Thursday, 31 December 2009

Best Wishes For 2010

With a bit of luck the era of Brown and Blair will come to an end in 2010, that said we have another Social Democratic Party almost certainly coming to power in 2010 in the shape of the Cameronian Conservative Party.

This is to be welcomed only in as much that it will be the end of overt Socialism for a while. However the Tories are just as wed to big Government having all the answers, do not expect to see the size of Government diminish much. Expect High Taxes, a continuation of an unwinable war and the continuation of the Quango State. This is not a revolutionary Government looking to change government fundamentally, but a vague promise to do better than the other lot. Just remember who was standing next to Lamont when we crashed out of the EMR, The EU showed no solidarity then,and now Lisbon has been implemented,they will show little interest in our national interest now.

Whilst I have been away I have read two books filtered through my Libertarian prejudices. The Last Secret by Lord Bethell, about the handing over of hundreds of thousands, of Cossacks,Georgians,Croats and Soviet POW's by force at the end of WWII to face instant execution within earshot of the British Troops doing the handover, the balance died of starvation, exposure and malnutrition in Stalin's Gulags. Both Churchill's Tories and Attlee's Labour party followed the same policy of keeping a murderous tyrant happy, when they knew these people would be massacred.

The moral being that both parties paid far too much attention to the needs of the State, than the morality of handing over individuals, men women and children to certain death. Only individual soldiers made the moral choice, in allowing these people to escape. The servants of the State blindly 'followed orders'.

The second was The Berlin Wall 1989- My part in its downfall. The last chapter by this journalist who lived under the Stasi as a correspondent for first Reuters then the Times, is an eye opener. He actually equates that Britain whilst not yet a Stasi State is getting very close to it.

It has been twenty years since the madness of European Communism died, yet the likes of Sunny Hundal, still see Socialism as a guiding light. This ignores the reality of the last sixty years, where socialism has engendered loss of freedom and unimagined butchery.

Fortunately 21 miles of sea has protected us so far from foreign ideologies and death squads, yet the insane are still amongst us looking for votes this year.

2010 must be a year that we maintain our anger with the political classes, that the rigged two party system is brought to an end, and the State slapped down hard.

With that I wish you all a happy individual New Year, and do not let the bastards grind you down. Freedom is a state of mind, nobody 'allows' you to be free.

Wes Thu Hal ! God Jul

Brown's New Year Speech

PS. Please do go and have a look at Tim Worstall's list of idiots

Wednesday, 30 December 2009

VAT and salt

Not for road use. It's food!

There was not one grain of salt on Morrisons' shelves this evening, even though today the temperature touched the friendly side of zero for the first time in at least a week. The glacier outside my house took the opportunity to melt its surface and smooth itself, ready to freeze again tonight. I think there's a postman in there. We'll find out in a thousand years or so.

I've never seen such a run on salt and it's not an unusually cold winter so far. There have been worse ones, and I don't recall any similar salt panic. It did snow last night but it was only half an inch, and there was a little flurry this afternoon that made no detectable difference. Otherwise, it's a normal winter, not too harsh and not too mild. It's cold enough to silence any local global warmers. Those who claimed we'd be growing grapes within the decade are staring into their beer and avoiding eye contact. Others have switched to quoting 'The Day After Tomorrow' as if it's some kind of documentary. Sometimes, people are so scared to be seen as gullible idiots they'll cling to whatever line they've been spun no matter what happens.

There are three possible reasons for the salt rush, as far as I can see. First, there was a time, not so long ago, when councils had memories that spanned a time greater than the date of their last expenses claim. They used to prepare for winter and stock up on rock salt. There's not so much of that any more. Councillors are stunned at the mysterious white stuff that appears every year because their little brains can't recall seeing it before. So people are buying their own salt.

Second, people are lazy selfish bastards these days, on the whole, and the idea of actually digging the snow with a shovel horrifies them. They pour loads of salt on their driveways because they're too idle to do a bit of digging. That certainly seems to be the prevailing attitude here. The pavement outside my house is the only bit that's been cleared so far (although I'm not venturing past the kerb, onto the glacier. The ice is higher than the kerb!). Nobody else has made the attempt, not even on their own paths and drives. They pour salt on the ground and drive their cars over it. In the spring I'll be chuckling at the sprouting rust-bubbles they've planted.

Third, and this is the least likely because it implies an ability to think ahead being far more prevalent in the population than I can believe - perhaps they've noticed that the Salt Police have been flexing their banning muscles lately. This weather is a good excuse to stockpile without anyone noticing. Nah, I don't think there are enough people who'd think that way. Thinking ahead is what they pay the council for, not something they'd do themselves.

I have a few kilos of salt here. I like to dip cholesterol-laden boiled eggs into it. It's far too nice to throw it on the pavements.

There's also the frenetic activity in all the shops. That mystified me for a while. Don't these people have enough stuff yet? There are always hordes of people suckered into buying stuff they don't need just because it's half price. Every January sale, they come out in droves as if someone's poked a stick into their hive. I notice they aren't January sales any more, they are Boxing Day sales now and they start before Christmas. Anyone else remember when every single shop, without exception, was closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and the sales actually started in January? We used to have a few days of actual relaxation back then. Even the Righteous took a day off from nagging.

This year seemed worse than usual and there is, in fact, a simple reason. On January 1st, VAT goes back up to 17.5%. I noticed this because the lab rental is in two parts - the rent itself (zero VAT) and the service charge for electricity, heating etc, which is VAT rated and is higher on the bill due in January.

So everything will be that little bit more expensive on Friday. Now that's a Day After Tomorrow everyone should pay attention to. Especially if you drive. Petrol's about to go up again.

Ah well, the saltless Morrisons didn't bother me. I wasn't there for salt. They did have a good stock of the Singleton (now one unit less) and of Bruaichladdich (one unit less) and I picked up a bottle of visitor whisky for tomorrow night, just in case. It's Grants Ale Cask reserve, which is very nice for a blend and at £11 a bottle on special offer at the moment.

