Archive for September, 2013

The Climate Debate – Who is Right?

Posted in America, Britain, Children, England, Environment, European Union, News, Politics, UK, USA with tags , , on 28/09/2013 by floroy1942
The Report

The Report

It was interesting to read about the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) who say they are now 95% certain that climate change is due to man’s influence. By ‘man’s influence’ they mean the amount of CO2 we are currently pumping into the atmosphere. This conclusion comes from many years of studies of our effect on climate by more than 800 of the most prominent climatologists, who analyzed the changes in climactic conditions we have seen over many years.

Few people can deny that during the past five years we have seen dramatic changes in the weather patterns across the globe. Massive flooding in America, Europe, the Far East, unprecedented heatwaves across much of Europe and the United States coupled with extremely destructive hurricanes and typhoons across many countries. Only a fool would deny any of these things, but sadly there are many who still do not believe in climate change.

Predicted Global Warming Impact

Predicted Global Warming Impact

A Summer Scene - Britain In The 1950's

A Summer Scene – Britain In The 1950’s

When I was young we had a lot of snow in the winter that gave way to a very discernible change to Spring. Summer’s were warm but not overly hot with occasional thunderstorms, and were followed by a gentle change into Autumn with warm days and an increase in rain. Winter came slowly and reached its climax in January and February before giving way once again to Spring. Those days are long gone and I have witnessed the changes first hand. Nowadays, Summers are shorter and very hot by comparison, and Winters are much colder with snow concentrated over a shorter period. Spring and Autumn have all but disappeared, for often they are barely noticeable. All this has not come about by pure chance.

Summer Drought

Summer Drought

Summers have recently been accompanied by long periods of drought in many countries which is having a direct impact on us. The long drought in the central states of the USA this year is a prime example. This phenomenon is not restricted to western countries however, for nations like Bangladesh and India have also suffered.

Monsoon Rain And Lightning

Monsoon Rain And Lightning

The monsoon season in these and many other eastern countries has this year been devastating and far more destructive than previous years. Across many South American countries, India, Bangladesh and China, the seasonal rains have caused death and destruction on an unprecedented scale. But this is not all. For the monsoon season also brings with it the deadly typhoons that have created havoc in Japan and other Far Eastern countries this year. The United States and Latin America have also had their share of destructive hurricanes, and while they are a seasonal phenomenon, they have become much more powerful and numerous.

This is just a snapshot of the changes that have occurred over the last twenty years or so but do give a good indication of how weather patterns across the globe have altered. It now remains to examine if mankind is responsible.

Coal Burning Power Station

Coal Burning Power Station

Since the turn of the last century, which saw the emergence of our Industrial Age, we have made unprecedented strides forward in technology, air travel, transportation and energy production to keep pace with these advances. These advances brought with them an increasing demand for power.

Carbon Emissions Increase By Year

Carbon Emissions Increase By Year

We all relied on coal-burning power stations as a means of producing power for the numerous factories that supplied our needs, as did homes for warming. This meant that within half a century man had increased the output of CO2 into the atmosphere by more than 1000%.

The seventies/eighties saw the emergence of nuclear power across the world which did help, but the factories were still pumping out huge amounts of this gas and we were still heating our homes in the same way. Over the years oil and natural gas have replaced much of the coal usage but this has not changed the output of CO2 much.

Man's Quest For Oil From The Ocean Floor

Man’s Quest For Oil From The Ocean Floor

We have begun to use up the world’s resources at an ever increasing rate, which is proven by the fact that in many countries, land-based oil and natural gas wells are now dry and we have to look to the oceans to supply our needs. We continue to search for oil and gas fields that will supply our ever-increasing needs, but eventually these natural resources will run out, and when they do……..

The Earth will automatically replace its resources, like for example, trees and plants that seed new versions of themselves via seeding, fish stocks replaced by breeding as with all animals on our planet. Deep down, new natural gas and oil deposits will form, but with these resources it takes a lot of time.

Just about everyone knows that trees and plants feed on the CO2 in our atmosphere and release oxygen, but tests on trees in many countries have shown that most are saturated with CO2 and cannot absorb much more. Coupled with this, woods, small forests and hedgerows have all but disappeared from European farmland as farmers strive to increase their profits. Huge sections, and in some countries whole tropical rain forest belts have been cut down to make way for farming and cattle grazing.

Rain Forest Destruction

Rain Forest Destruction

We humans can harvest a certain amount of the world’s resources and know they will be replaced by nature, but the sad thing is, we have for years been using up these precious assets faster than the world can replenish them. Scientists estimate that last month (August) we had overtaken the natural renewal processes for this year, and it would take 1 1/2 worlds to renew resources at our current annual rate of consumption.

