11 July 2009

General Musings

Jams has a thought-provoking article on women in Afghanistan. I don't agree with his conclusion, but he makes a good point nonetheless.

I don't frankly know why David Cameron employed a guy who resigned over phone-hacking in the first place, as well as edited a trashy tabloid. Personally, I think that spin doctors are one of the biggest threats to democracy at present- they are only increasing cynicism and driving people to the BNP et. al.

The Tory 10% cuts are also an extremely bad idea. This will lead to job losses and we all know that people in work spend more money. If I was to spend £100 in any shop, I'd probably be helping several businesses indirectly. Even billionaires help keep textile workers in work.

The "agreement about an agreement" that is the Joint Understanding on the START replacement treaty is interesting and helpful. That said, both sides ought to be looking at tactical nukes as well.


jams o donnell said...

It's just as well my other half didn't write the post.. She would have urged the women of Afghanistan to rise up and flense their husbands!

10% cuts are all well and good on paper but you simply can't make that sort of saving by "sacking the penpushers" as lazy hacks usually describe civil servants. That sort of cut would require extremely painful reductions in services (painful to the citizens of this country). Fine words but unachievable unless major government functions are stopped. I doubt a Tory politician would be so dogmatic as to implement them, if he or she wanted to keep their seats in Parliament!

Silent Hunter said...

Quite. Most civil servants do useful jobs.