Category Archives: Petition

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.

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Two good causes

There are many more victims of the violence of the past few days who are equally deserving but these two are the most high-profile:

Keep Aaron cutting

Let’s do something nice for Ashraf Haziq

THIS petition is also worth looking at, if you haven’t already. It’s received 94,914 signatures since yesterday & it will be interesting to see just how the government’s words stack up against actions when it reaches the 100,000 needed to trigger debate in Parliament:

Any persons convicted of criminal acts during the current London riots should have all financial benefits removed. No tax payer should have to contribute to those who have destroyed property, stolen from their community and shown a disregard for the country that provides for them.

Since we can’t blow up Parliament with our venal, incompetent politicians inside and we can’t dig up the bodies of former Prime Ministers to stick their heads on spikes I suggest that nobody ever, ever votes for the LibLabCon con again.  Why are we surprised at what’s happened when we’ve been warning politicians for decades and why are we surprised at what’s happened when we’ve been voting for those same politicians for decades.  Blinkered, blinded, cajoled and manipulated, we’ve brought it on ourselves.

If Cameron spouts anything more than cosy platitudes meant to reassure or doesn’t introduce more repressive measures later this morning, I’ll eat my purple hat.

Two Good Causes

There are many more victims of the violence of the past few days who are equally deserving but these two are the most high-profile:

Keep Aaron cutting

Let’s do something nice for Ashraf Haziq

THIS petition is also worth looking at, if you haven’t already. It’s received 94,914 signatures since yesterday & it will be interesting to see just how the government’s words stack up against actions when it reaches the 100,000 needed to trigger debate in Parliament:

Any persons convicted of criminal acts during the current London riots should have all financial benefits removed. No tax payer should have to contribute to those who have destroyed property, stolen from their community and shown a disregard for the country that provides for them.

Since we can’t blow up Parliament with our venal, incompetent politicians inside and we can’t dig up the bodies of former Prime Ministers to stick their heads on spikes I suggest that nobody ever, ever votes for the LibLabCon con again.  Why are we surprised at what’s happened when we’ve been warning politicians for decades and why are we surprised at what’s happened when we’ve been voting for those same politicians for decades.  Blinkered, blinded, cajoled and manipulated, we’ve brought it on ourselves.

If Cameron spouts anything more than cosy platitudes meant to reassure or doesn’t introduce more repressive measures later this morning, I’ll eat my purple hat.

Sunday Round-up +

Tottenham riots – story
Riots spread to Wood Green but no media mention. Clothing, mobile phones, electrical goods looted. Kids filling suitcases.
More job losses as Rolls-Royce likely to take new plant abroad.
Home Office frees foreign prisoners instead of deporting them & two have been given leave to stay.
‘Stress-tested’ banks at risk – Soc.Gen and UniCredit Banca.
Cameron: There will be no EU referendum.
Letter from Cameron’s PPS.
Brown: It wasn’t me, Guv – the financial wizard who saved the world blames EU and US.
Govt criticises opponents of new planning regs as National Trust & CPRE mobilise against proposals.
Cameron under fire for not returning from holiday.
If ‘charities’ receive government funding they are not charities, they are an arm of the State.
(1) NPIA on the loose with taxpayer credit card. Costs £3m+ pa and bills amounting to less than £1k “not routinely audited”.
(2) Whitehall on the loose with taxpayer credit card. Fancy touring California in a limo, all paid for by the British taxpayer? Get a job in Whitehall.
The more they screw up, the more we pay them. Booker on rewarding failure & profligate Whitehall spending.
Kerfuffle about RAF’s islamic convert and his views on the holocaust and Libya.
Nick Griffin: The Opera Greer pens an opera after sitting next to Griffin on QT. Sounds riveting.
Morley mugged in jail £3k Rolex is still missing.

The +
The Talking Clock has picked up on the government’s Bill of Rights scam and has written the perfect open letter.

The government says it has weeded out e-petition duplicates but I counted at least 6 calling for withdrawal from the EU. This is obviously fragmenting the vote. The two petitions currently at Nos.5 & 7 would have 10,000+ votes if they were combined. THIS is the one to sign.

TFIF

After weeks complaining that the press were concentrating too much on #hackgate and #piegate instead of the eurozone I find that after two days’ concentrated exposure I’m suffering from boom&bust disease. I’ve just been waiting to see what happens – but nothing has, yet. The markets still go up, down and up while the EU worthies get together via video-link or telephone and then make a statement, and then the markets go down again. I think I might be getting fightorflight symptoms, either that or I should lay off the coffee.

It was only yesterday that Barroso made headlines talking about “unwarranted” developments in the markets and, ironically, spoke about “undisciplined communication”. Today we’ve had Economic & Monetary Affairs Commissioner, Olli Rehn, almost pleading with the markets to be patient, saying that there is a misunderstanding and that “loose talk, fear and greed” are to blame for the crisis – and the Americans, of course, who are always name-checked by Europeans at times like this. It’s ‘playing the blame-game time’ and Merkel, Barroso et al are casting around blaming everyone but themselves and their own policies.

