"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."

Friday, 6 July 2012

What's Changed?

Look What They've Done, Ma

I think it's time more of us adopted the slogan of "I won't forget; I won't forgive".

Coming to your area soon: A 'Designated Public Place Order'
US to sign Gun Control Treaty. You might have read that one here a couple of years ago - it's a UN initiative that's been on the cards for a long time.
As if we didn't already know or object: All govts give taxpayer money to lobby groups.
Who did you vote for? Councils shun cash to reinstate weekly bin collections.
Ryan Cleary indicted in the US: LulzSec.
Colorado wildfires turn people into agw believers, apparently.
UN says it should tax itself.
An 'independent' europhile wants an in/out EU referendum.
Cameron: UK will make £13bn from the Olympics.
In Egypt's footsteps: Muslim Brotherhood set to lead Libyan government

In the meantime, I suggest Balls takes his own advice to Osborne and puts up or shuts up. He was in Brown's inner circle, Miliband says he hasn't spoken to Brown for "twenty-four hours" (BBC Newsnight, 5th July 2012) and Osborne's comments were published in the Spectator. Balls should sue for libel if he thinks he has just cause instead of citing Parliamentary Privilege:

But he won't, because he hasn't.

Friday Post

Immigration Mythology: My Roots Have Gone

"The failure of Nulabour and the continued failure of the coalition to ensure that the country was/is prepared for millions of extra people has added to the misery and hardship of many British families. Many feel marginalised and ignored. Most of them won't/can't say anything for fear of being branded a racist. I am not one of them.
Immigration destroyed the borough in which at least 6 generations of my family had lived and worked. It scattered my family far and wide, some to Essex, others journeyed south. It destroyed my culture and way of life and was replaced by Londonistan and Eastenders. My family history has been denied my children and grandchildren.

"To say I feel resentful and bitter is an understatement. Other indigenous cultures have rights, Cockneys have/had none. Even travellers are given more respect than the original inhabitants of East London.
Do go and read the rest; you'll find facts, figures and lie-busting.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Sod This For A Game Of Soldiers

EU plans tracking devices in all new cars

It's ostensibly to save 2,500 lives out of 500,000,000 each year by installing sensors to trigger a phone call to the emergency services in the event of a crash.

Quote from a Green MEP & a member of the Transport & Tourism Committee: "We must stop thinking people have a right to drive a car."

The EU has been trying to introduce eCall for nearly a decade, but attempts to bring it in voluntarily have failed.... The Commission now wants it to be compulsory for all cars made in the EU, at a cost of around £80 (100 euros) for each device, when fitted in the factory....A European Parliamentary committee report says it should go further and consider extending eCall to other vehicles like buses, coaches, lorries and motorcycles.
Although the eCall service will be provided free of charge, the Commission expects the technology to be used for commercial purposes in future, such as tracking stolen vehicles or charging road tolls electronically.
And if you think that's all it will be used for you're living in la-la land.

A Tale Of Two Faces

As I was watching today's edition of Party Political Point-scoring PMQs (raucous even by their standards) I spotted two faces in the crowd and thought I'd share them with you.  I wonder what they're both thinking?

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Of Barroso, Prams & Toys + Update

Here's a rather interesting video of some of today's action in the European Parliament, with a transcript beneath in case some of us can't understand what ex-Maoist Barroso is wittering on about:

"One important and interesting point was made by the British Conservatives today and it was in fact to express some kind of satisfaction with the situation in the euro area. Let me tell you that it is puzzling that you seem to delight in difficulties of the euro area and this is in stark contrast to the position of your leader, Prime Minister Cameron. So a good effort will be, in terms of accountability to your public, that you say the same things here that you say in London.

