else to appease any ingrained guilt complex I may feel. I stand ready to help people to help themselves, but that does not include the contents of my wallet without my permission.
In the effort to control markets and over regulate free trade, all governments have been rewarded by those who stand to gain most from their tinkering. It is no coincidence that a behemoth of a Lobby industry knows exactly how to get richer. Control the Politicians, who control the treasuries and the Statute books and you're pretty much home and dry in the get rich quick stakes.

So it comes as no great surprise that Corporations now dominate the markets. Take a walk down any identi-high Street. Any originality, any niche supplier is snapped up and killed or "assimilated" into the portfolio of Corporations like drones to the Borg.

A recent report in the New Scientist shows that just 147 companies control Capitalism.Complex interwoven networks propped up by States and Central banks. Here are the top twenty. I'll leave it to you to spot how many have been bailed out by Politicians using YOUR money, taken by force. Then you might like to find out how many have ex politicians on the board or fund Party coffers.

We're being robbed and there is not a single thing we can do to stop them. They are 99% of the problem

1. Barclays plc
2. Capital Group Companies Inc
3. FMR Corporation
4. AXA
5. State Street Corporation
6. JP Morgan Chase & Co
7. Legal & General Group plc
8. Vanguard Group Inc
10. Merrill Lynch & Co Inc
11. Wellington Management Co LLP
12. Deutsche Bank AG
13. Franklin Resources Inc
14. Credit Suisse Group
15. Walton Enterprises LLC
16. Bank of New York Mellon Corp
17. Natixis
18. Goldman Sachs Group Inc
19. T Rowe Price Group Inc
20. Legg Mason Inc

Don't forget, I have a new column on @Blottr today.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Cast out!!

I note that the Dean of St Pauls Cathedral has decided enough is enough and called time on the anti Capitalist Occupy protest that invaded his courtyard last weekend. Rather brilliantly, he has used the "health and safety" universal get out clause so beloved by unions and the State to throw the few remaining jugglers and "colour therapists" off his steps.

It is a shame that the modern protest movement seem unable to unite to address what is a uniform grievance. Most people are genuinely pissed off with the State handing money, OUR money to failed banks that under proper capitalism would have gone to the wall whilst their overpaid Chairmen jumped from the top floor of their office blocks. Alas, instead, the usual rent a mob grabbed their Samba drums, crayons, stilts and loudhailers and set up "workspaces" where they could all agree with each other as long as no one actually did anything sensible. Media tents, meditation tents, crystal therapy tents. And a piano.

Meanwhile, in Greece, half a MILLION people decided enough was enough and no way were they going to pay back the money their Politicians had borrowed in their name to buy votes. Greeks are screeching that their wages have halved (well, they would when the other half was borrowed and your credit card is cut up) and no sooner had they arrived at Parliament, than the Statist communists decided to encircle the place and attack anyone who was protesting. Only one dead - this time.

This is how it works. Do not vote for Politicians who borrow money in your name if you are not prepared to pay back that debt. Do not expect money unless you have earned it and it rightfully belongs to you. Do not go and protest unless you actually know why you are protesting and have an alternative plan that can be offered, tested, tested again and proved. Simply sitting on the steps of a Church and demanding that brain surgeons be paid the same as litter collectors and aeroplanes should be banned because they are made by corporations is not the way to win over your fellow citizens.Setting up recycling facilities and art groups are not the greatest priority when the system is about to collapse. The Occupy movement STILL have no coherent demands, no theory, no alternative - well, that doesn't involve yet more of the same idiocy we have just elected out of office and bankrupted the country anyway.

For the same reason I do not belong to a political party is in all truth the same reason that Occupy has failed. Everybody wanted to be leader and everybody had an agenda that trumped their neighbours. All sought to control the herd and replace the farmer - the irony that they squatted on the steps of a Church because they were "friendly" was not lost on me last weekend.

So where now? Simple. We sit back and study what those with genuine grievances, the Greeks get up to. I suspect a collapse in their government, followed by a default, followed by a military coup, followed by a return to sanity where they herd goats and farm melons instead of borrowing French money to buy BMWs. The natural state, if you like. Sure, it will shock many of the idealists who assume every single economy can be "leveraged to engage with equality" or some such shite but you cannot escape the consequences of avoiding reality.

