Category Archives: MPs

Diary Blog, 2 October 2022

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[Grot Pavilion, Tsarskoe Selo, near St. Petersburg, Russia]

On this day a year ago

Uncle Tom’s party

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/oct/01/kwasi-kwarteng-reportedly-spoke-of-austerity-cuts-at-champagne-party

Woolly-head Kwarteng “…is said to have told attenders at the reception of austerity-style budget cuts to come while guests drank wine, champagne and cocktails as they congratulated him on the measures announced in the House of Commons, according to the Sunday Times.

[The Guardian].

Tweets seen

Not a complete list; don’t forget “create the basis for a future super-race” and “eliminate Jew-Zionist exploitation” etc.

Reading some of the tweets by hard-core supporters of the “Bootstrap Cook”, it is clear that quite a few of them are mentally-odd people desperate to “support” (even if only via “slacktivism” and/or “clicktivism”) something vaguely (as they imagine)”progressive”.

For example, I saw some tweets by an elderly Swedish woman resident in the UK, possibly an aged lesbian. People like that just want to “believe”, a bit like the British supporters of Stalin in the 1930s. They do not want dissonant facts to disturb their belief-system.

For once, I agree with the Jesuit anti-pope, but in this situation, one might reiterate Stalin’s rhetorical question, “how many divisions has the Pope?” (referring to Pius XII).

The Roman Catholic Church has run out of road.

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[“The Voice of South Africa”]

The last 30 years in South Africa are a salutary warning of what happens when blacks and other non-whites take political and judicial power in a country previously run by Europeans.

Another version:

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die_Stem_van_Suid-Afrika#:~:text=the%20F.A.K.%2DVolksangbundel-,Former%20national%20anthem%20of%20South%20Africa,English%3A%20%22The%20Call%22)]

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Foul abuse“? I still have a screenshot of a tweet from several years ago, in which that Lazarus individual tweeted to other Jew-Zionists (connected with the small but well-funded malicious Jew-Zionist pressure group, “Campaign Against Antisemitism” [“CAA”]) that I and another then Twitter user (the same pack of Jews had me expelled from Twitter in 2018) should be given strychnine to drink. Nice “people”…

Late tweets seen

A pretty silly tweet from former ITN talking head Alastair Stewart. Talk about autres temps, autre moeurs— as a student, he was elected to the NUS on an extreme Marxist ticket. Just another hypocrite of that type, I suppose, like Tony Blair and others.

Imagine thinking that someone is OK financially just because that person has a telephone or laptop computer! I believe that it is virtually impossible even to claim State benefits, let alone get or hold down a job, without them. Stewart is only 4 years older than me, but in his tweets really shows his age, I think.

So a horrible little Jewish “oddity”, who has supported political selfishness for decades, was shouted at and supposedly assaulted. Quite funny but, more seriously, when you trample on people’s lives and rights, expect some pushback. I expect that other MPs will be watching such incidents with interest.

In case anyone feels too sorry for Fabricant:

Fabricant has frequently caused controversy through his use of social media.[23] In June 2014, he came under criticism when, following an exchange between Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Rod Liddle on Channel 4 News the evening before, he tweeted that he “could never appear” on a discussion programme with her, as he “would either end up with a brain haemorrhage or by punching her in the throat.

[Wikipedia]

I admit that I also disapprove of “journalist” (ignoramus) Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.

Make that “25 years”, though, or at least 15.

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[Levitan, Vladimirka]

Diary Blog, 1 October 2022

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On this day a year ago

Saturday quiz

Well, 8 out of 10 this week, easily beating the 3/10 scored by political journalist John Rentoul. I did not know the answers to questions 2 and 8.

Zoo news

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11268129/Girl-14-pariah-asking-people-werent-black-victims-racism.html

It is either white rule or brutal chaos. Note that even the supposedly pro-Brit Daily Mail will not print the likely truth, that the victim was white (ie English) and the bullying thugs black and/or half-caste.

More zoo news

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-11267391/JLS-star-Orits-Williams-makes-2-5-million-LOSS-sells-Croydon-mansion-just-500k.html

Like a metaphor for anything created by white Europeans that falls into the hands of non-Europeans, whether it be a large house or an entire country.

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A decent society should not need foodbanks. In the UK, they scarcely existed before 2010 when the part-Jews, David Cameron-Levita and George Osborne, managed to trick their way into government.

However, they are now —as things are— an essential component of society for many.

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I predicted as much when Liz Truss was “elected” (selected).

Liz Truss wanted to scrap State Pension and Child Benefit

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/sep/30/early-liz-truss-comments-on-scrapping-benefits-stoke-fears-of-further-cuts

It has emerged that the young Liz Truss, aged 20 in 1995, wanted to actually get rid of, inter alia, the State Pension.

All very well for her gophers to say that her views have matured since then, but who would trust this bitch, really?

It is only the pensioner or “grey” vote that has kept the so-called “Conservative” Party in power for the past 12 years. Now, it seems that Liz Truss, woolly-head Kwarteng and the rest of the present simply ridiculous Cabinet are about to throw pensioners under a bus. However, those over-65s have a sting in their tail. Their votes may not go to Labour (or anywhere else) but even mass abstention would finish the Conservative Party.

The latest opinion polls put the Conservatives on about 20%, with Labour well over 50%.

Of course, Labour is a poor choice, but for most voters, an election in the UK is a choice of evils. The Conservatives have just got to the point where not only have they lost all credibility, but where very many people hate them and in fact fear them. Far more than in 2010.

If the “grey vote” abandons the Conservative Party, there is actually no other demographic of any real size that can keep the party in more than dormant existence. It simply does not deserve to exist any more.

If there were a credible social-national party, it could rise up as far and as fast as did the NSDAP in the 1929-1932 period.

If…

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What amazes me about Liz Truss is that she must know that, at best, only a fifth of the people support her, and that about 80% if not 90% of the people are going to start hurting badly pretty soon, yet she seems to believe that she has some kind of entitlement to carry on with her package of wrecking policies, come what may, and without even the rough mandate of a general election behind her.

I am old enough to remember the Poll Tax riots of 1990 (though I saw them at a distance, on TV news in the United States). The population is now generally more quiescent (as witness the “panicdemic” compliance) but this might just be bigger than the Poll Tax, if people start hurting enough.

Liz Truss might have to “double and triple the guard”, before someone makes a —shall we say?— very personal and very effective “protest”.

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Diary Blog, 30 September 2022, including an assessment of “Jack Monroe”, aka the “Bootstrap Cook”

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[Volegov, Morning at St. Remy de Provence]

On this day a year ago

“Jack Monroe”, the “Bootstrap Cook”: an assessment

I have blogged (briefly) previously a few times about the person known as “Jack Monroe” (originally Melissa Hadjicostas, half-Greek Cypriot), whose rather clever nom de plume is “Bootstrap Cook”.

The name Jack Monroe is now her official name, it having been adopted by deed poll.

In the past, I was content to be at least neutral towards “Bootstrap Cook”, in that I felt that anyone putting almost anything into the public domain that might help the millions of financially-struggling people in the UK deserved at least a chance.

This is what Wikipedia has to say: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Monroe; her own website is here: https://cookingonabootstrap.com/.

Incidentally, this blog is written in the English language, and therefore does not refer to a woman (whatever her views or proclivities) as “they” or “them”.

“Ideological” criticism of “Bootstrap Cook” has come mainly from two directions. The first group would be those connected to or supportive of the “Conservative” regimes of 2010-present. They tend to say that there is no justification for the campaigning of “Bootstrap Cook” to raise State benefits etc, and that any food poverty that exists exists because the individuals subject to it cannot “budget” properly, or do not know how to cook cheap wholesome food.

An ignorant point of view (though not without a small kernel of truth, as with many basically lying narratives), which infuriates many, especially when expressed by the likes of Iain Dunce Duncan Smith, the MP who has also been a huge expenses blodger and fraudster, and who claimed vast amounts on his Parliamentary expenses (even a £39 hotel breakfast) while —as Secretary of State for the DWP— taking money away from people living in real poverty.

