Friday, October 31, 2008

So Pick Up The White Man's Burden

If I were to write that, say, Osama Saeed be denied the right to vote because of his colour, I would quite rightly be described as a racialist; so why does 'The Guardian' allow its contributors to direct brutally racist language against whites?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

America's Half Blood Prince

Steve Sailer's new book, with a foreword by Peter Brimelow.

Branded

If the beard was an attempt to butch up, it's failed.
The insolent epicene and apparent comedian Russell Brand has quit his BBC radio show over his possibly criminal harrassment of an elderly man in the cause of humour. To walk away from £250,000 a year means he must be wetting his leather trousers. Brand is the proof that comedians are like whores - they are a minority taste, many have ugly souls, few are any good, and when they stop amusing us they are discarded without compunction.
His sociopathic lack of sensitivity for that part of humanity which resides outside himself is shown by his affectation of contrition -
"I got a bit caught up in the moment and forgot that, at the core of the rude comments and silly songs, were the real feelings of a beloved and brilliant comic actor and a very sweet and big-hearted young woman."
Where I come from, 'I got a bit caught up in the moment' wasn't a good excuse at the age of eight; at 33, it's pathetic. The licence fee, money exacted from moral people on pain of imprisonment, has gone to those like Russell Brand, coiners of rude comments and silly songs; individuals who have never learned that in a just world, their place is at the margins of society, at the back of the cultural bus.
It would be also very interesting to know the thoughts of Andrew Sachs, that 'beloved and brilliant' comic actor, upon the career of his grand-daughter Georgina Baillie, that 'very sweet and big-hearted young woman, as a performer with a dance troupe called 'Satanic Sluts'; one look at her image in the newspaper, and the phrase 'Not with a bargepole' sprang to mind. This incident would probably not have happened had she elected to restrain herself and not elected to pursue a career as a satanic slut; it's to be hoped that she takes the opportunity that Providence has given her to ditch her career, reform her morals, get married to a respectable and educated man, start having babies and not give those like Brand ammunition with which to hurt her family.
That probably won't happen. They're probably all good liberals together. Their desire to do what they want at all times and under all circumstances will over-ride their ability to consider the consequences that their actions may have upon other people; even upon their grandparents. The young ones will do what they want; the old ones will support their choices.
People like Brand have existed to entertain the elites throughout history; however, television enabled the dominant minority to impose its pet freaks on the proles inside their own homes. They thought that what they wanted was what we wanted; the outpouring of anger against Brand and Jonathan Ross shows them to be utterly wrong, and that the public remains very much more conservative than the elites will ever be. At a time when young men and women are dying in wars, and barbarians seek to destroy us, as a culture we have no need of Russell Brand. He is an effete cultural redundancy, a moral barbarian; and he deserves to be where barbarians belong - outside the walls. Enjoy working the end of the pier in Clacton-on-Sea, chief; soon, it might be the only gig you can get.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Connections Of Peter Sutherland

Writing as 'Ephraim Hardcastle' in yesterday's 'Daily Mail', Peter McKay notes,
"This week's Paris Match recalls the lecture that the Pope gave the world during 'crash week' on the 'futility of money'. The Euro-glossy points out that it has since become clear that one of the biggest opportunistic buyers of distressed shares that week was the Vatican'.
Reading that was quite unsettling.
Just yesterday morning, I reminded readers that Peter Sutherland, who by the most recent information I can find is still a non-executive director of the Royal Bank of Scotland, also holds the office of Consultor of the Extraordinary Section of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.
APSA's website does not make it altogether clear what role it might have in making investment decisions of the kind that McKay has referred to. It might not have anything to do with them at all.
But if it does, then it is part of a state apparatus which has invested heavily in shares at a time of crisis. At the same time, its Consultor has not only been a director of a retail bank which has required state intervention in order to survive, but who also, by all accounts I've been able to find, remains a senior executive at Goldman Sachs International, whose parent will be a beneficiary of the US bailout.
Sutherland is connected to a US bank that going to win from the bailout necessitated by a stock market crash. He is connected to a British bank that has had to be nationalised because of the same stock market crash. He is connected to the administration of the Vatican's finances at a time when it has been investing on account of the blood in the streets which has been let because of the stock market crash.
All of these connections might be entirely innocent, and have absolutely nothing to do with each other; but it is surprising that nobody in the mainstream media seems to have noticed them.

The Problem With Keynes

Brian Barder, my favourite unreconstructed Old Labourite, has made an impassioned plea - 'Come back, Keynes'.
I sympathise with him - but a purely Keynesian approach to the current financial crisis would, with the greatest respect to Brian, be unworkable.
The problem with a purely Keynesian approach would not be the accumulation of deficits; it would be those upon whom they were accumulated.
A vastly higher proportion of the population has vastly higher levels of personal indebtedness than their ancestors did. Instead of stimulating demand for goods, the monies they receive would be spent on servicing debts instead. The only winners would be the financial institutions that got us into the mess in the first place.
Even if we did succeed in stimulating demand, the 70 years that have passed since the publication of the 'General Theory' have seen the quite deliberate decimation and hollowing out of our industrial base. It is now so weak that the extraction of oil and gas, reaping the fruits of the earth, is considered to be manufacturing. Even if government could stimulate demand, the goods for which demand was being stimulated would have to be imported; for Man cannot live on ready-made sandwiches and curry paste alone.
Over the same period, of course, a vastly higher proportion of the population has been shoehorned into mediocre and unsuitable higher education programs like an obese woman's foot into an unsuitable shoe. They go out, they go out full of song, expecting that they're going to improve their social mobility; they come back, they come back full of tears, holding useless qualifications and up to their eyeballs in debt to the Student Loans Company - the vehicle by which John Major vented upon the nation's youth his rage and feelings of inadequacy for not having had a university education himself. A Keynesian solution requires that many be prepared to do dirty work for low pay; could the existence of such a workforce be guaranteed, unless, like the goods for which demand would be being stimulated, it is imported?

Balls Bans Bootleg Butties

The plural, glazed-eyed and really quite creepy global elitist Ed Balls is seeking to replace the maxim that 'there's no such as thing as a free lunch' with 'there's no such thing as lunch'.
Balls is a stranger to the concept of personal freedom, unless, of course, it is to be enjoyed by people like him and those with whom he associates; it is not surprising that the BBC should begin its report on his latest boot in the face, authoritarian initiative with the phrase, "Pupils should be kept in school grounds during lunch breaks to stop them eating unhealthy take-away food, the Schools Secretary Ed Balls has said.' To Balls, other peoples' children are a hated enemy to be penned, corralled, kept like animals and force-fed propaganda; the idea that they might exercise their own choices and preferences, regardless of what he would force upon them, is alien to him.
In the face of Balls's insolent jobworthiness and attempts to impose culinary apartheid, Britain's schoolchildren need an anthem with which they can express their defiance. Given that he seeks to dictate what they can and cannot consume, I would suggest 'Something inside so strong'.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The Royal Bank Of Scotland And The Vatican

The Daily Telegraph reports that Sir Fred Goodwin, who, if we lived in a just world, would be getting ready to be stripped of his knighthood, has told friends that 'he's not done yet'.
Although there is talk of job offers for him, it would not be unreasonable to imagine that his soon-to-be-former banking brethren consider Goodwin to be as done as a piece of toast. For all his offices and honours, Sir Fred's comment that he had no time for 'cynics', spectators or deadwood' might show him to be nothing more than a Paisley thug made good; an impression which might be affirmed by his failure to display any form of contrition. What goes around comes around - he may soon have a lot of time to reflect on the relative justice of him becoming the paradigm of corporate deadwood, the result of his not inconsiderable achievement in helping to run a bank into the ground.
However, of more concern to this post than the consequences that a failure suffers for failing is the role played by the non-executives in the near-collapse of the Royal Bank of Scotland.
The Telegraph reports that,
"Peter Hahn, a fellow at Cass business school and a former managing director at Citigroup, has recently completed a PhD looking at ABN Amro as a case study for "board deficiency".

