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Posted on 10:01am Saturday 4th May 2013
Leave York Alone Please! I loved Richard Catton's article “Cars are here to stay, Mr Merrett” in The Press on Friday 3rd May. He makes a clear argument against spending £170,000 on an idiotic (my word) experiment to solve traffic problems by closing Lendal Bridge to private cars between 10:30 and 17:00.
Posted on 8:25pm Thursday 11th October 2012
I was pleased to see that people are starting to think about the 100th anniversary of the First World War that began on 28th July 1914. I visited battle sites and war graves in France and Belgium with my children as I believe we should all be aware of what war really means.
Posted on 10:06am Thursday 10th December 2009
I’m a simple man but I still can’t see why there is all the doom and gloom about the future of the UK economy. Isn’t the deficit we see slightly artificial? Yes there’s been a depression (yes past tense), yes we eventually spent billions buying shares in banks to stop a major economic disaster and along the way avoided millions of minor disasters for individual savers and investors (you and me). There has been a lot of individual pain for many and it isn’t all over yet, but come on get real folks, it’s time to wake up and smell the flowers. Our “investments” in various banks are listed as spending. When is someone going to start to talk more clearly about the fact that these investments will grow as bank shares recover and they will pay back everything they borrowed! There will be share dividends coming in to the exchequer and this will help too. The longer-term view is not so bleak so cheer up people and pundits, it’s nearly Christmas. So what is holding us back? We are fighting a war on terror and shouldn’t pretend that a peacetime economy and peacetime taxation is really going to pay that bill. Don’t forget that the first Income Tax 10% arrived in WW1 and never went away. Does anybody really know what the real economic costs of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and on the Home Front? I’m not arguing for or against them here, but we should all recognise that wars are expensive and have to be paid for eventually, which is why depressions follow wars. So when people are talking about the economy let’s not just hear about 1.5% here and 2.5% there, let’s hear about true total costs in each area and what we need to pay to balance the books. All this sniping and politicking about budgets and who wins and loses is boring me silly!
Posted on 2:11pm Friday 23rd October 2009
What a brilliant week for entertainment in York. The Zombies at the Duchess on Wednesday were brilliant. Four part harmonies and in tune, wonderful. To see Colin Blunstone (“Say You Don’t Mind”) back with Rod Argent (“God Gave Rock and Roll To You”) ably supported and complemented by Jim Rodford on bass (Argent, Kinks and Animals), Mark Johns on guitar (who has recorded with Jeff Beck, Tina Turner and Sting) and Steve Rodford (also Animals). They played a string of hits (“Time of the Season” and “She’s Not There”) as well as a range of other songs, old and new, that kept the audience enthralled. The sound quality in the Duchess was impressive!
Posted on 11:19am Thursday 3rd September 2009
I remember that many people of my parents generation saw voting for a Common Market as a way of joining with our neighbours to prevent happening in the future. Well we have had 64 years without he UK engaging in a war in Europe so maybe they were right. In the same way that the union that formed the UK has prevented all out war in Britain for hundreds of years. Although in Europe’s case, maybe the fear of mutual destruction in a nuclear holocaust has something to do with it as well of course. However, as we continue to send money out of the country, upping our daily contribution to the EC from £39,000,000 per day to £45,000,000 per day to help pay for roads and other infrastructure in eastern Europe, I wonder - should we send money further to avoid war? How much would it cost us to spend money not having to fight a war in Afghanistan? To pay for whatever part of the Opium Crop might be considered fair to stop its production. To support and enable a peaceful way of life that may be different from our own, that may be more tribal, but may suit Afghanistan. Could we achieve a lasting result and a supporting role over there without losing any more of our young fighting men and women?
Posted on 2:02pm Thursday 18th June 2009
I can’t help but feel sorry for the staff and management at York City Football Club on reading about the departure of Onome Sodje. YCFC seem to have done everything to support and help him in his fight to stay in the UK to play football. This effort was not without cost to a club that is always short of funds. However, with the help of Archbishop Sentamu and York MP Hugh Bailey, the appeal was ultimately successful and Onome has been allowed to stay and work in the UK. Just not at York!
Posted on 10:59am Friday 13th March 2009
Staggering to see the money supply being increased manually, because the attempts to make credit available haven’t worked so far. I seem to remember when analysts were wailing about the money supply being out of government control because credit was so available the money supply was growing willy-nilly. How times change!
Posted on 11:34am Thursday 30th October 2008
Amazing to see Alastair Darling advising how his idea (I’m sure they have a listening device hidden in my house because I suggested it) of taking shares in the banks will pay off in the long run when they are sold off. Why didn’t he do that in the first place with Northern Rock? Instead we saw Northern Rock destroyed as a bank and the shareholding of millions of small investors reduced to a few Pence, literally Pence! So not much incentive for small investors to return to investing in the market when things improve is there? Banks appeared to be the one thing that people could “safely” invest in, so I predict a shortage of investment for some years to come. Alastair’s investment of our tax Billions is likely to remain invested for a long time to come, or until our shares are sold to some foreign investor. What will be the last thing we sell to foreign owners, only to wonder why the jobs and the profits go abroad?
Posted on 3:08pm Friday 19th September 2008
When Chancellor Darling stabbed the average working family in the back yet again by introducing more taxes on them and their older larger cars. Did he think what the final outcome might be on two car families?
Posted on 10:50pm Thursday 5th June 2008
I’m just so sick of being kicked around by this bunch of dopes that call themselves a Government. Career politicians who believe the only way to make a name for themselves is to come up with a new idea, sensible or not, and follow it through regardless of the effect upon the voters.
Posted on 10:22am Monday 14th April 2008
As a lifelong York City fan I was utterly stunned by the antics of the Referee at this Saturday’s match against Woking, who shocked the crowd by sending off 3 York players, no Woking players (should have been two by my interpretation of his rules), and forgot he was in control (I use the word jokingly) of public entertainment.
Posted on 11:47pm Monday 18th February 2008
I watched "Make Trade Fair" (BBC Sunday night) and am appalled! Not in the way I suspect I was supposed to be appalled, but because of the total lack of intelligent questioning to highlight any issues that do or don't exist.
Posted on 9:03pm Tuesday 8th January 2008
So now it's all over... no more Christmas lights and flashing Santas everywhere and I miss it, everything looks so dull. I know it's not cool or tasteful but it is colourful at a time of year when colour is in short supply. Maybe I've got SAD syndrome and all I need is a bright light to keep me happy but I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels like this. I'd suggest having all January as part of Christmas, which would make about 38 Days of Christmas. But, and it is a big but, that blinking song about the twelve days of Christmas (changed to 38) would be so long we'd all be suicidal by the time we'd finished singing it, or hearing it for that matter.