I have no answer for the UK. I'd like to see a major UK bank go bust - as Northern Rock should have, I'd like to see us renegotiate our relationship with the EU along the same lines as the Swiss have managed and I'd like to see more than the equivalent of a one party State filled to the brim with Party apparatchiks and spin doctors selling our souls to the highest bidders but sitting on the steps outside a church with a set of maracas certainly isn't going to do it - and why should it?

No, I'll continue my own little individual protests whilst gently extracting myself from their clutches. No TV licence for me, no census, no voting in their pointless elections and financing their vanity projects, no yielding to their demands or salivating at their promises. Like a single grain of sand circulating through an expansive highly oiled machine, eventually my presence will either produce a pearl or a seizure in a cog. I can wait, unlike most,  I have made my plans to live without state intervention or a pension from a Politician - much to their annoyance.

My final message to Occupy? Don't use the system you detest. Go off grid, stop demanding the corrupt state employ you and pay you benefits, arrange your own finances and exploit the loopholes it leaves open. Realise that Politicians only have power over your lives because you allow them to. Develop your own individual ways to avoid the system and pretty soon, you won't have to protest because the actions of banks and politicians will no longer be relevant to your life.

And then, like the Church, like the Monarchs, like every dictator or tyrant who insists you do it their way, they'll hate you because you simply don't need to. Then you win. Got it?

Cameron: We need a referendum on the EU

Remember, this is the same person who takes half your money by force and promises you an old age pension in return. All three parties promised a referendum, a chance for your voice to be heard in our "democracy". All three have decided, on your behalf of course, that the referendum you have requested will not take place. Still think you're free?

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Do as you want, or do as you are told

If you are happy with our membership of the EU, do nothing

If you are not happy with:

  • Enforced rules dictating how you may earn your living
  • Enforced rules dictating a foreign Police force may roam our streets
  • Enforced rules dictating what you may buy and from whom
  • Enforced rules dictating how much VAT you must pay
  • Enforced rules dictating how much income tax you must pay
  • Enforced rules dictating who may travel through our borders
  • Enforced rules dictating how your personal data is held and shared
  • Enforced rules dictating how our budget must be spent
  • Enforced rules dictating how you must live your life
  • Enforced rules dictating what you may own

Then you have a chance, just one, to hold our elected representatives to account.

Write to your MP and tell them that you will not accept being dictated to by an unelected European elite who have unlimited access to your property, your money, your sovereignty and your life.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Get out of that castle, Englishman, others need it

It isn't a coincidence that I was awoken at dawn by the Pravda box informing me that State Riot Squads with tazers were evicting owners of property from their own land this morning. Whatever your views on the traveler community, they owned that land and improved it from a fetid scrap car dealers yard into a place they could raise children in safety. Still, their crime was to "develop" the land whilst not making anyone rich. "Prime green belt land" should be worth millions, not the £50K they paid appears to be the argument from the "victims" of this heinous crime, the property developers. "If they get away with it, anyone can get away with it - uphold the law! And our property portfolios"

Then, beautifully placed came the second Pravda article. People "hoarding" the houses they bought and paid for with their own money. The crime of owning a spare bedroom, therefore denying others the "right" to own a cheap property. Old people should be bribed with er..taxpayers money, to abandon their family homes and move into smaller, specially developed high density properties, presumably on green belt land and costing a fortune to free up their houses for those who need them most (and will pay stamp duty to the Govt to move into them).

We are rapidly approaching a state where ownership of anything is to be discouraged unless it can be reclaimed by a corporation (for updating) or the State to be re taxed. Just buying it with your own money isn't enough, you have to surrender it again so it can be revalued and resold, generating profit on profit and more taxes for the treasury. Trust me, if you can be "persuaded" out of your house because you have more room than you absolutely need, it won't be long before the State decides it cannot justify allowing you to own a four door car if you are not a family or a garden if you are housebound.

