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- Fix the price of stuff
- Fix the price of wages
- Reduce taxation so that people have more money to buy stuff, thus stimulating the people that make stuff into making more stuff, so that there's more stuff than money.
- Increase taxation, so that people can't afford to buy anything with their money and close your ears to cry from the street - after all, if they want to eat they should marry a billionaire wife with non-dom status.
- Ignore it all and let the Bank of England sort it out. And say, look, it's not my fault.
- Print more money - after all, it's only an idea - and give everybody a wheelbarrow to transport their cash to buy a loaf of bread.
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Think different is shit.
I go to sleep at night - when I go to sleep at all - worrying about a chap in a TeeVee commercial. He's not very bright and he has a demanding daughter, you know the type, the country's plagued with the little bastards, gotta have a gap year, le grand tour de nos jours, before she goes to Uni.
But I suppose the gap-year brat is just an extension of Thatcher's property-owning democracy bollocks, in which people shackle themselves to a tiny, rudely built and unimaginably over-valued house, one they can only afford by both of them working their arses off, and then when it's paid for, selling it to pay for social care - to be bullied and abused, pinched and prodded, wrongly medicated and left in piss-soaked bedding by very welcome, culturally enhancing and totally necessary Polish immigrants, without whom we simply cannot do, the fucking horrible bastards, smirking that they've come here to make better life, no; and so everybody bend over or get out of their way. Why don't they stay and make better life in fucking Poland, eh? Why not make Poland better place. Making better place was what Britons did, after the Hitler war, fought on behalf of Poles and French and Dutch and countless others, all now berating Brits for their temerity in wanting to leave Greater Germany.
Scottish catering is full of them, Poles, and everywhere you go in hotels and restaurants there're little saucers with pound coins in them, so's we can help these horrible fuckers make better life by giving them free money, as well as free health care and education. Oh, but mr ishmael, they work so hard. No, they fucking don't, they just say they do; they can't even speak English most of them, and they make that your fault, you should learn Polish to help Magda make better life. I knew a Magda, in social care, she was a liar, a cheat, an incompetent, a right monster, hostile, belligerent; a bully, untrainable, every constructive suggestion eschewed as being inspired only by racism - is because I am Pole, that you criticise.
I already have an i-Pad, one with no apps, and I am continuously receiving billing enquiries, threats to cut me off because I don't use the AppStore. I really do believe that Apple and Facebook and Twitter are an insidious consumer tyranny, le totalitairianisme consumeriste nouvelle. That the TeeVee is used to define good parenting as the gifting to non-productive children of Apple's current model is not only wicked in itself but is a slap in the face - another one - for the majority of parents, who are unable to spend so extravagantly.
Aspirational, it was one of Cameron's favourite words, him, the one with the family money, or some of it, in an offshore tax haven, he loved to describe the voters as Aspirational, meaning poor and stupid, believing that they, too, can be filthy rich, even though the number of rich people has to be strictly limited, otherwise what's the point of it, there have to be far more poor people than rich people, otherwise the rich people cease being special and become almost like poor people, only with money, and what would be the point of that? If everyone had lots of money then what would be the point of Lewis Hamilton, people'd think he was a fucking lunatic, he's got loads of money and here he is, risking his life, driving like a nutcase, he could be roasted alive, what's the point of that? And if pretty young women were rich then why would they want to snuggle-up to a suicidal lunatic with a bizarrely stupid beard, whose greatest thrill is squirting champagne over other suicidal lunatics, only not as suicidal as him, because he's the world's champion suicidal lunatic. And as for Mutant Murray, well, if everyone had money then nobody'd go and watch him, punching himself, having Turette's Syndrome and smashing his racket to pieces, climbing into the crowd and snogging his own mother. And if everyone had money then everytime Prince Brian opened his gob he'd get a fist in it or a boot. Keeps things in proper order, it does, most of us being skint, and only a few of us being minted.
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The reality - rather than the aspiration - is that a proper society would hound the Apple trash-people into the Thames and burn their bright, shiny shops to the ground. As it is, the Apple adverts will continue to taunt those outside the charmed circle of discretionary, disposable income, whilst its owners will continue to brazenly evade lawful taxation to which the rest of us are compelled by fear of imprisonment.
Stop me if I've mentioned this before but Apple founder and whiz-kid, Steve Jobs, was a pathetic Bob Dylan freak,
he could never get near Bob but when a chance came up to date his fellow-Californian, Joan Baez -
Dylan's cruelly humiliated former lover -
Stevie jumped at the chance.
Weird, really, but then he was.
