Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Limited Service

The last week of 08.00 starts is almost at an end (which is just as well, because the residual BO wafting about Glaswegian commuter trains at that time in the morning is of Passchendaele proportions).
Sanity will soon prevail, and the fight can start anew.
And may The Force be with us all...

Paddy's Pederastic Paradise

One can't help but wonder whether the perverts whose statutory rape convictions have all been overturned by the Irish Supreme Court should be labelled ephebophiles or O'Phebophiles.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Lawrence Auster And The Last Conservative Value

Reading Auster's critique of Angelina affirms my belief that my assessment of 'The Last Conservative Value' was absolutely accurate.
One wonders whether, in his wee world, adoptive mothers are capable of loving their children for themselves, regardless of their skin tone.

'City migrant worker influx study'

It seems that Glasgow City Council is to allocate £30,000 to 'research the number of migrant workers in the city.'
One might have thought researching those whom the migrants displace would be of greater importance.

'Stop Celebrating Tourette's'

says Helene Guldberg.
That would seem to be the same Helene Guldberg who was a leading member of the Revolutionary Communist Party, and who lost a whopper of a libel case against ITN; which means that although my aberration is genetic, hers is a matter of choice.
Sorry, but isn't the wrong aberration being criticised here?

Monday, May 29, 2006

George Lucas, Paleocon

(One supposes one should post a spoiler alert - although one supposes that anyone who has not seen 'Star Wars' should be viewed rather more as an object of pity than scorn).

Two years ago, I wrote an article entitled 'The Star Wars Guide to Conservatism'.

An allegory intended to show the wisdom of a uniting of American conservatism's neo and paleo camps in the run-up to the presidential election, it only served to show what was then my near total ignorance of their mutual antipathy.

One almost felt like saying, 'Into exile I must go. Failed, I have'.

But I love 'Star Wars'.

Probably like many others of my generation, I can remember seeing 'A New Hope' for the first time, in my case in the (now derelict) ABC1 Cinema on Sauchiehall Street on a summer afternoon in 1977. Seeing 'The Empire Strikes Back' was the highlight of an interminably rainy family holiday in Lytham St. Anne's, and it took three attempts to see 'Return Of The Jedi', largely due to my father's abject hatred of queues.

It's impossible to understand those who complain about the prequel trilogy. They forget that 'Star Wars' is the property of one man, George Lucas, and if he wanted to make a nudie version dubbed in Wolof he would be entirely within his rights to do so without let or hindrance.

The prequel trilogy is certainly not without its faults.

'The Phantom Menace' ends with two Scots and an Ulsterman going at each other with swords, a sight which, in some parts of Glasgow, can be seen most weekends for free.

'Attack of the Clones' makes one wonder whether or not the Jedi Knights, instead of being the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic, are actually the universe's biggest troupe of stumblebums - I mean, they acknowledge their ability to use The Force is diminished; and the event which leads them to this conclusion is their failure to sense the development of a clone army at that point at least 200,000 strong.

They then - take command of it? Without asking any questions?

The well-known British aphorism relating to an individual's inability to organise a drinking session in a brewery springs to mind. One whopper of a cock-up, that move was.

However, 'Revenge of the Sith' is the point to which the trilogy travels; and it's in that movie that Lucas finally exposes his beliefs to the audience like Palpatine revealing himself as a Sith.

What is 'Star Wars'? As Lucas himself says it is the tragedy of Anakin Skywalker, of the flawed desire which leads to his fall and also to his eventual redemption.

If a dead Brummie writes a story like that, they end up being taught in schools. Clearly critics don't appreciate the authors of great tragedies being able to buy a ranch on the proceeds.

However, politics was integral to Lucas' tragic vision from the very first moment he sat down to write a story called 'Star Wars'. The story takes place in a Republic that has been corrupted and twisted into an Empire. The tragedy is integral to that process; without the personal tragedy, the collapse of the old way of life could never come to pass.

As a direct consequence of the tragedy, the guardians of historic ideals were driven into exile, or worse.

Once the X-Wings, lightsabres and bacta tanks are put to one side, the restoration of the Republic, of the historic ideal, provided the political back drop to the original trilogy; an event which could not happen without the redemption of the tragic character.

The prequel trilogy, however, tells how the Republic was manipulated into decline by the holder of its highest office, working to the demands of an ideology which saw gaining and holding power for its own sake by any means necessary as a good thing; the expression of just another point of view.

That leader manipulates the extension of his period of office long beyond its constitutional limit.

To this viewer the role in villainy given by Lucas to the Trade Federation, and his naming of a usurper starship as 'Invisible Hand', shows not the mindset of a rich wackadoo Californian uber-leftist money-hater but a deeply conservative mistrust of the role of business interests in the political process instead; perhaps not a perspective one might expect from a billionaire, but then again billionaires are also citizens and taxpayers with as much stake in the preservation of republican principles as your average blogger.

However, the personal tragedy of Anakin Skywalker is propelled by his abandonment of his principles; of his personal decision to defy the Jedi prohibition on personal attachment. Anakin's honour is lost not at the moment he turns to the dark side, perhaps an expedient move to avoid the consequences of his role in the death of Mace Windu, but at the moment he commits himself to Padme. At that point he becomes a religious living a lie, externally abiding by his order's code but acting outwith it for his own gratification; a gratification which eventually leads to the near-extinction of his order and the imposition of tyranny on his society.
At no point does Lucas sugarcoat his protagonist. He shows him making defective moral choices and the hideous harm that flows from them; and a more conservative character study in mainstream popular culture does not come easily to the forefront of the mind at this time of night.

Yet what is most strikingly conservative about 'Star Wars' is its analysis of the role of religion in affairs of state.
Unlike the great theistic religions, to its practitioners The Force is a palpable entity. However only heretical Force users, such as Sith, deploy the power it bestows for their own gain. For the Jedi of the Old Republic, in a civil society the explicit role of the spiritual is to serve the secular. After Grievous' destruction Yoda, Mace, Aayla Secura and Ki-Adi-Mundi are faced with what is for them not just a temporal crisis of the utmost urgency but also a crisis of deepest conscience - 'to a dark place this line of thought will carry us'.
After Vader announces on Mustafar that he has brought 'peace, justice, freedom and security to (his) new Empire', Obi-Wan shouts that his own allegiance was 'to the Republic, to democracy!'
These immensely powerful creatures of spirit are not moved to seize the benefits of temporal power for themselves. The most powerful are secure in their power, and so are troubled when manoeuvred into a position where they might have to abandon their neutrality and act in a way whch clearly runs contrary to their beliefs. For them the separation of church and state is an absolute; the line of faith that cannot ever be crossed.
I don't know if George Lucas would ever knowingly describe himself as a paleoconservative - but he sure looks like one to me.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Not Distinguising Between Us And Them

