Most people these days seem to accept that immigrants make great contributions culturally, politically and economically to the nation they migrate to. Even the critics of Britain's current open-door policy find it difficult to dismiss the benefits gained from the current wave of immigrants from Eastern Europe except, Migration watch that is. Having said that, the chairman of Migration watch, Sir Andrew Green, actually, conceded that of 'course many immigrants make a useful contribution to the economy but, taken in total, the economic benefit is at best marginal'. The fact that the host nation and the immigrants themselves both benefit seems to have been lost somewhere in translation. Indeed, it is left to the astute blogger, Tim Worstall, who kindly reminds us all that such benefits is normally known as 'Pareto improvement'.
Thursday, 21 February 2013
Long gone are the days when the stars of Western rock n roll were perceived as the bastion of anti-establishment attitudes and politics – these days it seems to be very fashionable for ‘radicals’ to get down on their knees, and pledge their allegiance to the authorities in return for privileges and honours.
The millionaire lead singer of the Irish band U2, who is forever fighting against poverty in the Third World, was said to be ‘flattered’ at being offered a knighthood by the British Prime Minister. Bono, who seemingly cannot stop himself from speaking on behalf of some 900 million Africans (even though no one asked him to), thinks it’s perfectly fine to spend a small fortune on lawyers all for the sake of one stupid cowboy hat.
To me, the hounors system, the Monarchy, and the House of Lords represents everything that is wrong in British society. Together, they represent what the revolutionary Tom Paine once referred to as 'the remains of aristocratical tyranny'. Over 200 years later, that tyranny is still a forceful kick in the teeth to the idea of a popular and meritocratic democracy
Posted by Ann Jeff at 05:07
Thursday, 2 August 2012
A daily newspaper is issued every day, sometimes with the exception of Sundays and occasionally Saturdays, and often of some national holidays. Saturday and, where they exist, Sunday editions of daily newspapers tend to be larger, include more specialized sections and advertising inserts, and cost more. Typically, the majority of these newspapers’ staff work Monday to Friday, so the Sunday and Monday editions largely depend on content done in advance or content that is syndicated. Most daily newspapers are published in the morning. Afternoon or evening papers are aimed more at commuters and office workers.
Posted by Ann Jeff at 04:55
Wednesday, 6 December 2006
Dangerous wild animals like lions, bears, sharks or crocodiles have not had the cultural benefit of reading liberal propaganda from the Guardian newspaper. So, when they see a slow, docile human being, civility is normally the last thing on their minds - but, the question is, have we got the right to kill that animal?
There was a time when politicians of stature (unlike today), wanted to build the Good Society - with a capital G. These days, some of our political masters would just prefer to build a 'good food' society, with a lower-case G. Somewhere along the line, political horizons and ambitions have taken a fall - to rock bottom.
Thanks to Insomniac for the heads-up on this one - and excuse me while I look for a sick bucket.
It looks as if 'some sort of cyclone' hit west London yesterday afternoon. Indeed, according to witnesses, trees were blown over and 'cars moved across the street'.
No doubt this will all be blamed solely on 'global warming' - it couldn't possibly be blamed on having a freak bit of weather now, could it?
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