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It’s a Steel! Tata Money!

Am I missing something? (2)

Or “How Capitalism Works”

British Steel Nationalised in 1967

British Steel sold to Koninklijke Hoogovens by Maggie Thatcher 1988

Now named Corus the company is now part of the Indian Tata Group.

Tata Group also owns Land Rover Jaguar.

Public money pumped into Land Rover Jaguar to produce more cars that the company can’t sell.

Hmmmmm. Let me just go through that again…

Some Unsold Jaguars Yesterday

Some Unsold Jaguars Yesterday

More pictures of unsold cars here

IMPORTED Unsold Cars at Sheerness.

IMPORTED Unsold Cars at Sheerness.


Car Trouble

I wonder if I’m missing something here.

Over the time of this government the cry has been to get folk out of their cars and on to public transport. Toll charges, congestion charges, traffic calming, pedestrianisation (pauses for breath). High parking charges, green taxes,  polution taxes, increased road tax,  speed cameras everywhere. Speed bumps that rip the arse out of the wee cars that are supposedly better than the big cars……………

Listen to the government.

Cars BAD, public transport GOOD.

Got that?

Public Transport GOOD! Cars BAD!


Cars BAD! Public Transport GOOD!!


Lord Mandelson, the business secretary, offered his first subsidies to protect British industry from the ravages of the recession when yesterday he unlocked £2.3bn in loan guarantees for the ailing car industry, including £1.3bn in loans from the European Investment Bank.

Altogether now…..

Cars GOOD! Public Transport BAD!

Tomorrow – The government steps in to save the tobacco industry.

Spot the Difference

Greedy, selfish pig with no concept of principle.

Greedy, selfish pig with no concept of principle.

Lord Taylor of Blackburn

Lord Taylor of Blackburn

Another Belated Happy Birthday

How could I have missed it?

On the 24th January The Ben Lomond Free Press celebrated its first birthday!

Thank you to everyone who has looked in during our first birl round the sun and in particular thank you to those of you who have taken the trouble to reply to, or comment on my posts.

birthday-cakeSince 24th January 2008 this blog has received over 110,000 hits. The vast majority of comments have been favourable. Let me say quite honestly that I am proud of the regular contributors here. I know some of you personally and others I feel as if I know personally. You represent many different political, social and religious views, but always maintain a good discussion rather than resort to name calling or flaming.

Thank you for that.

Here’s to the next year!

PS My old blog is still up there at http://bigrab.vox.com/

Happy Birthday Rabbie

I had meant to mark the Bard’s 250th birthday yesterday but stuff got in the way. So, some lazy blogging from me here as I list this selection of quotes put together by Michael Greenwell at his excellent site. Michael has altered some of the quotes slightly but this is a great cross section.

“Ye hypocrites! are these your pranks? To Murder men, and give God thanks? Desist for same! proceed no further: God won’t accept your thanks for Murther!”

“Suspicion is a heavy armor and with its weight it impedes more than it protects.”

“How wretched is the person who hangs on by the favors of the powerful.”

“Man’s inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn”

“While Europe’s eye is fix’d on mighty things, The fate of empires and the fall of kings; While quacks of State must each produce his plan, And even children lisp the Rights of Man; Amid this mighty fuss just let me mention, The Rights of Woman merit some attention.”

“Their sighing , canting , grace-proud faces, their three-mile prayers, and half-mile graces.”

“Affliction’s sons are brothers in distress; A brother to relieve, how exquisite the bliss!”

“O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us.”
(O would some power the gift to give us to see ourselves as others see us.)

Two in a Row!

I haven’t mentioned Dumbarton’s vital 2-1 away victory at Berwick at the weekend. Apparently the game was played in terrible conditions and on a very poor surface.

Sons were up against it for much of the game and Berwick’s frustration at some poor refereeing manifested itself in six bookings and a sending off for the home side.

Derek Carcary was once again the man who got the Sons out of jail. A good three points which keeps the promotion dream alive.

Scottish Coin

I suppose many folks have a tin of old coins in the house. I remember this coin from our tin when I was a kid. I rediscovered our tin when my mother was moving home recently.


There were several coronation commemorative coins including that of Edward VII. This one is different. On one side it says “In defence of the rights and honour of Scotland”, with the Royal Lion Rampant flag.


On the other it says “Edward I of Britain & the British Empire, falsely styled Edward VII. Our army, navy, parliament and flag all are British not English”.

I’ve had a look on the net for some information but have so far drawn a blank. This is obviously not the work of Scottish nationalists but seems rather to have been struck as a protest to a time when the postal address of Scotland became North Britain. It’s a reminder that the union was meant to be one of equal partnership and how it didn’t actually work out like that.

Interesting stuff.