January 2010

Blair and Iraq, lies and recollections

Chilcot gives Blair a chance, while the public heckle

This man will save the world?This man will save the world?
Poor old Gordon Brown, there he is "getting on with the job" but the wicked world ignores him. The London Afghanistan Conference is in full swing but it's all eyes on a certain Mr Blair. So while Brown deals with the events of today unseen, Blair is waffling on with his version of history. And doing so in that politico-camp style that, as time drags on, makes him more enemies than friends. One of the best funny/sad things is watching celebrities grow old but not up; television is awash with such people. Blair having now spent so much time out of UK politics, a lot of it in the US, where these mannerisms he has perfected are more tolerated, looks and sounds too much like a 1980's rock star to be taken seriously any more. It's all well and good Bob Geldorf and Bono wanting to save the world but it's a hobby for them, they have day jobs. Blair wanting to save the world is all he's got, that's his act and it's wearing thin.

London Afghanistan Conference

Coming toghether or falling apart?

I'll tell you how I deal with plotters I'll tell you how I deal with plotters
Many people are rightly suspicious of the raising of the UK terror threat from whatever it was, to something higher at this moment in time. The Chilcot Inquiry is giving the government plenty of problems and, to boost his image at home, Gordon Brown is to host a conference on Afghanistan. What better back-drop could there be from the UK authorities to show to visiting conference attendees than - "we're ready for anything, are you"? All those pathetic nations that keep themselves to themselves and don't invade weaker nations would be put to shame on that one. There are, of course, problems with this theory.

First up, what was the terror threat? Words like “highly likely”, “severe”, “imminent” and "substantial" are waved about as if they are white flags; perhaps they are? One can imagine a bunker full of public servants deliberating long and hard on how to convey a clear message.

Geert Wilders

freedom of speech trial

You can sign a petition supporting him HERE.

BBC has a scoop

A very, very late one

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With thanks to the great Richard North, amongst other stalwarts, we've had: climategate, glaciergate, Pachaurigate, disastergate, Amazongate and numerous reports of falsified climate data. Nonetheless the EU, Obama, our three major political parties, Wikipedia and,naturally, the Guardian, remain true believers in man made global warming. However, there is a chink in the warmists' religion. The BBC has mentioned that Dr Pachauri, chairman of the IPCC is facing calls to stand down! Just a tad late with this news but better late than never. If even the BBC admits there might be a problem, there is.

Terrifying jokes

Safe from what?

Is flying safe? Is flying safe?
Rod Liddle has an excellent article in the Spectator, its title is - "Would a terrorist really post a warning on Twitter"? Good question, as with all things Liddle the question or proposition he starts off with is simply a tool. It enables Liddle to have a rant, he's probably one of the UK's top ranters and after a slow start he gets onto the case. For the title of this rant refers to a man, Paul Chambers, who threatened to blow up his local airport and Liddle gives the extenuating circumstances which I urge you to read.

There can be no doubt that Chambers was stupid, equally, as Liddle suggests, there can be no doubt that the police over-reacted. The yawning gulf between the police and the public and remember it is the latter that funds the former, is getting wider all the time. It also widens in lock-step with the gap between the politicians and the public, and for mostly the same reasons. The UK police are now more politicised than at any time since Sir Robert Peel. The Association of Chief Police Officers, ACPO, is a highly politicised trade union in the manner of the National Union of Mineworkers of old when under the leadership of Arthur Scargill, only much more successful.

British Airways, stupid airline

Unfit to fly?

Air travel 1954 happier times!Air travel 1954 happier times!
Is this part of a 'fight-back' and one led by an ordinary man? It's not easy to like air travel and British Airways is especially difficult to come to terms with, based on its treatment of Mirko Fischer, who was told that he could not sit next to a child passenger, see HERE. The position taken by the airline is ridiculous. Why move him? Why not move the child and the family? This pompous attitude may get you ahead in inner-city social services but has no place in an airline. Such a business, 'a people carrier', appears to totally fail to understand people. This crass behaviour, however, also affects the staff. Nadia Eweida is claiming against the airline see HERE who would not let her wear a crucifix. At the root of both of these cases is the ever present mania of PC. Fly British Airways? Personally I'd rather walk!

Geert Wilders pre-trial speech

If something is true then can it still be punishable?

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The pre-trial hearing of Geert Wilders was held today and this is his submission

Mister Speaker, judges of the court,

I would like to make use of my right to speak for a few minutes.

Freedom is the most precious of all our attainments and the most vulnerable. People have devoted their lives to it and given their lives for it. Our freedom in this country is the outcome of centuries. It is the consequence of a history that knows no equal and has brought us to where we are now.

I believe with all my heart and soul that the freedom in the Netherlands is threatened. That what our heritage is, what generations could only dream about, that this freedom is no longer a given, no longer self-evident.

E.ON hedges its bets.

A moment of reality?

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The scandal that is ClimateGate,the US weather data manipulation,the head of the IPCC, Dr Rajendra Pachauri's conflicts of interest, Himalayan glaciers which are not melting, seas that are not rising very much and hurricanes that are not increasing; details on some of these facts are slowly beginning to appear in the mainstream media. We even have E.ON, usually a prime advocate of 'green' energy as a cash cow, mentioning that it would be perhaps wise not to permanently close all our coal fired stations, just in case and being allowed to write this in the Guardian! He is telling us to defy the EU no less.

Ageing coal-fired power stations should be exempted from environmental regulations and kept open to stop the lights from going out, the chief executive of E.ON UK has urged the government.
Paul Golby told the Guardian that some of the coal and oil-fired plants due to close this decade because of European pollution regulations should remain operational and ready to come online during periods of peak demand such as those experienced in recent weeks.

The UK's economic future, accident or design?

The EU leaves us with fewer options.

100% British bus.100% British bus.
Stephen Bayley, he is an expert on style and design but rose to wider prominence during the creation of the project now known as the Dome. It was the fall-out following his resignation from the steering committee that did the trick. Bayley was worried, saying of the Dome "it could turn out to be crap". He also said that Peter Mandelson was -"running the project like a dictator". Mandelson indicated that these remarks 'did not merit a response', thus we can conclude they are probably correct!

Now comes the tricky bit. Bayley has, like Mandelson funnily enough, come to the conclusion that the UK should do more manufacturing, who could disagree?

Smart meters - are they such a smart idea?

Why not scrap them and help Haiti?

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Gordon Brown often offers to save the world. So, why not send the £8.1 billion saved from NOT establishing smart meters to Haiti? The tiny climate change mitigation that these meters are supposed to produce are vastly outweighed by the horrors unfolding in Haiti.

The European Union said in 2006 that smart meters should be made mandatory, but voters in the Netherlands have vigorously opposed a compulsory rollout and succeeded in persuading politicians to vote against it. The fears are that data on energy consumption could be misused by criminals, police or insurance companies. Dutch consumer and privacy organisations were concerned that information relayed as frequently as every 15 minutes could allow employees of utility companies to see when properties were empty or when householders had bought expensive new gadgets. See here.