Aug 252016
 
 

… when it gives us the wrong answer, or so it seems 😉

I keep reading, in the last few days, an ever more prominent but completely illogical viewpoint being expressed in the press and on the airwaves.

Orwell's brave new world has a lesson for us ...

Orwell’s 1984 has a lesson for us …

It is this: “…the referendum vote was so close that we need another referendum to sort out the mess we are in.

The latest bandwagon jumperer-onner to espouse this laughable view is Owen Smith, the lacklustre and doomed alternative to Jezza (the Trot) Corbyn, on Wednesday’s  Radio 4 Today program. John Harumphries did a wonderful job in showing us what a lightweight twerp he is.

One feels sorry for what was the Labour party…

Well, OK I don’t really 😉

But then again one is not impressed by any of  the alternatives; the Liberal Democraps or the unelected PM, Theresa May (but one grudgingly has to say that she is probably the best of a pretty poor bunch).

If you recall, the 2015 election was so close that even our Dave, who had already packed his  Orlebar Brown “swim shorts” (£225, but not from M& S) had to unpack them again and wait for his referendum result get-out of jail card.

“Phewee, that was jolly close Sam, I thought we might have to stay on for three more years!”

The result was indeed close, BUT it was a result that our system says we have to abide by!

Oh, and by the way, more people voted in the referendum that any British general election since King Alfred burnt his cakes (Ed: may need verification?). That makes the LEAVE result even more unarguable with.

Mwah! I want another one - boo hoo

Try to imagine that Nicola Sturgeon has dropped the ice cream – my Photoshop skills are not up to scratch

The same truth applies to that irritating Scottish woman who keeps an banging on and on and on about the need for another Scottish referendum. The “No” side won, with 2,001,926 (55.3%) voting against independence and 1,617,989 (44.7%) voting in favour. The turnout of 84.6% was the highest recorded for an election or referendum in the United Kingdom since the introduction of universal suffrage.

Nicola, you lost by 10%, so ‘shut up’ . Well, she needs to be told.

I think our Theresa may have put the same view more gently in her meeting with Ms Sturgeon than have I, but, hurrah for Theresa!

If this view was valid, the simple fact is that in our “first past the post system” there would not have been a government since 1992. Why? Because, the majority of each winning party has been so small, and based on so small a sample of the population who actually get off their arses to vote that there would have to have been a vote every month for a month of Sundays to sort out “the mess we are in” (I quote the ever more prominent view that provoked this elegant rebuttal.)

Could it be perhaps, that the Remain camp are the ones who have most access to the more populist airwaves and the press rooms?

The lesson for the Westminster bubble and indeed the Edinburgh McBubble is that we the people are more likely to vote when our vote might actually make a difference.

Aug 212016
 
 

…for someone to bring philosophical and visionary leadership to post Brexit Britain. Don’t get me wrong, I am a Britain first, and Englishman second but staunch European third.

As the EU loses its 2nd biggest contributor - the future for Britain looks brighter

As the EU’s 2nd biggest contributor ejects, the future for Britain looks brighter …

Remember the European Enlightenment? Few seem to, yet this was the flowering pinnacle of human philosophical rational thought, started by Confucius, Buddha and Socrates ending with Nietzsche telling us that ‘God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. Yet his shadow still looms. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives; who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves?’ . In other words, We human’s historic need for god to exist is no longer reasonable, rational or supportable now that we can all read and write and supposedly think for ourselves.

But I digress …

No, it is the irrationality of the EU I rail against and for so many good reasons. The EEC was all about stopping Germany murdering the rest of Europe for the third time in 100 years. The EU construct forgot that and went off on a weird direction (the Maastricht Treaty) of irrational economics (the creation of the Euro) and the creation of a bonkers bureaucracy that beggars belief.

The shallowness of Gove and Boris quitting the scene exemplifies this leadership void which needs to be filled by some adults. It is clear that Gove and Johnson were doing politics for themselves rather than thinking about Britain out of the EU. Pathetic self-indulgent twerps, they never actually thought they might win! They were shocked when they did and then ran for cover as fast as they could.

Perhaps, if BoJo ever grows up he might become the leader that Britain so badly needs but I see no others in sight. Yet, there are many MPs, economists and thinkers who do have the vision required; lets hope these quiet people, who shun power, can garner the support they need to overthrow the old clapped out political regime we currently endure. The Labour party and the Liberal democrats have destroyed themselves and so party politics, as I have said repeatedly here, is dead in the water.

In the meantime we have Theresa May in charge, but again we need to wait while she finishes her walking trip. One is quietly hopeful she may be the “one” but who knows?

The remain camp, many of whom are younger than 45, failed to be aware of the appalling depths to which the “European project” has fallen and seems to have no understanding of what huge inefficient, corrupt, inept bureaucracy the EU is. If any of you Remainers have yet to watch Brexit the movie, please do so. It sums up in one hour what many have been saying for years.

My best example of the young Remainers ignorance and delusion was exemplified by a young, seemingly intelligent woman in a pre-referendum day BBC Question-time audience who complained that neither side of the argument were putting their ideas across very well. But, her main complaint was that she was not being told what to think well enough. Only one member of the panel was brave enough to point out that perhaps she should have educated herself a bit more rather than waiting to be spoon fed. This attitude is sadly typical of the naivety of today’s under 45s who have had little time to think because their strokeable devices need so much attention, that time for personal rumination and research is lost.

