"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, 17 June 2012

This Govt Is Bloody Useless

As in so many areas, the EU is dragging the UK backwards in the name of harmonisation. Not so long ago we had the directive about minimum cage requirements for battery hens even though the UK is the only member state to exceed the demands. Even now there are some countries that don't comply thus putting our own egg producers at an economic disadvantage.  (The fact that I don't agree with intensive battery farming is neither here nor there for the purposes of this post).

The government, our government, has signed up to the implementation of harmonised EU standards governing animal experimentation, which, once again, are lower than those we already have in place.  This directive will allow stray animals, domestic or wild, to be rounded-up for experimentation.  What next?  EU-sanctioned kitty-farming for fur coats?  You might think I'm going over the top but I'm shocked to the core by this news. I can't imagine anything worse than experimenting on a live, sentient being - plenty of things equal it but not many surpass it in my view.

'Lowering standards, open to abuse'
Here's yet another damned petition that the government will ignore.

The second (I've had to restrict myself to only two) piece of news is that the government is not, repeat  not, planning to spy on our letters and postcards.  Despite the powers being contained in the Communications Data Bill the government has rushed to reassure us that it has not the slightest intention of ever using them, unless, of course, it really, really needs to.  But don't worry; it only wants to know who you write to, who writes to you, when and from where it was sent and how often you communicate - it doesn't want to know the contents.

Phew! For a minute there I thought we might be living in a surveillance State with the capability to impose tyrannical fascist laws.



  1. AnonymousJune 17, 2012

    I'm convinced that cruelty to animals is one of the very few issues that the British might just take umbrage with. Ironic really, they steal our country from under our nose but we only get angry when they rough up a few furry animals!!

    1. I don't usually respond to Anon comments but I think, sadly, you're right. People don't seem to make connections. We should have been out on the streets, protesting in our millions, years ago.

  2. idle politicians are the devil's workshop.

    In January of last year in the states, I read where 40,000 new laws were being implemented. I wonder what they are.

    1. Hi Kid - Idle politicians shd be sacked - they're superfluous and aren't needed. You'd better check on your 40,000 new UN and Agenda 21 laws. We're all in the same boat and it's not looking seaworthy.


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