Who are the advisors?

It seems that we are not about to find out who our ministers’ advisors are, not in the near future anyway. Eddie Lowey’s question in last week’s Legco Order Paper was removed. The media didn’t appear to query that although they did interview Alf Cannan about the question he removed from tomorrow’s sitting. How unfortunate. This information is of major importance to us all. If ministers join departments as complete novices and require advice that is quite understandable. If ministers do not feel sufficiently au fait with matters to contradict their advisors that is not so good. While they may be new to the department they do need to inform themselves and ask questions and not accept the proposed measures as necessary because someone says so.

Did you vote? Is that what you expected? Your candidate bows to the advisor with longstanding experience? No questions asked? I don’t have any experience in these departments either, however, I do have my manipulation detectors in full working order and I have reservations about advice that has been given in the past. I’ll just throw in fluoridation there for starters.

You don’t have to be an expert to use plain common sense. Of course we need to know who the advisors are because some ministers don’t appear to ask enough questions and therefore it is imperative to know who might be wielding suggestive power in some cases. Especially when suggestions can be adopted! It seems that some of the electorate are simply too weak, too apathetic or too compliant to question this. It seems to me that it’s the elephant in the room.

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Brief report (2)

Tomorrow’s order paper includes a question from Kate Beecroft with regard to the introduction of a Freedom of Information Act. A lot of time and energy is being focused on this issue and it is undoubtedly of enormous importance. However, we need an Act (Statute) that is fit for purpose. At times the FOI acronym is bandied about as if it is the panacea for public mistrust and discontent. It seems to me that we should beware of accepting clauses that restrict more than assist. It will take some serious thought and debate to come up with a satisfactory solution. However, we can still ask questions and we can also let the public know if the questions are not answered. We await the response to Mrs Beecroft’s question with interest, while remembering that the lack of the provision does not prevent us from taking an active part in things and demanding answers. No-one’s listening to you? Then let us know via any media – while remembering that www.freeasthysweetmountainair.wordpress.com is always happy to accept validated reports.

Another question of interest which was mentioned in a previous post: Bill Henderson would like to know when the Rio Convention will be extended to the Isle of Man. I have made my opinion about this known on many occasions. The Rio Convention resulted in Agenda 21 and all the quite ridiculous and unbelievable restrictions which are associated with it. A local farmer told me that he must seek permission to use his tractor on his land – an ASSI. It seems there are also restrictions on draining the land which in times past had been kept free of excess water by the community working together.

Remember Ramsey’s estuary? Meetings held in secret? The resulting ASSI would have had a serious impact on businesses. Protecting nature is fine. Tying us into highly restrictive agreements with negative and sometimes nonsensical outcomes is really not what we need right now. Have we been so ineffective at protecting our island up to now that we need outside interference? I would suggest that many envy our wide open spaces containing so much natural habitat. It seems to me that we have a lot to be proud of and have achieved this without collective principles and restrictions.

By the way: This is a non-party political blog. The things I abhor are cruelty, corruption and collectivism. Is there a collectivist party? Of course not – because blue, red, yellow whatever they are all collectivist systems at heart. Why do both tory and labour MPs members consult with Demos, a Marxist think-tank? Check it out. Hope it doesn’t demolish too many illusions.

Fracking terrorists

So sustainable development is good? It’s all about control. It usually means restrictions and removable of rights and while we are subjected to sermons about the necessity for removing our rights and all the usual scare stories (instilling fear = control) we find that the big guys are still doing pretty much what they want.

Take fracking – this process is permitted despite the fact that residents have become severely ill and attribute this to fracking. If you can set light to your water it can’t be pure! Why not ensure that the corporations are obliged to ensure the safety and ecological integrity of their processing etc?  Let’s put things in perspective before we agree to even more control. Do we really need a foreign organisation to tell us how to look after our island? Don’t you think there could be a lack of balance in the self-righteous eco movement?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/mar/01/fracking-shale-gas-energy-mps

Global to local. Why and at what cost?

