Monthly Archives: May 2012

Just a thought (to coin a phrase)

Politics Home reports that Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood has been blamed by close allies of David Cameron for failing to protect the Prime Minister from the pitfalls of creating the Leveson inquiry, according to reports – Heywood having been accused of being too enthusiastic in advocating such an open inquiry.

Forgive me, but since when has it been the job of the Civil Service to protect politicians from pitfalls? Are not politicians supposed to be the font of all wisdom and knowledge? At least that is what they lead us to believe – and if they are not the font of all wisdom and knowledge, then what the hell are they doing in office?

It has been obvious for far too long that too much happens ‘within government’ about which the people know nothing – and about which they are not consulted. Such ‘secrecy’ is not a basis of democracy – it is a basis of dictatorship. Far too many ‘agreements’ are ‘signed-off’ by government that affect the daily lives of people – in which case the question has to be asked should it not be the people who are the final repository on whether those ‘agreements’ are acceptable, or not? Where is the element of “Referism”?

Of course were the people to be the final repository of acceptance, it would mean that all central government communications would need to be made available, thus being put in the public domain. It is accepted that to do that would entail an unacceptable volume of information – to which the counter argument can be put that were central government not ‘responsible’ for so much then the amount of information that had to be made available for public perusal would not be that voluminous. Devolution of powers?

If we have to have ‘politicians’, then perhaps were they to adopt the sentiments invoked in the words of Leo Marks, they would indeed be remembered with affection as every decision they took would truly have been one for the benefit of their fellow man – and we would not be in the mess that we are.

The life that I have is all that I have and the life that I have is yours.

The love that I have of the life that I have is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have, a rest I shall have, yet death will be but a pause,

For the peace that I shall have, in the long green grass, shall be yours and yours and yours.

Unfortunately those words – which would be a suitable epitaph on the gravestone of any ‘proper’ politician can never be used by the present ‘career’ politician – in which case the only alternative is for a change in our system of democracy to one wherein the people can decide, by the adoption of “Referism”, how they wish to live their own lives.


Can we put another record on, please?

Years ago there used to be a programme on the wireless (wireless: showing my age) wherein a record was nominated, played and then promptly ‘smashed’ with the appropriate sound effect – can’t recall the name of the radio programme though*. Anyways, is it not about time the ‘lets renegotiate our terms of EU membership’ record was afforded the same treatment as meted out to hated records?

One again, we see articles suggesting that renegotiation of our terms could be built into the referendum question, if and when it is allowed us. There are two articles today on this ‘theme’, one by Paul Goodman in the FT and the other by Christopher Howarth on ConHome. Forgive me but, Christ on a crutch, what is it that people like Goodman and Howarth do not understand about our membership of the EU? Perhaps they can point to any clause in the Lisbon Treaty that allows for renegotiation of the terms of membership? Perhaps they can show where the word renegotiation is even mentioned?

Was it not the Portuguese Windbag himself who stated (I paraphrase): “Accept the rules of our club or leave”? That ‘journalists/political commentators’/politicians can still promote ‘renegotiation’ as a viable option can only show what complete and utter prats they are!

Just saying…………

* Any reader help me out, its starting to bug me………..


Defras ‘U’ turn on Buzzards is for the birds

As with any government pronouncement, be it a proposal or ‘U’ turn, it is always advisable to look for the ‘hidden’ EU directive which will no doubt lay behind any decision where our ‘government’ is concerned. From Politics Home we learn that DEFRA has today announced a U-turn on plans to control the buzzard population by destroying nests and links to articles in The Metro and The Guardian. The Metro quotes Richard Benyon, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Defra, or Wildlife Minister as The Metro dubs him, stating that: “In the light of the public concerns expressed, I have decided to look at developing new research proposals on buzzards.”

Enter  EU DIRECTIVE 2009/147/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 30 November 2009 on the conservation of wild birds, from which Articles 1 and 2:

“Article 1. This Directive relates to the conservation of all species of naturally occurring birds in the wild state in the European territory of the Member States to which the Treaty applies. It covers the protection, management and control of these species and lays down rules for their exploitation.

