Monday, 8 February 2016

Cameron wrong on Libya, wrong on Syria, wrong on Europe

Dave's imaginary friends: Cameron invents 50,000 imaginary migrants in Dover to join his 70,000 imaginary moderate Syrian rebels; truly, there are whole imaginary armies marching through the Cameron brain .. 

You'd think his disaster in Libya, which with Cameron's assistance is Daesh / ISIS' new stronghold, would teach him some sense, but no. He's continued to prolong the civil war in Syria, continued to assist the death, maiming and destruction of innocent civilian populations, continued to feed the stream of desperate army deserters, rebel supporters and innocent refugees now heading for Turkey. As Simon Jenkins writes:
The Russians and the Iranians are supporting Assad. This support has no moral virtue but is at least more likely to end the war in his favour than the west is likely to bring victory to his opponents. Assad’s allies give him weapons, bases and boots on the ground. Western aid to his enemies, including from Britain, consists only of dropping bombs on an already devastated country. This merely creates more refugees. Britain is helping to prolong the war, the opposite of what the refugees want.

All wars end, but civil wars usually end when one side admits defeat. Britain’s aid to the Syrian rebels has always been mere “virtue signalling”. But by appearing to side with them it merely encourages their resistance, while incidentally helping the cause of Isis.
And of course he's horribly wrong on every aspect of Europe; even his scaremongering is so risibly, clumsily, stupidly naive and jejune that his French allies waste no time in shooting it down. After Cameron claimed that a 'leave' vote would lead to vast migrant camps around Dover, he was being either grossly ignorant or wilfully deceptive; the treaty between the UK and France that allows pre-channel screening on both sides is a bi-lateral treaty wholly separate from EU membership; the French interior minister has since made it clear that it would be 'madness' to repudiate the treaty and that it would continue, whatever the outcome of the vote.

What an utter prat Cameron has become. It seems he can't be trusted to open his gob these days without putting his foot in it. It reminds me of the final weeks in office of Gordon Brown - and that's saying something.  

Sunday, 7 February 2016

UK Charity bosses who aid migrants must be jailed

I do despair of the British press these days. It's as though the entire thing was being run by well-meaning twenty year old interns. Take a story today in the Indescribablyamateur that urges the Home Secretary not to accede to calls to criminalise charities assisting economic migrants to enter Europe. In a letter that reads as though it was penned by an unruly teenager May is told "“Up until now your Government has done everything it can to avoid helping refugees who have fled to Europe. Now you wish to stop others from doing so as well. This would be a morally reprehensible decision, punishing people for doing the right thing while the Government sits on its hands."

Well, it will come as a disappointment to both the Indie and it's ignorant contributors, but such action is already illegal. As the CPS website states:

Assisting unlawful immigration to a Member State (facilitation) - section 25 of the Immigration Act 1971

Section 25 Immigration Act 1971 creates an offence of assisting unlawful immigration (known as facilitation). The offence was substituted by section 143 Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 which came into force on 10 February 2003. This widened and extended the old facilitation provisions and covers any act facilitating a breach of immigration law by a non-EU citizen (including a breach of another Member State's immigration law) and acts covered by the old offence of "harbouring".
Under section 25(1) a person commits an offence if he:
  1. does an act which facilitates the commission of a breach of immigration law by an individual who is not a citizen of the European Union;
  2. knows or has reasonable cause for believing that the act facilitates the commission of a breach of immigration law by the individual; and
  3. knows or has reasonable cause for believing that the individual is not a citizen of the European Union. 
So all those young crusties combining a holiday to Lesbos with some macho posing in pulling wet Somalis from the beach for 'Facebook' are already breaking the law and can be prosecuted and jailed without any further change of legislation. But the real culprits, those whom I'd personally like to see banged up, are the bosses of 'charities' such as the Refugee Council, which uses millions in government funds to undermine the nation's entire strategy against migrants. 

The Met commissioner needs his arse booted out of his cosy HQ with considerable force. When he was so foolishly squandering resources on chasing phantoms and rumours about bold warriors he missed the real enemies in our midst - the charities and their bosses breaking the law today.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Drinks from bankrupts, and some good sense

Reading the online Guardian these days feels a bit like accepting a drink from someone you know is on the road to bankruptcy; behind the jovial bonhomie and the devil-may-care cameraderie lies a mess of red ink and unpaid bills. You wonder if you're doing better going along with it, to maintain morale, or whether you should icily decline with some pious words about frugality. The new censorship that has earned the paper so much opprobrium is, I'm sure, part of it; even the cost of employing comment moderators is bleeding the loss-making concern to death. Soon the paper's few remaining columnists will have to moderate their own comments. 

