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Good luck with this Orkney folk, see if it matches up with the history that you were told, read those words with care and you may see where you lost your freedom to religion and force.
NORWEGIAN KINGDOM OF ORKNEY—MARGARET REVOLUTIONISES SCOTLAND—DEATH OF MALCOLM AND MARGARET—ESTIMATE OF MARGARET’S CHARACTER AND SERVICES.
We come back to the battles of the sword. Before, however, returning to the church reforms of Queen Margaret, and the war ventures of Malcolm the “Bighead,” it may be well to run our eye over the outlying parts of Scotland on the north, and take note of the little bye-drama being transacted there.
Orkney and Zetland and the adjacent coasts had for some centuries a history of their own. A variety of causes contributed to separate their fate, for a while, from that of the mainland. In the first place, they lay remote from the center of government, and only at times were they careful to give obedience to the commands which issued from the royal palace of Scone, or of Dunfermline. In the second place, they lay on the highway of the Vikings.
When these sea robbers came forth to load their vessels with a miscellaneous booty, consisting of stolen goods and miserable captives, Orkney and Zetland were the first to feel the heavy hand of the plunderers. These islands, moreover, were placed between two hostile powers, who struggled for the possession and mastery of them.
They had Alban on the one side and Norway on the other, and they accounted it good policy to submit to the master, whether Scot or Dane, who should prove himself for the time the stronger. The Scottish King was the nearer to them. They were parted from Alban by only the narrow Pentland, whereas Norway was removed from them by the whole breadth of the German Sea. But before the King of the Scots could transport his army by slow and laborious marches over land to the northern extremities of his kingdom, a powerful fleet, manned by fierce warriors, would sweep across from the distant Norway, and the islanders had no alternative except to wage hopeless battle or accept the Norwegian or Danish rule. Thus their allegiance kept oscillating from side to side of the German Ocean.
They hung suspended between Alban and Norway, and their existence for two or three centuries was full of vicissitudes and calamities. Even Alban was not at all times equally near to them.
When the Scottish sceptre was weak, Alban would fall back to the Spey, and the Norwegian jarl was master in the intervening lands of Caithness and Sutherland. And when that sceptre again gathered strength, Alban would stretch itself northward to where the great headlands of Caithness look across the waters of the Frith to the bold precipices and cliffs that line the coast of Orkney.
The inhabitants of Orkney and Zetland belonged to the same race with those on the mainland. They were members of the great Caledonian or Pictish family. Their early religion was Druidism, that is, the worship of the sun or Baal. This, which was the universal worship of primeval times, would seem to have spread wider than any other religion since, if we may judge from the fact that it has left its imprints in every land. In the course of its progress it reaches these islands in the northern sea. Their secure situation, their equable climate, and the tractable dispositions of the natives recommended them to the Druid as a suitable centre where he might establish his worship and develop his system. Here he could celebrate his horrid rites and exercise his tyrannical sway without molestation.
In this secure retreat, with the tides of the stormy Pentland as a rampart, he could exact his dues and offerings, celebrate his festivals with becoming pomp, and drag as many victims to his bloodstained altars as he chose to immolate or his god demanded. The rude but massy remains of the structures in which the priests of this cruel superstition practised their rites, remain to our day, and attest the strength and splendour in which Druidism flourished in Orkney at an early age.
But light at last broke in, and the cloud which had so long hung above that region was dispelled. The emancipation of these islands from this terrible yoke was one of the first fruits of Columba’s labours. When the great missionary visited Brude, king of the northern Picts, in his palace at Inverness, he solicited and obtained from him a promise that he would use his power for the protection of any missionaries from Iona that might visit the Orkneys on a tour of evangelisation. In due time the missionaries were sent, and the result was that the Druid fell before the preaching of the Cross, and the islands became Christian.
Their conversion is recorded in the Scandinavian chronicles, and attested by the traditions and memorials which still linger in these parts of this early visit from the fathers of Iona. The missionary zeal of that famous community was then just opening out into the first vigour of its enthusiasm. Enterprises were being planned to countries more remote, and involving greater perils to those who undertook them, than this expedition to the Orkneys, and it would have been strange, if, while the darkness was being rolled aside from France and Germany, the night should be left to brood over a territory lying only a few days’ sail from Iona. The first missionary to visit the Orkneys was Cormac, a companion of Columba. His visit was made about the year 565.
Christian Orkney had risen with Iona and it fell with Iona. Across the sea came the Viking, and the condition of these dwellers in the northern isles was speedily changed for the worse. In his first visits all that the Norseman sought was plunder. In his subsequent ones he aimed at making conquests. Having at last established his dominion on this side the German Sea, the heathen population of the Norwegian and Danish kingdoms flocked across to settle in Orkney and Caithness, and with this mongrel multitude returned the old darkness. It thickened in proportion as the number of the pagan immigrants increased, till at last the Orkneys and the adjoining coasts on the mainland were nearly as much in need of light from Iona as when the first missionaries of Columba visited them.
The Norsemen opened their invasions at the beginning of the ninth century in the spoiling of Iona, and they closed them in the middle of the thirteenth at the battle of Largs, where they sustained so decisive a defeat that their power in Scotland was finally broken. After a century of raids, in which much blood had been shed, and vast numbers of wretched captives carried across the sea, Harold Harfager, King of Norway, at the beginning of the tenth century, appeared with his fleet in the Scottish seas. It was evident that something more than plunder was now meditated. The Norwegian monarch made himself master of the Orkneys.
The subjection of the Hebrides followed. Harold Harfager committed his new conquests to the care of his earls, whom he appointed to govern in his name. Remote from the centre of the Norwegian authority, these governors forgot sometimes that they were deputies and vassals, and exercised as despotic a command as if they had been kings. They and their descendants governed the earldom of Orkney for some centuries. Not content with exercising sway over the northern and western isles, they became solicitous of extending their master’s possessions or their own, for it was often difficult to say who was the real king, the monarch or the vassal earl. With this in view they crossed the Pentland Firth, and annexed Caithness and Sutherland to their island earldoms. The Scandinavian sagas say that at one time they extended their sway as far south as the shores of the Moray Firth. But nothing in the Scottish chroniclers gives countenance to this, and we regard it as a fictitious apotheosis of Scandinavian heroes and heroism rather than an accomplished fact to have a place given it in history.
It fared ill with Christianity in northern Scotland during these centuries. The invaders, when they entered the country, and for some time after, were still pagans. Accordingly, the first brunt of their fury fell upon the Christian establishments, which their religion, cruel alike in it instincts and in its policy, taught them to destroy. The Columban churches were razed, the schools connected, with them rooted out, and all that had been won slowly and with labour during the three centuries that had elapsed since Columba’s visit to King Brude, in which their conversion had its rise, was in danger of being swept away by this torrent of heathen invasion. Here was a fine opportunity offered the Culdees of proving that they were sprung of the old stock, and still retained something of the zeal and courage which had faced hordes as barbarous, and carried the light into lands yet darker. And they were not wholly wanting to the occasion.
While the Norsemen were crossing the Pentland Firth, southward, sword in hand, to slay, the Culdees were on their way northward to cast in the salt of Christianity and heal these waters of desolation at their source. The second evangelisation, however, proceeded slowly as compared with the first, and the Culdee missionaries with great toil would have reaped little fruit if it had not been for an important event which came at this time to second their efforts. This was the conversion of Norway itself to the Christian faith under King Olave Tryggvosson. In the opinion of the Norwegian colonists the fact that their king and nation had embraced Christianity greatly strengthened the argument for its truth, and disposed them to give more heed to the instructions of those who were seeking to win them to what was now the religion of their countrymen on the other side of the German Sea. Moreover, King Olave Tryggvosson sought to spread the Christian faith among his subjects in Orkney and the Hebrides as a means of safeguarding his home dominions.
The Norwegian colonists retained in their new country their old habit of roving and their love of plunder, and would at times cross the sea on a predatory expedition to the mother country. Olave Tryggtvosson wisely judged that if he could make them Christians, he would put an end to these unpleasant visits. He sent missionaries from Norway to take part with the Culdees in their good work in the Orkney Islands, and the work of evangelisation now went more rapidly onwards. By his influence, too, Sigurd the “Stout,” one of the more notable of the earls who governed in his name in Orkney, was led to accept Christianity, and, as the result of all these concurring agencies, by the Norwegian settlers in Orkney and the North of Scotland by the end of the ninth and beginning of the tenth century were nominal adherents of the Christian Church.
The spiritual change effected on these converts might not go far down, but it would draw after it doubtless many political and social ameliorations, and contribute to mix and finally amalgamate the two peoples.
It were needless to pursue minutely events which were transacted on a provincial stage, and the influence of which was not sensibly felt beyond the narrow limits within which they were done. Sigurd the Stout, whose conversion has just been mentioned, is said by the Scandinavian Sagas to have married a daughter of Malcolm II., King of Scotland. There was born to him, as has been recorded in a former chapter a son, whom he named Thorfin. Sigurd fell in the great battle of Clontarf in Ireland, in 1014. From the death of Sigurd dates the decline and fall of the Norwegian power in Scotland. The province of Caithness was taken possession of by the Scottish crown.
The shadowy authority the Norwegians had exercised over Moray and Ross vanished, and the Scottish sceptre was stretched to the Pentland Firth. Caithness was erected into an earldom by Malcolm II., and given to his grandson, Thorfin, who was the founder of the church of Birsay in Orkney. About this time an event took place which probably attracted little notice at the time, but which had graver issues than have resulted from some great battles. This was the marriage of the eldest daughter of Malcolm II. to Crinan, Abbot of Dunkeld. From this marriage sprang a race of kings destined not indeed to extinguish, but to displace or supersede the ancient Church of Scotland for some centuries by the importation of a foreign priesthood, with their rites, ceremonies, and doctrines of foreign origin. Crinan, to whom we see the Scottish King giving his daughter in marriage, was the prince-abbot of Scotland, as his great predecessor Columba had been the presbyter-abbot of the same land. There was this difference between them however: the duties of the Abbot of Iona lay in the spiritual sphere, those of his successor, the Abbot of Dunkeld, in the military domain.
He had taken the sword, and in verification of the warning of the old book, he perished by the sword: for like his predecessor in the chair of Dunkeld, Crinan fell in battle in 1045. He was one of the wealthiest temporal lords in the kingdom. The lands pertaining to the Abbacy of Dunkeld were extensive and fertile, and their value was further enhanced by their position in the centre of the kingdom. To this rich heritage the lay-abbot of Dunkeld had annexed the property of the monastery of Dull, in the districts of Atholl and Argyle.
From this marriage sprung Duncan, who was afterwards King of Scotland. From Duncan sprang Malcolm III., the “Big head,” who came to the throne after the usurpation of Macbeth. From the marriage of Malcolm Canmore with Margaret of England sprang those kings who gave the finishing touch to the transformation of the Scottish Church, which Malcolm and Margaret had inaugurated, changing it from the Culdee to the Roman type, and transferring its government from the Columban abbots to the chair of the pontiffs.
