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"Forgive my troubling you yet again, however perhaps my frustration at the non-appearance of any response would be helped by your definition of 'shortly' - which would appear, probably, to differ greatly from mine.I can but hope that a polite reminder might do the trick......................?
Whilst it is accepted that David Cameron is a very busy man, one fully occupied imposing non-Conservative values on the nation, I need hardly remind you that he is also a constituency MP and has a duty to attend to constituency matters and correspondence from his constituents.
Kind regards "
"both robustly Eurosceptic and acutely aware of the electoral damage the feuds over Maastricht did to the party. To its members, power matters just as much as principle. Mr Eustice is also clear that the group will not be a front for a secret withdrawal movement, even if plenty of MPs would now – privately at least – be happy to see Britain pull out."
"Thwarted, Cameron deployed new tactics against the Right. He invited the new intake of ambitious Tory ‘modernisers’ to cosy briefings for them alone at No 10. His aim was to use them to divide and rule – and attack the ’22. Tory MPs who entered Parliament at the last Election behave as if they are the first-ever intake, oblivious to the unspoken rules of the Commons, the subtleties that it takes years to learn. Instead, they arrived with a born-to-rule arrogance and tossed aside these courtesies. For example, there is a longstanding custom in the tea room that after you buy your food you take the next vacant seat at the first available table. It is designed to ensure no MP has to eat alone. Parliament can be a lonely place. This went out of the window with the 2010 intake, who walk past members in search of one of their own clique, or snub someone they feel is out of favour with the whips or Cameron. The same happens in the bars, as they kept to their own group, openly nervous about whom they are seen talking to."
"As many of you will know, Jewson is a major supplier of building materials in the UK, and my title above is a play on the advertising slogan they used to use. Thanks to Stop Common Purpose an alarming connection with this company and the Global Warming scam has been uncovered.It turns out that the former managing director of that company, Richard Jewson, has his fingers deeply embedded in this particular pie. He happens to be “Her Majesties Lord Lieutenant of Norfolk”, which carries a certain air of respectability, however this is far from the case. He is on the board of directors of many construction companies, some of which are subsidiaries of the huge conglomerate Saint-Gobain.Saint-Gobain is a 350 year old company, and now a major supplier, builder, developer & manufacturer of environmental construction materials such as solar panels, wind turbines, and many other products with “low co2 emissions” and from “sustainable resources”. (Quote from source below)
Think that’s bad enough? It gets worse… He is also one of the Pro-Chancellors of the UEA, which is now famous for its part in the “Climate Gate Scandal” So he has ample opportunity to influence their output in order to further his business interests.We’re not done yet! He is also chairman of regional media group Archant which publishes the local newspapers in the Eastern region, including the UEA’s home city of Norwich. From my own reading of some of these (which a friend sends on to me) the reader would be forgiven for knowing little or nothing about the “leak” of thousands of emails and other data back in November 2009. Now I can see why!Whilst perusing his entry on the family firm of Jarrold & Sons I saw yet another thing that set alarm bells ringing. He is also chairman of East Port Great Yarmouth. It spent a considerable sum of grant money developing a new outer harbour, intending to attract container traffic away from Harwich, just down the coast. This never happened, mainly due to the abysmal road and rail links, and also because of complaints from ships captains about severe swells making docking hazardous. There was even more adverse publicity recently when the 2 brand new unloading cranes delivered from China, were removed having never been used, and are now at a port somewhere in the Mediterranean (assuming that the All Seeing Eye didn’t sink them as they were passing his gaff!)What has this got to do with the story, you may ask? – Well it turns out that the port has now signed contracts with some of the offshore windfarm developers to act as a base for their operations… How very convenient!!If you want to read more visit this page linked by Stop CP. Interestingly, it is from last year, and some of the included links no longer work. But considering that the entire MSM is corrupted by the scam, it’s not surprising it hasn’t had wider publicity."
"It could make politics more exciting, and make the government more popular, if used intelligently."It is indeed disappointing to see one who champions freedom still of a mindset that includes the belief our freedom requires regulating by him and his colleagues!
