Saturday, 20 October 2018

The Saudi monarchy is a graver danger to Christendom than Iran or even Turkey

The Washington Post writer who was killed and cut up (in what order I do not know) by the Saudis, in the Saudi Embassy in Ankara, was a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood. He was not a believer in single-sex marriage or feminism any more than American evangelical Protestants are. He was one sort of Islamist and the mortal (literally) enemy of the Islamists who are in power in Riyadh. 

He was their enemy because he was very close to the highest Saudis and knew a lot of their secrets. This is why he was tortured and killed by people close to the Crown Prince. I imagine he may have had a heart attack while being tortured or have put up a struggle that led to his killing.

It could be a Hitchcock film, but re-made by Quentin Tarantino. (I just re-watched The Man who Knew Too Much, where a political assassination is averted by Doris Day, but she was not there to save poor Mr Khashoggi). 

Some people who see the Saudis, who are allied effectively to Israel, as a force for stability disgustingly make light of the killing. 

Trump's manufacturing boom

Good news for the Americans. Manufacturing jobs have increased markedly. This article explains the boom since Trump got in: it's because business knows he is deregulating and cutting taxes, especially corporation tax. I am in favour of that and wish the British misnamed conservatives were.

The U.S. tax cuts are helping the global economy so that is good news for all of us.

I made a somewhat half-hearted attempt to find the reasons why America has boomed since Donald Trump took office (that still sounds odd to write). There is surprisingly little explanation to be found, because most journalists and economists are horrified by him. 


Not that I trust economists. Paul Krugman who won the Nobel Prize in Economics tweeted on election night:
"It really does now look like President Donald J. Trump. And markets are plunging. When might we expect them to recover? A first-pass answer is never."
During the campaign he had said we were "looking at a global recession, with no end in sight” if Donald Trump became president. 

He tweeted on November 25, 2016,
“Nothing policy can do will bring back those lost [manufacturing] jobs. The service sector is the future of work; but nobody wants to hear it.”
Instead, in the first 21 months of the Trump presidency, manufacturing employment grew by 3.1%, reversing the trend under Obama.

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Quotations

Not in nationalism does one find the main key to the epoch of the early Soviet years, but in the destructive whirlwind of internationalism, estranged from any feeling of nationality or traditions. Alexander Solzhenitsyn

They can print statistics and count the populations in hundreds of thousands, but to each man a city consists of no more than a few streets, a few houses, a few people. Remove those few and a city exists no longer except as a pain in the memory, like a pain of an amputated leg no longer there. Graham Greene, Our Man in Havana

Ann Coulter believes the left has 'lost its mind'.

An interesting interview with Ann Coulter in The Guardian today. The interviewer points out that 
"In June 2015, three days after Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president, Coulter appeared on an episode of the Bill Maher show. She told him that, of the 17 Republican primary candidates, Trump was the one with the best chance of winning the White House. The room erupted in laughter. She then proceeded to tell an incredulous Maher that Bernie Sanders was the only Democrat who could beat Trump."
The article ends with a quotation from the lady at a recent speech. Not one of her funnier or better lines, if you ask me, though the audience loved it.
"Trump, she says, is chemotherapy for the country. The process won’t be pleasant. “We’ll get sick, we’ll throw up, it really sucks. But the entire New York Times editorial board dies.”

The decline and fall of the Church of England

The University Church of St Mary the Virgin in Oxford was the site where the Protestants Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and Thomas Cranmer were tried for heresy in the reign of Queen Mary I. Now, Anglican blogger Archbishop Cramner informs us that an Imam will preach there and comments thus.
He will not be delivering a pre-worship talk on Islam or presenting a post-worship discourse on interfaith reconciliation, either of which would be perfectly acceptable in a university church of theological scholarship and missional service. No, he will be preaching the University Sermon at the 10.30am Choral Eucharist.

Radical feminists attack church and town hall in Argentina

This story deserves a lot more coverage than it has received. Feminists attending a conference in a provincial town in Argentina attacked public buildings with Molotov cocktails (firebombs) and stones. Ten women were arrested. 

Numerous attacks on Catholic churches have taken place since the Argentinian senate rejected a bill legalising abortion in August.

This behaviour is extremely mild compared with the persecution of priests and nuns in Mexico years ago (providing the setting for Greene's The Power and the Glory) and on the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War, but it involves the same dark forces.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

In praise of Breitbart: free speech will drive out fake news

The New York Times and the Washington Post were excellent at one time, boring, factual newspapers that put British ones to shame, almost as enjoyably dull as German ones. Not any more. They now read like propaganda sheets.

They worry about fake news in the social media but if they do not publish exactly fake news what they publish is hugely biased, for example against the current U.S. administration.

The bias during the 2016 U.S. presidential election was preposterous. I read headline after headline in the MSM in Google news saying Trump was losing and clicked to find he was doing well.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Transgender person wins women's race

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The Bavarian revolution



Political earthquake



“CSU, at 35.5 percent, loses its absolute majority and is below 40 percent the first time since 1954. SPD below 10 percent, loses half of its electorate and enters the territory of irrelevance. Greens are the new centre-left force; AfD enters another state Parliament.”

The Greens, who campaigned for more immigrants, scare me to death.


One minor German Green Party politician, Dr. Stefanie von Berg, told the Hamburg parliament in 2015, 

"Our society will change. Our society will change radically. In 20-30 years there will no longer be a German majority. We will live in a supercultural society. This is what we will have in the future. And I want to make it very clear, especially to right-wingers: This is a good thing!"

Cassocks

Cassocks are coming back. Oh good. I love them.


Catholic priests wear them in Romania, a blessed country where priests and poets are right-wing, sometimes astonishingly right-wing.

It is a bit rich for Hillary to complain of sexism

Hillary Clinton achieved great and unaccountable power and almost became U.S. President, without any conspicuous ability, simply because of being married to her husband, yet she complains that “way Trump debated” her was “imbued with sexism.”

