Monthly Archives: July 2010

>Last Night


Last night, I was listening to Iain Dale  (who was filling in for another presenter on LBC 97.3fm) and eating an avocado, black olive and chicken salad.  I had to switch off the radio before I started blubbing like a baby and re-decorating the walls.

With the greatest of respect to Iain, he doesn’t have a voice for radio. Zzzzzzzzz.  Eric Pickles, Community Secretary was interviewed about localism and referenda in connection with the Council Tax but it was actually ‘Peter from London’ who made me reach for the tissues and the off-switch:  “We don’t need referenda because we already vote for these people to do what we want so why should we do it for them?”

There was another gem a couple of nights ago too. It came from Tom Brake, the LibDem MP for Carshalton & Wallington, who said that it was “refreshing to be told what to do by the Whips because I don’t have to think for myself anymore.”

About Tom:

“From the age of eight years old, he lived with his family in France and attended the Lycee International in the western suburbs of Paris. Ten years later Tom returned to England to continue his education at Imperial College, London where he gained a BSc (Hons) degree in Physics. As a student he became actively involved in human rights issues. He joined Amnesty International and was chairman of the Imperial College students’ group from 1981 to 1982.

After leaving University in 1983, Tom joined Hoskyns (now Cap Gemini) leaving the company as a Principal Consultant when he was elected to Parliament in 1997. He also became politically involved in 1983 when he helped William Goodhart, the Alliance Candidate in the London constituency of North Kensington, in the 1983 General Election campaign. In 1988 he became a Liberal Democrat Councillor in the London Borough of Hackney where the Labour Party had nearly 90% of the seats.”

I’ve been angry, sad, astounded, belligerent, offended, contemptuous and a host of other adjectives in the last eighteen months of blogging, and I still am… but …

Many thanks to Captain Ranty, Corrugated Soundbite, Grumpy Old Twat and SubRosa for keeping the blog going the last time I packed my bags and headed for home.  This time I hope I’ll be luckier so, apart from the occasional post,  I’ll see you on the other side of August.

I suppose I could keep you up-to-date with dealing with the Spanish authorities but I don’t think it will be much fun and will probably involve lots of cash, many curses and posts entitled, “F*cking B@st@rds”.

If anyone, particularly non-aligned non-bloggers, would like to try their hand at blogging, let me know:  Old hands are also welcome and their help appreciated.

Tomorrow will be as usual – GP, round-up and reflection.

>Whisky Tango Foxtrot


According to the Irish Times an asylum appeal case referred to the ECJ could set an important legal precedent affecting thousands of asylum claims in the EU (that includes us).

Five asylum seekers have launched an appeal against a transfer order to Greece made by the Irish Minister for Justice issued under the Dublin II regulation – the EU law that stipulates asylum applications should be decided in the EU state where a person first arrives.

The asylum seekers don’t dispute arriving first in Greece but they argue that their human rights would be infringed if they were returned to Greece, because they argue it doesn’t operate a ‘fair or humane’ asylum system.

The appeal against the transfer draws on advice issued by António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in December, which asked all EU states to stop transferring asylum seekers to Greece because of shortcomings in its system.  If the appeal is upheld it will limit member states’ ability to send asylum seekers back to Greece and other member states – not that we’d notice the difference in England.   Our Court of Appeal has also referred a similar case to the ECJ.  Fat chance.

It all ties in with the Supreme Court (the one that replaced the House of Lords as the highest Court in the land) dismissing a Home Office challenge to an EU directive that allows asylum-seekers to look for work if their claim has not been processed within a year.  Asylum seekers aren’t allowed to look for work when they initially submit claims but under the Reception Directive, which the Labour government signed up to in 2003, asylum applicants are entitled to work if their claim is still outstanding after twelve months.

The dispute centred on the rights of asylum-seekers who have already had one application for shelter rejected but then submit a new claim – individuals who the Home Office argued weren’t covered by the Directive and therefore not entitled to seek work after twelve months in the UK.

However, Supreme Justices have now concluded the same rules apply to any asylum seeker who has already had at least one claim rejected but has submitted a fresh one. The Home Office estimates at least 45,000 asylum-seekers will be immediately affected by the ruling.

Happy Days!

>Counties To Go


Royal Mail has announced that English counties will no longer be necessary in 2015 – they are to be phased out, abolished.  All the better to regionalise you, my dear.

I spot a link between this development and the severing of historic local ties between regiments of the Armed Forces and their Counties.  Why can’t tptb just bloody well leave things alone and stop tinkering?

Telegraph view

>Friday Post

Work, buy, consume, die from Captain Ranty:

Don’t miss out on the Affidavits – here

>Guest Post: Demos

>I rarely do guest posts but I thought I’d air this one from Dazed & Confused who’s gone to the trouble of providing the links about Demos and Common Purpose.  I’ve thrown in a few asterisks but otherwise left it untouched.

I’d just like to add that no ‘think-tank’ is truly independent and many have far too much influence on government policy – in fact  governments seem to listen to think-tanks (and their quango spin-offs) far more readily than they listen to the voters.  It’s unhealthy and anti-democratic.

Following one of the pic links below I came across this: Bubb’s Blog. What the heck is the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations? It’s another damned organisation that needs to see some kindling and a flaming torch.

