Monday, 31 August 2009
Saturday, 29 August 2009
Despite the fact I do quite a bit of writing and try to get something new on this blog most days, which is often easier said than done, it’s not very often I get the opportunity to indulge in a bit of musing – so this fine Saturday while I have a bit of time to reflect I thought it would be good to have a muse about the week, things in general and the bank holiday weekend to come.
This last week I have been blogging about injustice in our society and police heavy handiness, Anne Palmer who is a tremendous researcher kindly sent me a piece about the EU’s treaties to pop on the blog and not to forget the No2ID press release I have posted too. This last week I have also vented my frustration with David Cameron and his Conservative Party. As someone who used to treat voting Conservative as almost a religious experience I get really angry with the betrayal of that party and how Cameron is leading some pretty good people up a trail that will take them to no other place than EU subservience and utter misery. Sadly, those following him can’t see it coming.
Anthony Coughlan of the Irish National Platform also sent around an e-mail asking for the people of Britain to support the ‘No’ campaign in their second Lisbon Treaty referendum, which I posted too, but what of other things?
These last few days Adair Turner who once Chaired the Confederation of British Industry, and has since become Lord Turner, revealed just how much of a useless prat he is. Over the year as our manufacturing base and heavy industry has declined, the one wealth creating industry we have left, if you can call it an industry, is our financial sector in the City of London where vast fortunes are made. The last thing any sensible government would want to do is introduce laws or taxation which threatens the City – Lord Turner has proposed just that.
In the business section of Friday’s Daily Telegraph (28-9-2009) it reported problems in the eurozone due to the decrease in credit. Several ECB governors have had to warn people not to build up their hopes of a recovery due to this, although the ecomomies of France and Germany look as if they are recovering, according to Yves Mersch the Luxembourg governor, it is not sustainable. And so the whole euphoria of the EU’s grand project which is floated on hot air, bullshine and rhetoric drifts on towards its inevitable nemesis.
And what will I be doing for the rest of the weekend? Tonight it will be back to the Good Hope hospital where my father in law still languishes with his fractured hip. His six weeks in there have cost us a small fortune in parking fees, this does not include the £10 charge for the hospital TV rental for five days viewing. By the time you add up six weeks worth that also comes to a tidy sum too.
Tomorrow it is his Worshipful the Mayor of Walsall’s BBQ at the Lyndon House Hotel. Sounds fancy doesn’t it hob-nobbing with the Mayor of Walsall – well not really. We are both regulars in the Lyndon and over the years, with him being a Tory and I UKIP there has been a bit of banter going back and forth, and of course, when he came around a couple of weeks ago flogging hi BBQ tickets there was no escape. At least the beer will be good, as it always is in the Lyndon – I just hope the rain keeps off.
On bank holiday Monday I will have the chance to have a lie in bed and a stroll over the pub at lunchtime for a beer or two, I may even get time to take a few more photos of my town to put on the Geograph web-site as long as the weather holds out, then life gets back to normal and the campaign against our imprisonment in the EU will resume.
Friday, 28 August 2009
EU-sceptics have been saying it for a long time, and that is membership of the European Union is the biggest con trick ever played on the people of this fair nation. A prime example of the problem of EU membership has come to light in my own Black Country town of Walsall which gives want the perfect reason why Britain should no longer remain in the EU. This was revealed in the Express & Star on Thursday 27th August 2009.
In the article entitled: ‘Authority to return £1m as receipts lost’, it reported that almost £1 million of Walsall Council taxpayer money looks as if it will have to be repaid to the EU as the council cannot find the receipts for the various groups which this money was given to under one of the EU’s so-called funding schemes.
The irony in this is such that if you didn’t laugh you would cry. The EU itself loses £ billions each and every year to fraud, corruption and sheer incompetence, its auditors have never once been able to sign off its books as so much money, mostly that of the German and British taxpayers, goes AWOL. Yet, because Walsall Council can’t find these receipts the chances are the EU money (our money) will have to go back to an organisation that will then probably lose it anyway.
Added to that, in order for Walsall council to get that £1 million from the EU, Walsall Council taxpayers had to give it approximately £1.5 million to it in the first place. All the EU has done is taken a large slice of money from the long suffering taxpayers of the town then given them a little bit of their own money back. In some circles it is known as ‘creaming off’.
