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Diary Blog, 19 January 2021, including thoughts about prepping on the individual level

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Tweets seen

TV weather girl, in the open air, at some place in the Yorkshire countryside, with a gale blowing, with heavy rain falling, and she is wearing a facemask muzzle! This is pure propaganda.

We have to put an end to all this nonsense.

In wars of existential survival, the enemy have only won when the last round has been fired and, in our present world, when no European person is left standing.

Naturally, the designation, “Middle Britain”, or as more often seen, “Middle England”, is indefinite. It is harder to say what it includes than to say what it excludes: the very wealthy, what passes for “the aristocracy”, the vast mass of poorly-paid people, the unemployed etc. I suppose, the ethnic minorities too.

A more fruitful enquiry is to ask what kind of movement might capture at least a plurality of hearts and minds.

The present System has political parties which represent anything but “Middle England” (or most British people generally).

The Labour Party is now, in broad-brush terms, really just the party of the blacks and browns, and of the public service sector, particularly the NHS.

The Conservative Party is really the party of the uber-wealthy, both British and exotic, though for tactical reasons having to chuck crumbs to “Middle England” and the rest.

As for the LibDems, they are really a washed-up remnant now, representing nothing much beyond a protest having to do with anything from anti-Brexit to rubbish collection. I imagine that, were he still around, Jo Grimond would have his head in his hands! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jo_Grimond (incidentally, his memoirs are well worth reading).

All System parties are pervaded by the Jewish-Zionist element; that is particularly true of the now-ruling Conservative Party. The present Cabinet is entirely composed of members of Conservative Friends of Israel. Several are actually Jewish or part-Jewish, and several of the rest are also non-European, mainly Indian.

Britain needs a new movement, partly though not only to be expressed through a political party.

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Prepping

In the USA, with its vast areas of wilderness and other open land, “prepping” has become a popular topic over past decades: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivalism.

The term “prepping” is wide in its ambit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Survivalism#Outline_of_scenarios_and_outlooks.

In previous years, I blogged a number of times about “prepping” as applied to our more constricted European or UK environment:

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/new-communities-in-england-and-wales-for-social-nationalists/https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2018/07/17/how-would-the-safe-zone-become-a-germinal-ethnostate/https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/why-should-people-relocate-to-the-safe-zone-of-the-germinal-ethnostate/https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2018/07/10/getting-real-about-repatriation-creation-of-the-british-ethnostate/https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2017/03/04/the-way-forward-for-social-nationalism-in-the-uk/amp/https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/white-flight-in-a-small-country/https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2018/09/17/europe-will-soon-be-in-chaos-we-can-create-a-new-civilization-from-that/https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2018/07/05/the-pressing-need-for-safe-zones-in-the-uk-and-across-europe/https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2017/10/17/post-collapse-survival-preservation-of-civilization-and-culture/https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/from-secure-base-to-national-power/https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/concentration-of-resident-supporters-in-the-germinal-ethnostate/https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/fortress-centres-of-culture-and-science/.

Thoughts about wider issues but connected to the above are found here: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/26/the-tide-is-coming-in-reflections-on-the-possible-end-of-our-present-civilization-and-what-might-follow/.

On the individual level, and in the UK, what can the individual do, as he or she contemplates the encroaching police state, the massive output of System propaganda (particularly around race-mixing and, now, the “panicdemic”) and other signs that an alien society is being prepared? We have no vast wilderness areas into which to go, unlike preppers in the USA, Canada and elsewhere.

The first thing is to cut as many ties to the System as possible. To cut all is impossible for most UK people, but one can reduce connection to a minimum.

To be an employee on a salary is not good. It puts you in the power of a employer and, in general, System power-hubs: tax authorities etc.

To be a member of a regulated profession, even if self-employed, is also not so good. You are tied-in to a Zionist-control scenario these days.

The best scenario, short of being fortunate enough to already have a sizeable capital (whether through one’s own activity, through inheritance, or via something such as a large Lottery win), is to be self-employed in such a manner as to be free of most System regulation (especially re. one’s views).

