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September 30, 2004

Arrhythmia

The problems of irregular heart beats remind me of one of my lawyers and his tale of how his heart stopped due to Cocaine use at a party. See they do have hearts! Irregular heart conditions in ex Yuppies is apparently a growing problem due to years of cocaine misuse. I'm glad to say my lawyer made a full recovery and is a good bloke, but it was a near run thing.

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Moonbat centre closes due to lack of support

BBC NEWS | England | Cornwall | Energy tourist attraction shuts

A tourist attraction in Cornwall which cost £5m to build has shut just three years after opening.
The Gaia Energy Centre at Delabole, which is on the site of Britain's first commercial windfarm, was supposed to attract 150,000 visitors a year.
However, only a tenth of that number actually toured the centre.

And guess who has paid for this farce..
As my local councillor said last night about something different: "it's not taxpayer's money, the government paid for it!"

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We are family

We are pleased to announce the birth of our first six piglets:
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Mrs Englishman is not keen on the idea of them turniong into bacon as they are so cute, - now all we have to do is name them.

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September 29, 2004

Pro Bono

The BBC has been fawning over Bono and his speech over the last couple of days - the latest installment is :
BBC NEWS | Politics | 'Get real' on Africa, urges Bono

His campaigning work - which he fits in alongside a busy rock career that sees his band release their 14th album in November - has led to calls from several quarters for him to be considered for a Nobel Prize for humanitarianism.

Yes, that would be from the sort of ignorant people who think there IS a "Nobel Prize for humanitarianism" - not a great advert really is it.

(I have often wondered why I love Irish music - even the Fenian bigots - the only band I have had no time for ever that has come from the Island is U2 - must be the smell of bullshit about them.)

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Let us pray

The Free Church of Country Sports

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Please Copy

Please copy and adapt this and send to your favourite old media outlet.


Wednesday, 29 September 2004

The Editor
The Daily Telegraph
By email
dtletters@telegraph.co.uk

Dear Sir

May I remind your readers that according to Government Guidelines - available at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/about/ethnic_group_statistics/downloads/ethnic_group_statistics.pdf people are free to "self-define" which ethnic group they belong to.
Quote "Is a person's ethnic group self-defined?
Yes. Membership of an ethnic group is something that is subjectively
meaningful to the person concerned, and this is the principal basis for ethnic categorisation in the United Kingdom."

And that "ethnic groups, however defined or measured, will tend to evolve depending upon social and political attitudes or developments".

And "an ethnic group would be defined as a community whose
heritage offers important characteristics in common between its
members and which makes them distinct from other communities.
There is a boundary, which separates 'us' from 'them', and the distinction would probably be recognised on both sides of that boundary."

I think it is obvious that traditional country people have a different "heritage" to the urban elite and the evidence is that there is a clear "them and us". We are our own Ethnic Minority, all we have to do is "self-define". So let me publicly self-define myself to be "Traditional English" and that "Traditional English" is a separate Ethnic Group to any other, including the majority "English".

Any insults, discrimination or attacks against the heritage of "Traditional English" is now covered by the Race Relation Acts etc. and I will expect the full protection of the Law.

Any reader who also feels they are a member of this Ethnic Minority and has suffered because of their membership should make their local police and authorities aware of the serious crime that has occurred against them.

Yours sincerely

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September 28, 2004

We are ethnics and demand our rights!

Some of us in the English Countryside are feeling a bit bruised and put upon with it being an open season to insult and discriminate against us. If 1% of the derogatory comments made against us had been made against Jews or Muslims the outrage would have been immense.(Imagine Prescott raving against the "contorted faces" of Jews and their barbaric Kosher killing...)
I have always had problems filling in the race question of forms - not approving of them and wondering should I put Black, White or whatever - so I thought I would look up the official guidance:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/about/ethnic_group_statistics/downloads/ethnic_group_statistics.pdf

"Is a person’s ethnic group self-defined?
Yes. Membership of an ethnic group is something that is subjectively
meaningful to the person concerned, and this is the principal basis for ethnic categorisation in the United Kingdom. So, in ethnic group
questions, we are unable to base ethnic identification upon objective,
quantifiable information as we would, say, for age or gender. And this
means that we should rather ask people which group they see themselves
as belonging to."

"an ethnic group would be defined as a community whose
heritage offers important characteristics in common between its
members and which makes them distinct from other communities.
There is a boundary, which separates ‘us’ from ‘them’, and the distinction would probably be recognised on both sides of that boundary."

"The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 guards against discrimination and gives public authorities a general duty to monitor policy and service delivery for different ethnic groups. This duty encourages the collection of statistical data on ethnicity to assess the likely impact of services and policies on different ethnic groups
and to monitor any adverse impact."

Well that settles it: I think it is obvious that us traditional countryfolk have a different "heritage" to the urban elite and the evidence is clear that there is a clear "them and us". We are our own Ethnic Minority, all we have to do is "self-define". So now I want my rights, how do we go about this?

And what do we call the minority? The guidance acknowledges that groups change and so there can be no objection to a new Ethnic Group self-defining itself.

"Membership of any ethnic group is something that is subjectively meaningful to the person concerned and the terminology used to describe ethnic groups has changed markedly over time. As a result,
ethnic groups, however defined or measured, will tend
to evolve depending upon social and political attitudes
or developments. Therefore, we do not believe that basing
ethnic identification upon an objective and rigid classifi-
cation of ethnic groups is practicable."

As a start I have drafted a letter to my Local Rozzers - any help in fine tuning it would be welcome, and please use it as a basis if you feel the same.

To The Chief Constable of Wiltshire
Police Headquarters
London Road
Devizes
Wilts


Dear Sir

I am suffering continued harassment because of my membership of an Ethnic Minority and am appealing to you for help is stopping this and preventing any reoccurrence.

As you will be aware official guidance (a copy can be found at http://www.statistics.gov.uk/about/ethnic_group_statistics/downloads/ethnic_group_statistics.pdf ) states that a person’s ethnic group is self-defined. And that
"an ethnic group would be defined as a community whose
heritage offers important characteristics in common between its
members and which makes them distinct from other communities.
There is a boundary, which separates ‘us’ from ‘them’, and the distinction would probably be recognised on both sides of that boundary."

I think it is obvious that us traditional countryfolk have a different "heritage" to the urban elite and the evidence is clear that there is a clear "them and us". We are our own Ethnic Minority. We are feeling a bit bruised and put upon with it being an open season to insult and discriminate against us. If 1% of the derogatory comments made against us had been made against Jews or Muslims the outrage would have been immense. (For instance, imagine John Prescott MP raving against the "contorted faces" of Jews and their barbaric Kosher killing...). My belief is that he is part of a conspiracy that is stirring up race hate against an ethnic minority – I fully realise the seriousness of this charge and do not make it lightly. I therefore ask you to make sure this is investigated fully.

I am making this letter public and will assume all replies can also be made public unless you specifically request otherwise.

Yours Sincerely


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More on conker bonkers and pigs..

EDP24 - It's a mad, bad, sad PC world

From the cutting down of conker trees and the banning of bouncy castles to a halt on hot cross buns and literature featuring pigs for fear of offending Muslim schoolchildren political correctness must have overstepped the mark for even the most staunch devotee....

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Getting to work on Rural transport

The BBC has finally noticed that:"A car in the country is getting to be essential." but goes on to laud various alternatives including my local preposterous Wiggly Bus - (I am invited to the steering committee meetings of the Wiggly Bus. Last time I checked it was running around empty half the time and it would be cheaper and more environmentally friendly for the taxpayer to give every passenger a fiver to get a taxi).

They note the Govt has stumped up £50 million to launch a website to help us plan our journey. So always willing I went to it:

Transport Direct

I need to pop into work this morning so I said give me the options to get from my house to work, leaving at 7:00 this morning. It came up with four:
Method: Leaving time: arrival time: length of journey:

1. Walk, Bus 07:56 09:00 1 hour, 04 Min's
2. Walk, Bus 09:31 10:18 47 Min's
3. Walk, Bus 13:00 15:22 2 hours, 22 Min's
4. Car 07:00 07:19 19 Min's/6.1 Miles

My only quibble is that it takes about 10 minutes not 19 minutes to drive 6 miles - or even the 5.5 it actually measures the shortest way. - the bus journeys all involve changing buses. I think my case for the car is proven.

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September 27, 2004

Debunked

As I have noted be for the UK media, including The Times, routinely dimisses the Swift Boat Vet allegations as being "debunked". Which is not my impression of the truth so:

BeldarBlog: A challenge to those who claim that the SwiftVets' allegations have been "debunked" or are "unsubstantiated"

Can you identify even one specific and material SwiftVets allegation that you believe to have been fully "debunked" or fully proven to be "unsubstantiated"?

is interesting, and so far the answer is NO.

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Mob rule

BBC NEWS | Politics | Prescott attacks pro-hunt 'mob'

John Prescott has branded pro-hunt protesters a "braying mob" and denied that the countryside is a no-go area for the Labour Party.
In a provocative passage, Mr Prescott talked of the "contorted faces" of protesters outside Parliament.

Ever helpful I bring you a picture of one of these "contorted faces" as Mr Prescott punches a voter during a walk about...
prescottegg2.jpg

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September 25, 2004

One for Kim

Kim du Toit kindly provides Saturday Skin every week, so I thought I would introduce you to Kaya from Brazil:


More!


To learn her amazing story got to:
Digital Babes strut their stuff

"The model that looks most closely to real humans are the one that's less than perfect, like the model Kaya who has a smile that's not straight, freckles and a touch of shining nose."

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September 24, 2004

Snippets from the Front

EU Referendum s always a good read - everyday it is like this....

...The immediate effect for the European Union, is a gradual stifling of all innovation and a loss of the most dynamic businessmen and entrepreneurs. Where do they go? USA if they can, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, wherever they feel their work will be appreciated and they will not be destroyed by so-called legislators who think entrepreneurship is something that can be defined and measured against definite benchmarks.

The supreme irony is that the EU is destroying something in which it could and ought to compete with the United States: business innovation. While it tries to stand up to America in foreign, defence and security matters, which is absurd, harmful and, in so far as it leads the EU to support bloodthirsty dictators and, even, terrorists, morally shameful, it also undermines its ability to compete in a healthy way and, perhaps, to win. And so the United States surges ahead, while we put together another structure and negotiate with another tin-pot dictator in the name of integration and anti-American parity....

Another post:
"two enduring myths about the benefits of the euro were quashed yesterday by influential reports claiming the single currency had not encouraged fiscal prudence or attracted extra investment".

And another:
If Chirac and Kofi Annan truly represented the face of international co-operation, then there would be a lot to be said for isolationism.

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September 23, 2004

Englishman

Dean reminded me to check out the new contender for Googles crown, the Amazon owned A9 - so I tested it to see if it had class:
A9.com Search: englishman
Yes No.1!
Also it brought up some images - one of which I'm stealing right now for this blog.

englishman.jpg

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Regulated Free Trade

I am very pleased to see commenters slugging it out over the advantages of regulating working hours - but in line with a couple of other news items can I make a prediction.
All politicians now claim they believe in "the market" and "Free Trade". We all know how they then weasel around "the market" by adding socially, ethical, environmental responsible etc.
I foresee a lot of guff about "Free trade" coming - basically it is too chaotic and unfair so it must be regulated. So watch out for "Regulated Free Trade". Which is, of course, complete balls.

