Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Small IS beautiful




Perhaps, at this time, the global financiers who have lent their cleints money to the Greek, Irish, Portuguese and Spanish governments are reflecting on these words of Fritz Schumacher, taken from the title of his 1970's book. Although, there is little likelihood that it will be their own personal wealth that will be lost - if things go wrong.

Schumacher did not have global finance in mind when he wrote his book, his concern was that the creations of mankind were with the view of ever increasing growth, unlike nature, that keeps the size of its creations in proportion to their environment. The Greek crisis has underlined the extent to which the lives of so many of the world's citizens could be adversely affected by the Greek's failure to manage their debt. Although it is generally accepted that their economy was not strong enough to enter the eurozone at the time - and this current crisis was 'an accident waiting to happen'.

After the Lehman Brothers, then the fourth largest investment bank in the US, bankruptcy in 2008, caused by their large holdings of 'sub-prime' mortgages - it was accepted that severe restrictions should be placed on the banks with regard to how they invested their customers savings. If the extremely rich wanted to risk their money on chancy loans then this was their prerogative, but to risk the savings of millions of small savers and pension funds on such ventures should be prevented by new regulations. However such regulations have not been put in place - only some that were thought would help to prevent a similar event.

We are currently witnessing, in the UK, the immense impact that the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy has had on our economy - making the nation, itself, close to bankrupt. The austerity measures being put in place by the Coalition may be needed, but they are causing great stresses and insecurity for a large section of the people. This is not to just the poorest, but to many who would normally be considered 'comfortable'. And to what end were these mammoth deals originally aimed - to make some already incredibly rich individuals - even richer.

Having taken some interest in the Greek debt crisis, I have come to the conclusion that no one really knows what the true ramifications of either the Greeks being bailed out by the, hard up, eurozone nations or of the Greeks dumping the euro in favour of a new drachma - this would provide them with a currency that could be valued in accordance with the country's economic strength.

Respected experts have claimed that we are facing a new Lehman Brothers moment and others that we are heading for another 1930's style depression. It is the sheer complexity of the global financial markets that makes the outcomes so difficult to predict - a domino effect can be produced in a series of markets which, because of the number of variables, might lead to any number of economic disasters.

What must be abundantly clear to anyone who can observe these matters dispassionately is that the development of the much vaunted free global market, by each of the three main parties, must be halted and reigned back. The example of huge ocean going vessels has to be applied, if these ships hit rocks, the part of the hull damaged does not allow water to pour into the whole vessel and sink the ship, air tight cabins are built into the design so that any leaks in the hull can be contained to a few sections.

A similar design is required so that one large bank becoming bankrupt or one nation failing to repay its debts cannot be allowed to bring down the economies of many nations. In most cases the requirement for huge sums is to finance some grand development and although these may be essential in a few instances, these are cases of 'giantism' warned against by Schumacher.

It seems certain that if we are to have any kind of secure future, nations need to be allowed to manage their own economies through the use of import and export controls. They cannot be subjugated to the rules of multinational organisations such as the EU or global corporations which create unmanageable circumstances for national governments. This is also the case for international law, which also restrict governments from acting in the best interests of their people - these need to be reduced to an essential few.

What I think we can also conclude is that the biggest enemy to solving the many dire threats currently facing mankind - whether it be global warming, peak oil, mass migration, mass unemployment or national economic meltdown - is globalization. If mankind and the other species that share this planet are to have a hopeful future, the process of globalization has to be reversed.

Whether this will be achieved as an orchestrated plan or be the result of a global catastrophe from which 'small is beautiful' will arise like an, appropriately sized, Pheonix from the ashes - only time will tell.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Beware of Greeks bearing austerity measures.




So, George Papandreou, the Greek Prime minister, has won a vote confidence in the Greek parliament. The MPs will next be asked to approve a package of 28 billion euros of savings - this includes austerity measures, tax rises and privatization. These were demanded by the Eurozone ministers before the, agreed, 12 billion euros loan would be released, so that Greece can avoid bankruptcy.

The immediate crisis is over and it is expected that the measures will be agreed, despite the fact that the Greeks are not happy with the arrangement for they know there is no end in sight for these austerity measures - so large are their debts. No doubt there has been a collected sigh of relief throughout the global financial institutions as they will be fully aware that, had Greece defaulted, the knock on effect could have been equal to, or worse, than the global banking crisis that started with Northern Rock in 2007.

