Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Monday, 26 January 2009

I Am No Longer A Citizen, I Am A Prisoner

Raedwald has probably the best post of 2009 up to date

The EU has decided that we are all criminals now and the following will put British Citizens on the EU subversives list.

This EU Council decision of 20th January [PDF] on the establishment of a pan-EU 'criminal' database includes the following 'offences':

* Offences related to waste

* Unintentional environmental offences

* Insult of the State, Nation or State symbols

* Insult or resistance to a representative of public authority

* Public order offences, breach of the public peace

* Revealing a secret or breaching an obligation of secrecy

* Unintentional damage or destruction of property

* Offences against migration law—an "Open category" (offences undefined thus all encompassing)

* Offences against military obligations—an "Open category" (offences undefined thus all encompassing)

* Unauthorised entry or residence

* Other offences—an "Open category" (offences undefined thus all encompassing)

* Other unintentional offences

* Prohibition from frequenting some places

* Prohibition from entry to a mass event

* Placement under electronic surveillance ("fixed or mobile"—e.g., home, car, mobile phone etc)

* Withdrawal of a hunting / fishing license

* Prohibition to play certain games/sports

* Prohibition from national territory

* Personal obligation—an "Open category" (offences undefined thus all encompassing)

* "Fine"—all fines, inc. minor non-criminal offences

It is now the duty of everybody to resist this Government, and its EU overlords just to make sure I get on the list (I already am, virtue of six points on my licence and 'other unintentional offences' , nice catchall that one) I am burning a State symbol online, I suggest if you have a blog you do the same.

Remember that Labour,Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats have not raised a murmer about this.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Euthanasia of government

"Euthanasia of government" would be achieved through "individual moral reformation". William Godwin.

This is my favourite phrase at the moment- Euthanasia of Government- why in Gods namely are we meekly sitting around allowing these cretins to steal our money, blindly believing that if they throw enough money at the problem it will go away.

The Political classes are in a blue funk, today is the thirtieth anniversary of the start of the Winter of Discontent that brought down Callaghan. Despite all of the propaganda of the intervening years, the anarchy was triggered by ordinary people taking a twenty per cent real cut in pay, whilst civil servants and Judges were getting 35% increases. The Unions were vilified then and vilified now, but the people who supported the Unions were not mindless morons, they could see that the over regulated , micro managing Party of the People had lost control and were just rewarding their own. They had no plan and no strategy.

The people of England in particular, rejected State Centralism and voted for a Radical program of Liberal Reform, it was bloody, it was divisive, but nobody wanted the return of State Centralism, whether it was run by the Unions, The Labour Party or the Butskillism of the Tories, nor do we want it now.

In Iceland yesterday the Riot Police were called to protect Parliament, the Political Classes are fearing the worst here as well. Mass unemployment is going to lead to social misery and discontent, Brown at PMQ’s yesterday just flapped around worshiping the God Obama in a blind panic, I watched the faces of those around him not Brown. Discomfort was writ large, they know that he has lost control, he had not even told Harman he was dropping the exemption from the FOI for MP’s expenses, such was his panic.

Lastly yesterday evening we had the unedifying sight of a Conservative MP cravenly handing over constituency correspondence to a policeman squatting in his office. He should hang his head in shame and resign. If they cannot defend their own Liberty from the State they cannot protect ours.

A Cromwell was the cry of the Revolutionaries as they swept towards the Bastille in 1789, we have to fight these tapsters and wastrels in a corrupt Parliament, and reduce their powers over us.

Obama quoted Tom Paine in his speech, let me give you another quote from Tom Paine-

....governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whatever form of government becomes destructive of these ends; it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.

I no longer consent to this Government, it was elected on a fraudulent electoral system that ensures minority rule of fanatics wedded to the power of the State. Parliament no longer represents or reflects the will of the people. To quote Cromwell- In the Name of God Go.

Until such time as we have a written constitution that guarantees our Liberties and an Electoral system that reflects the diversity of political thought in this country. I do not consent to be ruled by it.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

We have arrived at this point !