Mr Hahn suggests one of the reasons why the board did not rein in Sir Fred during the ABN battle could be its unwieldy size. Some of the bank's non-executive directors own "pitiful" amounts of shares, Mr Hahn said."
A name that has been bandied around for a long time as being an RBS non-exec is that of Peter Sutherland, Mr. Globalisation and Consultor of the Extraordinary Section of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. If Suds was on the board of RBS while it was going off the rails, I hope the Holy Father's taking a second financial opinion.

Osborne's Mistake

One onders whether Osborne believes his real mistake was getting caught.

Scotland's First Minister Grovels In Front Of Bankers Like A Puppy

This morning, if I were a customer or shareholder in Lloyds TSB I would be feeling quite happy. The bank's directors have shown that in a time of crisis, they are capable of retaining their sense of proportion.
Alex Salmond is travelling to London to meet them; they are not travelling to Edinburgh to meet him.
In their eyes, he is obviously not sufficiently important enough to bother travelling to meet; an assessment with which one can only agree. They haven't bought into his personality cult, nor are they swayed by his shtick. Here boy! Good dog!

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Trouble With The Trouble With Economics

An academic named Guy Dammann has an article in today's 'Guardian' entitled 'The trouble with economics'.
Like all critiques of economics, it fails to mention the blindingly obvious; that economics is not a science, but a religion. Like all religions, it states that its prescriptions are the path to wellbeing and fulfillment. The recent extension of economic theory into such mystical, unscientific areas as 'happiness' more than prove the point.
The energy and complexity of arguments between economists more than echo medieval disputations concerning how many angels can dance on the head of a pin; and if we concede Marx's point that religion is the opium of the people, then, by the same token, for the past 200 years economics has been the opium of the elite, and of those who wish to join it.
One has many atheist friends in the blogosphere, and is always slightly saddened by their use of expressions such as 'sky fairy' to describe the object of sincerely held beliefs. When advised of a plan to create a Napoleonic state religion, Talleyrand remarked, 'In order to found His religion, Jesus Christ died and rose again. I would suggest you do likewise'. The sacrifice of the Cross and the mystery of the Resurrection are what separates Christianity from all other world religions. There is no Cross in economics; it makes crosses for others to bear.
The truly pernicious achievement of economics has been that folks who think nothing of rejecting God as an unsupportable abstract have no difficulty in paying homage to equally unsupportable abstracts such as 'equilibrium'. Much of their opposition to religion, which is of evangelical proportions, seems to be rooted in historic abuses of power perpetrated by Church authorities. It might put them off their dinners if they were to realise that many economists have been as deeply in the tank for their banking employers as the medieval Church was in the tank for the Medicis.
But I suppose those economists were just being rational.

The Orange Has Been Peeled

Looks like the Orange Revolution had less tang than at first thought.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Good Life

In all matters concerning 1970's situation comedy, I defer to my friend Neil Clark.
Neil is quite right to describe shows like Perry and Croft's 'Dad's Army' and 'It Ain't Half Hot Mum' as products of a golden age. The sound of the band of the Coldstream Guards playing 'Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr Hitler?' never fails to send a shiver up the spine and bring a tear to the eye; my late grandmother, God rest her soul, loved 'Dad's Army', and had one of the most infectious and funniest laughs I've ever heard. I can still hear her laughing at it now.
The reason that golden age came to an end could have come from the pages of Arnold J. Toynbee - the creative minority, like Perry and Croft, were supplanted by a dominant minority, like Ben Elton and Richard Curtis, who viewed their right to produce the kind of material they wanted to see as being more important than the tastes of the general public. I remember once hearing Eric Sykes makes the comment that appearing on television was a privilege, and that writers and producers should take care about their output's content because people were inviting them into their homes as guests; the vacuous and unwholesome androgyne Russell Brand, hopefully soon to be in deep trouble with the law, probably considers the public to be privileged to have him in their homes.
The seeds by which popular comedy became supplanted by minority taste were sown in the 1960's with the rise of the dominant minority behind the satire movement; it is ironic that David Frost, that merry old Gonville and Caius educated jokester and scourge of the Establishment, should later have married the daughter of the Duke of Norfolk. Better in the tent than out, I suppose.
Yet having been a child in the 1970's, my own favourite 1970's sitcome was Esmonde and Larbey's 'The Good Life'.
'The Good Life', a brave attempt to make humour out of economic hard times, was brought to mind by a press release issued by the soi-disant, ersatz 'Scottish Government' on 16th October. It states,
"Unused public land could soon be made available to meet increased demand for allotments, the Scottish Government announced today.

Waiting lists for allotments have risen dramatically in recent years, with more people recognising the environmental, social and health benefits to be gained from working a plot.

With current provision limited and almost three thousand people on waiting lists, the Scottish Government and other public bodies are to explore how surplus land could be made available to help more Scots 'grow their own'.
Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Richard Lochhead said:

"In the current economic climate, with food prices on the increase, interest in growing our own food has never been higher.

"The issue was raised by many people during the recent discussion on our National Food and Drink Policy and it is absolutely right that the Scottish Government looks at ways of giving more Scots the opportunity to grow their own fresh, seasonal produce

"Fresh food isn't the only benefit to be had from tending an allotment of course. They encourage physical activity, offer a place for individuals to relax and are also valuable to the local community and environment.

"I am asking a number of public bodies to consider how the land they manage for the Scottish Government could be made available to local authorities to increase the number of allotments in Scotland."
The Scottish National Party's announcements and actions while in office have quite clearly shown that they are more concerned with Scotland and the Scots as ideas rather than realities. In April of this year I blogged about how similar the SNP's views on the Scots were to those of the old Bulgarian nationalists' views on the Bulgarians - in Meininger's words,
"The Bulgarian intelligentsia turned into a class of alienated men who fell far short of developing close and lasting ties with their people as a whole. As nationalists, these activists loved their people - but they loved it as an abstraction. When the people failed to measure up to their image of it, the intellectuals turned on it with disdain. Although such an attitude might serve as a legitimate way to cure societal defects, the social criticism of the Bulgarian intelligentsia had a negativism about it that bespoke something else - the rejection by a cultured elite of what it in its frustration came to regard as the uncouth masses".
That describes the SNP to a tee. Christopher Harvie MSP, The Tube from Tubingen, had no hesitation in describing some Scots as ill dressed, as if he were embarrased to be seen with them. Kenny MacAskill, Justice Minister and Copfighter General, doesn't like the amount the Scots drink. As I once wrote,
"According to MacAskill, the virtuous Scot drinks only lightly, in a social setting; and if Christopher Harvie has his way, he'll be wearing loafers and a turtleneck."
And now, according to Richard Lochhead, he should be growing his own spuds.
Anyone who has ever read Robert Service's quite searing 'Russia: Experiment with a people', will know that in some societies which have undergone massive social changes such as the termination of the Union would be, the ability to grow your own food can determine whether or not you survive; and if the Scottish National Party are serious in their claims that Scotland would be able to make it as independent nation, they shouldn't be handing out advice which would be of interest to post-Soviet survivalists.

The Power Of A Shared Culture

Somehow, I don't think The Tartanissimo would achieve the same success with a lone piper and Ronnie Browne singing his back catalogue.

