Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Yorkie Gravy Train

Pity poor Richard Corbett. The Labour MEP for Yorkshire and the euro wonk's wonk in chief found himself a little embarrassed on his way back from Strasbourg last week.
A conductor approached him, asked for his ticket and informed him that he had a penalty fare to pay as he was travelling without a valid ticket.
He has also taken this trip ever since being elected in 1996. So that 15 euro one way does start to look quite a wheeze, 30 euros each round trip. Corbett being a conscientious chap would rarely have missed a visit, so that is twelve a year over the last 12 years. Sum total? Approximately 4,300 euros. Not a great deal I know, but for one of the great finger pointers of the Parliament quite an oversight.
Now, it could well have been a one off, I really don't know. But maybe we should be told?
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And you vote for him?

Error in Pension payments

clipped from www.mod.uk

Guaranteed Minimum

Pension (GMP) -

Error In Calculation

The Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA) is sorry to have to inform Veteran Customers that an error has been identified in respect of a small proportion of Armed Forces Pension Scheme 75 (AFPS 75) pension payments. This error is in respect of the application of the Guaranteed Minimum Pension (GMP) element of the pensions of some 6,000 members of AFPS 75.

Finally, SPVA would like to apologise again for this error. We are doing everything we can to correct this pension error, and provide you with the actual figures involved as quickly as possible. There is a helpline available and the number is 0845 121 2514. Unfortunately SPVA will be unable to supply you with any GMP figures at the moment but will write to you in late March or April 2009 when we anticipate being in a position to inform you of any change to your pension.

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It is a farce. Ever since a previous Government was allowed to get away with Scrooging veterans out of their entitlements under the 1973 Social Services and Pensions Act, pensions have been a laughing stock.
When most former regulars lick the ass of former generals, they should remember it was these highly pensioned frauds who did nothing to secure the pensions of the man in the line. Now they have well paid employment with charities and other institutions whilst the soldier does his bit for nothing more than to know he is doing something for a comrade - without remuneration. When RBL spouts about the Charity it does, it does not tell you that the Area Officer is on over £30K per annum. Not bad on top of a pension?

Friday, 26 December 2008

42 Commando RM

clipped from www.telegraph.co.uk

Royal Marine who died on

Christmas Eve is named

Lance Corporal Benjamin Whatley, from Lima Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines, was killed in Afghanistan on 24 December 2008.

Lance Corporal Benjamin Whatley, from Lima Company, 42 Commando Royal Marines
Photo: MOD
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From a former member of 42 to the family and friends of Ben Whatley, thoughts and prayers.

India v. Pakistan, and it definitely aint cricket

clipped from www.thestar.com
Pakistan moves troops, tension to border with India

The troops headed to the Indian border were being diverted away from tribal areas near Afghanistan, officials said, and the move was expected to frustrate the United States which has been pushing Pakistan to step up its fight against al-Qaida and Taliban militants near the Afghan border.

A senior security official confirmed that soldiers were being moved out of the border area, but said it was "a limited number from areas where they were not engaged in any operation."

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Read into this what you want. Two nuclear armed countries face off across an acrimonious border and Pakistan seems to be taking troops from the Afghan border to it's neighbour in the South. What does it mean? Cheaper drugs for those who put dollars into the pockets of those who are murdering British, American and Nato soldiers in Afghanistan.

Clamping down on bloggers

Clampdown on libellous blogs – but bloggers likely to get lobby passes

John Prescott is among senior politicians who would happily strangle those bloggers who spread unsubstantiated gossip about him after his affair with Tracey Temple, his diary secretary, came to light in 2006. Now the justice minister Bridget Prentice has told MPs: "We will publish as soon as possible in the new year a consultation paper on defamation and the internet."

