"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."

Friday, 30 September 2011

Friday Post

Here's some sound advice to Cameron on his dealings with the EU. Sadly, I think Producus might be mistaking Cameron for a man with a pair. If he still has them, he's kept them well-hidden to-date since he's played the part of bag-carrier better than that of nemesis.  But, we all live in hope.

Here's an extract - there's more and it's all good so pls go and read the whole thing.
"If you accept this assertion of imperial power over our Parliament you will be telling the British people that our constitutional democracy, our Parliament - and our Prime Minister - are meaningless, worthless, abolished, nothing more than 'heritage' baubles in a new and alienating national reality.

Be in no doubt that unless you defy Brussels over this, Mr Cameron, the British people will withdraw your mandate to govern, if that indeed is what you are now doing. Do not assume that you can escape the danger of this new challenge. You cannot, and we will not forgive you if you betray us over this.

The rule of law in Britain will be a thing of the past, for rule by law means government by consent. The British people have never consented and will never bow to dictatorship by foreigners, regardless of any treaty which your predecessor of bitter memory signed against our known will. But you know this, Mr Cameron, which is why you fear to give us a referendum on Europe. But perhaps there is another way which you may find more acceptable.

Mr Cameron, when I say you must roar Britain's defiance at the European Commission, I mean you must roar. On our behalf, as our Prime Minister. The whole country has to hear you loud and clear, whether you and you coalition friends find it politically convenient or not... "
Lovely stuff.

Civil Servants Stand Up To EU

Don't get too excited - that's Greek civil servants, not British. The animosity the Greek people feel towards the EU shows no sign of lessening. Furious at fresh pay cuts and mass lay-offs, civil servants occupied the ministries of finance, development, labour, justice, health, agriculture and interior affairs yesterday and forced the troika to meet elsewhere.

Sometimes our "English reserve" and a stiff upper lip work against us - it makes us willing to put up with far too much. Stoicism in the face of adversity has its place but there are times when the country would be improved by some Mediterranean passion.

Thursday, 29 September 2011

EC: Pay Benefits To All EU Nationals

Now the EC rules Britain must pay full benefits to all EU nationals

My mistake, I thought we already did.  While we're in the EU we can't restrict benefits to British people - everyone must be treated equally.  It seems that this ruling applies to all and sundry, whether they come here looking for work or not.
What is perhaps most outrageous here is the EU's disregard for its own rulebook. Article 7(1) of the Free Movement Directive gives EU citizens the right to reside in another member state only if they have “sufficient resources for themselves and their family members not to become a burden on the social assistance system of the host Member State”. So clear are those words that even our Supreme Court, which tends to bend the rules in favour of immigrants and welfare claimants, threw out the case of an EU national seeking to top up her pension in Britain. Now, Eurocrats have effectively struck down that decision.

When the rules count for nothing, opt-outs are worthless. We opted out of the social chapter, but we had the 48-hour week imposed on us. We opted out of the euro, but we're being sent the bill for propping it up. We opted out of the border-free area, but we can't control who crosses our frontiers. We never agreed to a common European welfare state, but we're being dragged into one.

Just in time to receive the economic refugees being driven into exile by the EU's determination to keep the euro intact.
Strange, isn't it, how every reform the government wants to make is influenced and interfered with by the EU.  I wonder if the government has noticed yet.

In effect, the ruling means that benefits cannot be denied to EU nationals without also being denied to Britons.  Watch out for the comprehensive dismantling of our welfare state with everything put out to private tender.  It's the EU.

An Unlikely Hero

Some people dream of a place to call home, a garden to grow the veg and fruit and a quiet space to relax in with friends and neighbours once they turn eighty-five, but not Norman Scarth.

Looking at the video, it seems no press turned up to hear him speak on his release from prison; the interest just wasn't there but that's nothing new.

Norman quotes Paul Henry Thoreau: "In a state which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is in prison." He doesn't seem to hold out much hope for us: "33% of the British people are corrupt, 33% are brainwashed and 33% are spineless." I hope he's wrong: perhaps he's just a realist and I'm an optimist.

Get past the tub-thumping song at the beginning - Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein had a hand in it and it was sung by Nelson Eddy in a creaky film, but they're good sentiments for Norman. (R&H also wrote THIS, one of my  creaky favourites.)



Norman's been branded a cranky old trouble-maker, but I wonder.  It's against the law for recordings or photographs to be taken in a Court of Law but he recorded proceedings because his "hearing is poor".  The Court hadn't given permission and, hey presto! he was in a prison cell before you could say Jack Straw.

Lord Justice Pitchford said Scarth "suffered from a delusional disorder, could be loud and argumentative, and was a conspiracy theorist". Well, that's half the people I know fhs.

The Contempt of Court laws need urgent revision. I assume the government will do this at the same time they make provision for Judges' sentences to be broadcast, live, on tv, with Bruce Forsyth and Tessa Daley announcing the sentence.

'Joe Public, you have made your case here well. You've talked eloquently and with passion and your lawyer has given excellent support. But... is it enough to keep you out of jail? Our judges have conferred and the answer is ... ... ... ... ... ...'

No More Pussyfooting Around

It may have been ill-mannered to call the europrat an idiot, but that's mild compared to what opponents of the EU have been called in the past decades. Even Paxman joined in: "Mr Idiot in Brussels, would you like to respond?" It's time to call a spade a spade and a europhile who's up himself an idiot. Anyone who can't stomach being called an idiot is in the wrong job as an EU spokesman.

Oborne prompts EU spokesman to walk out:


Example of idiocy: "The euro is a factor of stability and prosperity."

John Redwood called it "a provocative performance by a representative of the EU".

JR also posts an interesting response to a question from a commenter. When asked why he backed Clarke and not Hague for Tory leadership in 1997, JR replies:
"Because he said I could make the party’s policy 'No' to joining the Euro and would be Shadow Chancellor to enforce and argue that line."
In 1997, Hague had not ruled out joining the euro.