This crazy holiday continues until Tuesday. Monday is a bank holiday so it'll be the middle of next week before anything sensible happens. It's irritating because all the companies I work for are closed. They're on paid leave. I'm not. The sooner the country gets back to normal, the better.

Although 'normal' is probably asking way too much.

And now it's time for food. Morrisons did have some nice fillet steak at very reasonable prices. I've eaten enough turkey and ham this week to deplete the livestock of an average farm so it's time for a change. Medium rare, I think. With mustard and chips.

And salt.

Pride & Prejudice

A repost from Anna Raccoon.

The utter hypocrisy of this quote caught my eye.

“Yvette and I are married. I personally think it is better but I certainly would not say that to other people.”

Coming as it did from one of the main protagonists of the Nanny ‘we know what is best for you’ State, it had me awake for many hours trying to work out who, which government department, where, who selected them, what are they called, these people who dictate what is acceptable to dictate to us and what is not.

My original thoughts concerned the conundrum that is the racism v class war. That it is inherently vile and evil to disparage a man because of the genetic traits inherited from his parents. Who he is born to is not of his choosing, therefore the external signs of that accident of birth should not be held against him – unless of course we are talking of his parents happening to be wealthy and white, in which case it is perfectly in order to hurl abuse at him for the choices – schooling – that his parents made for him when he was a child.

Unfortunately, your Dormouse-like Raccoon fell asleep at that point, and by the time she emerged from hibernation, Devil’s Kitchen had already superbly fisked that argument. So I turned to another example of the output of this anonymous Government Department that clears old prejudices out of the closet like the winter wardrobe, only to replace them with a fresh set that it deems more suitable for the season.

Let us move on from ‘accidents of birth’ and take two prime examples of ‘life-style’ choices, that have entirely reversed their position, albeit with near identical arguments, over the past 12 spin-infested years.

Homosexuality v Smoking.

Those of you with opinions preformed in quick drying cement may wish to move straight to comments, and deposit your usual turgid prose. The rest of you may wish to engage in a lighthearted exercise.

One of these life-style choices is said to hold a risk of serious illness and possibly death. One of these life-style choices must be conducted well away from ‘decent’ people. One of these lifestyle choices is said to pose such a risk to young children that anything pertaining to it must be hidden away in shops that cater to such tastes, for fear that children may be encouraged to dabble in the vice that dare not bear its name. The danger is said to be so acute that even advertisements for such practices are banned. Indeed, the risk of accidental ‘contamination’ or indoctrination through contact with those who conduct this life-style choice is so high that practitioners are banned from adopting children. One of these life-style choices is alleged to risk ailments that cost the NHS a King’s ransom every year to treat, and results in many deaths. One of these lifestyle choices is said to interfere with the continuation of the human race. Thus it is decreed that all decent people should decry the practice at every opportunity. Anybody admitting to the practice should be shunned from public places, denounced at dinner parties, forced to fumble furtively amongst the shrubbery if they insist on ’sinning’, denied the right to hold their heads up and announce their preference to a tolerant world.

On the other hand, one of these lifestyle choices is protected by legislation from being spoken of disparagingly, joked about, discriminated against. Legislation has been altered specifically to allow children the chance to indulge at a younger age than previously possible. Magazines, newspapers and TV programmes are paraded at every opportunity specifically so that those who had not yet commenced this life-style choice might easily find the information to allow them to do so. The NHS opens its willing arms and special hospital wings to cure the ailments, at great cost, that can follow in its wake. The deaths that occur are publicly mourned as a great loss to society. Annual parades are held, and the men and women of our emergency services censored if they don’t attend to publicly show their support for those who make this life style choice.

If you have read this far, you may want to know that I don’t condemn either homosexuality or smoking, in fact I am an avid practitioner of one, but not both.

I do condemn the hypocrisy of fashionable discrimination. If discrimination is wrong, and I believe it is, then all discrimination is wrong.

The discrimination which protects and encourages one practice and condemns another. The sporting discrimination which condemns fox hunting but protects cocaine snorting footballers from censure. The religious discrimination which condemns cross-wearing Christians but protects bomb concealing burkhas in our public buildings. The mental health discrimination that condemns discussion of our Prime Minister’s mental health, but allows that same Prime Minister to cite the mental health of a drug smuggler as reason why he should not receive the due justice of another country where he has transgressed. The ‘identity’ discrimination that condemns discussion of the advisability of promoting a man to the highest office – Privy Councillor – on the basis of his birth but permits discussion of the advisability of promoting a man to Prime Minister on the basis of his birth.

Who decides what is the correct shade of discrimination this year? How long the hem line of disapproval will be? Which coat of sanctimony to put to the back of the cupboard, and which to wear with pride? Tight pursed lips this year, or slack jawed acceptance for all?

Is it really the province of Cabinet Ministers to determine who lurks in the closet and who parades with pride? Something like 1% of the population belong to any of the ‘big three’ political parties. Those people seem to be solely responsible for deciding what the rest of us think and believe -even when we don’t believe, we are corralled by draconian laws into pretending that we do.

Why do we let them?

Coming To The UK Next

I am fortunate enough to be in Capetown at present. Here smoking is still an acceptable recreational activity. How far we are following the US into infantile behaviour was demonstrated yesterday when a bunch of American children on the next table on the waterfront started crying and holding their tee shirts over their noses. I rushed over to find out what the problem was, here you are seen as a caring adult rather than a potential paedophile,the eldest girl was spluttering about dying of cancer. One of their parents came over and started shouting at the waitress she was calling the cops and was nearly hysterical.

The problem ? somebody had lit a cigarette up on a nearby table.

In SA they were asked to leave for making a scene, not the smoker carted off in chains.

How long before children are indoctrinated in the UK a slight whiff of smoke means instant death.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Got an iPhone?

Here's the perfect Stasi App.


EcoSnoop.- Sustainability through Activism

EcoSnoop for iPhone is an activism tool that allows green-aware users to assist and encourage corporate green initiatives.

