…and then stir vigorously!

I was going to write about the famous Pearl Roundabout, and how the Bahreini King had it knocked down because it was a focal point for protests, but instead found another site which intrigues me greatly.

It begins with a link to a New York Times op-ed piece which  is in itself revealing of the possible origins of the Bahreini revolution, but the truly dynamite content is the photos from Google Earth; whereby a young Shia man, crammed into a shack along with 17 other members of his family can look up the Island of Bahrein, and see for himself how land is distributed between the rulers, and the ruled. Follow the photos, and see the wealth as it is displayed in the palaces, the pools, the reclaimed land, and the fantastic standard of living for the favoured 20%. Which 20% would that be? Oh, that would be the Sunni King of Bahrein, the Prime Minister Khalifa, and all the generals, the officers, the imported mercenaries. They are the ones sitting in the sun, and the Shia are sitting in the shite!

Oh, and I forgot one small detail, the PDF file was compiled after the Bahrein Government blocked Google Earth from their Island paradise!

I have no great fondness for the Iranians, but when they say that there is a great imbalance in how the Shia are treated in places like Bahrein, you know, they have a point!

But to return to the New York op-ed piece, he thinks that all the unrest in the Arab World, and Bahrein in particular, springs partly, from one man; and that man is Barack Hussein Obama, and I reckon he just might have a point as well!

And how do you pronounce ‘compassion?

 

‘We are arranging a visit to your house. We will view your possessions and list those that we will sell at auction. We strongly advise you to avoid this as it will cost you much more to pay this way and can be embarrassing.’


Suppose you are 95, and then suppose you are frail, confused and ill. You receive a letter like that from HMRC, a government agency with a reputation for arrogant and forceful action. So you contact a friend, who contacts a newspaper; who in turn contacts the charity Tax Help For Older People to look at her case.

After examining her records it emerged that she has in fact paid more than £380 too much tax. HMRC apologises, and says it will investigate.

But no-one will be fired, no-one will be punished, no-one will accept that wrong has been done; and not only to this frail elderly lady, but to many thousands of others who have received harsh demand letters from the Agency which bears  the title Her Majesty’s  Revenue & Customs.