Monday, 31 May 2010
Sunday, 30 May 2010
“In 2006 the Green Book rules were changed to prohibit payments to partners. At no point did I consider myself to be in breach of the rules which in 2009 defined partner as ‘one of a couple … who although not married to each-other or civil partners are living together and treat each-other as spouses. Although we were living together we did not treat each other as spouses’.
Quite so. He should have stuck to his guns, but unfortunately we are on the road from 'everything permitted that isn't forbidden' to 'everything forbidden that isn't permitted, and everything permitted is mandatory', so now that gay men can enter into civil partnerships, bestowing a similar legal position as marriage, poor David is obliged to espouse his secret lover.
Saturday, 29 May 2010
The final insult must be elevating John Prescott to the Peerage, even though he swore many times that he'd refuse it. And his reasoning? Well, his wife's making him do it, as pay-back for his shameful behaviour in office. So, to be clear, John Prescott fucked one of the civil servants in his department, spent tax-payers' money getting his rocks off, so in order to get his wife off his case, he gets made a Lord.
Bring back the hereditary peers. They cannot possibly be worse than Prescott and the rest of Labour's failed generation of crooks, hypocrits and 'ex'-communists.
"Nobody ever told the proverbial man in the street that sharing a single currency was not just about making peoples' lives easier when doing business or travelling abroad, but also about being directly affected by economic developments in the neighbouring countries. Being in the 'Euro zone' means, monetarily speaking, being part of one 'Euroland'."
Not so fast, Rompuy. Even when you try to be honest, it comes out a stinking lie. It's clearly not the case that 'nobody' told the man in the street. Many, many people said this was the case. It's just that those people were dismissed by you and your fellow bureaucratic collectivists as europhobes, xenophobes, racists, conspiracy theorists etc.
Now your empire is teetering on the brink, and why is that? Because no lie can live forever.
Monday, 24 May 2010
Tesco defend themselves. 'We operate a strict Think 25 policy' they coo. The legal age is 18 for fuck's sake. How about operating a Think 18 policy instead? The puritan government bears blame as well, of course.
His research has never been debunked. These trumped-up charges reveal more about the medical establishment, its craven obeissance to big pharma and control-freak politicians, who tried to prevent supplies of the single measles vaccine entering the country, in order to force the MMR upon children. When this strong-arm tactic fails they have the gall to blame Dr Wakefield.
This auto-da-fe-style show trial convinces no one.
The Mainstream have never looked so desperate. The sad thing is how incomprehensible to today's so-called (and falsely so) liberals is Rand Paul's wholly liberal (original meaning) argument.
Sunday, 16 May 2010
What a cunt. Roy, your party is not, nor has it ever been, nor will it ever be anything other than the deadly enemy of freedom. Moving on through your ridiculous article, and going by the straight, dictionary definition rather than the tainted political slogan, there's nothing progressive about Labour, and as for being radical, indeed you are: radically wrong. It's all very well you celebrating, like the rest of us, the fall of your party from government, but don't think you can sneak away whistling from the crimes of New Labour. You don't get a 'clean slate' to start again. You wrecked our country, and think yourself lucky you're not all hanging from a gallows for your collective(ist) treason.
Hat tip: Libertarian Party blog
Thursday, 13 May 2010
And did those feet in ancient time.
Walk upon Englands mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On Englands pleasant pastures seen!
And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?
Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!
I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In Englands green & pleasant Land
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
The only hope in the Con-Dem government is that it will reverse the worst of Labour's authoritarian excesses and return us to our former, hard-won liberties. But instead of that, we're likely to get another layer of fake 'rights' culture. There may be a few other crumbs that fall from the table, in the area of schools policy for instance, but we will not have the leisure to ponder future permutations of the political parties for long, before the wider world intervenes with bigger agendas, if not the fraud-driven financial blackhole created by the bankster oligarchy threatening to engulf the world economy, then perhaps an attack on Iran and a new front in the futile imperialistic Middle Eastern war.
Tuesday, 11 May 2010
Monday, 10 May 2010
Sunday, 9 May 2010
According to the JEF - the Young European Federalists:
"What makes Europe Day 2010 even more special is the fact that it will be the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration.
On the 9th May 1950, Robert Schuman changed the course of European history. Schuman was bold and visionary, yet also down to earth. He presented his proposal for an organized Europe as an indispensable tool for the maintenance of peace on the continent. This proposal led to the establishment of the European Coal and Steel Community which immediately provided for the setting up of common foundations for economic development between France and Germany. The forefather of the EU was founded."
