"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."

Monday, 7 May 2012

Around The World

Here we go (sorry it's just a round-up but there's so much going on at the moment that if I wrote about each one individually I'd be glued to the keyboard into the middle of next week and it is a Bank Holiday Monday after all).

Why did the Heartlands Institute ever think this would be a winning campaign? AGW proponents likened to mass murderers.
Here's a more measured approach from The Commentator: The Rise of Leftist Eco-Fascism.
And WUWT put their cards on the table: CRU scientists are unscrupulous liars worthy of our scorn.
No surprises after the weekend's election results: Euro tanks to three-month low.
Here is the final percentage of  Greek votes and, proving that neo-fascism is in the eye of the beholder, a warning about the Golden Dawn.  Here's a pic of 'the face of the enemy' - note the cigarette:

America on alert as DHS buys in seven years worth of ammunition.
Don't bother reading the witterings of our own msm - try this instead from der Spiegel:  Bound to disappoint - future problems for France .
It's interesting to note that 'raging Lefty'  Hollande's proposal to tax earnings over 150k euros at 45% will bring him into line with 'Conservative' Osborne's budget plans for 2013.
Canada & the EU are having a tough time selling the proposed new trade agreement to the people.
Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney still has problems as endorsements remain tepid. Santorum, Gingrich, Bachmann and other movers & shakers are less than enthusiastic.
Last night's Telegraph had this from Boris Johnson: Why do foreigners get all the jobs?  But in case we think he's serious, don't forget this from 2008: Boris calls for an amnesty for illegals.

Finally, this is from Feb and shows Irish journalist, Vincent Browne, effortlessly leaving a suit from the ECB on the ropes:

So that's it.  It's an absolutely beautiful morning down here; the sun is shining, the sky is blue and it's still only half past seven.

UPDATE:  It might be worth bookmarking this link and keeping an eye on it.  It's the so-called Alternative Queen's Speech and comprises fifteen proposals put forward by Conservative backbenchers.  The plan is to roll out one proposal at a time on the site and the first deals with the creation of a British Bill of Rights.

Here is a better explanation from the DM. Davis and Redwood are amongst those who've put forward proposals and a cursory reading reveals nothing radical at all - it's simply what Conservatism used to mean, which, perversely, means it's very radical indeed.

UPDATE2Proposal 2: Promotion of Competition Bill
Proposal 3: Rail Improvements Bill
Proposal 4: Make Prison Work Bill
Proposal 5: Fairness to UK Taxpayers Bill
Proposal 6: Affordable Energy Bill
Proposal 7: Anti-Congestion Bill
Proposal 8: Double EU Referendum Bill
Proposal 9: Education (Choice & Opportunity) Bill
Proposal 10: University Standards Bill
Proposal 11: Double Devolution Bill
Proposal 12 Finance Bill
Proposal 13 Trade Union Members' Bill
Proposal 14: Electoral Integrity Bill
Proposal 15: Lords Reform Bill


  1. I never tire of that video, excruciating though it is in places!

    And what a beautiful sight this is!


    1. Yes, Browne did well in the circumstances - he's not someone I'd like to argue against in a pub!

      It will be interesting to see what happens now - I think the markets had already factored in a Hollande win but were unprepared for the Greek outcome, which just shows what I know! I'd have had it the other way round.

      Did you spot my msg about hydroponics in that post on greywater?

    2. No, I've not been back to that post yet, but will do!


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