"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."

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Our Lives In Their Hands

Sometimes, I just don't 'get it'. Why do we allow ourselves to be governed by those who put themselves forward for office on one remit but then change their perspective once they're elected?  Why haven't we learned to scrutinise them before we elect them and challenge them when they fall short?  Why are we so apathetic when they can't do the job they were elected to do?

Here are some snippets:

British withdrawal from Basra was a defeat
‘I think the biggest problem was the political problem.’
The Equality Act, 2010 comes into force this Friday so I hope we all have our CVs ready.
Firms have been warned that quizzing potential employees about their health at a job interview could lead to legal action.
I've also stumbled across the Farmers' Guardian and the news that Britain's abattoirs are facing higher inspection costs.  I wonder if that includes halal abattoirs?

Kosher abattoirs have trained slaughter-men who are rigorously inspected; the only requirement to be a halal slaughter-man is to be Muslim with a knife.   I wonder how long it can be before sheep are slaughtered in the back alleys of England to celebrate the end of Eid?

There was a general strike in Spain today and Europe's not happy.   I'm not happy that comments have been disallowed for this article in the DM.  They're getting very picky lately.

Warsi alleges electoral fraud and blames Asians.  It's embedded in the culture; get used to it.  The unelected Conservative member of the House of Lords is facing two ways on this one:
Warsi also launched an attack on the "anti-Islamic sentiment" of the British press, which she compared to the anti-semitism of the early 20th century.
Legal action against France begins  This comment caught my eye:  "let the EU understand they are there for us, and not us existing for them."  Despite the best intentions of the poster I almost choked on my soup.  It's time people really understood that the EU has never 'been there for us'.  It's a political construct put in place for 'them' and it's working very well.

The wheels of the law grind slowly: Lord Taylor denies false accounting.  Only six MPs have been charged in relation to the expenses, which is roughly three hundred too few.  I can't believe so many thieving scumbags were voted back in at the GE.

Another thing I can't believe is that Labour are now ahead of the coalition in the polls.  I can barely believe that they're still on the radar; how can people be so stupid?

Something more light-hearted (except for those who died): Grow your own - I've always resented paying shop prices for something you can grow on blotting paper.

Bye Bye, Miliband Major

Oh, hang on.  It seems he's only walking a few yards to the back benches rather than quit altogether or accept a ministerial position from his brother.  This could be very interesting though: Miliband D will remain as an MP for his South Shields constituency and hang around long enough to become a focus for dissent in the Labour Party.

Still, I think it's a petulant and childish gesture on his part and shows a streak of spite.  He's a former Foreign Secretary who could have been helpful to Labour on  the front benches and if he truly believed in public service for the good of the country rather than his own ego, he'd have accepted the post of Shadow FS under Ed.  I'm glad that at least one politician has learned the hard way that there's no such thing as entitlement to office.

Brother Ed has now issued a statement saying that it was a 'thoughtful and gracious decision', that he understands David's predicament and no-one wants a repeat of 'things that have happened in the past'. Fasten your seatbelts, folks, this could be very entertaining.

I notice that the msm has already started to airbrush the family history, as Ed himself did in his acceptance speech. We shouldn't lose sight of his grandfather Samuel, a Polish Jew who fought against Poland and for the Red Army in the 20s, or his father Adolphe, later known as Ralph, who sought to overturn the British political system and despised the English.

As Ed said: "My parents came here with nothing [except Ralph & Samuel who came with forged papers]. This country gave them everything."

Let's not forget that Ed was responsible for Labour's election manifesto. I doubt his real views have changed very much since March but you have to hand it to them, they've certainly come a long way and Samuel would be proud of them.

David Miliband's letter in full

Miliband's Speech

I tried to post this yesterday but my pc crashed - it's a brief extract from Ed Miliband's speech with commentary. It clearly shows Union man Len McCluskey calling out, 'Rubbish,' as he sits alongside his stoney-faced comrades who aren't impressed with the man they backed for Labour leader. It also shows the cold exchange between Miliband Major and Harman when she applauded Minor's statement about Iraq. I think these two snapshots encapsulate exactly what contemporary politics has become: power, envy, entitlement and hypocricy.

From today's Telegraph:
David Miliband is expected to announce this afternoon that he will not accept a place on Ed's front bench.

After days of procrastinating, his mind was made up for him when a television camera captured him upbraiding Harriet Harman, the deputy leader, for applauding a section of Ed Miliband's speech in which he denounced the war in Iraq.

Monday, 27 September 2010

Don't Kill Bill

Thank you to 'Bill' for reminding me of this Mel Brooks' comedy. Anyone who hasn't seen the original film should get a move on before references are deleted by YouTube under EU regulations. The Busby Berkeley sequence never fails to make me laugh.

I've Got The T-Shirt

There's nothing new here except the fact that it's hit the msm: EU wants quotas for women et al
However, Viviane Reding, the EU Justice Commissioner, has said that unless boards move fast, she will use new powers under the Lisbon Treaty to impose "gender quotas", which could reach 20%.

Stop wondering about the composition of our own 'Parliament', the Milibands, the Camerons, and start wondering about the EU. Where did it originate? What was the ethos behind it? Who were the people who instigated it?

In the 1970's/80's the Labour Party was against the EU but the Trade Unions were all for it. Why? What made them change?

Hannan also 'wonders' about the EU

Of Laptops And LBC

After a weekend of looking forward to this morning I readied myself and went to buy an Acer Aspire 5732ZG.  'Oh, yes,' said the assistant in the shop on Friday, 'They're in stock, come in on Monday.'   Grrrrrrr.

Every time this laptop has frozen or crashed I've consoled myself with the thought that, 'it won't be long now; say hello to my hammer.'   I was so dejected on leaving the shop that I didn't even bother to stop for a carajillo by the harbour and, since I didn't want the money in my pocket to vanish like confetti on the wind, I also avoided clothes shops, shoe shops and those places where tiny fish nibble your feet to smooth perfection ... ...  Puerto Banus, playground of flashy chavs.

When I got back home, lips compressed and acutely hacked off, I switched on LBC Radio.  I wish I hadn't bothered really.  I caught the tail-end of James O'Brien who rarely does anything to lighten my mood.  Capitalism, Milibands, marxism and something about Unions and workers' rights.

