"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."

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

PMQs: Summary + Videos

No tributes to our Armed Forces this week, which is a blessing.

Miliband used all his six questions on the economy, GDP and unemployment.  His main, repeated, point though seemed to be that Cameron didn't answer his questions. Cameron toyed with him like a kitty playing with a catnip banana, rattling out stats that left Miliband befuddled.  He said: 'The EU, OECD and IMF have said that Britain will have fastest growing economy in Europe this year' but even that didn't satisfy Miliband.  He made one good point: that it's always promises and predictions and that 'tomorrow never comes'.

I couldn't resist taking these screen-shots of Balls and Miliband showing how seriously they take the accusation that the economy crashed on their watch:












Your MP: Party toad or independent thinker?
Alison Seabeck, Lab, Plymouth, Moor View; Rebecca Harris, Con, Castle Point; Andrew Griffiths, Con, Burton; Gordon Marsden, Lab, Blackpool South; Adrian Sanders, LibDem, Torbay; Dave Watts, Lab, St Helen's North; Richard Drax, Con, South Dorset; Russell Brown, Lab, Dumfries & Galloway; Sir Peter Bottomley, Con, Worthing West; Grahame Morris, Lab, Easington; Damian Hinds, Con, East Hampshire; Angus Robertson, SNP, Moray; Julian Brazier, Con, Canterbury; Frank Roy, Lab, Motherwell & Wishaw; Tim Farron, LibDem, Westmorland & Lonsdale; Graham Stringer, Lab, Blackley & Broughton; Richard Graham, Con, Gloucester; Alex Cunningham, Lab, Stockton North; Sir Peter Tapsell, Con, Louth & Horncastle; Gavin Shuker, Lab Co-op, Luton South; Peter Luff, Con, Mid-Worcestershire; John Mann, Lab, Bassetlaw; Gordon Birtwhistle, LibDem, Burnley; Ian Lucas, Lab, Wrexham; xxx, xxx, xxx; George Galloway, Respect, Bradford West; Craig Whittaker, Con, Calder Valley.


Matters raised:
Bedroom tax; University admissions rise; EU equality and alcohol duty in UK; failure of the 'Green Deal'; closure of Coastguard Stations/loss of life; food banks; Portland Search & Rescue helicopter; rising unemployment in D&G; aid to Syrian refugee camps; budget for new schools and bank lending; child care; an independent Scotland & the EU; immigration, infrastructure ('1 household in 20 do not speak English'!); food banks; radiotherapy unit; HS2; sentencing for disqualified drivers who kill; stalking horses entering the Conservative Party food chain; historical reference to Algeria and mission creep; paying down 'debt'; new Bill re apprentices in engineering, particularly women; self-build homes & planning system; capital allowances & investment in Burnley; bedroom tax/tax cuts 'for the richest'; economy; jihadists, Mali and Syria; LibDems voting against boundary change.

I didn't catch the name of the MP who asked the patsy question on the economy towards the end, just before Galloway, but here is a screen-grab.  He wins my award for being today's most sartorially-challenged MP.





UPDATE:  See HERE






Videos to follow.

Exchange with George Galloway, Respect MP:
(via @LiarPoliticians):

 

 In full, via UKParliament Channel:




UPDATE: See HERE for Galloway's subsequent letter of protest to Cameron.

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Mandatory Drug-testing At Work

Speaking to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cannabis and Children, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, head of the Met, has proposed mandatory drug-testing for all 'professionals'.
Sir Bernard said such draconian rules, and a fear of being dismissed, would be powerful deterrents for drug users. “We have got to plant in people’s minds something to affect the demand as well as supply...You can think of many occupations where if you were working with a colleague you would want to be sure that they were drug free.”
Indeed I can.  There are no prizes for guessing that, if introduced, I believe the first place to start is in Parliament.  Let the public see how many MPs turn up to vote in House of Commons debates when they're half-cut, or after a line or a crafty spliff.  Let's not forget the Police themselves either.  Once those two great institutions, those paragons of virtue, those peerless models of British rectitude have led the way, I'm sure the people will be happy to follow.

Drug-testing

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, a man who has never heard of Oil of Olay:

On Being A Pedant


 As if it weren't enough to stomach the news they churn out these days, the newspapers seem to be going one step further to encourage me to stop reading them altogether. I'm now inured to the lies, half-truths and sloppy journalism; reading the press now just wouldn't be the same if I didn't come away without a feeling of contempt for their uninspiring drivel. Illiteracy, however, takes it all to a higher level:

(click to enlarge)
 




This sentence is from Blair's Polish award in the DM.  I mean, I ask you!

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Sunday Reflection



Thornton Moor Action Group

UPDATE: A few days later, 29th/30th January, a wind turbine collapsed in 'high' wind. Gusts only measured 50mph and, despite the turbines having a life-expectancy of twenty-five years, this one was only three years old.

