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Diary Blog, 15 November 2021, including thoughts about charities and “good causes”

Charities

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10202001/Charity-employing-Carrie-Johnson-paid-bosss-wife-150-000-design-services-accounts-show.html

The newspaper report relates to the Aspinall Foundation [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Aspinall_Foundation].

The charity that employs Carrie Johnson paid more than £150,000 to its chairman’s wife for interior design services last year.

The figure paid by the Aspinall Foundation equates to ten per cent of all donations received from public and corporate donors in 2020.

The organisation and its sister charity the Howletts Wild Animal Trust are already being investigated by the Charity Commission over their spending and financial management.”

The Daily Mail report triggers thoughts about several different areas: the present rotten government, headed by part-Jew, part-Levantine chancer, “Boris” Johnson and his Cabinet of clowns; the whole area of charities and “good causes”; and a few personal reminiscences.

The Aspinall Foundation was founded by the egregious John Aspinall [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Aspinall_(zoo_owner)],

Aspinall’s mother was later married to Sir George Osborne [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_George_Francis_Osborne,_16th_Baronet], one of their 3 children being Sir Peter Osborne, who married a Hungarian-Jewish woman, that couple then having 4 children, one of whom is Gideon “George” Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer under David Cameron-Levita.

In other words, George Osborne is related to the present head of the Aspinall Foundation, Damian Aspinall (son of John Aspinall).

Around 1995, when I still lived in Little Venice, West London, I was acquainted with a lady of middle age called…well, let’s just call her by my nickname for her, “Mouse” (probably now-deceased). That lady had known John Aspinall’s brother or rather (I think) half-brother, rather well, and had stayed at the country house in Kent which also houses the zoo:

Over drinks at “the Bunker”, our name for the cellar bar at the Colonnade Hotel in Little Venice, I was told Mouse’s assessment of John Aspinall: ruthless, someone who much preferred animals to people, and who regarded the death of keepers at the zoo (five of whom were killed by the animals) as not very important; collateral damage, if you like.

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[Colonnade Hotel, London W.9. “The Bunker” was under the garden area shown]

Apparently, in his early days as an illegal or near-legal gaming operator, in the 1950s, Aspinall had more than once had to ask his wife for her jewellery, to cover outstanding gaming debts.

By 1960, though, Aspinall’s activities had brought fortune, if not always a good name.

The present Aspinall, Damian Aspinall, son of John, is extremely wealthy, and his wealth is said to have come from real estate operations unconnected, originally, with gambling as such: see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damian_Aspinall.

Whatever may be said about the way in which the Aspinall Foundation is said to be run, the work it has done with wild animals is said to have been very good, and in some respects pioneering.

Judging from what I have both read and been told, it seems that both Aspinall father and Aspinall son could say, “I did it my way“…

What about charities generally? There has been much criticism over the years of the loose oversight exercised by the Charity Commission.

Charity was originally a matter for the individual or the (Roman Catholic) Church. Taxation scarcely came into the matter. Once England started to become a more secular society, in Tudor times, legislation had to regulate what was or was not a “charitable” activity. The Statute of Elizabeth [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charitable_Uses_Act_1601] set down a list of “charitable” activities.

The Statute of Elizabeth was repealed in the 19thC, but the list of what is considered charitable still largely stands, clarified (or not) by case law precedent.

That is why, for example, the National Lottery of the UK has a fund not for “charity” but for “good causes”, a far wider ambit.

Many of the public concerns around charities have been caused by the way in which the larger charities soliciting money from the public pay their top-level employees. For many, it was shocking to learn that the husband of assassinated MP, Jo Cox, one Brendan Cox, was not only a sex pest and rapist or near-rapist [https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5404241/Jo-Coxs-husband-admits-sex-pest-resigns.html] but was being paid something like £200,000 by the charity Save the Children, which churns out tearjerk TV ads and so on, which ads solicit donations and bequests from kind-hearted members of the public.

Indeed, Cox’s friend and fellow sex-pest, Justin Forsyth, who had been at the material times chief executive of Save the Children, had to resign from UNICEF after similar allegations emerged about him…see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Save_the_Children#Executive_Brendan_Cox_quits_after_women’s_complaints_of_’inappropriate_behaviour’. Forsyth had been paid about £300,000 p.a while heading Save the Children! Truly, for these bastards, charity begins at home!

There seems to be no good reason why such high salaries are paid. Brendan Cox, for example, had a rather modest academic and work background: see https://uk.linkedin.com/in/brendan-cox-433b364.

I was myself shocked to learn, many years ago, that the (effectively) fraudulent MP and expenses cheat, Derek Conway [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Conway], after he was first removed from Parliament in 1997, had not only been appointed as Chief Executive of the Cats’ Protection League [now Cats’ Protection], but also been paid, if memory serves, something like £150,000 a year, a not inconsiderable sum in the 1990s. I favour that charity, which like many others has collecting tins here and there, but some of these executives, in the British Army phrase, really “tear the arse out of” their appointments.

This is very negative to the image of all charities, and leads to public distrust, thus hampering the valuable work that so many charities do.

No-one expects executives of large charitable organizations to work for nothing, or for peanuts, but there is a case, as elsewhere in our society, for decent measure.

It may be time to look again at what should constitute a charity, and to regulate the big charities, especially, more closely.

Midday music

[the Blues and Royals, London]
[checkpoint, Seversk (former Tomsk-7) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seversk]

Liverpool bomb

Surprised this morning when watching a few minutes of BBC TV News (something I rarely bother with these days), and to hear the BBC reporter say that the (presumed) terrorist bomber in Liverpool had “sadly” died. What?!

No need, I think, for me to expand on my point.

Covid nonsense

While watching some news on TV briefly, also saw and heard that absurd van Tam person talking (seemingly endlessly) about “Covid” statistics. Something about how one group of people in one area had extremely high rates of hospitalization, “7.1% per 100,000 people“!

So, in a town such as Reading, of over 200,000 inhabitants, about 15 people might be hospitalized over the period mentioned (and almost all recover after a few days or a week or so).

This is a public health problem that is nowhere near existential. Scrap all “measures”, fake laws, “rules” and all but mild advice.

Interesting discussion about British history

Tweets seen

Austria

This will only end when people, in numbers, not only start to say “NO!” but also start to punish the “authorities”, i.e. the System, and the “facilitators” of tyranny.

If even 10,000 Austrians were to go to the centre of Vienna, each armed with a mallet or hammer, and then were to break as many shop windows, and windows of government and police offices, as possible before being captured, that would make history. 10,000 freedom fighters, each breaking (say) 20 windows. 200,000 windows! Wien— Freiheit! Wien— das ist’s!!

Not that Austrians breaking windows will be sufficient, but it would be a start…

Late tweets

Late music

[Mont St. Michel, Normandie]

Diary Blog, 2 July 2021, including thoughts about Batley and Spen, and about the “panicdemic” as brainwashing

Batley and Spen by-election

The result: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batley_and_Spen_(UK_Parliament_constituency)#Elections_in_the_2020s.

My feeling was that Labour would lose, and quite possibly come third. I was not correct. Labour won narrowly or, as they say on the racecourse, “by a neck, cleverly”.

Labour got a vote-share of 35.3%. The Conservative candidate got 34.4%. George Galloway, under the banner of the Workers’ Party, did better than many expected (21.9%); I got that right, at least.

All other candidates, 13 in number, lost their deposits: LibDems 3.3%; Yorkshire Party 2.2%; 10 of the other 11 received vote-shares below half of one percent each. UKIP, on 0.4%, just beat the Monster Raving Loony (0.3%).

The English Democrats, whose candidate, Therese Hirst, wrote to my blog comments page to request a mention on this blog, came 6th, with 0.55%.

The small and supposedly “nationalist” parties were, as expected, an embarrassment.

The For Britain party leader, Anne Marie Waters, got 0.3% (97 votes). Jayda Fransen did even worse, though (like Ms. Waters) on a par with her previous forays into doomed electioneering: 0.1% (50 votes). [nb. percentages approximate].

So where to start? Firstly, by noting that the Labour Party’s winning candidate, on 35.3%, not only did worse than any previous Labour candidate in the constituency but also worse than the winning Conservative Party candidate in the first election held for the seat, in 1983 (39.6%).

Leaving aside the rigged 2016 by-election, Labour has gone down steadily in the constituency since 2017: 55.5%, 42.7%, 35.3%.

This does not somehow “save Labour”. The present Government still has a Commons majority of 80, and could in theory be in place until December 2024. Labour still has very little likelihood of being able to form even a minority government after that time. If Scotland were to pull away from the UK, Labour would be in permanent and declining Opposition; even without that, Labour has no future as a party of government.

Other points: Labour and Kim Leadbeater ran a very dishonest campaign, even delivering contradictory leaflets to different streets (depending on the race/nationality of the inhabitants). She evaded the issue of the schoolteacher driven from his home and job by Islamist zealots, for example.

The new MP is already on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme yapping about “people living side by side“, diversity etc etc. Another puppet MP. Useless for the people who elected her.

As for Batley’s chances of getting central government assistance now, forget it. The locals must be a pretty stupid lot. They have elected a communitarian drone whose economic knowledge stops at spouting nonsense about “magic money trees”…

The Conservatives ran a lily-livered campaign, which seemed cunning but ultimately fell flat. The candidate deliberately shunned publicity (I thought, though I am judging from hundreds of miles away). The noise was all about Kim Leadbeater and George Galloway.

I thought that Galloway might get more than 20%, and I was right in that. 21.9%. He must be pleased with such a result.

As far as social nationalism is concerned, there was no social-national candidate, just absurd one-trick-pony candidates playing at politics. Anne Marie Waters and, even less credible, Jayda Fransen.

Labour continues to be the party of, mainly, the blacks and browns, publicly-paid employees and a few other groups. It is less than ever the party of (most of) the white English.

Other points? Well, the pathetic LibDem result was par for the course. Since the 2010 upsurge, the LibDems have lost their deposits in all Westminster elections contested by them at Batley and Spen.

Turnout, at 47.6%, was not especially low for a by-election.

About 73% of those who voted, voted for a System party. Over half of those eligible to vote abstained from voting. So about two-thirds of the entire eligible electorate either voted non-System, or decided not to vote at all.

Tweets seen

A tweet which shows not only how out of touch many Twitter-twits are (where has she been since 2010? Was she in outer space in 2019?), but how mutually-isolated are different socio-political “tribes” in the UK.

