Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Dreadful deceit from Britain's Foreign Secretay
Saturday, January 27, 2007
After John Major and Tony Blair Britain sinks to the Bottom
The list of 191 countries was compiled by the U.S. travel magazine International Living using nine criteria - cost of living, culture and leisure, economy, environment, freedom, health, infrastructure, safety, and climate.
At least we have the consolation of knowing British taxes have been well spent in making our closest neighbour France, number one!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Losing liberties with lying legalese.
No vote on EU Constitution for Britain
The British public could be denied a say over the European Constitution, Downing Street has suggested.
Officials said it was not necessary to hold a referendum over the issue.
No 10's apparent surrender could mean Britain giving up voting powers and the right to veto crucial areas of EU policy....
.....a spokesman admitted that a pared-down document could be nodded through by MPs to make an enlarged EU work more effectively. He added: "We think the best European Constitution is a simple constitution.
"The result of a simple constitution would be that we would not have to hold a referendum."
Europe Minister Geoff Hoon is known to be sympathetic to French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy's plan for a "mini constitution" that would still contain many of the elements rejected by Dutch and French voters in 2005.
This would include a permanent EU president, permanent foreign minister and a massive extension of majority voting in areas such as justice and home affairs and give the EU the right to sign treaties for the first time in history.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
A new anti-EU site
Friday, January 19, 2007
Perverting the course of justice?
Angus MacNeil, the Scottish National party MP whose complaints helped spark the inquiry, described one of the alleged offences - perverting the course of justice - as "particularly interesting".
"Water is now lapping around Blair's neck," he said.
"This investigation is now right inside the door of Number 10.
"Over 90 people have now been interviewed, including Ruth Turner in September.
"The plot seems to be thickening the longer the investigation goes on.
"For one of the alleged offences to be 'suspicion of perverting the course of justice' is particularly interesting, perhaps suggesting some sort of behind-the-scenes cover-up.
Downing Street Arrest
Merging Britain with France, Spain and Portugal
Documents associés :
Anti-EU Meeting in London
Thursday, January 18, 2007
EU Banana Regulations
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Ex German President mourns Democracy
Sunday, January 14, 2007
Waste and incompetence
Estonia's soldiers get better care than ours
Sean Langan's chilling filmed reports from Afghanistan for Channel Four's Dispatches last week showed British troops hopelessly overstretched and ill-equipped to fight a guerrilla war with the fanatical Taliban. In particular they highlighted the inadequacy of the unarmoured Land Rovers in which our soldiers have to patrol, and in which not a few have died.
One telling detail was the sight of a wounded British soldier having to be rescued by Estonian troops in a properly protected Mamba personnel carrier. This was one of the nine bought by Estonia last summer, when the Ministry of Defence sold off the 14 Mambas – bought for £4.5 million for use in Bosnia — for a mere £44,000. Four others, sold to a security firm, Blackwater, are now being successfully used to give US officers and officials safe passage on the dangerous road between Baghdad airport and the city.
Last July, as was reported here, our defence procurement minister, Lord Drayson, was caught out more than once misleading the House of Lords over these Mambas, claiming "we judged the size and mobility of the vehicle not to be appropriate to the needs of our Armed Forces today". Yet months later, when one of our men is injured, he has to be moved to safety by one of these same Mambas flogged off by the MoD for peanuts, because the Land Rovers the MoD prefers are wholly inadequate to the task.
Isn't it time all the ministers responsible for this horrible scandal resigned, led by the Prime Minister?
Friday, January 12, 2007
Blair's Plymouth speech on Defence Again!
Britain does both. We should stay that way. But how do we gain the consent to do it?"
========================="Public opinion will be divided, feel that the cost is too great, the campaign too long, and be unnerved by the absence of "victory" in the normal way they would reckon it. They will be constantly bombarded by the propaganda of the enemy, often quite sympathetically treated by their own media, to the effect that it's really all "our", that is the West's fault." ========================== "The risk here - and in the US where the future danger is one of isolationism not adventurism - is that the politicians decide it's all too difficult and default to an unstated, passive disengagement, that doing the right thing slips almost unconsciously into doing the easy thing. Many countries are already in this position. But the consequences for Britain are hugely significant. Before we know it and without anyone ever really deciding it, in a strategic way, the "hard" part of British foreign policy could be put to one side; the Armed Forces relegated to an essentially peacekeeping role and Britain's reach, effect and influence qualitatively reduced." =========================== "The covenant between Armed Forces, Government and people has to be renewed. For our part, in Government, it will mean increased expenditure on equipment, personnel and the conditions of our Armed Forces; not in the short run but for the long term." =========================== The last quote is of course the most crucial, especially as the next PM is still most likely to be the Chancellor of the Exchequer, he who has woefully under-financed our armed forces for the kind of grandiose plans put in place by he who made this speech!
Another Blair speech on defence
Pictures of the EU's emerging military police force
Number 10 Petition to quit the EU
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
In March 1945 Charles de Gaulle said
“Oradour-sur-Glane is the symbol of the calamities of the country. The memory must be kept alive, for a similar calamity must never occur again.”The earlier linked site has a detailed description of the dreadful events of those summer days 'In a Ruined State' and the author Michael Williams, makes the following point in his conclusions: Any political system that is non-democratic places an enormous burden of responsibility onto the leader(s). If they say that they know best and that the rest should simply follow their lead, then theirs is the power and the glory, as is also the potential blame and odium. Man is an obedient animal; history shows us that. A leader can command his followers to do his will and normally they will do so. Under a democracy if the people do not like the way things turn out, they can change the leaders on a routine basis, under a dictatorship things can only get worse. A question, rather than a conclusion that I shall leave for you the reader to answer yourself is: Who is ultimately responsible, the people who elect a dictator to power, the dictator, or his minions who in believing the message to be right carry out his wishes? Yesterday two more countries joined the European Union making the total number of former nation states in that pointless, power-crazed conglomerstate a frightening total of twenty seven. Also yesterday, Germany, the most populace and powerful former nation now within the EU took over the six month rotating Presidency of that non-democratic organisation. Forgive the past by all means, but do not forget the facts nor ignore the lessons. France today is heading for its Presidential elections in the spring. Both likely main contenders Ségolène Royal and Nicolas Sarkozy seem to be prepared to ignore their compatriots' rejection of the EU Constitutional Treaty as an irrelevance and pitch their future policies towards convenience of EU administration rather than a readiness to defend the democracy that alone can protect us from tyranny. Twenty-six other ex-democracies will be looking to the French to prevent such a disaster. Perhaps both Madame Royal and Monsieur Sarkozy should visit Oradour ........ hopefully they will by then find the Memorial Centre re-opened! If not a quiet walk through the ruins should concentrate their minds.