"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, 10 March 2011


Just another quick run-down of what's happening in the hallowed halls of government. We, as a people, really should be more on top of it but since the msm rarely references the European Commission, the Council or Parliament, we can hardly be blamed for not knowing very much. (Unless you read blogs, of course. If you read blogs then there's really no excuse for not being up-to-date with EU policy).

Everything done in Brussels - every new directive, every new committee created, every box of paperclips bought, has an effect on us here in Great Britain. You know how they come up with their daft ideas, don't you? Someone with a hangover walks into the office and says, "Hey, I had a really weird dream last night - let's discuss it." Hey presto!

Here's this week's prestidigitation:

'Tories lose leadership'. Much ado about nothing - it makes no difference which Party you belong to or who is Party Leader.
Naughty Greeks What would be the opposite of the Trojan Horse? Greece is being 'rebuked' because of the way it treats "irregular" immigrants - that's illegals to you and me.
90m euro free fruit for schools scheme doesn't help 22m fat children. 'It's a great success', says EU Commissioner for Free Fruit in Schools For Fat Kids.
"Sorry" for saying Europe should stay out of Libyan affairs. The EU's Health & Consumer Protection Commissioner has apologised for saying the EU should butt out of Libya's business and let the Libyans decide what form of government they want.
Cathy Ashton mocked.  I posted this one last week but it's so great I don't mind repeating it: "The representative for the External Affairs Chief took to the stand and began briefing the press on the EEAS’ actions over Libya, who responded with mocking laughter as the poor speaker was floundered by questions about what exactly the EEAS was going to do, beyond issuing occasional press statements." However, I do mind European taxpayers shelling out another 10m euros for her private press service and mood music as a result of her incompetence. She's obviously Gordon Brown's revenge.
Holy Mackerel. The EU and Iceland are holding more talks about quotas. Brussels has threatened to stop Iceland exporting mackerel to EU member states.
"They're a breach of privacy" MEPs decry use of body-scanners. Read the small print before you start cheering.
'You go Green, we no go Green' says Brussels as it drops plans for energy efficiencies.
EU Contra Apparently the EC/EP is surprised to find that some 'European' member states are using wiretaps, fines and threats of psychiatric testing to intimidate journalists. I wonder how the EU's journalist accreditation scheme is going.
A new Policy Paper: 'Three Steps to Improving Parliamentary Dealings on EU Accession'  by... ... Albania. Albania, of course, knows everything there is to know about parliamentary democracy and sovereign rights.
"South & East fight for money". No, not Hampshire -v- Norfolk; it's North Africa -v- the Caucasus. "Egypt and Tunisia receive just 1.8 and 7 euros respectively, while Moldova benefits from more than 25 euros per capita. Worse still, it now appears that the funds to help countries to the south are all but exhausted."  This wealth redistribution isn't going to plan is it?  Everyone will be impoverished and no-one left to help anyone else.
The Financial Transaction Tax is another step closer. The revenue will be taken directly for its own use but Open Europe points out the pitfalls. The EU wants to be self-financing rather than subject to the budgetary constraints of member states.
Binding minimum standards for Roma.
Europe's 10-12 million Roma should benefit from binding minimum standards at EU level to improve their access to employment, education, housing and healthcare, says Parliament in a resolution adopted on Wednesday.

The resolution, which seeks to influence the Commission's upcoming strategy for Roma inclusion, also calls for better protection of fundamental rights and use of EU funding.

Roma people have suffered systematic discrimination and are struggling against "an intolerable degree of exclusion" as well as human rights violations, severe stigmatisation and discrimination in public and private life, says the resolution, which was adopted by 576 votes to 32 with 60 abstentions.
I guess they'll all be heading for Peterborough then.

I almost forgot this: "The House of European History" from the Daily Express. How wonderful it will be to stroll around the museum in Brussels, to see EU Heritage labels adorning our national monuments and know that if it weren't for the European Union, none of it would have been possible.

Finally a public service announcement: Are you an illegal immigrant? Are you threatened with deportation? Don't worry, just have a sprog somewhere within the EU and you'll have the same rights as everyone else who washes up on the shores of this precious stone set in the silver sea, this sceptr'd isle.

And this I've posted before:
Methinks I am a prophet new inspir'd,
And thus, expiring, do foretell of him:-
His rash fierce blaze of riot cannot last,
For violent fires soon burn out themselves;
Small showers last long, but sudden storms are short;
He tires betimes, that spurs too fast betimes;
With eager feeding food doth choke the feeder:
Light vanity, insatiate cormorant,
Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.
This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise;
This fortress, built by nature for herself,
Against infection, and the hand of war;
This happy breed of men, this little world;
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands;
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,
This nurse, this teeming womb of royal kings,
Fear'd by their breed, and famous by their birth,
Renowned for their deeds as far from home
(For Christian service and true chivalry)
As is the sepulchre, in stubborn Jewry,
Of the world's ransom, blessed Mary's Son;
This land of such dear souls, this dear, dear land,
Dear for her reputation through the world,
Is now leas'd out, - I die pronouncing it, -
Like to a tenement, or pelting farm:
England, bound in with the triumphant sea,
Whose rocky shore beats back the envious siege
Of watr'y Neptune, is now bound in with shame,
With inky blots, and rotten parchment bonds:
That England, that was wont to conquer others,
Hath made a shameful conquest of itself.
Ah, would the scandal vanish with my life,
How happy then were my ensuing death!
Let's all hope that the EU turns out to be the cormorant of the piece.


  1. Makes my head spin. Sheer lunacy, the whole bloody lot are insane. I just wish the Euro would collapse and then we can have done with much of it, but it's not likely now they want to create their own credit rating agency!

    I feel like I'm trapped in a strait-jacket and being forced to live in asylum. Can't the politicos see what is happening?

    They're either being really well bribed (as most of them are rich anyhow) or they're just plain thick!

  2. Interesting roundup, thank you.

    To comment only on Euro slag Cafe Ashtray; "Critics are suggesting that the intention is to create a communication unit under the sole control of EEAS"

    Reminds me of Nazi Germany where internal politics consisted of Hitlers various sidekicks engaging in turf wars, back-stabbing and empire building.

  3. Sue, they must know what they're doing - we could excuse them by saying they're stupid or mad if it were just one Party but it isn't - it's all of them. The EU's own credit agency was first discussed last year when they didn't like what was happening to the ratings of countries like Greece and Portugal. I don't see what they get out of it except power and perks - that's probably enough for them.

    "Euro slag" - I like it. I'd imagine there are lots of turf wars going on at our expense, Banned. The problem is there's nothing we can do about them - votes can't touch these people and when voting's useless bullets or bombs tend to make an appearance.


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