Monthly Archives: January 2011

>The Traitorous British

>Governments that is.  Lying, thieving, manipulative bunch of ne’er-do-wells.  Never to be trusted.

A Foreign Office minister sent Libyan officials detailed legal advice on how to use Abdelbaset al-Megrahi’s cancer diagnosis to ensure he was released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds.

The Duke of York is also said to have played a behind-the-scenes role in encouraging the terrorist’s release.

The Libyans closely followed the advice which led to the controversial release of Megrahi – who was convicted of the murder of 270 passengers on Pan Am Flight 103 – within months of the Foreign Office’s secret intervention.

Lying, cheating, self-serving and self-regarding scumbags – and they call it political diplomacy.

From the same newspaper – we’re being taken for fools. Why don’t we just roll over for all dictators of oil-rich countries – oh, sorry, we already do.  Shameful.

UPDATE:   Cold, callous and brutal

>The Slow Creep

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No, not Ed Miliband but something equally insidious.  Following last year’s Strategic Defence & Security Review and the slashing of the Defence budget it emerged that preliminary soundings had already been made about increasing co-operation and joint ventures with the French.  Anyone who knows the continental mindset will have known that it was unlikely to stop there and so it’s proved.  France is pushing for Germany to join the club and create a trilateral axis of military co-operation under, yet independent of, the EU’s umbrella..

French defence minister Alain Juppe is reported to have said that he is “determined to do everything possible to advance in this direction”.

In early January, French attache Rear Admiral Charles-Edouard de Coriolis said: “There is a strong French-German relationship, there is a strong French-UK relationship, what is missing now is a strong German-UK relationship.

 Fox and Cameron will be attending a meeting in Munich this week to discuss the options with French and German counterparts.

Apologies if you’ve already read this but I’m playing catch-up now: Source

>Sunday Reflection

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>Sunday Round-up

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It’s a bit of a mish-mash this week – and very late!

EU 2100: Infinity & Beyond

“EU needs a life-time horizon to reinvent itself,reshape humans and heal societal and institutional structures in which they operate. The objective would be to make the world a better place to live and work. Accordingly, a EU 2100 Strategy is being proposed, serving as gateway between two worlds: one in which every nation is given a place, and the other, in which each nation creates its own, within a globalized, cooperative and friendly environment. The passage from domination and exercise of force to global governance, the force of arguments and principles, is smooth and deliberate.”

“…“empowering people” is a coin with two faces. The ugly one has been exposed by the Swiss, in a misdirected burst of electoral pique, banning the construction of new minarets…Enhanced information and empowerment of the populations could generate positive emulations, provided that detrimental cultural heritage is filtered.”

From the European Institute of Romania, one of a vast network of European think-tanks (which includes The Federal Trust for Education & Research), which receives backing and financial support from the European Commission.  (Note that the thoughts on the EU 2100 project is online at the EC website, ec.europa.eu).

More interesting EU think tank .pdfs HERE

CEPOL accounts ‘now in order’  (European police training college based at Bramshill).
Sarkozy wants EU to regulate commodities markets  “Sarkozy has a three-pronged agenda for France’s G20 presidency, including tackling volatility in commodity prices, exploring changes to the world monetary system and reforming global economic governance.”
America pokes its nose in  “,,,speaking in parliament on Tuesday, Susman signalled that Washington wants a clearer British commitment to remain in the EU, saying “I want to stress that the UK needs to remain in the EU.  “The US does not want to see Britain’s role in the EU diminished in any way.  The message I want to convey today is that we want to see a stronger EU, but also a stronger British participation within the EU. “

In other news:

Latest on Egypt’s Jasmine Revolution
Robert Fisk in Cairo
Thousands escape jail, including Muslim militants
Looters steal mummies
*****
Two and a half years for a life
Commons security pass for iEngage extremist sympathiser sparks MPs walk-out
Lord Ahmed blames first-cousin marriages for Muslim rape/drugs gangs
Thief Chaytor fast-tracked to open prison
Birbalsingh under attack
British judges over-protecting human rights of criminals
The unacceptable face of student radicalism
Third of English unis ready to charge max. £9k pa
Another think-tank tells us what to eat
Back-door water rationing 
Insurance premiums, sex and pensions
Reform of police gives victims right to sue
‘Fragile’ Clegg  needs lots of rest – packs up early
In defence of Keys & Gray – Hitchens has it right
UK arms dealers charged  by US
Afghanistan re-building in chaos
Former Army Intelligence Officer lacked intelligence
 ‘No to AV’ funding sparks row
The three main parties plan for 2015
American Kraft boss again refuses to attend MPs’ inquiry

>Friday Post

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Perhaps we should count ourselves lucky in the UK (in fact, I think that’s our problem – we look around the world and tell ourselves that it could be worse!)

Here’s something from Fascist Soup that I came across earlier in the week.

“Lawmakers in at least two states are looking to pull the plug on texting pedestrians and iPod-obsessed runners, claiming their diverted attention borders on disaster…The proposal in Arkansas would ban pedestrians from wearing headphones in both ears while on, parallel or adjacent to a street, road, intersection or highway.”


Do go and have a look – it’s another example of how much our governments love us and want to keep us safe and I’m surprised our own govt hasn’t taken it up by now.

Things should be back to normal here in a day or so – this bug is lasting much longer than I expected.  😦

>Just For The Record

>Something’s spreading faster than a WHO swine flu pandemic so I’m just posting these videos by way of keeping a record.

Algeria

Lebanon

Tunisia

Yemen

Egypt

Albania

Information on one video says:

“As a result, your video has been blocked in these locations:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo – Democratic Republic of, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Faroe Islands, Finland, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Holy See (Vatican City State), Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Micronesia – Federated States of, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, North Korea, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wallis and Futuna, West Bank, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.”

Jordan, Morocco and Saudi Arabia aren’t immune.

>EU Bill: 4th Day

>The relevant pages from Hansard..
From 14.30 – approx 19.10 (Warning: autoplay is on)