Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Saturday, 26 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
It’s not long now to the day the people of the Irish Republic return to their polling stations to vote, once again, on the issue of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, which in reality is the EU constitution. On the 2nd October we will discover if the EU’s brawn, bullying and bullshit has won the day, or simple common sense and the people have thought this through and sensibly voted ‘No’.
Despite telling the EU thanks, but no thanks in their previous referendum, the EU has decided that they must have made a mistake and have very generously told the people of the Republic that they can do it all over again - and please get it right this time – or else!
However, what is right for the EU and its ambition to create a very undemocratic nation called ‘Europe’, isn’t right for the people of Europe who want to retain their national identities, their currencies, passports and just about everything else the EU is systematically stripping from them.
The campaign in Ireland is extremely lop sided with some very powerful bodies such a Price Waterhouse Cooper, Intel, Ryanaire and others who are pumping money into the ‘Yes’ campaign as well as instructing their employees to vote ‘Yes’. Sadly, the poor old ‘No’ campaign have far less to spend, as pointed out in a posting on the UKIP web-site which also shows Nigel Farage attacking the Irish Minister, Dick Roche.
If the Irish do cave in to the enormous pressure and EU bullying, then our future as a (just about) free and democratic nation will hang on the thinnest of threads. Dave Cameron has said he won’t offer a retrospective referendum if the Lisbon Treaty has been fully ratified by the time he gets into office, all that can stop it being ratified is the Czech courts which will most probably delay it – but not stop it. If they delay it enough and Britain goes to the polls to elect a new Government, and if Cameron makes it to number 10 Downing Street, and if, unlike Gordon Brown, keeps to his promise of giving us that vital say on this issue, then Britain may just be saved from an EU fate worse than death. This though has a lot of ifs in it.
However, if you read the UKIP posting, there is a glimmer of hope the people of the Irish Republic may vote ‘No’, we hope they see sense and the enormous responsibility which has been placed upon them and give this EU treaty the thumbs down – a lot hangs on it.
Monday, 21 September 2009
With all UKIP MEPs voting against the appointment, Mr Barroso received enthusiastic support in Strasbourg last week from many Conservative MEPs including West Midlands Con MEP Malcolm Harbour who stood and applauded when the result of the vote was announced.
Mike Nattrass said: “It was particularly shocking to see Tory MEPs on their feet applauding the re-election of an avowed federalist and anti-democrat.
“This is the man who once infamously threatened the Irish people, should they dare to vote against the Lisbon Treaty.
“In his victory speech Mr Barroso said that his appointment would bring forward "The exciting journey that is the integration of Europe."
Mike added: "The man that says that the EU is the New Empire."
"It beggars belief that a Party that campaigned on a reform of the EU platform in the European Elections can, at the first opportunity, so openly support the federalist agenda.
“Barroso's manifesto promises ever more EU interference in our domestic affairs through three more Commission posts covering justice, migration and climate action.
“He wants a common immigration policy and for Britain to accept another 30,000 immigrants a year.
“Like the con of Cameron's insincere referendum promise and vague claims of ‘not letting matters rest’, the Conservatives seem willing to sign up to anything, no matter how bad it is for our country. It's like being back in the 1930s,” he added.
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Monday, the morning we all hate as we drag ourselves from our beds bleary eyed from the weekend’s excesses. The first thing I had to do was to get my ageing Rover car into the garage for a bit of TLC from Norman, who has been looking after my old bangers for over thirty years.
Norman runs, literally, a real little back street garage in Birmingham. It’s a small lock up that by the look of it would put many off using the place, but that doesn’t worry Norman as he has enough regular customers, like me, who have been benefiting from his mechanical skills and advise for years – he always has as much work as he wants. Part of his service is his willingness to drop what he is doing when you arrive and give you a lift to the office nearby where I do my bit most days. We always have a chat about things and I asked him if he had any thoughts on the EU’s intention to drop its rules on ‘Block Exemption’ from next year which will have quite a major impact on the little garages like his around the country. He had not come across this and despite my warnings he did not seem unduly worried. But I am if he packs up I will lose a really good mechanic.
