Sunday, 25 March 2012

Praise for the Spirit of Youth

I can't believe I'm hearing myself saying this, but last night's 'Britain's Got Talent' (apart from the sideshow acts) left me emotional and inspired.

While politicians and bankers have been playing self-interested games with people's lives, two acts in particular - 'Only Boys Aloud' and 'Jonathan & Charlotte' - magnificently dispelled the much-held belief that the youth of today is becoming increasingly disaffected or downtrodden.

I'm not ashamed to say I shed a tear watching them sing their guts out in the face of the mess that short-termist opportunists and strategists have made of their generation's prospects.

They've been so badly let down, but last night I caught a glimpse of a future with hope.

Monday, 5 March 2012

The Banks have their heads in the Trough again while ours are in the Sand

Despite the Base Rate holding at 0.5%, we have a swathe of banks lining up to increase their lending rates.

Lets just remind ourselves that they mugged us once already and, like the gamblers they are - or addicts chasing the dragon for that next buzz - they're back cap in hand to gullible Aunty Public hoping to recoup their losses.  Never mind that they've written off billions to countries on the brink of bankruptcy - who, ironically, borrowed at rates far cheaper than you or I can negotiate due to their 'sound' credit rating!

Or maybe they're just looking for ways to fund the compensation they're having to fork out for the PPI they also mis-sold us.

Bend over again, everyone - this might hurt a little. It wouldn't be British to complain, but we can all look on and tut.