"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, 23 August 2010

Not-so Mini Round-up

It's another long one I'm afraid. Here are just a few of the things that have caught my eye lately:

'The European Parliament defending you'. Oh boy! Where to start? 6m euros spent on what are euphemistically called "communication objects" with EU branding and new logo - that's pens, keyfobs, pencils, mugs etc to you and me. I ask you - who are the real mugs here?
We're all in it together unless we're politicians and quangocrats.  "Eurocrats are due to get a salary boost of more than 5 per cent thanks to three pay rises in the pipeline."
It's too late.  The people have been vigilant but politicians don't care and have no intention of listening  - there's only one way this can end now.
Greece is given 2nd EU bailout  Chris Pryce of Fitch Ratings said Greece is teetering on the edge of junk status but can still claw its way back.  "Everybody is away on holiday. When they get back they will have to face their miserable new world going into the autumn, and then we will see."  Any guesses as to what we'll see?  How about barricades, petrol bombs and riots?
EU to decide on what constitutes a Cornish Pasty  Just as it decided on Yorkshire Puddings, Melton Mowbray Pies, Parma Ham and so on.  Is the UKIP MEP quoted below actually doing anything constructive about it or is he just giving soundbites to the cameras?
William Dartmouth, UKIP MEP for the South West Region said: “It just goes to prove that anyone who tries to micro-manage the rich heritage of this country is simply asking for trouble. Distant Eurocrats will never understand the quirky intricacies of life in the UK, the local language and customs that have grown up over centuries.  The case of the phantom turnip is only the latest in a long line of food-related chaos inflicted on us by Europe. It’s time they learnt their lesson and gave us all a break.”
The EU General Court (it appears to be a lower court of the ECJ) has given the go-ahead for seal slaughter to continue.  Don't buy the products and the fancy brooches if you don't like the decision.

Pro-EU Tories stitch us up again
"The appointments mean that both have agreed to be part of David Cameron’s medium-sized tent initiative. Blair and Brown made much of their big tents. ... with Brown even going so far as to announce ... that his administration would be a “government of all the talents.” Sadly, that description turned out not to be strictly accurate when he omitted to include any experts in controlling public spending.

Cameron’s tent is much more medium sized. He hires Labour modernizers such as Alan Milburn (to help with a social mobility drive) and the first rate Frank Field (welfare). But for his tent to be truly a big tent he would need to include some conservatives, or conservatives who are not Europhiles such as Lord Heseltine and Lord Brittan."
British subjects 'exported' for trial   Even Blunkett, the scourge of Sheffield, has said that the EAW, which he introduced, has had unforseen consequences.  More cases here.  Does anyone know the latest on Andrew Symeou?

A quick addendum here:  I've heard so many people say that if someone has committed a crime then they should be tried and imprisoned in the country where the offence occurred.  The whole point is that this is all pre-trial.  No-one has been found guilty of any offence.  This is how our law is being eroded by our membership of the EU and how innocent until proven guilty is becoming a thing of the past.  Greece is bad enough but once Turkey is admitted to the EU I think we can all forget about Habeus Corpus!

If you haven't done so already, bookmark Douglas Carswell's blog - he's like a raw Dan Hannan and he's the one who prompted Speaker Martin's downfall.  I'm wavering on Hannan - I haven't seen the proof of his particular pudding yet and it's way overdue.  It's time Messrs Carswell, Redwood, Davies and Cash made their presence felt on the front benches.  The way this government is going seems pretty obvious  and the people must have someone to speak for them in Parliament.

I still read Hannan but take issue with him that "the EU is being made redundant by technological change."  If only it were that easy.

Two more on the EU: Ashton's minions paid more than Hague and Eurocrats' pensions need more money 

 A video that made me smile:

On the other hand, who else would have reported this?
Or these: 
Lifer let out for shopping & lunch
Parking at work?  Thank you very much, Sir
'And it's absolutely true 'cos I heard it on the radio news'.

And then you get the articles other newspapers won't touch and some that raise a smile:
DEMOS says immigration cost Labour the election
"We're alive" but not for long unless people pull their finger out
BritChav may herald a new law
Tony loves George.  True.
What can you say?
BritChav doesn't rule the waves
From the Telegraph:
Theft of straw could mean higher food prices
The generosity of the British public shames governments
African albinos in the news
Renewed outbreak: more English Elms threatened
Top Gear hype: does anyone really care?
Does anyone else think Keanu Reeves can't act for toffee?  There's something about this pic of Jolie that reminds me of him.
From The Guardian:
Please don't inflict it on us  Let's see how the Olympics goes down first before we bid for any more world events.  We've already been read the last rites but winning the right to host the football World Cup in 2018 could be the final nail.
Army bomb disposal expert wins against the MoD
The Church of England has a Senior Spokesman on Communications

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