What if dependent on small State-provided or other income, such as a pension, or DWP benefits? No difference. Leave the major cities and towns. Relocate, and try to link with persons of similar mind and ideology.

The practical trades are, as Nick Griffin has opined, optimal for cutting System ties: car repair, self-employed building or repair, self-employed garden work, operation of a cafe or restaurant (“virus” restrictions permitting), hair-cutting, smallholding and farming. There are numerous other possibilities. You get the idea, anyway. Most such trades are also portable, able to move location easily enough.

If possible, move away from the large cities, which are doomed. UK people cannot, most of them, relocate to anything akin to “wilderness” or remote countryside, but can get away from places such as London.

Relocate to small towns and villages or, if you can afford it, to country houses, country estates, farms, or smallholdings, even if only a house with a few acres on which you can grow fruits, vegetables, and nut trees. Bealtaine Cottage (Ireland) and other similar experiments are very interesting: https://twitter.com/PermaGoddess; https://bealtainecottage.com/

It is possible to feed one person, on a vegetarian basis, on a fraction of an acre, though a more realistic acreage is about 1 acre or so. The less veggie-oriented, the more land is required, though chickens can produce about 1 egg every 2 days, and under existing DEFRA rules, persons in the country can keep 20 chickens without having to register with DEFRA.

Try to be off-grid re. electricity and other energy required: heat exchange technology, solar panels (one kind produces warm/hot water, the other produces electricity); if environmental factors etc are in favour, small wind turbines, and hydropower (micro or even pico); also, obviously, wood-burning stoves.

The Internet is key, while it exists. Another good idea, for communication linkage in any future disaster scenario, would be ham radio.

The American Mormons, I believe, try to stockpile up to 2 years’ supplies of basic items. A good idea. Some dried foods (eg white rice), if kept really dry, can be OK for 20 years. Canned goods are safe for years, even decades, though the quality in terms of taste etc may deteriorate after the Best Before date shown on the tin. At any rate, good for years.

Other items can also be stockpiled. We have just seen, in 2020, how quickly loo-paper, soap etc can disappear from sale.

The above need not mean bulk-buying. Just buy a few extra items every time you shop.

Other useful items? For me, the list would include such as candles, tea-lights; handcranked lights, torches [Am. flashlights], and radios; also, solar-powered outside lights. Garden/horticultural tools. Home-bottling and canning supplies. Seeds. Firelighters. Matches. Cigarette lighters (for lighting fires).Just a few of the possibilities.

In his interesting memoirs, Drink and Ink, the writer Dennis Wheatley [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Wheatley] says that, in his late-1930s newspaper column, he recommended to readers that they stock up on tinned food. He did the same. When rationing was introduced in 1940 [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rationing_in_the_United_Kingdom#Second_World_War_1939%E2%80%931945], he was thus able to soldier on easier than those not so prepared. Canning technology has improved immeasurably since those days.

For those with children, I would urge homeschooling. Contrary to what many believe, this is fully-lawful: https://www.gov.uk/home-education; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeschooling

For me, the aim of the above would not be, merely, for isolated individuals and families to survive, but for them to form a web of survival, the kernel of which might become a new society.

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TRUMP! Do not forget the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of social-national and allied prisoners in Federal prison! Also, do not forget Snowden and Assange! PARDON THEM ALL, including the Capitol Stormers!

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Diary Blog, 29 June 2020

Facemasks

The UK Government itself, despite making the wearing of masks compulsory on public transport, admits that the wearing of such masks has minimal effect on the Coronavirus situation generally, and in fact no more than minimal effect in terms of protecting the wearer or anyone else.

So why make the wearing of “face coverings” (which can be something as loose as a college scarf!) compulsory? Because this incompetent government is driven entirely by public relations and opinion polls. The plebs have been scared out of their skins by months of governmental and mass media propaganda. As a result, you see frightened rabbits wearing masks in Waitrose, carefully trying to stay the (again mandated for no reason— no scientific evidence backs it) “2 metres social distancing” from other shoppers.

