"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, 9 January 2011

Sunday Round-up

The Sunday papers seem pretty empty this morning except for two excellent articles by Bernard Jenkin and Richard North:

Looming petrol strikes McCluskey wants a return to national collective bargaining for tanker drivers.
Richard North says public officials have lost their fear "Whether as voters, taxpayers or consumers, we have become powerless. You can see it in Ministers, in public officials, in the police, throughout the public services, in fact, and in commerce. You can see the ‘insolence of office’ in their eyes. They know you cannot harm them, cannot damage them. They have lost their fear."
Jenkin spells it out to Cameron & the LibDems   "The sovereignty of Parliament is not merely some arcane matter of dusty constitutional curiosity. It is the very root of British democracy and affects the daily lives of every citizen. It should be the duty of MPs to protect it on behalf of our voters and for future generations."
Thousands more post offices to close with privatisation Postal Services Bill has 3rd reading on Wednesday.
HMS Victory under threat Fears as govt looks to cut funding (£1.5m pa from Defence budget).
Home ownership down, rentals up Are the days ended when an Englishman's home was his castle?
Hague defends EU Bill ""When it becomes an Act this will be the strongest defence of national democracy put in place anywhere in Europe. It is a massive advance for national democracy."
More background on the Tory rebels Cameron accused of using scare tactics in EU Bill vote.
NoW phone-hacking row rumbles on Now Mosley weighs in with allegations of blackmail.
Snapshot poll predicts Labour win Oldham East & Saddleworth: Labour 46%, LibDems 29%, Conservatives 15%. Other parties not mentioned.
Change in law to seize uninsured cars Keeping an uninsured car to become an offence unless owners can produce a sorn.
Kraft still unco-operative CEO refusing to acknowledge requests from Parliamentary investigation into Cadbury takeover.
Huhne clocks up his airmiles


  1. Thanks for that. It will save me a lot of reading.

    I felt this amazing sense of agreement and sort of relief that otehr people are seeing it too with reference to Richard North's comments.

    They have another 4.5 years; they are untouchable...

    Stupid pratts, if the coalition falls apart they may only have another 4.5 months!!

  2. Now that I've read the article (as oppose to reading your comments on it) I agree even more. It is spot on how things are.

    I'm going to write something about it too...

    It's time to revolt against this treatment.

  3. Hi Tris, yes I expect his article will strike a chord with many - it certainly did me good to read it this morning. Many people do feel the same way - the 'silent majority'. Cameron ought to pay closer attention and lose the touch of arrogance he has. In other articles today I've been reading about the bullying and cajoling of the whips towards MPs to ensure they vote with the govt next week. That's a system that should change and Cameron has done it once too often. The people's voices must be heard.

  4. Great update, GV.

    Richard North's article was well targeted at the Mail's audience and hopefully, it will penetrate some skulls.

    I've just written to my MP, urging him to vote against the EU bill. Unfortunately, he has so far toed the Party line, so I expect a stock reply.

  5. My MP is Theresa Villiers so I don't hold out much hope there either, Fausty!

    I enjoyed reading the comments to RNs article too - it seemed to strike a real chord with most people.


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