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Saturday, 18 April 2015

The Wrong Mans

The collapse of the anti-journalist trials inspired by Leveson, hacked-off and a bunch of wuzzie luvvies including the alleged actor Hugh Grant follows an equally high profile series of trials - somewhat hit and miss - in which celebrities from the 1970s were accused of groping. Neither have done any credit either to the police who investigated them or the politicised lawyers who took forward the prosecutions. They were and are political show trials, intended to offer red meat to the public to distract attention from our masters' failure in other directions. 

And their most grievous failure has been the failure to put their own on trial. It is now clear to the British public that the political class is also criminally corrupt in protecting its own from the law - whether for child abuse, theft, fraud or Blair crimes.

Whilst a rioter stealing a 30p bottle of water can get three years, an MP stealing ten times as much every day of the week is described as a 'trivial' offender and escapes justice. Queer rapists are pushed into ermine and the Lords. Files are lost or destroyed, Chief Constables suborned, witnesses threatened. No wonder we hold them all in such contempt. 

Posting may be patchy for a few days - reliant on a tablet.

Friday, 17 April 2015

They that go down to the sea in ships

For any non-mariner readers, there are two telling and compelling reflections upon the character of those that go down to the sea in ships manifest in the law of the sea. The first is in COLREGS, the code of practice that helps prevent ships colliding. Rules for which vessel stands on and which gives way are never absolute; every vessel has an absolute responsibility to avoid collisions and no 'right' to be bloody minded. There is no 'right of way' at sea in the sense of the same on our roads; if another vessel is in the wrong, there is a duty to give way to avoid colliding. Compare and contrast to the attitude on the Highway.

The second is the universal and timeless battle amongst those that do business in great waters to save lives from the sea. Assisting those in peril is not optional for mariners; there is an obligation to do so as strong and universal as the force that compels us to breathe. We are, humans all, in constant struggle with the watery realm for our lives. 

Thus leaving African migrants to drown in the Mediterranean is simply not an option for the master of any vessel making passage there and capable of assisting those in danger of drowning. No merchant ship, no warship of any nation can ignore the maritime cry for help. If they are in a position to do so. 

Italy alone cannot be expected to bear this burden. Nor can she maintain her fleet of warships on sea duty solely to help migrants. All of Europe must act to stop them leaving the ports of North Africa in the first place, despite Cameron's vainglorious crowing over removing the only authority in Libya that was willing to stem the tide. The traffickers must be blocked from buying end-of-life merchant vessels; European navies should cleanse the coasts of the Maghreb with inshore vessels, sinking burning and destroying all vessels over 5m. Ports of departure must be blockaded and vessels disabled and towed back to port before the 3 mile limit. 

Yes, this will violate the sovereignty of the 'Arab Spring' states, but if they can't halt the flood themselves we must do so for them.    

Thursday, 16 April 2015

10 Things the election won't change

10 Things the election won't change

1. Outrageous and bare-faced robbery of public funds by senior public sector bosses will continue unchallenged; no manager paid from tax funds should earn more than £150k or 12x the pay of the lowest paid tier in their organisation.

2. An electoral system as corrupt as third world nations, with an electoral quotient for constituencies way beyond the widest +/-5% mark, let alone the +/-3% mark that advanced first world democracies attain. 

3. An electoral system corrupted with (according to Michael Pinto-Duschinsky) 3m on the voting register who shouldn't be and 3m missing from the register who should be

4. Lowest ever level of party political membership; fewer than one in a hundred voters are now members of a political party

5. Deserted by the public, parties will now steal tax money to pay for themselves. This will include UKIP as willing participants; with 15% of the vote share, they are set to gain £12m a year in tax funds under current proposals

6. Fake charities - those getting more than 40% of their funds from tax, lottery or EU funds - will continue to thrive as corrupt adjuncts to the centralising State

7. The global corporates - the biggest fans of the EU as a body that by expensive over-regulation restricts, distorts and blocks competition in favour the biggest firms - will turn profits from mass consumers into covert political action to support the EU Federation

8. The loathed metropolitan political class will continue to rule the UK whoever wins the election; the politicos, journos, BBC and all their dags will break out the champagne whatever happens. As long as voter turnout is above 35%, they'll live.

9. All parties will smother any moves towards Direct Democracy, Localism and Tax Devolution as soon as the election is over, just as in 2010 they broke every promise made in the campaign to tackle the Rotten Parliament crisis. Don't expect any power of recall either.

10. Bloody Blair will rack up more millions by prostituting his jaded reputation to assorted tyrants, dictators and Arabian misanthropes whilst continuing to evade justice; Chilcot will never be published.   

Post Scriptum
And the loathsome and despicable child abuser and paedophile Greville Janner will continue to escape justice before the grave as yet another DPP declines to prosecute one of their own.  

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

UK beats Kermits into 3rd place

With the smallest land area and lowest population of Europe's big 3, the UK has just overtaken France's sclerotic economy. Now look out Herman .....

Land area '000 km2 Population m GDP position in Europe
Germany 357 80 1st
France 641 66 3rd
United Kingdom 243 64 2nd

Bad housing just part of the experience

I can't recall exactly when I reached the age at which I was no longer content to sleep the occasional night on a friend's floor, but I suspect it was in my 30s. And such carpet-nights probably followed an evening that included music, alcohol and cannabis, the last of which I stopped smoking in my 30s when the decent giggly white middle-class resin became unavailable and the market was flooded with horrid gangsta skunk.

