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Are Politicians & Bureacrats Just Parasitically Motivated?

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 26/03/2013

Are Politicians & Bureacrats Just Parasitically Motivated?
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“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” 
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
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Hi,

this does seem to explain an awfull lot about the self serving motivation of politicians and bureaucrats in general:

 

There are zombies among us

Forget free will – many of us could be taking orders from the parasites inside our brains, reports Jerome Burne

Zombies

Good hosts: hiding in the brain lets parasites influence behaviour while being shielded from our immune system Photo: IBL/Rex Features
 

By Jerome Burne

6:00AM GMT 26 Mar 2013

Imagine a parasite that lodges in the brain and starts to exert a sinister influence over your behaviour. It affects how sexy you feel, or how angry or frightened, even how you dress. Not only does such a creature exist – but it may have infected up to 40 per cent of the population.

Perhaps the most famous example of such “zombie reprogramming” (or neuroparasitology, to give it its proper name) comes from a parasitic wasp that attaches its eggs to the belly of an orb spider. Larvae emerge and release chemicals that zombify the spider, which stops spinning its normal spiral web and instead starts producing a cocoon to hold the baby wasps when they emerge.

Then there is a parasitic fungus called Ophiocordyceps. After being infected with its spores, the Camponotus ant, found in the Brazilian rainforest, develops an unsteady gait, wandering off its normal paths. The creature has become compelled to find a remarkably precise location: a tree about 25cm above the usual ant trails, facing northwest. At noon, it will clamp its jaws on to a leaf in a death grip. Within six hours, it will be dead. A few days later, a tube will sprout from the ant’s head. This is the fruiting body of the fungus that emits the spores, which will infect a new generation of ants.

Worms can do it, too. One species needs to get inside a sheep to reproduce – so it hijacks the brain of another type of ant, which it programmes to climb to the top of a blade of grass every evening and hold on tight. It remains there through the night, waiting for a grazing sheep to eat it. If it’s still there in the morning, it climbs down to avoid being burnt by the sun. But in the evening, the alien instructions take over and it climbs up again.

Scientists are only beginning to understand how such parasites’ controlling abilities evolved – but what is clearer is how they pull off some of the stages. Prof David Hughes, an entomologist at Pennsylvania State University, discovered that one of the chemicals produced by Ophiocordyceps had the power to destroy mitochondria, living creatures’ cellular “power stations”. Once the ants’ jaws lock on to the leaf, they don’t have the energy to unlock them.

Joanne Webster, professor of parasite epidemiology at Imperial College London, explains that many parasites favour the brain, “because it shelters them from the full fury of the immune system”. But, she says, “it also gives them direct access to the machinery to alter the host’s behaviour”.

And those hosts include humans – raising all sorts of tricky questions about whether we are in control of our actions. For example, there is a single-celled parasite called Toxoplasma gondii, which is found in domestic cats, and is estimated to infect 350,000 people a year in Britain. Its effect on humans became the obsession of Jaroslav Flegr, professor of evolutionary biology at Charles University in Prague, who linked it with disturbed behaviours such as reckless driving and a greater risk of suicide.

Unlike the zombified ants and spiders, humans aren’t the intended target of “Toxo”. It can only reproduce in the intestines of cats (new spores are expelled in their faeces). So the parasite’s brain-manipulating powers are focused on getting back inside a cat – and making its host behave in ways that boosts its chances of being eaten.

Rats infected with Toxo, as scientists at Imperial College discovered, actually like the smell of cat urine, instead of being terrified by it. And studies at Stanford University in California have revealed the neural changes that lay behind this transformation. Toxo – which comes in the form of tiny single-celled cysts – was clustered in two areas of the brain: those controlling fear and pleasure. Pathways that normally responded to the smell of cat urine with alarm had been damped down, while the pleasure hormone dopamine, normally released in response to female rodent urine, was now triggered by the whiff of cat. Most recently, researchers have shown that Toxo’s DNA includes two genes that boost dopamine production.

Human brains have plenty of similarities with those of rats and mice, suggesting that the greater number of car crashes among those with Toxo infection could be due to it damping fear responses. But while female rats show that they find infected males much sexier, the clear effect on humans is to reinforce certain sexual stereotypes. Infected men become introverted, suspicious and more likely to wear rumpled old clothes, but infected woman are just the opposite: in one study, they were usually well dressed when they arrived at the lab for interviews, and also more trusting and sociable.

Do any other microbes provoke similar changes? The leading candidate so far is one of the most common in the world – influenza. Researchers at Binghamton University in New York State, using the ’flu vaccine as a proxy for infection, recorded the behaviour of 36 academic staff two days before, and two days after, getting a jab.

The result was astonishing. Before the vaccination, according to the journal Annals of Epidemiology, they interacted with an average of 54 people a day; afterwards it shot up to 101. Yet the amount of time they actually spent with each person plummeted – from 33 to 2.5 minutes. “Subjects who normally had very limited or simple social lives,” said one researcher, “were suddenly deciding they needed to go out to bars or parties” – the perfect places for a virus to find new hosts.

This may sound terrifying, or at the least unnerving, but there is much that researchers hope to learn from such infections: for example, understanding the way they rewire emotional circuits could provide valuable insights when developing psychiatric drugs. Even zombies, it seems, may have their uses.

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The disastrous effects of British politicians selling Britain into the thrall of foreign rule by the EU for their own personal rewards has damaged the well-being of Britain more than the armies of Hitler and the Franco – German – Italian axis of 1939 – 1945.

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IMMIGRANTS & TOURIST Rights To Healthcare – Remind Farage & Cameron!

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 25/03/2013

IMMIGRANTS & TOURIST Rights To Healthcare – Remind Farage & Cameron!

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“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” 
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
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we hear Farage & the Tories competing for who can be seen to be beastly to immigrants the most effectively but perhaps they should take a glance at the law as it actually stands!

Here is the law on Tourist & immigrant rights to Healthcare, or for that matter the rights of UK citizens (which due to the folly of being members of The EU includes all those millions of EU vassals and the subordinate states)

Healthcare

This page explains what healthcare you can receive while you are living in the UK.

You will be able to receive healthcare from the National Health Service (NHS). Some or all of this may be free of charge, depending on your residency status and how long you have been living here.

Permanent residents of the UK do not have to pay for treatment by a general practitioner (GP) or at a hospital.

Permanent residents on a low income may qualify for extra free healthcare such as NHS prescriptions, dental care, sight tests and vouchers to help them buy glasses. More information is on the NHS website.