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Lieber has goose-stepped through the past 12 years with their supporters eagerly cheering for noosed monkeys and sexual deviants. Take it from a sufferer of haemorrhoids, pushing things up your back passage hurts and cannot be natural. Isn't it designed for discharge and not entry?
I believe in equity, the rights of man and freedom of choice. I do not believe that every semi-literate woman should be allowed children at my expense, housing whilst veterans sleep on the streets, enough charity to support a lifestyle which hard working families cannot afford.
As I go round my relatives in the North West I cannot help but see the change in the rural landscape, and want to know why I cannot ask why? Churches are empty but Americas Santa Claus is everywhere? What ever happen to CHRIST-mas? Where are the wonderful Harvest Festivals and community gatherings. Club days in Lancashire have been hi-jacked by feral youth and you risk more sanctions for looking at this dross than they do for wrecking centuries of galas.
Labour has got about everything wrong. But why do people vote for them?

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

A letter from Zimbabwe

Dear Friends

I know it is almost Christmas and I am fully aware of all the problems this world is facing and I am sure you too have some issues that are of concern to yourself. Also, you may have received this sort of letter before but I ask for your patience to read this one - its from "the horses mouth!"

Just give this a thought - if you were terrified of your government, if you knew that killings for opposing the government were happening every day, if you were starving to death (I MEAN ALL THIS - think about it), if you were sick and there was absolutely no medical help, if there were no longer schools for your children/grandchildren, if all whom you knew were unemployed and cholera was rife ......can you even begin to imagine it, truly imagine it for one second ...not easy! But get the full story below.

Peter and Nikki Nupen are close friends of mine whom I met when working in Namibia. We have kept in touch with very regular e-mails since I left Namibia in Oct 1997. They have retired to Cape Town. They are both from Zimbabwe. Peter has just been there to see how their remaining relatives are coping and to see for himself what is going on.

It’s a horror story. If you believe in prayer then pray HARD for Zimbabwe this Christmas. Those who do not pray try to act on Peter's request at the end of his letter......................

Dear Family and Friends,

I returned exactly a week ago from a trip to Zimbabwe, and have been gathering my thoughts and feelings in order to write this letter. Please read it carefully to understand what is happening in this country.

Whilst in Zimbabwe I was shocked beyond belief (those of you who have experienced this emotion will understand the feeling) by the situation in this country. It is a totally failed State. Ninety per cent unemployment with the serious ramifications of no jobs, no income and no food for the overwhelming majority in this land, and seemingly no way out of the dire situation there.. Government Schools mostly operated for twenty three days during 2008. No final public exams were written at either Government Schools or at the University in 2008. The salaries that Teachers and other wage earners for that matter ( apart from Police and Army Personnel, who Mugabe looks after for his own personal interests) are less than a Hawker can earn in the informal sector, trying to sell wares on the street. Zim money devalues so quickly that nobody deals it any more. Although it is illegal, the US Dollar and the Rand rule on the streets. There is very little or no water in the major towns, including Harare. The situation in the high density areas is far more severe as open sewers run through the streets due to the majority of water treatment works being non functional. Contamination of water sources with Cholera-infected sewerage is rife. Any water that one is able to obtain from boreholes or street vendors has the potential of being infected with Cholera and needs to be treated as such. I had the unfortunate experience of contracting this disease in Chegutu. Luckily, through contacts, I was able to get hold of Doxycycline (an anti-biotic) when the symptoms presented, and went straight onto basic re-hydration fluids of sugar and salt. It is relatively easy to treat the disease but where there are no drugs for the vast majority in Zimbabwe, particularly in the rural areas, it is a deadly disease. It has reached pandemic proportions. The deaths from Cholera in Zimbabwe are grossly understated, probably by four fold. On one day Mugabe is in denial about this epidemic in Zimbabwe, and the very next day his Minister of Information accuses Britain and America of Biological Warfare.

Please through this little episode, see the Zimbabwean crisis in its totality. In a country riddled with Aids, those who become infected with Cholera have little or no chance of survival. The vast majority of Government Hospitals have closed throughout Zimbabwe. I spoke to a Nurse in Chigutu who tearfully told me that if she went to work all she could do was to tell desperate patients that there were no medicines available, and no Doctors to treat them. That it was pointless her going to work to make sick people's lives more miserable.

