Monthly Archives: September 2011

Friday Post

Here’s some sound advice to Cameron on his dealings with the EU. Sadly, I think Producus might be mistaking Cameron for a man with a pair. If he still has them, he’s kept them well-hidden to-date since he’s played the part of bag-carrier better than that of nemesis.  But, we all live in hope.

Here’s an extract – there’s more and it’s all good so pls go and read the whole thing.

“If you accept this assertion of imperial power over our Parliament you will be telling the British people that our constitutional democracy, our Parliament – and our Prime Minister – are meaningless, worthless, abolished, nothing more than ‘heritage’ baubles in a new and alienating national reality.

Be in no doubt that unless you defy Brussels over this, Mr Cameron, the British people will withdraw your mandate to govern, if that indeed is what you are now doing. Do not assume that you can escape the danger of this new challenge. You cannot, and we will not forgive you if you betray us over this.

The rule of law in Britain will be a thing of the past, for rule by law means government by consent. The British people have never consented and will never bow to dictatorship by foreigners, regardless of any treaty which your predecessor of bitter memory signed against our known will. But you know this, Mr Cameron, which is why you fear to give us a referendum on Europe. But perhaps there is another way which you may find more acceptable.

Mr Cameron, when I say you must roar Britain’s defiance at the European Commission, I mean you must roar. On our behalf, as our Prime Minister. The whole country has to hear you loud and clear, whether you and you coalition friends find it politically convenient or not… “

Lovely stuff.

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Friday Post

Here’s some sound advice to Cameron on his dealings with the EU. Sadly, I think Producus might be mistaking Cameron for a man with a pair. If he still has them, he’s kept them well-hidden to-date since he’s played the part of bag-carrier better than that of nemesis.  But, we all live in hope.

Here’s an extract – there’s more and it’s all good so pls go and read the whole thing.

“If you accept this assertion of imperial power over our Parliament you will be telling the British people that our constitutional democracy, our Parliament – and our Prime Minister – are meaningless, worthless, abolished, nothing more than ‘heritage’ baubles in a new and alienating national reality.

Be in no doubt that unless you defy Brussels over this, Mr Cameron, the British people will withdraw your mandate to govern, if that indeed is what you are now doing. Do not assume that you can escape the danger of this new challenge. You cannot, and we will not forgive you if you betray us over this.

The rule of law in Britain will be a thing of the past, for rule by law means government by consent. The British people have never consented and will never bow to dictatorship by foreigners, regardless of any treaty which your predecessor of bitter memory signed against our known will. But you know this, Mr Cameron, which is why you fear to give us a referendum on Europe. But perhaps there is another way which you may find more acceptable.

Mr Cameron, when I say you must roar Britain’s defiance at the European Commission, I mean you must roar. On our behalf, as our Prime Minister. The whole country has to hear you loud and clear, whether you and you coalition friends find it politically convenient or not… “

Lovely stuff.

Civil Servants stand up to the EU

Don’t get too excited – that’s Greek civil servants, not British. The animosity the Greek people feel towards the EU shows no sign of lessening. Furious at fresh pay cuts and mass lay-offs, civil servants occupied the ministries of finance, development, labour, justice, health, agriculture and interior affairs yesterday and forced the troika to meet elsewhere.

Sometimes our “English reserve” and a stiff upper lip work against us – it makes us willing to put up with far too much. Stoicism in the face of adversity has its place but there are times when the country would be improved by some Mediterranean passion.

Civil Servants Stand Up To EU

Don’t get too excited – that’s Greek civil servants, not British. The animosity the Greek people feel towards the EU shows no sign of lessening. Furious at fresh pay cuts and mass lay-offs, civil servants occupied the ministries of finance, development, labour, justice, health, agriculture and interior affairs yesterday and forced the troika to meet elsewhere.

Sometimes our “English reserve” and a stiff upper lip work against us – it makes us willing to put up with far too much. Stoicism in the face of adversity has its place but there are times when the country would be improved by some Mediterranean passion.

