There have been some voices in the NHS in Hull who have been urging Hull City Council to ban outdoor smoking. The leader of the council, Carl Minns, has refused to countenance such a move, saying it would erode people’s civil liberties.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
I’ve been rather busy of late preparing for Christmas and have therefore rather neglected this blog. I could comment on various issues, but to be honest, who the hell is interested in my opinions on politics on Christmas Eve? Deafening silence. I thought so.
Therefore, I wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Enjoy yourselves.
Monday, December 21, 2009
‘Rage Against the Machine’ has got the once coveted Christmas No.1 spot. I was wondering if this is the first time in the history of the charts that an artist/group has got to No.1 not because of its popularity, but because the public were trying to stop someone else?
Call me sentimental, but I like a song with a festive feel to be Christmas No. 1. As I am not going to get my wish, listen to the First Lady of Song, Ella Fitzgerald, singing a Christmas classic. In my humble opinion, better than most of the today’s singers put together. This is an upbeat version of the song made famous by Judy Garland in the film, ‘Meet me in St Louis.’ The words are also on the screen for you to sing along. Go on. You know you want to.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Most people will not have heard of Kerry McCarthy, the MP for Bristol East. She is Labour’s Twitter Tsar, charged with the difficult job of getting Labour’s message across on Twitter. I have had the odd discussion with her, as have many other conservative tweeters. Unsurprisingly, I don’t agree with her very much and she seems to have attracted a hate following from bloggers like Tory Bear.
None of that bothers me in the slightest. Adults using their right to freedom of speech is to be encouraged. What I cannot see the point of is the latest campaign called #KerryOut. In a nutshell, this campaign is trying to raise funds for the Conservative candidate in Bristol East, in a bid to oust Kerry McCarthy at the next general election. I think this campaign is childish. I want a change of government. I want Britain to move away from failed Labour policies and the only other party that can form a government is the Conservative Party. Britain cannot afford another five years of Labour. It cannot afford another five years of economic mismanagement and the bully state. As a Labour MP, Kerry thinks differently, but whether she remains an MP at the next election is up to the voters of Bristol East. It is up to them to decide if they agree with what she stands for and if she has been a good constituency MP. On the latter, I haven’t a clue how hard she works on behalf of her constituents. A big negative campaign to oust her will backfire. The campaign organisers are trying to present this as an independent campaign. This is simply untrue and the electorate in Bristol East will see through it. The British people do not like this sort of politics and voters may well come out and give her a sympathy vote.
To those conservatives backing this campaign, my advice is go out and get your local Conservative candidates elected and leave Bristol to local Conservatives there. This is the way we do it in Britain. An organised, national campaign against individual MPs is something I do not want to be involved with.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Here we are at the fag end of another Labour government. Just like 1978-79 - when the unions took control – we are now seeing the unions flexing their muscles once again.
I don’t know enough of the details to comment on the current British Airways dispute, but I do know that one great way to put BA out of business is for its employees to go on strike for twelve days over the Christmas period. Twelve days is so appropriate, and I’m sure the irony has not been lost on BA management.
What has amazed me is the way BA staff are so jubilant. This is truly a case of turkeys voting for Christmas. All I can say is if they want to be in gainful employment next year, they should encourage their negotiators to get a settlement before any of this foolishness begins. I also hope a settlement can be reached for the sake of those who are planning ‘once in a lifetime’ holidays and want to visit family in far off places. Many of those affected will not be able to afford to travel by other carriers and also lose thousands of pounds in the process.
If this is what the union and its members want, then so be it. All I can wish them is a very Happy Christmas and the least prosperous New Year they could wish for, as they are going to get it.
A very disappointing day. The awful weather and darkness at this time of year never puts me into a good mood, but the news Hull has lost out in its bid to be a host city for the England 2018 football World Cup bid is unfortunate to say the least.
I know there is a long way to go and there is every chance England will not be the host nation, but it would have been great to have the highest level of football on our doorsteps. We have a fantastic stadium, which would have been expanded. West Park, next door to the KC Stadium, would have made a great area for fans who do not have a ticket to watch the action on big screens. It would have been great for the city’s economy too and Hull has proved it can host major events, such as the Freedom Festival and the launch of the Round the World Clipper Race three months ago.