The Mail on the other hand is going from strength to strength. Dominic Sandbrook's lengthy and considered piece this morning on the absurdity of Federast aspirations parks the paper's tanks firmly on the Telegraph's lawn. If the Telegraph is still paying Boris £250k a year for his columns, someone needs to tell them they're not getting much bang for their bucks. He's become like those castrated new Chinese fireworks that meet the noise regulations, offering a sort of muffled 'pop' instead of the air-splitting crack and blast you were hoping for.

The Guardian's headline piece supporting Assange, 'Sweet victory soured by British and Swedish rejection' declares that Assange is being 'arbitrarily detained' and offers the Guardian's full support for his position. The editors have hidden a far more sensible piece by legal correspondent Joshua Rozenberg deep in the opinion section; Rozenberg says the British and Swedish are quite right, that Assange has imprisoned himself. Some 1,600 comments support him. It's actually something of a miracle that his piece, headed 'How did the UN get it so wrong?' appears at all under the new censorious book-burning regime. I bet it's not there for long.

Now I wonder if the Mail's A&R men aren't already making discreet approaches to Rozenberg, and to Heffer also for that matter, with a view to improving the pedigree bloodstock even further ...

Friday, 5 February 2016

'Ignore your constituents; think only of your Ministerial career'

Dave's message to parliamentary waverers - 'Ignore your constituents, think only of your Ministerial career path' - could not have been uglier or more crass. I heartily hope today that all those who have so foolishly advocated that politics should be a 'profession' will see how misguided they were. And will remember that great Tory parliamentarian Sir Patrick Cormack (Baron Cormack from 2011) who made clear it was 'Country, Constituency, Party. In that order.'

Make no mistake. Although he cannot openly impose a three-line whip on Conservative MPs, the threat of deselection and of time in parliament being spent in a Siberia of back bench anonymity is very much present.

And if the 'Leave' campaign is disorganised, what of the 'Stay' campaign, whose sole positive campaign point is that the global multinationals support it, much as they support TTIP and everything else that disadvantages SMEs and locally focused domestic firms. 

Still. a great deal can happen over the next seventeen or eighteen weeks. The FT runs a story after someone diligently followed the AIS tracks of merchant ships to find unexplained stops and rendezvous that could have been used to load migrants, arms or even dirty bombs. We should not forget that the reason the AWE is in Aldermaston and not in the Woolwich Arsenal  is that the War Office was alive to the potential of a Soviet nuke carried on a merchant vessel - and decreed that all critical weapons sites be distant from UK ports. And the last time I met the PLA's harbourmaster, he was still obsessed with banning leisure users from the river in favour of maintaining commercial traffic as far into London as possible. Just remember how much global shipping is under the control of Islamist owners. 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

It's pretty bloody awful, isn't it?

You can't accuse Cameron of not having front. Anyone else faced with presenting a failed deal that will achieve the square root of damn-all, leaves us at the mercy of unelected bureaucrats who despise democracy and will open our borders to millions of migrants from Africa and Asia Minor while costing us each at least £3,000 a year may have shown some reluctance in their offer. But not Cameron. He rolled up his sleeves and was soon spreading Turtle wax on that turd, polishing cloth in hand. 

And no, despite now living in an EU country other than the UK, I'll be voting 'Leave' without much fear. If it succeeds there's not going to be any great mass movements of the 800,000 Poles living in the UK or the 800 Brits living in Poland or the 300,000 Kermits living in London. Not that I have any great confidence that 'Leave' will win; closer to June we'll have a lot of scaremongering of the 'Vote Leave and you'll never be allowed to have another holiday in Spain' variety. The Evening Standard will splash a 'Wine to double in price if Brexit' headline on the front page and the BBC will run a whole season of 'Panorama' with images of impoverished Brits scraping the gutter for potato peelings whilst Johnny Kermit lights his dinner table candles with a used fiver. Big business is not about to see its consumer-proles exercise any sort of democratic control.   

So welcome to slavery, folk. The only reasonable option now is to make one's personal slavery as painless as possible.

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

UK prolonging war in Syria, Turkey pouring petrol on the fire

In a comment of unbelievable stupidity that nonetheless reflects the failure of Cameron's governments in foreign affairs, his foreign secretary Philip Hammond has blamed Russia for prolonging the war by supporting Assad. It is of course equally true to claim that the UK is prolonging the war by failing to support Assad. And meanwhile in Brussels Europe's most senior unelected official, JC Juncker, leads a bunch of unelected headless chickens who seemingly cannot make the connection between their part in the prolongation of the Syrian civil war and the tsunami of migrants and refugees on Europe's shores. One despairs. 

