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Anti-Semitism is it a by-product of the EU? What now?
Sunday, February 22, 2004
A First Anniversary look at Europe
Ironies will be one year old tomorrow. Time to consider why I blog and whether or not I should continue?
As the European Union broadens and deepens, and refuses to confront the consequences of its non-democratic structures; instead substituting individual freedoms and pride in national achievements with a false sense of 'Europeanness' and affection for symbols and anthems that strike no chords in peoples' hearts, a strange tendency towards unspoken and therefore hypocritical intolerance is in danger of being fostered among its people.
Lack of accountability from its leaders, with the blurred edges of responsibility between national and european bodies, allows festering sores to grow within society as exampled by the decision last week to expel 25,000 failed asylum seekers from Holland. Politicians both national and european are therefore inevitably being seen as the cause of the problems and increasingly also sickeningly corrupt.
In a church in Toulouse, the Christmas before last, I saw around a nativity scene and in various other parts of the church, supposed Christmas decorations in the form of drawings and paintings from school-children, who I would guess would have been aged between seven and twelve, depicting in gruesome detail scenes from the Middle-East that could only be described as 'bloodily anti-semitic'. I was horrified and the memory and fear of the consequences of such subliminal propaganda has no doubt been sometimes reflected in the postings to this blog.
The following report is taken from "The Times" and must serve as a warning to us all:-
EU challenged to stamp out anti-Semitism
From Rory Watson in Brussels
JEWISH leaders challenged the European Union yesterday to begin a campaign to remove the 'monster' of anti-Semitism from the Continent. Cobi Benatoff, president of the European Jewish Congress, told a meeting of political, religious and community leaders that the history of prejudice and persecution that had afflicted Jews through the centuries was repeating itself. "We bring a warning cry. We European Jews are not able to live our daily lives like other European citizens. Anti-Semitism and prejudice have returned," he said. "The monster is here with us once again and what most concerns us is the in- difference of our fellow European citizens." He insisted that the EU could not allow anti-Semitism to survive and grow. The call for action came against the background of an increase in attacks on Jews and their property in countries including France, Italy, Belgium and Britain. Elie Wiesel, the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, yesterday accused left-wing groups of fuelling the climate of hate with provocative language against Israel. "No country, no region and no person is above criticism. But what the extreme Left is saying about Israel is couched in the language of the Holocaust," he said. In a newspaper article last month, Mr Benatoff and Edgar Bronfman, president of the World Jewish Congress, had attacked the European Commission for not doing more to confront the problem. "Anti-Semitism can be expressed in two ways: by action and inaction. Remarkably, the European Commission is guilty of both,? they wrote. In particular they criticised the Commission for publishing a survey indicating that European public opinion believed that Israel was a greater threat to world peace than the 'axis of evil' trio of Iran, Iraq and North Korea. They also accused it of preventing publication of a study by the Vienna-based monitoring centre on racism and xenophobia, which linked Islamic minority groups to the rise of anti-Semitism. Romano Prodi, the Commission President, whose first foreign visit after taking office in 1999 was to the remains of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz in Poland and who has developed close links with Jewish leaders, was outraged by the criticism. Mr Benatoff praised Signor Prodi yesterday for his 'courage, vision and wisdom', and urged him to lead the fight. Speaking at the meeting, Signor Prodi condemned attacks against synagogues, desecration of Jewish cemeteries and physical assaults on Jews. But he spoke forcefully against the danger of equating recent incidents with the organised policies pursued by Hitler and Stalin.
The number of anti-Semitic attacks in Britain increased by 7 per cent last year. There were 375 incidents recorded, compared with 350 the previous year.The worst month of 2003 was October, when 57 incidents were recorded, the second highest monthly total since records began in 1984.
The EU is taking Europe in a direction that its citizens are increasingly showing signs of not wishing to go. The history of the continent stands witness to the lack of importance European leaders are inclined give to the wishes or best interests of its citizens. It also shows that its peoples can periodically be led in directions for which they later feel great shame.