What’s the big deal?

It has been estimated that as much as 30% of the energy consumed in office buildings is wasted.
This suggests a significant opportunity for energy use reduction, cost savings, and the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions through cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities.

To help identify the best opportunities, both from the perspective of the building owner and the utility, it is important to examine how, where, and when energy is used and the savings are likely to occur. (Excerpt taken from the National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency Sector Collaborative on Energy Efficiency Office Building Energy Use Profile)

Q: How can I help using my iPhone?
A: Users locate and report on eco-offenders by submitting pictures and descriptions of blatant abuse and misuse issues.

Q: What happens with my pictures?
A:The EcoSnoop website and iPhone applications are a centralized repository of environmental awareness and a tool for actively promoting energy conservancy and green awareness. By using the EcoSnoop iPhone application, the user becomes an important link in the chain of helping to report and mediate green waste (energy, pollution, etc.). Additionally, by going yourself and encouraging friends to utilize the website to add as much information as possible about the picture (address information, responsible party information, etc.) you are giving the EcoSnoop community the tools to encourage positive change!

EcoSnoop: We need your help saving the world…1 picture at a time.

Twitter: @EcoSnoop

Virtual Snow

Dr David Viner

Sledges, snowmen, snowballs and the excitement of waking to find that the stuff has settled outside are all a rapidly diminishing part of Britain’s culture, as warmer winters – which scientists are attributing to global climate change – produce not only fewer white Christmases, but fewer white Januaries and Februaries.

According to Dr David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia,within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event”.”Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

Professor Jarich Oosten, an anthropologist at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, says that even if we no longer see snow, it will remain culturally important.

“We don’t really have wolves in Europe any more, but they are still an important part of our culture and everyone knows what they look like,” he said.

David Parker, at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research in Berkshire, says ultimately, British children could have only virtual experience of snow. Via the internet, they might wonder at polar scenes – or eventually “feel” virtual cold.

March 2000

Hat tip to EU referendum

UPDATE: Ah, here's the man himself. Now a spokesman for the British Council. He just can't stay away from children it seems.

Let's not bother with the technicalities.

Why bother making laws? The police intend to make their own whilst waiting for parliament to catch up.....

People caught with “legal highs” like mephedrone face being arrested and having their homes searched.

Senior officers say the chemicals will be treated as illegal until tests show otherwise as they try to protect young people from using dangerous drugs which have not been banned.

Where people are found with drugs, police say they will be arrested on suspicion of possession controlled drugs until tests show the substances are not illegal.

Legal highs like mephedrone are not prohibited under the Misuse of Drugs Act - but it is illegal to sell them for human consumption. Shops get around this by labelling them for other uses. Mephedrone is sold as a plant food, costing as little as £7 a gram.

The Home Office said mephedrone is being reviewed by the independent Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

If experts recommend it should be banned, they could be made illegal by the end of next year.


I give up!

Caption Contest


A Survival Guide for Decent Folk

This is a little piece I found on the Internet. It explains fully why Sir David Eady QC (above) was so keen for the author to lose his anonymity, his blog and very nearly his job. That's Sir David Eady of Tenterden, Kent (full address on, google maps shows his house) who is obsessed about Privacy except when it exposes legal incompetence.

In these days of us increasingly having to deal with law abiding folk who have fallen foul of the “entitled poor” and those who have learned how to use us to score points and exact revenge, I thought it would be a good idea to give out a bit of general guidance for those law abiding types who find themselves under suspicion or under arrest. It works for the bad guys so make it work for you.

Complain First

Always get your complaint in first, even if it is you who started it and you who were in the wrong. If things have gone awry and you suspect the cops are going to be called, get your retaliation in first. Ring the cops right away and allege for all you are worth. If you can work a racist or homophobic slant into it so much the better.

Make a counter allegation

Regardless of the facts, never let the other side be blameless. If they beat you to the phone, ring anyway and make a counter allegation against them. Again racism or homophobia are your friends. If you are not from a visible minority ethnic culture, may I suggest that that the phrase “You gay bastard” or similar is always useful. In extremis allege sexual assault. It gives us something to bargain with when getting the other person to drop their complaint on a quid-pro-quo basis. This is particularly good where there are no independent witnesses. When it boils down to one word against another and nobody is ‘fessing up, CPS run a mile and you, my friend, are definitely on a walk out

Never explain to the Police

If the Police arrive to lock you up, say nothing. You are a decent person and you may think that reasoning with the Police will help. “If I can only explain, they will realise it is all a horrible mistake and go away”. Wrong. We do want to talk to you on tape in an interview room but that comes later. All you are doing by trying to explain is digging yourself further in. We call that stuff a significant statement and we love it. Decent folk can’t help themselves, they think that they can talk their way out. Wrong.

Admit Nothing

To do anything more than lock you up for a few hours we need to prove a case. The easiest route to that is your admission. Without it, our case may be a lot weaker, maybe not enough to charge you with. In any case, it is always worth finding out exactly how damning the evidence is before you fall on your sword. So don’t do the decent and honourable thing and admit what you have done. Don’t even deny it or try to give your side of the story. Just say nothing. No confession and CPS are on the back foot already. They forsee a trial. They fear a trial. They are looking for any excuse to send you home free.

Keep your mouth shut

Say as little as possible to us. At the custody office desk a Sergeant will ask you some questions. It is safe to answer these. For the rest of the time, say nothing.

Claim Suicidal Thoughts

A debatable one this. Claiming to be thinking about topping yourself has several benefits. If you can keep it up, it might just bump up any compensation payable later. On the other hand you may find yourself in a paper suit with someone watching your every move.

