Friday, 29 July 2016

IMF admits it’s incompetent

British voters elected to ignore the opinions of “experts” in the Brexit referendum and have been mocked for doing so.  One of the “expert” organisations offering opinion was the IMF.

The IMF (International Monetary Fund) has just produced an internal report which is highly critical of the way in which it operates.

The report states that the organisation broke its own rules:
  • in order to lend excessive amounts of money to failing Eurozone countries
  • it invented a new “contagion risk” rule (since scrapped) to enable lending that was otherwise prohibited
  • it relied on unsubstantiated assurances from European bureaucrats that the Euro was a stable currency
  • documents relating to vast loans cannot now be found
  • it is unclear who sanctioned some funding transfers
  • they misjudged the Greek financial situation by initiating a strategy dubbed “the confidence fairy”
  • they sacrificed Greece to save northern European bankers and politicians

IMF admits Euro disaster

Christine Lagarde likely to dodge jail time

Mark Graham

Sunday, 3 July 2016

BREXIT - The Elite still don't get it

Today there is (another) march in London protesting about Brexit. The leader of the opposition has ventured as far north as Highbury to engage in a near punch-up with a reporter. When Cameron was campaigning for the Remain side he went as far north as Milton Keynes on two occasions (plucky chap!)
The Guardian newspaper continues to whinge on about what a racist Little England we have suddenly become. Bloomberg, the financial information website, predicts the end of the pound sterling by Christmas.
The commentators, reeling from the shock that the little people have dared speak up, are blaming the Brexit vote on a combination of racism, irrational anti-establishment feeling and a desire to put two fingers up to 'The Experts'. Remember the old joke: "What's the definition of an 'Expert'? 'X' is the symbol for an unknown quantity and 'spurt' is a drip under pressure."
The reality is that the 'ordinary folk' have behaved perfectly responsibly.

In the days after Brexit there were a couple of reports that unnamed foreign companies had shelved their investment plans, thus losing the country many more job opportunities.
Instead of thinking in cliches and mouthing sound bites let's consider the reality of these statements.
1. This country has record low unemployment and, in real terms, record low pay rates for unskilled and semi-skilled workers.
2. A foreign company investing here would therefore most likely hire, directly or indirectly, from the pool of immigrant workers.
3. Almost everyone who comes to Britain wants to live in the London area.
4. As we all know the effect of this is that housing has become unaffordable, transport capacity is stretched to breaking point, schools are so crowded that education standards (for those unlucky enough not to attend Eton) continue to fall* and the National Health Service is almost not fit for purpose.
So who does benefit?

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Microsoft moves into cannabis business

Software and computing giant MICROSOFT is moving into the cannabis business by announcing this week that it is selling software that tracks cannabis plants from “seed to sale”.

Picture from DUTCH PASSION seeds

Aptly this new product is part of Microsoft’s Cloud computing business.  The software is intended to keep tabs on sales and commerce in an industry that is having difficulty using mainstream banks.  Any bank that operates nationwide in the US is subject to federal law which still says cannabis is illegal.

Twenty-five states have now legalized cannabis in some form or another, with Pennsylvania and Ohio the most recent. The biggest business opportunity, though, will come from states that allow recreational use of the drug, as Colorado, Oregon and Washington already do.

This autumn, five states — including, most significantly, California — will vote on whether to join that club.Legal cannabis sales are set to rise  to $6.5 billion this year, from $4.8 billion last year. That figure could climb to $25 billion by the year 2020 if California voters approve the recreational measure this year, as is widely expected.

Microsoft has said it could eventually be attending the cannabis fairs and conferences to market their software.

Read more:

UK's biggest cannabis farm

Friday, 27 May 2016

Growing cannabis under the flight path did a reasonable job of reporting accurately what I said to them (unlike other publications I could mention) but they still baulk at saying anything that might offend othe old farts who run the Establishment.

If you want to read the full, unexpurgated, version of the interview you can do so HERE

And if you wish to read the eBook detailing how I supposedly grew £12 million of cannabis you can do so HERE.  Don't forget you don't need to possess a Kindle to read ebooks.

