I’ve just come back from the trade show- Top Drawer and came across this beautiful and eco-friendly brand called -Hop & Peck. They produce wooden products that are simple yet aesthetically attractive both for kids and the home.
Why don’t you head on over to their website ….have you seen anything cuter?
(I have not been paid but would love a freebie if anyone at Hop & peck is reading this)
Watching ‘The Wright Stuff’ on channel 5 this morning, I was drawn into the discussion about raising taxes to fix the deficit and the debate on who to squeeze for more taxes…It occured to me that the government must think that we are all entirely stupid…..what a thought! It’s like continuing to pour water into an iverflowing bath and not taking the plug out. Surely instead of taxing everybody wiley niley, the government should actually use reputable accountants and look at where the expenditure is higest and reduce it. Reducing spending in Arts, Schools, Child benefits affects the tourist industry, future potential of the next generation of kids and the small income stream parents cling to which enable them to utilise childcare and go to work- ball things which in the long and short term stimulate the economy.
Without having access to the governments accounts, i would guess that the areas where expenditure is highest are probably the benefit system, prison reform system, immigration system and it is probably theses areas because inefficient working systems have not been fixed because the subject matter is complex and emotionally subjective. The need to address deficiencies in these systems in greater now than ever and it calls for severe and probably unpopular reform. It is galling for most people to swallow reforms from the toffs who run our country because they themselves are unlikely to ever had personal experience of having to use and negotiate them…you could guarantee that if the Mp’s were subjected to the benefit system to gain their wages then any holes would be swiftly smoothed over and the result would be quicker, easier accessible forms and turnaround times. Alas, as it is only the lower classes who are affected then these white elephants can be largely ignored while Mr Cameron and his mate Mr Clegg tinker with pointless reform that makes minimum impact such as 50p taxes.
If i were PM, I think i would be very unpopular indeed because i think a certain amount of autocracy is needed to bring in sweeping reforms to gain results. In a sense, referendum’s and voteds slows down the system, gives people choice which is not best informed and also costs money. The UK should look to countries such as super strict Australia and the USA for guidance on immigration whose borders are controlled so uniformly that anyone who sneaks in and is caught is swiftly detained and turfed out on the next available flight NOT put up in a B&B and allowed to appeal against the decision to evict them.
The prison system is too comfortable it is neither punitative nor reformative it is a holding pen that houses prisoners at the tax payers expense…prisoners should be kept in spartan living arrangements with a temporary hold on their human rights. they should be trained in contruction or manufacturing industries to assist the countries recovery or be offered to join the army with a possible reduction in their sentence.
The benefits system is a huge mess but it is self made….somehow we need to teach people to be the heroine/hero of their lives rather than the victim and see benefits as a source of shame as in being on welfare in the US. I say this only because it may help going on benefits be seen as a last resource rather than a first resource…