Hull gets a very bad press, but people who I talk to who are visiting the city for the first time, are pleasantly surprised by what they find. I now hope Hull and the East Riding can win its bid to be the city of culture. National and international exposure is vital for the area’s economic success.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Len Goodman, the Strictly Come Dancing judge, admitted on the Andrew Marr Show he knows nothing about politics. He said he was uneducated and left school at 15.
He may well lack a formal education, but he will have struck a chord with many this morning. Len mentioned Gordon Brown said Britain was best placed to weather the economic storm, yet it has been proved we are not. Len is right when he says we need more honesty in politics. He said we should say when we get back on our feet again, we will be able to give Africa money to help fight climate change, but not now as we can’t afford to dole out £1.5 billion.
It will not be the intelligentsia who will be electing a new government next year. It will be people like Len Goodman, who do not complicate politics, but look at politics in a practical common sense way. Politicians take heed.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Alistair Darling did nothing today to reduce the budget deficit. He is overly optimistic about the recovery of the British economy. In many ways it is exactly the same opinion he had last year when I described him as ‘Darling in Wonderland.’ My opinion has not changed, therefore here’s what I wrote after his PBR in 2008:
Tinker here and there; fiddle here and there; lower some taxes now and raise them in 2010 and make sure the tax increases announced today are permanent.
This rather sums up today's Pre-Budget Report. Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic is another way to describe a speech that was peppered with the words global, worldwide and America. It's not our fault, folks, this is all America's fault. We are just the victim of the crime, but we are in a strong position to recover, which indeed we will in about 12 months. This was Darling in Wonderland! How does he expect us to believe his forecasts for the coming years, when he couldn't get his forecasts right for the last seven months?
George Osborne gave a much better reply than I thought he would, however, the Conservatives are going to have to be truthful with the electorate. There must be a substantial reduction in the public sector. A Samurai sword needs to be wielded throughout Whitehall and we can start with disposing with all the thousands of non-jobs and QUANGOs duplicating the work of other QUANGOs. We have to reduce the size of the client state. We have to reassess the role government plays in our lives. I suppose these questions are for another day, but if Brown opts for a snap election next spring, time is running out.
Do you think Labour is going to get us out of this crisis? I leave up to you.
Monday, December 07, 2009
Once again the British Army has proved why it is the best in the world. At 8.00am today a new footbridge will open in Workington. It has been built over the last ten days and will link the people of the town once again. Drivers still face an 18 mile journey, but if you can make it on foot, our soldiers have made your life easier. Well done to our boys.
Sunday, December 06, 2009
I am not a scientist, but my understanding of a black hole is it acts like a vacuum cleaner, sucking in all types of matter. Perhaps this analogy best describes the EU. I don’t often publish a full post from another blogger/writer, but the following post from Mark Wallace of the Taxpayers’ Alliance highlights just how much Brussels controls our lives and how much money it sucks in to its bottomless pit.
The Evening Standard reports that Boris Johnson is faced with the possibility of having to ban cars entirely from London for several days or be slapped with a £300 million fine from the EU.
There is a wider debate to be had over why London is failing to hit its air quality targets, and how the capital ended up in this situation. However, in this pressing crisis, three things are clear:
1) Neither the people nor the elected representatives of London were ever asked about this target or these rules.
2) Taxpayers cannot afford to pay £300m more into the bottomless pit of Brussels. Nor would doing so improve the air quality of London in any way.
3) It would be devastating to the economy, not to mention the public transport system, if cars were banned even for a few days.
There is one straightforward and practical answer: we should refuse to pay the fine if we don't hit the target. It has no democratic legitimacy and as Tim Montgomerie points out on ConservativeHome there are certainly plenty of other European cities with far poorer air quality that do not penitently cough up a fortune to the EU for it.
As our polling found back in May, the public are up for a fight with Brussels - with 69% supporting a policy of disobeying EU rules, and 60% agreeing that we should refuse to pay EU fines.
The best way to cut back on hot air would be for Boris to tell the Eurocrats to get on their bikes.
