Saturday, July 31, 2010

What the blithering f***

I have no idea what planet our councils inhabit. It certainly isn't Planet Reality, where you and I live. Remember this from April? Shocking stuff.

I finally received the straggler yesterday, Edinburgh City Council, and I must say I nearly fell off my chair when I read the e mail.


With reference to your request for information, I have dealt with this in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

You have requested information regarding Trade Unions. You have specifically requested:

- How many Council employees we have whose sole duties are union based

- Union representatives who have no other tasks but are directly employed by the Council

In response to your request The City of Edinburgh Council currently have eight Trade Union representatives on full-time duties. This level of support is temporary for the duration of the Modernising pay project.

Edunburgh City Council currently have a £90,000,000 hole in their books. How they can possibly justify the cost of paying the wages of eight employees who are basically working for a trade union is beyond me. Perhaps the residents of Edinburgh should be asking a few questions.

As I have said before, the blatant abuse of tax payers money in this way must cease with immediate effect. It's outrageous that in this time of cut backs and fiscal prudence councils get away with nonsense like the above whilst the services you and I pay for, under duress, suffer.

Interested in what the Modernising Pay Project is all about? Have a look here. (PDF file).

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Real life....

....has been extremely hectic/stressful of late. Thus my intertwat inactivity for the past while.

The Rablet just got out of Yorkhill hospital yesterday after having major surgery last week. He's doing fine but it's a long road.

I applied and got offered a new job with a competitor. I accepted it, handed in my notice and three weeks into my notice period decided that the grass is not greener and withdrew my notice over the weekend. Talk about a red face......

And I passed my driving test the other day.

All I need for a full 'stress hand' is a divorce and a house move.

So blogging, twattering and e mailing have taken a back seat for now.

I am not quitting. Always remember,

He who remains silent gives his consent.


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Cameron really is an imbecile.

It wouldn't surprise me if he had a truck load of housing and benefit claim forms on route as I type this.

He really hasn't got a bloody clue.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Sign this...

No-one in Britain under the age of 53 has ever had a chance to give their opinion on our country's position within the European Union (EU).

Some people believe that we should leave the EU altogether, and that we should negotiate trading and other agreements with Europe as we would with any other country or continent. Others believe that our best interests would be served by fully committing to the EU, which would mean greater surrender of sovereignty to Brussels, and eventual adoption of the single currency - the Euro.

Currently, we have one foot in the EU, and one foot outside it. This is detrimental to our interests, and to the interests of the EU, both politically and economically, and we need to take a decision as to where our future as a nation lies. This decision must be taken by the people, and our politicians must abide by it. When that decision is made, then we will look to our politicians to show strong and decisive leadership, and to take our country on the course we choose.

Sign the petition here. If over 100,000 sign the government cannot ignore it.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Your kids being used as political fodder

A trade union protest march, earlier today.

Whilst perusing the Pravda site earlier I was stunned to see that Unions and leftie teachers have decided that it is perfectly fine to use your children as political pawns in a protest against the cuts to the school building programme.

It's completely outrageous that they seem to think that they can use children in this way.

Perhaps they should be asking the local authorities why they allowed school buildings to fall into such a poor condition, whilst there seemed to be plenty of cash for LGBT outreach workers and fact finding missions to exotic foreign locations.

The left really are a tiresome, predictable, hypocritical and loathsome lot.

Friday, July 16, 2010

A little slice Britain.

I dread to think what future historians will make of our times.

update - Cato has a friend being interviewed sticking up for the above interviewee.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Glasgow Commonwealth Games Programme

Here is the programme for the commonwealth games in Glasgow


The flame will be ignited by a petrol bomb thrown by a native of the city. The flame will be contained in a large, overturned police van situated on the roof of the stadium.


In previous Commonwealth games Glaswegian competitors have not been particularly successful. In order to redress the balance some of the events have been altered slightly to the advantage of local athletes.

100 Metres Sprint - Competitors will have to hold a DVD player and microwave oven (one under each arm) and on the sound of the starting pistol a police dog will be released from a cage 10 yards behind the athletes.

110 Metres hurdles - As above, but with added obstacles (car bonnets, hedges, garden fences, walls, etc).

Hammer - Competitors may choose the type of hammer they wish to use (claw, sledge, etc). The winner will be the one who can cause the most physical damage within three attempts.

Fencing - Entrants will be asked to dispose of as many stolen goods as possible in 5 minutes.

Shooting - A strong challenge is expected from local men in this event. The first target will be a moving police van. In the second round competitors will aim at a Securicor officer. The traditional .22 rifle has been replaced in this event by a choice of either a Browning automatic pistol, or a sawn-off 12 bore shotgun.

Boxing - Entry to the boxing event will be restricted to husband and wife teams and will take place on a Friday night. The husband will be given 15 pints of Stella, while the wife will be told not to make him any tea when he gets home. The bout will then commence.

Cycling Time Trials - Competitors will be asked to break in to the University bike shed and take an expensive mountain bike owned by some mummy's boy on his first trip away from home, all against the clock.

Cycling pursuit - As above, but the bike will be owned by a visiting member of the Fiji rugby sevens team, who will witness the theft.

Modern Pentathlon - Amended to include mugging, breaking and entering, flashing, joyriding and arson.

Swimming Events - All waterways are currently being tested for toxicity levels. Once one is found that can support human life, swimming events will be organized. Please note that the synchronized swimming event for this year will comprise of dropping acid and watching all the funky ripples on the pool.

The Marathon - A safe route has yet to be found.

Men's 50km Walk - Unfortunately, this event will have to be cancelled as the police cannot guarantee the safety of anyone walking the streets of Dalmarnock, especially anyone who appears to be mincing.


Entertainment will include formation rave dancing by members of Calton Health in the Community anti-drug campaign, synchronized rock throwing and music by The Bridgeton Community Choir. The flame will be extinguished by riot police water cannon following the inevitable pitch invasion by confused Celtic supporters.

