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Diary Blog, 16 September 2022, including thoughts about what happens once the funeral of the late Queen is over

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[Marble Bridge, Tsarskoe Selo, nr. St. Petersburg, Russia]

On this day a year ago

On the blog 5 years ago

Overkill

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11216931/JANET-STREET-PORTER-royals-dont-want-Britain-shut-Queen.html

I agree, for once, with Janet Street-Porter. The whole thing has been overdone. Instead of a quiet, dignified series of events, a mass circus in which good taste and real respect has been —partly at least— left behind.

Tweets seen today

At last the Russian high command is starting to think truly tactically, meaning in this case obliquely.

It will be recalled that the Iraqi Army flooded large areas at one time, in the 1980s and later, both when fighting Iran and when fighting the “Allied forces” (USA, mainly).

I made that point a few days ago on the blog, citing the dictum of Clausewitz about how the ratio “moral” or morale vis a vis the “material” is 3:1.

We tend to forget that, though the southeastern part of Ukraine is a war zone, that does not mean that all areas suffer continuous fighting. Far from it. The Ukraine is about 3x the size of the UK, and nearly 5x the size of England. The southeastern parts known as the Donbass or Don Basin (Donetsk and Lugansk regions) are, together, about half the size of England.

From their foreign correspondents

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/16/when-mourning-ends-reality-will-hit-hard-european-journalists-on-britains-mood

…the foreign media cover this long period of ceremonial mourning with less servility. Hardly any British media, for example, dared comment on King Charles III’s rude gesture of impatience during the acclamation.

[Stefanie Bolzen, in Die Welt]

 “...a new recession, heralded by galloping inflation – the real thief in the night for working-class people, has caught the government off guard, with a new PM who has everything to prove, having been elected by a small number of Conservative members.”

[Rafael de Miguel, in El Pais]

The risk is always that the UK ends up not as Global Britain but Little England. This, too, would have been a nightmare for the Queen.

[Antonello Guerrera, La Repubblica]

[Liz Truss]

Pound sliding, inflation stoking, and recession likely

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-62923994

Still think that closing down the economy for almost 2 years (because a virus was supposedly killing one out of every thousand people, mostly aged and/or with serious pre-existing health problems), and while doling out “free” money to individuals and companies via “furlough” payments, grants, “loans” etc, was a good policy? Think again.

A delusionary time, but what happens once the funeral of the late Queen has been held?

The death of the late Queen, and the consequent ritual arrangements and spectacles, is occupying the msm in the UK to an almost (?) unprecedented extent.

It may be that the Diana death hysteria of 1997, about which I have heard, and the Silver Jubilee of 1977, were similar; I cannot say, having been out of the UK when those two events occurred. In 1977, I was in Rhodesia, and in 1997 I was in Kazakhstan.

In fact, I only heard of the Diana incident 2-3 days after it happened, when I attended a regular Monday morning meeting at my office in Almaty, the then capital.

The British Embassy opened a book of condolence, and I was told by one of my Embassy contacts that, out of all the ~70 British residents (in the city) of which the Embassy was aware, I was the only one who had not signed (though not because I was hostile to Diana, but because of simple lack of interest).

My non-signing may have also been noted because, about 10 months previously, I had attended by invitation a royal reception at the Ambassador’s official Residence, where I had met and briefly chatted to Prince Charles, as he then was. Also, because I was at the Embassy quite often, at least a couple of times per week.

I have blogged in the past about how, on my return to London a few weeks later, friends told me about the collective psychosis (?) that had descended (on London at least), with pubs full of blubbing drinkers etc.

I am now thinking ahead to the day, or perhaps two or three days after the funeral of the late Queen (next Monday, 19 September 2022). What then?

We as a nation (insofar as Britain still is a nation) face huge economic problems, as well as ingrained social problems. The cloud of illusion all too obvious this week on TV, in the Press etc will blow away, and the country may come down to Earth with a very hard jolt.

The sentiment around the enormous queues going to see the late Queen’s coffin etc is somewhat illusory. The hundreds of thousands of people shuffling toward Westminster, or lining the Mall, are still only about 1% of the whole UK population. The vast majority, almost all in fact, seem to be English/British, i.e. white, and most (that I have seen in photos, on TV etc), are middle-aged or elderly.

This will all look very different in six months’ time.

Late tweets seen

It is not the function of the police to patrol our minds“.

Hitchens knows it, I know it, most other people —I hope— know it, but the police themselves do not seem to know it, and neither does the Jew-Zionist lobby (which exercises far too much influence over some police forces), as witness my own experiences: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2017/07/13/when-i-was-a-victim-of-a-malicious-zionist-complaint/; and https://ianrobertmillard.org/2022/01/15/diary-blog-15-january-2022-including-an-outline-of-the-failure-of-the-latest-jew-zionist-attempt-to-prosecute-me/.

[UK police hurrying to the scene of a possible “anti-Semitic trope”]

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Diary Blog, 13 September 2022

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On this day a year ago

As has become usual, many of the tweets I reposted a year ago are now only there skeletally, now that so many interesting tweeters have been expelled from Twitter. The Jew-Zionist element is behind most of the purging and “cancelling”.

Thoughts re. the Russian retreat in parts of Ukraine east of the Dnieper

I believe that Clausewitz wrote that, in war, the moral is to the physical in a ratio 3:1.

Morale, esprit de corps, confidence, and belief in the rightness of a cause, as against numbers of soldiers, equipment, arms, ammunition.

Despite the Kiev regime being a horrible, dictatorial, corrupt and Jew-Zionist-led kleptocracy, the simple Ukrainian soldiers at the front think that they are fighting for “Ukraine”, its history and culture, and for some kind of “freedom”. Also, for their homes and families.

However wrongheaded at least part of that is, it is a powerful message and, to those directly involved, congruent.

The Russian soldiers, many of them, are young, naive, not infrequently drunk, often ill-disciplined, and actually have more in common with many of their Ukrainian opposite numbers than with the savage Chechens fighting on the Russian side, and who have stained Russia’s reputation during this conflict.

The Russian soldiers, some of whom have their homes and families as far away as Siberia, have evidently not been properly prepared ideologically for the situation into which they have been thrust. The present Russian Army does not have the propaganda and disciplinary structure provided, in Soviet days, by political commissars and others.

The result of the above factors is that the Ukrainian soldiers’ morale is generally far higher than that of the Russian soldiers.

As previously blogged, the only way Russia is going to get through this is to augment numbers and armament, but principally to think “outside the box” by using shock tactics and, equally importantly, oblique tactics and, above all, unexpected tactics.

Britain 2022

Do you notice any similarity between these two crimes?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11204467/Two-men-23-24-forced-victims-gunpoint-open-cryptocurrency-accounts-jailed.html; https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11204457/Three-attackers-murdered-man-24-outside-house-Halloween-jailed-life.html.

In the end, there will only be one solution to all this if Britain, as anything akin to a nation, is to survive.

News from Sweden

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/sep/12/swedish-rightwing-on-verge-of-narrow-election-win-but-waits-on-final-tally.

Tweets seen

I presume that he means “King Charles 3“, unless it is some kind of not very well-informed reference to Charles II and the Restoration.

Indeed. Look at what happened to Alison Chabloz (more than once): https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-derbyshire-56616838; https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10732361/Anti-Semitic-blogger-Alison-Chabloz-58-compared-Auschwitz-theme-park-jailed.html.

Incidentally, I have no idea who “Shauny boy” might be; I am presuming some Scottish comic (?).

NHS news

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11204717/Queen-Elizabeth-NHS-trusts-cancel-hospital-appointments-bank-holiday.html

Queen Elizabeth II‘s funeral will take place on Monday September 19 – which has been declared a bank holiday. 

Several NHS Trusts have said that some non-urgent procedures and clinic appointments are to be postponed with King’s College Hospital stating this would be thevast majority‘.

Hip and knee replacements, cataract surgery, maternity checks and some cancer treatments are among the postponed appointments, at a time when NHS data shows nearly 40 per cent of cancer patients had their treatment delayed beyond the two-month maximum.

However NHS England said that Covid vaccination services and urgent and emergency appointments would continue.”

[Daily Mail]

How ludicrous is that? People in great pain, in some cases, people needing knee and hip replacements, people with cancer, all postponed (in some cases for months).

