"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, 30 November 2009

A Little Light Relief


The Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Sir Wilfred Thesiger
Dame Freya Stark
The Singing Sands
The Empty Quarter

More British Hostages


Oh fhs. More hostages for the Iranians. WTF is this government doing about it?  The 'bright' spot is that they're numpty civilians and not RN. Let's hope they're returned unharmed asap.

New Powers for Scotland - Where's the Catch?

Jim Murphy

I purposely haven't posted on the UK government Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy's announcement, made earlier this week, of 'new powers' for Scotland, because I saw no need. It was a move to achieve headlines, nothing more and nothing less. It is not going to happen because labour will not win the election and the Scots won't be so blatantly bribed.

'Scotland will be given greater tax-raising powers under the biggest shake-up in the nation's finances for 30 years' reported Reuters and the MSM splurged similar headlines over their front pages. Sounds too good to be true that Jim Murphy would agree to implement the recommendations of the Calman Commission doesn't it? Of course it is.

Firstly there is consensus in the Scottish Parliament that Scotland should have control over its speed limits, drink driving laws and air gun law, but Westminster refuse to hand over any powers until after the general election. The Scottish government has made it clear that it is ready to legislate where agreement exists and has now laid out a timetable but it is the UK government which is stalling the process.

Commenting on the UK government's proposals to transfer certain tax raising and borrowing power, Pete Wishart MP stated: "The Calman Commission's own experts have described these flawed tax proposals as 'worse than undesirable, they are unworkable'.

"The SNP government is seeking full fiscal autonomy and with that full responsibility for Scotland's finances. Anything less risks being a messy fudge which will damage the Scottish economy in the long term."

The catch? None of the terms of the announcement will be implemented until after the general election. What if labour lose the general election? There's the catch. In that case will the Tories implement the Calman recommendations? No. David Cameron has already stated he would not consider constitutional change in the next parliament and that would mean until 2015 at the earliest.

Scotland doesn't need flawed tax raising powers which will tie it to England even more. We need full fiscal control. What other country is unable to raise and spend its own taxes and have full fiscal control?

Warsi With Eggs


Conservative peer Baroness Warsi of Dewsbury, named Britain's most powerful Muslim woman, has been pelted with eggs during a visit to Luton. The male protesters accused her of not being a proper Muslim and supporting the death of Muslims in Afghanistan.
"They just weren't prepared to listen. They shouted. I said if you want to have this debate, listen." She continued her walkabout with a police escort.
Apparently, Baroness Warsi isn't welcome in Luton. So, if 'moderate' Muslims in government aren't welcome in Luton, what hope is there for anyone else? Notice the chap who asks where she stands on Shari'a law. Notice that it's only 'male protesters' so perhaps their wives were at home giving birth?.  Who says there are no no-go areas? I hope the Baroness was shocked and horrified at being hit by "at least one egg" but I have the sinking feeling that her answer will be more 'outreach' and more funding.

Link to BBC report & video
PS: John Denham, "Government has neglected white working class". It really is too late.

Happy St Andrew's Day

A very happy St Andrew's Day to any Scottish readers who drop by today:

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush


Interesting reading for a Sunday afternoon: Alan Watts has an analysis of a 1929 article by Lord Birkenhead. which is worth reading in full.  It ties in with Frankfurt/Fabians, science, eugenics, manipulation and subversion and takes my morning post one step further.

An excerpt:
Today, people are so overwhelmed with the amount of information and disinformation and just sheer data. They don’t know what to make of it all. They often end up in a bigger confusion than the one they started with, chasing rainbows, false leads and trying to make sense. The human mind, each individual, has a logic which depends upon incoming data

When you can understand this concept, you can also interfere with it if you have power. You can encourage each individual at the bottom level to be completely concerned with their immediate environment. –Their little area. –Their homes, their area, the people around them, their town. Everything they need immediately for day-to-day survival, you encourage that and you can cut them off from bigger realities beyond, by either giving them false data concerning the big picture of the world in general or even their country. You simply withhold data and encourage the trivia...
...That’s how power really is. It doesn’t share itself. It gives you an illusion occasionally of having choices, but in reality all of your decisions were made a long time ago with “your betters.” You know those people who are your betters, because “we have better genes than you,” you see.  They’re good genes, better ones, old genes that are mated up with other good genes. These genes last a long while before they wear out, obviously, and they’re still here today, as they mate each other up and marry their power and add to power and money; and, of course, the psychopathic trait of the gene that they have is passed on to their offspring. They’re not as silly as people would like to make out. They have a natural instinct for power and control and dominating others, sometimes with the most pleasant faces—another gift of the psychopath. Always depending on the fact that ordinary normal people with empathy, with consciences will believe them, whatever they say. They cannot believe (the ordinary people with empathy) that there are such evil cruel people who would do the most horrific things to not just us, but anyone across the planet—because the end justifies the means, and they sleep well at night. That’s why they get away with it. They start wars. They’ll continue wars. They profit from wars.

The structure of society is held together by natural laws, which are well understood and exploited by those that know the sciences. Formulas that worked thousands of years ago are RE-applied in the same sequence, always with the same results with the populations. We believe what we’re told. We do what we’re told and then we look towards these benefactors at the top, these superior people to take care of us. Many people like it that way when they’re reared in this socialistic system of expert rule, scientific rule. We have no time to go and play while these weighty decisions are all made for us by the superior ones above us. We’re well managed and dictated to, from cradle to grave, and it’s getting worse all the time as each department above us of bureaucracy shows their teeth and shows their power with more and more powers being demanded over the public.

This is a battle for the heart and soul and the mind, and the right to decide a future for ourselves. Where do you stand on this?
From a review of Birkenhead's book from which the Cosmopolitan article was taken:
Reading 'The World in 2030' the knowledge that Birkenhead was drinking himself to death whilst writing comes as little surprise. It is an extraordinary work, displaying the occasional prescience of the unhinged. Amongst a very odd collection of statements about ectogenesis, the unlikelihood of future wars due to trans-national integration, scientific relativism, and the creation of a Florida-style 'playground for all Europe' in the basin of the Sahara, there is the bald announcement that atomic energy will be harnessed, that eugenics will be commonplace and the genes mapped, and that a 'mad dictator, jealous of Western progress, may precipitate a war, which will finally burn up and destroy Western civilisation'. Best of all, advances in television will mean that a busy Englishman will be able to follow 'an Australian test-match'.
Well he may have been 'drinking himself to death' but Birkenhead seems to have been strangely prescient.  Why is our msm so quiet? Here's more information about our 'Brave New World':

With thanks for the video to Cap'n Ranty who also has an excellent post, 'Theft Report', about imminent changes to our way of life. Many of us have blogged on these issues before, warning that we must wake up and *do* something; now it's all but too late. When the effects are noticed - will people wake up then?