See also:  Summary of Wind Turbine Accident data to 31 December 2012


Saturday, 26 January 2013

Stirring The Pot & Discernment

It's been a peculiar day today, and it isn't over yet.  It's been strangely still and quiet since yesterday morning and will remain so until Monday.  There'll be no music or chat because it's only me and Suki and the pc crashes if I ask it to do two things at once so I can either blog and read online or do feck-all -  'chillax' as it's apparently now known in high circles.  The highlight of my evening so far was when someone buzzed the entryphone but, alas, it was for the couple next door.

Let's stir the pot: We're told layer upon layer of lie upon lie.

Here's the latest pot-stirrer:

Christine Lagarde, another technocrat who rose from nowhere: The eurozone crisis is largely over.
"Speaking in Davos Saturday, she warned, however, that the year 2013 is going to be difficult. She also praised prompt rescue action taken by the European Central Bank.
The IMF is releasing bailout funds to Greece, Ireland and Portugal. Its next Eurozone client will probably be Cyprus."
 Have a look at this:  United Kingdom & the IMF
 
Lagarde says 2013 will be 'difficult'.  That would take some chutzpah if her position was assailable but it isn't - she's safe and secure. Our own George Osborne supported her application for this top job and she's been about as effectual as Cathy Ashton (Mrs Peter Kellner) has in hers.  Networking behind the scenes is the epitome of what Davos is all about. He scratches her back, she scratches his - oh, hang on a minute - here comes a third party who also wants to scratch a sacroiliac.

 Lagarde didn't mean that 2013 would be difficult for her but for us.  Cameron  & Co  didn't invent the 'them & us' scenario and neither did the Labour Party.  We need to look above and beyond but, according to the British Press, we're all too fat, living on benefits, sitting on a sofa bought from tv adverts and too idle and feckless to cook for ourselves so prefer takeaways bought with 'benefits'.  Believe it if you want to, but I don't.

Davos is spun as being informal. Informal to me means 'gatecrashers welcome' but that's not the case; we, the people, are definitely not on the invitation list. It's just governments, lobby group whizz-kids and those with big heads and inflated ideas (Blair, Mandelson, Deripaska)  getting together to exchange business cards with the likes of George Soros so they can arrange meetings and screw over millions of people who didn't vote for them.

While I'm here, let's look at a new lobby group that's set up shop in Brussels. Not just any old place in Brussels, oh no; it's situated in the Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi. Since when did these tw@ts get to set up offices in a 'Palace'. They have all the trappings of a dictatorship. Unelected, uncalled for, government-funded, flag, anthem.  The Brussels antenna is some sort of new lobby group set up by and for the EU in order to amplify its message.  I hope we give it the attention it deserves.

We're being overdosed with spin and jargon but there will always be more to come.  The European Union, the Commission & the Parliament, each with their own 'President' and under the thumb of the Council of Europe, (Second year UK helps fund 'Global Project on Cybercrime') won't give up or roll over, unlike some of us.

Take my advice and invest in some earplugs for the next few years if you value your sanity and your freedom.  At some stage, you and I are going to have to fight back against those who seek to control us with their laws, restrictions and diktats.

Two women arrested in separate incidents.  They objected to Smart Meters being installed in their homes.  I don't blame them. It isn't as nice as govt would like you to believe.

One other thing you can do, if you have time, is check out the blogroll on the right or read through tags & labels of past posts here. You really do owe it to yourself to find out and make your own informed decisions rather than relying on the msm and government pronouncements.

Government fucks them, and us, time and time again:
"They say there's a troopship just leaving Bombay, bound for old Blighty shore
Heavily laden with time expired men, bound for the land they adore.
There's many an airman just finishing his time, there's many a twerp signing on.
You'll get no promotion this side of the ocean, so cheer up my lads, Bless 'em All.

Bless em All, Bless em All, the long and the short and the tall
Bless all the sergeants and W. O. ones,
Bless all the corporals and their blinkin sons,
'Cos we're saying goodbye to them all, as back to their billets they crawl
You'll get no promotion this side of the ocean, so cheer up my lads, Bless 'em All

They say if you work hard you'll get better pay
We've heard all that before
Clean up your buttons and polish your boots
Scrub out the barrack room floor
There's many a rookie has taken it in, hook line and sinker an 'all
You'll get no promotion this side of the ocean
So cheer up my lads bless 'em all.

Bless 'em All, Bless 'em All, the long and the short and the tall,
Bless all the sergeants and W. O. ones,
Bless all the corprals and their blinkin sons,
'Cos we're saying goodbye to them all, as back to their billets they crawl
You'll get no promotion this side of the ocean, so cheer up my lads, Bless'em All

Now they say that the Sergeant's a very nice chap, oh what a tale to tell.
Ask him for leave on a Saturday night and he'll pay your fare home as well.
There's many an airman has blighted his life through writing rude words on the wall
You'll get no promotion this side of the ocean
So cheer up my lads bless 'em all

Bless 'em All, Bless 'em All, the long and the short and the tall,
Bless all the sergeants and W. O. ones,
Bless all the corporals and their blinkin' sons,
'Cos we're saying goodbye to them all, as back to their billets they crawl
You'll get no promotion this side of the ocean, so cheer up my lads, Bless 'em All."
That just about sums it up.

