Key findings of the Goldblatt McGuigan Belfast Telegraph Business Survey of local employers include:
59% express little or no optimism for the local economy in 2009
37% of businesses are anticipating a slump in sales this year
60% cite the economy as the biggest challenge facing business
Almost one in five businesses are concerned about cash flow
More than two-thirds state the Executive had no impact on business in 2008.
So, no big surprises there then. In summary business is expecting a very poor year and has no confidence in politicians to do a damn thing about it.
However the company that ran the survey then show their own weakness by adding that what business is lookingn for government to do — nationally and regionally — is to stimulate the local economy through public sector procurement and provide them with the financial support in terms of funding towards the research and development and capital investment that will enable them to take the strategic action needed to sustain their businesses for 2009 and beyond.
Er, don’t think so. Increasing public sector procurement is not the way forward unless the plan is to have us ALL working for government, directly or indirectly. What we DO need is lower taxes, less bureaucracy and an incentive for business to invest in people. None of that is on the table because all of that reduces the role of the State.
I totally agree with David Cameron when he states that the Government’s plan to cut VAT by 2.5 per cent had been a “waste of time”.
The “real problem” in Britain was a “massive credit crunch” that meant businesses of all sizes were unable to get any money out of the banks, Mr Cameron said. He said: “I feel like shaking the Prime Minister sometimes and saying ‘Look, what don’t you get – it’s a credit crunch, that’s what needs to be addressed. ‘Stop wasting our money with cutting VAT, spending £12.5 billion of taxpayers’ money that we’re going to have to find and pay back one day on something that everyone now accepts has been a waste of time.”
When the VAT cut was announced last year, it was hailed by some as another masterstroke of economic genius from Labour and just what Britain needed to bounce us back into growth. That was pure delusionalism then and it has been proven so now. The cost of introducing the (temporary) VAT decrease has been burdensome to UK business and has had no discernible positive impact on the economy. However when VAT is hiked back up again, as it will, that will have the impact of another nail in the national economic coffin. Labour’s incompetence here has been breath-taking and yet, unbelievably, Gordon Brown is being sold to us as the only man who can get us out of the crisis he has helped put us in! It’s a mad world folks!
I see that Irish President Mary McAleese has been indluging her hobby of historical revisionism again, this time claiming that tens of thousands of Irishmen joined the British Army in an attempt to avoid poverty rather than out of a sense of partiotism. I’m with Lord Maginnis on this when he wrily observes….
“The whole idea that men joined the Army to keep their families off the bread line is absolute nonsense,” he said. “In any case soldiers were paid a pittance in those days, so in actual fact Mrs McAleese is not only doing a disservice to Irish history, but to her fellow Irishmen, by diminishing the role they played, and indeed that they continued to play during the Second World War.”
Ken is quite right. The truth is that many Irishmen fought proudly to defend our freedoms and for some reason McAleese is uncomfortable with this idea. Shame on Mary, quite contrary.
So, this is how our Government treats our veterans.
“Royal Navy veterans are being kicked out of their clubhouse so the land around it can be used as a travellers’ camp. The former servicemen say the decision signals the death knell for their association which was formed 76 years ago. The local council says that Whitehall diktats oblige it to find a home for the travellers who are illegally occupying green-belt land. Eight itinerant families will now be able to move on to the site at Northfleet, near Gravesend in Kent. The clubhouse on the land had been leased by the local branch of the Royal Naval Association for three decades. John Down, the club’s chairman and a Korean War veteran, said: ‘I’m so angry we are being treated like this. We have 160 members who all did their bit. ‘We risked life and limb for this great country that we wholeheartedly believed in. Now we are being treated like dirt, turfed out so that traveller families can move in.”
So here comes the new face of Britain, in their ccolourful caravans, bringing us diversity and culture. As for those Royan Navy veterans, well, they’re hideously white anyway…..
Zanulabour’s continuted conversion of our schools into laboratories for social engineering continues apace with the news that sexual health clinics could soon be open in every secondary school and college in the land.
All pupils would have easy access to emergency contraception and pregnancy testing without their parents being told. Around a third of secondary schools in England – almost 1,000 – already have clinics. Some are mobile units shared by a number of schools. Now an influential study, commissioned by the Government, has recommended extending the coverage to all state secondaries and colleges in a drive to cut teenage pregnancies. Advocates of the approach say children can be deterred from seeking sexual health services if they have to travel to community centres.
You can be certain that the expansion of sex clinics to every school will most certainly contribute to the increase in teenage pregnancies and sexually acquired disease which in turn will make this demented and repugnant government decide perhaps we need such sex clinics in Primary Schools as well. Ever downwards, into the gutter.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has withdrawn as US President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee for commerce secretary.
Commerce Secretary is the guy tasked to “to foster, promote, and develop the foreign and domestic commerce.” so it’s a pretty big job.
Mr Richardson’s decision was linked to a pending investigation into a company which has done business with his state. In a joint statement, Mr Obama said he had accepted Mr Richardson’s decision to withdraw “with deep regret”.
Now, I wonder what that nice police “done business with his State” mean, exactly?
“A federal grand jury is investigating how a California company that contributed to Richardson’s political activities won a New Mexico transportation contract worth more than $1 million. Richardson said in a statement issued by the Obama transition office that the investigation could take weeks or months but expressed confidence it will show he and his administration acted properly.”
One more pig with his nose in the trough. Part of the new fresh era Obama ushers in.
In fact, when ones looks at population, London has a population density of 4.700 people per sq km. The Palestinian disputed territories have a population density of 667 per sq km.Why does the BBC not introduce stories from all these areas as “amongst the most densely populated on Earth”?
I don’t like posting others editorials, but this one hits it on the head.
In Gaza, The Real Enemy is Iran
Israeli attacks must not stop until Iran’s proxy, Hamas, is defeated. By Yossi Klein Halevi and Michael B. Oren January 4, 2009 Reporting from Jerusalem — The images from the fighting in Gaza are harrowing but ultimately deceptive. They portray a mighty invading army, one equipped with F-16 jets that have bombed a civilian population defended by a few thousand fighters armed with primitive rockets. But widen the lens and the true nature of this conflict emerges. Hamas, like Hezbollah in Lebanon, is a proxy for the real enemy Israel is confronting: Iran. And Israel’s current operation against Hamas represents a unique chance to deal a strategic blow to Iranian expansionism.
Until now, the Iranian revolution has appeared unstoppable. The Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s ended with Iranian troops occupying Iraqi territory. Iranian influence then spread to Saudi Arabia’s heavily Shiite and oil-rich Eastern province, and to Lebanon through Hezbollah. Since the fall of their long-standing enemy, Saddam Hussein, Iranians have deeply infiltrated Iraq. Syria has been drawn into Iran’s sphere, and even the Sunni sheikdoms of the gulf now defer to Iran, dispatching foreign ministers to Tehran and defying international sanctions against it. Iran has co-opted Hamas, a Sunni organization closely linked to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, transforming the Israeli-Palestinian conflict into a jihad against the Jewish state. But Iran’s boldest achievement has been to thwart world pressure and approach the nuclear threshold. Once fortified with nuclear weapons, Iranian hegemony in the Middle East would be complete.
Today the perfect argument for the US to develop the Trillions of barrels of our own oil resources was provided for us. Between the N Dakota field, The Coloradan fields, The Capped fields in Texas and Missouri. Not to mention the Coal to OIl in Pennsylvania and half the rest of the country.
The US has the resources to not only supply ourselves but our ALLIES in Europe as well.
Today Cut oil sales to Israel’s backers-Iranian commander called for ALL oil exporting countries to cease exports to any nation that supports Israel. So except for France I guess if the Iranians get to finish their Bomb were all held hostage to the choice that we let another Hollocost take place or we get no fuel.
Wow! Was there anywhere in the world yesterday where a combination of militant Lefties and sick Muslims didn’t congregate to pity the plight of their poor, wee comrades in Gaza? They were there in their thousands – from London to Caracas; San Francisco to Athens. Today’s Sunday Express has photographs from the London march of delusion. Given the profusion of veiled heads and silly beards in the crowd, the gathering seemed to be dominated by Muslims – as anxious as ever to keep their potty religion and unending grievances in the media spotlight. Naturally, taking account of the tendency of UK Muslims to slavishly ape any act of cultural, religious, social or sartorial lunacy exhibited in other parts of the world, it wasn’t long before pairs of shoes came raining down across Whitehall as hundreds copied the antics of the disrespectful scumbag who threw his footwear at George Bush during his recent trip to Iraq. I sincerely hope those who discarded their Christmas presents from Dolcis at the gates of Downing Street had to walk home in bare feet. I even hope they had the pleasure of personally experiencing the painful reality in the lyrics of one Annie Lennox – Walking on Broken Glass.
Isn’t it funny how the actions of Israel always manage to bring out the very worst specimens of Left-leaning humanity? I find it supremely ironic that a country born out of the actions of the extreme-Right is now the primary target of invective for the extreme-Left. It matters not that innocent Israelis have endured over 8,000 rocket attacks since 2003. It matters not that the relatively small number of Jews killed in that period is all by luck and not by strategic management. It matters not that virtually nobody present at the marches yesterday would stand for their own country coming under rocket attack from terrorists in another jurisdiction. All that matters is that, as long as it’s only Jews who have to put up with being at the vanguard of the worldwide Islamist project – namely territorial and ‘infidelistic’ displacement and the establishment of Muslim domination – it doesn’t matter.
Sorry, of course it matters!! For what many of these crazy Lefties don’t realise is that there is an organic link between what is perpetrated, propagandistically and militaristically, against the Jewish State and what is envisaged by many in the Islamic religion as being the ultimate destination of their creed on a global scale. The reason Muslims hate Israel, inter alia, is that it shows the most practical resistance to that agenda. Does anyone seriously imagine that if Muslims instead of Jews had been given a homeland on the Levant (geographically similar to their ancient Biblical lands) after being at the coalface of a Nazi holocaust there would have been all this hatred from the Arab world? No way! Muslims don’t hate Jews because of their ‘plantation’ in the Middle East. They hate them because they ARE Jews – full stop! The sick mindset that wants the Middle East to be entirely Muslim-dominated is not a world away from the sick mindset wanting the same for the rest of civilisation.
As for the crazies who argue the legitimacy of Hamas based on the principle of democratic suffrage, I say ‘bullshit!’. Democracy is not just about going out and voting for a particular party or group. It involves respect for other models and institutions of democracy – within and without its own territory. Hamas does not, and will not, recognise the State of Israel notwithstanding the latter’s international, legal and historical legitimacy. That makes Hamas, and the plebs who vote for it, undemocratic, irrespective of the weight of electoral endorsement.
Like David I support the actions of Israel 100%. Israel neither asked for nor wanted this war. It has suffered terribly over the past seven years. I’d like to know when the likes of Annie Lennox, Tony (God isn’t he dead yet?) Benn and Jeremy Corbyn will be protesting about that!
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