Greek elections and future of Europe

Greeks are voting today. The are fooled by the idea that leftist party promising everything including kitchen sink will bring the real change.

Syriza party knows for sure their promises cannot be kept. But they have only one goal at the moment – to win at any cost and to deal with consequences later…

If Syriza tries to not to pay back the loans they received, it will set very dangerous precedent for other countries which can destabilize foundations of EU. That can mean even deeper EU recession when no QE (quantitative easing) would help.

History shows that Socialism isn’t working. By voting Syriza, Greeks will make their problem even worse. You cannot live above your means for long term… You cannot have big government in long term (especially with declining demography). When Greece cheated when joining the EU, this is the price they have to pay now… Blame politicians who did it, not the EU… You can perhaps fool or interpret statistics in different ways, but you won’t fool mathematics…

Big governments attract people, they offer false notion of security and well-being for everybody. They offer quick short-term benefits, but they cannot sustain it…

Big governments and their corporations and services are like cancer – they are spreading and growing for so long in patient’s body that patient thinks they are part of him, but unfortunately they are sucking his blood and eventually they will kill him… As with cancer, no soft approach is possible, only deep reduction of government and proper privatization of government corporations and services. The change from socialism to capitalism has to be done carefully and crony capitalism needs to be avoided at all cost.

Reduction of big government is always painful and apparently there is no easy recipe how to do it fast and without pain. There will be layoffs and if private sector is not refreshed and it is still being sucked and suppressed by big government, it won’t be able to create jobs and the change will be even more painful and suffering of people will be longer.

Perhaps economists and researchers should explore how to do this transformation with least pain and highest speed. I think government should borrow money to start to reduce itself and at the same time to re-start the private sector by reducing taxes and creating the good conditions for starting and maintaining private businesses.

Unfortunately Syriza promised to do exactly the opposite…

Good luck with your vote today Greece, Good luck Europe!!!

 

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BBC News has a problem…

On 19th of January BBC News informed us (as a not very important – 3rd news in order) about reaction of Muslim leaders to government “controversial letter”.

As BBC decided to label this letter as controversial considering below statement by David Cameron, I have to conclude BBC really has a problem… A problem to provide us non-biased news…

David Cameron says anyone criticising Eric Pickles’ letter to Muslims ‘really has a problem’.

Another organization who has a problem is Muslim Council of Britain who said the letter appeared to suggest – “like the far right”…

Would you believe that “like the far right” letter will start with greeting “Assalamu Alaikum”?

BBC NEWS also forgot to inform us about MCB reply letter which they apparently asked for … (not important anymore?) and also about anti-muslim protests in Dresden, Germany.  Al-Jazeera did not forget and they even offered objective analysis of those protests…

So who has a problem here… ?

 

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BBC censorship worse than Aljazeera

BBC has more strict policy on displaying “politically correct” images than Aljazeera. Why?

Look at the pictures on these two BBC news pages:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30790409
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-30808284

Do you see the pictures of Charlie Hebdo cartoons? NO!

Now compare it with Aljazeera:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2015/01/charlie-hebdo-cover-printed-turkish-daily-201511495837706528.html

Do you see the pictures of Charlie Hebdo cartoons? YES! – Front page is not there, but there are at least cartoons from inside of the magazine.

Conclusion… Whilst BBC if full of phrases of “freedom of speech”, it is a corporation with heavy censorship and bias. Their censorship is worse than Aljazeera. BBC tends to forget what country is their home country and who is paying their TV license fees… BBC tends to forget what are the values of the country their reside in…

BBC does not foresee what their current actions will do in the future. They may be very surprised if we all wake up one morning in Nigel Farage’s country…

Good morning BBC!

 

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Scotland after the YES vote…

Mr. Salmond managed to spark flame of nationalism in Scotland. I can see euphoria and even aggression of the YES voters. But as I tweeted – be careful jumping into that euphoric river of independence, once it resides, you may discover it was a tsunami – but it will be too late, bridges will be gone.

No, I do not want to scaremonger – polls suggest that 61% of voters do not know what does devolution mean after the No vote. However I would like to see the polls of how many voters do know what are the current powers of Scottish parliament now?

I would like to know it from especially from Yes voters…

So what will the Yes vote bring?

At first there will lengthy discussions and accusations in media – like in bad divorce about the responsibilities, borders, budgets, deficits, splitting of national companies… It will be civilised at first but fireballs of blame, accusations and conspirations will be thrown through the new border soon – from both sides. This will settle after about a year as public on both sides of the border will loose appetite to listen to those stories… God forbid Scottish economy will get worse in the meantime or shortly after independence – the blame will be put on English heads – always – and this will be the norm for the years to come. This is how nationalistic parties as SNP work and this feeds their voters and their wins.

After disagreement about keeping British Pound or after the first economic difficulties of a independent Scotland, we will see the birth of Scottish Pound. Scottish Pound will be about 10%-20% cheaper than British Pound – if it will still bears its name.