As stated, here is a perfect reason why we would be much better off out of the EU. Had we been in that happy situation then Walsall Council would have been able to fund these causes to the tune of £1.5m the additional coming from what the EU creams off for itself. Sadly, Walsall has fallen victim to the EU scam.
Perhaps it is time for the new Supreme Court to see if the Treaty of Lisbon is compatible to our Constitution and that our Constitution remains “supreme at all times” and can override the EU Treaties and our “sovereignty” remains in full.
There are some people that think we have no Constitution, some because there is already a proposal to put forward a new written Constitution which may contain a new Bill of Rights all of which Lisbon, if it becomes ‘active’, will have “Competence” over, but in the voting for the ‘new’ they may be destroying their own unique Bill of Rights 1689 which contains the Oath of Allegiance we all bear to the British Crown and the great Magna Carta so admired throughout the world. It is a matter of the highest constitutional importance whether the Treaty of Lisbon is compatible or not with our Common Law Constitution and Her Majesty’s Coronation Oath to uphold the ‘laws and customs’ of the Realm on behalf of the People.
Our Government has very recently needed to use part of our Common Law Constitution, namely Article IX of the Bill of Rights 1689 in the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009, proving without doubt the whole exists. The first entry in that act reads, Article 1: "Nothing in this Act shall be construed by any court in the United Kingdom as affecting Article IX of the Bill of Rights 1689". The Bill of Rights 1689 Article IX provides "that the freedom of speech and debates in Parliament ought not to be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of Parliament". This section is to remove any doubt about whether any provision in the Act affects Article IX.
I make this approach to you because the people of this Country are so angry-you only have to read the Telegraph Blogs to realise that, and the people are simply not going to allow their way of life and their children’s future to be changed to the Continental system without their whole-hearted agreement. I hope that you will take up this fight to save our Country, because it is YOUR Country too, so I ask, beg you to fight on behalf of most of the people in this Country. So many have fought and died to prevent strangers from imposing their constitution and laws on this Country, yet as soon as the last war was over, another ‘different’ way was found to impose foreign rule on to the people of this Country through EU Treaties eagerly entered into by those that accepted the words of strangers rather than the words written in our Constitution. Yet the truth of the contents of those Treaties has never been told to the people of this Country, or the true affect those Treaties would have on their daily lives-FOREVER.
I had no idea just how much I was banking on a legal challenge. I feel bereft, as if I have lost something or some-one very special, which I suppose I have or at least lost a chance of a fight of saving it for I, along with all those that feel the same as myself, will have lost our very unique English way of life should Lisbon and its opening up of the continental system here in our beloved Country come about.
I have tolerated the loss of our laws, the humility of people being "financially penalised" for such trivial things such as leaving a dustbin lid a couple of inches higher than the brim of its main body, or even leaving it out too long, and for people being criminalized as a terrorist for shouting, "Rubbish" at a Labour Conference. This once free Country is now known as the Surveillance State of the World, spied on where-ever we go.
The indignity of having to have an ID card with intimate details held on a Data Base to be shared by all and sundry, this when I vowed I
would never have another ID Card after having to 'produce' when asked
by the police throughout the last war.
I am in mourning at the loss of my freedom and all because not enough money could be found to have a 'go' at least one Legal Challenge. It should not cost any one of us one "Penny" to try to honour our Oaths of Allegiance to our Queen (Crown) and our Country. So many died
fighting in two world wars to keep this Country free to govern tself,
they gave their lives for their Country and its people, yet for the want of money a whole country and all in it is lost. Maybe the time will come when ALL will have forgotten what it was once like to be FREE.
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
The Official Journal of the EU, C 321/6 dated 31.12.2003
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Sitting by the pool one afternoon I got chatting to this Swedish gentleman and asked him if he had been to England, he replied in his Swedish accent: “Oh yes, I have been to London and Didcot”. My instant reaction was complete puzzlement, I could understand him going to London, but what the bloody hell did a Swede see in sodding Didcot?
When I looked at him in a puzzled manner and queried what on earth had taken him to Dicot, he instantly whipped out from under his sunbed the Swedish equivalent of Train Spotters Weekly and replied: “Ya, I like steam trains and I went there to see the trains”. I have come across all sorts in my sixty or so years on this planet, but a Swedish train spotter was definitely a new one.
