Saturday, 1 August 2015

Does the Lizard Theory have some merit?

The Telegraph helpfully recalls the Mumsnet biscuit choices of politicians from the last several years.  Proof, indeed, that some of our leaders are not actually descendants of species which evolved on this green Earth.

Andy Burnham: "I don't have a sweet tooth and don't eat biscuits. But give me a beer and chips and gravy any day?"  

Jezza Corbyn: Didn't answer.

Gordon Brown: Didn't answer, several times.  His spinners let it be known 24 hours later that he likes anything with a bit of chocolate.

Nige: Didn't answer.

Liz Kendall: "I'm more into savoury snacks. Currently popcorn."

Who the hell are these people?  Look, I realise that some people try to eat healthily.  No doubt spinners everywhere try to hook the constant-dieter vote.  Clearly what Alex Salmond intended when he responded with "I’m on the 5:2 diet, but Jim Walker’s plain chocolate ginger shortbread".

But to not know instantly what your favourite bloomin' biscuit is?

I read somewhere that a successful man should always be able to instinctively respond to the question of what he drinks.  I have to disagree with that; sometimes a G&T suits, other times a beer, and these days it is entirely acceptable to drink wine in public houses.  Thus Nick Clegg's triangulation policy of "Rich Tea if dunked. Hob Nobs if not" is actually acceptable.

One of the recurrent themes in Borgen, the Danish drama (highly recommended), is the volume of coffee the characters drink, and the plates of pastries provided at political meetings.  Are we seriously supposed to accept that Prime Minister David Cameron hosted the coalition's "quad" discussions over tea and "oatcakes with butter and cheese"??  Ridiculous.  

Hey, they could even make it up if they were trying even remotely to look human.  How likely is it that they would be found out if they lied?  Might a disgruntled bag-carrier or coup-plotter reveal to the world that actually Cam can't keep his grubby fingers away from the Marylands?

Maybe we made a huge mistake not putting Ed Bacon Sandwich Miliband into No. 10.  He was asked on two separate occasions, and both times he stated "Jaffa Cake".  Human, after all.

Friday, 31 July 2015

Jeremy Corbyn now predicted to win the leadership.

Veteran Labour MP, and long time voice of sanity in the labour party, Frank Field, ponders his decision to nominate Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Simple Solutions to complex problems: Pt 1. African Immigration. Sink or swim?

To ease us through the silly season the Internationally acclaimed Quango Lectures.
Here is a slice from the first lecture.

Immigration.  The statistics. 

28.5 million people employed in the UK in 2013.
85% UK born. 15% foreign born
of the 15% foreign born - 6% from EU - 9% from outside EU

{ok so far?}

Of those in work 12.9 million are in the category 'low skilled.' Which is some 45% of total UK employment. Low skilled covers entry level trades. Entry level administration. Customer service, leisure, travel, sales. Warehouse, entry level manufacturing. And drivers and the care sectors.

12.9 million low skilled workers
10.9 million uk born
2.1 million foreign born

{now we are getting to the numbers we need.- Not easy. Lots of conflicting reports. These are from the official migration report for the Home Office.}

UK net migration is some 300,000 a year since 2011. 250,000 average 1997-2010
{Pre New labour, and EU border relaxation it was around 50,000 a year.. With a minus figure during it 30,000 a year overall.}

1.2 million low skilled workers are from outside the EU.
1 million are from within the EU

Of the non eu two thirds came to uk more than 10 years ago.
Of the EU migrants 90% have come in the last 10 years.

So the EU migration is a recent event and these migrants are now performing jobs and consuming services and living in accommodation in the UK.

The National Farmers Union, among others, have said that farms could not survive without economic migrants and is a major reason, along with the huge subsidies, that agriculture uses to promote the benefits of EU membership. Farms claim they cannot attract low skilled UK workers even though wages are above minimum wage level.

Conclusion and solution to non-EU immigration.

1. Stop economic migration from the EU. This may require leaving the EU. But as the benefits to our coming decision to withdraw is mostly to other EU nations, they may well decide an accommodation to suit the UK.
2. In place of current EU workers use non-EU immigrants to do the low-skilled, no qualifications needed, basic understanding of English only, jobs in farms and factories. Perfect entry level occupations for low or unskilled workers.
3. The leaving EU migrants will leave accommodation, NHS and school places for the incoming, jobs to go to sub-Saharan workers to occupy. 
4. Net migration should remain stable as EU migrants return to the EU, new non-EU migrants fill their places.

The UK can feel good about rescuing and providing new lives from refugees fleeing war, famine, hardship throughout the non-EU globe. The UK will be able to say exactly how many migrants it could take. At present that would be 1 million working migrants and about 500,000 family members.
{These numbers do not include the Romanian and Bulgarian recent migrants, so add another 100,000 at least.}
The UK would be no better, or worse off, on pure numbers, by following this course of action and would have significantly solved the problem of asylum seekers for the next 5-10 years. 
At the expense of our EU neighbours coming to work in the UK..