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Come on over, the sun’s out, the water’s warm, and there’s a Piña Colada waiting for you on the beach.

As many of you know, Ampers’ Rants has moved to www.ampers.me.uk and we will be living there from now on. At the same time, I decided to register my own name for the Ampers’ Rants website. This way, if we decide to move again, you won’t have to worry as this link will always find us.

However, we are also on Twitter, and you can find us hanging out at AmpersUK there.

I have enjoyed our friendship and it will be a pity to lose touch with you, especially as many of you seem to come from all over the world (96 countries at the time of moving) – when you come to London, hop on an 82 bus and ask to be put off at ‘Ampers Towers’, it’s a huge building, you can’t miss it.

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Nightmare in Elm Street

Just had to split two blogs from WordPress as someone else needed to adminster one of them.

What a nightmare.

I’m too old for all this.

Still all working OK now – I think. 😦

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An army of Lions lead by a sheep?

An old African saying reads: An army of sheep led by a lion can defeat an army of lions led by a sheep.

The question to ask here is, which of the following seems like a sheep, and which one seems and sounds like a lion?

David Cameron – sheep or lion?
Nick Clegg – sheep or lion?
Ed Milliband – sheep or lion?
Nigel Farage – sheep or lion?

Take a look at this website – I show an extraction below:

Annual Costs of EU Membership

The net cost of the EU to Britain is £20 billion pa. But the actual cost is much more than that.

The European Union costs us £65 billion gross every year.

That’s about £1,000 each every year for every man, woman and child in the UK. And it increases every year.
Direct and Indirect Costs of the EU

Estimates of the true cost of the EU are difficult to come by. MPs have called many times for a cost-benefit analysis, to prove or disprove the benefits of membership. Successive Governments, both Labour and Conservative, have refused, on the grounds that the “benefits” are self-evident. In truth they are afraid of what such a study would show. The Bruges Group have finally produced an authoritative study.

(http://www.brugesgroup.com/CostOfTheEU2008.pdf)

The second question to ask is what can you do with an extra £1,000 for you, an extra £1,000 for your spouse, and an extra £1,000 for each of your children each and every year? Or, to put it another way, what could our country do with an extra £65B each year to go towards paying off our debts?

This is a very hard question to ponder over, so I’ll go away and leave you to it!

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For our new immigrants

You are probably wondering about all the terms for this country. England, Britain, United Kingdom and the British Isles.

So here is the definitive description.

Great Britain consists of England, Scotland, Wales and various islands scattered around the landmass.

The United Kingdom consists of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. That’s right, Northern Ireland is not in Great Britain.

The British Isles consists of the United Kingdom and Eire. That’s right Eire, an independent country, is still situated within the British Isles.

Learn this by heart as we will be questioning you later and failure to get it right will be drastic for you.

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Britain, crime and the law

The following was written by Working Class Tory and was nicked from his blog – but I know he won’t mind as long as I have acknowledged the author and given a link to his website! This, in turn, was nicked from the National Review On Line, but like my blog, full acknowledgements have been given. When something is good and of great interest, it moves around!

Britain has the highest crime rate in Western Europe, despite having a third of all the closed-circuit television cameras in the world to oversee the population, and despite having more or less abandoned a suspect’s right to silence.

There are whole areas of the country in which the weight of the state in the economy is not far short of that of the state in Soviet Russia.

Thanks to state-sponsored social pathology, more than a third of the population is entirely dependent on the state for its livelihood, and would starve without it.

The last government created a new criminal offense every working day for ten years, such that no citizen can possibly know what is legal and what is not.

Arbitrary and constantly changing regulation makes life a nightmare for anyone running a business or a service.

While expenditure on education doubled between 2000 and 2007, the proportion of British children learning a foreign language declined by 75 percent.

In short, the British state is a swamp of corruption, all the worse for being more intellectual and moral than straightforwardly financial.

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The secret powers of time

10 minutes and nine seconds of an amazing, captivating lecture that goes a long way to explaining why governments don’t really understand the transition that our young are going through.

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Jump on the “money-go-round”

The Australians have produced a video to help the British understand the European economy.

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Business Ideas for Parliament.

Surely there is a good idea to use the tax system to give incentives to companies to move to high unemployment areas? And at the same time, give extra incentives for companies to export more goods to new markets.

First of all, if a company opens up a factory in an unemployment black spot, as designated by the Board of Trade, a series of incentives could be given. First of all, lower rates of Corporation Tax could be levied for the first ten years. And also Capital Gains taxes could be reduced for the same period.

In addition, a totally free “Employers Contribution” to National Insurance could be made for each employee who has (a) lived in the local area for a year or so, and (b) has been unemployed for over six months. And this should continue for the first five years.

Incentives for exporting to new markets are not quite so easy to assess. It is an expensive business travelling to, and opening up, new markets in countries you haven’t traded with before. I suggest that all sales to new markets have the entire gross profit for that market, taken out of the tax equation for the first five years.

I know that these lengthy terms are over the life of the Government’s term of five years but there is a precedent for politicians biding future Governments into decisions made on long tern projects. I am referring to signing treaties taking us further into the European Union.

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Are smartphones worth the money?

I recently acquired an HTC Desire, (an Android smart phone). I believe Android are now currently outselling iPhones in the USA and they will soon be outselling them worldwide if not already.

I have to admit, owning an HTC Desire – (I got it on a Virgin contract and paid £149.99 down, and £25 a month for two years). For this I get a £450 mobile phone, 600 calls included every month, and 3,000 texts thrown in. In addition, I am allowed a Gigybyte of Internet 3g and, quite frankly, I can have this on 24 hours a day and never use more than half that amount! As for the 600 calls, friends are getting a little upset with me as I have Scottish blood in my veins and phone everyone and their dawg trying to use up my allotted 600 minutes!

There is a Market place app that takes me to a website with tens of thousands of free apps (applications) and a few you have to pay for. Most of these are around a pound or two and some of them are very good. I currently have 53 apps on my phone and some of them make my life a lot easier.

London journey, for instance cost under £2 and lets me see the service updates on all lines, real live times of trains due in at any underground station I click on, a route planner that has so many options I haven’t room to mention them all here. This app gets me around London using tube, bus, trams, British Rail, riverboat and Docklands railway. It gives me times, locations (on Google Maps), of each change within the journey and estimated total length of journey.

I have another British Rail app which gives me live information of any train arriving at any station within the UK. Another app that gives me arrival and departure times of any plane at any London airport (including Luton and Stanstead) with live updates. I have an app that turns my camera into a scanner and, in a store, I can scan the barcode on a product and get a list of all stores nearby and the price they are selling the same product, together with prices on the Internet. This has almost saved me the two year cost of the phone already!

Apart from Facebook, Twitter and Google Talk apps, there is one that will tell me of each different kind of bar or club local to my localised position (it uses the mobile’s triangular positions from the aerials rather than wasting battery using the inbuilt GPS.

I can look at the video programs I have downloaded from YouTube and they are brilliant in the heavy pixelated screen. In addition, another app shows me what is on TV for the day on each of about 60 programs, another tab shows the films for the day and a third any sports showing that day.

I have a terrific program that I jot down my expenses and income in, and it has a little window telling me how much I must have in my wallet and pocket. I am always losing some money! A further app is a note taker for writing and storing notes.

One brilliant phone app that shows all my callers photographs so I can choose who I want to phone without having to peer at small print. Ideal places I want to go back to can be photographed and are stored in an app, together with the latitude and longitude, a map, and notes.

A WordPress blog program so I can blog on the move, A full dictionary and thesaurus, an app where I can check with Google Analytics how many visitors I am getting on my websites. I also have an app for the Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, News24 (a South African newspaper) and “AG Newspapers UK”, This one app has most UK papers and many others from around the world, 33 to be exact, and all but six of them are in English! The Times may be out of luck when they start charging for Internet use!

I have a backup program which backs up applications to the SDcard or Online, and backs up the Sdcard on line as well. This can be very useful if the Sdcard gets damaged, or one has to load new Firmware onto the phone and lose all the programs. It can take hours to reload them all, although Marketplace does keep a record of those you paid for so you don’t have to buy them again.

As I said most apps are between £1 and £2 but there is a superb SatNav app for between £25 And £35 depending on what maps you require. This can be put in a holder in your car and will show you where you are going with voice instructions and I am told it is far better than TomTom. I will be evaluating this in due course. They now have the full street maps for South Africa so, if you are off to see the World Cup…

We’ll end here although I do have a lot more apps, and there are thousands on the website. When people download an app they can give up to five stars for the worth of the program whether free or not, and when you see half a dozen similar apps, a quick look at the star ratings and comments will steer you towards the best app.

I just had another look through the list of apps on my phone and there are so many more I can talk about. But I’ll just mention one, there is an app that tells you about every gadget in the market as soon as it comes out. This app may be free, but if you read it, it could seriously damage your wealth. Ask my wife…

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Russel Crowe & Robin Hood

This whole hoohah about where Robin Hood came from is a load of codswallop.

Those of us in the know can tell you he was a fully fledged albino Zulu warrior!

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Old Holborn writes

– A series of defence contracts signed shortly before the election, including a £13 billion tanker aircraft programme whose cost has “astonished and baffled” ministers.

– £420m of school building contracts, many targeting Labour marginals, signed off by Ed Balls, the former schools secretary, weeks before the general election was called.

– The troubled £1.2 billion “e-borders” IT project for the immigration service, which, sources say, is running even later and more over-budget than Labour ministers had admitted.

– A crisis in the student loans company where extra cash may be needed to prevent a repeat of last year’s failure to process tens of thousands of claims on time.

– The multi-billion-pound cost of decommissioning old nuclear power plants, which ministers claim has not been properly accounted for in Whitehall budgets.

– A £600m computer contract for the new personal pensions account scheme rushed through by Labour this year, which will still cost at least £25m even if it is cancelled.
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Jack Straw, who is presumably free to speak the truth because he is past all personal ambition, put it most explicitly last week. In order to recover, he said, Labour would have to get back the votes of “decent, hard-working families” who felt that “we had not been listening enough on issues such as immigration, benefits and fairness”.

Every word of this statement is significant. “Decent” implies not feckless or irresponsible. “Hard-working” means not choosing benefit dependency as a way of life. “Families” suggests people who are maintaining more or less stable relationships in which to raise children. In other words, Mr Straw is acknowledging that Labour had come to be associated with the interests of people who were irresponsible, not hard-working and had no commitment to family life in any sustainable form.

OH has links in his article to his source material

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Salute the bravery and vision of SA’s founders

by Meshack Mabogoane

Meshack Mabogoane

Meshack Mabogoane
shacks1956@yahoo.com

THIS month is the centenary of the South African state, whose founders would have marvelled at their creation — the foremost in Africa and a world-class entity, which is now being undermined.

