Thursday, 27 October 2016

One battalion doth not an army make

Britain has announced that the deployment of a mixed battalion to the Russian border is to be increased. Cpl Jones has now returned to duty from paternity leave, and Rfn Hawkeye's hernia repair has been successful. The pair will deploy-out to Poland within the week. An additional GPMG has been released from store and will leave with the next BFPO consignment from Amazon.

Defence experts were warning of overstretch as the RAF still has three aircraft in Syria, and the Navy's destroyer HMS Beyonce patrols the seas between the Western Approaches and the Norwegian Gap. At a Naval conference in London attended by all 73 Admirals, the government was called upon to increase the number of flag officers by 10% to counter the Russian threat. "Russia has over 100 Admirals" said a spokesperson "and the Royal Navy is committed to achieving parity by 2020".  

Retired Armoured Brigade commander Gen Smallbit also called for both of the Brigade's tanks to be sent to Poland, subject to Number Two's pneumatic starter being replaced. The vital part is expected to be delivered by Amazon in the next few days. 

Con Coughlin, commenting at an MoD journalists lunch said "It's bloody soul destroying. We're doing our best to talk-up a war, but the public can't be arsed. Whether it's 'Bake Off', 'Strictly' or they just won't be spooked by us any more I don't know".  

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Feiertag - Shedporn

Today is a holiday here, and this morning before going down to the pub for an afternoon of oompah band, beer and kasknödel I thought I'd clean up the workshop and have a muse. However, it's impossible to maintain indignation in a mancave, really quite impossible. That's the whole point of them. So with apologies, here's a little shedporn instead;

The workshop is in one of the side aisles of the middle floor of the 300 yo barn; under will be the microbrewery. Workbenches I made for peanuts from 200 x 40 Spruce (ripped as required) which costs £2/m here. Two English FAQs: (1) No, the rain or snow never comes though the gaps / holes / owl openings because the roof overhangs by at least four feet and (2) no, nothing rusts because the air is so much drier here than In England.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Polly's weekly butt-hurt really does cheer me up

I once worked with a woman whose boyfriend had left her. After some time off sick, she returned to work heavily medicated enough for her to spend 90% of the time in a sort of monotonal zombie world of fluffiness. The other 10% was spent shrieking in tear floods of self-pity. The first week, the other girls would huddle around her like worker bees and carry her off to the ladies. The second week, they were mostly urgently engaged in doing other things when the breakdowns came. 

The problem was, we never knew when the whining fits would hit. She would finish a perfectly normal phone call quite calmly then collapse on her knees howling. I had a seasoned groundworks contractor with me once when this happened, and the poor man leapt straight out of his chair. 

The joy of Polly is that one knows exactly when the shrieking fits will start; every time her column is published in the Guardian. The consistency of her whining butt-hurt over Brexit makes it a joy to be savoured. And she doesn't work up to it - it's straight in  
Hardly anything in Britain is untouched by the Brexit vote. With the country angrily wrenched apart, this has caused the greatest political, social and cultural rift of our life-time. But in few places is the hurt felt more deeply than inside the NHS....
And it gets whinier and whinier .

Which means we are still going in the right direction. She's a sort of Brexit monitor - as long as she whines when exposed to newsprint, we can be reassured. I'll bet she never imagined how useful she'd turn out to be.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

We don't lack compassion, but we won't be lied to

The issue around the fake migrant children - those who will never see 20 again - is not that we lack empathy or compassion for their situation, but that the government, and in particular the Home Office, has lied to the British people. That is why the Permanent Secretary must now be sacked. 

We have, as a nation, made a decision that we will not admit economic migrants who are fit young men of an age for military service who have run away from their homes. They are the least vulnerable and the least deserving of help. They have crossed Europe unlawfully and should not be rewarded. Whatever shady deal the Home Office have done with the French, to flagrantly breach such a democratic tenet and to lie to and deceive the British people about it is simply unforgivable. That is why heads must roll.  

Widows and orphans, the elderly and infirm, those least able to cope with the desolation of global upheaval, are rightly the focus of our compassion, our care and our charity. We have a scheme under which such vulnerables can be taken directly from camps in Jordan, Lebanon and elsewhere to the extent that we can accommodate them. Would-be migrant parents who subject their young children to suffering, sexual abuse and the risk of death in sending them unaccompanied and unescorted to establish a 'bridgehead' that will enable these evil and lazy people to follow safely should be forever excluded from the UK; their poor young children can be adopted by caring, compassionate Britons.

