Category Archives: Quangos

On being ‘twitterised’

I resisted twitter to the last
‘Til Witterings said, “Get off your @rse
Get thee tweeting
Get thee hence.”
That, at least, is my defence.

“Something must be done,” prodded Getattit of North London. And I faced up to what had happened. Instead of book-marking EU events for the blog I’ve been tweeting them and sitting back with a grateful sigh, thinking ‘job done’.  Except, it’s not.

There’s also been an element of the EU being in the mainstream consciousness at last.  Except, it’s not.

No mainstream media has actually spelled out to the British people what has infected our lives; no-one’s spelled out the role of the Fabians, Soros or the UN. None have spoken about Agenda 21, the role of our own Health & Safety Executive, the proliferation of quangos, the coming NWO or the EU proto-type.

If the EU is a proto-type then Great Britain and Northern Ireland have been the testing ground – and how easily we’ve let them walk all over us. We’ve been a pushover for subversives, fabians and infiltrators or, rather, our governments have; those we’ve elected to represent us have rolled over and we haven’t complained. On the contrary, we keep voting them in to government. People still think of politics in terms of the LibLabCon but those Parties created our country the way it is today so how can they possibly have the answers to its correction?

They can’t.  They’ll lie, deceive, manipulate, spin – call it what you will, the end result will be the same, ie more of the policies that have brought us to where we are now.

David ‘same destination, different path’ Cameron, David ‘Sour Little Englanders’ Cameron, David ‘in Europe but not run by Europe’ Cameron, David ‘I give you this cast-iron guarantee’ Cameron may be fit for the common purpose but he isn’t fit for ours, not if we want to regain our national sovereignty rather than be ruled from Brussels.

We wouldn’t be too small to cope on our own. The Scots, Welsh, English and Ulstermen have always been resilient together in a Union. We’ll bounce back from this onslaught too, even if we’re completely overwhelmed, we’ll still come back. It will never be over. Nationalism isn’t a dirty word and neither is euro-sceptic (though the likes of Hannan and Carswell muddy the waters).  Euro-sceptics used to be anti-EU and withdrawalist but the word has been taken over, as so many are, by the subversives and infiltrators.  The professional euro-sceptics have shown their colours over the years and it’s probably best to ignore them.  I include UKIP in this.  I see no sign of UKIP trying to raise their profile or get their message across to voters.

The EU’s plans for a devolved UK have already gone ahead: the Scots, the Welsh and Northern Irish all think they can glimpse a sort of freedom from the so-called English yoke, but it’s an illusion. The English are discovering that political freedom is an illusion too and I tell you this: I’d rather be an Englishman in an independent and sovereign England than a part of a devolved Region overseen by an anti-democratic, unelected so-called, self-styled elite in Belgium with the strings being pulled by France and Germany, or any other country.

The feeling here in Muswell Hill Towers is that things have just gone too far now. When the blog started it was a warning, but it’s too late now for any sort of democratic measure. That’s what’s so sad and why my heart hasn’t been in blogging lately.  At the risk of repeating myself.

On Being ‘Twitterised"

I resisted twitter to the last
‘Til Witterings said, “Get off your @rse
Get thee tweeting
Get thee hence.”
That, at least, is my defence.

“Something must be done,” prodded Getattit of North London, and I faced up to what had happened. Instead of book-marking EU events for the blog I’ve been tweeting them and sitting back with a grateful sigh, thinking ‘job done’.  Except, it’s not.

There’s also been an element of the EU being in the mainstream consciousness at last.  Except, it’s not.

No mainstream media has actually spelled out to the British people what has infected our lives; no-one’s spelled out the role of the Fabians, Soros or the UN. None have spoken about Agenda 21, the role of our own Health & Safety Executive, the proliferation of quangos, the coming NWO or the EU proto-type.

If the EU is a proto-type then Great Britain and Northern Ireland have been the testing ground – and how easily we’ve let them walk all over us. We’ve been a pushover for subversives, fabians and infiltrators or, rather, our governments have; those we’ve elected to represent us have rolled over and we haven’t complained. On the contrary, we keep voting them in to government. People still think of politics in terms of the LibLabCon but those Parties created our country the way it is today so how can they possibly have the answers to its correction?

