Sunday, September 30, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
President of John Birch Society warns on Democracy in Danger
Friday, September 28, 2007
Sun readers flocking to sign referendum demand
Germany scoops the cream from Rolls Royce
Thursday, September 27, 2007
At Labour's Conference! Independent Policing????
The photographs are from the EU Referendum blog, linked here.
Telegraph's Referendum Campaign passes a 100,000
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
The Sun's EU Referendum Campaign continues
Sarcasm from the Wall Street Journal
Monday, September 24, 2007
More storm clouds
Fed's rate cut may spark global chaosRead the article from Australia, a still sovereign, English speaking nation, linked from here,
German Bank Shares fall as Gold surges and Brown boasts
The Sun launches Referendum Campaign
Democracy has no place in the EU - Britain's FM
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Northern Rock Shocker- Taxpayers to be fleeced ad nauseum
Northern Rock still lending ‘recklessly’
Northern Rock stands accused of “reckless” lending after it emerged this weekend that the beleaguered bank is still offering mortgages of six times salary to potential borrowers.
Despite provoking the worst banking crisis for decades, the bank last week offered a reporter posing as a first-time buyer a £180,000 mortgage even though he had a salary of only £30,000.
The loan was at least £30,000 more than other leading lenders were prepared to offer. Repayments for the loan would have accounted for more than 60% of the fictional buyer’s take-home salary.
The reporter, posing as another potential customer, was also offered a so-called “negative equity mortgage” worth 117% of the value of the property he claimed to be interested in buying. The mortgages offered by other banks to the same potential borrower were significantly lower.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Matthew Parris at his best
Friday, September 21, 2007
IHT - 'Dollar hits bottom then falls again'
Potential for a Dollar collapse
Thursday, September 20, 2007
National security now under the EU
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
MEP 'Reform' Treaty problems.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Britain's Chancellor further undermines faith
Friday, September 14, 2007
Spanish socialist MEP laments lost Constitutional elements
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Democracy's fightback making steady progress
Unions demand referendum on revived EU Constitution
The Trades Union Congress has voted in favour of a referendum on the revised EU Constitution, increasing pressure on Gordon Brown to hold a vote. Colin Moses, from the Prison Officers Association, said: "We have had a belly full of broken promises and what we have here is another broken promise. Promises should not be made in the heat of an election, they should be kept and they should be brave enough to go to the people of this country and ask them. And if they say 'no', that should be the answer." Bob Crow, General Secretary of the RMT, added: "If it is good enough for the Irish to have a vote in a referendum, then it should be good enough for British workers. We should have the arguments and a full debate. People should be able to decide their own destiny."
The Mail quotes I Want a Referendum Chairman Derek Scott saying: "The Government are going to come under increasing pressure to keep their promise to hold a referendum. Trade unions are in tune with their members and the overwhelming majority of voters. The Government should listen to them." The Guardian website reports that the vote "follows on the heels of the launch of the cross-party 'I want a referendum' campaign, which was endorsed by several Labour MPs... whatever the outcome of the campaign for a referendum, it is clear that Europe is not just a rightwing preoccupation." A leader in the Mail describes Brown's refusal to hold a referendum as "an embarrassing stain on his otherwise impressive record at No. 10".
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Kent's lickspittle Labour MPs
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Brok's bullying tone is back!
Friday, September 07, 2007
I want a referendum website.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
National multi-party referendum campaign launch.
The campaign promises to launch in every region of Britain during September and October. So far, the political consensus is that it has yet to gather enough steam to damage the government. There is no sign that Mr Brown plans to give ground.
However, Mr Stringer and Ms Stuart have infuriated some Labour MPs who believe they give the idea of a referendum some credibility, and so provide David Cameron and the Tories with much-needed political cover. The campaign's timing also falls awkwardly for Mr Brown as he tries to project himself as a listening, consultative MP.
Hinting at this, Ms Stuart said: "This is an issue of trust. We were elected on the promise of a referendum. If we are serious about restoring trust in politics, we have to keep our promise and give people a say on this important decision." The Lib Dem MP Mike Hancock made a similar point: "We promised the public a referendum. If the public can't trust politicians on this, how can they trust us on anything else?"
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
An alternative view on a referendum
But that is what I want. I want the EU to get its way and for there to be a dramatic shift in power from London to Brussels, with commensurate huge diminution in democratic control of the political process in this country. I regard the fact Gordan Brown can look the nation in the eye and utter such a naked lie that the current offering is not, to quote the Chancellor of Germany, "the new constitutional document is the same as the old constitutional document: the only difference is that it doesn't have European Constitution as its title", with pure delight.
In short I want Gordon Brown to strip away the myth of the democratic accountability. I want the system that has been so seriously damaged over the last ten years to be broken in such a visible way that even the most purblind self-deluding fool can see just what sort of country they really live in. Let all sixty million people on this island hear the stream of pork pies issuing from the gob of the man in 10 Downing Street, with the entire apparatus of power standing behind him nodding.
