Novelist. Author of APSARAS and tales from the beautiful Saigh Valley. First person to quantify spiritual values.

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Tuesday 31 May 2011

Lord Taylor of Warwick

Lord Taylor of Warwick has been sent to prison for twelve months for fiddling his expenses. He is a classic eample of the wrong use of an overcrowded  prison system. He is no threat to the public-he's not going to mug anyone or commit armed robbery. Why then lock him away? The answer is, of course, there isn't really a suitable alternative that doesn't fall foul of the stupid 'Human Rights' act.
I say, bring back the stocks. People like Lord Taylor should be humiliated and belittled by being paraded before the public. Each Saturday, say, they should be chained to a post in their local town centre, their crime prominently displayed close to them, so that their fellow citizens can pass their own verbal judgements. Soft fruit can be an optional extra-throwing at the guilty party, for the use off. The number of such days suffered by the guilty can be stipulated by the judge. Complaints that their families will also be embarrassed should be countered by the simple expedient of telling the guilty they should have thought of that before offending.

Monday 30 May 2011

Power Play Golf.

At last somebody has realised that golf as traditionally played is too expensive and takes up too much time and has come out and offered an alternative to the traditional game. It is no surprise that to achieve credibility, the new format is endorsed by a major sponsor, Saab, and high profile celebrities such as Gary Player, Graeme McDowell and Paula Creamer. As one might suspect it is to accommodate television that changes to the usual format have been made.

It is for this reason that I devised the games of 2-Ball Golf and Titan; both new forms of mini golf, that not only have the above mentioned advantages but also does not need expensive equipment and can be played by disabled people that cannot walk four miles or are restricted to a wheel chair.
The traditional game of mini golf is boring and to my mind despite the introduction of novelties is in decline. People want a more challenging game, games like that inroduced by Player which combine skill and strategy.
Sadly, although I introduced the game at the London Golf Show in 2006, it didn't capture the public imagination as I hoped although visitors to the stand enjoyed playing it. Since then I've added the game of Titan to the portfolio; a game that can be played on one green, making it ideal where space is at a premium such as on a cruise liner. When I trialled the game at a local mini-golf centre it was enthusiastically received by all those who played the game.

These games are perfect for television, requiring only one or two cameras, can be played indoors so are not weather dependent and are ideal for spectators. Titan games can typically take fifteen minutes, making for heightened viwer interest.

I believe that if these games were better promoted, using a celebrity, they would take-off for the same reason that Gary Player's new format would.

To learn more about 2-Ball Golf and Titan see my web site by clicking on the link at the top of the blog or contact me at:

Saturday 28 May 2011

Burglar released because of his Human Right

A burglar has been released by a judge who upheld his appeal that his five children would suffer if he were to go to jail.


Apparently one of the main points of the Human Rights act is that everyone is entitled to a 'family life'.

Yet another example of how this well meaning but rubbish legislation is undermining natural justice and how the thieving bastards in the legal profession are cashing in at taxpayers expense.

Council credit card spending

A report in the Daily Telegraph today highlights Local Council credit card expenditure. It is amazing how much rate-payer money finds its way into funding exhorbitant spending on  luxury travel and gifts.
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Many of the councils approached couldn't provide details of their expenditure, despite Eric Pickles, the Local Government Minister, asking that invoices for all payments over £500 be available for scrutiny. What a surprise as all the thieving bastards close ranks to protect their greed.

We've had the Parliamentary expenses scandal and now we discover that those in local councils also have their noses in the trough of tax-payers inadvertant largesse. Who do these people think they are that can be so cavalier with tax-payers money? Not only do they use it for personal gratification they award themselves huge salaries, higher even than that claimed by the Prime Minister. Is this yet another example of Democracy working well for the people? Working for the people should be less of a job and more a vocation with no thought of excessive personal gain. Fat chance.

These cheats should be named, shamed and sacked, for the sake of the hard working, honest tax and rate payers.

Friday 27 May 2011

The Judiciary and the people - continued 2

I have spent a disturbed day because of the Haringey child abuse case and the judiciary's determination that the innocent  people will pay for their irrational and injudicial deliberations. I am livid!!!

Why has this case gone to the mega expensive court of appeal. Does the plaintive have no idea of her responsibility? Does she think that the report of widespread bad practice in her department had nothing to do with her and her highly paid management? If so her bahaviour is bordering on the psychopathic -- or is she being primed by the parasites in the legal profession who fed on the biofuel of the human rights legislation sniff the promise of huge payouts?

I am sick to the back teeth of these useless parasites. Why isn't anyone reining in the excesses of these people? These are the people who insist that a known murderer and torturer from Africa cannot be deported from the UK to his own country because he may not be treated fairly. Why should the honest and innocent folk of the UK have to put up with these people?

