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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Burnham draws the battle lines for the 2015 General Election

Andy Burnham has seemingly identified the core issues on which the Labour Party will fight the 2015 General Election. The electorate have a stark choice; the Tories will cut tax for the wealthy whilst Labour will 'save' the NHS.
The NHS is probably the only issue that the Labour Party feels safe to address, lacking credibility in every other facet of Government. Their leader is vilified as an incompetent whilst they have nothing to say on the economy especially with Ed Balls still in his post.
Burnham's tactics are simply put; he is frightening the ageing and infirm public that the NHS is not safe in the hands of a Tory Party that will privatise the service and pose a risk to the mantra that it is free at the point of need. That the Labour Party introduced the private sector into the NHS to reduce waiting lists seems to him to be irrelevent. So too the fact that the Labour Party used extortionately expensive PFI contracts to enable their promises to build new hospitals and the fact that these contracts persist in being a massive drain on the healthcare budget. Despite spending and wasting so much money on an expense to the taxpayer, the Labour Party continue to play a fear card that a vulnerable and gullible public understand.
What the public should really want to hear is about projects that don't spend more of their money but create wealth for everyone and this includes the premise that a penny saved is as good as a penny earned. To make the priority of an incoming Government the spending of more public money seems a pathetic dereliction of duty. The NHS is a massive drain on the economy and yet it addresses totally negative issues, namely ill and therefore unproductive people. To my mind, much of the problem is the very idea that it is free at the point of need. It is a universally acknowledged fact that when the public are faced with a free option they abuse it to the point of gluttony. A & E centres are populated with people wanting attention for trivial matters and the compensation laws put the doctors and nurses in fear of being sued if they do not comply. Why not charge people, not on benefits, to attend A & E centres or GP's surgeries?

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Where has the £46 billion gone?

The London stock exchange saw £46 billion wiped off the value of shares yesterday in what was a global sell off.
But who are the real losers? I suspect it is thousands of private investors who put their hard earned cash into stocks rather than leave it in low interest bank saving accounts. I suspect also that pension funds suffered leaving the man in the street short after a lifetime of toil. But as is always the case with the financial markets, where you have losers you must have winners. Step forward the hedge funds and private banks with huge wealth management portfolios creating yet more polarisation in the 'have' and 'have-not' population. It will all end in tears.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Change of Direction for the Churches?

Catholic bishops meeting to discuss 'family issues' at a two week summit have said unmarried couples living together can be 'positive', and gay relationships and divorces must be welcomed.
Displaying remarkably liberal attitudes for a Church famed for its conservatism, bishops meeting in the Vatican today also said that a couples' decision on the use of contraception should be respected.
The summit, which reached its midway point today, has been described as a 'step in the right direction' by activists and boasts all the hallmarks of the notably progressive attitudes the Catholic Church has adopted since the ascension of Pope Francis last year.
So says the Daily Mail today.

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This meeting and the apparent change in the long standing attitudes of the bishops towards unmarried couples, homosexuals and divorcees heralds a new approach to morality by the Church; a change, moreover, not linked to any obvious divine intervention. It follows hard on the  heels of the confession of the Archbishop of Canterbury that he often doubts the existence of God.
Are the Churches heeding my appeal that in order to bring peace to the world in the twenty-first century, faith in the existence of a God should be abandoned in favour of appreciating the innate spirituality of mankind. It was always my belief that the Muslims and Jews would take longer to throw off the shackles of their beliefs but with science always pushing the limits of knowledge it is inevitable that even they fall into line with the new secular reality. Could it be that Justin Welby and Pope Francis have made a start in what will be a long and arduous journey?


Saturday, 11 October 2014

Labour defectors

With the current surge of popular support for UKIP, rumours abound that some Labour members of Parliament may follow the lead of two Conservatives and defect to join Nigel Farage.
If I was to hazard a guess the two I'd fancy to spurn the Labour whip would be Frank Field and and his former PPS, Kate Hoey.
We shall see.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Life after death

A friend of mine recently told me that following his eighth heart attack he could hear the voices of the medical staff explaining to his wife that he was unlikely to survive. He then found himself walking in an incredibly beautiful garden; the like of which he had never known. Suddenly he saw a bench and feeling tired he sat down before regaining consciousness. He now feels that he had an after death experience.

A report in the Daily Mail describes work carried out at Southampton University into near death experiences, much like that described above.   
Lead scientist Dr Sam Parnia said:   'Clearly, the recalled experience surrounding death now merits further genuine investigation without prejudice.'  

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I believe this can be explained by my theory of negative dimensions which assigns three values to time instead of the usual one. On death, the 'imaginary' time component persists for as long as the brain, using what oxygen it has, operates. This may last for a few minutes and is, I believe, how the brain prepares the  person for eventual death in the same way it prepares the body for life from the very start. Read the full story in my book: Spiritual Man: An Introduction to Negative Dimensions. Available for download to Kindle and Kobo

Sunday, 5 October 2014


It seems that more and more people are being diagnosed with  depression. There are, of course, several types of depresssion but each of them is debilitating for the sufferers. But what is the cause and why does it seem to be growing?