Please, leave us and our money alone. We earned it, you took as much of it as you possibly could without us actually burning down Parliament and hanging you from lamp posts, so stop telling us that we cannot have what we want and have paid for. When you get the Queen to live in a retirement studio by the A12 and turn her palaces into three bed housing association flats for "the vulnerable" who cannot get on the housing ladder/property bubble, come and see me. Not before.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

EU debate 27th October

Dear Brooks,

On October 27th 2011, you will have the opportunity to represent your constituents in a debate on the EU in our Parliament, the House of Commons, the one that represents the People (not business, not the vested interests of your Party donors, not unions, but US, the people).

I am a European. My children are Europeans and like the Swiss and the Icelanders, I would like them to remain Europeans, without being dictated how to live their lives from the unelected Committees in Brussels.

I am not interested in how much big business would lose, or how difficult it would be to extract us from the spaghetti of legislation spun by you and your predecessors to ensure we cannot leave the web we were led into. I want out.

I am happy to trade with the EU, visit the EU, discuss with the EU and spend my holidays in the EU, but just like the Swiss, I see no need to embed myself in it and be dictated to by people I can never vote for. So do us all a favour and vote for an exit, or I’ll move heaven and earth to make sure Priti Patel gets the Braintree seat when the boundaries are changed.

Love and kisses

Old Holborn

Monday, 17 October 2011

Occupy LSX - Eye witness report

After much jazzhands and posturing via steering committees, and much lentil bake consumed, the protesters at St Pauls Cathedral have finally issued their demands.

1 The current system is unsustainable. It is undemocratic and unjust. We need alternatives; this is where we work towards them.

2 We are of all ethnicities, backgrounds, genders, generations, sexualities, dis/abilities and faiths. We stand together with occupations all over the world.

3 We refuse to pay for the banks' crisis.

4 We do not accept the cuts as either necessary or inevitable. We demand an end to global tax injustice and our democracy representing corporations instead of the people.

5 We want regulators to be genuinely independent of the industries they regulate.

6 We support the strike on 30 November and the student action on 9 November, and actions to defend our health services, welfare, education and employment, and to stop wars and arms dealing.

7 We want structural change towards authentic global equality. The world's resources must go towards caring for people and the planet, not the military, corporate profits or the rich.

8 We stand in solidarity with the global oppressed and we call for an end to the actions of our government and others in causing this oppression.

9 This is what democracy looks like. Come and join us!

I visited yesterday to see what all the fuss was about. A couple of hundred of the usual suspects were there. When you are a political activist you get to see quite a few of the same people at any protest from fox hunting to ban the bomb and sure enough, a rich seam of swivel eyed loons, frothing at the mouth and ranting about chem trails, 9/11 and fluoride in the water seemed to be the main agenda.

It became clear they had no agenda other than to simply be there in case anything important happened. It didn’t. Eventually, the self appointed “leader” decided that everyone should huddle together and make up a list of “demands”. See above.

No one is more disappointed than me. There seems to be a genuine movement building to expose the connection between our corrupt politicians and our corrupt bankers and simply say STOP, something which always has had my full support. However, much to my dismay, it wasn’t long before I uncovered the usual piles of Socialist Worker in the recycling bins along with “Stop the Cuts” and “Hands off our benefits” placards.

I sat down with a few and tried to ascertain why they were there. 50 different people gave 50 different answers, all of them involved protecting public sector jobs, abolishing student fees and maintaining a massive welfare state. Oh, and don’t give the banks any more money., And some unicorn tears to make it all better. You can’t use logic to get people out of a mindset logic didn’t get them into. Why are you at the Stock Exchange, I asked? We hate corporations, they answered whilst tweeting on their iPads and sipping a Starbucks Latte – I was deafened by Irony Klaxons blasting in my ears. Wall Street companies were bailed out but the London Stock Exchange has never borrowed money in my name, so why not go to Parliament or the Banks, where the real cowards and thieves live? “Erm…the church here has been really nice to us”

