Archive for July 2008
It is interesting to note that New Labor have cleverly blamed the their poor showing on the UK’s economic woes and got all defensive about it, claiming (justifiably) that in part, the problem is global. Pure genius! Why? Because their unpopularity has little to do with the economy. The actual reason New Labor are in this position is their enthusiasm for a surveillance state that projects mistrust in the people, rediculous on the spot ‘guilty until proven innocent’ fines, confusing (dishonest?) environmental policy and other topics covered on these pages of pragmatic enlightenment.
Solution: We desperately need someone with the bravado, focus and sense of ethics that Mrs. Thatcher bought to the table during her first term. Thing is, who?
I am not sure if New Labor’s loss in Glasgow is because people are fed up of our surveillance state or whether it is the state of the economy – or both, but it better be the former else we are sleep walking into a world where we will fear every action we take. Just what where those council people doing LOOKING in this mans van? That is an infringement of his privacy!
Solution? Revolt! His wife should never had paid the fine! Where was the court case?
The UK government is further stressing the average person by imposing complex privacy infringing recycling laws – before waiting for retailers and supermarkets to offer consumers a practical alternative. This is all about surveillance, over taxation and fining the middle class – and nothing to do with the environment! Our government is panicking to the detriment of its citizens.
- As per speeding restrictions, allowing local councils to impose their own laws will confuse those of us who travel and visit a different location, perhaps to see a friend or relative or go on business. If you make a mistake, you will be further burdened with a fine – damaging your already stressed finances.
- Using weight as a way to deter waste is pointless! A banana skin probably weighs more than a plastic bottle! And as a banana is healthier than ‘wrapped’ processed food, people should be encouraged to eat more fresh produce, not less!
- Why refuse to collect simply because a bin is incorrectly positioned? What is the justification for this?
- The process of separating waste and remembering what day which box or bin goes out is time wasting and complicated – in particular for immigrants who do not understand. Why not just collect everything at once and separate it all at a remote plant? A great use of council tax will be to employ people to sort the waste. People like and pay for convenience. If recycling is seamlessly integrated into daily life, rather than looked upon as a chore, then people will incorporate it into their lifestyle – as they have adopted the microwave oven.
- Have the government considered multiple occupancy residenses – where 3 or 4 times as much trash is produced yet the same number of receipticals are provided?
- The multiple collection containers themselves (blue for plastic bottles, green for glass etc) are made from environmentally harmful plastics, crack and break up after a few months of abuse, are an eyesore and if left uncovered, stink after two weeks. Not to mention the space they occupy.
So what are we going to do about it all then?
Suggested alternatives coming soon in Chill (right column) and possibly at LIFEMACHINE.COM.
Progress update: Exhibit A (20th August 2008)
Digest this (© BBC 2008) and argue why he should not receive a polite reprimand and be allowed to get on with his work and life? (Note that the pollution from the cars passing the average pub will have a far more serious effect on people’s health than even an hour of this gentleman’s cigar smoke.) We really are witnessing the birth of a fascist state and the misuse of minor offenses as a tool to eject fairly important individuals from their roles in society. This is all very worrying. Much more on all this subject in due course in the right column > Pages.
As per lengthy missive due for importing from my previous hand built blog, the collapse (© Telegraph 2008) of law and order in the UK is due to the de-evolution of an Island that is conceptually progressing towards that featured in William Golding’s Lord of The Flies. Amongst other things, this is occurring for the following reasons:
- New Labor and politically correct laws that undermine common sense and family values
- Dumbed down education system
- Tony Blair focused his whole time on Iraq, not our national wellbeing
- The directors of the BBC (Mark Thompson in particular), GMTV and Channel 4 for dumbing down our media with their insipid ‘just how low can we go’ programming that unlike television of the 1970s does not provide firm foundations for character and intellectual development
- Our adoption of all the worst aspects of American society – rather than the best, such as Three Strikes and You’re Out laws, positive role models, constructive (glass half full) criticism etc.
More later on a separate dedicated page.