New LPUK Campaign

Douglas Carswell MP (One of the good guys hiding in the Tory Party) has decided not to go with the flow of MP's hiding their expenses and is going to publish his accounts to April 2009 in full. H/T The Devil

We have been looking out for a campaign that would follow up the November 5th send your MP a copy of George Orwell's 1984.

How about the following as a standard letter to cut and paste.

Dear Sir or Madam

Members of Parliament published expenses

I am sure that you will agree with me that one of things that causes such lack of confidence in MP's is the constant attempts by Members of the House of Commons to claim for expenses at charge to the hard pressed taxpayer and then not to publish their expense accounts in full.

Personally I fail to understand why my employer and the HMRC require all expenditure to be properly receipted, yet members feel that they should not supply receipts for expenditure under £25.

Will you confirm to me that you will be following the commendable example of Douglas Carswell MP, who has made a public declaration that he will publish his expenses in full upto April 2009.

If you feel that is not something that you want to do, can you explain on what grounds you do not wish to follow Mr Carswell's example.

Yours Sincerely

A Constituent

If you would like to let us know at 1984@lpuk.org who you have written to and by St Valentine's day, Feb 14th we can send a Valentines card of shame to the House of Commons with all of those MP's who have ignored you, refused to give a committment to publish, or fudged the issue. Remember that your MP is only required to respond to his Constituent, who is in effect his employer.

Please pass this on in your blog

Monday, 19 January 2009

Quote of the day

'one of the things we... err, rather the government has to do is...'

Robert The BBC has been informed Peston

H/T Guido

Friday, 16 January 2009

A Death Waiting To Happen

This was a death waiting to happen.

I have posted on the changes that 'The Man of the People' Jack Straw was planning to bring in as have others, giving Bailiffs the right to make forcible entry, to restrain people who tried to stop them. This was only ever going to lead to the terrorising of the old, the sick and unemployed by these licensed thugs.

The Labour Party of old would have been out campaigning for the protection of these people, not these greasy free loaders, creating thousands of new Laws in which to intimidate, fine and imprison.

All civil punishment should be proportionate to the crime and the standing of those convicted, the Law should be accessible and should protect as well as prosecute, applications made to the Magistrates Court to have Health, Age and Income should be easier.

Jack Straw as Minister of 'Justice' has set the scene for this death, he just left others to do the actual dirty work.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Buy your ticket to Paddington from Temple Meads,Exeter or Truro and consent to be searched.

This just beggars belief, the drones in the Railway Police obviously worried about about not seeming as tough as their County and Met Bretheren, want the condition of carriage to include the right for the Railway Police to search you.

How about for a starter having a carriage condition that guarantees that you buy a seat not a ticket first !

Slice by slice this is turning into a Police State.

Friday, 9 January 2009

What David Cameron's Conservatives should learn but will not

I think the phrase deleted is shit or bust in this Telegraph piece
David Cameron is no Margaret Thatcher he is a trimmer and a fiddler around the edges, he is part of an establishment that believes in the divine right to rule, and that we peasants will meekly follow. Thatcher was a revolutionary by temperment and was an outsider, love her or loathe her.

The system is not working and needs tearing down, the LPUK has been aware of the Shit or Bust scenario for eighteen months- hence our first policy proposal has been to abolish income tax. Cameron is just shadowing Brown, and Osborne is no big beast, more like a scared hamster.

The Lib Dems have nudged slightly towards repealing Taxes under Clegg, but at best the Libertarian faction cowering inside Lib Demmery are despised by the Labour Lite majority, 'Taxation with a smile' . Labour and Conservatives are just big spending Taxing parties, the Redwoods being drowned out by authoritarian right.

It may not be this election but the clamour for a neutered State will come-

As the South-West is about to become a mere region of the EU

Hans-Martin Tillack was a journalist for the German Magazine 'Stern' five years ago he was arrested by the Belgian Police on behalf of 'OLAF' the EU 's anti corruption unit. This unit seems to have a bizarre role in that it arrests journalists who are investigating corrupt EU officials.

Hans-Martin has been vindicated by the Courts after five years, as anybody will know who has gone through a protracted Court case, it is very stressful and is a punishment in itself. Nobody that Hans-Martin was investigating has come before the Courts, indeed this is an organisation that has failed its Audit for the last fifteen years.