What makes it even more ludicrous is that the useless and quite possibly harmful “Covid” “vaccinations” etc will still be done (with the staff doing that probably getting double or triple pay).

More tweets seen

A lot of truth in that (read the whole thread), but it is all too American and “how to get ahead” and “aspirational” for me.

Ridiculous, but in a way what I would have expected from that organization.

I myself have never been to a Center Parcs location, but a couple of people (admittedly about 30 years ago) told me that their impression was not very good. The quite high price did not cover many of the activities offered, for one thing. Those activities have to be paid for on top of the basic price for going there.

It may be better for people who go there with small children, I do not know, but imagine a resort (which is effectively what Center Parcs is, a modern take on the old Soviet “sanatorium” model) that chucks out its guests for one day so that it can virtue-signal re. the funeral of the late Queen. I suppose that staff shortages might be a factor too, but the unexpected holiday is only one day. Surely a skeleton operation could be kept going? Seems wrong to me.

[Update, 14 September 2022: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/sep/13/center-parcs-closes-uk-resorts-queen-funeral.

Center Parcs has backtracked after facing accusations of “ruining people’s holidays”by announcing it would close its UK sites for 24 hours from Monday morning to mark the Queen’s funeral.

However, on Tuesday evening, after an outcry on social media and widespread negative press reports, the company said that it had “reviewed our position regarding the very small number of guests who are not due to depart on Monday and we will be allowing them to stay on our villages rather than having to leave and return on Tuesday”.” [The Guardian]].

Munich: The Edge of War

Saw a film on TV, Munich: The Edge of War, about the talks held in Munich in 1938. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munich_%E2%80%93_The_Edge_of_War.

I would give it 3 out of 5 stars, maybe. Not more.

The Hitler character was, both in character and personality, not so much a portrayal as a caricature.

The locations filmed, and sets— all very good.

Neville Chamberlain was played well by Jeremy Irons, though looking too robust (despite the health problems mentioned); the real Chamberlain was, at that age, more of a grey figure, I think.

The flaws in the film, leaving aside the central assumption (that the Munich Agreement bought Britain time vis a vis Hitler/Germany), were in the small things: the “blacks with everything” agenda, which put a black man in Downing Street as a civil servant, indeed in a fairly senior position. That would have been unthinkable in the Britain of 1938. Also, an Indian woman as niece of Colonel Sir Stewart Menzies, the then Chief of SIS. If not unthinkable, unlikely.

Another absurdity (which had little to do with the main plot, and looked like a “me too” add-on) was that a Jewish woman, openly anti-Hitler, was —sometime in the 1930s— arrested or abducted by the SS, had a Star of David carved into her back, and was then defenestrated, ending up paralyzed and unable to speak.

There is a cultural truth-bending agenda going on, one which distorts history, in particular as to race.

Late tweets seen

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[Tiger tanks advance, Ukraine, 1943]

Diary Blog, 20 November 2021

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Army

Idly perusing Wikipedia, I saw that the Danish Army now consists of about 25,000 men (and women), 63,000 reserves, and about 600 tracked and wheeled armoured vehicles.

Modest on the world scale, of course, but I now see that the British Army, once mighty, now has only 82,000 active personnel, little more than three times the Danish equivalent, and only 30,000 reserves.

In fact, proportionately, Denmark has far more troops than does the UK, because the population of Denmark is less than a tenth of that of the UK.

Of course, mere numbers are only part of the story in the contemporary era, where technology plays such a big part. All the same, numbers are still part of the story.

At the end of the Second World War, the total strength of the British Army was over 3 million, and even in 1980, just before the Falklands campaign, 159,000 active and 63,000 reserves.

The notional 82,000 active troops in 2021 would be the lowest muster since 1780. Of course the population was then a fraction of what it now is: even in 1801, when the first British census was taken, England and Wales had only 10.5 million inhabitants (and Ireland about 5 million, interestingly).

As said, numbers are only one factor. As said, technology is also key. So, however, are factors such as morale, motivation etc. Those, at least, have not changed since the time of Napoleon, and indeed of Clausewitz. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_von_Clausewitz.

