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Saturday, 21 July 2007

Pendle Council bans St George's Cross

Full story in the Telegraph HERE

You may wish to email the Leader of Pendle Council, Cllr Alan Davies (libdem), directly at
Clarkson is the finest example for English children

Dover coastguards were reported to be 'furious' that the Top Gear trio attempted to cross the Channel in cars. The Mail reports that Clarkson made it to Calais in a Nissan 4x4 (oh how that will annoy the knitted-yoghurt sandal wearers!). Good on the team. The MCGA, once a sensible and quiet organisation staffed by seafarers, has become just another Whitehall nanny in recent years, losing much of the respect and support amongst the nation's boaters that they could previously take for granted. Had Clarkson called DC on VHF Channel 67 - "Dover Coastguard, Dover Coastguard, this is Clarkson, this is Clarkson, routine traffic, over ..."; "Dover Coastguard this is Clarkson, departing Dover West bound for Calais in a builder's pick-up. My Echo Tango Alpha is ..." no doubt he would have satisfied the safety formalities. But the team had immersion suits, lifejackets, and the backup of several film crews in rescue boats, so any danger was more apparent than real anyway.

If he encourages English children to learn that it is quite easy to hop in a small boat and nip across the Channel it will be no bad thing. Dire warnings from the Coastguard and Customs give the impression these days that one needs a 50 foot twin-screw cruiser to do so. Take a look HERE at a chap who frequently makes the trip from Portland to Brittany. In a dinghy. With his wife.

When Boris becomes London Mayor, his first act should be to kick out Bob Kiley and appoint Clarkson as head of Transport for London.

Friday, 20 July 2007

English values please, not British values

Gordon Brown, that dreary son of the Manse, has clearly given his first standing instruction to his cabinet - to incorporate the promulgation of his view of 'Britishness' and 'British values' into every aspect of policy. The politicisation of the history curriculum is one area in which this features markedly. Let's be clear; the idea of 'British values' is an artificial political construct. There are really no such things. There are English values, and then there are Scots values and Welsh values.

English values were bought with blood during our civil war. Individual freedom, the right to free speech, the right to equality before the law, a system of common law, the right of habeas corpus, property and land rights, the independence of the judiciary are all foundation stones on which the very notion of 'Englishness' is built.

Scotland is a very different place. Scots law is based on Roman Law - dating from the Corpus Juris Civilis, and has much more in common with European legal systems than with the English legal system.

The over-representation of Scots in UK politics has led to a fundamental erosion of English values of freedom and fairness, has corroded the primacy of Common Law, has seen the domination of an alien and restrictive legal culture that holds at arm's length the place of the 'community conscience' in legal affairs and court decisions.

The Scots only make up 8% of our population. If Brown really wants to foster British integration, the whole Scots legal system should be abolished and English law adopted north of the border. This will never happen, of course. The reverse will.

Thursday, 19 July 2007

If you don't like it here, Piss Off.

This precious stone, set in the silver sea ...

This pic can't do justice to the extraordinary and very beautiful colours of sea and sky yesterday; at Newhaven, looking towards Beachy Head, the sea was a striking mix of turquoise, emerald and rich blues - truly England's côte d'Opale. This is what our island nation has fought for a thousand years to defend. After so much blood, pain, hardship and grit spent in its keeping, it's truly treasonous for Brown and his poison cabal to sign us and our land away to Brussels without a referendum.

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Cameron should return dead mentalist's cash

There seems to be little dispute that 'Bane' Kostic was as mad as a bucket of eels in the years before his death (Times report). That a Tory-connected lawyer was involved in drawing up his will, leaving his £10m fortune to the Party and excluding his family, is dodgy to say the least. That the Party is now defending an action by Kostic's son to get it back is simply dishonourable.

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

London - it's Puritans vs. Cavaliers

Ken vs. Boris - a fight between two politicians known nationally by their Christian names. Now Ken, of course, is no ascetic; well known for lunching well but not wisely, I have been at a couple of unfortunate afternoon functions and have heard the slurred ramblings of a three-bottle man. But Ken is head Puritan honcho nevertheless - the man that every angry, vegetable-eating, envious, do-gooding little eco-control freak and joyless numpty look to to implement their petty and restrictive little schemes.

So will London go for a genial cosmopolitan buffoon who rides a bike but sees 4x4s as a natural part of the urban landscape, whom we could all imagine having as a charming, witty and erudite dinner guest, or for a snake-tongued whiner who is craftier than a vixen in a turkey farm?

It will be a helluva fight, either way.

Monday, 16 July 2007

Le chevalier sans peur et sans reproche

So Pierre Terrail, seigneur de Bayard was termed. The news that Mandelson is to be amongst the third-rate nonentities honoured with a peerage brings to mind GK Chesterton's Ballade of an Anti-puritan;

They spoke of Progress spiring round,
Of light and Mrs Humphrey Ward--
It is not true to say I frowned,
Or ran about the room and roared;
I might have simply sat and snored--
I rose politely in the club
And said, `I feel a little bored;
Will someone take me to a pub?'