So Hansard is now available – giving us about one working day to respond to upcoming questions and issues.  The burning issue to those of us who don’t take things at face value is: Why on earth is Bill Henderson enquiring about when the Rio Convention will be extended to the Isle of Man?

The Earth Summit resulting in the Rio Convention took place in 1992.  Agenda 21 is a global agenda for ‘transition to sustainability.’ Beginning to ring any bells? Global to local. Please see the following posts for a taste of the issues that have arisen related to the implementation of this collectivist agenda.

https://freeasthysweetmountainair.wordpress.com/2011/06/19/globalism-goes-local/

https://freeasthysweetmountainair.wordpress.com/2011/06/19/the-possession-of-land-creates-inequality/

https://freeasthysweetmountainair.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/un-local-interference-hard-to-believe/

What exactly has prompted Mr Henderson to raise this issue? What difference would this make to the Isle of Man? What restrictions would be imposed and at what cost?

‘We have had enough’

The British Constitution Group. The Annex. Scott Lodge. Scott Road. Plymouth.
0151 601 4694.
 
‘IT IS OUR RIGHT TO GOVERN OURSELVES’
The People’s Voice
 
For the attention of: –
David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Edward Miliband and all Members of Parliament,
 
We Have Had Enough.
This letter is a warning – from the people. It is not a request that requires an answer, but it does require a response – by way of action on your part that demonstrates that you understand its substance and the seriousness of our intent. 
 
The collective political establishment has betrayed the British people by transferring our national sovereignty to a foreign power without our consent. This is in defiance of our constitution and an act of treason.
 
You do not need to know how many people we represent today, only how many we might represent tomorrow and you should know that our numbers grow daily. This letter thus serves as your window of opportunity to make amends and give remedy for the crimes committed against us. We will show compassion for those who recant and we will be ruthless with those who do not concede to the wishes of the people.
 
Ignoring this letter is not an option… if you think it is, then this serves only to demonstrate that your intellect is subservient to your arrogance.  You may feel that you can ignore it because you are too powerful, but to do so is to underestimate the seething resentment that the people feel for the political establishment in general.
 
I, the undersigned, did not write this letter, but it expresses what I think about the way that we are being misgoverned. You have acted in contempt of the principles of democracy and shown total disregard for our right to govern ourselves. It does not matter who penned the words of this letter, what matters is what it says.
 
For the past several decades the British people have been treated with extraordinary and total contempt by the collective political establishment. It has not mattered which political party has been in office or ‘power’ as you insist on calling it, nothing ever changes. We are continually subjected to the same global agenda. We have been used and abused like pawns in your game of supremacy in which a dynastic ruling class see themselves as ordained to rule as masters – with impunity, whilst we the people, as virtual slaves, are supposedly destined to obey – without question. You have persistently and consistently undermined our democracy by agreeing to treaties with foreign political elites who have no business in our affairs.
 
You have rewarded yourself with the trappings of office – high salaries, luxuries denied most of us, privileges, pensions, prestige and benefits that we can only dream of… whilst burdening us with ever-higher taxes, derisory pensions and declining standards of public services. It is we who pay the price for your malfeasance.
 
The story of Britain over the past several decades that will be told in the history books of tomorrow is the story of betrayal, greed, corruption, nepotism, treason and modern day fascism – the latter of which manifests itself in the global agenda being imposed upon us against our will.
 
The European Union – a step process towards global governance is now fully exposed. Built on lies and deceit is being hoisted by its own petard – the edifice is crumbling but still the political elite like demented fools, continue to feed on their own delusions. The docile masses, mesmerised by trivia, propaganda, complacency and ignorance have still somehow managed to grasp some basic elements of the truth, alerted almost certainly by the blatant and arrogant refusal of the political elite to tell the truth even when it stands proud in the rubble of political deceit and betrayal.
 