There is very little electricity supply. Where I was staying, we had a period of eleven days with no power. The knock-on effect of this is that there was no electricity to run the bore-hole pump. Fridges and Deep-freezes cease to function and all perishable goods need to be thrown out. Toilet cisterns do not re-fill. There is no water for bathing. One has to find a friend who has a Generator to run a bore-hole, to get drinking water. PLEASE try to imagine yourself in that situation every day.

PLEASE GET THE PICTURE OF HOW BAD THINGS ARE IN ZIMBABWE.

Having outlined the scenario I will now come to the point of writing this letter. Desmond Tutu, our Nobel Peace Prize Winner has openly stated that Robert Mugabe needs to be brought before the International Court in Le Hague for Crimes against Humanity. This was no flippant remark, and he is absolutely right. The situation in Zimbabwe is the result of the behaviour of one man, who over the last ten years or so, with his political cohorts, has been driven by the evil of clinging onto political and financial power at all costs, and for his own gain. Knob-kerrieing and the machetteing to death of thousands who dared oppose him will still come to light. Here is a man who has no compassion for his own people. Here is a man who together with his political cohorts and ZANU PF Government Ministers (listed by the E.U. and other civilized countries in the world, who will have nothing to do with them) has grown super wealthy by raping Zimbabwe of its natural resources and wealth to the detriment of all Zimbabweans.

It is all too evident when the United Nations Security Council meet that the three Nations which help keep this failed dictator in power are China, Russia and South Africa. In Zimbabwe, right at this moment, virtually all the Chrome Deposits are in the hands of the Chinese - pay-back for China propping up Mugabe's illegal regime. China is also primarily responsible for the payment of all the fuel that crosses the border at Beit Bridge into Zimbabwe, as well as paying Zambia, Mozambique and the DRC for electricity supplies into Zimbabwe. China has, in the last two weeks, delivered some fifty three tonnes of weapons and armaments to Zimbabwe. This will be used against any opposition, particularly the MDC in intimidation and killings.

SOME HARD FACTS :

FACT NO. 1 THERE ARE NO SANCTIONS AGAINST ZIMBABWE BY ANY WESTERN NATION. No matter how many times South Africa mentions "targeted sanctions against Zimbabwe", this is simply not true. South African media houses work on the assumption that the more often " sanctions against Zimbabwe by Western Nations " is mentioned, the more likely uninformed people will believe this to be true. THERE ARE TARGETED SANCTIONS AGAINST A VERY SPECIFIC CRIMINAL ELEMENT IN ZIMBABWE who are the Government Ministers in the illegal ZANU PF Government. The fact that the IMF and WORLD BANK do not send funds into Zimbabwe is because these self same Ministers would steal these incoming funds for themselves. They will not used for humanitarian reasons. The funding destined for needy Zimbabweans from these two bodies was CORRECTLY terminated.

FACT NO. 2 KALEMA MOTLANTE, the current interim President of South Africa was the leader of the South African Observer Mission which declared that the last set of elections in Zimbabwe was both free and fair, WHEN EVERY OTHER OBSERVER MISSION DESCRIBED THEM AS THE EXACT OPPOSITE. Remember also that the current mediator in Zimbabwe, TABO MBEKE was the then President of the Republic of South Africa. I hope you begin to see the support that Mugabe has in the current political structure in South Africa.

FACT NO. 3 Mugabe was a leader in the liberation struggle and had the opportunity to be an international figurehead akin to Nelson Mandela.

However, he chose differently. It is fine for Liberation Heroes to support each other when good governance in terms of African Union guide lines are being observed in their respective countries. But why should Liberation Leaders, especially the South Africans, choose to support Mugabe when he is carrying out his own subtle HAULOCAUST IN ZIMBABWE (and this is why he is needed at Le Hague). Remember also, this illegal dictator has lost the latest National Election, and has been defeated in a Presidential Poll. Thank goodness the Civilized World has seen through Mugabe's criminal ways, and understand the necessity to be rid of him.