Advance Australia Fair

The Aussies show a measure of common sense that we would do well to emulate.

It's All So Very Anthony Trollope

Don't stories concerning the ill-behaviour of elites who cosy up to shady and ambitious characters deserve the talents of a Trollope to do them justice?

The Confusion Of Irwin Stelzer

Irwin Stelzer doesn't really seem to know whether he's coming or going.
The editor of 'Neoconservatism' might be expected to believe in the necessity of maintaining America's position as the world's dominant economy in order to enable his dream of the global projection of American national power; a dream which slid into the mud of the Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Yet today he writes that,
"The capitalism that will emerge from our current trials will be a New Capitalism, not socialism or some other ism. The balance of power between government and the private sector will shift a bit to government; the balance between cash and debt in businesses and households will shift to cash; other nations will be richer, relative to the United States, not a bad thing."
Yet for all that he chants the mantra 'Not zero sum! Not zero sum!' like a parrot or a clockwork toy, under current conditions the only way in which one can see nations becoming richer in relation to the US is for the US, and its citizens, to become poorer.
One can only think that he's achieved his vision of sunlit uplands by peering into the foggy mirk of those parts of nonsense economic theory which insist that one can lose one's job and still be richer because of cheap imports at the mall. The beggaring and reproletarianisation of the American middle classes through mass immigration and offshoring has been the crowning achievement of both the Clinton and second Bush administrations; and Irwin Stelzer, neoconservative ideologue extraordinaire, doesn't really seem to care, nor think about who will pay the bills for whatever geopolitical vision he cares to promote next.

The Glenrothes Bye-Election

My interest in the Glenrothes bye-election is nearly zero; but it is gratifying to read that Moira Salmond, The Tartanissima, isn't getting involved in campaigning, and has expressed the opinion that "one politician in the family is more than enough".
Good. It wasn't so long ago that her husband's party seemed to be using her to try to supplant the Queen.

The Saddest Thing You'll Read Today

That would be Rush Limbaugh's comment on David Frum -
"Battle lines are being drawn ahead of a possible Republican rout. Rush Limbaugh, the conservative talk-show host, said furiously last week: “There are a bunch of people off our reservation in the conservative media.” Casting Frum and other respected conservative pundits into the political wilderness for finding fault with Palin, he added: “I don’t know to what extent they were ever really on our side, to tell you the truth.”
A number of people have been trying to tell Rush and his companeros that very fact for some years, and earned themselves epithets such as 'unpatriotic' for their efforts.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Who Killed Klebnikov?

The murder of Paul Klebnikov is a subject I've mentioned many times; officially, it remains unsolved.
In today's Daily Mail, Edward Lucas has written of the new Russia that,
"In a final twist, publicity-shy Russians have discovered that Britain's ferocious libel laws provide a perfect means to intimidate journalists - British and foreign - who ask nosy and troublesome questions or dare to publish the truth about their activities.
If writs don't work, the next option is a bullet: my colleague Paul Klebnikov, the editor of the Russian-language edition of Forbes Magazine, an American business journal famous for its investigative work, was gunned down in 2004 for his temerity in probing the network of money and power that surrounds the Kremlin."
By stating that his friend died because of "his temerity in probing the network of money and power that surrounds the Kremlin", Mr. Lucas seems to have reached a conclusion which has so far escaped the Russian authorities - indeed, this article suggests that Mr. Klebnikov might have been murdered either on the orders of a Chechen warlord for whom he had unflattering words, or because of his investigations into the rather bloody municipal politics of Togliatti. Neither would appear to be particularly close to the Kremlin.
As Mark Ames noted in 'The Exile'' after Anna Polikovskaya was murdered, Klebnikov was 'profoundly pro-Putin'; if there was one journalist that any 'network of money and power' which may have surrounded the Kremlin in 2004 wouldn't want murdered, it would probably have been him.
So who did kill him?

A Political Pervert

The unedifying way in which Phil Woolas was hooked from appearing on the issue of 'Question Time' broadcast on 23rd October enabled viewers to be treated to the even more unedifying, although certainly informative, opinions of Lord Hattersley.

In the retirement he now enjoys from a political career marked by thwarted ambition and extreme under-achievement, Lord Hattersley has carved something of a reputation as an intellectual. Given the quality of the opinions he expressed on 23rd October, it is hard to see quite why.

This thoroughly vicious, nasty, fat old man was asked for his opinion on whether five year olds should receive compulsory sex education, and he replied that he would have sex education be taught by every teacher in every school.

At that instant, it became clear that there is absolutely no relative or normative difference between Lord Hattersley and a raincoated pervert standing at a school's gate. The raincoated pervert wishes to corrupt small children physically; Lord Hattersley and other promoters of sex education for five year olds want to corrupt them spiritually and morally. The effect is the same - one way or another, the child is damaged.
This is an issue on which some such as libertarians might disagree; however, it's perhaps noteworthy that earlier this year Shane Cory, my former editor at 'The Washington Dispatch', resigned as CEO if the Libertarian Party of the USA on a very similar issue.
Whether they stand on the left or the right, all ideologues hate the concept of the family, and hate all families but their own. Hattersley's comments show that he is on the cultural far left, which sincerely believed and still believes that British society should be remodelled on the lines of the hugely destructive social policies which prevailed in the early Soviet Union (and from which Stalin later withdrew). He really does believe that what the British need is more free love, more destruction of the nuclear family.
Like all ideologues, he believes that attachment to wife, kin and children might prevent the citizen from working to achieve the ideologue's vision of Utopia with all their might, so the family must be undermined, must be destroyed. Ideologues of the left have undermined the family as follows; myths - the extent of domestic violence suffered by women in the home; the number of women who died as a consequence of receiving illegal abortions; the number of women trapped in loveless and unfulfilling marriages; the number of teenage pregnancies arising from sexual ignorance - are created in order to turn man from woman, and parent from child. Anecdotes of such behaviours are treated as facts, and suspicions concerning their existence as realities. This is done in order to achieve the ideological aim of ensuring that families and human relationships become fungible, almost disposable.
The consequence of this policy has been that the state of affairs which the ideologues railed against has become a self-fulfilled prophecy; teach people that they should only ever consider the importance of their own needs, and that's what they'll do. It's not surprising that the divorce, abortion and teeenage pregnancy rates are so high; that's what the ideologues wanted. The systematic destruction of the British nuclear family has been the United Kingdom's most successful public policy since the end of the Second World War. It has been the United Kingdom's Great Consuming Social Tragedy that our ideologues have adhered to this anti-cultural, anti-historic, anti-human mentality for far longer than the Soviets ever did.
Although Hattersley stood at the centre of the party that bears the greatest guilt for this state of affairs coming to pass, all others bear responsibility. The Conservative Party's primitivist, almost shamanic belief in the power and influence of markets is such that many believe there are markets in values; principles become things to be traded for the greatest gain. Instead of the truly conservative approach of putting family first, many, many Tories have come to grief on their belief that absolutely nobody else has any hold over them at any time. Trying to pin down the ideological roots of the Liberal Democrats is, to use a cliche, like trying to herd cats; the British Liberal Democrats are not a serious political movement, but a sociological marvel, an ongoing experiment into the collective staying power of a band of personal opportunists.
On 23rd October, Lord Hattersley had the temerity to say that sex education should be provided by every teacher in every school to avoid teenage pregnancies occurring through ignorance of sex and sexuality; if he believes that female British teenagers get up the stick as a consequence of ignorance, he has clearly not opened the pages of any of the newspapers which pay him to write for them, nor watched anything on the television on which he appears. He is unaware of how the welfare state he helped mould incentivises teenage girls into pregnancy for gain. The party of which he is a member has a policy of vaccinating teenage girls against the diseases of promiscuity; neither ignorance nor innocence there. Given the damage that his beliefs have done and continue to do, his intellectual inability to reflect that he participated in bringing the current state of affairs to pass and his likely lack of penitence should he do so, Lord Hattersley shows himself to be a nasty, vicious old political pervert who has no place in the public square. Or at the school gates.

