Moran told to quit or the bay tree gets it

10 August 2009

Luton Today reports that comedian and political activist Mark Thomas kidnapped Margaret Moran’s £50 bay tree, paid for by the taxpayer.  He said:

“Instead of clinging to office for the sake of your salary and pension, for the sake of democracy you must stand down. You have until 7.58pm on Sunday, August 2, 2009 to resign or your bay tree will pay the price.”

Watch the tree decapitation (about 57 minutes into the video).

LT continues:

But with no resignation forthcoming, the bay tree met its fate on the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square. A friend of the comedian who had signed up to take part in the art exhibit, where members of the public can stand for an hour, climbed onto the plinth with the tree and a sign urging the MP to stand down.

With the Ms Moran unwilling to negotiate the tree was unceremoniously chopped in two and its head thrown into the watching crowd.

But in the end the tree did benefit the public who had paid for it – its leaves were used to flavour a giant batch of minestrone soup served up at a nearby bar.

A spokesman for the MP said she was aware of the theft but had not reported it to the police.


Tamiflu does more harm than good

10 August 2009

Quelle surprise!

Research shows that Tamiflu does more harm than good* when given to children between 1 and 12 years old.

And feeble-brained government ministers have been getting untrained call-centre staff to recommend Tamiflu to patients – even if they do not have swine flu symptoms. Are they really sufficiently qualified to recommend the taking of a drug which has potentially fatal side-effects?

How much of our money have they wasted on something that is not only not necessary, but is positively harmful?

* British Medical Journal

Update (11 July 2009):

One commenter on one of my previous swine flu posts asserted that it was criminal to advise people not to take Tamiflu. I hope he is eating his words now. The Mail provides a good example of the harm Tamiflu can cause.

Food security: An excuse to introduce GM Frankenfoods?

10 August 2009

Hilary Benn contends that if we want to be able to feed the population of the UK in 20 years, we’ll need to use technology to increase crop yields.

Is he trying to soften us up for GM ‘frankenfood‘ crops? Last month, the government secretly permitted GM trials in the UK, claiming that there was no possibility of contamination of neighbouring farms.

And yet GM foods have been proven to cause cancer and life-threatening allergic reactions. Are government ministers being paid by GM giants like Monsanto to put public health and the environment at risk?

In any case, Nick Herbert has exposed the extent to which Labour has destroyed farming in this country. We were self-sufficient once and we can become so again – without meddling from the EU or Labour know-nothing interventionists.

MPs and Police above the law

10 August 2009

It was this Conservative election poster from half a century ago that predicted life under Labour; prodnoses intruding at every opportunity.

1,183 Met Police employees committed fraud against the taxpayer by abusing their American Express cards and the response from Senior officers was? Why, they “were so overwhelmed by the number of cases” that they decided not to punish the offenders. Instead, the police fraudsters would be given “training and guidance”.*

And we have yet to hear of any prosecutions of fraudster MPs by the Met. What a cosy relationship they must have.

Meanwhile, every 60 seconds, an innocent member of the public is being clandestinely spied upon by snooping bureaucrats for suspected ‘crimes’ as petty as dropping litter – under anti-terrorism law, RIPA. The next government should put a stop to these outrageous intrusions into our privacy.

The government and the police get away scott free with proven fraud, while we suffer at their hands for the pettiest of ‘offences’.

Nobody should be above the law. If lawmakers were subject to the laws that they draft, they’d doubtless draft them a tad more carefully.

Hat tip to Raedwald for the poster.

Of these cases, 50 were passed to independent investigators. Three officers have since been convicted of criminal offences and two more await trial.

Jenny Jones, of the Metropolitan Police Authority, said training and guidance is “not enough” and some disciplinary action should be taken. She said: “I find it unacceptable that the police have just let these officers go with guidance. They must have known what they were doing was wrong.”

World government: incentives

10 August 2009

Guido Hülsmann discusses unethical money production with Lew Rockwell.

