Tuesday, 30 December 2008
Monday, 29 December 2008
Sunday, 28 December 2008
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
In all the years I have been a member of the Campaign for an Independent Britain (CIB), it has only once held its AGM and main meeting of the year outside London. The reason it moved away from the centre of the universe that one years was down to one of the members, a long standing trade unionist, who put in a motion at the previous AGM to go to Birmingham the following year – that was when Sod and his infamous law kicked in.
Plans for these events have to be put in place well in advance, and the trouble is, sometimes events can happen rapidly to screw up all your best laid plans, as they did with this CIB AGM.
This was the year when BMW decided it was going to close down the manufacture of Rover cars at Longbridge as it was not making money. There was an almighty stink at the time and a major march and rally in Birmingham to save Rover was organised for, you guessed it, the very same Saturday that the CIB was to hold its AGM in the city.
Come the day all the trade unionists were on the march and rally to save Rover, including the chap who had pushed for the CIB AGM to be in Birmingham. Poor old CIB had some press coverage for being in the city, but of course, all the news was of Rover and that rally.
So why did BMW, after buying and investing in Rover, decide to pull the plug? Apart from using the feeble excuse at the time that it was down to Britain not joining the euro, the real reason was that BMW wanted the British Government to give it state aid to help save Rover and the jobs there. But of course, the EU Competition Commissioner said hang on a bit chaps, I want to have a think about this and will make my decision in a few months as all this goes against the EU rules on competition. The British Government, being obedient little toady servants to the great master EU, told BMW it could not give it a hand out more than the maximum allowed, BMW in turn had a strop, said bugger you, and in the end flogged Rover off for a couple of quid the now infamous Phoenix. And by and by Rover was still closed, and the Chinese, laughing their little yellow socks off, plundered and asset stripped and shipped the whole Rover production line off to China.
For someone such as myself who since passing his driving test in 1965, has driven a whole string of British made cars which have been three Morris’s, four Triumph’s, Two Leylands, one Jensen and in more recent time Rover’s, never once owning a foreign car, seeing our British car manufactoring going belly up is a disaster.
Now things are looking distinctly dodge for Jaguar and Land Rover whose new owners, the Indian based company Tata, have been making demands that the Government should bail out Jaguar and Land Rover as it did with the banks.
It too wants money but has given the Government a reprieve as the Tata boss, Ratan Tata, has promised to pump a sizeable amount of Tata’s own money in to help see Jaguar and Land Rover through, but like Arnie, they may be coming back, and when they do what will our Government do then? They will have to go crawling to the EU and plead permission to give British taxpayers money to a British based company to save British jobs, and if the EU says no, then Jaguar and Land Rover could either be closed or its production line and jobs, in a repeat of Rover, depart for foreign climes.
As a child born in the slums of Birmingham I remember sitting on my dads lap listening intently to proud tales of how Birmingham was the workshop of the world, how has Britain and our great manufacturing base been reduced to this within my lifetime?
Because of the divisions between the two halves of the country Belgium has been a nation without a Government for some considerable time, finally getting one in recent times, but now more problems have arisen. There’s more about this on the Wonko’s World blog.
Monday, 22 December 2008
As we all know, Damian Green is the Conservative Member of Parliament who recently had his home and, more significantly, his Parliamentary office, raided by the rozzers in November after it was disclosed he had passed on some leaked information to the press. Members of Parliament, under long standing Parliamentary rules and customs, are normally safe from investigation due to their Parliamentary privilege, this police raid broke all protocols.
It would seem that Gorbal Mick, who is still a Labour Party MP but should remain neutral, gave the police to go-ahead for this controversial raid on an opposition Members office and the Tories are not happy.
What has made them even less amused with the un-Parliamentary antics of Speaker Martin is the fact he has, by refusing to sign off the inquiry, blocked it and the enquiry cannot go ahead.
As the MPs go off for their Christmas jollies, it will not just the wine that will be mulled during the festive season, a lot of Tory MPs will be mulling ways in which to force him to resign when they return in January.
