Category Archives: Scotland

An sent Coe hamewart, tae think again

“So the good news is that Historic Scotland has said “no” to the preposterous idea of massive Olympic rings being placed on our castle.”

Scots wha hae!

UPDATE: MPs refuse to allow pics of ‘Olympic heroes’ to be beamed on to Parliament

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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:

One Of Those Days

I meant to keep this for the Sunday Reflection, but, on reflection, there’s no time like the present. As Charles Walker, MP, said yesterday: “If not now, when?”


Anthony Lorien

It isn’t wrong to be proud of your country or to want the best for the people. “We are in your face,” and we won’t go away.

Help yourselves and spread it around.

Sunday Round-up

The Sunday papers seem to be doing a re-run of April Fool’s Day today and, as usual, it’s read-the-small-print time.

Potential recruits to the EDL are being targeted by security forces in the same way as those under the influence of Islamic extremism.

Zil lanes revealed for Olympics 2012.

  • Along the Olympic routes all non-Olympic traffic, including private cars, lorries, buses and taxis, will have to use the bus lane. The outside lane will be reserved for Olympic officials.
  • Transport chiefs will remove pedestrian crossings along the route to make way for the VIP lanes.
  • Right turns will be banned on junctions on the route to ensure traffic does not hold up the Olympic dignitaries.

The DfID lose millions on the currency markets. Conservatives still blaming Labour.

Want an interest-free loan? Become an MP.

Group of doctors won’t give up on judicial challenge on government refusal to hold Dr David Kelly inquest.

The future of the Union: Scottish writers give their opinions. ‘I want Scotland to be Scottish through and through. I hate to hear English accents in the shops there’.

Housing development companies are sitting on land to await changes to the Planning laws. Much of it is on Green Belt and currently lacks planning permission.

Energy companies buy US mobile radar systems to overcome military objections to wind farms.

Fail. Labour’s plan of attack on Cameron – to label him “right-wing”. Are they deaf and blind as well as daft.

Nothing here we didn’t already know – but Cameron apparently had no idea of the scale when he made his so-called ‘pledge’. New pumps for petrol stations:

‘Already, the sheer volume of new rules from the EU has forced David Cameron to abandon his plan to make departments scrap a regulation every time they want to introduce a new one.’

Financial meltdown is a “beneficial crisis”:

It might come as a surprise, then, after such turmoil in the financial world and the ugly riots in the streets of Athens, to realise that in the eyes of those Eurocrats who inhabit the Brussels bubble, things are going pretty well.

That’s because the present euro crisis is an inevitable consequence of a deliberate choice. For them it is all part of a greater long-term project: a ‘beneficial crisis’ that will help hasten their ultimate goal of a federal European state.

The Legal Aid, Sentencing & Punishment of Offenders Bill will be debated next month and promises tougher measures against convicts.

£1m benefit fraudster & illegal immigrant can’t be deported back to Nigeria because of his Human Rights.

Smith’s husband in touting for work row as his ‘Consultancy’ offers to work for MPs.

Smith’s consultancy work includes one-to-one mentoring and should be reported under the Trades Description Act for also offering: “witty, thoughtful and intelligent after dinner speeches”.

Curiosity stirred and questions raised about Mandelson’s business dealings as he does a Blair.

Supermarket managers to be sent into potential riot areas to provide guidance & assistance.

Finding it hard to feel sympathy for this one: Rioters targeted by other prisoners

Rubber bullets used on French revellers in Spain but the article still blames the Brits.

America Live updates on Irene.

One liners:
No chat please, we’re nurses
Health & Safety hits Windsor Castle
Infantilism and emotional claptrap
Welsh: “an appalling and moribund monkey language, which hasn’t had a new noun since the Middle Ages”
£80 fine for “attack” with foam string

******
Sgt John McAleese, RIP

How far?

LOOK HOW FAR WE’VE COME
Not very, if truth be told. The post above was two years ago and I’m still blogging about the same things but with ‘updates’.

I’m sorry but I’m not as patient as I was two years ago. And it’s not just the wars; it’s the economy, the inter-changeable feckless governments, the encroaching State of the EU

The EU doesn’t recognise England as a country – only as an area of Regions – so don’t be surprised at the anti-English and anti-Scottish rhetoric in the media. Divide and conquer; subvert, infiltrate. And haven’t they done a good job of breaking up the Union? I wonder how much Alec Salmond’s SNP has been promised in EU loans and grants. We know how much the BBC gets – check it out – it’s millions per year in loans and grants. The BBC is not only licence-payer funded, it’s EU-funded as well. Switch it off!