An inspired act of courage, vision and determination, it brought together diverse peoples when Europe’s overarching multinational entities were disintegrating into separate nation states.

Former colonies, republics and kingdoms were forged into a unitary and variegated state, the first — and still the only modern state — founded by natives on a continent whose other states were created outside by foreigners.
The founders — Louis Botha, Barry Hertzog, and Jan Smuts — were war-seasoned generals, who had led a genuine anti-imperialist struggle in a true people’s war. These great men laid the foundations and frameworks that have enabled the evolution of a complex and dynamic country with a thriving economy and vibrant society.

The generals had valiantly fought with their troops within the country, which stands in contrast to the history of another liberation movement — the African National Congress (ANC), which was led by a globe- trotting former lawyer who now, appropriately, has an airport named after him. He lacked military courage, unlike his legal partner, who trained and then returned to fight — but was betrayed and islanded.

The forces under the exilic former lawyer “fought” away from the country, hurling spears from afar, a tactic Shaka discarded with contempt as cowardice. The hurlers returned to stab an unsuspecting nation in the back, typical of cowards.

Without these founders — Botha, Smuts, Hertzog — and their successors, SA would not have existed and developed. Their outstanding statecraft, which has still to be emulated in sub-Saharan Africa, is now being destroyed by un patriotic elements.

Even black and other movements owe their existence to the creation of the state by these men. Black people benefited from these inheritances without the commensurate initiatives of blood and sweat, hence their estrangement and nonappreciation.

Undoubtedly, racial inequity existed and full democracy was absent. But social, health and material provisions — the best in Africa — existed for black people. Long before 1994, blacks had voted directly, at least, for urban and rural councils and executives — izibonda and bungas. Now all races don’t even vote for central and provincial legislators but for mere party representatives.
If apparent or real oppression and the absence of liberal democracy are criteria for condemnation, the worst is elsewhere. The US was founded by only the Virginia aristocracy; most whites were not enfranchised and blacks were enslaved; however, its history and founders are acknowledged.

Democracy never existed in the Soviet Union and there is still none in China. But everyone is indifferent to this, including the ANC, its proteges and friends now selling the economy to imperialistic Beijing as it monkeys around in international relations.
Racism raised its head elsewhere: Jim Crow and lynching for blacks in the US; from pogroms to the Holocaust for European Jewry. Providence and goodwill mercifully saved SA from terrible racist manifestations, but the current regime’s evil racial programme is catastrophic.

The centenary of Africa’s greatest state is eclipsed by a sports jamboree; Blatter overshadows Botha. A fake “patriotism” is being whipped up to opiate the masses. National challenges and historic events are ignored, much befitting a banana republic in crisis.
The early statesmen tackled a complicated state energetically and responsibly with creative initiatives, however controversial some were, unlike the current impotent and parasitic incumbents, who are short on substantive initiatives and solid responsibility.
This month, let us salute Botha, Hertzog and Smuts for their creative genius and their great legacy — as meanwhile, inveterate non-white elites and their non-black fellow travellers insidiously manipulate this highly centralised state in a manner that is unsuitable for such a diverse society.

– Mabogoane is a freelance writer.

Taken from the South African publication, Business Day.

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Nigel Farage

Excuse the post below, I am having problems embedding videos. What used to work with WordPress seems to have changed.

Link to the video is:

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In the EU Parliament

This is the transcript:

Mr President, the Prime Minister has received some criticism this afternoon for his comment British jobs for British workers, but you can brush that aside, because from the moment he said it I do not think anybody seriously thought that he would ever, as a British Prime Minister, put the interests of British workers above that of his European dream.

My goodness me, you showed that this afternoon, Prime Minister.
It is just a pity that, apart from UKIP, virtually nobody seems to have bothered to turn up to listen to you. You are very popular here. You are very popular indeed because within a few days of the Irish saying no to the Lisbon Treaty, you had rammed that Treaty through the British Parliament, breaking a specific manifesto pledge that you would give the British people a referendum on the Constitutional Treaty.

Shame on you, Prime Minister, for doing that. You have devalued democracy in our country; you have devalued the trust that voters put in you as a British Prime Minister. Of course, we know the reason why. The reason why is that we would have voted no. You said in your speech that none but those on the extremes oppose European Union. Well, that may be right amongst professional career politicians, but a clear majority of the British people want us to have friendship and free trade with the European Union, but do not want to be members of this political Union.

You cannot continue to build this European Union against public opinion. If you do it against the will of the people, you are storing up enormous social and political problems for the future. Please let the peoples of Europe decide their destiny. Do not have it done in parliaments like this and parliaments like Westminster. It will not work!

As far as the economy is concerned, you have told us that somehow you are the economic guru; you are the man who can save the world. Well, I remember very well your first big act as Chancellor when you sold 400 metric tonnes of gold on the worlds exchanges at USD 275 an ounce. At today’s valuation, that would be USD 10 billion higher.

It was not just the fact that you got it wrong, because we can all get it wrong. It was the fact that you announced in advance how much you were going to sell and on what day you were going to sell it. It was an error so basic that the average A-level economics student even in these educationally devalued times would not have done this.

To add to that, you have destroyed our private pension system, and you took away from the Bank of England its ability to regulate the banks and gave it to the tick-box bureaucrats of the FSA in Canary Wharf.

We have not heard an apology. Your Government has apologized for the Amritsar massacre; you have apologized for slavery; you have apologized for virtually everything. Will you please apologize for what you did as British Chancellor, and then perhaps we might just listen to you?

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What we have voted for

Although not intentional, I fear that as the markets adjust to our decision, sterling will fall, the government will indulge in “quantitative easing” again (printing money with no back up assets) which will mean, as last year, the hundred richest people in the United Kingdom will see their fortunes increase by 30% as they did last year, and all the rest of us will see the value of our savings decrease even further.

The top one hundred people haven’t so much increased their wealth, a lot of the 30% is adjustments as their money is tied up with property and shares, which adjust to the true value of the companies and the property those companies also own, but they certainly haven’t gopt poorer.

The rest of us who reply either on our savings, or salaries, will see the buying power of our savings decrease even further.

There will probably be another election next year so we must pray that our savings and salaries don’t fall through the floor between now and then.

There is also a very real reason why we should have an English parliament. I copy, in full, a blog from the Adam Smith Institute. But before you read it, nether I, or the writer of the ASI blog is calling for the breakup of the United Kingdom.

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The West Lothian Question must be addressed

from The Adam Smith Institute Blog by editor@adamsmith.org (Tom Clougherty)

The results of the general election have again highlighted the unfairness of our asymmetric devolution arrangements. In a sense, it didn’t matter much to Scotland who won the election – they have their own parliament and their own government, and pursue their own policies on many domestic issues. And yet they still got to send 59 members of parliament to Westminster, who will now spend most of their time voting on and debating legislation that only applies to England.

In such a tight election race, these Scottish MPs could easily have held the balance of power, and been able to wield enormous influence over policies that could never impact their constituents. That this hasn’t happened should be welcomed, but it shouldn’t distract us from the fact that there remains something fundamentally wrong with our constitutional set-up. If – as seems to be the case – political and electoral reform is going to be a major issue in coming months, devolution must be part of the discussion.

I’ve written many times before that the only solution to this ‘West Lothian question’ is for power to be devolved to England as it is to Scotland. The radical decentralizer in me likes the idea of Swiss-style localism, with power devolved to the English counties, but realistically an English Parliament is the more obvious solution.

What the ASI has recommended before is that the MPs representing English constituencies in the House of Commons be constituted as a separate English Parliament, which would elect its own first minister, and take over the Commons for several weeks each month to deal with English issues. Interestingly enough, if this English Parliament existed today, it would contain 298 Conservative MPs, 191 Labour, 43 Liberal Democrat, and 1 Green. That would add up to a Tory majority of 31, compared with being 19 short of a majority at the UK level.

This is not an argument about whether or not England should have a Conservative government. Rather, my point is that if Scotland can elect a parliament that represents their views, and if Wales and Northern Ireland can elect assemblies to do the same, why can’t England? It is a simple matter of fairness that ought to be on the agenda.

P.S. Britain’s geographic polarization – the Tories won 71 percent of the seats in the South, compared with less than 2 percent in Scotland – is a striking feature of the 2010 electoral map. To me, that mitigates in favour of genuine political decentralization, a theme I’ll be returning to in future posts.

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Says it all really

This is the most powerful political video I have ever seen.

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Lest we forget

I thought I would reproduce this in full.

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Dear Friend,

As election day gets closer and closer it is vital that the expenses crisis isn’t drowned out in promises and spin. Over the last two years the Sunlight Centre’s largest campaigns and investigations have been into the Smith Institute and former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. With your help we want to remind voters about this in the run up to polling day.

Not many people, and certainly not many of his constituents, know the role that Ed Balls played in the scandal around Gordon Brown’s favourite, think-tank The Smith Institute, and its breach of the charity laws covering party political activity.

Following the Charity Commission investigation initiated by the Sunlight COPs, the board of the charity had to resign. In the year between leaving the Treasury as Brown’s Special Adviser and becoming an MP, Ed Balls was paid close to £89,000 to write two pamphlets for the sham organisation. We want to tell the voters in his constituency of Morley and Outwood about this so the Sunlight Centre will be running an advert highlighting this and his expenses claims throughout the local paper websites in his constituency. We also want to remind Jacqui Smith’s constituents of her role as the “poster girl” of the expenses crisis.

Electoral Laws allow us to spend £500 in each constituency, but we need your help in order to raise these funds. If you could please contribute perhaps £10, £20, or £50 then together we can make sure that these two rotten elements of the last rotten parliament are not returned on election day.

Thank you in advance,

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The Sunlight Centre for Open Politics

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Ubuntu

10.04 LTS (Long Term Support release) is out tomorrow.

I will go over to it after my full monthly backup on the 30th of April.

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My new phone arrives today

And, quite honestly, I am excited. Noo, it is certainly not an iPhone. My friend, who is a serious freelance computer professional working with City and West End corporations in London has said that the number of IT departments who have standardised on this phone report many problems.

My phone is the top of the range “HTC Desire” and, right now, I desire it to be delivered soon. It’s coming by UPS and I have checked it is on the van! It uses the Android operating system and, as I use a lot of Google applications for running my newspaper, it is ideal. I have the “HTC Hero” at the moment. This has been terrific with Google Apps, which I will set up and pass over to my wife, and at least I will be able to show her how it works!

It’s ridiculous really, Here I am, at seventy, and can still get excited about a new gadget! The technical specification is below, but don’t bother to read it unless, like me, you are fascinated with new gadgets.

