Mothers Day – I’m a Resolute Denier

My kids have been brought up that only Birthdays & Christmas are celebrations slightly essential to present giving & confirming to the social norms of our society.

My eldest kids admittedly have phoned & said the usual

Happy Mothers Day but you do know we love you all year round so we’re not buying you cards or a gift today we will just treat you when we find something suitably weird that we know you’ll love.

I was very pleased by this & smiled knowing my kids will not conform to social pressure but will think for themselves.

I hadn’t counted on the youngest! He has been with his Father & Step Mum. He quite rightly made today nice for her because she’s no kids of her own & this is her first Mother’s Day. My lad got her a fab card & she was happy.

He obviously must have seen that little thing that was suitably weird for a nerd mum like me. Over the weekend he was taken to an RAF base, he didn’t go with any intention of buying a gift, also as he rushed in with this gift at 22.45 saying I know we don’t do Mother’s Day but I saw this & thought you. Sorry I gave it you today but it nearly over and so technically it’s not Mother’s Day anymore.

My son knows me so well – see the photos & those of you who know me well will instantly understand!

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Is the economy picking up? No the a Deficit is Rising Every more Highly!

Below is an Extract from The Times: it makes very interesting reading. The past few weeks we have been told how the Housing Market is picking up even at first time buyer levels.

The books are starting to balance and the deficit is reducing. The deficit is a humongous debt! To measure it they see what money has come in & compare it to how much they borrow! The national Debt is therefore growing.

All of these things aren’t explained to the people. The Political big wigs use their jargon & quite frankly huge dollops of BS to hoodwink us into thinking times are changing! Funny it happens in the final 7 weeks to an election?

The truth is what the Treasury gets in from our combined taxes is amount A. The amount borrowed every month/quarter is B so if in March the country took more in under A then the need to borrow less B = deficit shrinking!

It’s an odd one I grant you so look it it as this;

A = tax revenue paid in;
B = amount borrowed (Deficit)
C = amount needed to pay Bills
D = the interest added to B
E = the money owed by the country.

We only ever hear about A and B – the deficit but we never hear anything of C, D or E! Why not? they don’t want us to know how big the debt it is .

So every month that passes it really is the case the the money paid out is more than what we take in as tax.

In any Business this would honestly be a mega shambles & the business would go bust. It’s that simple & we are not told the truth in plain, easy language. Instead thy use 500 words that mean beggar all & keep up the pretence!

So remember when they talk about the deficit reducing it isn’t the full story! It may appear smaller than that of the previous months BUT it does not mean the country is actually getting back on its feet!

Below as promised the article from the times. If anyone has any questions please just ask.

Please note the pictures aren’t very exciting but I think you’ll see a huge difference from the previous Chancellors and Mr Osborne’s now. Happy reading 😉⭐️♿️

National current account slides deeper into deficit

Saturday 29th March 2014

Britain’s ability to pay its way in the world has hit an all-time low, raising fresh fears for the economy despite signs that its long-awaited rebalancing towards investment and trade has begun.
The country’s current account slumped to a record deficit at the end of last year as income on British investments overseas crashed. Economists said that the decline could put the pound under pressure and sap growth over the longer term.
The Office for National Statistics revealed that the deficit in the final three months of 2013 was 5.4 per cent of GDP as it revised down its third-quarter estimate to 5.6 per cent, making them the worst two quarters on record.
Analysts blamed decline on the appreciation of sterling and slow growth in economies where the UK is invested, such as the eurozone.
The deterioration was all on the income side of the account as the trade deficit narrowed from 2.5 per cent to 1.4 per cent between the third and fourth quarters. For 2013, the current account deficit was 4.4 per cent, the worst since the peak of the 1989 boom.
To balance the books, Britain has become increasingly reliant on huge financial inflows from overseas, which Samuel Tombs, of Capital Economics, said were fuelling “existing concerns that the UK’s recovery is too dependent on unsustainable sources”.
Foreign purchases
of UK shares, companies and houses in London, as well as other investments last year, offset the £71 billion paid in dividends and profits paid from Britain to overseas.
Rob Wood, an economist at Berenberg Bank, warned that Britain was “storing up big problems for the future” and said that authorities may need to “aim for slower domestic growth in order to erode the imbalances that are building up”.
Simon Wells, UK economist at HSBC, said: “If the income account continues to deteriorate, the UK could find it harder to sustain its persistent trade deficit. Eventually, this could mean that lower sterling and slower growth may be needed.”
Despite mounting longer-term fears about the current account, the immediate economic outlook appeared to improve. The ONS confirmed that the economy had grown by 0.7 per cent in its third estimate of growth for the final three months of last year, but the details showed that trade and investment were the two largest contributors.
Trade added 1 per cent to growth and investment 0.3 per cent, compared with household consumption, which contributed 0.2 per cent. That was offset by a 0.8 per cent decline in inventories.
“It is good news that growth was better balanced in the fourth quarter, with a fall in the trade deficit and an increase in business investment,” David Kern, chief economist at the British Chambers of Commerce, said.
The profitability of companies also improved, rising 5.4 per cent in the quarter and 4.8 per cent compared with last year.
The Chancellor is pinning his hopes for the recovery on businesses finally spending on new facilities, equipment and research to boost the real economy. The ONS revised its estimate of annual business investment in the fourth quarter from 8.5 per cent to 8.7 per cent.
“The detailed data revisions were favourable,” Mr Wood said. “The contribution of inventories was lowered considerably and net trade is now estimated to have bounced back from the disastrous third-quarter performance. Together that suggests less risk to growth through 2014.”

