Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Julian Assange - Wikileaks Founder

They have released Julian Assange on bail today amid backing from some pretty influential British Celebrities.
I have to say that I felt my heart lift a bit when I heard the news. As a great believer in free speech I have no doubt that there are some dirty tricks going on in the background in order to gag Julian. At times the American Government Agencies are not very subtle when it comes to flexing their muscles to try and influence other governments around the world. In the case of Julian Assange, anyone with a degree of intelligence has to realise that this is indeed the case now.
If Julian Assange and his Wikileaks site uncovers the dark and murky underside of politics, then that's o.k. by me. Honesty and integrity are the bedrock of any civilised country and we should not accept anything less from our leaders.
In this respect, Julian Assange deserves all our support. In the end it may be up to us to make that absolutely plain to our leaders ! I hope it goes well for Julian Assange because without him we (globally) could still be being fed a load of garbage from those we have put in power to protect us . . . and what's worse, we could still be believing it !!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

First Direct Bank - Rip Off Charges

Just when you thought that Banks had got the message. Well they haven't , that is First Direct hasn't. Remember when there was all that controversy about overdraft charges and the realisation that the Bank's administrative charge for unauthorised overdraft charges was not realistic in respect of the work they have to do to deal with it. Do you remember that the realistic figure quoted was about £12.00.
Well let me tell you, I went overdrawn by mistake for £1.93 for only a matter of hours and they charged me £25.00. So where is the £12.00 charge then ? Rip Off? You better believe it. I feel so sorry for these poor banks, times must be so hard for them . . . Not !
Snouts and troughs comes to mind.