Tag Archives: M.R. James

Diary Blog, 20 September 2022

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On this day a year ago

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The problem in the UK, as in other Anglophone countries, is that most of the population are perfectly willing to see the country go to ratshit so long as the “national” team in this or that televized sport wins some contest on the other side of the world (and they do not care that their “national team” is largely composed of blacks and browns).

This film, below, was a really excellent exploration of M.R. James. I have posted it before; it deserves to be more known.

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My view is that much of it is a grasping at straws.

Rosenberg“?

https://www.breitbart.com/education/2022/09/19/exclusive-private-school-teacher-calls-whiteness-poison-fosters-racially-stressful-encounters/.

Laughter, the best medicine

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That applies not only to the almost ubiquitous “trans” nonsense but also more mainstream issues such as race and culture. One example is the “holocaust” farrago.

The madness continues…

See also: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2018/11/15/when-reality-becomes-subjective/.

All this nonsense and fakery of various kinds is being encouraged, and to a large extent co-ordinated, by the powers of Evil in the world. We need to prepare for a wideranging and worldwide purge of all such elements.

Those who fought before will also be fighting with us, either on higher planes or on Earth via reincarnation.

The stars in their courses fight on the side of the just” [ancient Chinese proverb]

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Amen to that. I dislike that little blot. He just rubs me up the wrong way, as do some other TV people, such as —certainly not a complete list— the one-time shoplifting TV presenter Richard Madeley (yes, he was acquitted; he was lucky), that smug bastard John Humphries (though I think that he has now retired) with his pathetic Mandela-worship…and a number of others.

Exactly the point I made over many years about working tax credits etc.

Late tweets

Earlier this evening, I heard some pompous bore, I think a British MP (I only had audio, no picture) on TV news, yapping about how there would be a “Ukrainian victory“, and how Britain must mobilize for war.

Where do they get such idiots?

If that happens, WW3 is just around the corner.

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[Totenkopf]

Diary Blog, 8 August 2022

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[Old Gagra, Abkhazia]

On this day a year ago

Worth reading, I think, a year on.

M.R. James

I make no apology for posting, not for the first time, the above documentary about M.R. James, finely-narrated by the late Bill Wallis. Maybe it is not quite the right time of year (autumn, or winter, might be better), but never mind.

Hard to think of a better way to spend 50 peaceful minutes on, as it might be, a quiet evening or even afternoon.

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Monsters, that couple— just look at them. They may be —and I mean this to be taken literally— not human. Creatures of darkness.

Cost of living crisis

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/aug/07/britain-social-emergency-leaders-political-vacuum

We are entering an era of mass fuel poverty and ‘warm banks’ – and complacent leaders have left a dangerous political vacuum.


The surreal, often absurd Conservative leadership election meanders on. Both candidates frantically float ideas for disrupting everything from university term dates to doctors’ pensions, while the Sunday Telegraph endorses Liz Truss as “the first truly philosophy-driven leader since Margaret Thatcher”, and Rishi Sunak stoically insists that he loves dancing. But we all know the gravity of the crisis that is now enveloping us, and it makes the vanities of their battle seem like some strange hallucination related to the summer’s stifling heat.

By the autumn, the victor – Truss, in all likelihood – may well be still trying to convince us that they are leading a national sprint towards sunlit uplands that only they can see. But the game is already up: the immediate future will be defined by skyrocketing energy prices, economic woe and a profound social emergency – and power will be a grinding matter of crisis management.

The unavoidable truth is that the United Kingdom is in such a fragile, frayed state that it can no longer keep its people warm or adequately feed them. Until that gnawing injustice is addressed, politics will continue to teeter into the absurd.

[The Guardian]

If only there were a credible social-national movement! If there were, we could be in power within a couple of years, and then start to do what has to be done. As it is, we are mere spectators, as the System is about to implode. We cannot, as things are, use events to bring about what we want.

Still, we may yet see the day.