The stadium itself will then be boarded up before the local athletes break in and remove all the copper piping and the central heating boiler.

To guarantee the entry of any athletes from the local area at all, drug testing has been waived for the duration of the games.

What's up, Doc?

Read this and this.

Apologies for the lazy blogging recently. Poor old me has a sinus infection and infections in both ears. I just can't be arsed with anything.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

We've been quangoed

Name Role Organisation Annual pay rate - including taxable benefits and allowances
David Higgins Chief Executive Olympic Delivery Authority £390,000 - £394,999
Tony Fountain Chief Executive Nuclear Decommissioning Authority £365,000 - £369,999
Howard Shiplee Director of Construction Olympic Delivery Authority £285,000 - £289,999
John Fingleton Chief Executive Office of Fair Trading £275,000 - £279,999
Dennis Hone Director of Finance & Corporate Services Olympic Delivery Authority £265,000 - £269.999
David Nicholson NHS Chief Executive Dept. of Health £255,000 - £259,999
Sir Leszek Borysiewicz MRC CEO Medical Research Council £255,000 - £259,999
Andrew Haines Chief Executive Civil Aviation Authority £250,000 - £254,999
John Armitt Chairman Olympic Delivery Authority £250,000 - £254,999
Joe Harley IT Director General & Chief Information Officer DWP £245,000 - £249,999
Paul Wilson Chief Officer London Probation Trust £240,000 - 244,999
Sir Jock Stirrup Chief of the Defence Staff Ministry of Defence £240,000 - £244,999
Tim Jones CEO Personal Accounts Delivery Authority £235,000 - £239,999
Robin Evans Chief Executive British Waterways £230,000 - £234,999
Alan Langlands CEO Higher Education Funding Council for England £230,000 - £234,999
David Bennett Interim Chief Executive Monitor, Independent Regulator of NHS foundation trusts £230,000 - £234,999
Neil Lloyd Chief Executive NHS Professionals £230,000 - £234,999
Jeremy Beeton Director General,Government Olympic Executive DCMS £225,000 - £229,999
Alison Nimmo Director of Design & Regeneration Olympic Delivery Authority £225,000 - £229,999
Hugh Sumner Director of Transport Olympic Delivery Authority £225,000 - £229,999
Simon Wright Director of Infrastructure & Utilities Olympic Delivery Authority £225,000 - £229,999
Mark Farrar CEO Construction Industry Trading Board £220,000 - £224,999
Clare Chapman Director General of Workforce Dept. of Health £220,000 - £224,999
R Kerslake Chief Executive Homes and Communities Agency £220,000 - £224,999
Douglas Erskine-Crum Chief Executive Horserace Betting Levy Board £220,000 - £224,999
Paul Hemsley Director of Finance Ordnance Survey £220,000 - £224,999
Tim Byles Chief Executive Partnerships for Schools £215,000 - £219,999
Stephen Geraghty Commissioner Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission £210,000 - £214,999
David Green Director of Revenues and Customs Division Crown Prosecution Service £210,000 - £214,999
Lord Mogg Chairman* Ofgem £210,000 - £214,999*
Iain Gray CEO Technology Strategy Board £210,000 - £214,999
Sir Liam Donaldson Chief Medical Officer Dept. of Health £205,000 - £209,999
Patrick Crawford Chief Executive Export Credits Guarantee Department £205,000 - £209,999
Helen Kilpatrick Director General, Finance and Commercial Home Office £205,000 - £209,999
Lin Homer Chief Executive, United Kingdom Border Agency Home Office (Agency-UKBA) £205,000 - £209,999
Steve Lamey Director General Benefits & Credits HM Revenue & Customs £205,000 - £209,999
Geoff Russell CEO Learning and Skills Council £205,000 - £209,999
DA Shields Programme Director OGC £205,000 - £209,999
Alistair Buchanan Chief Executive Ofgem £205,000 - £209,999
Ralph Luck Director of Property Olympic Delivery Authority £205,000 - £209,999
Andrew Hall CEO Qualification Curriculm Authority £205,000 - £209,999
Sir Andrew Cahn Chief Executive, UK Trade & Investment UKTI (joint BIS/FCO) £205,000 - £209,999
Roger Bright Chief Executive The Crown Estate £200,000 - £204,999
Dr Mike Mitchell Head of National Networks Group Department for Transport (Centre) £200,000 - £204,999
Christine Connelly Chief Information Officer Dept. of Health £200,000 - £204,999
Gabriel Scally Regional Director of Public Health Dept. of Health £200,000 - £204,999
Andrew Tyler Chief Operating Officer Defence Equipment and Support Ministry of Defence £200,000 - £204,999
Stephen Henwood Chairman Nuclear Decommissioning Authority £200,000 - £204,999
D Pitchford Major Projects Executive Director OGC £200,000 - £204,999
Alan Rubenstein Chief Executive Pension Protection Fund £200,000 - £204,999
Simon Richards Business Delivery Director Personal Accounts Delivery Authority £200,000 - £204,999
Andrew Altman Chief Executive Olympic Park Legacy Company £195,000 - £200,000
Keir Starmer Director of Public Prosecutions Crown Prosecution Service £195,000 - £199,999
Sir Leigh Lewis Permanent Secretary DWP £195,000 - £199,999
Dr Paul Leinster Chief Executive Environment Agency £195,000 - £199,999
Sir David Normington Permanent Secretary Home Office £195,000 - £199,999
James Hall Chief Executive, Identity and Passport Service Home Office (Agency-IPS) £195,000 - £199,999
Sir Denis O'Connor HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary £195,000 - £199,999
Andrew Manley DG Defence Commercial Ministry of Defence £195,000 - £199,999
Professor Michael Murphy Clinical Director - Patients NHS Blood & Transplant £195,000-£199,999
Christine Gilbert Her Majesty's Chief Inspector OFSTED £195,000 - £199,999
Godric Smith Director of Communications Olympic Delivery Authority £195,000 - £199,999
Richard Paniguian Head of UK Trade & Investment Defence and Security Organsation UKTI (joint BIS/FCO) £195,000 - £199,999
