Yellow Vests Week 43: Tensions Escalate Again As France’s Protests Continue

For the Yellow Vests movement in France, September 7th was billed as a come back from the summer break when there has been a lull in activity. France traditionally comes to a near standstill in August each year as the French head off on their annual vacation, and the protest movement was no exception.

Unpopular French President Emmanuel Macron tried to take political advantage of this distraction to advance one of his many unpopular policies, pension reform plans that will create a single national pension system with higher contributions for individual taxpayers and lower ones for business, thus stoking up the potential for an escalation of protests to the levels witnessed earlier in the year.

Former investment banker Macron is not trusted on the pension issue by 70 percent of the population according to polls and his plan is seen as a ruse to lift the retirement age to 64 from 62 and a continuation of broader policies to tax workers more to pay for the welfare state while cutting taxes for business and wealthy individuals in the name of economic stimulation and competitiveness in the world economy.

The vehicle fuel taxes that triggered the fist protests last year were ostensibly “green” but in effect they served the same purpose of relieving the tax burden on business and shifting it onto the general population.

The notion that business comes before environmental concerns reinforced by word going into the Newsdump Weekend that pesticide use in France will be allowed within distances ranging between 15 and 30 feet of schools and homes.  Environmental activists and the EELV environmentalist party expressing their opposition to the plans. Such policies have destroyed Marcon’s credibility as they contradict his pretence to be heading a ‘green’ government, having made grandiose but unachievable promises to phase out petroleum and diesel vehicles and make France a net zero emissions economy by 2040.

Thousands took to the streets of France to protest today, not in the huge numbers at the height of the movement in the early months, but significantly up on recent weeks.

Demonstrations took place in Paris, Bordeaux, Montpellier and Rouen as part of Yellow Vests’ “Act 43” rally. In some cities, particularly Montpellier, the protests turned violent with clashes between the participants and riot police. Violence was also reported in Rouen.

“The demonstrators threw projectiles on the police as protests continued into the night. Summations were made and there was the use of tear gas in response to the throwing of projectiles, the protesters were rejected and returned outside the perimeter,” the sub-prefect of permanence, Jean-Éric Winckler, said as quoted by AFP.

The first blockages Yellow Vests began early in the morning on Saturday, November 17, 2018 in Seine-Maritime.

Yellow Vests protestors in Rouen (picture: http://www.chb44.com )

​In Montpellier, between 1,500 and 3,000 people took part in the rally, with clashes also reported near the city’s station. According to AFP, some of the protesters fired projectiles, prompting the police to use tear gas.

Protestors in Montpellier use umbrellas as makeshift shields (Picture: Daily Mail )

Some incidents and clashes were also reported in Lille, where more than 600 protesters took part in the rally (according to a police source), while the Yellow Vests say the number of demonstrators there stood at 1,500.

Meanwhile, during a rally in Paris, an emblematic figure of the Yellow Vests movement, Éric Drouet, was fined twice “for organizing an undeclared event” and was ordered to leave the perimeter.

MORE ON FRANCE

Macron admits Yellow Vest chaos COULD be his fault — ‘I made MISTAKES’

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Will The Government Run Out Of Money For Pensions While Still Fighting America’s Wars

The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) has warned that cash reserves set aside to fund state pension payments are set to run out as soon as next year.

In the report published on Friday, CPS claimed it had found a “serious flaw” in the government accounts (not surprising seeing as they are compiled by members of the public service unions), and because of this the government will find itself short of cash for pensions sometime in 2015.

The authors added that the underfunding will force the Treasury to increase taxes in order to ensure pension payouts continue.

Michael Johnson, speaking for CPS warned that the current state pension level is “unsustainable,” adding the pension will be “watered down to a basic subsistence” in the near future if the government fails to take urgent action.

The research also found that people under the age of 45 would have to wait longer to qualify for their state pension while those under the age of 35 should expect pension payments to be scrapped altogether by the time they retire. People currently in work should expect large tax increases to fund pensions, Johnson said.

Or perhaps our fuckwith leaders could simply stop joining in all America’s wars and flying bombing missions at £1,000,000 a bang. We could leave the EU and save £40 million A DAY, that would fund a few pensions.

And perhaps, to cite a couple of examples of how the incompetence of morons employed in the public services and protected from consequences by the too-powerful and entirely politically motivated public service unions, civil service purchasing officers could learn that rather than paying £3000 per bog standard, network ready PC they can buy them retail for £300 each (and that’s expensive) or shelling out £1500 for an NHS Wheechair when a very adequate vehicle can be had for £99.

