"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."

Showing posts with label EU Heritage Labels. Show all posts
Showing posts with label EU Heritage Labels. Show all posts

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Can You Still Breathe?

Are you gasping for a last breath yet? I know I am.  About eighteen months ago I blogged about THIS and the fact that it's only now hit the msm is one reason why I feel it's too late for cosy political solutions.

By the time the British msm reports anything about the EU you can reckon it's done, dusted and already been years in the planning. The so-called European Museum of History, primarily aimed at children, is no exception. Perhaps now people will finally realise what's happening and look again at our own governments of the past decades and see the lies we've been told.

That World War 2 should be re-named the European Civil War is laughable; it's a bad joke, and it's one that's on us who paid £44m for the pleasure of being insulted, manipulated and corralled into manageable bite-size geographical pieces.  It's a small thing in the scheme of things but I hope it's the proverbial straw.  We should be very, very angry with Cameron & Co and their predecessors but since we're not a marching people we must hit them hard at the ballot box and vote for anyone except the LibLabCon con at all elections, local and general.

There's a whiff of psychotic denial in the air around Brussels and these people won't stop until intolerable circumstances, or the people, force them to do so.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

EU Heritage Labelling

Be proud, citoyennes - or should that be 'comrades'? The motto of the European Union shouldn't be the laughable "Unity through Diversity" but the more appropriate, "What's yours is mine and what's mine's my own".

As if it weren't enough that our taxes fund this corrupt, shambolic, authoritarian, quasi-Marxist, pipsqueak of an outfit they've now decided on a logo for the EU Heritage labels fiasco (see above). Of course, it will be 'voluntary'. Voluntary in the same way that our membership of the Union is voluntary.
"The label will guarantee the unique European touch of selected sites such as monuments, natural, submerged, archaeological, industrial or urban sites, cultural landscapes, places of remembrance, cultural goods and objects or intangible heritage associated with a place."
...However "transnational" sites will benefit from special treatment, given their special symbolism for Europe's history. Member states will be allowed to apply for a "thematic" label for several national sites linked by a common theme.
Well, I'm sorry but they can just fuck the fuck off and then some. If they can get their heads out of their @rses for long enough they might be able to hear the rustling of the reeds at Runnymede.

(Pemf as usual.  I was going to use an asterisk but you all know the word anyway.)


Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Too Much Information

It's been another exploding head day here in Muswell Hill Mansions, not least because I intended to do another WHEDFU and now it looks as if I'll have neither the time nor the patience.  EU policies are coming thick and fast and it's difficult to keep up with them let alone all the 'attractions' of Twitter as well.

Twitter is in a 140-word world of its own. I tweet or re-tweet things I think will be interesting so that they show up in the sidebar but I'm not sure it's worth it really since I find it distracts me from blogging and takes me away from reading other bloggers' stuff, which is what I really enjoy.  Since I began this post there are now another 65 tweets on my timeline - whoops! make that 79.

This is probably the best from what I've gleaned today:
From Robert Peston, "If true, very serious." In response to a tweet from zero-hedge, "Portugal banks said they have virtually no more margin to buy country's government debt."
I'd say that was worrying.

I have a build-up of news that I haven't blogged about but should have done, so, once again, I'm taking the lazy option and putting a series of links, for the record. I'll try my best to make it not too boring but can't promise - I'm way behind.

The Total Real Cost of EU Membership. If you have time to read only one, make it this & then you'll understand why successive governments have been oh so reluctant to do a cost/benefits analysis.  Send it on to your MP and ask them what they're going to do about it; tell them about the People's Pledge.

"The stuff of fantasy"  But it's my fantasy if the EU should ever gain a mandate: "proportional representation buttressed by lots of direct democracy, from party primaries to frequent referendums and Citizens’ Assemblies." You can see where we're going, can't you, with all this constitutional tinkering that's going on at the moment at Westminster? All this "localism" touted by Cameron & Co is just so we can slip-slide unwittingly into the EU's jigsaw. We're probably the last piece of the puzzle - you know, the one with the curled-up corner and wonky edge that has to be hammered into place by a fist.

Britain's nuclear future in confusion.  Conflicting reports from the press.  Huhne's at it again.  The only thing I know for sure is that if Britain does have a nuclear future it will be dependent on state-subsidised foreign companies.