If you are a visitor to the UK or have temporary permission to live here (known as ‘limited leave to remain‘), you may be able to register with a GP in your area and receive free treatment. The GP can decide whether or not to register you. You may not be able to receive the full range of hospital treatment, because you must be a permanent resident or have lived here for a year to qualify for it. This applies even if you are a British citizen or have lived or worked here in the past.

You can find out more about this in the Department of Health’s guidance for overseas visitors.

Some health services are free of charge to everyone. These are:

  • treatment given in an accident and emergency (A&E) department or in an NHS walk-in centre that provides services similar to those of an A&E department;
  • treatment for certain infectious diseases (but for HIV/AIDS, only the first diagnosis and counselling that follows it are free);
  • compulsory psychiatric treatment; and
  • family planning services.

Certain categories of people are able to receive the full range of hospital treatment. These include asylum applicants whose application is still being considered, anyone who has lived here legally for the previous 12 months, and diplomatic staff. For the full list, see the Department of Health guidance.

A few categories of visitor can receive treatment for conditions that occurred after their arrival in the UK. This includes residents of the European Economic Area, or of countries with which the UK has bilateral healthcare agreements. See our Rights and responsibilities page for European nationals. The Department of Health guidance also contains more details.

If you are not in one of the categories that can receive free treatment, you may be asked to pay for any hospital treatment you receive. You may therefore wish to ensure that you have health insurance to cover your stay in the UK.

In an emergency, you should go to the nearest hospital that has an A&E department. If you cannot get there yourself, phone 999 or 112 and ask for an ambulance. These calls are free from any phone, including mobile phones, but must only be used in an emergency.

For more advice and information, see the NHS website or phone NHS Direct on 0845 4647.

To view the original of this article & much more you may not have realised:
CLICK HERE

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Just like all the twaddle that has been spouted as a result of the costly and pointless show trial Leverson Enquiry there is absolutely no need for new Royal Charters, Laws or the like – All that is needed is to enforce the laws that exist not invent new Politically Correct publicity to permit useless politicians to strut and preen!

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Greg L-W.
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British Politicians with pens and treachery, in pursuit of their own agenda and greed, have done more damage to the liberty, freedoms, rights and democracy of the British peoples than any army in over 1,000 years.

The disastrous effects of British politicians selling Britain into the thrall of foreign rule by the EU for their own personal rewards has damaged the well-being of Britain more than the armies of Hitler and the Franco – German – Italian axis of 1939 – 1945.

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THEY WORK FOR YOU: @ £53 Million A Day The EU Is Just A Rip Off

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 24/03/2013

THEY WORK FOR YOU: @ £53 Million A Day The EU Is Just A Rip Off.
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“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” 
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
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The EU scam costs British tax payers £53Million each and every day of the year,
we get absolutely nothing in return that constitutes any semblance of value for money.

Most people in Britain couldn’t even name their various MEPs
and haven’t a clue who the Commissioners are!

Few realise that high immigration figures can not be controlled as The EU makes the laws.

Few understand that about 80% of ALL British laws are now made directly by The EU
& all other law enacted must, by treaty agreement, be complient with EU law,
Just what is Westminster for?

The overwhelming majority of British voters want an IN / OUT Referendum on a free, fair
and informed basis. Over 60% of Tory voters want an end to the agreement as it is.

Why are British tax payers bailing out the failed ‘fiat currency’ The EUro?

Besides paying £Billions in subsidies to prop up The EU, Britain trades at a loss with The EU.

The report on the consequences of leaving The EU commissioned by the Labour Party
showed conclusively that although 3Million jobs are dependent on EU trade this number would
in fact increase when we Leave-The-EU and a consistent mini boom would last some time
as a result when we Leave-The-EU.

Control of our own borders and of immigration would save Britain a huge amount

in terms of pressure on schools, hospitals, social services and housing and as soon as benefits
were more responsibly managed many more jobs would be available despite the need to
cut the size of Government employment dramatically.

Do YOU believe these photos indicate value for money?
Particularly when you consider Britain has less than 7% say
in what pretence at democracy there is,
a fact which puts in perspective that Norway has more say in its democracy through EFTA
than Britain has as a member,
and Mexico & the USA pay less dues trading with The EU than Britain

 

HARD AT WORK AT THE EUROPEAN PARLIMENT IN BRUSSELS
EU Parl chamber 01

YES KEEP THESE PHOTOS CIRCULATING TO SHOW

HOW HARD OUR EUROPEAN POLITICIANS WORK FOR US

THIS IS PRODUCTIVITY IN BRUSSELS. 
AND THEY GET 12 000 EUROS A MONTH FOR THEIR EFFORTS!

 

European MPs at work in Brussels & Strasburgh!

EU Parl chamber 02

At least 2 @ €12,000 per month!

EU Parl chamber 03

Another one @ €12,000 per month!

EU Parl chamber 04

3 more @ €12,000 per month!

EU Parl chamber 05

Yet another one @ €12,000 per month!

EU Parl chamber 06

And another one @ €12,000 per month!

EU Parl chamber 07

Even Group disinterest @ €12,000 per month!

EU Parl chamber 08

Out for the count @ €12,000 per month!

EU Parl chamber 09

Something of greater interest @ €12,000 per month!

EU Parl chamber 10

Yet one more @ €12,000 per month!

East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer pictured having a nap during a speech by Israeli President Shimon Peres in the European Parliament in Brussels yesterday.

Not to forget @ €12,000 per month!

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Greg L-W.
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British Politicians with pens and treachery, in pursuit of their own agenda and greed, have done more damage to the liberty, freedoms, rights and democracy of the British peoples than any army in over 1,000 years.

The disastrous effects of British politicians selling Britain into the thrall of foreign rule by the EU for their own personal rewards has damaged the well-being of Britain more than the armies of Hitler and the Franco – German – Italian axis of 1939 – 1945.

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Support Democracy

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Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins
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of: Greg_L-W@BTconnect.com
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A View on Referendum & The Way Forward

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 24/03/2013

A View on Referendum & The Way Forward.
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“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” 
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
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 EU referendum: the way forward

Sunday 24 March 2013

Way-forward-sign.jpg
 

Yesterday, I was supposed to be speaking at a conference organised by the Campaign for Independent Britain, on the subject of the EU referendum. Unfortunately, the weather made it unwise to attempt the journey to London, which means I was unable to deliver my speech. However, I did undertake to post a shortened version of my intended address on this blog, so here it is.

