Written by Bliss as “a gift to the American people“. Today is the 4th of July.
On this day a year ago
Was interested to hear a TV reporter in Ukraine, either Sky News or BBC, give the Ukrainian view of their Lukansk defeat, then add something like “if that can be believed“.
At first, months ago, anything the Ukrainians (Zelensky regime) put out as “fact” was naively believed, even patent nonsense such as the non-existent “Ghost of Kiev” fighter ace. Those lies were retailed to the public, and affected the Western public perception of what was happening, and the reaction of Western political leaders.
Now, reality begins to set in. The forces of the Kiev regime in Eastern Ukraine are running out of soldiers, ammunition (especially for artillery), artillery itself, and fuel. The Russian forces are now gradually carrying out a large-scale strategic or positional operation which will end with the occupation of all of Ukraine east of the river Dnieper.
Conservative sleaze MPs
Funny to see demands that Boris-idiot should explain why he wanted appointed the apparently-appropriately-named Chris Pincher to the position of Chief Whip from having been Deputy Chief Whip (inter alia, the guardian of Con MPs’ morals and ethics). It is obvious, surely? “Boris” wanted someone morally-compromized, who would therefore be lax in passing judgment on Johnson’s own perennial activities.
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“Department store” is a better description (Warenhaus is the German for department store as well as, I think, warehouse).
Occasionally, decades ago, I would have a coffee on the open roof terrace that has a very good view over Paris. The store is close to the Seine. By the entrance, there was usually an old organ-grinder with a monkey.
Think twice before believing any doctor who prefers to work as something else, eg as a TV presenter. That especially applies to medical doctors who become politicians, eg Dr. Liam Fox; eg that unpleasant and stupid woman who was MP for Totnes for a few years (and whose name escapes me right now); also Dr. Hastings Banda, Dr. David Owen, and Dr. Evan Harris (etc).
The precariat, living in the Society of Insecurity.
“Sven Longshanks” news
“The trial of James Allchurch, accused of setting up a “highly racist” and “highly antisemitic” podcast station called Radio Aryan, has been delayed by almost a year amid disruption caused by the industrial action.
The case, which opened at Swansea Crown Court last week, was going to be put back to work around strike days this week and in the coming weeks but several jurors were unable to attend on the proposed new dates so the jury was discharged by the judge on Friday. The trial is now listed for March 20, 2023.”
Ha ha! “They” (((the you-know-who’s))) will be furious…
What always strikes me is the smug, precious, “entitlement” of the bastards. Pity no-one smashed that couple in white (read Daily Mail report) over their heads with a baton or iron bar. In fact, they look like good candidates for that even when not damaging nationally-important works of art.
Late afternoon music
To my mind, satire of some kind, but reflecting some prevailing views of the Canadian authorities.
Latest word is that the persecuted satirist and singer-songwriter has been released from prison on licence.
A trip to London
I now live in a coastal part of southern England. However, for many years, on and off, I lived in London; from 1976, when I was 19, to 1998. Various neighbourhoods in both South London and near-Central London. Lee/Blackheath, East Dulwich, Tulse Hill (briefly), New Cross (briefly), Holland Park/Shepherd’s Bush (briefly). Mostly, though, in Little Venice; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Venice.
London was always busy, of course, always fairly full of traffic etc, even in 1976. All the same, it was a functioning city that was also mostly English.
London in 2002 was still recognizably the same city it had been in the 1990s and 1980s, for all the many changes. Now? I think not.
Yesterday, it was necessary for me to travel to and through London. My first visit since I spoke at the London Forum in 2017.
The train journey to Waterloo was all right, bearing in mind that, for the first time in many years, I travelled Standard Class (i.e. Second). £27 one way (a discount ticket, bought online via Trainline). Included my onward journey to Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. Not bad value, anyway.
The train filled up at Southampton, partly with quite a few Chinese. Is that something to do with Boris-idiot’s invitation to the Hong Kong Chinese to settle here? I do not know.
The train was reasonably comfortable, and the cool air-conditioning pleasantly powerful.