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I was there 40-50 years ago…

Yes. Ironic, nicht wahr? Turns out that the “nazis” are and to a large extent always were the “good guys”…

The propaganda of the international conspiracy gets both filthier and more evident daily.

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[Shishkin, Bee Families in the Forest]

More about the police and their priorities in the Britain of 2022

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11093127/When-terminally-ill-Darrell-mooned-speed-camera-never-dreamed-lead-to.html.

[police hurry to the scene of an “antisemitic trope” (or something)]

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See also: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2017/07/13/when-i-was-a-victim-of-a-malicious-zionist-complaint/; and https://ianrobertmillard.org/2022/01/15/diary-blog-15-january-2022-including-an-outline-of-the-failure-of-the-latest-jew-zionist-attempt-to-prosecute-me/.

Completely unacceptable.

The sick and degenerate multikultis on Twitter will think that this “cultural appropriation” is OK. We need a thoroughgoing cultural purge across the (((West))).

Ukraine, a Jew-ruled “failed state” or non-state, which without NWO/ZOG money and arms would collapse almost overnight.

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[national memorial, Volgograd, Russia]

Diary Blog, Boxing Day 2021

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Dietrich Eckart

Today is the 98th anniversary of the death of Dietrich Eckart [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Eckart].

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[Dietrich Eckart towards the end of his life]

Dietrich Eckart died in 1923, at the age of 55. One of the earliest supporters of Adolf Hitler and his life-work, Eckart was also a poet, writer, playwright, and authority on Ibsen.

[“If the light clashes with darkness there is no making of agreements, there is only a fight of life and death until the one or the other part is destroyed.“— Dietrich Eckart]

On this day a year ago

Good news on whaling

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/dec/26/japans-whaling-town-struggles-to-keep-400-years-of-tradition-alive

When I had a Twitter account (a pack of Jews had me expelled in 2018), I frequently tweeted against Japanese whaling (and against that carried out by other countries engaged in commercial whaling, notably Norway and Iceland; the Soviet Union ceased its semi-secret whaling in 1973).

I supported Sea Shepherd [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Shepherd_Conservation_Society_operations#Japanese_whaling_(2003%E2%80%932017)] and its firm confrontation strategy. However, I always recognized that the key to stopping Japanese whaling (the Scandinavian operations are tiny by comparison) lay in Japan itself.

As the Guardian report indicates, part of the problem lay in the Japanese psychology, in resenting being told what to do or not do by the non-Japanese world. Japan needed an honourable way to stop whaling, an exit strategy enabling Japan to stop whaling, and to stop subsidizing whaling, without losing face. This is what has happened.

Japan continues to whale, but only within the waters of Japan’s Exclusive Economic Zone (under the Law of the Sea), and in reality is slowly winding down whaling (along with the subsidies for it). The whales caught now are not the most endangered (such as the Blue Whale). Not that that excuses the activity, but it seems that, finally, Japanese whaling is on the way out.

English ghost story

A ghost story not written by M.R. James but featuring him as a character. Very good. The BBC should do more like this.

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France 24 TV report about arrests arising from investigations into Jew and/or Israeli corruption in New Jersey (mainly Hudson County, the bit of New Jersey alongside the Hudson River opposite Manhattan).

Not only fraud and money laundering but also the sale of human organs and blood to Israel and/or to Jew and Israeli organizations in Switzerland and elsewhere.

Had this not been reported on a mainstream TV station (France 24), it would no doubt be vilified by Jewish orgs and mouthpieces as an “anti-Semitic trope” or something.

You really couldn’t make it up! Crazed “Covid” zealot so aggressively determined to exercise her —non-existent— power over a non-mask-wearing passenger, while she herself is not using her mask, shouting, screaming in people’s faces, and even spitting!

That video is an extreme example of the pathology now widespread in the USA, and even UK and elsewhere in Europe. This is what the facemask nonsense is really all about— forcing people to comply. It has little or nothing to do with public health. In Spain, they apparently even have to wear facemasks outside, by law!

My answer?

