UK Parliament comes to an effective end

On the 1st November 2014 the right of Parliament to legislate over us in 43 areas, the important ones, will be removed and be made subject to approval. They call it QMV, Qualified Majority Voting.

Each member State will lose it right of Veto over these areas, so Cameron’s idea of  negotiation to recover any areas goes out the window at the same time.

The following areas of competence will switch from requiring unanimous approval of all member states to qualified majority voting only:

Initiatives of the High Representative for Foreign Affairs – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Administrative co-operation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Asylum – Nice: QMV; Lisbon: QMV
Border controls – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Citizens’ initiative regulations – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Civil protection – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Committee of the Regions – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Common defence policy – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Crime prevention incentives – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Criminal judicial co-operation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Criminal law – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Culture – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Diplomatic & Consular protection – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
Economic & Social Committee – Nice: QMV Lisbon: QMV
Emergency international aid – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon: QMV
Energy – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
EU budget – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Eurojust – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
European Central Bank – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
European Court of Justice – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Europol – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Eurozone external representation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Foreign Affairs High Representative election – Lisbon: QMV
Freedom of movement for workers – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Freedom to establish a business – Nice: Unanimity Lisbon QMV
Freedom, security, justice, co-operation & evaluation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Funding the Common Foreign & Security Policy – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
General economic interest services – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Humanitarian aid – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Immigration – Nice: QMV; Lisbon: QMV
Intellectual property – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Organisation of the Council of the EU – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Police co-operation – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
President of the European Council election – Lisbon: QMV
Response to natural disasters & terrorism – Lisbon: QMV
Rules concerning the Armaments Agency – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Self-employment access rights – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Social Security Unanimity – Nice: QMV; Lisbon: QMV
Space – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Sport – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Structural & Cohension Funds – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Tourism – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Transport – Nice: Unanimity; Lisbon: QMV
Withdrawal of a member state – Lisbon: QMV

A brief review of the Treaties confirms the Transitional arrangements which allow, only on specific votes, for the Nice Treaty Provisions to apply from 1st November 2014 until March 2017, hence I imagine PM David Cameron’s determination to delay our referendum beyond that date, tying Britain for ever within the non-democratic, totalitarian and now clearly despotic EU.

For your reference, if anyone interested in the Treaty Articles behind this change, here is the legal bit.

h/t Goodnight Vienna


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How EU law is made

originally published August 28th, 2010 by IanPJ

When politicians explain that laws are made in Westminster they are only giving you a half truth, so please ask them to explain what I am about to show you below, and then ask them whether they understand the UK relationship with the EU, and how the UK is governed.

Following the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, the first pillar of EU law has been satisfied, subsumed into the Treaty on the EU (TEU) and into the renamed Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (TFEU). Such treaties provide primary law within all 27 member states.

As the Lisbon Treaty as subsumed allows for self amendment, there will be no more treaties of this kind, only International Agreements that will now be negotiated and sealed by the EU, and former National treaties that will be adopted and form part of the TEU and TFEU, an example of which can be found here.

All other law, in the parlance of the EU, is called Secondary Legislation, and it is derived in the following ways, and I outline the three most important elements of secondary legislation, Regulations, Directives and Decisions. (and I take this from the EUR-LEX database direct).

1.3.1. Introduction

The ‘secondary legislation’ is the third major source of Community law after the treaties (primary legislation) and international agreements. It can be defined as the totality of the legislative instruments adopted by the European institutions pursuant to the provisions of the treaties. Secondary legislation comprises the binding legal instruments (regulations, directives and decisions) and non-binding instruments (resolutions, opinions) provided for in the EC Treaty, together with a whole series of other instruments such as the institutions’ internal regulations and Community action programmes.

1.3.2. Regulation

Adopted by the Council in conjunction with the European Parliament or by the Commission alone, a regulation is a general measure that is binding in all its parts. Unlike directives, which are addressed to the Member States, and decisions, which are for specified recipients, regulations are addressed to everyone.

A regulation is directly applicable, which means that it creates law which takes immediate effect in all the Member States in the same way as a national instrument, without any further action on the part of the national authorities.

1.3.3. Directive

Adopted by the Council in conjunction with the European Parliament or by the Commission alone, a directive is addressed to the Member States. Its main purpose is to align national legislation.