Sometimes fiction is more accurate than fact.  How might a person (theoretically of course) set himself up to grow £100 MILLION.  Do something useful this Bank Holiday weekend: think about a career change.

Friday, 20 May 2016

Great Britain or Greater Gotham

Police and Crime Commissioner scandals
In 2012 David Cameron, our Beloved Leader and supposed scourge of big government, introduced the new bureaucratic office of Police and Crime Commissioner to monitor the conduct of the police (a job that the Chief Constable was paid to do).  The government’s argument, presumably, was that the police could not be trusted to act within the law and needed to be watched.

Each Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) was to be paid an annual salary of £86,000 and given undisclosed pension rights.  They would be free to appoint assistants and helpers to the tune of £500,000 (per local police force) and it goes without saying that they would be supplied with top-of-the-range limousines and generous expense accounts.

So how have things gone since 2012?

Just 15% of the electorate turned out to vote for this new tier of bureaucrat; surveys show that only 39% of the population are even aware of their existence and just 8% of people know the name of the local Police and Crime Commissioner.

Immediately after the election of my local PCC he was investigated for election fraud.  The local paper wrote: “It is claimed that Mr Roddick,  a QC and a former leader of the Wales and Chester judicial circuit, listed his brother’s house in Caernarfon in a nomination form for last November’s PCC election, when his main home is 160 miles away in the Welsh capital. Under electoral regulations, candidates must live within the force border on polling day. Mr Roddick has insisted that he acted in a  “right and proper” way.”

Simon Hayes the PCC for Hampshire faced a similar ‘investigation’.  No surprise – both were exonerated.  The process is known in ‘the trade’ as “flipping”.  Your main home is at one address when you want to claim travel expenses, then it is “flipped” to your second home when you want the taxpayer to pay your rent or mortgage, then it is “flipped” again when you decide to sell in order to avoid Capital Gains Tax.  Everyone who is anyone in government is doing it (including our Beloved Leader).

Simon Hayes continued to get himself into difficulties; first by claiming ferry expenses (to the Isle of Wight) on a car that was not his and then (accidentally) double claiming.  At various times during his tenure in office he has been accused of “covering up child abuse crimes, assaults, harassment and making personal attacks on the very people he is meant to represent”.
In 2014 he invited the BBC to film what was supposed to be a private meeting with residents which resulted in some of the audience being subjected to threats and intimidation.

The IPCC (the Independent Police and Complaints Commission) rebuked him for refusing to record and take action against a complaint by a Mr John Caine who, among other things, alleged that the local council had been instrumental in having his website removed from the Internet after he made negative comments about the (public) organisation.

Meanwhile, over in Kent, Police and Crime Commissioner Ann Barnes failed to distinguish herself in a programme made by the BBC: she struggled to explain what her job actually involved, had difficulty defining an approach to policing priorities she called "the onion", failed to write her title correctly on a whiteboard, and was filmed painting her nails at her desk.

She then appointed a Ms Kerry Boyd as ‘youth crime commissioner’ who was immediately suspended following allegations she had a “close friendship” with married ex-Conservative councillor Robert Burgess.

Worse was to follow: she had an accident in her Mercedes Benz which she had not insured.  The Crown Prosecution Service generously decided it was “not in the public interest” to prosecute her.

In South Yorkshire (this is the police force that now stands indicted of complicity and cover-up in the unlawful killing of 96 football supporters), the man in charge of Rotherham Council’s Children’s Services department was Shaun Wright.  During his time in office hundreds of complaints of child sex abuse were made to the council and the police.  All of them were deliberately covered-up.  As a reward for his ‘services to the community’ Mr Wright was installed as Police and Crime Commissioner – until even ‘call me Dave’, the Prime Minister, felt the need to call for his resignation.

In Birmingham, Britain’s ‘second city’, Crime Commissioner David Jamieson has banned the local newspaper from asking him questions because he did not like its investigation of his ‘jobs-for-the-family’ policy.  He has stated that he will only answer questions submitted under the Freedom of Information Act.

