Archive for December, 2008

Dramatic news coverage of the New Labour party machine in action has been leaked to the media. See the cast of characters in action as they blitz their way to their final solution.


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Why is it that women in checkout queues are totally unprepared for making payment? It seems to come as a complete surprise to most, and they spend precious seconds scrabbling around in bags and purses looking for either cash or cards.

Not only that but instead of tendering their bank card once the last item has been blipped through, they waste time continuing with the packing process, and only when the last item is safely in their bag or trolley do they start the process of fumbling for their card or cash. Don’t they realise that the payment process can be taking place in parallel with the packing process, thus saving time and the frustration of others in the queue behind them?

And no, it’s not just because it’s Christmas and queues are longer than normal. It’s something I’ve observed over the years at all times.

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Well done Ireland.

By playing hardball and refusing to accept the Lisbon Treaty, uniquely among all the member states they have been bought off, and seem to have secured for themselves the right to retain their own Commissioner (amongst other bribes). The majority of the other states, who have signed the Treaty which reduces the number of Commissioners, will presumably therefore not have a Commissioner whilst Ireland is guaranteed one.

I see trouble ahead.

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It’s not even six months since the Irish people firmly rejected the Lisbon Treaty, yet already we are seeing the opening shots of the mostly unelected political elite in the EU, in a campaign to tell the Irish they were wrong and must vote again next October.

Of course to have any success the EU will have to change the Treaty and give Ireland so many derogations, that what Ireland will be presented with will be a fundamentally different treaty. Under any normal rules of course, a new treaty should require signature by all member states afresh. Will this happen? Is the Pope a Catholic?

Of course it won’t. The UK government are fortunate in one way. After telling us that the Treaty was virtually the same as its fore-runner the EU Constitution, (which was roundly rejected by France and Denmark), and that the British people don’t therefore need a referendum, they would have had more of a problem attempting to justify their position when Ireland will be told that The Treaty is both completely different to the Constitution, and the first Lisbon Treaty that Ireland rejected.

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So now we know. He knew but didn’t check.

The speaker did know in advance of the raid on Damian Green’s office, and in what must be the most pathetic and weakest of excuses possible he says he wasn’t told that the police did not have a search warrant. (I’ll leave aside the very debateable point, that even with a search warrant it’s highly contentious that an MP’s office in Parliament may be searched at all).

Wasn’t told? Why didn’t he ask the most basic of questions? There can’t be anyone who’s ever watched a police drama, that doesn’t know that a warrant is needed to invade private property. What was he doing? Asleep on his watch it would seem. The very fact that he confirms he was aware of the raid makes it even worse. That alone should have put him on his guard and sharpened his senses to ask the obvious question. Knowing of the raid what were his thought processes? Clearly he completely failed to join the dots which should have led him to ask for the warrant to be produced.

For heavens sake, any self respecting low-life criminal knows to ask when confronting the boys in blue on his doorstep, ‘have you got a warrant?’.

This whole episode defies belief and must surely raise the question of Martin’s ability and political common sense.

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Yesterday, dramatic new targets to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least one-fifth from today’s levels in just over a decade were proposed by the government’s Climate Change Committee.

Why is the UK continuing with its self-flagellation over energy policy? Do the government not realise there is a recession, and people are going to be hard pressed enough to meet their current rising energy costs at a time when they are losing their jobs and their ability to pay. It’s not even as if this will have any sort of measurable effect in global terms when China is busy building one coal fired power station a week over the next five years. Are the Chinese worried about not building in carbon capture technology? Ask them that and they’d laugh at you.

So why is the UK saddling itself with this nonsense, and making what’s left of our industry uncompetitive. Have the government got a death wish or is it part of a deliberate scorched earth policy to give another incoming administration a huge problem?

And why, when other countries are rowing back on these sorts of daft ideas, are we rushing headlong to self-destruction. I’m struck by the following quotes, the juxtaposition with UK current policy is instructive.

Italy will veto ambitious European Union plans to tackle climate change unless changes are made to make the package less costly to industry and consumers, a minister warned Monday. “We think the package is a mistake. As it stands, it penalises our industry, increases costs for citizens, threatens jobs and makes Italy poorer.”
–AFP, 1 December 2008

European Union negotiators eased planned caps on carbon dioxide from cars by excluding part of the fleet for three years to reduce costs for automakers such as Daimler AG and Porsche SE.
–Jonathan Stearns, Bloomberg, 2 December 2008

United Nations talks that began today to devise a new global-warming treaty for limiting carbon- dioxide emissions probably won’t yield concrete results, German environment minister Sigmar Gabriel said.
–Jeremy van Loon, Bloomberg, 1 December 2008

We enter the Poznan conference with the European Union’s climate policy holed and sinking, but with the emergence elsewhere than in Europe of the principles of what a viable climate policy might actually look like.
–Gwyn Prins, London School of Economics, 1 December 2008

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