Well worth a listen.

A dog with more sense than liberals

9 August 2009

Hat tip: AmusingBunni

Private health insurance to be illegal in America

8 August 2009

Americans are furious about Obama’s socialised medicine bill, “HR 3200: America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009“, and rightly so.

Here are just a few items of many more that people are seething about:

Page 16: Private health insurance will become illegal. People will lose their existing policies if they change jobs, if they change coverage, or if the price of the health insurance changes. I.e., when any aspect of their private health insurance changes, after this bill goes into effect, they can’t renew it. They will then be forced to use the government’s health insurance.

Page 29: Health care will be rationed.

Page 42: the health care commissioner will decide who gets what health benefits – the American public will have no choice.

Page 58: everyone will be issued with a national ID health card.

Page 59, The government will have real-time access to all everyone’s bank accounts for electronic funds transfer. They will then debit people’s accounts for health expenses.

Page 72: all private health care plans must conform to government rules to participate in a health care exchange. I.e., will be controlling insurance companies.

Page 195: Any individual who does not have acceptable health care, defined by the government, will be taxed 2.5% of their income each year.

Officers and employees of government health care bureaucracy will have access to all American financial and personal records.

Page 203, the bill explicitly states: “the tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as a tax“! (Ah, just like our National ‘Insurance’!). I guess Americans can expect this tax to be inflated to fund other government projects, just like our government does with NI.

Why force this government health care insurance on people?

Is this a means of forcing a biometric ID card on people? Will doctors be forced to hand over Americans’ DNA for America’s own DNA database?

Will people be refused other health care if they refuse to be vaccinated for swine flu?

Oh, by the way, Obama plans to quarantine people in their homes on any medical pretext – defined by the government, of course. For example, British Columbia brought in a new public health act last year which was described as giving health officials “stronger powers to protect the public against communicable diseases such as pandemic influenza.”

Under the new act, the province can order vaccinations or examinations and quarantine people. Health officials can also enforce the act using peace officers, warrants and even court orders.

No wonder Americans believe they’re headed for martial law. This is big government in your face. They’re not even hiding it any more.

Freedom Watch: Judge Napolitano

8 August 2009

Judge Napolitano’s guests are Dan Hannan, Congressman Dr Ron Paul, Dr Rand Paul (running for Senate), Peter Schiff (running for Senate).

Topics discussed: socialised medicine and the NHS, unsustainable debt, big government, reduction of freedoms, corruption, career politicians.

This week’s show is hugely relevant to the UK – highly recommended.

Dan Hannan tells the US of dangers of socialism

8 August 2009

Hat tip: Tory Bear


While Dan Hannan warns America of the dangers of socialised medicine, the Left are determined to ride roughshod over the constitution and the wishes of the people. Obama might come unstuck over this issue as it attempts to drive a stake through the freedom-loving American heart.

My Doubts puts it so well:

It appears that, as is so often the case with authoritarians, Obama has broken the law in even asking for this information. I do hope this is tested in court and he is humiliated. He has already received bad publicity from this incredibly stupid email, more can only be better.

Still the Left does not want to know, because it still does not doubt. This is why, dear reader, that on the subject of the Left and most especially Barack Obama, I have always had My Doubts.
Glen Reynolds, of Instapundit, is the ultimate source of all links, so many, many fine hats tipped to the great legal academic.

Update: the US Democrats are willing to stack an ‘open’ meeting with union members just to avoid having to listen to their opponents. They don’t want to know.

Update: it appears that Barack Obama is breaking another article of the same privacy law. David Hardy, the blogger who points this out, reckons this to be a far more serious breach. Oh, dear.

Blogger problems

8 August 2009

When I try to access sites (mainly blogger), I get the error message:

“We’re sorry … but your computer or network may be sending
automated queries. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now”

Has anyone experienced the same recently?


Update: If  I’m offline, it’s because I’m  denied access.   Contact me at faustiesblog at googlemail dot com