March 2009

ContactPoint

tip of the iceberg

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The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) is busily putting all 11 million children in England on the ContactPoint database. According to the DCSF 390,000 people will have access to the database (others say could be up to 1 million.) Details to be recorded consist of:
Name, address, gender, date of birth and a unique identifying number.

European Parliament elections, 2009

Please take care when using EU propaganda

propaganda posterpropaganda poster

The EU begins its election campaign on April the first and its posters really are a joke (scroll down to postcards). One is a rubber chicken which looks as if it has been produced in a barren cage with the average living space of a piece of A4 paper. However, the EU knows that the EU citizen is only concerned about correct labelling and hence asks us to vote for someone to go to the European parliament at vast expense to pass such useless rules. The other posters are equally naff.

G20 and delivering services

More white van politics

Delivering services Delivering services
Nice to see everyone enjoying themselves. The start of the G20 week began with crowds of people marching through London. Marching for, and against, a mishmash of demands with perhaps, some even just marching. The general mood, anti-capitalist, would seem about right, as the demand 'create jobs', came up without any reference as to how, or who, should fund this. Creating jobs is not like a simple domestic chore; I'll sweep the path... done! But perhaps to people who come from 'communities' that have street football co-ordinators it all looks rather different. For we can imagine that the jobs the marchers have in mind will be related to 'delivering services'. That, it would seem, is what British jobs for British workers is all about and now the only thing left for many of the white working class.

Bishop Nazir Ali resigns

A sad loss

Michael Nazir-AliMichael Nazir-Ali

Bishop Nazir-Ali is resigning so that he can work for endangered or beleaguered Christian minorities both abroad and in the UK, these are the people that our Archbishop totally ignores. The Bishop has not been in the good books at Lambeth Palace because he makes statements such as:

Christian hospitality has been replaced by the "newfangled and insecurely founded" doctrine of multiculturalism, which has led to immigrants creating "segregated communities and parallel lives".

He talks sensibly:

[i] We must also rebuild our communities; not physically, perhaps, but spiritually, socially and morally. We need an integrated society where common values of dignity, equality, liberty and safety are upheld by all, where there is not only tolerance but hospitality and where the rule of law is recognised by all. We must set our faces against heartless conurbations, dormitory towns and villages. Whether in new communities or old, we should plan for a "heart" in them. In the Thames Gateway development, a large part of which falls within my own diocese, I have been arguing for just such a heart in the "liquid city" which is emerging all around us.

Daniel Hannan - The Plan

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Whilst our state broadcasting company is helping the government create a diversionary tactic regarding succession reform, our alternative media is enthralled by the brilliant rhetoric of Daniel Hannan, whose speech in our alternative parliament has spoken for millions of British people. Our Prime Minister is bankrupting the country and we are angry yet our parliamentary system is such that, apart from direct action on the streets, we are powerless to change anything. Much of the MSM seems not to have heard of his name, whereas the alternative media have. He is a hero along with people such as Neil Herron, truly eloquent speakers and fighters for democracy.

Whilst Mr Hannan is a news' sensation it is worth giving some of the great man's thoughts some publicity. In late 2008 Dan Hannan and Douglas Carswell published The Plan. You can read quite a long extract [url=http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=LJ5aYhMYRCsC&dq=hannan+the+plan&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=N_CHvW-ghi&sig=RCtkDaTc3YSID2CB8-qVofXrTCs&hl=en&ei=ttfMSZ2DD9yRjAfx6NygAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=9&ct=result#PPA5,M1] here.

Daniel Hannan and Gordon Brown

Daniel Hannan

This has been ignored by the MSM, I wonder why?

You may have seen Gordon Brown making his speech at the EU gathering. You may have even read the speech, it was over-long and sad as it was nothing more than a "help me" plea from a drowning man. Even the most distant and disconnected EU staffer must have seen this.

Hannan does a very good speech and, so they say, exceeds the usual time limit allowed by the EU, not for him, unlike Brown, the opportunity to ramble from one platitude to the next.

But good as he is the best bit is the one second cameo appearance put in by Gordon Brown. Perhaps unused to being criticised in such a direct and accurate manner Brown seems to be unable to cope. He is seen writing and grinning as a way of showing he is neither annoyed or embarrassed. Which he clearly is. Roll on the G20?

UK versus EU perks

Margot WallstromMargot Wallstrom

Tony McNulty and others have rightly received criticism for claiming allowances that do not conform to the 'spirit of the law' but at least their accounts are made public. The EU Parliament recently voted to keep their accounts secret and our politicians allowances are peanuts in comparison to those awarded to our bureaucrats and MEPs in Brussels.

Open Europe research has found that European Commissioners leaving office later this year will receive more than £1 million each in pension payments and so-called 'transitional' and 'resettlement' allowances.The 20 commissioners expected to leave will receive a total of £23 million in payouts.

Communications Commissioner Margot Wallstrom - whose main job has been to promote the EU - will receive almost £1.8 million if she leaves the Commission this year. Meanwhile, UK Commissioner Catherine Ashton, who replaced Lord Mandelson and who has been in the job for less than a year, will qualify for a pension of £9,600 a year, in addition to three years of 'transition' payments, valued at over £89,000 a year.

It's the economy stupid!

Liam HalliganLiam Halligan

Economist Liam Halligan has been writing for months, repeating the same pleas week after week, namely for a forensic audit of banks and a return to a separation of investment and commercial banking. He is now joined by Mervyn King who, in a recent speech in the City, harked back to an age when commercial banks were run more prudently too. "Forty years ago, the London clearing banks held around 30pc of their assets in short-term liquid instruments...."Today that ratio is only 1pc".

Daily Mail 'Overlord' campaign

D-Day veteransD-Day veterans

Our government spends billions bailing out the banks, quangos cost further billions, fat cats earn millions for incompetence and worse. The G 20 (or Labour's pre-election campaign) will cost anywhere between £20 and £50 million. £90 million is spent on funding for Muslim extremist groups ostensibly so they will be less extreme BUT on the 65th anniversary of the D- Day landings our government cannot afford £500,000 to sent the remaining veterans to the commemoration and cannot even be bothered to send a representative see here.

The Ministry of Defence has rejected requests for financial aid to survivors and says there will be no further official commemoration of D-Day until its centenary - when all those involved will be dead. America, Canada, France and even Germany are sending delegations.

The Mail has launched a campaign to honour and support the 500 remaining veterans' cause.
and help pay the costs of those who want to make one last pilgrimage to the battlefields where they helped change the course of history, and where so many of their friends died for the cause of freedom.
Every pound donated will help increase the chances of the veterans and their carers being there on June 6.
Donation details here.

Farm tape

Archived Stop Press article

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Common Agricultural Policy blog tells us that:

It has now emerged in response to a parliamentary question that each claim for the Single Farm Payment (SFP), irrespective of its value costs £742 to process. Junior Defra minister Jane Kennedy said that the figure was obtained by considering the direct processing costs and the total number of claims received. There were 14,465 payments under £400 in 2007 and 636 under £50. There were five payments made under £5.