"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Monday, 31 August 2009

America No More


With thanks to Ne Ultra

The Last Refuge in the Shires

An explanatory update from Sarah, Maid of Albion: The Last Refuge in the Shires

A Slice Of Existential Fruit Cake


I must be going round the twist because I find this really, really funny.
Socialist Fruitcake, courtesy of Edgar Egg

Always & Forever

Two more soldiers, from The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, have been killed in an explosion.  They were on  foot patrol this morning, just north of Lashkar Gah, in Helmand. They haven't been named but their families have been informed.

UPDATE: Michael Yon has posted a new report. The wealth of detail he gives is probably why he was kicked out of Sangin by the MoD. This is how Defence of the Realm sees it.

I'm Confused

Just over a week ago I posted about Luton's 3-month banning order  on groups protesting against Islamic protests against the troops.  Yesterday riot police broke up a mob of 200 Asian 'youngsters' after they threw fireworks at officers. (Youngsters??)

I'm confused because it's unclear from the BBC reporting whether the banned marches went ahead after all and this was a reaction or whether all the firework-throwing came from the pictured group protesting about something the police aren't aware of.
"There has been extensive public consultation and work behind the scenes to ensure Luton was not the chosen venue for any kind of march or protest but it would seem that for no apparent reason disorder has broken out in Bury Park."
Here's how  Luton Today is reporting it.  There were no other marches taking place on the day so it was just this 'small, unrepresentative group' of 'Asians'.  Despite the best efforts of the press & police to somehow blame right-wing marchers for the violence when they weren't even there now I'm not so confused.

According to the Daily Mail, this man, Sayful Islam,
'used to be' a moderate Muslim from Luton.  I wonder what he is now?

UPDATE:  Apparently he's been ...a prominent hardline activist in Luton for more than 5 years & living off job seeker's allowance.  Islam said: "They have killed, maimed and raped thousands of innocent people. They can't come here and parade where there is such a Muslim community."  He was talking about soldiers of the Anglian Regiment - he doesn't sound 'moderate' to me.

One of his equally moderate friends said: "I am outraged that these soldiers paraded through the streets. They are nothing more than hired mercenaries, war criminals, terrorists.  I was simply voicing my anger, in a lawful, peaceful way, against the Nazi British Army and the war. I do not regret that."
 It's a pity they're British-born scum and can't be deported.  We need a government with balls - one that can 'think the unthinkable'.

H/t: Old Holborn

A Mixed Bag Blog

The NHS has been hitting the headlines for the past couple of weeks starting with the high rate of sickies from staff.  That was followed by the Patients' Association report about  neglect & cruelty in the NHS and  government-produced tractor stats.

Today we find, not so much inequality as wrong-headed priorities, when one group of people are accorded  yuman rights innit while the NHS is faffing around with trendy liberal fringe concepts.
Police are given £12 a day for each inmate held at a police station, the Ministry of Justice has admitted. This is six times more than is given to primary schools to feed each child and more than the sum of £8.49 for a hospital patient and £2.69 for a soldier in Afghanistan.
So, while we're rightly fretting about our frail and vulnerable hospitalised elderly dying of malnutrition we also find out that, in monetary terms, they actually get more than 3x pd than a soldier fighting in Helmand and prisoners get almost 5x as much.
One can only hope, however, that if Brown had braved the journey northwards from Bastion to Sangin (he didn’t), where British infantrymen are getting killed or wounded at a rate directly comparable to that of their predecessors in Western Europe in 1944, his media men would have first whitewashed the graffiti in the latrine third from the left on the northern wall.  "I dropped a Gordon" a rifleman has scrawled beside the seat.
It summarises accurately the feelings of the average British soldier in Helmand towards the Prime Minister.  More articulate, though lacking the same punch, was the officer in Helmand who said: “His (Brown’s) dislike of us is palpable. Why on earth are we, an organisation in which values like loyalty, integrity and trust still exist, destined to be directed by such a miserable, lying shower? We don’t deserve them.”
Three more things on the NHS:
One of its USPs is to be axed: Bottoms up.
Why don't people just follow the diet? Mediterranean diet pill money-spinner for big Pharma Coys.
I see shedloads of taxpayers' cash being thrown at this research: If RV doesn't work for healthcare it could 'benefit' in a social context (which essentially means that surveillance cameras won't be needed any more; but how could remote viewers benefit the watched any more than cctv already does?).
Oh, and when did ensuring patients were fed become outside the remit of being a nurse?   Surely, feeding a patient is an integral part of nursing and shouldn't be left to an army of auxiliary staff (it reminds me of the function creep of PCSOs).

By Hook Or By Crook


The UN globalists will get their way. From govt-sponsored incest/paedophilia in Germany 2007 and Body, Love, Doctor Games in Switzerland, 2008 to this in 2009:  Compulsory sex education in English schools
The United Nations’ education and cultural agency claims that primary school children must learn the facts of life as they “receive messages about their sexuality when they are very young”.