Alex Tabarrok has admitted, entirely unintentionally, precisely what is wrong with current economic thinking in an article for TCS Daily entitled 'Why Ruin the World's Best Anti-Poverty Program?' (HT - Steve Sailer).
He writes,
"Economists are probably also more open to immigration than the typical member of the public because of their ethics -- while economists may be known for assuming self-interested behavior wherever they look, economists in their work tend not to distinguish between us and them. We look instead for policies that at least in principle make everyone better off. Policies that make us better off at the price of making them even worse off are for politicians, not economists."
What he is describing is not the development of theory, but the imposition of religious doctrine; the restatement of an article of faith. Conventional economics is so lockstep in its thinking that it forgets that without nations there can be no such things as 'economies'; and without economies there can be no such thing as economics.
Economics has become a religion, its high priests the globalists who have no thought for borders or culture. When one school of thought so dominates theory, then it's clear what economics needs.
Not yet another school of thought; it needs a Reformation.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

The Rematch

I went another ten rounds with this character today; nothing like as severe as yesterday's episode, but still a good 20 minutes.
One of these days I'll get to finish a day's work.
I am now absolutely exhausted, with a strained neck and right arm and one hell of a headache; and to put the tin lid on it, Niall Ferguson's supposed to be on 'Question Time' tonight...

The Scottish Socialist Party's Problem With Contempt Of Court And The Rule Of Law

First there was Tommy Sheridan.
Then there was Rosie Kane.
Now it's the turn of Alan McCombes.
The Scottish Socialist Party seems to be riven with a culture of wilful contempt for law and legal and legal process. Maybe it will take the imposition of serious jail time as a consequence of their pranks to make them behave like good citizens, never mind elected representatives.

How Some People Live In Camlachie

It doesn't matter if it's not the right delivery driver; any delivery driver will do...

Foreign Criminals Of The Day

goes Canadian.

The Poster Boy For The United Kingdom's Broken Immigration Policy

I refuse to use the phrase 'immigration reform'.
'Reform' implies at least a measure of efficacy in the operations or activities of the entity to be 'reformed'. Where an entity or culture has deviated so far from its original purposes as the British immigration system, then the work required to effect meaningful change should properly be described as 'repair'.
The story of James Dawute is a classic case in point; an admission to our country the value of which would be treated as a write-off by a car insurer.

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Foreign Criminals Of The Day: Goulash In His Porridge

One would hope that if a Scot were running through the streets of Budapest, with the police in hot pursuit, they might make a more imaginative getaway than that attempted by Andras Ozsvath.

A Bad Day For The National Review Online

Jonah Goldberg has a column on today's NRO entitled 'An Imperfect Storm', taking the media to task for their coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
His analysis is not wholly without substance, yet he writes,
"...if we’re looking for poster children for arrogant incompetence in response to Katrina, there are better candidates than George W. Bush."
This is almost immediately after writing that,
"...the National Guard did amazing work in New Orleans. From the Superdome, the Guard managed some 2,500 troops, a dozen emergency shelters, more than 200 boats, 150 helicopters (which flew more than 10,000 sorties moving 88,181 passengers, 18,834 tons of cargo, and saved 17,411 survivors), and an enormous M*A*S*H operation that, among other things, delivered seven babies."
The National Guard are under state, not federal, control, of course; yet he does not answer the point made by one brilliantly insightful commentator, who wrote of neoconservatism that,
"...the ideology's ultimate failure happened nowhere near Iraq. That Rubicon was crossed last fall, on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain.

All ideologues, be they communist, fascist, or gonzocon, claim that they are able to solve all problems confronting their adherents; and when they can't, they fail.

With Nazism, that moment came at the Battle of Stalingrad. With Soviet Communism, it was the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Gonzo neoconservatism is an ideology whose great hook is the global projection of national power. The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina showed that the ideology that demanded national power be projected internationally could not project national power nationally; at that point, its fate in the dustbin of history was sealed.
Justin Raimondo referred to the Katrina disaster as the outcome of "putting America last"; but I prefer to think of the levees of New Orleans as "neoconservatism's Berlin Wall."
Similarly, William P. Kucewicz examines the link between the declining birth rate and immigration, from the perspective of the necessity of finding workers to fund boomer benefits, in an NRO piece entitled 'The Immigrant Shortage'.
I published an article entitled 'The Siamese Twins, Illegal Immigration and Abortion', noting the symbiotic relationship between illegal immigration and abortion, on February 23 2005.

The Thoughts Of Comrade Illarionov

Yesterday I wrote that more 'Russophobic headlines' were coming our way.
At the point I wrote that, I had missed the comments of Claude Mandil, some 'international civil servant' wallah (you know, the sort of job only Swedes are usually considered safe enough to do) to the effect that Gazprom is running out of gas and we're all doomed unless the Russians appoint an energy regulator.
It is not known whether his comments have been read behind the moat of The Dark Fortress of Cathcart (privatisation was supposed to make everything cheaper - wasn't it?).
But topping Mandil is one Andrei Illarionov.
Illarionov has published a commentary in today's 'Daily Telegraph' entitled 'Why G8 could jeopardise the fate of democracy in Russia'.
He writes,
"In terms of political rights, Russia ranks 168th out of 192 countries, according to Freedom House. In terms of corruption, Transparency International puts it 126th out of 159."
Freedom House is an interventionist think tank which is alleged to have helped foment the 'Orange Revolution'; so it's not clear whether they can be considered entirely disinterested parties.
Transparency International's figures make interesting reading - although Christopher Deliso has accused them of interfering in the Macedonian election of 2002, it seems that it rates post-Orange Revolution Ukraine even more poorly than Russia; and Ilham Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan, which seems to be one of TI's major loser states, was at the White House less than a month ago.
He continues,
"The World Economic Forum calculates that when it comes to favouritism in governmental decisions, Russia rates 85th of 108; protection of property rights 88th of 108; and independence of the judicial system 84th out of 102."
The World Economic Forum is, by its own description, comprised of 'the world’s 1,000 leading companies'. Its 'Strategic Partners' include just about anyone who's anyone amongst the global corporatocracy, but without many visibly Russian outfits - perhaps a consequence of Russia's refusal to embrace the globalist tide.
And being a forum of global business, the WEF is never actually going to produce anything in favour of less globalisation; so perhaps its critique of Putin's Russia is best read in that light.
But Illarionov is not deterred by the one-sided nature of his sources. He continues,
"Abroad, the original G7 countries and Russia take opposite approaches to nearly every essential issue on the global agenda. Instead of trade negotiations, Russia wages trade wars against its neighbours over visas, electricity, natural gas, wine and even mineral water."
So, like, the Russians have to take the same approach to everything as the G7?
"Russia's official media have whipped up propaganda against the hard-won democracy chosen by Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia, as well as against the Baltic countries, Europe and the US."
See above.
"These countries have become the enemies in the new "chilly war" being waged by Russia's authorities. At the same time, new friends have emerged in the shape of the leaders of Belarus, Uzbekistan, Iran, Algeria, Venezuela, Burma and Hamas. A quite different G8."
Not quite an Axis - more of an Axski, one imagines.
Incoming! Appeasement Alert! Fire In The Hold!
"In recent months, Russian state-owned energy companies have been eyeing western Europe, provoking outrage in the media - but, curiously, not among European leaders.

