Sunday, 2 August 2015

You'd need a heart of stone

You'd need a heart of stone not to feel for Theresa May this morning. Having finished the week with arrangements for a joint article with her French counterpart to appear in the Sunday Telegraph, carrying the clear message 'The streets of Britain are not paved with gold' she no doubt looked forward to a relaxed Sunday.

Until the Mail ran its front page lead on how asylum seekers are enjoying all the benefits of 4* country house hotels with spa pools, wellness centres and holistic grapefruit at the taxpayers' expense. 

I think I can guess which cutting will circulate most widely in Calais.

Oh dear. 


May is correct of course in that this is a Europe-wide problem; even Austria now gets asylum seekers. They are housed in tents within the grounds of a police barracks and subject to strict discipline, disinfestation, de-parasitisation and isolation from local populations on public health grounds as well as being lectured for several hours each day on the Austrian way of life by social workers. And they don't get any cash allowance, unlike their British counterparts. Most can't wait to leave Austria ...

Asylum seekers camp at Krumpendorf barracks

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Verdict: Cameron a weak streak of pee. Good.

Well, I hate to say it, but I was right. I predicted Cameron would react to the Calais crisis with just a roll of fencing and some encouragement to the French. I didn't mention the extra sniffer dog or the additional 6hpw overtime for the three UK immigration officers based in Calais but what the heck. He couldn't possibly have done less if he tried.

However, Cameron's weakness is a two edged sword. A Summer of TV footage of frightening African natives battering their way into Britain can only add significantly to the 'out' vote. Cameron's admission that 50 a day are getting through means the real total is probably closer to 200 a day, and the role of private cars in a well organised smuggling operation is becoming clearer as journos in Calais sniff the facts out. Add to that the images of burning tyres as French Corbyn supporters express their pleasure at his nomination and you have a potent mix that will keep the Mail and Express in a state of perpetual outrage. 

And of course folk are asking how 31,000 asylum seekers a year are getting here; they're not floating into the Hamble on rafts from Morocco, that's for sure. And before long groups of confused Sudanese migrants will be found wandering around Newhaven and Harwich as the problem moves to the secondary ports. And all it will take will be another ECHR case giving a Jihadist rapist asylum seeker the right to a council house or whatever and the 'out' vote will swell again.

So all in all, Cameron's weakness is actually a benefit to the 'out' campaign; imagine where we'd be with a Thatcher in Number 10 demonstrating how we could have tough borders, rational legal judgements AND remain in the EU ...

Oh. And don't mistake last night's partial respite from the assaults of the Friday people in Calais as anything other than a day of observance from primitive religionists.  

Friday, 31 July 2015

Peter Sutherland - Consigliere to the Capi of the global corporates

Peter Sutherland is Consigliere to the Capi of the global corporates. Weighing in at around 350lbs, like some giant sclerotic walrus he drags his aged bulk around the UN in New York as boss of the WTO, the organisation that works hand in hand with the EU in dismantling state boundaries and national identities to facilitate corporatism without boundaries. 

Sutherland tried democracy once, as a young man, and didn't like it. It is the only time he is ever recorded as having stood for election. 1,969 people voted for him and he lost. After this, he decided that the way ahead lay in climbing the ladder of unelected officials; first as an EU commissioner, then an an unelected UN official. His appointment as boss of Goldman Sachs was recognition of his appointment as Consigliere by the global crime bosses. He has never once held elected office.

So when Sutherland condemns our attitude here in the UK towards the Swarm of migrants in Calais as 'xenophobic' and that we should abandon our quaint notions of statehood and democracy and recognise the supremacy of the global corporates in ripping down borders and driving down factor costs for themselves and just let them in, at whatever economic and social cost to us but none to his Capi, you can see where he is coming from. As Mandy Rice-Davies said, he would say that, wouldn't he.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Calais - Proof that the Kermits have lost it

France's crack border force
If any proof were needed that the Kermits are a spent force and the Gloire of France is well over, Calais is it. The nation that once aspired to equal Britain now can't even control a thousand exhausted Africans. France is bankrupt, her economy is down the pan, she is being held up only by Germany and the gross peculation of EU agricultural funds on a massive scale (France has 7% of Europe's farms yet gets 40% of the CAP subsidy). 

It is as though the entire French government has just given up, with a Gallic shrug and a hand held out for a pourboire. No wonder 600,000 of the beggars have moved to England (the young women in particular lending London a welcome elegance and demonstrating to the locals how to lunch in a civilised manner). 

They may be good at cheese, ladies' handbags and fizzy wine but they can't manage themselves out of a paper bag any more.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Calais - the option Cameron won't take

As both UKIP and UK Hauliers called for the army to be deployed at Dover to screen out illegal migrants hiding in vehicles, there are several reasons why Cameron will not take this option;

1. OK, so they succeed in finding hundreds of migrants hidden in vehicles. What do they do with them? They can't be immediately sent back if they make an asylum claim - they need housing, feeding and care. And after a couple of weeks when the numbers are in the thousands and we need to build new detention centres, what then? No, far better, as far as Cameron is concerned, to allow those that make it into Dover to slip in quietly. 

