Friday, 24 June 2016

Well Done everyone - just well done

I'll be posting later when my wits and thoughts are collected - at the moment I'm still reeling. I stayed up for the Newcastle / Sunderland results - and when it became clear the picture had changed, snatched a doze and stayed with it. Now I can only say the feeling of lightness as an ugly and enervating succubus has been taken from our backs is wonderful, but with it now comes a duty of responsibility. We must re-weld our people - all our people - back into one nation. We must do it without hate or rancour, and those brave enough to vote Leave are well placed to show their privileged 'Remain' brethren who have either suckled at the dugs of the beast or been its dags how it's done.   

I remember the memorial service of Ralph Harris, Lord Harris, at the church in Smith Square just over the way from the EU Kommandantur. God, he would have loved this day. He wrote:
Liberty carries with it individual responsibilities. Responsibility for yourself, and hopefully your family and as far as possible your neighbours. But it does throw responsibility onto our own shoulders. Well, that's what living means; it doesn't mean shrugging off responsibility and taking soft options.
I have confidence in my land and my people and that things have not quite yet gone so far that we cannot rescue the greater part. God bless you all.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Direct Democracy

On this penultimate day I'd like to offer a few reflections and pose a few questions, largely those arising from two events - last night's TV debate, and an unnoticed 10 minute broadcast by Roger Scruton.

I've long admired the work of Roger Scruton, particularly that which I perceived as acting against Totalitarianism and towards the growth of an effective and empowered citizenry. Roger has also long had a view that the purpose of our democratic structures is to homogenise and deradicalise populism; if legislation were enacted immediately on the back of public sentiment, we would have had capital punishment after the murder of Lee Rigby. Roger holds the abilities of MPs and of Parliament in high regard. What I think he's missed is that we no longer trust our MPs, for instance, not themselves to use say the murder of Jo Cox to introduce repressive and Totalitarian measures. MPs are sadly not so well informed or so altruistically disposed as Roger would have them - and we ordinary people not so radical nor so ill-informed that MPs are required to act on our behalf. 

So Roger's 10 minute Sunday broadcast ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07flhwb ) against petitions is a diatribe (if one can call such gentle disapprobation) against direct democracy and in favour of representative democracy. People are not capable of making wise choices when given simple binary choices; things are more nuanced, more complex and only our informed and deliberative Parliamentary system is capable of dealing with such matters, including the Referendum, says Roger. 

He's wrong, of course. And it pains me to say so. He once valued Burke, and I would direct him back to Burke's little platoons; the smaller the realm of decisions to be taken, the higher the quality of those decisions. The more local the associations, authorities and interests with which we interact, the better the knowledge and the choices. MPs are now a part of a global cabal, a political class that views the world internationally, alongside global corporatism and global finance. They are not therefore well placed to make decisions in the interests of our shires, our towns and metropolii. 

And that was demonstrated last night in the BBC debate with a participative audience of 6,000 ordinary people to whom Roger would deny the vote. They were no less well-informed than the experts on the podia, and far better represented the interests of the British people. 

Leave or Remain, whatever comes out of tomorrow, I'd always, always trust my future to the votes of all enfranchised Britons whatever their station in life than to a political class no longer wholly trusted or wanted by those voters.

Monday, 20 June 2016

The most important week of our lives

Yesterday I was deeply depressed by two unexpected knockbacks - the murder of Jo Cox, and UKIP's poster. It was a real Churchillian 'black dog' down. So, I did the only thing that works in these circumstances - stayed off the sauce, drunk gallons of mineral water and sweated it all out in positive and productive labour, with an aspirin last thing and a good night's sleep. 

Now today I'm growing angry at the exploitative and immoral use being made of this young woman's death by the Establishment - a grubby exploitation that will befoul the Commons today with deceit and emotional blackmail. But there's nothing we can do except note that the ordinary working people so despised by the Establishment are not so stupid not to see what's going on. My hope is they'll do their hedgehog trick - keep schtum, lie to the pollsters and vote 'Leave' in the privacy of the polling booth. 

As for Nigel and that poster, I'm concerned. Concerned, as Mike Smithson suggests, that Thursday may become a national vote on Nigel and not on the EU. And the poster I think was a mistake. The message was we don't like foreigners, not that we put our nation and all its people before others. 

Well, we must KBO. And if Friday doesn't bring the result this nation needs, we'll still KBO; if the corrupt cabal of unelected crooks in the Berlaymont think they have a monopoly in repeating referendums until they get the right result, they underestimate British tenacity. 

God bless and speed all, and perhaps (given the nights before Crecy, Agincourt, Waterloo and D-day) a prayer for moderate rain on Wednesday night; the 1664 BOCP has "Send us, we beseech thee, in this our necessity, such moderate rain and showers, that we may receive the fruits of the earth to our comfort and to thine honour". Amen. 