It recommends teaching pupils about their bodies and how they work before they can be “dangerously misinformed” by their friends.
Don't think these events aren't linked or that this latest attempt is more benign than the others.  It's the way of govts at the moment to float ideas and await a reaction (or a backlash as there was in Germany and Switzerland) - in effect they're weighing up what they think they can get away with.

The true perverts are those who look at the above clipart and see a victim and an abuser.  We're being pushed and tested all the time and so far we, particularly the English, have been found wanting.  It's time to say 'No' to this government.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

A Letter to Tory England


A timely reminder from Sarah, Maid of Albion

Simon Dee RIP



Times' obituary

Petition Updates

Petition Updates:
Petition calling on Brown to resign - 70,332
Petition calling for politicians elected to office in England to sign the English Claim of Right - 381
Petition against Tony Blair for EU President - 33,164

Sunday Reflection


(NB The video says music is Led Zep's Bron Yr Aur but there was a copyright spat, so it isn't)

Grand Prix: Spa-Francorchamps


Taken from the 1966 film, Grand Prix. Listen to the sound of those engines!

I Know It's Sunday, But...

... in light of all the wheeler-dealing around Lockerbie, should we:
Pic courtesy of The Red Rag

Sunday Round-Up

The Mail on Sunday: More on MI6, BP, Libya

Simon Dee closer to death than al-Megrahi

Another WTF moment as re-branding costs hundreds of thousands of pounds. It makes no difference what they call their departments, they still can't do the job properly.

With the benefit of hindsight, Peter Hitchens speculates what might have happened if we'd kept out of WW2

The Observer: Talks with the Taliban
Independent on Sunday: Branch closures at the Halifax
The Telegraph: Finally: Councils issue grammar guidelines to employees. Local authorities around the country have now resorted to issuing GCSE-style crib sheets to their staff in a bid to raise standards of grammar in their organisations.

Blood For Oil

From The Sunday Times: The British government decided it was “in the overwhelming interests of the United Kingdom” to make Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, eligible for return to Libya, leaked ministerial letters reveal.

Gordon Brown’s government made the decision after discussions between Libya and BP over a multi-million-pound oil exploration deal had hit difficulties. These were resolved soon afterwards.

Last week: “The idea that the British government and the Libyan government would sit down and somehow barter over the freedom or the life of this Libyan prisoner and make it form part of some business deal...it’s not only wrong, it’s completely implausible and actually quite offensive.”

This week: Brown Lloyd James, a public relations firm with offices in London and New York, has opened an office in Tripoli. It is reported to have placed articles by Colonel Gadaffi in American newspapers. The firm would not comment last week.

One of the firm’s founders is Peter Brown, an old friend of Mandelson who has stayed with Brown on the Caribbean island of St Barts. Mandelson said this weekend that he 'could not recollect' discussing Libya with anyone from Brown Lloyd James.

It is inevitable that the high-powered and wealthy figures who mix with Saif Gadaffi also pass through Mandelson’s orbit. Mutual associates include Lord Rothschild, his son Nat, and the Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, whose company Rusal has interests in Libya.

To Deripaska and Nat Rothschild, Saif Gadaffi is an invaluable business contact. They were invited to his 37th birthday party in Montenegro, where they are both investors in a new marina development.  There's also news that Gadaffi Jnr is moving his expanding media empire to London as he capitalises on growing trade ties with Britain plus he's recently bought a £10m house in Hampstead.

Of course, the government is saying that none of the above matters since, technically, al-Megrahi was released on 'compassionate' grounds and not part of a prisoner transfer deal. I'm sure I'm not alone in finding that statement 'actually quite offensive.' Once again the government has tried to hide behind semantics & failed - and they really do expect us to swallow this guff.

The Labour Party was founded on a principle of subterfuge and that's been part of its core policy - it's congenitally incapable of speaking the truth or treating the voters with respect. Meanwhile, over in America, Powerline says this horse-trading has made the case for the return of the death penalty

UPDATE: I don't mind anyone taking my words/thoughts from the blog but at least give me a h/t - thanks.  (You know who you are!)

Saturday, 29 August 2009

New Terrorists On The Block

Watch out folks, the 'Christmas Resistance Gang' are on the loose with notepad, pencil and superglue.  The good people of Leeds are cowering as police have uncovered a new terrorist cell in the area.
'This is a very polite but very serious reminder not to display Xmas cards until 1st November. We will put super glue into your locks if you do. Peace and goodwill (the Mind shop got done on Sunday).'
Clive Barker, who runs a nearby Oxfam shop, which also had a letter, said: 'We don't have a clue who is involved in this terror campaign.

Please! If it weren't for the fact that this 'terrorist' seems to be hitting only charity shops, it would be very funny and laudable: who the heck wants to see Christmas card displays in August?

Calling it a terror campaign just shows what a load of pussy-wussies they are up in Yorkshire these days - unless, when they catch the mastermind behind TMFTCOC, he admits to superglue training at a secret location in Af/Pak. Grow up and stop over-reacting. Words become meaningless when they're used like this.

