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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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For the first time in years I met James Higham of the Nourishing Obscurity and Orphans of Liberty blogs for lunch and drinks (Virgin Marys for me on my health regime) this weekend. I am visiting family in my home town in North Wales. Wanting to catch up with James... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2019 at THE LAST DITCH
Quite. “Social Sciences” are mostly just disguised agitprop — “policy based evidence-making” — and I would defund them entirely. It’s civilisationsl suicide to pay to indoctrinate young people into loathing your own civilisation. Of course they must be free to study such fake science at their own expense, just as they can study other counter-factual stuff, like theology. But not on our dime. I’m sure North Korea would cheerfully educate the children of Guardianisti and they might accidentally get a real education in Marxism if they had to live it while they studied. 🙂
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The jury is out on that, James. Two and a half years after a highly-informative vote the Westminster Bubble of politicos, media and businesses big enough to buy their attention is making the same old smug hum of imaginary consensus while all clearly plotting to ignore the information the referendum provided. I sincerely hope (but I am not at all sure) that they are not fiddling while Rome burns. Their tongues don't need loosening and many that may be freed on March 29th won't (though the Bubble would regard both of us as – in our different ways – "extreme") be nearly as moderate as yours and mine. They are playing with fire but it is the rest of us who stand to get burned.
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Back in the ‘90s, when I lived with my family in Warsaw, we had a lovely young babysitter who took care of the then very young Misses Paine. We got to know her well as she also came on family holidays with us. One evening when she came over she... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2019 at THE LAST DITCH
She isn’t a friend yet and who knows if she ever will be. In theory while I’m not good at concealing my views, I can set them aside if the other person can do the same with theirs. You’re right. It can’t be one sided though.
Toggle Commented Jan 30, 2019 on Postmodernist truth at THE LAST DITCH
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To oversimplify post-modernist moral philosophy (or more accurately, amoral philosophy) there is no objective truth. One's stance in relation to the world is determined by one's class, sexual, gender, ethnic and other "identities" and – in the most up-to-date version – by the intersections between them. I may deceive myself... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at THE LAST DITCH
Catching up with The Q yesterday I mentioned a good friend I had hoped he would meet at my wedding was not coming because, as a devout Catholic, he disapproves of our match. Given the age difference he believes I am sinfully selfish in denying the future Mrs P2 both... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2019 at THE LAST DITCH
I hope that is not a cynical remark, James. If you are thinking "...the triumph of hope over experience..." you should remember that my previous experience was not entirely bad :-)
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2019 on Happy New Year, gentles all! at THE LAST DITCH
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Thank you. Let’s hope it’s a good year for us all.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2019 on Happy New Year, gentles all! at THE LAST DITCH
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Thank you, kind sir. I wish you all the best for the year ahead.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2019 on Happy New Year, gentles all! at THE LAST DITCH
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Happy new year to you too old friend.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2019 on Happy New Year, gentles all! at THE LAST DITCH
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Thanks. You too.
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2019 on Happy New Year, gentles all! at THE LAST DITCH
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Thank you. I look forward to more of the smiles your trenchant contributions to public discourse bring me.
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2019 on Happy New Year, gentles all! at THE LAST DITCH
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It has been an interesting year, politically and personally. The nation is divided. It seems many of the things we thought we had in common are no longer there. The verbal ferocity against the majority of us who voted for Brexit has confirmed that our decision was correct. It has... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
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I've lost 50 kg in a year, but it's going to take a year and a half to lose 68 kg! Frankly that's a hell of a lot easier than forming the new parties you mention. So I'm afraid I do think that's wishful thinking. :-(
Toggle Commented Dec 11, 2018 on A diagonal division at THE LAST DITCH
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That risk exists. No doubt. But there are encouraging straws in the wind. Any trick that works too long engenders arrogance in the trickster. The English have little patience with arrogance and will always look to lay it low. We don’t mind elites, provided that the elitists don’t think themselves entitled. And by God the current lot do! I hope to live to see them get their come-uppance.
Toggle Commented Dec 10, 2018 on A diagonal division at THE LAST DITCH
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I am just 100g away from losing 50kg this year. I am off to the pool to swim some more to see if I can make this happen by my “official” weekly weigh-in on Wednesday. My ultimate goal, by June 30, 2019, is to lose 68 kg. Even then, by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
When introduced at West London parties as "to the right of Genghis Khan", I smilingly reply that he was well to the left of me on economics but far to the right of me on social issues. At the same parties, I have become accustomed to being called a "Nazi"... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
Thanks for your concern. My fiancée and I have not rushed into this. Respect for each other’s sensibilities, if mutual, is a good thing but rest assured neither of us will have to try to be anyone different!
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No apology necessary! I did not read it as a criticism. I agree with your analysis. And yes, modern sensors’ capabilities are fantastic for such circumstances.
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2018 on A road trip to Northern Ireland at THE LAST DITCH
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Thanks. I like it. The grain suits the subject matter I think. 1/50 at f5.6 and 12800 ISO. It might be worth a run to NI. It’s pretty and the roads are good. I’ve never had a motorbike (though I’ve thought of it) but I think it would be fun to ride one there. Bike roads and Ferrari roads are similar!
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2018 on A road trip to Northern Ireland at THE LAST DITCH
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I returned yesterday from an impulsively-organised road trip to Northern Ireland. For those of us who grew up during the Troubles, it's not an obvious tourist destination. The names of its towns and villages meant nothing to me but violence and – Giant's Causeway apart – I had never seen... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
LOL I guess but, in fairness to the young gent, apart from being well-dressed, his taste in cars was the only thing I found to commend about him based on our brief acquaintance. :-)
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2018 on Two disappointing conversations at THE LAST DITCH
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That’s certainly a consequence of victimhood culture. It may even be the objective. If people think of themselves as children — as vulnerable victims or potential victims — then they will cling to mummy’s apron strings. Would-be rulers love to pose as kind old mum; always thinking of their welfare, always ready to protect them and justifiably, lovingly stern when they get out of line.
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2018 on Two disappointing conversations at THE LAST DITCH
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We both mentioned the word, trust me. Islamism in the West is only a threat however because of the unholy alliance with the Left. Not for the first time in history, our leftists support forces that seek the downfall of our civilisation — because they seek it too.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2018 on Two disappointing conversations at THE LAST DITCH
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