Meanwhile, as the Independent reports, Turkey is headed for an invasion of the Kurdish-held parts of Syria, that would put it in direct conflict with Russia. It is now accepted that a Turkish jet lurked at low level specifically to ambush the Russian aircraft that clipped Turkish airspace. Now the de facto co-operation between Russia and the Kurdish YPG forces means that Syria's border with Turkey has almost been closed to Daesh / ISIS, cutting Erdogan off from millions in earnings from illegal oil imports and cutting Daesh / ISIS off from resupply of weapons, munitions and fighters. Whether NATO can succeed in preventing Erdogan acting rashly - and illegally - is doubtful. So far he has swallowed the EU's €3bn without halting a single migrant. 

Indeed, as Spiegel reports, Erdogan has halted Syrian migrants at Turkey's border (except the Daesh / ISIS ones, I suspect) but the Turkish state airline is filled to capacity on scheduled flights from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia with young men who need no visa to enter Turkey - and it is these migrants who are now forming the bulk of the lucrative smuggled traffic to Greece. Bribes paid to local Turkish police and customs officials of €3,000 a pop, according to Spiegel, are guaranteeing that the traffic continues. 

And no doubt both Saint Angela and Senior Official JC Juncker (Unelected) shake their heads in wonder and bafflement at so many rough and priapic Maghrebi thugs now in their midst and wonder how it all happened when they meant so well.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Austria to deport 50,000 economic migrants by 2019

As the second of the EU's inner ring to break away from a Brussels-coordinated approach to Europe's migrant crisis, Die Krone has run a story that the government has agreed to ensure the removal of at least 12,500 economic migrants a year. Illegals from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Georgia, Mongolia and Gambia will be disposed of with a '10 day quick' method; migrants leaving voluntarily before being deported on military aircraft will get €500 handshake, and the Information ministry will reach economic migrants in their own and third countries through social media with the simple message 'Don't waste your time - we'll send you back'. The military is being mobilised to undertake forced repatriation flights. 

Austria's move follows Sweden breaking ranks with the announcement that she will deport 80,000 economic migrants. Both actions make both Merkel and Juncker look ridiculous, and the decision places additional pressure on Germany's government to make a similar announcement. 

Throughout the crisis Herr Juncker, Europe's most senior unelected official, has failed to demonstrate any leadership, any coherent plan or to inspire any confidence in the EU's core nations. Many now view his role as leading the EU into terminal decline - including Janet Daley in the Telegraph

Meanwhile, three km down the road in the village, the slight thaw has brought three or four Flüchtlinge out of their disused hotel, for the first time since they arrived in December, and it's a been a bit like 'Springwatch' as the locals comment on their every move; in plastic sandals and chinese trainers they pick their way to the 'Spar' - where one is delegated to enter, watched so closely by every single member of staff and every customer that any thoughts of shoplifting are thwarted. They don't have any money that will buy anything here. Like badgers they decide the outdoors is a bit much for them, and pick their way back to their hotel, every step closely watched. I've been told the story twice so far, by two eyewitnesses. All it lacked was a commentary by Bill Oddie, and a video on Youtube. I have a feeling that the poor buggers will soon tire of Austrian community scrutiny and either head for Germany or take their €500 and go home.

UK Govt stats on sexual offences by ethnicity

A quick reading of the 2013 government statistics bulletin on Sexual Offending in England and Wales demonstrates that black and Asian offenders were cautioned, proceeded against or convicted at rates statistically significant as higher than their proportion of the overall population. The vast majority of offenders are male and the vast majority of their victims female. It follows therefore that areas in E&W with high populations of black and Asian males are statistically more dangerous for women than areas that are homogenously white British. That's from the government's own figures. 

And despite Moslems forming only 4.8% of the population, they make up nearly 15% of those held in prison. 

Therefore on reflection I'm not going to join the chorus of condemnation for MP Jess Phillips, who stated that women were at much higher risk of sexual assault in her constituency than elsewhere in white areas of the UK. Birmingham has a very high proportion of black, Asian and Moslem men - the most likely cohort of sex offenders. She's quite right. Her ethnic constituents may not thank her for pointing it out, however. 
Government sex offences statistics 2011

White Black Asian Other
%age of England and Wales population 83.3% 2.8% 5.9% 8.0%
%age of persons proceeded against for sexual offences 78.0% 9.9% 9.7% 2.0%