25 January 2012

Can we have some economic development please Mr Osborne

                                           George Osborne

The UK economy contracted by -0.2% during the final quarter of last year.

The bad news is that the effects of the Euro Zone crisis hasn't properly begun to impact upon the economy yet. There is a six to nine month 'lag' between events and their having an impact.
So they WILL fully impact upon the economic figures for the second and third quarters (and beyond) of this year.
Unfortunately things look set to get a whole lot worse.
Oh, and in April another tranche of cuts kick in ....

How The Guardian reported this news

24 January 2012

Since when did the UK become a fascist country ?

In the wake of sickening news that the Conservatives propose to cap benefits it is clear that their policy of divide and rule is taking grip.
As with public sector pensions - where any decent thinking person realised that the issue was that many private sector pensions were too low - it is not that benefits are too high, the problem is that in many parts of this country wages are too low and rents are too high.Never mind that this travesty was never put before the electorate.
Never mind that they don't have a mandate to tear up the Welfare State.Just mind that it is both utterly immoral and a weasel-minded betrayal of the people of this country who fought for a better future during the last war.
Since 1948 we have had a universal system of collective entitlement: we all pay in, we all get something out when we need it.
It is the mark of a civilised society that it takes care of its most vulnerable members; the young, the elderly, the sick and the unemployed.
When did we DECIDE to stop doing this ?
This government is an utter disgrace.
Just as the people of this country defied the vilely warped regime of Hitler I spit in their millionaire faces with utter contempt.

19 January 2012

Moral capitalism ? Someone's having a laugh !

The hammer of the disabled, David Cameron, is now to make a speech about moral capitalism ?
Surely that is a oxymoron if ever I heard one.
That's like saying "here's a friendly shark".
Strewth !
BBC report of the issue

17 January 2012

She Is Rain

A simple love song - elemental affirmations - a soul mate - an anchor.
When joy can become tears - tears can become joy.
At the point of bursting when you can't quite believe your luck.
So you whisper it quietly when you really want to shout it out loud, for fear of someone tapping you on the shoulder and saying 'nah, it ain't for you mate'.

16 January 2012

Live In Session on Radio Tircoed

I will be playinjg live in session on Radio Tircoed's the Acoustic Programme this Friday evening - 20th January 2012.
The show is presented by Stu Loosemoore and Andy Boyt and will be on 8pm-10pm UK time.
You can listen on-line:
Radio Tircoed
Just go to the site and click the 'Listen Live' tab.

14 January 2012

Beautiful comment from Cheryl Beer


This is what the most wonderful Cheryl Beer had to say about my performance at the Cellar Bar open mic night on Thursday.
I am conpletely humbled.
"Saw Steve playing live with just his acoustic guitar at an Open Mic night at the Cellar Bar in Cardigan last thursday night and the hairs stood up on the back of my neck ... so moving to watch such a beautifully quiet and unassuming man fill the room with his innermost soul :)"

Here is Cheryl's webpage:
Cheryl Beer

And her page on Facebook:
Cheryl Beer on Facebook

13 January 2012

Live at The Cellar Bar, Cardigan


Shock, horror !
I played five songs at the Cellar Bar, Cardigan last night:
Sights & Sounds, Four Horsemen, On Your Own, Suburban Villa and Ne Plus Ultra.
Listen to On Your Own below - although it is not 'live' as advertised. Hmmmm