web analytics

SO WHAT’S THIS 4G SPECTRUM THINGY?

By Pete Moore On October 1st, 2012 at 7:10 pm

First the fluff:

Britain’s opposition Labour Party called on Prime Minister David Cameron to spend as much as 4 billion pounds ($6.5 billion) from the sale of the fourth- generation mobile-phone spectrum to fund housing.

That’s Ed Balls, still stinking up the place despite advising Gordon Brown to drive the British economy into ruins. Forget housing, that’s a rubbish idea. I want to know about this 4G government boot sale. I get the idea that it’s some next gen, mobile comms standards thing. The question really is, if the government is selling it, how did it come to own it? And if, in fact, it’s flogging/auctioning licences to use the spectrum, again – how did the state come to own it in the first place?

A JUDGE AFTER MY OWN HEART

By Pete Moore On September 27th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

The Telegraph: A judge has defended the rights of people to protect their homes, telling two burglars shot during a break-in: “That is the chance you take.”

Of course, I would never dream of welcoming a twocker with the Remington 1100 all loaded up, oh no.

ON BRITISH GENIUS

By Pete Moore On September 18th, 2012 at 10:24 am

Charles Moore in the Telegraph:

We should use these Games to pinpoint where our genius lies.

Tim Worstall replies:

Well, OK. The British genius has long been averred to lie in the ability to muddle through. We tend not to have grand plans, strategies. The Empire was collected in a series of accidents really. Wars won by people plodding on. The Industrial Revolution the result of the chaos of every blacksmith, cotton spinner and ironmonger in the country doing their own thing.

Given that this is what we’re collectively good at now we’ve identified it we can apply the lesson.

Leave us all well alone.

THICK BLUE LIES

By Pete Moore On September 12th, 2012 at 7:15 pm

The 96 might be resting in peace at long last.

I can’t let this Hillsborough business rest (downstairs). Maybe it’s because I travelled the country home and away with the Arsenal through the 1980s and early 90s, standing on terraces hundreds of times.  Since Hillsborough, like many other fans, I’ve thought that  “there but for the Grace of God go I”, such was the state of terracing, stewarding and policing. Many thousands of us had experiences which we now can’t believe were allowed to happen. We found out today just how inept, corrupt and venal the South Yorkshire Police were both on 15th April 1989 and after. We learned that the police catastrophically failed to do its job on the day, leading to the crushing to death of 96 Liverpool fans at Hillsborough. Many of the dead could have been saved had the police not prevented almost all of the ambulance crews access, the police carried out criminal records checks simply to impugn fans, and we had confirmation that 116 police reports were altered after the event to hide all of these facts.

Four days after Hillsborough, The Sun famously published this front page. We found out today also that these allegations against fans, that they urinated on the police and robbed the dead, were a pack of lies, made up by the police and fed to the newspaper. For 23 years the police has wanted 96 bereaved families and everyone else to think that fans were killed that day because they were hooligans, drunk and violent. Every bit of it was a lie and their own files, finally released after years of pressure, prove that every bit of it was a lie. There’s no option but for a public enquiry and charges where appropriate.

One lesson has been clear since this morning: never, ever simply take the word of authority.

 

AS BRITISH AS CAN BE….

By David Vance On September 10th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

One is so lucky to be born British!

“Rory McIlroy has ended any debate about his national allegiance by declaring that: “I’ve always felt more British than Irish.” The 23 year old from Northern Ireland, who claimed a second successive FedEx title by winning the BMW International Championship at Crooked Stick golf course yesterday, made his comments in an exclusive interview in the Daily Mail. The issue about who McIlroy would play for in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro – golf will be admitted to the Games for the first time – appears to have been resolved unequivocally with the world number one opting for Britain.”

Ireland has come great golfers, such as Padraig Harrington. McIlroy is, of course British, and it is something that we should all celebrate.

ASSANGE BACKERS LOSE THEIR TROUSERS

By Pete Moore On September 4th, 2012 at 11:49 am

What was that your parents told you about lending money to friends? I can understand Julian Assange trying to get out of Dodge. If he was wanted in Sweden “only” for rape allegations then he’d be best served facing the music. Clearly he knows something else is up. You’d think that the bureaucracy can easily handle a fugitive case, yet the Foreign Secretary seems particularly keen on Ecuador coughing him up and the Met Police intends to arrest him under all circumstances. For a simple sex case? Nah, this boy’s in big trouble.

I bet his chums wish they’d twigged sooner. They’ve just lost the bail money they put up. There’s always been a narcissistic air about Assange. Using his pals and their money to buy time while he plans a bunk doesn’t dispell the impression that he thinks the world revolves around him. I’d be tempted to invoice the President of Ecuador in their place.

NICK CLEGG IS THE ESSENCE OF POLITICS

By Pete Moore On August 29th, 2012 at 10:38 am

Party conference season must be around the corner. With the LibDems diving in the polls, Nick Clegg has popped up to announce that an “emergency tax” on the rich is necessary as “an extra contribution towards  the national effort” and in order to “ensure that British society remains cohesive”.

Some statists of course believe such drivel, that “a contribution” to society isn’t being polite and friendly to others, investing your wealth and working hard to provide what others want. Instead, it’s being looted by Leviathon. Anarchy dawns if bureaucrats don’t take and spend most of our income.

If only Clegg’s motivations were so pure. He spills the beans on what’g going on when he says: “We took a calculated collective gamble as a party when we went into coalition and clearly it has turned out to be a lot harder and a lot tougher than any of us could have anticipated at the time. We have lost a significant amount of support in the opinion polls, I have lost a significant amount of support.”