When he threatened that if he lost he would not accept the result she rightly accused him of acting improperly, yet she and her supporters blame the Russians and sexist and racist voters. It would be a sin to enjoy her unhappiness and whatever bad things she has done she is probably a perfectly good person. I will not believe she is a murderess until I see proof, though she did laugh about Gadaffi's horrible death, which she caused. 

However, American politics is enormous fun. I said in this blog in 2016 that one reason for voting for Trump was that with him nothing would be boring for a moment. I made a good point.

False charges against men

This is the kind of thing that is the background to the allegations about Justice Kavanaugh.

First, this news article in the American magazine National Review sheds horrifying light on the way false sex allegations against men are adjudicated on without due process or the rules of natural justice and destroy male students' lives.

Here is a riveting article by Barbara Amiel about sex charges, an article that scandalised people who are easily scandalised.

The Middle East is of no importance

The Middle East is of no importance except to its inhabitants. If you doubt me read this article by American defence analyst, Edward Luttwak. He's Jewish and friendly to Israel, by the way.

Malmo's murder rate higher than New York's

Vienna has a murder rate of 1.1/100,000. London has a murder rate of 1.2- New York has a murder rate of 3.4. Malmo has a murder rate of 4.4. So four times higher than Vienna, nearly four times higher than London and higher than New York. 

Pelle Neroth Taylor

Congratulations, sir and ma'am

I congratulate the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the latter's pregnancy, I suppose.


Romanians congratulate me, which is so nice of them, but I don't really know why. It's not like the birth of Prince George of Wales or even his brother, whose name escapes me. Their child will be seventh in line to the throne. It would take a massacre for her to become Queen.


I love the monarchy rather than the Royal Family, who obscure the importance of the monarch, an importance which is very deep and probably for Jungians part of the collective unconscious. This however always happens when a Queen is on the throne. The cult of the royal family began in Victoria's reign. 



Still, we are so very lucky not to have Roy Hattersley, Douglas Hurd or Gordon Brown as our head of state.


There are quite a few ways in which Romania is more civilised than England and quite a lot of ways in which we are better, the first of which is that we have a monarchy.

Quotations

“Fi­nally, we come to split­ting. Split­ting, or com­pulsive, neu­rotic re­order­ing of all per­sons and things as ei­ther good or bad, was orig­i­nally seen as a fea­ture of bor­der­line-per­son­al­ity dis­or­der. To such peo­ple it of­ten seems the cen­tral pur­pose of men­tal life. Now it’s widely un­der­stood to be the nor­mal be­hav­ior of the hu­man brain when wound up on so­cially con­structed ide­o­log­i­cal rage.”

Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. in Friday's Wall St. Journal


“At his po­lit­i­cal ral­lies, Pres­i­dent Trump has taken to call­ing out “the rad­i­cal De­moc­rats.” De­moc­rats are ap­palled at the Pres­i­dent’s rhetoric. We can’t imag­ine why. If the par­ty’s post-con­fir­ma­tion cam­paign against Jus­tice Ka­vanaugh isn’t a rad­i­cal de­par­ture from the norms of Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, we can’t imag­ine what is.”

Editorial, Wall St. Journal


Sunday, 14 October 2018

Why Donald Trump will probably win a second term

The Guardian in England and The New York Times and The Atlantic in the USA all recently published articles saying that Trump will probably win a second term. It was not something the writers wanted to write or most of the readers wanted to read.

Katty Kay of the BBC said during the 2016 campaign that Donald Trump is a Democrat. I can't find the link and I wonder if she has had it taken down. I agreed with her then - but now I see him as a throwback to the old Republicans of the pre-war era: protectionist and if not an isolationist, at least in favour of pursuing American interests and not an internationalist. So I think he is a Republican, even though at the same time he is clearly a third party candidate who took over one of the parties.

But he did not cast a spell on the GOP or fool them with Russian collusion. There were very good reasons why the Republicans chose him and people who dislike him, which is most people, should try hard to understand those reasons.

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Pope Francis seeks to change the Catholic brand

The leaders of the Catholic Church seem to be going the way of Marks and Spencer's - an iconic chain of shops on every high street in England that is abandoning its core customers while vainly chasing after new customers who aren't interested in them.

I always thought it odd that the churches in the West have since 1960 become left-wing when the Church's teaching about sex, divorce, abortion, social hierarchy and hierarchy in marriage never seemed more conservative when contrasted with what is believed in the secular world.

It seems now that even the rock-like Catholic Church will not seem so rock-like if the Pope and his favourite cardinals (those who are not forced to resign) have their way. The intention of the Pope is not to attempt to change timeless doctrine but to move around

Cambridge University Students' Union votes against Remembrance Sunday motion

The Cambridge University Student Union (a body most students have no contact with and less important than the Cambridge Union) voted down a motion to promote Remembrance Sunday amid fears that it glorified war. Which is in fact the opposite of what it does.

The news story is confused and feeds the appetite the papers know their readers have for scandals at Oxbridge and public schools. Nor is anything the students' union does of much importance. But it seems a motion put forward by two members of CUCA, the Cambridge University Conservative Association, to "ensure that Remembrance Day becomes a well-established and well-marked event across the university” was rejected and another

Wise Democrats should vote Republican this time in congressional elections

It is such a shame that the Republicans will probably lose their majority in the House this time. It will send the stock exchange plummeting further which could even trigger a financial crash and will certainly mean a painfully divided country becomes much more painfully divided. Even Democrats should vote Republican this one time for these two reasons.

Cismigiu and the Russian church in autumn

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Feminists are the locomotive which pulls the train of political correctness

Feminists are the locomotive which pulls the train of political correctness.

Other minority groups are that, minorities. Women are the majority.

More and more it becomes clear in politics and, if they are still distinguishable from politics, in society as a whole and in the churches that, as an anonymous 1960s American radical said,

“The issue is never the issue."

Tory Island

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Tory Island, Donegal, the remotest inhabited island in Ireland.

The islanders elect one of their number to be king. When Sachaverell Sitwell visited the king was a woman.