F*ck 'em all.



Foreign Aid: Who gives the most, who gets the most?

Who gives the most foreign aid, who gets the most foreign aid? (Cool Infographic)

Against Crony Capitalism

Friday, 25 January 2013

We, The People

"We, at the height, are ready to decline.

There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures."

A "dangerous gambit"
£250,000 a day
Eight new cities needed in fifteen years
The real damage was done by politicians, not Powell

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Gleanings

A few odds and ends from this week's news so far:

The Blairs fall on their feet - again  This family is kevlar-coated.

MPs vote in favour of lowering voting age to 16 but Cameron says, 'Not on my watch.'  I think he's missed a trick here. Think of all the voting fodder who've been educated in state schools with the aid and assistance of the EU.  They, along with EU nationals, would swing any referendum his way.

Are you a teacher?  Get your indoctrination tool-kit HERE.  "Give me the child until he is seven, and I will show you the man."

He didn't say yes; he didn't say no; he didn't say stop and he didn't say go: Boris stays coy about EU. Unsurprising really because he, too, was educated at the European School in Brussels. I doubt he'd say anything that might be detrimental to his father's EU pension.

Forget europhiliacs for a moment: are you a chocophile?  To my lasting regret the choccy powers seem to be intent on the eradication of Coffee Creams. Even Cocoa Mountain, excellent though it is, don't make them as I'd like them (the ones always left at the bottom of a box of Black Magic when you were young).  Why am I promoting chocolatiers in Scotland I hear you ask. It's because of THIS.

Meanwhile, at Davos, "Gordon Brown will be long remembered in my country for centuries to come, long after he has been completely forgotten in Britain."  I wouldn't bet on it but well done to Iceland for standing up to international bullies.

We know that the EU and the UN are in a partnership and the EU is the junior wannabe boss: European External Action Service staff gain understanding on the EU-UN partnership. Estrange family ties and give rights to the State, those who will use them for their own ends.  Classic Marxism.

Something we should think about: Air ambulance charities & VAT. Not a snowball in hell's chance of that happening.  It's all in the plan. Harmonisation.

The UN Agenda for 2013. See what's in store.

Will Clegg Send His Sons To A State School? That's a no-brainer.

 Of course he won't.

Clegg's phone-in this morning on LBC, where he ummed, aahed and generally squirmed around in his seat, has caused a great deal of debate. Which school will the Cleggs choose for their children: will it be state; will it be private; will it be Roman Catholic? I'd be willing to bet it will be none of those.

I'd be very surprised if they didn't end up HERE.
“Educated side by side, untroubled from infancy by divisive prejudices, acquainted with all that is great and good in the different cultures, it will be borne in upon them as they mature that they belong together. Without ceasing to look to their own lands with love and pride, they will become in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to complete and consolidate the work of their fathers before them, to bring into being a united and thriving Europe.”
This not-sinister-at-all quote is from Jean Monnet, one of the chief architects of the EU, and it is written on parchment and sealed into the foundation stones of all the schools in a not-spooky-at-all ceremony. The schools are scattered about the members states (there's currently one in the UK, Culham in Oxfordshire, but that is due to close in 2017). They are for the sons and daughters of European Union officials and are funded out of taxation, ie by you and me.

Projected 2013 costs are in the region of £160m+ so in effect the British taxpayer is contributing about £22m this year to the cost of private education for the sprogs of EU bureaucrats. Clegg won't have to worry about school fees for little Miguel, Antonio and Alberto, nor will he have to fret about them mixing with the hoi-polloi in British schools - private or otherwise.

.pdf Convention defining the Statute of the European Schools
The English Trust for European Education

Clegg's a strange beast.  He was only elected an MP in 2005 following a five-year stint in Brussels as an MEP, yet look at him now: a mere eight years later he's Deputy Prime Minister of one of the greatest countries on earth, in a Coalition Government with a finger in every pie.  Perhaps the only person unsurprised at his meteoric career progression is Charles Kennedy who, when Leader of the LibDems, almost immediately appointed Clegg to be the party's spokesman on Europe and deputy foreign affairs spokesman.  He certainly impressed somebody as having the makings of the perfect European Technocrat.

Clegg finished his own education at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium where he obtained a Masters Degree.  How much more refined and gentil for little Cleggy than his early school days at Caldicott where a succession of Masters royally rogered a succession of young boys between 1959 and 1981.  Clegg was Head Prefect in 1980.



