Showing posts with label New Year. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Year. Show all posts

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Happy New Year


A very happy new year to you all, best wishes and health for 2014

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

40 Years Ago Today

That such an unnecessary and irrational project as building a European super-state was ever embarked on will seem in future years to be perhaps the greatest folly of the modern era. And that Britain . . . should ever have become part of it will appear a political error of the first magnitude.’ Lady Thatcher
Sadly among the New Year celebrations, we must note that today is 40th anniversary of one of the biggest mistakes this country has ever made in its history - entry to what was then the EEC (euphemistically called a Common Market).

The EEC was nothing but a staging post onto the final goal of full political and economic union. Britain was joining a project that was designed to eradicate democracy and sovereignty. Despite Heath's assertions that, “there is no question of Britain losing essential national sovereignty”, the politicians at the time, particularly Heath, were well aware this was not true and kept the true nature of the project hidden from the British public. And so began the underlying characteristic of our membership - monumental deceit; lied to on entry, lied to during membership and lied to about the nature of exit.

Inevitably a number of articles have appeared today, but it's Christopher Booker's in today's Daily Mail that lays out fully the nature of our 40 year membership.

Thankfully though there seems to be light ahead, as there now appears a significant shift in the mood music if not momentum. For the first time politicians, including Cameron, are openingly discussing exit as an option, and not just in the UK either. These comments by Jacques Delors indicate that a UK exit is also being considered by those in Brussels:
"If the British cannot support the trend towards more integration in Europe, we can nevertheless remain friends, but on a different basis, I could imagine a form such as a European economic area or a free trade agreement," Delors suggested.
20 years ago when I started out actively campaigning against our membership not once did I imagine that Delors would ever utter words such as those. It's a sign of how far we've come and how the sentiment is shifting. For the first time in 40 years, our withdrawal looks to be a realistic prospect.

Such a situation though was always inevitable. Not only because the UK is such a reluctant member as Booker notes: 
During those 40 years the British have never been happy members of this club. Too often we have been out of step, and even bitterly at odds, with the rest — as in our refusal to join that single currency.
More importantly though the nature of the EU project makes such a clash unavoidable. With idealism that firmly resides in make-believe territory, Monnet's EU vision was by removing the nation state and democracy and instead leaving power in the hands of bureaucrats he could create "an organised world of tomorrow". But the nation state and democracy are so fundamental to human needs that such an artificial system that tried to defy the laws of human nature would be unworkable. I didn't choose to be English, I just am. And nothing will alter that fact, certainly not a system or a government foisted upon me against my will.

Monnet knew this, and subconsciously acknowledged this fundamental flaw in his plan, by determining that his project should be implemented by stealth, gradually constructing it without ever acknowledging the ultimate goal. He hoped, as did British politicians in the early 70s, that by the time the project revealed itself it would be too late to change anything. That situation of the project revealing itself is now coming to pass.

And it is not without some irony, that the EU who abhors the nation state, adopts many of the characteristics itself; it has a flag, a national anthem, and a capital city. Rather than try to abolish the nation state, it in effect is trying to force through a change of allegiances, from one flag to another. How anyone thought this could work successfully beggars belief. But think it would work Heath, Monnet et al did. That we embarked on such a folly of the first magnitude is testament that ending 40 years of membership won't bring back our democracy on its own, instead 40 years is a reminder that we never had it in the first place.

But above all else, exiting the EU does mean I, like many of my fellow countrymen, will no longer live and die as an EU citizen. I truly hope I live to see the day we leave.

Happy New Year.

Happy New Year

A very happy new year to you all, best wishes for 2013

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Priorities Eh?

L/Bdr Parkinson, 27, lost both his legs and suffered brain damage in a Taliban bomb blast in 2006.
After a gruelling rehabilitation process he has learned to walk on two prosthetic legs and has devoted himself to raising money for military charities.
Diane Dernie, his mother, said the honour left her son "absolutely over the moon". She said he was only informed yesterday morning.
Conversely:

Former Strictly Come Dancing judge Miss Phillips will receive a CBE. She said: ‘I am very pleasantly surprised but mostly absolutely thrilled and delighted to receive such a wonderful honour.’

