The above tweet is from a lady whose husband developed an awful and painful condition, as a result of which he and she both lost their jobs and were plunged into poverty. She paid out monies to “Jack Monroe”, the “Bootstrap Cook”, then (apparently because the items to be provided in return were never supplied) asked for a refund, but was fobbed off. A circumstance common to many who have sent monies to “Jack Monroe”, it seems (reading tweets about it all).
A very worthwhile crowdfunder. If some of those who read this blog were to give even £5 each, the lives of that couple would be greatly transformed.
Incidentally, I do not know the couple personally.
After everything recently exposed, thick Labour frontbencher Angela Rayner is following “Jack Monroe” on Twitter? Very misguided, in view of the continuing controversy.
That “@AntheaRogers” Twitter account has been accused of being a “Jack Monroe” “sock-account”. Maybe.
There is obviously a need for an investigation by competent agencies or orgnaizations into the whole “Jack Monroe” thing, especially the money and/or fundraising aspects.
It is only when you consider what else the UK government could get for £37 BILLION that you comprehend the sheer scale of the wastage. For example, completed cost of about 12 new aircraft carriers like these two:
Or funding for the whole of the British Army for about 10 months.
Worked in NHS for about a year. Now plays on the “doctor” thing to make money as supposed “activist”; was selling facemasks etc online.
Organizations need to be more cautious before allying themselves with people who may not be quite what they seem, as in the notorious Jimmy Saville case.
According to Viktor Suvorov [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Suvorov], the Soviet-era Spetsnaz used to joke that “when the real Revolution comes, we shall not kill the rich, and we shall not kill those who spout about ‘social justice’, but only kill the rich who spout about ‘social justice’.“
The continuing “Jack Monroe”/”Bootstrap Cook” Twitterstorm
I personally cannot judge as to whether, or to what extent, “Jack Monroe” is “sad, bad, or mad“, in the well-known phrase. Maybe a bit mad and a bit bad…but that is just my opinion, based on what I have read, and 66 years of life-experience.
The more I read about “Jack Monroe”, the more I think “bad” rather than “mad”, in fact.
As I have blogged previously, some of the photos seen on Twitter of the food made from the recipes of the “Bootstrap Cook” seem to be a “dog’s dinner” at best; some have made me feel actually unwell. I don’t mean when made and eaten (I would not make stuff like that anyway, still less ingest it) but just the mere sight of her “food” on Twitter.
I concede that I am not very domesticated and, until I married for the first time (in 1990), had mainly eaten cold food when dining at home (in my twenties and early thirties). In fact, I am still not much of a cook, though I can offer to my readers the following idea, which is relatively cheap, rather tasty, fairly healthy (though admittedly rather high-fat) and, best of all, can be made from start to finish in about 45 mins:
That “zucchini bake” can be added to; you can add whatever vegetables are around— mushrooms, broccoli (inc. stalks, if grated or sliced), carrots etc. The only essentials are eggs, butter, zucchini/courgettes, salt, pepper, and cheese (any kind, but cheddar works well, maybe with some parmesan). Some basil helps.
I do not think I shall make a regular thing out of suggesting recipes. I would probably run out of the things that I myself have actually made in my whole life after a week or two. Still, I hope that the above is useful for someone.
About £5 to serve 4 people, or one person four times. Basic, yes, but I think that it stacks up pretty well against the offerings of “Jack Monroe”…
…and the £24,000 award she collected from her libel case against Katie Hopkins…
I looked at a few tweets by that stupid “Susan Macpark” woman. A Scottish pseudo-“nationalist” who, however, supports migration-invasion by backward non-whites. Crazy. She often flings vituperation at others, either tweeting that their parents must despise them, or simply insulting their intelligence (despite the unthinking tweets that she herself puts out).
That Macpark bitch will not give a penny. Guaranteed.
As to “Jack Monroe”, I have no idea whether she will return to Twitter (more likely than not, because she can then plough on, publicizing her stuff to those who are unwilling to question; she will simply try to ignore the gathering storm), or whether she will just think “well, I have £2,000-£7,000 a month coming in from 600-700 mugs on Patreon, plus maybe another few thousand from other sources, so why bother with Twitter?“
An open question.
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If only the blacks, browns, Chinese, and especially the Jews in our country would understand this.