One day billionaire Stevie said,
Hey, babe, I saw this really cool little French dress, in a couturier's over in Santa Barbara, wanna take a ride over and have a look? Baez says that she thought what any woman would think in that situation but when she did him a twirl in his recommended garment he said, Yeah, I was right, it does suit you, Joanie, you really should buy it.
Now, that's what you call Thinking Different.
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Excellent economic primer, Mrs I. You should be a Professor at LSE or a Senior Advisor at Her Majesty's Treasury.
By now, it should be as clear as day to any sentient being, but obviously not those in charge of national economies who live in a different economic universe, that there is a fundamental difference between pretend paper economies (the so-called FIRE economies which are essentially the West) and real economies which have essential resources, manufacturing and skills. And preferably the military means to defend such from Western robbery. And I might add for good measure, proper culture and education to support those economies.
Fortunately for the world its all coming into clear focus very quickly - I say fortunate, because the sooner this destructive fantasy can be ended, the best for all. Like a Ford Escort at 70mph about to hit a large lump of concrete, the Western economies are at the end of their respective journies, its only a matter of how long the pain lasts.
The Western world has survived and prospered for hundreds of years by exploiting, robbing and killing the rest (and major part) of the world. This is coming to a very abrupt end. It was prolonged for a few decades after WW2 when the US emerged as the only major power standing, by virtue of its geography, and exerting its hegemony in conjunction with its Western vassals. This period is over. The arrogance or treating the East and Middle East, and the South as untermench was to make Westerners feel less guilty when robbing and killing them.
Resources, skills, education, culture do count. So-called services are just hot air and bollocks. The West has further shot itself in both feet. What they don't teach in economics is that the fundamental basis of any transaction is the trust between both parties to deliver. This was once the strength of the City of London: Common Law, codified, and administered by impartial courts. Respect for law and property rights; an Englishman's word was his bond - perhaps a little overstated, but that has now been blasted into nano-particles.
You might not like the greasy jew Abramovitch (just to take a random example) but you can't just steal his football club and yachts and drum him out of the country as if we were still living in medieval York. And the Western countries have stolen the assets of the Russian Central Bank. What message do you think the rest (majority) of the world thinks about this? That's the world with real resources, manufacturing, skills, culture, education and militaries to defend these? Do they want to do business with the West? Answer is a resounding NO.
Its no coincidence that Governments in Europe are starting to fall; and the US elections in November will deal another blow. And the real economic pain is only just beginning. The Lies of statistics and ever preposterous spin-doctoring will only cover this up for a little longer.
mr mike, I see from the blogger administrator Comments window that you have left a lengthy comment, but it doesn't appear on the blog. Maybe it is too long and you need to cut it into two halves to get Blogger to accept it? Anyway, thanks for the compliment - I do rather pride myself on my grasp of Economics: what with the hedge chicken essay and this masterly analysis of the causation of inflation, I should probably publish a text book: Economics for politicians with a degree in PPE.
Please correct me if I’m wrong mrs I, if the amount of goods remains the same but the amount of money in circulation increases this causes inflation.
During the disaster of the last two years the money in circulation (funny money) has increased by £400-500 bn. The goods in shops has remained much the same, well apart from bog-roll, for a short time, yet inflation has been rising for the past two years.
We’re now told it’s Vlad’s fault that stuff is more expensive, I don’t, personally, think this is true. Russia supplies only 11% of fuel oil to the world, mainly for diesel.Russia supplies most of the gas to EU countries but not to the UK. Russia doesn’t supply water here, yet, the cost of water and the standing charge has risen 50%. I feel that most of the inflated costs we now experience is profiteering on a criminal scale.
Thanks, Mrs I. It was a stream of consciousness; I didn’t keep a copy. I will try to re-create in shorter form, as I tried to make a couple of relevant points.
First, and foremost, I commended you on your grasp of economics, and suggested you for a post as Professor at LSE, or Senior Advisor to Her Majesty’s Treasury.
The current crisis has brought to the fore the fundamental difference between the paper bullshit economies – the so-called FIRE economies , principally of the West, most notably the US; and the real economies based on essential natural resources, manufacturing and skills, and the militaries to defend them. And, I would add, the latter economies tend to be supported by better education in fundamental sciences and traditional cultural values in the corresponding countries.
For several centuries the Western economies prospered by robbing and killing the people of the resource rich countries because of dominant military force. This reached a pinnacle after WW2 when the US was the only major country left unscathed, and was thus able to exert its hegemony on the world, in conjunction with its Western vassals, for the next 70 years or so, and continue with its policy of killing and robbing.
Well, this has all come to an end with a big bang that the collective West has precipitated. The US and its vassals are no longer able to exert their hegemony and have been exposed as hollow, not just economically but in culture and education and military. They have no answers other than increasingly preposterous phoney statistics and spin. Despite the Western belief that the future is services and nobody needs to get their hands dirty, or study hard in sciences – yes resources and manufacturing and fundamental science and education really matters. Europe, in particular, is about to learn this lesson the hard way.
