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Friday, November 26, 2004

Save the UK Put Prince Harry In Charge (Reasons why you should be concerned about the UK and other tidbits)


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No, I am not going to blog on the Prince Harry alleged kidnapping, while drunk in a bar in Argentina incident. Its just a funny photo and is all the rage with the talk shows over there today. But with some of the laws being proposed in the UK, I wonder if Prince Harry might not be a better choice. At least he couldn't cause any more potential damage. Note to my fair skinned UK'ers don't get a DWI here the flushed cheeks give it away. Anyway I think one reason I concentrate on UK subjects at certain hours is because I listen to a talk radio station out of London called LBC during the nighttime hours(I am a classic insomniac) while I am surfing the web. I would recommend it because its available on the net and the announcers and callers are great. There is only so much art bell I can take. Also if you want to see how the State Dept, or/and the Voice of America is falling down on the job as to representing our views just listen to the their callers for a week. It can get pretty disheartning especially since if we lose the UK we are really in deep you know what in Europe. So here is some interesting tidbits of things of interest to Americans
A cheer for journalist Janan Ganesh in this article Let's Here It For The Marines that appeared in the Nov 24 edtion of the London Times. A great read and a tip of the hat to UK blogger Attempting Escape for pointing it out for me. SHe states in part: Jack Nicholson’s “you can’t handle the truth” routine in A Few Good Men has become an iconic monologue of modern cinema, but the point he was making is rarely grasped. The injustice Nicholson laments is not that we expect a noble minority to pay the blood price for our security — it was ever thus — but that we demand the right to tell them how to do it. Shackled by laws, norms and protocol concocted by legalists, the US Armed Forces — who have done more for freedom of the press than all the world’s journalists combined — are put in an impossible position. It is nauseating enough that they are now casually disparaged as “hicks” and “rednecks” by do-nothing civilians, without the supposedly objective media joining in. Way to go Janan we need all the help we can get in the UK papers and I am sure our Marines appreciate it.
The other note of interest is a sentiment that small "c" conservatives in the UK are starting to feel about the upcoming elections. The blogger of The England Project remarks in this blog posting that: Neil, over at German for Beginners has a three parter up on England, his country and why he is no longer a supporter of New Labour.I can't help feeling that many of us are rapidly running out of people to vote for. Who's to blame, do you think? What he is referencing is that the government is increasing their interference in peoples lives every day. Go to the above link on the German for Beginners blog. Currently that blogger is living in Germany and doesn't like what he sees happening in the the mother country. He states in part: I don't like being told what I can and can't do to myself, my property and to those who give me their permission without duress.3. Common law, the English Bill of Rights, Milton, Locke, Sydney, classical liberalism. I believe the people are the country and society, whereas the state is a distinct construct, the agent - not the master. He later states in his excellent post that I'm the son of a family that has lived in the same village since the Domesday book, went to a normal school, had parents who earned below average wage, who is seeing the fabric of his part of England ripped up by a spiteful metropolitan elite. And no, I'm not sure exactly what action to take, but I do know that I'm not the only person that thinks like this. It seems we might have a little replay of blue state/ red state thing over there. The problem is that the conservatives with a small "c" are as The England Project blog has stated are running out of choices. Will they go on to the Tory/Conservative party. People should really pay attention to what the Labor party is proposing over there. As one American Blogger, A NAtion of Riflemen said : Britain is like the proverbial canary in the mineshaft of government, if you will. In other words, whats happening there is going to to be proposed here by the Dean faction of the Dem. party. Go to this article/opinion piece in the Telegraph to see whats being proposed in the UK. The Highlights are The Civil Contingencies Bill where the Govt can be able to repeal or suspend any Act, apart from the Human Rights Act, The Civil Partnership Bill where the Govt grants rights, similar to those enjoyed by married couples, to cohabiting homosexuals, anAnti-Social Behaviour Bill. that will gives additional powers to "community support officers" - those people who dress like policemen, but aren't - to confiscate alcohol and probally issue fines, a housing bill that charges more fees to sell a house. When coupled with proposed laws against advertising "unhealthy foods" till after children go to bed, anti smoking laws, making possession of drugs in the blood stream a crime, making more people to be compelled to take drug test for minor offenses, and national id cards it appears the Nanny State or what was called back in the days of Clinton "The Third Way" looks alot like the "Old Way" of the seventies.
So can small "c" conservatives go to the traditionally conservative Conservative party. I noticed something last week in a telling comment in the Conservative's Partys response To the Queen's Speech it said in response and contrast to Labor''s view of Gov stated they wanted to cut back waste and bureaucracy in government, and ensure that taxpayers get better value for money while setting Britain on a path to lower taxes. Can you imagine A Republican saying "setting the US on a path to lower taxes" Hell no! Every politician knows that if there is money left it gets spent. You reduce taxes not only to help the economy but to force the Govt sometimes to reduce its level of ever expanding programs. You of course go ahead and cut taxes. One major problem is that to my eye it appears that the Tories are sort of "labor Lite" One area you can see this is on the subject of the UK and further intergration into the EU. Basically among the conservative bloggers in the UK I sense a real level of frustration on the part of the Tories to confront this issue. Also there appears to be a rethinking of how far the average Britian wishes to become part of Brussel's neverending web of regulation. Several polls have shown some uneasiness amony the masses as it were. It appears though the Tories haven't got the hint. When confronted with members of the conservative partythat wanted a clear answer as to what was the Tories position on the whole EU question was they responded: that "there would be no change of policy or change of emphasis" as to European question and that the Conservative party's leadership would under no circumstances talk about an withdrawal from Europe. Mr. Murry at the England Project states: ""no change of policy or emphasis is a pretty clear statement of intent by the Tories and they will have little chance of winning back my support with that kind of attitude." Republicans in the US won the last election by firing up the base to get out and vote. It doesn't sound like to me that the base is too fired up over there.
As I stated earlier one reason to be concerned about what happens in the UK is that you can bet this alot of this nonsense will be introduced over here. An excellent site that should be on your everyday blog list is Nanny Knows Best. Insightful and humerous its a great read. His stories often lead you to regulations and laws that are being proposed that are often under the radar of the major UK papers. As the U.S. blogger A nation of Riflemen states here :"Frankly, I couldn't be bothered to keep up with NuLabor's bullshit all the time, because of the frequency of the RCOB moments when reading the British Press.But help is on the way, in the form of Ken Frost's excellent Nanny Knows Best website, which should be a frequent read for everyone.Sadly, many of the atrocities he describes are already taking place in the U.S. -- but I think that we have a better chance of dismantling them than the Brits do.As an early warning system, therefore, NKB is an invaluable asset, and will go into the "Behind Enemy Lines" (Brit Division) immediately.Remember you've been warned.