Griffin To Attend Copenhagen

I've lifted this video of Nick Griffin giving a short speech on climate change to the EP from The Daily Politics.  Griffin has stepped into the ground deserted by Cameron & Co; good for him but still they shun him.
 

Sunday Reflection

The State We're In


Do the following ring any bells with you:

1. The creation of racism offences.
2. Continual change to create confusion
3. The teaching of sex and homosexuality to children
4. The undermining of schools’ and teachers’ authority
5. Huge immigration to destroy identity.
6. The promotion of excessive drinking
7. Emptying of churches
8. An unreliable legal system with bias against victims of crime
9. Dependency on the state or state benefits
10. Control and dumbing down of media
11. Encouraging the breakdown of the family

If you've ever thought the mess we're in as a country was due to incompetence on the part of politicians, think again and take another look at the Frankfurt School and its Conspiracy to Corrupt.

The School believed there were two types of revolution: political & cultural. Cultural revolution demolishes from within. They saw it as a long-term project and kept their sights clearly focused on the family, education, media, sex and popular culture.

To further their aims they would:

• attack the authority of the father, deny the specific roles of father and mother, and wrest away from families their rights as primary educators of their children.
• abolish differences in the education of boys and girls
• abolish all forms of male dominance
• declare women to be an ‘oppressed class’ and men as ‘oppressors’

Links: the Schiller Institute
New World Encyclopaedia

In Brown's Britain today: Parents who want to accompany their children to Christmas carol services and other festive activities are being officially vetted for criminal records in case they are paedophiles.

Join the dots.

UPDATE: Are we happy that this is what we've come to? A short but thought-provoking article at ConHome and a lively debate in the comments.

Sunday Round-Up

Do they want to win the war in Afghanistan or not? Govt saves £2m pa by grounding helicopters. The FCO refused to discuss the funding but privately officials confirmed the money was cut amid vain hopes that the Americans would foot the bill instead.

MoD tells pensioners to stop sending parcels to troops The couple, who have become hugely popular with troops in Afghanistan, said they were "amazed and appalled" by the MoD's attempt to stop the parcels. The troops, who call them "Jo and Mo", write warm and moving letters of appreciation. Some send photographs and some have visited the couple on their return to England.

"Pinned to the wall" Goldsmith warned Blair Iraq war was illegal. It was intended to make Blair call off the invasion, but he ignored it. Instead, a panicking Blair issued instructions to gag Lord Goldsmith, banned him from attending Cabinet meetings and ordered a cover-up to stop the public finding out.

Golden Goodbyes to EU Commissioners. Even commissioners who have hardly served any time are entitled to lavish settlements. Poland’s Pawel Samecki, who is leaving his job as regional policy commissioner after just six months, will receive a golden parachute worth £256,000.

Sarkozy says Britain "big losers" “The agreement on the role of Michel Barnier was sealed between Barroso and I three days ago. It’s exceptional for France. And the second victory is that our friends, the Romanians, have agriculture. In brief, two jobs the Anglo-Saxons will not have.” France Soir meanwhile proclaimed: “The French have won.”

The Swiss vote to ban minarets  A similar battle has been raging in Germany over plans to build one of Europe’s biggest mosques in the shadow of Cologne cathedral. The Danes are also locked in debate over plans for two grand mosques in Copenhagen. An Italian town seized the headlines last week by putting up signs banning women from wearing the burqa in public.  Here's the game: Minaret Attack
UPDATE: Exit polls show 59% back the call to ban minarets

PM loses job in paperwork oversight. He had fallen foul of the regulation that members of parliament will forfeit their seat if they miss three consecutive sittings of parliament without notifying the speaker of the reason for their absence. This sounds like something we could introduce into our own HoC.

BBC Radio 4 is "too white" The BBC has held focus groups with mixed panels of Muslims and Hindus to gain guidance on how the output could be changed to reflect multi-faith Britain. As part of this move, the station has recently broadcast a series on the rise of Hindu fundamentalism in Britain. A new show will be broadcast next month on what can be gained from using Jamaican patois and will examine a new speech pattern called "multi-cultural London English".

A civil servant catches up with public opinion as the right-hand man to Alistair Darling told last week’s Government Finance Profession conference in Brighton: ‘The Government is facing its own mortality.’ Meanwhile, Darling & Brown fight over contents of the Autumn Budget

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Post Of The Week


Really, it should be blog of the month because we have two for the price of one this week, both courtesy of Ian Parker-Joseph.

The first is about Cameron's attitude to a referendum on the EU.  Cameron seems to be saying he doesn't want a referendum because the result would be an 'Out' vote.  Where's Democratic Dave gone?  What happened to the much-vaunted localism and returning power to the people?  There are valid questions to answer here.

No referendum - no vote

The second is an excellent article that echoes my own misgivings about Conservative plans to devolve power to the regions and the localism referred to above.  While it sounds fine in theoretical soundbites: power to the people; referenda for all, elected Police Chiefs etc, it's always slotted in too easily with the EU's own jigsaw.

Hannan & Carswell as stalking horses?


For me, anyone wanting to get my vote at the next GE will have to be unequivocally clear on policy and, so far, Cameron doesn't cut it. I'll be damned if I'm willing to go through more years of lies and deceit.  I will not be manipulated by schemers & subversives, people who claim to represent me but in fact represent no-one but themselves, corporate bodies and a global elite.   Btw, telling me that a vote for anyone except the LibLabCon is wasted won't cut it any more either.

Brown's Conjuring Tricks

"Somebody shake me, wake me, when it's over.
Somebody tell me that I'm dreaming and wake me when it's over..."


