Wednesday, 31 December 2008
Monday, 29 December 2008
Anyway today I thought it sensible to point you in the direction of Barry Chambers.
Barry is the LPUK Parliamentary Candidate for Norwich South. And he's demanding an independent investigation into the Homes Scandal that is rocking Norwich City Council.
Norwich City Council launched an internal investigation after it was revealed staff were living in properties which elderly tenants had been evicted from ahead of a proposed redevelopment.
The story made national headlines, with Kristina Reeves, City Hall's £52,000-a-year head of neighbourhood housing, one of 18 council staff who moved into the homes in Greyhound Opening ahead of the redevelopment.
Barry believes it's time the people of Norwich vote in a new council. As he points out this may only be the tip of the iceberg.
The electorate has no say over who is employed in their council and rely on the elected councilors to represent them in these issues. This clearly does not work. Maybe the time has arrived to remove all the present elected councilors and to elect new people within whom we can have some trust.
We should call for an external investigation into all of the council's affairs, because this one issue may only be the tip of the iceberg! What lies below, we may wonder.
Do go and read Barry's full post and show him your support. Especially if you live in Norwich.
Saturday, 20 December 2008
Thursday, 18 December 2008
Q: Is this policy or legislation really for the benefit of the individual in the UK, or is it only in the interests of Corporations or Government to the detriment of the individual.
A: It must fulfil the first part or it is not good law for the UK.
Test 2 is the Stalin Test.
Q: Would Stalin have found such a policy or legislation useful in furthering his state control apparatus.
A: If so, it is not good law for the UK.
Test 3: Rule of law
Q: Does the policy/legislation respect the rule of law and basic rules of English jurisprudence?
A: If not, it's not good law for the UK.
You may see Libertarian Blogs and Press Releases applying these tests, which we would like to see being used more and more as policy announcements are made by the current Government, Tories and LibDems in order to fool voters that their brand of Big Government Statism will be so much better for you.
The Libertarian Party is committed to making the life of the individual one which is free from Government interference, and to disentangle Corporate interests and government legislation.
If you would like to know more about the Libertarian Party and its objectives, read our manifesto, stand as a Parliamentary Candidate or are just curious, visit our website here. You can join the Libertarian Party by clicking the Join Now link in the sidebar.
Your Life, Your Country, Your Choice.
Monday, 15 December 2008
The lucky councilors were given a guided tour of one of Big Brother's secretest labs. Where he devises all his plans to catch those nasty 'state enemies'...
A HIGH-SECURITY lab in Sandridge normally closed to members of the public has at last flung open its doors to reveal some of the vital work carried out there.
The Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) may only be known to people who live in the area as the 'place on the hill with a mast'.
However, in scientific circles it has an international reputation for conducting investigations which help the police to catch criminals, terrorists and keep the public safe.
As the lab remains extremely secluded due to the sensitive nature of the research undertaken there, it tends to get forgotten about.
But last week leader of St Albans District Council Robert Donald and councillor Chris Oxley were given a guided tour of the secure facility to discover more about its fundamental role in helping to cut crime.
They saw all of Big Brother's new toys. Including finger printing systems and weapon detectors.
And they were so impressed they heaped praise on Big Brother's work. Well, who wouldn't...
Councillor Oxley said: “I have lived in sight of the mast for over 30 years and had not been aware of the superb work being done by such a dedicated team of highly skilled scientists.
"I consider it a real privilege to be shown just a sample of how HOSDB helps us live in a civilised and reduced crime environment.
Doesn't it make you feel warm and cuddly inside? To know they're helping us live in a more civilised world.
Just think how well you'll sleep knowing Big Brother is watching over you. Keeping all those nasty 'state enemies' at bay...
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Saturday, 13 December 2008
As the picture shows we enjoyed a few drinks. And had a good chat about politics, philosophy and policy.
We hope to organise another meeting in Hertfordshire after Christmas. Probably Rickmansworth. So if you know that area -- why not come along.
Also don't forget about the regular London meet ups in the Rose and Crown Southwark. Next one is penciled in for January 8th.
You will notice we disguised the identity of the members in the picture. This is due to the obvious threat they pose to the 'state'.
