Friday, 27 February 2009

THE DANGERS OF UNDESERVED PENSIONS

News of the astronomical pension deal given to Sir Fred Goodwin, the man who single handedly came within a whisker of annihilating the Royal Bank of Scotland, has got a lot of people jumping up and down with much indignation, not least the hacks in the press and media as well as some rather pious sounding politicians.

There’s nothing like a good scandal or scare story to bring out the hypocritical indignation of many, which then often results in bad laws being made and others left to cope with the mess created.

Do you remember the Dangerous Dogs Act being introduced. A few children and people had been attacked by some pretty fearsome dogs, mostly pit-bulls, and the press who couldn’t have had much else to do at the time jumped on the bandwagon and kicked up one hell of a stink about dangerous dogs, which then resulted in a knee jerk reaction from the Tory Government of the day who rushed through the ill conceived Dangerous Dogs Act. To say the least, this botched Act of Parliament was little more than a dogs dinner. The result was harmless dogs all over the place being seized by the police for yapping at the postman – or at other dogs, as they do, and being locked behind bars for doping what dogs do whilst expensive court cases dragged on. There were countless numbers of little old ladies trying to save their toy poodles from canine death row. Eventually the Act was amended, but not after a great deal of angst.

The irony at the time was after all the fuss the press made about dangerous dogs, which culminated in the Dangerous Dog (dinner) Act, they then created a new campaign to defend the pets of these little old ladies and conveniently ignored the fact that it had been their stories about dangerous dogs that had created this new problem, which they then became equally indignant about.

We can now see a repeat of this scenario with Sir Fred’s pension. The press and media are working the nation into an absolute frenzy over the injustice that the man who wrecked RBS should get a pension fit for a King. At the same time our politicians are jumping on the bandwagon and getting steamed up about this despite the fact some of them in the Treasury approved it. There is talk about taking his pension being taken away from him as he does not deserve it. Several politicians are jumping up and down about the size of his pension, including John Prescott, who in turn conveniently forgets that they too are in line for a nice healthy pension at the taxpayers expense despite the fact they have given away most of the running of the country to the EU. Because they have granted the EU so much power over us and our laws, our elected politicians are only be accountable for around 30% of our laws and in reality they don’t deserve 70% of their pensions when they come to retire.

The real worry about this matter is not the size of Sir Fred’s pension, not even if it is deserved or not, but the actions that this Government may take due to the media circus the story has created. We all know that New Labour is not adverse to taking some quite large draconian steps, they have proved that our freedoms and liberties are of little consequence to them, so what if they make a law enabling them to remove the pensions of those such as Sir Fred who they feel are not deserved? Where will such a law stop?

Once on this slippery road of pension snatching, in a short time from now we could all find that we have to justify why we are entitled to our state pensions. Company directors who have risked their homes by taking out mortgages to invest in their businesses and create employment may find the rewards they risked all for are snatched by a state which has decided they don’t deserve it. In the meantime people such as Lord Mandelson and most politicians will continue to take their generous pensions from the taxpayers. We may find the fuss about Sir Fred’s pension today could set in place some knee jerk and bad laws which will enable the state to snatch our pensions in the future. This is the real danger of Sir Fred’s undeserved pension, will our pensions in turn be threatened?

THE RESULTS OF ALL THAT WORK

Tim Melville, the UKIP candidate in the Rushall shelfield by-election. 

Well, after several weeks of campaigning for UKIP in the Rushall Shelfield by-election in Walsall, after pounding the streets and using much shoe leather, after nursing sore fingers which have been chobbled in unfriendly letterboxes that snap back at you, here are the results of all that work.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

SCEPTICISM DOES WORK

Ray Egan as John Bull whose spirit lives on in the shape of EU scepticism.
Reported in the press on Wednesday 25th February, 2009, was the tale of the EU quaking in its blue and gold star boots in fear of unrest due to the protests of foreign workers taking British jobs.  After all these years of campaigning it's quite nice to see all our hard work coming to fruition.

It seems that plans for EU expansion have been put on hold for fears it could stoke up tensions over unemployment during these times of economic uncertainty.  The Lindsey oil refinery protests due to the new jobs being created going to workers from other parts of the EU rather than local British unemployed workers.  

Several countries have applied for EU membership including Albania, Bosnia and Serbia, but now EU officials and some member states are worried that allowing these countries to join and the sudden influx of cheap labour could create serious unrest.  If this stops the EU growing even larger then we have proven that EU scepticism does work.

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

CAMERON’S SAD LOSS

News has been released this morning of the sudden death of the child of Conservative leader, David Cameron.

