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Iris Binstead has once again done a remarkable service by gathering the latest news about the European Union and publishing it in a highly readable style. Her tone is usually low-key, which makes her reports of desperate fishermen, sheep farmers, hedge fund traders, taxpayers and fathers all the more telling and vivid. The extent of EU fraud, corruption, incompetence and Orwellian oppression - dragging a whistle-blower and a parent to mental institutions - is deeply disturbing.

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July/August 2009
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I apologise for the long delay between issues. This was due to a short holiday followed by campaigning in the EU and local elections and then having to catch up with personal affairs. I am extremely grateful to all those who responded to my request for funds and to the people who kindly agreed to take SOS by email. This has eased the cash flow situation and enabled me to continue for the time being. Future donations, however small, will always be most welcome. –Iris Binstead

EURO ELECTION

It is hardly surprising that neither the Labour Party nor the Liberal Democrats did particularly well in the recent European election. Both parties reneged on their manifesto promises to hold a referendum on the EU Constitution and the voters realised that these parties could not be trusted to keep their promises. The Prime Minister tried to tell us that the Lisbon Treaty, which he signed on behalf of this country, was very different from the Constitution, although other European leaders considered it to be about 95% the same.

Mr Brown also told us that he had negotiated a number of opt-outs to the Treaty but it would appear that these are not worth the paper they are written on. According to European Voice, 12.10.07, the EU Commission expected to overthrow these opt-outs by repealing existing laws and replacing them with new versions which would be passed by majority voting. The House of Commons EU Scrutiny Committee believed that the Treaty would subject the UK to “new and unquantifiable risks”. In other words, Britain’s much vaunted ‘”red lines” will not work.

According to Eurofacts, 19.6.09, the UK Independence Party has now come of age and the “fruit-cakes and closet-racists” have joined the mainstream. UKIP, who believe that the UK should leave the EU, came second to the Conservatives in the European election. This is hardly surprising when a poll conducted by Com Res 19.3.09 for the BBC Daily Politics programme found that 55% of those asked favoured leaving the EU but maintaining close trading links with it. In the same poll 84% said they thought that British people should decide in a vote before Britain transferred any further powers to the European Union and 51% did not think there was any benefit from membership of the EU in terms of jobs and trade.

A new ICM poll conducted on 22.5.09 on behalf of the Taxpayers’ Alliance suggested that the voters are sick of the EU’s wasteful policies and corrupt institutions, and are ready to revolt. Sixty-nine per cent of those asked want the government to start disobeying Brussels’ rules and 60% say that fines for disobedience should be ignored. A further 75% of people believe that any decision to give more powers to the EU should always be put to a referendum and 57% are in favour of unilaterally taking back powers already given to Brussels regardless of the views of the EU or other member states.

EU ‘DEMOCRACY’

According to the Daily Telegraph, 9.6.09, Joseph Daul, the chairman of the European People’s Party, parliament’s largest Christian Democrat led grouping has suggested…”Perhaps we need to rethink electoral systems”, and Liberal Democrat MEP, Andrew Duff, the leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats, plans to propose pan-European political lists for at least 25 seats. The intention is to break the link between national parties and their domestic issues when voting in EU elections, in order to counter low turnout and big gains for fringe parties.

Despite MEPs in the last EU Parliament having voted to increase membership of parliamentary groups from 21 members from five countries to 25 members from seven countries in order to stop anti-EU integrationist groups from receiving funding, the UK Independence Party has succeeded in forming a grouping of 30 MEPs from seven countries. Nigel Farage will be the co-chairman.

