Europe as An Actor on the Global Stage:

This is in the Top 4 items of the Lisbon Treaty At A Glance document on the Europa Website (link below). Is this what anyone in the UK voted for? Anyway enough with the prelude, what does this really mean for any of us?

It gives the EU itself the power to negotiate, implement trade agreements and treaties with other countries. Many people may have heard about the TTIP (Trans Atlantic Trade & Investment Partnership) well you have no say over this now. As of 1st December 2014 the EU has the legal right under the Lisbon Treaty to negotiate investment & trade on behalf of the EU states without any permissions from any state.

The EU basically becomes a Limited Company & thus has all the rights, obligations, freedom to contract with anyone anywhere because it is a Legal Personality. So they can decide who to contract with, what for, how long & at what cost.

Questions arise from this include;

1) will the EU make contractual arrangements that are in the best interests of the people in the member states?

2) will they always ensure fair trading & allow tenders from around the world for any items/services they wish to procure?

3) how many new employees will the EU need to employ in order to facilitate this single trading arm?

4) will the EU be bound to purchase the best product at the best price?

5) who will monitor the EU procurement to ensure it is getting the best deal for the people of the EU?

This brings about for all intents & purposes EU PLC – it can do anything any other company can do. Some of us may not like what they do, do we have a right to challenge any contract?

Sort of is the answer, if 1million people throughout the EU get together to force a debate on any policy, trade agreement etc then they might get heard!!!

So basically this Treaty has signed away much of our rights to organise any free trade or other trade with any country.

The EU is now the all powerful behemoth which has now taken over our countries. “the EU is therefore able to speak and take action as a single entity”!

We have no way of changing this, we cannot veto anything. Our only choice now is to invoke article 50 and get out.

The EU is not run on the lines of a commercial entity. It hasn’t had its accounts audited & signed off for 19 years. So the EU PLC would have been shut down!

The EU can even take us to war!!!

Take a look for yourself;

http://www.ec.europa.eu/archives/Lisbon_treaty/glance/external_relations/index_en.htm

So folks we are essentially a small part of a company; our shares do not give us enough voting rights, will not allow us to rescind any contract negotiated by the EU, even if it is a bad deal for the UK.

Welcome to the United States of Europe.

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Anybody’s Child – ChatBack Production

Very busy evening last night. Two important functions attended. First of all the Premier of the latest Chatback Production.

This film group is made up of kids in care. The latest film “Anybody’s Child” was written & performed by kids from the group. A very emotive film about how easy, how fast & how kids can easily become embroiled in Child Sexual Exploitation.

The kids as ever did a fabulous job. The DVD will be no doubt for sale & it is something every family should be aware of. As soon as the DVD is out on sale I will let people know.

A close family friend is involved with the film so I will be quite happy to send people their way to get a copy. I really hope every school will be buying a copy to show to each year group.

I was very proud to be invited & to see the kids doing something very poignant. I’ve had the pleasure of attending the last 2 premiers. By the way Josie Lawrence has again given her time to be in the film. She is such a great supporter of the things the kids have done she’s been in every film I think

Then we were off to UKIP Stourbridge branch event at the Hare & Hounds. The ever lovely & thoughtful Margot Parker MEP gave up her time to speak at the event.

She told people about how she became involved in politics, the hardship endured by those who don’t have private means to fall back on however sheer determination can see you through on relatively little because you invariably still have more than those who come to you for help.

It was a message of hope. That no matter how financially poor you are, in UKIP you must graft, work with the intention of helping make life better for those locally, get involved nationally etc. The key message being that UKIP is an extended family whereby we all look out for each other.

We help people in all regions in every practical way possible whether it be sorting out ASB or the ever glamourous litter picks. There is always a way to help & help people a few at a time.

I’m with Margot & am fully on board with the UKiP family. It’s how we work, it’s how we can support each other to do what we do.

Ps; pain meds worn off so I’m awake waiting for time when I can take my next does. Must remember to get to the chemist later, I’ve run out out of a few of my meds so need to get them or I will be bonkers barmy with pain later!

Lies, Liars & the appeasers

This week has seen the culmination of a very long, very lengthy trial costing us the taxpayers in region of £5m pounds!

I am unable to comment on the person who was found guilty on one count & may well possibly face a retrial due to a certain person who should have known better! The concept of subjudicy appears to have escaped pone who should know better but of course the MSM too!