We return to Malcolm and Margaret. The conference with the Columban pastors in the palace of Dunfermline has ended, and Turgot claims the victory for Margaret. Her reasoning were so convincing, Turgot tells us, and so strongly supported by the testimonies of Scripture and of the fathers, “that no one on the opposite side could say one word against them.” 1 That the Columban disputants were silenced we may grant. The odds were sorely against them. These simple men had to bear up against royal rank, trained dialectic skill, and the reputation of saintly character, and their answers may have been less ready and their bearing less courageous than would have been the case had the two sides been more equally matched. But to be silenced is not to be convinced. This undoubtedly they were not.
Nor is it true what Turgot affirms, that “giving up their obstinacy and yielding to reason, they willingly consented to adopt all that Margaret recommended.” 2 This we know to be the opposite of the fact. The Columban pastors we find long after celebrating their worship as their fathers had done, and clinging as tenaciously as ever to those “rites” which Turgot denounces as “barbarous,” and which he tells us the Columbites now renounced. We find, moreover, David I. fighting the same battle which the bishop says his mother had already won, and which had conclusively settled the matter for all coming time. 3 In truth, so far as we can gather, the conference appears to have yielded little or no immediate fruit. No great measures were adopted in pursuance of it. The introduction of a foreign hierarchy, and the partitioning of the kingdom into dioceses was the work of a subsequent reign. The conference was the turning of the tide, however; it brought great changes ultimately with it, but these came slowly, and after some considerable time.
Finding the Columban pastors obdurate, and their flocks bent on following the perverse ways into which Columba had let them, Margaret changed her tactics. She saw that little was to be gained by holding barren debates with the Columban clergy, and that a more likely means of compassing her end was to show the Scots the beauty and pomp of the Roman worship, assured that they could not possibly resist its fascination. By the advice of Turgot, her confessor, she built a superb church at Dunfermline. 4 Previous to her arrival in Scotland, the churches north of the Forth were constructed of wood or wattles, roofed with reeds.
Such sanctuaries in Margaret’s eyes were fit for nothing but the “barbarous” rites of the Columbites. A temple of stone did she rear “for an eternal memorial of her name and devotion in the place where her nuptials had been held,” says Turgot. “This church,” he continues, “she beautified with rich gifts of various kinds, among which, as is well know, were many vessels of pure and solid gold, for the sacred service of the altar. . . She also placed there a cross of priceless value, bearing the figure of the Saviour, which she had caused to be covered with the purest gold and silver studded with gems, a token, even to the present day, of the earnestness of her faith. . . .Her chamber was never without such objects, those I mean which appertained to the dignity of the divine service.
It was, so to say, a workshop of sacred art; copes for the cantors, chasubles, stoles, altar cloths, and other priestly vestments and church ornaments, were always to be seen, either already made of an admirable beauty, or in course of preparation.” In this passage Bishop Turgot unconsciously take stock of Margaret’s piety. It worked by Art, and it brought forth the good fruits of “copes, chasubles, stoles, and altar cloths.” He also painted her ideal of worship taken at the highest. Her “ideal” as not borrowed from that book, which, seeing it has the Deity for its author, alone contains the authoritative definition of worship. It is there shown to be severely simple and exclusively spiritual.
Worship is not gold and silver in however large a sum. Nor is it art, however skilful and beautiful; nor is it a temple, however superb; nor is it a priest, however gorgeously attired. Worship is the communion of the soul with God, direct, immediate, and without the intervention of earthly priest. And religion is that principle in the heart from which this communion springs. So does the book to which we have referred define worship. This gives it a sublimity that soars far above temple however grand, and priest however mystically robed.
To this true and grand conception of worship Queen Margaret had not lifted her mind. She needed a crucifix formed of the wood of the true cross that her faith might lay hold on the Crucified, and an altar of marble, with priests in splendid vestments ministering before it, that her piety might burn and her devotion soar. The patriarchs of an early day worshipped without these accessories; their altar of unhewen stone on the open Palestine plain had little of show, yet the devotions performed there lacked neither faith nor fire. It was not amid magnificent fanes that the zeal was kindled which bore Columban and his disciples over so large a portion of Europe in the execution of their great mission.Queen Margaret had seen the Culdee pastors, in their wattle-built and rush-thatched cells, celebrating their supper at wooden tables; this, said she, is not worship, it is barbarism; she would show them a better way.
Summoning her masons, a superb church arose; calling her craftsmen, curiously fashioned vessels of gold and silver were forthcoming; assembling her ladies, it was marvellous in how short a time stores of richly embroidered vestments, meet for priestly shoulders, were fabricated; a staff of priests completed Margaret’s preparations for banishing the “barbarous” customs of the Culdees, and replacing them with the elegant services of a church in which it was her wish to fold the Scots. It is a universal law that when the vital principle in an organism grows weak and begins to decay, the body transfers its vitalities to the surface, and covers itself with new growths. This is an effort to stave off approaching dissolution.
The forest tree, when its root is old and its trunk begins to be rotten, unwilling to yield up its place and disappear from the forest, sends forth with a sudden effort young shoots and branches to hide the rottenness of its stem, or it woos some parasitic plant which clothes it with a greenness not its own. Instead of death, the tree seems to be renewing its youth. The expiring lamp will unexpectedly blaze up, and fill the chamber it is about to leave in darkness with a sudden gleam of light. In obedience to the same law, worn out races, with the sentence of extinction hanging over them, will suddenly burst into an unexpected prolificness, and multiply their numbers in proportion as the constituents of their corporate existence die out.
This, too, is an effort of nature to ward off death. The same law holds good in bodies ecclesiastical. When the inner and vital principle of religion in churches is stricken with incipient decay, there is sure to come an outward efflorescence of ceremonies and rites. This fungus growth, which is so apt to overrun churches which have sunk into spiritual decay, and to give to their withered age the aspect of efflorescent youth, is analogous to the herbage and moss that convert the rotten trunk into a seeming garland, and deceive the eye with an appearance of health while deadly disease is preying upon the plant. A church, vigorous and strong at the core, conscious of inward health and power, is content to abide in the calm path of prescribed duty, and to feed its piety and zeal by the appointed acts of spiritual worship. It eschews spasmodic effort and ostentatious profession.
They are felt not to be needed, and therefore are not sought. But when inward decay sets in, then it is that exterior helps and supports are had recourse to. The quiet that is indicative of peace is exchanged for outward bustle and parade. The acceptability of worship to the Deity is believed to be in the ratio of the grandeur of the temple in which it is performed, and the worshippers, unable to transact directly with the skies, are fain to employ the mediation of consecrated altars, apostolically descended priests, and rites of mystic virtue and aesthetic beauty. “The age,” say the onlookers, “how pious it is! The Church, how her activity and zeal are awakening!” It is a mistake.
What appears a marvellous outburst of religious life is only the vitalities smitten at the heart rushing to the extremities, dying piety concealing its decay under the guise of a fictitious energy. The sun has gone below the horizon, and there comes the afterglow on the mountains which is the harbinger of the coming darkness. The last years of Malcolm III. and Queen Margaret were clouded with calamity. We have already traced the story of the terrible wars waged between England and Scotland in the early part of Malcolm’s reign. At length a peace was established between the two kingdoms, of which the public signatory was the stone cross on Stanmoor common.
That peace remained unbroken while Malcolm was occupied with the ecclesiastical reforms of which his queen had taught him to be enamoured. Meanwhile a great change had taken place in England. William the Conqueror had gone to the grave. He was succeeded on the throne by his son, William Rufus. The new English king had different tastes and pursuits from those of his royal father, and also from those of his brother monarch of Scotland. There is the less likelihood on that account, one should think, of the two sovereigns coming into collision. But no; the master passions of the age, ambition and war, once more assert themselves, and compel the sword to leave its scabbard. The cause of quarrel is obscure. The two border provinces of Cumbria and Lothian were fruitful in misunderstandings; and the pretensions of Edgar Aetheling, Queen Margaret’s brother, to the English throne, strained at times the relations between the two kings.
Whether the strife grew out of these matters or had its rise in another cause will now never be know. Let it suffice that in the old doomed borderland we find the Scotch and English armies again confronting one another. King Malcolm, with his two sons, Edward and Eadgar, had penetrated into England, and were besieging the Castle of Alnwick. Robert de Mowbray and his men-at-arms rushed suddenly out upon them, and in the onset King Malcolm and his elder son Edward were slain. 6 The Scottish army, dispirited by the fall of the King, broke up in disorder, many falling by the sword, while numbers were drowned in the River Alne, then swollen by the winter rains.
Next day the body of Malcolm was found among the slain by two peasants who had visited the field. Placing the royal corpse in a cart, they conveyed it to Tynemouth, and there buried it. It was afterwards disinterred by his son Alexander, and laid beside that of his queen at Dunfermline. Malcolm did not receive sepulture in Iona; as in life, so in death, he was separate from the Church of Columba. He died on the 19th November 1093, having reigned thirty-five years.
Escaping from the battlefield, Eadgar carried to his mother the tidings of the death of her husband and son. Queen Margaret now lay dying in the Castle of Edinburgh. Turgot gives us a very touching account of her last days, as reported to him by the priest whom he had left to minister to her on her deathbed. Margaret, in our judgment, appears at her best when she comes to die. She has now done with fastings and feetwashings, and, as a penitent, turns her eye to the cross, which, let us hope, she saw despite the many obstructions—helps she deemed them—which she had industriously piled upon between her soul and the Saviour.
Her earnest simple utterances, her tears, the psalms now so sweet to her, and the promises of Holy Scripture turned by her into prayers, give us a higher idea of her piety, and pourtray more truly her character, we are persuaded, than the high-wrought encomiums of Turgot, in which he claims for Queen Margaret an all but perfect holiness. Margaret had been ailing for half a year. And now in her sick chamber on the Castle rock, lonely and anxious, she could not help following in imagination her husband and sons to the fateful fields of Northumbria, and picturing to herself what was destined to be but too literally realized. On the fourth day before that on which there came news from the battlefield—the very day on which the king fell—Margaret’s forebodings of some near calamity were so strong that she could not refrain from communicating them to her attendants.
“Perhaps,” she said, “on this very day such a heavy calamity may befall the realm of Scotland as has not been for many ages past.” “The disease gained ground, and death was imminent,” says Turgot’s informer. “Her face had already grown pallid in death, when she directed that I, and the other ministers of the sacred altar along with me, should stand near her and commend her soul to Christ by our psalms. Moreover, she asked that there should be brought to her a cross, called the ‘Black Cross,’ which she always held in the greatest veneration. . . .When at last it was got out of the chest and brought to her, she received it with reverence, and did her best to embrace it and kiss it. And several times she signed herself with it. Although every part of her body was now growing cold, still as long as the warmth of life throbbed at her heart she continued steadfast in prayer. She repeated the whole of the fiftieth psalm, 7 and placing the cross before her eyes, she held it there with both her hands.”