Always always always have a solicitor

Duh. No brainer this one. Unless you know 100% for sure that your mate the solicitor does criminal law and is good at it, ask for the Duty Solicitor. They certainly do criminal law and they are good at it. Then listen to what the solicitor says and do it. Their job is to get you off without the Cops or CPS laying a glove on you if at all possible. It is what they get paid for. They are free to you. There is no down side. Now decent folks think it makes them look like they have something to hide if they ask for a solicitor. Irrelevant. Going into an interview without a solicitor is like taking a walk in Tottenham with a big gold Rolex. Bad things are very likely to happen to you. I wouldn’t do it and I interview people for a living.

Actively complain about every officer and everything they do

Did they cuff you when they brought you in? Were they rude to you? Did they racially or homophobically abuse you? Didn’t get fed? Cell too cold? You are decent folk who don’t want to make a fuss but trust me, it pays to whinge and no matter how trivial and / or poorly founded your complaint there are people who will uncritically listen to you and try and prove the complaint on your behalf. Some of them are even police officers. Nothing like a complaint to muddy the waters and suggest that you are only in court because the vindictive Cops have a grudge against you. Far fetched? Wait until your solicitor spins it in court and you come over as Ghandi.

Show no respect to the legal system or anybody working in it

You think that if you are a difficult, unpleasant, sneering, unco-operative and rude things will go badly for you and you will be in more trouble. No sirree Bob. It seems that in fact the worse you are, the easier things will go for you if, horror of horrors, you do end up convicted. Remember to fake a drink problem if you haven’t developed one as a result of dealing with us already. Magistrates and Judges do seem to like the idea that you are basically good but the naughty alcohol made you do it. They treat you better. Crazy I know but true.

So there you go, basically anything you try and do because you are decent and staightforward hurts you badly. Act like an habitual, professional, lifestyle criminal and chances are you will walk away relatively unscathed. Copy the bad guys, its what they do for a living.

A Libertarian policy at last?

The new Hospital Radio ‘Pod’ on the second floor of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Good God.

Labour is planning to force NHS hospitals to put the hundreds of millions they receive each year in voluntary donations on their balance sheets in a plan to then reduce State funding by the same amount.

Before anyone screams, I applaud this action.

Libertarianism is based on free choice, not force. The NHS is a behemoth that swallows £110 billion a year in our taxes cleaning peoples teeth and cutting their toenails, thanks to a workforce of 1.3 million. And installing Art to "to provide us with the luxury of sharing our worries and escaping from them for a moment." (External link to NHS Art)It is the epitomy of an East German State. Any action taken to see this lumbering Socialist monster cut down to size is to be welcomed. Only "holidaying" pregnant Nigerians or AIDs riddled "asylum seekers" from Africa could object.

* Lights blue touchpaper and stands back*

Monday, 28 December 2009

2 fat ladies

More astute readers wiull know that Sudbury council has banned a bingo caller from using the phrase "two fat ladies" in case two fat ladies get offended.

Mr Sayers, a serving councillor, told the BBC: "The concern was that if there might be two large ladies in the audience when I said 'two fat ladies 88' or someone might think I was looking at their legs when I said 'legs 11'.

"I was advised that someone might take offence and we could end up being taken to court."

Firstly, there is no law against taking offence. You CHOOSE to be offended and no one can legislate against it.

Secondly, this is where the enemies of free speech all live.

Stop reading this blog, pick up the phone and tell them what you think. If they choose to be offended, that's their choice.

What councillors get away with today, Paliament will get away with tomorrow and the EU on Thursday.

Useful Idiots

Map of countries by the number of politicians, which have attended one or more conferences organized by the Bilderberg Group (click to enlarge)

I wondered how many Politicians and world leaders who were desperate to get their hands on trillions of your money in Nohopenhagen had ever attended Bilderberg meetings, the so called unelected and unaccountable New World Order. Along with bankers who having feasted on taxpayers money are now looking to set up another Ponzi scheme in the shape of "carbon credits" instead of fictitious cash, of course.

Interesting. Follow the money. No wonder the Chinese are the new bogeymen. They won't do as they are told.

Your castle?

From Big Brother Watch

Research conducted by Big Brother Watch - the new campaign fighting intrusions on privacy and protecting liberties - reveals that there are at least 14,793 officers in 73 per cent of local councils in Britain who can enter private property without requiring a warrant or police escort

Top lines from the research (full report including breakdown by local authority available here) include:

  • There are at least 14,793 officers in local councils nationwide who can enter private property without requiring a warrant or police officer escort
  • That is equal to 47 officers in every local authority in Britain able to enter homes and workplaces
  • Given that 115 (27 per cent) local councils either refused to answer our FOI requests, or failed to answer in an acceptable manner, this figure could be much higher and indeed be as high as 20,000 council officers in Britain
  • Northamptonshire County Council and Glasgow City Council have the most officers able to enter your home with almost 500 each

Research conducted by Big Brother Watch has revealed that there are at least 14,793 officers in local councils nationwide who can enter private property without requiring a warrant or police escort. Due to the complexity of the question and the huge number of laws permitting power of entry, 27 per cent of councils were unable to answer the FOI request in full. If the average from those councils who gave a sufficient answer was extrapolated to the full number of councils nationwide, there could be as many as 20,000 local authority officers in Britain able to enter your home or place of work.

In July 2008 the Home Office published a full list of the 1,043 laws permitting state inspectors to enter people’s homes and premises. Barging In is the first nationwide survey of the number of officers in each Local Authority holding the power to enter a private home or business without requiring a warrant or police escort. Through Freedom of Information requests sent to every single local council in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Big Brother Watch has arrived at a total figure for the number of environmental health technicians, anti-social behaviour officers, safety control inspectors and so on who, on 15th June 2009, if they so wished, could enter your private residence or place of work.

Alex Deane, Director of Big Brother Watch, said:

“Once, a man’s home was his castle. Today the Big Brother state wants to inspect, regulate and standardise the inside of our homes.

"Councils are dishing out powers of entry to officers within their council for their own ease, without giving due thought to the public’s right to privacy and the potential for abuse.

"There needs to be a much closer eye kept on the number of officers granted the right to barge into private premises without a warrant.”

To read the full report, which includes detailed information on every local authority, please click here.

