Monday, February 26, 2007

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Hello, Elephant in the room!

Plans for a new 10,000-strong army of specially trained border police – to be funded in part by scrapping Tony Blair's £20 billion national identity card scheme – will be announced by David Cameron today.

Addressing the Metropolitan Police Service Marine Support Unit, he will say: "Right now our society is not properly defended against the drug dealers, people smugglers, gun importers and terrorists who find it all too easy to bypass the current system." Telegraph

Hello, knock knock, anyone at home in the Conservative party

The right of every European citizen to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States is enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, adopted in December 2000. The charter also states that these rights 'may' be granted to third-country nationals.

What does the traditional right to free movement for EU citizens entail?

The right to free movement means that every EU citizen is entitled to travel freely around the Member States of the European Union, and settle anywhere within its territory. No special formalities are required to enter an EU country. This fundamental right extends to members of the EU citizen's family, and applies regardless of their situation or the reason for travel or residence.

Unless Cameron is prepared to pack his trunk and say goodbye to the EU circus, then a conservative government cant do border controls.

Saturday, February 24, 2007

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"Citius, Altius, Fortius"

The cost of hosting the 2012 Olympics is rising FASTER than any other in history. The final cost could be HIGHER than £9bn. At £1.8 Billion per ring, there is no STRONGER argument for scraping the whole charade.

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."


Friday, February 23, 2007

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Own Goal

UKIP has announced it could be made bankrupt by legal action.

The electoral commission, responsible for the regulation of political parties and their funding of political campaigns, may call for the monies to be returned in accordance with the law. (Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000)

Donations to the party worth £363, 697 may be returned to the donor, Alan Bown, because he was not on the electoral register between December 2004 and January 2006.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

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va te faire foutre depuis 2005

French presidential candidate and interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy has chastised the 18 countries who have already ratified the EU constitution for discussing European integration without involving France.

At a political rally with around 7,000 supporters in Strasbourg on Wednesday evening (21 February), Mr Sarkozy said "I must express my sadness over the Madrid meeting where for the first time since 1945...European countries met to discuss the future of Europe without France," (Euobserver)

France rejected the European Union constitution by 54 percent in a referendum in 2005 leading to a political conundrum in Europe that member states have been trying to extract themselves from ever since.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

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Welcome to road charging (car of the future)

Car: where would you like to go. 'Enter destination' or 'post code'

Driver: 'Bournemouth'

Car: 'Business or Pleasure'

Driver: 'Business'

Car: The best time to travel will be 6 pm, stopping for one hour at Channock Richard service station. and refuelling at Oxford after the Blue Ford reg YFI 654 BINGO. Cost of road access EUR 95. Press 'Y' to accept 'N'' for decline.

Driver: presses 'Y'

Car: Please insert your National ID card

Driver: inserts ID card

Car: According to your NHS Records you are currently taking cough medicine, your last scheduled dosage was 1 hour ago. Journey Authorisation Declined. Would you like us to recalculate. Press 'Y' yes, 'N' no

Driver: 'Y'

Car: Based on your Medication, the best time to make the journey is 3 AM, Stopping for 1 hr at Knutsford Service area, Refuelling at Oxford after the Pink Honda reg YFI 123 LOTTERY (note 10 mins refuel time only) cost of road access EUR 118. Y' to accept 'N'' for decline.

Driver: 'Y'

Car: According to your Bank Account Records your spouse has just purchased a pair of shoes. You have insufficient funds to make this journey. Journey Authorisation Declined. would you like us to arrange a bank loan. Press 'Y" yes, 'N' no.

Driver: 'Y'

Car: According to our Records, this is not possible at this time, you have reached your loan on disposable income limit, Would you like us to sell your Laptop on EBay. Press 'Y' yes, 'N' no

Driver: 'Y'

Car: We are about to list your Laptop s/no 23456543, would you like us to format the disk before the sale (+ EUR 10) Press 'Y" yes, 'N' no.

Driver: 'N'

Car: Can we remind you that you have one authorised pornography picture of you and your spouse and a letter to your authorised mistress on the PC, are you sure you don't want us to erase this information. Press 'Y' yes, 'N' no

Driver: 'Y'

Car: We have deleted those files and your PC is now listed (+ EUR 10)

Car: The sale was successful, your PC sold for EUR 130, you can now proceed. Press 'Y" yes, 'N' no

Driver: 'Y'

Car: The sale of your laptop has increased your gross annual personal income, you now have to pay 60% tax on future income.

