Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Common sense Manifesto for a change.

From Moshers Manifesto

My manifesto
Posted on May 19th, 2008 at 10:48 pm
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OK, we all say things like “If I was in charge…”, or “this government’s shit, because…” so here’s a run-down of my thoughts and what I’d do about it if anyone was stupid enough to vote for me. I doubt I’ll ever try to become an MP, mainly as I can’t be arsed with my private life being torn apart by the press, but it’s nice to have ideas.
1. Speed cameras. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not completely “anti” the things. I just think they should be better used, and nobody can get round the fact that a large number are simply revenue-generators that don’t have any effect on driving at all. I want transparency on these things. If they’re not somewhere that’s statistically an accident blackspot where the accidents were hugely speed-related, take them down. Recalibrate them to 20mph and pop them back up around schools and playgrounds to enforce the mandatory 20mph limit I’d enforce on such areas.
2. Human rights. I’d remove the UK from whatever Human Rights agreement we have and draft a new one. The essentials would be the same, but I’d insert some caveats which relate to some of the following points.
3. Personal protection. If you enter someone’s property without their permission, it’s a safe assumption you’re there to rob or harm them. As such, you have violated their rights as set out in the document I’d draft in section 2. And as such, you have forfeit your own rights. They can do that the hell they want to you with no fear of legal recourse. Club ‘em, shoot ‘em, beat them unconscious and call the police, bury them in the garden. I don’t care.
4. Arrest. On arrest, jail time in custody will be reasonable as far as comfort goes. Our law states - and will continue to state - that you’re innocent until proven otherwise. As such, you’ll be kept captive but in reasonable comfort. That is, no more than two to a cell; a fair amount of space to move; exercise; decent food; and so forth. Bail will be very hard to get as too many people on bail have screwed that one for you in the past. Sorry, deal with it. If convicted, you’re in the same situation as the guy in number 3. You’ve committed a crime, so your human rights are forfeit. You breach the rules, you pay the price. If the jails are packed, tough shit. Four to a cell. Five. Sharing beds. Crapping in buckets you have to clean out yourself. Don’t like it? Don’t commit a crime.
5. Jails. In fairness, there does come a point where physical limits cause problems. So if you’re in jail, expect to do some work… building a new one, if we need them. Learn how to plumb, build walls and so on for the next generation of scum.
6. Sentences. Life = life. 20 years = 20 years. A system may be worked out for prisoners showing exceptional effort to improve themselves. Rewards, personal freedoms and so on. The likes of entertainment, exercise, improved food, education… all will need to be earned not expected. Reductions in sentences likewise will be earned by the remarkable few.
7. Courts in favour of the innocent, not the guilty. Likewise the police. Do something wrong, expect to get punished for it. Act like a wanker in front of a policemen, expect to get led away by the ear or bashed on the head. Assault a policeman, expect to be taken into a dark room and have the shit kicked out of you. These people are there to protect you. Assault fire fighters, and your own home becomes blacklisted for protection. They’ll turn up and douse the adjoining houses, but yours will be left to burn. Any house insurance you have becomes null and void. Likewise for abusing health care staff - remember that thing about losing human rights? You go right to the bottom of the queue. In extreme cases, so does your whole household. If they have a problem with that they’re welcome to officially ostracise you.