As I switched off I wondered about the recent sacking of Jeni Barnett and her replacement by Petrie Hosken.  I used to like Hosken's show between 7pm/10pm but now she's moved to between 1pm/4pm I no longer listen to her.   The line up is now Nick Ferrari, James O'Brien, Petrie Hosken, James Whale, Iain Dale, Clive Bull.  There are too many ranters in that list, too many doom & gloom merchants.  I never cared much for Barnett with her airy-fairy take on life and her 'talk to me, sweetheart' style but I'd rather LBC management had just left things alone; at least she was an alternative voice.

Mehdi Hassan, editor of the New Statesman, is another pundit who's been given a great deal of airtime on tv and radio since April.  He always pops up on LBC with his views on events and occasionally co-presents a show.

I switch off between 7pm/10pm as well as 1pm/4pm during the week and much more than I used to at the weekend.  Iain Dale should stick to blogging, he just doesn't have a voice for radio...zzzzzzzzzz ...and Mehdi Hassan can keep his ignorant, shouty rants to himself.  I love the silence and the thought of how I'm saving the world by not consuming so much electricity.

Ken Livingstone's weekend show now has David Mellor as co-host, presumably because Ken has declared his candidacy for London  Mayor and LBC don't want to be seen to be giving him a weekly self-promotional slot.  However, since being given his radio show, he's done nothing but run down Johnson and promote himself - I wonder if he still sits in on all the Assembly meetings.

I think it's time I switched back to Jazz FM.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Friday, 24 September 2010

What A Piece Of Work Is Man

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals.
I can only presume Shakespeare was being sarcastic when he wrote those lines for Hamlet because I don't think the nature of man has changed much over the ages. We're a mix of good/bad thoughts, good/bad deeds and good/bad words. What matters is our own conscience.

Conscience is the ability to know the difference between good and bad and act accordingly. If your conscience says tormenting and killing can be a fun sport then what hope is there?  'Oh, I'm really bored, let's go and have a bit of fun with that old woman in the next street.'

The trouble is that the woman was an energetic eighty year-old who worked all her life and no doubt seen her taxes go in benefits to support the low-lifes who killed her.

'Indian trap' set for eighty-year old.  The most these f/tards will be charged with, if they're caught, is theft of a manhole cover.

I'll be back next month (27th is the new working date subject to Monarch taking the cats) and I wonder what sort of society I'm coming home to when neighbours don't look after each other and the police are such pussies. I've only been away five years.

Too many articles in the Daily Mail makes me weep for my country but the comments make me weep even more. Capital punishment isn't the answer to our problems and neither is bringing back the birch. We've been undergoing a political revolution whereby European law is conflicting with existing English law. It's a period of transition from the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland to the European Union.

Shakespeare also wrote this:
"Cowards die many times before their deaths,
The valiant never taste of death but once."
How many petty deaths will this generation of British people suffer before they understand the truth and stand up to be counted?

What Has Europe Done For Us?

I haven't done one for a while so it's a bit longer than usual, albeit this is only three or four days' worth of EU news.  I'll try to keep it bare-boned and factual but that's really difficult.

I predicted that once Lisbon was signed the EU would rush ahead with proposals and people would begin to notice how much impact it actually has on our lives. I'm glad it's happening; I hope that in their enthusiasm for a supra-national Europe they trip over their own feet and land at mine.

If you've ever wondered why our own judicial system is in such a mess or why the law-abiding are being treated as criminals, look no further than the constant EU interference which wants to absorb England's Common Law into the European Corpus Iuris.  Plans are going ahead for a European Public Prosecutor
The idea is not universally popular among the 27 member states. Mr De Clerck admitted that there was "still a lot of reluctance" on this issue in some national quarters, with the UK being "the most vocal." A major objection is that the prosecutor may override national invesigators or even order them to start an inquiry.
Iain Martin asks: Whither Cameron's Euroscepticism?
"Almost unnoticed, his MPs have voted for a list of measures that would a few years ago have triggered full-scale Tory war. There was the expansion of justice and home-affairs powers, involving the extension of the so-called European arrest warrant. The European External Action Service—or EU diplomatic service—was nodded through. New regulations for the City of London require the establishment of three pan-European supervisory bodies. This was accepted by the Treasury and if there were protests from the Conservative benches they didn't make much noise. A higher budget for the EU has also been approved.

"Ask senior Conservatives about all this and they point to the coalition with the Liberal Democrats, enthusiasts for integration. It necessitates compromise."
The LibDems blame the Conservatives for lack of progress and Conservatives blame the LibDems when the truth is that the situation suits both Parties down to the ground.  Martin poses some good questions but the answer is easy: Cameron was only a eurosceptic insofar as British politicians were excluded from major EU decision-making processes. I've written before about not trusting Cameron on the EU so I won't go over old ground.

SitCen - the EU's secret police  Everything you should know, courtesy of Open Europe. Forty pages for your weekend reading.

Commissioner for Economic & Monetary Affairs wants 0.2% of GDP in interest-bearing deposits to assist EU economic government.

