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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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Your loyalty does you credit and I respect your decision but dividing the Brexit/democracy vote is not ideal. Let’s hope the outcome sends a clear message to the likes of Owen Jones who is outside the Olympia halls right now trying to discredit the people who have swept the Brexit Party into its present position in the polls and capture amateurs on film (he hopes) misspeaking so his lying Marxist rag can mock them. Our democracy is at stake and we all need to do what we can. Good luck to you.
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I thought taking part in the Leave march to Parliament Square might have been my last political act. As I wrote afterwards, it actually gave me hope again. The old political tribes in Britain are in trouble and deserve to be. They have long taken their members, supporters and voters... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at THE LAST DITCH
If either or both of the two main parties collapse, change is possible. I don’t underestimate the testicular fortitude of the British nation. It just needs a crisis to call it forth.
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2019 on It's no longer about Brexit at THE LAST DITCH
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"Fear" is the right verb. Democracy is not a particularly virtuous way to resolve societal disputes (as the Brexit saga has demonstrated). The majority may well get things seriously wrong, as it did in Germany in the 1930s, and will often use its power to treat minorities badly – e.g. in the past ethnic minorities and homosexuals or, in a more modern and relevant example, "the rich" who are pretty badly treated throughout the Western World. Still it has been the best alternative yet developed to violence as a way to settle disputes – because it had a reputation for general, if messy, fairness. I care about Brexit, no question. I think we're missing a chance to build a better economy and a more responsive, accountable democracy that pays more attention to the actual concerns of real people – as opposed to the largely imaginary concerns of academia. But I am sincerely more concerned that the selfish, snobbish, arrogant behaviour of our political "leaders" could further damage an already discredited system of governance and open up the risk of actual violence. Even nice people lash out if they feel threatened, despised and ignored.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2019 on It's no longer about Brexit at THE LAST DITCH
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I have to believe the government lawyers would have detected such an error, but I haven’t done the legal analysis myself.
Toggle Commented Apr 1, 2019 on It's no longer about Brexit at THE LAST DITCH
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I hope if it comes to that the new MEPs won’t serve their full terms. I shall vote for whomever can do most damage to the Remain camp. In my predominantly Remain London constituency with a Remainiac MP, I’m not sure who that will be.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2019 on It's no longer about Brexit at THE LAST DITCH
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Yes I noticed that. At least it was (apart from The Guardian slyly giving the false impression that the rally with Tommy Robinson was part of the same event) reasonably neutral. I expected us to be vilified more. Video cameramen and photographers were among us focusing on the rougher-looking marchers, seeking to portray us as ignorant thugs. Ethnic minority marchers, young women and the generally respectable looking were of no interest to them as they didn’t fit their narrative. I asked one rather foul mouthed lady marcher not to f-bomb the Remainers who came to yell at us, saying “the cameras are on us, let’s look like the sweet and reasonable ones here” and she cheerfully complied. I didn’t see any other Leave marcher behave inappropriately. The press must have been terribly disappointed.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2019 on It's no longer about Brexit at THE LAST DITCH
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Welcome back. You were missed. There is no new site. The new domain just redirects to the old site. I’m not sure why you had a problem but now I’m worried I’ve lost other long-standing readers too. ☹️
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2019 on It's no longer about Brexit at THE LAST DITCH
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I joined the final leg of the March to Leave from Fulham to Parliament Square today. I did so with a heavy heart. Parliament is unable to agree terms to leave the EU, but unwilling to leave without an agreement. That is currently the only way available to it to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2019 at THE LAST DITCH
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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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