"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."

Saturday, 28 April 2012

The Drugs Don't Work

Our drugs have apparently been telling us to work our socks off, teach our children well and pay into National Insurance to be assured of a healthy and vital old age. Well, you can knock that one on the head for a start. If I haven't made it plain enough then I apologise; please put it down to my natural English reticence and my stiff upper lip - the lip that quivers and says, "What can't be cured must be endured".

I've been trying, and failing, for three years to say that this form of government is not for us and, much as I wanted to believe that Cameron & Co had our best interests at heart, nothing has changed and it must be transparent to everyone by now that they don't. Labour are equally useless with a feckless leader inculcated in Marxist politics and the Libdeums have been subsumed, drawn up as they are into the Great Parliamentary Unwashed.

This leaves us with only one option at the local and Mayoral elections on 6th May and that is to vote for none of the above. Please, vote for anyone but the LibLabConcon. Part of me doesn't care who you vote for and just wants everyone to go out and show them that we do care about those we elect to govern us. We must object to the mechanisms they put in place to augment and preserve their own power and their own jobs.

Delve, start following them, watch what they do. I've had enough of being a politics geek - I've learned enough to last a lifetime. I see how they've connived and cheated and so will you if you forensically follow them.  Three years out of a lifetime isn't much to ask of you - someone has to carry the torch.

Once things pick up I've got a place to go to in Torquay (please send me your jokes) and I'm hoping to buy a couple of THESE and one of THESE .  I just want to live my life free from government and local council interference.  I'm an individual and I don't have to kow-tow to the Collective and neither do you.

There's no wonder most old folk can't wait to die. Listen to them on their death-beds, as I've done. Generation after generation repeats the same mistake of believing what tptb feed us.  Don't let it happen to you.  Change the system.  Don't be one of those who says, "I'm glad I'm going."

Post Of The Week

"Here we are in a rainy town square in Essex on a rainy Monday afternoon in April, 2012. It also happens to be ‘St George’s Day’ although you might be forgiven for not having noticed. It’s pouring down and the small crowd that has gathered outside the council offices are huddling under their umbrellas. They’re waiting for the mayor of Basildon to emerge to ceremoniously raise England’s national flag. The borough always organises great family-oriented celebrations for St George’s Day every year..."

Read it ALL to see the reality of St George's Day today in a small corner of England. The English Standard is relatively new to the blogosphere but the authors are seasoned veterans. It's worth book-marking so please go and support them.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Doing What The Chinese Do So Well

UPDATE: After three years I've finally realised that visitors to the blog might not be mind-readers so let me explain: I posted this to show the harmony of thought and regulation between Communist China and the EU.  The next time our elected leaders laud China for her attempts at 'capitalism', remember that it isn't - it's globalisation and corporatism that the Chinese government is learning.  In return, the West is learning about the application of Human Rights.


It's been a while since I did a gleanings or a WHEDFU so here's a mix of the two as the blog gets back to normality.  I'll try not to post anything old, stupid or silly but, given that I've just returned from the docs and am now stuffed to the gills with antibiotics, white wine and a certain amount of laissez-faire, I can't guarantee anything. No doubt the evening will end with Brunhilde, Mimi or Pagliacci, so don't say I didn't warn you.

First out of the Starter's Gate is a pictorial gem from a new addition to the blogroll, DreadnoughtUK:

(Click to enlarge as per) 

Second out of the traps is an American Freeman who decided to give up his US Citizenship but: Application Denied .
That you even have to ‘apply’ to relinquish what you never signed up for is intellectually insulting. That you cannot do so freely, and immediately, is nothing short of totalitarian.
Over here, if I remember correctly from the Hansard debates I've posted (Maastricht tag?)  it's possible to relinquish UK citizenship but not EU citizenship.  That probably needs a bit more delving.  HM The Queen, our Monarch and her heirs, are EU citizens - that's a definite.

There's a new kid on the block in England.  This time it's The Committee of St George .  The aim is to make St George's Day a national Bank Holiday in England.  Good luck with that one since we don't have an English Parliament to see it through.  It's worth writing to your MP, however, just to remind him/her that we do still exist.

I thought this was interesting: EIB inserts drachma clauses in loans to Greek firms.  This is the interesting bit:
 "...the whole of the new contracts for loans to Greek companies will have the so-called “drachma clauses” and will be under English law."
I'd like to know the who, what, where, when and why of that legal arrangement.

Here's that dirty word 'populism' again.
"Regrettably, the winds of populism are affecting a key achievement of European integration: the free movement of persons within our borders".
So said European Council President, Herman van Rompuy, the man without a plan, in the Romanian parliament yesterday.  I think it's about time Haiku Herman came and addressed our own UK Parliament here in Westminster.  He's assured of a very warm welcome.

Well, perhaps not warm enough to toast his waffles. This English flame couldn't even fry a frankfurter so maybe he's just pitching for a wage increase :
"A reflection group of select EU foreign ministers include merging the roles of the EU Council and European Commission presidents."
A 'reflection group'?  How lucky we peasants and serfs are to have such a high-minded and noble intelligentsia guide us through the pitfalls of life, to guard our every move, to watch our every mouthful and safeguard our every word lest we fall foul of their laws.  Oh, Holy Herman of the Haiku, how we esteem thee!

Yet again, the Sky is falling: Far-right to blame for re-introduction of internal borders:

Excuse me while I choke laughing.  Not only is there no likelihood of Schengen being dissolved but to imply that the desperate Sarkozy's election soundbites are of the 'Far-Right' is ridiculous and shows the msm at its best.  I think we all know by now that pre-election waffle doesn't translate into action.