The cost of Eurocrats' gold-plated pensions to the British taxpayer will double by 2040
A Treasury spokesman said: 'The UK Government is concerned over the increasing EU pensions burden.' 
Former commissioners still receive allowances despite new private sector jobs.  Some have even gone to the European Parliament.
Seventeen former members of the European Commission get at least €96,000 per year in transitional allowances, money intended to help them ease back into the labour market, despite the fact that some of them already work as politicians or lobbyists.
Squabbling over the gravy
The European Parliament is refusing to approve the EU External Action Service's budget unless representatives of the European Commission are appointed to leading positions in the service. They've also complained about the lack of gender and geographical balance in the appointments made by EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton so far.
Three new pan-European watchdogs have been given the go-ahead and will take effect from  Jan 2011.
A new “European Systemic Risk Board”, made up mainly of central bank governors in the 27-country bloc and chaired initially by the European Central Bank governor, will also be formed next year to warn about impending threats to financial stability in the region.
George Osborne says the terms of the accord preserve the City of London's competitiveness as a financial centre. During the negotiations he successfully fended off efforts to oblige the UK to give Brussels advanced sight of his domestic Budget plans - ahead of Parliament.
But Open Europe, campaigning for EU reforms, claimed earlier this month that the new supervisory controls amount to a clear shift in power from the UK, giving EU officials a mandate to "interpret, apply and even enforce EU laws at the expense of national regulators".
British firms miss out on Thanet windfarm - is anyone surprised?   This is the largest windfarm in the world yet it can provide electricity for only 200,000 homes.  Is this value for money?
Also reported in the Telegraph 
[Energy Secretary], Chris Huhne, said at the official opening of the site: "We are an island nation and I firmly believe we should be harnessing our wind, wave and tidal resources to the maximum."
Row over the Roma
"Parliament this week was perfectly entitled to point out that bribing or forcing one ethnic group to return, en masse, to another member state, is not in conformity with EU laws, nor in the spirit of the treaties."
Derk-Jan Eppink accuses Verhofstadt of hypocrisy
Ireland facing a 'double-dip'
Lifting of visa requirements for Bosnia, Herzegovina & Albania
You know when the news hits the msm you're in trouble
Barroso & van Rompuy at loggerheads
ECJ restricts access to documents
Proposal for new EU battle group

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Coming Full Circle

I can't wait to get back to blogging because I've had enough of dealing with banks online and by telephone  - NatWest anyone?  All their numbers have been engaged since eleven o'clock this morning - even the direct number to the branch (0208 804 4892).  What a waste of space they are

Back in our world HMRC are flying the idea of details of earnings going directly to them with a view to extending the scheme. The keyword in the following quote is "initially":

HMRC initially wants to stop short of collecting employees’ salaries directly and instead take just the details of what they earned.
Well, good luck to them with that one.  The one who thought of it and those around the coffee table who supported it should be sacked for being so detached and completely out of it.  It was first mooted under the last government so I think Cameron will see the faults.

Governments are determined to get their mitts on the internet.  New internet regulation has been proposed but, of course, it's all in our own best interests.  'They don't like it up 'em' but I think they should get used to it.

MPs who secretly paid back what they thieved from the public purse have been able to escape electoral wrath by a process of "rectification" .  Was your MP one of these?  A quick and simple FoI request (sidebar) will help you find out.

I'd like to know YouTube's reasoning.  Why has Grumpy Old Twat (Peardrops be upon him) been banned yet they allow this man to carry on?

This is great though (click to enlarge):

It's very funny to see how we all stereotype other countries and particularly gratifying to find a new description of the EU courtesy of the British: EFEE.

Pinch Me

Be careful if you live in England and you're thinking of watching or sharing a video on Facebook of an American burning a koran.  Two men have been arrested on  suspicion of inciting racial hatred because they did just that.
... Northumbria Police in Gateshead last week arrested two men after they watched and shared a video on Facebook of a man burning the Koran in the US during the recent 9/11 commemoration at Ground Zero in New York.

The men were drinking in the Bugle pub, Leam Lane, Gateshead, when they were arrested after watching and sharing the videos.

Around 30 people staged a protest outside Gateshead police station on Wednesday evening, the 15th of September, following the arrests.
The men have been bailed 'pending further enquiries'.   What's the betting there'll be no charges against the men but one of unlawful arrest against the police?  It's time these crazy laws were challenged in the courts.

UPDATE: The only source of this story is still Civil Liberty itself. If, like me, you blinked and rubbed your eyes but the headline was still there, hold your horses.  I'll update when I have more.

UPDATE 2:  23 Sept.  The story is finally in the msm 6 arrested, released on bail, not charged.  I must be losing touch - how can you be released on bail if you're not charged with any offence?

Sunday, 19 September 2010

The Islamification Of Our Food

What the hell's going on when meat from animals slaughtered by the halal method of throat-cutting is secretly served up to the nation? We need to stand up and say "NO" to this barbaric method of slaughter and the deceitful islamification of our way of life.
...schools, hospitals, pubs and famous sporting venues such as Ascot and Twickenham are controversially serving up meat slaughtered in accordance with strict Islamic law to unwitting members of the public.
The article makes for painful reading and the video below, with the pitiful cries and screams of the animals, is stomach-churning.  We have the right to know what we're eating.

In case anyone's wondering, I avoid Kosher meat for the same reason but after this MoS investigation I may embrace lentil-munching full-time.

See also: All things halal

Sunday Reflection

Friday, 17 September 2010

Almost Home

West Virginia, twinned with Yorkshire.

It's No Good

I'm never going to get home at this rate; I can't even take a two-week break from the blog.  I'm supposed to be concentrating on financial matters and Powers of Attorney but I keep switching on the news and reading the online press.  My fingers have been so itchy that even while signing my life away I can't help but wonder about the likes of Shahid Malik and his wife's engagement ring, which was insured by us.

It may seem like a trivial point but it isn't.  It's in the small things that you see what people are - not in the grand-standing political gestures.  He isn't the only one to have been so arrogant and ill-mannered when found wanting on integrity and far too many re-elected MPs have escaped lightly or scot-free.

Pope & Muslims don't mix.  This article is from the Daily Telegraph, not known for hyperbole or fomenting division.  I've been away for five years and I wonder what North London is like these days?  Open-door immigration and self-made ghettoes are a disgrace in what is,  according to our government, still a sovereign nation.

It's the EU, you muppets  I joined the DM website  today just to respond to this article but they haven't printed it, possibly because I included a link to the press release which reported Vivian Reding's original announcement.  Neither have they printed my 2nd comment querying their "comments below have not been moderated" statement, which I think tells you more about the DM than it does about me.  Nevertheless, the important thing to note is that this Harman/May initiative is down to the EU.

The rest of the news is par for the course: Vince Cable is 'threatening to resign' over the cap on immigration.  I wish he would actually.  He was an over-hyped and over-promoted Liberal Democrat Minister, feted by the msm and adored by the crowds for nothing more than his northern accent and shallow politicking.

Phil Woolas, the MP who won by a re-count and 103 votes at the GE, is now being tried before two High Court judges in a specially-convened electoral court, says:  "Lying would have been political suicide."   I don't think so.  I think it's served them pretty well until now.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Blog Closed Until Oct.

