Interesting Times

On the Immigration Act of 1971:
“It was also partly passed to legally clarify the rights of Commonwealth citizens within the United Kingdom in preparation for future membership of the European Communities which the UK became a member state on 1 January 1973 which gave new automatic rights to EC member state citizens...
... The government saw a need to appease Canada, New Zealand and Australia over the future negative impact on them when Britain would join the European Economic Community ...
One result of the Act was to stop the permanent migration of workers from the Commonwealth of Nations. ...”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_Act_1971

“Our platform has seven tenets: Trade, Mobility, Trust, Diplomacy, Security, Research and Sovereignty. Together they advance a plan to provide economic and social benefits to all four countries without intruding on national autonomy.”
https://www.canzuk.org/

On the 'devil that never dies':
"A hallmark of Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis is the argument that if someone is anti-racist, they cannot be anti-Semitic... Jews, in their eyes, are a white, rich, powerful elite, unworthy of the solidarity or protection normally afforded to ethnic minorities.
This is not just racist, it’s also false: there are many Jews of colour and there are many Jews who live below the poverty line...”
https://inews.co.uk/opinion/labour-anti-semitism-conspiracy-theories-party-investigation-explained/

"Does Labour, my party, have a problem with anti-Semitism? When someone like Gerry Downing, a member of the Socialist Fight organisation, can demand that the “Jewish problem” be addressed,... it’s clear that it might. And when Vicky Kirby, Labour’s former candidate in Woking, who was suspended after tweeting “What do you know abt Jews? They’ve got big noses and support Spurs. lol” gets readmitted to the party, one feels still greater unease.”
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/Jeremy_Corbyn/12193925/The-Labour-Party-is-increasingly-anti-Semi..

Jo Swinson: I Would Not Accept 2nd Referendum Result if Leave Won
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_YUCqiBxQg

The issue of whether the referendum was advisory or binding is irrelevant. Gina Miller won her case on a majority decision, and Parliament voted to set in motion the Article 50 process. From para.171 of the Gina Miller court case:
“...there is no issue before the court as to the legal effect of the referendum result...”
https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2016-0196-judgment.pdf

“The referendum was not legally binding. There’s no one source that can prove this statement true...”
https://fullfact.org/europe/was-eu-referendum-advisory/

Martin Howe QC, a barrister in the fields of intellectual property and EU law, on the Withdrawal Agreement and international treaties:
“...The EU law which the deal applies to us even after the transition period is over would carry on having direct effect and supremacy in our courts over UK law for the indefinite future...
Paragraph 124 of the Political Declaration pre-commits the UK to carry forward the unequal disputes procedures of the Withdrawal Agreement, under which the ECJ will maintain jurisdiction via a backdoor ...mechanism...This... is totally contrary to international treaty practice under which sovereign states do not submit themselves to the courts of the other treaty party..”
https://brexitcentral.com/theresa-mays-deal-remains-fake-brexit-alternatives-far-less-damaging/

For an overview of just how bad Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement is:
https://lawyersforbritain.org/master-chart-of-theresa-mays-deal

The government's view of the consequences of voting to leave the EU in 2016:
https://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20160815143829/https://www.eureferendum.gov.uk/what-happens-if-we-leave/

On Prorogation. It was used by Clement Attlee to push through his nationalisation programme in 1948. It was also used by John Major in 1997 (21st March to 1st May) to avoid embarrassment before a general el..

I didn't think the man who wanted to stop the elderly from voting was that different in age to me, oh well ; D Three questions I do have regarding his proposition are:
1.) At what age would you say someone is too old to vote because they will die soon, and so will be unaffected by the consequences of their vote, given that your death day is an unknown? If the high probability of your death in the near future is to be the deciding factor in whether you can vote or not, should soldiers who are on active service be denied it?
2.) Should a distinction be made between those who have descendants and those who don't? Clearly the former have more skin in the game, so to speak, than the latter by this metric.
3.) The logic of this argument would seem to indicate that the voting age should be lowered, since the younger you are, the longer you have to be affected by the consequences of a vote. How low should it go? If age is to be the only determinant then why should infants not have a say?

