I found this whilst I was looking for something else. The least that I can do is share it.
A simple but effective way to illustrate the similarity of the Labour Party and Conservative Party along with the British National Party alternative.
My local issues blog specifically used for issues affecting the community in which I live.
YouTube is a growing medium for sharing information/views and one which I utilise when time allows.
My channel contains clips on local, county, regional, national and international topics. I do tend to favour shorter single issue clips rather than news style roundups.
I found this whilst I was looking for something else. The least that I can do is share it.
A simple but effective way to illustrate the similarity of the Labour Party and Conservative Party along with the British National Party alternative.
Showing his total lack of understanding of the values of democracy and freedom of speech the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency if Chippenham in Wiltshire has refused to attend a hustings event if the British National Party candidate was allowed to attend. Faced with the possible self exclusion of the Conservative candidate the organisers gave in and banned our candidate Cllr Simpkins from the event.
The gentleman in question is Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, otherwise known as the “Black Farmer”. Being one of David Cameron’s ‘A’ list candidates he was parachuted into the constituency.
From an article in the Bath Chronicle:
The West's most prominent black would-be MP has refused to share a debating stage with his rival from the British National Party, to avoid race becoming an issue at the election.
Wilfred Emmanuel Jones told the organisers of tonight's hustings event in Bradford on Avon he would boycott the event if BNP candidate Michael Simpkins was allowed to take part.
So the organisers, the town's Senior Citizens' Forum, decided to bar the BNP man.
Mr Emmanuel Jones, who runs a food-producing business called The Black Farmer, is standing for the Conservatives in the new Chippenham seat, which promises to be a key marginal battle between the Tories and the Lib Dems.
Hustings organiser Alan Knight told Mr Simpkins that every other candidate had agreed to take part in the debate if the BNP were included, except Mr Emmanuel Jones.
So he calls himself The Black Farmer, promotes himself politically and in a retail capacity as such and denies democracy on the grounds that he does not want race to be an issue yet he is the only candidate mentioning it.
I trust by now that you can understand the title.
below is a clip from the BNP candidate Cllr Simpkins.
I have to thank the BNP Election Results blog for coming up with this clip from the past.
The press generally take either a no platform approach to the British National Party or they only include us in a negative manner. Some outlets will allow us a little space now and again in a better light but only if there is an overwhelming amount of similar subject content from other sources.
Certainly the press have nothing to say, and certainly show no support for us, when our chosen representatives are banned from appearing at debating societies because of the actions of UAF extremists threatening violence at the venue.
Nothing to say when elected politicians and Prospective Parliamentary Candidates from the other parties are afforded time to speak and answer questions in local colleges and the British National Party candidate is barred.
Furthermore their own closed shop union has a policy of campaigning against the only perfectly democratically constituted political party which espouses the Nationalist cause.
The clip below shows that the journalistic profession is quite willing to get behind the representatives of terrorism as represented by Sinn Fein.
The Labour Party in the form of none other than Tony Benn also stood up for Sinn Fein on the grounds of democracy.
You may call me a cynical bugger but the policy objective of Sinn Fein is to reunite Northern Ireland with Eire. The aim of the Labour Party is to destroy any Nationalistic tendency within the United Kingdom. The aims of the two organisations are therefore not dissimilar.
The British National Party alone has the following as part of its policy for Northern Ireland:
We would end all attempts to force the people of Northern Ireland to accept foreign interference in their affairs and deal with terrorism – from whatever side – once and for all.
I do not know how Simon Darby does his job as National Press Officer. My own limited experience with national journalists has been perfectly pleasant but in his role Simon has to deal with the type of journalists that would leave me wanting to wash after speaking to them.
The footage below shows footage of massed journalists marching to defend the freedom of speech of terrorist mouthpiece organisation Sinn Fein.
Not known for being backwards in coming forwards are our lads and lasses from the Black Country.
They include several quotes from the President of the United States of America himself. I will not detract from their thunder. Swan over there and take a look for yourselves.
A fifty year old lady from Bedworth who is a carer for her husband has had £760 pounds wiped off a fine of over £1,000. Initially I thought why?