And on one point - I believe in Free Trade for my labour - if I choose to work long hours then that is my choice, how restricting that freedom "enhances" it, is beyond me.

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Hospital Help

My eldest boy is going into Hospital for a replacement cranioplasty on 20th October and will be in for four or five days. He is a fine young man of sixteen interested in Guns, Golf and Girls. Any readers who can suggest suitable reading matter or anything else to keep him amused would be doing me a favour. And I would like to get him a decent baseball hat as he will need one - again any suggestions?

The scary bit - his doctor has suggested that he takes his own cup and cutlery in as well as cleaning materials and also to keep a large box of antiseptic wipes by his bed and insist that anyone coming to examine him cleans their hands. I hope he has the balls to do so...

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Deep Joy

"Alun Michael.(Minister for the Country side).. showered with abuse and pelted with eggs - and then worse" Video

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Conkers

BBC NEWS | England | Tyne | Fury at lopped down conker trees

A council has provoked anger over plans to fell 25-year-old conker trees to stop children hurting themselves.
"Initially I understood the concerns over health and safety, but this is just common sense gone out the window.

"This has happened because we live in such a blame culture and people are afraid of being sued if someone gets injured."

Reminds me - must order another forty Conker (Horse Chestnut) trees to complete the avenue down to the village this winter...

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September 22, 2004

EU - banning working hard

BBC NEWS | Business | EU mulls changes to working hours

The European Commission is to discuss changes to the EU's Working Time Directive on Wednesday as it tries to limit the time employees spend at work.
On the table will be plans that would curtail the ability of member states, including the UK, to opt out of the 48-hour maximum working week.

That is the way to revive flagging economies - not. The poor bloody donkeys who actually do the work to support the bloated bureaucracies are not going to be allowed to a bit extra in case they make a little bit of money for themselves. It is a basket case.

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September 21, 2004

Restores your faith in people.

kuro5hin.org has an article about: "The case of Wikipedia, a free online encyclopedia of over one million articles where anyone is able to write or edit any article at any time. According to the canon of academic orthodoxy, Wikipedia has no right to be as well written, professional, and accurate as it is. Not to say it is perfect, it isn't, but the vast majority of the articles are well written and many are comparable or better than their encyclopedia Britannica equivalents. This from a website where any person can write or change any article at any time, with no one paid to do quality control and no real punishments to those who vandalize the system other than being banned from the site itself. How then was Wikipedia able to accomplish this, despite all the naysayers?"

You may notice I often link to to the Wiki when posting because of the wonderful articles on it. So why does it work. I think it is because basically people are good, helpful and trustworthy. If you believe that then you are one of us. If you believe no one can be trusted than you believe in regulation, legislation and persecution. The Wikipedia is a shining example in a dark and depressing world.

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The Pigs have landed..

Two Gloucestershire Old Spots Pigs arrived at The Castle yesterday - it has been a few years since I had them around so I'm deeply gruntled to have them back.
So combined with the new business (interviews on Local Radio kept me away from The Adam Smith Institute and lunch with Mr Free Market - my liver is grateful) blogging may be light. Contemplating the idiocacy of politicians, greens and Bogusmongers is less appealing when the alternative is go and give a sow a stroke behind the ears.

"The actual lines of a pig (I mean a really fat pig) are among the loveliest and most luxuriant in nature; the pig has the same great cureves, swift and yet heavy, which we see in rushing water and in rolling clouds."
G.K. Chesterton, in his 1920 book The Uses of Diversity."

Oh and they are due to farrow in the next month, weaners available for Christmas...

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September 18, 2004

When animal welfare comes second...

Defra, UK: News releases 2004:GOVERNMENT RESPONSE TO THE FARM ANIMAL WELFARE COUNCIL (FAWC) REPORT ON THE WELFARE OF FARMED ANIMALS AT SLAUGHTER OR KILLING. PART 1: RED MEAT ANIMALS

Animal Welfare Minister Ben Bradshaw said that the FAWC recommendation that the Government should ban religious slaughter without stunning on welfare grounds had understandably been deeply contentious for the Jewish and Muslim communities across the UK, to whom this is a matter of fundamental concern.
Mr Bradshaw said: "We are grateful to FAWC for their work, seeking to improve the welfare of farm animals - a goal we share. We also accept that there are deeply held beliefs on both sides of aspects of this argument. We will not ban the production of halal or kosher meat.

The full response is here

Recommendation 61 (Para 201): Council considers that slaughter without pre-stunning is unacceptable and that the Government should repeal the current exemption.

Response: Do not accept. The Government accepts the report’s conclusion that, on balance, animals (especially cattle) slaughtered without pre-stunning are likely to experience very significant pain and distress. We also recognise that certain religious groups in the UK are constrained from eating meat from animals that are stunned at the time of slaughter. If the UK were to ban the slaughter of animals without prior stunning, it will mean that these groups will need to import meat from other countries. There will thus be no improvement in total animal welfare. Furthermore, the Government believes that a ban on religious slaughter would not be consistent with the provision of the Human Rights Act 1998 which implements the European Convention on Human Rights.

So how does the case of Fox Hunting differ from that?

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Socialist bedfellows

I post without comment (and only minor editing) this article from Mark Almond – Lecturer in Modern History, Oriel College, Oxford Jan 1998 - I will leave the comments to you..

It took even Adolf Hitler three years before he succeeded in banning the pursuit of quarry on horseback in July 1936.

The Nazis faced the problem of how to define a hunt. In order to avoid ambiguity even following a pack on horseback was made illegal. Hitler’s ban on hunting with dogs remains in force.

