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Saturday, 2 July 2016

We'll be well shot of that Empire of Evil

One of the most telling post-Referendum tales comes from the heart of the Evil Empire in Brussels, as reported by the Mail. This is home to the EU's blackshirts, and their bullying, violence, threats and intimidation of UK MEPs and other staff at the EU is a shocking testament to the barbarity that still lies in the souls of the lesser nations beyond England's shores. 

No doubt they would like to be pictured leering and posturing as British MEPs cower on their knees before them, scrubbing the pavements. We've heard the cry 'No Pity!' before - normally behind the barrel of a Luger pistol. Well, they don't learn. The more thuggish and brutal the threats, the greater our calm resolve to defeat them.  

It seems like the curse of EUdelusion has been lifted, and the scales are falling from the eyes of Europe's nations as to what the Brussels blackshirts have been up to, and what their true aims are. And now we have pushback. 

Well, we're well placed to support any nation amongst the 27 to turn it into the 26. And then the 25. And so on. Someone remarked three weeks ago that it felt as though the Berlin Wall was coming down again; it surely does, it really does. 


Friday, 1 July 2016

The new threat to democracy?

Following the establishment Referendum meme of 'Help! The wrong people are using Democracy!" a number of alternatives to elections and referendums have bubbled up. The two that are getting the best purring sounds from the wounded establishment are Sortition and Demarchy. In their pure forms, each involves picking decision makers by lottery, something like a jury.

Already on the table, we have various forms of Direct Democracy including referenda of various sorts and scales. The Harrogate options. And of course, I make no bones about advocating a Localism under which decisions are taken at the lowest efficient level. 

Most proposed changes to the way we use democracy come from altruistic, well meaning people. But beware that amongst the versions offered are those geared at reducing democracy, at securing the power of the establishment. Sortition and Demarchy both involve the citizens' jury being briefed on the issues under vote by a team of  'experts'. The question of course is who picks the experts. 

Excuse my cynicism, but I spent 30 years dealing with public objections to various developments and one of my favourite methods was the charette - working design sessions in which small groups of the public work with engineers and designers to refine development proposals. You can guess what happens. I used to employ young female architects from choice - nothing is as guaranteed to silence a Bloke as his technical ignorance being shown-up. So she would say " ..It has to have this mass and orientation due to the solar gain in this location, of which you will be aware .." or "'ll appreciate the modal movement patterns that mean this road layout is essential" or similar, to which they would generally nod. They'd give way on colours, and tree varieties and such things. Things that could be changed.

Well, it may be an effective way of reducing public objections to a new development, but for matters of democracy it really won't do. The authors of the 1948 UDHR, their eyes fresh with the horrors of the death camps and the Jap inhumanities, worded Art.21 very, very carefully; 
Article 21
(1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
(2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
(3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.
So by all means let's discuss changes. But at a time when I've frequently had to leap in to defend the absolute right of everyone to vote - every white van man, every ordinary, confused pensioner - to make their choice, please let's always remember the pain, the anguish and the struggle of our forebears to establish this right in the first place. 

Thursday, 30 June 2016

What are MPs for?

Sir Patrick Cormack, later Lord Cormack, was a long-serving constituency MP who never sought government office. He was content that Staffordshire South voters from across the political parties consistently elected him, although he took the Tory whip. Best of all though, he declared rather crossly in 2008 that his loyalties were to country, constituency and party. In that order. 

A large part of the trouble that the PLP are in at present is because their priorities lie in the opposite order. On the referendum they didn't represent the majority of their old-Labour constituents - who voted Leave - and allied themselves instead with the globalism that is destroying traditional Labour voting communities. Over the past week, at a time when, for our country, Britons of all political colours must close ranks and present a united face to the world, they're presenting the most unedifying and undignified of spectacles in their foolish and jejune squabbling. 

 What's even more risible is that the little rainbow coalition behind Corbyn are also Remainians, though of the open-borders and dreads type, whilst Corbyn himself tends to ally with old Labour 'Leave'. 

Worst of all, the entire PLP appears to believe they're in Parliament to represent the Labour Party, and not their constituencies. Something's got to give - and the electors of those squabbling Labour MPs might well ask just why they voted. 

Reasons to be cheerful 
- Glyphosate now safe in UK
- Boats can go back to red diesel
- No financial transaction tax in UK
- We now manage our own fish stocks
- Amazon, Apple and eBay now have to pay UK corporation tax
- Traditional rag-and-stick sailors can go back to using Stockholm Tar on their rigging (without having to pretend it's for their horses' hooves)

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

EU - Power without responsibility

I watched the EP debate yesterday for about an hour, including Nigel's two statements (the shorter un-televised one was business like and neutral) and it became clear just how keen most MEPs were to use a high profile and crucial debate to make self-serving newsbites for domestic consumption. The Scots and Northern Irish, of course, grandstanding for the cameras; Verhofstadt doing his usual sterling job of repellant sneering and gratuitous insulting that works so well for all opossed to the EU, some absurd little angry bald man with such a ridiculous and risible comb-forward that all I could do was watch it bob up and down in horror, his angry words lost to me. 

