Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Global Warning an excuse to Tax

I recently read an article on Global Warning in a back issue of The European Journal and found it fascinating, like many other people I see Global Warming as a means of governments getting higher taxes out of us. What I find worse is the hypocracy where governments canjet around the world having ellaborate meetings, where the EU move the whole of their Parliament once a year from Brussell to Strasbourg and then tell us ordanary mortals we should watch our ECO footprint click the following for a read:

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Swale Photo's

If you want see some excellent photo's of Swale go to Andy McGowans

Thursday, July 17, 2008


Rad Wyatts Letter and my reply


Gordon Henderson attacked me for not voting against the Government’s plans for the PostOffice. Since June, 20071 have been the Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Department ofCulture, Media and Sport for the Rt Hon Margaret Hodge, Minister for the Arts I have alsoacted unofficially for Gerry Sutcliffe, Minister for Sport.Mr. Henderson should know by now, as he has already been a failed Parliamentary candidatethat a PPS is a member of the Government.As a PPS I am a team player. Just as in my rugby days! am free to speak my mind about teampolicies and express my own ideas but when the team captain and management makea decision, I have to respect it. However. I am not surprised Mr Henderson does not understandthis principle. I have never once heard him express or support his parties policy on anynationa1 issue. especially since David Cameron became leader So just for the record, theTories, before the last election. wanted to privatized the Post Office which would have led towholesale closures including most of our post offices on the Isle of Sheppey. I lobbied last yearand helped keep all our Island post offices open. I was the first MP to suggest we should beable to bid for rural and semi-rural post offices as Tory controlled Essex CC is doing (but notTory controlled KCC). Likewise, I was the flrst to suggest combining the rural library servicewith a rural post office service, a simple solution that would help those that are elderly livingin our smaller village&

Derek Wyatt, MP,Sittingbourne and Sheppey

This letter signifies everything that is wrong with the Political Elite in this country and Mr Wyatt should be ashamed of himself. He has put party interest before the people he complains to represent, to make the excuse that he is a team player and he uses a Rugby analogy to legitimise himself, well Mr Wyatt politics is not a sport it about people lives. Lose a game of rugby the world will not change make a mistake in Government and it can. To follow the party line when you know it is wrong is immoral especially when it life changing, to campaign to save Post Offices then vote to have them closed is dishonest and deceitful. Henchman of the Nazis, Communists excuse when brought to justice was I was only obeying orders. I am no fan of Nu Labour politician come to that my faith in all politicians is somewhat stretched but you Mr Wyatt take the biscuit.

Martin Clarke

Dear Sir

Our MP accuses me of not supporting any national Conservative Party policy. That is not true; I support most of David Cameron’s policies. For instance: I support David’s opposition to the scandalous abolition of the 10P tax band that will see so many hard pressed Islanders worse off.I support his call for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty (EU Constitution) and I support his opposition to the Government’s decision to build more coal fire power stations (such as at Kingsnorth).I support David’s pledge that the Family will be at the heart of every policy introduced by a future Conservative Government. I support his view that there should be a cap on immigration and I support his plans to let only English MPs vote on issues solely relating to England.I support David’s call for more openness in the funding of political parties. I support his call for MPs expenses to be published and I support his pledge to abolish the unelected regional assemblies. I could go on, but I won’t because I think I have made my point!However, it is true that I do not agree with all David Cameron’s policies and where I do not agree I am happy to let my opposition be known. I am not ashamed of being able to think for myself without the help of those who lead my Party.In fact, for that very reason I would like to thank our MP for making clear that at the next General Election Islanders will have a clear choice. They will be able to vote either for somebody who puts his political party, and his desire to climb up the greasy political pole, before those who elected him, or, they can vote for somebody who will always put the interests of his constituents first, even if that brings me into conflict with my “team captain”!Yours sincerelyGordon Henderson

Political Correctness

'Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition...that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end.'E.Mail Circular


You must read the following, I realise it is long piece but it is a shocking eye opener. Information comes from the Brugge Group

1,798 new EU Laws since May 2007

From 1st May 2008 to 15th July the EU has passed laws which will impact on the UK. That is TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY TWO!Since May 2007 the total is 1,798.

Nest feathering - better pay, pensions and expenses for Brussels bureaucrats

More funding for tobacco farmers

Over the marketing of apples laying down the marketing standard for apples

More control over CustomsRegulation

Control over telecommunications equipmentCommission

Control over the marketing of eggslaying down detailed rules for implementing Council Regulation (EC) No 1234/2007 as regards the marketing standards of eggs

Restrictions on the UK's fishing industry establishing a prohibition of fishing for tusk in Norwegian waters of IV by vessels flying the flag of the United Kingdom

Control over driving licences - relating to licences for driving clutch pedal vehicles

Movement of social security schemes on the application of social security schemes to employed persons, to self-employed persons and to members of their families moving within the Community

Price of eggs fixing representative prices in the poultrymeat and egg sectors and for egg albumin,