During the Crewe and Nantwich by-election, Labour rolled out its ‘Tory Toffs’ campaign. It was nasty and Gordon Brown distanced himself from it, although I did not believe the prime minister was out of the loop on this. I was called a toff too, which made me laugh. Being the son of a former railwayman from Co Durham, I am the last person you could accuse of being a toff. Labour’s campaign failed spectacularly and Edward Timpson was elected the Conservative MP for the constituency.
I thought Labour would abandon this approach. If it had any sense it would have done, but lately Brown and his henchmen have gone on the offensive and brought class warfare back on the political agenda. David Cameron had described this approach as ‘petty, spiteful and stupid.’ He is correct. Martin Luther King Jnr spoke of his hope of a society where ‘men are judged by the content of their character, not the colour of their skin.’ Gordon Brown should take heed of these words, and bring them up-to-date, because I don’t think for one moment the British people judge David Cameron on where he went to school or the size of his bank account. They judge him on his character and whether or not he has the right policies to move this country forward.
I am sure Gordon Brown wants a class war in the run-up to the next general election. It is in his interests to distract the voters from Labour’s record and its future plans to spend, spend, spend, without having the money available. If he pursues with this campaign tactic, it will backfire on him nationally in the same way it did in Crewe and Nantwich.
Saturday, December 05, 2009
David Cameron has struck the right chord during his visit to Afghanistan. He said on Today this morning that withdrawal is not an option, nor is the status quo. He is correct. President Obama’s announcement of more US troops is very welcome, although my only criticism of him on this matter is that he has taken too long to make the decision. There needs to be an increase in troop numbers so we can get the job done and get out. Those who think we should pull out now will give the Taliban a victory. I’m sure those advocating immediate withdrawal do not want terrorist training camps set-up again in Afghanistan, but this would be the result of a hasty exit.
Gordon Brown announced more British deployments this week, and now it is his job to explain to the British public why winning the war in Afghanistan is so important. This is something his government has singularly failed to do. He should also replace his hopeless Defence Secretary, Bob Ainsworth, with someone who is up to the job.
To listen to David Cameron’s interview, click here, and scroll down to 8.10.
Friday, December 04, 2009
Edward McMillan-Scott, the (former Conservative) MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, came out with a gem of a quote on Radio Humberside this morning. The subject was climate change. The enviro-fascists are now giving up on cars and planes. A few months ago transport was the biggest evil the planet knew. Now the line is ‘transport is only responsible for 13% of greenhouse gas emissions.’ The real culprit now is the farming industry, which is responsible for 18% of emissions. Paul McCartney has entered the fray saying for the sake of the environment, we should all eat less meat, and Mr McMillan-Scott thinks this is a campaign he should get behind.
He is a Catholic and as Catholics give up meat on a Friday and eat fish, he thinks this is a very good way of giving up meat for just one day. He also thought this would be very good for the fishing industry in the Humber region. He even had the temerity to say this would not upset farmers! What an out of touch prat this man is. What would be great for the fishing industry in the Humber region is the scrapping of the Common Fisheries Policy. This has ruined the fishing industry in this region. Of course, Edward wouldn’t want that, as this would upset his EU chums and he would lose his job and perks in the European Commission.
I have no desire to give up meat. I enjoy it, just like human beings have for countless centuries. I also enjoy fish and seafood. I enjoy vegetables too and eat what I want to without being made to feel guilty, no matter what the fascists say.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
‘Don’t panic, Mr Mainwaring’, said the eccentric Lance Corporal Jones in Dad’s Army. Of course he always panicked himself and he wanted reassurance from those around him. Diana Johnson, the Member of Parliament for Hull North is just like Jones, although perhaps not as funny.
She is known for making the most extraordinary statements. She was the one who campaigned for post offices in her constituency to be kept open, and then after the campaign was lost, voted for post offices to be closed elsewhere. Her rationale? Well, the post offices closing elsewhere were not in Hull North. Hardly a woman of principal, me thinks, and hardly a woman who has any political nous either.
As a result of the lack of talent on the government backbenches, she has managed to get herself appointed as an Under Secretary of State under Ed Balls. Being under Ed Balls is something I wouldn’t relish, but if you are climbing up the greasy pole, I guess any port in a storm will do.