8. Recompense. Miscarriages of justice do happen. In which case the innocent party should be refurbished with accommodation and a job similar to that when they went away. Education to bring them up to speed in their line of work (if relevant) provided. Compensation equal to lost earnings based on current income at time of conviction paid in full. And so forth. No charges for “rent” due to the cell space they took up, as seems to be current regulation.
9. No more excessive suing. Sorry, but it’s been abused far too much. If you can’t walk 100 yards without tripping over a paving stone, you can’t blame the council. Stay at home, you clumsy sod. Tripped over your own child in Tesco and thinking of suing them for your sprained wrist? Better idea - buy some books on parenting. All attempts to sue anyone will be looked over by a tightly controlled body. Anything remotely frivolous will be thrown back at you and you’ll be fined proportionately. Fair do’s suing a builder who signed off on your supporting wall which then collapsed and destroyed your kitchen - that was their fault. But if there’s a sign telling you not to touch something… and you do… and it hurts… that was your fault. We wouldn’t need big bloody fences if people like you would take responsibility for your own actions. Learn to.
10. Bye-bye benefits. There are jobs out there. Dole-scroungers are just too damn lazy to do them. I appreciate in some cases, taking a job can effectively cost money in the lost benefits as a person is now employed. However, I always thought that if you turned work down you lost your benefits anyway. Well, that’s how it would go under my rule. If you’re offered a job on minimum wage and turn it down, then you’ll be living in thin air. If other people can manage it, then you can. If you have to ditch your SkyPlus and cut down to 1 fag a week instead of 2 packs a day then deal with it. It’s called budgeting. Want more money? Work harder, learn more and get a better job.
11. Schools and the schooling system will be run by people with an educational background, not some tosser who thinks they know better. It’s a simple system of democracy and promotion. Start as a teacher, work up to head, regional overseer and cabinet position. The exact same for the police, health service, military defence of the nation and so forth. Isn’t it just common sense that the best person to oversee people is someone with hands-on experience?
12. Immigration. I heartily welcome people of other cultures and backgrounds. I don’t care if you’re rich or poor. All I ask is that you speak one of our national languages at least passably (and sensibly choose to live somewhere that understands you - moving to Glasgow and speaking Welsh is not much use to yourself or anyone else), are able to support yourself when you arrive and are prepared to work for a living. I don’t care if this involves sweeping streets or performing neurosurgery. Work, integrate, make friends, feel welcome.
I think that’s it for now. There are a few smaller points, and hopefully some benefits from the above that would become apparent over time. A reduction in bureaucracy would make the government more open and people would therefore trust them more. Improvements in police power and more severe (and likely) punishments would reduce crime. This would increase property prices and quality of life.
Then there’s the abolition of cash handouts to the chain-smoking dole-scrounging lot. Less cash out means more in the coffers. More workers = more income tax. Therefore tax could be reduced in other areas, such as on fuel or as VAT, or that ridiculous bloody inheritance tax. Frankly, I see it as the only way to get us out of this money “hole” the nation’s in at the moment. We just have to stop giving free cash out to people who don’t bloody deserve it. It’s simple, but we have to stop being soft on wasters who are taking is for a ride.
I’m also fully aware that it’s never as simple as having a list of things you want to do. Other people don’t agree (either because they have a valid point you didn’t think of or - more usually - they’re an idiot who just has to be awkward to keep themselves in a job) or things just don’t work out.
Thing is, I love my country. But in the last 30 years or so it’s gone to shit. And the only way to turn it around is to do something radical. Like step back a few years and use some bloody common sense. Is that too much to ask?