For most of us mere mortals we have a job to fathom why anyone would want to go into raptures over steaming, rusting lumps of metal just because they run on rails, but some do and for them it is just a bit of harmless enjoyment – so why should we impinge on their freedom to go about their hobby?
Sadly, the police in Pembrokeshire take a different view and any woolly hatted anoraks have to be interrogated, as holidaying train spotter Stephen White discovered when security cameras picked him up photographing ancient diesel trains near an oil refinery.
The bizarre thing about this tale is that it has just been revealed just how useless the mass of security cameras are in this country, despite their being almost one camera to every person in the land and Britain the most spied on nation in the world (even more that Communist China). This vast array of monitoring technical equipment only accounts for a handful arrests annually, the £ billions we have tied up in this equipment is virtually useless.
So how ironic is it that a harmless anorak, taking some piccies of a couple of clapped out engines, gets harassed by the local rozzers because he was spotted on a camera and the registration of the car he was in taken.
From then on this tale becomes even sadder than a train spotters anorak. As Mr White, who hails from Somerset, was on holiday in South Wales the police visited the home of his sister three times when she was out and even called her mobile in the early hours of the morning, plus they stopped her car in the street as Mr White’s car was traced to her home. They demanded she take the photos into the police, which she refused as she did not want to disturb her brother and his families holiday.
Mr White and his family were then pulled over by the police with blue lights blazing who then treaded this ordinary family as if they were a bunch of terrorists, there was even a threat of Special Branch officers investigating. All this despite the fact the oil refinery can be looked up in some detail on Google Earth.
What a mad country we have become when those convicted of real terrorists offences get treated leniently and freed because they have a limited time to live, when thousands of crimes go undetected because the cameras that are supposed to prevent crime and protect us are useless, and an innocent train spotter gets such treatment. Let the cameras create the strain.
It’s quite fascinating to see all the part of the world and some of the organisations who come visiting. Someone from Nevada is a regular visitor, there are often visits from Brussels, but today (27th August 2009) at 10.11 am this blog had a visitation from the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg.
So, welcome to the ECJ, I hope you found something of interest and learned a little from your visit. We all hope too that you now know why the EU is such a bad thing and if there was any real justice there would be no European Union, no Lisbon Treaty and no EU laws and directives.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
The Tories iceberg, of course, is the European Union which floats on a sea of mad bureaucracy in Brussels and Strasbourg. It is an obstacle that has been known to sink the Conservative Party and several of its leaders in the past – and David Cameron and his motley crew are heading full steam ahead towards it without any protection. There can be little doubt an almighty crunch is on its way and a lot of Tory souls will soon find themselves floundering.
The iceberg this time is in the shape of the British rebate which Margaret Thatcher so valiantly defended with her iron clad handbag. It would seem, that just like Tony Blair and Gorblimey Brown before him, Cameron couldn’t give a toss about how much money the British taxpayers lavish and squander on the EU, just as long as there is a vague promise that the Common Agricultural Policy will be reformed. Donkey’s and carrots on a stick come to mind.
Just like the previous posting on this blog, the question has to be asked: what’s the point of voting Conservative these days if they are not going to defend our interests, stop wasting our money (what little we have left) and stop deluding themselves that EU membership has any benefit at all? There are no benefits to EU membership – just bureaucracy and ever increasing costs.
It seems that captain Cameron and his Tory henchmen are quite relaxed about our rebate, which as already reported, is about to leap from £4.1 billion per annum to a whopping £6.4 billion, which represents a staggeringly painful rise verging on 60%. But as far as the Tory toff is concerned, it’s ok as long as he can get some “really fundamental reforms.” Oh really? The press is not going to let this one go and has already slated the Labour plans to dump our rebate, he will also find an ever increasing EU-sceptical public are not going to be too happy having to stump up an extra £270 p.a. for the privilege of being told what light bulbs they can use by the EU.
Abandon all hope of Conservatism all who look to that party to protect us against the EU onslaught coming our way. To repeat again, what is the point of voting Conservative?
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
This tiny easily missed and very short article just about sums up every reason why we should be so opposed to membership of the European Union. Although it seems ridiculous, an Act of Parliament has been proven to be unlawful simply for nothing more than the EU was not informed about it. How much more evidence do we need to prove that our elected politicians and our own Government are no longer in control?
