<![CDATA[Welcome To The Website Of The 'Workaday' Writer K.D.Knight. - Home]]>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:17:22 +0100Weebly<![CDATA[THE MYSTERIOUS AND UNDER-VALUED NOVELS OF THE AUTHOR.]]>Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:52:47 GMThttp://kdkworkadaywriter.com/home/the-mysterious-and-under-valued-novels-of-the-author​On the ‘books’ page of this website can be found the covers of two novels, both nominally e-books as no self-respecting literary agent or publisher of hard cover has thus far seen fit to take any interest in them. The author believes both novels to be ‘quite good’ and certainly of interest to anyone with an open-mind when it comes to all things religious. Unfortunately, though both books through being professionally edited are now in a more acceptable state to be bought and read by a discerning public, they are not at present for sale, whereas the author’s other novels and collections of short stories, none of which have had the benefit of the skilled eye of the professional editor, are currently for sale with virtually every e-book vendor on the planet.
This you will recognise is not a professional way to go about selling your wares but real hard life has reared its ugly head and put a stopper to the advancement of the strategy to ‘go about things in a more organised and professional manner’. Good intentions and all that!
Before I turn up my toes in an act of submission all my work, I vow, will be professionally edited. I owe it to myself, to my characters and to my reader. I confess to being prone to the odd ‘was’ and unforgivable ‘were’ and when my eye is especially lazy words get left in that along with the rest of the sentence should have been removed. It is the same, I am told, with many of the top writers.
And I will contact e-bookpublishing and have the fine Mr.Copley take down all my books currently clogging up the unreality of cyber-space, to be replaced by ‘The Abomination’ and ‘Linda Versus God’, the only two books that that have earned the right to be available to the public. It will be done. But only when the financial crisis caused by a family crisis abates. When cancer comes visiting everyone in close proximity to it suffers to one extent or another and I have nothing but sympathy for anyone in a similar position.
We are all human and we all make mistakes. It is part of the learning curve of life. The difference is that some people learn more quickly from their mistakes and do not repeat them. I am not one of those people. I am seemingly cursed by a disposition that is blind to continuous error. In fact my unknown, and secret even from myself, ambition must be to perfect the course of mistake-making.
The problem is that publishing e-books is too easy, and not expensive enough to put off would-be writers such as myself. e-book publishing is an industry without any concern for grammar, punctuation or spelling and unfortunately we are in an era that will eventually mimic the era of Samuel Johnson when words had no definite spelling and punctuation was any old how. The Internet is to blame, as are all aspects of social media.
There is a novel on this website that can be purchased for hard-earned money from any vendor of e-books. ‘Eight Cats at Number Twenty-Seven’ is a story of cats, local history and married love. I make no apology for it. It is what it is. Unedited and a little rough around the edges, as is its author.
When perusing Kobo or Amazon for a novel to upload onto your Kindle or other electronic reading device give some thought to choosing work by an unknown independent like myself. A novel should be as much about the characters and the ideas behind the storylines as perfectly clipped phrases or descriptive merit and though it may interrupt the flow you might want to make note of all the grammatical, typographical and spelling errors. And bear this in mind, if you were to read the draft of a novel to go before a literary agent you would doubtless find a similar number of mistakes. It’s just that when the finished book hits the book-shops proof-readers and editors will have spent many a long hour sifting out the confusing sentences, the misspellings and whatever else might give the reader the impression that the published writer is not the clever-clog you might have thought.]]>
<![CDATA[THE GREAT LOTTERY SCAM.]]>Fri, 14 Jul 2017 10:53:40 GMThttp://kdkworkadaywriter.com/home/the-great-lottery-scam​The state franchised National Lottery has become a scam. It is a game of chance screwed in favour of the owners of Camelot, the Government and those with large disposable assets who can afford a large flutter twice a week. It is certainly of very little value to the poorer members of society.
In 1994, during the parliamentary reign of John Major, an Act of Parliament was passed that gave the Camelot Group licence to organise and run the National Lottery and so pleased were successive Governments by their endeavours their licence was renewed without debate in 2001 and again in 2007. The lottery is regulated, or rubberstamped, by the National Lottery Commission. Its aim, apparently, is to raise as much money for ‘good causes’ as possible. Whether funding for the winning of gold medals is as good a ‘good cause’ than, say, either the N.H.S. or education is a topic in need of discussion.
Money raised through the National Lottery is distributed thusly: 50% goes into the prize fund – this in practice is I believe debatable, though in theory this is the case, though it flies in the face of its aim to raise as much money as possible for good causes when the next figure is read – 28% goes to good causes – 12% to the U.K. Government in duty, this may be considered a stealth tax – 5% to retailers as commission – 5% to Camelot to cover operating costs – 0.5% is the profit that falls into the hands of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, the owners of Britain’s National Lottery. If you are mathematically astute you will be aware all those percentages comes out at 100.5%. A statistical anomaly, I suspect.
