Every man for himself, episode 3

The cracks between sovereign States (and the States and their citizens) are becoming more obvious

The evidence of sovereign reversion to selfish war I’ve been referring to for a fortnight now continues to pile up.

German newspaper Handelsblatt reports that 3,396 tons of the Fatherland’s gold kept in the US is about to be partially moved out of the New York Fed, where 45% of it is currently stored, and brought back home to be added to the 31% already stored there.

In an odd sort of way, the following extract from the amended Greek loan agreement also shows that the days of being nice to each other are fading fast, and no prisoners will be taken in the case of those who surrender:

‘Greece irrevocably and unconditionally waives all immunity to which it is or may become entitled, in respect of itself or its assets, from legal proceedings in relation to this Amendment Agreement, including, without limitation, immunity from suit, judgment or other order, from attachment, arrest or injunction prior to judgment, and from execution and enforcement against its assets to the extent not prohibited by mandatory law.’

Get out of that if you can.

And this Friday (we’re reliably warned) David Cameron is going to lay it on the line for the EU: either the relationship changes in a way that changes everything, or we’re off. While my general view is ‘I’ll believe it when I see it’, Cameron isn’t just reacting to bolshie backbenchers: He and Osborne must be acutely aware of just what an albatross the EU might turn out to be. For is not the Age of Austerity upon us?

Well, in one or two laughable ways it is: I was in a House of Commons committee room for much of yesterday, and you’ll all be relieved to know that there is no longer any water for sessions there. Given yesterday’s news (not really news, just the first time it’s been admitted) that our banks are nowhere near the target of refilled balance sheets, I suppose the Commons water was bound to go in the end.

But was there any other evidence to hand in the Palace of Westminster that our doom is at hand? Not really: I met and spoke with two MPs – diligent and concerned, don’t doubt it – but neither of them seemed that aware of how dysfunctionally unpopular the political class is across Europe.

More remarkable were the ordinary people in the room grappling with serious legal, constitutional, police and power-abuse issues. Mums imprisoned spitefully, armed police raiding family homes, people being declared in need of mental assessment for arguing with social workers, businesses being fraudulently declared insolvent, judges exceeding their powers while ignoring evidence. And volunteer intermediaries dedicated to helping those stuck in a Kafkaesque world in which the law says one thing but the authorities do another.

“It’s the system,” people kept saying, “We must change the system”. I don’t agree, I’m afraid. You have to change the culture, ethics, attitudes, dishonesty, privilege, and inflexibly dated tribalism of Britain. Just making the system tougher without doing that will simply mean more new laws – and more cynical new ways of getting round them.

As the geopolitics get nastier and the austerity bites harder, our so-called leaders will have to ask more and more of us. There seems to me at the moment no sign at all that they understand they simply aren’t going to get it.

28 thoughts on “Every man for himself, episode 3

  1. We are the ‘state’ and as the name suggests, a state is transient.

    Google ‘Freeman of the land’, it is a possible antidote to the insanity of our masters, and they are our masters, we were sold, as slave debt at birth.

    Check ‘John Harris’ and others out for more info.

  2. When you look an MP square in the face does he or she look like they are worth the money they are paid ?
    Do they have an hourly rate ?
    What is the going rate for opening and reading letters and replying ?
    Is there a rate for attending commitee meetings etc

  3. What makes you believe “…. they simply aren’t going to get it” ?
    Instead of reporting the total surrender of Greece to its creditors on the day this was passed as a law, our esteemed mass media conveniently were dealing with amateur bombs from small time (alleged) terrorists that burned cars and doorsteps of news reporters and politicians.
    I believe they have all the means they need to control and guide the people wherever they want. The “lazy greeks” campaign was also successful elsewhere, wasn’t it ?
    You are painfully right saying that everyone is for himself nowadays but we should probably be grateful we have been given the option of surrendering by law and not by war.
    I wonder how it could and what would happen if we just said enough is enough and acted on it too.

      • I hope you are wrong, but fear you are right. It is a pity that the European nations so comprehensively shafted by Germany don’t just get together, invade Germany, set up an austerity programme, and confiscate the gold.

