Friday, October 31, 2014

Mea culpa from Ed Jacobs

Interesting mea culpa from Ed Jacobs on Left Foot Forward:  http://leftfootforward.org/2014/10/whats-is-happening-in-scotland-is-symptomatic-of-a-deeper-problem/

"I voted for Ed Miliband to be leader believing that he stood the best chance of reconnecting Labour with a public that had become increasingly weary of 13 years of Labour rule. Today, with a heavy heart, I admit that I was wrong."

Ed Jacobs writes on devolved and local government and works as a political consultant at the only Northern based government and parliamentary relations consultancy, The Public Affairs Company. He has previously helped establish and run a student news website therundown.co.uk.

However it is not enough to point out there is a problem - Mr Jacobs should also tell us what his solution is.

The Institute dinner

I am at home.

It is the day of the Institute dinner.

The guest speaker is so confidential even I do not know who it is.

I will be leaving shortly to drive down to the hotel.

It means an overnight stay.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Newsnight this evening will examine the projected Labour meltdown in Scotland.
Abortion is the most urgent political issue we face (anywhere):  http://online.wsj.com/articles/fight-over-abortion-dominates-tennessee-election-1414625189


Poll on voting intentions in Scotland

Ipsos MORI poll on voting intentions in Scotland:

SNP - 52%
Labour - 23%
Conservatives - 10%
Liberal Democrats - 6%

Does this indicate that Alex Salmond has been holding back the SNP all these years?

They should have dumped him sooner.

State education in the United Kingdom has utterly failed

The Independent asserts that British people are ignorant about almost everything:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/muslims-immigration-and-teenage-pregnancy-british-people-are-ignorant-about-almost-everything-9825116.html

Presumably the newspaper will now concede that state education in the United Kingdom has utterly failed?
 

The staying power of the Conservatives

Interesting article by Tim Montgomerie:  http://conservativewoman.co.uk/tim-montgomerie-conservative-party-becomes-broad-coalition-dies/

However I think he misunderstands the staying power of the Conservatives.

All main parties are seeing their natural supporters flirting with other options.

However Conservatives are less vulnerable to this than Labour or Liberal Democrats.  The clue is in the name - they are conservatives.  They will be the last to change and the first to come back.

That does not mean there are not dangers ahead.

Membership must be expanded and members given control over policy approval.

There is nothing difficult in this.

The surge in SNP membership in recent weeks has happened simply because the SNP canvassers went back to people who said they would vote SNP in the referendum and asked them to join the SNP party.

The Conservatives could do this also - if the employed and elected party got off their pin-striped backsides and did some work and showed some leadership.

Integration into WHAT?

This IPPR article on immigration is so depressing:  http://www.ippr.org/juncture/settling-the-migration-debate

None of the people referred to seem to have any idea of the culture, history and society of England - to them the United Kingdom is just an economic teat that they are sucking at, and when it dries up presumably they will move on to suck the life out of the next victim host.

"Integration" is meaningless in this context.

Integration into WHAT?

Integration into a non-culture that has no definition?

That is why immigration has failed and will continue to fail and will ultimately end in tragedy.

Covertly attacked and discredited

Hmm - http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/the-britain-first-story-is-getting-worse-and-worse-for-ukip--lkH4RYl0Ix

Is this officially-sanctioned dirty tricks?

We know that when the English Defence League began to challenge the Establishment "suddenly" extremist people appeared at EDL events giving Nazi salutes and the organisation became discredited.

We know that when animal-rights organisations began to challenge the Establishment undercover police officers "joined" the organisations and urged them on to ever more extreme behaviour so that the animal rights movement would be discredited.

We know that when Guardian journalist Owen Jones wrote a book on (his very particular view of) the Establishment he experienced activity that alarmed him:  http://owenjonesramblings.tumblr.com/post/93786672324/on-threats-and-attempts-to-intimidate

Am I imagining things, or can we see a pattern here?

If you challenge the Establishment you will be covertly attacked and discredited and undermined.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Clearly an emergency

Contrary to the witterings of Mark Ferguson on LabourList Westminster has NOT tried to control immigration:  http://labourlist.org/2014/10/pmqs-verdict-what-have-we-learned-that-westminster-has-tried-and-failed-to-control-immigration/

If the Army and Royal Navy were used instead of the inadequate border officials how would migrants gain entry?

Why are the armed forces not being used, since this is clearly an emergency.

The fear is that we are in some kind of dictatorship

Incoherant article about immigration by Suzanne Moore in the Guardian:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/29/politics-denial-immigration-inhumanity?CMP=twt_gu

She is factually wrong to conflate the EU free movement of people with the uncontrollable (sic) tide of so-called asylum-seekers.

However she is right to point to fear as the prime motivating factor in attitudes towards immigration, although she has wrongly interpreted that fear as fear of "the other".

We are supposed to be a democracy where the majority rule.

In every poll there has ever been on immigration the majority have said they do not want it, and yet it keeps happening.

The majority view is completely ignored.

Which leads almost everyone, whether consciously or unconsciously, to the horrible sinking realisation that we do not live in a democracy at all.

The fear is that we are in some kind of dictatorship.

George Eaton is saying the benefits of immigration are...

"Britain's economy and society are unambiguously better off for net migration having remained well above 'tens of thousands' a year" George Eaton says in this article for the New Statesman:  http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/10/pmqs-review-miliband-paints-immigration-problem-it-wont-help-him

Note that he says it is unambiguous.

Therefore George Eaton is saying the benefits of immigration are transparent, conclusive and decisive.

George Eaton is saying the benefits of immigration are definite, exact and factual.

George Eaton is saying the benefits of immigration are genuine, precise and sure.

George Eaton is saying the benefits of immigration are undeniable, unequivocal and unmitigated.

George Eaton is saying the benefits of immigration are unquestionable, uncomplicated and clear.

George Eaton is saying the benefits of immigration are discernible, distinct and evident.

George Eaton is saying the benefits of immigration are indubitable, manifest and marked.

