Saturday, December 19, 2015

Guardian



















Has The Guardian become the most boring newspaper in Britain?

Formulaic, constipated with outdated views, dull.

It is also becoming annoyingly repetitive (for instance, the Owen Jones article published today about the Spanish elections is identical to the Owen Jones article published a while back on the Greek elections - presumably he did a find-and-replace check substituting the word "Spain" for "Greece").

I would stop buying it except that we need a thick liner to the cat's litter tray.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

God Bless The Prince of Wales.













I was glad to read that Prince Charles is scrutinising "secret" activity by the government:  http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/dec/15/revealed-prince-charles-has-received-confidential-cabinet-papers-for-decades

The question:  Who will watch the watchers?

The answer:  HRH The Prince of Wales.

Otherwise those people (all parties) will get away with murder.

Of course, they hate it.  The politicians cannot stand the idea that there is an institution that is more important than they are.  An institution that prevents them assuming complete power over us.

I saw this headline and said to myself:  God Bless The Prince of Wales.

Monday, December 14, 2015

His body language was at variance with his statements












 
On Channel 4 News this evening "entertainer" Tinie Tempah (Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu) was interviewed by Krishnan Guru-Murthy.  

Mr Okogwu, answering a very leading question from Mr Guru-Murthy, agreed that his immigrant background meant that he had a very strong work ethic.

And yet his body language was at variance with his statements.

All the time he was praising the work ethic of immigrants he was touching his chin and looking to the right.

And I thought:  you lying toad.

http://www.channel4.com/news/catch-up/

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Pass the sick-bag

In the Left-Wing Luvvie Slot on the Andrew Marr Show this morning (presented by Emily Maitlis) has-been singer Chrissie Hynde actually name-checked Angela Eagle.

You couldn't make it up.

Pass the sick-bag, as they say in elderly Conservative circles.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0080bbs

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Donald Trump has done us a favour

British politicians need to be careful about the abuse they are hurling at Donald Trump.

He could well be next American President.

In the early 1990s there were those around John Major who attempted to interfere in the American election on the side of George Bush senior, and Clinton was so enraged that Anglo-American relations suffered as a result.

And Donald Trump is quite right to say that there are parts of London where people do not feel safe - I was born in Weedington Road in Kentish Town and I definitely do not feel safe going back there.

Would any police feel safe going onto Broadwater Farm Estate even today?

And if the streets of London are so safe why did former Labour Minister Harriet Harman have to wear a flak jacket when walking (with a police guard) in Peckham High Street http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/1583485/Harriet-Harman-in-stab-vest-for-Peckham-walk.html

The problem with idiots such as David Cameron and Boris Johnson is that they have NO IDEA what it is like to live surrounded by Muslims.

As someone who as a teenager grew up in the Dallow Road area of Luton, I can advise you that living among Pakistani-heritage people is an extremely unpleasant and unsafe experience.

Donald Trump has done us a favour by drawing attention to a serious problem that hoity-toity stuck up British politicians are too grand and important to bother themselves with.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Obviously the American election is nothing to do with me.

I am not American and I do not have a vote.

But for what it's worth, this blog supports Donald Trump for USA President.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

The minimum wage has now become the average wage

On Sunday Politics (Yorkshire and Lincolnshire) there was a report from Boston where migrant labour has led to local wage rates plummeting:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01hq1h6

They actually said the minimum wage has now become the average wage.

If you increase the supply of labour the price of labour will fall.

Equally, if you stop the supply of labour the price of labour will rise.

Rivers of blood, predicted as far back as 1968

Leytonstone tube stabbing is a terrorist "incident" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35018789

Rivers of blood, predicted as far back as 1968.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Labour retains a safe Labour seat.

Big deal

Big effing deal, as some would say.

And yet the Corbyn supporters are cockahoop - exultant and triumphant and talking about new paradigms.

What we signed up to with the vote earlier this week

On Dateline London the discussion, inevitably, was about Syria.

There seemed to be serious misconceptions about the nature of "Islamic State" and the reasons why the United Kingdom has joined the onslaught against the evil organisation.

Since Hiroshima the unstated principle of Western foreign policy has been that any attack by a non-Western enemy upon a Western nation will result in overwhelming, indiscriminate and terrifying punishment.

Ho Chi Minh defies America? - hundreds of thousands of yellow people are killed and south east Asia is bombed back to the stone age.

Saddam Hussein threatens the West - hundreds of thousands of brown people are killed, Hussein is hanged, and Iraq is comprehensively trashed.

Muammar Gaddafi sponsors terrorism in the West - Libya gets a beating and Gaddafi is killed and thrown on a rubbish heap (metaphorically).

There is no "after plan" to any of these scenarios.

You threaten the West and you will get a beating.

I have doubts about the effectiveness of this policy.  I have doubts about the morality of this policy.  But it is what we signed up to with the vote earlier this week.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006m93g

The vote in favour of military action was a mistake

The Oldham by-election was a referendum on the House of Commons vote to join in the Syrian war.

Don't give me all the guff about the polls saying public opinion is in support of the war.

Effectively you had the immigrant community in Oldham combining with the ordinary voters (of all parties) and the core 2010 Labour vote to elect the Labour candidate because Labour was (on the whole) the party that said no to the war.

This is problematic for Conservatives such as myself who think the vote in favour of military action was a mistake.

One does not want to side with the "terrorist sympathisers" of the Labour party.  Still less does one want to encourage in any way the Muslim community.  And so the only option is to remain, on the whole, silent.

But the war is a mistake. 

And I was appalled watching the debate to hear speaker after speaker advise we should let in more Syrians.

The terrorism in Paris and now in America was a result of the failure of multiculturism (the terrorists were from local immigrant communities).

And yet we are being advised that the answer to the failure of multiculturalism is yet more multiculturalism.

I'm afraid the proponents of multiculturalism are fanatics.

The proponents of multiculturalism are insane.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-35014665

The "anti-bullying" campaigning of Mr Johnson

One can understand that Ray Johnson, in coping with the suicide of his son Elliott Johnson, should work through the anger stage of his grief and hit out in all directions in an effort to relieve the pain he is feeling.

But increasingly the "anti-bullying" campaigning of Mr Johnson in itself amounts to bullying:  http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/dec/03/tory-bullying-claims-cameron-distance-youth-group

And why is Mr Johnson trying to pre-empt the findings of the inquest into Elliott Johnson's suicide?

Why is he so desperate (because he sounds increasingly desperate) to be judge and jury in the case and to have "guilt" safely apportioned before the Coronor has given his opinion?

This doesn't look right.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Conservative politics at the youth stage is trivial

I am sad Grant Shapps has resigned:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34952981

For the record, I first joined the Conservative Party age 16, first started going to meetings age 14, first self-identified as a Conservative age 10 (in a mildly Labour-voting family living in Dallow Ward in Luton).

In all the time I have been involved with the Conservative Party I have never experienced any bullying or seen any bullying of others.