By the way, I'd do something about the name of the cell as well - I don't think 'The Movement for the Containment of Christmas' is going to catch on - by the time you've said your name as part of a coded phone warning to police, the glue will have gone off.  And do something about your disguise too, you might get away with it on Oxford Street but not in't Arndale Centre:

Brown Meets His Troops

Brown on surprise visit to Afghanistan :
UPDATE:
Soldier takes Brown to task on tax

Those Whingeing English Again

Like Father, Like Son

I used to play a game - not a very imaginative or thrilling one - where I'd decide where to live in England depending on the quality of the local MP.  For many years I've had my eye set on a small farmholding in the constituency of Shipley, West Yorkshire but this morning I discovered that the apple had fallen from a bigger tree, so I'm now musing on the possibilities of Doncaster.  They recently elected an English Democrat Mayor and by all accounts, he's doing very well.

With delicious serendipity, it turns out that Peter Davies (the Mayor) is father of Philip Davies (the MP).
Within a week of his election, Mr Davies had slashed his own salary from £73,000 to £30,000, scrapped the mayoral limousine and abolished the council's free newspaper.  He has written to the Electoral Commission asking them to scrap two-thirds of Doncaster's 63 council seats in order to save the town £800,000 a year.
'If Pittsburgh can manage with nine councillors, why do we need 63?' he asks.
Doncaster definitely has the edge at the moment and I hope many more English Democrat Mayors and Councillors with the same values are elected to office in England - it's no less than we deserve.  I'll definitely be keeping an eye on Doncaster.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Friday Post


From President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic:

'Europeism' is a “conglomerate of ideas” that includes:
- economic (or social) views based on the concept of the so called social market economy (which is the opposite of the market economy);
- views on freedom, democracy and society based on collectivism, social partnership and corporatism, not on classical parliamentary democracy;
- views on European integration, which favor unification and supranationalism;
- views on foreign policy and international relations based on internationalism, cosmopolitism, abstract universalism, multiculturalism and on denationalization.

To my great regret, I am afraid the same speech should be repeated today. Europe is more and more dominated by this way of thinking despite the fact that it is an extremely naïve, unpractical and romantic utopism, not shared by European silent majority, but predominantly by European elites.

Looking back, I am slightly surprised that in 2006 I did not mention environmentalism and global warming alarmism as a new threat to our freedom and prosperity... ..."

Continues at The Brussels Journal

The Irish Are Popular

Here's another petition on the Lisbon Treaty - this one is from the Netherlands to the Irish voters though people from all over the world are signing:

Dear Irish Voters

You are the only people in Europe who have a chance to vote in a referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon, the new version of the European 'constitution'.


In the Netherlands we were allowed to give our opinion in 2005 in a referendum on the first version of the constitution. A great majority of Dutch voters said no.

We have not had any opportunity to give our opinion of this modified version of the constitution, the Treaty of Lisbon. So we were very glad that Irish voters rejected the treaty in a referendum last year.

Thanks to pressure from Europe's leaders, you are now being forced to go back to the voting booth to once more give your opinion of this same treaty. We hope that you won't let yourselves be intimidated by the pressure that's being put on you from the rest of Europe, that you won't be fooled by the false promises that are being made to you, and that you'll be as resolute this year as you were last year in voting against this undemocratic, militaristic, neoliberal Europe.

Like the Irish, the great majority of Europeans do not support this Europe. The recent elections for the European Parliament, in which only 36% of those eligible cast a vote, was a fresh demonstration of this fact.

But only you Irish voters have a chance - speaking not only in your own name but also in the name of other Europeans - to reject the Lisbon Treaty, thus opening the way to a different, democratic, anti-militaristic, social and ecological Europe.

We're counting on you. And you can count on our solidarity.

Comité Ander Europa
Comite Ander Europa

Henry & The NHS

From Mark Wadsworth's blog:

Posted at the request of Henry North London:
"To all my usual readers, I wish to apologise that my blog is currently down for maintenance. There are other reasons too but I cannot discuss them currently. The blog will be back for business after Sept 26th at the latest.
In the mean time read my posts on National Death Service or the Libertarian South East Blog. I wish all my readers well and this is akin to why Nightjack was shut down so you will appreciate why I have had to take such drastic measures. Rest assured that all the posts still exist and that you will be able to read again in a month's time.

Henry North."

Good luck to Henry - I hope it isn't too serious and he's back blogging again soon.

You Can't Legislate Equality

Hmmm.  Equality is a myth; it's an impossibility peddled as a right by people like Harman, Cooper, Brown, Balls, Darling, Straw - spot the marxist connections.

HR must do more to accommodate Ramadan & other festivals

Hide your tea & biscuits and change working hours if necessary

Or this: "It is affirmative action.”

No, it isn't, it's discrimination and appeasement at the expense of the traditional and historic values of this country and its people.  Actions like these are better coming from the individual or the local community - they can't be successfully state-driven by central government.

