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by George, I think he’s got it!

By Mike Cunningham On November 5th, 2014 at 10:26 am

When people discuss George Monbiot, when they speak to criticise the man’s works, or beliefs, or indeed his very right to share the oxygen with anyone else, some get very passionate indeed. He has the ability to provoke comment by simply blowing his nose, never mind writing an essay or an op-ed piece for his employer, The Guardian. I, along with many others, dislike his arrogance in his assumption that only he is right; and therefore everyone else is either misinformed, or just plain wrong.

But even George occasionally gets, at least in my own opinion, certain things right. such as his varied and wide criticisms of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which is an Intercontinental attempt at writing a Trade arrangement between the EU and the USA. The rights and wrongs of this cosy little deal are many and varied, and I see little benefit for ordinary people on either side of the Atlantic from this huge and intrinsically convoluted deal, but George has placed his digit on one very important device, inserted by huge commercial interests, to vary the usual manner in which decisions are challenged within this Treaty. He asks, as do I, why bring in Arbitration, where three private individuals are entrusted with the power to review, without any restriction or appeal procedure, all actions of the government, all decisions of the courts, and all laws and regulations emanating from parliament; when, up to now, our Courts have been up to that challenge?

A tale of two ‘Grey Men’

By Mike Cunningham On February 8th, 2014 at 2:35 pm

I am a firm fan of the combative journalist Christopher Booker, and also of his co-writer and EU Referendum blogger Richard North.

I have devoured Mr. North’s book ‘The Many, not The Few’, his deliberate and well-researched exposition on those days of the Battle of Britain, and of the stories, the propaganda, the reality, and the outcome of those days in long-ago 1940 when we literally stood alone against the seemingly overwhelming hordes of Nazi Germany’s aircraft and invasion troops.

I would therefore reccommend a short trip across to my own small site, where I have placed a full copy of a Spectator essay (paywalled) by Christopher Booker, in which they expose, possible for the first time, the extent and philosophies behind the birth of our own nemesis, the European Union. Read it, if you can spare ten or fifteen minutes, and determine for yourselves how far the beliefs, plots and plans of these two ‘Grey Men’ have come since the early years following the Great War.

 

THE PERILS OF ISOLATION OUTSIDE THE EU

By Pete Moore On June 6th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I’m truly aghast. The Telegraph reports of a looming EU/China trade war:

China-EU trade war a risk for UK growth

The beginnings of a trade war between China and the European Union could escalate into a damaging battle that might hurt the UK, economists have warned.

Meanwhile, the BBC reports on Sino-Swiss relations:

China seals first free-trade deal with Switzerland

China has signed the framework of a free-trade agreement with Switzerland, which could become Beijing’s first such deal with a major Western economy.

Being in the EU, instead of isolated like those Swiss with their wacky low unemployment rates, we can’t do anything about trade with China, It’s an EU (in)competence. The truly mental thing, is that the “trade war” was sparked by EU anti-dumping tariffs on solar panels, to which China responded with a levy on European wine. Well hang on, the Chinese were subsidising their solar panels so they’d be cheaper for us. Protesting this is like protesting when the car salesman chips in his own money to help you buy a motor. You just wouldn’t! The result so far is that (mainly) French wine exporters have been penalised because of a measure designed to protect German manufacturers.

We are truly governed by morons.

WHO CAN’T WE DEPORT TODAY?

By Pete Moore On May 5th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Step forward … two African rioters! Yep, it’s our old friend the “right to a family life” yet again.

The Telegraph can reveal for the first time how the two rioters – who were both made an example of by the criminal courts for their roles in the 2011 disorder – have since overturned the Home Office’s attempts to have them sent home.

One was convicted of violent disorder after rampages involving attacks on shops and cars by a gang in two Home Counties towns, while the other was convicted of burglary for his part in the London riots.

Right, so over a year ago the Home Secretary introduced rules “that made it “absolutely clear” that those who have committed a crime, broken immigration rules or cannot support themselves must not be allowed to stay”, but nothing’s changed in reality.

Ever get the feeling you’re being lied to?

REGULATE UBER ALLES

By David Vance On February 28th, 2013 at 7:59 am

Let’s get a fundamental proposition straight. In a free market, private business SHOULD allowed to reward those who work for it in whatever way it sees fit. The concept of a bonus payment is perfectly sensible and is no concern of Government. Unless, of course, you live in the EU.

European Union officials have struck a provisional deal on new financial rules, including capping bank bonuses. Under the agreement, bonuses will be capped at a year’s salary, but can rise to two year’s pay if there is explicit approval from shareholders. The deal was reached late on Wednesday. EU ministers must approve it, although this is considered a formality. The UK, which hosts Europe’s biggest financial services centre, was opposed to any of caps on bank bonuses.

Such opposition means nothing.

The EU exists to regulate, to control, and it knows that this new regulation will drive business OUT of the UK,  as the City of London has made clear. To the Eurocrats, that is a price worth us paying.

But beyond that there is the deeper point as to who controls the decision making process of business. The EU has decided it will set the standards. What can go wrong with that then?

