Howard’s End

Friday night saw a surprise party for Michael Howard, the well attended party in the constituency saw warm video tributes from Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron and John Major. The John Major video set may have seemed familiar to Howard – it was filmed in his office with Major sitting in his seat, a reversal that some might have found amusing…

Michael Howard will be spending more time at the races

Jonah Jinxs Fiji

Fijime.comRemember the Fijian Visitors Bureau’s plan to boost tourism with an official endorsement from Gordon Brown? That was in February, so how has it worked out for them?

Guido has sad but unsurprising news for followers of the chilling effects of the Curse of the One-Eyed Son of the Manse. Fiji’s economic circumstances are difficult and they must have been desperate to call on help from Gordon to boost tourism. 1 in 5 Fiji holidays are from people having beach weddings. The Fiji Registrar General reports a dramatic drop this year, Fiji Visitors Bureau chairman Patrick Wong expressed concern at the declining figures last week.

Is it any surprise? “Darling, shall we get married in Fiji, Gordon Brown is endorsing it…” Hardly going to impress the fiance is it..?

Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

+++ Spelman’s Nanny Story Unravelling +++

CCHQ admitting nanny worked for two years, not one, at taxpayers expense. Other contradictions in the story coming out…

BBC Reporting Insults Irish Democracy

When the result came in yesterday Mark Mardell looked shocked and sounded exasperated. The BBC has continually been running this line in its reporting of Ireland’s historic vote on the Lisbon Treaty:

Just over three million Irish voters are registered – in a European Union of 490 million people.”

The implication is clear. Those beastly Paddies are depriving everyone else in Europe of the benefits of the Lisbon Treaty. They want to convey the image of a minority running rough shod over every one else. The BBC fails to mention that Ireland is not depriving Europeans of their say. It is the only member state which gave its people a say on the matter. It is the other member states who are depriving their people of a say lest they give the wrong answer. In those states, like Britain, it is their legislatures who decide what is best and hang what the people feel.

The BBC’s comparison is bogus because it is comparing an electorate with a population – many of whom will be young babes in arms who have no say anyway. A Scottish co-conspirator has taken time and trouble to tot up the legislators in the other member states so we can see the reality of who decides on our European future. 15 member states have unicameral legislatures:

    LEGISLATURE MEMBERS
    Austria 245
    Bulgaria 240
    Cyprus 59
    Denmark 179
    Estonia 101
    Finland 200
    Greece 300
    Hungary 386
    Latvia 100
    Lithuania 141
    Luxembourg 60
    Malta 69
    Portugal 230
    Slovakia 150
    Sweden 349
    TOTAL 2,809

And the remaining 11 are bicameral.

STATE LOWER HOUSE UPPER HOUSE TOTAL
Belgium 150 71 221
Czech Republic 200 81 281
France 577 321 898
Germany 613 69 682
Italy 630 315 945
Netherlands 150 75 225
Poland 460 100 560
Romania 332 137 469
Slovenia 90 40 130
Spain 350 264 614
United Kingdom 646 745 1,391
6,416

In total there are a mere 9,225 people deciding the European future for 490 million people outside of Ireland.

The real comparison with Ireland is even far more dramatic and much less democratic than the image the BBC has been projecting….

Friday Caption Contest

Ireland Saves Europe Again

Guido is so proud he could cry. The land of saints and scholars saves Europe from the darkness once again. The people of Ireland, a free sovereign state, stood up to and defeated the Brussels imperium.

+++ Irish “No Vote” Hopes High on Early Returns +++

RTE reporting “The No vote is strong in many rural areas and in working class districts of cities, while middle class areas appear to be less supportive of the Treaty than had been anticipated.”

Freedom Fighter v Bottler Brown

David Davis on Today, “If the Labour party refused to defend it’s own policy – they are going to show that they are ashamed of their own policies – just another piece of cowardice on behalf of Gordon Brown.”

Labour claims there is massive public support for taking away British freedoms. Prove it. Or will this be yet another election that Brown bottles?

