Friday, July 31, 2009

Why The American Right Deserves To Fail


From Townhall.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Nothing Can Be Left In Public Hands...

says John Harris, with whom I heartily agree.

A privatised economy is a pillaged economy.

Rethinking The Role Of Bankers In The Civilisation Of Truth And Love

One of the most attractive aspects of living in a civilisation of truth and love will be that there will be no need for bankers. This outcome will of course mean that our senses will no longer be afflicted by those who try to justify what they do; which when it comes down to it, is nothing but commit the sin of usury.

Where Are The Pinkertons When You Need Them?

Say what you like about Andrew Carnegie, he wouldn't have taken this crap from anyone.
The Vestas case works for me on so many levels. Whether as another possible example of foreign corporate thuggery getting one in the eye, even for a short period, or the idea that a wind turbine factory on an island in The English Channel could be going bust, it's a peach. Love it.

Getting Out In Time

One of its more famous employees of recent years has been The Hon. Stephen Kinnock, son of Lord Kinnock, now Chairman of the British Council, and the recently ennobled Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead.
Anyone concerned whether their lad's post is at risk of being outsourced should take heart - as of earlier this year, he's apparently something at the World Economic Forum.
Bless.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Talking To Terry Taliban

The ultimate sign that they've cocked it up, that they do not know what they are doing, that they never did know what they were doing, that everything they have done there has been in bad faith, that they have no concept of good faith, and that they possess that most grossly unattractive combination of vaulting personal ambition and physical, mental and moral weakness.
To Hell with them all. Either leave Afghanistan, build a wall round it and prosecute any British citizen found to have been there without lawful authority or reasonable excuse with treason, cutting the daisies one last time on the way out; or else let's see some of Blair's sons in uniform. If securing Afghanistan is in everyone's interest, it's also in theirs.

Running The World

It seems to matter to some people. Most people who think that they're God end up in mental hospitals. Confucian Communists end up getting invited to the White House instead. Go figure.

Monday, July 27, 2009

In The Way

Recently, and quite accidentally, I've been reading a fair amount of 19th Century British, or more specifically English, history.
This period makes several things quite clear.
This country has bred some of the most unpleasant and inhumane people ever to walk the Earth.
Social reforms are never necessary unless a better way of doing things has already been abandoned, usually in order to enable the further enrichment of the already wealthy and well-connected.
And if you don't want to live in a filthy slum, suffering from malnutrition, drinking foul water and dying at 35, don't rely on the private sector to help you out.
The entire track of British history seems to have been one long exercise in getting the inconvenient out of the way. This tendency has had several faces at various times; in order to put his legitimate wife away, for no reason higher than that she stood in the way of him getting what he wanted (which was, of all things, a shag), an English monarch even plunged his nation into heresy, perhaps condemning millions of people down the ages to damnation by default.
With the possible exception of every government of Mexico since about 1990, no nation has ever been more enthusiastic about exporting its own people, branding them 'surplus population'; a horribly un-Christian term coined by an allegedly Christian divine who didn't have the brains to think up the word 'unemployment', the phenomenon he twisted himself into knots trying to describe.
One could go on and on, into areas upon discussion of which the law currently frowns, but where one can see the same pattern at work; favoured children getting more and more, the runts being condemned and cast out. The 'assisted suicide' movement currently getting moving is, like the Dissolution of the Monasteries, like enclosure, like privatisation, just another example of top-down planning for the benefit of a very few people which will have catastrophic consequences for the many; the many who are in the way of those who matter getting what they want. Many of those who matter have led chaotic and unpeaceful lives; now they want easy deaths.
One would normally be inclined to say 'Over my dead body'; but given that I would be a prime candidate for the forced euthansia and medical mass murder that would result from any assisted suicide policy, it would be better not to tempt fate.
Just who is interested in pursuing 'assisted suicide?' In Scotland, it's a peroxided old barbarian soiling herself at the thought of dying from Parkinson's Disease. Tough luck, hen. Those are the breaks.
No, really. That's it.
Er, well, we'll see how that one plays. When laws on assisted suicide are passed (let's face it, they will - it's what those who matter want for the world they want to live in), I hope to survive long enough to see the first headlines describing how a devoutly Christian African nurse such as Magdeline Makola has been compelled to administer a lethal injection to a patient whose intentions regarding the manner of their death were not absolutely clear. That particular conundrum of competing preferences will have those who matter disappearing up those portions of their anatomies best investigated with a rubber glove.
In one sense, those who matter should be congratulated for their honesty. Their previous attempts at waging wars of extermination on the British people have mostly been conducted on the fly; enclosure and privatisation both wore the slightest of fig-leafs that economic pseudo-science could provide, while abortion's victims have been invisible. A sight that really struck me during my recent trip to the Republic of Ireland was that of the two Downs Syndrome children I saw in Dublin - can't remember the last time I saw one in Glasgow.
But assisted suicide is The Great Big War Of Extermination That They've All Been Waiting For. Its victims will not be invisibles - they'll be Grandma and Grandpa; you and me. Those who matter will be able to do what they've always wanted, to take the lives of British adults without penalty, crushing us under their heels like the ants, cockroaches, chavs, neds and oiks they consider us to be; worthless items standing in the way of someone more important getting what they want. In the past, what they wanted was something personal, like great sex or getting richer - now, what they want is to balance the budget of the NHS.
In one sense, I suppose it's a bit less objectionable to be murdered by the State if you knew that your death would help someone else get great sex or become richer - I mean, they'd be a bit happier, even for a while. But to be murdered by the State to make the spreadsheet look good? Give me a break. Way too Nazi for my taste.
I do hope Her Majesty the Queen is very trustful of her doctors. After all, she's getting on a bit.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

