"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, 29 March 2013

Good Friday

Despite the infiltration of third way communitarianism, despite the nwo and Agenda 21, despite our own 'elected' governments, here is a glimmer of Easter:

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Flashback to 1963

Do you remember those days when the Left sold us their Third Way, Communitarian politics?


I loved that song and taunted my parents with it. How ashamed am I now? As the centre-ground shifts I find I'm way out of kilter and so disorientated that I rebound between the Nasty-Nasty Party and the Nasty Party:

Whatever happens, this sentiment will hold true despite the fact that HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and Her Majesty didn't know the words:




We're living in bad times.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

They Think It's All Over...

... but there's still some way to go.  It is now.

President Assad shot by a bodyguard.  Apparently he's been hospitalised...

And as I type, it's all been updated.  Assad has gone from serious but okay to serious and dead in a matter of moments.

What now for the 'Jasmine Revolution'?

HOLD YOUR HORSES:

As you were: It's true, it isn't true...   oh, yes it is, oh, no it isn't.....  I don't know why I bother.  I might as well go out, buy a onesie, stock up on chocolates and ready-made microwave meals from Tesco (other supermarkets are available), slam up the central heating and the volume on the tv and just ignore every knock on my door.

Still, it made for an exciting five minutes, especially since it happened at exactly the same time reports were coming in that President Anastasiades of Cyprus has threatened to resign in the face of Troika intractability.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Once Upon A Time

We all know these two poems from our childhood state education:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

Invictus, WE Henley, 1849 - 1903


There's a breathless hush in the Close to-night --
Ten to make and the match to win --
A bumping pitch and a blinding light,
An hour to play and the last man in.
And it's not for the sake of a ribboned coat,
Or the selfish hope of a season's fame,
But his Captain's hand on his shoulder smote --
'Play up! play up! and play the game!'
The sand of the desert is sodden red, --
Red with the wreck of a square that broke; --
The Gatling's jammed and the Colonel dead,
And the regiment blind with dust and smoke.
The river of death has brimmed his banks,
And England's far, and Honour a name,
But the voice of a schoolboy rallies the ranks:
'Play up! play up! and play the game!'
This is the word that year by year,
While in her place the School is set,
Every one of her sons must hear,
And none that hears it dare forget.
This they all with a joyful mind
Bear through life like a torch in flame,
And falling fling to the host behind --
'Play up! play up! and play the game!

Vita Lambada (They pass on the torch of life) Newbolt, 1862 - 1938


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Here We Go

BLOG OFF!




 via Guido


 

Video: Osborne Budget 2013

In case you missed it and you're a glutton for punishment:



Rolling updates and analysis


EC Press Release: Carry On Regardless

The next steps towards a deep and genuine Economic and Monetary Union

More verbiage from the self-styled 'elite' of the European Commission.
Barroso: "... they underpin the strength of the common currency and will help drive forward Europe's competitiveness, growth and job creation." 
 The harmonisation of tax structures across Member States remains a key aim.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

All Bets Are Off

 Could this be the game-changer we've all been waiting for?

Cyprus turns to Russia

Despite a warning from Merkel, the Cypriot Finance Minister has flown to Moscow tonight to try and hammer out a deal to extend existing loans and for further financial aid.
 "The chancellor once again emphasised that the negotiations are to be conducted only with the troika (the European Union, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund)," said [Merkel's] spokesman.
...
"Cyprus belongs to its people," [the people] chanted as the result of the vote – widely forecast – was announced.
"We told the Germans where to go," said Costas Georgiou, 35, a food and drinks manager. "This was for everybody – not just us. We support the Russians, but we also did it for Spain, for Italy, for the Portuguese, for whoever they come after next for money. We have saved them.  We are only a small island, we are 0.2% of Europe. We needed 10 billion euros. Imagine what they would do to Italy who need hundreds of billions."
 Quite!

I really, really hope that Cameron and Osborne have a watertight contingency plan in hand for Britain and that they're not the idiots they appear to be.  If our economy nose-dives even further then it will take more than an announcement tomorrow of £2.5bn cuts and free dosh for working mothers to save us.


And this just in via Newsnight/twitter:
[Click to enlarge]

  Bluff? Double-bluff? Who cares? Interesting times ahead.

Monday, 18 March 2013

What A Day This Has Been, What A Rare...

...mood the people are in.  This cartoon comes from El Jueves, an online Spanish magazine:

How delighted the people will be when they discover that the Eurogroup 'will allow' Cyprus to 'tweak' the terms of the theft from depositors.

It will have to be one helluva 'tweak' to calm things down.

Just don't get me started on the HoC debate about regulating our press.  The majority of MPs who spoke praised Leveson; that tells you all you need to know about the direction we're heading in.