Once again a threat to these financial institutions has caused fear and dread amongst even the most powerful nations of the world because of the intricacies and interdependence of the global banking system. It is a system that cannot be allowed to fail because the economies of these nations will be so impacted it would oblige their governments to use the taxes collected from ordinary taxpayers to bail out the banks and/or potentially defaulting nations like Greece.

What is most galling is that so much of global financial activity is little more than gambling. Financiers speculate on future events using the money of pension funds and ordinary savers, however, not only can these bets threaten the global financial system if things go wrong, but also greatly increase the cost of essentials such as food and oil if they are successful.

Much of this activity is unnecessary, it just provides the opportunity for the well placed to make huge sums in a short period of time and provides the excuse for senior banking staff to demand grotesque bonuses [relative to the earnings of those whose money they are using as their gambling stake]. A route out of this bizarre situation is needed as it is recognized that these unstable conditions will continue, regularly, whilst customer's savings are used to fund these speculative ventures.

Al Murray, the Pub Landlord, had a habit of wearing a 'what happened to the £200 billion?' T-shirt after the last banking collapse which caused by the sale of packaged 'sub prime' mortgages in the US - implying that speculators ferreted away the missing billions from the banking system. This is quite plausible since money does not actually disappear - it exists somewhere, even if it has been converted into something more enduring in value by now.

The Greek debt crisis is essentially about the Greek government spending more money than it raises and its people not being prepared to reduce their standard of living by introducing a stringent austerity budget. These debts - as with those of Portugal, Ireland and Spain - have been required, primarily, because these nations joined the eurozone which removed their ability to allow their currency to fluctuate in accordance with the strength of their economies.

Although the value of the EU nations working together for their mutual benefit can be recognised, there is no need for them to share a common currency, have political union or use the same internal legal system. This Union's primary beneficiary are the global corporations who, in the main, do not have to adjust their products to meet different national requirements. However, more importantly, they can influence, by fair means or foul, the EU laws enacted, thereby providing themselves with beneficial trading conditions - an activity, with which, their smaller rivals cannot hope to compete.

These laws, once in place, are very unlikely to be changed because the EU Parliament does not operate in the same way as the House of Commons, where an incoming government is free to repeal laws introduced by its predecessors. To change EU laws an intensely bureaucratic system needs to be followed, the outcome being that time is not available to alter all but a few - and the committee members charged with the task, are most likely to be acting with the aim of benefitting the few rather than the many.

The Greek crisis coupled to the banking crisis demonstrate that these global and international organisations are the root cause of the majority of our, non-natural, difficulties. Unless you are amongst the few beneficiaries of this system, our, our children and grandchildren are unlikely to have any kind of hopeful future until these institutions have to had their powers severely reduced or entirely removed.

It seems as if the Unions have, at long last, come to the same conclusion. After suffering at the hands of Blair and Brown under New Labour, who fully embraced these global institutions, yesterday Dave Prentis - general secretary of the public sector union Unison, amongst others, threatened to work to create chaos until the attempt by the Coalition to privatize much of their current responsibilities is withdrawn.




Friday, 17 June 2011

There is not enough time!



Although a strategy of seeking success through the system of local government, particularly in the case of mayoral elections, is sound, in that it attacks the weakest part of the Nation's electoral process so biased in favour of the three largest parties - this approach is likely to be too slow to save England.

There can be little doubt that, since the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, the consolidation of the EU as a United States of Europe has progressed at pace. The financial difficulties of Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain has been used as an excuse for the Eurocrats to become increasingly more involved in the actions of member states' national governments. This is, presently, particularly obvious in the case of Greece where the people are being obliged to endure substantial cuts in their standard of living - although the Greeks are not taking these changes willingly, as can be witnessed by the ongoing riots and demonstrations.

Germany, along with a supportive IMF, is the main financier of EU bailouts - being the wealthiest nation within the EU. It does seem that the German leadership is prepared to limit the disposable income of its people in order to see the EU project succeed. It is doubtful if the people of any other nation within the EU would accept these restrictions, but enduring austerity does seem to find an echo within the German psyche.

The best solution for each of these, once great, nations is to remove themselves from the Eurozone and return to their former currencies - in this way their currency would fall in value to find its natural level and, although this would make imports more expensive, their internal economic activity would remain far less affected. This is what is happening in the UK and, until we reach the point where we can no longer pay our debts - apparently awaited with gleeful anticipation judging by the Coalition's economic program - we should be able to avoid significant interference.