They can’t.  They’ll lie, deceive, manipulate, spin – call it what you will, the end result will be the same, ie more of the policies that have brought us to where we are now.

David ‘same destination, different path’ Cameron, David ‘Sour Little Englanders’ Cameron, David ‘in Europe but not run by Europe’ Cameron, David ‘I give you this cast-iron guarantee’ Cameron may be fit for the common purpose but he isn’t fit for ours, not if we want to regain our national sovereignty rather than be ruled from Brussels.

We wouldn’t be too small to cope on our own. The Scots, Welsh, English and Ulstermen have always been resilient together in a Union. We’ll bounce back from this onslaught too, even if we’re completely overwhelmed, we’ll still come back. It will never be over. Nationalism isn’t a dirty word and neither is euro-sceptic (though the likes of Hannan and Carswell muddy the waters).  Euro-sceptics used to be anti-EU and withdrawalist but the word has been taken over, as so many are, by the subversives and infiltrators.  The professional euro-sceptics have shown their colours over the years and it’s probably best to ignore them.  I include UKIP in this.  I see no sign of UKIP trying to raise their profile or get their message across to voters.

The EU’s plans for a devolved UK have already gone ahead: the Scots, the Welsh and Northern Irish all think they can glimpse a sort of freedom from the so-called English yoke, but it’s an illusion. The English are discovering that political freedom is an illusion too and I tell you this: I’d rather be an Englishman in an independent and sovereign England than a part of a devolved Region overseen by an anti-democratic, unelected so-called, self-styled elite in Belgium with the strings being pulled by France and Germany, or any other country.

The feeling here in Muswell Hill Towers is that things have just gone too far now. When the blog started it was a warning, but it’s too late now for any sort of democratic measure. That’s what’s so sad and why my heart hasn’t been in blogging lately.  At the risk of repeating myself.

Doing the maths

Something isn’t adding up here. In one newspaper this morning we have a report on the amount of savings made so far by cutting quangos, civil servants, consultants, better management of properties and so on. Francis Maude is quoted at length but essentially says it’s the tip of the iceberg and there will be more savings to be made.

Last May, the Government promised to cut £3.2billion of wasteful spending in government departments as part of £6.2billion of in-year cuts. This target has been beaten by more than £500million.

It all sounds very promising; the savings may be a drop in the ocean compared to the overall debt but at least it’s a start.  However, wait, don’t bother climbing into the loft to dig out the bunting just yet.

In another newspaper we learn that redundancy pay-outs to civil servants cost almost £1bn to date with the average payout being c.£42,000.  The cull of seat-polishers and quangoistas is expected to be completed by 2016 by which time the independent Office for Budget Responsibility estimates the total redundancy payouts will amount to c.£20bn.

Yes, these are one-off costs but, even so, the figures don’t add up especially when you consider many have been re-hired elsewhere in government or gone through the revolving lobbyist door.  There seems little point announcing the closure of one quango only to quietly form another one with a different name but much the same people.  It looks, once again, like so much window-dressing but we shouldn’t be surprised; the last thing government is going to cut is government.

UPDATE: 3rd August 4,500 increase in civil servants  since May 2010 – three times the number made redundant.  Equality, Overseas Aid and Climate Change quangos have benefited most.

Last night critics questioned whether quangos and ministries should be recruiting at all when the Government had promised to do all it could to shrink the size of the state.
They attacked the Whitehall ‘revolving door’ which often sees people being made redundant in one department, receiving a large payout, and re-appointed in another.

Doing The Maths

Something isn’t adding up here. In one newspaper this morning we have a report on the amount of savings made so far by cutting quangos, civil servants, consultants, better management of properties and so on. Francis Maude is quoted at length but essentially says it’s the tip of the iceberg and there will be more savings to be made.

Last May, the Government promised to cut £3.2billion of wasteful spending in government departments as part of £6.2billion of in-year cuts. This target has been beaten by more than £500million.

It all sounds very promising; the savings may be a drop in the ocean compared to the overall debt but at least it’s a start.  However, wait, don’t bother climbing into the loft to dig out the bunting just yet.

