Due to the currant financial situation in the United Kingdom,  created by the long recession since 2008,  her Majesty’s government has decided to implement a scheme to place workers of 50 years of age or older, into early retirement, thus cutting down on current unemployment levels and creating work for younger members of society who are now unemployed.

The name of the new program is called the Retire Aged People Early program, or R.A.P.E. for short.

People who have been selected for the R.A.P.E. program may apply to the Government to be considered for second phase assistance through the Special Help After Forced Termination program or S.H.A.F.T.

Those people fortunate enough to have been RAPED and SHAFTED will be reviewed under a subsequent program called the

System Covering Retired Early Workers called S.C.R.E.W. for short.

A younger “senior” may only be R.A.P.E.d,  once, S.H.A.F.T.ed twice, and S.C.R.E.W.ed. just as often as the government deems appropriate.

Those persons who have been R.A.P.E.D. could have received

Additional Income for Dependants and Spouse; A.I.D.S. for short or, they could also have been given H.E.R.P.E.S., sometimes called the Half Earnings for Retired Personnel Early Severance.

Her Majesty’s Government wishes to advise all recipients under this program, that they may not be SCREWED or SHAFTED any further, however the good news is that persons who are not RAPED and who are staying on program, will qualify for the Special High Intensity Training program, sometimes called S.H.I.T.

Her Majesty’s Government has always prided itself on the amount of S.H.I.T. that it has given its citizens!

Should any citizens on the program feel that they are not getting enough S.H.I.T., please contact your local member of parliament who has been well trained to give you all the S.H.I.T. you can handle !!

Yours Sincerely


The committee for the Economic Value of Individual Lives.

p.s. Due to recent budget cuts and the rising costs of electricity, gas and oil, as well as the current economic climate where we all have to tighten our belts, the Light at the End of the Tunnel has had to be turned OFF.

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Many years ago I formulated the concept of “smokeless factories;” an assessment of the value of attracting people on retirement pensions, as also people with independent sources of income to locate in any country/state/province.  Essentially, having people on pension/independent  incomes are equivalent to having people on good pay working in prime jobs (i.e. not in the service industries)

The old formula was that for every worker employed in prime jobs 9-10 service jobs were created (lawyers, dentists, construction, retail, banking, etc, etc. etc.) however the old rule might just be outdated, as the percentage of people employed in the service industry in the U.S.A. today, for example, is said to be closer to 80% of the non-farm workforce.

Ergo, for every 10,000 people on independent incomes (pensions, investment income, etc) who locate to a foreign country there will be a knock-on effect of 100,000- 500,000 additional jobs created in the service sectormind boggling isn’t it !!

As Spain and Portugal have fared badly since 2008, it is easy to assume that 100% of the decline was caused by the financial collapse, however, in the same period, the value of the pound

versus the Euro also collapsed, and many retirees pensions shrank so much that they returned back to the U.K., taking with them their pensions and the multiplier effect of their independent incomes, thus accelerating the decline of the “Sunshine” economies.

p.s. If France’s Francoise Hollande can ever get his mind off sex for a few minutes, he might realise how much harm he is doing to the French economy by driving his wealthy citizens out of France with his 90% tax rates.


In Greece in 2012 there were 3.8 million people working while there were 4.1 million unemployed. Greece is a prime example of  Margaret Thatcher’s oft quoted statement: “The problem with Socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money”


The British have an enormously expensive program of subsidised housing that is called “Council Housing.”  The system has operated as a cheap form of housing for people for decades and once someone manages to get a council house, they are generally entitled to stay in it for life, without any consideration to their income levels and at rents that bear no relationship to their income.

A fairer way would be for the monthly rent to be based on a percentage of the – tax return recorded – monthly income of the person or couple renting the home, in which case, rents would vary with the incomes of the occupants until such time as a person’s or couples with higher incomes would find it cheaper to buy there own home and vacate the council house for someone else to rent. This system would offer a progressive method of moving people on to home ownership. As it stands, many people with high incomes are still living in low rent council homes.



In Brazil, M and I went for a stroll along the new board walk in Fortaleza that leads from Iracema Beach to the construction site of what is to be South America’s largest aquarium when we accidentally made a wrong turn and entered into one of the remaining low income areas of the city which are sometimes called “favelas.” This favela had a certain charm to it, as the main street has an old remnant of days gone by in the form of tram lines running down the centre.  On one corner there was a fishmonger and on another a general store; the favela appeared to be a self supporting community and the people in it appeared to be proud, religious and full of dignity.

Upon returning to our apartment, I gave some thought to what in the United Kingdom has been a hot topic for some three weeks now, a television program called “Benefits Street” has been exposing the total depravity of the under class in that part of the World: a place where the government gives people so much money that they have absolutely no incentive to become productive members of society; where the majority of the street’s residents exist on an endless diet of legal drugs in the form of television, alcohol, and tobacco and of course the other illegal drugs which are freely availably from the dealers on the street.

I will let you decide where you – should you be on the bottom rung of society – would rather live.

For me, I would rather be working in a favela in the hope that one day I will have enough money to progress up the ladder to something better.


M and I went to a restaurant in Fortaleza last night and were enjoying an excellent dish called Escabeche de Camarao in a fabulous restaurant called Coco Bambu. After a while, a couple with three children came in and sat down at the table next to us. For the next hour, with short breaks taken to eat, the mother and oldest son spent all of their time ignoring the father and the two youngest boys whilst they played with their smart phones, no doubt admiring all their selfies, tweets and emails and generally being totally mesmerized by this new age form of hypnosis. Is this another form of addiction? And is their any treatment?


The problem with drugs and prostitution is that – just like during the days of prohibition in the USA – they are easily available to anyone who wants them in any country in the World.

From models and “it” girls to celebrity cooks, the ease of obtaining drugs is historic, as also is the ease of obtaining hookers to entertain Presidents and peons alike.

The joke part of this situation is that taxpayers around the World are busy paying police and security personnel massive amounts of money, dare I say billions in any currency, to pretend to control these major activities and that is the joke.

When you add up the potential tax revenue that is being lost by not legalizing them and add it to the cost of the – clearly failed – security and police efforts to control them, then there is only one clear solution, and that is legalization of both activities.

Governments should get the hookers and drug dealers off the streets and into legal, taxable, healthy, controlled environments, and in the process, make street activities in both fields illegal.

In New Zealand and Germany, as in many other countries of the World, brothels are legal and controlled; the “industry” generates taxation and the people working in the business, work in a safe environment.

In Uruguay and Colorado State, U. S. A., the production and sale of Cannabis has been made legal, and is now generating substantial taxes that can be used for the treatment of addicts, just as alcohol taxes can also be used to treat ;  further more, there should be a saving on policing costs.

Branded heroin in the U.S of A  – the war on drugs is a joke

10/02/14 Was Clegg reading my blog?

Another whorehouse in London – tax free employment , but dangerous without protection: