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A Retrospective

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I’ve been looking at a couple of .pdf files on my hardrive and thought I’d upload them for anyone who’s interested in case I have to reformat the laptop given the problems I’ve had with it lately. Some of it is old and there’s nothing revelatory that we didn’t already know but they give an indication of how long everything has been in the planning and they may be of use to someone. Other .pdfs are more current.

The Rules of the Game, 2003 “Forget the climate change detractors. Those who deny climate change science are an irritant but unimportant.”
Saif al Islam’s thesis, 2007, which was written with a little help from his friends and won him plaudits from the LSE.
Extract from Hansard, European Arrest Warrant, 2001 immediately prior to signing The Laeken Declaration.
Statewatch 2010: An assault on human rights and national sovereignty The EAW: “Vague & general provisions… the combined abolition of dual criminality and territoriality requirements represents… a fundamental threat to the rule of law…”
The Anglo-French Pond, 2008/9 “A Franco-British cross-disciplinary research programme: Towards a shared vision of management of a crowded multiple-use space.”
Towards a more secure society & increased industrial competitiveness, 2009 Check out the Table of Contents – Acronyms ‘R Us. Covers ADABTS, AMASS, and surveillance & control in general. Special mention for BeSeCu – “Human behaviour in crisis situations: A cross-cultural investigation in order to tailor security-related communication”.
Summary of the European Commission’s PNR proposals. Passenger Name Record/Passenger Number Recognition. More surveillance.
Letter from Andrew Duff to Buzek, President of the EP (Click to enlarge, as usual)

(Website of Andrew Duff, LibDem MEP)
Living Together: Combining diversity & freedom in 21st Century Europe, 2011
EU Commission spending on private jets, luxury hotels and drinks receptions, 2011. They’re surely on a different planet.
Peter Oborne’s: Guilty Men, 2011
Last, but not least: A positive vision of Great Britain outside the EU.

I hope this works – I’ve used Google Docs. Tomorrow I’ll be checking out my Politics pdfs so take cover 🙂

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Hanningfield re-arrested

Lord Hanningfield, who was released earlier this week after serving only three months of a nine-month jail term for fraudulent accounting, has been re-arrested by Essex Police.

Hanningfield was originally jailed for fiddling almost £14k of expenses while he was sitting in the House of Lords and Leader of Essex County Council. It looks as though he’s been double-dipping into the public purse and charging twice for travel/accommodation expenses.

He’s been released on bail until next year. Let’s hope that if he’s found guilty he serves more than three months this time since he seems to be a serial cheat and re-offender. He’s another public servant who steals because they feel they’re “entitled.”

Hanningfield Re-arrested

Lord Hanningfield, who was released earlier this week after serving only three months of a nine-month jail term for fraudulent accounting, has been re-arrested by Essex Police.

Hanningfield was originally jailed for fiddling almost £14k of expenses while he was sitting in the House of Lords and Leader of Essex County Council. It looks as though he’s been double-dipping into the public purse and charging twice for travel/accommodation expenses.

He’s been released on bail until next year. Let’s hope that if he’s found guilty he serves more than three months this time since he seems to be a serial cheat and re-offender. He’s another public servant who steals because they feel they’re “entitled.”

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.

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.

Gleanings

Accompanying audio:

9 months for stealing £14,000 from the taxpayer – 6 counts of false accounting – try it yourself sometime
The Netherlands calls time on multi-culturalism
Two Italian banks suspended from trading
Banks trade in food, people go hungry
Six triggers for the break-up of the euro
InterReg – still not mainstream
Mayflower MkII – religious persecution
MPs don’t like IPSA recording phone conversations “for monitoring & training purposes”
Poland gets back into line

Don’t forget to keep an eye on this: MPs exempt from tax avoidance

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