Monday, May 21, 2007Feel free to copy, there is no copyright on an anoneumouse montage.
Thursday, May 17, 2007Feel free to copy, there is no copyright on an anoneumouse montage.
Building Trust in our dIMocracy
I am truly humbled that so many of my colleagues have nominated me for the leadership of the Labour Party and I formally accept the nomination, the responsibility it brings, and the opportunity to serve the people of Britain.
I will strive to earn your trust.To earn your trust in our schools, in our hospitals, in our public services, and to respond to your concerns. And by listening and learning, I want to become a voice for communities far beyond Westminster, to become a voice for the parent, the patient and the public, whom public services must exist to serve.
When people ask me what I will focus on as Prime Minister:
My passion is English education.
My immediate priority is the English NHS.
The new challenges: affordable housing in England;
Building safe, secure and sustainable communities but not in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales;
And building trust in our diMocracy.
These are my domestic priorities.
New Suite, No Mandate
Wednesday, May 16, 2007Feel free to copy, there is no copyright on an anoneumouse montage.
New suite, No Mandate
Around 8pm tonight, backbencher Andrew Mackinlay became the vital 308th Labour MP to formally nominate the Chancellor, ending the hopes of challenger John McDonnell to gain the 45 nominations he needed to enter the race.
As a Member of Parliament for a Scottish constituency, Gordon Brown has NO MANDATE to legislate for the following in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales
Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Food
Culture, Media and Sport
National Health Service
Local Government and Housing
Trade and Industry
How can he be a legitimate Prime Minister able to legislate in the above for England only.
Saturday, May 12, 2007Feel free to copy, there is no copyright on an anoneumouse montage.
The Metric Martyrs Campaign is launching a petition to call for a posthumous Royal Pardon for Steven Thoburn on behalf of his wife Leigh, and children Rhys, Georgia and Jay, and also to call for pardons for the other three convicted Martyrs, John Dove, Julian Harman and Colin Hunt.
You can sign the petition here
Tuesday, May 08, 2007Feel free to copy, there is no copyright on an anoneumouse montage.
“Monumental victory for Metric Martyrs as the European Commission and the Government abandon enforced Metrication Programme" ...the pound, ounce, yard, foot, the mile and the pint have been saved!"
The European Commission’s Industry Commissioner Gunther Verheugen quietly announced in a meeting on 2nd May 2007 that "dual marking" of goods in imperial and metric will 'continue indefinitely'. Following intense lobbying by the Metric Martyrs Campaign and excellent work with US business by the British Weights and Measures Association, Commissioner Verheugen agreed that imperial measurements are 'good for business.'
The Metric Martyrs submission to the European Commission’s Metrication Consultation can be seen here
We do forgive Conservative MEP Giles Chichester for attempting to claim all the credit for what has undoubtedly been a team effort. I hope that he will join us with his Conservative colleagues to support the request for a Royal Pardon and a public acknowledgement of the Metric Martyrs' patriotic stand.
Papers also released under the Freedom of Information Act to the Metric Martyrs by the Department for Trade and Industry also indicate that the Government and the DtI have performed a screeching u- turn (quietly behind the scenes!) and abandoned plans to abolish imperial measures after 2009. The papers also reveal how concerned they were about the consequences of losing the case back in 2001.
This result represents a monumental victory for the Metric Martyrs who have campaigned tirelessly from their Sunderland office against enforced metrication since the two Sunderland traders, Steve Thoburn and Neil Herron, were first targeted by the authorities way back in 2000.
It is now apparent that the persecution of Steve Thoburn (and subsequently 4 other traders whose cases to the High Court were consolidated into the Thoburn appeal) was politically motivated but the resistance that their defiant stand created forced all the other local authorities to back off and they have been held at bay for 7 years.
Indeed, further information received from a European Commission insider confirms this. He states:"In fact, the Commission were never that interested in banning dual weight marking - the UK government "gold-plated" the directive and our zealous Trading Standards offices did the rest. But the acknowledgement of imperial measures may be linked to Monday's EU/US summit in Washinton, where both sides agreed to strive for a common transatlantic market, described as the biggest deregulation move in history. Trade is currently worth 2.25-trillion euros a year."
It must be remembered that Steve Thoburn always dual-priced and had metric scales.
