‘Germany 10 – 0 England’

No, don't panic, you didn't miss England taking a penalty thrashing in a vital international fixture. This is just my personal take on the role Germany has in the world these days. How they are superior to England in pretty much most things, yet strangely distrusted and derided. Germany can be summed up as this. Things work there. And they work well. At a dinner party last year I was stunned into silence (it takes a lot trust me) when some casual racism of Germans just slipped into the conversation under the flimsy guise of a joke, which had it been aimed at any other race would have been distasteful to anyone. But seemingly, in 2013 it is socially acceptable to have these views. I am probably bigoted on many things and laugh at un-pc jokes so perhaps I should refrain from commenting, but I can't help feeling that this is somehow different. We all ...

‘A Tale of Two Cities’

I wonder what Charles Dickens would say if he saw London today.... I daresay not much, except maybe a request for a stiff drink. It is a popular rule to adhere to for the über -wealthy, that the three safe havens for their wealth in these rocky times are Swiss Francs, gold and property in London. The economic divide in Britain between rich and poor is discussed at length with commentators declaring that it has worsened and continues to do so. Certainly this government, and previous administrations have done little to turn the tide and boost regeneration. However, in my opinion the sharp and accelerated contrast evident in London is far more disturbing, and like many problems only now being brought to attention. Prevention being better than cure, it is now too late to address the issues associated with it. The FT talks about this as though it has only suddenly happened, but this has been ...

‘Please Sir, Can I Have Some More’?

By Monday, February 6, 2012 0 Permalink

So the UK is in debt to the tune of £1 trillion. To tell you the truth I am not even sure I know how to express that in figures. It's definitely quite a lot though. 64% of the GDP in fact. Apparently it has been worse; 180% of GDP. But that was in the 1940s when there was a world war going on. Britain often likes to point out when matters were worse, (usually governments favour the 'let's blame the previous administration' approach). They also relish  in pointing to countries in a worse situation. This arrogance is a little hard to swallow now however when in actual fact Britain is in a similar, or even worse position than many of these countries previously condemned. To put it into context, Italy's national debt is about 120% and the USA's is 100% when I last checked. Not so clever now are you Britain? ...

‘People in glass houses….’

By Tuesday, August 9, 2011 0 Permalink

Well, nothing quite like a spot of apocalyptic mayhem to put one's own problems into perspective. Economic downturn, stock market gloom, rioting in the streets and London on fire..... I do believe things are so awful at present even Nigel Farage was nearly speechless when dragged in to pontificate on the radio this morning. Shocking! Certainly no fan of his, I did however admire his comment that there is seemingly no one in charge. Reassuring thought.... Everyone is saying that the PM should have returned from holiday sooner rather than waiting to see what would happen. I personally would quite like to see Cameron stay in exile while the UK could arrange a little coup d'etat, peaceful of course, and actually put a statesman with some gravitas, common sense and vision in his place. What is it all about the media cry? They think it is because some unfortunate young man got shot by the ...