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Product Features and Technical Details
Product Features
* 3.7-inch AMOLED display
* 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
* 5 megapixel colour camera
* Social networking including Facebook®, Twitter™, and Flickr™
* Up to 7.2 Mbps download speed
Technical Details
Dimensions (LxWxT) 119 x 60 x 11.9 mm (4.7 x 2.36 x 0.47)
Weight 135 grams (4.76 ounces) with battery
CPU Speed 1 GHz
Power & Battery – Battery type: Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery – Capacity: 1400 mAh
Talk time:- WCDMA: Up to 390 mins -GSM: Up to 400 mins
Standby time: -WCDMA: Up to 360 hours -GSM: Up to 340 hours
Camera -5 megapixel color camera -Face detection capability -Auto focus and flash
Widescreen photo capture
Geotagging
Connectors -3.5 mm stereo audio jack -Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
Sensors -G-Sensor -Digital compass- Proximity sensor -Ambient light sensor
HTC Widgets
Bookmarks, Calendar, Clock, Footprints, Friend Stream, Mail, Messages, Music, News, People, Photo Album, Photo Frame, Search, Settings, Stocks, Twitter, Weather
Downloadable widgets
Social Networking -Facebook™ integration -Friend Stream -Photo sharing on Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter
Video sharing on YouTube™ -HTC Peep for twittering
Recommended Windows System Requirements -Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, or Windows XP
HTC Sync
Special Features
Automatically lowers the ringer volume as soon as the phone is picked up
Mutes the ringer when the phone is flipped face down
Backs up certain data and settings to the microSD card automatically, such as SMS/MMS messages, bookmarks, Wi-Fi passwords, and more
Display 3.7-inch AMOLED touch-sensitive screen with 480 X 800 WVGA resolution
Platform Android™ 2.1 (Éclair) with HTC SenseTM
Storage -ROM: 512 MB -RAM: 576 MB
Expansion slot: -microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible) -Supports up to 32 GB
Network Bands
Europe: -HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz -GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Asia Pacific: -HSPA/WCDMA: 900/2100 MHz -GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Internet -3G: -Up to 7.2 Mbps download speed -Up to 2 Mbps upload speed
GPRS: Up to 114 kbps downloading -EDGE: Up to 560 kbps downloading
Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g – Tethering
Internet sharing through USB
Bluetooth -Bluetooth® 2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
A2DP for wireless stereo headsets
FTP and OPP (object push) for file transfer
Other supported profiles: AVRCP, GAP, GOEP, HFP, HSP, PBAP, SPP, Service Discovery Application Profile
Multimedia
Photos application for viewing photos and videos -Music -FM Radio
Audio supported formats: – Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma -Recording: .amr
Video supported formats: -Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv -Recording: .3gp
Location -Internal GPS antenna -Google Maps -HTC Footprints™

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What a novel idea

This contract with the public in the Cambridge constituency has been signed fby an independent candidate. Would any reader please copy it and broadcast it on your blogs and send it to any political or press contacts. It deserves a full airing.

http://www.oldholborn.net/2010/04/contract-with-cambridge.html

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Constituents Contract

I, Old Holborn, as candidate in the General Election 2010 hereby agree to the following contract with my constituents:

• I will remain a fiercely loyal representative for my constituents. I will not put any party or other interest, before my constituents. If I do, I will resign.

• I will work with any organisation in Scotland, the UK or Europe if it will help the people of my constituency.

• I will never promise what I know I cannot deliver.

• I will endeavour to acknowledge all letters from constituents within 24 hours between Monday and Friday.

• I will endeavour to acknowledge all emails from constituents within 24 hours between Monday and Friday but hopefully sooner.

• I will attend regular advice/consultation sessions which will be widely advertised in the constituency. I will arrange home visits for the elderly, disabled and carers.

• I will never knowingly claim credit for something when the credit is not mine.

• I will tell people my real views, even when I know they will disagree with me.

• I will do my best to keep my website updated every day. I will blog regularly.

• My calendar will be published on my website and kept up to date daily from Monday to Friday.

• I will not claim one penny in expenses that is not absolutely required for me to carry out my job as an MP. If I do not keep this pledge, I will resign.

• I will publish my expenses (if any), in full, monthly or possibly weekly on my website. If I do not keep this pledge, I will resign.

• I will not use any taxpayer funded equipment or office for any other reason that to carry out my duties of MP. If I do not keep this pledge, I will resign.

• I will be a whistleblower against anyone. In this, I will not be anonymous and I will use the press. If I am caught knowing about illegality or sleaze and not whistle blowing, I will resign.

• I will be a full time MP with no jobs outside politics nor will I take any money from anyone for access. If I do work for anyone, it will be in a voluntary capacity which will not infringe on my time as an MP.

Signed Old Holborn 27.4.2010

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A picture is worth a thousand words.

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Lest we forget

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Go for it, Nigel

I will let the video do my talking. It is about Nigel Farage, who I have to admit is one of the more charismatic politicians in Britain, talking about the aims of the UK Independence Party in a televised interview.

The interesting thing is that I first saw it on a Conservative MEP’s blog (Dan Hannan).

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Funniest video spoof I’ve seen!

This Video came from “Grumpy Old Twats” blog, he’s a wizard at changing things. It’s well worth watching until the alterations.

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A good example

The following video from YouTube, and you can ignore the contents as that is not what this blog is about, describes how it is possible to put a particularly complex point across to a wide audience, in less than sixty seconds. Well done Daniel.

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Who was Joshua Norton?

Monarchy In The USA


This precis was written by a South African called Pat Conlon, who owned and ran a South African restaurnat in San Francisco, he has done his homework well and, although there are more links at the end of the article, unless you are really interested, there is no reason to travel further. This is an amazing story and is not an Urban Myth! It is a true story.

The Story of Emperor Norton

Joshua Abraham Norton, America´s first and only Emperor, was born in London, England on February 14th, 1819. Details of his early life are rather sketchy–almost all that´s really known is that his family moved to Algoa Bay in South Africa during his infancy, where his father prospered as a merchant. It isn´t until his arrival in San Francisco aboard the Dutch schooner Franzika in 1849 that the record begins to fill in

Norton came to America with a nest egg of thirty thousand dollars, with which he opened a business selling supplies to gold miners, and set about buying up the land that would eventually become San Francisco´s Cow Hollow district.

By 1855, Norton was one of the most respected businessmen in San Francisco, having rebounded from the fire of 1853 and profitably diversified his operations. Already his friends were referring to him as “Emperor”.

It was at this time that he hit on the bold idea of attempting to corner San Francisco´s rice market–the city´s large immigrant Chinese population providing a captive and hungry market, at a time when the only way rice (or almost anything else) arrived was aboard cargo steamships. Investors were quick to sign on, and in a matter of days Norton owned, practically speaking, all the rice in San Francisco. For the first few days it looked like yet another daring success for the Emperor, when two ships, well ahead of schedule and brimming with rice, steamed lazily through the Golden Gate. One shipment he might have been able to buy up as well; two was a backbreaker, and in a matter of minutes Norton was ruined.

He spent the next three years in court, and emerged penniless in 1858. Packing together his meager belongings, Norton disappeared for about nine months; no record tells where he went. He returned suddenly in the late summer of 1859, proudly walking the streets in a beaver hat and naval regalia, arguably mad. By September, Emperor Norton was no longer able to contain his secret. He walked into the offices of the San Francisco Bulletin and presented them with this single sentence, which they ran on the next edition´s front page:

“At the peremtory request of a large majority of the citizens of these United States, I, Joshua Norton, formerly of Algoa Bay, Cape of Good Hope, and now for the past nine years and ten months of San Francisco, California, declare and proclaim myself Emperor of these United States, and in virtue of the authority thereby in me vested do hereby order and direct the representatives of the different States of the Union to assemble in Musical Hall of this city, on the 1st day of February next, then and there to make such alterations in the existing laws of the Union as may ameliorate the evils under which the country is laboring, and thereby cause confidence to exist, both at home and abroad, in our stability and integrity.”.

Norton I
Emperor of the United States
September 17th, 1859

That day people on the streets began greeting Norton with deep bows and curtsies. The tacit public acceptance was immediate and profound, and San Francisco had a wise and caring monarch to reign over its gilded age.

Norton I ruled by proclamation, and it didn´t seem to faze him if not all his edicts were carried out. If taxes or water rates were too high, he commanded that they be lowered; if there were inadequacies in the city services, he ordered improvements. On the eve of the Civil War he temporarily dissolved the Union, and after the Prussian victory in 1872, he ordered a week of continuous celebration and thanksgiving. Bay Area newspapers competed for the honor of posting his proclamations, and more than once they devised fakes to generate sales and interest, a practice against which the Emperor railed angrily.

Few monarchs ever had Norton´s common touch; he abjured seclusion and luxury. He attended every public function or meeting, always arriving by foot or bicycle rather than coach, and performed daily rounds of his capital´s streets, making sure the police were on their beats, and that cleanliness, harmony and order prevailed. If he noticed someone performing some kind act or other, he might spontaneously ennoble them, from which practice the expression “Queen for a day’ was obtained. The titles were especially popular with children, who would follow him in groups, looking everywhere for liter to pick up or old ladies to help across the street.

Norton´s personal expenses were few. He ate free of charge at whatever restaurant suited him, had three seats reserved for him at every theatrical performance (one for himself and one each for his famously well-behaved dogs, Bummer and Lazarus); the city itself actually paid for his uniforms and the local Masonic Lodge paid for his small apartment. Nonetheless, whenever necessary, Norton had his own currency printed, which was accepted everywhere without question–at a time when U.S. paper money was still regarded with distrust in California. He also had the option of levying taxes, for which his normal procedure was to walk into the offices of an old business friend and politely announce an imperial assessment of ten million or so dollars, but could quickly be talked down to two or three, or perhaps a cigar, with which he would walk out entirely satisfied.

Still though, this wasn´t really legal, and feelings towards Norton I amongst the police were rather mixed. In January of 1867, in fact, he was arrested by an overzealous policeman “to be confined for treatment of a mental disorder,’ and held at the police station pending a hearing. The public outrage was immediate; every newspaper editorial denounced the action, and there was the real possibility of a riot. Chief of Police Patrick Crowley himself opened the cell doors, and issued a lengthy public apology to the Emperor. Norton himself was magnanimous about the whole affair, and from then on his relations with the police became much more congenial. He let their annual parades and inspected the new cadets; members of what he now called his Imperial Constabulary saluted him when he passed.

Norton I was a great believer in progress and innovation, and many of the ideas for which he was sometimes regarded as mad have become realities. He issued numerous proclamations proposing and then finally commanding the construction of a suspension bridge linking San Francisco and Oakland, complete with his own design sketches. His planned San Francisco terminus is within a block of where the Bay Bridge abuts now, and a plaque on it bears testimony to his foresight. He was also convinced that travel by air would one day become common, and commissioned panels of researchers and designers to create plans for airships.