Good point. Until the seat is abolished, the Batley and Spen electorate will be represented at Parliament by a communitarian System drone with not an interesting or original thought in her head, dragging down £200,000 p.a. in pay and expenses, and accomplishing nothing, while the voters of Batley moulder in poverty and despair.

Political joke Paul Mason opines…in fact, he is right about the two “leaders” that he mentions in his tweet. Social nationalism in terms of electoral politics is scarcely even a bad joke; The two ladies together got only 147 votes at the Batley and Spen by-election, scarcely 0.3% of the total vote. One vote for about every 300 cast. Embarrassing.

Mason is not right about “terror networks” of what he would call, no doubt, “the far right”. They do not even exist, as far as I know anyway. Young men buying samurai swords, young women having swastika-shaped cookie-cutters, and people talking big in pubs, do not constitute a “terror threat”…

As for Mason’s “danger…online“, what he means is that people might be able to persuade other people to a certain viewpoint online. Mason hates free speech, so calls that a “danger”…

“John Smith” gives an accurate, if ungrammatical, riposte to sex pest communitarian grasper Brendan Cox, who thinks that it is worth trashing the UK if a few blacks become England-team footballers.

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The “panicdemic” is such an exercise in applied psychology that dictators, oppressive political regimes, and academic scribblers will probably be using its lessons for decades, and maybe for hundreds of years, rather like the 20thC Chinese techniques called (I believe) hsi nao, or “wash brain”, taken up by the West since the Korean War as “brainwashing”: see the 1963 book, Techniques of Persuasion, by J.A.C. Brown. I once had a copy, bought by me at my school book fair in, I think, 1971.

[the first paperback edition]

Such techniques were intriguing to film-makers, and have continued to be. Early examples would include The Manchurian Candidate and The Ipcress File.

Those films focussed on individual subjects, but there is of course “brainwashing” or, more accurately, “conditioning”, of whole masses of people, whether at schools (Eton might be a good example), or during Army training, to take two obvious situations.

Recent studies have concluded that, if people are exposed to fear propaganda for months, they lose the ability to resist it even if logical, rational and credible counter-messages are then delivered to them. Put simply, emotion trumps thought, usually.

Think back to the initial panic about “the virus”, in early Spring, 2020. TV news showing shuttered towns in Italy and elsewhere, the population only allowed to take walks alone or as couples, not interacting with others at all. Curfews. Harsh methods of enforcement (particularly in the part of China where the virus supposedly just appeared as if out of nowhere).

In the UK, we have seen how even the shambolic government regime presided over by Boris-idiot applied ever-stricter laws, “rules”, “guidance” etc (which the police enforced as if all had the force of law).

Police chiefs wanting to check people’s shopping to see whether the items had been “reasonable” purchases! That caused a kefuffle because the regime had tried to impose such repression too early, before the fear propaganda had fully taken hold.

Other examples included police vandalizing beauty spots in the Peak District lest people walk to them, other police (the hopeless police of Derbyshire were arguably the worst) using drones and loudhailers to bully elderly couples walking on the hills, miles from anywhere; in Wales, some farmer and his wife, hysterical (and again calling police) because two people from elsewhere were camping overnight on a nearby hill! “They might spread Covid!“, the pathetic idiots cried and whined (to the newspaper and TV reporters who were, unmolested, also there!).

Shops and other businesses were closed down for months, the employees’ anger largely forestalled or bought off by “furlough” payments. Result: the UK has spent £300 BILLION.

It is said “no matter, interest rates are almost zero”. In that case, why did the UK governments of the part-Jews David Cameron-Levita, Theresa May, and “Boris” Johnson apply so-called “austerity” for a decade, causing a huge amount of misery, in order to “save” far less than the sums now wasted for no good reason? Why was a huge investment in infrastructure not undertaken? Instead, vast amounts have been spent on paying the population to sit at home eating delivered pizza, watching TV, and drinking.

Then came the facemask nonsense. Large-scale trials which showed that facemasks (except the kind used in laboratories) were of minimal utility (and also caused other health problems) were ignored. The Government mandated facemasks (often little more than cloth muzzles or quasi-scarfs) in shops etc. Mandated them on pain of a heavy fine.

At first, up to mid-2020, both the UK Government and the World Health Organization [WHO] disparaged the use of facemasks, but later came under political pressure to change their advice, which is what happened.

The World Economic Forum [WEF] openly proclaimed how wonderful the “panicdemic” was as a driver to start a “Great Reset” of the world.

Well, now we are 18 months on, and the UK public, at least the majority, have shown themselves to be malleable pawns, without any regard for the freedoms won over centuries. One sees many wearing their facemasks even in their own cars, or while walking on windswept clifftops etc. Do they know that they have been brainwashed? Do they even care?

I think that it was the popular music group, Pink Floyd, in the early 1970s, maybe on Dark Side of the Moon, who had a track in which they sang that “…quiet desperation is the English way“. That might have to be changed, these days, to something like “spineless compliance, and apathy, is the English way”…

Meanwhile, we hear that 50,000 or 60,000 people have died in the UK “within 28 days of a positive test” (until recently, it was “from Covid”…), though (what a shock…) apparently no-one at all has died of flu for 18 months in the UK! Incidentally, if someone “tests positive” (often because the tests are flawed), even if having no symptoms, then weeks later dies in a car crash…yes, that’s right…that person “dies within 28 days of a positive test”!

The brainwashed nature of the population can be seen in the relative lack of anger or even questioning at the incongruity. Suddenly, instead of tens of thousands of deaths from influenza etc, there is substituted “deaths from Covid”, but most people are still, even now, obeying the so-called “laws”, “rules” etc. Even though their rational minds must know that this is a kind of scam on a vast scale.

Again, every day now we are seeing such as “today, 20,000 people tested positive”, followed by “and three people died within 28 days…(etc)”

In the UK, the msm has been totally compliant to the wishes of the State. In the msm and the “corridors of power”, only a few independent minds have stood up against the propaganda lies. Peter Hitchens [on Twitter as @clarkemicah] was one. Former Law Lord, Jonathan Sumption, was another. See https://twitter.com/SumptionUpdates.

About 1 out of 1,000 in the UK has died supposedly “of” or “with” or “within 28 days of a test”. Some people claim, speciously, 1 out of 500. Even so, this was never a nation-breaking pandemic. In the wider world, about 1 person has died out of every 4,000 people.

Inmates at the American concentration camp at Guantanamo were forced to wear facemasks nearly 20 years ago. To break them, not to save them from infection. Think about it.

[prisoners at the United States concentration camp, Guantanamo Bay, with female guard]
[muzzled prisoners at US concentration camp, Guantanamo Bay, forced by American concentration camp guards to kneel, heavily-clothed, in tropical heat; the true face of NWO/ZOG]

We are facing an attempt, starting in 2022, to implement a new stage of the New World Order conspiracy. Various campaigns are part of that: Covid-19 “measures”, “Black Lives Matter” nonsense, fake “environmental” measures, “anti-racism” campaigns etc.

Afternoon music

[colonnade at Karlovy Vary —former Carlsbad—, Czech Republic]

Disgusting Britain

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/02/red-squirrels-and-pine-martens-could-lose-protection-in-uk-review-say-experts

Late music

Diary Blog, 28 June 2021

Batley and Spen

I continue to update my blog post re. the upcoming by-election: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2021/06/04/the-batley-and-spen-by-election-2021/. 3 days left.

Tweets seen

Let’s hope so. While I do not particularly want the “Conservative” to win at Batley, I do want the “Labour” (Labour-label) candidate to lose!

As for lifting “Covid restrictions”, yes! As soon as possible. There never should have been any “lockdown” shutdown, facemask nonsense etc in the first place.

Ah, one Dan Bloom, who apparently is the “online Political Editor” of the Daily Mirror. The proportion of Jewish individuals involved in political reporting and commentating in the UK is very high. Too high.

Kim Leadbeater may be a “local candidate” but she has been co-opted into fronting a Labour Party campaign at Batley and Spen that is controlled by members of Labour Friends of Israel— Keir Starmer, Rachel Reeves, Lisa Nandy etc.

I blogged about political joke, Paul Mason, yesterday. So what if the Conservatives get another seat? They have a Commons majority of 80 anyway! What matters is to hit Starmer and the Labour Friends of Israel cabal which controls the Labour leadership. Voters of Batley should vote anywhere but Labour.

A new party or movement can only arise when the existing System parties, especially Labour, collapse. Start the avalanche!

Quite, though Kim Leadbeater is not really a politician, of course, but just a convenient “monkey on a stick” for a Labour Friends of Israel cabal. Of course she does not understand monetary (or other) policy! As I understand it, she is a former personal trainer who is paid for doing work for the “charity” set up in her deceased sister’s name. If anyone knows facts to the contrary, comment here and I may print the rebuttal.

Batley and Spen should elect an MP with the ability to help the area.

Interesting map

This map shows the proportion of all white pupils as of January 2020 across England, with blues and purples showing higher numbers and oranges and yellows showing lower numbers. In parts of London, there is a greater proportion of non-white pupils than white pupils. Outside of London, there is a greater proportion of white pupils than non-white pupils

London has fallen! Draw a line from southwest of Bristol to the Isle of Wight. That is the redoubt for English people…

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That has been increasingly my feeling over the past weeks. Kim Leadbeater, the Labour candidate, is plainly as thick as two short planks, and has quite obviously been drilled to deliver pathetic soundbites such as “there is no magic money tree“. She is one personification of why Labour is going nowhere but down.

Most of the Muslims in the by-election area seem to have all but given up on Labour now that it is back under Jewish-lobby control.

As for the white English voters, who are at least 75% of the electorate, most of them had already given up on Labour even in 2019: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batley_and_Spen_(UK_Parliament_constituency)#Elections_in_the_2010s.

If in 2019, Tracy Brabin and Labour only got 42.7%, almost half of that that would have been the Muslim vote. If, in this by-election, most of that Muslim vote disappears to Galloway (or to abstention), that would seem to reduce Labour to a vote-share around 30%. If half of the English former (2019) Labour voters abstain or vote elsewhere, the Labour vote might reduce to around 20%, or less. That might knock Labour into third place.

Having said that, there is still all to play for at Batley and Spen. The Labour candidate still has as ammunition her local roots, the tradition of Labour voting locally, and the sympathy vote around the assassination of her sister (former MP Jo Cox) by a socio-political dissident. I have to say that I myself am sceptical that that sympathy vote even exists, but there it is.

