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Diary Blog, 13 December 2020, including a few reminiscences about Northern Cyprus

Early tweets seen

I have never been to the south of Cyprus. I have been, though long ago now, to Northern Cyprus, at that time (the winter of 1999-2000) not as popular with visitors as it now is. I was able to hire a car and drive all over on empty roads, once right along the Karpat Peninsula, the eastern end of which is only 60 miles from Latakia in Syria.

I went to the Castle of St. Hilarion (a Crusader fortress) and to the ruined castle of Buffavento (a 2+ hour trek up a mountain path); that one, on the very summit of a tree-clad mountain, really deserved its name (“buffeted by the winds”).

I also visited most of the small towns: Kyrenia, Famagusta, Guzelyurt, as well as the capital, Nicosia, then split in two, completely demarcated and guarded, like Berlin before the fall of socialism. I remember going to the “Museum of Barbarism”, a memorial to the young daughters (and Greek Cypriot wife) of a Turkish Cypriot officer of the (British) militia force. They were murdered right there by a sectarian gang led or directed by (I think) Nikos Sampson [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikos_Sampson]. You can see the holes in the wall left as the submachinegun rounds struck, including holes in the wall of the bathroom, where one of the victims, a girl of 9 (if I recall aright) had been hiding when she was shot dead.

Sobering. If only our Empire and all other European empires had not been given away… The result of that withdrawal from Empire, even before it fully happened, was chaos across much of the world. In Cyprus, displacement of populations, and division of the island after the invasion by Turkish forces in 1974, which division continues today, though I believe that tourists can now go from one side to the other easily enough.

A land, as I remember, of warm winter sun, just about warm enough for a quick swim in a not very warm Mediterranean, at a completely deserted beach somewhere west of Kyrenia. Not bad for January. A land of both olives and oranges, the latter colourful but unripe on the trees (my then girlfriend picked one to taste it). A land of (also deserted) ancient Greek amphitheatre ruins. I rather liked it. Warm during the day (despite a cool breeze at times), though rather cold at night.

Boris Johnson is a blatant liar...”. Meanwhile, in other news, a wolf was seen in a forest…

So far, no indication as to whether such manifestations will develop into a real political movement. Similar ones in the past, mostly not. The Hard Hats [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hard_Hat_Riot] of 1970 faded away immediately, and the same has happened elsewhere: the Gilets Jaunes of the very recent French past [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_vests_movement], and (on the pathetic level) the English Defence League [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Defence_League].

Yes. Well worth reading, though the content is not news to me; nor, I apprehend, to many many others:

Our Politicians Must have Passed an Examination in Stupidity to obtain their Positions.

In 30 years, it will be much easier to say this, but this must be the stupidest era there has ever been in British politics. Oh, yes, some modern politicians can make classical allusions or dance nimbly about when interviewed. 

But they do not really know anything, or understand anything. They live entirely in the present. They know little of other countries and less about the past. They idolise Winston Churchill but are in fact ignorant about him or his era, and the huge price in power and wealth which he rightly paid for our survival in 1940. Worse still, they think they are clever. 

This has something to do with the way we pick our leaders. I have long suspected that they have to pass an examination in stupidity before being allowed into Westminster. But in fact the selection procedures of the major parties achieve the same thing. They demand servile conformity with the idiotic beliefs which now govern our country. Show the slightest sign of spirit or independent thought, on any topic, and you are out. 

So here we are, fresh from six months of determined self-harm and illiterate panic over the virus, on the brink of making it even worse. 

Anyone who knew anything about the EU issue said years ago (as I did) that our best way out of Brussels rule was to copy Norway – stay in the Single Market and get rid of all the political and legal baggage. 

Zealots, who treasure the delusions that we are still a major power with a thriving economy, derided this. No, they said, we must have a total breach, and then we will soar free, our Victorian greatness restored. Few of them ever grasped what it will mean to leave the Single Market, into which our economy has been totally integrated for decades, and they will shortly have a fascinating lesson in that. The trouble is, the rest of us will have to have that lesson too. And it is hardly surprising that France, which has so long resented our standing in Europe and the World, sees this as an opportunity to take us down a peg or two. But remember, before complaining, that we gave them this chance.” [Peter Hitchens, in the Mail on Sunday].