In 2010 the fat cats that comprised the Camelot Group sold their shares to the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan for £389-million.
Lotteries are not a new concept, of course. They were so numerous and so disreputable in our history a statute was passed in 1698 by Parliament to suppress ‘the evil-disposed Persons’ who operated such scams. Any lottery since had need of an Act of Parliament. So we can be comforted by the knowledge that the present Lottery is at least legal.
In the first ever draw of the National Lottery – how excited we were at this dawning of an era that promised every one of us that there were untold riches on the horizon and how we blessed John Major and his enlightened ministers for allowing the poor minions of our great country the opportunity of life changing amounts of money – 7 winners shared £5,874,778.
Of course people soon cottoned-on to the sad fact that the National Lottery was not the game changer it was promised to be and was by design a backdoor method of raising money for projects that could not be financed through taxation. A stealth tax, no less. In 2002 the National Lottery was rebranded as Lotto and again due to falling revenue in 2013 the price of a ticket was doubled to £2, followed by an announcement that large bonuses were to be set aside for management pay. In October 2015 Camelot screwed the game completely in favour of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, themselves, Government and the richer portions of society, and completely against the poorer sections of society who would most benefit from a windfall, by adding ten numbers and thereby lengthening the chances of anyone winning the top prize to odds very similar to anyone of us meeting Jesus and his Apostles in the fruit aisle of the local supermarket. Equally the odds on winning the 2nd prize were lengthened to that of bumping into the Pope in a branch of Subways.
Yes, I admit £20 to £40 billion pounds has been allocated to good causes and that must not be sneered at. But £20-billion had been raised by 2007 when ticket prices were still only £1. So why has Camelot been allowed to cock a snoot at the poorer sections of society, the very people closest to becoming members of the ‘good causes’ in need of Lottery handouts, by increasing its charges 100% and adding additional numbers that obviously lengthen the odds of anyone winning a life-altering prize?
In a previous piece for this website I have proposed a Government run lottery to raise additional funding for the N.H.S. along with sensible and proportioned prizes for the tax paying public. I have conveyed my idea to the Prime Minister’s office, my local M.P. and others in hope of gaining their insight and opinion and in reply I have as yet only received dead-bat facts and figures designed to ensure me that the N.H.S. is in safe hands.
The dead-bat figures are as follows: £8- billion in real terms over the next 5-years, of which the N.H.S. will earmark £2-4 billion for G.P. services. This investment will include a £500 million Sustainability and Transformation package to help G.P. practices recruit staff and tackle workload. In the last Budget additional capital funding was announced to support the N.H.S. with £325-million for local improvement plans and £100-million to improve A & E services.
If the proposed additional funding of £380- million raised through my idea of a Government backed lottery is but a drop in the ocean when compared to funds raised through taxation, though over 5-years the figure is more impressive, there must be an elephant in the room that is being deliberately ignored.
And that elephant will be the subject of my next piece.
But to return to the Lottery.
We were sold a lottery for the people, yet in reality it is and always has been a scam to raise duty for the Government, to erect civic buildings the country otherwise would be unable to fund, allow athletes to chase their dreams of gold medals and to donate money to good causes, though only 28% of the whole sum raised.
At the moment weeks roll into months before a top prize is won, with as little as a £1,000 being the most anyone wins for weeks on end. Yet every week the Government collect their 12% duty. The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan scoop their peculiar dividend of 0.5%. The retailers get their 5%. Camelot get their operating costs. Why is there not a petition for the removal of those ten additional numbers and a reduction in the price of a ticket? Camelot only receive operating costs, so it is not profiteering on their part. And the ‘as much money for good causes’ argument sucks because if that was the case the Government wouldn’t take 12% in duty, would they? No, though I can’t prove it, I suspect those additional numbers and the 100% price hike was about the anomalous 0.5% that goes into the coffers of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
Camelot have recently posted profits of £71-million. The odds of winning the top prize have lengthened from 1 in 14 to 1 in 45. A scam, I would suggest, as reprehensible as those ‘evil-disposed’ people of 1698!
<![CDATA[YET MORE THOUGHTS ON SAVING THE N.H.S.]]>Mon, 10 Jul 2017 06:19:50 GMThttp://kdkworkadaywriter.com/home/yet-more-thoughts-on-saving-the-nhs​Saving the N.H.S. from resembling a medical service of third country status is, I believe, as important to the British people of today as winning the 2nd World War was to our forebears. With all that is about to happen to our country, and we should never forget that it is ‘our country’ and not the property of Government and its opposition, with members of Parliament and those unelected to make decisions on our part still in desire of scuppering the democratic decision to leave the E.U., there needs to be a united sense of purpose, a phoenix, we the people, can champion to success from the ashes of political incompetence. In effect we need to restore the National Health Service to being the envy of the world. If we allow politicians of either colour or persuasion to plot the course of recovery and to steer the ship there seems, given what has gone before, little chance of achieving that goal.
