Friday, 27 December 2013

Political class still deaf to the reality

In large part it was Helena Kennedy's 'Power' Inquiry that inspired me to become engaged in encouraging our political class to mend their ways. A leftish barrister and life-peer with all-party confidence, a ringing endorsement from a young slim-faced Cameron at the QEII conference centre, Kennedy started by defining the problem. For years politicians had been attributing low voting turn-outs and falling party memberships to something they called 'voter apathy'. Here's the research, said Kennedy, and it's not voter apathy. They just don't like you.

That was back in 2006, before the unmasking of the Rotten Parliament. Right, OK, said the political class. Nice piece of research. Now what are we going to do about all this voter apathy? 

The 'Power' Inquiry also came up with the only workable way of political funding that left the funding decision up to each voter; this was completely ignored by the egregious Hayden Phillips and again more recently by the deeply corrupt funding recommendations from Christopher Kelly's committee. 

Then of course was the Rotten Parliament. It's not fair, said MPs, we're special. It is fair, said the public, and you're not. 

Now they're right back in believing it's all voter apathy. Let's introduce 24 hour voting in Tesco, iPad voting, televised red-button TV polling, emailing photos of your voting slips they chime as yet another comprehensive piece of research is published that show that the public hate them more than ever and are enraged by their continued complacency.

Incidentally, the poll show that all those Tesco-voting options together would only influence 2% of those polled - voters are perfectly content with the local polling booths in schools and church halls system. 'Rage' 'Fury' and 'Anger' are not words frequently used by pollsters but appear often in this report. 

Well, they've never listened in the past and I've no great hope that they will listen now, though it would be without doubt better for them and for us if they did. No, I think they will remain deaf to the reality until something dramatic and cathartic happens. And whatever it is is getting closer by the day.

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Many thanks for your Christmas wishes - may I return them with all hopes for 2014. Christmas so far has been busy keeping (possibly Romanian) squatters out of my neighbour's house, but that's a post all on its own.

Monday, 23 December 2013

ERT Corporates have screwed Europe - Shrang

And finally a reminder that we're not alone; the following is from Heiko Schrang's latest Newsletter;
"Normally a Constitution protects citizens from their politicians, restricting what they can do between elections. The EU Constitution and the Lisbon Treaty are different - they protect politicians from the voters" - Jens-Peter Bonde

With the transfer of sovereignty of national parliaments to Brussels, totalitarian EU leaders have now taken Europe's citizens hostage and disenpowered them. Very few people understand the covert plan behind the puppet theatre of the EU. The system is regulated , certified , monopolised by Brussels and benefits not the citizens of Europe but the Corporates. The magic words were for years the single market.

Who is really behind now the idea of the internal market? The then EC Commissioner Jacques Delors promoted the ERT as the "driving force behind the internal market". The European Round Table of Industrialists is considered to be the Central Committee of large-scale industry, in which 45 to 50 CEOs meet on a rotation principle. These represent about 60% of European and international industrial corporations. The ERT is considered as the strategic guide of the two central pillars of the EU, the EU single market and monetary union, which was pushed through in the 90's against all odds. The political puppets presented to the public their "well thought out" plan for monetary union. In reality, they were only executing the plan that had already been designed by the ERT.
 Worth a struggle with google's translate if you've a few moments. See, it's not just us.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

EU will kill to survive

Never underestimate the fanaticism of the mindwashed zealots determined to force a European Federal State upon the unwilling people of Europe. There is only one real risk of war and conflict amongst we peoples of this continent, and it lies with deliberate provocation and the escalation of minor tensions by a dark cabal of EU unelected officials. The recent spat over Gibraltar almost certainly had EU influence behind it. That they are playing with fire is not unknown to them; they're willing to risk lives, peace and NATO itself in order to realise their lunatic ambitions. 

The EU will kill to survive. It has grown beyond national control. For this reason we must all be particularly careful not to be provoked by these EU subversives into xenophobia or nationalist spatting. As pressure increases across the Union for fundamental reform and an abandonment of Federast ambitions, we can expect to see the EU blow even more smouldering embers into flames; they will pick small Mediterranean outposts such as Gibraltar, Malta and Cyprus as being easiest to provoke into response and where poverty makes tensions easy to excite. 

So every time a new story appears with the ability to cause frothing fury amongst the average Mail reader, look at it very carefully. Chances are it arose in the dark heart of the Berlaymont. And we must urge our European NATO allies to do likewise, to shrug off provocations with the explanation "It's just the EU trying to make trouble here in Europe".

Currently, their efforts are directed at trying to alienate the US from NATO and marginalise the UK. They will encourage their fifth-columns embedded in each EU nation to enact petty and spiteful acts against UK expats; bulldozing their homes (Spain) or banning expats from renting their holiday homes (France). the aim is to whip-up tension and ill feeling. We must not seek to retaliate; far better to make clear to our friends across Europe that we're victims of EU subversion, and as they may well be next we'll stand by any European national government under attack from the EU. 

Remember, "It's just the EU trying to make trouble here in Europe". We must not allow them to succeed.  

Greville Janner sodomised 13 year old boy for 2 years allegation

2013 will surely go down as the Year of the Veteran Paedo; it's ending with that repulsive old toad Greville Janner having his collar gently felt, possibly not unconnected with well-known events;
In 1991, after accusing Janner of paedophilic behaviour with a teenager, Frank Beck was arrested and charged with the sexual and physical abuse of children in his care over a thirteen-year period.
At his trial Beck stated that: – “One child has been buggered and abused for two solid years by Greville Janner“.
Immediately after this, Janner who just happens to be, ironically, a long time member of the boy scouts association, and Sir David Napley, his solicitor, went to Police headquarters in Leicester.
Whereupon, the following statement was issued:
“We have advised Mr. Janner that he is prevented from making any statement at this stage”.
Shortly afterwards, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Alan Green, let it be known that “for lack of evidence”, Janner would not be prosecuted, even though Paul Winston, who was just thirteen when he and Janner first met, was able to describe Janner‘s home, the hotel rooms they had shared, and Janner’s habits and person in detail.
The Director of Public Prosecutions, himself, was arrested for kerb-crawling in Kings Cross a little while later.
Greville Janner has always strenuously denied the allegations. 

