Wednesday 19 May 2010


A "power revolution" in Britain will be promised by Nick Clegg today as he tries to put his personal stamp on the Government in his first major statement as Deputy Prime Minister. 

He will hail his programme of political reform as the most ambitious and radical since the Great Reform Act of 1832. He has told aides that the coalition government has given him the opportunity to implement the changes that he came into politics to pursue.

In a speech in London Mr Clegg will promise a "wholesale, big bang" rather than piecemeal approach, including: 

* scrapping the identity card scheme and second generation biometric passports

* removing limits on the rights to peaceful protest

* a bonfire of unnecessary laws

* a block on pointless new criminal offences

* internet and email records not to be held without reason

* closed-circuit television to be properly regulated

* new controls over the DNA database, such as on the storage of innocent people's DNA

* axeing the ContactPoint children's database

* schools will not take children's fingerprints without asking for parental consent

* reviewing the libel laws to protect freedom of speech

What Clegg will say:

"I'm not talking about a few new rules for MPs; not the odd gesture or gimmick to make you feel a bit more involved. I'm talking about the most significant programme of empowerment... since the great enfranchisement of the 19th century. The biggest shake-up of our democracy since 1832, when the Great Reform Act redrew the boundaries of British democracy." 

"This will be a government that is proud when British citizens stand up against illegitimate advances of the state. That values debate, that is unafraid of dissent." 

He will infuriate Labour by stealing words from Tony Blair's rewritten Clause IV of the Labour Party's constitution, saying the coalition government will stand up "for the freedom of the many, not the privilege of the few". He will say the coalition will draw on the spirit of the great 19th-century reformers to deliver "a power revolution – a fundamental resettlement of the relationship between state and citizen".
He will announce plans to consult the public on which laws should be scrapped. Promising to "tear through the statute book", he will attack Labour for creating thousands of criminal offences which took away people's freedom without making the streets safe.

"Obsessive lawmaking simply makes criminals out of ordinary people. So we'll get rid of the unnecessary laws and once they're gone, they won't come back. We will introduce a mechanism to block pointless new criminal offences," he will say.

Raising the coalition's sights, the Deputy Prime Minister will say: "I have spent my whole political life fighting to open up politics. So let me make one thing very clear: this government is going to be unlike any other". 

"This government is going to transform our politics so the state has far less control over you, and you have far more control over the state. This government is going to break up concentrations of power and hand power back to people, because that is how we build a society that is fair. This government is going to persuade you to put your faith in politics once again."

Having just endured thirteen miserable years of Labour lies and  their authoritarian communist control freakery, poking their arrogant, noses troughing snouts into every aspect of our lives, I eagerly await the actual outcome of all this in a heightened state of anticipation apathy!

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Sheriff said...

Well I suppose he will have to do something as Deputy PM, Prescott after all was in charge  of getting the EU Regions up and running but he largely fucked that up.

In the Telegraph they major on Mr Cleggs offer for US to tell HIM which outrageous Labour laws we wish to see removed/ammended.

SMOKING BAN, no I'm not suggesting a return to smoky offices or shops, trains, buses or restaurants.

Option one. Permit those pubs that wish to designate a room as a smoking room (ie the old 'public bar'), such a room to be well ventilated AND be two doors away from any  non-smoking rooms (just like the bogs in fact)
Option two (if the above is too radical) Allow smokers to establish Private members only smoking bars to which non-smokers are not invited, but may attend in the company of smoking members if they wish to.

See Mr Clegg, it's all about freedom of choice and personal; responsibility, just like your mate Mr Cameron keeps banging on about.
Oh,  one more thing, 25% of the voting  public still smoke and are still pissed off about Labours foul ban.

Sheriff said...

Fully second that Spider, I'd also like to see loads less officious little twats strutting around with speed cameras/parking tickets/bin offences...the list goes on, to bring the economy up WE need more money in our pockets to buy produce (preferably British) and stimulate this economy not taken from us to bild bigger"better " police forces and line the pockets of partner businesses.

What I do not see in the above as well, is a PROMISE to hunt out the saboteurs of this country who have brought it to the brink of destruction, and the promise of lengthy jail sentences for them all for crimes against the people!!!

Sheriff said...

Yep, I'd go along with all of those proposals ..