The original fine was for non payment of a television licence. The case was decided in December and since then she has defaulted on one payment which brought the case back to court. This seems rather rapid to me and a waste of public money. In the great scheme of things the law of the land seems to find a more pressing need to prosecute cases such as this rather than serious criminal cases.
In my opinion there should be a centrally funded government grant which could be topped up by the income from commercial services which the BBC has become quite good at in recent years. If this approach were adopted then the licence fee system could be abolished which reduces expenditure equal to the amount spent collecting it.
The criminal justice system would also benefit. I dread to think what size of bill the taxpayer incurs annually because of non payment of television licences. How many cases come to court every year? What is the cost of the people that go to prison for non payment of the television licence?
We had the pleasure last night of attending the latest in a series of fundraising meetings for the Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire Branch of the British National Party.
Organiser Jason Holmes had the pleasure of announcing more new candidates for the forthcoming Borough elections which I still believe will be held on the first Thursday in May.
Guest speaker was the patriotic pleasure centre James Whitall. One of Shropshire’s finest we are grateful to James for travelling to see us.
The collection on the night was healthier than we imagined which gives us a good boost for our local and general election campaign funds. being the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency I am delighted and extend my heartfelt thanks to the members that have dug so deep to support the campaign team.
I forgot the camera so I apologise for the lack of images.
Four fire-fighters from Warwickshire Fire Service died on duty fighting a blaze in Shipston on Stour in 2007.
Three senior fire officers have been arrested in connection with the blaze. The ranks and identities of the three men remain unknown but they played a commanding and organizational role in tackling the fire.
I have three links to the story:
and interestingly this one:
The interesting point for me is the following paragraph:
Matt Wrack, the FBU general secretary, said at the time: “We are concerned at the move to arrest these individuals at this stage when all other key players have not even been interviewed.
The tragic event was three years ago. It would do no one any harm to wait until everyone has been interviewed. It is a certainty that if any of these three men is found not guilty their careers and working relationships with colleagues will have been irrevocably affected. The families of both the deceased and the arrested should not be forgotten. Both groups of families will suffer if there has been an incorrect arrest.
The families of the deceased fire fighters will want to be certain that the correct people are charged.
According to the Sussex Express this Saturday the Hastings Unite Against Fascism are gearing up for a regular pitch in the centre of town to hold a stall and pass out information to the public.
A spokesman for the group said: "With the elections coming up, we aim to get the 'Don't vote BNP' message across to as many people as possible and a regular stall will help us achieve this."
The group is also planning to protest outside planned hustings events which include BNP parliamentary hopeful Nick Prince.
The spokesman added: "We do not believe anybody should debate with them."
Members will be in the town centre from 10.30am every Saturday for the foreseeable future.
The old anti democracy no platform policy eh! How out of date is that? Still demonstrating a public commitment to stifling free speech. With their connections this is hardly surprising.
The spectacle of the UAF saying ‘no platform for the BNP’ is almost worth travelling to watch. Whoops I forgot. Between watching some paint dry and the grass growing I have to feed the flying pigs. Ooh.
British National Party PPC Nick Prince should be praying that they do turn up outside the planned event. They do wonders for the British National Party every time they come onto the streets around Nuneaton and Bedworth. The public are tired of it but some of the UAF/Hope not Hate people have not worked it out.
As reported in the Express, and I am sure that it will come as no surprise to any Nationalists reading this, an official government survey has revealed the following:
NEARLY eight out of 10 Britons want immigration to be slashed, an official Government poll has revealed.
In a clear demonstration of the depth of feeling on the controversial issue, the latest update of the “citizenship survey”, which studies people’s views about community cohesion, showed that 77 per cent of people thought immigration should be cut.
More than half of respondents said they wanted immigration reduced by a great deal. And nearly a quarter of ethnic minorities thought the number of immigrants coming to Britain should be cut.
Public services such as schools and hospitals are under enormous strain and beginning to crack, local authorities have admitted.
The survey, which has been conducted by the Department of Communities and Local Government since 2001, showed that negative attitudes towards immigration were not softening.
Students, better-paid workers and holders of degrees were far more favourable towards immigration than those further down the wage scale and people without qualifications, who often find themselves competing with migrant workers.