The political class are discredited at every level. They rant about the benefits of our subjugation to a foreign enterprise, peace, prosperity and democracy where in reality chaos, dictatorship and corruption reign supreme. European economies are on the brink of collapse because of the corrupt banking cartels, there is visible resistance on the streets and people call for lawful rebellion. But less known, there is clandestine resistance behind closed doors. Whilst the majority advocate a peaceful uprising, the extremes will always be in the mix and when passion and anger are fused and those aggrieved can find no remedy… violent resistance is as understandable as the passion for life itself.
 
The police and militia that you currently rely on to defend yourselves against the people’s retribution… are made up of our own, they are not your people – and when they learn about your betrayal and your intent…. AND THEY WILL – they will turn against you. Their awakening, which you cannot stop, is your Achilles heel. Your greatest fear must be that we will impose upon you the regimes and repression that you had planned for us.
 
People are meeting in groups across the country, talking across oceans… they are disparate, disorganised and without an effective plan to repel the global agenda… as yet. BUT a leadership is emerging… organisers are co-ordinating and small groups are linking to form larger groups.  The dichotomies of left v right, Christian v Muslim, , black v white, Catholic v Protestant, which have been used to great effect to divide and conquer in the past, will find no favour in this war. The call to arms that will unite us will be ‘the people v the global elite’ – the cry will cascade street to street and find easy passage and universal support – for our common purpose has greater value and strength than yours.
 
We have a constitution – which you ignore. We have been denied our democratic rights, regardless, we have clearly expressed our wishes, in one opinion poll after another, that we do not want to be governed by a foreign unelected officialdom, but still you disregard us. We are promised a referendum on our future, but then you recant. You speak in support of our views when in opposition, but act to the contrary when we elect you.
 
You consult with corporate executives, international bankers, non-government organisations, international charities, academia, foreign dignitaries, political elites, think tanks and lobbyist – collectively a tiny minority, who do not represent us. These groups all emanate from the same social strata, with their own agendas to satisfy and all funded by the same cartel. You take note of their every whim, but you care not a jot for what we think or what we want. Your children are given jobs, with big salaries fresh from university and then rapidly climb the corporate ladder as reward by the same corporate bodies who you have favoured with your decisions. Our children must make their own way in an increasingly desperate world.  Your corporatism suppresses our freedoms with deliberate and malicious intent.
 
You accommodate tyrants, dictators, arms dealers and all manner of dubious characters, with whom you are happy to keep company. You turn a blind eye when the smell of money wafts your nostrils… it suppresses the stink of corruption and evil. Your moral compasses are defunct… your values deplorable and motives despicable. Our soldiers die to service your corporate agenda – their blood is on your hands.
 
You are educated at the same elite schools and members of the same elite clubs and you allow these influences to override the consideration which should be paramount in service of the people.  You have adopted the “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine” philosophy… because you have learnt from your predecessors that corruption and deception do indeed pay. The European Union is awash with it and you have determined to get your snout in the same trough. You take comfort from the fact that you control those who have the authority to indict you for your criminality… because they too have fallen prey to the corruption. You have sold off our national resources to your friends, divided communities, deprived villages and towns, undermined, destroyed and bulldozed. You have laid waste where once prosperity was enjoyed. But you have not suffered… you have remained aloof, disengaged, uninvolved – removed from the debris and the misery that you have wreaked upon the rest of us.
 
We have seen our three billion annual fishing industry handed over to foreign control for nil reward. Our farms no longer feed us, crippled by regulations made to favour foreign farmers. Our ship-building has been dismantled and our merchant fleet whittled to nothing. Our armed forces are under strength and we see foreign troops being trained on our own soil on the pretence that they may be needed to protect us… when the reality is they are being trained to subdue us… to protect you from our vengeance. Our children are victims of social engineering in the schools and declining standards of education. They are being sexualised by explicit exposures before they have the emotional maturity to be able to cope. You are destroying their minds and their childhoods.
 