A directive is binding on the Member States as to the result to be achieved but leaves them the choice of the form and method they adopt to realise the Community objectives within the framework of their internal legal order.

If a directive has not been transposed into national legislation in a Member State, if it has been transposed incompletely or if there is a delay in transposing it, citizens can directly invoke the directive in question before the national courts.

1.3.4. Decision

Adopted either by the Council, by the Council in conjunction with the European Parliament or by the Commission, a decision is the instrument by which the Community institutions give a ruling on a particular matter. By means of a decision, the institutions can require a Member State or a citizen of the Union to take or refrain from taking a particular action, or confer rights or impose obligations on a Member State or a citizen.

A decision is:

- an individual measure, and the persons to whom it is addressed must be specified individually, which distinguishes a decision from a regulation,

- binding in its entirety.

It is important to note that the European Commission, an unelected body, has the power to make law using the methods above without recourse to either the European Parliament or the Council of Ministers. The UK Parliament, our MP’s, now only create on their own initiative something in the region of 15% of the laws that pass through Westminster. All other laws and Statutory Instruments are in furtherance of laws that have been made in Brussels using the 3 methods above.

If you go to the EUR-LEX database directly, you can see the other types of instruments that are used to formulate, or coerse  National Governments to introduce legislation ‘voluntarily’ with the veiled threat that a directive will follow unless they do. These are Recommendations, Opinions and Joint Actions.

The Smoking Ban is one such example, where the EU Commission has only ever given an Opinion that National governments were encouraged to follow, with explicit threats of EU legislation if they did not.

Historical laws and regulations are all on the various EU databases. All you have to do is find them, trouble is they keep moving them.

You don’t think they are trying to hide anything! Do you?


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Backing away from the brink

How does a World Leader back away from the brink of disaster. You use your elected officials to narrowly restrain you.

Barak Obama has done his master’s bidding and taken the world to the brink of WWIII this week, but in a rare moment of better judgement he finds he cannot finally push the button.

How can he pull back, having marched his army to the top of the hill he cannot be seen simply to turn them round and march them down again. No-one would ever believe the word of the US again.

Similarly, he cannot be seen to be bowing to the growing international pressure mounting against the US, the same international community that the US frequently cites as being outraged allowing the US to do unspeakable things to the populations of other nations. This time however he has no coalition of the willing, as one by one they say No, not this time.

Nor can he be seen to be bowing to Russian or Chinese pressure, letting them move into the dominant international role that the US has enjoyed for two centuries.

No, the only way in which he can back down without losing face internationally is to have his own Congress reassert their Constitutional role, and over-rule the President. This will be spun on the basis that it is not a defeat for the President, but a win for democracy.

However, having said that, we all know that the best plans of mice and men can go wrong. Miliband for instance who wanted to support a strike on Syria but not wanted to be seen doing so, played a dangerous game of chess by whipping his own amendment, confused his own MP’s and got a different result from the one he wanted. In the end I think it was the right decision, and I care not how it was arrived at, but it shows the dangers of playing chess politics when the stakes are so high.

If this is the Obama plan, and it goes wrong, we could end up with several unwanted scenarios, including one where the US military refuses to carry out the orders of their own Commander in Chief. It is said that unrest amongst the US military is growing daily, and this picture surely says much.

Whether or not this is a real member of the US armed forces is unknown but we suspect it sums up many of their perspectives as Obama punts to Congress.

(via @NewsNinja2012)

As Obama ponders his next move, one that he has given plenty of time to, as he has not requested that Congress be recalled for a special vote, so will have to wait until they reconvene after the holidays on 9th September, and with 2 full days of debate, there will not be a vote until 11th September, a day most Americans would like to eradicate from their calendars. (and no doubt there will be some who will be saying this is symbolic)

Who knows, perhaps there is something in that, when we cast our minds back to Obama’s first visit to Saudi Arabia, when he was photographed in a fully subservient pose kneeling and bowing before the King, or the more recent revelations of incredibly frank discussions between Saudi’s spy-chief Prince Bandar and Russia’s Putin exposed a much deeper plot is afoot and details from the actual people on the ground in the chemically-attacked region of Syria suggest Obama is playing right into the Saudi’s Sunni domination plan, getting the world’s superpowers to do their dirty work for them.