Thursday, 19 December 2013

When not to call Plod in

There's a confused piece in the Grauniad this morning by Felicity Lawrence asking why Plod isn't dealing with inflated contractor claims by Serco and G4S, gangmasters and Libor-fiddling banks. She also complains that the supermarket industry, the prime victim of the horsemeat swindle, has imposed its own justice on the rogue meat processors by new contracts that screw down prices and define quality so rigidly that the meat barons will be seriously impoverished. Or rather, since it was the Mafia that benefited, Tesco 1 Cosa Nostra 0. 

There's a mix here, and a question of where to draw the line dividing crime from sharp commercial practice. Felicity has clearly never worked in the Construction industry. 

As Employer's Agent, I'm currently dealing with a pile of applications from various contractors. Quantity Surveyors these days have fallen sharply in quality and can no longer be relied on to effectively audit a contractor's claim. So I go through them myself. In the past few months I've struck-out claims for millions based on deliberate dishonesty. Apart from over-claiming on measured items (and these days I quite enjoy rousing the indolent QS from his warm office to go and count bricks in a new wall somewhere) there are the accidental-on-purpose arithmetical errors, false claims e.g. for plant, where detailed scrutiny of the tickets reveal this to have been used on a different site or at a different time, or falsely recorded daywork labour inputs, and simple 'creative' claims for costs that are simply not due under the form of contract. One despairing director looked at my pages of red ink and sighed "It's the only industry where contractors can get away with lying". 

Except that no-one in the industry classes it as lying. It's a game, with rules. They submit inflated claims, our side scrutinise them and reduce them. If we miss anything, it's our fault. And now with bored low quality QSs working for LLPs only interested in their fee (still mostly based, incredibly, on a %age of the certified contract value ..how's that for an incentive to reduce valuations?) it's become much easier for contractors. 

And no-one in the industry would even think about referring any of this to Plod. Like Tesco, we deal with particularly egregious offenders ourselves. Word quietly goes about "Be careful if you're thinking about giving Bloggs plc a job; they're under-tendering and have just taken a £2.4m hit on their last job".

So when at the end of this week we all shut down for the Christmas break, and you're delighted by those twinkling Christmas lights decorating the boom of your neighbourhood tower crane, remember that next year when they claim for 6,000 LED lights, four 6kVA transformers and 185 hours of electricians at £86/hr some poor sod like me is going to have to argue it out.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

I'm turning Guardianese .. I really think so

OK, try this:-

"Jantjie's performance was not meaningless – precisely because it delivered no particular meaning (the gestures were meaningless), it directly rendered meaning as such – the pretence of meaning."

Jantjie was the chap doing the sign language at the Mandelafest. It's emerging now that his skills lean more towards killing people by hanging petrol-filled burning tyres around their necks, but that's by the way. The sentence above is from



Monday, 16 December 2013

Will Lucy Adams be jailed by MPs?

Having watched a few hours of the proceedings of the PAC earlier this year I wrote;
"The Leader's own particular spite was reserved for Lucy Adams, erstwhile head of 'HR', sporting an attitude and a silver thumb-ring more suited to an argumentative teen than a public executive. Last time Adams had denied knowledge of a document that she actually helped author; at the first hint of a repetition the Leader snapped 'I'm not having any more lies this afternoon'

But Lucy Adams hadn't quite done with lying; perhaps it was her BBC training. 'Did you refer to these excessive payments as 'sweeteners'? asked the Senate. 'I have absolutely no recollection of that at all; it's not a word I would use' lied the egregious Ms Adams fluently. Unfortunately, it turned out a Senate member had an email leaked by an Adams subordinate in which Adams had employed precisely that word. Chairman Hoxha commented to the effect that Adams was only distantly acquainted with the concept of truthfulness to which I swear I heard a petulant teenage girl respond ' That is sooooo unfair!' "

Yes, I and countless others actually saw Lucy Adams lying live on TV.

The PAC have recorded it too, noting that 'Misleading a select committee constitutes contempt of Parliament’. The law allows Parliament to jail 'strangers' for the term of the Parliament for this offence - until May 2015 in Lucy Adams' case. 

Let's hope the prospect of eighteen months in Holloway has a repentant effect on Ms Adams; in the current mood of Parliament with regard to BBC largesse, I wouldn't put it past the House to bang her up.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

St Mandela of Rivonia Order of Service

Introit Pamela Stephenson and the Choir of iChichester Women's Institute sing “Nkosi Sikelel iAfrica” (Accom Edwards Balls on harmonium)


Lesson Lord Patten of Beeb reads Marx 12:16 “We shall take from those that hath and grow fat”


Blessing The Archbishop of Canterbury blesses the goats to be sacrificed as the Hacked Off Chorus (leader Hugh 'BJ' Grant) sing “Money, Money, Money” (Arr Abba)


Lesson 2 The Most Rev'd Tony Blair reads Spart 1:11 “Be relaxed oh my brothers about riches”


Collection The armed youth wing of the ANC pass amongst the crowd collecting watches, purses, jewellry, wallets etc


Sacrifice Sister Winnie of the Order of the Blessed Booty sacrifices the goats by 'necklacing' (trad)


Hymn The Pyongyang AK47 singers lead in the hymn “I vow to thee Dear Leader”


Interment (In Silence) the President conducts the live interment of the political enemies of Mr Zuma by ceremonial JCB
BBC Coverage live on BBC1, BBC2, Radio 5 Live, Radio 4 and Liveblogging on BBC Digital from 8am to 8pm – all normal programming suspended

It's Hydrogen, stupid

A century ago, when electricity was being rolled out, London consumers had not only a choice of voltages but could pick DC or AC. Appliances, distribution and switchgear, lamps and outlets were all hand-crafted from Mahogany and brass and glass and porcelain. Moving house often meant buying a completely new set of electrical goods as the old ones only worked in Bloomsbury. The PR contests between the rival systems were bizarre - one involved electrocuting an elephant, I recall. Eventually we settled on a single system. Electrical Engineers will have a view on whether it was the right one or just the one that won the PR war. 

Electricity was not without a rival system - hydraulic power. Using a distribution network of pressurised water, a new generation of domestic machines could wash, vacuum, chill, heat and ventilate. The roads were even dug up and so many miles of hydraulic pipes laid that contractors today are still removing them whenever excavating old roads. Hydraulic power stations were built and shareholders and investors wasted millions backing the Victorian version of Betamax. Electricity, of course, won.