The second group who tend to criticize “Bootstrap Cook” are those who agree with much of her campaigning on benefits etc, but who say that she actually “enables” attacks on benefit recipients by reason of her claims that a family of 4 can be fed well on £20 a week or less.

Now, however, a third group has joined the fray, being those who claim that they and/or others have been taken for a ride by “Bootstrap Cook”, and that she is a “grifter”, or even an outright fraud, who has sold goods and services which were never delivered. These critics also claim that much of the “Bootstrap Cook” back-story is untrue, or embellished.

For example, it is said that “Bootstrap Cook” was either never in poverty herself, or was so for no more than 18 months. It is said that at least part of her financial difficulties were caused by her own (apparently past) alcohol and/or drug abuse. It is said that she makes up implausible stories about her past financial predicament, such as “having to” sell her little son’s beloved dinosaur toy to raise money (really? How much money would that raise? £1? £2? And how cruel is that, assuming the story to be true?).

It is also said that her parents are not badly-off financially, that they own buy-to-let property, and that her paternal grandfather was a millionaire. In other words, that “Bootstrap Cook” always had a financial lifeline. I have no idea whether, or to what extent, that may be, or may have been, the case.

Recently, following a storm of criticism on Twitter, “Bootstrap Cook” deleted her Twitter account, though others claim that she is merely taking a 40-hour “rest” from Twitter, and will return. Why 40 hours and not (as with Jesus Christ) 40 days, or whatever, I have no idea.

One of my few blog posts which mentioned “Bootstrap Cook”: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2022/08/25/diary-blog-25-august-2022-with-a-few-thoughts-about-poverty-and-living-through-hard-times/.

One aspect that interested me, as a former barrister, was the tendency of “Bootstrap Cook” to threaten some of her critics with legal action. A few years ago, “Bootstrap Cook” sued Katie Hopkins in libel.

Ms. Hopkins had libelled “Bootstrap Cook” entirely mistakenly as to the facts, had no defence whatever, and should have backed down and got out with minimal damage when she could have but, like many maximalisti, found sorry the hardest word, and so was hammered: £24,000 in damages, and very large legal costs. Ms. Hopkins had to sell her house in St. Leonard’s (the best residential district in Exeter) in order to pay those legal costs.

“Bootstrap Cook” retained as her solicitor Mark Lewis, the Zionist Jew who now lives in Israel, though he has also a professional foothold in London. His no-win no-fee cases have often been controversial.

I have blogged about Lewis in previous years, most recently in 2019: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/11/update-re-mark-lewis-lawyer-questions-are-raised/.

I have to wonder how nice a person “Bootstrap Cook” is, if she is on friendly terms with someone such as Lewis.

As soon as people started suggesting, a month or two ago, that “Bootstrap Cook” was somewhere between “grifter” and fraudster, out came the Twitter threat that Mark Lewis and libel would be wheeled out (frankly, not so much of a threat— by no means have all of Lewis’s cases been brought to a successful conclusion, and when he was censured and fined by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority about 4 years ago, his Counsel said that his fine should be reduced because his only possessions were his clothes, a mobility scooter. and a private pension worth £70 a week).

In fact, when “Bootstrap Cook” threatened libel action against Conservative Party MP Lee Anderson [Con, Ashfield] (in May of this year), nothing ever came of it, as far as I know:

Food journalist and activist Jack Monroe hinted at legal action against Anderson after he commented in an interview that “She’s taking money off some of the most vulnerable people in society and making an absolute fortune on [sic] the back of people”.[36] [Wikipedia].

It may be that Anderson will face legal action, but I have certainly not seen any news about an action having been launched. See https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/may/15/food-writer-jack-monroe-sues-tory-mp-claims-she-makes-fortune-poor-lee-anderson; and https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/20141345.southends-jack-monroe-sue-lee-anderson/.

The Guardian says “sues“, but the Independent said “hints at suing“, and I have seen nothing on the Mark Lewis Twitter output to the effect that he ever was “instructed” (the Guardian, again) on the matter. He may have been, he may not have been. I might add that all the news reports are from 15-16 May 2022; nothing since then.

Was Anderson right, though? As I have said, I was willing to cut “Bootstrap Cook” some slack, because in recent years, the past ~15 years, the social security system has become inadequate, pay for work has also become generally inadequate, and millions are struggling both to eat and keep sheltered and warm. My view was that any useable advice was, well, useful.

I still think that (despite the fact that, to me, many of the recipes of “Bootstrap Cook” do look like a dog’s dinner, and despite the fact that many disagree with her costings etc).

More serious criticism is that she has actually been making a pretty good living out of Patreon donations, while never or rarely providing the extras offered in exchange.

When I last looked, “Bootstrap Cook” had at least 800 Patreon donors giving a minimum of £1 a month. £800 a month. In itself not bad. When you consider that the suggested minimum is £3 a head, the total increases to £2,400 a month (perhaps). I have seen a tweet where the tweeter claims, truthfully or otherwise, to have been donating £44 a month. Well, you see the point. “Bootstrap Cook” must have an income from Patreon alone of between £800 and (?) perhaps as much as £8,000 a month. Or more. That’s before one takes into account book sales, other donations, paid (?) TV appearances, other appearances etc. We do not know.

Not that “Bootstrap Cook” claims poverty, these days. No, she claims, as I understand it (and perhaps truthfully) a degree of “precariousness” in her life and finances, and she is certainly not alone in that. It is almost the norm in the Britain of 2022.

“Bootstrap Cook” has a number of defence mechanisms. One is to threaten defamation actions, but the more usual tactic is to claim the shield of disability, and she has about two dozen options there.

A further defence tactic is, I read, to set her fanatical fans (she apparently calls them “flying monkeys“) onto any critics, and I have certainly seen tweets where mentally-disturbed fans have come close to suggesting violence against anyone daring to utter critical words.

The problem here is that “Bootstrap Cook” has become a totem for a certain tribe of virtue-signallers. Not really “the poor” but more the sort of people who like to think that they are socially-progressive etc. Facts do not matter to those people, belonging to the “right” tribe does. cf. “Covid”, Ukraine, “Black Lives Matter” and, of course, “FBPE/Remain/Rejoin” etc.

When you consider that someone who claims to be able to feed a family of 4 for £20 a week might be said to be, arguably or in effect, saying that UK benefits are perfectly OK and need not be increased, is that really something positive or not?

Some tweets seen about the issues raised:

It is better to be a little naive than very cynical, but the world makes it hard…

As many have noted, this whole Bootstrap Cook thing is more like a creepy cult than anything. It’s as if a lot of fairly affluent or at least not poor people have decided that supporting “Bootstrap Cook” —right or wrong— validates their evenings of going out, their Netflix subscription, their holiday in Cuba or Costa Rica, their new cars, and in fact their whole comfortable existence.

In fact, it reminds me of the “indulgences” sold by the Roman Catholic Church before the Reformation.

Not that that is necessarily the fault of the “Bootstrap Cook” herself.

Look at the loonies below, believing what they want to believe:

Well, if you can believe that the “royal” Mulatta is a sadly-abused “princess”, then believing that a poverty campaigner, who seems to be making “a nice little earner” out of it and naive followers, is a modern Joan of Arc, must be easy enough.

Well, that’s enough. There are hundreds of other tweets in similar vein.

As blogged previously, my view is that Bootstrap Cook’s stuff may well be of interest to many, though —as already said— much of it looks to me like carbohydrate-heavy food often presented like a dog’s dinner.

I do not think that “Bootstrap Cook” set out to defraud anyone, and it may be that she has no such intention now, but it does seem that legitimate questions about her fundraising have been asked by a number of donors, but not answered by her.

If people think that they are somehow accomplishing something by subsidizing the not-uncomfortable lifestyle of that person, then that is their business, in a sense, but it is legitimate for others, arguably more clear-minded, to ask “where is the money going?“, “is any of this true?“, and “are people being tapped for money under false pretences?“.

