Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chancellor's Autumn Statement 2011

George Osborne has delivered his Autumn statement to Parliament. Paul Goodman at ConHome is right to observe that the content scarcely matters. His Grace thinks the Chancellor's statement is best summed up in pictures.

Basically, after this:

There's likely to be one of these:

Followed by quite a bit of this:

Resulting in a seeming eternity of this:

And there's absolute no point donning this:

Because nothing will insulate you from the effects.

Winter's coming. It's going to be chilly; there's no hibernating; and those who don't die of hypothermia can expect to get frost-bite.

Merry Christmas.


Blogger Emlyn Uwch Cych said...

100% correct, Your Grace.

We're all buggered (without even needing the help of young Speaker Bercow's friends).

29 November 2011 at 13:49  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

I sometimes wish all your posts were this succinct! A picture is certainly worth a 1000 words. Beautifully expressed :)

29 November 2011 at 13:58  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Of course, once the eternal winter sets in, there is one remaining picture which gives some of us hope.

29 November 2011 at 14:03  
Blogger Caedmon's Cat said...

"It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes." (Psalm 118:9) is literally the pivotal verse of the Scriptures. I wonder why...? ;o)

29 November 2011 at 14:22  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Your Grace,
Is that some sort of telephone box on the left hand side of the autumnal picture? Perhaps a means of calling for help providing Button 'A' and Button 'B' still work and your have four old pennies.

29 November 2011 at 14:43  
Blogger Oswin said...

Come now, Your Grace, are you not forgetting all that potential extra heat, generated by the arson attacks of looting, rioting scumbags? An alternative selection of pics perhaps?

29 November 2011 at 15:27  
Blogger Mme Scherzo said...

Must your Grace be so hurtful with the truth?

29 November 2011 at 15:48  
Blogger Nicodemus said...

and yet my heart is strangely warmed

29 November 2011 at 16:09  
Blogger Mr Integrity said...

Your Grace, I get it now, it's a sign post. This way to disaster over the cliff.
It reminded me of th this poem.
Robert Frost (1874–1963). Mountain Interval. 1920.

1. The Road Not Taken

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Which path Is George on. I know which path I am on.

29 November 2011 at 16:34  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Your Grace

The Earth commences an orbit around the sun that is so elliptical that, if it wasn’t for our mercifully high carbon dioxide count, would quickly result in the start of at least the eight ice age. However, the Inspector notes that no reduction in fuel VAT is offered. Could this be a government ’sponsored’ job creation scheme ?

The elderly victims who freeze to death will create a ‘harvest of opportunity’ for those that work in that sphere. Cynical perhaps ? Yes with good reason. English governments have never cared about the aged English poor, (...social and economic history will tell you that...) – and yet they fall over themselves when it comes to welcoming Johnny Foreigner here to take what jobs there are.

It’s all as sick as a parrot, what !

29 November 2011 at 19:18  
Blogger Hereward said...

More borrowing is bound to bring contagion to these shores. The UK debt to GDP ratio is already worse than Germany and France and our borrowing costs can only rise. It is difficult to see how we can absorb further economic shock and keep our AAA credit rating. The Eurozone is sinking and we will soon feel the undertow.

29 November 2011 at 21:12  
Blogger len said...

Remember Daniel, remember Joseph, these(and many others) went through extremely difficult times and God delivered them. All God requires is that we trust Him.When David was depressed(and oppressed) he remembered what God had done for him and built up his faith and his hope for the future.

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.”

29 November 2011 at 21:31  
Blogger bluedog said...

Difficult days indeed, Your Grace, and the euro-storm is inevitably a global phenonemon. One notes that US politicians are unable to agree on budget cuts and that Obama is in denial. US debt/GDP projections are extraordinary

By contrast, Osborne and HM Treasury are to be commended for confronting the UK economic position so forensically. The challenge for the Government is to sell austerity in such a way that Labour gets the blame. Cutting 710,000 public sector jobs, mostly created by Blair/Brown and unsustainably financed by debt, is going to have huge social impact. Very hard to explain to so many people that they should never have had a job.

The importance of the Olympic Games as a positive influence and a moral booster in 2012 will be considerable.

29 November 2011 at 23:03  
Blogger Dodo's Gay Way said...

Come now, let's remember after Winter comes Spring and then Summer. Unless this is the end of the beginning of the "end times".

Let's be frank, a chastisement after decades of self indulgent, debt fuelled consumption was inevitable and is long overdue.

Tough times ahead. Better times to follow - one way or another.

30 November 2011 at 00:07  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

It's felt like we've been on a conveyor belt to financial meltdown and civil unrest since Robert Peston explained the interconnectedness of the financial sector on his blog back in 2008. There's an inevitability about it, with the choices being about the least worst catastrophy. I'm not normally given to bleak outlooks but it's entirely possible the whole of the banking sector will collapse in a sovereign debt crisis around the Eurozone.

30 November 2011 at 06:03  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

The non-existent lord is no-one's refuge.

What is happening is nonetheless the result of "sins" - greed, stupidity and failure to care for others (selfishness) which as you know I regard as the primary fault of humans out of kilter.
It will be considerably worse elsehwere, I'm sure of that, though.

30 November 2011 at 08:24  
Blogger Dodo's Gay Way said...


" ... humans out of kilter."

Against what standard? What absolute? Who says greed, stupidity and selfishness are unacceptable - isn't that the essence of the 'survival of the fittest' - or the 'selfish gene'?