But as an alternative to road fuel, electricity is an utter failure. News today that three-quarters of the electric car charging points installed at vast public expense have never ever been used should surprise no-one. After all, they were never intended for actual use; like those bizarre PR stunts of a century earlier, they were only ever designed as an advertising gimmick to get people to buy electric cars. "Oh no, madam" the salesman could explain "the Electowhiz can never run out of electricity - here's a map of the network of charging points across London". Of course, the only places left to site these charging points were spaces unsuitable for on-street parking due to endemic levels of car theft and vandalism or spaces too difficult to access for them to have been used for paid parking. In practice Fiona wouldn't even contemplate driving through the Mandela Estate, let alone leaving her Electrowhiz plugged in there for the day. 

And of course if Fiona wanted to drive down to the country at the weekend to see Mums and Dads, she'd need either a proper car or a train ticket. "OK Mums, I'll leave at three and see if I can get on the A4 by four, then a hotel in Guildford for the night to re-charge the Electrowhiz and I should be in Newbury by Saturday lunchtime - and I'll need to leave at tea-time to get home". 

If we need an alternative to petrol, diesel or methane it's got to be hydrogen. Hydrogen, so readily available from our vast coal reserves that the entire nation once used to cook and heat its homes with it. Mixed with the methane that also comes from fractionally distilling coal. A tank of Hydrogen will get Fiona home and back for the weekend and cover most of her week's commuting at a market price set in Reading not Dallas. 

One day in the future some young chap from Conways or Murphys will break-out a rusted old charging post from the footway as redundant and unrecognised as a hydraulic mains pipe is today and wonder what the heck he's clearing.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Pisspoor Guardian gets it wrong again

Adam Brereton writing in the increasingly pisspoor Guardian either in ignorance or wilfully fails to understand Pope Francis on Capitalism. He doesn't like Rerum Novarum - an old favourite of this blog - either, almost certainly because it limits the lawful authority of the State over man, making human duties and obligations of those things that socialists imagine should be enforced and imposed by an all-powerful State. 

And Rerum Novarum comments on the same world as that of Burke and Adam Smith - a world in which a man who invests his savings in tools and his time in acquiring skills, to sell the products of both on his own account, is a Capitalist. The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker owe their livelihood to the communities they serve; they have an interest in the wealth and well-being of their fellows, as customers and purchasers of the products of their craft, to ensure their own wealth and well-being. Their belonging to the 'little platoons' creates bonds and obligations in common that act for the common good. Rerum Novarum provides a spiritual wrap for Burke and Smith and it all fits together in a very localist way. 

Brereton and those like him repeat the most stupid of mistakes. The village butcher and Global Mega-Pharma plc are equivalent capitalists under Brereton's construct, there being no Germanic compound words in English to distinguish small local responsible capitalists and large global rapacious and predatory capitalists. But let's be clear - the two are very different creatures. 

This is clear in the Pope's Apostolic Exhortation; it is the de-humanity of the global mega-firms, the international banks, the corporates and conglomerates to whom his comments are addressed. Francis says 'No'. No to an economy of exclusion, No to a new idolatry of money, No to a financial system that rules rather than serves, No to the inequality that spawns violence and No to selfishness and spiritual sloth. I have no problem at all with any of this; it's a break from the Marxist Catholicism of the South American 'liberation' movement and from an Argentine Pope excellent stuff indeed. 

Brereton hates all of this. A doctrine that Man must have authority over not only the State, but over global Statist corporations, is directly at odds with left-wing authoritarianism and Central Statism. Well, let him pick the bones from it - Francis has found an echo and hit the spot, and thank God for it.

Fat Boy kills his Uncle

So Fat Boy Kim Jong-un has killed his uncle. The uncle was no innocent - himself complicit in the torture, murder and starvation of tens of thousands of north Koreans - and at least had used his wealth and privilege to experience a little of a normal life outside north Korea's prison camps. Fat Boy is of course truly repulsive and I want to whip him with a riding crop every time the papers publish his revolting photo. We can only hope he ends his days huddled in a bullet-ridden heap like old Caecescu. 

And every time I write and publish a paragraph like that it is with joy and thanks that we still live in enough of a democracy to be able to do so freely.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Who buys a bronze bust of Hitler?

I subscribe to an auction amalgamation service that generally gives me pleasure in placing small bids for unwanted and orphan lots under £50. One valued win had a bundle of three long-handled shoe horns, a walking stick with a missing ferrule and a pair of 16" salad servers inscribed 'Teignmouth" all for £8. Recently, amongst the low-priced lots was a piece simply described as 'A bronze bust of Adolf Hitler', and so it was. About 8" high, a little desk-bust looking uncannily like Norman Wisdom, but with the unmistakable 'tache and hair-lick. Who the hell would buy a bust of this monster, I thought - then chided myself that the same question could be asked about a revolting pair of souvenir salad servers.

The answer, it would appear, is Germans. The monster bust, that is. I don't know how they feel about salad servers. Apparently they still don't trust themselves with any exposure to National Socialism for fear that the nation will rise en masse and walk into Poland. Bavaria holds the copyright to Mein Kampf and under Euro rules after 70 years, in 2015, it will be out of copyright. Bavarian scholars have long been working on a new edition, with footnotes, and all with official State approval, ready to publish the year after next. But now, Bayern has cold feet and has announced that Hitler's turgid and semi-literate ranting will remain banned for fear it may inflame old pro-NS feelings in the State. 

I've opened the text of MK on Gutenberg. You can buy an English edition on Amazon - there's probably even a Kindle version for those into 3G fascism. To be frank, to get beyond page 3 you need to be the kind of person who has read the whole of Kim Il Sung's 8-volume autobiography (first volume online HERE). Hitler may have scored top marks for spittle-flinging, ranting, foaming at the mouth and incredibly camp hand gestures, but he couldn't write for figs. Reading him is like being trapped in a lift with a paranoid-schizo London cab driver with Tourettes. It's such risible rubbish that you'd have thought even the Germans could see through it - but no, they're still scared.

The Austrians if anything are even more paranoid. Their Verbotsgesetz 1947 law means it's not even safe to say that Hugo Boss designed some smart kit for the schwul nazis that would not be out of place in a London gay leather club today, but nationalism, xenophobic populism, and authoritarianism that makes no reference to the Hakenkreuz is fine. In Austria even possessing a copy of Mein Kampf is a crime unless it's kept under dual locks and only read by naked persons sitting in an immersion ice-bath under psychiatric supervision. Unless, of course, they have computers connected to the internet. 

