I have been fascinated by the reaction to the Donald’s take on the riots in Charlottesville. There has been a huge backlash against the white supremacists, and I too am not impressed by either their views or their chants. However, in a free society, they have an absolute right to express their views. It is called freedom of speech, something we have lost in the UK. You do not have to like what they say, which is fair enough.
The far left mounted a counter demonstration, which is also their freedom of speech and that too is fair enough. Again, I dislike what the far left has to say. As Trump quite correctly pointed out, you end up with two extremely nasty, extreme groups hell-bent on shutting each other up by whatever means. The left is as violent as the right and every bit as unpleasant, but their rights are defended while the right’s are attacked. This is rank hypocrisy and the BBC very cleverly slanted, by omission, it’s reporting in favour of the left.
What was stopping the left following the route of the right a mile behind to put their point across? That would not have ended up in violence, which of course is the point. They all turned out for a good punch up. Given we are talking about two nasty, extreme and violent groups, weaponry was going to be used, and we are talking about Americans, who would, were it possible, arm a foetus. In the end, a car was used with catastrophic and fatal results. Presumably, a shootout would have been acceptable, as would the death of a white supremacist and that is the underlying message being broadcast.
You can bet your pension that had the left driven into the right and killed someone; this story would not have lasted the morning. This underlines the depth of influence enjoyed by the left across the board and this is the root cause of much of our trouble.
Our car industry was destroyed by the unions, as was the coal industry. Climate change is driven by the left, and much of our heavy, strategic industry has left these shores forever. Now we are facing fossil fuels being replaced by electricity with no thought as to how that power is to be delivered. It will involve vastly increasing our generation power and renewing underground cabling. Single phase re-charging will take all night, which is fine up to a point. Fast charging needs 3 phase, and now you are talking serious money for infrastructure. The lefties never think through the detail but are quite happy to foist ever increasing costs on business.
The result is that we are finding it harder and harder to compete in global markets when it comes to manufacturing. There is a limit to how many insurance policies we can sell each other, and while the City is a very important contributor to the economy, it employs top end people who would get work anyway. The less clever are being dumped on an ever increasing scrap heap. We have to rebalance the economy so that our export competitiveness returns, and de-valuing is no more than endless discounting and is not the way forward. It works fine in the short-term but eventually, other currencies adjust and we are back to square one. We have to address our root costs and reduce the endlessly creative ways of wasting money.
I learned this morning that IR35 is alive and well in a new, insane form. Single client contract companies are now deemed to be effectively avoiding PAYE. So HMRC has decided that the employer will now deduct PAYE, despite being invoiced by a company. The employee of the company then pays themselves a dividend without tax because it has already been paid. We are moving towards quarterly returns, which is quite a good idea. However, we now have a problem. No tax has been paid on the dividend, so the corporate return is wrong. The self-assessment is wrong because NI is not payable on dividend payments. The VAT calculation will also be wrong. Therefore, when the computers compare notes, they will find endless errors which will look like tax fraud, so endless investigations will result.
HMS Queen Elizabeth arrived in Portsmouth on 16th August. A source closely linked to the ship tells me engineers are to retrofit a catapult and arrester wires. This job will apparently take three weeks, which seems very optimistic indeed, but if it is true, why was it so expensive to fit the thing while the ship was being built? I will report back if I hear anymore on this one, but if it is true, it raises some serious questions about the competence of the MoD. We cannot get rid of these idiots because the unions will go ballistic, so once more, the rot of the left remains creeping ever deeper into our national structure.
The left has driven the agenda on integration which is fine providing both parties are prepared to play. Islam is not prepared to play at any level. Islamification is yet another sign of left generated dogma, blind to any evidence to the contrary. Crime and punishment is another issue-driven by the left howling about how nasty prison is. It is supposed to be, and the general public has a perfectly reasonable expectation that government will take the necessary steps to protect the law-abiding. In this, it has utterly failed for the last 40 years. As a result, career criminals, from large-scale drug dealers to shoplifters, have discovered that there are virtually no consequences. Therefore, normally sensible people have seen this and taken up the cause. The result is greater violence and antisocial behavior with fewer police to deal with it.
We have allowed this cancer to our society to go untreated, indeed undiagnosed and it is driven by the left’s complete inability to do anything constructive while destroying what worked. The issues I have raised above are all serious and must be dealt with. However, we must recognise and face up to the fact that it is the left that has created the environment in which these evils flourish.