The Archbishop of Canterbury is getting very exercised over the government’s  benefits policy.  Its good, as usual, of The Telegraph to run this anti-coalition story.

He particularly disliked the idea of people being forced to do unpaid work for their benefits.  We can expect the Labour Party to complain likewise.

Unfortunately for those thinking this policy is some sort of uniquely unjust penalty – it was also Labour’s own policy back in 2007 under Blair and Hain

Single parents are to be forced to look for work once their youngest child reaches seven.   Those who refuse to try to find a job will lose some of their benefits.  The controversial plan, set out by the Government, is among a raft of ambitious welfare reforms designed to get more of the longterm unemployed back to work.   Other proposals include forcing the jobless to do unpaid work experience if they claim benefits for more than a year.

and again in 2008 under Brown and Purnell.

Benefit claimants could be forced to sign on every day and join mandatory out-of-work programmes, James Purnell said today … the Tories, promised opposition support for the proposals…

Who will rid us of this turbulent priest?  Anyone who thinks God does not work in mysterious ways has clearly not seen the Archbishop of Canterbury.  I would prefer Rowan Atkinson in the job.

Still meantime we could have even more Labour hypocrisy to look forward to.  Every cloud has a silver lining.

Quote of the day –

Michael Crick, the political editor on Newsnight, which was scrapped on Friday, said: “I haven’t listened to the Today programme. I regard listening to or watching the BBC as strike breaking.”

Courtesy of The Telegraph

It seems some of the ‘talent’ are unhappy with the pay and pensions of the BBC hierarchy.  Hah!  them and me both.

‘Coffee House’ , the web presence of that august journal of The Spectator runs a post agonising over the new housing benefit limits.  It prophesies Armageddon.  Well that sort of thing sells papers (it even parodies that arch inventor of news, The Sun, by claiming an ‘exclusive’).

Where do I begin?  It is a post full of a load of preposterous rubbish.  It totally totally misses the point.  It also champions a report sponsored by Shelter, hardly a a disinterested pressure group.

I am very (very very) sorry for ‘genuine’ out-of-work in the midst of being retrained etc.  But it is not the state’s duty to keep people in a comfortable existence if they are unemployed.
The state’s duty is to alleviate the worst excesses and suffering of people whilst they are unemployed.
I submit that limiting housing benefit to £400 a week is far and away above and beyond what the minimum duty of the state is – not least when it has absolutely NO MONEY to start with.
Just for the record – one just 1 website I found 7,500 houses available at £400pw OR LESS for rent within 5 miles of central London. A similar search found 18,500 flats.

The Spectator’s  Mr Howker should stop insulting my intelligence – it is absurdly easy for a govt minister to answer any noisy questioner on ‘Question Time’; he/she says we are limiting housing benefit to £20,800 per annum, which is probably (I’m guessing) equivalent to a pre-tax income of c£30k, and thats just for housing benefit!

Oh and lets not forget shall we …?
IF the state limits its wasteful spending on housing benefits (which solely actually benefits landlords and props up property prices), THEN it could actually spend more on retraining/education of people and creating some real benefit to workers and the economy.

It makes me smile sometimes (it really does)  – after 13 years of Labour their idea of success is to have put millions more onto benefits.  Such is the brilliance of socialism. Well socialism has been very good to Fred Goodwin I suppose.

Stop Press:
The Independent is to launch a new newspaper for the goldfish generation – only 20p !

It proudly boasts ‘Created by The Independent, it will combine intelligence with brevity, and depth with speed of reading.’

Well that’s more than we will be able to say about Brown’s forthcoming book!

Doom and gloom emanates from the Opposition benches on a regular basis.  Anything to try to forget that they landed us in our current mess

Sadly for Labour there is to be a massive money and job injection by Jaguar/LR saving and creating thousands of jobs. No sign of a double dip there – oh how they must pray for bad news to keep them optimistic, but in this case we see realistic union negotiating; no sacrifice for the sake of a Labour headline.

In doing this though the workers and their negotiators  are ensuring that new workers, their fellow ‘brothers’  do not have the same benefits as they do.  Double standards not double dip.

I’ve just had a good laugh …  no really its a hoot.

No doubt desperate to avoid the claim that he is responsible for a further  miscarriage Guido Fawkes brags about his Hague smear being all about job adverts.  As if SpAds ever were sifted and interviewed.  He seeks further props to keep him afloat in a sea of slime.

You have to laugh – really you do.  Who does he chose?  Why the New Statesman and Channel 4 News!  2 of Guido’s most implacable lefty hate figures.

Laurie Penny of the new Statesman pens as ugly a post as you would expect and  grotesquely blames Hague for bringing up the issue of Ffion’s miscarriages.  She conveniently forgets the earlier smears about his marriage, rumours no doubt fanned by various absences by Ffion (due of course to her miscarriages).  we doubt that this will bother Guido – the only wife he has apologised to is his own.

