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February/March 2010 SOS SAVE OUR SOVEREIGNTY 5 Battery Park, Polruan-by-Fowey, Cornwall PL23 1PT Tel: 01726 870850 e-mail: email@example.com PLEASE COPY AND PASS ON THE GREAT GLOBAL WARMING FRAUD We know now that global warming is not happening and that CO2 emissions make very little difference to the temperature. In fact, the climate has cooled slightly over the last seven years. The whole thing was thought up by indiscriminate governments, including our own in Westminster and our real government in Brussels, to control us, to make more money for international companies which drive the EU and to extract more taxes from us. We might have known when it was announced that 15,000 delegates would be attending the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, arriving in so many planes they could not all be parked in Denmark and 200 stretch limousines were being used to ferry them around, the politicians had no concern whatsoever for their carbon footprints. (Ed) As far as many people in the UK were concerned the scam first came to light when, according to the Daily Mail, 21.11.09, hackers targeted the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU) and leaked thousands of private emails and documents. Among the most damaging was one which appeared to suggest using a „trick‟ to massage years of temperature data to „hide the decline‟. The CRU plays a lead role in compiling UN reports and tracks long-term changes in temperature. It has repeatedly refused to provide detailed information about the data underlying the temperature records. An email which suggests hiding the decline in temperature is purported to be from the Director of the CRU, Professor.Phil Jones. According to the Daily Express, 2.12.09. Professor Ian Plimer, Professor of Earth Sciences at Melbourne University, called man-made climate change a “load of hot air underpinned by fraud”. He also said that Governments were treating the public like “fools” and using climate change to increase taxes. He told a London audience that “Climates always change. They always have and they always will. They are driven by a number of factors that are random and cyclical”. Professor Plimer said that climate change was caused by natural events such as the shifting of the Earth‟s orbit, volcanic eruptions and cosmic radiation. He also said that carbon dioxide levels had been up to 1,000 times higher in the past and that CO2 cannot be driving global warming now. Writing in the Western Morning News, 6.11.09, Graham Danton, a former BBC broadcaster who trained in meteorology and oceanography, said: “Volcanoes emit more CO2 each day than we make in two years”. Climategate and the hockey stick controversy emails reveal that Michael Mann may have committed significant and intentional misconduct. According to American Spectator Group, 1.12.10, The Commonwealth Foundation in Harrisburg, Pa, does not trust Pennsylvania State University to investigate Professor Michael Mann, the man who „discovered‟ the hockey stick graph, purporting to show that temperatures had risen faster in the 20th century than ever before. This is because of the millions of dollars his research brings to the University. THE CLIMATEGATE CONTROVERSY In his column in the Sunday Telegraph, 24.1.10, Christopher Booker stated that Professor Mann‟s graph was the centrepiece of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2001, The latest report by the IPCC contained a wildly alarming claim about the melting of Himalayan glaciers. The IPCC, which is chaired by Dr Rajendra Pachauri, was forced to admit that a statement it made in 2007 that Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035, had no scientific basis. This claim originated from a scientist by the name of Dr Syed Hasnain who, for the past two years has been employed in a senior capacity by the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), of which Dr Pachauri is Director-General. It is further claimed, but disowned by Dr Pachauri, that, as chairman of the IPCC, he has helped TERI to win a substantial share in a 2 $500,000 grant from a leading American charity and a share in a 3 million euro research study funded by the EU. Dr Pachauri is now involved in a row with the Indian Government after calling a report by a leading Indian glaciologist, Dr V J Raina, “voodoo science”. Dr Raina had dismissed Dr Hasnain‟s report as baseless. Last November Dr Raina published a report for the Indian Government that showed that the rate of retreat of Himalayan glaciers had not increased in the last 50 years. A number of new flaws in the IPCC‟s 2007 report were published in the Sunday Telegraph, 7.2.10. These include inaccuracies in the potential of wave power to produce electricity and incorrect claims based on information from press releases, newsletters, students‟ dissertations and environmental pressure groups As Chairman of the IPCC, Dr Pachauri was awarded a Nobel Prize two years ago, at the same time as Al Gore received his. Al Gore also won an Oscar for his film entitled „An Inconvenient Truth‟, which stated that the Himalayan ice sheet feeds seven of the world‟s