If there is an immediate way forward on the vexed question of an EU referendum, it is to pray that we do not have one in the immediate future. Should it ever happen, it is almost certain that it will be rigged in one, if not several ways. Whatever passed for the “no” option would be framed in such a way that it would either be impossible take as a rejection of the EU, or would it look so unattractive that the majority would reject it.

Whichever way it was framed, therefore, we would lose. And in so doing, the cause of euroscepticism would be set back a generation. Most likely, we would see the EU collapse before the British people summoned up the energy again to call for a withdrawal. The EU would leave us, rather than us leave it.

Part of the reason, I suggest, why this situation prevails – but only part – is that the eurosceptic movement has never fully developed. It remains wedded to selling the negative, arguing for leaving the EU, instead of putting the case forcefully for a credible alternative that means something to the ordinary voter.

For sure, there have been many learned arguments about how much better off economically Britain might be if we leave the EU, and some of the arguments might even be true. But, for most people, it is not so much that they are not persuasive. The whole subject leaves them cold.

Thus, although the eurosceptic community might get worked up about free trade agreements and the rest, no more than a tiny minority is in the least bit interested. Only a tiny fraction of people know the difference between a customs union and a free trade area. Possibly, even fewer care.

It is always possible, though to fill spaced between the adverts in newspapers, pointing out how terrible the EU is, how much it costs, how much red tape it causes, and even how many Polish labourers are camping on our doorstep as a result of our membership of the EU.

But when push comes to shove, all but one of the major national newspapers, almost all of the local newspapers, and all the broadcast media, are in favour of our continued membership of the EU. All the major political parties, support our memberships, the majority of the unions, the business community and even supposed “eurosceptic” think-tanks such as Open Europe.

Come a referendum campaign, it is a given that they will all support the government line. The “yes” campaign” will be well organised, well funded, and supported fully by the establishment, relying heavily on fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) to carry its message.

The “yes” campaign” will not make the case for staying in the EU – it will simply point out the perils of leaving, relying on the so-called status quo effect. And that effect will be the deciding factor. People will vote against uncertainty, for conformity. In referendums, that is the most powerful of all motivators, and the government will ensure that it works in its favour.

For us to prevail, therefore, we are need a new strategy. We could even say that we actually need a strategy, having lacked one in the past, and still lacking one in the present. We need what I would call the “Stokes precept”, from Richard Stokes, the Labour MP for Ipswich, who on 15 October 1940 told the House of Commons in a debate on war aims that it “… is no use fighting for a negative object. You must have a positive one, and the sooner that [is] stated the better”.

What we need to do is address the “what’s in it for me? ” factor, presenting them with such an overwhelmingly positive outcome from our leaving the EU that any downside, by comparison, is of such small importance that it is worth taking the risk.

Looking at that from a personal perspective, I have often argued that there is little to commend leaving the EU if the outcome was simply to take back powers from Brussels and hand them over to the same establishment which gave them away in the first place.

If the EU has been a secret revolution, along the lines of Orwell’s Animal Farm, where man has been replaced by pig, only for pig to become man, giving powers back to Whitehall and to the gatherers of expenses in Westminster, is simply replacing pig with man. It gets us nowhere. It achieves nothing for the ordinary voter.

Clearly, we must have a better offer than that, and perhaps the way forward is to recognise that the EU is not about trade, or other peripheral issues, but about the way we are governed. Trade is only incidental to the EU, a means to an end, that end being political integration. The EU is a system of government, and already it is our supreme government. Its only real ambition is to become even more powerful.

Therefore, what seems to be obvious is that, in order to fight one form of government, we must come up with a new and different form of government as a counter. It is no use offering more of the same, or the party-dominated structures which have lost support and lack any credibility.

Further, since we so often complain about the lack of democracy inherent in the EU system of government, we need to offer people real democracy as an alternative. And here, more of the same doesn’t cut it. We complain that European Commissioners are not elected, but in fact they are nominated by members of elected governments, and their appointments are approved by elected MEPs.

How is that worse that having an unelected prime minister, appointed by a political party, governing via a coalition for which no one voted? We could not have voted for it, as it did not come into being until after the general election.

Interestingly, the EU – which pretends to itself and others that it supports democracy – builds “representative democracy” into the Lisbon Treaty, thereby rejecting any form of direct democracy. Putting power, real power, in the hands of the people is not something the centralist, authoritarian EU could live with.

Some of us, thus, have already been thinking along the lines of a positive approach to the EU problem, coming up with “Referism” and latterly the Harrogate Agenda”. Each of these offers improvements on the status quo in the form of direct democracy. And it is here that there possibly lies the real antidote to the EU, fighting lack of democracy with real democracy, rather than simply more of the same.

The point here, is that, unlike a political party, which accepts the rules as they stand and merely offers variations in detail, by way of different policies, to enthuse the majority of people we really need to go back to fundamentals. The EU’s original objective was to make Europe and thereby the world a better place. If we are going to fight fire with fire, we need similar high-minded ideals.

This, though, will not be enough. If the opposition’s main weapon is FUD, we must have a means of neutralising it. And here, we need a element of pragmatism which has not always been evident in the eurosceptic movement.

Recognising this, we have been looking at the application of Article 50 and a measured, negotiated withdrawal. This may not have the attraction to eurosceptics of the “big bang” amicable divorce, with the immediate repeal of the European Communities Act, but it does have the merit of eliminating the FUD factor.

This is where rejoining EFTA comes in, together with remaining in the EEA. If we do these things, plus repatriate all the EU legislation, our status the day after we leave will be exactly the same as the day before.

Given that it is impossible to unravel forty years of integration overnight, we are best off taking our time, and if it takes a decade to secure a clean break, that would be time well spent. After all, UKIP have spent twenty years trying to get us out of the EU without success. Ten years more, for the certainty of withdrawal is not a bad bargain.

This, then, effectively defines our strategy – a two-pronged attack. On the one hand, we devise an alternative to the EU that relates to the ordinary voter and offers a real difference in the way we are governed, increasing democracy in the system.  On the other hand, we address the fear factor, neutralising it as a weapon and thereby weakening the status quo effect.

Inevitably, this will take time. To start from scratch with what amounts to a new contract between the people and government, is going to take work to define. A great deal of effort will then be needed to spread the word, in such a manner that it takes deep root. Superficial publicity will not achieve this aim.

Fortunately, it looks as if we will have the time. The chances of our getting a referendum in the near future are next to nil. Even Mr Cameron’s promise could hardly be fulfilled before 2017, and that depended on his being able to form a government after the next election.

