Diary Blog, 15 January 2020

Saw the short film below: Hitler visiting the Sudetenland, the bit of the present-day Czech Republic which Germany annexed in late 1938. Most of the population was in fact German anyway.

I think that it can be seen from the film that the popular enthusiasm for Hitler was entirely genuine and unfeigned.

The film below is film taken in Paris during the Occupation (1940-44), but with a later propaganda commentary in English, for an English audience, by Pathe News.

The commentary is unintentionally funny. For example, at one point, people are shown lining up to buy bread. The next clip shows well-dressed racegoers at Longchamps! Of course, the one does not preclude the other. In the Britain of 2020 one could show some people sleeping in the street or even (literally) starving while others are attending Ascot or Newbury…

One might add that it is possible to see people queuing for bread in France today, though not for reasons of rationing and shortage; usually in the morning when les boulangeries open for business.

There was, of course, rationing in the Paris of the early 1940s, just as there was in, say, London; one consequence of a crazy and unnecessary war.

Paris, to my eye, looked better then than it does today. At least there were no non-European migrant-invaders; and (((another element))) was largely absent…

Labour leadership

Many are probably saying, as I do, that all five of the candidates are hopeless, though there are differences among them.

Lisa Nandy has emerged as the main System drone, even more than Keir Starmer. She is Labour in the way of Blair and Brown. A political throwback. In fact she was PPS to the late Tessa Jowell. She is part-Indian, favours mass immigration, has already paid lip-service to the Jewish lobby and has now attacked Putin. Her personal “partner” is a public relations consultant. Need one say more?

Keir Starmer looks the part, but seems to me to have few ideas. There’s a dullness.

Rebecca Long-Bailey: on the face of it, a humourless “radical” who would (imo) never be able to appeal to most of the electorate. Even the fact that the Jews seem to hate her is not quite enough for her to appeal to me.

Emily Thornberry: smug de haut en bas Champagne “socialist”, married to a half-Jew High Court judge (they own 8 buy to let properties as well as at least two other homes). Another one who would sink Labour like a stone if elected leader.

Jess Phillips: a freeloading pro-Israel, pro-Jewish lobby loudmouth ignoramus, who fits a degenerate political system like a populist glove. No education of any worth, no culture of any value, no knowledge of any use. I would add that most of the loud Twitter Jews seem to favour her, as they do, but all five candidates have more or less pledged acquiescence, if not allegiance, to “them”, so none of these five will get my (in any event, irrelevant) endorsement.

A Twitter account worth following (for once)

Lisa Nandy

Just saw this via Twitter:

Well, there it is. According to Lisa Nandy, anyone in Labour who criticizes actual atrocities carried out by Israeli forces in places like the West Bank will be expelled from Labour. Yes, there it is. Lisa Nandy is a complete mouthpiece for the Israel lobby, which is more or less the same as the Jew lobby or Jewish lobby in the UK.

Another impression I get, looking at that short piece of film, is that Lisa Nandy is rather thicker than I had at first thought. I just looked again at her Wikipedia entry: comprehensive school followed by a soft degree in Politics at Newcastle University and a Master’s degree from Birkbeck (London). No real clue there either way. I cannot see much of the huge talent with which she is credited by some msm scribblers.

Anyway, I think that now Lisa Nandy must join Jess Phillips at the bottom of the barrel.  Bin her.

Emily Thornberry

Further to the above, and to intrude a personal and politically-irrelevant note, Emily Thornberry reminds me very much of a teacher at my first school (Caversham Primary School, in Caversham, near Reading). That teacher, Mrs. Mossberg, was a shortish and rather fat woman whom I remember as always smiling, rather bustling, and usually wearing a fur coat (though of course memory is fallible: she can hardly have worn a fur coat in the warmer months of the year). I recall going to her large detached home for some long-forgotten reason. She lived about a mile from the school, in the same area (Caversham Heights) as my family. I still remember what seemed to be a huge room (I doubt that it was, though; I was only 5 or 6) with a grand piano in one part of it.

Labour leadership opinion poll update

Looks as though it will be close between the two leading contenders.

Wombat news

I am inclined to leave the blog today on this note:

Not only a very nice story but a very interesting one (even if the tweeter does not know how to spell “affected”…).

In the 19thC, Charles Darwin’s work played into the social ethos of those times: “survival of the fittest”, the struggle for existence etc. However, Kropotkin saw the other side of the animal world, that of mutual help and co-existence, symbiosis if you like, which is every bit as real as that of the red-clawed struggle which many still think of as the only order in Nature. Not so. There is the Red Isis and the White Isis.

The animals in Africa, for example, may hunt and be hunted, but often seem to declare a truce at the watering-hole.

Kropotkin’s work, though rather neglected compared to that of Darwin, is starting to influence society now, including via game theory etc. This has large social implications.

“Kropotkin emphasizes the distinction between competitive struggle between individual organisms over limited resources and collective struggle between organisms and the environment. He drew from his first hand observations of Siberia and Northeast Asia, where he saw that animal populations were limited not by food sources, which were abundant, but rather by harsh weather. For example, predatory birds may compete by stealing food from one another while migratory birds cooperate in order to survive harsh winters by traveling long distances. He did not deny the competitive form of struggle, but argued that the cooperative counterpart has been under-emphasized: “There is an immense amount of warfare and extermination going on amidst various species; there is, at the same time, as much, or perhaps even more, of mutual support, mutual aid, and mutual defense…Sociability is as much a law of nature as mutual struggle.” [italicized passage from Kropotkin, Mutual Aid] [Wikipedia]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_Aid:_A_Factor_of_Evolution

4 thoughts on “Diary Blog, 15 January 2020”

  1. Hello Ian:
    Two interesting points made by the British Pathe film:

    At 2.20 it shows a meeting of the LVF (Legion de Volontaires Francais contre le Bolchevisme = Legion of French Volunteers against Bolshevism) the almost unknown infantry regiment created in 1941 made up of French volunteers to fight against the Soviet Union. It was disbanded in 1944, and its survivors joined the 33rd SS Volunteer Division “Charlemagne” that was destroyed in 1945 in East Prussia

    At 3.00 the spiteful narrator says that the Germans “with typical Nazi affrontery” parade at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe. It is an awful lie. The Germans were actually presenting their respects to the Unknown Soldier, a large wreath is visible in front of the soldiers. Anyway, what could you expect from the bloody BBC?

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    1. I agree. The Germans were paying their respects. This was, of course, an end of war, or immediately postwar, propaganda piece aimed at cinema audiences of the day. “In war, truth is the first casualty”…

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  2. Yes, the Sudetenland was almost entirely populated by ethnic Germans so their enthusiasm for being part of the Third Reich as that film demonstrates was certainly genuine and unforced.

    It is amazing to think that war mongers in this country condemned Neville Chamberlain for, rightfully, allowing Hitler to incorporate a mainly ethnic German populace into Germany.

    Chamberlain had noble intentions of trying to preserve peace in Europe and keeping Britain out of foreign conflicts there was no British national
    interest in being in.

    If only the honourable man that was Chamberlain had stayed-in power.😡🤬😞☹️

    Shame latter-day ‘Conservative’ ( though that would be an insult to Chamberlain) Prime Ministers have forgotten that the Conservative Party shouldn’t be naturally disposed to Britain intervening in wars where we have no interest. I am sure he would be appalled at Zionist Lobby groups like the Conservative Friends of Israel.

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