"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."

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Sunday Reflection

Cameron Speech To Conference + Videos

Note: updating live

Cameron's speech is only five minutes in but he's come out fighting, passionate and without notes. "The British public does not hand out election victories on a plate - quite rightly too."

He goes on to contrast the stability of the Shadow Cabinet with the "chop & change" length of tenure of Labour Ministers.
Labour "locked in a dangerous dance of death."

The British people have many questions: First of all, what sort of Party are we?
The Party of the NHS; the environmental Party; Green, black, muslim - Nick Griffin "ghastly piece of filth". More than sixty women MPs if elected.

Tolerant, compassionate, brilliant, multiracial country. We are ready to serve you. This Conservative Party has made it's choice and it's never going back.

People power not state power. Aspiration and opportunity for all. Giving people more power & control over their lives.

The economy: Brown thinks he's the 'economy man' wants people to think he's an economic genius. What sort of genius is it that wrecks the pension system, complicates the tax system, we will tear his economic record apart, piece by piece.

Embraced the salesman tag - a salesman will be needed to get the message out to the world that the country is open for business again.

Not just a stronger economy but a stronger and richer society. Will have the most family-friendly Party manifesto in political history. The culture of advertising to children must change too - no more trashing family values.

Radical in reforming schools and the welfare system. Teach children British history. If you need benefit support you will get it; if you need work we will help you. If you can work but choose not to, you cannot go on claiming benefit as before. Britain's pensioners have been told by Party after Party that pensions will be linked to earnings rather than prices but we can look them in the eye and say we will do it. That's a promise.

Put the govt on a diet. Cut House of Commons, freeze Ministers' pay after cutting it 5%. Regional Development agencies - the whole lot is going.

Immigration is too high and will be cut.

Need to be frank and radical. The country needs a sense of optimism. Being a citizen of Britain is more than just paying taxes but being part of something bigger than yourself. We have the leadership, the values

Every day Brown is running this country is another grey day for Britain.

He finished on a rousing-the-troops style high note.
****
No doubt about it, he comes across better than Brown, Darling, Balls & Co. A bit of a curate's egg of a speech - not enough on the EU (his remarks on RDAs received the loudest cheers) or on immigration, simply asking us to trust him. Good on the economy/welfare system/education. There was a gratuitous reference to Nick Griffin - completely irrelevant in the context of his speech. *Sigh*. I'll post the full transcript and any videos as soon as possible but in the meantime I'm going to sit back with a cup of tea and watch the media trash it.

UPDATE: This is what the BBC is showing at the moment as well as giving plenty of airtime to Yvette Cooper to set out Labour's 'policies':


From ITV, on reforming the House of Commons and cleaning up politics:


Also from ITV, on why the Conservatives must fight back:


The Mail on Sunday has the most comprehensive account of the speech so far - complete with pics of demonstrating socialist worker scum that will remind you of the old days. All that's missing are the police horses. They sat on their backsides and let this government systematically and deliberately destroy the country, only getting off them to confront the BNP. I'd put them on the first boat out of here.

Sunday Round-up

Just the headlines this week:
Islamic radicals infiltrate the Labour Party
Tories caught up in new immigration storm
Shamed MPs can return to the House of Commons
MPs junket expenses cut after Labour politicians' champagne drinking contest in Paris
Budget 2010: Drinkers face rise in spirits duty
Police terror budget cut by millions after Ring of Steel blunder
Terrorists could hijack new meters to cause blackouts
...Baroness Bungle and a £45bn negation of democracy
Detectives trawl DNA database 60 times a year - hunting for criminals' relatives
Blair's GMTV favourite ... lined up for Hoon's seat
Official British history of the Falklands War is considered too pro-Argentina
Argentinian veterans plan protests at Falklands oil rig

To turn Brown's words back on him:'When are you going to f/cking go?'

No, No, No, No, No

'Emotional' and 'passionate' do not equal strength of character and decisiveness. What they mean is mood swings, unpredictable outbursts, and verbal bullying from a man who will brook no challenge to his divine right to be PM. A man with a supreme ego who surrounds himself with a tight clique of poisonous spin doctors ready to brief against his own colleagues if they don't toe his line is a tyranical bully.

Brown is on course to remain prime minister after the general election as a new Sunday Times poll reveals that Labour is now just two points behind the Tories.

I can understand why the Conservative lead is failing to firm up at the moment but not why Labour is closing the gap. Where are the 'others'? Where are UKIP and the BNP?

Link to video and transcript of corroborating allegations from Stewart Wood, SpAd
'Brutal', 'thrived on a very destructive way of doing politics'. A leader leads from the front by example so anyone thinking of voting for this man and his Party should take another look at his Cabinet and the Whips. Take another look at a bullied and cowed country and see how a fish rots from the head down. It's time to say 'No More' and at the GE comprehensively kick their butts from here to kingdom come.

Wood - close to Mandelson


 

  

 

Saturday, 27 February 2010

The Food We Eat...