More info on Harman's Equality Bill

The Sun -v- Labour Party

The Sun Leader joins bloggers in driving another stake through Labour's black heart:
Why is Gordon Brown hiding beneath the parapet and delegating wartime command to a journeyman politician with no natural feel for the role and a department full of incompetents? (That's you, Bollox Bob, and the MoD - you should be used to the description by now).

Brown-Nosing

I wasn't going to post about Kennedy but Gordon Brown has been spouting yet more inane, sycophantic drivel in this Boston Globe article so I thought I'd dig this up about Ted Kennedy on Chappaquiddick, Noraid and the honorary knighthood.
Brown: "His abiding interest in an Irish settlement helped the United Kingdom enormously. He was a massive force in bringing the factions together to make peace in Northern Ireland possible. This was one of the many reasons why this year Her Majesty The Queen awarded Kennedy an honorary British knighthood."
Sanctimonious claptrap from Brown .  I've stopped being amazed at the capacity of Brown & his mentors/co-politico-religionists to redefine truth to their own peculiar way of thinking.

Later today he's meeting the Pakistani PM as part of  Zardari's 3-day trip to Britain again at Drowning Street so no doubt there'll be another Aid package announced.
 

Dedicated To A Pack Of 20

Thursday, 27 August 2009

From Highbridge to Burnham on Sea

This is the final part:

Cannabis & Khat


So far as I can tell, and I have to admit I'm not an expert, the only difference is one is smoked, the other is chewed; one is illegal, the other is not.

Why is it legal to grow a greenhouse full of Khat but not Cannabis? (Actually, if AGW is real, I won't even need a greenhouse - my boys and I could buy a field in Kent and cover it in polytunnels for khat-growing - pin your ears back, boys!)

I can see demand for Khat soaring as the government has plans to criminalise the legal highs of Spice, GBL & BZP. The beauty of my dastardly plan lies in its simplicity: the government will never criminalise Khat because it's used primarily by Muslims from the Yemen, Somalia, Saudi Arabia... ... I think I've just found a financial cushion for my old age.

Khat
More Khat

A Home Office Report

A Thought On Climate Change

Global warming, global cooling, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes and armageddon. H/t to Klein Verzet for this:

The BBC reports that Ministers from 10 African countries have met in Ethiopia to agree a common position on climate change, months before a crucial UN meeting. They are expected to renew demands for billions of dollars in compensation for Africa because of damage caused by global warming and they are likely to ask rich nations to cut emissions by 40% by 2012.

So, it's still all to do with the money-grasping capitalist west which made itself rich on the back of poor down-trodden African slavery. And nothing at all to do with corrupt African warlords/leaders/power-mad crazy b@st@rds and internecine feuding.

I think all the English should swap places with all the Africans and we should take our financial institutions and entrepreneurial skills with us to Africa - we'd have to rename the countries as well. I bet the old England would soon sink into a hellhole of the African leaders' making and the old Africa would begin to take shape and remould itself into a dynamic society.

Unfortunately, when it was a successful, thriving country, the African leaders would start stamping their feet saying how unfair it was because the mineral wealth of old England had already been exploited whereas the old Africa was rich and they could have done the same if only the West had given them more money for desalination plants; boo-bloody-hoo.

I am sick to death of this victim mentality and the people in the West who encourage it by shouting mea maxima culpa and throwing money away via aid so the African leaders get richer and more powerful and nothing changes for the ordinary people.

A picture of someone getting really angry, like me.

Don't Quit Quitting

This isn't aimed at anyone else - only me, because it's all I can think about. I'm not proselytising honest! I hope the blog will be back to 'normal' soon:

Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Highbridge

Quitting smoking is supposed to make you feel healthy but I feel even more bleurgh today than yesterday ...so here's #2 of 3 because my brain's stopped working:

More On The MoD & Michael Yon

Defence of the Realm has been putting two and two together and has an insight into the MoD's cancellation of Yon's embed.

Message To Climate Camp Protestors

Obama Is What?

When Listening Means Spying

Spy Blog:
It's all very benign of course and for our own good. Function-creep and unintended consequences aren't acknowledged in Labour's brave new world.

Just Checking Those Chakras, Girls


I wonder how many applicants there were for his job.

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

From Evercreech To Highbridge

Take a break of less than ten minutes and have a glimpse into life forty-six years ago:

Michael Yon No Longer Embedded


The MoD has cancelled Michael Yon's 'embed' with the troops in Afghanistan. Why?

Here's a link to his latest posting and some more brilliant photos: Bad Medicine & Pharmacy Road

Just Wondering

George Osborne's visits to Corfu placed him at the centre of a new row today when his department signalled a major U-turn on illegal downloads less than a month after he met a Hollywood mogul on the Greek island.

Ministers are considering bringing in special powers to cut off internet users who share copyrighted films and music, an option that was rejected earlier this year by Lord Carter, the former Digital Britain minister and ex-Downing Street special adviser, when he completed his major review of internet communication.

The timing of the announcement could cause problems for the Chancellor. Mr Osborne met and dined with David Geffen, the billionaire producer, on August 7. Hollywood film companies are losing hundreds of millions of pounds from illegal downloads, and have launched a huge effort to change the law to make piracy harder.