It was at this moment that Eadgar, just arrived from the battle, entered her bedroom. The shock of his message was more, he saw, than the emaciated frame before him could sustain. He forbore to speak it. But Margaret read it in her son’s face. “I know it, my boy,” she said, with a deep sigh, “I know it.” She at once began the prayer in the liturgy of the mass, saying, “Lord Jesus Christ, who, according to the will of the father, through the cooperation of the Holy Ghost, hast by Thy death given life to the world, deliver me,” “As she was saying the words ‘deliver me,’ says the narrator, “her soul was freed from the chains of the body, and departed to Christ, the author of true liberty.” 8 She breathed her last on the 16th November 1093, just four days after her husband had fallen in battle on the banks of the Alne, Northumbria. 9 The morning and the evening of Margaret’s life were alike darkened by heavy clouds, between which there shone forth a noon of singular brilliancy.
She exhibited amid the strong lights and shadows of her career an admirable equanimity of soul and great stability of character. She was large of heart, capacious of intellect, more studious of the happiness of others than of her own, and wholly devoted to a country on the shore of which she had stepped as a fugitive and exile, when a chivalrous prince took her by the hand, and let her to a seat beside himself on the throne of his realm. She repaid his generous love by her wise counsels, and her efforts to refine and elevate the manners of his court, and improve the dress, and the dwellings, and the trading relations of his subjects. But if we would form a just estimate of the influence of Margaret for good or for evil on Scotland, we must enlarge our view, and take other considerations into account besides her personal virtues and the ephemeral benefits which sprang out of them. These are “the good,” which the poet tells us, is interred with the men’s bones, but they may be conjoined with the “evil” that lives after them.
The course of a nation may be fatally, although imperceptibly, altered, and only after the lapse of centuries can the nature of the revolution it has undergone be rightly understood, and its disastrous issued duly measured. Margaret and Scotland are an exemplification of this. Had Margaret brought with her a love for the Scriptural Faith and simple worship of the Scots, the nation to its latest age would have called the day blessed on which she set foot on its soil. Unhappily she cherished a deep-seated prejudice against the Scottish religion, and, believing that she was doing an acceptable service, she strove to supplant it. The revolution she inaugurated was at war with the traditions of the nation, was opposed to the genius of the people, and while it did not make the Scots good Catholics, it made them bad Christians.
The system of irrational beliefs which Queen Margaret introduced destroyed intelligence and fettered conscience, and so paved the way for the entrance of feudal slavery by which it was followed, and which flourished in Scotland along with it. It is noteworthy that Roman Catholicism and the feudal system came together. The fundamental principles of the Roman Church, it has been remarked by the historian Robertson, “prepare and break the mind for political servitude, which is the firmest foundation of civil tyranny.” 10 No finer spectacles can we wish to contemplate than Queen Margaret, if we restrict our view to her shining virtues and her heroic austerities. She is seen moving like a being from another sphere in Malcolm’s court, meek, gracious, loving and maintaining her steadfast mind alike amid the storms that raged around her in her youth, the splendours that shone upon her in her midday, and the deep, dark shadows that again gathered about her at the close.
But we must not sacrifice our judgment at the shrine of sentiment, nor so fix our gaze upon the passing glory of a moment as not to see what comes after. When we turn from Margaret the woman to Margaret the Queen, and trace the working of her policy beyond the brief period of her life onward into the subsequent centuries, we forget the radiant vision in the darkness of the picture that now rises to our view. It is the spectacle of a land overspread by ignorance, of a priesthood wealthy, profligate, and dominant, and a people sunk in the degrading worship of fetishes. Such issue had the changes which were initiated in Scotland by Queen Margaret.
Margaret had added a kingdom to the empire of the Papacy, but an hundred and fifty years passed away before Rome acknowledged the gift. We do not blame her for being so tardy in bestowing her honours where they were so well deserved; we rather view the fact as corroborative in part of what we have ventured to suggest, even, that the changes effected by Margaret were not very perceptible or marked in her own day, and that it was not till a century and a half that Rome was able to estimate the magnitude of the service rendered by the Scottish Queen. At length in the year 1250, under Pope Innocent IV., Queen Margaret received the honour of canonization. It is for services, not graces, that Rome reserves her highest rewards. Margaret might have been as fair as Helen, or as learned as Hypatia or Olympia Morata; she might have been as pious as the mother of Augustine, or as virtuous as the wife of the Roman Poetus; but unless she had enlarged the bounds of the Papal sway by the addition of a great kingdom, a place among “those who reign in heaven” would never have been assigned her by those whose prerogative it is to say who shall sit on the thrones of the Papal Valhalla.
Right so this one is from 2010 ok, but if you look at the thing you can ask your-self that valued question, “so has anything changed since then?”
I cant spell these things out any more than this can I, I was speaking to an ex-fisherman a couple of days back who tells me he has lost HALF of his pension, yep HALF!! and he has resigned him-self into the fact that he will never get it back, so just like most of the sheeple in this country he is to just take it as that is that and carry on the best he can, yet on the other hand a reader of this blog has pointed at a story which is in our local paper, the little tale of an Orkney MP who this year took home £65,000 salary plus £130,000 in expenses for fucks sake!!! If that don’t slap you in the face nothing will.
Anyway on to the vid, enjoy.
We in our lives are governed by consent, everything that’s done to you since your birth is done for a financial reason ( and maybe more), we are slaves to the government and we let them do this to us because we think that its supposed to be this way, are we happy with this, here is a little vid re-visited to shed some light on our supposed freedom.
Plus it gets us away from the bloody royal wedding lol, don’t even think on getting me started about those leaches.
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Hmm I wonder why this never made the news, and people still believe that our government have our best interests at heart, I am running out of fucks to give.
There have been two spillages of radioactive waste and a breakdown in an emergency cooling system at Britain’s nuclear plants in the past three months, according to a report to ministers leaked to the Guardian. A brown puddle containing plutonium five times the legal safety limit leaked from an old ventilation duct at the Sellafield nuclear complex in Cumbria. This exposed “a number of shortfalls in the design”, says the report. Groundwater at the Torness nuclear power station near Edinburgh was contaminated with radioactive tritium (a form of hydrogen) leaking from two pipelines. At Hartlepool nuclear station on the north-east coast of England, the back-up cooling system was put out of action by a faulty valve. All three incidents occurred in February this year and are still under investigation by the Office for Nuclear Regulation (ONR), the government’s newly created nuclear safety watchdog. They were sufficiently serious to be reported to ministers under safety guidelines agreed in the wake of the Chernobyl accident in Ukraine 25 years ago. Disclosure of the incidents could further delay the government’s plans for a new programme of nuclear power stations, already being held up by a safety review prompted by the Fukushima accident in Japan. Critics will press for the incidents to be included in the review, being led by the executive head of the ONR, Mike Weightman.
The Guardian has been provided with a copy of a report on the incidents sent to ministers on 18 April by Weightman. It was circulated to the energy secretary, Chris Huhne; the business secretary, Vince Cable; the environment secretary, Caroline Spelman; the employment minister, Chris Grayling; the Scottish secretary, Michael Moore; and the Scottish first minister, Alex Salmond. In a covering letter, Weightman says that a fourth incident involving contaminated ground at an unnamed nuclear site is still under investigation, and may be reported to ministers in the future. The criteria for reporting nuclear incidents, which takes place every three months, include leakages, breaches of safety limits and events where “safe operation may be significantly affected”. According to the ONR, the response to the incidents from the companies that run the three plants was “appropriate”. The plutonium spillage at Sellafield has been cleaned up, use of the leaking pipelines at Torness was suspended, and the faulty valve at Hartlepool was fixed. But the ONR is continuing to quiz the operators and monitor the plants, to try and make sure that similar mishaps do not occur again. A spokesman for the ONR told the Guardian that the report to ministers on the incidents is due to be posted online later today.
George Regan, the chair of the local government voice on nuclear issues, Nuclear Free Local Authorities, said that it was unusual for three incidents to be reported to ministers in one three-month period. There was only one incident in each quarter of 2010, three at Sellafield and one at Dungeness nuclear station in Kent. “With Fukushima very much in the public’s mind, we are particularly concerned to hear of a coolant incident at Hartlepool,” Regan said. “We will be urgently seeking clarification from the ONR on why these incidents occurred and whether they are of any relevance to the current safety review.”
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Yet again we see a conspiracy theory turned into fact, this article from Press TV highlights what we always thought about the invasion, but of course these days its done a little differently, these days we don’t even have to invade, we just de stabilise and move on in for the clean up and prize. ORDER OUT OF CHAOS fits in well here, it is un-known where governments end and oil companies begin but they will get what they want in the end, most humans are to fuck stupid to see it though.
Former UK government under Tony Blair
had discussed with leading oil firms plans to exploit Iraqi oil
reserves, long before the US-led invasion
, newly disclosed documents show.
The documents, revealed for the first time, show that how British Petroleum (BP)’s concerns over losing lucrative contracts in Iraq were addressed by then Trade Minister, Baroness Symons, the daily Independent reported.
According to the papers, Baroness Symons had assured BP, five months before the 2003 invasion, that British energy firms would be given their shares of Iraq’s enormous oil and gas reserves as a reward for Tony Blair’s commitment to US plans for regime change in the country.
British oil giant, BP, had voiced concerns that then US government under George W. Bush was quietly striking deals with US, French, and Russian energy firms, the papers say.
Accordingly, Lady Symons agreed to lobby the Bush government on BP’s behalf, as registered by the minutes of a series of meetings between ministers and senior oil executives.
“Baroness Symons agreed that it would be difficult to justify British companies losing out in Iraq in that way if the UK had itself been a conspicuous supporter of the US government throughout the crisis”, read minutes of a meeting with BP, Shell and BG (formerly British Gas) on 31 October 2002.
The minister then promised to “report back to the companies before Christmas” on her lobbying efforts.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Office invited BP in on 6 November 2002 to talk about opportunities in Iraq “post regime change”.
“Iraq is the big oil prospect. BP is desperate to get in there and anxious that political deals should not deny them the opportunity”, it’s minutes state.
After another meeting, this one in October 2002, the Foreign Office’s Middle East director at the time, Edward Chaplin, noted: “Shell and BP could not afford not to have a stake in [Iraq] for the sake of their long-term future… We were determined to get a fair slice of the action for UK companies in a post-Saddam Iraq.”
These highly critical documents were not offered to as evidence in the ongoing Chilcot Inquiry into the UK’s involvement in the Iraq war.
