Friday, June 30, 2006

Brian Barder On Tony Blair

If you read nothing else today, read this.

'No nursing jobs for students at end of training'

so why has the Home Office listed 'all registered nurses and midwives' on the Current 'UK critical skills shortage list '?
Sorry, sorry, I'm a bit slow off the mark this morning. What the Daily Telegraph really means is 'No nursing jobs for British students at end of training'.
It's all become clear. This might be another example of a self-perpetuating immigration fallacy. Migrants' contribution to the NHS is often hailed as one of the reasons we 'need' immigration - hiring Brits instead would remove that excuse from the table.
And we just couldn't have that.

The Biggest Loser

The Collapse Of The Dutch Government

The Dutch government has fallen over Rita Verdonk's treatment of the so-called 'Ayaan Hirsi Ali'.
Ad initium. Ali has admitted telling three different types of lie upon her arrival in the Netherlands. By far the gravest was that relating to her refugee status. Their purpose was self-interest - to enable her to gain entry to the country.
Everything she has done there, including her election as an MP, has been founded on a tissue of lies; elaborate pretences she maintained for 14 years. She lied to her party colleagues, to the Dutch parliament, to the Queen of the Netherlands and not least of all to the ordinary Wims and Henks who bothered to vote for her.
She only resigned when exposed, and when Verdonk threatened the only appropriate penalty, stripping her of citizenship (a status which the government of the Netherlands had managed to give to a person who does not exist), the ultra-politically correct cheesemongers of D66 took their fingers out the dyke, withdrew their support for the ruling coalition and collapsed the government like a creaking windmill.
Meanwhile, the sometime Ayaan Hirsi Ali, like a true Somali nomad, is off to a great new job at that wellspring of brotherhood and humanity, that zoo for the bungled and the botched, the American Enterprise Institute.
Coming to a talkshow near you - Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the liar whose lies weakened the West, caused a government to fall; and which helped kill a man.
Getting on in life's so important, don't you know - but there is a special place in Hell for those who use others' gravestones as steps on their career ladder.

'The west's new Russophobia is hypocritical - and wrong'

Jonathan Steele makes the case for Vladimir Putin; an interesting counterpoint to the drivellings of 'Front Page Magazine'.

I See No Sign Of It

Irene Graham, something in Glasgow City Council to do with 'equalities', is reported as saying that,
"Asylum seekers are housed in many communities across Glasgow and they make a positive contribution to the life of the city".

Can We Do This?

Adam Lawson reports on what seems to be a very straightforward way of dealing with foreign criminals guilty of gulling bureaucrats into awarding them American citizenship.

A New Concept In The Law Of Scotland

One would love to know what Viscount Stair and Lord Cooper of Culross would think of that.

A New Buzzword

'Institutional murder'.

Get to know and love it.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

However, In The Interests Of Balance...

and to quash the false belief that the United Kingdom is incapable of producing its own perverts, it's only appropriate to mention today's convictions of Simon Thomas and Paul Firth.

'More asylum seekers set for Glasgow'

The Herald -
"The children of asylum families have also helped raise attainment levels in several city schools and set positive examples for Scottish pupils."
Well that's us in our place then. Not only are we stupid, we make bad parents as well.

The Liberal Democrats On Immigration

The only response that Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrats' Home Affairs spokesman, could make to the pertinent and salient remarks of Frank Field was to say,
"There is a fine line between political candour on the sensitive issue of immigration, and downright scare-mongering. In making his remarks in this way, Frank Field failed this test and risks exacerbating precisely those public concerns he is urging us to confront."
In other words - shut up, you stupid old fart! What are you thinking of? You're telling them the truth!

The Fourth Boudreaux Prize...

for economistic drivelling goes to Alex Singleton, for their post 'What the public sector lacks is asset strippers' on the Adam Smith Institute blog.
As I have noted in the 'Comments' section, I await confirmation of how asset strippers have created 'more and better jobs' with interest.

'Bank call centre man held over '£233,000 fraud'

That great sucking sound was HSBC's share price deflating like a burst balloon.

'Gay Behaviors vs. Public Health'

An interesting piece from Robert Seidenberg in 'The American Spectator'.
Money quote -
"Our public health officials now find themselves in the odd position of kowtowing to an identity group whose activists believe that in order to fulfill their identity they must engage in the very acts that health officials, and anyone with an ounce of common sense, know to be unhealthy."

Slowly, Painfully,The British Media Get Up To Speed On Mass Migration

Today, The Daily Telegraph has published an article entitled 'Immigrants 'swamping' council services', concerning mass migration's negative impact on the quality of life in Slough.

'Train fares double in secret deal by ministers'...

Another nail in the coffin of a railway system destroyed by the ideological excesses of both Left and Right.

'Peers choose the first Lord Speaker'...

which, on a first reading, seems to be the political equivalent of promotion from the Unibond League to the Fourth Division.

'BBC channels £90m profit in pursuit of global domination'

What Pinky and The Brain might do if they had access to the licence fee revenue.

What? You mean that's an actual headline?

End the licence fee now.

Lost In Translation

The right of an accused whose first language is not English to have their trial simultaneously translated has been the settled law of Scotland since the case of 'His Majesty's Advocate -v- Olson' in 1945.
But then again, those were the days when immigration was safe, legal and rare.

'Dissing Putin'

Andrew Stuttaford speaks great wisdom.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

'Asylum dispersal plan postponed'

It seems that some of our asylum seekers are angry at the thought of being asked to move from one side of the city to the other.
Wonder how they'd take to being deported?

The Last Honest Man On The Left

"This is the most massive transformation of our population. Do we just merely accept this as another form of globalisation? That it doesn't matter where you are, or that you belong to a country and have roots? That we are all just following the jobs?...
There will be economic gains [from immigration] but I am just raising whether any country can sustain the rate of immigration we are now suffering.

"If we are not careful, we will be transformed into a global traffic station and that is not what most people mean by being part of a country."
It is only because the BNP are so inept that the debate has not taken off."

(He said mainstream politicians had to address immigration) "before the BNP stumbles on somebody with talent".
"We are living on borrowed time. We can not continue on the assumption that the BNP will present leaders which turn off most voters, even if what they are saying is important".
Indeed.

'UK top of inward investment table'

Come to Britain.

We will sell you our grandmothers, if the price is right.

'Police Smash People Smuggling Ring'

At last, some good immigration news.

Some Thoughts On Ukrainian Gas Prices

"Tens of thousands of people have protested in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, against plans to sharply raise gas and electricity prices"; that,
"Consumers face a near doubling of gas and electricity prices from 1 July, Ukraine's trade unions say. ": and that,

"Russia doubled the price of gas supplies to Ukraine earlier this year."
What are they protesting against?
Are they protesting against Russian impertinence in demanding a market rate for the gas in a perfectly understandable, if wrong-headed, outburst of nationalism?
Or are they protesting against profiteering by the Ukrainian gas retailers, who may have increased the retail price above the level necessary for them to sustain current profitability once the increased wholesale costs have been passed on to customers?
The same amount of gas is flowing through the pipes, so the carriage costs haven't increased. A doubling in the wholesale price shouldn't automatically mean a doubling of the retail price.
So just what is going on?

Auld Puggy's Doon In The Mooth


Having lost a libel action against the Sunday Herald, Lord Robertson may very possibly have to pay their expenses.
From the BBC's report, he seems to have been playing double or quits.
Altogether now - ha ha. Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha ha...

'Reimprisonment rate brings call for alternatives'

Like...more jails?

Or...longer sentences?

The Self-Perpetuating Foreign Plumber Fallacy

Mass migration by foreign plumbers depletes the housing stock.

More homes need to be built.