The world’s power needs and the consequent pollution levels have been exacerbated by the continual increase in our population, which is rushing us to the point where we will not be able to feed everyone and the resources of the world will not be enough.

Too Many Cars

Too Many Cars

The most obvious example of our excess is the huge increase in motor vehicles over the last 110 years. In the late eighteen hundreds when the first motor vehicles became popular only the rich could afford them, and you could number them in a couple of hundred on our roads. Today, as we have become a more affluent society vehicles on the world’s roads have increased to a dangerous level.

Rise In Car Numbers

Rise In Car Numbers

With the increased prosperity in countries like China and India among others, we now have more than one billion vehicles on our roads. Each and every one of these vehicles throws out dangerous gases that enter the atmosphere and pollute. Many western families have three and four cars and this adds to the total enormously. Traffic today comprises mostly of vehicles with one person, i.e. the driver, whereas thirty or forty years ago there were seldom cars with a single occupant.

Cars Per Family

Cars Per Family

Of course it is not only down to the traffic, for factories have ‘sprung up like daisy’s’ as we increase our knowledge and demand more ‘gadgets’, and each one is spewing CO2 into the atmosphere. Many western nations have taken measures to control this excess but that still leaves the rest of the world, especially China. Countries like China and India have a long way to go before their technology catches up with ours.

General Public

General Public

To get an idea of the general public feeling on this issue I have once again read comments from readers of the relevant article on Yahoo (yes I know) and some of them are astounding in revealing the general public’s ignorance of what is at stake here. I could not believe the number of people who denied that there was a problem. Here is a sample of the comments:

“They  (i.e. the scientists) are being paid by the unelected EU dictatorship to lie to you, so that they can implement their corrupt method of paying tax”.

“CO2 is plant food not some noxious gas higher levels are a good thing”.

“This is just an excuse to impose a global carbon tax. This is all BS, don’t buy this scaremongering of global warming and overpopulation”.

“Its pole shift not global warming. no money in pole shift like global warming.. But then again the Tories could introduce “pole shift tax” ..Now where have I heard a similar sounding tax like this before…mmmmmm!!….”. 

“what’s that got to do with me I just wanted to be warm all the time”.

“this is not global warming it is global climate change, which is running on a natural cycle and not man made. Global warming aye right if it’s global warming why have I had to put on my central heating in the middle of September? As others have said if this is global warming Why is it so bloody cold?”  

(I am not responsible for some of the bad English in these comments.)

Flooding Across The Globe

Flooding Across The Globe

From these random comments it becomes clear that the uneducated general public do not buy this story for one minute. Most are convinced that it is all a plot by the government to extract more taxes from people, and that the world’s scientists are in the pay of the government to back up the lie. If the world was not obviously heading into a period of climatic unrest, these remarks would be funny, but the sad thing is, it will take some monumental disaster of world proportions to change their minds and make them believe. The disasters around the world during this last year do not seem to have been enough to do the job.

Recovery

Recovery

Part of the problem is that in general, people have become so insular that if it does not affect them personally, they are not interested. None of them can think ahead 50 or a 100 years to what life will be like for their descendants, they just don’t care so long as it does not affect them. It is indeed a sad reflection of what we have become.

Naturally, it is up to each individual to make what they will of the evidence before us, but for me, comparing what life used to be like with the present day, I think we are headed for trouble. Having seen the changes throughout my life I am just glad I am seventy years old and not seventeen.

Roy.

What Is Wrong With British Justice?

Posted in Britain, Christianity, England, Equality, Gays, Human Rights, Justice, Political Correctness, Politics, UK with tags , , , on 20/09/2013 by floroy1942

Today I have a sad tale to tell that is indicative of the sorry state of a British Justice system that today favours minorities. On the nineteenth of January 2011 I posted an article about a Christian couple who owned a hotel and refused a room to two homosexuals. The refusal had nothing to do with their sexual leaning, but was a standard rule they applied to anyone, including heterosexual couples, who were not married because they believed that sex before marriage was a sin. The following link refers:

https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2011/01/19/when-human-rights-go-too-far/

I will not bore you by reiterating the post here but leave you to read it.

Suffice it to say the hotel couple lost their battle in court and were ordered to compensate the homosexual couple, and pay court costs.

They Are About To Lose Everything To Satisfy 'Gays'.

They Are About To Lose Everything To Satisfy ‘Gays’.

