On another subject..Protecting our future

Apr 04 2020

Nanoco a British technology company is suing Samsung in a Texas court for theft of its intellectual property and use of its technology without a licence.
However, we openly see Samsung QLED TVs being advertised on British TV. This potentially is a loss of millions in royalties to Nanoco and the British economy.

How many times has this happened with British technology companies - either IP theft or buyouts of small tech companies - we need protection in law to protect our future.

COVID-19 Punishing the Foolish

Mar 21 2020

I have refrained from making comments on the COVID-19 crisis as many others have said what I would have said.

This virus is so easily passed on from one to another. We have seen the number of deaths in Italy and Spain and yet.....

There is a certain foolish element in UK society who don't seem to care or understand they could be the carrier that kills someone else's love one. That would be manslaughter at least!

Everyone has to be spatially aware, keep a wide space from others and realise that every surface is a potential killer.

It may be time to use our Army to protect the innocent from the foolish element that fails to understand the seriousness of the situation. A £1,000 fine is not enough.

BBC Licence

Feb 16 2020

I wouldn't be too surprised if 2020 saw a record number of people refusing to pay for their TV licence.
It's not just about high salaries, poor programming or what seems like a string of endless repeats.

Even the untrained eye can see a complete lack of efficiency - from the duos ping-ponging the Autocue to the hundreds sent to cover events such as the Olympics. Was it also the BBC that first sent an outside broadcast unit and reporter to stand outside a building to report what is going on inside - surely a green screen would be far cheaper. A good example of this is the structures outside Westminster where both interviewers and interviewees brave the elements.

How many highly paid managers are responsible for commissioning programmes that fail and from companies owned by the people starring in them. Surely with an income of close to £4Billion, the BBC could make programmes themselves that had a worldwide market and that would stand or fall on their merit.

A final note on salaries: surely in a nation of more than 65 million people we can find an aesthetically pleasing presenter that can read an Autocue for £80K a year? 

It's time for a change at the BBC and making them work harder and more efficiently would only be brought about by getting rid of the licence.

Oh! ...and my personal gripe. Cancelling programmes because Wimbledon runs over, has to stop. How many channels (and the red button) do you need to show sport.

Some thoughts on Pros-Brexit years

Feb 05 2020
  • Will the multinational companies headquartered in low corporation tax countries in the EU now have to pay corporation tax in the UK?
  • All lorries coming to the UK come by ferry - during the sea journey is a good time to check the documentation - no lorry queues at Dover?
  • Is it time to introduce smart national identity cards that provide data for security purposes and ensure the use of state-funded services is limited to British citizens?
  • On WTO terms, assuming our inter-trade with the EU stays the same, what will the nett income be from tariffs? 

Government procurement

Feb 03 2020

It was sad to see yet another stabbing and shooting in London.

It was also sad to see that virtually every attending public service vehicle was German. I have no idea how many vehicles the government and local government buy every year. Still, Post-Brexit, we need a quick change in attitude to procurement and move towards giving preference to British made products. Not only will help our balance of payments but create or secure British jobs.

UK Foreign Aid - A rethink is needed

Jan 20 2020

Foreign Aid: Time for a significant change in our approach methinks. Those that manage the current system are open to criticism, mostly justified. 

  • Idea: Enter the FAC - the Foreign Aid Corp - Made up of specialists or consultants that can provide work skills, procurement, planning, design, construction and management to Foreign Aid projects.
  • Projects can be of any nature that benefits people or foreign governments. A UK team sent to drill a water well, build a road - bridge or teach new skills would be more cost-effective than handing out Foreign Aid grants.
  • All members of the corp to be UK residents and paid in sterling into a UK bank account. This element of FA stays in the UK economy and not, as many members of the public believe, in Swiss bank accounts. 
  • All procurement of goods, materials and services should be by default, from UK companies 
  • Royal Air Force (or other military services) to be used to fly or transport corp members to and from their destinations. Any additional aircraft being available in times of national or international emergencies. 

I'm sure with a little more thinking this idea would be more acceptable to the British public and also raising Britains worldwide profile.