I Care

I care that my vote for representation in Westminster has no meaning.
I care that British Parliamentary Democracy is shown to be a sham.
I care that almost a million of our children have been put on a 'Special Needs' register out of political expediency thus diluting funds for those genuinely in need.

I used to work in a school for children with varying degrees of cerebral palsy   - the children were all individuals and they all had names; they weren't numbers to be ticked by the local authority but that's what they became.

I loathe any political system whereby people become numbers to be accounted for.  Under the circumstances, there would never be a honeymoon for this coalition of 'Red Tories'.

Who Cares?

Sometimes I feel like the proverbial Voice Crying in the Wilderness, then I look at my bloglist and I know that's not true - other bloggers feel like this too.

ap·a·thy (p-th)
1. Lack of interest or concern, especially regarding matters of general importance or appeal; indifference.
2. Lack of emotion or feeling; impassiveness.
[Latin apatha, from Greek apatheia, from apaths, without feeling : a-, without; see a-1 + pathos, feeling; see kwent(h)- in Indo-European roots.]

Or, how about:

dis·trac·tion (d-strkshn)
1. The act of distracting or the condition of being distracted.
2. Something, especially an amusement, that distracts.

It's time we grew up. It's time some people realised that there's more at stake than the fate of, for example, a character in a BBC soap opera or an MP accused of dishonesty. There's more to life than what's put before us by the msm and the tv channels as 'entertainment'. It's a form of product placement - it's lifestyle placement and has been happening for many years.

Have you ever wondered why Eastenders has been around for so many years? It's all part of the plan. "So true to life"; "a realistic enactment of the East End". No, it isn't. What it is is lifestyle placement which wants us to believe that the lifestyle portrayed is the norm ("If you've been affected by any of the issues shown in this programme, please call ...."). Who but the BBC, under the guise of being an 'impartial' state broadcaster (surely an anomaly?), could have such a catastrophic effect on the morals of a nation?

ITV isn't blameless: Northerners aren't all thick, fist-fighting on quaint cobblestones and congregating in pubs to watch a duel of words between two matriarchs.   Sky probably isn't much better - but at least I can choose whether to pay for it, or not.

Television is a medium of influence, not only in reporting but in its programming and tptb learned that long ago. Psychology gained ground in America after the 2nd World War. I've blogged about it before so I won't go over it again. I've heard & read enough for today.

There's more to life than being what people tell you you are.

In other news:

Three MPs take case to Supreme Court (formerly the House of Lords) on legal aid
EU takes France to Court over expulsion of 'Romas'
Taxpayers in line to pay compensation to Loyalist terrorist
A 'sleb' is finally jailed for drug abuse but wait to hear the sentence before you hang out the flags

And the beat goes on.

Fool Me Once

A commenter at the Spectator's Coffee House has unearthed a little gem which shows beyond doubt that Britain's 1975 referendum on entry to the EEC (now the EU) was deliberately engineered to produce a 'yes' vote and funded in large part by, wait for it... America's CIA.

It also highlights the extent to which the BBC was complicit in the deception by removing anti-EEC broadcasters and providing extra air-time for the pros together with slanted pro-EEC programming.

Any europhiles currently calling eurosceptics conspiracy theorists or xenophobic Little Englanders should seriously re-consider their attitude.  There's only been one bunch of conspirators around here since the end of WW2, and it isn't the people.

1970-1975: Who bought British public opinion?

Here is an extract but do read the whole thing - it's only five pages and begins on p.12.  (The rest of it is interesting too, particularly economist Roger Bootle's article, which is a hoot - talk about discredited).
Tucker: I went to the European Movement, and talked to them, and they helped to put the funding together for breakfasts which we held at the Connaught Hotel. Ernest Wistrich (Director of the European Movement) was there, actually to be briefed in many ways. Norman Reddaway (an official at the Foreign Office) was
the person given to us by the Government, as our liaison man and he came to the breakfasts.
Cook: The Information Research Department (of which Norman Reddaway was a member) at the Foreign Office seems to have had links with the intelligence community. Certainly, earlier in his career Norman Reddaway’s Information Research Department played a part in destabilising the Sukarno regime in Indonesia in the 1960s.
Tucker: During that time … we got an extra five minutes on the ITN News in the evening added for us to give information.
Cook: That five minutes came out of a direct negotiation with (ITN News Editor) Nigel Ryan at one of those breakfast meetings?
Tucker: Yes – I mean it was a wonderful, wonderful news opportunity.
Cook : And Radio?
Tucker: Jack de Manio was a (Radio 4 Today programme) presenter who was terribly anti-European, and we protested privately about this and he was moved.
Cook : By Ian Trethawan, Director of BBC radio and a known friend of Edward Heath.
Tucker: We issued a newspaper, called the ‘British European’, edited by that famous cartoonist, Phillip Zick, and we distributed massive numbers of them freely. We used to have, for instance, in the Summer, on the beaches, young women giving them away and they used to wear T-shirts with the message ‘Europe or Bust’.
Cook: T-shirts, a newspaper, bumper stickers, posters, a pop song, not to mention breakfasts at the Connaught Hotel. Making friends and influencing people on this scale never comes cheap. So who was picking up the tab?
Spicer: Within business and industry there was a great deal of support and of course money … the figure of £5 million has been bandied about … which flooded in to the European Movement and to the Conservative Group for Europe.
Cook: And who paid for the breakfasts at the Connaught Hotel?’
Spicer: I think this was … you have to talk to Geoffrey Tucker.
Cook.: Who paid for the breakfasts?
Tucker: Well, I’ve never had much knowledge of the funding. The European Movement certainly paid for some of them. I don’t know …
Cook: It is sometimes alleged that the funds that came to the European Movement had come in rather curious ways from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in the United States. Is that something you’ve heard?
Tucker: Yeah … and I was absolutely astonished by it. I was rather tickled about it. Frankly, I didn’t care where the money came from. I didn’t know about it. It could come from anywhere as long as it was there to do the job.
Cook: That allegation that the CIA was involved in promoting a united Europe. It was the simplest of questions which led to the most surprising discovery about Edward Heath’s campaign to persuade the British people that to join the EEC was in their best national interests. Who paid for the European Movement? Who financed the publicity campaign?