The nearly two years of “panicdemic” fear propaganda and general nonsense has become ingrained in many. They now not only comply with even completely arbitrary diktats (such as the ludicrous “Rule of 6”), and moreover at the snap of the fingers from complete idiots such as “Boris” Johnson, but get very very angry when they see others refusing to jump through the “mandated” hoops.

In an irreligious age, people seek out things in which to believe, and for causes to follow, as well as for (supposed) “virtues” to display or signal.

The 20th century showed that political causes such as old-style socialism had feet of clay, and religions such as Roman Catholicism and the simplistic “evangelical” alternatives, as well as sub-religions such as cults, became mostly discredited, so we are here now in the 21st century with many floundering people desperately seeking for a cause to which to adhere.

For some, in the UK of the 1980s and 1990s, it was anti-apartheid, but the new “rainbow nation” South Africa has largely failed (in every way) since then, and there are no white people in the SA government to blame now, so the virtue-signallers have abandoned the South Africans of all races to their fate and latched onto other causes: anti-Brexit was or is one such, as was and is “climate change”, as in the worship of the Swedish autistic, little Greta Nut; likewise, the Extinction Rebellion and Insulate Britain idea that destruction of the UK as an advanced industrial economy will somehow “save the planet”.

Now such people (often the very same people) have latched onto “Covid” as their cause. The roots of it lie in their personal and group psychology and/or pathology rather than anything objective.

Peter Hitchenscolumn

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-10344609/PETER-HITCHENS-two-years-mass-hysteria-finally-coming-senses.html

My own blog post about Hitchens, written about 2.5 years ago, has proven rather popular: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/05/19/peter-hitchens-and-his-views/.

Sweden

Talking of my old blog posts, this from 2019 has had a couple of hits today: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/10/18/the-swedish-sickness-contaminating-the-rest-of-europe-what-is-it/.

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

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[River Ob at Barnaul]

Diary Blog, Christmas Day 2021

My Christmas and Yuletide greetings to all well-intentioned readers of the blog, to all Europe, and to the wider world.

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On this day a year ago

Some thoughts from 5 years ago, revisited

I take the opportunity to resurrect from my blog archives the following post from late 2016: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2016/12/03/the-society-of-measure/.

I have made just criticism in the past few years of, inter alia, Aaron Bastani and Ash Sarkar, and their idea called “Fully Automated Luxury Communism” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fully_Automated_Luxury_Communism], but (despite not having read the book), I apprehend that one of its basic premises is that the benefits of modern technology and productive techniques have been arrogated by a tiny minority of finance-capitalists. If my understanding of the book is correct in that regard, then I certainly agree with that view; indeed, it can hardly be denied.

Books such as The Spirit Level [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Spirit_Level_(book)] have shown how inequality in the “Western” world has grown since the 1950s and particularly in recent decades. Numerous studies have shown how the remuneration and wealth (capital) of corporate owners and the highest strata of executives has become grotesque.

In the 1950s, in the USA the typical disparity between the pay of highest-paid and lowest-paid in a company was about 15:1. Now it is hundreds to one and, in not a few cases, thousands to one. That is without even getting into share options, capital gains etc

The same is true of the UK. There are many large companies where the top executives are getting a million or more a year (many millions in some cases) in salary alone, while the bottom-level employees are on something like £15,000. A ratio of at least 70:1, and in many cases hundreds to one.

It is not a question, for me, of inequality alone (some inequality is inevitable and indeed good) but of inequality so great and so unfair that it amounts to inequity.

We see how some of the wealthiest capitalists on Earth (Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Elon Musk etc) vie with each other to build their own space rockets, not to do anything truly worthwhile with them but to take what amount to joy-rides into space, accompanied by other hugely-wealthy individuals. Meanwhile, their own employees live on pennies, in many cases unable to pay their rent, feed their families properly, or achieve even a modestly-comfortable standard of living.

The fruits of scientific and technological innovation must be shared more equitably.