Brussels attacks Cameron

The Rape Of Cyprus By The European Union & The IMF - ZeroHedge

The Rape Of Cyprus By The European Union & The IMF
"...the European Union and the European Central Bank and the IMF has not just allowed violation of the deposit insurance but demanded it. One thing is certain here; if they can void deposit insurance in Cyprus then they can void it in any country in Europe. Further; if they can void deposit insurance then they can void bond covenants with the scratch of a pen on paper. Nothing now; Nothing is safe! Pay attention please. The European Union and the European Central Bank and the IMF have just advocated the confiscation of private property for their own indulgence."
Meanwhile, George Osborne has announced that Britain will not be bailing out Cyprus through official EU channels yet in the next breath is assuring Armed Forces and Civil Servant bank account holders that their losses will be covered by the British government. That sounds like a subtle form of back-door bail-out to me.

The DT is running a LIVE BLOG.  Keep an eye out for movements in Spain or Italy.

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Don't Sail By

Here's a cause worth supporting: Sheerness Lifeboats. We really should try and muster the effort to fight back against government cuts in this area.

Oh, hear us when we cry to thee, for those at peril on the sea:

Saturday, 16 March 2013

BBW Catches Up

I have great respect for Big Brother Watch as an organisation and it was one of my first 'Essential Links'. It is, however, increasingly slow off the mark. They released this video about 'smart meters' only last month:


via Big Brother Watch

Bloggers have been warning about the capability and implication of smart meters for years so I'm beginning to wonder whether BBW has been turned. It's popular, libertarian bloggers love it and it seems to provide a good service yet it hasn't made much noise about Smart Meters until now. I've often said that by the time it makes the news, it's already happened and smart meters are no exception.

I know I bang on about Agenda 21 and the UN nwo but it's happening in America too: Obama * has been pushing through the same proposals since 2009.

Surely we have to ask ourselves where the heck these initiatives are coming from? They don't come from the muppets we elected in 1997 or 2010.

British Gas: it's for your benefit.

Providing we can be half-arsed to answer back our response should be: 'No, really, it isn't'.

We need to get a grip of politics and our Constitution but I think the majority of people don't have the time, can't be bothered or have a vested interested and are scamming a free ride in England today (no names, no pack drill Tim Yeo, 'Lord' Deben, the disabled who aren't, the illegals, the shanty town landlords et al). I don't yet see an answer beyond the cleansing of the guillotine and deportation; if I did I'd put myself up for election as an Independent Councillor or MP.  Unfortunately, I don't have the lingo of Common Purpose so the Selection Committee would suss me out in a heartbeat.

I see that following the Eric Joyce business, Cameron has come out and spoken again in favour of the recall of MPs.  I'll believe it when I see the Act; he really is a fatuous twit.  His latest soundbite from Conference is, "Aspiration for the Nation". Here's one definition of the aspiration the nation is feeling right now:

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Sunday Reflection

How ironic it is that the most emotional rendition of this song should have been written by an Englishman. It's even more ironic when I tell you that I chose it before I saw the blog linked to in the previous post so, for that reason and because I believe in serendipity, here is this week's Sunday Reflection, better late than never:

 

HMG Official Statement – Britain Is England | An Sionnach Fionn

HMG Official Statement – Britain Is England | An Sionnach Fionn

[Clicky linky]

Believe me, if this is true then we English view it with as much distaste as you Scots.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Falling Between Two Stools

I apologise that the blog isn't what it was.  Illness, recovery and, now, moving home have taken their toll on quality as I've gone for the short, sharp shock just to keep the blog going rather than the researched in-depth opinion and links of earlier years.  Perhaps it would have been better to bow out gracefully but there's something about today's politics that I despise so much and I kept it going as an outlet for my own frustrations: very selfish of me, I know.

I need your advice. When I move in April, after the builders have 'cured' the damp and mould (the house is built into rocks - there can be no damp proof course) my energies will be taken up with creating a home, garden and micro-bubble anyone would feel at home with, but especially for me and Suki, my last remaining kitteh :)

Here's a floorplan:  [Click to enlarge]




The kitchen needs sorting; front and back 'gardens' are completely paved; only one bathroom; immersion heater in dining room cupboard; gas meter in understairs cpd; oh, and there's subsidence as well because of the huge cliff behind. This is truly an organic, free-flowing house :)

Things to know:

I cook;
Grow own fruit and veg - raised beds to front sorted;
Make own bread, jam, preserves;
Encourage wildlife;
A greenhouse, a garden shed, a pond;
Chickens;
B&B to make ends meet?
Any other suggestions.

