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"30 July 2011We DC, what say you................? Bearing in mind of course that you, personally, don't believe in giving the people a voice and that the only reason you agreed to a referendum on the voting system was to stop your pet poodle from slipping his leash?
Rt. Hon. David Cameron MP
10 Downing Street
London SW1A 2AA
Dear Mr Cameron,
It is reported that you have written to the Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon. Julia Gillard MP to give support to her government's proposals to implement a carbon tax.
It is strange that you have felt it to be your business to interfere in the internal politics of another country, particularly as the matter is yet to be debated in our parliament and is a proposal that polls indicate to be very unpopular with the Australian people.
You should be aware that Australia is a completely independent and sovereign nation and that it has been around a hundred years since Britain dictated policy in this country. Furthermore, you must know that the Westminster system of parliamentary democracy requires a government, particularly a minority one, to have a mandate to introduce any law which has the potential to dramatically increase our cost of living. In your words as quoted: an 'ambitious package'. In fact, because of the specific promise made by Ms Gillard at the 2010 election, it can be said that the Australian government has a mandate NOT to implement a carbon tax.
You, yourself, sought a mandate by way of a referendum by the British people before implementing change to your electoral Act. If you did feel yourself compelled to meddle in our politics surely it should have been to suggest that the Australian government follow your own example in seeking the will of the people on major change?
Australian Monarchist League"
"The significance of this ruling is that if you live in UK, every time you click on an internet link you must have a license for every page you open. This is the case for every link you follow on the internet, any link people send to you by email, or any link you find on Twitter or Facebook."
"there is something fundamentally wrong with a legal regime which renders the innocent acts of many millions of citizens illegal."
"I'm afraid, Captain, under their rules, this is as much of a non-starter as all the other wastes of time that are spun as wonderful new ways of "opening up democracy". Any petitions that get over 100k get shoved on a list for a backbench committee to "look at", and after "consideration" and "checking" by the relevant govt department, the committee may propose that the petitions be put it forward to a debate in the House but the government isn't bound to look at the proposal or discuss it anyway. It is entirely symbolic! ....[.....].....Anything that the people want but the LibLabCon and their corporate money masters don't want will not get anywhere. They will be classed as "Offensive, joke or nonsense e-petitions" on the basis that they are provocative or "extreme" in their views. Of course, we would then get the "government ignores electorate" situation, but then that's no different to the way things already are."
"To fix wholly and solely on an “in/out” referendum is to declare the chosen means of fighting to an enemy who will have the advantage of making the dispositions of his far superior forces of money, influence and persuasion well in advance and of fixing the time of the engagement to his best advantage. It will not be a fair fight. Most of it will take place long before the immediate campaign before the poll – without rules and with all the advantage to big money and entrenched influence."It is my intention to sign this petition, if only to see how the government wriggle out of not holding a debate - and even if it is held, a pound to a penny the vote would have a three-line whip imposed. I just wish that those pushing for a referendum on our membership of the EU would just stop and think because as and when a referendum is held, it will be a once in a lifetime opportunity and there needs to be a level playing field - especially bearing in mind that the ultimate decision on whether the referendum is held will be in the hands of our elected representatives.
"This is why the Big Society notion floats rather aimlessly in the air. David Cameron is right that social bonds are best created by voluntary groups rather than the central state, but the concept lacks the underpinning of self-interest."
"They reflect the preoccupations of the elite rather than the aspirations of the multitude. Spending on overseas aid should not be “ring-fenced”; large subventions to the European Union, let alone assistance to the euro, should not be paid; outrageous levies on energy bills to pretend that windpower will save the planet should stop. Governments should not be prevented by international institutions and treaties from implementing policies designed for the people who elected them. “Human rights” and employment law should not make it impossible to sack people or punitively expensive to hire them."
"The public consultation generated over 85 000 contributions, which illustrates a great interest in EU tobacco control policy. Citizen contributions accounted for 96% of the survey response. Almost 2/3 of the contributions were from just two Member States: Italy and Poland. It is difficult to draw firm conclusions from the outcome of the public consultation procedure."
"The public consultation drew a wide response from citizens: 82 117 responses in total. While it is encouraging to see a great number of responses, it should also be noted that this volume appears to be a result, to a large extent, of several citizen mobilisation campaigns that took place in some Member States."
"Thank you for joining the Electoral Reform Society, it’s great to have you on board.There are big problems with politics in Britain; a disengaged and dissatisfied electorate; under-representation of women in parliament and a Medieval House of Lords - to name but a few. We look forward to working with all our members to build a democracy we can all be proud of."