LOCAL ELECTIONS

Both the Labour and the Liberal Democrat Parties lost a considerable number of seats in the local elections. In Cornwall the Liberal Democrats lost overall control of the new Unitary Cornwall Council. (The Labour Party did not get a single seat). (Cornish Guardian 10.6.09) When previously they had a majority in the former Cornwall County Council, the Lib Dems were instrumental in pushing through the new unitary authority for Cornwall, against the wishes of about 80% of voters who were given the opportunity of expressing an opinion. (Unitary authorities are part of the European Union regionalisation agenda, which will make it easier for the EU to control our regions through the EU Committee of the Regions in Brussels, by-passing our Westminster government. Ed)

Overheard at a unitary authority vote count – one Liberal Democrat to another: “Democracy is the art of not letting anyone get what they want”, [except the Lib Dems? (Ed)]

LISBON TREATY

Ireland is expected to hold a second referendum on this treaty in October. According to Hansard, 2.7.09, Ireland will be voting on exactly the same treaty as they voted on in the previous referendum and the guarantees which they have been given are not legally binding. Glenys Kinnock, the new UK Europe Minister, said: “…the guarantees will become binding in international law when they are translated into protocol at the time of the next accession, which presumably will be when Croatia or Iceland comes in. Before that protocol can be ratified by the UK, Parliament must pass a Bill….Parliament will rightly have the final say”. David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, later reiterated that “Every head of state agrees that these guarantees do not change the Treaty.”

However, he did appear to contradict the Europe Minister by saying that “the guarantees are legally-binding in international law….” [If the protocols to the Treaty which our government has signed are unlikely to be watertight, the Irish would be very unwise to believe that the guarantees they have been given will be adhered to. (Ed)] Writing in the Irish Independent, 27.6.09, Bruce Arnold says that the Irish Government has abandoned democracy to get a ‘Yes’ vote. He said that Micheal Martin and Brian Cowen had returned from the EU meeting on 19 June with a “terrible mess of potage” which they will try to sell to the Irish people between now and October. According to EU Observer, 29.6.09, the Irish Commissioner, Charlie McCreevy, has said that the Lisbon Treaty would be rejected in most member states if put to a referendum.

HELP THE IRISH - PEACE AND NEUTRALITY ALLIANCE (PANA)

The EU is throwing vast resources at Ireland in an attempt to reverse the ‘No’ vote to the Lisbon Treaty in their last referendum. Irish people are being bullied into having a second referendum in the autumn on exactly the same Treaty, and they need our help. If you have not already become affiliated to PANA, which is campaigning for another ‘No’ vote, you may consider doing so. The suggested fee for an employed person is £45 and £15 for others. Please send cheques to PANA, Dalkey Business Centre, 17 Castle Street, Dalkey, Co Dublin, Ireland.

Roger Cole of PANA, writing in a recent email, observes: “The elite have a massive amount of money and virtually all the Irish-owned media on their side and we cannot win unless the peoples of the EU states, especially Britain, give us all the help they can. One simple way of helping is to remember that 42% of the Irish people buy a British newspaper every day. Simply by writing to a British newspaper saying that you support the democratic struggle by the Irish people can make a difference”.

GERMAN CONSTITUTIONAL COURT REFUSES TO APPROVE LISBON TREATY

In the meantime, the German Constitutional Court has refused to grant approval for immediate ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. According to the Daily Telegraph, 1.7.09, the judges said that a new law was required which would guarantee the rights of the German Parliament in the EU’s decision-making process because MPs had “not been accorded sufficient rights of participation in European lawmaking procedures and treaty amendment procedures”. According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the German Parliament may not vote on the necessary legislation prior to the general election on 27 September because the Bavarian Christian Democrat SPD party and the Bavarian Christian Democrat CSU party (both part of the government) have opposed rushing this law.

According to Spiegal Online International 1.7.09, the guardians of the German constitution are concerned about the EU’s “democratic deficit”. Der Spiegel stated that the decision of the Court “very elegantly demolishes the old European idea that the recognised democratic deficits in the EU would disappear completely of their own accord by enhancing the rights of the European Parliament”. In his blog of the same date, Daniel Hannan, MEP, says: “If the European Constitution Lisbon Treaty is insufficiently democratic for Germany, why is it good enough for everyone else? Shouldn’t the other 26 member states demand the same statutory safeguards that the Bundestag will now adopt?”

