Open Thread

Some stories that are worth a look include this Spectator piece on shameful BBC bias by Melanie Phillips, and this spot by Bishop Hill of the impact of climate change brainwashing on school children. Richard did the media’s job for them again in highlighting Parliament’s nodding through of significant changes the EU Treaty, meanwhile Longrider observes how conditioned we have become to doing whatever someone seemingly in a position of ‘authority’ asks of us without question.

What do you think about these subjects, or what other stories caught your eye this week?  The thread is open…

9 Responses to “Open Thread”


  1. 1 Bill 26/03/2011 at 5:33 pm

    Mr Carswell is once again pointing out how Idave & co say one thing and do the opposite.

    I have asked him a couple of pertinent questions but they are still in ‘moderation’. Guess he was out and about in London today!

    http://www.talkcarswell.com/show.aspx?id=1855

  2. 2 EFTA not EU 26/03/2011 at 6:03 pm

    Probably not the biggest headline grabber this week, but this very important paper by the Bruges Group on how Britain can leave the EU and rejoin EFTA is perhaps an important contribution to the debate around exiting the EU

    http://www.brugesgroup.com/mediacentre/index.live?article=14095

    “EFTA or the EU?”

    “EFTA/EEA is a simple off-the-shelf working alternative to the EU and has immediate benefits. EFTA states offer a shining example of what Britain can achieve outside of the EU. Those sovereign states are much better-off and much more free and economically dynamic.

    Replacing the UK’s membership of the European Union with that of the European Free Trade Association and the European Economic Area will enable regulations to be repealed, it will allow businesses to grow and will thus lower unemployment and create around 1 million new jobs. Membership of EFTA/EEA will also lower the burden placed on the taxpayer as it requires a much lower financial contribution. The UK will withdraw from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy and Common Fisheries Policy, enabling it to take back control of its own farming and fishing grounds again. Membership of EFTA/EEA would also mean that the UK will regain full responsibility for Justice and Home Affairs.”

    Everyone is becoming increasingly aware of the expensive and undemocratic disaster the EU is, but what options there are after an EU exit are not commonly debated in the media. This is something that Britain needs more education and debate on.

    EFTA looks a good solution to the problem of EU membership

  3. 3 Andy Baxter 26/03/2011 at 7:01 pm

    Censorship by the British Government

    this caught my eye:

    http://talking-clock.blogspot.com/2011/03/chinese-style-censorship-in-britain.html

    as some may know Judge Peake was civily arrested on March 7th in the courtroom for failing THREE times to produce his oath of office (which is to her soverign Majesty QEII and COMMON Law)therefore by failing to do so he was under Common Law an imposter….

    it was filmed extensively, it was peaceful and lawful yet censorship of the event has occured as can be seen…

    are the PTB a little scared that we might find out just how much power we mere plebs truly have under our historic constitutional documents of Magna Carta, Habeus Corpus, Right of Petition and Bill of rights?

    interesting development I thought, what next?

    e-mail and phone call interceptions? oh I forgot they already do that…

    youtube censorship: yup they do that too…

    and oh yes the collection under pain of fine (menaces) of heaps of personal data to count how many livestock they have on the farm and how many are fat enough for market (yet more taxation) and dont forget the first ever CENSUS almost 1,000 years ago The Domesday Book, was exactly for that purpose….

  4. 4 Ted Davison 26/03/2011 at 7:25 pm

    I have been banging on for several weeks on the AGW question , culminating in a paper on my blog (eadavison.com) ‘The Search for Impartiality’ which, despite links from Small Dead Animals and other notable sites, fell with an almost inaudible thud.
    Deciding that the problem was its deliberately dry-as-dust-scholarly tone, I translated it, carefully not changing the substantive content, into journalese-polemic under a new title ‘Anthropogenic Global Bias’. Again, no-one turned up.
    Rejecting as wildly implausible the possibility that the it’s simply a mediocre/poor/lousy text, I’m forced to the conclusion that neither proponents nor opponents of AGW are interested in an attempt to analyse the partiality of the assorted scientific, media and political pundits, seeming to prefer endless complex, irresolvable and frequently vituperative exchanges concerning the science.

    Anyone care to comment (preferably having read it)?

  5. 6 Bucko 26/03/2011 at 7:59 pm

    I was getting on the bus in Blackburn last night when a chap handed me a leaflet.

    It seems the EDL are having a demonstration and the UAF are having a counter demonstration in Blackburn centre.

    I walked all the way to Blackburn this afternoon to see If I could get a good story about it for my blog.

    When I got there – nothing.

    I took another look at the leaflet and the demo is not until next Saturday.

    Thats 2 hours of my life I’m not going to get back. Fail!

  6. 7 Brian H 26/03/2011 at 11:38 pm

    Ted;
    Aside from the simple observation that fame and notoriety are not attained in a day (or other short period), it’s part of the separate universes problem. The Quebec-ROC (Rest of Canada) parallel was once famously labelled the Two Solitudes. In the skeptic camp, you’re preaching to the choir. In the Believer camp, you’re merely another denier to be ignored.

    Having an impact on either, or on the other major slices (undecided and ignorant), is a matter of persistence, promotion, and chance.

  7. 8 kenomeat 27/03/2011 at 2:25 am

    The excellent Witterings from Witney blog linked this week to an interview with Nigel Farage, broadcast by Russia Today, on the Libyan war. Nigel referred to a meeting with van Rumpouy (appears during the first minute of the 10 minute interview) in which he stated that “Britain and France would not, indeed could not, go to war in Libya without the approval of the European Council”. If ever evidence was needed that we are no longer a self-governing independent country then this was it.

  8. 9 Ted Davison 27/03/2011 at 3:27 pm

    Brian
    ‘Having an impact on either, or on the other major slices (undecided and ignorant), is a matter of persistence, promotion, and chance.’

    Well, yes but I’m still puzzled by the almost zero response. When the original (‘scholarly’) version was linked by Matt Briggs there were some 1200 hits in two weeks, provoking only comments – yours (thanks) and a dismissive and typically ad hominen from ‘Phil’ who appeared to have read only the Hansen quote. I would have thought that any novel approach (I haven’t found anything similar) to this beaten-to-death argument would have excited more interest than it has. Some disagreement would be nice.

    ‘Say not the struggle naught availeth’.


Comments are currently closed.



Enter your email address below

The Harrogate Agenda Explained

Email AM

Bloggers for an Independent UK

AM on Twitter

Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.

STOR Scandal

Autonomous Mind Archive