Friday, 22 September 2017


Pat Buchanan on Donald Trump's UN speech this week.

"For America has no divinely mandated mission to democratize mankind. And the hubristic idea that we do has been a cause of all the wars and disasters that have lately befallen the republic."If we do not cure ourselves of this interventionist addiction, it will end our republic. When did we dethrone our God and divinize democracy?"And are 21st-century American values really universal values?"Should all nations embrace same-sex marriage, abortion on demand, and the separation of church and state if that means, as it has come to mean here, the paganization of public education and the public square?"

How the Ottoman Empire manged multiculturalism

Ileana Mercer wrote this earlier this year.

"An interesting new book, reviewed by one Barnaby Rogerson, makes the point that the Levant of the 18th century was peaceful and prosperous (and surprisingly libertine), because it was made up of “a grid of self-governing communities.” Integration between disparate communities was not enforced. And surprise, surprise: communities freely chose to live in complete segregation. This freedom fostered “remarkable tolerance” among diverse communities across the cities of the Levant of that time. “Deals before Ideals, City before State, Trade before Politics,” as the reviewer puts it. This freedom of association was the source of strength. These autonomous ethnic communities were free of the top-down, punitive, forced integration that has become the hallmark of the 19th-century nation-state that usurped their authority."

Something like this existed throughout the Ottoman Empire, except in Moldavia and Wallachia, where under the Capitulations (the treaty that no one can find a copy of) Muslims were not allowed to settle. Dalibor Denda, my Serbian historian friend, told me that Serbian (Christians) had some kind of autonomous life through the Patriarchate of Peć (Ipek) from 1557 to 1763 mostly thanks to Serbs who converted to Islam and took the highest positions within Ottoman administration.

Jordan Peterson and the transgender wars

'Because thoughts aren’t like that,’ he says. ‘People mostly think by talking. Not only do they think by talking, but they correct their thoughts by talking. If you deprive people of the right to think, then you doom them to suffering. You doom their stupidity of its right to die. You should allow your thoughts to be cast away into the fire — instead of you.’

A very interesting interview with Professor Jordan Paterson, a Jungian and Christian, who is in trouble for many offences, including refusing to use the preferred gender pronouns of people "who don’t identify with their biological gender". He sounds fascinating and brave.

At this point, to my astonishment, Peterson begins to weep. He talks through his

The Scottish tide has turned

I think Effie Deans is right when she tweeted to me:
Until Brexit vote Scottish nationalism looked like winning in the end. Now it doesn't. 2015 was dangerous moment. Now it has passed


Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.

Doris Lessing

Do in thy lifetime what, in the hour of death, you will wish you had done.

Goffines Devout Instructions.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

It is every migrant’s dream to see the tables turned

It is every migrant’s dream to see the tables turned, to see long lines of Americans and Britons in front of the Bangladeshi or Mexican or Nigerian Embassy, begging for a residence visa.

Suketu Mehta, Indian-born New York-based author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

1984 rears its ugly head again

Retweeted Ben Sixsmith (@BDSixsmith):
Within weeks we've gone from toppling Confederate statues to erasing names of Nobel Prize winning scientists. The slippery slope is real.

Jeffrey Ketland is right

"I'm reasonably sure that the driving force behind every SJW is "purity": a kind of moral purification, reminiscent of the original Puritans. This Puritanism is visibly central to the pervasive, ultra-toxic American Ideology of "social justice", with all that it entails: purification rituals, denunciation of deviance, mass hysteria, ostracism of imagined witches, etc.

"Who aside from the original Puritans were so obsessed with purity? The Jacobins. The Bolsheviks. The Nazis. Mao's Red Guards. The Brotherhood. American feminists and SJWs."

Let's keep Hitler out of it

ALL references to Hitler in political discussions should be ignored. The harm that man continues to do 72 years after his death is incalculable.

May trying to 'seize power' like Hitler, Vanity Fair editor says

Trump argues for healthy national egoism

"Trump's UN 'hate speech' criticised"
The BBC headline shows their disapproval, but I think it was a good speech (though I have some big caveats), praising 'independent sovereign nations'. No wonder the BBC hated it.

I liked these words
"In America we do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone."
He praised nation states. He probably doesn't know the phrase 'healthy national egoism', but this is what he believes in and think makes for peace. The liberal wars of recent years certainly didn't.

Wonderfully, he talked of the great harm mass migrations do to the countries the migrants leave and enter.

More quotations

“The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.”

Donald Trump speaking at the U.N.

From The Times Diary

Reporting on the Rohingya: “The Tip of a Huge Iceberg of Misinformation”

This article gives another side of the story of the Rohinga that we are told - I have no idea where the truth lies but I had searched in vain on the net for another side. 

