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Nigel Farage COULD do a deal with the Tories (but only if they sack Cameron)

Nigel Farage COULD do a deal with the Tories (but only if they sack Cameron) | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
Tory vice-chairman Michael Fabricant suggested an electoral pact with the Eurosceptic party, but Mr Farage (pictured) says he could only work with someone pragmatic like Michael Gove.

 

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage today suggested he could form an electoral pact with the Conservatives - but only if they ditch David Cameron as leader.
As the war of words between the two parties escalated, Mr Farage claimed he could work with a new 'pragmatic' leader like Michael Gove.
The row erupted after Tory vice chairman Michael Fabricant, who is in charge of Parliamentary campaigning, warned the Prime Minister a deal with UKIP is vital to reunite 'warring brothers'.
Tory party chairman Grant Shapps 'categorically' ruled out a pact with UKIP.
Mr Farage had rejected an electoral deal with the Tories, declaring 'war' on the Conservatives at the next election.
But today he said the main obstacle to doing a deal was Mr Cameron, who famously once described UKIP as 'a bunch of fruit cakes and loonies and closet racist'
Mr Farage said: 'If Cameron went and somebody pragmatic, grown up and sensible like Michael Gove was leader, you might think then we could sit around the table and have a proper discussion... open-minded, doesn't throw abuse around and thinks issues through - he would be the right kind of person.
'It's very difficult for us to believe anything David Cameron says, because after all, he gave us a cast-iron guarantee that we'd have a referendum [on the Lisbon Treaty] and it hasn't happened,' he told BBC2's Daily Politics.

Yesterday he took to Twitter to reject the idea of being offered a ministerial post in exchange for not standing against Conservative MPs, writing: 'No pact with Tories: it's war.'
He went on to claim that the 'Fabricant deal seems to be based on buying me off. UKIP is bigger than that'.

Mr Farage added: 'I'm in politics because of my beliefs not because I'm a career politician like so many these days.'
Mr Fabricant made his explosive proposal for a pact in a report for Mr Cameron seen by Mail Online. He insisted securing the smaller party's support by committing to an early in/out EU referendum and giving Mr Farage a ministerial position would help the Tories win 20 to 30 extra seats in 2015.
Under the terms of the pact being suggested by the Tory vice chairman, UKIP would agree not to field candidates against Conservative MPs in exchange for the referendum pledge and a Government post for its leader.
He is due to outline the idea over 'social drinks' with Mr Cameron tonight.
But Tory party chairman Grant Shapps insisted no deal would be done. 'I want to win the next election outright of course for the Conservatives so that we have an outright majority and we don’t have to be in coalition,' he told BBC Radio 4’s The World at One.
'But I want to do that with Conservative candidates fighting and winning on their own ground and on their own terms and that is exactly what we are going to do.
'So I can categorically rule out any form of electoral pact with Ukip or anyone else.'
Mr Fabricant insists offering a pact with UKIP 'would not be a sign of weakness by the Conservative Party. It would be a pragmatic extension of existing philosophy from a party of Government'.
'Moreover, this could mark the final rapprochement between warring brothers.'
But Downing Street today slapped down Mr Fabricant, insisting: 'He does not speak for the party on electoral strategy. We will be standing in every seat. There is no thinking about a pact.'
In a sign of growing frustration among Tory backbenchers, MP Stewart Jackson responded on Twitter: 'Electoral strategy?!?! Problem is no one does!'