major river systems, thereby helping to provide water to 40% of the world‟s population. Writing in the Sunday Times, 27.l2.09. Christopher Booker reported that Dr Pachauri also holds a number of other posts involving the giving advice on climate change to organisations ranging from major banks such as Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank to Toyoto Motors and one of the largest dealers in buying and selling carbon credits (the right to emit CO2). the Chicago Climate Change. Both Dr Pachauri and TERI insist that the large fees received for Dr Pachauri‟s services go to TERI. Dr Pachauri denied that TERI has any connection with the Indian group Tata, which initially set up TERI, but a TERI spokesman said they had not severed their connections with the Tata Group. According to the Daily Mail, 12.12.09, the steel firm Corus could qualify for millions of pounds‟ worth of Government environmental credits for a plant in Redcar which it is closing down with a loss of 1,700 jobs. Corus is owned by Tata and the Department of Energy and Climate Change confirmed that Tata was likely to receive a £90 million allocation of carbon credits which they can sell on to other firms who wish to emit CO2. According to Paul Nuttall, UKIP MEP, the British Government was forced to admit that they could not come to the aid of the workers who lost their jobs because of the punitive EU Competition law. According to Jack Bremer writing in The First Post, 4.2.10, Rajendra Pachauri is under pressure to resign as Chairman of the UN‟s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change before the public loses all confidence in the organisation. This follows Dr Pajauri‟s failure to act over a serious error in the IPCC‟s 2007 report. The claim was never peer-reviewed and has been traced to an unsubstantiated 1999 report in the New Scientist. It transpires that a journalist working for the magazine Science had told Dr Pajauri several times that glaciologists were refuting the glacier claim but Dr Pachauri refused to do anything about it. THE REAL REASON FOR THE COPENHAGEN CONFERENCE Christopher, Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, a former adviser to Margaret Thatcher when she was Prime Minister, on 23.11.09, stated that the real purpose of Copenhagen was “to set up an unelected global government with vast and unprecedented powers to control all formerly free markets, to tax wealthy nations and all of their financial transactions, to regulate the economic and environmental affairs of all nations. and to confiscate and extinguish all patent and intellectual property rights”. An email circulated by a whistleblower at the University of East Anglia, where one of the world‟s four global-temperature datasets is compiled, showed that data was altered so as to prevent a recent decline in temperature from showing in the record. Christopher Monckton also said that these fraudsters, have refused for years and years, to reveal their data and their computer program listings, and global temperature trends have simply been made up. The British researchers work closely with their US counterparts who compile the National Climate Change Data Centre and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (NGISS/NCDC) dataset, which also contains “numerous biases intended artificially to inflate the natural warming”. Lord Monckton has travelled to many countries, including the USA, Canada and Australia, to warn the people about what their governments are signing up to at Copenhagen and has appeared on numerous radio and TV programmes. A number of videos and recordings have been made of these programmes and these can be found on the internet. The following link is of an interview which took place in Australia: http://www.2gb.com/index2.php?option=com_newsmanager&task=view&id=4998 3 This is Lord Monckton in Copenhagen: http://www.ukipsw.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=742&Itemid=49 In this recording he comments on Russia and plans to talk to the Russian delegation at Copenhagen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKrw6ih8Gto The following is about Al Gore and the mediaeval warming period: http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/759.html This is the „Great Global Warming Scandal‟ http://tinyurl.com/yb63efo This is a long video by Jesse Ventura who, not only interviews Lord Monckton but, together with a team of investigative journalists, follows the global warming/money trail around the world to a former UN official now living in China. www.prisonplanet.com/conspiracy-theory-with-jesse-ventura-global-warming.html The Oregon Petition is the name given to a petition by scientists opposed to the Kyoto protocol and re- circulated in 2007. Over 31,000 scientists, including 9,000 PhDs, believe that anthropogenic global warming does not occur. www.petitionproject.org RENEWABLE ENERGY According to the Sunday Telegraph, 24.1.10, electricity customers are paying more than £1 billion a year to subsidise wind farms and other types of renewable energy. The levy is part of a Government scheme to force energy suppliers to fund so-called „green‟ energy and is estimated to have