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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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He is a gem of an English eccentric, isn't he?
Toggle Commented 3 days ago on Twitter loses the zeitgeist at THE LAST DITCH
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Milo Suspended Permanently by Twitter Minutes Before 'Gays For Trump' Party At RNC - Breitbart. Milo Yiannopolous is anathema to the authoritarian, control freak Left*. He is the man their "Free speech, but ..." line was made for. A flamboyant homosexual who wages war on political correctness by "triggering" leftist... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
It’s better than putting silly ideas into clever politicians’ heads surely?
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I am all for the Acts of Union as long as they are practised consensually. If Ms Sturgeon really wants Scotland out of the UK but in the EU, we can help. At the time of the Scottish referendum, the EU Commission legal advisers confirmed that, had Scotland left the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
The blog exists to facilitate your rant. No apology needed. The Nottingham Police policies have been reported mainly in terms of "wolf whistling" but also cover taking photos of girls without consent. This is outrageous. If upheld (and I see no legal basis for it) it makes street photography — an important art form and way of documenting history — into harassment. My charming photo yesterday of a young lady punting her family along the Cam would expose me to charges of sexual harassment. Public is the opposite of private. If in public anyone who can look at you can photograph you. Whether or not s/he enjoys the subsequent photo or not.
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2016 on Too Many Laws? at THE LAST DITCH
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Thanks!
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Too Many Laws: Why Police Encounters Escalate | Mises Wire. The linked article from the Mises Institute blog contains interesting statistics on police activity in the USA. Dealing with violent crime constitutes only a small minority of what police deal with on a daily basis. For example, in 2014, out... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
Men’s Rights Facebook Page A Voice For Men Removed On Day Of Annual Conference - Breitbart. Freedom of speech is only an issue as against a government, which in a free society must always be prevented from using its monopoly on initiating lawful violence to suppress dissent. Facebook is a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
Naughtyculture? :-) They call it vertical farming apparently. Stacking hydroponics in towers would allow farms on the fringes of cities (or on a space craft) to feed the population economically. Returning unused farmland to forest would solve global warming wouldn't it? I didn't take biology even to O Level but trees breathe co2 and exhale o2, no?
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I am not sure about that James. There are those for and against the union with Scotland and good arguments on both sides. I would like Scotland to stay, but then I would like Ireland to return so what do I know? It seems crazy to me that people who teach their children the same nursery rhymes and laugh at the same jokes should be politically divided over historical issues that no living person is responsible for. It's up to them obviously. One only wants to work with volunteers.
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Fair point! I’d hate anyone to start arguing that making more things illegal would lead to technological progress though!
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THINK - The Economics of Change | Institute of Economic Affairs. I thought some of you might like to watch in full the talk at the IEA's "Think" conference last year that was referenced in my previous post. Dr Stephen Davis, the IEA's Director of Education, talks about driverless cars,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
I agree with you. Since being introduced to the idea I have given it much thought and discussed it with lots of friends. None of us particularly want to go, but we can't think of any way in which life would be better for lasting longer. You may be interested in hearing Dr Steve Davis's speech, so I will put it up in a new post. Incidentally, I clicked on your link with interested intent, but it appears to be broken. Can you post the correct one please?
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We don’t have anything like the systemic problems currently on horrendous display in the USA. No doubt there's an issue but nothing that couldn't be solved if we engaged with our immigrants, integrated those willing to be integrated and dealt firmly with the rest. I don't blame them. I blame our feeble minded civil servants in fear of being called bad names by SJWs. Very few “problems” are actually the fault of immigrants; they are caused by SJWs being “offended” on behalf of people far too sensible to be offended themselves. Those days are past I think - as per the identity politics paragraph. Don't forget Rotherham was finally addressed when a Muslim became the local head of the CPS.
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That those are necessary extras for civilisation I would agree, but democracy is just a mechanism to appoint a government isn't it? It's not a goal in itself as witness the huge variety of implementations around the world. I could argue for example that the business concept of conflict of interest should be introduced to the mix to create a more just variant of democracy. All citizens should have one vote but should not be allowed to cast it in an election if they have a financial interest in the outcome. So a local government employee, a contractor providing services to a local authority or a recipient of local authority funded benefits or care should have no vote in a local election because they are in clear financial conflict with the council tax payers. And similarly for national elections. My old law firm derived a significant percentage of fees from advising national government. A condition of the tender for such work could have been that a "conflict" tag was applied to all the firm's partners for the next General Election. Many of the problems of democracy in a welfare state such as the UK arise from people voting for their selfish interests rather than the good of the community. Would electors vote to run the nation into debt if all the people expecting to benefit from the money raised were excluded from the vote? Would people be so keen on ludicrous non means tested benefits reaching two thirds of households in a rich nation if they carried the loss of their votes as a cost? The Electorate in some parts of the U.K. would be tiny under such rules. Would that be antidemocratic or just equitable? Beggars can't — and perhaps shouldn't — be choosers.