New Spin For Old

Rare specimen of Lesser Spotted Scottish Red Tory repeats tropes oft debunked before.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Elites Have Spoken

Candidate For Pseuds Corner

"I will never forget Bronek (as friends knew him) turning to me in a corridor of the Polish parliament and saying: "You know, for me Europe is a kind of Platonic essence."

Timothy Garton Ash.

What The Israeli Army Is Reading These Days

"The Pope and the cardinals of the Vatican help organize tours of Auschwitz for Hezbollah members to teach them how to wipe out Jews, according to a booklet being distributed to Israel Defense Forces soldiers.
Officials encouraging the booklet's distribution include senior officers, such as Lt. Col. Tamir Shalom, the commander of the Nahshon Battalion of the Kfir Brigade.
The booklet was published by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, in cooperation with the chief rabbi of Safed, Rabbi Shmuel Eliahu, and has been distributed for the past few months."
Hat tip - Justin Raimondo.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Some Thoughts On The Global Elite

Al Gore has called for 'global governance'.

Such a move can only be driven from above. Systems imposed from above are inherently unstable, and always extremely unpopular.
When the global OneSystem collapses, there will be no friendly nations in which its elites will be able to seek exile.
Just a thought.
Also good to see that Mandelson's life is being made difficult. When you tell people they're special often enough, they'll begin to believe it. Hat tip James.

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act

According to The Journal Of The Law Society of Scotland, this law

"...enables Scottish law enforcement agencies to pursue anyone from Scotland who commits a sex crime under Scots law against someone under-18 abroad, regardless of the law in that country."

By passing this law, the Scottish Parliament has shown itself to be no different to the kind of mob which surrounds prison vans carrying suspected sex offenders, kicking it and shouting 'Beast!'

Its incredible arrogance in suggesting that Scots are bound by this law wherever in the world they might be shows a lack of respect for other nations' laws which should result in them treating Scottish law with the contempt its current direction only deserves. Nobody likes sex offenders - who's to say that the next law won't affect other groups society doesn't like? Or groups that those within the Scottish Parliament just don't like, those whose stink offends the cologne-scented nostrils of a Scottish civic nationalist?

Of course, one can count on the quality of its draftmanship being as abysmal as most of the Scottish Parliament's other laws - how is being 'from Scotland' to be defined? There is no such thing as Scottish citizenship, so is it to be defined by residence? If so, for how long? By birth? Does that mean that an infant emigrant could be liable for prosecution in Scotland for 'offences' which are not in fact offences in the country where they've spent the vast bulk of their lives?

And it shows that in Scotland, a land and culture marvellous at producing policemen, it doesn't matter what you do - at all times and under all circumstances, you are a suspect. Unless you're happily stripping the willow, stepping gaily as you go with a wee dram and a folk song, you're not one of us.

They love the nation, and hate the people.

He's BAAAAACCCCKKKK!!!!!

Guess who got released from jail for a grand total of 30 seconds?

Stephen Gough, rambling to the bitter end.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Is Denis MacShane Scum?

Last week, Denis McShane MP made the following remark in the House of Commons regarding Gary McKinnon's diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome in 2008 -
"I was slightly alarmed when I heard that the gentleman—who is not mentioned in the motion but about whom we are talking and the Daily Mail is campaigning—was diagnosed with his distressing condition only last year. One gets a slight hint of the famous Ernest Saunders defence: he said that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s to get off a criminal prosecution, but the moment that he was out of court, he somehow skipped off and his memory came back with marvellous vigour."
MaShane's own academic, er, achievements, such as they are, don't seem to include either neurology or psychiatry. It is unknown whether he has any experience of the difficulties some sufferers of neurological or psychiatric illnesses face trying to get the people around them to acknowledge that the sufferer has a problem - let me merely say that some people take a lot of convincing about the Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome. And they deserved the benefit of the doubt regarding their personal goodwill; MacShane does not.
To see a cheap hack of no consequence like MacShane question a vulnerable man's vulnerability, presumably for political ends, is disgusting. It is the sort of thing that scum would do, and leads the reader to question whether MacShane is, in fact, just common scum.

