Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Who knocked the wall down?

I've always thought that we were going to hit the wall we have been backing up to all these years, the old bulldog spirit would suddenly appear and there would be civil disobedience throughout the country until our sovereignty was restored, but I now suspect that someone has knocked it down when we weren't looking and we have to decide for ourselves when to stop taking this shit.

This from the Englishman. It makes me weep.

When is someone in that rat's nest at Westminster going to have the balls to stand up and say ENOUGH is ENOUGH?

Apologies, I think I have to publish the original article in full...

A grim legal first killed this firm
By Christopher Booker, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 1:37am GMT 11/12/2006

Members of the House of Lords were shocked last Wednesday to hear, from Lord Willoughby de Broke, the extraordinary story behind the closure in October of a Lancashire cheese firm, employing 26 people.

John Wright had built up Bowland Dairies in Nelson into an £8-million-a-year business making curd cheese, mostly exported to five EU countries, including France and Germany, for use in quiches and flans. On June 12, inspectors of the European Commission's Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) visited the plant for 90 minutes, looked through the paperwork and, after misinterpreting one document, issued a "rapid alert notice" that its products were unsafe. The milk in the cheese, they claimed, broke EU rules on antibiotic residues.

On June 20, after thoroughly inspecting the plant, Britain's Food Standards Agency (FSA) strongly disagreed. It recommended one or two minor changes in procedure, and allowed production to resume.

On July 4 the commission repeated its claim that the milk did not comply with EU rules. The FSA responded that the FVO inspectors seemed to be confused over the type of milk the firm used. Telling the European Standing Committee on the Food Chain that "no evidence was found that contaminated milk was used", the FSA issued a notice to all EU member states that Bowland's cheese was entirely safe and fit for market. The commission appended its own negative comments to this notice, effectively maintaining the ban.

Black propaganda began to appear, claiming that the firm had been selling cheese contaminated with cleaning fluid and sweepings from the floor. Bowland took the commission before the ECJ and, on September 8, Judge Bo Vesterdorf, president of the Court of First Instance, having reviewed the case legally and scientifically, found unreservedly in the company's favour.

The commission was ordered to withdraw its notice and its comments about the firm. Twice it refused. On September 12 Vesterdorf ordered it to "stand aside". The commission tried to add a statement to the court order, claiming that it had lost on a mere technicality. The judge ordered this to be removed, observing: "It is sad that a company is dying while giants fight it out".

On September 27 the FVO returned to Bowland, this time for an exhaustive two-day inspection, but could find little wrong. (Any findings, the commission's chief inspector told Mr Wright, would be "non-emergency".)

However, on October 4, the commission asked its standing committee to approve a commission decision banning Bowland from further trading. The 25 members present were not shown the court's judgment or any technical evidence, other than a defence of the new procedure for testing antibiotic residues – from the firm which had devised it. Twenty two countries voted for a total ban, with Britain abstaining.

The commission announced that it would seek to have the UK food safety authorities fined for failing to protect consumers against contaminated milk (despite the court ruling and the lack of any evidence of contamination). Furthermore Britain was warned that the FVO was about to carry out a full audit of Britain's £5-billion-a-year cheese industry.

Despite the FSA's solid support of Bowland and its insistence that no rules had been broken, the Department of Health bowed to the commission's diktat. On October 16 it rushed through a statutory instrument, the Curd Cheese (Restriction on Placing on the Market) Regulations 2006, to take immediate effect. Section 3 read "No person shall place on the market any curd cheese manufactured by Bowland Dairy Products Limited".

Never before, it is believed, has a statutory instrument been issued in Britain directed at closing down a single named company (breaching the ancient principle of British law that "the law must be blind", i.e. it must be general in application, not directed at any specific individual or body).

When Lord Willoughby de Broke recounted this chilling story last week, eloquently supported by others, including Lord Greaves, a Lib Dem who lives near Mr Wright's plant, peers were visibly horrified. The only defence that Lord Warner, as junior health minister, could muster (apart from seriously misrepresenting the terms of Vesterdorf's judgment) was to plead that failure to implement the commission's decision "would constitute a serious breach of the UK's obligations under the EC Treaty". For truth, justice, the rule of law and Britain it was a black day.
See the post below Drip, Drip, Drip...