Let me briefly elaborate on Mugabe's Holocaust. In the early 1980s' Mugabe unleashed his notorious Fifth Brigade on the people of Southern Matebeleland, killing some twenty thousand MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN, for his own political gain and terrorized Joshua Nkomo and the Matabele People into an Alliance with him. (The Matabele have regained their courage and are currently breaking away from this Alliance, the ZANU PF.) Also, Zimbabwe, once regarded as the Bread Basket of Africa, has been reduced to a country where five million of its people now require food aid to survive. Now, here is the rub. Only ZANU PF supporters are allowed to distribute food aid in Zimbabwe. Any person who is suspected of having ties with the MDC opposition, is refused food and is hounded out of food distribution centers.

Mugabe is a man bent literally on starving to death those who are deemed not to support him. If this does not equate to a HOLOCAUST, then I do not know what does. When people lie down to die, knowing it is easier to go that way, rather than being brutally savaged to death by showing resistance, then you know a HOLOCAUST is taking place.

The supportive behaviour by the leaders in South Africa for Mugabe defies all common sense and the norms of fair play and practice. President Motlante glibly states that " a solution must be found by the Zimbabwean People themselves ". Mugabe has total control of the Armed as well as the Police Services in Zimbabwe. (Something he will not give up, as can be seen by his current outbursts). Morgan Tsvangarai and the MDC have no protection what so ever from any law enforcement body in Zimbabwe. They are at the mercy of an evil and bitter Dictator. Should there be a murmur of dissent against Mugabe's illegal regime, the wrath of the CIO, the Military, the Police and the Green Bombers is unleashed to deadly effect.

Under these circumstances who is the ANC kidding that a solution in Zimbabwe "must be found by Zimbabwean People themselves" As I write this letter, some forty two MDC supporters have disappeared, and Morgan Tsvangarai threatens to pull out of the Unity Talks altogether if they are not released by Mugabe's illegal regime. When can a fair and just solution be given to Zimbabwe by the world at large. A Zimbabwean said to me "Tabo Mbeke has failed us, SADC has failed us, the AU has Failed us, the UN has failed us and the World has failed us. It is only God now who can save us."

I hope we, collectively, can prove him wrong.

I would like to believe that it is up to those nations in the world who truly understand the plight of the Zimbabweans and believe that something must be done to save the Zimbabwean people, that must act. South Africa has failed Zimbabwe for the past eight years and something must be done to apply meaningful pressure against South Africa to bring about a change in mind set of the ANC politicians which, in turn, will bring about meaningful change in Zimbabwe.

I WOULD ADVOCATE THAT THESE COUNTRIES START TO BOYCOTT THE SOCCER WORLD CUP DESTINED FOR SOUTH AFRICA IN 2010. PERHAPS AN IMMINENT BOYCOTT OF THE WORLD CUP WOULD BRING SOUTH AFRICA INTO THE FOLD OF RESPONSIBLE DEMOCRACIES AROUND THE WORLD, AND END THE UNTOLD SUFFERING AT ITS DOORSTEP.

The civilized countries in the world need to be seen to withdraw support from South Africa which is covertly supporting the SUBTLE HOLOCAUST IN ZIMBABWE. What ever different South African Politicians may say, this is a reality I have seen it with my own eyes. The Soccer World Cup is currently the pride and joy of South Africa, and for Seb Blatter to be advised to ask another country to host THE WORLD CUP in 2010 by pressure from civilized countries, may well be the catalyst to make South Africa change tack and bring meaningful change to Zimbabwe, and to once again bring hope to a broken people.

The closure of the Beit Bridge Border Post between South Africa and

Zimbabwe will cause Mugabe's regime to fall WITHIN A WEEK. Some people say that by cutting off resources would harm the poor people of Zimbabwe, yet from personal experience, it is hard to imagine that they could be any worse off than they are now.