There should be a cultural purge in the UK, starting (arguably) with the absurdly overpaid, smug, mass media football pleb-fest talking heads. Lineker etc.
As far as that specific building is concerned, I do not entirely agree. Architecture should be about both form and function. The form, in this case is (in my opinion) not so different in both cases, and I expect (though I have never been inside) that the function is better (for today’s purposes) in the replacement building. Admittedly, it is rather ugly, but so was, in my view, the building that it replaced.
Famous missionary explorer David Livingstone was a bit like that.
Imagine how many white English people would have been spared misery and/or murder had that creature been deported or killed off at an earlier stage.
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“...and I can’t understand why she does it“? Really? how about “because she is getting £2,000-£7,000 a month for free, from (as of today) 667 mugs, for doing absolutely nothing but proclaiming that she is (in some unspecified way) ‘campaigning’ etc)”…
Yet the 667 mugs (as of today) are still paying out £3.50-£10 —or more— each month to her, incredibly.
“Oh what a tangled web we weave/When first we practice to deceive” [Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, A Tale of Flodden Field].
Ha ha! Incredible, yet at the same time almost inevitable. The “Bootstrap Cook” wanders lonely as a cloud through Southend or nearby, only to meet someone, by Fate or chance, who will no doubt (in this fairy-tale) “gift” “Jack Monroe” everything she needs or wants for the decoration of her new home.
Well, I am myself rather susceptible to tales of wonder and magic —and sometimes incredible “co-incidences” do happen— but, having now read a number of conflicting fantasies from the tweets etc of “Jack Monroe” (tweeted or said to interviewers over the past decade), I think it only fair and sensible to doubt this one (too).
So long as 667 mugs continue to shell out up to £10 monthly for absolutely nothing but to be part of the “Jack Monroe support echelon” or virtue-signal club, she will be laughing all the way to the bank (or the paint and wallpaper shop), even if (as no doubt will now happen) the msm “Bootstrap Cook” career on TV, radio, and in the Press ends, with the producers, journalists, and publishers running for cover (as I expect they already are).
The whole “Jack Monroe” supporters’ clan/defensiveness thing on Twitter reminds me of those who even now insist on wearing a useless facemask.
The allegation now is that “Jack Monroe” is using dozens of “sock accounts” to interact on Twitter while pretending to have left (having deleted, for the (?) time being her main “@BootstrapCook” account).
Seems plausible to me, looking at the myriad of Twitter accounts with zero or few “followers” that have popped up in the past days and weeks, all attacking critics of “Monroe”.
Saw an extract, about a minute long, of a TV comedy/drama called The Larkins, a remake or re-adaptation of the well-known 1980s series The Darling Buds of May. Except that the husband or boyfriend of one of the characters is now black! The series was set, originally at least, I believe, in the late 1940s!
Typical ludicrous rubbish.
We hear much about “cultural appropriation“, but our own culture and indeed history is being taken over, basically stolen from us. Behind all of this nonsense, really, is the (((you-know-who)))…
…and that you must make your daughters, and their friends, available for the use of the untermenschen…
Some people with mental or other problems want to commit suicide, but there are hordes of idiots who cannot wait for Britain to commit national suicide.
…and Jeremy Hunt’s wife works for or with the Chinese government…
I think that I feel a conspiracy theory coming on.
The “Covid” “vaccines” are so “harmless” that the UK Government has a programme whereby those injured by them can claim a lump sum payment of £120,000 (because the Big Pharma companies have been made exempt by law from being sued— but that exemption only covers “Covid” “vaccines”, not any others…). See https://www.gov.uk/vaccine-damage-payment.
It would be good to see Eddie Izzard fall flat on his face, politically or otherwise.
Peter Hitchens has plenty to say; some of it is quite correct. I should prefer him to use his prominence and platform for the more serious issues (such as Russia/Ukraine) and less often for smaller issues such as marijuana misuse, postage stamp design, electric bicycles etc.
All part of the wallpaper. All the citizen on the street can do is give any such sub-terrorists seen blocking roads or vandalizing artworks a good kicking before the police step in to arrest, not the terrorist “protesters” but the aggrieved citizens. Incidentally, some of the grey-haired ones are even more smug and arrogant than the younger ones. They deserve the same, or more.
Think about that. An “African knife gang” in Galway, in the West of Ireland! The ground-level result of the Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan (conspiracy).
