Monday, August 31, 2015

"...what I thought of at that moment as the abominable conditions of some modern English hospitals - the noise, the cruelty, the indifference, the uneatable food, the petty tyranny.  If this was enlightenment and reform, what must eighteenth-century Bedlam have been like?  Of course, my pen was running away with me..."

The banners are a publicity stunt













Public emoting employed by London Mayor candidate Sadiq Khan MP.  Of course he does not put forward any suggestions of his own.  Merely states that other politicians should pay attention.

Let us pay attention to the images he broadcasts.

They are banners on display at football grounds in Germany "welcoming" refugees.

Germany is a German-speaking country, and yet the banners are in English.  Many Germans understand English of course.  But if these banners were genuine we would expect them to be in German would we not?

They cannot be intended for the actual refugees themselves as they are penniless refugees unable to afford the price of entry to expensive football games.

Therefore we must assume that the banners are a publicity stunt by the Germans aimed at the international media and not a spontaneous reflection of popular German opinion.

Ah, but the Germans are "taking in" 800,000 refugees the left will tell you.

Can we see some assessment as to which country, Germany or the United Kingdom, is doing more to help refugees from troubled countries around the world.

Not just the banner waving and the politicians emoting.

But whether Germany is meeting its commitment to foreign aid as a proportion of their national budget.

And can we have a commitment that the 800,000 "taken in" by Germany are going to remain in Germany and be supported by Germany and not given documents that allow them to travel around the EU.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

I am listening to Katherine Jenkins singing Laudate Dominum from Mozart's Vespers:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-J8rKIS-66E

Demand positions

One must commend the wisdom and courage of the Home Secretary Theresa May in thinking the unthinkable (free movement is not practical) and saying the unsayable (Schengen must be dropped):  http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/National/article1600186.ece

It is an old saying, but the difference between England and Continental Europe is that they believe in philosophy whereas we believe in common sense.

On The Papers on BBC News Channel this morning Alice Arnold ("broadcaster") said that Theresa May was "being tougher than Cameron".

On the same programme Mihir Bose (London Evening Standard) said "these could be demand positions on Europe".

They could also be demand positions on the Conservative leadership contest.

We know Dave is gone by end of 2019 latest.

We know that behaviour by potential candidates during the European Referendum is going to determine, largely, who wins the leadership (no open Europhile is ever going to get the top job - I would rather the party destroyed itself than fall into the hands of a Ken Clarke).

We know that if Labour opts for Corbyn they are out of it for ten years or so and our candidate will sail through the 2020 general election, whoever we choose.

So who better to back than Theresa May?  We have not yet seen the full range of choices, but she is early into the race and by claiming the Eurosceptic ground is thus establishing a proprietary advantage.  And for all of Dave's witterings about working time directives and the like, the EU referendum will be enthused by arguments about movement of people and the way in which Labour saddled us with EU agreements where we have destabilising amounts of immigrants arriving here.

Corbynmania is Alice In Wonderland politics

I am quite prepared to believe that Corbynmania is Alice In Wonderland politics:  http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/aug/29/tony-blair-corbynmania-alice-in-wonderland

But if we are living in an Alice In Wonderland world, who is Tweedledum and who is Tweedledee?

Step forward Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Why can Spain control its borders and Italy and Greece cannot?

Very interesting graph by the New York Times about the European "migrant" (by which they mean refugees, displaced persons and asylum seekers) crisis:  https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/637677847046410240/photo/1

Note, the United Kingdom is shown as flat-lining, which is not accurate - in the last 12 months the United Kingdom took in 330,000 economic refugees, economic displaced persons and economic asylum seekers.

But notice that Spain is also flat-lining.  And yet Spain is a front-line Mediterranean country.  Why can Spain control its borders and Italy and Greece cannot?

More about the United Kingdom figures:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34071492

"Not one of them has mentioned immigration yet. Its the elephant in the room"

Fascinating Newsnight yesterday with James O'Brien and the Labour leadership:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b067xc46

Two focus groups gave their opinions on the candidates.

But as one participant said:  "Not one of them has mentioned immigration yet. Its the elephant in the room".

The Labour leadership contenders are pretending that the number one issue that concerns the voters is of no importance.
This is of course a serious issue, but it is amusing nonetheless:  http://www.derrynow.com/news/you-are-not-just-bigots-you-are-stupid-bigots-judge-tells-derry-men-who-thought-they-were-abusing-an-orange-parade-only-to-discover-it-was-the-salvation-army/38789?utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=article_share&utm_medium=web

Is there no limit to the stupidity of the left? (Sinn Fein or Páirtí na nOibrithe is a Marxist party).

The refugees, displaced people and asylum seekers of the world

Osmosis is the the movement of a weak solution to a strong solution through a semi-permiable membrane.

It is an elegant formula - the weak solution continues to flow through the membrane until the strong solution has been dilated to such an extent that there is no difference between the two.

We can adapt this principle to explain what is happening in terms of population movement between Europe and Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

The refugees / displaced people / asylum seekers from Asia, Africa and the Middle East will continue to flow through the semi-permeable borders of the EU until living conditions (in terms of food, safety, housing, education opportunities, employment opportunities etc) are equal.

It is not a case of "good" Germany taking 800,000 or 8 million or 80 million in one year then saying that's it, we've done our bit, now be grateful and stop mentioning the Second World War.

While there is a marginal difference between Asia / Africa / Middle East on the one hand and the EU on the other the flow will continue - indeed must continue, and continue at an escalating rate.

Therefore unless the movement is checked we can expect ALL the populations of Asia, Africa and the Middle East to attempt to enter the EU until either living conditions in Asia, Africa and the Middle East have been massively increased or living conditions in the EU have been massively reduced so that there is no difference between the two.

Given the current state of Syria is there any reason to believe that all the 22 million people of that country would not seek to enter the EU if they could?  And all the 30 million people in Afghanistan, 6 million people in Libya and 6 million people in Eritrea?  And all the populations of war-torn countries next year, and the year after, and the year after that?

That is why those commentators who are using emotional arguments about refugees, displaced people and asylum seekers are profoundly dishonest and, in the true sense of the word, abusive people.

They need to say at what point the borders should be closed and the flow stopped.  Or if they do not believe the borders should ever be closed and the flow ever stopped they need to be honest enough to say that also.  What we cannot have is the vague implication that the flow will stop of its own accord, because it will not.

And those commentators who believe in completely open borders need to be honest enough to explain what that will mean in terms of increased competition for finite resources (medical care, education places, housing) and the impact it is going to have on everyone's way of life in terms of social cohestion, commitment to democracy, respect for western society etc.

Because the inevitability of unchecked global osmosis means that our society is not going to stay the way it is now - we will be forced to share everything (everything note) we have with the refugees, displaced people and asylum seekers of the world, all of them, until either they become like us or we become like them.

This may well be a right and honourable path to follow, but can we please have the electorate informed of what is happening so that they can make a proper democratic choice without the emotional blackmail that is being peddled on programmes such as Dateline London.




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

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/article4515049.ece

http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21662597-asylum-seekers-economic-migrants-and-residents-all-stripes-fret-over-their-place-looking?zid=309&ah=80dcf288b8561b012f603b9fd9577f0e

She could have been talking about Dateline London itself

"It's totally corrupt" wailed Yasmin Alibhai-Brown on Dateline London this morning.