It has just been announced that hotel owners, Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who own the Chymorvah Private Hotel in Marazion near Penzance, are now forced to sell their home and business because they cannot find the £3,600 to pay the compensation to the two homosexuals demanded by the court, and the negative publicity surrounding the case has killed their business. In an interview, Hazelmary Bull said: “Last winter was terrible. We were actually shivering and were hungry. In 2013, two people who worked all their lives at this have ended up cold and hungry. It’s not right”.

I read of this on the Yahoo news website and most of the comments sent in by people were extremely enlightening, and indicate the depth of public feeling about this case. Before anyone thinks, “Oh no, not Yahoo!” Its not my normal news channel.  Here are some of the comments:

“I am gay. I am not Christian even though I was sent to church every Sunday when I was small. In fact I don’t belong to any religion because time and time again it can cause so many problems, as is the case with The Bulls. But in defence of The Bulls who have worked hard with their business, my question is why didn’t this gay couple just go and find a Premier Inn or something. They could have found I’m sure, a gay B and B in the area? But no they had to make a song and dance about being discriminated against and ruin people along the way. There is too much of this equality malarky going on. All the while its protests for this that and the other and out come the banners. The Bulls need to be respected for their beliefs. The two gentlemen who have brought this case about are vindictive and sadly there are many gay and straight people like them around who will sue at the drop of a hat”.

Another wrote: “As far as I am concerned they should have the right to their beliefs. This is a scandal”.

It's Time Politicians And The Justice System Sorted Themselves Out!

It’s Time Politicians And The Justice System Sorted Themselves Out!

From all the comments, it becomes clear that the general public are solidly behind the Bull’s and their stance, but sadly the Law isn’t. Any intelligent person should surely ask themselves the big question: Why? This is after all a Christian country is it not?

I do firmly believe that this entire story was concocted as a means to gain yet more publicity for the ‘Gay Cause’. I believe the hotel was selected simply because of the owners Christian beliefs and their rule, which incidentally applied to all couples. Advertisements for their business clearly stated that unmarried couples were not welcome. The ‘Gay Lobby’ knew entry would be refused and used this fact to gain publicity for their cause: “Look, we have even been refused entry to a hotel. Now do you feel sorry for us?”  Why do I think this? Well for one simple fact. The two men who took the Bull’s to court, Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy, had all their legal fees paid for by the Equality and Human Rights Commission while the Bull’s had to pay for their own. To me this smells to high heaven!

Ever since the previous Labour government under Tony Blair brought in the Racism Laws to quell opposition to his vision of a ‘Multi-Cultural Britain’, British Law is bending over backwards to appease any minority group that feels itself insulted or restricted in any way. ‘Gays’, Muslims, you name it, they all feel they have the right to trample on the people because they are a minority.

Laughing At The Fact They Destroyed Two Lives?

Laughing At The Fact They Destroyed Two Lives?

This is amplified by many of the Yahoo comments: “The couple did this on religious beliefs, my argument is, had it been Muslims they would be allowed to follow their beliefs and not have the Gay couple stay at the hotel. One rule for us another for the Muslims”.

Yet again the same story: “I wonder what the outcome would have been if the couple were devout Muslims and had taken the same action. also what about ‘Gay Hotels’ who openly advertise that their hotels are for gays only. This ‘level playing field’ has a few lumps and bumps in it”.

Perhaps readers of this post have an answer for the gentleman who sent this comment: “Answer this one then. If this couple had been Muslims, would the court case have come to a different result???” Good point!

It is pretty fair to say that the general public have had the ‘Gay Agenda’ shoved down their collective throats for too many years and it is time to put a stop to it. Once again, this is reflected in many of the comments:

“The Labour inspired homosexual right have made many heterosexuals hate these people, when if they had just got on with life without thrusting their sexuality in our faces they would have been accepted. So now as far as I am concerned they have to prove themselves if they want my friendship as they are starting from the disadvantage of having their way of life thrust into my face”.  

“Gay Rights have destroyed a couples lives, well done to the tolerant gay couple who brought this about, you must be really nice people, not”.  

“This was not a random case – this guesthouse & it’s owners were deliberately targeted by these two activists in order to bring about a law suit”.

Fair To Say Any Normal Person Would Be Arrested For Such A Display - Offending Area Blanked Out

Fair To Say Any Normal Person Would Be Arrested For Such A Display – Offending Area Blanked Out

I think it is fair to say that acts such this have certainly not done any good for the ‘Gay’ cause, as it is clear that groups like Stonewall are doing more harm than good. Their latest ‘charm offensive’ asking professional footballers to wear ‘rainbow laces’ in their boots as a sign to all they support the ‘Gay’ cause has been met with similar derision in the internet pages. It is time these people understand that this constant ‘shoving it in our faces’ is going to backfire, and turn the heterosexual element of society very strongly against them.