I’d rather the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland could be as it was, but life moves on and the UK is irrevocably changed. Blair’s government put paid to that with the Devolution Bill. Labour were elected in May 1997 and four months later in September the referendum was held, in Scotland only. What they did, in their arrogance, was isolate England completely. That Northern Ireland should have its Stormont Assembly, that Wales should have increased powers for its Assembly and for Scotland to have increased powers for its Assembly while England isn’t recognised at all is absolutely unforgivable.

This is why England should fight against the status quo. England, of all the countries making up the United Kingdom, has been most betrayed in this wholesale sell-out to a federal European superstate.  The latest betrayal is by Cameron who tells us that this major constitutional issue about the break-up of the Union will be decided by Scots voters in a Scottish referendum only.

That’s an insult.  Do the opinions of the Welsh, Northern Irish and English not matter at all in this?  We’re left with no option but to demand control over our own policies, our own government, our own country and I do believe that, when the time comes, the English will step up to the plate and face down the EU and our own elected government of the day.  If it’s good enough for the Scots, it’s good enough for the English.

My only reservation in all this is that it plays into the hands of the almighty EU.  Localism and the Big Society isn’t a Cameron initiative, it’s EU-derived.  Devolution and regionalisation is a part of a bigger picture and we must be watchful.

My very first post, my first dipping of a toe into the waters of blogging, was:

A multitude of causes unknown to former times are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor.

Edgar, who was one of the first to comment, had it right, “These are the things, GV, that people will look back on and think to themselves, ‘How did I not see it all coming?

And people will look back and wonder. Then they’ll wonder why the media never reported fully about governance and the EU; they’ll  wonder why pages were devoted to Cheryl &Cole or Charlene & Theron; they’ll wonder why the media let our Westminster Assembly accuse each other of petty Party politicking when they were actually consensual on the over-arching topic that mattered most: that of who governs the country.  Then they’ll understand why they were portrayed as indolent and feckless obese couch potatoes watching daytime tv and eating deep-fried Mars bars while foreigners took their jobs.  Then, perhaps if it’s not too late, they’ll be out on the streets.

There is never any joy or satisfaction in saying ‘I told you so’; there’s never self-satisfied contentment when things one has predicted will go wrong, do go wrong; there’s just regret and a greater determination to set things right.

Let’s end with some words I’ve also quoted before.  The man  was right and this paragraph needs shouting from hilltops, from beacon to beacon, up and down the land until everyone gets the message:

“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

How Far?

LOOK HOW FAR WE’VE COME
Not very, if truth be told.  The post above was two years ago and I’m still blogging about the same things but with ‘updates’.

I’m sorry but I’m not as patient as I was. And it’s not just the wars; it’s the economy, the inter-changeable feckless governments, the encroaching State of the EU

The EU doesn’t recognise England as a country – only as an area of Regions – so don’t be surprised at the anti-English and anti-Scottish rhetoric in the media. Divide and conquer; subvert, infiltrate. And haven’t they done a good job of breaking up the Union? I wonder how much Alec Salmond’s SNP has been promised in EU loans and grants. We know how much the BBC gets – check it out – it’s millions per year in loans and grants. The BBC is not only licence-payer funded, it’s EU-funded as well. Switch it off!

I’d rather the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland could be as it was, but life moves on and the UK is irrevocably changed. Blair’s government put paid to that with the Devolution Bill. Labour were elected in May 1997 and four months later in September the referendum was held, in Scotland only. What they did, in their arrogance, was isolate England completely. That Northern Ireland should have its Stormont Assembly, that Wales should have increased powers for its Assembly and for Scotland to have increased powers for its Assembly while England isn’t recognised at all is absolutely unforgivable.

This is why England should fight against the status quo. England, of all the countries making up the United Kingdom, has been most betrayed in this wholesale sell-out to a federal European superstate.  The latest betrayal is by Cameron who tells us that this major constitutional issue about the break-up of the Union will be decided by Scots voters in a Scottish referendum only.

That’s an insult.  Do the opinions of the Welsh, Northern Irish and English not matter at all in this?  We’re left with no option but to demand control over our own policies, our own government, our own country and I do believe that, when the time comes, the English will step up to the plate and face down the EU and our own elected government of the day.  If it’s good enough for the Scots, it’s good enough for the English.

