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Diary Blog, 7 January 2023, with the latest on the “Jack Monroe” scandal

Morning music

On this day a year ago

Saturday quiz

Well, this week brings another victory over political journalist John Rentoul, trumping his 4/10 with my 7/10. I did not know the answers to questions 6 and 10, and I just could not recall the answer to question 1 even though I “really” knew it.

The “Jack Monroe” juggernaut rolls on

[https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/jan/07/jack-monroe-interview]

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2023/jan/07/jack-monroe-interview

I suspect that some hurried rewriting had to be done by the Guardian’s scribbler.

That Guardian piece was evidently planned to be part of the launch of Thrifty Kitchen, the latest book by “Jack Monroe” (and at the end has a link via which enables any “mug” unaware of the full “dodginess” of the book and its authoress to buy a copy).

The interviewer mentions “Jack Monroe’s” Patreon “grift” but not the crowdfunder launched by “Jack Monroe”, ostensibly to sue the MP for Ashfield, Lee Anderson, the proceeds of which have gone straight into the bank account of the “Bootstrap Cook”. Certainly no legal action has been launched, not even a “letter before action”, and Ms. Monroe’s favoured solicitor, Israel-based Mark Lewis, has not emerged from his kennel since the Twitterstorm etc around “Jack Monroe” gained strength several months ago.

That Guardian piece gives the impression of sitting uncertainly on the fence after the more recent revelations, neither wholeheartedly endorsing the woman and her book (the recipes from which seem to have been lifted from a number of different Internet sites such as BBC Food), nor making an all-out hatchet attack on her. More the former than the latter, arguably.

The interviewer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Hattenstone.

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The “Bootstrap Cook” is not alone in wanting to join the world of fake “celebrity” while still pretending to “stick up for the poor”. Look at the pseudo-revolutionary and pseudo-Marxist poseur, Owen Jones, who has made a career out of being a kind of “licensed Bolshevik” while still doing fashion shoots for glossy magazines on occasion, attending receptions with the “rich and famous”, and making a rather large income in various ways.

Another? What about Chuka Umunna, the half-caste one-time “Labour” MP, who whined about not being allowed into the VIP area of some louche nightclub?

All fakes.

Notes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuka_Umunna; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owen_Jones; https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/04/a-brief-word-about-owen-jones/.

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Of course. “Jack Monroe” might like to ask advice on that from her one-time solicitor, Israel-based Jew-Zionist Mark Lewis, who admitted or claimed a few years ago at the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal (that found him guilty on several charges) that at times he did not know what he was doing because his mind was affected by prescription drugs (etc).

[Update, same day: “Jack Monroe” has swiftly deleted her tweet threatening (making empty threats of) “libel” action].

“Jack Monroe” once again snarling at people and threatening “libel” action. Ha ha!

I should imagine that her lawyer (if any) is well aware that a defamation action, though it has to be be brought within one year, should all the same be brought as expeditiously as possible within that 1-year window. In the case of Lee Anderson and Martin Daubney, the alleged “libel” (in fact the totally true assertion that “Jack Monroe” has made a living off the backs of the genuinely poor) occurred in early May or even April 2022. No libel case will be brought by the “grifter” against Lee Anderson now, in my opinion. Let’s see.

As for stray tweeters or, indeed, me, “Jack Monroe” will be unable to bring legal action successfully (certainly not against me) for a number of reasons, including the fact that I would have a number of arguable defences (including what the English law now terms “Truth”). Also, having no capital and a very low income now, even a successful libel action against me would leave the claimant about £500,000 out of pocket; in reality, no claim could even be launched against me, and I apprehend that the same would be true of many tweeters critical of “Jack Monroe”.

That would tend to explain, if true, where much of the money “earned” by “Jack Monroe” has gone…

Like many liars, “Jack Monroe” ties herself in entangled knots of her own fabrication.

So tweeter “@JanetAnscombe” thinks that “Jack Monroe” cheats her Patreon donors because her life was or is “in chaos“? “Jack Monroe” never seems to fail to take the money, or to set up ways of taking more. Well-organized in that sense, anyway.