For myself, I think they are an abomination, and should stay very quiet without any of these public displays of their deviance like the ‘Gay’ Parades. Like most people, I do not want to hear from them or see them, but if they exist without ‘shoving it in our faces’ and demanding the justice system bend over backwards to accommodate them  all well and good. This is a view that appears to be held by the majority of the UK population, but will these people ever learn? I doubt it!

My thanks to the unknown contributors to this post.

Roy.

Do Muslims Now Run The UK?

Posted in Britain, England, Equality, Europe, Germany, Human Rights, Immigrants, Justice, News, UK with tags , , , on 13/09/2013 by floroy1942

I was somewhat annoyed to read today about Muslims once again trying to enforce their religious laws on the British way of life after hearing about two such cases. It is without doubt time we in Britain stood up against the way Muslims are changing our laws and making the country adapt to them.

Birmingham Metropolitan College

Birmingham Metropolitan College

This travesty first came to my notice with a report that Birmingham Metropolitan College had been forced to reverse a rule banning the wearing of face veils after the threat of a large demonstration by students which accused them of discrimination. These measures were introduced by the college for obvious security reasons and said that while in college grounds faces must be seen. A member of college staff was reported to have said, “The college will still need to be able to confirm an individual’s identity in order to maintain safeguarding and security”. The college has also banned hoodies and caps for the same reason.

Aaron Kiely - A Deluded Man If He Thinks HE Has Any Rights In An Islamic State

Aaron Kiely – A Deluded Man If He Thinks HE Has Any Rights In An Islamic State

Aaron Kiely, Black Students Officer for the National Union for Students, had described the “outrageous decision” as a “complete infringement on the rights to religious freedom and cultural expression and is a clear violation of a woman’s right to choose.” Narrow-minded individuals such as this man seem totally unaware that if you are caught on the streets of many Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia and Iran wearing a Christian cross, you will immediately be arrested, and will be lucky to get away with only a jail sentence. So where is the religious freedom there???? Perhaps someone should enlighten this dimwit and his cohorts.

Hi Honey. Is that you?

Hi Honey. Is that you?

Have you ever tried to identify someone in a burka? Even if they show you a passport, how can you be sure the person behind the veil is the same one? If you can answer that please let me know! If, for example, this whole Syria mess goes pear-shaped and insurgents start a new bombing campaign in Britain, how will you know that the person under a burka is even a female? How will you know it is not a man with a bomb strapped to his chest until the thing goes kaboom? If it ever happens anywhere in the UK I hope it is amongst these sanctimonious idiots at Birmingham College. It is way past time that we went the same way as the French and banned all face covering garments in public places.

OK! So You Tell Me How This Woman Is To Be Identified In Court!

OK! So You Tell Me How This Woman Is To Be Identified In Court!

In another case a Muslim woman refused to lower her veil to allow identification before she went to pre-trial for intimidating a witness. Naturally, she claimed it was for religious reasons that she could not allow any man other than her husband to see her face. In the end the Judge, Peter Murphy allowed her to leave the court to be identified by a female police officer.  Once positively identified, she was allowed to wear the veil for the rest of the hearing. Judge Peter Murphy had said the interests of justice were paramount and of course he is right, but now the big debate comes as to whether she will be allowed to keep the veil during her trial.

The woman’s defence lawyer, Susan Meek said that there should be a case by case approach by judges in such cases, and should take into account the human right to express faith through attire. Here we go again, the old Human Rights Ploy!!!

A Man Who Must Lay Down BRITISH Law

A Man Who Must Lay Down BRITISH Law

Judge Murphy was of the mind that  “It cannot be satisfactory that one judge may go one way and another judge will go another way. Is it not right that there must be a common approach?” The prosecution said that “in trials where witnesses need to identify a defendant, the veil could be an issue”. Either way the judge has ruled that he will make a decision on Monday next week. I will be interested to hear what he has to say then.

This is all part of a country that is bowing down to foreigners and standing on the side-lines while they slowly change everything that is British to suits their needs. Sad though it is, we now have so many ‘bleeding heart’ Do-Gooders who have found a way to get their names in the papers and become a celebrity for a few seconds that everything that is British is being swamped.

Across the world we are known as a tolerant people, but we have gone way past tolerant now, we just lay down and let everyone walk all over us. All they have to do is cry ‘Religious Discrimination, Human Rights, Racist” and we, and all our institutions, including the government lay down and take it instead of standing up for OUR way of life, OUR traditions and OUR justice! It makes me sick.