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Dead Mandela Theme Park

Kennedy's death in '63 didn't register with me. By '65, however, and Churchill's passing, I was fully engaged in the national sense of shock and loss, alive to the ending of an era. We sat quietly and respectfully watching the funeral on a small monochrome TV. The front pages of the newspapers - the Daily Express in our house - were in mourning. By the time Konrad Adenauer turned up his toes in '67 I was an old hand at public remembrance. When Diana was killed by a drunk driver I saw the Blairite version of national loss - tacky, maudlin, cheap, and vulgar vulgar vulgar.

The BBC tried its best to whip up a national sense of public loss with Mandela's death, but lacking a true depth of public grief just made itself look very silly. There was no sea of flowers overflowing Trafalgar Square, no silent crowds of tens of thousands and not a single construction crane in London stopped work, let alone bowed its head. Some silly arses in the papers demonstrated their foolishness; "Few people can be compared to Jesus Christ" wrote one in the Telegraph, "Nelson Mandela was one". May his strapline follow him in derision for the rest of his journalistic career.

Yesterday's debacle could have been a Blair creation. In remembrance for the 'People's President' the dominant images are Blairite; Cameron and a blond woman posing for a selfie, Clinton (for whom the term 'selfie' will always mean something singular) sitting two seats from Hillary, a half-deserted Dome Stadium, and a jeering, probably inebriated, crowd. And now Mandela's body will be interred in what will become a dead Mandela theme park, exploited by his descendants and widows, with all the taste of a Texan bordello designed by Posh and Becks. 

How different from the resting place of another great African, though of a different skin colour. In the Matopos, in a simple rock tomb, lies a man under a stone inscribed with just the words "Here lie the remains of Cecil John Rhodes".

   

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

EU hails its victory in Afghanistan


The EU issued a statement yesterday praising the work of the Euro Army in securing a victory in the Afghanistan campaign. Signor Barolo told the press corps 

"Operation Mozartballs was the first full outing for the European Army. Units under EU command were provided by Luxembourg, Belgium, Malta, Austria, Poland, UK, Netherlands and Denmark We are also grateful for some logistical support provided by the US. 

Just as the EU has kept the peace in Europe since 1945, for which we rightly received a Nobel Prize, our action in deciding to use military force to invade Afghanistan was made to secure peace. We thank those other nations across the world - Kenya, Kiribati, Tonga, the USA, Bhutan - that provided diplomatic and logistical support."

Troops of the Belgian 'Rabbit' battalion (12th Lesbian) of the IVth Haircare and Catering Corps carry a ceremonial tablecloth 

(Story in the Telegraph this morning; "In Afghanistan, EU personnel sat in offices in different parts of Kabul, rarely communicated with one another and had little coordination with the main effort which was, of course, being run by NATO).

Monday, 9 December 2013

IPSA is anything but 'Independent'

Pedants refrained from pointing out that yesterday's post was technically inaccurate; they could have commented that technically, it's not MPs who are awarding themselves an 11% increase but a completely independent detached body called the IPSA. That no-one did so probably means that mercifully few if any of you are fooled by this fiction. 

There's nothing in the least independent about Ian Kennedy's IPSA. At the heart of the Whitehall Big State, it is a body thoroughly committed to maintaining the status quo of the dying big three parties at any cost, committed to turning them into the permanent Parties of State using tax funding in the absence of popular support, committed to resisting any change in Parliament and to keeping outsiders out, and committed to keeping MPs well fed, boozed, fat and contented, with a cornucopia of junior ministerial posts, fat wedge, exclusive privileges and above all a sense of innate greatness. IPSA is committed to the cancer at the heart of the Rotten Parliament - that MPs are 'special'; a fiction that MPs are all too ready themselves to believe.    

So before they settled on 11% they asked MPs how much they really wanted. You can imagine the result. MPs, deluded by the nonsense of their 'specialness', demanded three-figure percentage increases. Kennedy could have asked the public instead, but people such as Kennedy are completely uninterested in public opinion. Good God, if his committee actually paid attention to what the public were saying (splutter!) it may actually be independent.

You've only got to look at the Whitehall club of membership of Kennedy's 'Independent' body to see the fiction. It's a million miles away from the QT audience who jeered and ridiculed Pickles when he tried to suggest that MPs were 'special'. And as the Mail reports, the pay commission members have never had to balance a household budget between one payday and the next.

So thank you for your common sense. And if the Commons is stupid enough to take more than 1% then every MP who votes for it deserves the tumbrils coming for them.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

MPs tell UK to go screw itself

Hard pressed families? The squeezed middle? Go screw yourselves ha ha ha ha!!

It's OUR Cost of Living that's the only one we care about!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Just Ambrose

Just a link to Ambrose today, and a question. First the link to another well reasoned piece concluding
"The great EU fight (is) over the locus of democracy, and whether or not the ancient nation states are or are not the proper foundation of European societies."
And a question. The comments rapidly degenerate into a puerile exchange on our respective military capacities; is it healthier to joke about the prospects of another European war, or to refrain from doing so?. 

Friday, 6 December 2013

Patten, the last life peer to Chair the BBC

It seems likely that Chris Patten will be the very last life peer to chair the BBC. Patten, who in popular opinion should be doing three years chokey for his part in fraudulent and illegal payments made from the TV tax to favoured chums, is also refusing to testify to the Commons European Scrutiny Committee on the BBC's bias in reporting EU matters.

Unfortunately the man has no shame whatsoever and so cannot be expected to resign simply because he has been caught in the web of irregular payoffs and BBC HR bosses lying to Parliament. People like Patten neither resign on principal nor take the blame for their subordinates.

But since it's his status as a peer that allows him to refuse to appear before the Commons, one can be sure that MPs will now ensure that the next Chairman of the BBC is endowed with no more than a knighthood, and that no life peer ever again chairs our national broadcaster.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

"Sovereignty should not be exported"

The former Lord Chief Justice is not a man who uses words carelessly. English law is still made from the judgements of the judges of our senior courts, whose remarks are divided into the rationes decidendi - the legal basis of the decision - and the obiter dicta, remarks made in passing but which nonetheless have the power of great and senior thought. Last night in a speech at University College London Lord Judge delivered some very carefully crafted sentences with all the weight of the most critical obiter dicta he ever delivered in court.