Not enough skilled tradesmen can be found to build them.

Therefore, we need more foreign plumbers.

Satan's Purser

The Nest Of The Shining Birds (With Added Retail Franchise Rental)

The Hyphenated Canadian has the inside track on some sophisticated ethno-chicanery.

Someone Making The Irish Richer

'NatWest three lose extradition battle'


Although The Devil's Kitchen has narrated the Extradition Act 2003's deficiencies with characteristic forcefulness, the thought of these three Masters of the Universe spending the next 20 years in a 12 by 4 cell with some bad-assed Guatemalan called Pepe does cause a little, well, ignoble schadenfreude to swell...
So long, y'all. And let justice be done.
Seems like a cold sweat
Creeping cross my brow, oh yes
In the heat of the night
I'm a feelin' motherless somehow..."

Woosterian Accomplishments

Dennis invites his readers to narrate their 'Woosterian Accomplishments'.
At the age of 10, I won an essay competition which I read loud on BBC Radio Scotland. Even then, I talked like a jerk.
I have played the French Horn in St. Peter's Square; and remarkably, this was not listed as the late Pope John Paul II's cause of death.
And I have won Mark Steyn's 'Letter of the Week' award.

'Ex-wife of drug dealer stripped of settlement'

In this case the criminal is imprisoned in the Netherlands, so presumably the confiscation order has not been sought as a consequence of any British conviction; and of course the proceedings are to the civil standard of proof; but one wonders just how much distance there must be between the crime from which the violent profits derived and the person against whom the order is sought before the whole thing becomes de minimis.
And in any event, presumably these proceedings do not automatically vitiate the nuts and bolts of the divorce settlement- so the hapless dealer may be released from the custody of the Van der Scrouws and still owe his missus £39,000.
Interesting.

The Third Boudreaux Prize...

for economistic drivelling goes to Arnold Kling, for his TCS Daily essay 'Tribal Politics'.
Read it and laugh.

Peter Hitchens On David Cameron

"Like the defendant at some Stalinist or Maoist show-trial, he believes his only hope of survival is to be his party's most bitter accuser. He should read some history. After grovelling in their accusers' spittle, those who did so were invariably dragged off to the cellars anyway, and duly shot in the back of the neck."

Love it.

Faulty Powers

"The rat was about this long, this big with the tail" -
Major Gowen (Ballard Berkeley), 'Fawlty Towers'.

Yesterday, the braying jackass Jack McConnell (left), Scotland's famously metrosexual First Minister, donned a pair of trousers and mounted a putsch against every local authority in Scotland.
Sandbags were piled in town halls from Tain to Auchertool as he brayed that 'councils...are not...making...enough use of...dispersal orders!'
Quite what business he has commenting upon how local authorities use the powers that have been granted them is beyond me. If the wee Lanarkshire brownskirt is committed to the use of dispersal orders, he might start by imposing one on the incompetent and pecculent gang known as 'The Scottish Parliament'.

An Apology To My Loyal Readers

Last night, when I should have been blogging, I watched 'Battlestar Galactica' instead.
Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

'Tony has lost his sense of purpose and direction'

says Charles Clarke.

Indeed. He appointed Clarke as Home Secretary.

QED.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Death To The Saxonist Entity!

That's a slogan I anticipate hearing in my lifetime if this sort of nonsense keeps up.

Chilling Comment Of The Day

"Today's announcement clearly demonstrates the strength of Northern Ireland as the most cost-effective location on the British Isles for contact centre investment."
Yep, they're all poor, there are no local alternatives and they'll work for peanuts.

Micks From The Sticks Playing Tricks At The Flicks

(Note – This is a movie review, absolutely full of spoilers. If you proceed, you do so at your own risk)

I spent Saturday evening amongst Glasgow’s pince-nez and turtleneck set, at a performance of ‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’.

I did not see Tim Luckhurst amongst the audience; but of course he has seen it already.

Being of Irish extraction and a loather of Marxism, I was interested to see what magic Ken Loach would weave over the partition of Ireland and the subsequent civil war. I don’t quite know what my fiancée, a Corkwoman, was expecting. If it was a slightly jolly romp from the days when the Irish Free State awarded her grandmother a medal for hiding a man from the Black & Tans, she certainly didn’t get it.

History demands that something be got out of the way. I am British first, foremost, always. My maternal grandparents were Achill Islanders, keener on survival than politics, who integrated into mainland life quite thoroughly. Unlike some American-born Fancy Dans one could mention, my grandmother was a native Irish speaker; the same lady hung her Union Jack from the windows on Coronation Day. Often one might as well chase shadows as seek truth in history, particularly very contentious history such as that surrounding the foundation of the Irish Free State; but if there is one concrete absolute from that period, it is that the Tans were a gang of thugs. That’s not contentious; that’s fact.

The movie starts with a hurling match in rural Cork. At its end, the players repair to the O’Sullivan farmhouse where their quiet is disturbed by the arrival of a platoon of Tans. They line the men up against the wall of the chicken coop and demand their names, addresses and occupations. One young hothead, Michael O’Sullivan, refuses to give his name in English. Damien O’Donovan (Cillian Murphy), pleads with him to comply. The Tans drag Michael inside the coop and beat him to death.

At this point Damien is a young doctor, about to move to London. Michael’s murder is, by itself, not enough to radicalise him. He remonstrates with his brother Teddy (Padraic Delaney) that Michael would still be alive had he merely given his name in English. It takes the sight of a train driver and an old railway guard being beaten up by Tans for refusing to let them on their train that pushes Damien into the IRA's embrace.

It is at this point that the movie’s confusions, ambivalences and silly little games start.

Given Damien’s reaction to the first incident, one could certainly imagine the impact of the second radicalising him; but the greater gravity of the first in relation to the second means that it is not credible that the guard’s bloody nose would inevitably lead to him picking up the gun.

Loach was presumably intent on portraying the IRA as soldiers, not terrorists or fanatics. There are no ruddy soaks shouting ‘Gawd bless all here!’ in this movie. The oath of allegiance is not memorised then fervently recited, but read from a card. It was unclear whether or not Finbar (Damien Kearney), the company commander, was meant to be a former British soldier; but the character’s self-discipline, tactical knowledge and professionalism certainly left one wondering.

The company blood themselves by raiding a police station and stealing the rifles. Sure, ’twas gas.
They then murder soldiers for doing nothing more violent than having a pint.

The ease and lack of doubt with which the company performs the assassination is extremely ambivalent. It is conscienceless, the work of drones – it is as if they had been killing men for a lifetime. The company includes a doctor, an ex-seminarian and an ironmonger, and not one of them is shown as having a moment of fear or a hint of remorse.

At this point, Loach may have engaged in two particularly stupid little political games; infantile exercises in propaganda that he might have thought were terribly clever.

The soldiers’ murder raises the ire of the local Anglo-Irish landlord, Sir John Hamilton (Roger Allam). Allam is an excellent actor, ill served by a script that makes his character a cardboard, cartoon villain. One of his servants, a 17 year old, is in the company. The Army are called, and pressure is exerted on the boy to inform. His comrades are captured, and some are tortured. Damien is re-united with the train driver, Dan (Liam Cunningham). Through the deus ex machina of a Glaswegian soldier whose father was from Donegal, Damien, Teddy, Dan and some others escape. They go hunting for Sir John.

Sir John’s reaction to finding the IRA in his study is snarling racism. He is taken hostage and dragged off to the hills, where, upon receiving news that those of the company left behind from the jailbreak have been executed, orders are given for his murder. Loach spares his audience the embarrassment of seeing such a poorly drawn character begging for his life. He then meets his end from Damien’s gun.