Quite a few people in the car maintenance business are more worried about these changes, however, than Norman. They are predicting that the removal of this rule could see the closure of thousands of small independent garages around the country as the car manufacturers will no longer be obliged to supply the parts or computerised information required for the small independents to operate. This would force motorists to use the main dealers for their servicing and repairs who are generally far more expensive than the helpful chaps such as Norman in his lock up.
Monday evening I was chauffeur driven by my old UKIP pal, Alan Sheath, to attend the Halesowen UKIP branch meeting which Alan chairs. These UKIP meetings in a pub are always pleasant evenings where a couple of pints are enjoyed and campaign plans are made.
Tuesday was a particularly enjoyable, and successful evening with the setting up of a brand new UKIP branch in Tamworth. We already had a prospective UKIP Parliamentary candidate lined up for this constituency in the shape of Paul Smith who is a local postie. It was because the Royal Mail has been so hard hit by the EU’s postal directives opening up the postal services to competition that made Paul come to UKIP and offer his services as a potential candidate. He knows all too well that the trouble the Royal Mail is in can be directly blamed on the interference from the EU and our Government’s obedience to it by so slavishly implementing the EU’s destructive directives, no matter the cost and problems they inevitably bring.
Again the meeting was held in the back room of a very nice establishment that serves alcoholic beverages of the real ale type. A reasonable number of people turned up and plonked themselves down in front of Paul and I and expectantly stared at us to get things going. It fell on me to go into my public speaking mode to explain why we were there and the aims of UKIP and what the party expects of a branch. A few questions were fired at us, which I think were answered satisfactorily, and with a little coaxing three people put their names forward as branch chairman, treasurer and secretary. It is always satisfying when you know you have done what you set out to do, and in this case to get UKIP on the map in Tamworth.
Wednesday was Hereford college freshers day, which has already been covered on this blog. That was followed by Wednesday evening at the UKIP branch meeting in Edgbaston. Again that was a branch I helped set up and have watched grow from a small group to a decent sized branch in just a couple of years. One of their branch members, Maddy Westrop, has put her name forward as the by-election candidate for the New Hall ward in Sutton Coldfield. As the date of that election had not been announced there was some speculation as to when it would be. Blow me, when I returned home and checked my e-mails, there was one informing me of the by-election date – so it’s now all hands on deck to get her nomination papers sorted out.
Thursday was, or should have been, a free day for me, but the morning was spent in my father in law’s flat with a couple of nice young ladies from the hospital who had brought all sorts of equipment for Fred, my father in law, for when he leaves hospital after his nine week incarceration after fracturing his hip. They raised his bed, left him with some weird and wonderful equipment to help him around the house and a chair to sit in as his own was too low. They had planned to raise that too but they constantly referred to health and safety rules and decided against. One nice thing was all their measurements were taken in inches. As a member of the British Weights and Measures association I congratulated them on the use of sensible sizes.
After that I picked up my better half and headed for my favourite place, the Lyndon House Hotel in Walsall where I had arranged to meet UKIP campaigner, Sean Gleason, who is another UKIP by-election candidate in the Heath Hayes and Wimblebury ward in Cannock. As his deputy nominating officer I had to sign his nomination papers to give him consent to use the UKIP name and party emblem. After a pint and a chat he headed off to the Cannock elections office and I home where a bit later I got a call from him as his nomination papers had been rejected.
It seems that one person who signed, and apparently expressed his displeasure with Labour as one who had always voted for them but now felt badly let down, had also signed the nomination papers of the Labour candidate! The way things work is the first candidate in counts, if Sean had got there first it would have been the other candidate who would have had the job of getting a replacement signature. However, there was another small problem too which takes us into Friday morning.
As Cannock District Council had no paperwork to state that I was the UKIP deputy nominating officer, despite the fact I had been the DNO for a UKIP candidate in Cannock during the June county Council elections, it meant I had to dig out all the relevant paperwork and on Friday morning troll up the M6 through its roadworks and 50 MPH limit, through a vast array of speed cameras all to meet Sean in the elections office in the town where we finally got his paperwork completed with an hours or two to spare. Cannock could prove an interesting by-election for UKIP, in the June County Council elections our UKIP candidate, Bob Pitcher, gave the local Tories a real run for their money, in fact at one stage during the count they thought he may win – so look out for Sean in this one.