Nemat Shafik Permanent Secretary Department for International Development £190,000 - £194,999
Tim Smith Chief Executive Food Standards Agency £190,000 - £194,999
Trevor Llanwarne Government Actuary Government Actuary's Dept £190,000 - £194,999
Kevin White Director General, Human Resources Home Office £190,000 - £194,999
Professor Kent Woods Chief Executive Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency £190,000 - £194,999
Andy Nelson Chief Information Officer Ministry of Justice £190,000 - £194,999
Jane Platt Chief Executive National Savings & Investments £190,000 - £194,999
Peter Neyroud Chief Executive Officer National Policing Improvement Agency £190,000 - £194,999
Vanessa Lawrence Director General & Chief Executive Officer Ordnance Survey £190,000 - £194,999
Stephen Lovegrove Chief Executive, Shareholder Executive BIS £185,000 - £189,999
Philip Ridal Finance Director British Waterways £185,000 - £189,999
Peter Housden Permanent Secretary Communities & Local Government £185,000 - £189,999
Dr Harry Bush Member Civil Aviation Authority £185,000 - £189,999
David Goldstone Director- Finance and Programme, Government Olympic Executive DCMS £185,000 - £189,999
Geoffrey Podger Chief Executive Health and Safety Executive £185,000 - £189,999
Roger Baker Inspector Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary £185,000 - £189,999
Zoe Billingham Inspector Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary £185,000 - £189,999
Bernard Hogan-Howe Inspector Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary £185,000 - £189,999
Drusilla Sharpling Inspector Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary £185,000 - £189,999
Simon Bowles Chief Finance Officer HM Revenue & Customs £185,000 - £189,999
Darra Singh Chief Executive Jobcentre Plus £185,000 - £189,999
Professor David Coggon Clinical Consultant, Programme Leader, Epidemiology Research Centre, Southampton Medical Research Council £185,000 - £189,999
Dr Derwood Pamphilon Clinical Director - Stem Cells and Immunotherapy NHS Blood & Transplant £185,000-£189,999
Stephen Walker Chief Executive NHS Litigation Authority £185,000 - £189,999
William Roberts Chief Financial Officer Nuclear Decommissioning Authority £185,000 - £189,999
James Morse Director of Assurance Nuclear Decommissioning Authority £185,000 - £189,999
Richard Waite Director of Strategy & Technology Nuclear Decommissioning Authority £185,000 - £189,999
John Clarke Commercial Director Nuclear Decommissioning Authority £185,000 - £189,999
N Smith Chief Executive OGC £185,000 - £189,999
John Vine Chief Inspector Independent Chief Inspector of UKBA £185,000 - £189,999
Malcolm Ross Executive Director, Operations and Venues Olympic Park Legacy Company £185,000 - £189,000
Eugene Sullivan Managing Director Corporate Services Audit Commission £180,000 - £184,999
Andy Mckeon Managing Director Health Audit Commission £180,000 - £184,999
Peter Wilkinson Managing Director Policy, Research and Studies Audit Commission £180,000 - £184,999
Philip Rutnam Director General, Business Group BIS £180,000 - £184,999
David Bell Permanent Secretary Education £180,000 - £184,999
David Behan Director General of Social Care, Local Government and Carepartnerships Dept. of Health £180,000 - £184,999
Duncan Selbie Chief Executive Dept. of Health £180,000 - £184,999
Chris Last HR Director General DWP £180,000 - £184,999
Elaine Holt Chief Executive Directly Operated Rail £180,000 - £184,999
Phil Pavitt Chief Information Officer HM Revenue & Customs £180,000 - £184,999
Suma Chakrabarti Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice £180,000 - £184,999
Stephen Hay Chief Operating Officer Monitor, Independent Regulator of NHS foundation trusts £180,000 - £184,999
Dr Patricia Hewitt Lead Consultant - Transfusion Microbiology NHS Blood & Transplant £180,000-£184,999
Professor James Neuberger Associate Medical Director - Organ Donation and Transplantation NHS Blood & Transplant £180,000-£184,999
Ms. Lynda Hamlyn Chief Executive NHS Blood & Transplant £180,000-£184,999
Andrew Dillon Chief Executive National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence £180,000 - £184,999
Andrew Wright Senior Partner Ofgem £180,000 - £184,999
Steve Smith Senior Partner Ofgem £180,000 - £184,999
William Hughes Director General Serious Organised Crime Agency £180,000 - £184,999
Gareth Davies Managing Director Local Government, Housing and Community Safety Audit Commission £175,000 - £179,999
Vicky Pryce Director General, Economics and Joint Head, UK Government Economic Service BIS £175,000 - £179,999
Neil MacGregor Director British Musem £175,000 - £179,999
David Cook Parliamentary Counsel Cabinet Office £175,000 - £179,999
Richard McCarthy Director General, Housing and Planning Communities & Local Government £175,000 - £179,999
Paul Clark Director of Investment and Asset Management The Crown Estate £175,000 - £179,999
David Salisbury Director of Immunisation Dept. of Health £175,000 - £179,999
Mel Groves Project Director, Welfare & Wellbeing DWP £175,000 - £179,999
Peter Ricketts Permanent Under-Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service Foreign & Commonwealth Office £175,000 - £179,999
Nigel Shienwald HM Ambassador to the United States of America Foreign & Commonwealth Office £175,000 - £179,999
Mike Falvey Chief People Officer HM Revenue & Customs £175,000 - £179,999
Sir Nicholas Macpherson Permanent Secretary HM Treasury £175,000 - £179,999
Professor Tumani Corrah Unit Director, MRC Labs, The Gambia (Medical Research Council) Medical Research Council £175,000 - £179,999
Professor Cyrus Cooper Director Epidemiology Research Centre, Southampton Medical Research Council £175,000 - £179,999
Professor Alan Lucas Embed Sci Staff, Institute of Child Health, London Centre Medical Research Council £175,000 - £179,999
