Don’t tell British about the EU treaty

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The new European Union treaty will mean “transfers of sovereignty” from Britain and Gordon Brown is right to hide the fact from the public, an EU leader admitted yesterday.

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Mr Juncker, Luxembourg’s premier and leader of the bloc of 13 single currency members, spoke out as the Prime Minister faced rising calls for a referendum on the treaty drawn up following the rejection of the old EU constitution by French and Dutch voters in 2005.

Mr Juncker said he supported public debate on the treaty – except in Britain.

“I am astonished at those who are afraid of the people: one can always explain that what is in the interest of Europe is in the interests of our countries,” he told Belgian newspaper Le Soir.

“Britain is different. Of course there will be transfers of sovereignty. But would I be intelligent to draw the attention of public opinion to this fact?”

Mr Juncker, a supporter of a United States of Europe, described the June 23 deal signed by Tony Blair as an “objective success” for friends of the EU constitution.

“There is a single legal personality for the EU, the primacy of European law, a new architecture for foreign and security policy, there is an enormous extension in the fields of the EU’s powers, there is Charter of Fundamental Rights,” he said, listing elements of the old constitution in the proposed treaty.

His remarks come as a further blow to Mr Brown as pro-referendum campaigners vowed to target Labour MPs in marginal constituencies.

The Open Europe campaign and other pro-referendum groups aim to put maximum pressure on MPs before a likely Commons vote next year on ratifying the treaty.

As with Mr Blair before him, Mr Brown has insisted that Britain’s negotiating “red lines” were not broken at last month’s summit – and therefore no referendum is needed.

But Mr Brown has hinted at some flexibility by saying he is prepared to listen to the national debate.

In its manifesto for the 2005 general election Labour promised to hold a referendum on the old constitution. The “no” results in France and Holland spared Mr Blair from having to deliver on that promise.

Last night, Open Europe served notice that anti-referendum MPs from all the main parties would face sustained pressure in their own constituencies in the coming months.

Lord Leach of Fairford, the Tory peer who is chairman of Open Europe, told The Daily Telegraph: “Gordon Brown should think twice before going back on his party’s manifesto pledge to hold a referendum on a treaty that is the EU constitution in all but name.

“If he is serious about wanting to ‘listen and learn’ he should let the people have a say. We are building a formidable coalition to ensure that the Government keeps its promise.”

An ICM/Open Europe poll recently found that 86 per cent of voters want a referendum on the treaty while 43 per cent of Labour supporters would be “definitely less likely” to vote for Mr Brown if he refuses one.

By Bruno Waterfield in Brussels and Brendan Carlin in London

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New Terror Threat

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Ram-bombing of terminal buildings is a threat that can be reduced fairly cheaply and easily by traffic control measures that also improve road safety

The last few days have seen a number of terror bombings in Britain. In themselves, not surprising events given the international situation and the situation within Britain.

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The failure of the terrorists to die in the bombing attempt is a lucky break for the security services, providing valuable information about the ‘cell’ to which they belonged and of their method of recruitment

In each incident there has been a lack of competence on the part of the bombers rather than a demonstration of competence by the security services.

When the Blair/Brown regime took power in 1997, the intelligence services warned of the growing potential threat of international terrorism and the specific risks to Britain. Those warnings were treated with a reduction in budget and ‘modernization’ of parts of the intelligence services to match more closely the needs of Government propaganda, weakening public safety.

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As an aid to HUMINT, advanced technologies, including computers and satellites, expands and improves intelligence. As a replacement for humans, it reduces intelligence

British intelligence services also shared the same mistakes as other intelligence services from the mid 1980s as reliance moved from humans to machines. The traditional forms of human intelligence, HUMINT, provide a very flexible system of intelligence gathering and offer human assessment of information. That ability can be greatly improved by adding new technologies to assist in sifting data and acquiring information that cannot be gained by HUMINT. Replacing humans with machines increases the volume of information but reduces the volume of intelligence.