A Brief Shining Moment Of Newsprint Fame

Quoted in 'The Independent'.

Hat tip to my best man.

Democracy: A Policy Whose Heyday Has Come And Gone

Well, that's sort of what Dana Goldstein of 'The American Prospect' seems to be saying in relation to Michael Bloomberg.

Bailout Special: Look What The Cat Dragged In

Parris & Moore (Purveyors Of Upmarket Opinion) On Osborne

Given that soap opera is the intellectual level at which many of its participants seem to operate, Matthew Parris is more right than he knows when he equates the Osborne affair with 'Eastenders'.
Charles Moore notes that, "...Mr Osborne has not gone out of his way to make himself loved within his party. He does not, as they say, suffer fools gladly."
Experience of life has taught me, often quite bitterly, that those who are described as not suffering fools gladly are often themselves fools, their arrogance leading them to come a nasty cropper, their falls the subject of lashings of schadenfreude.

The Dangerous Left

The sight of a minister receiving a pie in the face will always be perceived by some as satisfying; however, given that the name of the group responsible indicates that it is an anti-British cabal with no interest in debate, then they are not worthy of admiration.
They're not part of the solution; they're part of the problem.

The Thoughts Of Maria Otone de Menezes

Yahoo! News reports that Maria Otone de Menezes, mother of Jean Charles de Menezes, has been attending the inquest currently being held into her son's death.
Oddly perhaps, no quote has been obtained from her. Perhaps this is not surprising - on her first visit to the UK, she pronounced that, "Brazilians should not be treated how my son was treated - they should be treated with respect wherever they go."
The unpalatable fact remains that at the the time of his death, Jean Charles de Menezes was an illegal immigrant in possession of an illegally altered travel document. His death could have been avoided if he had chosen to obey the laws of the country in which he died. He did not.
His economic activities helped depress the wages of those electricians entitled to work in the UK legally. He was not, by any manner of means, the martyr that the British liberal internationalist establishment has worked very hard to portray him to be for the past three years.
As the very sad case of Craig Alden shows, the United Kingdom's attitude towards enabling foreigners receive justice, whatever that is, within its borders is very much better than Brazil's. In the United Kingdom, we are not taught that British citizens are somehow worthy of our respect in our own and other lands, as Mrs de Menezes believes Brazilians are automatically worthy of respect as Brazilians. However, despite the creeping authoritarianism under which we now all suffer, we are entitled to ask her whether she brought her son up to treat with contempt the laws of nations other than his own.

Friday, October 24, 2008

A Conversation In The Lubyanka

"Under the leadership of Stalin, our country has become a world empire. It has achieved the goal to which generations of Russians have aspired. Communism will fall away like a wart, but the empire will remain. It's too bad that Stalin isn't a real tsar; he has all the qualifications. Ah, if only Stalin weren't a Bolshevik. You communists don't understand the Russian soul; the people have a quasi-religious need to be guided by a father they can trust" -
Vitaly Szulgin, former leader of The Black Hundreds, conversing with Leopold Trepper in the Lubyanka and quoted in Trepper's book 'The Great Game'.
For much of his life Szulgin was a vicious and violent anti-Semite; yet his observations on Russia's political culture still seem to hold good, and are worth more than a thousand frothing articles on the iniquities of Vladimir Putin.
Or is that Palin? I'm having a hard time telling one ice-bound nationalist idelogue from another...

I Have Seen The Future, And Its Name Is Bloomberg

The eminent golfer Hizzona Bloomberg appears to have used the financial crisis, and the concerns of soon to be term limited councilmen, to strongarm New York City Council into abolishing term limits.
This is the way of the future. Like Tony Blair, like Gordon Brown, Michael Bloomberg believes that he is so special, a person of such unique talent that his services cannot be dispensed with, so they will do or say anything to keep power.
If Giuliani could step down after blood had been spilled on the streets, Bloomberg can step down after blood has been spilled on the carpets.
And if anyone thinks that an Obama White House wouldn't seek to abolish term limits for the presidency, they don't have much insight into the sainted one; and he'll have the whopping majorities in both the House and the Senate that he'll need to do it.

Vote Obama, Or Else

Today's white nationalist fantasy becomes tomorrow's civil emergency.

The Pink Panther

Another quick thought on the Osborne affair.
Recently, Henry Mancini's 'The Pink Panther' has been coming into my head when presented with the image of Lord Mandelson. His viciousness and apparent vindictiveness might lie in roots deeper than his attraction to the high life of the filthy rich; but isn't 'The Pink Panther' almost the perfect piece of music to accompany the career of a political skulker and careerist who has lurched relentlessly upward, despite possessing such an undoubtedly sleazy character?

Goldmans Sacks

Looks like some of the financial demigods, those business school trained ruthless amoralists who actually bought ointo the idea that we are only ever motivated by own interests, might soon be coming down the level of us mere mortals.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Oops!

The Nikkei's down. Looks like the bailouts might not have worked after all.

Going to be an interesting day...

Go Edward! Flog That Dead Horse!

Edward Lucas on the Osborne affair.

Shorthand, in the style of Dustin Hoffman in 'Rain Man'; Russia's baaaaaad! Baaaaaaaaaaaad!

Adelman's Endorsement Of Obama

Ken Adelman's endorsement of Barack Obama is analysed by both Justin Raimondo and Oliver Kamm. Although Kamm's knowledge of obscure memoirs and even more obscure ideological tracts is profound, Raimondo's analysis is better.
His comment that the invasion of Iraq would be a cakewalk made Adelman one of the world's most dangerous jokes. In a just world, he would have no media forum, he would not get party invites, he would not be regarded as an intellectual holding opinions of consequence, and his name would be mud; indeed, mothers would tell their small children to mock him in the street.
But we don't live in a just world.

Linking

James Higham posts some thoughts on linking.
My own thoughts are simple - time is short and decisions have to be made. I should have linked to James's posts on Common Purpose, and haven't. My apologies.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Problem Is Islam

One of the problems of having a Marxist bureaucracy is that its members think like Marxists.
Lawrence Auster has pointed out a story concerning how one of Jim Davidson's (yes, folks, death of the West and all that; that Jim Davidson) pals (and collaborators) converted to Islam in order to adopt a kid in Morocco, and was then told by Surrey County Council that his family wasn't Muslim enough.
For these folks, being able to get what you want (a child) is more important than your previous beliefs; indeed the whole story of your life. Although one can understand how deeply they want a child, converting to Islam in a foreign country in order to get one might be indicative of a measure of irrationality.
Yet Surrey County Council's Marxist belief in the empowerment of minorities makes one think they really do believe that the UK in 2008 is a society which oppresses minorities as the Stalinist Soviet Union did. That observation was so good it's worth repeating almost verbatim; the root of all British political correctness regarding race is that the people responsible for directing policy believe that they are living in a society which oppresses minorities as the Stalinist Soviet Union did. The authorities in Surrey believe that despite the fact that he has been saved from the relative hell of growing up an orphan in a Muslim country, the child's previous Muslim identity, an identity of which he would be utterly ignorant unless his liberal convert parents bother to teach it to him, is so precious that it must be maintained throughout his life; a mark of Cain to be borne, like a club foot or cleft palate. It's rubbish, of course; but when one sees senior security figures saying we will face difficulties with radical Muslims for the next 30 years, one can't but help but wonder that's how long the computer models have given us before we officially become a Muslim country.
I wonder what solution the economists will have to that problem; and with bureaucrats such as those at Surrey County Council running things, such an outcome seems almost inevitable.