... and the goods we import - funny video with a serious message:



Pinched, with thanks, from Fausty

Hague & Osborne: Spring Conference

Here's a short extract with the main points of Hague's speech, full transcript here

Wordle: Hague's speech to Conference
  • We will cut the spending that cannot go on and the borrowing that leads to ruin.
  • We will help the hard-pressed taxpayer, by freezing council tax for two years, abolishing stamp duty for most first time buyers, and helping small businesses.
  • If we can, we will spare millions of working people Labour’s extra tax on jobs due next year.
  • We will create a culture of saving instead of a culture of debt, helping people to stay in the home they worked all their lives to pay for, and removing millions of middle-income people from the inheritance tax they should never have been expected to pay.
  • We will reform welfare, create more apprenticeships, make sure new regulations mean the end of old ones, fund more university places this year and scrap a large slice of expensive quangos. 
  • We will make Britain the most family friendly country in Europe.
  • We’ll back the NHS, which matters more to families than anything else.
  • We will strengthen communities by the biggest transfer of power this country has ever seen to councils and communities to decide on what is built, what is spent, what is saved and what is preserved in their city, town and village.
  • We will bring to education the galvanising effect of new schools in the state sector but not run by the state and a long overdue emphasis on discipline and standards for all.
  • We will give our public sector workers the biggest opportunity they have ever had to run things themselves, as they know best.
  • Where Labour have refused to control immigration we will properly control it.
  • Where they betrayed democracy by refusing a referendum we will build a referendum whenever the powers of the voters are given away into our law.
  • Where they have presided over the greatest disillusionment with politics and government in centuries we will reduce our own salaries as ministers, cut the size and cost of parliament, make the House of Commons more democratic let everyone see how their taxpayers’ money is spent – and demonstrate that people can have faith in their leaders again.

Extract from a terrific, well-received speech from Osborne:
Wordle: Osborne's speech to Conference

So we have a plan of action.
  • Within days of coming to office I will create an independent Office for Budget Responsibility.
  • No more hiding PFI and pension liabilities off the balance sheet.
  • No more dodgy growth forecasts.
  • No more fiddled Treasury figures.
  • That’s our pledge.
  • For the first time, taxpayers will have a proper, independent set of the nation’s accounts.
  • Within 50 days of coming to office we will hold an emergency budget.  This will set out overall spending levels. And it will include measures that will make a start this year in reducing the deficit.
  • I have set out in more detail than any Shadow Chancellor before me examples of the spending decisions we will take.
  • We will impose a cap of £50,000 on the highest public sector pensions.
  • We will freeze for one year public sector pay, but not for the lowest paid million.
  • We will stop handing out tax credits to people earning more than £50,000 and cut child trust funds for the better off.
  • We will have a review to bring forward the rise in the pension age so that in our ageing society our children are not left to pay off the debts of their parents.
  • We will lead by example by cutting the House of Commons by 10% and cut the salaries and perks of Ministers.
  • And we will - with international agreement - introduce a new bank tax to stop ordinary taxpayers underwriting the risks taken by super rich bankers.
All this, I have made clear because I wanted people to see that there are politicians who prepared to take difficult decisions

And I want people to know that we are all in this together.

So David Cameron’s Conservative Party will not cut pension credits or winter fuel payments or free TV licenses and bus passes.

The pension age changes we make mean David Cameron’s Conservative Party can afford a more generous state pension.

David Cameron’s Conservative Party will not cut the NHS budget.

David Cameron and the Conservative Party will not balance the budget on the backs of the poorest.

What Philip and I will do is cut the chronic waste, the quangos and the tiers of bureaucracy that hold our public services back.

Because we must rebalance the British economy away from an unsustainable reliance on excessive debt and a bloated government, and towards the small businesses, the wealth-creating entrepreneurs and innovation of the British people on whom this nation’s future depends.

Full transcript here

Meanwhile, on the BBC/Sky/ITV/radio news, a footballer has apparently refused to shake the hand of another footballer.

Play 'The Forces Of Hell'


I have no comment to make on this pic of Brown, taken at the Welsh Labour Party Conference this afternoon:

A Mini Round-up

With musical accompaniment:



The sneezes:
Landlord gets 6 months in jail. First prosecution - "...visited by inspectors from the local authority, who found letters taped to pub tables advising customers they had the 'freedom to choose whether or not to smoke'."
Prosecuted for 'not reporting treasure' Another first: "... woman who found a 700-year-old coin in her garden as a child has become the first person to be convicted of failing to hand in suspected treasure."
Labour attack the NHS "Some hospital buildings face closure as the government seeks to save billions of pounds from more efficient services, Mr Byrne suggested."
Police target culture - fail " ...could not rule out it was not happening elsewhere in the country and warned it was a sign police are under pressure to hit targets."
You vill follow orders Mandelson again, on the euro: "We already have the eurozone providing a single central bank, currency and monetary policy, which one day I believe Britain will be part of."
Murky world of realpolitik: al-Megrahi is still causing a stir.
Petards Ahoy! They are fighting for their political lives because of the threat posed by the odious, authoritarian Labour Party.
And on and on and on and on... ...






Why we're all sneezing: an allergic reaction to the NWO - Delingpole

Guy News

Friday, 26 February 2010

G Edward Griffin: The Future Is Calling

I'm having problems accessing certain news sites & blogs today so only have a patchy knowledge of what's going on. I thought I'd take the easy way out and re-post something instead. This comes from July last year:


The Fabian Window - click to enlarge
"Dear love, couldst thou and I with fate conspire
to grasp this sorry scheme of things entire,
would we not shatter it to bits
and then remould it nearer to the heart's desire?"

The following is extracted from a paper by an American: G Edward Griffin, April 2009.
In countries where parliamentary traditions are strong, the primary tactic for both of these groups [Fabians & Leninists] is to send their agents into the power centres of society to capture control from the inside. Power centres are those organizations and institutions that represent all the politically influential segments of society. These include labour unions, political parties, church organizations, segments of the media, educational institutions, civic organizations, financial institutions, and industrial corporations, to name just a few.

The combined influence of all these bodies adds up to the total political power of a nation. To capture control of a nation, all that is needed is to control its power centres, and that has been the strategy of Leninists and Fabians alike.

They may disagree over style; they may compete over which of them will dominate the coming New World Order, over who will hold the highest positions in the pyramid of power; they may even send opposing armies into battle to establish territorial pre-eminence over portions of the globe, but they never quarrel over goals. Through it all, they are blood-brothers, and they will always unite against their common enemy, which is any opposition to collectivism. It is impossible to understand what is unfolding in the War on Terrorism today without being aware of that reality.

