Dear Red Rag (I don't know your name, so you can take your blog's name),
Like most left-wing blogs which rely more on rhetoric than on facts, you have comments turned off on your blog. Just as well or you'd be spending a lot of time moderating the truth to keep it quiet. Fortunately, after giving you a schooling on the forum, I figured I'd point out the fallacies in your laughable latest post about the economy.
What you did was link to this piece of advertising from Money Week (actually you linked to this video version of it, but some of my readers might prefer to read it), probably without reading / watching the piece, because it was predicting some doom & gloom in the economy and you figured that it must be discrediting the latest budget.
So, without further ado, let's take a look at exactly what you're saying, what Money Week is saying, and then we'll sum up a little conclusion about your views and how they fit in with this.
Unfortunately, it seems that despite the two parties which I would most like to be in power in the UK sharing a coalition, I am having to sit here criticising their foreign policy as I did with Tony Blair's interventionism. Somehow, the lessons of the last decade have slipped us by, and we find ourselves once again involved in military conflict against all interests of the country.
There have been several awful attempts at justification for this attrocity, most of which rely on one (or usually many) of the following argument bases:
- Ethics - The people want rid of Gaddafi, so it's our responsibility to get rid of him.
- History - We sold him arms in the past, so we have responsibility for his actions.
- Legality - The UN say it's OK, so we should do it.
Now, I'm going to try to leave economics out of the bulk of this post, but I'll throw it in at the end, because it's what I do, and cost has to be a consideration in times like these for any decision we make. I'll also try to pre-declare my position on war and intervention in other countries' affairs, and my position on Gaddafi, so here goes:
Recently, I got ahold of a copy of the 'No Apologies' album by 'The Right Brothers'. It's basically right-wing politically motivated rock, and I've linked one of my favourite tracks above.
"There's a crisis on the planet
It's heated up almost a whole degree
It hasn't been this hot in a long time
Not since the 16th Century
When there were no evil SUVs"
Found another great chorus on the CD which calls out the lefties on their inability to face issues, and the fact that they make emotional insults instead of fighting the point:
I gave a lot of thought to everything that you've been saying
Once I got past the cussing and the hate you were conveying
I tried to be objective when you said you wish I'd die
I got your point but couldn't help but see you were ignoring
The truth behind our songs you're so predictable and boring
Thank you for the interest now I've got a question for you
What about the issues?
The CD mainly seems to point out hypocrisies in typical left-liberal thinking, indoctrination in schools and opposition to right-wing policies regardless of how correct they are. I think it was well worth the £7.90 and wish there was more music with this message (or, at least, less with the opposite message).
You can get it on iTunes if you so wish.
I can't really ignore contemporary events at the moment, can I? What with the situation in North Africa, the EU referendum campaign stepping up, Google taking sides in the climate debate et al., I'd definitely have had enough to write about on any given day. Today, however, I'm going to grab onto a subject which could be more important than any of them: the future of nuclear energy.
In 1989, the Non-Fossil Fuels Obligation came into play, forcing the managers of the power grid to purchase energy from nuclear or renewables suppliers instead of just buying from cheap fossil fuels providers. For better or for worse, this served to strengthen the position of nuclear power in the UK, and seemed to vindicate the support that was showed to the nuclear power sector, which remained the status quo until this recent incident in Japan.
In the UK, we currently have ten active nuclear power plants, the vast majority of which are AGR (Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor) designs. Each of these produces around 1,200MW of power.