Back in 1984 an Act of Parliament, as mentioned above, which was intended to prevent people from selling illegal videos and DVDs and to prevent pornographic material to children, went through all the usual Parliamentary procedures to be passed into British law – but one thing was forgotten – no one told the EU.
For nothing other than that technicality it has just come to light that this statute, which had supposed to be British law to protect British people and British children, has not actually been law – technically it is unenforceable for nothing other than the fact our real masters in the EU, those we do not elect or have any control over, were simply not informed.
Those who have broken this law and been punished over the last 25 years will now be able to seek damages from the Government. This one small item reveals all that is wrong with EU membership – we are not allowed to govern ourselves without first asking the EU for permission. It’s like that old joke: ‘I’m the boss in my house, I have my wife’s permission to say so’! We govern ourselves as long as we ask the EU permission to say so.
Back in the days of my boyhood in the 1950’s we lived in Castle Bromwich, which was just a short hop from Elmdon Airport, now known as a Birmingham International.
One of the fascinating things for a lad growing up in the 1950’s living not too far from an airport, was to stand in our back garden looking skyward as an assortment of old propeller driven planes flew over – then of course, there was those incredibly stylish dark blue and white B.O.A.C coaches I often admired driving along the Chester Road. My reaction was always ‘Wow, look at that’, they were much more impressive than the knackered old Midland Red busses I used to have to catch to go to school.
In those distant days flying was not for the masses, to go anywhere in an aeroplane was really quite something. The ladies wore their best frocks and the gents, with pipes firmly clenched in their mouths, would make sure they were suited and hatted, usually a trilby – and they always had an overcoat draped over their arm – what a spiffing way to travel in those days.
Now we turn up at our cattle sheds we call airports, get processed, shoved and shunted around in queues to go through security where we have to almost disrobe, be frisked and sometimes interrogated. We are told that certain items are to be confiscated as we are not allowed to take them through, only to be able to then purchase them in the departure lounge shops – and finally, often hours late after delays, we get to squashed into the plane with our tee-shirted and often less than savoury travelling companions.
Flying ain’t what it used to be, especially for those who remember the days of B.O.A.C., now British Airways which, according to the business section of the Daily Telegraph (25th August 2009) celebrates its 90th birthday today. We have all flown in geriatric jets at some time, now we can fly with a geriatric airline!
What changes we have seen over the last few years at B.A., which was the airline we were once told was the worlds favourite when we wanted to “fly the flag”. Maggie Thatcher used to praise it in the days when it was under the Chairmanship of Lord King, then raving Europhile Lord Colin Marshall got his mits on it and it was never the same since.
Gone went the flag, in came ethnic mumbo-jumbo giving Richard Branson the chance to promote the flag on his Virgin Airlines, Mrs T stuck a hankie over the BA model and the airline had to back down and bring back a stylised flag PDQ.
Happy 90th British Airways, our geriatric airline, will you still be here to see in your 100th?
Saturday, 22 August 2009
To many people across Europe the EU, voting and fairness are words that are incompatible. If the EU had any concept of the theory of fairness in elections and voting then it would have not ignored the will of the French and the Dutch when they said ‘No’ to the EU constitution. Nor would the Irish be facing a second referendum on the 2nd October when, according the EU, they got it wrong the first time they had a say on the reconstituted EU constitution in the shape of the Lisbon Treaty. Is it fair they are having to do it all over again with dire warnings that if they don'’ vote the way the EU wants the people of Ireland will be punished – that ain’t very fair is it?
The voters in Afghanistan have been shot at, bombed and been threatened of reprisals by the Taliban for daring to go out and vote and the EU decides it was fair - rank hypocrisy or what?
Friday, 21 August 2009
The release yesterday (20th August 2009) of the convicted Lockerbie plane bomber, Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, has resulted in all sorts of turmoil, not least in the mind of this blogger.
Megrahi was released from his 27 year prison sentence on grounds of compassion, he is, we are told, a man dying of cancer with only weeks to live. Yet there are many anomalies with this case. Why should a man who was proven guilty in a court of law for the murder of 270 innocent people be released so easily, when train Robber Ronnie Biggs who is old and decrepit, had to go through a far lengthier process to be released also on compassionate grounds of ill health? After all, the crime Biggs took part in was responsible for only one death and Biggs was not the person who struck the blow which resulted in the death of the train driver. When comparing those two crimes there seems to be little fairness in the times taken to reach these decisions
Then there is the other question, why on earth did the Scottish administration go ahead with this release when so many were against it, especially the American’s? Why too were our own Government and our Scottish Prime Minister so quiet about this whole affair? From all accounts the US President, Barrack Obama, is not at all happy about this, nor are the families of those Americans that died on that fateful flight in 1988.
