Category Archives: Brown

American’s Bail Out Brits

The Man Who Would be King: Charles will take the salute

BBC NEWS | World | Charles invited to D-Day events

Prince Charles is to attend D-Day commemorations in Normandy at the weekend, Clarence House has confirmed.

Well, at least the Americans remember that we were there on those beaches, saving France.

US Intervention

Apparently the Americans were not too impressed that British and Canadian official representation would not be there either.

The White House had stepped into the row about why the Queen was not attending after Buckingham Palace insisted she had not been invited.

In all honesty this whole situation has started to make re-evaluate the mess, was it really the French refusing to allow the British there, or Brown not wanting anyone but him there.

Initially Brown insisted that no official British representative was going to go to the 65th anniversary event, then, coincidently after Obama said he was going to attend, Brown decided that he was going to go too, but not the Queen, only him.

Since then Brown seems to have been going out of his way to make sure that him, and only him, represents the UK. Our Head of State was not allowed. And despite the public outcry, he stuck to it.

Another Fine Mess

Borrowed Time: The people hate him, the Monarch hates him, his own cabinet hate him; yet he still clings on.

The French, who to be fair, may well have been caught in the middle of all this, have stated numerous times that they invited the British; and who the British decide to send is up to the British.

When Charles went over Brown’s head,  so to speak, direct to Sarkozy the French probably took what they saw as a quick way out of this mess and invited Charles directly.

Brown could have course have still have blocked it, but with the US President also asking questions and applying pressure,  it looks as though Brown was forced to relent. Good news all-round.

I would have preferred it if the Queen were there rather than Charles, who wasn’t born then and isn’t seen as ‘one of them’ by the veterans like the Queen is, but he’ll have to do.

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Kirkbride’s whole family on the make

Julie Kirkbride and her family enjoy the rewards of public office

I was starting to think that these revelations had run out of steam, but then more come along from this despicable woman.

‘Public execution’ for MP Julie Kirkbride after it’s revealed she paid her sister £12,000 as ‘secretary’ | Mail Online

Julie Kirkbride faces a ‘public execution’ after she was told to meet voters to explain claims that her brother and sister exploited her expenses.

Not content with giving her brother a home rent free, and then claiming back refurbishment costs from the taxpayer, she also employed her sister!

Plenty to go around

No one can claim that Julie Kirkbride is not generous, shame it isn’t her money.

The Tory MP paid her sister Karen Leadley £12,000 a year from public funds to be an ‘executive secretary’. Mrs Leadley works from her own home in Dorset – 141 miles from her sister’s Bromsgrove constituency and 107 miles from Westminster.

In this case it appears that ‘executive’ is a euphemism for not involving any actual work. To me, this looks like fraud, Kirkbride is claiming money for her sister under false pretences. Whether or not her sister received the money is irrelevant, she clearly was not entitled to claim it.

Her explanation leaves a lot to be desired:

My sister does work for me on a part-time salary of around £12,000. She lives in Wimborne, Dorset, but she has a computer which is networked to my constituency office and London office.

What on earth does she mean ‘networked’? She cannot seriously be saying that her sister’s computer is somehow linked into her constituency computer? And if she is, is that legal? Would not that give her ‘part-time’ sister  access to privileged information?

Or does the dozy mare actually mean by network – the internet? And that her sister can check her email from where she is? Either way this just seems to be another MP employing another family member in a very well paid but frivolous position.

Keeping it in the family

She doesn’t just pay her immediate family though, she also sets them up in business.

Yesterday her leaked office expenses revealed that her brother bought a digital camera, five memory cards, four internet routers, three external hard drives, a printer, map software and a battery with £1,000.52 of public money.

Once again her explanation for this is, quite frankly, bizarre.

‘I record my work as an MP in pictures. I often ask my brother to source IT equipment for me. These items were bought by my brother, on my instructions.’

A pig with its snout in the trough

Now, I am no photography expert but routers? How do they fit into photography? And four? Surely just the one is enough? Not to mention five memory cards and three hard drives, that is one hell of a lot of storage space for a few pictures of her carrying out her duties as MP.

Which raises another point, if this equipment was to record her work in pictures, where are the pictures? There is a curious lack of them on her official website, despite the massive amount of storage space she could have saved them in. And if the pictures were not to be a publicly viewable record, why were we paying for them?

Besides does she really need some weird photographic record in order to do her job? I think not. If she wants to take happy snaps, she should do so on her own camera, on her own time and at her own expense. But I think it is clear that this equipment was for her brothers IT business, and not to record her work as an MP for posterity.