Arriving in London, I noticed how the skyline and cityscape has changed even since my last visit, five years ago. More tall residential buildings. I noticed out of the windows the once-prominent but now rather less noticeable bulk of Century House, the one-time SIS/MI6 HQ, now housing expensive apartments.
Exiting the train at Waterloo, I made the fateful mistake of avoiding the Underground for the connection to Marylebone, and opting for a taxi.
What on Earth has happened to London? There were at least two demonstrations impeding the traffic, including one by flag-waving anti-Brexit cretins in Whitehall. Nearby streets were full of literally thousands of Chinese and other tourists. Hundreds of police. Dozens of parked and moving police vehicles. Scruffy-looking uniformed police standing around laughing and joking with each other. Sirens everywhere. Just a dystopian hell.
To make it worse, Edgware Road was also blocked by police for some reason, but my driver managed to get police permission to go another route to the rest of the traffic.
At Marylebone Station, I was in another non-English world. Back in the 1980s, early 1990s, Marylebone was a pleasant, and most of the day seemingly deserted, traditional station. Now, white walls, white flooring, and coffee kiosks selling the stuff at £3 or £4 a pop. Hordes of travellers (most foreign). I heard little English spoken, but just a wave of jabbering in Arabic, various Eastern European tongues, even Hebrew (not that I speak it, but I know how it sounds).
The train to Oxford via (inter alia) Gerrards Cross, my first destination, was a small, three-carriage diesel. Rather pleasant, but too full. Not everyone got a seat. Again, most were not British. Not a bad journey though. Little more than 20 minutes and we were there. What a relief after the crazy chaos that is Central London in 2022.
It does the soul good to experience what is left of the beauty of the real English countryside, though. Later in the afternoon, I was driving through the area of Culham (Oxfordshire). Seems too beautiful an area to have a nuclear research station, but there it is.
…the result being that persons aged about 100, who were secretaries or sentries aged about 18 in the early 1940s, are being sought out for vindicative persecution and prosecution, so that the (((occupied))) “German” state can say to the Jews and Israel “look—we are still prosecuting Nazis“.
When will the teenage secretaries and sentries of 1944 USA, and the UK, be prosecuted for “facilitating” Hiroshima, or Nagasaki, or the carpet-bombing of Germany? Never. Same goes for those who served Stalin, even those who were in the NKVD.
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There are too many people in the world, particularly in Asia and Africa. However, “the agenda” of the transnational conspiracy is to kill off Europeans. The Great Reset and The Great Replacement. The Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan.
Well, this week I again beat political journalist John Rentoul: 7/10 as against his 5/10. I did not know the answers to questions 4, 9, and 10, and my correct answers to questions 3 and 5 were more or less educated guesses.
“Over nearly 50 years, Leslie Sinclair has given a formidable 125 pints of blood.
But on his last trip he was turned away after refusing to answer a question on whether or not he was pregnant.
Mr Sinclair, 66, was told to fill in a form which asked whether he was expecting a child or had been pregnant in the past six months.
When he complained that as a man in his 60s this question did not apply and he should not have to answer it, Mr Sinclair said staff at the clinic told him they could not accept his blood.“
Socio-political madness is now embedded in our sick society, from incidents like the above, through all the other LGBTQXYZ and “trans” nonsense, the “Black Lives Matter”, “Extinction Rebellion” and “Insulate Britain” craziness, to the 2020-2022 “panicdemic”/”scamdemic” of “Covid”, and everything associated with the conspiracy around that.
The latest, and potentially most dangerous madness is, of course, the pro-“Ukraine” (really, pro- the Jew-Zionist regime in Kiev) propaganda. Anti-Russia propaganda (and UK government actions).
“Most dangerous” because the end of it all might actually be a nuclear exchange between Russia and NATO, including (inevitably) a massive attack on the UK, which would destroy almost everything, irradiate almost everything, and quite possibly wipe the UK and its people off the map forever.
Just looked up the “Conservative” Party candidate for the Tiverton and Honiton by-election: one Helen Hurford. Sounds as thick as two short planks.
Is this the moment in history when the West actually goes mad?
