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It’s only money….

£2 Million quid. That’s not a lot of money if you are a billionaire, a large corporation or a government. Loose change really, for the rest of us that’s enough money to retire on and enjoy a pretty reasonable life. The Leveson enquiry cost £2 million. Mr Leveson must have made a great deal of money out of his enquiry.

Call me Dave is being accused of failing to do what Leveson said he should in his report. Of course he is. Which politician is brave enough to introduce a bill to control the press. If it comes down to it only a few deranged MPs would do it. Certainly Moribund wouldn’t although he says he would. The LibDems? Who? Who are they? Do they even know themselves? They are history. Gone. Toast.

Something has to be done! The phrase, which launches a million knee jerk reactions and panders to the offended tiny minority. The phrase that slowly erodes our rights. In this case there is a need for the reporting, which is inaccurate, damaging, or sensationalist to be corrected with the same level of coverage and prominence. It’s a starting point if nothing else.

What about the Police Officers who were providing information for cash? Not a lot of noise about that. Very few prosecutions. Why?

Phone hacking was a bit misleading.  The mobile phone companies should have reacted and highlighted it in sales and marketing to make sure people changed the generic password on their mobile phone for their voice messages. The phone shop staff could have been encouraged to ask people to change the code when buying their phone or upgrading when they were in the shop, or at the other end of the telephone line.

I’ve not changed mine. My life isn’t interesting enough for me to get messages left. I get them very rarely and mostly about work.

The slebs who complained and sued for damages could have changed their security numbers. They didn’t. The slebs who went to Leveson depicted themselves as the “done badly to”. They weren’t, they do, however want to pick and choose the times when the press are welcome. The solution for journalists to deal with those sort of people is to refuse to interview them, stop printing pictures of them and stop giving them publicity when they have a book, film, album or tour to promote.

£2 Million resonates in the Leveson saga. Wasn’t that the amount of money the Dowler family was given with half going to charity? They aren’t happy at the outcome. They lost a daughter, their child, which is surely one of the most painful things that can happen for a parent. Taking money as compensation though? I’m not sure about that. It doesn’t feel right.

Lets finish with the McCanns. They also lost a daughter. The circumstances of her loss are not good. The children were left alone. What would social services in the UK make of that? Again I’m not sure about that one.

I’d imagine Levesons inquiry has some mileage left in it and it will go on and on and on and on and on…

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2012 in BBC, Politics

 

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What a to do…

Call me Dave has read through the Leveson Report and agreed that something should be done. The BBC agreed with this. They have been reporting it as if it’s nothing to do with them. They don’t do journalism at the lowest scale.

I think you’ll find they do. Not only “they do” but they stoop just as low as any other member of the gutter press. And we pay for the privilege of letting the BBC do it’s own thing, which includes forming views, which are very left leaning and are biased

The report in general mentioned journalists, police persons and MPs/Ministers (stop hiding away Call me Dave we know all about those text conversations with the lady of the press.). Any chance we could hear about all the police persons who were tipping the press off (and continue to do so), accepting money for providing information of a personal nature which shouldn’t be in the public domain (and continue to do so) and also providing information about who is going to be where and when (and continue to do so).

All of the press have been doing stuff. That’s supposed to be what the press does is it not? Journalists have sources, the police have sources and the politicians are arrogantly clueless. What a jolly nice combination. I haven’t mentioned slebs because they whine at the press and then use them to promote their woeful and pathetic offerings.

The BBC stopped the Murdochs get their hands on BskyB. I don’t think that is over yet. It may well come back and seriously bite the bottoms of the BBC and that fabled giant typo shedding readers by the thousands The Guardian.

Let’s hope anyway.

The BBC cover an event and they send droves of presenters for TV and Radio and all the support people and equipment necessary. They do this because they can. At six o’clock every evening lots of presenters and “experts” tell us the news, or at least the BBC version of the news, which may well, not be the actual news. They also provide a weather forecast. Who knows weather they will be right or not of course!

They then do the regional news. More presenters cover the same stuff and experts provide their expert opinion. Then they give us the weather. Not the same person as before though, we get a regional presenter to tell us the same thing we last heard a maximum of 30 minutes ago.

Have the BBC ever heard of “value for money”? What about “efficiency”? No? Or even “effectiveness”? No I don’t think they do. That’s because they don’t need to. Their pot runneth over with licence payers money.

Next we’re off to that pillar of TV delight the One Show. It’s always about animals, the environment, animals, celebs of mainly dubious status selling a new book, film, album or tour, before returning to more animals, the environment and health scares and then ending with some animals and the environment.

We pay the licence fee and we get what the BBC thinks we should get. If we were asked if we would pay for the biggest majority of their stuff we wouldn’t. We wouldn’t because we recognise bias and hyped views, which serve the BBC’s agenda, not the actual stuff for the customer who buys their output after all.

There are great things on the BBC at times but there is far, far too much stuff, which isn’t. A case in point is Question Time or Question Whine as it has become. The majority of the audience and the panel are always of a left wing persuasion.

Lastly. Jeremy Vine or Jeremy Vile if you must insist. Scotrail tweeted a tweet which said that a line was out of commission due to a body on the track. If you do use Twitter you might like to join Scotrail. Their tweets are entertaining, fun, irreverent and HUMAN!

Jeremy Vile asked if Scotrail had done the right thing in sending a tweet, which mentioned a body. Up steps an expert. No. They were wrong. Very wrong. People would have been shocked! People would have felt bad! People would have been traumatised (in Edinburgh we are all Tramatised, it’s pretty much the same thing but hugely more expensive).

A chap was then asked if Scotrail should have gone and done it. Yes he said they should have. It was honest. We aren’t children. The women lost the plot a number of times. The guy had a plumy accent which I also feel may have added to her appal.

