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    Get Ready for an Election

     Posted in Politics at 22:57 on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 by Mr. Rant

    Yes, it’s less than a week to the General Election in the UK.  We will be covering the events during election night here at The Fantastic, well until we get bored and fall asleep or smash our TV when Jeremy Vine gets a bit much, but please be rest assured there will be a post about how shit it went!


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    It’s all a load of rubbish… (Really)

     Posted in An Objective Opinion & Anger Level 4 & Politics at 16:15 on Monday, January 3rd, 2011 by Mr. Rant

    A healthy start to 2011 you said, a brand new year you muttered, but nothing has really changed has it?

    It definitely hasn’t in Birmingham.

    We seem to have stepped back in time to the mid seventies and began our very own local winter of discontent. You see, our rubbish hasn’t been collected in nearly three weeks now, and would you have guessed that it’s all due to pay decreases causing strikes by the Bin Men – sorry Refuse Collectors here?

    Uncollected Rubbish

    Uncollected Rubbish

    Sound familiar? Well it should, we’ve been here before, many a time and once again the Bin Men – ugh Refuse Collectors are holding us to ransom by attempting to force their hand. Annoying? Yes. Wrong? Unfortunately not for Birmingham City Council. I’m actually with the Bin Men, Er dammit Refuse Collectors on this one. I believe strongly that you should fight to keep what you have and if that’s a job paying good money for a manual work then you should do it, shout it from the rooftops and make everyone aware of the semi-political quandary you’ve been placed in.

    However, (wait for it, the slightly edgy part is coming) when you earn about twice as much as the average worker, and are payed by public taxes (in this case council tax) should you be moaning that much? I figure that it would be a far worse situation if the local government turned around and sacked you because you cost too much to employ as is likely to happen with my job. So stop moaning? Is that a better option than losing you’re job altogether? Call me cynical (You’re cynical – Thanks) but who has the right to actively annoy the wider community?

    I’d like nothing more than to have my rubbish collected in line with the promises from the Council, Can you manage that? Just this once…


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    Rights to snooping on you…

     Posted in Censorship & Politics at 8:27 on Monday, August 16th, 2010 by Mobile Rant

    It’s been a mad few weeks for Research In Motion the creators of the BlackBerry mobile platform.

    They’re in a bitter battle with several governments over the encryption and privacy they offer their users.  RIM use a secure sever set up to transmit data from their devices, this is what has angered the governments.

    RIM categorically say that even they do not have access to the encrypted data that runs through their server, but as you can guess this isn’t enough.

    Governments love to snoop on people, they love to look at what you’re doing and who you’re talking to, and do they do this just for the sake of a nations security.

    The question must be asked: what measures are put in place to prevent random access without a justifiable need?

    In the US the government must get a court order to access the data and must provide reasons as to why they want to view it.

    Will this happen in other countries?

    National security is an important issue but should it be protected at the sake of ones privacy. You could argue that accessing usage data is as far it should go, but governments always want more to quench the thirst they have for keeping an eye on people.

    The UK for example as the highest amount of CCTV in Europe and its been allowed because it ‘helps’ protect national security, but does it?

    Should a government be allowed to keep an eye on everyone at all times, I guess we have to live with being monitored but it doesn’t entirely make you trust the people running your country.


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    The Leaders Debates – Election 2010

     Posted in Politics at 15:53 on Thursday, April 15th, 2010 by Mr. Rant

    So the election campaign for the 2010 elections kicked off last week with all three main parties agreeing to a series of Live Debates to be held on consecutive Thursdays in the build up to Polling Day on May 6th.

    Tonight see’s the first of these debates on ITV, produced by them live from Manchester. The format may seem a bit cooky but damage limitation is what’s being aimed for with these events. They’re structured so that the Leaders don’t get carried away with what they say so they ultimately stay on topic.

