20/02/2017

Despite Huge Council Tax Rises Local Authorities Continue To ‘Slash and Burn’ Services

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Despite council tax rises of an average of 5% local authorities are still saying they will have to cut funding for libraries, pot holes, leisure services and social care. Not one council has said they will try to curb expenses payments for councillors; the type of people who go on taxpayer funded junkets to Hawaii on ‘fact-finding’ missions. Very rarely are these fact finding trips to inner cities in Moldova or Albania, they frequently seem to be journeys to holiday destinations including Australia, the Caribbean and Florida. That’s local councils, working for us, the people. These bloated bodies of political effluent are also less than transparent with how they spend our money – just try to get a figure for how much has been paid to councillors in expenses, you would need a degree in jiggery-pokery to get even a ballpark number. That is if your ballpark is still open. Chairman of the Local Government Association, Lord Porter, warns, “All councils are being pushed perilously close to the financial edge after years of funding reductions.” Maybe the answer is to cut the number of councillors and the members of their families that they employ at taxpayers expense, cut the ludicrous numbers of administrative staff and defy the government by spending some of the hundreds of millions of pounds the councils keep in banks for ‘a rainy day’. It is always worth remembering that local politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it and then misapplying the wrong remedies.

Search Engine Providers Crack Down On Live Streaming ‘Pirates’

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Google and Bing have formulated a plan to make it more difficult to for users trying to find live football or music streaming on piracy sites. Both have signed up to a code of conduct which protects large conglomerates like Sky or BT from pirates piggybacking their live coverage of Doncaster Rovers v Fleetwood Town or concerts by Shayne Ward. Director General of the Alliance of Intellectual Property (really does exist), Eddy Leviten, said, “Sometimes people will search for something and they will end up unwittingly being taken to a pirated piece of content. What we want to ensure is that the results at the top of the search engines are the genuine ones. It is about protecting people who use the internet, but also protecting the creators of that material too.” An interesting argument but shouldn’t these organisations be targeting the preponderance of porn sites accessible by teenagers and younger children? Shouldn’t they be bringing down radical fundamentalist sites peddling their anti-Semitic, anti-Christian and anti-women agendas? Videos of crimes perpetrated by Islamic State and other terror groups are still easily found, as is their vile propaganda. Pornography of all types is freely available to anyone who wants to find it, including violent and non-consensual sex. Instead Google prepare to target people wishing to watch a football match. Google also seem incapable of paying a fair amount of tax in the UK. Other priorities I guess.

Last Standing Beatles To Write New Album

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The Beatles. Lauded as the greatest band of all time. Best music, best lyrics. Here’s an example of one of their poetic masterpieces;

“Love Me Do”

Love, love me do
You know I love you
I’ll always be true
So please, love me do
Whoa, love me do

Love, love me do
You know I love you
I’ll always be true
So please, love me do
Whoa, love me do

Someone to love
Somebody new
Someone to love
Someone like you

Love, love me do
You know I love you
I’ll always be true
So please, love me do
Whoa, love me do

Love, love me do
You know I love you
I’ll always be true
So please, love me do
Whoa, love me do
Yeah, love me do
Whoa, oh, love me do

Shakespeare would undoubtedly be jealous. If there is a more over-rated group in musical history I have yet to discover them, but running them close would be Westlife and One Direction. The White Album (racist) is widely regarded as their seminal work. Here’s a snatch of ‘I am the Walrus’;

Yellow matter custard
Dripping from a dead dog’s eye
Crabalocker fishwife
Pornographic priestess
Boy, you’ve been a naughty girl
You let your knickers down
I am the eggman
They are the eggmen
I am the walrus
Goo goo g’ job
Is this great writing or a symptom of taking far too much LSD? Of course they are beloved of their hometown Liverpool, a place they all left so fast (to London) it was indecent on the release of their first successful single. If they were the best then every music lover in the country has been short-changed for 50 years.

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