I am sorry for the parents of the person who committed suicide, but I think they should stop blaming the Conservative party and look for other reasons.

A young man does not casually commit suicide.  There would have been indications beforehand that his mind was disturbed, and surely his parents would have noticed those.  Certainly one would not expect a young man to commit suicide for trivial reasons.

Because Conservative politics at the youth stage is trivial.  It is more a social club than a political movement.  There are no high stakes, there are no life-or-death issues, there are no all-or-nothing moments.

There is nothing to be gained from rising to the top of Conservative Future - most past National Chairmen have gone nowhere, whereas David Cameron has got to Prime Minister without even being a member.

I did meet obnoxious people when I was involved in Conservative youth politics - and all I did was leave that branch and join a neighbouring branch.

Things are different where real power is concerned.  I note that Wes Streeting MP complains in this article about bullying within the Labour Parliamentary Party:  https://www.facebook.com/wesstreetingmp/posts/899934880056082  We know that Gordon Brown bullied the staff who worked for him, pushing people off chairs, using mobile phones as missiles to throw at people etc.

But no "young" Conservative has any real power, and no-one takes young Conservatives seriously, not even other young Conservatives.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Andrew Marr Show this morning featured American actor Tom Hanks

The left-wing luvvie slot on the Andrew Marr Show this morning featured American actor Tom Hanks:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0080bbs  (he told us about his admiration for Hilary Clinton).

Earlier in the newspaper review one of the guests was liberal American author Stanley B. Greenberg whose latest book is America Ascendant (self-described completely without irony as "A Revolutionary Nation’s Path to Addressing Its Deepest Problems and Leading the 21st Century" and supposedly about how liberalism is now triumphant in the USA):  http://us.macmillan.com/americaascendant/stanleybgreenberg

I am afraid this morning's Andrew Marr Show, with its self-satisfied liberal Americans and lickspittal Scottish groupie was so odious and repulsive I felt nauseated.

It was like that scene in the Aviator when the young Howard Hughes goes to a meal with the Hepburns and experiences rich liberal Americans, wallowing in the vulgar fatness of wealth in a way only liberal Americans can manage, showing off and admiring each other and announcing with confidence "We are all socialists here":  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Z1pPyarKhA

Saturday, November 21, 2015

I am listening to the Ryan Adams cover of Taylor Swift's 1989:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcJ_ECyEK4I&index=1&list=PLNylmjSqT6s2580qPCToutMAUDvD4_wxX

What would happen if Apple were given a confidential commission














I have only had my iPhone 6S for a few weeks but already I feel I cannot do without it.

It is so well designed and easy to use.

And it makes me wonder what the world would look like if Apple were to design more elements of our life.

What would an iCar look like?  Or an iSchool?  Or even an iSupermarket.

And whether Apple could tackle institutions and organisations.

For instance, Conservative Future will need a relaunch following the takeover by Central Office.

What would happen if Apple were given a confidential commission to create a new Conservative youth movement - cool and shiny in design and appearance, completely digitalised, irresistible to young people aged 16 to 24 (but no tinkering with policy please - we need to reconfirm Conservative values and British national identity).

John McDonnell has given a speech

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has given a speech this week:  text of speech

Talking about the 1950s and 1960s he asks the question:  "...why is it that so many things we took for granted back then are no longer available to our children’s generation?"

He has not yet realised that open door immigration is incompatible with a welfare state (including health care, education, unemployment benefit, social housing, public transport, public libraries etc) paid for out of general taxation.

Huge increases year on year in the population (and so in the numbers of claimants) reduces the amount of welfare available.

The only way to maintain 1960s levels of welfare with 21st century levels of immigration is to have huge rises in taxation to keep step with the rises in immigration.  As the taxation paid by post-1997 immigrants does not cover the social benefits they consume (and cannot do so, since the whole point of importing cheapo immigrants is that they are paid minimal amounts of money and so do not pay much in the way of tax) this must mean that non-immigrants must subsidise the social consumption of immigrants.  This social-economic model is not fair nor is it sustainable.

Mr McDonnell goes on to say "...we need government to understand and accept the strategic role it has to play in our new economy... a process that will see us work with businesses, entrepreneurs, scientists, trade unions and wider civil society to shape the economy of the future".

This sounds like the Little Neddies that operated under the umbrella of the National Economic Development Council of the 1960s and 1970s.

Perhaps Mr McDonnell should be reminded of Enoch Powell's speech to the South Kensington Young Conservatives on 30th November 1970:  "You can neither intervene, not withdraw from intervention, by half-measures".

The EU has become a belief system, a religion, an ideology worshipped for its own sake

On Dateline London earlier today the Belgian-French journalist Marc Roche talked about the Schengen Area with such fanatical insistence that one doubted his rationality.

Increasingly I am of the opinion that we are not dealing with normal people when considering EU enthusiasts.

The EU has become a belief system, a religion, an ideology worshipped for its own sake not for any benefits it might bring.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06q6yxz
John Reid (former Labour Home Secretary) is of the opinion that the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn is incompetent:  https://www.politicshome.com/party-politics/articles/story/former-blair-minister-lashes-out-corbyn-and-incompetent-labour

Saturday, November 14, 2015

The objectives the Corbyn faction are working on















Martin Kettle in yesterday's Guardian listed the objectives the Corbyn faction are working on in the Labour Party.

"The left faction around Corbyn is focused not so much on new politics or new ideas but simply on taking control of the party machinery. This is an entirely logical approach because, until that is achieved, it is harder to change policy or commitments. The left’s priorities – and they are certainly the priorities of the Leninists Corbyn has brought in – are therefore to make procedural changes. Altering the rules for electing the leader to reduce the influence of MPs; strengthening the grip of the annual conference over policymaking; boosting the national executive at the expense of the shadow cabinet; clearing out opponents in the upper reaches of the party organisation; and, ultimately, deselecting centrist MPs and getting more leftwing, union-endorsed candidates in safe seats."

So now we know what they are up to.

 http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/12/new-politics-old-politics-tribalism-labour-conservatives

Friday, November 13, 2015

Evil Muslim monster Jihadi John

Reports today that American drones have probably killed evil Muslim monster Jihadi John:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34805924

All the media reports say Kuwati-born Mohammed Emwazi "came" to the United Kingdom aged six.

They announce this fact as if it was the most obvious, most natural thing in the world.

He just "came" here.

I would like to know who let him in and why they let him in.

Can we please know the civil servants and immigration officials and politicians who enabled the entry of the Emwazi family into the United Kingdom and why they did so.

Because we do not have an open border with Kuwait.

We are under no obligation whatsoever to allow Kuwaitis in here.

If you were to test public opinion on the subject, either now or in 1994 (under John Major's crap government) I have no doubt the resounding response would be:  DON'T LET THEM IN - we don't need them, don't like them, don't want them in our country - under no circumstances do you politicians and civil servants have a mandate to allow Arabs into our country.