Tweets and comments seen

The average age of death from Covid-19 in the UK is around 82, and most of those people have comorbidities. I said to our managers that we had to test people and could not just be throwing them into nursing homes. But that is what they did. Homes were virtually ordered to take elderly patients. We had one nursing home that ended up with 12 deaths in a week.”

The health service treated elderly, vulnerable people as figures on a piece of paper. The lack of any brain power being applied to this was amazing. They had one objective – to clear the hospitals – and everything else was subordinate to that. Of course, they will never say this is what happened. But that is precisely what did happen.”

We are probably all going to get Covid-19 and we are all going to keep getting it. The only purpose of lockdown was to protect the health service from being overwhelmed, which did not happen. The end result is that lockdown was a waste of time. It cannot be continued forever.”

[Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, in Spiked magazine]

If you were a German camp commandant somewhere like Belsen at the end of the war, and your inmates died of disease and malnutrition because Allied bombing etc had cut off supplies of food and medicine, you got hanged when the British or Americans arrived, but if you are an NHS adminstrator, and you deliberately send elderly and sick people somewhere, knowing that they will die as a result, or not caring (and you were “following orders” from superiors and Government), you are not hanged. People think that you are wonderful. They even stand outside their houses and clap like idiots on command to thank you. Mad world.

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How very true that is. A Cabinet headed by Boris-idiot, who is part-Jew, part-Turk, part-GodKnowsWhat, born in New York City, brought up largely in the USA and Belgium, descendant of generations of con-men.

Then there is the rest of the Cabinet, a scrapheap of Jews, Indians, and at least one woman (and a stupid woman at that) who became an MP on her back (if such is the bon mot); then we have an idiot (Williamson) who, as Defence Secretary, played with his pet spider while “threatening” China with a gunboat in the South China Sea (China has 850 large naval ships…), and so on. [Williamson is now Education Secretary, because even Boris-idiot saw that Williamson’s level of knowledge about military and naval affairs, and strategy, is limited to Airfix model soldiers, or playing Risk].

I have been critical of previous UK Cabinets and governments, but this one is unsurpassed. Jesus H. Christ!

This government is incompetent but, more than that, it is —like its predecessors— a tool of the New World Order conspiracy/consensus and the Jew Zionist occupation. ZOG/NWO.

I think, subject to correction, that it was William Cobbett (or maybe John Stuart Mill) who said that a sign that English liberty was no more would be when or if the civil jury were abolished. That is the civil jury, not the criminal jury.

In fact, the civil jury was largely a dead letter by the time of the Second World War, and was used in only a discrete number of case types. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juries_in_England_and_Wales#Civil_juries, a situation which has become even more constricted in recent times. Even defamation cases are now commonly heard in the absence of a civil jury: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juries_in_England_and_Wales#Civil_juries

That was the civil jury. However, it has never been seriously mooted that the criminal jury be abolished. I say “seriously”; there have always, at least in my lifetime, been those against criminal juries. In my view, these critics mostly come into two categories: those (often academic lawyers) who think that ordinary juries are too stupid to think through the facts of cases properly; also, the more extreme “law and order” fanatics, who think that criminal juries acquit too often.

I disagree. While I do agree that (as far as observation can judge) the ordinary jury is certainly not on a high intellectual level, what the jury does, in reality, is import both a sense of justice and a societal imprimatur to the verdict. It is the job of both counsel and judge to explain the case to the jury in a way that will enable the jury, as the arbiters of fact in the case, to come to a just conclusion.

There have been exceptional cases. The Diplock courts in Northern Ireland: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplock_court. A friend of mine, a barrister, saw a Diplock court in operation in Belfast, in the 1980s. He said that it was like a bizarre parody of a normal UK court. The judge was similar, the barristers were similar, but there was no jury, and there were policemen there toting submachineguns! Incidentally, in the case that my friend saw, the accused was acquitted.