It should also be remembered that immediately following 9/11 leading Saudi’s were allowed to leave the US unhindered, some even helped by the Bush family, and it was not long after that the incredible story of Gen. Westley Clarke, stating that the Bush administration had decided to take out 7 countries in 5 years, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran, although no-one had the slightest idea why. I think all is now becoming somewhat clearer, Shia led countries and petro dollars.

(n.b. General Wesley Clark, the retired four-star general. He was Supreme Allied Commander of NATO during the Kosovo War. He has been awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom)

As for Obama, his Muslim credentials are now visible for all to see, and we are not out of the woods yet. We have no idea which way the US Congress will finally vote, but it does at least give us some breathing space. Time that we must use wisely promoting diplomatic efforts to stop these wars, perhaps elevating the role of the Arab League to intervene rather than Britain or the US, or even the French who are clearly looking for an overseas adventure to distract their home grown economic/immigration/unemployment problems.

And speaking of the French, well the Saudi’s have just rewarded Obama’s remaining supporter with a 1.5billion euro defence contract. Speaks volumes.


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Information is Power in 4 parts

The revelations around the workings of the NSA are not new, just new to those who read newspapers rather than the real information sources on the internet.

I produced the following 4 articles back in 2009. enjoy….

Information is Power 1 – EU funding Orwellian technology

This morning the Telegraph tells us that the EU is funding an ‘Orwellian’ artificial intelligence plan to monitor public for “abnormal behaviour”The European Union is spending millions of pounds developing “Orwellian” technologies designed to scour the internet and CCTV images … Continue reading →

Information is Power 2 – The ICAMS report

Following my article on Sunday with regards to the EU project known as Project Indect, an EU funded project which is just part of a much more widespread global surveillance programme, I have already noticed that some of the links … Continue reading →

Information is Power 3 – The EU Security Industrial Complex

This post follows on from the previous one. In that post I published the ICAMS report, in this one we point you to the The EU Security Industrial Complex report, produced by Statewatch. The Author, Ben Hayes says in his … Continue reading →

Information is Power 4 – Ambitions for EU Defence in 2020

From the very able Calling England blog: Sometimes I feel as if I don’t exist at all except as a blip or a statistic in someone’s in-tray, to be dealt with when they’ve finished their tea & biscuits. ‘What Ambitions … Continue reading →

No longer can such be called conspiracy theory, it now in the public domain and is fact, cold hard fact that will affect your lives forever, and those of your children and your children’s children.



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Your Future In Six Parts

Fed up? Had enough of Government spending all your money on useless and crazy schemes? Pissed off with all the regulation and rules? Even more pissed off with the level of punitive taxes and fines?

Let me explain what its all about.

Governments are no longer about looking after the best interests of their people. Rights are no longer about protecting the people from their governments.

No, now its about globalised interdependence, making sure that no one Nation State can support and survive on its own, being dependent upon a host of other states for fuel, food, energy, human resource, defence and money. Its about the destruction of Nation States and the creation of unelected supranational governments and institutions. The post democratic age.

The increase in military style policing at home is not to protect you, but to keep you very much in your place as this change advances. Ironic really as we fight overseas wars all in the name of exporting democracy to the great unwashed in order to keep our military structures fully occupied whilst this revolution takes place.

The planning for this has been a long time in the making, the execution of the changes have taken just as long. The continued use of false flag exercises and political Problem/Reaction/Solution events to gain a further rung up the planning ladder, year by year, decade by decade has taken us to the point where the values, beliefs and spirit that our forefathers fought and died for are nearly exhausted.

This is no conspiracy, its real. The authors (listed further down) of this great plan even wrote it down and published it. For your delight, I republish it here, as I did in 2008 on the original PJC Journal.

The headers and links are below, the fuller texts are in the previous 6 posts.

Read this and understand, you will then realise that all the puppets in government, Lib, Lab & Tory really are working to the same plan, there are only minor differences on how they want it presented to you.

It explains why our industries have been decimated, our fisheries, farming and agriculture neutered, our defence whittled down to 3rd world status and why our sovereignty is given away. It explains why we will face hunger, poverty & taxation of a kind unknown in Britain since King John, and whilst we are broke why our government continues to borrow to give away in aid around the globe and why our very system of democracy is under threat.

