"There's no greater service to this country than the defense of its freedom."
Senator Barry Goldwater, 1964
- So why do the Lib/Lab/Con not do that?
- So why do the electorate not realise that?
"But the Communities Secretary was eating his words yesterday after the Government executed a U-turn over its promise to ensure that rubbish would be picked up weekly from every address in the country. The retreat came because of the cost of bringing back weekly rounds – estimated at more than £100m – and fears that the move would hit recycling levels. Ministers concluded it was not possible to force councils, half of which have some form of fortnightly collection, into line. Mr Pickles looked on impassively as the Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman announced the U-turn in the Commons. But the package of measures fell well short of meeting the Tories' promise in opposition to restore weekly rounds....."
"Still, as I say most current politicians are fiercely statist even if they don’t think of themselves as such..."Oh c'mon AE, of course politicians think of themselves as statist and they know damn well they are - that is their entire raison-d'être!
"We want affordable and effective government, doing those things which only government can do. We prefer our government to be more enabler than provider. We like government to remember that the best answer for most people most of the time is that they be left free enough to take responsibility for their own lives." (Emphasis mine)
"Given this dubious evidence base, Mr Duncan Smith’s comments are going to stay firmly down at the Fiction end of the FactCheck-o-meter for the time being."
"The European Parliament has this week backed the European Commission's goal for halving the number of road deaths by 2020. This goal is part of the Commission's policy orientations on road safety 2011-2020.The relevant document can be read, in its entirety here.
Road safety is a major societal issue. In 2009, more than 35,000 people died on the roads of the European Union, i.e. the equivalent of a medium town, and no fewer than 1,500,000 persons were injured. The cost for society is huge, representing approximately 130 billion Euro in 2009.
In its Communication "Europe 2020 – A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth", the Commission has underlined the importance for Europe of social cohesion, a greener economy, education and innovation. These objectives should be reflected in the various aspects of European transport policy which should aim at ensuring sustainable mobility for all citizens, "decarbonising" transport and make full use of technological progress. Road safety plays an important role in the White Paper on transport policy 2010 – 2020, as lowering the number of road users' casualties is key to improving the overall performance of the transport system and to meet citizens' and companies' needs and expectations.
A coherent holistic and integrated approach is therefore needed, taking into account synergies with other policy goals. Road safety policies at local, national, European or international level should integrate relevant objectives of other public policies and vice versa.
The proposed policy orientations takes fully account of the results obtained during the 3rd road safety action programme 2001-2010, showing that in spite of important progress made on road safety, efforts needed to be continued and further strengthened.
The European road safety policy orientations up to 2020 aims to provide a general governance framework and challenging objectives which should guide national or local strategies. In line with the principle of subsidiarity, actions described should be implemented at the most appropriate level and through the most appropriate means.
In the framework of these policy orientations, the Commission considers that the three following actions should be undertaken as a priority:
- the establishment of a structured and coherent cooperation framework which draws on best practices across the Member States, as a necessary condition to implement in an effective manner the road safety policy orientations 2011-2020,
- a strategy for injuries and first aid to address the urgent and growing need to reduce the number of road injuries,
- the improvement of the safety of vulnerable road users, in particular motorcyclists for whom accidents statistics are particularly worrying."
"The moral and constitutional obligations of our representatives in Washington are to protect our liberty, not coddle the world, precipitating no-win wars, while bringing bankruptcy and economic turmoil to our people."
"Asked for his favourite political joke: "Nick Clegg, at the moment."
"My favourite political quote is by Disraeli: he said the Conservative Party should be the party of change but change that goes along with the customs and manners and traditions and sentiments of the people rather than change according to some grand plan."
