Wednesday, 1 January 2014

And so to 2014 ...

If ever there was a year that holds so much promise of change, this is it. A hundred years since the end of the nineteenth century and the start of the 1914 - 1945 war I'm still not sure when exactly the twentieth century ended and the twenty-first began. And if the military lesson they'd failed to learn in 1914 was Omdurman, will ours be the invincibility of the Taliban? Are unmanned drones the future of warfare, assembled in fleets of thousands, piloted from industrial warehouses in the Midlands?

In 1914 of course they had no idea what was coming. Until 1914 land artillery had been a fairly lightweight affair; all the Anglo-Belgian guns at Waterloo, which was practically all of them, could barely fire a weight of broadside equivalent to a single 36-gun frigate, of which the Navy had some 112 (5th & 6th rate). I think the world will see plenty of warfare in 2014, and not only of the irregular kind. Unfortunately IDS' complete cock-up of welfare reform (replacing one top-down centralist system with another just as complex and costly) will fail to free-up any tax money for defence, so the UK will find itself as always undermanned and under-equipped to meet the coming threats.

2014 will be a watershed year for things European. Perhaps we genuine lovers of Europe, we who love Europe's diversity and multiplicity of culture, will wrest the term Europhile from the rancid grasp of those with no love at all for our continent, more correctly termed Euphiles, who would sacrifice the peoples and nations of Europe to the goals of power and homogenised Federast corporatism.

The big corporates are already warning that our trade will suffer if we vote UKIP in May; one presumes they're saying the same thing to every country in Europe set to vote heavily for Eurosceptic parties, which seems to be most of them. For Monsanto, Lafarge, Bayer, Vodafone and all the rest, 2014 may be the year in which the gloves come off, when they openly exercise economic power in defence of a federal Europe, placing them in opposition to Europe's people. 

And for our own Parliament I see signs of democratic life. With the burden of a poison dwarf in the Chair, a government corrupt to the core in subservience to Europe and Christopher Kelly's deeply confused and malfunctioning committee, against a background of institutionalised greed and assumed privilege, you may think all is lost. Not so. Backbenchers, particularly from the 2010 intake and above all Select Committees are proving the heroes of 2013. We have seen a parade of the pompous, the mendacious, the wealthy and powerful, the avaricious, the incompetent, the corrupt and the criminally negligent savaged on live TV by a new breed of select committee under elected chairmanships of MPs who choose probity over sycophancy and the promise of government rewards for compliance. Long may they continue. 

And 2014 will also be a watershed year for me personally and a time to move on the next phases of this life. However, I've grown so used to penning 400-odd words each dawn as a daily brain-sharpener that this is set to continue; for all those of you who bear with the dross and enjoy the occasional gem, my heartfelt thanks. Your comments - hostile, critical and argumentative as well as supportive or additive - really do make it all worthwhile. May you all enjoy a year of positive and remarkable change. 

12 comments:

Mike Booth said...

Yours is the first blog I read every morning and without fail you manage to lob a grenade into my think-tank! Thanks Raedwald, you do a fantastic job. I hope 2014 proves to be a fantastic year for you and I wish the same to all your readers - keep up the good work!

Anonymous said...

Abrasive, raspy, shield wall material always.
I say aye! to all of your musings and I wish you well for the coming new year. Yorkie though I be, marching from Stamford Bridge - I join my southern 'brothers in arms' in the shield wall, let us hope this time that, we do hold the line - we'll need something...

moving along a bit in history:

"Cry God for England, Freedom, Sovereignty and St. George!"

With very and the sincerest of apologies to the Master poet of Avon and England.

DeeDee99 said...

Good luck with the next phase of your life.

I enjoy reading your blogs and long may they continue.

Onwards and upwards in 2014 .... we've got the b@stards on the run.

chinita said...

Always (well, almost always!) a great read.

Keep up the good work and all you would wish for in 2014.

Anonymous said...

The Coprporates, used to the protection they receive in the US and UK would be most unwise to try the same on the European mainland, They will find the people hanged on Lampposts.

Ein gutes neues jahr, omb

Anonymous said...

Yes, I'm a great fan Radders - you seem to reflect a lot of my thoughts.

I have a little niggle on the subject of the televised PAC under Margaret Hodge - as EU Referendum and Witterings from Witney have pointed out on corporate tax havens - sometimes the committees and chairmen/women are not up to scratch.

Oldrightie said...

I agree with and endorse all the well deserved comments. Have a great 2014 and on.

Dave_G said...

Yours is a blog that has stood the test of time as far as me, the reader, is concerned.
So long as 2014 contains a Radders missive it will be a year worth looking forward to.

anon 2 said...

Thanks for all, Raedwald, and Happy New Year -- continuing into 2014.

Please note, though ------- I refuse to consider europe as 'my continent' and wish we could float a bit further away. Beyond that, I second everything Anonymous at 09:31 has said.

Brightside Bob said...

Happy New year Radders. Are birthday celebrations also in the offing? - "...fifty something..." is absent I see. God Bless Ye Merry, Gentleman.

Shotover said...

Best wishes for 2014 and your personal watershed - I greatly appreciate your writing - always excellent

G. Tingey said...

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/eu/10546394/Europe-is-slowly-strangling-the-life-out-of-national-democracy.html

Might be worth a read?