The Tyranny Of Technocrats

According to 'The Sunday Telegraph', the ruddy-faced Lord Jones of Birmingham apparently believes that,
"Health, education, business, transport, defence and security are too important to be left any longer to enthusiastic amateurs.

"We must use the impetus created by the MPs' expenses scandal to deliver a system of governing fit for purpose in a highly competitive, technically advanced, consumer driven, delivery-focused 21st century world."
His use of four separate adjectival phrases to describe the '21st century world' might lead one to believe that His Lordship has a bad dose of Blowhard's Overkill; yet given that his own understanding of the nature of globalisation, easily the most pressing issue of our times, seems to be at best weak, hopefully he is not suggesting some kind of technocratic tyranny.
I wouldn't put it past any of these people.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Off Parade

Lord Mandelson's Convenience

Anything that might make Lord Mandelson's life easier in any way, shape or form is, of course, A Bad Thing That Must Be Resisted At All Costs. It is every British democrat and patriot's duty to make this odious man's life as difficult as possible, by any means within the law.
To give life peers the right to resign their peerages to seek office in the House of Commons is to treat the House of Lords as a convenience; a fitting end to a body which has been so passive in the face of its own destruction it now deserves to be destroyed, but which should live on only because its existence is an obstacle in Peter Mandelson's path.
That fact alone should guarantee that it survives for another millenium.

The Intellectual Inconsistency Of Scottish Nationalists

In one sense, I'm quite glad that David Kerr is no longer on BBC Scotland - his presenting style was very irritating, and never failed to remind me of the character of Bulldog in 'Frasier' - but one really has to ask, indeed is absolutely entitled to ask, whether or not it's inconsistent of a person who's obviously deeply committed to Scottish nationalism to draw pay from the British Broadcasting Corporation.
And Mr. Kerr continued in what is to all intents and purposes a form of British public service after standing as a candidate for the SNP in 2007. If this is allowed, it shouldn't be.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Janus Revisited

It is sometimes difficult to know how to treat nationalists; I'm sure they're all very nice people, but their extremely middle-class prejudices are of the type that give being middle-class a bad name.
I recently bit the bullet of trying to engage with Scottish nationalist thought processes and read a book by the Scottish nationalist intellectual Tom Nairn entitled 'Janus Revisited'. Alas, the bullet was a rusty musketball, too long exposed on the field of Culloden. The kindest thing that one could say about it is that, to deploy a put-down once used by a prospective employer, the author has 'a few good lines'; if you can find them amidst the dense undergrowth of 'metempsychoses' and (my particular favourite) the almost Rumsfeldian 'particular particularities' - I kid you not.

And unless I've grossly misread him, and apologise in advance if I have, he admits to having been a Poll Tax Rebel; I was not, indeed paid the Community Charge while at university, and this experience has led me to believe that those who proclaim, indeed seem quite proud, that they are scofflaws aren't really worth an iota of respect.

Being a Unionist I am of course too stupid and coarse to understand such thought processes; but what Nairn seems to think about Scottish nationalism isn't in the least clear. As far as one could understand what it was he was actually saying, it seemed to be a sort of tartan-tinted version of 'Open Society', Karl Popper repackaged on a shortbread tin. And, er, that's it. But should Scotland ever become independent on such lines, there's one thing you can be absolutely sure of - the dinner parties will be fantastic.

Ireland's Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill..

has passed the Senead.

This bill permits a court to treat as fact the uncorroborated opinion evidence of a member of An Garda Siochana that an accused person is a member of a criminal gang. Let's see how that one plays in Strasbourg.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Show Me The Money!

For all of The Tartanissimo's sound and fury, and for all the in-yer-face whelping of his lapdogs, if you pay a portion of a bill which is also partly paid by non-Parliamentarians such as Corin Redgrave, it's hard to see how it could be a parliamentary expense, and accordingly you shouldn't really have put it on your expenses.
One of his followers, Sandra White MSP, seems to have either a bee in her bonnet or a bug up her backside about the amount of cricket shown on television in Scotland. She, and all other adherents of his rather seedy little personality cult, might soon have to acquaint themselves with the meaning of the word 'Owzat!'

The Use Of Water Cannon In Northern Ireland

Is this new? I don't ever remember hearing reports of that particular tool of oppression being used before. After all, water cannon always used to be associated with oppressive regimes; and we're a free people - right?
Also a bit sad to see that the baton rounds haven't been decommissioned. Och well, plus ca change...