ID cards

Anyone noticed how the subject of the ID card system seems to have fallen out of the public eye lately? Here an article makes an extrapolation on the increase in chip and pin cards, and their relation to the National Identity card of ill fame.

2010 - A must read!!
This is an article about databases, (dozens of them), ID cards, surveillance, rights, liberty and social conditioning through state sponsored propaganda. It all comes together in 2010.

Imagine for a moment, that both the Government (NuLab) and the main opposition parties were all working together to the same ends, with either tacit support or complicity on the march towards 2010, because we don't see any official opposition to it.

Lets look at some evidence to support that theory. I want to make clear at this point that in quoting senior Nazi's in this article, is not to suggest that Brown's government is forming a Nazi government, but to show that he is using the same methods and tactics employed by 1930's Germany in order to achieve his goals.

In the modern context, if we begin from the basis that the War on Terror* is the Big Lie.

Then the continual news media bombardment for 10 years of the terror threat, high profile media frenzy arrests, spurious ministerial announcements, Home Office and Police leaks to the press, demonisation of young Muslims in much the same way that Stalin and Hitler used the lie of external enemies to secure their totalitarian regimes, we see that everything that has happened by way of legislation over the past 10 years has supposedly been driven by that lie. Big Lie is a propaganda technique in which the lie is so complex that the public will either dismiss it as impossible or choose not to believe it out of wilful ignorance. It was defined by Adolf Hitler in his 1925 autobiography Mein Kampf as a lie so "colossal" that no one would believe that someone "could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously".

Indeed, the American Office of Strategic Services in describing Hitler's psychological profile said: His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.

If you believe as I do that this perfectly sums up UK Government over the past 10 years, then read on.

26,000 new laws, 3000 new criminal offences to stop what has been at best a very sporadic ineffective onslaught of terrorism in the UK. Virtually none of these new laws have been opposed during their passage through parliament. One can only therefore assume a degree of collusion in their passing through the house, as I cannot believe that opposition MP's were unaware of their content, implied and actual denial of freedoms and rights, nor struggled for any input into ensuring that many of the more draconian laws had safeguards built in to ensure they were never misused.

It is true that during this period, the Government have enjoyed a majority in Parliament, but that does not defer from my thoughts of collusion. Indeed it was a Tory ex whip who introduced the most damming legislation to silence those who want to know what is happening with his Freedom of Information amendment bill.

In order to maintain the lie, not only do you need to keep repeating it, but you also need to offer carrots from time to time, to ensure that the population believes that you are actually working for their benefit.

One of those smoke and mirror exercises was the expendable introduction of the Regional Assemblies throughout England. Although initially opposed, and in the pilot areas voted down, they were implemented at huge cost anyway, knowing that this would attract a good deal of public opposition, including token opposition from the Tories and Liberals. Finally you give the public what it wants by abolishing them, only to give the powers to the unelected RDA's, which had been set up quietly in the background. Joe Public never having been told about RDA's, they not getting any state approved media coverage, doesn't see them as a waste or unnecessary regulation body in the same way as the Regional Assemblies, and being satisfied that the Assemblies are now gone, doesn't realise that the powers that they wielded have not.

The carefully controlled media highlighted the abolition of the RA's, but gave little or no coverage to the RDA's.Smoke and Mirrors, job done.We have seen for a whole raft of Government projects with initial explanations and justifications, changes to those as campaigns were launched, changes again to suit the stories of the day, as the costs keep mounting and the juggernaut keeps rolling on.One of the largest of these projects is ID Cards. Again, this is a smoke and mirror exercise.

This project has attracted a good deal of public opposition, but so far we have only token political opposition from the Tories, who have promised to scrap the cards, and none from the Liberals. We unfortunately have not seen the same commitment for the underlying databases. In keeping with the Big Lie process, ID Cards are attracting a lot of interest. The costs keep mounting, the technology is unproven, the orders have not yet been placed. These are the headlines, but in the background lots of work has been going on, with the databases, but not the big single big brother database, something much worse, little brothers. The huge databases at the DWP, the DVLA and HMRC are to be linked to form the NIR, the National Identity Register. This is why the Gateway reviews on the ID Card project, and others, were ordered destroyed by the Treasury, and this is why the majority of the contractors working for the IT Consulting groups working on these projects are from the Indian sub continent. With the large part of the work now done, the rules for the Highly Skilled Migrant programme that brought those contractors here are now being changed, to force them home again. The Treasury and Gordon Brown need to hide the secretive nature of the work being undertaken until 2010.

The Cards themselves are expendable, just as the Regional Assemblies were, something to attract public opposition, backed by the token political opposition, but they are just the front end, they are politically expendable, thereby giving something back to the public when they are scrapped.Understand that it not the cards themselves that matter to this government, but the ability to gather, collate and use information. Information about you, your families, your possessions and income, in fact everything about your life, now and in the past. Information as any ex Stasi or KGB man will tell you, is power.

It will become apparent a little later why ID Cards are a smoke and mirror exercise.

In the years 2009 and 2010 all the major government IT projects will see the completion of some, and limited roll out of others but they all come together in 2010.