Look around the room you are sitting in. 200 years ago, the State regulated NOTHING in that room. I now challenge you to find ONE THING not monitored or regulated by the all powerful State.

The Speakers Convention

I notice that Labour are desperate to delay a by Election following the death of David Taylor MP. The Labour Majority of just over 4,000 is set to be wiped out.

Unfortunately for them, to do so would be illegal. They MUST hold a by election within three months, thanks to a little convention by the speaker.

I suspect m'learned friends are already drawing up writs to force a by election on April 1st at the latest. Or perhaps Gordon fancies his chances at a General Election in March.

Comment from the wonderful Anna Raccoon

External Auditor on Members Estimates Audit Committee goes for walk in woods on Boxing Day and emerges in body bag – how very convenient for them……..

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Heroine of 2009

It took five years' work to get MPs' expenses out in the open. Now I look back, I think I must have been a bit mad. I was trying to deconstruct the British democracy in its entirety for a book, Your Right To Know. But really I was trying to make sense of the way the country worked for myself, having just moved here from America. It seemed crazy, very hard to find out what public money is spent on. In America we think, "We're paying for it and we want to know where every penny is going." Here, there's a terrible apathy.

I read up on all the expenses MPs could claim for and then I said I'd like to see them. After months of digging, I was told, "You can't see the receipts." They said, "It'd be too much work." I said, "I'll come and have a look myself." They went mad, as if hell had to freeze over before such a thing could be allowed.

I fought through the courts. The more I found out, the stranger and more cranky the system seemed. The House of Commons fought all of my freedom of information requests tooth and nail.

In February 2009, the shit was really going to hit the fan. The MPs had lost the high court case and were scanning in the material; the first tranche of censoring had happened. Then they tried to pass a bill to exempt MPs from disclosure of their expenses. There was a weird cross-party agreement. But the Tories were rumbled and exposed, they pulled out and the agreement was skittled.

I was chagrined when the Telegraph bought the raw disk of scanned data and began exposing it. But if they hadn't done so we'd still be where we were. The final House of Commons version in July was totally blacked out.

I was amazed the way the toilet seats and the duck house ended up symbolising the whole scandal. I guess you have to couch serious journalism in humour and trivia here. The way they picked on personalities is unique to the British journalistic scene. In terms of the individual cases, the worst thing for me was the flipping of homes and claiming for mortgages that didn't exist. But I think the system, with its lack of accountability, promoted corruption.

I would definitely not want to be an MP. The way the system works in Westminster at the moment is that an individual MP is utterly impotent, a complete and utter slave to the party. I have more power as a writer than they have. And, no, I don't think they should be paid more. They just need to justify their expenses.

I'm going to try and shake everything up again before the May general election with my new book Silent State. It moves on from MPs to look at the courts, the police, local government and this weird situation we're in now where the state knows so much about the private citizen and the private citizen knows almost nothing about the public officials running the state. The recent privacy laws have been hijacked by public officials to protect them from public accountability.

The upshot of the whole debacle is that the Commons passed another law that exempted their addresses. The rhetoric has changed but the practice hasn't. You still cannot get the receipts of MPs' expenses. All you can get at the moment are these incredibly censured docs.

It's really up to the public to maintain their outrage and to put pressure on their MP to behave well. Because at the moment you need to buy a disk off a businessman to find out what they're up to.

Heather Brooke

UPDATE: She has a new book out, just in time for the "election"

'Will strike fear into the hearts of politicians, assuming they have hearts. Anyone with a vote worth stealing should read this. You won't know whether to laugh or rise up and overthrow absolutely everything.' --Charlie Brooker

'Heather Brooke puts every other British journalist to shame. She single-handedly exposed the systemic corruption that had become an embedded part of parliament at the turn of the 20th century. In doing so she has changed British public culture and earned an essential place in our national history. She is an extraordinary figure who must be celebrated.' --Peter Oborne

'Secrecy is one of the great British diseases. It's so secret that we don't even admit we suffer from it. Heather Brooke is part of the cure - challenging the routine concealment and distortion of important information. There should be more journalists doing the same.' --Nick Davies, author of FLAT EARTH NEWS

Saturday, 26 December 2009

A Star is Born

Anna Raccoon has discovered gold in them thar hills.

As you will know, the Old Holborn blog is a nest of vipers of vocal dissent and sedition. Vitriol is encouraged from all and sundry. Unlike Paul Staines (Guido Fawkes) or Iain Dale or Sunni Hundal, only a select few know exactly who I am, so I'm a planning a new campaign to start on 1st January whereby anyone can become Old Holborn. If you think I've got up to mischief over the last 18 months, think of the mischief thousands of us could get up to.

Most MP's (and certainly their SpAds) read this blog. It's the eighth most popular political blog in the country and the number 1 anonymous blog in the land. It's been featured in the Sunday Times, the Mail, the Register. It's been on the BBC News, Guy News and many other media outlets. I've done the donkey work. Now anyone will be able to actually be Old Holborn, say what they want, act as they please.

Stay posted. Details to follow.

646 of them, 61,000,O00 Old Holborns.

Let the new decade begin.

Aubergines and fireworks

A decade past

From the Torygraph...

It astonishes me to look back on these 10 years and reflect on just how much of our freedom we have lost, and how utterly needlessly. This is nothing to do with the “war on terror”: it is to do with the socialist state’s inevitable compulsion to control. How can it have come about that we live in a country where anti-terrorism laws are used to prosecute people who put their wheelie-bins in the wrong place, or who take pictures of cathedrals? Why have we let it become illegal to make rational objections to, or fun of, aspects of other cultures? Why should religious people be compelled to endorse sexual practices that they find morally repellent? Why can’t we just, any longer, be ourselves?

Do read the whole article.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Fun at number 10

Merry Christmas all.....