Incidentally, there has been much msm and Twitter noise around the egg attack on Labour leafletters. Has it not occurred to anyone that that may have been locals expressing their opinion of the last thick-as-two-short -planks MP, Tracy Brabin, who was (it seems) one of those attacked? She seems to be unpopular up there, perhaps because she stepped down as MP as soon as she got a job with more money…

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Neither of the tweeters above are quite right, as the record shows: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batley_and_Spen_(UK_Parliament_constituency)#Elections_in_the_2010s.

Leaving aside the rigged 2016 by-election, in which “Labour” was the only major (i.e. System) party standing, it can be seen that the Labour vote rose in 2017 to 55.5%, compared to only 43.2% when Jo Cox was the candidate in 2015.

In 2019, the Labour vote fell back to 42.7%, but that was still higher than the 43.2% Jo Cox managed, or her predecessor, Mike Wood, whose last vote, in 2010, was only 41.5%.

Yes, the betting market only gets election results right about half of the time. Labour is now between 7/2 and 4/1 against, but the Conservatives are 1/4 on…very firm favourites. The result is not completely certain, so I should say that that odds-on offer is not a value bet. I myself would not bet on Labour winning, but 4/1 might yet be a value bet for anyone willing to risk a little money.

[Labour Party sliding to oblivion]

French news

In an interview on CNews, General Dominique Delawarde alluded to a group of people who control the global media.

When the Jewish interviewer asked who he was referring to, General Delawarde said: “This is the community that you know well.”

Although the general did not mention the Jewish community explicitly, the host of the show, Jean-Marc Morandini, abruptly cut him off and ended the interview segment.

The Paris prosecutor’s office has begun an investigation into General Delawarde, stating: “The Paris prosecutor’s office today opened an investigation into the heads of public defamation and incitement to hatred and violence on the grounds of origin or belonging to an ethnic group, nation, race or religion.””

So one brief allusion to Jews controlling the global mass media, not even saying it outright…and a distinguished senior officer has his interview cut short by a Jewish interviewer, and the powerful Jewish/Israel lobby in Paris starts to have the officer persecuted by —and quite likely later prosecuted by— State (((prosecutors))).

Jews in Europe are concentrated in and around a few large cities: Paris (the largest grouping), London and, in Russia, Moscow [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_population_by_country#Jewish_population_by_city].

Notes: https://www.centrafriqueledefi.com/pages/biographies-histoire/un-general-ne-devrait-pas-dire-ca-par-dominique-delawarde.html; https://fr.linkedin.com/in/dominique-delawarde-48503740; https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9514863/Twenty-retired-French-generals-call-MILITARY-RULE-country.html

Why are UK schoolteachers often so ignorant?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9732119/Boy-11-told-class-wanted-alms-needy-reported-PREVENT.html

An 11-year-old Muslim schoolboy who told his class that he wanted to give charity to the needy was referred to controversial anti-terrorism watchdog Prevent after his teacher mistook the word ‘alms’ for ‘arms’.” [Daily Mail].

I have to say that I agree with what the Muslim below says about this:

Attiq Malik, director of Liberty Law Solicitors, told MailOnline: ‘Yet again we see another example of a ‘fail’ by the Government’s Prevent Programme on vulnerable impressionable children, highlighting why the Programme is potentially harmful and needs to be scrapped as it simply does not work.

‘In the current economic climate, teachers are barely equipped properly to carry out their teaching duties, let alone the additional policing duties imposed on them by Prevent. 

Criminal legislation and safeguarding policies have always existed to protect the public and the vulnerable members of our society. There is no need for a policy that is nothing less than the equivalent of using a sledgehammer to crack a nut and thus unnecessary.’ 

Mr Malik insists that the Prevent referral could still cause issues for the family, telling the Guardian: ‘Every time a Prevent referral is made, it generates a record with the Home Office and various other intelligence agencies.” [Daily Mail]

The fact that I would rather that no large Muslim populations existed in the UK is a separate matter.

Imagine a “teacher” so ignorant that he or she has never heard of the word “alms”! Sadly, schoolteaching, especially in the State sector, tends to be something in the UK that people do when they can do little else. The standards are often abysmal (as can be seen on TV quiz shows).

As for the “Prevent” nonsense, I wrote about it a few years ago on this blog: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2018/05/30/one-mans-extremism-is-another-mans-struggle-for-liberty-and-justice/.

Free speech campaigners including Toby Young have raised concerns that invoking the Prevent duty ‘threatens the involvement of the state’s security powers and real and serious interference with freedom of expression‘.” [Daily Mail].

Looking now at the comments of the Daily Mail readers, I see that 95% agree with me…

Afternoon music

Composed by Glazunov at age 16.

London— zoo news

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/nhs-hospital-rape-eric-lakidi-jailed-epsom-security-police-b942920.html; https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/robbery-chelsea-pensioners-home-met-police-release-images-two-men-b942575.html; https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/black-lives-matter-sasha-johnson-shooting-peckham-b942604.html; https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/swiss-cottage-bus-stabbing-schoolboy-b942543.html; https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/sydenham-murder-investigation-teen-stabbing-crime-met-b942770.html

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[Pyongyang, North Korea]

Interesting video

That one province has a population of over 45 million.

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Of course, arrival figure are not the whole story. Births to immigrants are as important, if not more so.

It was not always thus. Below, me, aged just 10, late Summer 1966, with then Labour Party leader and Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. On the quay at Hugh Town, St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly. I am on (oddly) the extreme left of the photo:

I cannot imagine Harold Wilson (whatever the flaws in his policies may have been) getting down on his knee(s) in sign of fealty to black mobs, as have Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner.

As the real parasites are allowed to flood by the million into our once “green and pleasant land”…

Where is supposedly hardline anti-invasion Cabinet minister, Priti Patel (who should not be here herself)? Laughing at the British people with her Israeli friends?

Anyway, a few hundred or a thousand invaders a week might be regarded as a bagatelle when Boris-idiot, in his role as NWO/ZOG/Coudenhove-Kalergi part-Jew puppet, has now invited no less than 6 MILLION Hong Kong Chinese to come and live here.

This is only the start…

I cannot say that I have a huge amount of time for Galloway, but at first I thought that he would do well to get 5% of the vote. As the by-election campaign has progressed, I have realized that that was a gross underestimate. He may well get not only most of the Muslim votes but also a sizeable chunk of disaffected white English former Labour votes. If so, he could be in with a good chance of at least coming in second.

Unlikely that Galloway will win (though I thought that of the LibDems at Chesham and Amersham). If he did, though, that really would be a political earthquake, not because Galloway might go on to form a party of any size, but because it would show that vast numbers of people in the UK are very tired and angry at the way in which this country has been misgoverned for decades.

Hartlepool, Chesham and Amersham, Batley and Spen. Are they listening? How can they be forced to listen?…

Exactly. The simple people think in terms of government having a kind of Mrs. Thatcher’s purse, or a chest with money in it (in gold coins, very likely), and that once that is spent, “there is no money left”. Few, even MPs or candidates, bother to learn even basic macro-economics, and that is why you get stupid people such as Kim Leadbeater, the doomed (?) Labour candidate at Batley and Spen (though she only joined Labour about 6 or 7 weeks ago!) parrotting nonsense about “magic money trees” etc. Pitiful.

Kim Leadbeater, despite not even having belonged to Labour for more than a month or two, is clearly part of that corrupt, dishonest, PR-spinning, Blairite-Brownite, New Labour ghastliness. After all, her own sister was a Labour-label MP who herself was married to a sex pest quasi-rapist (who made about £200,000 a year from a charity)… The people don’t want that kind of “Labour”.

If I were a voter of Batley and Spen, I would demand full disclosure from Kim Leadbeater about her income, and from where exactly it comes.

The tweet below by one Darren Gray made me laugh. I saw a few today like it.

As if it changes anything at all that Boris-idiot has a majority of 80 or one of 81! Labour would have to win about 80 by-elections to force out the present government.

What if Labour manages to retain Batley an Spen? Unlikely, but what if? Well, Starmer would probably not be forced out. Apart from that, nothing. Either another Jewish-lobby puppet such as Rachel Reeves or Lisa Nandy would take over, or Angela Rayner, who seems as thick as two short planks, and who also bent the knee, alongside Starmer, to both the Jewish lobby and the black mobs; or maybe some creature such as Dawn Butler would become Labour leader, thus accelerating Labour’s demise.

In fact, even if Labour wins at Batley and Spen, the snatched victory would mean nothing. The margin would probably be tiny, and all of Labour’s problems of role, identity, meaning, and purpose, would remain.

At present, I am thinking that the result might be (probably will be) Conservatives to win, followed (possibly) by Galloway, and with Labour in third place.

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A few simple designations or acronyms cover this: NWO, ZOG, Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan, Bilderberg, Zionist lobby.

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Diary Blog, 16 June 2021, including final look at tomorrow’s Chesham and Amersham by-election

Chesham and Amersham by-election

I recently included an appreciation of the upcoming by-election at Chesham and Amersham in my daily blog: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2021/06/06/diary-blog-6-june-2021-including-the-upcoming-by-elections-chesham-and-amersham-and-batley-and-spen/.

The by-election is being held tomorrow. I thought to add my last-minute thoughts.

As I blogged previously, I see no prospect of any upset to the expected Conservative victory in that constituency. Even in 1997, the Conservative Party vote topped 50%, and has exceeded 63%. 55.4% in 2019.

Incumbency is usually helpful to a candidate, so it is an open question as to whether the new Conservative candidate will get a very high vote-share in what is, after all, a by-election.

It may be that there will be a protest vote favouring the LibDems, but I doubt that it will be anything like enough to dislodge the Conservatives. The LibDem vote in 2019 was 26.3%.

The main interest is in seeing whether Labour will lose its deposit. I think that quite likely. The Labour vote in 2019 was 12.9%: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesham_and_Amersham_(UK_Parliament_constituency)#Elections_in_the_2020s.

The Green Party scored 5.5% in 2019, and it may be that that will increase at the expense of Labour. At any rate, it is hard to see many people bothering to vote Labour after Starmer’s lacklustre and indifferent attitude at Prime Minister’s Questions today.

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Well, you would think so, were you not aware how (to coin a phrase) “totally fucking hopeless” the Crown Prosecution Service is. The CPS is run by the Director of Public Prosecutions. Starmer was DPP. His predecessor was Alison Saunders. Both “totally fucking hopeless”, of course.

Time after time, since it started but especially in the past decade, the CPS has proven itself all but useless, stuffed as it is with mediocre (or worse) Common Purpose types.