Then we have Jon Snow popping up on Guido’s blogroll ever anxious to misrepresent the story by saying its all about Mr Myers suitability for the job.  A helpful prop this to Guido.  Unfortunately we also have Tony Blairs book to remind us of his former girlfriend from his university days .  What happened to her – why Anjie Hunter became one of Blairs most trusted aids.  Did the smarmy Mr Snow bother about this?  Not when Blair was his closet hero.  And of course its best not to raise the issue of Ms Hunter in this context since it reminds the plebs that an important quality about SpAds is their friendship and trust.

Hypocrites don’t ya just love ’em.  They certainly love each other; strange bedfellows desperation and hypocrisy makes.

Global warming has just claimed its first confirmed victim.  Tragically its a violent and disturbed protester who invaded the Discovery Channel’s HQ and took hostages.  Ultimately we must be grateful there is only one victim, it could have been much worse.

His demands were,

Find solutions so that people stop breeding as well as stopping using Oil in order to REVERSE Global warming and the destruction of the planet!

Jay Lee of San Diego said he experienced an

‘‘awakening” when he watched former Vice President Al Gore’s environmental documentary ‘‘An Inconvenient Truth.”

Sadly we must not forget Dr James Hansen’s recent call for civil disobedience.

Has it come to this?

The  Spectators Coffee House has a brave statement from William Hague following  a series of rumours about his marriage and his private life.  In the course of this he has had to disclose that his wife Ffion has suffered numerous miscarriages.

It seems that because Hague had the temerity to wear a cap and a T-shirt and sunglasses in August then in the world of Paul Staines,aka Guido Fawkes, this makes him gay and because he and  a male assistant whilst on tour chose to mimic Morecambe and Wise he must also be cheating on his wife.

I find it staggering that in this day and age there can be such snide unprincipled public sniggering and groundless rumourmongering.  Indeed it leaves one speechless.  Almost.

Staines made something of a name for himself by uncovering the plans by Damien McBride (a man too closely associated with Brown and Balls for subsequent comfort) to smear leading Tories. Ironic really because it’s now increasingly clear that Staines and McBride were made for each other.  Perhaps they should go in for a trial civil partnership.

But no matter how nasty a personality one thinks Mr Staines is, hiding behind his mask of  ‘libertarian’  – there  really is something far worse he has done …
He has demonstrated in the last few days all that is reprehensible about blogging.
“Power without responsibility — the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages.”

The BBC’s ‘Coast‘ programme is currently eulogising over Denmark’s massive investment in wind-farms.   Needless to say its all good stuff.

Saving the planet and all that.

But what the BBC chose not to tell you is that in 2005 Denmark’s grid used 50% more coal generated power than in 2004.  Even in the North sea the wind is not that reliable.  Oh, and Danish electricity is the most expensive in Europe.  Indeed at the last count and despite all this effort Denmark still has a massive conventional power generating infrastructure and that pollution and carbon dioxide emissions have risen (by 36% percent in 2006 alone).  Whilst only 6% of Danish consumption comes from wind, very often Denmark is reduced to exporting much of its available wind power at a loss and continues to be reliant on imported energy (hydro and nuclear from Sweden Norway and Germany).

Nor will you find the BBC quoting a Danish report saying that Danes pay the highest residential electricity rates in the EU and that the cost of saving a ton of  carbon dioxide between 2001 and 2008 has averaged US$ 124.  The report estimates that 90% of jobs were transferred from other technology industries to the wind industry, and that only 10% of wind industry jobs were newly created jobs, and that as a result, Danish GDP is US$ 270 million lower than it would have been without wind industry subsidies.

Given all the subsidies you can understand why Denmark has a vested interest in promoting its home grown wind farm industry.

Behind the Great Pay Wall of Fleet Street, we find that The Times has further comment on the IPCC’s recent defenestration in an interesting article by Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist.  It deserves wider circulation because it reminds us of the events of earlier in the year

Of course one way round the great pay wall is to go down to your newsagents, there you will find Mr Ridley saying, ‘this discredited science body must be purged’.   It has to be said that ‘discredited’ is putting it a  bit mildly.  Its not just that the IPCC published a misprint worthy of the Reverend Spooner whilst scaremongering about the Himalayas or that it regularly quoted rumours propagated by lobby groups as if gospel.

No; its the way the IPCC have treated people who had the temerity to offer a different view which disgusts the most.  Mr Ridley quotes instances where academics such as Ross McKitrick and Pat Michaels, who legitimately (and correctly) questioned the temperature record, had their contributions first ignored and then falsely rebutted.