Last night on the BBC she tried to frighten voters of Hull North into thinking a vote for the LibDems in the next general election will really be a vote for the Conservative Party. Her thinking is based on what experts say. These experts say the next general election may produce a hung parliament. If you want to predict the next general election at this stage you are a fool. No-one in their right mind would try to work out how the electorate will vote next spring, but the ineffectual Ms Johnson is clutching at straws, hoping the votes that are ebbing away from her will slow down at worst and come back to her at best. This is a vain hope. Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg will make the decisions he has to make as to which main party to support if and when a hung parliament is a reality.Until then voting Liberal Democrat will mean electing an opposition MP, as I can safely say the LibDems will not be forming a government.
I think Ms Johnson or some of her team read this blog. Let me give her a piece of advice.
You have taken this constituency for granted. You thought you had a safe seat for life. You thought all your Christmases had come at once when you won the Labour Party nomination for the Hull North seat. Politics has changed over the past four years. You have never worked this seat and tried to work out what the voters really want. There are many voters in this constituency who would normally vote Conservative, but are frightened to vote for the party in case they let Labour in. Getting a Conservative government is exactly what they want. There are many of your constituents who vote Labour in general elections, but feel let down and will turn to the LibDems who they normally vote for in council elections. They want rid of you and the government in which you serve. Going on television looking like a rabbit caught in the headlights will not reassure them you are the best person to represent their interests. Far from it. They will see a desperate person loosing the last vestiges of their dignity in order to remain an MP.
Whatever happens at the next general election, their is one thing for certain. For the majority of your constituents, if you do lose the seat, you will not be missed. For me personally, the sooner you are back in chambers in London, the better.
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
The Lisbon Treaty came into force today. Daniel Hannan MEP sums up the reality of what this means for Britain:
We woke up in a different country today. Alright, it doesn’t look very different. The trees still seem black against the winter sun; the motorways continue to jam inexplicably; commuters carry on avoiding eye contact. But Britain is no longer a sovereign nation. At midnight last night, we ceased to be an independent state, bound by international treaties to other independent states, and became instead a subordinate unit within a European state.
Yes, a European state. Take a quick dekko at the definition set out in Article One of the1933 Montevideo Convention on the Rights and Duties of States: “The state as a person of international law should possess the following qualifications: (a) a permanent population; (b) a defined territory; (c) government; and (d) capacity to enter into relations with the other states.”
Until yesterday, the EU qualified on grounds (a), (b) and (c). Now it has ticked the final box. Under the Lisbon Treaty, which came into force today, it acquires “legal personality”, which gives it the right to sign accords and treat with other states. Nor is this right simply theoretical: the EU now has a foreign minister, a diplomatic corps (the European External Action Service) and 160 overseas embassies.
Until yesterday, the EU could not annex additional policy areas without a new treaty, which needed to be ratified by all its constituent nations. Now, it has the so-called “passerelle” clause, or self-amending mechanism. Parliament, in other words, no longer has the final say on extensions of EU jurisdiction. The EU derives its authority, not from its 27 members, but from its own foundational texts.
Until yesterday, Britain could simply walk out of the EU by abrogating the Treaty of Rome and repealing the 1972 European Communities Act. Henceforth, it will have to go through the secession procedure laid down in Lisbon. In other words – in the minds of Euro-lawyers, at any rate, if not of British constitutionalists – the EU gets to settle the terms on which its members are allowed to leave. Formal sovereignty has been shifted from the national capitals to Brussels.
It is appalling, demeaning, disgraceful that such a thing should have been done without popular consent, and in the absence of the referendum that all three parties had promised. “There’s no point in crying over spilt milk,” you might say. True. But there is every point in mopping it up.
If you want to be part of this European state, then all you have to do is nothing. Not a thing. Just lie back and enjoy life. If you are disgusted, then there’s plenty of hard work ahead of you. Firstly, become part of the Freedom Association’s ‘Better Off Out Campaign.’ Join the Taxpayers’ Alliance and help publicise Dr Lee Rotherham’s book ‘Ten Years On – Britain without the European Union.’ Join ‘The Albion Alliance.’ Write to the press and help keep this issue in the public eye. If you are a blogger, I don’t have to tell you what to do.
