Friday, 23 June 2017

Americans are genteel



1 Samuel 24:3

King James Bible: Saul went in to cover his feet.

New International Version: Saul went in to relieve himself.

The Living Bible: Saul went into the cave to go to the bathroom.

Quotations


"The new mainly left wing habit of lying while calling other people's normal political language lies is the most dangerous development in politics at the moment.It's a genuinely Orwellian attempt to gain control of 'truth' for political purposes. Nothing, not newfound Russian nuclear superiority, not Chinese military expansion, nothing threatens liberal democracy as seriously." Peter Risdon

"A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people." Walter Bagehot. (This is exactly what British parliaments should be, but no longer are. Hence the decline in the power of Parliament.)

Leadership



Sir Andrew Barnard said of Wellington at Waterloo,

"We had a notion that while he was there nothing could go wrong."
This is the effect good leaders have on their men. In fact things always go wrong. So much went wrong at Waterloo that the Duke's own manuscript of his account of the battle was stained with his own tears. 

When a leader no longer inspires this confidence, but makes his followers think that with him in charge almost everything might easily go wrong, he must go. This since the election is the case with Theresa May. It was the case with John Major, George W. Bush and François Hollande, but is not the case with Donald Trump or even with Angela Merkel.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

'Give me ten picked men and a year and I could solve your Northern Irish problem'.



Talking about the Falklands War (as I was two posts down), at university I met the captain of the RN ship that brought back the Argentinian Commander Astiz under arrest for war crimes to England. The two men dined together every night. Astiz said: 'Give me ten picked men and a year and I could solve your Northern Irish problem'.

Possibly he could have done. Very possibly.

Britain the “laughing stock of Europe”



Der Bund, a German-language newspaper published in Berne, has called Britain the “laughing stock of Europe” in a trenchant editorial.

British society is now more divided than at any time since the English civil war in the 17th century, a fact that was demonstrated anew in the general election, in which a good 80% of the votes were cast for the two largest parties. Neither of these parties was offering a centrist programme: the election was a choice between the hard right and the hard left. The political centre has been abandoned, and that is never a good sign. In a country like Great Britain, that for so long had a reputation for pragmatism and rationality, it is grounds for real concern. The situation is getting decidedly out of hand.

Tears, idle tears



Enoch Powell said the Falklands War would show what mettle the Iron Lady was made of and so it did (even though her government's mistakes were the reason why Galtieri and the junta invaded the islands in the first place).


I think we all feel for Theresa May but we all see that she does not have the strength to be Prime Minister in difficult times. Especially since her two maleficent advisers were defenestrated.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Death in Finsbury Park - is this a turning point?



In the early hours of this morning a van ploughed into Muslims near a mosque in London, killing one. The driver, a white man, is said to have screamed: 

"I'm going to kill all Muslims."
Is this the start of something in England resembling the Troubles in Northern Ireland, which led to more than three thousand deaths?

It also led after thirty years to the British Government making very far-reaching concessions to the terrorists in order to buy peace, although as John Major reminded us last week the peace is not very secure.


London's Muslim Mayor, Sadiq Khan, said last year that the threat of terror attacks are “part and parcel of living in a big city,” something for which Donald Trump recently criticised him. Unfortunately Mr. Khan is right.


Sunday, 18 June 2017

David Davis may soon be British Prime Minister


I have come to think that David Davis will be the new British Prime Minister, and tonight I see the Daily Telegraph says that many Conservative MPs in Boris Johnson's camp now think so too. Theresa May must go and I think he is the only option. 


On the other hand, if Theresa May goes it will be because she failed to be win enough seats at the election. This will put her successor, who won't have led his party into an election, in a very odd position.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Quotations

Bror Duktig‏ @nijinskyforever
Lefties want "Day of Rage" "Shut down London" "Bring down the Government" But when little girls are blown to pieces - it's love and flowers



How could people feel any affection for a system that created the gulag? Alexievich says this ignores the unique atmosphere of the late Soviet period, a time of equality, deep friendships and love of literature. “Despite the poverty, life was freer,” she says. “Friends

Helmut Schmidt, Vladimir Putin, detente and realpolitik

Interesting! According to Edward Lucas's Economist obituary of Helmut Schmidt, who died eighteen months ago, Schmidt thought Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine was a justified response to Western meddling.

Man gaoled for sharing photo of dead fire victim on Facebook


A man who lives yards from the Grenfell building has been gaoled for three months for posting on Facebook a picture of a dead body that he saw in a body bag outside his flat.

The obscenity laws were originally enacted to stop Napoleonic soldiers displaying their wounds to passers by while begging for money. Obscenity should be a crime but this seems an outrageous verdict. It seems an emotional judgment and shows how little those who rule England care about freedom of speech.

Rage and sanctimony in the papers

"Glancing at this morning’s newspapers, I see that the Guardian blames inequality, the Mail blames eco-regulations, the Express blames EU rules and the Mirror blames the Tories. Simon Jenkins, that champion of harmonious and well-proportioned architecture, blames tower-blocks. Owen Jones, my favourite radical, blames racketeering landlords. For all I know, one or more of these villains may indeed be at fault; but, for now, it is mainly guesswork."
Daniel Hannan

"Rage and sanctimony always spread like a virus, and become stronger with each iteration." Peggy Noonan talking about Donald Trump's critics.

"Brexit did indeed unleash hate — but the hate it unleashed was not that of the British for foreigners but rather of the liberals for the masses."
Julie Burchill



Friday, 16 June 2017

The Grenfell fire

The story of the Grenfell Tower fire very deeply shocked me, in a way these things rarely do. September 11th was far away in a foreign country but this is my country. For a moment I thought that it was hubristic always to search for someone to blame when disasters happen but I very quickly saw that the management company and council had been very negligent.

Attempts to blame Boris Johnson or the Tories for this are unfair and in very bad taste but then life and politics are unfair and in very bad taste.

Theresa May has just been chased out of a church housing survivors from the Grenfell Tower fire. Did this happen before to a British Prime Minister? It is clear that this is being arranged by the Corbynistas and the far left.

Still she probably must go quickly. She is jinxed. The fact that she didn't visit the survivors straight away is telling, even though it only means she is shy and frightened of the public.

Shy politicians are unusual but there are some. It's one of several things Mrs May has in common with Mrs Clinton. Shyness is fine in a leader but being frightened is not.


Meanwhile, John McDonnell, shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer, Trotskyite, admirer of the IRA bombers and advocate of 'direct action' (meaning insurrection against an elected government) is calling for riots. He thinks he's Lenin and there are many resemblances.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

The revolution turned out, when it came, to be Islamist


"Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. … In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society." Antonio Gramsci

The revolution that Marxists expected for so long has turned out, when it came, to be Islamist. 


What Marxism and Islamism have in common, of course, is nihilism.

Just as God sublimely says 'I am Who am', meaning He is life itself, evil is essentially destruction. Evil is a very real thing but wholly negative, death not life. 

We all now know that Theresa May is not up to the job

It got to the point with John Major, I remember, that it seemed like Will Hay was Prime Minister. It's clear to everyone, Brexiters included, that Theresa May is less competent by quite a long way.

"Never glad confident morning again!" Robert Browning's words were famously quoted by Nigel Birch to describe Harold Macmillan's position after the Profumo scandal. 
Macmillan had been not a great but a formidable Prime Minister. In Theresa May’s case, of course, it isn't even late afternoon for her.It's already late in the evening.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Tim Farron cannot reconcile Christian faith with being Lib Dem leader


"To be a political leader – especially of a progressive, liberal party in 2017 – and to live as a committed Christian, to hold faithfully to the Bible’s teaching, has felt impossible for me."

Is 'Tim' Farron admitting he lied when he finally said, after avoiding an answer for weeks, that he approved of abortion and sodomy? 


Where were the Liberals who leapt to defend Farron's right to hold his religious opinions and to talk about the Gladstonian tradition?

