"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."

Saturday, 30 April 2011

It's The Same Old Same Old

So now it's against the law to sing that "we all live in a fascist regime...." Nothing's going to change. People need to come together from all political viewpoints. If we don't like this, we must come together and defeat it.

Who cares whether it's left/right any more? It's the freedom of the individual against the State; it's Common Law against European law - innocent until proven guilty and trial by a jury of our peers must prevail. I'm tempted to join these guitar-playing youngsters - the bloody pendulum swings again.



MF had it

Rantin' Rab has another one:


Has Sanity Returned?

How strange the country has been over the past thirty-six hours, as if an unseen hand had parted the clouds to give us a glimpse of a parallel universe where Union Jacks, Cinderella coaches and trees in Westminster Abbey were the quiet eye of a storm. Even the Guardian and the Independent ran a series of photos; there was just no getting away from it. And all the time I watched those flags flying and the people cheering, I was thinking, "Up yours, republicans; up yours Blair; up yours Delors."

A few years ago I was complaining that the north of England had been turned into a theme park - all those grassed-over collieries and derelict steel works turned into Robin Hood adventure playgrounds... you've never had it so good! Look at all the leisure time you have now that you no longer have to go to work 5/6 days a week, you lucky peasants. Well, the whole country is a theme park now and, let's face it, nobody does it better.

The new EU directive on the regulation of herbal medicine came into force today to protect those idiots who don't know how to use them and to line the pockets of BigPharma (every little helps). Apparently it's all because 13% of people who have used herbal products over the past two years did so thinking they were completely safe because herbs are natural - have they never heard of Foxglove, Aconite or Deadly Nightshade? I used to grow my own and make my own; the best advice is to read, read and read again before brewing up a concoction. I always tried it out on myself first and I'm still here with no discernible side-effects - well, grouchiness perhaps but that comes to us all sooner or later.

There's to be a vote on strike action at tomorrow's NAHT Conference in Brighton. If it's approved then all schools in England & Wales will be affected and guess what they're striking about? A crap curriculum? Lack of resources? Poor quality teacher-training? No - they'll be striking about their pensions.

The teachers aren't the only ones contemplating strike action, the RMT is threatening strike action on the tube. Bob Crow calls it a "massive vote for action" on the part of the drivers but MP Dominic Raab points out that it's only 29%. Raab has a ten-minute rule bill before the House proposing that in any election there should be a quorum. If only the HoC hadn't ruled out the amendment to the AV Referendum Bill we may not now be faced with AV being foisted on the entire UK by a minority of the electorate. I'm coming round to the idea that voting should be mandatory or that there should be a minimum turnout of 51%. You can see why the amendment was voted out, can't you.

I'd like to think that the government and UKBA has preparations for this well in hand. They can't say they haven't had enough time - it's been on the cards since before Christmas. They aren't political refugees, they're economic migrants. I sometimes think the best thing to do would be to say, 'okay then, come on over, have the country and we'll have yours'. All the Brits can then take with them everything they have, including their brains, and park up in North Africa and the refugees of the world can have this scepter'd isle. We'll make another blessed plot.

I feel like throwing up whenever I see Nick Clegg. Devolution has brought benefits to "the four home nations", he says. B@st@rd. England has no representation of its own and devolution has brought no benefits to us. I don't feel sorry for this slimy, two-faced, yellow-tied euro-creep in the slightest. He's got what he wanted - a nice career through the EU ladder, catapulted into the LibDems and a coalition government in Britain. I hope he rots - preferably somewhere abroad.

A cheer for UKIP: Trapped in an anti-democratic economic prison Watch as Farage is jeered.

That's enough for the moment - I need an easy entry back into real life :-)

A better tactic than kettling:


The cartwheeling Verger:


Thursday, 28 April 2011

Blog-lite Tomorrow

Charlie Veitch has been arrested on suspicion of possibly thinking about doing something quite naughty tomorrow so fool on MAC for thinking that the Police crackdown on demonstrations was directed at them.

It's a tough choice tomorrow - I'm unsure whether to watch the wedding, fix my bookmarks or fret about the way of the world.

Have another video on me and guess what I'll be watching for the umpteenth time - a Chinese film to rival Brief Encounter:


Nothing Changes

According to John Locke (1632-1704) legitimate political power derives solely from the consent of the the people to entrust their "lives, liberties, and possessions" to the oversight of a government as a whole, as expressed through its legislative body.

Locke asserted that the most likely cause of any revolution would be abuse of power by government itself: when it unduly interferes with the interests of the people, they are bound to protect themselves by withdrawing their consent. When mistakes are made only rebellion holds any hope of the restoration of fundamental rights and, moreover, since the existence of civil order depends upon the people's consent, only they can judge whether or not such circumstances have actually occurred. In Locke's view the possibility of revolution is a permanent feature of any properly-formed civil society.

In other words, it's an exchange: we accept a limitation on our freedom in exchange for protection by the State. The point where we have neither rights nor freedom is when the contract irretrievably breaks down.

Do we have a 'properly-formed civil society' here in England?

We should remember that rebellion is not the prerogative of the Left. They've shown themselves to be authoritarians under a Trades Union/SWP/STW/UKUncut banner and once again the true Libertarians, those against an authoritative and communitarian big state, will rouse themselves in opposition and come from all political viewpoints and none.

If only people would stand back for a while and consider whether they want big government or small government, more intrusion or less intrusion. The country seems to be worked into a fever-pitch of having to express their not-very-well-considered opinions (and I'm not immune from that accusation) on newspaper websites. Writing your knee-jerk opinion in an msm place where comments are allowed and then sitting back thinking you've done your bit, isn't enough. Even blogging isn't enough to change the status quo. The fact is we should be hammering our MPs with emails, letters and telephone calls complaining bitterly about the erosion of our freedoms. Face it, we should be out on the streets.

Failing that, I recommend questioning every authority figure who questions you and just saying 'Thanks, but no thanks'.

At It Again

After experimenting with Google Chrome for a few hours I've switched to Opera which suits me & my bookmarks much better. However, I'm drowning under bookmarks and just finding it impossible to organise them all properly. I was staggered to learn that I had more than 1600 to import from Firefox, so you can see there's a bit of a time-consuming problem.

