THE STATE OF THE NATION

first_imgOften, I feel the country is going mad, continually trying to buy on price, rather than on quality.With the public’s obsession in buying everything as cheaply as they can, we are shopping ourselves out of jobs. More and more factories are closing down in the UK. And the supermarkets hold much of the responsibility for this insane rush to lower prices. In reality, many of our remaining factories are importers – and often only assembly plants at best – as they source their products from overseas. If we cannot create jobs for everyone, where is the money coming from to buy the goods?I have always said I do very little wholesale and never intend to try to supply supermarkets. I feel that those chasing that business have a tendency towards volume addiction. But why should I borrow or use my money to put in extra plant – and even buildings – to provide products for someone else? That would mean I take the risk and they take the profits. Once you get hooked, I suppose it’s like riding a bicycle – once you stop pedalling, you fall off.Recently, I read in The Times that scientists claim that, within 20 years, there will be smart drugs that will make us think faster, improve memory and reduce tiredness. It reminds me of that old song, Why was I Born So Soon? Gosh, how I would love to have that pill.There is no doubt about it, the public sector is the place to be if you want short working hours, high pay, little stress and high pensions. Public sector workers across the board take 30% more days off sick than private sector workers, according to statistics.Then, their trade unions claim it is the extra stress they work under. I call it skiving off.Our MD, Neville, runs the firm without much help from me. When he tells me his staff problems, I confess I could not deal with the utter stupidity of the employment rules, which the idiots in government keep introducing. They will inevitably lead to unemployment. More time is spent on trying to remove a poorly performing member of staff with a bad attitude than on trying to improve the business.The total unfairness of it is that, if a member of staff does not like my face, they are at liberty to say, “I think you are ugly and I am not going to work for you.” This, I feel, is probably justified, as I don’t look like Cary Grant.But just think what would happen if I said to a member of staff, “I don’t like your attitude. You never smile and you depress everyone around you, so you must leave and find employment where you can be happy.” I would be in an industrial tribunal before you could say “goodbye”. And they call that fair? Unemployment is a bit like old age; it just keeps getting closer. nlast_img read more

Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour crown comes at start of Jeffrey Abbey’s stellar IMCA Stock Car season

first_imgMinnesotan Curt Lund won the next two events, also at 281. Abbey won the final two IMCA Sunoco Stock Car features, held at 281 Speedway on the same day due to inclement weather. Each checkered was worth $750 while the tour title that accompanied the sweep paid $5,000. “We did have an advantage over the guys from the Northern Region,” said Abbey. “These were tracks we race weekly or on a regular basis.” The Comanche, Texas, pilot had never won two features in the same division on the same day before. Starts 5             Wins 3          Additional Top Five’s 1 HIS CREW: Father Randy, brothers Westin and Dean, Justin McCullough, Eric Stuber and Dakota Holder. HIS SPONSORS: Abbey Racing of Comanche; Dustin Davidson Racing of West; Don Wile Racing of San Angelo; 121 Towing and Recovery of Salado; Star 1 Roofing and CRS Suspension, both of Midlothian; Muir­head Motorsports of Mabank; Dirt Defender of Waxahachie; Mark Herring Race Engines of Plainview; 517 Designs of Whitney; Black Flag Bodies of Elm Mott; Dynamic Drivelines of Des Moines, Iowa; and KS Engineer­ing of Albert Lea, Minn. Abbey would prove to be a regular visitor to victory lanes around the EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region, winning 18 of 29 starts at seven different tracks this season.center_img Three-time winner Jeffrey Abbey was champion of the Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography) Five of those victories came at Heart O’ Texas Speedway, four more at Southern Oklahoma Speedway. He’d won both Stock Car features at Abilene Speedway’s Ice Breaker, the second show doing double duty as opening night for the tour. COMANCHE, Texas – A first-time accomplishment in an already much accomplished dirt track career made Jeffrey Abbey champion of the Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour. “We didn’t plan to race a Stock Car so much this season,” he said. “It turned out to be a pretty good season.” “We’d watched the tour last year. We were looking for some races to go to in February and the tour seemed like a good way to start the year.”last_img read more