Here's one for the States: Drones across America . We already know that UK Police Forces Services have trialled drones and can put them into operation providing they clear it with Air Control.

Here's a nice one about the European Court of Justice's wine cellar.  We pay, they sup, they pronounce, we pay again.

That's probably enough for now.  I've looked at my bookmarks and I could go on all night but I'm in need of some music so the rest will have to wait.  If there's one thing I hope you get from this it's that this battle extends beyond England, beyond Britain and is global.  There used to be a phrase, back in the 90's, "Think global, act local".  That was Agenda21 as it knocked on our doors.

It's time we adopted their tactics.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

A Stroll down Memory Lane

In view of Rupert Murdoch's comments that Brown had seemed unbalanced as he "declared war" on his organisation, I had been going to do a Max, but he beat me to it. Here are just a few further mementos of the Brown Years instead:

I think that should be enough to give you a warm glow this evening as you reflect that at least this pill-popping bag of paranoia is no longer our PM.  If you need more, you can always check out the separate pages of videos, election material and spoof posters (nsfw).

UPDATE: And he's popped up again right on cue, to prove that zombies never die:
"Gordon Brown has denied he pledged to "declare war" on News Corporation and called on Rupert Murdoch to correct the account he gave on oath at the Leveson Inquiry of a 2009 phone call between them.
"The News Corp boss described Brown as "unbalanced" in a conversation that Murdoch said had taken place by telephone at the time it emerged that the Sun was coming out in support of the Conservatives. The tabloid declared "Labour's Lost It" on 30 September – the day after Brown's speech to his party conference.
"However, in a statement, Brown said Murdoch was "wholly wrong" and called on him to retract "a serious allegation". The former prime minister said he did not speak to Murdoch by telephone at around that time, and that he did not "phone Mr Murdoch or meet him, or write to him about his decision".

Actually, I forgot one of my favourites, created by Max in the dog days of Brown's government:

PMQs: Summary & Videos

Cameron paid tribute to Sapper Connor Ray, 33 Engineer Regiment, Explosive Ordnance Disposal who died in a Birmingham hospital from wounds sustained in Afghanistan.

 The end of Wales Questions was very noisy as MPs entered the arena for the crucifixion of the gladiators PMQs. The place was positively buzzing in expectation of seeing a bloodied scalp hoisted above the Speaker's Chair. 

Miliband was welcomed by huge cheers from the Tory benches and he led with this morning's GDP figures and the recession. "What excuses will he make this time?"  Called Cameron 'arrogant & complacent' and said the recession was made by him and Osborne.  The phrase "too far, too fast" made a re-appearance but Cameron fought back: "The solution to a debt crisis cannot be more debt."

Miliband then moved on to Jeremy Hunt/News Corp and the House actually fell fairly silent to hear him.  Cameron initially responded by returning to the economy and "we will not forget who got us into this mess".  He insisted that there will be "no pre-judging of the Inquiry" and read a short statement from Lord Justice Leveson.

Harriet seemed to smirk quite a bit as she glanced up approvingly at Miliband but Balls was fairly subdued compared to his usual melodramatic self.  Clegg was his normal glum self and Sir George Young was as calm and unperturbed as ever.  Osborne seemed rather animated at times and, most unusually for him, didn't give us his impression of a louche baronet anticipating the delights of a Marrakesh houri.

All in all, they were a noisy and tiresome bunch - where's the Anadin?

Did your MP speak?
Gordon Henderson,  Con, Sittingbourne & Sheppey; Karl McCartney, Con, Lincoln;  Yasmin Qureshi, Lab, Bolton South-East;  Gordon Birtwistle, LibDem, Burnley; Shabana Mahmood, Lab, Birmingham Ladywood; Jeremy Lefroy, Con, Stafford; Mark Hendrick, Lab Co-op, Preston; Craig Whittaker, Con, Calder Valley; Iain McKenzie, Lab, Inverclyde; Andrew Jones, Con, Harrogate & Knaresborough; David Simpson, DUP, Upper Bann; David Amess, Con, Southend West; Fiona O'Donnell, Lab, East Lothian; Andrew Griffiths, Con, Burton;  Barbara Keeley, Lab, Worsley & Eccles South; Bob Blackman, Con, Harrow East; James Cunningham, Lab, Coventry South; Stephen Lloyd, LibDem, Eastbourne; Angela Smith, Lab, Penistone & Stocksbridge; Stephen Hammond, Con, Wimbledon; David Winnick, Lab, Walsall North.

Matters raised:
Withdrawal of UK Forces from Afghanistan;  improved engineering/manufacturing figures from Lincoln; GDP/recession/economy; lack of skills/investment in technical colleges; debt/deficit/ cutting "too far, too fast"; World Malaria Day; UK economy "in the danger zone"; Priority School Buildings project; Nadine Dorries' comment re "posh, arrogant, out of touch"; expanding markets/Queen's Award for Enterprise; call to scrap August fuel increase; some nonsense fluff about encouraging British Olympic athletes "to go for gold" & his mother; Alex Salmond's role with News Corp; high salaries of Town Hall employees/TPA figures; GDP/deficit; Ken Livingstone's tax affairs/Artful Dodger quip; regional pay; public giving to charities/tax implications; economy/GDP/deficit; economy/GDP/deficit; economy.

Cameron made an uncalled for comment (re Russell Brand & drugs) in response to David Winnick, an honourable and long-standing MP in the mould of Tony Benn, who deserves more respect, despite his politics.

All followed by a Statement to the House by Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who was heckled widely throughout.  Harriet Harman responded for the Opposition.

Videos of PMQs to follow.