Am I alone in wishing that some of these human rights solicitors and lawyers  in the UK who make a fat living from these people suffer some abuse at their hands. If anyone deserves to be murdered and tortured it is them and their sympathisers.

The Judiciary and the people - continued

Well the Judiciary are at it again. In their wisdom the high court judgement that a Haringay employer was lawfully dismissed, following a child abuse scandal, has been overturned in the court of appeal.
This judgement will outrage all those who believe that natural justice has not been done and that the employee should have taken responsibility for the shortcomings in her department. After all, she took the high salary and presumably therby accepted the duty expected of her.
The point is, however, that one again the scandalously high paid judges, the counsel for Haringey district, the barristers acting for the employee will have generated a huge bill that will have to be paid, presumably by the hapless ratepayers of Haringey. Where's the justice in that? They first suffer the abuse and then have to pay for it through the greedy, thieving wordsmiths who it seems to me arbitrarily make a judgement. What else can it be when the High Court make a decision only for it to be overturned on appeal- an appeal based on the premise that the plaintive could not possibly have had a fair trial.
It is time these Judges were shaken until they squeaaked. Until they grasp the concept of fairness, of justice for the weary people who actually go out and do a decent day's work, making or creating something useful. Getting their hands dirty or providing a service that is useful. It is time for a complete overall of the judiciary, limiting severely how much barristers and solicitors can charge for initiating court actions and limiting high court judge remuneration to expenses only.

Wednesday 25 May 2011

The fall of democracy

Dagong Global Credit Rating Company downgraded the UK's local and foreign currency sovereign credit rating to A+ from AA- amid fears that the economic outlook was already gloomy.

This banner headline would have seemed inimaginable a decade or two ago but in today's world it is a symptom of the times.

The New York Times has just published a list of the ten most outdated concepts. Amongst such icons as the 'Simpsons' television cartoon show,  in second place is Democracy. Slowly but surely, the people, once beguiled by the siren voice of Democracy are seeing that it is just a legitimate way of defrauding those who put so much trust in it. Around the world, it is being exposed as a means of those with political talent including oratory to further their own interests. Almost always, these people do no real work. They are career politicians who spend their time making laws to ensure that their tenure is propogated and well paid, opening up new layers of Government in which to exercise their own particular brand of bloodsucking. The funny thing is, at no time do the politicians behave Democratically. The majority of those in the UK would like to see the return of Capital punishment for the murder of police officers in the course of their duty or those, such as responsible for the Soham murders, where there can be no doubt of the culpability of the accused. The politicians don't even want to talk about it. Why not if it's the will of the people? If all those who enter Parliament think they know better than the people they represent, why don't we go all the way and become a Meritocracy. Do away with this pretence. The savings in bureaucracy would be immense.
It is, of course, inconvenient for them to bow to the people's will. A Home Secretary, on appeal, might have to make a decision on the life or death of a prisoner. The weight of this decision might ruin his evening meal and that wouldn't do. To bow to widespread demand for an inquest into the death of Dr. Kelly might lead to huge embarrassment for members of Parliament and again that wouldn't help with their credibility.

The huge scandal over expenses should have reined in some of the excesses of these people but it hasn't. Whilst some, no doubt those without friends, were sent to prison, others, like Jacquie Smith escaped relatively lightly. Get rid of the lot of them. If I had my way the UK would again be ruled by the Monarchy, people who have the interests of the country at heart, borne of centuries of service to the culture, customs and traditions, and with it the interests and well being of the British people.

Rhondda lawyers

A miner's family were awarded 22p compensation over his death - while lawyers handling their claim were paid nearly £2,000.

The grieving relatives were given the tiny payout under the Government scheme for former pit men struck down by lung disease.

But the firm of solicitors handling the Welsh family's claim was paid £1,885 - more than 8,000 times the compensation given to the family.

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The news is full of so called super-injunctions. Can you imagine how upset the leaches in the legal profession would be to lose this cash cow. Along with Human Rights business, those in the legal profession must rub their hands in glee when these cases land on their desks. It is estimated that it will have cost Ryan Giggs almost a quarter of a million pounds in legal fees to keep his name out of the papers. Can you imagine it?

It is time for the non criminal legal profession to be reined in. As I've said before, these people make nothing or do anything to create wealth. In fact they never dirty their hands on anything but provide a service for the very rich, whereby they draw off huge amounts of wealth already accrued. Why should people think this is a worthy profession?

Thursday 19 May 2011

Transport Policy in the UK.