UPDATE I
Wow, well the benefit of having to retype this post after blogger said "Internal error 500" when I tried to publish it originally is that you can get good update pretty quick. Non-Trivial Solutions blog, another UK blogger has alot to say on what the Tories should do. This excerpt will take you to the entire post.
It strikes me that there is a serious point to be made on the subject of the Tories handling of the ID card issue. As a bit of background, the Tories are sitting on the fence with their heads in the sand (I love a mixed metaphor) hoping that the issue will go away. It won't. If the Tories come out in favour of ID cards, they will pass easily, and a little more ideology dies (ideologies are like fairies - if you say you don't believe enough times, they die...). If they come out against ID cards, Labour will pin them to the wall in the media, figuratively speaking...
The Conservatives should come out strongly against ID cards, purely on a matter of principle. Talk about being proud of Britain, being proud of freedom and democracy. Talk about every British citizens' right to wander freely without fear of having to identify his or herself to another soul, let alone the state. ...
Parody them. Teenage pregnancies? ID cards will fix that. Terrorism? ID cards. Anti-social behaviour? ID cards. Passive smoking? Hmmm, ID cards? MRSA? Slap the bugs with ID cards. Police bureaucracy? Give them an ID card check form to fill in. Talk about Blunkett's destruction of civil liberties - trial by jury, double jeopardy, trials without evidence, holding people without trial, etc.....

and here is my favorite from our young uk blogger

Do not assume the media battle is lost. I sense that the people at CCO have no faith in their ability to control the media message. Don't wanna take on the New Labour media machine? Get out, you're fired. We want a big dog in this fight, not a bitch.

Now thats the spirit that could get the Conservatives elected!

UPDATE II

The last update as to this post but found something I couldn't resist. Tip of the hat to the Guy Fawkes Blog on this. Lady Thatcher appears at Parliment today. Boris Johnson a conservative mp blogs on it today. As a side note it appeared that Mr JOhnson was one of The Tories shining lights. But a few weeks ago he got sacked over a "sex scandal". In the UK the sex scandals come quickly and seem to be lethal. Just the week before some Scottish politician was involved I think in some sort of 'Orgy" scandal If I remember right. Anyway, I know many were concerned in the U.S. when Lady Thatcher came to Reagans Funeral and the press raised issues as to her health. It appears she is doing fine click here for the account




4 Comments:

Blogger MaxedOutMama said...

These are great links. I thought some of the blogs were fascinating. I can't imagine that this sort of social trend isn't somehow going to be an issue in this election. Reading all of this really gave me a context for a lot of the news articles I've read that hadn't made much sense before.

I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciated all your hard work.

November 27, 2004 at 10:16 AM  
Blogger Mary Desmond said...

just on sex scandals, Boris was sacked for his, at the same time the home secretary Blunkett seems to have done to his secretary what he has been doing to our country for some years and no one bats an eyelid.

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