Along with sleeping on other people's floors of course many of them slept on mine - floors in a variety of cheap rented flats and houses called generically in those days 'student'. It meant they didn't have central heating, frequently didn't have wiring installed in the past 40 years, were in areas shared with ladies of negotiable virtue or just smelt too bad for normal people. In one house, the immersion heater only went on once a week to give three baths. Otherwise we used the kettle. In hindsight I'm not sure it made economic sense. 

The reward of course was the experience. I recall waking on the first Sunday morning in a new gloomy basement room off Gloucester Road, to emerge in bright sun a stone's throw from Regent's Park and Baker Street, with shops and cafes already doing a thriving trade. In contrast to deepest Suffolk it was soo Goddam metropolitan it was worth the silverfish. 

It wasn't universal. I can still divide my VIth form into those like me and those who would go from the ordered comforts of their parents' homes to the ordered comfort of a married home with nothing in between. Nor is it universal still; if my nephew is anything to go by, 'student' accommodation now requires double glazing, an ambient temperature of a constant 20deg, a current gas safety certificate, a resident concierge and a parking place. 

But for what I got from it, I wouldn't have swapped all my bad housing, the 'cold water walk ups' in American terms, for all the green teas we so assiduously tasted. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Why is the State renting houses?

What on earth is the State doing renting houses? We find it absurd that Sweden's government has a monopoly on retail alcohol sales ("Here's my ration card Comrade; I'd like a litre of Class 1(b) State Beer, please" "Certainly, Comrade. Please attend the compulsory safety video screening and take this token to the issue desk. That will be £19.50 please") and find it risible in a North Korean way that the State should try to sell groceries, clothes or provide haircuts (Here's my ration card, Comrade; I'd like a haircut please" " Certainly, Comrade; would that be a Kim or a Kim style? Or perhaps a Kim style? Take this token to the butcher and here's your pudding basin. That will be a goat, please") but we think it's fine for the following to be regularly the case;

"Hello Comrade I'd like to rent a flat, please"
"Certainly, Comrade: do you fall into one or more of the following privileged State classes:- foreign born, irresponsible slut, alcoholic, social nuisance, fiscally incapable, victim of capitalist hegemony, victim of male hegemony, drug producer?"
"No, Comrade, I'm just a Worker"
"The wait will be fourteen years. Would you like a glass of State Beer whilst you wait? How about a haircut?"

The sooner the State - and that includes the Housing Associations sector - is pushed out of housing provision, the more efficiently markets will meet housing demand. 

Monday, 13 April 2015

The UKIP effect on the election agenda

When Nigel Farage dropped his 'international AIDS health tourists' factoid in the leaders debate I wondered at the time of the wisdom of it. Sure, he'd clearly chosen something that was clear and unambiguous, that came from DoH's own figures and which couldn't be casually denied by the other parties, but how would it resonate with voters?

It's surely not coincidental that the Mail is running a major story today on, er, a government crackdown on health tourism. Now wait a minute; we're in the middle of an election campaign. What's going on? The Mail says "For the first time, hospitals are being told to ensure everyone proves they are entitled to free NHS treatment..... The measures are part of a Government drive to stop migrants and tourists abusing the Health Service, which costs up to £2billion a year". Right. So either the DoH have issued the guidance recently, during the campaign, or these are pre-existing guidelines that Tory or LibDem PR have shoved in a reporter's face, perhaps previously 'hidden' for fear of offending voters likely to bring their sick relatives to the UK for treatment.

Either way, it's surely Farage's debate point that has led to the story. 

Incidentally, the measures won't solve the major problem, on which I've commented many times, at my local hospital - Nigerian women clogging up the maternity wards. The usual scam is for the Nigerian husband to register as an overseas student with an institution such as the 'Imperial College of Law and Business, 2a High Street, Peckham (above William Hill shop)' and then bring his heavily pregnant wife across to enjoy the best of free UK health care. This can still happen - the Mail reports "Under the guidelines women who are about to give birth will not have to fill in forms beforehand because maternity care is deemed 'immediately necessary' and is free to anyone regardless of whether they can pay. But staff will be encouraged to ask patients for documents once the baby has been born and chase them up with the bill."

And one thing in particular niggles. Hospitals are encouraged to appoint an 'overseas visitors manager'. Perhaps the author is ignorant of the role of the historic post of Almoner, the hospital official previously charged with such duties? Or perhaps the term would offend Muslims.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Cameron's thickness fosters Islamism

I've mentioned before that Cameron is a bit thick. However, what he lacks in intelligence, he gains in low cunning and artifice. After having comprehensively misunderstood  the situation in Syria to the extent of losing a parliamentary vote, he compounded his stupidity by failing to correct the path on which he's embarked - a policy line that has fostered Islamism and inspired Jihadists in the UK and has caused queues of Syrian migrants to pile up at Calais. Yes, they're Dave's fault - though you'd hardly know it. 

At the same time he's done absolutely nothing about Islamist snakes such as CAGE's Asim Qureshi, spreading the poison of Islamist hate with carefully crafted phrases that stay just inside hate-speech laws. It is not wrong in the eyes of Islam to lie to and deceive we Kaffirs for Islam's sake; there is no guilt associated with the poison that drips from Qureshi's bulbous lips if it furthers the Moslem Ummah. 

Peter Hitchens is on the case in the MOS, but if you want to read the whole unexpurgated condemnation of Cameron's foreign policy stupidity by none other than Peter Ford, former ambassador of the Court of St James to the Republic of Syria, it's in the Guardian here