The tube bombers were refugees

The suspects in the latest London tube bombing, which could have killed many people were it not for the criminals' ineptitude, are two refugees.

What a shock.

One of the suspects was arrested because he continued to wear the distinctive red hat caught by the TV cameras. Thankfully, these people are not intellectuals.

What do we do? More police, more restrictions on extremism on the net? 

No, Great Britain urgently has to amend our adhesion to the Geneva Convention on

Do evil people know they are evil?

I think from my experience that evil people usually know they are evil. 

On the other some evil people like Lenin and Stalin (Stalin was certainly a psychopath, though Lenin and Hitler are more complex) think they are doing bad that good may come of it.

Was Genghiz Khan who killed forty million (about a tenth of the world's population) evil?
He probably thought he was a hero. How would Homer have judged him?

I wrote some thoughts on evil people here.

Most evil people are psychopaths and psychopaths are well aware that they are very

5 immigration quotations

"We've massively overestimated our ability to bring people in and massively underestimated how much they will change us."

Douglas Murray

“Yes, God loves the English … but in their own land.”

Saint Jeanne d’Arc under interrogation

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Three quotations

If you’re BORIS-NORIS then you’re reckless, and act without considering the impact of your behaviour.

(A Glossary of Dorset Dialect, 1863) 

Four quotations

Replying to 
Until Brexit vote Scottish nationalism looked like winning in the end. Now it doesn't. 2015 was dangerous moment. Now it has passed

Stefan MolyneuxVerified account @StefanMolyneux  4 seconds ago
The whole purpose of propaganda is to make the obvious seem obscure, or offensive.

Douglas Murray, 'The Strange Death of Europe'

By 2015 more British Muslims were fighting for Isis than for the British armed forces.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Top ten enclaves

Here is an interesting list of enclaves made by John Rentoul, maker of fascinating lists. I had only known about one of them, Llívia, in Spain but surrounded by France. When the Treaty of the Pyrenees of 1659 gave all villages north of the Pyrenees to France the Llívians adduced evidence that Llivia had been accorded the status of city by a Roman Emperor. It therefore remained in Spain. It is Catalan, as are the villages given to France.

This is interesting:

Since the rationalisation of the India-Bangladesh border last year abolished Dahala Khagrabari, the world’s only third-order enclave (a piece of India inside a piece of Bangladesh inside a piece of India inside Bangladesh), Baarle’s second-order enclaves are as complicated as it gets – there are pockets of the Netherlands inside some of the Belgian enclaves. The border is so complicated, said Robert Kaye, “they operate a front-door rule where the country of your front door determines which law applies”.

Sunday, 17 September 2017


Gerald Brenan:

The only test of work of literature is that it shall please other ages than its own. 

Kristian Niemietz (@K_Niemietz):

There should be a German word for "a person who is notionally on the right, but who spends most of their time talking leftie drivel".

Jonathan Spyer:

A hollowing-out of European culture has taken place over recent years. The elites of the continent are united by a set of joint perceptions deriving from a shared experience of

There are more beheadings than there used to be but, on the plus side, there's a much wider range of cuisine

I am watching this absolutely fascinating (and very alarming) interview with Douglas Murray on the Mark Steyn Show. So should you. 

Two of the best thinkers we have.

Both men fear that we are seeing the early stages of a war in Europe.

Mark Steyn, inimitably, says that we are in the torture dungeon but the safe word doesn't work. I am unfamiliar with sado-masochism, but I get the joke. If it is a joke.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

The recent past is a foreign country

I wrote this on 16 June 2016, just before the murder of a pro-EU Labour MP, Mrs. Jo Cox, by a man who shouted out, as he did so, "This is for Britain".

I firmly expect Great Britain to vote to stay in the EU next Thursday, but let's all enjoy every single blissful moment of these halcyon days when our German and other European rulers think we might leave. This is the last moment when Great Britain roused herself to become a free country. After we vote to stay in, it will probably resemble what Claude Cockburn's tutor told him life was like after Oxford: just a long slow slope to the grave.

Bertrand Russell said ‘Collective fear stimulates herd instinct and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd’. I see a lot of this coming from the In camp who seem almost to hate or despise the Outs. Especially they seem to hate UKIP and despise the working classes. The viciousness is born of fear. I find it disgusting but it is what politics and democracy are about.

Whatever your views on Brexit what a great argument this referendum is for lots more referendums. Though of course there is not really very much room in the EU for referendums.

The opinion polls today show Leave up to 7% ahead of Remain and the bookmakers, who are always the best place to look to find out what's going on, today give Leave an astonishingly high 30% chance. I give it a lot less (5-10%?) but what does impress me is that the polls are swinging towards Leave, despite the attempts of the government the IMF and most of the establishment to terrify electors with (continued here).