"The reality is that now there is a consensus including those states outside the euro area underneath to strengthen the euro area. It will be a mistake, complete mistake, to try to divide now the euro area from the rest of the European Union. I am also, by the way, very puzzled with the ease which some of you are recommending some member states to leave the euro. This is once again is complete contrast in positions taken by the PM of Britain that for instance in the G8 Summit, in Camp David, was saying explicitly that it was in his national interest that Greece stay in the euro area. So it is very important that we agree on a common approach for European Union including countries inside euro area and outside euro area and when some of you are suggesting that the problems of the economic situation in Europe now are the result of the euro area and that for instance you disapprove the big bailout programmes of the banking sector in the euro area let me just put the facts straight. The country by far that has been spending money with the banking sector is Britain, more than any country in the European Union. Let me just give you the figures, Britain, the United Kingdom, in terms of liquidisation measures since 2008 has already been committing 82.9bn euros - equivalent almost to almost to 4.9% GDP. Just in asset relief interventions 41bn euros equivalent to 2.38% GDP and in guarantees Britain has committed 158bn euros, more than 9% British GDP. So the country in all the European Union that has been committing more taxpayers money to save the financial sector has been, by far, Britain. So this is not a euro area problem, this is a problem of the European Union as a whole.

"And then I come to my final point. My final point is that we either solve this together and we win this together or we'll be all defeated together. My final point is that, that I did not like at all the atmosphere following the last European Council when I saw some claiming victory over the others. This is not the way to do things in Europe. Either, either, we win together or we'll be defeated together. What we need is a strong European team. It is true, it is true, that in Europe there are different financial cultures, different perceptions, different sensitivities. It is true but, let's be honest, sometimes it's not between the North and the South, sometimes you find those differences in the very same country.

"But, when I worry is when I see some people speaking about the North and the South making some kind of [4.38 can't make out this word] because those who know European history know how negative was the role of prejudice, the complex of superiority of one part of Europe over the other. All the countries of Europe, and some of us, are here for many many centuries, many many centuries. We had greatest moments of glory and very dark moments in our history and they should be [.??.] when they speak about history and they should not forget that European project was made precisely to avoid these divisions of the past and the demons that existed in European history. That is why I don't like when I see Heads of Government getting out of a European Council and saying 'I won against the others'. This is exactly the wrong message, this is exactly the way to defeat and the message I think we together, the European institutions, the Commission and European Parliament have to send is 'We are all in this together [sic] and together we'll be able to overcome this crisis.

"I thank you for your attention."

The man lost it with a great deal of finger-wagging, arm waving and shouting. The majority of the EP seemed to appreciate it though, as shown by their applause both during and after the speech.

Nobody I know is taking any pleasure whatsoever at seeing the dire economic straits of countries like Greece and parts of Spain. This is merely a deflection tactic by Barroso, and a pretty poor one at that. Still, it does give me quiet satisfaction to see the b*st*rd so riled.

If press reports and Cameron's words can provoke such a reaction, I wonder what he'll have to say when he reads the article in this evening's DT: 'I'll do whatever it takes to protect the UK in event of a euro collapse - and that includes closing our borders'.

UPDATE: I've updated the transcript to show the %GDP figures and sums that Britain has contributed towards propping up the euro, which I missed off yesterday.

Sunday, 1 July 2012


She didn't always get it right and, in today's 'we all feel each other's pain' society, she comes across as cold-hearted. Our perceptions have to be stripped away so we can see events for what they are:
"When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion;
when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing;
when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favours;
when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you;
when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice,
you may know that your society is doomed."  Ayn Rand,1958
The Grand Plan is coming together - but not for our benefit. We've been lazy and asleep on the watch; we've been distracted by sideshows and fripperies.

For the first time in my life I'm ashamed to be English. To think that we put up with this government, this establishment of a supranational government, a federated Europe, is more than I can personally bear. To think that Westminster, once the Mother of Parliaments, is no more than a taxpayer-funded whore to unelected EU-apparatchiks in Brussels is a sharp pain.

One thing and one thing only is clear: successive governments have either lied to the British electorate or lied to the EU.  Neither will tell you the truth so decide for yourself.

It's fashionable to malign Rand but she had it right - when socialists interfere with free markets, everything fails; products become unreliable; customer service becomes shoddy and in the end people just don't care because "we're all in it together". Her statement is more relevant today than it ever was.

You know it's true.
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