Friday, May 09, 2014

Pickles quashes Europe Day

Today is Europe Day – the anniversary of the 'Schuman Declaration', when, in Paris in 1950, the French foreign minister Robert Schuman proposed a new form of political cooperation for Europe, the objective being to make war between Europe’s nations unthinkable. And in commemoration of this marvellous event, above every Government Building customarily flies the flag of the European Union.

But not above the Department of Communities and Local Government.

For Eric Pickles has successfully renegotiated to remove the requirement in EU law to fly the EU flag outside the DCLG building on Europe Day. This applied to DCLG, BIS, DEFRA and the DWP.

Instead, he has raised the flag of Jersey in Whitehall, London, to mark 'Jersey Liberation Day' and the liberation of the Channel Island’s from Nazi occupation.

On 9th May 1945 – just one day after Winston Churchill declared the end of war and that “our dear Channel Islands are also to be freed” – HMS Beagle arrived in Jersey to accept the surrender of the occupying forces. Swastika drapes were lowered and replaced with the Union Jack, and the crowds cheered and wept for joy. Guernsey was also liberated the same day.

Events to mark the liberation of Jersey from German occupation during World War Two now take place every year on that date. The raising of the British flag at the Pomme D'Or Hotel has been reenacted every year since the 50th anniversary of the island’s liberation. The Channel Islands are not part of the European Union, but have their own individually negotiated agreements, including a Customs Union.

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said: “We are stronger as a society when we celebrate the ties that bind us together, and we should fly the flags of our communities with pride. Today it is right that we honour Jersey’s freedom from tyranny. This British Crown Dependency suffered a five-year occupation by Nazi Germany during World War Two. Jersey’s Liberation Day is a timely reminder about the freedoms that we take from granted across the British Islands.

Senator Philip Ozouf, Treasury and Resources Minister for Jersey, pictured with Mr Pickles, said: “Liberation Day is first and foremost a time of celebration for Jersey, as the point at which we regained our freedom and autonomy. Yet it is also a chance to reflect on an experience that is still felt deeply in our Island and to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the British-led cause of freedom in the world. The raising of the Jersey Flag in Whitehall on this most important of days for the Island is a significant symbol of Jersey’s strong relations with the United Kingdom, our historic partner and friend. Our relationship with the British Crown has existed for over 800 years and, as such, the Jersey flag flying in London is an important symbol of the unity of our past, present and future. I very much hope that this powerful new tradition will continue.”

And His Grace very much hopes that Eric Pickles will continue, too.


Blogger John Thomas said...

Amazing! So it is possible, still, for a while, to give a V - sign to the awful EU (and come voting day, we can do it again). Who knows, the cause of British sovereignty might not be entirely dead yet ...

9 May 2014 at 11:03  
Blogger Irene's Daughter said...

Well done, Eric.
Much better to celebrate the freedom of one small part of the British Isles than the slavery to Germany that the rest of us suffer under.

9 May 2014 at 11:05  
Blogger graham wood said...

"For Eric Pickles has successfully renegotiated to remove the requirement in EU law"

The very fact that Pickles needed to "negotiate" such a requirement says everything about the impotence of the EU regional department in Westminster to dissent from our central government's will in Brussels.

Yet another reason to vote UKIP and keep on doing so until this supine gang of sycophants is thrown out for ever.

9 May 2014 at 11:31  
Blogger Shadrach said...

Eric has done some good and some very bad things. This and other matters to do with traditional freedoms have been his better moments. His staunch and outspoken for support of SSM and being an absolute plonker are his worse moments. Many of his constituents would rather he was replaced.

9 May 2014 at 11:34  
Blogger David Hussell said...

As Shadrach says @ 11.34 Pickles is both the best and the worst wrapped in a jumbo offering.

He has said some very silly things about Town Planning, which is a bit like theology, in that it has endless layers of complexity and inter-connectiveness with hosts of disciplines, many being controversial, such as economics or demography. It does not lend itself to soundbites or dabbling in without making an ass of yourself. But he has also, to his credit, done some good, direct and courageous things in these "matters of the heart", patriotism and national identity, based on reasoned freedom. He understands the needs of the people, unlike most of the hierarchy, as he is of the people.
So let us be grateful for the good that he is doing and raise a toast this evening to the liberation of the Channel Islands - soon their neighbouring main island can be free again ! Ukip is the vehicle for forcing the corrupt, comfortable establishment parties into progressing this never ending need to fight for our freedom.

9 May 2014 at 12:45  
Blogger Uncle Brian said...

The whole idea of enacting laws to dictate what flags must compulsorily be flown over what buildings on which days of the year is something that has come to be accepted as standard practice in third-world dictatorships. No doubt after a Yes vote in Scotland in September, people will be hauled into court for failing to fly the St Andrew’s cross over their homes on Alex Salmond’s birthday every year.

9 May 2014 at 16:56  
Blogger Len said...

It comes as somewhat of' a sign of the times' that a small gesture such as putting up a different flag as to the one was supposed to is marked as almost an act of defiance...
Perhaps this just shows how far down the road to conforming to a Federal Europe we have finally come?.
Bet Eric Pickles has had his card marked..
As the U boat commander said in 'Dads army' ' "you vill be first on our list".
To which Capt Mannering said Don`t give them your name Pike!...

