"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, 13 February 2011

Sunday Round-up

Our twisted immigration laws: 
Such is the bizarre state of our immigration laws that, thanks to European legislation, we cannot deport a citizen of an EU country, even a rapist or murderer. Meanwhile, judges prevent the deportation of a Pakistani who knocked down a 12-year-old girl and caused her to “die like a dog” as she was dragged along by his car. But a man who has sustained permanent injury in the field in the defence of Britain cannot be allowed to live in our country, although his only wish is to stay peaceably and to work for his living. 

Plaid Cymru Westminster Leader attacks government over Military Covenant 
"He added he had been excluded from the committee stage of the Bill, saying it "smacks of a stitch-up - in the same way as this toothless clause is stitching up veterans".

Bernard Jenkin: Cameron's 'new politics' is a sham:
"The way the whips are operating at present makes a complete nonsense of David Cameron's pledge before the election about strengthening parliament and improving scrutiny of legislation and the executive.  And the Sarah Wollaston case raises very fundamental questions about what the House of Commons is for and how it operates. We all know that persuasion is an important part of politics, but the style of whipping – particularly of new members – has become so disrespectful and demeaning that it betrays an attitude that we must surely question."

Another Ch.4 'undercover investigation':
"The person who's got less than a fistful of beard, then you should stay away from him the same way you should stay away from a serpent or a snake.  The disbelievers, they are the worst of all people.  The Hindus do, they drink piss, I've told you this.  Do they have any intellect? No."

MEPs weaken child pornography legislation. 
"... it is expected to approve a controversial measure that would compel EU member states to inform publishers of child pornography that their images are to be deleted from the internet or blocked. Child pornographers will also have to be informed of their right to appeal against any removal or blocking. The measure would make the UK's system for blocking and removing child pornography without informing the publisher illegal."

The Labour MP who hasn't held a Constituency Surgery for more than 14yrs 
"Sir Stuart, a former aide to ex-deputy Labour leader Roy Hattersley, was criticised in the expenses scandal when he tried to stop MPs’ claims being exposed and said the way information was leaked was ‘disgraceful’. At one point he said MPs could be justified in refusing to pay back money. He also led an unsuccessful campaign to stop discredited Speaker Michael Martin from being sacked. Before entering politics he lived in France for 20 years and wrote a pornographic novel called Paris 69."

Church of England speaks out against halal food in schools 
"The Church is only just waking up to this. We have been pathetic and mealy-mouthed but we should be really concerned about this. There is a lot of fear about upsetting Muslims but as a Christian you have to stand up for Christian values. Because we are unwittingly eating halal meat, we are spreading the practice of sharia law."

Greek compensation claim for nazi horrors sparks unease: 
Under Nazi occupation from April 1941, more than 300,000 Greeks starved to death, 130,000 were executed in reprisals, and most of the Jewish community was sent to the gas chambers.

Robert Fisk:  The fruits of a military dictatorship: 
"They are everywhere in the capital, the 50,000 street children of Cairo, Mubarak's shameful, unspoken legacy, the detritus of the poor and the defenceless, orphans and outcasts, glue-sniffers, many of them drug-addicted, as young as five, the girls often arrested and – according to the children and charity workers – sexually molested by the police. "

Privatisation of forests raises fears for rare wildlife 
"Kent Wildlife Trust has raised concerns about forests classed as small commercial forests which are home to rare species ranging from nightjars and firecrests, to Heath Fritillary and Duke of Burgundy butterflies.  And Northumberland Wildlife Trust has labelled the proposals to sell Kielder Forest, which has been categorised as a large commercial forest, as "misguided", warning that breaking the forest up among a series of private owners could risk England's greatest stronghold for red squirrels."

Cameron defends his 'Big Society' 
"Unsurprisingly, some people want to attack it rather than join it, but unlike so many other political ideas which are dropped or forgotten within days of being suggested, I believe all the interest and debate means we're on to something."

Clegg undermines Cameron's 'Big Society' 
"Angry Tory officials say the Deputy Prime Minister has made it clear he thinks the idea is a ‘waste of time’ and the term ‘Big Society’ is not allowed in the Cabinet Office where he works."

14,000 objections to Nocton's 'super dairy'. 
"The fault is not the consumers or even the supermarkets, it's probably our own. Dairy farmers have spent years selling this image of a cheery cow with a daisy in her mouth leaping about a green field, but cows don't live like that. So we can't complain because we have been a bit reclusive and have lost a lot of connections between the public and our farms.  But this is not new, just bigger. And greener, more sustainable – the carbon footprint will the lowest of any dairy in Britain – we will recycle waste and use renewable energy. People have been saying it's terrible that our cows will be indoors for six months of a year, but most British cows are. Otherwise, their pastures would be destroyed."

Equality legislation may allow gay civil partnerships in Church  No mention of mosques.

Rumsfeld has memoirs to sell: 
"While generally loyal in the extreme to Mr Bush, he does offer a critique of the last president for not managing his advisers better. He also says Mr Bush asked him about the Pentagon's strategy for an attack on Iraq just two weeks after the Sept 11 2001 terror attacks – six weeks earlier than the then president mentioned such a discussion, according to his own memoir."

Paul Theroux:  Another book to sell - the writer recalls England of the 70s and 80s from an 'alien' perspective.


  1. An excellent round up, GV. A worthy service.

  2. Thanks, OR - though I'm late, as usual, again this week. I always try to make the last item one with a feel-good factor but they're getting harder to find these days.


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