By blocking this inquiry it gives the impression that Speaker Martin is also preventing MPs and the public from knowing his involvement in this affair, suspicions are growing. It looks as if the 2009 Parliamentary season could be staring off with some rip roaring stuff. And, of course, while all eyes are on this storm in a Parliamentary tea cup, the EU will still be quietly beavering away to remove our freedoms and liberties and pushing forward the dreadful Treaty of Lisbon. The chattering classes will be debating the importance of Parliamentary traditions and the neutrality of the Speaker, and at the same time the EU will be working, hardly reported or noticed, to make Parliament utterly and totally irrelevant.
Sunday, 21 December 2008
Saturday, 20 December 2008
Friday, 19 December 2008
In a survey commissioned by Total Politics magazine, it revealed that only 15 percent of British and Irish MEPs believe voters see them in a positive light. UKIP member and MP Bob Spink, was asked to comment on this survey and said he sees the European Parliament as "pseudo-democratic" because "it has no independent law-making power and no general electorate". He added: "All the real power in the EU lies with appointees, at the EU's Commission, Council and Court, and none with the MEPs". He thinks the British public is "very significantly Eurosceptic".
Read the Total Politics article in full for more comments and opinions.
Generally these days the Conservative Party looks like all gloss with little substance. It’s leader, David Cameron, seems to be a cloned blue version of Tony Blair. Like Moses, he intends to lead his followers out of the wilderness and into the promised land. The only snag being, Cameron’s promised land is a different destination to that of the majority of his rank and file members, who are blindly following anyway, in the hope that, nudge nudge, wink wink, he’s taking them towards the promised land marked EU exit but not making it obvious. Sadly, their Europhile leader has no intention of going in that particular direction – his ‘sat-nav’ is set for a destination within the prison confines of the EU where there is no escape.
One of Dave Cameron’s followers, albeit one on an increasingly strained leash, is Dan Hannan who is one of the two reasonably decent MEP’s in the EU’s sham parliament, the other being Roger Helmer. These two Tory dogs of war have to be increasingly careful these days otherwise they may find themselves neutered. In fact, Dan Hannan was muzzled during the Tory conference when he was prevented from speaking out against the EU at a Bruges Group fringe meeting, Cameron threatened him with deselection if he spoke there.
However, writing in the First Post, Dan Hannan reported the shameful events when a group of EU delegates went to meet the Czech President, Vaclav Klaus. As Mr Klaus tends to lean towards an EU-sceptic view to a certain degree, it seems this delegation were on a mission to instruct Vaclav Klaus where the EU land lies when Czechoslovakia takes over the EU presidency in January. It began when the Green MEP, Danny Cohn-Bendit slapped an EU flag on the Czech Presidents desk and told him to fly it from the Czech Parliament and generally verbally insulted and attacked the president. Insulted, Vaclav Klause appealed to Hans-Gert Poettering the President of the EU parliament to stop this aggression. Poettering allowed the attack to continue.
When Dan Hannan reported these goings on he also mentioned that this whole incident was raised in the EU parliament and how the socialist leader, Martin Schulz, complained that it was undemocratic that this whole incident had been reported in the first place (they have a strange and warped sense of democracy in the EU). What Dan Hannan did not report, no doubt due to the ever tightening of his leash, was that the whole storm in the European Parliament came about thanks to the UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, who once again had the balls to stand up in the European parliament and take them head on. If we relied on the Tories to tackle this EU problem nothing would ever be challenged despite any opposition from Hannan and Helmer, it is UKIP we have to rely on to protect and defend democracy and our interests from constant attack from the EU.
To see footage of events in the European parliament and Nigel Farage’s robust expose, go to England Expects.
Thursday, 18 December 2008
How the avalanche of mostly ill conceived EU rules and regulations impact on these varying size businesses can have a vast difference in how they cope with them. Large multinational companies will take most EU measures in their stride. They have legal departments which can look into the rules and formulate working policy to cope with them, they have various other departments that can handle the masses of EU generated paperwork and bureaucracy and whatever the EU throws their way they can usually deal with it without too much bother.