Wednesday, 23 January 2013

PMQs: Summary & Videos

A bit late this week, sorry. One minute I'm tuning into Andrew Neil and the next I'm dreaming fitfully of British pensioners burning EU flags to keep warm.  Still, here it is - The Fresh From His Triumph edition - aided by the miracle of BBC iPlayer:

Cameron opened the proceedings by paying tribute to Kingsman David Robert Shaw, 1st Btn Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, who died of wounds sustained in Afghanistan.
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Miliband asked, if Cameron got 'his in/out referendum', would he campaign for Britain to stay in? Cameron said he would. Miliband wasn't happy and re-phrased his question: 'Is he saying that if he doesn't achieve his negotiation strategy he will recommend Britain leave the EU?'

Cameron didn't actually answer directly but instead congratulated him on tacitly accepting that the Conservatives will win the next GE and he went on to mention that unemployment figures had fallen with employment up by 90,000 this quarter and rate of job growth last year was fastest since 1989.  He then repeated that he wanted to see 'a strong Britain in a reformed Europe'; the govt 'wants to reset the relationship'.

He asked what Miliband, who used all his six questions on the EU, would do. Miliband pushed and pushed, the House grew noisier, Bercow intervened and Cameron became exasperated.  When the pressure was directed back at Miliband he finally blurted out: "My position is no, we don't want an in/out referendum," at which the House dissolved into laughter, jeers and abuse.

Stand-out quote from Cameron: "We also want to make sure that 'ever closer union' doesn't apply to the United Kingdom."

Your MP: Party toady or independent thinker?

Nic Dakin, Lab, Scunthorpe; Nadhim Zahawi, Con, Stratford on Avon; Gavin Barwell, Con, Croydon Central; Jack Dromey, Lab, Birmingham Erdington; Duncan Hames, LibDem, Chippenham; Clive Efford, Lab, Eltham; James Duddridge, Con, Rochford & Southend East; Mark Hendrick, Lab Co-op, Preston; Gerald Howarth, Con, Aldershot; Mike Weir, SNP, Angus; Mark Pawsey, Con, Rugby; Louise Ellman, Lab Co-op, Liverpool Riverside; Dan Rogerson, LibDem, North Cornwall; Jack Straw, Lab, Blackburn; Graham Stuart, Con, Beverley & Holderness; Ian Lavery, Lab, Wansbeck; Bill Cash, Con, Stone; Dennis Skinner, Lab, Bolsover; Eleanor Laing, Con, Epping Forest; Julie Hilling*, Lab, Bolton West; Menzies Campbell, LibDem, North East Fife; Geraint Davies, Lab Co-op, Swansea West; Richard Fuller, Con, Bedford; Robert Flello, Lab, Stone-on-Trent South; Rehman Chishti, Con, Gillingham & Rainham; Helen Jones, Lab, Warrington North; Crispin Blunt, Con, Reigate.

Issues raised:

Terrorism & the Armed Forces;  Holocaust Memorial Day & education; Save the Children & the aid budget; UK car industry and the EU; The forthcoming G8 & the aid budget; a government-funded energy efficiency scheme; employment in his constituency (R&SE) particularly as it relates to women; 12% cut in local govt funding to Preston; other members of the EU, particularly in the eurozone, also want re-negotiation; timing disparity between Scottish referendum & EU referendum; DCLG savings & 'troubled' families; child poverty in Britain & the re-definition of poverty; restrictive practices by mortgage companies when outsourcing conveyancing work; cuts in defence spending & the Strategic Defence Review; 'Cons trust the people, Labour want to deny them their say'; black-listing, police & security services; EU has a habit of going its own way so what will he do if re-negotiation request is ignored; austerity-riddled Britain, wining & dining, Davos, bankers, tax-avoiders, posh boys (it's Skinner so you get the picture); Conservative govt = an EU referendum, Labour govt = no EU referendum; disabilities/benefits cuts; a suggestion that Heseltine conducts an Inquiry into consequences of Britain leaving the EU; welfare cuts, energy bills; public health & locally-directed govt funds; food banks; the British Transplant Games & organ donation; lack of places in special needs schools; Pitt the Younger: 'England would save Europe by her example'.

* Two choice screen-grabs of Julie Hilling in full flow, just because:


Hilling put so much drama, energy and passion into her brief question about disability living allowance, it's a shame she began from a false premise.

Here is Denis Skinner's question:



PMQs in full:



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Cameron's EU Speech + Updates

Being introduced by an American chap at Bloomberg London HQ who calls it "a milestone speech".  We'll see.

Cameron begins with references to WW2 and 'the skies of London being lit by flames'.  Attributing peace in Europe to the Elysee Treaty and the EU.

Now, the fall of the Berlin Wall.  Calls it the 'central story' of the EU and references Churchill.

'The purpose of the EU today is not securing the peace but securing prosperity.'  'Global trade.'

I think I'll just post the full transcript when it's available.  It's hard to know who he is addressing - it doesn't seem to be the British people.  There are many soothing, reassuring words for his audience in Brussels but nothing yet that directly affects us.  So far he's said nothing concrete and is still circling the mulberry bush with his airy-fairy, emotive language. I think it will take some effort to tease out anything of substance from his speech.