Good news: the Libertarian Party's website has had a makeover - it's much better and more readable. 10/10 for professionalism.  Here they have an article about the Bribery Act 2010, which, like most legislation these days, is loosely-worded and has far-reaching implications aka you belong to the state.

In Parliament this afternoon there was an emergency question on the status of four former Royal Marines who have been held in Eritrea since Christmas Eve.  It seems the FCO can't even get someone to answer a telephone at the other end, never mind send in consular representation.  In the meantime, no-one knows what's become of these hostages.  Henry Bellingham, the FCO Minister taking questions, said not to worry because the FCO has called on the EU, the UN and the AU. Henry did find time for this  though.  ( I'm probably being unfair; it was no doubt one of his PUSSies who sent the message).

EU has it's own Shadow European Council.

Europe's 'History since 1946' Museum not going according to plan.  Have you ever felt like a character out of Colditz?

EU/IMF "inspection officials" are back in Ireland & Greece.  I wonder how it feels to be an occupied country again.

By the way, it's been confirmed that the Lisbon Treaty will be 'tweaked' in order to avoid referenda.  They've got some nerve but then they're so remote - who knows if they change Treaties retrospectively?

Confirmation that London council-tax payers will pay the EU fine

This, again  Legal and fiscal status for EU Parties.  Cockroaches.

'Roma' integration policy explained  No doubt Mike Gapes would approve and give them the vote.

What's happened to France?   I mean apart from Sarkozy boosting his electoral chances.  UN and France in the Ivory Coast - I can't remember the last time the French were called 'gung ho' - 1066 perhaps?  Even then their leader was a bastard.

Here are some non-EU related links:

I don't believe it.  It can't possibly be true that 20% of Britons believe Blackadder was real.  Who carried out the survey and on whom?
What is it with Lefties & violence?  Depiction of Osborne with a slashed throat.
I bet this was a EuPrat-funded project
According to Select Committees: UK should have known better than to sell arms to Libya.  How many of these 'select committee members' were in government at the time of the arms sales and how many objected?  Hypocrites.
UKIP calling Scotland  A report of the manifesto as set out in Edinburgh today.
And this, the piece de la resistance, (pemf): pre-birth genetic screening .  I think not.  EUgenics is a distant dream.

And that's it; I've just deleted many bookmarks because they're either old, so I'm assuming you already know, or they seem unnecessarily petty, eg French showcase planes or Hahn advises 'Regions' to spend, spend, spend.

I'm sorry that it's another long post but blame Twitter and the msm; I watch the headlines zoom past and before you know it, I'm thinking of stocking up on tinned fruit and veg and taking up knitting by candlelight instead.

In the meantime, I'm going to do something completely vacuous and check out feet-nibbling again to see if anyone has opened up in North London.  The nearest is currently in the West End, which, as we all know from Cameron's Localism Bill, is awfully infra dig.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

What Has Europe blah blah

I wish I could say that this edition of WHEDFU was going to be short and sweet but I'm afraid it will be neither.

First of all, take a look at these two polls:

EDF  "Do you think the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg should force Britian to allow votes for prisoners?"  51.5% Yes,  48.5% No  (*Note also the mis-spelling of 'Britain'.)
PressEurop   "Should Europe abandon nuclear energy?"  53% Yes,  40%  No

