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And the latest Eurobarometer report has hit the streets

Rather ambitiously, the eurocrats attempt to poll the whole of the EU 25 plus candidate countries, largely on EU issues, but also on the likes of gay marriage and legalising cannabis, every once in a while. Full details of the current one here, but it is a pdf file.

I almost burst with patriotic pride that our very own Blighty was bottom of the class for thinking membership of the EU a good thing (34%), bottom for thinking we had benefited (39%), bottom for having a positive image of the EU (28%), and bottom for trusting both the commission and the 'parliament'(25%).

Teacher's pets are varied: 73 % of Slovenes 'tend to trust' both the 'parliament' and the Commission. 73% of our Hibernian neighbours have a positive image of the EU. Fancy that. Wonder if it has anything to do with being bought? Then again 87% of them think they have benefited, so what of the ungrateful 14%, eh?

Elsewhere, a hanging & flogging party could sweep the board in Cyprus, with 97% thinking 'criminals should be punished more severely'. The Danes are clearly mushy liberals, and trail the field at a trifling 70%.

I will not be moving to Portugal any time soon, as 80% consider 'we need more equality and justice even if this means less freedom for the individual'. The UK disgraces itself less than most at 56%, with the Dutch the least envious at 46%. Depressing.

The Dutch are keenest on freeing the weed at 49%, followed by Spain at 40% and the UK at 32%. The Finns and the Swedes clearly have not been listening to Peter Tosh songs, with only 8% and 9% in favour.

Finally, the Germans do their best to perpetuate the national stereotype, with the least support for the proposition that 'more importance should be given to spare time than work' at 27%. In contrast 69% of Cypriots want to spend more time sitting on the beach or under the nearest olive tree. Although presumably they do not want the same life of ease for the island's criminals, but rather that they should be breaking rocks in the hot sun.

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Anonymous Anonymous said... 8:11 pm

And yet we still have the three main parties towing the EU line at every turn. Sooner or later they will have to decide whose side they're on.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 8:12 pm

Incidentally, did you open the gigantic pdf? I couldn't be arsed.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 8:14 pm

I did, yes. Thought there might be a few nailbombs hidden away therein.....  

Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 12:11 am

73 % of Slovenes 'tend to trust' both the 'parliament' and the Commission.'

thats only because they've not been in for forty years watching the fuckers bleed us dry while they live tax free in belgium  

Anonymous verity said... 1:07 am

Damn! It makes you proud to be British, doesn't it? Even after a decade of Orwellian Newspeak, multi-culti is good, single mothers and no fathers, no furniture but plasma TV in the living rooms of lifetime welfare dependents, some British don't seem to have their spines filleted quite yet. But as the EU rolls on, they will.

But it's coming.  

Anonymous verity said... 2:38 am

WOOWWWWW Yates has, at this very sensitive time, been promoted! Not "Acting" any longer! Happy, happy, happy.  

Blogger istanbultory said... 5:52 am

Ironically, Our Caledonian friends' enthusiasm for the EU would probably dim significantly if they ever actually chose independence. For the European Commission has made it explicitly clear that in the event of independence, a Scottish state would not automatically be eligible for EU membership. Scotland would have to join the EU wannabes along with Turkey, Bosnia and Macedonia. That is to say a Scottish entry into the EU could take many years. The SNP's claim of "Independence in Europe" would thus be shot to pieces...  

Blogger Newmania said... 7:12 am

File under redundant (I had so much fun with this)

"Buying drinks in rounds can damage your health, says the Scottish Executive. "  

Blogger Newmania said... 7:21 am

...and X factor Leona got more votes than all three parties in the last European elections.....  

Blogger Newmania said... 7:27 am

Mr. C I `m sorry but I had to share this . Can we all bow our heads in silent admiration for the Bishop of Southwark who is , as I write , claiming that he suffered a sudden and inexplicable bout of amnesia."There are ongoing tests and I `m determined to get to the bottom of it. Its a serious business"

Deadly serious Bish...  