Your choices beyond this are simple.

  • Keep voting as you currently do and get more of the same.
  • Start thinking outside of the box and start voting for the minor parties.
  • Or, do as they are doing in the Arab world, and start TAKING your freedoms and rights back.

Those of us who take the time to read deeper than the headlines of the Guardian know that the Club of Rome are but one organisation responsible for this scam. Yes, that what I said, scam. Created events in order to kid populations into doing their bidding.

For those who are not fully conversant with the CLUB OF ROME this is taken from the archives:

“It would seem that men and women need a common motivation, namely a common adversary, to organize and act together in the vacuum such as motivation seemed to have ceased to exist or have yet to be found. The need for enemies seems to be a common historical factor…
Bring the divided nation together to face an outside enemy, either a real one or else one INVENTED for the purpose…

Democracy will be made to seem responsible for the lagging economy, the scarcity and uncertainties. The very concept of democracy could then be brought into question and allow for the seizure of power by extremists of one brand or the other…

In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. The real enemy [of the elites and their minions] then is humanity itself.”

- “The First Global Revolution” (1991) published by the Club of Rome. Members of the Club of Rome include: Al Gore, Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates, George Soros and author of the Kyoto Protocols Maurice Strong.

Got that! Come up with the idea, formulate the policy, then find enough bits of scientific evidence to fit the bill, then rubbish everything else, recruit masses of eco warriors to sell the story to, massive publicity, close down debate. All made up!!!

We saw this type of methodology in action a little closer to home with the sacking of Prof. Nutt by Alan Johnson, quoting in his letter “I cannot have public confusion between scientific advice and policy”. The current madness of Chris Bryant follows the same footsteps, the policy must be followed.

Its the policy bit that I am concerned with here, for instance the policy with regards to Global warming has long been laid out by the Club of Rome in their publications RIO: Reshaping the International Order, 1976, along with other global mechanisms designed to scam the public over money, food and energy etc, and install a regime of Global governance.

Not all the time-lines have matched the original plan, but there is no doubt that all is still very much on the agenda.

RIO has been broken down into 6 readable parts (you can of course go get the entire thing, the ISBN is at the end of each section) but for convenience you can read it here.

Reshaping the International Order – Part 1
“The establishment of a New International Economic Order entails fundamental changes in political, social, cultural and other aspects of society, changes which would bring about a New International Order.” – RIO: Reshaping the International Order, 1976 (p5)

Reshaping the International Order – Part 2
“Among the instruments of implementation at the international level, I attach the highest priority to the introduction of international taxation and the establishment of an international central bank.” – Mahbub ul Haq, Director of Policy Planning World Bank (1970-1982) and RIO Member (p321)

Reshaping the International Order – Part 3
“The achievement of this global planning and management system calls for the conscious transfer of power – a gradual transfer to be sure – from the nation State to the world organization. Only when this transfer takes place can the organization become effective and purposeful.” – RIO: Reshaping the International Order, 1976 (p185)

Reshaping the International Order – Part 4
“Atomic and political scientists from Harvard University and MIT meeting in November 1975 concluded that an atomic war will certainly occur before the year 2000. This, they believed, could only be prevented by the decision of all nation-states to surrender their sovereignty to an authoritarian world government, a possibility they viewed as unlikely.” – RIO: Reshaping the International Order, 1976 (p46)

Reshaping the International Order – Part 5
“… it is of utmost importance that an equilibrium be established between the world’s total population and the capacity of ’spaceship earth’…” – RIO: Reshaping the International Order, 1976 (p124)

Reshaping the International Order – Part 6
“To obtain an equitable international social and economic order efforts will to be made by everyone… every single member of the world’s population.” – RIO: Reshaping the International Order, 1976 (p100)

If you have read all of this you will probably come to the same conclusion as myself. Entire populations are being played for suckers, being manipulated, robbed and set up for the biggest fall humanity has ever experienced.

Generations of kids all over the world are being ‘educated’ into believing that this Communitarian utopia, this Communist/Fascist hybrid global governance is OK, that this is the change we have all been waiting for!

So, what do you want to do now?