The neighbours seem pleasant. I was taken aback to have three 'Good Mornings' in the space of half an hour as the removal men unloaded the fripperies of my life. One chap quizzed the men when he saw their company logo: 'Good grief, are they Spanish?' He apparently breathed a sign of relief when they told him that I came from London. I laughed: that's one neighbour in a bubble who doesn't visit London frequently. It's also not strictly true: a Yorkshire Lass is always a Yorkshire Lass.

Once the mould is cured, I can't wait to go: my home, my music, my books, me and Suki sprawling out in a garden again with veg growing in the raised beds, birds twittering and hens thriving.

I'm going to British Hen Welfare Trust for my hens. If they give eggs, all well and good but if not, at least they'll have had some love and comfort in their final years.

PS: Another a question is: should I morph this blog into one about raised beds, plumbing and rising damp with hints and tips on keeping chickens and making jam,  or should I start another one to deal solely with those issues and keep this one going?

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Making Me Cry

In a 1944 essay titled 'The English People', George Orwell wrote with affection of the ‘gentle-mannered, undemonstrative, law-abiding English’.
The way we have given up our country so easily.

Wordsworth asked. 'Whither has it gone, the glory and the dream?'

UPDATE: I watched 'This Happy Breed' this afternoon. It's a captivating film from David Lean and Noel Coward and I recommend it to anyone who hasn't had the chance to see it yet. Buy it on dvd or pirateproxy.net.

Hey America! How's It Going?

According to this video, everything is going according to plan:


Also:
Drone strikes authorised to kill Americans on American soil
Long Island man faces jail 'for laughing too loudly'

You're not the only country being stitched up like kippers. As our own politicians like to tell us: "We're all in it together."

Sunday, 3 March 2013

There, There - Have a Sugar Lump

I wonder how long our politicians think they can continue to treat us like fools and dribbling idiots to be pitied, indulged and chivied against our will.

I'm heartily sick and tired of hearing the 'great and good' intone that they know what's best for us so they're going to raise taxation to spend on projects which will, they think, make us change our beastly, uncivilised ways.  I'm pretty sure that well over half of our 649 MPs and all of our current government think we're nose-dripping, sleeve-wiping, forelock-tugging work units.

I'm reasonably happy at the moment to let them continue with their fantasy; after all, we need to see the whites of their eyes and have something in the barrel before they twig that they under-estimated us.

Let them think us fat, doltish and lazy; let them think that we're too stupid to have read the EU treaties that they signed without our permission; let them think we're only interested in tv, Cheryl Kardashian or getting legless and knickerless on a Saturday night; let them think we're gutless; let them deride us, ignore us, pat us on the head.

They haven't read their social history of the English people, for which I'm grateful.

Once again, two quotations ring in my ears:
"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
Churchill, The Gathering Storm, p348.March 31, 1939. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had informed the House of Commons that Britain would support Poland against any action threatening its independence. This marked the end of appeasement to Germany. Churchill thought the decision should have been made sooner when it would have been easier to stop Germany.
"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day that my child may have peace."
Thomas Paine, Englishman, 1727-1809. His writings played an integral and inspirational part in the 1776 American Revolution.

What brought this on? Nothing really, just Hague saying a vote for UKIP was indulgent.

My advice is what it has always has been: question and evaluate everything those in 'authority' tell you.  From time to time you may think it's reasonable to comply but, on the whole, I'm guessing that you're better off if you Just Say No.

These people did: Just Say No

And oh, so much more.  Believe me, I could witter on for hours about politics in company and I can drain a party atmosphere 'just like that'.  Ultimately, I don't know who are the greater fools: us for letting them get away with it for so long or them for assuming that a vote to represent us in Parliament gives them carte blanche to control our lives.

Smoking
Alcohol
Bad food
Good food
Parking
Statutory fines
Indirect taxation
Bins
Banks
Food banks
The EU
The UN
Agenda 21
Harmonisation
Capitulation

The biggy that's never addressed is the right to determine our own laws as a Sovereign Country.  That's the one.  Not many people seem to realise that, since Maastricht, the Monarch of this country is a citizen of the European Union and I think that's desperately sad.

The bottom line is that the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has been brought low in order to 'harmonise' with other countries in the name of equality and integration.

I see that some bloggers are proposing a new agenda for democracy in Britain but I worry about the incestuous nature of the posts and I worry that one is deemed the natural leader and others the acolytes.We need a true grassroots revolt, by the people, for the people.

I see the whites of the eyes of the EU but I'm not seeing any British opposition. Read, recognise the truth, teach your children and don't leave their education in the hands of the state. Demand better - you pay for it through taxation. Call the State out on it and don't let them hive off your taxes in order to support ideologies that you don't agree with.

England is the country most threatened yet it's the country that is never acknowledged by any politician; it has no Parliament; they say we never existed or that we're just mongrels yet the truth is that when England falls, all is lost.  England is their historical enemy and their target.




With thanks to the The BS Historian for the pic.

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