Bottom line? These protesters want MORE taxes, an enlarged welfare state, a bigger Government, State jobs and death to bankers – and a bath. Marx would have been proud of them. I give them a fortnight at most. The Police have already removed the portaloos and it can’t be long before Starbucks and Pizza Express get fed up with toilets blocked by Lentil casserole and organic dysentery. As much as I hoped people had woken up from the stupor of a decade of Labour benefit addiction, the OccupyLSX protest is nothing more than a cold turkey sweat of the terminal welfare junkies.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

PS, I'm sure you will all love my Blottr column today

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Ship of Fools

It seems no one has learned a damn thing. Four years after the beginning of the banking crisis and the subsequent carnage as Politicians poured in trillions of our money to prop up the ponzi schemes and protesters are once again heading down to the City to "occupy the Stock Exchange". They may as well be occupying Billingsgate fish market for all the difference it will make.

No one has EVER forced me to buy shares. Contrast if you will, the £100,000 of PUBLIC debt carried by EVERY family in the UK, thanks to Politicians and the Central Banks raiding our currency, yet no one has demanded to occupy Parliament or the Bank of England. Germans are protesting outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, thousands of them who know EXACTLY where the criminals are. Us? Sitting on the steps of St Pauls Catherdral and being kettled once again by the laughing Policeman.

Wise up fools. Go for the bankers and the Bond traders. Go for the Politicians who expect you to work harder and longer to pay for their narcisstic promises. Go for the REAL theives, the ones whose hands you are not allowed to remove from your own pockets, the ones who use the LAW to steal your money and place your children in debt. Let me know when you do, and I'll be there, on the front line, as usual. Ranting that people are richer than you is the politics of envy, nothing more and as history proves, just makes everyone pennyless.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Fox Fucks Off

And about time too. I remember when the slightest hint of a whiff of lavender would have a minister resigning in an instant.

Let me make myself clear. I do not want ANYBODY who assumes authority over me to be open to blackmail. Hague did it, Fox did it. Taking young men away on "business trips" might be very liberal and trendy in our PC bubble we have created for ourselves, but most of the world doesn't live by our morals - and no one has to deal with them more than our Defence or Foreign Secretaries.

Clean up your act guys, it's a dangerous place out there. Now of course, the REAL challenge is going to be finding a replacement who isn't a millionaire, a closet poof, in the pay of lobbyists or defence companies and has a clean record that cannot be exploited by those who seek to exercise power over those who hold power over us. I'm not holding my breath.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Rejoice!! Glorious 5 year plan announced!!

You have to love Ed Balls. "Something must be done!" he screeches "This is something. Do it"

Now call me cynical but I have yet to meet a UK Government who plan anything in the long term. All activities by the powers that be are designed with the sole aim of short term gain and re-election so they can keep their greasy hands on the levers of power and deep in the pockets of the tax victims (I refuse to call them taxpayers, it isn't optional, after all). Let's have a look at Ed's Glorious 5 Point Plan to return Britain to the boom, boom, boom of those wonderful Labour years under Gordon "the ruiner" Brown.

  • Repeating the bank bonus tax - and using "the money to build 25,000 affordable homes and guarantee a job for 100,000 young people" - that'll be the banks that will need recapitalising because they money, right?
  • Bringing forward long-term investment projects, such as schools, roads and transport, to create jobs - No Ed. We are a trillion in debt because of your PFI specials and my kids certainly do not want any more piled on them
  • Reversing January's "damaging" VAT rise now for a temporary period - why temporary Ed? If you want people to consume, reduce the consumption tax permanently.
  • Immediate one-year cut in VAT to 5% on home improvements, repairs and maintenance - ah, and create a housing bubble as Dawn and Keith rush out to buy a Jacuzzi to add a few quid to the value of their two up, two down in Droitwich? Boom and bust, remember?
  • One-year national insurance tax break "for every small firm which takes on extra workers, using the money left over from the government's failed national insurance rebate for new businesses" - "money left over" ? Ed, there isn't any money, you gave it all to the banks, remember?
 There is a global adjustment under way, Ed. A monumental fight between the banks, Corporations and Politicians and us, the ever suffering public who serve them. We, as a planet, have run out of money we never had in the first place (yet strangely will have to repay). We cannot afford what we cannot afford, as Greece is slowly finding out. Promises from Politicians are as worthless as the bonds they sell to finance it. The game is up. Poor? Cancel your fucking SkyPlus box and stop ordering Dominoes pizzas from your iPhone then. Try and make do with last seasons nylon football shirt, no matter what the shame. Jobless? Go and join the Poles in the factories and the fields actually earning a living until things look up again. 