The present Transport Minister, Philip Hammond , is under fire because of the cost of rail travel and the imposition of higher levies on the flying industry.

He might have done well to heed the advice of the Transport Minister in my novel, 'The Lamb at Nettlesham'. In the story, the fictional Transport Secretary sets out his vision of public transport (and energy generation) in the future. You can see this vision online by clicking on the link:

If these ideas resonate with your own thoughts you might like to read the rest of the novel which is available as an ebook from Amazon. Please look for

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In the story, the motor industry and those with interests in oil, worried about their future if the proposals go ahead, attempt to blackmail the Minister into dropping his plans. Central to the scheme is the 'Lamb' at Nettlesham, a former inn, now a brothel, catering for the very wealthy.
The scheme backfires and the story traces the unravelling of the illegal syndicate as former landlady Jackie Bagshot seeks her revenge against its leaders.

Tuesday 17 May 2011

Dr. Fox and the Overseas Aid budget

In a leaked letter to the Prime Minister, Dr Fox said he could not accept plans to increase the development budget to 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product.

His comment has drawn condemnation from a Downing Street spokesman who reiterated that increasing the UK's Aid budget was Coalition Government policy and would be passed into Law.

Can these people understand that the ordinary man and woman in the street agrees with Dr. Fox and does not want hard earned taxpayers money given to the harbourers of terrorists in Pakistan or the new economic powerhouse of India. We want the money retained in the UK because Charity should begin at home. We want to keep the money to help hard pressesd Government departments balance their books and keep more people employed here, look after our old and infirm better and maintain the armed forces at current levels of effectness or better. Why scrap an aircraft carrier and squadrons of Harrier jets so that we can give money away-money that most likely will finish up in a dictator's private Swiss bank account. Are the recipients grateful. I doubt it. They just assume it's a legacy from Britain's colonial past and they deserve it. Nobody is really clear if the UK benefits at all from this largesse. If Cameron wants to give the money away, let it come from his and Harriet Harman's own pockets.

There is a lot at stake in how the Government performs. Sometimes I believe that Cameron has got it completely wrong and needs a good shaking. Overseas aid is one, his continuing reluctance to have a referendum on europe is another and don't get me started on the delay in ordering an inquest into the death of Dr David Kelly.

Dr. David Kelly update

New evidence has emerged that a helicopter, hired by Thames Valley police, took off from the scene of Doctor David Kelly's death, ninety minutes after his body was discovered. It stayed on the ground, long enough only to pick up one or more unknown persons. This evidence was not introduced at the Hutton enquiry into tragedy.

How much longer can the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, delay ordering an inquest into the death of this public servant? Further delay will only serve to promote the idea that he's waiting for key witnesses to either die or disappear. He risks having himself and the present Government complicit in the original cover-up.

For the original Daily Mail report and a list of the unanswered questions, click on to the link below.

Friday 13 May 2011

The Royal Wedding- The best bits

I was away from home for the Royal Wedding on April 29th and haven't, until now, felt the need to remark on it. The whole event, apart from being a celebration of the wedding itself, an occasion that lifted the mood of the whole nation, I am compelled to mention two scenes that caught my attention for different reasons.

In recent years, the country has been riven over the question of immigration and the need to integrate the newcomers more into British society; to make them more aware of British history and culture, thereby allowing them to better enjoy what the country offers. One of the institutions that gives the country some identity is the Monarchy. Spearheaded by the Queen, who has reigned with great dignity and majesty, the Royal Family has been a source of great joy and inspiration to huge numbers of citizens who understand the pivotal role it plays in the constitution of the United Kingdom. It was therefore so nice to see on television a group of Phillipino women, waving their Union Jacks and messages of goodwill to the Royal Couple. It was if in embracing the occasion, they were also embracing the shared joy the majority of the population have in the Royal Family. How much better than those who took the opportunity to chant treacherous slogans, decrying everything the West stands for and backing the creation of an Islamic republic.

The second moment was a few minutes of  pure joy when the heart was uplifted to a level of such great emotion it brought tears to my eyes. I talk of the few minutes when art brought to the occasion a dimension that was both spiritual and beautiful. The televisual pictures and music that captured the procession of the bride, on her father's arm, to the alter for her marriage to the Prince William, did just that.
If the pictures, in full colour, brought to the world's attention, the scenes of that triumph, it was the anthem of Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry,  choreographed with typical British mitary precision, 'I Was Glad', that transported one to a paradisiacal plane. I could watch it time and time again as one of the most beautiful moments I can ever remember. Particularly spectacular was the finale with the crescendo and roof top shots-pure magic.
Congratulations to the Choirs of the Chapel Royal and Westminster Abbey.

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