They dined with members of the Rothschild banking dynasty at the family's holiday villa on Corfu. Mr Osborne was reported to have ordered officials to prepare a U-turn on his return from holiday days later, although officials insist it was not his decision alone.

"Until Osborne's diary is published in 30 years, I don't think anyone will really know what happened," one source said.
I was just wondering whether I'd still think the whole business looks dodgy if it was Osborne instead of Lord you-know-who-of-what-and-where-but-not-why. And it does. Something like this would be all over the BBC if the shoe was on the other foot. Mandelson's links with the movers and shakers of the new world order should be severed, preferably at about crotch level, with a rusty implement.
Major u-turn on downloads
UPDATE: 4,000 join Pirate Party UK on Facebook

One For The Road


I can't stand it any more. I've got no nails, no hair and no goodwill for all mankind. I loathe everything and everybody and I'm out of chewing gum, chocolate and ice cream. See you later.

Monday, 24 August 2009

Still Missing

Why Boys Need Parents

I'm having another folder clearout - these are left over from Silly Week but you'll just have to take my word for it that the first one is a boy:


MPs Try To Hijack Kelly Inquiry


As we all know, Sir Christopher Kelly’s Committee on Standards in Public Life invited the public and politicians to submit their views before publication of a report that's expected to propose radical reforms.

As a result, the inquiry has been bombarded by MPs' complaints about their 'miserable lifestyles, media intrusion, the inadequacy of existing allowances' — along with repeated demands for a hefty pay rise.

Public Servants - don'cha just luv'em? Whoring chutzpah and brass-necked insensitivity doesn't come close.

Spot The Deliberate Mistake

Actually, it isn't a mistake - no-one puts out a poster like this without first thinking very carefully about every aspect of the wording.


They're fine words from Cameron but isn't there just a touch of paranoia about them?

I don't fear my government; I think it's corrupt, negligent of the people, bullying and a host of other descriptions. But if push comes to shove, I won't be quaking in a corner. In common with thousands of other ordinary people, I don't fear them; I despise them.
UPDATE: Thanks to Fausty for pointing out that I should have discriminated between fear of a government and fear of the technology that governments might use. Anyone who's read this blog from the beginning and followed its links (likewise Fausty's and others) will know some of what a government is capable of doing. My fault for not explaining myself more clearly, though the fact remains that you can't fight effectively against something you're scared of.

Stop Right Now

The decision of the Scottish Executive to release al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds has really stirred up a storm of protest but I have the feeling some people are sitting back, arms folded and chuckling.

Some Americans have called for a boycott of all things Scottish, the Scots are telling them where to get off (as would the English if caught in a similar situation) and there's supposedly a worry that any boycott would inevitably extend to all things 'British'.

Forget it. Let the politicians do the political back-stabbing and spout poisonous innuendo because that's all they're good for. Our verbal attacks should be directed against them, not each other.

Gaddafi has been wooed by America, Britain & Europe for the past five yrs at least and anyone who thinks the status of al-Megrahi wasn't discussed at the highest levels is naive. A boycott of Scottish goods & service won't serve any useful purpose; it would be an irrelevance and a distraction away from the real culprits - governments and puppeteers. It's time we stopped giving them permission to pull our strings.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Wow!

Good Grief! etc etc:

H/t Colonel Buckshot

England Regain The Ashes



UPDATE: This reminder from Guido:

European GP: Valencia

Sunday Reflection

Sunday Round-Up

Telegraph: Treasury statistics show that the UK's net contribution to the EU will increase from £4.1 billion this year to £6.4 billion in 2010/11. The figures were buried in the Treasury's annual Community Finances statement, which was slipped out last month just before parliament recess. Being bled dry #1
Sunday Times: The minor economic boom in Tandarei has seen 100 imposing new homes built, valued at about £20m. BMWs and Land Rovers with British numberplates cruise the dusty streets: Being bled dry #2
Sunday Telegraph: Lies over Libya links unravelling. BP, Blair, Brown, Mandelson, Gadaffi, and other vipers.
Mail on Sunday: More on Bollox Bob Ainsworth - Does he have any friends left?
MoD smears come back to bite them

More stories to dull your appetite:
Little girl attacked by two little boys
Jogger run down & stamped on

The Gray Report

It's almost nine o'clock and I'm still waiting for the BBC News to report on the Sunday Times' disclosure of the Gray Report. They finally spared a minute but it was hardly in-depth, preferring to focus instead on Labour's McConnell talking about "Scotland's shame" vis-a-vis al-Megrahi (another fine mess).

It was Laura Kuenssberg who first released details of some slides from the Gray report obtained under the FoI Act at the beginning of August.

The strongly-worded 296-page report states that the management is poor, the projects expensive and items out of date by the time they arrive.
“How can it be that it takes 20 years to buy a ship, or aircraft, or tank?
“Why does it always seem to cost at least twice what was thought?
“Even worse, at the end of the wait, why does it never quite seem to do what it was supposed to?”
Gray says the MoD department in charge of procurement is so incompetent that it should be privatised; that would be the department run by Quentin Davies.