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David Kelly was just one tragic victim of the Blair/Brown regime’s dodgy dossiers. As his family was denied a formal inquest there are still many unanswered questions about his death

The culmination of those dangerous policies was reached when the Blair/Brown regime issued its ‘dodgy’ dossiers in justification of the invasion of Iraq. The commission of war crimes by the Government was no justification for acts of terror by individuals living in Britain and enjoying British hospitality, but it was a risk that had already been identified clearly by the intelligence services and by politicians on the Opposition Benches of the House of Commons.

The British people have been very lucky, but depending on luck is not a good policy.

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The Irish terrorists had become effective murderers but, given the same level of external funding and years of practice, Islamic terrorists can become as great a threat

The serious and well-controlled Irish terror was brought to a halt by the Islamic terror bombings in the US on 9/11. This brought home to Americans the reality of terror bombing and the IRA were seen to be working with other international terror groups directly against Americans. This cut off the funds and supplies of arms from the US to Irish terrorists, with the result that a dangerously effective group of murderers was disabled.

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Reliance on attacking civil liberties and the use of new technology does very little to combat terrorists and is more likely to inflame the traditionally law-abiding citizens. The Gatso tax cameras have even encouraged citizens to bomb them

In place of the IRA have come Islamic extremists who have proved to be extremely incompetent. The period of incompetence has provided the British security services with a window to correct some of the errors perpetrated by the Blair/Brown regime since 1997, but the recent events have demonstrated that considerably more needs to be done to move from the priority of spin and Orwellian control of ordinary citizens to an effective security service that is able to target terror groups without assaulting civil liberty for the law-abiding majority of the population.

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Some of the popular views of Islamic terrorists are wide of the mark. Some terrorists may be illiterate peasants, some may deeply believe in an extreme or perverted religious view, many may be mad, many may be bad, but there are highly intelligent, highly eductated, rich terrorists who happy to hide behind any cause

What is causing some political consternation is that the events of the recent days have identified that Islamic extremists are not all poorly eductated dim-witted dupes for fundamentalist preachers. This should not come as a surprise. Fundamentalists are present in every society, and in every religious and political group. The majority of ‘foot soldiers’ may be poorly educated and easily manipulated dupes, but every body of extremism includes highly educated and wealthy individuals, some of whom hold no fundamentalist belief but see fundamentalism as an opportunity for other reasons.

One objective of the current terror campaign by Islamic extremists is to convince the non-Islamic population that all Islamists are terrorists, encouraging extreme acts against Islamists and racial groups that may be mistaken for Islamists.

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Body armour and machine guns, and reliance on police area cars, makes the police both remote and threatening, cutting off a traditional source of intelligence from the public. It also changes the way in which the police see themselves and the public. There is a very strong case for providing locally accountable, uniquely uniformed police forces that are there to serve the citizens and protect against public disturbance and crime by becoming a trusted part of the community, providing traffic patrol police dressed in a different uniform and trained to encourage good driving rather than being a new force of tax collectors, and providing armed protection service with armed and armoured specialists who are trained and deployed to protect the public from terrorists. In increasing the flow of intelligence from the public and equipping specialists to do specialist work, the key is to rely more on humans and less on machines to deal with human problems

In this situation, the only way to address the risks posed by terrorists is for both communities, Islamist and non-Islamist, to clearly and loudly condemn the terrorists and extremists, and to report any suspicious activities. To encourage that, a Government has to avoid war crimes and removal of civil liberties and fund security services that have been trained and equipped to deal with the real threats from the real enemies of democracy.

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Waiting No More

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The waiting is over and the Scottish Prime Minister approaches the end of his first week in the job – and what a week!!

A BBC (Blair Brown Corporation?) commentator breathlessly announced the ALL NEW GOVERNMENT, which is probably what the script from the Blair/Brown regime told him to say.

REALITY: The Blair/Brown regime took power in 1997. During the decade since, Gordon Brown has been the Chief Executive responsible for all of the many disasters and Tony Blair has been the Chairman and Publicity Manager. The tired old policies have been re-presented yet again, some for the fifth or sixth time since 1997. Spin still dominates over policy, which dominates over delivery. The ALL NEW CABINET is stuffed with faces that have been around since 1997 with a few no-hopers being promoted from other Blair/Brown regime jobs to the Cabinet.