Aldrich: I was absolutely astonished to discover that the library had the entire archive of a CIA front organisation which documents from start to finish funnelling millions of dollars into Britain – with all its accounts, with all its receipts and correspondence, for example from British Labour MPs to individuals in American intelligence organisations. So I was absolutely astonished when I opened these dusty brown cardboard boxes not considered to be terribly important … and discovered one of the most exciting intelligence archives of the post-war period.
Cook: That begs a question – why was Washington so interested in Western Europe?
Aldrich: The US had invested a great deal of money in European recovery with the idea that only a recovered Western Europe would be able to resist Soviet encroachment … and the US was keen to see a federalist Europe because it views Europe almost in its own image. The Americans continually talk about the United States of Europe.
Cook: So if the CIA were bankrolling European Union, how come no one noticed who was paying the piper?’
Aldrich: The whole accounting structure of the European Movement was designed to hide the fact that CIA money was coming in. And the way this was done was to have a core budget which covered the fairly mundane activities of running the European Movement’s office, paying for the cleaners etc. All this came out of money that was generated in Europe. The CIA money was hidden by putting most of the operational costs, for example, the European Youth Campaign, into special budgets which were not subject to the normal accounting procedures. It was possible to hide CIA money and to make sure that most people in the European Movement were unaware that this CIA money was coming in. Very few people at the top were actually aware of where this funding was coming from.
So, come on Cameron, Lidington et al, let's hear about your wonderful 'referendum lock' one more time. Let's hear about 're-patriating powers back to Britain'; let's hear about not surrendering our national sovereignty and independence. Lie to us again, you b@st@rds.

What of the monarchy and the Queen's role in all this? She has, after all, signed every single sovereignty-removing treaty put before her and she created Ted Heath a Knight of the Garter for his endeavours. The Order of the Garter is awarded at 'the Queen's pleasure' and is "the pinnacle of the honours system in the United Kingdom. Membership in the order is limited to the sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than twenty-four members, or Companions".

Given how they take us for fools when it comes to referenda on the EU and how, were we ever to be allowed one, the EU would pour in far more propaganda funds than the CIA, I still think it's worth one last shot.  At least this time we have the internet on our side.


UPDATE: The European Movement as it is now. Given that they selectively quote Churchill as a voice of approval on their 'history' page here is what he actually said:
We see nothing but good and hope in a richer, freer, more contented European commonality. But we have our own dream and our own task. We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked but not compromised. We are interested and associated but not absorbed.

UPDATE: I'm sure you won't be surprised to find that when you click on the link now it's been removed and turned into something altogether more 'harmonious'.

A Back-Slapping Fest

Blair and Clinton are at it again with their cosy anecdotes, mega-watt smiles and vacuous words.

Blair has been awarded the Liberty Medal  in Philadelphia for his 'global human rights work and commitment to international conflict resolution'.

Has there ever been an award more shallow and meaningless?   It's like Kissinger or Obama getting the Nobel Peace Prize.  Blair took our Armed Forces into five overseas wars and sowed the seeds of internal conflict in Britain.  Cherie must feel so proud as she tells the servants to make more space on the mantelpiece.

UPDATE: There are some good photos HERE 

Monday, 13 September 2010

US/Saudis: Record $60bn Arms Deal

It never stops, does it?

Big Bucks, Big Bang
"In what is the largest ever US arms sale of its kind, Riyadh has agreed to spend $30 billion up front on top range fighter jets and helicopters, with the rest following at an undisclosed date. The two countries are also discussing an upgrade naval package potentially worth $30 billion.

...A Pentagon official said yesterday that the Saudi deal would include 84 new F-15 fighters, the upgrading of 70 more, and the purchase of three types of helicopters: 70 Apaches, 72 Black Hawks and 36 Little Birds. The total of 262 aircraft represents a quarter of the country's current air fleet.
...Talks have also reportedly begun to expand Saudi Arabia's missile defence capabilities, with the Americans encouraging the Saudis to upgrade their Patriot system and to purchase another system similar to the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Defence) sold to the United Arab Emirates.
...In order to assuage concerns in Israel, the Obama administration has already decided not to offer Saudi Arabia so-called standoff systems, which are advanced long-range weapons that can be attached to F-15 fighters for use in offensive operations against land- and sea-based targets. Israel is also in line to buy from the US the F-35, a more sophisticated fighter jet."
Nice to know that there'll always be winners when there's global instability.

Only Britain seems to be bucking the trend for tooling up: France wants to share our submarines.  We must be mad.

Swastika Cut Into Forehead

Sweden is going to the polls soon and the political campaigning is hotting up, so much so that 'anti-fascist campaigners' broke into the home of a Sweden Democrat candidate and tortured him.  Bricks have been thrown through windows, there have been riots in the streets and threats have also been issued against candidates and their families.

I don't recall reading about any of this in the British press or seeing reports on the tv news, perhaps that's because they covered them in as much depth as the last riots in Malmo - ie zero.

More details can be found at Tundra Tabloid.  Further incidents related to the elections, including vote-rigging, are at Gates of Vienna

UPDATE: 20 Sept - Sweden Democrats have won 20+ seats in the GE.

The "Referendum Lock"

It's pointless having a lock on the door of an empty cupboard.  The promised UK Sovereignty Bill is also definitely off the agenda.

From the Mail:
[Europe Minister, David] Lidington said: 'The lock will mean that any future treaty amendment which seeks to transfer power from the UK to Brussels will require a referendum in this country.'
I don't believe him, it's as simple as that. The Lisbon Treaty gave Brussels all the power it needed.  In any event, there will be two hurdles to overcome before any referendum.

From the Telegraph:
British legal advisers in Brussels would determine whether a transfer of power had taken place. MPs would then be given the chance to vote on holding a referendum. If they vote in favour, a referendum would be held.
The Telegraph has also thrown its weight behind the In/Out referendum campaign.