Sir Mark Stanhope First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval staff Ministry of Defence £175,000 - £179,999
Sir Kevin O'Donoghue Chief of Defence Materiel Ministry of Defence £175,000 - £179,999
Peter Ruddock Saudi Arabia Project Team Ministry of Defence £175,000 - £179,999
Sir Bill Jeffrey Permanent Under Secretary Ministry of Defence £175,000 - £179,999
Jon Thompson DG Finance Ministry of Defence £175,000 - £179,999
Jim Gallagher Director General - Devolution Ministry of Justice £175,000 - £179,999
Dr Ruth Warwick Lead Specialist - Tissues NHS Blood & Transplant £175,000-£179,999
Dr Derek Norfolk Consultant Haematologist NHS Blood & Transplant £175,000-£179,999
Rob Clark Finance Director NHS Professionals £175,000 - £179,999
Philip Collins Chairman Office of Fair Trading £175,000 - £179,999
Tony Hobman Chief Executive The Pensions Regulator £175,000 - £179,999
Martin Evans Managing Director Audit Audit Commission £170,000 - £174,999
Elizabeth Gardiner Parliamentary Counsel Cabinet Office £170,000 - £174,999
Adrian Hogarth Parliamentary Counsel Cabinet Office £170,000 - £174,999
Leonie McLaughlin Parliamentary Counsel Cabinet Office £170,000 - £174,999
Tony Redmond Chairman ,Local Government Ombudsman and Accounting Officer CLAE £170,000 - £174,999
Peter Freeman Chairman Competition Commission £170,000 - £174,999
Kim Darroch UK Permanent Representative to the European Union Foreign & Commonwealth Office £170,000 - £174,999
Dr Noel Gill Head of HIV & STI The Health Protection Agency £170,000 - £174,999
Dr Harsh Duggal Health Protection Unit Director The Health Protection Agency £170,000 - £174,999
Marco Pierleoni Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrar HM Land Registry (MoJ Executive Agency) £170,000 - £174,999
Lesley Strathie Chief Executive Officer HM Revenue & Customs £170,000 - £174,999
Professor Sir Iain Chalmers Clinical Consultant, Oxford Centre Science Medical Research Council £170,000 - £174,999
Professor Douglas Higgs Director MHU Oxford Medical Research Council £170,000 - £174,999
John Hirst Chief Executive Met Office Ministry of Defence £170,000 - £174,999
Mike Robinson Chief Executive UK Hydrographic Office Ministry of Defence £170,000 - £174,999
Peter Littlejohns Clinical & Public Health Director National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence £170,000 - £174,999
Karen Webb Executive Director, Marketing and Communications Olympic Park Legacy Company £170,000 - £174,999
Sir Alisdair Fraser Director of Public Prosecution, NI Public Prosecution Service £170,000 - £174,999
John Woodward Chief Executive Officer UK Film Council £170,000 - £174,999
Jens Bech Chief Risk Officer Asset Protection Agency £165,000 - £169,999
Ion Dagtoglou Chief Invesment Officer Asset Protection Agency £165,000 - £169,999
Prof. John Beddington Government Chief Scientific Adviser BIS £165,000 - £169,999
Martin Davidson Chief Executive British Council £165,000 - £169,999
Nigel Johnson Corporate Services Director British Waterways £165,000 - £169,999
Sir Ken Knight Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser Communities & Local Government £165,000 - £169,999
Moira Wallace Permanent Secretary DECC £165,000 - £169,999
Lindsey Davies Interim Regional Director of Public Health Dept. of Health £165,000 - £169,999
Hunada Nouss Finance Director General DWP £165,000 - £169,999
Mr David Jordon Director of Operations Environment Agency £165,000 - £169,999
Jenny Williams Chief Executive Gambling Commission £165,000 - £169,999
R Shostak Head of Prime Minister's Delivery Unit and DG Performance Management HM Treasury £165,000 - £169,999
Sir David Richards Chief of the General Staff Ministry of Defence £165,000 - £169,999
Sir Stephen Dalton Chief of the Air Staff Ministry of Defence £165,000 - £169,999
Sir Nicholas Houghton Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Ministry of Defence £165,000 - £169,999
Sir John McColl Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe Ministry of Defence £165,000 - £169,999
Les Mosco Director Commercial Defence Equipment and Support Ministry of Defence £165,000 - £169,999
Carolyn Downs Director General - Corporate Performance Group and Deputy Permanent Secretary (now Interim Chief Executive of the Legal Services Commission) Ministry of Justice £165,000 - £169,999
Jonathan Kestenbaum CEO National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts £165,000 - £169,999
Bernard Crump Chief Executive NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement £165,000 - £169,999
Zahida Manzoor Legal Services Ombudsman and Legal Services Complaints Commissioner
£165,000 - £169,999
Lorraine Langham Director, Corporate Services OFSTED £165,000 - £169,999
Martin Clarke Executive Director of Financial Risk Pension Protection Fund £165,000 - £169,999
Tim Matthews Chief Executive Officer Remploy Limited £165,000 - £169,999
Sir John Sawers Chief of Secret Intelligence Service Secret Intelligence Service £165,000 - £169,999
Richard Alderman Director Serious Fraud Office £165,000 - £169,999
R S Jackson CEO Student Loan Company £165,000 - £169,999
Peter Marsh Chief Executive Tenant Services Authority £165,000 - £169,999
Chris Humphries CEO UK Commission for Employment and Skills £165,000 - £169,999
Sally Caplan Head of Premiere Fund UK Film Council £165,000 - £169,999
Tanya Seghatchian Head of Development Fund UK Film Council £165,000 - £169,999
Prof. Adrian Smith Director General, Science and Research BIS £160,000 - £164,999
Philip Rycroft Director General, Innovation and Enterpriseand Chief Executive of the Better Regulation Executive BIS £160,000 - £164,999
Howard Orme Director General, Finance and Commercial BIS £160,000 - £164,999
Simon Fraser BIS Permanent Secretary BIS £160,000 - £164,999