Comment: https://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/articles/opinion-juries-in-isolation

It may be that the size of the jury will be reduced: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8272455/Juries-reduced-size-time-WWII.html

Even in the Second World War, jury trials continued, and even in cases of espionage: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/28/britain-nazi-spies-mi5-second-world-war-german-executed, though I have to wonder how the discretion of the jury was maintained. Maybe the jury were “selected” specially, though they did occasionally acquit alleged German (usually Abwehr) agents.

Barristers vary much in their political and social views, but the vast majority still support jury trial in criminal cases.

I am also concerned about the idea of “virtual” trials, where the demeanour and impression of the witnesses cannot be, in my view, properly judged. That becomes all the more important in serious criminal cases

Traditional courts such as the Old Bailey (sketched during the trial of Ian Huntley) are too small to maintain social distancing so could be swapped for large lecture theatres
[above: artist’s sketch of the Ian Huntley murder trial; sketch by Priscilla Coleman]

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The blacks think that they are in the ascendant, but of course have no idea (((who))) is pulling their strings.

This “Black Lives Matter” nonsense is basically a puppet show for fools (including, sadly, quite a few white ones). Behind it is part of the ZOG/NWO scenario.

It does not really matter whether you call it The Great Replacement, White Genocide, or anything else. What matters is that white Northern Europeans are being systematically targeted by forces of evil. War has been declared, on all fronts.

Of course, there is a widespread though unfocussed wish for a better society. That wish is being used as a kind of motive power for a number of things, movements, events, which in fact (if they come to fruition) will bring into flower a society of evil, just as the legitimate desire of Russians and others in pre-revolutionary Russia led not to a better society but to one far worse in most respects than had been the case before the Revolution(s).

The present discontent

An opinion poll says that only 6% of UK people want to return to their former (pre-Coronavirus) lives. In a sense, that does not surprise me. While many (including me) disliked the “lockdown”/shutdown for various reasons (civil rights, the damage done to the economy, society and the health of the nation etc), there are many (as I blogged from the start) who were and are enjoying it all.

The more affluent part of society rather liked the “lockdown” because many of such people have pleasant detached houses, with large grounds or gardens, swimming pools, tennis courts, even stables. Many were “working from home”, either doing less work than usual or at least not having to commute for hours, or go to meetings etc. For many, it has been an early “endless Summer”. The Chardonnay and seafood has been delivered by Waitrose or Ocado, the only thing missing is the social interaction (and if those “rules” are broken, who’s to know anyway?).

What about those “furloughed”? The lower-paid, below about £30,000 p.a., are having 80% of their pay covered (up to £2,500 per month), with no need to work and no need to spend on transport to such work. True, that does not cut it for people on higher salaries, but many of those are “working from home”, not furloughed. Others may just have chosen to look upon it as a partly-paid holiday of sorts.

Even the unemployed and/or disabled are better off during “lockdown”. The DWP has suspended its pathetic but cruel regime of “face to face interviews” (with semi-educated jobsworths from DWP itself or from carpetbagging private companies), and no-one (as far as I know) is required to “seek work” by making 100 or 50 (?) pointless applications every week.

Leaving money aside, many people have rather liked the absence of boring old work in itself. Then there is the natural world. I myself have noticed the resurgence of Nature, birds in particular.

In the past, I have blogged about how society should move from the workaholic frenzy of the past 40 years to, not a 1960s “society of leisure”, but to a less harried lifestyle (which I have called the “society of measure”).

What that means is that there must be a rhythm and structure to society. Our society must not be this dystopian, pseudo-“libertarian” finance-capitalist frenzied rush, “open all hours” society; the “eat your sandwiches at your desk” society.

Such a “society of measure” will have at least one day a week reserved, if not for religion and philosophy, at least for watching old (or new) films at home, for playing bowls, or cricket, or polo at home (or at least not professionally). Also, for boating, or lazing, or whatever else is not directly productive.