They have hounded, harangued & essentially, I could well be argued, put themselves & a certain person who is at the top of the political monkey puzzle tree; in a position to force a possible retrial or as is very likely to happen a complete vindication on 2 of the 3 charges they were being tried for!

So this £5m show trial has a scapegoat BUT the person found guilty of the first act is likely never to have to face any further criminal proceedings on 2 other very important & serious charges.

So the media have their sacrificial lamb but he won’t be sacrificed in the usual way he is likely to limp around the field with one of those little wheelchair harnesses for his back legs! So no likely he’ll face no prison time due to the actions of a former employer! Hack on Tag – possibly a new column in the Phoenix from the ashes “News Of The World”!

All of this sorry & distasteful costly trial could have been better used to get rid of the Under Occupancy Charge, sanctions on disabled people, big families caught in benefit cap (it shouldn’t have been retrospective as the children already exist & they will be the ones to suffer) and/or any manner of things. It would also have been better remaining, for the most part, in the Budget for Criminal Justice or better known as Legal Aid. So many people now do not qualify & are unrepresented in court! As happened to an octogenarian accused of murder in the past few weeks!

so much for the great work done by Garrow a few centuries ago which instead of assisting the accused to fight their case; it appears now to be sadly returning to the style of justice often portrayed in period dramas.

Sorry about that side step, as you regular readers will no doubt know I am a bit of an Anorak on certain things.

Back to the ex-employee of extremely high standing who could have possibly used his contacts or lists of who is who to seek out information which may or may not have allowed them access to the personal telephone number of others working in the same “Mother of All P_R_I_M_N_T’s” (bit of an easy crossword to break up the monotony of Sudoku – play on again now) whom they could hack then more easily? It’s possible, don’t you think??

Now back to our very prominent person, whom is disliked in all of the EU countries including the UK. Yesterday he knowingly gave an interview about how he had been taken in by this Swiss Tony of Fleet Street, given him a 2nd chance (wasn’t aware he’d been previously been caught, cautioned or indeed prosecuted when asked to do the job he did inside 10 Downing Street). It shows such people & an associated agencies (Not in an outside manner) in their true colours!

However, this interview has basically been given and has thus automatically has scuppered any chance of getting a “fair trial”! Or indeed a retrial! Funny how things pan out when your sibling is the Counsel for one of the accused, one could jump to conclusions of words possibly said over Sunday Lunch but we wouldn’t do such a thing because we mere functionaries and taxpayers wouldn’t dare think such a thing and if we did we know better than to comment.

I shall leave you to the inevitable media scrum or three to make your own views. For this is my mere 2p’s worth and no doubt some will likely reply saying it’s not worth tuppence, I take such “constructive criticism” with the pinch of salt each deserves by the rate of salt collection I dare say will keep my path free of snow for a while in the winter months.

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Coming off benefits is like Ground Hog Day!!!

As many of my blog/tweet/website friends know I have been in receipt of ESA. I have had to endure the system imposed on me. I have always done everything as openly & honestly as is humanly possible.

Since we (Me & Hubs) were elected by the votes cast by people on 22nd May I have been phoning, writing, e-mailing, sending smoke signals, semaphore & morse code to all the various DWP/HMRC agencies to update them!

I rang a number of them on 23rd of May (the same day as results were counted & verified) explained the situation. Frustratingly I was unable to get past their tick boxes. So I thought I know I will send them a letter. After all there is only a number of times per day that you can keep going through the Spanish Inquisition to get to speak to a human being.

It is now 4weeks since the election, I have 2 Tax Credit Award notices, one is correct as far as I can see and states we are now over the limit & are no longer eligible. The second and most recent one is contrary, it states we are entitled & will be give £x.xx every 4 weeks!

I have tried calling the Tax Credits people every day, I have endured the inquisition only to be told at the end of a 5 minute call to a computerised voice that “there are no Customer Service Operatives free to take my call, to call back at a different time of day, goodbye” There is then a dial tone.

This is ridiculous & unfair on any claimants who must pay for a wasted call to an 0345 number. Is it any wonder so much money is “lost” in the Benefits Budget?

I want to stop receiving money, I want them to take me off their system. I have written, phoned & filled in official forms all to stop being given money to which I very much doubt I am entitled to!