Politics is one thing, but the loss of a much loved child is another and this blog gives its heartfelt condolences to David and Samantha Cameron. See more on the BBC web-site.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

CLARKE AND THE KILLING OF THE ROYAL MAIL

For those poor deluded souls who still live in the fantasy world where they believe Dave Cameron is going to ride up on his white charger and save us from the EU, should go to the BBC web-site where they can read about the planned Parliamentary vote to part privatise the Royal Mail and note in particular what Ken (the EU Taliban fundamentalist) Clarke has to gloat about as he sees the EU's plans come to fruition.

Reported in this article: "But shadow business secretary Ken Clarke, a former postal minister who failed to persuade Margaret Thatcher to privatise the service when she was prime minister, said most Conservatives would vote with the government.
He urged Lord Mandelson not to "cave in" and said matters had got worse over the past decade and Royal Mail now faced a "serious financial crisis".
"We have the interests of the postal service and public in mind and we will vote in line with the policy of part privatisation," he said."

Still think the Tories will save us? It's time to join and vote UKIP.

RUN INTO THE GROUND

Willehall Market in the Midlands, a typical example of small bussiness.

Running a small to medium sized enterprise (SME) in a recession isn’t much fun, I know because I’ve been there. In September 1989 I took over the reigns of our small family business which my father started in 1946, and for the last three months of that year we were busy and productive. We broke for Christmas and I went off knowing there was enough money in the bank to pay the VAT bill at the start of January, although there was little work to return to – but that was normal as each year we would work our little socks off to get our orders completed and installed in our customers homes for Christmas (the way they reacted you would think it was going to be the last Christmas ever).

I reopened for business after Christmas, sent a payment to the VAT man which left nothing in the bank and waited for the customers to come in – and waited for the customers – and waited….. You know! The effects of the European Union’s Exchange Rate Mechanism had kicked in and we were stuck with the wrong interest rates for our economy, just as most Eurozone countries locked into the euro straight-jacket are now.

So, there we were, a workshop and showroom with no customers, no work and no money in the bank with three of us who all had mortgages to pay and families to feed and clothe. I had to go cap in hand to see my bank manager and ask for an overdraft facility, which he granted as long as I signed up to some insurance packages which I didn’t really want, nor could afford, but was forced to have to get my hands on the dosh to keep the business alive.

And so we struggled on and the business survived, we went through some tough times and never fully recovered from those lean years which were created because a few cretinous Europhile politicians wanted to tie us to the EU. However, until we finally sold the business and just about paid off our debts, it was a constant battle. People who tell you that they have come out of a recession leaner and fitter are spouting a load of bollocks – what they really mean is they have had to cut production, get rid of staff and there is hardly any money left but miraculously they have somehow survived.

There are a few thing behind all the above waffle, one is without being bailed out by the bank we would have gone out of business early on in that 1990’s recession. We were in hock to the bank and had to jump when the bank manager said so, but it helped us stay afloat. Many struggling SME’s are finding in this recession the banks are not prepared to support them as we were – this is serious.

We have to remember that the biggest employers in this country are not the major multinationals such as Unilever, Glaxo Smith Kline or any of the other big names, but are the small businesses dotted around this land of ours from Lands Ent to John O’Groats. It is they who employ the majority of workers not the big names. Oh yes, when the big boys lay off workers it is in the hundred if not the thousands which always make the news, but as the small businesses shut their doors for the last time and lay off anything from one to ten or a few more workers, no one notices. However, if you begin to multiply that by ten or twenty you suddenly find the loss of the SME’s begin to add up to some big numbers.

Go down any high street or industrial area and count up the number of small businesses that have closed, then calculate that each one employed an average of ten people – the numbers soon add up and begin to make 500 job losses at a big telecommunications firm look small fry. In reality it is the small businesses of this nation that is our life blood of trade ad yet this vital sector from time immemorial has always been neglected or fobbed off by governments of both shades. There is no sympathy from the HM Customs and Excise and Revenue for these SME’s if they are struggling – it’s a case of pay up or we will hit you with the big stick of penalties until such time as we send you to the wall. They are told there are grants available – but when you go to these meeting the struggling companies who need the money the most are ignored while the companies who have money to invest get the grants (I could never work that one out!).

In this nation of shop keepers and small businesses, it is those little companies that in reality have kept this nation afloat. When you ignore the lie that 60 per cent of our trade is with the EU and look at the real figures given by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), and you take 100 per cent of all trade – then 80 per cent is internal. That is you buying your newspaper in the corner shop, Bills Widgets buying his raw materials from Joe’s Supplies then flogging his widgets to Jack’s manufacturing. Of the 20 per cent left it is claimed that 60 per cent of that is to the EU – but even that figure is wrong as 60 per cent may go to the EU ports of Rotterdam and Amsterdam, but the containers are then resorted and shipped to non-EU countries leaving around 40 percent to the EU. And all the time we are being asked to sacrifice 100 per cent of our sovereignty and our currency and economic stability for a real total of ten per cent of our total trade.