"So what happens if you are, say, a young mother in Switzerland with a little baby but no husband or similar on the scene and nowhere to live? There is no countrywide answer to this question because it is not dealt with on a national basis. It is not even dealt with by one of the 26 cantons. It is dealt with by your local commune. There are 2,900 of these and their population can be anything from 30 to 10,000 or more. Officials from this ultra-small local government will come and investigate your individual circumstances. The father will be expected to pay. The mother’s family, if it is in a position to, will be expected to house and pay for her. As a last resort, the young mother will be given assistance by the commune. But the people who pay the local commune taxes will be paying part of the cost. You can imagine that they will not be thrilled at paying for a birth or separation that need never have taken place. Putting yourself in the position of the mother — and perhaps the father — you can imagine that you will be embarrassed as you pass people in the street who are paying for your baby. Instead of feeling you have impersonal legal rights, as in Britain, you are taking money from people you might meet at your local café. No wonder unmarried parenting is less common." (Emphasis mine)That society in Switzerland appears to be fairer may have something to do with the fact that their politicians are ordinary people doing their 'governmenting' on a part-time basis and consequently are not, as in Britain, a group of self-serving parasites sucking the life-blood out of the country.
"SIR – Despite the Chancellor’s recent declarations, Plan B does exist – apparently it requires us to walk to hell, as the handcart is no longer affordable.
"For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery."
"Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage."
"The bail-out of Greece began with a 100-billion-euro package. Very soon a second deal of the same order was required. Now we learn that the 440-billion-euro European Financial Stability Facility may need to be five times bigger to beat back the Debt Beast, which, having gobbled up Greece, is turning its attention to Italy, where Silvio Berlusconi is in a 1.9-trillion-euro hole."
Which just goes to show how useless is the group headed by Eustice and how useless is his party and the man who heads it."Yesterday, Tory MP Desmond Swayne, a senior aide to the Prime Minister, admitted anyone expecting the Government to hasten Britain’s “escape” from the EU should SDHpabandon [sic] hope – because of the pro-EU Liberal Democrats. The comments were in an email allegedly sent by the MP to a UKIP constituent who took him to task over the Tories’ failure to deliver a referendum on Europe. Mr Swayne wrote: “This Coalition includes the most pro-European of all political parties, Nick Clegg began as an MEP, his enthusiasm is undiminished. “Anyone who believes that this government can expedite our escape from the EU is living in a world of illusion. Sorry. DS.” Mr Swayne declined to comment if the email was sent by him, saying his emails were “private”."
"Money and corruption are ruining the land,
Crooked politicians betray the working man,
Pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep,
And we're tired of hearing promises that we know they'll never keep."
Whilst the Labour Party are not the only party to renege on manifesto promises, the question still remains whether two politicians who were heavily involved in the bankrupting of our nation should ever again be trusted with being in any way associated with future economic governance - or governance of any description, come to that."Labour will continue to support reforms that improve parliamentary accountability and scrutiny" (page 110)
And they were going to subject their MPs to a three line whip in order to stop constituents knowing details of their expenses?
"Stronger Local Government with local communities able to make the key decisions about their own neighbourhoods" and "People want a sense of control over their own neighbourhood. Not a new tier of neighbourhood government. (page 103)
And they intend transferring control of planning from local authorities to Regional Development Authorities? Also creating 'super councils' or 'MAAs', courtesy of Hazel Blears?
"Our economic record has finally laid to rest the view that Labour could not be trusted with the economy" (page 15) Well, they sure got that bit right!
"The choice is to go forward to economic stability, rising prosperity.....with new Labour. Or to go back to the old days of Tory.....insecurity and instability". (page 28)
"Mr Cameron is far closer to Mr Clegg than he is to his own voters. He loves being manacled to him, and much prefers Coalition to governing alone. Mr Clegg helps David Cameron ensure that the Government remains pro-EU, pro-crime, anti-education, pro-tax, politically correct and pro-immigration."
"When dictators come to power, the first thing they do is take away the people's weapons....... it makes it so much easier to force the will of the ruler upon the ruled."
".....you can be sure that those Guilty Men won't actually be experiencing even the slightest frisson of guilt or embarrassment about the decent people whose reputations they have helped destroy, or the damage they have done to our economy, our democracy and our freedoms."
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable."
John F. Kennedy
"Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule - and both commonly succeed, and are right."
"If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power."
Dwight Eisenhower 6 March 1956