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Hopper“, not “Hooper” (and “they’re“, not “their“) (etc)…but never mind. It’s Christmas.

Welby has either never heard of the line:

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast
ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them
under their feet, and turn again and rend you
.” [Matthew 7:6]

…or, more likely, has decided to turn a Nelsonian eye…

It is entirely misplaced and wrongheaded “compassion” to invite into the UK (or to tolerate an unwanted invasion by) those who, most of them, despise British people and/or hate us, and who will be, at best, a heavy millstone round the British neck, forever.

Justin Welby will have to suffer no detriment by tolerating the migration invasion. No, that burden will be borne by the British poor, mostly.

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I was going to keep the blog short today, and concentrated on purely Christmas topics (and one does after all have other things to do on Christmas Day), but the world has impinged on my retreat…

A few thoughts around Christmas

Naturally, Christmas, as we know it in the UK and/or “Anglosphere”, is largely what people today often call “a construct” or “social construct”. You see in magazines or online quite a lot of historical detail about that.

A few examples: St. Nicholas was someone from what is now part of Turkey, not the North Pole: see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Nicholas; and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinterklaas.

In the UK, perhaps especially England, we have a fairly closely-defined idea of what Christmas should be: the Christmas tree, the angel or star atop the tree, carols, Santa Claus in his red suit, sitting in a sleigh in the sky, itself pulled by flying reindeer.

As many will know, the Christmas tree tradition, in England, dates back only to 1834, when one was installed at Windsor Castle; the tradition dates back longer in Germany, to the late Middle Ages.

As for the fairy atop the tree, that may be connected with the late Roman cult of Mithras, though that seems to me to be contrived, in view of the fact that the Christmas tree tradition itself is of recent historical origin. I would not say, though, that I am really qualified to pronounce on that aspect.

As to red-suited Santa with his sled or sleigh, reindeer etc, that is a conflation of ancient traditions, 19thC traditions, and “traditions” which come from as recent a source as 1930s American ads for Coca-Cola: see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Claus.

In Russia, the 19thC saw “Grandfather Frost” emerge, a tradition at least half-heartedly kept up in 20thC Soviet times as an alternative to the usually disapproved-of and sometimes suppressed Russian Orthodox Christmas religious holiday (which takes place a couple of weeks after the Western one by reason of the fact that the Russian Orthodox church still uses the Julian Calendar).

I believe that some Christian occultists aver that the “Santa in a sleigh” picture has an underlying reality in that the Cosmic Christ travels spiritually around the world for the “12 days of Christmas”, assessing the overall spiritual condition of the world. Perhaps.

My own view is that it does not really matter that our 20thC/21stC idea of Christmas would seem slightly odd to Victorian England, and downright alien to the English of Tudor times. It is our mental picture, our idea of what is sacred, our idea of what is worthwhile. It encapsulates what has gone before, and is of social and personal value.

Whatever the origins of Christmas as we know it, and however “inauthentic” some may claim it to be, the fact remains that we regard it as sort-of-sacred, even if in a sense it is not, and that includes the “Father Christmas” or “Santa Claus” figure in his red robes, even if he does only date back, in that form, to 1930s Disney and Coca-Cola. We do not like it being changed for obviously socio-political reasons.

Ghastly

Saw a few minutes on TV of some ghastly Christmas thing in Westminster Abbey yesterday. Some weird fellow looking like a Scottish down and out strumming on a guitar and, er, singing, while queen-to-be Kate accompanied on a piano. Not quite sure what the whole thing was, because I only saw a minute or two of it.

The Mezzotint

Saw a BBC adaptation of the M.R. James story, The Mezzotint. My expectations were not, if truth be told, high, but in fact this was an excellent short film. The original story was written in 1904, but the adaptation was, seemingly, set in the 1920s (judging by the props, clothes, and some music heard).

Even the fact that, typically for today, they shoehorned a non-European into the story (an anglicized Indian, or Anglo-Indian), did not jar, the way it was done. Pretty good.