Frankfurt Federal Court

Frankfurt Federal Court

We should be more like the Germans, for their courts have not given way to Muslim influence. Today it was reported that a 13 year-old Moroccan immigrant had said she cannot attend mixed swimming lessons at school because she is not allowed to view the naked chests of her male class-mates. She requested that she be given PRIVATE lessons by the school instead.

Buying A Burkina In London

Buying A Burkina In London

The girls lawyer in Wednesday’s hearing said that according to the Koran, she was not  only forbidden from showing herself to boys but also from seeing the topless  boys. This fact is untrue for it does not say anything about that in the Koran, only that men must cover themselves from waist to knee in the presence of women. The judge finally ruled that, ‘The plaintiff has not made sufficiently clear that taking part in  co-educational swimming lessons with a burkini breaches Muslim rules on  clothing,’ rejecting her appeal against earlier decisions by two courts in the  western state of Hesse.

The German court ruling was much more sensible than ours, for it said that the girl MUST attend the classes and was ordered to wear a burkini which other Muslim classmates already did. A burkini is Muslim woman’s beach wear that covers everything except the face, hands and feet. How Muslim women would ever get a suntan is beyond me!

But this shows the major difference between Germany’s attitude to these people and ours. No doubt a British court would have ruled that she must be given private lessons, by a woman, in order to satisfy her religious beliefs, and that the schools attitude was racist!!!!!! We might even have seen the school governor’s, or headmaster, taken to court for religious discrimination who knows.

Think BRITISH Oak Of Course!

Think BRITISH Oak Of Course!

I would very much like to see these people put in their place when they come to OUR country. You either live by our rules or go back where you came from. You do not come here and try to change our way of life and our traditions to suit yourselves. I am all for Muslims coming to this country who are willing to learn the language, work, respect our way of life and integrate, but if they are not willing to do that, than my advice is to leave.

However, we the people, our institutions and government, must all stand together and say loudly, THIS is Britain, we will make you welcome, but YOU must adapt to us, not the other way around.

Roy.

Britain, Barosso And The EU

Posted in Britain, Conservative Party, David Cameron, England, Europe, European Union, Germany, Human Rights, UK with tags , , , on 13/09/2013 by floroy1942
A Stinging Attack On Cameron's Proposed Vote

A Stinging Attack On Cameron’s Proposed Vote

I have for years had great respect for Jose Manuel Barosso as leader of the European Commission, but today that took quite a knock with reports of his latest address to the European Parliament. Aiming his remarks at The Conservative leader in the European Parliament, Martin Callanan, he said of his party (i.e. the Conservatives), “Your party and your group are looking like the UKIP and the Eurosceptic European group. And I start to have some doubts that you are going to be elected yourself in Britain, if it is not UKIP that is going to be the first force in the British elections”.

Nigel Farage - UKIP Leader

Nigel Farage – UKIP Leader

In a reaction to this statement Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP said,  “Mr Barroso is right to say that the only real EU debate is whether the UK leaves or stays in the EU, and not the unrealistic promises by David Cameron.”

This all stems from David Cameron’s attempt at persuading the EU to relinquish some of its powers back to Britain, and to be honest I see nothing wrong in that. The EU has pushed its nose into every corner of British life with such laws as the Human Rights Charter, Health and Safety Rules, the Social Chapter, immigration and many more. As an example, the long-standing British Justice System was brushed aside in favour of EU controls that have made a laughing stock of justice in this country.

The EU has been listening to too many crackpots who come up with ideas like the latest mandatory fitting of speed controls on all cars in EU countries governed by satellites that will apply the brakes as you pass a speed limit sign. Next some idiot will be saying you may only go to the toilet at certain times of the day!

See post https://floroy1942.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/so-the-eu-wants-to-limit-my-speed/

Michael Callanan - Leader Of The Conservative MEP's

Michael Callanan – Leader Of The Conservative MEP’s

The EU is responsible for many stupid laws and regulations that have bewildered much of the general public, and has resulted in people wondering at the intelligence levels of those that govern us from Brussels. I fully agree with David Cameron’s approach in trying to get back some of the powers we have lost, for I think it is preferable to leaving Europe altogether.

A documentary some time ago around one of this country’s MEP’s showed clearly that proposals are put before the Council for a vote and most of those voting have no idea what it is about, for they have not been given sufficient time to study it before voting it into legislation. It is reprehensible that members are required to vote blindly on legislation that they have not even read, not knowing if it is a good thing or bad. This not the way to run a Parliament for the entire Europe.

I believe that every country should be given the choice of accepting any proposals that come from Brussels, or not. It should not become mandatory law just because some jackass in Brussels thinks it is a good idea.