She could have been talking about Dateline London itself, since the discussion on migration was completely one-sided and promulgated an extreme "everyone must be given access, Western people are all guilty" view.

No mention that the United Kingdom has already taken a record amount of economic migrants over the last 12 months.

No attempt to present any other side to the issue.

You NEVER see a journalist sympathetic to UKIP featured on the programme and yet UKIP won the United Kingdom EU elections and in terms of EU representation Nigel Farage is the British Prime Minister.

I think my patience with the BBC is running out.

The bad things (especially political bias, but also Andrew Marr's luvvie sofa and, less seriously, the endless exposure of the smug and odious Stephen Fry) outweigh the good things.

Certainly I want to see Dateline London taken off the air.

And I want to see the government move forward with serious reforms of the BBC - after Dateline London this morning I would be happy to see the BBC reformed out of existence.

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

Friday, August 28, 2015

Frank Field MP is worth listening to - here he is on the World At One:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p030zjd7

Justin Forsyth works for a tainted politically-biased "charity" and so his views are suspect.

Fit and healthy men

Report on Channel 4 News about Eritreans "fleeing" Eritrea:  http://www.channel4.com/news/africas-north-korea-why-do-people-flee-eritrea

And yet the men shown on the film seemed fit and healthy.  They were not disabled, or chronically short-sighted, or wearing incontinence clothing.  They were fit and healthy men.

So why are they "fleeing" across continents?

Why are they not doing what men and women should do when faced with an oppressive regime that is terrorising them - why are they not taking to the hills, organising themselves into a free force and fighting against tyranny to bring democracy and human rights to their fellow citizens?

When the Germans dropped millions of bombs on London in 1940, creating a terror far worse than anything in Syria, did the population of London run away or did they fight back, young and old, in every way possible?

When the Germans invaded and occupied France did the French people simply accept this or did they fight back with the Free French forces and the Resistance?

When the German grip on Poland (a reign of terror if ever there was one) weakened in 1944 did the population of Warsaw use the opportunity to commission people smugglers to get themselves out, or did they take part in an uprising?

Why are the Eritreans and the Syrians and the North Africans, all those fit and healthy men and women able to walk hundreds of miles towards the bright lights of the West, why are they incapable of taking the necessary action to free their own countries?

Or as young and middle-aged men and women are they simply inadequate failures, incapable of organising themselves and building their own future?

Expressive, sonorous, achiving full stature and maturity

I have always regarded Nick Jonas as flim-flam, not worth a second's serious consideration.

But this has made me think again:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paQx8cBxBjg  and again https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5AQWOeCUho

Expressive, sonorous, achiving full stature and maturity.

You both need to take responsibility









Paul Flynn MP is absolutely right, the raising of false hope is directly contributing to the tragic fate of migrants.

Therefore individuals such as Owen Jones (Guardian) and Alan Travis (Guardian) have direct responsibility for the asphyxiation of the 71 unidentified migrants in the back of a van on the side of a road in Austria.

The deaths of thousands and thousands of migrants is an international crime for which, in the fullness of time, one hopes there will be arrests and trials and punishments (long heavy punishments one hopes).

However it is not just the people smugglers and other direct enablers who are guilty.

Just as someone who shouts "fire" in a crowded cinema is responsible in law for the deaths of those trampled to death in the subsequent stampeded, so those liberal-left voices saying migrants should be allowed to enter the EU and indeed enter the United Kingdom must also share responsibility for the deaths that subsequently ensue from the mass migration across EU borders.

Let me talk directly to Mr Jones and Mr Travis:

Sirs, in the Hyza refrigeration van that contained the 71 suffocated and decomposing bodies of migrants there were the remains of a two-year-old girl.  By encouraging the idea of open-door immigration into the EU ("We need the west to take responsibility for disaster zones it helped create, like Libya and Iraq") you are directly responsible for the death of this little girl.  Had she and her family remained in a refugee camp she would no doubt have grown up in a limited, boring and hard environment but at least she would have been alive.

You helped encourage her family to push into the EU by whatever means possible in the hope of "a better future".

You both need to take responsibility for ending this poor little life.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Alan Travis is the Lord Halifax of our time

Let's give up says the Guardian's Alan Travis (and all the Labour leadership candidates) regarding immigration:  http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/27/migration-figures-what-do-the-numbers-really-mean?CMP=share_btn_tw

Good job we didn't have to rely on Alan Travis and his ilk in 1940 - he would have opened the doors and waved the Germans in.

Alan Travis is the Lord Halifax of our time.

Appeaser, coward, elitist establishment fixer.

They are giving the country away

It pains me to say this, but a Conservative government is no better than Labour when it comes to enforcing the public will over immigration.

They are giving the country away.

http://www.sunnation.co.uk/im-not-allowed-to-say-it-but-migrants-are-swamping-the-uk/?CMP=spklr-_-Editorial-_-TWITTER-_-SunPolitics-_-20150827-_-Politics-_-228406375

Someone, somewhere, needs to be given the sack.

And I think it needs to be Dave.

As the Norwegian saying goes, a rotten fish stinks from the head downwards.

Point out to a Conservative government the bleedin' obvious



















Why does it take a Labour MP (a LABOUR MP to use Kinnockian histrionic emphasis) to point out to a Conservative government the bleedin' obvious:  https://twitter.com/frankfieldteam

Mr Brokenshire and Ms May need to reconsider their position in the light of the latest immigration figures.

Another unfunny comedian

Another unfunny comedian giving us the benefit of his political analysis:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/27/how-will-labour-top-losing-the-election-by-losing-its-own-leadership-contest?CMP=twt_gu

Despite the branding that describes him as "Scottish" Frankie Boyle is both Irish and a republican, and therefore we must assume he has been brought up to hate English people.

I would prefer the media not to give this person any further platform to air his views and certainly I do not want to see him sitting on Andrew Marr's sofa.

India is storming ahead as the world's third biggest economy

If India is storming ahead as the world's third biggest economy is it unreasonable to expect economic migration from India to the United Kingdom to come to a complete stop and indeed to go in reverse (perhaps we could prod a few Indian-born bottoms so that they move towards the departure lounge at Heathrow):  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-34063295

And as India is growing economically can they please start taking in refugees from Pakistan, Iraq and Syria.

Immigration STILL rising

How on earth is immigration STILL rising:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-34071492

It is not enough for the government to say that the figures are disappointing.  We need to see changes in the government, and if necessary a change of Home Secretary.  Why on earth do ministers not have the character or the personality to ensure that policies are enforced?

Also note that non-EU immigration is HIGHER than EU immigration!

This indicates we have a government that is not in control of THE MAIN ISSUE THAT CONCERNS THE ELECTORATE.

Can we please have deterrent custodial sentences for students and others who overstay their visas - by deterrent I mean in excess of five years.

And why are so many Chinese people being allowed into the country?  89,000 in the last twelve months.  We have ZERO obligation to allow Chinese migrants in (and China does not allow significant immigration into the People's Republic).

To say I feel pissed off by these immigration figures is an understatement.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The government has lost control of immigration









In answer to this question asked by ITV This Morning I agree with Nigel Farage that the government has lost control of immigration.