Some people have asked me whether I “support” Patriotic Alternative. My response: I would not say that I “support” PA directly or wholeheartedly, but they are at least mainly on the right track, in my view. Also, it is good to see young people (including a considerable cadre of intelligent young women) coming to social nationalism, which should not be solely the preserve of middle-aged Kirsch-drinkers like me!

Such closely-representational art is not the only kind of painting which one can esteem, but it is certainly a breath of fresh air after the msm lionization of frauds or scam-artists such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, whose prominence was bought by Jewish backers such as Saatchi.

So many non-Europeans, in this case half and half, his father having come from Borneo [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Wong_(ethnobotanist)] seem to hate us, even if (as in this case) the individual was born in the UK and had every advantage here…

There is a huge hostile bloc of varied type within the UK.

Batten is quite wrong, though, in agreeing to “moderate and appropriate” immigration into the UK. Britain needs no immigration at all. Now, if the British person wants to marry a foreign person, and it is a genuine connection (not a scam), and if that person is not unsuitable for whatever reason, then come here.

Likewise, if Britain needs a particular and truly highly-qualified scientist, then yes, come, even with immediate family, and help us advance to the future.

One person, a few dozen, even a few hundred (especially if of European descent), but not thousands, let alone millions, of non-Europeans.

Batten was briefly leader of UKIP. You can see why UKIP failed. Not because of Batten, as such, but because people like Batten always want to be “moderate”, “respectable”, “lawful” etc. No go. It does not work.

Still, Batten was one of the better UKIP people, albeit no intellectual.

Sounds like the Franco-British dispute could go nuclear; not literally, but with tit-for-tat reprisals, eg on UK citizens living (as I once did) in France. I foresee a collapse in French property prices in Brittany, Normandy, maybe elsewhere, once British purchasers dry up.

Already, since 2016, there has been little interest. In fact, when I was last in Brittany, sometime in 2015 (I think), I was told that British people were finding it hard to sell property, especially inland from the coastal towns such as Roscoff. Example: a house and bar with B&B rooms (maybe half a dozen or so bedrooms in all, including owners’ accommodation), about 15 miles inland, in a quiet hamlet, unsold despite having been on the market for only around £70,000; on the market for 5+ years. I spent a couple of days there myself, the only guest.

The above academic termite, enemy of free speech, enemy of the British people, has obviously never read my blog! I suppose that my voice is not “loud” enough! Hardly surprising when I have been expelled from Twitter and am not able to publish my views on any msm platform…

So take the bitch at her word— fire her.

John le Carre (David Cornwell)

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_le_Carr%C3%A9]

The writer John le Carre has died. I regret now that I was not able to hear him speak in the early 1980s at the GB-USSR Association, a now-defunct para-diplomatic body funded by the Foreign Office, and of which I was a member. I was told that it was the best talk anyone could remember having been given there.

Late tweets

I wonder whether, with the likely increase in home working (for adults), and also unemployment (for various reasons), and also now that we have the Internet, many TV channels (some of which could be repurposed) etc, the school, as an institution, needs to survive at all.

In the Soviet Union, most boxes of chocolates contained individual chocolates of several different shapes, but were identical inside; the filling was the same for all. Apply to UK System political parties…

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

Late music

Diary Blog, 7 September 2020

The Extinction Rebellion activities bring matters of free speech to the fore

What we are facing here are fanatics: members of an apocalyptic, end-times cult.  A cult dedicated to immiserating our society and intimidating anybody who stands in their way. It is high time that they were stopped. It is time that the police move in to arrest them and disrupt their activities. It is time for our politicians and public figures to unite in deprecating their actions. And it is time that we unify again around a core principle: that open debate is the best way to have any difficult question out, and that ceding control to radicals of any stripe is not just where debate stops. It is where a free society ends.” [Douglas Murray, Daily Telegraph]

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/09/05/green-fanatics-have-terrorised-generation-children-now-turning/

Where, though, was Douglas Murray when a pack of Jews had me disbarred in 2016 for posting 5 tweets about UK society? See: https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/the-slide-of-the-english-bar-and-uk-society-continues-and-accelerates/.

