"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, 21 November 2010

Sunday Round-up

The powers of EuroPol Msm catch up at last. Laws governing freedom, security and justice are established in the treaty as a ‘shared competence’. This means EU law can now suppress existing legislation in justice and home affairs in a member state and replace it with European legislation...The Commission intends to forge a ‘common European culture of policing’ by ensuring that over the next five years one-third of all police officers and border guards are trained in European affairs.
UPDATE: And then we kill them
After helping themselves MPs might now serve themselves The report, 'Initial Savings for Consideration', which must be approved by MPs, proposes plans to "change the style and range of service offered, such as moving away from full table service in some catering outlets".
Another coalition u-turn The minimum/maximum sentence was put forward by the Conservatives as a manifesto promise. The intention was to end the situation where, for example, a criminal sentenced to six years in prison is automatically released after three.  Clarke reaffirmed his support for the reform in a post-election speech when he declared that he would seek to "restore public trust" in sentencing by pressing ahead.
Government axes Schools' 'Sport for All'  Gove said, would from now on be able to decide their own sports policies, free from a "centralised government blueprint". But also free of the £162m of funding.
Raze it to the ground before it's awarded an EU Heritage Label. The ex-PM envisaged that his personal effects would prove such a popular draw that the museum would generate a profit, to be distributed among good causes. Even Sir Edward's friends concede this looked like an act of hubris.
'Princess Europa' schmoozes the Estonians Smiling enigmatically, viewers watched as she journeyed across a computer-generated bridge symbolising how the currency brings peoples together. Then the commentary explained the currency's security features, such as the watermark and the metal strip, as "Princess Europa" wandered through a shopping centre.
'Fianna Fáil and Brian Cowen have no authority left' There is a real danger of Irish society being hollowed out, with a discredited political elite holding nominal power and no legitimacy while an angry, disoriented, heavily indebted and increasingly poor population chase dwindling jobs.
Foreign nurses cost NHS “The UK is first on my list. They have this locum system, to replace doctors there, so you can keep your position here too. In two or three days of being a locum there, I can earn what I would need to work three months for in Romania.”
I agree with Ed  Mandelson should be ‘packed off to an old folk’s home’.  In response Mandelson suggested Miliband was devious and had secretly plotted against Tony Blair & he contemptuously dismissed him, saying he had ‘never seriously thought of him’ as a leader.
Overpaid, over-rated, over there  £60k for 50 minutes. Critics of Brown questioned if he was the right person to lecture Indians on how to prevent a future economic crisis since he could not prevent the worst recession in a generation in the UK.
Latest on 7 December pan-european anti-bank protest "Our call has been more successful than we dared think. Our action is a people's movement... we're not seeking to destroy anyone in particular, it's the corrupt, criminal and moribund system that we have decided to oppose using what means we can, with determination and within the law."
UK mercenaries to take on pirates Acting as "mentors" the ex-SBS men will be allowed to accompany the new crews on patrols going into action in armed encounters with the gangs. The plan is particularly sensitive because previous attempts to train Somali military recruits have seen them swap sides and join the pirates or Islamic insurgents, taking their weapons and equipment with them.
NATO's 2014 withdrawal questioned He [Nigel Thomas, former interim head of the EU's Afghan police mission] said officers are given only six weeks' training – 95% of which is "how to stay alive". Problems remain with local prosecutors being "bought off" and Taliban infiltration of the police. He added: "You have to accept there will be infiltration because of the easy access into an organisation desperate for numbers."
Milking the public sector compensation cow A woman has been paid not once but four times – winning a total of around half a million pounds – after she accused successive public-sector employers of discrimination, unfair dismissal or sexual harassment.
Howzat! "The English have never really had to assert their identity, as they are the senior party in the UK," said Professor Richards. But the problem of defining the national identity of a country of more than 51 million people is complicated by mass immigration, which has made England one of the most multicultural countries in the world.  It's simple:  if you have to ask, you're not.
NO! to euroclockification
Old but relevant: Israeli airport security
Sold for £53m but sellers pocket only £26m after fees & tax
Dog blessed by CofE vicar
The BBC's panem et circenses

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