    • Surrendering what though?
      The terms of that agreement just about put you in bondage. In fact check the watermark on the paper, you might find it dates from the Roman era and is a slave indenture.

      • This piece of paper has as much validity as the future of the euro… when the defecation hits the oscillation and it really IS every man for himself Greece will confiscate and nationalize assets like Iran, and many South American countries already have… at the end of the day it’s just some utterly non-enforceable legalese… unless the Germans would like to come back down to enforce it and get embarrassed again. Everyone here has known for a long time this has been the goal.

    • Hilarious how 17 small bombs from some unknown group just happen to be set off on the weekend that the neocons here give away the country… hilarious. They are still assuming that Germany will keep it’s end of the bargain after they’re election… which is even MORE hilarious.

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  5. Nick M, Perhaps, except Greece is in the position it is because of Arms deals with Germany and ( sadly ) France, 150 billion buys so much fire power that I doubt if Albania or Turkey will want to get involved……..

    • johnyvrf, it’s more complicated….Yes the Greek defence budget was big in the past.
      Check Turkey’s armed forces and population size, comparing to Greece. Huge.
      That was then and this is now. With the present austerity, Greek forces are short of spares, fuel, training manhours…
      They do need need to conquer the whole country. Just a few Aegean Islands – it will last a week, then the UN and big powers will come in to enforce a green armistice line…the usual script.
      If such a decision is taken they will have a steady support line from US and/or Germany.

    • “It is then argued that “it is particularly hard to see how the armed forces can justify the current budget, as the money is not spent on supporting NATO or EU missions.” Indeed Greece has significantly reduced its contribution to multinational missions over the past few months due to financial constraints. It is a regrettable yet understandable decision under the circumstances. But then the article substantially underplays the deeply held Greek perceptions about a threat from Turkey. It even mentions that “over the past several months the Greek media have written that Turkey violated Greek air space at least once.” This is rather sloppy reporting as there are very frequent violations that on a yearly basis number in the hundreds. Although it could be argued that many of these incidents could have been avoided through a technical agreement between the two countries, facilitated by NATO, pending the legal resolution of the problem, it is difficult to understand what Turkish warplanes are trying to achieve with low-level overflights over inhabited Greek islands or why Turkish warships are violating the spirit if not the letter of the “innocent passage” right, often near Greece’s mainland coast. And the frequent references by Turkish politicians – fortunately not from the governing AKP party – to a number of inhabited Greek islands in the Aegean as belonging to Turkey do not exactly strengthen confidence and trust between the two countries. Also, top Turkish military officers have been brought to trial for plotting for the overthrow of the Turkish government through a staged military conflict with Greece. Furthermore, the Turkish casus belli in case Greece exercises what it considers its right under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to extend its territorial waters to 12 miles is still on the table. Not to mention the more recent Turkish position that Kastelorizo and other Greek islands have no right to maritime zones or that Cyprus has no right to an exclusive economic zone (EEZ).” http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite3_1_16/01/2013_478713

  6. You are right about the cultural change, and part of it is due to the change in balance between Labour and Capital (and I am not talking just about the Fascist Labour Party).

    In the 70′s Labour arguably had too much power over Capital, though it didn’t do me any harm whatsoever – but trying to defend me from being made redundant by calling a strike was futile and useless. I was the only bugger who went into work.

    In the 80′s if you unfairly got the boot, cos your boss was a bastard, at least you got a fair crack at the whip, and your union would support you in court claiming unfair dismissal – and depending on what judge you got, you might actually have won.

    In the 90′s we were still in a Can Do, and Did Do world, perhaps cutting corners a bit, but making the almost impossible work, though by that time in the Private sector Unions were largely irrelevant.

    Then Blair, got in, Diana got assassinated. The neocons took the US, 9/11 hit and it all went to shit.

    Glad I was born when I was. It would have been shit 50 years earlier, and its going to be shit being born now.

    Things might improve after the cull, if you survive it.