So can we please know which officials (including elected officials) allowed this serial killer into our national home.

And on an anthropological level, there is enough data now from immigration statistics and intelligence reports to be able to assess how many terrorists and criminals will result from a given Muslim immigration rate.

Muslim immigration in large numbers only began in the mid-1970s.  It must be possible to say that out of every one thousand Muslims coming into the United Kingdom a statistical percentage will be "radicalised" and either help in the commission of terrorist acts or actually commit those acts.  We can then extrapolate from that evidence and predict how many more terrorists are incubating in our midst - and indeed how many of the 20,000 Syrians coming in the United Kingdom over the next five years will mutate into terrorists and go on to commit atrocities.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Zero by Chris Brown (he directed the video himself)

Is it not gratuitous that Chris Brown (in his fictional video persona) should react to hostility from his girlfriend by taking his shirt off?

Zero by Chris Brown (he directed the video himself)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSj0mPJsMy0


"corduroy-jacketed, snaggletoothed, lefty academics"

"corduroy-jacketed, snaggletoothed, lefty academics."

This is an example of gestalt technique.

You build a picture in your mind from the different elements provided.

And you immediately know who is being referred to!

It is a characteristic of gestalt technique that people who go through the process of building a picture in their mind from component parts are more convinced of the idea that if you just told them straight out who you are ridiculing. 

One wonders what the bro-squad round Jeremy makes of this veiled attack.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34788389 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The ordinary people want their country back

The Cameron "negotiations" with the EU will not do:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34770875

The ordinary people want their country back.

Instead they are being offered a four-year deferment to foreigners helping themselves to taxpayers money.

David Cameron is being very badly advised here.

Presumably the circle round him think they are invincible because Labour are in such disarray.

They need to think again.

David Cameron will have to go, and go soon.

And I do not want to see Osborne in the job - he has been cast in the balance and found wanting.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NN62uD1ZAc

Sunday, November 08, 2015

I went to an early service, as the normal 10.30 Sung Eucharist was replaced by the big Remembrance ceremony at 11 o'clock.

Held in a side chapel, about thirty attending, said rather than sung (there was no choir).

One hymn:

Praise to the Lord, who o’er all
things so wondrously reigneth,
Who, as on wings of an eagle,

uplifteth, sustaineth.
Hast thou not seen
How thy desires all have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?


Outside in the market place the military parades were already lining up.
On Sunday Politics former Labour minister James Purnell was described as "a Tory with a red rosette".

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01hq1h6

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Pushing and pushing until they are absolutely told to back off

"...the case is being used as a test case by the leader’s internal Labour opponents to see how much power they can exert over the leader using existing party structures..."  http://www.buzzfeed.com/jimwaterson/this-is-how-labour-mps-are-trying-to-undermine-jeremy-corbyn#.ajrabY57RE

It was a characteristic of New Labour 1997-2010 to keep pushing and pushing until they are absolutely told to back off.

There is no point in Jeremy Corbyn thinking it will all eventually settle down - it will never settle down.

He needs to take them on and defeat them.



















Didn't like it at first, but it grows on you.

One Call Away by Charlie Puth, the video directed by Mark Staubach.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxuY9FET9Y4
 

Is Bavaria beer cool?



















Is Bavaria beer cool?

With my new job (three days a week - the other two days I help Mr Nussbaum) there is a lot of pressure to be "cool" (defining that word in terms of consumption that is approved of within the office culture). 

So I am quietly shadowing a few of the people at work and subtly copying what they do (within reason - obviously I am not on the kind of salary that can match their cars, watches, super holidays etc).

But I ask you, is Bavaria beer cool?

It's not even brewed in Bavaria - it's Dutch!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bavaria_Brewery_%28Netherlands%29

How does one counter Islamic fanaticism?















On Dateline London this morning Gavin Esler referred to a Russian general who in 1988 had predicted that the West and Russia would have to co-operate to counter the rise of Islamic fanaticism:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06nztkw/dateline-london-07112015 (about 16 minutes into the braodcast).

Which makes me ask:  how does one counter Islamic fanaticism?

An ideology can only be subverted from within - the holders of the ideology must be made to doubt what they are believing.

Which means the security forces must understand the Koran completely, and identify all the flaws, and use those flaws to destroy confidence in the belief system.

It is no use employing tame Muslims to do this - they are a tainted and unreliable resource.

It will have to be done by specialist teams in the security forces approaching the task from an entirely secular point of view, with the aim of undermining entirely the certainty on which Islamist fanatical belief depends and generating social media interactions designed to circulate these ideas.


















Mid-morning, and the view from the twenty-sixth floor was a melancholy grey city, rain spattering the glass windows.

In the photograph you can see two shadowy figures reflected - I am on the right (of course).

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Less appealing than Miliband and Balls

This is astonishing:  https://www.politicshome.com/party-politics/articles/story/corbyn-and-mcdonnell-less-trusted-miliband-and-balls

Corbyn and McDonell are less appealing than Miliband and Balls.

In some respects this judgement is unfair.  Jeremy Corbyn is not offering the United Kingdom management of a free market system.  He wants a command economy.

And as the history of the 20th century shows, a command economy will work (we had such a system in the United Kingdom 1939 to 1946 - and experienced huge leaps in productivity and vastly enhanced levels of social cohesion).

A command economy is nothing to be afraid of.

The problem Jeremy Corbyn has is explaining this to the British people while all the time his own side is trying to pull the rug from under his feet.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Seamus Milne is more of a toff than anyone in David Cameron's Cabinet

My goodness, this is Kate Godfrey (unsuccessful Labour candidate for Stafford in May earlier this year) laying into Seamus Milne, advisor to Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn: 

In an open letter to Jeremy Corbyn posted last week, she wrote: "You say that you want to listen to us, the people; and then you pick Seumas Milne – the one journalist who always knows better than the people who were there. You pick a man who never heard an opinion that he didn't filter; a truth that he didn't dismiss as an orthodoxy, or a story of pain on which he didn't have superior information". She concluded: "The decision to appoint Seumas Milne devalues everything that Labour stands for, and everything that Labour is. It is morally and ethically wrong."

Did you know that Seamus Milne is more of a toff than anyone in David Cameron's Cabinet?

He easily out-toffs Boris Johnson.

http://www.theweek.co.uk/jeremy-corbyn/62858/jeremy-corbyn-slumps-in-poll-despite-pmqs-victory

Friday, October 30, 2015

"We know what you're up to..."



















Red Labour facing down the Blairites:  https://twitter.com/red_labour

"We know what you're up to.  First it's Andrew.  Then it's Seumas.  Then it's John.  Then it's Jeremy."

Who are these bullying Blairites?  Is it Chuka who is putting the boot in?  Or Tristram?

Or, dare I say it, Deputy Leader Tom Watson?

"I know what's going on..." said Harold Wilson responding to the plotters of the 1960s "...I'M going on".

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

"The unelected helping the unelectable"

Hilarious exchange at Prime Minister's Questions.

