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Legitimate businessmen, part four


Mummy, Daddy, what does money laundering mean?

Well darling, it can mean many things but the idea is to make money without anyone knowing you have.

But that could mean anything.

Yes darling, the most elaborates schemes have been devised.  Trouble is, what smells of laundering might not actually be laundering, if the government of the land says it’s not.

Oh like those American banks which were bankrupt but the regulator said they weren’t and billions of people’s money was given to them as a present?

Not unlike that. Solvent is a word which means whatever those in charge want it to mean. Like insider trading, market manipulation and market rigging.

Well, can you give an example?

Hmmm.  Well, there is a very nice man called Jesse and he runs a financial website and this is what he recently wrote:

Despite sincere efforts by some, the regulators have managed their public awareness responsibilities somewhat awkwardly to say the least.

Stirling Moss 85 today


I was reminded today of the birthday, his 85th, of Stirling Moss, I was fortunate being of a certain age enough to see Stirling in action whilst still young what I saw left a memory of the greatest driver this country has produced.

If you are someone who wants multiple world championships to back up a claim like that, then I can’t oblige, I make that statement on what I saw what he could do with a car that was so much better than his contemporaries.

No one can claim that XY or Z is the best of all time in any sport as there are to many variables to consider, but I never saw the equal of Moss, he is the only driver I have ever seen who could take yards out of a rival actually going round a corner, not into it, not on exit but sheer cornering speed in often inferior machinery I have never seen anyone capable of that on that scale.…

Is this Cliff Richard?

I don’t believe a word of this scurrilous set of allegations, with no documentation offered as proof beyond quick, blurred, far-off shots, below and a naff musical track blasting over it:

No, this is the Cliff we all know, remember and love:

Let’s remember Jimmy and Cliff for all the good they did – after all, the Young Ones would have been nothing without Cliff.…

In defence of the “right bastard”

Wiggia writes:

Peter Hitchens, so often seen by the left as a far right opinionist, and by the right, who aren’t actually of the right as too extreme because he so often makes them squirm at their own incompetence, hits the nail on the head with this piece.

It’s been said many times, especially on this blog but let’s reiterate, that we in this area of political thought, for want of a better term, are forever characterized as right bastards, unfeeling, rough-spoken [possibly true] and dismissive of tolerance, compassion and equality.

“You’re nothing but horrible haters, all of you – you – you – haters!”

Though I disagree with Hitchens on this, in terms of the mountaintop people but in general agree with the sentiments, he writes in what I’d call a refreshing way, devoid of PC humbug and false usage of feelgood expressions.  You can see he comes at this in a rationalist way.…