I suppose that Douglas Murray was collecting his money from the Henry Jackson Society or other NWO/ZOG organizations when he might have been defending my free speech rights. On the other hand, Murray would not want his lucrative media career to finish. One word from “them” and it would be the end of Murray as go-to talking head…

I notice that Murray seems to be very favourable to Israel-based solicitor Mark Lewis, and Murray has defended on Twitter Lewis’s “free speech rights” (when Lewis was fined and censured by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority in 2018). Lewis was one of the main Jewish plotters against me from about 2012 until the present time. See: https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/01/11/update-re-mark-lewis-lawyer-questions-are-raised/.

I also never saw or heard Douglas Murray defend the free speech rights of Jez Turner (of the now-destroyed London Forum), who was imprisoned for making a speech in Whitehall; or for that matter, those of Alison Chabloz, prosecuted for posting online her satirical songs.

Both Jez Turner and Alison Chabloz were targets of the malicious Jew-Zionist pressure group, “Campaign Against Antisemitism” [“CAA”], as also I was and remain.

The same is true of the Charlie Hebdo events. The System politicians from all over the EU defended the magazine when it attacked Islam and was then attacked by Islamists, but it rarely attacks the Jew-Zionists who more or less rule France now. As for those political drones, they are in the pocket of of the Jewish/Zionist/Israel lobby and try to censor any criticism of Jews or their behaviour.

Migration-invasion

They” —aka (((they)))— happened to Britain, basically, Monsieur Daubney. “They” are at the root of it all, and it is because would-be politicians from “controlled opposition” fake parties such as UKIP and Brexit Party would not and will not acknowledge the centrality of the European struggle against “them” that we are on the brink of socio-political meltdown.

Lunacy posing as protest

A strange cult posing as the answer to the problems of the world.

Still, fair’s fair— some of the girls are not bad!

Sad situation

Happened to see this: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/sep/07/terminal-cancer-live-cancer-life-death. Worth reading.

A few reminiscences, a few thoughts

I happened to see this, too: https://capx.co/to-russia-with-thatcher-and-le-carre/ and then http://www.russiaknowledge.com/2017/11/18/how-the-small-scottish-town-of-moffat-came-to-have-russian-conferences-the-first-six-years-so-far-2012-2017/; and https://www.moffatrussianconferences.com/

Tempus fugit, and similar truisms…I recall seeing, en passant, the now-deceased lady who wrote the first two of those pieces, when I was sitting in the library of the GB-USSR Association in the early 1980s; about 1983.

The GB-USSR Association was a cultural and para-diplomatic organization mainly funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Lubrication for diplomatic/cultural interchange in the Cold War, if you like. A parallel body existed in Moscow.

http://www.bewc.org/en/history_en.php

The Chairman of the GB-USSR Association at the time was the renowned Fitzroy Maclean [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Fitzroy_Maclean,_1st_Baronet], and the previous two Chairmen had both been former Prime Ministers (Attlee and Macmillan).

The London HQ of the UK body had a rather nice set-up in Grosvenor Place, overlooking the gardens of Buckingham Palace. It had a Director (a rather unwelcoming fellow called John Roberts, I think about 50 or so, who had fluent Russian, learned in the 1950s during National Service and at Cambridge, where he was sent during part of his service), and two full-time librarians (paid Civil Service rates). I believe that I heard at some much later time that the younger of the two librarians eventually, in the 1990s, became the main librarian at the new, and now famous, Thames-side HQ of SIS/MI6. Perhaps.

The said Roberts was very well-connected and, in those days when your “occupation” had to be written in your passport (based on what the applicant wrote on the application form), had —I heard on good authority— “Diplomat” written in his passport, even though he was not one, at least in the accepted sense. In those days, I had a far less plausible occupation written in my own passport.

The GB-USSR had a good library which I often used, and it put on interesting occasional talks, though I missed the best of the lot (I was told), which was given by “John le Carre” (David Cornwell) one evening.