This country needs it SME’s and they are not being helped in these dark economic times, and worse still because of the great banking disaster these SMEs can’t even get the help from the banks (at a price) as I did to help our little business through the last recession. Sadly, this useless and bankrupt Government haven’t a clue and will never be able to help our small businesses. All they can do is obey orders from Brussels and add to the regulatory burden which does even more harm to our SME’s. The banks have been given vast sums of our money, now they should be helping our businesses and the Government should be putting Britain first – but of course to do that we have to leave the EU – which no Labour or Conservative government will ever contemplate even though our businesses are being run into the ground.

Monday, 23 February 2009

CAMPAIGNING DAYS

Tim Melville, the UKIP by-election candidate for Rushall Shelfield, with Jean James the landlady of the Wheatsheaf pub.

Busy, busy, busy, where do the days fly to? I am sad to say that this blog has been badly neglected over the last few days with nary a posting since last week due to other pressures, including a trip to London on Saturday to be with Nigel Farage MEP and many other UKIP activist for a training day in preparations for the EU elections.

Sadly, that will probably be the case from now on right through to June when the European elections take place due to most of my time taken up with campaigning and little time for blogging, although I will do my best.

One of the things taking up a lot of time at the moment is a local by-election in Walsall due to the sad death of Walsall Councillor, Cath Micklewright who represented the Rushall Shelfield Ward. Our UKIP candidate is Tim Melville who has been working hard in the ward, that is when he is not in his favourite watering hole, the Wheatsheaf, or working all hours God sends in his business as a dental technician.

Polling day is this coming Thursday and, no doubt, there will be time to post something about the result on this blog. Elections are funny old things, you work your socks off pounding the streets delivering election addresses and speaking to half interested voters, those that still vote these days, and at the end of it all the results seldom reflect all the graft as the voters still go out and vote for their traditional party despite the fact the three main parties have been effectively sticking their fingers up to the electorate for years as they give our country away to the EU – it’s all very sad.

However, whilst campaigning during some freezing weather, a number of people I have spoken to have expressed the fact they have no confidence in the other parties and some have sounded very positive about our UKIP message. However, despite that, on Thursday the 26th February, no doubt the Tories will have a replacement Councillor and we in UKIP will be mulling over our percentage as if they were runes to foretell the future – but it would be nice if we could be calling Tim “Councillor” on Friday morning.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

FANNING THE FLAMES

EU Working Time Directive a threat to our fire service.
The EU Working Time Directive now poses a serious threat to our fire services as life-saving fire cover could fall to dangerous levels.  When these new EU rules which restrict the number of hours people can work come in our fire officers will have their hours restricted to 48, the maximum allowed by this directive.

MEPs have voted in favour of ending the UK opt-out leaving many people and services vulnerable to a shortage of manpower.  The fire service in particular will find it difficult to cope with major conflagrations, how can a fireman in the middle of tackling a blaze suddenly announce that he has worked his full 48 hours and will have to leave the inferno so as not to break EU law?  The whole idea is mad, as is the EU.

This also creates a problem for 'non active' fire fighting workers who have other jobs, many will have no option but to resign as the two jobs will take them over this EU imposed limit.  When you home goes up in flames and the fire crew can't call out because they have worked their weekly allowance of hours, then maybe people will begin to realise there are no benefits to EU membership.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

MILLS AND BRIBE

David Mills, the estranged hubby of Tessa Jowell, has been given a four and a half year jail sentence by the Italian courts for taking a bribe for withholding a court testimony to help Silvio Berlusconi. Read all about it HERE.

IT MUST BE BAD

What is the job of any democratically elected Government? A daft question to ask, I know, but it is one we don’t seem to be asking enough during these tyrannical times. In reality the job of any elected Government is to care for the best interests of the people that Government has a duty to, i.e., its own countrymen. It should defend them against hostile outside forces, represent them on the world stage and get the best deals in any negotiations, protect their wealth and finally, it should ensure that when its term in office comes to an end, it should leave the country in a healthy state with laws that are fair and just – so what went wrong?

The answer was New Labour, which since the election of Tony Blair and the crowning of old one eyed Gordon Brown, we have had a Government which has been one of the most authoritarian and reckless with our liberties of any in our history. Not even during the years of war have the British people had so many freedoms removed from them, which was the reason so many gave their lives so that they could protect our cherished liberties.

Thing have now got so bad that even a past head of MI5, Dame Stella Rimington, has warned that this country is at “risk” of becoming a police state. Some, including this blogger, may ask: ‘what do you mean risk – we are a police state. We became a police state the day we introduced compulsory I.D. cards on foreign nationals who have made Britain their home.

Dame Stella, or should that be good old Stella, warned that many of the measures introduced to tackle terrorism that infringe on our ancient liberties is playing straight into the hands of terrorists. She was also highly critical of I.D. cards too which she considered to be fallible as long as they can be forged, which will always be the case, and that the masses of data the state will hold on each and everyone will be far from secure, as proved by recent losses of sensitive data to date.