Tory relations with UKIP have been dire since 2006 when Mr Cameron declared: 'UKIP is sort of a bunch of fruit cakes and loonies and closet racists mostly.'
But Mr Fabricant insisted: 'He [Mr Cameron] wasn't too keen on the Lib Dems either before the last election. Anything is possible.' Mr Fabricant said Mr Farage was a 'former Thatcherite, who sounds like a Conservative, who looks like a Conservative, and in other circumstances probably would be a Conservative'.
But Mr Farage is still furious at the remark, insisting Mr Cameron 'alone in British politics today continues to throw this slur at us that because we believe in not having our law set in Europe and controlling our borders that somehow that is racist'.
'If he wants an electoral war with my party on his immigration open door policy he can have one,' he told Sky News.
The conflict between the two party's has been heightened by the row over the decision by Labour-run Rotherham council to remove three young children from their foster parents because the couple were UKIP members.
The move by social workers from Rotherham Borough Council has prompted condemnation from politicians of all parties. The controversy is expected to boost UKIP's showing in a by-election in the South Yorkshire town on Thursday.
Today, in a statement issued through UKIP, the couple said: 'We are surprised there has been no apology from Rotherham Borough Council and feel they are hiding behind the complexity of this case.'
UKIP earlier blasted a statement from Rotherham council leader Roger Stone as 'saying nothing'.
Councillor Stone said in a lengthy statement: 'This morning I received a report of the immediate investigation that was ordered early on Saturday by the Cabinet member for children’s services.
'Having now listened to the initial report, I am now able to set out the way forward.
'As we said on Saturday, membership of UKIP should not bar someone from fostering.

'The council places the highest priority on safeguarding children, and our overriding concern in all decisions about the children in our care is for their best interests.
'We have been able to establish the facts in this case as far as is possible over the weekend, and I can confirm that the children are safe and in very good care.
'However, this remains a very complex case involving legal advice relating to the decision in question, particular features of the children’s background and an external agency responsible for finding and providing the foster carers concerned.
'The chief executive has this morning invited the senior officials making the inquiries to meet with him and other council officers in Rotherham as soon as possible, so that this information can be rapidly reported to the Secretary of State.
'In order to help the investigation further, we will also make all the facts established so far available to the Secretary of State’s officials.
'The investigation will focus on the information, advice and evidence gathered before making this decision, the nature of the decision itself and how it was communicated.
'This is a sensitive child protection case. It involves both vulnerable children and the foster carers, so the information the council is able to release publicly is limited by law.
'At all stages, however, we will seek to be as open and transparent as possible as we co-operate with the Secretary of State.'
UKIP leader Nigel Farage said that 'without any shadow of a doubt' Rotherham’s head of children’s services Joyce Thacker should lose her job over the row and the children should be returned to the foster parents.
And he indicated that the party is considering legal action to get redress from the council.
Mr Farage told BBC2’s Politics Show: 'I want them to be pardoned, I want the children to be returned to them and, yes, heads should roll.

'Without any shadow of a doubt, (Ms Thacker) should go.'
Commenting on the investigation, Mr Farage added: 'These people are now left in limbo, the children are uprooted once again and heads clearly aren’t going to roll.
'I am concerned that the inquiry is just a means to kicking the can down the road.
'If we are not going to get redress from Rotherham Council, we will have to consider other means. We are going to have to look at the legal route.'
Mr Fabricant's analysis suggests that up to 15 per cent of Conservative voters currently say they may vote for UKIP.
There is particular concern about how well the party will fare in European elections – traditionally its strongest forum – in 2014.
The Tory vice chairman, a former Government whip, told the Daily Mail: 'Discussing matters with different political parties is nothing new.
'After all, the Conservatives entered into a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. By entering into a pact with UKIP by offering an in-out EU referendum, we would not only please many possible Conservative voters and pre-empt any Labour initiative in that direction, we would prevent the crucial seepage of Conservative votes to UKIP in key marginal seats.'

If Mr Farage brokered a deal, Mr Cameron should offer him a job in Government because he was such a good communicator, said Mr Fabricant. He warned that the alternative to a pact 'which both David Cameron and UKIP will have to consider, might mean a more pro-European Union Labour Government'.
At the 2010 General Election, UKIP won 3.1 per cent of the popular vote, but cost the Tories dozens of marginal seats.
Mr Cameron is under pressure to take a more Eurosceptic stance, with growing numbers of Tory MPs demanding a straightforward referendum on whether Britain should remain a member of the EU.
The PM has said he will only hold a vote on rubber-stamping a new relationship with Brussels, but does not want to leave altogether - a position backed by Boris Johnson yesterday.
Mr Johnson dismissed calls for a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU.
He said: 'Suppose Britain voted tomorrow to come out, what would happen in real terms? We’d still have huge numbers of staff trying to monitor what was going on in the community, only we wouldn’t be able to sit in the Council of Ministers – we wouldn’t have any vote at all.
'I don’t think that’s a prospect that’s likely to appeal. With great respect to the in-outers, I don’t think it does boil down to such a simple question,’ the London mayor told BBC Radio 5Live.
Instead, he called for a repatriation of powers from Brussels: ‘What you could do is think of a new arrangement, areas of the treaty we didn’t want to participate in any more.’
Foreign Secretary William Hague suggested the Government would indeed offer a referendum on UK membership of the EU – after a renegotiation of the relationship and once the eurozone crisis was over.
Tony Blair will warn this week that Britain's prosperity relies on the country remaining committed to a strong EU.

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No.10 Statement: Cameron meeting with Van Rompuy and Barroso

"The Prime Minister set out our position that while the latest proposals were a step in the right direction, they did not go far enough and that we think more can be done to rein in spending"

A statement has been made following Prime Minister David Cameron’s meeting with the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, in Brussels.

A Downing Street spokesman said:

“The Prime Minister met with the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso this morning.

“The meeting lasted around 30 to 35 minutes and was the first bilateral of the day. The Prime Minister set out our position that while the latest proposals were a step in the right direction they did not go far enough and that we think more can be done to rein in spending.

“He also set out the UK’s position on the rebate that it was fully justified and we did not support any changes.

“It was clear that there was a long way to go before we had a deal that reflected the difficult decisions being taken by member states.

“As the Prime Minister said this morning: “we are going to be negotiating very hard for a good deal for Britain’s taxpayers and Europe’s taxpayers and to keep the British rebate.”

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Human Rights Victory for BNP Worker - Third Way

Human Rights Victory for BNP Worker - Third Way | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Arthur Redfearn was dismissed in 2004 from his job as a bus driver for Serco after winning a seat on Bradford Council for the British National Party. Mr Redfearn drove people with disabilities around Bradford. He fought a long campaign for Justice with numerous set-backs. This week, however, his perseverance paid off. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled in Mr Redfearn’s favour.

He had been working for West Yorkshire Transport Service for seven months, driving vulnerable adults and children to schools and day centres.

He was sacked by his employer Serco on the grounds that his views presented a health and safety risk as many of his passengers were Asian. To their shame the GMB and Unison Trade Unions joined in calls for his dismissal.

But after a long-running legal battle, the Strasbourg court said last Tuesday that dismissing Mr Redfearn from his job breached his right to freedom of association under Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Disabled Mr Redfearn, who was 56 at the time of his dismissal and has an artificial leg, initially claimed race discrimination, but an employment tribunal dismissed this finding instead saying that it was on health and safety grounds as his “continued employment could cause considerable anxiety among Serco’s passengers and their carers and there was a risk that Serco’s vehicles could come under attack from opponents of the BNP”. This ridiculous ‘blame the victim’ ruling was later overruled by an appeals panel in 2005.

The following year the Court of Appeal allowed Serco’s appeal finding that Mr Redfearn’s complaint was of discrimination on political grounds and not racial grounds, which fell outside current anti-discrimination laws.

Mr Redfearn could not claim unfair dismissal as he had not completed one year’s service with the company said the Court. He was also refused leave to appeal to the House of Lords, but vowed to take his case to the European courts, with an appeal on the BNP website helping to fund his legal bills.