Another day, another dollar pocketed in the global elite's snooker table of life.  Gordon Brown (*sigh*) has shown he's not one to keep his flaky ideas to himself; here's the latest:  an international satellite monitoring system.  As the article suggests, there are a few countries who might be instinctively opposed to this, not least China.

He's already pledged £800m, that we don't have, to his proposed £10bn fund to alleviate the burden on 3rd world countries between 2010-2012:  "Together the collective power of the Commonwealth must be brought together to tackle a new historic injustice, that of climate change.”

Why can't he just stfu and hie himself off to a nunnery where he can pray for world harmony all day long - he'll love the ankle-skimming garb and face-framing snoods.  That would be a better way for him to live up to his father's principles of wealth redistribution and it  would be cheaper for us as well.  (Dubai, courtesy of RSB, here we come!)

As an aside to all this largesse, I read on another blog (sorry, I didn't bookmark it) that he's also given £275m in aid to another country in the past couple of days whilst Cockermouth with the worst flooding for years has been given only £1m.  I don't suppose Brown understands the old saying: Charity begins at home.  Look at that phrase, it isn't a selfish ideology, what it means is that you have to be strong yourself in order to help others.  If you're fubar'd yourself you're not in a position to help anyone.  UK plc is fubar'd.

A superfluous illustration:  Imagine a truck carrying adults and children breaks down whilst crossing a desert.  There's no communication, no one will look for them, supplies are limited and they have no choice but to set out walking.  It's a long, hard slog.  Who should have first call on the food & water?  Adults or children?  My answer is at the end of the post.

Brown, Blair, the Fabians, Common Purpose & their adherents are 'the greatest historic injustice' this country has ever faced.  I've often called them muppets for their ill-thought out plans and half-baked ideas but really, there's only one muppet here, and that's me.  Something more than blogging must be done and the way things are developing, some thing more than voting will be needed.

* The adults - they'll have the strength to continue walking and will carry the children to safety.  The other way round and they'll all die.

2ozs of Olde English Humbugs to my favourite Grumpy Old Twat for the graphic.

Our Kingdom - Gerry Hassan



I subscribe to the above site as I find some of the articles intriguing. This week Gerry Hassan (a very respected writer) has been analysing James Naughtie's Radio 4 piece in which he visits the land of his birth. Don't think Gerry's too enamoured with James' view of Scotland.

You can read about it here (part one is also available) and his blog is here. Not much interest in it for me today, it's all about football but there are some great articles about Scotland and the politics here for those of you who are interested. Don't forget, the political climate in Scotland does affect all of the UK, so it is relevant to those south of the border.

Friday, 27 November 2009

The Panopticon Nation

Another reminder about why we're against ID cards and the National Identity Register:

With thanks to The Lunatic Arms

Say Hello To Your Uber-Government

Well, the deals have been struck and here's the final list of all the new EU Commissioners and their responsibilities.   Not a vote in sight - and they're in line for a 3.7% pay increase next year.

We have been completely betrayed.

These are five 'key' things on Barroso's long list of 'Things To Do':
  1. Restarting economic growth today and ensuring long–term sustainability and competitiveness for the future
  2. Fighting unemployment and reinforcing our social cohesion
  3. Turning the challenge of a sustainable Europe to our competitive advantage
  4. Ensuring the security of Europeans
  5. Reinforcing EU citizenship and participation.
I don't trust them with anything but I particularly dislike the wording of Nos. 2 & 5.

Piss Off, We're Full!


H/t: Radio Free Britain

Pearson New UKIP Leader


Lord Pearson of Rannoch has been elected the new leader of UKIP following the resignation of Nigel Farage: “UKIP is not for sheep, UKIP is not for lemmings, UKIP is for people who act and speak for themselves"

Since Cameron's comments that the state needs to be replaced by society but 'the state will play a large part in 'nudging' society' I've become distinctly unenamoured with the Conservatives. His fondness for the EU and aspects of 'Red Toryism' (a la Philip Blonde), adds to my disenchantment.

I hope Pearson's election will strengthen UKIP and draw voters to them in droves when a clear manifesto is laid out in the coming months. I also look forward to finding out the number of Libertarian candidates and English Democrat candidates standing; the BNP will, I think, be fielding a candidate in every constituency. I see a glimmer of hope.

Here's one of Lord Pearson's pre-election speeches:

Friday Post


This week's Friday Post comes from Howard Flight, former Conservative MP for Arundel & South Downs, former Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party.
"I am increasingly struck at how those who do not agree with the mantra of the politically correct elite controlling Britain and much of the media are today being silenced and shut out from the mainstream. I find, moreover, that when I raise these issues with perfectly normal, respectable and responsible citizens, that they agree with me - but feel silenced, substantially for fear of getting a black mark which might damage their careers (and certainly their eligibility to participate in any Government quangos!)
I will give some examples, by no means exhaustive... "
He then goes on to discuss the EU, Magna Carta, power ascending from the people, financial institutions, climate change, taxation, immigration, public spending, welfare dependency, speed cameras, the smoking ban, and:
Finally, on matters constitutional, it is outrageous that the Barnett formula continues to provide nearly twice as much public spending for citizens of Scotland as for citizens of England, where it was supposed to equalise expenditure over the long term.  It is also wrong now that Scotland has its own Parliament responsible for virtually all domestic matters, Scottish MPs still vote on domestic matters relevant to England.  If the Scottish people want independence - on which there should be a referendum – it should be granted to them...
...The time has come for British citizens to assert their rights to free speech and to rebel against the tyranny of the politically correct.

It's well worth reading in full.  He states the case clearly and without equivocation.  If only he were Leader of a government-in-waiting.

Labour's Damage to Britain

Gilligan Spells It Out


In today's Telegraph Andrew Gilligan continues to take Ed Balls to task over his puffed-up smears about Cameron's poorly-phrased PMQ about public funding for schools with links to Hizb'ut Tahrir.
It turns out that the schools' chief Hizb ut Tahrir trustee, Yusra Hamilton, only resigned last month, in response to my story, long after the Government grant came in.
The headteacher of one of the schools, Farah Ahmed, who remains a trustee to this day, refuses to deny that she was a Hizb member and has written in a Hizb journal condemning the "corrupt western concepts of materialism and freedom."
And Ofsted – far from "satisfying themselves that there were no problems" – actually condemned one of the two schools as "inadequate," questioned the suitability of the staff, and said that it could do more "to promote cultural tolerance and harmony." That was in November 2007.