A new poll organised by Open Europe in collaboration with the Institute for Free Enterprise in Berlin shows that 77% of Germans want a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.

TRADE

A number of people have been aware that, since we joined the so-called Common Market, our trading negotiations have to be made through the EU. The following extract from a letter addressed to an SOS reader in New Zealand from the New Zealand Minister for Trade puts this into focus and indicates the degree of power which Britain has given away. The EU straightjacket renders us incapable of ever arranging a free trade agreement with a Commonwealth country which fought so valiantly beside us in World War II:
“With regard to your specific query, the United Kingdom is, as I’m sure you are aware, a Member State of the European Union (EU). Members of the EU conduct their trade policy as a single entity (The European Community), rather than on an individual basis. Therefore no individual EU Member negotiates FTAs (Free Trade Agreements) with non-EU countries. This is why New Zealand does not have an FTA with the United Kingdom or with any other individual Member State of the EU.”

FIXATED THREAT ASSESSMENT CENTRE

I reported in my newsletter of November 2005 that the EU had been accused of using psychiatric reports to sack staff and lawyers acting on behalf of Joseph Sequeira, a Portuguese official who worked in the Commission’s ministry for development. Mr Sequeira accused the EU of using KGB methods to remove employees. Having been found to be suffering from ‘verbal hyper-productivity’ and ‘lack of conceptual content’ in his speech, he was put on permanent sick leave. He underwent tests in four psychiatric hospitals to prove he was of sound mind and said he was not the only victim but the first to decide to fight the system.

In reply to a question from an MP, Mr McNulty, Secretary of State for the Home Department said:

“The Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (FTAC) was established in order to better protect the public and vulnerable individuals in response to evidence that a significant proportion of people who engage in bizarre communications or contact with prominent people in public life are severely and acutely mentally ill and urgently need professional help. A small but significant number of such individuals can pose a risk to the public, the prominent person, and themselves, particularly in environments where there are armed police officers. The Home Office, the Department of Health and the Metropolitan Police Service agreed to establish a joint police/mental health unit, on a pilot basis, to assess and manage the risk posed by such individuals. Where appropriate, FTAC will introduce (or reintroduce) the individuals into existing community mental health care through established pathways. If offences are disclosed, and the circumstances warrant such intervention, consideration will also be given to a criminal investigation.”

“Since its creation in October 2006, FTAC has dealt with 168 cases. FTAC does not detain people in psychiatric hospitals. When it encounters an individual in need of mental health care it alerts their general practitioners and psychiatrists who provide appropriate help under existing legislation. FTAC may make use or police powers under section 136 of the Mental Health Act 1983….FTAC is comprised of nine police officers (one chief inspector, one inspector, one sergeant and six police constables) and five mental health professionals…. To date, FTAC personnel have used this power on nine occasions….” Hansard 25.6.09

In the Destruction of Britain website, the Fixated Threat Assessment Centre is described as Orwell’s 1984.
http://thedestructionofbritain.blogspot.com/2009/06/fixated-threat-assessment-centre.html. According to the Mail on Line, 27.5.07, the FTAC was quietly set up to identify individuals who pose a direct threat to VIPs, including the Prime Minister, the Cabinet and the Royal Family. It was given sweeping powers to check more than 10,000 suspects’ files. Using powers under the Mental Health Act the unit can detain people for an indefinite period without trial, criminal charges or even evidence of a crime being committed, and with very limited rights of appeal.