UPDATE: The German Parliament has just voted 523 For, 85 against the EFSF and while all this is happening, what does our own PM Cameron have to say?

"[I am] very concerned about the use of single-use carrier bags and the effect that they have on the environment".

Up Against The Wall

Nicolas Wilhelm Pieter Clegg has jetted off to Poland today where he will be giving a "major" speech calling on all EU member-states to be united, pull together and support the euro. Poland currently holds the rotating presidency and is fiercely europhile (it's one of the few countries doing well at the moment in terms of GDP and growth) so he can expect a warm reception.

Denis MacShane, former Europe Minister under Labour, was on the radio this morning speaking in support of Barroso and the EU's Financial Transaction Tax. He queried why people wouldn't want to pay a: "tiny, infinitesimal, small tax" to support the EU.  This numpty no-nothing who thinks his opinions are worth listening to even got the current VAT rate wrong - he said it was 18%.

The FTT is being presented as "banker-bashing" and making financial institutions repay the taxpayers who bailed them out in 2008 but it's no such thing.  It's being presented like that only to get the general population on-side - and they have the nerve to deride "populism" and call for more transparency.  The ideologically warped construct of the EU was built and sold to the people on a packet of lies; it has never been transparent.

The City has long been the object of envy from Frankfurt and Paris who see themselves replacing London as the heart of global markets. Britain would end up paying 80% of the total take generated by this tax and it would severely hamper our recovery and put an end to any prospect of growth.  We would be perpetually struggling.  Let's hope Osborne & Co forcefully push the truth that this tax is an attack on the whole country, not just a little something (0.1%) between bankers, so that people, and the media, understand the big picture.  No concessions!

                                                                                           
"He made a call for more integration among EU member states, including greater political union and more pooling of efforts in the defence sector.  To applause from many MEPs - but silence from the eurosceptic bloc - he urged national governments across the EU 'to show a bit more pride in Europe. I want to see and hear that pride in being European'." 

It struck me while listening to this fine piece of propaganda how so many europhiles are happy to tell us how we are "afraid", that 'European citizens' are scared of what is happening, and that it us up to them, the EU institutions, to calm our fears and soothe us.

Words fail me, except to say that like millions of others I'm not afraid so 'bring it on'.  Here's Nigel Farage's response and a blue card intervention from arch-federalist Andrew Duff:



Hague: "an historical monument to collective folly"
Merkel: still in denial ahead of today's vote
Barroso: text highlights of the State of the Union address

The last word goes to ZeroHedge:
"the euro is “practically dead” and Europe faces a financial earthquake from a Greek default"... “The euro is beyond rescue”... “The only remaining question is how many days the hopeless rearguard action of European governments and the European Central Bank can keep up Greece’s spirits.”...."A Greek default will trigger an immediate “magnitude 10” earthquake across Europe."..."Holders of Greek government bonds will have to write off their entire investment, the southern European nation will stop paying salaries and pensions and automated teller machines in the country will empty “within minutes.” In other words: welcome to the Apocalypse...

UPDATE (already!): This is one of the things that really gets my goat. Yes, he's entitled to his opinion but his status doesn't, or shouldn't, give him the automatic right to have his views published in a mainstream newspaper. Mind you, it is the Guardian. The only difference between him and me is that I have a blog and he's a well-known actor.

The Robin Hood tax: Cameron must tell the City to get on board.

And that's the other thing - STOP CALLING IT A 'ROBIN HOOD TAX'. That's simply not true and is deceptive. The only two contenders for the roles of King John and the Sheriff of Nottingham that I can see are van Rompuy and Barroso.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

"Get Prepared"

"Governments don't rule the world; Goldman Sachs rules the world ... in less than twelve months, my prediction is that the savings of millions of people are going to vanish and this is just the beginning." This trader's honesty is painful - I'd quite like him for PM except that he doesn't know the answer to the economic crisis either, only how to make money from it. I bet Alessio Rastani isn't invited back by the BBC any time soon.



BBC Press Statement in response to suggestions that it was a hoax:
"We've carried out detailed investigations and can't find any evidence to suggest that the interview with Alessio Rastani was a hoax. He is an independent market trader and one of a range of voices we've had on air to talk about the recession."


Joke Of The Day

"The Labour Party lost trust on the economy. I am determined we restore your trust in us on the economy. I am determined to prove to you ... ... that we will manage your money properly."



Great pics of Ed - definitely ripe for a spoof.

Wordle: Miliband speech Sept 27 2011

Full transcript HERE

Captain Ranty-Lawful Rebel: Ridding England Of The English

Captain Ranty-Lawful Rebel: Ridding England Of The English

Prat du Jour

It seems to be a day for licensing and accreditation news today.  Here's another not very well thought through proposal, this time from Ivan Lewis, the Shadow Culture Secretary. He says that "a free press is non-negotiable" yet doesn't seem to see that what he proposes can be used by dishonourable governments to remove a dissenting media voice.


H/t: The Guardian

Licensing journalists is a stupid idea. If anyone needs licensing it's MPs - one false move, like thieving from expenses and allowances, and the electorate should be able to kick them out. What's more they should quickly appear in Court, be given a long jail term if convicted and forever barred from holding public office again.

We saw what happened in July when Sky News & the BBC broadcast film of Murdoch being 'pied' that tptb didn't want us to see - Passes withdrawn. I wouldn't like the licensing of journalists to be in the hands of politicians.

Lewis was Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office under the last government; perhaps he picked up this idea from the EU.

In November last year I blogged about further developments to the  EU's accreditation scheme. Apparently it's now under review because of "conflicting editorial interests".  Surprise.

We already know that the EU is considering a pan-European BBC-type licence fee and that it funds news outlets already (incl. the BBC) so nothing they do could surprise me any more.