It prompts two questions from me:
  1. What sort of people think that forcing a supposedly-independent sovereign nation state (well, we are aren't we?  That's what Cameron & Co keep telling us) into an action its people and Parliament clearly don't want, is a good move?
  2. What sort of people think that taking us back to the Dark Ages is a good move?
Heated nuclear debate blows up in Europe.   MEPs discuss nuclear safety and the future of energy policy.
Stress tests for nuclear plants.  Let's hope they're more rigorous and reliable than their stress testing of the banks.
European Personnel Recovery Course a success.  It's just as well given what's happening in Libya, Bahrain, Oman, Syria, Yemen etc etc at the moment.
Carry on, Bahrain  EU refuses to censure Bahrain despite killings and influx of Saudi troops.  Ashton says she is "noting developments".
EAW reform needed urgently says Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights.  (How many Commissioners for Human Rights are there in all these organisations?)
Protectionist EU imposes trade tariffs on China - ceramic tile-makers affected.  Who's against cheap, imported Chinese tiles except European manufacturers?  Not the consumer.
Call for overhaul of European Food Standards Authority.  I seem to remember an outcry from some quarters when the UK's Food Standards Agency was one of the quangos slated for abolition.  It was abolished because it's completely irrelevant and superfluous - we already have EFSA in place.
Further calls for the establishment of a European Credit Rating Foundation because the EU isn't happy with outside regulatory agencies so it wants one of its own.
30m euros in aid for the Ivory Coast  Governments are attached to the ideology of wealth redistribution via mandatory charitable giving.
EU pressed  to put warnings on all alcoholic drinks but not like "the nasty, horrible images" shown on cigarettes.  That's a relief; it would completely spoil my glass of Chablis if I had to stare at a raddled and dessicated liver.
This is good - from the same article - "According to a recent Eurobarometer poll, 77% of Europeans support having health warning messages on alcoholic beverages."  I find it hard to believe that roughly 385 million people were asked let alone gave their opinion.  The Eurobarometer poll must be in the same league for reliability as the ones mentioned above.
More on the European History Museum which I posted about last week.  This time it's been branded "a waste of money".  There's a surprise.  The article begins:  "A parliamentary committee has approved..."  Don't be misled - that's a Brussels Parliamentary Committee, not one at  the Westminster Executive.
EN ISO 9994 International Standard for Lighters  Three years on and they're still squabbling and indecisive about "killer" lighters.

So, there we have it for this week.  What an absobloodylutely pathetic and corrupt institution this is.

PS  You might like, but probably not, these two articles:

Herman van Vompuy - "cold and calculating"
The Committee's purpose is to be even more in the future the means of developing participatory democracy and civil dialogue at Union level.

Thursday, 10 March 2011


Just another quick run-down of what's happening in the hallowed halls of government. We, as a people, really should be more on top of it but since the msm rarely references the European Commission, the Council or Parliament, we can hardly be blamed for not knowing very much. (Unless you read blogs, of course. If you read blogs then there's really no excuse for not being up-to-date with EU policy).

Everything done in Brussels - every new directive, every new committee created, every box of paperclips bought, has an effect on us here in Great Britain. You know how they come up with their daft ideas, don't you? Someone with a hangover walks into the office and says, "Hey, I had a really weird dream last night - let's discuss it." Hey presto!

Here's this week's prestidigitation:

'Tories lose leadership'. Much ado about nothing - it makes no difference which Party you belong to or who is Party Leader.
Naughty Greeks What would be the opposite of the Trojan Horse? Greece is being 'rebuked' because of the way it treats "irregular" immigrants - that's illegals to you and me.
90m euro free fruit for schools scheme doesn't help 22m fat children. 'It's a great success', says EU Commissioner for Free Fruit in Schools For Fat Kids.
"Sorry" for saying Europe should stay out of Libyan affairs. The EU's Health & Consumer Protection Commissioner has apologised for saying the EU should butt out of Libya's business and let the Libyans decide what form of government they want.
Cathy Ashton mocked.  I posted this one last week but it's so great I don't mind repeating it: "The representative for the External Affairs Chief took to the stand and began briefing the press on the EEAS’ actions over Libya, who responded with mocking laughter as the poor speaker was floundered by questions about what exactly the EEAS was going to do, beyond issuing occasional press statements." However, I do mind European taxpayers shelling out another 10m euros for her private press service and mood music as a result of her incompetence. She's obviously Gordon Brown's revenge.
Holy Mackerel. The EU and Iceland are holding more talks about quotas. Brussels has threatened to stop Iceland exporting mackerel to EU member states.
"They're a breach of privacy" MEPs decry use of body-scanners. Read the small print before you start cheering.
'You go Green, we no go Green' says Brussels as it drops plans for energy efficiencies.
EU Contra Apparently the EC/EP is surprised to find that some 'European' member states are using wiretaps, fines and threats of psychiatric testing to intimidate journalists. I wonder how the EU's journalist accreditation scheme is going.
A new Policy Paper: 'Three Steps to Improving Parliamentary Dealings on EU Accession'  by... ... Albania. Albania, of course, knows everything there is to know about parliamentary democracy and sovereign rights.
"South & East fight for money". No, not Hampshire -v- Norfolk; it's North Africa -v- the Caucasus. "Egypt and Tunisia receive just 1.8 and 7 euros respectively, while Moldova benefits from more than 25 euros per capita. Worse still, it now appears that the funds to help countries to the south are all but exhausted."  This wealth redistribution isn't going to plan is it?  Everyone will be impoverished and no-one left to help anyone else.
The Financial Transaction Tax is another step closer. The revenue will be taken directly for its own use but Open Europe points out the pitfalls. The EU wants to be self-financing rather than subject to the budgetary constraints of member states.
Binding minimum standards for Roma.
Europe's 10-12 million Roma should benefit from binding minimum standards at EU level to improve their access to employment, education, housing and healthcare, says Parliament in a resolution adopted on Wednesday.

