"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."

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Slay Bells Ring, Are You Listening?

I know I shouldn't be here but after a turkey & sprout fest and  a riotous Donkey Kong I felt the urge to check up on the EU, just in case.  Actually, it's nice and quiet in here - there's just Suki sitting on the window cill wondering what all the white stuff is.  Where he comes from fine white powder is sand and the poor thing hasn't been outside yet - he's in for a shock.  Being England, it's all carpeted, fully centrally heated and even I'm struggling with the heat, in fact I like nothing more than to switch it all off and open the windows.  Anyway, back to the EU:

For any statisticians out there, have a page and some graphs (click to enlarge):

If David Liddington, our Europe Minister, can coherently explain why Switzerland and Norway consistently out-perform EU 'member states' I'll send him my son's CoD BlOps.

British farmers will be celebrating the New Year with the news that the EU27 agricultural income is up by 12.3%.  Oh, wait a minute, no they won't, that's just the average.  The UK is at the bottom of the list with a whopping -8.2% decrease in income.  There's no news on our fishermen but they're probably down there with our farmers.

Crime is apparently down in the UK - don't you just love these charts?  Reported crime is down - I think we've all got the message now that the best way is not to disturb the police but to deal with it ourselves .   Hello 13yrs of Labour government and hello Cameron's Big Society where people take on civic duties.

January will be interesting. Hungary takes over the rotating Presidency of the EU just as its credit rating has been downgraded to one point above 'junk' status and the censorship of its media.

March promises to be a 'grab-a-bag-of-popcorn-&-put-your-feet-up month'.  Merkel and Zapatero both need to survive regional elections and neither of them is a foregone conclusion.  The German people are uneasy about the bail-outs and the Spanish have a 40% unemployment rate in the 18-25 group (an arbitrary EU grouping).  Spanish figures for 2008-09  Is it only we phlegmatic Northern folk who don't object?

Greece & Ireland still have terrible problems despite the *ahem* bail-out by the IMF and the ECB and Portugal is still in trouble. Italy also trembles as unemployment rises and not all of the problems stem from Berlusconi - irreparable sleaze merchant and megolomaniac though he is. Sarkozy has problems too. France is in desperate straits - *gallic shrug*.

Me? I'm looking forward to the implosion of Belgium as it struggles to create any sort of government at all let alone a coalition. Belgian Presidency hailed 'a success',  How sweet it is and becoming sweeter by the month.

I wonder why the EU doesn't condemn communism?

I'll leave you with this:
As there is, according to the UK’s House Banking Committee Staff report of 1976, a linear connection between N.M. Rothschild and the Bank of England which ultimately control the Federal Reserve Banks through their stockholdings of bank stock and their subsidiary firms in New York, it is clear that the FED is not left with any choice but to bail out 'investment' banks no matter how naughty their behaviour has been.
PS Don't forget to tune in at 7pm to see our own dear Vinnie doing what he does best - being light on his toes and shuffling around in the glare of the spotlight.

In the words of Gerald Nabarro, "Must dash" (sorry, I've heard too many Christmas cracker jokes). The Wii elves are fighting the goblins and my services are called upon by the Faerie Queene but I'll leave you with this, a true tale of a life lived well.


  1. Warmest holiday greetings my friend~! (hugsss)

  2. Thank you Angel - I hope you had a good one too x

  3. WG! No, I meant 'slay' as in 'ask not for whom the bells toll' etc. Ding-a-ling-a-ling - can't you hear those EU bells ringing for us?

    Hope you had a good Christmas :-)


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