Blogger Newmania said... 10:12 am

PHITCH If you pick this up I have (only just) read the Guido thread and I `d like to congratulate you on a quite magnificent and courageous performance.

You should be honoured like Luke Wooki and Lea at the end of Star Wars.Frankly I`d have been to wrorried about getting into some half baked legal squabble.( Which nonetheless would be a nuisance )
I suppose that what JHL lives for .  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 11:58 am

fuck him
id welcome it (+:
id welcome him turning up on my doorstep even more (+:{  

Anonymous verity said... 2:09 pm

Doesn't anyone else care that Yates of the Yard has been promoted? He is not "Acting" Deputy Commissioner (or whatever it is) any more. Doesn't this tell us something about his superiors' view of the job he is doing on Blair and their certainty that they can get 'im?

Blair's intestines must have turned to water when he heard this. Oh, I'm so happy that he's suffering. Now he can wipe that smug, self-congratulatory smile off his face and never sing "Things ... can only get better" ever again. Just "Things ... can only get badder." God, isn't Schadenfreude just great? And more to come!  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:32 pm

I'm enjoying it immensely, but opted not to blog it as I felt it had been done more than justice elsewhere.  

Anonymous verity said... 2:40 pm

Where,Croydonian? I don't think Dale's addressed the promotion, either ...  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:43 pm

Guido's done it.  

Anonymous verity said... 2:45 pm

I allus said 'im and 'is missus would do a moonlight flit.

Madame Ceaucescu looks as though she comes from a long line of moonlight flitters, so she probably knows the drill.  

Anonymous verity said... 2:56 pm

That sordid lowlife Jailhouse Lawyers getting a thrashing over on that thread at Guido's.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 3:08 pm

I take full credit for getting the first boot in.
My mother is 63 the same age as his victim, I could cheerfuly strangle him.
That man is so screamingly obviously dangerous(to little old ladies)  

Anonymous verity said... 3:25 pm

I am proud to say I - and others - gave him a thorough kicking over on Dale's three days ago. The self-regarding moron came out with "I've paid my debt to society" and - I think it was City Unslicker (apologies to the correct person if I'm wrong) said being sentenced to jail for murder was not like double-entry bookkeeping where the books balanced in the end.

I took the gloves off and just went in for vicious abuse.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:30 pm

Don't think I saw that - which thread was it?  

Anonymous verity said... 3:47 pm

I'll look it up and come back to you, Croydonian. I've just sent him another verbal dirty bomb over on Guido's posting as the chocolate orange inspector.  

Anonymous verity said... 3:53 pm

Well, it's off the page and Dale doesn't have a search facility. He just does dates, but the thread was titled "Votes for Prisoners". You may be more adept at finding it than I was.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:54 pm

Good point well made, and an imaginative alias...  

Blogger Croydonian said... 4:01 pm

And here's the comments thread chez Dale.

Asn an object lesson in delusional self-righteousness, that man is without peer.  

Blogger Newmania said... 4:29 pm

I read that C thank god for Verity Phitch your good self and all the other decent people . Only one person has the right to forgive and she is unlikely to "recover sufficiently " . JHL doesnot understand that moral the ledger is not the property of the State.Please god he never comes here  

Anonymous verity said... 4:35 pm

PHitch did a right slice and dice job on him over on Guido's on the "Gotta Be Worth A K" thread, although Guido finally intervened and told everyone to shut up. But Peter did a masterly job dissecting this lowlife's psyche. Masterful.

My big disappoint is, Dale is having him on Doughty St as a spokesman for prisoners' right to vote. I think this is a mistake, but Dale's property.  

Blogger Newmania said... 4:48 pm

Wise words Verity - I am in favour of the death penalty for a number of reasons and it would be nice if questions of JHL (Will he wear green? Will he take tea? ), did not arise.

In fact it would be a good idea if we all lost the bizarre modern illusion that we are going to live forever. More philosophers, less financial products and less absurdly dishonest squeamishness about Justice would transpire

The often quoted impossibility of getting a guilty verdict is a problem that would be solved by losing the pretence of immortality.  