In its judgment the European Court states: “The court was struck by the fact that he had been summarily dismissed following complaints about problems which had never actually occurred, without any apparent consideration being given to the possibility of transferring him to a non-customer facing role.
“In fact, prior to his political affiliation becoming public knowledge, neither service users nor colleagues had complained about Mr Redfearn, who was considered a ‘first-class employee’.”

It added: “In a healthy democratic and pluralistic society, the right to freedom of association under Article 11 must apply not only to people or associations whose views are favourably received or regarded as inoffensive, but also to those whose views offend, shock or disturb.”
“It was therefore the United Kingdom’s responsibility to take reasonable and appropriate measures to protect employees, including those with less than one year’s service, from dismissal on grounds of political opinion or affiliation.”

A spokesman for Serco said: “We are aware of the initial ruling that has been made by the European Court of Human Rights concerning the case of Arthur Redfearn and we will now review and digest the findings.”


Patrick Harrington, General Secretary of Solidarity, commented:

 

“Mr Redfearn has fought a long, hard battle not only for his rights but for the rights of all those who might be discriminated against on political grounds. Serco behaved disgracefully as did two Unions. Both the GMB and Unison sadly campaigned for his dismissal putting their hatred of the BNP above principles of democracy and human rights.

Our Union is unequivocal on this subject – everyone is entitled to have their human rights upheld. We are a libertarian Union. Mr Redfearn is to be congratulated for his determination and resolve. Like him, we will not rest in fighting politically inspired discrimination against workers.

The Court is not an institution of the European Union and Nationalists should reflect on the fact that Redfearn didn’t get Justice in the courts of our country. In fact he was denied leave to even appeal at the later stage.”

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Wrong way M6 lorry driver jailed

Wrong way M6 lorry driver jailed | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
A Hungarian lorry driver who pleaded guilty to driving the wrong way down the M6 for three miles is jailed for four months.

 

A lorry driver has been jailed for four months and disqualified for three years after driving the wrong way down the M6 for three miles.

Pal Korbely, 50, from Hungary, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving a motor vehicle whilst under the influence of alcohol.

Three lorry drivers formed a blockade to stop Korbely near to junction 10 of the M6, at Walsall, late on 7 July.

Judge Paul Farrer QC said the drivers would each receive a £250 reward.

He said: "They are to be commended for their fast thinking and brave actions which may have saved lives."

Birmingham Crown Court heard Korbely had drank 51% proof home-made plum brandy before driving his lorry.

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Britain deserves far better than this rule by Brussels

Britain deserves far better than this rule by Brussels | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

NOT only is the European Union going in a direction that the vast majority of British people find unacceptable but it is doing so at an accelerating rate.


Anyone would think that preparing to create a “fiscal union” in which the vast majority of member nations surrender control over tax and spending policies to Eurocrats would prove sufficient to sate their appetite for extra power. But it is not.

Now it has emerged that the so-called “Berlin Group” of senior Europhile politicians are locked in talks about how to create a dominant single President of Europe who would hold sway over national leaders.

For many years pro-EU politicians in Britain lied about the plan to create a United States of Europe, claiming it was a figment of the imaginations of opponents whom they smeared as xenophobes. There is no denying it now.

The EU has become a monstrous bureaucratic entity that undermines prosperity and sucks the lifeblood from participating democracies. If those living on the European mainland are willing to tolerate it then they are foolish but it is up to them.

What is no longer tolerable is the spectacle of Britain being dragged towards a dismal fate as an outpost of a European empire nobody ever voted for.

 

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http://www.express.co.uk/ourcomments/view/318024/Britain-deserves-far-better-than-this-rule-by-Brussels

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Spain sends Algerian criminal to live in the UK... and there's nothing we can do about it

Spain sends Algerian criminal to live in the UK... and there's nothing we can do about it | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
Border agency staff are powerless to deport Lazhari Zemouche who has been arrested 92 times in Spain over the past 25 years for crimes from theft to robbery.