Judges who make law, like our own, should be absolutely opposed to the idea that this gives them any precedence over the country's democratic process; they make or interpret law in the absence of a specific provision made by Parliament and they don't presume to try to over-rule what Parliament has decided. This is ingrained in Lord Judge's fundamental tenets, but not so in the judicially-unqualified administrators appointed to the ECHR. In the particular case of 'votes for cons' Europe's interference is intolerable.
"My personal belief is that sovereignty on these issues should not be exported, and we should be wary of the danger of even an indirect importation of the slightest obligation on Parliament to comply with the orders and directions of any court, let alone a foreign court.

Ultimately this is a political, not a judicial, question

My profound concern about the long-term impact of these issues on our constitutional affairs is the democratic deficit

Are we – are they – prepared to contemplate the gradual emergence of a court with the equivalent jurisdiction throughout Europe of that enjoyed by the Supreme Court in the USA? Thomas Jefferson would have strongly advised us against it."
Europe has produced too many Roland Freislers for us ever to cede judicial authority to other than our own Supreme Court. 
Euro-Clerks get the key to the Dressing-Up Box

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Brit Jihadists in Syria

With fears that the 300 British volunteers fighting in Syria for the al-quada rebels will return home with harmful skills, the best solution of course is for them never to come home. A victory for Assad, with the summary execution of all foreign insurgents, as we saw in Libya with the fate of imported fighters, would solve the problem.

Theresa May is considering revoking their British citizenship. I'm not so sure about this. Would it have been right to cancel the passports of Brits who fought with the International Brigade for fear they'd learned to be Bolshevik stormtroopers? In fact many of them came home completely disillusioned with Soviet communism. And what of the scores or hundreds of our ex-special forces and paras still working around the globe as mercenaries or 'close protection' hirelings? Should we cancel their passports, too?

Ireland has only just annulled the opprobrium in which the government was held for withdrawing the civic privileges of all those who fought for the UK in the Great War. And then the fear of harm was justified - it was the skills learned in Flanders with rifle and Spandau that informed the fighting of the Irish Civil War.

And before that, in the 18th and 19th centuries, pretty much every battle on European soil, and even a few in the US Civil War, saw British officers joining-in on a voluntary basis as an early form of Erasmus-programme internship. We've actually got quite a long tradition of this sort of thing.  

And if boy Dave listens to the pillow-nagging and continues to push for government support for the al-quada rebels he'll just make things even harder - how could we cancel the passports of those fighting for our allies?

The Sunni rebels in Syria recently mistook one of their own for Shia, and sawed his head off by mistake. We can also only hope that our own native Jihadists are so unschooled in their own religion that they are taken as Shia ... 

Monday, 2 December 2013

More on that Euro poll

As predicted, the detail of the Opinium survey appeared on their website late enough yesterday not to spoil the Observer's story and too late to allow the other dailies to do a decent job of analysis (though the Mail has a half-arsed go HERE)

A couple of things most of you know already but it's nice to have confirmed; the young are likely to be pro-EU and the old anti-EU, but the old are far more likely to vote; the Euphiles feel less strongly about staying than the Euphobes do about leaving (28% of 50% 'strongly' to go, 17% of 36% 'strongly' to stay), and big business is keener on the EU than small business (being better able to afford the cost of regulation gives them competitive advantage)

And of course the best bits are always in the appendices rather than in the conclusions that the report commissioners draw for you. The most glaring omission in the available choices for the questions "biggest benefits / drawbacks of EU membership" was a choice of pooled sovereignty / loss of sovereignty - and as usual respondents then pick the nearest alternatives - in this case foreign affairs / policy and environmental policy / laws. Given this glaring omission, the poll confirms that Brits think that free, tariff-free trade is the biggest benefit of EU membership whilst loss of control of our own country is the biggest drawback. 

It's in the responses to one question that has been ignored both by Observer journos and Opinium analysts that the truth behind Churchill's words on the UK's place in Europe becomes clear. Respondents were asked to name things / events from their countries past of which they were most proud; the Germans said reunification, the French said the 1789 revolution, the Poles said leaving the Soviet Union but the Brits said our monarchy and our military prowess. Germans value their culture (though it's not clear whether this is Schiller, Goethe and Heine or Bratties and the Oktoberfest) and the efficiency with which they rebuilt after the war, the French value the Rights of Man and democracy, the Poles value their identity and character but we value our industrial history. They're all new countries with a history of losing wars, we're an ancient kingdom with a history of winning them. They lay claim to the virtues of the Enlightenment, we lay claim to the Enlightenment's scientific and technical advance - the coal, iron, steel and engineering that lifted the whole of Europe from 18th century serfdom to 19th century demos. 

And for their closest chums, they all look inside Europe - naming Belgium (France), Austria (Germany) and Germany / the UK (Poland) - whilst we look over the great ocean to pick the US.

For me, the survey confirms that we are a European nation but not a nation of Europe; we are of Europe but not in it. We are fixed and unmoving, whilst they, with all their fluid borders, ethnographic pockets, revolutions and internal wars, are a big squabbly mix far, far better off as a federation of a hundred baby statelets than as a score of separate nations. And that's why we must leave.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

State child snatchers out of control

Unless we act now and do so boldly and decisively the UK will really deserve its European reputation for State nastiness. This is wholly due to the inexcusable abuse of powers by the State Child Snatchers. Already many European workers have come to the UK only to have their children seized by these abusive and out-of-control petty functionaries. The problem is simple; they are incapable of evaluating risk, and incapable of understanding that there can never be 'zero risk' for any child in any family. 

Booker has long highlighted this gross abuse of state power, and today breaks a story that both Richard North and Autonomous Mind feature prominently. A child snatched from the womb, the Italian mother drugged and cut-open whilst strapped to the operating table; it's a tale that could have been told as testimony at a War Crimes tribunal.

This is the most appalling instance of maladministration I have ever come across. The judge who granted the order must be sacked - clearly he should never have been appointed to the bench in the first place. And I would encourage the Italian authorities to issue European Arrest Warrants against all the 'social workers' involved, and to extradite them and try them in Italy for their revolting crimes.

We must halt these abuses. And we must stop them now.

Polls

Latest Opinium poll for the Guardian / Observer published yesterday;

Labour - 35%
Conservative - 28%
UKIP - 19%
LibDem - 8%

Opinium also carried out a cross-Europe survey that are still hiding - for fear it contains indications other than those 'spun' by the Observer? - and is absent either as a link from the scare story or from their website. I suspect they'll release it next week after the scare story has done its job.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Yo! YEO is OUT!