PLEASE DO NOT BE DUPED INTO MUGABE WANTING TO CALL FOR NEW ELECTIONS IN TWO YEARS TIME, SHOULD THE CURRENT ROUND OF UNITY TALKS FAIL. This is a plan by Mugabe which will allow him a further two years to obliterate the MDC by continuing with his current HOLOCAUST. The Opposition has won, against all odds, both a National Election and a Presidential Election. This is now being denied to them by Mugabe. Please do not give in to Mugabe's plans, and allow him to obliterate the MDC for ever OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

I am tired now, and have probably written a rather poor grammatical letter, but I do hope I have managed to convey a very important message. I ask friends and family around the world to précis this letter and send it to influential news papers in your respective countries. I ask you to forward it on to your respective News Channels and Governments for action. Please pass this letter on to anyone who you think may have influence. Please do good for Zimbabwe this Christmas.

Yours in truth,

Peter Nupen


Thirty years of horror in what was once the most beautiful country on Earth. What is Britains response? To give the chief architect a knighthood(sic).

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Labours latest act of lunacy

clipped from news.bbc.co.uk

Government sells stake in

Trident

The government has sold its last remaining shares in the Aldermaston Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire to an American company.

The move means Britain no longer has any stake in the production of its Trident nuclear warheads.


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What a total act of insanity. Like it or hate it, if you own a weapon you keep it in your own hands. You do not pass it to strangers and say..."cover me."
This is a government who quarantined boom and bust, and has led us to the worst recession in living memory. And who was the minister, who, on lunchtime television, told the world that we are not in recession?
Forget him, forget Labour and find a party that talks sense and talks for you. If you cannot find one, start one.

An American Hero.

clipped from www.nytimes.com

W. Mark Felt, Watergate Deep Throat, Dies at 95

W. Mark Felt, who was the No. 2 official at the F.B.I. when he helped bring down President Richard M. Nixon by resisting the Watergate cover-up and becoming Deep Throat, the most famous anonymous source in American history, died Thursday. He was 95 and lived in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Mr. Felt played a dual role in the fall of Nixon. As a secret informant, he kept the story alive in the press. As associate director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he fought the president’s efforts to obstruct the F.B.I.’s investigation of the Watergate break-in.

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Why O Why O Why cannot we find one? After the debacle of the cash for honours non-inquiry, the numerous looks at the slip and slide in standards of our MPs, would it not be nice, for once, for a high official to tell the truth about the dross who purport to be our leaders? Instead, what do we get? Yates of Scotland Yard apologising for everything from the illegal arrest in Parliament of a duty bound official doing his duty, to the unseemly prosecution of an innocent man, Peter Stagg, for a heinous murder two decades ago.
Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Friday, 19 December 2008

Incompetent police force

Leading article: An

incompetent police force

Robert Napper's guilty plea to manslaughter yesterday at the Old Bailey should have been an occasion for grim satisfaction. A triple killer and serial rapist has been convicted, and he will be detailed indefinitely at Broadmoor hospital. But the primary emotion this outcome inspires is not satisfaction but revulsion at the incompetence and carelessness of police.


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One has to ask the question, how many blotched investigations?
Too much political correctness? The airwaves are jammed with incredulous serving and former officers whenever the police are mentioned. How can an organisation get on with fulfilling its mandate when it allows internal divisions such as the Blacks ONLY police federation to fester in it heart? The instance sexual or racial discrimination is raised the brave policeman disappears and the PC moron comes to the fore.
The first priority is prevention but ass long as the nation swallows the lie that there have never been as many police on the beat, then there will never be any prevention - when was the last time you saw a copper on your beat. As a child I saw our bobby almost every day as a police station was within two hundred yards of our house. After Labours politicisation of the Modern Police Force I fear the vandals and rouges have won - so stop voting them in.