On NATO, Article 5:
https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/topics_110496.htm
and:
https://www.history.com/news/nato-article-5-meaning-history-world-war-2

"The desire to see a fairer immigration system free of positive discrimination based on continent of origin; unease over the UK being locked into freedom-of-movement arrangements with countries that suffer from relatively high levels of harassment and violence towards black people; distress over the electoral rise of anti-Semitic parties in other EU member states… don’t any of these things matter to the progressive, open-minded and tolerant masses who marched in the streets of London on Saturday?"
https://www.spiked-online.com/2019/03/26/many-ethnic-minority-voters-backed-brexit-too/

"We still don’t have much information about how specific groups voted in the referendum but what we can gather from the ward-level data is telling. The Brexit voter is not just your dispossessed, lower-educated white Northerner. They might also be your we..

Now if they could just do the same in Parliament itself....

I think the Kashmiris had a better turn out, and this is London, a remainer heartland. Could it be that most people are absolutely fed up with Ground hog Day Brexit, and just want it done, deal or no deal? No more extensions guys; you've had your fun, but now playtime is over.

Speaker no. 1 – Wes Streeting
11:16 - “... without any referendum...
We will defend the right of the people to decide”
I don't know what he thinks that event in 2016 was, but clearly in Wes Streeting World it wasn't a referendum. We are allowed to decide, as long as it is the right kind of vote. People's Vote good, general election bad, unless the electorate makes the wrong decision again, in which case we will all be put on the naughty step and made to go to bed without any dinner.

Speaker no. 2 – Stephen Doughty
19:42 on - “...But we cannot have a cut and run election on Boris
Johnson's terms. It would be a trick, it would be a trap,
and we must not fall into it...”
Yes, that tricksy Prime Minister and his evil plan to become a dictator by forcing the opposition to agree to a general election....

Speaker no. 3 – Jess Phillips, on no deal:
21:18 on - “... He (Boris) knows it is the beginning of a 1,000 days...
of negotiations that will have to go on for many, many,
many years. The only thing it will end is the jobs of the
people in my constituency.”
Jess Phillips, the people who voted for you are not children. They are adults, and it is not your job to protect them. They have the right to make choices about their lives, and you do not have the right to 'protect' them from the imagined consequences of those choices. You are not their parent; you are their representative, and that is all you are.

Speaker no. 4 – Diane Abbot:
26:18 - “We are coming together, all the opposition parties are
coming together to fight a catastrophic no deal Brexit and
..

This protest took place on the day MPs returned to Parliament after the recess on Tuesday 3rd September, 2019. Two things struck me about it. Firstly, although Kashmiris in this country are minority group, the number of people attending the protest seemed to me to outnumber the number attending the so called People's Vote rally later in the day.
Secondly, there seems to be a general movement among people world wide to push back against increasingly authoritarian governments, from Hong Kong to Russia, Tibet to Venezuela, the Kashmiris in India and the Uighurs in China, although they are enduring a severe crack down.
I think what is happening in the EU can be seen as part of this zeitgeist, although for the moment it seems only the Yellow Vests in France, and the Catalans in Spain have experienced some form of police violence.
Some people want to be free, others are afraid of exactly that and try to stop it by any means. Why should the idea of free people, equal under the law and able to hold lawmakers to account, be so frightening?

For more information go to:
www.KashmirCampaign.com
[email protected]

On Tibet:
https://www.freetibet.org/
https://www.tibetwatch.org/
https://www.hrw.org/asia/china-and-tibet

The Uighurs:
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/31/world/asia/xinjiang-china-uighurs-prisons.html
https://freebeacon.com/national-security/network-of-chinese-concentration-camps-for-uighurs-uncovered/

Venezuela protests: 'Four dead' ahead of mass protest - BBC News
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9TytNU6hsg

Hong Kong experiences its most intense clashes since protests started
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aAj1pm0aDw

Massive repression in France against peaceful citizens #Yellowvests+-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGd-SRBqG5w