The historical twilight of monarchy was gathering, however, and Norton made it part of his mission to restore whatever luster he could to it. He sent frequent cables to fellow rulers, offering surprisingly well-informed advice, or reflecting on the complex responsibilities of rulership. Many of the responses he got were in fact forgeries, created by his friends to make him happy, but many were not. King Kamehameha of Hawaii (known as the Sandwich Isles) was so taken with the Emperor´s insight and understanding that towards the end of his life he refused to recognize the U.S. State Department, saying he would deal only with representatives of the Empire.

Norton I died quite suddenly of apoplexy, on January 8th, 1880, on the corner of California and Grant, on his way to a scientific conference. He left no heir. San Francisco went into a period of deep mourning for three days. Ten thousand people, from every walk of life, lined up to view his mortal remains; his funeral cortege was two miles long. At 2:39 that day, during his funeral, San Francisco experienced a total eclipse of the sun. Fifty-four years later, Norton´s coffin was reinterred at Woodlawn Cemetery in Colma–once again, flags throughout the city were lowered and businesses closed their doors. About sixty thousand people attended the ceremony, which was accompanied by full military honors and dolorous taps.

This is only a short precis of his story, for more amazing revelations, take a look at www.zpub.com/sf/history/nort.html. This is an Emperor Norton site. It is part of a “Site Ring” and from there you can visit all the sites of the ring.

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Climate change is not the problem

The whole world is going mad. Am I really the only sane person? Everywhere I look there are articles, news and comments about “climate change” and nothing about the fact that the earth’s resources are drawing to an end or that the population will double in forty years!

Oil, copper, uranium just to mention a precious few. Already these are no longer plentiful and are already costing us more to get them out of the earth than they did twenty years ago. It is estimated some of them will be too expensive to mine in twenty years time and by forty years time they will all be too expensive to mine.

In January 1970 there were 3.91 billion people. In December 2008 there are 6.868 billion. This is an exponential graph and therefore is estimated to double in forty years time.

(To my friend who said nonsense, people are killing and dying all over the world, it won’t happen, all I can say is, yes, they have also been doing this since 1970 and it doubled.)

Do look at Chris Martenson’s presentation, then you will be forewarned and will be an expert on economics, the earth, and population explosion after 20 easy chapters. Apart from knowing more about what is happening, you will be in a better position to plan for the future. That has to be a plus… doesn’t it?

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The Right Honourable Robin Cook MP

I often think that perhaps Robin Cook was one of the very few politicians who actually deserved to have the word “honourable” in his title. Here he is giving his ministerial resignation speech to parliament. Although not shown here, I have been reliably informed that he actually received an “unheard of” standing ovation after the speech.

There have been questions asked about his death, two years after his resignation; someone has made a fair, if not conclusive appraisal, on this website.

I think the most interesting comment that Robin Cook has made is as follows:

“The truth is, there is no Islamic army or terrorist group called Al Qaida. And any informed intelligence officer knows this. But there is a propaganda campaign to make the public believe in the presence of an identified entity representing the ‘devil’ only in order to drive the ‘TV watcher’ to accept a unified international leadership for a war against terrorism. The country behind this propaganda is the US and the lobbyists for the US war on terrorism are only interested in making money.” -Robin Cook

The above quote and YouTube video were taken from an excellent article on Fred Face’s blog and is well worth the read.

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You are English…

Dammit!!!

Watch this video and learn…

(A link in case the vid doesn’t play)

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Three on, three off

Back in the sixties I had an idea which may have made it possible for people to work just over a three day week for the same salary.

I knew the “Church” would have been against it as it would end the seventh day of the week, but it seemed a good idea at the time.

It would have also sorted out the unemployment, and in those days it was always at least three million plus.

The idea was to have workers, in situ, seven days a week. This would have been done by hiring the same number of workers again, and splitting them into two teams, “A” and “B” and have them working three days on and three days off. Companies could then make the cost of their premises stretch over the full week, rather than just five days. Workers might even be willing to work a longer day if it meant three days off each week.

We would have to guard against unscrupulous people by making it illegal for anyone to work for their company on their three days break. Perhaps a £20,000 fine which would be given to the member of staff reporting the instance as he or she would surely lose their job!

The“A” and “B” teams would have to be the same in every company. Without fail. This would ensure two things. Firstly, that you would always have the same contacts you deal with in every company, all the time. So you couldn’t have people chopping and changing.

Secondly, if you love your spouse, you would make sure both were in the same “A” or “B” team so they would have their off time together. If you didn’t love your spouse you would make sure you were in the other team to your spouse!

But there could be another reason for being in different teams. You could always be available for your children as they were growing up, because there would always be an adult at home. And you could always go out with your spouse during the evenings. And you could always take holidays together.

There would be no weekends. Work and off days would fall on different days each week. This would help the entertainments industry and restaurants as their work load would be spread across the week, rather than always be just on weekends.

I never pursued the idea as I used to have fun just drawing up plans like that. I still do, and I probably won’t pursue it now!

I was once caned in front of the whole Afrikaans school when I devised a plan for sharing power with blacks in South Africa in 1953. But that’s another story – and it was a good plan.

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Thou shalt not kill

I am referring to the death of the Hamas arms procurer in Dubai the other day. But it will achieve two purposes from my point of view. First it will identify those amongst us who think Hamas can do no wrong and Israel can do no right, and those who think Israel can do no wrong and Hamas can do no right (I do not fit into either categories as I realise it is not as simple as that) but also it has set me thinking about our own government.

In particular, our Foreign Office. But I shall come to that later.

First, whether Israel is responsible or not (and, because of the efficiency, it would take a lot to persuade me that they are not) they are gutsy. I would suspect, in the cold war days, Russia must have despaired that, no matter how much they funded Arabs and the Americans funded (and still do) Israelis, the Arabs just couldn’t manage to win any wars – and they tried – several times! Israelis were fighting for their existence, but the Arabs weren’t. A bit like the “cornered rat” syndrome. If a rat is cornered it will always fight its attackers more fiercely as it is its life, but for the attackers it is not a matter of life or death.

Returning to our Foreign Office, I wish they would show the courage of the Israeli Government in going ahead and doing what they think is right, rather than pussy-footing around terrified of offending any of our enemies, or friends!

I once suggested to Margaret Thatcher that she should privatise the Foreign Office. She smiled and by her look, I could see that it was an idea that “hit a spot” with her!

The sooner our diplomats get some backbone, the better it will be for England. Pussy-footing attracts contempt. Strength attracts respect.

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Open Source software – does it byte?

Apart from being an IT journalist, I am also the editor of “The Finchley Arrow”— a small web based community newspaper in North London. I have recently moved over from Windows to Linux but that wasn’t the objective in the first instance.

We are all unpaid volunteers on the newspaper. When I told a local politician that we even pay our own expenses he passed out on the spot! Voluntary organisations which rely on computers and software to run things efficiently have a problem. They are restricted when choosing someone’s replacement because of expensive programs and, in addition, data that may not be compatible with the new volunteer’s software.

We thought long and hard about this and decided to use Open Source software. Open Source software is totally free so wouldn’t put a burden on future recruits to the Arrow. It should also be available on the three main platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux) so we wouldn’t be restricted by a volunteer’s computer system.

Programs such as Open Office instead of Windows Office, Scribus instead of Adobe’s InDesign. Inkscape instead of Adobe Illustrator or Coreldraw and The Gimp instead of Photoshop to name but a few. In addition, books on all these programs are available on Amazon.

I moved over to the Linux “Open Source” operating system when a friend, who had some serious hard disk problems, had loaded his Windows program on too many times. Windows just closed down and he had to phone Microsoft to get it released. He was treated like a criminal and it took twenty minutes to persuade Microsoft to allow him to use his Windows program again. I found this very unsettling and decided to move over straight away. I chose Ubuntu, which is very well behaved, does everything I want it to, and never lets me down.

One benefit is, whilst Windows only has one desktop, Linux allows as many desktops as you like – we actually use seven! I loaded up an open source program called VirtualBox which allows me to run Windows on one of my desktops. To change from Linux to Windows now takes one click of the mouse. So I have the best of both worlds.

There must be over eighteen thousand open source programs out on the web. Ubuntu have taken a couple of thousand of the best of them and added these to their “repository”. Quite simply, this means you can open a special window, search, or browse the list, and download with a click or two and the program is ready to use on your computer. I have a free genealogical program. Another that lists all the books on my bookshelf – I just type in the ISBN number and it searches the Internet and adds all the details without me having to type them in.

Our newspaper now uses open source software for everything, so as we grow and get more volunteers on board, we never have to worry about who has what program, and how much will they have to spend to do the job.

** To be classed as “open source” the source code needs to be available to anyone who wants it. Hence “Open Source”.

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Interesting NOT

I read this a little while ago…

David Cameron has unveiled plans to ensure that any petition of 100,000 people would be eligible for debate in Parliament. Any petition with 1 million signatures would result in a bill being tabled in Parliament.

Those more sensible amongst us will know this won’t get off the ground. What if “bring back hanging” or “leave the EU” were put forward for referendums and attracted a million votes? Here are two particular issues our “bleeding heart” politicians wouldn’t want debated, Labour or Tory! Once “Call me Dave” thinks this one through it will bite the dust!

No! I have a better idea.

If a politician is caught with his “fingers in the till”, and by this I mean fiddling expenses, accepting deals from lobbyists, entertaining groups with public funds for private benefit – in fact the whole gamit of fiddles that politicians indulge in – and the public get together to ask for signatures to penalise that MP, the following should be the penalty.

If 100,000 signatures have been collected and presented, then that MP faces a cut in salary for as long as he remains an MP. This includes further elections he may win, and any golden handshake he receives on leaving parliament. And, in addition, any pension he may receive from the government after leaving parliament.

If 200,000 or more signatures are obtained, then he will receive a further cut of 10% cut for each 100,000 signatures, of all the items listed above.

This is not unreasonable as any politician knows that if he remains honest it would not apply to him. However the real villains will not be able to help themselves and would get weeded out of parliament. And it would make the more dishonest amongst would be parliamentarians think twice before standing for any constituency. Imagine how much the country would be saving with the expense scandals!

Bear in mind that here, the thieves will be punished and the victims will save their tax payers hard earned money.

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Member for Monmouth

The following has been lifted unashamedly from David Davis’s blog and I would like my readers ro dwell on the penultimate paragraph…

FIRST BLACK HIGH SHERIFF APPOINTED TO MONMOUTHSHIRE, SAYS MP

MONMOUTH MP David Davies has reacted with surprise to news that a community worker from Bristol has become Britain’s first black High Sheriff.

Peaches Golding will take the ceremonial office of Bristol’s High Sheriff in March 2010. It has been widely reported that Mrs Golding is the first person of African descent to take up the post, which was created 1,000 years ago. However, Mr Davies was quick to point out that this honour belongs to a former Sheriff of Monmouthshire.

“Anyone who has any interest in these matters will know that Nathaniel Wells became Britain’s first black sheriff when he was appointed Sheriff of Monmouthshire and Deputy Lieutenant of the county in 1818,” said Mr Davies.