But would add the disbandment of both ACPO & the CPS .. neither of which serves any useful purpose and both of which cost a forune to run ..

I would also propose the immediate disbandment of PCSO's, Street Wardens, Community Wardens etc .. if people wish to dress in "Police" type uniform and "police" the actions of other citizens, then let them do so as sworn, fully trained and properly accountable Constables ..

I would also suggest the immediate repeal of RIPA .. this Act alone has been responsible for most of the worst cases of our civil liberties being infringed ..

A grown-up attitude to & application of Health & Safety legislation ..

The immediate repeal of the Human Rights Act ..

However, promises and talk come cheap .. Politicians thrive on them .. and I won't believe a word of it until I see it in action ..

Sheriff said...

If this comes about it will be good news indeed. After 13 years of dictatorship and Marxism anything is better. Much better.

Sheriff said...

"This government is going to persuade you to put your faith in politics once again."

That line scares the bejesus outta this American.

One can have 'faith' in God or in the human standard; faith say in ones family or neighbor (neighbour), but never let your guard down to be persuaded to put your 'faith' to or for politics or the agents of it - politicians. 

Sheriff said...

You and I speak the same language and think the same way, Christopher, I still won't trust any politician as far as I could throw King Kong! They have a hell of a lot of convincing to do before the tyranny of Labour can ever be laid to rest. Excuse my French, but I will never trust any of the cunts ever again! They have a shitload of bridge-building to do after thirteen years of the Labour commie dictatorship! >:o

Sheriff said...

I agree, OR, fine words but let's wait and see how much substance they actually hold! >:o

Sheriff said...

CH, you and I appear to think exactly the same way - even then I doubt that this goes far enough but it would be a damned good start. What worries me is that everything you have just mentioned will be kicked into the long grass - that's what they do, after all.

The current coalition's intentions may be genuine, but I will believe it when I see it - I'm not holding my breath just yet! I honestly hope my suspicions are proved wrong. ;)

Sheriff said...

Like you Spidey .. I won't be holding my breath either ..

They can "talk the talk" all they like .. but do they posess the backbone to "walk the walk" ?

I reckon the best we can expect is a "cobbled-together" series of fudges & compromises .. rather like the coalition itself in fact ..

Which addresses none of the issues, solves none of the problems but merely tinkers around on the edges ..

Sheriff said...

You are talking my language, mate, I'm with you all the way on this - Cameron will need to have one hell of a lot of pressure put on him, though - there's no way that a real Tory would let a shitload of businesses go down the tubes for the sake of a smoking ban - but then... Cameron's not a real Tory. ;)

Sheriff said...

There are very few representatives, willing to walk the walk.  However, will they when the current game is in political favors?

Sheriff said...

Exactly, CH, a bunch of fudgepackers, the whole bloody lot of them, Hell really will freeze over before I take anything they say at face value ever again. The only thing they have going for them is that they couldn't possibly be worse than the shower of shit that just got the boot! ;)

Sheriff said...

Only if they are given the okay or indeed ordered to do so by their Bilderberg puppetmasters, Guest. :-$

Sheriff said...

There just not enough time to say it all; but I'm pleased to see that you see the problem for what it is.
We will only get our countries back, only if we call the dogs and start hunting down the Bildermounds, and all the other branches of their tree.
Is it anywonder that their propaganda all ways make a mountain out of a mole hill?

Sheriff said...

I won't hold my breath either, Spider.  Talk is cheap, it's the ACTIONS that count!
Lets hope Clegg does some good for your country for a change! ;)
PS:  that pic is really cool.

Sheriff said...

Absolutely, TS/WS, sometimes I really wish I didn't see it all so clearly...... it would certainly make life a lot more simple...... but then I wake up and realise that I'm glad I know what's actually going on. ;) >:o

Sheriff said...

Cheers, Bunni, I hope so, too, but Cameron has kicked out a lot of the Tories' best policies to accommodate Clegg, which doesn't bode well. We are still stuck with the controversial Human Rights Act because of Clegg - this is an extension to the European Convention Of Human Rights which has allowed unscrupulous lawyers, (e.g. Cherie Blair), to make absolute fortunes and has allowed judges to overrule the government on the deportation of terrorists, illegals and other criminals. The HRA has compromised our security and turned British justice on its head - it has to go! >:o