George Eaton is saying the benefits of immigration are noticeable, observable and open.

George Eaton is saying the benefits of immigration are overt, palpable and patent.

George Eaton is saying the benefits of immigration are perceivable, plain and self-evident.

George Eaton is saying the benefits of immigration are transparent, understandable and visible.

George Eaton is saying the benefits of immigration are prominent, pronounced and coherent.

George Eaton is saying the benefits of immigration are comprehensible, incontrovertible and intelligible.

George Eaton is saying the benefits of immigration are knowable, legible and lucid.

George Eaton is saying the benefits of immigration are manifest, obvious and straightforward.

Let us assume that George Eaton is telling the truth, and the benefits of immigration are all of these things (a giant leap of imagination I know, but let us humour him).

Then why do the vast majority of people in this country not want it?

Indeed, have never wanted any of it.
Is it not time, Mr Eaton, that you stopped telling people what they ought to want?

As you assert, the benefits are unambiguous.

Equally unambiguous is the rejection of ALL immigration by the democratic majority of people in the United Kingdom.

What part of NO don't you understand?

Millions and millions and millions of extra foreigners in the country









Note the devastating logic employed by Ryan Shorthouse (Bright Blue) when approaching the issue of immigration.

If we don't talk about immigration, the Shorthouse argument goes, then the public will not notice there are millions and millions and millions of extra foreigners in the country.

No doubt Mr Shorthouse will be suggesting next that anytime someone tries to talk about immigration all we have to do is scream "racist" at them and they will shut up.

Mr Shorthouse if you want to solve public disquiet about immigration why not try getting public consent to immigration?

No consent, and you can't bring in any immigrants.

He is a closet imperialist

Ian Birrell's article on migrants in today's Guardian reveals he is a closet imperialist:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/28/britain-refusal-help-migrants-inhumanity?CMP=twt_gu

Only an unthinking imperialist would assume that the United Kingdom should attempt to solve all the world's problems.

What is wrong with the migrants staying in their own countries and fighting to build a better life there?

When France fell under German control in 1940 millions of people became subject to a vicious regime far more evil than anything in modern Africa or the Middle East.  A few French people ran away, but most stayed where they were and resisted evil and fought (in whatever way they could) for better times.  Presumably Ian Birrell is such an unthinking racist that he assume white French people can resist tyranny but black and brown people cannot.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Phantom zombie Unite members

What is going on at the Unite union?  http://www.leftfutures.org/2014/10/jerry-hicks-complaint-against-unite-thrown-out/

Is it true that "phantom votes" led to the election of Len McClusky?

"...the inclusion in the ballot of a number of members in arrears with their contributions  - he claimed 160,000. However UNITE was following the practice that members in arrears cannot be denied a vote if they have not been contacted  by their union and asked if they wish to remain a member and resume contributions."

My goodness, it makes the Rotten Borough of Old Sarum look positively liberal.

Surely Len McClusky must realise how bad this looks, especially coming after the Falkirk imbroglio.

Is this some kind of Halloween joke? 

Phantom zombie Unite members voting into office a General Secretary who has been around so long he is beginning to resemble one of the un-dead?

Vincent Price voice:

Darkness falls across the land
The midnight hour is close at hand
Union conveners crawl in search of votes
To elect candidates on which the Left dotes...

Look at the Greens from a Labour perspective

Luke Akehurst points to "four or five way fights where the winning party only needs 25% of the vote" in this look at the Greens from a Labour perspective:  http://labourlist.org/2014/10/we-must-not-make-the-same-mistake-with-the-greens-that-we-did-with-the-lib-dems/

It is quite likely that Labour will decline to a pressure group party.

It reminds me of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the way the United States became by default the only "superpower".

For all their troubles, post 2015 the Conservatives may well be the only super-party, surrounded by middle-ranking pressure group parties (and Labour is just a coalition of four or five interest groups, as mark Ferguson points out).

Action to quell the flow of those migrants

Shadow Immigration Minister David Hanson says that illegal immigration is "untenable" and calls for "action to quell the flow of those migrants" :   http://centrallobby.politicshome.com/latestnews/article-detail/newsarticle/david-hanson-mp-time-for-action-on-migrants-coming-into-britain-through-calais/

Grabbed by Labour as it plummeted downwards

"I could make jokes about the overwhelmingly middle class concern of electoral reform all day" says Mark Ferguson in this LabourList article:  http://labourlist.org/2014/10/british-politics-trundles-towards-the-abyss-what-are-we-doing-about-it/

And note his bewailing the fact that Labour is barely registering support above its 2010 figure of 29%.

Owen Jones often refers to 2010 as some kind of all-time nadir of the Labour Party and uses it as a stick to beat the Conservatives and a symptom of their (in his mind) long-term decline.  If the Tories couldn't even beat Labour in 2010, the Jones argument goes, what hope do they have of winning against a rejuvenated Left?  However Mark Ferguson is now warning that far from being a nadir, 2010 was just a temporary stay - a small bush growing in the crevice of a cliff, grabbed by Labour as it plummeted downwards and providing a tiny smidgen of support even as the roots of that bush are being dragged out and the Wile E. Coyote of the Labour Party looks down in horror at the floor of the canyon far far below.

This is what is has come to for Labour - a Looney Tunes world where only gallows humour can keep everyone's spirits up.

Civil servants who administer the sacraments

The Archbishop of Canterbury has attempted to intervene in the debate over immigration:  http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/oct/27/archbishop-canterbury-justin-welby-warns-not-demonise-immigrants-michael-fallon-swamped

Alec Nussbaum:  "He needs to remember the Church of England is Established.  Anglican priests are civil servants who administer the sacraments.  And like all civil servants they need to keep out of politics."
 

Whining American accents

I find myself objecting to the number of times we have to listen to American voices on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4.

This morning there were three American "experts" (including Michael Diedring and Saadia Zahidi ) talking about migration, Iraq and gender equality.

Are there no British liberals who can give us the benefit of their greasy saccharine self-righteousness and in a passive-aggressive way lecture us on our shortcomings? 