“Mr Wells also served as a magistrate and moved easily in high society around the county, suggesting that in spite of the current obsession with ‘diversity’, Britain has always extended a welcome to talented people with something to contribute.

“I will be writing to Mrs Golding to congratulate her on her new role, but will politely point out that Monmouthshire was actually 190 years ahead of Bristol in appointing a black High Sheriff. “One would hope that historical accuracy is not going to be scarified on the alter of political correctness in order to allow someone to gain a headline”.

Don’t the authorities realise the English psyche? The more they allow immigrants in willy-nilly, the more violent racism will rise? And it is not anger that is directed at minority groups, it is frustration. Not frustration with those groups but frustration of what the government are doing to our country.

I have no anger for the immigrants, even those who beg or steal. They have come here because it has been easy for them to get in. How can you blame them for trying and succeeding. The fault lies not in the hapless person who has paid gangsters thousands of pounds to get them in, but with the government who has intentionally made it possible for them to flock over here.

The Government doesn’t care that there are no jobs for them, they don’t want them to have jobs. They want them dependent of the State so they will vote for them, election after election for fear that an alternative Government will force them to work for a living.

Don’t blame the immigrants, wait for May 6th and then blame the Government.

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To lie, or not to lie, that is the question

Who is telling porkies then? Gordon Brown? Eric Pickles? (I keep wanting to call him Wilfred.) I make no further comment, dear reader, I will leave it to you to make up your own mind.

The Prime Minister
10, Downing Street
London, SW1A 2AA
3 February 2010

Dear Mr Brown,

At Prime Minister’s Questions today, you told the House of Commons that you knew nothing about the secret fund, worth a reported £50,000, which was held by the Labour Party for your benefit. When asked why you did not declare this on the Register of Members’ Financial Interests (RMFI), you said specifically: ‘I know nothing about what he [the questioner] is talking about.’

This simply cannot be true.

It is clear from Peter Watt, the Labour Party’s former General Secretary, that you were the beneficiary of a secret fund held by the Labour Party. He has said explicitly:

‘Before becoming Prime Minister, Gordon went to some lengths to insulate himself and the Treasury from our financial troubles, setting up his own personal pot of cash at party HQ. This was money we could not dip into, since it was set aside for the Chancellor’s own pet projects. Murray Elder helped secure donations from the Chancellor’s supporters’ (Inside Out, January 2010, page 105).

He went on to claim that it may have been used to finance your ‘long-term campaign to become party leader’ (Inside Out, Peter Watt, 2010, page 105).

Mr Watt’s assertions were widely reported. Indeed, across several pages in the Mail on Sunday, Mr Watt claimed that you used ‘up to £50,000-a-year of Labour money to pay for private polling’ (Mail on Sunday, 17 January 2010).

The allegations were explicitly confirmed as truthful by a Labour official who said in the same article: ‘It [the fund] was funded through donations to the Party.’

In the light of these allegations, my colleague, Greg Hands MP, wrote to you more than two weeks ago, on 17 January, to query why you had failed to declare the fund properly the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. This letter was publicised in several newspapers on 18 January.

As you did not respond, Greg Hands submitted a complaint to John Lyon, the Parliamentary Commissioner this week. I attach a copy of this complaint for your reference. Again, this complaint was reported.

Yesterday in a speech titled ‘Transforming Politics’, you said that you would ‘do all that is necessary to restore trust’ in politics and the conduct of MPs. If you wish to restore trust in politics, you should stop treating people like fools by claiming that you were unaware of this fund when all the evidence points to the contrary. I therefore urge you to admit to this fund’s existence, apologise for misleading the House and co-operate with any inquiries that John Lyon may wish to make.

Yours sincerely,

Eric Pickles
Chairman, The Conservative Party
Member of Parliament for Brentwood and Ongar

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Who reads this blog?

First of all, an apology, I normally do this on the 1st of the year but because of major computer problems – I have lost seven years of accumulated data – it has well and truly slipped my mind
According to “Google Analytics”, people from the following countries read my blog.
United Kingdom, United States, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Ireland, Russia, India, Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Philippines, Taiwan, Norway, Mexico, China, Switzerland, Denmark, New Zealand, Portugal, Malaysia, Italy, Hungary, Turkey, Pakistan, Brazil, Singapore, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Japan, Egypt, Israel, Greece, Romania, Argentina, Czech Republic, (not set), Slovenia, Estonia, Indonesia, Austria, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Jamaica, Latvia, Serbia, South Korea, Peru, Thailand, Jordan, Costa Rica, Kenya, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Ghana, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bulgaria, Kuwait, Chile, Senegal, Mongolia, Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Guatemala, Gibraltar, Slovakia, Bolivia, Croatia, Uganda, Colombia, Cambodia, Montenegro, Burundi, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Lithuania, Algeria, Bahamas, Martinique, Saint Lucia, Ukraine, Venezuela, Uzbekistan, Cayman Islands, Lebanon, Armenia, Guadeloupe, Palestinian Territories, Moldova, Georgia, Albania and the Northern Mariana Islands.
A very big thank you to one and all.
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Traitors

In 1973, a group of traitors to the English people sat in a smoked filled cabinet room in 10 Downing Street and agreed to take Britain into the “Common Market”. They despatched Edward Heath off to the EU to persuade the EU mandarins to let Britain join. MacMillan told Heath not to come back until we were in, and he could give anything away as we had to join at any cost. In the end, the deal was to give away our agriculture and our fish. Many years later, on a TV program, an interviewer asked Heath if they knew it was going to turn into a political union. I was amazed at both his reply, and his language in making the reply. His exact words were “Of course we bloody did!”
You may think this is a funny hook into an article about why the “left” hate Margaret Thatcher so much, but it is there to show that I hated Thatcher as much as the rest of them for being responsible for giving our children’s heritage away to foreigners so that they may rule our country. You all know, dear readers, how much I detest the EU politicians!
So, now we are here; why do the “left” hate this woman so much? It cannot be because she took us into Europe, most of the left, apart from Militant who seem now to be dead and buried, love us being ruled from Brussels. So what is the reason?
I think it is because she was successful in turning Britain around from being the sick man of Europe, to being a country ordinary Englishmen could be proud of. She gave us back our dignity and pride. And put right of centre politics back on the map. She also made life a little bit more difficult for malingerers who suddenly found they had to pay their way in society.
Even the poll tax was fair if compared with the “Council Tax”. At present, people who had wealth, and who have tried to better themselves pay a high local tax so that squanderers and layabouts don’t have to. The only difference between Poll Tax and Council Tax is that, instead of people who have bettered themselves, paying for the local council, everyone would pay, but much less, each, for the same objective.
And Thatcher’s war was to reclaim our dependency back from an invading army. How much more noble in the eyes of the English citizen would you say that was, in relation to Blair’s dishonest Iraqi war? I am sure he never forgave her for that!
Thatcher’s problem in the end, boils down to everyone’s problem who is successful in this country. They are, at first built up, then they are put on a pedestal, then they are knocked off it. It happens all the time. It is both an English tradition and an English malady.
But to return to my main theme, there are groups of people within the left – let’s call them Marxists for the want of a better name, who are never satisfied until they are pulling the English Anglo-Saxon down and stamping all over them. They hate us with a fierceness that is so hard to understand. For a time, Thatcher reversed this, and put their movement and ideals back many years. It is no wonder they hate her with so much vitriol.
Margaret Thatcher was not only the last decent Conservative we had, but the last decent and strong politician we had.
David Cameron is not a Thatcher, he is weak and twists and turns saying anything which he hopes will appeal to the voter. What’s the point in voting for him? He will not help England.
No, the wisest amongst us will see there will not be any chance of putting matters right after the next election and the country will be much better off if we voted for the minority parties and hope for a hung government where the leaders will have to do deals to get any minority or independent MPs to side with them.
But the great unwashed will vote Labour, and the middle classes will vote for “Call me Dave” Cameron. And Britain will, once again, get the government they deserve.
I sometimes think Robert Magabe could do better!

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The Daffodil Principle

This is a longish story but there is a very real moral at the end of it. I commend it to the blog!
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Several times my daughter had telephoned to say, “Mother, you must come see the daffodils before they are over.” I wanted to go, but it was a two-hour drive from Laguna to Lake Arrowhead. “I will come next Tuesday, ” I promised, a little reluctantly, on her third call.
Next Tuesday dawned cold and rainy. Still, I had promised, and so I drove there. When I finally walked into Carolyn’s house and hugged and greeted my grandchildren, I said, “Forget the daffodils, Carolyn! The road is invisible in the clouds and fog, and there is nothing in the world except you and these children that I want to see bad enough to drive another inch!” My daughter smiled calmly and said, ” We drive in this all the time, Mother.” “Well, you won’t get me back on the road until it clears, and then I’m heading for home!” I assured her.
“I was hoping you’d take me over to the garage to pick up my car. “How far will we have to drive?” “Just a few blocks,” Carolyn said. “I’ll drive. I’m used to this.” After several minutes, I had to ask, “Where are we going? This isn’t the way to the garage!” “We’re going to my garage the long way,” Carolyn smiled, “by way of the daffodils.”
“Carolyn,” I said sternly, “please turn around.” “It’s all right, Mother, I promise. You will never forgive yourself if you miss this experience.” After about twenty minutes, we turned onto a small gravel road and I saw a small church. On the far side of the church, I saw a hand-lettered sign that read, “Daffodil Garden”. We got out of the car and each took a child’s hand, and I followed Carolyn down the path.
Then, we turned a corner of the path, and I looked up and gasped. Before me lay the most glorious sight. It looked as though someone had taken a great vat of gold and poured it down over the mountain peak and slopes. The flowers were planted in majestic, swirling patterns – great ribbons and swaths of deep orange, white, lemon yellow, salmon pink, saffron, and butter yellow. Each different-colored variety was planted as a group so that it swirled and flowed like its own river with its own unique hue. There were five acres of flowers.
“But who has done this?” I asked Carolyn. “It’s just one woman,” Carolyn answered. “She lives on the property. That’s her home.” Carolyn pointed to a well-kept A-frame house that looked small and modest in the midst of all that glory. We walked up to the house.
On the patio, we saw a poster. “Answers to the Questions I Know You Are Asking” was the headline. The first answer was a simple one. “50,000 bulbs,” it read. The second answer was, “one at a time, by one woman. Two hands, two feet, and very little brain.” The third answer was, “Began in 1958.”
There it was……. The Daffodil Principle.
For me, that moment was a life-changing experience. I thought of this woman whom I had never met, who, more than thirty-five years before, had begun – one bulb at a time – to bring her vision of beauty and joy to an obscure mountain top.
Just planting one bulb at a time, year after year, this unknown woman had forever changed the world in which she lived. She had created something of ineffable magnificence, beauty, and inspiration.
The principle her daffodil garden taught is one of the greatest principles of celebration. That is, learning to move toward our goals and desires one step at a time – often just one baby-step at a time – and learning to love the doing, learning to use the accumulation of time. When we multiply tiny pieces of time with small increments of daily effort, we too will find we can accomplish magnificent things.
We can change the world.
“It makes me sad in a way,” I admitted to Carolyn. “What might I have accomplished if I had thought of a wonderful goal thirty-five years ago and had worked away at it ‘one bulb at a time’ through all those years. Just think what I might have been able to achieve!”
My daughter summed up the message of the day in her direct way. “Start tomorrow,” she said.