The Metric Martyrs saw their convictions upheld at the Court of Appeal when Lord Justice Laws ( who hailed from Easington Lane not far from Sunderland and whose mother and sister bought bananas by the pound from Steve) delivered a 'bizarre constitutional' verdict that established the primacy of EU law.
Tragically, Steve died in his wife’s arms of a massive heart attack only days after learning that his appeal to the European Court of Human Rights had been rejected. He had vowed to continue to defy the ‘law’ and continued serving his customers ‘the way they wanted to be served.’
Metric Martyrs Campaign Director, and former fishmonger, Neil Herron states:
“This is a monumental victory for the Metric Martyrs and all who have supported the campaign. It has been ‘People Power’ that has forced the European Commission and the Government to abandon the enforced metrication programme. We have saved the pint, the mile, the yard, the foot as well as pounds and ounces.
We have stood toe to toe with the Council, Government and the EU and won … and shown others that you can stop the tide of EU legislation. Steve Thoburn was the man who drew the line in the sand.
All that remains now for the campaign is to insist on a Royal Pardon to quash the criminal conviction that Steve took with him to the grave. He should never have been prosecuted and ALL the authorities knew that it should never have happened. The public had never wanted or asked for imperial measures to be abolished and no political party had ever put it in their manifesto that they intended to criminalise the use of imperial measures.
The name of Steve Thoburn will be chiselled into the pages of the history books.
The day they seized his scales was the beginning of the end of the EU.”
Friday, May 04, 2007Feel free to copy, there is no copyright on an anoneumouse montage.
Our electoral system makes Scotland look like a banana republic but without the Caribbean climate.
The Electoral Commission has launched a full independent review of the Scottish election after it emerged as many as 100,000 votes have been discounted.
Up to ten per cent of ballot papers were dismissed as spoilt, as Scottish voters appear to have been confused by the complicated voting system.
What is it they say about the Scottish education?
Wednesday, May 02, 2007Feel free to copy, there is no copyright on an anoneumouse montage.
Friday (Better off Trout)
The protest, arranged with the help of the Campaign for an Independent Britain and the support of the RMT union and the UK Independence Party, will feature a flotilla of more than 30 fishing vessels sailing up the Thames to Westminster, arriving near the Houses of Parliament at around 1.30pm. The trawlers taking part will be decorated with anti-EU banners. VIPs boarding the vessels at St Katharine’s Pier will include RMT General Secretary Bob Crow and Jeffrey Titford MEP. Representation from Westminster, is also expected. The public has also been asked to turn out and line the banks of the Thames near Westminster, to show their support.
Daryl Godbold, the protest’s main organiser and whose boat will lead the flotilla said: “As far as the nation’s fishermen are concerned, there is nothing at all worth celebrating about the EU’s 50th anniversary. For us, British membership of the EU, which effectively meant that Brussels took over control of our fishing waters, has been a disaster. Since the EU takeover, our industry has been all but wiped out with fish stocks pushed close to extinction through over-fishing by foreign factory ships, given unfettered access to our waters.”
Lord Stoddart of Swindon, Chairman of the Campaign for an Independent Britain, said: “I hope the public will turn out and give our beleagured fishermen their full support. It is quite obscene for vast amounts of public money to be spent upon lavish festivities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of an organisation that is bleeding this country dry, financially, while drowning us in red tape and destroying important industries such as fishing. Frankly, they should be holding a wake, not a celebration!”
I just happen to be in London on Friday, I hope they have the permissions to protest!
Tuesday, May 01, 2007Feel free to copy, there is no copyright on an anoneumouse montage.
300 Years Today
But as we know, this is a Constitutional Act
Ordinary statutes may be impliedly repealed. Constitutional statutes may not
Thoburn v Sunderland City Council  EWHC 195 (Admin),  QB 151 ("Metric Martyrs" ruling) 18 Feb 2002
That all the subjects of the United Kingdom of Great Britain shall from and after the Union have full Freedomand Intercourse of Trade and Navigation to and from any port or place within the said United Kingdom and the Dominions and Plantations thereunto belonging And that there be a Communication of all other Rights Privileges and Advantages which do or may belong to the Subjects of either Kingdom except where it is other wayes expressly agreed in these Articles.
Something went wrong there then!