Opinions are OK, but should be based on evidence…

I note that, like many “Jack Monroe” fans, “@JanetAnscombe” is (judging from her photo) retired, seems to live comfortably (in Tenerife), and according to her Twitter profile, is “Doctor, ancient historian, “leftie elitist”, mother of chickens, hermit-ish, trauma & neurobiology wonk, Celt, European, MBE.” (and a facemask zealot as well).

So not exactly “poor” or “working class“. Again.

As blogged previously, I have not myself seen even one present “Jack Monroe” fan who is actually poor, or “working class”, or for that matter from any ethnic minority; as I opined yesterday, few of the blacks, browns, Chinese etc would eat the swill that the “Bootstrap Cook” makes or pretends to make.

I am rapidly coming to the conclusion that anyone still defending “Jack Monroe” should not be listened to on any subject…

Ha ha! “@sitebadger”, another “Jack Monroe” defender. Once again, not poor, not someone who claims to have been: “Environmental Manager / planning compliance. BA(Hons) Landscape Design. MSc Conservation Management.”

Rhetorical questions: Where are the poor? Where are the “working class”?

…and of course, another one who “stands with Ukraine” (on Twitter), and is almost certainly a facemask fanatic, like most of the rest.

More “Jack Monroe” lies, in other words.

Other tweets seen

No-one can rule guiltlessly” [Saint-Just].

“Dr.” Louise Raw

So far no news about “Dr” Raw’s doomed and ostensible attempt to sue Jeremy Clarkson for making rude remarks about Meghan Mulatta.

Surely Ms. Raw is not going to use the money she has raised via GoFundMe for other, or even personal, purposes? She has almost hit her financial target of £15,000 (£13,787 as at time of writing), but no news from her about the supposed upcoming legal action. What a surprise.

Mike Stuchbery (notorious Twitter “grifter”) and Roanna Carleton-Taylor (former “antifa” cheerleader who is now keeping very quiet…) claimed, a few years ago, that they were going to sue “Tommy Robinson”. Raised ~£12,000 for that ostensible purpose. No legal action ensued. I wonder what happened to the money of the 700+ mugs who donated?

See also: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/10/23/a-few-words-about-mike-stuchbery/; https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/11/27/mike-stuchbery-and-tommy-robinson-legal-dispute/.

Stuchbery was also (he claimed) going to sue me (never heard from him or his —non-existent— lawyers), and he was going to sue various other people, including several Danes. Never happened. A man of straw.

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Exactly, and the tweeted typo (?), “cause celeb“, is actually —and ironically— more accurate than the correct “cause celebre“.

Indeed. In fact, she has had a good run, bearing in mind the easily-disprovable lies, at times reaching heights of absurdity only achieved by Monty Python, The Goodies, The Good Life, or maybe The Goon Show.

Next? Maybe “Jack Monroe” will turn and turn about, and become a pseudo”Conservative” social commentator with a column in the Daily Mail. Hard to see, but in the madness of the UK in 2023, not actually impossible.

“Jack Monroe” has been mocking her mug donors for years, but usually only in private. Now she does it openly, “telling the truth to shame the Devil” (?).

Still, as of today, no less than 624 utter mugs are still signed up with Patreon to send her between £3.50 and £44 every month! Hard to believe how stupid people can be.

At last! A “poor” or “working class” “Jack Monroe” fan!

Oh no, wait…— “Director: @Air_Cover_PR | #HR PR | ‘James Staunton is a PR faster than Muhammad Ali’ –@guardian. Once part of @InstinctifPtnrs, @wriglesworth and @PwC_UK“…

The absurdity becomes surrealistic…

I suppose that, were Katie Hopkins still scribbling for the Daily Mail, she would be wondering aloud in print how much of the £324,000 she had to pay “Jack Monroe” after the libel action (£24,000 to “Jack Monroe” herself as an award, £300,000 for the legal costs of “Jack Monroe”) went up the nose or down the throat of the “Bootstrap Cook”.