Loach is a member of the Respect & Unity Coalition’s national council. As such, he may view the behaviours of Irish republicans in 1920 through precisely the same Marxist prism as he views Sunni insurgents in 2006 (although the shades of the Old IRA’s volunteers wouldn’t thank him for comparing them to neck-smiting, suicide-bombing fanatics; they were, after all, seeking Enlightenment-style independence, not martyrdom and caliphate).

Before the execution, Damien makes a remark to Dan to the effect that he hopes the Ireland they’re fighting for is worth it. Dan is the story’s Everyman, the voice of calm and reason in every argument. Dan is also the voice of Loach. He is a socialist seeking social justice, only drawn into struggle by the Dail’s resolution on common ownership. Although the character is a cipher for Loach’s own prejudices, Liam Cunningham, who bears a strong resemblance to that other great everyman Jean Reno, invests Dan with a depth that his function in the story doesn’t deserve.

If memory serves, Dan is the only character to mention any of the leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916 by name; and it is telling that the reference is to James Connolly – famously admired by Lenin.

One can’t help but wonder whether Loach was having a sly political dig at the Celtic Tiger, saying that that Ireland wasn’t the one worth fighting for, before he filmed the killing of a man.

But Loach must have felt very pleased with himself at securing the services of Roger Allam for the part of Sir John, for the actor bears a stunning physical and vocal resemblance to a man he must despise, an Americanist, a socialist apostate and a vocal advocate of the invasion of Iraq – Christopher Hitchens.

If Loach cast Allam in that part for that reason, then at best it was juvenile point scoring disrespectful to the performer; but given the character’s fate, at worst it was an extremely nasty, even unhealthy, thing for Loach to have done, the action of someone who would feel no regret should his ideological opponents meet sudden, violent deaths.

But at this point Loach suddenly has what might be described as a ‘Brecht moment’.

In his foreword to ‘A Man for All Seasons’, Robert Bolt wrote that there was something demonic in Brecht the artist that could not submit to Brecht the teacher; thus, Mother Courage ends in an act of heroism at which, in Bolt’s words, ‘Rider Haggard might have baulked’.

Similarly, having thus cast away his own and Ireland’s enemies, Loach immediately produces the most powerful, sincere and affecting moment in the entire film. There are no politics in it. One watches it and thinks, yes, that was how it was. Those are the kind of words that were said. Its dialogue is of such a different character to that before and after that one wonders whether it was improvised. Whether impromptu or not, one could certainly understand if the actors were affected by filming it. If my fiancee’s reaction to it was anything to go by, for some Irish such events are still painfully close to the surface.

But Loach cannot stop himself from playing games. The company returns to the O’Sullivan property, and watch from a distance as the Tans burn it down and shear the hair of Damien’s love interest Sinead (Orla Fitzgerald), the sister of the late Michael. Loach is presumably too much of a paleo-feminist to allow the character to be raped. We must be grateful for small mercies.

For all their thuggishness, it would be interesting to know whether there are any recorded and verified instances of the Tans’ shearing a woman’s hair in that fashion. If there are, Loach is to be commended for his attention to historical detail; if not, then he has perpetrated an historical libel of a magnitude only previously reached by Roland Emmerich, who depicted Redcoats burning down a church full of people in ‘The Patriot’; an crime unknown in the American War of Independence, but certainly perpetrated by Emmerich’s compatriots to devastating effect in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane.

For some reason, Loach seems to use an old Irish countrywoman’s reaction to losing her home as an analogy for the clash of civilisations. The old grandmother insists that she’s staying at the derelict property, saying she’ll even sleep in the chicken coop, while Sinead demonstrates her desire to move away rather histrionically. As an analogy for a civilisational clash, it’s rather weak.

But then comes news of the truce, delivered in such a way that, had my fiancée not laughed, I would have dismissed it as low Irish humour more worthy of Lucan than Loach.

And this being a movie set in Ireland, dis is where dey have de drinkin’, dancin’ and fiddlin’!

And I should have seen it coming a mile away. There was a point to the hair shearing after all.

It was to enable Sinead to go to the ceili wearing a white scarf on her head; a scarf almost identical to a hijab.

How bloody clever of Loach; but he’s not as clever as he thinks.

For example, he can’t decide what his attitude to the Catholic Church should be.

Before an ambush, a priest visits the company in the hills to confess and bless them. However, after the treaty creating the Irish Free State is endorsed by a parish priest who threatens those who hold out against it with excommunication, Damien walks out shouting that the Church is only ever on the side of the rich. That’s not quite the case; it had also been up there with him in the hills.

Another area that isn’t too clever is the script’s treatment of the character of Teddy. Padraic Delaney is a good actor, for sure; but his character has to go from being an IRA firebrand to uniformed stalwart of the Irish Free State. Damien is against the treaty, preferring to hold out and fight for full independence; yet it was Teddy who refused to talk when the Tans were pulling out his fingernails, an action that Loach depicts with a relish at which, to paraphrase Robert Bolt, Quentin Tarantino might have baulked.

And it was Teddy who heard the threat of consequences if the treaty was not signed.

And Teddy is just as much a patriot as Damien; for him, the Free State is the best way to keep out the Brits.

Damien tells him that his point of no return was the incident that occurred immediately after the killing of Sir John; and the story returns again to its opening flaw, Damien’s moral ambivalence.

Someone who only commits to a cause after they’ve murdered for it is not a hero, but a sociopathic dead ender. And, even in the wildest excesses of the Irish Civil War, one imagines it might be hard to find a recorded instance of a man commanding his own brother’s firing squad.

‘The Wind That Shakes The Barley’ is a confusing film. Its ‘15’ certificate is certainly too low. If it’s a tract, it’s a flawed one. Its characters’ motives are unclear; some of its content is almost risibly bad; but it contains one moment of unstoppable power that redeems the effort.
Maybe that was what Loach was gunning for. Or maybe he just got lucky.

Fraserburgh's Crime Of The Century

After The Giant Rat of Sumatra comes The Giant Cockatoo of New Aberdour.

Clearly a three-pipe problem.

'Scramble for 4G licences will raise billions for Brown'

Anyone seeking to buy a contraption with such capabilities should be made to sit an IQ test at the point of sale.
Or at the very least produce a letter from their mother confirming that they're fit to be let out on their own.

A Japanese Tragedy

And for what? Grades?

'Don't meddle in our affairs, Gorbachev warns the West'

One is prepared to heed such sentiment from Putin, the president of a free Russia; but not from Gorbachev. the last apparatchik of those who enslaved half a continent.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Priest Baiter Of The Day

Muriel Gray, our favourite munro-bagging media millionairess, must be ashamed of her roots.
In the near quarter century that she has bestrode Scottish broadcasting like Leviathan, I can't recall seeing them once.
Gray's effort for the 'Sunday Herald' this week is entitled 'The cardinal is doing his job, but listening to him, that’s the real sin'.
Reported below are Mu's thoughts on Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O 'Connor -
"...the last thing we need whilst dealing with them is our health minister taking on board the views of a man in a dress who genuinely believes going to Lourdes might cure cancer."
Criticising 'a man in a dress'? Is she a ho...ho...ho...(I can't bring myself to say it!)...a homophobe?
If she has such a violent reaction to a man in dress, goodness alone knows what she'd think of a man in a skirt.

The Protestors Against Extraordinary Rendition From Scottish Airports...

seem to have been rendered.

'Witch child’ abuse spreads in Britain'

Another bonus of mass immigration - the corpses of infants left floating in the Thames.

'Anti-terror raids could spark riots, says police chief'...

in which case I hope they've got crates full of tear gas canisters and that the tasers are charged up.
If Part A of the rule of law is the presumption of innocence, Part B is that the police must be able to police. If 'youths' insist on disrupting that, they should expect to receive a summary lesson in Part B.
Preferably from a baton round. Right between the eyes.

