Monday, 25 May 2015

Cameron denies vote to schoolkids shock

Euphiles protested today that Prime Minister Cameron has no plans to extend voting to 14 year-olds for the forthcoming Euro referendum. They also protested against the exclusion of certified lunatics and Eurotrash aristocrats. "Cameron is excluding those most likely to vote 'Yes' to the Federasts" A spokesman said. "Indoctrinated schoolkids and madpersons are an important support bloc for us". 

Voting eligibility will be based on standard general election criteria - and will include more than 1m Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK while excluding over 1m EU citizens living and working here. (Hatfield Girl has a useful post on dual citizenships - which are rightly discouraged across Europe)

Time then to court the votes of all our Commonwealth cousins - whose home nations will have a far greater chance of trade and commerce with a UK outside of the EU.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Catholic Church and direct democracy

The Irish referendum result has placed an elephant in the forthcoming Synod. It may be that the Church's betrayal of the laity which makes it more likely that the two words that greet a priest will be 'Dirrty fecker' and not 'Hello Father', that this betrayal invited what many correspondents see as a kicking, or that the Church has lost the moral leadership of Ireland, or that Irish humanism triumphed over myth and superstition. Take your pick. 

The Catholic church will continue to oppose gay marriage, abortion, divorce, IVF and promiscuity in exactly the same way it opposes theft, murder, idolatry and adultery - on doctrinal grounds, that such things are moral absolutes. There is no room for moral relativism in doctrine. At the same time, people generally want to cast the church in the role of leaders in social justice - and of a variety of social justice that holds that love trumps all. People want a church that defends what they do, whether 'right' or 'wrong'. The challenge that faces Synod this October is that this is unknown territory for the Catholic church - a rigidly hierarchical organisation that has never accommodated direct democracy. 

The Catholic church and the Labour party will both be contemplating their futures this weekend in an age in which rule by centralist diktat, of command and control, has lost legitimacy amongst people who reserve their right to make their own minds up on individual issues. Neither can flourish in an era of direct democracy. Let's see which one cracks first.

Saturday, 23 May 2015

My own red lines

Now I don't know with any certainty what Cameron's chances of success are, or what will be the likely shape of the offer on the table after the talking has ended. At the same time I have no fear of the UK's chances outside the EU and can happily ignore the scare mongering by the global corporates, for whom a Federal Europe would work very well. They'd only have to bribe one set of government officials, rather than 28, for a start. However, I'm not quite the Euro purist that those of us in the 'out' camp are often imagined. 

- I support absolutely the free movement of goods, business or personal, without tariffs or quotas, within a bloc of nations sharing minimum standards of public health and hygiene and in which commercial law operates effectively

- Likewise I support the free movement of people in Europe, subject always to being able to demonstrate that they have both accommodation and means of support in their target nation. EU benefits tourists must be stopped - and this includes paying child benefit to Poland or Romania. But no quotas or restrictions on EU28 citizens coming to the UK to take up a job. 

- Freedom to provide services; yes, absolutely. Other EU countries are far more restrictive and protectionist than the UK and we need to go on the offensive. Austria for example requires hairdressers to undergo a 3 year apprenticeship - and they produce naff and unflattering coiffures like those popular in 1950s Soviet Bulgaria. In the UK any 16 year old school leaver can set herself up as a hairdresser - and UK women's hairstyles lead the world. 

- Freedom of Capital - of course.

What I absolutely cannot stick, what is repugnant and loathsome and horrid beyond measure, is the creeping EU Federalism that daily leaks power, taxes and influence to a ghastly college of zombie unelected officials in Brussels. The Commission needs hitting heavily with a very large stick until every bone is shattered. They must be starved of tax money, denied status, derided and ridiculed, belittled and sidelined. Sovereignty must remain with Europe's 28 nation states, or at least ours must remain with us. 

And that's my bottom line. 

Friday, 22 May 2015

Extremism on TV?

Sometimes it's just about context. If Louis Theroux or Michael Crick interviewed a loony who advocated that homosexuals be identified and flung from high buildings, the barely disguised mockery and careful editing would leave the viewer in no doubt that the extremist was a pathetic specimen worthy only of derision and taunts. If the same loony were given a serious platform on 'Newsnight' to explain that the sanction was prescribed in Leviticus, in the bible that sits in every church in Britain, and invited to explain the need for a change in the law to allow bible-courts to execute homosexuals, if I had the slightest liking for show-tunes or interior design magazines I'd be very afraid. 

There is no doubt in my mind that the foul and loathsome Islamist Anjem Choudary should never have been given a platform on Newsnight. That it happened was a gross error of BBC judgement that should have seen high-level sackings. But to allow it to lead to the Home Office interfering in programme making? I don't think so. Sanctions exist already. OFCOM can withdraw or suspend a broadcaster's licence if the rules are breached - and a new OFCOM with teeth ordering BBC2 to stop broadcasting for 48 hours as a punishment sounds OK to me.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

New £20 note? Surely Hogarth is the safe bet

If it has to be an artist, and a dead artist, I am happy to go with Hogarth. For a start he had a clear voice and a message to speak. Secondly, his morality resonates today when bling, greed and ambition are still the ruin of young men. Thirdly, he's classless - unlike some sycophantic knight of a court painter. Anyone today from any background can identify the types limned in Hogarth's savage caricatures. And finally, the NG's portrait (left) is timeless and would engrave well. 

Sorry, no polemic on those noisome crooks of banksters - £50bn in fines and not one yet jailed. It's too much to satirise.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Global Corporates support EU shock

Is it just the BBC that's headlining the CBI story this morning? The online papers are silent on it. Anyway, the head of the CBI - the organisation dominated by global corporates, and of which not one of the entire executive tier has ever worked in Industry - has called on, erm, global corporates to publicly support the EU Federation. Many of the new generation of university vice-chancellors, grasping toads who have prostituted the UK's academic reputation for foreign fees and EU grants, have also joined the CBI. So no bias there, then.

This has got to be about the biggest non-story of the day, alongside "Prince Charles supports monarchy" and "Scientists confirm Arboreal defaecation habit by members of genus Ursidae".

Anyway, here are the current UK members of the European Round Table (which has fifty rotating members at any time) - the body the EU relies on for advice and counsel when making new laws that mostly, erm, favour the global corporates:-

Rio Tinto
Rolls Royce
Arcelor Mittal

No doubt those stalwarts of the CBI don't see any conflict of interest here ...

Monday, 18 May 2015

I agree with Mehdi Hasan's piece in the Guardian shock

Mehdi pours criticism on all those who opine that what Islam needs is a Reformation. His piece in today's Guardian ripostes comments recommending an Islamic Martin Luther; Luther is the last thing Islam needs says Mehdi. I wholly agree. 

Islam is already split into Sunni and Shia sects; it doesn't need a Reformation that will split it further. No, what it needs now is say thirty years of savage civil war between the sects that will destroy 40% of the population - as we experienced in Europe - until both sides are exhausted and sick of blood and every violent warrior male has expired on the battlefield, altering forever the gene pool of the survivors.

Only then can Islam move into the sort of endogenous Enlightenment that it so desperately needs.