"The unelected helping the unelectable" scoffed David Cameron at the hapless Jeremy Corbyn.

Oh how we laughed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06n4wq6

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Police

Two odiously smug "experts" on Newsnight just now, glibly announcing that the police service will have to change.

Do I really have to point out to these two the bleedin' obvious - if I as a taxpayer am paying for a full police service I expect to get a full police service.

Otherwise, you can't have my taxes.

The idea that people in areas of low crime (the countryside) will have less police protection than people in areas of high crime ("vibrantly diverse" urban centres where crime is a cultural way of life) is not acceptable.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mk25

Monday, October 26, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

"It's hard not to see parallels with the migrant crisis"

One felt that Andrew Marr was egging-on his guest into self-parody in the luvvie slot of the Andrew Marr Show this morning:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0080bbs

Discussing with Simon Armitage his new play The Odyssey, Missing Presumed Dead Mr Marr with faux innocence said "It's hard not to see parallels with the migrant crisis".

I almost spat out the coffee I was drinking, so hysterical was the moment.

"I dramatised the Illiad" indeed! - as if the Illiad needs any dramatisation.

Is "transform ourselves" code for getting rid of Corbyn?

"Labour lost in 2010 and again in 2015 and now we face political irrelevance unless we can transform ourselves" says Jon Cruddas:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/24/labour-must-return-power-to-the-people

Is "transform ourselves" code for getting rid of Corbyn?

Because I thought the Labour Party had transformed itself.

We saw the transformation in the John McDonnell interview on the Andrew Marr Show this morning.

How on earth can steel be described as "yesterday's industry"

Michael Heseltine is obviously entering a geriatric phase of stupidly incontinent remarks:  https://www.politicshome.com/economy-and-work/articles/story/lord-heseltine-good-time-steel-workers-lose-jobs

I am shocked by his callous comments and as a Conservative I completely disassociate myself from them.

How on earth can steel be described as "yesterday's industry" !

Heseltine is one of those pro-EU fanatics who would rather see whole British industries decimated than admit the EU was antithetical to British interests.

At the age of 82 it is time he shuffled off the stage, no-one is listening anymore.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Simon Danczuk MP will be a stalking horse against Jeremy Corbyn



















Intriguing cover of tomorrow's Independent on Sunday - Lisa Markwell tells us that Simon Danczuk MP will be a stalking horse against Jeremy Corbyn.

Is this wise?

It will just lead to a stabbed-in-the-back myth that will poison relations in the Labour party for decades.

Jeremy Corbyn needs to lead Labour into the 2020 election - only then can MPs act against him (assuming he loses).

http://www.independent.co.uk/

Voter registration reform

Labour are campaigning against voter registration reform because they can see their bloc votes among immigrant communities under threat:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34621004

No longer will "heads of household" (what an outdated phrase that sounds) be able to control family votes and no longer will Labour be able to manipulate elections in the rotten boroughs where there are high immigrant concentrations.

Women will be free of patriarchy, young family members will be free of patriarchy, even (dare I say it) closet BME Conservatives will be free of patriarchy.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Lord Grabiner

Sam Coates (The Times):  Lord Grabiner, the leading barrister, has quit Labour in the Lords over Corbyn... Lord Grabiner told The Times: “I have nothing in common whatever with Mr Corbyn - and I don’t believe we are ever going to win an election.”  Lord Grabiner says John McDonnell's proposals and views “are terribly damaging and there is no effective opposition” to the Conservatives.

Is this an isolated incident?  Is Lord Grabiner acting on his own?  Or is it part of a planned sequence, a death by a thousand cuts rebellion against Jeremy Corbyn (since open revolt is impossible given the scale of his election victory)?

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/

The fragmentation and atomisation of the Labour Party

This is a useful guide to the fragmentation and atomisation of the Labour Party:  http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2015/10/labour-s-warring-factions-who-do-they-include-and-what-are-they-fighting

I had never heard of Labour for the Common Good and Labour Together, and only had a hazy awareness of Labour First.

And note that Momentum is included in the article (by Anoosh Chakelion in the New Statesman) as if it is an entirely respectable organisation.

No Tribune Mr Chakelian?

No Fabian Society?  No Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class)?  No Demos?  

No Labour Relaxed (championing the Filthy Rich since 1997)?

No Granita Group (advocating an entirely pragmatic system of allocating positions of power using the highly respected Buggins Turn formula)?

No Axelrod Axis (putting PR at the heart of Labour, where it has always belonged).

Thursday, October 22, 2015

English Laws

The SNP claims they will be second class MPs if English Votes for English Laws goes ahead:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-33345507

And yet is it not the case that English MPs are second class MPs as they cannot vote on laws affecting Scotland?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tom Watson you are a disgusting person

Labour Deputy Leader Tom Watson has apologised for smearing the name of the late Lord Brittan.

Labour has form on this - not so long ago Labour activists including Sally Bercow smeared the name of Lord McAlpine.

And all the time they hide and obfuscate and pretend there is nothing special about their own Lord Kaufman.

Truly they are disgusting people.

There is no other word for it.

Tom Watson you are a disgusting person.

Hypocritical does not even begin to describe the Labour party.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34597651

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

"They had better watch out" said Lord Warner

Lord Warner, who resigned last night from the Labour Party (he was a former Labour Health Minister) has just appeared on the Daily Politics:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mjxb

"They had better watch out" said Lord Warner, warning that moderate Labour MPs are likely to face deselection by the pro-Corbyn faction.

"They should examine their consciences" said Lord Warner, referring to those moderate Labour MPs who have accepted posts in the Shadow Cabinet.

Monday, October 19, 2015

The only way in which labour will be valued is if labour is scarce

A case-study on Channel 4 News this evening on how globalisation is driving wages and conditions in the United Kingdom down to third world levels:  http://www.channel4.com/news/supermarkets-exploitation-investigation-launched

The only way in which labour will be valued is if labour is scarce.

The only way labour will become scarce is to close the borders to the cheap (indeed, almost free) labour that is pouring in.

It will also be necessary to leave the EU.

And when we have left the EU and closed the borders we will realise what a silly trick we have been playing on ourselves these last thirty years or so.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

"It's a very left-leaning play" said Mr Carvel

On the Andrew Marr Show this morning luvvie actor Bertie Carvel was interviewed:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0080bbs

"It's a very left-leaning play" said Mr Carvel.

Quelle surprise!

These slots are unintentionally hilarious.

A celebrity such as Tina Barrett (to pick a singer at random) will talk about shopping, her latest solo single and the trauma surrounding the breakup of S Club Seven while Andrew Marr tries to coax her into unguarded statements about the international situation or the validity of endogenous growth theory.

Making Tory activists such as myself redundant

The Labour party is increasingly making Tory activists such as myself redundant.