Irrespective of their politics the so called ‘mainstream’ parties need to take a good look at why the results of the above poll are the way that they are. Then they might have a moment of realisation that they are wrong and the pigs flying past my window might not be so imaginary. Until then growing numbers of the UK population will vote for the British National Party.
Someone with a far greater grasp of which buttons to press than I has come up with this clip.
This is a question that I find myself asking based upon the creation of two new websites ostensibly for media workers. EXPOSE the BNP and Reporting the BNP A Practical Guide for Journalists.
Two websites for members of one trade. I smell the usual break up of the left here. I can imagine a bearded comrade high on perception and political propaganda appealing that the official NUJ site is not forceful enough and that more must be done by the warriors of the left.
The official NUJ site covers too many inaccuracies and downright fallacies for me to go into here. Pure propaganda at best. in my naivety I thought that the press were supposed to take no part in the political process other than reporting the truth as it happens. I was clearly wrong. the role of the press these days seems to be to publish whatever their controlling interests want and see whether the public see through it.
The general guiding principle is something like: We will print what we want you to think. It is up to you whether you believe us.
The person in the black and white photograph is I believe the ideological trainer of the coordinators of such anti-democratic campaigns. His name is rumoured to be Joe but they do not like to talk about him in public. It is a shame for them that he is a little too old to understand the first thing about website design.
This is farcical but about what I have been expecting. This report from DNAIndia is an indicator to me of what type of publicity the British National Party can expect from the media in the run up to the General Election.
Monday, February 22, 2010 14:10 IST
London: Days after the British National Party had to ease its whites-only policy because it breached equality laws, a Pakistani-born millionaire has applied for membership in the neo-fascist party in order to “expose” it.
Mo Chaudry, 49, who starred on Channel 4's Secret Millionaire in December, will formally apply on Monday.
"I want to stand up and be counted - and expose the BNP for what they are. I want to antagonise them and attend their meetings, find out what makes them tick," The Sun quoted Mo, as saying.
After blasting the party as racist, the 60-million-pound tycoon admitted: "I will not be welcomed with open arms."
The dad of three, who made his fortune from water parks, hands out cash to worthy causes in the Asian community of Leeds.
"I live near Stoke, which is becoming a BNP stronghold - and don't want it being known as a racist city," he said. (ANI)
So this man wants to walk into a meeting of the British National Party as a member on the basis that he condemns us all as racists and seeks to antagonise members to prove that he will not be welcomed with open arms.
He certainly will not be with that attitude and rightly so. The press however will have a field day with this story no matter what happens.
There was never going to be a right time for the changes to be made to the constitution so this is just something else that we will have to put up with until people get their heads around it.
Nationalism does not equal Racism!
A clip from the Politics Show this time containing our very own Cllr Chris Beverley who kindly takes the time to explain that in the British National Party we do not fear losing members to the National Front. Even the publicity that resulted from the leaked membership list could not achieve that.
Once our membership is opened up again I personally believe that we will see a significant, if not record breaking, rise in membership figures.
Chris also points out that we have been targeted for court action because we are a democratic threat to the establishment at all levels whilst the National Front has not been targeted because they pose no credible electoral threat to anyone anywhere.
Well done Chris!
Below is a clip of Conservative MP Tim Yeo can be seen on the Politics Show discussing Gordon Brown’s idea to change our time zone from Greenwich Mean Time to Central European Time.
Road deaths would fall apparently. Maybe one hundred lives per year would be saved but if this is the case would the same result not be achieved simply by doing away with the ‘daylight saving’ one hour time shift trick that we perform every year.
Time zones are meant to be local. The true reason I believe is in the footage but only mentioned clearly once. Business in the form of the financial institutions of the City of London want this change to synchronize their trading floors with the rest of the European Union.
Now I understand the motivation I predict that nothing will happen with this one. This is a publicity stunt to focus public attention away from the ailing economy.
It is nice to hear about business on the inside of the European Parliament and refreshing to hear that Nick and Andrew are being realistic in the way they conduct themselves.
I am many political levels below them but I vote according to the merits of the proposal no matter where that proposal comes from. The opposition do not think the same as Nationalists but one side or the other will usually be nearer to our way of thinking.
Well done lads,
Keep up the good work.