Many consider that the powers introduced to protect us just after the last war were, and still are, sufficient for today’s needs. The only reason this nasty little suspect Government can be introducing more and more restrictive legislation is to gain total control and create an element of fear amongst the people. It can only be presumed that it wants to have the opportunity to arrest each and every one of us for every eventuality – how long will it be before a bout of flatulence will get you arrested for an act of terrorism against the environment?

If Stella Rimington is making such dire warnings then it must be bad.

Monday, 16 February 2009

A PICTURE OF TOTALITARIANISM

If you take a look at the photo of me on the top of this blog you will notice I am clutching a camera. There is a reason for that, I am the first to admit I am a keen amateur snapper, a hobby inherited from my dear old dad who was a dab hand with a camera.

One of my favourite pastimes, when time allows and the lighting is right, is to get out and about taking photos of places, mainly around my home town of Walsall, to put on the Geograph web-site. Compared to many who have contributed to that site my little collection of snaps on Geograph is quite modest, but as I say, I can only partake in this hobby when time allows. Most of the photos on this blog, but not all, have been taken by me over the years, although I admit to raiding Google images sometimes, not least for this posting.

However, as from this day, the 16th February 2009, when I indulge in my harmless little pastime I could find that I am infringing new laws on terrorism and have my camera snatched, or even smashed, by our once friendly local bobbies who have now turned into flack jacketed hit squads who terrorise the populace far more than any muggers, local yobs or even potential terrorists.

This caring Government of ours which wants to molly coddle us with health and safety laws, have now added to our already draconian laws on terrorism. We are now prevented from taking photos of the police arresting little old men, also under the guise of terrorism offences, who heckle at Labour Party conferences. No person in this once free and pleasant land can now take a photo of any police officer anywhere – I presume that also includes photos of police stations, police cars or anything else connected to the police.

We are living in seriously scary times, not because crime is on the increase, but because we are becoming ever more fearful of the laws that were once put in place to protect us and our liberties, which have now been deviated so much that they are being used to restrict and control us.

Although there are still no legal limits on taking photographs in public places, the powers that be may decide that the taking of such photos are creating a security risk and a happy snapper taking a photo in an airport of their family about to depart on holiday could face the full might of this draconian and heavy handed law. The same too could easily apply to those anoraks who like taking photos of trains or aeroplanes. What about the thousands of tourists who visit London? Each Japanese visitor appears to be carrying around more photographic equipment than the average BBC cameraman. Are they to be arrested for taking photos of the police who man the gates of Downing Street or protect the entrances to Parliament? In London its hard not to take a photo without a policeman or flashing blue light as a police vehicle goes zooming by. Are all tourists to have their cameras confiscated?

In my opinion Britain is not becoming a police state, it passed that mark ages ago and this new law is yet another in the increasing desperate machinations of a Government that has lost not only control, but also lost the plot. It is, without doubt, a picture of totalitarianism.

Thursday, 12 February 2009

A LESSON IN TAXATION

Stephen Allison on left, with Don Ransome.

Stephen Allison, who is a high profile UKIP activist and Councillor in Hartlepool has sent in this thought provoking and light hearted comparison to how the tax system works. Enjoy.

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all ten comes to £100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay £1.
The sixth would pay £3.
The seventh would pay £7.
The eighth would pay £12.
The ninth would pay £18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay £59.

So, that's what they decided to do.

The ten men drank in the bar every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. 'Since you are all such good customers,' he said, 'I'm going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by £20.' Drinks for the ten now cost just £80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they divide the £20 windfall so that everyone would get his 'fair share?'

They realized that £20 divided by six is £3.33. But if they subtracted that from everyone's share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man's bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so:

The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid £2 instead of £3 (33%savings).
The seventh now pay £5 instead of £7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid £9 instead of £12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid £14 instead of £18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid £49 instead of £59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings.

'I only got a pound out of the £20,' declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man, 'but he got £10!'

'Yes, that's right,' exclaimed the fifth man. 'I only saved a pound, too. It's unfair that he got ten times more than I did'

'That's true!!' shouted the seventh man. 'Why should he get £10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks'

'Wait a minute,' yelled the first four men in unison. 'We didn't get anything at all. The system exploits the poor'

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.

The next night the tenth man didn't show up for drinks, so the nine sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important. They didn't have enough money between all of them for even half of the bill.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, journalists and college professors, is how our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics

For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible.
Will the last Englishman to leave the country, please turn out the lights, because there will be no one left, willing pay to the bill

EU TO PILE MORE TAXES ON TRUCKS

Mike Nattrass, on the left, shakes hands with new UKIP member, Councillor Denis Allen.

