Crazy Gordon – Special Budget

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Scottish Prime Minister UNELECT Gordon “Bottler” Brown has just performed a spectacular Crazy Gordon and achieved a first in British Parliamentary history.

By tradition, British Chancellors write a budget for the forthcoming Fiscal Year. On occasions Chancellors have been forced by circumstances to write a special interim Budget in response to unforeseen economic circumstances. However, no British Chancellor has ever written a special Budget in order to get the main Budget through Parliament when all of the problems were fully recognized 13 months earlier.

But then that assumes that “Bottler” expected to start 2008 with more than two years before he had to seek election. Cynics will say that he expected to fight an election before Christmas 2007 – the election he bottled out of!!!. Had he fought and won an election the voters would have found out about the tax hike six months later and “Bottler” would have had more than four years before they could hold him to account.

Faced with a revolt by his MPs over the disastrous tax hike for the poorest Britons, “Bottler” has ordered Scottish Chancellor “Dobbin” Darling to announce a special budget to avoid his main budget being defeated by Parliament.

As the cupboard is bare and the British economy looks ready to fall off the cliff, he has decided to borrow about GB£3 billion to pay some of the poorest taxpayers compensation but still leaving more than a million poor taxpayers worse off. As the compensation is also intended to buy votes in the Crewe by-election next week, he has compensated over 17 million richer taxpayers who lost nothing in his 10 p tax raid.

Confused? Why not, “Bottler” and “Dobbin” are.

Looking closely behind the deceptions and lies, this may not be such a spectacular Crazy Gordon.

Only 4 in every 5 of the poorest taxpayers has been compensated to leave them where they were before April and all of them have had tax deducted already at the higher rate if they are subject to PAYE payroll deductions. Eventually, 4 in every five should receive refunds so they will have to tighten their belts until the refunds arrive. Many will of course have borrowed and lose out by the interest they have to pay until the refunds arrive.

Then it has to be noted that this is only a quick fix for this year and all of these taxpayers can expect to lose next year and have to pay a further tax increase to repay the loan from which the compensation is being paid this year.

So if this is a quick and dirty fix, using borrowed money that will have to be repaid, why bother at all?

The answer is very simple.

The Crewe by-election will have taken place and so will the Labour annual conference in September, possibly leaving “Bottler” in his unelected post, so its a year’s pay as Prime Minister at a personal level, and the hope that things might get better before a General Election in two years time.

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Mixed emotions as the end draws near

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Fixing a boom breaker line that had parted during a storm in the Norwegian Sean

Entering UK territorial waters bought a comfort similar to a favourite blanket – even the place names on the Shetland Islands conjured a soothing familiarity – Sullom Voe, Muckle Flugga, Lerwick. No more grappling with unpronounceable Russian or tongue-twisting Norwegian (even though some of the names in the Hebrides may have Viking origins). I am past the Shetlands
now, south of them that is and past Fair Isle. The Orkneys are on my right, below the horizon. I am closer to London than some northern UK dwellers. That kind of abstract thought raises morale not that morale needs too much feeding with the third day of following winds which are set to continue driving me south at a good lick.

Last night I spoke to the coastguard on the Shetlands. I needed sleep – could they tell me what shipping was in the area? I’d spotted three trawlers and two ships during the day. Not every vessel showed up on Radar they said – I stayed awake through the night. It was a good time to think. My thoughts and feelings are changing, morphing as the end nears. I sail the boat, attend to routine maintenance but my mind is more occupied with the sensation of change. A hugely important chapter in my life is drawing towards its end and with it comes a peculiar juxtaposition – a rising euphoria set against the ebb of impending loss. The euphoria is easy to understand, the loss less so. Perhaps it’s the ending of this profound experience that I have shared with Barrabas or the ending of that special relationship which can only ever be manifested out on the open sea. Sir
Francis Chichester apparently hated Gipsy Moth IV. Perhaps. It’s difficult to know how a boat which has carried a man around the earth cannot then own a part of his essence, for that ownership to be willingly handed over with a dollop of love and gratitude. I wonder how Chichester or indeed Sir Robin Knox-Johnston or Sir Chay Blyth or the grandfather of single-handed circumnavigations Joshua Slocum felt as they approached home, only days away from stepping ashore? Similar feelings I suspect, a kaleidoscope of competing emotion. These men and others were true pioneers, stepping into what was then the unknown in terms of human isolation and endurance. Today there is inevitably less opportunity for such discovery but Barrabas has carved her own unique track around the world. Perhaps that is where my sense of loss originates, in stopping doing what no-one else has ever done before.