Good riddance to this mendacious piece of rubbish and all his bloody windmills. UKIP for South Suffolk!

Ipswich Evening Star

Friday, 29 November 2013

Boris and the Below Average

Some years ago there was an excessively stupid Labour MP who gave the lie to Boris' pronouncement yesterday that "Some people are just too stupid to get on in life". Anyway, on the subject of enforced equality this prize Labour twit announced that he wanted all 11 year-olds to reach the average reading standard for 11 year-olds. Boris probably avoided making reference to the 'below average' because the world is full of twits who imagine that this means something mildly insulting rather than being a statistical descriptor.

In context, it's quite clear that Boris was speaking in terms of a statistical distribution; "Whatever you may think of the value of IQ tests, it is surely relevant to a conversation about equality that as many as 16 per cent of our species have an IQ below 85, while about 2 per cent have an IQ above 130". Of course, it's not just IQ; Eton's lower forms are filled with boys with IQs of under 85 from hereditarily stupid but wealthy families, but generally they leave at 16 to work on the family farms (with ten GCSEs never to be used again). 

But yes. The world is made up of the below average and the above average, and any attempt at enforcing an equality of state between them is simply to either waste resources or ban excellence.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Another tedious, dreary coke-head?

As I've mentioned on here before I can't stand coke-heads; tedious, dreary little shits for the most part who imagine that a chemical makes them temporarily interesting or talented. It doesn't. Take their powder away and they're just grey, dull little people with nothing interesting to say at all.

I've never been tempted by Lawson's culinary tuition, never watched her TV show, or bothered to read her books or columns. Which gives me even greater confidence that my source of food wisdom and culinary knowledge, Prue Leith, owes her unparalleled excellence to innate skill.

John Bercow, Prize Prat

John Bercow, the malignant midget perched on the Commons chamber's high chair, has opined that the widespread theft, fraud and peculation of tax funds by MPs during the Rotten Parliament was because they were bored. No. It was because they were greedy, selfish and self-interested and were arrogant enough to imagine they could get away with it.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Labour Plod recommends Centralism shock

As Autonomous Mind reports, Stevens was handpicked by Labour's Yvette Cooper from a stable of senior coppers sympatico to the common-purpose-big-state agenda rather than to policing to head up a major review of, er, Policing. Small surprise then when he recommends (1) further moves towards a national police force commanded by the Home Secretary (2) Strangling local democratic control at birth by abolishing PCCs (3) Extending police responsibility to general social control rather than just catching criminals.

We can safety take the whole of Stevens' report and hang it on the nail on the outhouse wall. 

However, this also now places the ball firmly back in Cameroon's lap; as Labour are pledged to implement this nonsense if elected in 2015, Cameron must now announce the much-needed Royal Commission on Policing that is widely supported, not least by rank and file coppers themselves. A chair from outside the political class would be good; most generals are simply too dim, most entrepreneurs incapable of deferring to the views of others, but someone such as Simon Jenkins would fit.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Foreigners speaking English

The latest global index of English Proficiency has just been published; this valuable piece of work allows English persons to vary their language skills according to the country in which they find themselves in accordance with local levels of proficiency as follows;

1. Sweden Speak English Normally
2. Norway Speak English Normally
3. Netherlands Speak English Normally
4. Estonia Speak English Normally
5. Denmark Speak English Normally
6. Austria Speak English Normally
7. Finland Speak English Normally
8. Poland Avoid complex syntax and grammar
9. Hungary Avoid complex syntax and grammar
10. Slovenia Avoid complex syntax and grammar
11. Malaysia Avoid complex syntax and grammar
12. Singapore Avoid complex syntax and grammar
13. Belgium Avoid complex syntax and grammar
14. Germany Avoid complex syntax and grammar
15. Latvia Avoid complex syntax and grammar
16. Switzerland Avoid complex syntax and grammar
17. Portugal Avoid complex syntax and grammar
18. Slovakia Speak simple English slowly and clearly
19. Argentina Speak simple English slowly and clearly
20. Czech Republic Speak simple English slowly and clearly
21. India Speak simple English slowly and clearly
22. Hong Kong SAR Speak simple English slowly and clearly
23. Spain Speak simple English slowly and clearly
24. South Korea Speak simple English slowly and clearly
25. Indonesia Speak simple English slowly and clearly
26. Japan Speak simple English slowly and clearly
27. Ukraine Speak simple English slowly and clearly
28. Vietnam Speak simple English slowly and clearly
29. Uruguay Shout and gesture
30. Sri Lanka Shout and gesture
31. Russia Shout and gesture
32. Italy Shout and gesture
33. Taiwan Shout and gesture
34. China Shout and gesture
35. France Shout and gesture
36. UAE Shout and gesture
37. Costa Rica Shout and gesture
38. Brazil Shout and gesture
39. Peru Shout and gesture
40. Mexico Shout and gesture
41. Turkey Shout and gesture
42. Iran Shout and gesture
43. Egypt Shout and gesture
44. Chile Shout, gesture, use pictograms
45. Morocco Shout, gesture, use pictograms
46. Colombia Shout, gesture, use pictograms
47. Kuwait Shout, gesture, use pictograms
48. Ecuador Shout, gesture, use pictograms
49. Venezuela Shout, gesture, use pictograms
50. Jordan Shout, gesture, use pictograms
51. Qatar Shout, gesture, use pictograms
52. Guatemala Shout, gesture, use pictograms
53. El Salvador Shout, gesture, use pictograms
54. Libya Shout, gesture, use pictograms
55. Thailand Shout, gesture, use pictograms
56. Panama Shout, gesture, use pictograms
57. Kazakhstan Shout, gesture, use pictograms
58. Algeria Shout, gesture, use pictograms
59. Saudi Arabia Shout, gesture, use pictograms
60. Iraq Shout, gesture, use pictograms

Pakistani corruption a block to English Localism

Pakistani communities in the UK are profoundly and predictably corrupt. It's not just the old electoral corruption, a smouldering bonfire for which Labour provided petrol in introducing unregulated postal voting, but a deep seated predilection to nepotism and financial and administrative malfeasance. So universally recognised is this, although unspoken until Dominic Grieve's interview with the Telegraph, that the very idea of devolution of government powers down to the lowest local level is always effectively countered with the spectre of what would happen in Tower Hamlets. 