Friday, 15 September 2017


“He who is not angry, whereas he has cause to be, sins. For unreasonable patience is the hotbed of many vices, it fosters negligence, and incites not only the wicked but the good to do wrong.” St. John Chrysostom

"He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that." John Stuart Mill

"If boys can be girls, and girls can be boys, why can't girls and boys also be unicorns?" Douglas Murray

Trahison des clercs: 'Germans are antisemitic and deserve to be replaced'

An unnamed "German intellectual" told Douglas Murray that 

"the German people were anti-Semitic and prejudiced and deserved to be replaced."

(From 'The Strange Death of Europe'.)

This remark reminds me of two others made by German politicians that I cam across.

A German Christian Democrat MP, one Martin Gillo, put this on his website (but then took it down):

"According to current calculations, people with an immigration background will be the majority of the [German] population as early as 2035. That is less than a generation… A new age begins in 2035! It will be an age when we ethnic

Bomb on London tube

An "improvised explosive device" was detonated on a Tube train in south-west London during today's morning rush hour, Scotland Yard says. Twenty-two people are being treated in hospital, mostly for burns. No-one is dead. The bomber is on the loose and dangerous.

The blast at Parsons Green tube station is being treated as terrorism, police said, having previously said it wasn't. (Perhaps they had thought it was a schoolboy prank.)

A Facebook friend of mine (who's a veteran tabloid journalist and left-wing) posted this:

Bomb blast in London Metro. Liberals are now looking for the Muslim Hero who'll give water bottle, tissue papers to the victims.

Martin Amis misses England

Martin Amis plans to move back to England one day, he tells the Guardian. 

“I miss the English … I miss Londoners. I miss the wit. Americans aren’t as witty as Brits, because humour is about giving a little bit of offence. It’s an assertion of intellectual superiority. Americans are just as friendly and tolerant as Londoners, but they flinch from mocking someone’s background or education.”
Is it good form for us English to mock someone’s background or education?

Americans are very scornful and superior too, not so much about class but about attitudes they identify as deplorable - which are often closely linked to class. Being bigoted is being vulgar. 

Today's the Duc de la Rochefoucauld’s 404th birthday

Il ne faut pas s'offenser que les autres nous cachent la vérité, puisque nous nous la cachons si souvent à nous-mêmes.

[We should not be upset that others hide the truth from us, when we hide it so often from ourselves.]

On parle peu quand la vanité ne fait pas parler.

[When not prompted by vanity, we say little.]

"‘British jobs for British workers’ is a fascist incursion into mainstream politics"

In case you need persuading that the Guardian is a poisonous newspaper, much less reasonable than the Daily Mail, here is an article from today's issue that argues that

‘British jobs for British workers’ is back, a fascist incursion into mainstream politics

"Thanks to leaked proposals we now know that the guiding principle of the government’s post-Brexit immigration plan is to put British workers first.......

"Gordon Brown, appallingly, used the term while Labour prime minister in 2007 but he did not invent it. As was highlighted in parliament by the then Conservative leader David Cameron, such slogans could be found in leaflets from the National Front and the British National party 

"Go back to the 1930s and you find Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists, declaring: “No more admitting of foreigners into this country to take British jobs.” At that time, the foreigners he meant were Jews."

It's laughable, but millions of Guardian readers buy the newspaper and buy this argument. Is it possible to unbrainwash these people? They include the schoolmaster class, who are rearing the next generation.

Hillary Clinton is “not very bright” - something she has in common with Theresa May

During his Sunday night interview on the US television show 60 Minutes, Steve Bannon said something I already knew, that Hillary Clinton is “not very bright.”

This is one of the things she has in common with Theresa May. They are also both introverted and (not the same thing) shy. Both are boring speakers, partly because they never have much to say that's interesting (though I except Theresa May's remark that a

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Extreme gore

George Osborne, until last year British Chancellor of the Exchequer (Minister of Finance) and now Editor of the Evening Standard, is said to have told more than one journalist at the paper that he would not rest until Theresa May, who failed to give him a job last year, was “chopped up in bags in my freezer”, according to Esquire magazine

The French invasion of Germany in 1939

I am very ashamed that I had forgotten about the French invasion of Germany in September 1939, till I read about it here. One German strategist thought that had the French continued they could have defeated Germany. How different the world would be now had they done so.

Eastern Europe would, in many ways, resemble Western Europe, France would be the dominant power in Europe, America would not interfere in the affairs of the Eastern

The decline of the West and the loss of Homeric virtue

"Idolatry is committed, not merely by setting up false gods, but also by setting up false devils; by making men afraid of war or alcohol, or economic law, when they should be afraid of spiritual corruption and cowardice."
G. K. Chesterton

People are too apt to think war is a great evil and no cause worth dying and killing for, and yet the West has launched a number of disastrous and foolish wars recently, not from self interest but for liberal values. The older I get I see how few wars were worth fighting. Worth fighting by England at any rate, which has almost never been endangered since 1066.