For example, the CPS recently tried to pursue a case against persecuted singer-songwriter Alison Chabloz, based on a provision under the Public Order Act 1986. Such a prosecution requires the assent of the Attorney-General. When the matter came before the Westminster Magistrates’ Court on first appearance not long ago, it transpired that not only had the CPS not received the said assent, but that the CPS had not even requested it, being unaware of the necessity!

Alison Chabloz is now being prosecuted on the same alleged facts, but under anotherAct with a far less severe maximum penalty on conviction (her trial is set down for one day on 1 September 2021).

On the above premises, why would Starmer be any good in his present role? He’s only there because the Jewish lobby wanted Corbyn binned. Who better to “regain the confidence of Jewish people” (which the msm, quelle surprise, thinks is all-important) than someone who is completely in the pocket of that Jewish lobby, and who is married to a Jewish woman lawyer, their children being brought up as if fully-Jewish (celebrating all the Jewish supremacist holidays etc)?

Starmer is about 5 years too late. If he thinks that bringing up the Jo Cox stuff now will help Labour either at Chesham and Amersham, or at Batley and Spen, he is very much mistaken, in my view.

I was looking at tweets by such as political journalist John Rentoul. For people like that, Prime Minister’s Questions is meat and drink, but for most people, PMQs is scarcely even noticed. System Clown A scores point off System Clown B.

As to little Matt Hancock, I blogged about him nearly two years ago: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/09/09/deadhead-mps-an-occasional-series-the-matt-hancock-story/.

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The real purpose of the facemask nonsense is quite other…

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Another cliche “mad psychiatrist”. A complete mask zealot too. It is more than worrying that idiots of this sort exercise influence in the UK. I feel sorry for her children though.

I am no medic but, looking at her tweets, she gives the impression of being rather unbalanced. Says that she works and has worked (at her campaigning organization) 80 hours per week, without days off. Since 2018. As a psychiatrist, she should know that that sort of schedule has deleterious mental health results.

True, the shouting mob scene was not very nice, but in the UK, opinion that does not fit the System narrative (pro-lockdown, pro-facemask nonsense, pro “Black Lives Matter” nonsense, pro-migration invasion etc) is now suppressed, and people are repressed if they voice dissident views on social media or even in blogs. On those premises, shouting crowds may, before long, be the least of the forms of resistance.

The mainstream media are now more or less the megaphones of the System. Those who work for msm outlets are more or less System propagandists.

Just one incident in the UK’s slow (?) descent into multikulti barbarism.

Well, though I do not disagree with everything he has said, Swayne is a complete waste of space as an MP.

Voting could change everything, if there were a real and credible alternative party for which to vote. There is no alternative party, just 2.5 System parties all under the same secret flag.

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Diary Blog, 11 June 2021, including thoughts about politicization of charities, and about the Maya Forstater case

The charity sector— a “rotten borough”

Sadly, the charity sector has, over decades, developed into a “rotten borough”. There have been so many scandals. Oxfam alone has had many. Legal and political scandals around “charitable status”; sex scandals; money-related scandals. Why?

I believe that, looking at the larger charities, the basic problem is one of focus, going back to those recruited.

There was always a “campaigning” aspect to many of these charities, inasmuch as many of them have always regarded it as part of their remit to campaign for changes in the law, or changes in public behaviour. Examples would include the Salvation Army, and the League Against Cruel Sports, to name but two.

There is inevitably a grey area between such “political” or socio-political campaigning, and outright politicking. This came to a head in the 1980s when it emerged that Oxfam was spending huge amounts of money (money mainly donated by well-meaning members of the public) not only on direct alleviation of poverty in Africa (etc), and not even on effective but indirect poverty-alleviation (eg supporting schools in Africa), but on political propaganda such as anti-apartheid stuff (the false narrative being that poverty in Africa as a whole was somehow caused by apartheid in South Africa, despite the fact that the Africans in South Africa were often better off than Africans in other African states).

In fact, the now nearly 30 years of (notional) black African rule in South Africa have proven that apartheid was not the only or even main factor holding back 99.9% of South African blacks. The new South Africa has quite as much inequality of capital and income as the old South Africa, together with rocketing crime and corruption. All that and virtue-signalling too!

In the UK charity/NGO sector, there have been all the scandals around money and sex, such as at Save The Children, where the head of the organization was getting about £400,000 a year, and where his cronies at the top were getting £200,000 or more, one such crony being the sex-pest Brendan Cox, the then husband of Labour Party MP Jo Cox (who was assassinated in 2016).

The roots of these problems go back to the kind of people recruited. Typical of our age: virtue-signalling “woke” hypocrites, but who are also very interested in money.

There is, also, a persistent problem with many charity staff, at the higher (careerist) levels, being anti-white, meaning anti-European race and culture.

The Maya Forstater case https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Forstater_v_Centre_for_Global_Development

I have blogged, about the general questions raised, once or twice in the past: see https://ianrobertmillard.org/2018/11/15/when-reality-becomes-subjective/

He was right. We are pretty much there now…

Q.E.D.

In the Maya Forstater appeal: “The panel said only views akin to Nazism or totalitarianism were unworthy of protections for rights of freedom of expression and thought.” [The Guardian]. https://www.theguardian.com/law/2021/jun/10/gender-critical-views-protected-belief-appeal-tribunal-rules-maya-forstater.

Seems that the Indian in charge thinks that National Socialism is just too true!

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Very very lenient. Alison Chabloz recently got 18 weeks, so nearly twice as long, merely for pointing out (albeit undiplomatically) some true aspects of Jewish behaviour on an Internet podcast.

A white woman, of course…

Good grief! Incredible that there are still some people who have not woken up to the idiocy of “Boris”.

Khrushchev, in his memoirs, criticized Malenkov as a “filing clerk” and said that that was the worst kind of person to have power given to him. In our society, in the UK of 2021, we have given power to chancers such as “Boris” and little Matt Hancock, but in reality to those behind them, such as the narrowminded medical and statistics zealots of “SAGE” (aka “DUMB”, the Department Under Matt and Boris). Not to mention types such as Dominic Cummings. Result? Misery…

“Judith Gleeson”? [nb. not “Gleason” ]. Hm… I think so…((()))…[https://www.pragueprocess.eu/en/training-academy/expert-network/604-gleeson-1].

“The land of freedom”…

The UK’s multikulti toytown police state in operation. Pathetic, yet at the same time chilling…

Of course, The Handmaid’s Tale is fiction, literary fantasy, but reflective of a outline of possible future reality, just as The Protocols of Zion are literary fantasy yet in a sense “true”, in that they clothe the reality which is coming to pass via, inter alia, NWO, ZOG, the “Black Lives Matter” nonsense, the “Covid-19” “situation” etc.

Incidentally, I see that Martin Daubney’s clip shows Vauxhall Underground Station. I wonder how many, if any (?) SIS staff who use that station, and are not asleep, and see what “British” society now is, have any reservations about defending it?

Sadly, many British people are now scared rabbits, wearing bloody facemasks even in the open air, even when walking alone. That applies particularly to the older population; as to the younger, “woke virtue-signalling idiots” covers many of them. I expect no revolt from the majority, just frightened compliance, maybe with more “North Korea-lite” clapping on command…

There is only one way…

I have not had the vaccine(s); I shall not have the vaccine(s). In youth, I always hoped to die in battle. Who knows…That may now be unlikely, but never say never…

Well…does that come under “cultural appropriation”, “cultural insult”, or some sub-species of “white genocide”?

Push her off…

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Now let’s protect views on other socio-political and historical matters…

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Diary Blog, 6 June 2021, including the upcoming by-elections— Chesham and Amersham, and Batley and Spen

Belated Saturday quiz

I forgot about the i paper quiz yesterday. So here it is:

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Only 5/10 this week, though I still beat John Rentoul (again); he only scored 4/10. I did not know the answers to questions 4, 6, 8, 9, and 10 (could not remember what LED —exactly— means, and I hit the post on the Battle of Bannockburn, knowing that it was Edward I’s successor but not knowing who the hell that was).

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The reference there is to Paul Halloran, the candidate at Batley and Spen of the “Heavy Woollen District Independents” in the 2019 General Election: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batley_and_Spen_(UK_Parliament_constituency)#Elections_in_the_2020s. He scored 12.2%, a very creditable result. I mentioned the fact in my blog post of yesterday about the upcoming Batley and Spen by-election (1 July 2021): https://ianrobertmillard.org/2021/06/04/the-batley-and-spen-by-election-2021/.

It seems that the said Halloran has now joined the no-chance Reclaim Party set up by the actor Laurence Fox, who now stands for free speech (except, it seems, where Jews disapprove or are mentioned). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurence_Fox.

Halloran, Fox, and Reclaim Party have issued a statement: https://mailchi.mp/a466726a0fd3/media-statement-the-reclaim-party-and-paul-halloran?e=d4fb63896d.

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/paul-halloran-wont-standing-batley-20751008

It is clear that Reclaim Party will never amount to anything. As far as the Batley and Spen by-election in July is concerned, the stand-aside will obviously help the Conservative candidate, but what is unknown is by how many votes. Halloran received 12.2% of the vote in 2019, true, but Fox, in the recent London Mayoral Election, only 1.9%.

I suppose that it might be surmised that Halloran, had he stood at Batley, might have garnered 5% of the by-election vote, possibly 10%, and maybe even 15%+, but the fact is that that is pure speculation. We do not know.

What we do know is that the above news is probably a blow for Labour. A few percent might decide this contest.

Chesham and Amersham by-election 2021

The Chesham and Amersham by-election is set down for 17 June 2021. It has been occasioned by the death of the sitting member, Cheryl Gillan [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheryl_Gillan].

I usually abide by the maxim de mortuis nihil nisi bonum (“[say] nothing but good of the [recent] dead”) but the fact is that the recently-deceased MP was little better than a persistent and outright thief [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheryl_Gillan#Expenses] who defrauded the taxpayer out of far more than was explicitly exposed during the 2009 expenses scandal.

As to the constituency, this is rock-solid Conservative Party territory, situated at the suburban and semi-rural Northern joint termini of the Metropolitan Line.

Since the seat was created in 1974, the Conservatives have held it, at first with Ian Gilmour [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Gilmour,_Baron_Gilmour_of_Craigmillar] and then with Cheryl Gillan, who “inherited” the seat in 1992.

The lowest ebb of Conservative Party fortunes at Chesham and Amersham was 1997, but even in that year of “Labour landslide” the Conservative vote held up at 50.4%. The high-water mark was the 1992 General Election (63.3%). Even the expenses scandal did not dent Cheryl Gillan’s vote (60.4% in 2010).