After that it was off to the Birmingham elections office to get the nomination pack for Maddy then back into the office to do a bit. Friday evenings are always the best part of the week, at the end of the day its into the Lyndon around 6 pm where Mrs B and I get to meet up with my brother and his better half for a beer or two and compare how our weeks have been. Then Saturday morning comes around and its back to a blank computer screen and wondering what to blog about.
Friday, 18 September 2009
Sadly, because of the EU directive banning our normal and highly popular incandescent light bulbs, many people in this country will find themselves exposed to poisons when these bulbs break. Toxic EU light bulbs are going to create an ecological problem as they have to be disposed of by specialists, leaving the rest of us with a dim view of these poisonous bulbs. To read the full article click HERE.
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
The choice for the UKIP members is becoming increasingly difficult as all those so far to declare have their good points and have done a lot for UKIP over the years.
Lord Pearson, who quit the Conservative Party over its lacklustre stance on the serious problem of the European Union has, to put it in his own words, been a “Come outer” for many years.
He has worked tirelessly against the imposition of the EU and exposed pro-EU bias by the BBC by monitoring their output on the subject. His commitment to the anti-EU campaign is unquestionable, he has asked a barrage of difficult questions about the EU in the House of Lords, including legitimacy of peers who take EU pensions voting on EU related subjects or declaring an interest when other peers are forced to declare on other matters. He would also give UKIP a powerful voice in Parliament.
Lord Tebbit has stated that the UK Independence Party (UKIP) could benefit from the Tory leader’s stance on the Lisbon Treaty which, if ratified, will give the EU unprecedented power over the member states.
The ex Chairman of the Conservative Party has challenged David Cameron to state what he will do if the Irish vote ‘Yes’ and the Lisbon Treaty is ratified before the general election. Norman Tebbit, as he was, is really pushing it with Cameron, he has come close to being expelled from the Conservative Party before for voicing his opinions on the EU and for his hinted support for UKIP’s stance on the EU problem.
Read the full article in the Times HERE.
Monday, 14 September 2009
Considering the inquiry about the collapse of Rover was in the news last week, and that those of us who blog are supposed to be on the ball, this is a bit of retrospective posting.
There is a lot wrong and a considerable amount of twists and turns with all that has been going on in the car industry in recent years, most of which make the EU and the governments in its subservient member states seems rather hypocritical – not least our political shower here in the UK.
To start with the EU has a vendetta against the motorists of Europe, which in turn means our Government which always does as the EU says also has a vendetta against British drivers, as you will see from the Drivers Alliance web-site.
Those of us who sit behind the wheel of a car to enable us to go about our daily lives, do our work, generate business and travel to see family and loved ones are, in the eyes of the EU, polluting menaces who must be punished at all costs for needing the use of vehicles. We are taxed to the hilt on petrol and diesel, in fact when the EU tax,VAT, is added to the cost of fuel and fuel duty we are being taxed on a tax. We are being screwed to park our cars in towns and hospitals, we are being watched and monitored everywhere we go and daily we run a gauntlet of speed and other entrapment cameras – there certainly ain’t no pleasure in driving these days.
On top of this misery we still have the introduction of road tolling to come and black boxes fitted to our cars so that when the EU’s exorbitantly expensive Galilao satellite project eventually becomes operative we will be charged by the mile everytime we drive.
Naturally, as people are either priced, bullied or forced off the road due to this plethora of supposedly green nonsense, they get rid of their cars, especially now many are losing their jobs thanks to the downturn in the global economy – motoring is so expensive they have no choice.
Of course this then creates a viscous circle, if the numbers of people and businesses who can no longer afford to run or buy new cars falls, then cars sales plummet and even more jobs are lost and so the downward spiral goes on.
Governments hate job losses, they don’t look good as it costs votes, even though those votes these days are meaningless if all the political parties being voted for are in favour of being good little EU slaves. So we have seen the introduction of scrappage schemes to get the car trade moving and to put more cars on the road, which the Government will then moan about and say we must pay for the congestion in the form of green taxes thus pushing the cost of motoring even higher.