Of course Nigel was quire right; they're all in denial. And all furiously now creating their own version of reality; Nigel fooled the people with cunning lies, voters were stupid and badly informed. Pretty much what one gets in the Guardian. And then came the threats of vengeance and repurcussions against the UK, and these were interesting. 

Because of course it's not the MEPs, the Brussels circus or any of the tens of thousands of lobbyists, clerks, cooks, brewers and victuallers who make a living from them that will suffer from EUspite. When 4,000 breadwinners in Munich get laid off due to the tit-for-tat tariffs we impose on BMWs, it will be to their German national representatives they will complain, German taxpayers who will pick up the bill for their jobless benefits and German police and institutions that deal with any public disorder arising. It's classic power without responsibility - the prerogative of the harlot. 

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Kentucky Windage

The total of racist incidents reported since the referendum result is supposed to be 85. Frankly, I imagine the figure is much higher, if you count the teeth-sucking, near-pavement spitting and sotto-voce insults. Nothing excuses such behaviour, but there is, I think, a reason for it. This was a momentous vote and the first time in decades that the mute, the voiceless, the inarticulate, strata of our nation that owns little except their national identity was heard. Their joy at being heard was intense. Much drink has been taken. Inhibitions have been lowered and the nation has been openly discussing immigration, nationality and racism (or non-racism) for the past few weeks in a way that would have been unimaginable even two or three years ago. So tight and repressive a lid has been forced on matters of race and nationality for the past twenty years that the whole thing has fermented. Brexit uncorked the pressure, and these truly unpleasant and inexcusable incidents happened. That's what people do when they first experience the rush of empowerment. 

So far, there have no fatalities, no rapes, very few physical contacts and it seems mostly to be verbal, or graffiti. Let's hope it stays that way. 

When the American army entered Germany in 1945 their behaviour could have been little different to that of the Russians in Berlin. Panicky military police consulted with the generals as incidents of theft and robbery, assault, breaking into homes to loot and armed threats multiplied. The Germans had put up a hard fight, the front-line units had taken heavy casualties and now they were letting-off steam.  The commanding general  unofficially gave them a couple of weeks of 'Kentucky Windage' - with the MPs diverting their gaze from all crimes except rape and murder. After that, the letter of the law was enforced.

Now I'm not suggesting there be any amnesty here for criminal acts, but neither am I going to excoriate the vocal racist insulters for incidents over the weekend. However, it must cease now. Leave and Remain, native and immigrant, pale and dark must get on with keeping Britain going - our real enemies are in Brussels, not on the bus. 

Monday, 27 June 2016

A Very British Exit

The major news of the weekend revolved of course around Glasto and the Eurofootie - the TV managed to squeeze in a programme or two on the EU leaving the UK, but this had to give way to the footie and clashes between Adele and Wales were minimised. Oh yes, the weather made the news too. 

Meanwhile a weak and cowardly Cameron saw that his country needed firm leadership, and ran away. A man so narcissistic, so self-centred that he so easily put his own comfort before the good of the nation and deserted his post deserves nothing from history but opprobrium. As Britain descended into a sort of anarchic panic over the weekend, a short broadcast, a few calm and emollient words might have been expected. Instead, the bugger has run off. A silly dilettante little man, I suppose we are well rid of him. Neither have we seen sign of the furtive Onanist Osborne, when at least a clip  of the lights burning at the Treasury and a short statement would help calm the hysterical girls of the financial markets. 

I went with a forecast of a 10% drop against the $ with the £/€ holding at 1.25 - 1.30 and I think after some opening jitters today that's about what we'll settle into by the end of the week. London is also overdue for a 20% fall in house prices - a sharp contraction will serve to silence the irritating anti-Brexit whine coming from the capital, ease rent pressures and give them all something else to worry about. 

Juncker and Schulz are very insistent on our early exit, which is reason enough for us to hang on. We've got a Greek default to come this Summer, plus the collapse of the Italian banks. So long as the UK can still exercise our QMV power, so long as our MEPs can still obstruct or delay the Commission's diktats, we need to gain avery ounce of bargaining power we can. Juncker has assembled a crack team of Eurocrats; we need to use London's world class lawyers and commercial negotiators and put a force into the field that will whupp their arse. Even £1bn in fees at this stage would be worth it; we simply can't leave it all to the weak, silly amateurs of the civil service. We also need Gove to head it up - if only for the reason that they hate him, and he doesn't care.

And I wouldn't lose a second's sleep over the referendum result not being recognised. Any such attempt by either parliament or government would lead to an immediate campaign of civil disobedience so widespread and so powerful as to bring the nation to a halt. 

So, the EU has left us, and that's fine. As we say at the leaving dos, I wish them every success for their future ventures. Here's the pen, fuck off. 

And if you need a quick reminder as to why it was all so necessary, here's 4m of Nigel in the EP;