March 2010

George Monbiot on our liberty

Moonbat on a new subject, at last!

The Stasi get stuck inThe Stasi get stuck in
We all have a role in life. Posh Beckham is tasked with tottering around on stratospherically high heels and looking gaunt. They do say she now has bunions, the gaunt look comes with eating very little and having your back teeth removed, ouch! On the other hand we have George Monbiot. He has also suffered for his 'art'. In his case it was his role to bore two pairs of pants off the nation. First, as a lad, droning on about global warming, which in time became climate change. Then came the great event when the light shone on this 'science' and the truth became clear. It must have been a shock akin to phasing out steam trains for railway enthusiasts.

But Moonbat is back on his feet and has written about policing in the UK This time no sane person could disagree with his words.

Kim Jong il and Diane Abbott (what?)

North Korea, Hackney North and Stoke Newington march together?

Rod Liddle and Diane Abbott, they 'don't get on'. Mind you the BBC Radio 4 'Today' programme was once edited by Liddle and was as bad way back then as it is now. Abbott is, it would seem, employed by the BBC for the same reason it employs many people, they think she is entertaining. Dear old beeb, wrong again! She is horribly grating in manner and a talent-free zone. However, of the two I would side with Liddle, he can be funny.

Writing for the Spectator Liddle has made poking fun at Abbott a regular feature, his latest effort HERE is both hilarious and shocking. A school in Hackney, Abbott's constituency, has a stupid white man (SWM) as a headmaster of one of its schools. This we can see for ourselves as he has got himself and some of his pupils on YouTube performing a rap song about a famous black person (FBP).

Sod the environment

Save the planet

we subsidise this crueltywe subsidise this cruelty
Alistair Darling mentions that wind power will play an important part of the regeneration of the UK and no-one questions this in the House of Commons. We are to spend hundreds of billions of pounds decapitating birds, ruining the countryside and outsourcing turbine production to provide very little energy. But this will tick some boxes in Brussels and sound good for the environment.

In the meantime the traditional UK dairy industry is in decline and the first 'titan' factory farm dairy is proposed, see Compassion in World Farming.

The EU costs us too much

Time to face the facts, gold plate not required

The elephant's in the room, again! The elephant's in the room, again!
Two articles one newspaper. First the Telegraph has this article by Philip Johnston with the title - 'Bad Laws: Labour has clowned around with our freedom', it is critical of the way we are governed. Few would disagree with what is written it's what is omitted that's the problem; for there is no mention of the EU. By contrast the second article mentions the EU but misses the point of it all. As so often pointed out on this blog about 80% of our law comes direct from the EU. It may take various forms but that's the origin. Some law is brought in to being in anticipation of EU adoption. Other law is gold plated by our public servants out of a messianic sense of duty to a superior and higher level of bureaucracy. Although stupidity will suffice as a summary!

Is Stephen Byers following Tom Wise?

Byers' market for influencing government

Wise, in prison Wise, in prison

Two names, Tony Blair and Stephen Byers, are both in the news now. However, the glare of the spotlight is brightest on Byers. The Times has a story about Byers with a video clip showing Byers doing what Tom Wise did, remember him? Wise was the UKIP MEP who boasted to a journalist about his income and way of working the system. Eventually reality caught up with Wise and he went to prison, he's there now. If he is allowed newspapers no doubt there will be a booming laugh echoing around the building as he reads the detail. I've met both Byers and Wise. The latter a big booming bully ex-policeman, the former a small apparatchik prone, like his mentor Blair, to near permanent rictus smile. And of course for Blair that's the problem, Byers is like a stick of rock, he has the word 'Blairite' running all the way through his soul.

Will Straw, puts his foot in it?

The Nulabour extended family overreaches itself?

Our Will (collective will?) Our Will (collective will?)
One of the many strange things about Nulabour is its stance on the hereditary principle. On the one hand they do all they can to mess up the House of Lords, which was not without faults but working well when they came to power. But on the other hand they are without shame when it comes to finding jobs for their own kith and kin. The ever tedious Tony Benn is always willing to push one of his younger relatives into 'a nice little earner', a job in politics. And of course the ultimate job, seen as a birthright for some Nulabour heavyweights, is a seat in the House of Commons. Philip Gould, the pollster Tony Blair depended on, has watched his daughter, Georgia, try and fail to get a seat. Also Tamsin Dunwoody tried and failed to win her mother's old seat, Crewe and Nantwich.

