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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And another!

Democracy Coalition Project: http://www.demcoalition.org/2005_html/home.html

The Democracy Coalition Project is a nongovernmental organization that conducts research and advocacy relating to democracy promotion policies at the national, regional and global levels. Begun in June 2001 as an initiative of the Open Society Institute, the Democracy Coalition Project relies on an international network of civil society organizations, scholars, foreign policy experts and politicians committed to democracy promotion as an essential element of international peace and human development
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Open Society: http://www.soros.org/

The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grantmaking foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform. On a local level, OSI implements a range of initiatives to support the rule of law, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, OSI works to build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as combating corruption and rights abuses
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is an interesting new blog on the future of the UK.

Our Kingdom: http://ourkingdom.opendemocracy.net/
OurKingdom is a lively conversation on the destiny of the United Kingdom's democracy; its constitution, liberties, justice, hopes, fears, absurdities and national identities. A growing network of contributors welcomes all British democrats.

It comes from Open Democracy: http://www.opendemocracy.net/
openDemocracy is the leading independent website on global current affairs - free to read, free to participate, free to the world.
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Saving Democracy: http://www.savingdemocracy.aic.co.uk/index.htm

Hi Fulup

Thank you for the link to 'Saving Democracy'. I will reciprocate but have a bad back at present so mustnt stay on the computer. Under Remedies-Devolution I should have said government standard regions no basis for devolution (Bristol 100 mls + from Cornish border). Also a sensible approach to devolution would be much easier if government accepted it was subservient to the UK parliament.

As regards the 'your issues' section of my site. If you felt you could contribute a paragraph or two (to go with a link to your site), that would probably be better than what I could write.

RE Duchy of Cornwall, are the Isles of Scilly part of Cornwall as far as you are concerned? The Duchy also has land in Dorset e.g. Poundbury next to Dorchester and houses there are equally unaffordable.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fulup le Breton wrote:
Open Society: http://www.soros.org/


Shocked Shocked Shocked

Soros Foundation?

I take it you know that George Soros is little more than a crook, who has made a lot of his money from currency fluctuations, and the engineering of them?! We all know what kind of "open" society, he'd want!!!

I wouldn't pee on him if he was on fire.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fulup le Breton wrote:
Open Society: http://www.soros.org/


Shocked Shocked Shocked

Soros Foundation?

I take it you know that George Soros is little more than a crook, who has made a lot of his money from currency fluctuations, and the engineering of them?!

I wouldn't pee on him if he was on fire.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

More to cast your collective eyes over Wink

Voters Revolt: http://www.votersrevolt.org.uk/

This website was born out of deep anger and frustration at a political establishment which over the decades has increasingly treated the British public with contempt.

It explains how our democracy is being eroded - and spells out how together we ordinary people can halt the slide into bureaucratic tyranny.

The Middlebury Institute: http://middleburyinstitute.org/

In answer to a growing swell of interest in realistic responses to the excesses of the present American empire, The Middlebury Institute has been launched by a group of activists and professionals to promote the serious study of separatism, secession, self-determination and similar devolutionary trends and developments, on both national and international scales.

DevWeb: http://www.devolution.info/

The internet's only guide to UK Devolution.

Civitas: http://www.civitas.org.uk/

The institute for the study of civil society.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2007 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lobster was first published in 1983. It investigates state espionage, government conspiracies, the abuse of governmental power, and the influence of the intelligence and security agencies on contemporary history and politics.

If you generally accept the government line, that there is a "national interest", and believe what you read in the newspapers, then Lobster is probably not for you: http://www.lobster-magazine.co.uk/
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two very interesting websites, be sure to check out the details on who owns Cornwall!!!

Who Owns Britain: http://www.who-owns-britain.com/

Who Owns the World: http://whoownstheworld.com/

Hi Fulup,

At some stage the whole UK is going to have to review the whole issue of the Crown's powers, especially those which extend beyond normal constitutional monarchy. And also remove the Crown's ownership of allland. But why should Cornwall not be first, demanding that all the residual powers of the Duke and Duchy be abolished, and perhaps have the Stannary Parliament restored as the representative body for Cornwall ? By way of comparison, think of Iceland. 250,000 people (Cornwall 600,000) and it has a President, a Parliament, 4 of the largest banks in Europe, the largest fishing fleet and all sorts of other things. The only barriers to Cornish progress are self inflicted by the national bureaucracy.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who Owns Britain ?