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The power of money

Various parties try to forecast what the voters will be more concerned about before any election. Is it health, policing, education, Europe or what?

I have a little story to tell. It is meant to be a joke, but it will illustrate the point I want to make about what the real issue is when a voter turns out to make his cross.

THE JUDGE’S DILEMMA

In a small town, a person decided to open up a brothel, which was right opposite to a church. The church & its congregation started a campaign to block the brothel from opening with petitions, and prayed daily against his business.

Work progressed. However, when it was almost complete and was about to open a few days later, strong lightning struck the brothel and it was burnt to the ground.

The church folks were rather smug in their outlook after that, till the brothel owner sued the church authorities on the grounds that the church, through its congregation & prayers, was ultimately responsible for the destruction of his brothel, either through direct or indirect actions or means.

In its reply to the court, the church vehemently denied all responsibility or any connection that their prayers were reasons for the act of God. As the case made its way into court, the judge looked over the paperwork at the hearing and commented:

‘I don’t know how I’m going to decide this case, but it appears from the paperwork we have a brothel owner who firmly believes in the power of prayer and an entire church that doesn’t.’

I have to say that, in the end, it always depends on how much money we will have left in our pay packets.The Liberal Democrats still haven’t understood that. Remember that disastrous time when they offered to put a penny on income tax to boost education? They really did badly that time.

And Labour? They have expanded the number of people who get state benefits like billy-o! All these people will be too fearful of losing their benefits if they vote Conservative.

And the Conservatives? Once they were the natural party for Queen and Country. Now they are fearful of telling the truth about the EU. Imagine their votes if they decided on leaving the EU and toold the people what they would do with the money saved

The Taxpayers Alliance state:

EU membership costs every citizen €2,400 (£2,122) per year, compared with the €235 (£207) quoted by the commission.

The UK-based lobby group says that, annually, the total cost of membership to the 27 states is €1219bn (£1078bn) – close to ten times the official figures.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance bases its figures on what it considers the “real, underestimated and hidden” cost of EU membership.

You can read more about this on this page of their website.

This is 1.078 trillion pounds. How quickly could we get back on our feet if we hadn’t to carry these expenses each year? This works out at £89bn every month, or £20.7bn a week or £3bn a day. Or to put it in perspective, £683,663 for the time it took me to type this sentence.

The question isn’t “Do we want to leave the EU or not?” The real question should be “Could we be better off if we spent this £1.2 trillion on our own citizens?” Ask this question and most people would vote for coming out.

And UKIP aren’t much better. They go on about us coming out of the EU. As I have said above, it is the wrong question – people couldn’t care either way, but if you start talking about how you are going to spend that money, on UK citizens, no other party could match your largesse.

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Who said this?

… and when?

…It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonoured by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money.

“Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my horse; gold is your God; which of you have not barter’d your conscience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for the good of the Commonwealth?

“Ye sordid prostitutes, have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turn’d the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intolerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d; your country therefore calls upon me to cleanse the Augean Stable, by putting a final period to your iniquitous proceedings, and which by God’s help and the strength He has given me, I now come to do.

“I command ye, therefore, upon the peril of your lives, to depart immediately out of this place! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors. You have sat here too long for the good you do. In the name of God, go!

So, my good friends, what’s changed?

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Let’s all cheer up…

… or not as the case may be!

STAY ALERT! These people walk among us, and the scary part is that they have the right to vote and to reproduce!

IDIOT SIGHTING #1
My daughter and I went through the McDonald’s take-out window and I gave the girl a £5 note. Our total was £4.20, so I also handed her a Twenty pence piece. She said, ‘you gave me too much money.’ I said,’Yes I know, but that way you can just give me a pound back.’ She was puzzled and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request. I did so, and he handed me back the 20 pence and said ‘We’re sorry but they could not do that kind of thing.’ The girl then proceeded to give me back 80 pence in change!

Do not confuse the staff at MacD’s.

IDIOT SIGHTING #2
We had to have the garage door repaired. The GARADOR repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a ‘large’ enough motor on the opener.I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one GARADOR made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower. He shook his head and said, ‘Madam, you need a 1/4 horsepower.’ I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4 and he said,’NOOO, it’s not. Four is larger than two…’ We haven’t used Garador repair since.

Happened in Moor Park, Nr Watford UK

IDIOT SIGHTING #3
I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbour call the local town council office to request the removal of the “DEER CROSSING” sign on our road. She said the reason was : ‘Too many deer are being hit by cars out here! I don’t think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.’

Story from Potters Bar, Herts. , UK

IDIOT SIGHTING #4
I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an Irish airport employee asked, ‘Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge? To which I replied, ‘If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?” He smiled knowingly and nodded, ‘That’s why we ask.’

Happened at Luton Airport … UK

IDIOT SIGHTING #5
The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it’s safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged co-worker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red. Appalled, she responded, ‘What on earth are blind people doing driving?!’

She is a Local Council employee in Harrow, Middlesex (UK)

IDIOT SIGHTING #5
When my husband and I arrived at Our Local Ford dealer to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it. We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the drivers side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. ‘Hey,’ I announced to the Fitter/Mechanic, ‘its open!’ His reply, ‘I know. I have already done that side.’

This was at Ford dealership in St Albans,Hertfordshire UK.

IDIOT SIGHTING #6
I left a note at a copy shop asking for a drawing to be enlarged to 160% of its size. When I returned the young lady said she had not been able to do it. When I asked why not, she replied “What’s percent?” (The copier controls were marked 1.5 times, 1.6 times, 1.7 times etc)

It really DID happen, in Alton Hants.

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Let Me See If I Understand This Correctly. . .

  • If you cross the North Korean border illegally, you get 12 years hard labour.
  • If you cross the Iranian border illegally, you are detained indefinitely.
  • If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot.
  • If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally, you will be jailed.
  • If you cross the Chinese border illegally, you may never be heard from again.
  • If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally, you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.
  • If you cross the Cuban border illegally, you will be thrown into political prison to rot.

However, if you cross the British border illegally, you get

  • a job
  • a driver’s licence
  • a social security card
  • welfare benefits
  • subsidized rent
  • help to buy a new house
  • free education
  • free health care
  • a lobbyist in LONDON
  • a legal right to criticise and berate our Christianity
  • a legal right to criticise and berate our Western ideals and principals
  • and, in many instances, you can VOTE

Could someone please tell me why?

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Christmas under fire, 1941

A merry Christmas to all my readers, For the older ones who remember, I would like to play a video made by one of the best American friends Britain every had in the second world war, a certain Mr Quentin Reynolds. For my younger readers, I want you to watch it and know that those who write us off may be making the biggest mistake of their lives.

Christmas under fire, 1941:

Wikipedia says of him:

Quentin James Reynolds (April 11, 1902, New York City – March 17, 1965, San Francisco, California) was a journalist and World War II war correspondent.

As associate editor at Collier’s Weekly from 1933 to 1945, Reynolds averaged twenty articles a year. He also published twenty-five books, including The Wounded Don’t Cry, London Diary, Dress Rehearsal, and Courtroom,

His video despatches back to America may not have been responsible for American answering our bugle call but when they did, I am sure the memory of his despatches persuaded the common people that we were “worth saving”.

We may be cowered by ideology, by Political Correctness, Health and Safety, and all the other weapons our ruling class operate to cower us and subject us, but they will never kill our spirit and when a leader finally surfaces, we will follow them and do what needs to be done.

You can learn more about the British spirit at the National Archives.

And finally, if you liked the last video, here is another from the same stable.

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The most successful Prime Ministers in the last 100 years.

This may come as a surprise to most people, but I think the pair, Brown and Blair, have been the most successful team this country has had for over a hundred years.

Before I tell you why I think this, I would like to talk a little about the Marxists in our midst.

One of the problems that the Marxists face is the ability the Anglo-Saxon has for independent thought. Because these Marxists knew they were rather thin on the ground they concentrated on infiltrating our education system and television media.

However, as must as the teachers have tried to indoctrinate our children, and television have tried to indictrinate the rest of us, it just hasn’t worked. So these people put on their thinking caps and created “Political Correctness” with the objective of creating an environment where the Anglo-Saxon would become to frightened to voice their thoughts on important issues such as immigration, racism etc.

After this new way forward had time to create the aura of fear that it was intended to, these Marxists then looked for more ambitious ways of making their mark. They “invented” NuLabour and had their man, Tony Blair, put in to persuade the public of all classes that this was a man to do business with.

Over the years, Tony Blair has systematically destroyed, with the help of Gordon Brown, first as Chancellor, and then as replacement Prime Minister, Great Britain. And they have exceeded beyond their wildest dreams.

This is the reason why I say they have been the most successful leaders of modern times. They set out to destroy the Anglo-Saxon, and they have succeeded.

I append below a paper written by two Cuban journalists in the United States in case you are interested in reading more about Political Correctness.

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Political Correctness: The Scourge of Our Times

Agustin Blazquez with the collaboration of Jaums Sutton

Monday, April 8, 2002

Does anyone know the origins of Political Correctness? Who originally developed it and what was its purpose? I looked it up. It was developed at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt, Germany, which was founded in 1923 and came to be known as the “Frankfurt School.” It was a group of thinkers who pulled together to find a solution to the biggest problem facing the implementers of communism in Russia.

The problem?

Why wasn’t communism spreading? Their answer? Because Western Civilization was in its way. What was the problem with Western Civilization? Its belief in the individual, that an individual could develop valid ideas. At the root of communism was the theory that all valid ideas come from the effect of the social group of the masses. The individual is nothing. And they believed that the only way for communism to advance was to help (or force, if necessary) Western Civilization to destroy itself. How to do that? Undermine its foundations by chipping away at the rights of those annoying individuals.

One way to do that?

Change their speech and thought patterns by spreading the idea that vocalizing your beliefs is disrespectful to others and must be avoided to make up for past inequities and injustices. And call it something that sounds positive: “Political Correctness.” Inspired by the brand new communist technique, Mao, in the 1930s, wrote an article on the “correct” handling of contradictions among the people. “Sensitive training” – sound familiar? – and speech codes were born.