Also:

Labour propose tighter press regulation
Fool me once

UPDATE: He's certainly created a stir - Also: Ivan idea...; The return of TASS and The Free Speech blog. No doubt, once he sees the fuss he's caused, a 'clarification' will be forthcoming.

UPDATE2: :-) Here we go: The 'Clarification',
"Clarifying, Lewis wanted to say that he did not want to see any individual reporters licensed - rather he wanted to propose for discussion whether the news industry might agree that miscreant journalists be banned from future employment."
I'm not sure that's an awful lot better.

The Final Straw?

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I'm not holding my breath because almost every day I read/hear something that could qualify as the straw that finally breaks the camel's back but surely THIS must bring us closer to a tipping point.

Despite the LibDems and Conservatives opposing this Labour (Jacqui Smith) scheme when they were in Opposition, it seems they've now had a change of heart and have increased the numbers by more than a third.

Then:

The Conservative party condemned the increase in the number of civilians given police powers
Dominic Grieve, 2008: "The public want to see real police on the streets discharging these responsibilities, not private firms who may use them inappropriately, including unnecessarily snooping on ordinary citizens. This is a consequence of the government's obsession with policing on the cheap as well as their staggering complacency towards the extension of surveillance."
Jacqui Smith's Stasi State

Now:

More than 2,200 civilians including street wardens, housing officers, countryside rangers, traffic marshals and stewards can now issue fines for dropping litter, dog fouling, truancy and so on. These 'accredited' people can also take your photograph and demand your name and address if you "fail to follow appropriate directions". That's tightly-worded isn't it, so there'll be no misunderstandings there then. I also wonder how many of these accredited persons will be sent on Common Purpose courses to improve their "leading beyond authority" skills.


Pic from the DM


JUST SAY NO

UPDATE: This is from April 2010 just before the GE - ACPO at it again and there's a quote from Chris Grayling, then Shadow Home Affairs spokesman, now Employment Minister.
Tory home affairs spokesman Chris Grayling called for an immediate end to the scheme: 'People expect policing powers to be held by police, and not by other groups like nightclub bouncers,' he said.

Monday, 26 September 2011

Patience Is A Virtue

At last, I truly know the meaning of that old adage. The EU has taught me many things!

I used to think it meant being, kind, tolerant and accommodating of others but I was wrong. What it really means is to retain your sanity in the overwhelming face of frustrating f/wittery from politicians. It means not dashing out into the streets screeching at people to lift up their eyes. It means being able to resist the impulse to dash out naked into the garden at midnight and howl like a loon at the moon.

You can tell I've been dipping into the papers again. I've also been watching the Labour Party Conference, live on BBC504, so it's my own fault. I've heard Liam Byrne, Maria Eagle and assorted Yorkshire/Scottish union members spouting the politics of whinge and envy. I've also heard Glenys Willmott MEP and Labour Leader in the EU talk about achieving "great things" and "social democracy".  According to Willmott, "the Progressive Left must never be satisfied" and war, of course, had another mention.

Harman is in a league of her own - hears nothing, speaks rubbish and sees inequality wherever she goes.  Here's a hint for Harriet and Lefties like her:
A man who was travelling came upon a farmer working in his field and asked him what the people in the next village were like. The farmer asked "What were the people like in the last village you visited?". The man responded "They were kind, friendly, generous, great people." "You'll find the people in the next village are the same," said the farmer. 
Another man who was travelling to the same village came up to the same farmer and asked him what the people in the next village were like. Again the farmer asked "What were the people like in the last village you visited?". The second man responded "They were rude, unfriendly, dishonest people.". "You'll find the people in the next village are the same," said the farmer.
While they're busy blaming each other they're not looking for real solutions to the problems, but that assumes a genuine intent to clear up the mess for the benefit of the people and not just stiff us for more taxes. On past performance that's very unlikely.

The problem is - they're the problem; they and their ideologies. Lib/Lab/Con = the unholy trinity of British politics.

When I started the blog I said I would never tell anyone what to do, but I am now:

STOP VOTING LIB/LAB/CON, please

My sanity really can't take much more.  I don't care whether it's local elections, General Elections or elections to the PTA, just stop voting these f/wits into office.

Wouldn't it be good if failed politicians, ie those kicked out and rejected in elections, weren't allowed to stand for office (or, as they like to call it, 'power') ever again?

Ian Gray, the Labour leader in Scotland: "I believe Labour is strong enough to stand across all of these islands together." What islands would those be? Wales, England, Scotland and Northern Ireland aren't islands, they're a part of the British Isles. It's just more empty words, playing to the stupid gallery who hear what they want to hear and applaud like trained seals - it's hoping for a standing ovation and a slot on the evening news along with the rest of them.

An English cat expresses her opinion of politics

By nature we English are a patient people and we put up with a great deal but when the straw breaks the camel's back I wouldn't like to be in the firing line.

Ed Balls: How to get us out of the mess I helped to create but they're not manifesto pledges or serious policy proposals
Janet Daley: It's all balls
Rolling updates from the DT: Conference live

Two Months For Court Snapper

The only reference I can find to this strange case is in the Times (£). A man in the public gallery was subjected to almost instant judgement last Friday for taking a photo with his mobile phone inside a court room. Apparently a girlfriend had texted him asking where he was and he responded via the photo. It took just seventy-five minutes from the moment he was spotted to being led down to the cells to begin his jail term.

There are reasons for this law being in place. Who'd want to be a star witness for the prosecution or sit on a jury that convicted a violent criminal and then have photos plastered all over the media? However, the law should be re-assessed in light of discussions about televising court proceedings and two months is a very harsh term. What happened to community service or a fine?

It's true that "ignorance of the law is no defence" but this young man was astounded - he wasn't even allowed to make arrangements for the care of his dog which he'd left at home unattended while he attended the trial.
"The phone was seized and Thompson was arrested. He was taken down to the cells of the court at 2.30pm on Friday and a barrister was appointed to represent him. An hour later, he was brought back into the dock, where he admitted a charge of contempt of court in front of Judge Barbara Mensah...