No doubt the conditions attached to the EU bailouts will remove the option, of the nations taking this route, from choosing to leave the EU instead. In accordance with the old adage 'he who pays the piper calls the tune', it follows that Germany will hold an extremely dominant position when deciding the future development of the EU and its nations - a position that China seems to be developing with much of the rest of the world. 

It is strange indeed that economic might has been able to replace military conquest in the domination of other nations. Even stranger, that this economic dominance has been achieved, essentially, through fantasies created by the advertising industry. These have convinced the, mostly female, population - those who are responsible for spending 80% of disposable income - to buy products made by foreign companies, abroad, as opposed to those products, when available, of British companies made in Britain. Seductive advertisements have become the modern weapon for nations, or corporations, attracted to foreign domination - a venture once the sole domain of the weapons developers.

Rather than removing us from the EU and its increasingly suffocating regulations, Cameron has chosen to remain in this debilitating club and pay the extremely high membership fees, he has chosen to stride the world stage as if we were still a global player and pay overseas aid to nations who are far richer than we. Although it seems certain that we will be unable last 10 years without falling completely into the EU/IMF clutches, there is little doubt that this will be the longest we might manage.

Ten years is in political terms two General Elections. This is the likely maximum time span available to those who hope to save England from being absorbed into the EU and being broken down into regions. Once we have become simply a part of the planned United States of Europe, we will be trapped for many generations since there will be no way for democratic release under the 'democratic' provisions of the EU. The only way out will be through violent revolution - and we are presently seeing what the human cost of this route is throughout most of North Africa.

I find it impossible to believe this end can achieve through local politics alone, and within such a short time frame. Our withdrawal from the EU can be achieved only through Westminster. The hope must be that the austerity program devised by the government and the hardships this will bring, will convince voters to step away from the three main parties, with their common attachment to the EU, and vote instead for an English party that offers withdrawal. However, for this to be the case the English party must be prepared and tuned to play this role so that we can hope to avoid the prospect of a '1984' type future.




Thursday, 16 June 2011

Bilderberg 2011 - St. Moritz, Switzerland

Charlie Skelton has covered this annual event again for the Guardian. After pointing out that:

"This year, Bilderberg was bigger than ever. Bigger crowds, bigger names, more coverage. So here" ... "is what I've learned from this year's Bilderberg summit in St Moritz."

He goes on to explain how, in the absence of the MSM:

"What the mainstream press have failed to do, the alternative media are simply getting on and doing. In the absence of an adequate press centre, people have formed their own. In the weird journalistic vacuum of the conference, people are newsgathering and sharing their information – and sending out bulletins to the world. It's properly inspiring, and it's only going to get bigger."

Part of that alternative media is Alex Jones whose Infowars have once again produced a list of Participants:

Belgium

Coene, Luc, Governor, National Bank of Belgium
Davignon, Etienne, Minister of State
Leysen, Thomas, Chairman, Umicore

China
Fu, Ying, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs
Huang, Yiping, Professor of Economics, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University

Denmark
Eldrup, Anders, CEO, DONG Energy
Federspiel, Ulrik, Vice President, Global Affairs, Haldor Topsøe A/S
Schütze, Peter, Member of the Executive Management, Nordea Bank AB

Germany
Ackermann, Josef, Chairman of the Management Board and the Group Executive Committee, Deutsche Bank
Enders, Thomas, CEO, Airbus SAS
Löscher, Peter, President and CEO, Siemens AG
Nass, Matthias, Chief International Correspondent, Die Zeit
Steinbrück, Peer, Member of the Bundestag; Former Minister of Finance

Finland
Apunen, Matti, Director, Finnish Business and Policy Forum EVA
Johansson, Ole, Chairman, Confederation of the Finnish Industries EK
Ollila, Jorma, Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell
Pentikäinen, Mikael, Publisher and Senior Editor-in-Chief, Helsingin Sanomat

France
Baverez, Nicolas, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Bazire, Nicolas, Managing Director, Groupe Arnault /LVMH
Castries, Henri de, Chairman and CEO, AXA
Lévy, Maurice, Chairman and CEO, Publicis Groupe S.A.
Montbrial, Thierry de, President, French Institute for International Relations
Roy, Olivier, Professor of Social and Political Theory, European University Institute