The DUP Channel are quick off the mark again this week. Here's David Simpson's question about fuel duty:

PMQs: Reminder

Links to Live Parliament and Guido's live chat, both from twelve o'clock, and  The Daily Politics on BBC iPlayer from 11.30am. There's also BBC Parliament live.

Summary and videos here from about one o'clock.

UPDATE: Jeremy Hunt will be addressing the House at 12.30pm

The Daily Politics: UKIP & Claire Perry MP

I can't find any specific clips relating to these two interviews on yesterday's DP so HERE is a link to the whole programme on BBC iPlayer. It won't be available for very long so catch it while you can.

The interview with Lawrence Webb, UKIP's London Mayoralty candidate, is between about 22.44 and 29.25. He's very personable, talks well, isn't thrown by the questioning and generally comes across well. The UKIP strategy is to give your first vote to UKIP and your second preference to Boris Johnson. Here are the key points outlined on the programme:
  • Stop further EU legislation which might affect the City of London;
  • Zero tolerance on anti-social behaviour, knife crime etc: "Offend on Saturday face Court on Monday";
  • Priority given to Londoners over migrants for jobs and housing;
  • Scrap the congestion charge and restrict the Low Emission Zone;
  • Landlords to have power to choose whether to have smoking rooms in pubs & clubs;
  • Make it easier for people to carry out Citizens' Arrests.
For me, though, there was only one Star of The Show, and that was Claire Perry, Conservative MP for Devizes and a cheerleader for Westminster's Osborne Fan Club. The delicious dissection of Claire begins at roughly 38.53 and ends at about 48.27.

If you watch nothing else today, PLEASE make a point of watching this. She's there to defend the government handing over another £10bn to the IMF in order to prop up the eurozone countries. The twists, turns, squirms, interruptions, head-shaking and face-pulling are a thing to behold and you may need to clutch a cushion and watch from behind the sofa. Even I was embarrassed for her because she obviously doesn't have the self-awareness to be embarrassed herself. ("Shrill? Is that because I am a woman?"  No dear, it's because you know you don't have a leg to stand on).

In contrast the Shadow Treasury Minister, Chris Leslie, did very well. Ed Balls is right (*faints*) when he says that had Osborne pledged one penny more it would have had to go to a vote in the House.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012


Silatech is a subsidiary of Common Purpose. Common Purpose, as we all know by now, is a Registered Charity and Trust within the UK. One course at CP costs in the region of £10k per person and always at the taxpayers' expense.

How many of our elected local government officials have attended these courses? Where does it get its funding from? We'll never know half the answers because many FoI requests aren't answered. Members of our Westminster Executive aren't strangers to Common Purpose:  they've either been on courses provided by CP or they endorse their methods. Unfortunately for us, it's all UN and Agenda21-led.

While you're checking, look up Civilia Ltd as well. That's another offshoot that's down to us too. Sad to say that I remember a time when Common Purpose was just a big fat blob spreading tentacles across this country. Now it's global. Shame on England for giving birth to such a monster and shame on the British government for being at the heart of it.

It's one thing to change the political system, quite a challenge in itself, but compared to the task of ridding our institutions of CP practices and mindset, it's beginning to look like a doddle. To paraphrase a well-known saying: It doesn't matter who you vote for, Common Purpose always gets in.

Btw, Julia Middleton, CEO of CP is married to Rupert Middleton

Monday, 23 April 2012

It's Not You, It's Me

Dear John Dave

This is really hard for me to say but... we can't go on like this. Neither of us is happy when you're under pressure to perform because, and I hate to say this, you seem to take it out on me.

Let's face it, we've been going steadily downhill since that December day in 2005 when you bounded ruddy-cheeked on to the stage in rolled up shirt sleeves and without notes. To be perfectly honest, I was surprised at the outcome but prepared to give you the benefit of the doubt. Well, the years have been long, cold and lonely (TM Led Zeppelin) since then and I think it's time we drew a line in the sand and moved on, to coin a Blair-phrase or two.

I've been trying to tell you for the past three or four years, but you just aren't listening to me. You don't read my little online notes (if you did you'd have bowed out gracefully long before today), you don't write, you don't listen and the flowers stopped arriving in 2010. There are only brickbats now and an outstretched palm as you demand I return the house-keeping money for another of your bright ideas.  (And let's be honest, the ideas are neither yours nor bright).

The thing is, you seemed like a fairly decent chap back in 2005, obviously intelligent with endless enthusiasm and a Tiggerish quality that could have gone some way to reviving our fortunes after the barren wasteland of the previous thirteen years.  Now you look like the ghost of Jacob Marley, fat, pale and anxious, dragging the chains of the European Union and Agenda21 behind you instead of cutting them loose.

We could have gone places together.  You could have been 'The One':  The One who lifted us out of media-perpetuated self-loathing; The One who told those who denigrate us in order to destroy us where to go; The One who re-affirmed British principles of fair play, loyalty and integrity; The One who acknowledged that it was okay to think you were 'English by the Grace of God'; The One who didn't pander to the 'What does it mean to be British/English' brigade; The One who defended this Nation and its people.  But you weren't.  You didn't even come close.

You've let me down, Dave.  You fineigled, connived and contrived to win my heart but never again.  You're finished, I'm gone, the Party's over.

Signed: The Conservative Grassroots

PS I lied, it is you.

Witterings from Witney: Democracy

Witterings from Witney: Democracy 

A wonderful article and a 'must-read'.

