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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 28 Mar 2009, 09:36

Den hittil ikke så kjente MEP Daniel Hannan angriper Gordon Browns økonomiske politikk her: The devalued Prime Minister of a devalued Government

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Innlegg Vegard Martinsen 06 Apr 2009, 09:22

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/daniel_han ... _john_galt

Who is John Galt?
Posted By: Daniel Hannan at Apr 4, 2009 at 14:50:00 [General]

As an Ayn Rand fan, [uthevet her] I was was touched to see this tasteful piece of merchandise, brought to you by that master blogger Tory Bear.


Dette http://www.torybear.com/2009/04/who-is-dan-han.html er Hannans link til "this tasteful piece of merchandise".
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Britiske Labour og Gordon Brown sliter:

    Sept. 29, 2009 (Bloomberg) Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s ruling Labour Party fell to third place in an opinion poll for the first time since 1982 as activists received a campaign timetable pointing to a May 6 general election in the U.K. Both Conservatives and Liberal Democrats led Labour in the Ipsos-Mori Ltd. survey finished Sept. 27 and published today. An internal document distributed at the ruling party’s annual conference sets out a day-by-day schedule for building support, suggesting a four-week election campaign beginning in April. No date has been fixed for the vote, which must be held by June. In his address to supporters today in the seaside resort of Brighton, Brown announced measures to tackle crime. It’s part of an effort to win back middle-class voters who have flocked to the Conservatives as the economy tipped into recession and the financial services industry teetered on the brink of collapse. Yesterday Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling attacked bankers and the rich - Brown Slumps to 3rd as Election Timetable Published

    Sept. 30, 2009 (The Sun) - Twelve years ago, Britain was crying out for change from a divided, exhausted Government. Today we are there again. In 1997, "New" Labour, shorn of its destructive hard-Left doctrines and with an energetic and charismatic leader, seemed the answer. Tony Blair said things could only get better, and few doubted him. But did they get better? Well, you could point to investment in schools and shorter hospital waiting lists and say yes, some things did - a little. But the real story of the Labour years is one of under-achievement, rank failure and a vast expansion of wasteful government interference in everyone's lives - The Sun Says: Labour’s lost it

    Sept. 30, 2009 (Mail Online) - Gordon Brown' s political fightback was in tatters today after he lost his cool during a media blitz aimed at putting to bed doubts over his leadership. The Prime Minister became furious as he conducted a string of interviews, claiming he was not being allowed to talk about policy or give full answers to questions. At one point, Mr Brown tried to walk off at the end of a fiery exchange with Sky's political editor Adam Boulton. But the move descended into farce because he was still linked up to a microphone and had not realised he was supposed to stay put for the next interview. Mr Brown's mood would not have been improved by The Sun's decision to switch its support to the Tories after backing Labour for the last 12 years. Lord Mandelson risked inflaming the row further today by appearing to call reader's of the tabloid 'losers'. At a fringe event in Brighton, he said to gasps and laughter: 'I think that just as they may think they are picking winners, I think probably the losers are picking them.' In another blunder this morning, he was in such a rush to leave a BBC interview that he walked out while presenter Sian Williams was still speaking to the studio. In doing so, he stepped between a startled Miss Williams and the camera. She tried to make light of the mistake, saying: 'You can stay where you are if you want' - Brown loses his cool: PM's fightback backfires as he tries to storm out of TV interview
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Innlegg QIQrrr 02 Okt 2009, 22:01

Britain must charge for health care and raise retiring age to escape debt crisis, says IMF

Mail Online, 02nd October 2009

Gordon Brown was warned last night to raise the retirement age above 65 and introduce NHS charges to tackle the soaring state deficit.

In a devastating intervention, the International Monetary Fund called for radical changes to the pension system and spending cuts that go far beyond the plans outlined by the Prime Minister this week.

The global watchdog said root and branch changes to public sector spending would be necessary to 'help keep a lid on the debt' and restore financial stability.