Merry Winterval

As you sit at home aound a glowing fire, desperately rummaging through the Quality Street for the good ones, grab a small child and show them what Christmas used to be like

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Benefit Cheat Sleeps Rough

How warming of the heart for this time of year. A young man, already a multi millionaire by the time he was 18, the son of an unqualified nursery nurse has decided to "give something back" by sleeping for one night on the streets on London.

The future King of England became a pauper for a few hours to "get in touch" with the numerous psychos and drug addled nutters that piss in London's doorways whilst threatening passers by and their imaginary friends in broad Glasgow accents.

As well he might. He is patron of Centrepoint, a noble organisation that has been making it easier for ginger wife beating alcoholics from Scotland and Poland to get by on the streets of London instead of going home and sorting out their problems, drying out and getting a job, like the rest of us.

I notice that he is part of the "London Delivery Board" who aim to eradicate sleeping rough on the streets of London by 2012. By giving them free housing I assume, instead of going home and sorting out their problems, drying out and getting a job, like the rest of us.

So I had a look at London Delivery Board, as I've never heard of them. Aha. St Mungo's are running it.

Let's have a look at this fake charity shall we?

  • St Mungo's is London's largest charity for homeless people. We run every day of the year and each night house over 1,400 homeless men and women. St Mungo's runs emergency services, supports homeless people in their recovery, and works to prevent homelessness.
  • The following organisations have representatives on the London Delivery Board: City of London, City of Westminster, Communities and Local Government, Crisis, Jobcentre Plus, Greater London Authority, Homeless Link, LB Camden, LB Hammersmith and Fulham, LB Kensington and Chelsea, LB Southwark, LB Tower Hamlets, LB Lambeth, London Development Agency, Mayor's Office, Metropolitan Police, Ministry of Justice, NHS London, St Mungo's, Thames Reach, United Kingdom Borders Agency, National Offender Management Service.

Fair enough. Let's have a look at their accounts at the Charity Commission, shall we? Wassat? They are not a registered charity? Pardon?

THESE ARE TWO of the biggest London-based homelessness charities – but most people haven't heard of them. That’s because they get the vast majority of their funding from government and therefore don’t spend much time asking the public for money(no, they just fucking take it from taxpayers instead).

Neither is registered with the Charity Commission (they have a special ‘exempt’ status, making them answerable to other bodies) (which bodies I wonder?)

I feel an FOI request coming on. I want to know who funds them, how, who works there and why. After all, it is my money they are spending making sure stinking nutters are welcome in London. In the meantime, I hope the weather gets really, really cold. Like in Moscow.

Some home truths

A little while back, Rod Little got a classic Fleet Street roasting from the Islington Clitterati when he dared to suggest that black kids in London are out of fucking control and responsible for pretty much all the shooting and stabbing that goes on in our capital city- the most dangerous in Western Europe. It mattered not that the statistics showed he was right, or indeed a quick walk in the park after dark would PROVE him right, The Righteous pounced on him. Not on the gun totting, axe wielding blacks who own the inner city but on a Blogger. That helps.

Today, I read that Britain's Somali youth is also out of control. And I also note that we are tip toeing around trying to find the best way to deal with them. Not applying the law equally regardless, but setting up Youth Forums and encouraging Somali Women's Groups (yes, you Kerry, you useless mouthbreathing cockwomble). I read with awe that "A Somali woman recently joined the Metropolitan Police and witnesses from within the community played a part in solving a murder in South London."

When does this stop? When do we simply start treating us, the people of Britain as equals?

Let me remind you of Peels Rules of Policing:

  • The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.

  • The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon public approval of police actions.

  • Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observance of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.

  • The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.

  • Police seek and preserve public favour not by catering to public opinion but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.

  • Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice and warning is found to be insufficient.

  • Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

  • Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.

  • The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.
It seems we have let agenda driven Politicians corrupt the nine principles of policing beyond all recognition to the degree that they are now no longer recognisable. People are dying because Politicians, who live in Castles in rural Britain cannot admit they have failed the people of this country. I'm going to print out those nine rules and go and talk to some Policemen about them. Wearing my Freedom Warden costume of course.


Get your story straight, Met Office....


Old Holborn Quote of the Day

If stupid fucking Bangladeshis want to live on known flood plains because the land is cheap, or the Umbongo tribe decide to live 20 miles away from the nearest water because they hate the Mfufu tribe next door, that’s their look out, not mine. Idiots.

I’m off to roast a dolphin.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Only in Somerset

I am really sorry folks but the dickhead who told William that Cows can jump over six foot is none other than Guthrum Jnr, Will swallowed it, so did the Telegraph.

Yes the cow was on the roof, but the ground is quite sloping towards the roof.

This being Somerset, this is big news in these parts, there is now a 'roof cow appreciation society' on Facebook.

Happy Christmas !


Quasimodo in Number 10, hunched, scowling over his desk, has devised yet another plan to police, to increase surveillance, to indulge his obsession with extending his short-lived control over as many people as possible. Gordon Brown, who now seems to have lost his last tenuous grip on reality, wants the European Union to police the carbon emissions of the whole world. That is the leitmotif of New Labour – and, by extension, all Westminster – government: control, bans, observation, intrusion, diktat.

Balked of a legal agreement on imaginary manmade global warming at Copenhagen, Quasimodo and Nicolas Sarkozy are working on plans to create a “European monitoring organisation” to oversee different countries’ actions on carbon emissions. Barack Obama – the leading control freak in the liberal pantheon – has suggested spy satellites could be used.

Quasimodo told reporters: “We’re in favour of transparency; we’re in favour of looking at what’s happening not just in our country and our own continent, but around the world.” That isn’t transparency: that is snooping. “We’re in favour of transparency” – from a New Labour Prime Minister! Goebbels, who always favoured the Big Lie, would have loved it.

Were Quasimodo and his colleagues in favour of transparency about weapons of mass destruction? Even now, are they in favour of transparency at the Iraq inquiry, where Tony Blair will give evidence in secret? Were they in favour of transparency when they voted to keep MPs’ expenses under wraps, until the courts overruled them?

