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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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We shall see. I still hope they will calm down and see how childish their behaviour really is. All we can do is set an example of being polite and sensible.
Toggle Commented yesterday on Coming down at THE LAST DITCH
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I am not so sure. There are straws in the wind around the Western world that conventional warmed-over Marxist statist elitist thought is breaking down. Some of the new views are misguided but if the political class does not engage rather than just sneer, there will be change. It's a dangerous time and could go wrong. But there's also hope.
Toggle Commented yesterday on Coming down at THE LAST DITCH
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The result of the referendum is something I had hoped for for decades. I am convinced it will prove to be good for Britain but my celebration is tinged with sadness. The childish reaction of the losing side shocks me. Their abuse of fellow citizens who honestly tried to make... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at THE LAST DITCH
I would not have expressed it thus but essentially I agree. I don't suggest its dissolved until the day we leave the EU.
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She's playing her poor cards well. But the EU has made clear it will not accept an application from Scotland as part of the U.K. It must first be independent. Then it must apply. And Spain might veto that application for fear of giving Catalonia ideas. She will find it hard to get a majority for independence if (a) she can't guarantee EU accession and (b) there is a national discussion of the austerity required to meet accession conditions. It would make UK "austerity" look like milk and honey. I am all for Scottish independence if that's what most Scots want, but I fear we are doomed to have them angry and whinging on our fringes for the foreseeable future. I wish there was a way to get them properly on board. I love the place and they're mostly good people at heart. And some of them are my good friends.
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The left-wing media continue the narrative of a Conservative Party in crisis. Nothing could be further from the truth. Brexit removes the Conservative Party's only serious division. Once the dust settles and practical politics resumes, the party's EU-philic elements will have no choice but to unite with the new mainstream.... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
This video of a discussion between two American professors is educational not only on the important question of feminism, but also on the general decline of intellectual discourse in the West. They explain why American universities have become, as Dinesh d'Souza put it; islands of repression in a sea of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
The EU was never to blame for that one. Guns can be carried in some EU member states. I knew a lawyer in one of them who carried a piece in his briefcase. We disarmed ourselves and, as I said in the post, I see no support for wider legal gun ownership in the UK.
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Where's Osborne with his resignation? The man abused his position abominably, talking down markets to advance his own view on the referendum. He's unfit for public office of any kind in my view.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on O frabjous day! at THE LAST DITCH
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Thank you!
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on O frabjous day! at THE LAST DITCH
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You and me both.
Toggle Commented 4 days ago on O frabjous day! at THE LAST DITCH
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A short and simple post on this wonderful day. I am delighted with the outcome of the referendum. It's a remarkable achievement given that the game played by "Remain" was anything but cricket. From the misuse of taxpayers' money and the improper use of the Civil Service to campaign, through... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
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Remain's Project Sneer has laid bare the contempt politicians have for the uneducated riff-raff who elect them. Whatever the outcome of today's vote, something has changed in Britain and perhaps also in Europe. In Margaret Thatcher's day, it really looked like a new politics had arrived. There were more state-educated... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
I am all for civic duty Nigel but if we vote Remain British elections will become meaningless as the last brake on ever closer union is removed. The assurances given to Cameron after his pantomime "negotiations" mean nothing as ECU is in the treaties. No party will make the mistake of offering a referendum again. The openness with which the European élites and their fifth columnists here have expressed horror at the stupidity of allowing today's vote makes this clear.
Toggle Commented 6 days ago on For Love at THE LAST DITCH
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Today is the choice of our lifetime. Does the civilisation that gave the world the Rule of Law, habeas corpus, parliamentary democracy, Shakespeare, the Industrial Revolution and the Life of Brian go on? Or is it to be subsumed into a Roman Law superstate; a People's Federal Republic of Blah... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
German Business Chief Calls Possibility of Post-Brexit Barriers "Very, Very Foolish" - Guido Fawkes Euro Guido. As we approach what I hope will be our Independence Day, I am delighted to read that the very thing that I have been saying to my German, French and Polish friends for months... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
If you pass 40 without becoming cynical you have really not been paying attention. So if your teacher was right you were just a child prodigy.
Toggle Commented 7 days ago on Sad but irrelevant. at THE LAST DITCH
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Soldiers provide an honour guard at the tomb of the unknown solider in Warsaw, as they do 24 hours a day throughout the year. I worked in Warsaw from 1992 to 2003 and have been visiting it in the past three days. Watching a nation rebuild itself on the smouldering... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
Whoah! That way madness lies. We are told he bought a manual on how to make a home made firearm years ago. He seems to have made one. I would rather die a fool than believe there could be such a wicked conspiracy as you fear in this country. I don’t think so badly of my political opponents. I also don’t believe them competent enough to keep such a dangerous secret. Why should any non-violent democrat be embarrassed by an attempt to call this man’s views “far right" in order to create guilt by association? The Left in Britain have so successfully turned “right wing” into a term of abuse that perfectly sensible conservative views have been driven socially underground. They are now often expressed only in the secrecy of a polling booth. Hence the pollsters embarrassment at the last election. Statist authoritarians driven by class hate like to think themselves morally superior to statist authoritarians driven by race hate. I despise them all, frankly. But I will never initiate force against them as a matter of political principle. My political opponents love the use of force. The offer no solution to any political problem that does NOT involve the use of force. But even they would usually only initiate it through the (in their eyes) sanitising agency of the state.
Toggle Commented Jun 20, 2016 on Sad but irrelevant. at THE LAST DITCH
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I don't necessarily think the traditional working class, still less the gents you mention are right in their economic analysis. But they are right in feeling abandoned. For what it's worth local Conservatives feel equally abandoned by *their* leadership. The political élites generally have lost the respect of ordinary voters as they have built their power, increased the size of the state and looked with greater disdain on the little people that — properly analysed — they are there to serve. Remember Cameron's comment about "swivel eyed loons" among his grassroots? Or the "fruit cakes" of UKIP? That was his equivalent of Broon's "that bigoted woman". They all despise us and it is now all about them as far as they are concerned. Hence the expenses scandal. Hence the decline in turnouts. And hence their affection for the European Project once they get close enough to see the actual and potential benefits for them. It did not come from the people. It does not serve the people. It provides an elite far removed from popular control to live a detached and privileged life. It allows a rest home for failed national politicians. It provides a second chance for current politicians to secure policies rejected by their local electorates by pretending they have been imposed at the EU level.
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I am against force or fraud regardless of the target so I hope your observation is as unfair as it is rude. You are entitled to your opinion as to my motivation in writing what I did. I'm not going to speculate as to yours in making such a suggestion because I don't know you.
Toggle Commented Jun 17, 2016 on Sad but irrelevant. at THE LAST DITCH
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Brexit is the only way the working class can change anything | Lisa Mckenzie | Opinion | The Guardian. I think the author of the linked article may be on to something. The working classes have had a hard time of it in Britain in my lifetime. Yes our growing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
People are understandably emotional in the aftermath of the murder of Jo Cox MP. Her husband's feelings right now are all too sadly familiar to me and I am sure all our thoughts are with him and his bereft children. She was a political foe but her death diminishes us... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
I agree!
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Out – and into the world: why The Spectator is for Leave. I subscribed to The Spectator today because it seems to be the only publication consistently speaking for the best interests of the people of Britain. Now I have to decide if my decades-long subscription to The Economist should... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH