Money in the news and how you are going to pay and pay and pay
The guy I buy my coffee from in the morning has run the franchise also for ten years. Every day during this time at least two and may be as many as five young people come in asking for a job. Not once has any of those young people been British.
Yesterday, I bought egg and chips from Polaks, coffee from a Spaniard, a bus ride from a Jamaican and a pint for an Australian. I drank with an Israeli, a Malaysian, a true Anglo-Saxon and a second-generation Chinese girl.
And – yes – we all agreed that it beat working…
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NORTHERN Rock and the Northen Rock Foundation – it’s your money now. The Croydonian takes a look:
Very generously, the expropriators of Northern Rock have agreed to continue giving the Northern Rock Foundation large sums of money to spend as the trustees see fit:
“Tim Farron: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will ensure that the guaranteed funds for the Northern Rock Foundation will go to funding arts and heritage projects.
Angela Eagle: As part of the Government’s decision to take Northern Rock plc into temporary public ownership, on 17 February the Treasury announced that the Northern Rock Foundation will receive from Northern Rock a minimum of £15 million a year in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The distribution of funds is a matter for the trustees of the Northern Rock Foundation.
A quick snoop around the Foundation’s website makes it exceedingly clear that it is not going to be operating under straitened circumstances, relative to previous years:
“From 1997 to 2007, the Foundation received 5% of Northern Rock’s annual pre-tax profits, totalling more than 190 million. As part of the Government’s decision in February 2008 to take the company into temporary public ownership, the Foundation will receive from Northern Rock a minimum of £15 million a year in 2008, 2009 and 2010“.
And what is the NRF’s remit?:
This: “Our current objectives are to tackle disadvantage and to improve quality of life in North East England and Cumbria. To achieve these objectives, we invest in charitable activities that help those most disadvantaged in society, and that make our area a place for everyone to enjoy and celebrate“.
And more specifically:
Question 3. Where will you fund?
Answer. We offer funding exclusively for work that takes place in North East England (Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and the Tees Valley ) and Cumbria . If your work takes place outside these areas, please do not apply.
Might even this government feel that funding such a Foundation is just not cricket?
“SHOPPING BILL UP £18 A WEEK,” announces the front-page headline. “Food crisis is new blow for families.”
This on top of the soaring gas and electricity prices. “To make matters worse, council tax bills will rise by an average 4.5 percent in April,” says the paper.
The clear advice is to remain as you are, Mr Foreigner. The Express says the price of grain from Kazakhstan is “soaring” to a “record high”. Peoples of the East have never had it so good.
But still they come.
“Yet another coachload of migrants setting out from Poland to look for jobs in Britain,” says the Express, words hung below a a shot of a coachload of young men and women holding gigantic sausages with menace. “The scale of the influx of foreigners into Britian is breathtaking,” says the paper.
But we are not a thriving, vibrant and confident nation that values hard workers and their desire. We are a country of soaring food prices, where a loaf of bread costs a week’s wages.
Turn back, says the Express. Haven’t you hear, the UK is over.
From today, a free copy of the Daily Express will appear on every coach seat leaving Poland, Romania and Bulgaria!
HILLARY Clinton wants to be the head of a country with the biggest economy on the planet. Hillary Clinton says:
It’s imperative that we approach this mortgage crisis with the seriousness that it is presenting. There are 95,000 homes in foreclosure in California right now. I want a moratorium on foreclosures for 90 days so we can try to work out keeping people in their homes instead of having them lose their homes, and I want to freeze interest rates for five years.
Freeze interest rates for five years. Anyone want to explain to her how the economy works..?
AS is often the way, this is the non-Muslim fearing the fear in the Muslim: “Knorbert the piglet has been dropped as the mascot of Fortis Bank after it decided to stop giving piggy banks to children for fear of offending Muslims.”
A spokesman told the Dutch media that “Knorbert does not meet the requirements that the multicultural society imposes on us”. The bank added that there had been “a number of reactions to the pig” and that a new gift and character were being developed that would be “fun for children of any persuasion”.
Fun in banking. When will the madness end..?
Police will be able to seize high-value assets from suspected drug dealers as soon as they are arrested under plans to be unveiled this week by Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary.
If you are suspected of a crime the [police can seize your assets.
Law-enforcement agencies will be able to take cars, televisions, laptops and expensive jewellery belonging to big-time offenders. Such assets can currently only be seized at the end of a criminal process, by which time drug dealers have often disposed of them.