Mike Nattrass MEP, the UKIP Transport Spokesman today attacked plans by the European Union to put more pressure on the beleaguered road transport sector. "The new version of the Euro - vignette would be a catastrophe for the HGV sector and the British economy. To be putting extra costs onto transport at this time will just ramp up costs when the wheels are already coming off the economy", he said. The plan, spearheaded by Belgian socialist MEP Saïd El Khadraoui is to specifically tax air and noise pollution from trucks.

"But", says Mr. Nattrass, "a CO2 tax is completely unnecessary as it is already factored into fuel duty. It is blatant double taxation. Worse still they leave no option for the operators, they are completely boxed in by this. Why does the EU see it as its role to punish the few remaining businesses without giving any alternate solution. Don't even try and suggest canals, you try and dig them through the Alps"

John Cooke, proprietor of Tameside Transport, an HGV operator said, "Another crazy idea from Europe। How can you apply a congestion charge to Trucks? If you succeed in forcing trucks off the road, you have empty shops or the haulier has to pass it on the costs to their customers. So really it is a tax on industry in the middle of a recession!"

The report can be found HERE.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

BIG BROTHER EVERYWHERE

Booked your holiday to the Costa Del Salmonella yet? Or what about a trip on the Eurostar to sample the delights of Paris, or do your tastes like to take you to the land of the Pope and pasta? Whatever you decide, and wherever you go, the powers that be intend to know of your every movement – despite the fact your personal choices and freedom is of no business to them.

It is sad to say that plans are afoot to monitor all our movements to and from the country and keep records of them on a massive data-base for up to ten years after the sun tan has faded and the holiday snaps have found their way into the loft.

Details of all our foreign trips will be stored on a computer system which will be based near Manchester. Names, dates and literally every movement by air, sea or rail will be stored. These details will be added to the masses of other data this snooping obsessed Government is compiling on us such as our telephone and e-mail records and also our medical records which are currently being stored by our own GPs will be sent to a central data-base.

The idea of this is to build up a massive national I.D. data-base on every British subject in preparation for the day when we will be forced by this Fascist New Labour Stasi to have I.D. cards. These in turn will be linked to, and part of a European Union wide I.D. card. This then will give the unelected Euro Fascists access to the masses of data that will be held on each and everyone of us. When the state or an oppressive organisation such as the EU have such information combined with an I.D. card then the power they will wield over our lives will be frightening and awesome. We will all be under the control of those who wield this power.

Amazingly supporters of New Labour seem to be either blind to this threat to our civil liberties or unconcerned as you will note from a comment made on this blog by a New Labour fanatic who goes under the name of the Political Penguin. When will these silly people who have so little concern for theirs and everyone else’s liberty wake up, will it be when the authorities come knocking at their door in the early hours of the morning? Like so many others throughout history such as those taken away by the KGB and other secret police, no doubt they will say: ‘I never thought this would happen to me’.

They seek us here, they seek us there, Big Brother will be watching us everywhere.
Visit the No2ID web-site.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

ANOTHER SCHOOLS DEBATE

Last week I reported on this blog my encounter with the students of my old college in Walsall, and this week I am now reporting the debate on EU membership which I took part in on Monday 9th February 2009, which was a very different event to that of the Walsall college.

Last Friday, although interesting, the questions for me were not that good, but yesterday, through Civitas, I was invited to take part in a debate on membership of the European Union in the Bishop Vesey grammar school in Sutton Coldfield. My opponent was Susan Juned who is a Liberal Democrat Councillor and their number three candidate on the West Midlands European elections list.

After being greeted at the schools reception and badged up so I wouldn’t forget my name, which seems to be the way of things these days when going into places where there are a lot of people, I was introduced to my opponent, Susan Juned. She quickly let it be known that she is an ultra keen environmentalist with degrees and qualifications on the subject. I, on the other hand, have nothing other than my old 1965 City & Guilds certificate in the tonsorial arts (hairdressing).

We were led into the main hall of the school, which was a fine old hall, where we faced over a hundred students, and what a lively and articulate bunch they turned out to be. After being introduced by the teacher we were asked to give a short introductory talk and then it was into the questions which flew thick and fast. To begin with they listened to the answers intently, but before long they were letting us know what they approved, or disapproved of. I made one comment in reply to a question on how we would vote in a referendum on the Treaty of Lisbon, had we been given our say. I let it be known that I would not only vote no to Lisbon, but had we been given a vote on EU membership I would vote to leave tomorrow. For that I won applause. However, in her defence Susan, who reminded me of a rather old fashioned and starchy school ma’am, also made comments that won her applause too.

I have done quite a few debates and always enjoy the banter and the chance to challenge my political opponents and to hear their challenges to my views too. Usually, these things tend to be a bit knock about and you can say things which your opponents will take as part of the proceedings as I do. However, as the debate went past the halfway mark Susan seemed to be getting a little frustrated and there was an edge of annoyance that her EU was being challenged.