In America, during the big bailout in the Spring of 2009 when taxpayers paid for the staggering business losses of financial institutions and manufacturing companies, the lion’s share – over a trillion dollars within the first few months of the year – went to corporate sponsors of the Council on Foreign Relations. That included American Express, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, AIG, Citibank, Morgan Stanley, Bank of New York, Freddie Mac, Chrysler, and JP Morgan Chase. The man in charge of administering the bailouts was Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, who is not only a member of the CFR but formerly employed on its staff.
Okay, so it was written from an American viewpoint but things are no different in Britain.

Margaret Cole, Chairman of the Fabian Society, 1955/56: "It plainly emerges that the basic similarities were much greater than the differences, that the basic Fabian aims of the abolition of poverty, through legislation and administration; of the communal control of production and social life …, were pursued with unabated energy by people trained in Fabian traditions, whether at the moment of time they called themselves Fabians or loudly repudiated the name…."

The Labour Party was formed with the support of the Fabian Society; the Fabian Society founded the London School of Economics.
In 1945 so many Fabians were elected (over 220) that the parliamentary Labour party was said to "look just like an enormous Fabian school".

Since the 1997 general election there have been around 200 Fabian MPs in the Commons, amongst whom number nearly the entire cabinet, including Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Robin Cook, Jack Straw, David Blunkett and Clare Short.

The text for this video was written by Michael Savage, the outspoken American radio commentator - now we can see why he's been banned from entering the UK.

Links:
Read more about G Edward Griffin and his work here
LSE Library
The Guardian (2001)
Plus tons more information on google or ixquick

Farage: What Happened Next

This video gives the full exchange between Farage, Schultz and Buzek and sets it all in context:



Not a very flattering write-up from the Times: “She is very sweet and rather pretty but I cannot apologise for the fact that Belgium is a completely artificial construction and a mistake.”

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Kissin & Argerich


Is that a statue of Roy Hattersley I see in the background?

Rach Plays Rach



Martha Argerich plays Parts 2  and  3

Oh, Dear

Search ' Ask not for whom the bell tolls'.  In the meantime, here it comes again:

FMQs 25 February 2010




With Alex Salmond publishing the Independence Referendum Bill consultation document this morning, I was anticipating three opposition parties having great delight in using this forum for a tri-pronged verbal attack but perhaps they had enough say during the morning's business .

However, knife crime, Alex Salmond's arrogance, Nicola Sturgeon's apology, bonuses in the public sector, the Bervie Braes and the ongoing troubles of the SPT all featured in today's 'Who can outwit the First Minister' - more commonly known as First Minister's Questions.

The labour leader's desired the FM to support the labour amendment to knife crime.  It states '... if anyone is caught carrying a knife they go to jail'.  The FM wasn't having any of it and, along with stating that Scotland now had the lowest level for homicide for 10 years, sentences for knife crime had increased and therefore he couldn't support the labour proposal. Mr Gray (who I should have mentioned was the leader of labour MSPs in the Scottish Parliament) didn't give up though, (he never does because he insists upon sticking rigidly to his script) so, in response to Mr Gray's further questions we were provided with more statistics from the FM. The FM couldn't resist correcting Mr Gray on his inaccuracies regarding changes in the law then told the chamber 83% of those accused of knife crime were jailed, the Violence Reduction Unit's funding had been doubled since the SNP took office and the way to tackle crime is to have more police on the streets.  Today Scotland has more police on the streets than any other time in its history.

Annabel Goldie (tory) does deserve credit for effort I must say.  Her desire was to attempt to push the FM into saying sorry for the failings of the SNP not meeting many of their manifesto promises and she failed, although she was particularly complimentary in her praise of Nicola Sturgeon's apology to Parliament yesterday.  Then she changed tack to suggest that the government had employed 1000 more civil servants since they came to power when they promised cutbacks in government.  Alex Salmond speedily quoted the Audit Scotland report, published today, which congratulated the Scottish government and other departments for their efficiency savings and their reinvestment in front line services.

The best question of the day came from Tavish Scott (libdems). After his preamble, he accused the PM of permitting £912m to be paid to Scottish Enterprise employees.  Alex Salmond swept aside his query reiterating the present government were not responsible for many of the salary contracts of employees.  Mr Scott wasn't to be sidelined and brought to the FM's attention that he had reorganised SE, reducing it to half its size, and yet he paid the same £200,000 given to the previous CE.  Unable to defend the detail the FM deftly leapt onto the word 'cut' which Mr Scott and mentioned in his question, describing Nick Clegg's adjectives regarding cuts at the libdem conference last year.

Mike Rumbles (libdem) wanted urgent help with the problem of the Bervie Braes and although the council had recently spent a further £500,000 on the problem it was not resolved. The FM updated the chamber about the landslide at 6.06am today and said John Swinney had been in meetings with Aberdeenshire council about the matter last week.  The source of the problem with the Bervie Braes, the FM mentioned, was the Braes were private land and the houses involved were privately owned, but he did say the government said they would do all they could to help.

Sandra White (SNP) wanted the FM's opinion on a wider review of Strathclyde Partnership for Transports recent serious difficulties.  The FM outlined the structure of this organisation and said it didn't look like a broadly based cross- party organisation with  structure of 12 labour, 4 SNP, 2 tory, 1 libdem and 1 independent.  He was considering a wider review but is currently pressing for SPT to reform themselves.  If they don't do this with immediate effect he implied it will be done for them.

Best question:  Tavish Scott (libdems)

You can watch this week's episode at HolyroodTV and it will also shortly be available on the BBC iPlayer.

MorOn Brown

politics... but the government should be.

On factionalism and Trotskyism.  Has Brown issued a denial yet?   Will we see him on Newsnight this evening or will he save it for a cosy chat with Titchmarsh?  (Note to Cameron: Do.  Not.  Do.  It.)