'Pakistan's blasphemy laws used to persecute non-Muslims'

And we should be surprised?

'Sweden's 'bomb belt' drama over'

Looks like Kjell and Olaf have their work cut out.

‘I’m a Shetlander, not a Thai’

The Thoughts Of A Shetland Phony.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Blue Is The Colour

of the Crips, it seems. Seems it's enough to get you killed.
The dead hands of Tookie ('Waiting to Exhale') Williams reach from the grave to drag others down to him.

Bhangra, Ontario

That's something else new that I've learned from the Hyphenated Canadian today - that the world's largest Punjabi language weekly newspaper is published in Canada.
Welcome to life in Bhangra, Ontario - where the Mountiejis always get their man.

Is Ruben Navarette A Xenophile?

Roach Rewrites Ricardo

In his latest missive on globalisation, entitled 'Defensive Economics', Stephen Roach, Morgan Stanley's not-on-the-list Chief Economist writes,
"The basic conclusion of Ricardian comparative advantage that all economists are taught to worship from birth holds that trade liberalization not only brings poor workers from the developing world into the global economic equation (win #1), but workers in the developed world then benefit by buying low-cost, high-quality goods from the developing world (win #2). The theory breaks down because of a new disruptive technology -- in this case, the Internet -- that dramatically accelerates both the speed and scope of worker displacement in the developed world. It used to be that such workers would eventually -- with considerable dislocational distress, to be sure -- seek and secure refuge in the non-tradable segment of their economies. The shocker is that the sense of security in services has effectively broken down. In recent years, IT-enabled connectivity has quickly migrated up the knowledge worker occupational hierarchy in once-nontradable services, denying displaced workers in the developed world the comfort (i.e., sustainable labor income generation) of enjoying the benefits of the second win of globalization".
Will this elegant statement of why globalisation is not free trade be enough to satisfy the Adam Smith Institute, the Globalisation Institute, the Mises Institute and the economics faculty of George Mason University?
Don't hold your breath...they still think they're all getting richer...

Polish Anti-Semitism...

which made an exile of a great Polish hero, seems to be on the march.
Leave it at the door, chaps. We tend not to like that sort of stuff too much here.

A Silly Little Man

What a silly, puffed-up, self-important but ultimately unimportant little man George Reid, the Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, really is, to drag up a very well worn 40 year old magazine interview and demand answers from Sir Sean Connery, his own party's greatest benefactor.
Like so many of his brethren in the body he chairs, Reid has enjoyed a gilded career not spent in the hardest of labours. For all of his legion faults, the big fellow from Fountainbridge has done more for this country than Reid is ever capable of doing.
He gets people to come here. Soon the tourists will only come to the Scottish Parliament to wonder at the ease with which the roof collapsed.

Step We Gaily On We Go

Heel for heel and toe for toe
Arm in arm and row and row

Auld Broon And The Skills Canard

One can almost see his fat Scotch jowls wobbling with glee as he chuntered that,
"Britain will have to become a more flexible economy - more ready to change, with more local and regional pay flexibility, better equipped for the long term, with more focus on the jobs and skills of the future...
"In some economies energies are devoted to sheltering the last job, when the job is redundant...

"In the successful economies of the future like Britain, energies will be focused on helping people move into the next job."
Jus as they did in Xanadu Falls.
Broon should drag his furiously drawn beetle brows away from his ledgers and take a long, hard look at the reality of the British job market. You need two years experience to get any post of consequence.

In The Black

Vladimir Putin once again proves himself more of a fiscal conservative than George W. Bush.

The Best News I've Heard All Day

Mother Goldman's having a hard time keeping an orderly house.

'Victims' family scheme championed'...

an initiative that should properly be known as 'overriding the constitutional function of the judges who pass sentences on behalf the entire citizenry.'
The bespoke justice suggested by such measures would only be appropriate if the judiciary were privatised; and as far as Blair's concerned, history shows we should never consider anything as being beyond him.

Perceptions

"There is a perception that Muslims are a source of terrorism."
"Four men today denied any wrongdoing over Muslim protests in London over the publication of cartoons ridiculing the prophet Mohammed.
The four were part of a group of protestors outside the Danish Embassy in central London who brandished placards that read 'Butcher those who mock Islam' and 'Behead those who insult Islam.'
The protest on February 3 this year was a reaction as part of worldwide protests over the publication of a number of cartoons in a Danish newspaper depicting the Prophet that some Muslims saw as insulting to their faith.
At the Old Bailey, all four entered not guilty pleas following the protest in Sloane Street, central London.
Bearded Abdul Muhid, 18, appeared by via link from Winchester Prison wearing a white skull cap and robes. He denied two count of soliciting murder to those who insulted Islam.
Appearing in the dock, Umran Javed, 26, who had a back beard and wore dark flowing robes, denied one charge of soliciting to murder American or Danish nationals and one charge of using threatening words or behaviour likely to stir up racial hatred.
Bearded and skull capped Mizanur Rahman, 22, who wore brown robes in the dock, denied one count of soliciting the murder of those who insulted Islam, American and British servicemen, and Danish, Spanish and French nationals.
He also denied using words likely to stir up racial hatred.
Bearded Abdul Rahman Saleem, 31, who wore a white skull cap and robes denied one count of using words likely to stir up racial hatred."

Kosovo's Not A Country

Could someone please tell the Department for International Development?

Friday, June 23, 2006

Saints Thomas More & John Fisher

That gentle soul The Wandering Thomist reminds that yesterday was the feat of St. Thomas More, the patron saint of lawyers.

The Gas Princess Gets All Gassy

The woman who makes Margaret Thatcher look soft decides to do some Putin-baiting.
This is not our fight, and we should not only be impartial, we should also be seen to be impartial.

'McConnell quizzed on missile plan'

Jack does skirts.

Not bombs.

'All-faith burials plan considered'

"Part of a cemetery may be deconsecrated to make way for burials for people from all religions and beliefs.

Boston Borough Council is considering having the Christian blessing removed from part of the town's cemetery to allow burials from all faiths.

Bereavement services manager Martin Potts said the council had been approached by members of the Muslim community to provide more space.

The council confirmed land already used for graves would not be cleared.
Mr Potts said: "We have been approached by the Muslim community to provide allocated space for them to bury their dead.

"But you cannot just allocate land for one religious group, you need to do it for everyone, including agnostics, irreligious people and other faiths as well."

The process of deconsecrating land can take some time as the proposal has to pass through an ecclesiastical court with the Bishop of Lincoln giving the final go-ahead. "
Well, there must be a bucket load of dead Muslim folks' in Boston to bury.
Hopefully the Lincolnshire branch of the umma is not seeking 'Lebensraum' for its dead, because 'removing' a Christian blessing from a graveyard as if it were a wart or in-grown toenail seems like a shocking act of bad faith towards those who were comforted by its presence before their interment.

Great Minds Think Alike

On the VDare blog, Steve Sailer has performed an exercise on the 'Open Letter on Immigration' identical to the one I performed here.
This is like swapping football cards. Is Milton Friedman worth more than Walter Williams?
Oh no. I'm starting to sound like Don Boudreaux....

'Peace deal offers Iraq insurgents an amnesty'

I hope this suggestion is well received by the crippled and maimed vets at Walter Reed. It would certainly seem make an interesting talking point for group therapy.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

'British passport? That won't do nicely'

"Nothing does more to bring a holiday to an abrupt end than arrival at one of Britain's grim airports, especially the ones surrounding London. The windowless corridors with their low ceilings are like the reception halls of some vast liberal prison, which in a way they are.