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/catalan-independence-referendum-self-determination-separatist-spain-government-unpopular-region-a7959286.html

https://www.rt.com/news/422604-catalonia-repression-spain-democracy/

Part 3 is a conversation with Arron (on the right) and Plamen, two young men I met at the protest. The reason for the short bit of repetition at the start is because I didn't want to edit anything out, and this was the best way to make sure there was nothing missing. Although Arron thought it a bad example, I thought the point about football teams would have been good way into exploring what nationalism means, although it was a side track at that point.
Regarding drugs, my parent's generation were children during WWII, and were more likely to have problems with alcohol. Some of my friends had alcoholic parents. They did get to university, but I know not everyone did. Drugs were more likely to affect the baby boomers, and my generation on. Some people I know destroyed their lives through drug (and alcohol) use. Fortunately most did not have children. For those that did, the grandparents have tried to pick up the pieces. Also, some friends have problems with drug addicted children. When Arron was talking, it struck me that in my experience it was not a class based issue, but that isn't enough evidence on which to make a claim.
Regarding school, I think I have almost the same number of friends who left at 16 and went to work as those who went to university, but I'm not sure as it has never been an issue.
I am grateful to both Arron and Plamen for taking the time to talk to me, and for putting across their passion for free movement so well. I don't know if they got anything out of it, but I got a lot out of talking to them.

For those of you who want to reform the EU from within, I suggest you look at this movement. I wish you every success.
https://diem25.org/what-is-diem25/

The EU and human rights:

This article examines the legal obligations of the EU regarding human rights, judgements from the CJEU (Court of Justice of the EU) and its relationship with the ECHR (European Convention on Human Rights). It is complex, and argues that because of caveat..

The quality of the filming is not great, so sorry for that. My camera died, so I had to switch to my phone. It was ok in daylight, but the footage got very grainy as the light faded.
Below are links for checking things I say in the video. The Brexit map man is probably the same age as me but I referred to him as a 'young man' because for some reason I seem to do that to everyone these days. I think it is a weird part of the ageing process.
Although many of the protestors did not want to engage in conversation with us, there were some who were willing to talk, which was good.

On the EU's new leaders:

Andrew Neil destroys Pro EU journalist on BBC`s `This Week` - 4th July 2019
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1i0HiDG7G0

The new President of the European Central Bank, convicted in 2016 of misusing public funds, but spared punishment in part because of her 'international stature'. So that's alright then:

“The International Monetary Fund threw its support behind its leader, Christine Lagarde, on Monday despite her conviction in a French court on charges of misusing public funds....
The court, noting that a judge had previously invalidated the payout in a 2015 ruling and that she had “national and international” stature, decided not to punish Ms. Lagarde and spared her a criminal record.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/19/business/imf-trial-christine-lagarde-france-verdict.html

And from Spain:
“High representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs: Josep Borrell
The Spanish Foreign Minister was last year fined £27,000 for insider trading...”
https://talkradio.co.uk/features/who-are-new-european-union-leaders-19070431533

https://nominister.blogspot.com/2019/07/i-for-one-welcome-our-new-insect.html

Countries which kill people for being gay:

Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Mauritania, “Islamic State” and United Arab Emirates. In addition, while being gay in Bangladesh is illegal, it does not have the death pen..

Same blurb as 1a because I am lazy ; )

Wednesday 24th July 2019, the day Boris Johnson officially took over from Theresa May as PM. The occasion brought out many people in varying states of confusion protesting for different causes, and an almost equal number of journalists and cameramen (no sexism intended!) filming everyone doing so. I didn't always understand what people were fighting for, but hopefully practice will improve my questioning technique enough to get to the bottom of things.
There was too much film to put up in one go, so I have had to divide what I took up into three parts. However, even with that it has proved impossible to upload this video clip in the form I originally intended (this is my fifth attempt, and I've had enough!), so I have split it into two, 1a and 1b, which seems to be working.
In part one the atmosphere was generally quite good natured. People were mostly able to accept that others had different views to them, without assuming they must be evil for doing so. Even when leavers and remainers, pro Boris and anti Boris, protestors were together outside the gates of Downing Street, there was no sense of danger, or that physical violence might break out. It was just funny on the whole. The sound of booing from the anti Boris people sounded like a constant background low moan that made it seem like we were in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, and were about to break into No.10 in order to eat the occupants. Actually I could have done with some food at that point....
Part 2 on shows a second, anti-Boris (and presumably anti-Leave) protest, which turned up outside Downing Street later on. The atmosphere took a distinctly darker turn, and was not so relaxed as earlier on in the day. However, even so I was able to have an interesting and mutually respectful conversation with two young men, most of which is in Part 3, so that was a hopeful thing.