cost the average consumer an extra £13.50 in the last year. As the costs of the scheme are also passed on to businesses, it could have a significant impact on the economy. The Daily Mail, 9.1.10, reports that that there are plans to build 6,400 giant turbines, which will rise 500 ft above the sea, between now and 2026. These plans, which are expected to cost £75 billion, are driven by EU climate change targets, and, according to the Government, will supply one quarter of our electricity needs. Critics believe these plans are unrealistic, deeply flawed and will leave the UK dangerously reliant on wind to keep the lights burning. Cold snaps, when electricity is most needed, are caused by high pressure, when the winds fail to blow. According to Germany’s Local News in English, German firms have won contracts worth more than £100 billion for Britain‟s offshore wind farms. http://www.thelocal.de/sci-tech/20100109-24461- html?utm.source=emailandutm.medium=emailandutm.content=111 An Ofgem report on the UK‟s energy market is the subject of an editorial in the Financial Times, 5.2.10. It notes that the UK is bound by an EU directive that requires that 15% of its energy needs come from renewable sources by 2020. The report states that “This is expensive and unnecessary”, and concludes that the UK should renegotiate this commitment. It admits that “Changing a European treaty will not be easy. Britain will need to find allies in other countries similarly hard-pressed by the targets….” According to a report by Reuters, 12.2.10, the EU Commission has received evidence which casts a negative light on biofuels due to their impact on land use, but have not made this public. The International Herald Tribune of the same date reported that a top civil servant in the Agricultural Department of the Commission, wrote in internal correspondence that the evidence could be used to „kill‟ subsidised biofuels. The EU plans to achieve most of its 10% renewable energy for transport through biofuels. ONE WORLD ORDER Lord Monckton reported that the real purpose of the Copenhagen Conference was to establish the nucleus of global government and to set up its institutions. He claimed to have seen the agreement that delegates were being asked to sign. Prior to the Lisbon Treaty being made law, the foreign policy chief of the European Union was Javier Solana. On 19 November, Mr Solana speaking on the Britannia Radio programme, Russia Today, confirmed global governance was taking place. He said that Latin America and Asia (ASEAN) were to be modelled on EU lines. Further confirmation was made by HermanVan Rompuy, the recently appointed permanent President of the European Union, speaking in Brussels on 9.12.09. He said “…2009 is the first year of global governance with the establishment of the G20 in the middle of a financial crisis. The climate conference in Copenhagen is another step towards the management of our planet.,,,” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QEqFtVrAgSo . In his newsletter dated 8.11.09, the British 4 author and researcher, David Icke said that, what has been done to ensnare Europe, is happening now around the world and mentioned specifically North America, Africa and Asia-Australia-New Zealand. EUROPEAN PUBLIC PROSECUTOR AND CORPUS JURIS On 12th December last year, Marta Andreason, UKIP MEP, asked Commissioner-designate Algirdas Semeta, during his confirmation hearings prior to the Budgetary Control Committee, of which Marta is a member, if he planned to establish the European Public Prosecutor‟s Office (EPP) as was provided for by the Lisbon Treaty. He replied that “We should move forward”. Mr Semeta further confirmed that the matter was being discussed by other members of the EU Commission. According to Marta, this means that it is already Commission policy and will be implemented in due course. Article 86 on the Treaty of the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) (part of the Lisbon Treaty) provides for the establishment of a European Public Prosecutor. For the proposal to become law there must be unanimity in the Council. This provides the UK with a very strong position to prevent it happening. Marta believes that the concept of a European Public Prosecutor is repugnant to the British people and in the past the UK Government has signified its dissent to the proposal. It would create a criminal prosecution service at EU level. The proposed body of law which would accompany the EPP, known as „Corpus Juris‟ threatens to usurp the UK‟s 800-year-old Common Law system and does not recognise habeas corpus, trial by jury and innocence until proved guilty. Marta Andreason has written an open letter to David Cameron, the Conservative Leader, asking him if he will undertake now to include in the Conservative Party manifesto for the forthcoming general election an unambiguous pledge to veto any proposal to establish a European Public Prosecutor‟s Office if he becomes Prime Minister. To my knowledge, at the time of writing, David Cameron has made no comment. A solicitor working in Britain, who is also a barrister in New Zealand, has commented: “Any government which allowed the introduction of