Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The attraction of Corbyn and the UK's democratic health

It is a much used video clip from Iain Dale's London radio programme that best illustrates the attraction of Jeremy Corbyn. Whilst the other three candidates squirm and dissemble over Dale's question about a job for Ed Milliband, Corbyn answers honestly and clearly. At a time when we loathe everything about the political class more than ever, Corbyn is the Varoufakis of British politics; authentic, with the common touch, a man whose message you may not like but whose word you can trust. 

Never underestimate the wisdom of crowds. Commentators are unanimous in opining that electing Corbyn is electoral suicide for Labour. While there is no reason to say they're wrong, it's possible that folk know it already, but have already written the Labour party off as a big league political party. Four million votes on the right have already migrated to UKIP - why should not 4m votes on the left follow a radical left wing party, leaving Blair's Labour with the LibDems in the centre? 

We're going through a radical reconfiguration in British politics. Whatever the short-term upsets, any long-term outcome that increases party membership from its nadir of 1% of the electorate in the first decade of this century is good. The more varied, fluid and fast-moving the change in politics the less chance of tax theft by moribund decaying behemoths of parties, the less chance of a quasi-constitutional role for the old parties and the less chance of British politics becoming set in treacle. The cosy and corrupt plans of both Christopher Kelly and Hayden Phillips, both ex-Mandarins, with regard to the tax funding of parties have already been blown out of the water*. An increase in political participation, and in those paying subs, will see a swing towards the only fair and democratic method for funding political parties - by their members.   

*Implementing the Phillips / Kelly plan now would give UKIP £12m a year of tax money - not something Cameron is likely to let happen. 

Monday, 27 July 2015

Islamic civil war pulls in NATO member

The same incredible policy stupidity that turned Libya from a prosperous employer of African migrants to a bankrupt staging post for illegal migrants to the EU, run largely by ISIS, has just pulled Turkey into the Islamic civil war. Turkey is of course a NATO member. The map below shows the extent of the Kurdish minority, with whom the Ankara government has just gone to war. The Kurds are the main military opponents of ISIS in Syria. And among the Turkish speakers in the green areas are over a million Sh'ia. 

A political and military collapse in Turkey will open a migrant highway straight into the heart of Europe; Greece will be abandoned (as the Germans truly want) and Europe's new boundary will be a fence running from Hungary to Slovenia to Trieste.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

ISIS, witch-burning in 17th Century Europe and sick Aylesbury Dogs

The horrors with which ISIS deals with apostates, homosexuals and sundry offenders against the primitive Sharia 'law' clearly have no place in the 21st century and are beyond any understanding or excusing. These Moslems are barbarian unenlightened natives, immersed in the stupidity of religious bigotry. As members of an evil death cult they have already consigned their souls to Hell. 

However, their activities are not without parallel in our own pre-enlightened past. During the Thirty Years War in Europe the phenomenon of witch-burning peaked; previously very rare, and after around 1650 rare again, but during the war period at least ten thousand women were condemned and burned alive in Europe - by both Protestant and Catholic authorities. 

The First and Second Enlightenments changed everything. European men since are not the same as men before, nor churches since the same as churches before. It is specious therefore to claim, as some feminists or atheists do, that either men in general or religious men in particular are still liable to incinerate gobby, clever or independent women. Witch-burning was never an individual psychopathic activity - it was a participatory sport in which men used their pre-enlightenment understanding of their faith to justify their collective barbarity. And that phase has now long passed from European mandom. 

However, the same primitive behaviour is still apparent both amongst ISIS in Syria and Iraq and primitive men of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin, nearly all Moslem, in our own towns and cities. Their violence and sex crimes are not secretive, individual acts of delinquency but a collective, participatory sport with self-justification from their primitive and unenlightened understanding of their own faith. Sixty Moslem men raping a twelve year old girl in Aylesbury, throwing a gay youth from the roof of a building in Raqaa or sawing the heads from their terrified captives are all part of the same problem - that we are not, as enlightened Europeans, dealing with our equals but with those no different to our own ignorant, unenlightened ancestors four hundred years ago.