Eight million foreign-born people is far too high.  Ridiculously high and means the end of social cohesion and the end of any realistic chance to manage absorption and assimilation.  Left unchecked it will result in the formation of ghettos and escalating rates of inter-communal violence.

I would like to see the Conservatives and UKIP work together to come up with imaginative and radical policies to reduce the numbers of foreign-born people in the United Kingdom.

If you break-up disapora communities you will reduce the "pull" factor for foreign migrants.

Especially I want the ending of "birthright citizenship" to be examined seriously:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-33962029

http://www.itv.com/thismorning

Is the Labour movement going into meltdown?

In his misery and despair Nick Cohen (Observer) turns on his own people and trashes his own political home:  http://standpointmag.co.uk/node/6196/full

Is the Labour movement going into meltdown?

Some quotes:


Like many from the Left’s dark corners, Corbyn does not believe in the human rights of “us all”.

...a sickness on the Left has spread from the fringes to the mainstream…


The malaise on the modern Left becomes evident…
 

...the liberal Left announce their political correctness and seize on the smallest sexist or racist “gaffe” of their opponents. 

…in Labour’s case the centre ground is as polluted as any derelict site.

…the hypocritical, and in my view despicable, strain of thought that Corbyn represents…


…the ugly turn much of left-wing thought has taken..

…Blair has discredited Blairism, and Corbyn’s rise is a reaction to his decline.

…Blair has destroyed his democratic “legacy” more thoroughly than his enemies ever could.

Unless Labour changes very fast and very soon, it will cease to be a force for good in the world.

It is good that Burnham, Cooper and Kendall have this feeling of being dispossessed

The scandal over "entryism" into the Labour party continues:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34047788

Many people in Labour feel they are having their party taken away from them.

It is good that Burnham, Cooper and Kendall have this feeling of being dispossessed.

Because this is what the rest of us experienced when trying to oppose the "entryism" of mass immigration.

The post-war Labour party was built on entryism of Labour voters from third world countries, displacing the white working class and tipping the balance in the left's favour in many marginal constituencies.

If you questioned migrant entryism and gerrymandering the left screamed "racist" at you to close down discussion.

Now the left screams "Tory" at Burnham, Cooper and Kendall when they try to question what is happening.

The aim is different, but the weapons being used are the same.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

A large percentage of the party is going to feel devastated...

Labour activist Luke Akehurst argues that we are just at the start of the battle for the Labour party:  http://labourlist.org/2015/08/the-battle-for-labours-soul-this-leadership-election-is-the-start-of-that-battle-not-the-end-of-it/

This is so true.

There are years and years of infighting to come.

registering your core support – which Corbyn clearly excelled at...

Burnham believed to be running 4th in London, the region with the most votes...

Whoever wins, this has been such a polarising election for activists that a large percentage of the party is going to feel devastated...

The vitriol of the online debate – made easier because people are insulting strangers from behind the safety of a keypad – must not be allowed to poison the atmosphere of local branches and CLPs...

Accepting the result also doesn’t mean we have to allow the captain to carry on steering us towards an electoral iceberg...
Article in the Economist about how Schengen is tearing the EU apart:  http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2015/08/economist-explains-18?fsrc=scn/tw/te/pe/ed/whytheschengenagreementmightbeunderthreat

Schengen is not a sustainable policy and needs to be reviewed and replaced.
According to a ComRes poll the Conservatives are now 9 points ahead of Labour in Scotland.
SNP: 48%
Conserv ative 23%
Labour 14%
Liberal Democrat 7%

Monday, August 24, 2015

Chinese brands

With the fall in the price of many Chinese stocks there are presumably bargains to be had by United Kingdom companies wanting to snap up Chinese brands and enter the growing Chinese market:  http://www.economist.com/news/business-and-finance/21662092-china-sneezing-rest-world-rightly-nervous-causes-and-consequences-chinas?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/ed/thecausesandconsequencesofchinasmarketcrash

Hey, don't flatter yourself

Andy Burnham interviewed on Channel 4 News denied that "entryism" into the Labour party was a major issue, despite an upgrade in the crisis talks being held by acting Labour leader Harriet Harman:  http://www.channel4.com/news/

Waffling around the subject, Mr Burnham tried to make out that the entryists were Conservatives.

This is of course a feint.

The "entryists" are not hundreds of thousands of Conservatives but hundreds of thousands of socialists.  You know, the sort of people Labour is supposed to represent.  Andy Burnham cannot actually attack all these genuine lefties, even though they are not voting for him, so he has to pretend that the problem is swarms of Conservatives.

I do not know any Conservatives who have registered to vote in the Labour election.

Conservatives I know are supremely indifferent to the Labour party.

Like Gabe Cash rebuffing Ray Tango in the famous shower scene, Conservatives can say to Andy Burnham Hey, don't flatter yourself:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlFP7DfLma0


The United Kingdom should insist on compensation

If the EU persists in attracting migrants through incompetent social engineering policies (the Schengen area for instance) the United Kingdom should insist on compensation for the cost of clearing up the chaos that is accumulating on our borders.

This view is crazy and uncosted:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/23/politics-migrants-europe-asylum

An immoral tax

Capital Gains Tax is an immoral tax and should be abolished.

It would be a key area in defining Conservative policy compared to a Labour party lurching to the left.

https://www.gov.uk/capital-gains-tax

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Economists are reported to be backing Jeremy Corbyn's economic ideas

Over forty economists are reported to be backing Jeremy Corbyn's economic ideas:  http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/aug/22/jeremy-corbyn-economists-backing-anti-austerity-policies-corbynomics

They include David "Danny" Blanchflower who when asked by an audience of IFAs what investment he would recommend told them to invest in a stout stick with nails in the end since he believed that society would break down as the recession got ever nastier (actually the recession didn't get nastier - under Conservative guidance the recession has disappeared).

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The most extraordinary act of self-harm ever committed by a major British party

"...nightmare for Labour in which a mere 7 percent of its MPs positively support their leader" - John Rentoul writes about Jeremy Corbyn for Politico:  http://www.politico.eu/article/corbyn-calamity-labour-leadership-race-uk-blair-hamas-murdoch/

"His election as leader would be the most extraordinary act of self-harm ever committed by a major British party, and will scar British politics for decades" - my goodness, those are harsh words.

Things are being said in this leadership campaign that cannot be unsaid.

No mention about all the money the new supporters are bringing into the Labour party - 300,000 newbies paying at least £3 each means Corbyn has brought a million pounds into Labour.

Vote Burnham for Leader and Vote Watson for Deputy

"Labour has changed for ever" the noble Lord Prescott tells us via the Sunday Mirror:  http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/john-prescott-labour-needs-pm-6301908#ICID=sharebar_twitter

A lot of non-sequential comments followed by the advice Vote Burnham for Leader and Vote Watson for Deputy.

It is one blokey Labour establishment figure (handy with his fists) endorsing another blokey Labour establishment figure (nifty with a football) with fat bloke Tom Watson put on the slate 'cos he'll bring along his Drenge CDs.

I'm afraid this will not do for a modern political party that aspires to government.