2. It shall apply to birds, their eggs, nests and habitats. 

Article 2 Member States shall take the requisite measures to maintain the population of the species referred to in Article 1 at a level which corresponds in particular to ecological, scientific and cultural requirements, while taking account of economic and recreational requirements, or to adapt the population of these species to that level.”

This directive lays down ‘conditions’ on how certain types of birds must be treated and in Appendix 1 appears ‘Pernis Apivorus’, otherwise known as ‘European Honey Buzzard’, which from Wikipedia we learn its best well-known summer population is in the New Forest, Hampshire, but it is also found in Tyne Valley (Northumberland), in Wareham Forest (Dorset), in Swanton Novers Great Wood (Norfolk), in the Neath valleys (South Wales), in the Clumber Park area (Nottinghamshire), near Wykeham Forest (North Yorkshire), Haldon Forest Park (Devon) and at numerous other sites in England, Wales and Scotland.

The European Honey Buzzard is not the only form of buzzard that may be found in EU Member States – another is ‘Buteo Rufinas’, otherwise known as ‘Long Legged Buzzard’, which while found in the dry open plains of northern Africa, southeastern Europe, west and central Asia east to China, and across central India also shows that younger birds disperse north of breeding grounds and there are records from Northern Europe.

So all this ‘crap’ about having listened to the concerns expressed by the public (for public read those with an axe to grind) is just that: crap. What is far more likely is that someone, somewhere, within the government machine, has suddenly remembered that where the protection of birds – and in particular Buzzards – is concerned, what they are dealing with is yet another ‘occupied field’ within which they can do nowt without first checking with Brussels. Locally there is of course The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and from Natural England we learn that the Honey Buzzard is a species for which special penalties apply.

As with ‘Transport‘ this announcement by Defra is but another example of ‘the love that dare not speak its name’.


A love that dare not speak its name

Politics Home reports on proposed EU changes to the working hours and conditions for pilots and cabin crew, which some claim could put safety at risk. Neither PH nor those to whom it links – the Guardian, Mail, or BBC – mention that ‘transport’ is an ‘occupied field’ where law making is concerned, it resting with the EU. Consequently it matters not what any Parliamentary Committee or MP thinks, should this proposal become a Directive or Regulation, they can do nothing.

That Transport Minister Theresa Villiers can do no more than ‘welcome’ the proposal, while stating that moving to a Europe-wide system of safety regulation “would undoubtedly bring up the standards to a broadly equivalent level to that in the UK” only serves to illustrate the impotence and ineffectiveness of what we call a government.

The unspoken affection for the EU that our politicians and the media posses – apparent by their obvious unwillingness to mention any connection twixt EU and law making – surely shows that that ‘affection’ most definitely is a love that dare not speak its name.

Just saying……………..


Partnership Media Group t/a GovNet Communications (3)

As readers will know from the foot of this website, it is hosted by PDPS who, in the person of Ian Parker-Joseph, take care of all technie matters that I may experience.

You may have noticed that there has been a little disruption on my site over the past few days, especially with people getting a 503 not available message.


I am of the opinion that this has been caused by one of the posts which went up earlier as it is since then that strange events have taken place. First, briefly, some background. On the 23rd March 2012 a blogger by the name of Tim Rustige was arrested at his home in Altringham, Trafford in a ‘cross border operation’ by officers of Grampian and Greater Manchester Police. His home was simultaneously searched and personal items removed. Rustige, together with the secured items, were then transported directly to Aberdeen where he was kept in the cells over the weekend and released on bail on Monday 26th. (you can read further on Rustige’s arrest here and here.)

It is almost a mirror copy of the ‘cross border’ raid on Robert Green’s home, where computers and notebooks were removed by Grampian Police, while officers from Cheshire Police remained outside the house, or the 7 hour raid on the home of Hollie and Anne Greig, also by Grampian Police whilst the local officers remained outside, this time not only removing items from the home but also damaging and trashing the property in the process.