An extract from Lidington's Ministerial Statement:
The Government will introduce a Bill which would require that:
(a) any proposed future EU treaty, agreed by all EU Member States’ governments, including the UK government, which sought to transfer areas of power or competence from the United Kingdom to the European Union would be subject to a referendum of the British people; and,
(b) the use of ratchet clauses or passerelles, provisions in the existing EU Treaties, which allow the rules of the EU to be modified or expand without the need for a formal Treaty change, would require an Act of Parliament before the Government could agree to its use.
Note that passerelles will need only an Act of Parliament, not a referendum.

Douglas Carswell asks whether we're being taken for fools.

A 'political strategist'  explains why we don't need a referendum and is given a royal kicking in the comments.

Lidington interview:

Hannan explains why we need an In/Out referendum:

In other news today:
Government cancels 2011 Queen's Speech - an urgent question will be asked in the House later today.
Mark Andrews released on bail pending appeal
Lawyer smokes pages of the Bible & the Koran - YouTube delete video
A special investigation committee, known popularly as the Truth Commission, recommended that Geir Haarde, the former prime minister, stand trial, along with Björgvin Sigurdsson, the former minister of commerce, and Árni Mathiesen, the former minister of finance.

It found during an 18-month inquiry that the three men showed recklessness in their handling of Iceland's financial crisis, which brought down its three banks and crippled the currency in October 2008.
If only we had a similar legal mechanism in the UK.

Woolas In Court

Slimeball Phil Woolas (Lab, Oldham East and former Immigration Minister) could be about to get his come-uppance at a specially convened Electoral Court this week.  He's been accused of peddling lies about his LibDem opponent at the GE in order to win the 'white vote'.
Emails between members of Mr Woolas’s campaign team, obtained by Mr Watkins’s lawyers, detail their alleged plans to claim falsely that Mr Watkins supported Islamic extremists and was “prepared to condone death threats” against Mr Woolas to secure their vote. Pamphlets sent out by Mr Woolas also falsely suggested that Mr Watkins was receiving illegal funding from abroad and had lied about where he lived, it is claimed.
Mr Woolas is accused of breaching the Representation of the People Act 1983, in which it is an offence to “make or publish any false statement of fact” about an opponent. Mr Watkins’s legal team claims that “Mr Woolas exploited the privilege of free speech in order to demonise his opponent and to mislead the electorate… the false statements were devastating and far-reaching, and were made in an exceptionally marginal constituency”. 
Woolas won the seat by only 103 votes and if he's found guilty he could be disqualified from sitting in the House of Commons and will, no doubt, face deselection.  Perhaps a re-run of the election would also be in order?

Full article HERE 

Sunday, 12 September 2010

The Problem With England

Too many 'communities'.

When did the word 'community' begin to appear so frequently? By its very nature the word is explicitly divisive.

Step 1: Break up the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, ie bring on devolution and assemblies (for everyone except the English).
Step 2: While everyone is focused on the formation of new Assemblies for the devolved countries of the UK, gather support for regions of England via referenda under the guise of devolving more power to local people.
Step 3: When regionalising England is overwhelmingly rejected, bring them in anyway. Simultaneously encourage the use of the word 'government' to replace the words 'Assembly' and 'Executive'.
Step 4: Divide English regions even further by referring to 'communities' and appoint community managers; diversity and unity co-ordinators ('Unity through Diversity' is the slogan of the EU); ethnic services co-ordinators, multi-cultural co-ordinators... the list is no doubt endless.
Step 5: Encourage differences.
Step 6: Having lit blue touch paper, retire to a safe distance on a gold-plated pension.

I see no signs at all of Cameron & Co wanting to change this fundamental aspect of how we've come to be in the state we're in.

If Scotland and Wales (and, presumably, Northern Ireland - though I still think N.Ireland will be ceded to Ireland as part of an EU deal at some point) are to have referenda on their continuing association with the United Kingdom, then all countries should be allowed to participate. Every country's voters should be able to have their say on whether to break up the UK or not.

As for the msm - I just wish they'd go back to investigative journalism full-time instead of toeing the Third Way Party line. They're supposed to be informative & educational, not feed us pap and press releases from Head Office.

Ask yourselves how we ended up with a coalition government -  a government of the far-left and the middling?  The press and tv news were touting the outcome for months before the GE, based on polls carried out by, for example, Peter Kellner, the husband of Cathy Ashton.

There's a special place reserved for all politicians who've betrayed us - and it isn't in the EU:
(click to enlarge)

My problem is that I actually want retribution against politicians here and now. I suppose that's why I'm blogging.

Sunday Reflection

Sunday Round-up

A short one this week - I'm still fizzing at the previous story about Derek Sawyer, despicable hoon.

Oh, do fuck off
ACPO (!) speak out against European Investigation Order
Justice system loses 7 terror suspects
Blair, 'Middle East peace envoy', pressured Israelis on behalf of Wataniya/JP Morgan & earns £2m pa for his trouble
The Blue Book: How could all this carry on without government knowledge?
What's going on with Osborne?
Contracts worth £1.25bn already awarded for aircraft carriers
"Britons must radically change the way they live and work to adapt to being stuck with unavoidable climate change"
Government computers illegally exported and dumped
Abusive police sergeant has done it before + the 2 officers who committed perjury in his defence are named
The farce of maximum sentences
HMRC'S Hartnett backs down
HMRC, Labour's creation, is unfit for purpose
£48m+ wasted on empty govt offices in the past 5yrs
Whitehall in-fighting threatens anti-fraud super-agency
Local Council spending data
Back to the Ewbank - EU to cut power of vacuum cleaners
Booker on the EU
Ban on cigarette display "must go ahead"
Cameron in the Guardian: we will give power back to the people
The 15th September 1940: Personal stories of the day that turned the tide of war
Last Night of the Proms goes multi-culti
Oral TB vaccine could prevent badger cull
I love a Staffy
Bring back the parrot

The Paedophile & The Labour Politician

Derek Sawyer

Convicted paeodophile Derek Slade, 61, escaped police for years using an alias with the knowledge of a Labour politician at the heart of Britain’s justice system.  Derek Sawyer is a man who has acquired key positions on bodies running the capital’s police, magistrates and probation services. He represented all London’s councils on the Metropolitan Police’s public safety board and was made a trustee of two crime prevention youth charities, including Catch 22 – patron the Princess Royal. He is currently chair of the London Region Courts Board, which works with Her Majesty’s Courts Service to achieve effective and efficient administration of the courts.