The European Court OF Human Rights

The European Court OF Human Rights

In principal, the idea of all European nations collaborating and having common ground is an excellent idea, but sad to say, this lofty achievement has been soured by draconian measures forced upon nations whether they like it or not. As an example, the European Court of Human Rights has trampled on the tried and tested British Justice System time and time again giving more consideration to the criminals rights than those of their victims. It is wrong and it makes a farce of the whole idea of a unified Europe.

If David Cameron is successful in regaining control of such things as our justice system then we should stay in the union, for the effects of leaving are a great unknown and could cause extreme economic hardship in the future.

Today (12/9/13)  The Times newspaper reported that the Japanese government has reacted to the possible exit of Britain from the EU by saying that many tens of thousands of jobs with Japanese companies in Britain could be “at risk”. These companies favour doing business in Britain due to its beneficial access to the European market, and if the vote is negative on membership, then these companies would quite possibly move to the mainland. It is certain that many other major international companies may well make the same judgement.

Our European Trade Partners

Our European Trade Partners

Also today, the Telegraph ran a story covering a survey that was conducted with both small and large companies in the UK. The results are overwhelmingly in favour of staying in the Union, for eight out of ten companies were sure leaving would cause damage to the British economy.  Their main concerns were that with the UK out of the European Union there would be less investment in Britain and it would affect access to trading markets. This I can readily accept because the rest of Europe are much less likely to do trade with the UK if it leaves, and turn inward to other Union members. Sir Mike Rake, the new president of the CBI, said that continued membership of the European Union is “overwhelmingly” in the UK’s economic interests.

All this international wrangling over Europe is unnecessary if those in Brussels take an intelligent look at what they are doing. It is well and good to try and harmonize laws, work practices and standards across the member states, but that is a far cry from some of the ridiculous laws that they have imposed on member countries like those I have described.

A Man With A Tough Job

A Man With A Tough Job

Britain is currently the only country with the ‘balls’ to step forward and say, “This is not right”. Naturally I cannot speak for other nations, but it seems to me there must be discontent at some of the measures imposed on everyone by Brussels. With regard to the cockamamie new regulations about speed mentioned earlier, I can never imagine that the German government will ever sign up to such a thing, for they have jealously guarded their lack of speed limits on the country’s motorways for decades. The government tried to introduce limits in line with all other European countries some years ago and that was roundly defeated.

In my opinion it is far better to stay in Europe and “change things from the inside” as Michael Gove said in a speech the other day, for to leave the Union altogether could be a disaster for British trade and foreign relations. I only hope brighter heads can steer the British public in the right direction before the vote in 2017, for if not, we may all suffer in the long term.

Roy.

Britain And The EU Debate – In Or Out?

Posted in Britain, Conservative Party, David Cameron, England, Europe, Government, Human Rights, Justice, News, UK with tags , , , , on 10/09/2013 by floroy1942

For some two years the debate about whether Britain should stay in the EU or get out has seen much discussion. David Cameron has promised a referendum on the subject if they get back in in 2015, but I have to ask, are the British general public aware of sufficient facts to form an objective opinion? Going by many of the comments seen on various news items I very much doubt it. I have the feeling that if it were put to a simple in or out referendum the answer from most people would be the latter.

European Union Building Brussels

European Union Building Brussels

What the general public see of the EU is what they read in the papers and on the TV news. I have myself been a vocal critic of many of the EU polices that have come out of Brussels. I believe the most contentious is the Human Rights Charter (HRC) that has seen countless abuses in the past. Most Brits feel quite rightly that it is not for Brussels to tell us who should go to prison and for how long for example. Ridiculous Health and Safety Rules (HSR) are another problem that has resulted in many needless deaths because the rescue services could not help for fear of breaking these laws.

Court of Human Rights

Court of Human Rights

From the public’s viewpoint I believe the HRC is the most unpopular when people think of Europe’s failures. These laws, in particular the infamous Article 8 which states that “every person has a right to family life”, has been used countless times by convicted criminals to escape justice. This is just one example of how these laws have been misused, particularly by unscrupulous lawyers who milk them for all they are worth. Two well known terrorist preachers who persuaded many young Muslims to fight for terror groups or strap on a bomb is a good case in point. Both Abu Qatada and Abu Hamsa managed to evade deportation to face terror charges in America and Jordan for more than ten years.

In regard to the HSR, a case that comes to mind is an old man in a park who drowned while feeding the ducks. He was floating face down in three feet of water and would be alive today if the rescue services had gone in the water and dragged him out. Unfortunately for him the Fire and Rescue crew that attended did not have anyone qualified to enter water that deep and had to wait for the arrival of specially trained men. This is just a single case of a Health and Safety cock-up that could have been avoided if our Rescue Services had been able to operate as they used to.

