Police campaign to intimidate photographers

Completely ignoring the guidance given by Chief Constable Andrew Trotter ( Head of ACPO Media Advisory Group ) the police are now running a campaign encouraging the public to report  photographers and “let experienced officers decide what action to take”.

Experienced officers? Like the experienced officers who arrested a guy taking picture of Christmas celebrations in Accrington? Like the experienced officers at the G20 summit who beat Ian Tomlinson?

Older readers may remember the IRA campaign of bombing in the UK in the 80s. The IRA were far more successful in bombing England than the current batch of islamists yet the police then did not resort to inducing paranoia in the population and encouraging us all to fear and spy on each other.

The truth is that the natural inclination of anyone who joins an organisation such as the police force will be to govern human behaviour by restricting everything and then allowing action by exception. That is not in accord with democratic values. Democracy requires that everything is allowed unless it is specifically proscribed.

The trouble with this police campaign is it ramps up the pressure. The police claim they will only use power to counter terrorism but we already have evidence that police are using all sorts of excuses to harrass photographers from anti-social behaviour to suspected pedophilia. Those given powers over others always abuse those powers. It’s a rule.

As yet the United Kingdom is not a police state and we do not restrict public photography. We should not allow ourselves to be frightened into giving the police  authoritarian powers. Slippery slope and all that.

Arrested for photographing Accrington Christmas celebrations

This is amazing. A police community support officer tries to get the details of photographer Bob Patefield. Originally the police say this is because of the anti-terror legislation but when Mr. Patefield refuses to give his details as he rightly claims that he is not obliged to the police change their excuse to anti-social behaviour. Mr. Patefield was arrested and held for 8 hours before being released without charge.

This is straight intimidation of photographers.

Police attempt to intimidate Bob Patefield

Police attempt to intimidate Bob Patefield

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2010/feb/21/photographer-films-anti-terror-arrest

 

Police harass man for taking photo of his son in shopping mall

House Price Affordability

Market Oracle claim that the traditional method of calculating the affordability of housing is flawed. It seems that the usual method for calculating affordability is to take into account average earnings and house prices. The graph below represents this.

House price affordability - traditional measure

House price affordability - traditional measure

However, Market Oracle claim that it is necessary to factor in interest rates too and they have produced a graph which includes all three parameters.

They say that the reason that house prices continue to rise is because they are still affordable. They think that house prices are now at the upper limit of a range and so probably will not rise very fast and that it would take an interest rate of approximately to 6% to cause a significant drop in house prices.

MarketOracles HPEI Index

MarketOracles HPEI Index

UK Recessions

I found this chart on the a web site named seekingalpha.com.
It purports to show the current UK recession compared to past recessions taking data from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research

UK Recessions

UK Recessions

Property prices – Will the fear return?

Last June I posted a link to a graph perporting to show the Lifecycle of a Bubble from the web site http://www.housepricecrash.co.uk. I think that back then average UK house prices were descending from their all time high . I just checked out a graph of average house prices in the UK on the same web site and we seem to be following the lifecycle fairly well. We seem to have been down into the “Bull Trap” and are now rising into the “return to normal”.

Life Cycle of a Bubble

Life Cycle of a Bubble

Now we approach the critical time. Are we really returning to Normal or will we follow the lifecycle? Will Fear, Capitulation and Despair follow before we return to the mean. Hold onto your hats?!

Average UK House Prices

Average UK House Prices

Conniving gits deny any wrongdoing

Mr. Mandelson denies any wrongdoing, again, and again, and again....

Mr. Mandelson denies any wrongdoing, again, and again, and again....

I hear that a French judge has issued an “international” arrest warrant against Floyd Landis, an American cyclist, for suspected hacking into an anti-doping laboratory computer. Mr. Landis has “denied any wrong doing”. Perhaps Mr. Landis is completely innocent but I thought it worthwhile to provide a translation for those not familiar with the English language.

The phrase “denied any wrongdoing” has a special meaning in English which is in exact opposition to that which might be expected. The phrase is often used by politicians when they are caught committing some crime or misdemeanour. The meaning is this:

“I am a conniving git who is guilty as sin but I have not yet worked out my story. Specifically I have not yet worked out which details of my crime for which the authorities have acquired irrefutable evidence and for which, a specific denial, would catch me out. I am therefore making this bland general denial of everything in the desperate hope that the authorities have not got enough evidence to convict me and to play for time while my expensive legal advisers work out a way for me to bluff this out.”

Mr. Landis is not in good company. Some politicians who have hid behind this bollocks include:

Peter Mandelson denies any wrongdoing
Lord Levy denies any wrongdoing
Hazel Blears denies any wrongdoing
Tony Blair denies any wrongdoing
Harriet Harman denies any wrongdoing

When these people deny any wrong doing they are, of course, TALKING BOLLOCKS!