You guys are taking a huge risk

“You guys are taking a huge risk” (says the pilot of the EU plane on fire and about to crash, to the sensible British parachuters)

As I said in my last article, many in the Westminster village bubble are still in denial, and here I include most BBC journalists and commentators. The financial markets have knocked sterling for six because of their short-termist, childish greed and globalist narcissism; but, ooh look! The stock market has largely recovered – gosh, who’d have thought! 😉

That the UK has never been a fully an integrated part of the EU seems to be lost on the major market ‘players’ as they allow their fears and ignorance to fuel massive sell-down of stocks regardless of the real positive relevance to UK and/or EU economies.

We have an amazing opportunity to grasp all that is good about small businesses, now incidentally, largely being led by a welcome increase in the number of female entrepreneurs.

We don’t need trade agreements; we need free trade areas, not the restrictive practice contracts that modern trade agreements actually are. Trade agreements are negative and stand against free market economics. Instead they bar businesses from markets where the bigger globalised corporations have bribed supported the leaders of developing countries.

The best exponent of this nauseating human development used to be us, then the USA but is now China.

TTIP thankfully seems to be dying a well deserved death, thanks to the Brexit vote – hurrah!

Jun 262016
 
 

… for our politicians to accept the reality of what the British people have told them. This result is quite a shock for them and most will be in denial for some time.

I suspect the best positive way forward is a mixed party coalition executive (government) based around Boris Johnson, Daniel Hannan, Michael Gove and a few of the impressive economists from the campaign group The Economists for Brexit. I know this idea ain’t anywhere near perfect, BUT its a hell of a way better forward than anything else I can think of.  What say you lot?

I fail to see any light coming from the ranks of the Liberal or Labour parties. 

Our next PM?

Our next PM? Daniel Hannan is an MEP who hates what the EU has become, but Hey Ho, the pay is very good 😉

The politicians then need a few advisors like James Dyson (vacuum cleaner man), JCB chairman Lord Bamford and a few others. They are needed to do the negotiations with Brussels as our Eton boys don’t know how to actually get things done. And, for pete’s sake don’t involve Lord Alan Amstrad Sugar (quelle tosser)!

Party politics just ain’t gonna cut it, it is an outdated regime for the administration of the United Kingdom Great Britain. (and, will someone tell that Scottish twitette to shut up?)

We need a far more radical approach than the LIB Lab Con flip flop show that we are all heartily sick of.

From Labour, I heard Caroline Flint, who still admires Blair for Pete’s sake, say “We lost because we did not explain our position well enough …”! The arrogance and ignorance she displayed in that statement is indicative of most party politicians and describes very well what most of we “Leavers” were voting against.

These are radical times, led by the people of Great Britain, let us hope that those who want power will, for once, work for the people.

As for as Jean Claude Juncker telling us to hurry up and start the exit proceedings, someone needs to tell him to “Calm down dear” (I quote one of Camerons more insightful (to us I mean, about him!) comments to a female MP a couple of years ago).

Yes - he really did say that

Yes – he really did say that

As long as we have not triggered article 50 of the 1972 Lisbon treaty, we are in control and we need to quietly think and regroup before we start negotiations. One hopes that the truth will dawn soon upon the Remain Westminster bubble but I won’t be holding my breath. We need some fresh thinking from the pool of MPs who have said too little.

The British people have been fed up with the EU and Westminster centric politicians for years and those hitherto quiet back benchers need to make themselves heard above the noise of banality expressed by the main parties’ spokespersons.

We need some statesmanlike vision  statements from the Leave campaigners.

The EU now fears for its very existence and needs to be humbled by some straight talking from our next PM.

Who he? BoJo? Gove? Hannan?

Hmm

Hmm indeed.

Acknowledgements: The Reddit leave campaign. A sobering read from our European leaders – 😉

Jun 212016
 
 

Today’s Remain campaign sponsors are a financial gambler and a retail expansionist failure.

I speak of George Soros and Terry Leahey leading the “Remain Campaign’s” sound bite bollocks today.

This is what my dog thinks of the remain campaign! Ralph for PM! Hurrah

This is what my dog thinks of the remain campaign! He thinks it is a pile of POO! Ralph for PM! Hurrah

George Soros made billions on betting against the pound on Black Wednesday in 1992, when Britain left the ERM.

The ERM was almost as daft as the invention of the Euro and yes, you guessed it, was also invented by Brussels faceless bureaucrats.

Soros wants to remain because he supports the rich becoming ever richer, i.e. himself.

What Soros does is disastrous for you, me and humanity’s future.

He makes nothing and does nothing but bet on the movement of money.

Do you really want to support this sort of flawed corrupt thinking by remaining in the EU?

As for Leahey, he expanded Tesco too fast, using non-existent money, and very nearly caused the complete collapse of the UK’s most successful food retailer. He was forced out of his job several years ago and Tesco is still trying to recover from his disastrous time in charge.

Vote Remain for loss of sovereignty that we can never recover.

Vote Remain for ever-increasing globalised businesses consuming small business.

Vote Remain for Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Globe Corp, the eventual ruler of the world.

Vote Leave for small business, sovereignty and democracy’s last gasp, please!

Vote Leave for ‘Small is Beautiful’.

Yes there will be a short term panic in “the markets” and yes the pound will fall a bit, but it will recover.

Yes it will hasten the inevitable collapse of the Euro, but all that will happen anyway.

Vote Leave for a human scale Great Britain.

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Jun 152016
 
 

Ever since I started this blog, some 8 years ago, I have written many posts urging us to leave the EU because of what I discovered in my personal quest to understand why and how the EEC became the EU.

