Daily Debrief March 19th

Cameron sends a gunboat

Finally, Cameron has decided to send the Navy to Libyan in-shore waters, stop the migrant boats, return them to the Libyan side and destroy them. He thinks it will ‘send a message‘. It’s what we have have been urging for a long time. But he needs to take the same action in the Aegean to be effective.

Again, the same question I asked on the Tampon Tax – why now? Is he doing this reluctantly to respond to public concern ahead of the Referendum? If he’d done it a year ago, many lives would have been saved and flow of migrants to Europe would have been cut.

Cameron stalls Iraq report 

We don’t want bad news before June 23rd, do we?

EU migrant spending in chaos

A report in yesterday’s Telegraph claims that £1billion of EU support for migrants has been wasted, with officials unable to say how much has been spent , or what, if anything, has been achieved.

This report was published just as Cameron started on his European Council in Brussels, And remember the UK has agreed to contribute £500m to this programme. That’s roughly what Osborne is saving by docking disabled welfare benefits. Or from his sugar tax (over five years). Good value? I don’t think so.

IDS quits

I’m hugely impressed by Ian Duncan Smith. He’s done the honourable thing, first over Brexit, now over welfare cuts. I wonder how much time Osborne spent with IDS discussing his welfare plans ahead of the Budget Speech?

“We can’t stop the migrants”

That’s the Daily Express headline today. Unnamed EU officials say we have a moral duty to let ’em all come. Try telling them that down at the Dog and Duck. A classic example of the EU’s contempt for public opinion.

Editor’s Note: Apologies for the previous transcription error on this story.


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12 Responses to Daily Debrief March 19th

  1. Alan Wheatley says:

    Re “Sends a Gunboat”

    Checking out HMS Enterprise I find it is a survey ship with a top speed of 15 Knots, which is hardly “intercept speed”. Perhaps the 2 × Oerlikon 20 mm cannons, 2 × Miniguns and 4 × General purpose machine guns will come in handy, if they are allowed to use them. But if the ship is restricted to operating only in International Waters the people smugglers will be long gone.

    The way to operate a surveillance operation over large areas of water is with aircraft. Enterprise does not have even a single helicopter! What is wanted is an aircraft carrier operating as a local base with a very large area of operations and a fast response capability.

    But without the ability to dominate costal waters and the adjacent land the whole enterprise has all the makings of a busted flush before it begins.

  2. Shieldsman says:

    Oh my God! According to the Daily Mail the Whitehall Sir Humphrey’s are awakening to a realisation we may well leave the EU and what an opportunity that will present to expand their empires, work for years to come.

    A Brexit vote would mean a ‘revolutionary overhaul’ of UK laws in the biggest ever Whitehall shakeup, officials claim
    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3499147/A-Brexit-vote-mean-revolutionary-overhaul-UK-laws-biggest-Whitehall-shakeup-officials-claim.html#ixzz43LybFxMP

    Ministers could seize on an exit from the European Union as a liberating chance for a revolutionary overhaul of British laws, senior officials believe.
    Mandarins have privately advised that a leave vote could be used for the biggest shake-up of Whitehall ever seen with unpopular EU laws ditched or rewritten in a ‘sovereign British way’.
    The civil service has been accused of scaremongering with dossiers warning of the possibility of economic chaos following Brexit.
    But behind closed doors some top officials are optimistic about the opportunities as the country is ‘unshackled itself from the corpse of the EU’

    This should be an opportunity to slash and burn, but it is not in the civil servants DNA.

    Looking to see where Cameron got his inspiration from for his big con his ‘Reformed European Union’, it must have come from the Downing Street Chief of Staff advisor Edward Llewellyn., and Deputy Chief of Staff Catherine Fall.
    The best of both worlds: the United Kingdom’s special status in a reformed European Union and Cameron’s foreword must have been written by the no.10 staff.
    EU Referendum: summary and analysis of the new Settlement for the UK in the EU was written by Arabella Lang, Vaughne Miller, Daniel Harari, Steven Kennedy, Melanie Gower
    Is the Settlement ‘legally binding and irreversible’? It is not a binding EU treaty or EU law in itself.
    This Decision is legally-binding under international law and will take effect if the British people vote to remain in the EU. The Decision would be registered as a treaty with the United Nations.