Second place in elections at Chesham and Amersham has usually gone to the Liberal Democrats, but UKIP (2015, 13.7%) and Labour (2017, 20.6%) have also featured.

The LibDem vote-share fell to only 9% (and a fourth-place) in the debacle of 2015, but recovered to 13% in 2017, and to 26.3% in 2019.

As for Labour, its low point was 2010 (5.6%), and its high point 2017 (20.6%).

Eight candidates contest the by-election, the other five being Green Party, Reform Party UK, Freedom Alliance, Breakthrough Party, and Rejoin EU.

Green Party got 5.5% at Chesham and Amersham in 2019.

Reform Party UK is the rump of Brexit Party, and scored 1% in the most recent London Assembly elections.

Rejoin EU managed to get a vote of 1.1% in the 2021 London Mayoral election. Its by-election candidate is Brendan Donnelly [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Donnelly_(politician)], a one-time employee at the Foreign Office, who became a Conservative Party MEP in 1994, then left the Conservative Party, stood again in 1999 under the banner of the short-lived “Pro-Euro Conservative Party” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro-Euro_Conservative_Party], failed to be re-elected, and thereafter became a serial and unsuccessful pro-EU election candidate under several flags.

Freedom Alliance is a reaction to the toytown police state created by the 2020 Coronavirus events, and is based in Huddersfield [https://freedomalliance.co.uk/], though its Chesham and Amersham by-election candidate is a former Green Party councillor who lives in High Wycombe [https://freedomalliance.co.uk/england-candidates/].

As for Breakthrough Party, it describes itself as “a democratic socialist party, led by the younger generations...” [https://breakthroughparty.org.uk/]; https://www.thecanary.co/feature/2021/04/18/a-new-political-party-wants-a-breakthrough-for-young-people/. Its by-election candidate is Carla Gregory, aged 31, a charity worker: https://www.nationalworld.com/news/politics/chesham-and-amersham-by-election-mum-of-two-standing-for-new-breakthrough-party-to-be-voice-of-unheard-3241528.

The main interest in the by-election will be that of seeing how low Labour will sink.

The Normandy Landings

Today is the 77th anniversary of the Normandy Landings, the biggest invasion by sea in history, and the determinative turning-point of the Second World War on the Western Front: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normandy_landings

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Well, Hitchens is sometimes worth noting, but I have to say that when I had a Twitter account (a pack of Jew-Zionists had me expelled in 2018), Hitchens blocked me mainly if not entirely because he saw that I knew more than him. My later assessment of him: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/05/19/peter-hitchens-and-his-views/.

Not new, of course. I wrote the following blog post over two years ago, and about a Daily Telegraph article itself written in 2012: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/02/04/white-flight-in-a-small-country/.

NWO. ZOG. The Great Reset. It’s happening right in front of our eyes, yet the majority, perhaps the vast majority, are unaware, or think it is just something to do with a virus that has killed about one in a thousand British people (and even fewer worldwide)…

Fabricant, of course, is a Jew, and was at one time an employee or agent of SIS.

British foreign aid cuts

There is a case for foreign aid. It rests, in its purest form, on charity or compassion, just like social welfare, free medical care etc in the UK domestic context. In less obviously pure form, foreign aid can be regarded as an incident of “soft power” and diplomacy.

Having said that, much foreign aid is misapplied, wasted, or stolen. I could give examples from my own overseas experience.

On BBC TV News, I saw today some woman talking (from her own rather comfortable-looking home) about the recent decision to further cut foreign aid. She was one of the directors of the long-established charity, Save the Children, which —subject to correction— I think was founded in or at the end of the First World War.

Some reading this may recall that, after the Jo Cox assassination in 2016, it came to light that the husband of that MP, the (I always thought, seeing him on TV etc) rather thuggish Brendan Cox, was exposed as a sex pest and quasi-rapist. Well, what interested me more was the fact that (if I recall aright), as something like third in command of Save the Children, Brendan Cox was being paid something like £200,000 pa. Not bad for someone with a very underwhelming academic and other background. Worse, the actual head of Save the Children was getting over £300,000 (in fact, from memory, it was nearly £400,000).

Not that I think that the head of a large organization, even a charitable one, should not be paid decently or even well, bearing in mind the skills required and responsibility held, but all the same it sits unpleasantly to see people donating pennies, or hard-scrabbled pounds, while the fat cats at the top of the tree get hundreds of thousands of pounds (and expenses) every year.

The world of international aid charities is a rotten borough. I once met a woman who was getting very well paid indeed (the equivalent of maybe £100,000 a year in today’s money), for about 2-3 days a week working for DFID as a “consultant”; she had some academic job as well. She told me that she had even been offered more money, about double, working for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization [FAO] in Rome. Her job title? [would be] “expert in food poverty”!

There’s something unclean about all that. Carpetbagging hypocrisy.

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Alison Chabloz

The latest news (as yet unconfirmed) about the persecuted satirist and singer is that her appeal against conviction and sentence will take place on 13 August 2021. As said, this is as yet unconfirmed. The appeal had been set down for the two days of 3-4 June 2021, but was adjourned at the request of the Crown. It may be that the appeal will now be more narrowly focussed, i.e. focussed on strictly legal arguments, and that that is why it seems now to be set down for only one day.

In the past, little happened in the courts in August, but that was then.

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The Batley and Spen by-election 2021

[This article will be updated as necessary, with updates posted at the foot of the main article]

The Batley and Spen by-election is set down for 1 July 2021. Nominations are open until the late afternoon of 7 June 2021, three days from time of writing, but the main parties and some others have already declared. It is likely that any further candidatures will either be crank or joke.

The constituency

Batley and Spen was created in 1983. There have been several boundary changes over the years. One particular Conservative Party MP held the seat until 1997, succeeded by a Labour Party MP who held the seat until he retired in 2015.

Batley and Spen area voted about 60% for Brexit.

The constituency remained Labour, with Jo Cox as MP from 2015 to 2016 when she was assassinated. The subsequent by-election was rigged, in that the System parties agreed that Labour should put up a candidate unopposed by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties. Pathetic UKIP followed suit.

The result was that Labour secured nearly 86% of the vote. All other candidates lost their deposits. Turnout was very low, not much more than 25%. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Batley_and_Spen_by-election.

The percentage of the vote won by Tracy Brabin, the TV actress selected by Labour in 2016, declined steadily from that 86% high: 55.5% in 2017, and 42.7% in 2019. Now, in true Blairite fashion, Tracy Brabin has jumped ship in order to become Mayor of West Yorkshire, a newly-created and rather powerful role which also pays rather more than an MP’s salary— £105,000 plus expenses [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayor_of_West_Yorkshire].

It must be a possibility that Tracy Brabin could see support for Labour sliding, and weighed up the odds.

Parts of the constituency have high non-white populations (mainly Indians and Pakistanis), while others are still largely English. I have been unable to discover exact proportions for the constituency as a whole.

The candidates

The Conservative Party candidate is one Ryan Stephenson, a councillor in Leeds (10 miles to the northeast); Stephenson is also the Chairman of the West Yorkshire Conservative Party, and a director of an academy trust. https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/politics/conservatives-choose-leeds-councillor-ryan-stephenson-as-candidate-for-batley-and-spen-by-election-3243396.

Labour is represented by Kim Leadbeater, the sister of assassinated MP Jo Cox. She was not even a member of the Labour Party until fairly recently, and the usual rule (that members of the Labour Party have to have been members for a year until they can be selected as candidates) was waived in her case.

Ms. Leadbeater is apparently a former lecturer in physical health, who also works as a personal trainer, but spends much of her time working for the Jo Cox Foundation.

When I had a Twitter account (a pack of Jews had me expelled in 2018), I tweeted rather extensively about the Jo Cox Foundation. My conclusions were unfavourable. I now notice that there were, in 2019 (when accounts were last published), six paid employees, and the salary cost of those six was around a quarter of a million pounds altogether.

The candidature of Ms. Leadbeater smacks of desperation on the part of Labour. They seem to be aiming, five years after the assassination of Jo Cox, for a sympathy vote.

Ms. Leadbeater, like most of the other candidates, is local or at least from a nearby area, which is perceived to be important.

The LibDems have chosen as candidate a LibDem councillor, Tom Gordon, whose council seat is in Knottingley, 20 miles east of Batley.

The Green Party has selected a rugby player, 29-y-o Ross Peltier [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_Peltier], who seems to be the only non-white in the contest.

A relatively new entrant to politics is the Yorkshire Party [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkshire_Party], which came third (behind Lab and Con) in the 2021 West Yorkshire Mayoral Election. Its vote share was 9.7%, though, only narrowly defeating the Green Party (9.2%); there were 7 candidates in toto.

Yorkshire Party has a number of councillors in Yorkshire.

The well-known speaker and former MP, George Galloway, is standing, under the aegis of the Workers’ Party: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Galloway; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workers_Party_of_Britain.

Two “nationalist” candidates, both from tiny parties, and neither with a good track record, are contesting the by-election: Anne Marie Waters [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Marie_Waters] of For Britain, and Jayda Fransen [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayda_Fransen] of British Freedom Party but standing as Independent because the Electoral Commission has as yet not “approved” BFP to stand in elections (so much for “democracy” etc…).

Neither Fransen nor Waters has much chance of even retaining a deposit. Jayda Fransen has made a short YouTube video about her Batley and Spen campaign:

I have blogged about both Anne Marie Waters and Jayda Fransen in the past: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2020/09/11/diary-blog-11-september-2020-including-a-few-notes-about-jayda-fransen-and-her-new-british-freedom-party/; and see also https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/04/04/a-look-at-some-uk-political-and-social-realities/.

Batley and Spen by-election: analysis and provisional prediction

This is probably going to be between the two main System parties, but there are complications.

In 2019, Labour won on 42.7% of the vote, with the Conservative Party second on 36%. The LibDems, on 4.7%, were beaten into fourth by a new entrant, Heavy Woollen District Independents [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavy_Woollen_District_Independents], which scored 12.2%. The candidate for HWDI was not the leader, who is or was an ex-UKIP member called Lukic, who himself had scored 2% as Independent in the 2017 election at Batley and Spen.

It seems that HWDI is standing no candidate this time, but there is still time to declare, so that is not certain. I cannot say whether those who voted HWDI might now transfer their vote to Yorkshire Party. Perhaps.