The teetotal and vegetarian Fuhrer was by nature against hunting on grounds of cruelty, but riding to hounds roused the ire of the socialist in Hitler’s National Socialism. German fox-hunters tended to be aristocratic, in his view effete and probably Anglophile. Goebbels, too, on occasion dirided the social world of riding. In the politics of resentment, few could beat the Nazis.

Hitler’s first dictatorial act, after the passing of the Enabling Act (1933) was to regulate the cooking of lobsters (he was distressed by their screams when tossed into boiling water). Only then did he abolish free trade unions.

Apart from their opposition to hunting, what Hitler and some of the most extreme contemporary animal rights activists tend to share are an implacable self-righteousness and misanthropy. Advocates of “good causes” all too often confuse the justice of their cause with their own moral worth. Since they support a holy cause they are sanctified by it and brook no criticism. When that sort of self-righteousness peaks in an extreme animus, other moral considerations go out of the window. Supporting animal rights for instance can legitimise violence against human beings in such people’s minds.

With some key Nazis this perversion of morality was central to their psychology. But it also had ideological justifications. The Nazis associated a raft of what they regarded as undesirable phenomena. They saw Jews as anti-natural and promoters of the alienation of man from nature. Their sentimentality about nature and their condemnation of millions of people as “unnatural” went hand in hand.

Hitler’s chief mass murderer, Heinrich Himmler, regarded shooting birds or animals as “pure murder” and waxed lyrical about the ancient Germanic peoples had “respect for animals”. Like many modern animal rights advocates, Himmler rejected the Judaeo-Christian tradition and looked to Buddhism for inspiration about how man (or at least Aryan man) should deal with nature. In his article ‘Animal Rights’ for the SS house magazine in 1934 , Himmler recorded his admiration for medieval Germans who put rats on trial for their depredations and gave them a chance to change their ways!

Backed by Himmler, Hitler would have gone much further down the animal rights agenda but important Nazis such as Goering, who gloried in the title ‘Reich Master of the Hunt’ were not prepared to sacrifice shooting and fishing. However, Goering was anxious to be seen as politically correct , 1930’s style. He assured a radio audience in 1933 that whereas democracy had consumed years of futile discussion about animal rights, he had moved decisively to stop maltreatment of animals, including vivisection in his own domain of Prussia. Warming to his subject, Hitler’s number two threatened that anyone who flouted the Nazis concern for animal rights would be imprisoned.

Hitler’s vegetarianism led him to experiment with a meat-free diet for his beloved German shepherd dogs – though before one could finish the course she was poisoned by her master to test cyanide for his own use as the Red Army arrived outside his bunker in April 1945.

Hitler’s politically correct dogmas would no doubt have earned him the reputation of a prophet of modern attitudes if he had stuck to petty tyrannical regulation rather than combining it with mass murder and militarism. Today’s Nanny State could hardly disagree with his ferocious anti-smoking views for instance. Towards the end of the war in March 1944 he found time to insist on the necessity of banning smoking in trams, fearing the effect of passive smoking on their conductors’ health. Naturally he had already banned smoking in Nazi party offices years earlier. But even Hitler had to recognise that banning smoking in the Wehrmacht might be bad for morale and decided to leave that measure until after his final victory.

Nothing is more distressing than discovering uncomfortable ancestors in the genealogy of one’s own beliefs. But it is certainly the case that a measure of subterranean intellectual continuity does exist between some contemporary Green movements and the Green/Brown world of ideas before 1945. It is also the case that the Authoritarian personality-type that attributes absolute moral correctness to its own views, and damnation to anyone who does not agree with them, is something which fanatics share. Misanthropy cannot be justified by a cloak of animal welfare.

So far the violence and intimidation exercised by hunt saboteurs may be only a faint echo of Hitler’s combination of animal rights and inhumanity, but reasonable opponents of fox hunting ought to ask themselves how far their opposition is motivated by deep resentments which could turn ugly and how far by a more benign concern for animal welfare. People asking those questions should then ponder whether they want to be associated with the fanatics’ cause

Copyright – Daily Telegraph.
http://www.huntfacts.com/hitler.htm

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September 16, 2004

An Elegy

Last weekend we christened the youngest Englishette - Saturday night was spent preparing the house, surrounded by family with the Last Night of the Proms on in the background. I went to bed happy, full of good wine, food and love and the tunes of great traditional music still ringing in my ears.
On Sunday I walked out to see what the archaeologists were finding and seeing how people have lived and farmed here for at least three thousand years. Later the family gathered in the stone built church, some of it a thousand years old, to welcome my daughter into The Church of England, in the same font her sister and brothers, her cousins, her uncle and I were baptised. Her name joins ours on the wall beside the "Roll of Honour" and family monuments dating back through the centuries. More wine and laughter followed.
This morning rose bright and clear, the air cleansed by yesterday's rain. The hedgerows are rich with fruit, elderberries, blackberries, sloes, hips and damsons. The rich soil is being turned after harvest to be planted again. Nowhere is more beautiful. By I was depressed and saddened - I felt almost stateless.
I have never hunted and never wanted to. The Commons banning it came as no surprise; so why did it upset me so much? I think it was the final realisation that the traditional world my ancestors and I grew up in has been humiliated and destroyed for the sake of a short term political advantage by a bunch of shits.
I suddenly had a feeling that this was no longer my England, that the Vichy regime controlling us had stamped down on us just once too often. And that the point of the forthcoming protests is not about changing this particular law back; we want our country back, and if we can't have it - well fuck them, we will just enjoy the mayhem as revenge.