And what would happen in Tower Hamlets meets no uninterested argument or denial from anyone anywhere on the political spectrum. Big Bang Localism in this London Borough would see both councillor and officer posts awarded corruptly and nepotistically, bribery and corruption in the award of contracts and tenders, peculation and theft of income and revenue and a fraudulent application of funds that would make the Rotten Parliament of 1997 - 2010 look like thieving from the poor box. 

In vain do Localists argue that the system is self-correcting, that Tower Hamlets house prices would fall, people would move out, the tax-base would fall, voters would look at their own reduced circumstances and the great wealth of their 'community leaders' in comparison with neighbours a few yards away in adjoining boroughs and vote them out. For most people, the idea of handing the Pakistani gang masters of Tower Hamlets the keys to the cookie jar is just one step too far, and so Localism stalls.

Well, at least the subject is now out in the open. Pakistani corruption is blocking the evolution of Localism in the UK; they're not the only corrupt community, and indeed white English and Scottish Labour Party members have a long history of electoral fraud - even unto the present day - but they're the most obvious and most pernicious negation of political evolution in Britain. 

And Grieve is right; the rule of law must prevail. Not Sharia, not tribal authority, but the law of England and Wales (or of Scotland). The great problem is that few persons, including Mr Grieve, have any faith in our ability to enforce the law - and so we're stuck with Big State Britain; with centralists who are also deeply corrupt, but in a very different way.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

A few hundred jailed cyclists should do it

As a cyclist with many thousands of cycle-miles under my belt, I feel as obliged to preface any remarks on my less-responsible brethren with the sort of disclaimer that used to be compulsory for any criticism of immigration. During my lifetime cycling has seen an astounding increase in special provision, from cycling lanes (which are mostly crap and don't work) to cycle boxes at lights (highly effective in giving nervous cyclists the balls to wait in front of an artic)

However, I've also seen the rise of a most unattractive 'militant' cycling - and it's mostly the arrogant young and wealthy who can afford to waste thousands on risible clothing and footwear and inappropriate bikes who are responsible. Riding a bike isn't an excuse to break the law, be aggressive to other road users, selfishly ignore the well-being of pedestrians or to cause general public alarm and dislike of those of us who do none of the above. 

As cycling has come of age as a legitimate and competing transport mode, so the policing of cyclists should evolve. Extending the powers of PCSOs to stop and fine cyclists, and putting a few thousand of them on cycles, should do the job. And for repeat offenders - yes, including the broker-boys of the square mile in their £500 cycling shoes - jail. Poland has over 4,000 cyclists in jail for drinking and cycling. We don't need to match this. A few hundred wealthy young boy racers doing six months in prison should do the job. 

Friday, 22 November 2013

Oh Gordon, you *dirty* boy ...

There's a new fad in the States - pet shaming. Naughty dogs with guilty, hangdog expressions are snapped with placards around their necks explaining "I poo-ed on the sofa" or "I chewed a Manolo Blahnik". Whilst this may be unutterably cruel for dogs, it seems an ideal way to bring to politicians the impact of their dirty deeds.

Snowden has let the cat out of the bag about the British government giving the US NSA free access to the emails and mobile phone numbers of UK citizens - a level of State Surveillance so intrusive that the World Wide Web Foundation (WWWF) has panned the UK's web rating to fall beneath Chile, Uruguay and South Africa. The dirty deed was done late in 2007, apparently, under the Premiership of one Gordon Brown, a fey feartie from Fife (and definitely not from the Gorbals as one correspondent has pointed out).

This would be the same Gordon Brown who was invited to join the board of the WWWF by Tim Berners-Lee in 2010 with a vision of bringing the whole of Africa under CIA electronic surveillance within reach of the WWW. And who subsequently disappeared from WWWF board membership and from all mention on the website three years later. It is not known whether Brown was sacked by Berners-Lee for his part in betraying his fellow Britons to US interests. 

However, the fey one should certainly wear a placard proclaiming "I sold the British people for personal gain" though whether this particular dirty dog would display any guilt is questionable.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Cameroon coralled

This is worth reproducing for those of you who missed it on the 19th; Dave Brown in the Indie:-

Labour MPs are lying, thieving dogs, says Oborne

In a remarkable piece in this morning's Telegraph, Peter Oborne concludes that Labour MPs, and the greater caucus of the Labour party as a whole, are a bunch of crooked, dishonest, thieving dogs. Those people who are already criminally inclined will join the Labour rather than the Tory party and then use our democratic institutions to rob, cheat, steal and defraud. 

With six Labour MPs seeing the inside of jail cells for stealing our tax money and now the Reverend Doctor Flowers running the lefties' bank like a Catford shabeen (Oborne describes MacShane as "one of the most dishonest characters with whom I have ever had the misfortune to do business") Oborne has a point. Nor is his piece entirely without balance; "Of course there are many wholly honest Labour MPs – and quite a number of Conservatives MPs are repulsive" but generally he links fundamental crookedness to Socialism.

Oborne also suggests "the readiness of Labour MPs to fabricate their expenses is symbolic of a wider philosophical disposition: a structural tolerance of lying and cheating as a justification for political action" and offers as examples the 'grotesque techniques' of Damian McBride and Labour's lies on Iraq weapons, Europe, Immigration, the Economy and so on. 

So, Oborne is saying, you can't trust any of them as far as you can spit, neither Tory, LibDem nor Labour, but you can trust Labour least of all. It may be bleedin' obvious but it's well worth repeating. However, by displaying this degree of unambiguous honesty on the pages of the Telegraph, I fear Oborne may soon go the way of the great Heffers, who also spoke the truth too clearly. 

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

London bubble latest

In September I wrote:

"The Mystreet property price index (yes, literally the 40 homes in my street) has been predictably active lately. From a 2007 mean index base of 100, asking prices dropped to 94 with the crash. By last year, 2012, they were back at 100 and earlier this year one was sold at 104, marking a modest and realistic return of the market. This week, another's just sold at 115.5 - 15.5% above the 2007 bubble high, marking a new price-point for us all. This is now solid Foxtons territory. And it's a bubble."

Well, another one went in October for the same after just a few days on the market, and now an identical third has just gone on the market at an index of 121 - 21% above the 2007 high and last year's recovered price. 

How can we be so friggin stoopid? It's a bubble.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

The rights of student protest

For a biased rag that backs Leveson in muzzling the British press from protesting, today's comment piece in defence of student protest in the Guardian must have slipped under the subs' radar. The Guardian is too dependent on expensive job ads from the undistinguished commercial universities to knowingly upset them.