I give little credence to the two minor British nationalist candidates, whose votes would probably have been tiny anyway, even had they not split whatever vote each might have had without close competition. Both are anti-Islam (or anti-Islamist), both are pro-Israel to some degree, neither has achieved much politically, though I commend anyone who keeps trying in the conditions of State repression, Jew-Zionist conspiracy and migration-invasion prevalent in the UK today.

I am not expecting either of those two ladies to score as high as 5% in Batley and Spen, or to get 5% even between the two of them. If either does retain her deposit, then she will have done well, indeed very well.

George Galloway? I hope that my bias against him does not prevent objectivity (he tweeted negative comments about me on Twitter, years ago, and also blocked my then Twitter account). He does not accept that old-style socialism died in and after 1989, and he is as outdated as the Battleship Potemkin.

I am unsure as to what level of support Galloway has among Muslims in Batley and Spen. Some, probably. All the same, if he scores 5%+ and retains his deposit, that would count as a major victory for him.

The LibDems likewise. They will be hoping, at best, for retention of their deposit, but I would expect them to end up with less than 5%.

Yorkshire Party? Perhaps the joker in this pack. I have no way of assessing their chances, except by reference to that mayoral election recently. 9.7% was a good result for a relatively new party (founded 2014 as “Yorkshire First”). They are very unlikely to win this by-election; the question is, if they do get a high-ish vote (over 5%), which of the two main System parties will be most damaged?

The Labour candidate is a mark of Labour desperation. Someone only there because her sister was assassinated (and later canonized, or at least beatified, by the System and msm).

The constituency having a fairly high non-white population (no exact figures found, but around a third), Labour’s expectations must be to win between a third and a half of the vote as a whole. Labour is now largely a black/brown party in terms of its voters; public service workers account for much of the remainder.

If the white population of Batley and Spen has turned away from Labour, even if not voting Conservative, then Labour has a problem.

My present feeling is that the Conservative Party candidate might win this. Labour is just not what most people want at present. The recent YouGov poll suggesting that about 37% to 23% think that Boris-idiot would make a better PM than Keir Starmer is stunning, even though I myself despise “Boris”. Likewise, latest polling on “Westminster voting intention” puts the Cons around 40% and Labour around 30%.

Ironically, the fact that the Labour candidate at Batley and Spen has not been a member of the Labour Party for very long might actually help her with the voters! On the other hand, voters may feel that, if Labour nationally is sliding, and unlikely to form a government any time soon (if ever), then they may as well vote in as MP someone who might be listened to by Government, and thus help the area more. Just a thought.

Much will depend on turnout; also on whether either or both of Galloway and the Yorkshire Party do well, and on whose votes those two take. Galloway will be aiming largely at the Muslim vote; as to Yorkshire Party, hard to say, but maybe they aim to capture white formerly Labour voters. If that is so, then Labour is again in trouble.

The Labour Party vote in Batley and Spen has been eroding steadily since the rigged 2016 by-election. Tracy Brabin jumped ship because she feared defeat at the next general election.

My feeling at the moment is that the Conservative Party might win this, but that it could either be very close, or it could be a total rout for Labour. My head says the former, but my heart is screaming for the latter.

Update, 6 June 2021


“John Rentoul@JohnRentoul
Paul Halloran, the 3rd placed candidate in Batley & Spen in 2019, standing aside in by-election – boost for the Tories

The reference there is to Paul Halloran, the candidate at Batley and Spen of the “Heavy Woollen District Independents” in the 2019 General Election: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batley_and_Spen_(UK_Parliament_constituency)#Elections_in_the_2020s. He scored 12.2%, a very creditable result. I mentioned the fact in my blog post of yesterday about the upcoming Batley and Spen by-election (1 July 2021): https://ianrobertmillard.org/2021/06/04/the-batley-and-spen-by-election-2021/.

It seems that the said Halloran has now joined the no-chance Reclaim Party set up by the actor Laurence Fox, who now stands for free speech (except, it seems, where Jews disapprove or are mentioned). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurence_Fox.

Halloran, Fox, and Reclaim Party have issued a statement: https://mailchi.mp/a466726a0fd3/media-statement-the-reclaim-party-and-paul-halloran?e=d4fb63896d.

https://www.examinerlive.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/paul-halloran-wont-standing-batley-20751008

It is clear that Reclaim Party will never amount to anything. As far as the Batley and Spen by-election in July is concerned, the stand-aside will obviously help the Conservative candidate, but what is unknown is by how many votes. Halloran received 12.2% of the vote in 2019, true, but Fox, in the recent London Mayoral Election, only 1.9%. I suppose that it might be surmised that Halloran, had he stood, might have garnered 5% of the by-election vote, possibly 10%, and maybe even 15%+, but the fact is that that is pure speculation. We do not know.

What we do know is that the above news is probably a blow for Labour. A few percent might decide this contest.

Update, 7 June 2021

The tweet below gives an idea of the local government situation within the Batley and Spen constituency area:

Says it all…

Kirklees Council has a plurality of Labour councillors: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirklees_Council.

Update, 7 June 2021

The Green Party has dumped its candidate at Batley and Spen: https://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/19354923.ross-peltier-ex-bulls-star-by-election-candidacy-revoked/. Another candidate will be selected, apparently. I thought that that was impossible after close of nominations (which was late today), but maybe there are exceptions.

Update, 8 June 2021

Seems that I was right, and that Green Party will now not be represented: https://news.sky.com/story/batley-and-spen-sixteen-candidates-to-contest-by-election-on-1-july-12327304.

The non-candidature of the Green Party will probably be a minor help to Labour; however, Green Party only had a 1.3% vote share in 2019.

A host of minor and crank candidates came forward on the last day of the nomination period (7 June 2021):

Some of those candidatures (UKIP, English Democrats, Heritage) will affect the contest between the two major contenders, taking away a few percent from the Conservatives, and the Green non-candidature will probably increase the Labour vote by a similar amount.

The contest has, in my view, just become tighter.

Update, 13 June 2021

A few news reports seen: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-57429588; https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-57282364; https://www.dewsburyreporter.co.uk/news/politics/keir-starmer-batley-and-spen-by-election-is-not-about-me-3268697.

Interesting piece from Spiked: https://www.spiked-online.com/2021/06/10/batley-and-spen-this-is-bigger-than-red-v-blue/.

Update, 14 June 2021

https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1448944/Keir-Starmer-news-Labour-George-Galloway-Batley-and-Spen-by-election-Boris-Johnson

Starmer

Update, 16 June 2021

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2021/06/threat-labour-defeat-batley-and-spen-shows-party-facing-perfect-storm

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/16/labour-batley-and-spen-jeremy-corbyn-scottish-voters

Update, 20 June 2021

Update, 21 June 2021

Interesting indeed

That Owen Jones YouTube piece is quite interesting; worth watching.

Looks as though both the white English voters and the brown Muslim voters are abandoning Labour. That may mean that Labour is up that well-known creek without a paddle…

I thought that Galloway might get 5%, then I thought 10%. Now I am wondering if he might not get 20%, or even more, and (as he says he might) beat Labour into third place. If that were to happen, Labour might get a vote around 20% or even below that…

Update, 22 June 2021

The final fortnight of the Batley and Spen by-election has turned ugly up in West Yorkshire. Yesterday, the Mail on Sunday columnist Dan Hodges quoted an anonymous Labour official claiming that  ‘We’re haemorrhaging votes among Muslim voters and the reason for that is what Keir has been doing on antisemitism… he challenged Corbyn on it and there’s been a backlash among certain sections of the community.’

Predictably such an incendiary quote sparked fury among Labour MPs with the hunt now on for the possible culprit. But as tensions rise in the seat and polls show a narrow six point lead, one familiar face seems all too happy to cause as much controversy as possible. Step forward George Galloway, the man who is incidentally polling at six per cent in this seat and who was sacked from TalkRadio in 2019 after claiming Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League defeat meant there would be ‘no Israel flags on the cup.‘” [The Spectator] https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/galloway-gets-the-gang-back-together-in-batley-and-spen.

The fact is that Labour has been retaken by the Jewish lobby. Corbyn, its recent leader, is suspended and may be expelled. Keir Starmer is a Jewish lobby puppet, married to a Jewish woman lawyer, and they have children being brought up as if fully-Jewish.

Starmer has actually said, outright, that he is “a proud Zionist” who puts Israel first!

Labour has gradually, over a couple of decades, become the party of the blacks and browns, some public service workers, and a few other and smaller groups such as some of the “woke” Twitterati twits etc.

White (i.e. English) people generally have already abandoned Labour to a large extent. If, at Batley and Spen, the brown Muslim people are abandoning Labour, then Labour has no solid bloc supporting it. On the premises just shown, that would leave Labour with only a small minority vote.

It may be that that process of abandonment has not yet gone far enough to collapse Labour’s vote entirely, and it might even happen that Labour can pull the rabbit out of the hat and win, but that does look very unlikely.

What percentage vote-share will Labour get at Batley and Spen? It could be anywhere from 40% right down to 20%. When I first started this blog post, I was thinking that Labour would probably lose, but come a close second, with maybe as much as 40% or more of the vote. Now? Not sure. Again, my head is more cautious, thinking maybe 40%, but my instinct is again screaming out that Labour is going to go down to below 30%.

I thought, a month ago, that Galloway would do well to get 5% of the vote, but having seen some reports, it seems that the Muslims in the constituency are equating a vote for Labour with a vote for Israel. Galloway and his “Workers’ Party” may well end up with 10% or more of the vote. Goodbye Labour, if so.

We shall soon see.

Update, 23 June 2021

Semi-interesting analysis of recent by-elections by msm/System politics drone, Mark Wallace, who —incidentally— foolishly blocked me on Twitter when I had a Twitter account (a pack of Jews managed, via their usual concerted complaining, to have me expelled in 2018): https://inews.co.uk/opinion/chesham-amersham-by-elections-free-punch-who-want-hit-most-1064686

New Statesman article: https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/elections/2021/06/how-conservative-win-over-labour-batley-and-spen-would-set-new-postwar.

While the Mark Wallace analysis is (if I say so myself) far less interesting than what I myself have blogged, his article being scarcely riveting, it was not complete rubbish, whereas that New Statesman article is simply substandard. It ties in Conservative Party support to what is happening with the “dreaded” (though actually overblown) “virus”, to the exclusion of all else. Very poor.