My only reservation in all this is that it plays into the hands of the almighty EU.  Localism and the Big Society isn’t a Cameron initiative, it’s EU-derived.  Devolution and regionalisation is a part of a bigger picture and we must be watchful.

My very first post, my first dipping of a toe into the waters of blogging, was:

A multitude of causes unknown to former times are now acting with a combined force to blunt the discriminating powers of the mind, and unfitting it for all voluntary exertion to reduce it to a state of almost savage torpor.

Edgar, who was one of the first to comment, had it right, “These are the things, GV, that people will look back on and think to themselves, ‘How did I not see it all coming?

And people will look back and wonder. Then they’ll wonder why the media never reported fully about governance and the EU; they’ll  wonder why pages were devoted to Cheryl &Cole or Charlene & Theron; they’ll wonder why the media let our Westminster Assembly accuse each other of petty Party politicking when they were actually consensual on the over-arching topic that mattered most: that of who governs the country.  Then they’ll understand why they were portrayed as indolent and feckless obese couch potatoes watching daytime tv and eating deep-fried Mars bars while foreigners took their jobs.  Then, perhaps if it’s not too late, they’ll be out on the streets.

There is never any joy or satisfaction in saying ‘I told you so’; there’s never self-satisfied contentment when things one has predicted will go wrong, do go wrong; there’s just regret and a greater determination to set things right.

Let’s end with some words I’ve also quoted before.  The man  was right and this paragraph needs shouting from hilltops, from beacon to beacon, up and down the land until everyone gets the message:

“If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a small chance of survival. There may even be a worse case: you may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”

Once more unto the breach, dear friends

Come on then, let we few, we happy few, we band of brothers, get all Shakespearean on the EU’s @rse and find out what they’ve been doing.

Apaches for Libya.  Old news but included because I first heard this on the radio last week: it was announced by a French Defence Minister.
Everyone’s a victim now. Police chief accused of corruption counter-sues for slander/libel.
Burglar freed to care for children – HRC “We submit that the judge erred in law in failing to have proper or any regard to the children that he was the sole carer for.”
British unskilled bear the brunt as migrants flood the country
Measles outbreak across UK
Nazi uniforms banned at WW2 re-enactment
“I saw Live Aid and I’m sticking to my promise” If only he’d read the comments there and HERE. I think he must have a deathwish.
Watch out for E.Coli  Germans blame Spanish cucumbers for virus that killed three and hospitalised hundreds.
This one passed me by: European Obesity Day. The WHO describes the situation as “an epidemic” and warns about the effect on businesses and pressure on healthcare. Got to look after those work units!
Europe’s regions to be further divided into three categories defined by wealth.  More glorified wealth re-distribution.
Comparisons between Scotland and Catalonia: Are we on the way to a world of confederate states?
Towards a federal Britain.  “A federal Britain would be a more diverse and stable environment for investment and economic development.”
More allegations of plagiarism as the EU Regional Policy Commissioner also stands accused.
Regulating just because they can: the EU’s cookie directive.
Former MPC member Blanchflower: “Euro debt default is inevitable”. He speculates about France and Spain.
Fitch credit ratings agency has Belgium in its sights.
Herman’s Happiness Speech. “In order to convince Europe’s citizens that the endeavours of these times are worthwhile, this is the moment for Europe to invest in a new, enticing economic and political dream.”  Can’t wait.
Unlabelled cloned meat, milk & dairy now available across the EU. The FSA shelved proposals that would have required it to go through a safety assessment.
In a vote last month to freeze their pay & perks the Labour MEPs voted against, the LibDems abstained and the Conservatives & UKIP voted in support.
MEPs’ wishlist includes a 5% budget increase, an end to national rebates & ‘own resources’ (aka direct taxation). Spending on cohesion & agriculture to be maintained at current levels.

Highlights of a debate: “Germany no longer needs Europe: the dream is over”
Hannan & Stuart -v- Garton-Ash & Giscard-d’Estaing

Finally, here’s Herman’s haiku for Japan:
“The three disasters
Storms turn into a soft wind.
A new, humane wind.”

Not bad, but he should spend more time polishing his technique because it’s not a match for this:

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English dead.
In peace there’s nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility:
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood,
Disguise fair nature with hard-favour’d rage;
Then lend the eye a terrible aspect…

Henry V, Act 3, Scene 1