EC: Pay benefits to all EU nationals

Now the EC rules Britain must pay full benefits to all EU nationals

My mistake, I thought we already did.  While we’re in the EU we can’t restrict benefits to British people – everyone must be treated equally.  It seems that this ruling applies to all and sundry, whether they come here looking for work or not.
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What is perhaps most outrageous here is the EU’s disregard for its own rulebook. Article 7(1) of the Free Movement Directive gives EU citizens the right to reside in another member state only if they have “sufficient resources for themselves and their family members not to become a burden on the social assistance system of the host Member State”. So clear are those words that even our Supreme Court, which tends to bend the rules in favour of immigrants and welfare claimants, threw out the case of an EU national seeking to top up her pension in Britain. Now, Eurocrats have effectively struck down that decision.

When the rules count for nothing, opt-outs are worthless. We opted out of the social chapter, but we had the 48-hour week imposed on us. We opted out of the euro, but we’re being sent the bill for propping it up. We opted out of the border-free area, but we can’t control who crosses our frontiers. We never agreed to a common European welfare state, but we’re being dragged into one.

Just in time to receive the economic refugees being driven into exile by the EU’s determination to keep the euro intact.

Strange, isn’t it, how every reform the government wants to make is influenced and interfered with by the EU.  I wonder if the government has noticed yet.

In effect, the ruling means that benefits cannot be denied to EU nationals without also being denied to Britons.  Watch out for the comprehensive dismantling of our welfare state with everything put out to private tender.  It’s the EU.

EC: Pay Benefits To All EU Nationals

Now the EC rules Britain must pay full benefits to all EU nationals

My mistake, I thought we already did.  While we’re in the EU we can’t restrict benefits to British people – everyone must be treated equally.  It seems that this ruling applies to all and sundry, whether they come here looking for work or not.

What is perhaps most outrageous here is the EU’s disregard for its own rulebook. Article 7(1) of the Free Movement Directive gives EU citizens the right to reside in another member state only if they have “sufficient resources for themselves and their family members not to become a burden on the social assistance system of the host Member State”. So clear are those words that even our Supreme Court, which tends to bend the rules in favour of immigrants and welfare claimants, threw out the case of an EU national seeking to top up her pension in Britain. Now, Eurocrats have effectively struck down that decision.

When the rules count for nothing, opt-outs are worthless. We opted out of the social chapter, but we had the 48-hour week imposed on us. We opted out of the euro, but we’re being sent the bill for propping it up. We opted out of the border-free area, but we can’t control who crosses our frontiers. We never agreed to a common European welfare state, but we’re being dragged into one.

Just in time to receive the economic refugees being driven into exile by the EU’s determination to keep the euro intact.

Strange, isn’t it, how every reform the government wants to make is influenced and interfered with by the EU.  I wonder if the government has noticed yet.

In effect, the ruling means that benefits cannot be denied to EU nationals without also being denied to Britons.  Watch out for the comprehensive dismantling of our welfare state with everything put out to private tender.  It’s the EU.

An unlikely hero

Some people dream of a place to call home, a garden to grow the veg and fruit and a quiet space to relax in with friends and neighbours once they turn eighty-five, but not Norman Scarth.

Looking at the video, it seems no press turned up to hear him speak on his release from prison; the interest just wasn’t there but that’s nothing new.

Norman quotes Paul Henry Thoreau: “In a state which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is in prison.” He doesn’t seem to hold out much hope for us: “33% of the British people are corrupt, 33% are brainwashed and 33% are spineless.” I hope he’s wrong: perhaps he’s just a realist and I’m an optimist.

Get past the tub-thumping song at the beginning – Sigmund Romberg and Oscar Hammerstein had a hand in it and it was sung by Nelson Eddy in a creaky film, but they’re good sentiments for Norman. (R&H also wrote THIS, one of my  creaky favourites.)

Norman’s been branded a cranky old trouble-maker, but I wonder.  It’s against the law for recordings or photographs to be taken in a Court of Law but he recorded proceedings because his “hearing is poor”.  The Court hadn’t given permission and, hey presto! he was in a prison cell before you could say Jack Straw.

Lord Justice Pitchford said Scarth “suffered from a delusional disorder, could be loud and argumentative, and was a conspiracy theorist”. Well, that’s half the people I know fhs.

The Contempt of Court laws need urgent revision. I assume the government will do this at the same time they make provision for Judges’ sentences to be broadcast, live, on tv, with Bruce Forsyth and Tessa Daley announcing the sentence.

‘Joe Public, you have made your case here well. You’ve talked eloquently and with passion and your lawyer has given excellent support. But… is it enough to keep you out of jail? Our judges have conferred and the answer is … … … … … …’