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Sacked again

Star's PR man takes sacking in his stride

GEOFF Baker from All Cannings, near Devizes, has taken his sacking as public relations man for pop superstar Sir Paul McCartney philosophically.

"The major problem was that Heather felt Geoff was a bad influence on Paul. She did not agree with the rock'n'roll lifestyle and she knew Geoff was always sneaking off for a spliff. She didn't want Paul to indulge in that sort of lifestyle."

Sorry - you marry Paul McCartney and you don't want him to indulge in a Rock and Roll lifestyle! What did you think he did for a living?

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Old Media Rules

In the light of the Old Media Blackout of a story - "much too sensitive to let the people know" it is worthwhile linking to the best practice guidelines:

Reporting Suicide - Guidelines

Sensitive reporting saves lives
Not all suicides are newsworthy. But when they are, it is less likely that others will attempt to take their own lives if media professionals handle the stories responsibly.

I presume the same goes for attempted suicides as well.

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September 15, 2004

Violence never pays - or does it?

Those very naughty Countryside protesters who are having a bit of a barney in Westminster are being told that being "reasonable" and peaceful is the way to win - what lesson do they take from this little story then?

Reuters

BELFAST (Reuters) - In 1973, Catholic guerrilla Gerry Kelly was part of a Northern Irish republican bombing team who attacked London's Old Bailey courthouse.
Ten years later, the Irish Republican Army (IRA) hard man led a mass breakout from Northern Ireland's Maze Prison, supposedly one of western Europe's most secure jails.
And if this week's talks on the future of Northern Ireland's stalled local government result in a new deal between rival Protestant and Catholic politicians, he just might become the province's minister for policing.

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Shrapnel

Entropy Manor notes:
I am surprised that no one in the blogosphere mentions that the shelling of Fort McHenry ended on September 13th, 1814. And that later that day Francis Scott Key wrote the words to the poem Defence of Fort McHenry. The poem was circulated on handbills and printed in newspapers. Someone noticed that the poem fit the tune To Anacreon in Heaven. And for obvious reasons, no one called it Defence of Fort McHenry, because Star Spangled Banner fit so much better.

Down here in Wiltshire we have a link to "the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air" - It is the home to the Shrapnel family - you still meet an odd Shrapnel on the Rugby field down in the Bath area, and Bradford on Avon is where the monument to General Shrapnel is.
An what a name it is;
" Had the inventor of a shell like Shrapnel's been Jones or Williams, the language would not remember. With "shrapnel," it found a miracle of onomatopoeia: the incoming whistle of the "sh-," the explosion of the "rap-," the death knell of the "-nel." In the mouth, the word is a minidramatization of what it describes. It's so satisfactory to say that it has become a part of many foreign languages in more or less its English pronunciation; someday it will be one of those universal words ("email," "okay") that are the same all over the world."

And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
Oh! say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

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Tony pandering to the Greenies

I was struck dumb by the latest stupidity from Tony Blair and his sudden concern for "climate change" (note how they have dropped "global warming") .I was trying to work out what it was all really about, what subtle twists were involved in the policy and how I could write a cutting, insightful and incisive entry on it.. but Kim du Toit put it better first..

Note to Tony Fucking Blair:

Thanks and all for helping us out in Iraq -- but when it comes to environmental policy, stay the fuck away from us.

If only he would get the fuck away from me as well...

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September 14, 2004

BBC poll

VOTE


Should hunting with dogs be banned?


Yes


No


Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

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BBC twisting tragedy for Tony..

BBC NEWS | England | Devon | Hunt victim 'shot by stepfather'

The 13-year-old schoolboy killed in a hunting accident in Devon died from a shot fired by his stepfather, Devon and Cornwall Police have confirmed.

A horrible accident - and I wouldn't want to make any political capital from it. But the BBC seems to want to...
In the UK "Hunting" is only used to describe killing animals with hounds - shooting is never described as hunting (other parts of the world may differ).
Tomorrow nuLabour is bringing in a bill to Ban Hunting -which will ban the chasing and killing of foxes by Hounds. It will leave unchallenged the shooting of Foxes.
One of the arguments in favour of hunting is that in our small crowded island the use of rifles to shoot Foxes is more dangerous to humans than the use of hounds. This story sadly backs this up, but the headline and story suggests that "hunting" is to blame..
Cheap nasty journalistic trick ...

UPDATE - see also:
BBC NEWS | England | Devon | Villagers mourn hunt victim boy

BBC scum, and taxpayer paid for at that...

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Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem

A year or so a ago I was being deposed by a hostile Lawyer near Boston. I was "The Expert Witness" and my stated belief was that certain webpages showed something was known at such a time in the past. These pages were dated, they also showed up in www.archive.org, they were totally consistent with other evidence and the author and his assistant had made sworn affidavits that they were of the date stated. The East Coast lawyer tried hard to shake my conviction that they were really of that time. I had to admit that with the right resources and a conspiracy of people they could have been faked. I turned the table on him by taking one of his printed case record books and asking if he would rely on a page chosen at random. He said he could because they were printed and the book had been bought by his firm when it was printed. But he had to agree with me that he had never actually seen that page before. I then said it would be a much easier job to have slipped a new page into the book than it was to fake the pages we were talking about. I then brought up the principle of Occam's Razor as the basis for my belief. He had genuinely never heard of it (after the hostilities had ended we discussed it).