Why on top of the moral blackmail do we have to endure whining American accents?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04mcbhm

Monday, October 27, 2014

Swamped

Has there been any polling evidence asking the specific question:

"Do you feel the country is being swamped by immigration?"

If it is the language being used in ordinary discourse then it is important that politicians use the same language.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/oct/27/swamped-and-riddled-toxic-phrases-wreck-politics-immigration-michael-fallon
Where Switzerland leads the United Kingdom must follow:  http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0IF0RV20141026?irpc=932

And note that it is the Swiss Greens who are in favour of restrictions.

David Cameron was pushed in the street

Even more alarming than the fact that David Cameron was pushed in the street is the thought that if it HAD been a fatal attack Nick Clegg would now be our Prime Minister.

I hope you can all join me in fervent prayers for the safety and well-being of our dear Prime Minister David Cameron.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-29784493


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Approaching


















Remembrance Day is approaching.

On the Andrew Marr programme this morning Candy Staten wore a poppy.

Caroline Lucas MP wore two.

Presumably Jon Snow will continue his petulant refusal on Channel 4 News.

Cities Without Palms by Tarek Eltayeb















Have just finished reading Cities Without Palms by Tarek Eltayeb.

It is a sad story of how Hamza leaves his village in Sudan and travels first to Khartoum, then to Egypt, then to Italy to earn money to send back to support his mother and sisters.

He has many adventures, occasionally falling among criminals, at one point having an affair.

Eventually he returns to his village to find it deserted and his mother and sisters dead.

"For the first time in my life I know what it truly means to be a stranger."

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Alchemy cafe in Carter Lane















I was ridiculously early (I was afraid the trains might be delayed) so I went to the Alchemy cafe in Carter Lane.















So late in the day all they had to eat was carrot cake, which I would not normally touch.

The coffee was fabulously good.

Thomas Kielinger of Die Welt

On Dateline London earlier today Thomas Kielinger of Die Welt told us firmly "Germans always obey the rules".

And one couldn't help thinking:  Did they follow the rules of the Geneva Convention in the years 1933 to 1945?

Or is all that brushed under the carpet now?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04nd0b7 
My presentation yesterday was a triumph.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Anti-democratic morbid black bile

Is there no end to the anti-democratic morbid black bile excreted by the pro-immigration lobby within the Labour Party?

Article on LabourList by Kenny Stevenson (PhD researcher at the University of Strathclyde studying British immigration policy and public opinion sic):  http://labourlist.org/2014/10/for-our-immigration-policy-labour-should-forget-the-tories-and-look-to-europe/
I have reserved the whole day to work on my talk and presentation which I deliver at 7.30 this evening.

I must not get distracted (for instance by reading articles like this http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/23/egypt-archaeology-restoration-pyramids?CMP=twt_gu ).

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Newsnight

Watching Newsnight, Evan Davis has COMPLETELY lost control of an interview with celebrity bigmouth Russell Brand.

What more graphic demonstration that Evan Davis was the wrong choice for this high profile position.

Can someone please get BOTH of these clowns off the air.

The word "homegrown" has a very wide meaning in this context

I was interested to read that the National War Memorial in Ottawa is in the form of a Triumphal Arch (an Arch of Victory).

It was designed by a British architect, and the sculptures went on display in London before being transported to Canada.

The terrorist shot yesterday is described in the news as "homegrown Canadian" although his father was Libyan - the word "homegrown" has a very wide meaning in this context.

http://ottawacitizen.com/news/national/shooter-zehaf-bibeau-was-staying-at-ottawa-mission-before-rampage-witnesses

Integrate and assimilate

Ed Miliband is in Croydon today to celebrate Black History Month (sic).

He should use to occasion to tell BME people in clear and unambiguous terms to make more of an effort to integrate and assimilate.

And like Obama he should tell young black men to "pull up your pants".

A very public slap in the face from UKIP

Rather an insipid weasely article about the Rochester & Strood by-election  http://labourlist.org/2014/10/tories-heading-for-another-embarrassing-by-election-defeat/

The by-election is supposedly "not a priority" for the Labour party.

Have they thrown in the towel already?

Have they conceded that UKIP is going to push Labour into third place?

It is certainly embarrassing for the Labour party to give in to UKIP (which is effectively what they are doing) and also embarrassing for them to set up their (ostentatiously BME) candidate Naushabah Khan for a very public slap in the face from UKIP.

And have they noticed how quickly UKIP seems to be moving to the left.
Is it not the case that politicians who huffily say "This is dangerous nonsense" are themselves talking dangerous nonsense by their obdurate use of the phrase?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Enoch Powell was right about these people

I heard this news story on the PM programme on Radio 4:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-29725855

The perpetrators were "Pakistani heritage, Caribbean and Iraqi men".

Once again I thought:  Enoch Powell was right about these people.

We should never have let them in.

It is not to late to ask them to leave.

The future voting intentions of the mostly young one million Poles who have moved to the United kingdom

A report on the new grouping around UKIP in the European Parliament (sic) said that young Polish people have a tendency to vote for the extreme right.

Has any thought been given on the future voting intentions of the mostly young one million Poles who have moved to the United kingdom?

Presumably if these Polish immigrants intend to remain here they will acquire citizenship and the right to vote.

Would it not be ironic if those who championed mass immigration into the United Kingdom should have unintentionally boosted the constituency of the far right?  That Jonathan Portes and Daniel Trilling and Jack Straw should have brought hundreds of thousands of anti-Semitic people into the country?  Is there no end to the Left's myopic stupidity?

The Family That Built Gothic Britain on BBC4

Dan Cruikshank performed a hatchet job on George Gilbert Scott last night in The Family That Built Gothic Britain on BBC4.

What is the point of all this nastiness?

The idea that George Gilbert Scott was a forerunner of modernism was absurd.

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Art Of Gothic: The Shock Of The Old

Have just watched The Art Of Gothic: The Shock Of The Old on BBC 4.

It was a rubbishy programme - all over the place culturally, sequentially, historically.