When Labour MPs (Labour MPs pronounced with a Kinnock edge of hysteria) say that their party is like a comedy franchise, what is there left for me to say?  https://www.politicshome.com/party-politics/articles/story/simon-danczuk-labour-comedy-franchise


The Mount

I think everyone who cares about the work of Edith Wharton owes a debt of gratitude to the 35 individuals who helped save The Mount:  http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/oct/18/fight-save-edith-wharton-home-the-mount?CMP=twt_gu

You can also donate:  https://www.edithwharton.org/support/


Friday, October 16, 2015

Momentum is a reaction against "entrenched Blairism"

Interesting and candid explanation of Momentum:  http://www.workersliberty.org/node/25713

As I understand it from this article by Martin Thomas, Momentum is a reaction against "entrenched Blairism" which is thought to be planning a coup against Corbyn.

Momentum represents the deep party element in Labour.  Perhaps one could call them the dark party in Labour.  Activists who will wage implacable war against entrenched Blairism while the leadership denies all knowledge and serenely appears to be above all the in-fighting.

Conservatives have also had to grapple with entrenched Blairism (which has taken over leading charity Save The Children for instance, and instead of saving children pumps out anti-Conservative propaganda) so the Momentum obsession with the Blairites is more than just paranoia.

Purge the Labour party of all dissenters















It's started!

Momentum is being used to ideologically purge the Labour party of all dissenters.

To be fair, New Labour did a considerable amount of purging in their time.

But why is Chuka Umuna not on the list for ideological liquidation?

https://twitter.com/TyronWilson

The sort of scrutiny that the SNP needs to come under

On Daily Politics earlier today Andrew Neil interviewed the SNP's Stewart Hosie:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06jl6nc

This is the sort of scrutiny that the SNP needs to come under.

I felt that democracy was advanced by the interview.

It cannot be in the interests of voters that Scotland becomes a one-party state.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Arrogant clerical bully Giles Fraser

There is a fundamental problem with this proposal by the arrogant clerical bully Giles Fraser to close down thousands of parish churches:  http://cw.na1.hgncloud.com/

The Church of England does not own the parish churches of England - they are owned by the ordinary people of the parish in which they are located.

And the Church of England is not supposed to be run by the current self-perpetuating stiff-necked self-righteous clique - it is supposed to be run by bishops appointed by the Crown on the advice of the Prime Minister of the day, so that there is some degree of democratic control and legitimacy.

The Church of England is one of the last institutions in this country to resist democracy (the carefully manipulated pseudo-democracy of the "synod" does not count, indeed is an affront).

ALL the inhabitants of a parish should be able to vote what happens to THEIR parish church, and also what kind of clergy they want rather than having lefties imposed on them all the time (with their messy church and their liturgical dance, and their mortifying attempts to be trendy).

Given the disconnect between the clergy and the ordinary people, is it any wonder that most people do not want to go to an Anglican service (where they will be forced to sing 1970s drivel, suffer hectoring sermons on social issues a la Corbyn, and be told they have no say on whether the pews are ripped out).

Tom Watson MP is of course a political bruiser... he doesn't care who gets hurt

Thought-provoking, indeed deeply disturbing report by Cathy Newman on Channel 4 News about how Tom Watson MP (now Deputy Leader of the Labour Party) may have corrupted the enquiry into Westminster child abuse:  http://www.channel4.com/news/uk (today's programme will be up later - for some reason Channel 4 doesn't have the technical ability to put repeats up as soon as they finish broadcasting, perhaps it is against union rules).

Tom Watson MP is of course a political bruiser.  He doesn't care who gets hurt, so long as he can score his political points.  But this time he may have gone too far. 

Using the child abuse enquiry as a political weapon represents a second violation of the victims, especially as Tom Watson's accusations have been reported as just mischief-making and without foundation.  Perhaps Mr Watson should be arrested for wasting police time.  Certainly Mr Watson should apologise to those people he has wrongly accused.

And I do not see how Tom Watson's informant in the false accusations can remain a member of the Goddard Enquiry.

CDU party colleagues, INSIST that free movement comes to an end









This statement by Chancellor Angela Merkel (reported by Reuters via Sky News) about the non-negotiability of "free movement" may well prove to be a hubristic gesture.

Frau Merkel may well find that her own countrymen, indeed her own CDU party colleagues, INSIST that free movement comes to an end.

Concentration camps indeed!  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/angela-merkel-s-coalition-split-over-border-concentration-camps-as-pressures-of-refugee-crisis-in-a6694701.html

If Taylor Swift's Blank Space is meant to be an interpretation of The Great Gatsby

The Joseph Kahn video for Taylor Swift's 2014 Blank Space has recieved over a billion views on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-ORhEE9VVg

The video is highly stylised ("There's a lot of symmetrical framing that's Kubrickian").

Looking at it again today, I wondered if Taylor Swift's Blank Space is meant to be an interpretation of The Great Gatsby, seen from the viewpoint of Daisy Buchanan? ("They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made. . .").































Far too busy talking about themselves

Guardian writer Owen Jones says "Why Labour needs to throw everything at the Work Penalty and never stop talking about it" : http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/13/labour-austerity-tax-credits-economic

Some hope!

Labour MPs are entirely self-obsessed.  There is no room for them to never stop talking about the so-called "Work Penalty".  They are currently far too busy talking about themselves and how the Corbyn coup has stymied their career ambitions.


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Did Caroline Lucas MP really say in the House of Commons today "you stop borrowing when you can no longer pay it back"?

What a stupid thing to say.

Presumably she thinks there is nothing immoral about borrowing and not paying back.

In layman's terms this is called stealing.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

An intensely dangerous Labour MP

How smooth Chuka Umuna appeared on Channel 4 News, with his expensive-looking fawn suit and massive watch:  http://www.channel4.com/news/

And everything he said seemed to be in code.

And there was the briefest little smirk when Jon Snow said provocatively that we are supposed to be in an era of new politics and a new way of doing things in the Labour Party.

He is an intensely dangerous Labour MP.  Dangerous for the Labour leadership I mean.  He knows if Corbyn remains in place there is no future for him, and therefore he will become increasingly reckless and truculent. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

The new grouping Momentum is going down like a rattlesnake in a Lucky Dip:  http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2015/10/labour-tensions-boil-over-fractious-mps-meeting
I cannot see how Tom Watson can survive as Labour Deputy Leader.

He will try to brazen things out for a while but ultimately I think he will have to go.

Sally Bercow tried to brazen things out, but public opinion would not tolerate what she did.

What would really kill Tom Watson off would be if the family of Lord Brittan were to bring legal action for compensation for the distress they suffered due to his false claims.

And in any case we cannot have politicians of any party interfering with the police.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34504385

Edith Cavell



















Earlier this year I went to Norwich and paid my own respects to Edith Cavell.

Individuals can change the world - I have always believed this.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/theroyalfamily/11926429/Edith-Cavell-100-years-on-Heroine-WW1-nurse-receives-royal-commemoration.html

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Carpe diem

Very astute analysis by Paul Goodman:  http://www.conservativehome.com/thetorydiary/2015/10/camerons-shrinking-renegotiation-demands-clarify-the-choice.html

What David Cameron wants is, in a sense, irrelevant.