One American lady who lost a loved one has accused the British authorities of doing a deal to ensure Shell and BP receive Libyan oil supplies – you have to admit she has a very valid point which ties in with the silence of Mr Brown and his Cabinet cohorts. But what of the Scottish people themselves – especially those in Lockerbie whose town was torn apart by the falling wreckage? There seems to be little comment about their feelings.
Then we have the issue of Megrahi’s guilt, was he a victim himself? He has claimed innocence all through, after leaving Scottish soil he made a statement yesterday expressing his innocence and gave his sympathy to the families of the dead. Dr Jim Swire whose daughter was one of the Lockerbie victims is convinced that Megrahi was innocent. There is much to confuse about all this for those of simple minds like this blogger.
If Megrahi was innocent and new evidence had come to light, why not an appeal? As someone who hates injustice and cares for liberty the thought of an innocent man being imprisoned for a crime he did not commit is as upsetting as the outrage itself. Some are convinced of his guilt on the basis that Megrahi was known to transport detonators – but being convicted for one crime does not automatically mean that person is guilty of another offence. This is where the principle of not giving details of past offences to a jury is so important – it prevents them from pre-judging that person and means they only try the defendant on the case in hand – not on all the naughty things they may have got up to in the past. Sadly, like so many other principles of British justice this rule is under threat as our EU supine Government is gradually changing our system of law to that of the European corpus juris system.
How also, has the Scottish executive, run by the SNP, been given the power to make a decision that undermines our long standing alliance with the USA? Tiny little Scotland which generally has no power or influence in the world has, in effect, stuck two fingers up to the most powerful nation on the planet in a case of the Mc mouse that roared. Is the very reason for Megrahi’s release down to devolution? The majority of British people at the time of devolution were opposed but denied a say in the break up of the nation, all once again to comply with the EU’s dictate to create a ‘Europe of the Regions’. The English, who were also part of the union, were not given a say, or a referendum on this break up, only the Scots and Welsh had a vote. Despite this we could all suffer the fallout from what could be a flawed decision by a handful of minor politicians – we could all be the victims of EU inspired devolution.
Thursday, 20 August 2009
In a land that once valued its liberty and freedom it doesn’t take much logic to realise that this intrusion by a organ of the state is a direct attack against that once cherished liberty and freedom. Sadly, most ordinary people once caught up in the state’s Orwellian mincing machine find their rights and liberties are soon trampled on and they themselves become a piece of data in the system which they are powerless to remove or change.
One person who was caught up in this state mincer was the Conservative Member of Parliament, Damian Green. He, if you remember, was arrested on suspicion of Whitehall leaks and as part of the process the police took samples of his DNA. When the case was dropped and no charges made, as an innocent man he asked for his DNA to be removed from the police data-base and, as is usual, the police refused. Senior police officers want and encourage the growth of this DNA data-base irrespective of who the samples belong to or whether they are held on the guilty or innocent. Such a data-base increases their power.
Mr Green argued against this and said that he was an “exceptional case” and after some wrangling Scotland Yard agreed to remove his DNA from their records, he is now campaigning for the same right for the hundreds of thousands of other innocents whose DNA is also stored by the police.
Some people who either have little care for their own liberties, or for other more devious reasons, want the authorities to create a national data-base on all. With the DNA of all new born being taken and stored this is on its way. There are many problems with this policy of keeping such intimate records on such a vast swathe of the population, not least is the question; how safe is it? Considering the appalling lack of security it is not impossible to find our data on a lost disc or memory stick on a train or other public place, or for us to find it has been hacked into for use in criminal purposes – also how trustworthy are those left in charge of this data?
Added to this only recently it has been proven that DNA can be falsified (scroll down after opening the link) and planted at a crime scene. DNA, like so much evidence which the courts and state place so much faith in, is far from immune.
Those who are asked to provide DNA find, if they refuse are manhandled and forced to provide it against their free will – this again is an outrageous affront to our liberty, in effect it is the rape of the innocents. What would happen if a victim was to accuse the police of the rape of their DNA?