I remember a very attractive tall blonde woman who looked about 29 (if that) coming in with at least two and maybe three small dogs on leads, and going into the office of the Director. I later discovered that that was his new wife. I was unaware until yesterday that she was at the time already about 40.

I suspect, though only on the flimsiest of evidence, that she may have been the model, or one model, for the John le Carre character who is the wife of the SIS resident in Zurich in the TV series (I have not read the book) A Perfect Spy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Perfect_Spy_(TV_series); and see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Perfect_Spy

In the TV series, the main character, Magnus Pym, is brilliantly played (as adult) by Peter Egan; the wife of the SIS officer in Switzerland was, I think, one Felicity, played by actress Fiona Mollison.

Now that the GB-USSR lady is deceased (as is Roberts, her husband), I can say without seeming too rude that the intervening years were not kind to her (the same might be said of many of us!), looking at the photos. To be frank, I should not have recognized her from the photos I have just seen in the past day. There again, few would recognize me from the photograph of me aged 35…

[above: me, when aged 35]

I was struck some time ago by the changes seen a few years ago, in a BBC provincial news report and on a website, about people I met when volunteering on an organic farm in Wales about 40 years ago. The farmer was still recognizable, but his wife, whom I recall as a pretty sexy and shapely lady of about 35 (albeit very moody, to the point of being a real pain in the neck), was now almost spherical, in fact like a snowman without the snow: a small sphere sitting atop a large sphere.

These apparently random thoughts and reminiscences are in fact just my way of underlining how transitory is our time on this Earth in any one incarnation. We must do what we can to create a current of positive effect which will influence the course of history.

Pforzheim

I have been justly critical of Mike Stuchbery: see https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/a-few-words-about-mike-stuchbery/, but occasionally his tweets are worth reading, as in the case of that shown below. Click on it to read the full thread.

Other tweets seen today

Above, a typical example of nice, polite, English protest…Write to “your” MP, ask for an explanation as to why…blah blah blah. I have a different view of what should be done, but if I blog about it here, I shall probably have the toytown police and the poundland KGB here tomorrow morning…

Drongoes“! I have not heard that term of opprobrium since I was 12 and a child in an Australian school!

Wake up…

Jew lawyer found guilty of inventing “antisemitic” attack

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/top-pro-israel-lawyer-fake-22639409

Guilty, but look at the derisory penalty! £500! It is clear that the Jew should have been struck off the solicitors’ roll.

[Daily Record]

Evil-looking bastard.

More tweets seen

In reality, a black or even mixed population will never be able to enslave even a far smaller-in-number European/”white” population; the whites will either triumph over the blacks and rule them, or leave to be rid of the blacks and their inability to maintain a civilized society (in the absence of white skills and thinking patterns…), as has largely happened in South Africa: even the craven whites who opposed apartheid and emigrated have no wish to return to be ruled by the increasingly anti-white blacks in a society where whites are increasingly seen as enemies and, indeed, prey.

The British armed forces are increasingly, like the UK police, a bad joke. Good. All the easier to suborn them or overcome them when the time comes.

Late music

Update, 8 September 2020

Re. the Jew lawyer mentioned in the blog, there was an earlier piece about him, from 2018, in the Jewish Chronicle: https://www.thejc.com/news/uk/matthew-berlow-fined-scottish-palestine-solidarity-campaign-1.471403.

Matthew Berlow

Below, a photograph of wha is said to be the same Jew (presumably recently), toting what looks superficially like a silenced submachinegun, but which is in fact (I think) an “airsoft gun” used in games: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airsoft_gun

What made me laugh about that Jewish Chronicle piece was that the other Jew mentioned, a business operator, was driven out of the UK, it seems; at any rate, he left…

Diary Blog, 1 February 2020

The madness continues

The BBC, in the catchphrase of Private Eye, “getsmuchworse”.

