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Diary Blog, 5 October 2020

World Mental Health Day

Today is, apparently, World Mental Health Day, in honour of which I am reposting a blog article I wrote 15 months ago: https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/07/18/theyre-coming-to-take-me-away-ha-ha/

Tweets seen today

Ha ha!

Good to see. The Zionist-Jew lobby has been making contrived and mendacious complaints for years. I myself have been conspired against in that way: https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/when-i-was-a-victim-of-a-malicious-zionist-complaint/; https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/the-slide-of-the-english-bar-and-uk-society-continues-and-accelerates/

In a sense, it is incredible how a people as traditionally (though maybe not so much now) educated and intelligent as the Scots can take petty dictator Sturgeon and her unpleasant little SNP pack seriously. I suppose that the blame lies with the (other, older) System parties: “Labour”, “Conservative”, “Liberal Democrat” (all very much misnamed).

The Labour Party lost all credibility in Scotland, finally grinding to a halt under System drone, Jewish lobby mouthpiece (and now Tony Blair-salaried “gopher”), Jim Murphy, a man who spent 13 years as a university student without even getting a degree! Not forgetting Kezia Dugdale, another “never had a job” drone, idiot (and now newspaper-scribbling lesbian).

The Conservative Party is making minor inroads in Scotland by default, i.e. because they are neither Labour nor SNP (nor LibDem), but I cannot see that getting far, bearing in mind the Boris-idiot government in London and the upcoming economic tsunami triggered by government policy around “the virus”, as well as by badly-mishandled Brexit.

The SNP is only “faux”-nationalist, tolerant of mass immigration (perhaps because Scotland has as yet not been affected as much by it as has been England) and very much in the pocket of the Jewish lobby. Indeed, what sort of “Independence” would it be, if Scotland were still in the EU, NATO, and under the international conspiracy-consensus (NWO, ZOG, Bilderberg etc)?

Still, if Scotland wants “Independence”, let it go its own way, by all means. The rest of Britain can then turn to real social-nationalism.

Here is my own assessment, from last year, of Mike Stuchbery: https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/10/23/a-few-words-about-mike-stuchbery/. He keeps tweeting that he has been “libelled” by me and various others (including some Danes, apparently), and that he is “keeping track of all the libel“. He often tweets about how anyone exposing him better get good lawyers and/or that he will “clean out” anyone who tweets or writes about him.

Well, here is a piece of totally free legal advice from an ex-barrister: Stuchbery now has exactly 16 days in which he might start legal proceedings against me in libel in relation to my blog post about him. I am not quaking…

I wish the venture well, though I myself am more of a coffee-drinker (my favourites, now rarely enjoyed, being Turkish/Arab coffee, or a real Viennese “Melange“: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turkish_coffee; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiener_Melange.

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I hope that that tweeter, “@DrChrisParry”, knows more about defence than he seems to know about UK strategy more generally. His view seems to be that the UK having a couple of aircraft carriers will push the UK to the top of the tree in terms of world power. Well, the U.S. Navy has 11 aircraft carriers; China has 2 (building another at present, with 6 planned in all); Russia has 2, with 2 more in the pipeline; Italy has 2; France has 1; and so on.

The tweeter noted seems to think that spending money in vast quantities on an aircraft carrier or two will arrest the relative decline of Britain, which has been a fact since 1918 and especially since 1945. This is hardly worth arguing… As for “resisting the power of totalitarian regimes“, the only power constantly intimidating Britain and its corrupt politicians is the USA, our supposed ally… and American military-destructive power dwarfs that of the UK.

Ah, I see that tweeter “@DrChrisParry” does indeed know about defence, at least in its tactical aspects, he having been an admiral and a commander of ships in actual warfare: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Parry_(Royal_Navy_officer). Sadly, it remains true that, just as the environment cannot be left to farmers (because of both self-interest and blinkered viewpoints), defence strategy cannot be left to the generals and admirals, however distinguished.

Oh, the sheer pleasure of being able to slowly advance in that vehicle, watching the horror slowly dawn on the bitch’s face as she realises that she is going down. Would she try to run or jump away in the last split-second, or would she just utter a last scream as the “tank” rolls over her?

That driver is very patient.

Stanley Johnson. Part-Jew, part-Turk, but “sanctified” as a True Blue Brit and “gentleman” by reason of having attended Sherborne School and Oxford…

Blood is destiny. Look at Stanley Johnson’s offspring: Boris-idiot, public entertainer, scribbler of rubbish, and poseur, presently doing a tragi-comic reprise (in miniature) of Winston Churchill; Jo Johnson, politician and former newspaper scribbler specializing in finance; Rachel Johnson, scribbler, editor and TV talking head; Leo Johnson, who is described by Wikipedia as “entrepreneur and film-maker“. Need one say (((more)))?

Tomorrow is often unexpected

I happened to see this:

When I visited the DDR (East Germany) briefly in 1988, the impression I received was that it was more like a stage set of a state than a real one, but I had no idea that, as little as a year or so later, that state would not exist.

Who knows, really, how long any state, even one as longlasting as the UK, will last?

Why did the DDR collapse? Why did the Soviet Union collapse? Many causes, but overall because they decayed internally. That was the number one cause.

Now look at the UK. It may continue for decades, or even centuries. More likely, it will pass into history within a few years from today.

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Late tweets

Peter Hitchens still (perhaps) thinks that the UK as a “nation” (no, it is not really a nation any more) exists and that its old and now ramshackle institutions (courts, judges, Parliament, “free” Press, BBC) still have value. “Where are they?“, asks Hitchens, despairingly. They are now but “whited sepulchres”, almost-ruins.

Stay angry, yet patient“? In Zulu, it was more “stay cool but open fire“.

Once again, a nice, well-behaved, civilized English person who thinks that we need “debate”. I think that we need something quite different (though true facts are always useful).

The “Conservative” Party does hate most of its voters. Look at the Parliamentary Party, the Cabinet, the [person posing as] Prime Minister! What do we see? Jews, Mischlingen, wealthy Indians, token blacks and half-castes like Cleverly. As for the white English and Welsh “Conservative” MPs, most are either greedy speculators like Jacob Rees-Mogg, idiot backwoodsmen in it for the pay and expenses (like Peter Bone), or lobby fodder —and (((lobby))) fodder— without an original thought in all their heads combined.

A few final thoughts for today

Trump: whatever one’s general view of him, he has proven his point. He is 74, overweight, has a poor diet (we are told), has contracted “the virus”, yet has spent only a few days in hospital (and mainly out of his doctors’ caution). His wife, also infected, has just been resting at home.

Conclusion: this is not the plague, most people are not even aware that they have “the virus”; few die from it (in relation to those infected or the population as a whole).

The UK “panicdemic”: the government is simply afraid to tell people “we got it wrong; this is nowhere as bad as we have been saying for 6 months“.

UK finances: now it is becoming clear that either there will be even more public spending cuts, reducing the UK to the backward status of a third-rate power (complete with “diverse” population), or there will have to be steep tax rises for the majority of the population.

A kind of semi-dictatorship, hard to define but somewhere between an oligarchy and what someone wittily termed a “wallygarchy”, is being put into place, not overnight but in Lilliputian steps; many small binding ties. The unnecessary fear the “government of clowns” has injected into the population makes that process much easier…but destroys almost everything else.

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Diary Blog, 25 September 2020, including thoughts about the SNP and about the encroaching police state in the UK generally

An important article on liberty in the West

https://thecritic.co.uk/issues/october-2020/democracy-muzzled/

Tweets seen

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So far, the msm is promoting Indian “clever boy” Rishi Sunak for his largesse with public funds and his schemes to somehow keep large parts of the poisoned economy alive. In fact, it is telling that several Conservative Party MPs have coyly implied that Sunak would be better at being PM than irrelevant poseur Boris-idiot.

“Boris” is like a faded entertainer whose jokes are now falling flat and who, having been a major draw, is reduced to treading the boards in the provinces. While Sunak was expounding his rather underwhelming ideas and new policies in the Commons, “Boris” was inspecting police recruits at some place in East Anglia.

Not so sure about the “great“, but the article in question is important at this time, and Hitchens himself is at least willing to see what is happening, as many in the msm either turn a blind eye or fall in behind the System.

SNP

The SNP is a phenomenon. A faux-“nationalist” party which has succeeded in gaining power not because of its own merits but because there was nothing much opposing it.

The SNP [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scottish_National_Party] was founded in 1934, but only had its first MP elected in 1967. It increased representation to 7, then 11, in the febrile political conditions of 1974 (also the time when North Sea Oil https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Sea_oil came to the forefront of public attention). [it’s different now: the cost of production is higher than the price of the oil produced in 2020].