I do not hold that any one religion has greater truths or worth than any other, nor do I believe that any race or nation nor any colour of person has a monopoly or preponderence of virtues or vices than any other. I support the nation state not from nationalism or excess of patriotism, but rather because history has so far demonstrated that the presently existing nation states have generally speaking proved to be the largest units able to uphold the democratic rights and freedoms of their individual citizens. I believe therefore that the nation state needs protecting and that the open threats now being mounted against its structures, particularly by the European Union, represent the greatest possible danger to all European citizens, their individual rights, democratic liberties and the fundamental decency that can only flow from the maintenance of such values through an open democratic system, where the real rulers can at regular set intervals be bloodlessly approved or removed!
I do believe the revolution in information technology provides huge opportunities to extend the democratic element of major policy making and decision taking, and am dismayed that no attempt is yet being made to apply those opportunities in the growing intranational bodies that are becoming an increasingly burdensome part of everyday life due to the demands of globalisation.
Tomorrow, the first anniversary of my first post, I will review the past year on this blog!
posted by Martin at 2/22/2004 05:09:00 AM
Friday, April 11, 2014
Millennium Blitzkrieg - How close 20 years on?
Millennium BlitzkriegMy only novel, written during the very different decade of the 1990s, was designed to alert readers to what I saw as the growing evil that the European Project seemed on course to become. As the story was set to begin in April 2014 and end on the anniversary of the outbreak of World War One in July, now seems the right moment to compare my dire predictions with present day realities.
The Main Hero and the Villain
The British PM, apparently the hero of the story, is described as if mainly shaped by his Old Etonian past and cloistered upbringing, his shallowness of character steadily appearing as the story develops - with a somewhat surprising strength only emerging as the climax is reached. The villain of the piece, the German Chancellor, male in my tale, seems equally determined as the present incumbent to pursue German control of the European Continent with the same ruthlessness as Kaiser Wilhelm II, one hundred years before this book is set.Part One of the story is introduced with the English Proverb, “Full of courtesy, full of craft”.
The First Ten DaysThe short Prologue describes an incident at sea designed to illustrate the disregard for life and international law the EU at this then predicted forward point in time had grown to display.
The action in the early days of April 2014 is designed to convey the dire straits of the British economy, the vanity and fancies of its Prime Minister, the duplicity and scheming of the French EU Commission President, the real control of markets over the world economy and the virtual enslavement of ordinary people to computerised ATMs and EU control. Sex as the driving force behind the action is beginning to be made clear!
By Friday 11th April 2014, the actual day I now write this blog post, the novel has introduced the characters who will restore democracy to the EU and hinted at the means whereby such a resolution is made possible.
I will continue this backward look as we progress towards July 2014 and the novel’s end.I will post this on my @IroniesToo Twitter account using the #MillBlitz tag, should readers be interested in comments or discussion
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
British Government did plan to downplay Anzac WWI Role
Monday, November 18, 2013
Quantitative Easing: The Pestilence Poisoning Probity
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Europe's Illness Illustrated in Images
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Are YOU content for the EU & UK politicos to be party to every detail of your life?
Did YOUR MP agree to implement this EU Directive or did they object? Why not ask Him or Her?
The EU Data Retention DirectiveThe UK is in full compliance with this EU wide Directive, and is one of the countries who most often access and act upon the information obtained as a result of it. It does this with little or no judicial oversight, and over 200 agencies and police have been authorized to access personal data logged by ISPs and VPN providers, including the following:
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Independence or Oppression by China or a New Hansa?
The Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549, read here, the spark for which was a religious matter, was more likely a punitive venture by the dying Hanseatic League into the home territories of the adventurers and seafarers, who along with their colleagues from Brittany, Gascony/SW France; the Basque Country and Navarre were challenging their hegemony and the rights of Spain to keep the New World trade all to itself. The British Crown and City Corporation seem to have then been under Hanseatic control, which was not broken until the reign of Elizabeth I, and the establishment of the Exeter Guild of Merchant Adventurers, in the earliest years of her reign; read here in pdf.