More seriously, I cannot see that “Jack Monroe” offers anything much to the truly poor or struggling. She has some way to go, however, before she reaches the rock-bottom uselessness of other “one-trick-ponies” such as the crazed feminist trustafarian, Caroline Criado-Perez [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caroline_Criado_Perez].

As blogged, most of the supporters of “Jack Monroe” are middle-aged if not elderly. Not sure why. Not all aged lesbians, either. Men of 60+ as well. Why? I do not know; and, as already said, I have yet to see anyone under 40, let alone under 30, supporting her; also, no non-whites (are they too practical when short of cash?). A conundrum.

Just look at that Adrian Hilton idiot! Doesn’t know his **** from his elbow, yet purports to teach at university level [“Adrian Hilton is a conservative academic, theologian, author and educationalist. He has spent more than 20 years in secondary and university education, teaching, writing and lecturing in politics, jurisprudence, philosophy and theology in the UK and the US.“].

Typical.

Tweets on other subjects

Rachel Reeves: Labour Friends of Israel member, and quite possibly part-Jewish.

When you look at Starmer’s Israel-lobby Shadow Cabinet, there would seem no point in replacing the similar Con Party government with that.

Only a social-national government or rulership will or could save the British people, but there is not even a social-national party worthy of the name.

I do.

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[Berlin Wall, 1960s, from the Western side]
[street scene, East Berlin, 1970s]
[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_John_Moeran]
[BBC TV Centre, White City, under construction, early 1950s]

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Diary Blog, 6 January 2023, including more thoughts about Ukraine, more about “Jack Monroe”, and reminiscences about the actor Bruce Barry

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[Katyusha rockets, 1940s]

On this day a year ago

Ukraine

https://www.ft.com/content/216fecbc-31be-454b-bec3-9fa253580b15

Germany and the US will send armoured fighting vehicles to Ukraine, the White House said, in a move that will deliver a big boost to Kyiv’s offensive capabilities.”

[Financial Times]

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/05/germany-tanks-ukraine-russia-war

Joe Biden and his German counterpart Olaf Scholz have agreed to send infantry fighting vehicles to help Ukraine fight Russia, a day after France said it would supply its own armoured vehicles to Kyiv in an attempt to create a breakthrough in the 10-month war.

The joint announcement followed a phone call between Biden and Scholz and amounts to a step change in western military support for Ukraine, which has asked for up to 700 armoured vehicles to help force the Russians out.

Ukraine has repeatedly said it needs 600 to 700 infantry fighting vehicles plus 300 tanks from from the west in order to give its military a chance of breaking through the increasingly fortified Russian positions along the frontline.

Until now, however, the US and Germany have been wary of supplying Ukraine with Nato-standard armour, because they feared it would be interpreted by Russia as escalatory. But the decision to supply western armoured vehicles is significant, even if both countries stopped short of sending tanks.

[The Guardian].

At what point does Russia decide that it has no choice but to use massive force (nuclear or conventional) to raze Kiev and Kharkov to the ground, so that the area of Ukraine east of the Dnieper (about a third to half of Ukraine) can be later rebuilt, and occupied by Russian settlers?

That may sound almost impossible but is actually similar, arguably,to what happened centuries ago when the Cossacks were formed as a group, or connected groups, around the various rivers in southern Russia and Ukraine— Don Cossacks, Zaporozhye Cossacks, Volga Cossacks, Dnieper Cossacks etc.

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cossacks

[“the Wild Fields”, where Cossacks lived]

Whatever the possibility of the above, there is no doubt that the supply of armoured vehicles, advanced missile systems, and tanks, to the Kiev regime constitutes considerable escalation.

In fact, one need not go back too far in history to find examples of Russian forces all but razing cities to the ground, then rebuilding them and filling them with the troops and civilians of loyal satraps: see Grozny in the 1990s— https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grozny#After_the_wars.

Afterwards, the Russians slowly entered the empty city and on 6 February raised the Russian flag in the centre. Many buildings and even whole areas of the city were systematically destroyed. A month later, it was declared safe to allow the residents to return to their homes, although demolition continued for some time. In 2003 the United Nations called Grozny the most destroyed city on earth.”