The Scottish public was sold the idea that much of Britain’s North Sea oil was really Scotland’s North Sea oil…a doubtful (though not completely implausible) proposition, looking at the geography and the Law of the Sea as it applies to Exclusive Economic Zones [EEZs]:

The Scottish seats at Westminster then numbered 71, later increased to 72 but reduced from 2005 to 59. The SNP’s 11 MPs in 1974 remained the high-water mark until the SNP’s huge breakthrough in 2015, when the SNP under Nicola Sturgeon suddenly had 56 out of those 59. In 2010, the SNP had had elected only 6 MPs.

After decline to 35 MPs in 2017, the SNP (as I predicted) surged again to 48 MPs in 2019.

In fact, the apparent landslide does not reflect the views of the public very well. FPTP voting distortion. Even in 2015, when the SNP got 56 out of 59 Westminster seats, its vote-share was no more than 50%. In 2019, that was only 45%, yet the SNP has 48 out of 59 seats.

The SNP rose up for several reasons. Firstly because “it was there”; it existed. People cannot vote for a party that does not exist.

Secondly, the Scottish Labour Party, so long dominant, collapsed after years of complacency and corruption. The name that comes to mind is that of Jim Murphy, a complete System puppet. He got his first “real job”(sort-of…working for Scottish Labour!) at the age of 30! He had been a student for 12-13 years without even managing to get a degree!

Jim Murphy [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Murphy#Post-parliament_career] hit all the buttons: a doormat for the Jewish lobby [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Murphy#Post-parliament_career]; an expenses cheat and freeloader [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Murphy#Expenses], who claimed over £1M from 2001-2010; a rubberstamp for Blair and Brown. Murphy later (from 2016) became a salaried “gopher” for Tony Blair and still seems to be one.

The Murphy fiasco was symptomatic of a party totally out of touch. It had thrown away “socialism” in stages after 1990; by the time Murphy became leader in 2014, Scottish Labour stood for almost nothing but the Union with England, as well as a continuation of a failed society and economy.

Murphy was followed by Kezia Dugdale [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kezia_Dugdale], another one who, like Murphy, had never had an outside job. Generally useless.

Scottish Labour has had three more leaders since 2015, none of which has troubled national attention.

Scottish Labour (until 1994 simply part of the —UK— Labour Party) had been first-placed in Scotland in all general elections from 1922. The party was only placed second in 2015, third in 2017 and fourth in 2019. A stunning collapse. The popular vote share fell from 42% in 2010 to 18.6% in 2019. 41 MPs out of 59 in 2010, 1 MP in 2015, briefly 7 MPs in 2017, only to fall back to 1 MP in 2019.

It might be objected that Scottish Labour can still come back. I cannot see how. Recent surveys indicate that, as with Conservative Party support in England, Scottish Labour Party voters are mostly elderly people. A diminishing asset.

In the Scottish Parliament too, Scottish Labour has steadily declined, from 56 seats out of 129 in 1999 to 24 in 2016. The SNP currently has 63 MSPs.

What about the other Scottish parties? The Scottish LibDems now have 4 Westminster MPs out of 59 (11 in 2019, and 1 in 2015); in the Scottish Parliament, another steady decline, 17 out of 129 in 1999, 5 out of 129 now (2016 election).

The Scottish Conservatives declined steadily from 1955 to 1997 (no MPs at all were elected in 1997, and the party then had only one until 2017, when 13 were elected); presently, the Conservatives hold 6 Westminster seats out of 59. The Scottish Conservatives have increased their Holyrood representation: 18 MSPs in 1999, 15 in 2011, but 31 out of 129 in 2016.

The pattern is clear overall. The SNP came up in the 2010-2015 period because the other main parties were seen as declining entities with little to offer. The SNP may now be a fake “nationalist” elected dictatorship North of the Border, and rather incompetent to boot, but there is no obvious sign of challenge as far as Westminster elections are concerned.

In England, we see that Labour has floundered, that the Conservative Party is disastrous (too) and “won” in 2019 by default, with the LibDems on their last legs, but what does not exist in England (or Wales) is any semblance of a new or insurgent and upcoming party.

In Wales, Plaid Cymru is hampered not only because it is not really “nationalist”, but because Wales would be a very very poor little land had it to pay for itself as an “independent” state. Indeed, there is every chance that the Welsh economy will submerge further in 2020 and 2021.

