Monday, 29 December 2008

The Radical John Adams & The Conservative John Redwood

John Redwood was mightly impressed with HBO's production of 'John Adams', I thought it was worth a second gallop through after having made a point of catching the series on BBC 4 in the Autumn.

I have made a number of comments on this posting by John Redwood, basically Redwood is a high minded Libertarian lost in the swamps of the Conservative Party, his voting for Maastricht I fail to understand, but presumably comes from his desire to reform both the EU and the Conservative Party from within. An impossible task, as the former is Imperial in nature, and like a rapist does not understand the meaning of the word 'No', the latter is an organisation that having been mauled in 1997, is still looking for a policy and a philosophy. First we have matching Labour's spending plans, then the Blue/Green nonsense which has been quietly dropped. Where next ?

The Conservatives and the Labour Party have been at the helm in the last two recessions. Neither have learned that the only thing they can do in terms of economic policy is to create a low Tax stable environment to allow business to flourish and employ people in real jobs, not create the hobble of a financial straight jacket for our grandchildren.

John Adams was a revolutionary, he would have faced execution at the hands of the British Government that he opposed had he been captured. He did not seek to reform the Georgian Monarchy from within, he fought it tooth and nail. He took up arms.

John Redwood was moved by 'John Adams' and states he would have been amongst those calling for Liberty- that is an emotional response about a figure from American History of whom the outcome of the risk he took is known. For John Redwood MP, overcoming the fear caused by the rejection of his bid for leadership of the Conservative Party and being a leading figure in the realignment in favour of Liberty is the best he can do in Parliament. David Davis' experiment in standing down from the shadow cabinet to light a beacon for Liberty was a damp squib.If these two Parliamentarians truly believe in what they say
they should take risks that Cameron will not allow them to take as he makes an unprincipled personal bid for being Prime Minister.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Are you going to enjoy Christmas ? the State is

Hot on the heels of the news that the man of the people Jack Straw has built himself a new Palace at our expense, comes the not unexpected news that HMG have spent half a million quid on 'fine wines'

Don't worry they are worrying about how the poor people are coping on their £52 a week job seekers allowance whilst they are quaffing.

Politicisation of the Police ? You must be joking !

What is Jacqui Smith talking about ?.Why is she saying she was forced to abandon plans because of the opposition of Police Chiefs ? Who is the master here or is she confirming we are in a Police State.
As to politicisation, the Met were accused of being institutionally racist, they are, any organisation that allows apartheid organisations like the National Black Police Association, is racist by definition. At present the only way to progress in the Police to to embrace the right on attitudes of Nu Labour. Therefore we have Police actively involved in form filling, diversity training, Gay awareness etc etc rather than frontline Policing.

So for Jacqui Smith to accuse others of Politicising the Police is a nonsense, her party has created this unaccountable Police State, with the supine assistance of the Conservatives.

Each Chief Constable should be a directly elected official by the local people the he SERVES. That's LPUK policy

Monday, 15 December 2008

Public sector pension shortfall is now £1 Trillion

On Friday I had my pensions advisor in to be told that my pension had lost 24% in value in the last six months. I have to ensure that I increase my contributions to get anywhere near a decent pot. It looks like however that I am going to be obliged to to increase my contributions to ensure the gold plated public sector can retire in the comfort they have been accustomed to.

One Trillion Pounds shortfall ! Thanks Gordon, Are you going to start laying off public servants now ?

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Get your mullet sorted

Completely OT, but you just have to turn up for this.

Nik Kershaw is playing the 12 Bar in Swindon on Friday 17th April 2009.

The Riddle

Wouldn't It Be Good

I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"

I got it bad
you don't know how bad I got it.
You got it easy
you don't know when you've got it good.
It's getting harder
just keeping life and soul together

Thursday, 11 December 2008

A day out - 24th January 2009

The British Constitution Group

"Lawful Rebellion - Actions Not Words

Conference – 24th January 2009 – Kings Hall, Stoke-On-Trent
11:00am – 5:30pm (Doors open at 10:00am)

John Bingley - What is the British Constitution?
David Bourne, Sqd Leader - Mediatisation – has the Queen betrayed her people?
Albert Burgess - Treason Has Been Committed
John Harris - Freeman On The Land
Brian Gerrish - The State of the Nation
Roger Hayes - What we are going to do about it

This conference will put actions into play that will take our country back. We urge you to support our initiative, it is the only viable option that remains. Book your place today and encourage as many people of like-mind to do the same.

For practical and helpful reasons we urge you to act without delay. PLEASE BOOK NOW."

Looks good. I will be there.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

A sign of hope perhaps

Today, more than any other day in the past few years for me, I have an inkling that the undercurrent of the European countries destined for loss of nationhood and regionalisation under the 'European Union' may just have begun to turn into the first stages of a rip tide.

