Milky day: Farmers dump thousands of litres of milk on Brussels police, European Parliament

Dairy Farmers Protest

Dairy farmers poured 15,000 litres of milk on the European Parliament building in Brussels, Belgium, in a protest against plummeting food prices. Police resorted to tear gas and water cannons to disperse the milk-spraying crowd. ¬About 2,000 dairy farmers from all over Europe gathered outside the European Parliament (EP) building, blocking traffic along several of Brussels’ busiest streets.

The two-day protest, dubbed 1,000 Tractors to Brussels, was put together with a view to convincing politicians to take what its organizers call “efficient legislative measures” for the milk market.

“We have a European Parliament that hasn’t made a move in years. We want new laws that will give insurance for our future,” said Roberto Cavaliere from of the European Milk Board, which coordinated the protest.

To make their demands heard, farmers showered the EP’s doors with milk launched from cannons. Despite even that, the demonstration was peaceful until farmers tried to storm the fence of the EP building. Police forces blocked their way, so the farmers switched the aim of the milk cannon against the police.

The first round of a milky battle finished with no casualties or arrests, but the demonstration is still going on as the dairy farmers plan to stay outside parliament until Tuesday afternoon.

“Politics are really killing us. It has to change very quickly at the European level,” said Belgian farmer Julien Husquet. “‘The way it is going, we are in big trouble.”

The farmers are demanding a 25 per cent increase in the retail prices of their products, which are now sold cheaper because of less international demand and increased competition. According to the European Milk Board, thousands of dairy farmers have been forced out of the market since 2009 – and if the bloc’s agriculture policy remains unchanged, more risk losing their businesses. The EU’s agriculture ministers are expected to meet to discuss reforms to the industry.

Eurosceptics accuse David Cameron on breathtaking hypocrisy over Europe

Euroscepticshave accused the Prime Minister of “breathtaking hypocrisy” following the news that, despite vowing to secure a total freeze on the European Union’s already bloated budget, he has accepted a compromise solution which will see the EU budget grow by almost 3%.

This means that an extra half a billion pounds of British taxpayers’ money will be poured into Brussels’ coffers – at the same time that the UK Government is seeking to curb the nation’s deficit by slashing its spending on defence, the police, and other essential public services.

The cross-party Campaign for an Independent Britain (CIB) has attacked this policy as “an appalling example of political double standards and a betrayal of British taxpayers”.

CIB, which includes backbench MPs on both sides of the House of Commons, says that David Cameron was hypocritical in pledging that he would fight for British interests when in fact he knew all along that his Government would have to end up agreeing to an increase in the EU’s £107 billion annual budget.

Under the terms of the Lisbon Treaty (on which Mr Cameron originally promised a referendum – before backtracking on this pledge), the UK has to accept the will of the majority of European Union governments. With the EU continually extending its powers – and therefore its costs – this was always likely to mean an increased UK contribution.

CIB Chairman George West said: “The Prime Minister has spent the past few days trying to reassure a sceptical British public that he is on our side. All we’ve had from him is fighting talk. David Cameron went to Brussels vowing to stick up for British interests – but unlike his heroine Margaret Thatcher he is set to come back from the European summit, having run up the white flag on Day One!

“Unfortunately, British capitulation was inevitable from the start – thanks to the Lisbon Treaty. Either Mr Cameron knew all along what would happen or he’s allowed himself to be outflanked and outmanoeuvred by his so-called ‘European allies’. Either way, this shows poor leadership on the part of Britain’s Prime Minister.

“I suspect that the next betrayal is not long away. The EU is planning a further power-grab in the guise of what the European Commission is calling ‘a limited treaty change’, and the indications are that, once again, the British Government will roll over and play dead.”

The CIB Chairman added: “David Cameron has promised that there will be no further transfers of power to Brussels without asking the British people first. The test of Mr Cameron’s Premiership will be whether he is willing to give us a referendum on this ‘limited treaty change’, having reneged on his ‘cast-iron guarantee’ to let us vote on Lisbon.

“Mr Cameron, we are watching and waiting.”

Engine Room Five Is Flooding by Phillip Foster

Following my little analogy I sent out a few weeks ago (below) about the Eurozone/EU and the Titanic, the Eurozone has reached the dreaded stage of the flooding of Engine room five. Once water got into this section there was no way to stop Titanic sinking.

The situation in Spain and Italy (shortly to be followed by Austria and France) is beyond any redemption.