One thing's for sure, PMQs should be a hoot today.

UPDATE: Cameron said a couple of things that stand out: There is no European demos; The UK can go it alone. However, the majority of the final part of his speech is given over to pro-EU arguments why we should stay in and why we don't, apparently, want to be like Norway or Switzerland. He's started campaigning already and is trying to rebut arguments already levelled against him about the dismal likelihood of any re-negotiations.  I find it hard to believe that he didn't show his speech to the colleagues in Brussels for prior approval; we'll need the usual dose of healthy sceptism when reviewing the transcript later. He's now taking questions from journos in the audience.

From media clips and reaction so far I don't find it impossible to think that Cameron might swing it and actually win the next GE on the basis of what he's just said.  UKIP need to engage more; they need to say more than, 'this is a great victory; if it weren't for us Cameron wouldn't have said this,' which is what they're doing right now.  They need to keep up the pressure and make sure Cameron doesn't backslide.

Mrs Bone, according to eurosceptic Peter Bone MP, is apparently 'singing in the bath'. That's the measure of the readily-appeased Conservative backbenchers.

UPDATE 2:

Here is the first reaction from a europrat - tweeted by Martin Schulz, unelected President of the European Parliament: (click to enlarge)



UPDATE 3:

Link to transcript of speech

UPDATE 4: Videos -



Videos courtesy of @LiarPoliticians


UPDATE 5: EU Referendum has an excellent analysis. For some unknown reason I'm unable to get the EU Referendum blog to update automatically in the sidebar blogroll so I've put in their old and new websites - just click through for updated posts.

Sad

When I woke this morning my first thought wasn't, "Ah, what a lovely day."  Nor was it, "Tea, give me tea....." No, it was the altogether more frightening, "What time is it; have I overslept and missed Cameron's speech?"   Sadly, I hadn't and a quick look at the clock showed it to be only six o'clock.

Providing my brain hasn't hit the automatic snooze-function I'll be back later.

How I feel right now:



Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Who Said...

...
"The Federated Republic of Europe — the United States of Europe — that is what must be. National autonomy no longer suffices. Economic evolution demands the abolition of national frontiers. If Europe is to remain split into national groups, then Imperialism will recommence its work. Only a Federated Republic of Europe can give peace to the world."
And no, it wasn't Churchill.

A clue: This man also said:
"The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when they are thrown out of the customary conditions of their life, for only then do they have to fall back on their reserves."
This could have been a Churchill quote but it wasn't.  Any guesses?

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Ain't That The Truth + Update

... well, no, not exactly, it's actually eu-speak.  When the European Commission says it wants to 'protect' something you can take it as read that what it actually will do is meddle, screw up and control.

I wrote a post back in Nov 2010 about an article in NUJ Brussels but I'm not surprised to see that the article has since been taken down.  It was essentially about the EU sponsoring accredited journalists for a project and it laid out the terms and conditions under which journos could operate.  EU accreditation is something that must be applied for and renewed on a regular basis. If you say anything out of order, you don't get your pass renewed.

 Today it's hit the msm that things have moved on, as they always do with the EU, with a report proposing that the system of accreditation be harmonised in all member states.  Give an inch, they take a mile. I'd like someone to give them enough rope so I can see what they do with it.

Neelie Kroes*, the Commissioner for the Digital Agenda and Vice-President of the Commission says that "media freedom is a delicate flower" that must be "protected".  Yesterday, two years after instigating the Report, her Office published THIS from the "High Level Group on Media Freedom and Pluralism".

Extract from P33:  Bloggers have not been forgotten -
"This harmonisation not only refers to rights and obligations of journalists (regardless of the media outlet used by them), but also to rights and obligations of non-journalist users of the internet. As mentioned, these users are covered by the human right of freedom of expression; unrestricted access to the internet offers a new dimension of freedom of expression for normal citizens, which has to be acknowledged, protected and guaranteed. But it also creates new challenges in the separation of private and public speech and by maximising the possible harm done to others by false and even malicious statements diffused through the internet. This is why a fair legal regulation is necessary, balancing the new dimension of freedom of expression and the justified rights and interests of other citizens."
Extract from P39: Promoting the European Union -
"The very idea of promoting a European public sphere, the possible emergence of European media, increased European awareness within the national public spheres, or increased national coverage of European affairs, is still controversial in many quarters...This does not mean, however, that the Union and its Member States should abstain from any policy or action aimed at promoting increased media coverage of EU affairs. On the contrary, in the same way that EU and State actions (including funding) may be necessary to promote pluralism at the State level, it is equally appropriate for the Union and its Member States to undertake actions to promote pluralism in the form of increased coverage of EU affairs."
Extract from P40: The EU's own School of Journalism -
"Among possible concrete measures that might offer a partial remedy to this situation, the European Commission could explicitly and emphatically include journalism in the existing Jean Monnet Programme.  Higher Journalism Schools, Universities with Journalism programmes and their Professors could then respond to the calls for proposals published every year by the Commission. This would be valuable in increasing their opportunities to address cross-border issues and broaden the pool of those with special competencies in EU affairs."
Leveson: EU wants power to sack journalists
EU officials hope to use Leveson's proposals to ensure British press promotes 'European values'
Rules for press accreditation to the European Parliament
More on accreditation and how it can be revoked