The reaction - or lack thereof - from Western leaders raises the issue of whether they will be courageous enough to defend the values they say their countries represent".
What a cheeky wee neo he is...
"The question now occupying the minds of leaders of the G7 countries is whether to participate in the July G8 summit in St Petersburg.

Idealists - including the influential US senator John McCain - have proposed a boycott. Pragmatists oppose that approach. In either case, a bad outcome is inevitable.

Pragmatists want energy security on the agenda, along with another attempt to persuade Russia's government to accept universal democratic values. But it would be naive to expect substantial results.

The Russian authorities have demonstrated how they understand energy security."
OK, so you want to buy their oil and tell them how to live?
Who do they think they're dealing with -Iraqis?
These guys really do have a brutal winter, you know...
"Instead of liberalisation and privatisation of energy assets, they are opting for nationalisation of private companies, cementing state control over the electricity grid and pipeline system and, on the international scene, attempting to use non-market methods to manage international energy resources. Is this something the G7 leaders are ready to accept?

Who really thinks that the Russian authorities are going to opt for radical change after listening to their G7 mentors? Will Russian leaders cease their destruction of civil-society organisations? Reverse anti-democratic laws adopted in recent years? Allow free and fair campaigns and elections in 2007 and 2008? Give up control over the judicial system or the media? Return fired journalists to their posts? Cease interfering in business? Refund confiscated property and fines of citizens and companies? Return billions of dollars of state assets? Launch investigations into bureaucrats, judges and prosecutors who have made illegal decisions?"
By insisting on the market price for their resources, the Russians are most assuredly using market methods to ensure they receive the proper market rate. The Russians don't answer to the G7, a state of affairs which also applies to the British and American peoples, something their leaders sometimes seem to forget. And the scaremongering in the second paragraph is epic. One would be very interested to know that if these things have ever happened, whether it was by decree or legislation. Big difference.
"The G8 summit can only be interpreted as a sign of support by the world's most powerful organisation for Russia's leadership - a stamp of approval for its violations of individual rights, freedom of speech and the rule of law, its discrimination against non-governmental organisations, nationalisation of private property, use of energy resources as a weapon, and aggression toward democratically oriented neighbours."
See above, under 'Markets' and 'Ukraine'.
"The summit will provide the best possible confirmation of what the Russian authorities never tire of repeating: that there are no fundamental differences between Western and Russian leaders.

Like us, Russia's leaders will say, they are interested merely in appearing to care about the rights of individuals and market forces; like us, they merely talk about freedom and democracy. The G8 summit will serve as an inspiring example for today's dictators and tomorrow's tyrants.

True, Russian patriots favour Russia's membership of the G8 - but a free, democratic, peaceful and prosperous Russia. By going to St Petersburg, the G7 will demonstrate their indifference to the fate of freedom and democracy in Russia."
That large blue mass approaching us rapidly is the sky, caught in the act of falling on our heads. A 'free, democratic, peaceful and prosperous Russia' is precisely the entity that exists at the moment - and it's going to become more prosperous by getting the correct rate for its gas.
And if they ever run as short of gas as Claude Mandil thinks they will, one is sure Andrei Illarionov will be able to make up the shortfall quite nicely.
"It becomes clear that the major differences between Russia and the G7 relate not so much to military, political or economic power.

A far larger battle looms over the survival of the West's basic institutions, such as the market economy, liberal democracy and human rights, which have been developed and preserved over centuries and made the West what it is.

St Petersburg is the first serious public test of whether Western leaders are serious about defending these institutions or whether they will bow to the caprices of the new energy tsars."
Human rights is not one of 'the West's basic institutions'; that was a lot of tosh cooked up in 1951 in order to keep Continentals from killing each other in their millions. Heck no, there were dozens of American divisions in Germany to do that job; the European Convention on Human Rights was a jurisprudential fortune cookie token, generally accepted wisdom ('Don't kill each other') that only needed to be spelled out to societies tainted by the poisonous mixture of nationalism, religious bigotry and ideology which tainted European relations in the first half of the 20th Century.
USA? UK? The Constitution? Magna Carta? Human rights? Give it a rest.
Illarionov is described as 'a former senior economic adviser to President Vladimir Putin and was Russian representative to the G8.'
I think he's sore.

America's Hadrian's Wall

Vicente Fox sees Mexico as being 'part of the solution' to the immigration crisis.
One can imagine that if Fox is genuinely interested in solutions, the Zetas of Nuevo Laredo would be able to provide him with whatever takes his fancy.
On the other hand, one might also imagine that many Americans might see Mexico's role as being to butt the hell out of their affairs, to reform their fetidly corrupt economy, to end their endemic racial inequality and to get used to living on the wrong side of a wall.
The American Hadrian might yet come forth; but the original's wall stands to this day.
Now, that was a measure that really was 'fit for purpose'; and it might perhaps give Fox and his companeros some pause for thought to consider that those who were left on its wrong side, my side, were plunged into an age so dark they had to wait nearly 500 years, until the arrival of Christianity, to be pulled out of it.
And the Word can only be revealed once.

This Is Like Having A Libyan Chairing the UN Human Rights Commission

Angel Gurria, a former finance minister of Mexico, now leads the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
The BBC reports him as describing his job to be learning,
"how to sell the benefits of global economic transformations to governments, parliaments and the public".
The report continues,
"And he admits that the advocates of globalisation are in danger of losing the argument, because they have been effective enough in the media in making the case that global economic changes benefits the man in the street and his family.

"We have not been skilful or competent enough to spell out the benefits of reform," he told the BBC. "
I would venture another suggestion; its beneficiaries have been too greedy, and now 'the man in the street', overqualified for his low wage non-job that can be sent to Shanghai or Bangalore overnight, and who faces increased competition in the domestic job market from immigrant labour whose presence he was never asked to endorse in the polling booth, can now see so-called 'globalisation' for the cup and ball trick it is.
Gurria may be a thoroughly competent economist, but to have been finance minister of what must be one of the few oil economies where remittances comprise 2% of GDP is not something most successful job applicants would wish to discuss round the water cooler.

The Mushroom Orphans...

is a Latvian expression used to describe children whose parents are working in the West.
How sad, that a newly independent country should become a latchkey nation, its children growing up without their parents; and how drearily predictable are the social problems in store for it, a fate from which their booming growth and flat taxes cannot save them.

The Asylum Seeker Contract Fee

It appears that Wolverhampton Council's decision to seek the renewal of its Home Office contract to house asylum seekers is the cause of some heated local controversy (HT - Migration Watch).
Councillor Wendy Thompson has come against, saying,
"We should be asking why Wolverhampton has decided to continue. Wolverhampton is an area of high unemployment, above the national average, and we have to look at what kind of future we can offer asylum seekers. There are bound to be costs to education, social services and the health system."
Councillor Peter Bilson, the city's 'regeneration boss' (councillor responsible for turning everything made of brick into yuppie flats) has retorted that,
"I find Councillor Thompson's comments unfair and inflammatory.

