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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 my last post I made a rash promise to address the abuse of language by the Left; the way in which they weaponise it to undermine opposition to their ideas. Most friends of Liberty are naggingly aware that it's going on and routinely irritated by it but when I... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
Those are good questions and valid doubts. But what Brexit and Trump have shown us is that the people are not cowed by the politically-correct. The Leftists have cried wolf so often they are no longer audible. It’s up to us now to be brave and speak out. Any day an SJW is NOT calling you a bad name is a day wasted - especially if there’s a voter nearby to hear him or her scream at you. We all need to be Milo in a modest way, because the more the people hear the would-be tyrants scream, the less they like them.
Toggle Commented Nov 23, 2016 on Winning the War on Error at THE LAST DITCH
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For the first time in decades I am optimistic we can win the battle of ideas against statists in general (difficult) and Leftists in particular (beginning to look easy). It will involve a journey that Jeremy Corbyn will never make; from the cosy mutual warmth of opposition, where all policies... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
Quite. The average lifetime uplift in earnings is now not much more than the cost to the student. Given that the uplift is still high for STEM and other "hard" degrees, the soft ones that produce below average financial returns are an extravagance. The next step will be to trap them in lifetime public "service" by waiving repayments for state minions.
Toggle Commented Nov 20, 2016 on The closing of the Millennial mind at THE LAST DITCH
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In the wake of Brexit and Trump, I am becoming a little tired of all the accusations of hatred and division being thrown at those who voted the "wrong way". Leftists are utter hypocrites when they use these words of their opponents. Their ideology deliberately sets people against each other... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
You Are Still Crying Wolf | Slate Star Codex I have said my piece on Trump for now but the worldwide wets of the special snowflake meltdown just can't give it a rest. Scott Alexander over at Slate Star Codex is trying to administer some soothing facts to them. Good... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
How different would the western world be today if more people had read The Closing of the American Mind in 1987 when it was published? Shortly after publication, the Berlin Wall fell and the Cold War was won by the West. Marxism proper had comprehensively failed and Fukuyama naively told... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
Can we trust the people? After Trump, I'm no longer sure | Coffee House. The right-on Conservative in name only, Matthew Paris, has the gall to ask openly the question in the hearts of treacherous metropolitan élitists across the Free World. It's not an easy question to answer because it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
Thanks! Happy triggering!!
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Thank you kind sir. It was good to meet you too. Welcome to our little community of people sharing the values on which the free world was built.
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I agree. He has a Masters in Economics from the prestigious Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania so it's hard to accept he believes some of the trash he talked to get elected. But then see my new post today on the subject, inter alia, of expertise! Metaphorically mining your ports with tariffs and non-tariff barriers to prevent your people buying the stuff they want hurts only your own country. That's why Britain should have declared for unilateral free trade on the day after the EU Referendum, served Article 50 notice immediately and pledged to abolish all tariffs as soon as released from the EUs obligations to impose them.
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It has been delightful to wallow in the grief of triggered leftists. Yes, their candidate lost. And no, they have neither self-awareness nor irony and that is bloody hilarious. But for classical liberals/libertarians or even smaller state Conservatives, the man who won is by no means our guy. Not by... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
"A liberal’s* paradise would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only law enforcement has guns. And believe it or not, such a place does, indeed, already exist. It's called Prison." Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
I have a shrewd North American friend or two too shy to comment on blogs. Let me summarise their comments on this piece anonymously. "Well said. I have done business with Donald Trump. Most ambitious businessman I have come across. He inspires people who like a challenge and scares the rest. The vote shows the rise of people who like a challenge." "...All the pols and pundits said Reagan was a total idiot on economics as well. Nothing could have been further from the truth in hindsight. Trump is lights years ahead of Reagan on economics and will be brilliant on business and trade. He gets it. Don't listen to his words too closely, he can be clumsy, watch his actions over the next months." "... he is probably the most successful businessman to ever run and win the POTUS. If he translates his extraordinary intuition and business to his elected office he will in my view surpass most of his predecessors on economics and getting the US back on track. The guy is a special winner and just blew the competition away when most of the experts, pols and pundits called otherwise. He is formidable and capable beyond most people's imaginations. Donald just started as a politician 18 months ago. Supposed to be clueless...remember. Even many of his closet supporters can't resist focusing on his flaws. Very easy to under estimate this incredible winner."