As said before, strange is the word. Emily Benn, the latest member of Clan Benn with natural governing tendencies, was just three years old when grandpa quit the House of Commons. But there she is with him in tow on the campaign trail without a hint of embarrassment; was he really an advantage? What will she do next, wear her mother's clothes? Very strange as us older folk remember Tony working his socks off to get rid of the family title via Peerage reform; how times change.

BA, Nulabour and Unite

Brown 'saves the world' but can he stop the strike?

Up and away?Up and away?
It's just like the old days with the MSM full of comments about the upcoming British Airways' strike. It's years since we've had a good strike; Nulabour has had it easy with no awkward industrial disputes to deal with and show leadership, or even common sense. But then with not much industry left in the UK it has not been too difficult for them on that score. Gordon Brown told us he had got rid of boom and bust, cynics would say just one not both! It is also true, says Brown, that the current bout of financial woes "started in America". But what of the origins of this strike?

AIFM directive - why not just say no?

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Open Europe reports that European finance ministers are expected to agree a draft of the EU's proposed AIFM Directive, aimed at regulating hedge fund and private equity managers, next Tuesday. It appears that "even the British government...has given up its blockade."

The UK is currently struggling to find enough allies among other member states to water down the Directive's restrictions on foreign funds and fund managers - restrictions that would cut off most foreign funds and managers from the EU market, and therefore radically limit the choice for EU-based institutional investors such as pension funds and charities. The FT reports that Tim Geithner, the US Treasury Secretary, has delivered a blunt warning to the European Commission that the protectionist elements of the Directive could cause a transatlantic rift by discriminating against US groups and restricting the access of EU investors to funds based outside Europe.

Paul Myners, UK Financial Services Minister, told a meeting of private equity executives yesterday that he would fight "line by line and minute by minute" to defend the free movement of capital. But he also warned that "nobody in this room is going to get the directive they want".

If this is going to have an adverse effect on the City of London, at a time when we have crippling debts, why not just say NO?

Outsourcing UK justice.

Our law soon?Our law soon?
The proposal to establish a European Public Prosecutor is gathering pace.The Spanish EU Presidency, backed by France and Germany, announced that it is going to propose the creation of this post next month using powers under the Lisbon treaty, see here.

If you think cases such as the attempt by the USA to extradite Gary McKinnon outrageous, then this is even worse because the UK legal system will be unable to play any part in the extradition of UK citizens. We have an opt out from EU Justice and Home Affairs which means that the European prosecutor will not be able to bring cases in this country, but he will still be able to issue European arrest warrants to force UK citizens to face prosecution in another member state – without asking the permission of the Government or the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer. I agree that our legal system does not seem particularly bothered about UK citizens and happily grants extradition requests but this means that the possibility of preventing such extradition is totally removed.

Nulabour, fighting again

But not always for the poor, sometimes just fighting!

Putting the world to rightsPutting the world to rights
So it's back to bullying, a topic still with us despite the No 10 spin machine working overtime at turbine level revolutions per minute. Martin Bright writing in the Spectator (follow the link) has a piece called 'The Filth and the Fury'. A bit heavy that you may think, typical of the Spectator, but hang on. For this is the Martin Bright who has worked for the BBC, the Guardian, Observer and New Statesman, these are, I would suggest, antecedents that cannot be either bought or ignored. So Bright is 'the real thing' and writing about his experiences, as he says,

"On the back of Andrew Rawnsley's revelations" (which) "paints a picture of life around the Prime Minister that’s not a million miles from reality".

Rawnsley will do well from his latest book and he deserves to; if as Bright suggests the dark side of Brown is common knowledge then it was not treachery for Rawnsley to write it, only natural. But that is how it is seen by Nulabour for Rawnsley has also worked for the BBC, the Guardian and Observer; in past times he was seen as a bit of a 'Nulabour luvvie'.