In his Sunday Telegraph column, 5.7.09, Christopher Booker cites the case of a business consultant closely related to various European Royal families, whose brother is a senior Army officer seconded to the UN. This gentleman, Mr Jones, although not his real name, was concerned about the safety of his children and requested permission to drive into their school grounds when collecting them from school. Because the headmistress was worried about the safety of other children she contacted the police. On 18th May, on arrival at school, Mr and Mrs Jones were met by a group of strangers – one a female social worker. She refused to show her ID and when Mr Jones then failed to identify himself, he was seized from behind by two policemen, handcuffed and arrested. He was driven to a mental hospital and detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act and ‘sectioned’ under S.2 as of ‘unsound mind’. Mrs Jones was arrested for protesting at his handcuffing but released that evening. The family’s three children were taken into care. Because Mr Jones was ‘sectioned’ he was not allowed to speak when two days later he attended the magistrates’ court, which granted an interim order for the children to remain in care. On May 28th Mr Jones was given a complete discharge by a mental health tribunal. The only reason given for abducting the children was Mr Jones’s ‘delusional belief system’.

FINANCE AND BANKING

The EU has plans to control finance, banking, insurance, etc, including hedge funds and private equity, throughout the 27 member states. According to Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, Daily Telegraph, 8.7.09, EU leaders have agreed to establish three supra-national bodies to oversee banking, insurance and securities. These will have binding powers to impose rules, limiting the UK’s Financial Services Authority to ‘day-to-day’ management. In a letter to The Times, 10.7.09, Bill Cash, MP, writes: “…the whole framework for financial regulation is being driven by the overarching jurisdiction of the European Union that will hand over the ultimate decisions to majority voting and the lethal use of co-decision and, finally the European Court of Justice. This will undermine the City of London in favour of other European financial centres. Furthermore, it will do nothing to help the global marketplace, given the failures of European laws and regulations such as the Stability and Growth Pact and the economic implosion of the eurozone with massive unemployment and market distortions.” Mr Cash said that Alistair Darling’s reply was that we are governed by European directives, “whether we like it or not”.

Since 80% of hedge funds are in London, the UK will be the hardest hit by these regulations. According to the Sunday Telegraph, 5.7.09, Boris Johnson, Mayor of London believes that the draft regulations, due to be debated later this year, could impose a cap on leverage and discourage non-EU funds from investing in Europe. In an interview with Euractiv, 6.7.09, Javier Echam, Secretary-General of European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) said that requiring private equity backed companies to disclose a quantity of information almost equivalent to that required for the public sector was discriminatory. A leader in the Financial Times, 6.7.09, stated: “Try as it might, the Commission cannot explain why, exactly, it is proposing this hotchpotch…what politicians in Germany and France want is to smash some old scapegoats in the face”. According to The Economist’s Charlemagne blog, 10.7.09, senior EU officials felt under “intense pressure from the French and Germans to impose the strictest regulation on hedge funds”, and were expecting to come under balancing pressure from Britain, but this did not happen.

Neelie Kroes, the European Competition Commissioner warned that Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland may be forced to dispose of assets in order to meet EU antitrust rules and the two banks had an unfair competitive advantage as a result of receiving state aid. She said that Brussels could force disposals to “ensure competition is not allowed to drain away.” (City AM, 1.7.09) The Daily Mail, 27.6.09, reported that the Government’s plans to revive Northern Rock could also be in danger as they might be in breach of EU state aid rules. According to the Daily Telegraph, 4.6,09, Lord Myners, the City Minister, warned that European proposals on banking regulation could hand greater political control of Britain’s financial services industry to the EU.

THE ECONOMY

According to the Financial Times, 3.7.09, a European Commission study has found that Europe is likely to suffer a permanent loss in potential economic output. The report is the EU’s first in-depth attempt to assess the long-term consequences of the crisis for economic growth and public finances. This is likely to reinforce the view that “Europe has absolutely no more room for fiscal expansion to combat the crisis. Writing in the Financial Times, 1.6.09, Wolfgang Munchau considers the biggest danger to long-term cohesion of the European Union was the single market. He says it will not collapse or be replaced, but it might wither away, and it might already be happening. The Netherlands newspaper, Het Financieel Dagblad, 9.7.09, reports the Dutch Finance Minister, Wouter Bos, as saying that nearly all member states are in breach of the EU’s Stability and Growth Pact, which is “really in danger”. When he mentioned this at the EU Ministers’ meeting “it became silent, which is even more worrying”.