Perhaps the goods are sold to pay for a decent defence lawyer to escape a wrongful arrest? Perhaps Jacqui Smith, who admits to having smoked cannabis, thinks seizing dugs is better than walking the dangerous streets looking to buy them illegally?
A Home Office spokesman said last night: “Our starting point will be that all criminal gains should be removed from offenders. For example those criminals buying commodities to avoid the circulation of cash could have their assets seized before they have chance to disperse them. Seizing ill-gotten gains is critical to reducing the incentives for crime.”
Great plan. Only, how do the police know which is an–ill-gotten gain and which is not? And if the suspect is found not guilty can they sue the police for depreciation of their assets?
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Via The Croydonian
THERE Is No Such Thing As Web 2.0:
Web 2.0 has been picked up as a term by the entrepreneurial community and its corollaries in venture capital, the press, analysts, large media and Internet companies, and Wall Street to describe a theoretical new category of startup companies.
Or a “space”, if you will.
As in, “Foobarxango.com is in the Web 2.0 space”.
At its simplest level, this is just shorthand to indicate a new Web company.
The technology industry has a long history of creating and naming such “spaces” to use as shorthand.
Before the “Web 2.0 space”, you had the “dot com space”, the “intranet space”, the “B2B space”, the “B2C space”, the “security space”, the “mobile space” (still going strong!)… and before that, the “pen computing” space, the “CD-ROM multimedia space”, the “artificial intelligence” space, the “mini-supercomputer space”, and going way back, the “personal computer space”. And many others.
But there is no such thing as a “space”.
In Bishop Auckland right now the “People’s Bank” is attempting to make Darren Minnikin homeless.
Northern Rock plc versus Mr Darren Minnikin
Says Guido Fawkes, the blogger: “Congratulations Mr Minnikin. You are the first victim of socialist economics today…”
Is he? Mr Minnikins was probably in trouble with his repayments a while back. And because Northern Rock is nationalised – and we are stake holders in it – all to the good that our money is being chased and punishment to defaulters meted out.
The interest will come when others default on their mortgages in the Labour heartlands and a General Election looms…
NORTHERN ROCK – Which will be the first family evicted from ther home by the gordon Brown and his Government of all the talents?
Hereunder is a round-up of Northern Rock facts in today’s media.
Northern Rock money is now your money, so it’s good for journalists to be precise:
DAILY EXPRESS (front page): “NORTHERN ROCK: NOW IT’S A TAXPAYERS’ NIGHTMARE”
This time last year, the bank was worth around £5.3 billion. It is now worth just £375 million.
DAILY MAIL (front page): “£100m GAMBLE WITH YOUR CASH”
The move severely dented Labour’s reputation for economic competence and leaves taxpayers responsible for the crippled bank’s £100billion in mortgage debts – just as the housing market has entered a downturn.
The Conservatives claimed the decision meant every family in Britain was effectively being saddled with a “second mortgage” of £4,000…
The Government now faces the prospect of being blamed for the repossession of the homes of defaulting Northern Rock mortgage-holders and for job losses from the bank’s 6,500-strong workforce in Labour’s North-Eastern heartland…
There is also likely to be a drawn-out legal battle with the 180,000 shareholders who face getting nothing back from their investment.
DAILY MIRROR (front page): “WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU”
At the moment, taxpayers are propping up the Rock with £55billion in loans and guarantees. The bank, worth £5.3billion this time last year, is now worth just £375million
THE SUN: “Crisis Rock To Be Nationalised”
But Chancellor Alistair Darling said it was the only way to safeguard the £26billion of taxpayers’ cash that had kept the bank from going under…
An independent panel will decide the amount of compensation for the bank’s shareholders — at least 150,000 of whom are small investors
Today’s Mail On Sunday is telling of secret, hush-hush, bonus payments paid to staff and directors of Northern Rock…after the biggest bank crash in UK history. Anorak told you four weeks ago.
The Bank of England is propping up Northern Rock to the tune of around £55bn…forget the BBC figures of £25 to £35bn, it’s nowhere near…We told you so.
If the Chancellor doesn’t act at once everything will be lost and the Bank of England’s multi-billion loan goes out with the bathwater … and guess what? Anorak told you that first too.
Meanwhile the fat cats who did such a totally rubbish job get their bonuses. (As we have already said. We told you…)
Just a thought, will SuperJock Gordio make Hain supremo of the newly Nationalised Northern Millstone. If it wasn’t a distinct possibility, it would be frighteningly laughable.