Never forget what happened to Bernard Connolly as long ago as 2001: ECJ outlaws criticism of the European Union:
"The ruling stated that the commission could restrict dissent in order to "protect the rights of others" and punish individuals who "damaged the institution's image and reputation".
The court called the Connolly book "aggressive, derogatory and insulting", taking particular umbrage at the author's suggestion that Economic and Monetary Union was a threat to democracy, freedom and "ultimately peace".
* For the record, Neelie Kroes is a no-mark Dutch politician and her Party is called: "The People's Party for Freedom and Democracy", which, in my experience, will have precisely the opposite meaning.  Her blog is  HERE.

Speaking of cross-border co-operation and pluralism, does anyone remember THIS?  It's a Quentin Letts' article from 2009:
"In plain English, this means giving MEPs the right to sit on the green leather benches of the Commons Chamber. The proposal-was issued under the name of the president of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, and was discussed in Stockholm at an EU Speakers' Conference on Friday, December 11, and Saturday, December 12."
It has become more and more difficult to get a direct route to the information I need. Links disappear or are hidden away and unless you have the almost-exact phrase you need the patience of Job because it's tricky and time-consuming to get anywhere.   Google used to be quite good but now it pulls up what it wants you to see, and half the time, it isn't what I want to see.  If anyone has any info on the progress of that particular initiative, I'd be glad to hear it.

Now, where on earth did I put my ruby slippers?


UPDATE: The Office of Neelie Kroes has been quick to step in and has posted the following comment underneath Toby Young's article.  I'm reproducing it here in the interests of fairness and transparency (nudge, nudge, wink, wink):

"It is almost hard to count how many things Toby Young has gotten wrong in this post - but that is press freedom for you. Let me correct a few things.

1. Bruno Waterfield didn't "uncover" anything. I emailed him the report, as democracy-minded spokespeople at the EU do every day
2. European values are nothing more than basic freedom and democracy and are already set out in a charter of fundamental rights. it's not new and it's not an anti-UK plot.
3. This report was not commissioned as the basis for draft EU legislation, it was commissioned to stimulate debate.
4. The reports gives examples of enforcement powers but does not specify what they should be or how they should be applied – that is properly a matter for national parliaments and public debate
5. The report authors are very clear that definitions of journalism and journalists are still contested concepts – they are not calling for journalists to be stripped of their privileges, the EU is never going to "sack" journalists.
6. The European Commission is not seeking to be placed in a centralised "overall control" of media regulation.
7. Vice President Kroes is grateful for receiving ideas that stimulate debate – like the other Commissioners with recommendations relevant to their policy portfolios she will be taking time to reflect on the ideas and will be seeking public feedback
8. She has never said Leveson or this report's ideas are exactly what she's looking for - ideas to stimulate DEBATE are what she looked for and received.

So chill out folks, keep debating, and check the facts Mr Young

Ryan Heath
Spokesperson for Neelie Kroes,
European Commission "

All of which was to be expected and if you truly believe this is as far as it will go, you'll believe anything.

Monday, 21 January 2013

British 'Islamists': "Islam Will Dominate France and England"

Video: British Islamists Protest French Campaign in Mali: Hollande Is a "Son of Pharoah", Islam Will Dominate France and England

These idiots, and their families, should be kicked out of the country, no questions, no arguments, no Legal Aid.


"Shari'a is an inevitability."
"We will spread mercy, we will spread justice, whether you like it or whether you don't like it."
"Our eyes are on Paris, our eyes are on Brussels, our eyes are on London..."
"You will never stop the army of the Muslims... "
"This nation is like a tidal wave, when it starts it doesn't stop."
"Islam will not only dominate Mali, Afghanistan, Africa but also France, Paris and England."
"Your wife, French women, the people of France, will live under the Islamic movement, even if they don't like it."

And so on and so on. We've heard it all before but it really is rather tiresome now.  Let's agree to one of their demands: Armed Forces of Western countries will withdraw from foreign countries but only on condition that the followers of Islam withdraw from ours.  I've had enough of being 'enriched'.

One other thing: how many ways can our government ministers and media think of to say Muslim?  Islamic, Islamism, Islamists - it's all the same to me.  Issues that are only addressed from a false premise can only result in false answers.


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Sunday, 20 January 2013

Sunday Reflection

'Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine, secundum verbum tuum in pace.'


