Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Be VERY careful where you are going with this....

The shooting of the Brazilian Menzes on the London Underground last year by armed officers who suspected him of being a suicide bomber was a tragic accident. Nothing more or less. Nothing less than tragic. But nothing more than an accident.

If the Crown Prosecution Service decides to go ahead with prosecuting the officer(s) involved in the shooting then they are likely to make the job of the Police untenable. Imagine for a moment if Menzes HAD been loaded up with a few pounds of C4, and the officer involved had hesitated just for a split second to consider if what he was about to do would lead to him being thrown in jail. And in that split second, the explosives had gone off killing the officer, his colleagues, and everyone in the carriage. What would be the outcry then?

These are highly trained professionals who put their lives on the line day in, day out for us. The pressures they face in these situations are unimaginable. I cannot imagine for one moment that the officer involved enjoyed pumping several bullets into that boy's head, but I am equally sure that at that precise moment, he was convinced that he, his colleagues, and the general public around them was in grave danger. He made a choice in that split second with which he will have to live for the rest of his life. That he should subsequently be subjected to protracted public enquiries and possible prosecution is unconscionable.

We cannot second guess our police officers and soldiers when they are on the battle field - we need to accept that bad things happen in war and in the fight against crime, and that accidents happen also (how many British soldiers were lost to friendly fire in the Gulf war?). We need to leave all disciplinary measures to the bodies involved - the police and army are well able to handle these matters, and it does nothing but undermine confidence in those bodies, make those poor sods on the front line every day question why in hell they are bothering, and line the pockets of lawyers and others who see such situations as a good way of making a quick buck.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Harry at 12 months

For those of you wondering how Harry has been doing during the hiatus in my postings, here he is at 12 months old on his first skiing holiday in the French Alps

And anyone who has been worried about how 12 year old Benson with the arthritic elbow and shoulder, and hip dysplasia (sp?), has been getting on recently, here he is catching snowballs on the same holiday.
Well, not much wrong with him then......

Tax and spend....tax and spend....

I see that Labour's latest stealth tax is a new 'wealth tax" which is to be levied on those who have spent their hard-earned cash - on which they have already paid income tax, remember! - improving their home. The scumbag parasites living next door on benefits (which we pay from our taxes!) with a rusty old car, broken down fridge and vomit-covered sofa in their front garden will pay much less - not that they care, since it is those of us who actually pay taxes who will end up paying their poll tax for them anyway....

Sir Michael Lyons, having performed a review of the current council tax system, has said "if you have two houses next to each other who have got the same income, but one of them has very considerably more wealth, it doesn't seem inappropriate to reflect on whether those households with more wealth should make a bigger contribution".


The disparity in wealth is taken care of by the many other taxes, such as income tax and sales tax (which prevent you from amassing any degree of wealth in the first place), inheritance tax (which forces you to sell your family home to pay it, and probably leaves you worse off, after funeral expenses, than before whoever it was popped their clogs), and so on. Council tax/poll/tax or whatever you want to call it is SUPPOSED to be levied so that local government has something to pay towards providing local services. As such, it should be based on the size of your property or, more fairly, a tax per capita.

I warned this would happen when Labour came to power after all those years of Tory leadership. The result of an entire generation of kids now old enough to vote but too young to remember how bad it was to be held to ransom by the miners union every winter (power cuts and candles were a regular occurrence throughout the winters of my childhood) is that a party which has no idea how to balance a budget is once again imposing taxes left right and centre. They proudly point to the fact that we are paying the lowest income tax for decades, but think we are too stupid to notice all the many stealth taxes they have imposed to pay for their spendthrift ways. Bastards!

Oh - and their other little gem is that they now expect you to allow "inspectors" into your home for the sole purpose of documenting your room layout, living space, furniture and possessions so they can more accurately levy their ridiculous tax on those who work hard to improve their lot in life. This is so "1984" as to be beyond belief, but is typical of the increasingly controlling and intrusive manner in which this government attempts to dictate our daily lives. "Nanny state" doesn't even come close....

And another thing..... no one could possibly convince me that these lists will not end up in the hands of thieves, who now have the government "casing the joint" for them - all they do is pick the most likely target from the list sold to them by the disgruntled town clerk. In order to eliminate this spark of enterprise, Lyon's latest brainwave is to put all this info right on the Internet where everyone can see it anyway.

Look out for my new web site, www.casethejoint.com, where you can enter the make and model of the plasma TV you want and the site will serve you up a list of houses which contain that exact model - or nearest match - in your immediate vicinity.