NHS standard whhelchair – nasty, heavy, clunky and expensive.

               Lightweight wheelchair (uses aluminium tubing instead of steel), fit for purpose and cheap (£99)

Problem: Government wastes shitloads of money and can’t pay its bills.
Solution: Abolish public service unions that reward incompetence, sack incomptent public service purchasing officers, hire over 45s with losts of experience in the private sector to make sure taxpayers are getting value for money. Simples.

You Know You Live In A Country Run By Idiots If

the three stooges

Our leaders headed to Scotland today, campaigning to save the Union – maybe they should have stayed in London
(picture: The Three Stooges)

You know you live in a country run by idiots if … …

… you can be arrested for fishing or watching television without a license, but not for being in the country illegally.

… you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a school trip but not to get an abortion.

… you have to show identification to board an aircraft, pay by cheque or join a club but not to vote on who runs the government.

… the government bans stable, law-abiding citizens from owning guns for competition shooting but gives fighter jets, SAM missiles and launchers, heavy artillery and automatic rifles to crazy Islamic religious fanatic freedom fighters.

… you cannot buy two packs of paracetamol in one supermarket, but you can visit every supermarket, pharmacy and general shop in town and buy a pack in each.

… an 80-year-old woman can be stripped searched by the borders Agency officials but a woman in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched because anything more would be ‘culturally sensitive.

… your government and main opposition party believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of £££ of debt is to borrow trillions more.

… a seven year old boy can be accused of sexism and suspended from school for saying his teacher is ‘pretty’ but giving classes on sexual exploration or diversity to seven year olds is perfectly acceptable.

… the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to reward people for NOT working through a generous benefits system, but punish those who work with high taxes, pointless rules and regulations and a housing policy that make it impossible for couples to start a family because suitable housing is unaffordable.

… being stripped of the ability to defend yourself because as the Crown Prosecution Service goes after victims of crime who injure their attackers in defending themselves, passivity makes you more “safe” according to the government.

All of these things prove you live in a country run by idiots.

The main point here is that the swing towards ‘Yes’ in Scotland may be simply a measure of pissedoffness with Westminster consensus politics and the idiocies of political correctness rather than any genuine wish for or understanding of the real implications of independence for Scotland.

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The Price Of A Pint ? Freedom.

Health experts are say the government’s anti–drinking campaign is not working and advising that only price increases will reduce binge drinking. As your Boggart Bloggers have predicted for many years the real agenda is to demonise drinking in the same way as smoking was demonised. Tasty food will be next on the agenda.

Imposing punitive taxes to increase the price of booze will not work, all it will do is alienate the responsible drinkers and boost the takings of cross channel ferry operators. My experience of working in Sweden revealed another likely result.

In Sweden drink prices are among the highest in the world. So is the rate of liver damage. At least this proves that human resourcefulness will always find a way to beat the system which is comforting.

Swedish drinkers have to pay almost a fiver a pint for beer and a bottle of spirits costs an arm and a leg which gives them a head start when they fancy getting legless. Even with those prices the streets are full of drunks on a Friday and Saturday night, friendly drunks: at least the booze does not seem to bring out their aggression. How do people afford to get drunk at those prices? Home brewing and wine making are very popular pastimes in Sweden and I am pleased to confirm many Swedes are exceptionally competent practitioners of their hobby.

The resistance goes even deeper however. On television travel programmes you may have noticed the Swedish countryside is dotted with wooden cabins. most are quite innocent leisure homes used by families for holidays. A significant few however house illegal stills. In these cabins people distil their own Aquavit (water of life) a.k.a Moonshine, Mountain Dew, Idiot’s Broth, Journey Into Space etc. a fiery type of vodka.

Potent stuff this Aquavit is too. At one of our project parties a couple of guys brought in a jug of the product of their recreational distilling project. It was more Molotov Cocktail than Lem Moltow. For those of us brave enough to sample it they poured generous measures into paper cups usually used in the hot drinks machine. We never got to taste the liquor, it dissolved the glue that held the cups together.

I resolved to stick to Jack Daniels (made by Lem Moltow distillery for anyone who missed that joke), Chivas Regal and Old Bushmills. :yes:

Though doctors, health experts and alcohol abuse organisations back the government like but say too little is being done to curb the misuse of alcohol. The truth is they are all doing too much. Government action always achieves the opposite of what it aims to do so it follows that the more they promote the idea that drinking is bad the more people will do it.

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