In England proper, there is no real social-national party at all. If one were to exist, the next few years, as the economy crashes, as Brexit is mishandled and ruined, and as mass immigration continues, could be the years of triumph.

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In fact, others did speak out, but they were, like me, not msm-approved scribblers and talking heads. I do not even have a Twitter account (a pack of Jews had Twitter expel me in 2018).

Good point. In fact, look at the societies or states in the world that are effectively all black: Liberia; Sierra Leone; Haiti, Congo, Nigeria (etc). Not places where many white (or black) people would want to live. Indeed, compare the two sides of the island of Hispaniola: on the one side, the Dominican Republic, a black/mixed/mestizo and white state; then look at Haiti, an almost entirely black state…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispaniola#Ethnic_composition; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hispaniola; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominican_Republic; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haiti

Generally speaking, the higher the proportion of European or European-ancestry people that exists in any given country, the better, overall, that country is.

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Robert Jenrick

That corrupt little pissant, Robert Jenrick, is in the news again, and as before for the wrong reasons:

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Oh, what a surprise. Not. I have been raging against Boris-idiot for about 10 or more years, on Twitter since 2011 and in this blog since late 2016. My influence as yet is small, and it has felt at times like a hopeless struggle against the msm talking heads and scribblers, who have been pushing this completely unfitted vanity machine for about two decades. In fact, the unmerited “triumph” of “Boris” shows how powerful msm propaganda is when it comes to “the moronic masses”…(cf. facemasks and “Coronavirus” fear propaganda in general).

Talking of “the moronic masses”…here we have a British population which, faced with an epidemic that, in the UK, has killed about 1 in 2,000 of the population (and worldwide, about 1 in 8,000), has allowed itself to be scared to death. The majority, or at least about half, of the population seem to want to be locked in their homes, forced to wear facemask muzzles, prevented from going out or going anywhere much, so long as the State funnels some more money their way. As Shakespeare might say, “ay, there’s the rub“, for that money is, ultimately, the resource available by reason of a functioning economy.

No economy = no money. Not immediately. The Government can borrow, and is borrowing. At present, at advantageous rates. Borrowing to invest in people and projects is often good as a policy; to borrow merely to sustain a failing range of industries and companies, or to pay people’s bills, is not a good policy, and will be disastrous in the end.

Ha ha! Fanatical UK-based Jews think that they can hound their critics worldwide! In most countries, the repressive laws of the UK are not replicated, and in some (eg USA) there are safeguards for free speech.

The “Campaign Against Antisemitism” has been making malicious allegations to Twitter, Facebook, professional bodies and police for years: https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/when-i-was-a-victim-of-a-malicious-zionist-complaint/

Most of their contrived attempts to use the UK police as puppets have failed.

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Letting Off Steam About Libel

My attention was caught by this news report:

Now many who read my blog will know that I was, in the 1991-2008 period, at various times a practising barrister (in England) and an employed barrister (mostly overseas). Defamation was not one of my specialisms. I would have liked it to have been. It is an interesting and lucrative field, often involving interesting and/or famous people, though certainly not demanding the highest legal skills or intellectual gifts (contrary to the general public belief).

I did a few cases of libel while at the Bar, though all were advisory; none reached a substantive court hearing. I did advise, pro bono (unpaid), and when only a student, on a libel matter the result of which made the front pages of the more serious newspapers: Flegon v. Solzhenitsyn [1987].

Unable (as a mere student) to appear before the judge and civil jury (all defamation cases then had a jury), I nonetheless attended court most days, sometimes all day, wrote (mostly ignored) instructions and good advice for the plaintiff (now dumbed-down to “claimant”), and advised generally on tactics etc (also mostly ignored). I was told by another attendee that once, I having told Flegon’s assistant to give Flegon a note while he, Flegon, was (speaking very loosely) “cross-examining” a witness, I bowed myself out of [High] Court, only for the judge to demand of Flegon, as soon as I had gone, “to see that note that you have just been given”. Apparently, the judge read the note and told Flegon (who was proving a massive pain to the judge in various ways) to “listen to the good advice that you have been given, Mr. Flegon”! My first commendation by the Bench!