At the end of the debate we were thanked for giving our time and a vote was taken. The students were asked for those in favour of EU membership to shout out “Aye”, then those against to shout out “No”. As the ‘No’s seemed to be the louder it was declared that they had won the vote by a margin – my City and Guilds and I had done our stuff for freedom from the EU and democracy.

As those students grow up and go out into the world and begin voicing their political opinions, and those opinions are against EU membership, then there is hope for our future yet.

NEWS OF THE SWISS REFERENDUM

There has not been much in the news about the outcome on the Swiss referendum on opening up their borders to some of the Eastern block members of the EU, which went in favour of allowing them in to work. However, if you want to read a synopsis of this referendum and why all was not as it seemed, then you need to go to the EU referendum blog and read all about it.

Monday, 9 February 2009

REWARDING TREASON

Tony Blair, the first EU President?
Although most EU-sceptics have always know that Tony Blair wanted to be the first EU President when, and if the EU constitution, now the Lisbon Treaty, could be rammed through despite the opposition of the people and the 'No' votes in France, Holland and Ireland, on Sunday 8th February 2009 the Mail on Sunday reported that President Sarkozy wants him in that post.

According to this article Blair, who gave so much of British sovereignty away to the EU, is now poised to take this position after a senior aide to the French President "told a private gathering of senior British and French politicians that he he is to tell fellow EU leaders that Mr Blair is the only man who can help Europe stand up to the rest of the world."  

The Mail revealed that Mr Minc, who is a key member of Nicolas Sarkozy's inner circle, told the gathering that when the Lisbon Treaty is ratified Europe will move into a new phase.  He said that Europe will need a strong leader and President Sarkozy will recommend Tony Blair for the job.

Step by step the EU is putting all the trappings of a nation in place, and for his acts of treason against his own country, Tony Blair is to be rewarded with the position of the first President of the EU.  What better reason could there be for the Irish to vote 'No' , again, to the Lisbon Treaty now they have been bullied to repeat the referendum because the EU decided they got it wrong last time.

Saturday, 7 February 2009

USEFUL THINGS GLASS EYES

Bertram Bennett, Derek Bennett's one eyed father.
In a week when the BBC went mad and sacked Carol Thatcher for her "Cuddly Golliwog” remark, did anyone really take notice of Jeremy Clarkson’s comment about Gordon Brown being “a one eyed idiot”? Having a one eyed father myself I see such a comment not so much as being an insult, but just a bit of fun aimed at a man who has given our country away to the European Union and through his incompetence left us all in a deepening mess and many on the dole. 

My late father, as mentioned, was one eyed. He wore a glass eye which was sometimes apt to fall out much to the surprise of those around him - at a party once someone cracked a joke which made my father laugh so much his eye fell out and a woman fainted.

As a lad at school the other kids used to ask what it was like to have a dad with a glass eye. My standard comment was: “Its no different to your dads false teeth - he takes them out each night and puts them in a glass, of water and my dad takes his eye out and puts in in a glass too.”

There were advantages too. One day he had to leave a lad alone in his shop when he went to answer the phone. Knowing this lad was a bit of a tyke he took his eye out, placed it on the counter and told the lad he would be watching him while he was out of sight. When he got back he found an ashen faced lad pressed against the wall too afraid to move and nothing nicked. Useful things glass eyes.

Friday, 6 February 2009

RETURNING TO COLLEGE FOR A DAY

Walsall College, soon to be demolished and replaced by a newer building.

Bescot Stadium is the home to the Walsall football club, known locally as the ‘Saddlers’ due to Walsall being famous for the production of leather goods and most notably saddle making, which due to cheaper foreign competition has more or less gone from the town. A friend of mine whose family ran one of the last saddle makers in the town held out against the foreign trade as long as he could, but in the end his better quality and higher priced saddles could not compete. It’s sad to say that in recent times, after three generations, he was forced to close the business.

Yesterday, 5th February, 2009. I was invited to Bescot Stadium to take part in an event being held by Walsall College in the main function room at the stadium. My local Labour MP, Bruce George, Ian Shires who is a Walsall Councillor and the leader of the Liberal Democrats on Walsall Council, and a nice young chap named Karl from the Greens had also been invited. Apparently, due to the snow, the Conservative Walsall South candidate, Thelma Matuk, did show up. We had been asked to take part in a Question Time style debate as part of a day to promote the new Walsall College which is due to start teaching its students at the start of September.

As an old student of Walsall College, or the ‘Tech’ as we used to call it then, it was quite nice being asked to take part in this event. Ian Shires, had also attended the college at the same time as me. I did two years there from 1963 to 1965. One of the things I always enjoyed during my days there were the college dances which the Students Union used to organise once a month. Memories of those innocent days came back to me as sat amongst today’s batch of students whilst the college principle gave a presentation of the new college, what it will be like and how the building will function.