The resolution, which seeks to influence the Commission's upcoming strategy for Roma inclusion, also calls for better protection of fundamental rights and use of EU funding.

Roma people have suffered systematic discrimination and are struggling against "an intolerable degree of exclusion" as well as human rights violations, severe stigmatisation and discrimination in public and private life, says the resolution, which was adopted by 576 votes to 32 with 60 abstentions.
I guess they'll all be heading for Peterborough then.

I almost forgot this: "The House of European History" from the Daily Express. How wonderful it will be to stroll around the museum in Brussels, to see EU Heritage labels adorning our national monuments and know that if it weren't for the European Union, none of it would have been possible.

Finally a public service announcement: Are you an illegal immigrant? Are you threatened with deportation? Don't worry, just have a sprog somewhere within the EU and you'll have the same rights as everyone else who washes up on the shores of this precious stone set in the silver sea, this sceptr'd isle.

And this I've posted before:
Methinks I am a prophet new inspir'd,
And thus, expiring, do foretell of him:-
His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last,
For violent fires soon burn out themselves;
Small showers last long, but sudden storms are short;
He tires betimes, that spurs too fast betimes;
With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder:
Light vanity, insatiate cormorant,
Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.
This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise;
This fortress, built by nature for herself,
Against infection, and the hand of war;
This happy breed of men, this little world;
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands;
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,
This nurse, this teeming womb of royal kings,
Fear'd by their breed, and famous by their birth,
Renowned for their deeds as far from home
(For Christian service and true chivalry)
As is the sepulchre, in stubborn Jewry,
Of the world's ransom, blessed Mary's Son;
This land of such dear souls, this dear, dear land,
Dear for her reputation through the world,
Is now leas'd out, - I die pronouncing it, -
Like to a tenement, or pelting farm:
England, bound in with the triumphant sea,
Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege
Of watr'y Neptune, is now bound in with shame,
With inky blots, and rotten parchment bonds:
That England, that was wont to conquer others,
Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.
Ah, would the scandal vanish with my life,
How happy then were my ensuing death!
Let's all hope that the EU turns out to be the cormorant of the piece.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Sunday Round-up