"... Judges decide sentences on a range of factors and a higher sentence might be imposed if the case was extremely sensitive or at risk of being stopped.

"Lawyers said yesterday that in this case a two-month sentence seemed harsh, when the judge could have made the same point by jailing the teenager for 24 hours."

Been There, Done That



I was all fired up to write about the weekend's IMF/G20 Washington meeting but it's in all the newspapers this morning in one form or another and by the time I'd read them all my va-va-voom had zoomed away.  It's like living in the past, in a very bad way.

Any of today's articles could have been written at almost any point in the past five years.

Brown calls for increase in IMF's bailout fund - 2008
Brown and Sarkozy unite in call for increased IMF funds - 2008
Brown calls for increased IMF funds - 2009
European leaders agree to extra stimulus money - 2009
G20 leaders seal £1trn global deal - 2009
IMF predicts global recovery by 2010

Today:

Lagarde: IMF may need billions in extra funding
Europe in massive US-style bailout
EU looking at trillions in shock-and-awe plan to end crisis
German lawyer to take Trichet to court over illegal bailouts
The DT's rolling blog of 'Debt Crisis Live'

What have they done with the trillions they've already had?  They're nothing but parasites and leeches, sucking the life-blood out of the ordinary man in the street who finds that the harder he works to benefit his family, the more the state sucks from him via higher taxes - only to wrap it up with a pretty pink bow and send it on to the IMF, the ECB or the EFSF.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Dot Dot Dot Dash

For a friend who prefers melodic music... "especially Beethoven":



Melody is where you find it: from Byrd and Tallis to Son House and Cage, from before and beyond, music gives sound to living.

Remembrance Of Things Past

What a rush of memories came back to me when I ventured over to Old Rightie's place today.

"Whither is fled the visionary gleam?
"Where is it now, the glory and the dream?"



It seems it's still alive and kicking, so there's hope for us all yet.
"Ever since that pant pissing, pill popping, global gonad gobbling, snot munching, mono eyed, unelected prime mentalist of a twat, signed that Lisbon Treaty, the knob rotting bellends of the European Union have continued to piss vast amounts of our cash up the fucking wall and into the wind."

Grumpy Old Twat

Olympics 2012

My ears pricked up this afternoon when I heard the phrase "stockpiling essentials" on the radio (LBC). That phrase is fast becoming my personal dog-whistle or tinkling bell. As I turned up the volume it became apparent that it wasn't conspiracy nuts talking about the 2012 Mayan calendar but the local equivalent for Londoners: Olympics 2012.

The disruption to Londoners and London business will be so great that the transport infrastructure will only be able to cope if a third of Londoners stay away from work and don't use it. The Docklands Light Railway will be diverted, some Underground Stations closed, roads blocked off and routes for freight transport will be unreliable.

We've already been told about the most sweeping security lockdown this country has ever seen, the zil lanes and the road closures but now we're openly being warned to walk to work, stockpile food and either go on holiday or stay inside and lock the doors. On top of all that there's a good chance that mobile phones won't work either.

The cost of the Olympics so far is around £12bn, the price of a Walnut Whip each according to former Mayor Ken Livingstone, but I think we all know that Londoners will be paying for this for years to come. London itself will count the cost of lost working days in billions of pounds and I don't see that being recouped from ticket prices, particularly when the majority seem to have been given away free to insiders and chums.

The IOC contract for the Olympics was so restrictive (French/English signs; Olympics flags everywhere; hotels; zil lanes and so on) that any normal, rational person wouldn't have agreed to the terms in the first place. Good old Tony Blair! He also supported the country for the World Cup in 2014 - imagine if we'd won that too. Nightmaresville.

"Rogge revealed the winner, after a nerve-wracking wait, at 1249 BST." Perhaps he was waiting for a cheque to clear.
Another 'legacy' scrapped.
"Work at home" - ST (£)
Mobile phones
Hop, skip, jump & you're British - ST (£)
Meet the mascots

The day of the Opening Ceremony will be a "momentous day" indeed: truly, it will be A Peoples' Day (TM Tony Blair). Comrades, we're all in this together and it's for the good of the cause so pay up, shut up and go away.

Sunday Reflection



"Pox on you for a fop, your stomach's too queasy.
Cannot I belch and fart, you coxcomb to ease me?
What if I let fly in your face and shall please ye?
Fogh, fogh, how sour he smells.
Now he's at, now he's at it again.
Out ye beast, I never met so nasty a man.
I'm not able to bear it.
What the devil d'ye mean?
No less than a Caesar decreed with great reason,
No restraint should be laid on the bum or the weason,
For belching and farting were always in season."

Yes! Henry Purcell.

Sunday Round-up

This Sunday's audio sound-track:

From the Parish Press:

Gaddafi gave £1.48m to Irish terror groups before going into hiding
Secret NATO report warns British troops against Afghan allies
Cameron orders aggressive campaign to protect the Union from Scottish independence
Murphy secretly headed coalition against 2009 Scottish referendum
Miliband and the missing link
Passport Agency/Siemens IT costs quadruple to £365m
Miliband: pledge to cut tuition fees
"Meltdown fears for euro": Planning for Greek default
£1.75 trillion to save euro from Greek default
Osborne: We're not planning for Greek default
Suppressed Report published: How Labour hid truth of immigration
BBC toes the lines and ditches AD/BC for CE and BCE
Delingpole: How the BBC embraced Marxist claptrap
How Gordon Brown tops up his salary
Blair's Firerush faces scrutiny
Rumours circulate about Blair extra-marital affair
Tory MP campaigns against constituency windfarm but plans his own
Kettling tactics spread to New York
Hands off Our Land latest
Hacker disables Commons telephone system
Observer editorial: Miliband must seize the day
A birthday outing for Baroness Thatcher
Make a million writing your own e-book

From The Sunday Times (£):
£3bn worth of equipment to be left behind in Afghanistan
The road ahead: how bad can the economy get?
Emergency mission to save the euro
3trillion euro deal to save euro
Clarkson's Column: Fido loves the vacuum cleaner
Celebrities record bin voices

Happy Sunday!

