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Sunday, 29 March 2009

The Freedom Pledge

Today I launched the Freedom Pledge!

This group, pledge is not affiliated with any political party or group.

By signing the Freedom Pledge you agree to the below:

• I shall not vote for any politician, either local or national that supports any policy or law that infringes on my individual freedom.

I think everyone can define for themselves what policies and laws work against their freedom.

The aim of this group is to define which politicians work for us (Libertarians) and which work for themselves (Authoritarians).

There is no left or right today in politics, it is an illusion.
There are only libertarians or authoritarians.

This group is not intended to be party political. Any party political ‘broadcasts’ and negative comments directed at any specific party will be removed. We accept that there are good people in all parties. Our aim is to support any libertarian politicians and appose any authoritarian ones.

I would encourage everyone to post details of any impending freedom eroding legislation or any such legislation that has already been passed along with details of how MP’s voted.

Please also feel free to post names of any libertarian or authoritarian politicians and your reasons for their characterisation. These can be debated on the group and we can then compile a database of true libertarians and authoritarians and share this information widely.


The intention is for this group to grow as large as possible and spread these basic principles
“Vote politician before party”
“Support libertarian, appose authoritarian”.

The only way we can turn back the eroding of our freedoms is to ensure we will not accept any politicians that refuse to protect our freedoms.

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Friday, 27 March 2009

Civil Enforcement Officers

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'Cut price' coppers are of course undesirable, but not necessarily a threat in themselves.

Do the government feel they might need more civil enforcement on the streets very soon?

Civil Enforcement Officers enforcing the Civil Contingencies Act?

Police in all but name?

SIR – I have to agree with R J Lacey’s letter ‘parking penalties’ (T&A, March 11), 61 parking offences does seem rather excessive.

The other thing that concerns me is the evolution of traffic wardens, now known as civil enforcement officers.

As well as having a new name and outfit, they have also been afforded new powers. As well as enforcing the multitudes of parking offences, they can now also assist with preventing anti-social behaviour.

Furthermore, the Traffic Management Act, which ushered in the new officers, also makes provision for the appropriate national authority to confer further “special powers” on traffic officers. These special powers would be the same powers granted to police officers.

The Government might deny that these special powers will ever by activated, but I think the name Civil Enforcement Officers gives the game away.

It looks like we have more ‘cut price coppers’ on the way.

Jason Smith, UKIP Bradford chairman, Woodlands Avenue, Queensbury, Bradford

Telegraph & Argus, 27/03/09

Thursday, 26 March 2009


Bradford No2ID vs Identity & Passport Service

17th March 2009, the T & A Stadium - first leg
Bradford No2ID 2 -
0 Identity and Passport Service
Goals: James Hall, 2 (og), 4 (og)

Match Summary:
A bit of a disaster in defence for the IPS, both own goals coming from IPS captain James Hall early in the game after significant pressure from No2ID. After 4 minutes the game was effetivly over with No2ID having 90% of possession. IPS looked frustrated.

23rd March 2009, the T & A Stadium - second leg
Bradford No2ID 4 - 0 Identity & Passport Service
Goals: Jason Smith 2, 5, 30, 85

Match Summary:
Just when the IPS didn't think it could get any worse. No2ID captain Jason Smith scoring a quad-trick in this disection of the IPS, No2ID looked in total command after 5 minutes and 2 goals, Smith added a 3rd before halftime then finishing in style with a freekick which caught IPS defender and captain James Hall napping. Hall was lucky not to be sent off after he gave the referee some verbal, but the referee refused to show his card?

More in depth action:

Not much protection

SIR – I would like to counter the flimsy arguments for ID cards from James Hall, the chief executive of the Identity and Passport Service (Letters, February 27).
Mr Hall claims the alleged benefits are: Protecting us against identity fraud? Let’s just imagine all our personal information was on one database rather than spread across many as it is today. Having ‘a one-stop shop’ for all our data would be an open invitation to identity thieves, as the IT giant Microsoft has warned. If somebody stole your identity including biometric data, what then? Do you get a new eye and thumb?
Protecting us from criminals? Sorry, but I don’t see how carrying an ID card is going to make a criminal any less of a criminal, and what if that criminal had fake ID, or your ID?
Protecting us from terrorists? If someone wants to blow themselves up, how is carrying a card going to deter them from doing that?
Stopping illegal immigration? If someone is in the country illegally, then the Government is not aware they are here, so they are unlikely to be able to issue them an ID card, are they?
Jason Smith, Bradford NO2ID co-ordinator, Bradford Resource Centre, Chapel Street, Bradford
Telegraph and Argus, 23/03/08

Strange turnaround
SIR – I would like to respond to the letter from James Hall, chief executive of the Identity and Passport Service, entitled “ID card advantage” (T & A, February 27).
Mr Hall claims that plans to introduce ID cards are widely supported by unions. Is that why the Trade Union Congress passed a motion on September 10, 2008, against ID cards, where they pledged to resist the identity scheme “with all means at its disposal”?
He goes on to say that airport union officials are very supportive of the scheme, which is a little bit strange as the union that proposed the motion to the TUC was the airline pilots’ union, BALPA.
Surely you can do better than this Mr Hall, or maybe you can’t, as after all there are no good reasons for ID cards.
Jason Smith, Bradford NO2ID co-ordinator, Bradford Resource Centre, 17-21 Chapel Street, Bradford BD1
Telegraph and Argus, 17/03/08

Bradford Civic Society Meeting - Saturday 21st March

Attended the Bradford Civic Society meeting today at the Impressions Gallery Bradford.

Check it out, curtesy of BORG (Bradford Odeon Rescue Group) wesbite:

Shot of me being interviewed by BCB Radio re Bradford's regeneration - what regeneration?