When I went back to Uni to do my Masters in the 1990s the change from the end of the 70s was already too apparent; gone was the scholarly collegiality that made dons and students older and younger equals, gone was the shared disdain for bureaucratic formality and gone was the likelihood of finding your missing lecturer on the picket line. Gone too was the heady freedom of intellectual discovery in a hothouse in which writing and the written word blazed paths of light and changed lives. By the 90s it had become a degree factory, and a poor and mediocre one at that. 

Now Uni is become like a Victorian school but with criminal penalties for infractions. Gone are the days when everyone from the Chancellor down would zealously protect the rights of the University within its walls to administer justice; Plod was not permitted beyond the gatehouse. Now the truly mediocre staff take video footage of deviant students for the police. Littering the common hall with discarded agit leaflets, which once but no more were printed at the cost of the university, now earns dismissal for littering. The commercial universities (all of them except the Russell Group) are simply too piss-poor academically, with third-rate staff and bulked out with foreign milk-cow students, to be anything other than low-grade commercially marginal enterprises on a par with private language schools and driving instruction centres. 

That the police are now encouraged to act against protesting students - once something that would have caused outrage amongst the staff - is I think symptomatic of something pointed out recently by two correspondents. Katabasis identifies an 'anarcho-tyranny' that ignores grand offences for which the political class literally get away with murder (North Staffordshire NHS) but that enforces pettyfogging rules in a tyranny of mass control. And of immediate concern, Greg reminds me that IPNAS, set to replace ASBOs, have been condemned as an assault on our basic freedom by a former DPP. They would certainly be used by the managers of the commercial universities (who are as entitled to dignify their management team with the description of 'faculty' as the Scientologists are to term their cult a 'church') to stop even a bunch of students from handing out leaflets at the gate. 

During the blockade of Berlin in the Winter of 1948 an aide (it could have been Willy Brandt) brought  Mayor-elect Ernst Reuter the news that students were protesting. To everyone's astonishment, Reuter was delighted; nothing could have given him greater assurance that the desire for democracy was strong in the people of Berlin. We may not agree with them, and indeed we don't have to, but preserving the rights of students to protest is a fundamental indicator of democratic health that we forego at our peril.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Ignorance *and* hypocrisy? That'll be the 'Guardian'

Younge reads from the script
Super-sized leftie apologist Gary Younge writes this morning in the Guardian that all the folk living in Sheffield are completely wrong about the Roma and that Blunkett and Clegg are talking out of their arses. 

Younge of course, who lives in an exclusive Chicago suburb with his wife Tara Mack and his son, Osceola*, who has lived in the US since 2011, neglects to mention ever having seen an actual Roma in the UK himself, or the date of his last visit, if ever he's made one, to Sheffield. 

But then the Guardian has never let the reality get in the way of an editorial position.  

*Osceola? What sort of faffing name is Osceola? It sounds like a budget brand of cooking oil.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

The Disgrace that is Blair

Blair's presence at the annual Cenotaph ceremony divides the nation into those silently appalled that he has the bare-faced gall to attend and those who shout at the telly in rage at the inappropriateness of his presence. This year the BBC cameras carefully avoided broadcasting any medium or close shots containing Blair's treasonous face; he appeared only in long-shot, visible only in the back row to those who knew he was there. A small thing, but a sign that even his favourite tame broadcaster has now assigned him the status of a leprous paedophile. 

Today the Mail and the Observer are united in their loathing of Blair and longing for justice; Henry Porter writes under the strap "No more evasion and prevarication – Britain's elite must be held to account (The blocking of the Chilcot report underlines how the powerful shield their activities from the public)" calling for Jack Straw and Alastair Campbell to share the dock with Blair. Peter Hitchens calls for much the same thing;
"The Chilcot Inquiry, which ought at least to have shown Blair publicly for what he is, is stalled, perhaps forever. It seems it may never report properly. This is because British officials are blocking the release of documents recording exchanges between Blair and ex-President George W. Bush.

We are now being told this is the Americans’ fault. Perhaps it really is. But why are the men who actually created these wars allowed to hide their private conversations, when the unwise remarks of sergeants and privates can be used in evidence against them, to fling them into jail?

The next time you see Mr Blair wearing a poppy, or see any politician simpering about our ‘wonderful Armed Forces’, remember this. Those who did Blair’s bidding end up dead or maimed, or on trial, ruined and in prison cells. He remains whole, at liberty and rich."

Saturday, 16 November 2013

The utter, unbelievable stupidity of the Euphile Left

The patient lay pale and wan, his skin the colour of the bedsheets. "I prescribe" proclaimed the Physician "More bleeding". Protests that the patient had been bled every day since complaining of a head-cold, and was now close to death from blood loss, were simply not understood by the Physician. He was confident in his stupidity that he and he alone knew what what best for the patient. 

John Palmer writing in the Guardian exemplifies this sort of Eu-Idiot so perfectly that you couldn't really make it up;
An antidote to the far right requires that the European left articulates and pursues a comprehensive alternative to economic stagnation, an ever-widening income and wealth gap and the degradation of our social standards, civil liberties and democratic rights. But that alternative has to be fought for at European as well as national and local levels, and will require more, not less, European integration.

Friday, 15 November 2013

"Nous sommes Trahis!"

Pity the poor Kermits. Negative economic growth, unemployment climbing to Spanish levels, a humiliating ratings downgrade, a socially inadequate President regarded as a joke internationally and a language turning into a parody of the Franglais that even Alan Coren couldn't imagine (Un weekend at le cottage in les jodhpurs). Add to this the shame of German neighbours on one side with booming export wealth to fund a raft of social provision, and an economically robust UK on the other cocking a snook at the Eurozone and with the Euro shortly to hit and hold a level of over 1.20, the prospect of la France Profonde becoming more like Gloucestershire every day. And London of course - by now surely France's fourth largest city - is enjoying the thousands of attractive, articulate, smart and hard working young French persons who are now working and paying taxes here and improving the quality of our social environment significantly. 

It's little wonder then that the French prefects found, as Ambrose reports, "the same picture of a society that is angry, exasperated and on edge. A mix of latent discontent and resignation is being expressed through sudden eruptions of fury, almost spontaneously". 

Like the poor Girondists, the Kermit nation is now looking around at its fellow Euro-revolutionaries and falling back on the old cry "Nous sommes Trahis!"