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Tuesday, 18 August 2009
This blog has been covering the tragedy of the European Arrest Warrant for quite some time and has not been short of POSTINGS on this EU inspired abomination, as you will notice if you click on the link and scroll down. (Be prepared for long read).
There are sorry tales of people such as Andrew Symeou and Dr Gerald Fredrick Toben, both of whom have fallen victim to the EAW. All anti-EU campaigners will know of the sad fate of Andrew Symeou who was arrested and shipped off to a Greek prison on little more than circumstantial and very suspect evidence obtained under duress, but some may have forgotten the strange case of Dr Toben.
This chap is obviously a rather odious character, not someone I would ever want to defend, he is a holocaust denier which in my eyes makes him a fully certified nutter. However, as unpleasant and ignorant as holocaust denial can be, being such a barmpot is not a criminal offence here in the UK, nor is it in Dr Toben’s adopted country of Australia. Yet when Dr Toben, who is German by birth, flew into this country he was promptly arrested by British police acting on behalf of the German courts with a European Arrest Warrant. He was arrested for a crime that does not exist in this country, nor the country he had flown from, then sent off to face trial in Germany.
This and a whole load of other cases show just how dangerous, unscrupulous and unfair the EAW is. Yet despite this our EU subservient Government have, as reported in the press over the last couple of days, have opened up the possibility of hundreds, if not thousands, of British subjects being arrested here in the UK for crimes that don’t exist in Britain, with evidence based on some tenuous and suspect basis, and then to be shipped off to face a long spell in a foreign prison before they even go to court where they will be tried by a system of law of which they will have little or no knowledge.
What was originally introduced to stop terror and organised crime can now be used for such minor offences as being drunk and disorderly, minor drug related offences, driving infringements and petty theft. Those on the orders of a foreign court may find they are not only unlucky enough to be shipped off to some squalid foreign prison, if they end up in court in certain countries they will not even be provided with a translator to help them understand what is happening. If you were one of the thousands of British drivers who refused to pay a parking fine or committed some other minor infringement while on your holiday on the continent going back many years – start worrying now, you have no protection. The Government you elected to look after your interests, protect your rights and defend you against foreign interference has abandoned you – you are on your own in a very dark place called the European Union.
Monday, 17 August 2009
Wars like this soon begin to touch each and everyone of us as to the closeness to home many of these deaths are. My own town of Walsall saw a large funeral take place just a few weeks ago, people from all over the town turned up to stand at the roadside to pay their last respects to a son of the town. Another person I have known for yours went to the funeral of Birmingham lad, Joseph Murphy who was just 18 years of age and was killed while trying to pull the body of his comrade out of the line of fire.
It is sad to say that all wars bring death and tragedy, that is why they should always be avoided. Some wars are unavoidable and have to be fought, the Falklands was one such war, but others are needless posturing by governments that have lost their way and believe a war will make them look good. Sadly, I can feel there is no other excuse than that for this war in Afghanistan.
Anyone who takes a look through the pages of history would have known you can’t win in such a place, no army lasts there including our ill equipped army of today or that in the past when we were last there.
Sadly, Afghanistan is one of histories lessons being ignored. To find out more go to the Defence of the Realm blog-site.
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Friday, 14 August 2009
Lord Tebbit, for quite some time, has been warning that David Cameron’s stance of trying to be all things to all men is actually creating the possible threat of an exodus of traditional Tory voters to UKIP, which will accept them gladly. Many long standing traditional Conservative’s are feeling frustrated over their party leader’s somewhat vague stance on the EU and are now looking at UKIP, especially after its outstanding success in the European elections, as a possible new home for their political views.
Ever since William Hague’s botched anti-EU election campaign in 2001, which he sort of opposed the EU but not fully with his vague Hague message: “In the EU but not governed by it”, and “We will keep the pound for the lifetime of the next Parliament”, which left voters wondering what about after that. Naturally, this failed to convince or inspire anyone. The Tories have lived in mortal dread of the EU ever since, so much so you can almost imagine Tory leadership meetings with Cameron doing a Basil Faulty saying ‘Don’t mention the EU!’