According to a tweet, from this afternoon’s Berlusconi statement in which he announced another meeting of the G7:

Journalist: “Does this mean we will be governed from Frankfurt from now on?”
Berlusconi: “I don’t think so. We’re just reacting to an emergency situation caused by the markets, which act in a way that is completely detached from economic reality”.

Berlusconi’s attitude seems fairly typical among euro-zone leaders.  When the leaders of the EU want nothing less than a politically-integrated federal Union I find it hard to believe that decisions must wait until September as Rehn implies.

Here’s an e-petition to leave the EU – it had six signatories this afternoon when I signed and it now stands at 349.  UPDATE: 6 Aug – there are many petitions to leave the EU – THIS is the one to sign.  No point fragmenting the vote.

In another bizarre poll from Eurobarometer we’re told that 45% of Europeans have confidence in the economy and that a whopping 80% “think stronger coordination of economic policy among EU member states would be effective in tackling the economic situation”. Yes it would, but I wonder if they’ve considered all the implications of fiscal union.

The IMF has said it will stand by Christine Lagarde who faces outstanding charges dating from when she was French Finance Minister in 2008.

Here’s a gesture of solidarity & goodwill between the EU and the rest of the world: barbed wire fence and trench to separate Turkey from Greece.

While this plays out we still have domestic problems, not the least of which is the call to bring back hanging and another one (from the police) for the police to be armed in the wake of the latest shooting.  I tell you, if capital punishment is brought back and the British Police are routinely armed then I’ll just emigrate.  How on earth can a society function when the only people with the right to bear arms are criminals and the police force? Mind you, look at the pig’s ear Parliament made of devolution… …

Reading the Daily Mail isn’t good for your health; you learn things there that other newspapers won’t print, for example:
Torture-obsessed paedophile has sentence cut to 3yrs on appeal
‘Carer’ gets nine months for vinegar tea and smack
Bringing Parliament into even more disrepute. How low can our Parliamentarians stoop? About as low as John Bercow.

Here’s a disclaimer about the EU death penalty for riot and insurrection. I still think they’ve got it wrong. The ECHR also forbids the death penalty but even that has a provision to rescind the clause in certain circumstances.

Somalians and Syrians are still starving and still being shot.

I don’t know, the world’s gone mad, it’s been mad since the beginning of the year – and who are we looking to to resolve this madness? The ones who created it in the first place. So, who’s mad? Them or Us? Globalisation has failed. Government working with multi-national corporations has failed. The last time it was tried it was called Fascism. You get no second chances in life and fascism should be no different. We tried it once and didn’t like it.  I find it very strange, almost amusing, that I and my political views can be labelled “right-wing fascist” but I just think it shows how very wrong we’ve gone.  We do need a New World Order, but not the one that’s coming, not the one that created this mess.

TFIF

After weeks complaining that the press were concentrating too much on #hackgate and #piegate instead of the eurozone I find that after two days’ concentrated exposure I’m suffering from boom&bust disease. I’ve just been waiting to see what happens – but nothing has, yet. The markets still go up, down and up while the EU worthies get together via video-link or telephone and then make a statement, and then the markets go down again. I think I might be getting fightorflight symptoms, either that or I should lay off the coffee.

It was only yesterday that Barroso made headlines talking about “unwarranted” developments in the markets and, ironically, spoke about “undisciplined communication”. Today we’ve had Economic & Monetary Affairs Commissioner, Olli Rehn, almost pleading with the markets to be patient, saying that there is a misunderstanding and that “loose talk, fear and greed” are to blame for the crisis – and the Americans, of course, who are always name-checked by Europeans at times like this. It’s ‘playing the blame-game time’ and Merkel, Barroso et al are casting around blaming everyone but themselves and their own policies.

According to a tweet, from this afternoon’s Berlusconi statement in which he announced another meeting of the G7:

Journalist: “Does this mean we will be governed from Frankfurt from now on?”
Berlusconi: “I don’t think so. We’re just reacting to an emergency situation caused by the markets, which act in a way that is completely detached from economic reality”.

Berlusconi’s attitude seems fairly typical among euro-zone leaders.  When the leaders of the EU want nothing less than a politically-integrated federal Union I find it hard to believe that decisions must wait until September as Rehn implies.

Here’s an e-petition to leave the EU – it had six signatories this afternoon when I signed and it now stands at 349.  UPDATE: 6 Aug – there are many petitions to leave the EU – THIS is the one to sign.  No point fragmenting the vote.

In another bizarre poll from Eurobarometer we’re told that 45% of Europeans have confidence in the economy and that a whopping 80% “think stronger coordination of economic policy among EU member states would be effective in tackling the economic situation”. Yes it would, but I wonder if they’ve considered all the implications of fiscal union.

The IMF has said it will stand by Christine Lagarde who faces outstanding charges dating from when she was French Finance Minister in 2008.

Here’s a gesture of solidarity & goodwill between the EU and the rest of the world: barbed wire fence and trench to separate Turkey from Greece.