The Sunday Times has really gone to town on the leaked report and devotes a 3rd article to it for maximum coverage:
"The prime minister’s repeated claims that our armed forces have all the equipment they need are exposed as pure deceit."
Labour's faux-pacific roots and concomitant resentment of the Armed Forces shouldn't be a surprise to anyone and the contents of this report won't surprise either. The main thing is that it's a step forward now the report is in the public domain and the government's lies are exposed.



Why the sprout? Because it has more integrity than our shameful, hypocritical PM & MoD, who rely on the honour & commitment of our Armed Forces while having none of their own.

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Compare & Contrast

The European Union Election Observation Mission (EUEOM) has declared the Afghan elections "largely positive" and "a victory for the Afghan people".

Really? Tell it to the Marines and the Afghans who can no longer count up to ten on their fingers.

Lucky

video

You're Not The Boss Of Me #3/3

We could do a deal with America; we let them have Dan Hannan for President and they let us have this guy (Larken Rose, weird name) for Prime Minister:

You're Not The Boss Of Me #2/3

Keep in mind that the Declaration of Independence was derived in part from the English Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights:

You're Not The Boss Of Me #1/3

I've no idea who this chap is but he's making a lot of sense in this video. Just change the cultural references from American to British/English and you'll see the concepts he talks about are universal:

Luton's 3-Month Banning Order

The Home Office has granted Bedfordshire Police a 3-month banning order on marches through Luton town centre following the UAF violence earlier this month in Birmingham (pics).
"Police have announced bans on unofficial marches in Luton amid fears of planned protests by right-wing groups."
'Fears of planned protests'? Surely protests, planned or not, are a sign of a healthy, functioning democracy? You can take your state-sanctioned protests and you-know-what with them while whistling 'Dixie'...

The video below is, for once, being unfair to Brown; there are others who are to blame as well. It's not a bad video but I found the music unnecessarily over-bearing:


"Britain today is a better place..."
Libya, Oil, Lockerbie
Good news: the site, Islamic Awakening, which applauded the deaths of British troops in Afghanistan has been removed.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Happy Motoring





Friday Post

An article trying to shed light on 'left/right' racism with detail and links galore. Here's an extract:
"I have often argued that describing a political party or an individual ‘extreme right-wing’ because they are racist is wrong, it is a slanderous propaganda that the Left themselves have come to believe. Yesterday Reason Online had an article about the history of violent racism in the American Left.

"That is far easier to prove in the US than in Britain. While Britain was in difficulty coming to terms with the beginning of mass immigration of non-European people, a Democrat Senator was filibustering (talking out) the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Now it is possible to object to rights legislation and not be racist, regardless of what the left will tell you, but Senator Byrd was a senior member of the Ku Klux Klan, an organisation formed in 1865 in part to serve the interests of the Democrat Party.

"In the 1920s it was the Republicans who were trying to legislate against lynching, and the Democrats who prevented that legislation... "
Continues at My Doubts.

Michael Savage Takes It Further


Following the inclusion of American 'shock-jock' Michael Savage on the Home Office list of people banned from entering the UK, his lawyers have again written to Jacqui Smith as the next step to suing for damages. Here's an extract:
13. In order to remedy your actions in respect of the Press Release, our client requires that you respond within 14 days of this letter, that is on or by 1 September 2009, undertaking the following:

(a) the payment by you to our client of a substantial sum in damages to be agreed;
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I wish Savage success and I hope Geert Wilders follows his example.

(I'm having problems deciphering the look on Brown's face in the pic above; is it malevolence, boredom or something else?)

The Government We Deserve?


85yrs-old, attacked from behind. What happened to the govt's beloved CCTV cameras which are so 'invaluable in the fight against crime'?

No-one I know wants to live in a society like this and certainly no-one voted for it. No one voted for the changes that would bring this about. We don't have the government we deserve; we deserve much, much better than the present scummy b@st@rds in office. The cost of this government can be counted in much more than financial terms. We want a General Election NOW.

Greenpeace & Leipold

They say they 'emotionalize issues'; we say they lie:

Stop Press: Part Of Mandelson Is Benign


Unfortunately, it's being operated on today in the name of equality and fairness for all body-parts. Hitting Mandy's G-Spot. It's probably just piles anyway - another occupational hazard.

UPDATE: I hear the benign prostate is recovering well after being separated from a malignant tumour.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Betjeman: Inexpensive Progress

Encase your legs in nylons,
Bestride your hills with pylons
O age without a soul;
Away with gentle willows
And all the elmy billows
That through your valleys roll.

Let's say goodbye to hedges
And roads with grassy edges
And winding country lanes;
Let all things travel faster
Where motor car is master
Till only Speed remains.

Destroy the ancient inn-signs
But strew the roads with tin signs
'Keep Left,' 'M4,' 'Keep Out!'
Command, instruction, warning,
Repetitive adorning
The rockeried roundabout;

For every raw obscenity
Must have its small 'amenity,'
Its patch of shaven green,
And hoardings look a wonder
In banks of floribunda
With floodlights in between.