Fraud

She has lied, cheated and milked the system and although it would seem an appropriate place for such a person, she has no place in the House of Parliament. She should face a fraud investigation, saying that she is going to stand down at the next election is not enough. That means that she gets another year of her £64,000 salary, not to mention the nice pension she gets and a ‘re-settlement’ allowance of about £30,000.

More infuriating of course, is the fact that she can still claim expenses that we are unlikely to know anything about, for the next year!

This woman and her husband should be in court, explaining to a Judge and a Jury why they made the claims that they did, not enjoying their ‘retirement’ at our considerable expense.  

British and Canadians Airbrushed out of History.

President Sarkozy: ‘We squished the Germans like ziss

The French have been saying since before the end of World War II that they liberated themselves, now, 65 years on they have almost convinced themselves of the fact.

D-Day snub to Queen: Palace fury as Sarkozy refuses to invite royals to 65th Anniversary – and Brown won’t act | Mail Online

Buckingham Palace voiced anger last night after the French snubbed the Queen over next week’s D-Day commemorations.

Astonishing that the Head of State of Great Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will not be present at the 65th Anniversary of D-Day. Especially considering that these nations made up the largest contingent of fighting men on the day.

Charles de Gaulle

It seems that France only recognises one other nation as having been there on D-Day, the USA.

It says: ‘Surrounded by French and American veterans, the presidents Obama and Sarkozy will pay homage to the thousands of Americans who lost their lives on the Normandy beaches in their fight for liberty.’

Some 6,000 Americans were killed, 4,000 British and Canadians. The French, despite it being a liberation of their nation, barely took part in the Normandy Landings. Of the 150,000 troops that landed on the beaches; about 60,000 were British, 70,000 Americans, 20,000 Canadians. 

That of course is not the picture that they like to paint of the end of World War II. De Gaulle himself said after the liberation of Paris:

“We are back home in Paris which is on its feet to liberate itself and which has been able to achieve it singlehanded.”

And so it began; apparently the French liberated Paris, and probably the rest of France single handed. Churchill should have pulled us out when he heard the speech and left the great general de Gaulle to finish off the Germans.

Impregnable: The French relied almost entirely on their system of fortresses, German paratroopers took them in one night (pictured); if only the French had rolled two sixes, D-Day wouldn’t have been necessary.

This latest snub just shows the contempt the French have for everyone that aided them during WWII and I shouldn’t really be surprised at their ungratefulness. I should be pleased that at least they are acknowledging the American presence that day.

Only in the movies

Having said that the Americans are just as bad when remembering the rest of the Allies. Most war movies and dramatisations of WWII rarely, if ever, mention, let alone feature any non-Americans.

One of the most famous war films of recent times, Saving Private Ryan, made no mention of any other Allied forces, and even cut the British ships that the protagonists from the 2nd Rangers departed from, out of the film entirely, replacing them with US ships.

Not to mention U-571, which depicted US sailors capturing a German submarine and cracking the enigma code; when in reality the capture had been done by British sailors in 1941 and the cracking of the code by British code breakers at Bletchley, before the Americans had entered the war.

The screenwriter did later admit:

“It was a distortion…a mercenary decision…to create this parallel history in order to drive the movie for an American audience. Both my grandparents were officers in World War II, and I would be personally offended if somebody distorted their achievements.”

This isn’t helped by the fact that us British rarely seem to protest about such things, as if our Government is ashamed of our history and would rather it all was re-written.

I am sure that many American, British and Canadian kids grow up thinking that WWII was a war between the US and Germany. Indeed, I have lost count of the times that I have heard Americans say things like ‘We’ve saved Europe’s ass…twice!’ But us Brits have got used to it.

This is probably compounded by the dire British education system that rarely, if ever, likes to teach about British victories.

Arrogance

But their is more to this that than the American movies or French ungratefulness. The French hate the British, pure and simple, and there is no love lost the other way either. In their hatred the French have lumped the Canadians in with the British, and probably would the Americans too, if Sarkozy didn’t need the Americans.

It also seems that the French hatred of Monarchy and it’s connotations doesn’t stop them being sycophantic.

France’s equivalent of BBC1 plans blanket coverage in a day-long programme called Barack Obama On The Invasion Beaches.

A whole day about President Obama, surely the day should be about those that gave their lives? And that is what really saddens me, it is the men that fought there, and the families of the heroes that died there that really feel this slap in the face.

A French government source said: ‘There were never any plans to invite members of the British Royal Family, although an invitation has been extended to Gordon Brown after he said he wanted to come.

Few men left to sing – ‘Hang out your washing on the Siegfried Line!’

There was never any plans to invite the British and Canadian Head of State to commemorate when British, Canadian and US troops saved France from the Germans whilst the French sat idly by?