In 1935, after Hitler came to power, the Frankfurt School moved to New York City, where they continued their work by translating Marxism from economic to cultural terms using Sigmund Freud’s psychological conditioning mechanisms to get Americans to buy into Political Correctness. In 1941, they moved to California to spread their wings. But Political Correctness remains just what it was intended to be: a sophisticated and dangerous form of censorship and oppression, imposed upon the citizenry with the ultimate goal of manipulating, brainwashing and destroying our society.

PC Cuba

My first conscious exposure to Political Correctness was in 1959 – the first year of Castro’s revolution in Cuba – while attending an indoctrination session at a neighborhood elementary school in Havana. There I learned for the first time of the claimed superiority of life in the Soviet Union vs. the U.S. There I also learned that the word “compañero” (filtered version of the communist “comrade” – Fidel was denying his communist preferences) was the correct way to refer to the other members of the new Cuban society-in-the-making.

Mr., Mrs. and Miss were no longer acceptable, and their further use could reveal that you were not a Fidelista. Since repression and violations of human rights came roaring in right behind Castro’s sweep down from the mountains in 1959, objection or rejection of Fidel Castro’s revolution would (and still will) land you in a lot of trouble. You could easily lose your life in those summary executions at La Cabaña prison under the direction of Che Guevara. But don’t worry about Che. Che was later transformed and cleansed by the masters of Political Correctness. His likeness became a revered icon of the far left, with T-shirts and posters still adorning the campuses of America.

The same techniques were used to cleanse one of today’s “heroes,” Mumia Abu-Jamal (even if he was convicted, by overwhelming evidence, of killing a cop). And under the pervasive guidance of Political Correctness that took hold from elementary school to university, from the media to the arts, from the country fields to factories and offices, Cubans learned to say what it was safe to say. Always in line with the overpowering state. Always following the dictums of the only political party left: the Communist Party. The self-censorship resulting from Political Correctness easily trampled freedom of speech.

Political Correctness has succeeded in Cuba by creating a uniform political discourse that has lasted for 43 years. Political Correctness has given the state (Castro) complete control of speech. That is the main reason why the U.S. media cannot extract the truth of what Cubans really feel when they nterview regular citizens and deceptively present their comments as valid to the American public.

The same was true in the former Soviet Union and the former satellite countries. The same continues in the remaining communist world. It’s nothing new. The U.S. media must know that, so why don’t they openly report that fact instead of misleading the public? Perhaps that is the reason why the American people are so

uneducated about the Cuban tragedy and acted regrettably during the Elian Gonzalez affair. The PC U.S.

With profound dismay, I have seen how the scourge of Political Correctness has taken hold in the U.S. It is very well entrenched in our educational system, at scientific, religious and community levels, the media, the workplace and even our government. It is changing the American society from within, and the citizens of this nation are increasingly censoring themselves and losing their freedom of speech out of fear of Political Correctness repression. It is the nature of Western Civilization to be civilized – respectful of others and concerned with correcting injustices. We don’t need Political Correctness to make us think we are not civilized on our own and must have our thoughts and words restricted.

In December 2001, in Kensington, Md., an annual firefighters Santa Claus festivity to light the Christmas tree was objected to by two families. The city council, in the name of Political Correctness, voted to ban Santa from the parade. Fortunately, due to citizen outcry, the decision was reversed in the end and many people protested by dressing up as Santa.

Logically and respectfully, how can one person’s benign icon be objectionable to the point of banishment? Offer to add other people’s icons. Make it a broader celebration. That’s the Perfectly Correct American way. The rulers of Political Correctness reach absurd levels when they refer to the betrayal of America by the spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg – executed in 1953 – as “non-traditional patriotism”! We see shameful situations created in our schools and universities in America that have fallen prey to Political Correctness. Some professors, students and publications are being attacked for expressing a point of view that differs from that imposed by a fanatical far left, under the guise of Political Correctness.

In schools and workplaces we see that “diversity” has degenerated into reverse discrimination, where often the less qualified are admitted and the incompetent cannot be fired. We have seen characters like Rev. Jesse Jackson shamelessly blackmailing and threatening to boycott entire corporations if they don’t hire those selected by him or simply make “donations” to his organizations.

The Double Standard Emerges

Our Constitution requires the separation of church and state, which has always discouraged our public education system from teaching religion. However, in December 2001, while Christmas cards, symbols and decorations were being objected to for the first time in American public schools in Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Oregon, in an elementary school in Texas, a girl was allowed to give to her classmates an overview and show a video about her Muslim religion.

And in January 2002, a public middle school in San Luis Obispo, Calif., had its students pretend to be warriors fighting for Islam. Another school near Oakland, Calif., also encouraged 125 seventh-grade students to dress up in Muslim robes for a three-week course on Islam.

This arbitrary double standard was applied in the name of Political Correctness following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. According to Ellen Sorokin’s “No Founding Fathers?” published by the Washington Times on its front page on Jan. 28, 2002, even our Founding Fathers have fallen victim to the travesty. The article says of the New Jersey Department of Education’s history standards, “The latest revisions to the state standards have disappointed educators across the country, who said the board’s exclusion of the Founding Fathers’ names is ‘Political Correctness to the nth degree.’ ” Sorokin points out that “the standards specifically note that students should identify slavery, the Holocaust and modern Iraq as examples in which ‘people have behaved in cruel and inhumane ways.’

Conveniently, communism is absent from that short list.

In another article by Sorokin, published by the Washington Times on March 10, “Report Blames Anti-Americanism on College Teachers,” she presents two examples of upcoming courses for next spring and fall. They are ” ‘The Sexuality of Terrorism’ at University of California at Hayward; and ‘Terrorism and the Politics of Knowledge’ at UCLA, a class that, according to its course description, examines ‘America’s record of imperialistic adventurism.’ ”

Recently, a historic photograph of the New York firefighters raising the American flag over the ruins of the World Trade Center was going to be made into a sculpture as a memorial. But history’s revisionists used Political Correctness to dictate that other minority faces replace some of the faces in the historical photograph! Fortunately, in the end that didn’t fly either, due to the outcry of firefighters and the public.

The Goal of the PC Dictators

For people with the background and firsthand experience of living inside a totalitarian communist society, the tilt and goal of the dictators of Political Correctness in America are obvious. The beneficiaries in the end will be the fanatic believers in the totalitarian state, who, in spite of the dismal failure of communism and the 100 million people exterminated pursuing that criminal system, have not given up.

Political and religious fanatics, as demonstrated by the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the subsequent war in Afghanistan, are extremely dangerous in today’s world. All citizens who cherish liberty must reject the scourge of Political Correctness. Freedom of speech must be preserved in America if we are to continue to be free.

Let’s say it: Castro is not a ‘president,’ as the U.S. media’s Political Correctness calls him. Castro has not been democratically elected to anything in Cuba. The correct word to define him is ‘tyrant.’ He is not just a ‘leader,’ as the U.S. media also calls him. He is more of a criminal Mafioso- type character.

Why criminal? Because he has caused the deaths of more than 100,000 Cubans. Thousands have died through his support of guerrillas in Central and South America. Thousands of blacks were killed by Castro’s soldiers in Africa. Castro in the 1980s introduced the use of bacteriological weapons to kill blacks in Angola.

How many thousands have died in America as a result of his drug trafficking into the U.S.? How many thousands have died all over the world due to terrorists trained in Castro’s Cuba? Former Soviet colonel Ken Alibek, who defected to America, was once in charge of the Soviet Union’ Political Correctness: The Scourge of Our Times

Let’s preserve our freedom and say NO to the scourge of Political Correctness.

© 2002 ABIP

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Charter of Liberties of Henry I, 1100

This charter, granted by Henry when he ascended the throne, is important in two ways. First, Henry formally bound himself to the laws, setting the stage for the rule of law that parliaments and parliamentarians of later ages would cry for. Second, it reads almost exactly like the Magna Carta, and served as the model for the Great Charter in 1215.

Henry, king of the English, to Bishop Samson and Urso de Abetot and all hisbarons and faithful, both French and English, of Worcestershire, [copies weresent to all the shires] greeting.

1. Know that by the mercy of God and the common counsel of the barons of thewhole kingdom of England I have been crowned king of said kingdom; and becausethe kingdom had been oppressed by unjust exactions, I, through fear of god andthe love which I have toward you all, in the first place make the holy churchof God free, so that I will neither sell nor put ot farm, nor on the death ofarchbishop or bishop or abbot will I take anything from the church’s demesne orfrom its men until the successor shall enter it. And I take away all the badcustoms by which the kingdom of England was unjustly oppressed; which badcustoms I here set down in part:

2. If any of my barons, earls, or others who hold of me shall have died, hisheir shall not buy back his land as he used to do in the time of my brother,but he shall relieve it by a just and lawful relief. Likewise also the men ofmy barons shall relieve their lands from their lords by a just and lawfulrelief.

3. And if any of my barons or other men should wish to give his daughter,sister, niece, or kinswoman in marriage, let him speak with me about it; but Iwill neither take anything from him for this permission nor prevent his givingher unless he should be minded to join her to my enemy. And if, upon the deathof a baron or other of my men, a daughter is left as heir, I will give her withher land by the advice of my barons. And if, on the death of her husband, thewife is left and without children, she shall have her dowry and right ofmarriage, and I will not give her to a husband unless according to her will.

4. But if a wife be left with children, she shall indeed have her dowry andright of marriage so long as she shall keep her body lawfully, and I will notgive her unless according to her will. And the guardian of the land andchildren shall be either the wife or another of the relatives who more justlyought to be. And I command that my barons restrain themselves similarly indealing with the sons and daughters or wives of their men.

5. The common seigniorage, which has been taken through the cities andcounties, but which was not taken in the time of King Edward I absolutelyforbid henceforth. If any one, whether a moneyer or other, be taken with falsemoney, let due justice be done for it.

6. I remit all pleas and all debts which were owing to my brother, except mylawful fixed revenues and except those amounts which had been agreed upon forthe inheritances of others or for things which more justly concerned others. And if any one had pledged anything for his own inheritance, I remit it; alsoall reliefs which had been agreed upon for just inheritances.

7. And if any of my barons or men shall grow feeble, as he shall give orarrange to give his money, I grant that it be so given. But if, prevented byarms or sickness, he shall not have given or arranged to give his money, hiswife, children, relatives, or lawful men shall distribute it for the good ofhis sould as shall seem best to them.

8. If any of my barons or men commit a crime, he shall not bind himself to apayment at the king’s mercy as he has been doing in the time of my father or mybrother; but he shall make amends according to the extent of the crime as hewould have done before the time of my father in the time of my otherpredecessors. But if he be convicted of treachery or heinous crime, he shallmake amends as is just.

9. I forgive all murders committed before the day I was crowned king; andthose which shall be committed in the future shall be justly compensatedaccording to the law of King Edward.

