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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Be careful what you wish for

Since we woke to the news of Nice, there have been consistent reports of demands in France for 'firm leadership'. And I've long been of the opinion that one simply can't argue against Orban's Fidesz party and its aims of 'family, work, health, order'. Who can campaign on a platform of 'isolation. joblessness, illness, chaos'? Marine le Pen can hope for another three major Islamist atrocities before the French elections next year, each one handing her another 5% of the nation's votes. And she promises to be very strong indeed against France's estimated 10% Moslem residents (though they don't know - the French don't count these things)

As much as I can read Orban's words here in comfort and freedom, I really wouldn't want him leading my country. For a start, bloggers who offer the slightest criticism face unjust discrimination; he is closing off the courts and the media to opposition access and free comment and gradually turning Hungary into a totalitarian State, albeit one without Moslems, mosques, terrorism and social parasitism. 

And as much as we may support the military faction in Turkey trying to halt the country's drift towards an Islamic Republic, to preserve it as a secular and liberal EU candidate nation, it seems the Turkish people by and large want to become an Islamist republic. How this squares with leggy Natashas on the beaches in tiny bikinis, cocktail bars and women's equality I don't know - but I'll support a democratic vote over a general's tanks any day, anywhere. 

You simply can't support the mechanisms of State repression against Moslems in France or in Britain without becoming subject to the same measures yourself. And knowing well the strongly-held and very divergent opinions held by readers of this blog, I'll bet that 85% of you (and me) would end up in an internment camp not long after they locked all the Islamists up. 

'Be careful what you wish for' has never been more true. 

Friday, 15 July 2016

Religion of peace not responsible again - 80 dead

I guess it will be about another twenty minutes before an apologist goes into print reminding us that the latest Islamist atrocity in Nice has nothing to do with the religion of peace.

On another topic, on this day in 1966 British Rail lifted its ban (imposed at the behest of the Unions) on black people working at Euston Station. A previous recruitment campaign by London Transport that featured the slogan "We don't employ blacks" failed to fill the shortage of bus drivers and conductors with poor white folk, and they had to. 

Just a reminder why we needed the raft of anti-discrimination law in the 1970s - to deal with the discriminatory public sector.

Thursday, 14 July 2016

The Guardian - the gift that goes on giving

Oh I do love the post-referendum Guardian! Reading Polly Toynbee's howls of pain is like watching some remote Rich Bitch whose toy dog has died; not only does she carry its fluffy little corpse around in her handbag, but regularly opens the bag to verify the thing is dead, and to let forth a fresh screech.

The editorial staff have also completely lost touch with reality; convincing their own snowflake minds that Brexit will happen seems to have robbed them of all other judgement. Today we have, for example, "Why do so many people choose dull 'death row' meals?" - can't you just imagine the editorial conference ...
"Well, I mean, they can order anything but all they want is fried chicken and white gravy. What's white gravy, anyway? If I was going to be executed next day I'd want Quinoa, Pomegranate salad with Seaweed and Vegan cheese, prolly"

"Well, why don't we get Ottolenghi to put together some death row recipes? Meals that can be prepared in an ordinary prison kitchen? Low fat, low sugar, low ees"

"Yah! And we could get the Healthy Living team to advise on what foods to avoid if, erm, you're going to be executed" 

"Why don't we put Jamie in a Texan death-house kitchen for six months, with, you know, footage of shared meals with the guards and executioners and people about to be killed sharing some organic local produce?"
I'd say you couldn't make it up, but as far as the PTSD Guardian goes, you clearly can ...

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Mediocre Euro-academics want to leave UK? Cool.

I was 40 when I took my second degree, and by then the rot had already set into the English universities. Only one member of the research & teaching staff had an adequate command of English and he was an American. The VC and senior admin staff were concerned solely with cramming their own mouths with as much public gold as they could hold, and in pursuing every crooked, academically dishonest scam and scheme to this end. The  staff - at best academically mediocre - were under enormous pressure to publish. Anything. The consequence was academic journals full of unreadable rubbish; prolix, poorly literate, loaded with jargon and cliches. Worthless dross in the main that did not advance scholarship one iota. The point, of course, was the publishing credit - for both the academic and the institution. 

And so our universities became magnets for third-rate European academics who rightly were unable to find employment in their own countries. The only qualification it seemed was their ability to churn out 20,000 words of meaningless drivel like clockwork every quarter.

This spew of garbage encouraged a new wave of academic publishing - The Journal of Otiose Sinology, 4 issues a year, subscription $1,400 - journals bought only with tax-money by university libraries and that exist solely to put into print the worthless drivel from these fourth-rate minds. 

The cap of course is that these dreary failures call themselves 'intellectuals' in spite of the fact that we don't have intellectuals in England. We have scholars. Intellectuals are for nations such as Hungary, or cities such as Paris, where they tolerate young men with no change of underpants, little money and with poor social skills. 

And now, offended by Brexit, some want to leave, to go back to Europe. That's fine. As 'intellectuals' they will appreciate that their departure will marginally increase the average level of scholarship in both England and Europe. It's a win-win.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Deutsche Bank - alarm signals?

From the many warnings about the state of the Euro banks, I imagined that the Italian banks would be the first to hit crisis this Summer, then Greece and Greek defaults. 

However, thesere's an increasing amount of 'noise' around Deutsche Bank. Now I'm in no way qualified to guage the liquidity of banks, but one worrying factoid struck me. I've long been concerned at the $500 trillion of derivatives that still plague global wealth; this obscene and irresponsible magnification of money was also responsible for putting bare-breasted Africans in Chinese T-shirts, jeans and trainers, giving them 2G phones and directions to the Med.  Anyway, it seems that DB is holding around a tenth of all global derivatives - some $52 trillion worth. It's like a game of financial Jenga with 30% of the sticks already gone. 

With all of the Eurozone dependent on German wealth to keep the continent out of trouble, this doesn't seem quite healthy to me. Perhaps financial types can provide some assurance?

Monday, 11 July 2016

Constitutional Reform

It's good news that not everyone in Britain is sitting stunned and paralysed three weeks after the referendum. The irritating whine from London is diminishing, counter-revolutionaries are working out that any election based on an attempt to overturn the referendum would give Brexiteers an overwhelming majority in Parliament and the Labour party is working out whether it wants to be a protest movement or a political party. My £3 to vote for Corbyn has never been better spent. And now the thinkers are coming into play; the Constitution Reform Group has just published a discussion document that at first read appears to advocate turning the UK into a Swiss-style Federation, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland enjoying autonomy in all but shared functions. 

Shared functions, administered by a Westminster Parliament reduced in size, would include The Crown, the Settlement, Defence, National Security, Foreign Affairs, High level economic policy, Currency, Immigration, Citizenship, Extradition, Emergency powers. 

Before I come to a view as to how well such proposals will serve to meet my own personal objectives of (a) keeping the United Kingdom as a sovereign kingdom and (b) Big Bang Localism whilst diminishing the malignant power of Whitehall and the chains of central command and control, I need to read the Discussion Paper fully. 

And as usual, please share your views - your collective wisdom has a price above rubies!