Brings to my mind the day when I met the Metropolitan of Kiev, the second-ranking bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church. That was in the early 1980s, in London. A diminutive person with a beard seemingly almost as long as his body. He gave me a bottle of export Moskovskaya vodka (now sadly all-but-unobtainable in the UK, and I think not even manufactured in its original version).
That was also the first time I saw kefir. The Metropolitan was drinking it at breakfast in his small hotel, the De Vere, a place in Kensington High Street, and used quite often by the not-far-away Soviet Embassy.
I heard some ridiculous little bastard, a “Conservative” MP, on the pathetic BBC Radio 4 PM show yesterday, bleating about “smugglers”. We should be deterring the migrant-invaders first. As to “people-smugglers”, there should be ordered a covert operation to kill them.
The above was later used in the Yellow River Concerto:
I would make a heartfelt suggestion, but in view of the police-state repression now existent in the UK, I shall keep it to myself for now.
Read that report and then look at the sentence— 3 years, very lenient for what the defendant actually did— meaning that the defendant will be out in 18 months, and possibly earlier.
Why are such untermenschen even in this country, even in Europe? Unnecessary, unwanted, and —at best— useless.
I have seen Ukraine develop as a “fake state” and indeed “failed state” over the past 30 years. There were even strong possibilities, ~23 years ago, that I might spend time there (maybe two years or longer, in Kiev and/or Odessa and/or elsewhere).
Ukraine, a “state” for only 30 years, has been a festering mess of corruption and shambolic maladministration. Also, very much exploited by Jewish interests.
As it now is, Ukraine has control over only —about— three-quarters of its territory, and over about half of its 1990’s population. It has little manufacturing industry still operating, its agricultural produce cannot be exported, and it is almost entirely dependent on American and other foreign aid.
I have received no news about Alison Chabloz, but note that the custodial part of her unjust sentence (for having lampooned supposedly-typical Jewish behaviour in cartoons, animations, and humorous song) comes to an end on 29 June 2022, exactly 2 weeks from today.
More afternoon music
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What happened to Ireland? The IRA and Sinn Fein may have been a movement I mostly opposed in the 1970s and 1980s, but it seems that the Irish are now completely supine, ground down under the heel of, almost unbelievably, a gay half-Indian puppet of the New World Order and Zionist Occupation Government [NWO/ZOG].
Don’t expect System moneygrubber Alastair Stewart to be too interested in the truth. In his twenties, in the early 1970s, like so many of that Blair generation, he was a pseudo-revolutionary, only to become a moneygrubbing part of the System later. A hypocrite, who used to make TV shows critical of drink-driving…until he himself crashed his own car when drunk.
Who would have thought that “nationalist”-oriented Ireland of the 1970s would, within a few decades, be governed by a gay half-Indian completely tied-in with the transnational NWO/ZOG milieu?
As Nietzsche posited, it surely is now time, politically at least, for a “revaluation of all values“, to restore truth to politics…
Incidentally, I recently heard of someone’s experience in the North Kent area. Someone had a heart attack at home. His wife, an NHS employee holding a senior nursing rank, called immediately for an ambulance, using the 999 system. The ambulance arrived after one hour.
The above was not in some rural outpost, but in a heavily populated urban and suburban area.
It is clear that the NHS now offers what might be called a skeleton service. My own experience over the past decade (not, mostly, as patient) has led me to characterize the NHS as a “hit or miss” service, sometimes amazingly good, often not terribly good, not always reliable, often not even competent, and often simply ridiculous in its maladministration. A mixed picture.
The Kiev regime has been attacking civilians in the Donetsk area for 8 years now. Fortunately, the Kiev-regime forces are running out of arms and ammunition, despite resupply from NATO.
Russia will “win” this unpleasant war, at least in the area of Ukraine east of the Dnieper and south of a line Kiev-Kharkov.
Exactly. More blacks and browns are arriving daily into the UK, both “legally”, semi-legally (i.e. as “tourists” or “students” who fail to go home), or outright illegally (e.g. by crossing the Channel in —ever-larger— RIBs or other boats). Thousands of the bastards every day. A handful sent to Rwanda (some of whom may even be allowed to return here) will make no difference whatever.
…the saddest thing, apart from the effect on our demographics, is that many braindead “Conservative” voters will drink in the Con/msm propaganda about this uncritically, and then go out to vote Con, despite all of this being an obvious scam.