This is while that, in March 2003, just before the US and UK invaded Iran, another giant oil company Shell lashed out at reports that it had discussed with Downing Street the Iraqi oil issue, denouncing the reports as highly inaccurate.
Meanwhile, BP claimed at the time that it had no strategic interests in Iraq, while Tony Blair described the oil conspiracy theory as the most absurd.
Whereas BP was insisting in public that it had “no strategic interest” in Iraq, in private it told the Foreign Office that Iraq was “more important than anything we’ve seen for a long time”.
The giant oil company told the government it was willing to take “big risks” to get a share of the Iraqi reserves, the second largest in the world.
Blair had only succeeded to force his divided cabinet to vote for Iraq invasion after he claimed that executed dictator Saddam had weapons of mass destruction, a claim that never materialized after the invasion of the country.
Over 1,000 documents were obtained under Freedom of Information over five years by the oil campaigner Greg Muttitt. They reveal that at least five meetings were held between civil servants, ministers and BP and Shell in late 2002.
The 20-year contracts signed in the wake of the invasion were the largest in the history of the oil industry. They covered half of Iraq’s reserves – 60 billion barrels of oil, bought up by companies such as BP and CNPC (China National Petroleum Company), whose joint consortium alone stands to make £403m ($658m) profit per year from the Rumaila field in southern Iraq.
“Before the war, the government went to great lengths to insist it had no interest in Iraq’s oil. These documents provide the evidence that give the lie to those claims”, said Muttitt, whose book Fuel on Fire is published next week.
“We see that oil was in fact one of the government’s most important strategic considerations, and it secretly colluded with oil companies to give them access to that huge prize.”
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Whole thing taken from somewhere else, I can’t remember where but credit goes to the author anyway.
Recently NASA has been warning us of a catastrophic event that will occur within the next 2 years. National power grids could overheat and air travel severely disrupted while electronic items, navigation devices and major satellites could stop working after the Sun reaches its maximum power in a few years.
Senior space agency scientists believe the Earth will be hit with unprecedented levels of magnetic energy from solar flares after the Sun wakes “from a deep slumber” sometime around 2013. Such a storm occurred in 1859.
Shortly after the Sun reached solar maximum in 1859, the Sun experienced a significant increase in sun spot activity as well as a sequence of intense solar flares. The largest solar flare on record during the maximum was then observed by British astronomer Richard Carrington. The result of the flare was a coronal mass ejection that sent charged particles streaming toward Earth, reaching the atmosphere only 18 hours after the ejection. This is startlingly quick given that the trip normally takes several days.
Once the particles reach the Earth they caused a series of phenomena to occur, the likes of which the Earth has not experienced since. First of all, charged particles are usually captured by the Earth’s magnetic field, and primarily get funneled to the poles. There, they interact with the Earth’s atmosphere creating brilliant colors known as aurora.
In this case, however, the flux of particles was so high that the magnetic field could not shield the Earth from them all. So instead of aurora only being created near the poles, they came into existence throughout the Earth. Reports of aurora were common over the Caribbean, as well as the central United States. At one point the glow in the Rocky Mountains was such that it awoke the sleeping miners, causing them to begin getting prepared for the day, believing that it was in fact dawn.
Another, and perhaps more significant, problem was that the charged particle flux began to wreak havoc on electronic systems. Specifically, failure of telegraph systems world-wide were reported.
A recent report commissioned by the office of the President showed that in fact such a storm would not only cause problems for electronic devices, but could potentially bring down the entire power grid. And not just here, but around the world. The kind of damage that would be caused could take months to repair.
In response to the report, scientists from around the world have been working to make our power grid more robust, and are seeking to find ways to protect our satellite systems. Also, development of other technologies could help protect electronic devices that we use every day. However, time appears to be quickly running out so what can you and I do to prepare for such a day? I am sure not everyone will be taken care of in the event of a global event like this – the United States government failed miserably to respond to the people’s needs during Hurricane Katrina and many died. We all know what happens when a power blackout occurs within a major metropolitan area. Imagine every metropolitan area around the World going dark all at once. I don’t know about you, but I think I will have a better chance of survival if I started to prepare an alternate source of energy to get me through this predicted event.
Could you imagine? No electricity for months? No phones, no computers, no internet? According to NASA that is the possibility that we are facing. However, this would take a massive storm like the one in 1859 to even approach such cataclysmic events, but it is something that we need to be aware of.
Although it is possible to live life without electricity, the fact is that we rely on electrical energy to survive. Electricity powers our lights, our home heating devices, our water pumps, our phones, our radios, our TV, our streetcars, … get the picture? Yes electricity is essential to our survival. But we need not rely on our government and for profit public utility companies to provide the electricity we need. Almost everywhere you go, you will find surplus raw materials, machinery, and technology. It is entirely possible to create free energy from literally scrap and junk. The simplest electrical energy producing apparatus is the earth battery. The earth battery is free energy. The earth battery is renewable energy with zero emissions.
Earth batteries were used extensively around the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century to power telegraph lines. They were buried in convenient locations along the power lines and supplied free current for that infrastructure. The technology was discarded and replaced with hydroelectric because hydro was a measurable, finite resource that industry could use to make money. Much like oil.
The earth battery bears a resemblance to the common chemical/acid battery you may be familiar with, if you’ve ever torn apart a battery or done science experiments. Basically, the battery consists of two metal sheets or rods: one copper or carbon, and the other zinc or aluminum (galvanized steel is a zinc surface), each with wires running from them. These are negative – and positive + terminals of the battery. Once these metals are buried in soil (at a distance of 1-10 feet), you will have measurable current between your terminals. The key to a good earth battery is the moisture content of the soil – wet and acidic . Always bury your metal rods or sheets in wet acidic soil.
The average single earth battery produces about .8 volts. Some say that to obtain the best current, the rods/sheets should be positioned in a North (copper) to South (zinc) alignment, but it actually doesn’t matter. There are a few ways to increase your available current with an earth battery setup:
1. Size and number – this is basically the ‘more is better’ principle – you vary the size of your rods/sheets, and how many of them you decide to bury in series. Using a larger surface of metal, and planting several of them in series, will deliver more telluric current.
2. Efficiency – passing your current through a circuit and capacitor can improve the output and reliability of your voltage. A great example that is easy to set up is called the ‘joule thief’. This takes your direct current and oscillates it so that it actually delivers more usable energy than is actually available in the form of a direct stream.
3. Magnification – Current can be amplified by a number of salvaged devices and standalone equipment such as the common store-bought 12v-110v power inverters used with car batteries and solar panels.
With some basic ingenuity, you should be able to pull together a portable kit that you can plant in any moist soil, and which can supply you with free energy for lighting, small devices, or perhaps a recharge station. If you developed this technology, you could very easily power a small community for free with a very small investment in simple resources (metals, wire, etc). There are people powering entire buildings using earth batteries in the same way that solar panels are used. The difference is, they keep their mouths shut. The Powers That Be don’t like this technology, because they can’t make money from it.
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The Magna Carta
is being contravened by the new breed of gagging orders, claims Lib Dem MP John Hemming.
An MP who is launching an inquiry into excessive and possibly unlawful court secrecy says a new type of gagging order is hampering the work of investigative journalists.
John Hemming said the new breed of injunction, which was used in relation to a case in the high court in London last week, meant journalists could face jail simply for asking questions.
“This goes a step further than preventing people speaking out against injustice,” said Hemming, the Liberal Democrat MP for Birmingham Yardley and a longtime campaigner against secrecy. “It has the effect of preventing journalists from speaking to people subject to this injunction without a risk of the journalist going to jail. That is a recipe for hiding miscarriages of justice.”
Hemming has labelled the new gagging order the “quaero injunction” after the Latin word “to seek”.
“It puts any investigative journalist at risk if they ask any questions of a victim of a potential miscarriage of justice … I don’t think this should be allowed in English courts.”
There has been growing concern over the use of gagging orders in UK courts. It is not known precisely how many superinjunctions have been issued, but an informed legal estimate is that as many as 20 have been granted in the UK over the last 18 months.
In the most notorious case, the oil trader Trafigura last year briefly obtained a superinjunction against the Guardian to suppress a leaked report on its toxic waste dumping, which even prevented reporting proceedings in parliament.
Earlier this month, Hemming highlighted a new type of hyperinjunction which forbids the recipient talking to their MP.
He says he is now launching an inquiry in parliament into excess court secrecy and is planning to collect a range of gagging orders that he will then analyse and present to the justice select committee in a number of “parliamentary petitions” later this year.
“What is clear is that almost all of the superinjunctions and hyperinjunctions have no public judgment,” Hemming said. “That means that they are not compliant with the rules for a fair trial. There is also the question as to whether there should be an automatic time limit on an interim order. Many cases have an interim order and no final hearing. This is clearly wrong.
“We also need to know what the costs are both for the applicant and for the media in defending these orders. It is wrong to have a system whereby people can buy the sort of justice they want. That is a contravention of clause 29 of Magna Carta 1297, which is still in force.”
Hemming is asking anyone who is subject to a gagging injunction that they would like to be included in the review to forward the information to him at the House of Commons.
Just watch this vid to the very end and see if you get it, I feel asif I am talking to a brick wall half of the time anyway.
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Gerald Celente trends forecasting has rarely been wrong over the years, he is a man who should command our attention when looking ahead of time, after all our respective governments wont tell us whats really happening will they, if you think that they have your interests at heart you’re a naive little fucker who needs to grow the fuck up (what don’t you like the truth?), anyway I digress, as we all know the global economy is far from healthy, in fact it has failed completely and our governments are just worshiping a corps which they are trying their best to convince us is alive, every depression and deep recession over history has always ended with a war, it’s just they way they do things, war is profitable, you do know that right?
We now stand at the edge of the third global war (the last global war), this will be the one that ends them all and it’s already started, fool yourselves no longer, wake the fuck up, its all coming to an end and your invited.
Anyone want a bit of truth?
This next vid has been used for quite some time now to try to inspire you, from what I can see more inspiration is needed, I am not going to tell you what you should do, nor am I going to write the usual fearful disclaimer, what humans do is up to the individual but first YOU HAVE GOT TO GET MAD !!, then after that our friend in the mask explains a little bit more.
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“UPDATE” News is coming in that radiation from Japan is now evident in GLASGOW & GLOUCESTERSHIRE !!!!
And now for a most disturbing read, if you want your truth all nice and fluffy leave this site now, if you dont mind your truth becoming the stuff of nightmares please read on.
From Cliff High aka Webbot bloke.
La puissance de la mort, or an invitation to a Shunning…..
It does no good to be pissed about it.
You are dead. They murdered you, and you need to get beyond the anger that this knowledge brings. There is yet work you must do.