The thing that concerned me the most as he showed artists impressions and plans of this modern building, was the number of security cameras which, at over fifty, he did not think was enough. Even more sinister was the fact that all students would have to use I.D. cards in the building. It seems that for the students to get from one part of the building to the next they will have to swipe their I.D. cards before doors will open to them. The system will monitor their movements and register their presence in the building at all times. When being asked questions about the new building none of the students asked about, or complained about, the fact they were being forced to use I.D. cards – they just seemed to accept it. In my days as a student there were no cameras and the only cards issued were Students Union cards.

Finally, the four of us were invited onto the stage and we lined up next to the chairman and the Question Time event got under way. To be quite honest the questions asked were quite dull. We were asked: ‘How are you going to ensure we can get jobs when we finish our courses?’ ‘What will you do to improve entertainment in Walsall?’ The most interesting was the question on gun crime. I was not inspired or at my best. I did manage to have a dig at the EU, which is the main reason I became involved in politics to campaign against our membership, but other than that the answers to all the questions from all the panel were about as bland as the questions themselves.

After the event when they broke for lunch, I was asked as an ex-student to write about my days at Walsall Technical College. It seems my recollections may be included in a time capsule which will be buried for fifty years in the courtyard of the new college. Long after I have popped my clogs, in half a centuries time, someone will did up the time capsule and say: ‘Whose this twit Bennett? Never heard of him.” Like the old college building I attended, I will be long gone and forgotten.

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

BY GOLLY CAROL

Wow, what a lot of fuss and confusion over Carol Thatcher’s “Gollywog” remark. Methinks that the leftie plotters at the BBC, who loathed, hated and detested Margaret Thatcher with a vengeance, have seized an opportunity to take revenge on Baroness Thatcher by doing their best to shame and attack her daughter.

All this goes to show is the rank hypocrisy of the publicly funded BBC. That unfunny and obnoxious drip, Jonathan Woss, whose language on air is as vile as he, who insulted the Sachs family for a cheap laugh, and who will never use an innuendo when a full frontal crudity can be used on air instead, is still making a mess of our TV screens whilst Carol Thatcher’s private joke has ensured the BBC treats her like some sort of mass murderer. As I said, BBC hypocrisy.

For many people of more mature years, the Gollywog was nothing more than a simple childs toy, the irony is, for them growing up in the forties, fifties and right up until political correctness began to take over from common sense, the Golly, that thing which is now a symbol of racial contempt and hatred, was actually loved by the children who owned one. In a funny sort of way you could say that it helped children love people of black skins rather than create hatred.

Strangely enough for me, the Golly was a mythical being in the shape of a person, rather like the unicorn was a mythical creature in the shape of a horse. I never associated a Golly with a black person.

As a child growing up for the first seven years of my life in the slums of Birmingham, during the end of the forties and into the mid fifties, a person of black or Asian decent was a rare sight. As children, when playing in the back yard where my grandparents lived, we used to run and hide when we saw the black man who lived on the other side of the yard. Yet this man was a kind and gentle soul who kept himself to himself and would have never harmed, or threatened, any of us. Sadly, in those days, we suffered from ignorance and a fear of the unusual. Kids of that era had a fear of something they perceived as out of the ordinary or different. A lot of kids treated my own father with caution as he was the only man they had come across who wore a beard – which again in those far off days was a rarity.

To quote the words of the Bob Dylan song, ‘The times they are a changing’. For those of us who were born before, and can remember the days when someone of a different ethnic background was an unusual sight, the changes we have been witness in this country through mass immigration in the late fifties, sixties and seventies have been vast. Culturally the older generations have had to take in a lot, and change a lot - in fact a lot has been expected of them. I often think our older generation were taken for granted by those who just decided that mass immigration would be good for the country with scant regard for the social, cultural and other considerations. Despite there being some problems, I think the British people have been extremely tolerant to this vast cultural change in a short span of history, and exceptionally hospitable on the whole, apart from the few racist nutters in the BNP and other racist groups.

These days most of the intolerance to integration comes not from the indigenous population, but from our home grown ethnic communities who do not want to integrate. It is sad to say that a large number see themselves as something different and have a hatred of people of differing religions and cultures to them, which sadly adds to tensions and helps those such as the BNP.

Carol Thatcher’s off the cuff joke relating someone’s hairstyle to that of a gollywog may have been childish and thoughtless in these Orwellian culturally challenged times, but to take it to these levels when others in the BBC can get away with obscenities of far worse nature shows just how far the BBC and the political correct brigade have lost the plot. According to a comment made on the Radio Four ‘Today’ programme, had Carol Thatcher made that comment about a white person’s hair it would have been acceptable, but not if that person was black. These people have to make up their minds, it’s either right or wrong and to say it’s ok to make the comment about a white person is surely another form of racial discrimination.

In these strange times, which are vastly different to those I was born to, it would seem there is a political madness which prevails. By golly Carol, what have you started?

