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The final straw?

I’m not holding my breath because almost every day I read/hear something that could qualify as the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back but surely THIS must bring us closer to a tipping point.

Despite the LibDems and Conservatives opposing this Labour (Jacqui Smith) scheme when they were in Opposition, it seems they’ve now had a change of heart and have increased the numbers by more than a third.

Then:

The Conservative party condemned the increase in the number of civilians given police powers

Dominic Grieve, 2008: “The public want to see real police on the streets discharging these responsibilities, not private firms who may use them inappropriately, including unnecessarily snooping on ordinary citizens. This is a consequence of the government’s obsession with policing on the cheap as well as their staggering complacency towards the extension of surveillance.”

Jacqui Smith’s Stasi State

Now:

More than 2,200 civilians including street wardens, housing officers, countryside rangers, traffic marshals and stewards can now issue fines for dropping litter, dog fouling, truancy and so on. These ‘accredited’ people can also take your photograph and demand your name and address if you “fail to follow appropriate directions”. That’s tightly-worded isn’t it, so there’ll be no misunderstandings there then. I also wonder how many of these accredited persons will be sent on Common Purpose courses to improve their “leading beyond authority” skills.

Pic from the DM

UPDATE: This is from April 2010 just before the GE – ACPO at it again and there’s a quote from Chris Grayling, then Shadow Home Affairs spokesman, now Employment Minister.

Tory home affairs spokesman Chris Grayling called for an immediate end to the scheme: ‘People expect policing powers to be held by police, and not by other groups like nightclub bouncers,’ he said.

JUST SAY NO

The Final Straw?

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I’m not holding my breath because almost every day I read/hear something that could qualify as the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back but surely THIS must bring us closer to a tipping point.

Despite the LibDems and Conservatives opposing this Labour (Jacqui Smith) scheme when they were in Opposition, it seems they’ve now had a change of heart and have increased the numbers by more than a third.

Then:

The Conservative party condemned the increase in the number of civilians given police powers

Dominic Grieve, 2008: “The public want to see real police on the streets discharging these responsibilities, not private firms who may use them inappropriately, including unnecessarily snooping on ordinary citizens. This is a consequence of the government’s obsession with policing on the cheap as well as their staggering complacency towards the extension of surveillance.”

Jacqui Smith’s Stasi State

Now:

More than 2,200 civilians including street wardens, housing officers, countryside rangers, traffic marshals and stewards can now issue fines for dropping litter, dog fouling, truancy and so on. These ‘accredited’ people can also take your photograph and demand your name and address if you “fail to follow appropriate directions”. That’s tightly-worded isn’t it, so there’ll be no misunderstandings there then. I also wonder how many of these accredited persons will be sent on Common Purpose courses to improve their “leading beyond authority” skills.

Pic from the DM
JUST SAY NO

UPDATE: This is from April 2010 just before the GE – ACPO at it again and there’s a quote from Chris Grayling, then Shadow Home Affairs spokesman, now Employment Minister.

Tory home affairs spokesman Chris Grayling called for an immediate end to the scheme: ‘People expect policing powers to be held by police, and not by other groups like nightclub bouncers,’ he said.

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

Jacqui in the spotlight, again

Trougher and former-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith  has rarely been off our airwaves since she failed to be re-elected in May 2010. She’s regularly hauled on as a pundit to comment on political programmes such as The Week, Question Time, Newsnight and The Daily Politics – it’s astounding how the BBC are doing their best to fill the gap in her income.

This week she’s a guest presenter on LBC Radio; yesterday I had the misfortune to catch her asking listeners to call in and tell her why the government should be more involved in controlling people’s health. Fortunately, from the half-hour segment I heard, most of the callers emphasised the need for personal responsibility and said the government should butt out of our lives. The only support she received was from a woman who ran some sort of charity for fatties that’s in danger of losing government/taxpayer funds.

She-who-should-be-shunned is making the news this morning instead of commenting on it. It seems that two convicts on day release to a local charity have been re-decorating her home instead of working on community projects. The prison is “launching an investigation” into how the charity sent them to do unpaid work at Smith’s home instead of benefiting the community at large.

Not much of a story I suppose, in that it won’t address the fundamental problem of the proliferation of these Fake Charities which in reality are nothing more than an arm of the State. but it does give another opportunity to watch the surly sow deliver her reluctant apology to Parliament:

UPDATE: It seems that Smith donated pot plants in return for the work on the house prior to renting it out.

Jacqui In The Spotlight, Again

Trougher and former-Home Secretary Jacqui Smith  has rarely been off our airwaves since she failed to be re-elected in May 2010. She’s regularly hauled on as a pundit to comment on political programmes such as The Week, Question Time, Newsnight and The Daily Politics – it’s astounding how the BBC are doing their best to fill the gap in her income.

This week she’s a guest presenter on LBC Radio; yesterday I had the misfortune to catch her asking listeners to call in and tell her why the government should be more involved in controlling people’s health. Fortunately, from the half-hour segment I heard, most of the callers emphasised the need for personal responsibility and said the government should butt out of our lives. The only support she received was from a woman who ran some sort of charity for fatties that’s in danger of losing government/taxpayer funds.

She-who-should-be-shunned is making the news this morning instead of commenting on it. It seems that two convicts on day release to a local charity have been re-decorating her home instead of working on community projects. The prison is “launching an investigation” into how the charity sent them to do unpaid work at Smith’s home instead of benefiting the community at large.

Not much of a story I suppose, in that it won’t address the fundamental problem of the proliferation of these Fake Charities which in reality are nothing more than an arm of the State. but it does give another opportunity to watch the surly sow deliver her reluctant apology to Parliament:

UPDATE: It seems that Smith donated pot plants in return for the work on the house prior to renting it out.

Some pics for the UAF

I hope these pics and the music give Martin Smith, Weyman Bennett and their like-minded pals who try to inflict their loathing of self & country on others,  nightmares tonight.

Some Pics For The UAF

I hope these pics and the music give Martin Smith, Weyman Bennett and their like-minded pals who try to inflict their loathing of self & country on others,  nightmares tonight.