"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, 23 May 2010

Sunday Round-up

Draft of Queen's Speech leaked ... with a "great repeals Bill" to get rid of Labour legislation opposed by the Tories and Lib Dems when they were in opposition... the speech is also said to promise a Bill to ensure that "this Parliament and the British people have their say on any proposed transfer of powers to the European Union".
First details of cuts emerge  The initial savings to be announced will target such items as civil servants’ perks, which include taxis, flights and hotel accommodation.  The package will also include a £513m cut in the budgets for quangos, with some being abolished altogether.
Security warning for MPs  Well-placed police officials said yesterday that the perceived security problem has now extended across all MPs, with the possibility of an attack by a self-radicalised Islamist extremist now being raised in recent intelligence reporting.
Police chiefs don't trust the public vote  ...there is an inherent danger in introducing a system in which the people running local police services have a "politically motivated agenda": there is a danger that chasing votes may take priority over the pursuit of criminals. The APA is also concerned that individuals with extremist views or personal agendas could seek election as commissioners.
(S)crap ACPO - 'Secret' files on 1900 protesters  The information has been built up by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Britain’s most powerful national policing body, whose future is in doubt after it was revealed that it was being run as a private company.
Kinnock backs Ed Miliband & damns Blair with faint praise "Tony was a great actor. Tony Blair is a method actor and there is no thespian in Ed Miliband, so it's that much more natural, much less affected, as it were, and I say that in an affectionate way for Tony, because the thespian arts have got their place as well, but Ed is not an actor, so it is not the Blair thing..."
Control orders under renewed scrutiny  [They] could not be deported to Pakistan because they risked being tortured there. Neither could they be jailed because the evidence documenting their terrorist involvement was too sensitive to be heard in open court, meaning they could not face trial.
Left-wing agitators disrupt BA  talks  The extraordinary invasion by up to 200 hard-liners came after a union boss posted details from inside the meeting on the Twitter website.  "Kill Willie.  Get Willie".
LibServatives backtrack on reining in BBC licence fee  The Tories also appear to have softened their position on publishing the salaries of top presenters.
Brown:  Speeches and the IMF beckon  ...is understood to have advised Mr Brown that he can earn as much as £70,000 for a single after-dinner homily on bank bailouts and other economic measures... Mr Brown is in the running for another lucrative post in the US as next managing director of the International Monetary Fund – a job that carries a tax-free salary of £283,114, plus a £50,679 living allowance.
IMF insiders are thought to consider the former Prime Minister the ideal candidate to take over when Strauss-Kahn’s term ends in 2012. Brown wants one of the world’s most important economic jobs as head of the International Monetary Fund, according to his closest school friend.
Cajasur bailed out  Spain’s central bank took operational control of Cajasur, one of 44 large regional lenders that account for about half the Spanish banking market. It will need an immediate cash injection of €500m (£430m).
MEPs: belt-tightening - what belt-tightening?  Although MEPs have recently been equipped with new Hewlett-Packard laptops, some have told the bureau they find them cumbersome in comparison with the iPad.
In brief:
Redwood:  I want to get rid of every manifestation of unelected local & regional government in England.
New legislation in gypsy camp crackdown


  1. Thanks Fausty. All the msm at the moment seems aimed at one of three events - leadership of the next Labour Leader, divisions in the government and Sarah Ferguson. Still, we only know what they want us to know and the links in the Sunday Round-up need to be read between the lines. As you know, it's the bigger picture that counts.


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