I heard a BBC World Service interviewer, interviewing a Georgian lady about the Stalin-era sanatoria at Tsqaltubo, near Kutaisi, in former Soviet Georgia

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

https://www.curiositymag.com/2018/08/24/georgia-soviet-spa-bathhouse-6-tskaltubo/

The item was quite interesting, but the absurd came in when the interviewee was asked who went there in Stalin’s day. The answer: Communist Party people, but also those who were considered to have been hard workers in their industry, such as mining. The BBC drone then referred to the miners as “the men and women miners”! Women miners?! To be fair to the BBC, there were a few in the Soviet Union at one time, but not many:

https://www.rbth.com/history/330385-soviet-women-workers-photos

At least the idiot did not make tick-box reference to LGBT etc stuff…

Sadly, it seems that the ornate Stalin-era sanatoria, i.e. spa hotels, have been allowed to decay; that does not take long in a subtropical climate.

Postscript

Bloody hell! Even as I finished the above paragraphs, the BBC World Service, which is now just another bad joke, struck again, with some idiot talking about Brexit and UK fishing rights, and referring to “fish sold by UK fishermen…and fisherwomen.” UK “fisherwomen”?! Ha ha! The BBC idiot only just remembered to add “and fisherwomen”, in order to make his sentence clearly “non-sexist”. This country is so screwed, it’s not true…

Meanwhile, the “political correctness” madness is being challenged

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7954389/SUE-REID-Orwellian-nightmare-befell-businessman-Harry-Miller.html

“[A] policeman told Harry that he was in trouble for retweeting a ‘transphobic’ limerick.” [Daily Mail].

This is not a reworked Fawlty Towers or Monty Python sketch. This actually happened!

He was told that he was also being investigated for tweeting support for BBC Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray, who had been criticised by Oxford students after writing a newspaper article questioning whether transgender women are ‘real women’.” [Daily Mail]

Harry was told in the conversation at Tesco that he had not broken the law but was guilty of a ‘non-crime’ hate incident. According to court papers, the constable explained to him: ‘Sometimes, a woman’s brain grows a man’s body in the womb and that is what transgender is.’” [Daily Mail]

When Harry asked why the officer kept calling the person who had made the complaint a ‘victim’, when no crime had been established, he was told ‘that’s just how it works’.” [Daily Mail]

Since the catch-all guidance was released, police forces have recorded at least 87,000 non-crime hate incidents — none of which break the law.” [Daily Mail]

The police drone actually said to the citizen now fighting back, “I need to check your thinking.” This is the police state emerging in plain sight. 

I might add that I myself have been subjected to similar:

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/when-i-was-a-victim-of-a-malicious-zionist-complaint/

…and not only in that 2017 incident. A year later, in 2018, a mentally-disturbed Jewess (on medication), apparently resident in Barnet, North London, actually prevailed upon her local (((occupied))) police to telephone me and try to intimidate me into altering completely lawful posts on the GAB platform (the Jewish lobby had already had me expelled from Twitter).

The policeman (a constable) actually had the cheek to send me through the post a purported (but legally-ineffective) notice warning me about “harassment” (despite the fact that I had never had any direct contact with the said Jewess!)… In fact, I myself was the real victim of harassment, by that woman and by a pack of other Jews, all connected with the “Campaign Against Antisemitism” fake charity. I actually had to write to the Commissioner of Metropolitan Police and to the Barnet Police Borough Commander! Even then the same policeman tried to continue for a short while!

This is how the “rule of law” decays: when the police become politicized, subject to backstairs pressure, biased etc (not to mention both ignorant of the law and over-estimating the scope of their own *lawful* powers…).

Radio 4

Just listened on BBC Radio 4 at 0545 to some poor lady, grieving for her father, and droning on endlessly (as it seemed). I felt sorry for her, but this was, imo, not good radio. Have some regard for the listeners, for God’s sake!

Voting intention

I am not sure whether it means much, 4+ years before any likely general election, but for whatever it is worth, Survation has come out with a new poll:

Nothing much there. Conservatives at top by default, because so far they have been cautious about doing anything. Labour still moribund, LibDems, at 10% rather higher than I would have thought (maybe Remain signallers), and Brexit Party on 3% (who are they, that 3%?!) alongside Greens.