I am at a loss as to what more I can do. It seems that no matter what I do the system isn’t geared for people who actually want to get off benefits. They tell you to contact them if there are any changes in circumstances , how on earth can you do that if you can’t get through on the phone, they won’t accept your letters?

I don’t want a hand up any more, Thank you for the support during a very difficult time BUT we have come through that and no longer require any assistance.

Any ideas on how to get to a human to sort this are very welcome.

Now to try again and again in my stop paying me benefits Groundhog Day!

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PayPal Scam – Please Share

Just received this supposedly from PayPal – it’s a scam. Luckily my firewall protected me so I had time to check into it.

I don’t use or have Skype so was very suspicious. If you receive the following, report it as phishing e-mail & do not give your details; they don’t even have PayPal as it should appear there is a space between the Pay and the Pal: see below;

You sent a payment of 44.99 GBP to Skype (support@skype.com)
Merchant
Skype
support@skype.com
Instructions to merchant
You haven’t entered any instructions.
Shipping address – Unconfirmed
United Kingdom
Postage details
The seller hasn’t provided any postage details yet.
Description Unit price Qty Amount
Online Number, 3 month subscription
44.99 GBP 1 44.99 GBP
Subtotal 44.99 GBP
Total 44.99 GBP

If you haven’t authorized this charge, open a dispute at:
https://www.paypal.com/Dispute_Centre/webscr?cmd=xpt

Please share this so others don’t get stung.

Thanks

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Will you see Sharia Style Wills at your local Solicitor?

The article below (From the Sunday Telegraph) sent to me by a friend. Knowing my legal views and ethics, I think he knew if be splurting my morning coffee all over the place!

The headline would appear to be an attempt to upset & illicit a certain type of reaction and to suggest there will be some form of hybrid Will which to be honest baffles me, as to its need & how such a step (as the article is written in order to provoke) is ever to be valid or legitimate in a Court Of Protection or via Probate in England & Wales without compromise to ensure that the “Sharia” will is compatible with our law relating to Wills & Probate.

It doesn’t follow our legal precedents under probate and the article implies that there is about to be a Sharia legal system which runs parallel to our own.

A devout Muslim can make a Will in which he/she can express their wishes & can allocate shares to named individuals in the form of bequests without the need for this attempt to promote a dual system which is the apparent aim!

Or is it the aim of the writer of the article to inflame tensions & to put about a fear in our society that our Laws, both Common and Legislative, given Royal assent by our Monarch(s) will be only for non Muslims with the Sharia Law for Muslims?

Such a scenario is seen as inevitable by some in our Society and this is likely make matters worse and bring about further division in society.

The fact remains, and is buried in the article, that these Sharia wills are to be drafted in such a way that they conform to our legal system, it’s norms, nuances, precedent, legality etc.

However, if some (yes it is a small minority) see a sign in a Solicitors window saying “Wills – Sharia & Secular get them here” (or words to that effect, not had time to let my morning coffee shake me fully from my slumber) how long do you think that window will remain in tact, in some areas I’d wager not very long because there is always some who want to cause trouble! No I don’t condone such actions, I don’t like racist or racism of any way, shape or form.

As an officer of the Supreme Court of England & Wales I can say with certainty that such wills for the devout Muslim will in its wording may possibly be different in certain places BUT the remainder will have its standard clauses, sound mind, I bequeath, I give the ornaments off the mantelpiece here to listed to (named individual) if they should predecease me then the items are to go to their eldest son/daughter even if that child be in utero at the time of my death.

The thing is the legal system cannot change overnight & a thousand years of precedent swept under the carpet! So before people take to the streets in outrage please send them a copy of my blog & I hope it will explain that Sharia Law has not overnight become legally binding and will not do so now or even in another 1000 yrs!

Yes yes I’m aware of the various mediation services offered via the Imam or Mosque Elders. Again these are BUTcourts in our sense of the word, they are a place where mediation takes place to prevent long court battles regarding divorce, visitation, marriage guidance etc. Think of the Citizens Advice & Mediation Services and use that as your starting point to understanding how any such a process may work.

To call them courts is disingenuous & misleading! In England & Wales (where I’m allowed to practice law) there is only one system that is actually legally binding in all it does and that is the law of England & Wales via Acts of Parliament that have been given Royal Assent and in force on the day of hearing!

So rest easy, put the pitch fork & flaming torches back in the cupboard and rest easy that Law & Justice are not about to be usurped!

Sunday Telegraph – 23 March 2014

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