But the experience is also interesting, if you are observant. For years, the passport gates have been divided between "EU Passport Holders" and "Non-EU Passport Holders". This distinction made it rather too plain that there is now no such thing as a British subject, that we do not control our borders and that former British subjects now have no more right to enter their own country than the citizens of nearly three dozen assorted countries, some of them until recently Communist dictatorships. Commonwealth citizens are even worse off.

As in all socialist paradises, only money or privilege can get you past these clogged queues. If you aren't able to get into the 'fast track', you must wait for ages while parties of retired Estonian KGB colonels are waved into the country ahead of you.

However, some public relations genius has now altered the signs to say "UK and EU passport holders", so that at least the former United Kingdom gets a mention. Of course, it makes no difference. You still have to wait behind the KGB men. In a way, it drives the message home even harder. You used to have a country. Now you don't . That passport you carry, besides being an embryo identity card, is a European Union passport, not a British one. That's why it cannot be blue any more. "

Peter Hitchens

'Aspects of US Immigration Bill questioned'

by Radio Telefis Eireann.

Sure, the green cards are a burning issue in Ballybunion.

Oligarchs 'R Us

New life is breathed into the yellowing and leathery Orange Revolution.

The Ukrainians are all so happy now!

They are free!

If Poles Can Cook Italian Food...

cant they cook everything else?

"It was a one-off thing I did years ago. It won't happen again I can assure you of that."

Let's hope so, Sakchai.

Justice Is Supposed To Be Blind...

not diverse.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Cause Celebre


It's sad to see just how Glasgow-centric BBC News Interactive Scotland has become, when its tenth web page on the case of Sakchai Makao (left) describes the fire-raising long-jumper as 'a Thai man facing deportation from Shetland'.
When did Shetland become independent? Or did someone sell it back to the Norwegians without telling us?
Mark my words, Gordon Brown will do anythng for money.
But doesn't Sakchai look so happy in his campaign T-shirt? It sure beats prison issue for style.
I love that T-shirt. It smacks of hubris.
And pride cometh...

'England shirt attacks condemned'

What can one say?

The Names Not On The List

A semi-literate and typo-ridden analysis of some of the names which don't appear on The Sodality of St. Supply and St. Demand's 'Open Letter on Immigration' can be found in Owen Barder's 'Comments' section.

The African Queen Takes The Midnight Express

With the publication of 'A Requiem for Gonzoconservatism', my days as a contributor to Antiwar came to a natural close, so it's without much trepidation that some comment is visited on Justin Raimondo's article of today entitled 'Odyssey to America'.
It tells the story of 'Adil', a Moroccan drag queen with a dream of becoming an American who Raimondo met in Kuala Lumpur and helped enter the USA - got that?
Being gay in Muslim North Africa (being gay in Muslim anywhere, come to think of it) is obviously no picnic, and Justin's narration of life in a Moroccan jail's 'gay tank' certainly makes uncomfortable reading.
However, I'm not altogether sure how verifiable Justin's comment about how the Spanish 'shoot illegal immigrants as they clamber onshore from rickety barges' might be; and very unusually for him, the reference is not supported by a hyperlink.
Yes, gay men are persecuted in the Muslim world, unconscionable hypocrisy given the homosexuality rampant in many Muslim cultures; but that does not by itself justify the grant of asylum to homosexuals.
Asylum should always and only ever be granted if the applicant is capable of proving that they run a risk of political persecution; and being gay is not a political matter, or so many gays keep telling us.
And Justin really strikes out when he compares Adil's journey to 'The Odyssey'.
The Odyssey is the story of a man trying to make his way back to a home he never wanted to leave in the first place.
Not to the one beside it, that he always thought was nice.

Devoured By The Gannett

James Fulford has an interesting post on the VDare blog concerning the insatiable craving for 'diversity' exhibited by Gannett; the ultimate parent of the Sunday Herald.
In all fairness, I don't think this one can be pinned on Gannett's Yankee corporate imperialism - the 'Crown Road South Gazette' has always been filled with Scotch whingers.

Anglo-Irish Immigrant To USA Analyses Decline Of Scotland

'Turkmen in gas warning to Russia'

Sorry lads, but the dromedary is an endangered species; and it's unlikely to put up much resistance to a T-34 tank.

'Aged 14 And Sold For Sex'

and it wouldn't happen if we had adequate border controls.

Harper Outs Himself As A Globalist

The Hyphenated Canadian has some choice words for his allegedly 'Conservative' Prime Minister.
From this perspective, Stephen Harper is shaping up as just another big-business-loving, alfalfa-juice drinking, internationalist, boot-on-the-neck wee Tory bully boy of the kind whose ilk we know so well. It says much for what Liberal government of Canada must have been like for Canadians to have voted the schlep into office as a 'conservative' alternative.
Next stop for the Princess Pats - Basra?
And if their government's spending is not yet out of control, Canadian conservatives need not fear - it soon will be.
After a while spent studying the Stephen Harpers of this world, the script starts to write itself.
It really, really annoys me that this guy's election was looked forward to and worked hard for by very well-meaning, sincere and patriotic Canadians - then he turns round and pulls this sort of stuff on them.

'Immigration sites 'lack decency'

No, the other kind of sites - inadequate creche facilities, too few nappy-changing areas, etc.

Monsignor Denis Faul...

One of his last public statements was a storming criticism of the demolition of Ulster's education system effected by Martin McGuiness; a decision Faul described as 'anti-democratic', and which Blair backed to the hilt.
RIP.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

The Eight O' Clock Blues

If postings become sparse for the next few days, I'm afraid it's down to 08.00 work starts.
I will go to the barricades with any revolutionary who promises me that I can start work at 11.00.

Fly Away Home


It is not known whether his prowess as a triple jumper led to Sakchai Makao (left) being known as 'The Birdman of Shetland' during his previous incarceration on two counts of wilful fire-raising.
In its ninth page on his case in less than two weeks, BBC News Interactive pictures Makao breathing the clean air of liberty outside Durham prison, having been granted bail pending the determination of the deportation proceedings to which he is currently subject. He'll be returning to Shetland tomorrow.
David Gardner, one of Sakchai's vocal locals, is reported as saying that,
"The campaign will now double its efforts."
Indeed it shall. Indeed it shall.

'US soldiers' bodies found in Iraq'

The Sand People strike again.
I'm looking forward to seeing how Jenna and Barbara look in uniform - aren't you?

'London fails civility test in survey of world cities'

What else would you expect in a city so packed with uncivil people?

'Four men arrested in terror raids'

"Police are trying to establish whether they [the arrested men] were giving support to an alleged al-Qaeda cell in Canada. The operation leading to their arrests involved West Yorkshire Police, MI5 and Scotland Yard."
The BBC does not report whether the men were Salvationists, Plymouth Brethren or members of the Jock Troup Memorial Church, nor make any mention of them having a particular religious affiliation.
Funny that. I always thought Al Qa'eda's membership was heavily weighted in favour of middle class Muslims; a sort of self-detonators' qhountry qhlub.