Matt Tee Permanent Secretary for Government Communications Cabinet Office £160,000 - £164,999
Alex Allan Chairman of the Joint Intelligence committee and Professional Head of Intelligence Analysis Cabinet Office £160,000 - £164,999
Edward Stell Parliamentary Counsel Cabinet Office £160,000 - £164,999
Chris Jesnick Member Civil Aviation Authority £160,000 - £164,999
Stephen Leonard Director of Customer and Commissioning Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission £160,000 - £164,999
Peter Lewis Chief Executive Crown Prosecution Service £160,000 - £164,999
Robert Devereux Permanent Secretary Department for Transport £160,000 - £164,999
Martin Bellamy ICT Director Dept. of Health £160,000 - £164,999
Stephen Holt Director of Change Management DWP £160,000 - £164,999
RT Ennis Director F & CS Homes and Communities Agency £160,000 - £164,999
Dr John Simpson Head of Emergency Preparedness The Health Protection Agency £160,000 - £164,999
Dr Robert Spencer Consultant Medical Microbiologist The Health Protection Agency £160,000 - £164,999
Peter Makeham Director General, Strategy and Reform Home Office £160,000 - £164,999
Dave Hartnett Permanent Secretary For Tax HM Revenue & Customs £160,000 - £164,999
JMG Taylor Financial Services and Stability Director HM Treasury £160,000 - £164,999
Chris Kenny Chief Executive Legal Services Board £160,000 - £164,999
Dr Nicholas Coleman Programme Leader Clinical Consultant,Cancer Cell Unit, Cambridge Medical Research Council £160,000 - £164,999
Sir Trevor Soar Commander-In-Chief Fleet Ministry of Defence £160,000 - £164,999
Sir Peter Wall Commander-in-Chief Land Forces Ministry of Defence £160,000 - £164,999
Susanna Mason Director Industrial Relationships Ministry of Defence £160,000 - £164,999
Helen Edwards Director General - Criminal Justice Group (now Director General - Justice Policy Group) Ministry of Justice £160,000 - £164,999
Nick Ramsay Director ICT Portfolio and Programmes Ministry of Justice £160,000 - £164,999
Phil Wheatley Director General - National Offender Management Service National Offender Management Service (MoJ Executive Agency) £160,000 - £164,999
Dr Christopher Rudge National Clinical Director - Organ Transplantation NHS Blood & Transplant £160,000-£164,999
Nick Scholte Chief Executive Officer NHS Business Services Authority £160,000 - £164,999
Fergus Macbeth Clinical Practice Centre Director National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence £160,000 - £164,999
Sir Jonathan Phillips Permanent Secretary Northern Ireland Office £160,000 - £164,999
William Emery Chief Executive Office of Rail Regulation £160,000 - £164,999
Melanie Hunt Director, Development Learning and Skills OFSTED £160,000 - £164,999
Sir John Elvidge Permanent Secretary Scottish Government £160,000 - £164,999
Dr Kevin Woods Director General, Health and Chief Executive NHS Scotland Scottish Government £160,000 - £164,999
Jennie Price Chief Executive Sport England £160,000 - £164,999
Sir Nicholas Serota Director, Tate Tate £160,000 - £164,999
Graham Holley Chief Executive Training and Development Agency for Schools £160,000 - £164,999
E Goodwin Chief Executive Waste and Resources Action Programme £160,000 - £164,999
Fiona Adshead Director General on secondment World Health Organisation £160,000 - £164,999
Mark Russell Deputy Chief Executive, Shareholder Executive BIS £155,000 - £159,999
Dame Lynne Brindley Chief Executive The British Library £155,000 - £159,999
Jim Stirling Technical Director British Waterways £155,000 - £159,999
Vince Moran Operations Director British Waterways £155,000 - £159,999
Hayley Rogers Parliamentary Counsel Cabinet Office £155,000 - £159,999
Jonathan Cunliffe Prime Minister's Adviser on International Economic Affairs and Europe Cabinet Office £155,000 - £159,999
Richard Jackson Member Civil Aviation Authority £155,000 - £159,999
Richard Thompson Chief Constable Civil Nuclear Constabulary £155,000 - £159,999
Mark Grimshaw Managing director, CSA Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission £155,000 - £159,999
Jonathan Stephens Permanent Secretary DCMS £155,000 - £159,999
Sir Hugh Taylor Permanent Secretary, DH Dept. of Health £155,000 - £159,999
Bill Gunnyeon Director of Health Work and Wellbeing, Chief Medical Adviser and Chief Scientist DWP £155,000 - £159,999
D Lunts Regional Director London Homes and Communities Agency £155,000 - £159,999
Dr Stephen Inglis Director - NIBSC The Health Protection Agency £155,000 - £159,999
Dr Kenneth Mutton Consultant Virologist The Health Protection Agency £155,000 - £159,999
Paul Wiles Chief Scientific Adviser, Statistics and Research Group Home Office £155,000 - £159,999
Ursula Brennan 2nd Permanent Under Secretary Ministry of Defence £155,000 - £159,999
Archie Hughes Chief Executive Defence Support Group Ministry of Defence £155,000 - £159,999
Stephen Love Chief Executive/Chief Constable MoD Police and Guarding Agency Ministry of Defence £155,000 - £159,999
Michael Dixon Museum Director Natural History Museum £155,000 - £159,999
Terry Moran Chief Executive Pension, Disability & Carers Service £155,000 - £159,999
Jonathan Evans Director General Security Service (MI5) £155,000 - £159,999
Paul Jenkins Q.C. Treasury Solicitor Treasury Solicitors Department £155,000 - £159,999
Steve Cowley CEO United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority £155,000 - £159,999
Will Evans Head of Business Affairs UK Film Council £155,000 - £159,999
Alan Davey Chief Executive Arts Council England £150,000 - £154,999
Stephan Wilcke Chief Executive Officer Asset Protection Agency £150,000 - £154,999
Roy Irwin Director Housing, Sustainability and Economic Development Audit Commission £150,000 - £154,999
Brian Willmor Regional Director Audit Commission £150,000 - £154,999
John McCready Managing Director, Property, Shareholder Executive BIS £150,000 - £154,999
