Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Rowan Atkinson's speech at Reform Section 5 Parliamentary reception



See also: Reform Section 5 website and the group's Youtube channel.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Hungarian Uprising to be commemorated in European Parliament

I noticed this in the European Parliament the other day (click to enlarge). It is good to see that the heroic uprising of the Hungarian people against Marxist tyranny of 1956 will be remembered in the European Parliament, at least in some small way.

I was intrigued by the reference to a House of Terror museum in the above poster, the director of which being a speaker at this event, and I thought this merited further investigation.

The House of Terror is a Museum in Budapest dedicated to remembering the suffering of Hungarians under totalitarianism.

This is from its website: 
Having survived two terror regimes, it was felt that the time had come for Hungary to erect a fitting memorial to the victims, and at the same time to present a picture of what life was like for Hungarians in those times...
Opened on February 24th, 2002 at 5 pm, the House of Terror Museum - the only one of its kind - is a monument to the memory of those held captive, tortured and killed in this building. The Museum, while presenting the horrors in a tangible way, also intends to make people understand that the sacrifice for freedom was not in vain. Ultimately, the fight against the two cruellest systems of the 20th century ended with the victory of the forces of freedom and independence.
You can find the website of the House of Terror here (English language). 

Friday, 28 September 2012

Seminar on discrimination against Christians in Europe


This advertisement caught my eye in the European Parliament the other day. Below is the agenda. I would have thought that 'Discrimination against Christians' would be better English, but these things often get mangled in translation. Nevertheless, I am sure this will be an interesting seminar.

Seminar on
Discrimination of Christians in Europe

Seminar in cooperation with the Members of the European Parliament from the EPP Group, ECR
Group and COMECE

2 October 2012
9:30 - 13:00
Brussels

JAN 6Q2
Agenda

9:30 Welcome Speech

Jan Olbrycht MEP, Vice-Chairman of the EPP Group responsible for
Interreligious Dialogue and Religious Affairs (EPP Group)


Konrad Szymanski MEP (ECR Group)

9:45-10:45 Session I:
 
Reports on the situation of Christians in Europe


Chair Jan Olbrycht MEP (EPP Group)

Dr. Gregor Puppinck, European Center for Law and Justice (France)

A perspective from Strasbourg
Dr. Martin Kugler, Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against
Christians in Europe (Austria)

Presentation of the 2011 Report of the Observatory on Intolerance and
Discrimination against Christians in Europe

John Deighan, Parliamentary Officer of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland
(UK)

Respective report

Daniel Lipsic, Member of Parliament, former Minister of Justice of Slovakia
(Slovak Republic)
 
10:45-11:45 Session II:
 
Freedom of religion in Europe: positive developments and
current challenges


Chair Konrad Szymanski MEP (ECR Group)

Francisco Javier Borrego Borrego, Former Judge at European Court for
Human Rights (Spain)

Rocco Buttiglione, Professor of political science at Saint Pius V University in
Rome, Member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Member of the
Italian Parliament (Italy)

Mons. Florian Kolfhaus, Official at the Secretariat of State Holy See (Italy)

11:45-12:30 Interventions of MEPs

12:30-13:00

Mario Mauro MEP, Head of the Italian PdL Delegation in the EPP Group
Charles Tannock MEP (ECR Group)


Silvia Costa MEP (S&D Group)
Anna Zaborska (EPP Group)

Conclusion

Laima Liucija Andrikiene MEP (EPP Group)

Mons. Piotr Mazurkiewicz, COMECE Secretary General

Monday, 10 September 2012

New book on Stalin's war on nature


The release of this new book, written by Scottish Conservative MEP Struan Stevenson, has caught my eye this week.

Here is the blurb from Amazon:
As undisputed leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin was directly responsible for the deaths of up to 60 million of his fellow citizens, a truly horrific figure which confirms him as one of the most notorious mass murderers in history.
But Stalin not only waged war against his own people he and his successors regarded nature as an enemy that could be overcome by the might of Soviet technology and the brute force of slave labour. The building of vast networks of canals and the diversion of major rivers has created untold environmental damage, whilst Soviet nuclear and biological weapons programmes contaminated vast areas and caused unimaginable agony for human and animal life.
In this book Struan Stevenson travels to the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgystan and Tajikistan. From the Semipalatinsk region of east Kazakhstan, where over 600 nuclear tests were carried out between 1949 and 1990, to the Aral Sea, the desiccation of which has reduced what was the world's fourth largest inland body of water to half the size it was just 50 years ago, he presents a grim catalogue of environmental catastrophe.
As well as talking with those whose lives continue to be cruelly affected by this terrible legacy, he also meets those who are trying to deal with its wider consequences as it threatens to impact far beyond the steppes of Central Asia.
Despite almost insurmountable challenges, however, there ultimately is a strong message of hope as both local and international organizations face up to the effects of disastrous and inhuman Soviet policies.
Buy it here:

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Peter Hitchens on Pussy Riot case


After I published an article yesterday on the Pussy Riot case in Russia I came across an excellent piece on the subject on Peter Hitchens' blog.
The author approached the topic from a slightly different angle and compared the less than perfect behaviour of the Russian state in the realm of human rights with the far more egregious abuses carried out in Turkey, a thoroughly repressive state in several respects but a country which has, crucially, a certain strategic value to the west by virtue of which it gets away with a great deal.
As Hitchens explains, Turkey...
at the last count had 95 journalists behind bars, and where the bizarre and sinister Ergenekon prosecution is a pretext for the arrest (and often lengthy pre-trial detention) of opponents of Mr Erdogan, the country’s bossy, thin-skinned premier. The Economist, and other respectable organs , ceaselessly call Mr Erdogan’s government ‘mildly Islamist’ . What does he have to do to stop being called ‘mild’, I wonder?
The author also compares the Russian and English legal systems, and argues that whilst theirs is getting slightly better, it is at least moving very slowly in the right direction, whereas the English system is getting worse.

The item is well worth reading in its entirety and can be viewed here:

See also:

Monday, 20 August 2012

Would Pussy Riot have broken English law?


Pussy Riot member sporting communist t-shirt
I'm not sure what to think about the whole Pussy Riot furore. On the one hand I am all for freedom of speech and association. On the other hand I am very much an advocate of civility and law and order and find I find all forms of yobbery and anti-social behaviour thoroughly unpalatable.
An interesting question to ask is would Pussy Riot's little act of rebellion be illegal under English law?

The barrister  Neil Addison, who writes the Religion Law blog, argues that the act in question would indeed have broken a number of English laws, including section 2 of the Ecclesiastical Courts Jurisdiction Act 1860, section 28 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, probably either s5 or s4A of the Public Order Act 1986, and would perhaps have constituted the offence of Aggravated Trespass under section 68 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.
The barrister goes on to explain that whilst he finds the sentence imposed excessive,
there is one aspect to the incident which has not been commented on in the British media and may explain why Orthodox believers in Russia were quite so outraged.  The Cathedral of Christ ...is a reconstruction of a Cathedral which was deliberately destroyed in 1931 as part of the persecution of Christians in the Soviet Union... 
In the West we seem to have almost forgotten Communism and the evils it brought but people in Russia have not.  I notice that in Court one of the Pussy Riot demonstrators wore a R Shirt bearing a clenched fist and the words "No Pasaran" which was a slogan of the Spanish Communist Party during the Spanish Civil War.  It was a bit like appearing in a German Court wearing a T Shirt with a Nazi Slogan.  In those circumstances perhaps it is not surprising if Russians have taken a rather less rosy eyed view of the incident than that of the Western media.
It's a fascinating point.

Read the full article on the Religion Law blog here:

Religion Law Blog: Pussy Riot in a British Church

See also:

Russia Today: Pussy Riot copycats booted from German cathedral (VIDEO)

Russia Today: Pussy Riot on the run: Criminal case launched against other 'punk prayer' participants


Thursday, 16 August 2012

Ecuador!



The Julian Assage saga really is turning into a fascinating spectacle. This report from Russia Today should serve as a useful summary of the latest developments.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Brutal Turkish invasion of Cyprus remembered in European Parliament

Poster in the European Parliament regarding the illegal occupation of northern Cyprus
I was in the European Parliament in Brussels recently when a display regarding the Cyprus presidency of the Council of the European Union caught my eye.

I took these snaps (above and below) of a couple of wall hangings which refer to the brutal and illegal occupation of northern Cyprus by Turkish invaders which occured in 1974 and continues to this day.

I have a great deal of sympathy for the people of Cyprus and I would recommend the website of the Lobby for Cyprus for anyone who wants to find out more about this important issue.

Here is a bit of background on the invasion taken from this site:
The northern area of Cyprus is currently under illegal occupation since the Turkish invasion of 1974.
On 15 July 1974 the military junta then ruling Greece carried out a short-lived coup to overthrow the democratically elected government of Cyprus. On 20 July 1974, Turkey, using the coup as a pretext, launched a massive military invasion, purportedly to restore constitutional order. Despite the collapse of the coup, restoration of the legitimate government of Cyprus, and a ceasefire agreement, Turkey launched a second invasion on 14 August 1974. Turkey seized 36.2 percent of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus and it maintains an illegal military occupation in the northern areas of the island to this day.
In its invasions, Turkey conducted mass systematic human rights abuses against the Greek Cypriots, ethnically cleansing them from their ancestral lands.
Human rights violations have been and continue to be directed against Greek Cypriots because of their ethnicity, religion and language. Such discrimination is explicitly prohibited under the European Convention of Human Rights (article 14) and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (article 21).
"...The Commission has found…that the acts violating the Convention were exclusively directed against members of…the Greek Cypriot community…Turkey has failed to secure the rights and freedoms set forth in these articles without discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin, race and religion as required by article 14 of the Convention..."
Council of Europe, European Commission of Human Rights, Application Nos. 6780/74 and 6950/75, Cyprus v. Turkey

For a wealth of further information on this issue the Action Cyprus is also worth a look. 


Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Happy Yorkshire Day from Yorkshire English Democrats!


I would like to wish the readers of this blog a very happy Yorkshire Day!

Yorkshire English Democrats are working hard to build support for the party across the white rose county.

We have a number of days of action planned across North Yorkshire over the coming months, in which we aim to distribute tens, if not hundreds of thousands of English Democrats leaflets to recruit new members and raise our party's profile. In order to do this we need volunteers to help us. Our first day of action will take place on Saturday 18th August which will be held in Selby.

In addition to activism, we need to raise funds to pay for the leaflets to give to our activists to distribute.

If you can help please send any donation - however small - to us at:

North Yorkshire English Democrats
PO Box 116,
Leeds
LS27 9WW.


Please make cheques payable to 'York English Democrats'

You can also donate via paypal by clicking on the 'donate' button on www.chrisbeverley.com (please mention on your paypal message that the donation is for North Yorkshire).

We also want to ensure the maximum turnout for our first day of action on August 18th. If you can help please email us at yorkshire@engdem.org . Please also contact us if you are interested in standing as a candidate.

Thank you for your support!

See also:

Discover Yorkshire Coast: The White Rose of Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Ridings Society: A White Rose to Minden

Friday, 27 July 2012

Stop female circumcision!

FGM = Female Genital Mutilation. See www.stop-fgm-now.com for more info.

Here is my latest article from the English Democrats website...

Our Chairman Robin Tilbrook has used the publication of an article by Nick Cohen on the Spectator blog to draw attention to the brutal practice of female circumcision - more accurately described as female genital mutilation. This article does not make easy reading, but this is an issue about which we should all inform ourselves, however awful the subject matter might be.

The suffering of the young girls who are subjected to this practice is almost impossible to imagine, but what makes this so much worse is the fact that it is tolerated by the UK authorities in the name of political correctness.

The PC chattering classes who always seek to denigrate nationalists as being uncaring towards other nations and peoples do not hesitate to use every last stereotype and smear in their arsenal to try and discredit and dehumanise those who do not share their worldview.

These arrogant bigots seek to claim a monopoly on moral behaviour. They equate their political correctness, usually under some pseudonym or other, with benevolence and love. Those who oppose their ideology are deemed a force for evil in this world.

Yet the tolerance of female genital mutilation inflicted upon powerless African children gives a graphic example of the way in which there is nothing benevolent and good about political correctness. It is an evil creed which stands idly by as children are mutilated. It cares more for the human rights of the perpetrators of this act than for those of the victims.

The espousal of cultural relativism might seem all well and good on university campuses and in the newspaper articles of sneering leftist journalists. When it filters through to government policy, however, the human cost of such self-hate and irrationality manifests itself in various tragic ways, from the reintroduction of witchcraft-based murder to England (as I discussed here) through to the torture of children discussed above.

That the victims of both these types of violence are predominantly (usually young) Africans is a tragic irony, given the compassion feigned by the left for assorted African causes when it suits them.

You can read Robin's article here.

You can read the Spectator Article here.

See also www.stop-fgm-now.com 

Friday, 1 June 2012

European Parliament conference on communist criminals



“Driven by a sincere effort to achieve legal redress for the crimes of communism and redeem the immense suffering that affected millions of citizens under totalitarian communist regimes, we request the legislative bodies of these countries and the authorities of the European Union to adopt effective legal norms that will allow just punishment of communist criminals and abolition of all benefits they still enjoy.”

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Peace in the Middle East Conference


I was impressed by the lineup at this conference due to be held this evening in the European Parliament which has been organised by MEPs from the Austrian Freedom Party, Lega Nord, and the Vlaams Belang.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Friday, 27 April 2012

Morley Freecycle



I was contacted by one of the administrators of the Morley Freecycle network recently to ask if the English Democrats would be supporting them, and I am very happy to give a plug to this group here.

As he put it;

(Morley Freecycle) is a Morley-centric group affiliated to the worldwide Freecycle network with over 1180 members run at no cost, whatsoever to MTC (Morley Town Council) or members. It is green, reduces landfill, gives access to goods to those on low income and strengthens ties through mutual help.
Martin Lewis has published a good article about Freecycle (and the similar Freegle network) on the excellent moneysavingexpert.com website.

There really is no down-side to initiatives like this, and I would highly recommend that people sign up and get into the habit of using Freecycle.