There's a fee specified within the contract so these people will not be a burden on the local taxpayer.

The new contract will be for substantially fewer asylum seekers than the previous one and has a limit of 450. It's very unlikely we will get that many because the number of applications for asylum has dropped so dramatically.

"Continuity of the contract has been agreed but the details will go before the resources panel in June."
Peter Bilson is clearly not a student of Ronald Reagan. The fee is paid by the national taxpayer;
even if it defrays the contract costs to Wolverhamptonians as local taxpayers, as national taxpayers they're still worse off.
It's people who pay taxes, you know.

Peter Hitchens Asks Questions Of The Bishops

In a post entitled 'Poverty of thought among the Bishops', Hitchensa asks,
"...if the law were to fix a 'living wage' below which employers could not legally sink, isn't it obvious that more and more jobs would then be done by illegal immigrants working off the books to avoid that very law? Is that what the Church wants? Hasn't it heard of the law of unintended consequences?"
The answers to his three questions are yes; yes; and maybe.

American Political Imports

Danny Finkelstein has published a commentary in today's 'Times' entitled, 'Buy your ticket now: the Straight Talk Express is about to roll into town'.
It concerns the importation into the UK of foreign, particularly American, slogans:
"The Conservatives, meanwhile, have brought us John Major’s “Opportunity for All” (inspired by Republican Jack Kemp); William Hague’s Common Sense Revolution (the campaign slogan of Canadian Tory Mike Harris); the heavy Australian involvement in Michael Howard’s 2005 campaign; and, of course, David Cameron’s use of the label Compassionate Conservative (© George W. Bush). "
Finkelstein asks,
"So what is the next big thing? Where will the new slogans and tactics come from? I think the next big thing will be the presidential campaign of John McCain."
I would doubt it.
This country has Buchananites who don't know they're Buchananites.

'Immigration Debates Should Not Demonize Migrants'...

accordig to one of the world's biggest migrant-movers, the International Organisation for Migration.

Well, they would say that, wouldn't they?

The Beast In Me

Today, I suffered my worst Tourette's episode in what must be about 12 years.
At one point, one of my bosses was holding down the chair in which I was sitting whilst my body was arched over its side, my waist on the left armrest, whilst my right arm was incontrollably vertical above me.
I don't know what kicked it off; and at times like that one sees the virtue in remaining childless, despite the heartache that causes.
You couldn't really be party to passing that on to someone else.

The Declining Value Of British Citizenship (For Native British Citizens, That Is)

In an economistic, corporatist world, citizenship is a commodity the value of which is debased by being thrown around too freely.
Liam Byrne, our new minister for immigration, has been quoted as saying that "British citizenship should be recognised and celebrated as a crucial stage in integration into British life": an insight which seems to have been lost on Kanagaratnam Ganan.
Update - it seems that the rise in applications might have been influenced by desire to avoid administrative inconvenience - as well deep and abiding love for the United Kingdom, of course.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The End Of The Road...

seems to be in sight for the Home Office, with its current leader's comment of today that it is 'not fit for purpose'.
Nine years of less than benign neglect of the HO's functions, a direct consequence of government policy more interested in lifting the standard of living in Bujumbura rather than in Bellshill, has led to one of the great departments of state becoming a public abscess.
So much for the virtue of 'change making'.

Have I Missed Something?

Speaking from the Ivory Coast, the parents of Victoria Climbie have called upon the Health Secretary to implement all the findings of the Laming Report.
Victoria was murdered by a great-aunt, a French citizen, with whom her parents had sent her to stay.

Economically Illiterate Archbishops

In decrying the gap between rich and poor, and yet calling for asylum seekers to be permitted to work, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York show themselves to be in dire need of a tutorial from George Borjas.

More Russophobic Headlines Coming Our Way

The Russians want to renegotiate the deal they made with the Americans for the recovery of uranium from their old warheads.
It seems they've been stiffed; neither a friendly nor prudent approach to take with someone with whom you're planning to place an order for 78 million rounds of ammunition.

Asylum Applications Up - Again (Sigh)...

"There were 6,455 applications for asylum in the UK in the first quarter of 2006 (January to March). This was 5 per cent higher than the previous quarter and was 8 per cent less than in the first quarter of 2005. The top five applicant nationalities were Zimbabwean, Eritrean, Iranian, Somali and Afghan.
Including dependants, there were 7,530 asylum applications in the first quarter, 3 per cent higher than in the previous quarter. This compares with a decrease of 14 per cent in the rest of the EU15 (excluding Greece, Italy, Luxembourg and Portugal).
25,155 asylum applications, excluding dependants, were received in 2005/06, 21 per cent less than in 2004/05 (32,025).
There were 6,260 initial decisions in the first quarter of 2006, 11 per cent higher than the previous quarter. Of these, 10 per cent were granted asylum, 12 per cent granted either humanitarian protection or discretionary leave and 78 per cent refused.
The number of initial decisions made fell by 35 per cent between 2004/05 and 2005/06 from 39,400 to 25,705. Of these, 8 per cent were granted asylum, 11 per cent granted humanitarian protection or discretionary leave and 81 per cent refusals. This compares with 2004/05 when 4 per cent were granted asylum, 9 per cent humanitarian protection or discretionary leave and 87 per cent were refusals.
For the first quarter of 2006 the number of principal applicants removed was 4,330, 19 per cent more than in the previous quarter (3,645) and 43 per cent more than in the first quarter of 2005 (3,040). Including dependants, a total of 4,930 asylum seekers were removed in the first quarter.
14,960 principal applicants were removed in 2005/06, 21 per cent more than in 2004/05 (12,290). Including dependants, 17,100 failed asylum seekers were removed, 20 per cent more than in 2004/05 (14,290)."
So we're still taking more than virtually everyone else; and the sleight of hand of showing the difference between the number of asylum applications made at port and in country on the graph but not mentioning it in the report fails to disguise the ongoing reality of the asylum system - that our country is too easy to enter, and that more likely than not 'asylum!' is a cry of 'wolf!' made too often by those who have no real claim.

The Evil Warriors And The Judas Priests

Seems like the dreamtime might be coming sooner for some than for others.
I know just the man to mediate this.
All together now -

Jihad In The Aegean?

Why was a Turkish fighter heading into Greek airspace?

'The ghost of Erik Von Kuehnelt-Leddihn'...

has moved Jonah Goldberg to rue the fall of the Hapsburgs.
Ah, the Hapsburgs, who stood astride Central Europe like gods until their false wars, folly and faux grandeur brought them crashing down!
No nation would surely be so suicidal as to repeat the mistakes of the Hapsburgs.
Where are they now, I wonder?