Prophetic is the description I would use, or so I hope, having just re-read them. I’d love to know what you think! 😉

This is my last chance to persuade you to vote leave on the 23rd June.

Do you have 15 minutes to spare? Please read on…

Here we go :

This from 2012:

Blackadder explains the Euro to Baldrick …

Blackadder explains the complexity of the Euro to Baldrick
Blackadder explains the complexity of the Euro to Baldrick

Baldrick: “What I want to know Sir, is, before there was a Euro there were lots of different types of money that different people used. And now there’s only one type of money that the foreign people use. And what I want to know is, how did we get from one state of affairs to the other state of affairs”
Blackadder: “Do you mean, how did the Euro start?”
Baldrick: “Yes Sir”
Blackadder: “Well, you see Baldrick, back in the 1980s there were many different countries all running their own finances and using different types of money. On one side you had the major economies of France , Belgium , Holland and Germany , and on the other, the weaker nations of Spain, Greece , Ireland , Italy and Portugal . They got together and decided that it would be much easier for everyone if they could all use the same money, have one Central Bank, and belong to one large club where everyone would be happy. This meant that there could never be a situation whereby financial meltdown would lead to social unrest, wars and crises”.
Baldrick: “But this is sort of a crisis, isn’t it Sir?”.
Blackadder: “That’s right Baldrick. You see, there was only one slight flaw with the plan”.
Baldrick: “What was that then, Sir?”
Blackadder: “It was bollocks”.

For a slightly more detailed analysis on why the creation of the Euro was a politically, incompetent cockup of the highest order, please see my final article on the Euro written in December 2011.

Acknowledgements: Unfortunately, I do not know who wrote this <the earliest reference I could find was on the UKIP website date 26th February 2012> but would like to thank them from the heart of my bottom!

This from 2014: Ed Milliband has never really found his way into our hearts since becoming leader of the New / Old / Labour / Lost / Middle party. The labour party faithful just cannot accept that he is simply not leadership material. He sounds odd and looks weird. If that seems unkind, well tough, it’s simply true! Not PC but true.

Our next PM?

Our next PM?

Millibean’s  latest desperate pronouncement on not supporting an  EU referendum just shows how incapable of rational thought he is. He is caught in the party political game and cannot think about what is good for the people of Britain.

The alternative? god help us all!

The alternative? god help us all!
But see below >>>

This latest media fest on the EU referendum, as usual, discusses none of the real reasons for the UK leaving the sinking ship that is the EU. I repeat now what I said last May because the facts are just the same – the only thing that changes is the damn party politicians!

Nowhere has anyone actually got to grips with the real problems with the EU, just a few of which are these:-

1 – The EU is just too damn big; it is completely unmanageable and is run by bonkers, failed ex-leaders of failed countries (See 10 below)
2 – The EU has forgotten why it was formed in the first place (to stop Germany starting a third world war if you had forgotten or are too young to know)
3 – The EU is incompetent; those in charge are failures in their own countries – farmed out to a slow, but oh so well paid, death in Brussels
4 – The EU bureaucrats are overpaid for doing nothing to benefit the people of Europe
5 – The EU is so inefficient that it makes my teeth hurt
6 – The EU spends most of its time herding cats (people who will never agree on anything)
7 – The EU cannot even balance its books (19 years of audited but inaccurate, qualified final accounts).
8 – The EU is undemocratic; the MEPs have no power and cannot hold the executive to account by design!
9 – The EU wastes so much of our tax money that it’s leaders should be in jail

Boris for PM - Hurray ;-)

Boris for PM – Hurray 😉

10 – The EU is run by a failed former Portuguese Prime Minister and a failed Belgian Prime Minister! Well that’s alright then (Belgium has not had a valid government for years & Portugal is as bust as Greece)
11 – Germany has just announced an astonishing proposal for an 20 fold increase in the EU ‘diplomatic budget’  (but see 13 below)
12 – Oh, I almost forgot the Euro; possibly the most stupid ever invention ever conceived by man
13 – Even Van Rompuy & Baroness Ashton realise the game is up are are quitting in 2014
14 – Above all the EU is NOT what “we the people” want, which is the European Economic Community. We voted for the EEC in 1975 but since then the slow, slimy, sickening morphing into the EU has been quietly and completely undemocratically, foisted upon us.

Those in power are quietly allowing currencies to devalue (The £ by a shocking 35% since 2008!) whilst QE (That’s ‘quantitative easing’, not our Lizzie) creates a background slow death of inflation so the banks can stay in power.

Nowhere are these fundamentally important issues being discussed – why not?

This is mass madness on such a scale that words are beginning to fail me …OK not quite ;-)

We the people are being ‘handled’ while those who create the acres of meedja crap and spend the people’s money so incompetently are unchallenged by anyone talking common sense.

Here’s what needs to be done:-

  • Either the EU needs to be reformed back to the size of the EEC (pre Maastricht)

or

  • All those counties outside the Euro-zone should leave and let Germany stew in its own Euro fueled bonfire of failed European federalism.

If we can’t really take Dave, Ed, Nigel or Nick, well, there’s always ….Boris!

Note from the Editor: “No real people were hurt when taking these pictures of our beloved ruling elite.” 😉

This from 2012:

Two facts you may not know about the Maastricht Treaty…

Last December  (2011) I said there was no more to say about the ridiculous EU; just lately I have had to say more, mainly after José Manuel Barroso said the EU needs to become a Federation urgently! Baroso former PM of Portugal with a stupefying record of economic incompetence is now in charge of the EU project … words fail me …

If you, like me (a few years ago), didn’t give a damn about Maastricht or even notice it, well, you should; it is nothing short of a criminally incompetent plan to turn member states into a Federal European state run by Germany.