2004
2005
2006
2007

"I've always said to Tony - and I think this should be clear, and it was made clear on many occasions when I've talked to Tony - the decision is for him, it should be for him. I will support him in the decision he makes, I know he will make it in the interests of the party but also, most importantly in the interests of the country."
Mr Brown also insisted he would "welcome" other MPs standing against him in the Labour leadership election after Mr Blair stands down, saying: "They should be free to put both their views forward and to stand if that is what they want to do ...I think it's good for the party if there's an election. I've got no difficulty and certainly there's no personal issues about other people standing."

Hanging man, kitty

21 Again!

"I really wasn't expecting this; it's taken me completely by surprise.  What can I say?   I'm so overcome with emotion.  Thank you all so much.  It's been an honour and a privilege to work with such a terrific team.  I would especially like to thank the Producer and Director, without whom I would not be here today.  Thank you so much, Mum & Dad."

Happy Birthday

Serwan Abdullah: Remember This Name

On a day when Gordon Brown's behaviour is again under the spotlight, ('You ruined my life' - tell us about it!),  when Martin Yeates, CEO of Stafford Hospital gets a pay-off of £400,000 plus a pension of £1.27million, when Obama tells Britain, 'You're on your own'  and John Bercow is reported for breaching Parliamentary rules, spare a thought for the vibrant & diverse dregs of society:

Serwan Abdullah:‘I am proud of what I have done. I have no respect for him. F*** him and f*** his medals.’

He apparently has fifty-one previous convictions for assault, theft and shoplifting and is currently on Incapacity Benefit because he suffers from 'depression'.

Here he is, snapped leaving the court room (click to enlarge): an arrogant, disrespectful, lowlife sh!t who thinks the world owes him a living.  It doesn't.  I'm just so angry about this.  The magistrate, Stuart Chittenden, said his crime was 'particularly abhorrent'.  Quite right too, so what sentence does Abdullah receive?  If you guessed a 12-month community order and 240 hours of unpaid work you'd be right.  I'll be charitable and assume that the magistrate was constrained by sentencing guidelines.

He's an Iraqi, taking shelter in this country, taking handouts and taking the piss.  He should bugger off back to Iraq and help rebuild his own country instead of fouling ours.

'The Charisma Of A Damp Rag'

What a beautifully-crafted insult from Nigel Farage.  The look on van Rompuy's face is priceless.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

How To Win Friends Greek-style

The Greek Deputy PM, Theodoros Pangalos, just doesn't do diplomacy.  You'd think the last thing the Greeks would do in their current predicament is antagonise the Germans but, apparently frustrated at the lack of EU progress to bail out the country, Pangalos has invoked Nazi Germany:
"They took away the Greek gold that was at the Bank of Greece, they took away the Greek money and they never gave it back.  I don't say they have to give back the money necessarily but they have at least to say "thanks".   And they shouldn't complain so much about stealing and not being very specific about economic dealings."
Pangalos also drags the Italians into the row: "Mr Pangalos said Italy did more than Greece to mask the state of its finances to secure euro zone entry."

He does get something right though: "The quality of leadership today in the Union is very, very poor indeed."

Oh, how I laughed.

The Best Search Keywords- Ever!

Now, who'd have thought someone using the following search term would be directed to Calling England:

This nulabor government is corrupt. The nulabor corruption is absolute, lead from the top down, imposed through all tiers of social and government control, down to street level. Being rotten to the core and from ... (Google)

Sounds like my kind of guy - he definitely came to the right place :-)

Andrew Neil & Sadiq Khan: The Video

From today's PMQs programme - it's a pleasure to watch Khan squirm as Andrew Neil presses him on the Darling/Brown tiff:

PMQs: Verdict

'As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly'.
Proverbs 26:11

PMQs has returned after last week's recess and so here I am, Gentle Reader, pen poised, ears pricked and tail up, like a dog greeting a bullying master hoping to be tickled behind the ears for once instead of kicked up the rear.

Sadiq Khan, the Transport Minister, is a guest of Andrew Neil today so he isn't in his usual cheer-leading, order paper-waving position on the front bench - a sad loss to Brown who'll have to rely on the braying Balls-Coopers and Straws. Khan, by the way, was on the receiving end of a terrific grilling by Neil who isn't one to suffer fools. Let's hope for a video! UPDATE:  Hooray - here it is.

Brown led the sad tribute to the seven servicemen kia in Afghanistan in the past two weeks.

Cameron first asked about the appalling death rate at Stafford Hospital (report out today) Burnham, the Health Secretary, sat po-faced and pouty while Cameron said that victims' families wouldn't be happy with the Inquiry which was behind closed doors and with no public hearings.

Cameron then moved on to the Darling episode while Brown pretended not to hear and had a cosy chat with Darling. We really should have a lip-reader on the team.  

Cameron seemed to think he was auditioning for the comedian's slot on X-Factor: 'If they get any closer they'll be kissing...Why does the moral compass always point at someone else other than him? I gather things have got so bad in Downing Street that even the security guards need protection.'

Bercow made a good second intervention which seemed to calm down the rabble, for a while at least: "If Honourable and Rt Honourable Members do not stop shouting I may have to ring some sort of helpline myself - or worse still, suspend the sitting. It makes an extremely bad impression, this sort of noise and ranting, on the British public. I appeal to the House to have some regard for the way in which we are viewed by the electorate. The House will hear the Leader of the Opposition." Nice touch but too late - the damage has been done and is irrevocable while the majority of this clique of MPs is still in office.

Clegg led on A Future Fair For All ('not a slogan but a warning') and took Brown to task over the growing gap between rich and poor which has widened under Labour.  All denied by Brown who instead accused the Conservatives of wanting to abolish Child Tax Credits.

