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Saturday, 28 April 2012

"Shareholders revolt" ? Not really.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2136361/Barclays 

Leaving aside all this hype about a "shareholders revolt" does anyone really think that what happened at the AGM (27th April 2012) will make one iota of difference to the way that Barclays is run? It would require a revolt by the major shareholders en masse, to have any real effect. But, of course, this is not going to happen, because the major shareholders are themselves,other banks and financial institutions who, when the time comes and they have awarded themselves obscene levels of bonuses and benefits they will not risk Barclays or anyone else staging a revolt at their AGM's.It is an obscene, corrupt self interested club, endorsed and supported by governments and the establishment, on the pretext of providing benefit to the economy. The veneer of respectability has always been a bit thin, but now threadbare patches and holes are exposing the true vision of filthiness of their system.



Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Business as usual.

 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/


Ecclestone and his F1 circus have gone. The worlds press and television have moved on to their next assignment. Meanwhile in Bahrain, the protests continue and for Hamad bin Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa and the rest of the family clique its back to business as usual. The "International Community" resumes viewing the situation through its blind eye, the US 5th Fleet stays in its base at Juffai, and the Saudi's continue to prop up the regimes grip on the people. In the case of Bahrain, the world just does not care.





Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Fear returns to the eurozone


http://www.independent.co.uk/news



The "markets"/speculators/IMF/Eurozone Banks/Angela Merkel/two posh boys who don’t know the price of milk/ and Sarkozy are taking fright.The ordinary people of Europe who are paying the price on a daily basis for the ineptitude of their governments and the greed of the speculators, are more concerned with how to prevent these pirates from creating even more carnage, than speculators pockets and bankers balance sheets.


Monday, 23 April 2012

Lords Reform?

 clegg-warns-party-he-wont-go-to-war-over-lords-reform

 

Again, Clegg demonstrates that his commitment to principle is secondary to his determination to remain at the cabinet table. No matter what the issue may be, he will not put the coalition at risk, and there by his job (with its salary and perks) regardless of pledge or party. It is unfortunate that the lobby fodder of the Libdems Parliamentary party are of the same mind set and will whinge, moan, gnash teeth and then follow Clegg into the Government lobby. Collectively, this avaricious collection of non entities, reflect all that is rotten with this  Parliament and its cynical self interested bunch of members. 


Sunday, 22 April 2012


 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/

This woman and her scrounging bunch of unelected speculators, lining banks and  their own pockets with OUR money, are again dictating their neocon policies in their self appointed position of the World Governing Council. They are dangerous, opinionated and sinister and should be viewed with extreme caution. 


Andrew Lansley backs lower pay for NHS staff in poorer areas

 http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics


There are, of course, exemptions to the proposals for regional pay. Executives and senior managers working in the new "Lansley" bodies for the NHS reform programme will not be subject to  these divisive and ideological proposals. . It seems that these executives are extra special because of the need to "attract and retain high-calibre leaders and staff responsible for transforming delivery". It also seems, to me at least, that Lansley is a dangerous bonehead, embarking on another measure  aileanate working people, perpetuate and increase division between North and South and harden divisions between the well paid and everyone else. Lansley should have been fired for his disastrous handling of the NHS Reforms package, otherwise known as Privatisation, and for his arrogant behaviour during and since the debates. He must have some hold over the cabinet in order to retain his position.


Friday, 20 April 2012

CANCEL THE BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX

http://news.uk.msn.com/uk/concern-over-bahrain-grand-prix-1
Principle is more important that money. Ecclestone and the Bahrain Royal family grab the kudos, while the Bahrain security forces back by the Saudi forces continue to oppress and kill  protesters. CANCEL THE BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX