"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, 24 July 2011

Sunday Round-up

Today's audio track:

Norway, written by a Norwegian.

John Redwood writes in praise of England. A beautifully written piece from this unfairly mocked man:
"I am brought to my feet or moved to sympathy by the British love of liberty. There is in our national character a sense of fairness, a love of the underdog, a gritty determination to stand up for our beliefs when challenged. There is at one and the same time a deep democratic instinct, and an unruly anti clericalism that undermines pomp, questions authority and is suspicious of claimed expertise."
The miracle of Somaliland yet it's not recognised by the West. 'The key to our success was the lack of foreign influence,' said Abdirahman Abdillahi, Speaker of the parliament. 'It was all done by Somalilanders alone.'
The Coldstream Guards could be axed 'The Irish, Scottish and Welsh guards are likely to be saved for “reasons of regional sensitivity”.'
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders could be turned into a Territorial Army reservist battalion as part of defence cuts.
Daley: the euro bailout is a conspiracy against democracy. "Deriding public opinion by dismissing it as populist, ignorant and inflammatory is not an incidental feature of the European project: it is essential."
Will Hutton finally succumbs to madness, as does one of his commenters who remarks, "Events in Norway reinforce the need for not just a monitory [sic] but a fiscal and political union."
c,1000 Scottish govt-funded quango workers earn less than the minimum wage
Osborne unveils plans to cut red tape.
UKBA: Fail "11 directors received £1.2million in pay and £90,000 in bonuses. UKBA wrote off £297million in bad debts and losses last year, including £207million lost on its e-Borders project."
Chilcot Inquiry warns Blair he will be criticised.
For those who want to know how their Council spends their money there's a new alert service to let you know when the books are available for inspection.
The knives are being sharpened for George Osborne over his relationship with Murdoch & Co.
The Blairs & the Murdochs are also scrutinised. "Blair's reluctance to speak out against Murdoch over the phone-hacking affair will undoubtedly bolster accusations that he has been compromised by his close ties with the media tycoon and his wife."
Brooks Newmark, Tory MP, misses constituency meeting about job losses to attend photo-op with reality tv nonentity.
The thuggish side of Sugar. News about news-makers by news-makers.

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