I can recommend highly the 1995 documentary below, finely narrated by the late Bill Wallis [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Wallis]:

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[Levitan, Vladimirka]

Diary Blog, 18 February 2021

Chekhov had a point. It might be argued that in contemporary Britain, and in North America, there is at least no “premature old age“, but maybe there is: true, people are living longer in years, but at the same time a strange double-aspect is seen.

The young today are careful, cautious, scared of what they are indoctrinated into being scared of, meaning “the virus”, “racism”, “sexism” etc; even taking any risk at all. In short, they often seem to exhibit traits of caution and even fearfulness, traditionally the preserve of the middleaged and, indeed, the elderly.

The other aspect seen would be a kind of juvenile attitude to life, seen in the adult, even in the middleaged. The obsessive interest in (in the UK) soccer football and (in the USA) American football. The playing of video games, computer games by those aged 30, 40, even 50+.

Other symptoms? The whole “dating app” culture. The middleaged women, often divorced, who feverishly pretend to a lifestyle more appropriate (if at all) to girls of 18 or 20. The male equivalent, as well. Also, the lack of interest in anything of a serious nature, even in those who (via entitlement more than via merit, often) are in the highest positions.

Examples? It became notorious, during the disastrous years of the David Cameron-Levita governments of 2010-2015, that the Prime Minister of the UK spent what his own civil servants called “a frightening amount of time” playing games on his mobile telephone. If I recall aright, his favourite was one called Angry Birds.

Others in that evil yet stupid 2010-2015 government had similar tastes. One was the useless Ed Vaizey (like David Cameron-Levita, a part-Jew).

Now we have “Boris” Johnson, another part-Jew, and another with puerile tastes and behavioural patterns. Someone just posing as Prime Minister, as did Cameron-Levita.

The above may explain why it is hard to form a serious non-System political party worth anything. The young are more interested in complying with whatever they are told by the msm , or in whatever is said about them or their friends on various social media platforms. The older (25+) people are not much better, and the middleaged are mainly engaged in pursuits which are extensions of juvenalia.

Politics, especially radical/revolutionary politics, requires other traits: risk-taking, commitment to ideals and to a cause, a certain selflessness, a willingness by the individual to join with others for a noble cause, as well as anger at the way things are, and a determination to struggle to a better future.

The National Socialists of 1919-1945 had that; the Bolsheviks and other Communists had that; the milder socialists and social-democrats too. Without that drive and belief, everything just trundles on as it is, or perhaps gradually getting worse.

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Ha. When living in Kazakhstan (1996-97), I used to travel up to the mountains with friends in their Lada Niva. I even drove it for short distances once or twice myself. In the UK, a few years ago, I thought of buying a secondhand one, but few were available and, crucially, the Niva only comes in standard shift, not automatic, and my present (UK) driving licence only allows me to drive automatics. Quite a good budget option for off-road, though.

I generally disapprove of capital punishment, as such (for spiritual-religious reasons, and because justice must be tempered with mercy), but there may be situations where a public hanging might do much to repress those who should be repressed.

Tweeting, blogging, vlogging, putting up no-hope election candidates, can only take you so far in the present and developing climate…

Ha ha! That reminds me when a Soviet citizen visiting London in the late 1980s saw the BBC TV News, presented by Moira Stuart [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moira_Stuart], and said to me, “not only a black woman, but one with a speech impediment!“…

What would he have thought of Britain in 2021?

G.K. Chesterton and M.R. James would have been interested, I expect.

Typical ahistorical nonsense

The tweets below are typical of the ahistorical nonsense that abounds today:

Tweeted by a barrister, one of them, so I suppose that younger people reading think it “must be right”. In fact, while it is true that women (and others) could be refused service in a pub, that almost never happened simply because a woman wanted a drink. The same was true of blacks. As for “being gay was imprisonable“…no, it never was, not in the UK, though there were offences committed if actual gay sex was indulged in.

As ever, the devil is in the detail, and in the words “legal right“…

Those tweets give a false picture.

