Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Dodgy pensions advice from Blair and co

Today at Prime Minister's Questions, Ming Campbell, the leader of the Lib Dems, asked Tony Blair about the Parliamentary Ombudsman's finding that the Government's guidance on occupational pensions had been "inaccurate, incomplete, unclear and inconsistent". Given that many employees had lost their pensions when their companies went under, there are growing calls for the Government to compensate them.

Blair's reply was that no responsible government could underwrite the massive financial risks that private citizens undertake with regard to their pensions.

Flaming cheek! One could ask him what created these 'risks' in the first place. I can think of two things off the top of my head. The first would be the dodgy guidance I have already referred to in this article. The second would be his pal Gordon's tax policies that currently see the loss of around £5bn each year from private pension funds.

Yes, the general public understand risk. What we do not understand is a Government that causes us, through its greed and incompetence, to lose our hard-earned savings, and then dares to lecture us on its illusory fiscal responsibility.
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Blogger Why Palestinians Usually Get It Wrong said...

Palestinians Humiliate Themselves

In a March 16 editorial in the New York Times titled, As If That Fire Needed Fuel, the Times writes:

"Israeli Army officials ordered inmates to strip to their underwear, which many did, marching out with clothing on their heads, an embarrassing and completely unnecessary provocation that trampled the dignity of any Palestinian watching that spectacle.

Given the humiliations that ordinary Palestinians suffer merely by trying to get through Israeli checkpoints every day, the prison raid just reinforced the already degrading reality of living under foreign occupation."
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated, “What happened without a doubt is an ugly crime which can not be forgiven and a humiliation for the Palestinian people.”

Palesinians should feel humiliated. A majority of Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem support suicide terrorism. A 2001 poll by Dr. Nabil Kukali and the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO), found, "a substantial majority [of Palestinians] (76.1%) support suicidal attacks like that of Netanya [in May, 2001], whereas 12.5% oppose, and 11.4% express no opinion." A 2006 poll taken by the Jerusalem Media & Communication Center after the recent Hamas political victories found, “56.2% [of Palestinians] strongly or somewhat support suicide bombing operations against Israeli civilians whereas 40.7% oppose such operations.”

Considering that the majority of Palestinians support suicide terror, and considering that Israel prevents suicide killings on a daily basis, it should come as no surprise that captured Palestinians are asked to remove their clothes during the process of incarceration. Why should any Israeli take a chance of being blown up? Why should Israel present Palestinians with opportunities to commit suicide killings? Palestinians should feel humiliated about their culture of death and they should be asked to strip naked during the process of incarceration as long as their population continues to support, condone, and commit suicide killings.


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