One hears of and sees, in the cheaper newspapers, stories of how drug abuse is rife in the British armed forces, not to mention drunkenness (that, of course, is scarcely a new problem!).

The British armed forces overall have about 10% of their numbers women. How effective they are is a question for others to answer.

As to the Army generally, one sees reports that of the 82,000 active soldiers claimed, only about 50,000 are actually fit for duty. In any case, very many are what the Americans call “rear echelon” forces, not frontline fighting men. Not that that means that those rear forces are useless. Napoleon himself pointed out that “an army marches on its stomach“, and in the modern era a fighting spearhead needs a very broad rear support, everything from supply and logistics to pensions and banking.

Still, at a time when the clownish political leadership of the UK seems intent on provoking Russia, I wonder how our forces would, if push came to shove, stack up against at least the more elite Russian contingents.

[members of the elite Air Descent Contingent march in Red Square]

Britain and all Europe should be standing with Russia at this time. Contra Zionism. Contra Islamism. Spiritual Eurasia, contra mundum, if necessary.

Saturday quiz

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Well, once again I beat political journalist John Rentoul. My score was 8/10 this week. I did not know the answers to questions 6 and 7.

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Tweets seen today

Exactly. Nowhere, arguably, is that more obvious than in the UK.

Sadly misguided. The places where the “hundreds of thousands” need to go, suitably prepared, are not the beaches of Kent and Sussex, but the TV studios, radio stations, the “newspaper” propaganda offices, the Westminster monkeyhouse, and other System installations of importance.

Wherever Jews have power, non-Jews eventually become victims or slaves. Look at history. The ridiculous thing is that, in the UK, many of those who oppose Jewish supremacism in Israel or occupied Palestine, effectively support the Jewish lobby in Europe, eg in the UK itself; they pay lip-service to the “holocaust” farrago, in particular, and applaud the Zionist efforts to destroy free speech.

“Millennial Woes” has now been removed from YouTube and is only on Odysee. More censorship…

Worth listening to.

Controlled-opposition kingpin Farage. Was he paid millions, or tens of millions, offshore, as a reward for stabbing his own Brexit Party in the back in 2019, thus ensuring a Boris-idiot “Conservative” government (and ensuring, also, the binning of Corbyn, so that the Jewish lobby could retake control over the Labour Party)? Maybe (I do not know). Will he get a “peerage” (absurd and almost valueless though they now are)? Maybe (I do not know). Farage’s crony, Claire Fox, is already elevated to the Lords…

Sink them all, in the Channel, if that is the only way.

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[“Russia has no borders; it is wherever there are Russians”]

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[Neuschwanstein]

Late tweets

Griffin is right. He must be— he is in agreement with me!

Good to see resistance in Rotterdam and Vienna.

Wien! Not a government window in Vienna should remain intact until the Covid police state is stood down! Kristalltag jetzt!

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The Way Forward for Social Nationalism in the UK

The talent of the strategist is to identify the decisive point and to concentrate everything on it, removing forces from secondary fronts and ignoring lesser objectives.”

Those words of Clausewitz are often taken to encapsulate the essence of strategy. How are they applied to the socio-political question in the UK (England, primarily) from the social-national point of view?

“The Decisive Point”

The “decisive point” or objective, ultimately, is the formation of a British ethnostate as an autonomous part of a Eurasian ethnostate based on the Northern European and Russian peoples. However, within the UK itself and before that, the objective must first be drawn less widely, as political power within the UK’s own borders.

The Gaining of Political Power in the UK

The sine qua non of gaining the sort of political power required is the existence of a political party. More than that, a party which is uncompromizing in its wish to entirely reform both State and society.

History is replete with examples of states which have seemed not even just powerful but actually eternal, yet which have collapsed. Ancient Rome, though perhaps not a “state” in our modern sense, is perhaps the one most embedded in the Western consciousness. More recently, the Soviet Union and its satellite states. In between those two examples (but among many others) we might cite the pre-1914 European “settlement” based on the empires and kingdoms which collapsed during and after the First World War: Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, the Ottoman Empire.

The main point to understand is that, in situations of crisis on the large scale, it is not the political party with the most money, erudition, developed policy or even membership that comes out on top, but the party with the most will or determination. That means the most disciplined party under the leadership of the most determined leader.