The Daily Telegraph said, when Flegon died (16 years later, in 2003):

His remarkable success at repeatedly getting manuscripts out of the Soviet Union led to the widespread view that he must have had contacts in the KGB; but in 1987 he won £10,000 libel damages in the High Court from Solzhenitsyn over an allegation to that effect in the Russian version of The Oak and Calf. Unable to afford a barrister’s fees, Flegon conducted his case himself, in faltering English.

Well, returning from the past to the present, we often see people, usually on Twitter, either talking about suing this or that person (often another “tweeter”) or expressing an opinion on defamation cases before the courts.

The average Joe has no idea about legal matters, and yet many opine about the law and practice of defamation, perhaps because it tends to attract msm publicity. For example, the tweet below betrays no hint that the tweeter knows that people have never been allowed to get legal aid for matters of defamation.

Despite having been expelled from Twitter, I read the tweets of others, particularly those whom I consider “persons of interest”. Often, en passant, I see tweets by various idiots either threatening others with legal action or recommending that others sue —often named— other parties in defamation. Few seem to understand either the relevant law (which has changed somewhat in recent years) or the practical aspects.

In the Kezia Dugdale case reported today, the Scottish judge decided that the words written were defamatory, but that the defendant, Ms. Dugdale, had a defence (that of fair comment). By the way, note that that defence has now been replaced, in England and Wales, by a defence of “honest opinion”, but this case was heard in Scotland under Scottish law.

Now the claimant in that Kezia Dugdale case, a Mr. Campbell, obviously does not understand the law, having tweeted only today that the law or legal system is, in effect, asinine because the judge decided that the words were defamatory and yet had decided against him! Like many many others on Twitter etc, the said Mr. Campbell does not seem to understand that even if words are defamatory on their face or by implication, the defendant might yet have one or more of the available defences.

Time and again on Twitter (I am not on Facebook) I see people, innocent of any useful legal knowledge, claiming that words which are not defamatory anyway are defamatory, or (where the words might be defamatory) ignoring the available defences.

Prominent among the above are Jews on Twitter, who often invoke the name of “Mark Lewis Lawyer” (the Jew-Zionist lawyer who recently fled to Israel after being found guilty of professional misconduct: see Notes, below). In fact, his publicized defamation cases were all (the ones I saw anyway) very simple and straightforward, requiring little real legal expertise. My honest opinion is that he is a copper-bottomed self-publicizing poseur.

Take a look at the above paragraph. It might or might not be considered in part “defamatory” (or it might be considered as a whole or in part a “mere vulgar insult”, which would not be actionable in any event). Also, even if the statements above, or some or one, were to be considered defamatory, I have defences open to me should the supposed “top defamation specialist” reach out from his mobility scooter or wheelchair in Israel to sue me (he has so far not done so in respect of any of the rather many blog posts which I have written about him in the past months). I have the defences of, inter alia, “Truth”, “Honest Opinion”, and “Publication on a matter of public interest” available to me.

There again, the armchair lawyers of Twitter rarely consider other factors, chief amongst which is whether the defendant has any funds. If not, large sums (in some cases, hundreds of thousands of pounds) might be expended in pursuit of a defendant who (like me) would simply declare bankruptcy if faced with a money judgment. Bankruptcy in England is now little more than an inconvenience lasting for a year (in most cases) for someone without capital (whether in cash or real or other property) or income. There are few advantages to being broke (as I now am and, incidentally, as “Mark Lewis Lawyer” now is); one of them, though, is the useful one of being effectively “unsueable”.

There are other factors, but this is a blog post, not a legal treatise.

It is usually the case that the best advice that can be given to a potential litigant in defamation is “don’t”! Three examples:

  • Oscar Wilde. Wilde need not have brought the libel action which eventually led to his disgrace, imprisonment, exile and early death;
  • David Irving. A fine and persecuted (by the Jew lobby) historian, but not a lawyer. Need not have brought the case against Deborah Lipstadt, an American Jew-Zionist academic supported and funded by the worldwide Jewish/Zionist lobby. Insisted on appearing for himself. Said to have lost £2M in costs to the other side, at least on paper. He also, more importantly, had his books removed from large bookshop chains; some were even pulped. Large publishers dropped him;
  • Count Nikolai Tolstoy. The only one of the three whom I have ever met (once). The only one of these three who was the defendant (there was also a co-defendant in his case). He lost, but eventually paid only £57,000 of the £1.5M awarded against him initially; he paid the £57,000 years later and only after the death of the plaintiff, Lord Aldington.