“Democracy” means nothing when the voters are so easily bamboozled.
You have to give the transnational conspiracy this— they are persistent.
Uncle Tom in modern dress?
I cannot think of many other countries that have even one Cabinet minister (or even lower-grade minister) who is ethnically and racially not part of the majority in that country. In the UK, about half the Cabinet (including the person posing as Prime Minister) are partly —or wholly— not English, or even British except on paper: Jews, part-Jews, Indians, Pakistanis, a Kurd (Zahawi) etc.
I actually do not know who that lady is, or what her party is called, but the words are true enough.
The illusory “democratic election” possibility, or “Parliamentary road”, is probably/mainly a waste of time and effort. Read between the lines…
This week brought another victory over political journalist John Rentoul: he scored 5/10, but I trumped that with 7/10. I did not know the answers to questions 1, 3, and 5. I admit to having guessed no. 10, but fair’s fair…
From the horse’s mouth: the effects of the half-****** “Brexit” carried out by part-Jew chancer and liar “Boris”— an increase in non-European, non-white, immigration.
Of course, it is all too easy to eulogize the past, but a basically white Northern European society can progress; in our age, the black/brown societies cannot, which is why the forces of Evil support and promote “multiculturalism”, because it results in a never-ending cycle, the Eternal Recurrence, as Nietzsche put it.
In the 1970s, whatever problems Britain had could be solved, in principle. Now, with a far larger population generally (70 million instead of about 56 million) and huge non-white populations as part of that, I am not optimistic that problems can be solved. The direction of travel is downward.
Quite. Tweeter “@sorrelish” is right. Sophie Corcoran must come from the “George Osborne” school of social observation.
Seems that Sophie wants to make a well-paid “career” of making would-be “edgy” socio-political remarks, though naturally not “antisemitic” ones (the acid test…), in the manner of wastes of space such as Tom Harwood or, previously, Katie Hopkins, Toby Young etc.
The Russian forces in Ukraine east of the Dnieper river are doing what I expected, though far more slowly than I expected. They are squeezing and trying to encircle the large Ukrainian forces in and around the Donbass (southeastern Ukraine). This is the main industrial area of the country and is already, effectively and mostly, in Russian hands, with pockets of resistance in places.
I had expected Russian forces to advance north and south from the areas of Kharkov and the Sea of Azov coast respectively, then forming a line through Zaporozhye and Dnipro, and up to/down from Kharkov, thus cutting off all Ukrainian forces east of that line.
The Russians have not done what I expected, perhaps because of supply problems, perhaps also because of the apparently successful Ukrainian counter-attacks in the Kharkov area. The Russians may have redeployed forces formerly in the Kharkov area further south, around Izyum and Lisichansk.
The present focus seems to be on the town of Severodonetsk.
Instead, there seems to be an attempt at a more limited encirclement, involving about a third of the area mentioned above.
The Guardian is reporting that Ukrainian casualties, both killed and wounded, may top 1,000 per day. Even the lower estimate of 600 per day would not be sustainable for long. The Russian attrition rate is believed to be far less now, partly because the Russian forces have a longer-range capacity:
“...with an artillery overmatch of 10 or 15 to one, according to the Ukrainians, it may well be that the invaders’ casualty rate is far lower at the moment, because they are able to deal death from a greater distance to defenders who cannot see them.” [Guardian]
“Ammunition is certainly running short on the Ukrainian side, again by their own admission. Vadym Skibitsky, the deputy head of Ukraine’s military intelligence, has said Ukraine is using 5,000 to 6,000 artillery rounds a day, and has “almost used up” its stockpile of Soviet 152mm standard shells. It is now relying on Nato-standard 155mm howitzers; it is unclear how many of these it has.” [Guardian]
“Western support is still in place, as shown by the UK announcement to supply a handful of – perhaps three – multiple rocket launchers this week, even if Kyiv said almost immediately it wanted many times more. But it is Russia’s forces that have found a way to advance in the Donbas, raising the question of whether the three-month war is at another turning point.” [Guardian]
If Russian forces can succeed even in this more limited encirclement, they will capture huge numbers of prisoners (usable as bargaining chips), and territory, but also will more easily be able to overrun much of the territory of Ukraine east of the Dnieper and south of Kiev and Kharkov.