GP: Singapore 2008



The year that put an end to Piquet Jnr's and Flavio Briatore's careers.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Cameron Promoted

I do wish foreign governments would get their protocol right otherwise it just gives our Ministers airs and graces above their station.

Here is "His Excellency" David Cameron, 45yrs of age, a Member of Parliament for only ten years and Prime Minister for eighteen months, speaking at the UN today:



He doesn't mean a word of it. If he did, this country wouldn't still be in the mess it is, we would have had a government-instigated revolt against EU rule by now. It's just words. We've had Blair and Brown following Major and Thatcher, who fell on the EU issue - but it wasn't the people doing the back-stabbing. Now we have a coalition, which no-one wanted except Cameron, Clegg and the Puppet Masters.

Be wary of any politician who advocates a policy and says it's "in the national interest" or who supports Big Society localism.  It's a con. Solzhenitsyn had it right when he spoke about "the good of the cause".

Friday Post

I've given some leeway to the lack of historical perspective and reliance on a movie script because the message just seems to fit the moment. At a time of political turmoil in the 16thC Guy Fawkes was a Catholic who planned to instate a Catholic Monarchy on the throne of England when the English were Protestants. No wonder they burned him. I don't think we have such English people now - harmonised, homogenised, diluted, call it what you will. Anyway, here it is, the 5th of November 2011, courtesy of Seudenimon at NomineDeus:



Why The Surprise?


It's being reported that the European Union proposes a common criminal justice system to sit with the European Arrest Warrant. Hallelujah! At last the message is getting through.

The EU wants to set criminal offences and minimum sentences and, according to Vivian Reding, a 2005 ruling from the ECJ that the EU can impose its own criminal offences "where it is essential in order to facilitate the enforcement of EU law", together with the Lisbon Treaty, support the implementation of the policy.  (Unless you're a lawyer who specialises in European Law, you'll be hard-pressed to find the specific case).

Our own criminal justice system has shifted perceptibly towards the European Napoleonic Code and away from our own Common Law (trial without jury, double jeopardy are two examples). When we warned of it we were told that we were, well, you know what they called us so I won't repeat it.

I don't think anything can be any clearer. We have been subverted; it's an inside job and we have been taken over with the approval of our own elected MPs and government Ministers. Our national sovereignty has gone and we are at the whim of selected politicos and bureaucrats in the EU who use taxation against us.

What is EU law?
"The main goal of the EU is the progressive integration of Member States' economic and political systems and the establishment of a single market based on the free movement of goods, people, money and services.

To this end, its Member States cede part of their sovereignty under the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) which empowers the EU institutions to adopt laws.

These laws (regulations, directives and decisions) take precedence over national law and are binding on national authorities. The EU also issues non-binding instruments, such as recommendations and opinions, as well as rules governing how EU institutions and programmes work, etc."
There's really not much more to be said - I've done with the jaw-jaw and incitement to war-war.  From the moment I began blogging I thought that people would quickly pick up on what was happening and there'd be an outcry, but they didn't and I'm still waiting. It comes to something when I'd rather talk to a plumber about fixing a leak than see what the EU is doing now or what directives our own traitorous government is nodding through. Two/three years ago I'd talk about manning the barricades, well, I've still got the ropey old mattress if someone else can give me a lift to Brussels, but I can be patient.


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

Thursday, 22 September 2011

WHEDFU

It was on a Thursday morning...... that the plumber came to call. So that was my day, no bathroom but copious quantities of builder's tea and plates of chocolate hob-nobs. The cats weren't best pleased - neither of them like the noise or the restrictions of the flat and always make a dash for the door (like kitty, like owner). I haven't told them yet but he's coming back tomorrow having done a temporary job today.  He also brought down half the ceiling but thereby hangs another tale.

I haven't done a WHEDFU for a while so here's a quick round-up but first, please join me in a little prayer:

Libyan PM jailed in Tunisia. Erstwhile PM, Al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, was caught trying to cross the border illegally and has already been tried and sentenced to six months' imprisonment. If only the wheels of our Courts turned more speedily.

The UN: Plugging away in failure. The essence of the article is that if you keep failing, try a different tactic. There's a Christian slant to it but if you're not interested, just ignore the Biblical references.

Say hello to the European Protection Order. It will "cover victims of gender violence, harassment, abduction, stalking or attempted murder; thus, not only sex-crime victims, but “other forms of indirect coercion […] as well as her/his dignity and personal liberty”.

Get ready for Cameron to announce a new, innovative, Big Society, drugs policy: Human Rights-based approach to druggies. An initiative from the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe.

The Polish Interior Minister has slated Holland and Finland because they want tighter control of their own borders rather than rely on Schengen when it comes to admitting Bulgarians and Romanians. Poland holds the EU rotating Presidency at the moment (because we can never have too many Presidents).

An aside: it's always amazed me that Britain, despite the Schengen Agreement being a "red line", a "line in the sand" beyond which our government would not go, we still have borders as porous as those of Greece or Italy, despite the fact we're an island. I'm astounded at how well our governments have done in breaking down borders. It's as if the natural barrier of water didn't exist and that puts paid to my childhood belief that evil witches can't cross water.

What do we want? More awareness of girls. When do we want it? Now!:
"MEPs have launched a written declaration calling for more awareness of the plight of girls and young women in Europe and around the world.

The demand for the UN to inaugurate 22 September as the international day of the girl was part of a series of events during this week's European week of action for girls in parliament."
No wonder the poor guy fried. Sorry if you think this is in bad taste but really. The EU has no place interfering in another country's jurisdiction. Having said that, I did sign the petition to free him. Poor chap.

Watching me, watching you. Meet the EU’s new Computer Emergency Response Pre-configuration Team (CERT-EU).