Anonymous verity said... 5:01 pm

Someone posting as Marjorie also took a razor to him over at Guido's. No wonder Guido suddenly lost patience.  

Anonymous verity said... 5:14 pm

This fellow was bragging over on Guido's that he was going to be appearing on Doughty Street TV - as though that somehow mantled him in respectability.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:38 pm

This prick is trying to paint himself as some kind of McVicar ,a bad boy who
"done wrong" but has seen the light, he isnt !
he is a murdering piece of crap , crap that even the krays wouldnt have given the time of day to.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 5:46 pm

McVicar was only ever a blagger wasn't he? And he did go on to get himself a degree, so has credentials validated other than by his own ego.

Vis a vis JHL, as Attlee put it "A period of quiet reflection on your part would be welcome". (Usual caveat about quoting from memory).  

Anonymous verity said... 5:47 pm

He's not posing as someone who "has seen the light", PHitch. He has expressed no remorse whatsoever in any of his posts. I mentioned "a curious lack of remorse" and he didn't respond, except to reiterate how highly his prison law tutor thought of his intellect. He has also mentioned Asparagus - or whatever; it sounds like one of those made up ailments to keep social workers busy - syndrome several times.  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 6:00 pm

The man is a danger to women, just goes to show what a very sick joke our parole system has become.
As you all have noticed, no remorse just self righteousness and victimhood
The man isn't even intelligent, some social worker has told him that he is, but he aint.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 6:04 pm

As a brief sidetrack to the original post, I wonder what manner of welcome he would get in Cyprus....  

Anonymous verity said... 6:06 pm

PHitch - He's not intelligent, but he is cunning, which is a kind of parallel intelligence.

He took a law degree while he was in the pen and it was his tutor who told him how brilliant he is.

There should be no remedial education for murderers. For people inside for lesser crimes, yes, I do agree that they should get some sort of tuition to give them a qualification to go out and earn a living - especially if they're interested in learning. But someone who has taken a life who expresses no remorse is in a different universe. (And then says he's "paid his debt to society"! He doesn't owe a debt to society; he owes a debt to the lady he murdered and her family, and that debt can never be erased or "worked off".)  

Anonymous verity said... 6:08 pm

Who would get in Cyprus, Croydonian?  

Anonymous verity said... 6:09 pm

PHitch - For once, it's not the fault of the parole system. If you read his post over on Dale's, he was not only kept in for his full sentence, but they kept him inside for an additional 10 years.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 6:16 pm

Our new best friend JHL - 97% of Cypriots think their criminal justice system too lenient.

I imagine the parole board took note of his lack of remorse when keeping him in for additional years.  

Anonymous verity said... 6:34 pm

I imagine the parole board took note of his lack of remorse when keeping him in for additional years.

Yes. And this has left him with a sense of grievance and dire injustice because they simply do not appreciate how extremely intelligent he is. His law tutor told him so.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 6:37 pm

"A self-made man and he worships his own creator".....  

Blogger istanbultory said... 7:15 pm

To think we share the blogosphere with a convicted killer. I have to agree with Verity - somehow it is particularly gut wrenching to learn that he was able to get a law degree (at the taxpayers' expense) while incancerated. That doesn't quite meet my definition of justice being served.
On the up side, JHL's pushing 60, the Grim Reaper lies in wait, and nobody in their right mind would offer him any form of employment. Which probably means that he'll end up working in some dire outpost of (Labour-controlled) local government. Or academia.  

Anonymous verity said... 7:28 pm

No, no, Stamboul Tory! He works as a prison consultant and "media advisor". (Maybe he helps the BBC to decide which programmes to axe.) And lobbies for votes for prisoners - definitely everyone's idea of a top priority issue. But he will be funded by some public body or other.

He is going to be appearing on 18 Doughty Street,invited by Dale to discuss voting for prisoners.  

Blogger istanbultory said... 7:51 pm

Indeed,Verity, the bugger has spent his entire adult existence on the public purse in one way or another. Now he'll surely prosper in the public sector.