The one fear the enforcers entertain is that their spy-in-the-sky snooping on carbon emissions might antagonise China, which resists surveillance (all those covert coal mines and other eco-naughties). When Red China begins to seem like an apostle of laissez-faire, relaxed freedom, we know that the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

Meanwhile, unheeding of the coming tsunami of electoral extinction, Quasimodo lopes around his bell-tower (courtesy of Quentin Davies) and plans ever tighter restrictions on everybody else’s liberties. What a filthy regime this has been. Even now the Harridan is planning legislation effectively to outlaw Christianity. Who do they think they are?

When they crawled out from under that stone in 1997 they had just one ambition: to impose their will, their prejudices, their squalid vision of the world on the entire nation. That is always the badge of the inadequate, the owners of inferiority complexes, epitomised by the nail-biting, grimacing weirdo in Number 10. It is a pity that Scottish kirks do not go in for much in the way of ornamentation; otherwise, Gordon/Quasimodo could have built a secure career for himself as a gargoyle on a church tower, scowlingly overlooking the rest of humanity.


The Insanity Of The State

A sixty year old businessman is spending Christmas behind bars, despite having overpaid VAT after a three year criminal investigation brought about by HMRC

To ensure that he could not adequately fight back or mount a defence, HMRC seized his assets. No innocent until proven guilty for people who have offended the sensibilities of the State whose credo is the money belongs to us, unless proved otherwise.

The Judge has so little independent freedom of action under this Rotten Parliament, despite there being more than adequate evidence that there is significant doubt that the man is guilty in the Judge's mind, that he has to go to jail, pending an appeal.

What does the Gauleiter from HMRC say on the matter-

Peter Avery, assistant director of HMRC Criminal Investigations, welcomed the sentence, saying: “This sentence will serve as a deterrent to anyone who thinks that tax fraud is a risk worth taking.”

I have actually received £6000 in compensation in the last five years from HMRC because their own staff did not understand the VAT rules on land, and had written a completely incorrect interpretation of the regulations. It took me a year to prove that they were wrong.

The State are making it up as they go along, the 'authorities' have targets that have to be met 'pour encourager les autres', they creat obscure complicated laws, that they do not understand themselves, then create confiscation laws to ensure the individual cannot fight back.

I am aware of at least nine cases of this sort of thing going on at present, I filed my defence yesterday at 4pm. Including eleven redacted emails secured under FOI legislation, of civil servants and others who do not want to be identified or their emails made public. 2010 is going to be an interesting year.

Not one of you is safe. Happy Christmas !

H/T Big Brother Watch

World Government

What we need to do is set up a World Government where no one is represented and no one can vote other than banks, oil companies, the very rich and other “vested interest” groups. ( for example. Owned by the Rockerfellers

Then we need to stop India and China very successfully working their way out of poverty in case they threaten our status quo.

They we need to make sure that EVERYONE is in debt by raising massive taxes then they will do exactly as they are told for generations

Then we can give nations that are failed States huge amounts of money for their dictators to squander on tribal genocide and Learjets and shopping sprees for their wives in Europe in return for complete control of their resources.

Right. So enslave the population of the world, keep them poor and take away their rights to a better future on the “promise” things will get better.

Isn’t that what religion already does? Isn’t that what Communism does? Isn’t that what Imperialism does?

Yeah, stick it all on the Red. What have 6 billion people to lose?

I look forward to the first “climate” war when the heavy armed Climate Crusaders try to take it all from the Heathens and convert them by the sword. Can’t be far off now. The book burning has already begun.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Outstanding Value!

£200,000 in expenses since becoming a peer four years ago but Baroness Adams of Craigielea’s voice was heard just once in House of Lords proceedings.

"I have never held the House of Lords in great esteem. "

So thats were it went..............

Or more literally Neues Arbeit Macht Frei

H/T Tractor Stats via Anna Raccoon

Sunday, 20 December 2009

See what you can do?

They won't be happy. Our masters are going to be very angry.

Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me.

MPs Brother wanted for Child Abuse.

What an impenetrably murky world politicians inhabit.

What layers of subterfuge, and incomprehensibly skewed morals, do they juggle as they haggle and negotiate their way to decisions allegedly for the good of us all?

How do they sleep at night, weighed down by the knowledge of the lives they have tossed into an abyss, whilst 'the hand of destiny was on their shoulder'?

Today the architects of the Northern Ireland peace process are under the spotlight, following the showing of an extraordinary documentary last night on Ulster TV.

The story is a sadly familiar one. A young girl comes forward, supported by her Mother, to detail the sexual abuse which her Father has inflicted on her since the age of four years old. It is the detail of how this information was handled by the authorities which have taken this from the realms of 'sad but not unheard of' to plumbing new depths of treachery, cynicism, and a desire for political power that surpasses all accepted boundaries of justice.

The young girl was Aine Tyrell, not a name that would make you sit up and pay attention, until you learn that she is Gerry Adams' niece. The abuser was her Father, Gerry Adams' brother, Liam. Gerry Adams has known of this abuse for many years, 20 in fact, and never doubted that it was true, but it was only last night, secure at his pinnacle of political power, that he felt able to speak out and support his niece.

How many other people knew of the horror endured by this young girl. Many. Despicably, treacherously, deceptively, duplicity, almost too many to name. I will do my best. They don't deserve to hide in the shadows.

Let us start with Gerry Adams - although we will move further up the troughing chain than that eventually. Mr Adams has now made a statement urging his brother to hand himself in to face the 23 charges that were laid in respect of this abuse over a year ago. A little tardy of him you might think, and the cynical of you will have noted that he made his statement, via his political press office, not personally, in the knowledge that a documentary billed as being about 'a strong republican family and allegations of sexual abuse' was going to be shown that very night. In the 'street of shame' it is known as 'spoiling the exclsuive'. Some might say that for such a pivotal figure to come out and publicly say that 'they support the victim and believe her' was a courageous stance. It might have been 20 years ago, today it could also be held as an attempt to influence justice. Long memories go back to Mary Harney's injudicious remarks at the time of the Haughey trial which effectively kept him out of jail

Liam Adams is reported to be living in the Donegal area; is it any coincidence that Gerry Adams appears to have lost control of the dissident IRA. If the information as to his probable whereabouts is available to me, then one presumes that the yobs of West Belfast or Kev 408 are similarly Internet savvy. Was this an attempt to get Liam safely ensconced in the arms of the Northern Ireland Police Serve before the 'boyos' caught up with him?