Tory is an Irish word for robber or bandit and many dispossessed Irish Catholic peasants became bandits in the reign of King Charles II. 
Newspapers in England were just starting in his reign (the London Gazette, at first called The Oxford Gazette, began publication in 1665) and Tories were news.

The original Tories in English politics were people well disposed to the Catholic Duke of

Things people say

“I love rebellion, and I love getting rid of things that have outlived their usefulness. Brexit is both – after years of treading water and trading away our autonomy for a pathetic package of Euro-portioned mediocrity.” Julie Burchill

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Friday, 12 October 2018

Cardinal Wuerl finally resigns, but will remain very influential

Cardinal Wuerl has at last resigned as Archbishop of Washington D.C. after being accused of covering up cases of clerical child abuse when he was Bishop of Pittsburgh, rather than reporting them to the police. Crimes committed by priests in his former diocese were extensive and revealed in the Pennsylvania Grand Jurors' Report that has so shocked everyone. He was mentioned 200 times in the report.

Donald Wuerl began his career as private secretary to Bishop, later Cardinal Wright who was a pederast who interfered with teenage boys. Wright became Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy — that is, head of the Vatican’s apparatus for overseeing priests worldwide - and shared an apartment with Donald Wuerl.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Quotations

“If a natural cataclysm had placed a broad sea between the Germans and the French, the German character would not have been dominated by militarism. If – a more conceivable possibility – the Germans had succeeded in exterminating their Slav neighbors as the Anglo-Saxons in North America succeeded in exterminating the Indians, the effect would have been what it has been on the Americans: the Germans would have become advocates of brotherly love and international reconciliation." 
AJP Taylor


"Love your solitude and try to sing out with the pain it causes you.
For those who are near you are far away …

Sic transit Nikki

I am glad Nikki Hayley has resigned as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. She was in the George W. Bush mould and eager for U.S. involvement in the Middle East. The BBC says she received nationwide praise for removing Confederate statues from the South Carolinan capitol. Nationwide from some people but those were brave men who fought for what they considered their country.

Of course, Nikki is much less objectionable than Ivanka who thankfully will not replace her.



Sunday, 7 October 2018

Why the Romanian constitutional amendment to redefine marriage failed

The constitutional amendment to redefine the family will fail because only about 20% of the Romanian electorate voted, even though most who voted will have voted in favour of the amendment. A turnout of 30% was required.

Marriage in Romania will continue to be between men and women because that is what the law says, even though the constitution does not require it.

I just saw some angry man called Fabio Luciani on the Euronews Facebook wall saying: 
"Why did the Western democracies allowed this illiterates [sic] get into the Union? This was nonsense. Certain standards concerning democratic values and respect for human rights should be met before joining."

What Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh means for America

Judge Kavanaugh was confirmed in the most bitter battle anyone can remember by a majority in the Senate of 50-48.

The U.S. Supreme Court has a conservative majority for the first time since the 1930s, when Franklin D. Roosevelt threatened to pack the Court with 6 extra judges to make sure Democratic legislation was not struck down.

Previous Republican presidents often either nominated judges who turned out not to be conservative (Eisenhower nominated the former Republican Governor of California Earl Warren who turned out to be very liberal) or had their choices rejected by a Democrat controlled Senate (Reagan's choice, Robert Bork, for example).

Dan Rather, the TV anchorman who succeeded Walter Cronkite as the personification of

Worrying about Russia is like Cromwell fighting Spain

Churchill suddenly said to Harold Macmillan in Cairo in 1943 late one night: 'Cromwell was a great man, wasn't he?' 'Yes, sir, a very great man.' ' But he made one great mistake. Obsessed in his youth by the fear of the power of Spain he failed to observe the rise of France. Will that be said of me?' 

Out of Africa

Melania Trump wears a pith helmet on safari in Nairobi, Kenya.

I thought Mrs. Trump looked delicious in her pith helmet in Kenya but some accused her of looking colonialist

She shows that at 48 years of age she is a remarkable beauty, with great clothes sense and great wit, as with the 'I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?' jacket she wore on a trip to visit immigrant children. Some not very perceptive people thought she meant she didn't care

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Quotations

I think the most terrifying thing about growing up is that you realise that no one ever grows up, and that the world is, in fact, run by children.
Peter Istrate


Rebellion has psychological, sociological and anthropological bases. The idea that teens "need" to rebel is an Anglo-Saxon idea. In Portugal, my students always thought it was a strange concept.
Teresa Pole-Baker 

Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam [...] has found that the greater the diversity in a community, the fewer people vote and the less they volunteer, the less they give to

Thursday, 4 October 2018

When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a small heron

Hamlet's enigmatic line "When the wind is southerly, I know a hawk from a handsaw" has been explained. I just heard an actor on the BBC say he discovered this in Norfolk but others on the net had discovered it before him.

The handsaw, hanser or heronsaw is a Norfolk dialect word for a small heron. A hunter would be expected to know the difference. Birds generally fly in the direction of the wind . If the wind flies north, the sun gets in the hunter’s eyes and he can’t distinguish the two birds. If the wind is south, the bird flies with its back to the sun and can easily be distinguished.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard's battle with Brett Kavanaugh over the truth

I do not really understand this complicated story by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard. Mr Evans-Pritchard, whom I have been reading since he was covering the Clinton Administration as a foreign correspondent, often seems wild in his judgments but I he may be right to think very badly of Kavanaugh. He thinks him intellectually mediocre - which he obviously is- and says he suppressed evidence to protect the Clintons, in a case where some hinted that Hillary was a murderess. This, of course, is the opposite of the usual view that he was a Republican partisan who wanted to hang the Clintons out to dry.

I am going off Judge Kavanaugh.

Letter to the Times today


Sir, I agree with almost everything that Clare Foges writes in her article about Michael Gove, but she got one part slightly wrong. She says that “trashing experts was not his finest hour”. But really, it was. What he actually said was “the people of this country have had enough of experts from organisations with acronyms saying that they know what is best.” In the same interview, and in the same context, he said: “I’m asking the people to trust themselves.”
Two statements that set Mr Gove apart from many of those experts, and many other politicians, in not patronising the people of this country.
Nigel Barratt
Melton, Suffolk

I agree with this very strongly. This was the high point of the referendum campaign and roused the most irritating sort of Remainers to fury. 

