Friday, 9 December 2011

Cameron did good

"Dave" Cameron has returned from Euroland not waving a piece of paper, nor promising peace in our time. Instead he has said, "Non, nein, nej, etc" and told the eurozoners that the UK will not be joining them in their latest orgy of submission to Brussels.

"Smelly Frenchies, I laugh at your treaty!"

The other 26 nations of the EU have all signed up in principle to an accord which says (a) legal limit of 0.5% of GDP for their deficits with sanctions cutting in at 3%, (b) European Court of Justice has power to enforce this, (c) issuance of bonds to be cleared through Brussels, (d) €200bn to be handed over the IMF, and (e) economic policy to be coordinated at the European level, ie, we see your budgets and can change them before your own citizens get a look in.

Agreeing to this accord would hand over another thick slice of sovereignty to Europe and Cameron declined. The other 26 all said yes, but some of them have to run it past their own parliaments which may be a whole other story.

The accords are supposed to be written into each member state's Constitution which is intended to bind their hands forever more. (We barely have a written Constitution so that would have been a bit awkward.)

This does turn the EU into 26+1 rather than 27 united. Historically the UK has always wanted to avoid this as it provides a forum for the others to do things we cannot veto. Although we would not be bound by a decision made at the "26" level, it could be imposed on us de facto.

If the Europeans want to legislate in an area where we have a veto they can just move the decision to the "26" inner circle. The new rule would then not apply in the UK but would apply to any British person or company as soon as they wanted to do business in Europe. Blocking decisions which harm our interests will become very difficult. We could be cornered in quite a nasty way.

And there is another issue: can EU institutions such as the Court of Justice be used to arbitrate on a treaty between 26 states? Surely an agreement from the 27 would be required for this. (Are British judges on the CoJ really going to be handing down judgements on infractions of the 26-state treaty? I cannot see the others being happy about that!)

Completely out of the EU we could simply walk away from any decision we didn't like. Since we have a massive trade deficit with the rest of Europe this gives us serious negotiating power. But bound by the "27" rules we cannot use this power. For example we cannot apply to join the North American Free Trade Association (NAFTA).

However, it remains to be seen how this whole thing will pan out. The accords may get watered down when they reach the national parliaments, and don't forget, the Irish get a referendum on any Constitutional changes - that's another can of worms to look forward to. It could all fall apart in the coming months. So Cameron was right to keep us out. Let's face it, they're never going to refuse us admission if we later decide we want to be in the inner circle.

On the plus side, the immediate objective of pacifying the bond markets has already been achieved.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Stealth drone down

"Stealth drone down" doesn't have the same ring to it as Blackhawk down, but this could be a game-changer anyway.

The Americans have lost an RQ170... unarmed, unmanned recon aircraft launched by the USAF from Afghanistan but controlled by the CIA from Virginia, USA.

The Iranians now have it; it's on public display on Tehran. They claim it violated their territorial airspace. The Americans claim it was never flown into Iranian airspace.

The killer fact is this: the missing RQ170 did not crash - it's undamaged. The Iranians appear (and claim) to have taken over control, hacked it, and landed it. If they actually did this their capability is far in advance of anything anyone previously thought - especially the Americans - and completely changes the face of warfare. How long before a subverted Predator (a drone totting Hellfire missiles) is turned back and attacks friendly forces?

"Kill the white slag"

It looks like "tram lady", Emma West from Croydon, who earlier this year saw her home town trashed by rioting immigrants and was rather vocal on a tram, will be spending Christmas in jail. Her two children have already been taken into care.

Meanwhile a gang of Somalis who, completely unprovoked, attacked a white woman in Leicester, kicking her in the head and shouting "Kill the white slag," have been spared jail at trial.

Judge Brown said that "Those who knock someone to the floor and kick them in the head can expect to go inside" but he went on to suspend the jail sentence because the ethnics were muslims and not used to drinking.

Clearly it's one law for us and a completely different law for them.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Woman on tram

There are actually several "women on tram/train" videos doing the rounds. However, the one which has really caught the public's attention is Emma West. See her rant here:

This rant has cost Miss West dearly: her two children have been taken into care, and she has been incarcerated in HMP Bronzefield in Middlesex.

I wonder how this individual will fare?

Unlike Miss West he recommends physical violence including smashing Miss West's head into pieces and throwing her out the window.

He goes on to blame slavery for the fact he doesn't have an elephant to ride on, a queen and eighteen pygmies to serve him.

The second video has been reported to the police by the BNP (crime reference number CR03-00034035) for incitement to violence.

It will be interesting to see if the authorities take commensurate action, or whether Miss West has been picked on purely for being white.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Public sector strikes

Did you thank Margaret Thatcher and the Tory government of the 1980s and early 90s yesterday?

"Why on Earth would I do that?" you might ask.

Well, we had an across-the-board public sector strike yesterday. You may not have noticed of course. Schools were closed; hospitals reduced to emergency response only; bureaucrats everywhere downed their paperclips and rubber stamps - and quite possibly there was no effect on you whatsoever.

But prior to the 1980s the power stations were in the public sector - the lights would have gone out. The gas companies were public sector - the heating would have gone off. The telephones were public sector - business would have ground to a halt. Even water was public sector - the taps could have run dry. Buses and trains were all public sector - public transport would have stopped running.

None of that worries us anymore. We just assume, with good reason, that the power, gas, water, comms etc will all be there for us. The Tory privatisations of 20 years ago give us this confidence.

So, thanks Maggie, you did at least one thing right. And I do believe this is why you did it, so the unions couldn't hold the country ransom anymore.