I can also see that her fans seem to be, almost entirely, not the truly poor but more those who are not “poor” but who support her “non-binary” profile, the “gender bender” aspects, and the general “government must do more for the poor” activism aspect.

I think that it is legitimate to question, not only “where the money went” (or goes), but also whether, in reality, whether Bootstrap Cook has actually influenced government, or large enterprises such as ASDA (it seems that one or two supermarket chains were actually paying her for advice or consultancy or something).

Poverty is a huge problem in the UK now. Anyone claiming to be expert in it must expect searching inquiry.

Is this all really just a morning TV virtue-signal writ large? After all, at the end of the day, the decisive question is what government does or fails to do.

I personally have no animus against “Bootstrap Cook”, but my view of her has certainly become far less positive over the years since I first heard of her.

I do think, also, that if you claim that a person can feed healthily on £5 a week, you are really playing into the hands of swine such as Dunce Duncan Smith, Esther McVey, Therese Coffey etc.

I think that anyone wanting to help “the poor” could probably do so more effectively via GoFundMe or local foodbanks than by subsidizing the lifestyle of “Bootstrap Cook”. Perhaps I am mistaken, but that is my firm view and opinion.

On a wider point, we have in the UK this msm thing whereby TV channels or shows like to have a “go-to” list. Brexit discussion? Call Farage. Free speech discussion? Call Toby Young. Poverty discussion? Call Jack Monroe. And so on.

Thus you get “activists” who are really just “famous for being famous activists”. The Caroline Criado-Perez phenomenon. A hundred thousand or a million Twitter followers but, outside Twitter etc, really unknown and without real influence.

Of course, the msm now like to feature (supposed) “experts” who are, if possible, young, female, and black. “Bootstrap Cook” is not black, but as “Meatloaf” once opined, “two out of three ain’t bad“…

Well, there it is. I prefer to concentrate on other and larger issues really, but felt that I should examine the above first, after the recent Twitter storm in a teacup.

[Update, same day: I happened to see an assessment by someone else. An investigative and/or opinion piece. https://katieroche.net/jack_monroe_investigation_main.html]

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All that the doomed “Conservative” Party had to do, to consign Labour to the bin, was select a leader to succeed “Boris”-idiot who was even slightly competent. It failed to do so. Endex.

The implications are clear: either the Con MPs get rid of Liz Truss as soon as they can, and put in someone who at least looks semi-competent, or the Con Party will be near-finished by next year. Same goes, of course, for Kwarteng, Cleverly, and Coffey.

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Ha ha. Yes, that ghastly little bastard Schofield is one of the worst people on TV in the UK; and, yes, it is peak contemporary Britain, just like…well, there are just too many examples around…

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TV detective drama

I, among others, including recently Peter Hitchens, have written about how NWO/ZOG propaganda is now embedded in TV dramas, “soaps”, ads etc. See https://ianrobertmillard.org/2018/12/10/tv-ads-and-soaps-are-the-propaganda-preferred-by-the-system-in-the-uk/.

A good example was seen the other night. A new detective drama called Karen Pirie.

Set partly a few decades ago, partly in the contemporary era, even the older setting, in St. Andrews, Scotland, decades ago, had a black character appear. In a small town in what seems to be a bleak part of Scotland (I have never been there). Then we are introduced to the two detectives now investigating the cold case. One a small Scottish woman, the other a black or half-caste…

I do not have a great deal of patience with films or TV shows. If they do not catch the interest after 15 mins, switch— OFF. I gave this one 20 mins. A bloody bore, poorly conceived and worse-acted.

This evening, I saw an old episode of Wycliffe [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wycliffe_(TV_series)]. All characters more or less credible, and what I like best about Wycliffe is that it manages to catch the atmosphere of Cornwall well, from what I recall from when I lived there. It does not rely on cliche (most of the time, at least).

Late tweets

One or two white children, out of over 30. Scotland’s future? In the centre of the photo, Scotland’s supposedly “nationalist” leader…

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[icebreaker]

Diary Blog, 29 September 2022, including thoughts about the political fallout from the current economic crisis, and about the possibility of Russian nuclear attack


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[Memorial, “The Conquerors of Space”, Moscow]

On this day a year ago

Labour, the Conservatives, the economy, and the political fallout

but

Thus one Marian Kennedy [“writes fiction; international lawyer“] proves that she cannot see the wood from the trees.

The whole point about what seems to have been Delia Smith’s cri de coeur [I did not actually see Peston] is that the present Parliamentary system, the “three main parties” set-up, the voting system, the system for selection of Parliamentary candidates etc, is just not working properly.

It is because of this parallel malfunctioning that, inter alia, we have had as Prime Minister a part-Jew, part-Levantine bad joke, and now we have, in the same high position, a woman who really only became an MP on her back, frankly. The same malfunctioning has resulted in a pretty poor female barrister becoming Home Secretary (not that all of her views are wrong), and a rather thick half-caste with a “degree” in Hospitality Management becoming the new Foreign Secretary; not to mention the woolly-headed African who is now Chancellor of the Exchequer, even if he did attend Eton and Cambridge (both, incidentally, hugely over-rated, as are so many UK institutions: Oxford University, the Church, the Bar, SIS, MI5, the armed forces, the Monarchy etc).

The whole system is broken. Delia Smith may have been unable, on a TV programme, to articulate it in detail, but she got the basics right.

Ironically, “In 2014, [Kwasi Kwarteng’s] book War and Gold: A Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires, Adventures and Debt was published. It is a history of capital and the enduring ability of money, when combined with speculation, to ruin societies.[29] “

Ha.

Another opinion from the same lady as above:

Well, Corbyn actually did better than many believe, electorally, but what sank him and Labour in 2019 was mainly a triad of factors: the relentless, daily, Jew-lobby campaign since 2015, painting him as terrorist-enabler, hopeless etc; the eccentric FPTP voting system, and finally the way in which political snake-oil salesman and “controlled opposition” big cheese, Nigel Farage, stabbed his own party and its candidates in the back, with most Brexit Party votes then falling to Conservative candidates.

Labour under Starmer was also in the doldrums, and deserved to be, but now that the Conservative Party has hit (surely?) rock-bottom in terms of its top leadership, Labour can just sit and rake in its chips.

Not very many people really like, trust, or support Labour or Starmer, but in a basically binary system where one party is sawing off the branch upon which it has been sitting, the other party, Labour, has every chance, simply by default.

Talking about how the Conservative Party is ruining its own electoral chances, I was frankly astounded to read that, by reason of Kwarteng’s unbelievable mismanagement and lack of nous, the present Government may actually fund their tax cuts for the affluent and wealthy by cutting pensions and benefits in real terms. For example, by only uprating State pensions by, say, 5% at a time when inflation is forecast to go to at least 10% and maybe 20%.

Already, we see that most State benefits (including Pension Guarantee Credit) will not be uprated to anything like inflation-level.

Who votes Conservative? Mostly, most obviously, people over 60, and especially people over 80. This is the absolute core of Conservative Party electoral support. If you cheat them (for the second year running) of the promised “triple lock” uprating, then you, the Conservative Party, are going to be well and truly f*****. Not a term I use often on the blog.

We know how nuanced the FPTP voting system can be. It was said that, in 2017, a few thousand voters in a small number of constituencies (a hundred or two hundred in each) could actually have changed the outcome of the General Election.

In 2019, 67 seats were won by a margin of less than 5% of votes cast. In 2017, 97 seats.

In 2019, 141 seats were won or held by margins of less than 10% of votes cast:

More than a fifth of all constituencies.

Not only are pensioners (of which, incidentally, I am now one) most likely to vote Conservative (not me, of course), but they are most likely, of all age groups, to vote at all, both in general and via postal balloting.

If the pensioners and the “struggling middle”, as well as the low paid and more obviously poor, decide to vote elsewhere than Conservative, or even simply not to vote at all, the Conservative party might lose an incredible number of seats. Maybe a hundred; maybe two hundred.

