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Sunday Reflection

Oh, the irony! The Queen has become Patron of the Magna Carta Trust which is preparing to commemorate the signing of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta in 2015.


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The Pro and The Con

The Pro:

Note the change of iconography (Cameron as Henry V, ‘jousting’, ‘crusade’, ‘portcullis’ – albeit with a Union Flag which didn’t exist in those days – good old BBC) and tone.

Sopel: But isn’t the real eurosceptic thing to do, which is what David Cameron and George Osborne will do is… to say ‘we are fighting for Britain’s interests within Europe and trying to get the best deal possible…”

After decades of reviling ‘eurosceptics’ the BBC is now carrying Cameron’s torch that it’s okay to be a eurosceptic and that we’re no longer ‘fruitcakes, nutjobs and Little Englanders’ (even if you were Scottish, Welsh or Irish).  They’re still one step behind the rest of us who know full well that there is no chance of renegotiation within the terms of the Lisbon Treaty, or any of the treaties our governments have signed on our behalf.

I’m unsure who the two commentators were because I didn’t watch the programme. One is called Sarah, who smirked as Farage answered a question, and the other, I think (going by his voice and, if it is him, he’s put on a bit of weight and grown a beard), is James Somebody-or-Other, an LBC radio phone-in host who is so pompous and arrogant that he never lets others finish their sentences and always interprets their views – “What you’re saying is…” “What you mean is…”).

Here’s the Con (Artist):

Britain will have to join the euro, says Michael Gordon Richard Dibdin Heseltine, Baron Heseltine

“People have no idea of the scale of money British banks are owed by European banks. If the European banks start going it will be our banks that are on the line, our government on the line.”

Oh, I think we do have an idea; we do know. We know the scale involved and we know you will make us pay for it. We also know that our taxes shouldn’t be used to prop up bankers or governments. Nothing should be too big to fail.  The views of this failed and bitter politician are irrelevant.

Government has become far too big and unwieldy.  The government’s proposal to cut 10% of MPs doesn’t go far enough – that’s only 50ish MPs lost (maths isn’t their strong point).  You only have to look at the House during PMQs to see them fighting chunky haunch by well-fed jowl for a seat on the benches.  They’re all tucked in very cosily and those who fail to find a place must elbow for room around the Speaker’s Chair or in the doorway, shoulder to chippy shoulder.  Personally, I think it’s become so rotten and corrupt that I’d like a clean break – slash it back to one MP for one County and re-build it from there.  I don’t think that proposition is any more ludicrous than the system we now have in place.

Added Value: THIS, from 2006:

Mr Cameron also condemned the “ignorance” of English people about Scots and Scotland and the “embarrassing” English insensitivity on matters ranging from the acceptability of Scottish banknotes to “the inevitable aggressive Glaswegian drunk” in TV programmes.
“If I become the prime minister of the United Kingdom, I’ll never, never take Scotland for granted,” Mr Cameron said.
He also pledged to take on “sour Little Englanders” who wanted rid of Scotland. “I’ll fight them all the way,” he said.

 Well, at least the Scots weren’t taken in by him.

By the way, I keep meaning to find the link but … Voting rights in the EU are determined by the population count.  Nod/wink.

UPDATE:  Here’s Heseltine talking about the great “European adventure”. with an insert about the events of Black Wednesday:

Sunday Reflection


“Arrival to the Oxford market”: Anonymous (XIII century)
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Jeux Sans Frontieres

Immigration into the UK has hit ludicrous proportions and impacted on England in particular. I just want to put these two graphs and a couple of links here for the record.

The Daily Mail So, let’s hear it for the three main political Parties, the Lib/Lab/Con con-artists who’ve been in office for too long and put us way up there with Bangladesh and Rwanda. And it’s not over yet –

Cecilia Malmstrom, EC Commissioner for Home Affairs, writes:

“The EU needs to boost its relationships with non-EU States to better reap the mutual benefits migration can bring. Although migration is high on the European Union’s agenda, the Arab spring and events in the Southern Mediterranean in 2011 has highlighted the need for a coherent migration policy for the EU. That is why today the European Commission proposes to strengthen dialogue and operational cooperation with non-EU partner countries in the area of migration and mobility.”