David Cameron has one vote in the referendum, as we all do.

And is it not ironic that MPs think they are going to be calling the shots during the referendum campaign?

The whole point of Euroscepticism is that British MPs are now impotent.

It is as if they have forgotten the results of the Euro elections, when the British people last expressed their view on the EU.

David Cameron has a great opportunity before him - to lead the United Kingdom out of the European Union.  That would be a great legacy.  Carpe diem.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Stuart Rose

Stuart Rose heading the Remain campaign?

Stuart Alan Ransom Rose?

Baron Rose of Monewden?

THAT Stuart Rose?

Stuart Rose the former Executive Chairman of Marks & Spencer who presided over an unprecedented thirty per cent-plus plunge in the company's shares?

The Stuart Rose that "in December 2013 defended immigrants arriving to UK not on the grounds of the universal equality, but on financial benefits for his company and businesses in UK"?

Well at least the Remain campaign are openly acknowledging that the EU is run for big corporate business. 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/stuart-rose-businessman-who-backed-immigration-for-cutting-wages-to-lead-campaign-to-keep-britain-in-a6688561.html 

Friday, October 09, 2015

I am in Stockton Heath and have just purchased my evening meal from the Stockton Fryer.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Brand names are always tricky.

To me "Momentum" sounds a lot like "Bibendum" (the Conran restaurant in Fulham Road).

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/oct/08/jeremy-corbyn-leadership-campaign-new-social-movement-momentum



They drew first blood

"Theresa May did not deserve the friendly fire she was subjected to on Tuesday":  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4579296.ece

But on the whole it is good that they drew first blood.

It makes our job easier.

As Rambo said:  "In the field we had a code of honor, you watch my back, I watch yours."

And as Mr Rambo might say to Simon Walker, Heidi Allen and their backers"Don't push it! Don't push it or I'll give you a war you won't believe. Let it go."

"Self-serving business organisations such as the Institute of Directors should reflect on their social responsibilities..."

I commend this Times article:  http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/columnists/article4579296.ece

"...self-serving business organisations such as the Institute of Directors should reflect on their social responsibilities to the long-term unemployed in Britain before continuing to demand endless cheap labour from abroad."

And those who had a go at Theresa May on Tuesday should reflect that friendly fire is a game two can play.

Blue on blue attacks, if they are necessary, will be carried out where appropriate (and no need to worry about The Other Side - they are completely out of it while their grandad leader communes with his inner Marxist).

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The speech so many of us have been longing to hear

After a long and tiring drive I am finally home.

There is no question that the outstanding speech this week came from Theresa May.

It was the speech so many of us have been longing to hear.

Perhaps, looking ahead, under a Theresa May premiership we will finally see an end to high-handed social engineering and a re-establishment of democratic control over how fast society is changed, how the change is effected, and who is given voting rights in the United Kingdom (and thus given rights to decide the allocation of resources).

Perhaps under Theresa May as leader we will finally get a chance to say "no" to globalisation (or at least a chance to say "this model of globalisation is not good enough, go away and come back with a more acceptable version").

For all who truly care about democracy Theresa May's speech was a courageous, inspiring and ground-breaking blueprint for the future.

Just as Mrs May has shown her courage, I want all of us to show equal courage in making sure she is protected in the party, and that her cause is advanced.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34450887

Friday, October 02, 2015

This is a very inflammatory and misleading article:  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tories-reject-pleas-save-1700-6559488

On the whole I would like Redcar to be saved - a steel industry is an essential component of an independent nation state.

I would describe the Conservative Party as Celia Johnson in the last few minutes of Brief Encounter

"Britain does not love the Tory party" asserts this anonymous piece for the Guardian.

The writer clearly does not understand the country's complex relationship with the Conservative Party.

I would describe the Conservative Party as Celia Johnson in the last few minutes of Brief Encounter.  Since 1991 she has been having a chaste affair with liberal pro-euros, but now tellingly they are going in the opposite direction and after the referendum will be out of our lives forever.  Confused and unhappy, Celia/Laura/theConservativeParty is filled with emotional torment and briefly thinks of destroying herself, but ultimately decides to do the right thing.

The electorate, in the form of her dependable husband Fred, comforts her and says "Whatever your dream was, it wasn't a very happy one... you've been a long way away, thank you for coming back to me" and the electorate and the Party share a close passionate post-May election embrace.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hubyFqSUaGA&list=RDhubyFqSUaGA

For Conservatives it's yesterday once more

On Daily Politics this lunchtime Jo Coburn came out with the shocking statement that the last time a Conservative government held a party conference was back in 1996!

Therefore on the eve of this year's conference let us allow ourselves some quiet sense of achievement.

In the words of one of my all-time favourite songs, for Conservatives it's yesterday once more:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfTnf4AiN4Y

If you have an invitation I hope to see you at our event, or I hope to be at the Conservative Way Forward reception at the Midland Hotel on Sunday night (if I can stay awake that late).

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

It is foolish of Jeremy Corbyn to think that nuclear weapons have anything to do with defence

Jeremy Corbyn's tiny little "no" (hardly more than a reflex rather than a considered reply) ruthlessly seized on by Sarah Montagu on the Today programme, may have mortally wounded the Labour leader: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p033z83d

To be fair to Mr Corbyn, if I were Prime Minister I do not think I could order nuclear weapons dropped on people.

I do not think any normal person could (possibly Blair could, but obviously he is not normal).

But it is foolish of Jeremy Corbyn to think that nuclear weapons have anything to do with defence.

Possession of nuclear weapons is a symbol of "great power" status - the price of admission to the great power club is £100 billion (and possibly cheap at this price).

Therefore no government could give up nuclear weapons without inflicting on the people of the United Kingdom precipitate national decline and humiliation akin to the Suez crisis.

And any party that inflicted such a wanton national humiliation would be severely punished (or possibly killed off altogether) by the electorate.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A triumph of mobilisation

Endless analysis of Jeremy Corbyn's speech to the Labour Party Conference.

On Channel 4 News Jon Snow interviewed a gathering of women and young people:  http://www.channel4.com/news/

However it is important to realise that the election of Jeremy Corbyn as leader was not a triumph of democracy, nor was it a triumph of authenticity - it was a triumph of mobilisation.

Conference-goers will be familiar with the way in which organisers chivvy people into the front rows to make the hall look full.

It is the same principle with the election of Jeremy Corbyn.

An opportunity was afforded to all the marginal lefties to vote their candidate into "power" and they seized that opportunity.  And because they continually doughnut their hero wherever he goes it looks as if the Corbyn movement is massive. But the sum of the marginal lefties is still far far short of the number needed to elect a government, even if you throw in all the disgruntled "Red Tories".

That little group of women and young people on Channel 4 News filled the camera, but when the camera zoomed out you could see it was only a little group.