Yes, that does mean no “B&Q” or other stores open on the designated “day of rest” (and recreation); it also means that the people who work in retail have at least one day off.

It may be worth looking at hours of work. Even if the now usual 40 hours per week were to be retained, that could be changed to 10 hours per day, 4 days per week, or some other configuration.

At present, the Boris-idiot government is saying that it wants to go for, as an earlier government put it, a “dash for growth”. Disastrous. Sunday trading hours to be expanded, gimcrack housing speading like a cancer over the countryside, planning regulation chucked aside, and so on. Completely wrong.

These (below) were my thoughts on this topic a few years ago: https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2016/12/03/the-society-of-measure/

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Significant. People have seen the result of the pennywise/poundfoolish spending cuts of the past decade. As a Russian acquaintance of mine put it to me in 1993, referring to Leninism-Stalinism, and as we were sitting in the palatial main foyer of the Ukraina Hotel in Moscow, “Ian, that is an experiment that we do not wish to repeat“…

As in UK and across Europe. More testing means more “new cases”, but few require even basic medical attention; the death rate thankfully receding, because very few people who get the virus need medical help, and even fewer actually die from this.

Governments across the world (some governments) have made the wrong decision(s). The world economy is taking a huge hit, unnecessarily. The UK is facing a really major problem now.

The world (well, UK) in one tweet

I saw the tweet and radio clip below. For me, it contains about 6 things that make the UK worse than it need be. A radio presenter who is a Jewish woman (nein danke) and who is pursuing an “agenda” (nein danke), a radio show that is a bloody bore (nein danke), a black woman who is an MP (nein danke), and an MP (same MP) who is obviously as thick as two short planks and can hardly speak English even though born and (semi) educated in the UK.

NEIN DANKE! TO ALL OF THAT!

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

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

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Hilfskreuzer Atlantis.jpg
[above: the surface raider, Atlantis]

Diary Blog, 17 January 2020

Something those under the age of, say, 25 should be shown, especially if they are followers of Greta Nut (Greta Thunberg)…

The international “System” will do anything, say anything, suppress anything so long as the reality is hidden: that the world simply has too many people and particularly too many non-European people.

Tweet about Belgium and also about Ukraine

From a couple of months ago, but just seen:

A bit like the UK, where there is an an enormously disproportionate Jewish presence in politics, law, business leadership, television, radio, Press, publishing, yet the masses are told —by that same (((controlled and/or influenced))) msm— about the allegedly huge “antisemitism” in the UK! Even the Cabinet is now basically a pack not only of Jews and part-Jews but of non-Jews who are completely in the pocket of the Israel lobby.

Britain today, British “Conservatism” today…

Take a look at this personification of much of what is wrong in the UK:

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

His degree was in Zoology and he then obtained a doctorate focussing on the mating habits of the common pheasant. His next step was to get his first job, aged 26, working as a journalist (for 8 years). He then became a director of a bank, Northern Rock, which, in 2008, was the first British bank to fail by reason of a bank run in 150 years (it was nationalized and then sold off in pieces to protect investors).

I suppose that a casual reader of such a CV might say, “what a clever man, to be a zoologist and journalist and then become director of a bank!” Well, not really, when you learn that his father had been a Northern Rock board member for 30 years and eventually Chairman, leaving just before Matt Ridley joined…

Under the chairmanship of Matt Ridley, Northern Rock had a business plan which involved borrowing heavily in the UK and international money markets, extending mortgages to customers based on this funding, and then re-selling these mortgages on international capital markets, a process known as securitisation. In August 2007, when the global demand from investors for securitised mortgages was falling away, the lack of money raised by this meant that Northern Rock became unable to repay loans from the money market. This problem had been anticipated by the financial markets, which drew greater attention to it. On 14 September 2007, the bank sought and received a liquidity support facility from the Bank of England, to replace funds it was unable to raise from the money market. This led to panic among individual depositors, who feared that their savings might not be available should Northern Rock go into receivership. The result was a bank run – the UK’s first in 150 years – where depositors lined up outside the bank to withdraw all of their savings as quickly as possible, particularly since everyone else was doing the same.” [Wikipedia].