Happy St George's Day

A double celebration today.  Here's some light reading to celebrate Shakespeare's birthday

Here's a dance to get your joints moving:

And last but not least, here's one for the children (and those young at heart):

The White Dragon Flag of England

Some Churches across London will be ringing their bells for St George at 6pm this evening - hope you're one of the lucky ones.  I'll definitely be throwing open all the windows here in the hope of hearing something on the wind.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Post Of The Week

There was so much choice for this one. I've been busily book-marking some excellent posts throughout the week in readiness for a return of Post of the Week, but this one, which I read only this morning, struck a chord in me.

I too have been away, albeit for just five years. I left after RIPA, the CCA and Blair, and came back at the tail-end of Brown fully expecting that the English would be, well, English; that they would be so angered by what had been done that people everywhere would be sticking up two fingers to arbitrary, imposed authority. Tom Paine continues: It's our own fault, damn it
"I used to write enthusiastically in the hope of turning opinion against the politicians attacking civil liberties. I thought they were the problem and could be influenced. My enthusiasm is gone because I no longer blame them. I came back to England to find the country I knew had died. An ignorant, infantilised electorate expects government to act whenever it feels threatened. In the wake of 9/11 and 7/7 the most dangerous mob cry of all went up; 'do something!' "
So true. Do go and read the whole post and, while you're there, tell Tom not to leave us.

Sunday Reflection


On either side the river lie long fields of barley ...

SUBROSA: Will Faslane Be Scotland's Bargaining Tool?

SUBROSA: Will Faslane Be Scotland's Bargaining Tool?

Sunday Round-up

Another attack on England, the English, St George and the Flag
Legislation to enshrine overseas aid spending in law is missing from the Queen's Speech
Weapons expert who worked with Dr David Kelly also 'goes for a walk'
£300k bill for taxpayer in Peter Hain contempt case
ECHR judges 'alerted Abu Qatada' about appeal deadline
LibDem donor, Michael Brown, extradited to Britain
UK medics filmed offering to arrange Female Genital Mutilation
Archbishop of York is "victim of naked racism"
The Church, politics and acadaemia
Lansley backs regionalisation of pay for NHS staff
Voters prefer Douglas Carswell's 'manifesto' - See graphic below
Yet another anti-UKIP article in the Telegraph
Abu Qatada could be here for at least another eighteen months
Another terrorist, Taha Muhammed, can't be deported & threatens to sue the government
 Clegg's wife advised Kraft at time of Cadbury take-over
Troops' morale suffers in "pointless" Afghan war
Kuwaiti government official tasered for urinating on Blair's doorstep
The changing face of Britain: fatherless families on the rise
A defence, of sorts, of Theresa May 

Around & About:
Dutch austerity talks fail - Government "about to collapse"
First round of French Presidential election begins
Massive anti-government protests in Prague
Sounds familiar: "Obama isn't working". Screw up your eyes & intellect and wonder how this slogan can be "evocative of a nasty racial stereotype about black men".

Cameron -v- Carswell
 (click to enlarge)

Friday, 20 April 2012

Just A Quickie

Mr Justice Mitting of SIAC has said that if Abu Qatada's deportation isn't imminent (which it never was, even had the dates been right) he'll have no alternative but to release Abu Qatada back on to our streets.

My first thought on this beautifully sunny day in London, pre-cup of tea, is that I wouldn't be surprised if some young buck thought he'd make a name for himself and rid our streets of Qatada, permanently, and save the cost of the airfare. Let's face it, it's not as if there's a shortage of weapons on our streets.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

What Does It Take?

After her assured performance in the House yesterday I was prepared to give Theresa May the benefit of the doubt; she seemed confident and on top of her brief. Well, how wrong was I - and how deep in the mire is she?

The Council of Europe has said that Abu Qatada's solicitors (I believe it's Gareth Pierce, again) launched his appeal against deportation within the 3-month time limit set by the ECHR.

Just what, exactly, does a Minister have to do to be sacked? How incompetent must they prove themselves to be before they're deemed unfit for office? Once upon a time, in a land far away, she would either have resigned by now or been sacked but these days there seems to be nothing they can't do and get away with. They're pretty much like those crims who are never sent to jail despite so many previous convictions but are left unpunished to go on and commit further, bigger crimes. I wonder who takes after whom.

May should be sacked, no doubt about it, but I can't see anyone fit to replace her. David Davis is studiously ignored by Cameron, having shot himself in the foot when he resigned as Shadow Home Secretary in 2008. After all, it wouldn't do to have a government comprised of Ministers who are willing to resign on points of principle. We might actually begin to believe that integrity and honesty had made a return to the Front Benches, and that would never do.

Talking of integrity, Nick Clegg faced the Political & Constitutional Reform Committee this morning. Much has been made about giving local people the power of recall over their MPs if they were judged guilty of something like, for example, fiddling their expenses. Well, we can forget that. One thing Clegg said stood out for me. When asked whether the procedure for recall might be 'abused', he replied that MPs would have "a fair amount of discretion" and that "industrial-scale laziness" would not count as serious wrong-doing or grounds for recall. Try that one with your boss.  So, if anyone was hoping to see a cleaner, more accountable House of Commons, they can forget it. As if they'd really give away any real powers to us, the people.

Something else you might be interested in is a copy of a Spectator article due for release this coming Saturday and it goes some way towards explaining why Cameron, Clegg & the Coalition are in such a mess. Civil Service Coup. If Cameron doesn't have the cojones to deal with this then he deserves all he gets; the trouble is, the country doesn't deserve it but we're the ones who will bear the brunt of his failure.

Finally, George Soros, a man who should be behind bars, has peeped above the parapet again and declared that the Euro is ripe for plucking. It looks as though the end game is nigh but because of the prevarication & subterfuge of the so-called 'EU elite' over the past three years, the damage will be so much greater and has the capability to take us all down with it. Osborne should not have been propping up this failed ideology, with our high taxes, for as long as he has.