  • Keep voting as you currently do and get more of the same.
  • Start thinking outside of the box and start voting for the minor parties.
  • Or, do as they are doing in the Arab world, and start TAKING your freedoms and rights back.

Its up to you.


First published on PJCJournal on February 18, 2011


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We now live in a Nation….

"We now live in a nation where doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy
justice, universities destroy knowledge, governments destroy freedom, the
press destroys information, religion destroys morals, and our banks destroy
the economy."
 -- Chris Hedges, Columnist,

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Ian PJ Speech To Parliamentary Conference On Global Economic Meltdown….13 Jul 2009

First posted by IanPJ on Tue 14 Jul 2009 16:09 BST – because we must not forget the why and how, or who was responsible.

As the then Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, I had the pleasure yesterday (Monday 13th July) to spend the day at Westminster, attending as a speaker the Parliamentary Conference on Global Financial and Economic Meltdown.

This lively event, hosted by Lord Tarsem King of West Bromwich was held in Committee rooms 3 and 4a in the House of Lords, and was organised jointly by Global Vision 2000 and the Universal Peace Federation UK.

There were a variety of speakers at this conference, including:

Dr.Nafeez Ahmed : Director, Institute for Policy Research and Development
Anne Belsey: Monetary Reform Party
Canon Peter Challen:Chairman, Christian Council for Monetary Justice
Kelvin Hopkins MP – Labour, Luton North
Ian Parker-Joseph   Leader,  Libertarian Party
Daud Pidcock: Global Vision 2000
David Triggs: Coalition for Economic Justice & Executive Chair, Henry George Foundation
Dr.Adrian Wrigley Systemic Fiscal Reform Group
The full text of the 10 minute speech given by myself is below, although much of the presentation was interspersed with ad hoc examples and comments,
the Monetary Reform solution was presented in the Q&A session due to time constraints.

At no time in history has any individual had such a wealth of information at their fingertips.  With this in mind, you would think it would be easy to take the pulse of the global economy but at no time in history has the global economy been so rich, varied, and rapid.Business systems of increasing complexity govern our lives in ways the classic economists could never have envisaged.  Entire industries collapse without anything tangible ever disrupting supply chains and nations fall bankrupt on the “market confidence” of Wall Street traders.  We live in a world of inconceivable numbers and we live in blissful ignorance of business and financial practices we never knew existed… until they go spectacularly wrong.No government can ever control an economy.  All those who have sought to do so have destroyed it.  One can only manage ones’ responses to events in it.  While we may like to gear our economy in a certain way, our economies do not run in isolation of each other. Thanks to globalisation and the internet we are inextricably linked and we cannot pretend otherwise. Which is why the proposals that I will put forward later will cover both domestic and international economics.

As world leaders try to move us ever closer towards international  regulations and international bodies of control, there is only one constant.


Systems of whatever type, inevitably fail… be they computer systems, regulatory systems or currency systems. This presents the immediate reality that if we use only one system then when it fails, we all fail. And we all fail at the same time.

Undeterred by this reality it has not prevented our leaders from seeking to standardise, make uniform and equalise our systems.  But each society has its own unique perspectives and interests, any such common systems require either a democracy bypass or compromise which fundamentally weakens the basis of the system.  In global banking we have seen both.

We have also witnessed institutional schizophrenia whereby one regulator does not know what the other is doing or even what it is for, and our  politicians do not know the extent of their powers or to whom the real power belongs.

What we saw last year was the culmination of national, regional and global government intervening in things they do not understand and cannot control.

The oft quoted cause of this crisis is “irresponsible lending” and “excessive risk” by “greedy bankers”.  But that is only half way to the truth.

The credit crunch is a failure of global regulation as a tool, leading to the construction of castles on a foundation of jelly, such international regulation is now wholly discredited.
Risk is its own regulator when governments do not seek to meddle, and had we retained control of our own regulation, the crisis here need not have hit us as hard as it did.

We are all aware of the disposal of the assets that US banks were legally obliged to create under the Community Reinvestment Act, creating loans worth more than their balance sheets. This put a direct freeze on interbank lending. This subsequent freeze in capital flow sent shockwaves through the markets resulting in instant paralysis.

