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What do we do about parking on pavements?

by Marrick on March 31, 2014

Playing devil’s advocate here. I was listening to the radio yesterday and I heard a proposal to stop people parking on pavements, because parked cars represent a hazard to disabled people, especially those with sight issues and those in wheelchairs. My first reaction was one of approval, but as I was driving down Lougher Road […]

Going nuclear

by Marrick on October 22, 2013

So, we’re handing billions to France and China to build something we used to build ourselves, then guaranteeing them a huge profit on the deal for 35 years. We will pick up the tab. Three thoughts on this: hasn’t privatisation worked well eh? (answer = no). What has happened to the Tory’s free market principles? […]

The Quarry by Iain Banks

by Marrick on July 27, 2013

The Quarry is Iain Banks’ final novel and is the story of Kit, an autistic teenager and his father Guy, who is dying of cancer. There are echoes of Frank Cauldhame (The Wasp Factory) in Kit, who provides the narrative voice for what reads like a rather rushed final chapter in the Banks canon and […]

Why Orange’s price hike isn’t as fair as it seems

by Marrick on March 11, 2013

I’ve just had notification from Orange that my two accounts with them (mine and my son’s) are going up from April “because of inflation” by just over 3%. On the surface this seems fine – that’s roughly the rate of inflation, but if you consider that a large element of the bill goes to paying […]

Eastleigh Blues

by Marrick on February 28, 2013

The press have been working hard to undermine the Liberal Democrats in the run up to the by-election, but the anti-Tory feeling is running high. The electorate seems to have turned against the government and their divisive and failing economic policies and it may well be that despite a massive amount of money being pumped […]

It really, really is us versus them now

by Marrick on January 29, 2013

Governments don’t really pay back debt. They just roll it over. Economic growth, can reduce the % of debt to GDP, making previous borrowings increasingly less significant. The UK has debt exceeding 100% of GDP in 81 of the last 170 years, there has never been a crunch time, when it suddenly all had to […]

Is the 25% cut in the deficit real?

by Marrick on October 24, 2012

One of the things that has been much trumpeted recently is the government##Q##s “success” in cutting net borrowing (the deficit) by 25%. I thought I##Q##d look into it. Here are the net borrowing figures for the last few years – just before the financial crisis and just after: 2007-08 £40.3bn 2008-09 £104.2bn 2009-10 £167.4bn 2010-11 […]

Why the lightweight chump got upset with the Telegraph

by Marrick on October 22, 2012

Iain Martin wrote an opinion piece in the Telegraph today titled: Cameron is out of his depth The opening paragraph read: "The Tories problems lie with the man at the top, writes Iain Martin…" Less than an hour later, the headline changed to "Out of his depth?" and then, "Is Cameron out of his depth?" […]

Direct Democracy: you makes your choice and you pays your money…

by Marrick on June 7, 2012

Direct democracy. What a wonderful phrase. Just roll it around on your tongue for a little while and savour the warm, juicy flavours of the brew. Direct democracy. Mmmm, if Nescafé could capture that aroma, they’d make a mint. So, what is this heady mixture? Here’s what Wikipedia says: Direct democracy (or pure democracy) is […]

I take it all back

by Marrick on May 29, 2012

The coalition aren’t a bunch of spineless, incompetent, economic illiterates, with all the compassion of a gang of hungry spiders. They’re lovely. Cuddly, in fact. Here’s why: The government is to reverse its plans to impose VAT on Cornish pasties, the BBC has learned. Ministers have also reduced the intended 20% charge which was due […]