Here are a few pics, vids and pages for you, because I hate just throwing things away - I hope you find something interesting or useful:

Increase in member-states contributions:

Muslims are not a minority
Committee reports that EU Bill could pose significant challenge to UK constitution
HAARP attack caught on screen
Bills before Parliament
The localism agenda
1951 Festival of Britain
Debt to GDP ratios
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner
UK CrimeStats
Tips for The Times crossword
Queen dissolves Canadian Parliament for 3rd time in 3yrs
HamsterSoft
Bournemouth's artificial surf reef now closed
Pink Floyd: The show must go on
Results of the ComRes poll on an EU referendum
Cash: EU is a failing project
Two-tier Parliament scare-mongering by Labour MP
Mulling over Scotland's entry into the EU
Finnish Priest prosecuted for calling a terrorist a...terrorist
VodPod
The Portuguese Eurovision entry
The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund
EGF contacts in the UK of GB, S & NI
EuroWallah defends Bahrain crackdown
Lee Mack's twitter rant
The Act of Attainder
LSE Global Governance
Roark: The Fountainhead
Protection of Freedoms Bill
The International Labour Organisation
Taliban twittering
Walter Block
Jarrett: Someone to watch over me
The Police Reform & Social Responsibility Bill
Alberta's oil sands
Canada's tar sands
Tar Sands Watch
'Access' to EU law
Life on Mars
Iranium
Cameron: All things to all men
Richard Shepherd MP, Part 1
Richard Shepherd MP, Part2
Interview with Jean-Claude Trichet
The effects of Agenda21
Policy Exchange: Bringing rights back home
League table of democracy:
On a scale of 1 to 100  -
Denmark: 88.3
Finland: 87.7
Belgium: 85.1
Iceland: 83.5
Sweden: 82.9
Norway: 82.1
Canada: 79.4
Netherlands: 79.0
Luxembourg: 75.2
USA: 74.9
Germany: 73.2
New Zealand: 72.1
Slovenia: 69.6
Switzerland: 67.8
Ireland: 67.0
Portugal: 66.7
Spain: 66.6
Australia: 65.5
Hungary: 63.2
Austria: 63.1
Czech Republic: 58.2
Italy: 57.0
Cyprus: 55.5
Malta: 54.2
Japan: 45.8
Great Britain: 44.6
France: 42.8
Poland: 42.0
South Africa: 39.8
Costa Rica: 32.7
The sound made by the Earth
Environmental warfare
Kubotans
Gene Hunt's non-PC 'rant'
London Underground on strike NSFW
Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Say 'No' to 0870/0845

That's it for the moment; I've barely made a dent and haven't even started on the folders - these were just some of the loose, unsorted bookmarks.  Heaven knows how long it's going to take me.  On the bright side, the world keeps turning, wars are still fought, governments still lie and the press still connive so nothing much will have changed by the time I get back.

Have this in recompense:



Eating The Rich

Here's a great video from the spoof-meister who is IowaHawk. It should be force-fed to anyone who says 'soaking the rich' is the answer to all our economic problems.




Wednesday, 27 April 2011

WTH?

I'll be glad when this wedding is over; I'm so sick of the constant whingeing and whining in the press.

The latest offensive story comes from Glasgow. where one of the cake-makers banned the Union Flag and any bunting because they decided it "unacceptable" and "sectarian" after complaints.  McVitie's management has now backed down but this surely falls into the ranks of 'You couldn't make it up'.
"A group of staff were putting up bunting and a Union Jack in the canteen at lunchtime when one woman shouted that it was offensive. She said she would be bringing in an Irish tricolour if the Union Jack stayed up. Several staff then went to complain to management. They say it was affront to their dignity at work."
How petty and mean-spirited some people are.

Does Anyone Have Any...

...problems when they load this blog page? I can get into the dashboard to make posts but can't load the blog itself - it keeps crashing. Firefox itself isn't the problem since I can still view other websites. No prior problems, it just went.

Any ideas that might help resolve the problem will be gratefully received. Thanks.

UPDATE: I think that's resolved it - deleted firefox twice and installed twice - still the same old problem so deleted it for a third time and installed Google Chrome. I've no idea what happened to FF but I'll miss it - it was a really good browser.



Cameron! Pull Your Finger Out!

Ban the extremist groups that you whinged about when you were in Opposition, deport the radicals AND their families and sod their 'human rights'.  We've had enough and, God help us, even the BBC is reporting on it now:


 BringBackMyDemocracy

Our Armed Forces are well aware of what they're coming back to - they must be wondering what the hell they're fighting for.
Pic from Rogue Gunner





UPDATE: Former Foreign Minister: "Britain ignored repeated warnings to stop granting asylum to Islamic extremists wanted in other countries for terrorism offences before the 7/7 bombings." That sounds like gross negligence or misfeasance in public office on the part of Blair's rotten government.

PMQs: Summary/Videos

Tributes were paid to Colour Sergeant Alan Cameron and Captain Lisa Head who both died of injuries received in Afghanistan.   PC Ronan Kerr, who died in a car bomb attack in Omagh, was also mentioned.  Best wishes were sent to "William and Catherine".
********************
Miliband led on the economy, saying it has flatlined.  He accused Cameron of complacency and repeated the mantra of too far & too fast.  He used his second three questions to question NHS  reforms.  All in all, he didn't get very far today.

It all turned rather nasty during Cameron's answers on the NHS when a shrieking Angela Eagle, who gives fishwives a bad name, wasn't silenced immediately by Squeaker Bercow; he let her carry on for too long  and that only encouraged her supporters.  He didn't intervene until Cameron himself told her to "calm down, dear" and that produced more squawking from the Labour benches. Bercow was forced to intervene a second time and it was mainly to tell Cameron to be quick and brief so more backbenchers could ask questions.

Cameron had a sly dig at Bercow later when he told Sarah Wollaston, who spoke so softly that the House was forced to be quiet and listen, that she was a "future Speaker in the making".   Mary Honeyball London MEP also had a mention as a member of "the loony left".