Can I just venture that on one morning when my wife and I were using the tube we were stopped three times because bodies were on the tracks, not the same tracks obviously. I have also been on a train when a person jumped out in front of it. For a couple of seconds it felt like the train was going to come off the rails, it did and unfortunately the woman had.

Everyone in the train was held in there for four hours. No one complained. Everyone thought about how terrible it would be to lose your bearings to the extent that you’d throw yourself in front of a train. Everyone thought how hard that would have been for her relatives. Everyone also thought that they wished they’d got an earlier train and not lost four hours of their day.

That’s the BBC for you. On the ball , off the wall and down the drain soon, hopefully!

 

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A mixed bag from Scotland

Stuff happens and it makes you think. You can’t unthunk what you think. You can try to forget stuff you’d prefer didn’t happen but once you know a reasonable amount about something you’re stuck with it. I think bloggers in particular suffer from this.

There’s been a lot happening these past few weeks. The floods. Horrific. Man made or man helped? Yes of course. River courses have ben altered. Rivers have been hemmed in by concrete structures and councils have given planning permission to builders building on flood plains. Climate change? Yes, but local and nothing to do with CO2 etc.

The farmers are complaining again. Crops aren’t growing as well as they should. Too much rain. Rewind a few months and farmers are complaining again. Not enough rain. Crops not growing as they should. Of all people farmers should know that there are variations in climate through the years. It’s not like they will lose much given market prices will reflect shortages and a bit of televised moaning might just help push the prices up maybe?

The other night that professional labour unionist Jim Murphy was on the news. BAE are going to close one of their three yards. Which might it be? It will be a Scottish yard. Of course it will. They aren’t going to close the yard in England are they? Of course not. They might get some money from the government to reduce the impact of closing a Scottish yard but it will happen.

Jolly Jim the labour man says we can expect more of this if Scotland gains independence. The BBC gave him a platform, which he took and they slavishly transmitted it. Jolly Jim may well end up out of a job if Scotland does gain independence. Either that or he’ll have to find a seat in England or try for one in an independent Scotland. Shame on you Jim. What will all these moaning Minnie unionists do if Scotland wins independence? Will they stand in elections for a new independent Scottish parliament? I’d put money on them doing just that. They will never admit that they might though. Not at the moment anyway.

Have you noticed that not only are we running short of Scotland football team managers we are also running short of Scotland rugby team managers. Is it the quality of the managers or of the players that we can call upon?

Then we have the Rangers debacle. The excise man claims they are due tens of millions because Rangers didn’t stick to the excise mans rules as they saw it anyway. Turns out they did play by the excise mans rules and a court says so. Mean time the small minded in the SPL and the SFL decide to teach Rangers a lesson. Penalise them. The cost to each and every other club in Scotland will be being felt already. Whether we like it or not, and I don‘t, Scottish football is Rangers and Celtic. Is it a surprise that Celtic are so poor this season? No Rangers to have to beat etc.?

I’ve used trains a lot over the past few weeks. The service is pretty good really. It’s a bit of a mystery though why trains have sometimes to go slow or stop altogether not far from the station they are going into. It’s not like it’s a surprise to the train traffic people that a train is about to arrive? Okay the timetable can get a bit messy at times but generally the trains are pretty timely. Just seems odd that’s all.

 
 

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Transactions and death

A post from me. After a few weeks lay off and lots of jumping through hoops etc.  What have I learned about government and the death of our nearest and dearest?

Well I discovered the obvious. I should have known really..

At every step the government takes money from you. You have to pay for everything that comes along and they want to see specifically if they can tax the deceased also and to make sure that they have taken the tax they were entitled to up to the point of death too.

You pay for the certificates and registering the death. You pay for duplicate certificates. You pay for gaining the Executors Confirmation or probate in England. You pay to have the lair put into your name. You pay for the grave to be opened and for the council staff who attend.

The fact that the deceased will have been taxed to the moment of death isn’t mentioned. The fact that the deceased has probably paid tax more than once on the same money they originally earned isn’t mentioned.

The banks aren’t keen to let go of any money. The utilities people take forever to refund any over payments.

The whole things is about money first and doing the decent thing second.

There were glimmers of good stuff though. The Police were excellent.

My Mother had a budgie and had taught it to talk. It had quite a reasonable repertoire and probably chatted more than I do.

The Police came to the house to tell me that Mum had died and I drove through to meet with the police there and get things organised. There were two police officers at my Mothers when I arrived. One female and another who was male and obviously better suited to dealing with riots etc.

They waited for me to arrive in Mums lounge and at one point the budgie asked if they would like a piece of toast. The male officer got a huge fright. When I got there he was mega stressed. He couldn’t wait to be gone. I don’t blame him, death is seldom pretty.

I’ll finish with some words the minister provided. I wrote the eulogy which I’d intended to read but I chickened out a few days before the funeral since I couldn’t have managed reading it out and the minister read it out.

I did read the following words instead.

You may have read or heard them or something similar before –

As we look back.

As we look back over time

we find ourselves wondering….

Did we remember to thank you enough

for all you have done for us?

For all the times you were by our sides

to help and support us….

to celebrate our successes

to understand our problems

and accept our defeats?

Or for teaching us by your example,

the value of hard work, good judgement,

courage and integrity?

We wonder if we ever thanked you

for the sacrifices you made

to let us have the very best?

And for the simple things

like laughter, smiles and the times we shared?

If we have forgotten to show our

gratitude enough for all the things you did,

we want to say it now

and we are hoping that you knew all along

how much you meant to us .

 
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Posted by on November 9, 2012 in Uncategorized