But perhaps most shockingly of  all Mr Ridely reminds us of the University of East Anglia ‘Climategate’ scandal where amongst other now infamous emails Professor Phil Jones referred directly to these papers in the words,

‘I cannot see either of these papers being in the next IPCC report.  Kevin and I will keep them out somehow – even if we have to redefine what the peer-review literature is!

I am not sure which is the more shocking; the fact that Jones can bring himself to corrupt science in this way,  the fact that he is still in his job or the fact that Jones is allowed to be a ‘co-coordinating lead author and pass judgement on his own papers as well as those of his critics’.

Mr Ridley reminds us of these things and more (‘unilateral redrafting of reports by lead authors’ and the ‘writing of sexed-up Summaries for Policy Makers’ are stand out items) but his final line sums it all up,

‘we run the risk of putting a tourniquet round our collective necks to stop a nosebleed’

That sounds pretty much like a noose to me.

The halo of the ‘new religion’ is tarnished.  For too long the words that have come down from the gargantuan mountaintop of the IPCC have been taken as gospel and the morals of its leadership and their acolytes have been considered higher than those of the Saints.

Well that opinion will need revising as leading national science academies shred the IPCC’s dogma into tiny pieces.

‘Qualitative probabilities should be used to describe the probability of well-defined outcomes only when there is sufficient evidence.’

‘We found in the summary for policymakers that there were two kinds of errors that came up — one is the kind where they place high confidence in something where there is very little evidence. The other is the kind where you make a statement … with no substantive value, in our judgment.’

We must hope these God like figures are now brought down from their clouds of glory to meet their Judgement Day and their gullible disciples have the scales lifted from their eyes.

Hallelujah brothers and sisters!

UPDATE

That great campaigner against modern day global warming indulgences (and who diligently translates the language of the warmists into something we mere supplicants can understand) – Anthony Watt – has much more HERE.  The Reformation of a corrupt science continues; carefully audited facts should be the source of revealed knowledge.

There are rumours – self serving self publicising rumours admittedly – that Gordon Brown fancies a return to the shadow cabinet as International Development Secretary.  Well it would allow Brown to do what he does best – sermonise.

It’s being asked if either of the likely winners of Labour’s leadership contest would welcome this …

Only if they are clinically insane.

The corpse seems intent on trying to claw its way out of its coffin. The first thing the new leader should do is ask for a bag of nails.

There was an eponymous Charles Bronson film once where he played a character called St Ives.  I don’t think the character was meant to have been born in Cornwall.

With David Cameron’s new baby now receiving a name coming from a Cornish village – and fashion being what it is – can we expect more children sporting a middle name with a Cornish connection?

Can we expect a James Saltash etc …

or Elizabeth Tregatta …?

There seems little to worry about growing up as Isaac Quin … And Rock Padstow could expect a career in films but I hope we don’t get a Hubert Rupert Cubert … or a Johnny Twelveheads … or Mabel Mabyn …

I was brought up in Wigan, so perhaps I should have a middle name like ‘Pemberton’ or ‘ Standish’ – all suitably upstanding.  Fortunately my dear mother did not want to complicate my school-days and kept things simple with just  plain Trevor – otherwise I might have been lumbered with say ‘Parbold’.

But as our title suggests, I’m sure a Rose by any other name will look just as pretty.

I am a liberal.   Well a libertarian.

I am a democrat.  But not, note, a Democrat.

Its just that I am not a juxtaposition of the two.  I am a Tory.

So why should I worry about the Liberal Democrats?  Or offer them advice.

Well they are part of a Tory led Coalition, a Coalition their activists unanimously voted to join. So I do feel a small sense of self imposed responsibility.  We also find journalists, typified by the absurd Mary Riddell who hardly deserves her platform in that parody of a once great newspaper – The Telegraph, seemingly intent on speculatively nit-picking the Coalition unto death.

All manner of horrors are being foretold upon the LibDem’s Conference.  Apparently getting ones fingers smudged on the oily levers of power will be all too much for the delicate sensibilities of the party faithful.

Without a doubt the LibDem Conference will be interesting and who knows the electorate may (for the first time ever) be watching it like hawks.

What might they be looking for so intently?   Well, just perhaps for signs of the Liberal Democrats growing up.

Labour we are assured (by none other than Brown, the ‘Great Former leader) believe the future is ‘global’.  They further allegedly believe in ‘Europe’.

Strange then that under our former Labour government the numbers of people studying foreign languages have ‘plummeted’. Ironically, since this is a word of French origin, The Telegraph tells us that French is no longer a popular subject.

So the more Labour tell us the rest of the world is important – the less capable we become to communicate with it. Oh, and of course all the while the left wing of Labour are denigrating America on whose linguistic coat-tails they are happy to cling to.

So as we sully our heads worrying about grade inflation and the diluting of educational standards we ignore the lost directions into which our whole education system has stumbled.

Not much sign of joined up Labour Government there.