I wrote to David Cameron to complain about the conflation of devolved matters on 11th April and again on 27th May. On 16th May I also wrote about how difficult it is for any constituent in Witney to contact their Member of Parliament. It was around the 16th May that ‘attacks’ on my website began, albeit only one or two; unfortunately this has now increased to such an extent that it results in what amounts to attempts of brute force entry into my blog by the Police National Network, the MOD, an un-named Government department and a whole range of financial institutions using Rippers software. Witness:


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It would appear that anyone who writes anything about the Hollie Greig campaign comes under an intimidating barrage of abuse by officials. A misuse of power if ever there was one – just what and who are they protecting. (it took a while to work out why the financial institutions, but then realized they have a vested interest in this case, more on that in the next few months from the Hollie Demands Justice website ).


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Similarly PDPS Internet has suffered exactly the same fate (above) although they are now used to this abuse as they also host the Hollie Demands Justice website. The attacks on myself and the hosting company are from the same IPs that regularly attack the HDJ site and remove content; witness:

I am advised that the missing documents were the result of a visit from the Police National Network using Rippers software.

To bring the matter of these unwarranted attacks up to date, this morning the following is what the MoD were trying to enter and/or alter using Rippers on this site:

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:55:41, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;)’, trying to access ‘/?p=450’
Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:55:41, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications-2/feed/’

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:55:41, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications-2/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/albion2251.jpg’

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:55:43, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications-2/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/favicon.ico’

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:55:44, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications-2/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/76160_1558991947025_1602086596_31309933_8237166_n.jpg’

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:55:44, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications-2/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/78_fullsize.png’

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:55:45, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications-2/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/54_articleimage.png’

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:55:46, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.30; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E; InfoPath.1)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications-2/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/albion2251.jpg’

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:55:47, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.30; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E; InfoPath.1)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications-2/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/76160_1558991947025_1602086596_31309933_8237166_n.jpg’

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:55:48, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications-2/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/favicon.ico’

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:55:49, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications-2/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/zt94dk.jpg’

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:55:49, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.30; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E; InfoPath.1)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications-2/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/54_articleimage.png’

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:55:50, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications-2/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/top-50-right-wing-blogs1.png’

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:55:50, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications-2/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/54_articleimage.png’

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:55:50, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible;)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications-2/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Sidebar.jpg’

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:55:50, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.30; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E; InfoPath.1)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications-2/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/78_fullsize.png’

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:59:00, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.30; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E; InfoPath.1)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications/’ MOD

Blocked:, on 2012-05-30 07:59:09, using ‘Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.30; .NET CLR 3.0.4506.2152; .NET CLR 3.5.30729; .NET4.0C; .NET4.0E; InfoPath.1)’, trying to access ‘/partnership-media-group-ta-govnet-communications/’


Since the above, the following also took place:

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I also have a problem with my old Blogger website in that when acting as administrator I am no longer able to delete any comment on any post other than my own. By way of explanation, on blogger beside each and every comment there appeared an icon in the shape of a dustbin which on clicking then provided the administrator the ability to delete that post – all those little dustbins have disappeared. It may be due to the move from .com to and Blogger did not ‘transfer over’ all administrator facilities. If any blogger still on blogspot would care to confirm that they have not lost the ability to delete comments, I would be greatly appreciative – failing which it is reasonable for me to assume that I can small a rat as the ability to ‘censor’ comments was lost around 20th May, which is the last occasion on which I attempted to enter my old blog as an administrator.

 Reverting to the letter from Turner Parkinson LLP I have written to Google requesting that as I am unable to remove those posts naming names, perhaps they would do so in view of what looks like court action. I have also requested that they supply me with the IP and email addresses of those comments – again stating I need that information pending possible court actin – and it would not surprise me were it to be shown that all the comments in question originated from the same source.