At present, the Conservative Party has 357 seats in the Commons (out of 650). If that were to be reduced to 257, or 157, the effect would be seismic.

If the Conservative Party leadership think that the English and general UK “grey vote” is guaranteed whatever, and that those votes can be taken for granted, they are very much mistaken. That’s what idiots like Jim Murphy thought about the Scottish Labour vote, once.

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I remember seeing, on American TV, the Poll Tax riots in London about 32 years ago. Could it happen again, or would it this time be a slower burn, via everything from simple poverty-fuelled shoplifting to occasional outbreaks of politically-oriented vandalism, or even “protest” assassination of MPs and/or ministers?

An open question.

See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11260331/Ministers-slash-BILLIONS-budgets-reassure-markets-finances-control.html.

Over the past decade, I have had the feeling that the succession of poor Prime Ministers were not fatal for the Conservative Party, because all that the Party had to do was to replace the leader, and the voters would give the new leader a chance. At the same time, Labour was falling into a niche composed of public service workers, and some of the non-white “communities”.

Now, there is a change, caused mainly by the sheer ineptitude of the “unelected” (in terms of true mandate) Prime Minister and her Cabinet. There is a feeling that, this time, the Conservatives have really hit rock bottom, and even if people are not going to vote Labour, the Conservatives have definitely lost the votes of the vast majority.

This could be almost existential for the Conservative Party.

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The NWO endgame sees Russia (Russian Federation) as a broken-up series of minor states, all ruled by the money power [ZOG] and completely without military might. However, I think that, before that can come to pass, Russia may be goaded into launching its nuclear arsenal against the West, and particularly the USA.

After WW2, despite the Cold War, the American public and decision-makers thought the USA invulnerable. It could invade other countries, interfere with other countries, even bomb (conventionally) other countries, without any comeback.

The 2001 attack on the World Trade Center changed that. The incredible, totally scalded, American reaction said it all to me— “we can be hit“…

All the same, that was over 20 years ago now, and the Americans still do not really think that their cities might one day be rubble, like those the Americans (and British) reduced to rubble in WW2: Berlin, other German cities, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki etc.

Looking at the pronouncements of various American generals, former commanders, think tanks etc, their consensus seems to be that the USA can match the Russian nuclear arsenal, and more, and that even a nuclear exchange could be limited, and then halted. I think not.

If Russia uses tactical nuclear weapons in Ukraine, and if then “NATO” (USA/NWO) attacks Russia or Russian concentrations or bases, whether or not with nuclear forces, I think that an escalation to a strategic nuclear exchange more than likely.

True, that would probably mean, as well as elimination of Russian air bases, missile centres, ports, destruction of major Russian cities such as Moscow, Petersburg, Novosibirsk and others. However, it would not be a one-sided conflict.

Russia has, it is said, perhaps 6,000 nuclear weapons. Let us say that it managed to land at least one on each of the top 100 American cities.

The top 10? New York, LA, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Antonio.

So all of those, and maybe the next 90 largest cities…

How long would it be before the USA recovered? 100 years? 200?

What about the UK? London gone. The next half-dozen largest cities gone, so maybe Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, Plymouth, Southampton, Bristol. Others, too. All ports of any size. Air bases etc.

There should be serious thought now about how not to get into a nuclear exchange with Russia.

This whole “pro-Ukraine” (anti-Russia) campaign is being spearheaded by the Jew element. You only have to look at social media to see it.

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[Watts, Ariadne]

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Ha. Woolly-head Kwasi— what an Uncle Tom for the milieu of the hedge funds.

Is it inoperative? Why is gas apparently bubbling out of it, then? Puzzling.

“NATO” is just a label. Think “New World Order” [“NWO”].

Quite.

Completely loony.

Some of these “Covid” and “vaccine” fanatics would go along with the sacrifice of all first-born children if some law, confirmed as “necessary” by priests of medicine in white outfits, were laid down by a supposedly “caring sharing” government. Watch this space.

We now live in an infested slum, nationwide. Indeed —judging by the way (West) Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands have declined since the 1980s— Europe-wide, though there may be exceptions. Paris? Don’t remind me (it’s too sad).

Ha ha! An obvious fake. Unusual. Kiev-regime propaganda has generally been very skilled since the start of the conflict, easily beating the few Russian attempts to counter it.

Now…where is the nuclear football?

Will we still be here this time next year?

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[Germany 1945: “We are fighting for the future of our children“]

Diary Blog, 28 September 2022, including a few words about Radek Sikorski, Anne Applebaum, the Labour Party Conference, and Alison Chabloz

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[German forest swastika]

On this day a year ago

On the blog 5 years ago

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[Update, 29 September 2022: Sikorski later deleted his tweet thanking the USA for having sabotaged the Nordstream2 pipeline].

Radek Sikorski has an unusual background. Granted asylum while a student in the UK in 1982, he went to Oxford (how?) and, despite lack of personal or family wealth, somehow became a member of the wealthy yob society, the Bullingdon, along with part-Jews “Boris” Johnson and David Cameron-Levita. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rados%C5%82aw_Sikorski.

[According to David Dimbleby, until Cameron-Levita and Johnson joined, the Bullingdon had been “a club for young gentlemen“, which however was then perverted by the pair mentioned].

Was Sikorski helped to get on terms with young aspirants to the “British Establishment”? If so, by whom— and why?

Was Sikorski spotted as a talented young Pole who might be able, down the line, to advance a Westernizing agenda in Poland, as a wedge into the then-monolithic-seeming Soviet imperium? I wonder.

After graduation from Oxford, Sikorski was soon writing for major publications in the UK, such as the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator. He was also working as a freelance foreign correspondent in places such as Afghanistan.

Sikorski is on the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Group. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilderberg_meeting.

Sikorski is married to Anne Applebaum [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Applebaum], the well-known American Jewish writer and analyst who was apparently so struck by my tweets when I still had a Twitter account (a pack of malicious Jews had me chucked off in 2018) that she blocked me (for no obvious reason that I can recall).

I have a couple of her books.

A couple completely tied in to the NWO agenda, it seems.

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He’s really asking for it. Poland was not a passive victim in 1939. There had been years of abuse before that, directed at Germany and at the German population trapped in the Polish Corridor [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polish_Corridor]. Now Sikorski, like the Polish officials of the 1930s, attempts to stoke tensions, this time mainly with Russia. Not a very clever move.

What is his, or the, real agenda here?

If the USA, using perhaps a submarine and/or US Navy Seals, blew a hole in Nordstream2, that is pretty much an act of war.

Keir Starmer, the Jewish lobby puppet now leading the Labour Party, wanted a perfectly stage-managed “Conference” (show or Schauspiel) for the msm to relay to a bemused public. Barring a couple of hiccups such as the above (a fixed non-vote), he got what he wanted.

In fact, the public only see, and only want to see, a few seconds on the TV news anyway.

Starmer need not worry. Most British people are content, at least so far, to be bamboozled by a mainly Jewish-manipulated binary choice between equally-fake “Conservative” and “Labour” (with the odd “dustbin” alternative as necessary, the LibDems).

The Liz Truss government was doomed from its inception, and Starmer thinks, with some justification, that all he need do now is wait.

Alison Chabloz

The persecuted singer-songwriter and satirist, released from prison on licence a while ago, has now published her first blog post for a long time: https://alisonchabloz.com/2022/09/27/welcome-back-to-all-my-readers/

[Alison Chabloz]

Some people, rightly or not, have questioned Alison’s judgment, but none can question her courage.

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Interesting “moral maze” point. “Boris”-idiot was behaving with disgusting and petty intent; Kwarteng is a woolly-headed n****r who knows no better, arguende.

Having said that, Kwarteng’s negligence or sheer stupidity (assuming that this is not all part of the overall conspiracy) will have far worse effects on the UK.

I am getting excited. If a social-national party can emerge, credible and with ideologically correct and firm leadership, it might find a ready audience —at last, at long last— in a Britain completely blasted by fake “liberal democracy”. Everything could change almost overnight.