Friday, 17 June 2016

Political justice - and human kindness

The effects of a frightened establishment on justice and punishment can be remembered from recent history; after the 2011 riots we had a nine month stretch for looting a bottle of mineral water, five months for receiving a pair of stolen shorts - all sentences fully endorsed by the Lord Chief Justice who said "the imposition of severe sentences, intended to provide both punishment and deterrence, must follow". The public was torn between support for harsh measures and resentment at MPs who had recently been unmasked for stealing hundreds of thousands in the expenses scandal and who got off scot-free. So don't let any fool tell you that we don't have political justice in the UK. 

Almost as soon as poor Jo Cox breathed her last yesterday the Home Secretary had already decided that Scotland Yard would take the case, and I've no doubt an officer of at least Commander rank will be tasked with interrogating Thomas Mair in order to secure the most severe sanctions using anti-terrorist legislation. He will be judged sane, of course, with no mitigation for either his health or environmental circumstances. Witnesses will be coached, the best prosecuting QCs engaged and the case listed before a judge with a reputation for excessive sentencing zeal. The poor sod's been trussed like a turkey already and to all intents and purposes has already started serving what I'm sure will be a 20 year minimum. 

However unattractive a character Thomas Mair may be, however heinous and unforgivable the dreadful murder of a woman so gifted and accomplished, he remains entitled still to a just hearing, to fair treatment and to basic Christian dignity. No doubt he is already held in the fortress of Paddington Green anti-terrorist interrogation centre far away from the familiar accents of his home town - which he will never see again. And although my thoughts and prayers are with Jo Cox's husband and motherless children, I would ask you too to spare a brief thought for Thomas Mair. All the accounts of Jo Cox I've read and heard suggest she was a champion of fairness, and I'm sure, had someone else been Mair's victim, she would now. as his constituency MP, be fighting to secure the basic kindnesses for him. 

Update - Sat am
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This post was written before Mair was charged. I don't need to remind anyone that now the case is active the matter is sub judice and that s.2 of the 1981 Contempt of Court Act applies to comments. Pointless though it seems.

The murder of Jo Cox

The murder of Jo Cox was a tragic event and all my sympathy is with her husband and young children. She was a victim. The question we cannot ignore is of what or of whom was she a victim; this is what dominates the pronouncements of the clever and the ignorant, the erudite and the fools, the shrill Cassandras and the calm pragmatists. 

The greatest fools such as Polly Toynbee and Oona King, shrill, hysterical and motivated solely in making as much political capital as they can from this poor woman's death, have already poisoned the news media. Mere emotional idiots such as Rod Liddle, who calls for the cancellation of next Thursday's poll, are small beer. The grieving husband blamed forces of evil. The Establishment of which Jo Cox was a part blames the 'far right', whom they also blame for having lost the trust and the votes of  ordinary British people. The ace idiots, though, blame Brexit campaigners, as though we had spent the past few weeks inciting murder instead of leaving the EU. A very few blame the mental illness of the killer. No one has yet blamed the failure of the Reform Acts to implement all the points of the Charter, so I may be the first. 

The exercise of British democracy is robust, open and forthright; on the hustings rowdiness and sturdy challenge allow tough examination of candidates, policies and proposals. And it works. Humans are not good at lying - and in front of a vocal crowd, the clear-voiced truth teller trumps the mealy mouthed liar at every turn. Hence Michael Gove's hands down and clear voiced triumph over a wriggling and oleaginous Cameron from their respective grillings. There are calls already that as such processes disadvantage liars, that Jo's murder should serve as an excuse to protect candidates from the public to the extent that nervous porky-tellers are never exposed to ridicule - ban the hustings, ban leafleting, ban town-centre paste tables and volunteers in T-shirts. Hide MPs in TV studios that exclude the public. 

This would perfectly suit the old, dying Establishment parties that no longer have any actual members worth counting. Abolish both the need for the candidate to be physically present in the constituency and the need for any party members whatsoever once you ban the hustings and they can survive on the donations of the global corporates and under the management of slick PR companies. For one of the great triumphs of 'Leave' during this campaign are the numbers of feet on the ground, challenging an establishment bereft of popular support. 

At a time when the British people are placing the media, the political class, the global corporates, the whole bien-pensant left-liberal wealthy elite and all their dags under unprecedented scrutiny, the greatest danger is not from silly and hysterical scribblers such as Polly Toynbee but from those who would coldly seek to abuse Jo's death to protect the establishment from due scrutiny. If you value her memory, don't let her name become a future byword for political and democratic repression and coercion. Let us instead 'Carry On'  in that most valuable of British ways, and let her name stand for the triumph of our democracy.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Brexit - good sense and reason

Many of you will have picked up Der Spiegel's series of English language pieces on Brexit. The comments are now becoming visible and are interesting. In response to Schäuble's piece every single Brit response was for Brexit. German reactions tend to be nasty, spiteful and immature - showing the less attractive aspects  of the thwarted German character that the decades have not tamed. My favourite though is from an Oliver Thiebaud:-
"In a complicated world, JCB and Dyson are simply right. Unlike bankers and academics, they paddle their own canoe. They pay the price of their mistakes unlike ... 

