Thursday, 29 September 2016

The lady in red


I just had dinner with friend with a Ph.D. in political science, who is 'relaxed about immigration' and never heard of Edward Gibbon, George Brown or Anthony Crosland. He has just left the Liberal Democrats for the Greens.

He's too ignorant of history to make much discussion useful. This is because political science is a fake discipline. Political scientists should study history instead.

He said that to be a global city London needs a non white majority. I said London was the largest and most important city in the world in the 1920s, the centre of the world in fact. I mentioned Tokyo and he said that Tokyo has ceased to be 'a global powerhouse' because it is mono-ethnic. I mentioned Seoul and Beijing. He said he didn't know enough about those those two.  I could have mentioned Shanghai, Mumbai and Delhi.

Instead, I mentioned Istanbul, which was multiracial before Turkey was ethnically cleansed. It was news to him that Constantinople had a Christian majority in 1922. 

However, my friend said, completely unprompted, that Nigel Farage was the most important British politician since the war. He was right about that. 

And I did enjoy telling him the joke about Brown and the lady in a red dress in South America.

For those who don't know the story about the bibulous George Brown, here it is.

Attending a glittering official reception in South America, George Brown, the British Foreign Secretary, is said to have gone up to a woman in red and said: 
“Excuse me, but may I have the pleasure of this dance?”
Which elicited this reply: 
“No. There are three reasons why I shall not dance with you. The first is that
you are very drunk indeed. The second is that this is the Chilean national anthem. And the third is that I am the Cardinal Archbishop of Santiago."
I was only a little boy in those days, but I remember that people loved George Brown. His drunkenness made him human, but he was anyway. Now we learn that Wilson and Macmillan were also alcoholics. 

George Brown drunk was described by a TV reporter as 'tired and emotional' and the satirical magazine Private Eye has continued to use the phrase to this day when they want to say that someone was drunk but don't want to be sued.

George Brown and Enoch were the only politicians, in my time, that the British people loved, until Shirley Williams. Then a very long pause of twenty years till Mo Mowlem, in the late 1990s. Shirley and Mo were also human and daffy. Enoch said what everyone thought. 

According to the Office for National Statistics, based on the 2011 Census estimates, 59.8 per cent of the 8,173,941 inhabitants of London were White. However, across London, Black and Asian children outnumber White British children by about six to four in state schools.


  1. Why are some whites welcoming their demographic demise? Jeanne G

  2. Memories ... "Don't say Brown; say Hopeless" ... Harry Corrin


  3. The notion that someone with a doctorate has never heard if Gibbon frightens me somewhat....
    Andrew Fear

  4. "He's too ignorant of history to discuss things with" - yes. this is unfortunately typical for plenty of PhD's in Political Sciences. Maybe that is why today's politics is so ... so.... so....
    I remember a discussion I had a few years ago with one of the high priests of the Romanian Political Scientologists :) He said - with a sigh - that it's a shame that his colleagues don't give a darn about history. I also remember the faces a Belgian professor from ULB was making when it came to history... He looked like I was mentioning the devil himself.

  5. Where was I reading that the departments at Westminster all got rid of their history specialists and now need visiting postgrad researchers to rediscover their policy history? I remember how shocked I was when the Foreign Office dispersed its library. Helena Kennedy said at the time that the Blair government was a history-free zone.

    1. Yes it was. Everywhere is now. My friend told me he had read 'old book' and mentioned Orwell. Getting rid of the library was a wicked act. Perhaps history is seen now as the enemy. I educated myself from second hand books and now I see that 2nd hand bookshops are almost the only refuge from PC.

  6. "Enoch said what everyone thought...." Yes, he was way too outspoken for his own good, but he saw what was coming. The powers that be didn't listen to him. Now, London has a muslim mayor, and most of London schools bow to ethnic minority customs. I believe in being welcoming to the stranger....but the stranger who wants to live in another country should integrate into that culture, not try to change that country to suit themselves. Maybe Britain had it coming - for all the countries they have tried to assimilate in their time, but I am sad that it is happening. (p.s. I'm British)