Social media has suggested, in the past few days, the donations to the Black Lives Matter Global Network end up going to the Democratic party in the United States. You might or might not think that this is a good thing. Personally, I think the Democratic party and the Republican party are about equally flawed: the Democratic party is riddled with crooks and the Republican party is riddled with bores. Take your choice.
Certainly, the three owners of the Black Lives Matter Global Network – Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi – are unlikely to support the Republican party. Be that as it may, it seems overwhelmingly probable that they do not in fact give the donations to the Democratic party.
Depending on your point of view, the truth seems to be either better or worse. In large measure (well, 71%), it seems that they simply keep it, for themselves or for their “consultants”: Continue reading
The current border tensions between India and China are extraordinary.
It seems that both sides have agreed not to use their guns, but instead, the Chinese army has attacked the Indians with bars, wooden clubs studded with nails etc. They have apparently killed 20 Indian soldiers yesterday, including a colonel. These casualties have been largely caused, it seems, by the Chinese soldiers manhandling Indian soldiers into steep ravines such that the Indian soldiers fell to their deaths. The Indians say that there were casualties on both sides, but the Chinese have not said how many of their people were killed.
One’s heart goes out, of course, to the families of the soldiers. Most (some would say all) deaths caused in this sort of conflict should be unnecessary.
But it is worth noting that Continue reading
The Black Lives Matter movement does cause us to take another look at the issue of slavery, and one thing that is all too apparent is that the popular picture of white Europeans enslaving black Africans is massively distorted. Less than 10% of the slavery we know about falls in that category. As regards modern slavery, Wikipedia notes:
The number of people currently enslaved around the world is far greater than the number of slaves during the historical Atlantic slave trade.
All slavery is detestable, and it is much to the credit of the British government that the British largely led the abolition of slavery around the world. Slavery has been more or less unknown in England for over a thousand years, and was formally declared illegal in England in the 18th century and throughout the British Empire early in the 19th century. Other countries – United States and Brazil for example – retained slavery for decades after that.
What is frequently overlooked these days is that one of the most prevalent slave trades in relatively recent times was the slave trade perpetrated by Africans, who enslaved not only other Africans, but also large numbers of Europeans. These slavers known variously as the Barbary Pirates or the Corsairs, carried out
raids on European coastal towns and villages, mainly in Italy, France, Spain, and Portugal, but also in the British Isles, the Netherlands, and Iceland.
The numbers were not small. Again, according to Wikipedia:
Between 1580 and 1680 corsairs were said to have captured about 850,000 people as slaves and from 1530 to 1780 as many as 1,250,000 people were enslaved.
It didn’t stop there; they continued capturing white slaves, typically Continue reading
Joe Biden says he wants to choose a female black running mate in his presidential bid.
Diane Abbott is not too busy these days. I wonder if perhaps the UK could spare her?
Just a Continue reading
It is been a hell of a week. But at least I have woken up to some things I didn’t know before, thanks to some brave campaigners.
Thanks to these guys, protesting at Downing Street in London, I’ve woken up to the realisation that it was Boris Johnson who got a sadistic American policeman to kneel on the neck of an Afro-American suspect long enough to kill him. Until now, I had naïvely thought it was really nothing to do with the UK government at all. Continue reading
Toby Young’s contribution to the the lockdown debate has been censored by YouTube. They say it offends their “guidelines”.
So here it is on another platform: https://www.bitchute.com/video/P7qJBIVOPoBs/. Judge for yourselves.
As it happens, I agree with Toby Young, and indeed Lord Sumption (a great lawyer, who makes Baroness Hale look like an annoying feminist student), on this issue. But more to the point, legitimate commentary should not be consored. Not by YouTube. Not by Twitter. Not by the BBC or the ABC. Not by the State. Oh no. We are not Continue reading
“All happy families are alike. But each unhappy family is unhappy in its own particular way”.
So wrote Leo Tolstoy. But in Russian, obviously.
Similarly, all who hope that Dominic Cummins will ride out the current storm are alike in thinking that he is that rare example of someone pulling the levers of power who is clever, imaginative and determined, and who is not trying to turn the United Kingdom into a sludge of pallid subservience. And, it turns out, someone who is prepared to do something brave and useful to protect his wife and child.
