Archive for the ‘EU’ Category

EU at loggerheads with Germans, Irish and Czechs

14 July 2009

According to the Sun, German Constitutional Court judges called the Lisbon Treaty an “illegal power grab“, in their judgement last week, as the Treaty removes sovereignty from nation states in areas such as the right to set laws on defence, taxes, policing and education. Germany can’t ratify the Treaty until its parliament drafts a new law guaranteeing the German parliament rights in the EU decision-making process.

The Sun Leader says the German Court: “even rejects the EU Parliament as a democratic body – pointing out that it does not even have a proper Opposition. This must surely put paid forever to the grandiose dream of a European superstate?”

OpenEurope correctly opines: “British MPs need to wake up … and demand the same powers.”

The Prague Monitor reports that some Czech Senators might lodge a complaint over the Treaty with the Czech Constitutional Court in early August.

EU Commission President, Barroso has again warned Ireland that it will lose the right to appoint a Commissioner if it votes No to the Lisbon Treaty, reports the Irish Times. Said Barroso: “With Lisbon it would be always possible to have one commissioner per member state… if you keep Nice then member states will not have the possibility to send a member to the commission all the time. So that is an important argument to vote for Lisbon I believe”.

The Germans don’t give in too easily, the Irish don’t like being pushed around and the Czechs have just extricated them from stifling socialist dictatorship so are not in the mood to become embroiled in another.

Each of these nations has suffered oppression of some sort in their recent history. Their strength of feeling should not be underestimated and I wouldn’t be surprised if they kill off the EU in its current form. It’s too rigid a structure, anyway.

Together with Sweden’s demonstrations and Britain’s fury over the EU spy database state, this week could be sparkly for eurosceptics!

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Swedes to demonstrate over Big Brother EU surveillance body

14 July 2009

Dagens Nyheter reports that Stockholm expects to see some major demonstrations in Sweden this week when EU ministers meet under the Swedish Presidency; the Chinese and Iranian embassies fear unrest.

The police put their number [demonstrations] at about 30.

The EU Justice, Home Affairs and Migration Ministers (JHA Council, a centralised EU body) will discuss the “Stockholm Programme” involving the surveillance of migrants – including asylum seekers. Various civil liberties groups are greatly concerned about invasion of privacy which this would entail and suspect that certain groups would be explicitly targeted for profiling, under the guise of a terrorist threat.

I expect a major part of the surveillance involves the means of collection and storage of personal relational and behavioural data in the EU’s mega surveillance database, which I blogged on earlier.

The Expressen newspaper argues that the Stockholm Programme risks becoming a “milestone on the road towards a more repressive Big Brother-EU“. It complains that it only discovered the plans via a leak and that, as usual, the public is not told about controversial EU plans until it is too late to stop them.

The Swedes are wising up to the EU’s modus operandi. The French weren’t told that their constitution had to be amended to allow their government to ratify the Lisbon Treaty – the information only became apparent to most on the day the wretched thing was ratified. Weren’t they miffed about that?

EU data centre to have €100 million budget

14 July 2009

Ever wonder why G20 nations are all compiling databases on their citizens, at the same time? In the US, they call it “profiling” and currently being targeted are libertarians and conservatives – or anyone who doesn’t like Obama’s policies.

Brown has evidently been following orders.

El Mundo covers a report in Der Spiegel saying that the EU is preparing to establish a data centre which holds sensitive personal information. The article notes that the centre has a budget of €100 million and will unite data centres which currently function independently.

It will be called the “Agency for the management of large IT systems in the field of liberty, security and justice“.

Given the EU’s propensity to doublespeak, hiding it’s true intentions, it might better be named “Agency for the mismanagement of large spy database for entrapment and injustice“.

German liberal MEP Alexander Alvaro said “centralising such a gigantic quantity of different data only makes sense if they want to create profiles of people“.

Quite. Why might they want to do that?

Kill off the ID card scheme

28 June 2009

No2ID has heard rumours that Home Secretary Alan Johnson is “reviewing the ID card” scheme, with a view to delaying or killing it off.  Any delay of a year or more will effectively kill it off because the Tories plan to scrap it anyway.