While this plays out we still have domestic problems, not the least of which is the call to bring back hanging and another one (from the police) for the police to be armed in the wake of the latest shooting.  I tell you, if capital punishment is brought back and the British Police are routinely armed then I’ll just emigrate.  How on earth can a society function when the only people with the right to bear arms are criminals and the police force? Mind you, look at the pig’s ear Parliament made of devolution… …

Reading the Daily Mail isn’t good for your health; you learn things there that other newspapers won’t print, for example:
Torture-obsessed paedophile has sentence cut to 3yrs on appeal
‘Carer’ gets nine months for vinegar tea and smack
Bringing Parliament into even more disrepute. How low can our Parliamentarians stoop? About as low as John Bercow.

Here’s a disclaimer about the EU death penalty for riot and insurrection. I still think they’ve got it wrong. The ECHR also forbids the death penalty but even that has a provision to rescind the clause in certain circumstances.

Somalians and Syrians are still starving and still being shot.

I don’t know, the world’s gone mad, it’s been mad since the beginning of the year – and who are we looking to to resolve this madness? The ones who created it in the first place. So, who’s mad? Them or Us? Globalisation has failed. Government working with multi-national corporations has failed. The last time it was tried it was called Fascism. You get no second chances in life and fascism should be no different. We tried it once and didn’t like it.  I find it very strange, almost amusing, that I and my political views can be labelled “right-wing fascist” but I just think it shows how very wrong we’ve gone.  We do need a New World Order, but not the one that’s coming, not the one that created this mess.

BDD

It’s been a

day: the rain it raineth and the politicos politick. I think the most sense I’ve read today is in The Daily Mash.

The government’s new e-petitions website was very late online and then crashed – up, down, up, down, like Barroso’s eyebrows. From what I’ve been able to make of it so far, the number of petitions calling for the return of capital punishment far outweighs the total number of signatories. What happened to Guido’s 40,000?

Unsurprisingly perhaps, there’s no mention of withdrawal from the EU. I made a submission within two hours of them being accepted but I can’t see it or anything else related to the EU apart from a few calls to repeal the HRA. Many submissions have been rejected – currently 100+ – and at first glance they seem to relate to the BBC licence fee and Formula 1 GP going to Sky.

You just know this is going to be a pig’s ear, don’t you? All those people getting excited at the thought they might have a taste of Cameron’s people power and see the death penalty reinstated in this country are incredibly ignorant of the facts. The EU says ‘No’ and ‘No’ it will remain for as long as we are a member-state. The first step, for almost anything we want to do, whether it’s an English Parliament, restoration of CP or abolishing the BBC licence fee, is withdrawal from the EU – until then, appeals will have no effect.

75-80% of our laws come from Brussels; they’re passed down in the form of Directives which are read aloud in the House of Commons as a mere formality (often with only a quorum present)  and then nodded into law without debate.  If the restoration of CP is ever debated in the House of Commons it will be in the knowledge that this government and our MPs know full well that there is no chance of it succeeding.  It will be a total waste of expense and time and they will have colluded in a charade of democracy.

Successive British governments, from Heath onwards, have tied their own hands, plastered the sticky-tape over their own mouths, cut their own rope lengths and weighted their own sandbags. It’s only now that this is hitting the mainstream and bubbling in the collective awareness of the people. It’s taken a while, mainly thanks to media non-reporting, but we’ll get there and when we do, the politicos who have betrayed us had better watch out for the backlash.

One other thing has contributed to my BDD: I’m dismayed at the number of otherwise seemingly rational people who want a return of CP. They quote “an eye for an eye”. I suggest that if they want “an eye for an eye” they stop complaining about the implementation of Shari’a Law in this country and start reading the Bible they’re suddenly so fond of quoting*. If, as I’ve read many times, people want the hands and feet chopped off thieves, they should stop complaining about Shari’a Law.  Some people should think twice before they open their mouths.  The death penalty was introduced by the State in 1707 and finally abolished for murder in 1969.  In 1998, Tony Blair, looking into his own future and deciding it was better to be safe than sorry., extended the abolition of CP to include Treason.  His government didn’t, however, abolish the Law of Treason – because they couldn’t; they could only mitigate the sentence.

Just for the record, again: the EU does have state-sanctioned death penalty in case of riot or insurrection. The link is somewhere on the blog – it’s a footnote of a footnote to a protocol in the Lisbon Treaty, well-hidden but it’s there. Employees of the EU have immunity from prosecution for ‘crimes’ committed while in Office so stop wondering why deaths of civilians in protest situations never result in an officer being given a jail term.  (In case that’s not clear, EU employees have immunity from prosecution of crimes committed while in office – even after they’ve left  EU employment).  No wonder liars, buggers** and thieves are drawn to it like a magnet.

Meanwhile, it’s being reported that another 500,000 Britons have joined the permanently unemployable list, that is those people who aren’t expected to find a job in their lifetime.  The economy is spiralling down the Swannee, the US is on the edge and the European Commission is just hoping that the bailouts to the euro-zone will hold until an EU Economic Government is in place, complete with EU Treasurer.

* “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
** pemf