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

GORDON’S GOLD

Ooh–ah Jim lad, shiver me timbers, thar be gold at the bottom of the sea in Davey Jone’s locker - about a billion dollars worth!

That’s enough of the Navy lark for the time being, but it does seem that there could be around a billion dollars with of gold lurking in what remains of HMS Victory on the bottom of the English Channel just of the coast of the Channel Isles.

In what was the HMS Victory before Nelson’s famous ship of the same name, which sank in a storm in 1744 taking around 1000 sailors to a watery grave, a Florida based Marine Exploration company which discovered the wreck has estimated the ship was carrying about four tons of gold. This gold remains the property of the British Government, although a deal has to be struck between the salvage company and HMG to recover the bullion, for which the Ministry of Defence has given permission for the dive teams to go down to begin salvage.

The question now has to be asked after Gordon Brown, as the then Chancellor of the Exchequer, sold off a substantial amount of British gold at a ludicrously low price due to him flooding the gold markets, which in turn has lost the British taxpayers millions of pounds, has he already got a buyer for this lot who will get it at a knock-down price?!

Monday, 2 February 2009

SEE THEM SQUIRM

“British jobs for British workers”, er – um, ‘scuse me, I should have said EU jobs for EU workers. Isn’t it wonderful watching people like Gordon Brown, Peter the Baroness of Mandelson and the pro-EU BBC squirm now the reality of EU membership has shown itself in full and they are being forced to admit this is a problem created by the EU which the Government is powerless under EU rules to do something about.

We have British workers coming out on strike all over the place over the matter of jobs being given to Italian and Portuguese workers to build the new Total oil refinery and our Prime Minister and all his Government entourage can’t do a damn thing about it. The EU rules, ok. Richard North has put a very gloating posting on his blog at EU Referendum, it is simply wonderful watching all those Europhiles being forced to accept there is an elephant in the room and its called the European Union, they can’t not talk about it now.

Peter Mandelson actually did the Norman Tebbit thing on the Radio Four ‘Today’ programme (Monday 2nd Frebruary) when he more or less said that British workers should get on the bikes and get jobs in other EU countries. Sadly, it aint as as easy as that. As many of us Euro Realists have been stating for a long time, due to language, cultural and other barriers, there will never be the mobility of labour as there is in the USA, despite the wishes and ambitions of the EU.

As Richard North rightly points out, Gordon Brown, who said he wants those British jobs for British workers, through EU membership has sacrificed a large percentage of his work and authority to the unelected EU. However, unlike our poor British jobless, he is still being paid even though he has a lot less responsibility than all other Prime Ministers at any other time in our history.

At long last the poor old duped on British public are beginning to have their eyes opened to the so-called “benefits” of EU membership. The question now is, will they have the courage to do something about it and stop voting for the three pro-EU parties, i.e. the Tories, Labour and the EU-fanatical Liberal Democrats and give their votes to the one political party which will be able to give those British jobs to British workers – the UK Independence Party?

Sunday, 1 February 2009

TIME FOR A LITLE URBAN TERRORISM

Fancy a bit of terrorism?  Well, here are a few sayings linked to terrorism: Bomb, Osma Bin Laden, al-Qaeda, nitrogen fertiliser, plutonium, dirty bomb, suicide bomber, dynamite and car bomb. That little line up of terrorist tools should, by now, be keeping a load of bods in half a dozen back offices tucked away in MI6, MI5 and other Government snooping departments in a frenzy of activity for an hour or so.

Why should anyone want to mention all these links to terrorism? The reason, my little spied on friends, is down to Government plans to snoop on literally every e-mail sent, every telephone call made and every Internet session on a database - there will be no secrets kept from 'Big Ears' Brown and his Orwellian army of Government curtain twitchers.  

The Home Office is proposing the installation of "black boxes" in telephone exchanges to copy all telephone and web data that passes through them, which will then be stored on a massive central database - there will be no escape for anyone who uses the telephone or Internet, literally everything will be watched, recorded and monitored.  We know there are already systems in place which flag up key words and phrases used in telephone conversations and e-mails, but this system will be something else.

Yet once again this massive prying project is being proposed as a means of preventing terrorist attacks, but it will also be very convenient for the Government to be able to build quite detailed files on each and every one of us - it will probably know more about our lives and activities than members of our own families.  Hence the use of the words above.

If the Government wants to pry on our affairs in this way , and we know that such sensitive words as those above will set alarm bells ringing all over the place in their offices, lets give them something for our taxpayers money.  If every e-mail, telephone call, new upload on web-sites and any other method of electronic communication has one or more of those words in them, or other phrases used in terrorist acts, then the people would have the opportunity to strike back and hit this snoopers charter where it hurts, their systems would be massively overloaded and would most probably crash.  If this was done by literally everyone on a daily basis they would never be able to cope - we could swamp them.  It's time for a little urban terrorism.