Some Thoughts On The Decline And Fall Of George Osborne

His letter to 'The Times' is written in English so poor that one can only imagine that Nathaniel Rothschild composed it himself.
Sorry, who is Nathaniel Rothschild? And why do elected politicians and public servants keep his company? Where's his constituency? How many votes did he get?
In this story, lies are being told by either one party or the other. Although that is bad enough, perhaps one can expect no better when one sees members of the international elite going at each other like cats in a bag. These are not people who enjoy being thwarted, who struggle to survive from day to day. Although I have no brief for Osborne, a well-heeled thug who has already been caught pandering to the global elite in unrecorded meetings in out-of-the-way places, one can't help but think that he has at last encountered someone more ruthless than himself; an unsettling experience to have at any age, but better late than never.
Just as politics has been described as showbusiness for ugly people, the decline and fall of George Osborne is the political equivalent of Madonna's divorce from Guy Ritchie; a space-filler based on the doings of spectacularly unpleasant, spiritually ugly people, but focussed on wealth and influence instead of celebrity. The logic of the warped morality on display here seems to follow thus - Rothschild does not seem to be indignant, does not seem to care, that an attempt to break the law may or may not have been made in the company he was hosting. Instead, what irritates him is the company's privacy was breached.
To my mind, this displays an amoral attitude. By writing his letter to 'The Times', Rothschild has made himself fair game for further enquiry. The plebs will be asking themselves how many other such gatherings he has hosted at which discussions aimed at lawbreaking may have taken place.
And to paraphrase an associate of another Rothschild, codes of silence be damned.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Boris Johnson And Race

Boris Johnson, is, of course, a scion of the Ottoman elite (of very recent extraction) and has been a member of the international elite all his life, having been born in New York City to an internationalist who worked for the European Commission and the World Bank. In the United Kingdom we don't 'do' patriotism in the same way we don't 'do' God (pity our leaders seem to have no problem doing atheism; by swearing the oath of allegiance on the Bible, they show themselves to be hypocrites). Maybe we should question candidates' patriotism, for we would then be able to ask our prospective leaders for their views on the importance of maintaining a social and cultural entity known as the United Kingdom, as opposed to merely taking their support for its survival for granted. Not doing so has been a great mistake, for there is nothing in the story of Johnson's life which indicates a particular attachment to the UK as we know it, and everything to indicate that the primary motivation of his career has been the advancement of Boris Johnson.
Like many internationalists Johnson has had the benefit of the very best that the United Kingdom has had to offer, and beneath his ostensibly affable exterior (an exterior which hides a cruel and defective character, guilty of adultery and procuring an abortion), he probably knows little and cares less about the problems facing the the UK's indigenous poor. As a member of the undisciplined, unprincipled and largely unspeakable Conservative Party his DNA is coded to do and say anything that will ensure that that entity achieves power; which is the real position at the table that the internationalist craves, whether the superficial colour of the their internationalism is blue, brown or red.
Johnson's endorsement of Obama, a man who by no stretch of the imagination could be called a 'conservative', is oddly reminiscent of the sort of memos that Foreign Office mandarins would no doubt have circulated about indigenous colonial politicians - the ability to speak in 'a series of grammatical English sentences, each containing a main verb' is as important to Johnson as the ability to eat with a knife and fork and quote Shakespeare was to those public school and Oxbridge types who inflicted Kwame Nkrumah on the Ghanaians.
Too much ink has been spilled on Obama's relationship with the terrorist Bill Ayers for any of the substantive allegations to be repeated; but for Johnson to say that the importance of the two mens' relationship can be discounted because Ayers committed his last act of terrorism when Obama was eight is disgusting. Perhaps Johnson is looking to his own electorate, and trying to find a way in for the cold for London's Muslims terrorists and terror promoters, to say 'stop now, and you can come to the table in years to come'; if this is the case, then his pandering to Muslim fanatics intent on destroying the British way of life is just as bad as Alex Salmond's.
Ultimately, who the Mayor of London thinks should be President of the United States is neither here nor there. However, by so firmly demanding that American voters should determine their futures on the basis of a trip into a guilt they do not share, he show himself to be an inverted racialist, and unfit for any office.

My Favourite Canadian

Lawrence Auster's remarks on the suppression of free speech in Canada makes one wonder what Jacques Le Gardeur de St. Pierre, my favourite Canadian and a man even the colonial Brits thought was a real hard case, would now think of the country he helped carve out from the woods.
More on his life can be found in Fred Anderson's excellent 'Crucible of War'.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Eine Reich, Eine Volk, Eine Salmond!

The Tartanissmo's megalomania seems to be deteriorating. Mind you, he's got a good hairdresser; during what I saw of his conference speech, I barely noticed his bald patch.

Melanie McDonagh, Foreigner In Favour Of Immigration

The Irish rentaquote Melanie McDonagh has a piece in today's 'Telegraph' entitled 'What a funny way to control immigration', concerning some recent, although rather late but otherwise encouraging, comments made on limiting immigration by Phil Woolas, the latest immigration minister.
The blowhard blow-in writes,
"I can tell Mr Woolas for free that, in the Knightsbridge hairdressing salon that I frequent, they're not going to be giving the lovely, hard-working Magda from Gdansk the push in order to bolster the Government's ability to service the social benefits bill for the unemployed. "
The Poles are 'lovely' and 'hard-working'; presumably the Brits are ugly and lazy. That Magda might also be receiving slave wages so Melanie can get her extensions done as cheaply as possible doesn't seem to occur to her. This person has no business writing for British newspapers.
She continues,
"As those of us who get up early enough to listen to Farming Today, or who have friends in farming, can tell Mr Woolas, this crackdown on temporary migrants has actually cut the number of workers that the British economy really does need. Britons can't and won't do the hands-on seasonal work on farms that the Ukrainians can - and the reasons for that deserve scrutiny. But if there aren't the eastern Europeans, the fruit-picking and the rest of it doesn't get done."
In the past, the unwillingness of Britain's farmers to pay the market rate for the labour they employ has found allies in a government desperate to show its economic competence by keeping down inflation, and a British public addled by access to food which has been unrealistically cheap. If market-rate wages were paid, the work would get done. At all times and under all circumstances, it should not be forgotten that mass immigration was a tool of economic, as much as anti-British cultural, policy. Mass immigration helped keep the reported rate of inflation low - but the surge in commodity prices over recent years, and the desire of the Third World's newly enriched to eat red meat and white bread, has caused the sleight of hand to be exposed.
It certainly could be the case that some farmers have been pushed into this mindset because of some supermarKKKets' predatory negotiating policies, in which case I am not without some sympathy for them - but there's a slightly bigger picture out there than can be seen through the windows of a Knightsbridge hair salon.
McDonagh's powers of analysis, such as they are, might be better deployed were they to be trained back on the old country. The recession in the Republic of Ireland is biting so hard that there was recently talk of withdrawing the cover provided by pensioners, the generation that actually built the country, under the 'medical card'. What is now being exposed as the horrific failure of neoliberalism in Ireland might, just might, lead to a sense of isolationism; and it would be a tragedy for Ireland if Sinn Fein were able to transform itself into a movement calling for Ireland for the Irish.
Maybe something to think about next time you're waiting to get your hair done.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The Gathering Storm