I hope Gilligan keeps pushing this.  Labour Ministers have the unfortunate habit of ignoring central, valid issues while pouncing on schoolboy errors by way of distraction until a matter is either forgotten or swept under the carpet.  We've all seen it first-hand over the past twelve years.

Full article here

This is a clip from Brown's first PMQs in 2007 at which Cameron asked for progress on banning Hizb'ut Tahrir (first demanded in 2005) and Brown pleaded that he'd only been in office for 'five days':


Here's the Hizb'ut Tahrir Conference trailer which gives an insight into their thinking:

To All Goodnight Vienna's American Readers



Apologies for being a little late but the message is sincere. HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Live Chat: Question Time






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Happy Thanksgiving!

Political Highlights Of The Week


Two of the funniest things I've seen lately - and the first is fairly typical of the results of Labour's 'blue-sky' thinking, pushing the envelope, running ideas up flagpoles etc etc:

Whose brilliant idea was it to cull 33% of cows & sheep in Britain? (Link to BBC video).  Don't miss the idea for an 18-mile exhaust pipe channelling emissions out of the atmosphere :-)

The other was Paxman interviewing Ed Balls (Children's Secretary) and Paul Goodman (Shadow Communities Minister) last night about the Hizb'ut Tahrir links to publicly-funded schools but unfortunately I can't find a video clip of it.  Neither man came out well but Goodman was very angry, even before the interview began!

UPDATE:  The Balls/Goodman video is now on YouTube:

Clegg/Brown Exchange: PMQs

I ended the summary of yesterday's PMQs after the Cameron/Brown exchange, partly because I'd heard enough waffle and partly because I felt it was in danger of becoming too long.  I completely forgot that Clegg had raised an interesting point about the remit of the Chilcot Inquiry which deserves notice so I've dug out the relevant section from Hansard:
Mr Clegg: " ...his Government have just issued a protocol-I have it here-to members of the inquiry, governing the publication of material in the final report. If he reads it, he will see that it includes nine separate reasons why information can be suppressed, most of which have nothing to do with national security. Outrageously, it gives Whitehall Departments individual rights of veto over the information in the final report. Why did the Prime Minister not tell us about that before? How on earth will we, and the whole country, hear the full truth of the decisions leading up to the invasion of Iraq if the inquiry is suffocated on day one by his Government's shameful culture of secrecy?
The Prime Minister: That is not what Sir John Chilcot has said. The issues affecting the inquiry that would cause people to be careful are national security and international relations. As I understand it, those are the issues referred to in the protocol. I believe that Sir John Chilcot and his team are happy with how they are being asked to conduct the inquiry.
The protocol regarding sensitive information states:

Information which will not be made available to the public includes anything likely to:
  • a) cause harm or damage to the public interest, guided by the normal and established principles under which the balance of public interest is determined on grounds of Public Interest Immunity in proceedings in England and Wales, including, but not limited to,
    • i) national security, defence interests or international relations;
    • ii) the economic interests of the United Kingdom or of any part of the United Kingdom;
  • b) endanger the life of an individual or otherwise risk serious harm to an individual;
  • c) make public commercially sensitive information;
  • d) breach the principle of legal professional privilege (LPP);
  • e) prejudice, in the case of legal advice (following any voluntary waiver of LPP) rather than material facts, the position of HMG in relation to ongoing legal proceedings;
  • f) breach the rules of law which would apply in proceedings in England and Wales under the provisions of Section 17 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000;
  • g) breach the rules of law applicable to the disclosure of information by the Security Service, SIS or GCHQ, the third party rule governing non-disclosure of intelligence material or other commitments or understandings governing the release of sensitive information;
  • h) breach the Data Protection Act 1998; or
  • i) prejudice the course or outcome of any ongoing statutory or criminal inquiry into matters relating to the information proposed for release.
Here's a link to IraqInquiryDigest  which is an ongoing monitoring and summation of live proceedings at the Inquiry.  The following is from this morning's questioning of Sir Christopher Meyer:
Meyer is now saying that there is no way the Foreign Office did not know the way the wind was blowing, re regime change, in late 2001. It should be on the record, but again the despatch is missing!
Also, a link to the live broadcast of the Inquiry.

John Kampfner is very scathing of the potential outcome of the Inquiry.

On the Hansard link above you'll also find the verbatim exchange between Brown & Cameron re Hizb'ut Tahrir.

Why is Bob Ainsworth Speaking Out Now?




Why was Bob Ainsworth so candid with the Defence Committee on Tuesday? It's seldom a UK Cabinet Minister takes a swipe at the US president and especially not this US president who still seems to have an almost demi-god status in British politics.

Has Mr Ainsworth had enough and thought his honesty would cost him his job? Does he now know too much and like Eric Joyce want out but it's prepared to resign? Or does he know he won't be relected so he has nothing to lose?

His comments included: "The 98 British deaths this year had been a key factor but the hiatus in the US had not helped bolster public support.

"The prism through which this is all seen, in the UK is the deaths in theatre and that tends to wipe out in the public mind and does damage to people's perceptions of the success that we are having in Afghanistan."

The prime minister's spokesman hurriedly denied that the Defence Secretary was suggesting the US delay had made it more difficult to make the case for the campaign in the UK.

Nine thousand troops in a theatre of war with no political leadership offered is nothing less than a national disgrace. A country like Britain having to wait for a US President to tell us what to do makes a mockery of our democracy, or what's left of it. Gordon Brown agreed he would send 500 more troops if the other UN countries contributed. I would like to see Europe's contribution before one soldier steps on a plane to Afghanistan because I do not believe any country will contribute more military.

