Thursday, 5 May 2016

Spanish Hooligans? I know what Lord Grantham would say ...

The Spaniards are at it again; this time in a clumsy attempt to direct attention from their collapsed economy, mass unemployment of young people, crapness at soccer, inability to compete on a European level etc their little bathtub boats have tried to hustle a US nuclear sub visiting Gib. 

I think I know what Lord Grantham would say - a noble and virtuous character who would rather have a sex-toy jammed up his bottom by a £195-a-go hooker than fail to support Our Rock - and it would not be polite.  

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Corrupt Ministers, Crooked Mandarins, Bent Generals - welcome to Britain!

During their careers we give our most senior public servants many things - status, privilege, rank, access to the State's most precious secrets, a very decent wedge, a superlative pension and exclusive inside access to an egregious 'honours' system. The expectation is that these honourable, loyal and trusted public servants will retire quietly, maintaining a decent reticence, to a cottage somewhere in Hampshire, to sail and play golf. 

The reality of course is that many of these chiselling crooked chancers spend the years at the top of their trade feathering their nests with a sleazy trade in nudge-nudge favours for favours from anyone who will keep them in champagne and Lithuanian hookers when they retire. In particular, the seamless segue from the MOD to arms companies is utterly disgraceful - and ex-officers who ignore just how dishonourable their conduct appears to the rest of us must be left in no doubt that they have forfeited completely any public regard they formerly earned.

The crooks with most front even claim that a £60k a year pension, a KCB and a capital cash sum that would buy a flat in London are not enough - and that if they don't take dirty commercial gold then we taxpayers must buy their champagne and pay for the Lithuanian tarts.  

Well, I'm sorry. You're wrong. Even the 'Mail' - the paper read by the wives of the bent admirals and generals - is campaigning against the crooked sleaze. Yes, I mean you General Applegate and Admiral Soar - non-entities in your careers. Shame on you both, and on the rest of the senior forces scum on the take.

Monday, 2 May 2016

For 'populist fragmentation' read 'democracy'?

The arrogance with which, even five years ago, the Labour and Conservative parties assumed they had a quasi-constitutional role in British democracy was breathtaking. Deeply and unequivocally corrupt, this hubris gave us recommendations from Hayden Phillips and subsequently from Christopher Kelly that crookedly proposed the diversion of tax funds to the two 'dynastic' parties in the absence of paying members. It is extraordinary that both parties have fallen so far so fast; Labour, as commenters have suggested, set to become the Muslim Party (though their official support for Hamas and Hezbollah is unlikely to withstand the Sunni Wahabbi / Salafist / Deobandi majority) and the remains of Cameron's Conservatives after the Referendum to merge perhaps with the LibDems. 

Janet Daley nailed it in yesterday's Telegraph;
Rage against the machine – the people’s furious dissatisfaction with the loss of any real sense of control over their own lives – has hit the governing classes of the West with a bang. The single thing that these phenomena have in common ..... are that they are outside the limits of the accepted order. Hatred is directed specifically at the remote structures and people whose commands must be obeyed, and yet who appear indifferent to the wishes and concerns of the governed. Surely, this was exactly what the great democratic revolutions were designed to correct? How do we find ourselves once again under the rule of unaccountable oligarchs who are oblivious to what Thoreau called the “quiet desperation” of ordinary men?

This degree of anger and resistance is unprecedented in living memory. ...What is disturbing about the present malaise is that it is so vague and diffuse. There is no specific refrain or remedy, just a rejection of everything that is Too Big: Big Government, Big Banks, Big Bureaucracy, Big Business.
The establishment term for what's happening is 'populist fragentation' but dare I suggest a much older word is a more accurate descriptor? Is this not democracy?

Saturday, 30 April 2016

John Major promises more sex parties if UK leaves EU

When John Major was given the opportunity by Radio 4's 'Today' yesterday to pontificate on the Referendum, he chose to compare the UK post-exit to North Korea. This came, curiously, just as 'Der Krone' here had taken a story first printed in the Sun about the incredible sex parties enjoyed by the Fat Boy; North Korea, the paper said, was a hotbed of torrid sex orgies. 

Undoubtedly it was this thought that bubbled in the 73-year old ex-bank clerk's frontal lobes. As much as Major tried to think of threats posed by Brexit to old ladies cycling to the pub for a pint of cricket, all the mental images were of hot pea-sex with slightly hairy women and a dozen North Korean nubiles slowly removing his underpants. If North Korea provided such moments for a Fat Boy with a bad haircut, what couldn't be given to the people of Huntingdonshire and their church bells breeding in their belfries to the sound of Betjeman?     

And so it was as the mic in the Today studio went live that Major spoke of North Korea and the great sex parties that the UK would get on Brexit. 