Also receiving a CBE is artist Miss Emin, who made her name with controversial pieces such as a tent decorated with the names of all of her lovers.
The 49-year-old first courted notoriety in 1997 when she appeared on a live TV discussion about the Turner Prize drunk and swearing.

The same year she exhibited ‘Everyone I have Ever Slept With 1963-1995’ a tent appliquéd with names at Charles Saatchi’s Sensation exhibition and then was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1999 with her My Bed installation.
It divided critics, but made her one of the most famous, and well-paid, living artists in the UK.
In descending order of seniority of honours (my emphasis):
  • Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (GBE)
  • Knight Commander or Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE)
     
  • Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
  • Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)
       
  • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE)
It speaks for itself.

Saturday, 31 December 2011

2012

A happy New Year, and many thanks to all who have followed and read this blog over the last year. I'd like to wish everyone all the best, and good health, for 2012.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

2011

A happy New Year everyone, I hope you all have a good one.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Normal Service Resumes

After a rather hazy interlude, I'm back. I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year. So it's farewell to the boom 'n' bust decade, although technically it isn't really the end of the decade yet, and here's looking forward to the next.

2010 will be busy politically with the impeding General Election when hopefully Brown will be thrown out of office. I can't wait.

So while I catch up on my hundreds of unread posts in my RSS reader here's a round-up of a number of stories that caught my eye over the last week or so:

  1. Jack Straw decides the best way to win the police vote is to insult them.

  2. Labour start the new year as they mean to go; determined to continue their in-fighting right until the bitter end.

  3. Lithuania lays off 1000s of workers for the new year as a result of shutting down its only nuclear power plant. This shutdown was a key condition for Lithuania's entry to the EU.

  4. Spain takes over the Presidency of Council of the European Union.

  5. Obama appears weak on the attempted Christmas Day terrorist attack.

  6. Brown gives the go ahead for the introduction of full body scanners at UK airports. Not immediately though but 'as soon as possible', because the UK first needs permission from its real government - the EU Commission- in order to protect its own borders.

  7. Brown appears to confirm the election will be May 6th.

  8. EU drives up the price of batteries in the New Year as a result of the Waste Batteries and Accumulators Regulations 2009, based on EU Directive 2006/66/EC.

  9. Global Warming was in full force over Christmas.

  10. MEPS will have subsidised skiing trips to the Alps.

  11. More binge drinking nonsense from the usual suspects. Yawn!

  12. A woman sues a New York restaurant after a stuffed mouse falls on her head. I'm not laughing honest!

Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year









My first blogpost of 2010 and I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year.

(As some may recognise, the above is from a cartoon comic strip called the Perishers, in 1980)

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Ten Predictions for 2010

I hope you enjoyed your Christmas. As expected my time on the computer has been rather limited, mainly due to nagging from my wife; "and I don't expect to see you on that bloody computer all over Christmas". That was me told!

Anyway as the new year is nearly upon us, here are my top ten predictions for 2010:

1. After consulting his giant well-thumbed ACME book of "how to create fake dividing lines and outwit the Tories", Brown cunningly ums and ahs about the date of the General Election in order to try to smoke out Tory Policies. It, of course, backfires spectacularly badly on Brown and the election date is on May 6th anyway as widely expected.

2. Easter Sunday will be on 4th April.

3. Cameron will win the General Election with a 72 seat majority and the biggest swing in history. Brown takes defeat badly and ungraciously.

4. UKIP will win Buckingham and Ed Balls will lose his seat (hopefully)

5. Greece will go bankrupt plunging the Euro into crisis.

6. England reach the 2010 World Cup final and lose 3-2 to Spain. So near yet...

7. 2010 will be one of the coldest on record despite Met Office predictions at the start of the year that it will be a scorcher (well, they're always wrong aren't they?)

8. 19th August A-Level results are released, cue 2 days of frenzied press speculation that the exams have got easier.

9. 31st October the clocks go back and a spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents announces its Single Double Summer Time campaign to prevent accidents.

10. 8 out of 10 of my predictions will be correct.