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Thanks. If I could get it to a wider audience I would but please feel free to help by tweeting, reblogging, posting links to it on Facebook or in comments elsewhere or whatever else springs to mind.
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I am relaxed about missing out on 700+ years of life. Most people are fairly boring already. With time pressure removed, I imagine more would become so. Imagine how many marriages some would have with so many chances to get it right and so few incentives to make a dodgy marriage work! The only outcome I would be interested to see would be if idiotic ideas like socialism would persist in any individual over 200 years old. Every example of its lethal, miserable failures would be within living memory to most if we currently enjoyed such life expectancy. Owen Jones would surely be laughed out of public life?
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I have never been a smoker but smoking is certainly a good indication of how government has lost sight of its ethical boundaries. Humans ingest all kinds of stuff they might better avoid and once we have accepted (as I haven't but it seems a majority has) that government has a right to intervene for our own good, it's hard to see where that stops. Especially when rent seeking "public health" workers would lose their parasitical place if they ever acknowledged a boundary.
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It has been an astonishing few weeks in British politics and – while I believe our events are specific to our circumstances – there does seem to be a pattern emerging in the affairs of Mankind as a whole. So let's take pause and summarise where we stand. I will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
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Welcome back! Good suggestions as ever.
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2016 on Thank you, Nigel Farage at THE LAST DITCH
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Have faith. To my surprise and delight the Yeoman spirit is still with us. The ghost of John Hampden still walks. That we voted so decisively against the orders of the elites, despite all their dishonourable abuse of the process, misappropriation of state funds, misemployment of state employees, procuring foreign potentates to make false threats and making false threats of punishment budgets etc was nothing short of mutiny. They stand at the end of our plank, knowing that our wrath at long being cheated, abused and derided is real. Their parasitical careers depend on compliance now.
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2016 on Coming down at THE LAST DITCH
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I agree as to the need for less government with more humility but devolution has not really helped that cause. It has added more pointless and expensive layers of government with no benefit to the Union. It has formed perforations along which nationalists can and will tear. If I hear one more time that "Scotland voted X or Y" I will lose it. England has only once in my lifetime voted for a Labour government. All of that waste, regulation and debt was inflicted on us by Scotland and we never complained once because we saw the Union as real, regarded every citizen as equal and accepted the results in the proper spirit of a cricketing nation. I don't want Scotland to go. I love the place. My favourite bits of these islands are all there as are some of my favourite people. But if they can't accept the ref's decision when for once they are on the losing side, they are clearly not playing the same game and need to **** the **** off to their Auld Allies.
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2016 on Reflections on Brexit at THE LAST DITCH
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The people have risen from all directions against the condescension and sense of entitlement of the elites. This isn't a left/right thing. Few things are. Conservatives have not been listened to by the "Conservative" Party and Socialists have not been listened to by the "Labour" Party. And, not that it matters now but there's nothing "Liberal" or "Democratic" about the Liberal Democrats. The higher echelons of government, the civil service, the state-funded media and the bureaucracy have become a world unto themselves. They have looked down in scorn on the "ignorant masses" of both left and right who believe in independence, responsibility, self-betterment and education. I despaired of living to see them get theirs, but I have never been so optimistic as today. There are risks certainly. If the European elites overplay their hand their less robust democracies will turn sour and give them the likes of Le Pen. The risk of fascism on the Continent is real; not because our Continental neighbours are nasty but because their elites are more elitist and more inclined to push their luck. Leave the masses with no-one listening to them and they may well turn to demagogues in desperation. And that will be the fault of the CLEVER people, the educated-to-the-point-of-insanity Enarques.
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2016 on Coming down at THE LAST DITCH
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If they were more industrious and more courageous they would be a real problem. It is only the weakness of the resistance that has allowed them to cause any damage. It is the feebleness of business leaders (such as those I encountered in my own professional life) who are afraid to be called "racist", "homophobe", "islamophobe" or "sexist" even though they are none of those things that has allowed them to warp society with minimal effort on their lazy part. There are lots of straws in the wind at present suggesting that – while ordinary, decent human beings are no more inclined than ever to step into the political sewer with these rats – they will no longer be silenced by mere name-calling. A more robust political culture would end the culture of fear – aka political correctness – and allow regular people to be represented again.
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2016 on Coming down at THE LAST DITCH
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I am. Particularly as the bigotry, hate and nastiness is emanating from frustrated Remainers. Even as they try to overturn the peoples verdict they have not learned that a sneer or an insult is not a persuasive argument. I could wish all my opponents in life so inept.
Toggle Commented Jul 5, 2016 on Reflections on Brexit at THE LAST DITCH
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