Below are some links to websites with the information that I was referring to when I wa..

I have solved the mystery of the missing upload! For some reason it was hidden in the private section, and not out in the public area of my channel. I might still leave the other two versions of this up, just in case. We'll see.

Wednesday 24th July 2019, the day Boris Johnson officially took over from Theresa May as PM. The occasion brought out many people in varying states of confusion protesting for different causes, and an almost equal number of journalists and cameramen (no sexism intended!) filming everyone doing so. I didn't always understand what people were fighting for, but hopefully practice will improve my questioning technique enough to get to the bottom of things.
There was too much film to put up in one go, so I have had to divide what I took up into three parts. In part one the atmosphere was generally quite good natured. People were mostly able to accept that others had different views to them, without assuming they must be evil for doing so. Even when leavers and remainers, pro Boris and anti Boris, protestors were together outside the gates of Downing Street, there was no sense of danger, or that physical violence might break out. It was just funny on the whole. The sound of booing from the anti Boris people sounded like a constant background low moan that made it seem like we were in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, and were about to break into No.10 in order to eat the occupants. Actually I could have done with some food at that point....
Part 2 on shows a second, anti-Boris (and presumably anti-Leave) protest, which turned up outside Downing Street later on. The atmosphere took a distinctly darker turn, and was not so relaxed as earlier on in the day. However, even so I was able to have an interesting and mutually respectful conversation with two young men, most of which is in Part 3, so that was a hopeful thing.

Below are some links to websites with the information that I was referring to when I was talking to people outside Parl..

Wednesday 24th July 2019, the day Boris Johnson officially took over from Theresa May as PM. The occasion brought out many people in varying states of confusion protesting for different causes, and an almost equal number of journalists and cameramen (no sexism intended!) filming everyone doing so. I didn't always understand what people were fighting for, but hopefully practice will improve my questioning technique enough to get to the bottom of things.
There was too much film to put up in one go, so I have had to divide what I took up into three parts. However, even with that it has proved impossible to upload this video clip in the form I originally intended (this is my fifth attempt, and I've had enough!), so I have split it into two, 1a and 1b, which seems to be working.
In part one the atmosphere was generally quite good natured. People were mostly able to accept that others had different views to them, without assuming they must be evil for doing so. Even when leavers and remainers, pro Boris and anti Boris, protestors were together outside the gates of Downing Street, there was no sense of danger, or that physical violence might break out. It was just funny on the whole. The sound of booing from the anti Boris people sounded like a constant background low moan that made it seem like we were in the middle of a zombie apocalypse, and were about to break into No.10 in order to eat the occupants. Actually I could have done with some food at that point....
Part 2 on shows a second, anti-Boris (and presumably anti-Leave) protest, which turned up outside Downing Street later on. The atmosphere took a distinctly darker turn, and was not so relaxed as earlier on in the day. However, even so I was able to have an interesting and mutually respectful conversation with two young men, most of which is in Part 3, so that was a hopeful thing.

Below are some links to websites with the information that I was referring to when I was talking to people outside Parliament.
..

The penultimate cab strike before the Parliamentary summer recess. We really do have to start thinking outside the box...
Towards the end I briefly bemoan yet another remainer swearing at us before cycling off at high speed, rather than engaging in a rational conversation about Brexit.

Conversation at the end with Andy Scott of London Taxi P.R.
www.londontaxipr.com

United Trade Action Group Ltd 'UTAG' has been formed by Licensed Taxi Drivers to manage the legal process and action against Westminster Magistrates Court, Transport for London and Uber. We are in the process of raising funds to pay for these legal challenges to save the Licensed Taxi.
https://www.unitedtradeactiongroup.com/#!