In another newspaper we learn that redundancy pay-outs to civil servants cost almost £1bn to date with the average payout being c.£42,000.  The cull of seat-polishers and quangoistas is expected to be completed by 2016 by which time the independent Office for Budget Responsibility estimates the total redundancy payouts will amount to c.£20bn.

Yes, these are one-off costs but, even so, the figures don’t add up especially when you consider many have been re-hired elsewhere in government or gone through the revolving lobbyist door.  There seems little point announcing the closure of one quango only to quietly form another one with a different name but much the same people.  It looks, once again, like so much window-dressing but we shouldn’t be surprised; the last thing government is going to cut is government.

UPDATE: 3rd August 4,500 increase in civil servants  since May 2010 – three times the number made redundant.  Equality, Overseas Aid and Climate Change quangos have benefited most.

Last night critics questioned whether quangos and ministries should be recruiting at all when the Government had promised to do all it could to shrink the size of the state.
They attacked the Whitehall ‘revolving door’ which often sees people being made redundant in one department, receiving a large payout, and re-appointed in another.

Under The Radar

When events such as those in Norway take place info is slipped out or goes unremarked in the general cacophony.  One news item that’s being slipped out under cover of darkness is that we now have Regional Surveillance Units. I’m sure we’re all thrilled to know that Police Forces have combined in an effort to make life safer for us all.  Personally, it will comfort me no end to know that these Units have the power to:

“…make it easier for the authorities to bug computers, break into properties and interfere with wireless internet networks as part of countersurveillance operations…”

As one commenter said, “ROFL, you could not make this shit up.”

One other aspect is that regionalisation goes on regardless.  There was one referendum in the North-East that resulted in a vote against breaking England up into nine Regions but governments just ignore it and carry on, as if the referendum had never happened.  Where have I come across that before?  Don’t be lulled into thinking that the European Union Bill with its ‘referendum lock’ will be much different.  For a referendum to be approved it first has to visit the lawyer’s office, then it goes to a debate & vote in the House and Government Ministers will have the final say.  If they all say ‘yes’ then we’ll have our referendum but if one of them says ‘no’, we won’t.

This isn’t really news in that it’s apparently inconsequential and hasn’t been reported:
“We believe that decisions on which flags and logos are worn or displayed at big sporting occasions are for individual competing teams and event organisers to make, not the European Union.”  I infer from Lord Howell’s comment that the government is happy to imply that it disapproves but has effectively washed its hands of the EU proposal that sporting events should fly the EU flag and the flag be shown as a logo on kit.  I could be wrong but I smell someone passing the buck.

The dynamic duo of stalking horses seem to have taken recent criticism to heart:
Carswell: Since becoming an MP, I have come to see how public policy is rarely made in the interests of the public.
Hannan: Climate change, fake charities, nazis and Chris Huhne.

Last but not least is the news that the new head of  IPSA (who took over only last month) is watering down scrutiny of MPs’ expenses.  Perhaps they think we’ve forgotten how fraudulent and corrupt they are capable of being.  Some of us still think that more of them should have been in Court.  Some of us still think that the jail sentences were a joke.  Some of us still think that too many got away scot-free.  Some of us still think that the guilty haven’t paid the price.

PS: I’m glad to see that scientists have found God.  I’m sure Richard Dawkins is delighted.

>An International Quango

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The International Crisis Group is fifteen years old, 50% funded by governments (they don’t list which ones but looking at the ‘testimonials’ from world leaders, probably most of them) with the rest from individual/corporate donors and institutional foundations.

What began with two people in a small London office in 1995 (funny how so many of these roads lead back to UKplc isn’t it?) has grown to “130 permanent staff, 49 nationalities speaking 47 different languages and around 20 consultants and 40 interns” – all scattered around the world with its international headquarters in Brussels (where else?)