The Great British Engineer Shortage

UK Immigration News, a rather odious little website, has a headline today entitled 'Current UK critical skills shortage list'.
It reports breathlessly that,
"Britain has a skill shortage of engineering specialities, and it's growing. However, the supply of qualified engineers (so far) has not. Especially for the development of new and innovative technologies, this is critical (sic) problem that needs to be solved."
Although skills shortages occurring when the number of qualified professionals is increasing is a phenomenon only found in Immigrationia, neither the headline nor the report tell the full story. You need to go to another UKIN page, 'Current UK critical skills shortage list', to get that data.
Therein, the UK's critical shortage of engineers is broken down as follows -
"Engineering occupations:

Engineers with a degree and at least 2 years relevant experience from a civil, structures or electrical background in the following specialisms:

Railway Engineers:
• Railways Planner or Engineer
• Railways Modeller
• Railway Track Design or Permanent Way Engineer
• Communications Engineer
• Power Supply Engineer or Electrification Engineer

Engineers with a degree and at least 2 years relevant experience from a structures background in the following specialisms:

Structural/Bridge Engineers:
• Structural Engineer
• Infrastructure Engineer or Buildings Engineer
• Bridge Engineer or Highways Structural Engineer

Engineers with a degree and at least 2 years relevant experience from a civil background in the following specialisms:

Transportation and Highways Engineers:
• Traffic Engineer or Transport Planner
• Transport Modeller or Transport Planner
• Traffic Signal Engineer
• Highways Design Engineer or Highways Planning Engineer
• Highways Maintenance Engineer

Ground Engineering:
• Geoenvironmental Engineer
• Geotechnical Engineer
• Geological Advisor
• Geological Analyst
• Geological Associate
• Geological Engineer
• Geologist / Hydrogeologist
• Geology / Reservoir Engineer
• Geomechanics Engineer
• Geophysical Specialist
• Geophysicist• Geoscientist
• Geosupport Engineer
• Engineering Geologist
• Ground Engineer
• Contaminated Land Specialist"
The rest of the 'critical vacancies' are either political (doctors, nurses, teachers) in character, or caused by the UK's economic over-dependence on the output of financial services (actuaries); and the country which gave the world the Spitfire needs aircraft engineers.
You've got to love comprehensive education. It's done us all a world of good.
However, there is a common theme running through the engineering vacancies. It's the '2 years relevant experience'.
It doesn't even need the eye I developed from making my living as a recruitment consultant for three years to notice straight away that this is not a 'critical skills shortage' - this is a list of vacancies.
I shouldn't be too hard on UK Immigration News - after all, they were merely reprinting the Home Office's own list. Those who govern us are either commercially ignorant, unaware that an employer will always prefer an experienced professional over a newly qualified (and even more so if they can pay them less as well); or else they just don't care that a skill is a skill is a skill, while experience measures nothing but possible depth of skill - it is not a skill in itself.
This is how engineering will die in this country, with British engineers headsetting in call centres while Kazakhs sit at the draughtboards. But at least we know what jobs British engineers won't do; the ones they'll never get a chance to do.

The Second Boudreaux Prize

for economistic drivelling goes to Madsen Pirie for this effort entitled 'Big business — it's mankind's biggest boon'.
Money quote -
"The business corporation, by contrast, is one of the most benign institutions ever created by humankind. Men and women have banded together and risked some of their wealth to create new wealth. In the process they have generated employment, trade and opportunity. They have not usually done this by theft and trickery, but by offering people goods and services they will freely pay for."
And also spending barrels and barrels of their stockholders' money lobbying for policies that are good for them - strange behaviour from entities which cannot vote.

'World's wealthy hit new peak'

It seems America can't make millionaires the way it used to.

'UK budget deficit hits new record'

Auld Broon is on a crash course with reality, the result of his ideological and intellectual arrogance combining with his economic ignorance; the fiscal equivalent of a binary bomb.
It's all been a policy, not a process, of course.
But in the face of such figures it's clear that fiscal discipline, 'balancing the books', is now essential; and if he doesn't want to hear the strains of 'London's Burning' being sung at his front door, then he should be sufficiently politically astute to know that tax rises targeted at a population already squeezed rigid by them and faced with stagnant wages as a result of anti-national immigration policies would be a very, very hard sell.
So the unthinkable might have to be thought.
How about some good old fashioned Tory cuts?
Let's slash the NHS, using some of the savings to build new asylums for the proper detention of the nutters and loonies wandering the streets!
Let's sack all the nurses, teachers and social workers and use some of the savings to build lots of bombs!
And, best of all, let's close all the breakfast clubs, empty the afterschool programs, pave over the designated play areas (starting with the ones with wheelchair access) and seize all the classroom computers before flogging them to dodgy second hand dealers, who would be then be unable to properly dispose of them and ending up poisoning the water table!
That's the way to do it!

'Homer Today'

A reader of Andrew Sullivan's gets classical on Dick Cheney.
However, I prefer the analysis I provided in the article which is the favourite of all my children - 'Remember The Lesson Of Troy'.

'Scots give warmer welcome to asylum seekers than the English'

but they're not all happy bunnies down at The Institute for Public Policy Research.
"...the report warns against complacency as the overall tolerance masks some hostility among particular groups. It showed that people in Glasgow were the most hostile towards asylum seekers. Young people aged 17-19 in all three areas were the most intolerant of asylum seekers and felt they were a threat to jobs."
Whilst intolerance for its own sake is to be deplored, perhaps IPPR might consider that, given that Glasgow is the UK's most deprived city, with its lowest male life expectancy; and also given that the city's asylum seekers are there because of deals struck between the Home Office and Glasgow City Council without any public consultation; and also given that it's always the low skilled teenaged who are most at risk of displacement by mass migration (because, let's face it, only a fraction of those in the city will ever be returning to their countries of origin); and also given the report that appeared in today's 'Daily Mail', that asylum-seekers may be being considered for preferential treatment in social housing, in some cases becauase they're scared their tower block might fall down in the wind; perhaps IPPR might care to consider whether the neds have a point.

Monday, June 19, 2006

'The War Of The World'

Forget the jokes about Niall Ferguson - the first episode of his new TV show 'The War Of The World' was broadcast on Channel 4 tonight.
It wasn't funny. It was actually quite disturbing.
The show is intended to prove his hypotheses that the various wars of the 20th Century were one war, not many; that the East beat the West; and that the war's critical factor was race.
Now he's an Oxford D.Phil and a Harvard professor, while my academic history studies ended at 16; and one must factor in that TV history shows are as much about showbusiness as history; but even then, there were some very odd, and very big, gaps in its content - gaps which an honest reviewer might believe are there to support the hypotheses.
For example, the impression that Ferguson painted of the Russo-Japanese war was that for the Russians, it was as much about race as the Japanese attack on Port Arthur.
Fair enough, if that's a plank of your hypothesis. He made no mention of Russia's decades-long strategic quest for a warm water port in the Far East; but what was really surprising was his interpretation of its consequences. He painted the unrest in Russia caused by the war's outcome as being solely the war's outcome - it was as if Kropotkin had never existed, as if the Russians had no history of dissent prior to 1905.
Similarly, when discussing the October Revolution, Ferguson described it as a coup d'etat of cranks which resulted in Russia signing ruinous peace terms - yet made no mention of the infamous sealed train. Lenin only made it to Russia thanks to the Germans. Perhaps the Germans realised that Lenin's principal motivation was not racial solidarity but gaining power - and it is strange that such a seminal moment in the war's history should pass without comment.
It was strange, very strange, and foreboding. I'm not sure I like where it seems to be going.
For I don't think he mentioned 'culture' once.

Another Immigration Paradox

"The number of migrant workers in Lincolnshire has increased ten-fold in two years, according to new figures.

A survey has indicated over 56% of the 70,000 workers - who now make up to 10% of the county's population - wanted to stay long-term in Britain.

South Holland District Council, which was behind the survey, warned of unrest between residents and the new arrivals if housing shortages are not addressed.

But they also said the workers were vital to the region's economy. "
Why should there be unrest if there efforts were so vital?
Is the BBC suggesting that Lincolnshire folk are incapable of supporting their own economy?
Because I can think of one of them to whom that suggestion would be anathema.

