"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."

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Sunday Round-up

Almost there:  Labour's plans for an elected Senate to replace the House of Lords will bring us into line (aka more 'harmonisation') with Europe.   In a related event, the Clerk of the Parliaments, Michael Pownall, is abusing Parliamentary Privilege to block a memo about Lords' expenses.

The Islamic Forum of Europe is growling again: "Under [Lutfur Ali] , increasing sums of council money have been channelled to IFE-controlled organisations."   "We’ve tracked you down,” said Azad Ali, “Yes, Atif, we’ve got a picture of you and a lot more than you thought we had. We’ve tracked you down to different places. And if people are gonna turn what I’ve just said into a threat, that’s their fault, innit?”

Brown gives Ashton the hairdrier treatment: good, they deserve each other.

More trouble looming for EU's eurozone despite Greek bail-out "Britain, out of the eurozone and likely to avoid a direct role in the Greek solution, cannot hide from the renewed debate on institutional reform. The large percentage of the population opposed even to membership of the EU will again put pressure on a newly-elected (and probably Conservative) government to hold a referendum on the subject."

Purcell, Haughey, Murphy and Brown in another cocaine and  Cash for Favours  debacle.  What weak, corrupt politicians we have.  "A Sunday Times investigation has identified public sector contracts and awards of millions of pounds of public money for Haughey’s companies."

Senior civil servant at DEFRA suspended after charge of misuse of public money. "One of the inquiries is being carried out internally, another by independent consultants and a third by Defra’s own auditors and financial controllers." So, no police involvement then?

ASA bans govt's climate change ads  "... it ruled that two of the Dept of Energy & Climate Change’s adverts had broken the advertising code on three counts: substantiation, truthfulness and environmental claims."

British jobs for, er, Polish speakers: Workers wanted - must speak Polish It's time to boycott Asda and Forza AW - shouldn't be too difficult. Forza AW processes and packages 'meat' and who wants to eat that additive-riddled rubbish? Local greengrocers' and butchers' shops are often cheaper than the supermarkets.

Energy firms branch out into the pharmacuetical business as nPower hands out pills for the workers even though they're not ill.

Cynical Election Ploys:
A Bank Holiday promise from the worst Prime Minister in the history of this country: "Pride in Britain Day". f/o Brown.
It's going to be petty jibes and cheap point-scoring all the way if Dwarfgate is anything to go by.
Clegg & the LibDems think too highly of themselves
The most cynical of all: When is a Budget not a Budget?  Answer: When it doesn't detail spending plans.  The forthcoming budget seems to be a waste of time, money and Darling's breath.

The Staffordshire Hoard:
A fight is on to raise £3.3m to secure England's heritage.

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