The IMF's broadside is highly unusual ahead of an election and reflects grave concern at the debt mountain built up by the Brown government.

The public reprimand will rekindle memories of the humiliation of the Callaghan government in 1976 when the IMF forced massive budget cuts on Britain to deal with the collapse of the pound.

Treasury ministers privately admit that the budget deficit is expected to rise to £200billion this year - £25billion more than the Chancellor predicted in the Budget.

That is the equivalent of £3,257 of debt for every man, woman and child, or £9,457 for the average family.

Oliver Blanchard, the IMF's top economist, told a press conference at a joint annual meeting with the World Bank that the next British government will 'have to take measures that improve the medium-term debt outlook'.

He added: 'That means reforms of the retirement system, that means reform of the healthcare system.'

The IMF said that radical reform of pensions should lead to a rise in the national retirement age from 65 and save billions of pounds.

And they called for politicians to target 'unfunded' final salary public-sector pension schemes which will potentially cost the the Exchequer up to £1trillion.

Mr Blanchard said reform was vital, adding that it would be 'a joke' if the Government settled instead for new fiscal rules that might be torn up at times of crisis.

The IMF estimated that by next year Britain's debt will represent 81.7 per cent of output.

Even with planned cuts and tax increases, it predicted a figure of 98.3 per cent by 2014.

There was a glimmer of hope for Alistair Darling in that the IMF raised Britain's growth forecast for next year to 0.9 per cent from 0.2 per cent.

The Chancellor's March budget went for a more optimistic 1.25 per cent.

The upgraded UK forecast was accompanied by caution that unemployment will continue to rise from 7.6 per cent of the workforce this year to 9.3 per cent next year. That would see three million without jobs.

The IMF also warned that Britain risks a new house price slump, despite an apparent recent market upturn. Their global outlook pointed to ' further large declines'.

In a bid to ease public concerns, senior Cabinet sources have revealed that Labour plans to make spending cuts and asset sales worth £75billion, taking an axe to major defence projects and the pay of judges, top civil servants and NHS managers.

Asked yesterday whether his spending plans were credible, Mr Brown told Five News: 'Absolutely. I've offered a deficit reduction plan. We've raised the top rate of tax. National insurance will rise by half of 1 per cent and we'll be cutting costs.

'There will be further announcements about how we sell off more than £16billion of assets. I have been absolutely straight with the British people.'

But Philip Hammond, Tory Treasury spokesman, said: 'It is increasingly clear that Labour have no plan to tackle the debt crisis they created.

'At their conference this week they showed absolutely no recognition of the size of the problem, and refused to be straight with people about the fact that their own Treasury documents show they are planning cuts to spending on public services.

'Labour still won't come clean with the British people.'
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AFP, Oct 11, 2009: The British government will sell off a raft of state assets, Prime Minister Gordon Brown was to say Monday as he bids to reclaim the initiative on reducing recession-hit Britain's debt. The government is to sell off 16 billion pounds (25.4 billion dollars, 17.2 billion euros) of assets, Brown was to say, according to extracts from a keynote speech to be given London, setting out his vision for "enduring and sustainable growth." Brown was to outline details of initial sales that could raise three billion pounds, including the Channel Tunnel linking Britain to France; the 33 percent stake in European uranium corsortium URENCO; the Tote bookmakers; the River Thames crossings at Dartford, east of London; and the Student Loans Company. Britain is still in recession and has a forecast deficit this year of 175 billion pounds - Recession-hit Britain to sell off state assets: PM
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Innlegg QIQrrr 13 Okt 2009, 22:20

Honest citizens put in the dock as thugs go free

Daily Express, Leo McKinstry, October 12, 2009

Britain continues its descent into a socialist hell, devoid of any justice or morality. We now live in a sub-Marxist world where the ultra-politicised institutions of the State wield arbitrary power, bullying the decent members of the public while dangerous criminals walk free.

The legal system is fast becoming an instrument of oppression rather than a bulwark of civilisation. Such is the grip of Left-wing thinking on our so-called law enforcers that they are no longer willing to protect society from violence and thuggery.