Subsequently we were forced by circumstance to take a leap of faith that bailouts would restore market confidence and jumpstart interbank lending.  Whether or not this has worked is, frankly, anyone’s guess.

There are conflicting signal signs and while there may be room for optimism we have been warned by the IMF this week that Britain cannot afford another bailout, which may yet be necessary. Among all the talk of “green shoots of recovery” the fear is that we will enter a double dip recession.  The contraction of the job market further could lead to bigger credit defaults, not least on credit card debt which is now outstripping our GDP.

Our present administration has taken it upon itself to bailout everything that so much as squeaks. This is a path to economic suicide.
Even if such measures worked, this is all a sticking plaster at best. Present policy is predicated on the idea that a debt based economy is sustainable and desirable. It is not. UK Plc needs to be producing and exporting, earning money from overseas.

The Domestic Economy needs to be stimulated from the bottom up not the top down. Economies are sustained by the ability of the purchasing public to earn, save and spend, consuming the products that the factories produce.

There is little point in bailing out a failing car manufacturer to see them make cars that they cannot sell.

Put simply it is not capitalism that has failed, it is creditism. Capitalism was designed to work on capital, but it has been distorted and altered to rely on credit, spend now pay later.

It is that this debt based economic model that has now found its way into every layer of society from consumer, retailer, producer to government, all totally reliant upon credit, is the primary reason why a single system failure, in this case interbank lending, stopped everything dead in its tracks.

Having sold off our gold reserves, raided our pension funds  and squandered the money, there was nothing to fall back on, and we have allowed the backbone of the country, the wealth creators, the small to medium enterprise to be drowned in a sea of compliance, regulation and taxes which are crippling our ability to compete, and consequently we have a shrinking productive sector in a country that is spending ever more.

Nations, markets and individuals are stronger through diversity than homogenised cultures, regulatory systems and governments.With this in mind we must reform to ensure our money is real and that our future is built on more than just an I.O.U note to the world bank.

Real Money, not borrowings, is the core of the economy. It belongs to those to earn and spend it, the wealth creators, not merely to those who currently create money or manage it.

But that is only a beginning.

Total Reform of the monetary system, I propose Three planks – Sterling, Sovereign and Free Banking

Firstly, we will return the sovereignty of our national currency—pounds Sterling—to the Crown, removing the privilege of creating money from the private banking industry, with new Sterling being created, debt-free, by the government, and thence spent into the broader economy. The amount of Sterling in circulation will be prevented from being expanded through FRB, stopping bank generated inflationary spirals developing, and keeping the value of your savings safe.

Secondly, we will create a new currency, pounds Sovereign, to be 100% backed by gold. Still vital for international trade, a gold-backed currency will be immensely strong, and help protect the UK from the storms and squalls that sometimes rip through international markets. This kind of currency will also attract investment from overseas into the UK.

Thirdly, allow for the creation of free banks. Free Banks would be completely free of any government interference or regulation. If these prove popular with the market—the citizens of our nation—they will grow and prosper, choosing to embrace FRB if it wished with their own currencies (HSBC peso or Natwest dollars) possibly supplanting Sterling as the primary means of exchange on a day-to-day basis.
However, and should they fail, such failure will not impact on anyone who chooses to keep their banking facilities purely denominated in pounds Sterling. In this way a genuine free market in banking will be able to be tried, without the risks being spread over the general population, or the nation as a whole.

I believe that the proposals outlined above are sound and necessary. Our existing banking system has been creaking from one crisis to the next over many years, and has only remained unchallenged because of the enormous influence that those who most benefit from it—the private bankers—wield over our elected politicians.

I am happy that some of the Libertarian Party policies outlined in our manifesto ( are beginning to find traction in Westminster, and that my contribution reaffirmed the consensus view with those voices who shared this platform with me yesterday.

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Edward Snowden Issues Statement From Moscow

Via Wikileaks:

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

One week ago I left Hong Kong after it became clear that my freedom and safety were under threat for revealing the truth. My continued liberty has been owed to the efforts of friends new and old, family, and others who I have never met and probably never will. I trusted them with my life and they returned that trust with a faith in me for which I will always be thankful.