As Lenin said, “worse will be better”.

Never forget that, as late as 1928, the NSDAP was getting a national vote of only 2.6%, and that year had elected only 12 members of the Reichstag, out of 491.

I myself also recall my visits to Eastern Europe in the late 1980s (mainly 1988 and 1989). In 1988, those states were potentially unstable, but still apparently securely fixed in terms of who was in power. By late 1989, they had all collapsed, politically and, indeed, socially.

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True, but such comparisons do not butter any parsnips, in the North British saying.

Again true. Refer to my previous comment.

What a time to have an international crisis of the present magnitude. The leader of the USA and, in effect, NATO and/or the Western world, is at least half-demented, the Prime Minister of the UK is a stupid and ignorant woman completely out of her depth, and the leader of Russia is being painted into a corner and is frankly unpredictable.

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Diary Blog, 26 September 2022

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On this day a year ago

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Italy

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-63029909

Viva Italia!

Things are looking up…

Meanwhile…

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/25/pope-urges-italians-to-help-migrants-as-far-right-tipped-to-win-election.

Tip the Jesuit anti-Pope and usurper out of the Vatican .

The 1938 Pathe commentary might be better termed “pathetic”, though. Cheap Jewish hee-hawing for an unsophisticated and uneducated audience.

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[Daily Mail headline]

Britain is becoming a very strange country, on the one hand a nuclear power with all kinds of advanced technology, on the other hand a country where millions of its own citizens rely on foodbanks, millions more on State benefits, a country invaded daily by invaders in small boats as well as “legally” (and who are then housed in advance of actual British people). A country the currency of which shows signs of crashing.

Still, when the UK government is headed by a stupidly ignorant woman who only became an MP on her back, and when the Chancellor of the Exchequer is a woolly-headed n****r whose previous jobs included being a gopher at hedge funds, as well as a newspaper columnist…

…and let’s not forget our new Foreign Secretary, a half-caste with a “mcdegree” in “Hospitality Management”…

Pay peanuts get monkeys”, they say. Is the aphorism true in reverse?

Britain needs, not fake “Labour”, but real social nationalism.

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The EU as it now is is a facade of “liberal democracy” behind which is a core of NWO/ZOG power. Those who accept the EU at face-value are the kind of people who accept “trans” people as women, who accept the “panicdemic” as a real pandemic, and who think that only “discrimination” by Europeans has prevented blacks from creating a civilization, etc. They also accept the “holocaust” farrago as an unquestioned and unquestionable historical truth.

Treat the von der Leyen type as the evil tyrants they are.

It looks as though Italy has a leader.

Wake up, Hitchens. There is an NWO/ZOG-approved msm mob, mirrored by a vastly larger amateur mob of the same sort on Twitter etc. They all know what to say and not say— the amateurs out of “me too-ism”, and those scribblers and talking heads making a living out of it because they know that if they do not support, eg the Jew/Israel lobby, the NWO agenda in Ukraine, or re Russia, or re Assad etc, or the whole “panicdemic” farrago, or the whole “holocaust” farrago, then their “distinguished” careers stop right there. Right there.

Anyway, “distinguished” is usually very much in the eye of the beholder.

Another would-be “saviour” glad to see the back of his Ukrainian “refugee” guest…

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11250951/British-father-30-SPLITS-Ukrainian-refugee-affair-with.html

A “refugee” from Kiev, most of which has been little touched (so far) by the conflict.

Some of the Ukrainians in the UK are genuine refugees from war; most are not. They usually come from areas untouched by war, often have financial resources and/or expensive cars, and are looking for an economic or career opportunity.

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[Vladimir Nechayev, Road, Road…]
[Vladimir Nechayev, Autumn Leaves]

Unexpected event

I visited the only fairly local supermarket this evening, a Waitrose branch. Outside the entrance to the building, a makeshift medical bed, like a large sleeping bag. Several staff were tending to the occupant, an elderly person. There were medic-looking cases or bags around, presumably from the first-aid room.

I did not like to stare, or interfere, in view of the fact that the incident was under control, but found out from one of the staff inside that someone had tripped over and was unable to get up. An ambulance had been called some 2 hours previously, but had not yet arrived. Two hours!

When I left, half an hour later, with my shopping, the patient was still there, still on the ground, and a member of staff had even moved up a large square parasol/umbrella from the Waitrose Cafe, to shield the person from a shower.

As I pushed my shopping to my vehicle, a large new Bentley passed by. Like something from a satirical sketch about Britain in 2022: if you are lucky, you drive off in a large new Bentley, if not so lucky you lie on a pavement, dependent on “the kindness of strangers”, until the NHS can organize itself to get around to you.

Eventually, I drove out. The patient was still lying, waiting and, needless to add, no-one was standing around clapping…

Britain 2022, where an ambulance takes hours to reach you.

Meanwhile, in some seaside resort, the pathetic remnants of the Labour Party were all going through the motions of praising “our NHS” etc, as they always do. Still, I suppose that the next General Election is now, rather surprisingly, suddenly theirs to lose.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Snowden

As I blogged a day or two ago, “JimmySecUK” presents himself as “sometime journalist” and as a supposed specialist of some kind in the field(s) of “national security” and strategy, but seems unwilling to put either his name or his organizational affiliations (if any) on his Twitter masthead.

An example of his style:

At least Peter Hitchens is open about his identity, and that of his newspaper (of course, he actually has one).

I assessed Hitchens, some years ago, on the blog: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/05/19/peter-hitchens-and-his-views/

This is exactly the situation in respect of the UK msm. On many topics, but an obvious one would be the “holocaust” farrago.

Late thought

I do not know for sure whether Europe is heading towards a third and even more disastrous “world” war, but it certainly seems that that might be the case.

I hope that that will not be the case, and that, if it is the case and does come to pass, a new and better civilization will eventually emerge from the ruins. See also: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/26/the-tide-is-coming-in-reflections-on-the-possible-end-of-our-present-civilization-and-what-might-follow/

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Diary Blog, 25 September 2022

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On this day a year ago

Migration-invasion continues

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11247011/Child-boat-migrant-actually-25-year-old-Iranian-caught-GREY-beard.html

A migrant who came to the UK by boat and claimed to be a child so he could stay is actually in his mid-20s, and even joined an over-30s dating group, before he was caught out by his grey hairs and stubble.”

I suggest the construction of a wide canal from, perhaps, the Thames to the Wash. These invaders can help to dig it. At the end, those still alive can have the choice of an air ticket back home and £100 in cash, or to face the wall, afterwards to be buried nearby.

[Moskva-Volga Canal]

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Truss/Starmer, Con/Lab…all part of the same NWO-ZOG pack. They all follow the Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan.

Liz Truss is just another NWO/ZOG traitor and puppet, and hugely ignorant and thick to boot.

So much for centuries of Irish nationalism! Meanwhile, the pseudo-nationalists of Sinn Fein go down on one knee for the “Black Lives Matter” nonsense at a time when Ireland has been invaded by non-whites.

The point is that the banks and others, such as PayPal, are now taking it upon themselves to decide that this account [i.e. this customer] is OK and can therefore continue to have banking services, but that that account [that customer] is not OK, because that second person, individual or organization, is not signed up to the System agenda, meaning, inter alia, “Covid” panicdemic, “vaccine” for Covid, multiracialism, the multikulti society, mixed-race populations, “refugees welcome” nonsense, “trans” nonsense, “holocaust” nonsense and fake history…you name it.

Oh, and when this happens, the self-describing “Left” will just say that organizations such as PayPay (Facebook, Twitter, you name it) are entitled to lay down and enforce —however arbitarily, however lacking in appeal rights— such “terms and conditions as they like.

The death of old-style “Leftism”, old-style socialism, happened long ago, in the years following 1989, and its adherents are now just going through the motions.

The facade of “liberal democracy” has just had another massive hole blasted in it.