Pay off your debts and start living within your means, just as 2/3rds of the planet has to.Ask the older generation how they managed without a iPhone or a television in every room because no matter what our elected Emperors may tell you, we are not clothed in fine silks supplied by them, we are skint. Proper skint, naked and utterly exposed to the cold wind of reality.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses,
And all the king's men,
Couldn't put Humpty together again.

You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.” Ayn Rand

Monday, 10 October 2011

For better, for worse.....

I had the misfortune to hear Vera Baird on Radio 4 earlier, demanding that forced marriages should be left as they are, as to prosecute the perpetrators would only "alienate the victim from their immediate family."

After a short lie down, and a trip to the garden to retrieve the radio, I composed myself.

I understand that humans in groups develop their own cultures. We have no inner core value so invent them to suit our surroundings and ensure the survival of the fittest. If it doesn't succeed, the group die out. Yes, it's that old monster, evolution.

Some cultures have decided that the best way to ensure wealth, power and property are transferred correctly is to arrange marriages - actually a smart idea, if both partners consent. Then some cultures have decided to really keep it in the family and forcibly marry you to your own cousin, presumably to reduce the amount of presents at Christmas. One set of Grandparents keeps the bills down.

Alas, nature has a way of dealing with this. Genetic defects soon put a stop to that little game. Ask the Ashkenazi tribes of Israel of the Pakistani tribes of Bradford how well that is going. It isn't. We weren't designed for forced marriage (read procreation) to close relatives. Studies show that the "natural state" is that a man and a woman part after seven years of child raising to increase the genetic chances of successful offspring. don't put all your eggs in one basket as they say. Probably a lot of sense in that argument. Not many species marry for life.

Back to Vera. Vera is not dumb, she once held high office in this land. Vera attained high office by pandering to every culture she encountered in the hope that it would increase her share of the vote. Vera knows that women are enslaved by marriages they never agreed to, yet Vera will not and cannot upset the multi cultural apple cart for fear of losing influence - I would have love to have seen her offering dinner to cannibals in exchange for votes, but I digress.

Vera. If prosecuting the immediate family of those who abuse a girl is "cruel" and "unnecessary", because it would alienate her from her "loving family", why did we not hear you decrying the rights of victims of Paedophilia to challenge their tormentors for the same reason? Not enough votes in it?

Of course a Fabian like Vera will always take the side of those who tell, not ask. Never, ever, trust a Politician. Ever. Bastards.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

November 5th Walk, Westminster

It would be a shame to let a November 5th pass without protest at that most sacred of institutions, the Royal Palace of Westminster, so I have decided that this years protest WILL take place.

For those who are unaccustomed to my November 5th walks, it involves large amounts of beer, Guy Fawkes costumes, a great deal of humour and a willingness to poke the great and the good on their own turf. no one usually gets arrested, although we all usually get stopped and searched, giving us all the perfect opportunity to show that we know our rights and tell those who would usurp them where to get off - "no officer, you may not detain me".

Past walks have been a great chance for likeminded Libertarian or anarchist individuals to meet up and of course, as this time it falls on a Saturday, you'll have no excuse to confuse tourists, test your law skills, upset the ground staff at Hogwarts, get in the paper and on the tellybox and show that you care a little for the abuse of our rights and freedoms by the 650 idiots who pretend to act in our name and with our mandate.

So it's time to dig out the V for Vendetta masks (or a Burqa - try removing that, Constable) and meet up with me to discuss how we continue to be the thorn in side of those who would be our masters, using money taken by force from us, the people.


Meet Saturday November 5th, 11am, Chandos Pub (cheap ale), Trafalgar Square, London.

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