Instead, they prefer to hound ordinary citizens over offences such as thought crimes or breaches of their myriad environmental regulations. Similarly, infringements of traffic rules are pursued with far more authoritarian zeal than is ever applied to burglary, assault, theft, drug abuse or vandalism. in this process of politicisation, common sense has disappeared and basic freedoms have been destroyed.

In the Big Brother culture created by Labour, full of vast databases, surveillance cameras, state- employed spies and intrusive questionnaires, all of us are now treated as potential criminal suspects for being insufficiently enthusiastic about cultural diversity or the fashionable green agenda.

Yet the real enemies of our society, like crack-addicted thieves, drunken yobs, benefit swindlers or islamic terrorists, have little to fear from our enfeebled courts, which wallow in leniency and excuse-making. The only people whose human rights count are those of offenders, not their victims.

Never has criminal law been wider in its scope or more useless in its central purpose of maintaining order. Under Labour more than 3,600 new offences have been created since 1997 at a rate of 320 a year, including such major crimes as holding an unlicensed concert in a church hall.

Despite this frenzy of legislation, violent crime has more than doubled in the last 10 years, while the police and the Crown Prosecution Service have become so cowardly in the face of genuine brutality that fewer than half of all violent offenders are ever put through the courts.

Obsessed with politically correct environmentalism, ministers and judges now speak in ever-more threatening terms about the requirement for households to recycle their waste in the official, state-approved manner.

The Government has warned that homes will soon have to cope with even more complex rules. as part of this drive to turn Britain into a “zero-waste nation”, a pilot scheme is being tested in the north London borough of Brent where residents have been given boxes for recyclable items from a list of no fewer than 12 categories.

“We have a 12-step programme with a fixed penalty notice as the final step,” said one of Brent’s officials, sounding like a commissar in charge of a political re-education programme. already, state fixation with green bullying has resulted in the kind of punishments that the courts would not dream of imposing on young thugs or serial shoplifters.

In Sunderland, for instance, residents have been threatened with fines of £1,000 for putting their rubbish out on the wrong day. Further south in the test valley in Hampshire, the local authority employs a team of 12 bin monitors, whose job is to compile a database of repeat environmental offenders, this in a political climate where the policeand town halls continually bleat about “lack of resources” to deal with serious criminals.

Last week, guidelines by Lord Justice Sedley urged that magistrates should take a role “equal to Greenpeace” by punishing environmental offences more heavily. in a highly political statement, he argued that “despoliation of the environment is arguably the gravest of all problems we are going to hand on to our children”. it is telling that Sedley, once a tutor at a communist party summer school, has boasted that “changing the world” is one of his ideals.

The same twisted values can now be seen throughout public life in Britain. the Metropolitan Police employed no fewer than 25 officers in the arrest of Tory frontbencher Damian Green for daring to highlight the shambles of the Government’s immigration policy yet the State has displayed no such vigour in dealing with illegal migrants or foreign criminals.

The Government is now planning a surreptitious amnesty for at least 200,000 asylum seekers, 90 per cent of whose claims are bogus. in the same way, anyone who wants to work with children is treated as a potential paedophile yet the State is woefully ineffectual at dealing with the real menaces.

Only last month David Berry, 61, from Hartlepool, walked free from court despite amassing more than 500 images of child pornography. the judge imposed a meaningless community order rather than a jail sentence. Today the Commons is debating a Government proposal to make it illegal for newsagents to display cigarettes for sale. Yet this is the same Government that has all but legalised soft drugs and treats dangerous addicts as victims of society rather than law breakers.

There is even a move, pushed last week by the Prison Governors association, to abolish all prison sentences of less than 12 months, replacing them with community sentences. The rest of us will be living in the shadow of fear, left defenceless by a State machine that is no longer on our side.