* Lazhari Zemouche arrested 92 times in Spain over the past 25 years
* Crimes range from theft to robbery and he has used fake identities
* Believed to have entered into a sham marriage to obtain a British passport

 

An Algerian-born career criminal suspected of a ‘marriage of convenience’ to a British citizen has been deported from Spain to the UK.
Police said Lazhari Zemouche had been arrested 92 times in Spain over the past 25 years for crimes from theft to robbery and had used a number of fake identities.
But because he had married in the UK before his latest crime spree in Spain, he was deported to London rather than to his native Algeria.

Officials said he was put on a plane to London after his latest arrest in Majorca because he was deemed a ‘security risk’ in Spain.
Spanish police sources claimed Zemouche, whose whereabouts were unknown last night, had entered into a sham marriage to obtain a British passport.

They admitted that unless Zemouche was a wanted man in Britain, he would be free to roam the streets and carry on offending as he has done over the past two and a half decades in Spain.
His wife’s identity and the exact date of his marriage, said to have taken place in England ‘a few years ago’, were not revealed by the Spanish authorities.
He was deported to the UK under a 2007 Spanish law allowing it to expel EU citizens for security reasons.
A spokesman for police in Majorca, where 45-year-old Zemouche was arrested on October 4 and held in an immigration centre pending deportation, declined to name him officially.
But Zemouche’s initials appeared in the local media and informed sources confirmed his full identity.
The police spokesman said: ‘He was deported to Britain because he married a British citizen in the UK and has British nationality.

‘Police records show he has been arrested 92 times since 1987 in different parts of Spain for crimes including theft and robbery and has been in prison several times. He has also used up to 22 identities.
If this gentleman has put on his British passport form that he’s not got a criminal record outside of the UK then he would appear to be lying because his spells in prison date back a number of years.’
A police source added: ‘We suspect he entered into a sham marriage to obtain a British passport because after marrying he’s returned to Spain and continued offending and in principle doesn’t appear to have had any contact in Spain with his wife. For us it’s a marriage of convenience.’
Last night there was no answer at an address in North London where Zemouche is thought to have lived previously.
Spanish police declined to offer a full list of his past offences. An official admitted: ‘Unless he is wanted in Britain then he will obviously be free to walk the streets a free man until such time as he reoffends.
‘But with his history, it’s a question of when and not if he’s going to reoffend.’
The Home Office said it could not discuss individual cases.
Before he was granted British citizenship, background checks were carried out on Zemouche. These would have included establishing whether he had committed any offences in the UK.
Figures last year showed EU migrants were committing over 500 crimes a week in Britain, but officials were powerless to deport most of them.
Whitehall’s interpretation of EU freedom of movement rules means only offenders who have received a jail term of at least two years can be deported.

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Even MORE immigrants on the way!

Even MORE immigrants on the way! | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
By Protectorate - Britain is full up! We all know this. The British National Party has been saying it for years. For a nation whose sustainable population should be around the 16-17 million mark*, the UK is already vastly overpopulated.

 

In recent years this has led to water shortages in the crowded cities of the South East and in the future will lead to power blackouts and even potential food shortages!

And what do the corrupt traitor-parties in Westminster do about it? Nothing.

Despite endless platitudes about "border controls" and "immigration curbs" they have presided over the greatest number of immigrants to swamp these shores EVER.

And despite the Tories 2010 election pledge to reduce immigration too merely (!) "Tens of thousands", literally hundreds of thousands flood these shores every single month.

And to all those people we met on the Welsh campaign trail who endlessly said "it's not a problem here" we say - it soon will be.

Pull your heads out of the sand and take a look at what's heading your way in 2014 (a mere year away).

*http://populationmatters.org/documents/overshoot_country.pdf

There will be no further controls to stop Bulgarian and Romanian migrants coming to the UK from the end of next year, Home Secretary Theresa May admitted.

Mrs May said that from December 2013 there would be nothing to prevent migrants from the two poor eastern European countries coming to Britain.
Both of these countries made the mistake of joining the EU in 2007 but 'strict' controls were put in place preventing their residents moving to the UK and other member states.