Monday, September 28, 2015

I have lost about half the hearing in my left ear and just have a faint whooshing sound.

And the last time there was a super moon I experienced the same.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

At Sung Eucharist this morning:

Wisdom, Love, Might;
Boundless as ocean's tide,
Rolling in fullest pride,
Through the world far and wide,
Let there be light!

A vain and silly man hopelessly out of his depth

On the Andrew Marr Show this morning the left-wing luvvie who was interviewed was Michael Fassbender who praised convicted terrorist Bobby Sands - and not for the first time it struck me how degenerate our society is becoming.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was also interviewed, and there was a point where all his sober gravitas fell away and he became a giggling camp leftie amazed at his own good luck.  You can see it for yourself on iPlayer at 39:38 into the interview.  "Is it so disastrous... is it so disastrous... is it so disastrous..."  And I thought in that moment he gave himself away.  This is not a serious politician, still less is this a leader.  This is a vain and silly man hopelessly out of his depth.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06fwqc5/the-andrew-marr-show-27092015

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Am I right in thinking Corbyn is an Irish name?

Why is the Labour party so relentlessly anti-English?

http://news.sky.com/story/1559465/corbyn-pays-tribute-to-sinn-fein-revolutionary

A counterpoint:  http://www.progressonline.org.uk/2015/09/26/looking-for-a-new-england/

Present Volkswagon with a bill for the unpaid tax

It is important to realise that the Volkswagon emissions scam has not just cheated car owners and damaged the environment.

Volkswagon has also defrauded Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs.

Vehicles with lower emissions pay a lower rate of car tax in the United Kingdom.

Therefore, it is likely that purchasers of Volkswagon cars have been paying car tax at a lower rate than they would have had the emission rates not been rigged.

It would be invideous to chase car owners for the extra tax due.

But it is perfectly reasonable for the British government to present Volkswagon with a bill for the unpaid tax.

Ray Massey writes about the scam in the Daily Mail:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3246834/UK-drivers-sue-Volkswagen-billions-Class-action-threat-fiddled-diesel-tests.html

Friday, September 25, 2015

Big birds

















Early morning, about 7am.

After about an hour I always stop to have a little walk around, since the drive to work is so tiring.

Looking up, I saw on top of the battered old Victorian warehouse a line of big birds.

Not a merl of blackbirds, still less an exaltation of larks, but a humble flight of pigeons.

How grey the morning seemed, but these birds cheered me up.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Civil war in the Labour party

Kim Howells, Labour MP for Pontypridd between 1989 and 2010, warns of civil war in the Labour party:  http://leftfootforward.org/2015/09/former-minister-warns-of-civil-war-in-labour-party/

Drivel

Sometimes I leave the television on after Channel 4 News because I am working on e-mails in the other room and have not had tome to switch it off.

And I have to tell you that most of the output of Channel 4 is absolute drivel.

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/posh-pawn

When the Germans said they would take 800,000 migrants this year were they telling lies?

I am confused by the behaviour of the German government.

They have already said they want 800,000 Syrian migrants this year.

They have also said they intend to take 500,000 migrants per year for an unspecified time into the future.

Now we learn that the German government is bullying central European states over the distribution of a mere 120,000 migrants.

When the Germans said they would take 800,000 migrants this year were they telling lies?

If they were not telling lies why do they not simply take the 120,000 migrants as a first instalment of the 800,000 migrants they say will be welcome this year?  No need to bother anyone else.  Take them into Germany and keep them in Germany.

However, if the migrants (together with their descendants and dependants, since the 800,000 they take will soon double and even triple as family members claim their human right to a family reunion) are to be imposed on other EU nations then an important constitutional issue is at stake.  Artificially ramping up the population of the EU must imply an eventual allocation of citizenship to the majority of the migrants (since history demonstrates most will not return), with a consequent impact on the electorates of the EU states the Germans are bullying.  Therefore the imposition on the four bullied nations of central and eastern European must be unconstitutional.

And while we are discussing constitutional issues, has the German government gained the permission of the German electorate before they give their country away?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-34332759

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33988013

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The most notable aspect of the Ashcroft serialisation is how implausible it all is:  https://twitter.com/suttonnick/status/646430694051344384/photo/1

Wing

First there were reports that Tony Blair was too right-wing (an insult to right-wingers) and so Gordon Brown took over in a restoration of Old Labour.

Then Labour lost the 2010 election and Ed Miliband took over as left-wing Red Ed the puppet of the unions.

Then Ken Loach said Ed Miliband was too right-wing and flounced off to form a new People's Party.

Then Labour lost the 2015 election and Jeremy Corbyn was elected leader with a massive mandate to be as left-wing as he likes.

Then Arther Scargill condemned Jeremy Corbyn for not being left-wing enough.

And this evening Channel 4 News reports that a major Labour donor complains that Jeremy Corbyn is far too left-wing and he wants his money to be used to fund a new right-wing Labourish party.

Confused?

It's a good job Goldilocks stuck to tasting porridge and did not go into political punditry.

http://www.channel4.com/news/

The plants seemed to shiver















My new job (three days per week) means I have to get up at 5 each morning and it is a long drive to get to the office - but the money is so good it is worth the effort.

Usually I stop half-way to stretch my legs.

And on one of these little walks I noticed this flower bed.

Keeping up a pretence that it is still summer.

And yet the morning was so chill that the plants seemed to shiver.

A couple more weeks and the show will be blackened with frost.

The other two days a week I work for Alec Nussbaum (not the Institute).  Although I suspect that it is not Alec Nussbaum who is paying me.  But over the last few years I have never been really sure who is paying me.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Integrity and high ethical standards

I find the "revelations" about David Cameron today very encouraging:  http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/sep/21/david-cameron-pig-head-lord-ashcroft-unofficial-biography-drug-taking-claims

Unlike the sleazy easy-access for rich donors under New Labour, David Cameron said NO when Lord Ashcroft tried to call in favours.

All parties need to support him at this moment, as this is a valuable step in the clean-up of British politics.

I would like to see Jeremy Corbyn giving the Prime Minister credit for not giving Lord Ashcroft a place in the executive, when the temptation to do so must have been very strong.

Personally I have never been happy over Lord Ashcroft's big donations to the party as I feared he would call in the favours at some point.

I was wrong in my suspicions and I should have trusted David Cameron more - he has proved he has integrity and high ethical standards.

As for what happens at university, we have all done stupid things in our younger days. 

And having seen Isabel Oakeshott on Channel 4 News, why was she not challenged over her slap-dash research?  Presumably the Piers Gaveston society had other members she could have done some fact-checking with?  Or was she uninterested in attempting corroboration because she suspected the story was false?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Red Tory

On Sunday Politics Arthur Scargill attacked Jeremy Corbyn for being too right-wing:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b019cdmh/episodes/player

He virtually called him a red Tory.