A rather interesting extract from an article on Frank Spiel Mill's site for you:

Third, Commander in Chief Obama’s releasing of the formerly Top Secret Memos on his own army’s interrogation techniques befouls the inferred loyalty he owes his soldiers. No competent commander gives the enemy any part of his soldier’s interrogation operations manual. No sane commander takes a further step backwards and eliminates the very interrogation techniques proven to add to the advantage he continually seeks. Such actions heighten the risk of harm to his troops, weaken his army’s potential for victory and threaten the security of his nation. For war is unequivocally harsh my friends and foes. And it appears that Commander in Chief Obama does not have the stomach for war at the Jihadist-level. Duck and take cover.

This post is also on my own blog. I thought it may be of interest to GV's readers too.

Slipshod Cameron

Following on from PMQs & Cameron's questions yesterday about public funding for three schools with links to Islamic extremism it seems his researchers have been less than thorough.  Apparently they were mistaken about four peripheral points relating to the schools and so the questions were framed wrongly.  This slipshod approach has allowed Brown, Balls & Co to divert attention to the errors (eg not Pathfinder) and avoid answering the valid question of why the schools were given taxpayers' cash; to say it was to provide 'free nursery places' is no answer at all.

Links:
5-page report on Hizb'ut Tahrir from SocialCohesion.co.uk
Info on Hizb'ut Tahrir from GlobalSecurity.org
Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation
The story originally broken by Andrew Gilligan
Brown's letter to Cameron
UPDATE: A better explanation is offered here

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Coming Soon

The wonderful and pragmatic 'wifey from Dundee':





Many thanks to SR for accepting my invitation.  I look forward to a  Scottish perspective on UK initiatives and a clearer understanding, on my part, of the SNP.

Here's the real wink:

Morons Unite At The Indie


Read the comments and weep
A taster: "The phrase you use "Europe will always be a foreign land" assumes there is a strong sense of Britain. But surely "Britain" is disappearing fast? Don't you think?


Didn't a senior Welsh politician say that being described as "British" was racist? It's not a description I would use too much in some parts of the UK. Might not Scotland and N Ireland break away from the UK? Do post 1945 immigrants feel "Europe will always be a foreign land"? Post Lisbon Treaty what will be left of Britain? The UK may soon be 12 regions of a 270 region EU - even if not what a nation state means will surely be greatly redefined. GB RIP"

Well, it made me cry.

I Wish There Was A Word:

Fatuity.


fatuous adj foolish, especially in a self-satisfied way; empty-headed; inane. fatuously adverb. fatuousness noun.
ETYMOLOGY: 17c: from Latin fatuus.

...but, there isn't so fatuous will have to do to describe our government and its intent.

I have never known a more self-serving group of bastards than some of our present 645 MPs.

They know more than we do - it's over, cream as much as you can and get it while the going's good and, oh boy, are they making the most of it while doing their utmost to circumvent the FoI Act.

That's it really: they are lying bastards who presume to rule us whilst forgetting that we elect them to do what we want.  We don't elect them to fucking go off to Europe and sign our sovereignty away.  We don't elect them so they can legislate laws which apply to us but not to them.  We don't elect them to be our Masters.

I'm truly, truly fed up with all this sort of sh!t and the pap that the msm puts out.

PMQs: Summary


Oh dear, where to begin?

Brown began, as usual, by paying tribute to the fallen in Afghanistan and also to the Cumbrian emergency services and PC Bill Barker who lost his life in the floods.

Cameron echoed his tribute and spoke of the community spirit which united the people of Cockermouth.  He didn't utter the word 'blitz' but he didn't have to - we all know what he meant.  Catastrophes unite people and that's not a lesson lost on would-be world leaders since 1945.

Cameron's 2nd question was about chivvying the insurance companies to pay out as soon as possible, particularly with Christmas just around the corner.

What is it with Jim Murphy?  The Scottish Secretary is trying to increase Labour support in Scotland by proposing tax-raising powers for the Scottish Assembly despite a poll showing that the desire for independence from the Union has fallen and the SNP vote is falling away in some areas.  I hate to get personal, really I do, but Murphy reminds me of Banquo's cadaverous ghost.  He did a good job for the government in pushing through the Lisbon Treaty debate in the House (guillotined debates) and so was made Scottish Secretary.  The Labour Party surely know the meaning of 'post-democracy/post-bureacracy/post-modern' but the problem is that we, the people, haven't yet tuned in.

Cameron then turned to Hizb'ut Tahrir and the funding of three Islamic schools by taxpayers.  He quoted some of their mission statements and asked if Brown had any evidence of their funding by taxpayers (? but we all know this, we all read the newspapers).  Brown said he had no evidence.

I'm at a loss here.  Does the man not read the press?  Is everything that happens in England so irrelevant to this man and his team as they pursue their 'global agenda'?

Cameron put him straight and asked him how money from the Pathfinder Scheme could find its way into the pockets of an extremist organisation.

Cameron has a point: we are being taxed so that this govt can give a proportion of that money to extremist organisations who want to undermine our democracy.  Brown, of course, said he had no knowledge and would 'look into it'.  All the while, Ed Balls looked like nothing so much as a naughty boy caught in an act of misfeasance:  red-faced, eyes down, hands clasping knees.  Naughty-naughty, spanky-spanky, see me in my office later.  The crux of the question was how the govt's anti-extremist fund can end up funding extremists, passed by OfSted and approved by the Charity Commission.  Cameron then lost it by asking for 'a much bigger inquiry' into how such things can happen.  We know how they happen - whisper it softly, 'Common Purpose'.  We're sick of paying for Inquiries - in fact we've had far more Inquiries since 1997 than ever before in a 12yr period.  To coin a football chant: 'you're sh!it and you know it, take a hike...'

Brown said everything would be 'investigated in great detail'; and went on to praise 'the vast majority of law-abiding Muslims in this country' who are not terrorists.  I'm sure he's right but I expect more than platitudes and soundbites from a Prime Minister.  He seems to take every criticism and question as a personal affront.  He went on to say that 'we have investigated it; we have looked at it ...  If he [Cameron] has any  new evidence that should make us proscribe it [Hizb'ut Tahrir] we will look at this again... "

Cameron: Hizb'ut Tahrir say: "Jews should be killed wherever you find them".  On Islam4Uk and Choudhary: "magnificent people carrying out their Islamic responsibility," "calling for blood on the streets of London and New York".   He asked when the PM 'tell us that he will get a grip on this issue'.