You have engineered a police state with legislation that empowers you at our expense and you have been blatant in your contempt for our democratic and constitution rights and our common law, which have been known to us for centuries. You deny us our rights and our freedoms and contemptuously imply that you can provide us with a new Bill of Rights. Would we seriously trust a thief with our wallets? You have corrupted our courts by appointing judges who are contemptuous of our common law and you have bowed to the pressure of foreign elites who have inflicted their inferior system of justice upon us… without our consent. You have not defended our interests… you have conspired merely to enhance your own.
 
You have dissected our nation and sold off our infrastructure. We buy our own water from foreign corporations who grow rich on the back of our suffering. Pensioners die of cold because they are unable to afford their heating bills visited upon them by foreign corporate greed. You are then rewarded by them with lucrative directorships when you slip quietly from office with your bulging pensions. You remain oblivious, unconcerned… disconnected. We will no longer be ignored as you go about you globalist agenda. We will resist your controlling and petty rules and regulations… we will resist your fines and penalty charges and challenge your corrupt and biased judges, we will defy the over-zealous police, and your oppressive and unlawful taxes.
 
It is our intention to govern ourselves… we do not seek your permission – this is our right. You have had your opportunity and you have failed. We will take control of our own lives in stages, as and when it suits us. Our numbers will grow as we show by example that prosperity is the natural consequence of honest and fair governance. We will expose you for the parasites you are.
 
This country has a constitution – which you ignore. We have Magna Carta, the declaration and the Bill of Rights… we have trial by jury, habeas corpus, the coronation oath. We have our customs, traditions and common law. We have the right of petition, free speech, and free movement and above all… we have the right to govern ourselves. These are our inalienable rights – they are not privileges granted to us by you or your ilk. They cannot be taken away or extinguished at the whim of political diktat or through corrupt judicial process and certainly not at the behest of foreign undemocratic institutions. You have no authority to dictate… your duty is to serve.
 
We do not recognise regions imposed upon us by Europeans to affect their control over us – to divide and to conquer us. We are a sovereign nation… a proud people. We have watched our country slowly destroyed… by you – we now see clearly what you have done… your purpose and you betrayal. We will honour our inheritance – the freedoms fought for and secured for us, and we will ensure that we will pass this on to the next generation, to our children and theirs.
 
You have been sent this letter by a constituent.  On sending a copy to you, they have also registered your name with the co-ordinators. This will remain with us as evidence for your trial… for treason, should it be necessary. It’s your choice
 
We are many – you are few… and our leaders are emerging.
 
You have been warned.
 
 

Defining totalitarianism

to·tal·i·tar·i·an·ism

noun

1.

the practices and principles of a totalitarianregime.
2.

absolute controlby the state or a governing branch of a highly centralized institution.
 

to·tal·i·tar·i·an·ism

noun \(ˌ)tō-ˌta-lə-ˈter-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of TOTALITARIANISM

1
: centralized control by an autocratic authority
2
: the political concept that the citizen should be totally subject to an absolute state authority

Examples of TOTALITARIANISM

  1. <in times of crisis, when a nation’s people are frightened, there are often calls for totalitarianism>

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/totalitarianism?show=0&t=1319751298

Above are typical definitions oftotalitarianism. When politicians take it upon themselves to agree to matters which the pubic oppose  – is that absolute control by a centralised institution? It seems to me that when politicians ignore the wishes of the public that they are no longer representing the electorate, they are controlling them. But it’s just an opinion. Comments welcome.

Defining democracy

democracy
noun, plural -cies.
government by the people; a form of government in whichthe supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.
 
government by the people; especially : rule of the majority
 
The above are standard definitions of democracy.
 
What is the definition of a system which allows a politician to proceed with measures contrary to the wishes of the people?
 
Comments welcome.
 

The UK has been sold out. But have we been sold out too?