Sawyer, former Labour leader of Islington Council,  helped Slade maintain a fake identity after Slade was first convicted of abuse in the Eighties.  The politician even set up a limited company – International British Educational Projects (IBEP) – with the paedophile that allowed him to work with vulnerable children under his false name with a fake CV and a reference.  The pair have a connection that spans four decades.

Sawyer became a Labour councillor in Islington in 1982. Oddly, the ward he represented was St George’s – the same as the name of the school he and Slade founded.  He took over the leadership of Islington Council from Margaret Hodge in 1992, when the media revealed that paedophiles had infiltrated all 12 of its children’s homes. Hodge took the flak for the scandal but the role of her successor also now demands closer scrutiny.  Although a damning independent inquiry confirmed Islington had employed 26 alleged child pornographers and pimps, the council – now headed by Sawyer – had set its terms of reference and barred it from naming anyone. No one was ever arrested in the UK.

Read more at the link above.  Keith Vaz is also mentioned (and there's other news about Vaz here).

Peter Tatchell: ‘While it may be impossible to condone paedophilia, it is time society acknowledged the truth that not all sex involving children is unwanted, abusive and harmful.’

There's a huge cover-up about this sort of behaviour amongst our politicians.  Dunblane, Haut de la Garenne?

GP: Monza 1967

Saturday, 11 September 2010

The Chains Are Tightening

Poor froggy is simmering nicely in the pot and slowly coming to the boil, but he still doesn't realise it:

This has been happening up and down our own country for a while now, under spurious Health & Safety Executive rules: allotment holders banned from donating vegetables to hospice.

Links to Codex Alimentarius HERE and HERE

Post Of The Week

Harry at It's all a load of bollocks has gone to the trouble of gathering the three parts of Enoch Powell's 1976 speech about the European Union and it's interesting to listen to it with the benefit of hindsight, through the prism of recent history.  Look how far down the road we've travelled - it really is a question of 'Them & Us'.
"The lesson which has been taught to the British electorate since it made it's grave but recoverable mistake is that in small things and in great things alike, there is no future for the British people which they will find tolerable except as a sovereign, self-governing nation state."
Powell stood no chance against The Establishment.

Here's the first part, please visit Harry's blog for the other two:

It's That Time Of Year

How quickly it comes round:

I don't want to lower the tone but I have to ask, what does Britain have - Billy Bragg?

Friday, 10 September 2010

Some Humour

Just to lighten the day here's an example of the self-deprecating English sense of humour: "Guaranteed to offend practically everybody." "If it weren't for the English you'd all be Spanish."

Never have an English butt-lift:

So Much About Nothing

I wasn't going to bother about this koran-burning business - one evangelist in Florida, with a tiny church and congregation of fifty on a good day, threatens to burn a  copy of the koran if the Ground Zero mosque goes ahead.  So what?

Where did all the media hype come from?  Who spread it around the world if not governments themselves (step forward, William Hague) and the msm who always like a bit of gothic drama to whip up the readership?

One for American readers of this blog:  How easy/difficult would it be for your government to amend your constitution?  I ask because that's all I've been hearing for the past two weeks - that your Constitution is at fault.  Be sure that if it can be changed it will be changed and all, ostensibly, to accommodate the threat of one pastor and millions of  sensitive Muslims around the world.

One man has already died in a protest in Afghanistan - and the koran-burning hasn't even happened!  I suppose this afternoon was always going to be a hot-spot though with everyone just finishing prayers at the mosque & overflowing with the milk of human kindness:  'Death to Christians'; 'Death to America'.   Note that the pastor is being blamed in this report, not the protesters for their own actions.

Half the world needs to take a chill-out pill and calm down - and, while I'm at it, let's have one rule for all of us.  We earn respect in this world, it isn't an entitlement just because we're born into a particular religion.  Stop burning our bloody flags and effigies of our leaders with one hand  (we're quite capable of doing that ourselves, thank you) while pocketing billions of our aid money with the other.

History shows that appeasement has never worked - never, ever, ever.  If we're all supposed to be equal (according to our own government) let's do away with all the special interest ethnic minority quangos and government advisers; end the short-lists with gays, women, black/asians, promotional tick-boxes and stop tippy-toeing around patronising everybody.  How's this for a novel idea?  Let's just have competent people in jobs they can perform to their best strengths.  No more pandering to perceived offences and sensitivities.  Some people need to learn how to handle the truth.

As the slogan in the pic above says: it's time Europe learned some lessons though, to be honest, I thought Britain had done that in 1939.

UPDATE: The DT has a more measured article HERE. "People almost from all city mosques gathered."  What do they preach in these mosques that after 'prayers' they turn out on the streets with such aggression?
Brigadier General Hans-Werner Fritz, the commander of German troops in Afghanistan, had warned on Thursday that the book burning "would provide a trigger for violence towards all ISAF troops,including the Germans in northern Afghanistan." 
He's been proved half-right, a German soldier in the NATO force fired the gun that killed the protester.

Change? What Change?

Anyone who thought some semblance of sanity would return to government if they voted Conservative at the GE had better think again.

Last March I wrote about Mindspace, a discussion document prepared for the last government by the Institute for Government and signed off by the head of the civil service, Gus O'Donnell.

Cameron has a Behavioural Insight Team ('The Nudgers') on his staff and seems set to take up the policies advocated. We already know how keen he is on the 'Red Tory' theories of Phillip Blonde and this just confirms my worst suspicions.

This isn't what a government is for. The primary role of government is to represent the people and defend the nation (which they're spectacularly failing to do).   As far as I can tell there is little difference between Labour nannying and Conservative nudging. LEAVE US ALONE!

The IfG, which has charitable status, has published a new report about increasing the effectiveness and accountability of quangos. The report starts from the premise that quangos are 'A Good Thing'.  'Nuff said!

Another indication that all's not well with the coalition comes from the Health Minister, Anne Milton, who has defended last year's £7m spend by the FSA on nannying adverts telling us what to eat - how to cook a turkey, eat an apple, drink water - HERE.