For the British Taxpayer to fund a blatantly opaque and corrupt organisation is an outrage, the fact that it has its own enforcement arm that can tie your life up for five years is truly terrifying.

I watched 'Fatherland' recently, the 'what if' murder story set in Berlin in the 1960's after Germany had won the war. The Head of the Gestapo looked incredulous when he was asked what evidence there was against the suspect- 'Evidence?' I could imagine the Head of 'OLAF' spluttering the same words. The mindset being the same, he was simply an enemy of the State that is evidence enough.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Long Ashton Schools Crisis Group upset Councillors

The Action Group campaigning to get adequate provision for primary school places that amazingly enough they pay rates to North Somerset District Council to provide has upset Councillors by filming the proceedings of the Council meeting.

Why ?? This is a public body funded by the taxpayer, and its proceedings should be filmed and made available to local TV and the internet. North Somerset who recently lost £3m in a misguided investment in Iceland should not do business behind closed doors.

Cllr Blatchford (Con) admitted that it was desirable for Children to receive primary education as close to home as possible, but had to be balanced against the financial case of providing new classrooms for relatively few pupils. So no contest then financial prudence above what the people want and pay for, perhaps they should have thought about that before parking £3M in Rekyivik

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Expanding the work to fill the time

Just been to Bristol and feel overwhelmed by Bristolian enthusiasm as well as Bristolian madness (the latter by the city council).

After a briefing to business people on our plans to deal with the recession, I went to a remarkable organisation called the Broad Plain Boys Club. This boys club, which has been going for more than half a century, teaches boxing to boys and young men who one way or the other have come off the rails. Some of them have been excluded from school, others are at young offender institutions, others have just come out of prison. They don’t just learn boxing – they are given coaching to get their whole lives back on track. But boxing and sport generally are an important part of the formula.

As so often, the organisation is really carried along by the enthusiasm of the person running it, Dennis Stinchcombe. His pride in what he achieves for these young men bursts from every syllable he utters. His son Liam also works there (as well as being a part time professional boxer) and has the same pride, as do all his staff.

The crazy thing is they have been told they will lose their funding from Bristol City Council if they don’t drop the word “boys” from the name of the club as it is "discriminatory". What stupid nonsense. Girls actually use the club on Tuesday and Thursday nights anyway, but it is young adolescent men who most need what the club has to offer. That surely is what counts - not whether it has a politically correct name.

Jeremy Hunt MP

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Bank of Bristol ?

The Royal Bank of Scotland has already lost the £20Bn it was given by us the taxpayer, it is time to let that organisation go, it is not operating as a Bank, it is just sucking in Taxpayers money to no avail.They should never have been given the money in the first place let alone, HMG proposing to flush more money down the drain.

Essex County Council are already proposing a new Bank of Essex, in conjunction with the Essex Bank of Virginia- It is about time before the South West goes down the toilet, that a regional Bank of Bristol is formed, with expert bankers from countries that understand prudent banking and local industrialists on the board , not the fly by night crooks that have been in charge for the last twenty years. I do not want Taxpayers money to back any private enterprise, but we are in a situation far worse than is being admitted, so a guarantee may have to be forthcoming to attract savers and investors in a new market entrant.

I would willingly move my account business and personal, to a local institution that was more prudent and not chock full of toxic debt

Police Paranoia

A Government should fear its people, not the People fear its Government.

This Government is now going to legitimise the hacking into of everybodies home PC and proposes to give such information so gleaned to foreign powers.

I would suggest that the members of the quango that Jacqui Smith is running scared of, ACPO, should be placed on notice that they could be arraigned for treason, high crimes and misdemeanours. These unelected officials have formed a private limited company to push extreme policies through at a cost to be met by ourselves.

It is the moral equivalent of having to pay for the bullet that executes you.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

2009 message

A first UK Libertarian Party New Year
As 2008 draws to a close, I take pride in being able to offer the first New Years message from the Libertarian Party.