If the Russian forces succeed in their present operation, then I would expect them to attempt something akin to the larger encirclement of territory suggested at the top of this blog post. There may be relatively little opposition by that time. Also, the open and flat rural landscape will play to Russia’s strengths.
At that point (assuming that Zaporozhye, Dnipro, and perhaps Kharkov are all taken or bypassed), a very large assault on Kiev might be prepared.
I am assuming that the Ukrainian side is talking about their shortages of arms and ammunition in the hope that the UK and US (etc) will provide more and better. Maybe they will, maybe not.
That might be the case were Kiev seriously threatened. NWO/ZOG seems to want to provoke further conflict, so who knows?
I keep seeing hawk-like anti-Russia tweets from one Michael McFaul, Professor McFaul, of Stanford University (California). Turns out that he is a former U.S. Ambassador to Russia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_McFaul.
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How can a more advanced society be created with such as those? In fact, how can even a reasonably-decent society, such as ours still (just-about) is, even be maintained? It cannot.
Desperate fighting, akin to the WW2 battle for Stalingrad, though on a far smaller scale.
So constructed ~1972. Ironic that the Soviet Union finally became at least liveable only a decade or so before its collapse.
The Jew Zelensky and his whole cabal know that their main chance is to lure the NATO allies deeper and deeper into this war, until —in effect— NATO forces are fighting Russian forces. Unfortunately, the largely Jewish-controlled or strongly influenced msm in the UK, USA and elsewhere are pushing Zelensky’s line, and his demand for more and heavier weaponry, and for more ammunition, rockets etc. If acceded to, that could lead to a nuclear war in Europe, and indeed across the USA, as well as across Russia.
As we know, the UK has been cutting defence for years, indeed decades. Large numbers of Army, RAF, and Royal Navy bases are now private housing tracts, and the graphic above makes clear how deep the cuts have been.
At the same time prime ministers of the UK have taken to talking big on defence and war. We have seen, for example, how David Cameron-Levita wanted to get rid of Gaddafi (or rather, the Israelis did, and “Scameron” was but one useful idiot there to do it). Disastrous, allowing millions of migrant-invaders to flood through Libya to Europe, apart from anything else. Leave that aside, though, and look at the forces used.
Even in 2011, British forces were actually incapable of launching an invasion of a state even as weak (beyond outward show) as Libya. They would have been unable to transport enough soldiers by air or even by sea, if they had enough front-line soldiers to transport in the first place.
Thus it was that Britain relied on French and Italian help to refuel the small RAF forces deployed, mostly bombers. The French Navy also had greater resources to deploy than the British.
In the end, as we know, rebel Libyan forces, semi-barbaric, overthrew Gaddafi, brutally killed him, and instituted a period of chaotic lawlessness which today, 11 years later, still reigns.
This is not an analysis of the results of the pathetic strategic ineptitude, but of the fact that Britain was weak in 2011; it is far weaker today. Still, it is worth just looking at the results of David Cameron-Levita-Schlumberger’s stupidity (though I am sure that his Israeli relatives and their government were pleased).
Migration-invasion through Libya to Europe; also, human rights abuses inside Libya, dwarfing those perpetrated by Gaddafi.
Environmental disaster too:
“Libya was a pioneer state in North Africa in species protection, with the creation in 1975 of the El Kouf protected area. The fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime favoured intense poaching: “Before the fall of Gaddafi even hunting rifles were forbidden. But since 2011, poaching has been carried out with weapons of war and sophisticated vehicles in which one can find up to 200 gazelle heads killed by militiamen who hunt to pass the time. We are also witnessing the emergence of hunters with no connection to the tribes that traditionally practice hunting. They shoot everything they find, even during the breeding season. More than 500,000 birds are killed in this way each year, when protected areas have been seized by tribal chiefs who have appropriated them. The animals that used to live there have all disappeared, hunted when they are edible or released when they are not,” explains zoologist Khaled Ettaieb.” [Wikipedia]
What I find risible about Admiral Lord West’s Daily Mail article is that he (perhaps understandably) thinks in terms of fighting a seaborne or other invasion force, as in the days of the Armada, Napoleon, or the wars against Germany in the 20th Century, or conflicts such as that of the Falklands Campaign in which he himself served (the ship he commanded was sunk under him, he being the last to abandon the vessel). See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_West,_Baron_West_of_Spithead.
