If You Have Done Nothing Wrong You Have Nothing To Fear.

How many times have we heared those words used in connection with new laws that infringe our civil liberties?

Little Nicky, ace investigative reporter, has been on the case and will next week bring you news of another government scam in which people who have done absolutely nothing wrong are being persecuted by the authorities. And this one is bigtime.

Nice to learn of the total failure of the automated security system at the Labour Conference especially as the technology was similar to what is proposed for the national ID card scheme. Poor Labour delegates had to queue for hours to get in, its just a pity the Manchester weather failed to live up to its reputation.

NHS Accountans must be called to account.

An ex nurse, Pat Robinson has won a high court judgement against The National Health Service Trafford Primary Care Trust which had acted illegally in closing hospital wards in Altrincham General Hospital. Ms. Robinson acted independently and risked bankruptcy to fight this crime which was inspired solely by the Government target driven culture.
Great.
On the same day it was announced that the Accident and Emergency unit at Burnley General Hospital will close and all emergencies in the area will be dealt with by the new superhospital at Blackburn. Well its only a few miles from Burnley to Blackburn, another fifteen minutes maybe. But wait.
The catchment area for Burnley General stretches north to Slaidburn and other villages in the Ribble Valley and East to Barnoldswick, Trawden and Thornton in Craven (look em up in your Atlas if you are interested.) By the time an ambulance gets out to these places and back to Blackburn it will be getting on for an hour if the response is very quick.
Now I used to live on the east (Burnley) side of Accrington and when I was haemorrhaging into my brain the time differential between getting to Burnley or Backburn was crucial. I survived literally by a few minutes.
The same kind of thing is going on all over the country and yet this week the Lib Dems have been mealy mouthed on the subject of the Blair/Brown philosophy of Government by financial targets.

Next time you have the opportunity to vote ask youself are you really prepared to lose a loved one prematurely because of the crimes of a corrupt government and their crooked lackeys?

And let’s get out on the streets, backing people like the former Trafford nurse. Let’s chain ourselves to railings, blockade the car parks (the management car parks) support the strikers, refuse to respond to bureaucratic requests for information, do not pay fines, ignore parking restrictions (get yourself an angle grinder and a battery booster with AC inverter and you need never worry about clamps again) be obstructive in any way you can.

They Can’t Put Us All In Prison.

Another unenforcable law?

Did you notice the new law on child seats for cars slipped into force this week? According to this, anybody under four feet five has to have a booster seat. This will inconvenience a lot of circus performers and a few little old ladies of course, but I can see it changing the life of a stroppy eight year old.
“You don’t want your life to be made a misery every time we go out in the car? Dump the booster then, I’m not a baby.”
The law is totally impractical of course, but its the kind of law the police like. Nobody is going to report you for not having the kids on booster so the only time an offence will be recorded is when somebody is caught in the act. A crime with a 100% clear up rate.

In Support of Pope Benny

Was the DOPE (Dear Old Pater Ecclisiasticus) right to say what he did about Islam?
Resoundingly yes, bearing in mind it is only his opinion.
Quite recently we were involved in fighting off a “Religious Hatred” law which, had it been allowed to become law without amendment, would have made it a punishable offence to say anything about any religion which was deemed to be offensive by anybody who happened to hear it.
The Poe’s remarks were made to an audience of German academics, not broadcast through mass media. It is the news corporations that have broadcast the remarks.
In the last two weeks Little Nicky’s alter ego has faced down attempts to have him removed from an American website for criticising Christian fundamentalism. All religions would like to use the law to place themselves above criticism but if we allow them to you will see cilil liberty disappearing over the horizon with its arse on fire.
Nothing is above criticism – we should only draw the line at inciting people to commit violent acts against members of a religion, sect, ethnic group or any other minority.
But what group are most prone to offending against that particular ethic?
Preachers, that’s who.

SAME RULES APPLY. If you want free speech to criticise anybody you have to be prepared to accept criticism. Sorry if that offends your God but remember,
“I count religion but a childish toy,
and hold there is no sin but ignorance.”

Here’s a website we should support

Media Lens is a campaigning website that highlights cases of government and coprorate malfeasance and gives us links to campaigning journos so we can add information to their ammunition pile.

MEDIA LENS

Here’s an example of a Media Lens media alert.

MEDIA ALERT: THE INVISIBLE CORPORATE SHADOWThe Australian social scientist Alex Carey summed up the evolution of political power in the last century as follows:

“The twentieth century has been characterised by three developments of great political importance: the growth of democracy, the growth of corporate power, and the growth of corporate propaganda as a means of protecting corporate power against democracy.” (‘Taking the risk out of democracy,’ University of Illinois Press, 1995, p.ix)

The power of the state has also grown, a major factor in facilitating the rise of corporate dominance. As we have noted before in our media alerts, the projection of the West’s military might around the globe is undertaken for profit and control. New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman put it bluntly:

“The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist. McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the designer of the F-15. And the hidden fist that keeps the world safe for Silicon Valley’s technologies is called the US Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.” (Quoted, John Pilger, ‘The New Rulers of the World,’ Verso, 2001, p.114)

Little wonder that America’s leading social philosopher, John Dewey, described politics as “the shadow cast on society by big business”.

follow the link above to read the full post

A cycle of dictatorship

Those pokenoses at the town hall are up to something big. The Accrington Observer (OK, I know its hardly the world’s most widely read newspaper) revealed this week that the buggers are bugging our bins.
The aim of this is to check that everybody is recycling properly and fine those who are not.

Recycling is a commendable notion and would be more commendable but for the fact that we are so short of the kit needed to make useful stuff out of our household rubbish that most of what’s collected for recycling goes straight in a landfill anyway, but using the environmental crisis as an excuse to spy on us is well out of order.

Little Nicky will keep you posted on developments.

Oh Say Can’t You See (whats staring you in the face?)

We should never underestimate the ability of Americans to shOot themselves in the foot. The hymn chosen for yesterday’s wrath laying ceremony at Ground Zero TO COMMEMORATE THE 9/11 DEAD was the unsurpassably inappropriate ” The Son Of God Goes Forth To War.”
The lyric starts off like this:

The Son of God goes forth to war,
A kingly crown to gain,
His blood red banner streams afar,
Who follows in his train.

It then goes on in the same vein for several more verses. Now call Little Nicky a namby – pamby appeaser if you like but I would have thought that is just asking for trouble. Its a bit like slapping your enemy’s face with your golve and then unzipping your pants and pissing on his boots.

So are we surprised to hear on this morning’s news that the U.S. Embassy in Damascus is under attack?

All together now,
NO WE’RE NOT LITTLE NICKY.