Law, Objective and Non-Objective: When men are caught in the trap of non-objective law, when their work, future and livelihood are at the mercy of a bureaucrat’s whim, when they have no way of knowing what unknown “influence” will crack down on them for which unspecified offense, fear becomes their basic motive, if they remain in the industry at all-and compromise, conformity, staleness, dullness, the dismal grayness of the middle-of-the-road are all that can be expected of them. Independent thinking does not submit to bureaucratic edicts, originality does not follow “public policies,” integrity does not petition for a license, heroism is not fostered by fear, creative genius is not summoned forth at the point of a gun. Non-objective law is the most effective weapon of human enslavement: its victims become its enforcers and enslave themselves.
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Christian Couple Charged After Muslim's Complaint

CBN News, October 16, 2009

A Christian couple in England is now at risk of losing their business after being prosecuted for debating Islam with a Muslim guest.

Police arrested Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang, who run the Bounty House Hotel in Liverpool, after a Muslim woman complained that she was offended by comments made to her in March. Because the legal case is ongoing the couple cannot comment publicly.

According to newspaper reports, the debate at the hotel involved discussion of whether Jesus was the son of God or just a minor prophet of Islam. Newspapers also reported the debate included comments that Mohammed was a warlord and Muslim dress for women was a form of bondage.

The facts of the case are disputed, according to Mike Judge of the Christian Institute, a legal organization helping fund the couple's defense.

He says it's important that Christians defend their right to talk about their faith.

"Freedom of speech is something that is protected in England. But it is being eroded and there are cases of Christians now being told by police officers that they are not allowed to express their religious beliefs," he said. "This has caused the couple serious financial harm. The hotel has seen an 80 percent drop in its income, because a local hospital used to book its local outpatients there."

"As a result of this case and the criminal charges that have been put against these Christians, the hospital has decided not to send its outpatients there anymore," he continued.

Despite that, Judge says the couple has been overwhelmed by the support they've received from Christians around the world.

"They've been tremendously encouraged by hundreds and hundreds of Christians from all over the world emailing them to say, 'we're standing, we're praying with you, we're horrified that this is happening to you and we hope that you succeed in your legal defense,'" he said.

The pair is being prosecuted for a public order offense, when someone feels insulted for their membership of a religious group.

Judge says the case raises significant free speech and religious liberty issues.

"The reason this case is so important is that the freedom to share the Gospel in a Christian country really needs to be paramount and if people can't get involved in a debate about religion then we are losing our freedom of speech," he said. "This is not just an issue that we're facing in Britain, but we're facing it in other Western countries as well and Christians across those nations have to stand together to defend our freedom of speech."

A criminal trial is set for December 8at Liverpool Magistrates' Court.

If convicted the couple could face a maximum fine of $8,000. They'll also have a criminal record.
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Revealed: the UK government strategy for personal carbon rations

Watts Up With That?, 20.10.2009

“Personal carbon rations would have to be mandatory, imposed by Government in the same way that food rationing was introduced in the UK in 1939… Each person would receive an electronic card containing their year’s carbon credits …see the Tyndall Centre’s study on “domestic tradable quotas”… and their recent establishment on the political agenda…the card would have to be presented when purchasing energy or travel services, and the correct amount of carbon deducted. The technologies and systems already in place for direct debit systems and credit cards could be used."

(Environmental Audit Committee minutes-House Of Commons-London)

Preface.
This is a factual account of the highly politicised concept of catastrophic man made climate change. The views quoted above are supported in principle by the UK govt but said to be ahead of their time. However, the means to achieve them are now being quietly introduced into main stream thinking through the systematic use of a political agenda that uses the alarming notion of catastrophic man made climate change as the means to force through a measure of social engineering unequalled in the UK in modern times.

In promoting this notion, alternative and well researched views that oppose the science lying behind the unproven hypothesis are stifled, and derision heaped on those pointing out previous well documented warming and cooling periods that occur in, as yet, little understood cycles throughout our history.