For one thing, Britain now faces no threat of the traditional kind from any quarter. The expansionist Soviet Union ground to a halt in the 1980s, and was replaced in the 1990s by the present Russian Federation, which has no intention of occupying Central and Western Europe; moreover, it no longer has any ideology (akin to the old Marxism-Leninism) that might underpin such an intention or wish.
When we look at Western Europe, at the UK, do we see Chinese battle fleets or air fleets approaching? No, but we do see not only Chinese manufactured goods everywhere, but actual Chinese people everywhere. That process of gradual and peaceful colonization has increased in flow in recent years. “Boris-idiot” has even invited potentially millions of Hong Kong Chinese to settle in the UK, to add to the very large numbers already here.
Whatever may be said about all that, the fact is that the UK armed forces could not stop such migration-invasion. Au contraire, the modest Royal Navy forces available in the English Channel are actually helping the multikulti “dinghy people” or “RIB people” of many origins to cross over, land illegally, and then claim (usually bogus) “asylum” here.
The only country which has any desire to occupy Western Europe has, in effect, already done so. The USA has bases and personnel all over Europe, including the UK, and treats the UK more or less as a colony. However, Admiral Lord West’s suggested larger armed forces would be expected to work with those American occupation forces, not against them. Take another look at the graphic; the huge military power available to the USA’s leaders is inescapable.
Yet we see Boris-idiot vicariously fighting Russia by supplying arms and ammunition to the regime of the Jew Zelensky in Kiev. We see intellectually-challenged MPs such as Johnny Mercer crowing “bring it on” (war with Russia). Same with Ben Wallace, the current Defence Secretary. Both ex-officers, though not senior ones.
Williamson wanted both to cut defence spending and to challenge both Russia and China!
No, Lord West, the present and future battle for Britain lies within our own society, and will not be won (or lost) by the number of soldiers, battleships, or bombers that “we”, as a state, may possess.
Starmer is just a Jew-lobby puppet, little more. Better-put, a System puppet, which is pretty much (not exactly) the same thing. The System is suffused with both Zionism and freemasonry.
…except that the perpetrator then walked off, to repeat his crime tomorrow, or the day after…
Worth reading the whole thread.
There are two possibilities for the future of the UK, assuming that there is still a country and a population left at all: the first would be the mixed-race, decadent, hopeless swamp envisaged as “ideal” by Coudenhove-Kalergi , the other possibility to be part of a germinal European super-race, which can be the foundation for a quantum leap in evolution.
I was looking at the TV earlier. Almost every ad had a black man and a white woman, with (usually) mixed-race children. Not (yet) reflective of reality in the UK, but an attempt to normalize mixed-race families, mixed-race children. Aimed not at people of my age (65) but at —mainly— children, so that they grow up brainwashed into believing that a mixed-race society is not only worthwhile but the norm.
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Simplistic, of course, but amusing.
A contrived society, which only exists because it is protected and fed US government money in vast amounts, as well as money that Jews send from all around the world.
…and every single day, hundreds cross the Channel illegally, not to mention the thousands coming in daily “legally”.
This (read that report) is a trend that has been going on for 2-3 decades now. I could recount numerous examples from my own experience. One of the least egregious would be that involving a pupil in my own chambers in Exeter (in the early/mid 1990s, I was practising in London, but after working and living in various places overseas from 1996-2002, returned to the practising Bar in SW England in mid-2002).
The pupil to whom I refer (and who shall be nameless, partly out of courtesy but equally because I have actually forgotten her name), was from Northern Ireland.
Now I have to say that I find the Northern Irish accent one of the most difficult in the UK to understand easily but, in addition to that, the girl in question had a pretty bad speech impediment.
