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Saturday, 30 June 2007

'By Order of the Labour Party'

I have a small label printing machine with which I have made a number of labels inscribed with the legend above. I shall be appending these to the curious 'No Smoking' notices that seem to have sprung up everywhere.
Magistrate right to walk out on veiled woman in dock

Ian Murray, a lay magistrate sitting in Manchester, absented himself from a case yesterday in which a woman completely covered by a hijab appeared in the dock. He was quite right to do so.

Every judge and every magistrate in the land dispenses justice on behalf of the sovereign; the Queen is symbolically present in every court. Ours is a Christian nation with Christian laws and a Christian sovereign. Surmounting the crown that itself surmounts the monarch's arms is a cross; this Christian symbol behind the heads of our judges and magistrates is fundamental to British law and justice.

Or as Kipling had it,

If , drunk with sight of power, we loose

Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe,

Such boastings as the Gentiles use,

Or lesser breeds without the Law
Lord God of hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget - lest we forget!

Blair's smug piety brings Iraq home to London

Blair is almost certainly still in a state of complete self-delusion over the extent of the real threat to our safety and security his misjudged and dishonest adventuring in Iraq has caused. The testimony of the recently convicted would-be 7/7 copycat bombers that they were inspired by this, the urging of jihadi terror bosses to British Muslims to take revenge for it and the common sense of the British people who are quite aware of the truth of the matter are all voices that Blair will not hear; he will no doubt have his fingers in his ears, his eyes closed and be repeating 'nah nah nah' in an effort to make the truth go away.

This attack has failed. The next one may well succeed - in Manchester, Birmingham or perhaps Luton (which seems to produce so many disaffected Pakistani Moslems).

That this vainglorious, smug, pious, prattling little prick imagines he is suited to the job of Middle East peace envoy is folly beyond belief.

Tuesday, 26 June 2007

Vanity diplomacy will not help the ME

From the days when men wore a collar and tie to spray greenfly, I recall a photograph of Clement Atlee doing some light gardening for the press cameras. 'I've left office' the picture seemed to say,'and after the burdens of State I can return to my ordinary life'. A similar picture of Jim Callaghan on his modest farm appeared after his term in office ended.

Atlee, a major who served at Gallipoli, and Callaghan, a naval lieutenant in the second war, both understood the idea of 'demob'. You didn't hang around making a nuisance of yourself, or making your former colleagues feel awkward.

Blair of course is not only a little younger but from a generation that believes (with some justification) that 50 is the new 40. He feels that his unique personal charisma could be usefully deployed in the Middle East. He is, as usual, mistaken.

If there were a need for a lone individual to act as a 'peacemaker' (and there isn't), that person would require qualities of superlative judgment, balance, maturity, patience, humility, self-effacement, veracity, honour and the implicit trust of all parties. None of which qualities Blair has. Charisma is not nearly enough.

This move is no more than the vanity of a man who grossly overvalues himself and who grossly undervalues the importance of a meaningful deal between Israel and the Palestinians. It does no-one any favours.

Monday, 25 June 2007

Europe's leaders will need a hangover cure

As they're waking up this morning over Europe, clutching their heads and asking themselves 'Oh God, what did I do?' the continent's leaders will be feeling the full effects of post-constitution remorse. Ireland and Denmark alone are committed to a referendum; Labour have been happy to continue their usual tactic of lying to the people of the UK and treating their manifesto commitments like Blair's assurances - as specious puffery. The people of France and Holland have already rejected the treaty that their leaders signed them up to last week.

Labour's weasel words can't disguise the fact that Blair signed up to a European state with a unified legal code, a President and Foreign Minister. And no doubt in Brussels as I type, some petty Eurocrat is already preparing a paper on the promotion of a European football team for the next World Cup.

The demands from the British people for a referendum will surely grow.