On Thursday, President Obama declared before the world that he would not permit any diplomatic “wheeling and dealing” over my case. Yet now it is being reported that after promising not to do so, the President ordered his Vice President to pressure the leaders of nations from which I have requested protection to deny my asylum petitions.

This kind of deception from a world leader is not justice, and neither is the extralegal penalty of exile. These are the old, bad tools of political aggression. Their purpose is to frighten, not me, but those who would come after me.

For decades the United States of America have been one of the strongest defenders of the human right to seek asylum. Sadly, this right, laid out and voted for by the U.S. in Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is now being rejected by the current government of my country. The Obama administration has now adopted the strategy of using citizenship as a weapon. Although I am convicted of nothing, it has unilaterally revoked my passport, leaving me a stateless person. Without any judicial order, the administration now seeks to stop me exercising a basic right. A right that belongs to everybody. The right to seek asylum.

In the end the Obama administration is not afraid of whistleblowers like me, Bradley Manning or Thomas Drake. We are stateless, imprisoned, or powerless. No, the Obama administration is afraid of you. It is afraid of an informed, angry public demanding the constitutional government it was promised — and it should be.

I am unbowed in my convictions and impressed at the efforts taken by so many.

Edward Joseph Snowden

Monday 1st July 2013


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Six Things to ask yourself

For Joe public life is full of events. From the time you wake in the morning to the time you rest your head again at night, we do stuff, lots of stuff.

We get the breakfast going, get the kids ready for school, listen to the news, go to the shops, buy food, clothes or just shop for nick nacks, visit the hospital or doctors or even take a neighbour, take the bus to see friends, meet in the local coffee shop, attend meetings, go to work, take a drive, sing or take photographs, eat out, an evening in the pub or just watching TV.

We all fill our days in different ways…but, virtually everything you do, touch, buy or imbibe is covered by a plethora of laws, rules or regulation. Totally.

In a post on 6th Feb (Britain at the Crossroads) I indicated that the UK is now a totalitarian state, governed by an unelected and totalitarian super-state. That does not mean that cops are running around waving guns at everyone to get them to do things they dont want to do, but it does mean that virtually everything you do, touch, buy or imbibe is covered by a plethora of laws, rules or regulations. Totally.

I ended that post by asking a simple question.

Quiz for today, totalitarian: If you don’t believe that Britain is governed totally by political rules, regulations, orders and diktats, please name me 6 everyday activities, yes, just six, that you undertake that does not require a. permission, b. licence, c. regulated action, d. regulated packaging, materials, ingredients, tools etc.

i.e. 6 activities that never touch the state or a regulator.

I recall reading somewhere that in the 1950′s it was claimed that the average member of the public only ever came into contact with the state on 3 occasions, school, the post office and paying tax. Not quite true but I think you get my drift.

I didn’t get any takers, so I am giving you the opportunity again. Has the UK become a totalitarian state or can you name just 6 activities that never touch the state or a regulator?

When you have decided that you cannot find 6 things, I will then ask which political party will have the guts to start repealing all these laws, rules and regulations, and take us back to being a free democratic society, a society where you decide, weigh up your own risks and take responsibility for your own actions and activities.

I think  you may be hard pushed to answer that as well.

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In reply to John Redwood

In response to John Redwood’s article today headed ‘Tuesday 5 July 10.30am proposal to put £9.5 billion extra into IMF‘, I have posted the following*.

Dear Mr Redwood,
Spending plans and actual spending are two very different things as I am sure you know well, and although the coalition may have reduced Labour’s forward plans to spend, they have not reduced actual spending, in fact that has gone up.

That £9.5bln will push that spending up even further, but to match that against future spending planning is not quite cricket.

Britain will have to borrow that money, and repay it, from International Bankers, give it to the IMF so that they can lend it out to other States no longer in a position to borrow, so that they in turn can repay the same International Bankers we borrow from for government debt that no taxpayer asked for or wanted.

This quite ridiculous state of affairs where governments are socialising debt must come to an end, before the end is thrust upon us.

*currently sitting in moderation. 1.40pm 3rd July – published

Taxpayers here and elsewhere are fed up of having to pay the debts of others whilst seeing their own services cut to the bone. Their patience is not infinite. To attempt to match new spending against reductions in a budget that no longer exists is duplicitous to say the least. Coalition MPs should heed that.

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