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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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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 3 days ago 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.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2017 on This is karma at THE LAST DITCH
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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.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2017 on This is karma at THE LAST DITCH
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It's amazing isn't it that people can commit actual violence in supposed reaction to imaginary "micro-aggressions". I keep telling myself that some of them will grow up to be sane. As I have blogged here before I was a teenage Maoist who believed all kinds of idiocy in my day. The purge should not be of misguided youths but the cynical Marxists infesting our higher education institutions in order to indoctrinate them with this poison. A society financing its own foes is truly decadent.
Toggle Commented Mar 5, 2017 on This is karma at THE LAST DITCH
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I am tired of OpEds in the MSM and social media posts from my left-leaning friends accusing current politicians of causing "social division". The divisions in Western society didn't spring up magically at the bidding of President Trump, the Brexiteers or Marine Le Pen. They were patiently forged over decades... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
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I agree with this reservation. There is plenty of accessible data on the Soviet times if you read Russian. VVP may slant the textbooks for Russian schoolchildren but academics from anywhere in the world can do the research now and publish freely outside Russia. The question is why Western academics don't want to.
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2017 on The Red Star and the Swastika at THE LAST DITCH
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A Russian friend made the same point in my presence to a Swiss friend in Moscow. The Swiss gent just raised an eyebrow and said "so that was ok then?" It may take a while for Soviet education to wear off. Sadly VV Putin is not helping that process. As for Western-educated people making the point, there is no excuse at all.
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2017 on The Red Star and the Swastika at THE LAST DITCH
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In fairness the RA isn't celebrating. The materials are honestly presented with fair commentary. I'm only really remarking how odd it is that they don't provoke the same revulsion in viewers as their Nazi equivalents. The greatest and most lethal political spin has been the Left's coup of branding fascism as "right wing", thus smearing decent conservatives with, and distancing themselves from, one of Leftism's many great historical disasters.
Toggle Commented Mar 1, 2017 on The Red Star and the Swastika at THE LAST DITCH
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Every human is a minority of one and if that minority is protected by law all else is rent-seeking and political film-flam.
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Absolutely. If it cannot be objectively proved, it cannot properly be a crime. The great moment in the legal history of our civilisation was when we exited feudalism by moving from rights dependent on status (landlord, tenant, noble, serf) to rights dependent on contract (what the parties freely agree). By making certain laws dependent on status again (race, sex, sexual orientation) our legislators have quite literally gone medieval on us. Please make yourself at home here. Any friend of Julia's is a friend of mine.
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Quite. If I must use "my" assets only as directed by the state, then in what sense are they mine? The international socialist / communist approach was rather more honest.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2017 on The Red Star and the Swastika at THE LAST DITCH
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I'm not sure Tatchell has had an epiphany. I tangled briefly with him on Twitter after he disrupted an LSO concert I was at and rather than engage he just sought to entrap me into saying something he could dismiss with a taboo word.
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I am struggling with the centenary of the Russian Revolution. London is awash with commemorative events and the iconography of socialism is everywhere. Most events, like the art exhibition at the Royal Academy, are thoughtful, measured and interesting. But it's weird to me that the dark symbols of Soviet violence... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
A little something to help my readers adjust to life in the modern West. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
I don't think it's debilitated minds. Technology and the arts advance healthily for example. I do think welfarism has undermined ethics. Any generalisation is wrong but in general I think people have become more selfish and more inclined to freeload on others rather than take responsibility for their own welfare and that of their elders, for example.
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So did I.
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Yes I am aware that their use is permitted in such circumstances so I suppose I *was* being a bit tabloid pejorative in emphasising the horror of the poor chap's injuries. Thank you for thinking me better than that and my apologies for having fallen short on this occasion. I realise it's no more an excuse for me than it is for snowflake leftists to say I allowed emotion to cloud my exposition of the facts or worse to justify it as making for more effective agitprop. Thanks for clarifying the matter. I stand corrected and I appreciate it.
Toggle Commented Feb 25, 2017 on Cressida Dick at THE LAST DITCH
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Has Political Correctness Gone Mad? - On Demand - All 4. I watched Trevor Philips' programme with interest. He became President of the National Union of Students just as I was leaving student politics for the real world - back in the 1970s. He was a familiar presence at the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
The closest I came to despair during the long dark political night I hope is now ending was during the affair of Jean Charles de Menezes. It wasn't so bad that panicked policemen made a tragic error in the wake of the 7/7 bombings. That was both understandable and forgivable.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH
"Social" in this sense is a prefix that sucks the quality out of the word it precedes; turning it – in Tolkeinish terms – into the Orcish version of an Elvish original. For example "social justice" is not law applied fairly between individuals regarded as equally valuable. Rather it is collective punishment by state violence of disfavoured groups to compensate for alleged inequalities. I prefer justice to social justice, just as I prefer housing to social housing or science to social science. I am rather fond of my social life however, as long as there are no social justice warriors to spoil the socialising!
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There is not a triggered snowflake's chance in hell. ;-)
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Twitter Users Pledge To Fly Thousands Of Refugees To Live In J.K. Rowling's Mansions - MILO NEWS. It's unwise for wealthy leftists to "virtue signal" on the internet. They may get called out. Kudos to author, film-maker and controversialist (troll, if you prefer) Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich on Twitter) for offering... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at THE LAST DITCH