Charivari

charivari [ˌʃɑːrɪˈvɑːrɪ], shivaree esp US, chivaree (n)
1. a discordant mock serenade to newlyweds, made with pans, kettles, etc.
2. a confused noise; din
[from French, from Late Latin caribaria headache, from Greek karēbaria, from karē head + barus heavy]

This page is for ‘stuff’. Come back often, we’ll bring you the  loony and the controversial (to some).

For those who were praising the alledgedly racist leader of UKIP here is the truth (and the camera never lies!):

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If, like most of us, you have a propensity to blame others for percieved ills then read this. It might help. (UK politics)
It’s not the immigrants who are destroying the NHS, it’s not the immigrants who are destroying the economy, it’s not the immigrants who gave £2TRILLION of public money to bankers, and it’s not the immigrants who sold 2.16 million council homes. Immigrants never sold our electric, gas, water, ambulances, fire engines, buses, trains, hospitals, schools. It’s not the immigrants who are forcing your children to pay £50,000 to go to university, it’s not the immigrants forcing people with cancer to work for Tescos or ASDA, it’s not the immigrants who send drones to kill children, it’s not the immigrants who are privatising the Post office, it’s not the immigrants who are taking away poor people’s access to legal support, it’s not the immigrants who destroyed our manufacturing, it’s not the immigrants with their noses in the trough of public money, it’s the ****** pigs.
Thanks to chunkymark, the artist taxi driver for this

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In 1962 Sir Oswald Mosley, the fascist and Hitler wannabee invited the philosopher and undoubted genius Bertrand Russell to debate with him. Earl Russell responded with this brilliant letter. Enjoy.

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Today the Daily Mirror shows just how ‘nuts’ the law is.
Monkey nuts cleared off supermarket shelves because they may contain nuts
26 Apr 2013 17:02
It has withdrawn its Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts, because the label does not warn of the presence of peanuts.
A supermarket chain has been forced to clear its shelves of monkey nuts – because they contain nuts.
Booths has withdrawn its Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts, because the label does not specifically warn of the presence of nuts.
The Food Standards Agency has issued an Allergy Alert as the nuts could pose a health risk to people allergic to peanuts.
The FSA said: “Customers with an allergy to peanuts are advised not to eat this product but to return it to the nearest EH Booths store for a full refund.”
The product being withdrawn is Booths Whole Hearted Roasted Monkey Nuts, 350g with best before: 12 July 2013

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 HuffPost Comment to try to lay to rest the rubbish Brits are fed by the Cameron government.
Finally! Exposed! The Deficit Myth! So, David Cameron When Are You Going to Apologise?
Posted: 24/10/2012 07:33
Ramesh Patel
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on”
– Winston Churchill
As a Conservative I have no pleasure in exposing David Cameron’s deficit claims. However, as long as the party continues to talk down the economy via the blame game, confidence will not be given an opportunity to return. For it is an undeniable and inescapable economic fact: without confidence and certainty there can be no real growth.
Below are the three deficit claims – the mess. The evidence comes from the IMF, OECD, OBR, HM Treasury, ONS and even George Osborne. The claims put into context are:
CLAIM 1
The last government left the biggest debt in the developed world.
After continuously stating the UK had the biggest debt in the world George Osborne admits to the Treasury Select Committee that he did not know the UK had the lowest debt in the G7? Watch: Also, confirmed by the OECD Those who use cash terms (instead of percentages) do so to scare, mislead and give half the story.
Its common sense, in cash terms a millionaire’s debt would be greater than most people. Therefore, the UK would have a higher debt and deficit than most countries because, we are the sixth largest economy. Hence, its laughable to compare UK’s debt and deficit with Tuvalu’s who only have a GDP/Income of £24 million whilst, the UK’s income is £1.7 Trillion.
Finally, Labour in 1997 inherited a debt of 42% of GDP. By the start of the global banking crises 2008 the debt had fallen to 35% – a near 22% reduction page 6 ONS Surprisingly, a debt of 42% was not seen as a major problem and yet at 35% the sky was falling down?
CLAIM 2
Labour created the biggest deficit in the developed world by overspending.
Firstly, the much banded about 2010 deficit of over 11% is false. This is the PSNB (total borrowings) and not the actual budget deficit which was -7.7% – OBR Economic and Fiscal Outlook March 2012 page 19 table 1.2
Secondly, in 1997 Labour inherited a deficit of 3.9% of GDP (not a balanced budget ) and by 2008 it had fallen to 2.1% – a reduction of a near 50% – Impressive! Hence, it’s implausible and ludicrous to claim there was overspending. The deficit was then exacerbated by the global banking crises after 2008. See HM Treasury. Note, the 1994 deficit of near 8% haaaaaah!
Thirdly, the IMF have also concluded the same. They reveal the UK experienced an increase in the deficit as result of a large loss in output/GDP caused by the global banking crisis and not even as result of the bank bailouts, fiscal stimulus and bringing forward of capital spending. It’s basic economics: when output falls the deficit increases.
Finally, the large loss in output occurred because the UK like the US have the biggest financial centres and as this was a global banking crises we suffered the most. Hence, the UK had the 2nd highest deficit in the G7 (Not The World) after the US and not as a result of overspending prior to and after 2008- as the IMF concur.
CLAIM 3
Our borrowing costs are low because the markets have confidence in George Osborne’s austerity plan and without it the UK will end up like Greece.
Yes, the markets have confidence in our austerity plan and that’s why PIMCO the worlds largest bond holder have been warning against buying UK debt.
The real reason why our borrowing costs have fallen and remained low since 2008 is because, savings have increased. As a result, the demand and price for bonds have increased and as there is inverse relationship between the price of bonds and its yield (interest rate) the rates have fallen. Also, the markets expect the economy to remain stagnate. Which means the price for bonds will remain high and hence, our borrowing costs will also remain low.
Secondly, the UK is considered a safe heaven because, investors are reassured the Bank of England will buy up bonds in an event of any sell off – which increases the price of bonds and reduces the effective rate. Note, how rates fell across the EU recently when the ECB announced its bond buying program. Thirdly, because, we are not in the Euro we can devalue our currency to increase exports. Moreover, UK bonds are attractive because, we haven’t defaulted on its debt for over 300 years.
David Cameron would like people to believe the markets lend in the same way as retail banks lend to you and I.
Overall, when the facts and figures are put into context these juvenile deficit narratives and sound bites (“mere words and no evidence”) simply fail to stand up to the actual facts. The deficit myth is the grosses lie ever enforced upon the people and it has been sold by exploiting people’s economic illiteracy.
So, David Cameron when are you going to apologise?
Cameron is playing the blame game to depress confidence and growth to justify austerity. Secondly, to use austerity as justification for a smaller state to gain lower taxes. Thirdly, to paint Labour as a party that can not be trusted with the country’s finances again. Therefore, we Conservatives will win a second term because, people vote out of fear. The latter strategy worked the last time in office (18 years) and will work again because, in the end, elections are won and lost on economic credibility. Hence, as people believe Labour created the mess they won’t be trusted again.

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