Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Missing Meerkat

The BBC news this morning reports that a bus service is running to carry train passengers between Ramsgate and Whitstable this morning because of a death on the railway line in between the stops but I don't know anything more at the moment.

It's sad to read that the Meerkat that went missing from its enclosure at the Wingham Wildlife Park near Canterbury was found dead in a dog waste bin in Sandwich last Wednesday.  Apparently is was seen to have been struck by a car; trying to find its way home I suppose! The police have reportedly arrested two people who were questioned on suspicion of theft and possession of drugs.

What can I say that's of any consequence when you read of something as futile as this! Kidnapping a small animal from from a wildlife park? Perhaps they planned to sell it back for a huge ransom to fund their lifestyle choice?

Finally and to cheer everyone up, our Government debt smashed through £1trillion for the first time yesterday. That's interest of £43billion due this year alone. The published debt does not include 'off the books' items such as the cost of public sector pensions and private finance initiatives - or people’s own mortgages, credit cards, overdrafts and personal loans.

The TaxPayers’ Alliance said the real national debt was close to £8trillion;  more than £300,000 per household or rather more than the value of a kidnapped Meerkat.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

anon again!
You mean, Herr Doctor, that this Government is INCREASING the National Debt?
I thought it was supposed to be the other way round :(

DrM. said...

Before you start seeing the interest coming down you have to reduce the indebtedness or that's how it usually works