That's the trouble with our government, they all want to be dancers on the world stage but they just can't cut it with their two left feet.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

PMQs: Summary & Videos

The House paid tribute to Captain Rupert Bowers; Sgt Luke Taylor & Lance-Cpl Michael Foley who lost their lives in Afghanistan and Cpl Jack Stanley who succumbed to injuries sustained.

Another noisy game of verbal ping-pong was played today and the House was particularly noisy. Miliband led with the cut in 50p tax rate - is it true that it would it be worth £40m pa to "Britain's millionaires". Cameron switched to the improved unemployment figures released this morning and effectively asked and answered his own questions. Miliband quickly turned the topic around again to tax increases, pensioners, charities, pasties, churches, families with children. He quoted a report from the Institute of Fiscal Studies which shows families with children will be £500 pa worse off this year.

Cameron did his best to rebut Miliband but it probably got lost in the jeering and cheering. He couldn't resist a dig at Livingstone's tax returns, the Bradford West bye-election, Galloway, the fuel strike, the Unions and Miliband had a dig at Osborne's two hats, Francis Maude and anything else he could think of. They were like two dogs, each growling and gnawing furiously on their own bones. Harman smirked and Balls mouthed and gesticulated. From what I could see, Cameron was flanked by Sir George Young and the laid-back Osborne.

During backbenchers' questions Douglas Carswell asked Cameron to explain the disparity between two comments he made - one in Britain and one in Burma - regarding the sway of Civil Servants. A bit of a ruckus ensued when Cameron told him to get a sense of humour. It was all go in the House today and the HonMembers left their dignity at the door, as usual.

Your MP: Toadie or Independent Thinker?

Naomi Long, Alliance, East Belfast; Stephen Barclay, Con, North East Cambridgeshire; Karl McCartney, Con, Lincoln; Rev William McCrea, DUP, South Antrim; Steve Gilbert, LibDem, St Austell & Newquay; Kerry McCarthy, Lab, Bristol East; Richard Bacon, Con, Norfolk South; Teresa Pearce, Lab, Erith & Thamesmead; George Freeman, Con, Mid-Norfolk; Andrew Smith, Lab, Oxford East; Andrew Selous, Con, South-West Bedfordshire; David Blunkett, Lab, Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough; Stephen Mosley, Con, City of Chester; Ian Murray, Lab, Edinburgh South; Paul Uppal, Con, Wolverhampton South-West; Kelvin Hopkins, Lab, Luton North; Caroline Dinenage, Con, Gosport; Gordon Marsden, Lab, Blackpool South; Douglas Carswell, Con, Clacton; Alex Cunningham, Lab, Stockton North; James Clappison, Con, Hertsmere; Anas Sarwar, Lab, Glasgow Central; Claire Perry, Con, Devizes; Kate Green, Lab, Stretford & Urmston; Andrew Percy, Con, Brigg & Goole; George Galloway, Respect, Bradford West;

Matters raised:
Transparency of political parties in N Ireland; NHS doctors who can't speak English; getting on top of the deficit/Standard & Poors' UK credit rating; Kingsmills massacre in N Ireland; 'Pasty' tax; dinner party donations/rising cost of food; sale of Lotus in Norfolk; staffing levels at HMRC; Livingstone/tax avoidance;  closure of ACE children's learning centre; Ken Livingstone & his tax arrangements; criticism of judges/politicians /libel/parliamentary privilege; human rights in Burma; tax cuts or millionaires/by how much will Cabinet benefit; hi-jacking of postal votes amongst 'South Asian' voters; 'Granny tax'/pensioners; bungled investigation into young British girl missing in Germany; 20% VAT rate on places of worship; the Sir Humphrey factor - true or false; charity tax; universities admitting students on basis of merit; unemployment; keeping children safe online/ISPs shd do more; child benefit & child poverty; tax on business/mobile caravans; Afghanistan/accelerated withdrawal of British troops

A Point of Order was raised immediately by Ed Balls regarding the 50p rate and the PM's figures but Cameron had already left the House. Bercow accused Balls of "using a contrived device to continue the debate".

Videos to follow.

By the way, take a look at this: eFIG . I caught part of an astonishing interview between Andrew O'Neil and a Kenneth Freeman, chairman of the European Federation of Interior Landscape Groups (yes, really) who are responsible for maintaining the twelve fig trees in Portcullis House at a cost to the taxpayer of £30million pa.

Here's Galloway in action:

PMQs: Reminder

Links to Live Parliament and Guido's live chat, both from twelve o'clock, and  The Daily Politics on BBC iPlayer from 11.30am. There's also BBC Parliament live.

Summary and videos here from about one o'clock.

Can You Still Breathe?

Are you gasping for a last breath yet? I know I am.  About eighteen months ago I blogged about THIS and the fact that it's only now hit the msm is one reason why I feel it's too late for cosy political solutions.

By the time the British msm reports anything about the EU you can reckon it's done, dusted and already been years in the planning. The so-called European Museum of History, primarily aimed at children, is no exception. Perhaps now people will finally realise what's happening and look again at our own governments of the past decades and see the lies we've been told.

That World War 2 should be re-named the European Civil War is laughable; it's a bad joke, and it's one that's on us who paid £44m for the pleasure of being insulted, manipulated and corralled into manageable bite-size geographical pieces.  It's a small thing in the scheme of things but I hope it's the proverbial straw.  We should be very, very angry with Cameron & Co and their predecessors but since we're not a marching people we must hit them hard at the ballot box and vote for anyone except the LibLabCon con at all elections, local and general.

