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The European Union – The Assassin That Is Killing Britain.

Posted in America, Britain, David Cameron, England, European Union, Germany, News, Parliament, Politics, Relationships with tags , , , , on 05/07/2016 by floroy1942

I received this from a friend today and thought it worth passing on to all those who think we should stay in the European Union. This shows the steady, and continuing destruction of Britain’s manufacturing base by the European Union. If this goes on we will be left with nothing.

Subject: Fw: EU grants – A few thoughts to ponder.

Cadbury moved factory to Poland 2011 with EU grant.

Ford Transit moved to Turkey 2013 with EU grant.

Jaguar Land Rover has recently agreed to build a new plant in Slovakia with EU grant, owned by Tata, the same company who have trashed our steel works and emptied the workers pension funds.

Peugeot closed its Ryton (was Rootes Group) plant and moved production to Slovakia with EU grant.

British Army’s new Ajax fighting vehicles to be built in SPAIN using SWEDISH steel at the request of the EU to support jobs in Spain with EU grant, rather than Wales.

Dyson gone to Malaysia, with an EU loan.

Crown Closures, Bournemouth (Was METAL BOX), gone to Poland with EU grant, once employed 1,200.

Marks & Spencer manufacturing gone to Far East with EU loan.

Hornby models gone. In fact all toys and models now gone from UK along with the patents, all with EU grants.

Gillette gone to eastern Europe with EU grant.

Texas Instruments Greenock gone to Germany with EU grant.

Indesit at Bodelwyddan Wales gone with EU grant.

Sekisui Alveo said production at its Merthyr Tydfil Industrial Park foam plant will relocate production to Roermond in the Netherlands, with EU funding.

Hoover Merthyr factory moved out of UK to Czech Republic and the Far East by Italian company Candy with EU backing.

ICI integration into Holland’s Akzo Nobel with EU bank loan and within days of the merger, several factories in the UK were closed, eliminating 3,500 jobs.

Boots sold to Italians Stefano Pessina who have based their HQ in Switzerland to avoid tax to the tune of £80 million a year, using an EU loan for the purchase.

JDS Uniphase run by two Dutch men, bought up companies in the UK with £20 million in EU ‘regeneration’ grants, created a pollution nightmare and just closed it all down leaving 1,200 out of work, and an environmental clean-up to be paid for by the UK tax-payer. They also raided the pension fund and drained it dry.

UK airports are owned by a Spanish company.

Scottish Power is owned by a Spanish company.

Most London buses are run by Spanish and German companies.

The Hinkley Point C nuclear power station to be built by French company EDF, part owned by the French government, using cheap Chinese steel that has catastrophically failed in other nuclear installations. Now EDF say the costs will be double or more and it will be very late, even if it does come online.

Swindon was once our producer of rail locomotives and rolling stock. Not any more, it’s Bombardier in Derby and due to their losses in the aviation market, that could see the end of the British railways manufacturing altogether even though Bombardier had EU grants to keep Derby going which they diverted to their loss-making aviation side in Canada.

39% of British invention patents have been passed to foreign companies, many of them in the EU.

The Mini cars that Cameron stood in front of as an example of British engineering, are built by BMW mostly in Holland and Austria. His campaign bus was made in Germany even though we have Plaxton, Optare, Bluebird, Dennis etc., in the UK.

The bicycle for the Greens was made in the Far East, not by Raleigh UK but then they are probably going to move to the Netherlands too as they have said recently.

Anyone who thinks the EU is good for British industry or any other business simply hasn’t paid attention to what has been systematic asset-stripping  from the UK.

Name me one major technology company still running in the UK, I used to contract out to many, then the work just dried up as they were sold off to companies from France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, etc., and now we don’t even teach electronic technology for technicians any more, due to EU regulations.

I haven’t detailed our non-existent fishing industry the EU paid to destroy, nor the farmers being paid NOT to produce food they could sell for more than they get paid to do nothing, don’t even go there.

I haven’t mentioned what it costs us to be asset-stripped like this, nor have I mentioned immigration, nor the risk to our security if control of our armed forces is passed to Brussels or Germany.

I tried to find something that’s gone the other way, but I just can’t. If you think the EU is a good idea:

1 You haven’t read the party manifesto of The European Peoples’ Party.

2 You haven’t had to deal with EU petty bureaucracy tearing your business down.

What a huge mess! The sooner we get out the better, for soon all our assets will have been stripped away with the help of the European Union.

Roy.

Downing Street Shenanigans!