Spitalfields

spitalfieds

Spitalfields

A new clothes shop has opened up on East Street in Brighton with an interesting store front crammed full of old fashioned sowing machines. The name of the shop is Allsaints Spitalfields harking back to the days when the Spitalfields area of east London was famous for tailoring.

Sky falling in – evidence of global warming?

sky falling in

sky falling in

It has been said that the tone of this blog site is somewhat negative. Can it be true that our leaders are all complete vermin? Is the world really going to the dogs?

A photograph has come into our hands which may show that the situation is worse than had been anticipated. The photo appears to show that supports have been erected along Brighton beach to stop the sky falling in.

It is not clear whether the construction in Brighton are precautionary or whether the sky has already started to sag. No evidence has yet been obtained to show whether the potential collapse is related to global warming or the latest period of cold weather.

You read it here first folks.

Britain declines while her elite connives

Britain in decline

Who do we call?

Military spending has emerged in the media with Gordon Brown TALKING BOLLOCKS claiming he didn’t withhold funds from the military in the run up to the war in Afghanistan. With a massive budget deficit and the widely acknowledged need for drastic cuts both parties are tip toeing around the defence budget trying to pretend it will not be touched. The government have already delayed two aircraft carriers; will they now decommission Trident?

I sometimes wonder if we are witnessing the final demise of Great Britain as a “World Power”. Theoretically the UK won the second world war, coming through with it’s empire intact. On paper Britain was still a Great Power. In reality we were up to our necks in debt to the U.S. and the people of the Empire were understandably in no mood to tolerate a continuation of British rule. The empire dissolved.

In the 1960s North Sea oil was discovered and helped support our inefficient industry for a while. But consider this: While Britain took economic advantage of North Sea oil and it’s economy prospered Germany and France did not do so bad either yet they did not have oil. North Sea Oil is due to run out in the next few years and where will that leave the British economy? In 2008 around 46% of British tax came from finance. The finance industry has now collapsed so where does that leave the British economy? I stress again that Germany has maintained a broadly comparable economy without North Sea oil, without a bloated finance sector and without hyper-commercialisation.

I suggest that with a massive budget deficit, with an un-winable war in Afghanistan to pay for, with very little industrial capability to offer the wold, Great Britain is about to have the rug pulled out from beneath it. We’ve had out chips!

Labour supporters used to say that increasing levels of global competition was merely a race to the bottom. The Tories scoffed that, on the contrary, competition would bring the standards enjoyed by the West to the rest of the world. Tell me, how is your pension doing? Has your company closed it’s non-contributory pension yet? If not, when was the last time the subject was raised. And how’s your job? Do you still have a permanent 9 to 5 job? Do you still get double time on Sundays? I suggest that you don’t. I suggest that many readers will now be part time and even be required to work at weekends at standard rate.

The one thing that the UK does have that developing nations do not have to the same extent is an established and solid democracy and the rule of law. Yet even this is under attack with new laws preventing photography of the police and a ruling party made of visionless power hungary “managers”.

Just this week Gordon Brown defended the link between MPs and their constituencies when debating the electoral system yet the New Labour cabinet is packed full of professional politicians who merely used work for the constituency as a convenient path to power. These men without vision, these people who believe in nothing, these arch manipulators have merely studied politics and the media, worked as assistants to incumbents cabinet members and then been parachuted into Labour safe seats. Check out the wikipedia entries for David Milliband and Douglas Alexander to name just two. The British elite have fined tuned a way of bypassing democracy and they should hang their heads in shame.

So, to summarise:

  • Britain grew great by having an empire.
  • Britain nearly lost it’s shirt in WW2 but was saved from the Russians by the U.S. (but at a price)
  • Britain lost it’s empire
  • Britain lived off it’s oil wealth while letting it’s industry atrophy
  • Britain became obsessed with market forces and privatised it’s public industry
  • Britain developed a bloated finance industry which collapsed.
  • Johnny foreigner started buying up all the privatised industry
  • Britain’s oil ran out.
  • Complacent British citizens and back benchers allowed a scurrilous and deceitful elite to undermine it’s democracy
  • The  elite used the threat of terrorism to introduce draconian laws and erode democracy.

And finally, it’s raining again!

Oh, maybe it isn’t that bad. The British people aren’t badly educated and the “lump of labour fallacy” means that a growing Chinese middle class will want all the commercialised palaver that we possess. The British do understand democracy and we can work hard when we have to. Arguably, we are best when we’re up against it. Hopefully, in a couple of months, we will throw out this groups of bastards who have taken control of Downing Street and we can make a fresh start.

Ask me again when the weather warms up.