It is now up to us, the people. We have to put pressure on our politicians. I believe the fight to get Britain out of the EU is one we can win. Come and join us.
Monday, November 30, 2009
If you want to read a damning critique of New Labour’s social policies and a verdict on the awful Family and Parenting Institute (which is incidentally 90% funded by the taxpayer) then read this by George Pitcher. Brilliant, incisive commentary.
Back in August, Hull City Council Leader, Cllr Carl Minns, had his collar felt by the police for the crime of trying out his new camera and taking a photograph of the St Stephen’s Centre in Hull. He was initially stopped by a security guard and his details were passed in to the police. Click here to read the story.
Just like Cllr Minns, BBC photographer Jeff Overs, had his collar felt under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act. His crime was to take pictures of the London Skyline. Read about the story here.
I am certain these two cases are not isolated incidents. This will be going on every day of the week; innocent people going about their business and recording a few memories along the way are being treated as criminals. Will this change? We can only hope.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
When Daniel Hannan described the NHS as a sixty year mistake, he did something unforgivable; he dared to criticise a national institution. For over half a century we have been indoctrinated into thinking the NHS is the envy of the world. We have been indoctrinated into thinking if we take ill overseas, the standard of care will not be a high as it is in the UK. We have also been indoctrinated into thinking the only option there is to the NHS is the US system of healthcare provision. This perhaps has been the most sinister lie of those on the left, and it is this argument that is wheeled out every time some of us try and discuss the future of healthcare in this country.
The indoctrination worked very well for decades, until we decided to holiday in other countries, rather than Blackpool or Clacton. We found out the standard of healthcare was high in many other countries and people were not dying on the streets because they couldn’t pay their medical bills. Even though in our hearts we know this, the left still put the fear factor into play when we dare to criticise the NHS. We have become accustomed to the state doing everything for us, we no longer regard healthcare as our responsibility. The left knows this and they have been very successful in ensuring healthcare remains the biggest nationalised industry in Britain.
Occasionally, something happens to rock our faith in the NHS. If you want an elderly relative to meet their maker, so you can pick up your inheritance sooner rather than later, then all you have to do is encourage them to have an operation in Basildon. This is far cheaper than going to Switzerland and there are no legal ramifications for you either. The icing on the cake could be the compensation you receive after your dear great aunt dies from a hospital acquired infection. Not that Basildon should be singled out unfairly. Alder Hey Children’s Hospital will also put your child’s health at risk thanks to its poor infection control, even though they regarded themselves as doing everything they could to offer the cleanest and safest wards of any Children’s Hospital in the country. The list goes on and on.
Millions of people around the country are frightened to go into hospital for operations, fearing what happened in Basildon may happen to them. Yet we love the NHS. The twitter campaign a few months’ ago proved that; didn’t it? I don’t believe we love the NHS at all. What we appreciate is the notion of universal healthcare. We find ourselves reassured our credit card will not be hit if we fall ill. The Germans are also reassured by the that fact, but they don’t have socialised medicine. They have a cost-effective system that offers universal healthcare to its citizens and you don’t hear of wards being closed down all over Germany thanks to MRSA and other bugs. To find out how the Germans manage to do it, click HERE.
The Dr Foster Hospital Guide has highlighted what bad shape some of our hospitals are in. This would not be tolerated in most countries. Hospitals would go out of business. You would use your right to choose a hospital with a good record, and give other hospitals a wide berth. The market would ensure the patient came first and can do this without the need to have expensive medical bills or unaffordable insurance premiums. We have to move away from the notion it is the state’s responsibility to pay for everything and become more responsible for our healthcare provision, and this does not mean the most vulnerable in society are left dying on the streets. A safety net must always be there in any civilised society. It means a mixture of private and public money and resources should be used to deliver a healthcare service that it fit for purpose and could easily become the envy of the world.
This is the challenge politicians will never rise to. Gradually dismantling the NHS is a vote loser. Until it is possible to have a rational debate on the NHS, nothing will change and Britain will be poorer as a result.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Alan Johnson seems to fit the title: Jack of all trades, master on none. His time as Home Secretary has hardly been one of unmitigated success. It appears the Home Office is Labour’s equivalent of Northern Ireland. Prime Minister’s send ministers there when they want to end their careers in a very final way. If Alan Johnson does have hopes of being Labour leader, he has now found himself between the devil and the deep blue sea or more pertinently, between a hard place of his own making and Plymouth Rock, buckling under the pressure of a US government deeply embarrassed by the actions of a Brit.