Clegg wasn't having any of it.  He's been doing quite well at challenging Brown at PMQs lately; it's a pity I don't like his left-wing, EU-hugging, statist policies.

David Heathcot-Amory, Con, Wells, raised the matter of government spending  on 'advertising, marketing & self-promotion', which has increased by 40%+ in the past year.  'Since it obviously isn't working, will he cut it out?'

There was a shameless piece of politicking from David Clelland, Lab, Tyne Bridge, ostensibly about the OFT's Scams Awareness Month (!) in which the word 'Scameron' was used.  Brown, never one to let a jibe go by, answered: "They're a a Party led by the airbrushed and they're financed from off-shore."  I think he should have a word with his script-writer.

Some further questions:

On the Dubai assassination from part of the anti-Israel brigade (Mark Durkan SDLP, Foyle).
When Blair described him as 'the big clunking fist', did he mean it literally? (A cheap shot from Stewart Jackson, Con, Peterborough).
Corus and Tata - 80% full order book in December now mothballed & 1700 made unemployed (good, relevant question from Dari Taylor, Lab, Stockton South)
A moral imperative to articulate and inform about our Troops and Afghanistan (Richard Benyon, Con, Newbury). Welcome back Alchy Ada.
The insufferable Stephen Pound (Lab, Ealing North) really likes to be centre-stage.

Cameron made some reasonable points and actually sounded quite cross at times.  Brown, as ever, was in denial - shouty, condescending, dismissive and evasive.  He stumbled over many of his words and the slicing, chopping, stabbing and clawing actions were back in full swing.  He doesn't like to be challenged, and it shows.


Reminder: PMQs

With all the upgrading going on at the Daily Politics  I'm still not sure whether Live Chat will be available this week.

Here's the link to Live Parliament for the usual twelve o'clock start.  This one has a lot of potential but we're so close to a GE and Cameron has already let so many opportunities pass by that I'm not going to get too excited at the prospect.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Speak Up, Darling

You really couldn't make it up.  Do they mean us?  They surely do!

Darling's Forces of Hell




UPDATE: Surprise, surprise. "I was never part of anything to do with this."

What?

I'm still playing catch-up and I'm amazed that the world has not only continued turning but seems to have accelerated and is spinning out of control.

Here are some fellow bloggers' posts that had me bug-eyed and asking wtf is going on?

Mr Witterings on Cameron's proposals to reveal energy consumption to neighbours.  WTF?
Hookie at The Final Redoubt on the arrest of a yet another photographer.  WTF?
Burning Our Money who doesn't seem to have enabled permalinks to individual posts.  The post is Debt Trap - Lessons From History, Monday 22nd.  WTF?
Sarah, Maid of Albion on the arrest of EDL members.  WTF?
Phekkwitz Ahoy!!!!!!!!!  has totally lost me on this one - it's bad enough dealing with the present, let alone a past-present-future time continuum.   WTF?
Andrew Brons on an immigrant being allowed to stay in the UK simply because she draws benefits.  Ruling courtesy of the ECJ.  WTF?
Woman Honour Thyself on why history reflects our future.  WTF?
Even Taiwan is taking the piss - although their animation of Brown looks rather too much like Cameron for my liking:



As for the rest of it, there's just too much to mention in the economics and 'news' pages of the msm.  I can't raise the energy to start on Woolas - an intellectually-deficient prat of the first order who should be fucked off back to oblivion at the first opportunity.

Here's some good news:
Arrse on Argentina - perhaps.

Lone Voices:
Carswell
Redwood

A Liberal Democrat Speaks + Update

Simon Hughes, LibDem MP for North Southwark & Bermondsey:


UPDATE: When Andrew Neather initially broke the news that unfettered immigration was deliberate Labour policy intended to irrevocably change the cultural landscape of England it was vehemently denied by the government.

Full details of the report have now been released thanks to a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
"...ministers were advised that only the ill-educated and those who had never met a migrant were opposed to immigration. They were also told that large-scale immigration would bring increases in crime, but they concealed these concerns from the public. Tony Blair's ministers opened the doors to mass migration in knowledge of public opposition and with the view that those who disagreed with them were racists."

Labour's Election Posters

Monday, 22 February 2010

Learned helplessness


Learned helplessness is what socialism is all about. Think about what defines quality of life for most ordinary people and then think about how simple it is to destroy that.

For me, and for many others I've spoken to, a good quality of life means comfort (as in warmth, relative aesthetical pleasure and a decent place to sit, nothing majorly flash) at home, an interesting job for a few hours a day, four or five days a week. It means a bit of competition, close ties with family, and good friends I can have a conversation/laugh/rant [delete as applicable] with of an evening or at the end of the week. It means pride in doing one's work well. The chance to raise a family if you wish and live peacefully off your own steam and without interference. It means being able to keep your home safe whilst being allowed to face a bit of risk academically, or by choice by way of various outdoor adventures and pursuits.

How many people actually have all those basic entitlements? Not many, I'd suggest. And if there are, they don't live in Britain.

In order to create a helpless, slavish, dependent state for the benefit of your ambitions and those of the Bilderberg types, you need what starts off as a very simple plan.

First; divide. Create divisions in every corner and pocket of society and increase the width of those divisions as time wears on, using measures such as "equality" legislation, which actually means supremacy legislation. They don't have to be racial or cultural differences. It can be simply a matter of smoke and alcohol consumption that divides people. Promote supremacy of some groups over others. Declare victims and oppressors and make it tribal to maximise seige mentality, and do it visually (all white people are racist, all smokers are killing your children, even though we're not). Posters and the TV are key. Start fights and breed fear and loathing of fellow humans in order to impose what follows.