For Britain, Cahill analyses this landownership, showing how a tiny minority exploits British society.

160,000 families, 0.3% of the population, own 37 million acres, two thirds of Britain, 230 acres each. Just 1,252 of them own 57% of Scotland. They pay no land tax. Instead every government gives them 2.3 billion a year and the EU gives them a further 2 billion. Each family gets 26,875.

By contrast, 57.5 million of us pay 10 billion a year in council tax, a land tax, 550 per household. We live in 24 million homes on about four million acres. 65% of homes are privately owned, so 16 million of us own just 2.8 million acres, an average 0.18 acres each.

The top landowners are the Forestry Commission, 2.6 million acres, the Ministry of Defence 750,000, the royal family 670,000 (including the Crown Estate 400,000 and the Duchy of Cornwall 141,000), the National Trust 550,000, insurance companies 500,000, the utility companies 500,000, the Duke of Buccleuch 270,700, the National Trust for Scotland 176,287, the Dukedom of Atholl 148,000, the Duke of Westminster 140,000 and the Church of England 135,000.

The Forestry Commission, Britain's biggest single landowner, runs its holdings conservatively and secretively. We could expand the forest estate by a million acres a year, producing rural jobs, getting profits from the sale of wood and pulp (cutting our balance of payments deficit) and reducing the output of greenhouse gases. This would cost between 588 million and 750 million.

Through the 18th century enclosures, the landowning class stole eight million acres from the people. They still hide their crimes and their takings. The 1872 Return of Owners of Land was made, but then hidden and never updated. Shares have to be registered; land doesn't. The Land Registry does not know who owns between 30 and 50% of land.

Cahill compares Britain with other countries where revolutions have ended the feudal tenure of land. Denmark redistributed its land to the peasantry in 1800. In Ireland, in 1876, 616 landowners owned 80% of the country. By 1930, 13 million acres of Ireland's 20 million acres had been sold to owner-occupiers. Now, there are no landlords - home ownership is 82%, Ireland's 149,500 farms are 97% owner-occupied and owner-farmed, there is no poll tax, water is free and pensioners get free transport, TV and glasses.

Cahill claims that Blair's reform of the House of Lords "definitively cut the permanent link between power and the landowners." But just as in 1872, the state is defending landed capital by making it less visible. Class power does not depend on sitting in the House of Lords, but on private ownership of the means of production, protected and subsidised by a capitalist state. The Greens, like the heritage lobby, shield the landowners against public ownership of the land.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says its mission is to shift EU subsidies from food production to land management, but the EU already does this, with its 2 billion annual subsidy to the landowners, not to working farmers. We need to produce our own food: food production is in our national strategic interest. It is a national security issue that must not be determined either by the EU or by the market.

Landowners' wealth is a parasite on Britain, the least productive part of the economy, with the most state support. Their wealth comes not from farming, nor even from renting, but from trickling land onto the urban housing market. They sell land to property developers, at an average price per acre of 404,000 in 1999. The clearing banks and building societies strip our industries of investment capital, then support their clients the landowners by running the rigged and overpriced land market.

Britain needs land reform. "Windfall gains on development land should be made subject to windfall taxes." We should also tax land and stop the owners avoiding tax through offshore trusts; this could raise 17 billion. The European Convention of Human Rights says there should be no confiscation without compensation. Haven't landowners had enough compensation already? We need more land for housing. This would cut land prices, free more to invest in good quality, spacious homes and gardens, and revive the building industry.
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 For many Cornish people and Cornwall, the Duchy, as shown by the Officers of the Duchy of Cornwall in 1855 in its dispute with the Crown over the ownership of the Cornish Foreshore, has quite a different significance, based on the original Acts and Charters of its creation. Cornwall itself in this framework is described, de jure, as a Duchy (as opposed to an ordinary county), and the Duchy estates are distinguished from the Duchy itself, having themselves been annexed and united to "the aforesaid Duchy". The Duke of Cornwall may even be described as Cornwall's head of state.  


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