This looks increasingly unlikely and, it seems to me that as long as Miliband thinks he can gain office without needing to match Mr Cameron’s election promise, he will not match the offer of a referendum. The earliest probability of a poll, therefore, looks to be some time after the next election but one – putting it after 2020.

This may seem a long time to wait. But, in fact, strategy takes time. It takes time to develop it, and it takes time to change minds. In 1945, there was a strong caucus in favour of developing European integration. It took until the early sixties before this became settled government policy, and another decade before the UK joined the European Communities.

In pursuing their objective, the European integrationalists benefited from clear aims and a clarity of purpose, which the eurosceptics have never been able to offer. And still it took them decades, in a campaign that actually started after the First World War. Taking the time out to define and develop our strategy, therefore, seems to me to be the best way of using the time available to us.

There we have our choice – prepare to win, or carry on with the “business as usual” model. In the latter case, though, we must accept that it will guarantee yet another defeat.

To view the original article CLICK HERE

Dr. Richard North 24/03/2013

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Regards,
Greg L-W.
for all my contact details & BlogsCLICK HERE

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British Politicians with pens and treachery, in pursuit of their own agenda and greed, have done more damage to the liberty, freedoms, rights and democracy of the British peoples than any army in over 1,000 years.

The disastrous effects of British politicians selling Britain into the thrall of foreign rule by the EU for their own personal rewards has damaged the well-being of Britain more than the armies of Hitler and the Franco – German – Italian axis of 1939 – 1945.

~~~~~~~~~~#########~~~~~~~~~~
Support Democracy

Make your vote count:
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Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins
tel: 01594 – 528 337
of: Greg_L-W@BTconnect.com
Political – supporting an electable UKIP: http://UKIP-vs-EUkip.com
DO MAKE USE of LINKS & >Right Side Bar<
Also:
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General Stuff: http://gl-w.blogspot.com
Health Blog.: http://GregLW.blogspot.com
TWITTER: Greg_LW
PLEASE NOTE:
I am tending to move my more active blogs to my own web sites from Google’s Blogger since their arbitrary and unannounced change from being .blogspot.com to being .blogspot.co.UK and their policy of removing factual ionformation if it happens to offend Political Correctness or political ambitions even complaints that people being offended by facts already in the public domain! 

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The Utter Hokum of Anthropogenic Global Warmists! Christopher BOOKER

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 23/03/2013

The Utter Hokum of Anthropogenic Global Warmists! Christopher BOOKER.
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“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” 
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)
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It’s payback time for our insane energy policy

An obsession with CO2 has left us dangerously short of power as coal-powered stations are forced to close

Wind farms deliver a tiny percentage of the power that we need

Wind farms deliver a tiny percentage of the power that we need Photo: ALAMY
 

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As the snow of the coldest March since 1963 continues to fall, we learn that we have barely 48 hours’ worth of stored gas left to keep us warm, and that the head of our second-largest electricity company, SSE, has warned that our generating capacity has fallen so low that we can expect power cuts to begin at any time. It seems the perfect storm is upon us.

The grotesque mishandling of Britain’s energy policy by the politicians of all parties, as they chase their childish chimeras of CO2-induced global warming and windmills, has been arguably the greatest act of political irresponsibility in our history.

Three more events last week brought home again just what a mad bubble of make-believe these people are living in. Under the EU’s Large Combustion Plants Directive, we lost two more major coal-fired power stations, Didcot A and Cockenzie, capable of contributing no less than a tenth to our average electricity demands. We saw a French state-owned company, EDF, being given planning permission to spend £14 billion on two new nuclear reactors in Somerset, but which it says it will only build, for completion in 10 years’ time, if it is guaranteed a subsidy that will double the price of its electricity. Then, hidden in the small print of the Budget, were new figures for the fast-escalating tax the Government introduces next week on every ton of CO2 emitted by fossil-fuel-powered stations, which will soon be adding billions of pounds more to our electricity bills every year.

Within seven years this new tax will rise to £30 a ton, and by 2030 to £70 a ton, making it wholly uneconomical to generate any more electricity from the coal and gas-fired power stations that last week were still supplying two thirds of our electricity. Put all this together and we see more starkly than ever the game the Government is playing. It knows that no company would build wind farms unless it is given subsidies that, in effect, nearly double or treble the price of its electricity. The Government will only get CO2-free nuclear power if it promises it an equal subsidy. And now the Coalition is also hell-bent on driving our much cheaper and more reliable coal and gas-fired plants out of business, by imposing a carbon tax that will not only eventually double the cost of their electricity, but also make it impossible for them to survive. So mad is this policy of “double-up all round” that it is driving even the largest and most efficient power station in the country, Drax, capable of supplying seven per cent of all the power we use, to switch from burning coal to wood chips, imported 3,000 miles across the Atlantic from the US. And how has the Government forced Drax to do this? By giving it a subsidy on wood chips that doubles the value of its electricity, while putting an increasingly prohibitive tax on coal.

This is all insane in so many ways that one scarcely knows where to begin, except to point out that, even if our rulers somehow managed to subsidise firms into spending £100 billion on all those wind farms they dream of, they will still need enough new gas-fired power stations to provide back-up for all the times when the wind isn’t blowing, at the very time when the carbon tax will soon make it uneconomical for anyone to build them.

So we are doomed to see Britain’s lights going out, all because the feather-headed lunatics in charge of our energy policy still believe that they’ve got to do something to save the planet from that CO2-induced global warming which this weekend has been covering much of the country up to a foot deep in snow. Meanwhile, the Indians are planning to build 455 new coal-fired power stations which will add more CO2 to the atmosphere of the planet every week than Britain emits in a year.

Thank you, David Cameron, leader of “the greenest government ever”. Thank you, Ed Miliband, father of the Climate Change Act, the most expensive suicide note in history. Between you, you seem determined to switch off our lights, lock the door and throw away the key. We owe you more than we can say.

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ROYAL CHARTER ON SELF-REGULATION OF THE PRESS