The equalities Commission will be as bombastic as possible. There is no doubt that they will pad out their expenses way beyond anything reasonable furthering their attempt to bankrupt the British National Party.
I can profess no surprise at the revelations that the Conservative party has a preference for candidates from either the Ethnic Minority or Gay, Lesbian and Transgender sections of the community. Females from any background are of course always welcome.
An anti-white male Conservative shortlist cannot be the best basis for approaching a General Election. Has dippy David Cameron not noticed that his own approval ratings are going down? He is so false as a leader that Gordon Brown is starting to look good to sections of the electorate.
I suppose that I should be thanking the old Etonian marketing man for reducing the electability of his party. Certainly the British National Party will benefit from this. Just a few more disgruntled Conservatives will decide that values have been manipulated just enough for them to leave the party. This is already happening apparently. Some of those will move over to us further weakening one of the main opposition parties.
The question, “Will David Cameron be standing down as he has a safe seat so that more candidates from the preferred list can get into parliament?” provides me with a giggle. The top of the Conservative party is manipulating the main body of the party for their own benefit. The chances of anyone from the top falling on their sword for what they ‘believe in’ is about as remote as the likelihood of winning the lottery without buying a ticket.
I can fully understand why the electorate cannot see the difference between Gordon Brown and David Cameron. I am more interested in politics than most and I cannot find one. Maybe swathes of the public, the ones that bother to vote at least, will be guided by the old saying, ‘better the devil you know’.
Personally I am having a chuckle.
I have deactivated my Facebook account and closed down my MySpace page for the duration of the election campaign.
I read on Simon Darby’s blog that he has already deactivated his Facebook account as I know he has in previous elections. Last time I did not bother but to be on the safe side I have deactivated it this time around.
The MySpace page is more than a matter of deactivation it has been deleted. I have nothing against MySpace as it was fulfilling its function perfectly but there were no options available that I felt comfortable with so it had to go.
It is a shame that there are so many ways that the social networking sites can be misused and abused by those that intend to deceive but sadly they can.
There are a few anti-BNP fascists on the internet who would go to the necessary lengths to embarrass a Nationalist candidate with propaganda formed through the practice of deception. Those that would do it to me will now have to try a lot harder. At least with blogging and micro blogging I have control over my own content. Some may not like it but I have never tried to please everyone.
I have had a YouTube channel for a while which I shall promote as soon as I have something worthwhile to put on it. again you have total control over the content of your own YouTube channel. This is one of the online improvements that I have promised myself will take place at some point this year. Some posts I feel would be that much better in a clip than they ever could be as text no matter how well written.
I have had a few internet and computer problems lately and I have certainly missed that to which I had become accustomed.
Software was the main bone of contention for me and as I cannot afford to replace any of it I will have to get used to finding alternative ways of achieving the same thing.
I think that we all take for granted our personal favourite internet browser. For years like many I used to just press the icon for Internet Explorer and off I went. Other browsers were unreliable back then it was as simple as that.
In more recent times I have used Opera and Firefox regularly and been pleased with them. I had never heard of Flock but as I was getting into the social networking and blogging/micro blogging more Chris suggested to me that I try it. I have never looked back. I can be up to date on any site or channel that I wish as soon as the browser starts up. Once I got used to which buttons to press, and it was quite easy, I have not looked back.
I have not tried Google Chrome yet but I probably will at some point if I hear more good things about it.
Have any of you tried Chrome or other browsers?
The Telegraph carries the story of the launch of the latest high speed Jaguar, the Jaguar XKR speed, this coming march.
I was saddened when Jaguar was taken over by Ford of America and not the slightest bit surprised that they were unable to run it. Having sold the company on to TATA of India who continually use their internationalist position to threaten both government and workers with removal of jobs and processes if their conditions are not met I worry about how long the manufacture of this brand will remain in the midlands.
While it is here though I remain proud of the people who design, test, and build these wonderful pieces of engineering right here in the heart of the nation.
Foreign exchange specialists today tell us that the value of the pound has dropped to a nine month low against the dollar and dipped again today as the markets reflect their disappointment at the growth in the unemployed claimant count. Sadly, the only growth that they may see for some time.