A few of its cheerleaders are:

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan: ‘a global voice of conscience, and a genuine force for peace’
Ex US President Bill Clinton: ‘in the most troubled corners of the world, the eyes, the ears and the conscience of the global community’
Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice: ‘a widely respected and influential organisation’
Former US Secretary of State Colin Powell: ‘a mirror for the conscience of the world’
Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright: ‘a full-service conflict prevention organisation’
President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso   ‘a highly influential and inspiring voice in the field of conflict prevention’
Former Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Ángel Moratinos: ‘an indispensible source of information for governments and a wide range of institutions actively working towards peace and conflict resolution’
Former US Special Representative for Afghanistan & Pakistan, the late Richard Holbrooke: ‘a brilliant idea … beautifully implemented .”

The Group was initially led by Morton Abramowitz (former US Ambassador to Turkey and Thailand, then President of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace), Mark Malloch Brown (later head of the UN Development Programme, UN Deputy Secretary-General and UK Minister), and its first Chairman, Senator George Mitchell.

The Board is co-chaired by Lord (Christopher) Patten, formerly EU Commissioner for External Relations, Governor of Hong Kong and UK Cabinet Minister; and by Ambassador Thomas Pickering, former US Ambassador to the UN, Russia, India, Israel, Jordan, El Salvador and Nigeria and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and former Senior Vice President for International Relations at Boeing. Their President and CEO has been, since July 2009, Louise Arbour, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. She succeeded Gareth Evans, former Foreign Minister of Australia (1988-96) and a member of many international panels and commissions, who served as President between January 2000 and July 2009.

In its blurb the Group describes itself as:

“…an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.”

Well, I’d say they’ve been doing a pretty lousy job of it so far.  I can’t remember a time when there was so much conflict around the world.  In fact, if I were a conspiracy theorist, I’d say they’re actually doing the opposite of what they claim.   I’d like one of them to explain to me how they have the gall to claim they are a non-governmental organisation when so many ex-Ministers, ex-Ambassadors, ex-Commissioners are on its $17m pa payroll and they’re (only overtly) part-funded by governments.

In case you’re thinking, ‘well, it could be worse, at least she hasn’t mentioned George Soros yet’, here it is: George Soros.  He’s a busy little bee, isn’t he?  Fingers in all the global pies – more fingers in more pies than a leper in a cookery class (Gene Hunt paraphrased).  Take a look at the other things Soros is involved in – World Goodwill and the Lucis Trust, see how the same names and the same stated aims crop up over and over again.

It’s these people who’ve made the world what it is today; they’ve guided, chivvied, nudged, manipulated, brainwashed and coerced people around the globe.  What we get in return is wars, unemployment, worthless paper money, scarcity of food and drinking water, land for food being given over to bio-energy, stupid ‘carbon capture’ theories, a minefield of statute law and regulation, homelessness, pandemics; we get meddling with the weather (HAARP) and heaven-knows-what going on out in space.  In short, we get the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.   Okay, I realise I’m beginning to sound like a loony so I’ll leave it there but think about it. 

International Crisis Group

Actually, I think I’ll set up my own small, 2-man office in London and create an unelected think tank that guides global policy and “seeks to resolve conflict worldwide”.   I can hardly do a worse job and who knows – I might end up with a $17m pa budget, the latest mobile phone, a hand-tailored suit and an expense account.  These will be compulsory officewear though:

>The B@st@rds Have No Shame…

>… no honour, no integrity and no self-awareness.  Little wonder that trust in government has flown out of the window.  This won’t be an aberration exclusive to UKTI, it will be practised by all departments, all councils, all quangos in receipt of ‘government’ money, taxpayers’ money.

I’m just posting this for the record.  Like most of the EU/Agenda 21 info on this blog I hope some of  it will hang around in a dusty corner of the ether long enough to be picked up on by any future historians so they can report accurately how we were held in contempt by a bunch of self-serving shyster seat polishers.  The history books can describe us as ‘long-suffering’ or, perhaps more truthfully, as having made a vice out of patience.

Fuel protests are being planned and I’m fast reaching the stage where I think it better to join any protest, whatever the agenda, whoever the organisers, rather than none at all.  LibDems are unhappy, Conservatives are unhappy and Labour are unhappy – the politics of coalition please very few.  January 13th sees the Oldham & Saddleworth by-election; I hope the electorate return a UKIP or BNP candidate to Parliament because this country needs a spark for a political revolution.

UKTI:  Spend, spend, spend