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The real genuine change is that the Blair/Brown regime was a double act where both men were supported by a bunch of sycophants, but now it is a true dictatorship with a single bully supported by most of the same sycophants.

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IMO, UNHCR meet to tackle loss of life of migrants in unseaworthy craft

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are both seriously concerned about the flow of people attempting to cross to Europe in small unseaworthy craft, from, among other regions, the Mediterranean and the Eastern North Atlantic, said Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, Secretary-General of IMO, following a recent meeting at IMO headquarters in London with the UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, Ms. Erika Feller.

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EC blocks Aer Lingus takeover

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Ryanair’s proposed takeover of fellow Irish carrier, Aer Lingus, has been blocked by the European Commission today (27 June).

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“Our decision to prohibit this merger was essential to safeguard Irish consumers, who depend heavily on air transport, and other EU consumers,” said competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes.

“Monopolies are bad for consumers because they reduce choice, lower quality and give rise to higher prices. Low-cost carriers like Ryanair are no exception to this rule,” Kroes continued, adding: “Unfortunately, the remedies proposed by Ryanair were not sufficient to remove the competition concerns.”

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The remedies set out in Ryanair’s proposal included reducing Aer Lingus’ short-haul fares by 10% per annum; eliminating Aer Lingus’ fuel surcharges with immediate effect; transferring Heathrow slots to BA and Air France, who would each base aircraft in Dublin; and transferring other Dublin slots to competitors if they based between six and ten new aircraft at the airport.

In a statement released yesterday, Ryanair pre-empted today’s announcement and CEO, Michael O’Leary, was keen to express his contempt at the decision calling it “not just unprecedented, but in our view unlawful,” adding: “One can only conclude that the European Commission’s decision is a political one to appease the Irish Government.

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Smokers’ airline to light up

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Smintair (Smokers’ International Airways) has moved a step further in its campaign to offer nervous passengers and nicotine addicts a gateway to the Far East.

The airline has confirmed slots at both Nagoya and Düsseldorf airports for its first planned route.

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Conceived by German businessman, Alexander Schoppmann (pictured), the airline says that it plans to start services from the central Japan airport to Düsseldorf in October, although no actual introduction date has been confirmed.

Using a pair of former South African Airways Boeing 747s and with technical backing from Lufthansa, the airline will take the “business only” concept one stage further. The Boeing will have only 138 first class and business class seats.

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Eric Bachelet CFM – The Environment – The engine makers hit back

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Eric Bachelet is president and chief executive officer of CFM International (CFM), a 50/50 joint company of Snecma, the French aero engine manufacturer and General Electric Company. Bachelet joined Snecma in 1971 after graduating from the prestigious L’Ecole des Mines de Paris. He also holds a master’s degree in Materials Science from Case Western Reserve University in the United States. He assumed his current role on 1September 2005. CFM is by far the world’s largest supplier of engines for single aisle aircraft.

 

Aviation and the Environment: Facing the challenges ahead

The increased focus on climate change worldwide is also focusing more attention on the aviation industry and its impact on the environment.

The fact is that, overall, aviation accounts for only about 2% of global carbon (CO2) emissions, which are thought to be responsible for global warming. Despite high anticipated growth rates, the industry’s share of emissions will remain small, only about 3% of total emissions by the year 2050.

Even though our industry is not the principal source of emissions, we as engine manufacturers take the issue of climate change very seriously and continue to make significant investments in technology that will help reduce this impact even further.

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MOCKED OLYMPIC LOGO ‘EVOLVES’

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The organizers of the London Olympics have responded to the outcry over their “meaningless” logo by revamping it to carry images of competing athletes.

The consultancy costs have not been revealed.

Early reactions suggest this revamp is seen as an inadequate response to the widespread derision that met the first unveiling of the first attempt at a logo.

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