Posted in America, Britain, David Cameron, Elections, England, European Union, Government, News, Politics, UK with tags , , , , on 22/05/2016 by floroy1942

Says It All!There can be little doubt that David Cameron is using every trick in the book to persuade the people to vote for not leaving the European Union. He is now guilty of telling outright lies in an effort to swing the vote his way.

He has been accused of offering knighthoods to many business leaders to persuade them to publicly denounce the ‘Out’ campaign. Some of them have been bold enough to order every worker in the company to vote ‘In’, and he has come up with so much rubbish when addressing the people that its just incredible.

He warns that prices will rise in the supermarkets for example and add £220 a year to everyone’s shopping bill. He says that it will cause a war in Europe, now where on earth did he get that from? People in the Treasury are saying that our economy will collapse if we leave. What a load of hogwash.

We may well go through some hard times for a short while, but when we get into the throes of international trade things will improve and we will be better off. No-one should imagine that every company we do business with in Europe will suddenly cancel contracts with U.K. firms.

This is but two examples of the rubbish he is sprouting in order to get everyone to vote ‘In’. He has done some crafty work behind the scenes to get many business leaders to back the ‘In’ campaign, and also many government departments, the NHS leaders are also on the list, along with many other organizations.

All I have to say is that if you believe all this bullshit coming out of Cameron, his minions and friends, then you deserve to be a part of the State of Europe, which is the aim of those in Brussels who want to rule the whole continent.

It is time we became a sovereign nation once again, where we the people can determine what we do. We desperately need to close our borders before being totally overrun with immigrants, and also we have to get rid of the Human Rights idiots in Strasbourg so that the nation can get back a proper justice system.

Roy.

Gay Cake Anyone?

Posted in Britain, Christianity, David Cameron, Equality, European Union, Gays, Human Rights, Justice, News, Religion with tags , , , , on 09/07/2014 by floroy1942

Christian views, this time in Northern Ireland, are once again coming under fire from the ‘gay’ community, and all because of a cake of all things. As a Christian myself I find these consistent attacks on anyone with religious beliefs deplorable, but it seems the homosexuals among us are still determined to hammer home their message that they must be accepted as ‘normal’.

Daniel McArther

Daniel McArthur

It is disgraceful that these people can run roughshod over anyone with religious beliefs, and the Law, such as it is, sides with these people every time. The interesting part is that ‘Gay’ marriage is still not legal in Northern Ireland. Thanks goodness, at least the government there have more sense than our bent politicians!

According the reports, a civic event was planned in Bangor Castle Town Hall, County Down, to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The gay rights activists ordered a special cake from Ashers Baking Company in County Antrim in Ireland, but on seeing that it promoted homosexuality the company turned down the order and refunded the client.

Queer CakeIt would seem the cake was to have a picture of Bert and Ernie, two Sesame Street puppets, along with a logo from the Belfast-based campaign group called “Queerspace”. Due to its homosexual reference the bakery turned down the order because it went against their Christian values.

This refusal got the homosexual community in a ‘tizzwoz’ and they contacted the Equality Commission who have written to the company with a threat of legal action.  So once again the Christian Faith is coming under attack by this bunch of perverts, and you can guess what the outcome will be – again!

Peter and HazelMary Bull Who Lost Everything

Peter and HazelMary Bull Who Lost Everything

We have already seen the total destruction of the livelihood of two devout Christians who would not allow two homosexuals to share a room in their hotel. I refer of course to the case of Peter and HazelMary Bull who turned down a homosexual couple because their policy was not to allow any unmarried guests to share a room. The resultant court case against them completely ruined their lives and left them penniless when they lost their business.

Yet another travesty:

Of the current case, the firm’s 24-year-old general manager, Daniel McArthur, said marriage in Northern Ireland is “still defined as being a union between one man and one woman and said his company was taking a stand”. He added in an on-line statement that “The directors and myself looked at it and considered it and thought that this order was at odds with our beliefs. It certainly was at odds with what the Bible teaches, and on the following Monday we rang the customer to let him know that we couldn’t take his order.”

The company has now consulted with the Christian Institute for advice on how to deal with the case. They have in turn said they will give whatever legal assistance is required.

Councillor Andrew Muir

Councillor Andrew Muir

Alliance Councillor Andrew Muir – who hosted the civic event is reported as saying: “Businesses should not be able to pick and choose who they serve. There would not be any debate if the cake had depicted an anti-racism or anti-ageism slogan, nor should it require intervention from the Equality Commission for this cake for Anti-Homophobia Day. It is ridiculous for this bakery to suggest that they would have to endorse the campaign.”