For anyone not yet up to speed on EU-speak, the ‘Southern Mediterranean’ is what used to be called North Africa.

The International Organization for Migration is one of the ‘actors’ it’s working with. It was originally set up after the Second World War to help the displaced people of Europe. When it had finished, rather than say ‘job well done’ and disband, it changed its name, found itself another role and continued to grow.

There are also ongoing discussions with Russia about visa-free travel across borders.
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Another blogger (Kevin Townsend) has a quote from Peter Kellner (Mr Cathy Ashton) and this graph:

It isn’t clear whether the voters were English or just people living in England.  Yes, there is a difference and ‘Yes’, it does matter.
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THIS, by AN Wilson, is a great article.  He takes apart education policies and the demise of our manufacturing base over the past decades and offers suggestions for revitalisation.

If a Stoke pottery had taken on foreign workers in those days, it would have been considered mad – not for xenophobic reasons, but because everyone knew that British potters were the best in the world. The same would have been said in Sheffield about steel workers, or in Newcastle and Belfast about shipbuilders, or in so many other parts of the country…
…The working classes of Britain were the source of its power and wealth as a great trading nation. From them came the energy and resourcefulness which created our exports. And all over Britain, in working-class communities, there was a powerful sense of solidarity and community.

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Meanwhile, back at the EU, victory has been declared in the battle of the budget. The increase has been limited to “only” 2% . However,

“…while agreeing to limit their contributions to the EU budget to 129 billion euros next year, governments gave in to the European Parliament’s demands to allow EU spending commitments next year to go up to 147 billion euros.”

So they’re going to have an increased budget of 129bn euros but commit to spending 147bn. That sort of budgeting explains why their accounts haven’t been signed off for seventeen years.
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In other news Basil ‘Dolly’ D’Oliveira, RIP – a great cricketer, despite never playing for Yorkshire.

UPDATE:
See where the money goes: ‘EU Budget at a glance’

Music

No Politics *

The BoE has announced more QE, the ECB has bought bad bank debts that it can’t afford and Cameron exhorts ‘the nation’ to pull together and adopt a Blitz spirit. The problem is that those people with the Blitz Spirit have long gone, Cameron. They’ve either died or fled abroad and all you have left to ‘nudge’ is a mish-mash of cultures and disparate people, particularly in London. I suspect he’s thinking of the English when he talks in war-time metaphors but we’re the Silent People, we haven’t spoken yet, so have this to be going on with and dream on, Cameron.

Happy and I’m smiling,
Walk a mile to drink your water.
You know I’d love to love you,
And above you there’s no other.
We’ll go walking out
While others shout of war’s disaster.
Oh, we won’t give in,
Let’s go living in the past.

Once I used to join in
Every boy and girl was my friend.
Now there’s revolution, but they don’t know
What they’re fighting.
Let us close our eyes;
Outside their lives go on much faster.
Oh, we won’t give in,
We’ll keep living in the past.

Oh, we won’t give in,
Let’s go living in the past.
Oh no no we won’t give in,
Let’s go living in the past.

*I mis-spoke and will issue a clarification later.

No Politics*

The BoE has announced more QE, the ECB has bought bad bank debts that it can’t afford and Cameron exhorts ‘the nation’ to pull together and adopt a Blitz spirit. The problem is that those people with the Blitz Spirit have long gone, Cameron. They’ve either died or fled abroad and all you have left to ‘nudge’ is a mish-mash of cultures and disparate people, particularly in London. I suspect he’s thinking of the English when he talks in war-time metaphors but we’re the Silent People, we haven’t spoken yet, so have this to be going on with and dream on, Cameron.

Happy and I’m smiling,
Walk three miles to drink your water.
You know I’d love to love you,
And above you there’s no other.
We’ll go walking out
While others shout of war’s disaster.
Oh, we won’t give in,
Let’s go living in the past.

Once I used to join in
Every boy and girl was my friend.
Now there’s revolution, but they don’t know
What they’re fighting.
Let us close our eyes;
Outside their lives go on much faster.
Oh, we won’t give in,
We’ll keep living in the past.

Oh, we won’t give in,
Let’s go living in the past.
Oh no no we won’t give in,
Let’s go living in the past.

*I mis-spoke and will issue a clarification later.