Here in Blighty there is a distinct whiff of quiet revolution, basically the old order of Leftist dominated Politics is under continued attack. Fortunately this is not just from outside, it is crumbling from within as well.
in 1979, the Socialists were fuming
When Mrs Thatcher came to power in 1979, the Socialists were fuming, how could the electorate vote into power, someone whose Politics were based in the real world.
They hatched a plan to take over the Media and Education.
The Media onslaught was never total, nor could it be, there are too many free thinkers and Liberal minded people. By Liberal minded, I mean in the Gladstone sense, not the poncy idiots who believe that Socialism has some good points, it doesn’t. Also Rupert Murdoch was ensuring a certain element of free speech remained, even though the Socialists were adamant he was ‘agin it’, merely proving their fantasy ideas, and hypocrisy.
With Education however there was much more success, because the Socialists took over the teacher training colleges. So Teachers were indoctrinated with the Socialist propaganda from around 1980 onwards. The majority of teachers were unaware of this, they went to learn how to teach, to the best of their abilities, and were quite willing to follow the curriculum of the new order. This was all backed up by pseudo science, relating to how poor the ‘old methods’ of teaching were, so baby went out with the bath water.
Gone in this revolution was any whiff of learning by rote, this left the majority of children or students, who find it difficult to grasp basic principles, high and dry.
I did some adult literacy teaching, in the early 1990s, the chap David was a slow learner, but very dedicated. The first thing I did was teach him his alphabet, he had never been taught it.
The whole thing came as a revelation to him, firstly that reciting the alphabet, made the letters stick in his mind. Secondly when I pointed out that every letter could be said two ways, the abc of the alphabet as recited in rhythm, but also that they could be said Ah Buh Kuh Duh etc. After that he came on in leaps and bounds, my little revolution had worked. I honestly put his lack of Literacy down to poor teaching, and the dumping of basic principles, like learning the alphabet off rote?
I never mentioned to my superiors, that I did rote learning, because I had been told how ‘bad it was’ when doing tutorials on teaching?
Nine times seven is 63, not because I work it out, I just know it from Junior school?
The quicker Socialism becomes sidelined the better.
It is Bastille day in France, when hundreds of French stormed the Bastille to release all the suffering prisoners, all seven of them? The famous old joke went out. Sire the peasants are revolting, to which came the reply, yes they do smell don’t they! It kick started the French Revolution, in point of fact, Louis XVI wrote in his diary ‘Nothing’, which shows how cut off from reality he was. I wonder if the modern Mussolini, none Democratically elected, Jean Claude Juncker, keeps a diary? He is totally unaware of the Revolution happening in hs own back yard, ~June 24th, those stupid British have voted to leave our ‘True Democracy of EU’~
So Chilcott has finally been published and we can now chew on the fat.
Tony Blair was lied to, and so he told a bigger lie to Parliament and hence the public. He has been labelled a terrorist, yet again, the difference is, this time it will stick. He has also been called out as a consummate actor, another fact we all knew, but again it will stick.
This story is, for the time being, on the back burner, due to the party leadership elections.
the party was elected on a mandate
The Tories have played a blinder, Andrea Leadsom stood down to let the ‘Establishment’ figure of Theresa May take the Premiership of the country.
She has promptly thwarted my thoughts, that she would ‘ask Parliament’ to call an early Election, ruling it out, so that she can get on with brexit, but also saying the party was elected on a mandate which she intends to fulfil, so no echo of the revolution there.
Strategically this is odd, calling an Election in say October or November would have given her a fresh mandate. One based on Brexit, the current Tory mandate assumed we were staying in the EU.
However another way of looking at it, is that she can make up the rules as she goes along. Forget any particular sticking point, as the situation changes, so the strategy to deal with these upheavals can be worked out. All well and good, as long as it broadly corresponds, with the ‘will of the people’, but it can be catastrophic, when it goes out of step.
Brexit changed everything, the Revolution is on, and all the doomsayers were wrong.
Which nicely leads into, those bunch of over inflated egoists, the ‘Credit reference agencies’, it wouldn’t be too bad, if they generally got it right, when everyone else was wrong, but they don’t, just the opposite.
Their job is to keep abreast of how well a person, company, country etc, is probably able to pay its debts, or keep afloat, when all the other ships are sinking. Now let us be clear, they are taking a long term view, however doing so, without standing back and awaiting a properly weighted opinion, is nearing levity of a particularly virulent form.
Fidgety Fitch were first out of the starting blocks, reducing Britain’s AAA to AA.
Standard and Crap also went from AAA to AA which is two notches, AAA- being in between.
Monday Moody’s, appear to have acted, because they felt left out, it all stinks of herd mentality, they reduced the Britain’s rating to negative. Hardly any revolution here then.
So they now look rather silly and have egg on their faces, yes their original outlooks were based on a reduction in the amount of trade, and this could still be correct, but their reactions were classic knee jerk, and to be honest I expect more from these supposedly august companies.
I was self employed and not a limited company
This begs a question in my own mind, as to why I should hold them with much respect. Some years ago I had a run in with Experian. It’s summer 2007 I keep getting Emails and seeing adverts telling me to check my credit rating. Note I was self employed and not a limited company, I knew I was heading for bankruptcy unless I did something drastic, I had already set in motion the survival tactics eighteen months earlier, my priority save my house and pay my debts off.
So I thought I will have a look and see how poor my credit rating had become. I couldn’t do so because my credit was so bad, Experian wouldn’t accept my credit card?
A year later I try a ‘free credit rating’, no luck Experian would not let me see mine for free, now whether I did something wrong, I don’t know, I didn’t try very hard, it was just curiosity.
So in 2010 when I was formally invited by Experian to open an account, I thought I would first take a look. Fail. Then to my surprise, I was being billed £7.99 from Experian, really I had opened an email and that was it, I certainly hadn’t given my Bank card details. I suspect it was passed on by the bank, and that that was the reason I had had the original Email.
After the run in with Experian to stop the Direct Debit from Lloyds, what happened next opened my eyes from top to bottom, a short time later I had a phone call from HSBC.
This was to do with my, business bank account, and a very nice lady with a lovely Welsh accent was inviting me to review my overdraft facility and bank loan. I stopped her there, explaining I would be blocked because of my wretched credit rating.
She soon put me in my place, ‘HSBC is not interested in what Experian, or any other credit reference agency has you rated as, I am within certain limits, authorised to readjust or increase over a longer term your bank loan payments, and to increase your overdraft. You have banked with us for over twenty years, and have never defaulted, that is your credit with HSBC.
She could be strict with me anytime
She could be strict with me anytime, stockings, whips, sorry back to the subject, it was however so revealing about Credit ratings.
At the time there was a chap who posted on Money Saving Expert
nothing but how, over rated and generally useless the Credit rating agencies are, whether he still does I wouldn’t know, but I think a persons age has much to do with it. When you are young, yes they have power, but the older one gets, the less use the credit agencies are.
The same goes for Countries.
The EU being young is much more likely to default after this Revolution has got under way, than Britain, which has never defaulted. We may also end up increasing our trade faster then the EU, so the whole farrago of reducing the credit rating in the first place, will merely make those agencies, look a little less mighty.
Revolution, bring it on.