The problem this has left them is that as the country has slowly but surely is becoming aware of the seriousness of the EU problem, they are for the first time looking seriously where they can place their votes so that their concerns about the EU can be represented. Because the Tories mucked things up previously and are now too afraid to dip their toes into the anti-EU water, also the fact there is an old (now insignificant but vocal) rump of old Tory Europhiles such as Clarke, Heseltine and others still lurking within the Tory hierarchy, the EU is a place Cameron won’t go despite the problem not going away.
For him this is a problem that is going to get worse as the EU increases its already enormous amount of control over us, especially if the Lisbon Treaty is ratified and the EU, in effect, becomes a nation in its own right. Where does that leave Cameron then? He won’t hold a retrospective referendum on the treaty but as a newly installed Prime Minister he will be stuffed and have about as much power and influence as Town Hall Mayor in a rate capped council.
The effect of this, especially as the majority of the rank and file of the Tory membership, which are those who do the donkey work, have a very similar stance on the EU as the UKIP, then Lord Tebbit is correct to point out the problem which Cameron faces. The question now has to be asked, how long will it be before Lord Tebbit becomes so frustrated with the Conservative party and joins UKIP too?
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Now as poor Andrew Symeou rots in a Greek jail, arrested and extradited on extremely unsound and suspect evidence which was obtained under duress, we know that once again those of us who are opposed to the EU led destruction of the nations of Europe were correct and that those Quislings who support the project of ‘ever closer union’ had once again lied and cheated, as they usually do.
Today (Thursday 13th August) the Times online reports yet another case of the EAW being used to arrest someone now living in the UK on a very dodgy basis. It’s worth clicking on the link and reading yet another sad chapter in the demise of British justice and freedom at the cruel hands of the EU. The EAW spells nothing but angst for all those who encounter it.
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Monday, 10 August 2009
It seems some so-and-so’s have slashed her car tyres and smashed a window – this is a major news story for the BBC which never quite managed to cover UKIP in the Norwich North by-election despite the EU-sceptic party being the second lead party in the European elections just a month or so earlier.
So, if the BBC is to make car vandalism a top story how about the damage done to Mr Smith’s Mondeo on Sunday as well – or what about Mr & Mrs Jones having their fifteen year old car stolen or what about......
Since giving up on the Conservative Party as a lost cause in the mid nineties due to their pro-EU stance, there have been few Conservatives I could admire. I have always admired Richard Shepherd, the Member of Parliament for Aldridge Brownhills who is the only one of the Tory Euro rebels left in Parliament. Owen Patterson MP seemed to have a bit of a vague fling towards EU-scepticism – but remains remarkably quiet these days, and the only other two are the Tory MEP’s Roger Helmer and Dan Hannan.
Dan is someone I have heard speak at meetings several times, I seldom disagree with him, that was until I read the Sunday Telegraph (9th August 2009) on the issue of open primaries to select party MPs.
When the story of the Totnes Conservative Association sending out invites to one and all to ask them to vote for the Conservative candidate they wanted hit the news, I listened to the report on the wireless and considered it a bit odd, but left it at that. Now Dan Hannan, writing in the Sunday Telegraph, has come out in support of the idea.
If this idea takes off the political parties could find they are lumbered with some really peculiar candidates. What fun it would be to go along to my local Labour Party candidate hustings, sack my long standing member of Parliament as my next Labour candidate, then replace him with some screaming left wing nutter who is going to alienate the voters thus giving me, as the UKIP candidate in Walsall South, a greater chance of being elected.
As nice as this idea is, it certainly isn’t going to do the political parties any good, in fact what will be the point of joining a party and paying your dues if your influence over who your candidate is going to be has been removed from you? Although, thinking about it, the Conservative hierarchy have become so Stalinist in recent years over candidate selection Tory activists like Dan Hannan may have more influence over the choice of their candidate than before.
Then there is cost, it seems to elect Sarah Woolaston as the Conservative candidate in Totnes cost £40,000, imagine repeating that all over the country? Dan thinks this could be much reduced if the political parties got together and held their primaries together on the same day as a local or European election. He wrote: “the additional cost of printing an extra ballot paper would be negligible.” How negligible is negligible and who pays? Currently the selection of party candidates costs the taxpayer nothing, it is the parties that pay but is he proposing the taxpayer has to stump up?
Sorry Dan, I remain a great admirer for your stance against the imposition of the EU, but on this one I think it’s a none starter.