Gay Rights Promoter Gavin Boyd

Gay Rights Promoter Gavin Boyd

Gavin Boyd, a Rainbow Project gay rights campaigner said on BBC Radio Ulster: “It is because of sexual orientation that the company decided not to print this. The law is really clear. You cannot pick and choose which sides of the law apply to you. If you are a company that is trading out there in the market place and someone comes to you, you can’t pick and choose whether or not to fulfil that order based on their sexual orientation. I would encourage companies to make business decisions that would be in the best interests of the profit margins of the companies.”

My question to that is: Why not if it goes against your Christian beliefs? Are the basic Christian values of morality, love, kindness and respect so outdated that they no longer apply in our modern world? Having said that, I know they mean nothing to many in society these days but that does not mean a bunch of perverts should be able to run roughshod over the teachings in the  Bible for their own sordid ends.

Colin Hart

Colin Hart

The Christian Institute’s director, Colin Hart, said of the case: “The Government repeatedly failed to listen to members of the public, lawyers, constitutional experts even its own MPs when they called for safeguards to protect those who back traditional marriage, whether at work or in business. All the McArthurs’ want is to run their bakery according to their Christian beliefs. There won’t be many situations where they need to turn down an order but this is obviously one of them. No-one should be forced to use their creative skills to promote a cause which goes against their consciences. Imbalanced equality laws are making it increasingly hard for people, especially Christians.”

Because of all these Equality and Human Rights laws we have reached a stage where Christians have no rights at all, and their beliefs are being trampled on at will by any pervert who does not get his own way! British companies are being forced to accept ‘gays’ whether they want to or not or run the risk of ending up in court in a trial in which the Judge will always find for the depraved. This is not Justice in any shape or form but a more ‘like it or lump it’ approach.

I once thought Great Britain to be a Christian country but that is no longer so, despite what Cameron says. The Christian faith is being trampled in the dust by these perverts who see their disgusting activities comparable to that of normal people. The sad thing is, the government is too weak-willed to see what is happening and do something about it.

The Slow Death Of Christianity And Its Values In Britain.

The Slow Death Of Christianity And Its Values In Britain.

Time after time such cases have been brought before the courts, and in every one the judgement goes against Christianity. The lives of good honest Christians are being totally ruined by these perverts, who demand they be accepted as being the same as everyone else while practicing their vile perverted habit. It would seem that to be a devout Christian in Britain today is more like a punishment rather than the uplifting experience it once was.

Christian Britain - Well, At Least There Are A Few Of Us Left!

Christian Britain – Well, At Least There Are A Few Of Us Left!

So long as these ridiculous laws are in place, or at least not administered properly, we are on an express train to hell! If this keeps up, this country will no longer be referred to as Great Britain but will become Great Britanal! (Work it out).

May the Almighty save us from these anal monsters!

Roy.

Apple Fleecing Their Customers?

Posted in America, Britain, England, Europe, Mobile Phone, Modern World, News, Teens, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 10/03/2014 by floroy1942

I have always known that Apple products are ridiculously expensive, but an article I read today really brings home how much profit the company is making on its goods.

iPhone 5S

iPhone 5S

The example given was for the Apple iPhone 5S 16G model which gives Apple a staggering 41.4% profit on each item sold. The production cost of this phone, which is sold in the UK for £549, is a mere £129. This includes the research and development costs, marketing and distribution, and VAT.

IPhone costProduction of the other models with greater memory capacity like the 32G and 64G versions give the company even more profit. The 32G model sells for £629, an increase of £80 for the extra memory, but the production costs are only £6 more than the 16G model. The 64G phone costs consumers an extra £160, at £709 with only a difference of £12 in production costs over the 16G model.

It used to be argued that Apple products were more stable and reliable than other manufacturers, but is that still true today? For many, to go that extra mile and buy an Apple product was worth it because they were superior to other models on the market, but those days are now long gone. With stiff competition coming from companies like Samsung, it is now more a question of getting value and reliability for your hard-earned cash.  In the past this has always been a good reason to buy from Apple.

I must admit that both my wife and I have iPhones, but there is now a big question mark over whether we will buy another one. My phone has been exchanged for a new one three times because of problems, and my wife has had hers changed twice. So to be honest, reliability is not a very good reason to continue.

There is little doubt that you cannot fault Apple on their product guarantee service, for there is no haggling or being brushed off with excuses, the item is exchanged for a new one on the spot. For this I applaud the company, for there are few with such a good reputation in this area. It can be argued however, that with such a huge profit margin they can afford to do this.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

In my view, since the demise of Steve Jobs the company has gone downhill in many ways, the most important being reliability. Apple is trying to pack too much technology into their phones. These days they can do just about everything except fry an egg.