In 2007, I was still a practising barrister. One day, I had just finished a contractual dispute involving boatbuilding at Southampton. I exited Southampton County Court to see something unusual: across the street, a Northern Rock branch, with a line of people outside. Right next door to Northern Rock, a branch (maybe a charity shop; I just saw the sign) of The Samaritans! I wish I had had a camera! I probably could have sold the photo to the national Press!

Away from reminiscence. So here we have Matt Ridley, trained in zoology, aged 36 and who has become a bank director (Chairman from 2002) by reason solely of family connection. To add to his other attributes, he is also a “libertarian” and an atheist. Oh dear…

Matt Ridley inherited a large estate in the North of England. It has been in his family’s ownership since the 17th Century (1698):

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

http://www.blagdonestate.co.uk/

http://www.blagdonestate.co.uk/about-blagdon/family-history

Matt Ridley is now causing a storm on Twitter because of his view that the past decade was the best ever.

If only everyone could inherit an estate and a fortune, become director of a bank (taking deposits from the public, at that) despite having no qualifications or experience whatever, run that bank into the ground, cost the country incredible amounts of money, yet face no personal penalty or sanction! If only everyone could be like that, the UK would be so much happier.

Having said that, I have been reading some tweets and other material about Matt Ridley. When it comes to scientific questions, he is interesting and may well be right in certain areas (e.g. re “Nature and Nurture”), but, like so many scientists (not to mention actors and others) becomes effectively an idiot as soon as he steps out of his magic circle into the realms of politics and, it seems, socio-economic policy.

The (((New York Times))): All The News That (((Fits)))

https://unherd.com/2020/01/what-has-the-new-york-times-got-against-britain/

Labour leadership

More black marks for Jess Phillips: she is pro-abortion, and is apparently endorsed by a few msm idiots such as James Corden (he tweeted in favour of her a year ago). She has given an interview to the joke “newspaper”, the Huffington Post:

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/jess-phillips-labour-leadership_uk_5e20786ec5b673621f71c30c

She would “immediately” expel “anti-Semites”, apparently. For me, “anti-Semitism” is not a crime anyway (it is not a crime in England either, though many seem to have been brainwashed into thinking that it is). Seems that Jess Phillips believes in rights for Jews but not for “anti-Semitic” British people.

She would, it seems clear, actually expel Jeremy Corbyn from Labour! Oh, and she wants to bring back into Labour not only the disloyal Jewesses Luciana Berger and Louise Ellman, but also Fathead Chuka (Umunna)!

Monty Don’s American Gardens

I like gardens, though not gardening! I very much like Monty Don’s odysseys across the history and geography of gardens. His Italian Gardens series was excellent. This latest series today included the Middleton Plantation in South Carolina, near to Charleston, where I once had colleagues. We had a small lunch and business meeting at that estate one weekend. Only about 6 or 7 people. I recall that I decided to go local, so ordered catfish and collard greens; you can’t get much more “Southern” than that!

Tempus fugit. Doesn’t seem like 18 years ago…

If music be the food of love, play on…

Labour leadership poll

I thought that it might be closer than that. Well, we shall see. Not that I care, so long as Jess Phillips and Lisa Nandy have no chance. I suppose that the Labour membership is thinking that a System figurehead such as ex-DPP Keir Starmer would not frighten the horses electorally. True, but he would also be a pretty dull choice. I am not sure how much Starmer really wants positive change, whereas Rebecca Long-Bailey does, not that my view of her is particularly kind either.

 

Dominic Cummings, A Government of Dystopia, and Lunacy Posing As Genius

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Dominic Cummings

Dominic Cummings is in the news again.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/jan/02/dominic-cummings-calls-for-weirdos-and-misfits-for-no-10-jobs

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-50978329

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/staggers/2020/01/dominic-cummings-has-serious-ideas-im-not-sure-hes-serious-about-them

I blogged about him 5 months ago:

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/08/10/les-eminences-grises-of-dystopia/

Someone is at least on the right track…

Some tweets seen…

Good grief! If this [see below] really is a snapshot of the mind of Dominic Cummings, then the government really is in the hands not only of idiots (eg Boris-idiot, Priti Patel etc) but of lunatics.