Great Britain
Agius, Marcus, Chairman, Barclays PLC
Flint, Douglas J., Group Chairman, HSBC Holdings
Kerr, John, Member, House of Lords; Deputy Chairman, Royal Dutch Shell
Lambert, Richard, Independent Non-Executive Director, Ernst & Young
Mandelson, Peter, Member, House of Lords; Chairman, Global Counsel
Micklethwait, John, Editor-in-Chief, The Economist
Osborne, George, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Stewart, Rory, Member of Parliament
Taylor, J. Martin, Chairman, Syngenta International AG

Greece
David, George A., Chairman, Coca-Cola H.B.C. S.A.
Hardouvelis, Gikas A., Chief Economist and Head of Research, Eurobank EFG
Papaconstantinou, George, Minister of Finance
Tsoukalis, Loukas, President, ELIAMEP Grisons

International Organizations
Almunia, Joaquín, Vice President, European Commission
Daele, Frans van, Chief of Staff to the President of the European Council
Kroes, Neelie, Vice President, European Commission; Commissioner for Digital Agenda
Lamy, Pascal, Director General, World Trade Organization
Rompuy, Herman van, President, European Council
Sheeran, Josette, Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme
Solana Madariaga, Javier, President, ESADEgeo Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics
Trichet, Jean-Claude, President, European Central Bank
Zoellick, Robert B., President, The World Bank Group

Ireland
Gallagher, Paul, Senior Counsel; Former Attorney General
McDowell, Michael, Senior Counsel, Law Library; Former Deputy Prime Minister
Sutherland, Peter D., Chairman, Goldman Sachs International

Italy
Bernabè, Franco, CEO, Telecom Italia SpA
Elkann, John, Chairman, Fiat S.p.A.
Monti, Mario, President, Univers Commerciale Luigi Bocconi
Scaroni, Paolo, CEO, Eni S.p.A.
Tremonti, Giulio, Minister of Economy and Finance

Canada
Carney, Mark J., Governor, Bank of Canada
Clark, Edmund, President and CEO, TD Bank Financial Group
McKenna, Frank, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Financial Group
Orbinksi, James, Professor of Medicine and Political Science, University of Toronto
Prichard, J. Robert S., Chair, Torys LLP
Reisman, Heather, Chair and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc. Center, Brookings Institution

Netherlands
Bolland, Marc J., Chief Executive, Marks and Spencer Group plc
Chavannes, Marc E., Political Columnist, NRC Handelsblad; Professor of Journalism
Halberstadt, Victor, Professor of Economics, Leiden University; Former Honorary Secretary General of Bilderberg Meetings
H.M. the Queen of the Netherlands
Rosenthal, Uri, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Winter, Jaap W., Partner, De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek

Norway
Myklebust, Egil, Former Chairman of the Board of Directors SAS, sk Hydro ASA
H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway
Ottersen, Ole Petter, Rector, University of Oslo
Solberg, Erna, Leader of the Conservative Party

Austria
Bronner, Oscar, CEO and Publisher, Standard Medien AG
Faymann, Werner, Federal Chancellor
Rothensteiner, Walter, Chairman of the Board, Raiffeisen Zentralbank Österreich AG
Scholten, Rudolf, Member of the Board of Executive Directors, Oesterreichische Kontrollbank AG

Portugal
Balsemão, Francisco Pinto, Chairman and CEO, IMPRESA, S.G.P.S.; Former Prime Minister
Ferreira Alves, Clara, CEO, Claref LDA; writer
Nogueira Leite, António, Member of the Board, José de Mello Investimentos, SGPS, SA

Sweden
Mordashov, Alexey A., CEO, Severstal
Schweden
Bildt, Carl, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Björling, Ewa, Minister for Trade
Wallenberg, Jacob, Chairman, Investor AB

Switzerland
Brabeck-Letmathe, Peter, Chairman, Nestlé S.A.
Groth, Hans, Senior Director, Healthcare Policy & Market Access, Oncology Business Unit, Pfizer Europe
Janom Steiner, Barbara, Head of the Department of Justice, Security and Health, Canton
Kudelski, André, Chairman and CEO, Kudelski Group SA
Leuthard, Doris, Federal Councillor
Schmid, Martin, President, Government of the Canton Grisons
Schweiger, Rolf, Ständerat
Soiron, Rolf, Chairman of the Board, Holcim Ltd., Lonza Ltd.
Vasella, Daniel L., Chairman, Novartis AG
Witmer, Jürg, Chairman, Givaudan SA and Clariant AG