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
a. fill it in correctly and send it back?
b. fill it in incorrectly and send it back?
c. send it back telling them to naff off?
d. send an anonymous letter telling them to naff off?
e. ring up the jobsworth head of the department, tell him that I live on private property and it is none of his damn business as long as I keep paying for the energy I use, on top of his wages?
Monday, 8 December 2008
Lord Steyn in the House of Lords ruling in S. and Marper v. UK ( UKHL 39) held that 'the increase in the database of fingerprints and samples promoted the public interest by the detection and prosecution of serious crime and by exculpating the innocent;' [Emphasis added]. The case of Kevin Reynolds contradicts this point.
Kevin Reynolds was first arrested in 2002, and the police took DNA samples from him. When he was acquitted, the Police retained his DNA samples and profile. Three years ago, Kevin was arrested a second time, this time on suspicion of murder. The police had DNA from the crime scene; if they had compared it to the DNA retained from Kevin's first arrest he would have been cleared immediately - but they didn't. See details in DNA retention of unconvicted people.
Kevin informed me that he just received the following letter, dated 2008-12-02, from SCD12 - AC Private Office and Business Services, Metropolitan Police:
Re: Request for deletion of fingerprints, DNA and PNC records
Dear Mr Reynolds,
I refer to previous correspondence regarding the above.
Your case has been subject to a review based on existing MPS records and the evidence and contention you have provided.
After consideration, Commander [name removed] (on behalf of the Commissioner), is of the opinion that your case should be treated as exceptional.
Based upon this, your records will now be destroyed
The deletion process takes a number of weeks to be fully completed, you will be informed when the deletion of all samples / records has taken place.
NB. fingerprints of an unsuitable quality would not have been retained.
for Commander - Operational Information, Intelligence and Learning, on behalf of the Commissioner
Congratulations to Kevin. As this letter is dated two days earlier than the ECHR judgement in S. and Marper v. UK, the decision in Kevin's case could not have been affected by this ruling. It is likely that Kevin is one of the last innocents in England and Wales who had to fight the Police, often over several years, to have a chance to be among the happy few couple hundred individuals to manage to get their DNA records destroyed each year.
Now that the ECHR has found the retention of S. and Marper's DNA breaches human rights law, it should be much easier for innocents who have had their DNA taken by the police to get their DNA samples and profile destroyed.
It is also worth remembering that the ACPO does not make law, Legislators and Courts do. So no matter what the ACPO says, obfuscating its position with stats that link DNA samples with crime scenes rather than convictions, Police forces that refuse will be in breach of the ECHR ruling, and potentially open themselves to legal action.
The Boot is a fine pub and serves many a good pint of beer. And anything else that tickles your fancy.
It's very easy to get to as it's slap bang in the centre of town. And only about ten minutes walk from the station.
If you plan to come from London -- St Albans is just a twenty minute train ride from London St Pancras. If you're coming by car there is plenty of parking across the city.
It should be a relatively laid back affair. So if you're not a member and would like to find out a little more about the Libertarian Party feel free to pop along.
Here's a little map I've done for you.
And on behalf of the Libertarian Party I hope to see you there.
Sunday, 7 December 2008
The blog has two simple aims...
First -- to keep Libertarian Party members, living in the South East of England, up to date with what is going in our area. What events we have organised and what we plan to do to roll back the powers of our interfering, statist government.
Second -- to introduce the ideas and beliefs of the Libertarian Party to a wider audience in the South East of England. With a specific focus on the issues that affect people in this area.
So, if you're already a member or new to the Libertarian Party and live in the South East of England -- welcome.
Monday, 1 December 2008
Thursday 3rd, 6:30 till closing -- Monthly meet up at Rose and Crown Pub, Southwark
Thursday 3rd, 6:30 till closing -- Monthly meet up at Rose and Crown Pub, Southwark
Thursday 7th, 6:30 till closing -- Monthly meet up at Rose and Crown Pub, Southwark
Thursday 5th, 6:30 till closing -- Monthly meet up at Rose and Crown Pub, Southwark
Thursday 2nd, 6:30 till closing -- Monthly meet up at Rose and Crown Pub, Southwark
Where is the Rose and Crown?
The Rose and Crown is on the south side of the Thames near Southwark station.