Will Britain fight the growing world trade power of China from within the EU, so remaining under similar non-democratic control as applies in China itself? Or can we once again cast aside the shackles of continental hegemony and unite with the heirs of such Merchant Adventurers everywhere, new enemies of despotic collectivism, often still living along both coastal reigions of the North Atlantic, while restoring where necessary, our own sovereign democracy. That, IMHO is the issue of our times!
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Protecting Value in a World of QE & Fiat Currencies
To complement that posting, I would here like to review another publication, which while touching upon some similar aspects of our slide towards EU tyranny, more explicitly highlights the wealth destroying aspects of this voracious new form of collective despotism, some have chosen to label post democracy.
Saxo Bank have issued a series of papers under the generalised heading: "Trading Debates White Papers". To provide a general feel of the stature of the authors and the direct pithiness of the views expressed I first offer a few quotes:
Chapter One by Lars Seier Christiansen "Merkel's Lack of Vision is the Achilles' Heel of Europe" 'To be loyal towards your rulers in Brussels and disloyal to your own population often equals a great job and plenty of distinctions and stars, along with the illusion of political significance among your friends.'
Chapter Two by Vaclav Klaus "The Shattering of Illusions" 'On the contrary, Western Europe eagerly and voluntarily accepted die Soziale Marktwirkschaft (the Social Market economy). This unproductive, paternalistic, excessively over-regulated socio-economic system became further decimated in the following decades by the arrival of the market-hostile green ideolody of environmentalism.'
'Greece made one fatal error-- to enter the Eurozone.'
'..their way of thinking was evidently based on an almost communistic type of reasoning.'
'The EU has conquered Europe and deprived it of its democracy.'
Chapter Three by Nigel Farage "Is the UK Better Off Outside the EU" 'It is a tragedy that for the sake of an experiment, tens of millions of people in Southern Europe are being forced into poverty and misery.'
(On Cameron and Coalition) 'This is clearly a Prime Minister not in control and a government in total disarray'
'The EU is not just undemocratic it is fundamentally anti-democratic'
The above I believe gives an ample taste of the quality of the comment and depths of the criticism of the EU; but there then follows paper after paper of financial advice from various experts at the Saxo Bank on the cost implications of the disaster now clearly underway, as laid out in the earlier papers. These titles cover a range of subjects, for example, "Is Merkel's Victory Europe's Wake-up Call?" through QE, the Euro and the Oil Markets to end bang up to date with a questioning paper entitled, "Forward Guidance, the Latest Fad".
All the above conclusions, of course, were predicted on my various blogs for more than ten years, but here in one downloadable file, ready for reading at will, (with the consequences which I previously could merely foretell), are now detailed as fait accompli.
There are limited free copies available at this website: www.tradingdebates.com Eventually, I hope the "White Papers" may also be put on sale, in which case I will post details on this blog.
I left the world of oil and gas trading long ago, but were I a trader today, it would be a comfort to know that there was a financial institution with such clear insight on the state of the West, offering tools to try and preserve value, in such uncertain times, and with such faltering and misguided political leadership as we see today all across the EU!
NB: Martin Cole has no connections with Saxo Bank nor has he received payment of any kind in writing this freely offered review! Nor has it been submitted to Saxo Bank nor to the Authors of the quoted papers, for their prior review. Like all else on my blogs and Twitter, it is what I think, that's all!