The ID cards 2009, (will come back to this)
The National Identity Register 2010,
Immigration Passport Service interrogation centres 2009,
The upgraded National DNA Database 2010,
The upgraded National Fingerprint Database 2009,
The Children's Fingerprint Database 2009,
The upgraded Police National Computer 2009,
All e-Passports 2009,
The National Number Plate Recognition System project 2009,
Employment systems 2009,
The enhanced Police National Computer/Interpol link system 2009,
MI5's Scope project 2010,
The Home Office C-Nomis project 2009,
The Children's Register Contactpoint 2009,
Terminal 5 at Heathrow 2009,
Phase II Home Information PackS 2010,
The e-borders system 2009,
The DWP Customer Information system 2009,
The NHS NPfIT 2010,
The European SEPA (Single European Payment Area) project 2009/2010

and many more unnamed or secret projects

This all happens at the same time as the final ratification of the European Constitution 2009, just before the European Parliament Elections 2009

Changes to the law to allow data sharing have made it possible for it all to come together in 2009/2010 to become one huge interactive database system. In 2010 it also joins up with the European systems.

Government have consistently argued their case that these system are necessary to fight crime, or terrorism, your right to employment and health care etc, and that the data will only be used for the initial purpose it is collected for, would never be shared, and that data one one system can never be used elsewhere.

On a one project at a time basis its easy to argue the lie, link them all together it is not so easy, and its use becomes much clearer. By linking these databases government now have a profile of you. Where you work, how much you earn, tax you pay, where you travel, how you travel, when you get sick, which doctor or hospital you use, what medication you receive, in short, what you cost to run vs what you earn for the state.

A modern day Europe wide electronic 'Doomsday Book'.

All the trappings of a totalitarian state.As Dizzy quite rightly elaborates:

What's important to point out here is this is not about saying you think Gordon Brown and the Labour Government are secretly trying to enslave us all in an Orwellian nightmare with the ultimate aim of destroying democracy. No, this is about asking whether the proposal passes the Stalin Test. Would someone like Stalin have found a system like this useful?

Just because today's politicians are not, or at least appear not to be, maniacal megalomaniacs, it does not mean that there won't be one in the future, and frankly it is naive to think that it can't happen. This means we should be exceptionally careful when we build the infrastructure of state that could so be easily used for purposes of political oppression.

And as one commenter in the Times stated:

I wondered how such gross authoritarian abuses could be coming about in modern Britain but then I looked up my MP. Lo and behold it turns out she received a Scottish West coast Catholic education, became a teacher and is now a minister in the Department of Work & Pensions. I particularly note that her 'other interests' include studying the social system of the former East Germany. Suddenly it all becomes depressingly clear. Jim, Cumbernauld.

Now I come back to the ID cards, the smoke and mirrors that this government is planning to employ. YES, they will scrap them, but only as they are presented to us now, so the anti card campaigns will wither and die on the vine, the Tories will be cock a hoop and say we won the argument for you.

Now look at your bank and credit cards. Then look at your families cards, and your friends and colleagues cards. They all expire in 2009 or 2010.

Government problems with the ID cards as presented are well documented, with their lack of expertise, so who better to issue and administer an ID card system for government, than the Banks.

When your bank and credit cards expire, in order to get new ones, or in fact any banking or financial services, you must first be on all the relevant databases or you will be denied the use of both government and financial services throughout Europe. The European SEPA project is looking for total harmonisation of electronic banking throughout Europe by 2010, but in the UK bank and bank issued credit cards will also double up as your ID Card. This had been agreed between banks and Treasury as far back as 2004, in conjunction with the National Smart Cards Project. (very quiet and low key)

When the new cards are introduced you won't be able to buy, rent or sell a house; buy, sell or lease a car; open a bank account or draw over £99 in cash from one; obtain a telephone landline, mobile phone or internet connection, visit a doctor, a hospital or buy anything at a pharmacy; or obtain a passport, without first obtaining permission via the ID card element.

You won't be able to get a job, temporary or permanent, as employers will demand them as they have to prove they are only employing eligible people, without first obtaining permission via the ID card element..