That’s what it’s all about. He’s trying to save his own skin and he’ll demand that the State violently loots the productive to make it happen. Like all natural politicians, Nick Clegg is a disgusting, wicked man.

Where we have been led to, or you can all go to hell.

By Patrick Van Roy On August 20th, 2012 at 11:44 pm

One of the first acts of the Obama Administration was to toss the Bust of Winston Churchill out of the Oval Office and send it back to Britain. Another accomplishment that his administration has accomplished was to leak intel for political gain that exposed British Undercover Agents in the war on terror.

The Obama Administration’s record on 90% of our military objectives has been a huge disaster. It has cost us 80% minimum of what we were supposed to gain from the cost of our blood in Iraq. He has tied the hands of our soldiers in Afghanistan, forbidding our troops to operate at night, when 99.9% of American Military Ground Operations are designed to be executed at night. Our troops are not even allowed to return fire at the enemy in the daylight without clearing it through the chain of command.

More American and Coalition forces have died in Afghanistan in the 3 1/2 years of Obama’s engagement rules than in the entire 7 years under Bush.

The only thing the Obama Regime has gotten right in the war zone is the use of our robotic toys. The American Drone campaign has been and continues to be an unprecedented success.

So with all do respect to our one of only two true Allies in the world, I say first I love you, and I respect you.

Now Go to Hell!

US ‘should hand over footage of drone strikes or face UN inquiry’

 The UN special rapporteur on human rights to urge establishing a mechanism to investigate such killings

The US must open itself to an independent investigation into its use of drone strikes or the United Nations will be forced to step in, Ben Emmerson QC said yesterday.
Mr Emmerson, a leading London barrister and UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism, said America is facing mounting global pressure over its use of UAVs and he is preparing a report for the next session of the Human Rights Council in March. The issue, he insists, will “remain at the top of the UN political agenda until some consensus and transparency has been achieved”.

American UAV strikes, most notably in Pakistan and Yemen, have shot up since Barrack Obama came to power. Estimates state that while there were 52 such strikes during George W Bush’s time, this number has risen to 282 over the past three and a half years, with officials justifying it has international “self defence” against a stateless enemy.

Mr Emmerson said it was time for the US to open itself up to scrutiny as to the legality of such attacks. While it remains nigh on impossible for observers to establish the truth on the ground in many of areas, each strike is visually recorded and videos could be passed to independent assessors, he explained.

“We can’t make a decision on whether it is lawful or unlawful if we do not have the data. The recommendation I have made is that users of targeted killing technology should be required to subject themselves, in the case of each and every death, to impartial investigation. If they do not establish a mechanism to do so, it will be my recommendation that the UN should put the mechanisms in place through the Human Rights Council, the General Assembly and the Office of the High Commissioner”, he said.

He continued: “The Obama administration continues formally to adopt the position that it will neither confirm nor deny the existence of the drone program, whilst allowing senior officials to give public justifications of its supposed legality in personal lectures and interviews. In reality the administration is holding its finger in the dam of public accountability. There are now a large number of law suits, in different parts of the world, including in the UK, Pakistan and in the US itself, through which pressure for investigation and accountability is building.”

The Obama Administration will be gone in less than 6 months. The War with Islamic Terrorists has only just begun. Your Nation has Disarmed itself. The Drones you fly over the battlefield carry no armaments. You no longer have a Navy, You no longer have an Air Force. The Soldiers that serve in your Military are some of the best in the world, but they are too few in number.

If you have chosen that you can no longer stand with the U.S, then GO HOME. If you choose to stand with those aligned against us, make the choice openly, put to your people that this is the direction you choose, and understand the consequences of your choices.

I write this knowing two things, one a lot of the people that read this will gladly make that choice. I also know this site is viewed by members of the British Parliament. Keep in mind the Ties that bind.

GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS

By Pete Moore On August 4th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Hats off the to the chicks today.

Jessica Ennis has bagged Gold tonight in the Heptathlon after Kat Copeland and Sophie Hosking came up trumps this morning in the rowing. Sandwiched in between was something astonishing in the cycling velodrome, where the Women’s pursuit team won Gold. How good were the girls? This good: In their last six pursuit races they’ve broken the World Record six times. They’re so good that they’re not just bagging Gold, they’re choosing to break the World Record on the way. Truly these are great days among great days for British cycling fans.

So it’s well done to Dani King on the left (below), Laura Trott on the right and, in the middle, Joanna Rowsell who must be the coolest athlete at the Games.

Why? Well I’m no young lady, so I can only imagine how tough it must be for the 23 year old Rowsell to deal with losing her hair to alopecia. The temptation to mask it must be incredible, but she chooses not to. It’s a statement that says: “this is me, this is how I look, so be it”, and you don’t get cooler than that.

THE HISTORY MAN

By Pete Moore On July 21st, 2012 at 4:48 pm

The Tour de France is one of the essential points of my sporting year. Not only is THE most physically demanding sporting contest something I follow every day of its three week torture, I’ve been over to France a few times to see it. If you ever get the chance to enjoy the unique atmosphere then grab it. This year’s Tour hasn’t only been particularly enjoyable, it’s been somewhat novel too, because Bradley Wiggins has just become the first British man ever to win it, and that’s something I never thought I’d see. I know that tomorrow is still to come, but that’s a procession into Paris and there’ll be no challenge. Champagne flutes will be handed around, Wiggins will lead the peloton, his Sky Team domestiques will keep him safe and the sprinters will have one last dust up. Given the sensational way Mark Cavendish caught and destroyed the challenge yesterday, you wouldn’t back against him bagging another stage win.

Read the rest of this entry »