The Non-existent Irish Problem And May’s Treachery

The poor old Grauniad is not un-relieved crap and today for instance in the much maligned (and generally, rightly so) CiF section there is a thoughtful and robustly written contribution by Sean Walsh.

Essentially his point is that the whole so-called Irish border problem which is convulsing the UK cabinet and has been for weeks is so much hot air.  The IRA is not going to relight their nasty campaign of murder, intimidation and vandalism for the simple reason that the only reason they signed up to the Belfast agreement in the first place was that they were beaten militarily, mainly thanks to diligent and courageous police and intelligence work over many years.

In fact viewed from the lofy heights of Castello Italicus the whole imbroglio is very suggestive of the true facts on the ground.  The mechanism by which May was manouvred into number 10 by the EU Commission is not yet clear, but there is no doubt in my mind that she has been well and truly nobbled.  Her persistence with the insane proposal for a customs partnership is proof of that.  As is the complete failure to engage with reality, and propose an EEA/EFTA transition period.  In this scenario we would be out of the Customs Union, out of the EU, but with good access to the single market much as have Norway and Switzerland.  It is no coincidence that they are the richest nations in Europe.

The precise details would need to be ironed out such as EU migration and so on, but this would be a situation which any PM worth her salt could sell to back benchers and the electorate, rgardless of how they voted in 2016.  Damage to the economy would be minimised, and despite all the shit talked about fax diplomacy (which is simply a lie, as has been pointed out by Dr North on several million occasions) would be safely negated by the truth.

The current bollocks and counter bollocks arguments, so strongly reminiscent of arguing about how many angels can dance on a pin head,  serve only to make the whole issue seem impossible and can best be understood as a Continuity Project Fear (to continue with the IRA meme).  Orchestrated by Brussels, with the collaboration of senior members of the civil service.

My gut feeling is that the EEA/EFTA rabbit is straining to be pulled out of the hat but Brussels via Mrs May’s team won’t allow that.

And on the Irish border question the answer is simply do nothing.  We the UK won’t put up hard border posts.  If the Irish do under instructions from Brussels then that is their problem.  In other words stand our ground, turn the problem round.  And she won’t do that either.

It is clear to me that May is acting under instructions from Brussels.  It is quite possible that Cameron’s over-hasty departure after losing was prompted by having received curt instructions from Brussels to “Fix It Or Else” and as a reasonably honourable though dim individual he opted to leave it to someone else.

May’s conduct is explicable only by this theory.

 

 

Something Must Be Done

London famously has overtaken New York for murders.

The mayor, a nasty incompetent little man has decided, doubtless with the assistance of Mrs Dick (the name alone is a guarantee) the head of the metropolitan police, that given that the nationwide gun ban has been such a roaring success (…ahem) that a ban on kitchen knives will be even more successful!

From Zero Hedge:

This hyperbolic response by politicians who desperately need to be seen as doing something, comes in the wake of a growing number of stabbings since Britain outlawed guns altogether. While Britain can now boast, as Piers Morgan[*] famously did in his interview with Alex Jones, that they were only about 30 gun murders in Britain in the year prior, British politicians failed to notice that crime continues to happen, just through different means. It became clear when Britain’s crime stats were put up against those of gun toting New Yorkers.

*Cunt

At a time when the government are desperate to encourage people to cook at home and eat more veg it is obviously deeply ironic that they are at the same time looking to outlaw the essential iten required to do just that, the most useful tool ever invented.  But these cunts don’t do irony.

Shortly after London Mayor Sadiq Kahn’s city-wide ban on knives, The Express had reported that one of Scotland’s leading doctors has called for a ban on “killer” kitchen knives.

In a separate story, we read in the Mail that Rome fans, trying hard one assumes to ingratiate themselves with the local citizenry, have attacked liverpudlians with hammers and belts.

Are they now going to try and ban the second and third most useful inventions ever?

You read it here first!

Institutionalised Paranoia

Travelling on the New Jersey transit trains between Newark and New York this week one cannot help being struck by the number of posters advising the long suffering clientele that, “if it feels wrong it probably IS wrong” and exhorting them to say something (the same is available in the execrable Spanish of American officialdom).

No, that is simply not the case.  If it feels wrong, 99% of the time you are being a paranoid arse.  The chances are that if something is genuinely wrong it will be because officialdom has fucked up for the nth time; ignored warning signs, handed guns back to some sad loser, or welcomed home jihadists while deporting law abiding students or others.

