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Tom
London, England
An Englishman returned after twenty years abroad blogs about threats to liberty in Britain
Interests: liberty, travel, photography, writing
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In the wake of yet another mass murder, I perfectly understand the emotion, Matt but I don't agree. This situation is not the fault of the immigrants. it's our fault. I am sure when they came to Britain, they didn't expect to be encouraged to continue their old way of life. It's a big deal to uproot yourself from your home culture in order to find a better life for your family. Generally it appeals to a hard-working, aspirational type of person. My local MPs father was an immigrant from Bangladesh who worked hard running businesses here to support his family. I am sure he was an excellent influence on his children. It was our education system that turned his daughter into the Corbynite enemy of our values that she is today. Our state provided immigrants with leaflets on claiming benefits in their own languages, supplied translators to sit by their children in their classes at school, provided "chaperones" to accompany their women to doctors' appointments and translate for them. Our police, social services and prosecutors suppressed the stories of the white girls groomed and abused in Rotherham by accusing those who raised the problem as "racist". Indeed I believe it was only when a Muslim became the head of the local Crown Prosecution Service that action was taken. When you hear someone protesting about "offence" being caused by our celebrating Christmas or whatever it is almost always a white leftist stirring up division. Years ago when I was a young defence lawyer in Nottingham Magistrates Court a custody sergeant down in the cells told me that murders in the city's Muslim community were being written down as suicides – as if any young girl would kill herself by pouring paraffin on herself and setting herself alight – because the detectives were afraid that reporting the "honour killing" motive would lead to them being called racists by their bosses. Fresh from my Marxist lecturers at Law School, I called him a racist. He told me that I was part of the problem and I see now – to my shame – that he was right. Our system was truly racist in that respect of course, in that had those young girls been white their murders would have been vigorously investigated. Had we held those Muslim fathers and brothers to our standards from the very beginning, how many girls' lives would have been saved? We enabled, no we encouraged, the creation of ghettos in the name of "multiculturalism". It is our own state and its army of social science graduate parasites looking for trouble to cause that has betrayed us at every turn. If we expect, as is perfectly reasonable and civilised, that people coming here live by our values, then many of those hostile to them will not want to come. Those that do, should simply have our laws enforced against them without fear or favour. As to cutting off benefits, job-seeker's allowance is only paid to those actively seeking work, right? Those notorious hate preachers living on benefits are clearly not. Again, let's just enforce the rules as they are and not be afraid of being called names. Furthermore anyone who doesn't speak English is not really capable of actively seeking work and should be ineligible.
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She would have left during the purge.
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The recruiitment needs to be done. The IRA was riddled with British agents by the end and when US money dried up after 9/11 and Soviet assistance (my Polish driver claimed to have trained Palestinians and IRA men when he was in the Red Army) ended after the Wall fell was pretty much finished. It took Blair to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. I don't know how easy it will be but I'm guessing there are recruits to be had at the risk of some counter infiltration. My tongue was gently in my cheek only to mock the Establishment's difficulty in reconciling its line on the loyalty of our members of the Religion of Peace with any resistance it may encounter to its advances. Within a year there should be at the least a paid informer or two in every mosque, madrassa and Islamic charity. It should not be possible to plan an illegal action in such a context without the police knowing. Of course they will need to purge their treacherous sociology majors and promote some real policemen to run such a show.
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Did we think the Berlin Wall would fall? Did we think Britain would ever leave the EU? Be of good cheer brother Antisthenes. Nil desperandum.
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We have pandered to identity politics by allowing such concepts as Islamophobia to feature in public policy at all. Nothing is only wrong or right because done to a given group. There are no Muslim, women's or gay rights. Only human rights. The only units for sound political, legal and moral purposes are individuals and the human race as a whole. All other categories are fictions to divide us against each other. I am afraid cooks in schools and prisons etc *must* accommodate halal, just as they do kosher and vegan and I certainly don't think we should *ignore* the views of respectable citizens of any faith, though I share your cynicism at the very concept of a "community" leader. Most such speak for nothing but their own vanity and greed. The real damage though is done by politicians who cynically and manipulatively use such scoundrels as tokens to check the box of having engaged with X or Y group.
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Any day now, the election campaign will resume. Politicians will be on your doorstep, giving you a good opportunity to make such suggestions as above. In the end, they are creatures of their electorate. If the only voices they hear are those of the politically obsessive left, those will be the voices they will act upon. If they're Leftists the doorsteppers will call you bad names. You will survive.
