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Margaret Thatcher – Saint or Devil!

Posted in America, Britain, Conservative Party, England, English Schools, Government, Immigration, UK, USA with tags , , , , on 09/04/2013 by floroy1942
The 'Iron Lady'

The ‘Iron Lady’

There can be little doubt that the death of Margaret Thatcher has raised many feelings in Britain. Seldom in British politics has the death of a politician caused such diverse emotions among the population, for many have mourned her passing while others have celebrated it. Reading news items on the subject, and especially distasteful readers comments that have been posted on them, I am appalled at the callousness of people who have not taken the trouble to find out the facts of the ‘Iron Lady’s reign.

Scargill - Miners Leader

Scargill – Miners Leader

One of the biggest things she is accused of is destroying the mining industry in Britain. This is simply not true! The person behind the demise of this industry is none other than Arthur Scargill, who alone bears responsibility. What many people seem to forget, or do not know, is that he was a communist.  He joined the Young Communist League and became its Yorkshire District Chair in 1956 and went on later in the year to be a member of its National Executive Committee. He rose rapidly in the National Union of Miners (NUM), and when Margaret Thatcher ordered the closure of 20 loss-making mines, organized several strikes from 1972, culminating in the great strike of 1982-1983 which caused a split in the Union. He is guilty of holding the entire country to ransom at a time when union demands were growing ever bolder, and Margaret Thatcher would not give in. It was said at the time, that he refused to allow a ballot of members on whether to strike or not. After this year-long strike he was elected life-time president of the NUM in suspicious circumstances.

Along with Tony Benn of the Labour Party he campaigned hard for the release of two killers from jail, Russel Shankland and Dean Hancock who had been found guilty in a court of law of the murder of a taxi driver when they threw a concrete block off a bridge onto his taxi. Their campaign was successful, for the killers had their sentences reduced from life to eight years in 1985, and they were eventually released from prison in November 1989.

Ever since he was forced to step down from the Presidency, and membership of the Union in 2010, it became clear he is a true Communist sympathizer, and has gone on record as a supporter of Joseph Stalin, saying that the “ideas of Marx, Engels, Lenin and Stalin” explain the “real world”.

Barbican – Scargill’s Apartment for £34,000 A Year From NUM Funds

Another scandal hit Scargill in January 2012 when he insisted the Union pay his car expenses of £13,000, which he won in court. At the time the NUM General Secretary Chris Kitchen said, “I honestly do believe that Arthur, in his own world, believes that the NUM is here to afford him the lifestyle that he’s become accustomed to.” Later, in December of the same year, he lost a court action against the Union in which he demanded they continue to pay the rent for his apartment in Barbican, London. After this decision Chris Kitchen said,  “I would say it’s time to walk away, Mr Scargill. You’ve been found out. The NUM is not your personal bank account and never will be again.” On Scargill’s instructions The NUM had been paying his rent of £34,000 annually for years.

This is just a taste of the man who many people quote as the hero of the mining industry of Great Britain who managed to shift the blame firmly onto Margaret Thatcher for the demise of the mining industry. The fact that he was a self-confessed communist and agitator, and held the entire country to ransom for a whole year is not worthy of note in the eyes of those who ‘celebrate’ Margaret Thatcher’s death.

During her term as Prime Minister she upheld the principle of limited immigration, unlike Tony Blair of the Labour Party, who blatantly used mass immigration and extravagant Social Security payments as a means of gaining votes.

R.I.P

R.I.P

In the early eighties she reduced taxation to get the economy moving after a period of decline and by reducing government expenditure in education. Cabinet papers of the time reveal that Thatcher actually opposed the policy but was forced into it by the Treasury. Thatcher wrote in her autobiography: “I learned a valuable lesson [from the experience]. I had incurred the maximum of political odium for the minimum of political benefit.” It remains popular belief that Thatcher abolished free school milk for all ages. In fact milk for secondary school pupils was abolished by Edward Short, her predecessor as Education Secretary, whilst free milk for infants was abolished by Shirley Williams.

By 1983 overall economic growth was stronger and inflation and mortgage rates were at their lowest levels since 1970, but she does not get credit for that in some peoples eyes! She oversaw the privatization of several industries in Britain including gas, water and electricity with the intention of providing more competition. There is nothing wrong with that! In fact, regulation was significantly expanded to compensate for the loss of direct government control, and with the setting up of regulatory bodies like Ofgas, Oftel and the National Rivers Authority, until in most cases privatization benefited consumers in terms of lower prices and improved efficiency, but admittedly, the results overall were “mixed”. As Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher consistently opposed the idea of privatizing British Rail, which was eventually done by John Major when he became Prime Minister and look at the mess it’s in today.

With regard to Northern Ireland and the IRA hunger strikers, I believe she was right in preventing those terrorists gaining status as political prisoners. They were not political prisoners, they were terrorists and killers plain and simple.

Falklands

Falklands

Her biggest triumph was the Falklands war, in which British forces took back the islands after the Argentinian invasion of 1982. Her close friendship with the then President of the USA, Ronald Reagan, opened up the possibility for us to strike back through use of the American controlled facilities at Ascension Islands, for refueling both air and sea forces.  Since the Second World War, few Prime Ministers in this country would have had the balls to stand up to such blatant aggression. With most it would have been no more than bleat! bleat! bleat! and endless complaining at the UN, but the Falkland islanders would be Argentinian today. Margaret Thatcher took the bull by the horns and let the world know in no uncertain terms that Britain would not be trifled with. Yet many today even castigate her memory for that!