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Will you see Sharia Style Wills at your local Solicitor?

The article below (From the Sunday Telegraph) sent to me by a friend. Knowing my legal views and ethics, I think he knew if be splurting my morning coffee all over the place!

The headline would appear to be an attempt to upset & illicit a certain type of reaction and to suggest there will be some form of hybrid Will which to be honest baffles me, as to its need & how such a step (as the article is written in order to provoke) is ever to be valid or legitimate in a Court Of Protection or via Probate in England & Wales without compromise to ensure that the “Sharia” will is compatible with our law relating to Wills & Probate.

It doesn’t follow our legal precedents under probate and the article implies that there is about to be a Sharia legal system which runs parallel to our own.

A devout Muslim can make a Will in which he/she can express their wishes & can allocate shares to named individuals in the form of bequests without the need for this attempt to promote a dual system which is the apparent aim!

Or is it the aim of the writer of the article to inflame tensions & to put about a fear in our society that our Laws, both Common and Legislative, given Royal assent by our Monarch(s) will be only for non Muslims with the Sharia Law for Muslims?

Such a scenario is seen as inevitable by some in our Society and this is likely make matters worse and bring about further division in society.

The fact remains, and is buried in the article, that these Sharia wills are to be drafted in such a way that they conform to our legal system, it’s norms, nuances, precedent, legality etc.

However, if some (yes it is a small minority) see a sign in a Solicitors window saying “Wills – Sharia & Secular get them here” (or words to that effect, not had time to let my morning coffee shake me fully from my slumber) how long do you think that window will remain in tact, in some areas I’d wager not very long because there is always some who want to cause trouble! No I don’t condone such actions, I don’t like racist or racism of any way, shape or form.

As an officer of the Supreme Court of England & Wales I can say with certainty that such wills for the devout Muslim will in its wording may possibly be different in certain places BUT the remainder will have its standard clauses, sound mind, I bequeath, I give the ornaments off the mantelpiece here to listed to (named individual) if they should predecease me then the items are to go to their eldest son/daughter even if that child be in utero at the time of my death.

The thing is the legal system cannot change overnight & a thousand years of precedent swept under the carpet! So before people take to the streets in outrage please send them a copy of my blog & I hope it will explain that Sharia Law has not overnight become legally binding and will not do so now or even in another 1000 yrs!

Yes yes I’m aware of the various mediation services offered via the Imam or Mosque Elders. Again these are BUTcourts in our sense of the word, they are a place where mediation takes place to prevent long court battles regarding divorce, visitation, marriage guidance etc. Think of the Citizens Advice & Mediation Services and use that as your starting point to understanding how any such a process may work.

To call them courts is disingenuous & misleading! In England & Wales (where I’m allowed to practice law) there is only one system that is actually legally binding in all it does and that is the law of England & Wales via Acts of Parliament that have been given Royal Assent and in force on the day of hearing!

So rest easy, put the pitch fork & flaming torches back in the cupboard and rest easy that Law & Justice are not about to be usurped!

Sunday Telegraph – 23 March 2014

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A Quarter of Children Living With Both Birth Parents In Unhappy Homes Says Government

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Conservative Party Annual Conference Just under a quarter of children living with both birth parents are growing up in unhappy homes the DWP have admitted this week.

24% of parents who are bringing up a child born to both of them say that their relationship is unhappy according to figures from the new Family Stability indicator (pdf). 

This set of bonkers statistics has been created as part of Iain Duncan Smith’s attempt to prove that lone parents, step and non-traditional families are one of the causes of poverty and unhappiness. In an embarrassment for the Secretary of State, the numbers actually show that many traditional families are utterly miserable.

IDS ignored this part of the report in a gushing press release last week when he claimed that “A quarter of a million more children were living with both their birth parents in 2012 compared with 2011”.

This represents a rise of 2%, although …

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South London Tory MP gets attacked in a hospital by a pensioner

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the Tories!)

This hilarious status has just been posted on Facebook:

Sitting in the blood test department waiting to be seen when my MP walks in sits down. I get called in so does he, he sits in the chair next to me….nurse says to him you look familiar, he looks uncomfortable, he said his name, she said you are an MP arent you? One of them tory ones. The room goes deathly quiet.

A voice pipes up, yeah hes one of the bastards who signed clause 119 last week to shut this hospital down. An elderly lady walked up to him and hits him with her handbag and calls him a shit….and a few other choice words…..made the start of monday and the week a pretty lively one.

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Big thanks to Paula Peters for the laugh.

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