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Saturday, 30 April 2016

John Major promises more sex parties if UK leaves EU

When John Major was given the opportunity by Radio 4's 'Today' yesterday to pontificate on the Referendum, he chose to compare the UK post-exit to North Korea. This came, curiously, just as 'Der Krone' here had taken a story first printed in the Sun about the incredible sex parties enjoyed by the Fat Boy; North Korea, the paper said, was a hotbed of torrid sex orgies. 

Undoubtedly it was this thought that bubbled in the 73-year old ex-bank clerk's frontal lobes. As much as Major tried to think of threats posed by Brexit to old ladies cycling to the pub for a pint of cricket, all the mental images were of hot pea-sex with slightly hairy women and a dozen North Korean nubiles slowly removing his underpants. If North Korea provided such moments for a Fat Boy with a bad haircut, what couldn't be given to the people of Huntingdonshire and their church bells breeding in their belfries to the sound of Betjeman?     

And so it was as the mic in the Today studio went live that Major spoke of North Korea and the great sex parties that the UK would get on Brexit. 


Friday, 29 April 2016

Of course Labour are Jew-haters

'Taste' discrimination - discriminating against persons on the grounds of their sex or sexual orientation, skin colour, religion or race, is largely illegal. The biggest impact of these laws has been mainly in the half of the economy in which unfairness, nepotism, crooked practice and favouritism were rampant - the socialised public sector. Capitalism, you see, tends not to discriminate on taste grounds, but only on grounds of productive efficiency. The capitalist doesn't care what colour, sex or faith his widget-makers are, only that they're the cheapest and most productive widget-makers on the market. You'll generally only find taste discrimination at the smallest end of the enterprise economy - mom 'n pop stores, and now the ubiquitous Skleps. Harland and Wolff's total bar on employing Catholics was not on theological grounds but on the basis that the inhabitants around its shipyard were so deeply sectarian that to employ both was to reduce efficiency. 

It was London Transport of course in the late 50s / early 60s in a final desperate attempt to recruit native Londoners for the thousands of bus driver and conductor vacancies that published job adverts claiming frankly 'We don't employ Blacks'. Well, they failed to recruit white staff - and did exactly that, giving thousands of West Indian immigrants a real stake in our nation and society. And this sort of blatant taste discrimination in the public sector persisted well into the 1990s. My local borough recruited its entire refuse collection crews from three families - not a woman nor a black face amongst them. It made them, I was told informally, easier to manage. Their lucrative wedge was collectively negotiated with the three family heads. 

Whereas a manager working for shareholders simply doesn't have the freedom to indulge their anti-competitive and inefficient personal tastes, a public sector manager is free to employ as many inefficient, underskilled, non-productive and uneconomic workers as they wish. By 2005 when threats and widespread internal dissatisfaction had put an end to my Council's discriminatory employment practices to allow in a melange of races and even some women to the 'refuge' the result was a real fall in wages and an increase in productivity - as the CIPFA stats for those years painfully demonstrate. 

So the public sector, and its spiritual home the Labour Party, are quite free to vent their personal discriminatory tastes against Jews, Saxons, Catholics or whomever they wish. And such freedom attracts racists and zealots into the public sector and into the Labour Party. So of course Labour are Jew haters - what's the surprise?

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

I, too, believed the lying plods

In the Mail this morning I recommend Peter Oborne's account of the aftermath of the Hillsborough findings. Like Oborne, I too believed plod's account at the time (a lying travesty of evasion, distortion, invention and calculated dishonesy) which shamefuly the plods' lawyers even tried to maintain at the inquest. It wasn't as if I was stupid or naive or even trusted Plod; I'd trained as a mining engineer in south Yorkshire when the coal miners went on strike, and I'd seen at first hand the real suffering of folk in the pit villages around Doncaster and the bastardy of the drafted-in plods - Maggie's Army. I'd been stopped on the A1 regularly on the Friday night drive home to Suffolk every time plod spotted my safety gear in the car and knew what it felt like to be seconds away from the primitive threat of thuggish violence if you gave the wrong response, or cheeked them. One learned to be humble, contrite, apologetic and big-up the southern middle class accent.

I came across the same plods, this time experienced and combat-hardened, during the Wapping dispute in London. Driving from central to south London via Blackwall Tunnel meant running the gauntlet of checkpoints, and vans full of armoured plods with clubs round every corner. So when Hillsborough happened, I had no reasons to imagine plod was a creature elevated in any way from the extinct neanderthal primates. Yet I did believe their Hillsborough lies - that the fans were drunk, rowdy, that they were out of control, had rioted, and the 96 dead were none of Plod's fault. God forgive me.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Austrians surprise themselves

Austria's 'red and black' duopoly has, since the war, done very much the same as Labour and conservative in the UK. And as in the UK, the left has lost votes to a rebellious movement with a green tag, and the centrist conservatives to more traditional right wing movements. But no-one I think predicted the slaughter of the dying parties in the first round of the Austrian presidential election; between them they didn't even scrape 23% of the vote. 

The winner, Norbert Hofer, from the radical right is anti EU and pro gun, and in the home of Glock where a pistol or handgun license is as easy to get as a shotgun license in the UK, he's not the only resident to pack a G19.  

I think the second round next month may be less dramatic, and the entire non-right wing vote will unite behind the green candidate, Van der Bellen, to give Austria a new President - a largely symbolic figurehead here where most power is devolved to the Chancellor and Länder. 

Another very recent poll has given Chancellor Werner Faymann a 72% approval for his action in sealing the Balkans migrant route, a 180° about-turn from his previous alignment with Merkel. What is not in doubt is that the people of Austria are aligned with Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary in their attitude toward migrants. 

And with the Summer invasion of migrants via Italy about to start, Faymann faces a stark choice; seal the Italian border effectively, or lose power completely. We could well see some very angry Italian and EU politicians this Summer, and squalid migrant camps around Polly Toynbee's Tuscan villa. 

Hey ho.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Will Cameron pay Obama for EU speech with the lives of UK troops to Libya?

Back on March 17th I wrote
There's a very funny smell hanging around Cameron, Obama, Libya and the 'stay' campaign right now. Firstly, the US President, whose every public word is guarded by a phalanx of PR experts, blames Cameron for leaving business unfinished in Libya. Then it's revealed that Obama will strongly support the 'stay' campaign. And now the leaks are starting that Obama wants boots on the ground in Libya before the end of his presidential term - that means this year. And Cameron has nothing left to lose. 

So one has to wonder if Cameron, like Blair, has already promised the US President that UK troops will fight in Libya alongside a US contingent - and whether Obama's support for the 'stay' campaign is the price for this.
Now in today's Telegraph the rather fab Penny Mordaunt's fine piece is bracketed with an exclusive interview with Hammond, explaining why UK troops should go to Libya.   

No doubt Obama demanded that Cameron demonstrate his side of the deal before the departure of Air Force One. Watch this space. 

If this is true, that lard-faced little man is even more contemptable than most people imagine.