So, Twitter armchair lawyers and the perpetually outraged: don’t put your daughter on the stage, never wear brown in town and stop threatening libel suits against people, even if you can get lawyers you can rely upon…

Notes

https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A4%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%BD,_%D0%90%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BA

https://www.dworskibooks.com/index.php?route=information/news&news_id=3

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1430648/Alec-Flegon.html

https://www.scotsman.com/news/kezia-dugdale-this-case-was-never-about-the-definition-of-homophobia-1-4909617

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17580304.kezia-dugdale-releases-statement-after-winning-defamation-case/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oscar_Wilde#Wilde_v._Queensberry

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Irving#Libel_suit

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Tolstoy#Controversy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Books-David-Irving/s?rh=n%3A266239%2Cp_27%3ADavid+Irving

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2013/26/section/3/enacted

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2013/26/crossheading/defences/enacted

Blog Posts About “Mark Lewis Lawyer”

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/01/11/update-re-mark-lewis-lawyer-questions-are-raised/

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2018/12/22/mark-lewis-lawyer-latest-update/

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2018/12/20/self-publicizing-supposed-top-lawyer-mark-lewis-full-transcript-of-disciplinary-hearing-judgment-now-released-by-tribunal/

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2018/12/19/the-latest-revelations-about-zionist-supposed-top-lawyer-mark-lewis/

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2018/12/13/more-details-about-mark-lewis-lawyer-and-his-abusive-social-media-presence/

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2018/12/11/mark-lewis-lawyer-disciplinary-case-now-updated-to-11-december-2018/

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2018/11/23/mark-lewis-lawyer-tries-to-have-part-of-the-case-against-him-thrown-out/

 

System MPs In The UK Parliament–Mediocrity (At Best)

I was moved to write today because of a TV programme which I did not in fact see but which has been widely reported. On BBC1 Question Time, a “Conservative” MP, one Ross Thomson [Con, Aberdeen South], was put in his place by Kezia Dugdale, the former leader of Scottish Labour. Thomson had been claiming that the simplistic Universal Credit idea thought up by (incredibly thick) Iain Dunce Duncan Smith MP would “get people off benefits and into work”. Kezia Dugdale had to point out that, so far, 37% of people receiving Universal Credit are in fact employed (but underpaid). Thomson just ignored the facts and ploughed on, a characteristic of, especially, “Conservative” MPs of recent years (Priti Patel is another egregious example).

Reading the above, I was impelled to look up this Ross Thomson. I found that the little twerp (now 31) only ever worked outside politics for 2-3 years, which he spent working for Debenhams stores and in a call centre. Once he stepped onto the “politics” gravytrain in 2012 and at age 25 (as Aberdeen local councillor, then MSP, then MP), he gave up trying to (pretending to) make a living in the more usual way.

His Question Time humiliator, Kezia Dugdale, was herself only employed on the political fringe (as a campaign manager etc) for a while before becoming a full-time politico (finishing as disastrous leader of Scottish Labour: the System looks after its own— she is now a columnist for the Scottish Daily Record newspaper). It goes beyond the scope of this blog post to muse overlong as to why so many women in frontline UK politics are lesbians.

The above thoughts led on to my wondering, not for the first time, why mediocrity rules in UK politics. Indeed, to be merely mediocre at Westminster is to be winning! Most MPs and “peers” do not even achieve mediocrity but are disastrously poor in every way.

The main problem stems from the First Past The Post voting system, which was fine in the 19th Century —simple policies and issues, uneducated voters, clear party divisions— but is simply out of date and not fit for purpose today. In 21st Century Britain, someone can be pro-animal welfare, anti-mass immigration, for private enterprise but pro-State control or regulation of utilities and transport. For which party does that voter vote? Conservative? Labour? Green? UKIP? LibDem? The one-size-fits-all politics is not our reality any more.

Furthermore, the FPTP voting system means that, once the MP is in a seat, it is almost impossible to dislodge that person.

