"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."

Thursday, 31 March 2011

Greetings, Underlings

HVR: No, eradicate that - change the word 'greetings'.
Millie von Tilliebrand-Forelock: Yes, Sir. 'Bow down'? 'Heed my words'?
HVR: Quiet, you forty thousand euros a year tax-reduced nobody. 'Hear ye, hear ye', will suffice. Now, take this down:

"Looks on my works ye plebs, and do not despair, for I come to give you social justice, equality for all, new technology, a three-day week and the rights of man.

"Forget all that has gone before for that was an illusion. I have decreed that history begins in 1946 with the signing of the European Coal & Steel Communities Act.

"Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, you learned the history of your own 'countries' but now your children learn our mutual history of the Second World War and how the European Union was born from peace and goodwill. It is to this end that we are taking voluntary collections for our new Museums and heritage sites - to promote understanding and empathy for others.  We have also introduced guidance on  'Don't Think Anything Negative About Anybody, Ever', which will shortly be passed in your Assembly, erm... delete, delete, insert 'sovereign Parliament'  ...under the cloak of "Motions without Debate".

"Citizens of the World, I and my associates have only your best interests at heart.  We come to save you from yourselves and to save the planet from you.  You small people, I hope you don't mind me calling you such for it's just an inescapable fact and I mean no insult by it,  have done a poor job until now.  Cows have grazed, sheep have lambed and crops have been grown; you have created butter lakes, wine lakes, milk lakes - in fact, far too much for the world to consume.  It has been for your own good that we  appointed ourselves to place restrictions on what you can and cannot grow.  You little people amuse me so much with your arcane jollities but we are here to put you on the path to prosperity.  Life is not always about jollity and we must have regulation; it is for the good of the cause.

"Previously we have let member states have the illusion of autonomy and I emphasise that nothing has changed. To this end, on 9th May, as a mark of solidarity between all school-children, women, men, citizens, stakeholders, players and actors, we will celebrate Europe Day where EU flags will take precedence over flags of member-states. This is a fine gesture on only one day of the year and of which I'm sure you'll approve unless you're xenophobes and racists ...

"... erm ... we don't have any of those in our Union do we, Ms Talliebrand-Forelock?"

MTF: "The English?"

HVR: "My dear Talleyrand-Forelock, the English don't even have their own country, let alone their own Parliament.  Just finish it off about how it's only guidance and that the ECHR and the ECJ have nothing to do with it.  I know, here's a good wheeze,  tell them they can opt out whenever they hold a referendum.  Oh, and do get that Cameron chappie on the phone."

Time out while HVR laughs his ethically-sourced cotton socks off.

Please Sir...

Well, we all doubted that the initial bail-out to Ireland would be enough. The UK gave a £7bn 'loan' last November in addition to funds already allocated to the IMF and ECB.  (I remember a year or so back, but don't have the time to google the source now, when the IMF said it was running out of contingency money for bailouts, so could countries please contribute what they could, over and above the norm.  Gordon Brown did). A grand total of  £77bn has been made available to Ireland, yet still it isn't enough.

Ireland asks for another 24bn euros as four Banks fail the stress test

We'll all be beggars at this rate. I see little point in paying taxes any more. We're taxed to the hilt; inflation is rising; the so-called 'cuts' haven't even begun to bite, and probably won't if Cameron keeps back-tracking (spending & borrowing is still going up); unemployment is rising and household income has taken it's worst hit for thirty years.

Somewhere along the line, we're being lied to, again, and whether it's the government, the msm, or a 'coalition of the willing', I don't know and care even less.  The Treasury seems to conjure money from thin air - see Gove's replacement for the EMA - and there's always enough money in the coffers for one of those, spur-of-the-moment wars.

I still think there's something nasty going on behind the scenes but the only thing that's clear at the moment is that we're the patsies.  The ring is through our collective noses and we're being led a fine dance.

How could we forget this:
Osborne moved to reassure Tory Eurosceptics today by insisting that a planned £7bn loan to Ireland would be on a bilateral basis and would not set a precedent for British help to other troubled eurozone countries.As Eurosceptic Conservatives prepared to raise their concerns with the chancellor in the Commons this afternoon, Osborne said that Britain was simply preparing to help its closest neighbour in its hour of need.
"Ireland is a friend in need and we are here to help," the chancellor told BBC Radio 4's Today programme ahead of a Commons statement this afternoon.
Osborne's remarks indicate that Britain is hoping to avoid joining any EU bailout of Portugal and Spain, the two most vulnerable eurozone countries after Ireland.
Yes, and Portugal is "one of our oldest allies". I wonder how Osborne will describe Spain? He lied. He must have known about the ESFM, the memo, the "cross-party consensus". To say, "We hope that..." is only diplopoli-speech for 'watch out, here comes a whopper'.

The fact is that many more of us don't believe the lies and evasions coming from No.10 and No.11. They must tell the stark truth to the British people and accept the consequences and the fall-out from decades of government lies about the nature of the European Union.

UPDATE: An MEP spells it out

Okay! All I Did Was.../Fixed

... add a tweet button to posts and now the blog decided to shift all my links and pics from the sidebar to the bottom of the page. I didn't touch the html template at all and it won't revert no matter how many times I press the button. I thought I might get round it by choosing a completely different template (!) but they all show the links/pics at the bottom as well. What have I done wrong? If no-one has any ideas I'll just have to wait until the whizz-kid comes home - won't he be pleased!

PS It's worse than I thought - I can't access any comments or click any links either.

UPDATE: After hours of faffing it seems it was a missing script-type-linky-thingy that was causing the problems.  Now all I have to do is go back and undo the damage I did by messing with layout widths etc when trying to correct it.  Happy Days :-)

Devine: 16 months

Somehow it doesn't seem long enough.  Call me hard-hearted Hannah if you like but, despite the man's tears, I don't feel an ounce of sympathy for him.  I also think that far too many MPs escaped the court room;  they became symbolic of self-entitled thievery from the public purse and have tarnished Parliament as a whole.  IPSA should stick to its guns and not allow MPs to water down its remit and nor should it feel threatened by the likes of Cameron.  It's bad enough that we're being robbed of our Constitution and Civil Liberties; we mustn't allow them to keep robbing the taxpayer too.

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Indefatigable Bill

Following Monday's revelation about the Treasury memo from Justine Greening in which she wrote there had been "cross-party consensus" for the European Financial Stability Mechanism (EFSM), Bill Cash, Chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee, has written an article for ConHome in which he sets out, precisely & in detail, the number of attempts he has made to get to the bottom it all.

Cameron & Osborne have both made such a show of pushing the blame for signing on to Darling  but the memo raises many questions that they must answer, truthfully if at all possible, and without the usual word-play.

I don't know where we'd be without the likes of Cash and his fellow travellers in the House although, as you'll see if you read his article, he too is getting nowhere when it comes to eliciting information from the Treasury or No.10.
"...we in Britain, who chose to remain outside the euro are now paying for the system that I have always said will never work.  In fact, I did look into the negotiations but was denied the necessary information on most occasions. The European Scrutiny Committee, ..., has already said in its report that the agreement on that particular mechanism was “legally unsound”.
Given that the Lisbon Treaty is now having to be tweaked in order to retrospectively accommodate the bail-outs, there must be grounds for Cameron/Osborne to manoeuvre here, if they wanted to.

PMQs: Summary/Videos

Tributes were paid to Major Matthew Collins and Lance Sergeant Mark Burgen of the Irish Guards, whose vehicle was caught in an ied explosion on 23rd March.

Miliband was more sure-footed this week but Cameron still managed to make him blush.  The first question related to Libya and the legality of arming the rebels.  Cameron responded that the situation was 'very fluid' and the ceasefire is still being breached.  The arms embargo applies to whole of Libya but provision of assistance to protect civilians "in certain circumstances" is not ruled out by the UN Resolution.

Miliband then moved on to tuition fees - how many universities have indicated they will charge the full £9k?   Cameron said that figures were 'not available' so Miliband told him that 18 of 27 unis have said they will charge the full amount.  He also queried the number of frontline police officers being cut or moved to back office duties.  Cameron insisted there was no reason why frontline visibility would diminish and both leaders sat down to shouts of' 'more, more' from all sides.

There was a nice put-down of Ed Balls towards the end:  'I wish the Shadow Chancellor would occasionally shut up and listen to the answers ... I may be alone in finding him the most annoying person in modern politics...'    I don't think Balls was particularly bothered, he seems to revel in being seen as 'the bad boy'.

Did your MP speak?
Jackie Doyle-Price, Con, Thurrock;  Sarah Newton, Con, Truro & Falmouth; Margaret Ritchie,  SDLP, South Down;  Daniel Byles, Con, North Warwickshire;  Ian Austin, Lab, Dudley North; Peter Aldous, Con, Waveney;  Nigel Dodds, DUP, North Belfast;  Greg Mulholland, LibDem, Leeeds North-West; Geraint Davies, Lab Co-op, Swansea West;  David Burrowes, Con, Enfield Southgate; Dr Alasdair McDonnell, SDLP, South Belfast;  Robert Halfon, Con, Harlowe; Christopher Leslie, Lab Co-op, Nottingham East;  David Amess, Con, Southend West;  Helen Jones, Lab, Warrington North;  Caroline Dinenage, Con, Gosport;  Chris Williamson, Lab, Derby North;  Tony Baldry, Con, Banbury;  Yvonne Fovargue, Lab, Makerfield;  Menzies Campbell, LibDem, North East Fife; Heidi Alexander, Labour, Lewisham East;   Fiona Bruce, Con, Congleton;  Joan Walley, Lab, Stoke-on-Trent North; Malcolm Bruce, LibDem, Gordon.

Topics raised:
Condemnation of an EDM congratulating UKuncut;  cuts to Coastguards particularly as they affect Cornwall;  cancer diagnosis & care/reform of DLA; Monday's Libya Summit; cuts to welfare for unemployed;  deprivation in East Anglia & creation of an Enterprise Zone;  terrorist activity in N. Ireland;  children's heart units/ambulance transfers;  carbon trading/Tata/Wales;  investment in NHS prostate cancer care;  changes to pension age;  the Baker Report & new technical colleges;  NHS spending; Miliband's Hyde Park speech;  one-stop-shop 'teams' in the NHS;  SureStart services; winter fuel allowances;  manufacturing in Banbury/unemployment;  fines for people who wrongly claim benefit/Citizens' Advice Bureaux;  cautioned against arming Libyan rebels; cuts to 'English as a second language' courses;  incinerator planning proposals and local input;  job creation in Stoke-on-Trent; field allowances/StatOil.

Followed by a Statement from William Hague on Monday's meeting - 'Outcome of London Conference on Libya & Related Events'.

Videos to follow.

A taster:

Cameron - Aldous

Dodds - Bruce

Walley - end

With thanks, as usual, for the videos: LiarPoliticians

No Repatriation Of Powers

That's the only conclusion to be drawn from Cameron's evasive and wishy-washy response to a direct question put to him by Bill Cash after Monday's statement on the EU Council meeting and Libya.

Money Talks

This time it's George Soros' money doing what it does best and re-organising the world to his liking.

What's being billed as "a new Bretton Woods" is a three-day event being held at, unsurprisingly,  Bretton Woods on the 8th April. According to their website, more than two hundred global movers and shakers are expected to attend the conference with a view to thrashing out a new policy for a new economic world order.

Gordon Brown will be speaking; it's the sort of conference that attracts him like a magnet. It must be a hard life trying to squeeze in all these international obligations in between tending to the needs of his Kirkaldy constituents.
Has spoken in 2 debates in the last year — well below average amongst MPs.
Has received answers to 8 written questions in the last year — below average amongst MPs.
Replied within 2 or 3 weeks to a medium number of messages sent via WriteToThem.com during 2008, according to constituents.
Has voted in 11.44% of votes in this Parliament with this affiliation — well below average amongst MPs. (From Public Whip)
People have made 762 annotations on this MP’s speeches — well above average amongst MPs.
This MP's speeches, in Hansard, are readable by an average 18–19 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.
279 people are tracking whenever this MP speaks.
Has used three-word alliterative phrases (e.g. "she sells seashells") 2302 times in debates — well above average amongst MPs.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Shadows Of The Evening

I don't know why but I have to get this off my chest too. Why does this video have US iconography when it's the hymn my grandather hummed to rock me to sleep and the tune I've sang to my own boys. I never heard him speak one word. He came back from the 'Great War', the 'War to end all Wars', and never spoke another word:

What Has Europe Done For Us

Right, I've done the usual trawling through of the rags and mags and I'm ffffinffffurious before I've even started writing it up. It doesn't bode well for a jokey edition of WHEDFU so let's call this The Whinge Edition of EU Cockwaffle To Infinity & Beyond.

By the way, I was wrong about something I wrote up yesterday - the ESFM, Osborne, Cameron and the Greening memo.   I said we'd be lucky if it got much coverage - how wrong am I?   It's being reported here, tucked away in the DT's financial pages.

First of all, the main issue for me today.
EP refuses access to anti-fraud investigators.

Here's the rest:
EC produces its own 'Shadow' EC
Euro-Plus Pact: If you don't like it, leave the room
Proposal for full-scale EU military budget12 pages of EU self-aggrandisement.
Fourth MEP caught in laws for favours scam: "She was very attractive," he said in mitigation
Den Dover appeals against court ruling to pay back c£300,000
MEPs vote for a 2012 2.7% budget increase
No-mark appoints three new no-marks
Kenny: Ireland will retain its rate of Corporation Tax. Ireland will not be bullied.
European Union's Naval Forces say Kuwaiti oil tanker seized
1.5 trillion euros needed for EU's "post-oil" transport overhaul
Eritreans displaced by Mid-East conflicts to be resettled by the EU, secretly
Sarkozy warns other Arab leaders of more of the same
The debate on a one-seat EU Parliament heats up
Same old, same old: 'Spend your allocation now or have a lower budget next year, urges EU Commissioner for the Regions

Okay, that's it for today's WHEDFU; it's taken hours of digging through floating sewage so 'this much for today' as Tibetans say.  If Tibetans were more forthcoming they might say something along the lines of:

I am not part of a f/ing 'region' because I want to be,  I am part of a f/ing region because I was slip-slided into it by cretinous, devious British [or insert word here] governments. I want my vote, I want my referendum. Cameron, [or insert word here], you wearer of brothel-creepers*, we're watching you.

No UN Resolutions for them, nothing since 1949,  and there'll be nothing for us either.

I came across this related news, the articles that make it into the press, in between collating the above cockwaffle. It comes mainly from the DT:

The Peninsula War rears its head - and to think we hauled their b/sides out of the coals
Italy negotiates a safe haven on behalf of Gaddafi
Plans to extend Spain's draconian anti-smoking laws to Camp Nou
Merkel's dilemma
£300m EU fines still on the cards despite Boris' jokes   However, he does have a point in that noxious gases do emanate from the continent.
Berlusconi as 'the most accused man in history & the universe'  How ironic it would be if this man's claims were true - that he is the target of a communist plot.  Next he'll be telling us that he's being taken out like Gadaffi, for being an obstacle to the NWO.

Finally, a nice bit of revolutionary product placement from the Guardian:

Portugal's heros
Madrid surrenders to Franco

PS Because I'm in this sort of mood, I'm inclined to agree with Janet Street-Porter about Twitter.  I've wasted a week of my life looking at this 'fabulous technology' and, yet, I don't see it's worth.  I see news that I've tweeted appear a day or two later from a different source.  I've responded to people's intelligent tweets but they don't respond to me.  It's like the msm in many ways in that 99% of the time they're behind too.  In fact, I actually commented at the DM this morning telling people to google 'Labour's Last Chance Saloon' on AV and stop relying on msm headlines for their truths.  Have they printed it?  No, of course not, and I'm cross that all the msm is not only subject to D-Notices and supra-injunctions but also censors the knowledge that its readers could gain through comments.

I don't know why I bother with the DM really - here's one of its stories:  A house in Swansea looks like Hitler

In the interests of balance, here's one gem it gets right and is the reason I still read it:  The Literary & Scientific Institutions Act of 1854  is still in force.  "...  introduced to encourage Britain’s wealthiest families into giving their lands to charity to boost surrounding areas...should the land cease to be used for the purposes specified at the time of granting it, a reverter clause would kick in, meaning the land would be transferred back to its original owner." The lesson here is, if your Library is under threat, make it your business to find out what rules apply.

* For those who don't know what brothel-creepers were, they were soft-soled shoes worn by men who would shuffle from whore to whore, pay money, gain favours and slide out again without anyone knowing.  I do believe Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and David Cameron own a pair.  Thankfully, we now have the internet so modern-day brothel-creepers are in plain view.

Bruges Group: Cash & Oborne

Videos of Bill Cash, MP & Chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee, and journalist Peter Oborne speaking last Thursday at a meeting of the Bruges Group.  They address issues of Parliament, the EU and national sovereignty:

Labour's "Last Chance Saloon"

Not my words but the title of a paper written for Yes to AV campaigners in the Labour camp.

There's a headline in the Daily Mail  this morning:  'Fears move to poll reform will give BNP voters more say at ballot box'.  Oh really?

Predictably most of the commenters have accepted the article as truth and responded along the lines of, 'well if that's the case, I'm voting yes'.  But AV will only entrench the type of government we have now; it isn't true Proportional Representation and if AV is adopted we shouldn't kid ourselves that there'll be another chance to change the voting system in our lifetimes. We will be left with a European-style voting system which has created coalition after coalition and unstable governments.

Our present coalition is an example of what we can expect - manifestos worth even less than they are under FPTP, policies torn up as two or three Parties horse-trade amongst themselves to write new agreements that see their pet projects carried out, whether people voted for them or not.

Shortly after the last GE when a referendum on AV was being mooted many voices were raised pointing out that under that system Labour would have retained power.  According to The Last Chance Saloon Labour would have increased its seats in every GE since 1997. Ask yourselves why, after years of opposition, the Labour Party suddenly swung behind the Yes to AV campaign.

Here's their Executive Summary from the 16-page analysis:
  • This paper shows that the Labour Party is likely to benefit from the introduction of the Alternative Vote
  • With changes of the boundaries – to make more equal sized constituencies – the Labour Party will suffer electorally. This will be remedied by second preferences from Liberal Democrat and to a degree Green voters, which Labour is likely to win.
  • By opposing the Alternative Vote – or by campaigning half-heartedly for it – the Labour Party is likely to deprive itself of a chance to gain seats, and even of unseating the Government in the next General Election.
  • In every election since 1997, the Labour Party would have gained more seats under AV than under First-Past-the-Post. There is only one academic study that gives Labour fewer seats than actually won under First-Past-the-Post, and this was in an unrepresentative year.
  • The Supplementary vote (a variant of the Alternative Vote) has – contrary to many myths – benefitted the Labour Party in the London Mayoral Election. Had Ken Livingstone won second preferences from 0.04 voters he would have beaten Boris Johnson, although Livingstone only won 36% of the first preference votes against Johnson’s 42%.
  • The introduction of AV would lead to a slight over representation of Labour and a modest underrepresentation of the Conservatives.
  • Analyses showing that the Conservatives could benefit from the introduction of AV (as recently suggested by John Curtice) are not based on empirical evidence but on assumptions.
  • The Conservative think-tanks are publishing studies which seek to undermine the case for AV. Most recently, study by Centre-right think tank Policy Exchange described AV as ‘the system that no-one wants’. This campaign against AV, is circumstantial evidence that the Tories fear that the introduction of AV would strengthen Labour.
From the body of the report:
The assessment and the conclusion that AV would almost electorally annihilate the Tories were also reached in a more thorough – and more academic - study carried out by Patrick Dunleavy and colleagues13. According to their analysis, the Conservative Party would have won only 19 percent of the seats – although they won 31.4 percent of the seats in 1997. The Labour Party, having won 44 percent of the votes would have won no fewer than 68 percent of the seats, a majority of 245 compared to the actual majority of 179.
I have to ask myself why UKIP is supporting Yes to AV, particularly since, according to Guido, they're being excluded from the campaign:

There's more to this than meets the eye and people have to stop being so reliant on newspaper headlines for their 'truths'.

Monday, 28 March 2011

More Deceit About The EU?

Osborne has repeatedly stated that when Darling signed up to the European Financial Stability Mechanism  last May, he had spoken to him and disagreed.   This memo has now come to light in which it seems to be clear that Darling's actions had "cross-party consensus":

The country had no effective government at the time because Labour had been voted out but the Coalition hadn't yet been formed.  However, constitutionally, Ministers remain in place until a new government is formally installed and it was on this basis that Darling went to Brussels and signed on the dotted line.

Cameron has consistently supported Osborne's version of events and did so again this afternoon in the House but this memo throws doubt on their claims.  Cameron says our commitment to the EFSM runs out in 2013 and seems to think we should be grateful for that.  Let's see, first Ireland, next Portugal, Spain isn't looking too clever, neither is Italy, France also has been mentioned - the list of euro-zone countries in possible financial need is growing and a lot can happen in two years.  If Portugal goes then Spain could follow - all well before Britain can begin to dodge the bullets in 2013.

One other point,  Darling has said he signed because the EFSM would have gone through anyway on QMV - in that case, why didn't he just abstain?  He didn't actually have to sign the EFSM agreement at all.

H/t:  PoliticsHome

Shoot 'Em In The Toodles

Arm Britain's Grannies! Why should American oldsters have all the fun?

On the other hand, it seems Britain's Grannies don't really need guns - just one of the following: a walking stick, crutches, a bedside lamp, a garden gnome, a handbag and an attitude

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Ugly Inside & Out

Courtsy of the DT here's another hate-filled face from yesterday's protests. I wonder how she feels today.

You have to laugh though. As many people have pointed out these 'anarchists' can't seem to see the irony in calling for no government while also calling for no cuts in the public sector and the benefits bill. I suppose many of them have been to university and have been subjected to years of Labour's indoctrination  education system, which would explain a lot.

Belgium Sparks Separatism Fears

Belgium - functioning without a government for nine months - moves closer to separatism between Flemings and Walloons according to this news report.   Apparently the EU 'fears' Scottish/Basque/Corsica secession in other countries despite the old maxim of divide & conquer.  I don't hold out much hope for Brussels' plan for N.Ireland to become part of the Irish Republic Regional Zone though.  The more the EU tries to harmonise us all, the more people retreat to their own cultural identity:

Sunday Reflection

With special thanks to Max Farquhar who spotted an idle wish on one of my posts and turned it into the video you see above.  It's far better than I could possibly have imagined.  Thank you, Max.

Sunday Round-up

 I'm Gordon, fly me  BA denies passengers downgraded or kicked off to make room for "Distinguished Global Leader in Residence".
State Benefits capped at £500 pw per family. LibDems "mutinous".
MPs propose banking shake-up Accused of giving poor service & being anti-competitive. "Influential Government inquiry recommends tough new regulation."
Clegg orders re-branding amidst talk of leadership challenge.
Hartnett schmoozed by Vodafone  Head of HMRC not fit for purpose.  "Vodafone’s agreement with HMRC came after prolonged negotiations between revenue officers and John Connors, the phone company’s head of tax. Until 2007, Mr Connors was a senior official at HMRC, where he worked closely with Mr Hartnett."
Blair's priest in Papal knighthoods for cash scam  "Fr Seed [who has taken a vow of poverty] is honorary chaplain to the International Committee on Human Dignity, based at the European Parliament in Brussels."
Government "clarifies" Haldane Principle "The AHRC was told that research into the "big society" was non-negotiable if it wished to maintain its funding at £100m a year."
Public servant on 70 counts of child sex abuse granted anonymity "There is deep concern in legal circles about the increasing imposition of restrictions on reporting and the creeping spread of secret justice."
Fox: 'Gaddafi must go' Fox speaks out despite rumours of rift between him and Cameron.
£60bn bill for hospitals. Labour's PFI scam in the spotlight again - "Labour ministers only paid £5 billion of the £65 billion "spent" on building more than 100 hospitals between 1997 and 2010."
Environment Minister in 'shock' EU farming subsidies row "Lord Henley is the third member of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to be found to be in receipt of secret subsidies."
Second PS quits "intolerable" Bercow
Cameron's role model - E F Schumacher Really?
Interview with Norman Tebbitt Not very sympathetic but then it is The Independent.
Lawson attacked by govt's Chief Scientific Adviser "Incorrect, misleading & meaningless" - war of letters on climate change.
Struggle & Joy in Portugal. Eurovision entry becomes "ironic anthem" for the Portuguese.
Ayckbourn's Scarborough theatre under threat
Cheese-rolling cancelled again Tinkering with tradition as profiteers move in.

One from the archives: Never forget.

PS Apparently the clocks went forward last night. Who knew? Not me - it passed me by.

Melbourne GP: 1996

And they're OFF:

Essential accompanying audio track:

Saturday, 26 March 2011

USA, UK, France: Trinity Of Evil

For Heaven's sake, is there no end to this cr@p:

H/t: Durotrigan

European Union Bill: 2nd Reading HoL

The video below is worth dipping into;  it's the House of Lords' session on Tuesday 22nd March and concerns the 2nd Reading of the European Union Bill.

For those who like the flim-flammery of ancient rite, the video begins at 14.38 with Black Rod and the formal introduction of Lord Glendonbrook to the House.  This is followed by four questions relating to things like the sea-link between the Isles of Scilly and the mainland, and National Insurance contributions.

The EU debate begins at 15.15 with Lord Howells (formerly 'Kim') setting out the government's position on the EU and taking various interesting interventions.   Peers, including Geoffrey Howe, Shirley Williams & Lord Clinton-Davis (@16.45), follow with their own brief speeches. The 'debate' ends at 17.31 after Lord Pearson of Rannoch's speech, so, just a little over two hours was spent on the Bill's 2nd Reading in the Lords.

In contrast to other Peers who had been listened to in courtesy and silence, Lord Pearson (begins 17.09) was heckled, jeered, ridiculed and generally moaned & groaned at. He was subject to numerous interventions and asides, not least from Hannay and Clinton-Davis.

The video is on autoplay with no option to turn it off!

Also available in Hansard

Worth checking out:
Lord Howells: "The son of a Communist lorry driver...Moment of Glory: First protester to breach the police cordon at the demonstration against the Vietnam War outside the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square in 1968."

Lord Clinton-Davis: "European Commissioner in the Delors Commission 1985-88."   In 1974 he voted for the Abolition of Peerage Bill, "... to provide for the extinction of all titles attaching to peerages; to provide for the cessation on death or statutory renunciation of all hereditary rights to attend as a Member of the House of Lords; and to provide for the appointment of Senators as Members of that House, including the conversion of present life Peers." He was not too against titles though - in 1990 he accepted a Peerage and the Grand Cross of the Order of Leopold 11 of Belgium for "services to the EC". At the same time he changed his name from Stanley Clinton Davis to Stanley Clinton-Davis thereby becoming Baron Clinton-Davis.  He has four 'Honourable' sprogs who also aren't averse to titles.  He is a Privy Counsellor, a former member of the Council of Europe and is listed in Debrett's. Not bad for a Labour lad.

Lord Hannay: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc: Adviser, Frontier Strategy Group  (information services and corporate advice).
Shareholdings: UK Govt 1.25% 2017, UK Govt 5% 2012, Rabobank 4% 2015 (agribusiness), BHP Billiton (mining), Black Rock World Mining Trust, Royal Dutch Shell plc (energy), Weir Group (engineering), Lionheart Investment Fund, Schroder Oriental. [How does one buy shares in "UK Govt"?] "Starting in 1965 and continuing into the early 1970s, he was an official representative of the government in discussions that lead to the UK's 1973 entry into what became the European Union."

UPDATEAlgae more important than jobs .   £160m Falmouth Dock regeneration scheme has been blocked by the EU because of 'rare algae' on the sea-bed.

Friday, 25 March 2011

The Old World Order

H/t: Captain Ranty

Brooke & Census 2011

Heather Brooke on today's Daily Politics:

Sod's Law

It must be.  Two days after I posted a link to download "Inside Job" from Pirate Bay the site's gone down (probably heavy usage but that would be extraordinary) and I find this report in  TechRadar, which gives an update on govt plans on file-sharing sites:

A collaborative initiative between a number of British internet service providers is currently looking at ways to block Brits from downloading copyrighted material for free via The Pirate Bay and a number of other file-sharing websites.  Around 100 file-sharing and cyberlocker sites are on the hit-list of those websites that rights holders in the music and film industries want UK ISPs to block...

...Meanwhile, BT and TalkTalk, two of the UK's leading ISPs, are in the High Court this week in an attempt to overturn the government's controversial Digital Economy Act, which they claim is in breach of European privacy and human rights legislation. 

Rights holders clearly feel that site blocking would be faster and more effective than the failing system of sending out mass notification letters to alleged copyright thieves.
They call it theft, I call it  censorship.  There are already plans in hand to block porn sites, add file-sharing websites and the government creates a precedent for asking ISPs to block whatever it deems unfit for the public at large to use/see.  Control of the internet takes a step closer.

UPDATEThe problems are being fixed, no ETA for when the The Pirate Bay will return.

Lawful Rebellion & Govt Censorship

These replace vids I posted a few weeks ago (Kerfuffle in Birkenhead) and are as a result of this notice on YouTube:

In case anyone's in doubt, that's the British government's "removal request".   Well, you can't keep a good movement down and there are alternative methods:

Lawful Rebellion - The Attempted Arrest Of...

Lawful rebellion in action in Birkenhead 7th March

Lawful Rebellion - Roger Hayes v Liverpool City...

See also THIS about the (non)reporting by the press.

Thanks to Barking Spider: Lawful Rebellion And Government Censorship for getting the videos up so quickly on Daily Motion.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Budget 2011: Videos

Here's a list of budget announcements from ConHome

Fraser Nelson:
The "total cuts" figure is, oddly, not printed in the Budget. Perhaps because it's so embarrassingly small. After the Autumn Statement, it was 5 per cent over four years. Now it's back to 3.7 per cent over four years: that is to say, total cuts of just 0.9 per cent a year. The Chancellor's cuts are mild — milder than Denis Healey's now-forgotten cuts. Over the next five years, the spending total has risen: in 2014-15, we'll be spending £744 billion, an extra £11 billion. A relatively small figure, but you get the overall direction. Remember this next time Ed Balls talks about "deep and fast" cuts.

BUDGET AT A GLANCE, pinched from the Daily Mail

* Fuel duty cut by 1p per litre from 6pm today
* Fair Fuel Stabiliser introduced

* Personal tax allowance to rise by £630 to £8,105 in April 2012
* Direct tax to be indexed by CPI from April 2012
* Consultation on merging National Insurance and income tax

* £250 million interest-free loans and shared equity scheme for first-time home buyers

* A jump of up to 50 pence on a packet of 20 cigarettes
* The price of a pint of beer increases by up to 10p

* £100 million to help repair potholes on the roads

* Corporation tax will be reduced by 2%, and by 1% in each of the following three years, to bring it to 23%
* £350 million worth of regulation on businesses to be removed
* Rate relief holiday for small businesses extended to October 2012
* Business mileage allowance increased from 40p to 45p

* 21 new enterprise zones to be created
* £100 million extra to be invested in new science centres

* Green Deal to reduce energy bills from next year
* The UK to become the first country in the world to introduce a carbon price floor for the power sector
* New 'green investment bank' to have access to £3 billion of funds

* 24 university technical colleges to be founded
* Extra 40,000 apprenticeships for jobless young people in England

* Plans to switch air passenger duty from passengers to planes have been dropped
* Air passenger duty rise postponed for one year
* The Government will seek to impose the tax on private jets

* Hutton recommendations on public sector pensions accepted
* Single-tier flat-rate state pension to be created, expected to be about £140-a-week

* Gift aid administration to be simplified, especially for small donations
* Inheritance tax discount for charitable donations

PMQs: Videos

H/t: LiarPoliticians

PMQs & Budget 2011

Live Parliament is broadcasting from 11.30am and BBC2 has a 4-hr programme beginning 11.30am on iPlayer, to include PMQs.

PoliticsHome, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph are running live blogs on the Budget.

I've decided to watch it this week rather than blog about it, though I will be posting videos later.

Inside Job


In full: HERE

"Bringing The Tories Into Disrepute"

Nothing to do with the government's approach to the economy, or the EU, or Libya. It's golliwogs again.

It looks like it's going to be another bangs-head-on-wall day.

It's PMQs as usual later, followed by the Budget in which it's already being widely reported that Osborne will be manipulating the housing market - can't have those property prices falling can we? It wouldn't do to have more affordable homes for the plebs in London.

It's definitely a duvet day.

Another outing for one of my favourite poems - Warning, by Jenny Joseph:

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

No More Nocturnes

The Master plays Chopin. Timeless music:

An International Quango

The International Crisis Group is fifteen years old, 50% funded by governments (they don't list which ones but looking at the 'testimonials' from world leaders, probably most of them) with the rest from individual/corporate donors and institutional foundations.

What began with two people in a small London office in 1995 (funny how so many of these roads lead back to UKplc isn't it?) has grown to "130 permanent staff, 49 nationalities speaking 47 different languages and around 20 consultants and 40 interns" - all scattered around the world with its international headquarters in Brussels (where else?)

A few of its cheerleaders are:

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan: ‘a global voice of conscience, and a genuine force for peace’
Ex US President Bill Clinton: ‘in the most troubled corners of the world, the eyes, the ears and the conscience of the global community’
Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: ‘a widely respected and influential organisation’
Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell: ‘a mirror for the conscience of the world’
Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: ‘a full-service conflict prevention organisation’
President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso   ‘a highly influential and inspiring voice in the field of conflict prevention’
Former Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos: ‘an indispensible source of information for governments and a wide range of institutions actively working towards peace and conflict resolution’
Former US Special Representative for Afghanistan & Pakistan, the late Richard Holbrooke: ‘a brilliant idea ... beautifully implemented ."

The Group was initially led by Morton Abramowitz (former US Ambassador to Turkey and Thailand, then President of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace), Mark Malloch Brown (later head of the UN Development Programme, UN Deputy Secretary-General and UK Minister), and its first Chairman, Senator George Mitchell.

The Board is co-chaired by Lord (Christopher) Patten, formerly EU Commissioner for External Relations, Governor of Hong Kong and UK Cabinet Minister; and by Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former US Ambassador to the UN, Russia, India, Israel, Jordan, El Salvador and Nigeria and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and former Senior Vice President for International Relations at Boeing. Their President and CEO has been, since July 2009, Louise Arbour, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. She succeeded Gareth Evans, former Foreign Minister of Australia (1988-96) and a member of many international panels and commissions, who served as President between January 2000 and July 2009.

In its blurb the Group describes itself as:
"...an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict."
Well, I'd say they've been doing a pretty lousy job of it so far.  I can't remember a time when there was so much conflict around the world.  In fact, if I were a conspiracy theorist, I'd say they're actually doing the opposite of what they claim.   I'd like one of them to explain to me how they have the gall to claim they are a non-governmental organisation when so many ex-Ministers, ex-Ambassadors, ex-Commissioners are on its $17m pa payroll and they're (only overtly) part-funded by governments.

In case you're thinking, 'well, it could be worse, at least she hasn't mentioned George Soros yet', here it is: George Soros.  He's a busy little bee, isn't he?  Fingers in all the global pies - more fingers in more pies than a leper in a cookery class (Gene Hunt paraphrased).  Take a look at the other things Soros is involved in - World Goodwill and the Lucis Trust, see how the same names and the same stated aims crop up over and over again.

It's these people who've made the world what it is today; they've guided, chivvied, nudged, manipulated, brainwashed and coerced people around the globe.  What we get in return is wars, unemployment, worthless paper money, scarcity of food and drinking water, land for food being given over to bio-energy, stupid 'carbon capture' theories, a minefield of statute law and regulation, homelessness, pandemics; we get meddling with the weather (HAARP) and heaven-knows-what going on out in space.  In short, we get the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.   Okay, I realise I'm beginning to sound like a loony so I'll leave it there but think about it. 

International Crisis Group

Actually, I think I'll set up my own small, 2-man office in London and create an unelected think tank that guides global policy and "seeks to resolve conflict worldwide".   I can hardly do a worse job and who knows - I might end up with a $17m pa budget, the latest mobile phone, a hand-tailored suit and an expense account.  These will be compulsory officewear though:

Look At This

If ever you needed convincing that the EU is a total waste of space, look no further.

Cathy Ashton, High Priestess for Foreign Affars & Security Wallah for the EU, has issued a press release:

"Today, the European Union is celebrating the 17th World Water Day and the 2nd annual European Water Day. .. All countries bear the responsibility to realize that people enjoy their full human rights, and that they have equal access to health care, education, safe drinking water and sanitation, social and other basis services. The EU acknowledges the recent recognition of the human right to water and sanitation by the UN General Assembly, and the Human Rights Council's specification that this right is part of the human right to an adequate standard of living.
The EU welcomes the theme of this year’s World Water Day: “Water for Cities...”  blah, blah.  Go HERE for the rest.

So, I wonder how her efforts to bring NATO and the Arab League together on military policy and the Libyan Resolution are coming along?   On the bright side, I bet she's had lots of time to talk nosebags handbags and shopping with Hillary Clinton.

Great Britain: World Leaders

In the Misery Index!  We've just hit a twenty-year high where rising unemployment and high inflation figures begin to meet.  I wonder how Osborne will turn this around tomorrow?  Not more tax rises, stealthy or otherwise, surely?

Cameron can stuff his Happiness Index - he only needs to look at this graph to see if we're happy or not.  I'd say 'not'.



God, I've just looked in the mirror to apply some make-up for only the 2nd/3rd time in five years and I have to ask "Wtf happened?"  True, it was a x9 magnification, which probably doesn't help to sustain the illusion that nothing's changed but, even so.  Where did those eyelids come from?  I haven't seen as much movement since Travolta burst on to the screen.

Well, I'm out for lunch now, maybe I'll find a hat shop on the way.

More On The Libya Debate

Despite the many reservations held by MPs yesterday's government motion was supported by 557 - 13. Given the UN Resolution it would have been surprising if the vote had gone any other way.  Dai Havard (5.33) and Rory Stewart (5.54) were two 6-minute speeches that stood out for me as I dipped in and out, though I'm sure I missed many others, and also this short exchange between Leigh & Lewis:

Edward Leigh, Column 772 @ 7.57pm
... Oratory is not enough; we need air power. How many Tornados do we have? I believe that the strategic defence and security review was a disaster, as big a disaster as the Nott review, which was finally overtaken by the Falklands war. I hope that this operation overtakes the disastrous defence review. France has an aircraft carrier; Spain has an aircraft carrier; Russia has an aircraft carrier; the USA has 11 aircraft carriers; and we have to fly a round trip of 3,000 miles to impose our military force. By the way, all we have done is send three Tornados and two cruise missiles.
Dr Julian Lewis: I am glad that my hon. Friend raised that point, which I did not have time to raise. Although it is true that in this case we can get by from land bases, when it comes to the fuel costs of flying a single mission, a Harrier from a carrier would have cost £5,750, one from Sicily or southern Italy costs about £23,000 and one from the United Kingdom costs £200,000.
Column 720 is where Miliband twice speaks of "... a world order based on principle as well as power". At least he had the sense to miss out the word 'new'.

The debate continued until 9.42pm when it was wound up with a statement by William Hague before the House went to vote.

I'd be surprised if any meaningful review of last year's SDSR takes place in the light of Libyan developments and even more surprised if the government decided to retain the Ark Royal but it's preposterous that Britain should not have an aircraft carrier.

Backbenchers were like anxious children seeking assurances   What if?  What if?  But Nanny patted them on the head, swept their reservations under the carpet and told them to go back to sleep, everything would be all right in the morning.  Few seemed to be convinced and I think many had a sleepless night.  I detected a determination amongst b/benchers not to have the wool pulled over their eyes again.  No-one will ever forget Blair and Iraq & Afghanistan - his true legacy.

Statement, response and the debate in full:  Hansard

Monday, 21 March 2011

House Debate On Libya

Cameron took a great deal of interventions during his statement on the UN Resolution on Libya to the House this afternoon.  He seemed to take one at least every one/two minutes.  He was forty minutes into his speech before he refused further interventions.

The benches were packed and the questions came from all sides asking about regime change, civilian casualties, an exit strategy/time limit, ground force involvement etc.  If Libya, why not Yemen and Zimbabawe?  There was also a general concern about the Arab League not pulling its weight, the Attorney-General's legal advice, and the safety of journalists.

Some notes:

Emphasis on humanitarian aspects.
No use of depleted uranium or cluster munitions.
One RAFmission  aborted Sunday night because of proximity of civilians.
A successful outcome is "the cease of attack on civilians".
Not another Iraq.
Had we waited for the Arab League to take the lead "Benghazi would have fallen, Tobruk would have fallen".
Bill Cash asked about the summary of the legal advice from the Attorney-General which isn't available to MPs yet.
There'll be a review of arms exports and training licenses generally in the light of what's happening in Libya.  "There will be lessons to learn from this conflict."
If one of our pilots is downed, are our hands tied by the UN Resolution vis-a-vis a rescue op? No, said Cameron.
Gaddafi "a pariah in a state festering on the border of Europe".  It's in our national interest to intervene.
Dangers, difficulties, unforeseen consequences but a risk worth taking for the sake of civilian safety.
Mission leadership will transfer to NATO command & control after America stands down.
No resources diverted from Afghanistan campaign.
There may be answers to Yvonne Fletcher's killing & support for NI terrorism.
The future of Libya is for the people of Libya to decide; they must choose their government and destiny.
No future with Gaddafi.

The two most-used words: humanitarian and destiny.

Miliband followed and spoke of a just cause, feasible mission and UN backing.  Franco was also mentioned.  The Opposition supports the government.  Robert Halfon, Con, Harlow took some stick from the Opposition benches for querying Labour's links with Libya.  Miliband: This is not a day for Party politics.

After Miliband, the debate will continue until 10pm at the latest.

That's as much as I could do - needed a cup of tea.  The rest will be in Hansard three or so hours after the end of the debate and I'll see if I can find a video somewhere for those who are interested in the detail, or it will be on iPlayer or Live Parliament later.

The Stench From Berlaymont

MEPs have been caught in a Sunday Times sting accepting €100,000 bribes to amend EU laws.

Three MEPs have been caught agreeing to accept secret payments to alter laws.  The Austrian, Romanian and Slovenian MEPs put forward amendments believing they would be paid for the work with a €100,000 (£87,300) annual salary, a consultancy fee or both.

Journalists, posing as public affairs executives, contacted over sixty MEPs asking if they would be interested in a paid role as an adviser.  Fourteen MEPs expressed an interest and met the reporters.

When confronted, Adrian Severin MEP, the former Romanian Deputy Prime Minister, said:
“I didn’t do anything that was, let’s say, illegal or against any normal behaviour we have here.”
In the case of Severin, the MEP emailed the Sunday Times reporters, writing: "Just to let you know that the amendment desired by you has been tabled in due time," and submitted an invoice for €12,000

Former Austrian Minister, Ernst Strasser, has resigned despite saying he has "done nothing wrong".
Strasser boasted to undercover journalists that he earns £436,000 a year for lobbying on top of his MEP salary and personal allowances of over £190,000.
We've heard all that before, almost word-for-word, from our very own Westminster Executive.

Apparently two British MEPs were also involved but, as yet, there's no word who they are.  Dan Hannan has blogged about it. 

Cash for access, cash for honours, cash for laws.  Is there nothing venal these stinking hypocrites won't do?  And this is the institution that Cameron says the country is better off in and refuses to allow us a referendum despite giving us a poxy one on AV to appease his Liberal pals.  Cameron stinks too.

Be there at 1pm this Saturday - let's show them we've had enough and won't take it anymore.  Left/Right - it doesn't matter.  We should join together and reclaim our sovereignty.  Bring your zimmer frame, bring your walking stick, bring your nurse and your iv drip if you have to - just BE there.

It's A Date + Update

26th March, Census Rebellion
1pm North side of Trafalgar Square

Get your flyers/posters here:  STAND FOR WHAT IS RIGHT

UPDATE: Captain Ranty has a list of the Peers on the Barons' Constitutional Committee and the text of the 2001 Petition to the Queen, presented under clause 61 of Magna Carta 1215, to 'Defend British Rights and Freedoms', is HERE - more background info HERE.
"…and when in subsequent ages the state, swollen with its own authority, has attempted to ride roughshod over the rights and liberties of the subject it is to this doctrine that appeal has again and again been made, and never, as yet, without success."
Winston Churchill

It's a shame she went ahead and gave Royal Assent to the Treaty of Nice regardless of the concerns expressed. The loss of sovereignty doesn't seem to worry her unduly.

Note: I originally posted this at six this morning but I'm re-posting now because of the added update.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

I Don't Understand...

... what's happening with blogging.  I've been banging on for almost two weeks over three years and I've never known it so dull and lacklustre.  Has the novelty worn off?  Don't I write what people want to know about?

According to Blogger-stats this evening I've had fourteen pageviews of Sunday Reflection and even fewer for Sunday Round-up - where has everyone gone?  Where's the fire?  Doesn't anybody care anymore?  We don't seem to be progressing.  Are we all so dulled and jaded by relentless media pressure or is it that we just don't give a f/ck anymore?

If the latter's the case then tptb had better watch out.  If it's the former, we deserve everything we get.

Light Relief

Has anyone lost a cat?

Legal/Lawful & The Bailiffs

I love this guy - "a name is just a name, we're all human beings on the land".  It's a hard life dealing with blind and deaf officialdom especially when they're trying to collect an unpaid parking fine:

I've posted some of his videos before, if you want to see them click on the tag below.

UPDATE: Captain Ranty has just posted more news - go and read the whole thing - fascinating stuff.

As most of you saw Max was arrested Friday and appeared in Court Saturday.

This case was spectacular for TWO Reasons!

1. The Police Seargeant, On Record, In The Court explained how Devon & Cornwall Police and Torquay Magistrates Court are owned and run by a US Subsidiary of IBM called RELIANCE INC. - So .. proof positive that we are dealing with corporations!

2. (And this is the killer) When arrested Max protested that the "Warrant" that the Sergeant "alleged" he had for Max's arrest was not signed and therefore wasn't lawful.


So we now have a precedent that we can quote where we can clearly state and prove that warrants, liability orders and the like MUST BE SIGNED IN WET INK!

A document with no signature ... doesn't count.
I think tptb will be getting really worried at all this FMoTL activity now.

Sunday Reflection

Sunday Round-up

Just the bare bones of headlines this week:

"UK begins to starve"  Food parcels originally destined for Romania & Bulgaria are handed out in Britain.
Prime Minister Osborne? (FT - registration req).
Police Fed warns of growing support for protesters
Union leaders target LibDems
Labour gave MI6 protection for Saif Gaddafi
Detained HIV+ immigrants take case to court
Why isn't she back in the Ukraine with her children by now?
New film - "The Veteran" - highlights pain of PTSD
Clegg: We're staying with the Coalition irrespective of AV outcome
Update on Eliot's East Coker
Brian True-May: "Not enough Indians"
The 1461 Battle of Towton
Pretty pictures

Saturday, 19 March 2011


That's Theresa Villiers, Conservative MP for Chipping Barnet - currently my local.

11 January 2011 - Voted against:  The sovereignty of the UK Parliament in relation to EU law
10 November 2010 - Voted for:  European Economic Governance
13 October 2010 - Voted against:    Draft EU Budget 2011 - amendment calling for a reduction in Britain's contribution
14 July 2010 - Voted for:  European External Action Service
11 March 2008 - Voted against:  Lisbon Treaty - Third Reading
05 March 2008 - Voted against:  Lisbon Treaty - Clause 8 (commencement without referendum)

I've never liked her anyway.

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