If the governor of the Bank of England had not paused the quantitative easing program then the news could reasonably be expected to have been worse than it is.
inflation is up to 3.5% which is above the allowed 2% so the Head of the Bank of England has been required to write to the chancellor explaining why.
Stagnant growth coupled with inflation is a traditional Labour party economic policy outcome.
What disturbs me in particular today, and for me this is by far the most important fact of them all, is the report that in January there was a borrowing requirement of £4.3bn!
January is the month when large amounts of businesses and the self-employed pay their annual tax bill. There has never before been a deficit in January.
This does not bode well!
The chancellor’s forecast was that he would be using the annual January surplus to pay off some of the national debt. Whoopsey!
This throws the budgetary forecast into disarray and will certainly make it more expensive for the treasury to continue selling government debt.
I saw a fox today by the canal bridge on Vernon’s Lane. This surprised me because I do not normally see wildlife such as this unless I am out either later in the evening or for some reason out and about earlier than normal in the morning.
I assume that the animal is either very hungry or has been disturbed by some activity that has driven him out from wherever they normally go.
Have you seen any unusual wildlife movements this winter?
Today’s Nuneaton News contains a report that the lease for the Warwickshire County Council Highways Department gritters is not being extended when it finishes this year.
The direct implications of this decision are twofold:
The county council will save money because they will no longer be renting the ground from Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council.
The gritting service will probably be based at one of the other existing depots at either Rugby or Coleshill.
Residents of the borough are expected to believe that the service will be provided to the same standard as is currently available.
I do not see how this can be possible.
At the moment local workers jump into their cars when requested and nip down to the local yard to pick up the trucks. If the drivers are retained, and there is no mention that they will not be, they will now have to drive all the way to another town before returning with their gritting lorries making the response time even longer. Alternatively if the drivers are replaced then the existing drivers who have served the borough loyally will lose part of their annual income and a less efficient service will be provided from elsewhere.
I see no way that a service as efficient can be provided from a remote location.
It is reported in the Nuneaton News today that the Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust is looking for volunteer drivers to take the strain on their promise to provide transport for patients and carers who need to make appointments or visit relatives/friends at the Caludon Centre in Coventry.
One of the points that the Trust made from the beginning when they proposed to move in-patient mental health services from Nuneaton to Coventry was that transport would be provided because mental health professionals are in no doubt at all that receiving visits from friends and family is a significant factor in recovery.
There was no mention from the Health Trust that the community would have to provide the transport themselves!
There is a journalist from The Times who repeatedly lies about the British National Party.
We cannot stop them doing this but we can stop them attending our meetings. The person in the photograph above is not the serial liar from The Times but rather a colleague who refused to leave when asked.
The video below is of the event as it happened and afterwards as the journalist has things explained to him by Richard Barnbrook GLA member.
If you agree with my definition that an oxymoron is: a figure of speech which combines two normally contradictory terms, then the statement in the title stands.
I do not hear of any plans for himself or his high and mighty friends to resign. Voluntarily you understand on such a point of principle to be replaced by either ethnic minority males or females from any background.
Conservative candidates required
White Men need not apply!
This appalling position is totally legal under the politically correct system of justice and government that we ‘enjoy’ at the moment.
Conservative Party leader David Cameron has reaffirmed his party’s anti-white male policies by saying that he “refuses to back down” from the discriminatory “minority shortlist.”
Addressing the Tory Scottish conference held this week, Mr Cameron announced that the Conservative Party was “not the same.”
Mr Cameron announced to the stunned delegates that “We will not go back to the old Conservative Party” and that he would not “undo reforms such as more minority candidates.”
This affirmation follows an earlier announcement by Mr Cameron that “the lack of ethnic minority MPs was damaging for Parliament.”
The Tory plan is now to force “A-lists” of minority candidates in over the heads of local Conservative Party associations.
Mr Cameron also announced his intention to increase the number of female MPs, a move which was dismissed as an “insult to women” by former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe.
In criticism that could equally applied to ethnic shortlists, Ms Widdicombe said that all-women shortlists “will do women no good at all. Every woman in Parliament should be able to look every man in the eye and know she got there on exactly the same basis.