EU BUDGETS

A report by Private Eye, Brussels Sprouts column, 30.4.09, cites a report entitled “Food for Thought” by Dr. Lee Rotherham, in which it was stated that the current Common Agriculture budget (CAP) had cost £66 billion in increased red tape over the past 10 years. The total CAP budget is now £42 billion and, despite the recession, the Commission wants to increase the entire budget by another £400 million next year. The News of the World, 6.7.09, reported that the next European Parliament President is set to get an extra £113,016 to rent a home plus £43,704 for entertaining, in addition to the current £36,778 annual allowance – to give the EP President ‘more dignity’.

EU FRAUD

According too the Labour Euro-Safeguards Campaign Bulletin, May 2009, all countries and organisations suffer in varying degrees from fraud, corruption, misfeasance and waste, but the EU was in a class of its own. The EU, because of its structure, had sucked power away from its member states and transferred it to more powerful central institutions in Brussels. Because of the way it is set up, the vast majority of the policy and decision-making was in the hands of officials rather than elected politicians.

Ashley Mote, former Independent MEP and member of the Committee on Budget Control in the last parliament, said (14.1.09) that a report released through Agence Europe admitted that in 2007 nearly £5 million of taxpayers’ money was lost to fraud and irregularities every working day. Many thousands of cases were involved and agriculture was by far the worst area of financial abuse. The EU Commission routinely allocates billions of euros for social engineering purposes across member states and ‘candidate countries’ to purchase popular support for the EU itself and to generate public awareness. In 2008, according to a report by OLAF, the EU’s anti-fraud agency, they recovered 460 million euros during crackdowns on mismanagement of funds to fight against AIDS, but Die Zeit quotes a German MEP criticising the fact that “only 7% of all cases are being prosecuted by member states”.

DESTROYING FARMERS

France and Germany plan to set up a working party to outline the future of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2013 and the French Farm minister, Bruno Le Maire, said that France’s guiding line will be “more regulation”. He said it was vital to regulate production and this could not be left to market forces alone. (L’Express, 6.7.09) According to the Daily Telegraph, 15.4.09, British farmers have been told that, in order to control their movements, they must tag all 30,000,000 sheep. Farmers will have to pay 92% of the cost themselves - £5,000 for an electronic tag reader and up to £1.50 per tag. They say these proposals are “crazy” and “unnecessary” and will put many out of business. One farmer is quoted as saying “We are prepared to fight this to the bitter end. The strength of feeling is such that it is quite possible we will see farmers taking to the streets….” In a report entitled “Food for Thought”, TaxPayers’ Alliance estimates that the cost of these proposals to British taxpayers will be £19.3 billion a year and will make food a fifth more expensive. British farmers, who have as much farmland as Germany and more than Italy, receive only £3.8 billion a year from the CAP, while France gets £8.4 billion, Germany £5.4 billion and Italy £4.6 billion.

EU FISHING FAILURE

According to the Daily Telegraph, 23.4.09, the European Commission admits that its fishing policy has been a failure and a new position paper urged a complete rethink. Eighty-eight per cent of European fish stocks have been over-fished compared to 25 per cent elsewhere in the world. Almost a third of managed fisheries were “outside safe biological limits; they cannot reproduce as normal because the parenting population is too depleted”. Joe Borg, the EU Fisheries Commissioner said that it was time to design “a modern, simple and sustainable system for managing fisheries in the EU”.

Christopher Booker, writing in the Sunday Telegraph, 5.4.09, reported that two Northern Ireland fishermen, Charlie McBride and son Charles, pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to misidentifying catches of fish for which, under EU rules, they had no quota. The Marine Fisheries Agency (MFA) called in the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) to use the Proceeds of Crime Act, which was designed to recover money from major criminals such as drug traffickers. The McBrides were fined £385,000 (more than the value of the fish they had wrongly declared) and their assets frozen as “proceeds of crime”, including their homes and boat, which had been bought before the offences were committed. The McBrides took out a second mortgage on their homes and Charlie offered SOCA £120,000 as a down payment. He was charged with contempt of court because the house was a “frozen asset” and jailed. Mr Booker reported that this Act had been used against fishermen twice more this year.