There's a whiff of psychotic denial in the air around Brussels and these people won't stop until intolerable circumstances, or the people, force them to do so.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Back Tomorrow With PMQs

In the meantime here's some music. I couldn't find the one I wanted, with Sam Butera, but this is a second best. Keely Smith is always good:

Sorry, I can't resist it. All my music and books are still in storage and I miss them and want them back. I love these too:

Monday, 16 April 2012

Walmartians I

Just to lift our my spirits, I thought I'd post these - I'm sure you can make up your own captions. Hang on to your hats & click to enlarge:

Asda: Expanding in a neighbourhood near you.

Update On Olly

Poor old 'Olly'. You might not like his language but you have to feel for his plight - in fact, let's not call it 'a plight', let's call it what it is: A Stitch-Up.

What's annoying me at the moment is that so many people are spouting half-baked rubbish based on half-known facts. Even M'learned friends are getting in on the act when they only know half of the story. I realise the legal blogger could only write about the facts of the case as they were presented in Court and written up by the msm but - BIG but - she'd have done better to keep quiet until she knew the full facts rather than comment on half a story.

Olly had already been acquitted of harassment; these lesser charges under the Telecommunications Act were an 'okay, we failed so let's get him for this' act of desperation - and, of course, the CPS and Courts obliged (and all within three weeks apparently.  My, how the wheels of Justice whizz when they want to).

The whole story is here: Bexley is Bonkers, which is a completely different site to Olly's You've Been Cromwelled.  The following extract is from today's BisB:
"So Bexley council is lying to the Daily Mail now. When will they ever learn that it is constant lying that has been their undoing? Lying to the electorate, lying to the police, lying to newspapers. When will it stop?

“The council is totally supportive of freedom of expression and political debate.” Funny then that they all but closed down debate at council meetings, banished it totally when 2,219 people signed a petition and just a year ago persuaded the police to send me a warning of arrest for criticising councillors."
For those in media/legal circles who still don't get it: the real story here is local corruption and the attempt to silence legitimate concerns; these are the root issues, not a swear word, so get digging and report the truth.

Calling Someone A C* on Twitter...
Beyond Language

UPDATE: HERE is EuReferendum's take on it
UPDATE2: From someone who was in Court: The 'District Judge' (do they mean Magistrate?) said, “It is quite clear from the words used that there was every intention to insult Melvin Seymour.” That's true, there was every intention to insult the Councillor. The question is: When has insulting a Councillor been a criminal offence?  Link

Monday Mooching

I'm finding it difficult today to summon up any enthusiasm to write about a bunch of manipulative shysters and their support crew - it's so damned depressing. Here are two scraps of news gleaned from around the interwebbythingy instead:

Barroso: We're from the Task Force & we're here to help
"The Task Force is a resource at the disposal of the Greek authorities as they seek to build a modern and prosperous Greece, characterised by economic opportunity and social equity, and served by an efficient administration with a strong public service ethos. Reforming Greek public administration requires sustained effort and a determination to change on the part of Greek government and all parts of society. Through the creation of the Task Force, Greece's European partners are demonstrating their strong will to assist Greece in this venture.
... The Task Force is based in Brussels with an office, with a support team in Athens. It reports to the President and works under the political guidance of Vice President Olli Rehn.

There's  no comment from the European Commission about the continued unrest and the bombing campaign, nor about the Greek suicide rate which is increasing alarmingly.

The second article to make me reach for the duvet is this: TV report shows Israel gearing up to attack Iran
In the event that negotiations fail and the order is given for Israel to carry out an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities, “dozens if not more planes” will take part in the mission: attack and escort jets, tankers for mid-air refueling, electronic warfare planes and rescue helicopters, the report said.

Ben-David said the Israel Air Force “does not have the capacity to destroy the entire Iranian program.” There will be no replication of the decisive strikes on Iraq’s Osirak reactor in 1981 or on Syria in 2007, he said. “The result won’t be definitive.” But, a pilot quoted in the report said, the IAF will have to ensure that it emerges with the necessary result, with “a short and professional” assault.
Quite what credence can be attached to this report from the Times of Israel, I don't know, but all this war-talk doesn't bode well.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

*Sigh* On Sunday

I do worry, really I do, about the state of education in this country:
Interesting reeding peoples variety of comments, the truth is, we will always have a difference of appinians ifs and buts,I am no prophet but the fact is the race has been run and yes u can bet your bottom dollar that if connections with according to pete had hindsight that horse would not have run,but it ran because the owner was a man who new his horse was a race horse who loved to run and jump and compete ,the same as all physical sports we push our selves to the limits to try to succed, this is called compertion and unfortunately they will always be tragedy in many veritys of sports ,I also recognise the difference between running a horse for love and not money,and unfortunately this is the division between the people who love horse racing for the sport it is rather than the money they can make out of the sport,we no people need to make a living but why b greedy

- P shack, Whitby, 15/4/2012 12:14
what teh hell was she doign walkign throught a feild with horses??? woudl she have walked through a cow feild with a bull in it??? The problem today is people think they can do what they want. The horse shoudlnt be put down for actin gliek a horse. I would never dream of walkign through a field with an animal in it unless i was 1005 sure i want goign to be hurt. Its a sad thing that she died but for god sake it was her own fault not the poor animals.