Saturday, October 12, 2013
The EU Conspirators compound their treason
This blog has from time to time posted in full the thoughts and writings of retired JP Anne Palmer. We do so again today. As it is the weekend, please find time to read it and give it as wide a circulation as you feel able. We "the people" are the victims, but will only obtain redress by acting together to protest in the greatest possible numbers:
This Government, a little while before the new Royal Baby was born, changed (allegedly) nine separate parts of our Constitution-I believe, to be in keeping with the EU’s Equality Act, although this was denied by the Government. There is no explanation other than for the EU Equality Act.
I wrote three separate letters in three separate months to the Prime Minister regarding the proposed changes. (20. 2.2013. 23. 3. 2013. 15.4.2013.) I had no reply until AFTER the Succession to the Crown Bill became an ACT. As the Commonwealth Countries had agreed to these then proposed changes-which I was already aware of through our Prime Ministers and Mr Hague’s attendance at the Commonwealth meetings.
No new written constitution can be entrenched or dislodge Magna Carta and the Declaration and Bill of Rights 1688/1689. However, what Parliament does, Parliament can undo.
Also made clear is that the use of the Prerogative Power may not be subversive of the rights and liberties of the subject. (Which includes the people’s Bill of Rights and Magna Carta of course (See case of Nichols v Nicholes, “Prerogative is created for the benefit of the people and cannot be exercised to their prejudice”) The Bill of Rights 1689 is a declaration of Common law. It is also an operative statute and it contains the Oath of Allegiance, which is required by Magna Carta to be taken by all Crown servants including members of the Armed Forces, MP's and the Judiciary. They are required also to "take into consequence anything to the detriment of the subjects liberties”. The Monarch is constitutionally bound to respect the Common Laws, which are recognised in Magna Carta and declared in the Bill of Rights and so bound by Her Majesty's Coronation Oath. The Royal Prerogatives of the Crown and Parliament were set by Common Law and cannot be lawfully infringed by them. Each British Subject from the moment they are born here in the UK is bound by an Oath of Allegiance to the Crown and this country, just as if that person has declared so out loud.
I quote Lord Renton when he said (Lords Hansard 20th July6 2000) “My Lords, before the noble Lord sits down, perhaps I might mention one point in relation to his fascinating speech. He suggests that we should amend Magna Carta. We cannot do that. Magna Carta was formulated before we ever had a Parliament. All that we can do is to amend that legislation which, in later years when we did have a Parliament, implemented Magna Carta”.
Anne Palmer. JP Retired
The oath of allegiance has its origins in the Magna Carta, signed on 15 June 1215.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
HS2 type Hi-Speed Rail Works in the Charente
More to follow, these showing a three tunnel overpass on a quiet road to handle the spur line to Angoulême near Roullet
Monday, October 07, 2013
Why Cameron wants to push EU Referendum beyond 31st March 2017
On the 1st November 2014 the right of Parliament to legislate over us in 43 areas, the important ones, will be removed and be made subject to approval, by majority vote of the lying undemocratic and unelected bastards fronting the EU.
They call it QMV, Quality Majority Voting, which translates in English to: You’ll do what we tell you, or else.
Heath – Thatcher – Major – Blair – Brown, are all, by allowing this, acting in High Treason, but as every important Government post is now held by an EU Common Purpose trained thug, waiting to take over from elected local government officials from 1st November 2014, there seems to be little we can do about it.
Below, are the 43 areas of ‘competence’, areas we British have been declared incompetent to decide for ourselves.
Make a note of the last one because it says we cannot leave the EU unless the other members allow it.