Firstly, I should clarify an earlier post. Although the destruction of the Scottish nationalist cult would, under normal circumstances, be a good and wholesome thing, the fact that incipient British fascism has been the engine of its destruction does not fill one with hope.
It's at times like this I wish I knew how to speak a foreign language; in particular, right now I'd love to be able to read what the Russian language press is saying about the banking bailout. It has been the diametric opposite of the 'shock therapy' that Western economists inflicted on the Russians in the 1990's; the British and American governments' hypocrisy in taking what are considered to be strategic industries into public ownership has hopefully not gone unnoticed in that great and long-suffering nation.
The events of the past two months have given shock therapy a fatal shock. At all times and under all circumstances, it was juju economics, the triumph of ideology over reason, fact and compassion. It deserves to be consigned to history. The British and American governments' refusal to practice upon their own citizens what they insisted other countries practice upon theirs renders it a dead letter; and Sachs should never, never be awarded the Nobel.
Yet as we look around us, there is little cause for celebration.
Over the past few weeks, I've expressed my fear that the current downturn will render the generation which has grown up in the last two decades unable to cope with the psychological shock of being unable to consume what they want, when they want. A close relation has pooh-poohed this fear, mentioning the Dunkirk spirit and how we'll all pull together; yet I remain afraid that Dunkirk was a long time ago, and that the spirit of the public, such as it is, has moved a great distance in the interim.
At the time of Dunkirk, our sense of community was very much more well-developed than it is now. As Peter Singer noted in 'One World', who goes to their neighbour to borrow a cup of sugar anymore? We go to the supermarket to buy another bag instead.
We were not socially atomised, had not yet been infected with the poisonous nostrum that 'there is no such thing as society'; a time traveller from 1940 would be astonished at the ill manners shown by those who blast loud music into the ears of their fellow travellers on public transport. We did not have DVD box sets and iPods to use as substitutes for human interaction.
We were not a multicultural society. One set of values, rooted in Judaeo-Christian thought, held sway, and a greater majority were willing to live by them then than might be the case now.
We had no welfare state to fall back upon, worklessness was stigmatised and dreaded and we had to work together to ensure the greatest welfare of the greatest number; now, many go to a JobCentre at 16 and get swallowed into the benefit culture for life.
The cultural roots from which the Dunkirk spirit sprang have long since been hacked away. We became a cultural vacuum, which we filled with the culture of ourselves. If you commit an act that compromises the security of a nation, they call you a traitor; if you commit an act that compromises its culture, they call you a progressive.
Or edgy.
Today's 'Sunday Herald' carried a report of 'queue rage'. This just might be the shape of things to come, and precisely what I've been talking about; a nation of consumers desperate to consume, and turning upon itself when unable to do so.
Let us hope we are spared this, and that the British people will not forget their forefathers' decency, phlegm and sense of fair play. In the scenario which is being played out, the dice could fall any number of ways. How many British people under the age of 45 really realise that they'll probably never be able to enjoy the same lifestyles, and enjoy the same security, as their parents? This is a reality; it is a recipe for intergenerational warfare, and one sees no significant effort being made to stop it.
The next two years will be critical not merely to the political survival of the British nation, but more importantly to the survival of its culture. Perhaps the Brits haven't forgotten how to rub along with each other, and do know how to make do and mend. Let's hope and pray so. At times like these, everyone needs hope. Life is change; how we cope with those changes which are forced upon us show our character. In adversity some fall at the first hurdle, others shine like stars. People of goodwill should always hope that others be saved from suffering and stress; and as the dark gathers round us, I refuse to believe that the British people will fail to respect their fellow citizens' dignity, property, humanity and lives. We should have faith in ourselves, if only to act as a reproach to that majority of our leaders who have refused to have faith in us; the mindset that has helped get us into this mess in the first place.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Some Thoughts On 'The American Future - A History'

When the history of popular history teaching in the late 20th and early 21st centuries comes to be written, the name of Simon Schama should shine out prominently amongst those of his peers. Anyone who has ever read 'Citizens' should agree that it is the product of a special talent. The only stain upon it is what seems to be Schama's admiration of Talleyrand; yet this is a small quibble with what is a hugely readable work of great scholarship, apparently produced under immense pressure.
For academics to make the leap from print to television cannot be easy; yet Schama's gift of being able to speak in the same way he writes made him a natural for that medium. I would willingly give my right arm to be able to attend any lecture given by Schama on the life of Malesherbes; a wonderful lecturer speaking on a wonderful topic.
It's therefore something of a pity that his current offering, 'The American Future - A History', isn't up to his usual standards.
His scholarship and presenting style almost compel one to forgive the foibles of much of his recent work; the overweening liberalism, the constant agonising over race and immigration, and so on. However, this piece has deeper flaws. It is not a work of history but of journalism, and of the most dangerous kind of journalism at that - the 'Through the Looking Glass' kind. It is poor television, bad journalism and worse history. Schama is not a natural journalist, as this series painfully shows; and as a professional academic, he doesn't need the likes of me telling him of the dangers involved in making pot luck predictions in the historical dark.
Schama's brain is too acute to be doing this. He is too good an historian, too good an interpreter of events from which he can draw upon sources, to be producing muddled and sloppy work, dependent on stylised camera work for its impact. One hopes that this is a project undertaken from the heart, and not one he was motivated into doing by either cash or vanity.
There are times when academics take on projects that are too big for them. It's been said that Bertrand Russell was never again as sharp after writing Principia Mathematica as he was before he started. Completing the work took such effort that he was a changed man afterwards. I would hope that the effort involved in completing that wonderful epic 'A History of Britain' did not have the same effect on Simon Schama; but it's otherwise hard to see how the mind that produced such wonderful work as 'Citizens' nearly 20 years ago has come up with such rubbish as 'The American Future - A History' today.
For what my opinion's worth, and speaking as a very great admirer of his intellect, maybe it's time for Professor Schama to hang up his mic in order to return to the library and do what he does best - write history which is accessible both to Columbia undergraduates and call centre workers. I think he's got at least three great books left in him, and I'll even suggest topics for him if he likes. But he's better than this; mind you, even at his worst he's streets ahead of Niall Ferguson.

The Coming Civil Discontent In the United States

Pat Buchanan notes the possibility of a backlash against the likely election of Barack Obama.
One hopes that's not the case. As time passes, it seems clearer and clearer that with Obama, the USA is repeating the experience that the British had with Blair in 1997; he's just another almost impossibly plausible triangulator who'll say anything to get elected and will hugely disappoint when in office. The USA is soon going to undergo the Tony Blair Experience; hopefully, it will be strong enough to withstand it.

Immigration And Crime Revisited

If you believe that the BBC's coverage of migration issues has led to an increase in attacks on Poles (see antique discussions of the BBC's confusion of nationality and place of residence here and here), you'll also believe that Fouad Bomella is from the Gorbals.

The Future Unaffordability Of Iraq Revisited

Further Proof That Globalisation Is On The Way Out

It seems that drudgery is unsustainable wherever you work.

A Passing Thought On The Former Management Of The Royal Bank Of Scotland

Given that he was knighted for services to banking, and subsequently helped preside over banking's near collapse, is it somehow inappropriate to suggest that Sir Fred Goodwin be stripped of his knighthood?

The History Of Russia In The 1990's In One Sentence

While many Russians might have preferred Sakharov, they got Sachs instead.