We need an effective Opposition, not an Oasis tribute band.
Ice-picks at dawn - the Labour purge is underway:  http://newint.org/blog/2015/08/21/labour-purge-is-underway/

Are you or have you ever been...

A truncated fragment















Incredibly hot day - the heat and humidity oppressive, the silence unnerving, the sense of presentiment prescient.

I parked in the village by the ancient coast (discernible by the land on one side of the road being lower than the other).  I looked around the church, and photographed the exterior of two farmhouses.  Then I turned my attention to the hill, and the trees at the summit.

Walking up the track my plan was to continue until challenged and told to clear off.

Eventually the manor house came into view.  Pevsner says it is a truncated fragment and was originally three times larger.  A rainwater head gives the date 1630.

Approaching the house I was challenged immediately.

Very elderly gentleman but active, moving quickly across the lawn.

I explained I had seen the church and wanted to look at the outside of the house.

He was very welcoming, pointing out the architectural details, the great blank wall where the rest of the house had originally stood, the magnificent chimney stacks.  He apologised for his wife not being up (she was having a lie-down).  He offered me a cup of tea.

One of the hottest days of the year, but I had the sense that summer was draining away.

Barry Sheerman MP said "it's a mess"

On Sky News earlier today reports of a Labour party "crisis" meeting next week to discuss the suspicion and uncertainly surrounding the validity of thousands (perhaps hundreds of thousands) of the Labour "selectorate".

Interviewed by Sky News, Barry Sheerman MP said "it's a mess" (has he told Harriet Harman it's a mess?).

Also interviewed, Stephen Bush (New Statesman) said about Andy Burnham "his campaign has been a disaster".

Friday, August 21, 2015

Is he going to include the Conservative party in the apology?

Regarding Jeremy Corbyn's apology on behalf of the Labour party for the deception that led to the waging of the Iraq war, is he going to include the Conservative party in the apology?

We were deceived as well.

Indeed, New Labour would not have got the vote through without the lies told to the Conservative party.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/aug/20/jeremy-corbyn-apologise-iraq-war-behalf-labour-leader

Under Ms Harman's watch the Labour party has messed up

Channel 4 News this evening considered the supposed "infiltration" of the Labour party:  http://www.channel4.com/news/

Acting Leader of the Labour party Harriet Harman has been touring broadcast studios today telling us that the Labour party's checking and vetting procedures are "rigorous, fair, robust" and there was nothing to worry about (the Burnham team had been threatening legal action).

However Cordelia Lynch on Channel 4 News revealed that only 50 people in the Labour party are doing the checking and vetting.

There are 600,000 members and registered supporters to check.  There are 50 people doing the checking.  Therefore each checker will have to process 12,000 individuals.

This is not really possible is it?  Even as a rubber-stamping exercise it would be impossible.  If each checker were to spend 20 minutes checking each member/registered supporter it would take 4,000 hours (or 333 days working 12 hours per day).

Therefore we must conclude that Harriet Harman is having us on.

The procedures are not rigorous, fair, and robust.  They are not even flimsy token gestures.  They are ridiculously inadequate.

Under Ms Harman's watch the Labour party has messed up.

Is this not a chilling statement?

BBC News Channel has just shown Anita McVey interviewing James Bloodworth (Editor of Left Foot Forward) about the current purge in the Labour party.

James Bloodworth openly admitted there would be innocent casualties, and said they would be "regrettable".

Is this not a chilling statement?

Walter Duranty, when talking about Stalin's purges excused them on the grounds that "you cannot make an omelet without breaking a few eggs".

And why is Owen Jones not being challenged on his ambivalent support for the Labour party?  - this is someone with an adulatory approach to Ken Loach (just quoting Ken Loach was enough to get Grace Coles expelled from the party).  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2NnkN5Ng2g 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34014496 
I wonder if any journalist has the nerve to ask Jeremy Corbyn about the news North Korea is going onto a war footing:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-34013475

"It has asked MPs to go through lists"

On BBC News 24 this lunchtime presenter Anita McVey talked to BBC political editor Carole Walker about the Labour leadership contest and the number of members of the party being expelled for not being "Labour" enough.

Carole Walker said that the "review" process was being toughened up by the Labour party and said "It has asked MPs to go through lists".

This is very significant is it not?

As the MPs are almost entirely opposed to Jeremy Corbyn (to the point of threatening a coup if he is elected) it is not unreasonable to assume that these MPs going through lists are weeding out Corbynistas and looking indulgently on anyone who looks as if they might vote ABC (Anyone But Corbyn).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-34013497

A case study in why young Labour activists are supporting Jeremy Corbyn

"Not that I think my choices will matter much or be of interest to anyone" says young Labour activist Calum Sherwood, writing about why he is voting for Jeremy Corbyn:  http://calum-sherwood.tumblr.com/post/126998111544/how-im-voting-in-the-labour-leadership-election

Far from being of no interest, Mr Sherwood's views are a case study in why young Labour activists are supporting Jeremy Corbyn.

Note the extraneous information we are given - Geordie living in East London; socialist and vegetarian; work in education research; Labour CND exec committee; interest in LGBT voting records; outspoken support for Palestinian rights etc.  I hope Mr Sherwood does not think I am being patronising when I say his adoption of causes and issues seems to be based on how cool and trendy they are in terms of lifestyle adornments, not on their intrinsic worth.  And it is obvious that his support for Jeremy Corbyn fits this pattern of poseur politics (that sounds dreadfully dismissive I know, but I AM making a serious point).

Jeremy Corbyn is the political equivalent of the Super Dry brand - "designed but not designer", "faux-vintage and authentic", "the styling is done for you" (I am quoting Imogen Fox here).

In terms of the left-wing luvvies who sit on Andrew Marr's sofa on a Sunday morning Jeremy Corbyn is "the label most likely to be worn by a papped celebrity carrying a Starbucks".

We have seen the Labour leadership manifested as a war criminal (Blair).

We have seen the Labour leadership manifested as an incontinent spendthrift (Brown).

We are now about to see the Labour leadership manifested as a fashion icon (Corbyn).

Thursday, August 20, 2015

According to the China People's Daily:

FLASH: DPRK TOP LEADER KIM JONG UN ORDERS FRONTLINE ARMY TO ENTER STATE OF WAR FROM 5PM FRIDAY -- KCNA

He just waffled about the process being conducted by experienced officials in the party

Ben Bradshaw MP (one of the candidates for Deputy Leader of the Labour party) rather gave the game away on Newsnight when he said he did not know why people were being expelled from the party:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mk25

Kirsty Wark pressed him on the criteria being used, and he just waffled about the process being conducted by experienced officials in the party.

But of course, everyone in the Labour party is self-evidently a political being, and so it is inevitable that political choices are being made however impartially it might be dressed up.

Not since the days of the Witchfinder General has there been such terror stalking the land:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98gzk6VSzfU

The purity of Labour dogma is obviously being policed

According to Channel 4 News this evening members of the Labour party are being purged and expelled simply for quoting Ken Loach (testimony from Grace Coles, interviewed on the programme):  http://www.channel4.com/news/labour-supporters-purged-from-leadership-vote

This has of course happened before.

In 2005 the 82 year old Walter Wolfgang was manhandled from the Labour Party conference simply for heckling Jack Straw.