You might ask why on Earth someone with a bad speech impediment wanted to go to the Bar in the first place, or was not sidetracked into other career options at an earlier stage, but there it is. Of course, not all barristers spend much of their time in court.
Now, said girl pupil was, like many Bar pupils, far more obliging and pleasant when a pupil (and no doubt trying to get along pleasantly with members of chambers) than she was once taken on as a tenant or —as I think she was, cannot now recall exactly— squatter (a quasi-tenant but with no rights of tenure). I myself only saw her in passing, really, but did note that, once she was actually working as barrister, she seemed rather abrasive, judging admittedly by the very few times I saw her at (though not in) court. I never had any trouble with her myself, and in fact saw little of her.
Now the interesting thing was that not only did chambers (notably in the person of the main Clerk to Chambers) champion that young woman, but claimed that instructing solicitors loved her. Well, maybe. Seems strange to me that someone with both a speech impediment and an accent that was more like a gargle could be at the English Bar doing court work, but there we are.
I harbour a suspicion that people tend to bend over backwards to be nice, so to speak, to the physically-disabled, as many do also to some of the ethnic minorities. That is fine as far as it goes, but not when it amounts to a kind of lie.
Incidentally, I seem to remember that the person noted above returned, in the end, to her native Ulster, and maybe left the practising Bar.
Digressing further, I happened, out of curiosity today, to look at the website of the successor chambers to the one to which I belonged in Exeter from 2002-2008 (and which, an amalgam of two or three sets, is now the largest in the South West outside Bristol). I saw that several people that I liked are still there, and I saw that not only (as I knew already) is my old head of chambers now “His Honour” (a Circuit Judge) but that someone else I knew in chambers, a former magistrates’ clerk, with an encylopaedic knowledge of some aspects of (in particular) criminal law, is now also “His Honour”. Unless it is just someone with an identical name, but I think not.
That last was a nice little man, very polite and pleasant, who wore his considerable knowledge lightly. I seem to recall that he had written a well-received book on sentencing. Glad to see that his knowledge and diligence has been rewarded.
I was amused to see that two people who had rather more than a spat in chambers are now both members of that set. I liked both of them. One was a then-young man who was very eager to progress chambers (my wife called him a “Young Turk” for his enthusiastic diligence, but in these dumbed-down times, I suppose I shall have to explain that he was not a real Turk!). He was married to a pretty young woman whom I believe I met once at some chambers reception or other.
The other barrister, also young, was an ex-solicitor whose grandfather had founded one of the largest firms of solicitors in the South West. A very pleasant person.
Those people, with others in chambers, used to go shooting together, an activity of which I thoroughly disapproved. I disapprove of all hurt done to animals, particularly for sport or “fun”. I even disapprove of shooting humans, under most circumstances. Ironically, most of those I liked best in chambers were the shooters.
Anyway, one day, those two members of chambers were out shooting when a pheasant fell onto the head of the wife of the “Young Turk” and knocked her out in the field. Whether that preceded or not the affair that she apparently had with the other young barrister, I know not. It later transpired that, after much bad blood, I was the only member of chambers to be unaware of the feud that ensued, my mind being occupied by other matters (or as my wife would say, “in the clouds”) and, also, the fact that I was, by then, only spending half the month in the UK, the rest in France and some other countries.
I suppose that the two former antagonists have either buried the hatchet or (and/or) come to the realistic conclusion that that set is more or less “the only game in town” (in Exeter) now. Time heals all wounds, they say (though I remain doubtful of that, speaking generally). The events in question were after all some 15 or 16 years ago now.
“and no need to mention the War (I mean ‘the vaccines‘)”…
A pretty good writer, in my opinion, with an easy-reading style (judging by the few books of his that I have read).
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Interesting analysis, and I can agree with much of it, though I do not accept that neurotic bighead, Gordon Brown’s, bailout of the bank swine was right at all— better to have let them go bust, imprison the wealthy bankers, then step in to help those with say £200,000 or less on deposit; and let the affluent and wealthy go smoke.
I agree that the “austerity” nonsense of the part-Jews David Cameron-Levita and George Osborne was disastrous, causing misery to millions without in any way dealing with the real problems of the financial sector and “national debt”.