Here’s D&C’s post:

“Demos, by their admission are the Open Left The f*cking Fabian Left who were founded amongst others, by an old friend of ours, that progressively democratic Comrade: Julia_Middleton As seen from Wikepedia:

 “She helped in the founding of DEMOS, an independent think tank, and Impetus Trust, developing venture philanthropy in the UK”.[12]

So with that in mind, perhaps the writing has always been on the wall, concerning the tw@t Cameron and his buffoon of a sidekick Osborne, when they actively payed homage to this Fabian movement itself, and perhaps in reality submitting to their will, in launching their Progressive Conservative mantra, from deep in the heart of alleged enemy territory.

So much so, that the vile Fabians themselves recognised that fact by giving us the impression that we were now in the era of “redtoryvsbluelabour” and blathered on about Progressive Conservatism from the confides of Comrade Middleton’s very own website.

Osborne too gets favourable coverage for no other reason that I can ascertain, that we may have changed government, but the same f*ckers are controlling everything from the top, and will continue to do so, until Britain is handed over to the all inclusive E.U. Superstate, in the not too distant future.

I would say it was a pact with the far left devil, but I don’t really believe that to be true. Cameron came from nowhere to be installed as Tory leader almost overnight, beating at the time, a “shoe in” right wing Tory, David Davis by the proverbial landslide. Achieved after overtly favourable coverage, and by above all others at the time, the odious BBC.

I never understood why, as to me, the vile f*cker comes across as a pre programmed robot, who is fed his lines by those working in the background of his head….

What wonderful pictures for the Socialist Far left to parade here in Internet land: ONETWOTHREEFOURFIVESIX

>What Has Europe Done For Us?


“Unity In Diversity”.  Have you ever heard such a ridiculous slogan before?

Nowadays I seem to spend most posts reporting about current EU activities rather than warning about them.  When I started the blog I said it had gone too far but now it’s gone way over the top and is caught precariously on a ledge with a broken spine – one false move and the ground will be rushing up to meet us.

The members of the UK House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee have finally been announced.  The links lead to their taxpayer-funded websites, if they have one.

Bill Cash, Con, Stone.  Committee Chairman, despite Cameron’s opposition
James Clappison Con, Hertsmere
Michael Connarty, Lab,  Linlithgow & East Falkirk
Julie Elliot, Lab, Sunderland Central
Tim Farron,  LibDem, Westmoreland & Lonsdale
Nia Griffith, Lab, Llanelli
Chris Heaton-Harris, Con, Daventry
Kelvin Hopkins, Lab, Luton North
Chris Kelly,  Con, Dudley South
Tony Lloyd, Lab, Manchester Central
Penny Mordaunt, Con, Portsmouth North
Stephen Phillips, Con, Sleaford & North Hykeham
Jacob Rees-Mogg   “At long long last, the Tories are to be returned to power!  Moreover, after 5 attempts, I am finally the Member of Parliament for somewhere or other.”  Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg is the Conservative MP for North-East Somerset and I wish the constituency better luck next time.  I foresee a great career ahead for Mr Rees-Mogg within the EU.
Ian Swales, LibDem, Redcar
Jim Dobbin, Lab Co-op, Heywood & Middleton
Henry Smith, Con, Crawley

Here’s a quick round-up of what’s happening in our Parliament:

The EC has approved three new DG posts
It takes the number of people employed in Director-General posts in the executive to one hundred.  Directors-general are among the top officials employed in the Commission and it’s estimated that each receives a monthly basic salary of €15,000 to €18,000.

The majority of Icelanders oppose entry to the EU
EU Enlargement Commissioner, Stefan Fuele, said,  “This shows that there’s a need for more objective information about the EU and its policies,”
Sorry, I can’t resist it and it has to be said – there’s no fuele like an old fuele.

Ashton appoints Bergamini to SitCen
Patrice Bergamini has been appointed by EU Foreign Minister Cathy Ashton as the chief of the Joint Situation Centre (SitCen) – the EU’s intelligence agency which is now part of the European External Action Service (EEAS).  Let’s remember that Ashton is the wife of YouGov pollster Peter Kellner and was given her peerage by Blair for being such an excellent quangoista.

EU targets those opposing political reform in Bosnia
A confidential paper, tabled by Europe’s FM (Cathy Ashton, just in case we forget) has urged the creation of a new and powerful European envoy to be based in Sarajevo, to push through a new constitutional order for Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Key to the political reforms, demanded as a condition of EU entry for Bosnia, is a strengthening of a multi-ethnic federal state, mainly controlled by Muslims and Croats, at the expense of Republika Srpska, the Bosnian-Serb government.  I can see why Cameron said what he said vis-a-vis Turkey.

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has outlined plans to transform Britain’s power system and cut carbon emissions to meet renewable energy targets, which are driven in part by EU legislation. The overall strategy could increase the price of electricity by up to a third and gas by up to a fifth, making the average UK family’s bill rise by £300, to £1,100.

>Silly Week 2010


Thank goodness for Man in a Shed who’s reintroduced Silly Week to give us all a gasp of fresh air.  Now I’ll have to dig myself out of this ditch and actually find something sillier than the concept of the UK giving up sovereignty to the EU.  Tough call.