Unsayable Truth

A quote from Lord Jonathan Sacks, the Chief Rabbi of Britain, 4 November 2009

Europe, at least the indigenous population of Europe, is dying. That is one of the unsayable truths of our time. We are undergoing the moral equivalent of climate change and no one is talking about it. Parenthood involves massive sacrifice of money, attention, time and emotional energy. Where today in European culture with its consumerism and instant gratification – because you’re worth it – where will you find space for the concept of sacrifice for the sake of generations not yet born?


Helvetic People Power

A quote by Daniel Hannan MEP at his blog, 4 November 2009

It’s not chiefly about Europe – it’s about democracy. Regular readers will know that I have always seen the repatriation of jurisdiction from Brussels as a means to an end. Having got the powers back, we should pass them down to local authorities or, better yet, to individual citizens. I want decisions to be decentralised, diffused, democratised. I want open primaries, popular initiative procedures, elected sheriffs, self-financing councils, an end to quangos, recall mechanisms and, yes, referendums – lots and lots of referendums. […] I don’t just mean a referendum on Europe – though, naturally, that is the obvious place to start. I mean full-on Helvetic people power.


European Human Rights Court Rules Against Crucifixes

A quote from the press agency AKI, 3 November 2009

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ruled in favour of an Italian woman who opposed the display of a Catholic crucifix at her children's school. Soile Lautsi, from Abano Terme, a small town outside the northern city of Padua, had lodged the case to protest against the crucifix at the state school. She was also awarded 5,000 euros in damages.

Seeking Shelter

A quote from Richard Fernandez at Pajamas Media, 22 October 2009

The heavy blows which laid the Anglican church low were not dealt by the Roman Catholic Church. Indeed the Anglican Church broke away from Rome. What severely weakened the Anglicans was the communist-inspired secular culture which sapped it of vitality; reduced the Gospel to an outlier of the greater scripture of Political Correctness. That’s what its disaffected adherents are fleeing from. The principal attraction of the Roman Catholic Church, at least to conservative Anglicans, lies precisely in that it hasn’t been eaten out by socialist/communist faith to the degree that the Anglicans have been. It’s not that they love Rome, they’re simply seeking shelter within its walls.

Blair’s Policy

A quote from The Daily Telegraph, 23 October 2009

The huge increases in migrants over the last decade were partly due to a politically motivated attempt by ministers to radically change the country and "rub the Right's nose in diversity", according to Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, Jack Straw and David Blunkett. […] Writing in the Evening Standard, he revealed the "major shift" in immigration policy came after the publication of a policy paper from the Performance and Innovation Unit, a Downing Street think tank based in the Cabinet Office, in 2001.

Freedom Go to Hell


Popped down to Westminster to see the fuss around the visit of Geert Wilders to be greeted by the Islamist rent-a-mob. Seems to me that Mr Wilders may well have paid them to turn up just to prove his point.

The Will of 500 Million Europeans

A quote from French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, 15 October 2009 [via Open Europe]

Some recommend not provoking [Czech] President Klaus, hoping that he will find himself incapacitated of continuing with his project [delaying the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty until the British elections]. Personally, I believe we ought to keep a firm hand since everyone has already voted, including the Czech Republic. A single man will not know how to oppose the will of 500 million Europeans. The European Council that will take place at the end of the month will be the right occasion to test the determination of Europeans and to put pressure on the Czech President.


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