I am in agreement with Anne Widdecombe. She will be pleased!
the video below pulls together the lyrics of the Twisted Sister song “we’re not gonna take it” with photographic & graphical representations of contentious political subjects. Subjects which would you believe are very important to the British National Party.
I enjoyed this so much that I have put a link to this post right underneath Jerusalem. Both are stirring in different ways. As a pure protest song this one takes some beating and I hope this video is passed on far and wide.
The emerging police state, government fascism, anti-democracy campaigners, financial failures, rampant immigration, deficiencies in the NHS, unemployment, sinking Britain, cultural change, multiculturalism, radical Islam, cultural identity, political correctness, services for the elderly, removal of indigenous festivals, big brother, deprivation, fuel poverty, genetic modification, unified Lib/Lab/Con party, silence of the press, the European Union, physical assaults upon British National Party members, Sharia Law, subjugation of women, immigration for cultural change, positive discrimination, community cohesion, the demographic time bomb, colonisation of Britain, support our heroes, hate preachers, cultural integration, law and order, rioting, terrorism, British born suicide bombers, anti-British hatred, tolerance, patience, patriotism, cultural fight for survival, United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland.
All of the above are covered in this one video.
Rather well done too!
As the Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for the Nuneaton constituency in the forthcoming General Election I do smile to myself occasionally when I see the opposition in the local newspapers.
In the Conservative Corner we have PPC and borough councillor Marcus Jones who is interested in the railways and quite a while ago started a petition which has gained 22 signatures (at time of publishing this post) because he wants to attract more London commuters to come and live in Nuneaton. Don’t believe me? Read it for yourself. Marcus has recently received more coverage for his rubbish cleanup behind an industrial unit than for anything else.
Marcus lives in the constituency though works in Coventry, is currently a borough councillor and did lead the council for twelve months.
In the Labour corner we have PPC Jayne Innes. Jayne’s campaign hinges around saving the fire stations. Where would you think her campaign manager might choose for the group photograph? Maybe outside the fire station, or could I offer as a possibility the site of the proposed new fire station. In a fit of inspirational brilliance they decided to hold their campaign photo-session on the car park of a community centre in Barpool ward. Nowhere near either site but the nearest car park to my house and conveniently located in the ward with British National Party representation.
Concerned about losing some of their shrinking majority are they?
Jayne lives and works miles outside the constituency though she has said that she will consider moving here if elected. Jayne is only seen in Nuneaton when campaigning or when someone wants to point a camera at her.
Jayne Innes does not like people mentioning this but she was previously parachuted into a decent seat in Birmingham Yardley as a favour for work done for cabinet ministers and MP’s. She did not get elected so was parachuted into this constituency and given the advantage of an all female shortlist. The party of equality should not do that should they?
If you want to vote for a candidate from a single sex shortlist who has no history in the constituency and has never been elected to represent anybody then Jayne Innes is your logical choice.
I find it inconceivable that the electorate are going to be particularly enthused by either of the campaigns above. The fire stations is a county council issue whereas the railways is a contractor. I do understand why they do not wish to discuss the relevant topics of the day. With the policies of their respective parties they are hardly likely to discuss foreign wars, the economy, immigration or national identity are they?
British National Party:
I have the pleasure of being the PPC for the British National Party. I am borough councillor for Barpool ward on Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, live in the ward with my wife and our four children and work in the constituency as a driving instructor.
My opinions on many things are easily available to you by looking around on this blog.
I cannot get into the papers for love nor money at the moment and have not been able to for quite a while so cannot compare my coverage. I have told everyone that I am willing but hey, we know the score.
Only an indication of media bias but so far, and I was declared months ago, I am not even listed as the British National Party PPC on UK Polling Report.
Just a quick one to update you on the situation with the Tomkinson Road recreation ground. I will not let this issue drop as from what you tell me in person this is a serious issue for you.
I have still not received a response from the portfolio holder about the future of this recreation ground which leads me to some concern.
I will reiterate here what I have said on previous blog posts that the Warwickshire Police and council officers are happy for lighting to go up to facilitate the possibility of a camera. This is a course of action that has been proven to work on other playgrounds across the borough. There is no reason that it should not work here apart possibly from a lack of political will.
I shall update you further as soon
as I have news either way!