Labour is failing because it no longer has an identity, no longer has a purpose, nor any vision of a decent future, especially for white English people. The Conservative Party is “succeeding” at present because it is not Labour. Simple as that, in a more or less rigged, and more or less binary, electoral and political system.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/george-galloway-is-pulling-no-punches-in-batley-amp-spen-cgr2cldk7

Batley tweets

I suppose that the only answer Kim Leadbeater can give is “White English people have pretty much binned Labour; if the blacks and browns abandon Labour, Labour has nothing left…”

Why does it take people who are not themselves British in any real sense to stand up for the values of this country? Where are the English people? Where is puppet-candidate Kim Leadbeater? Where is Labour? Where, indeed, is the misnamed “Conservative” Party?

Strange people, more frightened of Jayda Fransen and her few followers than by a migration invasion by millions of non-Europeans…

A pretty standard analysis from a professor at Oxford University. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/23/batley-spen-byelection-labour.

I should say that one big difference between the situation at Batley and Spen, as compared to that at Chesham and Amersham is that, at Chesham and Amersham, Labour voters who did not abstain voted LibDem tactically. I very much doubt, though, that many LibDem voters at Batley and Spen will vote Labour tactically, though some may.

Another difference: at Chesham and Amersham, the 2019 Labour vote was 12.9% of votes cast (20.6% in 2017); at Batley and Spen, the LibDem vote in 2019 was only 4.7% (2.3% in 2017).

In other words, tactical voting is of less importance in this particular by-election.

Update, 24 June 2021

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-57551485

That BBC report gives the Muslim population, as a proportion of the electorate of Batley and Spen, as being around 20%. If most of them abandon Labour, that would halve, more or less, the 2019 Labour vote. Almost halve it, anyway.

If most whites (English) and most browns (Muslims etc) abandon Labour, then what does Labour have left in a place like Batley? 10% of the vote? 20%?

We shall soon see.

Meanwhile, the Jewish/Zionist lobby is desperate to save Keir Starmer, its puppet Labour Party leader, from humiliating defeat (despite the fact that most Jews vote Conservative):

George Galloway seems to be growing in popularity in Batley and Spen:

Update, 25 June 2021

https://www.channel4.com/news/batley-and-spen-by-election-labour-fights-to-hold-off-tory-challenge

That piece made me laugh. Galloway really put the silly Channel 4 bimbo in her place. For Channel 4, the main talking point in Batley and Spen is that Galloway’s supporters are allegedly attacking the Labour candidate, Kim Leadbeater, because she is a lesbian.

It really is time for Channel 4 to have its rice bowl taken away.

The report did cover the Conservative and LibDem candidates as well. The Con man was, well, just that, in my opinion. A cautious woodentopped product of a Conservative Party public relations machine. No obvious original thought in his head. As for the LibDem, a pathetic damp squib limp-wrist, to be frank.

The more I see on TV etc about the by-election up there, the more I think it likely that Labour is going to get thrashed, which would mean that the Conservative Party will win, though not on merit.

English Democrats: It has been brought to my attention that Therese Hirst, the candidate for the English Democrats, was profiled in the Yorkshire Post: https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/politics/english-democrats-announce-candidate-for-batley-and-spen-by-election-as-reform-uk-decide-not-to-stand-3263028

Thérèse Hirst
[Therese Hirst]

Latest:

Batley and Spen Labour Party by-election candidate Kim Leadbeater runs away from Muslims and others who do not want their young children taught about lesbianism etc. She is said to be a lesbian herself, and the “teaching LGBT-etc in schools” thing may damage her campaign with some voters, particularly Muslims.

Update, 26 June 2021

Update, 27 June 2021

The above statement was apparently made a year or two ago, and was posted on Twitter by a dissident Labour Party member in August 2020. I have been so far unable to find out in what year Starmer made that statement (assuming that he did) but he has anyway made plain many times that he fully supports the Jewish lobby and Israel. If he did not support it/them, then he would not have been “put in” as leader! I imagine that his Jewish wife would also have a few words to say to him!

Hardly surprising that many in Batley and Spen are not interested in helping Starmer by voting for Labour and Kim Leadbeater. Not only Muslim voters. Many others are very angry at the Jew-Zionist cabals that infest UK politics.

Exactly. The former Batley and Spen MP was a brainless ex-soap “star” (of whom I had never heard). Now Labour has selected another person with no real political profile.

The organized Israel/Jew lobby naturally want Zionist-controlled Labour and Kim Leadbeater to win. Voters of Batley and Spen take note…

Update, 28 June 2021

Kim Leadbeater, the Labour candidate, is plainly as thick as two short planks, and has quite obviously been drilled to deliver pathetic soundbites such as “there is no magic money tree“. She is one personification of why Labour is going nowhere but down.

As for the white English voters, who are at least 75% of the electorate, most of them had already given up on Labour even in 2019: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batley_and_Spen_(UK_Parliament_constituency)#Elections_in_the_2010s.

If in 2019, Tracy Brabin and Labour only got 42.7%, almost half of that that would have been the Muslim vote. If, in this by-election, most of that Muslim vote disappears to Galloway (or to abstention), that would seem to reduce Labour to a vote-share around 30%. If half of the English former (2019) Labour voters also abstain or vote elsewhere, the Labour vote might reduce to around 20%, or less. That might knock Labour into third place.

Having said that, there is still all to play for at Batley and Spen. The Labour candidate still has as ammunition her local roots, the tradition of Labour voting locally, and the sympathy vote around the assassination of her sister (former MP Jo Cox) by a socio-political dissident. I have to say that I myself am sceptical that that sympathy vote even exists, but there it is.

Incidentally, there has been much msm and Twitter noise around the egg attack on Labour leafletters. Has it not occurred to anyone that that may have been locals expressing their opinion of the last thick-as-two-short-planks MP, Tracy Brabin, who was, it seems, one of those attacked?

Update, 29 June 2021

https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2021/06/why-labour-s-muslim-mps-are-losing-patience-keir-starmer

Update, 30 June 2021

Well, polling day is tomorrow. I shall post the result(s) here as well as on my daily blog.

It may be that Labour can still pull the rabbit out of the hat, but to my mind the campaign has sunk Labour, because it has exposed their candidate, Ms. Leadbeater, as a near-idiot who only joined Labour weeks ago, and is very obviously being used as a puppet to get a sympathy vote based on the 2016 Jo Cox assassination. A sympathy vote which I do not believe exists anyway in any strength.

The rigged 2016 by-election was won by Labour with a 85% vote-share only because Conservatives, LibDems and UKIP did not contest the seat, and on a miserable 25% turnout. It might even be argued that, in 2016, 80% or more of the eligible voters at Batley and Spen did not have sympathy…

My guess? 1. Conservative Party; 2. George Galloway (Workers’ Party); 3. Kim Leadbeater (Labour); 4. Yorkshire Party.

Update, 2 July 2021

The result

The result of the by-election: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batley_and_Spen_(UK_Parliament_constituency)#Elections_in_the_2020s.

My feeling was that Labour would lose, and quite possibly come third. I was not correct. Labour won narrowly or, as they say on the racecourse, “by a neck, cleverly”.

Labour got a vote-share of 35.3%. The Conservative candidate got 34.4%. George Galloway, under the banner of the Workers’ Party, did better than many expected (21.9%); I at least got that right.

All other candidates, 13 in number, lost their deposits; LibDems 3.3%; Yorkshire Party 2.2%. The other 11 received vote-shares below half of one percent each. UKIP, on 0.4%, just beat the Monster Raving Loony (0.3%).

The small and supposedly “nationalist” parties were, as expected, an embarrassment. The English Democrats, whose candidate (Therese Hirst) actually wrote to my blog comments page to request a mention, seem to have withdrawn their candidature.

The For Britain party leader, Anne Marie Waters, got 0.3% (97 votes). Jayda Fransen did even worse, though on a par with her previous forays into doomed electioneering: 0.1% (50 votes). [nb. percentages approximate].

I shall discuss the result further on my blog post for 1 July 2021.

Diary Blog, 31 May 2021

I happened to see this Wikipedia piece: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avshalom_Feinberg. A Jew who was a spy for the British in then-Ottoman Palestine in the First World War.

In 1915 Feinberg traveled to Egypt and made contact with the British Department of Naval Intelligence. In 1917, he again went to Egypt, on foot. He was apparently killed on his way back by a group of Bedouins near the British front in Sinai, close to Rafah.[3] His fate was unknown until after the 1967 Six-Day War, when his remains were found under a palm tree that had grown from date seeds in his pocket.” [Wikipedia].

How about that?! “…his remains were found under a palm tree that had grown from date seeds in his pocket.

Well, now that the said Feinberg is apparently an Israeli hero-figure (they even have a stamp with his head on it), the suspicion must be that the bit about the palm tree and the date seeds is some kind of fairy tale. Still, it may well be true. These things happen.

I have not included the above in my blog to make any political or other point; it just struck me as interesting. Still, one could reflect on how one never knows how one’s actions may, long after one’s own death, bear unexpected fruit (in the case of Feinberg, literally, of course).

Israeli elections

Readers of my blog will know that I am usually cautious about commenting about the political situation in countries with which I am not directly familiar (even Scotland), but idly browsing Wikipedia while listening to BBC World Service, I heard about the electoral impasse in Israel. I looked up the state of play on Wikipedia:

It seems that there 120 elected members. What is extraordinary is that Israeli politics is so fragmented that the party presently ruling, Likud [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Likud], has only 30 members out of that 120. Indeed, the whole minority government coalition headed by Likud only has 54 members.

The second-largest party in the Knesset, Yesh Atid [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yesh_Atid] has only 17 Knesset members. The next-largest party has 9. In fact, there are no less than 23 parties and Independent members represented, grouped into 13 parties and factions.

Compare that to the much larger UK House of Commons, where there are 16 parties and Independents but where, out of 650 MPs, 562 belong to only two of those parties.

Why is the Israeli parliament so fragmented? It may be that there is something in the Jewish psychology that tends to dissension, dissidence etc. That was certainly true of the various Marxist factions that used to exist in the Western world, especially in the realms of Trotskyism.

There again, the Israeli proportional representation system has a low threshold for representation: 3.25% (it was 1% at one time). In fact, there has never been a one-party-majority government in Israel.

A further aspect is the sheer fragmentation of Israeli society, as can be seen in the details of the various parties: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knesset#Current_composition.

Another aspect yet is that most of those parties were started not long ago. The main Opposition party, Yesh Atid, was only formed in 2012. Several others were formed even more recently, in the past two or three years. Likud, the presently largest party, was founded in 1973.