Andrew Graham-Dixon entirely failed to deliver a coherent argument and at least half the examples he quoted were foreign.

Presentation

I am working flat out on a presentation.  Have been for days.  It has to be ready by Friday.

It's an extremely exciting idea, but supported by such complicated and boring evidence that I am afraid the data with drag it down and make it flat.

Only forty-five minutes to deliver it, and already I have sixty slides - all of them important.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Polish government should be a little less arrogant

On the World At One earlier today the Polish ambassador was intransigent about the EU "free movement of people"

However if the United Kingdom leaves the EU the result is a bloody big problem for Poland with one million Poles potentially arriving back in Poland unemployed.

So perhaps the Polish government should be a little less arrogant about what is or is not "non-negotiable".

In negotiations with the EU the British hold all the cards.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

You can make associations - Conference 4

Closing sessions.

The (over-used) dark star analogy was made (they know we exist, they can feel our influence, but they can't see us...").

MB's talk:

You can't claim to be from an area if you are not...  Lots of negative press...  You can't make causal links but you can make associations...


(MM arrives late and lets the door slam behind him).

RU's talk:

We don't need acceptance by anyone...  We are serving the nation, we are the guardians of Conservatism...  Most of our members are self-chosen...  Respected by communities throughout the world...  Loss of indigenous cultures...  We are not a marginalised movement... 

Leftist march through London earlier today

BBC News 24 reported on the leftist march through London earlier today.

It looked very thinly attended.

Someone called Sam Fairbairn was interviewed and said the event was organised by some kind of popular front.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The arrogance of Martin Amis

Is there no end to the arrogance of Martin Amis?

In The Zone of Interest he uses one of the greatest tragedies of the twentieth century as a backdrop to his novel:  http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n20/michael-hofmann/splashing-through-the-puddles?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=3620&hq_e=el&hq_m=3448241&hq_l=5&hq_v=3b22cae22a

Intense pain and privation just an exotic setting for his wannabe-philosophical musings.

The Ched Evans issue

The Left seems to be tying itself up in knots over the Ched Evans issue.

I am all in favour of a draconian crime and punishment system, but the Left is not being consistent here.

ALL criminals need to be punished and serve their FULL sentences and THEN work in the community to make amends.

You can't just pick one person out and say I want extra stigmatisation for him.

The Left in general and the Labour Party in particular has been soft on crime and soft on the causes of crime.

The grandest of Labour grandees

On Daily Politics just now Roy Hattersley has said about Labour's wilderness years "one of my greatest achievements was ending the commitment to meaningless public ownership".

Does the current Labour leadership agree with this?

Does Owen Jones (Guardian) agree with this?

Roy Hattersley has just said Ed Miliband "should not be eating bacon sandwiches, instead he should be talking about what he believes in".

When even the grandest of Labour grandees ("I was enthralled by Roy Jenkins") doesn't support the current Labour leadership isn't it time Ed Miliband threw in the towel?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

We are at a tipping point or bifurcation - Conference 3

Saturday 11th October

I left the dinner at about 1am, but was woken at 5am by drunken stumbling and slurred talking in the corridor outside my room, so obviously the gathering did not break up until nearly dawn. 

I could not get back to sleep so I got up at 6 and attempted to watch television (with the sound turned very low), but the channels were so difficult to navigate that I could not find anything worth watching.  I opened the curtains and sat in an armchair reading in the dim early light.  At 8am I went to the restaurant, second person to arrive.

The Conference began at 10am.

JT’s talk:

“I am not interested in representation, I am interested in implementation…  We have experienced a succession of paradigms, one replacing the other…  Normality is followed by crisis is followed by a new paradigm…  A crisis is when there are more anomalies than normalities…  We have to shed the old paradigm…  The challenge now is to reformulate ourselves in a way that is acceptable to the mainstream…  I believe we are at a tipping point or bifurcation…  We are as a nation in trouble…  We are experiencing a double layer of phoniness – straw man dating aunt sally…  Ronald Bell was very cool…  the Black Panthers were against integration, and that’s a good model…  Pre-1945 everything was seamless indigenous culture at one with the nation…  This broke down and we entered an age of fallacy and falsehood…  To get beyond this we cannot go back to pre-45, we have to find a new way…  Pre-45 is done, it’s over, but post-45 is done also…  So what can we put in its place?...  We need to move away from clusters and focus on binding…  One person can influence two hundred people, twenty thousand people properly trained can transform the country…  About ten years ago I was giving a speech to this Institute and someone jumped up and said “You’re not a real Conservative” (at this point an elderly bad-tempered crone got up and said “I did NOT say that!” – everybody laughed)…  We have got to drop our fascination with the mainstream…  We don’t like them, but we keep trying to be like them, that’s stupid…  The mainstream people are all over identity now, they have finally got with the programme…  They are done with identity 1.0 and identity 2.0 and they need identity 3.0 – and we have identity 3.0 ready to go!

The Times telling us yet again "immigration is good for you"

Another facile dissembling intellectually dishonest article in The Times telling us yet again "immigration is good for you":  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/leaders/article4236961.ece?CMP=SOC-Twitter-thetimes-28_07_2014-468-0-0-0

If it is to take this angle the pro-immigration lobby needs to prove EXACTLY how the benefits of immigration get into the pockets of ordinary people.

And if immigration is so full of benefits why have ordinary people not felt those benefits since mega-immigration was introduced in 1997?

But in any case, speaking personally I do not want any more immigration.  Don't care what the benefits are, I just don't want it.  And The Times needs to start respecting the majority view, not tell us we are wrong.

The ordinary people own this country.

Education policy under Labour was institutionally racist

Article by Sally Weale in the Guardian about how education policy has been manipulated:  http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/oct/15/coastal-schools-neglected-by-national-initiatives

"...a largely white working class population – a demographic that across the country is now among the most educationally disadvantaged" - in other words education policy under Labour was institutionally racist.

They poured money into disadvantaged London areas to buy the BME bloc vote.

They ignored everyone else.