Barroso crying after he learns that the people of France & Holland do not want the EU
President of the EU; José Manuel Barroso, former PM of Portugal (there’s a CV to be proud of) crying after he learns that the people of France & Holland do not want the EU, but never mind, let’s just ignore the voters – as usual – and they did

The Maastricht treaty was the final, in a slimy, devious series, of non-democratic treaties; moves, by Federalists within the appointed EU bureaucracy, to change the EEC, which actually was a jolly good idea into the European Union. We voted YES for the EEC in the 1975 referendum.

We now have, in the EU’s current form, an organisation where the leaders are NOT taken from the elected European MPs – they are appointed by Herman Van Rompuy’s department. If you want to know how that happened then I welcome you to the LaLaland of smoke, mirrors, incompetence, unbelievable inefficiency and corruption of all that is decent about humanity; viz the EU Commissioners.


The Dutch said No

However, we, the people, never ever voted for this slow morphing of the EEC into the EU; and when, accidentally, the French & Dutch were given a chance to express their opinions in 2005 they said NO – very loudly; and were quietly and sickeningly ignored.


The French say Non!

The Irish were supposed to be asked too but this was delayed because they would have said no too; later, when they needed an illegal bailout – they said yes after a slimy YES campaign!

We, in the UK, were not asked and most of us didn’t know that we should care; so there we are – screwed!

The two facts you might not know:-

1) According to the Maastricht Treaty, EU member states are not allowed to finance their public deficits by printing money. That is one reason why the Bank of England has been buying government bonds from financial institutions, not directly from the government. However – the EU states led by England are doing exactly that, but now it is called ‘Quantitative Easing‘. Faced by those weasel words, most of us just turn off and watch X Factor or Strictly instead. Meanwhile our pensions are being raped by the rich because QE is inflation by another name.

Quantitative easing is actually a backdoor process to save the banking system by apparently improving the asset side of Banks’ balance sheets, and it STINKS!

Here is what actually happens:-

  • The Bank of England prints money electronically – one minute the UK money supply is say £40 trillion quid and the next second it is £41 trillion – magic!
  • The Bank of England buys government bonds from the banks with the magic money and a public statement is made by Osborne to the effect that banks should now lend more to business.
  • UK Banks’ balance sheets now look better and have more cash for bonuses HURRAH! Buying government bonds from Pension funds has the effect of reducing the return on bonds this making shares “look” more attractive and somehow overcomes the limitation of the accepted definition of “Printing money” (Pre-war Germany, Zimbabwe etc.)
  • However, banks still do not loan to businesses because that does not return as much profit as digging holes in 3rd world countries does, which by the way is how Merchant Banks have always made their money. It is a dirty exploitative way of making profit and it STINKS.

‘The Bank of England believes  QE is different because it is “printing money” as part of monetary policy – to prevent deflation. It is not printing money to help the government finance its deficit. Also, unlike Zimbabwe, this is a temporary policy: the Bank expects to sell the government bonds back into the market when the economy recovers.’ ( Ed: Oh yeah? We wait with bated breath … ? )

2) According to the Maastricht Treaty, EU member states cannot be bailed out if they cannot finance their own debt requirements. Err, but, they have been, as in Greece, Spain, Ireland and shortly Italy and in November Greece again. This is all simply par for the course for the worthless, disingenuous (aka lying, duplicitous) corrupt EU bureaucrats who invented the completely irrational Euro – simply madness to invent a common currency where no member state can control its own tax system or money supply.

To conclude:-
1) The Euro is a nonsensical construct by any rational examination; it was obviously conceived, as a first step, by those who wanted the United Federation of Europe by the back door.
2) Any member state breaking fiscal rules are simply told off (over a nice lunch) – and never held to account (e.g. Italy, Greece, Portugal never, ever met the 5 criteria for joining the Euro).
3) The so-called Treaties are worthless; because they are not democratic & nobody is ever held to account (i.e. fired!).
4) The EU itself is worthless and irrational; because no-one ever voted for it and its own accounts have failed every audit for the last 19 years!
5) Most European governments are colluding in this desperate measure to save the bankers from financial reality because it is the bankers that keep the status quo.

All three main UK political parties don’t seem to mind, do you?

This from 2015:

EU leaders remain clueless – Greece in denial

At London Conference of 1953, the Greek Minister of Finance signed a treaty agreeing to cancel 50% of Germany’s debt! How times change!

While the idiotic posturing of Jean-Claude Juncker (a banker friendly supporter of globalisation and an expert in tax avoidance for multi-nationals) waits for Greece to agree to ridiculous demands to pay back the banks, who were daft enough to loan a third world economy buckets of cash in the first place, Greece’s Prime Minister (and most of the Greek people) still want to retain the Euro.

Juncker talking out of the rear end of a German elephant
Juncker talking out of the rear end of a German elephant

Both sides in the debate, which is scheduled to end this Sunday (but don’t hold your breath) are publicly refusing to accept the inevitable, which is this:

  • Greece’s debt (almost twice its GDP) has to be reduced by at least 50% and the banksters will have to take their haircut. The longer the banks refuse their haircut, the worse the financial crash will be
  • Greece needs to cut the public sector back to 15% of the working population rather than the 40% it is today (similar to Northern Ireland…)
  • Greece must return the retirement age to 65 ish rather than the current ridiculous 61.9
  • Greek cash based tax avoidance culture is just too different from that of Northern Europe, and the EU’s incompetence in allowing Greece, Italy and Portugal to join is a cock-up which will inevitably lead to the Euro’s demise

Those are the simple economic realities which both sides are cannot face.

Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek finance minister sacked a few days ago (to appease EU bankers) was the only person qualified enough in economics to be worth listening to.

Yanis Varoufakis talking sense
Yanis Varoufakis talking about the EU, so, he had to go! Hehe!

His blog makes perfect sense in debunking the ridiculous Euro and the undemocratic nonsense that is the EU.

The stark realities are that 20% of the population of Greece are below the EU poverty line and levels of unemployment average out at 55%.

Behind all this posturing is, of course, the basic nonsense that is the Euro. William Hague wrote an excellent article in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph which explains what I have been saying here since 2006, i.e. that the Euro is potty, well worth a read ! Pity he didn’t have the balls to say it loud and clear when he had the power to do something about it.

Sad and tragic days ahead for Greece.

What happens next Sunday at the EU summit?

Buggered if I know!

Acknowledgements:

Steve Bell, Guardian cartoonist, for the elephant

Yanis Varoufakis Yanis Varoufakis blog

There are several more articles but if you have not watched Brexit the movie, I urge you to do so. You owe it to your grand children.

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Jun 102016
 
 

A few words of light relief and escape from the nauseating, banal utterances from both sides of the public EU debate.

This piece was written sometime ago by an American contributor to this blog, and for some reason I have not published it before. It is well worth a read.

Thank you perspective.

Belief in some kind of “higher power,” or not, has a relationship to one’s preference in governance.

The Left has the most straightforward belief in a higher power:  they ARE the higher power.  The Right, who generally believe in some power higher than they, splinter as to what exactly it is.

Belief is a stupid concept that somehow has become a virtue - why in god's name is that?

Belief is a such a stupid concept, but somehow it has become a virtue to many – why in god’s name is that? 😉

The Left considers reality as evidence that there is no higher power – surely a Supreme Being would not have created an inequitable world.  We, and the universe, are lucky accidents that occurred by chance.  All outcomes would be random, not fair, if it were not for the intervention of Leftist intelligentsia.  Lacking a higher power, Man needs the Left to right the wrongs visited upon the unlucky victims of chance.

The Left embraces totalitarian government, where their elites have God-like, absolute, power to enforce what is right on behalf of the benighted masses who look to a non-existent God for salvation.  My will be done (for I am just, you ignorant fool)

The Right views reality as evidence that there is a higher power; surely Man who runs his own affairs so poorly could not have created a universe which Man dimly understands.  Intelligence beyond their comprehension rules Man and universe, not chance.  They pray for God’s guidance to use the limited abilities they have been gifted to conform the world more closely to their limited understanding of the Master’s plan.  Man is a servant, an employee, who, although he does possess full knowledge of the corporate entity, can nevertheless receive sustenance in return for performing tasks within his capabilities.  There are reasons for inequity among men, just as there reasons why a more productive employee is paid more than a less capable employee.  This does not mean that the lesser paid employee is valueless.  If his work was of no value, he would not be on the payroll at all.

The Right prefers freedom, because God might have made his will clearer to the other guy – they need to listen to him, just in case or for perspective.  Whether he is right or wrong the other guy is still a child of God, and to disrespect one’s fellow is to disrespect one’s creator.  Every life is of value, or God would not have enabled it.  Thy will be done (God bless you, fellow seeker).

Of course, there are members of the Left who profess belief in God.  Theirs is a supportive God, not a higher power.  He is a kindly uncle, generous in hopes of receiving love, but not a father who must be obeyed.  He is a resource, not a master.  A cosmic concierge who finds the difficult-to-obtain on behalf of his clientèle.  Whether or not He is supreme is irrelevant because His only desire is to serve believers.  They believe in Him because He believes what they believe.  It would not be believable that God would not want what the Left wants.  He has lent His support to the Left to rule by proxy.

Their counterparts on the Right also profess belief in God, but what they actually believe in is a religion.  Their adherence to the religion’s political posture (governance of relationships between people and nature) has bestowed God’s power on the Right to rule by proxy.

Neither group believes in an all-powerful God, because they both believe He needs their help to get rid of gays or the HIV virus or Jews or poverty or whatever.  He just can’t get it right without their intervention.  It is unacceptable to either pole of zealotry that gays, HIV, Jews and poverty are all part of God’s plan.  God can’t do it alone.

Let’s get real.  The difference between the Left and the Right is not at all determined by whether God exists.  Rather, the belief (or lack thereof) in a higher power is a consequence of other predispositions which have the additional consequence of determining a person’s political predilection.  The beliefs are correlated, not causal.  The underlying traits for both opinion sets have to do with humility versus arrogance, and acceptance versus denial.

People who are essentially humble can both accept the existence of an intelligence greater than their own exercising control over their lives, and accept that others’ freedom to express contrary opinions can benefit their understanding.  “It is what it is” (with or without my judgement).

People who are arrogant believe their failures are caused by bad luck, or being treated unfairly, but are never due to their own inadequacy, as judged by their peers or GodThe arrogant, confronted with abundant evidence of their fallibility, are in denial, and feel threatened by both existence of a supreme arbiter and the expression of contrary opinions.  Intelligent and rational, both are threats to the arrogant.