"We will ensure that any petition that secures 00,000 signatures will be eligible for formal debate in Parliament. The petition with the most signatures will enable members of the public to table a bill eligible to be voted on in Parliament."
"Based on the book Direct Democracy, the localist papers, and The Plan, the Direct Democracy campaign aims to shift governmental powers back, from Brussels to Westminster, from Whitehall to town halls, from the state to the citizens. Power would be dispersed among communities, through localism and through referendums. Britain has been heading in the wrong direction. The British People are giving up on politics and politicians. Direct Democracy aims to restore meaning to the ballot box, freedom to the citizen and dignity to Parliament."
"Generally, MPs will present all petitions they receive from their constituents. However, MPs aren't compelled to present petitions and doing so does not imply that they support the action the petition is calling for."
"Now we could be forced to explain why we can't have the death penalty in a civilised society."
"The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is apt to spread discontent among those who are."
H. L. Mencken
"First published in April last year, just before the May election, this article has been the subject of much searching lately, so due to public interest, I have decided to republish. (apologies if any of the original links no longer work).With the subject of our membership of the European Union and all it's ramifications rising daily in the news agenda. the more that this paper is circulated; the more that people are made aware of how our politicians lie to us on this subject, thus showing themselves to be venal, self-centred and self-opinionated; the more that people become aware that there really is no difference in the Lib/Lab/Con, that they just argue about the implementation; and the more people become aware that our politicians, who profess to be the guardians of our nation, our society and our morals, are in fact no more than traitors, then closer comes their day of reckoning together with the day of reckoning for their sycophants in bureaucracy, quangos, the civil service and various other social-pressure groups that exist to promote the undermining of a system of democracy that has existed for hundreds of years. Not that I am saying that system of democracy is/was perfect, far from it - but at least it is our system of democracy and if it does require change, then the decision to change it rests not with our politicians nor bureaucrats in Brussels. It rests with the people of this nation!
LibLabCon only offering voters disguised EU agendaIn an article by Toque entitled The Liberal Democrats’ Resolution of the England Question, which was the publication of a letter from the Liberal Democrat HQ in response to their question on an English Parliament, published on 27th April, I posted the following response:
As a result of my assertions, I have received an email asking me to expand on this subject and to provide some more detail. This I am happy to do, and will begin to outline this detail below.“Ultimately, we want to move towards a federal United Kingdom – devolving power within England further and thus resolving this question”
Note the LibDem words carefully – “devolving power within England further”. Not devolving power TO England, but within England.
Why can people not see, or choose not to see, that this ‘Federal United Kingdom’ is the 12 Regions of the UK as mapped out by the EU.
9 English regions, each eventually to have the same powers as Scotland, NI & Wales, (those 3 already having regional status), each with a Regional Minister in Westminster to give the appearance of UK sovereignty, but in reality controlled by the Committee of the Regions in Brussels.
That is what is meant by devolving power closer to the people as espoused by the LibDems, and regularly by Dan Hannan MEP because the Conservatives in the UK don’t want it raised as an issue at election time. The regional NHS (9 English RHA’s already in place) and Regional police forces (nearly in place with talk of mergers again on the table), 9 Regional Fire Service Commands (already in place), Regional TV & Radio (already in place), and to use the LibDems own words ‘removing power from Westminster and Whitehall’.
At that point, currently estimated to be 2012, the UK will no longer have the power to negotiate to leave the EU, its powers having been devolved completely to the 12 regions. And a region alone could not negotiate to leave, as the original treaty was with the UK.
There never will be an English Parliament, there never will be a single voice for England alone, so long as we remain inside the EU.
The evidence is all around you, its there again in the LibDem response, you only have to see what is in front of you.
Lets take first of all my assertion that there are 9 English regions, each eventually to have the same powers as Scotland, NI & Wales, (those 3 already having regional status), each with a Regional Minister in Westminster to give the appearance of UK sovereignty, but in reality controlled by the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. In June 2007 the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, announced the appointment of nine regional ministers. In the July 2007 Green Paper, The Governance of Britain, the Government proposed that regional committees should be established.
In this document, Regional Accountability at Westminster it was also laid out that 8 Regional Grand Committee’s be established, which are now in place. 8 rather than 9 as it was considered that London Region did not require one. Here is what Wikipedia tells us about these Regional Ministers, and includes the Regional Map of England (Scotland, NI & Wales already having been established with Regional Government).