The last time I was in Ireland (mid-1980s) there were no blacks. Did not see one, not even in Dublin, let alone elsewhere.
In the end, the Aryan/post-Aryan people left after whatever is coming will have to wade through whatever it takes to get rid of evil and to create a better society.
God. More “trans” nonsense.
Unfunny comedy (again)
Saw 2-3 minutes of a live TV show called Live at the Apollo. Pushed the wrong button; wanted the TV news.
Some completely unfunny bearded comedian (supposedly). A monologue about how he supports “trans” “rights” (applauded by the audience), then a completely unfunny punchline (supposedly the punchline). Do those idiots pay £50 or £100 to see and hear that? God knows.
A pack of Zionist Jews had me expelled from Twitter in 2018.
I am no businessman (far from it) and Elon Musk is (as his net worth —grown from a modest start— proves), yet I cannot believe that to spend USD $44 billion on something like Twitter is money well spent, from any point of view. Still, there it is.
I am waiting to see whether any art-lovers or passing citizens will really deal properly, and on the spot, with those sub-terrorists. I hope so. I really hope so.
“Labour MP Christian Matheson has quit after a parliamentary watchdog recommended he be suspended for “serious sexual misconduct”.
Two allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr Matheson by a former member of his staff have been upheld.”
That cartoon is out of date; the “Conservatives” are quite as bad as Labour now.
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Exactly so. The stupid, unnecessary and dictatorial “measures” taken during the “panicdemic” were what really shoved the UK into the economic mire.
System parties, trying to fool the people into believing that they are very different from each other.
I have blogged about some of that previously. Some fields of academia, eg sociology, linguistics, English language etc, are now replete with not only specialized language (as with mathematics, or physics, inter alia) but also empty jargon. Jews are not the only ones swimming in the polluted waters, but they are very prominent.
Sunak’s 1930s politics/economics, together with Labour’s unexciting similar policies, may open the door to a real alternative— social nationalism (once people wake up, if they wake up).
I agree with every one of those selections.
Absolutely disgusting. Those guilty of making the wrong decisions (eg Little Matt Hancock) were applauded at the time. The whole mess was also supported, overall, by Starmer-Labour, incidentally.
People working in those situations must now be better paid, and conditions improved.
Cleverly kept on. God. Why? Another embarrassment for our country.
Good to see some thick dorks getting the sack though: barrow-boy barrister Brandon Lewis, thick Welsh barrister Robert Buckland, Wendy Morton (how did she ever become an MP?), Chloe Smith (ditto), absurd Kit Malthouse, Rees-Mogg.
Ben Wallace to stay at Defence. I suppose that means that vastly more sums of money (and arms) will be wasted on Zelensky’s Jew-Zionist regime in Kiev, while British people starve in their unheated homes (if indeed they have a home).
The Jew Shapps removed as Home Secretary (that must have been another record (5-6 days?), but still in Cabinet as Business Secretary. I thought that Sunak wanted to project an image of probity?
I presume (no news yet) that horrible creature Therese Coffey will also get sacked.
I think he is being serious and not sarcastic, incredibly.
He did not add “Raab, Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Secretary—half-Jew“, of course. The msm do not want the British people to wake up to that (((aspect))).
Even so, what a disgrace— Jews, Indians, Kurds, blacks. Where are the English?
A few tokens here and there, such as Jeremy Hunt (even he has a Chinese wife).
Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan. Again.
Ah, so there it is but, in an odd move, Sunak has moved her within Cabinet to Secretary of State for the Environment.
That Therese Coffey is even an MP speaks volumes about how broken our political system now is.
As for the Indian money-juggler, if he is not careful, he may end his time as Prime Minister by being carried out of town on a rail, tarred and feathered.
Only the first step. Later, Little Matt Hancock, the Communist bitch on “SAGE”, “Professor Lockdown” (Ferguson) and many many others have to be —eventually— put on trial and/or otherwise punished.
If only there were a real social-national party in the UK…
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Quite. You still see people (who seem to think themselves terribly clever) tweeting “freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences“, whereas, as “@RealBlackIrish” points out there, that is exactly what it means. The “freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequences” formula would mean, in effect, that Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China and present-day North Korea all had free speech.