Eavesdroppers Never Hear Good About Themselves

... and neither do MPs who instruct private investigators to spy on aides and colleagues.

Surely Jonathan Djanogly (MP for Huntingdon and a junior Justice Minister) can't survive this?

At the moment attempts are being made to deflect criticism on to Morris Chase Int'l, questioning the probity and legality of the investigation, but Djanogly has irretrievably broken any working relationships he ever had within his constitutency and with fellow MPs.
The Daily Telegraph has seen a copy of the report compiled by Morris Chase International for Mr Djanogly. It discloses that it was “instructed” by Mr Djanogly, who was the shadow solicitor general at the time, to conduct “discreet inquiries under the pretext of writing a newspaper article”.

Their findings were set out in a private report... which concluded that aides in his local party believed he was a poor politician and had lied over his expenses claims, through which he paid more than £13,000 for a cleaner who also acted as his children’s au pair.

The Morris Chase report, for which it charged more than £5,000, discloses that senior figures around the MP had complaints over his conduct, including the payment of thousands of pounds in expenses to his au pair for cleaning.

One senior Tory told the undercover investigators that the MP was “dishonest”. Sir Peter allegedly believed that the MP was “lazy”.

According to the leaked report, one senior figure in the constituency party also told the investigators: “He [Djanogly] has been a disaster and we need to deselect him, but it will take time.”
It shouldn't take too long, in fact Djanogly should resign though that seems a little too much to hope for since MPs no longer have that word in their dictionary.  He'll never regain the trust of his colleagues and has made working alongside them impossible - he should go now.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Pot, Kettle

I normally have no time for Chris Bryant (MP for Rhonda and former Europe Minister) but he certainly puts Kay Burley in her place in this clip. The fun begins when Bryant says phone-hacking has been endemic in the newspaper industry at roughly 1:39 in.

Burley: Do you have evidence for that?
Bryant: Sorry, for what?
Burley: Do you have evidence that it is endemic not only at the News of the World but other newspapers? Pretty strong claim if you don't.
Bryant: Well, the Information Commissioner produced a report which if you had listened to the debate earlier yourself then you would know, or if you had read that report then you would see that he referred to more than 1,000 cases in various different newspapers. I think it was something like 800 – I've not got the figures with me now – 800 incidences in the Mail alone.
Burley: So you are in a position to have listened to the debate and read the report and as a result you are content to say that on telly.
Bryant: I have just said that. You seem to be a bit dim if you don't mind me saying so.

It quietens down for a short while only to kick off again at about 3:48 when the words 'Madam' and 'lie' are bandied around. It's not quite as spectacular as the Boulton/Campbell spat but still entertaining.

A Toast With A Difference

A tired and emotional Chinese diplomat was very undiplomatic when he toasted the UN's Ban Ki Moon at an Austrian mountain retreat.

"I know you never liked me Mr. Secretary-General – well, I never liked you, either"

To make it a night to remember Sha Zukang also said of his American colleague: "I really don't like him: he's an American and I really don't like Americans."

I'm tagging this with 'humour' because it made me laugh.  I think Mr Sha Zukang is in for a spot of re-education when he returns to China.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

I Know I Shouldn't But...

let's hope Mr Witterings from Witney is right in saying:

If not, perhaps we can all:

What Has Europe etc etc

You don't have to go far to find out what the EU has done for Britain - check out the British press, see what they're allowed to report and then magnify it by ten.

The Conservatives sold their Smith Square headquarters to the EU a couple of years ago so don't ever believe that politicians have our best interests at heart and, to be honest, I don't know why we bother blogging - I still think we'd be better off with boots on the street.  However, here's a fraction of the latest from the EU:

The Times reports that Osborne failed to block a proposed increase to the EU's budget for 2011 at yesterday's meeting of EU finance ministers. The UK has previously argued in favour of a freeze on the EU budget for next year, to reflect austerity measures at home, but Osborne saw himself heavily outvoted, according to the article. The Commission has proposed a 6% increase.

Meanwhile, Osborne yesterday vowed to defend the UK's rebate from the EU budget, following comments from Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski that the rebate is no longer "justified". Osborne said, "I have no doubt that there will be some others who will want to put [an end to the rebate] into the mix, but they'll be wasting their time because we are not going to give way on the abatement [rebate], and people had better know that at the beginning of the process, because they'll certainly discover it at the end."

Nice words from Osborne but I think he said that for the benefit of the British press and the British people.   Britain/UK was left in the corner because of QMV - we'll be outvoted every time.

There's further coverage of the agreement reached by EU finance ministers yesterday to establish three new pan-European financial supervisors and an EU systemic risk board. FT Deutschland reports that the finance ministers agreed to sign up to a proposal for "surprisingly powerful EU financial supervision". Austrian daily Der Standard also notes that "European financial supervision is more powerful than expected". However, according to FT Deutschland, British diplomats have said that further negotiations could still be needed to determine crucial aspects of the proposal, including how much power the EU supervisors will have over national regulators.

The German media reported yesterday that "London is certain" that the compromise proposal will be amended prior to the final vote in the European Parliament. However, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble is quoted saying that he's optimistic that the "principle" agreement will stand. Handelsblatt reported yesterday that Britain will seek to nominate a candidate for the position as head of the European Securities and Markets Authority to ensure the UK's influence over the new structure.

At his first 'state of the union' address yesterday, Commission President José Manuel Barroso announced his support for a common EU bond to finance large, cross-border infrastructure projects. Barroso also claimed that "a euro spent at European level gets you more than a euro spent at national level" and therefore "pooling money at the European level allows member states to cut their costs, avoid overlaps and get a better return on their investment".

The facts are:
If you believe Barroso, you'll believe anything.
It's undemocratic.
It hasn't signed off it's own a/cs for 14yrs
The unelected elect the unelected.
We're choking on a european-wide camaraderie of faux-journalism.

If you think the Lisbon Treaty was ratified by a democratic process, think again.  If you think the British people acquiesced to this superstate in 1972, think again.  I'm astounded that people can't see how downhill the British education system has gone.  How can we know what we've lost unless we know history?
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