Monthly Archives: June 2011

Up to our necks

Take another look at the flag on the left – the Union Jack flying proudly over our seat of representative democracy.  Makes you proud to be British, doesn’t it?

It’s a lie.   There’s a blog called “Liars, B*ggers & Thieves”, you’ve probably visited it. It details what some of our elected officials get up to when they’re not rubber-stamping diktats from on high or group-thinking around the latte table, dreaming up new ways to tax us in the form of ‘fines’.

There must be very few councillors and MPs who aren’t liars by omission. Into that mix let’s throw the British press and news reporting agencies as well. Not one of them has had the decency to break cover and tell the people the truth about the extent of the reach of the European Union. I suppose they think, “Well, they’ll find out soon enough.” I suppose they’re right but they’re not doing themselves any favours. Instead of peaceful protest and amicable withdrawal they’re setting us up for confrontation and violence on the streets.

Anyway, the purpose of this is just to draw attention to the co-ordinated efforts of police forces and governments across ‘Europe’ to build integrated DNA databases. Don’t believe Cameron when he tells you he’s opposed to the aims of the EU construct – political unity – he isn’t going to do anything about it; he isn’t able to because he doesn’t have the spirit. Besides, after he’s been PM where can he go to further his career but to Brussels? All he’s doing is laying the foundations for his future prospects – they all do.

I heard a presenter on a radio phone-in last night slap down a caller who said that pro-EU Peers in the House of Lords would be stripped of their EU pensions if they spoke against the Union. The presenter was so taken aback and believed it to be impossible that people wouldn’t know about such a terrible ruling; he thought the newspapers would be all over it and he rubbished the claim. But, sadly, it’s true and, even more sadly, he’s not alone – the country is made up of uninformed people like him.

Many years ago I started off like that, wanting to believe the best of people and that it would all come right in the end if only we persevere, but it ain’t gonna happen. For one truth we tell, the pro-EUers throw a bucket of muddy water into the mix. They feed their own myths of bent bananas or cucumbers and exaggerate a tale so they can come back and rebut it. “No, we never said cucumbers had to have a minimum diameter of 2cms, that’s rubbish and you’re idiots to believe it.” What they don’t say is that they stipulated a minimum diameter of 3cms. (For the avoidance of doubt, I made that up to illustrate their tactics!)

Bear that in mind when you read through this:

“Network with errors”: Europe’s emerging web of DNA databases. It’s just over three pages long with a page and a half of references to check out.

EU Member States have until 26 August 2011 to implement the so-called Prüm Decisions [1] adopted by the Council of the European Union (EU) three years ago. [2] National databases storing DNA profiles, fingerprints and vehicle registration data will be made available for automated cross-border searches by the police and criminal justice agencies of each Member State. The ultimate goal is to overcome lengthy mutual legal assistance bureaucratic procedures by establishing a single national contact point as an electronic interface for automated information exchange. Traditional channels of legal assistance would only be activated when search data matches a stored entry. Such a “hit”would lead to a request for further information. [3]

Our Westminster Assembly can’t keep data private as it is, what chance does one pan-EU system have?  Next to none, I’d say.  And that’s if you’re happy to have the State collect your most personal information of dna and fingerprints – I’m not.  Whoever started the meme of “if you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to fear,” should be shot.

In October 2010, a survey by the Belgian EU Presidency found that only ten Member States were exchanging DNA profiles, seven were exchanging vehicle register data and only five had made their dactyloscopic databases available for cross-border searches. Despite this, the Belgian study optimistically claimed that “most countries are convinced that they will make the deadline for all three data categories“. However, it had to admit that at least six countries would be incapable of connecting both their DNA databases and their fingerprint databases, and that another five countries would miss the deadline for the connection of their vehicle registers. [4]
 “… “Member States concerned should intensify their efforts and that those Member States which are already operational should increase their efforts to
provide technical assistance.” [5]
“…it is no surprise that the previously mentioned Belgian report states: “One M[ember] S[tate] is reluctant to share all of its profiles, since this may result in an excessive number of profiles being sent abroad due to false positives, creating a data protection concern.” [23] It is very likely that the reluctant state is the United Kingdom which stores six million entries in its National DNA Database. [24]

Being reluctant is no defence.  We’ve been ‘reluctant’ on many EU-related issues since May 2010 but Cameron & Co have still caved in.  I admit I had to look up “dactyloscopic” – all it means is identification by comparison of fingerprints!

House of Lords debate, 2007

59. The Government, being broadly supportive of the measure, may not wish the United Kingdom to be one of the States—perhaps the only State—preventing its adoption altogether.

“We congratulate the Government on having successfully insisted on the removal from the Prüm Decision of a general provision which would allow designated officers and officials of one Member State to enter the territory of another Member State without prior permission.

“..once the principle of availability is fully implemented, Member States will lose the power to control the flow of information to other States, and so lose the power to impose their own standards. The relevant standard becomes that of the Member State with the weakest legislation, offering the least protection.