Well, there it is. A peculiar country. Interesting though. I am interested generally in countries which are contrived or artificial, as Israel surely is. Singapore would be another example. They tend to be small geographically; Israel is almost exactly the size of Wales (or New Jersey), while Singapore is not even twice the size of the Isle of Wight. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore.

Farm subsidies

Listening to some typical farm-owner whining on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme. Farmers in the UK always want it both ways, to be treated as independent businessmen and women, but given State subsidy or support at the same time. For me, it just does not wash.

One farmer had the right sort of ideas about small-scale farming, biodiversity, organics etc, yet wanted public money, in effect for not being an environmental vandal. Why should the public subsidize farmers at all? Better to impose environmental and animal welfare regulations, restrict imports, and let the farms be real private “businesses”. Alternatively, to put them largely into State ownership but give environment-friendly farmers or collectives long-term (even lifetime) leases.

Tweets seen

Anyone interested in Peter Hitchens would be better off reading my own assessment, written two years ago: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/05/19/peter-hitchens-and-his-views/.

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Soon, there will be the Batley and Spen by-election. I shall be blogging about it in a week or so. The Labour Party vote has suffered a gradual decline in that constituency since the rigged by-election in 2016. After the assassination of Jo Cox, the System parties conspired to get another Labour Party MP elected, so an ex-soap actress was parachuted in, and the Conservative and LibDem parties did not stand. Pathetically, “controlled opposition” UKIP also failed to put up a candidate. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batley_and_Spen_(UK_Parliament_constituency)#Elections_in_the_2010s.

Now Labour is relying, in the Batley by-election, on a kind of “sympathy vote” by putting up the sister of that assassinated MP. Pretty desperate…

Afternoon music

Late tweets

The gradually-emerging UK police state in operation. Quite normal things criminalized, but real criminal acts ignored. Read The Protocols of Zion and you will be on the right track…

Late music

Diary Blog, 24 May 2021

Labour Party

The latest opinion polling:

Labour continues to bump along almost at the bottom of major-party credibility. As I have blogged often previously, Labour’s problem was not Corbyn, as such; neither is it Jewish-lobby puppet Starmer, as such. It stems more from Labour’s disappearing traditional base, and from Labour’s now almost invisible identity.

The opinion poll above does not show Conservative Party popularity so much as Labour Party unpopularity, of course. The point is, for what does Labour stand? Anything? As many have said, half-joking, it seems to be something akin to “workhouses are good, but we say let’s run them efficiently, and more fairly”. I do not think that that will attract many voters.

Of course, there are still pockets of die-hard Labour right-or-wrong support around. The sort of old-style Northern English tribalism that can be seen on TV in the Daily Mirror journalist Kevin Maguire (who in fact lives in some comfort in London).

That kind of ping-pong, cuckoo clock Con-Lab-Con-Lab politics is so out of date now. Especially when the policies of the supposed political rivals are almost identical.

In July, there will be held the Batley and Spen by-election. Labour is putting up the sister of the assassinated MP, Jo Cox, which MP has been all but canonized by the msm since her death in 2016.

I shall blog about the by-election when all runners and riders are in the frame, but what occurs to me at this stage is how desperate Labour must be to select as candidate someone purely because her sister was assassinated. Labour obviously hopes for some kind of sympathy vote, or “solidarity” vote. I doubt that it will work, but we shall have to see. Labour really has no other card to play.

Reality v. semblance

I have blogged about aspects of allied nonsense of that sort in the past: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2018/11/15/when-reality-becomes-subjective/

“Lockdown” and facemask nonsense

Nearly a third of all prosecutions brought under Covid-19 laws in the first year of the pandemic were incorrectly charged, a review has found…Police forces around the UK were handed powers by the government last March to enforce the ‘stay at home’ message and break up large gatherings of people…Officers were also empowered to prosecute people for breaking lockdown, not wearing masks on public transport, throwing house parties, and meeting in the street in groups.

However a Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) review of court cases which had been concluded by March 31 this year found that 549 out of 1,821 had been incorrectly charged…Every one of the 270 prosecutions brought under the Coronavirus Act 2020 – which granted powers to direct infectious people into quarantine – had either been abandoned or convictions overturned.

The review also found that the wrong offences contained in a myriad of versions of the Health Protection regulations had been deployed by police officers.

The problems with the use of coronavirus offences were first identified last April, just days into the pandemic, when journalists noticed that a woman had been wrongly prosecuted and convicted under the Coronavirus Act in Newcastle.

The review found the Health Protection regulations had also been misapplied by police, using out-of-date rules and making mistakes such as deploying an offence specific to Wales for a London prosecution.

The review found that 1,272 of the 1,551 Health Protection regulation cases had been correctly charged, with some prosecutions abandoned due to insufficient evidence.

More than 1,000 Covid-19 cases have been brought to courts through the Single Justice Procedure, which allows a magistrate to deal with the case administratively instead of at an open court hearing.

Those cases are not reviewed at court by a prosecutor, and are instead processed by police forces.” [Evening Standard].

So once again the police failed to know, understand, and properly apply laws and regulations and, in this case, conflating these with (supposed) “rules”, and with cretinous “advice” given out by politicians and their ridiculous advisers.

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Diary Blog, 5 March 2020

Flybe

Sad news, though not unexpected. I used to use Flybe sometimes, in those long ago days before 2010 when I actually used to go places…I have flown Flybe (or partner airlines) out of its Exeter base, as well as to/from Southampton, Brest (Finistere), Newcastle, Norwich, Doncaster, Manchester, as well as a few other destinations. Quite good. Hard to see how Southampton and Exeter airports will be able to continue if, as reported, Flybe provided up to 95% of the throughput (BBC says 90% for Southampton and 80% for Exeter). Journeys such as Exeter to Newcastle or Norwich are hell by car, even at 100+ mph. I think that the Newcastle route, taken a couple of times, took about 40 mins actually in the air. Pretty good. Car? About 5-6 hours, depending on M5/M6 (etc) traffic.

Bad news for those employed too, both at Flybe and in other connected or supplying organizations. It may be, acc. to reports, that BA, or the appalling (one hears) Ryanair, may take over some routes, so all may not be lost.

Coronavirus

So far, the public “panic” is muted in the UK. There is a groundswell of unease, though. Over the past 2 days, I have noticed that the (only) local supermarket, a Waitrose, has run out of (nearly £20 a jar) Mauka honey, the cheaper and larger-pack loo paper, antiseptic handwash etc. Also, far fewer than usual number of shoppers.

The response of Boris-idiot’s government to the “Corvid-19” situation has been feeble. As I noted here a few days ago, my Australian niece (early 20s) returned a week or so ago from the (in the event, largely-cancelled) Venice carnival to a Heathrow Airport sans any checks or questioning. When I visited Macau from Hong Kong in 2006, the bird flu was around and my almost deserted return hydrofoil docked in Hong Kong to a reception of white-garbed and masked medical personnel, who pointed a kind of thermometer gun as I and the few other passengers passed by. Notices warned that anyone could be taken into quarantine if their body temperature was “too high”. Alarming.

I have no confidence in the ability of the NHS to handle a large-scale epidemic. Its administration is not very efficient, the UK has fewer beds per 1,000 population than any other “advanced” state —far fewer than France, for example— and its staff and facilities have been hit by years of “austerity” cuts and government mismanagement.

For no particular reason, The Black Bear:

 

Despite being part-Scottish somewhere in the mists of time (from my surname, which is believed to be Franco-Scottish in origin…a former girlfriend once visited a chateau in Normandy owned since it was built, hundreds of years ago, by a Templar-connected family called de Millard), I have never actually visited Scotland. Maybe some day.

Badgers

At last some good news for our lovely badgers:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/mar/05/badger-cull-phased-out-replaced-vaccinations-bovine-tb-england

If any portion of this is because of the influence of Boris-idiot’s fiancee, then I salute her.

Badgerurban

For far too long, the organized farming lobby has had a disproportionate influence in Westminster. The only industry to be still subsidized to the hilt. Ecologically, generally very negative. I must blog about all that again soon.

Judicial leniency

The woman in the report below should have been imprisoned. Too many use the fact that they have popped out a couple of children as a reason for not getting a well-merited prison term, even in cases (as here) where the woman in question was cruel as well as neglectful.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/girl-11-secretly-filmed-drunk-21635930

Coronavirus and Boris-idiot

It becomes increasingly clear that (as I realized when the London riots broke out, years ago) Boris Johnson is no good in a crisis. In any crisis.

Monkey World UK, 2020

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8077773/An-unruly-mother-bit-scratched-airline-pilot-guilty-assault.html

Why was the younger one “spared jail”? An airline captain on duty attacked, kicked, struck, blood drawn…What do you have to do in England today to be given a custodial sentence? (say something about the behaviour of Jews, probably…). As for the District Judge finding that the older woman was acting in “self-defence”, that is just a joke. Idiotic woman (I mean the “judge”). Finally, why are these semi-savages in the UK or any part of Europe?

Save the Children and Brendan Cox

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/save-the-children-sex-sexual-harassment-justin-forsyth-brendan-cox-a9376336.html

When I still had a Twitter account, I did a series of tweets re. “Save the Children” and also the fake charity called the “Jo Cox Foundation”. The former paid and still pays its top few people hundreds of thousands of pounds per year. No-oneexpects the heads of such a charity to work for nothing, but the largesse extended to the few at the top has a degree of obscenity about it, especially when contrasted with the TV ads showing starving children etc.

The sex pest and near (if not actual) rapist, Brendan Cox (husband of the assassinated virtue-signalling MP, Jo Cox), was paid, certainly by average standards, a huge salary and very generous expenses to be one of the main executives. That despite a very mediocre academic and work background.

He was finally brought down by sexual assault claims which, eventually, had to be admitted. I doubt whether his basic attitude has changed much. He now still is involved in some way with the Jo Cox “charity”.

I discovered, about 3 years ago, that the Jo Cox “charity” had officially-published aims and purposes which were ludicrously wide— they could mean almost anything, and —more significantly– purported to allow the “charity” to do anything, pretty much. I also discovered that the “Jo Cox Foundation” had never filed accounts. It has now, and its documents have been amended to fit within UK charities legislation:

https://beta.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-details/?regid=1170836&subid=0

The disgraced expenses cheat and former Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, is now “Chair” of “Jo Cox Foundation”, which apparently spent about £400,000 last year, despite having an income from donations and “trading” of only £300,000. I should get an accountant like that myself!

I have to say that the whole set-up seems very dodgy to me, even now. I do not think that the whole Jo Cox/Brendan Cox story has been uncovered; it certainly has not been told.

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