Lots of downturned mouths (Burnham) and shakey dogs (Balls) whilst this exchange was going on.

Brown:   'We need full detailed evidence in the cold light of day and I think he will regret some of the remarks he has made.... ...'  He spoke of the DNA database - normally difficult ground but Cameron had used up all his questions.  Brown accused the Conservatives of reneging on an 'all-Party consensus'. 

According to Speaker Bercow the government's backbenchers are still 'excitable'  and need to calm down.  He looked like a public school Latin master yet spoke like a pompous prat -  in my experience the two are not mutually exclusive.

Bradshaw thinks he is going places - where, I don't know, but he sat with elbow propped on backrest, eyes wide and head nodding like a parcel-shelf puppy.  I suspect he's had a few accolades lately for all the media appearances he's made.

Straw of course sat to the right of his Precious - no chewing gum this week but a white ribbon in his lapel: is that the new Peace Pledge Union alternative to a white poppy?

So sorry, but I have to say, fucking bastards they've sold us down the river lock stock kit caboodle and barrel.

There was more from Clegg and backbenchers but I'm feeling rather unrepresented in Parliament now. Some questions hit home but the answers fell short: I can't help feeling it will make no difference whatsoever.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Hannan/McShane: Video

I'm late with this one but it's worth watching if you haven't seen it already:  Daniel Hannan and Denis McShane with Paxman last night.  McShane was a complete, pompous prat ("Danny"), who was put in his place by Paxman two or three times.  McShane could do something "for the honour of British politics" and resign, the troughing toerag.   It's a BBC video so I can't embed it but you can watch it here.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Happy St Andrew's Day

A happy St Andrew's Day to any Scottish readers who drop by:

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Sunday Reflection

Sunday Round-Up


Plots, bungles, machinations: More from the EU main players
Wolf in sheep's clothing backs direct EU taxation "...van Rompuy told colleagues a few weeks ago that to achieve a top EU function you must "not ask for high office, but become a grey mouse, and offers will come."
Blunders, concealment, errors:  Blair's lies about Iraq - 5 bullets each
Remit of the Chilcot Inquiry outlined here
No action will be taken on inflated BBC salaries.  Apparently viewers are more concerned about repeats and are "not talking about our pay".
Another call to stop eating beef and adopt a Vegetarian diet
Nuclear security breaches cover-up
The likelihood of more horse-trading and the power of the Whips in a hung parliament
Immature & tantrum-prone Brown regrets cosying up to Thatcher
£800 per hour? Yes please says govt adviser on academies.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

The Christmas No.1?

It's time to move on.
I wonder how much airplay it would have on BBC Radio?

Hobbins Resigns


Peter Hobbins, former Conservative parliamentary candidate has resigned.

I don't know what prompted him to ask his rhetorical question but it's a fact that there aren't many Wheelwrights or de Courcy-Irelands, no de Vere Travers or Shuttleworths in Parliament.

From this site I've learned that my surname derives from:

1) An occupational name for a guard or watchman, from the Old English weard, meaning "guard."
2) A geographical name for a person who lived near a guardhouse or fortress.

How many years ago did Christian name become 'first name' and Surname become 'family name'?

According to the list of the most common English surnames on the site, at No. 24 is Patel, 64 is Khan, 70 is Singh,  Begum is at 71, Ali is at 80 and  Hussein is at 82.  Mind you, I think it's suspect that there are so many Welsh and Scottish surnames in there as well.

On a more serious note, I don't think Hobbins should have been picked up on this. Where have all the old English names gone?  For a few years now I've marvelled at the international accents on the radio as people in positions of authority (ie quangos and corporate lobbyists) are invited to air their views on everything from banning smoking to abortion.  Our global village has been many years in the making.

This is quite a nice site about English surnames: Origins of English surnames.

And The Beat Goes On

The dust wasn't even allowed to settle after President Klaus of the Czech Republic put his signature to the Lisbon Treaty before the final round of horse-trading began to elect a President of the European Union and a High Representative for Foreign Affairs & Security. If it's all seemed to happen rather quickly it's only because the groundwork and wheeler-dealing had already been done; in fact they've been working on it since the final version of the Lisbon Treaty was put before national parliaments for approval. Eight years.

The problem is that in that time Blair blotted his copybook and there was trouble in Great Britain which meant Mandelson had to be parachuted back into the Lords in order to prop up Brown and the government. Didn't he do well? No wonder he apparently turned down the offer of the High Rep's job in favour of staying in Britain - he probably sees the job of Great Panjandrum* within his grasp at last. His birthright, his destiny.

Westminster Hall was in a tizz yesterday; there was a short debate on financial services and the effect EU directives will have on the city was debated. Heathcoat-Amory was there and, as usual, spoke very well and logically - he's no hot-headed eurosceptic. We've come a long way since Hague said we had 'days to save the pound': yesterday's cry was 'weeks to save the City'.

The Times has some of the details on the dealing that went on before Ashton and van Rompuy were selected. Or, as Brown, likes to call her 'Baroness Ashdown'.


Since he was coronated in 2007 Gordon Brown has been hapless &  malevolent.
"On Friday, French diplomats suggested Mr Brown had agreed to back Michel Barnier for the job in a “quid pro quo” deal for Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, accepting Lady Ashton."
Jaana Pohjanmaki of the European Council from Finland said: “We have waited so long for this; it really is a very big night for Europe. It will mean coherence, progress and a great change; the Civil Servants of Europe have been waiting a long time for this and will be very happy!”

There's one over-riding factor in these two appointments and in those yet to be announced: one provision of taking the job is to swear an oath to the European Union, forswearing any national allegiance.  In return they receive a handsome salary and perks, generous pension provisions (providing they don't speak against the EU) and immunity from prosecution for any acts committed whilst 'employed' by the EU.  All the cr@p spouted by Brown about Ashton or any other Brit being in a position of importance in the EU & therefore looking after British national interests is just so much moonshine - and he knows it.

UPDATE: The Great Panjandrum wants to be Minister of State for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office - well, who wouldn't? Baroness Ashdown  Ashton will be a pushover.

For 13th Spitfire :-)



You'll have to read the comments on the previous post to get the joke.
Old Rightie has reminded me of this one - much better.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

EU - No Thank You


Enough - I no longer ask why. Here's some Jacques Brel, something good to come out of Belgium:

Blondes Rule, Ok?