There was (maybe still is) a mediocre law lecturer from East Anglia, one Paul Bernal (descended from the well-known part-Jew 20thC scientist, J.D. Bernal: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._D._Bernal), who used to regularly and unthinkingly tweet that formula.
So much for the “alt-right” “conservative nationalists”. To hell with them. They sell the future of England, of Europe, of the world down the river.
There comes a point, under any system, where the people are just being exploited and also led to disaster by the governing regime or political class. At that point, a vanguard of the people is entitled to use any methods to topple those exploiters and mis-rulers.
“The welfare of the people is the highest law” [Cicero].
At present, an illegitimate “Conservative” government is (superficially) “opposed” by an Opposition which is anti-British and in fact not opposed to the really big Government policies. Look at “Labour”. Does it oppose Con policy on Ukraine, “Covid”, mass immigration etc? Not really. Tweaks and nuances only.
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Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng
I have seen a few tweets to the effect that Liz Truss is or was getting banged —to put it colloquially— by Woolly-head Kwarteng. There have even been a few tweets from msm commentators implying it quite strongly. It may or may not be true. We know that Liz Truss was having an affair with influential then MP Mark Field about 15-20 years ago; she therefore, more or less, became an MP at least partly on her back.
As for Kwasi Kwarteng, until several years ago, he was in a personal relationship with unpleasant one-time MP and Cabinet minister, Amber Rudd. He then married a younger Amber Rudd lookalike.
Our political system is a bad joke, and those at the heart of it are of the same ilk.
Ideas on tax, economy etc
What would I do if I were in the seat(s) of power?
First of all, we need to give tax legitimacy in the eyes of the public. It may be simpler and more efficient to do it in the way that happens now, i.e. to get tax monies from different sources (income tax, VAT, “National Insurance” —very outdated and misleading—, road tax etc) and then allocate the money by government to various spending outflows, but that way of doing things distances the tax from the tax-payers.
I suggest that at least some tax revenues be ringfenced for specific purposes, so that, eg, a certain percentage goes specifically to the NHS or health and care overall. Likewise, road tax should go specifically to roads, or perhaps to transport (inc. rail) overall.
Maximum income and capital should be enforced. It might be that the maximum income allowed should be, net of income tax, about £200,000. As for capital, perhaps the permitted limit should be around £100M. I do not think that these measures could be claimed as dictatorial or extreme.
The same with land. In most of England, there should be a limit on acreage owned by one person or family. Perhaps 1,000 acres. In Scotland or Wales, perhaps 5,000 acres.
Again, scarcely “communistic”, in my view.
There is an argument that income tax should actually be abolished and replaced by variable-rate VAT and/or purchase taxes. Something that should be looked at by experts, anyway.
Basic Income must surely come, at least for those without other income above, say, £15,000 pa, even if the actual amount of Basic Income is only something like £10,000 or £15,000 a year. Again, specialists need to look at the topic in detail.
Companies doing business in the UK, such as Amazon, need to be paying a transaction tax, even if only 50p or £1 per transaction.
Just a few of the necessary measures.
Needless to say, I should have preferred it had the Reich prevailed in its titanic struggle with the Soviet Union in the 1940s, but we must take history as it turned out.
Presentationally, looking at that, it seems to me that Hunt has placed himself in a solid position to replace Liz Truss, in that what Con Party has to try to do now is project a “grown up” and/or “stable” image, to detoxify the perception that a loony and ignorant woman and her woolly-haired African “friend” are running the UK into the ground.
Either Liz Truss becomes “the prisoner of Downing Street”, allowed less power than Larry the Cat, or she is just pushed out completely.
I am no pro-Hunt (or Conservative Party) partisan, obviously, but who looks more “Prime Ministerial”? Hunt (as seen above), or Liz Truss (as seen, eg, in her recent Press conference car crash)? Not even a question, really.
Sooner or later, Russia will win this war, which has become so sad and grim.
“Let him who is without sin cast the first stone“…
“A WELSH Conservative MP has been described as “not credible” when giving evidence at his trial related to an early hours car crash which demolished a telegraph pole.
Jamie Wallis was convicted of three offences, but cleared of driving without due care and attention, in relation to the early hours crash last November when he was wearing a “black leather mini-skirt” and “high heels”.
The MP told the court he was transgender, said he had swerved to avoid a cat and left the scene because he had become “overwhelmed” by his recently diagnosed PTSD and felt vulnerable in women’s clothing – having been raped the last time he wore such an outfit publicly.