10. By the common consent of my barons I have kept in my hands forests as myfather had them.

11. To those knights who render military service for their lands I grant of myown gift that the lands of their demesne ploughs be free from all payments andall labor, so that, having been released from so great a burden, they may equipthemselves well with horses and arms and be fully prepared for my service andthe defense of my kingdom.

12. I impose a strict peace upon my whole kingdom and command that it bemaintained henceforth.

13. I restore to you the law of King Edward with those amendments introducedinto it by my father with the advice of his barons.

14. If any one, since the death of King William my brother, has taken anythingbelonging to me or to any one else, the whole is to be quickly restored withoutfine; but if any one keep anything of it, he upon whom it shall be found shallpay me a heavy fine.

Witnesses Maurice bishop of London, and William bishop elect of Winchester, andGerard bishop of Hereford, and earl Henry, and earl Simon, and Walter Giffard,and Robert de Montfort, and Roger Bigot, and Eudo the steward, and Robert sonof Hamo, and Robert Malet. At London when I was crowned. Farewell.

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Warning: The following Old Holborn blog contains bad language. However, it is difficult not to use bad language when discussing a subject like this, that I have decided to leave the language expressed in.

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Look at the above graph. Look long and hard at the above graph.

You do know who is going to pay for this, don’t you? Your children. You know, the ones you are busy preparing for life. The ones you are currently sacrificing everything for to make sure they can stand on their own two feet and be independent in life.

Their dreams, their ambitions and their futures have been pissed up the fucking wall by a mere 646 people. An entire generation has been commited to little more than slavery to the State because of the excesses of yet another Labour Government. Whilst you toiled, they’ve been spending it faster than any of us could earn it. So fast, that your children, perhaps yet unborn, are going to have to pay for the rest of YOUR life, if not theirs.

I’ve attacked the chavs, the bottom feeders, the welfare junkies before. This time I’m aiming at a different section of society.

I want the heads of the middle classes on a fucking plate.

What the fuck is wrong with our society that we can allow a Government the free reign to impoverish an entire generation? Yes, I’m talking to you in your three bed semi in Walsall, with a Mondeo on the drive, Radio 4 Womens Hour blaring out in the background and organic avacados in the fridge. Yes, you cunts.

Why did you do it? I know you voted Labour because that grinning cocktrumpet Cherie Blair and her snake oil salesman of a husband looked like “nice people” at the time. They are now multimillionaires and couldn’t give a flying fuck about you, your subsciption to the gym or little Chlamidyas extra maths lessons. They don’t care that the BMW needs a service and because the market for asset managers is a bit low at the moment, Keith, your boring husband is out of work.

Do you think Jo Brand or Melvyn Bragg gives a shit? Do you think Marcus Bridgestock or Adam Boulton would even wipe you off their shoe? Do you think Harman or Blears feel the pain you do? DO THEY FUCK. They are on fully indexed pensions, fat on the excesses of Government/Media. Whilst you bite your nails to the quick dreading what the postman will bring in the morning. Chlamidya and Euphrates are not going to be lawyers. They are going to be highly taxed peasants, spending decades paying off what the 646 spent in a rush to the head, equality for all social FUCK UP of frankly monumental proportions.

You’ve been had. More than that, you gambled your childrens future on 8 magic beans laid out in front of you by Tony Blair.

Whilst you slept, ZanuLabour set about making sure that any rebellion by your children can be quickly quashed. So we now have political officers in schools looking out for dissent in four year olds. We have parents being forced to attend “councilling” by civil courts if the behaviour of their child is not compatable with “Government targets”

Every civil Liberty taken from us in the last 12 years is now set to trample your children into the ideal fodder for yet more abuse from the 646. They are children born into slavery. Bonded labour if you wish.

And you did it. The rush for Pavlova instead of pudding, the necessity for nail salons and the (unread) Observer on the coffee table to impress the guests has seen Britain sell not just its soul, but its children to the highest bidder.

Look around the room. Find ONE THING the State does not regulate, control, tax or monitor. This has happened in a mere 100 years and we allowed it to happen. 646 Monsters took everything, absolutely everything from us, including our childrens futures. Their birth certificates are just Gilts to be sold to the highest bidders.

We are the New Soviets. We must be truly insane. Now we are going to need a bloody revolution and our children are quite rightly going to ask how the hell it came to this.

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Jobs for the boys!

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (I feel a song coming on) is the same size as Doncaster (South Yorkshire).

In Doncaster it takes 63 councillors to run Doncaster. If you asked any of these councillors they will tell you the council is extremely hard working and every councillor is dedicated to make life better for the inhabitants of Doncaster.

The nine councillors in Pittsburgh are also hard working and equally dedicated to the citizens of their city.

I wonder what their secret is?

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The fastest Illusionist ever

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Polititions who went to private school

Considering the fact that politicians have fucked up (excuse my French) the educational system in this country, I thought I would give you a list of some of the people who have a private education.

As the Government is Labour, I only show Labour politicians.

Public schools:
# Ed Balls (Morley and Outwood)
# Hugh Bayley (City of York)
# Hilary Benn (Leeds Central)
# Bob Blizzard (Waveney)
# Chris Bryant (Rhondda)
# Stephen Byers (North Tyneside)
# Charles Clarke (Norwich South)
# Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley)
# Jim Cousins (Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central)
# Alistair Darling (Edinburgh South West)
# Quentin Davies (Grantham and Stamford)
# Louise Ellman (Liverpool Riverside)
# Natascha Engel (North East Derbyshire)
# Mark Fisher (Stoke-on-Trent Central)
# Barry Gardiner (Brent North)
# Linda Gilroy (Plymouth Sutton)
# Paul Goggins (Wythenshawe and Sale East)
# Peter Hain (Neath)
# Patrick Hall (Bedford and Kempston)
# Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East)
# Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham)
# John Healey (Wentworth)
# Margaret Hodge (Barking)
# Geoff Hoon (Ashfield)
# Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley)
# Tessa Jowell (Dulwich and West Norwood)
# Sally Keeble (Northampton North)
# Ruth Kelly (Bolton West)
# Jim Knight (South Dorset)
# Ivan Lewis (South Bury)
# Martin Linton (Battersea)
# Ian Lucas (Wrexham)
# Denis MacShane (Rotherham)
# Fiona Mactaggart (Slough)
# Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley)
# John Mann (Bassetlaw)
# Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West)
# Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South)
# Bob Marshall-Andrews (Medway)
# Michael Meacher (Oldham West and Royton)
# Chris Mole (Ipswich)
# Julie Morgan (Cardiff North)
# Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West)
# Nick Palmer (Broxtowe)
# Gordon Prentice (Pendle)
# James Purnell (Stalybridge and Hyde)
# Nick Raynsford (Greenwich and Woolwich)
# Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West)
# Andrew Slaughter (Ealing, Acton and Shepherd’s Bush)
# John Spellar (Warley)
# Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West)
# Howard Stoate (Dartford)
# Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East)
# Mark Todd (South Derbyshire)
# Kitty Ussher (Burnley)
# Keith Vaz (Leicester East)
# Malcolm Wicks (Croydon North)
# Michael Wills (Swindon North)
# Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central)
# Shaun Woodward (St Helens South)

Grammar Schools
* Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington)
* Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire)
* Graham Allen (Nottingham North)
* David Anderson (Blaydon)
* Janet Anderson (Rossendale and Darwen)
* Hilary Armstrong (North West Durham)
* Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands)
* John Austin (Erith and Thamesmead)
* Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West)
* Vera Baird (Redcar)
* Margaret Beckett (Derby South)
* Stuart Bell (Middlesbrough)
* Roger Berry (Kingswood)
* Liz Blackman (Erewash)
* Hazel Blears (Salford)
* David Borrow (South Ribble)
* Karen Buck (Regent’s Park and Kensington North)
* Richard Burden (Birmingham Northfield)
* Colin Burgon (Elmet)
* Alan Campbell (Tynemouth)
* Martin Caton (Gower)
* Colin Challen (Morley and Rothwell)
* Ben Chapman (Wirral South)
* David Chaytor (Bury North)
* Paul Clark (Gillingham)
* Vernon Coaker (Gedling)
* Ann Coffey (Stockport)
* Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire)
* Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North)
* David Crausby (Bolton North East)
* Tony Cunningham (Workington)
* Janet Dean (Burton)
* Andrew Dismore (Hendon)
* Frank Dobson (Holborn and St. Pancras)
* Jeffrey Ennis (Barnsley East and Mexborough)
* Bill Etherington (Sunderland North)
* Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme)
* Frank Field (Birkenhead)
* Michael Foster (Hastings and Rye)
* Hywel Francis (Aberavon)
* Bruce George (Walsall South)
* Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow)
* Mark Hendrick (Preston)
* John Heppell (Nottingham East)
* Stephen Hesford (Wirral West)
* Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West)
* Keith Hill (Streatham)
* Kate Hoey (Vauxhall)
* Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North)
* Kim Howells (Pontypridd)
* Beverley Hughes (Stretford and Urmston)
* John Hutton (Barrow and Furness)
* Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central)
* Glenda Jackson (Hampstead and Highgate)
* Alan Johnson (Hull West and Hessle)
* Diana Johnson (Hull North)
* Martyn Jones (Clwyd South)
* Gerald Kaufman (Manchester Gorton)
* Barbara Keeley (Worsley)
* Alan Keen (Feltham and Heston)
* Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet)
* Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central)
* Andrew MacKinlay (Thurrock)
* Christine McCafferty (Calder Valley)
* Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North)
* John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington)
* Tony McNulty (Harrow East)
* Alun Michael (Cardiff South and Penarth)
* Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby)
* Madeleine Moon (Bridgend)
* Kali Mountford (Colne Valley)
* Denis Murphy (Wansbeck)
* Edward O’Hara (Knowsley South)
* James Plaskitt (Warwick and Leamington)
* Greg Pope (Hyndburn)
* Stephen Pound (Ealing North)
* Joan Ruddock (Lewisham Deptford)
* Christine Russell (City of Chester)
* Martin Salter (Reading West)
* Alison Seabeck (Plymouth Devonport)
* Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield)
* Siôn Simon (Birmingham Erdington)
* Alan Simpson (Nottingham South)
* Dennis Skinner (Bolsover)
* Andrew Smith (Oxford East)
* John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan)
* Peter Soulsby (Leicester South)
* Helen Southworth (Warrington South)
* Jack Straw (Blackburn)
* Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South)
* David Taylor (North West Leicestershire)
* Stephen Timms (East Ham)
* Paddy Tipping (Sherwood)
* Jon Trickett (Hemsworth)
* Des Turner (Brighton Kemptown)
* Neil Turner (Wigan)
* Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North)
* Alan Whitehead (Southampton Test)
* Alan Williams (Swansea West)
* Mike Wood (Batley and Spen)
* Phil Woolas (Oldham East and Saddleworth)
* Tony Wright (Cannock Chase)
* Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne and Sheppey)

Thanks to the “Working Class Tory” who provided the answers

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