Yes vote will also bring the rise of clientelism and corruption covered by bureaucracy on the bases of crony capitalism. Scottish local politicians will suddenly become state politicians. I’m not sure if their backbones are so strong to bear this change – Yes voters can only hope. Even if they magically resist that temptation, they need to have a skills to perform their job at a state level – they don’t have it now. Also Scotland will become suddenly a country where “everybody knows everybody” – this brings different “modus operandi” for politicians and departments.

Scotland will also join EU – but knowing EU bureaucracy it won’t be fast and it won’t be free. It will be also interesting to see if Scotland will join NATO – perhaps Trident removal will be reconsidered as part of NATO strategy…

Budget of Scotland as independent country will be very tight as SNP plans to support ever growing NHS, free services, elderly care and there will be new items on the bill – such as army and border protection. So the only way how to plug this hole will be a tax rise.

I also do not want to speculate what will happen with Scottish budget if another recession strikes in the meanwhile or if just oil prices significantly drop – for example 30-40%.

On the positive side – Mr. Salmond’s close supporters will be obviously better off. Also Edinburgh as a new capital will see economic boom and property price rise. However Glasgow may suffer more if SNP does not support it. Also rural Scotland will be worse off – with property prices falling at many places.

On the other hand when people of Scotland will be finally fed-up about SNP (it can last 10+ years), there will be a good ground for the rise of a true Scottish conservative party – somebody will have to fix Scottish economy at the end. We know too well socialism isn’t working…

In final – England will suffer temporarily as well as price for Scottish independence will be too high.

All this mess will settle after about 15-20 years and new generations won’t have memory of it anymore – however my dear Yes voters – do you really want to go through this?

 

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Russia – first shoot, then identify – the truth about Malaysian flight MH17

Sorry for wrong link, the article is under below link
http://www.forumpoliticum.com/2014/07/18/russia-first-shoot-then-identify-the-truth-about-malysian-flighth-mh17/

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Russia – first shoot, then identify – the truth about Malaysian flight MH17

Based on the intercepted conversation of Russian separatists, they shoot the commercial aircraft first (mistaken it for Ukrainian cargo aircraft Antonov AN-26) and only AFTER they shot it down, they identified it…

Here is the link to intercepted conversation, it is also clear they used Russian BUK system:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAVxiglmw0w

And here are more details – I want to highlight how separatists updated and removed the information about shootout from the social media:
http://www.rferl.org/content/ukraine-separatist-leader-boasts-downing-plane/25460930.html

And if you still don’t believe it and you think we are biased by anti Russian propaganda, check this: There exists automated web-site which creates snapshots of many Internet pages. It is called Way back machine on web.archive.org. As you can see the scene picture released on separatists social media site is the same as Malaysian fligth MH17. The only difference is that they mistaken it for Antonov AN-26:

So here is the snapshot:
https://web.archive.org/web/20140717152222/http://vk.com/strelkov_info

So first they published it and then removed and now they lie saying it was done by Ukraine.

More details are here:
http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/russian-rebels-are-likely-responsible-for-shooting-down-malaysia-airlines-flight-mh17-over-the-ukraine/story-fnh81p7g-1226992928465

In summary it is clear that Russian separatists are lying and they should be made accountable for lives of 298 innocent civilians.

Russian separatists web-site confirms shootout of Antonov AN-26 mistaken for Malaysian MH17

Russian separatists web-site confirms shootout of Antonov AN-26 mistaken for Malaysian MH17

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Why should Scotland stay in the UK

First of all: Scotland has whole eternity to split from the UK, however once it is done, there won’t be a way back, so Scots should think twice before they cast their vote…

Second argument is how is SNP prepared to govern. I do not think they are ready and they have economic plan thought through – especially when I see speeches of Nicola Sturgeon. This argument is also supported by the Pound schism where Scots plan to keep the Pound, whilst English have the opposite idea… If Scotland has it’s own Pound, it will be cheaper than British Pound, making all imported goods more expensive (together with argument 5 below).

Third argument is also economic – Yes voters assume they will be simply better off in independent Scotland. Yet they expect better government services and support which will result in bigger government. But I’m in doubt oil money will be able to cover it on its own so this may result in higher taxes…

Fourth argument is public sector employment – as you know government does not create value, it is created in the private sector. Even if government is in possession of valuable resources – such as oil, it is not managing it effectively. Scotland has higher public sector employment (around 23%) compared to UK average – around 19% – this would create additional pressure on the budget of independent Scotland.

Fifth argument is that once Scotland is independent small country, all the goods and services for which they currently pay UK “wholesale” price will be more expensive.
This include prices for postage and transport which will reflect into prices of all goods and services – so everything (including food, clothing, cars…) will be slightly more expensive as it is in the UK.

Sixth argument is that Scottish independent TV and Radio won’t have luxurious budget BBC has. The also won’t have the same wholesale prices for imported products as BBC with larger target market has. So again – there will be lower production, less choice, lower quality. Less money for culture, music and even sport.