The humble are eager to be shown where they are mistaken, so as not to repeat the mistake.  The arrogant are intolerant of being shown their mistake, because they are never mistaken.

The “old saws” on this point are abundant.  Some of my favourites are:

  • There is always a mug at the table.  If you don’t know who it is, you are the mug.
  • God gave you two ears and one mouth for a reason.
  • Just because you have silenced a man does not mean you have converted him.
  • Pride is a man who goes forth on horseback and comes back on foot.

It is laughable that the Left prides itself on its intelligence (but not because they’re wrong).  Conservatives are portrayed as stupid.  Intelligence is the capacity to learn.  Knowledge is the sum total of what has been learned.  I have not seen much of a correlation between the two.

High intelligence is conducive to arrogance.  Arrogance is not conducive to learning.

The humble generally seem to know more than the arrogant.  They work harder at learning because they have to.  The intelligent can fake it.  It took Einstein some time before he could wipe himself.

It takes extreme arrogance for any one individual to feel that he has come up

Buddhism is not a religion, it is a method for learning how to think for yourself

Buddhism is not a religion, it is a method for learning how to think for yourself

with a correct answer which has been missed throughout the course of human history.  It does not take much humility to realize that the best answers are the ones that people keep coming back to after being challenged by generations.

What separates the philosophies is the humility to accept responsibility for one’s lack of success rather than faulting the successful person.  It is the humility to accept that if the “right” thing to do has never worked it will not work this time around because that idea is probably wrong.  It is the humility to accept that if helping another person makes one feel peaceful, and forcing someone else to help the person in need makes one feel resentful, that service is preferable to control.  It is the humility to accept that if I can’t get a job for myself, even from the government, I am a poor choice to lead a government that will supply jobs for everyone.

The Left, at its core, is composed of arrogant disbelievers.  Their arrogance permits them to seek control of their fellows by force, including violence to people and property, because their narcissism permits is no possibility they are wrong.  Even though every Leftist government has failed to deliver the basic necessities of life to most of its populace they have the arrogance to believe that this time, under the new guy, who is very smart, they will get it to work.

The Right is humble enough to insist the Left must have a voice.

America is still the richest country in the world.  And soon, Americans will be celebrating their holiday of Thanksgiving.  The purpose of the holiday is to pay homage to the aboriginal “Indian” wogs who saved colonists from the then richest country in the world from starvation.  The plight of the Brits was that they were on the beach sandwiched in between cornfields and the virgin Western Atlantic, not yet commercially fished.  Couldn’t find a bite to eat to save their lives.  Thank God for Chief Squanto.

This Thanksgiving, President Obama, arguably the most intelligent American President (not a high hill to climb), certainly the most Leftist, atheist and author of the biggest entitlement program in human history, will feast on the goose-that-laid-the-golden-egg.

PS: For god’s sake vote to leave 😉

Apr 232016
 
 

What a huge disappointment Obama is, I’m sure both to himself and to all those non-white Americans who had so much hope invested in his first term. I too had hoped for a radical change in world politics but the globalised corporate world is bigger than politics and indeed now pays for most party politicians. All those hopes have been defeated by the corrupt corporate mess that US and world politics has become.

promises change but changes promises instead

promises change but changes promises instead

As most of you may have realised by now, Obama’s speech calling for the UK to stay in the EU (or Ewe as young Hollywood actresses call all distasteful things) was written by our Dave and his speech writers. When he said that the UK would be at the end of the queue for a post Brexit trade agreement  with the USA he gave the game away. Americans don’t do queues, Americans have no idea what a queue is, they say line. One of Obama’s aids was seen to wince when the word queue came out of the presidential orifice; it was not in the original script.

The real reason that Obama, and corporate USA fear the UK leaving the EU is that our exit will hasten the inevitable collapse of the Euro by removing the second largest net contributor to the EU.Not only that, the UK & Germany are the only two members of the EU who actually pay attention to the laws that the Luxembourg autocrats produce.

The EU is in a real economic mess. German banks are charging customers to save with them, the immigration crisis is stretching resources to the limits and the required speedy EU response to all these huge issues is impossible to achieve. The banks must be saved at all costs and this flawed thinking is pushing the real cost of the 2007 banking failure on to this and the next generation rather than those who actually caused the problem. Greece is still bust, as is Portugal and Italy and the sooner we are out of this children’s playground disaster area the better.

Our exit will indeed hasten short term economic chaos, but mainly for the EU. This chaos would have happened in time anyway! The EU is financially incompetent, completely undemocratic, inefficient in the extreme and just too damn big to be of any use to its citizens. My last article explored the issue of globalised business and its effects on the small guys, you and me.

Our politicians, Labour and Conservative are not thinking logically, they are thinking party politically. The one thing all politicians do best, is to kick difficult decisions into the long grass so that they will have retired by the time their inaction and crap decision making is spotted by the rest of us.

Let me leave you with a good example of a queue. Pictures below and the richest billionaires in India waiting in line  to meet Obama on a recent visit, led of course by the now infamous Mr Tata himself!

Remember him? Tata to Mr Tata, good riddance.

This line is an expensive queue ;-)

This line is an expensive queue 😉

 Posted by at 10:47 am
Feb 192016
 
 

Everyone I meet who is even minimally interested in the EU, knows that Cameraman’s EU negotiations have been pointless from the start. The charade continues to be supported by the BBC and most journalists because “the story” fills up the time available for news broadcasts and keeps everyone busy.

I'm off soon anyway, just wanted to be in the press a lot before then...