However, a small to medium sized business relies on the owner having to cope with the legal aspects. He/she may have to spend hours studying and trying to make sense of any new rules emitting from the EU. That small business owner is also the one who has to implement any changes and brief his staff. In general the whole EU business is a legal minefield and a total nightmare for small businesses, and no bother at all to the multinationals. This then is why the big business organisations such as the CBI are EU friendly, and the small business organisations such as the Federation for Small Businesses are EU-sceptical. Small business owners have a close and personal working relationship with thier staff, multinationals have contracts.
Because of these differences the vote to scrap the British opt-out on the 48 hour working week in the European Parliament, taken on Wednesday 17th December, will make little difference to large companies but spell the end for many small businesses.
If this goes ahead after the period of negotiation which is now to take place, no one other than the self employed will be allowed to work more than 48 hours a week. This news will be a blow to many workers as well as small business owners as many need the overtime to help pay large mortgages and to cope with the rapid rises in utility bills.
At a time of economic depression flexibility of working hours is essential to help many businesses to survive, this vote of MEPs is not only unwelcome, it will spell the death knell for some businesses who with the help of their hard working staff may have survived.
The MEPs who pushed for the destruction of yet another British freedom were jubilant after the vote was taken. In scenes of joy they shook hands after the vote in the chamber of that sham parliament, and generally behaved in a way that would never be seen in our once sovereign British Parliament. They were overjoyed because their actions now undermines and threatens another little bit of competitiveness British businesses have.
Soon the rapidly rising dole queues will see an increase thanks to the idiotic EU Working Time Directive and our British Parliament, our Ministers and Prime Minister will be able to do nothing as British subjects suffer for the sake of their subservience to the EU. The only thing left which can save us is for our Government to say the EU experiment has failed, it isn’t working, we have to leave to save our jobs, our economy and our business competitiveness. Sadly, the spineless B’s won’t do it. This is a 48 hours which could be avoided, but sadly this plot has all the makings of a distaster.
Harold Wilson started it all in earnest in the sixties when, as an appeasement to the other member nations of the then Common Market, and as a way of getting membership of the “Club”, as it was called, he set in motion a shift from the use of our British imperial weights and measures to the continental metric system.
He failed to get us in at that time but we were still left with a system of measurements that were confusing and generally disliked in equal measure. Non-the-less, enforced metrication, as unpopular as it was and still is, carried on regardless until Prime Minister Thatcher said that was enough which gave a temporary respite, until the EU began throwing its undemocratic weight about and the metrication project rumbled on.
Since then we have seen honest traders giving their customers what they wanted being prosecuted and criminalised for it, as reported several times on this blog with the latest case involving Janet Devers.
Now, at last, the campaign of EU enforcement has come to an end when MEPs agreed to allow dual labelling of goods as they knew enforcement of metric in the UK was a lost cause. The Skills Secretary (whatever that is), John Denham, said: ‘People in Britain like their pint and their mile.’ Don’t we just. Someone should also tell him that we don’t like being told what to do by an unelected body such as the EU.
Although the press was hailing this as a victory, sadly it was nothing more than a sham victory. It wasn’t a victory because our Government stood up for our interests and told the EU to bugger off and shove its centiwhatsits where the sun don’t shine, it was the EU graciously giving consent for us to continuing using our system of weights and measures, under certain rules and restrictions laid down by the EU.
A minor victory it may be, but in reality it was a hollow victory which will only remain as a victory until the EU decides otherwise.
More info about the campaign at the British Weights and Measures Association.
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
No British subject is ever considered guilty of a crime until a court of law has found that person guilty. Our laws have always been made by our elected representatives in the interests of the British people on the basis that laws made in Parliament by one administration, can be repealed by another. No Parliament may bind its successor.
With these simple principles the British people have generally been governed fairly and freely over many centuries. Another principle is that all British subject are born free and can do as they please unless there is a law to prevent certain actions. Again those laws are made in Parliament and can be repealed or amended if they are not working.