Spain
Cebrián, Juan Luis, CEO, PRISA
Cospedal, María Dolores de, Secretary General, Partido Popular
León Gross, Bernardino, Secretary General of the Spanish Presidency
Nin Génova, Juan María, President and CEO, La Caixa
H.M. Queen Sofia of Spain

Turkey
Ciliv, Süreyya, CEO, Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S.
Gülek Domac, Tayyibe, Former Minister of State
Koç, Mustafa V., Chairman, Koç Holding A.S.
Pekin, Sefika, Founding Partner, Pekin & Bayar Law Firm

USA
Alexander, Keith B., Commander, USCYBERCOM; Director, National Security Agency
Altman, Roger C., Chairman, Evercore Partners Inc.
Bezos, Jeff, Founder and CEO, Amazon.com
Collins, Timothy C., CEO, Ripplewood Holdings, LLC
Feldstein, Martin S., George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Hoffman, Reid, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
Hughes, Chris R., Co-founder, Facebook
Jacobs, Kenneth M., Chairman & CEO, Lazard
Johnson, James A., Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC
Jordan, Jr., Vernon E., Senior Managing Director, Lazard Frères & Co. LLC
Keane, John M., Senior Partner, SCP Partners; General, US Army, Retired
Kissinger, Henry A., Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
Kleinfeld, Klaus, Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
Kravis, Henry R., Co-Chairman and co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis, Roberts & Co.
Kravis, Marie-Josée, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Inc.
Li, Cheng, Senior Fellow and Director of Research, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution
Mundie, Craig J., Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation
Orszag, Peter R., Vice Chairman, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
Perle, Richard N., Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Rockefeller, David, Former Chairman, Chase Manhattan Bank
Rose, Charlie, Executive Editor and Anchor, Charlie Rose
Rubin, Robert E., Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury
Schmidt, Eric, Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
Steinberg, James B., Deputy Secretary of State
Thiel, Peter A., President, Clarium Capital Management, LLC
Varney, Christine A., Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust
Vaupel, James W., Founding Director, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
Warsh, Kevin, Former Governor, Federal Reserve Board
Wolfensohn, James D., Chairman, Wolfensohn & Company, LLC

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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

I suppose we must twiddle our fingers in the meantime.



Watching Ed Milliband, yesterday, trying to relaunch the Labour Party and seeing Cameron trying to relaunch his Party's NHS reforms it is difficult not to wonder how long it will take the main parties to realize that the Nation's problem are far too deep, to be solved by fiddling with the superficial.

Will either leader realize, before the next General Election, that fundamental changes are needed if we are to return to some kind of settled existence? Perhaps so, but their backers will not allow them to make the necessary changes - a new party will be needed to take decisive action so that these political lightweights and a whole raft of self-serving politicians can be removed from public office.

Will the leaders or, perhaps it is the followers, of the smaller parties, those that could make these necessary fundamental changes, rally around to create a single cohesive unit? One that is desperately needed and one that could rise rapidly because of the failure of the established parties to change the Nation's fortunes. A failure that will become all too clear by the time we next elect a new government.

Clearly, we must get out of the EU if our fortunes are to change. Not only are the majority of new jobs that are created taken by economic migrants - denying employment to our young, but we are an over-crowded nation whose public services are creaking under the strain of absorbing so many whose cultures are different to ours. It is reckoned that their are 4 million too few homes - which is, obviously, aggravated by this influx - only by leaving the EU can we start to control the numbers who live here.

Having left the EU, we must establish import controls - or at least make it quite clear to the people, that buying products and services from overseas suppliers, those that we can produce or provide ourselves, is putting our nationals out of work and preventing their sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, from getting a job. Import controls would be better, because we can then gradually return to trading with nations - notably the Commonwealth countries - whose economic strengths are different to ours - unlike those of the leading EU nations.

Once free of EU regulation, we must positively discriminate in favour of the employment of nationals, so it is, mainly, immigrants who are the unemployed. Although there are those who would suffer, if they returned to their land of birth and do require asylum, the vast majority who come here do so to improve their economic prospects and are only likely to return if these prospects become worse, here, than they face at home.