Although very worthy folks like the UKIP will argue passionately for a referendum, knowing that their position will almost certain win (which is of course why it will not be allowed to happen), in truth the long term position of a fringe party like UKIP will be vastly improved if the 'nightmare scenario' does indeed come to pass. To actually break the current political monoculture will require far more really pissed off people than currently exist in Big Bruvvah anaesthetised Britain.
The system needs to break and millions of people need to be confronted with their political irrelevance before anything really... interesting... can happen.
So good luck Gordan, I wish you great success in screwing over your subject people and locking in the centrist regulatory Big State at the more remote European level. More and faster in fact.Unquote
Tory elder statesman spells out Sovereignty peril
The protection of our sovereignty, however, is probably the most important Conservative principle, because, without it, we can never as a nation guarantee to deliver on any other principles and pledges. Sovereignty belongs to the British people, and can be surrendered only with the express consent of the British people.
What was in effect a European Constitution, agreed by Tony Blair in June, undeniably diminishes our national sovereignty, and it is outrageous for Gordon Brown to argue that a referendum is unnecessary. We are right to demand one and, failing that, he must promise to hold one after the election.
In protecting our sovereignty, however, we may well need to go further. If, before an election, Parliament has ratified this wretched treaty, allowing it to come into force throughout the European Union, a post-election referendum cannot retrospectively veto it. The ratchet of "ever-closer union" will have irreversibly clicked once more.
In such circumstances, we should pledge to hold a referendum to seek a mandate for fundamental renegotiation of our position in Europe, with a view to recreating a European partnership of sovereign nations.
We must make clear to our European colleagues that "a country called Europe" is incompatible with our sovereignty, and that we cannot remain part of an EU where that is the inevitable and swiftly approaching outcome. Above all we must have a simple creed.
We believe in people, in their individual freedom and right to choose; we believe in promoting aspiration and merit; we believe in the smaller state, in value for taxpayers' money and in being the "good neighbour"; we believe in the family; in protecting and conserving our environment; and above all in the resolute defence of our sovereignty and our realm.
The full paper may be read from this link.
Monday, September 03, 2007
Brown on 'Today'
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Sunday Telegraph berates Brown
A referendum on the new constitution would have given voters the opportunity to express their views, not just on the extension of the EU's powers, but on the way that it exercises the powers that it already has.
Mr Brown's determination to deny Britain's voters that opportunity means that the almost total lack of democratic legitimacy for the basis of our relationship with other members of the EU will continue.
Mr Brown's belief that the views of the British people on this topic should be ignored is at one with the conviction of the EU's bureaucrats, who learned a single lesson from the rejection of the Constitution by French and Dutch voters: never let the people decide anything.
Labour fought two elections on a manifesto that promised a referendum on the new EU constitution. The decision to abandon that commitment is a betrayal, not just of an election promise, but also of a fundamental part of any elected government's relationship with the British people.
In a democracy, the people are sovereign and should have the final say on the issues of by whom, and in accordance with what principles, they are governed. It is no exaggeration to say that, in preventing a referendum on the EU constitution, Gordon Brown is subverting democracy.
Mr Brown believes that British voters do not care about constitutional issues, and that the changes effected by the new EU constitution are too recondite to ignite their ire. We hope that events will prove him wrong.
If Mr Brown calls an early election, voters will get an opportunity to reciprocate the contempt for them that he has so clearly demonstrated. In the meantime, the next best thing is to sign the Telegraph's online petition for a referendum: that, at least, indicates that you are not prepared to let the Government take away your democratic rights without a fight.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
And we can't even give firemen their pay rise?
HOW MUCH DOES THE EU COST BRITAIN? 2007 Reported in the Telegraph, Daily Mail and The Sun
Gordon Brown's Government is handing-over billions of pounds of taxpayers' money to the EU.
The combined direct and indirect costs of EU membership costs every man, women and child in Britain over £1,000 per year. As a result of the Government's surrender of the UK's rebate, and the mounting costs of pointless EU regulation, this figure is set to rise even further.
Since Britain joined the ‘European Economic Community’ in 1973, Parliamentarians have time and again called for a cost-benefit analysis to prove or disprove the benefits of membership; successive Conservative and Labour governments have consistently refused on the grounds that the benefits are ‘self-evident’. Set out in the latest Bruges Group research by Gerard Batten MEP the full costs to Britain have now been calculated.
- Over-regulation costs Britain at least £26 billion per annum
- The Common Agricultural Policy costs Britain at least £15.6 billion a year
- Since 1973 the UK has made contributions to the EC budget of almost £213.6 billion gross or £66.3 billion net, by 2013 this figure will have increased to £299.8 billion gross, or £102.2 billion net
- Britain's accumulated trade deficit with the other EU member states since we joined has risen to £359.5 billion
- This year membership of the European Union will cost Britain £60.1 billion gross, or £50.6 billion net
- That is the equivalent for every man, women and child in Britain of over £1,000 per year gross or £843 net