Sunday Reflection

Sunday Round-up

Easing back into it and wondering whether to continue with this once-regular feature:

Records of 600,000 NHS patients accidentally sent abroad
Clegg: Nanny State plans to recruit 65,000 State Nannies (ST£)
Not "an Exclusive": Clegg's nannies & more
Govt denies that UK aid money funds forced sterilisation in India
Weekly text message from Job Centre regarded as 'personal support' for unemployed youngsters
Leading British Muslim, founder of MCB, faces war crimes charges
Foreign firms fund Jubilee flotilla as UK firms decline
75% want HRA scrapped
Cameron's last-ditch bid to water down HRA (ST£)
Hooray for Hockney: "Keep your mean, dreary views out of my life"
Anti-obesity 'experts': Nudging isn't enough
Clegg rules out Brussels post: I will fight 2015 election as DPM
Companies hang on to their cash rather than invest for growth
Barker: No further plans for on-shore wind farms (ST£)
62% support plain packaging proposal. Really?
A&E doctors advised to leave patients on trolleys (ST£)
Localism: Plans for 'Street Courts'

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Bomb Explodes In Athens

Another bomb has exploded in the centre of Athens this afternoon. It happened outside a branch of Eurobank and is the third in two weeks. There are no reports of injuries or photos coming through yet.
Explosion d'une bombe artisanale

UPDATE: Here's the report from Ekathimerini. It seems it was a similar device to the one earlier in the week but only one gas canister exploded, causing smoke damage to some shutters. To call it a bomb is an exaggeration but it does show the strength of feeling against the EU in the run-up to May 6th elections. The Greeks have been protesting for I don't know how long, at least eighteen months, and it shows no sign of lessening. At the same time, the EU-approved, technocrat, Goldman Sachs government shows no sign of listening. My money is on the Greeks to win.

A Sign Of The Times

One of the early pleasures of an English Spring is throwing open all the windows and letting the sounds and smells drift in; another is the re-emergence of toddlers & children into the communal garden and hearing their squeals of delight as they play their games. There are only two or three of them in this small, private block and I've never seen them unsupervised by an adult nor have I ever heard them squabble or fight.

I feel for them this Saturday morning. Like a thief in the night someone has stolen in and nailed an official-looking sign to a fence forbidding them from playing ball games of any description. It seems the gardens are communal only for the gardeners and not for the children.

This judgmental, killjoy attitude is another aspect of our increasingly puritan society that I can happily live without.   What miseryguts these people are who seek to impose rules & restrictions on all aspects of our lives - 'from cradle to grave'.

Beyond Language

The case of Bexley Council -v- Olly is probably not well known outside a small circle of bloggers who've been following his (mis)fortunes since last year when his exposure of corruption at Bexley led to charges being laid against him. These original charges were dropped but the case was vindictively pursued on other grounds and reached another level with yesterday's ridiculous Court verdict. We have until sentencing on May 9th to spread the word and garner more support for Olly.

Here's an excellent post from someone new to me, another 'Spidey', who has taken the time to ferret out the essential points and the timeline of events leading up to Olly's arrest. This is a 'must read' for anyone who doubts that our freedoms are threatened and I defy anyone to read it and still think that Olly had it coming simply because he used bad language. The bottom line is that Olly had unearthed evidence of corruption at Bexley and blogged about it in his usual, no-holds-barred style.  Charging him with an offence under the 2003 Communications Act is a desperate, last ditch act intended to silence him and teach him, and us, a lesson.

Spidey also describes Olly as "honest and polite" and I'll second that. I've had dealings with Olly over the past three years and never found him less than courteous, kind and a million miles away from the persona portrayed by his use of language.

If you use twitter you can check out the #freebexleyone tag for the latest updates.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Calling Someone A C*nt on Twitter is Now a Criminal Offence

Calling Someone A C*nt on Twitter is Now a Criminal Offence

Thanks to Max for the heads up.  This is an unbelievable judgement against Sir Olly of Red Rag and You've Been Cromwelled fame.
That’s official because the blogger and tweeter, Olly Cromwell, has today been found guilty under Section 127 of the Telecommunications Act 2003 of making a grossly offensive and menacing comment on Twitter.
Apparently, Olly called a Bexleyheath councillor a c*nt, on Twitter, and a District Judge has now referred Olly To Bromley Court for sentencing. The prosecution are asking for a custodial sentence equal to 45 days for each letter.
As I said to Max in the comments, this isn't a word I use or like to hear but this judgement is over the top and to ask for a jail sentence is really taking the pee out of our law, or what's left of it.  Can't speak freely, can't joke, can't protest peacefully, can't walk where you want, can't eat, drink or smoke what you want, can't bake cakes or give away surplus garden produce to whoever you want; it just goes on and on.  Everything is dumbed down to the lcd; we're patronised to the nth degree by the media who feed us only the news they think we should know; we're ignored by the handful of once-decent MPs in the Commons and treated with contempt by the rest of them.  And now, we can't even call a jumped-up Councillor a c*nt without being hauled before the Courts and threatened with jail.

Anderson, Schmanderson

"The sovereign people ought to be thoroughly, abjectly, ashamed of their spinelessness, their infirmity of purpose, their unspeakable wetness. But there it is. They are the only sovereign people we have."
So speaks Bruce Anderson, piss-poor journalist par excellence and author of such oleaginous hagiographies of Cameron that one fears for his mental state. Or, at least one would, if one gave a sh!t about this t!t of a man.

And who is this "we" of whom he writes? How easy it is for this rather creepy individual to distance himself from the sweaty mob and align himself securely at His Master's side inside the Westminster Bubble, separate and distinct from we who are 'spineless, infirm of purpose and unspeakably wet'.

Anderson is delusional if he really thinks all Cameron has to do to win more Conservative support is turn the economy around & deliver tough guy soundbites.