“First day out of EU” music

More “anti-fascist” nonsense exposed

I saw the nonsense below on Twitter:

What is the crazed “Witch of Peace” talking about now? As for the other one, with her Stars of David, she sounds completely off the wall…

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John le Carre and Olof Palme (etc)

I just read this piece by John le Carre (David Cornwell) about Olof Palme and much else:

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/feb/01/john-le-carre-breaking-heart-brexit

John le Carre is a very fine writer in his chosen field and, unlike most “spy writers”, has a wide appreciation of world politics and events. Most writers of “spy fiction” have at best a cartoon view of the world. Ian Fleming. Alastair Maclean. Frederick Forsyth. Others. I regret that I missed out on a lecture that Le Carre/Cornwell gave in or about 1981 at the G.B.-U.S.S.R. Association in Grosvenor Place, London.

The G.B.-U.S.S.R. Association, to which I belonged at the time, was an entity founded in 1958 and funded mainly by the Foreign Office (later, Foreign and Commonwealth Office). It had its funding radically cut in the 1990s and was split into parts after the Soviet Union ceased to exist. It even sold its library (a few volumes from which I was able to buy, though I came late to the party, having been overseas). It had by then moved from its fine building at the rear of Buckingham Palace to a soulless office tower in Vauxhall. The FCO finally cut off funds from its successor-entities in 2002.

Le Carre’s lecture was, I was told, one of the best talks ever given at the Association.

Having said the above, merely being a fine writer does not bestow infallibility. I doubt that there has ever been a better travel writer than Jan Morris:

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

yet Morris is in some respects also very silly indeed, judging purely from the political point of view (e.g. Morris espousing faux Welsh nationalism on the strength of having been born half-Welsh and having resided for a number of decades in Wales).

I have to say that I am disappointed to see that Le Carre/Cornwell, in that Guardian transcript, said that he was a Remainer and a European, as if the EU equates to Europe. That oft-seen conflation. No. I myself am a European, a white Northern European, but have always, on balance, opposed the EU. I am ethnically and culturally European. That is what matters.

One apparent fact given by Le Carre/Cornwell in the Guardian transcript did, as people now say, “surprise but not shock” me: it seems that Olof Palme was once an “intern” at Swedish Intelligence. I did not know that. His Wikipedia entry does not mention it (neither does it mention Palme’s quite long-running secret affair with the American actress Shirley MacLaine; Wikipedia is likewise not infallible):

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

Shirley MacLaine’s own Wikipedia entry also omits mention of the affair:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirley_MacLaine#Personal_life

though she herself has talked about it on several occasions:

https://www.oprah.com/oprahshow/shirley-maclaines-leading-loves-im-over-all-that-excerpt/4

What I know about Swedish intelligence and security would scarcely fill the back of a postcard, but I see that their security service has its own jaunty website:

https://www.sakerhetspolisen.se/en/swedish-security-service.html

https://www.sakerhetspolisen.se/en/swedish-security-service/counter-subversion/political-and-religious–extremism.html

though it seems that external intelligence-gathering is mainly handled by a separate organization: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_Military_Intelligence_and_Security_Service

and see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kontoret_f%C3%B6r_s%C3%A4rskild_inh%C3%A4mtning

Olof Palme always struck me as rather sinister. His assassination was never publicly solved, though two separate suspects were arrested, one eventually emigrating to the USA and the other being convicted of the assassination, but released on appeal two years later.

The famed “liberalism” of Sweden is not always very liberal. I recall the Westminster MP, Leo Abse [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo_Abse] writing about visiting the Swedish spy Stig Wennerstrom [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stig_Wennerstr%C3%B6m_(colonel)] in prison in Sweden and finding him chained to the wall of a subterranean dungeon (Abse was a penal reformer).

Admittedly, Swedish prisons are not usually like that. The original Swedish-language Girl with the Dragon Tattoo lost me at one point, when the investigative journalist seems to be in some kind of hostel or inexpensive hotel reception; it took me another viewing to understand that that was a Swedish prison!

Collapse of smug, virtue-signalling party...

Click on the tweet above to read the responses, many of them hilarious.

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

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/28/jolyon-maugham-qc-was-a-hero-to-many-then-he-beat-a-fox-to-death