Michael Gove should have stood for the Tory leadership as soon as David Cameron resigned - he was the only good candidate.

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Sober as a judge

I don't mind if Judge Kavanaugh drinks so long as it's not before hearings. I am not sure he should drink as much as the great reactionary Lord Chancellor Eldon whose judgments after sharing 3 bottles of port over lunch with a friend "continued to perplex the law of equity for a half century after his death", according to Lord Campbell's Lives of the Lords Chancellors, a delightful forgotten classic.


What he did as a teenager is a long time ago. Nowadays Judge Kavanaugh seems to be a respectable church-going paterfamilias. I suppose that is what leftists call 'hetero-normative'. By contrast, Lady Justice Hale's divorce did not prevent her being made President of the English Supreme Court. Though 
Melanie Phillips was not talking about her private life but her record as a law commissioner arguing for no-fault divorce when she described her as a marriage wrecker.

Monday, 1 October 2018

The Kavanaugh hearings are about abortion and about war between two elites

The Senate confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a gripping novel where things done in their youth come back to haunt and punish the characters in middle age. It has almost everything: sex; politics; religion; possibly a crime.

It's as gripping as the Dreyfus affair, though I do not know who is Dreyfus and who Esterhazy. I hope an innocent man does not get sent to Devil's Island.

The hatred and bigotry that Democrats display towards Judge Kavanaugh is astonishing, though Republicans are just as hateful and bigoted when the boot is on the other foot. I have not seen one Democrat who believes or one Republican who doubts Kavanagh's
testimony. 

This, I think, is on the whole a good, not a bad thing. In England this would all be sorted out by civil servants.

Marriage

"You only know what happiness is once you're married. But then it's too late." Peter Sellers

Laurel and Hardy on single-sex marriage:


OLLIE: "I'm getting married" 

STAN: "Who to?" 
OLLIE: "A woman of course. Did you ever hear of anybody marrying a man?" 
STAN: "Sure. My sister."


“I know enough to know that no woman should ever marry a man who hated his mother.” 
Martha Gellhorn




Sunday, 30 September 2018

Wolves in shepherds' clothing and the eccentricities of Cardinal Marx

Today's Gospel is topical, in view of the crisis in the Catholic Church.
Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea.
When I came back to the faith years ago I attended whenever I could the Mass in the old Tridentine form and there I met many priests, including the famous Monsignor Gilbey, who complained in strong terms that the English bishops were modernists who subverted the faith. For all my deep affection for the old Mass and for the Church as it was before the Second Vatican Council I tried to keep away from ecclesiastical politics, though not quite so far away as to put much confidence in bishops from the First World, Cardinal Ratzinger excepted. 

The ones in the Second and Third World are fine, or so I thought until the present Pope came to what is no longer called the throne. Latin American priests, in fact, are often left-wing, trendy and sometimes heretics. Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa are the redoubts of Catholicism.

The books I read in the early 1990s by Anglicans and Catholics shocked me though. Anglicans who complained about referring to God as 'He' or using such terms as 'Lord' or

What would Churchill or Thatcher have thought of Trump?

I think Winston Churchill would have liked Donald Trump, despite his teetotalism.  Churchill who suggested to his cabinet in 1955 "'Keep England White' - that would make a good election slogan" would have liked the idea of Trump's wall and illegal immigrant policy, agreed that immigration has been a disaster for Europe, shared his enthusiasm for Israel and probably have agreed that Communist China is the big threat. 

What would Margaret Thatcher have thought of Trump? She would have handled him very well, for sure.

And Disraeli? Disraeli would have lavished Donald Trump with outrageous flattery and run rings around him, I think, though it is not as easy to run rings around him as it might look.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Quotations

Everyone carries his parents around inside of him.
Eric Berne


Modern persons abandon myth and creed alike in favor of the subtler projections of ideological and social prejudice.
David Bentley Hart


Losers have goals.
Winners have systems.
Scott Adams.



A loser doesn’t know what he’ll do if he loses but talks about what he’ll do if he wins and a winner doesn’t talk about what he’ll do if he wins but knows what he’ll do if he loses.
Eric Berne

Judge Kavanaugh hearings: #Metoo is left's riposte to MAGA

I said this week on this blog that Donald Trump would change America as much as Reagan did, unless the left found an effective response to him and I did not think either socialism or identity politics would be effective. 

I was forgetting something I had already worked out: Feminism and #metoo will be the Democrats' response to Trumpism. 

A response that might succeed.

I wish I had time to follow the hearings of the U.S. Senate Judicial Committee. Everyone says they demean America. I thought the speeches I saw, by Messrs. Graham, Cruz and especially the charmingly courtly Southerner Kennedy (until 2005 he was a Democrat), were very good. 


What a fascinating and intelligent drama - ending with Senator Flake at the last moment, after being confronted in a lift by two young women, asking for a one week delay for a FBI investigation. What did Jung say about surnames being apt?

A lot of the background to this is that the Republican senators are white men, mostly

EU says it wants to increase (not decrease) migration into Europe

Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Greek conservative who is European Union Commissioner for Migration, told the United Nations General Assembly on the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration on Wednesday that the European Union is working to “enhance legal pathways” to mass migration, to comply with the Global Compact for Migration, and to take many more legal immigrants from outside Europe. 

This compact is intended by the UN to be a "non-legally binding, cooperative framework" for dealing with mass migration. A draft version claims that very large movements of people across borders are “inevitable, necessary, and desirable”. 

The draft was approved in July by all UN member nations except the U.S., which withdrew from the scheme after Mr Trump became President, and Hungary. 

The Hungarian Foreign Minister said:
Its main premise is that migration is a good and inevitable phenomenon. We consider migration a bad process, which has extremely serious security implications.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Salmon sky from my balcony last night

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'How a secretive elite created the EU to build a world government'


The EC, said Nicholas Ridley over lunch to Dominic Lawson, is a German plot to take over Europe. He had to resign from Margaret Thatcher's cabinet when his words were published.