Gary McKinnon (photographed above) has Asperger’s Syndrome. He is a UFO nut. Using his technological knowledge he managed to penetrate the seemingly impenetrable walls of the Pentagon. The Americans don’t like this. They want blood. They have already made clear they are going to jump over every legal hurdle to get their man. The only thing that stands in the way is British justice. We are now supposed to sleep well in our beds. The big bad wolf is not going to win. In fairy tales this is true, but we don’t live in a fairy tale and enter stage right, the Right Honourable Member for Hull West and Hessle. The High Court has refused Mr McKinnon the right to appeal to our Supreme Court. Alan Johnson, the postie done good, is now the star player. Is he going to do the right thing or is he going to blow the house down? Is he going to be the hero of the piece? No. Instead he is going to send Mr McKinnon to the US to face a prison sentence.
If I was a boffin in the Pentagon, I would want to get Mr McKinnon to explain how he did it. I would want to use his knowledge to make the computer systems secure. I would understand this man has a mental illness that makes him withdraw from the world we live in and live in a fantasy world.
Alan Johnson was the last roadblock to this extradition folly. He is the man who could have driven this runaway train into the buffers. He could have stopped this dead in its tracks. Instead he is the man who is so far out of his depth, he doesn’t realise the responsibility of a holder of one of the great offices of state. It is now up to us to remind him. Write to him and tell him how disgusted you are with this decision. Write to the press. Express your outrage. The only court that matters now is the court of public opinion. Even Alan Johnson has to bow to that court if enough of us nudge him into a corner.
It looks like it’s about to bite the dust. Gone. Out of our sight forever. As quickly as it came into our lives, it seems as if it is going to depart as speedily. The ‘Big Screen’ in Hull has been a source of debate since it was installed in 2004. I have always thought it looked like an enormous version of a television set people all over the country were throwing out to upgrade to a newer model. Aesthetically it is a carbuncle on the face of Queen Victoria Square. It could have been placed in a better location and it could have looked better, but alas our former Labour masters thought differently, if indeed they ever thought about it at all. The decision was made in haste in the Guildhall equivalent of smoke filled rooms.
Now we are told it is going to cost £250,000 to run over the next three years and this – according to our Liberal Democrat masters – is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. True, it has always been an expensive folly. Labour councillors seemed to be drawn into thinking Hull could somehow become Manchester with this monstrosity blasting out Look North around Queen Victoria Square, but I do have a problem.
Where is this television set, set for? Is it about to go to the technological graveyard in the sky, or is it going to be looked after in a benevolent council warehouse? Can it be resurrected at a future date, or has it already passed its use-by date? So much taxpayers’ money has been wasted thus far. It is a thorn in the side for the LibDems. A problem inherited from the former ruling Labour group’s profligacy. One can only hope that in the future Hull can move technologically forward in a planned and constructive way. As the UK faces bankruptcy thanks to national Labour profligacy, hope is all we have.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Over the years I have enjoyed visiting Christmas Markets the length and breadth of Germany. These type of markets have become popular in the UK too, and I am pleased to report this year Hull is also holding a Christmas Market. This is where we are off to this evening.
It is hoped the market will increase the footfall in the city and judging by how popular they are elsewhere – including Germany – this should be a welcome addition for visitors to the city.
So come to Hull and experience Christmas in a different and peaceful way and pick up some unusual gifts. There will be plenty of German food and drink to keep you warm too!
UPDATE: Well, I suppose there is still over four weeks to go until Christmas Day. We got there just after 6.00pm. The majority of the stalls were food and sweets and most were unmanned. The place felt like the ‘Marie Celeste’ with only a handful of people there. For it to have the feel of a German market, it should have fewer food and drink stalls and more selling Christmas gifts and decorations. I hope it gets better, otherwise it will be a damp squib. I was disappointed tonight.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Yesterday we had the rogue poll cutting the Tory lead to 6%. Now, yet another poll is released which will make Conservatives sleep a little easier in their beds tonight; Tories on 39%, Labour 22% and the Lib Dems on 21%. Others on 18%.
