From songbirds to weasel words

A really nice article by John Brignell was sent by Chuckles. His missus is rightly concerned with the songbirds, of course or rather, the dying off of said birds in the British countryside and we’d all be onboard with that one, no?   The article explains:

One of the most startling of contemporary wild life statistics is that the population of songbirds in the UK has crashed in one generation, by 90% according to some estimates, which seems to accord with casual observation. The turning point coincides with the Wild life and countryside act of 1981. This, of course, could be coincidence, but such an outcome was predicted by critics of the legislation at the time.

Stats on the depletion of populations can be found here.   Where I differ from the stereotype of the right wing homophobic, sexist hatemonger who aggressively pushes the traditional family onto unsuspecting deviants is in the area of nature.   Frankly, I’m as green as a Greenie, more so as I really do not wish to see the destruction of … well … songbirds for example and if the cause is government legislation and the actions of the RSPB, then let us now eliminate both these groups or at least bring in measures to undermine their survival.

This blog attempts to contribute to that in its own humble way.

Now whilst that is, no doubt, a vital issue and Mrs Chuckles is now au fait with the real cause of the extinction, the article touched on many other issues too, including:

The weasel words Off Balance Sheet have historically been used by shady businesses to hide items that represent hidden liabilities and risks. They were a significant factor in the build up to the great financial crisis that still stalks the world economy.

The technique is also used by politicians: notoriously, for example, by Britain’s New Labour Administration in the form of the Private Finance Initiative. The alarming scale of the liabilities only emerged after the departure from office of the instigator, Gordon Brown.

It is still in use, however, in the form of stealth taxes: the outrageous cost of ineffectual wind-turbines and their deleterious effect on the National Grid, for example, is cynically loaded onto the energy bills to suffering customers and does not appear in the (allegedly now more open) taxation and expenditure figures.

It is a cruel regressive tax that is responsible for a substantial and continuous increase in the miseries of real poverty.

Oh yeah.   Just as the power providers are hiking their charges yet again, immediately pre-winter and the water firms want to get in on the act now.

Well worth a read, the Brignell article.

4 comments for “From songbirds to weasel words

  1. Mark
    November 26, 2012 at 10:39

    When I was a kid, I could chuck a bit of bread down in our small back garden, and there’d be a dozen sparrows squabbling over it within a minute. Not any more.

  2. ivan
    November 26, 2012 at 13:07

    Question. How much has the erection of giant bird mincers in the country side had to do with the reduction of all birds in the UK?

  3. November 26, 2012 at 14:01

    Giant bird mincers? WFarms?

  4. ivan
    November 26, 2012 at 16:27

    You got it in one James.

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