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More about “the Harry formerly known as Prince” and the “royal” Mulatta

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11246567/Explosive-new-book-pits-Palace-aides-Sussex-Survivors-Club-against-narcissistic-Meghan.html

Still, from the totally self-centred Ayn Rand point of view, Meghan Mulatta has “played a blinder”. Look at it. Someone brought up in modestly-comfortable circumstances in California, and who had a few years of television success as an actress in one particular drama series (pay around £300,000 p.a. gross in UK money), someone who was married to an American Jew film producer for 18 months (and then not-married to a TV chef for another year or two), but who has rescued her fortunes by attaching herself to a quite likely mentally-disturbed and certainly rather thick British princeling, and is reportedly worth several hundred million dollars now.

That’s the Mulatta— on the make; an adventuress worthy of the pen of Thackeray. What, though, of “the Harry formerly known as Prince”? He is always photographed in the shadow of the Mulatta. I have noted in past years his obvious emotional or mental problems, and he has been fortunate in that the Mulatta and her behaviour do take much flak which otherwise might come his way. It seems that his own behaviour is often not polite or pleasant (a problem the Royal Family in general has always had, with the exception of the late Queen and, to a lesser extent, Charles).

This whole “right royal” nonsense must now come to an end. After all, without the “Prince” bit (and all the money), would Harry be more than a not-very-bright junior officer, destined never to rise above captain, or possibly major? He might be something like a driving instructor or, funds permitting, a farmer.

Does Britain really need a “royal family”? I think not. The death of the late Queen has surely drawn a line under that part of history.

As for the Harry and Meghan show, once they are back in California permanently, interest will slowly fade, and they will fill the niche once occupied by Edward Windsor and Mrs Simpson.

I do not think that they will divorce, though. After all, the Mulatta is still a duchess, nominally, and she may find that (and the whole UK royal connection) useful (though I note the reported anger of the couple that they were not to be entitled “Prince and Princess” under the new Charles III regime).

In a way, I feel a little sorry for Harry, married to that narcissistic, wheedling, demanding creature. Royal Married with Children (as I prophesied years ago).

I do not feel very sorry for him, though. After all, he is now 38 (she is 41), has had more privilege than almost anyone else in the UK, and lives in luxury. He should grow up.

I feel more sorry for the millions of British people unable to heat their homes or feed their families as the Royal Cuck and Mulatta sun themselves on the Californian coast.

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meghan,_Duchess_of_Sussex.

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A more severe case, arguably, than that of Meghan Markle.

The USA is not alone in having hysterical people, usually women. However, I was once, over 30 years ago, on the bus into Manhattan, when such an incident occurred.

The express buses in my part of New Jersey (near the Jersey Shore) mostly went from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan to quite far south, Toms River (halfway between Manhattan and Atlantic City). About 10 stops in all. My local stop was the last before Manhattan, going in the other direction. About a one-hour journey or slightly shorter.

I got on such a bus in late afternoon. The bus was quite full. I was the only passenger getting on.

After 45 mins, as we reached the Lincoln Tunnel entrance (to go under the Hudson), the two teenage Jewish boys who had been whispering, and smirking over their shoulders at a fat black woman with a white male companion (wearing a Western jacket and hat) a few rows back, got a shock as the black woman suddenly stood up and started yelling about how she had had enough and was not going to take it any more and how the Jewish teenagers should burn in hell. She however subsided after that, and the rest of the journey concluded in relative peace.

Sadly, even the UK now has many hysterical people and, indeed, many noisy ones, of which many, though far from all, are non-white.

Interesting video

The video below was sent to me by a blog reader:

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I do not necessarily agree with all the views of Bob Moran, but dissidents and “truth-tellers” like him must be assisted.

Anyway, there is no Russian “master plan” to annex or recover the Baltic states or, as Russians call them, the pribaltika. Why would Russia even want them?

That “JimmySecUK” individual is always supportive of anything done by the NWO powers. I strongly suspect Jewish, though that is unproven. Seems to pose as someone in the area journalism/”national security”/”international strategy”, but is apparently unwilling to supply on Twitter (where he has 52,000 “followers”, for what that may be worth) either his own name or those of any organizations to which he supplies copy or information.

A superannuated student without a real job or career? I do not know. I await further information.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodric_Braithwaite.

Late historical note

Just saw this, about Canada in the Second World War:

On 27 April 1942, a plebiscite was held on the question, “Are you in favour of releasing the Government from any obligations arising out of any past commitments restricting the methods of raising men for military service?” In Quebec, the Ligue pour la Défense du Canada was founded to campaign for the “No” side under the slogan Jamais, Jamais…a dit M. Lapointe, a reference to King’s Quebec lieutenantErnest Lapointe, who had died of cancer in November 1941 and was fiercely opposed to sending the Zombies overseas.[35] The Ligue pour la Défense du Canada united the entire spectrum of political opinion in Quebec; some of its most effective speakers were André LaurendeauHenri BourassaJean Drapeau and a young Pierre Trudeau.[30]La Ligue pour la Défense du Canada professed to speak for all of Canada in opposing conscription, but its French-Canadian nationalist message had little appeal outside of French Canada.[36] Reflecting the quasi-fascist mood of the nationalist intelligentsia of Quebec, speakers for the League often expressed approval of Vichy France, citing its Révolution nationale as a model for Quebec, and expressed a “disturbing anti-Semitic tendency”.[36] [“disturbing“…ha ha]. One rally for the League in Montreal ended with speakers blaming Canada’s Jewish community for dragging the country into a war with Nazi Germany that did not concern French-Canadians. The event almost degenerated into a pogrom, with attendees beating up Jews on the streets of Montreal and smashing windows of Jewish shops; only the prompt intervention of the Montreal police put an end to the violence.”[36]

[Wikipedia; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conscription_Crisis_of_1944].

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Diary Blog, 24 September 2022

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On this day a year ago

On the blog 5 years ago

Saturday quiz

Well, my worst result ever, I think.

For once, I did not beat political journalist John Rentoul, who scored 5/10, whereas I could only get 2/10 right this week. I knew the answers to questions 1 and 9 only. I could not quite recall the answers to questions 2 and 6, and I should have known the answer to question 5, but was thinking in terms of the lower houses of parliaments only, so missed that one as well. Other than that, no excuses…

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While it is traditional for students to be impecunious, this is just ridiculous.

The “Orange Revolution” of 2005, and the 2014 re-run, were just Jew-Zionist and CIA operations (NWO/ZOG, if you like). The “popular” facade was a pantomime, just like the one that removed Ceausescu in Romania in 1989 (notwithstanding that he well deserved it), a “revolution” so badly choreographed that crowds turned out in Bucharest just to watch the play.

Stray thoughts about Rishi Sunak

A couple of years ago, as he threw, with abandon, golden sesterces to the plebs, Rishi Sunak was the conquering hero of the hour for the UK msm. The consequences of shutting down much of the economy for 1-2 years seemed to be a mystery to him and to the “experts” (medical, economic and whatever).

“Furlough” payments (a salary paid to people in order that they would be able to sit in their houses eating pizza, and drinking too much, for months and months…), “loans” and free payments to businesses (many fraudulent), huge amounts paid out for useless and pointless NHS “PPE” stuff, £38 BILLION paid out for a useless “test and trace” operation (useless in practice and useless even had it worked perfectly) run by equally-useless Dido Harding, a Conservative Party crony who had already failed in her previous jobs. And so on…

Well, back in 2020, Sunak was lauded as the almost “inevitable” “next Prime Minister”, just as useless “Boris” had been promoted by msm idiots for 20 years before he actually became Prime Minister.

Sunak’s star, of course, faded as it began to be obvious even to the pathetic UK msm, and to members of his own party, that the Indian “clever boy” might have been thought wonderful at Winchester, Oxford, and in the unreal world of vulture finance-capitalism, but was not so great in the real world.

Even so, it must have come as a shock to Sunak to discover that the rank and file members of his own party actually preferred ignorant and stupid Liz Truss to him, and he must realize that at least part of that was because he is Indian rather than English.

