"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, 26 April 2012


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.

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