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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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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 4 days ago 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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This week I had two conversations; one with a valued and respected friend and one with a total stranger. I found both of them profoundly disturbing. My friend is Jewish. In the course of a conversation over lunch he told me that he and his wife have decided to leave... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
In comfortable, middle-class West London I am surrounded by the smug. The local websites recently erupted in prissy anger, for example, at the notion that the site of a local scrap yard (I am surprised we still have one) is to be redeveloped as apartments. "It's not green" or "it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
Whether something is right or wrong is always the first and often the only question James.
Toggle Commented Oct 7, 2018 on Truth, morals and democracy at THE LAST DITCH
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I don’t offer an alternative. I’m not sure there is one. The US is in a better position as its Constitution was formed at the high point of classical liberal thought. But it’s constantly under attack from those who want the same untrammelled power to screw with others lives that our politicians have. The intellectual hog cycle is scarily short. My own children — still gradually replacing the lies of their Marxist lecturers at Cambridge and LSE with experiences in the real world — dismiss my life experience as irrelevant ancient history from a dead world. It may take a Corbyn government for them truly to understand just how stupid, dangerous and damaging socialism is, which is a dispiriting thought. You’d think Venezualans had made that sacrifice for their generation but apparently it wasn’t enough. All future efforts at reform should be directed at purging the enemies of free markets and Western civilisation from education institutions. Teachers and lecturers are the enemy within as that young fool ranting at the Labour conference showed. They are to blame for warping young minds. In a way Margaret Thatcher had a better opportunity to save us when she was Education Minister than when she was Prime Minister, but she was mainly miffed at being given a “women’s job” and too focussed on achieving one of the great offices of state. Some of the lecturers peddling lies in the great universities are more dangerous foes than the idiot Scargill and his soon-to-be irrelevant miners ever were.
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2018 on Truth, morals and democracy at THE LAST DITCH
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Democracy does not determine right and wrong. Democratic outcomes are not necessarily correct. If you live in an unfettered democracy like that of the United Kingdom, you will often find yourself on the wrong side of majority decisions that are misguided at best and quite often wicked. Classical liberals must... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at THE LAST DITCH
I would welcome immigrants to a libertarian state because there would be no welfare. People would only come to work and contribute so that would be fine. If they couldn’t or wouldn’t work they’d starve. Any that posed a military threat would be dealt with under the defence of the realm heading. Any that commited crimes would be dealt with by the police — with no need for any special provisions as all humans would be equal before the law. As long as being in receipt of full welfare benefits in the U.K. puts you in the top 10% of the world economically, then immigration controls are unfortunately necessary. In a democracy they need to be the subject of open honest discussion.
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