Now, if you've been bothered by the hordes of Romanian gypsies, pick-pockets and child beggars that infest many of our inner cities, you may be surprised about the term 'strict controls'.

However, worse is yet to come.
Even these current lax restrictions come to an end in December 2013 and there will then be no further controls to stop migrants from Bulgaria and Romania coming to the UK.

In a display of mind-boggling ignorance, Mrs May said ministers could only now look at what attracted migrants to Britain, such as the NHS and benefits system.

Something else the British National Party has been saying for years!
Speaking to Andrew Marr on the scandal-hit, once worthwhile BBC, Mrs May said:
"I am looking at free movement generally across the EU. Originally it was free movement of workers; it has been extended over the years.

First of all, there is a growing group of countries in the European Union who are very concerned about the abuse of free movement. That is looking particularly at issues like sham marriages, forged documents and so forth, and we are working together to reduce the abuse of free movement.
"I will be looking at transitional controls on Romania and Bulgaria at the end of December 2013.

I will be looking at what we call the pull factors. What is it that attracts people sometimes to come over here to the United Kingdom?

Looking at issues such as benefits and access to the health service and things like that.
"There are no further transitional controls that we can put on.

Transitional controls end in December 2013 but that is where the importance of looking at what it is that is attracting people to come here, in terms of things like our benefits system, and access to the National Health Service, are so important."

The British National Party would leave the EU and put a stop to immigration. A full stop!

We will deport ALL illegal immigrants and increase border controls and staff numbers to ensure that we once again have full command of our national borders.

Just a tiny fraction of the savings from Britain’s current EU contributions of 12.6 Billion would more than cover any extra costs involved.

Britain is already the most over-crowded country in Europe. It is to everyone's benefit that this is reversed.

Only by leaving the EU can Britain put an end to this madness! Only by joining the British National Party can you do your bit to save what's left of Wales and Britain itself !

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Light bulb moment... how clever Brits are defying EU ban

Light bulb moment... how clever Brits are defying EU ban | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

CUNNING Britons have come up with an ingenious way of getting around an imminent Brussels ban on traditional light bulbs.
Shoppers are taking advantage of a loophole in the law by buying industrial alternatives, which are almost identical to the old-fashioned varieties.

The last phase of the European Union restriction on the manufacturing of the familiar tungsten filament bulbs, which
have been used in Britain for more than a century, comes into force this Saturday.

Having already outlawed the sale of 100W, 75W and 60W incandescent bulbs, the new EU directive prevents retailers from purchasing all other remaining types, including 25W and 40W bulbs.

The move will see them replaced with longer-lasting, energy-saving bulbs, though many critics complain that they are more expensive and cast a duller light than the incandescent types.

Yet crafty Britons have found an answer.

The EU directive applies only to incandescent bulbs for household use. But manufacturers are still allowed to produce similar products as long as they are advertised as “rough-service” lamps for industrial use.

Usually tougher than household bulbs, these are available from specialist lighting and hardware shops and from online retailers at a much lower cost than the cheapest energy-saving alternatives, which use fluorescent lighting.

Ian Fursland, managing director of Hertfordshire-based independent retailer The Lamp Company, said the number of domestic customers snapping up rough-service bulbs had risen sharply in the past few years, though most sales were still predominately to businesses.

He added: “People don’t like being forced to use something they don’t like.

“They are dissatisfied with these energy-saving bulbs.

“They don’t warm up as quickly, they glow a different colour, and they are ridiculously expensive. This ban is ridiculous.

"The whole thing is a farce.

“For a lot of applications you cannot get a compact fluorescent or an LED replacement that does what an incandescent does.”

He said that the EU had no power to fine firms that carried on selling incandescent bulbs for household use but
manufacturers have agreed with Brussels to cease production of them after Saturday’s deadline.