Shit! If only I'd known, I'd have bought an EU flag and burnt it.
"Then there are the progressives themselves – a term that is becoming increasingly bandied about. When someone declares themselves a progressive, my hackles rise. What they mean in reality is that everyone else must be forced to bend to their vision of society, to conform to the socialist utopia they espouse, to be a good little prole. Progressives have no place for independently minded individuals. Progressives are the enemy of individualism, and are, therefore, the very essence of misanthropy. They choose to forget that society is composed of individuals. Progressives are to be despised utterly and completely. Perhaps, most of all is their mangling of the language. Progressives do not want progress, but regression to the dark days of the cold war eastern bloc style of living – the tractor stats will always be going up, despite the enslavement of the population and the collapse of the economy. There is nothing progressive about a progressive, just as there is nothing liberal about a liberal."
Saturday, 8 May 2010
And it is. What Stiglitz did not know is that, while in the States, BBC and The Observer obtained several documents from inside the World Bank, stamped over with those pesky warnings, "confidential," "restricted," "not to be disclosed." Let's get back to one: the "Interim Country Assistance Strategy" for Ecuador, in it the Bank several times states - with cold accuracy - that they expected their plans to spark, "social unrest," to use their bureaucratic term for a nation in flames.
That's not surprising. The secret report notes that the plan to make the US dollar Ecuador's currency has pushed 51% of the population below the poverty line. The World Bank "Assistance" plan simply calls for facing down civil strife and suffering with, "political resolve" - and still higher prices.
The IMF riots (and by riots I mean peaceful demonstrations dispersed by bullets, tanks and teargas) cause new panicked flights of capital and government bankruptcies. This economic arson has it's bright side - for foreign corporations, who can then pick off remaining assets, such as the odd mining concession or port, at fire sale prices."
Read the Greg Palast article from 2001, because it could be us next.
"...What about the fringe parties? Enthusiasm would for them might indicate that the antipathy was directed to the Big Three, not to party politics in general. Well, they failed too - they also had rotten elections.
UKIP didn't build on its 2005 success; the Greens won an MP in the enclave of Brighton, but their share of the vote fell. I find this quite amazing, really. After five years of relentless environmental yakkery in the mass media, bombarding us on all channels at once, the Greens received a lower share of votes than the BNP. All that most Greens can now look forward to is to return to their yurts, and prepare for recycling."
It is important to remember why we have a 'first past the post' (FPTP) system. It was not designed to be unfair, but has become so, because of the rise of party politics. It is the predominance of party politics that has undermined the concept of selecting the best individual from a particular place, because MPs no longer represent their constituents, but rather follow a party line. Sure, there are still a handful of 'mavericks', and others will occasionally go against the whip if the question concerns a factory in their own backyard shutting down or some such event, or if the issue is of such controversy that they manage to locate their cojones, but if they know what's good for their career, they'll do what they're told.
Some people want to keep alive the old principle of constituency MPs, but it's largely gone. The local branches of the political parties have very little power. When an MP decides to stand down, they will often do so at the last minute, to allow Central Office to parachute one of their pals into a safe seat. We cannot expect the electoral system to compensate for the lack of local democracy in the political parties, and no party is going to surrender its prerogative powers over local branches.
If the aim is to make the House of Commons the most representative of the people of this country, then the best system would be based on party lists, so instead of an individual, you vote for a party. This would be resisted by those who value the access to an MP which is afforded by their role as representative of a particular constituency, but there would be nothing to stop political parties running local 'surgeries' as MPs currently do, and/or nominating particular MPs to cover particular geographic areas. Personally, the loss of a local representative would bother me not at all. My MP does not represent me in any way, and my constituency has no particular identity, it was just drawn on a map.
The trouble with any kind of reform is that it will be done by the main political parties, who will each want to ensure the best deal for themselves. Turkeys rarely vote for Christmas, and they will not want to put in place a system that favours the rise of new political forces. It's far more likely that they will use voter dissatisfaction as a pretext to destroy what's left of the House of Lords, whilst further entrenching themselves in the Commons.
Friday, 7 May 2010
Funny to hear the labourites talking up the 'progressive front'. Yeah. One million dead Iraqis - that's progressive. ID cards, naked body scanners, all that Orwellian shit they get their kicks from, that's progressive. Thank God they got kicked out. I shouldn't forget that this in itself is a great thing.
A shame Nigel didn't win.
Hat tip: Infowars
Monday, 3 May 2010
Sunday, 2 May 2010
Watch Senator Byron Dorgan from 1999, explaining to us what is to come, because now it has come, and he's chillingly accurate.