9 May 2014 at 17:50  
Blogger Shadrach said...

I have just read in the local rag that Pickles was being accused of inconsistencies. Amongst the list was this; Department for Local Communities and Local Government tweeted there was no truth in the assertion that they were selling off allotments. Not long after, the Telegraph reported that Eric Pickles had signed off 81 allotments for development. Just one of many inconsistencies from a man whose only interest his own self promotion.

9 May 2014 at 17:52  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

1950 eh ? A few years earlier and Frenchy would have been shot as a bloody collaborator !!

9 May 2014 at 18:04  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

By the way, Archbishop, if you are looking for grist to mill, you could do worse than this. The sodomites are running it on their site.

“Scotland’s largest health board has warned the Scottish Government against allowing teachers and students to opt out of lessons on equal marriage and same-sex relationships. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is opposed to new draft guidance for sex education lessons that would allow teachers or pupils to opt out on the grounds of “conscience”.


“Health chiefs also protested against the guidance recommending pupils learn about “the values of a stable and loving family life”, arguing this was insensitive to those youngsters who did not grow up in such an environment. Some objected to the phrase “both sexes” being used, stating this was “problematic” for youngsters who are transgender. (Inspector’s note. About 1 in 10000 boys think they are a girl, and 1 in 30000 girls think they are a boy. The operative word there is ‘think’)

9 May 2014 at 18:05  
Blogger non mouse said...


We should all find as many ways as possible to say so!!! (Or to fly insulting versions of their vile rag --- or to pull it down, wherever we can).

9 May 2014 at 19:49  
Blogger David Hussell said...

non mouse @ 19.49

Excellent suggestion - I like it. But I suggest an amendment to :-

"A Pox On the EU Day"

which is what many of us think, I suggest.

Uncle Brian @ 16.56

Think bigger ! Do please warn the Vatican that very soon Salmon will demanding to be made THE Patron Saint of Scotland.

9 May 2014 at 20:17  
Blogger Phil Roberts said...


I wonder what their Scottish ancestors would make of it.


9 May 2014 at 20:23  
Blogger non mouse said...

Good idea, Mr. Hussell! ty.

9 May 2014 at 20:46  
Blogger Inspector General in Ordinary said...

Now Now Phil, you know very well that small m Scots marxists don’t like to be reminded of their ancestry. It makes Johnny Immigrant feel uncomfortable, apparently. Yet if they ever went to Johnny to ask him what he thought, he’d say “I move to Scotland to be amongst Scots. They great !!”

9 May 2014 at 20:57  
Blogger Uncle Brian said...

As the U boat commander said in 'Dads army' ' "you vill be first on our list".
To which Capt Mannering said Don`t give them your name Pike!...

I'd completely forgotten that one, Len. Thanks!

9 May 2014 at 21:23  
Blogger Uncle Brian said...

non mouse

We should all find as many ways as possible to say so!!! (Or to fly insulting versions of their vile rag --- or to pull it down, wherever we can).

9 May 2014 19:49

The Hungarian uprising of 1956 was a memorable event for many reasons, not least for the rebel flag: simply the national flag of the then People’s Republic with the communist emblem ripped out.

Does that give you any ideas?


10 May 2014 at 04:58  
Blogger Jim Robinson said...

An "archbishop" criticising Europe and praising the tub of merde that is Pickles. How enlightening. The shepherd leading his flock.

I suppose it's to be expected from an anglican (what a joke), the offspring of that moral exemplar Henry VIII ...

10 May 2014 at 06:44  
Blogger Len said...

The flag flown over Europe is similar (in concept at least ) as to the symbolic flag that flew over the Tower of Babel.
The Tower on the Plains of Shinar was built as an act of defiance to the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob.Man wanted to reach the Heavens and to be 'as God' which is to usurp God`s power and position by human means by human effort.Man wants to be in control of the World his world and the world of others..Control manipulation power. We see this enacted throughout history.
There are religions which attempt to be as God by their 'works' by their self effort.Their are also 'Humanist religions' which deny God altogether and deify man.
The result is the same a religion of 'works' and those who promote Humanism are far closer in their approach to God than either side realise.
The Tower on the plain of Shinar was an entrance point to the demonic and influenced all who are in rebellion against the Creator of the universe.
The last days apostate' Church 'will
be full of every wickedness and doctrines of demons...
Which brings us to the cause of the fall of man and the entrance of evil into this World...Man wanted to be AS God.

10 May 2014 at 10:43  
Blogger non mouse said...

Nice one, Uncle Brian @ 04:58. Maybe we can also spill acid on the fabric - that will make them fall into holes while they're flying.

10 May 2014 at 14:41  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

HMRC has to find an effective, efficient and just way of collecting properly owed tax. Some people just ignore or delay payment requests. Those of us who pay through PAYE are carrying the dishonest. Do we really want more liberal lawyers making bucks as cases are contested and drawn out in Court?

Jim R, Happy Retard here.


Jack will ask before the guillotine falls, is your beef with HG, with Anglicanism, with all religions - or do you just get off on being provocative?

10 May 2014 at 14:50  
Blogger Happy Jack said...

Oooops, wrong thread ....

10 May 2014 at 14:51  
Blogger Manfarang said...

No Happy Jack the Inland Revenue will be after you for tax if you put your money in a Jersey Bank account.E U Banking regulations apply there.
Jersey has special EU status.

11 May 2014 at 12:53  
Blogger bluedog said...

Jim Robinson does a line of insult remarkably similar in vocabulary to Corrigan. O wait, Corrigan was a Catholic so Jim Robinson can't be Corrigan in drag. No chance of another HJ here.

11 May 2014 at 23:20  

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