How can you tell when a politician is lying?

When his lips move!  Sorry to roll out that old joke but I wanted to highlight my favourite moment of the election aftermath.  At David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s love-in last week, Cameron was questioned by a journalist if he recalled what he had said when asked to retell his favourite joke.  His answer at the time was ‘Nick Clegg’.

In partly owning up, he then went into politician speak about if you looked hard enough it would always be possible to find slight policy differences between the Tories and Liberals but they would all work together in peace and harmony.  David, you called Cleggie-boy a joke and I suspect you have a similar thoughts on the Liberal’s policy on Europe and an amnesty for long staying illegal immigrants.

My favourite clip from the election was Adam Boulton squaring up to Alistair Campbell.  It was extremely funny watching the hamster-cheeked Boulton trying to remove his jacket so he could land one on the very fit-looking, former Labour spin-doctor’s, grinning face.  Take a look for yourself and let me know if you still think Sky isn’t The Sun in disguise.

The British press and public love bashing Dubai and I always wondered how long it would take the good people of Britain to catch on to Dubai’s sex trade – this expose from a former resident is horribly accurate apart from the bit about married men and the family-free summer months.  Either I’m terribly naïve or I’m right in thinking the vast majority of married men enjoy going out during the summer for a few beers with their mates but know how to behave properly.

Observation is one thing but this week I’ve decided to reveal my latest money-making idea to scupper iTunes (which is a complete rip-off) while at the same time putting free-loading record companies out of business.  Why should Apple discriminate on price and now the internet has come along with all of its social media opportunities what role do record companies have anymore?  If you live in the US you pay a lot less for downloads than you do elsewhere and the Middle East is basically a download-free zone.  No wonder people download illegally and a lot of the time they don’t pay anything.  My guess is a lot of people don’t mind the artist making money but would prefer not to give money to Apple.

I’m going to provide a portal where artists can upload their albums.  For a download people will pay £1.99, the artist will receive £1.89 and I’ll get 10 pence.  As well as making money from touring. the band will get the money from reasonably priced downloads – 100,000 downloads equates to £189,000.  I will be looking for applause and investors!

Second lastly, my car is nearing the end of its useful life and I’m a wee bit short of the money needed to buy a Bugatti.  I need everyone’s advice – a Mini Cooper S or a Fiat Abarth?  Pictures below.

To close off, it’s top 5s time.  Radio 2 in the UK is holding a vote to decide on the top five singers of all time.  Click the link to join in.

Here are mine in no particular order (my wife will be horrified that Aretha Franklin isn’t on the list).

  • Robert Plant
  • Billy Mackenzie (The Associates)
  • Freddie Mercury
  • Morrissey
  • Cedric Bixler (at the drive-in)

Feel free to chip in via the comments section.



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9 responses to “How can you tell when a politician is lying?

  1. Dani

    Mini – hands down – obviously in Red.

    Mum has a zebra print roof on hers, you can get the Atom decal instead : )

    Sad day for the Golf though : (

  2. No Aretha and no women! Where are the female singers? Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Lauryn Hill, Anita Baker and Mary J Blige.

  3. Alan

    All of these people are about 900 years old (apart from the one who is dead) but here goes anyway ….

    Robert Plant
    Jim Morrison
    Annie Lennox
    Ian Gillan

  4. Alan

    I know some married men who get screwed every Saturday afternoon during the summer.

    Definitely the Mini by the way

  5. That last comment is from Keith btw – he just got better looking.

  6. Hi Keith. Great blog. I read it always with interest and none less so on this occasion. However, as regards your revolutionary music download plan I would just like to offer a couple of points which I feel are relevant to the ‘debate’.

    Firstly and most importantly, recent stats issued from the RIAA would indicate that most music production companies are starting to embrace ‘illegal’ downloads into their marketing mix as most consumers who download from Limewire, Grokster et al and like what they hear will actually then buy either an album or the full priced, high bitrate original from whatever source is available be it iTunes, 7Digital, Amazon etc… My point is this. If I find a record I like I’m not initially bothered about the legality of the source until I know its going to be part of my music library and then I buy it. (it’s a bit like a test drive…Mini or Arbarth Fiat…hmmm, one is going to get paid for and that is the one you enjoy the most and want to keep) and that appears to be the approach for a very high percentage of music users.

    Secondly, your download plan is good because it puts money into the hands of the artist and not the music company directly. I personally remember the £16 music CD and the £9.99 vinyl album which preceded it, so nobody is going to convince me that the industry has not covered decades worth of R&D costs 1000 times over and even have a war chest for the lean times! Anyone know a poor music executive? The music industry has always seemed to look after itself well and very rarely the artist (except when they are at the top of their game and a real cash cow). So, whilst your idea may have a few contractual hurdles to get over, I’d certainly let you pitch me an investment proposal based on it. But the bands would have to be prepared to have their music tasted for free and bought on that basis. I personally think the era of ‘buy an album on the basis of a single’ is long gone and now a more free, content rich, taste-testing environment has become king…

    Finally, this all may be somewhat academic as I just notice from the wires today that the US Federal courts have granted a landmark Ruling against LimeWire which could be the final nail in the file sharing coffin.

    Some may say this is a good thing but personally I think this will have a greater effect on music sales in the longterm as if we cannot taste by discovery and find music we like, we are just going to get served up as a fait accompli tried and tested music formulas via fixed content Radio stations, Music journos and lobbyists paid for by the industry… oh, and of course let’s not forget Apple, who even I would admit most people love but very, very few trust!

    The day ‘In Rainbows’ downloaded for its perceived value rather than a value based on cost+overhead+profit was the day I thought the Music Industry was finally about to change…alas. No.

  7. Keith

    That was very grown up, thanks Tim. I did a quick bit of research and came up with this gem:
    A Russian site where you can download soon to be released albums for a quid – the American courts can pass as many laws as they like but they will never be able to stop what is going on
    I prefer to pay as long as the price is reasonable and the money goes to the artist

    • Tim Wilcox

      Hi Keith. Thanks for the reply. One final thing which I thought was both interesting yet unexpected regarding royalty levels to musicians and bands…check this link
      I found this from UK Stuff Magazine this month and was quite amazed to see that the following royalties are payable by/to the main players: money to the record labels per 99p track= itunes 41p. Spotify 0.11p (eeek) CD sale 13p (online sale). Money to artist per 99p track: CD 6.5p (online sale) itunes 5.9p Spotify 0.028p!!!

      I also found out from another source that prior to 2004 (most recent UK/EU stats) an OTC CD sale @ average £9.99 generated £5.95 to the record company and just under two quid to the artist… that stat really crystallises how the internet is stifling the musician does it not. Go figure!!!
      So, if you can make your master-plan work it will be truly revolutionary and you can count me in!

      Cheers. Tim

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