Monday, July 13, 2009

Afghanistan

Out now. No more young British people dead. Neither the place nor the people are worth the effort.
Second thoughts, posted later in the day - I regretted writing this the moment I posted it. The Afghan people are Children of God just as much as I am. Their culture is most certainly worthless; but not the people themselves. This post did not meet the standards I try to set for myself, and I apologise to all readers. But what I have written, I have written.

The Relationship Between Scotland And Ireland

Having just returned from a week in County Cork, it is interesting to note that just about every policy advanced by any Scottish Executive of whatever hue in respect of curbing smoking, from banning it in enclosed spaces to keeping cigarettes off display in shops, seems to have originated in the Republic of Ireland.
This leads the author to three conclusions.
Firstly, that the deeply authoritarian nature of Irish political culture has not been mitigated by the Republic's integration into the wider world.
Secondly, that the Scottish Parliament is full of deadheads incapable of creative thought; we have to do it because the Irish are doing it.
Thirdly, that both Scottish and Irish nationalists are just like every other nationalist grouping that has ever existed anywhere in the world - they love the nation and hate the people.
Since July 1 2009, tobacconists in the Republic of Ireland have been compelled to keep their wares off display. They still keep them behind the counter but now store them in orange coloured contraptions which are supposed to work like cold drinks vending machines, a code being entered and your box of 20 Whatever You Likes dropping down to be furtively handed over.
In one shop I was in, the thing was already broken; but I'm sure their manufacturers have made an enormous profit.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Caritas In Veritate

There's a lot of reading in it, for sure, and to be honest from some of the synopses I've read I'm not sure I like what I see.
For example, Paragraph 57 reads "In order not to produce a dangerous universal power of a tyrannical nature, the governance of globalization must be marked by subsidiarity, articulated into several layers and involving different levels that can work together. Globalization certainly requires authority, insofar as it poses the problem of a global common good that needs to be pursued. This authority, however, must be organized in a subsidiary and stratified way, if it is not to infringe upon freedom and if it is to yield effective results in practice."
This statement does not acknowledge that no electorate has ever been asked whether they wish their government to pursue a globalist economic policy, the Global North having had globalisation imposed upon them by elites, the South by a World Bank and an IMF in thrall to The Washington Consensus; and accordingly it does not and indeed cannot address the fundamental question of whether globalisation, whatever it actually is, can be considered to be legitimate.
Globalisation is a policy, not a process, a statement I'll probably die with on my lips. Subsidiarity is well and good; but addressing why subsidiarity is now required when we have never been asked whether we agree with this policy would have been better.
Of course, these and other issues may be addressed in the rest of the encyclical. We'll see.

Monday, July 06, 2009

Still Here...

Keep reading.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Kudos To Peter Hitchens

David Laws might be a perfectly nice man in private, but the image he projects to the public is of a man so ambitious that he would not only stab you in the back to get what he wants, he would also stab you in the front - and twist.
It was therefore gratifying to see Peter Hitchens take both Laws and Iain Duncan-Smith to task on last night's 'Question Time' for their attempts to paint British Rail as a stain on the national history; a bad thing from a time of troubles, best never to be spoken of and quickly forgotten. If fairness is the criterion by which argument is judged, then it's fair to say it wasn't a fair fight; Laws's head seemed to move downward and to the left like a miniature action figure in need of a new battery, while poor old Duncan-Smith aimlessly lowed dogmae like an old bull let out to pasture, as purposeless as a Borg cut off from The Collective.
What Hitchens did not really get the time to say is that the reason the railways were privatised was the hatred of the people who run Britain, to all intents and purposes the same people for whom Britain is run, towards the idea that the British might ever be attached to anything in which they have a collective stake; and that if British Rail failed, it was not in spite of it being a product of British history, but precisely because it was a product of British history.
If our politicians knew any British history, they would have known that already.

Nationalise The SupermarKKKets

"One of the leading Manchester radicals, Archibald Pringle, who later wrote a history of the (Anti Corn Law) League, stated flatly that the manufacturers of Manchester, when they first opposed the corn law of 1815, 'took the untenable and unpopular ground that it was necessary to have cheap bread in order to reduce the English rate of wages to the continental level; and so long as they persisted in this blunder, the cause of free trade made but little progress'' -
Asa Briggs, 'Victorian Cities', page 122.
Cheap bread is still the name of the game - by any means necessary.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

A Challenge To The 'Civilised'

All those wonderfully 'civilised' savages who believe infanticide to be a Good Thing, presumably because they thought it would spice up sex lives doomed to remain non-existent, should view the selection of images contained here. If they're hard enough.
I mean, really hard enough.
No mangled heads, nothing recognisable as limbs torn asunder - but still a consequence of their civilising mission. Hat tip Mark Shea.
Question of the day - if Scottish politics is a pantomime, Lord Steel of Aikwood is its Widow Twanky. Discuss.