EU-US deal on passenger name records?

A leaked copy of the latest draft of a proposed “Agreement between the United States of America and the European Union on the use transfer of Passenger Name Record [PNR] data to the United States Department of Homeland Security” has…

Words and their potential

“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.” Philip K. Dick “To compel a man to furnish…

Individual or Society?

I suspect that my rate of posting will get me banned fairly soon, but here goes. ____________________ When I was a child, I used to dread the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s speech each year, as it meant that my scant…

Why Mme Christine Lagarde for the IMF?

Reasons why not, are numerous, many raised on my blog, under Christine Lagarde. Reasons why, seem to be a) She would like the job, (BBC Today programme on Friday, b) She knows the EU’s problems intimately as she is partly…

Another Nail In The Coffin….

…of the ECHR? A burglar has claimed his eight-month jail term violates his human right to ‘respect’ for family life. And, just like that, yet more people wake up and say ‘Hang on, this is insanity! Why are our courts…

Immigration

The UK depends on immigration, no-one doubts that, however it’s the type of immigration that is now causing concern. When the Labour party were in power, they opened the floodgates to mass uncontrolled immigration ostensibly as Andrew Neather, a former…

Ayn Rand and the end of the world

Monday night’s BBC TV programme, “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace“, was interesting on Ayn Rand and her connection with Alan Greenspan. This was made the platform for a discussion of how President Clinton was persuaded to reverse…

“Choose” … interesting word

MSNBC In two posts, here and here, AK Haart “chooses” to discuss the English word “choose”. Semantics? Well at first it may appear so but thinking it through, perhaps it’s the underpinning of all political coercion, punishment and human behaviour…

You either love it or you hate it

Not Marmite, though of course that’s true and personally I despise it with it every fibre of my being – I’ve long since been assimilated by the Australian Borg (that’s not a Collective – THIS is a Collective) into eating…