Marc Middleton Managing Director, Royal Mail & Postal Services, Shareholder Executive BIS £150,000 - £154,999
Alison Littley Chief Executive Buying Solutions £150,000 - £154,999
David Sprackling Parliamentary Counsel Cabinet Office £150,000 - £154,999
Jeremy Heywood Permanent Secretary, No.10 Cabinet Office £150,000 - £154,999
Joe Montgomery Director General, Regions and Communities Communities & Local Government £150,000 - £154,999
Mark Swann Member Civil Aviation Authority £150,000 - £154,999
Nirmal Kotecha Major Projects Director Department for Transport, Highways Agency £150,000 - £154,999
Mr Graham Ledward Director of Resources Environment Agency £150,000 - £154,999
T Beattie Director SPP&R Homes and Communities Agency £150,000 - £154,999
Peter Collis Chief Executive and Chief Land Registrar HM Land Registry (MoJ Executive Agency) £150,000 - £154,999
Mike Clasper Chair HM Revenue & Customs HM Revenue & Customs £150,000 - £154,999
TW Scholar 2nd Permanent Secretary HM Treasury £150,000 - £154,999
Professor Philip Cowan Clinical Consultant ESS Oxford Medical Research Council £150,000 - £154,999
John Jeans Chief Operations Officer Medical Research Council £150,000 - £154,999
Bruce Houlder QC Director Service Prosecutions Ministry of Defence £150,000 - £154,999
Neil Hayward Group HR Director Ministry of Justice £150,000 - £154,999
Steve Munby Chief Executive National College for the Leadership of Schools and Chidren's Services £150,000 - £154,999
Beverley Shears Director of Offender Management - East Midlands National Offender Management Service (MoJ Executive Agency) £150,000 - £154,999
Tom Fothergill Director of Finance NHS Litigation Authority £150,000 - £154,999
Gillian Leng Deputy Chief Executive & Chief Operating Officer National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence £150,000 - £154,999
Jon Phillips Director of Communications & Stakeholder Relations Nuclear Decommissioning Authority £150,000 - £154,999
Jim McLaughlin HR Director Nuclear Decommissioning Authority £150,000 - £154,999
Adam Sampson Chief Executive and Chief Ombudsman Office for Legal Complaints £150,000 - £154,999
John Goldup Director, Development Social Care OFSTED £150,000 - £154,999
Patrick Leeson Director, Development Education and Care OFSTED £150,000 - £154,999
Jonathan Dutton Executive Director, Finance and Corporate Services Olympic Park Legacy Company £150,000 - £154,999
Tim Brown Chief Executive Postcomm £150,000 - £154,999
Isabel Nisbet Acting CEO of Ofqual Qualification Curriculm Authority £150,000 - £154,999
Ms Stella Manzie Director General,Justice and Communities Scottish Government £150,000 - £154,999
Pam Alexander CEO South East England Development Agency £150,000 - £154,999
Rona Chester Chief Operating Officer Sport England £150,000 - £154,999
Sir Michael Scholar Chair of UK Statistics Authority UK Statistics Authority £150,000 - £154,999
Dame Helen Ghosh Permanent Secretary Defra £140,000 - £144,999
Prof Robert Watson Chief Scientific Adviser Defra £135,000 - £139,999
Brian Scammell Chief Credit Officer Asset Protection Agency £130,000 - £134,999
Professor Douglas Kell CEO Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council £130,000 - £134,999
Dame Deirdre Hutton Chair Civil Aviation Authority £130,000 - £134,999
Douglas Ramsay Parliamentary Counsel Cabinet Office £130,000 - £134,998
Janet Paraskeva First Civil Service Commissioner Cabinet Office £120,000 - £124,999
Anna Walker Chair Office of Rail Regulation £120,000 - £124,999
Trevor Phillips Chair Equality and Human Rights Commission £110,000 - £115,000
David Norgrove Chairman The Pensions Regulator £110,000 - £114,999
Philip Fletcher Chairman Ofwat £105,000 - £110,000
Lord Smith Chairman Environment Agency £105,000 - £109,999
Dame Suzi Leather Public Appointment/SCS Pay Band 2 Equivalent Charity Commission for England and Wales £100,000 - £104,999
Richard Foster CBE Chairman Criminal Cases Review Commission £100,000 - £104,999
Janet Paraskeva Chair Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission £95,000 - £99,999
Baroness Prashar CBE Chairman Judicial Appointments Commission £95,000 - £99,999
Michael O'Higgins Chairman Audit Commission £90,000 - £95,000
Janet Gaymer Commissioner for Public Appointments Cabinet Office £90,000 - £94,999
Professor Sir Alasdair Breckenridge Chairman Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency £90,000 - £94,999
Jeannie Drake A/Chair Personal Accounts Delivery Authority £85,000 - £90,000
Lawrence Churchill Chair Pension Protection Fund £85,000 - £89,999
Nigel Stapleton Chairman Postcomm £85,000 - £89,999
Sir David Latham Chairman Parole Board £80,000 - £84,999
Elizabeth France Chair Office for Legal Complaints £75,000 - £79,999
Hamish Buckland Special Advisor Asset Protection Agency £65,000 - £69,999
Paul Lee Chairman Horserace Betting Levy Board £60,000 - £64,999
David Edmonds Chair Legal Services Board £60,000 - £64,000
Sir Roy McNulty Deputy Chairman Olympic Delivery Authority £40,000 - £44,999
Ian Rushby Non-Executive Director Defence Board and Chair Audit Committee Ministry of Defence £40,000
Sir Richard Mottram Non-Executive Chair Dstl Ministry of Defence £40,000
Sandra Rogers Non-Executive Chair UKHO Ministry of Defence £40,000
Jamie Pike Non-Executive Chair DSG Ministry of Defence £40,000
Robert Napier Non-Executive Chair Met Office Ministry of Defence £40,000
Professor Sir Roger Jowell Deputy Chair (Statistics System) UK Statistics Authority £35,000-£39,999
Lord David Rowe-Beddoe of Kilgetty Deputy Chair (ONS) UK Statistics Authority £35,000-£39,999
Loraine Baldry Board Member Olympic Delivery Authority £30,000 - £34,999
David Allen Non-Executive Director Defence Board and Chair Audit Committee Ministry of Defence £30,000