On The Lamp Company’s website, the cheapest 40W frosted standard bulb with a bayonet fitting costs between
£1.08 and £1.32, depending on the quantity bought.

The website states that it is “not for domestic use”.

The cheapest energy-saving alternative, at 11W, costs between £2.92 and £3.60.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which supports the ban, explained
that Saturday’s deadline was the final stage of a phased EU programme that began three years ago.

She said incandescent bulbs wasted 95 per cent of their energy as heat and that the technology had not changed for more than 100 years.

The spokeswoman added:

“The final stage of the EU phase-out of incandescent light bulbs will mean that, from September 1, 25W and 40W
bulbs will no longer be allowed into the market.

“However, this does not prevent retailers selling existing bulbs they have in stock.”

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pdub's comment, August 27, 2012 9:23 PM
Although the European Commission are getting on to it..

Now trying to get local state German authorities to make sure stores stop the sale of such bulbs,to the general public - which the authorities are resisiting...
http://dunday.com/2012/08/germans-dim-view-of-light-bulb.html
pdub's comment, August 28, 2012 3:55 PM

Unfortunately re the article on the rough service bulb loophole,
the EU seem to be trying to close it.

In Germany the European Commission want the authorities to supervise shops to not sell those bulbs to the general public, but the authorities are refusing to do it...
(http://tonn.ie/ie/2012/08/germans-dim-view-of-light-bulb.html)

The same website has a list of reasons why the arguments for the light bulb ban are wrong
(13 points, referenced)
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Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy calls for eurozone 'centralised control' authority

Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy calls for eurozone 'centralised control' authority | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, has called for the eurozone to have a "centralised control" authority, which would be in charge of the budgets of all the nation states.

Mr Rajoy has become the latest European politician to calling for countries to, in effect, abandon their sovereignty in a last ditch attempt to save the beleaguered currency
Mr Rajoy said a new central authority was the answer to the European debt crisis and would go a long way in alleviating Spain's woes as it would send a clear signal to investors that the single currency is an irreversible project.
Speaking at an event in Sitges, in the north-eastern province of Catalonia, he said: "The European Union needs to reinforce its architecture. This entails moving towards more integration, transferring more sovereignty, especially in the fiscal field.
"And this means a compromise to create a new European fiscal authority which would guide the fiscal policy in the euro zone, harmonise the fiscal policy of member states and enable a centralised control of (public) finances."
He also said the authority would be in charge of managing European debts and should be constituted by countries of the eurozone meeting strict conditions.

Mr Rajoy is not the first European leader to propose creating such an authority but the size of Spain – a country deemed too big to fail – may now accelerate talks.
Its set-up would require a change in the European Union treaties, a usually lengthy and politically painful process which requires ratification in the 27 member states of the bloc, including those such as the UK, which do not use the euro.
Germany, the de facto guarantor of the euro, has said further integration in Europe was required, including additional controls on national public finances. Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said there should be no taboos when discussing these questions.
With the debt crisis now centred on Spain's teetering banking sector, talks are also under way on creating a banking union in Europe based on a centralised supervision, a European deposit scheme and a central fund that would cope with failed lenders.
Mr Rajoy backed the idea on Saturday and said that the government would say before the end of June how it will recapitalise Spain's troubled banking sector, which is currently being reviewed by independent auditors.
Overspending in the regions and troubles with a banking sector badly hit by a property crash four years ago have sent Spain's borrowing costs to record highs and pushed the country closer to seeking an international bail-out.
The risk premium investors demand to hold Spanish 10-year debt rather than German bonds rose to its highest since the launch of the euro – 548 basis points – on Friday.
The Spanish authorities, which have increased taxes, slashed spending, cut social benefits and bailed out troubled banks, argue that there is little else they can do and the European Union should now act to ease the country's liquidity concerns.
In private, senior Spanish officials have said this could be done by using European money to recapitalise directly ailing banks or though a direct intervention of the European Central Bank on the bond market.

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