The Bush memo saga has brought the memories back because it is the same argument - maybe it is an East Coast Lawyer thing. For a full dissection of it see:
Blithering Bunny
For more on Occam's razor see below:

Occam's Razor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The principle is most often expressed as Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem, or "Entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity", but this sentence was written by later authors and is not found in Occam's surviving writings. William wrote, in Latin, Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate, which translates literally into English as "Plurality should not be posited without necessity".
Dave Beckett of the University of Kent at Canterbury writes: "The medieval rule of parsimony, or principle of economy, frequently used by Ockham came to be known as Ockham's razor." [1] (http://wotug.ukc.ac.uk/parallel/www/occam/occam-bio.html)
The principle of Occam's Razor has inspired numerous expressions including: "parsimony of postulates", the "principle of simplicity", the "K.I.S.S." (keep it simple, stupid), in some medical schools "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras", and "brevity is the soul of wit".
A re-statement of Occam's Razor, in more formal terms, is provided by information theory in the form of minimum message length.
Another variant of this law is Thargola's Sword from Nightfall, (originally a short story by Isaac Asimov and later expanded to a novel in conjunction with Robert Silverberg): "We must drive a sword through any hypothesis th

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September 13, 2004

Stuff happens

David Hare has written a play about Tony and Dubya and Iraq etc. Tony's a poodle, George is thick, Rumsfeld is the devil etc etc I believe. Fine, that is his opinion and I'm sure he can string words together better than the next man. But it is nothing new and different, is it? It is the same tired old Guardian leader and the spouting of a couple of blogs. But if people will pay good money to come and have their prejudices reinforced for an evening, good for him.

But he isn't making money out of the punters, or even paying to express himself as Bloggers do. No he is part of the Great British Theatre Taxpayer Robbery;
To quote:National Theatre : FAQs : Finance

Offering the public a wide choice of plays, both modern and classical, given concurrently in repertoire and continually changing, is very expensive. Even with capacity audiences, it is a form of theatre that demands heavy government subsidy.

Darling, you might demand heavy Government subsidy but I can't see why we give you £12.5 million (2000/1) a year so you can ponce about parading predicable prejudices.

And yes I would just be as pissed off if, for instance, the great Kim du Toit himself was given large amounts of money to put on the sort of plays he might write, even though I bet they would be more entertaining.

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Keeping Cave

I'm keeping Cave as I nearly got caught this week writing this blog.

An old friend who slipped off to Spain a few years came back under the nose of the Excise men and we shared a few beers. On meeting the present Mrs Englishman he mentioned how thrilled he was to read An Englishmans Castle.

So a quick message for him - "For God's sake old man, you nearly dropped me in it. She thinks I spend all these hours on the computer looking at pornography or some other harmless pursuit; if she knew I was bleating on about life, the universe and everything she would get worried. She is a tofu eating, liberal teacher - can you imagine her reaction? As it is I think she believes Mr Free Market and I meet up for the vice that dare not speak its name rather than something unhealthy like going shooting. A man has to have some secrets from his wife after all.

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September 10, 2004

Creak...

I noted before how to an outsider the interesting thing about the Swift Boat story was how the Blogosphere argued and debated the claims and in the end the traditional media had to accept (to varying degrees) that the story had "legs". Without Blogs that story would never have happened. And again on the story of the newly revealed Bush memo's, asInstapundit.com - puts it there is an air of "blogger triumphalism". Through the collective wisdom of hundreds of people the documents have been analysed and claims made and tested. The end result is that there is very serious doubt about their veracity, backed by a huge body of evidence within a day of the story surfacing.

(This isn't a post about the politics involved, just a recognition as to the wheel of progress creaking forward another notch as "citizen journalists" prove their worth against the professionals.)

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Latest from the Countryside

Countryside Alliance:

Yesterday's statement by junior DEFRA Minister Alun Michael revealed the true depths to which the Government has stooped in its treatment of our community. We all know that the Government's decision to move against us has nothing to do with hunting or animal welfare, but is just a chaotic and underhand attempt to manage its backbenchers. It is corrupt.

What is more Alun Michael has succeeded in losing control of the Government's policy on hunting, delivering it meekly into the hands of Tony Banks.

No one can be surprised either that his comments ignore all the evidence and principle upon which the Government claimed it would resolve the issue. It flatly contradicts the definitive inquiry into hunting with dogs which Lord Burns delivered to the Government just four years ago. The Minister knows that it is nothing but a corrupt attempt to justify Government-sanctioned discrimination.


The Government's position is now clear. The Hunting Bill will now be re-introduced to Parliament next week in the same form as it was previously presented. It will be rushed through the Commons next week in a single day using emergency procedures and go straight to the Lords. If the Lords reject or amend the bill the Parliament Act 1949 will probably be used by the Speaker to drive the Bill through in the form it left the Commons. The Act will then receive Royal Assent and become effective law three months later - hunting could be banned by early 2005. But please read on.

In a complex development, a second, 'amending motion' will also travel the Parliamentary route amending the three months commencement period in the Bill (for hunting but not coursing) to two years. To be law, this would have to pass all hurdles in both houses. Either way the legal position remains that the validity of the Parliament Act 1949 will be challenged, as can any infringement of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Whatever happens politically or legally it remains vital that we continue to behave in a manner that retains the respect for our cause for which we have worked so hard. I completely understand that many of you, like me, feel a burning sense of frustration and anger.

But if Harold Wilson was right and 'a week is a long time in politics', then three months is a lifetime, (and two years an age).

Despite the stark analysis that I have outlined above there is much to play for, and the reaction of members and supporters in the last 24 hours - especially those who listened to Alun Michael on the 'Today' programme - confirms widespread resilience and determination.

We have much to do, legally and within Westminster and the media. If you have not seen it, today's Times leader sums up the position pretty well. Please see it on our website and pass it to your friends.

Please keep in touch, watch the website, and await developments. Our battle is now not just about hunting it is about prejudice and discrimination, which is why increasing numbers of people - many from non hunting or rural positions - are getting angry about the manner in which the Government is behaving.

Our job is to stop this, and I remain wholly confident that together we can.