A blonde was sent on her way to Heaven. Upon arrival, a concerned St Peter met her at the Pearly Gates. 'I'm sorry,' St Peter said, 'but Heaven is suffering from an overload of goodly souls and we've been forced to have an Entrance Exam for new arrivals to ease the burden of Heavenly Arrivals. It's the right thing to do.'

'That's okay,' said the blonde, 'What does the entrance exam consist of?'

'Just three questions' said St Peter.

'Which are?' asked the blonde.

'The first,' said St Peter, 'is, which two days of the week start with the letter 'T''? The second is 'How many seconds are there in a year?' The third is 'What was the name of the swagman in Waltzing Matilda?'

'Now,' said St Peter, 'Go away and think about those questions and when I call upon you, I shall expect you to have those answers for me.'

So the blonde went away and gave those three questions some considerable thought.

The following morning, St Peter called upon the blonde and asked if she had considered the questions, to which she replied, 'I have.'

'Well then,' said St Peter, 'Which two days of the week start with the letter T?'

The blonde said, 'Today and Tomorrow.'

St Peter pondered this answer for some time, and decided that, indeed, the answer can be applied to the question.

'Well then,' he said, 'can I have your answer to the second of the three questions? How many seconds in a year?'

The Blonde replied, 'Twelve!'

'Only twelve?' exclaimed St Peter, 'How did you arrive at that figure?'

'Easy,' said the blonde, 'there's the second of January, the second of February, right through to the second of December, giving a total of twelve seconds.'

St Peter looked at the blonde and said, 'I need some time to consider your answer before I can give you a decision.' He walked away shaking his head.

A short time later, St Peter returned to the Blonde. 'I'll allow the answer to stand, but you need to get the third and final question absolutely correct to be allowed into Heaven. Now, can you tell me the answer to the name of the swagman in Waltzing Matilda?'

The blonde replied: 'Of the three questions, I found this the easiest to answer.'

'Really!' exclaimed St Peter, 'And what is the answer?'

'It's Andy.'

'Andy??'

'Yes, Andy,' said the blonde.

This perplexed St Peter and he paced this way and that, deliberating the answer. Finally, he couldn't stand the suspense any longer, and turning to the blonde, he asked, 'How in God's name did you arrive at *that* answer?'

'Easy,' said the blonde, 'Andy sat, Andy watched, Andy waited till his billy boiled.'

And the blonde entered Heaven ...


More of Arthur Rackham's work and life here.

The Queen's Speech: Summary


Once upon a time, long, long ago, there was a kingdom - a nation which is shortly to disappear from maps leaving barely a trace and an echoing squeak. By many it was regarded as a beautiful, romantic land, with castles, palaces, a place of forests & fairy-tales; myths & legends. Words like honour & integrity, work ethic & self-respect were held in deep regard.

Fast forward and, like so many actors in a presentation of 'Ruritania Resurrected', members of the Houses of Commons and Lords donned their finest attitudes and turned out en masse for a walk-on part in today's pageantry. Thumbed-up noses, to the right, quick march.

It really was an unbelievable spectacle, one which I've enjoyed over the years, but this year there was a poignancy and more than a touch of regret. The preening hypocrisy on display was tear-jerking. There was no pride, except in self, no honesty, no integrity.

The Queen read out the government's statement with half-swallowed gulps, sighs and hesitation. Will we ever know if she put up a fight against giving the Royal Assent to Lisbon? It's hard to believe she didn't know what was going on or hasn't been complicit but I really wish she'd been able to simply tear up the speech, spit in their eyes and process back to the Palace, leaving the pompous Brown and his government of the not-so-Righteous in disarray.

The  speech itself was very short in comparison with previous years and the main points were:

'Enhancing' governance of the financial sector
Legislation to halve the budget deficit
Widening the provision of free personal care for those in highest need
Legislation guaranteeing to raise educational standards
'Protecting' communities by making parents take responsibility for their children's behaviour
Amending the communications infrastructure to 'make it fit for the digital age'
Supporting carbon capture and storage and helping 'vulnerable households with energy bills'
Protecting communities from flooding and protecting water supplies
Addressing differences in pay between men and women
Ensuring agency workers are treated equally
Pushing on with constitutional reform
Strengthening the bribery law
Banning cluster bombs

Two draft bills were also announced:

To reform the House of Lords and make it substantially or wholly elected
To make binding the commitment for 0.7% of government spending from 2013 to be on International Development.

To all intent and purposes, it was an enormous waste of money.  Sound & fury signifying nothing - well, not even that really, there is plenty of sound but no fury, no guts in this dying government.  It was a worthless, graceless speech and there is very little chance of any legislation being enacted before the next GE - for which we can give thanks for small mercies.  After all, how scorched does the earth have to be before it's acknowledged as being well and truly scorched?  Or, perhaps, the government is just salting the ground behind them.

*Live Chat: State Opening of Parliament*

At 11am with Swiss Bob & Co at The Daily Politics
Live Parliament - the State Opening & Queen's Speech

Monday, 16 November 2009

TPA Cinema Advert


Extracts from Lee Rotherham's book, 'Britain without the European Union', here.
Here's Dan Hannan talking to the TPA:


 Now that the Lisbon Treaty will take legal effect on 1st December the comrades see no need for subterfuge; here's more 'unity in diversity' bollox from front-runner for EC President, Belgian PM Van Rompuy:
The Daily Telegraph can disclose that the Flemish Christian Democrat was an architect of his party’s federalist manifesto which calls for a massive extension of the presence of the EU in town halls, schools and sporting events.
The manifesto says: “Apart from the euro, also other national symbols need to be replaced by European symbols (licence plates, identity cards, presence of more EU flags, one time EU sports events, …).”
O/T: Some of you might want to join in with this: #SaySorryBrown, from Tim Montgomerie at Con Home.  Here are some of the tweets so far:
#saysorrybrown for surrendering the common law and signing away the Queen's sovereignty without an electoral mandate of any kind
#saysorrybrown for your shameful treatment of the Gurkhas
#saysorrybrown for the highest rate of youth unemployment
#saysorryBrown for failing to equip our soldiers properly
#saysorrybrown for 111 tax rises when your party promised us none!
#saysorrybrown for presiding over declining social mobility, worsening poverty and widening inequality
#saysorryBrown for claiming Britain was 'best placed' to deal with the recession
#saysorrybrown for more climbdowns than Sir Edmund Hilary
#saysorryBrown For wrecking my pension plans & deterring millions of others from saving
#saysorrybrown For not asking the British people for permission to ratify the Lisbon Treaty
#saysorrybrown For creating a climate of smears and innuendo at 10 Downing Street
#saysorryBrown Killing off the RAF
#saysorryBrown For squandering a strong economy and reducing our country to a basket case

Sunday, 15 November 2009

The Fabian Society & The Tavistock Institute

Basic bite-size info on the Fabians & Communitarianism:



More posts tagged 'Fabians' here - some are just examples of Fabian influence but others have more in-depth info.

