EU Rings and Hobbits

John Redwood’s Diary

A Christmas tale – The Power of the Ring

Many years ago – forty four to be precise – the United Kingdom came under the dreaded power of the one ring that rules all rings. It was easy at first, as they said it would be.

After all, we had given up the power of our ring willingly. We were told the one ring would be used sparingly. We still had control. The ring that controls all rings was used but lightly. It was as if the wizards had been right all along.

The one ring that controls all rings had lost much of its power.

It was possible to believe it was just a fairy tale that the ring of Brussels could do no wrong, brook no rivals, was under the spell of an unfriendly power.

Maybe the ring had been lost. Maybe hobbits as some had told had cast it into the furnace of Mordor after all.

Those who repeatedly claimed that the one ring was still out there, exerting its bad and increasingly powerful influence, were told they were mistaken.

They were scaremongers. They needed to get out more. They should read their Tolkein and understand the message. The ring had gone.

The rulers of the UK still wore the UK ring proudly. When rulers changed there was the same ancient ceremony to transfer the ring of power from one to the other.

It was true some rulers were distracted or overwhelmed by the ring’s power.

King Heath had fallen when he thought the power of our ring could allow him to stop people working five days a week according to our customs. King Callaghan was removed when he used the power of the ring to try to crush public service workers who wanted more money.

When King Blair used it to unleash war on middle kingdoms far away a mighty protest movement grew to oust him.

When he was replaced by King Brown the people were alert to the danger of misuse. They did not believe he had taken upon himself the power to end all booms and busts. He lost his right to the ring when the towers of UK banking came crashing down around him.

On each occasion power has passed peacefully from one to the next. The ring was taken easily from the hand of he who ruled, and passed to the legitimate heir.

Despite all this outward sign of order, the hobbits of Middle Britain persisted with their alternative history. Tolkien’s happy ending had been forced upon the writer by the custodians of the one ring.

When Gollum had plunged into the fires of Mordor with the ring a large eagle had mysteriously appeared and plucked the ring from him as he fell. The ring had been safely returned to the powers of Brussels. Only a few knew of its presence.

All were sworn to denial. This time around, reunited with their ultimate power, the controlling forces decided to get savvy.

They would not show off the ring in public for many years following its recapture. They would use its powers sparingly at first.

They would work towards a world where the holders of all the other rings thought they still had their powers, and wanted Brussels to control them more. Next time the one ring had to appear to be legitimately worn and wielded.

It was a nuisance to the dark forces that the United Kingdom was particularly sceptical about the missing ring. More and more Tolkien books were put into the misty isle.

Tolkien was made a hero. Films were made in English to get across the message. The whole panoply of government was tailored to reassure.

Everytime more power passed from our ring to the centre, we were told the opposite was happening. We were assured no power had passed.

We were given subsidiarity and opt outs. We were led to believe we did not have to join parts of the Union we did not like.

Whenever UK hobbits challenged the idea that Brussels did not hold sway, they were told pointedly that any day we could abolish the legal powers Brussels had over our ring. We could do it for ourselves by changing our laws.

There was no one ring dictating behind the scenes. Yet it seemed to a growing number of UK people that there was a dangerous power above us.

Told we could always settle our own taxes, Brussels made us impose VAT on things we did not want to tax. Brussels came along and awarded large backpayments of money into rich companies, claiming we had wrongly taxed them.

The UK voters chose a government dedicated to reducing the number of people we welcomed each year to join us in our communities. Brussels told the government that they could not do this.
They had to accept anyone who wanted to come from the rest of Europe.

Many voters wanted the UK to run its own fishing grounds.Brussels told us we had to allow huge industrial trawlers from Spain and Denmark, France and the Netherlands if they wished to come. The UK wanted to allow reasonable freedom to financial businesses. Brussels took over the task of controlling them, and set various rules we did not approve.

The hobbits kept up their pressure, claiming the one ring must still exist. They could feel its ever growing power. In a fit of pique and desperation the UK ruler laid down a challenge.