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Final T5 move next year

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Willie Walsh – the buck stops (here delete) somewhere lower down the management line

British Airways (BA) CEO Willie Walsh admitted during a grilling by a House of Commons Transport Committee on the Terminal 5 debacle that its final long-haul flights to Australia will not be moved from Terminal 4 until January or February 2009.

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AGX home stretch – salute a British sailing hero

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Adrian Flanagan set sail in October 2005 to attempt the first vertical (bi-polar) circumnavigation by sea, heading first for Antarctica and Cape Horn, passing into the Pacific. His amazing voyage included Hawaii and Nome, Alaska, before passing throught he Bering Strait and into the Russian Northern Sea Route, the first yachtsman ever to be granted permission to sail this route single-handed. Now he has rounded the Norwegian North Cape and is heading South for home. Having sailed largely beyond sight of land and vessels, Adrian is now about to enter the North Sea and the busiest shipping routes in the world.

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He should arrive in the Hamble during next week. Keep a lookout for his sloop, the shining stainless steel Barrabas.

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AGX home stretch – salute a British sailing hero

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Adrian Flanagan set sail in October 2005 to attempt the first vertical (bi-polar) circumnavigation by sea, heading first for Antarctica and Cape Horn, passing into the Pacific. His amazing voyage included Hawaii and Nome, Alaska, before passing throught he Bering Strait and into the Russian Northern Sea Route, the first yachtsman ever to be granted permission to sail this route single-handed. Now he has rounded the Norwegian North Cape and is heading South for home. Having sailed largely beyond sight of land and vessels, Adrian is now about to enter the North Sea and the busiest shipping routes in the world.

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He should arrive in the Hamble during next week. Keep a lookout for his sloop, the shining stainless steel Barrabas.

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“Bottler’s Guide to Leadership

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Scottish Prime Minister UNELECT Gordon “Bottler” Brown

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Wee Wendy McHobbit, AKA Wendy Alexander, Scottish Labour Opposition Leader – pictured amongst the booze and obviously just asked by a customer for a discount

Scottish Prime Minister UNELECT, Gordon “Bottler” Brown has again been demonstrating his unique approach to leadership. In the wake of the worst election results in 40 years for his party, he has been trying to pretend that its not a problem for him. Then along comes Wee Wendy McHobbit, Scottish Labour Opposition Party with a call for a referendum on Scotland leaving the United Kingdom. This contrasts with “Bottler’s” views that he can renege on a promise to offer the British people a referendum on the European Constitution which will result in the disbandment of European Nation States and their replacement with Socialist Republics in a Balkanization of Europe. Therefore a Scottish referendum IS a BIG DEAL and yet “Bottler” started by denying that Wee Wendy McHobbit called for a referendum even though her call was recorded on video. Of course it would be really bad news for “Bottler” if Scots voted to leave the Union because that would leave him as a foreign MP trying to misrule England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Wee Wendy doesn’t really want a referendum on anything but she is just trying to gain some press inches after her recent brush with the law over election expenses irregularities. Since the Scottish Nationalists became the biggest party in the Scottish Parliament and their leader was elected as Scottish First Minister, Wee Wendy and her cronies have become an irrelevance.

The danger is that the English will seize on her error and demand a referendum on England leaving the Union. There has been rising pressure for this since the English taxpayers discovered that they make an involuntary present of GB£2,500 each year to every Scot.

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Olympic Sailing Venue Hosts ISAF Mid-Year Meeting

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The 2008 ISAF Mid-Year Meeting gets underway in Qingdao, China on Thursday 8 May, with ISAF President Göran Petersson chairing the first meeting of the ISAF Executive Committee.
Meetings for the ISAF Audit, Events and Executive Committees and the ISAF Council take place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Qingdao, the host city of the 2008 Olympic Sailing Competition, from 8-12 May. The members of the ISAF Council will have an opportunity to see first-hand the spectacular Qingdao Olympic Sailing Centre, when they make a site visit to attend the 2008 IFDS Qingdao International Regatta on 11 May.

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Scottish Prime Minister Un-Elect

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Gordon “Bottler” Brown, formerly Scottish Prime Minister non-elect has avoided all elections where he is able to postpone or avoid an accounting to the British people. Yesterday was one election that he could not avoid. Local elections had to be held in England and Wales for one third of the councillors. Exit polls suggest that he has managed to score even less than the thirty-year-record low score last year by Phony Blair and may have moved firmly into third place. As a result, he is now the Scottish Prime Minister UN-ELECT having failed miserably at his first election.

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Olympic First

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China has demanded the closing of Mt Everest and the shooting on sight of any Free Tibet protestors. This is believed to be the first time that an Olympic host nation has demanded that another country murders those peacefully expressing an opinion and is counter to the Olympic ideal. The closure of Mt Everest is also reducing the chances that a number of expeditions will be able to climb the mountain before the weather turns for the year.

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