The Governance of Britain Green Paper, published in July 2007, provided the following objectives for regional ministers:That so far is the visible element of the EU Regional policy, but what is more important is the invisible elements, that which must not be made visible to the public until it is too late to change it. The Governance of Britain Green Paper mentioned above is the UK Government complying and publishing its area of the more wide-ranging European Commission document European Governance.
It also stated:
- to advise the Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) on the approval of regional strategies and appointment of Regional Development Agency (RDA) chairs and boards;
- to represent regional interests in the formulation of central government policy relevant to economic growth and sustainable development in areas that have not been devolved to the RDAs
- to facilitate a joined up approach across government departments and agencies to enable the effective delivery of the single regional strategy
- to champion the region at high level events and with regard to high profile projects (including through a programme of regional visits); and
- to represent the Government with regard to central government policy at regional committee hearings and at parliamentary debates focused specifically on the region.
“There are a range of functions that Regional Ministers will undertake. These are mostly clustered around the responsibilities of the Government Offices and the Regional Development Agencies, particularly in relation to economic development. Regional Ministers will be able to take questions in Parliament on the work of regional bodies, and on regional strategies.
So lets now get back to Regionalisation, across the entire European Union, and in particular to the UK, and we will see that not only the Liberal Democrats are committed to the regionalisation of the UK as part of the EU plan, but so are the Conservative party with the Big Society policy plan and of course the Labour party who have been implementing this since 1997.
When we speak of the European Union we think of the Council of Ministers, the European Commission and the European Parliament as the only players. It is true that these bodies form the Executive, Civil Service and Legislature, but there are many more bodies which work alongside the EU in formulating, presenting and implementing policy and EU directives, regulations and decisions. One such body is the Committee of the Regions (CoR) of which I have spoken before, originally set up as an advisory group, it is now taking on institutional and legal powers afforded to it by the Lisbon Treaty and holds plenary sessions representing the 277 Regions of the EU. We shall return to the CoR later. Another body is the Assembly of European Regions (ARE or AER). This body is represented by delegates of all 277 Regions of the EU, and although holds no constitutional or legal position, is fully funded by EU taxpayers, and its remit extends to 33 countries, including those now linked by the Mediterranean Union (EU and North African states bordering the Mediterranean).
In 1996 the Assembly of European Regions issued a Declaration on Regionalism in Europe. That document states:
Item 3 of Preamble: The regions are an essential and irreplaceable element of European development and integration.Seeing any of the 3 main party policies yet? The document continues and lays out rules under which Regions shall exist, the definition and concept of Regions, and how States shall devolve power to them.
Item 5 of Preamble: Recognising the importance in Europe of the process of integration and regionalisation.
Item 7 of Preamble: Convinced that states with strong regional political structures, ie. with legislative powers and their own finances can optimally resolve their economic and social problems.
Item 9 of Preamble: Being aware that the regions, within the national legal order, are an indispensable element of democracy, decentralisation and self-determination, by allowing people to identify with their community and by increasing the opportunities for their
participation in public life.
Item 13 of Preamble: Considering the relevance of the Council of Europe’s draft European Charter of Regional Self-government (1996) and the European Parliament’s “Community Charter for Regionalisation” (1988).
Item 14 of Preamble: Convinced of the significance of this declaration, which reflects a political will and the aspirations that the regions wish to promote in Europe, while respecting the diversity of their situations which call for a variety of solutions;
Article 1.1 The region is the territorial body of public law established at the level immediately below that of the state and endowed with political self-government.The document is 13 pages in length and I suggest that you read the full document to understand fully just how the UK is to be broken, as it will explain why England in particular will never obtain its English Parliament.
Article 1.2 The region shall be recognised in the national constitution or in legislation which guarantees its autonomy, identity, powers and organisational structures.
Article 1.3 The region shall have its own constitution, statute of autonomy or other law which shall form part of the legal order of the state at the highest level establishing at least its organisation and powers.
The status of a region can be altered only in cooperation with the region concerned. Regions within the same state may have a different status, in keeping with their historical, political, social or cultural characteristics.
Article 1.4 The region is the expression of a distinct political identity, which may take very different political forms, reflecting the democratic will of each region to adopt the form of political organisation it deems preferable. The region shall resource and staff its own administration and adopt insignia for its representation.
Article 3.1 The apportionment of powers between the state and the regions shall be determined in the national constitution or in legislation in accordance with the principles of political decentralisation and subsidiarity.The implementation of Article 6.1 has of course already taken place and explains why taxpayers funds to Scotland & Wales are higher, whose Regional governments then disburse them differently to the English regions, and why we see the disparity in the NHS budgets between these regions where Scotland & Wales spend far more per capita than England, as they also do with Education.