Another aside: I can't be the only one to have noticed the increasing references to cyber-crimes these days.  Whether it's stalking or bullying or tweeting, it's all in the 'news', from the Mail to the Sun to the Telegraph & The Times. The Judicial Inquiry into #hackgate will not only look at regulating the msm but the internet too.  They'll be looking to see if it's possible for Twitter, Facebook and other social networks, to be shut down in a State of Emergency.  Keep an eye open for it - we're being 'nudged' via the msm.

Open Europe, a pro-EU think-tank but honest about it, takes a look at the British press coverage "We would perhaps add that the EU is already at the heart of national politics".  Nice to see it acknowledged somewhere at last.

EU Civil Servants are apparently up in arms about proposals for them to work a 40-hr week.  My heart bleeds.  What with taxation at 8% and all those ring-fenced pensions they must really have a hard life.

On the day that Cuadrilla announces it has found sixty-six years of gas reserves in Lancashire and can create 1700 jobs, the EU lobbyists says fracking is "dangerous for our health and the planet".  So, good luck with that one, Cuadrilla and Lancashire unemployed.

Are you worried about your job, your pension, how you'll manage when you retire?  Well, stop being so insular, xenophobic and small-minded.   Here's the EU's favourite think tank: the Arab Democratic Wave,  the EU & China in Africa, Angola, Syria and Afghanistan.  They haven't even heard of Doncaster, Stockton-on-Tees or Mevagissey.

If you're at a loose end, between jobs and job-seekers, make a video.   Europarltv is running a competition to find out what diversity means to you.  Do enter; you may as well, you're paying for it.

About UKIP:  THIS is their website.  Their blazing headline is "Why we support British Pub Week".  I think it's time someone, somewhere pulled their finger out.  The website is a joke and their priorities are wrong.  Any number of independent bloggers have better-presented sites and more current and relevant news.  They just look so seventies and it's about time they sharpened up if they want to be taken seriously as a political force.


Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Two For The Road

In between flooding toilets (I'm in a flat) and a laptop that insists on telling me it can't start so has to do automatic repairs, I haven't got much done today, at all. In hindsight, it would have been better if I'd stopped fretting about it and just painted my toenails instead.

It's probably for the best that I haven't posted, given the mood I'm in and that nothing seems to have moved on from yesterday or last week/year. Essentially, the loonies are still in charge of the world's governments and we're f/cked (*pemf). We don't really need to know more, except, perhaps, how to hoard canned food without looking like an escapee from Bedlam, or how to light a fire with a few twigs and fashion a dagger from flint without looking like an escapee from the SAS with ptsd.

While I look up the address of the landlord ("Oh, how quaint, it has an original Victorian bathroom" - yes, and the flipping Victorian plumbing too you money-grabbing numbnut, you everything-is-tax-deductible-including-my-wife cheapskate) and a proper pc with a bit of bite, here are two from my blogroll:

A barrel of fish for Pingu
2ozs of Pear Drops for Max

* pemf = please excuse my French.

Start The Day With A Smile

In case you missed it yesterday, here's Tim Farron, President of the LibDems, exposing himself as an idiot on the Daily Politics Show. Very enjoyable car crash tv:



Tuesday, 20 September 2011

The Msm: Doncha Just Love'em

It's amazing what passes for news these days. Mostly it's chewed-up, regurgitated and spat out trash for the entertainment of the masses, of which I'm one.  I'm amazed the DM  and other newspapers have the readership they do, as people become more savvy.

For example, I'm not interested in THIS but I would quite like to know who the killer is, presumably still at large.  From the same paper we have pot, kettle and black:  FEMA Camps have been detected in North Korea.

GIGO = Garbage In, Garbage Out - just like our state education system.

This one you couldn't make up: Turban Bomb (Times £) kills cleric.  Perhaps cartoonists should stop giving ideas to jihadists.

Here's a small *sigh* and here is Tell us news, not history.

Norman Tebbit takes re-constituted thuggee McGuinnesss apart.  McG says he'd even meet the Queen if he were elected.  What I'd like to know is: would HM the Queen meet him?  I already know how many torturers, murderers, thugs and tyrants are re-cycled into governments around the world.

Let's face it, the world is a mess of globalised f*ckwittery and nothing will change until (a) the globalising forces see sense and reverse their policies, or (b) we fight wholeheartedly  and en masse against them.  I can't see either of those happening within the next fifteen/twenty years.

The sad thing is that the msm could be a truly heroic part of the bloody fight to come but they choose to remain an integral part of the bread and circuses; they give us distractions rather than truth, and government press releases rather than investigative and factual reporting.

Slavering Hoon

There's no disguising the fact that I think very little of this man. If his overall demeanor isn't enough to turn you off then think about the separate ongoing investigations into making a false declaration  of expenses at the 2010 General Election ( "I have full confidence that my agent declared my election expenses correctly." )  and evading motoring charges - and I'm sure we can all remember forking out to buy him a packet of chocolate hob-nobs  and the general up-keep of his designated second home as well.

This disgusting waste of space, this 'man', this holier-than-though sanctimonious preacher of do as I say, not as I do, is actually attacking elements of the Tories for being too right-wing. Now, right-wing these days means everything and anything to all men, but Huhne compares them to America's Tea Party, as if that were somehow a 'Bad Thing'.  The Tea Party is ordinary Americans fighting against  Third Way/Communitarian/Agenda21 politics and there's nothing wrong with that.  What Huhne's saying is that those who disagree with his beliefs are nutjobs and fascists.

I really do despise this man who is so smug, so sure in his own beliefs that he entertains no contrary opinion. He should have been drowned at birth.  He's the one man who makes me puke more than Gordon Brown - even his Wikipedia page has been heavily doctored.