Leave no old village standing
Which could provide a landing
For aeroplanes to roar,
But spare such cheap defacements
As huts with shattered casements
Unlived-in since the war.

Let no provincial High Street
Which might be your or my street
Look as it used to do,
But let the chain stores place here
Their miles of black glass facia
And traffic thunder through.

And if there is some scenery,
Some unpretentious greenery,
Surviving anywhere,
It does not need protecting
For soon we'll be erecting
A Power Station there.

When all our roads are lighted
By concrete monsters sited
Like gallows overhead,
Bathed in the yellow vomit
Each monster belches from it,
We'll know that we are dead.

When Is Undercover Surveillance Most Risky?

A: When you're back at base having your lunch and someone ushers in a group of offenders.

Priceless. Someone at West Midlands Police decided that 14 offenders (burglars, druggies, muggers) working in the police gardens needed a break so they were allowed into the Police Canteen to mingle with serving officers and have lunch. They bumped into plain-clothes detectives assigned to surveillance work.

An un-named senior detective said: "We have got a covert observation team who are meant to be incognito. We do not want them coming around the corner straight into people they are supposed to be doing surveillance on next week."

Another added: "It's ludicrous – how are we supposed to move around in criminal circles under cover only for a couple of them to recognise us as dining partners.

"Whoever came up with this plan needs their head read. They moved freely around the station – I saw undercover officers trying to avoid being recognised by slipping out of side exits."

However, Supt Surjeet Manku, of the Queen's Road police station, said: "The programme was risk assessed and all access to canteen facilities was supervised. While I understand concerns from a few officers I also believe in treating everyone with dignity, fairness and respect."

Superintendent Surjeet Manku sounds like a real prize prat from New Labour's Common Purpose School of Education and I bet ACPO have him lined up for promotion. Plonquer.

Stirring Up A Storm: Breathe

I think this is fantastic; we all need to take a deep breath and ...BREATHE:

h/t: Dazed & Confused at Let's Argue the Point

MoD Own Goal


This revelation from Jess the Dog is a well-deserved tweak of the nose to whoever in the MoD (Kevan Jones?) is trying to smear Gen.Sir Richard Dannatt.

Apparently because of gagging restrictions imposed by DIN 2007-DIN03-006 Generals (and their equivalents) must have MoD approval to speak to the media and also to attend and host dinners with external parties. JTD submitted a FoI request last year and received a 2-page spreadsheet in return.

Whoever instigated the smear campaign against Dannatt seems to have shot themselves in the foot; how laughingly embarrassing for them. They must be completely lacking in principles to think they can smear a man like the General - click on the pic above to see the info on his medals - and to have the gall to try to use his expenses as a means of dishonouring him is unbelievably crass. The guys over at ARRSE - Army Rumours - don't seem too impressed either.

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Stewart Has Fun With Gun Laws

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This Far & No Farther

According to the Daily Express some British Muslims are delighting in the number of British troops who have died. Apparently there's a website where all the Islamofascist nutjobs go to exchange ideas and encourage each other to be jihadists for the caliphate. I've had enough of this appeasement sh*t; round them up, charge them and lock them up.
UPDATE: Just had a thought - how do they know the writers of this offensive crap are 'British-born' or 'British'? Just asking.



Corruption In Defence Procurement

EU Referendum has an excellent post on two suspect operators and a sub-contractor the MoD deal with to supply some helicopters to our Forces in Afghanistan.

The contract with the sub-contractor "provides 340 hrs at a cost of around £3.9M per month" for one Mi-26 and two Mi8s, the average working out at about £11,500 per hour. Now, another general assumption is that, for routine contracts, the MoD – all things being equal – goes for the cheapest bidder. However,
"This blog has sight of a formal offer made to the MoD for the supply of the same helicopter types, costed at £3,500 per hour for an Mi-8 and £6,000 per hour for an Mi-26. This would work out at considerably less than half the cost of the Skylink contract, potentially saving the MoD £2 million a month. However, the eastern European and Russian operators are known to offer their services at rates considerably below these figures, offering potentially even greater savings if they were employed directly instead of through Skylink.

"Furthermore, other things were not equal..."

"Not only was this bid rejected out of hand, it emerges from a recent AP backgrounder that not only do the helicopter operators employed by the British and Nato have very suspect safety records, with links to known illicit arms dealers, there are also serious security concerns.
We already know that we're funding the Taliban through DfID aid, who else are we funding via the MoD? (See yesterday's post: No glory in this government).

EU Referendum also rightly questions the role of the msm in reporting this (actually, non-reporting). It's an enlightening article, worth reading in full. Bloggers continue to write about a complicit media and under-reporting of facts and secretive D-notices. There's an awful lot going on out there that must be brought to public scrutiny and the media conspires with the govt to hide it away. No wonder conspiracy-theorists are becoming thick on the ground.

