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The civil service revolt against New Labour continues. First Ken MacDonald of the CPS, now a senior GCHQ figure has weighed in.

Telegraph

Harvey Mattinson, a consultant at the information technology arm of GCHQ, said that the only real value of identity cards would be to help state bodies share information about people.

Mr Mattinson is a former senior official at the Cabinet Office who now advises GCHQ’s Communications-Electronics Security Group.

Speaking at an IT security conference in Wales, he rubbished ministers’ claims that the multi-billion pound scheme would enhance national security.

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David Cameron must promise a referendum on whether the UK should leave the European Union, former Tory chairman Lord Tebbit is expected to say.

In a speech on Monday, he will call on the Conservative leader to show “Thatcherite courage” on the issue.

This should happen “within two years” of a Tory election win, he will add.

BBC

Most conservatives are at best ambivalent about Cameron’s eurosceptic credentials. We don’t trust him or his party to make substantial changes to our relationship with Europe. In fact, cynicism about his position on Lisbon is widespread. However, I wonder whether much of this cynicism is just a reaction to the feeling of helplesness that comes from being out of power for so long. The Tory party is now eurosceptic, as is the electorate as a whole. Cameron has nothing to lose politically from being as eurosceptic as he likes. I think the reaction to a repeal of the ’72 European Communities Act would be relief and joy. People have been so beaten down by the ridiculous idea that an island trading nation of 60 million people at the centre of an international English-speaking community would be in trouble as an independent country, that to have the shackles broken would be immensly liberating to the spirit. More people would rejoice than now think they would, more of those on the left as much as of those on the right.

The problem with Tebbit’s idea is that if the electorate vote against the specific results of a negotiated settlement the Tories present to them, the Tories would be politically damaged. Furthermore, the negotiations would be a tricky time. The europhile press – the Independent, Guardian and FT – would attempt to make hay over every problem in the negotiations. Far better it would be just to repeal the Act and leave. Let the chips fall where they may with Europe. Europe needs us much, much more than we need it.

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BBC Pravda

As Britain slowly becomes a banana republic, a shitty little DDR-style police state, the BBC does its bit to contribute to the success of the ‘ex’ communists in ZanuLab.

Today’s story is a slash in the value of our pensions. See if you can spot the ‘mistake’:

Millions of pounds have been wiped off the value of the UK’s pension pot in the last year as shares have fallen, a pension consulting company says.

The value of employees’ defined contribution pensions has dropped by nearly a third from £552bn to £395bn, according to research by Aon.

Millions or billions? If you were the government, which would you want reported?

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citizenship drivel

Says Nicholas Sarkozy, “I don’t want the citizens of Europe to wake up in a few months and discover that European businesses belong to non-European capitals”, according to El Pais.

Nick, we are not European citizens. When a German company buys our postal service, we consider that to be a foreign company. Europhiles like to bullshit about free trade, but all they are really trying to do is build a nationalist protectionist block with Brussels the capital of a new nation. Were an American, Canadian or Australian company to buy a British company we would consider that less foreign than a German or French company.

In other news our new European Comissioner, some bint from the Lords that no-one has ever elected and looks like a horse, has referred to herself as a European in her acceptance speech.

When will we be free of these parasites? They’re talking to themselves. No-one in this country thinks they are European or wants a European nation. Yet these wankers continue to build one.

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big is not better

More stupidity from the European Union. There are plans to ‘rank’ academic journals. I suppose there are a lot of people with not much to do in Brussels, which is why they come up with these needless regulations that make no sense at all. Underneath the rhetoric about free markets there is a tendency towards monopoly that is characteristic of totalitarian regimes. All this policy would do would be to draw funding from smaller journals which often publish the most valuable research. Bureaucrats and government bodies can NOT improve upon the free market of ideas, and they can NOT identify and develop the best. This error is fundamental to the EU set-up.

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Story 1 is a call from Will Hutton for Britain to join the Euro. Now, Will Hutton’s wife happens to own a lot of property (or her business does), so Will has something of an interest, to say the least! Although this means he’s not objective about the issue, an article in the Times (I can’t find the link right now) suggests that Brown may be thinking about the Euro as an option for Britain.

Is this likely? Not in my view. The crisis at hand needs short-term solutions. After it has passed, Brown will be enormously unpopular, because a good result for us now is still going to be very bad. This means he will not have the support of the public for any radical moves. He also probably won’t have time before the next election for that. In the extremely unlikely event he wins the next election, I suppose it might be possible. However, it is extremely unlikely he will win. Even if he won and wanted to join the Euro, he would have to include it in a manifesto, and I’m not sure even the financial crisis would make it a popular policy. Let’s not forget that it was Blair who wanted to join the Euro, and Brown who didn’t. Is Brown the kind of man who admits he was wrong in the past? Exactly. Another reason is the difficulties described in story 2 …

Story 2 is an article by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the Telegraph on the risks of EMU splitting up. AEP has been predicting this crisis for a while. He has written a few articles saying that a recession would come, and saying that the Euro might not survive it. I never really believed him; I thought it was likely that he, as a eurosceptic, wanted the Euro to fail, and he was seeing what he wanted to see. However, he was right about the financial crisis and the recession, and he does describe some very real tensions in the euro-zone. I hitherto believed that the Euro was so important to national leaders that they would protect it at all costs. Right now, who knows? We don’t know how bad this crisis is going to get yet; certainly no country is going to let its economy be destroyed to save the Euro, as the Irish decision to guarantee bank deposits shows. Do I think it’s likely? I have absolutely no idea! I don’t understand enough about economics to know how bad the crisis is going to get, and I don’t think that many experts know either. It will be very interesting to see what the EU heads of state decide when they meet this weekend.

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It is fun to follow the coverage of Cameron’s speech when you remind yourself of what happened before Blair won in ’97. The right-wing pundits lost it; it became obvious he was going to win, and they didn’t really know how to cope. This reached a pinnacle of absurdity with the Tory MPs proposing to Blair that he cross the house and join the Conservatives.No-one had any idea how to attack Blair.

Woy Hattersley’s animated performance on the BBC’s coverage of the speech yesterday showed the same sense of panic. In contrast to IDS, who, as ever, came across as a thoroughly decent and fair-minded man, Hattersley was manic in his denunciation of Cameron as all style and no substance. Heard it before, Woy, heard it before. I remember the same being said of Blair when he was racking up huge majorities and 50% approval for the Labour Party. Alice Miles has totally lost it in the Times today, again trying to claim that Cameron is all style. The thing is, just like Blair’s detractors, they can’t see the substance because they don’t agree with it. For them it has no significance. When Cameron promises to fire officials who give marks in exams to students who write ‘fuck off’, that is real substance for the right. When he promises to end political correctness in schools, that is substance. When he promises to stop the demands that parents get CRB checks before taking part in exchange programmes, that is substance. Corporation tax is only for the rich? Look at Ireland.

It’s over for Brown and the Labour Party. Their supporters no longer sound like they’re responding to Cameron. They don’t get his appeal, and the appeal of the Tories right now, which is why they have no idea how they would need to change to get elected again. The problem is that people have become sick of socialist policies, and all they have to offer is more of the same. I almost feel relief! We’re almost rid of these idiots.

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