Ms Coles said she would never vote Labour again.

Also interviewed, Labour "adviser" John McTernan said that Jeremy Corbyn was not fit for political leadership.

The purity of Labour dogma is obviously being policed.

But quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

German policy towards migrants posing as "refugees" is not based on rational decision-making

Channel 4 News this evening had a report on migration into the EU, with the news that Germany is due to accept over 800,000 migrants this year.

The implication was made by an official from the United Nations that other countries should match Germany's "generosity".

It is important to realise that the migrant crisis in the EU is caused by the Schengen policy - without Schengen migrants would not travel to the EU as they would know they would not get any further than the border nations.

It is also important to understand that German policy towards migrants posing as "refugees" is not based on rational decision-making, and still less is it based on generosity.  German policy is entirely warped by the memory of the German government (enthusiastically supported by the whole German people) in the years 1933 to 1945.  German behaviour 1933 to 1945 was so atrocious that the shame of that experience makes rational decision-making towards non-Germans impossible.  If the German government were even mildly unwelcoming towards non-Germans immediately there would be international screams of protest.  "You see" the argument would go "these people have not changed.  They are still evil Nazis.  Their crimes still stink to high heaven.  They are still the pariah nation in Europe, untouchable by good wholesome Europeans."  This outcry would be so painful to German politicians that they will go to ANY lengths, however irrational, to avoid being compared to their 1933-45 forebears.

Thus we see migrants in Germany reaching 800,000 and perhaps doubling next year, and doubling again the year after that and so on and so forth.

That is an insane policy and not one the United Kingdom should emulate.

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

More http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33972632

Mr Blunkett told us that Leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn was very good at opposition, particularly opposition to his own party

On BBC News 24 this lunchtime Anita McVey described David Blunkett as a "heavyweight", which seemed apposite.  In a short film Mr Blunkett told us that Leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn was very good at opposition, particularly opposition to his own party (that was a barbed comment).  Political Editor Carole Walker, interviewed live and competing with the noise from a road digger, said that so far the interventions by Labour grandees were having little effect.

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

The Daily Record newspaper is now backing Corbyn:  http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/record-view-jeremy-corbyn-offers-6276844

We can go into the EU referendum with the political establishment divided

As a Conservative campaigning for a Corbyn win this is heartening news:  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/labour-leadership-race-corbyn-win-is-done-deal-predicts-paddy-power-as-it-pays-out-on-bets-10461114.html

Perhaps we on the right should put up a banner "mission accomplished" like George W Bush did.

Now we can go into the EU referendum with the political establishment divided.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ed Sheeran should be commended for his English patriotism:  http://time.com/3993695/ed-sheeran-lion-newest-tattoo/

The "slanging match" between Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper

On Channel 4 News this evening reference was made to the "slanging match" between Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper in the Labour leadership contest:  http://www.channel4.com/news/

Why have relations between the two candidates deteriorated so badly?

Is it possible that they had a secret agreement?

Perhaps that each would urge their supporters to give second preference votes to the other?

Is it possible that Yvette Cooper's team have delivered on that promise, and now learn that the Burnham team have not, and yet they cannot denounce the Burnham team because the deal was squalid and secret and would make everyone look bad if it came out?

The existing Labour party must have been canvassed by now - the only new canvassing is of the last-minute surge of supporters (widely assumed to be pro-Corbyn).

Has Burnham deviousness just scuppered the Cooper and Kendall teams?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Things must be getting serious in the Labour party for David Miliband to break his aloof, self-imposed silence

My goodness, things must be getting serious in the Labour party for David Miliband to break his aloof, self-imposed silence:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/17/jeremy-corbyn-liz-kendall-labour-leadership-david-miliband

"distance lends some clarity and perspective" says Miliband senior, although one suspects distance actually lends fuzziness and confusion.

"how to tackle the secular stagnation in median wages; how to redistribute power to cities to spread economic wealth; how to modernise the education curriculum for a creative age; how to build a secure, low-carbon European energy future; how to make the welfare state an effective springboard out of poverty; how to combat humanitarian catastrophe where it occurs and before it becomes an immigration crisis on the shores of Europe" - what a long list of questions, and no answers.

" I shall be casting my first and second preferences for them this week" - so he is still a member of the Labour party is he?  Does he intend to return?  Will we be seeing a post-exilic Miliband coterie arriving in Lyme Regis like James Duke of Monmouth in 1685?

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/8a/James_Scott,_Duke_of_Monmouth_and_Buccleuch_by_Jan_van_Wyck.jpg
Apropos Ed Miliband's possible intervention, this made me laugh:  https://twitter.com/Richard_Carr/status/633242423783759872/photo/1

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Gordon Brown's speech

I watched Gordon Brown's speech live on BBC News 24:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33950405

Presenter Maxine Mawhinney called it "rambling".

It was a clunking speech from a clunking performer.

You could see it had been written in a hurry as the imagery was hackneyed and unconvincing and the flow was stilted.

Were we really meant to believe that the non-Corbyn contenders are the heirs to Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi?

And what a nasty cheap shot to bracket Jeremy Corbyn with Hezbollah and Hamas.

I am a Conservative and have no political liking for any of the Labour leadership candidates.

I am more than ready to throw mud in their direction.

But I do not believe that Jeremy Corbyn is anti-semitic.

I say that as a friend of Israel (and someone quite happy to bless Israel).

I do think Jeremy Corbyn is too caught up in revolutionary socialist theory, and that leads him into awkward hypotheses, but this is all on an intellectual level - it is ridiculous to make inferences about anti-semiticism based on a superficial reading of what are quite dense revolutionary arguments.
Gordon Brown is intervening in the Labour leadership election.

As if that went well in the Scottish referendum.

Presumably we are now going to see record surges in support for Jeremy Corbyn.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33950405
 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The decline and fall of the Labour party

This is a very interesting look at the decline and fall of the Labour party:  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/aug/14/strange-death-labour-britain-liberal-britain

However there is no mention (because the left cannot admit it, even to themselves) of the role of immigration in destroying popular support for the party.

Multi-culturalism never achieved traction.  The ordinary people were bludgeoned by the law into giving it lip service, but it was always destested.  And yet even now the left is persisting with a pro-immigration stance that is destroying it ("They come for asylum and security and opportunity, and they are perfectly entitled to do so, if not by the law of the land then by the principles of justice and human decency").

Friday, August 14, 2015

Demand that BME people pay their taxes

On the Today programme this morning an interesting piece on the way in which migrants disappear into the black economy:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj9z

Yes, the rich need to pay their taxes.

But we also need to demand that BME people pay their taxes as well.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

An easy way the government can defuse the pressure of illegal migration

On Channel 4 News this evening there was a report on the "Jungle" at Calais, interviewing people who have a delusional idea of conditions in the United Kingdom and the welcome they are likely to receive.

Here is an easy way the government can defuse the pressure of illegal migration.

Send Information Officers from the British government into these informal gatherings of migrants (in Calais, Lampedusa, Kos etc) and explain to them that they are not wanted in the United Kingdom, and also explain the reasons why they are not wanted.  Please stop all this treading on eggshells around this issue.  The migrants are risking their lives in pursuit of a fantasy that does not exist nor could ever exist - therefore it is much kinder to tell them the truth before they risk life and limb.