To all those who are celebrating her death I have but one thing to say, before you blame the “Iron Lady” for every ill that has befallen you, first find out the facts, and then look to yourself and ask the question, In the same circumstances could I have done any better!!!!!!  

Roy.

Can Trade Unions Strangle A Country? – Yes They Can!

Posted in Budget Cuts, Europe, Government, Insanity, Modern World, Spain with tags , , , , , on 30/10/2012 by floroy1942

My wife and I have a penthouse in a residential community in Marbella on the Costa del Sol in Spain, and it wasn’t until today that I realized how labour laws are strangling the country. My wife is president of the community and responsible for the day to day running of it along with her three-man committee. We have a concierge who is causing many problems by not doing his job properly, spreading rumours and has on occasion been abusive to residents. In an effort to make him more efficient he has been given a work schedule with specific tasks at specific times, but he still seems to think he can do as he pleases and for the most part ignores it. Under these circumstances you would think the simple solution would be to fire him and get someone new: Wrong! This is Spain!

Today my wife and the committee sought advice from an official labour advisor who told them he cannot be fired unless we can prove gross negligence. Such is the state of the labour laws in Spain that it is almost impossible to get rid of a lazy or useless worker – there is literally nothing you can do! The only way to rid ourselves of the man is to pay him a huge sum of money in compensation. As you can imagine, this is not really a viable option in these troubles times.

Some of the contractors that used to do jobs around the community have proven to be sloppy, inefficient and lazy which is symptomatic of many. Needless to say, they do not work here anymore.

This whole business started me thinking and examining the state of the country in light of these laws. Spain has been in the doldrums ever since the housing market collapsed and the country had sunk further into debt year by year, and as I have said previously, the biggest problem is inefficiency. Although the current prime minister Rahoy is strenuously refusing a bailout from the EU, the situation is dire. The country has one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe and with the recent increase in purchase tax, prices are going through the roof.

When you visit some governmental or local offices it is customary to find chaos, rudeness from staff, and a total lack of cooperation, plus you have to get used to waiting for long periods to be helped. At this point I must make it clear this is not a ‘blanket statement’ because there are exceptions to every rule. The local council offices (ayuntamiento) in Marbella were very quick and efficient when we visited last week, but compared to that, the labour offices in the city are a complete disaster.

The bottom line really is that in this country, if you have an inefficient, or lazy worker there is little you can do to get rid of them. The labour laws have made it almost impossible to replace someone who just isn’t good enough. It seems that provided you turn up for work and manage to shuffle a few papers around your desk every so often you cannot be fired.

I tried doing some research into the Spanish labour laws but the waters are very muddy and its almost impossible to get any real information, but one thing that is certain, like in many other countries, they evolved from trade union pressure on the government.

There is nothing more motivating for a worker than to know he can be fired if he doesn’t do his job properly, but to get that far, there has to be a major shift in government policy regarding the labour laws before the country will be able to get back to its collective feet. One thing is certain, whichever government takes on this task will find the mob outside the gates in lynching mood.

Roy.

Roamin’ Romney

Posted in America, Britain, Europe, Iran, Israel, Nuclear Weapons, President, UK, USA with tags , , , on 31/07/2012 by floroy1942

After Mitt Romney’s antics during his European tour I honestly can’t imagine any sane person voting for him to replace Barak Obama. If the man was trying to signal his diplomatic skills in the field of foreign policy he failed dismally.

The British Press Were Not Amused

He has visited three countries, namely the UK, The State of Israel and Poland, and managed to upset someone every time he opened his mouth. First it was the Olympic Committee in Britain, then the Palestinian’s in Israel, and to top it off he upset the unions in Poland. This man desperately wants to become the next president of the United States and thinks he can do a better job than Barak Obama. Sorry Mitt, you can’t! As an ‘outsider’ I dread to think what harm such a man may do if he became President.

Obama has come under a lot of criticism during his time in office, but it does seem to me that much of it is unfounded. What people tend to forget is that he is a Democrat president with a Republican House of Representatives that consistently stood against him and many of his policies, effectively blocking them. The ObamaCare Health Bill is a prime example.  

It would be a bit like Britain having a Conservative prime Minister ruling over a Labour government. The two just don’t mix, and certainly cannot work together for the good of the common people.

It Certainly Seems Like It!

While I am in full agreement with putting an end to Iran’s nuclear ambitions, I shudder to think what will happen if the world had Mitt Romney’s finger on the trigger. He has already made it clear he would back any strike by Israel against the Iranian nuclear installations, but who does he think Iran will direct their anger at? Not just Israel that is for sure, and if America retaliates, before you know it the entire Middle East could be at war with the Western World! Sorry! But I for one don’t want that man’s finger on the trigger!

To me he comes across as far too ‘smooth’, and he tells people what he thinks they want to hear, and one question before I finish; Why won’t he release his tax records? It doesn’t take a genius to guess the reason.

Roy.

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