Although laudable and necessary localised protests and petitions against the closure of cottage hospitals and specialist units, and all other aspects of medical and social care, alone cannot achieve the aim of restoring the N.H.S. to the status of its glorious inception and history. Nor will the educated voices of newspaper columnists who report on the failings of the N.H.S. without offering any remedies or solutions to the problem.
What is required is a national debate or even a referendum. The problems in the N.H.S. is not one of many problems this or any succeeding government must tackle but the problem. A top-class medical service is the epitome of a functioning civilisation. For the N.H.S. to fall into disrepute is to chronicle the beginning of the end of civilisation in our country. This is not to question the Government’s austerity stance, something that would not be considered but for the failings of the previous Labour administration and the general uselessness of all politicians and Bank of England officials, anyone of which you would have thought would be clever enough to have foretold the calamity on the horizon, but to impress upon Government the sincerity of our disgust for the way they have collectively messed-up the health and social care of this country.
Now is the time for ideas, not from Government think-tanks but from those with most to lose if the National Health Service falls to privatisation and the American way of distributing medical care, the general public. I have offered my idea for helping out N.H.S. funding, I hope others will come up with something better.]]>
<![CDATA[further thoughts on saving the n.h.s.]]>Sun, 09 Jul 2017 16:31:39 GMThttp://kdkworkadaywriter.com/home/further-thoughts-on-saving-the-nhs​I have it on exemplary authority that in ‘real terms’, as opposed to ‘unreal terms’, the present Government has allocated £8-billion over the next 5 years to the N.H.S. and in addition have pledged to give £2.4 million for G.P. services by 2021. Furthermore this investment includes something called a Sustainability and Transformation package worth £500-million to help G.P.’s recruit more staff and to aid with their increasing workload. Further furthermore in the last Budget the Chancellor promised to support the N.H.S. with £325-million for local improvements and to improve A & E services.
I am grateful to my local M.P. Geoffrey Cox for the above figures. He didn’t answer my request for his opinion and insight on my proposal but he did supply me figures that were doubtless intended to persuade me believe that the N.H.S. is being well-tended by the Conservative Government. It is my deep belief that the N.H.S. has been poorly tended by successive Governments for many decades. Indeed, as with education, it is time all political parties stopped using the N.H.S. as a political football and joined together in a crusade to right the ship before it finally keels over and perishes.
My proposal to supply an estimated extra £350-million through a Government sponsored sweepstake looks small beer when compared to the staggering amount of money already entering N.H.S. coffers. Of course once you multiply the trifling £350-million by the 5 years the Government are allowing themselves to right the ship a more impressive number emerges.
Yet with all this existing and promised funding A & E departments remain threatened with either closure or partial closure at night due to staff shortages, cottage hospitals are closing at rate of knots, operating theatres and wards are being mothballed, specialist departments such as maternity units merged as is proposed in my local area with North Devon’s closing, forcing expectant mothers to travel up to Taunton, and G.P. surgeries either closing due to a lack of doctors or waiting lists for appointments becoming as hard to obtain as membership to the Jockey Club.
Of course there is an elephant in the room. If the staggering amounts of money being invested in the N.H.S. is not enough to halt the rapid decline the problem must be that it is being overrun due to a population that is now so large medical services and social care can no longer be sustained through the resource of taxation. And with the population only likely to increase over the coming decades it can only be assumed that no amount of funding will ever be found to maintain the British Health Service as a respected and viable operation.
I am beginning to think my £350-million sweepstake funding, even though it would pay the wages of a good many doctors and train a good many nurses, is only a drop in the ocean compared to what is really needed. £350-million pound, a drop in the ocean! What is the world coming to?
I must return to the elephant no one is prepared to acknowledge. How can an ever-increasing population be catered for when the number of N.H.S. facilities is decreasing. De-coding the figures supplied to me by my M.P. it seems the Government are giving themselves 5 years to get on top of the problem. But I suspect that during those 5 years the population will have increased again and the number of N.H.S. facilities, not to mention the number of doctors and nurses, will have similarly decreased and the problems we have today will remain unfixed in 5 years’ time. My proposed £350-million a year will certainly help though it cannot solve, whereas putting a brake on immigration will.
When the population is allowed to swell, shall we say by a third in a short amount of time, you give yourself the mounting problems of a third more traffic on the roads, a third more sewage to dispense, a third more housing required, a third more need for water, electric, gas etc. You also put a third more strain on medical and social care. That is the elephant the Government is too scared to address for fear of being tarred with the brush of xenophobia. I would term it being patriotic and serving the people born and bred in the country they are pledged to serve.]]>