Did your MP speak?
Jim Shannon, DUP Strangford; Brian Binley, Con, Northampton South;  Nadine Dorries, Con, Mid-Bedfordshire; Kevin Brennan, Lab, Cardiff West;  Adrian Sanders, LibDem, Torbay;  Debbie Abrahams, Lab, Oldham East & Saddleworth;  Daniel Poulter, South Suffolk & Central Ipswich;  Bill Cash, Con, Stone;  Bill Wilson, Labour Sedgefield;  Sarah Wollaston, Con, Totnes;  Bill Esterson, Lab, Sefton Central;  Stephen Gilbert, LibDems, St Austell & Newquay;  John Woodcock, Lab, Barrow & Furness; Fiona Bruce, Con, Congleton; Ian Lucas, Lab, Wrexham;  Jonathan Evans, Con, Cardiff North;  Jamie Reed,  Lab, Copeland;  Richard Harrington, Con, Watford;  Paul Flynn, Lab, Newport West; Ian Swales, LibDem, Redcar;  Ben Bradshaw; Lab, Exeter;  Lee Scott, Con, Ilford North;  Nigel Dodds, DUP, North Belfast;  Henry Smith, Con, Crawley.

Topics raised:
IRA dissident attacks in N.Ireland;  reduced lending to construction industry; misleading Yes2AV campaign leaflets; a  dig at Andrew Lansley; Court of Judicial Inquiry for phone-hacking; reform of PCTs (Manchester); Suffolk's pitiful  broadband; EU taxation - no, no, no;  wind farms in Sedgefield and the Localism Bill; medical training; closure of wards and beds; housing crisis and waiting lists; NHS waiting times;  sexualisation of childhood;  hospice movement/gift aid; insurance hike for women (EU); gun control/West Cumberland Hospital; decline in manufacturing under Labour;  nuclear power & lessons from Fukushima;  No2AV; recovery stalled;  international review into Tamil massacres; Royal Irish Guards denied Homecoming Parade in Belfast;  freezing of council tax in Crawley.

Videos to follow as and when

A taster:



I can't believe this is kicking off.  If Bercow had done his job properly Cameron wouldn't have had to say it himself.  Angela Eagle should calm down; she's just another humourless and nasty piece of poisonous Lefty crap that's done so much to destroy this country:


More vids to follow






H/t: LiarPoliticians

Back In The Westminster Groove

And it's a very narrow groove with very little wiggle room at that. The talking shop returned yesterday to argue the toss about events they can do little to influence.

Paul Flynn, Labour MP for Newport West and The Dogster's favourite MP, raised an Urgent Question about Monday's escape of 450+ Taliban prisoners from Sarposa Prison in Kandahar and the knock-on effect to our Armed Forces out there. There was a short debate about military ops & intelligence gathering -v- political solutions and after reading it I'd be surprised if the planned withdrawal goes to timetable.  Questions were answered or deflected by PUSS @ FCO Alistair Burt and Miliband (Banana), Gisela Stuart, Julian Lewis, Bollox Bob Ainsworth were amongst those who took part. 

The prison was run by the Afghan Justice Ministry and it seems that no-one even knows if a record of prisoners was kept or how many have been re-captured. Jim Shannon, (DUP, Strangford, Column 32) said, "The indications are that it took eight months to dig the tunnels and 450 prisoners on their hands and knees probably upwards of 12 hours to escape-but nobody saw anything."   However, there are conflicting reports that 'friends' of the escapees may have tunnelled in and bypassed all the security check-points over a five month period.   We'll probably never know but, either way, it sounds like a right Carry On.

It was followed by Hague's Statement on Libya - it's HERE in Hansard if you'd like to read more.

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Is That All There Is?

As if to prove that the spate of super-injunctions are largely ego-driven Andrew Marr has stepped forward and admitted that he is one of those 'high profile celebrities' involved and that the injunction has now been withdrawn.

Somewhere amongst the thirty gagging orders there could be another Trafigura and this use of injunctions by Marr and footballers simply distracts from something potentially more important; their private lives are just a frivolous distraction while other issues are going under the radar.

If I was into guessing names, Marr's would have been way down my list anyway - I had no idea that his affair with Times columnist Alice Miles was subject to a gagging order since it's been commmon knowledge for the past three years or so. What I have learned today, however, is that he had a DNA test which showed that he was not the father of Miles' child.

I fail to see how attempting to hide this inconsequential information from the public could be in the national interest and it surely arises only from an over-inflated sense of self-importance. Who are these minor media and sports personalities who think the world revolves around them and we have nothing better to do than pore over details of their private lives? By taking out these injunctions they make something of it more than it is.

I'd be more interested to know why Alice Miles accepted maintenance payments from Marr for her daughter.. but not very.

Btw, I'm sure we all remember Marr's attack on bloggers in general when he called them "socially inadequate, pimpled, single, slightly seedy, bald, cauliflower-nosed young men sitting in their mother's basements."  I'm sure it had nothing to do with Guido outing him back in 2008.

UPDATE: Ian Hislop: Marr "rank and hypocritical"

Monday, 25 April 2011

Summomed By Bells

I'm sorry for being blog-lite - but it's Easter and family-time and I have to make the most of it while they're here.

Someone put me in mind of this today so I thought I'd post it, just for the record. There are six parts - about an hour in all:













UPDATE: Apologies - I see I posted it last year. Still, you can never have too much of a good thing and it beats anything on tv tonight :-)

Sunday, 24 April 2011

The EU Budget Increase

The 4.9% overall budget increase being demanded by the European Commission, which they say is essential to fulfill their legal obligations, includes a pension increase of 4%.  Of the additional £680m being asked of Britain, £170m is a contribution to the EU pensions bill of £1.2bn
Average annual pensions for the 19,083 retired officials benefiting from the scheme are £60,602. The highest ranking officials can expect £102,000. 10% of officials are taking early retirement with full benefits.
So not only are they making sure their pockets are well-lined when they leave office they're also taking early retirement while the rest of see our retirement age recede further into the distance. No wonder Patrizio Fiorilli couldn't keep the smirk from his face last Thursday.

I hope Cameron and Osborne find a backbone and do the decent thing this time and defend this country and the people from the money-grabbing control freaks in Europe.

Sunday Reflection


LampoCastor

The first piece of music is the Chorale from the Easter Cantata by J.S. Bach in an orchestral arrangement by Leopold Stokowski, performed by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Stokowski.

The second piece is the Choral andante con moto from Symphony No. 2 'Lobgesang' (Hymn Of Praise), by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus conducted by Claudio Abbado.