So no. We cannot allow Islam to be the equivalent in our society of Christianity until it has passed through the same enlightenment, undergone the same changes. Until then it is the unacceptable primitive faith of killers and abusers. 

Friday, 24 July 2015

US wants Britain in the EU for their benefit, not ours

There is something admirably straightforward about the way in which the US always, always, acts in the interests of the US. No sentimental nonsense about moral obligations, bonds of friendship and so on; the US will shaft (and has done, on several occasions) its closest ally if there is an advantage to the US to be taken from it. Let's not be upset or bitter about it. It's the way it is, and as I suggest, an approach we should emulate.

There will be those this morning ignorant of the above principle, who will fondly imagine that Obama's urging the UK to remain in the EU is altruistic advice given for the benefit of the UK. Get real, folks. The US has absolutely no interest whatsoever in maintaining Britain's diminished world position. Entirely the opposite, in fact.

The US would rather have us propping up a militarily weak Europe to allow the US, in time, to withdraw from NATO obligations. The US would rather lose the anomaly of Britain and France each having a seat at the Security Council when it would rather that one of those seats went to South America.  The US would rather have the EU's emollient and accommodating majority force Britain to give up inconvenient thorns such as the Falklands. The US would rather have the Euro nuclear capability under one finger - that of the senior EU official. And no doubt a score of other reasons. 

So we must thank Mr Obama for his advice, and politely remind him that the UK generally makes up its own mind on such matters. Generally about three years before the US president does.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Bloody Butcher tells Labour to lie more

The Bloody Butcher of Baghdad emerged from his crypt today to warn Labour that unless they learn to lie properly to the electorate they won't win power. Blair pointed to his own record of mendacity, deception, distortion and omission as an example of how to succeed in gulling the voters. 

"Just look what we achieved" Blair said "We destroyed the last vestige of rebellion and free-thinking among  the remnants of the English working class, closed half the county's pubs to limit sedition, robbed traditional community identity of its strength by dilution and had nearly half the population financially dependant on the State. Until Gordon tried to be clever and wrecked the bloody economy. You don't get there by not being able to lie effectively"

Commentators speculated that Bloody Blair is running scared of Labour picking a leader who won't protect him from prosecution once the Chilcot inquiry is published - now expected sometime in 2021, just after the next election.   

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

How far we've come

Sometimes it's hard to see just how far we've come in the past two or three years. When this blog started in 2007 the country was under the vicious heel of a sort of socialist McCarthyism, rooting out not Communism but any appearance of 'racism' from British society. The whingeing, moronic bien pensants so eager to cry 'wacist!' were supported officially by Blair, and then Brown, and Home Secretaries, the deeply stupid Blunkett amongst them, who instructed plod to track down and prosecute anyone who criticised the 'religion of peace'. Fears about radical Islam were poo-pooed and anyone commenting in the terms of the post below was certain to be condemned as a dangerous right-wing extremist. As well, of course, as a 'wacist'.

No, I clearly don't imagine Cameron has moved from the 'tosser' to the 'talent' category, but what he's done is to legitimise and make mainstream and respectable the fears we had of radical Islam but about which were constrained from being candid. I repeat, I simply could not have written the post below in 2008 or 2009 without risking a visit from plod. Cameron has moved the boundaries, and for this I am thankful. 

However, I think correspondents who believe that we should refrain from foreign military adventuring and fiddling with one side or the other in the ongoing Islamic civil war in the middle east are absolutely correct. We should sell arms to both sides, keep an eye on British subjects doing trade or business in risky areas and a few RFA vessels in the Med ready to evacuate them but otherwise stand on the sidelines. Any British subjects wanting to join the Caliphate should be encouraged to leave and barred from returning. And at home we should come down like a ton of bricks on any manifestation of the Moslem civil war within our own pale.