Earlier on the Andrew Marr Show Justine Greening described the Corbyn plan to renationalise the railways as "an ideological joyride":  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0080bbs

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Turkey is a booming economy with strong cultural, linguistic and ethnic links with Syria and Iraq

Abdel Bari Atwan was wrong to blame the West for messing up countries in the Middle East on Dateline London earlier today:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006m93g

The United Kingdom ruled Iraq for less than ten years, and did not rule Syria at all.

For centuries, until 1918, the imperial power in the region was Turkey.

Turkey is a booming economy with strong cultural, linguistic and ethnic links with Syria and Iraq, and is a safe haven by any standards.

If refugees pass through Turkey on their way to somewhere else the moment they leave Turkish territory they have ceased to be refugees and asylum seekers and have become economic migrants.

And thank goodness for Alex Deane providing some much-needed balance to the programme.

Friday, September 18, 2015

For the Conservatives to rebuild in Scotland would cost £2 million per year.

That is the cost of putting a professional organiser in every constituency (73 x £30k) with a brief to sign up members by going door to door. 

It really is that simple.

Which makes you ask why there isn't the will to do it.

Making the completely unacceptable somehow respectable

This is really perverse:  http://cw.na1.hgncloud.com/

It is as if the Guardian is so confident of its marketing ability that is can take the the most inhuman examples of residential architecture, repackage them as "hip happening now" and people are so gullible they fall for it.

What the Guardian is doing for brutalist architecture is what Tony Blair is doing for brutalist dictators - making the completely unacceptable somehow respectable (if you don't think for yourself).
There is something about Jasmine Thompson's voice that has a beguiling trembling quality:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j1RCys4R0g

Banksy's Dismaland

Daily Politics today looks at Banksy's Dismaland, which apparently includes many political statements:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mjxb

Is it acceptable to have an art feature that celebrates the burning of books?

To quote Heinrich Heine:  "...where they burn books they eventually will burn people".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHzM1gXaiVo

 http://dismaland.co.uk/

Germany now realises that it cannot take in the whole world

Entirely predictably, after the German Chancellor's incontinent bouts of irrational emotion Germany now realises that it cannot take in the whole world:  https://www.tagesschau.de/inland/asylrecht-abschiebungen-101.html

Can those German politicians who criticised the United Kingdom's immigration policy now apologise (publicly please) to David Cameron.

Not for the first time, it is David Cameron who is providing the true leadership in the European Union.

And when are we going to see EU countries meeting their foreign aid commitments so that Syrian refugees can be supported safely and comfortably in areas close to Syria so that they can return when their country is ultimately made safe.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

i

I have decided to get the new iPhone 7.

And I will probably get an AppleWatch.

And if Apple did an iDrone I would be interested so long as it made me look good.

http://learnbonds.com/123384/apple-inc-aapl-iphone-7-worth-waiting-for-forget-iphone-6s/

Jeremy Corbyn's sop to the pro-EU forces in his party

I rather think Patrick Wintour is indulging in wishful thinking in the article about a pro-EU Labour party:  http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/sep/17/jeremy-corbyn-labour-campaign-for-uk-stay-in-eu

The referendum will not be a party political event, and it matters little what the "official" line of the Labour party is since everyone will be campaigning and voting according to his or her conscience.

Therefore Jeremy Corbyn's sop to the pro-EU forces in his party is meaningless.

There will be no three-line whip on Labour MPs or Labour activists or Labour voters.

They will each do as they want to do, and campaign as they want to campaign.

The announcement today that "Labour" will campaign to stay in the EU means nothing.

Jeremy Corbyn might as well pledge Labour to campaign for the bishops to open Joanna Southcott's box.  It's a harmless pledge to make.  It will have no practical effect on the EU referendum.

The "selectorate" has sent Labour off on a very long sabbatical

According to George Eaton the knives are out for Jeremy Corbyn:  http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2015/09/after-jeremy-corbyns-troubled-start-even-fewer-labour-expect-him-last

A mixture of sour grapes, thwarted ambitions and an insatiable feral desire to mischief-make (an instinct endemic in a majority of politicians, even when it is against their own interest) is already rocking the Corbyn leadership.

Owen Jones would have you believe that it is all got up by the Tory Press:  https://medium.com/@OwenJones84/my-role-in-the-media-in-months-ahead-35a61d193690

But Mr Jones is ignoring the fact that it was Labour MPs who did not cheer his first entry into the Commons as leader, it was Labour MPs who gave Mr Corbyn a "grilling" on the first meeting of backbench MPs under his leadership, and it was senior Labour politicians (including one from the Shadow Cabinet interviewed on the Today programme) who went on the broadcast media saying how offensive it was that he did not sing the National Anthem.

Labour MPs and their supporters in the media need to realise that the Labour "selectorate" has deliberately chosen an unelectable leader.  They have done this deliberately because at this stage in its existence Labour needs to concentrate on reform of internal structures (including selection of MPs and including methods of funding).  This is a process that will take at least ten years (we Conservatives know that from bitter recent experience) and should have been started in 2010 but wasn't because most (not all) in the party leadership wanted to scramble back into power as soon as possible.

Reform must come from first principles which means pure policies that flow from a renewed study of socialism.

This does not mean that pure socialist policies will win elections (they definitely will not) but the purity of socialist ideas, moderated by the Methodist-Labour tradition, moderated by the Trade Unions, moderated by the pragmatists, moderated by the eccentric oddballs, moderated even by the flouncing "stars" like Chuka Umuna, will produced original exciting policies that other parties will not be able to compete with (because they should be doing this process as well, and producing their own unique offering to the electorate).

It is this policy review that Corbyn has been elected to do (and he is certainly one who will deliver a thorough and long-term review of policy, although possibly he might fly with wings of wax too close to the burning sun of pure socialism).

It is as if the "selectorate" has sent Labour off on a very long sabbatical and said:  don't come back until you have a credible and integrated programme of policies we can sell to the voters.

To my mind (and I am not a Labour supporter, so I could be wrong) Corbyn has three tasks:

  • Purge the party of Blairism
  • Restore and rebuild the Labour party in Scotland
  • Develop new, interesting and attractive policies

As a Conservative I envy Labour this period of purgation and catharsis.

And as a Conservative I offer a small prayer that we should not forget our own dark time of wandering in the wilderness - in the words of Kipling:  Lord God of Hosts forgive us yet, less we forget, less we forget.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Perhaps Labour should appoint a Ceremonial Representative

Although I am a monarchist I am not all that bothered by Jeremy Corbyn's refusal to sing the National Anthem:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34263447

I would much rather have sincere politicians than ones who just do and say anything to get power.

Perhaps Labour should appoint a Ceremonial Representative to represent the party at state occasions, allowing Jeremy Corbyn to get on with the serious issues of policy.  Peter Mandelson might be a good candidate.  He likes dressing up and swanning around and singing anthems.

I have always thought that party leaders should not be bigging themselves up at ritual state ceremonies - it only goes to their head.