Convicting Wallis of the other three charges, – failing to stop, failing to report a road traffic collision and leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position – Judge Ikram said: “I am going to be upfront: I didn’t find the defendant credible in the evidence he gave.”“
“A retired biomedical scientist who posted ‘only women have a cervix’ has been booted from the profession after a tribunal ruled he was ‘inflaming gender discrimination’.
Blood expert Malcolm Needs was accused of uploading a string of social media posts that a disciplinary panel found were ‘seriously offensive and discreditable’
One of the now-deleted posts he was punished for sharing said: ‘Only women have a cervix. There, I said it, it’s not difficult. Women also have a right to women-only spaces. Speaking up in defence of women’s rights doesn’t mean we can’t respect how others wish to live their lives.’
While another added: ‘I Swear my head will explode if another person classes me as a “cis woman”. I am NOT a cis woman but I AM a woman. I have a cervix which no man can claim to have and biologically that will never change. I am not just tired of this insanity but I’m fed up of being labelled.’
The 67-year-old’s social media rants led to the former chief examiner in transfusion medicine for the Institute of Biomedical Science being struck off after a panel found his posts ‘seriously offensive and discreditable’.
But a defiant Needs refused to attend the Health and Care Professions Tribunal Service (HCPTS) disciplinary hearing.
‘How many times do I have to tell you that I want NOTHING to do with your Kangaroo Court, and that, if I get one or email about this, I will take legal advice about harassment,’ he told the panel.
…the pension [sic] targeted migrants crossing the Channel, tweeting: ‘And make them pay, like they paid the people smugglers to come over in the first place, and give our own taxpayers a rest”, while sharing an image stating, ‘Putting illegal immigrants up in 5* hotels has saved the hotel industry. So let’s save the airline industry by flying the f***ers back home!!”.
The committee also found that Needs’ Twitter activity was ‘dismissive and offensive towards black people’ – citing a tweet stating that ‘Multiculturalism destroys culture’, which the panel found to be ‘inflammatory, divisive and prejudiced’.
Another post, which asked if there is ‘ANYTHING that is not racist?’, was found to intentionally ‘inflame a controversial and heated situation’.
Needs, now of South Devon, ‘voluntarily absented himself’ from the disciplinary hearing by sending an email telling the tribunal that he was ‘happily retired’.
Deciding to strike him off, the tribunal said that there had been no evidence of ‘any remorse, reflection or remediation’ on Needs’ part, and there remained a high risk of repetition.“
Note the Daily Mail monkey’s (“journalist’s”) semi-literate Sun-speak: spelling errors, hyperbole, and pejorative language (perfectly OK comments described as “rants” etc).
My own experience, in 2016, of having been similarly targeted, in my case by [a fanatical small part of] the Jew-Zionist element:
Incidentally, the comments of Daily Mail readers are entirely supportive of Mr. Needs.
I have more that I should like to write about the case reported upon, but think that I shall keep my powder dry, for now.
I think that the sneak who, in Stasi “inoffizielle Mitarbeiter” style, denounced Mr. Needs to the “kangaroo court” tribunal and/or regulator, should himself have his identity exposed.
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.
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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.
“...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]
Pound sliding, inflation stoking, and recession likely
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“.
A commentator on the blog reminded me of the clip below, not seen for a long time:
I still think that the most telling thing about Greta Thunberg is how the decadent mainstream media, politicians etc at least pretend to take this uneducated and afflicted girl (now 19) as some kind of sage, when actually she has nothing to offer. It says something about the world we are in today.
“Jack” Monroe, the “Bootstrap Cook”; some thoughts about “poverty”
I thought that it was worth reposting those tweets, which refer to the Twitter storm around “Jack” Monroe, aka “Bootstrap Cook” (mentioned in yesterday’s blog).
I have no particular animus against “Bootstrap Cook”, and I should imagine that many find her recipes and other advice very useful [see https://cookingonabootstrap.com/category/recipes-food/], but it is clear that she herself is not (now) in what most people would regard as poverty.
Was I myself “in poverty” when I returned to London? It certainly seemed so!