… and anyway, I’m off soon anyway, and then it’s all over to Boris & George…

There is no reason at all to link the date of the promised referendum to what Cameraman is doing. Yet this is being presented as being a necessary step!

Absolute poppycock. (I would have preferred to use the word bollocks, but Chaucerian invective is out of fashion, so I am told).

Jacob Rees Mogg said it  if too politely (please watch him by clicking on the “said it” link) ; “what has been asked for is fundamentally trivial”,  “two of the four demands are gradually happening anyway”, “the third demand will never be accepted and the fourth part (the time delay for benefits availability) would not make very much difference to the numbers of EU immigrants coming here.

Simple facts have been ignored. Britain is the fifth largest economy in the world with Germany fourth and France sixth. Italy is eighth and the Netherlands seventeenth and the other 23 member states are way down the list. Child benefit in Romania is £2 per week and £16 here. In short, the economies are so diverse that “ever closer union” is just plain daft and a common currency was always daft.

The reason so many people want to come to Britain is that we have a higher standard of living, a humane police force, stability and Radio 4. Well OK, perhaps that last one is more about me than them 😉 , but we have a culture that is the envy of the world and a minimum wage to drool over, if you are Romanian that is.

Cameron’s original idea of “reform” was supposed to apply to all EU members, remember that? Well, the so called ‘trivial’ reforms, if ever agreed, will only ever apply to Britain. The whole process is meaningless, time consuming drivel.

What Cameraman has not demanded are the really important things:

a) Financial competence please: The EU is systemically incapable of financial competence. Nineteen years of accounts which cannot be supported by its auditors! Yup, the EU’s accounts have never provided a “true and fair view” of financial matters.

b) Democracy please: The EU is undemocratic by design. The MEPs (salaries vastly higher than our own MPs) have no say on policy and spend most of their time arguing over wording in committees for legislation that most people in Europe find irritating, pointless or plain daft.

c) Immigration control please. Measures which make sense to you and me.

d) The Euro is a daft currency, based purely on party political desires rather than any economic common sense. Greece, Portugal, Italy and Spain are still as bust as they were 3 years ago and the danger of the Euro collapsing has not gone away. The German Central bank is now charging negative interest to some depositors! The whole economics of the Euro is a joke. The EU is hell bent on supporting the banking system rather than the little people (that’s you and me and your Polish plumber whose kids still live in Poland).

e) The EU is too beholden to corporate interests, and the behind-closed-doors negotiations over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) confirm this. This poses a huge threat to our environmental standards, consumer protections and workers’ rights. If you don’t know what TTIP is then please find out!

f) We would like the EEC back please – that sort of made sense.

We need to get out of this oversized, potty political union as soon as possible before it bankrupts us.

The only beneficiaries of staying in the EU are globalised business and oversized banks.

I’m a person, just like you dear reader, with common sense.

GET US OUT OF HERE!!

VOTE LEAVE, it will be alright, really it will.

Jan 202016
 
 
Two faces of Islam ... Ah bless!

Two faces of Islam …
Ah bless!

Peter Brookes says it beautifully in his cartoon which, incidentally, was printed a full six weeks before Saudi Arabia executed 45 ‘enemies of state’.

It’s becoming clear that our view of Saudi Arabia is in need of review (Ed: Understatement of the decade?).

Meanwhile our boys have carried out 4 bombing raids in Syria with absolutely nothing to show for their efforts. All the hoohah in the recent Parliamentary debate was really about being seen to be friends with our friends. There was no sensible plan to remove IS and and there still isn’t. But, hey ho, the vote was won, the party political points scored, and we all move on because the arguments against bombing were a bit too difficult to contemplate.

The West’s hands are tied by commercial considerations, outdated political  alignments and our own political system which is far too short sighted for any sensible long term plan to be made. That is the reality of democratic systems such as ours; in the long term it will prove to be the best system for humanity, but in the short term it makes decision making difficult.

Meanwhile, the 7th century totalitarian regime of ISIS now holds territory in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Mali, Libya, and  Somalia. Support for IS grows in Tunisia, Algeria, Yemen and Nigeria where it is apparently replacing Boko Haram as the main Islamist threat.

Cameraman’s answer to IS extremism?

The announcement yesterday of a £20m scheme to teach Muslim women English. As long as their husbands, uncles and brothers approve, of course!

I wonder, how will all those burqa clad women, who currently can’t speak or read English, find out about his new plan? Hmm.  (Ed: you may have a point!)

Perhaps 30 years ago might have been the time to promote integration measures funded by government, but now it is arguably pointless. The mad pluralist, multi cultural society is firmly in place, supported by misguided liberal intellectuals and all the main political parties . The face of many cities in Britain has been changed forever and we are host to a huge minority whose cultural differences threaten former British norms with little sign of integration outside of Londonistahn.

Meanwhile, on British TV, the Islam channel has a fascinating program entitled Islam Q&A, airing each night at 8pm. I have watched it a few times, and I don’t know whether to laugh, cry or to invade Birmingham and Bradford myself.

Why this misogynistic tirade on TV can be tolerated in Britain today is beyond bonkers. Along side the Islam Channel, the largely USA evangelical, supposedly Christian, TV channels are just as bonkers and almost as scary.

Many of the callers to Islam Q&A are women who are being abused or restrained by their husbands. The advice from the scholar or Imam is usually to obey your husband and learn to respect him. Other questions usually concern the minutiae of the practises of Islam, e.g. how to wash correctly. Apparently, Allah will forgive disabled Muslims who have a problem observing the otherwise required rituals.