    This was Hammond’s red herring. With the parts of the decision relating to “ever closer union”, it does not matter how binding or non-binding they are because, as we shall see, none of the terms when read carefully produce a substantive change in the legal position of the United Kingdom.
    “It is recognised that the United Kingdom, in the light of the specific situation it has under the Treaties, is not committed to further political integration into the European Union.”
    “The substance of this will be incorporated into the Treaties at the time of their next revision in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Treaties and the respective constitutional requirements of the Member States, so as to make it clear that the references to ever closer union do not apply to the United Kingdom.”
    Lawyers for Britain conclude with it can be seen that the provisions of the summit “deal” on “ever closer union” and “sovereignty” are almost totally devoid of substance. For the most part, they make no alteration of any kind to the existing legal rights and obligations of the UK but are simply reiterating the existing legal situation for purposes of political effect and not substance.

  3. Jane Davies says:

    Here is another scare story, by John Gummer (now a Lord? Give me a break) who lied about BSE and force fed his own toddler daughter beef. He of course has his fat little fingers in the “green” pie and taking lots of dosh from the taxpayers. Why are these leeches allowed to get away with this?

  4. Shieldsman says:

    John Gummer is in deep, deep with the EU and the Green Blob.

    Lord Deben is chairman of the Climate Change Committee.

    He is President of Globe International which is the world’s largest parliamentary network devoted to legislative leadership on sustainable development and climate change.
    Now look who funds Globe – The European Union – Foreign and Commonwealth Office & Department for International Development of UK Government – The World Bank – The United Nations Environment Programme, and many others so I do not think leaving the EU will make any difference as we are more legally committed to CO2 reduction than any other country in the World.
    Now there are perks galore associated with Globe. Parliamentarians by backing the green blob can all join in.

    Prescott flies 40,000 miles – that’s nearly twice around the world – in five months… to lecture on climate change. Since February the ex-Deputy Prime Minister and former Environment Secretary has attended all-expenses paid summits in Europe, North America, India and China.
    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2720903/Prescott-flies-40-000-miles-s-nearly-twice-world-five-months-lecture-climate-change.html#ixzz43MaFP3tS
    The flights – more than 4,000 miles each way – were funded by the British Embassy. Transfers and hotel accommodation were provided by the Delhi-based Energy and Resources Institute and Lord Prescott’s expenses were paid by Globe International, an organisation for parliamentarians involved in green policy making.

    Little wonder that all the environmental groups are so in love with the EU. They are screaming their heads off for fear of losing their funding. It is of no concern of theirs that the money is borrowed and paid to the EU by the UK taxpayer.

    • Jane Davies says:

      That thug Prescott…please don’t tell me he is a Lord too……

      It is so wrong these vile despicable people benefit from peddling lies and are fleecing taxpayers hard earned, they are beyond contempt. Yet we have politicians from the worlds 5th largest economy taking money from pensioners and the disabled. I’m so angry that this bunch of pond life are allowed to get away with this.

    • Ex-expat Colin says:

      Two cheeks of the same ar*e…maybe more?

  5. Jane Davies says:

    Everyone get your smiley faces on for tomorrow is a DAY OF HAPPINESS……and red bird will be very angry if we don’t all go around spreading happiness!

    “18 March 2016 – The United Nations today appointed Red, the leader of the “Angry Birds” mobile game characters, as an envoy to inspire climate action toward a sustainable and happier future for all.

    Red’s appointment, as Honorary Ambassador for Green, is part of a UN campaign launched today in partnership with the globally renowned characters to make a direct link between tackling climate change and people’s happiness and well-being on the occasion of the International Day of Happiness to be observed on Sunday, 20 March.”

    Those who disobey the order to be HAPPY will be sent to a correctional facility to be indoctrinated in how to spread HAPPINESS in spite of the worlds rapid decent into the abyss brought about the idiots who rule us lesser mortals…….so smile look HAPPY.

    You have been warned.

  6. Richard111 says:

    Jane, you will see a picture down the right had side of this page…
    Don’t suppose it is him? 🙂

    • Jane Davies says:

      Yep could be him……what say you Colin?

      I agreed with everything John Ray said by the way. Thanks for the link to this blog Richard.

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