The powers of EuroPol Msm catch up at last. Laws governing freedom, security and justice are established in the treaty as a ‘shared competence’. This means EU law can now suppress existing legislation in justice and home affairs in a member state and replace it with European legislation...The Commission intends to forge a ‘common European culture of policing’ by ensuring that over the next five years one-third of all police officers and border guards are trained in European affairs.
UPDATE: And then we kill them
After helping themselves MPs might now serve themselves The report, 'Initial Savings for Consideration', which must be approved by MPs, proposes plans to "change the style and range of service offered, such as moving away from full table service in some catering outlets".
Another coalition u-turn The minimum/maximum sentence was put forward by the Conservatives as a manifesto promise. The intention was to end the situation where, for example, a criminal sentenced to six years in prison is automatically released after three.  Clarke reaffirmed his support for the reform in a post-election speech when he declared that he would seek to "restore public trust" in sentencing by pressing ahead.
Government axes Schools' 'Sport for All'  Gove said, would from now on be able to decide their own sports policies, free from a "centralised government blueprint". But also free of the £162m of funding.
Raze it to the ground before it's awarded an EU Heritage Label. The ex-PM envisaged that his personal effects would prove such a popular draw that the museum would generate a profit, to be distributed among good causes. Even Sir Edward's friends concede this looked like an act of hubris.
'Princess Europa' schmoozes the Estonians Smiling enigmatically, viewers watched as she journeyed across a computer-generated bridge symbolising how the currency brings peoples together. Then the commentary explained the currency's security features, such as the watermark and the metal strip, as "Princess Europa" wandered through a shopping centre.
'Fianna Fáil and Brian Cowen have no authority left' There is a real danger of Irish society being hollowed out, with a discredited political elite holding nominal power and no legitimacy while an angry, disoriented, heavily indebted and increasingly poor population chase dwindling jobs.
Foreign nurses cost NHS “The UK is first on my list. They have this locum system, to replace doctors there, so you can keep your position here too. In two or three days of being a locum there, I can earn what I would need to work three months for in Romania.”
I agree with Ed  Mandelson should be ‘packed off to an old folk’s home’.  In response Mandelson suggested Miliband was devious and had secretly plotted against Tony Blair & he contemptuously dismissed him, saying he had ‘never seriously thought of him’ as a leader.
Overpaid, over-rated, over there  £60k for 50 minutes. Critics of Brown questioned if he was the right person to lecture Indians on how to prevent a future economic crisis since he could not prevent the worst recession in a generation in the UK.
Latest on 7 December pan-european anti-bank protest "Our call has been more successful than we dared think. Our action is a people's movement... we're not seeking to destroy anyone in particular, it's the corrupt, criminal and moribund system that we have decided to oppose using what means we can, with determination and within the law."
UK mercenaries to take on pirates Acting as "mentors" the ex-SBS men will be allowed to accompany the new crews on patrols going into action in armed encounters with the gangs. The plan is particularly sensitive because previous attempts to train Somali military recruits have seen them swap sides and join the pirates or Islamic insurgents, taking their weapons and equipment with them.
NATO's 2014 withdrawal questioned He [Nigel Thomas, former interim head of the EU's Afghan police mission] said officers are given only six weeks' training – 95% of which is "how to stay alive". Problems remain with local prosecutors being "bought off" and Taliban infiltration of the police. He added: "You have to accept there will be infiltration because of the easy access into an organisation desperate for numbers."
Milking the public sector compensation cow A woman has been paid not once but four times – winning a total of around half a million pounds – after she accused successive public-sector employers of discrimination, unfair dismissal or sexual harassment.
Howzat! "The English have never really had to assert their identity, as they are the senior party in the UK," said Professor Richards. But the problem of defining the national identity of a country of more than 51 million people is complicated by mass immigration, which has made England one of the most multicultural countries in the world.  It's simple:  if you have to ask, you're not.
NO! to euroclockification
Old but relevant: Israeli airport security
Sold for £53m but sellers pocket only £26m after fees & tax
Dog blessed by CofE vicar
The BBC's panem et circenses

Thursday, 28 October 2010


EU:  exclamation expressing contempt, derision, displeasure, ridicule or anger, etc, according to the intonation of the speaker's voice. Sometimes inserted as part of a word to show extreme mockery.
Etymology: 20thC.
Examples: eu don't say! euseless! unameusing! how steupid! beureacrat! fuck eu!

As Cnut Cameron finally admits he's powerless to defend Britain's contribution to the EU budget (or Britain's anything else, come to that) another EU plan has been announced.

MEPs have approved plans for EU Heritage Labels to mark sites with "a symbolic European value" that "have played a key role in the history and/or the building of EU". British taxpayers will contribute almost £640,000 to the scheme, which is designed "to strengthen European citizens' sense of belonging to the EU".
Commission officials have confirmed that the "heritage labels" will be used on war memorial sites.
"Places of remembrance clearly have their place in European history, not only as memorials to those who lost their lives but also as places where visitors can reflect on how and why Europe has successfully avoided major conflicts for more than 65 years," said an EU official. "They might also think, or learn, about the contribution of the EU to peace and stability."
Officials have also suggested that Sir Edward Heath, the former Conservative Prime Minister who took Britain into the European Community in 1971, could be commemorated along with Robert Schuman, the Frenchman who was one of the EU's "founding fathers".
"Imagine what a European Heritage Label would do for a site like Hadrian's Wall or for Ted Heath's house – and the many small businesses, from youth hostels to hotels, that would benefit from increased tourism in the areas," said an official. 
With thanks to Lawson Narse for the poster.

On the subject of war memorials, Transport for London has decided to close some tube stations on Remembrance Sunday so, unless they backtrack or the Mayor intervenes, anyone travelling to the Cenotaph shouldn't rely on public transport to get there.

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