DENIAL!

By David Vance On January 11th, 2013 at 11:10 am

When you read this kind of whingeing denial, you KNOW that the EU “project” will end badly;

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has denied that the European Union was behind the tough austerity measures that have swept the continent in recent years.

Really? So if the EU was not responsible for the austerity that we have all witnessed in Greece, Spain, Italy. Portugal, Ireland….who was?

No, we should not pay for profligacy!

By Mike Cunningham On November 1st, 2012 at 11:59 am

Ignore, if you will, the blowhard mouthings of Labour Leader Ed Milliband.

Also take no notice of the ‘pre-historics’ of all three Parties when they say that the Tory rebels have  shot themselves in their collective feet with their Amendment vote on the European Budget.

What we saw and heard yesterday evening was the first signs of a responsible democracy returning to Westminster. The Tories, along with their temporary allies in the Labour Party know only too well that if Cameron exercises his ‘veto’ over the Budget if there is no acceptance of either real cuts to a bloated seven-year budget, that same Budget will be voted through exactly as prophesied, but on a yearly basis. We could hardly expect the collective begging bowls of the Eastern and Southern wedges of the Union to be withdrawn or diminished.

But, for the first time in a long time, the Westminster  Executive has been told that a different outcome should be proposed, and when it is defeated, as is more than likely, the European Union will have been placed on notice that the first signs of a true successor to Margaret Thatcher is in embryo.

They should take notice, but will they mend their profligate ways? Not if the House of European History is but one example of the European mind at work!

COLD WEATHER WELFARE IN A WARM CLIMATE!

By David Vance On August 23rd, 2012 at 9:17 am

I remember raising this issue on the BBC some time back but naturally it was ignored but truth has a nasty habit of continually raising its head!

“Iain Duncan Smith last night vowed to fight a ‘ludicrous’ European ruling allowing expats living in warm countries to claim a total of  up to £100million in winter fuel payments. The European Court of Justice ruling means the Government must pay the annual handout worth as much as £300 to up to 444,000 British pensioners  living abroad. The Work and Pensions Secretary is now considering bringing in a ‘temperature’ test so payments would only be made to those living in colder climates.”

£100M.  Cold weather payments. For people living in the balmy climes of Spain, Portugal and the French Riviera? Total madness.

I think that cold weather payments should be made available for people who live in cold weather climate, so long as they are of minimum income. In many ways, the whole cold weather payment malarkey is a scam anyway, just another way for Government to enslave the serfs in the name of common goodness. How about stopping it ALL and just dramatically cutting the government duty on fuel prices?

What is also enraging here is that the European Court of Totalitarianism Justice is telling OUR Government how to spend OUR money. They should be ignored. The ECJ is a monumental fraud, it has little to do with Justice and instead is about the imposition of Un-British tyranny on our country.

HIGH COURT: AMERICA TREATS PAEDOPHILES TOO BADLY

By Pete Moore On June 28th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

The campaign to attract every wrong’un on the planet to Britain claims another win.

Shawn Sullivan is an American citizen and “one of America’s most wanted paedophiles”. While accused of raping a 14 year-old girl and sexually molesting two 11 year-olds in Minnesota, he did a runner to Ireland where he gained a conviction for assaulting two girls. Eventually he ended up in – where else? – London, which clearly had the Americans thinking they’d got their man. An extradition request was made, approved, appealed by Sullivan, the appeal was dismissed by the Home Office, and Sullivan appealed to the High Court.

But Sullivan took his case to the High Court earlier this year, with his lawyers claiming that if he were convicted in the US, he faced being put under a “civil commitment” order at the end of his jail term that effectively meant he would be deemed “sexually dangerous” and never released.

So?

In a judgment published last week, the High Court judges said there was a real risk he would be put on the programme, and that it would breach his right not to suffer loss of liberty without due process as protected by the European Court of Human Rights. […] In a note released on Thursday, Lord Justice Moses announced that “the United States will not provide an assurance” and so the appeal under the 2003 Extradition Act was allowed.

Great. So for the purposes of extradition, the US must now conform to the demands of the ECHR. Looking at 5.1 of the Convention (cited by the High Court): nope, me neither. It seems the High Court has simply decided that unless the feds do it Strasbourg’s way then they won’t do it at all.

WHOM THE GODS WOULD DESTROY…

By David Vance On June 9th, 2012 at 8:56 am

Unbelievable.

The United Kingdom will eventually join the euro...that was the bizarre prediction yesterday from eurozone chief Jean-Claude Juncker. The president of Luxembourg – known as Mr Euro – also claimed that the zone would emerge “stronger than ever” from its current crisis. He said: “The moment will come when the United Kingdom, after looking at reality, will say to itself that it is better to be in the essential machine of Europe than to sit in the stand watching the action.”

Poor Juncker appears to have taken leave of his sanity. The Eurozone is melting down, there is mass unemployment, there is the scent of revolution on the streets, the Euro has fallen to the level of chocolate money in a heatwave, and HE thinks the UK will abandon its centuries old currency to be part of this disaster?????