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Add your thoughts. I think that this would be great as a round robin…

alittleecon

George Osborne chose to invoke the Trainspotting (or was that James Callaghan?) in his speech today. I’m sure some cleverer people than me are producing audio PF Project/George Osborne mashups as we speak, but here’s my written “alternative” list of Conservative choices (adapting the actual song lyrics):

Choose life.
Choose a zero-hours contract job.
Choose a 6 month apprenticeship paying £2.68 an hour.
Choose a family (one man and one woman united in marriage obviously),
Choose a f**king big payday loan
Choose washing machines, cars,
mp3 players, and electrical bread makers.
Choose good health, low cholesterol
and private medical insurance.
Choose help-to-buy 95% mortgage repayments.
Choose a poorly built starter home (on a brownfield site).
Choose your friends.
Choose lounge wear and matching luggage.
Choose a three piece suite from Brighthouse
in a range of f**king fabrics.
Choose DIY and wondering who you
are on a Monday morning (with your curtains closed).

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For those who didn’t see or hear it, you must…

alittleecon

There was an inspirational speech at the Labour Party Conference today. Sadly the speaker wasn’t a Labour front-bencher however. It was 91 year old RAF veteran Harry Smith giving an emotional account of life growing up in Barnsley before the birth of the NHS, and urging us to be vigilant to prevent us from going backwards. Here’s the video of the speech:

Harry has also written a number of columns for the Guardian which you can read here. He has more common sense and decency than most of the House of Commons combined!

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The bias against the referendum was so bad that even no voters questioned it…

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Mike over at his blog has frequently discussed the repeated misreporting and, indeed, deliberate censorship of left-wing demonstrations against the government by the BBC and the other mainstream broadcasters. Apart from the usual tactic of deliberately giving the number of protestors as smaller than there were in reality, the BBC has also totally omitted several major demonstrations against the government from its television news. Instead, some minimal coverage was grudgingly given to them on the radio and on-line. Several of Mike’s readers and commenters, including Mike himself, have complained about this. They’ve been brushed off with a standard reply about the limited amount of space available, and the necessity of skipping or omitting some items in favour of more important news. The Beeb has then smugly declared that it’s duly investigated the case, and found that everything was done properly and appropriately.

So that’s alright then, as Private Eye says…

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This is the comment I wrote in reply to the first few lines of the blog.

Actually Mike, the “minority” you speak of is 1.6 million – I wouldn’t call that a minority in a lot of ways.
A hell of a lot of No voters who were Labour voters have switched to SNP, Scottish Greens etc.
The feeling in the country is that they want Labour out of Scotland along with the ONE tory and FIVE Lib/Dems.
The SNP are now the third largest political party in the UK and over 17,000 new members have joined since the day after the referendum, with other labour voters going over to the Scottish Greens and the SSP.
I’m not surprised to see this happen as the results of the referendum came up with the statement from Milliband underneath, saying he was not going along with the other two muppets on the promise of more powers.
I’m and SNP member, along with my hubby as we are now ex-Labour voters.
I wouldn’t think that the Independence for our country is over, not by a long chalk.
This isn’t me being bitter, it’s me seeing and hearing from around me.
There is a peaceful march tonight for the 45%’s with many others organised throughout the country and many No voters are joining in.

http://voxpoliticalonline.com/2014/09/24/dont-believe-the-critics-labours-plans-are-good-for-britain/#comment-41766

These would make great homes. Hubby and I were really taken aback at how quickly they built a new school – the one we vote at. I don’t know if I’d like to live in an estate or town in them, but I’d love one out in the country 🙂

alittleecon

This may be a desperately naive post, but why aren’t we building more of these? I was just watching a little item on Look North tonight about a new Passive House development of 109 homes in Sheffield. These are super-insulated family homes that require barely any energy usage for heating or cooling. This is the largest development of its type in the UK and I think there are only a few hundred Passive Houses currently built here. With energy prices so high and the need to address climate change become ever more urgent, I just wondered why we haven’t made this the minimum standard for house building over here. Is it cost? Do they require specialist materials which means we can’t scale up building? Do they require builders with very specific skills which aren’t available? Does someone have an interest in not seeing more super-energy efficient homes built?

Hopefully I…

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What are your thoughts?

alittleecon

It’s the Labour Party Conference this week and what with Ed Balls doing his best George Osborne impersonation today, I thought it might be a good time to ask people if they are planning on voting Labour, and more importantly, why? I genuinely have no idea who I will vote for next year, but I see nothing to persuade me that Labour deserve my vote. The only thing that would sway me slightly is the NHS, but the only reason we are where we are today is because of the reforms made under Tony Blair’s leadership, so can we even trust them with that?

I’m interested to hear why others are sticking with Labour though. Here’s a few reasons I can think of why people might want to:

  • Anyone but the Tories, and Labour are the only ones who can beat them
  • You think Ed Miliband would make a good…

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