Saturday, May 05, 2012

National Disgust demonstrated in UK elections!

Max Hastings in the Daily Mail writes about the Local Elections horror most ably from here.


Blogger strapworld said...

Thank you for the link.. However in none of the British newspapers will you find any of the following facts:-
The fact that the European Investment Bank (EiB) is preparing for the break up of the euro by allowing Greek businesses to repay loans in its former currency, the drachma, was barely publicised by the media this week. Greece's Public Poert Corporation is the first to agree to the currency clause in return for a £55m loan from the EBI.

There was little comment on the EU commissioner Lazslo Andor's proposal for a relaxation on work restrictions for Eastern Europeans either.

Hardly a whisper in protest was heard about the order, by EU chiefs, to give millions of foreigners full access to NHS healthcare. The EU has ordered the UK government to scrap current rules stating that jobless EU citizens cannot stay in the country for more than three months unless they have their own health insurance. The decision could cost taxpayers around £1 billion a year.

As a generous country there is little doubt many would not object to any foreign visitor receiving emergency medical attention. Other EU countries reciprocate but most do not hesitate to charge for any additional services required or provided.

Both the English and Scottish health services are bursting at the seams. It's time we grasped the nettle and took back full control of our own islands.

But Cameron will simply tug his forelock and comply.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Martin said...

Yes Indeed Strapworld, a timely reminder that the important elections take place on the continent this weekend, the sham we have witnessed on Thursday/Friday being just that.

Those who think what happens in France is not their concern should look at what Lafarge (our biggest supplier) is getting up to with Tarmac!

Remember Blue Circle, now only relevant as a bruised ring where we have been screwed, if you will excuse the rather rude analogy!

11:24 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

I find articles from Hastings distinctly suspect. In 1998 I remember him saying that the Blair way looked to be the future. He is part of the autocracy that governs us and therefore he is not ‘one of us’.
Nowhere does he acknowledge the dead hand of the EU in our troubles, forcing us to pay more for energy, water, VAT at 20% minimum, immigrants from the EU on the NHS and virtually every aspect of our lives. He has suddenly noticed that UKIP has taken 14% of the votes in some areas as a response to the governments problems with the EU. The problems are not new. The Conservatives lost the last election because of Cameron’s reneging on a referendum on the Constitutional Treaty/Lisbon. He has never recovered apart from a brief upturn when some people thought he had reacted to stop an ‘EU Treaty’ when what he wanted to avoid was having a referendum on any new arrangement in Europe that would amend the treaties. Any referendum on Europe would shatter the coalition and the Conservative Party.
I would be grateful if you would enlarge on Lafarge’s activities, which I presume are in the cement market, but they are also a player in aggregates as are Tarmac. There is no major aggregates company that is UK owned.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Martin said...


I note your comments on Hastings. It is such a common event to see the EU so lightly attacked that I confess I barely notice these days.

The article that particularly raised my ire on Lafarge and as it also happens Tarmac, came from OMAN and it is here:

5:02 PM  
Blogger Robert said...


Thanks for the link about Lafarge and Tarmac. This seems to be a normal move in the aggregates industry in the UK, with Lafarge who are big in cement and plaster board as well as quarrying, ready mix and asphalt getting together with Tarmac who are bigger in quarrying(aggregates), ready mix and asphalt but lack the cement production. About 12 years ago Tarmac bought a smaller independent aggregates company and was forced to sell off some quarries to maintain a balance of suppliers into the market particularly in North Wales and the North West of England. The tie up of Lafarge and Tarmac seems logical as Lafarge is not a particularly large producer of aggregates.

11:38 PM  

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