Our message must be clear; bullying, violence, blackmail, lying, deceit, selfishness and a thuggish sense of entitlement are not human qualities we wish to import into our realm. These fit young men must go home or find safety where they are. Those who with the complicit malfeasance of Home Office officials have wrongly entered the UK must be deported. 

Our government and civil servants ignore the strength of popular feeling on this matter at their peril. 

Friday, 21 October 2016

Five years on - Cameron's Libyan disaster

It's five years since Gadaffi's bloody corpse was dumped from the cargo bed of a Japanese pickup, no doubt watched live by Dilettante Dave from Downing Street before a glass or two of Chardonnay and a kitchen supper. I doubt if the thought ever entered his coiffed head that his stupidity, ignorance and wilful malfeasance would open Europe to millions of African migrants, give ISIS Islamist killers a new base at Europe's soft underbelly and cost a vulnerable continent billions to sort his mess out.

And these are not my conclusions but the findings of Dave's Parliamentary colleagues. Last month the Foreign Affairs Committee published a report into Libya that was lost in the news noise. 

They concluded that Cameron had personally taken a decisive role, had relied on flawed intelligence, and just didn't understand what was going on in Libya; "UK strategy was founded on erroneous assumptions and an incomplete understanding of the evidence". Cameron was described by the committee as "ultimately responsible for the failure to develop a coherent Libya strategy".

Well. No wonder he buggered off, then. He really was a total screw-up. 

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Treasury must find up to £1bn for Brexit support

Allister Heath in the Telegraph is half-right this morning. He calls for Mrs May to set up a Cabinet unit of the best civil servants to promote Brexit - "Prior to the referendum, David Cameron had 50 of the best civil servants camped out in the Cabinet Office, waging war against Brexit .." and then blows it. If 50 of the best civil sevants are anti-Brexit, as the vast majority of senior civil servants are, what chance has May to recruit real pro-Brexit talent? 

In fact this vacuum that has allowed the remainian counter-revolution the space to manoeuvre has, I suspect, been caused by a remainian civil service doing nothing. If we rely on civil servants, as Heath suggests, we are doomed. They cannot, at this time, be trusted. 

Don't forget that the up-front £9m of Cameron's leaflets was just the tip of the iceberg, and the vast majority of costs deployed by Cameron in the campaign, like the cost of those 50 top civil servants, will never get anywhere near an Electoral Commission cost return. I'll bet he spent not much short of £100m trying to keep us in - bribes, peerages, corrupt chiselling Cameronian promises to his chums and all the rest. 

Well, Theresa May faces no Electoral Commission restrictions on what she now spends to secure Brexit. And given the mouthwatering scale of the sums involved - £40bn to come back to us from the EIB, £20bn in legacy costs to the EU, ongoing revenue costs of £10bn a year, and £50bn a year of GDP to be won or lost - now is not the time to pennypinch. 

The Treasury must find £1bn over the next four or five years to fund our pro-Brexit moves. It can start with £10m for leaflets to every household in Britain explaining that we are leaving, there's no going back, and setting out the ways in which the British people can support their nation. We must set a munificent fee budget to secure London's finest and most competent lawyers, business negotiators and trade talent. We must have not 50 civil servants but 500 of the best and brightest commercial professionals in the country on retainer. 

And the message must be transmitted at every opportunity via the media - TV, radio, press adverts - that Brexit is irrevocable for 20 years at least, will not be reversed and Britons must get behind it. Only this will counter the pernicious and baleful agitprop coming from the BBC at every turn. 

Yes, we ARE at war. We must tell our people so.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Home Office are liars and frauds - senior heads must roll

Officials at the Home Office are liars and imagine their blatant mendacity can fool the British people. Heads must roll; civil servants must NOT be allowed to get away with this. If two thirds of these 'children' are found, as they have been in the past, to be over 18 then the permanent secretary Mark Sedwill and his deputy Patsy Wilkinson must both be sacked immediately for gross misconduct. 

You have to be an utter idiot to believe that this man, whom facial ageing software estimates at 39 years old, is 15. 

Picture from Daily Mail