Thursday, 10 April 2014

If Scotland votes to leave the UK.....

John Redwood MP thinks this might be good for England. Here's what could happen afterwards -

"The first thing that should happen is all MPs representing Scottish seats in the House of Commons should withdraw from all business relating to the rest of the UK, especially business relating to the negotiation between the rest of the UK and Scotland. The government should pass a Bill excluding Scottish MPs from rest of the UK business if there is no voluntary agreement to this."

(Since English folk don't have a say on Scottish Parliament decisions this should have happened already.)

"The second thing is a negotiating team of senior Ministers should equip themselves to negotiate on a wide range of matters that need settling between the two new countries. This will include splitting the state debts and assets, sorting out responsibility for banks and money, the transition to a new currency for Scotland, the transfer of benefits, pensions and other state liabilities to Scotland for their people, and the trade and border arrangements which will apply following the split."

(RBS, so badly advised by Alex Salmond before it crashed, is registered in Edinburgh, not London.)

"The third thing is to notify the EU of the need to change our relationship with the EU. Our partners will probably deem the rest of the UK to be the successor state to the UK, but they will want to cut our number of MEPs and our votes around the table. The rest of the UK will need to cut our financial contribution, and may as well regard the exit of Scotland as triggering a much more fundamental renegotiation of our relationship."

(Imagine the Europe-loving SNP asking reluctant Scots to pay their fair share to Brussels in future.)

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Should evolution be taught in schools?

These days there are no end of scientists claiming that no-one should mention creation theory to schoolchildren, let alone teach it as an alternative theory to evolution. But let's look at evolution, or more precisely the theory that one species can mutate into another. There's no direct evidence that this has ever actually happened - there's only direct evidence that sub-species can evolve within a species, eg different breeds can evolve from a cow. There is plenty of circumstantial evidence in the shape of the fossil record, but that's all.

In other words evolutionism is a faith, just like creationism, for which plenty of circumstantial evidence exists (there is evidence of design in every living thing) but for which there is no direct evidence. Surely both faiths should be taught in schools, not one to the exclusion of the other? Children can then make their minds up which faith to believe in. But the militant fundamentalists of science won't have that. They remind me of the intolerant bigots of the catholic church, who once had it in for scientists - who ironically, have now become the the "new priesthood".

Evolutionists also preach that a bolt of lightning once struck some amino acids and turned them into self-replicating proteins, ie primitive life forms. But this idea can't be tested, as the atmospheric conditions necessary for it to happen no longer exist - and if it can't be disproved, then it isn't science. And frankly I've read a more plausible account of how life began in Genesis. (By the way, the Hebrew word for "day" - as in seven days of creation - can mean 24 hours or a period of unspecified duration, the same as in English. Like, say, billions of years.)

Friday, 21 March 2014

Britain, home to gangsters

Richard Littlejohn notes that human rights law can sometimes be used to evade a European Arrest Warrant -

"For the past 20 years, [Domenico] Rancadore has been on the run, holed up in a detached bungalow in Uxbridge, Middlesex. It’s hardly Don Corleone’s compound in The Godfather. Neighbours knew him as Marc Skinner, who lived a private existence with his British-born wife Anne....but the Italian authorities insist ‘Marc’ was a leading figure in the Sicilian Cosa Nostra, an enforcer for a crime family in the district of Trabia, near Palermo. Italy’s deputy prime minister describes him as one of that country’s ‘most dangerous fugitives’. In 1999, Rancadore was convicted in his absence of Mafia association and extortion and sentenced to seven years in prison."

Last year the eyeties discovered where he was living and issued a European Arrest Warrant. So bye-bye Domenico Rancadore, was it? Nope - the thug has, unlike his victims - and unlike the many British victims of the European Arrest Warrant now festering in squalid prison conditions - yuman rights -

"Metropolitan Police detectives raided his home and he was brought before Westminster Magistrates’ Court, which ordered his extradition. But Rancadore appealed and yesterday the original ruling was overturned. The extradition order was struck down and he walked free on bail. Senior district judge Howard Riddle said he couldn’t accept assurances that prison conditions in Italy wouldn’t breach - yep, you guessed - Rancadore’s human rights. The court was told that overcrowding in Italian jails would put him at risk of ‘inhuman and degrading’ treatment and might worsen his chronic chest pains."

The irony is that Italy is a founder member of the EU and its Arrest Warrant. And of the European Convention on Human Rights, too. So you don't have to be a member of the Russian mafia, er oligarchy, to be granted sanctuary here for fear that you will be sent to some Siberian hell-hole if you are deported. Wealthy gangsters from Italy, where prison conditions are just as good as those applying in Britain, can buy their liberty too.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

A comedian looks at "diversity"

Pat Condell views this modern obsession from the standpoint of a liberal.

Another message.....

Oo-er! It must be the male menopause. I've decided to post irregularly (perhaps once a month) to THIS blog again. Forget the "Beyond right and left" blog that I set up for occasional posts - I've just deleted it. Now I've gone back to posting to THIS blog again. But only occasionally.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Another blog.....

I'm not sure if I will be posting to Britain Today again, as I need to get a life. I may, however, post occasionally to a new blog called Beyond Right and Left. You may wish to visit this new blog....

Monday, 6 January 2014

Whatever happened to Magna Carta?

Did she die in vain, as Tony Hancock asked? Norman Tebbit seems to think so. He starts by quoting Churchill -

"The essential aspects of democracy are the freedom of the individual , within the framework of laws passed by Parliament, to order his life as he pleases, and the uniform enforcement of tribunals independent of the executive. The laws are based on Magna Carta, Habeas Corpus, The Petition of Rights and others. Without this foundation there can be no freedom… As long as these rights are defended the foundations of freedom are secure…"

But in this year of preparations for celebrating the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015, there doesn't seem much to actually celebrate. To continue -

"The European Commission now has the right to make laws without the need to go to even the European Parliament, let alone that of Westminster. The enforcement of those laws or regulations is often arbitrary. The European Arrest Warrant allows countries with very little track record of the rule of law as Churchill would have known it to seize British citizens in our own country and lock them up awaiting trial without effective rights of Habeas Corpus."

And as Tebbit tartly puts it, equating the Commission with King John - who got the Pope to repeal Magna Carta for a while, just as Ted Heath signed another Roman treaty -

"The collective King John of Europe which resides in the headquarters of the European Commission would have to be confronted by a gang of 21st-century knights to be brought to heel and for the process of creating a European democracy to begin. That would be uncomfortable for some of the powerful corporate barons of commerce and industry who would rather carve deals with the Commission than conform to a common law for all."

Not that European democracy is possible, because there's no European demos, as Enoch Powell pointed out.

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Latest Cameron lie about Europe

Cameron is still bluffing about how he intends to change EU law, if only we give him a majority at the next election -

"Millions of pounds in child benefit paid to families living outside the UK will be axed under David Cameron’s plan to claw back powers from Brussels. The Prime Minister insisted it was wrong that the British taxpayer is giving cash to 40,000 children who live elsewhere in the European Union."

The last few soundbites from number ten have stated that the Romanians and Bulgarians who have been pouring into Britain since New Year's Day won't be able to claim benefits, which they are doing already, and that even if they are able to, the Serbians, Albanians and Turks won't be allowed to when they join.

We have also had an attempt (sic) to frighten illegal immigrants into leaving the country using advertising vans, and the threatened deportation of gypsies with no visible means of support, all of whom could claim asylum and therefore benefits. Cameron's jingoism is merely a pathetic attempt to stop people voting for UKIP or the BNP.