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NO means NO - 4th time lucky?

Cóir posterCóir poster

The fourth referendum on the Lisbon ConstitutionTreaty approaches following NO votes in Ireland in 2008 and France and the Netherlands in 2005. No wonder the EU delegation couldn't see too much of a problem regarding the Afghan election!

Cóir and the CAEUC ( Campaign Against the EU Constitution) need all the help they can get. Why not send a donation ( though try not to look too closely at the organisations affiliated to CAEUC). You could also write a letter to an Irish newspaper voicing your concerns at the unfair indirect funding of the YES camp, namely the hundreds of thousands being spent by big organisations such as Intel and Ryanair.

Rational discussion

Daniel HannanDaniel Hannan

There are subjects that simply cannot be discussed rationally: the NHS, the EU, immigration, climate change/global warming, racism, the name Enoch Powell, Kosovo, Palestine/Israel and, until recently, the war in Afghanistan. The 'man in he street' has strong views on many of these issues but simply by mentioning them he is immediately deemed reactionary. Politicians and media commentators fear for their jobs so toe the PC line.

Libya, Scotland and England

Oiling the wheels of business

What it's all about? What it's all about?
Picture the scene in a typical office on a Monday morning, “didya have a nice weekend” will be the general line of polite conversation. But this is no typical office, this is Peter Mandelson's office. We are well into the let's pretend zone here, so let's pretend it's all perfectly normal and carry on as if nothing has happened. But something has happened.

Mind you it might have been better to pretend that you'd been feeling ill, had sent your buddy off to get the Tamiflu and phoned in sick but for the fact that working in a government office you are privy to all the details of Tamiflu including the side effects of taking it. So you are stuck and it's going to be a bumpy ride. So much for pretending, as Mandy does, that he is such a clever dick, events dear boy, events, may prove otherwise. It's hard to imagine anyone coming out of this mess looking good, least of all the big cheese in this office, but he can wait.

Another fine mess

Quote of the week?

Thief? Thief?
From Chris Hunt Cooke, chairman of the Magistrates’ Association road traffic committee -
“Once they have been given these powers, the police will misuse them”
On the plan by government to give the police new powers see HERE and HERE to issue more 'on-the-spot fines'. What is it about the UK police that fails to inspire confidence?

This very public spat between the magistrates and the police has shone a light on the way things work now. During the Convention on Modern Liberty held in February this year, Helena Kennedy QC was asked about the introduction of the new law banning photographing police officers. It was her opinion that ACPO, the Association of Chief Police Officers, simply asked for it and got it. Much in the style of a spoilt child, they always got their way. No Minister ever asks for explanation let alone refuse them their every wish, naturally there is never a debate in parliament.

So the remark by Chris Hunt Cooke is interesting, he is certain that the new powers will be abused.

Photographers fight back


The Register tells us that activists have set up a new national campaign group to protect photography, and protesters are getting ready to take to the streets in Chatham. They have set up a national website, facebook and twitter sites. They state:

Photography is under attack. Across the country it that seems anyone with a camera is being targeted as a potential terrorist, whether amateur or professional, whether landscape, architectural or street photographer.

The site gives a useful bust card you can download, which tells you your rights if stopped and searched.

Why Chatham? Well the latest victim was Alex Turner. He took a photo of a WPC in Chatham High Street who referred to his size - 5' 11" and about 12 stone - implying that she found it intimidating! And she is meant to protect us!

Turner claims he was handcuffed, held in a police van for around 20 minutes, and forced to provide ID before they would release him. He was then searched in public by plain clothes officers who failed to provide any ID before they did so.

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