Typical Anti-Europe Headline

Typical Anti-Europe Headline

These are the kind of stories that get into the press and turn people wholly against the idea of EU membership. But unfortunately, there is another side to this saga that many of the general public know nothing about. I am speaking mainly of the financial sector that has its base in London.

London's Financial Centre

London’s Financial Centre

Whether you know it or not, London is the financial capital of the entire European Union. Business Secretary Vince Cable said in a speech to the City of London’s Guildhall, “Pulling out of Europe would damage the economy, deter investors and undermine Britain’s standing. Britain is the world’s sixth largest economy and has Europe’s biggest financial centre”.

The main worry is that if Britain leaves the EU, all the major world banks and companies that have their corporate headquarters in London will move to mainland Europe resulting in London, by comparison with today, becoming a ghost town. This would obviously not be good for London, and financially, not for the country.

Vince Cable MP

Vince Cable MP

This view is not held by everyone however, for Conservative lawmaker Jesse Norman said “London’s finance industry could still prosper outside the EU due to its size, time zone and use of the English language. Britain could also improve trade with emerging markets”,

Looking at the facts though, putting our trust in developing nations and “emerging markets” could prove difficult, but possibly successful in the long term. In the in-between-years however, life would be hard.

A recent poll has suggested that the ‘Out’ vote is currently at 43%, with the ‘In’ vote trailing at 39% which gives an indication of how the vote might go at this time.

David Cameron

David Cameron

Prime Minister Cameron is attempting to get some leeway by trying to persuade other European States to allow Britain to reclaim some of the powers from Brussels, although the report does not say which ones, but its a fair bet the Human Rights Charter is high on the list.

Unfortunately he does not seem to be making any progress with this move, because other member countries fear that if Britain does such a thing other nations may well follow, and this could lead to the breakup of the Union. For a start, the government needs to put constant pressure on Brussels to give us back our laws and our standards of justice which have served this country well for centuries.

According to Vince Cable, Britain should stay in the Union and try to change things from the inside. This may well prove to be the wisest course for Britain to follow.

Roy.

An American’s View Of America – An Astonishing Eye-opener!

Posted in America, Britain, Europe, Free Speech, Modern World, News, Obama, Politics, Teens, USA with tags , , on 06/09/2013 by floroy1942

We are often hearing from American’s that they belong to the greatest country on Earth, and from their point of view that may be true, but to hear an American tell the opposite is something you will hear seldom.

Jeff Daniels - A Man With A View.

Jeff Daniels – A Man With A View.

I received the following clip through the e-mail a week ago and thought it might interest a few people. The remarks were made by actor, musician and playwright Jeff Daniels at a college seminar I believe.

When the panel was asked by a student if they thought America was the greatest nation on Earth, his reply resulted in a stunned silence from not only the audience, but also the other two panel members, for several minutes while they stared at him with open mouths.

It is beyond doubt worth watching even just for the audience reaction to what he said. Whether you agree with him or not I leave up to you:

Roy.

Recent information suggests this is a scene from a TV series called ‘The Newsroom’ starring Jeff Daniels.  I have no way of verifying this, but either way, it does open up the possibility for wide-ranging discussion and you may make up your own mind on his views.

A Gibralter Experience – Not To Be Repeated.

Posted in Britain, England, Europe, Government, Insanity, Modern World, News, Relationships, Spain, UK with tags , , , on 06/09/2013 by floroy1942

A trip to Gibraltar yesterday was an exhausting experience to say the least. My first since the trouble with Spain brewed up, and I witnessed first hand what so many people of late had have had to endure when they visit The Rock, and as the Yanks say, “It ain’t purty”.

The Rock

The Rock

Like many Brits living on the Costa I go there regularly to buy the usual UK things you cannot buy in the Spanish shops, like good old English tea, and of course cigarettes which are much cheaper in Gibraltar than in Spain where they are taxed heavily.

I have to admit that going in was not a problem, for although there is almost always a queue and it takes anything from 30 minutes to an hour to get in, I was lucky today and did it in about 40 minutes. I had heard on the news that people had been queuing for three or four hours just to get in, but thankfully today was a good day.

