A passport to a commercial monopoly?

In amongst the fine detail of the Olympic frenzy, the jazz-a-matazz of fanfare music, dancing and, oh yeah, sport, comes the surprising and slightly shocking revelation that the Visa financial organisation has been awarded (spin for ‘bought the rights to’) exclusive rights, being the only credit or debit cards permitted because of their status as an official partner of the Olympics.

It was this unsavoury financial detail that left tens of thousands of people without food or drink yesterday, when Visa card payments crashed at Wembley. As Visa had a complete monopoly as the only payment facility, this fiasco lasted for the entire evening. Surely there is strong logistical argument to prevent such a situation being permitted at similar events?

Why have Locog allowed big businesses to buy their way into using the Olympic event as a platform for exclusively marketing their own products?  Money. The Olympic dream has a harsh and somewhat sordid reality.


London is the sixth biggest French city …

Now that we are expecting a tsunami-like invasion of filthy rich Frenchies, who will be coming to live in England to escape President Hollande’s seventy-five per cent income tax for those earning more than €1 million a year, and likely settling in or around London, maybe it is time to analyse what is actually happening in our wonderful capital.

While tens of thousands are having to move out because they cannot afford the housing costs in London, Mr. Cameron is inviting the tax-avoiding French to come and live here – why can’t he get Sir Phillip Green to repatriate his tax-avoiding wife? ” The Prime Minister said, “if the French go ahead with a 75 per cent top rate of tax we will roll out the red carpet and welcome more French businesses to Britain and they can pay tax in Britain and pay for our health service and schools and everything else.”

However, a recent news item reported that more French people live in London than in Bordeaux, Nantes or Strasbourg and some now regard it as France’s sixth biggest city in terms of population. The French Embassy in London says: “More or less 120,000 French are registered at the general consulates in London and Edinburgh, but we assess the real number of French living in the UK as being between 300,000 and 400,000, a huge majority of them living in London.”

Today there are French people in every corner of London and their numbers have been growing, with the result that in next week’s parliamentary election in France they – along with expats in Scandinavia – will be voting for a candidate to represent them in the National Assembly.

So it looks like it’s going to be not so much a case of Dieu et Mon Droit but Mon Dieu le Droit! as the French élite stream out of St. Pancras International en route to their not-so-bijoux residences.

One in a million

PC Ian Dibell

The tragedy that unfolded in Clacton is sadly an all too common characteristic of our lives these days. What is not, however, is the courage and bravery of PC Ian Dibell, who exemplifies the type of police officer that we should all look up to and respect.


I hope and expect PC Dibell to be awarded a posthumous George Cross. His selfless courage shows unique, legendary bravery of a kind that is rarely witnessed nowadays.


I have applied for a government e-petition to be created with the aim of ensuring that he is honoured with this award. Our society owes a huge debt to people like PC Dibell.