"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, 2 July 2010

Distraction Theory

When I read the papers and listen to the tv news these days I sometimes feel like a kitten being toyed with.  Someone bigger than me is dangling  a colourful and furry object from an elastic thread high above me.  Something interesting boings almost within reach but is then whipped away again and, while chasing it for a few minutes may be entertaining, it can be a frustrating past-time.  The worst part is that inevitably, at some point in this distraction, the vet will sneak up behind you with a huge hypodermic syringe to give you your yearly jabs.

So, we segue seamlessly to William Hague's foreign policy speech, Nick Clegg's 'Your Freedom' website and the referendum on the Alternative Vote. These are the colourful and furry distractions.

What follows is the political equivalent of the vet's jabs:

EC President Van Rompuy is overseeing a 'task force' on a European-wide economic government and is due to present a report this Autumn (Sept/Oct) for debate within the EP.  Not only do they want their own ring-fenced tax  ("The EU must be equipped with the financial and budgetary means it needs to take action autonomously,") but there's also a proposal to create a new role to combine the positions of Economic & Monetary Affairs Commissioner,  President of the Eurogroup, and President of the Council for Economic and Financial Affairs.  (So many unelected Presidents!)

Let's not kid ourselves - any expansionist state, be it nation- or super-, hand in hand with big business and big bucks with a tendency towards authoritarianism and token, paper democracy is fascism.

The Vet's jabs:
Europe-wide surveillance on 'extremists'
Spectre of economic relapse stalks markets as China wobbles
British households face second credit crisis
City under threat
EU's response to global warming is a costly mistake
German banks dent hopes for transparent stress tests 
British Art market warns against 2012 EU levy

Colourful & furry:
Your Freedom website
William Hague 1
William Hague 2
Cameron to campaign against AV
Why choose May 5th?


  1. Let's not forget the spectacles of the World Cup and Wimbledon as well - good time to sneak through all kinds of nasties.

  2. Scunnert, you've just reminded me - did Murray win at Wimbledon? As for the rest, 'they' don't need to sneak anything through now - we're so conditioned after 13yrs that it barely registers what it means when an unelected politico promises to give us back our civil liberties. No one demonstrated on the streets when they were taken away and I'll never understand that.


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