He was wrong, of course. The EU, as it is now called, was an American idea.


So Alan Sked, the historian and founder of Ukip explains here.


I quote:

Despite advice from the Lord Chancellor, Lord Kilmuir, that membership would mean the end of British parliamentary sovereignty, Macmillan deliberately misled the House of Commons — and practically everyone else, from Commonwealth statesmen to cabinet colleagues and the public — that merely minor commercial negotiations were involved. He even tried to deceive de Gaulle that he was an anti-federalist and a close friend who would arrange for France, like Britain, to receive Polaris missiles from the Americans. De Gaulle saw completely through him and vetoed the British bid to enter.Macmillan left Edward Heath to take matters forward, and Heath, along with Douglas Hurd, arranged — according to the Monnet papers — for the Tory Party to become a (secret) corporate member of Monnet’s Action Committee for a United States of Europe.According to Monnet’s chief aide and biographer, Francois Duchene, both the Labour and Liberal Parties later did the same. Meanwhile the Earl of Gosford, one of Macmillan’s foreign policy ministers in the House of Lords, actually informed the House that the aim of the government’s foreign policy was world government.

The Nazis were right-wing

The discussion about whether Nazis were right-wing or socialists is infantile and boring. 

A lake is a body of water that people call a lake and a right-winger is someone who is considered and considers himself a right-winger.


Of course the Nazis were right-wing. Although right-wing originally meant averse to change, which the Nazis certainly were not. Very certainly they were not any sort of conservatives, as surely as they were not liberals.


However, and more importantly, the Nazis were progressives not reactionaries. They were the first people to want a European Economic Community, they were environmentalists, anti-smoking fanatics, very New Age, etc, etc. Eugenics was considered modern and progressive before the war, as abortion is now.


Anti-Semitism is reactionary, you say, and it certainly often can be, but the Nazi reasons for persecuting Jews were to do with newfangled bogus pseudo-science and not the old reasons for disliking Jews. Anti-Semitism in Central and Eastern Europe was linked to hatred of the bourgeoisie which for some reason is considered by many bad people as progressive.

The astonishing drama in America is as good as Balzac or Sophocles



The US Senate Judicial Committee hearings are so fascinating. The Americans do wonderful mini series like Monica Lewinsky and OJ Simpson, though with Sept 11th that joke was no longer funny. These hearings are like something from Balzac. Or Dostoevsky.




Unlike with Anita Hill, all those years ago, in whose eyes I saw evil (as I did with Diana, Princess of Wales) I sympathise with all the protagonists.




The hearings are a Rorschach test for a divided America. If you are a Republican, if a Democrat the other.




By the way, I think deep divisions over religious, moral and cultural issues are a very good thing. America contrasts admirably in this respect with Western Europe, where people sheepishly follow the consensus on abortion, single sex marriage, sex change people, feminism, the big state, mass immigration, restrictions on free speech and much else.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

'Francis Gay Mafia Bombshell'

This very dismaying article by Rod Dreher links to a speech by disgraced former Cardinal McCarrick discussing how it was hoped that Cardinal Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) could become Pope and "could remake the Church". 

The speech is very chilling in the light of what we now know. It does seem that there is a so called mafia of homosexual cardinals and cardinals who want to downplay or circumvent the Church's condemnation of homosexual sins. My guess is that Pope Benedict XVI knew that he did not have the strength to battle with these powerful men. He therefore abdicated, thus allowing them to secure the election of the present pope and giving them the opportunity to "remake the Church". Pope Francis may create precedents that will be used for centuries to come. 

Had Pope Benedict XVI remained pope a little longer some of those cardinals would have been too old to vote in the conclave.

Europe’s Muslims worry bishops


In 1999 the Catholic Archbishop of Smyrna/Izmir (how many Catholics were in his archdiocese?) told the European bishops' synod that a Muslim leader once told him:

“Thanks to your democratic laws, we will invade you. Thanks to our religious laws, we will dominate you.”
An account of the synod headlined 'Europe’s Muslims worry bishops' is here.

Paddy Pantsdown

Paddy Ashdown the former Liberal Democrat leader in 2016:
“I will forgive no one who does not respect the sovereign voice of the British people once it has spoken. Whether it is a majority of 1% or 20%, when the British people have spoken, you do what they command.”

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Cardinal Cupich orders priest who burned Gay Pride flag to attend mental hospital

I find this almost but not quite incredible.
'Father Paul Kalchik is no longer the acting pastor of Resurrection Parish following the controversial decision to burn a rainbow flag last week. According to witnesses at the parish, Cardinal Cupich sent two priests, Fr. Dennis Lyle and Fr. Jeremy Thomas from the Vicar for Priests office to the church right before 6 p.m. mass on Saturday asking to meet with Fr. Kalchik in private. Fr. Kalchik refused and asked for witnesses to the exchange. What was reported to have happened after that is chilling. According to sources at the parish as reported by Church Militant, "Lyle and Thomas made clear they were there on order of Cardinal Cupich, who insisted that Kalchik be sent to St. Luke Institute [a mental hospital] for his 'psychiatric issues.' Both vicars for priests had also only days before threatened that Kalchik could have his faculties removed if he failed to comply with Cupich's orders."'
From an article in PJ Media by Megan Fox.

The same Cardinal Cupich said on television, referring to Archbishop Vigano's allegation that the Pope covered up sex abuse by the former Archbishop of Washington DC and former Cardinal 'Uncle Ted' McCarrick: 

"The pope has a bigger agenda. He’s got to get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the church. We’re not going to go down a rabbit hole on this."
Cardinal Cupich last year urged Catholics to use the terms 'gay, lesbian and LGBT'. As

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Children in 1966 predict life in the year 2000

In December 1966 the British TV programme Tomorrow's World asked children (now around 60) to predict what life would be like in the year 2000. Their answers are poignant.

What is noticeable is their pessimism and that so many of them were worried about overpopulation and high birthrates. This was exactly the moment when British birthrates fell between replacement levels.