[Wikipedia]

[Chechen partisan takes cover behind a ruined armoured vehicle, Grozny, 1995]
[Presidential Palace, Grozny, 1996]
[central Grozny by night today]
[panorama of Grozny after dark]
[same area— daytime view]

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Grozny_(1994%E2%80%931995); and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Grozny_(1999%E2%80%932000); and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grozny.

The Russian tactic in 1999 was to hold back tanks and armored personnel carriers and subject the entrenched Chechens to an intensive heavy artillery barrage and aerial bombardment before engaging them with relatively small groups of infantry, many with prior training in urban warfare.”

[Wikipedia].

I read, re. Ukraine in 2023, that Russia has huge numbers of troops not “in theatre”, i.e. not (yet) in Ukraine. That may be because those troops are not trained enough yet, it may be because there are logistical problems in supplying them. If Russia can train them and supply them by next Spring or early Summer, then a vast offensive might be possible, to take Kharkov and even Kiev itself, though if the latter it would be a bloody battle, akin to Stalingrad in 1942-43.

In the end, Russia needs to take Kiev, Kharkov and, if possible, Odessa, along with surrounding territory. If it can do that, then it can write off Western Ukraine and its cities (chief of which is Lvov). That would mean continuing conflict with a regime which would be based on Lvov, but there would be little the Zelensky regime or its successor could do, with almost all Ukrainian cities of any size in Russian hands.

At this point, Ukraine is not a functioning state.

The “Jack Monroe” “scamstorm” continues

[https://unherd.com/2023/01/jack-monroe-the-acceptable-face-of-poverty/?=frlh]

Those “FBPE” tweeters are nearly always absolutely stupid, and often rather unpleasant as well.

The idea that “Jack Monroe” has “worked tirelessly” on behalf of anyone other than herself is ludicrous.

Tweeter “@codfather” is the usual “Jack Monroe” partisan: wilfully blind, a certain age (reading between the lines), reasonably affluent (ditto) and certainly not “poor”. Also, vituperative.

In fact, and as I started to understand some time ago, many of the pro-“Bootstrap Cook” tweets are actually from…”Jack Monroe” herself, pretending to be other people. So-called “sock accounts”. Not all, and I think not “@codfather”, but many others.

See also: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2023/jan/05/cost-of-living-crisis-england-most-deprived-area-birmingham-hodge-hill.

The sheer delusion that many “Jack Monroe” partisans seem to live in has to be read to be believed; look, for example, at the tweet belkow, from (supposedly) a “professor emeritus at Bristol [University]”:

What the professor fails to see is that “Jack Monroe” has only one achievement (two if you include persuading large numbers of msm people that her whole story is true) — making a pretty good living for herself mainly by tweeting personal trivia, and recipes which look as dire as they are deficient in nutrient.

As for “measurement of food price inflation“, the ONS has made clear that their one meeting with her (at her request) had no effect on any of their work, and was not even noted or recorded. The “Vimes Boots Index”, supposedly being “worked on” by “Jack Monroe”, does not even exist, in reality. So what is left is the commonplace observation that the cost of basic foods has risen faster than that of luxury items.

Once again, a “Jack Monroe” supporter turns out to be a “woke”, and comfortably-off virtue-signaller, in this case an academic, or retired academic.

As I have blogged before, I have so far seen not one “Jack Monroe” supporter who is under 30, is “poor”, or who has ever been in circumstances of real financial difficulty.

Interestingly, also, I see not one “Jack Monroe” supporter who is black, brown, or Chinese. As someone who wants the UK and all Europe to be European, that in a sense is not a problem for me, but is still an interesting thing to note.

My take on that is that the ethnic minorities are too down to earth (and many also with too recent an experience of actual poverty) to take “Jack Monroe”/”Bootstrap Cook” seriously. Also, many would not look twice at the kind of swill she seems to produce much of the time.

Other tweets seen

The same is true in most areas. Politically too. Lenin was just one of a small number of marginalized exiles; Hitler was just an individual who was told to take a look at a tiny party, then joined it as member (possibly committee member) no.7.

