"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, 12 January 2011

A WHEDFU Round-up

More pieces of the jigsaw:

A 23-page pullout from the DE  'Why the United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland should quit the EU'.  That's a tough one: who should I believe?  Purveyor of porn Richard Desmond or William Hague?  On balance I think I'll continue to find out info for myself and trust my own experiences and judgement.  However, I have to say that, whatever their motives, good on the Express for coming out of der Wandschrank

I think we've all seen this  from AEP in the Telegraph..  He's one of the most informed and straight-forward commentators on the eurozone so he's well worth reading.  Essentially, the EU is doing to Portugal what it did to Ireland.  France is very over-exposed and Belgium is politically unstable.  The UK is committed to bail them all out until 2013 so expect the German and French hay-makers to make the most of it while the sun shines, a la Osborne's 'fixing the roof'.   And don't, whatever you do, expect the UK not to shovel more money into an enlarged euro-zone bail-out fund.  It's on the cards.

The European Banking Authority, based in London (where else?), has appointed Andrea Enria as Chairman.

More from the Express:  Destroying the environment and food sources.  I agree with the underlying principles of this one but fail to see why the likes of Hugh Furtley-Livingstall should be on board with a Ch.4 tv programme.  Hugh is pro-heu.

Stuart Wheeler has been appointed Treasurer of UKIP.  Wheeler is the man who took the previous govt, under Brown, to Court  in 2008 and received the judicial precedent that 'election manifestos are not subject to 'legitimate expectation'.  The electorate might have suspected as much but since that 2008 precedent there's no room for manoeuvre- except in a Coalition government where it's been proven beyond doubt that Party manifestos have no 'legitimate expectation'.   In other words, they can print what they like, as long as it's not out and out lies against a fellow candidate.

Open Europe reports that, "according to the Belgian supervisory committee on intelligence services, the Belgian authorities bungled an investigation into espionage within the European Council building in Brussels. Germany, France, Britain and Spain concluded that the eavesdropping, which came to light in 2003, had been going on since 1994 or 1995."

It's all part of the plan:  EU calls for 'harmonisation' of taxation on banks.

EU Observer has more comment on yesterday's Westminster debate on the EU Bill.

Danish challenge to the EU Danish PM sued over Lisbon Treaty.

Something's going on vis-a-vis the EU & Israel.

Sweet dreams.

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