We must create separate government institutions for the English - with at least equivalent powers to those of Scotland - so that the English are not disadvantaged by the devolution that Blair and Brown introduced. How can a nation be at peace with itself if the people of its largest part are provided with less and worse services than those of the smaller parts?

Finally, we must remove ourselves from the European Convention on Human Rights so that we can remove illegal economic migrants to their land of birth. These rights were intended to protect sections of a nations population, who had lived there for generations - not those who had arrived relatively recently, primarily to improve their standard of living.


Please note - this article is not intended to inflame hatred towards those who have moved here to improve their lot. It is understandable that talented individuals choose to emigrate to improve their life chances. However, we do not have room here for the influx we have experienced and we need to consider our own nationals before those from elsewhere. Also, because it is the most talented who have emigrated, they should be reminded that they have a duty to their nation of birth to stay and help raise the standards in their own country - for without them, this is made far harder.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Alex Jones Interviews Aaron Russo



Alex Jones Interviews Aaron Russo

Monday, 6 June 2011

Did we lose a war that no one noticed?



It is not difficult to understand why leading thinkers wanted some kind of union between the nations of Western Europe after WW2. The Continent had suffered two crippling wars within thirty years. These had been devastating for the people - with so many killed or maimed, devastating for their towns and cities - with so many laid to waste and devastating for their livelihoods - with the nation's economies in tatters. However, by the beginning of the sixties the United States and the Soviet Union had demonstrated that, because of predictable technological developments, war between advanced nations was no longer a viable option. Nuclear weapons had brought the near certainty of mutually assured destruction in any such future conflict.

This state of affairs could have been predicted with the development of the V1s and V2s by Germany in the latter part of WW2 and then by the US with the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. However, no doubt the deep psychological impact caused by the horrors of these wars, kept those pressing for union to continue - even though its purpose was already all but lost. Voluntary inclusion in a variety of European projects, such as the European Space Agency, would have been a sensible move, because it would spread the cost of expensive projects - but any agreement which limits the nation's freedom to act in accordance with that nation's and its people's interest was unwanted - particularly now, when one or many are struggling to avoid national bankruptcy.

The European project, started as a genuine attempt to protect the people from the horrors of war, has since been hijacked by those seeing the Union as a way to achieve personal benefit and wealth and there is very few, if any, aspects included which benefits the nation and its people as a whole. It was clear prior to the Lisbon Treaty being ratified by Brown that two thirds of voters did not want the treaty to be signed - with more than 80% wanting a referendum on our inclusion. This fact alone should make any honorable party vying for government offer a referendum on our membership - the disastrous consequences of our membership since should make it imperative.

At a time when we have high unemployment, to allow foreign nationals, whether from the EU or elsewhere, to move here to take the available jobs is a mindless stupidity for a nation deep in debt and staving off bankruptcy [apart to those benefitting from the measure]. Even the most simple can understand that this results in our debt being aggravated through having to pay unemployment benefit to national's kept unemployed as a result of this immigrant labour.

Although not EU law, our inclusion in the European Convention on Human Rights is also working against our national interest and a referendum, at least, is required to see that the people still want to be included. This Convention was originally developed to avoid a repeat of the Nazi's treatment of the Jews in the lead up and during WW2, particularly the Holocaust. However, this convention is now being used here, often to give, mostly, economic migrants superior rights to our own citizens and is costing the nation immense sums in legal fees - money we can ill afford and making the repatriation of many who are here illegally from being returned to their nation of birth.

Our European adventure has been disastrous and because of our dire economic condition, the impact of self-serving politicians not to offer the people referenda on each new development has come home to roost. The recent increase in the EU budget will, according to Daniel Hannan, cost us a net amount of £9.2 billion [an increase of 74%!] - this will more than wipe out the benefit of all of the spending cuts announced to date.

And what do we pay this for? To be governed by a group of Eurocrats in the majority and increasing number of areas of national life - did we have difficulty in governing ourselves before? Did we lose a war that no one noticed? For this is usually the only reason a nation submits to government by a foreign power. These Eurocrats create laws that are generally against our national interest and, because of the way the EU is constructed, effectively removes the peoples democratic right to change the laws so created.

We must have taken leave of our senses to keep electing the three main parties to government, each of whom wishes to see our continued membership?