Car: Have a nice day and thank you for contributing to EU funds

Saturday, February 17, 2007

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"R", subtle isn't it

Back in 1972, when The United Kingdom was a sovereign nation state, you know, before we joined the European Union, we used to have a Government Ministry named the Department of Transport (DoT)

Today we have a Department for Transport (DfT)

Neil Herron

Thursday, February 15, 2007

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Tie a ribbon round the old oak

Im coming home Ive blown my mind

Tories considering ribbons as alternative to rosettes

Is this a new strategy for a hung parliament, in which the Conservatives would win the biggest share of the national vote at the next General election and Labour would remain the largest party in the House of Commons.

Solution a Libdem packed

Tie a yellow ribbon 'round the ole oak tree
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The Swiss are once again proclaiming their right to run their own country as they see fit, which includes the various cantons setting their own tax levels. And guess who does not like it. Yes, that's right the European Commission.

Read more at the Eu referendum

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

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Barrosso addresses EU Parliament

This year, we celebrate what the European Union has achieved over the last 50 years


Monday, February 12, 2007

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Fuck off citizens

The government has been embarrassed by a petition against road pricing on the Downing Street website which has now passed the 1.1 mln signature mark

Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander said the government did not have the option of 'doing nothing' to tackle growing congestion on Britain's roads, despite wide opposition to road pricing.

Crucial to government plans is the EU's satellite navigation system Galileo. Now you may be wondering why on earth the EU has spent 3–4 billion Euros on a satellite navigation system when we already have one. Ah, but you see it's an American one, and the EU doesn't like that, they're scared that the US might turn it off. So the EU has spent all those Euros on something that nobody needs. And now that it has spent all that money, the EU intends to make sure that there is something that Galileo can make money from. And you're it.

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State funding (political parties)

Sir Hayden Philips, the former senior civil servant now reviewing how the parties are financed, is actively considering a huge increase in state funding for political parties. Under the plans, state funding would reportedly soar from about £6 million now to as much as £28 million. (Telegraph)

Constitutionally, State funding of political parties is illegal

Article 8 of the BILL OF RIGHTS [1689] states:

'That election of members of parliament ought to be free'.

“Free” elections are elections free from interference by the state.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

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Tooting Cameron

David Cameron was drawn into new controversy over drugs after reports that he smoked cannabis when a schoolboy at Eton. (The Mail on Sunday)

Cameron faced repeated questioning over his previous experience of drugs during the campaign for the Conservative leadership in 2005, after he refused to say whether he had ever used illicit substances.

In a TV interview then, he said: "I'm allowed to have had a private life before politics in which we make mistakes and we do things that we should not and we are all human and we err and stray."

He hinted he had taken drugs by saying he had had a 'normal' university life, but insisted his right to privacy meant there was no need to give more details.

No doubt he thinks he was allowed to have a 'normal political life' before he became leader of the party.

"I will withdraw the Conservative Party from the EPP by Christmas". (Frimley 23/11/05)


Wednesday, February 07, 2007

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The train at platform one is the 19:39 to Gleiwitz

Today German Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, together with Hartmut Mehdorn, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management of Deutsche Bahn AG, will present an ICE locomotive decorated with the logo of the German EU Presidency.

Hartmut Mehdorn ergänzte: „Europa ist für die Deutsche Bahn AG die Zukunft, denn Grenzen gibt es für uns nicht mehr. Da sind wir gern dem Wunsch gefolgt, dies an vielen Zügen zu zeigen.“

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

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The Code Napoleon

Brussels proposes that national governments will no longer have the full sovereign right to decide what constitutes a crime and what the punishment should be.

A draft paper to be introduced on Thursday (8 January) which has been seen by EUobserver calls for "more dissuasive sanctions for environmentally harmful activities, which typically cause or are likely to cause substantial damage to the air, soil, water, animals or plants".

In this week's piece of legislation, to be introduced by commissioners Franco Frattini (justice and home affairs) and Stavros Dimas (environment), the European Commission argues that environment protection should be adressed through action at EU level.