Two things worthy of note. Firstly, I have said for a quite some time that Labour and the Lib Dems are neck and neck on around 23%. This poll – taking into account the margin of error – suggests the same.
Secondly, the amount of people saying they will vote for other parties is increasing. This backs up my assertion the next election will be the biggest anti-government vote in a century. Once again, nothing in the polls – apart from the odd rogue poll – makes me think any differently.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Judging by some of the messages I have received about my last post, there appears to be some confusion, which I will now clear up.
During the next financial year – 2010/11 – Britain’s net contribution to the EU will be £6.4 billion. This is how much the British taxpayer will stump up after our rebate and receipts are taken into account. For more information, please read this article written by the renowned and respected economist, Ruth Lea.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Last night I was the speaker at a supper club meeting of East Yorkshire Conservatives in Bridlington, on the subject of Quangos. Most people there were genuinely shocked at the amount of money being spent by Quangos and how much our membership of the European Union costs us each year. I quoted the following from Dr Lee Rotherham’s book, Ten Years On: Britain without the European Union.
While you were watching the last Harry Potter, £1,891,998 was transferred to Brussels.
During the England footy match, £1,113,000 left the British bank account for good.
In the time that it took you to boil an egg, £37,098 was surrendered to the EU.
£12,366 in one minute.
£206.11 in the heart pump of a second.
And then another.
It made no sense at all. It was like forming a human chain to pass gold bullion down Blackpool pier and to dump a brick off the end every hundred seconds.
Every hour was a new Angel of the North being built by British taxpayers in another country.
The bill for just two days paid for the whole Royal Family.
Three days would have kept your local community hospital running for a year.
Five days of EU membership would have covered all the repairs needed to every cathedral in England, or paid for a new Kew Gardens.
Ten days would have bought a new Belmarsh prison.
Why not just cut out the middle man? Instead of handing over three and a half weeks of net payments, you could have simulated the financial loss by cutting down all the trees in England looked after by the Forestry Commission and ploughing salt into the soil.
For the equivalent value effect of five months of fees, you could have just burned every picture and every painting in the National Gallery. Or the Treasury could have taken revenge on international bankers, and paid the annual deficit by just handing over all the revenue of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Food for thought? The statistics are breathtaking when stated in a way we can all relate to. I would like to thank East Yorkshire Conservatives for their very warm welcome and excellent hospitality. I had a very enjoyable time in Bridlington and look forward to returning.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Looking at the pictures from Cockermouth brought back the unhappy memories of when we were flooded in June 2007. So many people have had their lives turned upside down and judging by the scale of the flooding, they will be out of their homes much longer than the six and a half months we were out for.
My thoughts also go out to the family, friends and colleagues of PC Bill Barker, whose body was found earlier today. His widow has said the died doing the job the loved. According to Sky News
, he had been diverting traffic off Northside Bridge near Workington when it collapsed, throwing him into the River Derwent. It shows the courage, bravery and sense of duty of all members of the emergency services. The magnificent job they do should make us all proud.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Sir Stuart Bell, the MP for Middlesbrough since 1983, has had a long career as an author, journalist, barrister and parliamentarian. I know he is gripped by a love affair with the EU, no doubt brought about during his time practicing law in France. Listening to him in the Queen’s Speech debate though, I began to wonder if like the prime minister he has become divorced from reality,
The big story about the Queen’s Speech today is what is not in it. After the turbulent year MPs have had, one would have thought Gordon Brown would grasp the nettle and include some form of reform bill. This was not to be. Sir Stuart – quite rightly – said in the House of Commons this afternoon, the voters are not talking about MPs’ expenses and allowances. They are talking about other issues affecting them. He thinks the Commons will once again become a great institution without reforming it. At least not undergoing any major reforms. What he is forgetting is if it was not for the recession, the public would be taking MPs to task. Just because we in the grips of a recession does not mean politicians should sweep these matters under the carpet and hope they will go away.