Because of the way our system of governance has been structured our elected politicians always knew that they were there to serve the people, and woe betide them if they failed in their elected duties. However, over the years since we first joined the Common Market, now the European Union, the way in which we are being governed and how our Members of Parliament represent us has been shifting year on year, so much so if any long gone MP were to come back today and see the sad state of things they would probably horrified.
Gone are the principles of representation, it is now the peoples duty to serve the political classes. Going rapidly is innocence before conviction, and gone is the power and authority of Parliament. What we have in place is a self serving political class who have handed their authority and responsibilities to an unelected foreign power, the EU. Also gone is any inclination to defend the rights and freedoms of British subjects against this foreign occupying power.
EU-sceptics have been warning of this shift of power and the failure of our MPs to defend the people for many years, and it is only in recent times the press have begun to catch up with this sad fact. Reported in the Daily Mail on Monday, 15th December, 2008, was news of another twist of the savage knife that our Government is to abandon us to face even more power and injustice to comply with the master race in the EU.
Added to the injustice of the EU-wide arrest warrant and the new EU rule of trials in abstentia, which means that any British subject can face arrest by British police working under orders of a foreign power, and can then be handed over to face imprisonment for a crime which may not even be a crime in the UK, soon those foreign governments will be able to access the masses of data this Stalinist Labour Government have compiled on British subjects.
Preparations are now under way to share our data, such as information on our driving licences, stored DNA, fingerprints and other information which is in the hands of the British authorities, will become available to all authorities across the EU. Someone who may have left traces of DNA or fingerprints near the scene of a crime whilst on holiday, could suddenly be traced and the next thing they know is arrest and deportation to languish in a foreign jail accused of a crime on little more than circumstantial evidence. Under the system of law being introduced by the EU, Corpus Juris, there is no innocence until proven guilty, no rights of release without charges and no jury trials.
Some poor unfortunate could have a weeks holiday in Bulgaria and within weeks be on a permanent holiday there banged up in some stinking prison with no rights whatsoever, and even worse, not even any support or protection from our own British government which has abandoned us all to the mercy of foreign courts and the overriding power of the EU.
As the Daily Mail stated: “behind this individual proposal for mass data sharing lies something even more sinister. A new desire for the EU to encroach into justice and home affairs”. Abandon all hope all ye who enter the EU.
Monday, 15 December 2008
Derek Norman asks, should we let "Those that matter" decide our future.
Have you noticed how the vast majority of the British, French, Dutch and Irish populations have suddenly been down-graded to the level of uncultured, low-birth, unintelligent, common Working Class morons. In other words we have been re-classified as being no better than Roman commoners who were ill-educated and of no significance to those that ruled the ancient Roman Empire, with the one exception that they were compelled to pay taxes that were due to Caesar. They were “Plebeians”; low-class common working people despised by the elitist “People That Mattered” who ran the day-to-day affairs of Rome and the Empire. Have you recognised the parallel between that the European Union (The New European Empire) ruled by the Commissioners and other elitist European bureaucrats together with some of our own EUrophile political leaders? Leaders such as Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson who openly despise the ordinary man and woman in the street and have shown their contempt for the views of ordinary British citizens and the UK electorate by going forward with political objectives which are contrary to the wishes of the British people. This also applies to the leaders and “those that matter” in France, Holland and Ireland. For Caesar and his ruling elite in Rome we can now substitute the oligarchic European Commission and the ruling elite in Brussels, and of course, our own miserable Vichy politicians in Westminster that supported the passing of the European Constitution, sorry my mistake, the European Reform Treaty, sorry my mistake, the Lisbon Treaty, into British law.
Let us consider a few examples of how the people of Britain and Europe have been treated contemptuously by “The People That Matter” in EU politics.
1. The British people were promised a referendum before the European Constitution was implemented into British law. The deceitful Eurocrats reworded the European Constitution and it magically appeared as the Lisbon Treaty. Many EU leaders agreed it was the European Constitution in all but name. The European Constitution has now been ratified by Parliament. Gordon Brown snubbed the British people.