What had been Gerry Adams' actions prior to Aine waiving her right to anonymity?

Speaking exclusively to UTV's Insight special, Aine Tyrell claimed that Gerry Adams had known about the abuse for twenty years.
She has also talked about her need to go public with her story, and explained disillusionment and frustration at how she feels let down by the police, social services, the church and her uncle Gerry.
Eventually, Aine wrote her mother a letter telling her about the abuse. After informing social services and the police, she told her uncle, one of the most recognisable republicans in Northern Ireland, Gerry Adams.
Mr Adams attempted to make his brother answer for his alleged crimes, by trying to set up a meeting between Aine and her father so she could put the accusations to him directly.
Aine said she attended the "rushed" meetings with her uncle on her own, but said the tone changed as Mr Adams started to defend his brother.
"I got my eyes opened when I was going to the meetings. It was turning into Liam was the victim."
However, Aine believes she was let down by her uncle.
"I ended up saying look do you know what it is, you have failed me again, when twenty years later I've asked you to do one thing.", she said.

He expected this 14 year old girl to confront her Father in front of her other adult relatives, with all the emotional and psychological confusion and pain inherent in that - and how many of the IRA hierarchy were present? Asking a young rape victim to confront her rapist is going to help her precisely how?

Eileen Calder of the Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre in Belfst has been a strong supporter of the Republican movement, even though not a Republican herself, but she has been quoted in the Dail in the past about the IRAs 'internal' methods of justice.

a serious case in Northern Ireland where a woman was raped, then intimidated to the point that it was perfectly clear that she should not attempt to report this and that if she did report it, other things might happen. Other instances of intimidation including threats from the IRA against individuals were brought by representatives of Community Restorative Justice. This is appalling. In another case, Eileen Calder described how a woman who was raped was brought face to face with the rapist in a room, which the victim described as worse than the rape itself.

Given the traditional reaction in working class republican areas to crimes of this nature, it is curious that Liam Adams still had the physical ability to get himself to Donegal other than by stretcher - what deals were done behind closed doors that allowed him safe passage?

There is an allegation that the prominent Belfast priest Fr. Aidan Troy was brought in - by Liam Adams himself to 'mediate' on his behalf, rather than allow him to face criminal prosecution. Last night Fr Troy issued a statement denying claims he had attempted to persuade Ms Tyrell, aged 36, from proceeding with a case. Perhaps not, but how helpful would a Belfast priest be in encouraging a prosecution for child abuse? They have history in these matters.

One of the more worrying aspects of this affair is that Aine and her Mother did go to the RUC in 1987 - a time when this would have been seen as the ultimate betrayal of the family, and the party and how much courage must it have taken to walk through the RUC doors in those days of 'the troubles'. Did the RUC ever seek to arrest Liam Adams, question him, involve Social Services? It appears not. Not even a quiet but helpful word in the ear of Ian Paisley. What would have been the motive for the RUC to stay their hand? Quite extraordinary when you consider how many Northern Ireland Policemen have gone on to become experts in child abuse.

According to the programme, her mother said the RUC seemed “more interested in recruiting her as an informer than dealing with Aine’s abusing father”.

Medical tests were taken and social services were also informed and documentary evidence of these tests and contacts are still on file, according to Insight.

The programme also reported that at the time because so few in the local nationalist community recognised the legitimacy of the RUC that “under pressure” Ms Tyrell didn’t proceed with the case. The statements, however, are still on file and Ms Tyrell believes these can be used to prove her allegations against her father.

A peace process was underway. Arresting the brother of the Sein Fein leader would have been seen as 'dirty tricks' and possibly resulted in far more deaths on the troubled streets. Besides, the information gleaned on Liam Adams would have been very useful to the authorities on both sides of the border. A negotiating tool even. What pressure was brought to bear on Gerry Adams over this matter? Could the British Security Services have possibly not been aware of this? Inconceivable. Was Tony Blair told?

The final straw for Aine Tyrell was not the knowledge that her father subsequently got a job as a youth worker in the Muirhevamore Community Centre. A job working with impressionable children in one of the most deprived areas of Dundalk, a man known to be a senior henchman of the Provisional movement - if his own niece had not managed to take action against him, how many other children would have felt helpless to complain of his advances?

No, the final straw for Aine came 20 years ago with the knowledge that her father had remarried, and begun a new family.

She said: “When I realised that there was a new child in the house, a wee girl in the house, living there permanently, I was devastated, absolutely devastated.

“I couldn’t motivate myself to go to school. I couldn’t motivate myself for anything, youth clubs, I mean it all stopped. I didn’t go out, I didn’t eat, everything was a fight. I had the school board coming to the door to see why I wasn’t going, and my mummy was like: ‘She’s grieving over her Granny, she hasn’t ate in weeks. I had her to the doctors, she’s went down to six stone, she’s just loads of things’ and all that’.”

The situation came to a head after an argument between mother and daughter and it was at this stage that Mrs Tyrell spoke out for the first time.

Mrs Campbell said: “Next thing I heard somebody at my living room door and there was a wee letter, was an envelope pushed underneath the door, and I heard the wee feet running back up the stairs again.

“And I bent down and picked up the envelope. It says: ‘Dear mummy, and this is why I’m like this, my daddy made me sleep with him’. That’s the day my world sort of ended.”

Her daughter added: “That’s exactly what I says. That he was making me sleep with him.”

It is the politicians, the intelligence services, and the church, who have been conspiring to keep this quiet ever since.

They cared nothing for a young girl's distress.

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