Is there anybody reading this old enough to remember:

"The house as a whole may therefore be reassured that there is no question of this bill (The European Communities Bill 1972) making a thousand years of British law subservient to the Code Napoleon".
Mr. Geoffrey Rippon, Hansard, 15 Feb 1972. Pg.270.

"Our sovereignty cannot be bartered away by the Solicitor General, or even by the Prime Minister, because it is not theirs to give. I speak not only of the sovereignty of this house, but also of the higher sovereignty of the British people".
Mr Alfred Morris MP. Hansard, 17 Feb 1972 Pg. 727-8.

"There are some in this country who fear that in going into Europe we shall in some way sacrifice independence and sovereignty. These fears, I need hardly say, are completely unjustified."
Prime Minister Edward Heath, television broadcast on Britain's entry into the Common Market, January 1973.

Monday, February 05, 2007

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The Conservatives have written to Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell to give formal notice that they would scrap identity cards if elected. (BBC)

Shadow home secretary David Davis asked what provision there was to protect against early cancellation costs.

The party has also written to likely major contractors to warn them.

A Downing Street spokesman refused to comment on the Tories' cancellation proposals, as they were "party political". And their attentions are directed to more important issues.


Iain Dale has a copy of what is alledged to be the text of his letter on his site, which reads as follows:

I am writing to you in relation to the Government's planned roll out of its national identity card scheme, commencing this year. You will be aware that there is a longstanding convention that one Parliament may not bind a subsequent Parliament.As you will also be aware, the Conservative Party has stated publicly that it is our intention to cancel the ID cards project immediately on our being elected to government. You are now formally on notice of our position and fully appraised of the contingent risks and associated liabilities arising from the national identity card scheme.

In light of these risks, I urge you to consider very carefully the government's position, in advance of the roll-out of the scheme later this year. As a matter of financial prudence, it is incumbent upon you to ensure that public money is not wasted, and contractual obligations are not incurred, investing in a scheme with such a high risk of not being implemented. In particular, I would be interested to know what provision, if any has, been made in the relevant contractual arrangements to protect the Government - and public funds - against the costs that would be incurred as a result of early cancellation of the scheme.

David Davis is of course correct, "one Parliament may not bind a subsequent Parliament".

However, any contract entered into with 3rd parties, is on behalf of the CROWN and not government in parliament.

Its this sort of fucked up thinking that got us into the European Union.

For god sake when will the conservative party ever learn.

Perhaps he needs to read a copy of the EC Convention on the Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations

Article 17 - No retrospective effect.
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Hungarian Turkey


1 turkey chef
2 Tbsps. all purpose flour
1 Tbsp. paprika
1-1/4 lbs. turkey breast fillets, cut into 2 inch pieces
1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. olive oil

Combine flour, paprika, and salt and pepper to taste in a mixing bowl. Lightly dust turkey and set aside. Heat oil in a heavy nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Sauté turkey 2-4 minutes, stirring frequently, until lightly browned. Transfer turkey chef to Suffolk

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A major investigation into possible links between the Suffolk bird flu outbreak and a similar one in Hungary is under way. Guardian

and dont forget, free movement of people is a basic pillar of the European Union

Sunday, February 04, 2007

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Gangsters, a Moll, and the 'G'-man

A Very British Organised Crime Syndicate

SCOTLAND YARD detectives who are investigating the cash for honours scandal have uncovered a private meeting held last summer at which key Downing Street aides allegedly plotted a cover-up.

The meeting was attended by four of Tony Blair’s closest aides, including Jonathan Powell, his chief of staff, Lord Levy, Labour’s chief fundraiser, John McTernan, director of political operations, and Ruth Turner, a senior adviser. (Sunday Times)

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THREE businessmen who secretly loaned Labour millions of pounds have links to the Smith Insititute, which is being investigated over its ties to Gordon Brown.

Rod Aldridge, former head of Capita, a government contractor, Sir Christopher Evans, the biotech tycoon, and Lord Sainsbury, the former science minister, all attended Smith Institute functions where they were lauded by the chancellor.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

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Blair with wallet, for honour in the study

Senior Labour figures fear the Crown Prosecution Service will be under intense pressure to bring criminal charges over the cash for honours scandal because of the fevered atmosphere surrounding the long-running police investigation.