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

To gratify or indulge an immoral or distasteful desire

On BBC News Channel earlier Labour leadership candidate Yvette Cooper said she was not going to "pander" to the Corbyn supporters.

Of course, if Corbyn subsequently loses the election the myth will grow up that Blair "stole" the election from the left by using the politics of fear.

"Pander" means "to gratify or indulge an immoral or distasteful desire".

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33880848

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

For the Bennites there are only pure binaries

This article on LabourList by Richard Angell (Director of Progress) is worth reading for this one line alone:  "For the Bennites there are only pure binaries".

It seems a shame that the Labour party is about to adopt Bennism a year after the poor fellow died.

http://labourlist.org/2015/08/the-hard-left-is-not-the-heart-of-this-party/

Warning Labour is facing the wilderness

Jon Cruddas warning Labour is facing the wilderness:  https://www.politicshome.com/party-politics/articles/story/labour-facing-wilderness-working-class-voters-switch-ukip-says-jon

Interesting that he identifies UKIP, not the Conservatives, as the enemy.

"Mr Cruddas spoke out as he published the latest findings from his review into why Labour lost the general election. It showed that the party's support among its "socially conservative" working class voters had collapsed in the past decade as they switched to Ukip. He blamed Labour's failure to address their concerns on immigration, welfare, national security and the economy. At the same time, the polling showed Labour had seen its support increase among more liberally-minded voters."
Mr Cruddas spoke out as he published the latest findings from his review into why Labour lost the general election.
It showed that the party's support among its "socially conservative" working class voters had collapsed in the past decade as they switched to Ukip.
He blamed Labour's failure to address their concerns on immigration, welfare, national security and the economy.
At the same time, the polling showed Labour had seen its support increase among more liberally-minded voters.
- See more at: https://www.politicshome.com/party-politics/articles/story/labour-facing-wilderness-working-class-voters-switch-ukip-says-jon#sthash.x3JBzGK0.dpuf

"Labour. Can you hear that? Yes. The world is laughing at you."

Hardeep Singh Kohli:  "Labour. Can you hear that? Yes. The world is laughing at you."

Rather harsh of Mr Singh Kohli.

As someone who lived through the Conservative long dark teatime of the soul, looking back I realise the wilderness years were necessary.

As Ronald Reagan said, it is only when you have been in the deepest valley that you can appreciate being on the highest mountain top.

I am reminded of Schumann and his Marche des Davidsbündler contre les Philistins

Observing the Corbyn campaign and the Blairites doing battle I am reminded of Schumann and his Marche des Davidsbündler contre les Philistins.

Schmann said:  "Our purpose ... is to remind our readers emphatically of the distant past and its works. ... Then, to attack as inartistic the immediate past, which is concerned merely with encouraging superficial virtuosity."

Which is more or less the essence of Corbyn's appeal.  Corbyn is a poet-philosopher pointing to the distant promised land.  He is most emphatically not a practical pragmatic politician who wants power (and all the compromises and guilt that goes with power).

And because he is not a practical pragmatic politician the Labour establishment doesn't understand him, and so they cannot deal with him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B0s2Fx4lyc 

Is Jeremy Corbyn a talking fossil?















Recently I have been reading A Passage To England by Nirad C Chaudhuri.

The book is an account of Chaudhuri's visit to the United Kingdom in 1955 and his impressions of the country.  He was particularly interested in social conditions and the newly-created Welfare State.  Remember that Chaudhuri was not by any means a friend of Tory England and was dismissive in his book about Winston Churchill in the House of Commons.
















There is an interesting view of the Labour party, in which he describes those lefties who always must have a sense of grievance, even though they had no real grievances left.

He calls these people "talking fossils".

Is Jeremy Corbyn a talking fossil?

He seems to fit the description.
What do the Swedish crime statistics tell us about the success or otherwise of multi-culturalism as a policy:  http://www.bra.se/bra/nytt-fran-bra/arkiv/press/2015-08-05-polisanmalda-hatbrott-okar.html
Effectively the current Labour leadership contest is a presidential primary.

Another example of the Americanisation of British politics?

Letter from Tony Blair about Jeremy Corbyn

On Channel 4 News this evening Krishnan Guru-Murthy described the letter from Tony Blair about Jeremy Corbyn as "amazing".

It is in truth amazing:

“The party is walking eyes shut, arms outstretched over the cliff’s edge to the jagged rocks below... If Jeremy Corbyn becomes leader it won’t be a defeat like 1983 or 2015 at the next election. It will mean rout, possibly annihilation.”

What on earth does Tony Blair hope to achieve by using such lurid language?

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

1,980,000 EU nationals working in the United Kingdom

Earlier today on BBC News 24 Anita McVey reported that there are now 1,850,000 unemployed people and 1,980,000 EU nationals working in the United Kingdom.

Therefore if we leave the EU and require the 1,980,000 foreigners to leave the 1,850,000 unemployed will be able to find work.

And can the left stop screaming from the rooftops that we are not taking enough migrants.  ALL the 1,980,000 EU nationals here are economic migrants, no different from the jungle dwellers in Calais.  We have far too many economic migrants here already without taking any more.

Asylum seekers are not of course economic migrants.  They are the responsibility of the first EU country they arrive in.  If EU countries are not happy with this arrangement they need to reopen the treaties and conventions they signed.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-33881387


What the extreme left of the party did in the Greater London Council in May 1981

It would be ironic if as soon as Jeremy Corbyn becomes leader of the Labour Party there is an immediate coup against him by the parliamentary Labour party:  http://www.politics.co.uk/news/2015/08/12/labour-mps-to-launch-coup-against-jeremy-corbyn-on-day-one

Ironic because that was exactly what the extreme left of the party did in the Greater London Council in May 1981.

The moderate Andrew McIntosh led Labour to victory in the GLC elections.  Within twenty-four hours he was deposed, and replaced by Ken Livingstone.  The entire left caucus slate was then elected.

This is what the Labour party is like.

This is what they must never get back in.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

By 2020 Corbyn will be over 70

Steve Richards in the Independent about Jeremy Corbyn:  "By 2020 Corbyn will be over 70. He has no experience at the top of British politics. On the basis of his own statements he would not go into that distant election with the manifesto he currently espouses. He points out that Labour is a broad church. To keep the broad church intact Corbyn would have to disappoint those cheering now or preside over some form of schism."

Over 70 is old.

Not since Henry Temple in 1784 has someone begun his Prime Ministerial career aged 70.

Winston Churchill was Prime Minister in his 70s but he found it a struggle.  People in their 70s get ill.  They get tired.

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/if-labour-wants-to-win-again-in-2020-it-needs-to-unite-and-distance-itself-from-the-past-10448994.html

The night very black

Monday, August 10, 2015

Alastair Campbell about Labour under Corbyn

This is so harsh by Alastair Campbell about Labour under Corbyn:  "...just a party of protest that marches, campaigns, backs strikes, calls for ministerial resignations, more money for every cause going, shouts and bawls and fingerjabs but is ultimately powerless..."