This is the first year that the Libertarian Party in the UK has been in operation, having launched itself into the public arena on the 1st January 2008. During this year we have purposely kept our size and numbers close to our chest as the party has steadily grown in strength and members throughout the year, not least because we did not wish to alarm those in the established mainstream parties as to the groundswell of public opinion that has quietly risen and is eagerly awaiting news of a general election.

2008 has seen yet more civil and personal liberties being swept away under the relentless tide of new and draconian laws, ever changing by stealth using the statutory instruments that add meat to the legal frameworks that are rarely discussed in our parliament. One by one our rights are ever diminished, slice by slice we succumb to the corporatist money making machine that is backed up by legislative protection, enforced by a continuing expansion of a privatised policing structure headed by the ACPO, ever tightening their authoritarian grip over the everyday lives of the public.

If we were to look back just 10 years, it would have been difficult to imagine a United Kingdom in such disarray, in such financial trouble, with such elitist authoritarian aims of its politicians, but that is indeed where we stand today.

As I look forward to the New Year, I like most others wonder what 2009 will bring. It is clear that it will become much worse before it gets any better, both in political and financial terms, as mass unemployment, financial hardship, bankruptcy, evictions and mass criminalisation of the population takes its toll, and where there is no let up on the volume of new statutes and SI's increasing our daily financial burden.

The mass of regulation imposed by the EU, rubber stamped by Westminster is also increasing, making UK business and industry less and less competitive in the wider world, as taxes of one sort or another increase the financial strain for business to survive and keep employment levels stable. With Sterling now at parity with the Euro and the National Debt increasing on a daily basis beyond all records, the UK economy is inexorably being driven into the ground.

At what stage the Government will dare to go to the country is anyone's guess, and whilst it is fairly certain that the current Government will be swept from power at any free election, there is still uncertainty as to who will be best placed to serve the real interests of the nation overall.

In this new corporatist world, we can see little difference between any of the 3 major parties, other than the colour of their rosettes, and none have promised to roll back any more than some of the icing on the legislative nightmare that has befallen us all.

The Libertarian Party in that respect promises to be very different, to be bold and to be true to the people of this country, promising to undertake a programme of repeal, to undo the wrongs which have been done during the past 10 years and more, and to make the UK proud of itself and its people again.

As we now move into 2009, we in the Libertarian Party feel that we have done the groundwork, we have put together our policy framework, and we have established a working, functioning party structure which is now ready for the rigours of representing the public in Central and Local government.

Amongst the 80 million who now live in the UK, we are sure that there are 646 honest people who are more capable of governing this country than those handful of elitists who believe they have a right to rule over us, that there are many ordinary people out there who would like to replace them and do what is right for this country.

The first step is to understand that today the UK is no longer governed, it is ruled. One of our primary tasks will be to rein Government back to its simple role of governance, for and on behalf of the people.

The Libertarian Party would like to give you the opportunity to stand as a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate if you feel that you have what it takes to govern. Perhaps you have been a local councillor, a business leader, a butcher, a baker or even a candlestick maker. If you feel that you can make a positive difference to the way that this country is run, then let me know.

How different would we be? Well, from day 1 we would expect anyone elected as a Libertarian MP to fund their own pension plan from their generous salary, not to sponge from the taxpayer with gold plated provisions. We would expect a Libertarian MP to furnish and maintain their own London accommodation, not to sponge from the taxpayer and we would expect a Libertarian MP to take their role seriously, and that means no second job that will detract from their responsibilities as MP's. It would of course be necessary to cover legitimate and reasonable expenses, however the abuses of recent years will be halted

That's just for starters, but if you think you can live with those rules and would like to become a Libertarian PPC, then let me know. If you would like to stand as a Libertarian Candidate at local elections, let me know so that I can put you in touch with the LPUK lead in your area.

I am looking forward to 2009, because I know that the Libertarian Party has a lot to offer the people of the UK, and its time to give the establishment a wake up call they will never forget, through the ballot box.

May I conclude by wishing everyone, of whatever political hue you may be, a very Happy New Year, and may 2009 be as prosperous as this Government permits.

Ian Parker-Joseph
Party Leader - Libertarian Party UK