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How to deal with atrocities? « Samizdata. Perry de Havilland at Samizdata sets out what won't defeat Islamic terrror. one approach I am quite certain does not work is candlelight vigils, weepy hashtags and a refusal to face up to who the enemy is and why they are doing what... Continue reading
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Back in the late 1940s my paternal grandfather and one of his brothers who had also gone to war in WW2 were discussing over drinks what on Earth had motivated the Germans to vote for Hitler and fight an aggressive war. A practical man, he ended the discussion by suggesting they go to Germany to find out (no small venture in those days). They and their wives went there, hired a car and took a road trip. They drove around asking any Germans they could find with some English WTF they had been thinking. I remember him telling me how most were surprised to be asked but (once convinced he was serious) prepared to talk. Grandad's education was limited but I think his "holy curiosity" signalled something in him. Books are great but as the Germans say, "Probieren ist besser als studieren".
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The Shortest History of Germany: Amazon.co.uk: James Hawes: 9781910400418: Books. I mentioned this book in a recent post and read it with great pleasure the following day. I commend it to you. Sadly, most Brits only study the least appealing parts of German history. Arguably the only true historical consensus... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
If you follow me on Twitter (see Twitter feed in sidebar if not), you will have seen I linked to an article in the Daily Telegraph in which it is reported that the EU Commission's own lawyers have confirmed my view. The Commission itself is leaking that the "divorce bill" demand did not originate with its negotiators but with member states anxious not to see cuts in their subsidies, given that Germany and the Netherlands seem unwilling to replace the share of the EU budget paid by Britain. I have said it before. We are not the ones with the problem here.
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It won't hurt but judging by their negotiating stance, I think it may not be necessary to bother Him.
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I set my thoughts free here and let them find their home where they will. I am relaxed about where all this is heading and thoroughly enjoying the Leaver hysteria. Mostly they are people of a very different and often hostile mindset and it's their turn to be frustrated. I was called a "typical angry white man" on my FB page by an incredibly enraged (and very white) person in a metaphorically spit flecked furious post about the end of civilisation as we know it. I was perfectly relaxed and smiling, not least at his lack of self-awareness!
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My experience was identical. I started my law degree in 1975 but didn't get to European Law until I had already, naively (my God, wasn't it wonderful to be young and not cynical) believed the lying guff from the politicians and voted to remain in the EEC. I have opposed our membership consistently ever since. We are not going to get the majority of our fellow citizens to read the treaties alas. I will probably be dead by the time the young people in my family who gave me hell about my vote last year realise that I was (a) right and (b) trying to protect them.
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The current public discussion about the so-called "divorce bill" or "financial settlement" claimed by the European Union in relation to the UK's termination of its membership is ill-informed on a cosmic scale. I decided to flex my neglected skills as a retired international lawyer and do a bit of research.... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
If you don't trust their backbone take comfort in their incompetence. The default outcome is no deal; i.e. a "hard Brexit" after which we will trade with the EU on the same WTO terms as other non EU countries. If that's what you want, then you should worry if the negotiators on either side were brave, talented or industrious. Given that they all made an early choice in their lives to exist parasitically on their fellow men, that seems to me a not very serious concern.
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Thanks for your comment. I understand the UK government has legal advice to exactly that effect. I am even more optimistic than you. I believe the degrading behaviour of the rEU negotiating team will give us the opportunity to walk early.
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I spent most of my career working in Continental Europe. This is not a "some of my best friends are Jewish" thing (which they are by the way) but most of my best friends are Continental Europeans. As the farcical Brexit "negotiations" continue, my personal Facebook page is therefore full... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
That would be my preference, James, but I can understand that as a nation that likes to play the grown up in world affairs, we need to go through the motions. International Law does not really exist except as a diplomatic construct. If you and I enter into a contract there are courts to adjudicate disputes and mechanisms (bailiffs, prison for refusal to comply with injunctions, etc) to enforce their judgements. There ARE courts for international law (more like arbitration panels really as their powers derive from inter-party agreement - i.e. treaties), but the only enforcement mechanism (short of war or other sanctions) is the desire to remain a member in good standing of the "international community". We see ourselves as promoters of the international law myth so are unlikely to cut to the chase here. After all, when it works, an imaginary law is a better way of resolving disputes than war so we probably should set an example! A well advised PM would hold a firm line, concede none of the hysterical “divorce” demands and wait for Druncker to make such an ass of himself in public that he gives us good cause to walk away. There’s a good chance of that. In my considered opinion we have no continuing obligations to fund any EU project or institution continuing after our membership ends, whether or not we were party to the relevant decisions on any given expenditure. The treaties always had an exit clause and thus it’s a feature of the treaties that a member might vote for something it would not stay around to pay towards. Britain’s contribution is greater than that of 26 other nations (i.e everyone except Germany) combined. By the time we leave they will have had quite enough from the British taxpayer. The real problem now for the EU is as to how to replace that contribution. The largest net beneficiary, Poland, will expect subsidies at the same level and that can only be maintained if the only other big net contributor, Germany, steps up or the other nations decide to contribute a relatively higher proportion than they ever have before. The UK has issues to face but they are as nothing compared to the problems the continuing EU faces without us. I would rather be a British than a German taxpayer for the rest of my life, that’s for certain.