Actually Mr. Redwood all that the people need is a few elected representatives (please note use of the word representatives, rather than delegates) to safeguard our nation militarily and to deal with our foreign relations, subject of course to our approval. We will govern ourselves, locally and decide amongst our selves the laws by which we wish to live, coupled with a liberal use of referenda both nationally and locally..
No need for government, no need for 650 MPs, no need for polling - a win/win situation for the people who matter - which is us, not the political elite!"
"In response to assertions made in the Eurosceptic press that the EU "costs too much," the Commission writes: Simply not true. A Tax Freedom Day comparison is telling. When you calculate how many days in a year you have to work to pay the total of your yearly taxes, the national tax burden means that people work until well into spring and summer until they have paid their contribution. By contrast, to cover his or her contribution to the EU budget, the average European would have to pay only four days, until 4 January."
"Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what's going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?"
"Given that I am not remotely accountable to IPSA and would never do anything they tell me, why does my P60 say I'm employed by them?"
"The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it is so rare."
"I believe there is something out there, watching us. Unfortunately it is the government."
"Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage."
"Why is it that David Cameron and this Government get themselves into these problems in the first place? The answer is that they are reckless. Reckless with the future of our young people."
"Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better."So what the hell are we all waiting for?
"The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it."
"......he has betrayed every cause he believed in, contradicted every statement he has made, broken every promise he has given and breached every agreement that he has entered into... There is a lifetime of U-turns, errors and sell-outs. All those hon. Members who sit behind the Prime Minister and wonder whether they stand for anything any longer, or whether they defend any point of principle, know who has led them to that sorry state."
will still be exposed – through the £19bn we contribute to IMF readies and through the £8bn or so our banks are exposed to – but this is still a victory for Mr Cameron. If Britain had been bullied into providing funds for yet another bailout, the PM would have faced a revolt from the Eurosceptic wings of his backbenches. Just yesterday, 14 Tory MPs wrote to the FT (£) to express their concern about Britain’s “throwing good money after bad”. They will now be slightly reassured. But while this helps out Mr Cameron, it is largely insignificant. Britain’s direct exposure to Greece’s catastrophe was never enormous. The most we can lose is a few billion – not pocket change, but well within the margin of error for government spending."Faced in Brussels with Greece’s funding crisis, the PM has managed to stop Britain being drawn further into the web of bailouts, and so when Greece does eventually go bust, we will be less exposed than our European partners, France and Germany. Of course we
".... can be, and are, manipulated by existing power structures. There never is a level playing field when the government of the day launches a referendum. Moreover, as has happened repeatedly in Europe these last two decades, when a government unexpectedly loses over some referendum, it arranges to hold it all over again under circumstances which ensure it gets its own way. In Ireland they even reversed the law which tried to give equal resources to both the pro-government and anti-government positions."
"It is true that such decisions are structured in the main through political parties. However, this in no way means that voting in Parliament is exempt from the personal responsibility of each and every representative. To the contrary, each and every vote taken by an MP must be a principled one. When following the party line, an MP’s vote is not being less principled than it otherwise would be. Nor does this detract from its representative nature."
"The point remains: as instruments of direct democracy, referenda, undercut the logic of representative democracy. In good faith, the need now is for the proper implementation of the mechanisms of representative democracy in order to carry out the outcome of a direct consultation of the people. Yet the proper function of MPs as representatives – as delegates – of the people must be preserved."
"[Statists] believe that government should make decisions for individuals. Since individuals usually prefer to make their own decisions, coercion and compulsion become necessary correctives."By selecting representative democracy politicians are restrained from acting arbitrarily and are there only to enact that which the electorate permits. It naturally requires small government, both nationally and locally, with the added advantage that the numbers of politicians would, of necessity, not be that large thus meaning less cost to the public purse; that their attendance in any legislature would not be that onerous; and that the greatest check on their standards would be by a 'no-strings' recall system. Such a system would guarantee that never again would the electorate have to fear their politicians but, as should be the case, the politicians would have to fear the electorate.