From the Scots Dictionary:
- bampot (pronounced bam-pot)
- A bampot is a colloquial term for a foolish, stupid or crazy person, as are bam and bamstick.
So we are here, the 12th day of the of the 12th month, an auspicious grand mutable cross in the astrological heavens, and a power of New World Order orientated shenanigans down below.( see knock twice if you hear me.)
Lets start with the ongoing saga of Halifax Bank of Scotland. As predicted, the shareholders met today and agreed to the merger with Lloyds TSB, sweetened with the promise of a large cash injection of taxpayers funds in the form of preference shares, soured by the fact there was no option. So in effect the State own the majority of Halifax Bank of Scotland whilst they gobbled up the Royal Bank of Scotland in the same manner, earlier this the year.
Ireland and the 365 day old Treaty of Lisbon - again a significant day, the Irish no vote of earlier this year disregarded, another referendum to be held by October of next year. From the BBC Ireland braced for tough New Year (dig the intentional mocking irony in pork and Groundhog given recent posts)
The backdrop, of course, is the economic downturn, which is hitting Ireland particularly hard. The forecasts are dire.
Add to that a crisis in the farming sector - a recall of Irish pork in recent days - and the gloom deepens. And now, we have the promise in 2009 of a re-run referendum on the EU's reform treaty.
Since the first Lisbon vote back in June, in which Irish voters rejected the treaty, the world has turned on its axis.
Groundhog Day may well be appearing somewhere in the Christmas TV schedules. And once the parties are over, the Irish government is likely to step into the New Year a little nervously.
America and the ailing car manufacturers. The Senate said no, however this again has been neatly side stepped, as the White House considers using TARP (finance industry bail out monies) instead. Net result is still the same. See US mulls bank funds for carmakers.
Lets go back to Europe if I may, where we see confirmation of Gordon Brown's "recovery package" Brown hails EU recovery package:
Gordon Brown has said European leaders have agreed to back an "ambitious and co-ordinated" recovery plan to help their economies through the downturn.
He said the EU's plan brought it into line with action already taken in the US and with commitments by President-elect Barack Obama to pump billions more into the economy early next year.
"Europe has agreed unanimously and in a united way to take coordinated action that is substantial. That means that Europe and America will be working together to create jobs and growRemember though, it was not Barack Obama's masterplan, rather it has always been Gordon's, and this is already being distorted (turned on its axis) by the media. For example, chief BBC political reporter Nick Robinson's "blog post" titled Obamanomics, where he states:
Economically, Obamanomics represents a belief in the need for governments to stimulate their economies with spending increases and tax cuts paid for by increases in borrowing.
Politically, it means a belief in big government and an emphasis on what politicians of the centre-left call fairness - as illustrated by promises to make the rich pay more tax.
The world's biggest celebrity - the soon-to-be President Obama - also stands for optimism and change.
Open yer peepers - they bam you up.