Here's some more info on the Tavistock Institute:

Sunday Reflection

Sunday Reflection

Friday, 13 November 2009

I Almost Forgot

It's Friday the 13th:

With thanks to Dazed & Confused for the picture that speaks a thousand words.

I'll Be Back...

... once I'm home in England - I'll still try to do occasional round-ups and Sunday Reflections in the meantime.

Thank you so much to everyone who's commented and made this blog better than it deserved.

Who's The Daddy?


(Click to enlarge)

The following are all replies that Manchester women have written on Child Support Agency Forms in the section for listing "father's details."   Believe it or not, they're all genuine excerpts from the forms, apparently.

1. Regarding the identity of the father of my twins, Makeeshia was fathered by Maclearndon McKinley I am unsure as to the identity of the father of Marlinda, but I believe that she was conceived on the same night.

2. I am unsure, as to the identity of the father of my child as I was being sick out of a window when taken unexpectedly from behind. I can provide you with a list of names of men that I think were at the party if this helps.

3. I do not know the name of the father of my little girl. She was conceived at a party at 360 East Bolton Avenue where I had sex with a man I met that night. I do remember that the sex was so good that I fainted. If you do manage to track down the father, can you please send me his phone number? Thanks.

4. I don't know the identity of the father of my daughter. He drives a BMW that now has a hole made by my stiletto in one of the door panels. Perhaps you can contact BMW service stations in this area and see if he's had it replaced.

5. I have never had sex with a man. I am still a Virginian. I am awaiting a letter from the Pope confirming that my son's conception was ejaculate and that he is the Saver risen again.

6. I cannot tell you the name of Alleshia dad as he informs me that to do so would blow his cover and that would have cataclysmic implications for the economy. I am torn between doing right by you and right by the country . Please advise.

7.Tyrone Hairston is the father of child A..  If you do catch up with him, can you ask him what he did with my AC/DC CDs? Child B who was also borned at the same time.... well, I don't have clue.

8. From the dates it seems that my daughter was conceived at Euro-Disney World; maybe it really is the Magic Kingdom.

9. So much about that night is a blur. The only thing that I remember for sure is Gordon Ramsey did a programme about eggs earlier in the evening. If I had stayed in and watched more TV rather than going to the party at 56 Miller St, mine might have remained unfertilized.

10. I am unsure as to the identity of the father of my baby, after all, like when you eat a can of beans you can't be sure which one made you fart.

Guess what? I don't think it's funny at all.  I know it's a 'funny' email doing the rounds but twelve and a half years of Labour govt has wreaked such chaos on this nation that I don't know if the damage can ever be undone.

No-one's asking to go back to 1927 or even 1978; all we want is one law for all and everyone equal under it -  all religious faiths, all genders, all abilities - and that includes MPs as well.  We don't want skewed social engineering.  There are too many laws saying what we can do and that's  the European way of Corpus Juris, with immunity for the elite.  Too many rights have been taken from us in the cause of 'harmonisation'.

It's noticeable that when Brown made his statement that it wasn't racist to question immigration he turned it into a question of 'what it means to be British'; what are 'British vahl-yews'? Fuck you Brown, and the rest of your Party and think-tanks.  I know what it means to be British you despicable f@cktard.  Don' t you dare lecture me, you with your 'mis-speak' of their/our Armed Forces; you with your global economic eye, you with your self-aggrandisement, you, who thinks the pain borne by this country is a pain to be borne for the sake of a New World Order.  Fuck you Gordon Brown.

Thank You BFI

I'm still suffering from the after-effects of the lurgi - at first I thought it was just an extreme reaction to the Czechs ratifying the Lisbon Treaty but it seems it was just a common or garden vomiting bug instead (how was I to know the difference?)

One of my boys emailed me this YouTube link and I thought it could be interesting for history lovers. It's a silent film and there's no backing music so you can choose your own.  Eighty-two years ago London was the final stop in a marathon journey around Britain filmed in early colour as a series of cinema travelogues. I find the wording of the captions as fascinating as the scenes they describe, innit m8?

Thursday, 12 November 2009

PMQs: For The Record


I've just caught up with yesterday's PMQs (yes, I did record it ... sad) and it was an angry, rowdy affair - mostly from the Labour backbenchers who, in Bercow's words, were 'excitable' and there was some barracking of the PM when he reeled off youth unemployment figures.  Usually the heckling is fairly polite with MPs of all sides opting for a collective intake of breath or cries of 'Shame, Shame' but this was something quite different.

It happened at about six minutes in when Brown said, in response to Cameron's question, "I have to say about the figures that he quotes on youth employment as well that 250,000 of the number he quotes are full-time students looking for part-time work and they are not fully unemployed [interruption]... "

Brown's Honourable Mention: "I've spoken to President Obama and I expect him to announce in a few days what his numbers for Afghanistan will be." Didn't the White House come out almost immediately and say there'd be no definite announcement for, 'possibly weeks'? No corroborating back-up there from Obama.

Brown's Dishonourable Mention, about 15mins in: In response to a question from Shona McIsaac(Lab, Cleethorpes): "... an outstanding tribute of the British people to their - er, our - Armed Forces."

Not earth-shattering but I just wanted to record that last 'mis-speak' - I can't find a video - because I think it shows where Brown's head & heart are - and they're not with our Armed Forces.
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