It is better to have a party consisting of only 1,000 which is tightly-disciplined and self-disciplined than one of 100,000 which is a floundering mass of contradictions. When a national crisis occurs, such as 1917-1921 in Russia or 1929-1933 in Germany (to take two obvious examples), the people instinctively turn to the party perceived to be strongest, not strongest in numbers, money, intellectuality or number of members, but strongest in the will, the will to power.

The Party

A party requires leadership, members, ideology, policy and money. Everything comes from the leadership and the membership, in symbiosis. In practical terms, this means that policy is open to free discussion, up to the point where a decision is made as to what is party policy as such. Also, it has to be understood that a party requires money as a tank or armoured car requires fuel. To have endless fundraising drives, hunts for wealthy donors etc demeans and dispirits the membership. Having a “tithing” system renders such other methods unnecessary. The members sacrifice an agreed amount of their post-tax income, such as 10%. The party organizes itself and its message to the general population using that money.

As a rule of thumb in contemporary Britain, it might be said that, on average, each member will provide something like £2,000 per year to the party. A party of even 1,000 members will therefore have an annual income of £2 million, enough to buy not only propaganda and administration but real property as a base. By way of comparison, the Conservative Party in 2017 has an income of about £3.5 million.

Elections

It must be understood that elections are only one way to power, but they are indispensable in England, for historical-cultural reasons. A party which cannot win elections loses credibility rapidly once that party is large. In the initial phase, no-one expects the party to win Westminster or even local council seats, but after that, it has to win and so grow, or deflate as the BNP did and as UKIP is doing now. The problem small parties have under the English electoral system is that a Westminster seat can be won only with, at a minimum, about 30% (and usually 40% or more) of votes. The insurgent party is in danger of spreading itself too thinly, in every way. UKIP’s history illustrates the point: in 2015, about 12% of votes cast (nearly 4 million), but only the one MP with which they, in effect, started. The answer is to concentrate the vote. That is done by concentrating the members and supporters of the party geographically.

Safe Zones

I have blogged previously about the creation of safe zones and especially one primary safe zone (possibly in the South West of England). If the members and supporters of the party gradually relocate into that zone or zones, many things become easier, from protection of buildings, meetings, exhibitions etc to the election of councillors and MPs. I have also blogged about the magnetic attraction such a safe zone might exercise over people in the UK as a whole.

The Decisive Time

The “decisive time” cannot be predicted. In Russia, Lenin (at the time in foreign exile) thought that the 1905 uprising was “the revolution”. He was wrong. He also thought that the first (February, old-style) 1917 uprising was not “the” revolution. He was wrong again. It was.

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

Lenin had to hurry back to Russia (arriving belatedly in April 1917, old-style) not only to try to take control (he failed in that and had to foment his own coup d’etat in October 1917) but to avoid being sidelined and so becoming an almost irrelevant footnote to history.

In Germany after 1929, Hitler likewise was not in control of events. In the end, economic near-collapse and political turmoil gave him the chance to win enough votes (33% in 1932) to form a coalition government which led on to full power in 1933, after the NSDAP achieved a higher –though still minority– popular vote (44%).

In other words, both Lenin and Hitler were the pawns of Fate while striving to be the masters of events. They had something in common though: highly-disciplined and ideologically-motivated parties behind them.

Practical Matters

At the age of 60, the last thing which is convenient for me is to form a political party. I have no need of such an activity as a hobby or absorbing interest. I am coming to the idea out of duty, out of a realization that something has to be done and out of an understanding that something can be done, if Fate concurs. I am not willing to compromize on overall ideology or on the way things are organized within such a party. I shall only establish a political party (which may become a movement) if it can be done on a serious basis. However, there is a need for a party to speak for the British people and there is a widening political vacuum in which such a party can thrive and grow.

Update 15 April 2019

In the two years since I wrote the above blog post, my view has not changed, that is

  • a political party and movement is needed;
  • there is at present no such party;
  • such a party can only be established if done on a serious basis;
  • I myself still do not have the means with which to found such a party; but
  • a political party and movement is —still— needed…