2. Second Reading Demonstration - be in Westminster next Wednesday

The phoney war may now be over but the real battle is only just beginning. Our plans are now clicking into place and we need you, your family and friends to come to Parliament Square on Wednesday 15th September to launch the next phase of our campaign. We will:

Show that the Government has given in to prejudice
Show that the Government is persecuting a law abiding minority in a vindictive manner
Show that the Government cannot be trusted to honour its commitments
Show the value of our cause and our intention to fight
Show our resolve, determination, anger and spirit
Show that the Government's priorities are not those of ordinary people
Show the nation that a ban is not inevitable, is not needed, and will be fought at every point
Our demonstration will be large, forceful and lawful.

Please make your way to Parliament Square by 12 noon. The main demonstration will end with a suitable 'finale' at 5.30pm which is when the vote on the Second Reading of the Hunting Bill will take place. Further stages will take place after that so do feel free to stay.

3. What you can do today

Make sure you and your friends come to the weekend campaign meetings - click here http://www.countryside-alliance.com/content/view/430/ for details.

Get ready for your 'No Ban' bonfires

Download your new campaign poster and a special Westminster poster to hand out locally advertising next Wednesday's demonstration - click here http://www.countryside-alliance.com/content/blogsection/1/127/

Write to your local press

Forward this email to your friends, family and colleagues and encourage them to get involved.


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The "missing" economy

Because I'm busy setting up our new venture (Simpleesell) I'm taking note of the world of eBay. I came across this interesting snippet:

AP Wire | 09/10/2004 | Cheney: Economic statistics overlook money from eBay trading

Indicators measure the nation's unemployment rate, consumer spending and other economic milestones, but Vice President Dick Cheney says it misses the hundreds of thousands who make money selling on eBay.
"That's a source that didn't even exist 10 years ago," Cheney told an audience in Cincinnati on Thursday. "Four hundred thousand people make some money trading on eBay."

Which seemed a good point - as so often officialdom lags behind the real world. But what was astounding was the response from the otherside.

Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards responded that Cheney's comments show how "out of touch" he and President Bush are with the economy.
"If we only included bake sales and how much money kids make at lemonade stands, this economy would really be cooking," Edwards said in a statement.

Sorry - to me that looks like stuffed shirt lawyer Edwards is the one that is out of touch...

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September 9, 2004

Cynical Tony

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | 'It is an abuse of parliament' qotes several good points from other papers including this from The Daily Mail.

"Iraq is in the grip of anarchy. Our health and education services are... woefully inadequate. And constitutional reform remains a shambles. So what does Mr Blair do? Why, revive a ban on fox hunting... Time and again he has reached for anti-hunt legislation when his backbenchers get angry or cabinet members become bolshy... It speaks volumes that a decision to force through a measure that will affect many thousands of jobs is decided not on principle, but at the political convenience of the prime minister."

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"The Phony war is over"

Countryside Alliance Speaks:

We now know that on Wednesday 15th September a hunting Bill will be introduced to the House of Commons.
Whilst we do not yet know precisely what this means, (it follows a "procedural motion"), we have no choice but to proceed on the assumption that the Government has decided to use a Parliamentary device to impose the "Banks Bill" on the House of Lords and our community as a whole.
In so far as this involves the possible use of the 1949 Parliament Act we are ready to challenge the validity of this Act at the appropriate moment. In addition it may also be necessary to challenge the validity of the "Speaker's certificate", (necessary for the Parliament Act to apply) in relation to any attempt to use it.
Details of a large presence in the vicinity of Westminster on the day when this Bill is put before Parliament (Second Reading) will be available shortly....

I'm clearing my diary...

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September 7, 2004

They are digging up my backyard again

The Englishman's Castle is situated on a midden of great antiquity. The archaeologists who dug into it last year were so pleased that they have come back again this year with lots of students to dig again. They are meant to be putting up a daily diary here: All Cannings Cross Project.
September 6th - 19th 2004


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Real War Heros

dailyrecord - MEDALS HONOUR ACTS OF BRAVERY

EIGHTY heroes who served their country with distinction overseas will have their bravery and devotion to duty recognised today.
The latest round of operational honours include a sergeant who carried on firing with his good arm after being shot and a Gurkha who saved an American officer.

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BBC balanced view

The BBC has a "balanced panel" of US Voters' views.
bbc.jpg Where the BBC gets its views from.
compare with the last election results:
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If we agree that Florida was near enough a hung vote then we have four from Democrat States, one from Florida (hung) and one from Tennessee (Rep) (Al Gore's State he couldn't hold onto).
Hum..


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September 6, 2004

Women's work

How to Fold a Shirt

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The Worlds longest running experiment yields good news.

The Guardian reports on an experimenty I remember studying when I was at college (of course it hadn't been running for so many years then!)

One field at Rothamsted, Broadbalk, has been growing wheat for 161 years and soil samples are taken annually, in what was one of the original experiments, Prof Goulding said. "Broadbalk shows that our agriculture is sustainable because yields keep going up." What we are getting is more food for the same amounts of fertiliser year after year, by better agronomy, better agricultural practice."

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Tony Blair's Desktop

Albino Blacksheep / Flash / Tony Blair's Desktop

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The London Times on SBVFT

Times Online - Newspaper Edition

..by arguing so forcefully that Mr Kerry's courage under fire 35 years ago qualified him for the Oval Office, the campaign opened the door to the subsequent vitriolic attacks on Mr Kerry from fellow veterans.
Mr Kerry, against his instincts, was persuaded not to respond personally and immediately to their charges that he had fabricated part of his glittering combat record, which includes three medals for wounds and two for bravery.