The powers that be, and their political minions have been working this plan since the 1950’s when Japan was forced into the GE designed nuclear reactors as part of the imposition of TPTB hegemony at the end of the Second Planetary War of the 20th century. Also known to academicians as ‘WW2′, this war not only nominally ended with nuclear release, but has now, all these decades later, been ‘reborn’ with nuclear release in Fukushima. ThePowersThatBe (Rothshield banksters, Rockefeller banksters, big oil, big pharma, and small soul politicians, and all zionist supporters) are determined to kill off a major part of us humans over these next few years to suit their perceived needs. They likely have, in the Fukushima nuclear plant implosion and meltdown, murdered several million of us….we just do not yet recognize that we (the afflicted) are soon-to-be dead.
There is no point to indulging in wild ass speculation about nuclear bombs being used to trigger the earthquake that caused the tsunami that swept away all the ‘safety’ equipment at Fukushima that led to the vaporization of hundreds of fuel rods that produced the radioactive poisoning of the planet that killed you. There is no point to putting your dwindling life energy into speculations about Haarp, or scalar weather wars, or any other perceived ‘instrument’ of your murder. None of it is likely factual, and TPTB are deliberately polluting the information stream to confuse your dying mind. They killed you. Deal with it.
There is no point to focusing on a single guilty person in your murder. It is a large, and well run conspiracy. Grasp this and give up the idea of taking revenge on any given witless stooge of a bankster or politician. To the conspiracy that is killing you, such people (low level conspirators) are sacrifices who were chosen exactly because they are expendable and easily replaced with the next, greed blinded, non thinking humanimal. It does you no good to seek to ‘take them with you’. Besides, killing these people does not even slow the conspiracy down, and likely puts money in the pockets of TPTB in cleaning up the corpse and blood.
They have killed you, where you sit.
You are murdered. This is your power.
They (the stupid, duped, and controlled minions) are desperately trying to not be dead themselves. This is one of their many vulnerable points of weakness.
ThePowersThatBe, or those controlled (possessed) humans who think themselves ‘lord and master’ of this planet, are dependent on the weak-willed, easily-corrupted, small minded, gullible human minions. This is a huge damn weakness.
Time to take action.
What can be done? The Fukushima reactors are in full scale meltdown…how can we take action now?
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Last chance folks, try PEACEFULL PROTEST for yourselves, you didn’t join them yesterday did you, now is your LAST chance to tell the government to fuck off (or not), or just fill the thing in, go ahead fill the fucker in, you don’t really care what this and every government do to you do you? YOU have got a good life, you shop for stuff to make your life worthwhile, you pay those taxes with a quiet little groan, life is great because you are told it is, stand up for yourself once and for all, feel free even if you are still a slave. if you don’t fill it in you are committing a crime for doing NOTHING!!!, what sort of world do we live in eh??
We will destroy ourselves further by consent, we will have our liberty taken by our own consent, what ever happens to us now and for our children’s future was and is always by our own consent. WAKE THE FUCK UP, GET OFF YOUR ARSE and use that underused and powerful little word, NO, NO, NO ,NO, NO, NO, NO, NO got a spine yet?
Does any of this ring any bells with any of you? Who wrote this, go on have a guess.
“We resist two groups – the Old World Order and the group that stands behind them. For the time being, we shall say nothing more about the organisation that hides behind the curtain. The Old World Order are dupes, but they are unaware of it. Their game is the oldest one of all – power. How to get it and how to maintain it. These are the key points about the OWO:
1) The OWO is a global network of dynastic families.
2) Their mission is to maintain the power and wealth of their dynasties in perpetuity.
3) Others are admitted to the charmed circle only if they can assist the interests of the OWO.
4) The OWO do not care about the welfare of ordinary citizens. Ordinary people simply do not show up on their radar as long as they go about their humdrum lives in the expected way.
5) The OWO have no plans to build concentration camps, or slave encampments or anything else. Such measures would consume vast resources, create unnecessary trouble and serve no useful function. The OWO can sedate the people by use of TV, Hollywood, computer games, porn, music, alcohol, recreational drugs, sport etc. All of these diversions ensure that the people will never rise up. While mindless mass entertainment exists, the OWO need no concentration camps to control the people.
6) The Bush family is the quintessence of the OWO. Father and son belonged to Yale’s Skull and Bones secret society and both became presidents. Another son is a former Governor of Florida and a potential future president. How can one family in a so-called democracy have achieved this degree of power?
7) The Bush family illustrates the workings of the OWO perfectly: very rich, very powerful, very connected, and likely to bestride the American political scene for generations.
8) The OWO do not obsessively control every aspect of life. What they do is take active steps to massively increase the likelihood that they and theirs will have vastly better chances in life than anyone else. George Bush, with his limited abilities, would have achieved nothing significant in life were his name not Bush. Yet because that is his name, he was an American president. The OWO always put family above talent. This is practically enshrined as an American principle, and enjoys huge popular support, yet its inevitable consequence is that it creates un-meritocratic family dynasties that endure for millennia – you can be certain the Bush family will be such a dynasty.
9) Most people are familiar with America’s great dynastic families: they are associated with oil, banking, entertainment, media, military, the intelligence services and politics.
10) The OWO are international. American dynastic patriarchs have much more in common with Russian oligarchs than they do with ordinary Americans.
11) The Old World Order’s models are the Roman Empire at the time of Augustus Caesar, and the English monarchy at the time of Henry VIII.
12) The OWO are advocates of dynastic rule. Look at America: George Bush, father and son – both American presidents; the Kennedy’s – could have been in power for decades had they not broken the rules of the OWO and paid the price; the Clinton’s – husband was president and wife still could be. Daughter might be in the future. Dynastic presidencies have become de rigueur in modern America. How did this come about? By accident or design?
13) The Roman Emperors advocated “Panem et circenses” – bread and circuses. As long as citizens have fast food and cheap entertainment to pacify them, they will not cause serious trouble. Revolutions occur when the ordinary people are starving and have nothing to distract them from their suffering. Can a revolution be launched in the absence of these factors?
14) The Romans had a patrician class (the wealthy and powerful) and a plebeian class (the ordinary people). Isn’t it the same in America? The super rich, the Ivy League brigade, spoiled heiresses, the political, media, military, business, banking and legal elites. They are the American patrician class. Everyone else is a plebeian.
15) Roman gladiators were worshipped by the plebeians. What do the Americans have? – super-celebrities from Hollywood, TV, rock ‘n’ roll and sport, worshipped by legions of American plebeians.
16) In Ancient Rome, artists and intellectuals were a joke. They were usually Greek slaves. Look at artists and intellectuals in America. They are not at the forefront of the national consciousness. The OWO despise intelligence amongst plebeians and do their utmost to ensure that plebeians are poorly educated. They advocate and encourage ‘dumbing down’.
17) The Roman Empire was founded on slavery. So was America. The ordinary American people are still slaves. The only difference is that the oppression they suffer is not overt.
18) Look at the British Royal family. The Queen refers to the British people as her ‘subjects’. She can’t be removed as head of state. Her crown, her status, her wealth and power will be transmitted to her son. No one else is eligible. Merit in Britain is effectively illegal since the head of state is never at any stage subjected to any meritocratic criterion. Britain remains one of the most class divided societies in the world.
19) Look at British politicians. Tony Blair, from a highly privileged background, was a recent prime minister, and now his children are being groomed to follow in his footsteps. The leader of the British Conservative Party is one of the richest men in the nation. He is an old Etonian and was a member of the super elite Bullingdon Club at Oxford University. His closest colleagues all come from similarly privileged backgrounds. The Mayor of London and the shadow Chancellor both attended the Bullingdon Club with Cameron.
20) As of October 2008, America has had forty-three presidents and two of them have been the father and son team of the Bush’s. What are the odds?
21) Three of the forty-three presidents have been members of the tiny, elite secret society Skull and Bones. What are the odds? John Kerry, the Democratic candidate in 2004, was a member of Skull and Bones. In other words, no matter if you voted Democrat or Republican in 2004, you would still get a Skull and Bones man in the White House. And you think you have a choice? Choice is an illusion in so-called democracies. Democracy is an instrument used to control the people and make them vote for their OWO oppressors. You are much less likely to oppose someone for whom you have voted. You have bought into their mind control system. What good is a vote if you can only vote for the two people they decide to put in front of you? In order for them to be permanently in charge, they simply need to ensure that they control the process by which the presidential candidates are chosen. Then, when you vote, you are invariably voting for one of their people, not one of yours.
22) No doubt there are more Bush’s, more Kennedy’s, more Skull and Bones members being lined up for future high political office.
23) If you’re not one of the patricians, you’re a nobody. People could choose to stand up and do something about it but they don’t because they have been stupefied by the rhetoric and propaganda of the patrician class, they have got their bread and circuses that keep them endlessly distracted, they have their gladiator heroes to worship, their army of imperial conquest to support, their conspiracy theorists to mock, and their ‘freedom and democracy’ to trumpet.
24) The symbolic head of the Old World Order is the Queen of England. When she parades through the streets, legions of people wave flags and cheer. They are ecstatic about being her subjects – her acknowledged inferiors in every way. That shows you the power of the tyrants. Now imagine a hereditary monarchy with executive power. That’s what the Old World Order seek. They dream of dynastic marriages. Imagine a future where the Prince of America marries the Princess of China. That’s what’s coming if the Old World Order achieves its full ambition.
The Old World Order is all about establishing a permanent patrician class. It looks to the mediaeval concept of the monarch appointed by ‘divine right’ and able to pass the crown down the family line forever.
The Old World Order has in fact already achieved about 90% of its agenda. Ordinary people don’t get a look in when it comes to genuine power and the best jobs. They’re not in the game. They’re plebeians. What’s worse, they deserve to be. They have it within our power to overthrow the patricians at any time. Instead they let them rule. There are no excuses.
The movie The Matrix is an excellent metaphor for the workings of the OWO. The controllers of the Matrix are the OWO. Most people are oblivious to the truth. Only a handful care, and only they see ‘reality’. Mr Smith and his fellow super agents are the OWO’s enforcers who will deal with anyone showing any signs of resistance. But they don’t need to intervene too much because hardly anyone causes any trouble. Even some who have tasted the truth (like ‘Cypher’) decide that they would prefer to go back to the world of enslavement (made delightful by the power of fantasy – the taste of ‘real’ steak).
Are you happy to be a compliant citizen of the Matrix, or are you prepared to join the resistance? Wake up. Stop voting for the OWO. Stop supporting them. Stop making their lives easy. Stop bowing down to them simply because they are wealthy. Their wealth was gained through manipulation, not merit. If you are a slave to money then you are a pawn of the OWO. They control wealth and hence they control all those who buy into the wealth system.
Dick Fuld, former chief executive officer of the failed Lehman Brothers investment bank, made $500 million dollars while he was at the helm. A half a billion dollars for the man who presided over one of history’s greatest financial catastrophes! The bank no longer exists. Fuld is not in jail, is not being prosecuted, is not being pursued by state agencies to surrender his earnings that are now seen to be the profits of breathtaking speculation and incompetence that destroyed the bank.