Congratulations

Mr. Kamm and Mr. Pollard are both Henry Jackson Society types; indeed, Mr. Kamm's admiration for Mr. Pollard seems so profound that he once stated that his friend was his fantasy Prime Minister.
I extend my own congratulations to Mr. Pollard on his new appointment, with best wishes for his success. His appointment does not seem to bear any of the nepotism and ideological narrowness which marked John Podhoretz's installation as editor of 'Commentary', the JC's American equivalent; and one can only assume that, with the economy going south and the possibility of donor funding drying up, now's as good a time as any to be getting out of the thinktank business.
If that's the case, then its timing is most certainly felicitous. Actually, it reminds me of the extremely felicitous timing I noted just a week ago, concerning the appointment of newspaper leader writers. Those beless with such acute senses of timing seem to possess the good fortune, perhaps even the survival instincts, of a rat on a sinking ship.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Geoff Hoon Is An Ignorant Clown And Thug Who Should Be Driven From Office

On the BBC's 'Question Time' last night, Geoff Hoon, a political loser who, having been a wartime Secretary of State for Defence, now sits as Transport Secretary, claimed that 'the government is prepared to go "quite a long way" with civil liberties to "stop terrorists killing people.'
On the same program, he also made it clear that the remedy for our current civilisational crisis was for the public to be educated about Islam's peaceful nature.
Hoon is a former prosecutor. With some noble and limited exceptions, many of the prosecutors I have encountered have been self-righteous thugs, and not particularly sparkling lawyers, who believe, Judge Dredd style, that they are the law. Hoon is almost the caricature of such a type. While Chief Whip, thuggery would have been his stock in trade. Only thugs and bullies become Chief Whip. He is not only a thug, but a clown; and a dangerously ignorant clown at that.
The idea that Islam is peaceful is a joke, and anyone who says so is an ignoramus. Indeed, the one thing that Islam's history proves is that it is not peaceful. Individual Muslims are peaceful; Islam itself is not. Geoff Hoon, thug and ignoramus, would prefer that every citizen be spied upon, their civil liberties eroded to nothing, rather than face the simple, not easy, truth that the root cause of much of the terrorism we suffer is that we have allowed Islam into our society. Like it or not, it's the truth.
(Incidentally, Dominic Grieve, the token Tory on the same show, didn't do much better. If memory serves, he spouted something about the rise of the BNP in Stoke-on-Trent being the result of the indigenous working classes failing to understand multiculturalism. That the rise of the BNP is the direct consequence of the Conservative Party deliberately disengaging itself from the white working classes, and its persistent failure to address the BNP on its terms, is probably beyond Grieve's comprehension).
Hoon should suffer the fate of all bullies; to be labelled as such and shunned. He has failed in every position of consequence that he has held. He is not fit for office. Not so long ago, the English people knew how to deal with neighbourhood bullies; they took them up a dark alley for a dose of their own medicine. Hoon deserves the equivalent political fate.

When It All Started To Go Wrong

It all started to go wrong for us when we failed to notice that the shareholder's imperative of gaining a return had become more important than the maxim that the customer is always right.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Unimpeachable Logic

Given that banks have been nationalised, the logic behind Neil Clark's recent series of posts calling for the nationalisation of other elements of infrastructure is unimpeachable.
And those who spout the dogma that government can't run banks or any other businesses as efficiently as the private sector should read, and then digest, the thoughts of Joseph Stiglitz on that subject. Even he possesses the same mistaken thinking.

Why The Enlightenment Will Fail

In the past, I've not really had many nice things to say about the output of Timothy Garton Ash; and I'm afraid his latest offering in 'The Guardian', while being terribly civilised, offers no answer, indeed actively shies away from the answer, as to why the continent of Europe is going to hell in a handcart.
While attacking European laws which restrict freedom of speech, he writes,
"How, for example, do you refute the absurd conspiracy theory, which apparently still has some currency in parts of the Arab world, that "the Jews" were behind the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks on New York? By forbidding anyone from saying that, on pain of imprisonment? No. You refute it by refuting it. By mustering all the available evidence, in free and open debate. This is not just the best way to get at the facts; ultimately, it's the best way to combat racism and xenophobia too. So join us, please, to see off the nanny state and its memory police."
The reason that such beliefs are held is quite straightforward; if Islam is not itself anti-Semitic, then some, perhaps even many or most, Arabs living in the Arab world are anti-Semites. While it would obviously be better for such prejudices to be bested by facts and reason, the convictions are so deeply held that that it is impossible; so the interests of civilisation dictate that they be excluded from debate. If the only way to do that is to stop the immigration of Arab Muslims into Europe, then so be it.
But having bought into the uber-liberal Brotherhood of Man, Common European Home crap, even to the extent of once having written "(f)or this increasingly Muslim Europe to define itself against Islam would be ridiculous and suicidal", such thinking would be entirely foreign to Timothy Garton Ash. Which is the why the ideals on which his beloved 'Europe' have been built will be those on which it will perish, and a new dark age will return. The start of the new dark age has been heralded in the unlikeliest places; such as Exeter. It is interesting to note that the BBC's report of the conviction of Nicky Reilly states that he appeared in court under the name Mohammad Rashid Saeed-Alim. Says it all really.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Union Revisited

David Lindsay has put a couple of comments on this post concerning his belief that the banking bailout has saved the Union.
In my replies, I have tried to articulate my belief that the impact of recent weeks' events go far beyond the political in their scope; that what we are seeing is a change to a different, even less citizen friendly form of government than we have had before - what is, to all intents and purposes, British fascism. No matter which ideology comes out on top, none of us are ultimately going to be better off.
In the shortest of short terms, of course, the political stock of Alex Salmond and the Scottish National Party is now sub-prime, perhaps even toxic. All of their financial projections were based on demand for a dwindling commodity, the price of which is now falling, while they enthusiastically bought into the whole globalist, neoliberal economic agenda; indeed, seemed absolutely convinced that that model had defeated all others completely. Salmond never answered the question why an independent Scotland should be like Iceland, when it could model itself on Switzerland instead. One hasn't heard reports of the Swiss banks running to the governments for bailouts.
If Salmond is a busted flush, then one would have to say that this is a good and wholesome thing. An independent Scotland under his leadership, indeed under that of any member of the SNP, would soon have become dominated by those worst aspects of the Scottish character - pettiness, aggression, intolerance - which the SNP laud as positives. 'Wha's like us?' the SNP cry. Not the Swiss, we answer. Proud Alex has been sent homewards to think again, his gamesmanship of games which he was happy to play up to the edge of treason shown to be completely discredited.
I once wrote of the similarity between the SNP and the pre-unification Italian nationalists of the 19th Century; in particular, that your average SNP politician fitted completely the description given of Benedetto Cairoli, that he "was one of the most conspicuous representatives of that type of Italian public men who, having conspired and fought for a generation in the cause of national unity, were despite their valour little fitted for the responsible parliamentary and official positions they subsequently attained; and who by their ignorance of foreign affairs and of internal administration unwittingly impeded the political development of their country." Peas out the pod. The SNP will still drink their wee drams, and sing their wee folk songs; and will remain as unsuited to governing Scotland as Cairoli was to governing Italy.
I don't think we'll be hearing talk of the McCrone Report for quite some time.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Statues In The Park

Last Sunday, my wife and I took a trip to Kelvingrove Park.
As we walked along Kelvin Way, the sun dappling the autumn colours of the trees, we encountered two neglected, decaying statues; those of Joseph Lister and Lord Kelvin.
Seeing those two titans' images in such disrepair brought a movie image immediately back to mind. You remember the decaying statues in 'The Fellowship Of The Ring', the ones in the forest where Boromir tries to take the ring from Frodo? It was the same deal - the emblems of a once great civilisation, now quietly decaying out of sight, the memories of great men now surrendered to nature.
It seems that Tom Engelhardt has had a similar epiphany walking round New York City. We are, ever so surely, following in the footsteps of every civilisation that has come before us. Our days are passing away.

