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Red Rag on Thursday, 7 May 2015

An Entrepreneur's Tale

With the support of my wife I took a huge risk. I gave up a well paid job as an oil industry executive, we sold our house and we started our own business. We moved into rented property and put all our savings into our first store. It had been a failed bar in Cheshire that had been empty for some time. We employed about thirty people, some full time some part time. It was a thin margin franchise business but a good one, we knew from the onset that to make a living we would need at least three stores. We took bank loans to expand and soon had a second and not long after a third.
We struggled in all honesty, long hours with little reward and had a decision to make, get out or grow. I learned of something called a SIPP, this was a pension fund where you could make your own investments. I transferred my company pension fund into it and invested every penny into the business, we didn't tell anybody what we had done for fear they would think us mad. Of course we were, we had spent everything, mortgaged the business up to the hilt and now risked our future as well.
With the help of our sons we grew the business, after five years we started to make a profit, yes it really did take that long, soon we had nine stores employing over two hundred people. At this point we decided to sell it. The proudest legacy is the hundreds of jobs we left, and that business under it's new owner is still growing.
We used the proceeds to build our first bar and restaurant, sadly now gone due to the town centre redevelopment but it was great fun. The council have started the demolition and we retain the option to re-open in the new development.
Again we risked everything, we opened a second in Lancashire, both of these sites had been empty and derelict and with the help of a fine architect we restored them beyond their former glory into modern bars and restaurants. Times have been tough, back to square one in many ways, but we can see daylight.
Should we continue to try and grow the new business? Well, it It isn't our decision, it is the entire countries. For people like us to take the massive risks to grow the economy we have to believe that there will be a reward. So we have a choice, vote for Ed Miliband who thinks we are predators and will tax us out of existence, or for David Cameron, who has cut taxes, national insurance and business rates. If Labour win today I will not take that risk, I couldn't because I am old enough to remember the last Labour government that was as left leaning as he is. Free unicorns that shit candy for everyone. Great until the businesses that pay for them go bust and like every Labour government in history the jobs go.
What about the NHS you cry, what about it? Look at Labour run Wales, it's a disaster, health migrants getting taxis to hospitals in England. Or look back at the devastation for so many grieving families that was Mid Staffs. NHS funding has INCREASED in real terms under this government whereas in Labour ran wales it has been cut. This government has pledged the £8 Billion the NHS needs, Labour has not.
But but but, THE BEDROOM TAX, do you know what that really is? There is no tax, simply that you taxpayers now pay only for the rooms that people on benefits need, if they want more they pay a small contribution to their rent. Labour propose a real BEDROOM TAX that is the tax they will make me take out of our hardworking staff's pay packets every week to pay for other people's spare rooms.
Labour want prosperity for all, but you can't deliver that simply by taking a slice off one person and giving it to another, we have to grow the economy. The Conservatives want the same things but have a solid plan to deliver it. More kids are in outstanding schools than ever, record growth, new apprenticeships. Please don't throw it away. Don't tax our children and our grandchildren for Labour to piss it all away, again.
It wasn't Labour's fault it was a global economic crash caused by the bankers. Bollocks! Yes there was a crash, yes it was caused by the bankers, Fred the Shred that Labour knighted was one, but we didn't have any money to deal with it. Labour ran a deficit every year from 2001, that was seven years before the crash when times were good. Instead of fixing the roof while the sun was shining they stripped it bare and inevitably the storm hit and hit hard. That is why it has been so tough.
WELFARE CUTS THOUGH, Every penny somebody receives but did not earn, someone else earned but did not receive. Remember this when in the ballot box. It isn't fairy dust, it's your money, welfare is right and proper, but it is a safety net not a lifestyle choice. Don't tell me there are no jobs when I struggle to fill them.
Today the choice could not be more stark, finish the job of fixing the broken economy for ourselves and future generations by voting Conservative, or throw it all away until the next inevitable economic collapse under Labour.
It's your choice. If you got this far thank you for taking the time.

Red Rag on Sunday, 12 June 2011

Ed Miliband is almost there...


Which Labour MPs are still on the bus with Ed?

David is right behind Ed Miliband

You had better watch your back then Ed.

Red Rag on Friday, 31 December 2010

My Predictions for 2011

  1. Lib Dems will narrowly win the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election with a Tory swing in their favour.
  2. All 3 main party leaders (Cameron, Clegg and Miliband_E) will still be in post by the end of the year.
  3. The AV referendum will be comprehensively defeated.
  4. Sarah Palin will do something that will effectively end her chances of being a serious candidate for the 2012 US presidential election.
  5. A number of Lib Dem MPs will resign the party whip (see 3 above) to either sit as independents or join other parties.
  6. England will win the Rugby World Cup.
  7. I predict that Mark Thompson is wrong for the third year running and Eddie Mair will not become the new host of BBC Question Time.
  8. Liam Fox will no longer be a cabinet minister by the end of the year.
  9. Including Old and Sad and Belfast West there will be 6 by-elections during the year.
  10. A petition signed by more than 100,000 people will trigger a debate in parliament about leaving the EU.
h/t Mark Thompson

Red Rag on Thursday, 30 December 2010

2010 in review

Red Rag on Thursday, 23 December 2010

Merry Christmas



David Cameron kicks Gordon Brown out of number 10. Could you ask for a better Christmas present?

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