Think living in a single room in a flat (provided by a friend of a friend— eventually, and very belatedly, months later, paid for by Housing Benefit). Think living largely off tiny State benefit for 3-4 months (monies also delayed for weeks). Think having to be a little bit “creative” in finding ways to travel around London, and equally “creative” in finding out how to increase supply of food and reading material (mainly books).
Yet only a few years before, I had quite often been paid, as Counsel, £1,000 or more for often quite brief (less than half a day) appearances in the High Court or elsewhere.
Later, living in the former Soviet Union in 1996-97, my home was a kind of large penthouse with a very wide wraparound balcony, I had a former MVD car and driver to ferry me to my office etc, a Rolex Seadweller on my wrist, and I rarely carried less than USD $5,000 on my person.
Incidentally, barristers reading this might sneer at the modesty of those High Court fees (perhaps a tenth or a twentieth of the fees some now get and even back then received), but this was 1993-95, nearly 30 years ago, and I was only just out of pupillage (on-the-job training). Anyway, it seemed good at the time to me.
What those born into wealth usually fail to know, having never experienced it, is how quickly a comfortable lifestyle can disappear, without personal capital or family money as a safety net.
When I was living on pennies —and my wits— in the London of March-June 1998, I often walked past Julie’s restaurant in Notting Hill, a restaurant patronized by film stars and other “celebrities”, and a place which I had previously visited several times, only 2-3 years before, and arriving in a large white Mercedes (a girlfriend’s car).
Maybe 3 years later, in 1998, I would have been unable to buy a coffee in the same restaurant, and I wondered whether those staring out of the windows could perceive somehow just how poor I was (maybe a subjective and resentful thought: after all, the Rolex may have gone, but I was still clad in an Austin Reed overcoat and Dents leather gloves etc).
There is no need for me to say more about that very pinched time in my life. Adolf Hitler had it worse, in the Vienna of 1909-1912. Eventually, my several months of poverty came to an end and then, less than a year after I had returned penniless to London, I was spending time living in a villa in the Caribbean, with a private beach (in effect), though those sometimes pleasant months sadly did not become sybaritic years (though I did spend much of 1999 in and around the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico— several Caribbean islands, and the Gulf Coast of Florida).
I later had more ups and downs, but that is enough for today.
I do not know a great deal in detail about “Jack” Monroe, the Bootstrap Cook, but I would guess that she knows a lot about “precarious” life in the Britain of today. Occasional poverty, occasional plenty, but not much security either way.
Many many people in Britain in 2022 are part of that “precariat”. This has political implications. Labour was the party of the industrial “proletariat”, mainly, a class which is now all but non-existent. “Bootstrap Cook”, leaving aside her personal predilections, is in that sense far more typical of the masses than would be the Soviet-style miner, rail worker, or other member of the organized labour force, insofar as such people still exist in the UK.
If there were a credible social-national movement in the UK, the “Bootstrap Cook” would probably not support it, but the “precariat” in general would, especially as inflation, low pay, and low State benefits all start to bite.
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Well, £600 is not a fortune for a watch these days (any of my one-time Rolex Seadwellers would be £10,000-£15,000 in 2022), but I take her point.
…on the other hand, Bootstrap Cook is, after all, from Essex, the home of “bling”…
Meanwhile, though the @norfolkchatter1 Twitter account has disappeared, the storm around the Bootstrap Cook has, if anything, intensified, with many Twit-people (including the terminally “woke”) supporting her, but also with many others either criticizing her or demanding to know exactly how much capital or income she really has at her disposal, and asking whether she is exploiting people who donate to her when they really cannot afford to do so.
[Incidentally, I do not know anyone involved in either of the two GoFundMe appeals above; I just happened to see them].
Looks like reality has started, finally, to break through…
Late tweets seen
Sometimes I wonder what, WHAT, would make the mass of British people wake up to the “panicdemic”, the nonsense measures such as facemask-wearing that were part of the scam, or to the “support Ukraine” propaganda or, as in that tweet, the very real dangers of the “Covid” “vaccines”, but I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that nothing, nothing at all, will awaken the masses. A “victory” by a football team, or whatever absolute shite is on “reality” (unreality) TV that week, and the real and important issues are forgotten again.
Maybe after the nuclear war with Russia that so many have been brainwashed into (as they imagine) wanting to see, the survivors will see their reality more clearly.