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 19/03/2013

ROYAL CHARTER ON SELF-REGULATION OF THE PRESS

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ROYAL CHARTER
ON SELF-REGULATION OF THE PRESS

ELIZABETH THE SECOND by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Our other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith:

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME, GREETING!

 

WHEREAS on 13th-July 2011 Our Prime Minister announced to Our Parliament the establishment of an Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press:

 

AND WHEREAS Our Baroness Browning, Minister of State at the Home Office and the Right Honourable Jeremy Hunt, Our Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport appointed the Right Honourable Lord Justice Leveson as Chairman of this Inquiry, pursuant to section 3(1)(a) of the Inquiries Act 2005, by letter dated 28th-July 2011, to be assisted by a panel of senior independent persons with relevant expertise in media, broadcasting, regulation and government appointed as Assessors under section 11(2)(a) of that Act:

 

AND WHEREAS the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry included provision for the making of recommendations for a new more effective policy and regulatory regime which supports the integrity and freedom of the press, the plurality of the media, and its independence, including from Government, while encouraging the highest ethical and professional standards:

 

AND WHEREAS the Report of the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press was presented to Parliament pursuant to section 26 of the  Inquiries Act 2005 on 29th November 2012:

 

AND WHEREAS the Report of the Inquiry recommended that for an effective system of self-regulation to be established, all those parts of the press which are significant news publishers should become members of an independent regulatory body:

 

AND WHEREAS t

he independent regulatory body which is intended to be the successor to the Press Complaints Commission should put forward the Editors’ Code of Practice as its initial code of standards:

 

AND WHEREAS the Report of the Inquiry recommended that there should be a mechanism to recognise and certify an independent regulatory body or bodies for the press, and that the responsibility for such recognition and certification should rest with a recognition body:

 

AND WHEREAS the Report of the Inquiry recommended that such a recognition body should not be involved in the regulation of the press:

 

AND WHEREAS it is in the interests of Our People that there should be a body corporate established for the purpose of determining recognition of an independent regulatory body or bodies, in pursuance of the recommendations of the Report of the Inquiry.

 

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NOW KNOW YE that We by Our Prerogative Royal of Our especial grace, certain

knowledge and mere motion do by this Our Charter for Us, Our Heirs and Successors will, ordain and declare as follows:

 

1.

 

INCORPORATION

 

1.1.

 

There shall be a body corporate known as the Recognition Panel.

 

1.2.

 

There shall be a Board of the Recognition Panel which shall be responsible for the conduct and management of the Recognition Panel’s business and affairs, in

accordance with the further terms of this Charter.

 

1.3.

 

The members of the Board of the Recognition Panel shall be the only Members of the body corporate, but membership of the body corporate shall not enable any individual to act otherwise than through the Board to which he belongs.

 

2.

 

TERM OF CHARTER

 

2.1.

 

This Charter shall take effect from [date subsequent to the date of sealing].

 

2.2.

 

This Charter shall continue in force unless and until it is dissolved, in accordance with Article 10, by Us, Our Heirs or Successors in Council, or otherwise.

 

3.

 

PURPOSE

 

3.1.

 

The Purpose for which the Recognition Panel is established and incorporated is to carry on activities relating to the recognition of Regulators in accordance with the terms of this Charter.

 

3.2.

 

Provisions and definitions to assist in the interpretation of this Charter are contained in Schedule 4

 

(Interpretation).

 

4.

 

FUNCTIONS

 

4.1.

 

The Recognition Panel has the general functions, in accordance with the terms of this Charter, of:

 

a)

 

determining applications for recognition from Regulators;

 

b)

 

reviewing whether a Regulator which has been granted recognition shall continue to be recognised;

 

c)

 

withdrawing recognition from a Regulator where the Recognition Panel is satisfied that the Regulator ceases to be entitled to recognition; and

 

d)

 

reporting on any success or failure of the recognition system.

 

4.2.

 

In performing the general functions in Article 4.1 the Board shall apply the Scheme of Recognition set out in Schedule 2

 

(Scheme of Recognition).

 

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4.3.

 

The Board shall manage the assets of the Recognition Panel efficiently and effectively so as to best achieve the Recognition Panel’s Purpose.

 

4.4.

 

The functions of the Recognition Panel shall be public functions.

 

5.

 

APPOINTMENTS AND MEMBERSHIP

 

5.1.

 

The Board of the Recognition Panel shall consist of a Chair and no fewer than 4 and no more than 8 other Members.

 

5.2.

 

Appointments to the Board of the Recognition Panel, and the terms of such

appointments, shall be regulated by Schedule 1 (Appointments and Terms of

Membership).

 

6.

 

GOVERNANCE

 

6.1.

 

Subject to the terms of this  Article, the Board shall determine and regulate its own procedures for conducting its business and discharging its functions under this Charter.

 

6.2.

 

The Board shall not delegate the following decisions:

 

a)

 

A decision to recognise or withdraw recognition from a Regulator in accordance with the Scheme of Recognition;

 

b)

 

A decision to undertake an ad hoc review in accordance with the Scheme of Recognition.

 

6.3.

 

The Board shall put in place arrangements by which a Member can:

 

a)

 

register his interests or any other matter he considers relevant to the Purpose of the Recognition Panel;

 

b)

 

determine whether any interest he holds, directly or indirectly, gives rise to a conflict of interest;

 

c)

 

declare such conflicts to the Board; and

 

d)

 

absent himself from decision-making where the Board determines it is appropriate so to do.

 

6.4.

 

The Board shall publish its procedures.

 

7.

 

STAFF

 

7.1.

 

The Recognition Panel may employ staff or otherwise engage people whose services are deemed expedient in order to carry out or promote the Purpose of the Recognition Panel, and, in particular, to organise, assist with the work of, and advise the Board.

 

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7.2.

 

The Board may authorise the payment of remuneration to members of staff or pay or make payments towards the provision of pensions, allowances or gratuities, at such rates or amounts as it determines.

 

7.3.

 

None of the following may be a member of staff employed by the Recognition Panel or be otherwise engaged by the Recognition Panel in a similar capacity (whether on a full-time or part-time basis):

 

a)

 

a relevant publisher or someone otherwise involved in the publication of news or current affairs in the United Kingdom;

 

b)

 

a person who is part of the governing body of a relevant publisher;

 

c)

 

the chair or member of the Board of a Regulator;

 

d)

 

a member of staff working for a Regulator or relevant publisher;

 

e)

 

a civil servant;

 

or

 

f)

 

a serving or former member of the House of Commons, the House of Lords, the