It’s such a lot of trouble to take over something which was initially, supposedly, meant to catch cross-border errant motorists.

Here’s some further reading for those who are interested but, in the meantime, take what they say with a pinch of salt and a high degree of scepticism.  This isn’t going to end well.

Sovereignty Bill
The Prum Convention
Planet Biometrics

My old school motto was ‘Nunquam Non Paratus’ – Never Not Ready (!) and with that in mind I’ll continue to keep a weather eye on our own Westminster Assembly and our government in Brussels – I suggest you do the same.

Up To Our Necks

Take another look at the flag on the left – the Union Jack flying proudly over our seat of representative democracy.  Makes you proud to be British, doesn’t it?

It’s a lie.   There’s a blog called “Liars, B*ggers & Thieves”, you’ve probably visited it. It details what some of our elected officials get up to when they’re not rubber-stamping diktats from on high or group-thinking around the latte table, dreaming up new ways to tax us in the form of ‘fines’.

There must be very few councillors and MPs who aren’t liars by omission. Into that mix let’s throw the British press and news reporting agencies as well. Not one of them has had the decency to break cover and tell the people the truth about the extent of the reach of the European Union. I suppose they think, “Well, they’ll find out soon enough.” I suppose they’re right but they’re not doing themselves any favours. Instead of peaceful protest and amicable withdrawal they’re setting us up for confrontation and violence on the streets.

Anyway, the purpose of this is just to draw attention to the co-ordinated efforts of police forces and governments across ‘Europe’ to build integrated DNA databases. Don’t believe Cameron when he tells you he’s opposed to the aims of the EU construct – political unity – he isn’t going to do anything about it; he isn’t able to because he doesn’t have the spirit. Besides, after he’s been PM where can he go to further his career but to Brussels? All he’s doing is laying the foundations for his future prospects – they all do.

I heard a presenter on a radio phone-in last night slap down a caller who said that pro-EU Peers in the House of Lords would be stripped of their EU pensions if they spoke against the Union. The presenter was so taken aback and believed it to be impossible that people wouldn’t know about such a terrible ruling; he thought the newspapers would be all over it and he rubbished the claim. But, sadly, it’s true and, even more sadly, he’s not alone – the country is made up of uninformed people like him.

Many years ago I started off like that, wanting to believe the best of people and that it would all come right in the end if only we persevere, but it ain’t gonna happen. For one truth we tell, the pro-EUers throw a bucket of muddy water into the mix. They feed their own myths of bent bananas or cucumbers and exaggerate a tale so they can come back and rebut it. “No, we never said cucumbers had to have a minimum diameter of 2cms, that’s rubbish and you’re idiots to believe it.” What they don’t say is that they stipulated a minimum diameter of 3cms. (For the avoidance of doubt, I made that up to illustrate their tactics!)

Bear that in mind when you read through this:

“Network with errors”: Europe’s emerging web of DNA databases. It’s just over three pages long with a page and a half of references to check out.

EU Member States have until 26 August 2011 to implement the so-called Prüm Decisions [1] adopted by the Council of the European Union (EU) three years ago. [2] National databases storing DNA profiles, fingerprints and vehicle registration data will be made available for automated cross-border searches by the police and criminal justice agencies of each Member State. The ultimate goal is to overcome lengthy mutual legal assistance bureaucratic procedures by establishing a single national contact point as an electronic interface for automated information exchange. Traditional channels of legal assistance would only be activated when search data matches a stored entry. Such a “hit”would lead to a request for further information. [3]

Our Westminster Assembly can’t keep data private as it is, what chance does one pan-EU system have?  Next to none, I’d say.  And that’s if you’re happy to have the State collect your most personal information of dna and fingerprints – I’m not.  Whoever started the meme of “if you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve nothing to fear,” should be shot.

In October 2010, a survey by the Belgian EU Presidency found that only ten Member States were exchanging DNA profiles, seven were exchanging vehicle register data and only five had made their dactyloscopic databases available for cross-border searches. Despite this, the Belgian study optimistically claimed that “most countries are convinced that they will make the deadline for all three data categories“. However, it had to admit that at least six countries would be incapable of connecting both their DNA databases and their fingerprint databases, and that another five countries would miss the deadline for the connection of their vehicle registers. [4]
 “… “Member States concerned should intensify their efforts and that those Member States which are already operational should increase their efforts to
provide technical assistance.” [5]
“…it is no surprise that the previously mentioned Belgian report states: “One M[ember] S[tate] is reluctant to share all of its profiles, since this may result in an excessive number of profiles being sent abroad due to false positives, creating a data protection concern.” [23] It is very likely that the reluctant state is the United Kingdom which stores six million entries in its National DNA Database. [24]

Being reluctant is no defence.  We’ve been ‘reluctant’ on many EU-related issues since May 2010 but Cameron & Co have still caved in.  I admit I had to look up “dactyloscopic” – all it means is identification by comparison of fingerprints!