Corpus Juris would be in the wilderness for a generation. It would mean such a major revolution in the legal system that no existing British lawyers would be able to practise, not to mention the effect on the community. It would mean the entry into the country of a multitude of European lawyers to run it, new judges (European initially) and a complete rejigging of the way the police forces work. The disruption would be akin to, say, requiring all future commercial businesses in England to be negotiated using the French language….” THE EU COMMISSIONERS On 9.2.10, the European Parliament approved the appointment of all 27 candidates for the Commission. Speaking in the Parliament on that date, Nigel Farage, UKIP MEP, stated that 10 of the commissioners were ex-communists and the recently re-appointed President of the Commission, Mr Barroso, was an ex- Maoist. Mr Farage also said that Baroness Ashton, the new European Foreign Secretary, when questioned had refused to say whether or not she had received payment from Russia during her previous career. These are the people who really govern our country. IMMIGRATION Writing in the Spectator on line, 11.2.10, Melanie Phillips reported that Andrew Neather, a former speechwriter for various Labour Cabinet ministers, had let slip the fact that the Labour Government had been involved in a covert act of national sabotage by loosening immigration rules in order to change the ethnic makeup of the UK. This would also „rub the right‟s nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date‟. Subsequently, Neather tried to deny this but it was confirmed by the publishing in January 2001 of a document entitled „RDS Occasional Paper No 67 – Migration: an economic and social analysis‟. This focused on the labour market case for immigration, but earlier drafts included a driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way the Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural. The Chairman of Migrationwatch, Sir Andrew Green, has obtained an earlier draft of the document by Andrew Neather. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, 10.2.10, he said that he rubbed his eyes with disbelief when he discovered that mass immigration was a deliberate policy of the Labour Government from late 2000. The policy was shrouded in tight secrecy in case the white working class were alienated, which now appears to have happened. According to research by the Electoral Commission in 2005, the ethnic population votes heavily in favour of Labour. 5 According to Ashley Mote, a former MEP, the British Home Office‟s Intervention Unit was formed to identify radical Islamic individuals and groups in order to divert them from their radical ideology. Evidence has emerged on the web that government departments employ Islamic fundamentalists and their supporters. The head of the Interventions Unit is Asim Hafeez , whose statements suggest that he considers the British government as illegitimate and wants to replace it with the true „Constitution‟ – the Koran. In reply to a Freedom of Information request, the Home Office replied that Hafeez was cleared by their own security vetting procedures, despite his being a known covert exponent of the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood. It would appear that the British Government has chosen a jihadist to divert jihadists from jihadism. Mr Mote also mentioned a report by the Daily Telegraph earlier this month in which it was stated that another Islamic activist, Azad Ali, now works at the Treasury. He is president of the Civil Service Islamic Society, an active member of the Muslim Council of Great Britain and of the civil rights group Liberty. Not long ago Ali wrote on his blog in favour of a Muslim who argued it was a duty under jihad to kill British and American troops in Iraq. According to the Sunday Telegaph, 24.1.10, an Iraqi immigrant who stabbed two doctors to death cannot be deported because a judge has ruled that it would be against his human rights. THE EURO One good thing that Gordon Brown has done is to keep this country out of the euro. Writing in the Daily Mail, 10.2.10, Andrew Alexander says he does not think the Euro will survive in its present form as it is being continually weakened by short selling. He says it has echoes of 1992 when sterling was forced out of the European Exchange Rate Mechanism (ERM) by George Soros, who made $1 billion by selling pounds. According to the Daily Telegraph, 12.2.10, the European leaders at their meeting on 11.2.10 made a general pledge to „take determined and co-ordinated action if needed‟ to prop up the euro. So far they have not offered any cash and the support is rather vague. Mrs Merkel, the German Chancellor, said ”Greece is part of the European Union and won‟t be left on its own, but there are rules and these rules need to be adhered to”. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, also writing in the Daily Telegraph, 11.2.10, noted that “There was an element of bluff in Thursday‟s accord, as if the EU leaders hope to muddle through with „constructive ambiguity‟, fingers crossed that their vague political pledge will never be tested. Bluff is a valid tool of statesmanship, but in this case their bluff could be called very soon. According to the Daily Telegraph, 8.2.10, Greece has promised that it would cut its deficit from 12.7% of GDP to the 3% threshold allowed under the European economic stability by 2012. A report in the Daily Express on line, 11.2.10, states that Gordon Brown has repeatedly refused to rule out British cash being used to support the single currency. It is understood that Angela Merkel is to press for all EU states, including Britain, to be ready to provide billions of pounds in emergency aid. It could cost Britain £3.5 billion a year. If the rot spreads to other EU countries, eg Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland, the total cost of the bail-out could cost £320 billion. The Daily Telegraph, 10.2.10, reports that the EU is seizing on the crisis to push for a radical extension of powers, saying that Greece has exposed some deep flaws in the structure of the monetary union. Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, said that Brussels has powers under the Lisbon Treaty allowing it to take the reins of economic management. According to the Daily Telegraph, 4.2.10, under Article 121 of the Treaty, these powers allow the EU „to reshape the structure of pensions, healthcare, labour markets and private commerce‟. In the Times, 16.2.10, Ruth Lea, Director of Global Vision and non-executive Director of Arbuthnot Banking Group, argues "for the sake of the long-term viability of the eurozone, it would be far better to evict Greece now and direct the beleaguered country to the IMF for some long overdue economic discipline." Writing in the Telegraph on Line, 7.56 pm, 16.2.10, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard reports that the European Union has shown its righteous wrath by stripping Greece of its vote at a crucial EU meeting next month. He says this is the worst humiliation ever suffered by a member state. At a meeting of EU finance ministers, it was agreed that Greece must comply by 16th March with austerity measures the EU has demanded. Otherwise it will lose control of its own tax and spend policies and the EU will impose severe cuts under Article 126.9 of the Lisbon Treaty. According to Reuters, 16.2.10, Greece has decided to make large cash transactions illegal. From 1.1.11, every transaction above 1,500 euros between people and businesses, or between businesses, will be considered illegal if they are done in cash. 6 EU BUDGET The Daily Telegraph, 9.11.09, reported that Tony Blair‟s decision to cut the EU rebate cost £9.3 billion calculated at 2004 prices, the equivalent of £344 for every household in Britain. Campaigners said that the axing of the rebate had been bad for the British economy because little had been won in returnIn answer to a written question from The Lord Stoddart of Swindon, 24.1.10, the Government has admitted that British contributions to the EU are to increase by nearly £1 billion in 2010. This is because the EU Parliament has approved a massive 6% increase in the EU‟s budget for this year which would raise annual British contributions to £11,735. According to European Voice, 28.9.10, the European Parliament‟s budget committee has voted to increase MEP‟s monthly allowance for assistants by £1,500 and to hire 150 extra staff. The Daily Telegraph Business Section, 22.12.09, reports that the cost to this country of EU regulation over the next ten years could be as much as £184 billion. The EU Commission is going to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to push through a 3.7% pay rise for 45,000 EU staff, including themselves. This pay rise has been opposed by the member states, who have offered a 1.85% increase. In December hundreds of staff in EU institutions went on warning strikes in support of a 3.7% pay rise. (BBC News, 6.1.10) Die Welt, 22.1.10, reports that, despite the financial crisis, members of staff in the European Union are not only getting a pay rise, but about 80 of their children will go to Northern Italy on a skiing holiday this month subsidised by EU taxpayers. According to the Independent, 10.11.09, the EU Commission is proposing that the UK‟s budget deficit should be brought down from a prospective 12% of GDP to 3% by 2014-1215, which would require tax increases and spending cuts amounting to £25 billion a year. The Economist, 10.1.09 notes that the European Court of Auditors has refused, for the 15th year in a row, to sign off the EU accounts for 2008. A report by Open Europe, 22.12,09, suggests that if the Government ignored some of the more onerous EU regulations, including the working time directive, climate change and energy, it could eliminate its entire budget deficit. The latest report from the Taxpayers Alliance puts the cost of our EU membership at £118 billion a year but it is believed that the Treasury uses the figure of £180 billion. According to the Daily Telegraph, 4.11.09, the British Government has put £74 billion of taxpayers‟ money into banks since the start of the financial crisis. The Conservative Party claims that the latest bail-out was equal to an extra tax liability of £2,000 for all families