Many people have paid the price of the collapse of Lehman Brothers. One person who did not was the man most responsible. That is the way the Old World Order operates. Everyone suffers except them. Isn’t it time to wake up and smell the coffee? There are still enough truth seekers in the world to make a difference. The flame of resistance has not yet been extinguished. And never forget – behind the Old World Order stands something much worse.”
UK 2011 Census Rebellion 26th March 1pm North Side of
We are all part of the largest recorded Census Rebellion in history with over 3.2million search results in Google alone with 1000s of people from every county across the UK visiting our website and passing on the information.
The 2011 Census represents a united stand across the UK against the Authorities stealing our personal information, making it their own through Crown copyright
and then passing it over to entities such as:
There has only ever been one real reason for this Census and that is to generate more revenue through taxation and increases in pricing of the things we all rely upon to live – the Census is nothing more than a stock take of their “most valuable asset, the people.”
Who is controlling the flow of your personal information? LOCKHEED MARTIN
– they’re the No.1 most corrupt corporation in the USA
with no less than 57 counts of general misconduct, violations of nuclear policy, illegally supplying arms to unstable Nations and caught scamming our own governments out of vast sums of money. LOCKHEED MARTIN also are the dominate global corporation in the spy and surveillance world who make it their business to know everything about everyone and have been caught illegally spying on US and UK people in the past.
We cannot let this happen any longer, there are enough of us to make a difference, let’s make history on the 26th and 27th March 2011! Join the Census Rebellion!
MEET US and stand for what you think is right:
North Side of Trafalgar Square
Look out for us with The Love Police, megaphones and t-shirts!
Time for a bit of fun I think.
A man who has no fear, stay safe buddy.
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With just a few short days to go I am still left wondering if any differences will be made, I suppose it all rests on the amount of passion the British public can convey, differing groups within the protests will be doing their damned hardest to be heard and of course in the aftermath the press and police will be looking for that usual supposed bad element in the crowd, will we see something positive out of this action or will it be the same old predictable “shout as loud as you like you will be un-heard anyway”.
Britain’s Trades Union Congress
(TUC) has warned against the country’s plunging into a crisis like the dark and divisive days of the 1980s.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said the country could turn to a meaner, nastier place than the dark and divisive days of the 1980s, unless the government revises its policy of savage cuts, the daily Mirror reported.
Barber compared the coalition government with the Thatcher government of the 80s, and said it is vital, as many people as possible take part in Saturday’s March for an Alternative, to clearly show their anger and opposition to the government policies.
It is expected that more than 100,000 people attend the TUC-organized anti-cuts rallies in London on Saturday March 26.
“This marks a really new phase in the whole of this Parliament and is potentially of realpolitical significance,” Barber added.
“It will be the British people not just trade union members, but people who use services, rely on services, people in voluntary groups and community groups looking for a way of expressing their anger and opposition,” the TUC general secretary went on to say.
“They [the cuts] are hitting the poorest and weakest hardest and we need to send a message that the British people oppose what they are doing and they need to change course,” Barber noted.
He unleashed his strongest attack yet on british Prime Minister David Cameron, saying that his government was worse than Margaret Thatcher’s government of the 80s.
Barber also warned the government the Saturday march was the start of a summer of protests.
“Local groups have started to work together as they see the implications, whether it’s libraries or services that support old people or facilities for young people. And after March 26 this campaign isn’t going to be going away. We are going to be putting pressure on MPs, particularly Coalition MPs in their constituencies.”
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And now for some attempted softening up of the public from our good friend George (bilderberg) Osbourne, so no more tax
rises this budget
eh, really? has anyone even thought to consider that the thieving bastards have already announced tax rises for this year, just because he may not be saying it next Wednesday means nothing because it’s already been said, don’t fool yourselves into thinking these thieves are doing anybody any favors, they don’t do favors.
UK Chancellor George Osborne says no tax rises or extra spending cuts will be included in the coalition government’s budget for 2011.
In an interview with state-run BBC, Osborne claimed there would be no further bad news for the British public in the new budget, which will be unveiled next Wednesday.
“Having undertaken a rescue mission I don’t have to come back and ask for more this year,” Osborne said.
“I won’t be asking for more tax increases or spending cuts. We did that in last year’s budget and that allows us in this year’s budget to look at policies which can create jobs in the future,” he said.
The Chancellor is expected to scrap the proposed rise in fuel duty, in a bid to help calm public anger at the cost of living.
“We’ve taken Britain out of the fiscal danger zone. That’s reflected in the interest rates that families in Britain pay,” he said.
“Now we have to move from rescue to recovery and reform,” added Osborne.
Any move to scrap the planned rise in fuel duty would avoid another 5p each liter, and help counter the spiraling cost of filling up the tank
My efforts for truth take me to many places and for the first time in my life I actually agree with the Illuminati, take from that what you will. If you want truth you must be able to accept that you might have been wrong at some point.
Jesus Christ was the central figure in one of the most audacious plots in history. Much of the astonishing story is hinted at in the four Gospels, and yet is consistently ignored or misinterpreted. Yet even though the truth of Christ can be laid out for all to see, the vast majority of Christians will never accept it. Why? Because they have “faith”.
It’s useful to contrast faith with science (knowledge). One definition of a scientific theory is that it must be capable of being falsified i.e. it must make predictions that, if not borne out, will cause it to be judged false. If the predictions of Einstein’s various theories had not been experimentally verified then no scientist would have accepted them. All scientific theories are provisional because, at any time, new experimental data can refute them. Newtonian physics, which had been successful for centuries (and remains successful in most situations encountered in everyday life), was eventually overthrown by Einsteinian physics because in specific situations where the two theories predicted different outcomes, the experimental data vindicated Einstein and refuted Newton. Towards the end of the 19th century virtually no scientist would have anticipated that Newtonian physics was about to be replaced; nevertheless, it happened. This is one of the greatest strengths of science: the most cherished of theories can be discarded if the facts demand it. So why have Christianity, Islam and Judaism not gone the same way as disproved scientific theories? It’s because they rely on faith, the enemy of reason. If Newtonian physics were a faith-based religion, we would no doubt still have “Newtonians” stomping around condemning the “Einsteinians” as dangerous heretics who should be exterminated and cast into hell. No matter what the Einsteinians said, no matter how much proof they offered, the Newtonians would never change their minds. Science spares us that tragedy. Religion, on the whole, does not.
Are people like Osama bin Laden, the Pope, and the Chief Rabbi capable of holding different opinions from those they currently espouse? Is there anything they would accept as evidence that they are wrong? If not, aren’t they just brainwashed automatons, or mindless extremists with a fanatical and irrational adherence to the position they have adopted? One thing’s for sure: these people can’t all be right since they believe in entirely different things.
There are thousands of religions, all making radically different claims. Here’s a question for everyone following any of these different belief systems. Is there anything that would stop you believing? That is, would you accept any kind of “falsification principle” being applied to your religion? Is there any “fact” that you would accept as a refutation of your chosen religion? If you cannot formulate such a possibility then doesn’t it mean that you believe blindly? If you proudly state that your faith is “unshakable” then you are not prepared to accept anything as evidence against your beliefs. Therefore, your beliefs constitute an irrational fanaticism, completely divorced from reality. The difference between you and an insane person is merely a matter of degree or opinion since a madman also adheres to unreasonable, unverifiable beliefs that he will never abandon under any circumstances. Scientists actively look for anomalies and inconsistencies. They seek data that doesn’t conform with the expected results. That’s where Quantum Mechanics came from. Classical physics couldn’t account for a number of observed phenomena so had to be discarded, no matter how painful. Do religious believers look for anomalies, for reasons not to believe? And, if they don’t, aren’t their beliefs worthless? They could literally believe anything if they are never willing to challenge their beliefs. Every religious person ought to be skeptical because why would the True God want to associate with fools and blind believers?
Virtually all religions are designed to brainwash people into a state where they become “mad” i.e. they will buy into the particular religion hook, line and sinker and nothing will ever dent their faith. Look at the millions of Muslims participating in the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. Do they ever give the impression that they are thoughtful, independently-minded individuals who are open to criticism of their religion and who are capable of questioning their beliefs? Or do they resemble a mind-controlled horde who will tear to shreds anyone who rejects their beliefs? Islam, more than any other religion, is the angry scream of the lynch mob. Muslims went berserk because of a cartoon in a Danish magazine depicting Mohammed as a terrorist. People were killed. Danish products were boycotted. Imams spoke out against the evils of free speech. Someone tried to murder the cartoonist. Is this behaviour sane? Is faith sane? Or is it another word for madness? The search for gnosis – the highest knowledge – is the opposite of faith.
Since Christianity is the world’s dominant religion, we particularly challenge all Christians to consider what facts they might accept as refutation of their religion. Are there any? Every aspect of Christianity has been put under a microscope and found wanting. Nothing other than blind, defiant belief has survived the forensic analysis of Christianity.
The question becomes not whether Christianity (or any of the other main religions for that matter) is true but why so many people continue to believe in a religion that is illogical, incoherent, contradictory, incredible, ludicrous and whose myriad failings have been highlighted in endless books. The answer is simple. People will believe anything if it gives them a “system” with which they feel comfortable. Christianity provides people with a moral framework, a history, a community, a worldwide family, a hope of eternal life, a hope of paradise. Above all, it gives them an identity. The fact that the religion is unbelievable and manifestly false is neither here nor there as far as they are concerned. To abandon Christianity is a step so terrifying to Christians that the vast majority will never take it. Those who do lapse from Christianity are those who never fully engaged with it in the first place, hence their identity was not defined by it. Once your identity is exclusively defined by a religion you’re in real trouble because to abandon your religion is to lose your identity. A few months ago, a Jehovah’s Witness wrote to us to say how disgusted he was with his religion and how he now wanted to worship Lucifer, the god of light. He poured out his revulsion for the Jehovah’s Witnesses. A few months later, he said he had become “terrified” and had now begged to be allowed back into the Jehovah’s Witnesses. We were not surprised in the slightest. Many people are the victims of this horrendous mind control that will never let them go.
Jews endured millennia of horrific persecutions and expulsions, culminating in the Holocaust. How could anyone continue to believe in Yahweh after he failed to lift a finger to prevent any of this? Can there be any rational basis for belief in Yahweh as a “good”, trustworthy, honourable God who has entered into the holiest, most solemn covenant with his “chosen people”?
This is demonstrably the worst contract in the history of the world; all the more surprising since so many Jews are lawyers. No sane person would continue to abide by it. It was rescinded long ago by the complete failure of one of the parties to honour the agreement. Faithful Jews only believe in Yahweh now as an act of hateful protest against the rest of the world. The Protocols of the Elders of Zion are known to be fakes, but that doesn’t mean the plan doesn’t exist. Some Jews, their elite, will never be satisfied until they have fully avenged themselves against the world. Mammon has replaced Yahweh as their true God. Banks are the synagogues of Mammon. Wall Street is the Third Temple. Money is their new Ark of the Covenant. This isn’t true of all Jews, of course: just the ones who want to dominate the rest of us. The others are entirely innocent.