Scary, alien stuff. It shouldn’t be scary but it is.

Watch the program yourself or, perhaps, if our Dave actually watched it, we might have a politician who could see how far we have fallen into cultural identity loss. The existence of the Islam channel is the strongest argument itself for a rigorous policy review of practical integration measures and, dare I say it, the closure of all the Saudi funded Madrassas in the UK.

To achieve that we would of course have to address the thorny issue of all faith schools and until we do, the Britain we all love will continue to disappear.

My previous article on this scary issue highlighted the ISIS belief that Dabiq is the place where Jesus will arrive shortly.  Good Muslim as he assuredly is, his arrival will kick start the worldwide Islamic Caliphate. (See the acknowledgements at the end of this article for a history of the village of Dabiq, population 4,000, that is, until IS moved there in 2014.)

Dabiq, strangely enough, is also the name of the ISIS monthly magazine, a full colour job expertly produced and full of interesting snippets of news. (Ed: do I detect irony? Err: Oh well, OK, yes)

The magazine reads a bit like a budget statement from Gordon Brown in his heyday. It drones on, and on, in language that is hypnotic, drab, humourless, boring and pontificating in tone; just like the Qur’an in fact…

Here are a few highlights of issue 11 of Dabiq:

  1. IS now have their own currency, the golden dinar. Twitter hashtag #return_of_the_gold_dinar (Yup, IS uses Twitter to spread its messages)
  2. We ask Allah to support the mujhidin of the Islamic State against the agents of the tawght and the crusaders until the banner of the Khilfah is raised high above Istanbul and Vatican City.
  3. {O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is one of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people} [Al-M?’idah: 51]” [Naw?qid al-Islam]. (The verse reference in the Qur’an).
  4. Yes, those who abandon jihad are akin to the fornicators, the sodomites, and the drunkards, and yet the claimants of Islam request the mujahidin to blindly follow these sinful “scholars,” those who prefer to sit in the shades of the tawght and crusaders rather than perform jihad against the kuffar
  5. And finally, this about so-called moderate Muslims … “not bothering to educate their readers of the Muslim’s obligation to reject kufr, separate himself from the kuffar, abandon their lands, harbor enmity and hatred towards them, and wage war against them until they submit to the truth.”

… and so on, and on, and on …

We must take IS as seriously as they take themselves.

Are you listening Dave?

Acknowledgements: Peter Brookes (The Times Saturday 28th November 2015) for the cartoon.

The strategic importance of Dabiq is discussed in a lengthy but authoritative Guardian article here. Fascinating stuff, please find the time to read it.

Dabiq issue 11, may be downloaded in its full glory here, from my own website, so it’s free from nasties. (Warning: it is 55Mb and some readers may find it distressing.)

Dec 012015
 
 

… party politics! Party politics has stifled any adult discussion of the threat we face from IS (Islamic State) and no, it’s not ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq & Levant, the Jewish / USA version) or Daesh the Arabic acronym which actually they do not like. For a full discussion of the name(s) of this primitive barbaric organisation see here.

BombsAway

Bombs away, Hurray!

Everywhere in the media, even in our best political discussion programs, journalists and politicians consume 90% of the time discussing the party politics of the issue,  the “whipping procedure”, the free vote issue, the future of Corbyn, the “new politics”, to whip or not to whip etc. yawn etc. Anything indeed, apart from the detail required to end this sad bit of history.

It is nonsense of course, but leaders of IS believe a 7th century prophecy. The Syrian town of Dabiq is where the second coming of Jesus will take place imminently. That is why the IS caliphate-in-waiting is centred on Syria.

The Second Coming heralds the start of the world wide caliphate and the end of all of us disbelievers. We Kuffar are anybody who is not a Muslim, and moreover, you have to be the right kind of Muslim and that is Sunni. Please follow the Kuffar link (previous sentence) to read an earnest debate about whether or not Muslims should actually play basketball with the unbelievers; read and weep at the ignorance and stupidity we have to fight.

What we will probably have today, after the vote in parliament, is a concerted effort to bomb Raqqa in Syria, but I suspect that IS are already decentralising as our politicians discuss the shape of the discussion table.

BUT…

Where is the plan for reconstruction of Syria? Who is paying?

Where are the foot soldiers of Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Germany NATO and the USA? Without them, and their money, there can be no lasting solution. We need those boots on the ground to maintain the peace once the bombing stops. We will probably need the boots on the ground for years to come.

Have all these players met to discuss the long term solution? Err, no.

If the last 100 years of Middle East misery have taught us any lessons at all, it is that bombing the enemy might make good copy for the journalists and gung-ho politicians, but it actually achieves nothing. Corbyn is quite right but nobody can listen to the detailed arguments he has put because he has put them so badly. The British population seem not to be ready for the new politics of discussion and the detailed thought it needs.

A bombing campaign is probably required, but as a small part of the overall action we need to take, but only as support for the boots on the ground of a UN led united army.

The murderous, brain-washed, teenagers who carry out the killings and those who command them follow the barbaric rules of the Qur’an to the letter. IS is not interested in discussion. Old men in beards have Allah and the Qur’an  as their narrative.

However, the vast majority of Muslims are not the problem, they, like you and me, just want to work, school their children and live in peace.

Islam, however, is the problem along with the West’s politically correct inability to fight back with reason.

I’m tired of repeating this but just read the damn book yourself, you will soon see what I mean!

Acknowledgement: The Spectator magazine for the cartoon