I have been blogging for years about how the UK should get closer to Russia, which would result in this country and its people getting oil and especially gas at near cost-price; instead of which this inept government of clowns has not only not done that, but has insisted on poking Russia with a sharp stick, first of all by applying sanctions which hurt the UK far more than Russia, and secondly by supplying arms and money to the dictatorial and illegitimate Zelensky regime in Kiev.
Sunak personifies large parts of the overall problem: an Indian resident in the UK, and with a “British” passport, but avoiding most taxes, and who holds or until recently held, other passports; a former Goldman Sachs vulture banker; a globalist; pro-Israel; pro-immigration.
I saw a new ad recently. A white woman, 30-40, buying or leasing an expensive new car. Among the images, one of a mixed-race small child and one —almost subliminal— of the woman kissing the skull of a recumbent Bantu (father of said child?). Rassenschande.
Dr. Goebbels had nothing on this. 24/7 pervasive propaganda, pushing what amounts to the Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan, or “White Genocide” by stealth.
For once, and on this specifically, I support “Extinction Rebellion”.
For me, this matter should have been resolved by better planning at an earlier stage.
BBC Radio 4 News
Heard some of the 1800 hrs. BBC news on radio. Jesus H. Christ! Pure propaganda, mostly given over to the Commonwealth Games, which are apparently now in progress in Birmingham.
The reporter was obviously black, I think West Indian, and most of what he had to say was basically an attack on Britain, the British Empire, and the real (white) British people who built this country.
Defund the BBC, you say? I say obliterate it.
To make it worse, who was blathering on about his “convictions” (he has none, sadly, in either sense) but Boris-idiot, still posing as PM and saying that the £800M wasted on the aforesaid Birmingham black/brown pleb-fest was a good investment! That idiot really breaks all records for both dishonesty and sheer incompetence.
Saw on the TV news the first-ever filmed and broadcast sentencing, for murder. The judge was one Sarah Munro, i.e. H.H. Sarah Munro Q.C. I met her once in the (unisex) “advocate’s room” (robing room, as was) at Plymouth —or maybe Exeter, in fact; I cannot now recall— County Court (where I was appearing) and Crown Court (where she was appearing). Not sure whether she had taken silk at that point. Maybe. Sometime between 2002 and 2007. A very charming lady.
As to televised sentencing, I suppose it had to come eventually.
I was, when a practising barrister (1992-2008, with interruptions), always amazed at how few non-legal people even understood the basic court system. For example, the difference between a Crown Court and a County Court. Perhaps because they are now often in the same building. That should be taught, together with a few elementary legal concepts, at the secondary school level (as was done in ancient Rome). Either it is not being done in the UK, or not done effectively.
A kingfisher? Beautiful. I have only seen one once or twice, flying along the banks of small rivers unfrequented by humans.
The only hope for Greece was Golden Dawn. Instead, the Greeks mostly clutched at the wrong straw, the fake “Leftist”/”socialist” party, Syriza, which then betrayed the Greek people and sold out to EU globalist finance-capitalism. Meanwhile, Golden Dawn is repressed, its leaders killed or in prison.
…and completely stupid whichever cretin wins…
Migration-invasion. It continues, day after day, up to 1,000 a day across the Channel. That’s just the “boat people”, not those coming in as invitees, “students” “family members”, “fiances and fiancees”, “business investors” etc.
When aged 7-10, used rusty bathtubs as sledges in old quarries, made home-made smoke bombs out of chemistry set chemicals (now not on sale in the UK and most of Europe) and odd bits and pieces, dug tunnels etc; later (aged 13) constructed a primitive but real baluster (Roman siege machine), which could and did hurl large boulders. Later still…well, let’s draw a veil…
Our strength is that, when push comes to shove, we shall not talk, debate, parlay, or compromise, but act.
The forces of Evil will then be exterminated.
I know, personally, of two people, in two separate countries, who have each had at least one (I think two or three) “Covid” “vaccine” shots. Both are now facing heart surgery, neither having previously suffered from cardiac problems. One triple bypass, one quadruple bypass. I myself have not been injected with the “vaccine(s)” and have not been unwell with “Covid” or anything else. Not yet anyway. I shall not be allowing anyone to inject me with these “vaccines”.
It is “almost” an insult to see these monkeys on sticks pretend to vie for the position of leader of the (misnamed) Conservative Party, and so Prime Minister of this country.
