Monthly Archives: April 2011

>It’s The Same Old Same Old

>So now it’s against the law to sing that “we all live in a fascist regime….” Nothing’s going to change. People need to come together from all political viewpoints. If we don’t like this, we must come together and defeat it.

Who cares whether it’s left/right any more? It’s the freedom of the individual against the State; it’s Common Law against European law – innocent until proven guilty and trial by a jury of our peers must prevail. I’m tempted to join these guitar-playing youngsters – the bloody pendulum swings again.

MF had it

Rantin’ Rab has another one:

>Has Sanity Returned?

>How strange the country has been over the past thirty-six hours, as if an unseen hand had parted the clouds to give us a glimpse of a parallel universe where Union Jacks, Cinderella coaches and trees in Westminster Abbey were the quiet eye of a storm. Even the Guardian and the Independent ran a series of photos; there was just no getting away from it. And all the time I watched those flags flying and the people cheering, I was thinking, “Up yours, republicans; up yours Blair; up yours Delors.”

A few years ago I was complaining that the north of England had been turned into a theme park – all those grassed-over collieries and derelict steel works turned into Robin Hood adventure playgrounds… you’ve never had it so good! Look at all the leisure time you have now that you no longer have to go to work 5/6 days a week, you lucky peasants. Well, the whole country is a theme park now and, let’s face it, nobody does it better.

The new EU directive on the regulation of herbal medicine came into force today to protect those idiots who don’t know how to use them and to line the pockets of BigPharma (every little helps). Apparently it’s all because 13% of people who have used herbal products over the past two years did so thinking they were completely safe because herbs are natural – have they never heard of Foxglove, Aconite or Deadly Nightshade? I used to grow my own and make my own; the best advice is to read, read and read again before brewing up a concoction. I always tried it out on myself first and I’m still here with no discernible side-effects – well, grouchiness perhaps but that comes to us all sooner or later.

There’s to be a vote on strike action at tomorrow’s NAHT Conference in Brighton. If it’s approved then all schools in England & Wales will be affected and guess what they’re striking about? A crap curriculum? Lack of resources? Poor quality teacher-training? No – they’ll be striking about their pensions.

The teachers aren’t the only ones contemplating strike action, the RMT is threatening strike action on the tube. Bob Crow calls it a “massive vote for action” on the part of the drivers but MP Dominic Raab points out that it’s only 29%. Raab has a ten-minute rule bill before the House proposing that in any election there should be a quorum. If only the HoC hadn’t ruled out the amendment to the AV Referendum Bill we may not now be faced with AV being foisted on the entire UK by a minority of the electorate. I’m coming round to the idea that voting should be mandatory or that there should be a minimum turnout of 51%. You can see why the amendment was voted out, can’t you.

I’d like to think that the government and UKBA has preparations for this well in hand. They can’t say they haven’t had enough time – it’s been on the cards since before Christmas. They aren’t political refugees, they’re economic migrants. I sometimes think the best thing to do would be to say, ‘okay then, come on over, have the country and we’ll have yours’. All the Brits can then take with them everything they have, including their brains, and park up in North Africa and the refugees of the world can have this scepter’d isle. We’ll make another blessed plot.

I feel like throwing up whenever I see Nick Clegg. Devolution has brought benefits to “the four home nations”, he says. B@st@rd. England has no representation of its own and devolution has brought no benefits to us. I don’t feel sorry for this slimy, two-faced, yellow-tied euro-creep in the slightest. He’s got what he wanted – a nice career through the EU ladder, catapulted into the LibDems and a coalition government in Britain. I hope he rots – preferably somewhere abroad.

A cheer for UKIP: Trapped in an anti-democratic economic prison Watch as Farage is jeered.

That’s enough for the moment – I need an easy entry back into real life 🙂

A better tactic than kettling:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/template/utils/ooyala/telegraph_player.swf

The cartwheeling Verger:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/template/utils/ooyala/telegraph_player.swf

>Blog-lite Tomorrow

>Charlie Veitch has been arrested on suspicion of possibly thinking about doing something quite naughty tomorrow so fool on MAC for thinking that the Police crackdown on demonstrations was directed at them.

It’s a tough choice tomorrow – I’m unsure whether to watch the wedding, fix my bookmarks or fret about the way of the world.

Have another video on me and guess what I’ll be watching for the umpteenth time – a Chinese film to rival Brief Encounter:

>Nothing Changes

>

According to John Locke (1632-1704) legitimate political power derives solely from the consent of the the people to entrust their “lives, liberties, and possessions” to the oversight of a government as a whole, as expressed through its legislative body.

Locke asserted that the most likely cause of any revolution would be abuse of power by government itself: when it unduly interferes with the interests of the people, they are bound to protect themselves by withdrawing their consent. When mistakes are made only rebellion holds any hope of the restoration of fundamental rights and, moreover, since the existence of civil order depends upon the people’s consent, only they can judge whether or not such circumstances have actually occurred. In Locke’s view the possibility of revolution is a permanent feature of any properly-formed civil society.

In other words, it’s an exchange: we accept a limitation on our freedom in exchange for protection by the State. The point where we have neither rights nor freedom is when the contract irretrievably breaks down.