Eliminate choice of employment; No mining here anymore. Little manufacturing. It costs the price of a small cottage to become an airline pilot and thanks to Ed Balls, today's school leavers aren't going to become scientists, or even shelf stackers, despite being promised they'd be managing directors by the age of 21. So that leaves you with very little choice, and a lot of resentment and possibly despair when you find out the hard way. You either work at the checkout slaving away for a mega corporation, or you work in a sweaty office for 12 hours a day, again slaving away for a mega corporation. Choice limited, stress high, pay low.

Destroy the family and friend structure; This one isn't too hard. In fact, in destroying competition (see below), you destroy local businesses too, meaning people in small towns and villages have to move to towns and cities where, in theory, nobody knows anyone else. Attack parents. Make them evil. It's them killing off the fluffy polar bears with their dirty cars (and it's only right to tax them to the hilt) and their fag smoke is killing the chiiilldren. Butt in, offer up free and confidential contraception and "sex talks" to school pupils without any knowledge passed onto the parents. Render parents pointless and make traditional powers of discipline arrestable offences.

Destroy competition; This one is really playing to the emotions. It's bad to have sports days because some children might lose a race (but they might be good at Maths, except that's bred out of them too). Nobody must ever win out over the others because if you do it Our Way, everyone's a winner. Small businesses must be crushed by heavy taxation and red tape to a point where their owners never have time to run the places. Business taxes are high and paperwork endless. It's not meant to be doable, don't worry.

Socialising; After a long week of being exactly the same as everyone else, doing exactly the same as everybody else, and not talking to anybody else (like everybody else), there's to be no socialising. Destroy the pubs. Attack anything people find enjoyable in a social situation, such as drinking, smoking, or eating. Ban smoking indoors, then ban drinking outdoors, and make eating such a totally boring, methodical, harassment filled process that's it's merely something you do to pass the time whilst bored rigid at your work computer. Then go home and watch the propaganda box when you're knackered and won't (in theory) be in a good frame of mind to question it.

Prevent defence of one's own home and body; Arrest and imprison anyone who attacks a intruder. Don't imprison those (often violent) intruders so they come back cocky and armed. Breed fear. That and the pubs closing is what keeps people at home and sat in front of the Labour Box behind bolted doors, with no interest in the outside world at all because they now either fear it or despise it. Either way, the want no part of it. Not even for a stroll in the park with the dog. Although dogs are due to be legislated against too. They don't know their neighbours so they won't bother going nextdoor for a few beers or to watch the Champions League.

The end result? Well, we all know that. No competition, no camaraderie, no interest, no socialising, no defence, no pride, no family and no children that are your own. The proles will look to the State for validation, and for safety. Some will part with anything they've got just for a peaceful night's sleep. Others will demand more laws, tougher laws, and will likewise be prepared to part with even more money and liberties if they think there's a chance they'll get them. Then those laws will be used against law abiding proles, and the process continues, the anger builds, to a point where contingency controls become "justified". You afford yet more supremacy to other groups in order to keep them cocky, whilst doublethinking them into believing they are victims in order to keep them radicalised. Watch the show. Welcome to the Society Factory.

Anyway, the point of this ramble is to prove that you DO need to understand people to be a politician. Or at least have advisors that do. There are books available to help, although sadly for them, it seems those of us who can read, do. I never ever assume that what has happened to this country, and is happening to others, is down to stupidity. But it isn't that clever anymore either. And some of us can help lots of us to see through it all.

We've had some of the worst politicians, and worst human beings, this country has ever produced, running the show for the last 13 years, and possibly before. But they do hate it when you figure them out, so keep on doing it guys.

I've had a bad day at work and more than a glass of red, but less than a tanker of Guinness. So forgive any typos or factual errors. I mean I don't think I'm wrong, but you might ;-)

2010 Top Ten Countdown . . . So Far

This post comes with a language warning, so for those of you who might be offended by a four lettered description of a 'front lady garden', you're going to miss out on a most excellent, entertaining and humourous video. That said, let's see how we're doing so far this year then, shall we?

It's not good . . .


G.O.T.

Ken Clarke Heads To Brussels

Cameron is sending fervent europhile Clarke and two aides to Brussels for 'secret' talks with Barroso.

"The time has come," the EC said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
Of cabbages—and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot—
And whether pigs have wings."

The EU's £200k glossy hardback aimed at schoolchildren

Why Britain may bail out Greece

Have I Missed Much?

What an entertaining weekend it's been.  Viewed from the Lemsip & Honey 'comfort' of my sofa it looks as though Brown's bullying has finally been exposed to a wider audience.  Mandelson and Blair must have been giggling like schoolgirls behind the bikeshed when they came up with' The Great Clunking Fist' euphemism for Brown.

Perhaps I'm still feverish but I'm sure Sky's breaking news is that Jacqui Smith, former Home Secretary, sent one of the emails.  As you were, it seems Jacqui emailed Christine Pratt to criticise her for breaking confidences. One of the patrons of the anti-bullying campaign has also just resigned as a result of Pratt's breach of confidence. Given half a chance the media will make Pratt the story rather than Brown.


Get Widget


Meanwhile, an artist has finally caught up with Ollie and Grumpy Old Twat by creating a stir with his latest work which morphs Hitler into Brown

Here are just a few links covering the story this morning:
Short fuse - long list of failings
'Psychologically flawed' was an understatement
Officials scramble to excuse Brown
Claim & counter-claim
Damaging and unsurprising
Extracts from Rawnsley's book

Saturday, 20 February 2010

'A Future Fair For All'

First of all what's with the sentence structure of politicians these days?  'Change we want'; 'A future fair for all'?  Ah, I see it's been lifted from John Prescott - that explains it.  Well, thanks but no thanks Gordon; the country's already spent too long at the fair and I, for one, want to get off your spinning merry-go-round.

Another Labour election slogan, Operation Fightback, has already been used by the BNP -  shades of 'British jobs for British workers'.