Will Sunak now give up politics, or will he wait to see how badly Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng can trash the economy and society (further), in the hope that he will be invited to return, like a shopworn and “ethnic” de Gaulle?

I doubt that Sunak will bother to stay as an MP after the end of this Parliament. If he does, it will be on the backbenches, and because the convenience of being an MP may suit him.

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“Buzz stops”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/sep/24/bus-shelter-roofs-turned-into-gardens-for-bees-butterflies-aoe

British war zone

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/uks-roughest-estate-likened-war-28066450.

Would it really matter if some or all of the nuisances were shot by an official force similar to the SS?

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https://archive.org/details/wenn-die-ss-und-die-sa-aufmarschiert

[Marshal Zhukov inspects the ruins of Berlin, 1945]

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[The Ducks are Flying]

Diary Blog, 23 September 2022

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[Nikolai II, with the Tsaritsa Alexandra, their children, and attendants]

On this day a year ago

Mini-budget of Kwasi Kwarteng and Liz Truss

https://news.sky.com/video/pound-plummets-after-mini-budget-12703855

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2022/09/23/mini-budget-stamp-duty-tax-cuts-ni-truss-kwarteng-ftse-100/

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/sep/23/kwasi-kwarteng-mini-budget-key-points-at-a-glance

Aubrey Allegretti, political correspondent: Kwarteng starts by pinning the blame for inflation and spiralling energy bills directly on Putin.

[The Guardian]

Well, after all, it could not be the fault of the Boris-idiot government, which all but shut down the UK economy for 2 years for no good reason, while doling out free money like a drunken sailor…oh, wait a minute…

Aubrey Allegretti: Kwarteng seeks to turn the last 12 years of Conservative economic wisdom on its head and present the government as new and radical – rather than hanging on the coattails of the last one.

He lays out his central point that “growth is not as high as it should be”, arguing this only leads to less money to fund public services, relying on higher taxes, and so on.

“We need a new approach for a new era” should be seen as nothing less than a bid to reinvent the Conservatives and present them as a party of change – to avoid being blamed for the mistakes of the past. (Despite, of course, Truss having served in the previous three Conservative governments.)

[The Guardian].

This mini-budget is completely mad. The result can only be roaring inflation, higher interest rates for businesses and mortgage-payers, and before very long a huge spike in house-repossessions as people default on the mortgage commitments taken out in easier times.

Reducing tax for those earning over £140,000 —about 3x or 4x the average pay? That is just ridiculous and will be applied to purchase of hedging assets (including paying off any mortgage commitments such higher-earners may have).

Stimulation of the economy requires more money at the bottom end, where people are almost compelled by circumstances to spend on goods and services, not at the top end of the income scale.

Today, the pound sterling is down, as I write, by about 2%. Interest rates for UK government borrowing are rising steeply.

A budget of this sort does nothing for the poor (however defined), nothing for the bulk of the population, and only helps those already affluent or wealthy.

Indeed, it might be said that the “middle ranks”, meaning people without much capital, working for a modest living, paying off a mortgage, paying for children and a household, will be hit very hard.

If only there were an existing, tightly-controlled, social-national party, —even if small— and with credible policies and people. One does not exist. Somewhere soon down the road might come a “1929” moment. That was what started the NSDAP and Hitler on its path to glory (ultimately, tragic glory, but that is another question).

[“At the end stands Victory!“]
[Germany 1945— “We are fighting for the future of our children“]

Hilary Mantel

The authoress, Hilary Mantel, has died.

I was struck by this, seen on her Wikipedia entry:

In an 2013 interview with the Telegraph, Mantel stated: “I think that nowadays the Catholic Church is not an institution for respectable people.”[5] She continued in the interview to say: “When I was a child I wondered why priests and nuns were not nicer people. I thought that they were amongst the worst people I knew.” These statements, as well as the themes explored in her earlier novel Fludd, led some to question her work in Wolf Hall, with Bishop Mark O’Toole noting: “There is an anti-Catholic thread there, there is no doubt about it. Wolf Hall is not neutral.”[46].”

[Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilary_Mantel].

I myself had no contact with Roman Catholicism as a child. Indeed, I do not think that I even knew any Roman Catholics until I was in my early 20s. All the same, the few impressions that I had then were not favourable, as when I was in Ireland aged about 21 and had left Tralee station to walk or hitch-hike to the mountains. A small car approached, the first one since Tralee. I stuck out my thumb, only for the miserable-looking bastards on board, a thin, rat-faced and bespectacled Catholic priest, and a thoroughly nasty-looking nun (who was driving), to pass me without even a glance.

After a week or so in the sea-mountains, I returned the same way. Again, a car approached. The same car. The same occupants. I thought that this time they would stop, having seen me the previous week. No. Straight on past, not sparing me a look.

Miserable bastards, whom I hope met a miserable end.

Incidentally, I did get a lift eventually, in both directions; on the journey out, from an attractive dark-haired young Irishwoman who would not accept a chocolate from me because it was Lent.

The years spin past ever-quicker. That was in early 1979, all of 43 years ago now.

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Re. Therese Coffey, my assessment of her from three years ago (it includes updates) has always had a lot of hits, and that continues every day: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/09/16/deadhead-mps-an-occasional-series-the-therese-coffey-story/.

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Exactly. Both above tweets are right. The income point however leaves out the main difference between the few and the many, the capital held by each group.

The average Joe has no, or virtually no, capital. In fact, if you leave aside any equity value in residential property owned (usually just one dwelling, and Average Joe himself lives in it), most British people really only have a tiny amount of capital, a few thousand pounds, or even just a few hundred.

The wealthy few however, are often not at all dependent on income as such, certainly not income from any ordinary job. Their capital, invested in real property, or shares etc, is the key to their wealth. Careful investment and accountancy can mean that Average Millionaire/Billionaire Joe has almost no taxable income at all, while in any given year, his capital might have increased by 20%, 50%, even 1,000%.

The wealthiest of all have seen their capital increase hugely since the last financial crash in 2008; The Elon Musks (from about USD $2 billion to about USD $277 billion— in just one decade), the Jeff Bezos’s etc.

People like that laugh at the very idea of income tax. It is simply irrelevant to most of them. Look at the Duke of Westminster, small compared to the mega-billionaires, but still worth £10 billion -£20 billion. Then compare that to the Average Joe, who might (or might not) own, even including his house equity, maybe £200,000 or so. £1 for every £10,000 owned by the Duke of Westminster, and maybe £1 for every £150,000 owned by Elon Musk.

I myself had a great many problems with HMRC long ago. Partly but not entirely self-inflicted, and all now (long ago, over a decade ago) resolved to my satisfaction. I never ever encountered a bureaucracy as shambolic (as well as, in some cases, unpleasant) as HMRC. Not in Eastern Europe, not in the former Soviet Union, not in the USA (which came close, at times).

Look at them: Charles, Anne, Edward, Andrew, Harry (formerly known as “Prince”), William. Are any of them beyond mediocre in intellect, character, or in any way other than unearned and unmerited wealth? Most of them do not even pay taxes.

Meanwhile, Kelvin McKenzie, formerly of the Sun “newspaper”, exposes his ignorance once again:

McKenzie seems unaware that there is more to tax than income tax and inheritance tax. To give the obvious example (obvious at least to anyone better-informed than McKenzie), everyone pays VAT, a tax which is a major contributor to State funds, and is paid disproportionately by the poorer part of the population.

I have to admit that I have little interest in the minutiae of it all, but from the ruthless, Ayn Rand, callous self-interest point of view, the Mulatta has, as they say, “played a blinder”.

Putin’s decision to invade, as such, was not a mistake, but the decision to invade without proper preparation, without a proper plan, without having eliminated Zelensky, and with no proper logistics in place, was more than a mistake. It was criminally negligent. The GRU and General Staff should be purged, cut to the bone. Start again, as Stalin did.

It could have been done swiftly, with minimal hurt and damage.

Where can I get one of those? Or both.