The new world's wisest did surround
Me; and it pains me to record
I did not think their views profound,
Or their conclusions well assured;
The simple life I can't afford,
Besides, I do not like the grub--
I want a mash and sausage, `scored'--
Will someone take me to a pub?

I know where Men can still be found,
Anger and clamorous accord,
And virtues growing from the ground,
And fellowship of beer and board,
And song, that is a sturdy cord,
And hope, that is a hardy shrub,
And goodness, that is God's last word--
Will someone take me to a pub?

Prince, Bayard would have smashed his sword
To see the sort of knights you dub--
Is that the last of them--O Lord
Will someone take me to a pub?

Sigh. Plus c'est la meme chose, plus ça change

Paula Hitler, Edda Goering and Mrs bin-Laden

If you ever contemplate embarking on a career as a mass-murderer, most-wanted terrorist or evil dictator, please remember that your surname belongs to the rest of the family as well. Poor Paula Hitler had to change her name to 'Wolf' because of her brother's shenanigans, and Edda Goering's house guests often felt compelled to refuse her invitation to use the shower to freshen-up.

Since noticing that my local council's finance chief is called 'Shipman', I have been scrupulous in ensuring that my direct debit arrangements for the council tax are functioning. I once declined a date with a girl named 'Hinckley' because she had blonde hair and it sounded a bit like Hindley. If someone called Nielson offered to buy me a drink, I'd be nervous.

Still, I suppose the one advantage of being Mrs bin-Laden is that as long as she carries her name-tag on her luggage, she's unlikely ever to find herself without a seat on the tube.
Will Blair's US extradition deal come back to haunt him?

The privileges so fawningly and rapidly granted to the US in the wake of the attacks on 11th September by Blair were intended to fast-track the extradition of terrorist suspects; instead they have been used to capture British investment bankers and businessmen who have offended US trade practices. Despite the trenchant criticism of these privileges on this side of the ditch, Blair refused to review them in any way.

However, the US Justice Department has taken on the tenacity of a terrier with a rat in the case of the BAe Saudi bribes scandal. This was the subject of a SFO investigation in the UK that Blair ordered dropped on the grounds of 'national security'.

This opens the delicious possibility that Blair, now a private citizen, may be extradited to the US under his own fast-track rules by the Justice Department if they feel his actions obstructed their investigations.

We would encourage Attorney General Alberto Gonzales not to be daunted by taking this step; we can assure him that this is one case that the people of the UK will not complain about.

Sunday, 15 July 2007

Round objects to Balls

Labour's new attempts to politicise the school history curriculum, and in particular to pick out the Slave Trade as the key (perhaps the only) event in nineteenth century British History leaves me sighing in despair. I am fortunate enough to have Robert Rayner's 1937 school textbook 'Nineteenth Century England' on my shelves. Of a breadth and depth that would these days constitute an entire history honours degree, it was written for 'pupils in the higher forms of Public and Secondary Schools' - that is to say, I suppose, fourth and fifth formers.

Chapter headings leading up to the chapter that deals with both the abolition of the Slave Trade and the Boer colonisation are;
  • The economic revolution
  • The political revolution
  • The Oligarchy
  • Peace without plenty
  • Radicals, riots and repression
  • The enlightened Tories
  • Religious equality
  • The end of the Oligarchy
  • The reformed Parliament
  • The revival of religion
  • The three great reforms of the 'thirties
  • Self-help for the working classes
  • The unfettering of trade
  • Black and White ...
You see, it's about context. The first half of the nineteenth century in England was all about massive social and political reforms that first swept the home country before being extended to the colonies - including the abolition of the Slave Trade. Without the movement for religious tolerance at home, there would have been no Wesleyanism. Without Wesleyan freedom, there would have been no Wilberforce.

To lose the context from the curriculum, to present the abolition of the Slave Trade in isolation, is to distort and misrepresent the historical process. Mendacity is nothing new to Labour of course - their entire party is founded on it. But brainwashing our children in this way is unforgiveable. No wonder few persons of any talent are entering the teaching profession any more.

Rayner presents a wonderfully refreshing view from well before the days of political correctness, and tells with great wisdom a few uncomfortable home truths, including;
We read of the picturesque gathering of the slaves on the Jamaican hills to see the dawning of the day which was to make them all free, but the sober truth is that few of them ever did a day's work afterwards. In that genial climate and on that fruitful soil very little labour sufficed to provide the negroes with the necessaries of life, and their natural indolence prevented them from doing more.
Balls to Balls. This is my country too and I want our children to be taught the Truth, not some Soviet propaganda.
Told you so ...

In a previous post I predicted that the CRE would make 'Tintin in the Congo' a best-seller. This morning it's reached number 5 in Amazon UK's book sales chart. I myself have now ordered a copy. It will take its place on my shelves alongside my 1961 3/6d Penguin copy of 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'.