Totaligayrianism (Again)

Two years ago I coined the word 'totaligayrianism' to describe the behaviour of some homosexuals when advancing the cause of homosexual rights.
Lawrence Auster points to one of the worst examples of such behaviour that I have yet seen; an act of unbridled selfishness, solely intended to gratify the wants and wishes of the adults involved without any regard for whether using children as the vessel for their gratification might cause those children immeasurable confusion or harm.
This sort of stuff is worthy of the Hitler Youth.

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Evils Of Our Days

If they are correct, reports that the government is going to nationalise the Royal Bank of Scotland herald that the era of British fascism has finally dawned. It has been a long time coming; now that it is finally here, there will be some who will actually welcome it.
Just as we are poorer and less free than our parents, so our children will be poorer and less free than we have been. The forces of the state are now ranged against the citizen, and government conducted for the benefit of the rulers, not the ruled; the Royal Bank would not now be coming into state ownership if it did not suit some agenda of the Labour Party's. The fragmentation and dislocation of society which has been evident for many years to those who travel on public transport will spread. Dystopia may be upon us.
Pray for deliverance from this evil. For evil it is - the product of decades of wickedness perpetrated by those who came before us quoting words of love from saints, but who seemed intent on smashing portions of society; who spoke of peace and reconciliation, but who became avid warmongers; and who spoke of social justice while presiding over massive growth in equalities. Historians of the future will call them all cheap careerists, whose actions were entirely motivated by their own pursuit of power; yet the damage they have done will endure.
It is not for us to decide whether or not the people who did these things were genuinely evil; but some of their actions have most certainly been evil, and millions will suffer because of their worship at the altar of the false god called economics. They did not listen to their hearts, but to the siren voices whispering in their ears. Pity the poor, the weak, the vulnerable, the sick; in the days to come, they will be like lambs to the slaughter. The welfare state will be placed under the greatest stress in its history; it may be destroyed.
Lord, deliver us from this distress; save us from hardship; help us keep our jobs; but let Thy will, not mine, be done.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Sneakers

There's a scene in the movie 'Sneakers' that this week's events have brought back to mind.
When Robert Redford's character is reunited with Ben Kingsley's after it had been thought that Kingsley's had died in prison, Redford asks Kingsley precisely what he can do with the technology he operates on behalf of organised crime.
From my memory, he asks him if he can bring down a small company. Kingsley answers 'Yes'. Redford asks Kingsley if he can bring down a large company. Kingsley answers 'Yes'. The questions continue, with bigger targets and all answered 'Yes', until Redford asks him if he can bring down a small country. Kingsley doesn't reply.
The country of Iceland is facing bankruptcy this weekend, for no reason other than its bankers' foolishness and greed; and every effort that seems to be being made to manage this crisis also seems to be being made with a view to trying to keep the globalisation process going.
The question is; are the G7, the IMF and all the other happy little globalists willing to see a country go down so that globalisation, whatever it is, can stay on track?

A Few Idle Bits And Pieces On A Sunny Saturday In Glasgow

There is no such thing as political blogging - there is only the provision of boutique analysis and opinion.
This might seem a bit sick, but given the scale of recent stock market losses, where have all the jumpers gone? One wouldn't want it to happen, but would have thought that the FTSE diving 10 per cent in eight minutes would have had somebody trying to open a window. Could it be that, if the world's trading floors possess such luxuries as windows, they are locked precisely in order to prevent anyone trying to throw themselves out? Or could it be that because the current generation of traders rely much more on bonuses than on dividends for their income than their 1929-era counterparts, they don't feel the same kind of personal panic when they see the Dow Jones going down the Swannee?
I'm glad I'm not the only person whose curiousity is mildly aroused by the death of Jorg Haider. Interesting to note that his death has happened just as 'The Guardian' carries a piece proclaiming that now is 'a good time for populists' such as him. Anyone who decries populism should, of course, be willing to answer the charge of elitism; and seeing the soi-disant 'G7', another so-called 'steward' of globalisation, thrashing about like a trapped crocodile in an effort to save its own skin, probably to the financial and social detriment of us all, reminds us of just how much distance now lies between our elites and the rest of us.
We are going to see the return of big time, big style, almost Big Top populism in the very near future. It will alter the United Kingdom's political landscape beyond recognition. We might even find our Buchanan.
Neil Clark points one to an absurd piece by one Alex Singleton on the benefits of greed. Neil points out that Singleton used to lead The Globalisation Institute (oops, not there any more; however, piccies of the lovely time its members had with the Shadow Cabinet's aid wallah at its 2006 summer drinks party can still be found here - I remember thinking at the time that it was a little odd that I could see only one person from an ethnic minority, and nobody who was obviously poor; got me wondering as to whose benefit globalisation was supposed to be actually for). Paeans to greed as a motive for humanity's behaviour are just so 1980's that they are almost beyond credibility. The paradigm shift we are entering is just as likely to result in a return to communal and spiritual values, perhaps even the rediscovery of Christianity that Toynbee believed might save the West, as a resurgence in the values of Hayek and Thatcher.
However, it's interesting to note that as a so-called 'high priest of globalisation', Singleton seems to have landed a job as a leader writer at the 'Telegraph' just as the bottom's falling out the bottom of the globalisation policy. These leader-writer johnnies might just be the most astute readers of the market about, what what?
How does one get a job as a leader-writer?
The fall in the oil price might be the real harbinger of trouble. Such a price signal might indicate that the market believes there will be less demand for oil in the near future. Less demand for oil could be a consequence of lower manufacturing output: is the market anticipating a slowdown in China? I am old enough to remember what happened half a lifetime ago in Tiananmen Square, and forming the belief at the time that Chinese Communism was a vile, vicious thing that all moral people should oppose with every fibre of their beings. Instead of trying to crush them, our leaders helped the children of those who sent in the tanks get rich instead. However, it's to be hoped that any slowdown in China will cause the Chinese to rise, and throw off their oppressors. A Chinese century dominated by Communism, however ersatz, will be just as a much tragedy for humanity as one dominated by Soviet Communism. Let The Great Shanghai Slowdown commence!
Comments of the day come from 'Corinne' -
"Sorry to heap more misery on those of you who have lost their life savings and pensions , but I have a freind who is in senior management with one of the largest supermarket chains. He told me last night that all the supermarkets are stockpiling certain foodstuffs in anticipation of the panic buying which will start slowly today and gain momentum throughout the week ...he was not joking. He said that if the banks fail , no food will enter the country nor be distributed and panic will ensue. The police know this and armed squads will be on the streets".
They add,
"gordon brown's rescue package will not solve anything be very afraid...next week you will see the whole ship fall into the abyss. stock up with food ! and keep a baseball bat behind the door."
Let's hope they're wrong. Dislocation is a grievous agony. My previously stated concern, that a generation of people accustomed to being able to consume what they want, when they want, might be incapable of adjusting to the psychological shock of being unable to do so, will hopefully prove to be unfounded. I pray that it is so; the alternative might be anarchy. In a world in which such fears are not baseless, then a society where enforced multicularism has become a universal political orthodoxy might find the tolerances of all its citizens tested to their limits (it's very discouraging to see that some of Scotland's lawyers are behaving precisely according to type, and engaging in talks with a view to establishing Sharia courts; when it comes to small-minded short-termism, some of the brethren never fail to disappoint). Intergenerational tensions will mount; retired public sector workers claiming fat pensions and taking five cruises a year will be of envied by those who are knocking their pans in, and suffering financial hardship, to support them in lifestyles they will never be able to afford themselves.
Alex Singleton thinks greed will get us through; but he's wrong. It will be the basic values that will get us through these times; if these haven't already disappeared from our culture altogether.