Then there was the Rover debacle – our last major British car manufacturer. When it was owned by BMW they wanted to invest in the company, but they also wanted a commitment from the British Government. As such a £150 million package was arranged to help sweeten things along – that was until the EU Competition Commissioner stepped in and said he wanted to consider this package as he considered it to be “unfair competition”. So Rover, a British company, employing British worker, steadily went down the pan whilst an unelected, foreign, EU bumblecrat wanted a few months to consider whether an elected British Government could help bail out a British business. As we all know BMW sold it off for a tenner and walked away with the most profitable bit, the BMW Mini.
So now we have had an enquiry into the Rover collapse, which at £16 million has cost the British taxpayers a fraction over 10% of what should have been used to save Rover. All this just so nothing can be done about it and the report ignored. The whole thing is so barmy not even Monty Python could have performed something so crackers – maybe Michael Palin and John Cleese could resurrect a dead Rover sketch?
Then of course, and not to forget, the Peugeot plant at Ryton near Coventry which was another EU generated fiasco. Again the British Government wanted to bail out the company to preserve the jobs of British workers, and yet again the man from the EU Competition Commission said “No” and jobs were lost and the plant closed. What happened next? Peugeot relocated to Eastern Europe, took on lower paid workers and the EU gave it a whopping great subsidy to do so. Yet another benefit of EU membership – for some.
Now GM are in trouble and are selling off their European sector to the Canadian auto parts manufacturer, Magna. This will affect our Vauxhall car manufacturing plants here in the UK as well as Opel and other parts of their business in the rest of Europe. Great uncertainty now looms over our Vauxhall plants, especially as our Government shilly shallies about, unlike the German Chancellor Angela Merkal who has obviously said bugger the EU Competition Commission, or words in German to that effect, and has ensured a massive 4 billion euro deal with Magna to save German jobs. It seems the Competition Commission is having a bit of a tantrum about this, but as Germany is really the boss in the EU no doubt it will calm down after its hissy fit and return to softer targets such as the UK – which always does as told.
Lord Mandy of the Darkness, our UK Trade Secretary, is being uged to come up with a £500 million deal package to ensure the jobs of the workers at Ellesmere Port and Luton. My advise to the workers at either of those plants is to start looking for new jobs or learn to speak German as there will be work at Opal.
As the motoring world heads for a major car crash, the message to us all is, keep buying cars to keep the economy afloat but don’t dare use them.
Saturday, 12 September 2009
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Sadly, over the last few years the unacceptable flag of the EU has become part of the event as the EU’s apologists wear t-shirts with the obnoxious thing on and others wave it alongside our real flag, the Union Jack. Naturally, the EU loving BBC thinks this a good thing which has prompted UKIP’s Chairman, Paul Nuttall, to make a complaint to the BBC..
In a question to the BBC’s Roger Wright, UKIP member Elizabeth Ann Biddulph asked: “On behalf of a great many music lovers and patriots, please can we be assured this time that the large EU flags will not be displayed as back drops and the rightful Union Jack flags usurped on the Last Night of the Proms, as has been the case over the past few years? The EU flag has no place whatsoever at the Last Night at the Proms.”
The answer she received was: “The Proms is an international festival and many of the audience enjoy the broad range of flags on display. I am confident that, as ever, there will be more Union Jacks than any other flags on display!
So there we have it, the Proms are no longer uniquely British now we are promenading with the EU.
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
Surely, the ninth and most vital policy area is our relationship with the European Union? Dave must know that unless we leave the EU and curb its power over us he, nor any other leader come to that, can implement policies on anything without the hot, halitosed, breath of the EU breathing over his shoulder. He can hug as many hoodies and have as many policies as he likes, but he may as well as whistle in the wind for all it matters.
If he as the newly and democratically installed Prime Minister of Great Britain contravene the mass of EU directives and laws, then any home grown policies he may dream up become worthless as EU law overrides British law, especially if the Lisbon Treaty is ratified.
If Mr Cameron gets into office he will find he is well and truly stymied by the EU and in reality little more than a leader in name only. Before he can tackle anything else he will have to deal with the EU problem first – the only option will be to leave. But of course Dave won’t do it, he’s just another puppet leader in the making.