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- June 2009
writing from across the globe.
June 15th: Hay Fever. Iran wakes up to find they elected a dictator.
We have the usual summer rain. Life's usual pattern. Take a look at
this June edition of Hacks. Lots to read and consider. Oh yes and buy
my book Another Place to Die if you want to know how to survive
the coming flu pandemic - the big one this autumn. (You can download
it even to your Sony E Reader if you want to save money).
The Importance of European Elections and other summer puddings
people have spoken in the UK. They want Labour out, they want Gordon
Brown gone. Labour suffered a total wipe out in local elections and
now control not one single council in the UK. In Europe they have lost
yet more seats, the Conservatives top the poll (only just from the separatists
of UKIP). Sadly Labour still control the government and we will have
to suffer months more of corruption, deceit and leadership of donkeys.
The European results is dire for them and already Gordon has rescued
one of the pigs in the trough from Europe and planted her in his cabinet
of fools. Mrs Kinnock a world expert in gravy trains survives. Sad and
pathetic. I have a feeling that we shall see an autumn general election.
Governments of any persuasion are no panacea. In the end the people
have to run their own lives but it helps if there is a little bit of
inspiration from the top. Having just seen the dreadful Terminator Salvation
I am beginning to root for the machines. Obama is a man who is intelligent
and thoughtful and inspirational. He may not succeed entirely as he
is only a man, but at least he provides hope. Our leader provides just
despair and mockery and drags us all down with him.
Its sometimes hard to care about the fabric of our
society. Everyone is on the make and I guess if I have one regret it
is not making it too. Teaching doesnt seem to involve perks or
expenses, hell I have to buy the books and DVDs I use in class myself.
Where is my moat? Where is my 100,000 pounds it takes to run my office,
on top of my salary and expenses? Democracy is rung out
to dry guys. Might as well live in North Korea, at least you know your
money is going to waste on lavish palaces and nuclear bombs. Apparently,
according to a survey quoted on BBC Radio 4, 66 percent of the UK population
beleive our MPs are on the make and have lost total trust in them. What
kind of crazy people are the other 36 percent who presumably believe
our officials are honest? I guess they never read the news - ever. 'Trust
No One' said Mulder and he was right all along.
Should we be shocked? I see in my own field the management
reward themselves huge salaries as a reward for getting us to agree
to 0.3 percent pay rises. I am not sure Id be able to see the
difference, but the bosses will, as they can and do award themselves
huge bonuses for keeping everyone in line and boosts to their pensions.
You see this everywhere. The police are going to have to lay people
off, I am sure that will play well with voters come the election as
crime soars. In Surrey they are taking people of forensics teams (who
actually catch criminals) and putting them on the beat or on that 'early
Hospitals are closing wards despite running a huge profit this and last
year. Not many people seem to be aware of that. There is NO SHORTAGE
of money in the NHS there have been efficiency savings. Notably in making
sure fewer people get the operations they need.
The army is going to have to make do, yet again, with inadequate weaponry
and protection equipment.
Ditto the rest of the armed services. We are broke the politicians bleat
but really? Dont you think if they cut back on some of their expenses
money might be found?
650 MPs could run their offices out of their salary for example or use
public transport or pay their own rents, thats many millions right
there that could provide proper care for out soldiers in Afghanistan.
Better yet, save a few more lives and bring them home. Why are we there?
What can we do better than the Russians? Bring the troops home and save
Its summer now; its hard to concentrate of being miserable.
Its hard to believe we have been saddled with such an incompetent
government for nearly 13 years and still they wont go. Hell even
the mad drunik woman next door thinks she can do a better job...
Everyone has lost faith in authority, in the future, and theres
a great danger in all that. Our graduates will find it hard to get jobs,
they too will feel aggrieved and thats 300,000 of them looking
for jobs right now.
Yes we have been here before (I graduated into a recession myself years
ago) but I am not sure we shall get out from under this so easy. Last
time there was no China to compete with or India and they can beat all
European labour costs and are hungry for success without the constraints
of working time directives or health and safety and huge high taxes
or costs of living.
I think Ill have a cup of tea and just calm down. Reflect on walking
the dogs on Sunday and coming face to face with a deer in the wilds
of Surrey. It's a good feeling to know they are there and look healthy
- the deer not the dogs. Good to ride in the warm breeze down the Basingstoke
Canal with Kit to Woking for coffee and muffins. Simple pleasures are
This is the last Hacks Issue for the summer. There may be a September
issue depending upon circumstances, money, life, and books that
have to be written and so forth. (Yes I am going to South West France
again - it's a hard life, sorry).
If you are coming to the Winchester Writers Conference I will
see you there. Foolishly I agreed to speak on something I know little
about. Thought I could do with the challenge. Stupid really. Should
have stuck to dystopias something I do know something about.
Damnit I was even dreaming aobut giving the lecture last night and suffering
the paralysis of not knowing what happens next.
Be well, hope you survive the summer hackreaders.
15th 2009 - Check
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