Ranted by Jackart at 7/31/2005 10:43:00 a.m.
Jackart is a 30-something stockbroker whose main interests are Rugby, Cricket and being rude to Lefties. Being a Libertarian, he loathes all impositions of state and bureaucracy. The blog was started as a way to let off steam, and remains a way to let off steam, otherwise his head would explode in rage at the sheer mendacious idiocy seen all around. Jackart has been posting here since 2005.
Travelgall is a 30-something trader exiled from God's county for the sin of Capitalism, whose main interests are Rugby, antique weapons, Art Deco collecting and being rude about the French. He travels widely, generally to countries with ongoing civil unrest, because the resultant currency collapse makes the holiday less expensive and more exciting. Travelgall joined the blog in 2007.
This blog is Conservative Libertarian. We are in favour of individual emancipation, freedom from unnecessary rules, surveillance, monitoring and taxation by rapacious states. We believe people will be better off without the lavish "support" of the welfare state, and that real happiness of individuals and society as a whole, will be better obtained by returning people's money and their self-reliance. Freedom of speech is the fundamental freedom, even for people with whom we disagree such as racists, creationists, terrorist apologists, holocaust deniers and Gordon Brown. No opinion is dangerous in itself, only actions based on them. There is no right to live unoffended. We stand against socialism, competition for the "benefits" of which often lead to racism and communal mistrust. We unashamedly support free, global markets and free movement of people, goods and services, because where merchants cannot cross borders, armies do. We are unashamedly patriotic, believing freedom under the rule of law, which was born in these shores is a universally applicable principle to people of all cultures and creeds. Whilst we support the idea of a Europe of free nations trading as one, this does not describe the EU. In practice the Brussels leviathan has become an unreformable, undemocratic bureaucratic prison of nations, a parasitic succubus strangling countries with rules, without advancing freedom. Patriotism is not xenophobia however: love of one's own country does not preclude loving other peoples' too.
Ranted by Jackart at 7/15/2005 07:54:00 p.m.
Your average blogger has a kind of teenage girly infatuation with newspapers. Like an outwardly cool 15 year-old professing "whatever", we're secretly delighted when the cool boy from the 6th form notices us.
Of course part of the reason for blogging is the dream that one day someone will say "this guy can write, and he knows his stuff. Why don't we pay him the riches of Croesus to write for us?" and offer a column at a National Newspaper on a Toynbeeesque Salary. So if you're interested in getting me to write something, you've read the blog. Here is everything else I've published.
The Wall St. Journal, Saturday 28th February 2008, Co-Authored with Jeremy Hildreth on Sir Allen Stanford and English Cricket. "Sir Allen's Sticky Wicket".
Jeff Randal Live for Sky News talking about BT and Pace Micro, 12th May 2011.
Sky Sports, playing cricket this time for Ex-Pat Paris club Juvenal's at Thiory.
Over to business, expounding the monetary reasons for Asset & Commodity price inflation for Radio 4's Money Box Live, 21 May 2011, and 20 August 2011, talking about petrol, and the chances of a "lost decade" for the UK.