I myself was once refused service in a bar, for having entered the saloon bar of a country pub, in Surrey, while wearing muddy Wellingtons. I, and the young lady accompanying me, had to move to the (equally empty) public bar, where the floor consisted of stone flags instead of carpet. That was in 1984.

Diary Blog, 15 February 2021

Freedom of expression

Ghastly Twit-creature Kate Godfrey, who once or twice tried to blag her way to an MP sinecure (for Labour, then “Change UK”, then LibDem) joins with other Zionists to try to get a professor at Bristol University dismissed for merely having an opinion.

Something must be done about the threat Zionism poses to freedom of expression in the UK.

Look at that. Anyone trying to stand up for free speech is immediately condemned by association. The exchange also proves my point about these endless “codes of conduct” which in recent years have been imposed, usually by Zionist lawyers, on employees (and employers, and professional organizations as well). My own experience: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2017/07/09/the-slide-of-the-english-bar-and-uk-society-continues-and-accelerates/.

A small part of the population in the UK, less than half of one percent, is trying to take over the whole society by strategic moves, or to put it in colloquial language, by “always going for the jugular”.

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[“God mote it be…”]

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Look at that puppet on a stick!

Your papers are…not in order...”

If we do not start fighting soon, the world we know will fall without a shot fired, and we shall all be serfs of powers which will only show their true evil when we are unable to resist, protest, or even express an opinion…

The first thing to understand is that ZOG, NWO, the “Great Reset”, the “Great Replacement” and “White genocide” are no mere “conspiracy theories” but happening in real time all around us now.

Only the few will soon fight for freedom and a better life. They alone will be the rulers of the world, once the powers of Evil have been vanquished.

Designed with North American society in mind, but largely applicable to the UK as well. Pretty good.

Tweeter “Martin”, above, seems to imagine that the UK is a “free country”. Well, it may have been (fairly) “free” once, before (to take a year) 1989, but no more…no more…

Government and msm in the UK are very keen to see protest, revolt and revolution overseas, preferably in countries not yet under ZOG/NWO control, but they scream “terrorism” if anyone tries it in the UK.

The most corrupt elements of the UK are in the msm, Government, Westminster in general, and embedded in the parts of the economy closely allied to those sectors. Also, the Zionist element.

Ah, I forgot about the Saturday quiz this past weekend…

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Well, I am back on winning form, having scored 8/10 (Rentoul got 5/10). I did not know the answers to questions 6 and 10 (I thought that the answer to question 10 was two banks).

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Hutches for migrant-invaders?

I myself was born in Reading, and brought up mainly (except 3 years in Sydney, Australia) where Berkshire meets South Oxfordshire.

I first saw a black person in Reading when I was 6, maybe 7 (a consultant at the Royal Berks Hospital), and saw a second one in 1970 when I was 13 and had returned from Australia (the second one was a uniformed nurse on a bus). In other words, there were very few blacks (or South Asians etc) in Reading at that time.

By the early 1970s, there were some. I saw a playground full of black children when my train from Newbury Racecourse station to Reading stopped for a few minutes on a viaduct overlooking part of West Reading. That was 1973 or 1974.

Recently I heard some West Indian woman interviewed on radio. She said that she “had been brought up in Reading, which of course was incredibly multicultural.” Not sure to what year(s) she was referring, but must have been 1980s or 1990s onwards.

A huge demographic and cultural change, mostly negative, has occurred in the UK, especially in parts of England, in the past 50 years. Near-disastrous.

Too late. Labour has (probably) passed the point of no return. It has thrown away the Scottish “proletariat” and its descendants, and is doing the same in England and Wales, meaning the poorer white people. It is left with the “blacks and browns” and the public service employees. Not more than about 25% of the voters. Yes, some others too, but unlikely to do much better in ?2024 than in 2019 or 2017.

If (when?) Scotland leaves the UK, Labour will have no chance even of minority or weak coalition government, because it has no real prospect of getting more MPs in Scotland, and the SNP’s MPs are at present Labour’s only hope for forming even a minority government.