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The Facebook feed of most people who move in smug "educated" metropolitan élite circles today is awash with the plaintive cries of leftist butthurt. Mine is no different. I try to keep my Facebook page light and social. After all I can express my political grievances here, where they are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
Enter stage left. A well-spoken, expensively-dressed white guy — let's call him Rupert — with an unconvincing dash of Estuary diction to disguise his public school plumminess. I'd guess an academic of some kind from his chit-chat to the bored but polite barman about a conference he's addressing tomorrow. A... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
Donald Trump's win in the US presidential election tells us something. It's hard to be certain what that something is — apart from the fact that opinion polls, even now exit polls, have an inherent left wing bias. Perhaps because conservative voters now seem to delight in lying to them... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
I see you are playing it enthusiastically already James! If you have any UKIP friends please try to persuade them to stop making idiotic attacks on the independent judiciary. Anyone who doesn't grasp the importance of the separation of powers should not be in democratic politics. Those, like you and me, who have lived in a country where judges take orders from the executive know to what horrors that leads.
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[blushes] Thank you.
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Rumour has it the one clause A50 bill is in preparation. We shall see. Even the most pro-Remain Tories would vote for it. I share everyone's suspicions but remain confident. It's very easy to email your MP now. I suggest everyone who fears betrayal does so and politely makes clear the strength of their feelings in their own words. They bin mass emailings but can be teased into correspondence with even hostile constituents who are polite and articulate. Enjoy Hayek!
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A wide audience is not everything, though it would be nice! Some years ago the British Library asked me to give permission for my posts to be stored and republished. This was part of a project to make up for the fact that this digital age is not providing future historians with the written correspondence that is a crucial resource for them today. I hope that they will not just serve to prove to archaeologists of a dead civilisation that there were small voices crying out against the forces destroying it. At a meeting of the youth division of the Adam Smith Institute a couple of years ago (I was there to have a drink with their speaker after the event) I met several young people (mostly economics postgraduates) who were readers. I don't have many readers but they are good ones! I enjoy the exercise of writing and am just trying in my humble way to provide a resource. If I could influence one Sir John James Cowperthwaite of the future, it would be enough.
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Humility is better than self-loathing, but they never seem to have that. They seem to compensate for loathing themselves by loathing others more. By any sensible definition of that stupid term, Socialism is a hate crime.
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A lot of time is being wasted on discussion of the decision this week in the Queens Bench division of the High Court. I have reviewed some of my learned friends' arguments as to why the decision was wrong and they may have a point. I remain supremely indifferent. I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH
That's good rhetoric and perhaps even good philosophy, James, but bad law. The English courts have no way of knowing what the people want other than as it is expressed by Parliament. They will quite rightly listen to no other voice. As we have been throughout our history, except during the dark years when the Crown asserted a far greater prerogative than it did this week, we are at the mercy of Parliament. Through elections and constituency pressure (I exchanged emails yesterday with my own MP and you should write to yours) I still believe that MPs, including Tory Remainians, will do the right thing. In fact I am enjoying the likes of Polly Toynbee and my own MP Rupa Huq, urging them to defy us. All over the country, the people are learning from their sneering the truly wicked nature of the enemy within. The more they assert the dominion of their "superior" and "more enlightened" will over that of the people, the more their hateful power will wither.
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My RSS feed makes interesting — and amusing — reading this morning. Both in the mainstream media and the blogosphere, there are many interesting and strident opinions on yesterday's judgement in the Queens Bench Division of the High Court. Most of them are wrong. Britain's Constitution is famously "unwritten" but... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2016 at THE LAST DITCH