Monthly Archives: November 2008
The “sieg heil” hand salute is purely coincidental but it marries the context.
The yellow lightening strike on a red background would not look out of place
in 1930’s Germany, but this was Blackpool in 2006
The arrest of Tory MP, Damian Green, is making the headlines. None of us knows the full story yet and whether his alleged crime is indeed leaking ‘secrets’ – in this case, ones slightly embarrassing to the government, who must have been too ashamed to release the information themselves – or something very serious that justified the need for seven officers to arrest him and others to search his homes and offices.
Was it necessary for Mr Green to be held for nine hours as well as being fingerprinted and requiring to surrender a DNA sample before being released on bail, or is there something much more sinister going on as most commentators suggest. What did the Government know beforehand that they are keeping quiet about? If the police acted alone, how have they got the authority to behave in such a jackbooted way towards an elected Member of Parliament?
Craig Murray, Britain’s former Ambassador to Uzbekistan, is no stranger to what the Government machinery is capable of. He helped expose vicious human rights abuses by the US-funded regime of Islam Karimov and was relieved of his duties for doing so. Mustn’t jeopardise the geopolitical game of chess, old boy. Now be a good pawn and keep your mouth shut.
Fortunately, he didn’t
The rest of this article is The Jackboots Are On The Move by Mr Murray. I would only argue with him about amnesty for illegal immigrants.
by Craig Murray
November 28, 2008
The Conservative immigration spokesman, Damian Green, is not a figure ordinarily likely to elicit much sympathy from me – although Boris Johnson’s call for an amnesty for illegal immigrants was the most sensible suggestion on immigration for many years. But the arrest of Damian Green MP is a constitutional outrage that may finally motivate our supine parliament to stand up to this domineering executive.
When Tony Blair halted the process of law in the BAE corruption case over arms exports to Saudi Arabia, I commented that we had abandoned the principle that no man, however high, is above the law – a principle which we had chopped off Charles I’s head to entrench.
Charles I famously failed to arrest opposition MPs when he arrived at the House of Commons with his soldiers to be defied by the Speaker and find that, as he observed, “The birds have flown”. That attempt was critical in precipitating the country into civil war.
The good citizenry of London and Cambridge will not be grabbing their pikes and muskets today; but they should. The arrest of Damian Green for doing his job of opposing the executive is a step too far in rolling back centuries of democratic achievement. The pretext is the excessive desire of this government to keep all public information secret, and prevent the taxpayer from finding out what has been done in their name and at their expense. This is the most secretive, as well as the most authoritarian, government of the modern era.
I can comment with more authority than most in saying that civil servants now have a duty to leak: the official narrative is now so often far from the truth across the whole field of government, that if civil servants do not leak there can be no informed democratic debate. To arrest an opposition MP for finding out what is really happening is a grim, grim move.
I do not often comment on the economy and fiscal matters, instead tending to concentrate on moral issues, treasonous politicians and the rising police state among other matters, but things are looking dodgy, economically, so here goes.
After Chancellor Alistair Darling’s pre-Budget report, Shadow Chancellor George Osborne today declared that Britain was on the verge of bankruptcy and that we were sitting on a “huge unexploded tax bombshell” and heading towards a £1 trillion national debt.
The Government is allegedly trying to shore up the economy with a reduction in VAT from 17½% to 15% (the lowest rate our EU masters allow) which means a 2.17% price discount if retailers pass on the saving, but most food is zero-rated and the Chancellor is raising tobacco and alcohol duties to offset the cut in VAT. This ‘initiative’ will obviously not reduce rents, mortgages or Council Tax.
Perhaps the best hope is that pound shops will turn into 98p shops, but only until the end of next year when VAT returns to 17½%, by which time Darling expects a “recovery to be underway”.
Analysis from the advisory firm Deloitte calculated that the lower rate would knock just 53p off a typical £50 shopping basket, because most food items do not attract VAT. Daniel Lyons, Indirect Tax Partner at Deloitte, said: “It is difficult to see how this measure is going to encourage increased spending when the amount of money being saved by the consumer is likely to be so small.”
From 2010, the wealthiest 1% of earners will pay 45% income tax over £150,000 and National Insurance contributions will rise a percent, split between employer and employee and will adversely affect those on over £20,000 a year.
This extra tax revenue is a pittance compared to the government borrowing forecast: more than £400 billion over the next five years. According to The Times, ‘the total stock of accumulated Government debt will peak at 57 per cent of GDP in 2013/14. Under Mr Brown’s old rules, debt was supposed to remain below 40 per cent’.
Despite the global recession, a lot of blame lies with Blair and Brown because the attitude of “no more boom or bust” is not only arrogant but irresponsible. There have always been lean times and always will be. Joseph saved the Egyptians from ruin by planning seven years in advance. New Labour have had over eleven years and what have they got but a limp-wristed attempt to knock 2% off some of our shopping items and the borrowing of hundreds of billions of pounds.
If Joseph had tried this con in Egypt, I can imagine his reward: a pair of concrete shoes and a short shaduf ride into the Nile.