in the country and comes on top of the £2,350 to which every household is exposed as a result of previous attempts to support the financial system. EU WASTE Open Europe has published a list of 50 new examples of EU waste. These include €2,500 in rural development funds for a small estate in Bavaria where the Chairman of Porsche goes hunting, €850,000 for a „gender equal‟ wood design centre in Sweden and €27,000 farm subsidies for a Spanish duke and the Catholic Church. (www.openeurope.org.uk/research/top50waste.pdf) SCHENGEN INFORMATION SYSTEM According to the Guardian on line, 7.2.10, it was revealed in a Council of the European Union document examining proposals to establish a new agency based in France that would manage all member states‟ shared data, that 500,000 EU computer terminals could access private British data. The Schengen Information System (SIS) holds information regarding immigration status, arrest warrants, entries on the police national computer and many other personal details has caused concerns about privacy of data. Statewatch, a group which monitors civil liberties, cited a case in Belgium where personal information was extracted from the system by an official and sold to an organised criminal gang. DATA PROTECTION ACT EurActiv, 22,12,09, reports that the new Commissioner for Justice and Fundamental Rights is planning several reforms, including the introduction of a European Civil Code. It is expected that she will review the Data Protection Directive of 1995. According to the Independent, 10.11.09, the Home Office has shelved plans known as the „interception modernisation programme‟, which would have allowed up to 653 public organisations to access information regarding „phone calls, text messages, emails and internet traffic. 7 Under the EU Data Retention Directive supported by the British Government and passed through Parliament without debate, telecommunication companies will still be required to hold for a period of 12 months details of the destination of every „phone call, text message and email that people send. BLACK BOXES According to the Daily Telegraph, 17.11.09, the EU Commission plans to fit aircraft style black boxes to cars and has spent £2.4 million on a study called „Project Veronica‟ into how these boxes would work. These boxes, which would cost £500 each, would monitor actions of the driver, eg speed and braking patterns. Supporters say the boxes could be used to reconstruct collisions, making it easier for insurance companies to apportion blame, but the proposals are likely to cause concern amongst civil liberties organisations. IDENTITY CARD DATABASE NO2ID, 7.1.10, reports that the Identity Card database will tack National Insurance Numbers. The Home Secretary, Mr Johnson, in answer to a question admitted in Parliament that the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) is collecting the National Insurance number from every person who applies for an ID card and storing them on the National Identity Register – the ID card database. As from next year it will be compulsory to apply for an ID card in order to obtain or renew a passport. Mr Johnson did not mention other categories of information, additional to what is presently recorded on the passport database, that are to be held on the NI Register. Phil Booth, National Coordinator of NO2ID, said that the National Identity Scheme was not about a card but about tracking individuals throughout their lives linking details by the numbers. A full list of the fifty categories of information that may be held on the National Identity Register can be found by reading Schedule I of the Identity Cards Act 2006. THE WORLD GOVERNMENT DATABASE According to the Online Journal, 10.12.09, the EU document “Internet of Things” (IoT) states that “… communication potentially concerns 50-70 billion „machines‟, of which only 1 per cent are connected today….connections can be established in restricted areas („Intranet of Things‟) or made publicly accessible („Internet of Things‟)”. World governments intend to turn the World Wide Web into an interlinked global database, which will then be copied so that world governments can use their global database via an „Intranet‟ and the public global database. This will be accessed via an „Internet‟ with certain kinds of data filtered out. The New World Order will have control of the Intranet, Internet and global databases. The UK Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI) is a response to the EU directive 2003/98/EC and on page 22 of this OPSI document, at W3C, it states that, “…we want all data in one place, but we also want it to be decentralised”. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is currently made up of 338 organisations. The UK Government membership is listed as „The National Archives‟, from which OPSI operates. EQUALITY BILL On 26th January 2010, the House of Lords defeated the Government on three votes on amendments to this Bill which consolidates a number of anti-discriminatory items from several Acts into one bill. According to Lord Tebbitt, writing in his Telegraph blog, 27.1.10, said the Bill was not all bad, but some items within it „were prime examples of authoritarian poison and European judicial imperialism‟. The amendments concerned the churches and the argument was over the extent to which churches, mosques, synagogues and temples may refuse to employ people whose lifestyles and actions contradict the teaching of the religions concerned. The problem for the Government is whether to ask the Commons to vote for the European authorities against religion and freedom of conscience, or risk a case being brought against a church or mosque and decided in the European Court of Justice, rather than here in Britain. The amendments were necessary to comply with EU law. Nigel Farage, UKIP MEP, suggested that one effect of this bill, which nobody seems to have noticed, was that the national flags of many EU-captive states could now be declared illegal because they bear the symbol of the cross. FARMING Le Monde, 3.2.10, contained several opinion pieces on the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) which accounts for 40% of the EU budget. According to Jack Thurston, the co-founder of www.farmsubsidy.org, 8 biodiversity in Europe has been damaged by modern agriculture. He said: “Farming should protect Europe‟s environmental resources, not exhaust them”. He believes that a better policy was needed than the one that in 2008 paid €1,583,120 to Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein and €253,987 to Prince Albert of Monaco. PRISONERS’ VOTE According to BBC News, 8.2.10, The European Court of Human Rights stated that it was unlawful top deny sentenced prisoners‟ voting rights in UK elections. Since then, the Government has had two consultations on voting reforms but it does not appear that any changes will take place before the general election. The Council of Europe (non-EU) has expressed “serious concern” that there was “significant risk” that the election may fail to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights (not EU but the EU requires all member states to sign up to it). (The European Convention of Human Rights should not be confused with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, which forms part of the Lisbon Treaty.) BNP AND OTHER PARTIES The BNP is appealing for funds to fight its court case against the Equalities Commission and in the meantime, has had its membership frozen. I do not agree with all the tenets of the British National Party but I believe ABSOLUTELY in their right to hold and express those views. Before we joined the European Union, this country used to be free, and freedom of speech, thought and deed was our birthright. Since our traitorous politicians illegally under the British Constitution gave away the governance of our country to undemocratic, unaccountable and corrupt foreign rulers, this has all changed. There is already a rule for almost everything in our daily lives and it seems a vote in the forthcoming general election will just be a vote for the same. The Labour Party lied about the Lisbon Treaty being just a tidying up treaty when in fact it is the EU Constitution in all but name. They therefore reneged on their manifesto promise to give the British people a referendum. They have also swamped our country with immigrants (who usually vote Labour) in the hope that they can remain in office indefinitely. The Liberal Democrats also reneged on their manifesto promise of a referendum on the Constitution and voted it through. They said at the time that an „in/out‟ referendum was needed to settle the controversial issue of our membership of the European Union, knowing then that the majority of voters would probably have wished to remain „in‟. They have now changed their minds and said that a referendum is not necessary. No doubt this is because there would be a fair chance of an „out‟ result. As at least two front bench speakers are former MEPs and several members of the House of Lords have also been employed by the EU, it is likely that they would lose their EU pensions, all our in part, for failing to support the EU‟s interests. The majority of Conservative MPs did vote against the Lisbon Treaty and Mr Cameron gave us a cast iron promise that there would be a referendum on this Treaty if he became Prime Minister. As he has now reneged on that promise, how can we possibly trust the Conservatives any more than the Liberal Democrat or Labour Parties. Their manifestos will not be worth the paper they are written on. If readers wish to express their disgust at Mr Turncoat Cameron‟s decision, enclosed with the hard copy of this newsletter is a card which you should post to him. Email readers, or those who wish to obtain a supply of these cards for their friends and family also to send, can obtain a supply from The Democracy Movement, Kershaw House, 449 Great West Road, Hounslow TW5 0BU, telephone 020 7603 7796. Also enclosed with this newsletter is a copy of „Britain‟s Suicide Note‟ (attached to email newsletters). This is a history of the EU and tells of the appalling damage done to our country by our membership of that organisation and is a „must read‟ for all politicians or aspiring politicians. Iris Binstead .
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