Some Thoughts On Blog Comments

On Sunday, I wrote a post entitled 'A Bad Taste from The Britblog Roundup', primarily concerning the use of the phrase 'British trashy whites' in a blog named 'Daniel's Counter'. Its author is a foreign national resident in the UK.
The blogger concerned has apologised within the comments section of the offending post; however, I suspect that I'm supposed to quail at the sight of his post 'Right Winger finds this blog tasteless'.
From what of I've seen of their blog, their analysis is spot on.
'Daniel' writes,
"Martin Kelly of subtitled Right-Wing Rants, Ramblings, Ravings and Ruminations from the West of Scotland has nominated an article of Daniels Counter as a good example of a tasteless piece by a foreigner for calling "trashy whites" people who are benefit claiming whites locked inside blame culture (of blaming others esp. foreigners). He also left a comment in the comment section of the article he refers to.
Quote from Kelly:
My reply to Kelly is also in the comment section. Sadly Martin Kelly does not offer an equal public facility for bloggers to comment on his blog. There may be fierce interest!"
As I wrote in the comments of that post, this is my blog and I will regulate comments here in any way I please. My decision to speak freely in this space does not mean that I must extend that right to others. Anyone wishing to comment on anything I have written can contact me via the public e-mail address contained both on the side of the main blog and in my profile.
And I could almost have sworn that when I submitted my comment on his second post, Daniel had enabled 'Comment moderation'.

High Noon

Having replaced the hapless Tony McNulty, John Reid goes to the Home Affairs Committee today, hopefully to explain just what he is going to do to fix the immigration, asylum and deportation systems.
The phrase 'palace coup' springs to mind.

'The Trail Of The Different'

A master of time lapse blogging sticks both orthopaedic insoles into 'The Da Vinci Code'.

Monday, May 22, 2006

An Oscar Wilde Moment

Sir Edward Carson's cross-examination of Oscar Wilde was going poorly.
Wilde had been winning their battle of wits for days - until he made a devastating and entirely unforced error which opened the way to his ruin.
He was asked if he was attracted to one boy whose picture he had been shown, and replied that he was 'too ugly'.
Those with something to hide, such as anti-Southern bigotry, the exposure of which could ruin them, should always be on their guard.
But intellectual vanity always win out against circumspection, of course.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Foreign Criminals Of The Day, Part I: It's All Our Fault

Jamaican Lyndon Chinnock apparently felt 'humiliated at not being able to find work' in Aberdeen; but not everyone then drifts into drug smuggling.
10 years.

Foreign Criminals Of The Day, Part II: The Gentleman Robber

Austrian Peter Zarre's trademark was to be 'polite' and even 'apologetic' when perpetrating armed robberies in Suffolk, West Yorkshire, Manchester, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
Hopefully the judge was equally polite when sending him down for 14 years and recommending his deportation.

Foreign Criminals Of The Day, Part III: Schov Off

Retired teacher Ole Schov, a Dane, might have thought he was being desperately funny when he claimed to be a terrorist in possession of knives while waiting to check in at Aberdeen airport.
Hopefully the £500 fine sobered him up.

Two Reasons Why I See No Need To Travel

Firstly, because I pay a television licence fee. This enables the BBC to go places and, if so inclined, I can then listen to what they have to say about them. Why have a dog and bark yourself?
Secondly, because the increase in immigration over the past ten years means that the world is travelling to me. By now, there must be some parts of Africa where the tourists have the place all to themselves.

The Nature Of Mexican Migration

Given the nature of the opinions on immigration which both Don Boudreaux and Tyler Cowen throw out into the blogosphere, one could easily form the belief that the economics faculty at George Mason is a greater threat to Western civilisation than the Soviet Politburo ever was.
Cowen did a bit of a naughty on May 19, in a post entitled 'Which Mexicans end up coming here?'. Based on two papers by Gordon Hanson of the University of San Diego entitled 'Emigration, Labor Supply, and Earnings in Mexico (.pdf)' and 'Illegal Migration from Mexico to the United States (.pdf)', Cowen merely repeated the bits that suited him; a boob for which his commentors were quick to close him down.
But there is a great deal in both of Hanson's papers that is worthy of consideration.
If economics is a religion then equations are its quadratic runes, and Hanson cannot resist using them as a mark of his priesthood. Even looking at an equation takes me back 19 years to the hushed terror, the silent panic, of the afternoon paper in Higher Maths; 'if df by dx equals z, and 4 is the value of j, calculate p'.
As a means of communicating information, Esperanto is a better bet.
But when limited to ungodly prose, Hanson makes a number of critical observations.
Firstly, Mexican illegals in the USA originate mostly from the western and central areas of the country, an apparent continuation of a migration pattern which began with the extension of the railroad into Mexico in the early years of the 20th Century. Northerners seem less likely to make the journey because of the ease with which they can enter and exit the USA at the moment, and also because the maquiladora factories which sprang up along the border after NAFTA provide them with the sort of work they would be doing in the USA.
Southerners are less likely to migrate because their part of the country is very much more agricultural, so labour is already occupied.
Secondly, the relatives of existing migrants are more likely to migrate. This kin migration causes networks, or ratlines if you prefer, to develop.
The third is that, unsurprisingly, the wage rate in those parts of Mexico which produce the highest levels of migrancy is rising; Borjas in reverse.
The fourth is that shocks to the Mexican economy, such as the 1994-95 peso crisis, have an almost immediate impact on the level of illegal migrancy.
I occasionally wonder why I have never received an e-mail enquiring why I write so much about the Republic of Ireland; but I would do it even without existing ties of family.
It makes little sense to take no interest in the affairs of the only country with shares a land border with your own.
Perhaps too few American politicians feel the same way, which would be a pity; for perhaps unwittingly, Hanson's research indicates that there might just be an economic plan which could deal with Mexican migrancy once and for all.
Firstly, the Mexican government should be pressed hard to develop the west and centre of the country, with its own resources. What jobs and investment is it helping to create there? If Americans are considering investing in Mexico, they should be offered incentives to place their capital there, where it seems most likely to make a commercial return and limit the negative effects of immigration into the USA.
Secondly, the provincial networks have to be smashed, if necessary one at a time. Remove the support structure and the costs of the exercise for the migrant automatically increase.
Thirdly - make sure Mexico does not collapse. This means a very much more robust approach from the USA towards Mexican affairs than it has shown any inclination to exhibit in recent years. A stable Mexico is a Mexico with Mexicans - and taxing the sending of remittances at the rate of 200% would cut out a major incentive for migrancy like a surgeon cutting out a cancer.

The Siege Of St. Patrick's Is Ended...

This incident was a direct challenge to the Irish people's sovereign right to govern themselves according to their own laws in their own land. Democrats and republicans everywhere should be glad it failed.

Belfast's Fresh Talent

Now that a government has been constituted in Baghdad, it's with some relief that one notes the return of devolved government to Belfast. One was beginning to suspect that Blair was more interested in the former than the latter.
However, for some reason Jack McConnell (left), Scotland's famously metrosexual First Minister, has been airlifted into Ulster, apparently 'to highlight the benefits of devolution'; or as McConnell himself would put it, 'to highlight....the benefits...of...devolution!'
But with exquisite irony, six South Africans arrested in Belfast for immigration infractions during his visit have been transported to a detention centre in Scotland.