WORKING TIME DIRECTIVE

According to Swedish Radio, 10.7.09, Sweden, the present holder of the rotating presidency, is considering the re-opening of negotiations over the Working Time Directive. Negotiations broke down last April after the European Parliament failed to pass an amendment through the Council of Ministers, which would have ended the possibility of member states opting out of the maximum 48 hour working week – a derogation used by 3 million workers in Britain.

CLIMATE CHANGE

The Financial Times, 10.7.09, reported that at the G8 meeting, 9.7.09, developing countries, including India and China, resisted pressure to set a target of reducing emissions by an overall average of 50% by 2050. An article in the Wall Street Journal states, “The politics of climate change have always been long on apocalyptic rhetoric but short on policy realism….” It also states that high cost and lost jobs have threatened or killed off carbon emission control schemes in Australia and New Zealand. The article cites Open Europe’s belief that the EU’s climate package would cost over a trillion dollars in the next 10 years.

According to the Daily Mail, 11.7.09, higher fuel bills for the new green energy revolution due to be announced by the government next week could cost families up to £120 a year by 2014 to fund thousands of wind turbines and the Daily Express, 13.2.09 estimates that the additional costs will be £200 a year. Ministers have said that the country could face rising sea levels, regular floods and deadly heat-waves if action wasn’t taken to reduce carbon emissions. Andrew Alexander, writing in the Daily Mail, 8.7.09, likens global warmists to “medieval preachers proclaiming to baying crowds that the end of the world is nigh”. He believes that politicians are attracted to the theory of global warming because it must involve a great increase in the power of government. Mankind was blamed in the report of 1996 by the International Panel on Climate Change for serious warming, but their theories now appear to be discounted by the fact that two years of global cooling have erased almost 30 years of recorded temperature rises. (NASA Surveys)

PROPAGANDA

According to the Daily Mail, 11.7.09, a child (aged 6) returned from visiting the Royal Agricultural Show at Stoneleigh with a ‘free’ colouring book given to her by the EU Commission, which contained 42 little logos showing the EU flag. This is paid for through our taxes.

According to Ashley Mote, a former Independent MEP, on 22.3.09, Hungarian socialist Gyula Hegyi succeeded in having a report entitled “Dialogue with the Citizens of Europe” approved by the EU Parliament by 529 votes to 90. Hegyi said that the European idea mainly reached the well educated, wealthy segment of European Society and anyone who did not agree with the EU’s drive for greater integration must be less well educated and less affluent than most. He called for more “spin” to get the EU’s message across, and said that messages should be adapted to different target groups according to their social backgrounds. He also called for teachers to introduce “European politics and history in schools across the EU”.

STRASBOURG PARLIAMENT BUILDING

The Coulisses de Bruxelles blog, 9,7,09, reports that the metallic beams supporting the dome of the Strasbourg Parliament Building were only partially fireproofed and would have only lasted 20 minutes in the event of a fire. (This is something which, providing nobody was harmed, many might welcome as a means of ending the monthly pantomime of moving the Parliament from Brussels to Strasbourg with its related high costs. Ed)

DATA

According to the Dutch newspaper, Tijd di-ve, 9.7.09, the EU Commission wants to give the police of member states and Europol access to the Eurodac database which contains fingerprints of asylum seekers. This has raised concerns about potential human rights violations and the possibility of information on people fleeing persecution reaching their persecutors. The Guardian, 25.4.08, reports that airline passengers are to be screened with facial recognition technology rather than checks by passport officers, in an attempt to improve security and ease congestion. There is concern that passengers will react badly to being rejected by an automated gate. In order to ensure that nobody on the police watch list is let through, technology will err on the side of caution and may generate ‘false negatives’. The pilot project will be open to UK and EU citizens who hold the new biometric passports.