To use a hackneyed but most appropriate analogy of Titanic after she struck the iceberg: ‘Now’ was a very good moment to get people off the ship. Delay caused colossal loss of life (insufficient lifeboats notwithstanding: with more time far better use could have been made of them, plus life rafts etc). Worse still, the captain’s order that the ship should be started up again and head for a port, when put into effect, accelerated the disaster. The forward motion forced more water into the hull which rapidly overwhelmed the pumps attempting to buy time.

The EU, like Titanic, is a poorly designed vanity project. Like Titanic, the EU thinks itself invulnerable, and has made no provision for the inevitable disaster which is now unfolding. One could liken the PIIGS nations to steerage class. The rest see themselves as first or second class. But all are equally doomed. The decisions to ‘keep going’ with the euro is equivalent to Capt. Smith’s decision to restart the engines and move Titanic forward.

The certain collapse of the euro followed by the almost certain break up of the EU, is something that the UK should assist, benevolently, from the safety of being outside it. We must at least try to be the Carpathia and not the California.

Government confirms that the British Army will ‘never’ be part of a European Army from the press office of The Lord Stoddart of Swindon

In a written reply to a question from independent Labour Peer Lord Stoddart of Swindon, the Government has confirmed that Britain will ‘never sign up to a standing European army.’

Responding to Lord Stoddart’s question about the reasons for the reduction of the army by 20,000 soldiers and whether this was due to the need to fit into a future European army, Lord Astor of Hever (Under-Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence) said: ‘Many but not all of the operations we wish to be involved with in the future are likely to be conducted with our allies, particularly those from NATO. The UK Government will continue to decide when and where they deploy their national forces, and have made it clear that they would never sign up to a standing European army.’

Commenting on the Government’s response, Lord Stoddart said: “I am sure that many people, including the soldiers themselves, will breathe a huge sigh of relief at hearing this confirmation that our armed forces will never be deployed at the behest of the blundering, unelected European Commission. It should only be Her Majesty’s Government which has the responsibility and authority for sending young men and women from our armed forces into danger.”

The Snooper’s Charter by Anne Palmer

Headlines in the Daily Mail 15th June 2012 page 6. “Police demand the Right to snoop on everyone’s emails “ Even a special Daily Mail “Comment” on the matter on the same page, and then “Our” “Littlejohn” “Trust me, you can’t trust this lot with any more powers.” Again more information on the same subject. But why no mention where this legislation actually came from and why is it being implemented now by our Coalition Government?

EU Directive from the Official Journal of the EU 13.4.2006 L 105/54 perhaps has the best information. From Article 3, 4 and 5 it advises on exactly what each Nation State has to do and what information they should gather and keep, length of time also given. Article 13 describes the “Remedies, Liability and Penalties”.

I say to Mrs May, the money your alleged Government are removing from the elderly, the sick, the kids, making us pay more for everything we buy is so that you can spend a billion or so British pounds to allegedly catch criminals through this EU legislation? That they, if caught, will probably have a slap on the wrist, and sent on their way and all because you have to obey EU legislation?

In the last war-which I remember very well indeed-no one minded letters opened etc in those days, and we were glad such security was activated-we got used to our letters being opened to and from our serving Forces, and some-times words completely obliterated. That was in WAR TIME, a full scale war here in the UK from the bombing. Friends and relations here one day, gone the next. We didn’t mind the security THEN, BUT WE ARE NOT AT WAR NOW ARE WE? We can’t even close our Borders to prevent would be “terrorists” from coming into our Country. Why do you not tackle THAT problem first, that is far more important than this.

The EU is all about Peace, Security, Sharing, my, the EU even brought out Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data. Then there is the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights enshrined in legislation and the European Convention on Human Rights, ah yes, so many RIGHTS for the people, and then there is our own Magna Carta, envied through-out the World and our Bill of Rights—

  • That excessive bail ought not to be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted;
  • That all grants and promises of fines and forfeitures of particular persons before conviction are illegal and void;
  • And that for redress of all grievances, and for the amending, strengthening and preserving of the laws, Parliaments ought to be held frequently.

And they do claim, demand and insist upon all and singular the premises as their undoubted rights and liberties, and that no declarations, judgments, doings or proceedings to the prejudice of the people in any of the said premises ought in any wise to be drawn hereafter into consequence or example; to which demand of their rights they are particularly encouraged by the declaration of his Highness etc as being the only means for obtaining a full redress and remedy therein. All Ignored but they are still there and they will not go away for to destroy the
Constitution of course, is an act of treason.