Betrayal

George Eaton in the New Statesman http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2014/10/labour-might-not-be-war-itself-miliband-desperately-needs-inspire-his-supporters

Telling paragraph:

After Miliband’s victory, his supporters were enthused by his decision to appoint Cruddas, a Labour romantic, to lead the policy review and by his recruitment of Arnie Graf, the US community organiser, to overhaul the party’s campaign structures and end the era of “machine politics” and “command and control”. They now feel, in the words of one MP, “betrayed”.

In Harold Pinter's play Betrayal there were 'hidden emotions and veiled motivations, self-absorbed competitive one-upmanship, face-saving, dishonesty, and (self-)deceptions.'

George Eaton is right to use the word betrayal in the Labour context.

Misusing the state housing stock to buy votes

This announcement by Labour that local people will be given priority in allocation of housing has important implications and indicates the Labour leadership wants to move away from its previous policy of allocation by "need":  http://www.itv.com/news/2014-10-16/locals-and-first-time-buyers-given-priority-in-housing-market-labour-vows/

Until the late 1960s early 1970s Councils built council houses for local people in their area who needed a house.

The Labour amended the legislation so that this housing was allocated on the basis of "need" so that anyone in "need" who arrived at a council housing office was immediately given priority - in reality this meant recently arrived immigrants who tended to be poor and have large families and tended to vote in a bloc for Labour candidates.

In response Conservative governments sold off council housing rather than see the housing stock used by the Labour party to gerrymander constituencies.

Both these strategies were wrong, but Labour must carry the heaviest burden of responsibility for what happened to council housing in the United Kingdom - as they tacitly admit with the announcement today.

Will they now apologise for misusing the state housing stock to buy votes?

A return to Newsnight Review on Fridays

Newsnight was interesting last night reviewing the new German culture exhibition at the British Museum.

And it was interesting the night before with the Booker prize report.

Perhaps we might yet see a return to Newsnight Review on Fridays.  But without I hope the ever-changing vibrantly diverse "cultural commentators" who all seemed to say the same things, and the horrible wide-angle studio.  Just a stable panel of four people we can trust (Michael Goldfarb perhaps, or Nick Laird).

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

After the break was the Closed Session - Conference 2

Friday 10th October

I had asked for a call at 6am, and after washing and dressing I went up to the restaurant for breakfast.  Second person to arrive (it opened at 7pm).  I asked for a table in a back corner, mainly because I did not want anyone to see how greedy I was being – three sausages, two fried eggs, a heap of scrambled egg, two slices of black pudding, two pieces of fried bread, one mushroom, one half of a tomato followed by grapefruit segments, strawberry yoghurt, a pot of drinking yoghurt followed by two Danish pastries, two croissants with marmalade (there wasn’t any apricot jam), a piece of chocolate bread plus a pot of coffee.

After breakfast I went to the exhibitors’ hall.  I was so early I had to ask for it to be unlocked.  Ten stands arranged around the perimeter of the chamber with the central area reserved for the teas and coffees to be served during the breaks.  Because it is a closed conference all the “exhibitors” were internal, mostly campaigns that we want members to get involved with.

I talked to KD (from Head Office) and helped her set up her stand – exuberant thanks for doing this.  We talked about the ghastly SS and how we disliked her pushy ways.  SS arrived and immediately began smoothing the tablecloths so that I would have to move.

I went into the hall next door for the formal start to the Conference.  About 150 members were in the hall, more than I expected.  The Council were seated on the stage with the Institute’s Director Alec Nussbaum and Deputy Director Marcia Walsh.

I was absolutely disgusted to see the young hipster sitting on the stage as a member of Council.  Rough-shaven, tight mustard trousers, open-necked check shirt (tiny checks so the shirt looked grey from a distance.  As there are comparatively few young members of the Institute he is likely to hold the “yoof” place on Council for years to come.

The President of the Institute, a bearded elderly gentleman looking like Leopold II King of the Belgians, made the opening remarks in a stilted style.

About twenty new members then appeared, and lined up in front of the audience to take their Affirmations.  This oath of loyalty makes some people uncomfortable (the Institute as a cult), but it has done more to secure confidentiality over the years than almost any other measure.  I clapped so many times my hands began to hurt.

After the new members had been welcomed Awards were made to members who have contributed to the Institute in terms of Research, Campaigning and Innovation.

After the Awards a few Fellowships were given out.  These are given to long-standing members, usually past Presidents.  I was surprised to see Vijay Singh (former Director of the Institute) given a fellowship but Marcia Walsh told me later he got it to keep him quiet.  As each Fellow went up to the stage he was given a large envelope supposedly containing a certificate although I knew the envelopes were empty (the certificates had not arrived in time).  One of the Fellows insisted on saying a few words (“we are a learning, sharing, caring community” he mumbled).

After the Fellowships the President gave the Presidential Address, starting with a vote of loyalty to the Crown.  Following this very conventional opening he then mischievously told us we were all “outlaws”.  He talked out identity (“We are not defined by what other people think of us.  We define ourselves.  We are defined by our oath of Affirmation…”).   He talked about group mind.  He talked about recruitment (“We don’t choose to be members, we are chosen…”).  Sustained applause with a few people standing up.

A break for morning coffee.  I stood at my table in the hall and tried to interest people in various campaigns we have coming up.  One person who showed an interest was a Canadian – what possible relevance does the Institute have in Canada?

After the break was the Closed Session.  Employees and various others are not supposed to sit in on this, and at the doors Council members were taking the names of everyone going into the hall.  I chose the door guarded by the hipster and just walked past him, assuming (correctly) that he would not be confident enough to challenge me.

I sat at the back where the top table could not see me.  MM arrived just as the doors were closing.  I wanted a glass of water but I did not dare stand up and walk to a side table in case I was seen by a member of Council.

Apologies for absence were read out (“I notice that a number of people on this list are here!”).
Obituaries were read out (this took some time).

Scrutineers were appointed.

Reports previously circulated were listed and questions were asked.

Finance was glossed over, which was surprising given the way we are always told how little money we have.