The Coming Great British Illegal Amnesty

Right for Scotland has expressed surprise that Jack Dromey has called for an amnesty for illegals.
He shouldn't be surprised at all - Dromey is merely joining the line behind Camilla Cavendish, the Institute for Public Policy Research and Cardinal Cormac Murphy- O'Connor.

A Bad Taste from The Britblog Roundup

Tim Worstall rarely puts a foot wrong, and I know that his weekly Britblog Roundup is highly subjective - but his inclusion of an item entitled 'immmigrants who want to work: Deported! Immigrants who are criminals: Welcome have a nice stay!' written by a foreigner resident in the UK, and which refers to 'British trashy whites', leaves something of a bad taste.

A Reply To My Request Under The Freedom Of Information Act

On April 15 I made 'A Request Under The Freedom Of Information Act' concerning Ed Balls MP.

On Friday I received the following e-mail from Sandra Briggs of the Department of Constitutional Affairs' Access Rights Unit;

"Dear Mr. Kelly,

Thank you for your letter of 15 April that you emailed to Information Rights Division. You asked for information relating to Mr Edwards Balls MP as the Chief Economics Adviser to HM Treasury between 1999-2004 in relation to meetings of the International non-Governmental forum, which took place in Sweden, USA and France. I apologise for the delay in responding to your request.

The Department has carried out a search of its paper and electronic records. I can confirm that the Department does not hold the information that you have requested. If, however, you are unhappy with the way the Department has handled your request, you may ask for an internal review by writing to the following address:

Access Rights Unit
Department for Constitutional Affairs
5th Floor
30 Millbank

In the event that you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Sandra Briggs
Access Rights Unit".

This evening, I sent Balls the following e-mail:

"Dear Mr. Balls,

I would be very grateful for your assistance in clarifying a matter which has come to attention.

It has been reported that during your tenure as Chief Economics Adviser to HM Treasury, you attended the 2001, 2002 and 2003 meetings of the international non-governmental forum commonly referred to as 'The Bilderberg Group'.

On April 15 2006 I placed a request for clarification of whether or not this was the case under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 -

However, on May 19 I was advised by Sandra Briggs of the Department of Constitutional Affairs' Access Rights Unit that the information I requested was not contained within either their paper or electronic records.

Could you please confirm the following -

1. Whether you attended these meetings?

2. If so, what was the extent of your participation?

3. Again if so, why a serving civil servant should have been despatched to attend to a forum which has no basis in any law, treaty or protocol.

4. Again if so, to whom I should write in order to request a copy of the minutes.

Of course, it goes without saying that I have posted this letter on my weblog, which, to the best of my knowledge and belief, is read in the United States and Canada as well as in the United Kingdom -

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Martin Kelly, LL.B., Dip.L.P.,
Sometime Solicitor in Scotland
(PS - immediately after hitting 'Send', I got the following e-mail back -
"This is a message that has been automatically generated.
Thank you for your email message
Ed is always keen to receive email messages from people from across thecountry. He reads all these emails and replies to as many as he can.
However, Parliamentary protocol dictates that Members of Parliament can onlytake up cases on behalf of their own constituents.
If you want Ed to take up a particular case on your behalf, we need toconfirm that you are a constituent. So please ensure that you have includedyour full name and full postal address. If this is not included with youremail, please could you resend with a full postal address. Then we will beable to deal properly with your query.
If you have already sent your address, or emailed Ed before, then please accept our apologies for the inconvenience of this email.
Kind regards
Carol Moran
Constituency Office Manager"
Well, that's one way of shutting down debate.
Lord, please give me a slot on 'Question Time', that I might look Balls in the eye and ask him in front of the British people!)

Aboriginal Organised Crime In Canada

The Last Word On Globalisation...

goes to Stephen Roach.
Take it away, maestro!
"The win-win theory of globalization -- workers in poor countries get rich through trade but then turn around and buy things made by rich countries -- just isn’t working. That’s because both the speed and scope of an IT-enabled globalization has broken the mold of the classic theory of comparative advantage. In days of yore, it was fine -- albeit painful -- for rich countries to give up market share in tradable manufactured products. That’s because highly-educated knowledge workers could seek refuge and shelter in nontradable services. However, with nontradables becoming tradable and with educational attainment and skillsets rising rapidly in the developing world, the security of the old way has all but vanished. Sadly, that provides both the justification and the opening for protectionists."
Hmm, I can almost smell the winds of protectionism!
Give ne that old time protectionism, it's good enough for me!

Pat Buchanan Has Converted To Islam...

for I can think of no other reason why he should refer to Mohammed as a 'prophet' with a capital 'P' (Hat tip - Mark the Wandering Thomist, who has also asked for his father to be remembered in our prayers; and one is honoured to oblige such a gentle soul as Mark's. )
Pat is spitting rather predictable bullets at 'The Da Vinci Code', a cultural phenomenon which, like text messaging, reggae music and the cinematic career of Sean William Scott, has completely passed me by. I was discussing it with my father yesterday, and Dad was, as usual, on the verge of bursting into a chorus of 'Soul of my Saviour' when recalling a conversation with a religious who appeared to have more faith in the gospel of Brown than in those of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John.
Unless I am gravely mistaken, 'The Da Vinci Code' should present no challenge to the faith of a properly educated, faithful Roman Catholic. If a religious thinks that a mystery novel, and by all accounts not a very well written one, sheds any actual insight into the life, times and history of Jesus of Nazareth, then they are in need of either spiritual direction or psychological help.
However, if Catholics troupe into it en masse and find it credible in any way, shape or form then that does represent a failure, not of Catholicism but of Catholic teaching. The desire to lead a spiritual life of some kind or another is amongst the most atavistic of human traits; but one does not spring into a religion fully formed. Learning a religion is no different from learning any other skill or habit; if the basics are not taught properly then the whole exercise is a waste of time.
On another level, perhaps Brown's scribblings are a part of the Lord's plan for his Church. As I wrote in 'John Paull II, Opponent of Predatory Capitalism',
"...the Catholic Church possesses a massive advantage over its earthly, secular persecutors – it’s eternal, and will survive human ideology for no reason other than longevity."
The fact that it will go on and on does not mean that it should ever be complacent. Just as the Reformation might have been a divine shot across the bows warning the Church to get its house in order, perhaps this too might be a warning.
But only madmen attempt to divine the will of God.

Why We Blog

Unlike myself, Steve Sailer is not the most publicly introspective of commentators, so it was a little surprising to see him write,
"Why do people like to go to movies in May when you think they'd like to go outside after a long winter? Why do people read my blog in May when they could be outside enjoying the beautiful weather? Why am I inside writing on my blog about people staying inside to see a movie?"
The simplicity of the answers do not diminish the validity of his questions.
It's because they want to, because they think he has something of value to say and because blogging is more addictive than crack.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Foreign Criminals Of The Day - Irish Style!