Further, the Home Secretary will be able to suspend or revoke your ID card whenever, for whatever reason, without any judicial oversight or right to appeal. It will become your provisional licence to live in the U.K., whether native or alien, which could be taken away at any time.

The consequences of this are clear. No bank card = no ID Card. No ID Card means no banking, no work, no benefits, no nothing.

That means you cannot pay bills, or your mortgage, run your car or travel. (the first iteration is being field tested now)

The number of debts that will mount as a result will be horrific. Government have already changed the law to allow debt collectors right of entry into your home without court orders.

The number of repossessions will rise dramatically as mortgages default, again the laws have been changed to make it easier to repossess, and as the number of dispossessed people rises, crime will also rise (which is why they wanted the cards and databases), so the numerous laws and new criminal offences are already in place to tackle that.

If the numbers and public anger gets out of hand, and people organise and riot, the laws are already in place for that too, with SOCA being able to act outside of judicial oversight, especially if rioters are reclassified as social terrorists, which is why they have been pushing for the 90 days internment so strongly. The new EU paramilitary police force European Gendarmerie Force (EGF) could also be used.

HIPS was introduced to ensure that there would be a database of all the homes in the UK. In order to buy loyalty, just as Hitler and Stalin did, giving repossessed homes to loyal party workers fulfilled their needs.

We were warned many years ago that the peoples of the western world would soon be herded, chipped and classified, and that it would all be run by governments and the banks. As part of the Big Lie it has always been fobbed off as conspiracy theory, a joke, ideas of the nutters. Somehow it doesn't seem so stupid now.

Now we have proof that credit cards are to be used for people tracking.

Those 26,000 new laws were never aimed at terrorists, they are aimed at you.!!

And don't expect the Tories or Liberals to help us out of this. Instead, ask the question why so many opposition front bencher's have got second jobs, most with financial institutions and banks.

But, I hear you cry, I haven't seen that on the telly. Would you honestly expect them to tell you that you are about to lose everything by using the biggest lie in the world, along with the distraction of the Global Warming scam.

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.

"The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”- Joseph Goebbels

The other vital part of the Big Lie, the key component, was to ensure that the military was kept fully occupied, at full stretch and out of the UK during the entire time that this lie was being perpetrated.

So 2010 is the date that everything is coming together, and if you were thinking of getting out, moving to sunnier climes, think again because this not just happening in the UK, but also in Brussels, (strangely this database is now almost devoid of the hundreds of working papers that populated it only 3 months ago) in Paris, (French entry missing) Berlin,(Germany's ID Card documentation is also missing), Rome, (and Italy and Belgium) Strasbourg, in Washington, in Montreal, in Delhi, Canberra and Tokyo.

They are all working together towards a brave new world, beginning in 2010.

Same time as the North American Union or Mexamericanada


Monday, 18 August 2008

Kevin Myers on Famine relief

I found this article on a surf through some blogs. I have no idea whose site it was, but I would be pleased to give the host the attribute, if they would make themselves known. I can confirm it was a genuine article in The Irish Independant.

In the absence of my being able to provide a hyperlink to it, I have reproduced below an article which appeared in the Irish Independent newspaper - which I read daily on line - a week or two ago.

Written by one of their columnists, Kevin Myers, who in my submission is a master of his trade, it provides a devastating critique of western aid policies towards the poor and hungry of sub-Saharan Africa, but more potently still, it also dares to trespass on what, up until now, has been an utter taboo: criticism of both the countries concerned and their people.

It does not make comfortable reading, but it is certainly compelling and as such, I reproduce it in its entirety for those who wish to read it, because I believe it deserves a wider audience.

Finally, as if you needed me to tell you, everything in Italics is Kevin Myers' work, not mine...

No. It will not do. Even as we see African states refusing to take action to restore something resembling civilisation in Zimbabwe, the begging bowl for Ethiopia is being passed around to us, yet again.