Friday, 29 April 2016

Of course Labour are Jew-haters

'Taste' discrimination - discriminating against persons on the grounds of their sex or sexual orientation, skin colour, religion or race, is largely illegal. The biggest impact of these laws has been mainly in the half of the economy in which unfairness, nepotism, crooked practice and favouritism were rampant - the socialised public sector. Capitalism, you see, tends not to discriminate on taste grounds, but only on grounds of productive efficiency. The capitalist doesn't care what colour, sex or faith his widget-makers are, only that they're the cheapest and most productive widget-makers on the market. You'll generally only find taste discrimination at the smallest end of the enterprise economy - mom 'n pop stores, and now the ubiquitous Skleps. Harland and Wolff's total bar on employing Catholics was not on theological grounds but on the basis that the inhabitants around its shipyard were so deeply sectarian that to employ both was to reduce efficiency. 

It was London Transport of course in the late 50s / early 60s in a final desperate attempt to recruit native Londoners for the thousands of bus driver and conductor vacancies that published job adverts claiming frankly 'We don't employ Blacks'. Well, they failed to recruit white staff - and did exactly that, giving thousands of West Indian immigrants a real stake in our nation and society. And this sort of blatant taste discrimination in the public sector persisted well into the 1990s. My local borough recruited its entire refuse collection crews from three families - not a woman nor a black face amongst them. It made them, I was told informally, easier to manage. Their lucrative wedge was collectively negotiated with the three family heads. 

Whereas a manager working for shareholders simply doesn't have the freedom to indulge their anti-competitive and inefficient personal tastes, a public sector manager is free to employ as many inefficient, underskilled, non-productive and uneconomic workers as they wish. By 2005 when threats and widespread internal dissatisfaction had put an end to my Council's discriminatory employment practices to allow in a melange of races and even some women to the 'refuge' the result was a real fall in wages and an increase in productivity - as the CIPFA stats for those years painfully demonstrate. 

So the public sector, and its spiritual home the Labour Party, are quite free to vent their personal discriminatory tastes against Jews, Saxons, Catholics or whomever they wish. And such freedom attracts racists and zealots into the public sector and into the Labour Party. So of course Labour are Jew haters - what's the surprise?

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

I, too, believed the lying plods

In the Mail this morning I recommend Peter Oborne's account of the aftermath of the Hillsborough findings. Like Oborne, I too believed plod's account at the time (a lying travesty of evasion, distortion, invention and calculated dishonesy) which shamefuly the plods' lawyers even tried to maintain at the inquest. It wasn't as if I was stupid or naive or even trusted Plod; I'd trained as a mining engineer in south Yorkshire when the coal miners went on strike, and I'd seen at first hand the real suffering of folk in the pit villages around Doncaster and the bastardy of the drafted-in plods - Maggie's Army. I'd been stopped on the A1 regularly on the Friday night drive home to Suffolk every time plod spotted my safety gear in the car and knew what it felt like to be seconds away from the primitive threat of thuggish violence if you gave the wrong response, or cheeked them. One learned to be humble, contrite, apologetic and big-up the southern middle class accent.

I came across the same plods, this time experienced and combat-hardened, during the Wapping dispute in London. Driving from central to south London via Blackwall Tunnel meant running the gauntlet of checkpoints, and vans full of armoured plods with clubs round every corner. So when Hillsborough happened, I had no reasons to imagine plod was a creature elevated in any way from the extinct neanderthal primates. Yet I did believe their Hillsborough lies - that the fans were drunk, rowdy, that they were out of control, had rioted, and the 96 dead were none of Plod's fault. God forgive me.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Austrians surprise themselves

Austria's 'red and black' duopoly has, since the war, done very much the same as Labour and conservative in the UK. And as in the UK, the left has lost votes to a rebellious movement with a green tag, and the centrist conservatives to more traditional right wing movements. But no-one I think predicted the slaughter of the dying parties in the first round of the Austrian presidential election; between them they didn't even scrape 23% of the vote. 

The winner, Norbert Hofer, from the radical right is anti EU and pro gun, and in the home of Glock where a pistol or handgun license is as easy to get as a shotgun license in the UK, he's not the only resident to pack a G19.  

I think the second round next month may be less dramatic, and the entire non-right wing vote will unite behind the green candidate, Van der Bellen, to give Austria a new President - a largely symbolic figurehead here where most power is devolved to the Chancellor and Länder. 

Another very recent poll has given Chancellor Werner Faymann a 72% approval for his action in sealing the Balkans migrant route, a 180° about-turn from his previous alignment with Merkel. What is not in doubt is that the people of Austria are aligned with Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary in their attitude toward migrants. 

And with the Summer invasion of migrants via Italy about to start, Faymann faces a stark choice; seal the Italian border effectively, or lose power completely. We could well see some very angry Italian and EU politicians this Summer, and squalid migrant camps around Polly Toynbee's Tuscan villa. 

Hey ho.