 That behaviour by the State, such as recounted above, can happen in what we are told is the ‘mother of democracy’ beggars belief, on the contrary such behaviour is that which is associated with the USSR of old, China or North Korea.

Anyways, let us see what unfolds in the days ahead – and yes any further attempts to hack this blog will be publicized.

Update: Further investigation of my blog showed that the sidebar images had been tampered with causing them to loop, which in turn caused an increase in CPU usage. It is not possible to state who tampered with them, but it is odd that this should have happened at a time when other questionable visits have taken place.


David's Musings


Partnership Media Group t/a GovNet Communications (2)

Apologies are due to readers for the lack of posting yesterday pm and today but as will, no doubt, be realized I have been rather involved with events following my first post on this subject.

A certain amount of ‘detective work’ has been – and, as I write, is still being – undertaken which has resulted in what may be termed interesting and intriguing facts being uncovered, about which I shall be shortly posting.

Stay tuned – as they say…………………


Too many twits make a twat

As David Cameron famously remarked three years ago. This weekend Grant Shapps celebrated his 50,000th tweet. Fifty thousand sure has made a twat – although it could be argued he achieved that status before his first tweet.

Just a thought………………





Partnership Media Group t/a GovNet Communications

Nearly three years ago, on 7th September 2009 to be precise, I posted about GovNet Communications and it would appear that GoveNet Communications are a tad upset. The following has today been received as an attachment to an email.

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Other than making known that I did not receive any letter last July, that needless to say I have not yet been contacted by the Police, that the deadline of 4pm on 1st June will not be met; for obvious reasons I make no further comment.

Readers are not so constrained………………………


David's Musings



Every picture tells a story

so we are informed. So what image forms in your mind*, dear reader, when considering:

  • After an inconclusive general election result, two politicians seize power and subsequently produce a manifesto, for which no-one voted, promising transparent government, devolution of power, a recall system for MPs, a desire to recreate a political system which would be regarded with admiration, to name but a few – and have failed miserably.
  • Because our political elite will not countenance any change, we are forced to live under a system of democracy which states that whilst the UK public elects Members of Parliament (MPs) to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons, said MPs may not be able to represent a constituent’s concern because the concern conflicts with the MP’s party policy.
  • We are in the grip of three political parties all of whom are content to cede the sovereignty of our nation to that of an unelected foreign entity – and refuse to allow the people an opportunity to agree with that decision or not.
  • The present system of democracy allows for what may be called democratised dictatorship on the basis that for any 5-year term, the governing party can in effect pass any law it wishes whether the people agree or not.
  • Due to the control that party leaders have over their candidate selection, invariably those selected have no experience of business and commerce.
  • It has been shown that those elected as MPs have, in general, no sense of honour or principle and are more concerned with self-advancement while exhibiting a streak of venality in the process.
  • During past decades the political elite have changed the composition of our society for political gain, in the process trampling on our traditions and way of life in the name of diversity and equality – again without the express agreement of the people.
  • Due to ill-conceived and ‘not thought through’ political decisions -presumably at the behest of their masters in Brussels – the seeming ‘break-up’ of the United Kingdom can be laid squarely at the door of the political elite.
  • The political elite have been aided and abetted in their incompetence by a sycophantic media and bureaucratic regime – both the latter being ‘encouraged’ by said political elite.
  • Government has no money of its own, other than that ‘extorted’ from the people by means of taxation.

*For those readers still pondering, perhaps I may suggest the following?

 With acks to Sue of Muffled Vociferation for a little artistic licence with the original picture.

Democracy – UK style

Readers may recall that I posted about the case of Hollie Grieg on the 11th April this year and to understand that which follows, readers may wish to refresh their memories by referring to that link.

Following my initial email I received the following reply the next day:

“Dear Mr Phipps

 I can confirm receipt of your email which I am going to discuss with David on Thursday.

 I will get back to you after our meeting. 