It would be a pragmatic move on the part of Johnson, since spending money the government doesn’t have on an ID card scheme the country doesn’t want, which will be scrapped anyway, will help plug the massive hole in treasury coffers.

No2ID says:

The Identity Cards Act 2006 was never a complete system. It left vast amounts about the card, and the database, enrolment and enforcement, to be determined in regulations. The first batch of those regulations has appeared and MPs will be able to vote against them at a debate scheduled for July. Together they are far longer than the act itself, and there are numerous points of revealing detail and sheer bad drafting which give scope for legal and political attack. If the regulations are not approved by parliament the whole scheme will be stalled.

Please write to your MP now, *particularly if you have a Labour MP* and ask them to vote against the new statutory instruments that would allow the ID scheme to begin.

The ID card requires of its holders a large number of personal details and many of those holders are compelled to acquire an ID card. It is a massive imposition on the privacy of individuals and should be stopped – it is the thin end of a wedge, instigated by the EU.

Write to your MP. Insist that he oppose the ID card scheme.

77% of Germans want referendum on Lisbon Treaty

28 June 2009

Contrary to popular belief, Germans don’t like the Lisbon Treaty any more than we do. In fact, on 30 June, the German Constitutional Court will rule on the compatibility of the Lisbon Treaty with the German Constitution. Open Europe, in collaboration with the Institute for Free Enterprise in Berlin, has published a new poll which shows that 77% of Germans want to be given a say on the Lisbon Treaty in a national referendum.

Voters were asked: “Do you think that German voters should be given the opportunity to have their say on the new EU Treaty in a national referendum?”

77.3% said yes, 20.7% said no, and 1.9% said they don’t know.

OpenEurope publishes some surprising facts on the German stance to the Lisbon Treaty and the EU in general.

And the Big Brother bogeyman is … the EU

26 June 2009

OpenEurope reports:

European Commission wants database for all 500 million citizens, raising “big brother” concerns

The European Commission has proposed to set up a new agency to oversee all its large-scale IT systems, thereby bringing together management of three key systems – the Schengen Information System, Visa Information System and Eurodac – plus other related applications, into a single operational structure.

Webwereld reports that human right groups have expressed fears for big brother implications, as this would mean that data on all 500 million European Union citizens and all illegal migrants would be merged into a database for “freedom and security”. The cost of the system would be €113 million in the first 3 years, and later €10 million per year following that.

As if we hadn’t already guessed that this government was kowtowing to its political masters, while attempting to hide the fact from the electorate.

For the uninitiated, now you see why Brown is not listening to you. He doesn’t take his instructions from you, plebian. You are his serf, the property of the EU which is Brown’s political master.

Unless we rid ourselves of the EU, democracy is dead in the UK.

Computing.co.uk, Webwereld

Tom Utley’s conspiracy theory

26 June 2009


Tom Utley is 95% sure that Mandy is propping up Brown in order to secure the prize of the Lisbon Treaty – the deliverance of the UK on a plate to the EU, for his traitor’s shekels. Brown is happy to oblige, so keen is he to cling to power and so keen is he to further the EU projekt.

Utley is not alone. Many of us have suspected this ever since the Prince of Darkness descended upon Westminster to revive the fortunes of McBean the walking dead. Dan Hannan weighed in with his belief that this indeed was the case.

How low can this government get?

26 June 2009

It is clear that Brown intends to fight very dirty to cling onto power – there is no level too low to which the Prime Mentalist will stoop.

Labour lost one motion but won several others by a small margin to regionalise debates that should take place in Parliament. What is so disturbing about this is that the opposition parties first learned of Labour’s plans when they were published on the House’s order papers – without discussion or debate in the House.


This is a matter for Parliament to decide – not for an unelected, megalomaniac mental case!

Outf**kingrageous!

I was gobsmacked when Dhanda, one of the Speaker candidates, spoke of regionalising parliamentary debates and at the time, wondered where the hell that idea came from, right out of the blue.

Now it seems clear that this emanated from the Labour party – a sort of stalking policy looking for traction from the MPs’ expenses scandal.