Readers of my book, SPIRITUAL MAN: AN INTRODUCTION TO NEGATIVE DIMENSIONS, will know that I suggest that the human brain works in three time dimensions, an idea first described by Thomas Aquinas. He described 'tempus' as earthly time, 'aevum' as 'angelic' time and 'aeternitas' as a time reserved for those who knew God. In my theory earthly time (t) is that which we experience and which I call 'real' time. 'Unreal' time, (-t), responsible for the power of recall allows memory and is instrumental in forming the 'character' of people. 'Imaginary' time, (it, where i is the square root of minus one) suggested by Professor Hawking in his book 'A Brief History of Time' as a means of avoiding singularities, gives humans the power to think and compute using all the data collected by the 'unreal' time and the present circumstances as experienced by the senses. It is also responsibility for mankind's innate spirituality.

At conception, the newly developing foetus has a new brain. Like a computer it needs software to operate and this comes from the DNA of the parents, a record  of life that goes back to the very first single cell. The 'unreal' time component of the brain trawls the DNA for data to help the child survive including a character. Unlike hair or eye colour this may not come from close relatives but from one who lived generations before. How many times have we heard parents lament that they don't know where little Johnnie came from? It's also why two siblings can be completely different having been nurtured in the same household.

Is it possible that a character from the past, despite being prepared by the 'imaginary' time component of the brain for life and nurtured in the modern era, cannot cope with modern day living? Might depression, in its many guises, be the consequence of a software incompatability evolved over many generations and is it possible that the problems are getting worse leading to more and more people inexplicably suffering depression despite evidence that they ought to be happy and content?

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

What a dilemma!

I am in a dilemma. A US court has found the Argentine authorities in contempt after failing to pay off a substantial loan to two US Hedge Funds, NML Capital and Aurelius Capital Management. The Argentines in refusing to obey the court say that the US in interfering in their domestic policies.
The Hedge Funds bought the debt at a huge discount and motivated purely by greed, hoped to recover the full amount from the South Americans. The dilemma arises from an inability to decide which pleases me most; the dire economic situation of a sovereign state (Argentina) that invaded the territory (The Falklands) of the UK or the possibility of the Hedge Funds making huge and significant losses.
Sadly, whatever outcome the real losers will be the ordinary people of Argentina, pawns in a game beyond their knowing.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Advertising today

Nobody denies that advertising sells products and that sex sells most, but at what point does it go beyond what is appropriate or even decent. It is 4.30am and I have just seen a television advert by Calvin Klein for a product called 'Reveal' which I found offensive because of its overt and gratuitous sexuality. Sadly, I realise that even mentioning this exposes the product to a wider audience and that its resulting infamy might increase its appeal to the gullible public but please can we have this sort of promotion in moderation.
So too the escalating supply of adverts for videos and computer games that resort to gratuitous extreme violence for its appeal. The television programs are punctuated by adverts for these violent and noisy products, alongside trailers for ever more violent films complete with murderous explosions and firefights. Today, children, often very young, are literally bombarded with violent images, often demeaning to women, in which widespread slaughter seems to be the attraction. Now, I'm aware that since earliest times, children have been exposed to scary stories, indeed some of them are celebrated works of literature but it is the scale of today's unrelenting recourse to what I can only describe as evil that worries me. Despite the manifest effect on children and their attitudes, governments are reluctant to tackle the problem because the gaming Companies are successful and pay tax but wouldn't you agree that their very existence says something detrimental about the society in which we now live?
As if youngsters of today are not having their childhoods reduced enough, the Socialists now want to expose them to electoral awareness by introducing voting for sixteen year olds. Like Alex Salmond's demand in the Scottish referendum, the proposal is disguised as promoting interest in their futuristic Nationalistic life but is, in reality, a blatant means of increasing your vote by appealing to the known charitable leanings of the young. Sixteen year olds are still children; they are still being educated whether in school or in work, learning about life and their role in a challenging world. Even the most precocious have been nowhere, done nothing and shouldn't be exposed to decision making until they are older. This cynical exploitation of children is typical of a political party that is not so much interested in the welfare of the British people as their success in the polls, whatever they say. Why stop at sixteen? Make it thirteen; anything to defeat the toffs especially as the Scottish MPs might lose the vote in English affairs.
Whether you are selling perfumery, 'entertainment' or votes, advertising tries to get a message across. Clearly lies cannot be told but I fear that the balance is shifting and advertisers are pushing the boundaries as to what is and is not palatable or acceptable in the society in which we live, especially for the susceptible young. Despite various 'watchdogs', the advertisers are leading the argument, not following and I suggest the consumers should be setting the agenda, not the industry as it seems to be at the moment. After all, the advertising industry, does not  manufacture anything, it only adds cost to a product, ultimately paid for by you, the consumer. Despite this I recognise that we need advertising but urge that in place of smut and gratuitous violence the industry ought to be smarter, not ruder, in their appeal, especially where the young are concerned.
As for the Socialists...aaagh!

Friday, 19 September 2014

England's traffic chaos

A short trip to England has found me caught up in traffic jams in Truro, Southampton and for mile on end on the M6. I'm sure the scene is familiar all over the country with rush hour jams and three lane motorways full to overflowing with traffic, much of it commercial heavy lorries. I'm tempted to ask what will the roads be like in five or ten years with more and more cars and articulated lorries on the road. Has anyone any idea? Do the department of Transport know? Is there a plan such as making vehicles numbers with odd registration numbers able to use the roads on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Or are they just hoping for the best?