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Thanks for that interesting comment. Of course I think you’re wrong. A recession will come in due course. The last one was in 2008 so the next is well overdue. When it comes, the Remainers will blame it on Brexit. Every bad thing that happens in Britain will be blamed on Brexit for the rest of our lives – it’s the new version of “Thatcher did it”. However the fact is that GOVERNMENTS DON’T TRADE. Businesses trade and governments GET IN THEIR WAY. It is precisely because our European neighbours don’t understand this and think of legal rights (including the right to buy and sell ones own goods and services) as gifts of the state - that we need to leave their ridiculous union. Government is a necessary evil. People attracted to living parasitically on their fellow men while “governing” them are dangerous sociopaths whose role should be minimised. The only sensible political discussion is as to how much of that evil is necessary and how many of those sociopaths must be tolerated as a cost. Every indication suggests that markets have priced the risks of Brexit already and are unconcerned. The latest figures show that Britain remains the leading target of inward investment in Europe. We just need the remaining political uncertainty removed as quickly as possible. The best thing Mrs May could do its buckle down and bloody well get to work on finishing these pointless negotiations. I could do it in a week, if I had Tim Worstall as my economic advisor :-) If this election leads to the demise of Jeremy Corbyn, then it will have been an even more stupid decision on May’s part. If I led the Conservative Party I would want him as Labour leader forever! Of course I don’t think Labour can win but I think Mrs May will be very disappointed with the increase in her majority and expectations are so high than even the best outcome for her will be spun as failure. Fortunately I don’t think that Labour can get rid of Corbyn even if they lose big time. Their party has been thoroughly infiltrated. If you want a little flutter I suggest you get odds on his still being Labour leader in June 2018.
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Yes that's right unless it's a "mixed agreement" (dealing with matters reserved to member states) as explained in the link in my post. It might well be. Then the 27 need to sign it off too.
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I am sure the Prime Minister has a plan in calling a General Election. She is a religious woman (if the Church of England can these days be characterised as a religious organisation) and no doubt her God knows what that plan is. I do not. The only rational theory... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
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I am in the middle of what seems to be a month long celebration of my 60th birthday. I am jollier than I would have expected, having eyed this approaching milestone with dread. Of course I SHOULD be jolly. I am a privileged Westerner, living a life he never dreamed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
Let's not be pessimistic. Most people are not thick but apolitical. Given how unhappy thinking about politics makes us, who are we to think THEM stupid? Work, sports and hobbies, family and friends are what concern them — very sensibly. On our deathbeds will we political types wish we had spent more time on it or less? Our arguments have not won sane voters over but the Leftist insistence on politicising everything and interfering in EVERY aspect of life has finally triggered a reaction. I suspect that Obama's executive order on allowing boys who "self identify" as female access to girls toilets in US schools is what finally caused a collective WTF in the US and cost Clinton the election. And here's the joke. They don't know how to stop. They got up to over 70 imaginary genders before Facebook gave up and reverted to M F and "other". Ordinary people will ignore a lot of nonsense but the Left just won't get out of their faces. Thank goodness. All sane politicians have to do is act normal and say "we're not them". The key task to achieve in this window of opportunity is to purge academia.
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The sooner the first steps are taken the better. Their ability to silence dissent by calling bad names has already gone. President Trump has already mentioned the possibility of de-funding UC Berkeley in the wake of the Milo riots but first he has to quell his rebellious public servants in the Deep State who are trying to thwart the democratic will of the American people. It's simple enough really. All we have to do is stop paying our enemies. Most don't have the wit to live productively. They certainly could not sell their indoctrination as a product without government support.
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