Scottish Parliament, the Northern Ireland Assembly or the National Assembly for Wales.

 

8.

 

POWERS

 

8.1.

 

The Recognition Panel, acting through the Board, may do all things that are lawful as may further the Purpose of the Recognition Panel, and in particular, but without limitation may:

 

a)

 

borrow or raise and secure the payment of money for the purpose of performing the Panel’s general functions;

 

b)

 

enter into enforceable arrangements requiring the non-refundable payment of fees by Regulators seeking recognition;

 

c)

 

procure professional legal or other advisory services; and

 

d)

 

procure professional financial advice, including for the purpose of achieving best value for money.

 

9.

 

CHARTER AMENDMENT

 

9.1.

 

A provision of this Charter may be added to, supplemented, varied or omitted (inwhole or in part) if, and only if the requirements of Article 9.2 are met.

 

9.2.

 

Before any proposal (made by any person) to add to, supplement, vary or omit (inwhole or in part) a provision of this Charter (“proposed change”) can take effect a draft of the proposed change must have been laid before Parliament, and approved by a resolution of each House. For this purpose “approved” means that at last two-thirds of the members of the House in question who vote on the motion do so in support of it.

 

9.3.

 

The Recognition Panel may only propose a change to the terms of this Charter if a resolution has been passed unanimously by all of the Members of the Board, who shall determine the matter at a meeting duly convened for that purpose.

 

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9.4.

 

The provisions of Article 9.2 do not apply to a proposed change to the Charter that is required merely to correct a clerical or typographical error.

 

9.5.

 

Provided the terms of Article 9.2 have been met, any such addition, supplement, variation or omission shall, when approved by Us, Our Heirs or Successors in Council, become effective so that this Charter shall thenceforth continue and operate as though it had been originally granted and made accordingly.

 

10.

 

DISSOLUTION

 

10.1.

 

This Charter, and the Recognition Panel created by it, shall not be dissolved unless information about the proposed dissolution has been presented to Parliament, and that proposal has been approved by a resolution of each House.

For this purpose “approved” means that at least two-thirds of the members of the House in question who vote on the motion do so in support of it.

 

10.2.

 

The Recognition Panel may, if it appears necessary to the Board (acting

unanimously) to do so:

 

a)

 

surrender this Charter (and, provided the terms of Article 10.1 have been

complied with, thereafter dissolve the Recognition Panel) with the permission of Us, Our Heirs or Successors in Council and upon such terms as We or They consider fit, and

 

b)

 

wind up or otherwise deal with the affairs of the Recognition Panel in such

manner as they consider fit, provided that all remaining funds (which remain

once the debts of the Recognition Panel have been paid in full) together with the proceeds from the sale of any assets belonging to the Recognition Panel shall be paid to the Consolidated Fund.

 

10.3.

 

The dissolution of the Recognition Panel is subject to any applicable statutory

provisions or other legal requirement (relating to the cessation of the body’s operation, including as an employer or contractor).

 

11.

 

MONEY

 

11.1.

 

The Exchequer shall grant to the Recognition Panel such sums of money as are sufficient to enable the Board to commence its operations and thereafter fulfil its Purpose for the first three years after the date upon which this Charter becomes effective.

The grant of such monies shall be on such terms as Managing Public Money requires.

 

11.2.

 

The Board shall prepare annual budgets for each financial year, and in doing so shall have regard to the need to ensure it achieves value for money.

For the first three years after the date upon which this Charter becomes effective, the Board shall provide the Lord Chancellor, upon request, with such budgets, once prepared, and with such other information as she requires, in order to estimate the on going costs of the Recognition Panel from time to time.

 

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11.3.

 

The Board shall prepare, consult publicly upon, and publish a scheme for charging fees to Regulators in relation to the functions of recognition and review, to come into force from the third anniversary of the date upon which this Charter becomes effective.

 

Any fee charged shall comply with Article 11.4.

 

The aim of the scheme shall be for the Recognition Panel to recover its full costs in determining applications for recognition and for conducting cyclical reviews, as appropriate.

 

11.4.

 

The Board may determine to set different fees for different circumstances.A fee may not exceed the following amounts:

 

a)

 

in the case of a fee relating to an application for recognition £x;

 

b)

 

in the case of a fee relating to a cyclical review £y; and

 

c)

 

in each case the amount specified shall be revised, annually,according to the indexation formula specified at Article 11.5.

 

11.5.

 

The following indexation formula is to be used by the Recognition Panel to vary all financial amounts specified in this Charter, including those in the Schedules to this Charter. Where no period for variation is specified, the amount shall be varied on each annual anniversary of the date this Charter becomes effective

 

[formula using the Consumer Prices Index]

 

11.6.

 

The Board shall design the scheme so that fees become due and payable irrespective of the success of an application or the outcome of a cyclical review,and for their consequent enforceability as a matter of private contract law.

 

11.7.

 

In the event that the Board considers that its income (from whatever source received) is likely to be insufficient to meet its expenditure relating to

(a)

legal or other expenses arising from litigation or threatened litigation,

(b)

ad hoc reviews

 

or

(c)

wholly unforeseen events, it shall have the right to request further reasonable sums from the Exchequer. In response to such a request, the Exchequer shall grant such sums to the Recognition Panel as it considers necessary to ensure that the Purpose of the Recognition Panel is not frustrated by a lack of funding.

 

11.8.

 

References to the Exchequer in this Article mean the Exchequer acting through the Lord Chancellor, and with the consent of the Lords Commissioners of Our Treasury.

 

11.9.

 

Each Member shall exercise fiduciary duties in relation to the use and management of all monies received by the Recognition Panel. The Chair shall appoint one Member to take specific responsibility for reporting to the Board on the management of the finances of the Recognition Panel.

 

12.

 

ACCOUNTS

 

12.1.

 

The Board must keep proper accounts and proper records in relation to the accounts.

 

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12.2.

 

The Board must prepare a statement of accounts for each financial year, and must end a copy of the statement to the Comptroller and Auditor General as soon as practicable after the end of the financial year.

 

12.3.

 

In accordance with any necessary arrangements made between the Comptroller and Auditor General and the Recognition Panel, the Comptroller and Auditor General will examine, certify and report on the statement each year.

 

12.4.

 

The Recognition Panel shall make arrangements for a copy of the certified statement and the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report to be laid before Parliament.

 