Sunday Round-up

This week's accompanying soundtrack:

It's mostly rumour and gossip again this week; it's a very quiet weekend all round:

The Royals have good taste  No invitation for Blair & Brown
Clegg: Cameron's lies and nasty, reactionary politics
IRA: The Comeback Kids
Yes2AV campaigner granted super-injunction
Mandelson campaigns for Yes2AV
Taxpayer & BBC-funded Climategate lobby group
Train fares rise and jobs lost
More stand & deliver tactics from HMRC
Cameron considers Muslim Imams for the Lords
The decline of Britain's songbirds
Have scientists found God?
Happy 400th birthday to the King James Bible
Alien parakeets to be culled
Were appetite suppressants added to cigarettes?
Easter bunnies

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Just Because

Just because it's Gigli:



A Scumbag Lobby Group & Other Things

What a strange weekend it's been so far - sunny days but there's a fo-og on the horizon, drifting into the light. I feel like the only person left in the neighbourhood; the roads are quiet, the birds sing, the cats sleep and the garden grows with no assistance from myself, which is just as well since I'm full of cold. Fhs.

The politicians seem to have gone on holiday as well so there's a dearth of new news unless you're happy to hear about their tweeted sojourns into the deepest, darkest leas and valleys of the English countryside, or about nose ops (it won't help - his SpAds are on to a loser with that one). Ashton is still dithering about Libya unless she's sent the RAF in to strafe Tripoli within the last two hours; the UN has said that the EU would be better off out of it all; Brown continues to be feted by the nwo simply because he's a toadying, traitorous you-know-what who left this country in dire straits; Blair is nowhere to be seen (he's probably still in Confessional); Cameron's been photographed with his youngest in a baby-sling while on a break in Cornwall, and Nick Clegg is crying in a corner while everyone tells him to 'man up and be a LibDem' - and we all know the punch-line to that.

Here's a selection of things that might have slipped under the radar:

Scumbag lobbyists
Poland continues the tradition.
Threats to freedom on St George's Day. Note the first comment from Archbishop Cranmer. He's right; it's just that we've had a collective memory loss. St George's Day is postponed until 2nd May because Easter Holy Week take precedence - it's always been this way.
Harriet Baldwin: The English Question
Treaty + change = British referendum - but don't bet on it.
Votes from -9months - 16yrs
Government debt, deficit, borrowing since 1946
Voting themselves more powers for economic governance
Naming names: Who governs us?
Never forget this:  "Oh no, they'd never do that!"   They would, they did, and they have.

It's a sorry state of affairs when the best man for Prime Minister of  this country is David Cameron.

Here's a very good video from across the pond:


Happy St George's Day



Women and clogs:


Men and handkerchiefs:


If you're curious about the Traditional Idiot Clog Dance of Sowerby Bridge, go HERE

Weekend events

Friday, 22 April 2011

Danny Goes To Downing Street

"You are free to do as you are told. Is that what you call a democracy then?"


Danny Allen 1984

Who Unlocked The Asylum Gates?

The loonies are out in force this morning over at the DM, perhaps because it's a Bank Holiday and, having taken the government's smog warning to heart, they've decided to stay at home.

Cuddly David Attenborough has once again raised the spectre of Thomas Malthus in an article about population control, climate change and peak oil supply - all the goodies in one basket. He and tv presenter, Chris Packham, seem to think birth control, tax breaks and government-imposed one-child families are worth exploring as ways forward for the UK.

I've got a better idea - a moratorium on immigration and the deportation of illegals.However, there are big bucks to be made in 'saving' the planet and addressing immigration doesn't provide as many opportunities for corporatists, quangos and 'celebrities' to enrich themselves.  They'd rather write books, articles, hold mutual back-slapping seminars and devise get-rich-quick schemes for themselves while appearing to care and do something in a situation where nothing can be done (carbon capture? cap and trade?).

Many commenters seem to agree that the government should get involved and dictate how many children a couple should have, which is bad enough, but the one that caught my eye was this:
"Many experts say that what is needed is free contraception for all. Many years ago I discovered that the womb lining is shed when a woman has her back scratched during love making. Provided this is done once every cycle then what we have is a free contraceptive. ..."
If this is what passes for logical thinking on contraception where this guy comes from (Derbyshire!) no wonder immigrant families are having more babies than the indigenous English.

Stay Inside, Lock Your Doors...

.. and, whatever else you do this Easter weekend, don't have a barbecue or go to Church, don't drive, not even short distances, and don't exercise.  All you barbecuing, car-driving church-going extremists should be taken to re-education camps for the good of the cause.

The government has issued a Smog Warning for England & Wales.  I wonder if there's any connection with these.

Environmental Protection UK - just another damned quango.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Carlin: Save The Planet



British Nationalists

Newsnight's lead item last night was the EU budget demand. It isn't YouTubed so here's a link to BBC iPlayer. Douglas Carswell makes an appearance at 3:43 spelling out the danger to Cameron from his own backbenchers. Then, at roughly 7:20, Maitlis interviewed Patrizio Fiorilli ("a European Commission spokesman"). Apart from having a smirking face that I'd like to slap (note how his smile falls away dramatically at the end of the i/view - about 12:15) Fiorilli also gave some really duff answers.

Speaking of whom, Andrew Duff, intense pro-federalist and ALDE leader in the EP, had these words to say (5:39):
"There isn't any growth in this famous 'gravy train' that British nationalists are so frightened of and contemptuous of. The budget of the EU is primarily for the boosting of the economic recovery."
It's Duff's use of the word 'nationalists' in this context that I'm querying.  The language of these europrats undergoes subtle change every time they open their mouths.  Eurosceptic one day, xenophobes, sour Little Englanders, extremists, nationalists, terrorists the next.

Breaking down a nation's culture and identity is one of the planks of  EU policy so that its people become fragmented without a sense of historical ties and so easier to absorb into the machine.  They undermine the will and determination of people who, if they dare to disagree, are simply ignored so that an air of inevitability hangs over the integration process.  They want us to be cowed, to shrug our shoulders and say, "Oh well, what can we do - mustn't grumble."

I'd like to remind tptb again of the words of this poem by Kipling.  These words are as true today as they ever were:

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late
With long arrears to make good,
When the English began to hate.

They were not easily moved,

They were icy-willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the English began to hate.

Their voices were even and low,

Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show,
When the English began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd,

It was not taught by the State.
No man spoke it aloud,
When the English began to hate.

It was not suddenly bred,

It will not swiftly abate,
Through the chill years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the English began to hate. 


avatars: animated images: cats: Cat Files it's nails
Gif from Avatar Farm

UPDATE: The Fiorilli i/view on YouTube

Lord Monckton: The Death of Magna Carta

Yes, folks - she did die in vain.

