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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.

Britain’s first Muslim Minister, turns out to be quite expensive

There for the taking: Malik hasn’t let things like honesty, integrity or morality get in the way of his greed.

Shahid Malik stands down as Justice Minister after PM orders inquiry into his expenses – Times Online

Shahid Malik, the Justice Minister exposed as the biggest expenses claimant of all MPs, was forced to step down today to await the outcome of an inquiry into his living costs.

Shahid Malik is not short on ambition. Not content with being the first Muslim Minister, he decided to go on to become the worst swindler out of 646 self-serving, corrupt, deceivers; which is no mean feat.

Only sorry to be caught

Malik refused to even apologise for his extravagant ways, instead promising to give the money taxpayers unknowingly gave him for his new entertainment system to a local charity. No doubt this charity would be run by a certain Mr. Tahir Zaman, who just happens to be Malik’s landlord, neighbour and friend.

It appears that like Malik, Zaman is also living the life of Riley at the taxpayers expense, all thanks to Shahid Malik’s generosity with our money. Malik seems to be under the impression that once elected, he need never pay for anything again; little wonder then that he is Britain’s most expensive MP.

The man even had the cheek to claim back a £65 fine for non-payment of council tax on his expenses, and was granted it! A £730 massage chair, because apparently he is unable to do his job without it, and a £2000+ television were just a couple of the other expenses we know about.

Shahid Malik has been costing the taxpayers almost half a million pounds a year since he was elected.

What’s all this then?

Policeman: Many years ago they used to be used to combat crime; today they are Government enforcers

At last the ‘Plod’, as Boris Johnson calls them, are going to investigate this whole mess.

a panel of senior Scotland Yard officers and prosecutors will meet next week to decide what action to take over claims MPs misused expenses. Officials will assess whether criminal inquiries are necessary in the aftermath of the scandal.

I am surprised that they have to meet to discuss it, surely this is a sure-fire way of hitting those performance targets; there must be at least 600 odd fraudsters within that House.

It will be interesting to see Shahid Malik in court trying this defence with a Judge:

“I have absolutely nothing to apologise for. I have done nothing wrong,” he told the BBC. “I have not been at the periphery of the rules. I haven’t abused the rules, I have been absolutely at the core of the rules.”

Lord Ahmed and Shahid Malik: Malik may follow his rotund friend into prison, if there is any Justice for the Justice Minister

He may change his story when he has to produce all of his receipts, and not just the ones we know about.

We’ll see what the police and potentially a judge make of his claims, for starters they should investigate his relationship with Tahir Zaman.

Fraud covers a lot of things; failing to disclose information, abuse of position, and false representation; the fact that he’s an MP pretty much guarantees that he is guilty of all three.

Milking the system

Malik though, has an excuse for everything.

I rang the Fees Office and asked if there was a limit to what I could spend before I bought a TV and they said. ‘No’.

Normal people tend to call their limit – what they can afford. Someone who earns £100,000+ a year can more than afford to purchase his own TV.

I did think at the time that was madness.

But he still went out and bought the most expensive TV he could find anyway?

I’m not in it to make money, I’m here to make a difference.

It’s funny how all MPs seem to say the same, yet then they have us furnish their homes, pay for their luxuries and constantly demand inflation busting pay rises to compensate for their hardwork. So much for serving the community and community spirit.

Surely Shahid Malik can understand why people think he may be out to make a fortune from being an MP? After all, normal people aren’t able to pay off their mortgage in three years, like Malik apparently did. Malik’s father was also a politician, so more than likely Malik is quite used to spending public money and corruption.

With the police and CPS firmly in the pockets of the Government, and more than a little scared of MPs, I am not going to hold my breath for a prosecution.