It is clear by now to most people, that the government cannot protect us but have no compunction in making our lives a misery trying to convince us and failing miserably, that the opposite is the case.

Government action of one sort or another is at the root of 80% of the ills afflicting the human race.

 

Ignoring The Elephant In The Room

The Telegraph reports that EU commission jackbooted thugs have raided the offices of Fox News in London.

Ostensibly the investigation concerns sports rights and as a would-be consumer if they weren’t so darned expensive, I can half see what they’re getting at.

However as the Telegraph story notes:

The raid comes at an extremely sensitive time for Fox as it seeks a remedies agreement with British watchdogs at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to secure its heavily delayed takeover of Sky…The CMA is considering an offer from the Murdoch family to spin off Sky News into a separate company or sell it to Disney to assuage concerns that full control of Sky will give them too much sway over the British media. 

The elephant in the room being of course that Fox is far less monopolistic than the BBC, but nobody, in an official capacity at least, is recommending that that monstrosity be broken up.

Might there be more to this than meets the eye:

News of a competition investigation by the European Commission will be viewed as a boost to the US cable giant Comcast, which is seeking to disrupt Fox’s takeover of Sky with its own rival £22bn bid.

News that the investigatory and ball-breaking powers of the EU have been bought and sold bought would hardly surprise anybody here at Castello Italicus.

Lloyd’s Bank

Via Zerohedge, we read that Mr Lloyd Blankfein is planning to step down as head of Goldman Sachs.

Mr Blank-cheque is known mainly for being an exceedingly rich man (which is fair enough) and more scurrilously for becoming and remaining so by wholesale manipulation of government policy, most famously the Grat Bank Bailouts of 2008 in which the lonsuffering taxpayer handed over a sizeable wedge to keep the major Wall Street players from having to sell their helicopters, wives and Long Island mansions into a buyers’ market.

This blog is an enthusiastic supporter of free market capitalism, man’s greatest invention after the common law and the domestication of dogs, but the banking industry has become a machine for wringing out cash from the productive sectors of the economy into the pockets of a self-selected elite with a symbiotic and deeply damaging relationship to the Powers That Be.

Mr Bank-With-Me-At-Your-Peril is only one of a slew of morally bankrupt individuals living the high life thanks to cash exhorted at gunpoint from nurses, lathe-operators and the like, and handed over by Governments devoid of concern for the interests of any but their intimately connected friends who curiously, happen to have a lot of money…

A decent government, which unfortunately neither we nor our American friends have, would concern itself with ensuring that while the necessary steps are taken to ensure that the banking industry does not fail cataclysmically, it is equally impossible to pocket the profits and socialise the losses.

 

Vast Organisation Mindfucks Voters!

Brendan O’Neill has a piece, as ever well worth reading, in the Speccie putting to the sword the absurd idea that Cambridge Analytics has destroyed the world by brainwashing voters using their facebook data:

We’re meant to believe that Donald Trump won the presidential election and Brexit was victorious in the EU referendum because sinister rich and right-wing people trawled social media, harvested our inner-most lives, and then planted messages that ‘mind-fucked’ us into voting for things we shouldn’t have voted for? This is straight out of the David Icke school of political thought (I say thought…) where it is always assumed that faceless malevolent actors are puppeteering public life and secretly controlling people’s minds and behaviour. This might be the moment when the paranoid style of thinking went mainstream

However this blog is convinced that, certainly in the UK, there is one organisation at least abusing users’ faith in it and working to twist and form the electorate’s opinions in a leftward pro-EU direction.

That is of course the BBC, which has mutated from the essentially decent bumbling pro-British but even then somewhat earnest and well meaning media organisation of my childhood into a vast highly politicised instrument of the Common purpose cultural marxist wing of the political “elite”.

The BBC has been absolutely relentless in pushing its anti-Brexit, ant-Trump pro-Global Waring agenda, that is a demonstrable fact, and is in contravention of its founding principles.  It has not been above lying and coercion in order to do so.

Lately the labour left (whom Stalin himself would have purged as being too extreme) have been complaining about something called hatgate in which the BBC have apparently published a photo of comrade Corbyn looking like Krushchev, and clamouring that this is proof of political bias.

Could be a good moment to agree with them then get the whole rotten mess shut down.

Paging Mr Ecks!