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.

 

 

Man Overboard!

We learn from the Mail that the nationally revered RNLI seems to have taken some of the same lousy medecine that the National Trust, the BBC, etc etc ad infi-fucking-nitum have been mainlining on for the last 20 years:

Whitby RNLI crewman Ben Laws … and his junior workmate Joe Winspear … were allegedly sacked over the phone on Tuesday. The pair are reported to have swapped ‘jokey’ tea mugs for Secret Santa presents. One featured Mr Winspear’s head superimposed on a naked woman’s body … When a senior female member of staff found them at the headquarters in North Yorkshire … their jobs were brought into question.

So two brave, public spirited  men, accustomed as volunteers to risk their lives to save the necks of others in deadly conditions in the North Sea, have been sacked (by phone of course as is the way these days) for exchanging as private gifts, mugs adorned with images similar to those we see in every tabloid and frequently even in TV adverts?

The inevitable has happened as their doughty cremates have made manifest their righteous disgust by:

sparking resignations from four of their colleagues navigator Steve Boocock , helmsman Martyn Cairns  and trainees Neil Cook and Simon Rhodes 

I’ve nothing against women (hell, (fucking hell actually) I’m married to one) but it is entirely predictable that themanager who made this bold step was a woman, who we can safely assume couldn’t steer a boat from one side of a puddle to the other.

What is it about us Anglos that we seem hell bent on sacrificing everything that is worthwhile about our country at the altar of this obessesive and wholly misguided political correctness/virtue signalling/cultural marxism?

It would never happen in Russia or in China and wouldn’t have happened in the Raj or in 1950’s America.

Let’s wait and see.  It wuld be easy to say that it is these little signs that give away a terminal cultural decline.  However these are early days for this story and it might yet be that the general outcry among the genuinely righteous of this country (white van man and his wife) the wonderful organisation that is the RNLI night yet row back on this insanity which would be a sign of hope.

I bloody hope so, I am so fed up of being a depressed, cynical and right.

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!

A Tidal Wave Of Good Intentions

This blog has a lot of time for Michael Gove, by far the ablest minister in Cameron’s government, and in fact the ablest minister in a UK government for some time.  He is bright, decent and honest – a most unusual combination.

He  did good work as Minister of Education, and then his timely adoption of the Brexit cause was an important waypoint in that campaign.

But oh dear, we read in the Telegraph today that he has been spouting some utter dribble:

A tax of up to 22p could be added to plastic bottles to prevent the tide of rubbish flowing into the oceans, under plans announced by Michael Gove on Wednesday…  Announcing the scheme, Environment Secretary Mr Gove said: “We can be in no doubt that plastic is wreaking havoc on our marine environment – killing dolphins, choking turtles and degrading our most precious habitats.

Which brings us to two things:

  • Most of the problem plastic in the world is put there by consumers in Africa and South America.  Measures like this will do absolutely nothing to resolve the problem.
  • I have never thrown away a plastic bottle (as far as I can remember) and the same is true probably for a majority of the population.  I carefully crush them and put them out for recycling.  This plan would mean that I can no longer do that as it would cost me 22p a time (more than the contents of the bottle in many cases).  I or Mrs H will be obliged to fill a box periodically and go and waste an hour of my time getting back our deposits.

It is an insane idea. 

The article goes on to say:

It comes amid speculation that Britain could use some of its overseas aid budget to help Commonwealth countries to cut down on plastic pollution.

No fuck off.  Let’s cut our overseas aid budget altogether and spend it on our own defence.  If these countries want to spend money reducing plastic consumption let them cut down their spending on private jets, swiss bank accounts or nuclear weapons programmes.

A Downing St spokesman said: “Marine pollution, particularly from plastics, is one of the most significant challenges facing the world today and the Commonwealth spread over six Continents is uniquely placed to take transformative action so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is cleaner and greener than we currently find it.

No it’s not.  The most serious threat facing the world today is idiots in government wanting to be seen to be virtuous by the kind of people of sign up to Change.org campaigns.

It is that the gains in wealth, wellbeing and freedom over the last centuries of struggle will be squandered by feelgood pinko twats at international conferences.

This blog cares passionately about the environment, and spends its free time working hard to improve the immediate environment around Castello Italicus.