Breakdown of SOME of his 2007/8 expenses:

Incidental expenses:

£65 for accommodation on an extended trip, but has blanked out the information saying where he was visiting.
£50.17 to clear blocked drains
£418 for car travel, although again there are no details of where the trips were from or to.
£1,302 on landline and mobile phone charges
£138 on teabags, coffee and other "office requisites", although a 58p entry on a receipt for doughnuts was crossed off.
£420.50 on train travel, although there are no details of where and when trips were made
£164.50 to his party for placing two adverts in Lib Dem News hunting for an office manager and researcher
£70.57 on the office fax bill
£8,502 on office rent

Additional allowance expenses:

£135.50 TV licence
£384.12 building and contents insurance
£155.56 phone bills
£177.85 electricity bills
£81.50 water bills
£720.24 cleaning
£1577.18 council tax
£149.24 gardening
£257.49 maintenance (bleeding radiators, making up a bedside cabinet, changing an outside light, fixing extractor fan and dimmer switch).

Tories: "Slavering over tax cuts for the rich"
"The danger if you don't compromise is now clear from America.

"There the markets looked over the brink when the mad-cap Republican right in Congress would not compromise with the President.

"Let that be a warning to the Conservative right here - we need no Tea Party Tendency in Britain.

"If you fail to compromise, if you fail to seek the common ground that unites us, if you insist that only you have the answers, if you keep beating the anti-European drum, if you slaver over tax cuts for the rich, then you will put in peril the most crucial achievement of this Government."
He's a fine one to talk about not listening to opposing views or compromise, he with his wind farms and hot air energy policies that have seen costs  to the consumer rise inexorably in this country   On the continent they manage to keep energy prices down and it's becoming apparent that the price is low for French and German consumers to the detriment of the British.  But that's alright, because we're all one harmonious people now; we're all European; there is no such thing as French, German, Italian or British nationality anymore, according to Huhne the Hoon.

He was educated at Westminster, the Sorbonne and Oxford, was an MEP for six years (pension alert!) and  is of indeterminate heritage but his father is/was German - that much I do remember.  The more this sort of thing goes on, this re-writing and air-brushing of history, the more we will have to take screen grabs of info as and when it arises.  Blogging just got tougher.

What a duplicitous, two-faced b@st@rd  of a weasely nasty piece of work Huhne is.  Give me a village green, stocks and I'll grow my own rotten tomatoes - then give me Huhne.

Around The World In One Night



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Monday, 19 September 2011

The EU In The News

There's a bit of a storm going on today in the media. The EU is centre-stage as politicians stake their claims and set out their stalls. On the one hand we have the 'it wasn't me, Guv' brigade who seek to distance themselves from the EU and on the other the deeper & faster brigade who insist, against all the evidence, that a federation of states with central government in Brussels is the only way forward for Britain.

Mark Pritchard, Chairman of the influential 1922 Committee, is the star performer of the IWMG Brigade. He writes:
“When Britain voted to stay in the European Economic Community in 1975 the country was promised it would be a common market. Yet over time, mostly by stealth and within every new treaty, we have been drawn relentlessly into an "ever closer union" with the Continent. For many Britons, the EU has already become a kind of occupying force, setting unfamiliar rules, demanding levies, curbing freedoms, subverting our culture, and imposing alien taxes.

"In less than four decades, and without a single shot being fired, Britain has become enslaved to Europe — servitude that intrudes and impinges on millions of British lives every day. Brussels has become a burdensome yoke, disfiguring Britain’s independence and diluting her sovereignty.”
It's a short article, very to the point and has to be read in full.

The current leading light of the deeper & faster brigade is Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury who writes in The Times (£) today but doesn't actually seem to say anything. I struggled to find anything quotable from him; it's just the usual rhetoric about pulling together and not rocking the boat.
"As George Osborne has said, our European partners have to accept the remorseless logic of monetary union that leads from a single currency to greater fiscal integration. Here at home we are far from immune to what is going on at our doorstep. But, even while the current storm rages, some eurosceptics of the Left and Right see this as an opportunity to plot a course further to destabilise the EU, arguing that we should be seeking wholesale renegotiation of the treaties.  While this might have a superficial attraction to eurosceptics it would be the wrong course to take..."
The Daily Express has a more informative report on his speech at the LibDem Conference, where he accused 'eurosceptics' of being "the enemies of growth". He also said:
"Sadly, Eurosceptics on left and right fail to understand Winston Churchill's central insight that sharing sovereignty strengthens influence and isolation weakens us."
Now, I don't know about you but I've had enough of these europhiles rolling out Winston Churchill as a proponent of all things EU, and if they repeatedly misquote him or take phrases out of context then I'll keep correcting them. It seems to be the tactic to take something we're all familiar with and twist and subvert it over time so that now, according to them, anti-EU Churchill was an enthusiastic co-founder of the United States of Europe.

Here's Churchill's Zurich 1946 speech again in which he makes it quite clear that he sees three blocs: The United States of America; Britain & The Commonwealth; a United States of Europe with France & Germany as the main partners. "We must build a kind of United States of Europe:  Great Britain, the British Commonwealth of Nations, mighty America must be friends and sponsors of the new Europe."






More quotes from various speakers:
Churchill 1944: "Each time we must choose between Europe and the open sea, we shall always choose the open sea. Each time I must choose between you and Roosevelt, I shall always choose Roosevelt."
Tony Blair 1982/1983:  "We'll negotiate withdrawal from the EEC which has drained our natural resources and destroyed jobs."
Ted Heath 1970: "Swallow the lot and swallow it now."

John Redwood adds his tuppence-worth.
Bruce Anderson: "From tragedy, triumph, deceit, and failure - the post-war history of the European project."   An interesting article and not as long as the title suggests.
Nick Clegg: "We'll stop the Tories backing away from Europe."
The EU Giveth : Nine bins for every home.

If only there had been all this coverage and debate in the years before Brown and Miliband slunk off to sign the Lisbon Treaty, we could have saved ourselves a lot of pain.  Melanie Phillips gives a good, rollicking overview of the state we're in: "Britain's navel-gazing politicians fail to see that they are locked in a battle for civilisation."