Acorn—oak etc.

It is an incredible fact that (what is left of) the print newspapers in the UK are still churning out “editorials” or “leaders” which hardly anyone reads and by which even fewer are influenced.

19th Century thinking.

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Temps perdu: Bruce Barry

Ha. Back in the early 1980s, I knew a lady, a civil servant, who rented her basement flat near Central London to an actor well-known then in Australia, but obscure in the UK— Bruce Barry. I got to know him slightly.

At some point, maybe in 1984, Bruce auditioned for the part of Crocodile Dundee in the eponymous film. He told my friend, his landlady, that he had been shortlisted. The only other contender was… Paul Hogan. And the rest is history, as they say.

Bruce had spoiled his chance by going to the final meeting with the film people, at the Ritz in London, beautifully dressed (according to the lady I knew) but then enjoying “a liquid lunch“…

Bruce was fussy about food, living off wholefoods, nuts, avocado, and I think the occasional Australian steak, but drank too much. Drink and women were his downfall.

Not a bad fellow, though rather neurotic, and rather intense, in my view. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Barry_(actor). Bruce had come to London at the age of ~46 to try to break into musicals. His divorce in Australia had left his wife (or one of them) and teenage sons in the family home, apparently a palatial house with grounds going down to the waters of Sydney Harbour, while Bruce himself was left with little.

In London, his first part was the male lead in The Biograph Girl [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Biograph_Girl], a musical about Lilian Gish [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lillian_Gish], which closed after (I now see from Wikipedia) 57 performances (I had thought, until today, after only a couple of weeks). Bruce had described it in hardnosed Australian fashion to my friend, the Civil Service lady, as “a bum show“, i.e. not much good.

I recall seeing Bruce on stage a couple of times, once at the Adelphi, in the Strand, where he was the second male lead in Marilyn! He played Andre de Dienes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andr%C3%A9_de_Dienes (though I cannot have been paying attention because until today I had thought he played Arthur Miller).

Bruce had very kindly given me two free tickets; I invited my mother, who lived in Surrey, and she enjoyed it. Musicals are not really my thing.

The other time I saw Bruce Barry in performance was at the Australian High Commission in London. I think that it was called An Evening with Bruce Barry, and was very good. I attended with the Civil Service lady, and met the real Australian Cultural Attache, who perhaps unsurprisingly was a very pleasant diplomatic fellow, and not a bit like “Sir Les Patterson” as portrayed by Barry Humphries [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Les_Patterson].

Bruce had a girlfriend, a tall Australian dancer who had been a member of the Bluebell Girls ensemble in Paris. One day, Bruce returned to his flat to find her in flagrante with a third party. The end of the affair.

Bruce toured a bit around England with well-known stars such as Rula Lenska and Elaine Paige. I believe that that was in Evita. One star he disliked intensely, though, was Barbara Windsor. He was, apparently, not alone in that. Several disliked her tie-ups with gangsters etc.

In the end, Bruce Barry, having not quite broken through in the way he had hoped, returned to Australia, remarried, and had parts in quite a few TV shows, including The Flying Doctors [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flying_Doctors], where he played a landowner, I was told (I myself never saw it, though the series was shown in the UK).

The last I heard of Bruce Barry was that his second (or third) wife had divorced him, taken his home off him (as I heard it), and left him to drink and regrets.

I was unaware until today that Bruce had been with Mick Jagger in the film Ned Kelly, in 1970. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ned_Kelly_(1970_film).

Bruce Barry died in 2017, aged 82.

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Hogan.

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Said Eritreans should have been executed by firing squad in the main square of Stockholm; it would have been a deterrent to other migrant-invaders (prior to their mass deportation). Sweden is even more mad than the UK.

The “CAA” is a pack of malicious Jew-Zionists, which cabal makes unfounded and untrue complaints to police and others: see 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/.

A number of wealthy Jews have recently donated £600,000 to that tiny group of troublemakers.

The Charity Commission should close down both its charitable status and, as far as possible, its fundraising.

