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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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It’s a temptation, if only to educate those who have no knowledge of history — the 70% plus of young people who don’t know who Chairman Mao was, or the leader of the Labour Party who attributes China’s economic success to Mao’s multi-million mass murder in “the Great Leap Forward” for example — but really? We’d expose our Jewish fellow-citizens to danger, cut our intelligence services off from their Western colleagues and cause massive economic destruction. Buy some Hayek for all your young friends for Christmas instead. Light a candle in the darkness, don’t set the place on fire! If we ever do resort to accelerating the inevitable fall of this house of cards at least let me move to the USA first. I want guns at hand when it happens.
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“Should government intervene...”. Come on CherryPie, you know my answer to that! Are we responsible for the consequences of our words, maybe (if we yell fire in a theatre or order someone else to do harm) but for the consequences of our thoughts?!
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Video © Ayn Rand Centre UK This is the panel “Can We Disagree? Cultural and Legal attacks on Diversity of Speech” from the event I blogged about yesterday. The speakers are Toby Young, Yaron Brook and Soutiam Goodarzi. Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at THE LAST DITCH
Video © The Ayn Rand Centre This is a video of one of the talks mentioned in my previous post. If anyone claims to you that the City of London is under-regulated, Andrew Boff’s (the first speaker’s) account will arm you with the answer. Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at THE LAST DITCH
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I spent today at this seminar co-hosted by the Ayn Rand Institute and the Ayn Rand Centre UK. I am not myself an objectivist but the speakers and the subjects were appealing. It was an interesting afternoon beginning with Yaron Brook’s presentation on the long-standing historic links between anti-capitalism and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at THE LAST DITCH
Gina Miller has done us a favour by launching her tactical voting site. Type in your postcode and it will tell you the likely outcome in your constituency and advise you how to vote if you want to stay in the EU. All Leavers have to do is the opposite of what she advises. https://www.remainunited.org
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Peter Hitchens is right on many issues and when he's wrong (as he is on the legalisation of cannabis, for example) he's wrong with his heart in the right place. I hear what you say about minor parties and their "purity". The same was true of the LibDems, although their policies were mostly pure tosh, until they had a taste of power in coalition. With the help of the legal opinion of Martin Howes QC, I am coming around to the view that I have to hold my nose and vote for Boris but in the long term something has to be done about the Conservative Party. Surely the only group in society NOT represented in political life shouldn't be the productive minority! https://briefingsforbrexit.com/this-flawed-deal-is-a-tolerable-price-to-pay-for-our-freedom/
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It would make a great story for an episode of The West Wing, but I honestly don't have any faith that the clowns in Westminster are capable of it. At least you have me hoping that they are more cunning than I think. That's a first!
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2019 on Is Boris playing 4D chess? at THE LAST DITCH
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I envy you that trip. I've never been to Japan but I love its art and architecture from afar. Thanks for your kind words. We are all in the dark here and how optimistic we feel must not be allowed to depend on the machinations of the parasites attracted to the political life.
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2019 on Is Boris playing 4D chess? at THE LAST DITCH
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Thanks for that. I started to type a reply and it got so long I realised I had written another post. Thanks for that too!
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2019 on An awkward silence at THE LAST DITCH
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LEAVE WINS: Boris Has Played 4D Chess And You Haven’t Realised It | Kipper Central. I was directed to the article linked above by Tcheuchter, a welcome regular visitor here at The Last Ditch, in a comment on my previous post. It's an interesting read from a source I don't... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at THE LAST DITCH
I did. After the referendum. It is an outrageous mess, at least in my London constituency. I went to a “Conservative” meeting where people were proposing price controls, for example. The whole focus was on out-lefting the left. I resigned over Theresa May’s fake WA.
Toggle Commented Nov 5, 2019 on An awkward silence at THE LAST DITCH
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No apology necessary and you are far too kind. My confidence in my own intelligence is shattered. I believed in Theresa May’s bona fides but having watched her laughing and joking with the Gaukward Squad at the Oval a few weeks ago, I am sure she misled us. She’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer but she’s not stupid enough to have believed her WA was anything other than a punishment beating. I think she conspired with Barnier to set us up to come crawling back later as supplicants. I don’t go as far as you do in characterising the EU as evil. I think it’s misguided and that the UK will never prosper maximally as part of it. This kind of betrayal of democracy however *must* have consequences. I will not be happy until the Conservative Party as we now know it has been utterly destroyed.