True, but remember how Blair, and Brown in particular, worshipped the banking “industry” (sometimes useful but basically parasitic service industry).

More thoughts about the “mini-Budget”

Seems that “the markets” are dropping like a stone.

I mean, a simple-minded, almost cretinous Budget, announced by a woolly-headed n****r posing as Chancellor of the Exchequer; then we have a semi-educated half-caste with a “degree” in Hospitality Management posing as Foreign Secretary, and a stupid and ridiculous woman (who only became an MP on her back), actually posing as Prime Minister….what could possibly go wrong?

Jesus Christ! Is that stupid lot the best “the great Conservative Party” (in the words of Disraeli, his sentence ending “which destroys everything“…) can do? And is that hopelessly banal package of economic measures the summation of their thoughts?

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Pity. I do not like the Gulf Arab “states”.

Liz Truss. The latest clown to pose as Prime Minister of the UK.

…the key words being “in a supposed liberal democracy“…

There is a way to deal with these people, with these evils; only one way, really…

The Jew-Zionists are behind much of the attack on free speech. About 90% of it.

I remember when, in the 1980s, a load of caravan-dwelling “travellers” decided to camp on Hampstead Heath, near the opulent house of “socialist” humbug Michael Foot. Suddenly, the great champion of the “rights” of the Gypsies and “travellers” (Irish tinkers) was against them camping near his house…

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Foot]

Foot was a hypocrite of the first order; I could not stand the bastard.

Late music

[Levitan, [Over Eternal Peace]

Diary Blog, 22 September 2022, including some personal memories of New York and Vienna, and a comparison of Sergei Lavrov with James Cleverly

Morning music

[New York, a city of contrasts: 5th Avenue in the snow, with St. Patrick’s Cathedral on one side, Victoria’s Secret lingerie shop on the other]

I took (and passed, for what little it matters now) the New York Bar Exam when the city was under heavy snow; over 30 years ago now.

On this day a year ago

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So Vallance has morphed from being a “Covid” scaremaster and “vaccine” cheerleader to being a “climate change”/”net zero” propagandist. That fits, as one would expect. I wonder what he thinks about “Black Lives Matter”, Ukraine etc.

…or as Wellington put it, saying that someone born in a stable must be a horse.

At least they have not yet learned from the Jews the conceit that they are somehow essential to European culture and civilization.

Yes, wake up, English “conservative nationalists”! The Indians are not your allies, any more than are the Pakistanis; incidentally, neither are the Jews and/or Israel. Don’t be fooled.

So speaketh the “Levelling Up Secretary” and, prior to that (incredibly), Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

When you look at the pack of cretins now running this unbelievable bad joke of a government, you realize anew how truly unfit for purpose our political system has become.

Sparks a few memories.

The UN Centre in Vienna (actually on the edge of the city) is an odd place; at least that was my impression when I saw it in the mid-1980s. A concrete fortress or “island” (not literally, though actually on a large island in the Danube), set in quite a green area between the old Vienna and a newer section.

I used to swim, almost every day during my visit, at the not-far-away Alte Donau Strandbad, a closed-off section of the Danube that is either an “oxbow lake” or an artificial version of one. Superb place. Clean river water, a green park, properly-run facilities for changing etc and, best of all, few people. I was there on weekdays, when even in high summer the bulk of the hardworking population were at their jobs.

You cannot just wander into that UN Centre. Even in those days you had to have a pass issued by the security kiosk there. I did not have to get a tourist pass because someone I knew who worked there got me a different kind of visitor pass. The difference was that tourists get a guided tour, whereas I was fairly free to wander around.

A large collection of buildings.

I remember trying to get a sense of what is quite a confusing set-up. I remember seeing a noticeboard with ads for various kinds of local staff. The rates of pay, as far as I could see, were far better than the same people would get in Vienna itself, and were of course not taxable (UN employees do not pay national income tax but only a kind of UN tax, which is far lower).

Another thing that struck me was the Commissary, which no doubt had its origins in the immediately postwar 1940s days when almost everything was unobtainable, but what is odd about that is that the UN Centre in Vienna was established only in 1980, a mere few years before I visited! So a mystery. Maybe there was an earlier, smaller mission.

That Commissary, about the size of a medium-level convenience store, sold duty-free food and drink (including booze) to anyone who was a UN employee or, I think, accredited diplomat. A strange “boondoggle”, in the American phrase. I noticed (I think on a Friday), a couple of (from their stature and looks) East African women, buying Scotch.

[UN Centre, Vienna]
[Alte Donau from the air; UN Centre in distance]
[Alte Donau, Vienna; when I swam there, far fewer people were around]

Not sure I would call them “happy days”, but not very unhappy, anyway.

Comparison

The Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation is Sergei Lavrov.

[S.V. Lavrov]

Lavrov, half-Russian, half-Armenian, is a graduate of the prestigious MGIMO or Moscow State Institute of International Relations [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moscow_State_Institute_of_International_Relations].

Lavrov worked as a diplomat in Sri Lanka and the USA before being appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2004. He has been in post for 18 years.

Lavrov speaks 5 languages: Russian, English, French, Dvihehi, and Sinhala (the latter two being the languages of the Maldives and Sri Lanka).

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergey_Lavrov.

Now let us examine his present opposite number in the UK, James Cleverly, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs.

[James Cleverly]

Cleverly, a “half-caste” (in the old term), with a British father and a mother from Sierra Leone, seems to have wanted an Army career.

According to Wikipedia, Cleverly “trained in the Army“, whatever that may mean (no detail of whether he was training to be an officer or as an enlisted soldier, presumably the latter, nor of where he trained, nor in what regiment or corps), but suffered a leg injury in 1989 and had to drop out. He would have been 19 or 20 at that time.

Cleverly then obtained a degree of sorts in “Hospitality Management” from the then Polytechnic of West London [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_West_London].

Cleverly was involved, not terribly successfully (one can surmise) in business and executive activities during the years up to about 2008, but by then was involved in two side-activities which proved more fruitful for him— politics, and the then Territorial Army (now, Reserves).

Cleverly’s leg injury had obviously been resolved by the time he was commissioned in the TA as 2nd lieutenant in 1991. He stuck at that for the following 14 years, reaching the rank of Lt. Col by 2015.

In politics, Cleverly was a London Assembly member for 8 years from 2007. Cleverly then benefited from the scandal around the ineffectual Jew sex pest and pervert Brooks Newmark, who had to stand down as MP for Braintree (Essex). Cleverly replaced Newmark.

Cleverly’s time as MP has not been distinguished, but the upheavals within the Conservative Party led to him being appointed as a Minister of State in 2020 and now, under Liz Truss, as Secretary of State. His appointment dates from 6 September 2022, about two weeks ago.

Cleverly speaks no language other than English.

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cleverly

Well, there it is. Sergei Lavrov’s background, languages, and 18 years of experience (and many successes) in post, as against James Cleverly’s background, lack of success (other than in narrow career terms), two years of arguably relevant experience, and time in post as Secretary of State five minutes (putting it flippantly).

It will be recalled that when (also absurdly) Liz Truss was Foreign Secretary, Lavrov easily made a fool of her, inducing her to say that quite well-known cities in Russia should be given “back” to Ukraine (the stupid woman had no idea that they never had been part of Ukraine; one was not far from Moscow).

Liz Truss was an embarrassment as Foreign Secretary; she is just ludicrous as Prime Minister. Now someone even less educated is Foreign Secretary. This country is screwed.

Sergei Lavrov will win no plaudits for his kindly good nature, but on whom would you bet your money?

Late afternoon music

[“The Golden Wheat”]

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While it may seem cruel to mock someone who, quite obviously, is not always compos mentis, that person, Biden, heads the most powerful country on Earth, with enough nuclear weaponry to send us all permanently into orbit. It is all very well to say that he is not really in charge, but that simply raises the question, “who is?” or “what cabal is?“, and what is the real agenda?

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Late music

[Eighteen Years]
[Snow-white Cherry Blossomed at the Window]
[The River is Running]