More importantly it recognises that a richer world will be a more environmentally friendly world, as caring for the environment is a luxury afforded only to people who don’t have to worry about where their next meal will come from.

The history of care about the environment is a history of people from rich countries who don’t have to work.

Measures like the ones proposed by Gove will reduce wellbeing and wealth, and therefore their contribution will be perforce negative for the environment.

 

No, You’re Wrong

That normally reliable repository of intelligent comment The Continental Telegraph, doubtless wishing to be seen to be publishing a diverse set of opinions, has a piece about gun control in the US by a certain Tom Fuller in which he informs us that:

I don’t believe at all that I have any right to park an Abrams tank in my driveway or a Humvee with a mounted fifty caliber machine gun.

Mmmh, anybody else spot the straw man?

He goes to reassure us that it’s ok, and a nevralgic political issue which has been simmering for decades dividing the country like no other except abortion, is in fact easy to fix, because:

I believe the limits can be drawn quickly and using common sense using those facts. Background checks for all gun sales, prohibition of gun ownership to convicted felons, convicted domestic abusers (there are shamefully some types of domestic abuse not classified as a felony), withdrawal of semi and automatic rifles from the market and a mandatory buyback of such weapons as are already in private hands.

That’s alright then Tom!  Thank goodness you exist!!

We can really only think of a couple of problems with this.  The first is that it wouldn’t do any good.  Automatic weapons are already to all intents and purposes outlawed and have been since at least the 1980s.  Every state has its own gun laws and nearly all require purchasers to be sane and law abiding.  Often however these requirements are ignored.  So how about enforcing the existing laws before making any new stupid ones?

In every free country in the western world except Australia and the UK ownership of semi auto pistols and rifles is permitted under certain reasonable conditions.  The ridicuous laws in the UK and Australia  don’t seem to have led to any significant improvement in the law enforcement situation.  Certainly in the UK at least knife and gun crime are on the rise, and coppers can barely be arsed to try to do anything about it preferring to spend their time trawling twitter for rude comments about mosques or police horses.

In these countries the murder rate is not sky high.  There are next to no incidents.  How can this be?  Because ownership of firearms by law abiding people is totally harmless, and might even be beneficial as criminals are forced to consider that potential victims might be in a position to defend themselves.

The other slight problem that we can see is the bit about the mandatory buy back.  That is a recipe for massive civil disobedience, and possibly civil war and/or secession.  The chances are thousands of people would be hurt and killed if this was attempted.

This blog would tentatively suggest two things that could make a difference.  The first is the wider adoption of Gun Safety Orders in which in a very focused way, specific individuals eg parents, teachers would be able to take legal action to deny temporarily firearm possession to people showing clear signs of imminent disaster such as posting on facebook that they want to become a school shooter.  This has we understand been tried with encouraging results.

Possibly even more important would be a voluntary code of practice in the media, not to publicise the sad losers’ names.  Deny them their 15 minutes of fame.  Deny them, in Mrs Thatchers memorable turn of phrase, the Oxygen of Publicity.

For a few twisted individuals the chance to dominate the news for 24 hours trumps any moral or emotional considerations of right and wrong.  Remove that incentive and with time you will reduce the occurrence.

We are sure that if you plot the frequence and deadliness of these events against the amount of hours of coverage of the 24 hour news cycle you will see a strong correlation.

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!

Are We There Yet?

It’s been a journey full of ups and downs, mostly downs, that’s been going on throughout most our adult life; but maybe, just maybe, we are nearly there.

The Mail, bless’em, is carrying a story about how two academics have diddled taxpayers out of 10 grand in order to fund a study that has concluded that playing team sports in schools is racist, as are the values of fair play which we seek to inculcate.

They write:

Its authors … suggest that learning dances from different cultures should be given greater prominence… the emphasis in PE on health and fitness could even be imposing Western ideals of how people’s bodies should look… They also claim that ‘character-building’ practises such as ‘fair play’ have European roots.

As if that were a bad thing rather than one of the crown jewels of our civilization!  These christian values are why Europe is the place where the whole world wants to come and live!!

The end is in sight.

We have reached Peak Cuntery.

Hat tip/ Longrider