By the time Mr Kerry did, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth had already succeeded in raising awkward questions about his reputation, even though most of their claims have since been disproved(my added emphasis).
But their success gave the well-funded veterans, who have links to Karl Rove, Mr Bush's chief strategist, sufficient momentum to move on to the more politically justifiable ground of questioning Mr Kerry's stance against the Vietnam war once he returned early from his second tour of duty.

Letters to The Editor (letters@thetimes.co.uk)seemed to be called for. I am sure somewhere there is a simple list of SBFVT claims and whether they have been proved (Christmas in Cambodia), appear probable (Purple Hearts 1 & 3), are a matter of debate (One or two tours), or have been disproved (?)

But certainly my impression is that the majority haven't been disproved.

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September 5, 2004

My Weekend reading

Whilst the internal politics of our ex-colonies are matters for themselves, the C-in-C of the US is also our de facto C-in-C and so the character of the contenders is a matter a mere Englishman can and should consider.
Amazon.com: Books: Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry was delivered on Friday.
It isn't a long book book but it is compelling, consistent and convincing. It presents a realistic and recognisable type of person which ties in with the continuing news coverage. To me it has the ring of truth through out it. But in a way the key thing is not the exact truth of minor skirmishs thirty five years ago, it is the undisputed fact that a man who claims to demonstrate leadership has failed to earn the loyalty and respect of those he served with. That is what makes me deeply worried that Kerry might become C-in-C

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September 3, 2004

Tagging - a Geek review

The house journal of techies turns its attention to Blind Lemon Blunkett's latest hype.

Blunkett's satellite tagging: the tripe behind the hype | The Register

Today's announcement of the Home Office's satellite tracking pilot is a classic of its genre. As is the case with so many Blair government initiatives the earth was noisily promised in the run-up, and continued to be promised by government spokesmen this morning, but the pilot itself is so spectacularly modest, so largely low-tech, that it will provide little or no useful information about the viability of the "prison without bars" that David Blunkett will continue to dangle before our eyes through the upcoming election campaign.

Worth reading to get to the truth...

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A man of taste

Anthroblogogy - on the brink of civilization, or off the edge...

Guns, Ghurkas, and general good sense.

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September 2, 2004

Rabbit Clearance

My father, as a farmer, was plagued by Rabbits, when he bought his farm a couple of hundred acres of downland was unusable as grazing land, it belonged to the rabbits. Groups of farmers formed Rabbit Clearance Societies which employed a man to kill rabbits on a bounty system. One of his sayings was "Never employ the same man for more than two years" in this role. Why? because his job depended on there being rabbits and so he would (unconsciously) leave a few to breed. But if you get paid by the tail and you know the job isn't yours next year you clear them better. It is a classic case of the "Tragedy of the Commons", at least as far as the Bunnies were concerned. You too can now see this for yourself in the comfort of your own chair. Tragedy of the Bunnies.

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Another fat Tory goes on the list

Lord Howe - like Heath, Patten, Britten etc make up the fat self-satisfied eurocentric condescending luncheon faction of the Tory party. Bastards all.

He deserves a special mention for his starring role in this little article.
BBC NEWS | Magazine | Will we ever go completely metric?

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Filthy NHS hospitals part 887

Kim du Toit has commented better than I can on the stunning plan the NHS has to cut infections - wash their hands!.

For more details see: BBC NEWS | Health | Bedside gels 'to fight superbugs' and note they suggest it will take six months to organise. If a private company said "we know how to prevent hundreds of deaths in our factories but we have to order some wipes and it will take six months they would be up for Corporate Manslaughter quicker than Blunkett can unzip his fly. Can I suggest they try Stock # Q29-612626 from http://www.viking-direct.co.uk who promise sameday delivery.

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Dodge Reports

Dodgeblogium brings to us "A report in the Scotsman reveals that the deceitful bunch of Civil Servants who infest the MoD and their idiot Secretary of State for Defence are deceiving Parliament and the Nation. The Commanding Officers in Iraq have been trying to get extra troops to assist in the policing exercise in Southern Iraq, but the MoD has refused - because it would expose the fact that the latest Defence Review reductions will reduce those services below minimum operational requirements!

To make matters worse, the Senior Officers involved have been warned that their careers are on the line if they dare to speak out! The solution in Iraq is simple, according to the cretins in Whitehall - abandon the patrols and let the insurgents have control of the streets. No extra troops - no patrols, means no reported incidents involving the troops, means we can keep covering up the deceit of our “we can manage with fewer troops” charade.

The Scotsman's Key points
• MoD refuses reinforcements because of fears it will undermine case for cuts
• British forces reduce Basra patrols because of lack of manpower
• Iraqis in charge of security but UK forces expected to stay for some time

Key quote
"We can’t do anything without proper security and you can’t have that unless the proper number of troops are deployed" - Brigadier Alan Alstead

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Council gags

In Derby the council are pushing ahead with an inner ring road, some residents are against it and have put up temporary banners on their homes, just like hundreds of pubs and businesses do without. But it annoyed the council so;
"Richard Butler and Trevor Lloyd-Davies are being prosecuted by Derby City Council for displaying anti-Connecting Derby banners on their properties. Mr Butler is to lose part of his front garden at Five Lamps as a result of Connecting Derby Phase 3B which will also see the destruction of 40 West Avenue. Mr Butler believes he has a right to protest at what the City Council is planning to do to his home and his neighbourhood."
He should remember the Council are only here to help you and if you commit the thought crime of doubting them, then for your own good they will show you the errors of your ways. Free speech is dangerous and can cause confusion so should be limited to responsible bodies....

Bollocks to them, I hope Derby Council is fulfilling the primary duty of all councils; ensuring that there are enough lamposts so that come the glorious day there is one for every member to be strung up from.

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