12.5.

 

In this Article, and Article 13:

 

a)

 

“financial year” means:

 

i.

 

the period beginning with the date this Charter becomes effective under Article 2 (term of charter) and ending with the following 31 March; and

 

ii.

 

each successive period of twelve months ending with 31 March;

 

b)

 

where the administrative assistance of a Minister of the Crown is required for the Recognition Panel to lay a document before Parliament, the Lord Chancellor shall provide such assistance.

 

13.

 

REPORTS

 

13.1.

 

As soon as practicable after the end of each financial year the Board must prepare and publish a report about the activities of the Recognition Panel during that year including whether it has granted recognition to, or withdrawn it from a Regulator.

 

The Board shall make arrangements for the Report to be laid before Parliament.

 

14.

 

GENERAL

 

14.1.

 

The Recognition Panel shall have perpetual succession, and shall continue to exist as a legal person, regardless of the changes in its composition which occur when particular individuals cease to be Members and are succeeded by other individuals.

 

14.2.

 

The Recognition Panel shall have a Common Seal. The Recognition Panel may alter its Common Seal or replace it with a new one.

 

14.3.

 

The Recognition Panel shall have the capacity and powers of a natural person, and in particular has the capacity to sue and be sued.

 

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15.

 

LIABILITIES

 

15.1.

 

Each and every Member of the Board and of the Appointments Committee shall be indemnified from the assets of the Recognition Panel against any liability incurred by him by reason of any act or thing done by him in the proper discharge of his responsibilities, office or duty under this Charter.

 

IN WITNESS whereof…….

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For clarification of the terms of the Royal Charter as they pertain to individuals web sites and blogs – my thanks to Dr. Richard North for his concise and clear summary as follows:

 Media: lone bloggers not under threat

Tuesday 19 March 2013

There has been a certain amount of concern as to whether bloggers might be caught by the proposed press regulations, and thus be exposed to crippling fines. However, in the debate last night in the Commons, the position was made clear by culture secretary Maria Miller.

A clause inserted into the coming Bill makes the law apply only to a “relevant publisher”. Such a publisher would have to be publishing news-related material in the course of a business, the material would have to be written by a range of authors and it would have to be subject to editorial control.

These tests, says Miller, “would exclude a one-man band or a single blogger”. The clause added is “specifically designed to protect small-scale bloggers”, she said. Lone bloggers clearly do not meet the criteria necessary to include them in the regulatory maw.

However, online news sites such as Huffington Post, may well be caught in the net. Thus, if anything, this new law will have the effect of levelling the playing field between the clogs and the independent bloggers.

Richard North 19/03/2013

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PLEASE REMEMBER The My Lai Massacre 16-March-1968

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 16/03/2013

PLEASE REMEMBER The My Lai Massacre 16-March-1968

Hi,
PLEASE REMEMBER

On the 16-March-1968 a detatchment of US troops under the direct command of Lt. William Calley entered the village of My Lai and slaughtered and raped old women, children, and entire families.

Some 500 civilians were slaughtered.

The USA took no meaningful action against the 18 men charged and the 19th. Lt. Calley received little more than a tokenary punishment.

Do note that not one of the senior officers in the line of command EVER stood trial for this obscene action of cowardice and brutality.

John Kerry as a young man responded to the Senate Enquiry and claimed it was The USA at fault and no one man should be held responsible for a faulty system:

Many years later that same John Kerry as a Senator voted for the corrupt and unlawfull invasion and brutal massacres of Iraq under the same irresponsible gung ho code.
It is this same John Kerry who succeeded to the job of Sec. State Hillary Rodham Clinton & now represents the USA on the global stage!

Is this what is meant by power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely?

Please take a moment and think of those wretched civilians slaughtered in My Lai 44 years ago today.

Then take a moment to consider the slaughter in the same cause of forcing people to practice some obscene concept to suit old men in Government – forcing them in Iraq and Afghanistan, Palestine, Libya, Mali & so many more to adopt a given model of democracy or be shot or tortured if they resist.

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Courtesy of Wikipedia entry:

Commanders

  • Lieutenant Colonel Frank A. Barker – commander of Task Force Barker who ordered the destruction of the village and controlled the artillery preparation and combat assault from his helicopter; he was killed in Vietnam on June 13, 1968, before the investigation had begun.[4][55]
  • Lieutenant Stephen Brooks – platoon leader of 2nd Platoon, Charlie Company.
  • Second Lieutenant William L. Calley – platoon leader of 1st Platoon, Charlie Company.
  • Colonel Oran K. Henderson – brigade commander who ordered the attack; he had been in a helicopter over Mỹ Lai.[4]
  • Major General Samuel W. Koster – commander of the Americal Division.
  • Captain Eugene Kotouc – military intelligence officer who provided some of the information on which the Mỹ Lai combat assault was based; together with Medina and a South Vietnamese police officer, he tortured and executed suspects later that day.[15]
  • Captain Ernest Medina – company commander of Charlie Company who planned, ordered, and supervised the execution of the operation in Sơn Mỹ village.[56]

1st Platoon, Charlie Company

  • Sergeant Michael Bernhardt – refused to participate in the killing of civilians. Captain Medina threatened Sergeant Bernhardt to deter him from writing to Bernhardt’s congressman to expose the massacre and, as a result, was allegedly given more dangerous duties such as point duty on patrol.[57] Later he would help expose and detail the massacre in numerous interviews with the press, and he served as a prosecution witness in the trial of Medina, where he was subjected to intense cross examination by defense counsel F. Lee Bailey. Recipient of the New York Society for Ethical Culture‘s 1970 Ethical Humanist Award.[58]
  • Herbert Carter – platoon “tunnel rat“. He claimed he shot himself in the foot in order to be MEDEVACed out of the village.[citation needed]
  • Dennis Conti – testified he initially refused to shoot, but later fired some M79 grenade launcher rounds at a group of fleeing people with unknown effect.
  • James Dursi – killed a mother and child, then refused to kill anyone else even when ordered to do so.
  • Ronald Grzesik – a team leader. He claimed he followed orders to round up civilians, but refused to kill them.
  • Robert Maples – stated to have refused to participate.[clarification needed]
  • Paul Meadlo – said he was afraid of being shot if he did not participate. Lost his foot to a land mine the next day. Later, he publicly admitted his part in the massacre.
  • Sergeant David Mitchell – accused by witnesses of shooting people at the ditch site; pleaded not guilty. Mitchell was acquitted. His attorney was Ossie Brown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who thereafter became the district attorney of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana.[59]