They are well-spoken, middle class and of course all white.

Some of their predictions are very far off but others have come true. This one, for example:

"Black people won't be separate but will all be mixed in with the white people. The poor people and the rich people will become the same. There will be poor and rich people but they won't look down on one another."

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Traditionalism is deadly, tradition is life-giving

Traditionalism is deadly, tradition is the root of life.

As Mahler said: "Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire."

Two Archbishops and the Dalai Lama

The Archbishop [of Canterbury]’s background is, rather unusually for a clergyman, in business, since he worked as an oil executive until the late 1980s. So it is unlikely that he is altogether unaware of these straightforward economic truths. Unfortunately, he has failed to grasp that inequality and poverty are reduced by markets, and that the real examples of exploitation and injustice that he notes are largely the products of attempts to subvert them, either by corporate distortions, government interventions, or discredited socialist economic plans.

He might take a lesson from the remaining Archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered, and whom I missed out from the earlier list. In 1381, Simon Sudbury was dragged out of the Tower of London and on nearby Tower Hill had his head hacked off by a mob. His offence was that he had approved of the introduction of more taxes.


Andrew McKie


[Cardinal] Wuerl’s defense is that he is not an evil man who looked the other way about the behavior of a known sexual predator, but merely an incompetent dolt. And Wuerl

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Donald Trump is not Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush


Ronald Reagan seems so recent to me and I remember how he was regarded as a dangerous fool by the BBC and most serious people in England. Edward Heath told me that he simply did not have the intellectual capacity to be a president.

So many jokes were made about him. Ronald Reagan worshipped Calvin Coolidge, Nancy worshipped Calvin Klein. Now, thanks to Ronald Reagan, liking Coolidge no longer seems screamingly funny, but very reasonable. Coolidge was a good small-state president. That is one of Reagan's principal achievements.

Another was ending the Cold War.

He was originally a Democrat and saw foreign policy, as the Democrats do, in moral terms, which is why he wanted the evil empire to end. George H.W. Bush was very different. A conservative in foreign (though not so much in domestic) affairs he counter-intuitively tried to preserve Communist Poland in 1989 and the Soviet Union for the next two years.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

The Vatican says the Pope's critics are far right extremists

Vatican Insidera website run by La Stampa, today suggests that the far right is battling the Pope. In fact the Pope's critics are not far right or even right-wing - they are simply appalled or bewildered Catholics who fear he deliberately chose to ignore the allegations against former Cardinal McCarrick. And, if they are well informed, they think he has been ignoring other sex scandals involving prelates who are his allies. 

This line is very disingenuous of the Vatican, assuming that this story comes from the Vatican, as I do. The name Vatican Insider does suggest this, after all.


By the way, and digressing, what is meant by the far right? Admirers of General Franco or Mussolini? 


The article explains. Catholics who like the traditional family, dislike the modern liberal world, fear the Islamification of Europe, see a clash of civilisations between the West and the rest, prefer conservative Catholic societies to multicultural ones and disapprove of single sex marriage. (I thought all Catholics disapproved of single sex marriage.) 

Changing Europe

“Those beautiful Greek islands, the pearls of the Aegean, now house over 20,000 ‘refugees and migrants’ according to government statistics.” - Taki's Magazine

"Today’s migrations are no longer made by compact displacements but by successive infiltrations: little by little, individuals insinuate themselves among the “natives,” too anemic and too distinguished to stoop to the notion of a “territory.” After a thousand years of vigilance, we open the gates . . . When one thinks of the long rivalries between the French and the English, then between the French and the Germans, it seems as if each nation, by weakening one another, had as its task to speed the hour of the common downfall so that other specimens of humanity may relay them.
Like its predecessor, the new Völkerwanderung will provoke an ethnic confusion whose phases cannot be distinctly foreseen. Confronted with these disparate profiles, the notion of a community homogeneous to whatever degree is inconceivable. The very possibility of so heteroclite a crowd suggests that in the space it occupies there no longer existed, among the indigenous, any desire to safeguard even the shadow of an identity" - Emil Cioran

58% of rapes in Sweden are committed by foreigners

The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats came third in the Swedish election on Sunday, narrowly behind the Moderates (conservatives) but did much less well than polls had predicted. 

Some suggestion has been made of irregularities at the ballot. The Danish observer said it was the worst conducted election he had ever observed (and he has observed one in Russia). 

As centre left and centre right coalitions almost tied, however, the Sweden Democrats are in a powerful position as kingmaker.

As background to why Swedes vote for the Swedish Democrats, I came across this information.


"There is data about the ethnic background of convicted rapists in Sweden. Over 58% of

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Russia would not hesitate to use tactical nuclear weapons

“Russia had privately warned Mattis that if there was a war in the Baltics, Russia would not hesitate to use tactical nuclear weapons against NATO.”
From Bob Woodward's new book, Fear: Trump in the White House.
 I assume they meant if Nato started such a war, in which case the Russian attitude is what one would expect - deterrence is why Russia and the other nuclear powers have the bomb. But how could Nato start a war IN the Baltic States which are members of Nato.

In any case, there will be no war in the Baltic States.

Quotations

"Burke's point was simple. The dead, he argued, were the guardians of the unborn. By respecting what they have handed down to us we hold their legacy in trust. This is not to engage in some stultifying ancestor worship: it is to respect what has been set aside for our successors"
Sir Roger Scruton

"Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. … In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society." 
Antonio Gramsci


"In the middle of the 20th century, the [Swedish] Social Democrats’ grim social-engineering project was devoted to the promotion of eugenics. During a near 40-year-long programme, between 1934 and 1970, the Swedish government’s eugenics policy resulted

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Referendum to define marriage will be held on October 7

Romanian senators today voted overwhelmingly - 107 in favour, 13 against (7 abstaining) - to hold a referendum on October 7 on whether to redefine constitutional definition of marriage to between a man and a women (rather than between two spouses, as now). 