What's The International Organisation For Migration Been Doing (When Nobody Was Looking)?

Everyone's favourite people movers and remittance mongers have been busy little bees, publishing a little pamphlet.
"Czech Republic - Launching of Handbook on Labour Migration
A handbook on how to establish successful labour migration policies in countries of origin and destination is launched today on the second day the 14th OSCE Economic Forum in Prague.
The main objective of the handbook, which has been jointly produced by the IOM, the ILO and the OSCE, is to assist States, particularly those in the OSCE area, in their effort to develop sound labour migration policies and programmes.
It analyzes labour migration policies, legislation and structures designed to optimize the benefits of organized labour migration in countries of origin and destination, drawing from experiences for OSCE participating States and from other countries. In particular, it discusses issues underlying labour migration policy, including the protection of migrant workers, benefits of organized labour migration, effective administration of labour migration, foreign labour admission policies, post-admission policies, irregular labour migration and inter-state co-operation.
"The handbook is the first of its kind," says Nilim Baruah, IOM's Head of Labour Migration Division. "It is primarily intended for decision makers and labour migration practitioners in the OSCE area and in countries covered by IOM and the ILO.
Of the estimated 191 million migrants worldwide, more than 86 million are thought to be labour migrants. In the future, movement of international labour is expected to increase even more, making management of migration flows crucial.
The OSCE membership includes two traditional countries of immigration, Canada and the United States, both of which operate systems of employment-based immigration. It also includes the whole of the European Union (EU) and all OSCE participating States to the east of the EU are Members of the Council of Europe, which has developed its own approach to migration, including the adoption of a number of multilateral legal instruments aimed at regulating the lawful movement of migrant workers within the region and guaranteeing their fair treatment.
Another region, which is rapidly gaining in importance as far as labour migration is concerned, is the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). The largest country in this region, the Russian Federation, is home to the second largest number of migrants after the United States; Ukraine is fourth after Germany and Kazakhstan is ninth. Moreover, CIS countries are among the top ten countries of origin in the world. Finally, labour migration in the Balkans is also moving up the political agenda"
Mail Baruah your thoughts on their noble endeavours.

'Bush warns against protectionism'

One of these days, he might use the words 'American' and 'jobs' in the same sentence.

He's still got a couple more years. Give him time. He might need a long run up to it...

The E-Borders Amnesty

So I wasn't wrong. There will be an amnesty.

A Guardian report this evening entitled 'Pressure builds for immigration amnesty' says that,

"The government will be forced to introduce an amnesty for illegal immigrants next year, it was predicted today.

Keith Best, chief executive of the Immigration Advisory Service, said the introduction of a new border control system would require a "clean sheet" approach that should include knowing how many illegal immigrants were already residing in Britain.

The e-Borders scheme, due to begin in 2007/08, will introduce electronic passport controls for those leaving the UK to enable the government to keep track of overstayers and other illegals.

Mr Best said: "If you are going to start with a clean sheet, you are going to have to have an amnesty for existing overstayers in the country.

"Without it there will still be speculation about how many illegal immigrants there are in the country. It seems to me that the time e-Borders is introduced is the best time to do it."

The head of the independent group added: "Although it wouldn't wipe the slate completely clean, it would remove a lot of the fears surrounding how many illegal migrants are in the country."

'An independent group'; 'remove a lot of the fears' - such a lovely way of telling the British people they're going to have to accept foreign scofflaws in their midst, those whose only reasons for being here are desire for personal gain, cunning and persistence.

American readers might not be aware of the career of Keith Best; Britons often fail to mention it, perhaps out of good taste.

He's a former Conservative MP who, 20 years ago, was imprisoned for insider trading.
Perhaps that what he means by 'well experienced in the management of change' (.pdf) - an achingly arch reference if ever there was one. So bloody clever - and so bloody wrong.

'Blair's son attacks Britain's human rights 'abuses'

It seems that little Nicky's inherited his mother's beliefs and his father's arrogance.
On the basis of the old soccer maxim that 'if you're good enough, you're old enough', let me be among the first to give The Blair Titch his first dose of blogosphere abuse.
What a muppet.

'Minister & Commissioner discuss gang crime'

Hopefully Ireland's Minister of Justice and the Commissioner of An Garda Siochana had the activities of The Black Velvet Band high upon their agenda.

'Woman jailed for giving lover HIV'

The name once used for that crime was 'attempted murder'.

Now it seems that 'grievous bodily harm' will suffice.

Failed abortion 'warranty breach'

Legalism gone mad.

Mother's Little Helpers


The BBC has produced another piece of puke-making immigrationist pap, this time entitled 'New US pastures lure immigrants'.
'Arely', (left) a Mexican illegal who apparently works 'as a supervisor at one of the country's largest retailers' in North Carolina, claims to be fearful of deportation. She is quoted as saying,
"I have only a work permit, not permanent residence".
And two anchor babies as well, by the looks of it. I don't see her getting hauled away in a squad car anytime soon.
It looks like the BBC's ignorance of US immigration procedures is exceeded only by its own manic immigrationism.

Why Has Zoellick Gone?

'Police 'need more Muslims'

or fewer Islamist terrorists and radical clerics and very many more Muslims with a sophisticated understanding of British civic obligation.
It's a matter of opinion, I suppose.

Another Mortarboard Martyr?

'Survey finds male abuse approval'

"More than half of women questioned at a Glasgow university said they approved of wives hitting their husbands".
The BBC reports,
"David Smith, honorary professor of criminology at Edinburgh university and editor of the European Journal of Criminology, said he found the results "surprising".

"The number of women who admit to assaulting men is interesting as it's well known that men are more violent than woman."
Really? Well, they are probably more likely to get a full tariff sentence when they snap and kill after years of abuse. Gender equality hasn't reached jailtime yet.

'Sars survivors help develop weapon against bird flu'

Wonderful news - although, given that the 20th Century's three great influenza pandemics all started in South East Asian poultry, one might have thought that the best prevention would be persuading Cambodians not to share their homes with their chickens.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

'The Scottish drift that is unnerving Brown'

Michael Portillo analyses Anglo-Scottish relations.

I think my analysis is better.

'Prisoners out on licence allowed foreign holidays'

Can't see what the fuss is about.
Jimmy Boyle, who in his pomp was known as 'The Man They Couldn't Hang', was allowed to emigrate.
And readers moved by Boyle's protestation of his innocence of William Rooney's murder should be aware that Boyle-Rooney was his third murder trial. He had been previously been acquitted of two other killings; in his day he was an expert witness intimidator; and he blinded a prison officer while in custody.

'Marchers demand apology over raid'

No.

Now get stuffed.

'South Asians 'using drugs more'

An interesting insight into a serious social problem.

The Housing Crisis Precipitated By Mass Migration Must Be Worse Than We Imagined...

This is truly 'eminent domain'.

'Indian woman 'deported from UK'

"Supporters of a failed asylum seeker who was pleading to be allowed to stay in Kent say she was put on a plane back to India on Saturday morning...
She had settled in Dover, Kent, saying she had been forced to flee her home country when she was raped and forced into an arranged marriage.

She was taken to an immigration removal centre on Thursday, following a year of failed appeals over her asylum claim. "
I would direct readers to my previous observations on Indian culture and corporate practices contained in 'A Good Monsoon', 'Can Austerity Measures Be Avoided?' and 'Bhopal's Unfinished Business'.

'Four released over street brawl'

"Four people arrested in connection with a street brawl in Portadown, County Armagh, have been released.

A man was treated for serious head injuries following the fight in the Thomas Street area early on Saturday.

The police seized a number of weapons at the scene, including knives. Up to 25 people from the Latvian, Polish and Portuguese communities were involved.