  • Varnado Simpson – committed suicide in 1997, citing guilt over several murders committed in Mỹ Lai.
  • Charles Sledge – radio operator, later prosecution witness.
  • Harry Stanley – claimed to have refused to participate.
  • Esequiel Torres – previously had tortured and hanged an old man because Torres found his bandaged leg suspicious. He and Roschevitz (described below) were involved in the shooting of a group of ten women and five children in a hut. Later he was ordered by Calley to shoot a number of people with a M60 machine gun; he fired a burst before refusing to fire again, after which Calley took his weapon and opened fire himself.[citation needed]
  • Frederick Widmer – Widmer, who has been the subject of pointed blame, is quoted as saying, “The most disturbing thing I saw was one boy—and this was something that, you know, this is what haunts me from the whole, the whole ordeal down there. And there was a boy with his arm shot off, shot up half, half hanging on and he just had this bewildered look in his face and like, ‘What did I do, what’s wrong?’ He was just, you know, it’s, it’s hard to describe, couldn’t comprehend. I, I shot the boy, killed him and it’s—I’d like to think of it more or less as a mercy killing because somebody else would have killed him in the end, but it wasn’t right.”[60]

Other soldiers

Hugh Thompson, Jr. rescued Vietnamese civilians during the My Lai massacre.

  • William Doherty and Michael Terry – soldiers in the 3rd Platoon who killed the wounded in the ditch.[36]
  • Ronald L. Haeberle – photographer attached to the 11th Brigade information office who accompanied C Company.
  • Nicholas Capezza – chief medic in Charlie Company. He insisted he saw nothing unusual.
  • Sergeant Minh – ARVN interpreter who confronted Captain Medina about the number of civilians that were killed. Medina replied, “Sergeant Minh, don’t ask anything – those were the orders.”[61]
  • Gary Roschevitz – grabbed an M16 rifle from Varnado Simpson to kill five Vietnamese prisoners.[62]According to various witnesses, he later forced seven women to undress with the intention of raping them. When the women refused, he reportedly shot them.[63]

Rescue helicopter crew

  • Warrant Officer One Hugh Thompson, Jr. – helicopter pilot who confronted the ground forces personally. Died 6 January 2006.
  • Specialist Four Glenn Andreotta – crew chief. Killed In Action: 8 April 1968.
  • Specialist Four Lawrence Colburn – door gunner.
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The disastrous effects of British politicians selling Britain into the thrall of foreign rule by the EU for their own personal rewards has damaged the well-being of Britain more than the armies of Hitler and the Franco – German – Italian axis of 1939 – 1945.

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An Open Letter of Concern, to my Government!

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 02/03/2013

An Open Letter of Concern, to my Government!

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05-Mar-2013

OVER A MONTH
&
STILL NO REPLY FROM CAMERON’s OFFICE

04-Mar-2013
A Polite and QUITE informative reply
From Mark Harper my MP for Forest of Dean

02-Mar-2013
A VERY comprehensive response
From David T.C. Davies my MP for Monmouthshire,
6 pages of detail including a Treasury Office response from his colleague Steve Webb MPa Treasury Minister.
I will publish the reply in full as the best  so far.
Largely, as I expected, it debunks the main contentions I raised but FAILS to address the irresponsibility of open borders and the squandering of £53M a day on subsidising The EU!

23-Mar-2013
20 DAYS without an acknowledgement

or reply so far & still waiting!

Hi,

I have just written, and will mail tomorrow, 3 letters to my two MPs and The Prime Minister.

I consider the letters to be ‘open’ and thus publish them below.

Perhaps you would care to follow my example and send similar or even identical letters to your MP and your Prime Minister.

I also intend to send copies of the letters to my local press.

May I encourage you to do likewise as if we as the employers of these politicians take no interest in their activities then it is likely that we will see ever greater outrages against our peoples!

Home Cottage,
Stroat,
Gloucestershire,
NP16 7LR

02-Mar-2013

My ref: GL-W – PM 02-13-13 01

The Duty Officer,
The Cabinet Office,
10  Downing Street,
London W1

Dear Sir,

please would you be so good as to address this question to The Right Honourable David Cameron MP, as our Prime Minister:

I would appreciate Mr. Cameron confirming whether the figures I have become aware of are broadly correct as follows:

I understand that Her Majesty’s Government provides the following financial assistance to some subjects who are British citizens and a more generous amount to aliens who have come to our Country.

 BRITISH OLD AGED PENSIONERS

(bearing in mind they worked and paid their Income Tax and

National Insurance contributions to the British Government all their working life)

They now receive a sum by way of a Weekly allowance of £106.00?

IMMIGRANTS/REFUGEES LIVING IN BRITAIN

(No Income Tax and National Insurance contribution paid whatsoever)

A Weekly allowance of £250.00

BRITISH OLD AGED PENSIONER

Weekly Allowance for a spouse of £25.00?

ILLEGAL  IMMIGRANTS & REFUGEES LIVING IN BRITAIN

A Weekly Allowance for a spouse of £225.00
where multiples may be appropriate in the case of multiple wives!

BRITISH OLD AGED PENSIONER

An Additional Weekly Hardship Allowance, where apposite, of £0.00?

 ILLEGAL  IMMIGRANTS & REFUGEES LIVING IN BRITAIN

An Additional Weekly Hardship Allowance per person of £100.00

You will of course be well aware that a  British old age pensioner is likely to be no less hard up than an illegal immigrant or refugee, with the same needs of clothing, housing and food to fund, yet the British citizen would seem to receive nothing in terms of hardship!

 THUS:

BRITISH OLD AGED PENSIONER

RECEIVES A TOTAL YEARLY BENEFIT OF: £6,000?

YET ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS & REFUGEES LIVING IN BRITAIN

RECEIVE A TOTAL YEARLY BENEFIT OF: £29,900

IF these figures are broadly true, as I am led to believe, perhaps you can explain how your Government can justify this disproportionate and clearly morally reprehensible injustice.

Perhaps you would also be so good as to explain how you, and your Government, can reach the conclusion that it is fair to British pensioners; in a period when due to massive mismanagement of the economy of our Country by politicians and their regulators, that has led to huge rises in basic costs; it can be considered other than ethically repugnant to fund membership of the self styled EUropean Union, to the tune of some £50 Million+ a day, when clearly it is so damaging to all the values and interests of these United Kingdoms.

Yet our own loyal pensioners you leave in penury whilst rewarding aliens!

I look forward in some interest to your considered reply to my letter and the questions it raises.

Yours sincerely,

Greg Lance – Watkins
Citizen, voter, tax payer, home owner, small business owner and pensioner!

Please write similarly to YOUR politicians with copies to your local media & also forward to all your contacts so that we can, in this instance, lobby for fairness and justice, and a decent state pension.

After all, the average pensioner has paid taxes and contributed to the growth of this country for the last 40 to 60 years.

Sad isn’t it?

Surely it’s about time we put our own people first.

Please have the guts to forward this.

I JUST DID!

Check back on this web site and I will publish each response as soon as I receive it.

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Regards,

Greg_L-W.
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