There is screeds and screeds of it here:  http://www.alastaircampbell.org/blog/2015/08/10/nice-guy-good-mp-making-the-weather-but-it-has-to-be-abc-anyone-but-corbyn-labour-is-finished-if-he-wins/
just a party of protest that marches, campaigns, backs strikes, calls for ministerial resignations, more money for every cause going, shouts and bawls and fingerjabs but is ultimately powerless - See more at: http://www.alastaircampbell.org/blog/2015/08/10/nice-guy-good-mp-making-the-weather-but-it-has-to-be-abc-anyone-but-corbyn-labour-is-finished-if-he-wins/#sthash.3HbYTvca.dpuf
just a party of protest that marches, campaigns, backs strikes, calls for ministerial resignations, more money for every cause going, shouts and bawls and fingerjabs but is ultimately powerless - See more at: http://www.alastaircampbell.org/blog/2015/08/10/nice-guy-good-mp-making-the-weather-but-it-has-to-be-abc-anyone-but-corbyn-labour-is-finished-if-he-wins/#sthash.3HbYTvca.dpuf

Identity cards

I think as a temporary measure to deal with the illegal migrant problem identity cards are necessary.

Not permanently, but certainly for ten years at which point the legislation must be renewed or allowed to lapse.

https://d25d2506sfb94s.cloudfront.net/cumulus_uploads/document/0an2rtom1j/InternalResults_150806_Calais_migrants_Website.pdf

Sunday, August 09, 2015

The Guardian is going downhill















It seems the Guardian is going downhill following the departure of Alan Rusbridger.

I know "bitch" is a term of abuse, but I am puzzled by the word "BASIC".

What exactly is a BASIC bitch?

And why the capitals - is the word meant to be shouted?

Nosheen Iqbal works for the Guardian.

https://twitter.com/NosheenIqbal
http://www.theguardian.com/profile/nosheen-iqbal

Showing real leadership

Philip Hammond is showing real leadership:  http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/aug/09/african-migrants-threaten-eu-standard-living-philip-hammond

The Labour leadership candidates who are attacking him need to tell us how far they are prepared to see taxes rise to pay for destabilising levels of illegal migration and how low they are willing to see wages drop (and don't be fooled by the minimum wage scam - when Labour was in government no companies were prosecuted for undercutting the minimum wage).

They also need to understand the link between poor productivity in the United Kingdom and the importation of cheap labour.
Liz for leader - a fresh start:  http://www.lizforleader.com/letter
How great a being, Lord, is thine,
which doth all beings keep!
Thy knowledge is the only line
to sound so vast a deep.
thou art a sea without a shore,
a sun without a sphere;
thy time is now and evermore,
thy place is everywhere.

It is time for the Labour party to come to its senses and elect Liz Kendall

It started off as a giggle, as a bit of fun.

Now the Corbyn juggernaut (bandwagon does not seem adequate as a description) seems unstoppable.

He may well become Labour leader.

And by a fluke (the Tories taking an excessive pro-EU line and alienating millions of voters) may well become Prime Minister.

What would a Corbyn government do about the monarchy?

Would the 70th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession be celebrated in triumphal style in 2022?

Or would the monarchy be abolished within the first thirty days of a Corbyn victory? (the extreme socialists would have to do it quickly before opposition could organise).

Perhaps it is time for the Labour party to come to its senses and elect Liz Kendall.

Mind you, reading the Independent today about Jeremy Corbyn wanting to bring back Clause 4 does make me wonder whether he is deliberately trying to sabotage his own campaign and is secretly aghast that what started as a protest has taken him so far.


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-corbyn-to-bring-back-clause-four-contender-pledges-to-bury-new-labour-with-commitment-to-public-ownership-of-industry-10446982.html

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Good for the nation

The performance of the England cricket team will be good for the nation.

Successful sportsmen inspire the public and the public create the atmosphere in which additional successes (economic, cultural, political) become possible.

The inspiration of sporting success reassures populations of their national greatness.

Furthermore, it appears that the performance of the national teams (football, cricket, rugby) is directly linked to the state of society.  People are "taken out of themselves".  Their cares and worries do not seem so important.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/33833833
I really enjoyed Lord Lexden giving a lecture on the Earl of Shaftesbury on the Parliament Channel earlier today (first broadcast on 30th June).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b061cjqd/speakers-house-earl-of-shaftesbury-lecture
Is it not the case that Jeremy Corbyn is doing well because of his grammar school education?

Is he not an example of how grammar schools used to propel working class people to the top of institutions?

https://theconversation.com/why-corbyn-is-winning-and-how-labours-moderates-can-stop-him-45339

His momentum has been based on what in marketing we call "early adopters"

Has Jeremy Corbyn peaked I wonder?

He was always the "none of the above" catch-all option, but he has used the opportunity to sketch out a reasonably coherent programme of policies and build momentum.

But his momentum has been based on what in marketing we call "early adopters".  And the problem with early adopters is that as soon as momentum builds and less "hip happening cool" supporters join the cause the trendsetters lose interest ("been there, done that...").  That is the fatal moment when a campaign can fall between two stools - too many young trendy hipsters moving away and not enough mainstreamers coming in to build critical mass.

Remember the salutary experience of presidential hopeful Howard Dean in 2006.  His trajectory was very similar to that currently being followed Jeremy Corbyn, until mainstream endorsers (from political establishment, media, entertainment luvvies) made him look uncool.  Then like Icarus he crashed and burned.

When the creepy-crawlies (not an exact term, but I mean those people in every party that always gravitate to the centre of power) start jumping on the Corbyn bandwaggon the early adopters will start jumping off.  And yet critical mass is impossible without the heliotropic creepy-crawlies.  Indeed Blair constructed his movement entirely composed of creepy-crawlies.

And the Economist makes a very valid point - Corbyn is a conservative (small "c") not a radical (that's why I sneakingly like him) and this truth will eventually out.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/aug/07/corbyn-says-his-campaign-has-captured-anti-austerity-mood-labour-leadership-election

http://www.economist.com/news/britain/21660599-labours-prospective-next-leader-may-be-partys-hard-left-he-no-radical-jeremy

Friday, August 07, 2015

Tremendous news reporting and live interviews

The fall of Kids Company is producing some tremendous news reporting and live interviews.

Yesterday Channel 4 News had an incredible interview with Alan Yentob - not since Chris Huhne was cornered on the Today programme have I witnessed such bad-tempered spluttering and barely suppressed anger from a personage with a highly-developed sense of entitlement.

And today Channel 4 News interviewed Camila Batmanghelidjh slippery and twisting and turning every accusation against the accuser but never quite managing to be convincing.

And WHAT is the story behind Alan Yentob acting as Ms Batmanghelidjh's "minder" when she was being interviewed by the BBC - surely he should be sacked for behaving in this way and attempting to subvert a public broadcaster.

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

Thursday, August 06, 2015

I am just asking a question here, but was there any connection between Camila Batmanghelidjh and the shadowy Iranian exiles group Anahita?

Were the Batmanghelidjh family supporters of the Shah?  Did they take large amounts of money with them when they left Iran, and who did that money belong to?  Were they connected in any way with "humanitarian" activity among Iranian boy soldiers held as prisoners of war in Iraq during the 1980s?