If the electorate votes for the new definition, as they will, it means there has to be another referendum before single sex marriage can be enacted in Romania. This is very democratic, much more so than the procedure in countries where the people were not consulted before this change was made.

The reason for the vote is that 3 million people signed a petition organised by the Romanian Orthodox Church.


I wish far more referendums were held in all countries on these sort of moral issues which everyone can understand. 

Monday, 10 September 2018

More plot turns in the story about the Pope and child molestation

The story about the Pope, former Cardinal McCarrick and Archbishop Vigano is like a cheap melodrama written by a fervent anti-Catholic.

Many things these days seem like cheap fiction, starting with Osama bin Laden.

It is clear that the Vatican was told about the allegations against the then Cardinal Edgar ('Uncle Ted') McCarrick in 2000, in Pope John Paul II's reign.

Robert Mickens, whose liberal views I always disliked, had to resign from The Tablet because of something he said on Facebook about Pope Benedict XVI (I thought he was unfairly treated). Two or three days ago Mr. Mickens accused Archbishop Vigano of lying to the Pope about wanting to look after his sick brother. He also accused him of having kept quiet about the child abuse allegations for years in the hope of receiving a Cardinal's red hat. 

Saturday, 8 September 2018

The Struggle for Mastery in Europe

From Angela Merkel to Macron, the advocates of globalisation are now relying on voters who cling to a social model that held sway during the three decades of postwar economic growth. Thus their determination to accelerate the adaptation of western societies to globalisation automatically condemns them to political unpopularity. Locked away in their metropolitan citadels, they fail to see that their electoral programmes no longer meet the concerns of more than a tiny minority of the population – or worse, of their own voters.
They are on the wrong track if they think that the “deplorables” in the deindustrialised states of the US or the struggling regions of France will soon die out. Throughout the west, people in “peripheral” regions still make up the bulk of the population.
From a very interesting article in The Guardian by left-wing French geographer Christophe Guilluy, entitled Trump’s poll ratings are better than Macron’s, after a year. Why?

Miami Vice - Google News reveals a litany (pun intended) of incredible wrong-doing by priests

'Miami priests'. Put these two words into Google News.

You find a story about two priests discovered by police committing an act of gross indecency in a car park.

If that seems incredible, it's nothing compared with the list of stories of rape, molestation and in this case torture that you find if you keep scrolling down. 

The utterly bizarre and horrid tale of Pennsylvania-turned-Florida-turned-Cuban priest George Zirwas has taken an even darker turn this week. More than 15 years ago, New Times published a meticulously reported feature delving into Zirwas' 2001 murder in Havana, where he was injected in the neck with an overdose of muscle relaxant. The story noted that some people claimed he was involved in a child pornography ring and that boys had accused him of molestation. But in 2003, when the story was published, Zirwas' defenders denied the allegations.

The Tyranny of Now

I don't drive and so learn a huge amount, as well as improving my Romanian, by talking to taxi drivers. I had one especially interesting one who impressed me a lot but lost my confidence when he told me in confidence a discovery he had made. He had discovered that the world was flat. He explained that the moon landings had been staged. 

He asked me to keep this a secret and though I made him no promise I feel bad about repeating the story.

I do so because a film has come out about man (person) landing on the moon. It does not pretend that the moon landings were faked out but it lies in its own, to me very curious, 
way. It does not show Neil Armstrong planting the US flag on the moon, which was the point of the whole hideously expensive enterprise. I know because I watched it on TV.

Secret Lives of the Vatican’s Homosexual Cardinals

This article, Secret Lives of the Vatican’s Gay Cardinals, Monks, and Other Clergy Members, published in Vanity Fair in 2013, writes sympathetically about homosexual Catholic priests in high places in the Church. If you are interested in reading about this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you will be interested in reading about. Even if you are not it is even more topical now than it was when published.

I quote:
At the Vatican, a significant number of gay prelates and other gay clerics are in positions of great authority. They may not act as a collective but are aware of one another’s existence. And they inhabit a secretive netherworld, because homosexuality is officially condemned. Though the number of gay priests in general, and specifically among the Curia in Rome, is unknown, the proportion is much higher than in the general population.
Here are some very shocking stories from Pope Francis's very unsympathetic biographer Henry Sire, whose book is called Dictator Pope.

Transgender wo/man accused of rape is remanded into female prison and sexually assaults four women inmates

A man who 'identifies as' a woman was charged with raping a women and put on remand in a women's prison in Yorkshire to await trial. Within days he sexually assaulted four women prisoners.

Friday, 7 September 2018

Karen Bradley didn't know people voted on sectarian lines in Northern Ireland before she was made Secretary of State

We are not talking about a well-informed person, but the standard of general information and education among even Conservative politicians is becoming lower and lower. 

The story is here. 

She was parachuted into Parliament like so many other duds as part of David Cameron's A-List, designed to give seats to women, people from ethnic minorities and people who did not seem like traditional Conservative MPs (i.e. upper and upper middle class patriotic, church-going men, who were members of good clubs and sometimes hunted, shot or wore stiff collars). This is how people like Anna Soubry, Louise Mensch and Andrea Leadsom got into the Commons. A Listers who failed to get in include one Adam Rickitt from Coronation Street, who is now part of the "pop supergroup 5th Story, set up for The Big Reunion".

Pakistani in Chemnitz interviewed about his feelings on events and Germans

This video clip well repays watching. In it a Pakistani in Germany (I don't know if he has German or Pakistani citizenship) talks about how he attended out of curiosity the anti-migrant demonstration in Chemnitz, after a German-Cuban was killed allegedly by a recent Arab migrant. 

The Pakistani says that the media had created the impression that it would be dangerous for him to attend the demonstration, that 
"someone brown-skinned could not walk through here" 
but, though he received some dirty looks, he was not made to feel in any danger. Nor, he says, has he experienced any hostility from Germans in three years in Dresden.
"Overall, I'm not bothered by the dirty looks. What bothers me more are murders, rapes, sexual assaults, manslaughter and robberies, which are

"There is solid evidence that most convicted paedophile priests are homosexual"


Liberal Catholic journalist Clifford Longley, who converted to Catholicism before the Second Vatican Council but who has since moved far away from the church, says in The Tablet today
"There is solid evidence that most convicted paedophile priests are homosexual."
But he goes on to warn against
"a horrendous witch-hunt, as a result of which the Church could deprive itself of some of its best priests."