Should we stay in the EU? We are not members, you’re saying? Well, we don’t get the handouts but we appear to be so compliant about EU measures and regulations that it seems like a poor trade-off to me. It seems that effectively we have all the compliance downsides while having none of the few perks. Yes, I know – it’s because of Protocol 3 and all that but that was sold to us as a trading agreement, what we have is interference in our daily lives. In Tynwald there are regular nodding through sessions of EU sanctions etc. However, it goes much deeper and while the UK is ‘harmonising’ its laws with the EU we in turn are harmonising with the UK, it seems, as that is where our legislation usually originates from. We can see then that the EU has a huge impact on our lives.

Some may feel that we have little choice about the EU as we are not fully fledged members anyway. Certainly, we seem to have been given little choice about the impact it has on our lives. However, were the UK to leave the EU this would presumably have  a knock-on effect for us. Cameron played into the dissatisfaction with the EU by promising a referendum prior to his election. Like so many election promises by successful candidates it is being jettisoned. It almost looked like rebellion but it seems that the PM succeeded in averting defeat.

Why was it so important to Cameron to whip them into compliance on this issue? Because these are unwritten rules? Short of a complete revolt the UK is destined to become a part of the collectivist United States of Europe where personal desires, beliefs and opinions must take back seat to the good of the greater number – rather like communism. The collectivist mindset is already evident and following the Lisbon Treaty ratification the UK as a sovereign nation will continue to deteriorate. That is unfortunate for the majority of the British public who would like a referendum and would also like to leave the EU. However, we do not need to follow by adopting every piece of UK/EU legislation that comes our way – unless of course we have already been sold out.

Brief Report (1)

 The Brief Report, although brief, may well be more comprehensive than is presently available from other news sources.

VAT documents not up for discussion?

Questions included in last week’s Tynwald sitting included those directed at the Treasury Minister with regard to the VAT stitch-up agreement. We were told that the agreement had already been signed the day before the Tynwald meeting at the wish of the Treasury Minister. Brenda Cannell asked if the supplementary document might be discussed by members prior to agreement. The answer she received resulted in her remark: The answer is no, then.

So there you go. No discussion. Budget shortfall to be made up for with petrol surcharge? Just an opinion.

Interesting questions included in the Legco Order Paper  for Tuesday 25th OCtober: 

The Hon Member of the Council, Mr Lowey, to ask a representative of the Chief Minister –

(1) If he and the Council of Ministers will create a register of all those, whether paid or unpaid, who advise Ministers in the exercise of their Ministerial roles; and

(2) if in the interests of openness and transparency that register will be made public and updated quarterly?

(Is this question to be asked? I’ve been told it might be withdrawn). It is information we urgently require but we also need to know about any training or courses that advisors may have attended in the past, as well as any interests or memberships which may be relevant. These guys effectively call the shots. MHKs don’t suddenly become experts in any given department as soon as they are appointed. What do you do if you enter a department as a total greenhorn? You accept advice. The advisors are key players in our governmental affairs. We need to know exactly who they are especially as Mr Lowey’s further questions demonstrate political involvement by civil servants who attended a party conference in the UK when MLC’s were available to carry out these duties.

Questions of interest in the Keys:

 Mr Cannan, for Kirk Michael, is to ask the Minister for Education and Children several questions about the land swap deal: 

  •  what the reasons were for entering this agreement?
  •  whether the agreement will be made a public document?
  •  what public consultation process was undertaken by the Department prior to agreeing this deal?
  • what the outcome was of this process?
  • whether the Department was aware that parts of the land exchange in question were designated a conservation area by Tynwald in 2006?
  •  if it knew this, why this landswap was agreed to without raising the issue with Tynwald?
  • whether there will be a substantial increase of health and safety risks to the children from increased traffic, a new traffic system, building site traffic, a new road and other changes, and what provisions have been made in the event planning is approved?

Does this sound like the residents’ wishes have been taken into account? A designated  conservation area? What is going on? It seems that members are querying transparency of the system. This is to be applauded but why should the questions be necessary? Could it be that we need glasnost?