It is nearly 25 years since Ethiopia's (and Bob Geldof's) famous Feed The World campaign, and in that time Ethiopia's population has grown from 33.5 million to 78 million today.
So why on earth should I do anything to encourage further catastrophic demographic growth in that country? Where is the logic? There is none. To be sure, there are two things saying that logic doesn't count.

One is my conscience, and the other is the picture, yet again, of another wide-eyed child, yet again, gazing, yet again, at the camera, which yet again, captures the tragedy of . . .
Sorry. My conscience has toured this territory on foot and financially. Unlike most of you, I have been to Ethiopia; like most of you, I have stumped up the loot to charities to stop starvation there. The wide-eyed boy-child we saved, 20 years or so ago, is now a priapic, Kalashnikov-bearing hearty, siring children whenever the whim takes him.

There is, no doubt a good argument why we should prolong this predatory and dysfunctional economic, social and sexual system; but I do not know what it is. There is, on the other hand, every reason not to write a column like this.

It will win no friends, and will provoke the self-righteous wrath of, well, the self-righteous, letter-writing wrathful, a species which never fails to contaminate almost every debate in Irish life with its sneers and its moral superiority. It will also probably enrage some of the finest men in Irish life, like John O'Shea, of Goal; and the Finucane brothers, men whom I admire enormously. So be it.

But, please, please, you self-righteously wrathful, spare me mention of our own Famine, with this or that lazy analogy. There is no comparison. Within 20 years of the Famine, the Irish population was down by 30pc. Over the equivalent period, thanks to western food, the Mercedes 10-wheel truck and the Lockheed Hercules, Ethiopia's has more than doubled.
Alas, that wretched country is not alone in its madness. Somewhere, over the rainbow, lies Somalia, another fine land of violent, Kalashnikov-toting, khat-chewing, girl-circumcising, permanently tumescent layabouts.

Indeed, we now have almost an entire continent of sexually hyperactive indigents, with tens of millions of people who only survive because of help from the outside world.

This dependency has not stimulated political prudence or commonsense. Indeed, voodoo idiocy seems to be in the ascendant, with the next president of South Africa being a firm believer in the efficacy of a little tap water on the post-coital penis as a sure preventative against infection. Needless to say, poverty, hunger and societal meltdown have not prevented idiotic wars involving Tigre, Uganda, Congo, Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea etcetera.

Broad brush-strokes, to be sure. But broad brush-strokes are often the way that history paints its gaudier, if more decisive, chapters. Japan, China, Russia, Korea, Poland, Germany, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in the 20th century have endured worse broad brush-strokes than almost any part of Africa.

They are now -- one way or another -- virtually all giving aid to or investing in Africa, whereas Africa, with its vast savannahs and its lush pastures, is giving almost nothing to anyone, apart from AIDS.

Meanwhile, Africa's peoples are outstripping their resources, and causing catastrophic ecological degradation. By 2050, the population of Ethiopia will be 177 million: The equivalent of France, Germany and Benelux today, but located on the parched and increasingly protein-free wastelands of the Great Rift Valley.

So, how much sense does it make for us actively to increase the adult population of what is already a vastly over-populated, environmentally devastated and economically dependent country?

How much morality is there in saving an Ethiopian child from starvation today, for it to survive to a life of brutal circumcision, poverty, hunger, violence and sexual abuse, resulting in another half-dozen such wide-eyed children, with comparably jolly little lives ahead of them? Of course, it might make you feel better, which is a prime reason for so much charity. But that is not good enough.

For self-serving generosity has been one of the curses of Africa. It has sustained political systems which would otherwise have collapsed.

It prolonged the Eritrean-Ethiopian war by nearly a decade. It is inspiring Bill Gates' programme to rid the continent of malaria, when, in the almost complete absence of personal self-discipline, that disease is one of the most efficacious forms of population-control now operating.

If his programme is successful, tens of millions of children who would otherwise have died in infancy will survive to adulthood, he boasts. Oh good: then what?I know. Let them all come here. Yes, that's an idea.

Well, there you are.

Unsurprisingly, this column provoked a blizzard of letters and emails, both to the Irish Independent and to Myers himself.