Aussie killed serving with the Rifles

Rifleman Stuart Nash killed

fighting with British forces

The 21-year-old soldier was fighting with Britain's 1st Battalion in Helmand province, a volatile area in the south of the war-torn country.
"He was shot whilst calling out target indications and returning fire, all the time under heavy enemy fire," Corporal Nash said.

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Billy Connellys' act includes the statement about women... if they were leaders there would be no more war. WHAT???
The faggots in the Labour leadership who continually eulogise over the death of brave young people never get nearer to the action than behind a battalion of brave young people. My MP is a hero and expert on terrorism because he has been..."within two hundred yards of a terrorist bomb."
How that must be a comfort to Stuart Nash's family and the thousands of wounded veterans he now represents (sic).
No words can reward your sacrifice.

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Immigration Office a larf

clipped from www.thesun.co.uk

A DESPERATE illegal immigrant who has tried six times to stow away so he can FLEE Britain keeps getting caught — and forced to STAY.

A judge yesterday vowed to “kick some backsides” and said: “The sooner he gets back to Morocco the better for everybody.”


Michael Hubbard QC added: “It’s unbelievable he has been held at taxpayers’ expense in an immigration centre for three years.


Bristol Crown Court heard how Ali arrived in Britain in 2004 claiming to be Algerian and demanding asylum.


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Will no-one take charge? Jakki Spliff is out of her mind on the weed and the Immigration officials are too busy trying to understand the Law.
Sod the Law. Give the poor sod a bungee and let him water-ski back to paradise.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

IE Security alert

clipped from news.bbc.co.uk

Serious security flaw found in

IE


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Brown's Britain

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Britain faces worst recession

in living memory, Cabinet

Minister Tessa Jowell admits

Tessa Jowell, the Olympics Minister, said the forthcoming downturn was expected to be "deeper than any that we have known".

The admission is the most pessimistic forecast so far issued by a Government minister. It raises the spectre of a recession lasting throughout 2009 and part of 2010 - worse than the recessions of the early 1990s and 1980s.


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When you publicly back the man who has led us into recession, how can you support him as he digs us deeper into the mire?

Culpability Brown

A letter from a friend

Reflecting over the past few months and years, it’s hard to resist the idea that New Labour’s Government actually parodied that of the joint kings in The Gondoliers. Brown was effectively “running” the UK’s domestic affairs, and Blair the stuff elsewhere. Blair has kindly left the stage, leaving Brown to out-grin his predecessor. Meanwhile the Pound excels all previous records for ignominy, to the point, perhaps, of achieving Labour’s unvoiced ambition to achieve, finally, parity with the Dollar. It is a remarkable achievement.

The symptoms of decay are everywhere. Local Government “Directors” pulling in Q200 000 per year! It is utterly unbelievable. Oswald Spengler wrote of the Decline of the West. We are witnessing its Suicide Perhaps we’ll soon see Traditional Dancers, all kilt and bagpipe, entertaining plane loads of Oriental tourists arriving at Turnhouse. If the grass isn’t growing through the tarmac by then. Perhaps the dancers can be recruited from Los Discreditados among the banking fraternity, or at least the more obvious ones.

I can’t help but wonder if future historians, attempting to make sense of the Blair-Brown era, will not, with some justice, stigmatise him as Culpability Brown.

Your aye, angrily and impotently,

Hugh

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Aussies in Iraqi dilemma

Diggers face rush Iraq exit

CONTINGENCY plans are being prepared for an abrupt end to Australia's military presence in Iraq within a fortnight unless a new legal accord can be hammered out by December 31.

A failure to conclude a status of forces agreement with Baghdad in the next few days would dictate the immediate departure of Australian defence personnel embedded with coalition forces inside Iraq.

In the absence of a new legal authority from Baghdad, the RAAF's C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, which have flown hundreds of supply missions into Iraq since mid-2003, would have to obtain diplomatic clearance for every flight into Iraqi airspace.

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An untidy end to this illegal episode?