2. The French and the Dutch people voted against the European Constitution in their referenda and have been treated contemptuously by their own politicians and the unelected European Commission. The common people who voted NO to the EU Constitution are considered to be ill informed pleb’s who haven’t a clue what the EU is about. Despite the NO vote both countries have had the Lisbon Treaty ratified.
3. The Irish people are now to be forced to vote a second time, probably in the Summer of 2009, in a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. How insulting is that to the ordinary Irish citizen? Of course, the EU does not accept that the Irish people should have the audacity to prevent or obstruct the Brussels’ bureaucrats plan for a New European Empire.
4. The British deep sea fishing industry has been decimated by imposition of ridiculous and harmful EU Directives which are enforced by our own navy. The British Navy is acting as the fishing police force to impose the diabolical damaging EU legislation on the remains of a once proud and great fishing industry. Don’t you feel ashamed to be part of this awful tragedy? How could our British politicians allow this to happen?
5. EU metric legislation has been forced on to hard working market traders who have been taken to court and fined for selling fruit and veg’ in pounds and ounces, which is what 98% of their customers want. The 1985 British Weights and Measures Act allows traders to sell in imperial measures, but the EU Directive, 80/181/EEC, forcing metrication on the street traders overrides the British Act of Parliament decided two judges in the High Court. At the present time a lady market trader, Janet Devers, is facing a fine of £5000 and is being intimidated by Hackney Council Trading Standards Officers. No customer complained and there was no overcharging or fraud, but “Those that Matter” ensured that Janet Devers faced the might of European legislation. At the same time “Get Rich Quick Bankers” were legally drawing obscene bonuses of millions of pounds of shareholders money, often after the Bank or Company had a downward spiral in business terms. How’s that for democracy and fairness?
6. The BBC and other media tend to support the EU as if it was a legitimate Government and show a significant bias in favour of the EU. They rarely explain to their viewers and listeners the significance of the constant flow of EU Directives and how they affect the lives of ordinary citizens. One of the methods of preventing information of EU activities reaching the eyes and ears of the public is for pro-EU politicians and supporters to interrupt anyone trying to tell the truth about the undemocratic nature of the EU. This happens on BBC’s Question Time program occasionally and recently on the Andrew Marr Show when Sheila Hancock continuously interrupted a leader of British Industry who was trying to explain that the UK could not change VAT levels to what might be in Britain’s best interest to overcome the present dire economic climate because of EU laws. At least, I think that was what he was trying to say.
Those of us that believe in true democracy think that the British people are the ones that should be consulted on any major issue to do with changing the UK’s status with regard to our membership of the EU.
We are not anti-European; we are the true Europeans because we recognise the right of each European country to be ruled by its own elected representatives. We wish to trade and encourage friendship between European Nations, but we do not want to be ruled by elitist politicians and unelected Commissioners who think they are the only “People That Matter”.
Saturday, 13 December 2008
A total of twelve charges were brought against her for doing nothing more offensive than supplying her customers with their goods purchased from her in the weights and measures they know and wanted. Like most decent British people they find the continental metric system alien and confusing, they cannot relate to it. Despite this the mad officials at the Hackney soviet insisted on bringing charges.
There were twelve charges in all, eight were tried in the magistrates court where she was convicted, and the other four were due to be tried in a jury trial. Mrs Devers has put in an appeal against the convictions and felt confident that no jury would ever convict here for selling goods in traditional imperial weights. It seems the devious Labour apparachiks at Hackney Council were of the same opinion and have decided to drop these other four charges rather than face a humiliating defeat.
They obviously know that as soon as you bring in ordinary decent people on a jury their mad schemes will be rejected in the face of common sense. This, sadly, denies Janet her day in court and the backing of her peers which would have strengthened the campaign against EU enforced metrication.
Hackney Council will still not drop its opposition to her appeal against the charges already made against her in the magistrates courts. Neil Herron of the Metric Martyrs campaign which has been supporting Janet Devers throughout her ordeal at the Hackney inquisition, said: “It’s about time Hackney did the decent thing, put their hands up and apologised to Mrs Devers.” Sadly, the left wing nutters at Hackney Council wouldn’t know what the decent thing was if it came up and stood on their foot.