You must read the following, I realise it is long piece but it is a shocking eye opener. Information comes from the Brugge GroupEU CONTROL OVER THE UK’S ASSETSThe European Union is proposing to take control over Britain’s sovereign wealth fund. A sovereign wealth fund (SWF) is a state-owned investment fund composed of financial assets. Sovereign wealth funds are held by central banks, who accumulate the funds in the course of their fiscal management of a nation's banking system; this fund is of major economic and fiscal importance.The assets contained in sovereign wealth funds across the EU are worth trillions of dollars. The European Union intends to use their control to enhance the international role of the Euro; increasing its strength in an attempt to make it a reserve currency.Commission Communication: A common European approach to Sovereign Wealth Funds COM(08) 115MORE EU CONTROL OVER THE MILITARYThe EU, driven by the French, wants to have its own military planning capability and autonomous action backed up by credible military forces. The European Union is proposing to increase its powers so that it can plan and execute military operations separate to the planning of the nation-states and of NATO. This proposal will enhance the role of; The Political and Security Committee, The European Union Military Committee and The European Union Military Staff. This is part of the developing Common Foreign and Security Policy. The European Union will further enhance its European Security and Defence Policy by training Britain’s military top-brass at its European Security and Defence College. The aim is to create a pro-EU policy network amongst the senior personnel of the armed forces.Council Decision amending Council Decision 2001/80/CFSP of 22 January 2001 on the establishment of the Military Staff of the European UnionJoint Action amending the Joint Action 2005/575/CFSP establishing a European Security and Defence CollegeMORE EU CONTROL OVER BRITAIN’S BORDERSThe European Union is proposing to develop a surveillance force to monitor borders. This will allow the European Union to take more power over Britain’s borders. It shall also enable the European Commission to take control over the UK’s existing national surveillance systems, including the coast guard.Commission Communication examining the creation of a European Border Surveillance System (EUROSUR) COM(08) 68EU CONTROL OVER EMERGENCY LAW ENFORCEMENT UNITSThe European Union is proposing to take control over the use of cross-border special intervention units. Special intervention units are law enforcement divisions used to control criminal crisis situations. The proposals will allow a member-state to call in these ‘special intervention units’ to restore order.Draft Council Decision on the improvement of cooperation between the special intervention units of the Member States in crisis situationsEU CONTROL OVER CIVIL PROTECTION OPERATIONSThe European Union is proposing to take more power over emergency action in the event of a disaster. These plans will lead to the creation of a European civil protection force that can conduct civil protection operations.Commission Communication: Reinforcing the Union’s Disaster Response Capacity COM(08) 130EU FOREIGN CRIMINAL FRIENDLY POLICIESThe European Union is pushing for an increase in non-custodial supervision orders for suspected criminals. To avoid keeping suspected foreign criminals in detention pending their trial, the EU wants them to be able to move freely, whilst under supervision, between their country of origin and the state in which the offence was committed, rather than being held on remand. This proposed legislation comes on top of EU Directive 2004/38/EC which prevents the deportation of foreign EU criminals from British soil back to their country of origin; thus allowing the free movement of criminals within the European Union.Draft Council Framework Decision on the European supervision order in pre-trial procedures between the Member States of the European Union COM(06) 468Revised Draft Council Framework Decision on the European supervision order in pre-trial procedures between the Member States of the European UnionEU TO EXPAND ITS PROPAGANDA ACTIVITIESThe European Union is to expand its communication activities. This is a follow up to the previous propaganda initiative called Plan-D for democracy, dialogue and debate. It will involve trying to sell the idea of European integration by more effectively communicating the EU’s message via the mass media. Another arm of the strategy will be to bypass existing methods of gaining democratic legitimacy by engaging with select groups, known as Civil Society Organisations, and buying them off individually. They will also expand the number of Europe Direct Information Centres from 478 to 500 by 2013. The three themes of the EU’s latest propaganda initiative will revolve around;Institutional SettlementIntercultural dialogueandEnergy and Climate ChangeCommission Communication: Communication Europe in Partnership COM(07) 568Commission Working Document: Proposal for an Inter-Institutional Agreement on Communicating Europe in Partnership COM(07) 569EU USING CLIMATE CHANGE TO EXPAND ITS FOREIGN POLICY AND SECURITY POWERSUsing the perceived threat of global warming, the EU is proposing to take powers key to the sovereignty of the nation-state. This power grab argues for more EU control in the following areas:More EU control over foreign policy planning and over foreign policy itselfMore EU control over immigration This proposal to enlarge its powers in those areas is being advocated despite the fact that the Lisbon Treaty was rejected in the Irish referendum.Paper from the High Representative and the European Commission to the European Council: Climate Change and International Security S113/08MORE EU GREEN STEALTH TAXESThe EU wants to impose a stealth tax on the carbon dioxide emissions of cars and light commercial vehicles. The proposals from the European Commission will use financial penalties against those who produce vehicles that do not conform to the EU’s mandatory targets. The resulting financial penalties will then be channelled to the budget of the European Commission thus opening up a new source of revenue for the European Union. This will also add more costs onto the car and goods vehicle industries.Draft Regulation setting emissions performance standards for new passenger cars as part of the Community’s integrated approach to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from light-duty vehicles COM(07) 856MORE EU CONTROL OVER ENERGY POLICYThe EU is attempting to expand its power over Britain’s energy policy. The European Commission is the source of the apparent Government policy to increase the amount of renewables in the energy mix. The EU is ultimately responsible for the costly wind power policy; forcing the British Government to go ahead with this policy despite the fact that wind energy cannot reduce the UK’s reliance on conventional forms of power generation. The EU is trying to expand its mandatory targets for renewable energy and force the UK to increase its use of biofuels. This makes the debate in Britain irrelevant as decisions on these issues are decided elsewhere. Furthermore, the European Union is also seeking to control Britain’s policy relating to the capture and storage of Carbon Dioxide.Draft Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources COM(08) 10Draft Decision on the effort of Member States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the Community’s greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments up to 2020 COM(08) 17Draft Directive on the geological storage of carbon dioxide COM(08) 18EU CONTROL OVER BEAUTY PRODUCTSThe European Union wants to control cosmetics. The EU’s interference in the daily lives of the people it governs knows no bounds. They are even trying to standardise cosmetics across the EU.Draft Regulation on cosmetic products (recast) COM(08) 49

