It is Obvious

Chris Rick has got altogether too much to say

Reports of my demise are premature

Posted by chrisrick13 on November 4, 2014

It is obvious: do not worry about conspiracy theories

I have been busy but I am still in denial trying only to talk about happy things with no cynicism.  It is not easy.

The BBC has amused me twice in recent times.  One morning they had a 30 second video report on a paper, published that day, which found that banning insecticides will cause huge problems to our food supply.  (Let us not bother with the inseciticdes killing bees which simplifies the problem as then there will then be no crops growing to produce food.)  The report was produced by independent researchers…paid for by the NUF and agrochemical companies.  So it obviously had no bias.  At the end there was a 5 second mention that environment groups had a different view.  I wonder who got paid for that one?

A couple of days later there was the kerfuffle over the demand from the EU for a couple of billion from the UK.  Such a piffling number hardly worth the mention nowadays.  A conservative representative was interviewed on Radio 4.  He declared the demand ‘outrageous’…at some length.  The reporter asked if they had seen it coming.  A good question as this rebalancing of contributions happens at regular intervals and everyone knew that with the improvements in the UK economy there would be a demand for money.  The conservative spokesman again declared it ‘outrageous’ at length.  The reporter said that her question had not been answered and asked it again.  At this point I had my mug of coffee and was settling down for an ‘I was there moment’ in the same vein as Paxman when he asked Michael Howard the same question 12 times in 2007.  Same ‘outrageous’ response.  On the edge of my seat and she said oh dear he is not answering the question and moved on with an embarrassed laugh.  All the reporting awards for the year, fame to match that of Paxman, a stellar career all spurned.  She will not get that moment again.

The Labour party continues to amuse me.  Such a fine line they have to tread.  When Dennis Healy became Chancellor in the 60’s he said that he would squeeze the rich until the pips-squeaked.  The Labour party demanded it of him.  The unions did.  The Labour voters did.  82% was the top rate of tax.  Then Mr Laffer walked into the room.  Those in their 50s who were the best of the best decided that they might spend 10 years earning what they could earn in 2 before and they had enough money and now had the incentive to stop working and enjoy life.  They did en-mass. Those in their 40s discovered that a lot of very pleasant places to live and work were now paying a lot better net income so upped and left: the brain drain.  In consequence Mr Healey had a lot less money to give to the people who demanded he increase taxes so that they could have some.  They don’t learn.

So now we are approaching that time where candidates are being interviewed for their suitability to stand for constituencies.  A Labour party interview is a long affair.  The candidate has to tread a careful path.  Social justice, distribution of wealth and jobs for all, but not far enough to the left to be a communist.  Then there must be some grounding in reality by encouraging entrepreneurship and getting industry to regenerate, all without moving too far to the right.  The Conservative party interviews are a much simpler process: What do you think of money.  I like it. You’re in.

Overnight the BBC stepped in on bees.  The government have come out in favour of bees and the BBC covered it extensively.  Clearly the agrochemical companies did not pay enough money.

I’ve been busy as I have converted from being a writer to an author by publishing a book at the weekend.

It is obvious: do not worry about conspiracy theories they are just a conspiracy theory

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