Then there is the selection procedure, which varies from party to party, but which (even in a supposedly non-System party such as the now-finished UKIP) excludes anyone thought “racist”, “anti-Semitic” etc. Also, it is to be noted that some of the worst MPs have come out of restricted shortlists such as the Conservative Party “A” List. Even so, the sheer lack of quality of Westminster candidates now is staggering. Take some fairly random examples that have caught my attention over the past few years:

  • Justin Tomlinson [Con, North Swindon]: a comprehensive school, followed by Oxford Brookes University (the old Oxford Poly), where he obtained a bog-standard “business” degree. After that, he managed a small nightclub in Swindon, Wiltshire, bearing the name “Eros”(!) as well as (according to his own CV…) operating “a small marketing business” and serving on the local council; elected MP 2010.
  • Louise Mensch [Con, Corby 2010-2012], a scribbler (in the past) of braindead “chick-lit” “novels”, who was placed on the Con “A” List by David Cameron-Levita. The people of Corby, her new seat, were sold a pup. She was a poor constituency MP and was accused, while on the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, of being in the pocket of Rupert Murdoch (who later employed her as a columnist). She had to admit, belatedly, to have been an abuser of hard drugs which “had messed with her head”, one possible reason why she was and is known as someone who frequently gets even basic historical and political facts wrong. Resigned as MP in 2012 after about 18 months in the position and moved to New York (domicile of her Jewish American second husband), where she failed in various internet activities and was employed for a while as “columnist” for the UK Sun “newspaper” before eventually being dismissed or at any rate not retained.

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  • Liz Kendall MP [Lab, Leicester West]. On paper well-qualified to be an MP, the reality is that this woman is as thick as two short planks, as her appearances on BBC This Week have made painfully obvious. Pro-Israel to the hilt (possibly part-Jewish), her 4.5% vote in the Labour leadership contest made her a laughing stock.
  • Iain Duncan Smith MP [Con, Chingford]: this part-Japanese serial liar and obvious sociopath has managed to parlay a sub-par secondary education (at “secondary modern” and Merchant Navy schools) and six years as a (surely mis-gazetted?) Guards officer (where he stuck at Lieutenant) into becoming an MP and, in time, Cabinet Minister! His faked CV (claiming degrees from the University of Perugia and the so-called “Dunchurch School of Management”) became notorious only after he had become politically prominent. His cretinous attempts to “reform” the “welfare” system have led to administrative chaos, dishonesty (flowing from the top…) and misery for millions. A stupid, greedy and evil man.
  • Diane Abbott [Lab, Hackney North and Stoke Newington]: Jamaican; somehow got into Cambridge University, where she scraped a degree in History. Less than two years as fast-track trainee at the Home Office (obviously unable to hack it), then a “race relations officer” for the then NCCL; then she did some researcher and press jobs for a few years. A ghastly woman: pro-abortion, a moneygrubber, expenses blodger and freeloader, openly anti-white. Now quite possibly Home Secretary of a Corbyn-Labour government!DKWRQw3WsAIEnNI

I could list dozens, possibly hundreds, of other examples. The fact is that 90% of the House of Commons could be removed with no negative effect on anyone but those purged. The contrary, in fact.

Notes

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/bbc-question-time-clash-tory-13406586

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

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aberdeen_South_(UK_Parliament_constituency)#Election_results

http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2002/12_december/19/newsnight_ids_cv.shtml

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

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

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

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

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

Addendum 20 October 2018

…and look at this one, a near (?) mental case

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jared_O%27Mara

Update, 7 December 2018

More about the aforesaid little twerp (Ross Thomson MP)

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/1624720/aberdeen-mp-ross-thomson-tricked-by-underhanded-yet-blindingly-obvious-tv-prank/

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/3582471/ross-thomson-tory-mp-instantgrammes-drugs-channel-4/

see also

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/troop-cartload-barrel-or-family/

Update, 23 December 2020

Ross Thomson is no longer an MP. The reasons are elucidated here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ross_Thomson#Sexual_misconduct_allegations

A Labour MP, Paul Sweeney (who lost his seat in the 2019 General Election) claimed in November 2019 (rather suspiciously, a full year after the alleged event) that in 2018 he had been sexually assaulted by Thomson in a bar within the Palace of Westminster.

Thomson denied the charge and was later cleared by the Commons Standards Committee, but in the meantime his local Conservative Party chairman refused to sign Thomson’s nomination papers. This meant that he could not stand as a Conservative candidate.

In the event, the short-notice Conservative Party candidate was beaten soundly by the SNP candidate at the 2019 General Election.

Thomson has since returned to what seems to be complete obscurity.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-54731242

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/politics/former-labour-mp-lodges-appeal-23153724