On the other hand men (how I dislike inclusive language) are very frightened of moral corruption which they identify with being racist, sexist, ageist, Islamophobic or Eurocentric.

Edward Luttwak has written a fine essay about Europe's loss of heroic, Homeric virtues.

'Italy is saving Europe's honour in the Mediterranean'

'Italy is saving Europe's honour in the Mediterranean'
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday, in his State of the European Union speech. The Italian navy is effectively a taxi service for African illegal immigrants without papers. Juncker also called for equal amounts of fish in fish fingers in Eastern and Western Europe. He threatened that Great Britain would suffer as a result of Brexit and argued for a much more centralised EU.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

We refugees don't want to live in the same country with you

I just finished Douglas Murray's The Strange Death of Europe with a very heavy heart, but also I am grimly delighted that a leading British writer, completely respectable and widely respected, has stated clearly and very perceptively the problem Europe faces. 

But I cannot see a huge change in opinion coming quickly enough to save things.

Two pages before the end of the book is this story.

In the meantime elected officials and bureaucrats continue to do everything they can to make the situation as bad as possible as fast as possible. In October 2015 there was a public meeting on the small city of Kassel in the state of Hesse. Eight hundred immigrants were due to arrive in the following days and concerned residents had a meeting to ask questions of their representatives. As the video recording of the meeting shows, citizens were calm, polite but concerned. Then at a certain point their district president, one Walter Lubcke, calmly informs them that anybody who does not agree with the policy is‘ free to leave Germany’. You can see and hear on the tape the intake of breath, amazed laughter, hoots and finally shouts of anger. Whole new populations are being brought into their country and they are being told that if they don’t like this they are always free to leave. Do not politicians in Europe realise what could happen if they continue to treat European people like this?
Douglas Murray  ends The Strange Death of Europe with a quotation from Aras Bacho, an 18 year-old Syrian refugee in Germany. On the internet a longer quotation is available from Der Freitag, October 2016, as follows. 

"We refugees... do not want to live in the same country with you. You can, and I think you should, leave Germany. And please take Saxony and the Alternative for Germany (AfD) with you.... Why do you not go to another country? We are sick of you!"

Four quotations from Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

It’s Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach’s 187th birthday. She was an Austrian and a major German language novelist. Here are four of her aphorisms.
In misfortune we usually regain the peace that we were robbed of through fear of that very misfortune.

Dennis Skinner asks a very sensible question about Turkish immigrants

Dennis Skinner, the elderly and very left-wing Labour MP, has always opposed Britain's EU, EC and EEC membership and voted for the EU Withdrawal Bill, or so-called Great Repeal Bill, on its second reading on Monday. 

Dennis Skinner is about as left-wing as Jeremy Corbyn. Both are members of the hard-left Socialist Campaign Group of Labour MPs. When the Group met two years ago to decide who its candidate for the Labour leadership, the choice was between Dennis Skinner and Jeremy Corbyn. Skinner was 83 and didn’t want to do it. Corbyn was 66 and didn’t mind. None of the group imagined that their candidate would win.

Pascal Bruckner on the invention of Islamophobia

The excerpt below is by Pascal Bruckner in a piece about the invention of Islamophobia

The term “Islamophobia” probably existed before these bureaucrats of the empire used it. Still, this language remained rare until the late 1980s, when the word was transformed little by little into a political tool, under the pressure of British Muslims reacting to the fatwa that the Ayatollah Khomeini had pronounced against novelist Salman Rushdie, following his publication of The Satanic Verses. With its fluid meaning, the word “Islamophobia” amalgamates two very different concepts: the persecution of believers, which is a crime; and the critique of religion, which is a right. A newcomer in the semantic field of antiracism, this term has the ambition of making Islam untouchable by placing it on the same level as anti-Semitism....


The Remainers' Damascene conversion to parliamentary government

"MPs have quite simply betrayed our democracy " by implementing result of democratic vote. 

“The majority of MPs have quite simply betrayed our democracy - that must never forgotten”

Tweeted by Henry Porter and (predictably) retweeted by A. C. Grayling.

The Remainers' Damascene conversion to parliamentary government restores one's faith in human nature.

Truly there is more rejoicing in heaven....

'Nothing has changed in 25 years to ease my concerns about Islam'

Two years ago today Charles Moore, who is always interesting, wrote this article entitled, '
Nothing has changed in 25 years to ease my concerns about Islam'. One point he makes is that:
"Significant numbers of Muslims do see a faith-run, faith-defined state as the ultimate goal in this life."

Free speech

I always loved second-hand bookshops above all things - they were my true alma mater, not my university. But now I see that they are also the last bastions of freedom of speech and freedom of thought.