House of Lords debate, 2007

59. The Government, being broadly supportive of the measure, may not wish the United Kingdom to be one of the States—perhaps the only State—preventing its adoption altogether.

“We congratulate the Government on having successfully insisted on the removal from the Prüm Decision of a general provision which would allow designated officers and officials of one Member State to enter the territory of another Member State without prior permission.

“..once the principle of availability is fully implemented, Member States will lose the power to control the flow of information to other States, and so lose the power to impose their own standards. The relevant standard becomes that of the Member State with the weakest legislation, offering the least protection.

It’s such a lot of trouble to take over something which was initially, supposedly, meant to catch cross-border errant motorists.

Here’s some further reading for those who are interested but, in the meantime, take what they say with a pinch of salt and a high degree of scepticism.  This isn’t going to end well.

Sovereignty Bill
The Prum Convention
Planet Biometrics

My old school motto was ‘Nunquam Non Paratus’ – Never Not Ready (!) and with that in mind I’ll continue to keep a weather eye on our own Westminster Assembly and our government in Brussels – I suggest you do the same.

Trouble for Sarkozy

Someone doesn’t like his policies! Watch it while you can; there were originally two videos of the incident but the one from Le Figaro has already been taken down. We have to continue believing that all is well in the Land of Sweetness & Light; all is peace and harmony. Nothing, not even the truth, must get in the way.

UPDATE: HERE’S the story in the DM. Note that the man has been arrested and could face up to three years in jail and a £40,000 fine for “assaulting a public figure.”

Trouble For Sarkozy

Someone doesn’t like his policies! Watch it while you can; there were originally two videos of the incident but the one from Le Figaro has already been taken down. We have to continue believing that all is well in the Land of Sweetness & Light; all is peace and harmony. Nothing, not even the truth, must get in the way.

UPDATE: HERE’S the story in the DM. Note that the man has been arrested and could face up to three years in jail and a £40,000 fine for “assaulting a public figure.”

Greece: “Asphyxiating Agents Used Against Protesters”

The on-the-spot reporter makes it clear that they’re not talking about tear gas here:

What odds on a military coup?

Greece: "Asphyxiating Agents Used Against Protesters"

The on-the-spot reporter makes it clear that they’re not talking about tear gas here:

What odds on a military coup?

The EU budget

The EC announcement has all the subtlety of a bulldozer – you’d have thought the timing of the budget demands could have been better. It seems rather crass to announce such profligate spending and grandiose plans at a time when Greece is rioting and major European cities are also on the streets protesting. It’s just a hallmark of their disregard of the people; they seem to have no intuitive feeling for the man in the street. As long as their beloved plan marches on towards deeper integration they think they’re doing a good job and the devil take the hindmost.

I’ve been trying to pull the threads of the budget together into plain facts and figures but not making a very good job of it. The official press releases are all couched in a language foreign to me – Goebbel de Geuk – and the British msm seems all over the place but here are some of the better explanatory articles:

Additional British contribution of £1.5bn per annum

The Commission’s proposed “multi-annual financial framework” will take EU spending to £872.5bn over seven years, an increase of £41.3bn, or 5pc, on budgets for 2007 to 2013.

But the real cost to taxpayers of future EU spending emerges at an even higher figure, up another 3.9pc, or £31.8bn, when EU funding for research, reserves, crisis and “globalisation” funds moved “off balance sheet” are also factored in.

One in twenty EU workers to be ‘sacked’ over the next 7yrs

Senior EU civil servants can trouser over €16,000 a month while paying just over 5 percent in an internal “tax.”

But trade unions note that many junior staff earn just €1,400 or less and work on short-term contracts, with EU jobs becoming less and less appealing to top talent in member states.

Three new taxes: sales, transaction & green plus an end to the rebate. Expect a year of posturing from our nominal government.

More figures from EU Observer

EU spending would rise to €971.52 billion over the seven-year period, with €1,025 billion pledged in commitments…The current two-pillar structure of the CAP will be maintained, with €281.8 billion pencilled in for direct payments to EU farmers (pillar 1), and €89.9 billion for rural development projects (pillar 2).

Dan Hannan ties in the figures with the Greek protests and, once again, asks why we aren’t out on the streets.

Only the Mail and the Express are so far running with the story about Letwin, Hilton and “other Cabinet Ministers” advocating pulling out of the EU. There are too many unattributed sources these days. We’ve heard it all before and until someone with clout stands up and says, unequivocally, that this is a position to rally around, it’s just so much hot air and waffle. Another puff piece to keep the sceptical troops onside.

EC’s own figures
Barroso on the ‘Multiannual Financial Framework’

It will be worth checking out Open Europe later for good in-depth analysis. They’re a pro-EU think tank but they’re not uncritical and have produced objective analysis over the years – something of a rarity in the pro-EU world.

The Greek Parliament is presently debating the detail of the austerity package and setting out where the axe will fall – the result of this second crucial vote is expected shortly. If it fails to pass the troika’s bailout package won’t go ahead.