Sure, now, Pawel Folta might be a grand lad for layin' the slabs, like, but 'twas no need for him to be carjacking - not even if he has a wife and two children in Poland.

The Impudent Afghans Play Their Final, Desperate Card - And Play It Wrong

It seems that the Afghans who have taken over Dublin's St. Patrick's Cathedral have played their cards all wrong.
Sure now, the bould lads have threatened to top themselves, with some being said to have 'tied ropes around their necks and...threatened to jump from a high balcony.'
But that's the one threat that will cause the collective hearts of the Irish to harden.
Suicide rates in the Republic of Ireland have soared in recent years; a phenomenon of which I have some limited personal experience. Too many homes have lost too many sons for that threat to work; indeed, the making of the threat itself will be perceived as an insult.
The Church of Ireland has broken off negotiations; and the Afghans may yet wish they had opted for more traditional methods of protest - such as sewing their eyelids shut.

The Oppression Of Christianity In The Soviet Union

A history lesson from Srjda Trifkovic.
On a very much lighter note, Dr. Trifkovic's colleague Clyde Wilson also engages in some amateur anthropology; insightful and universally applicable.

A Free Thinker Rails Against Corporatism...


Some More On How We Live In Scotland

Dave has linked to an article in The Economist entitled 'Home truths about home rule'.
The piece is not without its flaws: the simple assertions that, "In the Calton district of Glasgow, male life expectancy is even lower: 53.9 years, almost ten years fewer than in Bangladesh. Scotland has the highest death rates in the United Kingdom from lung cancer, bowel cancer and cirrhosis of the liver. Its childhood obesity rates, at 19% for 12-year-olds (another 17% are merely “overweight”), are higher even than America's", are presented without context; the decline of social mobility, a function of deindustrialisation, bears as much responsibility for this as any Caltonian attitude gap.
We are often accused of lacking initiative; but The Acccidental Economist has dragged himself back to the keyboard after a long gap in order to stick both boots into the body which receives an ocean of resources in order to establish and support Scottish business - Scottish Enterprise.
With friends like these...

The Boudreaux Prize...

is a new feature to be awarded on a daily basis to the peddler of the worst piece of economistic drivel I have encountered during th3 preceding 24 hours.
The inaugural winner is Eamonn Butler of the Adam Smith Institute, for his post 'Equities take stock'.
Apparently labour is still too expensive to cushion us from the effects of further falls in equities-
"At a time like this, though, you need the low, flat tax rates of places like Estonia (23%), Latvia (25%) and Slovakia (19%), not the high and complicated taxes of Germany and the UK. You need the monthly labour costs of Estonia (€496) or Slovakia (€480), not those of France (€3355) or the UK (€3983). But still we have Old Europe trying to keep out workers from New Europe; Germany demanding that everyone's taxes should rise to their level in order to end 'social dumping'; France having to back-pedal on modest reforms to its sclerotic labour market. Perhaps this jolt to the stockmarkets will cause Old Europe a much-needed re-think".
Not quite, Dr. Butler. Given the nature and habits of our political and economic leaders, we need a revolution.
Preferably before an offshorer gets lynched.

Who Issued The National Insurance Numbers?

Some of the illegals had worked as cleaners at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate.
John Reid, the Home Secretary, has praised IND staff for their 'alertness'.
Is it just me, or can I really hear the world laughing at us?

'US diplomats alerted over Chinese computers'

I guess they didn't read 'Big Blue Sells Out To The Reds'.

A Very Nasty Crime

Whoever so abused the Cross of St. George should be ashamed of themself; and good wishes to these thugs' victim.

Who Said Lawyers Were Rich?

The Scottish Legal Aid Board has not increased the hourly rate for summary criminal work since 1992.
To the barricades, brothers!

Queuing Up For A Bad Analysis: The Latest Laughathon From Don Boudreaux

Don Boudreaux, who holds both a J.D and Ph.D in economics, has produced three of his worst posts so far on the economic impact of immigration and its relationship with the law.
And that is saying something.
The first is entitled 'Queuing Up for a Bad Analogy'. In this post, Boudreaux equates the process of illegal migrancy to the anti-social but not illegal practice of queue jumping.
A legal nonsense for sure; but he compounds this with the kind of casuistry that gives both lawyers and economists a bad name.
He writes,
"Now ask: does coming to the United States without Uncle Sam’s stamp of approval hurt those who are waiting in line to get this approval as a condition of entering the land of the free and the home of the brave? I don’t see how. The number of legal immigration slots isn’t reduced by the number of ‘illegal’ immigrants entering the USA.

Indeed, to the extent that those who enter the USA 'illegally’ would be eligible for legal-immigration status, their entering ‘illegally’ actually helps aspiring immigrants who are waiting in the queue. Those who enter the USA 'illegally' obviously aren’t waiting in the queue to get here 'legally'; therefore, immigrants who enter 'illegally,' rather than join the queue, shorten the queue. Those waiting in the queue are made better off.

So the ‘jumping-the-queue’ analogy misleads because our disgust at queue jumpers springs from our correct sense that queue jumpers hurt those who wait their turns in the queue. But ‘illegal’ immigrants don’t hurt those waiting in the queue for Uncle Sam’s approval to enter.
What absolute guff, if only because his analogy is obviously incomplete. Illegals affect the prospects of aspiring migrants by firstly causing resentment against migrancy and therefore reducing the likelihood of legal migration; and secondly by diminishing prospective legals' prospects once they do get in because the sheer weight of their numbers diminishes everyone's earning capacity!
Boudreaux's antagonist Robert Cote posted the following comment -
"I suggest you test your theory at Disneyland. Ignore the parking regs, jump the lines, sneak past the security checks, don't pay at the gate and when you get inside avail yourself of the attractions and services. If as you predict the theme park becomes a better place for your actions and indeed those waiting in line applaud your actions and eventually apporove of your brave actions as being in their best interests I shall withdraw my clam."
Such an elegant obliteration of his thesis stung Boudreaux to respond, in 'Queuing Up for a Bad Analogy II'.
After some prolix verbal gymnastics on the similarities between Disneyland and the USA, he wrote,
"Not only are immigrants not coming to America to crowd us Americans out of ‘our’ spaces and jobs, most come to produce. I support more open immigration because I am quite confident that
- the number of jobs and amount of capital per worker are emphatically not fixed in quantity
- while people, once here, free-ride on goods and services provided by government, the first step in solving this problem is to enable more foreigners to work in America legally; that way,
immigrants’ contributions to the economy in general, and to the provision of public goods, will be even greater than it already is;