Do we have a ‘properly-formed civil society’ here in England?

We should remember that rebellion is not the prerogative of the Left. They’ve shown themselves to be authoritarians under a Trades Union/SWP/STW/UKUncut banner and once again the true Libertarians, those against an authoritative and communitarian big state, will rouse themselves in opposition and come from all political viewpoints and none.

If only people would stand back for a while and consider whether they want big government or small government, more intrusion or less intrusion. The country seems to be worked into a fever-pitch of having to express their not-very-well-considered opinions (and I’m not immune from that accusation) on newspaper websites. Writing your knee-jerk opinion in an msm place where comments are allowed and then sitting back thinking you’ve done your bit, isn’t enough. Even blogging isn’t enough to change the status quo. The fact is we should be hammering our MPs with emails, letters and telephone calls complaining bitterly about the erosion of our freedoms. Face it, we should be out on the streets.

Failing that, I recommend questioning every authority figure who questions you and just saying ‘Thanks, but no thanks’.

>At It Again

>After experimenting with Google Chrome for a few hours I’ve switched to Opera which suits me & my bookmarks much better. However, I’m drowning under bookmarks and just finding it impossible to organise them all properly. I was staggered to learn that I had more than 1600 to import from Firefox, so you can see there’s a bit of a time-consuming problem.

Here are a few pics, vids and pages for you, because I hate just throwing things away – I hope you find something interesting or useful:

Increase in member-states contributions:

Muslims are not a minority
Committee reports that EU Bill could pose significant challenge to UK constitution
HAARP attack caught on screen
Bills before Parliament
The localism agenda
1951 Festival of Britain
Debt to GDP ratios
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner
UK CrimeStats
Tips for The Times crossword
Queen dissolves Canadian Parliament for 3rd time in 3yrs
HamsterSoft
Bournemouth’s artificial surf reef now closed
Pink Floyd: The show must go on
Results of the ComRes poll on an EU referendum
Cash: EU is a failing project
Two-tier Parliament scare-mongering by Labour MP
Mulling over Scotland’s entry into the EU
Finnish Priest prosecuted for calling a terrorist a…terrorist
VodPod
The Portuguese Eurovision entry
The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund
EGF contacts in the UK of GB, S & NI
EuroWallah defends Bahrain crackdown
Lee Mack’s twitter rant
The Act of Attainder
LSE Global Governance
Roark: The Fountainhead
Protection of Freedoms Bill
The International Labour Organisation
Taliban twittering
Walter Block
Jarrett: Someone to watch over me
The Police Reform & Social Responsibility Bill
Alberta’s oil sands
Canada’s tar sands
Tar Sands Watch
‘Access’ to EU law
Life on Mars
Iranium
Cameron: All things to all men
Richard Shepherd MP, Part 1
Richard Shepherd MP, Part2
Interview with Jean-Claude Trichet
The effects of Agenda21
Policy Exchange: Bringing rights back home
League table of democracy:
On a scale of 1 to 100  –
Denmark: 88.3
Finland: 87.7
Belgium: 85.1
Iceland: 83.5
Sweden: 82.9
Norway: 82.1
Canada: 79.4
Netherlands: 79.0
Luxembourg: 75.2
USA: 74.9
Germany: 73.2
New Zealand: 72.1
Slovenia: 69.6
Switzerland: 67.8
Ireland: 67.0
Portugal: 66.7
Spain: 66.6
Australia: 65.5
Hungary: 63.2
Austria: 63.1
Czech Republic: 58.2
Italy: 57.0
Cyprus: 55.5
Malta: 54.2
Japan: 45.8
Great Britain: 44.6
France: 42.8
Poland: 42.0
South Africa: 39.8
Costa Rica: 32.7
The sound made by the Earth
Environmental warfare
Kubotans
Gene Hunt’s non-PC ‘rant’
London Underground on strike NSFW
Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Say ‘No’ to 0870/0845

That’s it for the moment; I’ve barely made a dent and haven’t even started on the folders – these were just some of the loose, unsorted bookmarks.  Heaven knows how long it’s going to take me.  On the bright side, the world keeps turning, wars are still fought, governments still lie and the press still connive so nothing much will have changed by the time I get back.

Have this in recompense:

>Eating The Rich

>Here’s a great video from the spoof-meister who is IowaHawk. It should be force-fed to anyone who says ‘soaking the rich’ is the answer to all our economic problems.

>WTH?

>I’ll be glad when this wedding is over; I’m so sick of the constant whingeing and whining in the press.

The latest offensive story comes from Glasgow. where one of the cake-makers banned the Union Flag and any bunting because they decided it “unacceptable” and “sectarian” after complaints.  McVitie’s management has now backed down but this surely falls into the ranks of ‘You couldn’t make it up’.

“A group of staff were putting up bunting and a Union Jack in the canteen at lunchtime when one woman shouted that it was offensive. She said she would be bringing in an Irish tricolour if the Union Jack stayed up. Several staff then went to complain to management. They say it was affront to their dignity at work.”

How petty and mean-spirited some people are.