There's speculation that Brown will announce the election date when he gives his mea culpa in Coventry later today.  He will attack the Conservatives in his speech, particularly deriding their economic policies:  “When you peel away the veneer and actually look at what their policies mean, what you see is it’s not the new economics of the future, it’s the same old Conservative economics of the past."     I think the period of same old Labour economics we've just been through justifies a return to 'the same old Conservative economics'; they always have to dig the country out of a hole of Labour's making.  If the Cons are returned as a government I think we should all remember that any unpopular measures will be a direct result of Labour policies over the past thirteen years.

UPDATE:  The DT runs a similar article but with a bit more info.
At a pre-election rally in the West Midlands, Mr Brown will warn his party to frame the election not as a chance to pass judgement on the Labour Government...
The leaflet explicitly warns Labour activists against asking for support on the basis of Labour’s record in office.  “Labour needs to ensure that the next election is not seen as a referendum on the government,” it says.
 Have they totally lost it?  What else is a General Election about if not the chance for voters to give the thumbs up or down to an incumbent incompetent government?

I assume that when they talk about 'Labour's record in office' they mean little things like this:


Deficit as a % of GDP
Iceland 15.7
Greece 12.7
Britain 12.6
Ireland 12.2
United States 11.2
Spain 9.6
France 8.2
Japan 7.4
Portugal 6.7
Canada 4.8
Australia 4
Germany 3.2
* Figures from OCED forecast in November 2009.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Rice Cremola

UPDATE: 29.03.2011
Here's a replacement:

Che faro senza Euridice
Dame Janet Baker

Purnell: The Real Heir To Blair?

James Purnell, whose resignation this morning apparently 'stunned' the Labour Party, has written a short article and posted a video for The Times - here.

I can't help but feel he's rallying Blairites to the cause - there's little doubt that, presentationally, he has all the right skills to be the leader of a new political faction. One thing PR does is vastly increase the number of Parties putting themselves up for election; I've always wondered about those countries that have more choice than our Lib/Lab/Con but the downside is the weak & unstable coalition governments which are necessarily formed as a result.

Imagine a Labour Party (Balls); a Blairite Labour Party (Purnell); a Blairite Conservative Party (Cameron); a Conservative Party (Osborne) with policies that accommodated UKIP and BNP voters. The only consolation would be that the LibDems would probably defect en masse to Purnell leaving Clegg with only the comfort of his EU pension.

Imagine a people who weren't reliant on the msm for their news and opinion; whose political thoughts weren't coloured by intentional & covert pillorying of politicians in their programming (Spitting Image is one thing but Doctor Who, quite another).

Imagine a people, educated and informed. One of the planks of Labour's social engineering has been in the guise of helping people make an 'informed choice', ie 'empowering' them with the information they need in order to reach their own conclusions. Absolute f/ing codswallop. Labour's choice is no choice at all, to coin a phrase.

The only problem I can see is that the accommodation of UKIP and BNP voters is a long way off even in my scenario. Politics and the media always need whipping-boys and ducking stools. At what point did, "You caught me red-handed, it's a fair cop, Guv" become, "It wisnae me, a big boy did it and ran away"?  Spin, spin, spin. I hope that the British electorate, and the English in particular, will no longer be conned by political jostling for 'power'.  The word is 'Office'; you're elected to represent and serve us; we're not your whipping boys.

Here's a pic of a ducking stool extant in Dorset - I vote that the next session of Cabinet meetings is held in Christchurch.  Ayes to the right?

More F-F-F-Fabian Tactics

But, this time, they're from the Conservatives:

The row about Cameron's imposed, pre-vetted shortlists is deepening with the release of a 2002 Michael Gove-penned, document entitled: 'Action Plan for Candidate Selection in Safe Seats'.
'Like a conjuror, we'll get more applause if the audience cannot see exactly how the trick is performed...
'There are several reasons why the Party should not publicly proclaim the new methodology.


'The more that the profusion of women, black, Asian or gay candidates appears to be the result of spontaneous open-mindedness on the part of grassroot activists the greater will be the accolades.


'Most Tories loathe political correctness and positive discrimination. If one tries to be 'in your face' about the fact that positive discrimination is taking place activists are much more likely to rebel; a version of 'don't ask, don't tell', is called for.

Mr Cameron is unrepentant and his decision to seize power from local associations, say his friends, is the culmination of the secret plan on how to neuter the party faithful in the country.

Some friends Cameron has there!  I can't believe this man, on whom the voters of the country relied to be strong, decisive and lead the way out of the mire, has been so stupid.

Whoever you like, as long as it's a woman
Cameron scores another bullseye

If Cameron becomes PM after the GE he also intends to make it as hard for the Party to remove him from office as it is for the Labour Party to remove Gordon Brown. FFS - GET A GRIP CAMERON.
(Click to enlarge)

I think this is being reflected in the opinion polls at the moment which seem more volatile than usual - yesterday an Angus Reid poll gave the Cons a 14% lead but the one below, from the Sun, has it cut to just 7%:

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Set Your Own Parameters


If you don't like it - vote against it.  At what point will fundamentalism meet anarchy?

A Distraction

I can't help it:


It's before 'my time', but I still adore it. Enjoy it while you can.

What's Happened To Andrew Symeou?

The answer to that is 'pretty much nothing'.  Andrew Symeou is still in a filthy Greek jail, refused bail; there is still no trial date set and he can be held there for another twelve months.