Needless to say, at present the 80-seat-majority pseudo-“Conservative” government has no need to consider proportional representation.

“Prevent”

Even now, I am sometimes incredulous at the biased and pervasive Jewish-Zionist influence, penetrating right into official government operations. See, for example, https://www.governmentevents.co.uk/covid-19-conspiracy-theories-and-extremist-grooming/

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You don’t feel trapped…you are trapped. And soon will be more trapped…

How well I know that area! In the 1980s and early 1990s I was often walking there, perhaps visiting the wine merchant cellars under the viaduct, or strolling along the viaduct itself, not far from Leather Lane market, the Bailey, and the old, now closed, Holborn Viaduct rail station [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holborn_Viaduct_railway_station]

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[Holborn Viaduct Station, 1977]

Late video about M.R. James

Well worth seeing.

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Diary Blog, Christmas Day 2020

Greetings on Christmas Day to all Christendom and to the wider world.

Historical note

An historical note from Christmas 1939:

https://research.calvin.edu/german-propaganda-archive/christmas1939.htm

From 1942:

Brexit

It might be said that I should not write about ordinary political matters on Christmas Day, but the news having just been announced yesterday about Brexit, a few more words are needed.

As I said yesterday, “Boris” has decided to put on the mask of a tragi-comic Chamberlain rather than a tragi-comic Churchill. He says now that he has, belatedly, delivered Brexit. Of sorts, arguably. It is all rather underwhelming.

From what I have seen so far, it seems that the agreement made is all right in many respects, not very satisfactory in others (continuing security and intelligence co-operation, for example). https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/dec/24/from-tariffs-to-visas-heres-whats-in-the-brexit-deal

This goes beyond BRINO (Brexit In Name Only) but not very far beyond.

Having said that, the agreement has pretty much shot Farage’s fox as far as the EU is concerned. I think that, though opposition to EU norms will continue on the fringes, this means the end of Brexit and EU matters as central in UK political discourse. Effectively the end of 20 years of Brexit/EU being political drivers in the UK.

To a large extent, the agreement has also shot Labour’s fox re. the EU, too. Labour under Keir Starmer has become almost invisible. Unsurprising. Starmer-Labour has, with minor carping, supported the “Conservative” Government on almost every issue in the past year, from the “virus” messaging and the facemask nonsense to Brexit. It seems that that support will now continue in the Commons vote on this agreement (next week, unless delayed). The agreement will thus be approved, with minor rebellions on the fringes.

As far as the general public is concerned, this agreement will draw a line under Brexit, politically.

The agreement seems to cover most of the factors important in the public mind, such as (by implication) the Roma gypsy element looting the UK from foreign bases, and also the low-paid foreign workers, Poles etc, coming to the UK as of right; the food standards now staying where they are (because the UK will not drop below EU norms, so no American chlorinated chicken etc).

It looks as though animal welfare in farming etc is covered (the UK is ahead of most of the EU states in that respect anyway).

Yes, there are sacrifices made: the fishing part is not very good for the UK, though at least there will not be the first Anglo-French naval engagements, in the Channel, since Napoleonic times. Britain’s fishermen have been, to some extent, sacrificed for the wider good. That means that the head has ruled the heart, fishing being only 1% of the UK’s GDP.

Also, British people will (or may) find it less convenient to live or work in EU states, though most live rather than work (retired people etc) and that happened even before the UK joined the original EEC in 1973, though on a smaller scale. People just had to apply for a carte de sejour in France, and the equivalent elsewhere.

There will be some grumbling about this from both “Brexiteers” and Remainers but, as a major political issue, Brexit has been finally put to bed.

Tweets seen today

The above Twitter accounts are always worth looking at.

Afternoon music

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

Interesting tweet thread

More music

M.R. James

A Pleasant Terror… Well worth watching…

Goodnight, and wishing well all who wish me well. Meine Ehre heisst Treue…

[Unity Mitford]

God bless blessed memory…