The early Church leader Tertullian said of Christianity: “It is true because it is absurd. I believe because it is impossible.” That is still the basis of Christianity. Insanity.
People are Christians because they are scared not to be. Imagine having to understand the meaning of life without having Christianity to fall back on, without all of that comforting brainwashing, so deeply ingrained as to become second nature. The Christians are not alone, of course. All of the mainstream religions play the same game. It’s not the “truth value” of these religions that anyone cares about, but the rituals, the comfort, the consolation, the hope and the simplistic means for understanding life that such religions offer i.e. these religions are psychological rather than philosophical. And precisely because of that, they cannot be shaken by “facts”. They are immune to challenge. An atheist such as Richard Dawkins wastes his time trying to debate with them. He has failed to understand that he is attacking their identity and psychology but not offering to replace religion with anything that has any of the same psychological benefit.
Anyone who seeks to topple the false gods must offer better gods. Those who offer the sterile vacuum of atheism can’t succeed. Few people are psychologically capable of maintaining an atheistic mindset. Even the fierce atheist Voltaire supposedly converted to Catholicism on his deathbed.
Illumination, the religion of the Illuminati, is concerned with both the truth and with psychological well-being. The aspect of Illumination that deals with the truth is highly scientific and philosophical, and we shall be outlining it in the coming weeks. This aspect has a specific form. However, the psychological aspect can have whatever form is suitable to prepare the initiate for the more complex aspect. The members of the Illuminati can choose any form of religious devotion they like, and many choose to focus on the ancient gods and rituals of the Greeks, Romans, Celts, Egyptians, Norse, Persians, Babylonians etc. Particularly favoured gods and goddesses are Mithras, Apollo, Aphrodite, Dionysus, Demeter, Ra, Lucifer, Minerva and Janus. None of these is regarded as the “True God” (who is named Abraxas by the Illuminati) but they are all psychologically valuable. No Illuminatus follows any of the gods of the mainstream religions, all of which are children of the Demiurge, psychotic and profoundly damaging psychologically.
While it is vital for any credible religion to be concerned with truth, it is just as important for the psychological aspects of religion to be healthy and inspiring. In this respect, everyone should be free to choose their own gods and rituals. Religions such as the Abrahamic ones that impose rigid, exclusive ways of worship on their followers are obnoxious, oppressive, tyrannical and repellent and ought to be opposed by all decent, thinking people. The Hindus, with their mixture of polytheism for everyday religious devotion and monotheism for their abstract, philosophical thinking, have a far healthier model of religion.
The “Christianity” of Jesus Christ bears no resemblance to the Christianity of Catholicism and Protestantism. Isn’t it time people listened to the truth about Christ? Yet there are many “truths” to be explored. You can have Christ the woman, Christ the gay man, Christ the married man, Christ the pagan, Christ the Jew, Christ the anti-Semite, Christ the man, Christ the god, Christ the man-god, Christ the king, Christ the humble man, Christ the freedom fighter, Christ the magician, Christ the fraud, Christ the whatever you desire him to be. Take your pick.
As promised due to demand, here is (almost) the latest interview with Cliff high from the webbot project, the first vid can be listened to here then click the link below for all the other parts.
More information here, with hope this will serve to guide you.
WHAT TO DO (OR NOT TO DO) ABOUT THE CENSUS
– BOYCOTTING THE CENSUS AND YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
Mass Boycott of the Census
There is a growing coalition of UK anti-war groups, pacifists, religious organisations and digital activists as well as literally millions of ordinary individual UK citizens who have deep concerns about this Census for many reasons and on many levels, some of them discussed on this website.
The question is therefore what action or inaction to take.
We will firstly list several of the methods being proposed by many protesters and then look further at the legal implications.
WAYS TO RESPOND TO THE UK 2011 CENSUS INCLUDING PROTEST OR BOYCOTT
1. Follow instructions on the form or complete online as per the government’s order.
(You may also wish to send donations to Lockheed Martin’s worthy cause of murder and torture so that they may be able to continue in business for a long time to come. You may also wish to donate to the other companies that Lockheed Martin have sub-contracted to such as Capita, the bankers Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH), JP Morgan Chase, Citibank etc in order to congratulate them for their role in the Holocaust and/or for laundering drug money whilst continuing to get away with it scot-free).
2. Return form or answer questions online but using different names. You can use the change of name deed template on this website. It will need to be witnessed by any third party eg friend, family member or neighbour. No need to be witnessed by a solicitor. You can then change name back same day or next day in the same way. You should keep the original signed deed(s) in case of future queries. This method is perfectly legal as you are entitled to be known by whatever name you wish.
Not giving them your name is probably the most important element as that will confuse them and throw them off track to a certain degree.
Of course they still have so much data on us already eg DVLA records, Council Tax records etc. In fact, one of the reasons why it is rumoured this will be the last census is that they have so much data on us already that this is the last one needed simply to consolidate everything so that they can then cross-reference with the existing data. As all systems to integrate existing with new data have been in place for some years now, the technology has reached such a point that future censuses will become unnecessary, as there will exist a giant pool of centralised data which they will then build on in the future by other means and sources that do not require our own co-operation.
Providing them with a false name will therefore not necessarily take you off their radar but will help to confuse and delay them as by doing so you have not confirmed anything for the purposes of their “consolidation of information”.
3. Return truthful answers but refuse point-blank to answer sections you deem to be intrusive or morally objectionable
4. Return answers with mixture of truthful and convincingly false answers
5. Return questionnaire with mixture of truthful and obviously false answers in order to make a political protest like the Suffragettes did a hundred years ago in the 1911 census eg
Q: Who was staying over at your house on 27th March 2011?A: “Robert J Stevens” (Chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin) or some may wish to put “Lord Jacob Rothschild and family” (Globalist trillionaire behind the plans for a One World Currency/ One World Government)
It is worth noting that in the last 2001 census, 390,000 people put “Jedi” as their religion.
The religion section is anyhow voluntary and, for reasons discussed in other parts of this website, we would recommend either you leave it blank as it is nobody’s business but yours or you may wish to demonstrate a political point by answering something nonsensical.
Incidentally, “none of the suffragettes were punished for rebelling against the census”
BBC – 5 July 2010
6. Avoid returning Census altogether. ACTION THROUGH INACTION.Do not answer the door to the “Non Compliance Officers”. They have no legal right to enter your property.
Therefore you do not have to answer the door; if you do answer the door, you do not have to identify yourself, and you certainly do not have to let them in.
The government’s website states in its FAQ
11. What will happen if I’m not at home on 27 March 2011?
You should complete your questionnaire as soon as possible after 27 March 2011. Or do it before you go away if you’ve already received your questionnaire.
If everyone in the household is away on census day you should complete your questionnaire as soon as possible after your return. If the household is absent for more than six months after census day, you do not need to complete the questionnaire.
Anyone away from home for up to 12 months should still be included on your questionnaire.
So this means, if the whole household is absent for more than 6 months after 27th March (i.e. till 28th September 2011), then there is no need to return the form at all. However, if one person in the household is there, then the government wants them to return the info and list anyone who normally lives there and hasn’t been absent for more than 12 months.
How will they know if the house/flat is vacant, whether we’re travelling around the UK or abroad, staying with friends or family elsewhere etc? They won’t. And at any rate, what business is it of anyone but you and your family?
This is therefore a giant loophole for people to avoid returning the forms at all.
It is therefore apparent, despite the threats, that the government is simply relying on people’s compliance. This is why during the 2001 census only 38 people were prosecuted out of the 3 million who did not return their forms !! The 38 were people who protested on point of moral principle and actually openly confronted the government. The rest were people who just avoided confrontation but also avoided contact with the Non Compliance Officers!
If you do happen to open the door to them you could say:
“If you’d like to make an appointment in the future, I’d be happy to fill this in but I must rush out now…”
“I’m only house-sitting/baby-sitting/cat-sitting for the day and am not the resident. I’ve already filled in my form elsewhere.”
“This is my friend’s house. I’m already listed in another household. Have a nice day.”
questionnaire is demonstrated in this article in the BBC – 5 July 2010 article:
“Mr Watson revealed that in 2001, 3m people did not return a completed census questionnaire. Fewer than 100 were prosecuted. [In fact it was only 38]
He said: “We have to have made contact. So quite a lot of the people that don’t return the questionnaire, our census field staff have not been able to make any contact and you cannot prosecute a house.”
Despite the threat of prosecution, the census authorities and the government will be relying on their powers of persuasion to achieve mass acceptance.
That means Conservative ministers will need to convince the public to embrace a census of which they have been so critical.
7. Refuse to fill out the Census and send in its place a petition or letter explaining your objections on moral or conscientious grounds for example on the issues raised in this website.
This method of course poses the most risk as it is a point-blank refusal and they will likely decide to prosecute. We will see now what the law says on this.
Legal Advice has been sought on failing / refusing to complete the 2011 Census
A barrister’s opinion confirms as follows:
(Our emphasis in red)
1. I am asked to advise on possible defences to a charge of failing to supply information on the census which is to be taken in late March 2011.
2. The lay client raises a series of profound concerns about the collector, collection, storage, use, possible misuse and security of the personal data which is asked for in the census forms, and particular concerns about the body employed to handle the data.
Legal basis for the census
3. The UK census was first taken in 1801, and has been conducted every 10 years since that date, except for a break in 1941. The current relevant statute is the Census Act 1920 (“the Act”).
4. The power, procedures and compulsion to reply all arise from the Act, which is supplemented by Orders in Council and Regulations made under it.
5. The relevant sections of all the Acts, Orders and Regulations are referred to in this advice.
6. S.1 of the Act confers the power for Her Majesty by Order in Council to order a census, subject to limitations in s.1(c). In s. 1(c)(ii) the Order is lawful provided that
no particulars shall be required to be stated other than particulars with respect to such matters as are mentioned in the Schedule to this Act.
7. The relevant criminal offences, which are summary-only, arise under s.8 of the Act,
in particular, for the purposes of this advice, a person commits an offence if he:
refuses or neglects to comply with or acts in contravention of any of the provisions of this Act or any Order in Council or regulations made under this Act
8. So the offence arises if a person contravenes not only some part of the Act, but also some provision made under any Order or Regulations. It is important to note, however, that a person can only be liable for an offence if the Order or Regulation is lawfully made.
9. The Schedule sets out the matters which are properly the subject of questions under the Act:
1 Names, sex, age.
2 Occupation, profession, trade or employment.
3 Nationality, birthplace, race, language.
4 Place of abode and character of dwelling.
5 Condition as to marriage, relation to head of family, issue born in marriage.
6 Any other matters with respect to which it is desirable to obtain statistical information with a view to ascertaining the social or civil condition of the population.
