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SAVED BY THE GOLDEN ARCHES

By Pete Moore On October 28th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

5.00am today in Pete Moore Towers and disaster’s about to strike. The alarm clock goes mental, I’m startled awake – and I have the feeling something’s up. It’s usually the digi radio alarm thingy which goes off first. I lean over to read the time and the display’s blank. I get up and peer out; the trees are swaying and the village is pitch black. Everything’s out, we’ve lost power. Clearly Britain’s infrastructure isn’t up to resisting a stiff breeze.

Alarm clock no.2 goes off and so does the mobile phone alarm. Yep, I need my sleep and I’m a very deep sleeper. Two-is-one and one-is-none, so goes the saying in the prepping world. I go for four.

I now realise the scale of the catastrophe: I’m also a caffeine addict and there’s no power. No power means no gallon of Hot Lava Java for breakfast. It’s a grim-faced me driving into work this morning, I can tell you.

Then – salvation!

Ronald McDonald comes to the rescue in pursuit of noble profit. I see that magnificent golden arch lit up from half a mile away, followed by “McDonald’s Drive-Thru”. Whatever a ‘Drive-Thru’ is, I drive through it. Within minutes I have three large black coffees (one for the instant fix, two for the flask) and all is good again. It’s not bad either, not the worst coffee I’ve had.

Bottom line: while crony, government-distorted sectors will always let you down, capitalism and free markets always deliver, even when they destroy the language with execrable slogans.

A PEEK AT THE NATIONAL FOOD SERVICE

By Pete Moore On June 18th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

To deepest Norfolk today for a prison visit, and a reminder of how wondrous are capitalism and free markets. My (“ehem”) acquaintance was transferred to HMP Turnip a couple of weeks ago, so I was curious about the regime.

Me: What’s the food like?

Him: Absolute sh*t. Lunch today was two slices of bread and a bit of spam.

Me: Not even butter?

Him: Haven’t seen any since I got here.

Me: Can you buy extra food?

Him: You can make a grocery order, but I’m only allowed to spend 15 quid a week, so if I buy food I can’t make any phone calls. I did order a tin of sardines last week though when I got too hungry.

Me: It must have felt like a feast.

Him: Dunno, it’s not here yet. I was told it might be here on Friday.

That’s government provision. Even when free markets provide all the tins of sardines we can handle, it still takes almost two weeks for the state to deliver. Well that’s also how the NHS operates. Twenty minutes after driving away from the nick I passed a Sainsburys. I could have had dozens of tins of sardines in a minute, but that’s the market in operation.

Instead of allowing such markets to flourish in health care, and thus provide us with a cornucopia of afforable treatments, we stick to being fed crappy health care by prison guards in white coats … eventually.

HEART SURGERY FOR $800

By Pete Moore On April 29th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

What if hospitals were run like a mix of Wal-Mart and a low-cost airline?

Yes please, and Dr Devi Prasad Shetty is making it happen in India. He clearly understands that when government and industry club together, the customer gets ripped off, as we see with astronomically inflated health care costs in the West. His response is to cut through that and give value for money. In the mega-regulated health industry this is revolutionary stuff. Do read it all.

(h/t Old Holborn)

DAMN THAT WOMAN!

By Pete Moore On April 10th, 2013 at 10:30 am

What she did:

“In one of her first moves on coming to office she delivered capital market liberalisation. What that meant was that money was allowed to roam free around the world.”

The outcome:

“Firing the starting gun on one third of the world’s population rising up to the petit bourgeois pleasures of three squares a day. How could it be possible to praise someone aiding the solution to humanity’s most persistent problem, abolishing poverty?”

For poverty has indeed been humanity’s greatest enemy, making life nasty and brutish for the great majority of people who ever lived. This then is the woman who many hope is now stoking the fires of Hell: the one who helped unleash that miraculous wave of economic growth which has seen more people lifted from grinding poverty than any time in history.

Damn her to Hell!

DAYS DON’T COME MUCH BETTER

By Pete Moore On March 15th, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Gosh it’ll have to be an early night. Just as well there’s only Comic Relief to ignore tonight. If it was any worse I’d complain to the BBC that there’s nothing worth not paying for. Until tomorrow …

0700 – 0800: Cooked breakfast, a few gallons of coffee, first fag of the day

0900 – 1100: Trigger time

1100 – 1300: A nice stroll in the great and ancient county of Essex

1330: Buy monumental amounts of booze and food and booze and food and fags and booze on the way home

1430: Italy vs Ireland

1500: Wales vs England

2000: France vs The Porridge Wogs

2200: Watch the News/state propaganda

2230: Match of The Day

I hope yours is as good. Blogging might be light tomorrow …

After Newspeak; CorporateSpeak

By Mike Cunningham On February 1st, 2013 at 2:49 pm

atesco-logo We have found horsemeat DNA in our beefburgers. We apologise; and will never allow this to happen again!

 

aburgerkinglogoWe have tested our products, and have located  horsemeat DNA in our beefburgers. We have sacked our suppliers, and will ensure that this never happens again!

 

amacdonalds    Shit and corruption! What did you expect to be buying for a quid? Think yourselves bloody lucky we were using horsemeat!

ATW OBJECTS OF DESIRE

By Pete Moore On August 27th, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I must be getting on a bit. I’ve had my eye out for a deal on a bike since I gave my old road number to a nephew 18 months ago. In the end I decided to wait until 2012 models were knocked down before choosing. In the meantime, thoughts were forming in my mind that maybe it’s time to sit up a bit, take it easy, that 42 is no longer 22, that not being hunched over drop bars might be easier on my neck in future and that greenways, forest trails and canal towpaths are the civilised routes. When I last looked, hybrid bikes (a bit of road, a bit of off-road) had a reputation of being rubbish at everything. Well not anymore (well done capitalism and free markets). I took this sexy little number for a spin over the weekend and it was sweet, so now it’s mine and I’m well chuffed.

THE REAL SPACE AGE

By Pete Moore On May 22nd, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Space X, the first commercially developed rocket and cargo ship, has blasted off. The launch went without a hitch and the Dragon capsule is in orbit. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Stand aside, communist space travel, a new age has begun.

RIP GEORGE WARD

By Pete Moore On April 25th, 2012 at 11:39 am

Sad to read of the death of George Ward, in my book a true hero of capitalism and British liberty.

The story of Margaret Thatcher’s war on militant trade unionism is well known. In a way it’s a story which began in 1976 when Ward refused to recognise trade union membership in his firm and sacked many of the staff who resorted to strike action. The Grunwick dispute, as it became known, lasted for two years and was over by the time Margaret Thatcher won the 1979 General Election. It was particularly bitter and often violent, but George Ward stuck to his guns and prevailed, sticking two fingers up to Lord Scarman along the way when he recommended that trade unions be recognised at Grunwick.

Seeing an honest and self-made man suffering injustice and violence, and in contrast to some of the spineless Tory old guard, Margaret Thatcher was a strong supporter of his while in Opposition. Looking back, it was a rather revolutionary time within the Conservative Party, though not quite the revolution which many communist trade unionists wanted to bring about. His obit notes that “having survived the strike, Ward built Grunwick into what, by the 1990s, was the largest privately owned photo processing laboratory in the world under one roof.” Let’s hope we have a few more George Wards out there.

MARKETS PROVIDE

By Pete Moore On April 17th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I’m lying on my sofa right now, watching the Chilean broadcast of Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid, on my laptop.

You don’t get that under commies.