Sir Stuart then went on to make the most nonsensical remark I have heard a politician make in a long time. To paraphrase him, he believes during this economic downturn, Britain needs the EU more than it has done in the past. How? Why? Do British businesses need more red tape; more bureaucracy; more rules and regulation? Do fishermen need the Common Fisheries Policy? Do we really need more decisions taken away from us; important decisions affecting our democracy and our economy?
Britain needs the EU like a hole in the head. To help us get out of this recession we need to throw off the shackles of the EU. British businesses need to freed from the red tape. If Sir Stuart Bell cannot see this, perhaps it is time he hung up his boots.
Cast iron promises from the Conservative Party aren’t what they used to be
Gordon Brown – House of Commons – 18/11/09
Britain is best placed to weather the economic storm. No more boom and bust. British jobs for British workers, to name just three. The prime minister seems to have a poor memory as well as a poor grasp of reality.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Tonight, I have been reading a report on the Common Fisheries Policy. With the latest TPA campaign highlighting how life would be very different outside the EU, I have been looking at a policy that has had such a detrimental effect on the British fishing industry. Living in Hull, this is something important to the people of Hull and the Humber Region in general.
Once again, the Taxpayers’ Alliance is at the forefront of research into the economic impact the EU has on the UK economy. The UK fishing fleet, and associated industries have been crippled on three occasions in the past century: by the Kaiser, Hitler and the Common Fisheries Policy. On the first two occasions, the North Sea was a war zone.
To read the report I have been reading tonight. click HERE.
Following on from the cinema advertisement I posted yesterday, I realised I hadn’t posted the following video on EU Agriculture Fudge. Another great way to the message across of how just how much the EU costs us each year.
Monday, November 16, 2009
I don’t agree with him, but if you want to know what all the fuss is about, here is Rowan Williams’ full speech to the TUC today. Apparently taxation should not be regarded as an unreasonable burden and “tax is about corporate insurance … and is the essence of the democratic process.”
Just when you think you have heard it all, someone comes along with something new.
When I was growing up, the UK was part of the European Economic Community – the ‘Common Market.’ The EEC then transformed itself into the European Community. As part of this ongoing process, the transformation continued and the UK became part of the European Union. At no point during this were we the voters given the opportunity to have our say. Instead, those whom we elect to serve our interests, wilfully gave away huge chunks of our sovereignty to an unelected superquango in Brussels.
The advertisement at the top of this blog will be rolling out in cinemas nationally later this week. It gives you a glimpse of how much the EU costs taxpayers and businesses. It also promotes Dr Lee Rotherham’s new book, ‘Ten Years On: Britain without the European Union.’ It’s not just the financial cost though. Our right to govern ourselves as a free nation state has gone. We need to get this right back. This is just the start of a long campaign for democracy and freedom, but it is a fight we must win to rid ourselves of the meddling Brussels bureaucracy.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
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Monday, November 09, 2009
Will Cameron's announcement last week pave the way for a referendum on Britain's membership of the EU?
Sunday, November 08, 2009
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Sunday, November 01, 2009
Worsley & Eccles South includes the wards of Worsley, Boothstown & Ellenbrook, Walkden North, Walkden South, Little Hulton, Winton, Barton, Irlam and Cadishead.
Worsley & Eccles South is a notionally Labour-held seat, but at the last local elections, Conservative candidates outpolled Labour across the new seat by 12%. The Liberal Democrats are a poor third and have no Councillors in the constituency.
Recent polls suggest a close contest between Conservatives and Labour - it's a two-horse race between Gordon Brown’s Labour candidate and local Conservative Iain Lindley.
Saturday, October 31, 2009
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Monday, October 19, 2009
'Arc of Recovery' with Iceland. I know Alex Salmond & Co are
difficult to take seriously at the best of times, but this policy is
incredible even for those who have a very fertile imagination.
Face the facts, Alex. Scotland is not in a position to go it alone. It
gets a great deal from the English taxpayer through the Barnett
formula. Your future for Scotland is based on more handouts from the
socialist superstate commonly referred to as the EU. A deal with
Iceland is as likely as getting Sir Fred Goodwin to waive his pension
rights. You would lead Scotland out of the Union on narrow ideological
grounds, rather than what is best for Scotland. Isn't it about time
you came clean with the Scottish people, instead of feeding them your
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