This is a long and complex document so it is suggested that a read through of the text that can be seen on your screen should serve as a useful introduction to the highways and byways of our political and scientific establishments. Additional information is provided in many of the links-some deserving of considerable time- so a second much more leisurely examination of the account will enable the reader to acquire a deeper knowledge of the subversion of science in pursuit of political objectives.

(Se KILDE for detaljer.)
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Labour let in migrants 'to engineer multicultural UK'

Mail Online, 24th October 2009

Huge increases in immigration over the past decade were a deliberate attempt to engineer a more multicultural Britain, a former Government adviser said yesterday.

Andrew Neather, a speechwriter who worked in Downing Street for Tony Blair and in the Home Office for Jack Straw and David Blunkett, said Labour's relaxation of controls was a plan to 'open up the UK to mass migration'.

As well as bringing in hundreds of thousands to plug labour market gaps, there was also a 'driving political purpose' behind immigration policy, he claimed.

Ministers hoped to change the country radically and 'rub the Right's nose in diversity'. But Mr Neather said senior Labour figures were reluctant to discuss the policy, fearing it would alienate its 'core working-class vote'.

On Question Time, Mr Straw was repeatedly quizzed about whether Labour's immigration policies had left the door open for the BNP.

Writing in the Evening Standard, Mr Neather revealed the 'major shift' in immigration policy came after the publication of a policy paper from the Performance and Innovation Unit, a Downing Street think tank based in the Cabinet Office.

The published version promoted the labour-market case for immigration but Mr Neather said unpublished versions contained additional reasons.

'Earlier drafts I saw also included a driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural.

'I remember coming away from some discussions with the clear sense that the policy was intended - even if this wasn't its main purpose - to rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date.' The 'deliberate policy', from late 2000 until 'at least February last year', when the new points-based system was introduced, was to open up the UK to mass migration, he said.

Mr Neather defended the policy, saying mass immigration has 'enriched' Britain and made London a more attractive and cosmopolitan place.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the Migrationwatch think tank, said: 'Now at least the truth is out, and it's dynamite. Many have long suspected that mass immigration under Labour was not just a cock-up but a conspiracy. They were right.

'This Government has admitted three million immigrants for cynical political reasons concealed by dodgy economic camouflage.'

The chairmen of the cross-party Group for Balanced Migration, MPs Frank Field and Nicholas Soames, said: 'We welcome this statement which the whole country knows to be true.

'It is the first beam of truth that has officially been shone on the immigration issue in Britain.'

Sky News, October 24, 2009:

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Times Online, November 15, 2009: Health and safety inspectors are to be given unprecedented access to family homes to ensure that parents are protecting their children from household accidents. New guidance drawn up at the request of the Department of Health urges councils and other public sector bodies to “collect data” on properties where children are thought to be at “greatest risk of unintentional injury”. Council staff will then be tasked with overseeing the installation of safety devices in homes, including smoke alarms, stair gates, hot water temperature restrictors, oven guards and window and door locks. The draft guidance by a committee at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) has been criticised as intrusive and further evidence of the “creeping nanny state” - Health and safety snoops to enter family homes
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Mail Online, 19th November 2009: CCTV cameras are being fitted inside family homes by council 'snoopers' to spy on neighbours in the street outside, it was revealed today. The £1,000 security cameras have been placed inside properties but are trained on the streets to gather evidence of anti-social behaviour. Each device is linked to a laptop computer and accessible online by police and council officials 24 hours a day. But the trial inside two homes by Croydon council in south London has sparked new fears about invasion of privacy and Britain's ‘surveillance society’. And critics said the extra surveillance was only needed because police had failed to tackle the problem. A council spokesman said the cameras would allow the authorities to respond quickly to anti-social behaviour and gather evidence for criminal prosecutions. He denied they would be used to spy on neighbours and said more cameras could be installed if the pilot proves a success. But critics say the scheme has echoes of the East German Stasi secret police, which recruited members of the public as spies - Secret CCTV cameras fitted INSIDE people's homes to spy on neighbours outside
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Times Online, December 6, 2009: Gordon Brown was snubbed by badly injured Afghan veterans when they closed curtains round their beds during a hospital visit and refused to speak to him. More than half the soldiers being treated at the Selly Oak hospital ward in Birmingham either asked for the curtains to be closed or deliberately avoided the prime minister, according to several of those present. The soldiers, who have sustained some of the worst injuries seen in Afghanistan, described his visit as “opportunistic” and a “waste of time”. Furious about equipment shortages and poor compensation for their injuries, one soldier said: “It is almost as if we are the product of an unwanted affair ... he has done nothing for us” - Gordon Brown snubbed by soldiers' 'curtain' protest
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Mail Online, November 6, 2009: Just how deep the tentacles of communism reached into the heart of British government has now been revealed with the emergence of an extraordinary diary by Anatoly Chernyaev, the Soviet Union's contact man with the West at the icy height of the Cold War. Meticulously detailed and written by hand on lined notepaper, the diary has come to light in the U.S. National Security Archive. It tells the story of a 'special relationship' not between Britain and America - but between the British Labour Party and Soviet communists. It was a relationship that lasted more than 30 years, right up to Margaret Thatcher's arrival as Prime Minister in 1979 and beyond. Indeed, one of the most shocking of the diary's many revelations is how Labour leaders Michael Foot and Neil Kinnock colluded with the Soviet communists to try to beat their 'common enemy', Margaret Thatcher. But more worrying, perhaps, is the fact that the document shows in stark detail how the political ideology of so many of those who govern us today was shaped by the unspeakable communist creed of the Soviet Union. The unpalatable truth is that many ministers in Government today rose through the ranks of a British socialist movement that was heavily influenced - and even controlled - by the Kremlin in Moscow - How the Kremlin hijacked Labour
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Moody’s warns of 'social unrest’ as sovereign debt spirals

The Daily Telegraph, December 15, 2009

Britain and other countries with fast-rising government debts must steel themselves for a year in which “social and political cohesiveness” is tested, Moody’s warned.

In a sombre report on the outlook for next year, the credit rating agency raised the prospect that future tax rises and spending cuts could trigger social unrest in a range of countries from the developing to the developed world.

It said that in the coming years, evidence of social unrest and public tension may become just as important signs of whether a country will be able to adapt as traditional economic metrics. Signalling that a fiscal crisis remains a possibility for a leading economy, it said that 2010 would be a “tumultuous year for sovereign debt issuers”.

It added that the sheer quantity of debt to be raised by Britain and other leading nations would increase the risk of investor fright.

Strikingly, however, it added that even if countries reached agreement on the depth of the cuts necessary to their budgets, they could face difficulties in carrying out the cuts. The report, which comes amid growing worries about Britain’s credit rating, said: “In those countries whose debt has increased significantly, and especially those whose debt has become unaffordable, the need to rein in deficits will test social cohesiveness. The test will be starker as growth disappoints and interest rates rise.”

It said the main obstacle for fiscal consolidation plans would be signs not necessarily of economic strength but of “political and social tension”.

Greece, where the government has committed to drastic cuts in public expenditure, has suffered a series of riots over the past year which are thought to have been fuelled by economic pressures.

Det er ikke bare England som står foran en skikkelig stresstest hvor skatte- og avgiftsøkninger, generell prisstigning og renteøkninger i kombinasjon med en fortsatt negativ realøkonomisk utvikling, samt kutt i offentlige tjenester og påtatte forpliktelser lett kan sette sinnene i kok. Den hodeløse uansvarligheten våre folkevalgte har fremvist i form av fortsatt inflasjonsfinansiering av ikke bærekraftige samfunnsmodeller må få konsekvenser, og det som seiler opp i horisonten ser ikke helt pent ut. Klimaspøkelset er ingen troverdig syndebukk, og den europeiske befolkningssammensetningen er for anledningen noe uheldig komponert. Vi har allerede sett tendensene. Det drar seg til, og jeg er ikke akkurat optimist.
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