Now the Government wants competence tests before you can be a dog owner

Unbelievable…

From TheDailyMail (UK):

Every dog owner will have to take a costly ‘competence test’ to prove they can handle their pets, under new Government proposals designed to curb dangerous dogs.

Owners of all breeds would also have to buy third-party insurance in case their pet attacked someone, and pay for the insertion of a microchip in their animal recording their name and address.

The proposals are among a range of measures to overhaul dog laws in England and Wales being considered by senior Ministers, who are expected to announce a public consultation within weeks.

But critics said responsible dog owners would be penalised by yet more red tape and higher bills – one expert estimated the extra costs at £60 or more – while irresponsible owners of dangerous dogs would just ignore the measures.

They added that genuine dog lovers could end up paying for efforts to control a small number of ‘devil dogs’ that terrorised socially deprived areas.

The RSPCA said last night it would welcome a review of legislation which has failed to curb the numbers of dangerous dogs that can attack, and sometimes kill, children and adults.

But a spokesman for the charity added: ‘We would not support anything that would hit sensible owners while failing to police those who are a danger.’

A government source said the proposals, contained in a confidential document headed Consultation On Dangerous Dogs, have been drawn up by the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs (Defra).

They follow mounting public concern about the spate of serious injuries and deaths inflicted by dogs.

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Dad Branded A Paedophile Over Pic Of Son

The UK is getting totally insane. There have been lots of this type event taking place there. It would seem that ultimiately, the state is preparing people to accept the fact that the state is better at rearing children than the parents are. Fortunately, the people don’t seem to be buying it.

From SkyNews (with video):

A man who took a picture of his son while they were out shopping was accused of being a paedophile and threatened with arrest.

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Kevin Geraghty-Shewan had taken four-year-old Ben to the Bridges Shopping Centre in Sunderland to spend £10 the boy had been given as a treat.

He told Sky News: “Ben spotted a children’s ride which had a train on it and wanted to have a go because he’s obsessed with trains.

“When he got on my wife suggested we take a picture of him.

“I took the picture on my phone and suddenly this security guard came up and told me it wasn’t allowed because I could be a paedophile.

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Ex-soldier faces jail for handing in gun

This is just insane. Of course, it is the U.K. and things are worse there than here, but not by much. You can be arrested pretty much anywhere for doing what you might think is the “right” thing.

From Surrey Today (U.K.):

A former soldier who handed a discarded shotgun in to police faces at least five years imprisonment for “doing his duty”.

Paul Clarke, 27, was found guilty of possessing a firearm at Guildford Crown Court on Tuesday – after finding the gun and handing it personally to police officers on March 20 this year.

The jury took 20 minutes to make its conviction, and Mr Clarke now faces a minimum of five year’s imprisonment for handing in the weapon.

In a statement read out in court, Mr Clarke said: “I didn’t think for one moment I would be arrested.

“I thought it was my duty to hand it in and get it off the streets.”

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Labour cynically plotted to transform the entire make-up of Britain without telling us

From The U.K. Daily Mail:

So now the cat is well and truly out of the bag. For years, as the number of immigrants to Britain shot up apparently uncontrollably, the question was how exactly this had happened.

Was it through a fit of absent-mindedness or gross incompetence? Or was it not inadvertent at all, but deliberate?

The latter explanation seemed just too outrageous. After all, a deliberate policy of mass immigration would have amounted to nothing less than an attempt to change the very make-up of this country without telling the electorate.

There could not have been a more grave abuse of the entire democratic process. Now, however, we learn that this is exactly what did happen. The Labour government has been engaged upon a deliberate and secret policy of national cultural sabotage.

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Grandmother who objected to gay march is accused of hate crime

You’ve just got to love those “hate crimes.”

From The Daily Mail (U.K.):

After witnessing a gay pride march, committed Christian Pauline Howe wrote to the council to complain that the event had been allowed to go ahead.

But instead of a simple acknowledgement, she received a letter warning her she might be guilty of a hate crime and that the matter had been passed to police.

Two officers later turned up at the frightened grandmother’s home and lectured her about her choice of words before telling her she would not be prosecuted.

Threatened with prosecution: Pensioner Pauline Howe was warned she might be guilty of a hate crime after complaining about a gay rally Threatened with prosecution: Pensioner Pauline Howe was warned she might be guilty of a hate crime after complaining about a gay rally Continue reading

Police in £9m scheme to log ‘domestic extremists’

From The Guardian (U.K.):

Thousands of activists monitored on network of overlapping databases

Police are gathering the personal details of thousands of activists who attend political meetings and protests, and storing their data on a network of nationwide intelligence databases.

The hidden apparatus has been constructed to monitor “domestic extremists”, the Guardian can reveal in the first of a three-day series into the policing of protests. Detailed information about the political activities of campaigners is being stored on a number of overlapping IT systems, even if they have not committed a crime.

Senior officers say domestic extremism, a term coined by police that has no legal basis, can include activists suspected of minor public order offences such as peaceful direct action and civil disobedience.

Three national police units responsible for combating domestic extremism are run by the “terrorism and allied matters” committee of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo). In total, it receives £9m in public funding, from police forces and the Home Office, and employs a staff of 100.

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‘People should need a licence to drink’

From Cambridge News (U.K.):

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DRINKERS should have to get a licence to enjoy their favourite tipple – and could lose it if they overindulge, says a prospective MP.

John Cowan, Labour parliamentary candidate for South East Cambridgeshire, says the swipe card-style licence would also reduce the crime costs associated with alcohol consumption.

Introducing the idea on Labour networking site, LabourList, Mr Cowan said his scheme could lead to a “better functioning society”.

The licence would work in the same way that a driving licence does.

People would carry the card with them and swipe it every time they brought alcohol or tobacco.

Drinkers who got into trouble for being drunk and disorderly and other minor crimes would receive a fixed penalty notice and have three points endorsed on their card.

Monitored in places such as supermarkets and pubs, those who commit more serious offences would have their card endorsed with even more points and once the limit had been exceeded, the card owner would be disqualified from buying alcohol or tobacco.

Mr Cowan said: “Most people are responsible users and are able to have a few drinks and enjoy themselves without causing damage to others or the environment.

“However, not all drinkers and users of other substances are able to handle their use of booze in such a responsible manner.

“For a long time the Government has controlled motorists with a system of licences where people enjoy the right and freedom to drive, as long as they conform to certain rules.”

But some publicans criticised the idea.

Sarah Hemingway, manager of The Regal, in Cambridge, said: “I had 5,000 people through my door on Saturday, so how on earth would we have the time to check every one of those?

“In my opinion, it is ridiculous.

“We need to support Pubwatch more and get more police out on to the streets to tackle binge drinking.”

Debbie Bartlett, owner of The Townhouse on Ely’s Market Street, said: “This would just be another thing that we publicans have to monitor.

“I really don’t think it would work in practice, as how can we check their licences every time they come for a drink?

“This would not stop youngsters from binge-drinking in their local park.”