30 November 2011 at 12:11  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

Dodo's Way

Oh dear - how many times must it be said before it penetrates your STUPID, IGNORANT, PETTY little brains?

Rabbits are very fit to survive - they out-breed the predators.
"SotF" was invented by a man called Spencer, and has been perpetually mis-used, mis-quoted, and mis-applied ever since.
Genes are NOT "selfish" in the sense of will.
It is only too pathetically obvious that you have not read Dawkins, merely parotted the lying rhetoric against what he has actually written.
Ditto ANY book on evolutionary biology (including the original, that started it all) - again you are parroting the anti-evolution lies.
And they are real, deliberate lies.
Which I believe you call a sin, do you not?

30 November 2011 at 13:39  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

To which I may add the following quote:
"We, alone on Earth, can rebel against the tyrrany if the selfish replicators."
- which is the last sentence of chapter 11 of "The Selfish Gene"
The title of the next chapter is: "Nice Guys finish First".

Bet you: that you would not expect that if you only believe what deliberate religious liars say about Dawkins - because the quotes given come from the revised edition of "The Selfish Gene" of 1989.

30 November 2011 at 14:45  
Blogger non mouse said...

Your Grace's pictures have projected me into a daydream about how nice it would be if Parliament (and all today's protesters) would just submarinate to the nearest polar icecap and stay there! :)
At least we could get on with sorting out the mess they'd leave.

I don't remember being too well off under Maggie's yoke, btw. There was that little business of the Poll Tax, for a start. I don't know why everyone seems to have forgotten it.


And however have we got entangled in the eternal evolution claptrap again? I don't know why these people even think there's anything to argue about, over and over and over and over....

The Robert Frost isn't half bad though - thanks Mr. Integrity. But thank goodness especially for Mr. Len, King David, and the beautiful Psalm 91!!!

wv: evilig
They're getting some good ones out today!

30 November 2011 at 15:44  
Blogger Dodo's Gay Way said...

What an informative and very enlightening reply, thank you.

I do understand natural selection and as for Mr Dorkin's imaginative speculations about genes, well, lets just say that's what they are.

So back to my original question, trimmed to avoid your get-out:

" ... humans out of kilter."
Against what standard? What absolute? Who says greed, stupidity and selfishness are unacceptable?

30 November 2011 at 17:36  
Blogger Oswin said...

G.Tingey @ 13:39 :

''....how many times must it be said before it penetrates your STUPID, IGNORANT, PETTY little brains?''

I've got it! You're the crazed, charmless alter ego of Sheldon Cooper, B.Sc. M.S. M.A. Ph.D. Sc.D. - escaped from the confines of ''The Big Bang Theory'' to terrorize us lesser mortals for, (supposed) past infringements of your overly-inflated self-image.

Bullied, beaten or too early weaned; you roam the Internet to assuage your diabolic intellect.

It will all end in tears you know; someone will 'phone your Mummy; and if that doesn't work, we'll tell on you, to your 'Meemaw' - you naughty 'Moonpie' you! :o)

30 November 2011 at 17:36  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Tingey old chap. Might be rather useful if you trawl the net and see if any charm schools do correspondence courses, what !

30 November 2011 at 19:01  
Blogger len said...

I see Mr Tingey is still in denial about the existence of God.I think it is not so much the fact that some Atheists don`t believe in God but the fact that is they don`t like Him and just wish that He didn`t exist.

Perhaps(like Dawkins)some Atheists neither know or understand God and this is part of the problem, and partly the reason Jesus Christ came to Earth.
Jesus Christ is the 'exact representation' of God’s nature and through Jesus Christ God revealed Himself and His nature to man.

30 November 2011 at 19:03  
Blogger G. Tingey said...

I am not in de Nile (oops, in denial) - I am merely STILL asking for evidence.
I would remind you that I am an escaped christian, having learnt better.
Oswin's personal abuse I shall ignore.

DGW asks: Against what standard? What absolute? Who says greed, stupidity and selfishness are unacceptable?
By the standard of long-term survival.
See the chapter referred to by Dawkins on "Nice guys finish first"
Co-operation wins out, long-term over beating everyone else down.
Altruism is in fact to your own benefit.
The "golden rule" does not require a BSF to enforce it - and is a pre-christian idea, anyway.

Many of you seem to be stuck in the "social darwinism" (which was nothing to do with Darwin, and very little to do with evolution) meme that was prevalent 1933-45.
And has been known to be wrong for over 60 years, by now.

I really strongly suggest you ACTUALLY READ some Dawkins, rather than make empty second-hand pontifications.
After all, I have read the bible & the koran, as well as all of Dawkins' books - so why don't you?
THEN you might understand what the argument(s) is/are about.

1 December 2011 at 12:10  
Blogger Oswin said...

Sheldon 'Moonpie' Tingey:

''personal abuse''? Admit it, I flattered you outrageously.

1 December 2011 at 14:53  
Blogger Dodo's Gray Way said...

Tingey said ...

"See the chapter referred to by Dawkins on "Nice guys finish first"
Co-operation wins out, long-term over beating everyone else down.
Altruism is in fact to your own benefit. The "golden rule" does not require a BSF to enforce it ..."

Tell that to the West African slaves, Native Americans, Australian Aboriginals, German Jews, Soviet dissidents, etc. etc. etc.

And you obviously don't know the difference between the Christian 'Golden Rule' and Dawkin's hypothesis - it extends beyond altruism. If you look closely you'll see that Christ's message was distinctly different and more radical in nature to those before it.

1 December 2011 at 18:37  

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