BTW, what the blazes does a "prison consultant" actually do? Is this some kind of non-job which Gordo has created? I fear that Blighty is in a worse state than I had thought possible...
re: Doughty St, I suggest that Dale invite our own learned friend Hitch along to the proceedings... to ensure a spot of balance and objectivity.  

Anonymous verity said... 8:23 pm

I don't know what Dale's doing giving a platform to an aggressive axe murderer with a bee in his bonnet. I think when he first invited him, he didn't know he was a murderer. The murderer was just posing as a lobbyist for prisoners' "rights" (aka "none"). Someone googled him and found out about his past, of which he seems to be rather proud.

He has told Hitch, over on Dale's blog just now, to expect a call from the police. (Of course, maybe Hitch's real name is Lord Levy.)  

Anonymous Anonymous said... 9:33 pm

I look forward to a call from the police to discuss Hirsts "problems"
I will sit them down ,make them a cup of tea and then sit on the sofa with them pissing ourselves laughing.  

Blogger Newmania said... 12:19 am

Verity I utterly agree I have been sitting here in a state of disgust with myself that I lack the cojones of PHITCH who I would dearly like to support with greater vigour. I just fear I will get embroiled in some quasi legal publicity stunt costing time and money. I lack a surplus of either . Mrs. N might be unimpressed

PHITCH I have been trying to spread the word where I can but I appreciate it isn’t good enough really
He is all over Ellees blog mouthing his self regarding myopic crud…….I see little reason to assume he is “rehabilitated” from the oddly obstinate childishness of his remarks. I notice that dales site has simply dried up . I hope others are feeling the silent revulsion I am and I have at least expressed my feeling that giving this person a living based on his criminal past is about as low as I can imagine privately .

Not happy , especially with myself .

I `ll just have a drink then I`ll feel alright about it.  

Anonymous verity said... 12:52 am

I think neither Dale nor Guido knew of the axe murderer's [not mentioning the name in case he googles himself] sordid past when he first started posting, and I think Iain asked him on to the tv programme to discuss the "right" of the incarcerees to vote just as a rather interesting subject and one that would draw viewers and comments.

Iain is a gentle soul and doesn't like confrontation - begging the question, what is he doing in politics, then? - but you know what I mean. Our host here is also pacific and civilised.

I for one am not going to post any more about this individual because, although he's aged 60 and old lags are generally well out of the game by that age, this fellow has an uncertain temprament and an apparent sense of entitlement. People of this ilk are better left to themselves.

We can just go on enjoying ourselves on these generous blogs and having a good time.

Had a bevy with Lord Levy but Lord Levy was shy.  

Blogger Newmania said... 1:29 am

Bye bye Pro American guy !!!

Good thinking  

Anonymous verity said... 2:12 am

Are you saying Lord Levy is pro-American? I have never seen evidence of any thoughts at all about Lord Levy on the N American continents (which includes Mexico, for all those people who think the N American continong ends at the Rio Grande). Lord Levy is more Home Counties. And better looking than Tony Blair, so of more interest to the ladies.

So I don't take your point about "pro American guy". Why introduce a new and unsustainable thought? For something to be funny, it has to run along a line of truth.

Had a bevy with Lord Levy and Lord Levy was fly.  

Blogger Newmania said... 7:09 am

No no Verity Iain dale had a spoof rhyme which began

Bye bye Pro American Guy
Had a bevy with Lord Levy when the coffers were dry.

I thought you were refferring to it. I assumed the first line meant Blair and only wished to imply a changing of the subject onto the happy prospect of Blair`s imminent departure. Also appreciation of your good sense.

You have obviously independently come up with the same idea. Shows how clever you are !!  

Blogger Croydonian said... 9:30 am

You will be pleased to know that JHL has already received a lifetime ban in advance of any attempt he might make to post here.  

Anonymous verity said... 3:17 pm

No, no, I cannot claim to have come up with that take-off independently. Just changed the last line, is all. I saw it over at Dale's a couple of months ago.  

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