"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."

Monday, 17 May 2010

That Sinking Feeling

Following on from the Libservatives proposed measures for a fixed term 5-yr Parliament and the increase to 55% votes (MPs - not electorate) needed for dissolution comes the news that Cameron and Clegg intend to proportionately increase their members of the House of Lords.
Lib Dem estimates suggest that the number of Tory peers would need to rise from 186 to 263 and Lib Dem peers from 72 to 167 ... Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay, a Lib Dem peer, said: “The coalition agreement entitles us to at least 50 more new Lib Dem peers to reflect our share of the vote on May 6. This is a key part of the coalition package for Liberal Democrats and a real test of our new Government’s good faith.” 
This can't be right - firstly it smacks of regression & entrenchment rather than 'progressive' government, secondly, there's that word again - "entitles", thirdly, what happened to plans to make it a full-elected upper Chamber?

It's still going to be blog-lite until at least the end of this week so here are a few things to fill the gaps:

Something it didn't take many brain cells to work out: Support staff beginning to outnumber police officers
Never mind, it frees up our officers to go on jaunts like this: EuJust & EuPol 'harmonisation' courses
It's global warming, again - love the use of the word 'gentlepersons' instead of gentleman's':
Most of our colleagues don’t seem to grasp that we’re not in a gentlepersons debate, we’re in a street fight against well-funded, merciless enemies who play by entirely different rules.
All forms of weather — cold, hot, record snow, record heat, floods, droughts, or anything else — will be considered proof of global warming. A more than willing media desperate for spectacular headlines will give them the front page.
However, it isn't that simple, as a new scientific paper demonstrates:
That global warming is over, at least for a few decades, might seem to be a relief. However, the bad news is that global cooling is even more harmful to humans than global warming and a cause for even greater concern because:
1. A recent study showed that twice as many people are killed by extreme cold than by extreme heat.
2. Global cooling will have an adverse effect on food production because of shorter growing seasons, cooler growing seasons, and bad weather during harvest seasons. This is already happening in the Midwestern U.S., China, India, and other places in the world. Hardest hit will be third world countries where millions are already near starvation levels.
3. Increase in per capita energy demands, especially for heating.
4. Decrease in the ability to cope with problems related to the population explosion. World population is projected to reach more than 9 billion by 2050, an increase of 50%. This means a substantial increase in demand for food and energy at a time when both are decreasing because of the cooling climate.
Who's the bigger comedian - Brown or Byrne?  "Dear Chief Secretary, I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left"  and the joke's on us (and the LibDems).
Something good: Norwegian wartime heros honoured by the Queen.
Something stupid: "I made my wife a cup of herbal tea and she almost died."  This is the kind of person who makes the rest of us suffer under the weight of unnecessary and over the top laws.
Something funny: Facebook petition to sack Nick Robinson for being 'too right-wing'

Cameron tired of Clegg following him everywhere

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