The last argument I have that companies residing in Scotland may move their headquarters from Scotland to the UK in case there is economic advantage of doing so. I don’t think Scotland will be able to compete with England if it comes to the size of the market or even compete in the tax benefits race.

I think Scots are better off in the UK despite I think it is not so beneficial for English – especially with the current parlament(s) setup.

So Scotland – think twice if you want to stay and be supported by exclusive club called United Kingdom ;)

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Ed Miliband’s father and Mr. Obama

Was he Marxists or not? Yes he was! Simples: Marxists do not like the state. However all Ed’s Oxbridge friends stepped up for him – including David Cameron. Some say Ed’s father fought in WW2 for Britain. I don’t think so. I think he fought against fascism, but not for the country.
Another Marxist – same as Ed Miliband’s father – is Mr. Obama. He can struck deal with Taliban, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia, just not with Republicans… He can just blame them. There are always two parties needed for a deal. Question for all liberal media – Isn’t Mr. Obama the problem as well?

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Another sign of dying civilisation

NEWS: UK deputy prime minister Nick Clegg will urge the Tories to support Palestinian request for recognition of statehood at United Nations. The UN will vote this month on an application by the Palestinian president Abbas for observer status. This would imply recognition of the territory as a sovereign state. A ‘source’ said “Nick feels because they are going to be definitely doing it [applying], and clearly going to win the vote, it’s important for us to vote for them to have observer status and not abstain.”

I almost doubt this needs any comment at all. And the funniest thing is I am pretty sure David and William will be keen listeners to Clegg’s drivel.  Agrrrh?! What kind of coalition is this?  Actually, what kind of the Conservative party when it can sit in one government with people like that? But in fact, it’s not surprising at all. This is the party where moderate lightweight Mitt Romney and fiscally sane Paul Ryan were considered ‘radicals’. Where the-leader-in-waiting (Boris that is) is supporting state-intrusive policies while sticking his head into environmentalist arses in the same sentence as he is defending banks and big businesses. It’s the party that is actually ‘obsessed’ with how it we’ll lose the next election (in 2015!!!) and what’s the quickest way to get back to power. Hello?! Wake up! It’s 2012 and the third dip is coming? Perhaps we can try to start solving the economy before we start campaigning and, for that matter, start musing on recognition of the  Palestinian state?!

By the way, which Palestinian state? The one (not)ruled by corrupt dinosaurs (West Bank) or the one ruled by corrupt terrorists (Gaza) showering Israel with rockets? What kind of new manners is it, to recognize territories who promise to obliterate an already existing state?

And to top it up. The Guardian reports: “a majority of Europeans want their governments to vote in favour of Palestine at the UN, polls have revealed.”

What kind of Civilization is this? Renouncing its own roots and history. Throwing its friends to the wolves.

I’ll tell you: a dying one.

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Boris: Oh, just a cuddly toy of crony capitalism and social engineering

Some in the Tory party look at that charismatic gaffe-prone cuddly bear called Boris as a savior, new Messiah, a Thatcher reborn. Others warn that his big mouth means he ends up in too much of hot water too often. Still, there are some who see him as a policy lightweight. There were times when I too was enchanted by his charisma and thrilled with the image of him rebuking the Leader of the Opposition at the dispatch box. Not anymore. But for me neither his verbosity nor his only passing interests in anything resembling a policy presents a problem. On the contrary, I am very much worried about the kind of policies that are lurking behind that amiable teddy bear persona.

Yesterday, I learnt the Mayor supports the Takeaways Toolkit to fight obesity in London by boosting healthy eating and tackling takeaways. Proposals include something like managing “the proliferation of takeaways across the capital” and how to “use planning guidelines to restrict where and when takeaways set up, as well as how to use environmental and health regulations and laws around street trading”. Another quite helpful idea proposed is to reduce the number of holes in salt shakers …. I think you got the picture – so much for the concept of market capitalism in mayor’s head. But the crony kind, well, that’s a different thing. Here, Boris knows his friends. While a bit of small retailers’ regulation and red tape here and there is harmless: “We cannot solve the banking crisis by imposing more regulation than our competitors abroad.” Hear! Hear! And I just wonder how far away his dream of the Estuary Airport is from North Korean capital Pyongyang’s Ryugyong hotel and other communist architectural fables. Perhaps, in the future we can also introduce a law to ban coffee shops and reduce our red meat intake – due to carbon footprint as well as health. And I still haven’t mention Boris happy jump on global warming scaremongers’ band wagon. And his big friend the former REPUBLICAN governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – not decided whether to support Romney or Obama.

Yes, Boris reminds me of another mayor of a big metropolis, the businessman turned soda-banning social engineer Michael Bloomberg. In this context Johnson’s Olympic rebuke to Mitt Romney this summer doesn’t surprise me that much anymore. I read somebody joking that Boris’ premiership will be just a way station of his career to be crowned by the US presidential post. Fortunately, Boris renounced his citizenship in 2006.  But I am sure about one thing: if he decided to run he would definitely seeks the presidential nomination from his fellow members of the Democratic Party. Boris for PM?! No, thank you.

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