This interview with Lord Monckton is one of the best I've heard for a long time. Monckton explains clearly how the EU works, details the shocking treatment of
Jason McGoldrick under the European Arrest Warrant and also talks about AGW. Set aside forty minutes or so to watch it - it's well worth it. Oh, and pass it round to all your friends.






Assegais, farsens of 'em, to Hookie at The Final Redoubt

European Arrest Warrant

Cameron,
WE WANT OUR IN/OUT REFERENDUM

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Waterfield Says It All

Bruno Waterfield has written a pleasingly insulting article about the EU for this afternoon's DT.

Extract:
"Can or should Brussels be immune from the deep cuts that are the national trend in every single EU country?

The European Commission's demand that the British government digs deep into its pockets to find an extra £682 million is a political choice.

That money could be used to reverse two year's worth of cuts to child tax credits for families with children under the age of one.

Or spent in Brussels it can help pay for the salaries of Herman Van Rompuy, the EU president and Baroness Ashton, Europe's foreign minister. Both are unelected but their pay and perks are the highest of any politician in the world.

There's is also that recent increase of £32,000 a year for each and every MEP towards new assistants or pay rises for existing researchers. Over 50 assistants or researchers are already paid between £68,000 and £80,000 a year.

Let's not forget, this year MEPs also voted to double their budget for champagne receptions, increased spending on their courtesy limousines and splashed out £90 million on a "House of European History".

And, then, finally think of the Hungarian dogs and the £350,000 an EU la-la-land project spent on improving their "lifestyles".

Choices, choices, how would you choose if it was up to you?

By demanding this extra money the EU has gone beyond any possible satire or parody to prove that it is entirely unrepresentative of voters and political developments across Europe."
He's right - the whole thing has gone beyond a joke as the worst of the worst comes to the fore and they become sad parodies of themselves (though I see the word 'populist' is being used again to denote something negative; these europrats still make me laugh).  They've had it their way for long enough; we've been very patient, particularly with Cameron and our own Westminster Executive.   The fightback continues at the local elections on 5th May. Kick out the Lib/Lab/Con con.

UPDATE: Hannan also has something to say and he asks:  "Where are the protest marches?":



Wage reduction targets
Country Reductions
Belgium 0.7% savings on personnel expenditures
Czech Republic 10% wage cut in the public sector (excluding teachers).
Estonia 9% savings on personnel expenditures.
France Freezing public sector wages in 2011.
Greece Allowances cut by 20% in 2010. Abolishing the 13th and 14th month bonuses for monthly earnings above EUR 3 000 (=14%).
Ireland 13.5% public sector wage cut in 2009-10. More cuts expected in 2011-14.
Portugal 5% wage cut in the public sector. 0.11% to 0.84% of GDP wage cut by 2013.
Slovak Republic 10% wage cut in central government.
Slovenia 14% wage and public intermediate consumption cut.
Spain 5% wage cut in 2010, frozen in 2011.
United Kingdom Two-year wage freeze.

Staff reduction targets

Country Reductions
Austria 3 000 federal officials by 2014
France 97 000 public sector jobs by only replacing 1 out of 2 retiring state employees
Germany 10 000 federal public sector jobs by 2014
Greece 20% of retiring employees replaced, fewer public short-term contract employees
Ireland 24 750 public sector jobs by 2014
Portugal Recruitment freeze of civil servants (no replacements)
Slovenia 1% of public sector employees from 2010-11
Spain 10% replacement of vacant positions between 2011-13
United Kingdom 330 000 public sector jobs by 2014
Source: “OECD Fiscal Consolidation Survey 2010”

Scottish Immigration: One For Tris

Here you go, Tris, and all your fellow Scots. How strange that we were only discussing it yesterday.  Immigration to Scotland has reared its head again.
"Scotland's estimated population as at 2009 is 5.2 million, lower than in 1961. Indeed, the Scottish population was 4.8 million a century ago - in 1911. Over the same period, the population of England has increased by more than 50% - from about 33.7 million to about 51.5 million. In 2003, England had a population density of 383 persons per square kilometre, compared to just 65 persons per square kilometre in Scotland.

The moral I want to draw from this is that although England might be sufficiently crowded, and have sufficient internally-generated population growth to have an interest in restricting immigration, the same does not necessarily apply to all parts of the United Kingdom.

Now, of course, as matters stand, people have freedom of mobility within the UK once they are here, and immigrants tend to congregate in certain parts of England where the jobs are. But would it really be so infeasible, for example, to make it a condition of being granted a residency visa that one were resident in Scotland, say - having a penalty of deportation if one were found to be resident in another part? Why don't we have an immigration policy that directs immigrants to the least densely populated (indeed, in some cases under-populated) parts of the country and parts that have not had population growth?"
I particularly like the line, "England might be sufficiently crowded..."  That's a grand piece of political understatement.  If this ever gets off the ground (and this Labour policy now seems to have the makings of a cross-party consensus) , how will Scotland ensure it only gets 'the best and brightest' immigrants?  I seem to recall that's what they told England at one point.  I'd be interested to know how much control, if any, the SNP government has over immigratiion.  Is it a devolved issue?

It sounds to me as though they're just floating the idea again in an effort to take the focus away from immigration down here.

ConHome

New Comment System In Progress

Bear with me while I faff around switching over to Disqus - something I've been meaning to have a look at for a while now. It's being really slow bringing comments across from Blogger but I suppose we'll get there in the end.

In the meantime you might like to look at THIS . The European Parliament has voted for a compromise solution on labelling halal and shechita food. Instead of the one word ('halal'/'shechita') they've opted for 'slaughtered without stunning', which doesn't really address the problem for those who want to avoid eating meat from an animal that has had its throat cut or a prayer muttered over its dying bones.
However, British officials have indicated that the government will not support the latest call from MEPs.
"British officials"?  Un-named, unattributable and unaccountable, as usual.

UPDATE:   It's done, so we'll see how it works - let me know if you have any problems.  It's supposed to make commenting easier (!).  It has slowed down page-loading time though so I'll have a look to see if I can delete some other gadget to compensate if it proves too much of a pain.