"When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart and you shall see that, in truth, you are weeping for that which has been your delight." Khalil Gibran

The Bells of Hell Go Ting-a-ling-a-ling

When I saw THIS this morning, I thought of you and blogging and wondered how far we've travelled since 2009.
Grosse and Upadhyay said they are currently experimenting with YubiKey, a tiny USB stick that implements highly secure “one time pad” cryptography to log in to Google services, as a replacement for passwords. In the future, they want similar authentication technology to work wirelessly and across all of a person’s online accounts.
The overall tone of the article is laid back; in other words the usual 'move along, nothing to see here' msm message. At the bottom of the piece, however, is one sentence:
Bill Gates predicted the death of passwords at a security conference in 2004.
So, in all probability it will be coming down the track already. Some may think it's harmless, even helpful; after all who wants their computer hacked? No doubt they are the same people who think it's a good idea to have doolally Granny chipped as well in case she goes a-wandering, or medication implanted with chips so our GPs can check we're following the prescription accurately? Or, how about an RFID chip in your credit or debit card?

This is mainstream, not conspiracy theory although the majority of the blogs covering it do seem to be a little, shall we say, 'out there'? But don't let that put you off looking around and finding your own answers and, do be careful, after all, we wouldn't want you getting hacked now, would we? Bwahahahaha!

Here are some to get you started - or take you further down the road, depending where you are on your journey:

US Government approves ingestible sensor that tracks health from the inside Stop sniggering at the back there! There's no room for complacency: the EU, thus, it follows, our own government, approved it first.

Why Americans are Dumb. Before you swim the ocean and beat me with your baseball bats, that's the name of the blog! It has an interesting article and video about RFID chips in credit/debit cards.

The North American Union. The loss of sovereignty A .pdf about electronic surveillance and global governance (aka nwo).

Total surveillance and a cashless society Global control through the RFID chip

From one of my favourite blogs: Global governance is not global government?

Branded: How RFID spychips are being used by government and major corporations

UN Chief: We will impose global governance And what's one of the steps this self-selected 'elite' will have to take to ensure compliance? That's right:


You'll see, at roughly 4:40 in, that the British government gave $2m dollars in 2001, to IANSA. I bet the global arms manufacturers are laughing into their boots. Only States are allowed weapons.

PS While you're in an enquiring mode, check out Sustainability, Sustainable Development and anything 'green'. It's all linked.

Here are two pics of the whore of Babylon:

Outside Brussels:









Outside Strasbourg:










And, finally, a map of countries currently subsumed into the EU:



Do you see what I see?

Friday, 18 January 2013

Are We Truly Stymied?

My penny-worth says: No, we're not. I find it hard to believe that this country will lie down and give sovereignty over to another entity.

We're lied to on a daily basis and I know there's trouble ahead but, in the long run, the pain will be worth it; it will be a joyful catharsis so enjoy the dance with the msm, twitter and the blogs while you can.

If you've followed this blog you'll know that poetry, art, music & dance can take the place of 1000 words from a politician and 500 from a blogger so, for the umpteenth time: 



We must fight back.  Check what you read in the msm and blogs, follow the links, find out for yourselves and begin your own blogs.  We must, whatever our political persuasion, fight back against governance from Brussels.



Twitter & Other Matters

I don't really have a problem with twitter; I think it's great for expressing an opinion in 140 characters and it creates an in-road; it encourages; it makes people think and, for that reason alone, I've been on twitter for a while - a year or two? - and I've also been commenting in online press, trying to make short but sharp points about what's happened in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and England in particular.

I do have a specific problem with twitter in that some tweeps (those who twitter, the so-called 'twitterati') are so up their own arses they that mistake their elbows for brains.  I find little humour on twitter apart from like-minded tweeps who have a dry sense of humour - and that's no doubt why I've  been unff/d (unfollowed) by more than a few in the past year.

What I don't understand is: Why don't those on twitter who are so angry or never entertain the thought of music, art, laughter or humour in their lives, get their own blogs (@DVATW excepted of course - he has two blogs, A Tangled Web and Biased BBC, both of which I've recently deleted from my blogroll after four years.)

For the record, there are no requirements to be on my blogroll. I don't ask you to be 'nice' or agree with me but I would like, if I ask a question or make a joke, the courtesy of a reply.  Perhaps I should stick to blogging where it's altogether more 'real'.

Remind me to tell you about Mistletoe Tea some time. I started it today, amazing results from one half-cup but not to be undertaken without GP's say-so. Needless to say, I did - desperate times and all that.  If it works, I'll be back with PMQs and videos, as normal, next week because they, of all people, must have their feet held to the fire.

In case anyone is still in doubt about this blog, this is how I feel about British/English politicians in the Westminster Government and those MEPs in the EU:

Please don't think I chose my online name lightly.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

More Musings

Given the amount of coverage in the press and tv/radio that the EU is receiving recently I'm tempted to summon up the wherewithal to carry on blogging about it. Part of me feels: 'been there, done that and we've all had fair warning had we the whit to look around us' but another part of me knows that you and I won't lie down.