Something Found


On Sunday I wrote Something Lost: Something Found about a missing link at the Telegraph on the implications of the European Arrest Warrant; well, it returned yesterday:

The number of Brits extradited expected to treble.

In eight months' time, when Britain officially joins the the Schengen Information System, officials estimate that between 1,050 and 1,700 people a year will be extradited. The SIS was originally formulated to deal with terrorism and serious organised crime but Brits will face extradition for many lesser offences, such as minor drugs crimes, drunkenness, driving offences, & petty theft (thinking of stealing a chicken in Latvia?).

Dominic Grieve, Shadow Justice Secretary said:
“The European Arrest Warrant was introduced to fast-track extradition of terrorist suspects, but has expanded well beyond that. It allows British citizens to be whisked away to face trial for things that are not criminal in this country, on limited evidence, and in countries with lower standards of justice than in Britain.
“If the Government is signing up to plans to increase the use of the warrant, it will only magnify the risk of British citizens falling victim of miscarriages of justice.”
Welcome to the tangled web of government and EU deceit.

Rose Friedman, RIP


Rose Friedman died yesterday, aged ninety-eight. She will be remembered as a talented economist and an influential advocate of freedom in her own right.

Her economic work helped to discredit the idea of government management of the economy, rolling back policies that were hindering wealth creation and thus helping extend prosperity to millions around the world. As a standard-bearer for human liberty, she contributed to the galvanizing of public opinion – especially in the 1980s – against the growing encroachments of intrusive government. She will also be remembered as both the professional partner and wife of her late husband of 68 years, Milton Friedman.

An interview with Rose & Milton Friedman
Had it helped their marriage--now in its 68th year--that they are both economists? Rose (nodding affirmatively): "Uh-unh. But I don't argue with him ... very much." Milton (guffawing): Don't believe her! She does her share of arguing ..." Rose (interrupting): "... and I'm not competitive, so I haven't tried to compete with you." Milton (uxoriously): "She's been very helpful in all of my work. There's nothing I've written that she hasn't gone over first."
An interview with Milton Friedman
Q: What is the biggest risk to the world economy: America's deficits? Energy insecurity? Environment? Terrorism? None of the above?
Friedman: Islamofascism, with terrorism as its weapon.
Streaming of Free to Choose, Vols 1-10
A comprehensive visual explanation of Friedmanite policies.

H/t: Guido

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Nye Bevan Addresses The Labour Party

The Poll Result


Last week I posted a poll on the blog - mainly, I have to say, just to see if I could do it without blasting the blog into the ether again.

It was a very simple question: "Should nations treat terrorism as a criminal act or an act of war?" It was even-stevens pretty much all the way through until a mad dash at the end and I have to admit I'm bemused by the results:
Criminal act like any other violent crime = 14
Political act of war & treated as such = 18
I didn't know I had 14 Man Utd supporters reading this blog. If any of you would like to break cover I'd like to know why you think terrorism is 'just like any other violent crime'. Personally, I think domestic terrorism amounts to treason and should be treated as such. Whichever way you voted, I appreciated it and thank you for participating; it was interesting and I might try it again some time.

He's Back!

OH, who can occasionally out-grump the Old Grump, is back from his hols & thought it would be 'fun' to find out what criminals voted, so he's looked up the top 20 burglary hotspots in the UK and their elected representatives:

NG5 Arnold, Notts - LABOUR, Vernon Croaker MP
LE3 Braunstone, Leicester -LABOUR, Patricia Hewett MP
NG2 West Bridgford - LABOUR, Geoff Hoon MP
CH66 Ellesmere Port, Cheshire - LABOUR, Andrew Miller MP
SE23 Forest Hill, south-east London - LABOUR, Jim Dowd MP
M28 Worsley, Gtr Manchester - LABOUR, Barbara Keeley MP
LS15 Crossgates, Leeds - LABOUR, Fabian Hamilton MP
E17 Walthamstow, east London - LABOUR, Neil Gerrard MP
LS8 Roundhay, Leeds - LABOUR, Fabian Hamilton MP
SW11 Battersea, south London - LABOUR, Martin Linton MP
S8 Norton & Heeley, Sheffield - LABOUR, Meg Munn MP
BN3 Hove, Sussex - LABOUR, Celia Barlow MP
NG3 Sherwood, Notts - LABOUR, John Heppell MP
NG8 Bilborough, Notts - LABOUR, John Heppell MP
BS7 Horfield, Bristol - LIBDEMS, Stephen Williams MP
N8 Hornsey, north London - LIBDEM, Lynne Featherstone MP
CR0 Croydon, Surrey - CONSERVATIVE - Andrew Pelling MP
BR3 Beckenham, Kent - CONSERVATIVE, Jacqui Lait MP
SW6 Fulham, south-west London - CONSERVATIVE, Greg Hands MP
SL6 Maidenhead, Berks - CONSERVATIVE, Theresa May MP

That's 2 LibDems; 4 Cons; and 14 Labour which OH reckons proves his theory that Labour's core vote is 'thieving pikey scum' like the Labour MPs themselves:

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