Am I the only one who remembers black Wednesday when the then Conservative government had to withdraw from the Exchange Rate Mechanism because they could no longer afford to peg the pound above its lowest rate against the pressure from international speculators?
Did anyone rush to offer us assistance? No they did not.
Today I see in the Daily Mail that there is quite a possibility that we may be called upon to contribute up to £3.5bn towards a bailout of Greece. This is the minimal figure. The probable one is of course higher.
So the Greeks have got themselves into a pickle of their own design. What are they doing to get themselves out of it I ask? Financial stewardship of course. Communal belt tightening I suppose. None of it. The Greeks are striking to make sure that they do not lose the benefits of spending too much money. This bailout is not a resolution to the problems in the Greek economy, rather it is a continuation of them. Rather like our printing more money to maintain artificially high asset prices in the approach to the next General election.
Let Greece sort out its own problems!
I do not believe what I am told on the news that we have seen the end of the recession/depression and that we have made a positive start to growth with an increase of 0.1% in January.
I am not going to include my views or the effects of quantitative easing in this post because it will be long enough as it is.
Let us look at the news for evidence: -
UK sales fall prompts fears of 'double-dip' recession says the headline in the Telegraph. This fall, which was expected to be a rise of a similar order, was the biggest recorded fall in January retail figures since comparable records began fifteen years ago.
Trade deficit hits sterling's value. Not hard to work out this one. the trade deficit is the surplus of imports over exports. An increase in the trade deficit is another negative sign for an economy.
Outrage at Cadbury's job losses after Kraft confirms factory closure. apart from the deceit of this as Kraft promised before the take over that jobs would not be exported look at the effect on the trade deficit above. In future Cadbury’s products will not be made in this factory so our production will be down, and out benefits bill up, but our imports will increase because we will have to import the confectionary that we previously made here.
Could Greece’s troubles turn into a run on sterling? This might seem like a nightmare situation to many, it certainly does to me, and if it troubles serious economic journalists then it should probably be on your radar too.
UK jobs market 'worse than it seems'. Just to finish off. In case you are still heartened by the 0.1% increase I offer you this piece, again from the Telegraph, about the jobs market. It would seem that unemployment may not have risen as much as expected because millions of formerly full time employees have taken jobs with an average of 30% lower pay or part time work. These people will not be on the unemployment statistics because they have work, just not enough to make a living, and are in receipt of benefits to sustain themselves. the largest block of unemployed by the way is young people.
This is not an economic recovery!
Apart from being an excellent form of exercise for people of all ages and a decent form of socialising to boot allotmenteers get not only the satisfaction and achievement that comes with reaping a successful crop they get to eat the freshest, tastiest organically grown (hopefully) vegetables available.
The photograph above is of the allotments on Greenmoor road and is taken from the other side of the canal.
Throughout the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth there are allotment associations run on a volunteer basis. Some of them have spaces whilst others have a waiting list but the surest way of finding out is to go down to your local allotments (particularly on a Sunday) stick your head over the fence and ask how to contact the secretary. A conversation is bound to follow from which you are only in danger of learning something.
I include this link to the Allotmenteer blog for those amongst you who have an interest. I particularly like this bit that the author writes about himself: -
I know I have a lot to learn - and keep an open mind - hoping that one day I’ll have a plot that will turn heads. I have some very competent teachers around me - both in my job - but also on my allotment site.
I like people who are willing to learn. I hope that I always will remain so myself. To close ones mind is self denial of improvement.
The time was that a broadcast from Osama Bin Laden would have commanded all of the news channels immediately. Such was the news worthiness of anything that he said. The video below is one that I have picked up from Russia Today. An English speaking news channel on the internet.
The video is taken in America but I wonder if the answers would be any different if it had been shot in Birmingham, London, Leeds, Liverpool or any of our other major cities?
Obviously he is very well connected and resourced and probably sitting in a hillside mansion somewhere. Rich reactionaries seldom live in tents/caves any longer than necessary, especially as they get older. Mansions are more their style.
Islamic suicide bombers continue on their missions and only work in the communities from which they originate can prevent this. Prevention of the radicalisation of young Muslims is essential all over the world. There are influences even within the UK who will radicalise them if they are presented with an easy opportunity as we have seen on the news when domestic terrorist atrocities are carried out.