These men fought for King and Country; their country has all but forgotten about them, and now their Queen cannot be there to honour them.

‘The veterans have immense respect for her and feel a very special bond. The fact that she took the salute at Arromanches at the 60th anniversary was very special to them.’

But it is clear what they think of Brown.

‘[it] wouldn’t make a scrap of difference’ to most veterans whether the Prime Minister turned up or not.

Which sounds about right, no-one likes Brown. I only hope the Queen or a high ranking Royals does attend, as it is the least that these men deserve.

As for Brown:

A spokesman said: ‘This is an event organised by the French government. It is for them to issue invitations. The Prime Minister is pleased to have been invited and hopes to attend.’

Hopes to attend? So he may not even bother! Then again would it matter if he did?

Something tells me he won’t bother, after all he likes to be at the centre of things to massage his ego and apparently:

‘He will, of course, be concentrating on the British commemorations, away from the American beaches, as is appropriate. This is very much a Franco-American occasion.’

So Brown isn’t really invited to the main party, just the sideshow. From the looks of things there will be no official British representation and few British veterans as they were initially told not to go.

We  should remember this, and next time leave the ungrateful French to their invincible Maginot Lines and great generals. As the Americans say, we saved their asses twice, the question is, why?

Spanish Armada Assaults Gibraltar

Sir Francis Drake discovered that the Spanish don’t like it up ’em

Minister’s fury at Spanish moves to take over Gibraltar waters as Navy warship moves in | Mail Online

Royal Navy warships have forced a an armed Spanish ship to retreat from British waters around Gibraltar.

Typical Spaniards, resorting to sneaky, dirty tactics thinking that us Brits would back down!

Bulldog spirit

Then again, these days they were probably odds on that Britain would back down. We have become a spineless nation bearing little or no resemblance to the nation that stood up to Napoleon and then Hitler.

We have become a nation of weaklings and leftist whiners. If the Second World War were to happen today, we’d be Italy or worse, France.

Neville Chamberlain wouldn’t meet with Hitler to discuss peace or appeasement, today he would be handing over our unconditional surrender. Well, perhaps that is a little too harsh, there are after all some quarters wherein the bulldog spirit still lies, typically the hard done by working class.

In fact a little sabre rattling or even a good war normally goes down well with those people. It certainly worked for Maggie Thatcher, although rumours that Gordon Brown has orchestrated the whole affair, or even a war, appear unfounded.

hypocrites

The Spanish are complete hypocrites when it comes to claiming bits of land. They whinge and complain about Gibraltar, which they lost fair and square, demanding that the Rock and the 30,000 inhabitants be handed straight over to them, despite the fact that the 30,000 overwhelmingly don’t want to be Spanish.

Yet, at the same time they are keeping control of Ceuta which is across the Med in Morocco! They claim that it is part of the Spanish State and therefore belongs to them, despite being in Morocco itselt and despite Morocco repeatedly trying to claim it.

Penon de Alhucemas viewed from Mororroco; Spain must seem awfully close to the Moroccans.

Melilla is another example, a good 100 miles away from Spain itself, this Spanish town is also located in Morocco, which also claims it. Each of these ‘Spanish’ towns has more than double the population of Gibraltar, and Spain has no intention of ever letting them go.

Nor do they have any intention of letting the Moroccans have back; Penon de Velez de la Gomera, the islands of Penon de Alhucemas and Islas Chafarinas,despite them being in Morocco, or just off the coast.

This of course begs the question, if they won’t give their former colony its land back, why on Earth should we hand over 30,000 Brits, living on 2 square miles of rock?

History

Gibraltar ended up in British hands during the War of the Spanish Succession. When the Treaty was signed ending that war, the Spanish gave the British Gibraltar permanently as part of the peace agreement. Clearly the Spanish word for permanently isn’t quite as permanent as the English one.

The duplicitous Spaniards took each and every opportunity since then to get the Island back, including siding with the American’s in the War of Independence and laying siege to Gibraltar with the French for three years.

At the end of the day though, it is just a rock and few people in Britain really care about a lump of rock in the Mediterranean. But is is the people that live there that matter. In 1967 the Islanders were asked whether they wanted to join Spain, they voted 12,138 to 44 against. Pretty conclusive.

Another referendum was held in 2002, 17,900 to 187 against joining Spain. Clearly however joining Spain is becoming more popular, so in about another 1000 years, Spain will get Gibraltar back peacefully!

Incidentally, the Channel Islands, just off the coast of France, have never been claimed back by France.

