Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Baroness Kinnock: Foreign Office cutting back on counter-terrorism in Pakistan because of the fall in the value of the pound


Labour trashes the economy causing a fall in the value of the pound, and cut-backs are made in the security of one the major sources of the terrorist threat to this country.

Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague said: “The cuts that Baroness Kinnock mentions are the direct consequence of Labour’s decision to remove the FCO’s protection against exchange rate movements. This momentous decision happened on David Miliband’s watch and the buck rests with him. There has never been a full explanation of how this happened and whether Foreign Office Ministers took their eye off the ball. It is time that the truth is known and the full extent of the damage done to British diplomacy overseas laid bare."

It is bizarre that FCO expenditure on counter-terrorism programmes are dependent on the volatilities of global exchange rates. Cranmer had no idea that British foreign policy was tied to the rupee.

Apparently, this is a direct result of Mr Miliband’s decision to withdraw the Overseas Price Mechanism protection during the October spending review.

Sir Peter Ricketts, Parliamentary Under Secretary at the FCO, has also revealed that as a result of huge budgetary pressures, there is a ‘question mark over whether we can maintain the number of people we have abroad’, and said he ‘would not rule out’ the possibility that the UK will have to close embassies overseas.

But that is no cause for concern.

Because we now have a global EU diplomatic service, with EU ambassadors and EU embassies, all duplicating (supplanting/usurping) the functions of Her Majesty’s embassies overseas.


Blogger ukipwebmaster said...

Is the penny beginning to drop?

(This is worth a watch)

20 January 2010 at 19:24  
Blogger Gnostic said...

And Cameron's reply to this is...?

20 January 2010 at 19:45  
Blogger DDIM 'n HOFFI said...

Truly shocking, both what His Grace reports and what ukipwebmaster's video portrays about the two gentlemen detained in Hungry. It all fosters a deep sense of hatred, which is regretful.

20 January 2010 at 19:50  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Don't you just hate the Kinnock's smug grins. How do people who LOSE elections end up governing us? Oh, that's right ... it's the EU again. I would willingly slap their smug cheeks. And then, as is my Christian duty, turn their other cheek and slap that one as well.

20 January 2010 at 20:47  
Anonymous Hereward said...

Rebel Saint

I would continue with their nether cheeks as well. Using a large stick, obviously, I wouldn't wish to touch them.

20 January 2010 at 22:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Milliband has once again demonstrated his ineptness. Embassy budgets are being haphazardly cut by exchange rate movements rather than well thought through budgetary reviews. No wonder he is disliked as much as mr Brown. They deserve each other, but we deserve better.

20 January 2010 at 23:31  
Anonymous BL@KBIRD said...

At the level and seriousness this global contest is being fought at, I doubt any great value in the current approach will be lost. When you don't, can't or won't recognize the enemy, all efforts are a waste of time anyway.

21 January 2010 at 04:01  
Blogger D. Singh said...

Your Grace,

Once upon a time, it was said that ‘the sun never sets on the British Empire’ as three-quarters of the world blushed under the Pax Britannica - and how the Socialists would rail against such a magnificent imperial power.

Today, the irony is exquisite. The Socialists have sold us into the slavery of that imperial fascist power – the European Union (upon which the sun doth set) and thereby destroyed this nation as a people.

Now they speak about lowering our country’s flag around the globe and shutting our embassies. When that flag is lowered, the hearts of oppressed peoples around the world will sink in despair. For what is degraded is this: British liberty, security and freedom.

21 January 2010 at 08:44  
Anonymous philip walling said...

Quite right Mr Singh!
The British have, in one generation, brought about their own ruination by these vile people (they won three elections in a row) and in another we will be no more powerful internationally than the Greeks.

The wickedest act of this government was to emasculate the House of Lords and prevent most hereditary peers from taking their seats. It is significant that it is a hereditary peer, Lord Devonport, who is doing everything he can for the Budapest two.
The peerage was the guardian of our liberties and we will rue the day (are doing now) they were prevented from fulfilling their purpose.

Mr Rebel Saint,

They didn't lose the election, they just had to get the mountebank Blair and the Dark Prince Mandleson to win it for them.

21 January 2010 at 08:57  
Blogger Timothy Belmont said...

Your Grace,

"Lady" Kinnock is even more of an old windbag than her husband. Incredible. I had no idea she was a Minister, either. Insufferable.

21 January 2010 at 09:00  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Your Grace

Your communicant is confused by Mr Phillip Walling's support for the hereditary peerage. Your communicant has always understood that the rural-based economic power of the Lords Temporal was eclipsed by the rise of the great banking, trading and manufacturing families of the Industrial Revolution. Then the political power of the Lords Temporal was destroyed by HH Asquith in 1911. With respect to Mr Walling, anybody who has thought that the House of Lords is a source of constitutional stability at any time since 1911 is not paying attention.

21 January 2010 at 10:03  
Anonymous philip walling said...

Mr bluedog,
This may be too late as HG has moved on to the next burning issue, but I was simply making the point that an independent hereditary peerage not beholden to the executive acted as a bulwark against an elective state tyranny. Now it has largely gone all you get are placemen and scroungers compromised by their desire or need to profit from their position in the Lords. In a word, the whole House as it is has been emasculated.

Asquith weakened the power of the Lords (I accept) but he did not destroy it. That was achieved by the mountebank Blair (and we must never forget Jim Callaghan's daughter Margaret Jay's pivotal role in the infamy).

I disagree with your conclusion which I feel is illogical: just because the Lords lost some of their power in 1911 does not mean that they did not continue as a force for stability and a voice for the liberty of common men like me.

21 January 2010 at 11:27  
Blogger Rebel Saint said...

Hereditary peers were/are the only people who take a longer view than the next election, or even their own lifetime. They were interested in making sure things were secure for the next generation.

21 January 2010 at 12:18  
Anonymous philip walling said...

Quite right Mr Saint!

Only a malign ideologue could claim the contrary.
It was the greatest act of political wickedness that I have seen in my lifetime and from that moment I ceased to proud of being English. I suspect the EU was behind it - as it is with everything that has weakened England over the last decade or so - aided and abetted by their running-dog lackeys in New Labour.

21 January 2010 at 14:19  
Blogger DDIM 'n HOFFI said...

I don't recall my above comment being berating ad hominem. Selective memory perhaps? I wont bother trolling through my other comments.

21 January 2010 at 17:16  
Blogger john in cheshire said...

The Kinnocks, take 'em or leave 'em, you just can't love 'em.

21 January 2010 at 18:14  
Anonymous len said...

Perhaps the kinnocks could contribute some of their personal fortune?

21 January 2010 at 19:02  
Blogger tapestry said...

The Kinnocks, take 'em or leave 'em, you just can't love 'em.

New Labour and money. They love it and take it. They just can't make it.

The best with money I see is Boris.

22 January 2010 at 07:22  
Anonymous Value of the pound said...

2007 has seen a widening of the UK current account deficit. This leads to an an outflow of foreign currency, putting downward pressure on sterling. This is important since drying up of capital flows due to lower rates.

22 January 2010 at 10:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please-let's forget about returning to pre-1911 house of lords- let's talk about more pressing issues like this nonsense of the earth being round

11 April 2010 at 23:18  
Blogger Christian & Cath said...

Forget returning to a pre 1911 Lords- let's us discuss more pressing issues, like this ridiculous idea that the earth is round

11 April 2010 at 23:23  

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