YES SIR ALL PROFITABLE ASSETS COME WITH HUGE DISCOUNTS

Lucky Vince cable has been given the job of selling off the People’s Post Office. The Post Office which last year made a profit of over £400 million, so if it’s making a profit why are we going to sell it off? The country apparently needs to make money and or save money. Here is a business owned by the taxpayer which is making money. The government seem to think that in order to save the universal mail delivery we need to sell off parts of the Post Office. So are we going to sell off of the unprofitable areas (not bloody likely) or will we do what the Tory governments of the past have done and sell off the profitable parts at huge discounts to their friends.

Now that the unions and the management of the Post Office have found an agreement to go forward with the modernisation necessary to make it fit for purpose it seems very strange to undermine that process by selling off the moneymaking assets. The money men will not be paying for anything unless it’s profitable so you can expect the taxpayer to be left with the universal delivery system to subsidise instead of this area being subsidised by the business as a whole.

For an interesting insight into the day-to-day life of a postman take a look at this working postman’s blog. Roy Mayall.

NO STRINGS ATTACHED TO WORKING WITH THE PRESS?

Does anyone really believe that Andy Coulson as editor of the News of the world knew nothing about the methods employed to gather information on politicians, celebrities and the Royals? I would go further and suggest that Rupert Murdoch probably knew all about it as well. Colson’s position as an adviser to David Cameron is surely now untenable, even if he knew nothing about the phone hacking it was on his watch and  he chose to resign. Now that the issue has raised its ugly head again David Cameron has little choice but to instruct him to rewrite his resignation and go.

Perhaps the most worrying aspect of all this is the special relationship that apparently exists between the police service and Rupert Murdoch’s News of the world and Sun newspapers. Full disclosure to the press except in exceptional circumstances is surely a necessary part of a free press and indeed free society. I cringe to think that behind the scenes Rupert Murdoch is applying pressure to the Metropolitan police to forego a thorough investigation, the man it seems is more powerful than the government.

Bankers are Bastards #2.

Hung out to dry by the bankers.

The Royal Bank of Scotland (Reactionary Bastards and Scumbags RBS) is cutting 3500 jobs. Why? I quote “Having to cut jobs is the most difficult part of our work to rebuild RBS and repay the taxpayers for their support”, in other words it’s not their fault it’s our fault. That is the fault of the tax payer, the nasty people who saved their bacon in the first place are apparently not entitled to be repaid without some bloodletting amongst the staff of the bank.  At what point did anybody paying tax suggest to RBS it would be a good idea to cut 3500 jobs, 500 of which are to be off shored? Apparently it is not enough that they were bailed out having buggered up the whole system with their greed, it is now the taxpayer’s job to pay jobseekers allowance for the poor souls who are being jettisoned like so much rotten fruit by RBS. I am actually amazed that the miniscule tax the government intends to raise against the financial sector, who are responsible for putting us into recession, has not been blamed as well as the taxpayers. How I wonder would the banks feel if those that owed them money decided the only way to raise it was to make soap from the bodies of small dead children? Actually that’s silly as long as the loans were repaid the banks would not worry at all, they have after all never worried much about the way they raised their own cash.

Ian Gray no more money for Edinburgh tram scheme.

BIG BOY DUN IT AND RAN AWAY

Ian Gray yesterday pledged not to pledge any more money for the Edinburgh trams scheme. Apparently labour who failed to make the business case when they initiated the tram scheme has decided to wash their hands of any responsibility and to blame the SNP Liberal Democrat coalition that now runs Edinburgh City Council. The walking charisma bypass Mr Gray appears to have decided that in order for the Labour Party to avoid taking the highway at the next Holyrood elections they will adopt the transport strategy of a new Forth Road Bridge and the fast train link to Glasgow airport. He has as usual failed to identify how this new Labour Party policy will be funded let alone publish the business case to justify it. It is in fact looking very like the SNP transport policy and is perhaps a move with an eye to the future where the possibility of coalition looms large at Holyrood.

Gordon Mackenzie the Edinburgh council’s transport manager believes that the tram scheme can be delivered ‘ within the current funding envelope’ the realisation that there is 100 million funding gap may require not so much a larger envelope, as a larger packing case and crane to move the required millions into Bilfingers coffers.

The tracks are laid in Princes Street, certainly the one street in Edinburgh that requires no more transportation as every bus route converges on it. Do we now except that the trams are going to be a Princes Street tourist attraction and perhaps regret that the money wasn’t spent on the world’s longest rollercoaster ride for which we could have charged £10 and possibly made this fiasco pay for itself. This solution would have sat nicely with the clowns who populate the circus that is Edinburgh City Council.

While it would be nice to know where to apportion blame the secrecy surrounding the dealings of TIE is likely to continue. It appears to be acceptable to the great and the good that the spending of public monies does not come with accountability. Nice work if you can get it and don’t expect to be better informed come October as both sides will be so busy apportioning blame to the other it is likely that the decisions will be made without the need to explain to the paying public the whys and wherefores.

As previously predicted the Edinburgh city appendages of Leith and New Haven are unlikely to see a tram on tracks, I think we will have to be satisfied with the mock-ups deposited at Ocean terminal and the Kirkgate. We will once again become an important part of Edinburgh city when the bill has to be paid, although many of the businesses that have lost a small fortune in the north of Edinburgh may feel they have already contributed more than their fair share.

A probing insight into William Hague’s personal life.

His research is incredibly penetrative.

You spend one night in a hotel room with your chauffeur and your branded for life. You have to feel sorry for Christopher Myers who has felt it necessary to resign his position as special adviser to William Hague over unsubstantiated rumours regarding a sexual liaison. Apparently the most proof going is their body language at breakfast the morning after they shared a room in a hotel while on the campaign trail. No one seems to know if it was a twin bedded room or indeed a family room.

If it proves to be true it shows there is a great deal more in common between the coalition parties, Liberal Democrats and Tories, then I at first thought. The the recent confession of Crispin Blunt (Wasn’t there once spy called Blunt who was also gay?) regarding his sexuality and his desire to come to terms with it may prove to the first pebble in an avalanche of outing. It may be a slow news seasons gift from the gods, let’s hope it runs, it makes for an easy cartooning subject.

Labour leadership candidates dressed up for the contest.

OOH SUITS YOU SIR

Labour’s old guard on both sides appear to have picked their candidates for the election. David Miliband has had a veiled endorsement from Tony Blair and Mandelson, the Prince of darkness, made it pretty plain in his last few interviews that he also goes with the perceived new Labour man David Miliband.

Not to be outdone Roy Hattersley and Neil Kinnock have given support to Ed Miliband’s position which is so far, not, left of centre that it’s right in the centre.

Whether any candidate will benefit from support from either of these factions remains to be seen, however it’s nice to see that in an ever-changing world the factionalism of the Labour Party remains a constant.

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