Monthly Archives: August 2015

Government wants to allow more air pollution

Capitalism is great, and while most companies waste their time being not-evil, there are always a few companies who embrace their evil side and will do anything imaginable to make money. Some great examples are slave traders, companies who deal in blood diamonds, the bankers who conspired to fix the Libor. In fact, history shows that some companies would happily kill people if there is a profit in it. In fact the latter is surprisingly common, and all too often government acts as the brake on the evil deeds that companies will do. For example, despite being falsely blamed for everything from banning conkers to forbidding candy-floss with a stick, they have actually cut employee deaths by 87% since 1974.

One of the worst offenders for stopping corporations from being evil are the anti-pollution laws. For example, even though pollution is thought to be the cause of 29,000 early deaths a year, it’s not as bad as the great smog of 1952, which killed a huge number of Londoners. Fortunately our government is redressing the balance, and is helping corporations to again make money at the expense of killing the general populace. The UK government is lobbying the EU to allow a relaxation in the pollution regulations.

In particular, they want a relaxation in the nitrogen oxides (NOx) and sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions. Sulphur dioxide turns in to sulphuric acid in the air, and is what killed so many people in the great smog. Nitrogen dioxide causes respiratory problems, and can kill – and the UK already has the highest proportion of NO2 violations in Europe already. Both of them also result in huge increases in costs for the NHS too. So why does the government want to allow more of this pollution? Because they are being lobbied by the coal industry, with misinformation about job losses and damage to the economy. In reality, there are only about 3000 coal miners in the UK (who can be retrained) and the losses will mainly be suffered by the owners of the opencast coal mines. To protect those few, the government will kill and hurt a great many people. Mwahaha.

Afghan translators left to die

Regardless of your views on the war in Afghanistan, one thing is not in dispute – the troops on the ground deserve our respect and help. The soldiers didn’t decide to go to war, but they did their best for our country when ordered to do so, and have done their best for the Afghan people after the war. And none of that would have been possible without the help of Afghan translators. They are locals who put their lives on the line to ensure that the UK forces could talk to the locals – whether talking to people in the streets, interpreting intercepted communications, or negotiating cease fires with Taliban leaders.

Unsurprisingly, the Taliban regard these people as traitors, and are out to torture and kill them;

These people were working directly for the UK armed forces, and put their lives on the line for doing that. Their work saved the lives of countless UK service men and women, and as long as they had served on the front line and were actively working for us in December 2012, they have been granted asylum in the UK. However, anyone who stopped working before that, or started after have been denied asylum. 200 people who served for us in total have been denied our help. David Cameron has even refused asylum for his own interpreter. Mwhahaha.

Lord Dannatt, former head of the army, has spoken out to say that the government is failing in it’s moral obligation to support these people whose life is still in danger thanks to working for us. Not only that, but it puts our troops in future danger by making it less likely that local people will want to help our troops in future. It would be trivial for David Cameron to grant asylum to these 200 people, but it’s just not important to him.

Tories vote for brussels sprout pizza

Pizza Express regularly have a vote for a new pizza competition. It allows them to both get free publicity and free market research before launching a new pizza. Imagine if they took that to the extreme and allowed customers to vote for the only pizza they would sell for the next 5 years. Then imagine the staff and management at Zizzi registered to voted using false names, and all voted for Brussels Sprout pizza to try and put Pizza Express out of business. That’s  pretty underhand.

Corbyn pizza

Whatever you think of Jeremy Corbyn, most Tories think that a Labour party under him would be the equivalent of Brussels Sprout pizza – loved by a few, but not to most people’s taste. And a number of Tories have registered to vote in the Labour party elections to get Corbyn in charge;

The Telegraph even encouraged readers to register to vote to try to scupper Labour’s election chances;

Will it work? Of course not – there’s no way enough Tory supporters are going to register to vote, because the truth is that most of them are good honest people. However, the actions of the evil few have thrown the Labour party in to chaos. Mwhahaha. The result of their “support” for Corbyn is to ensure that the public thinks he really is unelectable, and to force the rest of the party to in-fight over what to do about it. What better way to discredit the opposition leader than by claiming that they are so bad that you really want them in charge? Most people will only take away the message that Corbyn must be a bad thing – or why would the Tories want him? With a few well placed press releases, they have ruined his career and completely derailed the opposition for months. Pure evil!

Fake DWP reviews

Fake reviews on TripAdvisor or Yelp are all over the place. Yelp thought that about a quarter of all of it’s reviews were fake, but companies have started to fight back. For example, an employee of a cafe was fired for posting fake bad reviews for rivals;

However, fake reviews are not restricted to restaurants and hotels. The Department for Work and Pensions has been caught creating fake reviews of the benefits system. Sarah effuses about how a 2 week cut in her benefits was just what she needed to help her get her CV up to date, and she’s really pleased with how her CV looks! And unlike many real life benefits claimants, Zak didn’t have his benefits stopped when he had to go in to hospital. Yay!

So, when the truth hurts too much, just make up a new reality and publish it for everyone to see. Mwhahaha.

Any school can be given away to an academy chain

David Cameron has confirmed that every school will be able to be an academy. He wants to give away our schools and valuable public land to private companies. And why? Because he can. Mwhahaha

What’s evil about this? Well, head teachers of academy chains have claimed that they have less freedom than heads of council run schools;

And even the Department for Education says that academies are under performing council run schools, with only 3 out of the 20 academy chains reaching the national average for added value (added value measures how much improvement the school makes – any school can do well with a good intake, so added value is the measure of good teaching).

So why is David Cameron ignoring the evidence and pushing for academy schools? Is it because it creates the illusion of doing something? Is it because, as distinguished author Michael Rosen notes, it allows the government to give valuable assets to their friends? Lets hope the public never find out. Mwhahaha.