10. This is not particularly well-defined or clear. However, it is clear that many of the questions asked in the census do fall within these categories, such as name, type of employment, marital status, etc.
11. The Office for National Statistics has published a number of reports investigating and containing the census questions, since 2005. The reason for each question is discussed and considered. The reports are available from the ONS website at:
12. The ONS has also carried out extensive testing of proposed questions, stating that:
The English language testing began in February 2005, and the Welsh language testing began in October 2007. The aim of this testing was to develop questions that collect accurate and meaningful information that meet user requirements, minimise the burden on respondents and are designed to conform as closely as possible to best practice of questionnaire design.
13. There are a few questions within the census which do not appear to be easily justified by the Schedule to the Act. I have in mind in particular the questions about employer’s name and specific address. Much less personal questions could be asked, such as the postcode, rather than the precise address.
14. However, this would apply as a defence to only a few questions in the census, and not to all the other questions which do fall within the schedule. Given the extensive testing and research done by the ONS, such a defence is in any event by no means certain to succeed. I would advise against failing to answer such questions by reason of intending to rely on the defence.
Human Rights arguments
15. The European Court on Human Rights has concluded that the UK census is a breach of Article 8 (1), the right to private and family life, but that the breach is justified by Article 8 (2), as lawful, proportionate and in the interests of a democratic society (X v United Kingdom, 1982) . The Commission found that:
The Commission considers that a compulsory public census, includingquestions relating to the sex, marital status, place of birth and other personal details of the inhabitants of a particular household may constitute a prima facie interference with the right guaranteed by Article 8, paragraph 1 of the Convention to respect for private and familv life, which falls to be justified under the terms of Article 8, paragraph 2 of the Convention.
16. In concluding that the breach of Article 8 (1) was justified, the Commission stated:
The Commission notes first that replies and completed census forms are treated in strict confidence, as is evident from the terms of the form itself, which states that replies will be used to produce statistics but the names and addresses will not be included in the census computer and that, after the census, the census forms will be locked away for 100 years before they are passed to the Public Record Office.
17. This does present considerable room for argument. Firstly, that the data in the 2011 census is not be treated in nearly such a careful manner, and secondly, that the moral and ethical character of the company involved is highly relevant.
18. Such an argument would be both interesting legally and strongly contested factually by the prosecution and UK government.
19. There is absolutely no certainty that the human rights argument would succeed at all, and it is unlikely to do so in the lower courts in England and Wales. Any success would be higher up the legal hierarchy, making this a long and expensive case, even if it does win.
20. I do hold the opinion that Article 8 could be raised in this case, and might well succeed.
Defences based explicitly on ethics and necessity
21. Defences are sometimes raised in this manner, for example in relation to criminal damage of nuclear submarines, or GM crops.
22. The crucial difference between those trials and the census is that the offences in the Act are summary-only. That means that a Defendant may not choose a jury trial. The defences are therefore extremely unlikely to succeed in a Magistrates’ Court, meaning, as mentioned already, any success would be higher up the legal hierarchy, making this a long and expensive case, even if it does win.
We can summarise, that an offence is only committed if someone “refuses or neglects to comply”. Simply not returning the form if you’re not around is NOT an offence. As we have seen above, the census director confirmed “you cannot prosecute a house” and if you’re not around for more than 6 months after 27th March, then there is no need to return it all. This is why about 3 million people who failed to return last time in 2001 were not prosecuted.
It is important to note, as the barrister has advised, that the European Court of Human Rights has concluded that the UK census is a breach of Article 8 (1), the right to private and family life, but that the breach is “justified” by Article 8 (2), as lawful, proportionate and in the interests of a “democratic society”.
However, since this written advice was obtained, further damning information about the ethics and morality of those companies involved in the Census has come to light. In addition recent legal provisions have been highlighted which are shown to conflict with and/or override our Data Protection laws etc, thereby giving rise to the serious possibility of data ending up in the hands of governments other than own. This strengthens the case against the Census on privacy grounds.
Furthermore, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruling only addressed whether or not the Census itself (as the questions stood at the time) was in the interests of democratic society. But it did not look at the issue of whether allowing vast profits to be made on the back of it, THEREBY using PUBLIC money for PRIVATE gain (which is slavery) can ever be in the interests of a democratic society.
In addition we have seen in the privacy chapter, that the other provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 (SRSA) Act indicate very broad and general powers to give our data to third parties.
It is therefore our genuine belief, having now spoken to several reputable and senior London-based Human Rights solicitors and barristers, that there will be grounds to challenge a refusal to participate in the Census, but the advice above is likely to be correct in that it will be a long and costly road as the government will fight it tooth and nail.
Our view therefore remains, if you choose not to resist and decide to complete the form, you will be allowing all your data into the hands of the United States government including its intelligence services. In addition, other intelligence services around the world may also be allowed access to this information.
In addition to our own domestic law in the afore-mentioned 2007 Act, United States law, namely the Patriot Act, introduced after 9-11, requires all US companies to release to the government upon request any data held on any individual. It is therefore these elements that will form part of the basis for any attack on the government’s assertion that the data is secure. In this respect these are unchartered waters especially as the 2007 Act was not in existence during the last Census.
It is time for the politicians, the corporate puppets and the mainstream media to
CUT THE CRAP
..and reveal the true nature of our stealth slavery system of PUBLIC money for PRIVATE/corporate gain. The road to fascism.
It is time to put an end to these trillion dollar individuals and their despicable agenda of One World Government. People such as the Rothschilds, who have had us under their thumbs for far too long.
It is time to investigate and confiscate the assets of the vast leviathan companies who either as the companies themselves, their parent companies, subsidiary companies, pre-merger companies, or via their major shareholders, financed and profited from the Holocaust. Companies such as IBM, Brown Brothers Harriman, JP Morgan Chase, Capita, Barclays and many more. It is time drug banks such as HSBC, Citibank and the like are exposed as the massive drug laundering operations that they are. It is time their major decision-making shareholders were behind bars and their assets repaid to the people.
All these companies (except to our knowledge HSBC) are linked to the Census as shareholders, having major stakes and therefore gaining major profits from it all from our joint pool of tax money. We should demand that these contracts be cancelled as being immoral, contrary to public policy and not in the interests of a democratic society.
The Census should immediately be scrapped until a full Public Enquiry can be allowed to take place.
It is time to put an end to the corporations, through a minority of corrupt politicians, controlling our lives and shearing us of our vast resources and wealth. It is time for us to expose the faces of their major shareholders despite their attempts at secrecy trading through mazes of companies and corporations. It is time for us ALL to demand transparency, to scrutinise and analyse what they are doing with OUR money, money that we could otherwise spend on worthwhile causes. Whether on our families or our communities.
Big government and the military industrial complex must start to learn that we will not stand for them brainwashing us any longer. This includes the controlled media such as Murdoch’s papers, peddling rubbish to throw us off the track.
We will not stand for them robbing us of our hard-earned tax money to line the pockets of those immoral billion dollar companies and bankers with GDP’s larger than nation states. We will demand repayment of money stolen, not only from us but from our forefathers.
We will not stand for them treating our private lives and private data as their “open books”.
We must demand the return of our troops from Iraq, an end to the needless bloodshed in the name of the oil companies’ profits.
We must demand the return of our troops from Afghanistan, an end to the needless bloodshed in the name of profits for the drug barons and drug money laundering banks such as Citibank with its dirty hands all over our Census.
We must immediately reverse our government’s policy of “tolerating” opium production in Afghanistan which then filters into our neighbourhoods and streets as heroin. Our government’s present policy is taking us for fools in that it is clear there is no “war on drugs”. If the Taliban on horseback could eliminate all poppy production in a matter of months during 2001, then the might of the UK armed forces can ensure that this is done before pulling out and thereafter exerting political pressure to ensure it stays forever a thing of the past.
Standing up for our morals and beliefs and for our own and others’ civil liberties has never been more important. We must unite together in these most noble of goals. Liberties once taken away are very hard and often bloody to win back. By not taking action today, it will be tomorrow’s generations who will pay the price.
This is our chance to really make a difference and to be remembered and honoured for doing so. To really show them that we are a nation with a powerful collective conscience which is awakening and becoming increasingly politically aware. X-factor and trash TV will not be enough to divert us from our core morals towards our fellow men and women whether here or abroad. We will not allow murder and torture to be carried out in our names. We WILL NOT rest until we break free from the shackles of corporate slavery.
In summary, whilst there are many forms of protest, the safest form will be to boycott the census by either
a) using a change of name deed poll which will cost you nothing or
b) simply to DO NOTHING. Just make sure you avoid them and you’ll be fine! Action through inaction !
For the braver and more determined amongst you, all out protest and legal action will be the key and details of solicitors firms handling these cases are available on request.
The giant octopus, with its tentacles of corruption has infiltrated the Executive and the Legislative branches of our government. All parties. All sides. Not all policiticians but the key decision-makers have certainly been bought. Their words are empty and hollow to those that read between the lines. To see whose interests they are really serving, one need look no further than their daily deeds.
Our last hope is with our Judiciary. But we ourselves must be proactive. It is time to stop moaning and instead rise up and challenge authority for what we believe in. In private places and in public places, we must gather in numbers and actively discuss and debate. We must demonstrate and disobey whenever the opportunity arises. Civil and peaceful disobedience. Resistance is growing and there is power and strength in our numbers sufficient to defeat governments or their insidious policies, but much more importantly to defeat the puppet masters behind governments.
Resistance is fertile.
Say NO MORE to Big Government. Say NO MORE to the Military Industrial Complex and their weapons sales. Say NO MORE to wars, murder and torture under the guise of the infinite “War on Terror”. Say NO MORE to the banks that line the pockets of key politicians through secret backroom lobbying. Say NO MORE to Fractional Reserve Banking and Bailouts using OUR PUBLIC TAX MONEY (our labour, our sweat) to enrich the private owners of the banks. Say NO MORE to the use of PUBLIC MONEY for any private benefit as this is pure and simple slavery.
Census data will be used against us not for us. Say NO MORE to invasion of privacy. We are individuals. We are not your cattle to herd, compartmentalise and monitor at your whim.
Government is to be OUR servant, OUR slave. NOT THE OTHER WAY ROUND.
Natural Resources belong to the PEOPLE. That whore Thatcher sold OUR PROPERTY, so the Rothschilds could add to their unreported trillions (not billions)
Banking belongs to the PEOPLE
Let us take OUR POWER BACK
Let this be the first of our many struggles
Demosthenes 384-322 BC
Athenian statesman and orator
“All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.”
or in this case…
Boycott the UK 2011 Census
Action through inaction
Do nothing. And do it NOW!
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