All I've seen in my mind's eye since I started this blog are lamp-posts, festooned with traitors. The Act of Treason hasn't been repealed - Blair only managed to mitigate the sentencing for the Act of Treason, but couldn't abolish the crime entirely so sneaked in the change with the Crime & Disorder Act, 1998, no doubt in order with the HRA.

Cameron talks about the 'Big Society' and I have to say, I agree with him. The Big Society should get together, it should talk about and act on current issues. The Big Society should find its feet, rise up and march.  Not yet, it's too soon but one day when it all gets too much for the those of you concerned about loss of sovereignty, my size fives, my voice, will be in Downing Street again. Promise.

Why do the msm encourage people to complain about what's going on when they don't know where the laws originate?  Everything I read in the media these days is either a lie or a half-truth.  I still don't understand why no-one has heard of the role of Agenda 21 or the UN in all of this.  We must lift our gaze from local to global and see where everything originates because it's a bigger fight than most realise but one step at a time is better than nothing.  It's not for nothing that their slogan is 'Think Global, Act Local

The so-called 'mainstream media' who report the news to us are no more than that:  they are reporters.  They report what the government has to say and, occasionally, when a Jeremy Warner-type is lambasted in the comments, the paper pens another article almost diametrically opposed to the first.  It's so sad to see the British media, once praised, sink in 'harmony' with the rest of the European press.  Perhaps they've had forewarning of laws against the abuse of a flag, an anthem and know that it's on the cards that those who speak against the State face prosecution?  I know it may sound far-fetched but check it out - check everything out - go to EU Treaties themselves, not the UK msm.

We all want the truth from government and media but don't hold your breath - polish your boots and placards because it's going to be a bumpy ride and one hell of a landing.

The answer is: do your own research, discover for yourself, write your own blog or comment online with verifiable links.

Just A Bit Of A Rant

There's a tussle going on for the heart and soul of Great Britain and, in particular, England.  I wonder when our American friends will realise that The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is not "in Europe".  Europe is a continent: we are separate, an island, yet we all know, according to the EU, England doesn't exist. We are hived off into regions; some into other parts of Britain and some into France or Belgium.

Why do you think Thatcher left office so abruptly and, according to our msm, so unexpectedly? Wilson won four General Elections yet the Labour Party, but not the TUC as a whole, were broadly against the EU. Wilson was spied upon by our own MI6 and told to take early retirement.  Trades Unions have always been in favour of the EU because combined membership gives them more muscle - witness the strikes in the continental EU27.  Let's not forget Edward 'Call me Ted' Heath  - a yacht-going lover of youngsters with enough energy to shimmy up the pole and hoist the Jolly Roger.

I'm not saying these people were promised riches in return for betraying us - Thatcher didn't: she's aged and is apparently senile; Wilson died, also senile and fearing the knife in his back; Callaghan died, feted by all; Heath died, feted by all and there's a proposal to place a European Union Heritage plaque on his home at Arundells in Wiltshire; Major, an EU-appeaser, has also done well for himself.  Smith and Cook died prematurely by 'an accident of fate'.

Let's not go into Blair and Brown in depth but, on balance, I think history will judge them harshly.  Our entrance into the EEC may have begun under Heath but the acceleration of our assimilation into the EU political construct began under their watch and we were given no say whatsoever.

The British government hasn't decried the election of technocratic governments in Greece, Italy, Belgium or Spain because we're the same: ten to one says we had the first technocratic government and it remains in place handed over from Lab to Con with a Coalition Transitional Government in between.

The overwhelming immigration has been into England, not 'Britain', not 'the UK'.  England 'doesn't exist'; 'the English aren't worth saving as a race'; the European Union doesn't recognise England as a separate Nation and the Westminster Government never fought for us to be recognised.  If you want the truth, check out blogs, not the msm but in the meantime we also suffer the spokesmen of taxpayer-funded lobby groups and fake charities (Common Purpose being one of them).

It's a ridiculous state of affairs when people who find it increasingly hard to make ends meet have their taxation increased in order to fund government to give grants to lobby groups to enjoin the people to lobby government in a cause against the people's own interest.

For what it's worth, a free internet is an illusion.  So many past links resolve to '404 error not found'  and much is deleted from YouTube.  We're being rendered senseless and immune by sanitised domestic political news; shocking footage of war from abroad and BBC EU-funded natural history and sitcom programmes.

Everything is guile. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Search behind the curtain. I don't want to live in a country where the only people who have weapons are the criminals and the Police so, if you have a cricket bat, get it oiled now and stash it behind your front door. It's all we have left apart from the political process.

If all I do in this blog is to make people question the status quo, I'm happy.We're coming to a hiatus of 'Yes we are, no we're not; yes we're not, no we are'.  Lord, how I despise the toadying msm for all the misinformation.

This is how low the EU has brought us, has exploited us: wars, taxation, devolution into Regions of the EU. We must fight back.


Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Focus

'Focus' seems to be the new buzzword and 'Buzzword' is the new 'focus'.

It's not the first time I've re-printed this poem and, probably, it won't be the last:
Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Focus!
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