It is a fact of life that the more technical things become, the more things can go wrong. I believe manufacturers should remain aware of this. But you see, it is the march of progress, and each company must come up with new gadgets to beat the competition. When I had my 3S phone I kept it for four years without a single problem, but ever since I upgraded I get problems, hence having it changed three times under the guarantee.

Too Much Technology Can Lead To Crash And Burn!

Too Much Technology Can Lead To Crash And Burn!

There can be little doubt that feeding the gadget hungry young people of today will continue with companies like Apple, and eventually we may well be able to fry an egg with the phone, but it will all come crashing down when people realise that reliability is also important.

Roy.

So Starbucks Finally Paid Up!

Posted in America, Britain, Demonstration, England, Government, Justice, Theft, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 24/06/2013 by floroy1942
"We Keep Our Bucks"

“We Keep Our Bucks”

I read with interest this last week that the coffee chain Starbucks have finally paid the UK tax man the Corporation Tax they owe, or at least part of it. So that’s one down and more to come, hopefully, with Google and Amazon the remaining main defaulters. We, the less well off, seldom get a chance at the opportunities these big multi-national companies have to duck taxes, but there again, we do not have all the high-powered lawyers they have. Starbucks admitted they had not paid any Corporation Tax on sales worth £400 million in the years between 2009 and 2012, which should have netted the Treasury £92 million at 23%. That amount of money would have bought a lot of apples!

Whichever way you look at it, these companies hire the best lawyers and economists with one thought in mind: How can we get around the tax laws? Mind you the filthy rich are at it too, and if just 50% of these people paid what they owe, we, the rest, would be paying much less and the financial crisis would be over. It was interesting to read that Starbucks said they ‘made a loss last year’, why, because they were siphoning off the profits by “paying fees to other areas of its business — such as ‘royalty payments’ for the use of the brand”. How convenient!

Demonstration

Demonstration

Now they have suddenly decided to cough up what they owe for the tax year 2012, and in a statement they said: “We listened to our customers in December and so decided to forgo certain deductions which would make us liable to pay £10 million in corporation tax this year and a further £10 million in 2014”.  Yea, Right! I suppose the fall-off in custom and the demonstrations outside various branches had nothing to do with that decision. Face it Starbucks, you finally got found out!

My only remaining question is, when are they going to cough up the back taxes of £92 million?

Roy.

China’s Involvement In Western Unemployment

Posted in America, Britain, Europe, Immigrants, Modern World, UK, USA with tags , , , , , on 02/11/2012 by floroy1942

Just take a look at the label on things you buy these days, anything from a coffee machine to designer clothes, and almost 90% of the time it will say, ‘Made In China’. There can be little doubt that the Chinese manufacturing sector is booming thanks to western companies, and has been for at least the last ten years. In the meantime unemployment rates in most western countries are climbing to an almost unsustainable level, and anyone with half a brain must see there is a link there somewhere.

Apple Production Line China

Apple Production Line China

I took a look at the box for my new iPhone 4S today and sure enough, it was assembled in China. Clothes my wife buys in well-known designer shops all carry a label saying made in China, and sometimes Taiwan, Malaysia and even Thailand.

While this may be good for company profits, it does nothing for the living standards of those who slave away day after day in the Chinese factories.

In many western countries people are beginning to blame the influx of immigrants for taking away national jobs, and naturally this is a factor, but by comparison to China’s contribution it is minimal. But before anyone starts waving the big stick at China we must analyze why manufacturing for western companies has moved to this communist country. The simple answer is economics! But to be honest, you have to dig much deeper to find the real reason, and those responsible. The short answer to that is we are ourselves to blame.

During the seventies and eighties trade unions were the strongest they have ever been, and never a year went by without some union or other going on strike for more pay, less working hours etc. etc. I admit freely that in some situations their demands were quite legitimate, but most were highly out of order. It is true that in many cases the union demands were based on high profits being made by the employing companies, but high profits generate growth and more employment whereas the reverse is true when profits are low. A look at history will show clearly that this incessant demand for higher and higher wages in the western manufacturing sector has generated the need of companies to examine their options for cheaper labour costs.

Designer Clothes Made In China

Designer Clothes Made In China

For manufacturers it is a “Catch 22” situation whereby if they raise their prices to cover the extra labour costs the items became too expensive, the market slumps and down go the profits needed for investment. Also, if prices went up the unions would be back demanding more money and it became a self-defeating exercise in futility. So to a certain extent it was our own fault that companies started looking overseas for a cheaper manufacturing process.