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My thanks to everyone who's commented over the years - it wouldn't work without you :-)

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Chemtrails Over England

Manchester 17 April


Bedford 6 April
Unknown 6 April
Guildford 6 April
Cornwall 9 April
South Wales 9 April
London 9 April
Stockport 11 April

Cameron's 'Clarification'

There's just a dull sense of inevitability about all this. Cameron has made much of his immigration policy to cut numbers to 'tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands' - I'm sure we all know those words backwards by now. Call it a u-turn, backtrack or clarification, the result is the same.
The PM was asked to confirm on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme whether the 'tens of thousands' figure was an aim rather than a policy because it was not mentioned in the coalition agreement.
He said: 'I'm not arguing with you about that.  There are a series of policies - I believe if those policies are put in place, we'll get back to the levels of immigration we had in the '80s and '90s, which is tens of thousands rather than hundreds of thousands.'
Officially, there are already 62m+ people living in the UK excluding illegals who've disappeared into the black economy.  Rough estimates indicate that within twenty years the population will be over the 70m mark.  Within 40/50 years the English, who have been most affected by immigration, will be a minority in England.  This isn't immigration; it's colonisation and it's been deliberate government policy.



Source
UK population map & the most overcrowded cities

UPDATE: See THIS.  Foreign nationals can stand for election to local councils courtesy of the EU. The people of Boston, Lincolnshire are now able to vote for Polish, Lithuanian and Portuguese nationals. Fortunately, there's a good sprinkling of UKIP, English Democrats and Independents for them to choose from too so let's hope they've seen the Lib/Lab/Con con for what it is.

Salbuchi: Video



I left a link to the film Salbuchi refers to; if you want to see it click the Inside Job tag below and the link will be there, somewhere... ...

Secret Memos: Iraq War/Oil Stitch-up

So...what's new? It's just more proof that Blair & Co were the most despicable, self-serving, traitorous b@st@rds we always said they were.
The Foreign Office invited BP in on 6 November 2002 to talk about opportunities in Iraq "post regime change". Its minutes state: "Iraq is the big oil prospect. BP is desperate to get in there and anxious that political deals should not deny them the opportunity."

After another meeting, this one in October 2002, the Foreign Office's Middle East director at the time, Edward Chaplin, noted: "Shell and BP could not afford not to have a stake in [Iraq] for the sake of their long-term future... We were determined to get a fair slice of the action for UK companies in a post-Saddam Iraq."

Whereas BP was insisting in public that it had "no strategic interest" in Iraq, in private it told the Foreign Office that Iraq was "more important than anything we've seen for a long time"...

...Five months before the March 2003 invasion, Baroness Symons, then the Trade Minister, told BP that the Government believed British energy firms should be given a share of Iraq's enormous oil and gas reserves as a reward for Tony Blair's military commitment to US plans for regime change.

The papers show that Lady Symons agreed to lobby the Bush administration on BP's behalf because the oil giant feared it was being "locked out" of deals that Washington was quietly striking with US, French and Russian governments and their energy firms.

Minutes of a meeting with BP, Shell and BG (formerly British Gas) on 31 October 2002 read: "Baroness Symons agreed that it would be difficult to justify British companies losing out in Iraq in that way if the UK had itself been a conspicuous supporter of the US government throughout the crisis."
Divying up the oil reserves seems to be the only post-invasion planning they did and, needless to say, none of these documents were submitted to the Iraq Inquiry.  Blair used our troops as his Private Army and British blood is still being spilled for corporate interests.

Tony Blair, 6 February 2003: "Let me just deal with the oil thing because... the oil conspiracy theory is honestly one of the most absurd when you analyse it. The fact is that, if the oil that Iraq has were our concern, I mean we could probably cut a deal with Saddam tomorrow in relation to the oil. It's not the oil that is the issue, it is the weapons..."

PS Talking about wars, don't forget this: EU awaits UN sanction for EU ground troops to Libya. "I would appreciate it if the EU could take the initiative on the delivery of humanitarian aid," the Nato secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said last week. "Nato has no intention to play a leading role." Yet they still deny that the EU has an army.

Sunday, 17 April 2011

The Localism Bill/Maastricht Treaty

If you caught the Sunday Round-up earlier you'd know that someone made a comment about EU financial sanctions contained in the government's Localism Bill. To be honest, I'd pretty much ignored it until now, knowing that it was tied into the EU and the devil would be in the detail. Well, the devil has made an appearance and he's wearing a blue rosette. Here's the comment again, from Anyoldiron:
"There are over 400 pages in the Localism Bill. There are 9 pages of EU Fines written in the Localism Bill. Fines to be paid by the NEW Local Organisations. Here are just a few-for goodness sake wake up to what is happening to your Country by EU laws put through by the Political Parties YOU elected.

Part 2
30 EU Fines. Power to require local or public authorities to make payments in respect of certain EU financial sanctions.

(1) In this part “EU financial sanction” means a lump sum or penalty payment (or both) imposed after the commencement of this Part by the Court of Justice of the European Union under Article 260 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

(2) A Minister of the Crown may require a local or public authority to make a payment of an amount determined by the Minister in respect of any EU financial sanction imposed on the United Kingdom.

(3) The requirement to make a payment under this Part must be imposed by an EU financial sanction notice under section 32 given by the Minister to the Authority concerned after complying with the requirements of section 31.

(4) The Secretary of State must publish (and may from time to time revise and republish) a statement of policy with respect to the imposition of requirements to make payments under this Part and the determination of the amount of the sums required to be paid.

(5) In deciding how to exercise functions under this Part in relation to an EU financial sanction imposed on the United Kingdom the Minister must have regard to the statement of policy most recently published at the time when the EU financial sanction was imposed.

(6) If an EU financial sanction notice is registered in accordance with rules of court of any practice direction, it is enforceable in the same manner as an order of the High Court.
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32 EU financial sanction notices

(1) A Minister of the Crown may give an EU financial sanction notice to a local or public authority in relation to an EU financial sanction imposed on the United Kingdom only if the Minister is satisfied that acts of the authority caused or contributed to the infraction of EU law for which that financial sanction was imposed.
(2) An EU financial sanction notice must—
(a) specify the amount required to be paid by the authority,
(b) specify the EU financial sanction to which the notice relates,
(c) specify any act of the authority which is regarded as having caused or contributed to the infraction of EU law for which that financial sanction was imposed;
(d) set out the Minister’s reasons---
(i) for requiring the authority to make a payment in respect of the financial sanction, and
(ii) for specifying the amount required to be paid,
(e) specify how and to whom the payment must be made, and
(f) specify the period within which the payment is required to be made.
etc.etc."
Our fears are realised; far from devolving "power to the people", the Localism Bill is yet another link in the chain of enslavement to the EU. Cameron and his Ministers, who we elected, are a pack of lying, cheating, traitorous b@st@rds, to put it mildly. Cameron 's 'Big Society' scam always did fit in just a little too conveniently with the structure of the EU.
The Localism Bill will put an end to the hoarding of power within central government and top-down control of communities, allowing local people the freedom to run their lives and neighbourhoods in their own way.