Taoiseach Brian Cowen's hypocrisy in pretending to "respect" the people's referendum vote on Lisbon is now evident, for not a jot or tittle of Lisbon will be altered when he forces the people to vote on it a second time next year.
Political Declarations or promises regarding future Treaties that are not yet even drafted will not alter a comma of the Lisbon Treaty.
If people vote Yes in Lisbon Two to exactly the same Treaty which they voted No to last June they will be changing the Irish Constitution so as to recognise the supremacy of the law of the new Union which Lisbon would establish over anything contrary, whether in the Irish Constitution or in political Declarations and promises that might be tacked on to Lisbon.
No political Declarations or promises about commitments and even Protocols in future EU Treaties can change Lisbon or the supremacy of the EU Court of Justice in interpreting that Treaty's provisions. These will have come into force well before any further EU Treaty or Treaties will even be negotiated.
If the Irish media and public opinion allow themselves to be taken in by the kind of presentational trickery Taoiseach Cowen and his Government are now planning, they could be making themselves the laughing stock of Europe.
A promise by the 27 EU Governments that each Member State can keep a Commissioner permanently under Lisbon is valueless in the light of that Treaty's provision that from 2014 Member States will lose their right to decide who their national commissioner will be.
For under Lisbon (Article 17.7, amended Treaty on European Union) a Government's present right to decide would be replaced by a right to make "suggestions" only, for the incoming Commission President to decide (See notes below elaborating on this point).
Under the present Nice Treaty arrangements Member States would retain permanently their right to decide who their national Commissioner is - a right which they would lose under Lisbon.
The Nice Treaty requires that the number of Commissioners should be fewer than the number of Member States from 2009, but by an unspecified number to be agreed unanimously.
This requirement of the present Nice-based Treaties can be abided by, and Ireland and the other States can keep a national Commissioner permanently, by the simple expedient of reducing the number of Commissioners from 27 to 26 and permitting whoever holds the job of "High Representative for EU Foreign and Security Policy" - currently Spain's Javier Solana - to attend Commission meetings instead of being formally titled a Commissioner from that State.
This can and should be done under the Nice Treaty. This would mean that the Commission arrangements would continue virtually unchanged from the present. Ireland woud retain a Commissoner permanently except in the unlikely event of an Irish person being given the even more important job of High Representative.
Taoiseach Cowen and his Government have deliberately sought to isolate and put pressure on their own people by failing to say after the Lisbon referendum last June that Ireland would not ratify Lisbon in view of the people's No vote.
If the Taoiseach had done that, continued ratification by the other EU States would have been pointless, for Lisbon requires ratification by all 27 States before it can come into force for anyone.
The UKNDA, which campaigns in support of Britain's Armed Forces, said that the cancellation of major defence programmes such as FRES [Future Rapid Effect System] and the 2-year delay to the construction of the two new aircraft carriers – a cornerstone of the Government’s defence policy – made no sense either from an economic or a military point of view.
UKNDA Chief Executive Officer, Cdr John Muxworthy, said: “These delays and cuts will save little but rather increase costs in the long term. They will weaken the nation’s defences and put the lives of our service men and women at risk. Indeed, these false economy measures will cost lives in the future.
"The Government is pouring hundreds of billions of pounds into a possibly vain endeavour to solve the financial and banking crisis but at the same time cutting back on the nation’s defence and security. This is folly.
"Maintaining vital investment in defence would preserve our industrial base, save tens of thousands of jobs, and – what should be the Government's very first priority – enhance the nation's depleted and over-stretched defences."
Out of interest and research, of course, I clicked on every policy and mad idea I oppose and it came out that I agreed with 74% of Labour policies. Which just goes to show, vote for mad ideas and get a mad government!
TAKE THE QUIZ HERE.
Friday, 12 December 2008
Declan Ganley is expected to announce that his Libertas Party will field candidates in next June's European Parliament elections, both in the UK and elsewhere.