UPDATE : Sir Michael this morning kind of gives the game away “Most politicians dislike the sort of behaviour Davis has displayed. It may please those voters who want their MP to stand up and be counted, but such unpredictability unsettles the trade.” Yes, the political class doesn’t like it, even if voters do…

Wexford Split on Lisbon

The priest reckons turnout is going to be about 20% at our polling station. The farmers will probably shade towards the Yes since the IFA claims to have secured a veto (they haven’t really, who knows what backroom deal has been done).

The fishermen are resolutely opposed, for the same reasons British fishermen oppose the EU. They have blockaded Cork and Waterford harbours recently. There was some talk of doing so locally, but they couldn’t really be arsed.

Two No votes were cast in our household. If the European superstate crumbles as a result, Granny Fawkes will have started it…

DD Scuppers Brown Re-Launch Narrative

Whatever you might think of David Davis and his mini-referendum by-election, one thing is for sure, he has ruined the planned “Brown fight-back starts here” narrative. The story is Tory, not Brown, not about the issues they want to highlight, it is about issues which Labour politicians and activists don’t feel comfortable about. Nobody is paying Brown any attention now.

Labour PPC “Opposed to 42 Days”

Danny Marten, Labour’s candidate for Haltemprice and Howden last year, is the chair of East Yorkshire Young Labour and by all accounts firends and foes say he is a likeable and committed activist. They also say he is opposed to 42 days detention without trial…

Locally David Prescott, son of John, is urging Danny to run. He argues that if Labour don’t run “we would be complicit in turning this stunt into a greater farce and show that we’re too scared or embarrassed to stand. That’ll allow the BNP to have the oxygen of publicity. Would we really want that?”
Well? Do Labour actually have a candidate and activists willing to campaign for locking up muslim lads without evidence for 42 days? Perhaps not…

Davis Invited to Stand as Libertarian Party Candidate

Join LPUK linkThe UK Libertarian Party has invited David Davis to join them, after he resigned as an MP over the 42 day detention law.

Patrick Vessey, party leader says:

“The Libertarian Party is the only UK political party which prioritises freedom and civil liberties above all else. As such, we feel sure that Mr Davis would be right at home in the Libertarian Party and invite him to join us… In this day and age, with spin and political corruption so commonplacet hat it’s taken for granted that all Members of Parliament are simply in the job for what they can personally extract from the taxpayer, a man of rare integrity has reminded us all of the long democratic tradition in our nation. The Libertarian Party will not be standing against Mr Davis in the coming by-election, and will rather offer our total support to Mr Davis’campaign,
whether he stands as a Conservative or Independent candidate.”

So perhaps Basher Davis could get to lead a parliamentary party after all…

DD for Me!

David Davis plans to stand in a by-election where he wants to makes this a referendum on liberty – the Liberal Democrats have already said they will not stand against him.

This is very interesting…

UPDATE : Sky reports that David Davis told Nick Clegg of his intentions last night. Clegg’s statement:

“David Davis’s decision to resign his seat and fight a by-election over the issue of 42 days is a dramatic move. I am grateful to him for having informed me following the vote of his intention to take this step.

“The Liberal Democrats have consistently opposed this unnecessary and illiberal proposal which poses a threat so serious to British liberties that it transcends party politics.

“I have therefore decided, after consultation with the Party nationally and locally, that we will not stand a candidate at the forthcoming by-election which will be contested by David Davis solely on this issue.

“The Liberal Democrats will of course fight the Haltemprice and Howden seat as vigorously as ever at the next General Election.”

Cameron says “we wish David Davis well”. Told the BBC he would campaign for David Davis in the by-election. Local Tories say they were in the know, Duncan Gilmour, chairman of Haltemprice and Howden Conservative Association, has told the Telegraph that Davis discussed the plan with him “earlier this week” and that “a number of conversations” has taken place between Davis and his local party officers during the course of this week. “I’m absolutely sure the local association here will fully support and vindicate his stance” he says.

GuyNews : Quentin Letts Rip at Gordon

Quentin Letts is a mere sketch scribbler, a good one, but a lowly hack none the less. It is says something about the esteem in which Gordon Brown is held that Quentin could talk to him publicly with with complete contempt and disgust. Bravo…
See it on GuyNews.TV.

Quentin Letts Rip at Gordon

Via the Crown

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