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Passport Application

Subject: Passport Application
Dear Minister,
I'm in the process of renewing my passport but I am a total loss to understand or believe the hoops I am being asked to jump through.How is it that Bert Smith of T.V. Rentals Basingstoke has my address and telephone number and knows that I bought a satellite dish from them back in 1994, and yet, the Government is still asking me where I was born and on what date?How come that nice West African immigrant chappy who comes round every Thursday night with his DVD rentals van can tell me every film or video I have had out since he started his business up eleven years ago, yet you still want me to remind you of my last three jobs, two of which were with contractors working for the government?How come the T.V. detector van can tell if my T.V. is on, what channel I am watching and whether I have paid my licence or not, and yet if I win the government run lottery they have no idea I have won or where I am and will keep the bloody money to themselves if I fail to claim in good time.
Do you people do this by hand?You have my birth date on numerous files you hold on me, including the one with all the income tax forms I've filed for the past 30-odd years. It's on my health insurance card, my driver's licence, on the last four passports I've had, on all those stupid customs declaration forms I've had to fill out before being allowed off the planes and boats over the last 30 years, and all those insufferable census forms that are done every ten years and the electoral registration forms I have to complete, by law, every time our lords and masters are up for re-election.Would somebody please take note, once and for all, I was born in Maidenhead on the 4th of March 1957, my mother's name is Mary, her maiden name was Reynolds, my father's name is Robert, and I'd be absolutely astounded if that ever changed between now and the day I die!
I apologise Minister. I'm obviously not myself this morning. But between you and me, I have simply had enough! You mail the application to my house, then you ask me for my address. What is going on? Do you have a gang of Neanderthals working there? Look at my damn picture.. Do I look like Bin Laden? I don't want to activate the Fifth Reich for God's sake! I just want to go and park my weary backside on a sunny, sandy beach for a couple of week's well-earned rest away from all this crap.Well, I have to go now, because I have to go to back to Salisbury and get another copy of my birth certificate because you lost the last one. AND to the tune of 60 quid! What a racket THAT is!! Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot to assist in the issuance of a new passport the same day? But nooooo, that'd be too damn easy and maybe make sense. You'd rather have us running all over the place like chickens with our heads cut off, then find some tosser to confirm that it's really me on the goddamn picture - you know... the one where we're not allowed to smile in in case we look as if we are enjoying the process!Hey, you know why we can't smile? 'Cause we're totally jacked off!I served in the armed forces for more than 25 years including over ten years at the Ministry of Defence in London. I have had security clearances which allowed me to sit in the Cabinet Office, five seats away from the Prime Minister while he was being briefed on the first Gulf War and I have been doing volunteer work for the British Red Cross ever since I left the Services. However, I have to get someone "important" to verify who I am -- you know, someone like my doctor....who, before he got his medical degree 6 months ago WAS LIVING IN PAKISTAN...Yours sincerely,An Irate British Citizen.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

TV before Tennis

Sunday night is the one night I spend in front of the Tele, the programme selection is quite good I normally watch ITV1 record BBC1 a good quality 4 hours entertainment. Well it was until last Sunday when the poor viewers of BBC1 had to endure about 5 hours of Tennis and what was the special occasion A BRIT making the final? No just the annual Wimbledon Finals. I personal am not a great lover of Tennis as a spectator but if people want to watch this rather elitist sport that’s OK with me but why put it on one of the main TV channels? BBC has 4 stations surely this event could have been put on one of the more obscure channels and let me watch my normal viewing maybe BBC4 could become a Sports Channel featuring all BBC sporting events. I wonder if the BBC was self financing like every other station would they have been allowed to spend 4 to 5 hours on two individuals who after all are not British

Martin Clarke Sittingbourne

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

No Support for Andy

Andy Murray said at the last World Cup he would support any team bar England, well I return the compliment and hope you get smashed, he is no Brit just an arrogant nutty Scottish Nationalist