On 1st November 2014 the following areas of competence will switch from requiring unanimous approval of all member states to qualified majority voting only:
(43) Initiatives of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Administrative co-operation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Asylum – Nice: QMV; Lisbon: QMV
Border controls – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Citizens' initiative regulations – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Civil protection – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Committee of the Regions – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Common defence policy – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Crime prevention incentives – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Criminal judicial co-operation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Criminal law – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Culture – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Diplomatic & Consular protection – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
Economic & Social Committee – Nice: QMV Lisbon: QMV
Emergency international aid – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
Energy – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
EU budget – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Eurojust – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
European Central Bank – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
European Court of Justice – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Europol – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Eurozone external representation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Foreign Affairs High Representative election – Lisbon: QMV
Freedom of movement for workers – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Freedom to establish a business – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon QMV
Freedom, security, justice, co-operation & evaluation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Funding the Common Foreign & Security Policy – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
General economic interest services – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Humanitarian aid – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Immigration – Nice: QMV; Lisbon: QMV
Intellectual property – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Organisation of the Council of the EU – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Police co-operation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
President of the European Council election – Lisbon: QMV
Response to natural disasters & terrorism – Lisbon: QMV
Rules concerning the Armaments Agency – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Self-employment access rights – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Social Security Unanimity – Nice: QMV; Lisbon: QMV
Space – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Sport – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Structural & Cohension Funds – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Tourism – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Transport – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Withdrawal of a member state – Lisbon: QMV
Monday, September 30, 2013
A Worrying Week for the Western World
Italy faces a vote of no confidence in its Government.
Britain's oldest political party has been abandoned by its natural supporters and at a demonstration against the party at its annual conference has appeared to be filtering the live news feed to its once respected state broadcasting corporation, the BBC.
Germany lacks a government following an election campaign where the true economic issues facing the Euro and thus the EU were obscured from the voters. Thereby neutering the entire EU from confronting the problems now facing Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Italy, Spain and others.
Greece has arrested democratically elected MPs for belonging to a criminal organisation which appears to refer to the political party attaining recent popular electoral success.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Questions for the UK Labour Party
A man has a good harvest but the price of a loaf is less than his costs, will he sell his excess for a loss?
Energy has a cost, regardless of its source, can it realistically be sold at less than that cost. Were the government fund those losses, from whence will they obtain the funds?
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Are Ed Balls' denials of McBride's book credible?
Labels: EdBalls McBride Brown Blair
Monday, September 23, 2013
Europe threatened with German control for the 3rd time in 100years
The fact that less than five per cent of German voters would vote for an alternative to Merkel's policies in recent years is chilling. That fact was announced in the following report on the official election result by Deutsche Welle:
The euroskeptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party took 4.7 percent, meaning that like the FDP, they fell short of the 5 percent hurdle
The Euro will march on to the added misery of all in the Eurozone but also others in the EU.
Friday, September 20, 2013
Blair/Brown How Britain's decency was sold out by New Labour
To begin these links, a report in the Daily Telegraph this morning and another in The Independent of yesterday. I will provide links as appropriate to the Ironies and Ironies Too posts of the time as detail is revealed, hopefully the truth on Dr Kelly will be one such item!
Sunday, August 18, 2013
The Rape of the Countryside by EU Hi-Speed Rail
This first looks north towards the Charente river valley, the lovely hillside on which the old farm on the right sits, is where the white scar of the railway line, for fat bloated and EU corrupted bureaucrats, is being driven. The next two show how close the trains will pass to this farm which sits alongside the ancient Romanesque church at Porcheress:
Once cut through this hillside the track emerges to be elevated close-by the town of Blanzac, where the work continues since several years with many more such lying ahead:
So it continues northwards towards Angoulême and Poitiers; Further shots near Blanzac are here:
Saturday, August 10, 2013
A Summer Afternoon
Read about and see images of some of the interior carvings of the lovely Romanesque church in Conzac, South Charente:
From this link!
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Why EU Decisions must always be sub-Optimal for each Member State
I thought it worth posting these whilst at the same time correcting a typo in my earlier "EU etc., last posting"!
Let's face it the lesson of all these years was, as I made clear in my novel "Millennium Bltzkrieg" written in the mid to late nineteen-nineties, that the EU can only be good for one single former nation and that will be the strongest, all others will suffer, lose their democracy and bear the deep corruption and likely authoritarianism all now apparently for nothing but the wealth of their political leadership (...and power of their seconded nationals to its institutions?)