The newly appointed Devon and Cornwall PCC, Alison Hernandez, is being investigated by her own police force for Election Fraud – a crime that carries a one year prison sentence – because, as agent for the local Conservative MP she failed to declare election expenses correctly.

‘Queen of the PCCs’ has to be Katy Bourne, aka “Teflon Lady” because nothing sticks.  Her qualification for post of Police and Crime Commissioner is that she was once a ‘pole dancing instructor’.  She has been reported to the Sussex Police and Crime Panel for lying about her expenses and is the subject of another complaint that she had a Youtube video removed because it criticised her appointment as Sussex PCC.

There are, however, some much more serious allegations floating around – and, of course, you won’t find them reported in the national or local press.  Her name has reportedly been mentioned in the recent ‘Panama Papers’ Tax Haven scandal, currently being investigated by Scotland Yard’s Serious Fraud Squad (so I have to be careful what I say).  The allegation is that she “set up off shore companies and shell companies and other accounts to hide money before being elected as Sussex Police Crime Commissioner in November 2012.”  Mrs Bourne says she is “an arms-length shareholder and not a director” in these companies.

Other allegations concern transfers of £5 million pounds in drug money.

Her husband, the ex-HSBC banker, Kevin Bourne, (not named in the Panama Papers) was a key player in the U.S. sub-prime bubble which cost its shareholders more than $15 billion in losses.

The website
reports that “A spokesperson from The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists would only say that a UK member of the Consortium was investigating this and other UK based persons which had leads of money being paid into Companies linked to Jimmy Saville and members of Sussex Police.”

Make of that what you will.

So this is the world of our guardians of law and order – the Police and Crime Commissioners.   I leave the final comment to, Graham Cox,  a former Detective Chief Superintendent in charge of Sussex CID: 
"the police communications department turns out turgid press releases that then run the risk of being recycled into equally turgid news reports”.

More at:

Thursday, 19 May 2016

The "Rotten Borough" of North Wales

The term ‘Rotten Borough’ was once coined to mean a constituency in which the local Member of Parliament was placed in power by a wealthy family instead of the people.

I have previously complained that North Wales Police operates a secret brotherhood to intercept crime and drug related cash and assets – and that they do so with impunity.  Everyone to whom I have reported this simply replies –“it’s North Wales, what can you expect”.  No one can be bothered dredging this swamp.
Police Superintendant Gordon Anglesea
 The local paper today reports that a retired Superintendent of police is to be sent for trial at the Old Bailey on multiple counts of buggery of young boys.  This is part of a case, supposedly investigate several times over many years, in which children in Welsh care homes were systematically sexually abused by the local great-and-the-good and even shipped off to London so that Westminster government officers could further molest them.

Everyone of importance here knew what was going on: the police, the local councils, the social services – and most significantly a major national insurance company.  The abusers all conspired to lie for each other and the insurance company participated in the cover-up to avoid claims for compensation.

Arfon Jones
 Could this happen now?  Of course it could.  The local Police and Crime Commissioner has just been appointed – the man who is supposed to ensure the police do their job properly – and guess what?  He is a former North Wales policeman.  This can only ensure more incestuous cover-ups in the future.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

British police slush fund

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has accused the British Police Federation of operating a "slush fund" that includes a property portfolio worth £32 million.

Four representatives of the police union have been arrested and are being investigated for "potential criminal misuse of police funds".

The Home Secretary is also quoted as saying, "We must never underestimate how the poison of decades-old misdeeds seeps down through the years". Read more in today's Daily Telegraph newspaper

We live in a money-obsessed world and nowhere is this more apparent than within the various departments of the British government.  It just happens to be the case that, after the Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise, the  police force has access to the most money - much of it untraceable drug money.   The temptation to pocket this ocean of cash is irresistable, particularly as there is no outside mechanism to monitor what the police get up to because they are always permitted to investigate themselves.
Read more about police corruption and drug money.