Monthly Archives: October 2011

Sunday Reflection



GP: Buddh 2011

The Bailout In Eight Minutes

A quick round-up of what’s been going on this week in video form:

On Clegg @ 6.36: “… as if by luck”. My thoughts exactly.


Say ‘No’ To ACTA

“…the Commission proposes that ACTA be signed and concluded both by the EU and by all the Member States.”

Pirate Bay

So Fractious!

People seem so fractious these days: from the Southern Mediterranean to North Africa, from Northern Europe to the British Isles and on to America and Canada, there is just so much discontent at the moment. If you go on Twitter, that’s virtually all there is, pouring in, all the time: unrest here, disquiet there, riots brewing everywhere.

Some people complain about social media networks; they say they’re juvenile, frivolous and empty-headed. I’d say, well, sort out the people you ‘follow’ then. If you follow IheartBieber or Loveland4All what can you expect? GIGO = Garbage In, Garbage Out.

Did you know that there’s apparently a video somewhere of Gaddafi being raped after capture? You won’t hear that on the BBC or SkyNews. Or how about THIS?  I posted about it having been developed back in 2009 but at the time the press release said there were no govt takers and treated it as a joke. My, how times change. As Hookie said in response to a previous post, we can’t take anything for granted – and one thing’s for sure,  we shouldn’t take for granted that government is benign.

Some people might think that those two bits of info are GIGO, but I think they’re interesting and worth keeping an eye on.  I might as well throw in these as well:

  1. Yet another e-petition but this one is different in that it calls for the government to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.
  2. Nigel Farage claims he’s heard whisperings of Conservative defections to UKIP.

It’s cat/pigeons time everywhere at the moment and our little worlds are about to be rocked, mega-bigtime.

‘No Such Undertaking Has Been Received’

I wouldn’t usually bother to defend a newspaper but the Daily Express came in for some flak on the radio this morning because of its front page, which the presenter threw cold water on. This is it:

The DE headline

Unfortunately the DE is right although, strictly speaking, it was Merkel who made the outrageous warning.  It formed part of her speech made prior to the leaders’ summit as she gave reasons why the euro must survive.

Merkel abandoned her usual cautious rhetoric warned outright of a war… “Nobody should take for granted another 50 years of peace and prosperity in Europe. They are not for granted. That’s why I say: If the euro fails, Europe fails,” Merkel said, followed by a long applause from all political groups.

“We have a historical obligation: To protect by all means Europe’s unification process begun by our forefathers after centuries of hatred and blood spill. None of us can foresee what the consequences would be if we were to fail.”

Here’s some related reading that gives a fairly good overview of the bigger picture:

EU quietly seeks sweeping new legal powers
Germany makes Greece pay with sovereignty for new bail-out
Nazi jokes: Cartoons/art  point at revived historical enmity
Riot Police deployed + barbed wire fencing erected on roads surrounding EU Council in Brussels
Brutal gamble to let others take the pain
Interesting photos: Cold shoulder for Cameron & fist fight in Italian Parliament
EP votes for 5.2% budget increase
EP votes to freeze expenses rather than cut
Clegg’s wife rewarded with EU trade chief job

The next thing to look out for is the wrangling over treaty change and the sneaky methods that will be employed to present any change as “limited” and therefore avoid the need for a referendum.

UPDATE: Archbishop Cranmer has an excellent post with lots of extra detail.

Fighting Hard For British Interests

PM meets with Kinnock’s daughter-in-law

And can we please stop all this media talk about ‘saving Europe’. It’s about saving the EU construct and nothing else.