Monday, July 12, 2010

A bit of fiscal stimulation in action.

Spotted in the comments at Leg Iron's place and I thought it so good I nicked it...

It is a slow day in the small Minnesota town of Marshall, and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit.

A rich tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel, lays a $100 bill on the desk and says he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs before selecting one for the night.

1. As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
2. The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer.
3. The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the Farmer's Co-op.
4. The guy at the Farmer's Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her "services" on credit.
5. The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner.
6. The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the rich traveler will not suspect anything.
At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves town.

No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town is now out of debt and looks to the future with a lot more optimism.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I'm a policeman. Grrrrr! (part two)

An excellent spot by David over at his place.

Honestly, did they think we wouldn't notice?

The end of the world is nigh.

Forget your poncey global warming, famine, war, tsunami, hurricane and asteriod collisions. In fact, lump them all together and it still wouldn't touch this.

If the methane bubble—a bubble that could be as big as 20 miles wide—erupts with titanic force from the seabed into the Gulf, every ship, drilling rig and structure within the region of the bubble will immediately sink. All the workers, engineers, Coast Guard personnel and marine biologists participating in the salvage operation will die instantly.

Better cash in your investments and enjoy them while you can!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I'm a policeman. Grrrrr!

Clearly pissed off that he wasn't allowed a real gun...

Gazza helps his 'pal'...

He's a lovely lad, like....

Gazza tries to ride to the rescue. Listen here, if you can bear it.

Poor Gazza.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Parking ticket?

Watch the video then click the link below.


'Anti Racists' complain about police tactics.

A peaceful anti racist shouting and screaming abuse in Kilmarnock railway station.
(whilst hiding behind the police, a camera and a misunderstanding of what hypocrisy actually means)

From the Kilmarnock Standard


ANTI-FASCIST campaigners have lodged an official complaint over the policing of the Scottish Defence League demonstration in Kilmarnock last month.

In their letter to Chief Constable Stephen House, the Scottish Anti-Fascist Alliance claim the police decision to escort the far-right demonstrators from Kilmarnock Cross to their meeting place at the Portmann Hotel amounted to them facilitating “an illegal march by a racist organisation”.

They state: “There were many activists present with the intention of making sure that the SDL would be unable to cause disruption and spread hatred.

“In the event, the priority of the police on the day was the containment of anti-racists, allowing the fascist SDL space to chant racist abuse, which clearly breached equality legislation and constituted incitement to racial hatred.

“There were also many clear incidents where SDL member made threats of violence.”

The group say that the police could not have been unaware of the presence in Kilmarnock on June 19 of “serious and organised far-right thugs ... such as members of the ‘British Freedom Fighters’, a hardcore Nazi organisation”.

There had also been threats of violence made by the same people since the demonstration.

The SAFA letter states; “There is copious evidence online and, if police intelligence gathering on these thugs is so woefully inadequate on the threat they pose, we can provide links to publicly available material.”

They also complain of “heavy handed” policing of anti-fascist campaigners, whose freedom of movement had been “severely curtailed”.

The letter continues: “In at least one incident the police focused all their attention on the harassment of non-violent anti-fascists, allowing a group of violent fascist thugs to come dangerously close to those they had pledged to physically attack.”

SAFA also express concern that the ‘official’ Kilmarnock and Loudoun United counter-demonstration was denied the use of Kilmarnock Cross.

They point out that the SDL had no permission to hold a march and ask: “Why then did the police see fit to facilitate them in holding an illegal march whilst shouting racial abuse and making Nazi salutes?

“Until the police can provide us with a coherent alternative narrative, we are forced to conclude that your priority on the day was protecting fascists and racists, whilst controlling the actions of non-violent anti-racists.”

They contrast the police action in Kilmarnock with that of the police at previous SDL demonstrations in Glasgow and Edinburgh where the group had been contained before being bussed out of town.

Although the letter of complaint has already been sent to the chief constable, anti-fascist campaigners hope to present it at Kilmarnock police station over the next few days.

Strathclyde Police made no arrests on the day and there was no obvious signs of trouble or violence. The Force said the operation was a success.

A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said on Tuesday that the force had not yet received the complaint so would be unable to comment.

No-one from the SDL was available for comment.

Monday, July 5, 2010

The less you earn the more you get.

Every time a story like this gets a bit of coverage I'm always surprised at the, umm, surprise from various people.

It's certainly not news to me, nor I suppose your good self, that the less you earn the more the state will give you and the more you earn the more the state will take from you. (Note, I said the less you earn the more the state will give you).

So where is the incentive?

Incentive for what? No, not the incentive to earn a decent crust, there is none. Only a fool, (ie, me and probably you), would.