Turkish Delight

Can anyone enlighten me? I have a vague feeling that I heard the Foreign Secretary blathering on about why we should paper over the cracks (Cyprus illegally occupied and territory stolen for Turkey - which no country recognises), and welcome Johhny Turk into the EU. In particular there was a moment when she had to correct herself after saying Turkey was an energy supplier to an energy corridor. See here and below.. This is of course the real reason why we are being persuaded that Turkey is somehow European and not Middle Eastern.
She also said that Turkey had huge economic potential. Of course it does. Any third world country about to get their hands on our contributions to the Euro-trough have that.
Do they think we're fucking stupid? (Rhetorical)

By the way (thanks Wiki contributors)..
The Cyprus government filed applications to the European Commission on Human Rights on September 17, 1974 and on March 21, 1975. The Commission issued its report on the charges made in the two applications on July 10, 1976. In it the Commission found Turkey guilty of violating the following articles of the European Convention on Human Rights:
1.. Article 2 - by the killing of innocent civilians committed on a substantial scale;
2.. Article 3 - by the rape of women of all ages from 12 to 71;
3.. Article 3 - by inhuman treatment of prisoners and persons detained;
4.. Article 5 - by deprivation of liberty with regard to detainees and missing persons - a continuing violation;
5.. Article 8 - by displacement of persons creating more than 180,000 Greek Cypriot refugees,and be refusing to allow the refugees to return to their homes.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Drip, drip, drip.....

Let us consider, my lords, that arbitrary power has seldom or never been introduced into any country at once. It must be introduced by slow degrees, and as it were step by step, lest the people should see its approach. The barriers and fences of the people's liberty must be plucked up one by one, and some plausible pretences must be found for removing or hoodwinking, one after another, those sentries who are posted by the constitution of a free country, for warning the people of their danger. When these preparatory steps are once made, the people may then, indeed, with regret, see slavery and arbitrary power making long strides over their land; but it will be too late to think of preventing or avoiding the impending ruin.

- Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, to the House of Lords in 1737 (though reported rather later)

Hat tip Samizdata

Friday, December 08, 2006

Not a lot..... but I like you

Many thanks to my current hero Richard Dawkins for this little gem...
I vaguely remembered the story of Lot and his wife from those dark Catholic days in various nunneries and monasteries where, despite the lunacy, I managed to find an education. Wasn't he the only one worth saving in Sodom, so God told him to leg it just in time? What I didn't realise was the shenanigans that went on before and after his departure.
So anyway...
Two chaps turn up in the town and Lot offers to put them up.
Gen 19-1 "My lords," he said, "please turn aside to your servant's house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning."
So far so good. Then the good ol' boys of Sodom surround his house and demand he hands the two men over, for a bit of the local rough & tumble...
Gen 19-3 "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them."
Ooh er... Then comes the really choice bit. So loyal is Lot to his new-found pals of a few minutes that he offers to throw his two virgin daughters to the mob!
Gen 19-8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them.
Then.. well to cut a long story short.. Lot and his daughters ended up living in a cave (it isn't really clear why), and the daughters obviously felt they had missed out not being thrown to the mob (albeit a rather disinterested Sodom one) and hatched a plot of their own...
Gen 19-31 to 38 One day the older daughter said to the younger, "Our father is old, and there is no man around here to lie with us, as is the custom all over the earth. Let's get our father to drink wine and then lie with him and preserve our family line through our father." That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and lay with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up. The next day the older daughter said to the younger, "Last night I lay with my father. Let's get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and lie with him so we can preserve our family line through our father." So they got their father to drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went and lay with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up. So both of Lot's daughters became pregnant by their father. The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab; he is the father of the Moabites of today. The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the Ammonites of today.

You couldn't make it up could you? Oh, wait a minute...

Oh, and the footnotes?

Moab - Sounds like the Hebrew for from father
Ben-Ammi means Son of my people


Friday Feeling

The Nameless One with a couple of wonderful links to people with WAY too much time on their hands...

One down...

An update from Jackie Danicki about her assailants. One has apparently been arrested. No confirmation of charges yet, but let's hope the other will be nabbed soon and they will be handed some justice. Will be very interested to hear if either of them are on parole or 'being supervised' or have asbos. Fuckers.

L'Agneau Mort

Mr Dale has a preview of Girlie Dave's speech to the EU today, which he interprets as Dave 'Lambasting' the EU. As if.

