"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."

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

They're Mad, I Tell You; Quite Ma-a-a-d

 I just want to put two msm articles, from the DT, on record. If the reporting is true, and there's no reason to doubt it since both quote from source, they illustrate the unleapable chasm between the ruled and the rulers.

First in the stocks is Andrew Bailey, designated 'Britain's most senior banking regulator'. Mr Bailey, no doubt soon to be awarded some sort of gong for services to banking, thinks we should thank the banks for not foreclosing on our homes and businesses. Mr Bailey seems to have forgotten who it is who has bailed him out. #Prat #lynchmob.

The second in line for the fruit-fly-festering tomatoes and sulphurous eggs is Holger Schmieding who, apparently, is some sort of big wheel at the German bank of Berenberg. Herr Schmieding thinks, or hopes, that we will be next in line to receive the attentions of the finger-probing ratings agencies and financial markets. He's quick on the uptake is Herr Schmieding; he even references Scotland and the 2014 referendum.
"The biggest risk could be a market perception that, after a British divorce, a "rump UK" could turn even more anti-EU than the UK is now. Even the slightest perceived threat that a rump UK might eventually leave the European Union or could opt out of some major rules and institutions affecting the common market for services could be a major blow for Greater London, which has successfully turned itself into the services centre for Europe and depends on guaranteed and fully free access to its major market."
Both men are mad; entirely up the creek, paddle-less, with a sandwich short of a picnic. Everybody knows that the first form of defence is attack and they're defending to the hilt.

As for what's in store for us; well, it's nothing but unpleasantry and more occasions to feel slightly miffed and blog a bit over the next few years.

Once again, let me re-iterate that this is not a left/right dichotomy: that concept has flown out of the window. In other words: don't blame 'the Left' and don't blame 'the Right' because there's no such thing any more.  As Cameron is so fond of saying: "We're all in it together."

More seriously, it's evident that we've been careless guardians of our Constitution. I suspect that most people believed that those they elected to represent them would feel the same way, ie it was a given that the British Constitution was inviolable.  We've been neglectful of ourselves and of our children and we will pay a high price. For the umpteenth time, here's that quote again:
"If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves."
You know that it's true; in your heart you know it.

Bailey's Bankers
AEP: Schmeiding

Saturday, 13 October 2012

And The Beat Goes On

Today we have the awful news that self-immolation within the EU isn't restricted to Greece; it's actually reached Germany.

Words fail me. These self-selected people, wheels within wheels, winners of the Nobel Peace Prize and spreaders of democracy in the interests of peace, have brought the storm to their doorstep. That they sit back and congratulate themselves on having deluded us into thinking they're spreading peace and democracy was laughable yesterday, but not today.

Burn the flags, not people; it's nothing but a tatty nylon rag anyway:

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

As If You Didn't Know ...

... the blog is hibernating because I'm moving down to Torquay. Life has its ups and downs and this is proving to be more of a roller-coaster for me than first envisaged which is why the blog is on a very-go-slow.  I'm in Torquay one minute and out the next; tenants have been given notice to quit/tenants have not.  I experienced this once before: the tenant trashed the place in the end and did a midnight flit owing two months' rent.

Someone on ebay refunded me half the cost of a pair of vintage Trifari earrings because a pearl had become loose in transit and I thought I'd have to take it to a jeweller for repair. When my son bought a tube of glue from the local haberdasher's shop and fixed it, making them wearable again, I refunded the small amount back to the seller.  She emailed me, saying she was 'shocked' that I'd been so honest but I took the view that she'd dealt fairly with me and I wouldn't have felt comfortable wearing them knowing that they were now fine.

The moral of the story, if there is one, is do as you would be done by but, if you get shafted, don't blame yourself. Ebay, and some unscrupulous souls out there, can be a nest of thieving, lying bastard snakes at times.

All of which brings us neatly back to the EU:

1:00-1:18 Lagarde's List - 20,000+ wealthy industrialists who don't pay enough tax, according to the IMF, are jumping out of windows all over Europe. Between 1:19-2:17 there's a short piece on  Romney's Rebound - let's hope it lasts; we know Obama isn't working for the American people so let's see what someone else can deliver.  As for the rest of the video - who knows? It's something about celebrities, skin and bones:

We may be quiet from time to time but we won't give up the fight.

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