One non-European, with billions of pounds in wealth, a former Goldman Sachs vulture banker; the other, a dishonest woman without a shred of principle, and who only became an MP in the first place on her back.
Soon, fewer than 200,000 Conservative Party members (about 1 in every 200 citizens, i.e. persons of voting age) will decide which of those empty vessels will become, automatically, Prime Minister. It is sick. It is also stupid. As are the candidates.
Which one will win that contest? Probably the Truss woman, because the Conservative Party members are quite likely to prefer someone who is at least English, and someone who is not a billionaire and part of an Indian billionaire dynasty.
I get the impression that the great British public, many of them, loved being paid to stay home, loved free money (as they thought and were encouraged to think), and now are puzzled by the spike in inflation (which might reach 12% soon), and by the consequent fall in living standards as pay and benefits fail to keep pace, and as the value in saved money is eroded.
Then there were other policies, such as “quantitative easing”. All have been stoking inflation.
Of course, hucksters in what passes for a government are attributing the economic problems of the UK (and Europe more widely) to Putin or his invasion of the Ukrainian failed state, problems with grain exports from Ukraine, even to “climate change” and, indeed, to “Covid” itself. Anything but misconceived government actions: “lockdown” shutdowns, furlough payments, unchecked business grants and loans from public funds, massively huge monies wasted on “test and trace” etc, not to mention the crazy sanctions against Russia.
For 1-2 years, the “British” government (in reality, “ZOG”) paid much of the population to stay at home watching TV, eating delivered pizzas and drinking far too much. Now, there is an explosion of ill-health, of social and psychological problems, and of inflation.
The DDR (East Germany) was a strange anomaly of history, and an odd place to see. I was there for a couple of days in 1988, only a year or so before it crumbled to nothing. More like a facade of a state than a real one.
I was in transit by road from Poland to West Germany, crossed over (literally, via a bridge over the river Neisse) at Gorlitz, a little-used crossing-point, and stayed overnight (unofficially— I bribed the desk clerk) in a non-approved modern hotel at Bautzen. I was unaware at the time that Bautzen was also the location of arguably the worst prison of the DDR, where the most-reviled dissidents were incarcerated in terrible conditions.
Officially, transit-visa holders were supposed to stay at an “Interhotel”, of which there was only one on my route, near Dresden. Pay 10x as much (10x more even than my inflated/bribe price) and get snooped upon as well. Nein danke.
The desk clerk at Bautzen asked me and my companion (who was the driver) not to use the bar (he supplied a couple of bottles of good-quality East German beer). The car was parked in a locked garage out of sight. He also asked us not to open doors for anyone, and said that the Volkspolizei (political police) checked the hotel register at 0700 every morning. Very East German, as was the water supply: warm water in the bathroom washbasin, but none in the shower. Not a maintenance problem— the shower was designed to dispense only cold water! A 20thC Sparta.
Still, leaving aside those inconveniences and worries (we were not written into the hotel register), the hotel was actually quite comfortable. Large rooms with picture windows, spacious public areas, pleasant carpeting, speedy lifts etc. It might have been even a 4-star in the West, if one overlooked the cold shower and the chance of being arrested by the Volkspolizei…
East Germany was, like Scarborough (or was it Skegness?) in the famous old British rail-travel poster, “so bracing“…
Back then, people said that the two Germanies were like an orange and an apple, impossible to stick back together. Now, huge effort and money has tried to make it happen, though only partly-successfully.
East Germany/DDR is thought of as having been a rather small country, but that is a relative fact: nearly 42,000 square miles, so not much smaller than England (just over 50,000 square miles), nearly one-and-a-half times the area of Scotland (30,000 sq, miles), and over five times the size of Wales (8,000 sq. miles).[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Germany].
The game is now again in the hazard. Putin’s closure of gas supply (to less than a third of the normal flow) will hit Germany hard. Anything could happen.
Starmer is as dull as ditchwater (as I blogged even when he was installed in place of Corbyn). What he says is no more stupidly vacuous than the outpourings of Liz Truss, Sunak, or Boris-idiot, but even less interestingly and convincingly delivered.
I feel much more sorry for all those British people who are homeless, homeless not least because of all the non-European parasites who have flooded the country over the past few decades.
Trudeau is the figurehead for all that. Canadians…you know what to do.