Discussion of the Journal and its cost (high because the print run is so low due to the restricted circulation).

I felt myself dehydrating due to the air conditioning.

Then came the Special Resolutions.  The meeting became increasingly acrimonious with many personal remarks flying across the hall.  The general behaviour of a bow-tied middle-aged member was questioned and he snarled back “If I want to smoke a spliff I’ll smoke a spliff”, shocking the silver-haired gentlemen and elderly desiccated ladies (“you’re all fanatics”).

An inflammatory sheet, hostile to the Council, was circulated person to person.  When it reached me I knew immediately it should be suppressed and put it among the notes I was holding.  When the lunch break came I took the sheet to Vijay Singh and he said “good work” and told me to look out for anything else that undermined the Council (which legitimised my presence in the Closed Session).

I went to the screened-off area where the staff lunches were reserved, but was so late everything had been ransacked and I had to make do with leftovers (this has happened so often at Conferences that I now make sure I have a good breakfast).

Returning to the Closed Session after lunch I walked up to the hipster and told him Vijay Singh had asked me to attend the meeting.  He just said “cool” with that infuriating sub-Ryan-Gosling attitude of his and wrote my name on his list.  He is such a sneaky individual that I knew he would double-check with Vijay Singh in the hope of catching me out.

Special Resolution 3 – clashes over which projects would get funding over the next year, with an expected concentration of expenditure in the first five months of 2015.

Special Resolution 4 – “Our cellular structure counts against infiltration…” “…I was told I would have to resubmit and when I asked why I was told there were new guidelines.  I was asked for a copy of the guidelines and was told No, and when I asked why I was told it was because my submission had not been accepted…” “We are all standing under a sword of Damocles…” “In two years I will be seventy” (getting upset) “…we can’t go back and change history but we can damn well change the future…” “…at the end of the day we are all on the same side…”

Voting slips were collected (they are all named and numbered, so there was no chance I could vote).

Then the President stood up and read out a long list of thanks to various people, becoming tearful at places.

After the Conference had closed for the day I felt so tired I had to go back to my room and lie-down for an hour before attending the Drinks Reception for New Members (in which I talked to an Icelandic person – what possible relevance does the Institute have to Iceland?).

Later came the dinner with a guest so confidential it cannot be…

Lord Freud

Do please remember that Lord Freud was part of the Labour Establishment before he became part of the Tory Establishment.

He has no political views beyond a sort of me-first expediency. 

He is typical of the amorphous group of well-educated, well-connected leeches that just follow power around hoping to fix themselves to a host and feed off it.

"Male escort" indeed - we all know what that's a euphemism for!






I am totally flabbergasted that an organisation called BAME Labour should think this endorsement of Ed Miliband by Boy George (George O'Dowd) is worth repeating.

Ed Miliband is "not creepy in any way" Boy George tells us.

Is Boy George qualified to say who is creepy and who is not?

This is someone who got fifteen months for falsely imprisoning a "male escort" by chaining him to a radiator in his flat.

It rather suggests that the Boy George spectrum of creepiness is different to the moral standards held by the rest of us.

My goodness, is this the best Labour's media operation can come up with?

"Male escort" indeed - we all know what that's a euphemism for!

And who is BAME Labour anyway?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Paper arch




















Amazing print on show at the British Museum of Durer's "paper arch".

The arch was never built.

The arch in Washington Square in New York was originally made of paper.

The Cenotaph in Whitehall was originally made of board.

Is it not possible to have a paper Victory Arch constructed in London for November 2018? 

"...a programme which will transform Britain"

"We are putting together a programme which will transform Britain..." says Jon Trickett MP in this article for LabourList http://labourlist.org/2014/10/labour-will-bring-about-a-clean-break-with-the-recent-past/

Er excuse me Mr Trickett, but hasn't Labour already put together its programme?  You know, the one Labour Policy Co-Ordinator Jon Cruddas compiled and launched as The Condition of Britain back in June.  I even obtained a copy of it and read it from cover to cover.

Oh I see.

That was just a bit of fun.

YOU are the real Policy Co-Ordinator.  It is the Trickett vision that will be presented to the people in May next year.  The Cruddas vision is well out of date and Jon Cruddas himself is just a counter-revolutionary Blairite apologist who deserves to be on the receiving end of a metaphorical ice pick.

Thank you for explaining all this for me.

Otherwise I might have thought Labour had not yet got its act together.

Then what? - Conference 1

Thursday 9th October 2014

I arrived at the Conference hotel about 7.15pm – long low modernist four-star establishment, surrounded by lush corporate vegetation that masked all-encompassing car parks.

After checking-in at Reception I took my suitcase to my room – comfortably non-descript in a soulless beigey sort of way, the lighting so subdued it was almost murky (I could hardly read unless I sat directly under one of the sidelights), the en suite bathroom clinically clean.

Then I unloaded my car of banners and literature and displays, setting everything up in the main hall and adjacent exhibition room (where I had allocated myself a table, mainly to have a “base” to call my own, somewhere I could retire to and defend should the internal tensions within the Institute spill over into open recriminations).

Then what?

It was just after 8pm.  My instinct was to retire to my room and have a sandwich supper in my room and an early night.  But I knew the Institute’s ruling Council had met earlier in the day and would be having dinner in the dining room.  I really needed to find out in advance what decisions had been made and perhaps influence them before they were announced to the members over the next few days.  As an employee of the Institute I was not entitled to attend the Council dinner (although Alec Nussbaum would be there).  I could go into the restaurant and just ask for a table, but it would be humiliating if I were to be seated in a corner away from the Council.

You have no idea how nerve-wracking it was for me to enter that restaurant and approach the long Council table at the far end (noticing other employees of the Institute pathetically seated in isolated corners – how galling if I were to be rebuffed and forced to join one of these losers).

I needn’t have worried.  As I approached the Council table (thirty or so people, most of whom I hadn’t seen since last year) I was waved at and welcomed by a Council member who has always supported my ideas.  More than this, she insisted that everyone on that side of the table “budged up” so that a space could be created for me next to her, and cutlery and a wine glass were brought over, and I joined in the meal and conversation as if I were a Council member myself.