Andrew Neil Destroys New EU Leaders
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZlBy1G9BsQ

"I was waiting, waiting for anything to happen...."
Music excerpt from 'Sadboy' by Wolf Alice

A polite and civilized conversation (take note politicians and MSM) with two cabbies on opposite sides of the Brexit debate, plus a speech by Sean Paul Day with the official announcement that Tooley Street will remain open to black cab drivers after all.

While Lebanon has hosted the highest per capita number of Syrian refugees of any country in the world according to Human Rights Watch, I should have also mentioned that Jordan has taken in thousands too.

Information about the dire state of the euro can be found in the links below.

In anticipation of the increasing censorship of contributors on youtube, my videos can also be found on Bitchute:
https://www.bitchute.com/channel/interesting-times/

Sean Paul Day, of London Taxi Radio on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/seanpaulday

https://andersonshelter.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-consequences-of-transport-for.html
or here:
https://taxileaks.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-consequences-of-transport-for.html

The Gentleman Cabbie:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChyGJcwrVGxg_0WB3RlU9sA

From the Campaign for and Independent Britain website:

‘The unelected EU Commission has signalled its intent to control all press and media by issuing an EU press card. They will decide who can and cannot be a journalist. A 16 page document has already been issued, telling the EU press corps how it should and should not report the EU. Following an angry response from journalists, this was quickly withdrawn – but only from the public domain. It is waiting its turn to be reintroduced.

‘This may initially be on a “voluntary” basis but its power will be steadily strengthened over time until it could well become impossible to operate as a journalist without an EU press card. The Commission also aspires to control the internet, websites and blogging.

‘“Criticism of the EU is akin to blasphemy and may be restricted without affecting freedom of speech.”

– Opinion of Ruiz Jarabo Colomer, Advocate General of the EU Court of Justice 2000 in Case C-274..

Another good conversation with two London cab drivers about the ongoing black cab taxi strike. Unfortunately my camera decided to switch off part way through, so it missed the bit where we talked about how turning London into a large version of Amsterdam was a bit of a non-starter (nothing like the extensive and properly set out bicycle lanes that all Dutch cities have, or their well integrated public transport system, with its trams and canals). It also missed the beginning of us moving on to talk about the Veterans protest against the legal warfare currently being waged against former soldiers by the government. Hopefully what it did record is enough to make sense of what we were talking about!

https://taxileaks.blogspot.com/

https://londontaxipr.com/

https://www.ltda.co.uk/

https://www.unitedtradeactiongroup.com/

Music by T.Rex - Children of the Revolution

Veterans protesting outside the Houses of Parliament against the continuing legal action being taken against their colleagues, decades after the events for which they are being investigated. I'd guess the only people who are happy with this state of affairs are the terrorists and their supporters; and of course, the lawyers...

https://www.theguardian.com/law/2017/feb/02/iraq-human-rights-lawyer-phil-shiner-disqualified-for-professional-misconduct

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/02/26/disgraced-iraq-lawyer-phil-shiner-hid-houses-even-guitars-bid/

https://www.justiceforniveterans.com/soldier-f/

I stand with soldier F support group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/848334958846157/events/

A thoughtful argument from Douglas Murray:
https://spectator.us/case-prosecuting-bloody-sunday-soldier-f/

And an equally thoughtful piece arguing for the opposite point of view from Lionel Shriver:
https://spectator.us/forgive-ira-parachute-regiment/

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"For the fortunate among us, the fourth danger is comfort, the temptation to follow the easy and familiar paths of personal ambition and financial success so grandly spread before those who have the privilege of education. But that is not the road history has marked out for us. There is a Chinese curse which says "May he live in interesting times." Like it or not we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also more open to the creative energy of men than any other time in history. And everyone here will ultimately be judged -will ultimately judge himself- on the effort he has contributed to building a new world society and the extent to which his ideals and goals have shaped that effort." Robert F. Kennedy, 1966