Economy & leadership
Serene Cameron is misunderstood

Lovely, I've just found this from Nadine Dorries: "[Anderson is] a complete misogynistic @rse".

Here's a pic of the man who has variously been described as a tosser, a tw@t, and as having a fondness for the sherry.

Now I've seen a pic of him, it explains so much and I reckon the best thing to do is just keep laughing at him, or as the boys would say, "Leave it Ma, 'e aint werf it."

UPDATE: While I'm playing whack-a-hack here's another load of execrable nonsense: Walter Ellis. This article embraces everything from Wolf Tone to Republicanism and the EU and ends with nothing of any real relevance to say about UKIP. It actually made me chuckle out loud to think that this is what passes for informed comment in our daily newspapers.  The author is being metaphorically slaughtered in the comments, and deservedly so.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Two Quotes For You

"... the Arab spring has shown that denying people their rights in the name of stability and security actually makes countries less stable in the end. Over time, the pressure builds up until the people take to the streets and demand their freedoms."
"Corruption denies the people their economic and political stake – the citizenship, the job and the voice that they want. Worse still, it breeds a cynicism and a sense of rage."

These are extracts from a speech that Cameron is due to deliver in Djakarta later today. They're fine, insightful words which should be applauded but, alas, not worth the teleprompter he reads from. Has the man no self-awareness, no sense of irony? Don't his own words make him pause for thought?

As my old Gran used to say, "Fine words butter no parsnips".

Freedom in the World 2010
Developments in Spain
Developments in France
And, of course, we all know about THIS

Odds & Sods:
Cameron to chair new UN Committee

It will be blog-lite today as I continue to wade through those Europe 2020 documents from yesterday.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

I'm In Love

I bought some shoes today. I've no idea what they'll go with but I'm totally besotted and will definitely sleep with them under my pillow tonight:

They were 25% off (what a saving!) and there's also a very similar pair in ruby red. I'm so tempted! Spring has obviously sprung at Muswell Hill Towers and the sap is rising.

Oh! Brave New World!

J W Waterhouse
"O, wonder!
How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is!
O brave new world,
That has such people in't!"
Shakespeare, The Tempest Act V, Scene I

Okay, *sarc* off.

Perhaps it's just getting older that does it, or of having had the benefit of a half-decent education, but I feel distanced from the youngsters who don't seem politically-motivated but 'event'-motivated. Yes, they'll get out on the streets for a face-off with the police now and again but only, for some reason I can't yet fathom, because groups such as UKUncut, the SWP, their affiliates or the Unions arrange it; they don't seem to look much further and actually question themselves. They don't ask, "Why am I doing this? Do I agree with this?"

To those who say demonstrations only happen under a Conservative government, I say, "Rubbish." There were plenty of demos during the Blair-Brown years, including a large one from our Police Force. I think it's simply that some youngsters haven't yet learned to think for themselves and look at motivation; to look at what might lie behind the call for strikes or demos, or look behind government proposals.

What they don't seem to comprehend is that the majority of the policies being put in place by this current government were instigated by the previous one, it's simply a continuation; business as usual. Perhaps it's the usual left/right dichotomy again - I wish we could get rid of it but while it's perpetuated by the media and the politicians themselves, we anti-communitarians, anti-third-wayers, don't stand a chance.

Anyway, vacant musings over, here's what I actually wanted to post and these are the sort of policies I'd like to see more of our youngsters campaigning about - against ALL governments. It's time they learned another slogan rather than "Tory scum, out, out, out". After all, that's soooo 1980's.

First review of the National Security Strategy 2010
"We are concerned that the Cabinet Office was unable to provide us, either in public or in confidence, with concrete examples of “blue skies” discussions by the NSC. Coupled with its failure to discuss the national security implications of either the Eurozone crisis or the possibility of Scottish independence, it is apparent that there are major problems in the way that the NSC selects topics for discussion."
Facial recognition in online and mobile services

Mutual recognition of judgments in criminal matters imposing custodial sentences or measures involving deprivation of liberty for the purpose of their enforcement [within the EU]

Regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents

"Targeting Roma"

Revision of Europol's legal basis

Amending Regulation  (EC) No 562/2006 - Frontex & Schengen

Information Exchange and Data Protection (DAPIX)

Finally, in case you missed it, sport is an EU competence. Sticky, sticky fingers.

There's so much more.  If you haven't bookmarked State Watch already or included them in your blogroll, I suggest you do.

By the way, the 38 degrees petition to government against the latest surveillance proposals is HERE.  It's already reached 107,000+.  Have you added your name?  I've always been wary of 38 Degrees, seeing them as fundamentally to the left and ascribing to an ideology that I can't agree with, but really I don't mind who my bedfellows are at the moment. 

Afternoon Reading

I'm trawling through .pdfs from the 26 March Europe 2020 Council Meeting. They're mostly dry as dust but do give an insight into the gargantuan data collection that's going on all over Europe and why they're desperate to organise a central database. It's completely unwieldy and will never work; Eurostat must need a small army of little Napoleons & Hitlers just to ferret it all out. I'm pootling through this one at the moment, just because I'm nosey:

Europe 2020: Income & Living Conditions

It illustrates the sheer amount of information being collated about us - all the better to manage and control our behaviour (Cameron's 'nudging'). The best way to read this .pdf is probably to take a look at the List of Tables, Figures etc and then click on the item that interests you and take it from there.

In the 2020 overview .pdf I read through (it wasn't as long as this one!) I was interested to see that the UK has been set almost no national targets by tptb. This is no doubt because our government doesn't need any encouragement to initiate and promote EU integration and competence and is usually way ahead of the curve.

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