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.