See: Secret Bonus
“She has endorsed a pilot scheme in a category C prison in which serious offenders are paid the minimum wage – £5.52 an hour – to work for companies such as Kentucky Fried Chicken and Clifford Chance, the City law firm.” It light-fingered lickin’ good.
Who better to employ villains than lawyers and a take-away food shop? Perhaps call centres, with their innate fondness for small cubicles and battery-farmed workers. Or public schools.
Interestingly, because inmates pay no rent on their cells, no council tax and need incur no transport costs they could be left better off than low-paid workers outside.
In fairness, though, the Howard League for Penal Reform suggests the prisoners pay income tax, “but the government is refusing to accept contributions because the inmates might then have workers’ rights.”
The last thing you want is for a prisoner to bring a case of constructive dismissal…
IN The Independent: “Mark Steel: A taxing problem: should the rich pay for cheese?”
New Labour certainly keep their promises. Before they were elected, they promised to reform the loophole that enables the super-rich to avoid paying tax, by claiming “non-domicile tax status”. And now, 11 years later, they’re still promising to do it.
But the non-doms don’t avoid paying tax. Non-doms pay tax on all their UK earnings. They also pay UK tax on earnings they bring into the UK. They are not non-residents. They are non-domiciles. The clue is in the name.
CAN ‘T pay your mortgage:
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration and six major mortgage lenders unveiled their latest response to the continuing turmoil in the housing market, offering to “pause” the foreclosure process for seriously troubled homeowners.
Although the announcement of “Project Lifeline” was couched in tones of optimism, officials cautioned that it is only an incremental step that would not guarantee help for every homeowner facing the loss of their home.
“No program can bring every struggling borrower into the counseling and evaluation process, and we cannot help those who choose not to honor their obligations,” said Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. “None of these …
Project Lifeline will indeed help, but not as much as some would like:
The pilot program, dubbed Project Lifeline, is supported by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and will further encourage borrower contact as well as broaden Paulson’s moratorium announced in December, 2007, which froze interest rates on certain adjustable-rate mortgages, to include all kinds of home loans. Homeowners won’t qualify for the 30-day-freeze if they are in bankruptcy, if they already have a foreclosure date within 30 days or if the loan was for an investment or vacant property.
VLADIMIR Putin is a comedian:
Vladimir Putin has announced that if NATO does not act in a manner more to his likely in future negotiations, he will take action to let them know he is not to be trifled with by unleashing an arms race.
How mnay bombs do you need to win a race, and who decides on the winner?
HOW does Hillary Clinton finance her campaign?
Clinton, unlike rival Barack Obama, has not released her tax returns. But disclosure forms that Clinton filed with the Senate provide some clues to her family finances. They show Bill Clinton has earned tens of millions of dollars in recent years giving speeches at rates of up to $450,000 apiece. During one week in 2006, the former president collected $1.7 million for talks in Europe and South Africa. (He also collected speaking fees from Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, the Mortgage Bankers Association and other big firms.) The documents are more circumspect about other Clinton financial interests, including his annual income as a “partner” in billionaire pal Ron Burkle‘s businesses and from Vinod Gupta‘s InfoUSA. Both payouts are listed as “over $1,000″—a description that is legally adequate but not very enlightening.
Money and politics
SMOKERS for health:
It is well known that smokers tend to subsidize non-smokers because the former pay so much in taxes and die before they can collect their due in social security and Medicare benefits.
|Mitt and Ann Romney||$202 million|
|John and Elizabeth Edwards||$54.7 million|
|Rudy Giuliani||$52.2 million|
|John and Cindy McCain||$40.4 million|
|Hillary and Bill Clinton||$34.9 million|
|Fred Thompson||$8.1 million|
|Barack and Michelle Obama||$1.3 million|
Vote Obama – he needs a raise…
THE Paris appeals court has ordered the Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel should be detained because of the “necessities of the investigation” and the risk that he could flee the country.
Now he will be put in “provisional detention” while the case is being investigated.
Kerviel might be innocent. French sources tell us that he was known as something of a workaholic in Paris circles, putting in a 30-hour working week…
“HELP! Why millions of us have been paying for another cut in loan rates today.”
Good to learn that in this godless society we have been praying, although whether praying for money is deemed spiritual is a point best lest to others.
Of course, millions of others are praying, and hoping, that interest rates rise and give them greater value to the savings.
Much depends what god who worship…