The prime minister, who has been interviewed as a witness for a second time, is said to be confident that he will not face prosecution despite the dramatic events over the last week which saw two of the key figures, Lord Levy, his full-time fundraiser, and his political gatekeeper, Ruth Turner, arrested under suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

No 10 is still confident that police do not have evidence that could prove the sale of honours for political purposes. But the arrest of Lord Levy and Ms Turner has raised the prospect that police are investigating a cover-up, and some Labour sources fear charges could follow.

The Guardian has learned that the police investigation took a dramatic turn because of a surprise discovery of additional information previously unknown to the police. It is understood that a senior figure in No 10 subject to a series of interviews revealed some fresh information.
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Bullets & Buggery but no Baccy

When you are 17 you can take a bullet for Tony, but you cant smoke a cigarette because that might kill you.

UK guilty of sending 'child soldiers' to Iraq
The Ministry of Defence has admitted that army commanders were put under pressure by successive deployments to Iraq and as a result broke international rules by sending soldiers who had not yet reached their 18th birthday. The Scotsman

No doubt Lord Goldsmith said it was legal

Friday, February 02, 2007

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Ahmed Abu Laban

Ahmed Abu Laban, Denmark's most prominent Muslim leader and a central figure in last year's uproar over the Prophet Muhammad cartoons, has died from cancer.

Carlsberg B shares were up 15 at 600.
Danisco added 1 to 463.
Danske Bank added 0.5 to 264
Topdanmark rose 5 to 1,036 and TrygVesta was up 1.5 at 471.5.
AP Moeller-Maersk B ended the session 1,500 higher at 59,000

Thursday, February 01, 2007

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The Sith in State

An inquiry has been opened into the charitable status of the Smith Institute following complaints by Guido Fawkes over its reported links with Chancellor Gordon Brown. The charity-commission statement can be read HERE

The Conservative Party response State funding of charities?
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The Air Passenger Duty increases that were announced by Gordon Brown in the Pre-Budget report on the 7th of December, came into effect today

The problem is that neither the airlines nor the government have the legal right to collect the increased duty.

There is a constitutional clause in law,

Edw. II 1322 Revocatio Novarum Ordinationum
"Ordinances or provisions concerning the King and the realm made by subjects shall be void and none such shall be made except by the King, Lords and Commons in Parliament".

The Prince's Case (1606) 8 Co Rep 1A; 77 ER 481; [1606] EWHC Ch J6 A document on the Parliamentary Roll is conclusive as to its validity as an Act if it shows on its face that everything has been done which the common law of the United Kingdom has prescribed for the making of an Act of Parliament - that the Queen, the Lords and the Commons have assented to it: "If an Act be penned, that the King with the assent of the Lords, or with the assent of the Commons, it is no Act of Parliament for three ought to assent to it scil. The King, the Lords and the Commons."

This was reiterated in the Bill of Rights of 1689 the government cannot raise taxes without enacting legislation.

That levying money for or to the use of the Crown by pretence of prerogative, without grant of Parliament, for longer time, or in other manner than the same is or shall be granted, is illegal;

This clause was confirmed by the ruling in the case of Bowles v. Bank of England [1913] where Parker J. ruled
By the statute 1 W. & M., usually known as the Bill of Rights, it was finally settled that there could be no taxation in this country except under authority of an Act of Parliament. The Bill of Rights still remains unrepealed, and no practice or custom, however prolonged, or however acquiesced in on the part of the subject, can be relied on by the Crown as justifying any infringement of its provisions. It follows that, with regard to the powers of the Crown to levy taxation, no resolution, either of the Committee for Ways and Means or of the House itself, has any legal effect whatever. Such resolutions are necessitated by a parliamentary procedure adopted with a view to the protection of the subject against the hasty imposition of taxes, and it would be strange to find them relied on as justifying the Crown in levying a tax before such tax is actually imposed by Act of Parliament.

Seems the wings are going to come off this little flight of fancy

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Gutenmorgen-Frau Merkel

Britain will refuse to sign up to minor changes in the running of the European Union unless it secures a pledge that there will be no revival of the European constitution, The Times has learnt.

Tony Blair and Gordon Brown have agreed that the Government should take a tough line to avoid the constitution dominating British politics for the two years leading up to the next election.

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