Donald Trump Just Another Nail in the Coffin of Sanity

Can you believe that America has elected Donald Trump as it’s next President. Quite clearly the lessons of electing people based on the cult of personality have not been learnt after Ronald Regan. The American People seem to have such short memories either that or the over 45’s who will definitely remember or should remember Regan are just losing their marbles in the same way that he did.

It may be only Small Potatoes but the demise of the Maris Piper potato is a serious issue

What has happened to British Potatoes and in particular what has happened to the British Maris Piper potato?  They are so small nowadays that they are hardly worth peeling anymore. The Maris Piper potato is the quintessential chipping potato and has always been. But how can you make chips out of potatoes that when peeled are the size of peas? It may be only small potatoes but the demise of this once perfect chipping potato is a serious gripe for real chip affectionados who prefer to make their own chips rather than rely on a bag of frozen wannabes.

Nowadays I seem to spend so much time rooting through bags of this brand of potato on the supermarket shelves, looking for a bag with at least 2 reasonably sized potatoes so that I can make some chips. The rest of the bag is just either destined to be mash but the majority of this rubbish just ends up getting thrown away. So what has happened to the Maris Piper potato why is it being miniaturised?

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You cannot just take the Ideology out of Socialism Mr Corbyn: it’s a system of Economics

It’s been a week now since the Labour Party Conference 2016 and I am still unclear about what Socialism for the 21st Century actually means. Socialism for the 21st Century is more than just this Sound Bite and Socialism is not just about being nice to everybody Mr Corbyn: it’s a system of Economics. Socialism does have the end result of being nicer and a whole lot fairer than Capitalism but that is only as a result of having real socialist policies to back it up. I just get the feeling that JeremyCorbyn’s interpretation of Socialism is just the end result without implementing the system to actually make it happen. Up to now and perhaps for sometime to come I will continue to support Mr Corbyn as the most viable left wing candidate but my support is not blind and there are limits. For me the limit is when I think and believe that Mr Corbyn cannot deliver a proper version of Socialism for the Labour Party backed up by an economic strategy to match the ideology. That time is getting close with this new development and lack of understanding shown by Mr Corbyn and his team who seem to have resorted to dropping in Sound Bites instead of real policy.

Is Mr Corbyn’s idea of Socialism just another Blair Style interpretation?

Jeremy Corbyn needs to understand that he cannot have the ideology and ambitions of Socialism without having some resemblance to an economic and fiscal policy that resembles in some way the ideas of Sidney Webb  who introduced the concept of socialism to the Labour Party with an introduction of Clause IV as a part of its Constitution. It was only at this point that the Labour Movement actually became a Socialist Movement. Recent Labour Party administrations have attempted to retain the ideology of socialism and abandon the commitment to Clause IV and it’s economic and fiscal systems which it implies. Most notably Tony Blair but what you got in return was a watered down version of Socialism with an unstable fiscal policy and economic approach. This smoke and mirrors approach to Socialism is no longer viable because more often than not it ends up with a government which has lofty ambitions and ideals without any means to fund it’s ambitions. This, as we saw in the case of Blair / Brown, led to out of control public borrowing which eventually leads to a form of bankruptcy.

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