    It will be interesting to see the differences between the styles of the leaders. Gordon Brown is notoriously old-school in his leading style, whereas both Nick Clegg and David Cameron are younger and somewhat hipper, or at least that’s what they’re aiming for – it remains to be seen if they’ll be found out as the typical politicians we expect them to be.

    Personally I don’t think it’s gets much better than having all the Leaders on edge as they’re grilled by an audience of ‘average, demographically diverse people’, of course it’s likely that the audience have been vetted in advance to ensure there is limited unrest.

    We’ll see what happens expect a full review here tomorrow and also a running commentary on my Twitter feed.


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    Challenge at the top?

     Posted in Politics at 20:16 on Monday, May 4th, 2009 by Mr. Rant

    Politics is a funny old thing, sometimes people challenge your authority and sometimes you have to fight to be heard.

    Brew: The man for the job?

    Brew: The man for the job?

    This weekend we’ve seen the emergence of a challenge for power at Birmingham City Council, the ex-lord mayor Randal Brew has actively challenged the current leader Mike Whitby for his throne as leader of the council. As topics go this is a fairly major one, Mike has led the council for more than five years and in all honestly does an excellent job.  Mr Brew is currently the deputy lord mayor, but will in just two weeks loose that position at the Annual General Meeting.

    Whitby; A Proven Leader?

    Whitby; A Proven Leader?

    The challenge for power at BCC is going to be something to keep an eye on, we’ve today had word from Brew regarding the ensuing drama.  Brew has spoken to The Birmingham Post stating that:

    “I’m the man for the job”

    Whether he is or not is an entirely different thing, it’s true also that being lord mayor does not prepare you to lead the council.  It may make you aware of the protocol involved in the job, but that doesn’t mean that you will be able to make judgements on policies and be able to lead the largest local authority in Europe.

    As reported by The Stirrer there are apparently fourteen for Whitby and twenty for  Brew, but when it comes down to it who will get the position is indeed in the votes, at a push will the twenty for Brew defect to Whitby, the smart money lies with the current leader. My allegiance lies with Whitby; an excellent public face for Birmingham and a proven leader.

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    Local Council Elections and The London Mayoral Race…

     Posted in Politics at 23:32 on Saturday, May 3rd, 2008 by Mr. Rant

    Well it’s been a few hectic days in the world of local governance, what with the arduous local elections and the work that sits deeply behind them to make it all happen.

    I must admit that this years elections have been at time both surprising and dramatic. I think, until you’ve seen the inside of the election and canvassing process you can’t fully understand the amount of work which goes into becoming an elected councilor. I fully believe that everyone should understand and be part of the council election process; it’s not only a vital part of living in a modern democratic city but also its vital to making life for us common folk better. You can moan all you want, but until you get up and make a stand nothing is going to change and its only going to get worse.

    This years local elections have seemingly summoned the death of Labour’s election campaign, in Birmingham alone the loss of six key seats has shown the party to be somewhat weaker and disliked than originally thought. Don’t get me wrong I’m not a Labour supporter, I’m Conservative through and through and for a fact I’m certainly not middle class, but the Conservative ethos is the one for me.

    Until the emergence of David Cameron I don’t many of the younger Conservative supporters would have chosen the Tories as the party of choice, but seemingly and heartedly Cameron has changed the party for the better making the Tory-middle-class-blue-blood a thing of the past.

    Let’s be honest and frank we all know and can see that Cameron is not your average working class chap, we can see that he has heritage and is blue to the core, but his appeal is now widespread, a similar popularity as Good Ole Tony Blair when he took over the Labour Party way back in ’97; additionally we all know that times change and that you can be the toast of the town one minute and the leper the next.

    So now we arrive at the new that Boris is now the Mayor of London, to be honest I’m not entirely decided over whether is will turn out to be a good thing, after all Boris is goof. Even today in the press conference he was bumbling and chattering to others during the media questioning.

    Indeed we shall see what happens.


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