I predict almost 60% for Brexit (well, over 55%) a small drop in the value of the pound (10% or less) as the markets have already taken account of value, and then, because of this benign devaluation - a strong resurgence of growth in exports and particularly tourism; within 10 years we'll be growing much faster than the rest of the E.U. - with the City in a dominant trading position because of, 1) the ever increasing use of the English language along with 2) lightly regulated, unfettered independence and 3) the benefit of the time zone between N.Y and the Asian markets all giving us a fair wind. Do you remember when Frankfurt was going to take over from the City of London, or how not joining the Euro was going to leave us behind, they just always end up getting it wrong? I just pray that with another impending Euro crisis due to, Italian Banking failure and another Greek crisis, the inevitable break up of the Euro into strong & weak components doesn't end up costing us too much...? You have no one to blame but your, ECB and the illiterate fiscal policy of an undemocratic E.C. 

The over speculated, over valued London property market will drop approx 20% (already dropped 10%) with the exit of foreign Asian buyers who have already taken flight leaving the 'executive' market flats 70% empty. A socialist London mayor will further undermine these erstwhile values by taxing empty property, and inflation will rise to 3% over Bank of England guidelines while it all settles down. The simple laws of R.R. & M. A. (Reciprocal Reasoning and Mutual Advantage) will come in to effect - in other words, the reality of Europe's need to continue to export - Mercedes, BMWs, Audis, VWs, Fiats, Renaults, cheeses, wines, foods, etc will mitigate against any trade tariffs...We will see an intelligent market at work if a newly reluctant bride, Britannia, goes in to negotiate a new loving LAT relationship (Living Apart, Together) with a fiscally, financially and economically dysfunctional and undemocratic E.C. that has had terrible social effects on the 'olive picker's children,' in Greece, S. Italy, Spain & Portugal. The E.C. has failed the young in the Mediterranean. Look at Goya's painting, 'Saturn devouring his Son,' which I have rechristened, 'Europa devouring its Young.' That is what the E.C has done to the next generation. 

With freedom and democracy at work again in the UK, the future for our extraordinarily creative, inventive and enterprising people will be cushty and once again hold up a democratic beacon of light for Europe and the world to see and follow. It's always been about democracy and freedom! Your perfect Anglo/Irish/French/Swiss-French European. Oliver Thiebaud"
It's joyously upbeat and positive and I buy into it without problam. 'Remain' keep asking what a post-Brexit Britain looks like; this is the best vision I've seen.   

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And now I'm deeply and hotly internally angry and I want to shove this message deep into Juncker's fat arse for him to feel 0.0001% of the pain, misery and suffering he and his crooked unelected cabal have caused:-


Monday, 13 June 2016

Islamist slaughters 50 because of imported primitive ignorance

Gay men such as Peter Tatchell seem to be under the same delusion with primitive Islamism as they suffer under in regard to the EU. The Islam that believes that homosexuality is evil, women are inferior, Sharia trumps civilised law 'may not be perfect' they admit but we're better off encouraging reform from within. Yeah right. The EU just freezes out and excludes any attempts at reform - primitive Islam issues a fatwa against it and authorises brutal murder. Perhaps it will not be until Mr Tatchell's head is being sawn off with a blunt breadknife that he sees it. 

Fifty people have just been shot to death by an Islamist because they were in a gay venue and his perverted and bigoted beliefs told him that being gay was a justification for murder.  

There is absolutely no room in our Western civilisations for an Islamism that does not recognise non-violence, the supremacy of the British State, law and Parliament, the acceptability of homosexuality, the equality of women and a freedom and tolerence unknown in any and all of the Islamist-governed shitholes around the world.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

I never thought we'd come this far

Eleven days from the ballot and Mike Smithson has the two sides neck and neck. The establishment has already fired off all the big rockets - the biased propaganda at tax expense, the bribed and coerced support, the dire warnings of war, famine and disease, the state broadcaster straining at the shackles to do more for 'Remain', and yet they're stuck at a bare 50%. I'll bet most of those leaflets are in the recycling already, and others sitting on hall shelves or coffee tables will never be read. I really can't think of what's left in the fireworks box for the next ten days.

Remain have been hot on social media but I've seen little sign of them on the streets - the pics are all of small groups of 'Leave' campaigners with smiling faces. On TV, their sneering and bullying have repelled the public. 

I really would recommend this short piece by Brendan O'Neill - and many thanks Anon who posted it in the comments. This campaign really has exposed the fault line between the establishment and for a better term the people. On the one side the rich and powerful, the corporatists, the political class, all those sucking at the public tit and their dags, the media, the bloated and sclerotic university vice chancellors as corpulent and wealthy as pre-Reformation Abbots, luvvies enjoying tax money siphoned from Brussels. On the other side, us. 

The challenge to overturn the status quo is formidable, but the prize now clear; we will not just be throwing over the yoke of the EU, but delivering a devastating blow to every bien-pensant prodnose, every arrogant minister, every crooked peer, every lying journalist, every bloated academic. Do we have the courage? Yes, I think we do.