In contrast, what an awe-inspiring and colourful array of spite and vindictiveness we see from those trying to pull him down! Here are a few attitudes:
Greta Thunberg; Climate change activist
The cost of his trip to Durham is that people are DYING! Whole communities are being WIPED OUT! All he can do is to give EXPLANATIONS! In WORDS! How dare he? How DARE he?
Lord Adonis; Remainer
He had it coming. We told people how to vote in the EU referendum, and he conspired to encourage people to think for themselves. The little shit!
Baroness Hale, Judge
Off with his head. (Blah blah blah). For the foregoing reasons, we find that the defendant, in looking after his wife and child, had failed to observe the human rights of other members of the European Community, who have a legitimate interest in the United Kingdom placing itself in a comparative economic disadvantage. Accordingly, he and everything he has done is a nullity.
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Early in the last century, there was a regrettable passion for two-tone shoes. Rightly derided by the discerning, they nevertheless insinuated themselves into 20thcentury culture.
And what was the result? I will tell you what the result was. It was totalitarianism, and the rise of the National Socialist Party in Germany. Which was a bad thing. You might remark that another result was the rise of communism, but if you will forgive the exercise of the vulgar expression, these are but different ends of the same turd.
And now it’s back. We see it in shirts, where there is a fashion for the insides of collars and cuffs to be made from a fabric different from the main body of the shirt. And in two-tone socks. And in those suits where the buttonholes are made with red fabric, like miniature swastikas. So should we expect the same results over again?
There are signs of it. Millions of people have become willing, like sheep, to submit to the will of governments and NGOs who increasingly want to dictate what we may think, what we may say, and where we may go (if anywhere). Do not tell me, if you please, that Continue reading
Something really strange is going on in UK politics.
It was only a wet weekend ago that that nice Jeremy Hunt persuaded us all (well, most of us) that something ought to be done to rein in, even if only a little bit, the stupendous waste within the National Health Service, the cost of which was spiralling out of control. I’m not suggesting that he was universally loved, particularly by the Jo Brand (“Chuck battery acid in their faces”) School of Socialist Nursing. But, by the end of the run-off in the election for the Conservative party leadership last year, he looked, compared with Boris the Bear, the more cuddly option. Very Jeremy.
But now look what has happened. Just a few months on, there is a nasty flu-like illness going around which has been bumping off some coffin dodgers. What is our new no-nonsense government doing about it?
The first thing it is done has lain down at the feet of Neil Ferguson of Imperial College, whose track record for getting things wrong in the field of epidemiology is rivalled only by Tim Flannery’s track record for getting everything wrong in the field of climate change. On the basis of some dodgy code which Professor Ferguson has not been prepared to release (“Well, yeah, I wrote it a while ago, and it’s not really documented, and there are some rather furry bits around the edges”) the country has been reduced to a “lockdown” in a way that neither Napoleon, nor Hitler, nor Strictly Come Dancing has been able to manage.
Nobody, I think, seriously suggests that ruining the country’s economy in this way is likely to reduce the death toll from Covid-19; at best, they are looking at “flattening the curve” (aka Continue reading
I have said, umpteen times, to those in my vicinity, that one of the most objectionable parts of the “lockdown” throughout the Western world is that it deprives people of sunlight, and there is quite a lot of evidence that sunlight is a surprisingly effective weapon against the coronavirus, Covid-9.
Part of this evidence is from the homeless, in Los Angeles and other places, where extensive random testing has demonstrated that a significant proportion of these people, who spend all of their time out of doors, have been infected by the virus, but they have shown few if any symptoms. It is similar to, more scientifically rigourous, evidence from Ireland.
If this be right (and I’m not suggesting it is for certain – merely that it is more probable than the absurd notion of governmental policy about “beating” the virus) then locking people who live in cities down into their apartments is the very worst thing you can do, since making people stay indoors deprives them of the vitamin D that they would otherwise get from sunshine. It is hardly surprising that the countries who have locked down their people most firmly are the countries which have suffered the worst from this quasi-flu.
Normally, government is distorted. Instead of doing what the people want, government tends to do Continue reading