It also reminds us that lunacy is not really so hard to distinguish from genius, in most cases.

[Update, 23 January 2020: the full lunacy of Cummings’ blog post, some of which was in the deleted tweet above, seems to have been expunged from the Internet, though maybe one of his “weirdos and misfits” would be able to find it]

The above (apparently from a blog penned by Cummings) is an inward-gazing stream of consciousness (though purporting to be to the point) worthy of someone whose residential address ends with the word “Hospital”, or similar.

What makes it alarming is that Cummings is not just a stray “Conservative” (and the word seems ever-less useful as a descriptor) who is on the periphery of power (in the way that the Monday Club or the Bow Group used to be), but someone right at the centre of what could be (perhaps inaccurately) called the Johnson Project. Indeed, “Cummings Project” might be more accurate. Boris Johnson himself has few ideas beyond schoolboy fantasies such as building bridges from Scotland to Ireland, creating artificial islands with Metropolis airports on them etc.

There was talk before the recent General Election that in Cabinet (effectively in Cabinet; I suppose technically, Cabinet committee), Cummings actually overruled the Prime Minister several times. Not just spoke over him, but overruled him on decisions! Now, OK, the person posing as Prime Minister is Boris-idiot, a bad joke PM who is a proven serial —indeed constant— liar, incompetent and fantasist, but there is still such a thing as respect for the office itself…

Dominic Cummings seems to me (admittedly only from what I have read…I have never met him or anyone who has met him) to be like a person who is somewhere between a guest and a gatecrasher at a dinner party, someone who has no idea how to behave and who has no respect for the hosts, the guests, the staff or the event.

Is there anything correct about his views re. government and civil service? Yes, the gene pool is shallow or narrow; in politics now even more so than in the administration proper (Civil Service), but the answer to that is to carefully reform recruitment and training, as well as overall structure, not to let off hand grenades all over Westminster.

I think that we have to remind ourselves that governing the UK is not some kind of pathetic country house weekend game in the drawing room or Hall. This impacts on real people, in their millions, all over this country. It is not a matter of scribbling some clever little half-baked idea that can be run up the flagpole at the Oxford Union or (taking on board the Cummings dislike of Oxbridge) a Spectator drinks party.

This made me laugh, though!

I have to say that I agree with the tweeter below:

It may seem lazy to say “it is easier to destroy than create”, but the thing about truisms is that they contain truth. The machinery of administration and government in the UK was created over centuries, and particularly in the century or so since the mid-Victorian era. Once you tear it to pieces, you may find that groups of supposedly terribly clever little people, weirdos and misfits, sitting in groups around Whitehall, cannot in fact replace what presently exists.

Britain today has already suffered a number of shocks to its postwar (post-1945) stability: Thatcherism, mass immigration (accelerated since 1997), Blair-Brown “reforms”, the financial crisis of 2008, the fake “austerity” of the evil 2010-2019 “Conservative” governments (particularly the half-baked idiocies of Dunce Duncan Smith and his underlings). Now this.

Dominic Cummings is a History graduate, for what that is now worth. He will know, I presume, what happens to societies when everything that underpins their stability is knocked away. I presume that he also knows that revolutions usually consume their own children…

Update, 6 January 2020

Update, 23 March 2020

A floundering idiot working for a floundering idiot, and both pretending to be great brains…you couldn’t make it up.

https://metro.co.uk/2020/03/23/dominic-cummings-denies-saying-bad-pensioners-will-die-coronavirus-12441467/

Update, 30 August 2020

The Government of Complete Imbeciles

I am often to be found ranting about the lack of education (in the real sense), culture or plain commonsense in the connected worlds of politics, journalism and law, as well as at the steep decline in quality in those areas and generally. Thus it was with a cynical sneer that I read the statements made by Cabinet ministers (!) this past week and in other recent weeks. Take a look at this piece from The Guardian (a pro-Remain article, but leave that aside).