Often I am told to “tone things down”.

But there are sometimes advantages to being outspoken (insofar as a retiring, shy, passive person like myself can be outspoken).

It gets you noticed,

It attracts patrons and supporters who want to say the same things but can’t because of the position they are in.

Monday, October 13, 2014

If only 274 MPs voted to recognise "Palestine" you can hardly say the House of Commons action has any moral legitimacy.
The lunches at the conference were all buffet style.  Employed members of the Institute had lunch behind a little screened off area.  On Friday the selection included Waldorf salad which added to the Fawlty Towers atmosphere.
For this outrageous comment Chris Brown needs to be removed from the music video channels:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/chris-brown-claims-ebola-is-a-form-of-population-control-9790708.html

Place west Africa in quarantine

If Ebola infection is doubling every four weeks then (unless the disease is checked) by week 84 from now 6,291,456,000 people will be infected.

That is close to the entire population of the world.

I am aware of all the soothing opinions saying it will never happen here, it is unethical to screen people coming from west Africa, we are much more expert at washing our hands etc etc.

But the fact remains, given that three thousand people are currently infected and numbers infected will double every four weeks, by simple arithmetic everyone in the world will have it within about a year and a half.

So my question is WHAT EXACTLY is going to stop the infections doubling every four weeks?

What EXACTLY please.

Or are we just remaining politically correct, and hoping for the best.

If there is a major outbreak in the United Kingdom of Ebola infections in which thousands or tens of thousands of people lose their lives we must hold accountable the politically correct medical establishment who tell us screening is "just PR" and hold accountable the politicians who are still encouraging "vibrantly diverse" immigration from west Africa, and telling us how we need to have tens of thousands of Nigerians taking up their places at British universities this autumn ( http://www.theguardian.com/education/2014/oct/07/-sp-nigerian-postgrads-set-to-outnumber-indian-students-in-uk-universities  ).

Is it not sensible to place west Africa in quarantine until this outbreak is dealt with?

Of course we must send them all the material help they need, but make sure nothing and no-one comes back while the infection remains.
I found it eventally:  http://margaretthatcheronleadership.tumblr.com/

Let Sean have the link.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Daily Politics discussing a list of "greatest Prime Ministers we never had".

No Enoch Powell?

http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2014/10/09/enoch-at-100-2/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mjxb
It is the Institute's AGM and mini-conference over the next few days.

I am not going to be able to do any blogging.

I have a copy of The Establishment by Owen Jones - I might carry it around the conference and see if it provokes any spluttering.

However, be aware that the Jones book is not about The Establishment at all - it is a routine attack on everything that is not revolutionary socialism, grouped together and tagged as "the establishment" (it's a Humpty Dumpty thesis where the word "establishment" means whatever Owen Jones wants it to mean).

see

Beijing dismisses possibility of Dalai Lama's return to Tibet

This news concerns me, but I cannot say I am surprised:  http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/beijing-dismisses/1404248.html

"Beijing dismisses possibility of Dalai Lama's return to Tibet".

The Dalai Lama's position is comparable to that of Haile Selassi in the 1930s and early 1940s.

Are there no anti-imperialists in the West who will help the Tibetans?

Is there no-one?

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

It has an hypnotic quality:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IcoqJCJlHbQ

Ja.
I am not happy about the front page of today's Sun.

When did this become a black country?

James Bloodworth condemns Labour for the rise in inequality

In this article for LeftFootForward James Bloodworth condemns Labour for the rise in inequality:  http://leftfootforward.org/2014/10/inequality-where-labour-really-did-crash-the-car/

"...Labour can be said to have ‘crashed the car’, as the Conservatives are so fond of putting it, it is on inequality. Under the previous government widening inequality subverted attempts to create a meritocratic society based on equality of opportunity. The inequality of the parents simply became the inequality of the children."
 

Grayson Perry's analysis of "default man"

As an example of demographic segmentation Grayson Perry's analysis of "default man" is so full of errors that it is not worth wasting time over:  http://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2014/10/grayson-perry-rise-and-fall-default-man

He does not mention education, and yet the "default man" he ascribes so much power and influence to is only a default because of the failure since the 1960s of the state (specifically comprehensive) education system to prepare working class men to compete with the male products of private schools.  The Establishment did not consciously occupy positions of power and influence.  The positions of power and influence were surrendered by educationalists and politicians who for ideological reasons deliberately trashed the state education system.

There is however one Grayson Perry line that might be half-valid:  "identity only seems to become an issue when it is challenged or under threat".

As Enoch Powell pointed out, a nation is defined by the men who ultimately defend it.

Unless we are saying that we now live in a society where conflict (internal and external) no longer exists I think we must concede that the United Kingdom belongs to the people who fought and died for it in the past and continue to fight and die for it. 

This might change of course.  In the clumsy phrase "boots on the ground in Syria" perhaps we may yet see the evil fighters of ISIS defeated by a battalion composed of Zoe Williams, Helen Lewis, Suzanne Moore et al.  Until that happens I think the default must always be male.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Kevin Pietersen on Channel 4 News

Watching Kevin Pietersen on Channel 4 News he told Jon Snow "I came to England as a little off-spinner..." - is he admitting here that England taught him all he knew?  That England made him?  And look how he repaid us.

"We've all got issues" he later said, which is an understatement.

Towards the end of the interview Jon Snow produced a copy of the book, but failed to ask the obvious question - did Kevin Pietersen write it himself?

It is about time Royal Mail honoured female political leaders

Is everyone looking forward to the Margaret Thatcher stamp coming out next week?

It is about time Royal Mail honoured female political leaders.

Although of course Hilary Mantel will tell you she was not a real woman.

http://shop.royalmail.com/issue-by-issue/prime-ministers/icat/primeministers

Kevin Pietersen on the Today programme

Listening to Kevin Pietersen on the Today programme this morning, I thought how he typifies the immigrants who come to the United Kingdom.  They have no national loyalty.  They are only out for themselves.