Whereas terrorism will remain a threat for the foreseeable future I think that Osama himself has had his major burst in the spotlight. All he has to do now is hide for the remainder of his life and preach his own preferred form of Islam.
I do not feel like doing a specific blog post at the moment so I am going to take a quick tour around some of the local news stories.
Over on the BBC website there is a story about a boost to rail links between Felixstowe and the Midlands. The best bit for me is: -
"Network Rail's plans will see an increasing share of freight traffic handled by the railways, reducing pressure on congested roads such as the A14.
Taking freight from the roads and developing a strategic rail network has got to be a transport priority for any Nationalist transport strategy. Should have been for the parties of the past but sadly was not.
The George Elliot Hospital recently had to ban all visitors for five days because of the spread of the winter vomiting bug. This caused much upset for patients and family members alike and I do wish that inconsiderate visitors who have colds would stay away. It is too easy to blame the hospital when the problem walks in through their front door.
There is a big hoo-ha at the moment within the council house about the plans of the Conservative cabinets of both Nuneaton & Bedworth and Rugby Borough Councils to share senior managers. Publicly they are saying that there are no plans to merge the councils and that this is merely a financial saving. I disagree! The current chief executives of the two councils are seldom in the same meetings at the same time. Why would they be, they have separate councils to run? The incumbent of the joint management team would have to make choices as to which borough they were going to represent on a daily basis. The identities of the towns would be threatened as well. the people of Bedworth already feels that their town is sidelined in decision making and that it is virtually pointless them voting. This decision, if it is followed through, will only make this alienation worse. Bedworth would be seen as a dot on the map between Nuneaton and the motorway. I have been against this since I first heard about it and will remain so unless some resounding counter argument can be brought forward.
If you know the heartless bastard that stole the bike belonging to kidney transplant youngster Kieran Pocock whilst he is recovering in hospital please shop them right now! The crimestoppers number is 0800 555 111. Let’s show this scum some public humiliation!
the Play Rangers is a scheme within the borough that works well. The Conservatives brought it in as part of their budget last year. i voted against the Conservative budget last year and if you are interested in why I offer you this blog post. The play rangers was a good idea though and I have praised/pushed it in committee as and when possible. Cllr Nick Grant (Conservative) says that both parties are supporting the scheme now. He has conveniently sidelined the British National Party on this occasion even though the recommendation to make the Play Rangers a budgetary growth item he refers to in the paragraph directly above was proposed by my good self. The story can be found here.
on Barpool ward I am continuing with my self imposed continuous program of surveying both garage sites and green spaces for problems and reporting them as they arise. If you live in Barpool ward and wish to raise any issues with me please feel free. My contact details are available on the council website and on the contacts page of the Barpoolward blog.
There is a story in today’s Daily Mail about a woman who was born in Manchester and now teaches English in Tehran.
The remarkable thing about this young woman that makes her newsworthy is that she has dual nationality, which incidentally Iran does not recognise, and that she has been arrested by the Iranian authorities for the crime of ‘waging war against god’.
Sounds heavy to me and bearing in mind that Iran is an Islamic state my guess is that the penalty will be severe. When convicted she will face lashes and prison time.
Her crime in fact is that she took part in anti government protests in Tehran.
Excuse me for being a Nationalist here but what did she think that she was doing? Did she for one second believe that she would be treated with respect because of her non recognised dual nationality passport or was she brainwashed by liberals in Britain into thinking that sticking her nose in where it was not wanted was the right thing to do because it is actually ‘the right thing’. The problem with that way of thinking is that to the Sharia law trained judiciary in Tehran ‘the right thing’ is decidedly not Christian.
I can have no objection to Iranian law taking its course in Iran and I do object to the Foreign Office wasting a single minute on this case.
A lady on Facebook came up with this idea and put a few picturs together just to show the type of people who actually do belong to the British National Party membership list.
I do not know all of these people by any means in fact I can probably spot two in a crowd. I believe that pretty much all corners of the UK have been covered by this lot.
There is no pretence here and none have been specially selected. I have attended a lot of British National Party meetings and events covering quite a wide area throughout my time with the party and I keep seeing normal people everywhere I go.
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