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/09/dominic-raab-brexit-government?CMP=share_btn_tw

Extracts:

  • “I hadn’t quite understood the full extent of this, but if you look at the UK and if you look at how we trade in goods, we are particularly reliant on the Dover-Calais crossing.” [Brexit Secretary, Dominic Raab];
  • “My wife would say [my Lego collection is] far too large, but I find Lego therapeutic … Everybody who does any difficult or stressful job needs a way to switch off. We all have different ways. Mine is Lego.” [Culture Secretary (!), Jeremy Wright];
  • “I freely admit that when I started this job, I didn’t understand some of the deep-seated and deep-rooted issues that there are in Northern Ireland. I didn’t understand things like when elections are fought, for example, in Northern Ireland, people who are nationalists don’t vote for unionist parties and vice versa.” (!)[Karen Bradley, Northern Ireland Secretary].

There are hundreds of other examples from the last 8 years of total incompetence. Iain Dunce Duncan Smith alone contributed dozens, though his metier is more in complete executive incompetence mixed with graft and outright fraud. He may never have been promoted beyond Lieutenant in the Guards, but he did manage to learn the Guards officers’ knack of sounding authoritative despite complete ignorance and despite being as thick as two short planks.

One of the more honest (perhaps— some disagree) of recent Conservative Party MPs, Johnny Mercer, not long ago called the Theresa May government-of-fools “a shitshow”! Blunt Army language, but can anyone now disagree?…

Things are really coming to a head now with this sorry excuse for a government. Either Brexit is going to be in name only, or it will happen but under conditions of chaotic incompetence, thanks to this government’s inability to do its job.

It really does say something about the Theresa May government that until his self-interested resignation recently, the “great intellectual” in it was supposed to be Boris Johnson, who has not once been able to do competently any one of the jobs given to him by reason of his privileged background. This is a man whose idea of appearing intelligent and cultured is (or was, until people generally started to laugh openly at it) quoting bits of rote-learned Latin and Greek and dog-whistling classical-history soundbites. The amazing thing is that, until very recently, Johnson’s self-publicized image as “Prime Minister in Waiting” was actually taken seriously by the msm and so the masses. Indeed, few were willing to point out that Johnson was a walking self-parody, with his classical crammer-college allusions and his pathetic am-dram reprise of Winston Churchill, right down to the gruff comments and slight stoop. He even copied Churchill’s gait sometimes!

Well, thank God for small mercies: it now seems that even Boris Johnson himself has now accepted that he will never be Conservative Party leader and so will never be PM either. Only about 20 or 30 MPs would back him and so he would not be in the top two places. About 5th-ranked, probably.

Most MPs can scarcely be called mediocre, let alone competent. That applies equally to Labour, but this Government stands or falls on its own record. Labour has every chance of being largest party in the Commons quite soon, perhaps by some date in 2019.

The situation now seems to be that the Brexit-in-name-only scenario may not pass the Commons. The Democratic Unionists [DUP] will not accept Northern Ireland being treated differently from the rest of the UK, and if forced to that will simply oppose the Government (or abstain) on all other legislation. Collapse of Government not long after.

Alternatively, if a real no-deal Brexit happens, unprepared for and resulting, in the words of Johnny Mercer MP, in “a shitshow” economically, then a situation of both economic and social turmoil might be brought about within months.

Social nationalism can only prosper from now on.

Update, 20 June 2019

Well, on rereading this for the first time since writing it, and because I noticed that it had had a few hits recently, I have to admit that I underestimated the level of stupidity of the Conservative Party MPs and membership. The exceptional (crazy) Westminster politics of the hour have brought about a crazy result (probably): Boris Johnson now looks quite likely to become Conservative leader and so, by default, Prime Minister next month.