The Bill, laid before Parliament today, contains a radical package of reforms that will devolve greater power and freedoms to councils and neighbourhoods, establish powerful new rights for communities, revolutionise the planning system, and give communities control over housing decisions.

The legislation will help build the Big Society by radically transforming the relationships between central government, local government, communities and individuals.

For councils the Bill will fundamentally change their freedom to act in the interest of their local communities through a new general power of competence. Rather than needing to rely on specific powers, the new power will give councils the legal reassurance and confidence to innovate, drive down costs to deliver more efficient services.
Here's the government's 'Plain English' Guide comprising only 17 pages as opposed to 400 in the full Bill and 9 pages detailing EU fines - anyone relying on the PE Guide would be left completely in the dark (mushrooms anyone?)

The Bill in full
Progress of the Bill through Parliament
Government reneges on Third Party Right of Appeal pledge

I had intended to catch up with Private Eye this afternoon but I'll have to see what I can do to wade through these poxy documents instead. Happy Sunday!

Further reading that may be of interest:
Hansard 1st Feb 1993:
"For as long as a person is a British national, that person will be a European citizen, under the terms of the treaty and the Bill. As was said earlier, if someone wishes to renounce British nationality, certain

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consequences will follow ; but there is no separate provision whereby a person can remain a United Kingdom national but renounce citizenship of the European union."
On the Queen as a citizen of the European Union:
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Mr. Shepherd : Is it the Home Secretary's understanding that the Queen becomes a citizen of the union of Europe under the provisions of the Bill? ...
Mr. Clarke : I shall give further consideration to that question, but I do not see why not.
Mr. Shepherd : She must do.
Mr. Clarke : The Queen is undoubtedly a British national. She, being a national of the United Kingdom, is likely to become a citizen of the European union. [Interruption.] I shall reflect upon that point, but I very much suspect that that is the position. I do not believe that we should expand upon the position of the monarch at length, but I do not see why the Queen should be any more fearful of that prospect than anybody else is likely to be.
On a European Army:
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"There is absolutely no suggestion of our Government, or any Government, contemplating forming a European army. There is no treaty obligation on us to do so. There is absolutely no question of this country being committed to war through a process to which we have not consented."
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"The idea that the foreign policy of the United Kingdom or the foreign policy which the United Kingdom has agreed to in alliance with its allies and the rest of the European union imposes personal obligations and duites is extremely limited. As my hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton, South -West (Mr. Budgen) said a moment ago, it can be treason to work contrary to the United Kingdom's security policy."
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"No hon. Member can claim, while keeping a straight face, that we are entering into any obligation to merge our Army, our Air Force or our Navy with anyone else's army, air force or navy. "
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Sir Ivan Lawrence: "How many people would have voted for me if I had knocked on doors at the last general election and said, "Please vote for me because I want to surrender power to the European Parliament. I do not want the Westminster Parliament to have the powers which it has at the moment. I want fewer powers. I want to give people the right to petition a European Parliament and to oblige the European Parliament to oblige a Euro- citizen in Britain to go along such a path"? We are talking about the surrender of power away from a Westminster Parliament. That is my bottom line. What moves me most about the Maastricht treaty is the surrender of power away from the Westminster Parliament. People have not been consulted, and I know perfectly well that they do not want it. "
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Mr. Nicholas Winterton : "In this debate, Front-Bench Members are not coming clean with the Committee. Hon. Members are therefore unable to come clean with the people about the way in which citizenship is being fundamentally altered, ratchetwise--especially by this treaty. Will my hon. and learned Friend direct his attention to that matter? Surely it is quite wrong to change the status and role of citizenship without informing the people of what is being done in their name, especially as it appears that Front-Bench Members on both sides do not themselves know what is in the treaty."
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Mr. Gould :  I refer to the position of Her Majesty the Queen. The Home Secretary was quite unable to answer a question about whether the Bill, if it became an Act, would bind the Queen in any way. Would she, as a British national, become a citizen of the European union? The Minister of State read out what I imagine was a note prepared for him by his civil servants, but it hardly answered the question. I suppose that it could be argued that the Queen is beyond the reach of this Bill. That would be odd, because I think that the Minister of State confirmed that she would be a beneficiary of the rights of European citizenship. It must therefore follow that she will incur the duties of European citizenship--that she owes some sort of allegiance by virtue of it. It is a remarkable thought that the Queen, the supreme citizen of our political entity, would owe allegiance to some higher, wider authority.
I profess no infallibility on these questions ; I merely point to possible interpretations, and this is what the law and the treaty appear to point to. We must therefore imagine a sort of sub-monarch in a sub-state, owing allegiance to some wider state. It follows that the debate on which we appear to be embarking may be entirely beside the point. The issue of whether a diminished monarchy would be good or bad may be beyond the competence of this House and the British people. It may be resolved by the treaty of Maastricht and the introduction of the citizenship of the European union.
At the very least we should be clear that we have created a new form of citizenship which is a relationship with a superior body of law and a wider geographical entity : a super-state. That relationship must be superior to the relationship that we all enjoy with the British state. 
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Mr Spearing:  Oh yes, this is the most important speech that we have heard so far. Does my hon. Friend recall that when the original legislation was passed the then Prime Minister, the right hon. Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup (Sir E. Heath) said that the position of the Crown was not affected, forgetting that direct legislation circumvented both this House and the Royal Assent--so the position of the Crown was most certainly affected?

And pages and pages more.  I''m sorry the post is so long - I just got carried away.  This fascinating debate concerned amendments to the Maastricht Treaty, tabled by Tony Blair, and the un-named quotes above come from Ken Clarke, then Home Secretary.  It reads as if it was a raucous debate with many interventions.  At the time, of course, the majority of the Labour MPs were against Maastricht and the EU.  The enduring and indomitable Bill Cash makes several appearances.

There's more truth to be found in historical documents than you'll ever find in today's Parliament or today's msm where everything is hidden or partly-obscured.  It's alarming how today's MPs have become so docile.

A stumbled-upon website: This is our land
The Security Services & Treason: the murder of Airey Neave; oaths; complicity in High Treason; Misprision of Treason.
EU regionalism and historic Nazism

Sunday Reflection



Ambulances

Closed like confessionals, they thread
Loud noons of cities, giving back
None of the glances they absorb.
Light glossy grey, arms on a plaque,
They come to rest at any kerb:
All streets in time are visited.

Then children strewn on steps or road,
Or women coming from the shops
Past smells of different dinners, see
A wild white face that overtops
Red stretcher-blankets momently
As it is carried in and stowed,

And sense the solving emptiness
That lies just under all we do,
And for a second get it whole,
So permanent and blank and true.
The fastened doors recede. Poor soul,
They whisper at their own distress;

For borne away in deadened air
May go the sudden shut of loss
Round something nearly at an end,
And what cohered in it across
The years, the unique random blend
Of families and fashions, there

At last begin to loosen. Far
From the exchange of love to lie
Unreachable insided a room
The traffic parts to let go by
Brings closer what is left to come,
And dulls to distance all we are.

Philip Larkin
John Betjeman

Sunday Round-up

This week's soundtrack:

There's a heck of a lot of interesting snippets in this morning's Sundays so it's just lots and lots of links and no comments:

Independent on Sunday
Anarchy and air raid sirens in Greece
Tony Hayward to work for Nat Rothschild
40% LibDem voters desert
The Observer/Guardian
Greeks press for default on debt
MPs never stop whingeing
Armed Chinese police confront Tibetan monks
Tax breaks for drinks industry makes white cider cheaper 
Daily/Sunday Telegraph
Libyan dissident speaks out over Yvonne Fletcher shooting
Two horses die in Scottish National
Man faces sack for having Christian cross in his van
Muslim Council of Britain says no debate on face veil - it's a 'religious obligation'
Proposal to offer 'shyness' drugs on NHS
Catholic Church says Cameron's Big Society 'has no teeth'*
No more 'Best Before' dates
Mail on Sunday
Olympics Union Flag made in France and becomes a square
Inland Revenue demanding money with menaces
Cable to share AV platform with Miliband
Birmingham Cathedral bans photos of child choir
Liam Fox given extra protection following 'terror attack fears'
Named: Council bosses who refuse to accept pay freeze
Peter Hitchens:  No-one believes Cameron
DANGER! WARNING! Fresh calls for a new Bill of Rights from Geoffrey Robertson QC, the man who holds dual British/Australian citizenship and wanted to prosecute the Pope.
Sunday Express
Anjem Choudary's brother was awarded £1m+ government contracts despite further terrorist links
He owns Best Training Solutions Ltd, which has been awarded seven years of Government funding to deliver Learn Direct IT training in London.
Yazdani hired Al Muhajiroun supporter Shah-Jalal Hussain, 28, who was jailed for two years in 2008 for trying to raise funds for overseas terrorists, to carry out work for Best Training.
Last year, Yazdani Choudary set up Master Printers Ltd on the ground floor above the CIS.
Over a period of weeks, the Sunday Express watched Anjem Choudary going in and out, as well as supporters including Muslims Against Crusades spokesman Asad Ullah and Shah Jalal Hussain.
Yazdani refused to answer our questions about graphic designer Hussain, or whether Master Printers produces leaflets or websites for groups involving Anjem.
Hussain rang us to complain we were “sabotaging” his business and warned: “Rot in hell or embrace Islam.”
Anjem Choudary said he was “too busy” to talk about the CIS.
BBC
Nuclear submarine secrets mistakenly released on internet
*****
*This is a comment on the DT's Catholic Church/Big Society article.  It comes from a poster called Any Old Iron
"There are over 400 pages in the Localism Bill. There are 9 pages of EU Fines written in the Localism Bill. Fines to be paid by the NEW Local Organisations.  Here are just a few-for goodness sake wake up to what is happening to your Country by EU laws put through by the Political Parties YOU elected.

Part 2
30 EU Fines. Power to require local or public authorities to make payments in respect of certain EU financial sanctions.

(1) In this part “EU financial sanction” means a lump sum or penalty payment (or both) imposed after the commencement of this Part by the Court of Justice of the European Union under Article 260 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

(2) A Minister of the Crown may require a local or public authority to make a payment of an amount determined by the Minister in respect of any EU financial sanction imposed on the United Kingdom.

(3) The requirement to make a payment under this Part must be imposed by an EU financial sanction notice under section 32 given by the Minister to the Authority concerned after complying with the requirements of section 31.

(4) The Secretary of State must publish (and may from time to time revise and republish) a statement of policy with respect to the imposition of requirements to make payments under this Part and the determination of the amount of the sums required to be paid.

(5) In deciding how to exercise functions under this Part in relation to an EU financial sanction imposed on the United Kingdom the Minister must have regard to the statement of policy most recently published at the time when the EU financial sanction was imposed.

(6) If an EU financial sanction notice is registered in accordance with rules of court of any practice direction, it is enforceable in the same manner as an order of the High Court.
*****************
32 EU financial sanction notices

(1) A Minister of the Crown may give an EU financial sanction notice to a local or public authority in relation to an EU financial sanction imposed on the United Kingdom only if the Minister is satisfied that acts of the authority caused or contributed to the infraction of EU law for which that financial sanction was imposed.
(2) An EU financial sanction notice must—
(a) specify the amount required to be paid by the authority,
(b) specify the EU financial sanction to which the notice relates,
(c) specify any act of the authority which is regarded as having caused or contributed to the infraction of EU law for which that financial sanction was imposed;
(d) set out the Minister’s reasons---
(i) for requiring the authority to make a payment in respect of the financial sanction, and
(ii) for specifying the amount required to be paid,
(e) specify how and to whom the payment must be made, and
(f) specify the period within which the payment is required to be made.
etc.etc."

UPDATE: Courtesy of Blazing Cat Fur, here's an afternoon article: Taliban-esque thugs impose Sharia-esque law in East London. Police Chief says, 'we are saddened'. But he's probably not as saddened as the gays and women who've been threatened with Allah's punishment.

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