Lesson From An Indian Mother

A Mom came to visit her son Kumar for Dinner…..who lives with a girl roommate, Sonia

During the course of the meal, his mother couldn’t help but notice how pretty Kumar’s, roommate was. She had long been suspicious of a relationship between the two, and this had only made her more curious.  

Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Kumar and his roommate that met the eye.

Reading his mom’s thoughts, Kumar volunteered, “I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Sonia and I are just roommates. 

About a week later, Sonia came to Kumar saying,” Ever since your
mother came to dinner, I’ve been unable to find the silver chutney
jar. You don’t suppose she took it, do you?”

Kumar said,”Well, I doubt it, but I’ll email her, just to be sure.”

So he sat down and wrote: 

Dear Mother:

I’m not saying that you ‘did’ take the chutney jar from my house, I’m not saying that you ‘did not’ take the chutney jar. But the fact  remains that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.

Love, Kumar. 

Several days later, Kumar received an email from his Mother which read:

Dear Son:

I’m not saying that you ‘do’ sleep with Sonia, and I’m not saying that you ‘do not’ sleep with Sonia.

But the fact remains that if she was sleeping in her OWN bed, she
would have found the chutney jar by now under her pillow…


Lesson of the day: Don’t Lie to Your Mother…… …..especially if she is Indian!

George Osborne: ‘We’re skint, and it’s all Labour’s fault’

It’s official: Britain is broke. “The Government has run out of money because all the money was spent in the good years,” George Osborne told Sky News yesterday.

Once upon a time the job of talking down the economy fell to the opposition. When the Chancellor of the Exchequer joins in, you know we really are up the muddy creek sans paddle.

To be honest, Osborne wasn’t telling us anything we didn’t already know. When Liam Byrne left a note on David Laws desk telling him “there’s no money left”, it was seen as a rather unfortunate joke. The only problem was that Byrne wasn’t joking.

If the economy represents the front line between the three main political parties, there is at least agreement on the breadth and depth of the financial hole we’re in. Before the 2010 election both Tories and Labour faced internal battles over the extent to which they should come clean with the electorate over the extent of the deficit. Gordon Brown became locked in a bitter tussle with Alistair Darling over conceding the inevitability of public spending cuts. Darling finally prevailed, but only after he had been well and truly savaged by Brown’s “forces of hell”.

Similarly, George Osborne’s warnings about the scale of the mess

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The collapse of workfare is testament to the power of the modern media elite and its slavish Twitter followers

“What could be worse than the government’s workfare programme?”, almost every columnist in the land is currently asking. I can think of one thing worse: the awesome and terrifying power of the commentariat and its slavish groupies amongst the Twitterati to strike down initiatives like workfare and almost any other government project that they don’t like. That’s the real story here. Forget the historically illiterate wailing about young people being forced into “slave labour” or the idea that getting yoof to work in return for money is the Worst Thing Ever. The ins and outs of workfare itself pale into insignificance when compared with the new power of tiny cliques of cut-off people to override public opinion and reshape modern Britain.

The speed with which first Tesco, that supposedly arrogant monolith of the high street, and then others withdrew from the workfare scheme was alarming. It was a testament both to the sheepishness of modern corporations (remember this next time someone starts banging on about “free-market fundamentalism”) and to the authority of the therapeutic, suspicious-of-wealth, pro-state, anti-big-business sections of the well-fed media classes, who can n

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And the winner is… Greece

Sorry, I couldn’t resist it.

The countries on the right of the chart pushed through the deepest structural changes in the OECD bloc over a three year period.

Three quick observations:

1) Greece scores highest. It has been turning itself inside out, contrary to the impession that you might have been getting. (From a low base, of course, and too late to avoid a return to the drachma, but it will make the second drachma era more dynamic when it comes.) This entirely conforms with what I was told by those on the ground helping to carry out the reforms.

2) Spain is also going through a supply-side revolution, and Italy has not done so badly. Was it really necessary to topple the elected government of Silvio Berlusconi over his alleged lack of reforms?

3) Germany is coasting, lulled into a false sense of security by its very cheap borrowing costs and comfortable position at the other end of the economic cycle. The “barriers to entrepreneurship” remain high.

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Benefits cheat who couldn’t walk caught hiking with dogs

Tracy Jones, 50, was paid more than £56,000 in mobility allowance over seven years after insisting she could only walk 15 metres with assistance.

But she was caught when the Department for Work and Pensions investigated a tip off – and found Jones strolling through fields for at least three miles with her two dogs.

Undercover photographs were then taken of Jones walking her Rottweilers on an airfield in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.

She later pleaded guilty to obtaining £56,700 by deception from 2002 to 2009 at Bristol Crown Court.

The court was told it would take her 93 years to pay back the money at her current rate of £25 a fortnight – making Jones 143 years old before the debt was settled.

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‘Sham’ Syrian constitution vote wins 89.4 per cent approval

The new constitution that could keep Mr Assad in power until 2028 was condemned by world leaders as a “sham”.

“The referendum in Syria is nothing more than a farce,” said Guido Westerwelle, the German foreign minister. “Sham votes cannot be a contribution to a resolution of the crisis. Assad must finally end the violence and clear the way for a political transition.”

Turnout in the referendum was 57.4 percent, state television said.

The European Union earlier on Monday agreed new sanctions against Syria, including a freeze on assets of the country’s central bank, but has pulled back from targeting crucial Syrian mineral exports and commercial flights.

A meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday agreed other new “restrictive measures” including a ban on cargo flight into the EU, the blacklisting of seven people close to Mr Assad and restrictions on trade in gold and precious metals.

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