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...and Martin Howe QC helps it along in today’s Telegraph https://digitaledition.telegraph.co.uk/editions/edition_sExu1_2019-11-04/data/739388/index.html?share=1&WT.mc_id=tmgapp_inar_share&utm_source=tmgapp&utm_medium=inar&utm_content=share&utm_campaign=tmgapp_inar_share&Expires=1575244800&Signature=FdHBkN~lUQfcmNf~JNx4YW6Xbs871-FBwNmjUIevJsJbQo04OSvqCIeEiqKYmRaRQB6efMWb8epDrryExljlnKalXAgHD9dNrpIZd5cIYRXOMD~Q4Hk7J2pIKbgqZnOtBeQrFLf34T0NfFSbIQ46kwujlJxp855SItBCjT20rzm3ZJt2TYGNgUDnxbS-GK6p8Eysd3JYzR2bWcC9S~VT6T8GWusOJVQ7ptl2Z~tWTGy~W3dg-jTbCK7-51GXR043xdyHSoJX~YRgQrvVZzTUQ5ycFMjFzpIFLS6HaPAonzMcLFKkLFi~mdLYw3loklboIdkXHz3OhjO3B5pAm-dLsw__&Key-Pair-Id=APKAJLCEPDGCTPVKXNOA
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2019 on An awkward silence at THE LAST DITCH
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Pete North moves the debate along with this excellent, if alarming, blog post. http://peterjnorth.blogspot.com/2019/11/brexit-descent-into-hell.html
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2019 on An awkward silence at THE LAST DITCH
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The BXP vote has halved already if polls are to be believed. I fear no undecided voter will put in the effort to grasp the technical criticism it’s making of the WA. If inclined to Leave they’ll look to someone they trust in the ERG and follow them. I hope you’re right and I’m wrong though.
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There will only be one candidate in my constituency with any democratic credibility. That candidate will probably lose his deposit.
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You’re right as to why I can’t — morally — vote Labour. My vote will be wasted in my constituency anyway so perhaps the precise type of futile gesture is not very important? If I spoil the ballot paper with a complaint about the death of British democracy, will anyone read it or will I just annoy an innocent teller?
Toggle Commented Nov 3, 2019 on An awkward silence at THE LAST DITCH
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So much is going on in our land and yet I have little to say. I used to be known in my circles for having an opinion on everything. I rather despised the kind of indecisive person I now find myself to be. So this post is unique among all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2019 at THE LAST DITCH
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I am tempted. I’m meeting Bill and another fellow blogger in a pub soon and it would make me easy to spot on arrival!
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Very much so. Let me know where to meet you. You can either help me celebrate or console me on the death of my civilisation!
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A Machiavellian conclusion to the Ultras’ victory would have to be fairly extreme, even by that gentleman’s ruthless standards. Putting their morality aside (and it’s clear now they wouldn’t need many JCB’s to do that) I suspect the 17.4 million contains most of the productive people they need to leech on in order to keep faffing snootily about in their sinecure jobs. I fear they have just not thought this through. If they “win”, the world will not revert to 2015. They had us convinced we were an irrelevant minority — even Farage bought their propaganda to the extent of believing they’d win. That’s no longer true. The cat is out of the bag and its claws are unsheathed. I am far more worried about Britain’s future if they succeed in keeping us in the EU. The EU should be more worried about its future too because a betrayed Britain will not be a comfortable partner.
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I agree. The Leave side is not always as civil as I would wish. In fairness, the frustration among even my most level-headed friends is mounting now that it’s so very clear that certain forces in our society never intended to respect the result of the referendum. I was concerned the police would be called on one of my gentlest friends when he reacted angrily at The Oval to the sight of May, Major, Gauk and Co. plotting in the Members Pavilion during the final Ashes Test. If people who have never commanded a 52% majority (or indeed any national majority) ignore the biggest modern mandate Parliament has ever been given, they must expect frustration, rising to anger. I don’t plan, advocate or even anticipate violence against them but I wouldn’t weep for them if it happened — only for my poor, abused nation.
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To call the Benn Act the “Surrender Act” is to incite violence against those who enacted it, according to Labour. The Act was designed (as its sponsors would tell you) to ensure the UK does not leave the EU without some variant of the “withdrawal agreement” previously “negotiated” by Mrs... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at THE LAST DITCH
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I was disappointed too. The Bill of Rights says the courts should not interfere in Parliamentary proceedings and the distinction made that prorogation happens in Parliament but is not a proceeding there is, ahem, creative. It’s the law now and confidence in the judiciary is important (though Lord Sumption seems determined to destroy it as a retirement project, alas) so let’s move on. We have a lot of defective laws and yet the Earth revolves. A new Parliament can always rectify this. Unless Boris is cleverer than I think, nothing good is now likely until we have a General Election. The Remain ultras’ open disdain for most of their fellow citizens should create a climate for a striking result. Anna Soubry’s sneering face outside the court was worth a few seats I think.
Toggle Commented Sep 25, 2019 on A fantastic day for democracy? at THE LAST DITCH
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