Sunday, 18 September 2011

Whingeing Winnie Writes

Grief used to be an intense and private emotion kept to oneself and one's own family but now any passerby can glimpse flowers, tributes, read messages and shed a tear in public under the camera lights of the media. It doesn't seem quite right, particularly when the "loved one" is suspected of thieving.

We seem to have reached a new high today when tributes have been laid at the door of a home where the householder stabbed a burglar and the burglar died. Now, I'm not cold-hearted and I'm sure this lowlife will be missed by someone, but to lay floral tributes and messages outside the door of the home that was burgled, to me, just seems... wrong. Any burglar who comes into my home can expect the worst possible treatment and, if he dies, I'll take full responsibility for my actions and won't appreciate a shrine for the thieving scum outside my front door.

As an aside, this "let it all hang out" attitude was born in the 60s and reached maturity under Blair with his "People's Princess" quivering lip. An off-shoot is now around us every day with people taking offence where none is meant, with people feeling hard done by and looking for others to blame. It just has to stop; it makes living a peaceful life like walking on eggshells. The time to take personal responsibility for our own actions is well overdue - we can't influence other people's actions but we are in charge of our own reactions. Time to cool it down. The law's an ass and should not only be repealed but should be elected.

What did happen to Cameron's promised Grand Repeal Bill where whole swathes of Labour's micro-controlling laws were to be thrown out?  I suppose it's gone the same way as 'the bonfire of the quangos'.

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UPDATE: The tears and the tributes

UPDATE 2: One from Max Farquar:




Sunday Reflection




What I Like To See:

A stalwart supporter and former Minister in the Labour government between 1997 and 2010 being given a kicking for tweeting something incredibly stupid on twitter.  Talk about the idiot being in denial of what Labour's rotten policies have done to this country. (Click to enlarge).


Sunday Round-up

The Independent on Sunday:
This is England, 2011: Jobcentres to send poor and hungry to charity food banks.
Evidence grows of Blair's links with Gaddafi. Another cache of documents 'uncovered' in Tripoli.
Extra inspectors recruited to target wealthy tax avoiders. Unemployment drops as HMRC takes on 2,250 extra officials to target those earning £2.5m+ pa.

The Sunday Express:
Thieves strip the UK bare First the rape, now the pillage. Eastern European gangs implicated.
Fury over drug dealer's 'rights' Columbian drug dealer used Legal Aid to win fight against deportation - HRA again.

The Observer:
More MPs join fight against HS2. The penny hasn't dropped that this is EU-driven - see Ten-t.
Millions of Americans living in poverty.  "Worlds apart - the neighbourhoods that sum up divided America."
LibDems vow to fight rightwing policies of 'ruthless' Tories. Not bad for a Party that only had 57 MPs elected at the last election.

The Mail on Sunday:
BBC's hotels for Olympic staff who live just eight miles from the stadium.
The 'genteel' boy who grew up to become Scotland Yard's 'zero tolerance' Eliot Ness A gossipy profile of the new Met Commissioner.
How more than 3,000 Met Police find time for jobs on the side.
Paid to party on your tax: civil servants given time off work for drunken sports day hours after voting for a mass strike. Great photos, stinging comments.
An indictment of immigration and its effects on Boston, Lincolnshire.
Alastair Campbell brought in to advise Kosovan government on spin. Asking for trouble.

The Sunday Telegraph:
Wind power: a policy spinning out of control
Because the electricity it produces cannot be stored, one wind farm has been paid more than £1 million simply to ensure that it does not produce electricity for eight hours. The company profiting from this lunatic process is not British, but foreign – in common with most of those firms operating wind farms in this country. That would not be of any concern were these companies actually adding to our prosperity, but they are not: they are destroying value rather than creating it, a process only made possible because the Government takes our money and gives it to them. In return, taxpayers face higher electricity bills and an economy that is damaged because its costs have been artificially inflated by the decision to use wind as a principal source of power. It is a ludicrous situation.
The European dream lies in ruins. "This is going to be huge: so cataclysmic that it may summon up forms of ugliness that we have not seen walking abroad in Western Europe for half a century."
Cameron campaigns to put the Great back in Britain.
Hands off the Great British Banger.

The Sunday Times (£):
Gleision colliery boss has criminal record
Neither the Coal Authority, which licenses Britain’s mines, nor the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which regulates dangerous working conditions, had been to the Gleision colliery in the Swansea valley in the year it had been run by Gerry Ward, 47.
The local Neath Port Talbot council, which owns the hillside, had allowed him to re-open the works even though planning consent had been granted to a different company.
Baad [sic] news for sheep farmers  Sheep rustling makes a comeback.
Reckless bankers should face prison, says anti-fraud chief
“I have drawn attention to the defects of the current law so far as the liability of corporations and senior individuals in financial institutions for criminal liability is concerned,” he told The Sunday Times.
“For instance, if you are running a bank and you run it recklessly and you run out of money and you can’t pay your depositors or have to be bailed out by the taxpayer, I reckon that’s recklessness and the company and the individuals should end up in jail. You can’t do it at the moment. But I think that is what the public wants to see. It is for ministers to consider whether new criminal offences such as those involving recklessness should be considered and introduced.”
Wildlife disappearing as water firms shrink rivers. About a quarter of rivers in England and Wales are being so heavily exploited that their ecosystems are in danger of being destroyed.
Fake death certificates net millions for tourists.
Indian doctors are helping unscrupulous tourists with an insurance fraud that costs millions.

Good news:
Ex-cinema popcorn seller gets £6m movie deal after he writes script in his spare time.

Weird news:
Two men took friend's corpse on boys' night out.

The 'Aw' Factor:
Hero pet rabbit saves family from house fire ... then dies of smoke inhalation.

And, finally, why it will be quiet around here today: Goodwood Revival 2011.

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