THE BRITISH CONSTITUTION GROUP

This group is asking for help to take our truly Great Britain back to where it belongs, to the safe hands of the ordinary men and women who love and cherish our country, so it will cherish and protect our children and grandchildren through all the generations. The Constitution Group say they have irrefutable documentary evidence of treason committed by people at the highest levels of government. They have official government papers released under the 30-year rule, all bearing central registry and public records office stamps. Most are on headed paper and many signed by people whose names are well known. A prominent QC has perused these documents and his initial assessment is that they make a formidable case which merits serious consideration and investigation for treason. The Group needs to raise £10,000 for a full legal opinion. They have already raised £1,150. Please help them to reach their target. Donations should be sent to The Legal Fund, The British Constitution Group, 7 Holland Road, Wallasey, Wirral CH45 7QZ. Tel: 0151 639 3819 or 0781 352 9383; www.thebcgroup.org.uk

NEW BRITAIN

The eurosceptic party New Britain reports that, for the third year running, its National Chairman will be playing bowls against the Lord Mayor of Plymouth on Plymouth Hoe on Saturday, 25 July, to remind people of the action of Sir Francis Drake in saving England from the Spanish Armada. Meetings in Devon and Cornwall will take place on 25/26 July and a bowls competition will be held for young people.

The third Goldsmith Lecture in memory of the late Sir James Goldsmith, founder of the Referendum Party, will be held on 10 September, 7 pm at University College, London – Tickets £5. Speakers: Simon Heffer, Associate Editor, Daily Telegraph and Robin Birley, stepson of Sir James Goldsmith – Chairman Dennis Delderfield. Details and tickets 020 7247 2524.

I CHALLENGE EVERY POLITICIAN TO READ THIS BOOK AND THEN JUSTIFY, IF THEY CAN, THE £40 MILLION OF TAXPAYERS’ MONEY BEING SENT EACH DAY TO THIS FRAUDULENT AND INEPT ORGANISATION. (Ed)

While the Earth Endures: Creation, Cosmology and Climate Change – by Phillip Foster.
Forward by Professor David Bellamy, (Reviewed by an SOS colleague). Price £10.95 plus p & p from St Matthew Publishing, 1 Barnfield, Common Lane, Hemingford Abbots, Huntingdon PE28 9AX Tel: 01480 399098, email: PF.SMP@dial.pipex.com
Phillip Foster, author of this fascinating and challenging book, is both a bio-chemist and a Christian priest; and, I might add, a man of considerable courage. Why? Because in this book he goes against almost all the popular beliefs of the 21st Century! He doesn’t believe “organic” food is better for us, he is not against genetically modified seeds, he doesn’t think that Darwin’s theory of evolution is necessarily the only answer, and, he does not believe that climate change is all man-caused! In his introduction he says, “Scientific knowledge often proceeds by a series of revolutions in understanding. It is always provisional; it never should be dogmatic; always sceptical.” But regarding today’s theories about climate change he says: “Sceptics are treated like heretics”. He also complains that these so-called scientists work from computer models instead of actual real-life observation! And because “Climate Change” is politically beneficial, no grants are given to anyone who does not agree!

Lack of space prevents me from giving his arguments, but to intrigue you into reading this book let me quote some of his statements. “Global Warming will cause sea levels to rise dramatically – WRONG; Global Warming will cause more extreme weather events, such as hurricanes and tornadoes – WRONG; there will be a serious shortage of water – WRONG; tropical diseases such as malaria will spread – WRONG; the Gulf Stream will be overwhelmed by melt water from Greenland and Europeans will freeze to death – due to global warming – WRONG; global warming will cause mass starvation – WRONG: carbon dioxide levels will go on rising indefinitely – WRONG.” And he follows those statements with the reasons he makes them – from a scientist’s point of view. But being a theist, he concludes that God, the Creative Force, is still in charge!

Iris Binstead

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