Three men and a woman were questioned about attacks on police and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. "
That now makes two recorded instances of foreign gang violence in Northern Ireland in the last three days.
Sure, they're assimilating nicely.

The Sunday Herald On Sakchai Makao

The Sunday Herald, since 1999 the newspaper of choice for Scotland's eneuretic left, excels itself today.

First up is 'Bad press adding to the woes of asylum seekers'.

Perhaps. Fewer rapes would help.

Not online is 'Bid to spotlight the buried debt we owe to the suffering of slaves'.
Sigh. Exeunt interest to the strains of 'Ol' Man River'...

After that is 'Bail hope for dawn raid Shetlander', concerning the plight of that old friend of this blog, Sakchai Makao; and without wishing to nit-pick, a more accurate headline would have been 'Bail hope for dawn raid Thai who is also a long term Shetlands resident'.

Then Muriel Gray, the munro-bagging media millionairess and regular 'Sunday Herald' columnist, weighs in with a commentary entitled 'Home Secretary focuses on headlines and loses sight of justice and decency'. She starts,

'When a government resorts to populism you can be sure it’s getting desperate.'

Gray might not appreciate being described as an elitist, but in my book that's the appropriate term for anyone who criticises 'populism'.

She then goes on to accuse John Reid, the Home Secretary, of only being tough on foreign criminals in order to generate favourable headlines; and although the question of foreigner committed crime is one which strikes at the very nature of citizenship, the government's behaviour over the past nine years means Gray's assertion is not without merit.
However, at this point she reaches the case of Sakchai Makao.
"As if this tabloid bottom kissing was not bad enough, he then continues to undermine the status of his position with the utterly preposterous case of Sakchai Makao, the Thai-born 23-year-old man who has lived in Shetland for the majority of his life. Mr Makao had his door broken down early one morning and was dragged off to a high-security prison awaiting possible deportation, as part of the crackdown on all those immigrant criminals being at large in society without the Home Office knowing their whereabouts and causing great embarrassment to the government. Mr Makao’s crime was the serious one of fire-raising, but one that he committed while drunk as a wild teenager, off the rails temporarily when his stepfather died. Before and since he has been a model citizen, liked and admired so much by his community that a third of Shetlanders have petitioned for his release . Was this a highly dangerous criminal who had disappeared into the ether until ready to strike again? Or is this a decent young man, totally reformed, naturalised in Britain and ready to contribute to society? Most likely Sakchai Makao represents an easy touch, a sacrificial lamb that the Home Secretary can hold up to a public furious at the government’s idiotic blundering over all those vanished, violent, immigrant criminals, and say: “Look, we got him! We know where he lives!”
Gray's unwitting description of an individual who is more likely than not a Buddhist as a 'sacrificial lamb' is certainly interesting; but having asked the questions, she deserves the answers.
At the time of his offence (the only time that counts), Sakchai Makao was a highly dangerous criminal. His possession of the Shetland Islands' triple jump record is no guarantee of his rehabilitation, and no guide as to whether he would not commit the same offence again if placed under similar pressures. That he is liked and admired by some of his neighbours is irrelevant to his immigration status; I'm sure Al Capone was the most popular guy on his block. He is not naturalised in Britain; if he were, he would be ineligible for deportation. That was his failure. And he works a public sector job, so he cannot be described as a net contributor to society.
She continues,
"We didn’t mean people like him, Dr Reid, you utter jerk. We wanted you to deport the rapists and murderers that are still at large and you haven’t a clue where. But hang on. Reid is many things: unpleasant, ambitious enough to apparently abandon principle in favour of career, and highly aggressive. But he is not stupid. Therefore he must know full well that Makao is no threat, and once again is trying merely to give the tabloids what they want, in this case at the expense of a young man’s future."
Why is Gray so certain that Makao's potential will only be fulfilled by his remaining in the UK? That an athlete as capable and committed as Makao would somehow be unable to find a forum for their talents in Thailand?
She surely can't be suggesting that Thai society and culture are in some way - defective?
Can she?

The Rage Of The Stupid

The capacity of Scotland's vocal stupid for venting their rage at not getting what they want when they want plumbs new depths in a report in today's 'Sunday Mail' entitled 'Raped by the court'.
It's the story of - well, read it yourselves;
"A LAWYER bullied a teenage rape victim into withdrawing her allegations after a three-hour ordeal in the witness box, her mother claimed yesterday.

The 19-year-old girl broke down after being accused of lying while giving evidence during the trial of the man charged with the brutal sex attack.

The victim was attacked from behind and pushed to the ground before being knocked unconscious. Her attacker then dragged her to a nearby car park and raped her.

But the 25-year-old suspect claimed she had consented to sex -even though she is a lesbian and had never slept with a man before.

His DNA was found in her underwear and police have told her family that no one else is being hunted for the attack despite his aquittal last week.

Yesterday, her mum claimed her daughter had been "raped again" by the system and demanded more protection for victims.

She spoke out days after Solicitor General Elish Angiolini promised an overhaul of the way rape victims are treated after admitting the current system was badly flawed.

The girl's mum, who has four other daughters, said: "We encouraged her to go to the police but her ordeal in court was like being raped all over again.

"Over Monday and Tuesday the defence lawyer spent more than three hours cross-examining her.

"She kept telling my daughter 'I suggest you are a liar.'

"She was told again that if she withdrew her allegation they could end this now which is all she wanted so she did.

"She needed support in court but didn't get any. She was in a terrible state. She said to me, 'I just wanted it to be over.'"

"The jury didn't see the CCTV footage or hear from her ex-partner who saw the state my daughter was in that night. "
This woman seems unconcerned that her child has had an unsuccessful homosexual relationship either at or by the age of 19.
Clearly, she has no understanding of the workings of our legal system; if she did, she would understand the necessity of testing oral evidence by cross examination - a feature which only exists in our system because trials are conducted under the principle of 'the presumption of innocence', which makes us better than about 95% of the other legal systems in the world.
This woman does not understand that Margaret Breslin was performing the duties incumbent upon her as an officer of the court, under the supervision of a professional judge acting as 'Master of the Law'; and that if she failed to discharge those duties, she would render herself liable to professional discipline.
If that sounds patronising towards the mother of a rape victim, then good; it's meant to be, because her daughter wasn't raped.
Rape is no longer a crime; it's an industry. With apologies for sounding mechanical, 'male rape' doesn't exist. Parliament might as well legislate that the sky turn pink as legislate an offence of 'male rape' into existence. The offence often described as 'male rape' was, is and always will be sexual assault.
Similarly the correct term of art for so-called 'date rape' is 'shaggers' remorse'. So you regretted having sex with someone you only met that evening? That's very sad, darlin', but it's also tough luck.
Try chastity or, if all else fails, knitting. They're safer in the long run.
Rape was, is, always will be and only ever will be the vaginal penetration of a woman by a man in the absence of her consent. That is why the Sudanese chemical castration candidate Elmuaz Abdelgadir is a rapist.
But - and this is the really tricky bit for the vocal stupid to try to understand - the presumption of innocence means that no rape exists until a court has found that it has been committed, beyond a reasonable doubt. The fact of the rape is established by its conviction, not its allegation. In order to get to that stage you have to do everything set out by the system to achieve that outcome and because the complainer dropped this case, there was no rape; so the accused walks free, an innocent man.
Why are such views even reported? Do they think that barracking a lawyer for doing her job will relieve the anger they feel at not getting what they think is their due? This is truly dangerous reporting, because Scotland's current government is stupid enough to pander to such people; when the appropriate response to such commentors is to tell them to go home and reflect on precisely where their teenage daughters are and what they're doing.