When you consider that the average wage paid by western companies to Chinese workers is something like a dollar a day, whereas in the west that would be a fraction of the hourly payment for a worker, you can see how it makes economic sense to  move your manufacturing base to such countries. Even adding on the extra shipping costs of the raw materials and the finished product it still comes out far cheaper than our own labour.

Unemployment Lines In Spain

Unemployment Lines In Spain

It is inevitable that as American and European manufacturing costs rise, more and more companies will see the sense in turning over their manufacturing processes to Far Eastern countries like China where goods can be either made, or as in Apple’s case assembled, in any country on the other side of the globe at a tiny fraction of the cost.

This will inevitably result in even more job losses in the future and with it will come increased unrest, but when push comes to shove, we will have no-one to blame but ourselves. It is all a sad fact of life that workers today must face up to, even though the truth may hurt.

Roy.

Time For The Rich To Pay Taxes!

Posted in America, Britain, England, Equality, Modern World, UK, USA with tags , , , , , , on 22/07/2012 by floroy1942

Many parts of the world are suffering the biggest financial turmoil for many decades and yet there are tens of thousands of individuals across the globe who pay but a tiny fraction of the taxes they should. Of course, by that I mean the super rich! A band of selfish, greedy, self-important, conniving, shady, lying, cheating…. Oh Dear! Did I go too far??? I am sure many of the super rich will be quite upset at these words, but thank god for free speech and the right to express your opinions in a democratic world.

And These Are Just The European OnesNow to the nitty gritty! Why do I write such things about the super rich? The reason is a major study has taken place, much to the dis-satisfaction of those who are the subject of it, into tax-free havens and the huge amounts of money that are squirreled away in secret bank accounts on many of these secretive off-shore hide-aways.

It may astound you to know that the wealth hidden away at the end of 2010 is equal to the size of the US and Japanese economies combined i.e. $21 TRILLION! That is 21 times 1,000 billion dollars. This far reaching investigation is the work of James Henry, a former chief economist at the consultancy McKinsey, and was carried out at the request of the Tax Justice Network.

There can be little doubt that should you have lots of money it is easy to hide it away in many of the tax havens like Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg and Monaco and the off-shore havens like The Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and the Virgin Islands. The more money you have, so the more your ability to employ the right people to move it around and avoid paying taxes.

…Except About His Tax Returns!

Being an average individual with a high moral code and set of standards, I find it distasteful to say the least that those among us with the most money get away with not paying taxes on their income while the rest of us ordinary folk get bled dry to pay for their excesses. I know for sure that I could not live with myself knowing that my tax contribution would put an end to ordinary people being thrown out of their homes for not being able to pay the mortgage while I sat in my castle counting my ill-gotten gains. It is without doubt one of the greatest injustices in the world today. I can well understand why Mitt Romney doesn’t want the world to know how much tax he has paid in recent years! It’s probably a fraction of what he should have paid.

You have to look at it this way, if all these privileged people paid the taxes they are supposed to, the current financial crisis would be over in  minutes. People would be back in work, homes would be secure and everyone would know their is some justice in the world.

So I have to ask, why cannot the governments of the world come together at the United Nations and put an end to this disgrace by shutting down all these tax-free havens? If there was nowhere for these people to hide their vast fortunes they would have no choice but to start paying taxes. If they did, the tax rates everywhere could be brought down to a realistic level for all, including the rich.

It is unfair on society that the majority must pay the lion’s share of taxes so the rich can make more money! Most of these people have more than they could spend in two lifetimes, and yet they are so greedy and heartless, they stand idly by and watch as hardworking people are thrown out of their homes, quietly rubbing their hands with glee at their massed wealth.

Bill & Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett

As most readers of this blog will know, I like to be fair, and in doing so, I have to mention that some super rich people do use their money for good causes. Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft is one such person, who with his wife Melinda, formed the world’s largest transparent private foundation i.e. the Gates Foundation. It is dedicated to globally enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. The billionaire Warren Buffet works with Bill and Melinda Gates, and there are other rich people who do charity work with their wealth, it’s just a shame there are not enough like them, for there are countless others who hide their money away and do everything they can to avoid the tax man. I have nothing against people getting rich, but I do balk at the idea of them doing it at the expense of everyone else.

Money, like power, has become the number one drug everyone is addicted to, and no matter how much some people have, they always want more. It is definitely time to change the rules so that all men, and women, pay their dues in today’s society. Will it happen? Not on your life because most government’s could not stand without the backing of these powerful people, and they are out to protect themselves at all costs.

Roy.

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