2. And no, the French would never stand for the British army being stationed in Calais to do the screening

3. The army are efficient enough not only to find the migrants hiding in freight wagons, but the hundreds a day more being carried in the boots of private cars for reward; for unemployed Asian lads from the Midlands, smuggling in migrants at £1,000 a pop has become quite an earner. Well, they're not going to Calais to stock up on booze, are they? Again, exposing the known problem to public view is less preferable to Cameron than keeping it quiet letting the illegals in.  

4. Swarms of human rights lawyers / ambulance chasers will descend on Dover ready to blame the lads for every miscarriage, cut, bruise or hurt feeling and back it up with legal claims. 

5. Having our lads stop the poor migrants coming in doesn't make as good TV as rescuing the sods from the sea etc. - best avoided altogether.  

6. And having the army find large numbers who get through Calais is also bad news - news editors will back-calculate how many have already got in, and blame Cameron for a full five years' worth. 

So I can confidently predict the outcome will be (a) to ask the French politely to do a bit more policing (b) to deploy the Territorial Voluntary Reserve National Barrier to join its regular cousin in Calais (c) er, that's it.

Banks and Terrorists

I remember back in the '80s, following big-bang and the expansion of the financial system, when banks were suffering from account fraud so that cashiers were provided with photocopied 'caution' lists of foreign individuals with whom the bank should not deal.  The list was ordered alphabetically by country; a few names listed for Brazil, a few for Chile, a handful for Denmark and so on. Until, under Nigeria, the list simply said 'All'. Well, the banks had about as much success in halting the exploitation of the West's financial systems by energetic and enthusiastic Nigerians, the world's greatest fraudsters, as Canute had in halting the waves. 

So I wonder how successful the listing on Thomson-Reuters 'World Check' terrorist institutions database of Finsbury Park Mosque will be. The imam of course is outraged at being listed but ordinary folk may remember the Mosque as a hotbed of Islamist extremism that spawned Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui, sheltered Abu Hamza and bred the London Ricin plot, and therefore think the listing is reasonable. 

And of course there are those who, until Islam in the UK reforms itself so as to conform wholly to David Cameron's check-list of unacceptable tenets of faith, who would simply avoid the discrimination issue by listing, under the heading 'Mosques and Madrassas in the UK' in the Thomson-Reuters database, 'All'.  
 

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The attraction of Corbyn and the UK's democratic health

It is a much used video clip from Iain Dale's London radio programme that best illustrates the attraction of Jeremy Corbyn. Whilst the other three candidates squirm and dissemble over Dale's question about a job for Ed Milliband, Corbyn answers honestly and clearly. At a time when we loathe everything about the political class more than ever, Corbyn is the Varoufakis of British politics; authentic, with the common touch, a man whose message you may not like but whose word you can trust. 

Never underestimate the wisdom of crowds. Commentators are unanimous in opining that electing Corbyn is electoral suicide for Labour. While there is no reason to say they're wrong, it's possible that folk know it already, but have already written the Labour party off as a big league political party. Four million votes on the right have already migrated to UKIP - why should not 4m votes on the left follow a radical left wing party, leaving Blair's Labour with the LibDems in the centre? 

We're going through a radical reconfiguration in British politics. Whatever the short-term upsets, any long-term outcome that increases party membership from its nadir of 1% of the electorate in the first decade of this century is good. The more varied, fluid and fast-moving the change in politics the less chance of tax theft by moribund decaying behemoths of parties, the less chance of a quasi-constitutional role for the old parties and the less chance of British politics becoming set in treacle. The cosy and corrupt plans of both Christopher Kelly and Hayden Phillips, both ex-Mandarins, with regard to the tax funding of parties have already been blown out of the water*. An increase in political participation, and in those paying subs, will see a swing towards the only fair and democratic method for funding political parties - by their members.   


*Implementing the Phillips / Kelly plan now would give UKIP £12m a year of tax money - not something Cameron is likely to let happen. 

Monday, 27 July 2015

Islamic civil war pulls in NATO member

The same incredible policy stupidity that turned Libya from a prosperous employer of African migrants to a bankrupt staging post for illegal migrants to the EU, run largely by ISIS, has just pulled Turkey into the Islamic civil war. Turkey is of course a NATO member. The map below shows the extent of the Kurdish minority, with whom the Ankara government has just gone to war. The Kurds are the main military opponents of ISIS in Syria. And among the Turkish speakers in the green areas are over a million Sh'ia. 


A political and military collapse in Turkey will open a migrant highway straight into the heart of Europe; Greece will be abandoned (as the Germans truly want) and Europe's new boundary will be a fence running from Hungary to Slovenia to Trieste.