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Everybody trusts an unidentified source

"Nobody believes the official spokesman... but everybody trusts an unidentified source."
Ron Nessen, President Gerald Ford's Press Secretary  

Excerpts from [Bob Woodward's] forthcoming account of Trump’s White House, first published Tuesday in The Washington Post, portray Mattis as scornful of the president’s intellect and judgment, and, in a boost to an already prominent narrative, as a vital check against the president’s dangerous instincts. Woodward depicts an agitated Mattis explaining to Trump in a meeting that the United States maintains a military presence on the Korean peninsula to “prevent World War III” and later deriding the president as “a fifth or sixth grader.” Woodward also claims that when Trump called up Mattis and suggested the United States “fucking kill” Syrian President Bashar al-Assad for using chemical weapons against civilians in 2017, Mattis played along but then hung up the

Lavender mafia: 7 cardinals and 85 bishops implicated in scandals

I know I have only just woken up to the extent of the Catholic sex scandals. So has the world. I know it is not just about the present Pope and the scandals date back in most cases long before he became pope. 

Four of the 291 cardinals appointed by Pope John Paul II have been implicated in sex scandals involving boys or seminarians: Cardinal Groer, Archbishop of Vienna, resigned following accusations of having abused a number of under-age seminarians; Cardinal O’Brien, Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh, resigned because he was accused of trying to seduce two seminarians and a priest; Cardinal Pell is defending himself in Australia from the accusation of having abused boys and Cardinal McCarrick of Washington, D.C. is in the news at present. Pope Francis required him to resign only a very long time after being told by Archbishop Vigrano that he was accused of seducing seminarians. Other accusations against Cardinal McCarrick involving boys are out of time. 

Oscar Wilde, André Gide and sex with underage boys

I have a huge admiration and much affection for Oscar Wilde, but I get annoyed when he is treated as a hero because of his sex life. There is nothing remotely heroic about it. 

I asked in this blog a long time ago, in a post that gets lots of clicks, if he were a child molester. He had relations with boys under the age of 18, which was illegal in England till twenty years ago and one boy was mentioned at his trial who looked fourteen. 

I recently accidentally came across this book review from 1997, which suggests that Wilde procured young boys for Lord Alfred Douglas and Andre Gide and had relations with them himself. I quote.

''Wilde lost his virginity to Robbie Ross when the latter was a year below the current age of consent [in England in 1997] , and the boys Wilde wined and dined were frequently younger than that - as when he became involved with a 16-year-old who had been smuggled into London from Bruges to be installed in the Albermarle Hotel. According to Oscar Browning, the pederastic Victorian public-school master, "on Saturday, the boy slept with Douglas; on Sunday he slept with Oscar. On Monday he slept with a woman at Douglas's expense."

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Romanian women write about immigrants in England

Jaywick Sands is a very poor coastal town in Essex, inhabited mostly by people who once lived in the East End of London. The majority were Leave voters and are part of Clacton, a constituency I know very well, which had a UKIP MP.

A Romanian woman, Alexandra Bulat, who is a PhD Candidate at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), in University College London, writing a dissertation on the attitudes of British people to EU migration, went to visit and speak to people there. Her report is here.

A much more revealing and interesting discussion about multiracial Britain, by a young Romanian woman living and blogging in East London, is here. Google Translate will translate it if your Romanian is rusty.

The Clacton by-election in 2014, that Douglas Carswell precipitated after leaving the Conservatives and won for UKIP,  led Conservative journalist Matthew Parris to make a day trip and write about it for the Times. 

What he wrote tells you everything you need to know about why Leave won the referendum two years later. He spoke for the Conservative 'Modernisers' like David Cameron and George Osborne when he said this.
I met nothing but helpfulness there. Clacton-on-Sea is a friendly resort trying not to die, inhabited by friendly people trying not to die. 

Benny Morris on the Origins of the Palestinian Refugee Problem

I used to think that the Arabs in Palestine left their homes (presumably from fear) and were not driven out in 1948, until an Israeli with whom I had lunch years ago told me that it was now known that in many cases the Arabs were expelled. A Jewish friend told me that the Arabs were advised by the Arab states in 1948 to leave their homes but this seems to be a myth. 

Researching the question today, because of a Facebook discussion, I found this passage on a webpage in a scholarly essay entitled The Debate About 1948 by Avi Shlaim, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 27:3, 1995, 287-304, reprinted in Ilan Pappé, ed., The Israel/Palestine Question (London: Longman, 1999) and thought it worth posting.

The moment Max Hastings realised Remain had lost the Brexit referendum

'The moment I despaired of the Remain cause during the 2016 referendum campaign came when, in a conversation with George Osborne, I urged him to hold out some scintilla of hope to the many people distressed by immigration levels. “I think we should leave that to Ukip”, he said primly. But what about raising the possibility of revisiting the ECHR? The chancellor responded that to fly any such kite “would set a very poor example to countries such as Belarus”. I came home and transferred my little all into US dollars.'
From today's Daily Telegraph

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Things I learnt from Robert Tombs' 'The English and Their History'



Victory at Agincourt and the consequent capture of Rouen caused dancing in the streets of London.

Scott coined the phrase Wars of the Roses. They lasted thirty years but there were only a few weeks of intense conflict. Life went on as normal.

The English in the 15th century were richer and safer than many countries in the 20th century. I don't find this surprising, though Dr. Tombs thinks it shocking.

The Tudor monarchs called themselves Plantagenets, never Tudors. It was David Hume who first called them Tudors.
 
Henry VIII attempted to reconquer France and got within fifty miles of Paris, unaware that the Hundred Years' War had long ended.


Robert Tombs was in his thirties and handsome when he supervised me but now he looks old. What can have happened?


Wikipedia confirms my fears. He is now 69.