Suffer the little foxes

"Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes." Song of Solomon 2:15

The foxes have been reprieved permanently. 

Harold Macmillan said the three things no Prime Minister could afford a fight with were the Catholic Church, the National Union of Miners and the Brigade of Guards. 

The mines are closed now and the Catholic Church carries no weight. In their place are foxes, which did for Theresa May. 

don't know if the Brigade of Guards still matters. I greatly doubt it.

In Canada chickens seem more important than the Catholic Church. As Canada extends abortion and euthanasia a newscaster says 
"Today, outrage over the abuse of chickens reaches a feverish pitch".
It's odd how so many people in the developed world care more for animals than unborn babies. 

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Will Sinn Fein take their seats? Will a working class lesbian be Britain's next Conservative Prime Minister?



There is speculation that the seven Sinn Fein MPs may for the first time ever take their seats. It's probably unlikely since, even if they did, the Tories and DUP would still have a majority, though a much smaller one.


However if the Tories lose two or three by-elections to Labour SF would be stupid, from their point of view, not to. After all, Jeremy Corbyn has backed them since the early 1980s. But it would mean them swearing this oath which has hitherto deterred them beginning 99 years ago, when the first Sinn Fein MPs were elected and formed a rebel parliament.

I do swear that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors, according to law. So help me God.

It reminds me of when James Callaghan's government faced defeat in in a vote of confidence.

Frank McGuire surprised everyone by saying said that he intended to attend. Frank McGuire

Rights and freedom



For me rights simply mean limits on state power - for most English people nowadays they mean extensions of it. 

They mean entitlements.

This is partly a sign of the corrupting influence of the EU but mostly the fault of our own busybody class, beginning with Harold Wilson.

Freedom and inequality are of course inextricable.

Mrs. May has always been a disastrous minister, but a deadly political infighter

It's time to reread the hatchet job by Jonathan Foreman headlined “Theresa May is a great self-promoter, but a terrible Home Secretary”, which was pulled from the Daily Telegraph after pressure from her campaign. Guido Fawkes published it here. It begins:

After all, Mrs May’s tenure as Home Secretary has been little better than disastrous – a succession of derelictions that has left Britain’s borders and coastline at least as insecure as they were in 2010, and which mean that British governments still rely on guesswork to estimate how many people enter and leave the country.
People find this hard to credit because she exudes determination and strength. Compared to many of her bland, flabby cabinet colleagues, she has real gravitas. And few who follow British politics would deny that she is a deadly political infighter. Indeed Theresa May is to Westminster what Cersei Lannister is to Westeros in Game of Thrones: no one who challenges her survives undamaged, while the welfare of the realm is of secondary concern.

The Telegraph today says
"This weekend the Labour leader and John McDonnell, his shadow chancellor, revealed that the party is now formally committed to taking Britain out of the single market and the Customs Union."
They were always secretly Brexiters who lied about if for political advantage. The softly-spoken commitment to a hard Brexit helped Labour do so well in the election.

The Telegraph also reveals a story headlined:


Tory and Labour MPs plot secret deal to ensure soft Brexit
The paper says:
Senior Cabinet ministers are engaged in secret talks with Labour MPs to secure cross-party backing for a soft Brexit, it has emerged.
Some of the most senior members of Theresa May's team have been discussing how to force the Prime Minister to make concessions on immigration, the customs union and the single market.
There have also been discussions of a cross-party Brexit Commission to agree common ground between the parties and ensure an orderly withdrawal from the EU.
I think talks between Labour and Conservatives will probably come to nothing. Labour will not come to the Conservatives' rescue any more than John Smith saved John Major during the Maastricht debate. It is true that Roy Jenkins led a group of pro European rebels that allowed Edward Heath to take Britain into the EU. I don't see a group of Remainers on both sides uniting.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Looking on the bright side



The Times says Theresa May always hated the expression 'strong and stable' which was invented by Crosby. The fact that she complained but continued for weeks to use it tells me she is no leader. The British public, who are keen observers of life, read her much better than the commentators or than I did.