He said to all his critics there would be a great vote. The vote would show us we were still self-governing. If the critics could win, we would leave the Union and so show there was no all-powerful one ring above us. He assumed that with the power of the rings behind him, the hobbits would have no chance.

With all his fine and powerful friends they would be able to ridicule the very idea that the one ring was working its evil magic still.

As we now know, he lost his vote. The UK ring passed easily from him to another.
The new Queen showed early resolution to wrestle back our power from Brussels and to break the hold of the one ring that rules all rings over us. As soon as she did so mighty armies were unleashed.

Far from it proving the easy and willing transfer of power we had always been told would happen if we so chose, the Brussels forces unleashed legions of experts, business people, foreign governments, international institutions and others to say the UK had made a mistake, the UK would be punished, the UK would have to change her mind. If proof were needed, dear reader, that the one ring must still exist, that was it.

The dark wizards had let loose thunderbolts of forecasts, predicting every conceivable calamity for poor Britain.

As the overwhelming majority of these proved to be wrong after the vote, so the wizards made their forecasts worse and longer term. As things went well for Britain, so they plotted better ways to make them go bad.

The next few months will be crucial. Can the White Queen unite with the hobbits and the White Wizard, and destroy the power of the one ring over us?

In the process, how will the power of the one ring be wielded over the power of all the other European rings? Is it as they now say, you cannot break the power of the one ring?

Will the one ring be successfully wielded to forge a full political union? Can the one ring wearer make his universal money succeed?

I will keep you posted. Meanwhile, a very happy Christmas to you all. We are living through a gripping battle for our freedom.


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Has CAMRA gone rogue?

This is a direct copy from PUBlicity.


Licensees’ Outrage at CAMRA Award.

Press Release by Licensees Supporting Licensees (LSL)

on behalf of LSL members, their customers, and everyone who cares for the future of Pubs in the UK.

Campaign for Real Ale CAMRA labels Andrew Griffiths MP ‘Pub Parliamentarian of the Year’

Licensees Supporting Licensees LSL objects in the strongest possible terms, even with disgust, to CAMRA awarding the man widely known in the pub sector as the MP for Punch and Marston’s for his consistent support of big business over the interests of the small independent businesses and the consumer.

That our partner in the Fair Deal for Your Local campaign could do this is beyond our comprehension and quite frankly an insult to many of our hard working members who include many CAMRA award winning Licensees.

Griffiths is the antithesis of a ‘Pub supporter’. He has consistently argued against the very urgent need for Pubco reform and changes to Permitted Development of Pubs in planning yet these are campaigns which CAMRA have energetically and actively supported at all levels.

His consistent track record of voting against the aims of CAMRA campaigns for the last four years make it impossible to understand his being even a remote contender for Pub Parliamentarian of the Year let alone Winner in what seems to have been a field of one.

Griffiths has proven a reliable defender and supporter of large debt laden corporations and developers responsible for the permanent closure and change of use to thousands of pubs up and down the country. His consistent support for big business and blatant disregard for small businesses is legendary in the publican community and nobody, but nobody who cares for the pub sector and knows anything of his track record could be anything other than dumbfounded and sickened by CAMRA awarding an award to this friend of Big Business.

It is astounding that CAMRA appears to have made the award without consultation with its grass roots. LSLCAMRA members, local CAMRA branches, Licensees of CAMRA award winning pubs and Publicans everywhere are sickened and disgusted by CAMRA head office awarding Griffiths this honour which we believe illustrates graphically how out of touch CAMRA has become with its membership.

LSL calls on CAMRA to recall Griffiths’ award with immediate effect and urges grass roots CAMRA members to ask their local branches to support this.

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You may be aware that “Dick Smith” chain franchise stores are being pressured by the Islamic Council of Australia to gain ‘Halal Certification’ otherwise they will be proscribed and banned from Muslim custom.