As the Western economies are crumbling to debt, inflation and shortages of energy, food, and other key resources, so the fragile politics is crumbling. Regime change is happening - not in Russia, but in Europe – and the November elections in the US will likely be a watershed. Not only are there regime changes in the West, but demonstrations and strikes are on the increase.
But what has really shot a hole in the West is something not taught in economics: any transaction relies on the trust of both parties to deliver. This is what made the City of London a preeminent center: Common Law and independent courts able and willing to administer the law. The UK was always open to business; an Englishman’s word was his bond. This has now been blown to smithereens and once broken cannot be fixed.
Whatever you may think of Mr Abramovitch, to just steal his football club and his yachts and hound him out of the country, just because he was born in Russia, violates these fundamentals. It is as if it were medieval York and the persecution of the Jews. And the stealing of the foreign currency reserves of the Russian Central Bank is not just illegal by international law, its sends a stark message: what country or individual would now consider business with the West?
I can’t see anyway back from the tectonic changes now happening; its the rapid demise of the West and the shift of economic and political power to the East.
Hi, mr inmate, no corrections necessary - it is the imbalance between the availability of goods and money that is at the heart of inflation. The tools available to politicians to intervene are limited and there are very different schools of thought on the best way to tackle inflation, stimulate growth and avoid recession. Rishie and Lizzie espouse two of those schools of thought and hope that their particular approach will be a vote catcher amongst Tories.
The Russian angle is two-fold - we have imposed sanctions, which have cut trade with Russia and created an under-supply of essentials - grain, for example. The UK hasn't been able to feed itself for decades, preferring to import cheap foodstuffs from THeRestOfTheWorld. Brexit interfered with that. This blasted war interfered further. Russia responded to Western sanctions by cutting back on supplying fuel to the West. This has a knock-on effect on the production of goods.
Producers charge what the market will bear. Is that capitalism or profiteering or insufficient competition amongst producers?
Maybe mr mike is correct - he certainly presents a compelling argument - these Shudderings in the Economy are maybe its death-throes. I hope not.
Did you see the leadership debate last night? I only managed ten minutes before shouting shut the fuck up and switching channels. Sunak was very aggressive, loud voiced, talking over Truss, constantly interrupting, bouncing on the balls of his feet, like a prize fighter. Commentators on Radio Scotland this morning openly said his performance was so unlike his usual presentation that it was fuelled by coke. "Full-sugar Coke", the presenter added, "as opposed to Diet Coke", in an effort to mitigate the coke slur.
Truss looked and sounded amateurish, Sunak looked and sounded like a bully. Quite apart from the verbal ill-manners, his body language was dangerous.
Mr inmate and Mrs I: the problem for the West now is that even if the paper money (debt) is available, the key resources (energy food, essential minerals and materials) are not. The old laws of economics cease to exist. Germany is now down to 20% of its gas from Russia with no feasible alternative. Whole industries will shut down. This isn't theory. Germany, and hence the rest of Europe is kaput - within months - unless Russia relents.
Mrs I: re the debates. Never in history has there ever been such a collection of morons in charge of the collective West. At what looks like the beginning of the New Dark Ages. Mr I's trilogy about Gordon the Ruiner was prophetic - throw another shitcake on the fire.
…it is the imbalance between the availability of goods and money that is at the heart of inflation. Agreed, however, the supply of goods cannot be changed overnight but the funny money can and the profiteers and politicians and their mates know this. Pelosi the house speaker over in gangsta land knows this, the Blair creature knows this Johnny Major n jeremy chunt know this.
Yep, watched it all mrs I, like rabbits in the headlights, made all the worse by the PBC childish behaviour; fashion questions FFS.
Sunak was very strange indeed, not used to other’s point of view, referring to experts, his children, on matters climate change. Dear Lord take me now.
If this is the best they can offer we’re well n truly fucked.
Sorry Mr Mike, I was typing, slowly, when you replied. Agree totally.
Sunak is being lined up to carry the can, and I fear that he knows it. But he'll have his wife's money to keep him warm. He was far too shrill and aggressive from the bit I just saw on the web. For better or worse, agentleman does not interrupt a lady like that. It comes across as bullying - and it was.
The funny news is that the members aren't taking the assassination of Boris as easily as was thought they would, much good it will do them. But it's alright, ma, it's just the last cry of the Remainer elite before the great reset. Which won't be the one the WEF and the WHO and Mr Soros think it will be. They have over-egged their puddings and over-stepped their marks and now there will be tears and the odd Ceausescu moment.
That was me btw.
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