The Square -  Roy's Fish and Chips The Best Place

The Square – Roy’s Fish and Chips The Best Place

I had parked the car in Morrison’s car park at exactly 13.45 and had three hours before the dreaded clamp men came around. After walking into town I had a wonderful English style fish and chips which went down very well, and then proceeded to do my shopping. When that was finished I made to leave, after filling up the car with fuel (that’s much cheaper there too) and had no trouble until I got to Churchill Avenue which runs past the old airport building. From there it’s not more than about four hundred metres to the frontier so I thought I was doing well and looked forward to a normal exit of perhaps 30-40 minutes. The time was 16.45 and that’s when it all went pear-shaped!

Timeframe Of Leaving Gibraltar

Timeframe Of Leaving Gibraltar

I was soon to find out that the Spanish Customs Authority were up to their nasty tricks again. We waited there until 17.20 when we were allowed into the ‘oval’ leading to the exit into Spain. The oval is maybe 200 metres long and all the vehicles travel down one side, turn 180 degrees at the bottom and then go back up the other side to the gate. It is five lanes wide and the lanes are controlled by police who allow so many cars from each lane at a time in a rotation. This means each lane moves forward so much in turn. Now that is a lot of cars in a relatively small space, but the system does work even when the Spanish are not cooperating.

Packed In Like Sardines In A Can

Packed In Like Sardines In A Can

So, I was in lane 4 and fed into the end of the queue like a good soldier. After about 15 minutes I could see no movement at all from any of them and that was odd. It became apparent in no time that the Spanish were on a ‘go slow’ again. It took a very long time before any of the lanes could move forward. Suffice it to say, it took me until 18.25 for my lane to move forward 100 metres and I still had at least another 300 to go.

It was interesting to note that during the period there was a cameraman and his sidekick going around talking to a few drivers, and it was funny that they always seemed to head straight for any car with Gibraltar plates and an attractive female behind the wheel.

It was somewhat amusing many times when Spanish drivers showed their annoyance by blowing their car horns for the benefit of the Customs on the other side. First one would start, and then another until there was a cacophony of sound for a minute or two. This happened on a regular basis throughout the entire session.

Exhibition To Pass The Time

Exhibition To Pass The Time

At one point I saw people getting out of their cars and staring across the oval at something. Curiosity getting the better of me I joined in, and in the distance I saw a pretty young blonde girl without any top posing on the roof of a car for a  man with a camera on the ground. He took several pictures, but sadly I was too far away to see very much even though I took some with my phone. Damn! It was without doubt a frustrating moment. After she got down I saw a couple of Gibraltar ‘bobbies’ (policemen for the uninitiated) wander over and begin talking to the two. I hope they weren’t arrested, but our police can often turn a blind eye to such things in the interests of common sense.

'Nearly' There

‘Nearly’ There

As the sun disappeared from view after more interminable waiting I finally got to within about 25 yards of the head of my lane near the gate, fully expecting to be there for another 30 to 45 minutes at least, when suddenly cars started streaming through the Customs shed and away. It would seem that the Customs men had made their point and finally given up. Thank goodness!

I finally left Gibraltar at 20.50 after an exhausting four hours waiting in the hot sun along with hundreds of others, including young children, babies and pets, and for what? The interesting thing is that the most people hurt by this exhibition of obstinacy were the Spanish, for nine out of every ten cars there had Spanish number plates. Mind you, there may well have been a few English Spain residents like myself there.

Every shop you go to in Gibraltar employs Spaniards and there are literally thousands who cross the border every day to go to work. You walk the streets in the town and all you hear spoken is Spanish. Many from the local area go there to do their shopping, and especially to buy cigarettes.

Spanish Customs Shed

Spanish Customs Shed

Every time we have been before there has always been a constant stream of motorbikes and scooters with Spanish plates heading for the border. Every one of them always carries a knapsack on their backs, but today, I only saw one person with a bag. Just one! The Spanish government has given as its excuse for this action their wish to stamp out the smuggling of cigarettes into Spain from Gibraltar, and there is a lot of it I agree. But today’s evidence shows that those who do most of the smuggling are the Spanish themselves for it is a good little earner for them. With the crackdown all the bikers have left their cigarette bags at home.

It is clear that the Spanish Governments action is causing tremendous upset for anyone visiting Gibraltar at this time, and to me the reason for it is also obvious. This action, and the current renewed demands of Spain for the return of Gibraltar to their country is nothing more than a blind, for it has totally taken over from the top press stories of a month ago of the state of the economy, the joblessness, and Rajoy’s suspected corruption. These are no longer the topics of conversation in the press, it’s all about Gibraltar. Most of the Spanish people themselves don’t seem to care one way or another about the current spat with the UK.

It will be some time before I go back that is for sure, but once Rajoy has successfully silenced the criticism against him perhaps things will return to normal. The moral of the story is: Never trust a Spanish politician.

Roy.

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