Labour’s record of Change

22 01 2010

from redrag

Man of Kent


An apposite summary of our Country’s situation in 2010

5 01 2010

From Chris Mounsey, leader of the Libertarian Party at Devil’s Kitchen

“My friends,

We are broke. Our country—whatever it may once have been—is now laden with debt. And this isn’t “the government’s debt”: it is our debt.

The government has no money but what it takes—what it extorts—from us.

We have gone beyond consensus politics: if a man were to come to your door, with a gun, and demand half of everything that you earned—on pain of severe punishment, on pain of the total ruination of your life—would you not protest?

For a moment, lay aside those dutiful thoughts of those starving millions beyond your gate, and think, instead, of those within your own household—within your own family: would you not rather protect them first?

Of course you would: they are your kith and kin and you would expect—would you not?—that everyone, like you, would defend theirs against you were you the one holding the gun.

The government has now utterly removed from you the means of protecting yourself and your family against the man with the gun: indeed, you dare not defend yourself because you fear that it is you, not the mugger, who would end up in the dock.

For the government is the man with the gun, demanding tithes from you: the government is here, at your door. But not randomly.


The government has gone out and bought itself nice things—plasma TVs, second homes, duckhouses, moats. And jobs, and votes. All of those things that you could not afford—because it has been here before: at your door, with a gun.

Five years ago, it was here—threatening you with prison if you did not pay up—for the sake of all of those children who were not yours. You paid, because you had no option.

Four years ago, it was here—threatening you with prison if you did not pay up—for the sake of all of those unhealthy who were not yours. You paid, because you had no option.

Three years ago, it was here—threatening you with prison if you did not pay up—for the sake of all of those uneducated who were not yours. You paid, because you had no option.

Two years ago, it was here—threatening you with prison if you did not pay up—for the sake of all of those feckless bankers who were not yours. You paid, because you had no option.

One year ago, it was here—threatening you with prison if you did not pay up—for the sake of all of those MPs who had no duck-houses or second homes or moats. You paid, because you had no option.

And now the government has spent everything that you had to give, and more, on its pet projects—on buying its second homes, on buying its duckhouses, on buying its votes—and none of it benefited you and yours. Not even by one iota.

The government didn’t care that you couldn’t afford to give any more: it didn’t care that you had no money.

The government didn’t care that you had lost your job: the government didn’t care that all of those thousands of pounds it took in National Insurance payments translated into a few hundred when you were in need.

And now, when you are getting back on your feet—back in a job that is not as good as the one the government destroyed, back struggling to look after your family on the pittance you are paid, back paying off your debts—the government, too, is back: it’s back with the gun.

The government is back—demanding half of what you broke your back to earn—because it has more grand schemes, more votes to buy, more trinkets to deliver to its favoured ones.

Will you so willingly hand over the sweat of your brow? Will you so willingly condemn you and yours to penury? Will you capitulate again?

Or will you fight?

Join us—and help us to stop the extortion.

Join us—and understand that providing for you and yours is not a sin.

Join us—and realise that a society that pulls together is a society that stays together.

Join us—and help us fight for a future in which people help each other voluntarily, because it is right and fitting to do so.

Join us—and help to build a future in which men, women and children take back their work, their birthrights, their dignity and their compassion from a government that cares nothing for you.

Join us.

Because—whether the government is Tory, Labour or LibDem—soon you will have nothing left to lose.”

Nuff said

Man of Kent

Nanny State Beer

28 09 2009

Brewdog Brewery, who make pretty good beer upset a load of do goody goody busibodies a while back launching Tokyo beer, an imperial stout with an alcohol content of 18.2%.

Well now, they have launched a seriously weak beer (1.1%) called… Nanny State!

Click the picture to go to the bbc news site, and read the stupid pontificating about both Tokyo & now Nanny State by Alcohol Focus Scotland including this comment “Campaigners welcomed the 1.1% alcohol Nanny State but said the name showed a lack of appreciation of the problem” that completely misses the point as usual. Alcohol Focus is one of those astroturfing fake charities that receive all of their funding from Government etc.

More power to your elbows, Martin & James!

See the Daily Mash about Alcohol limits, in particular the comments of “Emma Bishop” which eloquently sums up my attitude too.

Man of Kent

Libertarian Party’s 1st Councillor

9 09 2009

Councillor Gavin Webb, of Stoke upon Trent city council has joined the Libertarian Party from the Liberal Democrats.

One part of his statement stood out for me “We are on the road of authoritarianism, where government is our ruler rather than us being the ruler of our government. It is time for each and every single one of us to make a stand against government and those who feed off it, and demand the reduction of its size and scope.”

I hope that Gavin thrives with us in the Libertarian Party, and that he is the first of many who will hopeful return power to the people, not the professional politicians as now.

Libertarian Party Press Release

Man of Kent

What is it about public servants wanting ban things?

9 09 2009

We have news of Doctors wanting to ban alcohol adverts etc. etc.

Why don’t they just take a running jump.

Less restrained comment:

Old Holborn

Devil’s Kitchen

and vast swathes of the blogsphere.
Man of Kent

The Government

3 09 2009

Watching politics over the last few weeks (months, years?) I just have to resort to this quotation –

“So they [the Government] go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.” (Hansard, 12th November 1936)

Sums this Labour Government up too: from Sir Winston Churchill

Man of Kent

DNA Database

10 08 2009

From the Guardian, via No2ID:

“Chief constables across England and Wales have been told to ignore a landmark ruling by the European court of human rights and carry on adding the DNA profiles of tens of thousands of innocent people to a national DNA database.

Senior police officers have also been “strongly advised” that it is “vitally important” that they resist individual requests based on the Strasbourg ruling to remove DNA profiles from the national database in cases such as wrongful arrest, mistaken identity, or where no crime has been committed.

European human rights judges ruled last December in the S and Marper case that the blanket and indiscriminate retention of the DNA profiles and fingerprints of 850,000 people arrested but never convicted of any offence amounts to an unlawful breach of their rights.”

So, the Plod have been advised to ignore the ruling – but by whom? The ACPO, that’s who. A private company, advising our Police to ignore the Law. A private company, to whom the Freedom of Information Act does not apply. This private company defines strategies etc. is one of the largest Quangos, with it’s training arm being a “jobs for the boys” operation for retired Plod.

I’m always amazed that the provitization op the Police has gone largely unnoticed (except in the blogsphere) but surely it’s becoming obvious that this must change (apparently, Chris Grayling has stated that the Conservatives will scrap the tripartite structure that includes the ACPO with Police Authorities & the Home Office, but I’ll believe it when I see it!)

Until then I’ll just keep supporting no2ID and other civil liberties campaigns.

Man of Kent


If you have had your DNA taken, and have not been cautioned or convicted of a crime, you should probably pop over here:

Man of Kent