Kind regards, Natasha

Natasha AldenResearch Assistant & Local Press Officer

Office of David Cameron MP

On 15th May 2012 the following was received:

“Dear Mr Phipps

 Following on from my last email to you, David asked me to make some enquiries about this case which I have now done.

I have been informed by Number 10 that this case is a devolved issue and so is being dealt with by the Scottish Government. 

I would be happy to pass your concerns on for you if you would like me to do this?

Kind regards, Natasha

Natasha AldenOffice of David Cameron MP 
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA “

In response to that last email, the following has been sent:

“Dear Ms. Alden.

I would be grateful if the following email was passed to my Member of Parliament for his personal attention. Perhaps you would be kind enough to acknowledge receipt.
With kind regards,
David Phipps
Dear Mr. Cameron,
I would refer to my email of 16th April 2012 on the matter of Anne Grieg, Hollie Grieg, Robert Green and Tim Rustige, together with the subsequent response I received on 15th May 2012 from Natasha Alden. My original email was addressed to you, not just in your position as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom but also in your position as my constituency Member of Parliament. It had always been my belief that convention and courtesy required that any communication from a constituent warranted a personal reply from his/her Member of Parliament; and consequently it was with some surprise that I noted that the response on 15th May came from your Research Assistant/Local Press Officer. In her reply Natasha Alden informed me that Number 10 had advised her that this matter was a devolved issue and was therefore being dealt with by the Scottish Government and that any ‘concerns’ I had she would be happy to pass on. With the utmost respect I have to say that had I wished for a response from Number 10 or a member of your staff, then I would have addressed my concerns to them.
 To revert to the subject of my original email I am, as you know – our having met a number of times – a keen follower of what passes for matters political in this country and thus am only too aware that the subject of policing, judiciary, law and order are matters devolved to Scotland. Bearing that in mind, I must therefore say that I find the response of 15th May, shall we say, patronizing.
 I find it incredible that what amounts to an arrest by a ‘foreign’ police force of a citizen of England and Wales (Rustige) on English soil can be allowed to happen; especially as it amounts to the imposition of Scottish law on English soil. Is not the fact that having arrested someone (Rustige) and removed them to Scotland without a prior hearing in an English court not tantamount to ‘kidnap’? Can it be correct that a Scottish police force can enter a dwelling in England – unaccompanied by an English law officer – and carry out a search of said premises? (Anne Grieg, Tim Rustige). Is it not correct that when removing articles from a dwelling an inventory of items removed should be left with, or handed to, the occupant (Anne Grieg, Green & Rustige)? Since when has it been legal for an English local authority to collude with a police force – and in so doing presenting false accusations of abduction of a vulnerable adult (Hollie Grieg) – in order for Scottish police to gain entry unaccompanied by an English police officer? Is it in order for the Police National Network to use “Ripper” software to gain entry to a blog, copy and then remove certain information, ie delete it? (Anne Grieg) Is it correct that following an FOI request for the ‘case notes’ in these three cases it should be answered with certain information ‘redacted’, necessitating the added expense of appealing those redactions? Either Scottish policing, judiciary, law and order have been devolved – or they have not. Either the person in Number 10 Downing Street is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom – or he/she is not.
 It is with great sadness and regret, although not unexpected in this day and age living as we do under what amounts to democratized dictatorship, that I note an email which raises matters of immense importance – and which contained serious accusations of impropriety – appears to be, once again, ‘brushed aside’ and in a most deplorable and despicable manner.
 It should be noted that with a view to highlighting what can only be perceived as miscarriage of justice; misuse of police and local authority powers; disregard of legal requirements; apparent disinterest in the concerns of people by those supposedly elected to represent their interests; that this email and all previous correspondence has been published; as will be all subsequent correspondence. In passing it is to be hoped that I may receive your assurance that I will not receive a ‘visit’ from the Police National Network.
I look forward to your response in due course
With kind regards,
David Phipps
Let us see what that brings forth……………..

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