Better not to let them in.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj9z

Monday, October 06, 2014

You wouldn't know it from tonight's Channel 4 News, but there is a general election in Brazil:  http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?articleId=USRTR491KK#a=6
All I am doing at the moment is preparing for the Institute's AGM (which has a little "conference" tacked onto it).

Sometimes I am nostalgic for the rotten borough days of Vijay Singh when everything was manipulated and decisions went through on the nod.

All this "taking the members with us" is hard work.
It might be advantageous for the Unionists if Nicola Sturgeon rushes into another referendum.

The current surge in SNP membership is the result of loser's angst from 18th September (losing is painful, and these people are in denial).

A second bloody nose would probably finish them.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

No Way Back by Theodore Fontane (translated by Hugh Rorrison and Helen Chambers)















I have just finished reading No Way Back by Theodore Fontane (translated by Hugh Rorrison and Helen Chambers).

About Denmark:  "It's actually a fine nation, very clever people, very gifted, with many talents.  And as surely as they have the virtues that commerce with the world brings, they have its darker sides too.  They're all hedonists; they've never really had to suffer and struggle, and wealth and good fortune have fallen into their lap... instead of recognising that those who would rule must start by ruling themselves."

"...entertainment in politics invariably means chronique scandaleuse."

"What would life be without love affairs?  Dull, dismal, boring.  But to watch, to feel, to understand as something builds up from the most fleeting encounters and glances to end up stronger than death..."

"...atonement is something an injustice demands..."


















After separation from his wife Count Holk travels to London and lives for a time in a house overlooking Tavistock Square - like this end of terrace house I imagine, opposite the BMA ("...Holk occupied the first-floor rooms in an old but very well-conserved double-fronted corner house with a blacony running round it").

Indigenous Peoples' Day

Perhaps the United Kingdom should follow the example of Seattle and celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day:  http://dailycaller.com/2014/10/04/seattle-school-board-votes-to-replace-columbus-day-with-indigenous-peoples-day/

Personally I think we should celebrate this day on 22nd June instead of the BME settlers' Windrush Day  http://www.britishfuture.org/blog/windrush-day-matters/

24,000 extra GPs should have been trained by Labour

The left is prancing around excitedly telling everyone who will listen that there is a chronic shortage of GPs:  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gp-shortage-could-close-more-4362291

They claim that this shortage of GPs is because GPs are "retiring".

However a more straightforward explanation can be found in looking at Labour's open door immigration policy between 1997 and 2010.

Three million (THREE MILLION !!!) immigrants were allowed into the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2010.

The ratio of GPs per thousand population is eight.

Therefore 24,000 extra GPs should have been trained by Labour solely to deal with the problems caused by their immigration  population.

Of course, they did not do this.

Which is why we have such a problem now.

Is it unreasonable to suggest that all immigrants who arrived 1997 to 2010 should be refused access to the NHS?

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Ben Affleck is such a bogus poseur:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XduMMteTEbc&feature=youtu.be

"Are you the person who understands the officially codified doctrine of Islam?" he sarcastically asks Sam Harris.

Is Ben Affleck the person who understands the officially codified doctrine of libralism?

Nick Cohen on the Human Rights Convention

Dishonest article by Nick Cohen on the Human Rights Convention:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/04/tory-wreckers-out-destroy-human-rights?CMP=twt_gu

He implies that the Conservatives are proposing to break a consensus on human rights that goes back to "the late 1940s".

He makes no mention of the fact that Labour unilaterally broke the consensus established by both Conservative and Labour governments in 1998 by allowing foreign judges rights to sit in judgement on English people.

This cannot be allowed to continue.
Is Lord Rennard at the Liberal Democrat Conference?

Friday, October 03, 2014

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Harvest Festival















Preparations for Harvest Festival.

Fresh produce is given away afterwards, tins go to the local Food Bank.


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Spectator article about sin

Louise Mensch seems seriously confused in this Spectator article about sin and the Eucharist:  http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/9330022/faith-sin-and-divorce/

"Protestants" (as she terms them) do not all believe the Host is merely symbolic - as an Anglican I believe in transubstantiation, and also believe the Anglican Church is the true Catholick and Apostolick Church and it is the Church of Rome that has lost its way and fallen into error.

She is also wrong to think that bishops (whether Roman Catholic or otherwise) can "tempt a generation of people into weekly mortal sin".

If the bishops lead the people into error it is the bishops who are damned, not the laity.

Andrew Motion learning poetry by heart ignites the imagination

Always I find myself returning to Tennyson:

Crossing the Bar
By  Alfred, Lord Tennyson  

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationopinion/11133740/Andrew-Motion-learning-poetry-by-heart-ignites-the-imagination.html 

Even Labour activists are disillusioned

Labour complacency is reassuring (although we must not become complacent ourselves):  http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2014/09/29/target-practice-3/

"Labour’s 106-seat strategy is a two-party strategy in a four-party world. Labour has no strategy to deal with Ukip. Those Liberal Democrats who are going to switch to Labour switched long ago."

When even Labour activists are disillusioned the situation looks bleak for the party.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

When you think about it, repatriation is a very sensible policy option

I keep thinking about the Afzal Amin appearance on Newsnight yesterday.

For the first time since 1968 a Conservative candidate has been proposing repatriation of the descendants of migrants without being shouted down or hounded.

When you think about it, repatriation is a very sensible policy option, and it is entirely reasonable that it should be considered for communities that have made a mistake in settling in the United Kingdom.

Now the boil has been lanced the suppurating pus of left-wing cant can be wiped from the wound of post-war immigration, and we can perhaps build an immigration policy that is fair to all.

The Cameron speech today

Trying to be a dispassionate as possible, the Cameron speech today must be considered immeasureably superior to the Miliband speech last week.

"A good job, a nice home, more money at the end of the month, a decent education for your children, a safe and secure retirement" - it conveys a very attractive picture of life under the Tories from cradle to grave.

I think it's a winner.