- people, being the
ultimate resource, help deepen and widen the division of labor -- which is the chief source of human prosperity".
His failure to acknowledge migrants' historic tendency to gravitate to urban areas can be put down to thoughtlessness. His description of humanity as a 'resource' leaves him open to allegations of fascism. One would also love to know whether this distinguished economist, who takes care to refer to his own and his fellow Americans' cultural patrimony in inverted commas, owns a handgun; something I can't do in my country under 'our' law.
But putting these reservations to one side, Boudreaux presumably wilfully ignores the impact of offshoring. Yes, the number of jobs is not fixed; but he has no regard at all for what the bloody jobs being created actually are! A politician will always be happy to say they've helped create a thousand jobs - it doesn't matter to them that they've actually created a thousand jobs for janitors. As Boudreaux should well know, there are jobs and there are jobs; and if 100 software engineers are being replaced by 200 washroom attendants, or more brutally if 100 American software engineers are replaced by another 100 Indian software engineers in their own workplaces, then under no circumstances can that be described as a benefit to his country.
But he tops this off with the globalists' hallmark - the invocation of certainty.
"(T)hat way, immigrants’ contributions to the economy in general, and to the provision of public goods, will be even greater than it already is."
Who says? Boudreaux writes not one word about the impact of immigration on social cohesion; but jeez, I guess the faculty at George Mason doesn't have to get its feet dirty with such lumpen illiberalism.
But Boudreaux is not yet done. Going for the treble, he produced another post entitled 'Are Immigrants to Blame for Inappropriate Government Activities?'
Now, if anyone hears a very loud crashing sound coming from Santa Rosa, California, that will be Dennis Mangan.
My team-mate will just have thrown his chair at his PC.
In this post, Boudreaux makes the case that the abuse of public services by illegals is actually our fault. He writes,
"...even if we conclude that, on pure cost-benefit grounds, the best course of action is to restrict immigration further because immigrants overuse public-supplied and subsidized goods and services, why blame immigrants? Why point accusing fingers at immigrants? Why not blame government for supplying and subsidizing things that it ought not supply and subsidize?
The root problem is not immigration; it is government provision and subsidization of goods and services that should be supplied by the market."
The British welfare state came into being through the will of the British people immediately after the Second World War, the greatest danger their country had ever faced. It was absolutely never intended to be a parachute for healthcare tourists or Kosovar gangsters.
Similarly, when FDR introduced Social Security, it could not have been in his mind that public funds would ever be expended on those who possessed no legal right to remain in the United States.
Such institutions only come into being as an expression of national culture, tempered by ideology. If cultures wish to provide services, let them. If cultures wish to permit immigration, let them.
But if these institutions are abused by those who seek shelter, then let the culture criticise, condemn and heap obloquy on the abusers; for they abuse the very culture in which they wish to participate, a culture that even its most lettered professors seem unable to understand.
Zero out of ten, Professor.

It Seems The Profit Motive Trumps Identity Politics Every Time

Just ask Corinna Slow.

Friday, May 19, 2006

'Why America has gone sour on Bush'

Alec Russell of the Daily Telegraph writes that,
"The man the world loves to see as a redneck gave a sensible compromise speech on immigration on Monday, taking on the "send them all back home" brigade by promising to legalise millions of illegal Mexican immigrants."
Bush himself is reported to have said yesterday that,
"I understand there are people on the other side of the border that will do anything to come and work".
One is either 'illegal' or an 'immigrant'; one cannot be both. If the legality of a person's residence is in question, then the nouns 'outlaw', 'interloper', 'parasite' and, at a stretch, 'vampire', are all far more appropriate than 'immigrant'. 'Immigrant' implies permanence; 'illegal' implies prison and a one way ticket to your country of origin.
Bush's casual elision of desire to break the law with desire to work implies the possession of a gangster mentality. Illegal immigration? It's just business.
Given his enthusiasm for globalisation, easily history's biggest organised crime, this should hardly be surprising.

Ireland's Afghan Overlords Continue To Disrupt Christian Worship

Unlike the Archbishops of Dublin and Armagh, I cannot say I am 'deeply moved' by Muslims occupying an Irish church in order to get what they want.
Time for the dogs and the teargas.

Not Europe's Problem, But Spain's

Perhaps Spain's extraordinary ambassadors to Senegal, Guinea-Bissau and Mali should moot the possibility of military action being taken against them if they don't get their houses in order?
Maybe even recolonisation? Think that would work?

The Philadelphia Conundrum Revisited

Nearly three years ago, I wrote an artcle on the topic of 'gay marriage' (sorry, that phrase splits me up every time I see it in black and white) entitled 'The Philadelphia Conundrum'.

"This Country's Going Down The Pan"

The perfectly understandable reaction of a Darlington householder on finding out they live next door to a sex slave cult.

Put Not Your Trust In Princes

Ask any Congresswoman.

The Cult Of Female Empowerment Reaches Its Natural, Inevitable Conclusion

Girls will be boys, it seems.

The Thoughts Of George Will

Andrew Sullivan has praised George Will for having "one of the best records in punditry in recent years".

Help Wanted

Independent columnist with particular interest in international, economic and social policy (commonly derided as 'blogger'), highly educated and considered by some to be literate, wide range of experience, seeks new employer to replace current office holder.
Must be willing to pay £25-000-£30,000 p.a.
Glasgow based.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

'Mexico criticises US border plan'


The International Organisation For Migration On Female Migrants

From its press briefing notes of May 5:
"Evidence shows that migration can lead to women's empowerment as women gain more autonomy, make choices on their own, become active economic agents and play a central role in their families left behind. "
Let's have a new slogan.
Law before empowerment.

Some Thoughts On The Exploitation Of Illegal Migrant Workers

With the absolute exception of women forced into prostitution - who cares?
Really, who cares?
If you come to another person's country for your own gain, breaking their laws and driving down their living standards, you deserve whatever's coming to you.

The Possibility of Stagflation

James Hamilton comments.

Not pretty.

Home Britannicus Redux

The hippy with the bad haircut, sideburns and charm necklace is one Stephen Gough, known as 'The Naked Rambler'.
Gough's certifiable exhibitionism, which he probably perceives to be nudist terrorism, renders him nothing more than a national laughing stock.
But this time, he's gone too far.
In their previous dealings with Gough, the Scottish criminal justice system has been very gentle with him, handing down sentences of months.
This time, it's going to be years.

Henrik Larsson

The greatest footballer I can ever recall seeing in a Glasgow Celtic shirt reached the summit of his professional career last night, creating both goals in FC Barcelona's defeat of Arsenal to claim the 2006 UEFA Champions League, world club soccer's blue riband competition, in his final game for the Catalans before he returns to Sweden; a wonderful performance from a wonderful, wonderful player.
May he enjoy the remainder of his career in his homeland and, when it comes, a long and happy retirement.

Walls Work

The impertinence of the Irish Republic's president notwithstanding, the US Senate should take heart from the knowledge that history points to successful outcomes when advanced civilisations build walls to keep out barbarians.

'Blair 'rattled by immigration failures'

All well and good- but being on the receiving end of a no confidence motion would be better.

Space Cadet Of The Day

Bronwen Maddox, for writing that,
"Bush has been consistently in favour of the benefits of trade, of Nafta, and (in a controlled fashion) of immigration".
Give it a rest, hen.