Naval Power

Type 45 Class Destroyer: The lone Spanish destroyer looks nothing like this

Although no longer the naval power she once was, Britain still has the most poweful navy in Europe (excluding Russia). Britain has two aircraft carriers, although both of them are a bit shit. Spain has just the one.

Spain has 8 submarines, but Britain has 17.

When it comes to Destroyers, the British have 11, the Spanish, just the one. But things are more closely matched in Frigates, Britain has 21 Frigates, Spain has 15.

Of course the naval power isn’t all that relevent when you consider that Spain shares a border with Gibraltar and can just pop troops over. Still it is worth noting, as is the fact that the RAF is three times larger than the Spanish airforce, and that Britain has more active troops.

In the unlikely event that Spain, like its former colony Argentina, may try and take its claim by force, it is reassuring to know that Britain is more than capable of fighting its corner. Of course having the equipment and having the will are two entirely different things, but Gordon won’t be in power for much longer.

The Spanish, and others, are likely sensing a weakness in Brown’s Britain, hopefully our next leader will have more balls, and give the Spanish a bloody nose.

Criticise Me Will You?

Brian Jenkins: Not the sharpest tool in the box

‘Bully’ MP threatens to sue student who criticised him over Gurkhas in note hand-delivered to home | Mail Online

A Labour MP was accused of ‘bullying’ yesterday for threatening to sue a 21-year-old student who criticised him for not backing the Gurkhas.

It is often said that MPs appear to live on a different planet but this one seems to live on a planet where it is illegal for his constituents to criticise him!

Gurkha’s

The idiot did vote against better rights for Gurkha’s, so I am not sure what he is basing his threat to sue on, whether or not he received a letter? According to WriteToThem.com he only responds 60% of the time anyway, so there is a good chance that he did get it but just didn’t bother to reply.

Besides, if he didn’t receive the letter, how did he have the students address to hand deliver the letter to him? I think that the answer is clear, he did get the letter, didn’t bother to reply and then took umbrage at the fact that one of the people who pay his wages had the cheek to criticise him for not doing his job.

Just out of interest, has anyone ever, ever, met anyone who didn’t want the Gurkha’s to have the right to settle in this country? Anyone in Tamworth? Anyone at all? I really cannot think of anyone, outside of Government that didn’t want them to settle here, no group, no movement and no individuals.

Even the BNP supported the Gurkha’s, yet this, and many other MPs, voted against giving them the right to settle here. What did he base his voting on? It was nothing to do with what his constituents wanted and it certainly wasn’t anything to do with democracy.

Taking the piss

This once again displays how out of touch MPs are; they really do believe that they are beyond reproach, a law unto themselves and uncaring of the views of the people that they are meant to serve.

Still he doesn’t go quite as far as Anthony Steen MP:

Just in case you can’t play it, he comes out with gems such as:

“I think I have behaved impeccably.”

He’s claimed £87,000 in four years for his house.

I’ve done nothing criminal, that’s the most awful thing, and do you know what it’s about? Jealousy.

I’ve got a very, very large house. Some people say it looks like Balmoral.

He has a house that looks like Balmoral, the residence of the Queen? Yet claims money from the taxpayer to maintain it? Not even the Queen does that.

He went on:

“I don’t know what the fuss is about”

Few MPs seem to realise what they have done wrong.

“This Government have mucked up the system…by bringing in the Freedom of Information Act…and caught me on the wrong foot…”

Home of Anthony Steel MP, which apparently looks like Balmoral.

The best part of all and that really shows the mentality of these free loaders is this part:

Interviewer: You don’t think that any of this information should have been released?

Anthony Steen: No, what right does the public have to interfere with my private life? None. This whole episodes reminds me of an episode from Coronation Street [The Soap Opera].

Quite right, what right have the taxpayers to know what MPs spend taxpayers money on? What the idiot doesn’t seem to understand is that when we pay his wages, we are his boss, and that means that we have every right to know what he is claiming.

His remark about Balmoral is telling, the Queen reveals all her expenses, everything that she claims in tedious detail. She doesn’t quibble about the fact that the taxpayer may want to know what their taxes are being spent on at the Palace, yet this odious man believes his claims should be private!

I have been saying it for years but now it is very clear, Parliament is corrupt and broken. The very institution that was designed to protect us from the aristocracy has simply replaced it. Now we have 646 families that get to live like Kings at the taxpayers expense.

Britain to Melt and Crumble into the Sea – again!

Global Warming in Action: No one, it seems, has released that to reverse global warming, we need only turn the timer upside down.

BBC NEWS | Health | ‘Prepare for a heatwave’ UK told

In preparation for a potential heatwave this summer, people need to make sure they have a fair weather friend they can call on for aid, officials advise.