As for the suggestion, I have recently read in these papers, that the European Union could “fine” our own sovereign Government if they do not obey EU legislation, should give our Government the hint that it is time to withdraw from such an Organisation.

For our Government to betray the people that elect and pay them to actually Govern this Country according to its law, yet to actually choose to snoop on them, brings shame on ALL of those in that once proud Houses of Parliament where I remember a GREAT man stood and brought courage to the people of this Country to withstand the mass bombing of this Country in war-time. His famous words I remember even now “ACTION THIS DAY”. And sadly, the present lot choose freely to activate such a snooping law brought out by foreigners, on their own people. How could you!

Yet we have a Government we pay and some have sadly elected, and all this Government can come up with is this snooping on their own people, rather than saying NO. In my book, our Government have betrayed the very people that elected them. It really is time to beak the chains that bind us to such an Organisation that comes up with such as this. How on earth do any of you sleep at night? How will you look your children in their faces when they too realise what between you have done to their Country.

Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data

2006 on the retention of data generated or processed in connection with the provision of publicly available electronic communications services or of public communications networks and amending Directive 2002/58/EC

There are others of course.

I am sure you all know your own Bill of Rights. 1689

How much longer can the Euro survive? And, if the Euro collapses, what will happen to the European Union?

By Andy Smith

While America and much of the English-speaking world struggling to climb out of recession, the EU is still in the depths of economic gloom. The crisis is deepest in Eurozone countries such as Greece and Ireland which, due to the failures of the Single Currency, have had to turn to their EU neighbours for a financial rescue package.

In fact it was cash-strapped Britain that had to bail out the Republic of Ireland and prevent the Irish economy from crashing completely. With virtually all European governments having to make draconian cuts in public services, and with unemployment rising dramatically across the Eurozone, protests have often turned into full-blown riots.

One size fits all

None of this should be a surprise to anyone. The problem with the Euro is that it is a “one size fits all” solution that puts economic control in the hands of the EU. There is no scope for flexibility to suit the circumstances of different countries. Single currencies only work in single states. The political leadership of the EU has already taken us a long way down the road to a “United States of Europe” with its Maastricht and Lisbon treaties – but the Eurofederalists’ dream of a single, totalitarian EU State, is just out of their reach. And will continue to be while the Eurozone – the ultimate expression of European “unity” – flounders.

In the meantime, the economic problems grow. And the crisis is not confined to the poorest Eurozone countries. The more efficient economies, such as Germany, are being dragged into it. And even Britain, in the EU but still outside the Eurozone, is affected. Having spent millions of pounds on a rescue package for Ireland, we will soon be asked to help shore up the near-bankrupt economies of Portugal and Spain too. What’s more, around half of our exports currently go to countries in the Eurozone, and if the economies of the Eurozone decline further, so too will Britain.

Not immune

So, despite making the right decision to keep out of the Single Currency, we are not immune to the Eurozone’s developing economic crisis. This is totally unsustainable. But the political leadership of the EU – including our supposedly Eurosceptic Prime Minister David Cameron – will do everything they can to keep the Eurozone afloat and keep the EU together. Their answer is to try to increase Brussels’ powers and accelerate the process of “convergence” and unification. This is in spite of Prime Minister Cameron’s pledge to block any power-grabs by the EU without a referendum.

So much for politicians’ promises!

What then are the inevitable consequences for the Eurozone – and the EU? Soaring unemployment, widespread business failures, and unavoidable political crisis throughout Europe…

There is, however, an alternative for Britain. Withdrawal from the EU would enable us to escape the crisis, save billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money that is currently poured into the bottomless pit of the EU, and regain the trading opportunities in the Commonwealth and the English-speaking world that have been largely closed to us since we joined the “Common Market” in 1973. Britain has been an outwardlooking trading nation for hundreds of years. But this began to change in the 1970s when we entered the Common Market – and turned out backs on the Commonwealth. Today, it is the straitjacket of the EU that prevents us from taking advantage of our longstanding relationship with countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The Eurofederalists dismiss groups like the Campaign for an Independent Britain – opponents of the EU – as “Little Englanders”, implying that we have no interest in the world outside the British Isles. In reality, the federalists are the insular ones – Little Europeans – whose worldview is narrow and whose minds are closed.

What CIB wants is for Britain to opt out of the failing EU and instead become a major independent trading nation once more, in charge of our laws, government and trade. The choice facing Britain is simple: stay in the EU and go down with the sinking ship of the Eurozone, or sail away to a brighter, more prosperous future