Sure, Greece has always been a volatile Mediterranean country, prone to civil disobedience and 'in your face' reaction to things not going very well. However, as the excellent Dr North points out, the reality of European Monetary Union and the consequences of governments not just being in bed with the EU, but actually sticking their heads up the EU's arse as well is coming home to roost. And hey, this is one hell of a bird.

Spain is in a worse position as the downturn progresses and the United Kingdom of Near Socialist Counties isn't far behind. Riots in the UK? I think it might be worth holding your breath for...

So what about European solidarity from our continental neighbours? A sensible man in Germany said this about Europe's reaction to the the roof falling in (along with some barbed comments about our government's handling of the crisis):

"The economic crisis shows once again that Europe has a leadership problem.

Europe is difficult to coordinate, and our main deficit may not even lie in this area of finance and economics, but in foreign and security policy. We have a leadership problem because we are still 27 different members who have still not decided on how to work with each other based on what we used to call a European constitution."

And those 27 different members may just yet be the salvation of the counties of Wiltshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Oh - and the United Kingdom as well.

Gordon Brown Saves the World 10th December 2008

Extending Democracy

Without much fanfare, five District Councils are going to be scrapped in April, to be replaced by the all new Wiltshire County Council

Sunday, 7 December 2008


Saturday, 6 December 2008

Pensioners Busted in Drugs Raid

Avon and Somerset Police strike again breaking the door down to a retired couple's house looking for drugs.

The first Ivor and Margaret knew about the raid was then they flew home from a holiday in Madeira to find their front door had been smashed in.

It had been bolted shut by a padlock and the couple found paperwork from the police detailing what had happened.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset confirmed the raid had taken place and they had apologised but said the force could not comment further because the couple's complaint was being investigated.

The over excitable Avon & Somerset Police watch far too much 'Starsky & Hutch' and perhaps should have made a slightly more proportionate enquiry before kicking the door in.

Friday, 5 December 2008

Taxpayers Alliance Bristol Meeting

For anybody interested -the first meeting will be at

Cafe Rouge
Cabot Circus

This Saturday at midday

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

The cost of eco-madness

Swindon Borough Council are facing a budget shortfall of £3.2M

"The cost of being greener will contribute to the bill, with a hole of around £500,000 coming from the difficulty in selling on recyclable materials.

As revealed in the Adver last week the council has a paper mountain in excess of 1,700 tonnes housed at its Waterside depot.

There is also an increased landfill tax of £296,000 because the council failed to meet its target of recycling 50 per cent of waste."

The Far East market for recycled paper, plastics and so on has collapsed as the global economy falters. The Chinese just don't want our waste. So what to do with it? As you can read above, you can no longer just bury it (although there is a huge landfill capacity in this country) as the EU has decreed that this is ecologically evil. Councils up and down the country are stuck between a rock and a hard place. They can't move it elsewhere and will therefore get fined.

"Other costs include a £1m increase in utility bills."

And why have they gone up so much? Well that will be to do with having to cough up for subsidies on pointless wind farms, the renewables obligations, carbon trading madness and so on.

Ah well, it's all good for the planet apparently, just pain for the ordinary man and woman. Expect a council tax rise jolt wherever you live, coming to you soon in April.

Alternatively you could join the Libertarian Party and work towards a government that would ease the pain with sensible policies that will remove the state and the EU from our lives along with their futile and costly eco-madness schemes.


Monday, 1 December 2008


So convinced are our regional unelected masters that they can modify the weather, they have concocted a 'South West Climate Change Action Plan' and I quote:

"Aim of the Plan

The South West Climate Change Action Plan draws together issues from across the region to ensure that there is a shared vision on tackling climate change, access to a common evidence base and a jointly agreed set of priorities for taking the issues forward. The Action Plan sets out a clear programme of regionally agreed priority actions to address both mitigation and adaptation activity. The main areas of mitigation activity within the SWCCAP include tackling emissions from existing housing, business and public sector operations, transport, new build, energy generation, and land management. Adaptation activity covers: the region’s strategic response to climate change; awareness raising; land and marine management; and adapting to flood risk."

...and if you can understand a word of that you are a better man than I.

Sorry, not a chance of achieving anything apart from more tax burdens on businesses and individuals. It rather reminds me of the Kate Bush Cloudbusting video, except that the men in black coats are coming for the rest of us rather than the lovely Kate or Donald Sutherland.

I also note that the Met Office down in Exeter are wailing about a potential sell off as it might just damage their Climate Change agenda if they were owned by a private company that understands AGW for the fraudulent scam that it really is. Wouldn't it be a hoot if they were bought by one of the oil companies?

Libertarian AGM York 29th November 2008