So that was Christmas

All tinsel & mistletoe gone, presents opened, vouchers spent, sales visited.

So that was Christmas.

2012 now well under way. Leap Year, HRH the Queen's Diamond, Euro football finals, the Olympics...some reasons to be cheerful?

Have you got any big birthdays (I have), family events, big red letter days in this year's calender?

There is a lot of gloom & doom around in which it would be easy to wallow.

It's not easy for our young people right now, not easy right across Europe. Education's costing more, less job opportunities, getting on the housing ladder still not at all easy.

But our local 'paper is full of new New Year babies being born, people getting married, groups & individuals raising much needed funds for our deserving charities. Light & Hope.

So, how should we face this new year's challenges & opportunities? Is your pot half full or empty?

Got something you are really looking forward to?

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8:32am Sun 15 Jan 12

Kevin, Colne says...

Sir Bill,

I see that in one of this morning's Sunday 'newspapers' there is an article by a former member of the Coalition Government with the headline: 'The Great Democratic Recession: This time unlike previous slumps, we're ALL feeling the pain'.

I have to say it is not a good read. The piece ends with four reasons to be cheerful about the future but these do not stand-up to close scrutiny, in my view.

The first reason to be cheerful is that inflation should fall. Well yes, the rate of inflation may decline but prices will remain elevated and continue to rise. In other words the squeeze shows no sign of ending any day soon.

Secondly, the Government has delivered most of its bad news apparently. Well yes, but now here comes the implementation, which is where the pain becomes acute.

Thirdly, interest rates and the Pound remain low. Well yes, but low interest rates transfer wealth from savers to borrowers and a low Pound means that while our exports get a boost our imports cost more.

Finally, growth outside the Eurozone is better than expected. Well yes, but most UK trade is with Eurozone countries.

There are some very positive things around, in fact exceedingly exciting, but alas these are not the ones trumpted by the governing and metropolitan elites in the mainstream media.

Kevin
Sir Bill, I see that in one of this morning's Sunday 'newspapers' there is an article by a former member of the Coalition Government with the headline: 'The Great Democratic Recession: This time unlike previous slumps, we're ALL feeling the pain'. I have to say it is not a good read. The piece ends with four reasons to be cheerful about the future but these do not stand-up to close scrutiny, in my view. The first reason to be cheerful is that inflation should fall. Well yes, the rate of inflation may decline but prices will remain elevated and continue to rise. In other words the squeeze shows no sign of ending any day soon. Secondly, the Government has delivered most of its bad news apparently. Well yes, but now here comes the implementation, which is where the pain becomes acute. Thirdly, interest rates and the Pound remain low. Well yes, but low interest rates transfer wealth from savers to borrowers and a low Pound means that while our exports get a boost our imports cost more. Finally, growth outside the Eurozone is better than expected. Well yes, but most UK trade is with Eurozone countries. There are some very positive things around, in fact exceedingly exciting, but alas these are not the ones trumpted by the governing and metropolitan elites in the mainstream media. Kevin Kevin, Colne

1:19pm Wed 18 Jan 12

district01 says...

Friday the thirteenth?
I’m not superstitious in any way but unlike yourself I don’t take any chances just in case! But it’s now the eighteenth as I type these words and it’s still looking very dismal outside. The countries in a mess and little to look forward to. India, China and Russia are taking over the world and we’re going about everything as if it does not matter. We’re being slowly swallowed whole without really realising it.
Even our once proud football team has been sold abroad and we’re even going abroad to buy more foreign players. But more important than that we now have just two political parties that may as well be married. Political opposition does not exist any more and little point watching ‘Question Time’ on the telly either which I used to enjoy. Each of the two parties pretending to be either right or left but both seeming to be looking after their own political careers first rather than the countries needs.
I have supported the Labour party all of my life until I suddenly realised that they weren’t a Labour party any more. Just a ‘New’ party made up by two individuals using a very loyal user base. But they were only ever looking after number one and a bit of number two, although number two didn‘t realise it at first. A disillusioned one who lost and a professional salesperson out to make himself the successful one and to eventually make himself a lot of money at our cost. The ‘New’ party I refuse to acknowledge it to have ever been a ‘Labour’ party and is the reason that we’re in the trouble we’re in today by taking advantage of the growth of irresponsibility that was totally out of control during that time. The always smiley one even helped to make a war abroad on a lie that has progressed to what we are still experiencing today. Many deaths and no money in our pockets because of it all. But they have done very well for themselves even so have they not? Just like two captains swimming to the shore before the ship sinks and leaving their children to carry on the good work.

But some may say that two ‘Eds’ are better than one. I don‘t think so!

But all we have around these parts is Jack Straw looking after number one whilst using the loyal old ‘Labour’ party support structure whilst awaiting his very comfortable retirement date to arrive. Just like any Conservative political member would do some would say. But I do wish his political ‘trumpeting’ would improve though.

Rant over!
What did father Christmas bring you Bill?
Friday the thirteenth? I’m not superstitious in any way but unlike yourself I don’t take any chances just in case! But it’s now the eighteenth as I type these words and it’s still looking very dismal outside. The countries in a mess and little to look forward to. India, China and Russia are taking over the world and we’re going about everything as if it does not matter. We’re being slowly swallowed whole without really realising it. Even our once proud football team has been sold abroad and we’re even going abroad to buy more foreign players. But more important than that we now have just two political parties that may as well be married. Political opposition does not exist any more and little point watching ‘Question Time’ on the telly either which I used to enjoy. Each of the two parties pretending to be either right or left but both seeming to be looking after their own political careers first rather than the countries needs. I have supported the Labour party all of my life until I suddenly realised that they weren’t a Labour party any more. Just a ‘New’ party made up by two individuals using a very loyal user base. But they were only ever looking after number one and a bit of number two, although number two didn‘t realise it at first. A disillusioned one who lost and a professional salesperson out to make himself the successful one and to eventually make himself a lot of money at our cost. The ‘New’ party I refuse to acknowledge it to have ever been a ‘Labour’ party and is the reason that we’re in the trouble we’re in today by taking advantage of the growth of irresponsibility that was totally out of control during that time. The always smiley one even helped to make a war abroad on a lie that has progressed to what we are still experiencing today. Many deaths and no money in our pockets because of it all. But they have done very well for themselves even so have they not? Just like two captains swimming to the shore before the ship sinks and leaving their children to carry on the good work. But some may say that two ‘Eds’ are better than one. I don‘t think so! But all we have around these parts is Jack Straw looking after number one whilst using the loyal old ‘Labour’ party support structure whilst awaiting his very comfortable retirement date to arrive. Just like any Conservative political member would do some would say. But I do wish his political ‘trumpeting’ would improve though. Rant over! What did father Christmas bring you Bill? district01

7:20pm Thu 19 Jan 12

Sir Bill Taylor says...

Sadly:- jumper, some strings to minimise repeated losing of reading glasses, novel, biog of wicket-keepers, electric tooth gadget, digi photo thingie, bob hat n gloves...now I feel publicly humiliated!
Sadly:- jumper, some strings to minimise repeated losing of reading glasses, novel, biog of wicket-keepers, electric tooth gadget, digi photo thingie, bob hat n gloves...now I feel publicly humiliated! Sir Bill Taylor

11:08am Fri 20 Jan 12

district01 says...

Far better than some more woolly socks Bill?

Please keep well and many more Christmases to you!
Far better than some more woolly socks Bill? Please keep well and many more Christmases to you! district01

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