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My weekends are normally spent dealing with red diesel suppliers and reading news. You may wonder why Red diesel suppliers, well that’s because we have recently moved into a new neighbourhood and are still looking for a reliable source for red diesel. On the other hand reading news has always been my favourite time pass, needless to say my wife hates it. Here’s the gist of the story that I have been following for quite some time.


While the world’s focus is on Afghanistan and America’s role on the military front, the Taliban seems to have pulled a fast one yet again in spite of the advanced technology the US has at its disposal. They have yet again slipped across the porous border where no foreigner can have a say. Having got across the border into Pakistan, they seem to merge with the general population in such a manner as to become indistinguishable to an outsider.

Having turned against anyone who so much as lifts a finger against them, they work with impunity gaining inside information and help from sympathisers found in every wake of life. Their ‘eye for an eye’retort to the killing of their comrades with the kidnapping and subsequent cold blooded execution of over 20 Pakistani policemen recently throws credence to the fact that they are a law unto themselves. And Pakistan may well have to pay a price for being their friend or for that matter, their supposed foe.


Their burgeoning growth and clout stems from the fact that, though they may lack sophisticated methods, they have sympathisers on their side that would, without a moment’s hesitation, do their bidding. This probably goes a long way in providing them with safe houses, passage, money and reports of everything that happens in the region. To get out of the grasp of surveillances methods, they use word of mouth to pass messages leaving no path for tracking. The west, on the other hand, has managed to alienate itself from the people in the region. It has unwittingly earned a reputation for itself as one that always works with a vested interest. This is why the local population, while greedily taking in all that the West has to offer, subtly betrays it when it comes to emotions and leanings.

One thing that can be relied upon in life outside of death and taxes is the continual need for politicians to introduce reforms. If they had to fill in a skills question I’m sure they’d uniformly tick the box ‘emphatically yes’ after looking at the question ‘Do you like change?’. It’d be an odd sort of politician who didn’t. Now I wouldn’t normally equate Conservative Party politicians with Marxist slogans but I do believe they’d quite happily adhere to Mao Zedong’s slogan ‘continuous revolution’. Those who follow the Thatcherite creed do have fervor about them I feel that is rather analogous to the Red Guard, and they would willingly ram through any manner of reforms to cut back the role of the state. Traditionally the opposing view would be held by Labour politicians who would seek to reverse the aims of the Tory laws, although with the arrival of New Labour the differences between the parties appeared to become more nuanced.


This change from one ideological viewpoint to another was most clearly seen with the 1979 transference of power from the Callaghan Labour government to the Conservative one headed by Margaret Thatcher. Whereas under the Labour administrations of Harold Wilson and James Callaghan trade unions got a more sympathetic hearing, subsidies were provided for heavy industries and comprehensive schools got firm backing, Margaret Thatcher as we all know took an opposing view. If there are minority governments then the frequency of these ping pong laws being introduced increases. This was certainly the case for most of the 1970s when power switched from Labour to Conservative, back once more to Labour and then finally to Conservative.

Certain policy areas like education and the NHS seem to attract near continual reform. Tinkering won’t do, every five or so years it seems that there is always one major parliamentary law that will have a sizeable impact. I can give you some examples of what changes have occurred over the years. How about: GCSEs, A-Level A*, academies, PFI funding, rating systems, published waiting lists, NHS foundation states, ‘free’ schools, etc, etc. It seems to be never-ending and the reforms don’t necessarily find a receptive audience amongst the public sector employees.


Now admittedly in the past there have been times when a political party/leader has avoided implementing reforms, especially when they’ve been in power for some considerable time. They haven’t wanted to rock the boat either because they’re conservative-minded or due to them not wanting to unnecessarily incur the voter’s wrath. Continuing with the Communist analogies I’ll use the example of the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev (1964-82). Nowadays most people don’t know much about him, but he used to be famous during the era of détente for the arms control treaties he signed with Presidents Nixon and Ford. However in Russia he’s likely to be better known for presiding over the Era of Stagnation. During his time at the helm and with only a few minor exceptions, the Soviet Union settled into a period of political, social and economic malaise.


Even after Brezhnev’s death his aged successors limited themselves to a bit of tinkering, it was only with the arrival of Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985 that major reforms were unveiled. When it came to the survival of the Soviet Union though, ‘perestroika’ and ‘glasnost’ were too little too late. Current politicians have seemingly learnt this lesson well, and the financial turmoil since 2008 has certainly supplied opportunities for European lawmakers to put forward radical bills.

debt troublesIn Europe Greece is an example of how debt problems might ruin the economy of a state. Now, after the Greek recession is still unsolved and the problems of the country are deepened, more Euro countries are facing severe difficulties with inability to cope with their international financial obligations. The first after Greece are the Spanish and the Portuguese and, surprisingly, Italy.

The Spanish economy keeps shrinking. The country rejected international help to cover some of its obligations – this can mean only more debt. However, billions of debt to be paid this year might be postponed after the country could not effectively cope with the international demands in the economic climate. The state’s economy keeps decreasing and the interest of the debt over Spain is increasing,

Portugal, famous for its shop fitting display services and colorful culture, is actually suffering even more, even though the state used international support in billions to fuel the economy. Nevertheless, nothing seems to have troubled the international debt – reaching far beyond the psychological barrier of 500 billion Euro, the obligations and the financial difficulties int he country are currently overtaking any hope of recovery.

Italy was aiming to recover from the recession free of pressing debt. However, bankers in the boot seem to disagree and warn governmental bodies that it is not a bright future ahead of the country. The deficit and the debt collection of the Italians cannot be met by the current banking system and the financial income of the country after taxation of the common income. The public cuts and the economic changes seem to have brought no result.

The UK is facing a third recession in its modern financial history and after the collapse of the Barings Group in the 1980s. The consumer confidence levels currently trending the market have never been lower except for 2008 and 1990 – the most significant and powerful financial recessions in the UK and the world as general. Considering this fact, economists believe that the country is on the edge of experiencing another financial collapse and economic overburdening.


The main indicator for an upcoming crisis is the purchasing power of consumers. Less and less people would choose well established and highly quality services such as a perfect Apple Mac repair for example. Rather, they are looking for cheap products and almost no well established service providers. In the services sector, the demand for standard services such as phone network on a monthly contract, has reduced significantly with people seeking to get not the most suitable but the cheapest service.


But there appear to be another problem. Apart from limiting themselves as it comes to retail and service product packages, consumers would also prefer not to enter specific estate contracts, long leasehold agreements, mortgages and larger loans. The reason is simple – people feel insecure about the financial situation in the country and would aim and avoid putting too much of monetary burden over their shoulders when their jobs and opportunities are constantly shrinking.

By exercising reduced purchasing power and demanding less from the market, the consumers do not feel how they are the moving engine of the upcoming recession. However, it is the state and the regulators that need to consider the state of economic development in the UK and find the way of improving the general good of the public. We have seen many acts of ’good reason’by PM Cameron, and it is time to see some real action in times when the people in the UK need serious economic support from their government.