Friday, September 29, 2006
John Reid's speech and Cherie's blast batter Brown
Monday, September 25, 2006
Bloomberg reports Cherie calls Brown a liar
By Carolin Lotter and Robert Hutton
(Corrects auditorium to conference center in second paragraph.)
Sept. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Tony Blair's wife, Cherie, walked out of a speech by U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, accusing him of misleading the public about his relationship with the prime minister.
As Brown told the Labour Party conference in Manchester that it had been a ``privilege for me to work with and for'' the premier, Mrs. Blair left the conference center saying ``well that's a lie.''
Brown has been accused by Blair allies including former Home Secretary Charles Clarke of plotting to undermine his leadership. Blair has been in charge of the Labour Party for 12 years, since Brown stood aside to give him a clear run at the leadership.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Home Office Minister Shares Scandal
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Is Osama Bin Laden dead from typhoid
Friday, September 22, 2006
New York Times editorial calls for Blair's head
EU divided on abandoning vetoes on Justice & Home Affairs
Patten to promote non-democratic EU Constitution revival
Labour set to plunder public purse
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Shadow Home Secretary's letter on Habeas Corpus
It takes a booster seat to get Boris irate on the EU
I would resent this law badly enough as an infringement of my liberty to decide how to convey my own children in my own car. But the main reason why I am so angry is that this stupid and impertinent law was not even generated by the British Government. It wasn't some gentleman in Whitehall who decided he knew best about booster seats. It wasn't even the brainchild of the UK health and safety industry. It is, of course, an EU directive, which means that elected British politicians have been given neither the means nor the opportunity to contest it – or even to debate it.
This EU directive, 2003/20/EC, arises because a few years ago some lonely and bored European Commission official was persuaded (no doubt by the booster seat industry) that in some circumstances children under 135cm would be safer with booster seats.
So a directive was drawn up. Even if any EU government had dared oppose this "child safety" measure, that government could have been simply outvoted – while looking cavalier about the wellbeing of our little ones. The UK therefore apathetically connived in the exercise, and the directive was sent for "scrutiny" before parliament's European Scrutiny Committee.
Needless to say, there was no discussion or "scrutiny", since the huge volume of EU legislation makes this impractical. As it rubber-stamped the directive (and bear in mind that there is no way Parliament, at that or any other stage, could have said no) the committee did ask two questions. How much would these seats cost the average family, and how many lives would be saved?
Four years later, long after this directive has become irreversible, the Government has replied. They don't know how much it will cost, they say, but the measure "might save" the lives of 1.5 children per year. In the whole country.To be fair to the ex-Brussels correspondent, who is more aware of the grave crisis being caused by the EU than he is prepared to let on, he sometimes gets things spot on. His column of 31st August on the NHS inequities between England and Scotland is still clearly making ripples. That piece is linked from here.
Remaining Smarties manufacture moved to Germany
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Government economies continue to threaten our armed forces
Finally some pressure on Habeas Corpus
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Penny pinchers deny forces personnel proper protection
Friday, September 15, 2006
One Week before the end of Habeas Corpus!
Will Italy destroy the Euro?
Royal Society Archives HIV Aids and Virus growth on Ape's kidneys
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Immigration from the EU
Monday, September 04, 2006
Wasting our ill-equipped armed forces.
British military toll continues to rise Staff and agencies Monday September 4, 2006 Guardian Unlimited Danish soldiers carry the body of one of two British soldiers killed by a roadside bomb near Basra, Iraq. Photograph: Atef Hassan/Reuters Three British soldiers have been killed and two seriously injured in ongoing violence in Afghanistan and Iraq today, according to the Ministry of Defence.
The deaths came amid increasing concern about the army's overseas deployments and two days after 14 British soldiers were killed when an RAF Nimrod plane crashed in southern Afghanistan.
General Dannatt, the new head of the British army, told the Guardian today that soldiers were fighting at the limit of their capacity and could only just cope with the demands placed on them by the government.
Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Innocent III
Charter of Submission from the King of England, 1213
John, by the grace of God king of England, lord of Ireland, Duke of Normandy...etc.By this charter attested by our golden seal we wish it to be known to you all that...we offer and freely yield to God and to SS Peter and Paul...and to the Holy Roman Church our mother, and to our lord Pope Innocent III and his catholic successors, the whole kingdom of England and the whole kingdom of Ireland with all their rights and appurtenences for the remission of our sins and the sins of our whole family.... And now, receiving back these kingdoms from God and the roman Church, and holding them as a feudatory vassal...we have pledged and sworn our fealty hencefort to our lord aforesaid, Pope Innocent III...and we bind in perpetuity our successors and legitimate heirs that without question they must similarly render fealty and acknowelge homage to the Supreme Pontiff holding office at the time... ...in lieu of all service and payment which we should render for them [the fiefs], the Roman Church is to receive annually...one thousand marks sterling....
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Terrorist training in Sussex
Mr. Cook: The Metropolitan police officers in the Yemen have not had access to the suspects currently under detention there. The issue is not clear cut and it is by no means clear that, if the roles were reversed and the police officers of a third country came to Britain to interview suspects whom we were holding under charges, we would necessarily grant such access to the investigating authorities of another power. Still, the Yemeni authorities have co-operated fully in passing to our police officers the results of the interrogation and also other parts of their investigation. At present, we are satisfied with the level of co-operation and I have pressed the Prime Minister of Yemen that we should maintain the fullest co-operation.
Mr. Cook: There were also reports of one in Crowborough. There have been investigations into the matter. The training provided purports to be survival training and also martial arts. We have not established that there was any breach of British law during such training. However, we will watch closely to ensure that, if any offence is committed under the provisions of the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998 that prevent conspiracy to commit terrorism abroad, the Act is properly enforced.Unquote It seems this was just one more promise the government has failed to keep - seven and a half years have elapsed since that exchange from which it was clear the Yemeni Government had provided valuable background on terrorist training in Sussex.