The UKIP position is that though this may confuse people this is in reality going to be a problem for David Cameron and the Conservative Party. Mr. Ganley's views are very similar to those of Mr. Cameron. They believe that reform from within the EU is possible. We of course know that this is not the case and that we have to leave the political union and negotiate a free trade agreement. So, Libertas as I understand it, would be campaigning for staying inside the EU and negotiating from that position of weakness. As you know this is completely different to our long held position. Which is that we must withdraw for that will be the position of strength from which we can decide our own way.
Remember this, no one listened to the Dutch about the Constitution, no one listened to the French. No one is listening to the Irish now over the Lisbon Treaty. Anyone trying to reform from within will simply be ignored again which is why we have to leave: only then will they pay attention.
More from Nigel Farage HERE at the UKIP web-site.
Thursday, 11 December 2008
UKIP peer Lord Pearson of Rannoch has revealed that the government has consistently broken its promise not to sign up to new Brussels laws while they are still being scrutinised by Parliament. In a debate on the House of Lords European Union Committee, Lord Pearson said there were two reasons for querying the usefulness of the committee and its sub-committees.
"First, we have the continuing scandal of the government having promised not to sign up to any new law in Brussels when it is still under scrutiny in the committee of either House of Parliament, but breaking that promise or overriding the scrutiny reserve, no fewer than 180 times in the Lords and 157 times in the Commons between 2003 and June 2006.
"That is 337 new laws that have been passed into law in this country in breach of the wishes of Parliament. I have tabled a Written Question to find out what has happened since."
Lord Pearson went on: "However, perhaps the main reason for querying the usefulness of this committee was revealed in a series of Written Answers in the previous Session to my noble friends Lord Tebbit and Lord Vinson.
"They asked how often a recommendation of either House's Select Committee had been incorporated into EU legislation in Brussels. After much prevarication about disproportionate cost and so on, the Government could come up with only one example, on 10 March 2008, when they revealed that your Lordships' committee's, 'recommendations on a restricted scope and the country of origin principle were incorporated into the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (amending the Television Without Frontiers Directive)'."
Lord Pearson said there might be other examples in which the views of Lords' Select Committees had been accepted in Brussels, but they must be very few, and he wondered whether it was worth continuing.
Wednesday, 10 December 2008
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
So when the Daily Mail (Monday 8th December 2008) had the headline: ‘Irish to vote on EU treaty again’ on page two, it was no surprise.
After their ‘No’ votes to the Nice and Lisbon treaties, the Irish still haven’t quite grasped how EU democracy works. In the EU ‘No’ votes don’t count as the electorate must have because of one of several things. 1: they did not understand the question. 2: they were not happy with their own government so they voted ‘No’ as a means to punish their ministers – it had nothing to do with the EU –of course. 3: they have got it wrong and must do it again, and as a final option, 4: why bother asking the silly buggers in a referendum if that’s their attitude, we will have to change the name of the treaty and present it as something else and don’t bother to ask them. Thus, the EU gets its wicked way each and every time. There’s nothing to beat EU democracy in action, how proud Lenin and Stalin would be of the EU.
So, the Irish government is now desperately trying to tinker around the edges of the dreadful Lisbon Treaty so that it can appease its master, the EU, and when done they will present it as something completely new and wonderful, despite it will be the same old second rate rubbish underneath its nice new wrapping. At sometime during 2009, the Irish will have to go to the polls and repeat the whole thing again with, no doubt, dire warnings that the world will come to an end if they don’t vote how they are supposed to.
Let’s hope that the Irish don’t fall for the same trick twice in a repeat of the Nice Treaty which they rejected first time around but succumbed at the second vote. We must all wish them well and prey that they are made of sterner stuff and give this nasty treaty another thumbs down – that really would put the EU and its federalist traitors in a spin.
If, by some miracle, the canny Irish defeat the EU again, then when you go out to celebrate, don’t have a pint of Guinness to do so – it supported the ‘Yes’ vote, have an Irish whisky or two instead.