I mean the incentive to deal with the madness that is the welfare system? The ConDem Abomination are making some noises on the issue but we all know that nothing of substance will happen. Yeah, one or two 'reforms' to certain parts of the system will be introduced to appease the Daily Hate brigade and to ensure that they can say that they have 'done something'.

The bare fact is, any attempt by any political party to properly reform the welfare system is political suicide. Too many battles for votes are waged on the welfare battlefield.

So what to do?

Yes, it's a tough one. Only workers earning over X amount should be allowed to vote? The votes of those on benefits/tax credits only count as a half? Very draconian stuff.

But really, what to do?

It's business as usual

Just the same....

When Liebore were pulled away, kicking and screaming, from the levers of power my heart skipped a little beat. I hoped that things would change for the better.

Well, after a lot of meaningless words it would seem that things are not going to change for the better after all

So, I declare that the honeymoon period amnesty is over. Fuck Cameron. Fuck Clegg. Fuck the ConDem Abomination. Fuck them all.

The phony war is over, let battle commence.

update - I see Obo feels the same.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Even more dodgy goings on...

With thanks to Subrosa for spotting this earlier today, (I've been struck down with manflu and have barely looked at the news).

From the Sunday Herald,

Two businessmen who have given former council leader Steven Purcell a post with their charity are at the centre of a row over a £1.7 million land deal.

It emerged yesterday Allan Stewart and Stephen McKenna have given Purcell the role.

They denied this was “payback” for the ­council paying one of their firms for land needed for the ­Commonwealth Games.

However the Sunday Herald can reveal that after the council backed the deal a Stewart & McKenna company gave £5000 to the Labour party.

Stewart also donated £4100 to his local Labour branch in East Kilbride.

According to the Electoral Commission, the pair made no donations before the land sale.

On November 10, 2006, Glasgow’s Executive Committee approved a £1.7m payment to Stewart & McKenna (Dalmarnock) Ltd for a plot of land in the East End, £350,000 more than the firm had paid for it a year earlier.

It was “not originally considered to be required,” a council report said. But after advice from Games consultants, it was deemed “central” to the event.

On 30 November 2006, the East Kilbride Labour party accepted £4,100 from Allan Stewart.

Five months later, Scottish Labour took £5,000 from Stewart & McKenna Ltd.

Stephen McKenna told the Sunday Herald Purcell would not be paid for his work for the pair’s charity, the Stewart & McKenna Foundation, and denied any connection between the land deal and donations to Labour.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The familiar stench of West of Scotland Labour corruption

Still smiling Jim?

Once again, it would seem that the way to get things done in my neck of the woods is to make sure that you have a friend in high places. As these 'high places' are the dozen or so local authorities that cluster around Glasgow the 'friends' you need will be of the councillor variety and, to narrow it down, a Labour councillor.

Readers, it is my pleasure to present to you another in a long line of 'controversial' local politicians of the socialist variety. Councillor Jim Docherty of South Lanarkshire council.

Sunny Jim, ( he does have a cheery grin. I would too if my house was worth £320,000), appears to be very friendly with a local property developer chappie called James Kean. Councillor Docherty was most anxious to ensure that any planning applications submitted by Mr Kean's business connections sailed through unchallenged.

It is perhaps prudent to mention at this point that Councillor Docherty is a 'long standing and influential member of the planning committee' as well as chairman of the estates committee.

SNP councillors eventually complained about his behaviour at planning meetings. Some of the allegations against him are as follows -

3. The persons complaining (“the complainants”) alleged that, when a particular planning application came before the meeting of East Kilbride Area Committee on 30 January 2008 for consideration, the respondent tried to lobby support from other councillors and conducted himself in a manner that was aggressive, bullying and disrespectful to other councillors and to staff. The first and third complainants pointed out that the Labour Councillors on the Area Committee all voted as a block in support of the application and questioned whether the party whip had been used for this purpose.

4. The complainants’ specific allegations were that the respondent did not speak through the Chair that he interrupted and spoke over other councillors and that he behaved like a bully.

5. The complainants’ allegations were supported in some measure by Councillor Gordon Simpson who took an opposing view to the respondent and proposed the successful amendment to refuse the application. He stated that the respondent interrupted the discussion, failed to respect other councillors and acted in an aggressive manner, although he added that the respondent’s conduct was of no consequence to him (Councillor Simpson).

Councillor Docherty was cleared of any dodgy goings on by the Standards Commission Scotland.

There are now calls for him to resign. Personally I would think a police investigation is in order. There is numerous comparisons to what is happening in South Lanarkshire to what happened in Glasgow under Stephen Purcell's watch.

The scary thing about all of this is, how much more of this is still to be uncovered?

Stephen Purcell's pal in bother again...

A corrupt Glasgow councillor, allegedly...

Oh dear.

A gay and lesbian centre is facing closure over financial irregularities.

An audit at Glasgow’s Castro Centre revealed non-payment of staff tax and national insurance, excessive mobile phone bills and bills to a gaming firm.

The centre, headed by an ally of former council chief Steven Purcell, is on the brink of closure over financial irregularities.

The Castro Centre in Bell Street, Glasgow, headed by councillor Ruth Black, is expected to shut within a week over concerns that staff wages have been deducted yet no tax paid. It follows information passed to Glasgow City Council by a whistleblower.

Ruth Black? That name rings a bell. Let me think....

Of course,

this, this, this and this.

A group pulled together by Black – who left Tommy Sheridan’s Solidarity to join Labour – secured £50,000 to run the centre last October, despite not being a fully set-up organisation. She had run a previous incarnation of the centre, but quit in December 2007.

The centre went bust at the end of last year with outstanding debts of more than £300,000.

Fifty grand? Of tax payers money? Lovely Jubbly.

Last night, asked about the new allegations, Ms Black said: “There are no irregularities.”

Yeah, if you say so love...

West of Scotland socialism. Isn't it brilliant?