I am just asking these questions, I do not have any answers and it may all be supposition. 
You would think that with all the money sloshing around the City someone would be generous enough to bung a few million at the historic St Bride's Library right on their doorstep:  http://www.thebookseller.com/news/major-cutbacks-st-bride-foundation-library-308857

Or perhaps one of the media groups could step in.
Those Labour leadership candidates who think re-nationalising the railways would be a good thing need to talk to commuters who remember British Rail.

It was not a good experience - you just have to look at the figures for movement of freight from rail onto road to realise there was something seriously wrong with the service people got.

In the surveys of those who want to re-nationalise can we have a breakdown between those who have experienced a nationalised rail service and those who have not.

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/politics/renationalising-rail-would-pay-for-itself-burnham-1-7396584?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed
Kay Burley (Sky News) has just announced that a sixth police force (Gloucestershire) is investigating Edward Heath.

I know there is often lots of smoke and no fire, but nevertheless, this does not look good.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The closure of Kids Company

Channel 4 News led this evening with the closure of Kids Company:  http://www.channel4.com/news/uk

Mayor of London Boris Johnson was interviewed and said "...loads and loads of kids I think have been helped..."

Note the crucial Freudian "I think".

He does not know whether loads of people have been helped.

Is it not the case that so effectively has the pro-BME lobby become that anyone attempting scrutiny of a pro-BME organisation is immediately suspected and accused of being racist.

And thus pro-BME organisations are not scrutinised (but thank goodness for Michael Gove and Dominic Cummings).

In the studio former Kids Company employee Leo Schwartz was asked whether he saw anything improper during his time with the organisation.  He immediately (and rather too quickly one thought) said "I was not involved in the finances".  Note he did not deny improprieties may have been going on, just that he was not involved.

It seems that a very large chunk of the £3 million of public money given to Kids Company last week has been already spent paying "wages and salaries".

Can we have an assurance that no public money has been spent on "expenses" for Kids Company personnel, and if money has gone on "expenses" legitimate receipts were submitted.

Libertarianism is exerting an unhealthy influence over social issues

In a report on the possible legalisation of prostitution on Channel 4 News no mention was made of the ideological drive that is behind the make-prostitution-legal campaign.

Extreme libertarianism is exerting an unhealthy influence over social issues.

This warped ideology will result in many vulnerable people being placed at risk, and yet it has subtle and persuasive arguments ("It's about freedom") that are difficult to counter unless you have been trained to unpick them on a philosophical level.

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

Can Ms Harman make available the Labour party's "dirt files" from this period

On Channel 4 News this evening we saw archive film of Edward Heath conducting the European "national" anthemn: http://www.channel4.com/news/edward-heath-abuse-allegations-brothel-ipcc-expose see also https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIYTS7hOpUo

In an astonishing report, mention was made of a dossier kept by former Secretary of State for Social Services the late Barbara Castle.  This dossier apparently recorded Heath's involvement with the evil PIE organisation, so presumably current Labour Leader Harriet Harman will be able to throw light on what was going on.  Can Ms Harman make available the Labour party's "dirt files" from this period (please do not deny these files exist - both the major parties have them in a M.A.D. balance of power).

The important thing was to be seen in photo opportunities with a BME person

Michael Crick points out that Kids Company is a big problem for Labour too, and this may make Commons scrutiny difficult.

Of course, the reason David Cameron was so obsessed with Camila Batmanghelidjh is because she was so obviously "diverse" and BME.  After years of the left screaming "racist" at any party that even mildly questions whether immigration is a good thing, it was probably a relief to have a large woman of color to act as a human shield.  Whether she was competent or even honest was beside the point - the important thing was to be seen in photo opportunities with a BME person.

Perhaps we can now accept that BME people are not intrinsically worthy or deserving or even interesting.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33787201

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

The Reverend Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, effectively told us on Thought For The Day (BBC Radio 4) this morning that he did not believe in miracles.

I suppose he thinks the Resurrection was just a conjuring trick with bones.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02ys8r3

Nick Pearce (Director of IPPR) must be out of his tiny mind if he thinks we are ever going back to open door immigration:  http://www.ippr.org/nicks-blog/dusting-off-the-sangatte-playbook-a-humane-practical-course-of-action-in-calais

The arrogance of the man!

This is why Labour must never get back in - they are all itching the fling the doors wide again and rub our noses in diversity.

It would stink

Channel 4 News this evening led with the shocking allegations against former Prime Minister Edward Heath:  http://www.channel4.com/news/ipcc-probe-child-sex-abuse-claims-against-sir-edward-heath

If there is any substance to the allegations will this have any effect upon the EU referendum?

The European project was so totally identified by Ted Heath in his day that it would be difficult for the YES side to use any footage of entry to the EEC.

It would be like Jimmy Savile signing the Treaty of Rome - it would stink.

Monday, August 03, 2015

Firm action

The government is to be commended for the firm action it is taking over the migrants attempting to enter the country illegally:  http://news.sky.com/story/1529362/clampdown-as-70-percent-of-calais-migrants-reach-uk

They are also to be respected for the decisive way in which they are protecting the interests of ordinary people in the United Kingdom - it is the poorest communities who feel the impact of migrant floods.
Shocking news regarding Ted Heath.

Rather explains why his Trust wanted to wind things up and get rid of his house.

I guess no-one will want to go there if he turns out to be guilty.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2223978/Sir-Edward-Heath-Arundells-house-sold-flops-tourist-attraction.html
God bless Israel    .

British leadership will have beneficial effects on the continent of Europe

This is a very interesting report by Peter Spence, Economics Editor for the Daily Telegraph:  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11731694/Brexit-vote-could-trigger-European-free-market-chain-reaction-say-Swiss-and-Icelandic-MPs.html

Not for the first time, British leadership will have beneficial effects on the continent of Europe.

If the United Kingdom takes a stand others will join us.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Norwich




















Beautiful day in Norwich, and it was very calming to walk in the cathedral close in the early evening. 

Did you know that St Benet's Abbey (close to Norwich) was not dissolved at the Dissolution of the Monasteries?  The Bishop of Norwich is also Abbot of St Benet's and preaches there the first Sunday of August.  Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff (Fastolf) is buried at St Benet's.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Benet%27s_Abbey
Labour activist Luke Akehurst points out that the mass rallies Jeremy Corbyn is attracting do not include any BME people (maybe the odd one per thousand).

The sort of country we want to be is one where democracy is respected and the will of the majority is implemented

On BBC News 24 this morning The Papers were reviewed this morning by Maxine Mawhinney:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-the-papers-33750593

Matthew Green (a sort of journalist) and Andrew Harrison (Esquire magazine) spoke a lot of drivel over the migrant crisis in Calais.  These two elitist bespectacled liberals displayed their bleeding hearts for the benefit of the cameras.  It was hardly a balanced discussion.

"What sort of country do we want to be?" Matthew Green asked rhetorically.

I would suggest to Matthew Green that the sort of country we want to be is one where democracy is respected and the will of the majority is implemented.

And the will of the majority as regards migrants is clear.

There have been millions and millions of migrants entering the United Kingdom since 1997.  Now the door is shut.  They can go and live in Poland and Lithuania if they are so desperate to enter Europe.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/02/poles-dont-want-immigrants-they-dont-understand-them-dont-like-them