Under these principles, functions should be exercised at the level as close to the citizen as possible. (see appendix)
Appendix to article 3, paragraph 1
Examples of the existing regions’ powers:
- regional economic policy,
- regional planning, building and housing policy,
- telecommunications and transport infrastructures,
- energy and environment,
- agriculture and fischeries,
- education at all levels, universities and research,
- culture and media,
- public health,
- tourism, leisure and sport,
- police and public order.
Article 5.3 Under national legislation, the region shall be entitled to levy its own taxes and determine sources of tax revenue. For this purpose, it shall set the criteria for determining its taxes, duties and
dues. Where the law permits, it may decide to charge supplements
on state taxes.
Article 6.1 The principle of solidarity entails the existence of national
systems of financial equalisation.
The aims and procedure of financial equalisation shall be prescribed in the national constitution or legislation.
Account shall be taken of the uneven distribution of the financial burdens borne by the regions, on the basis of objective criteria. However, financial equalisation shall not dissuade those regions required to make equalisation payments from making appropriate use of the sources of tax revenue available to them.
The needs of municipal authorities shall also be taken into account in the calculation of equalisation payments.
Equalisation shall take the form of transfers from the state to the regions, and between regions.
There is a lot of mention in that document that refers to the Constitution. You would be right in saying the UK does not have one, well not yet, but whilst we have all been focusing on the election, those Civil Servants in the Cabinet Office have been beavering away writing a Constitution for the UK ready for the incoming government.
Now you may say that this is only a declaration from a non legislative body, and if that is as far as it went, you would be right. However, here is the Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on the ‘Recommendation of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe on a European Charter of Regional Self-Government’, which in turn had adopted the Declaration of Regionalism in Europe and by which time had also adopted the Council of Europe’s draft European Charter of Regional Self-government (1996) and the European Parliament’s “Community Charter for Regionalisation” (1988). What followed next was that the European Commission passed this all into European Law with its Regulation, European Parliament resolution on the role of regional and local authorities in European integration (2002/2141(INI)) As this was passed as a Regulation, it was not required for an Act of Parliament to be raised and was therefore introduced into UK law on Tuesday 14th January 2003. (I would remind readers at this stage that EU laws are passed in 3 ways and introduced into UK law using different methods, which I have written about previously).
So, now it is UK law that Regionalisation must take place, Labour have been implementing this since 1997, firstly with the attempt at Regional Parliaments (voted down but since replaced with Regional Grand Committees), and with the introduction of Regional Assemblies, Regional Development Agencies and the Regionalisation of the Military and all the emergency services, media, NHS, and just about every other government body.
We see now at election time the 3 main parties including it in their party manifestos, but in such a way that regionalisation is never mentioned, England is never mentioned, the EU is never mentioned and the demise and marginalisation of Westminster are never mentioned.
Gordon Brown speaks of the Countries and Regions of the UK in which he means Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the 9 English regions.
Nick Clegg speaks of devolving power closer to the people, on immigration he has a regional placement plan, and
David Cameron talks of the Big Society, again devolving power closer to the people, elected Regional Police chiefs, cutting down the number of MP’s.
If you want to see the 3 main parties other policy items laid out in the EU agenda, you can see it here, in the The European Commission Work Programme 2010. The only argument between them is how to implement them. The real work as I said earlier is being handled by the Committee of the Regions, for it is they who now direct regional and local government policy implementation; and remember, that all the while these EU structures have been put into place in the background, you have been paying for it. The UK has been paying its up front EU dues, it has been paying its EU tax called VAT, and it has been paying for the Committee of the Regions, The Assembly of European Regions and for all of the local government restructuring that has been going on for over 10 years, over and over you have been paying.
Let me reiterate. Whilst we remain inside the EU, there are 2 chances of an English Parliament, Bob Hope and No Hope. If anyone wishes to campaign for an English Parliament, the only way in which you will achieve that ambition is for the UK to leave the EU. It is not too late, the election is still a week away.
Many of the smaller parties and Independents are committed to leaving the EU, and of course The Albion Alliance are asking candidates to sign a personal pledge on working for a referendum simply because we just don’t trust our politicians or parties to do what they say they will do, because we know that they are following an EU agenda, not a British one.
For some strange reason, the Labour government in the final weeks before the campaign blocked publication of its plans for an elected second chamber. The Guardian tells us: “So in the public interest we are publishing the plans in full on the website”. Click here to read them. You will note that these plans involve the election to the second chamber on a Regional basis."