     This is their response:


     “We at Dick Smith’s have received a number of letters from people asking if we will be putting the Muslim Halal logo on our food. To acquire Halal certification, payment is required to the endorsing body (the Islamic Council) and involves a number of site inspections of both our growers and processors in order to ensure that our practices comply with the conditions of Halal certification.
It is important to note that this does not reflect the quality of the food being processed or sold – it only means that the products are approved as being prepared in accordance with the traditions of the Muslim faith.
We are aware of an increasing number of large companies both in Australia and overseas, such as Kraft and Cadbury, who have obtained accreditation to use the Halal logo. We don’t believe they have done this becauseof any religious commitment but rather for purely commercial reasons.

Perhaps these large organisations can afford to do this.While we have a choice however, we would prefer to avoid unnecessarily increasing the cost of our products in order to pay for Halal accreditation when this money would be better spent continuing to support important charitable causes where assistance is greatly needed.
We point out that we have never been asked to put a Christian symbol (or any other religious symbol) on our food requiring that we send money to a Christian organisation for the right to do so.

Others would add that money paid to ANY Muslim ‘organisation’ (and you had better believe it: these people  ARE ‘organised’) can easily find its way into the hands of Islamic extremist-fanatics and murderers, irrespective of assurances to the contrary.
What other assurances do we accept from Muslims? How less Australian can companies get, than to place money into the hands of those who seek to exploit us?”

This is an example of how the leaders of Muslims in Aus/NZ are bullying large commercial organisations (especially in the food industry) into paying what is no more than blatant extortion money. The amazing part is that these weak-kneed organisations (Cadbury/ Schweppes/ Nestles/ Kraft etc.) actually pay the large sums demanded by these self-appointed religious bureaucrats. Of course, the manufacturers promptly pass this levy on to unwitting consumers as cost increases. Next time you buy a block of Cadbury’s chocolate, look for the Halal Certification seal on the wrapper. So, regardless of your own
religious faith, you end up subsidizing Islam.

How many more warnings do people need?

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Rotherham’s UKIP Child-Catcher Joyce Thacker
Follows Common Purpose’s Progressive Agenda

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Marx on Monday: Regime Change

Marx on Monday: Regime Change.

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Prison Sentences

 The following is from The Times report, dated 16 August 1839, on the conclusion of the trial:

“The Jury acquitted the prisoner of the charge of murder, and found him Guilty of manslaughter.
The learned JUDGE said he quite agreed in the propriety of
the verdict, for although, in the absence of preconceived malice, there was no
evidence to support the charge of murder, yet the facts disclosed a
considerable degree of malignity on the part of the prisoner. He could not
sufficiently deprecate the un-English and unmanly practice of resorting to the
use of a knife in sudden quarrel, and it was with deep regret he found that the
offence of stabbing was on the increase in this country. It became the bounden
duty, therefore, both of judges and magistrates to check so disgraceful a
practice as far as the law could do so. The Court, however, felt some
difficulty in the present case, chiefly on account of the disparity in the ages
of the deceased and the prisoner; but under all circumstances it was felt
necessary to pass a severe sentence upon the prisoner, and the sentence was,
that he should be transported beyond the seas for the term of his natural life.
The prisoner dropped senseless in the dock, on hearing the

Read in isolation, one could almost think this was a report from a present day trial, apart from the sentence.

And the sentence was right.

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Travel in Europe

 Courtesy ND Europe Daily I have found something which may be useful for EU citizens travelling within the community. I will quote direct:- 

“Just in time for the summer holidays, the EURO 2012 Football Championship and the London 2012 Olympics, the European Commission has launched an application for smartphones explaining how to use the European Health Insurance Card. The Card gives people access to state-provided healthcare in case of illness or an accident during travel and temporary stays in 31 European countries. Differences among healthcare systems may make it difficult to figure out how to use the Card in various countries and what the local rules are. This handy guide on how to use the Card in the 27 EU countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland is now available as an application for smartphones on three platforms: iOS, Android and Windows 7 mobile.”  Hope it helps. Barry

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