"Last year the EU made helping lift Africa out of poverty a priority. But many of the EU's policies are making poverty in developing countries worse. The EU remains committed to a largely unreformed CAP, an economic and humanitarian disaster which pushes up food prices for the poorest people in Europe and helps lock the developing world in poverty. And the EU still has higher trade barriers against poor countries than it does against rich. That's not good enough and it needs to change."
So we (the UK) are harming poor countries by enacting harmful policies because being in the EU means we can't do otherwise? And Dave's solution to that problem is to try and change the policies of the EU - which presumably suit all of the other countries just fine as they dreamt them up? The simple answer, of course, is to leave the EU and then we could trade with these countries as we see fit. Or if that's a step too far for poor Dave, then let's indulge in a bit of unilateral action and change our trading terms with the poor countries on our own and break EU rules (ooh er!). They would either try and punish us or be shamed into following suit. Sounds fun and principled doesn't it?

The EU has not had its accounts signed off for 11 years in a row. The Commission continues to use an accounting system that the EU's former Chief Accountant says is wide open to fraud. If a company director failed to sign off accounts for 11 years, they would probably be heading for jail. It's not good enough and it's got to change."

Oooh I bet they're scared now. That's twice you've 'lambasted' them and told them it's just jolly well not good enough and it's got to change. You sound like one of those schoolmasters who got jolly cross with us and we all desperately tried to keep a straight face during the 'telling off' and then burst into hysterics the moment he left the room, marching about being 'jolly cross' at each other. Do you really think the rest of the snouts in that rich steaming trough give a rat's arse what you think about the accounts, so long as we all keep pouring an ever-increasing supply of gravy in? And if you are serious, then we are one of those jail-dodging directors too by participating in this giant fraud. The only honourable action is to resign and tell the shareholders why you can no longer be part of such a corrupt organisation. And save us all a bloody fortune in the process. Do you have a particular aversion to being lifted on people's shoulders and being carried through the streets of London to tumultuous applause?

Europe's Kyoto target is to reduce carbon emissions by 8 per cent by 2012. But with just six years to go, carbon emissions are down by less than 1 per cent. Twelve member states have actually gone backwards and increased their emissions. The EU is set to miss its Kyoto emission targets. That's not good enough and it's got to change."

Now you're just getting tedious. The class are going to tell you to fuck off to your face in a minute. Even if the science of global warming wasn't completely half-baked, the only certainty is that the developing countries of the world are not going to stop the rush to embrace our lifestyle (and why should they?) and the actions of the EU won't amount to a gnat's fart in the overall scheme of things. But that won't stop you forcing us to pay over and over again so that the Chinese can all have mercs and air conditioning. Fuck you!

In 2000 Europe's leaders said they would make the EU the most competitive knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010. EU politicians repeated their call for economic reform in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. But since 1998 new EU regulations have cost business £37 billion.

And your point is? Oh, I see. EU's politicians have 'called for' something every year since God knows when, but now it's you 'calling for' it, it'll happen. Of course. Why didn't we think of that before? You complete and utter prat. Just get the fucking £37 billion back and refuse to hand over another penny and we might stop flicking ink bombs at each other and start listening to you.

"We will be the champions for real change in Europe. We are a new generation. We have no time for the culture of hopelessness that has plagued the way the EU has often attempted to address the big global challenges we face. It's because we want to see a future for the EU and believe in a strong Europe that we want to make the EU confront its failings. The next generation of Europeans wants a continent to be proud of. They want Europe to be a force for good, to lead by example, to be a shining symbol of progress.

Blah blah...Champions..blah blah...new...blah.. generation...blah...big global..(as opposed to small global?)..blah..challenges...blah blah.. future ...blah.. strong....blah...next generation...blah...proud...blah..force for good...blah blah... shining... blah blah... progress...blah blah....reach out.... blah blah..

Ooh I just ticked off all the words on my management consultant-speak bingo card.

Fucking HOUSE!

And they want to reach out with enthusiasm to the countries that aspire to join
the EU."

No they fucking don't! They want to confront them as they step off the ferry at Dover with sharp farm implements and tell them to get fucking back on the boat, or start fucking swimming back to where they came from.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Keystone Cops

Update on the story below here.
Jackie has been contacted by the Met's Head of Marketing and Media.
Who the fuck would that be and why hasn't the officer attending contacted her to give her an update on the investigation, or even to ask for a copy of the photograph of the alleged perpetrator?
Shotgun - you were right - They won't fucking do anything and this P.O.S. will get away with it (again probably)
I think I'll pass this one on to the dead tree press.
And people wonder why vigilantism happens!

By the way, if you know who this POS is, please contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40. The assault took place last Friday 24th November on the southbound Bakerloo line platform at Baker Street, and the abuse continued from there to Piccadilly Circus.