UKIP raised the matter in the European Parliament in January and Andrew's case was highlighted as was that of two Britons being held in Budapest: Michael Turner and Jason McGoldrick.  Graham Watson, LibDem MEP,  has his moral priorities wrong and should be ashamed of himself - instead he seems rather proud about his role in implementing the EAW.  I wonder what a body language expert would make of him almost constantly 'washing' his hands during his brief, back-patting speech:



Liberty states:
  • A person should not be extradited to stand trial in a foreign country without evidence being presented in a British court to prove there is a basic (prima facie) case against them
  •  If the crime is alleged to have occurred in whole or in part in the UK, then the person should not be extradited if a court here decides it is not in the interest of justice to extradite
  • A person in the UK should not be extradited for something that is not a crime in the UK. British justice should not be circumvented.
Corpus Juris is no justice at all and despite the warnings when plans for the EAW were formulated, the EU has gone ahead and created a prison for all of us.
EU Arrest Warrant in Action
Fair Trials International
Free Mike & Jason campaign
'Overhaul' of British Courts

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Weak Government Invites Foreign Aggression

What's that you say Pingu? Argentina has blockaded the Falkland Islands? Well there's a surprise, not.
Today’s decree amounts to an Argentinian move to control all traffic from South America towards the islands, including an oil rig due to arrive today and start drilling next year.

“Any boat that wants to travel between ports on the Argentine mainland to the Islas Malvinas, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands . . . must first ask for permission from the Argentine government,” Aníbal Fernández, the Argentinian Cabinet chief said.
They began to make noises last year and I blogged about it in March when President Kirchner said Argentina's sovereignty of the Islands was "non-negotiable". Argentina has never had sovereignty over the Falklands but it's in a mess, so any distraction will do. What will Brown do now? It's evident that Miliband's Foreign Office hasn't got a clue; if he were capable of strong diplomatic negotiation it wouldn't have gone this far.

I like the attitude of the islanders:
The islanders have tried to shrug off the prospect of a new conflict. “There has been an economic blockade of the Falklands from Argentina for many years now,” said Roger Spink, the director of the Falkland Islands Company. “It’s something we’ve come to expect. ”

Britain has more than 1,000 military personnel on land and more than 300 at sea in the region, as well as four Typhoon jets, a destroyer and a patrol boat in the region.
The Argentinians would be nuts to try anything - even with our weak, appeasing government.

Blog-lite

Just when I thought life was re-gaining some semblance of normality it's all going pear-shaped again. Sorry folks.   Gordon Brown has more certainty than I do at the moment - at least he knows he's definitely going to be kicked out of Downing Street soon.  Deep breath and... inhale ...

PS: At least I've got a stockpile of food

Monday, 15 February 2010

BNP Update: EHRC Video

Processing of membership applications has been on hold for five months and will continue until early March, says Nick Griffin:

The Key To Contentment: Ban Advertising

The left-wing think tank, Compass, is publishing a report today which recommends the banning of all advertising in public spaces and limiting shop-front displays.
"Advertising encourages us to go faster on the treadmill of modern consumer life so contributing to growing consumer debt, social problems and an ever greater risk of climate change."
Absolute rubbish.  If the fashion/lifestyle/consumer goods ads disappear it will be a drab and depressing streetscape enlivened only by endless government propaganda ads exhorting us to be better citizens.

Jackie Ashley is in favour. She thinks ads 'fuel waste, debt & misery'. I wish they'd all just leave us alone to get on with our own lives instead of this constant meddling. How much more pleasant life would be without the hectoring and intrusive State.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Something We All Know



Fragments of life are embedded in childhood.

What Has Europe Done For Us?

German Foreign Minister calls for European army under the Lisbon Treaty. Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has called for a "European army" saying: "The Lisbon Treaty opened a new chapter...Lisbon is not the end but, rather, the beginning. For instance, the Treaty outlines a common security and defence policy. The German Government wants to advance along this path. The long-term goal is the establishment of a European army under full parliamentary control." (German Foreign Office, Euractiv, Open Europe blog, 6 February) 

European Parliament refuses to name and shame MEPs forced to pay back €3m in allowances. The European Parliament has reclaimed almost €3 million from MEPs in wrongly-claimed allowances over the last three years, but has refused to identify the offenders and the amounts returned. MEPs were obliged to pay back £880,000 in 2007 and £1.6 million in 2008. Last year, 78 MEPs were asked to pay back £398,000 of public money, with one source indicating that "British colleagues contributed a substantial part of the reimbursement". (The Parliament, 4 February; Telegraph, 8 February)

MEPs to cost taxpayers an extra €13.3 million a year. The European Parliament's Budget Committee has now approved plans to hire 150 extra staff and boost MEPs' monthly allowances for assistants by €1,500. MEPs already had a generous budget of £360,000 a year in pay and allowances however the extra allowances will cost taxpayers a further €13.3 million a year, sending the European Parliament's total annual budget past the €1.6 billion mark. (Open Europe blog, 29 January; European Voice, 11 February)

EU farm subsidies at highest level for a decade. The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development has found that recent EU figures show a sharp increase in total levels of farm subsidies. Spending on subsidies stood at over €90 billion in 2006/2007, the highest level since the last decade, up from €75.6 billion in 2002, when support was at its lowest in the last fifteen years. (ICTSD)

European Commissioners spent €4 million on travel expenses, dinners and gifts last year, with Commission President Barroso having spent the most. (Telegraaf, 11 February)

EU directives may contribute to power blackouts and soaring energy bills. Energy regulator Ofgem has warned of power blackouts and spiralling consumer prices over the next decade. Chief Executive Alistair Buchanan said that the crisis had been compounded by an "unholy trinity" of factors - including the impact of the recession on energy industry investment, Britain's growing reliance on imported gas as North Sea supplies are depleted and the closure of nine ageing coal-fired and oil-fired power stations by 2015 in order to meet EU pollution laws, a move that will scrap almost a third of UK generating capacity. Ann Robinson, of the price comparison website uSwitch.com, has suggested that energy bills could reach around £5,000 by 2020. (Times, 4 February; FT, 3 February)
With thanks to Open Europe
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