The regionalisation smacks of the sticky, all-pervasive hand of the EU, which would like to see England disappear, and the English parliament made into an irrelevance – all the easier to take over and control the land and the people of England.


The evil freaking b*stards!

Amazing coincidence that these debates are to take place during the weeks of the opposition parties’ autumn conferences – not a single one schedule during the Labour Party’s conference.

Cameron, Clegg, Farage – I hope you are ready for a knock-out fight. Brown is a dangerous man and has to be taken out.

Full story from the BBC:

Chamber of House of Commons

The idea is to hold more committee meetings outside London

The government has suffered a defeat in the Commons over part of its plan for MPs to hold debates across England.

Tory and Lib Dem MPs attacked the plans for so-called Regional Grand Committees to meet in September and October.

They were annoyed there had been no debate on the timings and location of the sessions.

A proposed session in Nottingham on 9 September was rejected by 104 votes to 98. Seven other regional meetings were approved but voting was close.

The first vote, for a meeting of South West MPs in Exeter on 3 September was passed by just nine votes, while a committee held in Reading of South East MPs went through by just seven votes.

‘No debate’
The Nottingham meeting would have involved East Midlands MPs discussing the economy.

But the government’s plans – which have already been criticised by opposition parties for being too costly – came under fire in the Commons when a series of dates and locations were listed – but there was no opportunity to debate them.

Tory chief whip Patrick McLoughlin questioned the timing, adding: “Indeed, some of these regional grand committees are taking place when both the Liberal Democrat party conference is and the Conservative party conference, yet none are taking place when the Labour Party conference is taking place.”

It now appears after the recent defeat of the government that this policy is in complete disarray
Alan Duncan
Conservatives

He was told there was “no possibility of discussion and debate, merely a vote” as the items were on the Commons order paper.

Conservative Yorkshire MP Greg Knight was annoyed a meeting of the Yorkshire and Humber committee was scheduled for Barnsley when he said it should be in Bridlington.

And for the Lib Dems, David Heath said MPs had been “given no notice of these motions beyond the fact that they were on the order paper today” – he was told no amendments could be added.

The government narrowly won the first vote, for a South West committee, by nine votes.
But it then lost the Nottingham vote by six votes. The following five votes were narrowly won by majorities of seven, eight, 15, 19, 21 and finally 25 votes.
Among those opposing the proposal was Alan Duncan, Shadow Commons leader and MP for Rutland.

He called for a statement from Commons leader Harriet Harman and urged her to withdraw the motions and go “back to the drawing board”.
“It now appears after the recent defeat of the government that this policy is in complete disarray,” he said.

A spokesman for Ms Harman said Labour MPs had not been instructed to vote for the government’s policy.

He said: “These are matters for the House to reach a decision on. The leader is disappointed at the outcome. She feels that the grand committees could have engaged in valuable work in September.”

The committees were set up last year in an effort to improve accountability and as a forum for ministers with responsibility for economic development in the English regions to outline their strategies.

But some MPs opposed the idea, saying it was too costly and would further increase government patronage.

Yes, Minister on the EEC

17 June 2009

Brussels Laid Bare – EU corruption

29 May 2009


UKIP Treasurer Marta Andreasen dared Lord Kinnock to attempt to ban her new book Brussels Laid Bare just days after its launch.

Marta, the former chief accountant for the EU, was sacked when she tried to expose EU waste. She questioned EU accounting practices and accountability and frequently clashed with the former Labour leader, Neil Kinnock who was an EU Commissioner at the time.

“I very much hope one of the drivers of the gravy train such as Lord Kinnock will try to ban this book,” she said.

“Kinnock is blamed and shamed in the book but I don’t think he’ll have the nerve to try and stop it. I’m sure he has read it but, if he is clever, he’ll try to ignore it.”

At Andreason’s book launch on Monday in Westminster, she urged every voter to read it before the European Elections on June 4.

Christopher Booker describes Brussels Laid Bare as “a chilling cross between two of Franz Kafka novels, The Trial and The Castle“.

Read Christopher Booker’s full review.

Should Amazon be out of stock, purchase Brussels Laid Bare here.

Marta Andreasen is standing as a UKIP MEP candidate on 4th June.