    Tony

  7. My mum said something the other day when I was speculating about the non sustainability of it all. I don’t think she gets the whole thing but she said ‘It’ll be like the war, rations and that. Only there’ll be no war jobs’.

    I’m not even sure there will be rations. Keep watching the news for the Tesco wagons that get ambushed on the way to their delivery.

    • Tesco wagons? I doubt it after their little horse play…. More like Waitrose wagons…..especially if Tesco rebrand “Every little pony helps”

      • Tesco?
        Oh please….It will be ‘Waitrose’ for me every time.

        ‘Sainsburys ‘? ‘Tesco’?
        I’m afraid I’m just not that kind of looter.
        One must maintain some sort of standard.

  8. That agreement reads like one you might have found at the bottom of your mortgage deal except that the small print on mine was never as draconian as that.
    Still they’ll never enforce it and if you want a war then start having people go in there and repossess bits of Greece.

    • At the end of the day… it’s just a piece of paper. Iran signed similar types of paper to the US and U.K. earlier in the 20th century’s… then they just confiscated and nationalized their assets and have been punished ever since… standard practice.

  9. “Mums’ imprisoned spitefully”…… Do you mean Emma West? Does anyone know what has happened to her? Is she still detained, & what has happened to her children?
    This whole episode would never have been believed possible in the Britain of thirty years ago. Whatever happened to us?

  10. Who on this board believes that Cameron will do anything whatsoever about changing the UK’s status within the EU?
    It’s all window-dressing for the small part of his party that is anti-EU. He and Osborne (and all the Tory Grandees) do not want to leave the EU and they actually believe in GREATER integration, not less.

    Cameron is a LIAR with his pretence of “getting tough” with Brussels and it’s the exact opposite of his real intention. You shouldn’t be misled by the so-called Tory Right either. There are very few Tory MPs who genuinely want Britain out of the EU. In much the same way that Cameron lies to his party, most of these allegedly anti-EU Tory MPs are lying to THEIR electorate, and for similar reasons. It’s window-dressing.

    The pro-integrationist plotters are already geared up and organising the campaign which will frighten the UK plebs into staying in the EU, in the same way that the Greeks and the Irish were dunced into staying in. You’ve seen it already with the pronouncements by Heseltine, Clark, Merkel, Obama and the rest of the one-worlders. They haven’t brought Europe to the brink of merger, only to willingly hand the decision back to us Useless Eaters.

    If you think the mainstream media will ride to the rescue and campaign against continued EU membership, don’t worry, you’ll be wrong. Here’s what the rabidly anti-EU Sunday Express said in its issue 23-Oct-2011, when there was a genuine rising popular demand for a referendum…..

    “””””Our relationship with Europe is complicated and not best served at this point by a simple in or out vote. Common sense and negotiation could achieve more now than threats to leave.””””

    It’s all a pack of lies we are being fed. I’ve said it before and you know I’ll be saying it again, often, (John permitting)…. we will NEVER leave the EU. We will never be given the opportunity to vote “IN or OUT”. Most of our politicians want us to stay in. All of our industrialists, bankers and higher civil servants want us to stay in and ALL of our mainstream media will campaign for us to remain.

    Once you realise that there is no escape from the EU, there’s an odd satisfaction in understanding it all….it’s a sort-of peace of mind, resignation if you will. I suppose it is something like the death row convict, awaiting execution, knowing that there were no surprise witnesses and all last-minute appeals have been rejected. No way out. At least in those remaining hours before dawn, there are no false hopes of a reprieve. And with the EU, (and then onwards to the one world project) there’s going to be no reprieve.
    Kennyboy

  11. You really should check out the Newish Moon Tonight…It Is Absolutely Beautiful, but it looks different to me – as if we have suddenly gone 500 miles down south…

    The angle looks wrong. Has there been a Polar shift or Something?

    I haven’t measured the angles, and I am almost certain it is an optical illusion…

    But it looks like we are much nearer the Equator than we are although maybe because it is incredibly cold out there.

    Which bit didn’t you get? Forget about what you read – just go outside and look at our Beautiful Moon. It won’t do you any harm.

    Tony

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