Another summer, another attempt to make out that global warming is worse than ever or even upon us now.

Hysteria

The hysteria peddled by the Ministry for Information seems to know no bounds in modern Britain. On the radio today during one advert break I was treated to no less than three Government information advertisements, yes three Government adverts in a five minute advert break. Last week during one of my infrequent trips to the cinema I was likewise treated to three Government adverts on a range of issues.

The Malteser and Vodka adverts are to be expected, but should we really be having three adverts from our own Government before a film? I am sure that even Cubans would baulk at such blatant propaganda.

It is amazing to think that even during a recession, when most businesses are curbing their spending on advertising, the Government is spending more than ever; and we are talking a hell of a lot.

In the past decade the money spent on advertising by the Government has increased between 15-25% each year. This year the Government will pass Procter and Gamble as the UK’s biggest advertiser, spending more on adverts than anyone else. This year almost half a billion pounds will be spent on propaganda on everything from Road Safety, Swine Flu, Binge Drinking, Obesity, Smoking and of course Climate Change.

Thermageddon

This £500 million get us little pearls of wisdom from the Ministry of Information such as:

It says homeowners can stay cool by painting their houses white and planting shrubs for shade.

Painting my house white? I live in the Midlands, not the Med. No doubt I have seen more UK summers than the person who wrote that advice. If I wanted shade I’d step into the kitchen, and let’s face it, during the apocalyptic heatwave that we are facing, what kind of an idiot sits in the garden, even if it is under the shade of a shrub?

Other tips include identifying the coolest room in the house.

That shouldn’t be a problem, I daresay for most people, particularly the elderly, it is the room that they had to avoid all winter as they couldn’t afford to get it properly warm due to the sky high energy prices during the coldest winter in years.

The Met Office says it is too early to tell whether it will be a very hot summer this year, but the signs so far are that it will be warmer than our last two summers…

Yet they have been saying the same thing for years. Chances are that, like last year, and many years before apart from the couple of summers that caused this hysteria, it will be a typical British summer, warm, occasionally wet with a few hot days. My money however, is on 2009 being the coolest summer for years.

VOTE “LIBERTY!”

Originally posted on The Third Province  where Free to think, free to believe wrote:

If enough folk do, they’ll have to count ‘em…

and before I get going I want to say that this post is open to being posted by anybody anywhere – and if anybody has there own pet peeve – throw it in. I want, from this post, to get to as many folk as possible because if enough of us vote Liberty ‘THEY’ will have to count our votes…

Vote Liberty

to say you don’t want an ID card.

to say you don’t want ever more CCTVs.

to say we don’t need our fingerprints or retina patterns captured on our passports because of a few countries’ paranoia…

to say we want our private calls to be private – there’s a CIA listenning post which picks up ALL mobile phone calls in the UK and if you think that’s a paranoid conspiracy theory why did Blair admit the CIA was permitted to do this for ‘our own good’ or some such words… in no less a place than the House of Commons. [I forget the actual quote.]

Vote Liberty to say you want to be responsible for how you defend your own home.

to say you want to be free from paying endless expenses for sitting MPs, or even the endless expenses of MEPs – with the European finances repeatedly being found to be short of good accountancy practises…

to say you want to be free from ever more laws from Europe. The Metric Laws, the growing list of plants seeds we can no longer buy, the general bearucratic consencus that means we don’t, nor does anybody else, have a real debate over the future of Europe… Just look to see how many countries say ‘NO’ in a referendum only to have to vote again until they get it right…

Vote Liberty for your own reasons…

If enough folk do, they’ll have to count ‘em.

How do we vote Liberty? We simple write it with the pen they give us in the polling booth on the voting slip and pop it in the box and then we wait to see what happens…

Although I don’t always agree with you Free to think, free to believe, and we do have very different viewpoints on a lot of things, the fact that we are thinking along similar lines (along with most of the electorate!) demonstrates just how broken Parliament is. On another website I said something similar:

Charlie Says:
Parliament is broken and I don’t think that electing another bunch of idiots to carry on as we are is any sort of choice. If only there were some obligation to carry a little tick box on the votes forms of ‘Abolish Parliament’ or ‘Referendum on Parliaments Future’, they’d soon start listening.

Sadly there is no little tick box, nor is there likely to be. So we are left with no real choice in who to vote for; we’re only going to get more of the same.

There is no party that is truly representative of our views, so in our
frustration we vote for someone who we don’t really agree with, merely
as a protest vote. Perhaps by voting Liberty we’ll ensure that next time there is a little tick box on the ballot paper, or some other way of voting for a major change.