In any case, why would “Jack Monroe” even go to the Grenfell Tower fire? She was never in the fire brigade, except as a civilian office bod answering the telephone in Essex (about 50-60 miles from Grenfell Tower) for a year or so, and years before the Grenfell Tower blaze. If she did go to Grenfell Tower (which I doubt), it could only have been as a “rubbernecker”, and the police would certainly not have “waved her through the cordon” as she claimed. She’s a fake, a total fake.

Someone should make a series on con-men, con-women, “grifters” etc. Hour-long episodes, each covering two or three perpetrators, a bit like the very interesting In Suspicious Circumstances presented by Edward Woodward [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Suspicious_Circumstances]. A favourite series, presently being repeated on satellite TV.

Another good one was Great Crimes and Trials [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Crimes_and_Trials]. I used to have all of those on video or DVD.

At a guess, I should say that copies of Thrifty Kitchen will soon be on sale in charity shops for about 20p. At least “the poor” will then be able to read the book, should they be so misguided.

I can only agree.

Ha ha. Just thinking again about the very idea that “the poor” need to be advised (very negligently) that, if they have a can without a ring-pull, and cannot find a can-opener, that they should use a hammer (or mallet?) and large knife! “Jack Monroe” obviously thinks that “the poor” are all completely brainless, and either cannot think of that on their own, or think of how to get an opener (less than £1 in some places).

She might as well “advise” people to invest in a Swiss Army Knife (mine has a can-opener which does work, though it’s hard work). The worst “investment” is to buy her book, in my opinion.

Now send “Jack Monroe” a fiver!

Once the book appears for 10p (at a stretch, 20p) in charity shops, which will be soon, I shall probably buy a copy just to give myself a laugh or two before I chuck it away.

“Jack Monroe” is a total £3-note…a fake.

…and, so far, despite 3-4 months of Twitterstorm and offline criticism, her Jewish lawyer, Mark Lewis, a resident of Israel, and with whose name (by implication) she used to threaten people who called her fraudulent, has not once emerged from his kennel.

Below, another typical “Jack Monroe” supporter:

a. much of her “lived experience” written about has been fantasy or lies; b. her “tips” are mostly worthless, or actually dangerous to health, or are obvious (eg “buy the budget range at the supermarket“); c. her royalties total around £100,000 to date; d. the monies from “fundraising to send thousands of books to foodbanks” seem partly, perhaps largely, to have been diverted into her own pocket; e. then there was the “sue Lee Anderson” crowdfunder scam; and f. the continuing Patreon scam, bringing her maybe £6,000 each month.

In addition to the above, it seems that, last year, “Jack Monroe” did a number of events, and getting, it seems, up to £15,000 each time.

Not exactly “earning a few quid“…

In any case, should a small-time robber get off just because a big-time robber down the road has committed a bigger crime?

Some types of bungalow do have a room upstairs, of course. #MoralHighGround.

Just looking again at the Twitter profiles of those who are the angry supporters of “Jack Monroe”: “professor emeritus” (ie retired academic), “noise consultant“, “retired HR lady“, “small businessman“, “writer“, “writer and photographer“, “part of brilliant Marketing Team“, “Pagan…therapeutic counsellor“, “#ACAB #BLM, Rape/Cop apologists blocked, TERFs blocked“, “novelist“, “High Profile hard left twitterer“, “Mother of Mayhem, Psychology student, Not Jack Monroe, Maybe“, “I’m a doctor but not working clinically” [i.e. another “grifter”], “fandom old, makes various media“, “BSc Psychology. History MA. Labour Party Member. MA Creative Non Fiction“, “Widower, autistic, stroke survivor. Tofu eating, Woke Corbynista“, “Labour & Co-operative MP for Oldham West & Royton | Chair, Co-operative Party | Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs” [n.b. if he cannot see through the “Jack Monroe” nonsense, Jim McMahon is unsuitable as MP and possible government minister], “Academic, political theorist, educationalist, former Pro-Director Education at LSE, HoD Department of Government LSE. ‘Woke Realist’ in a good way. Grandfather“, “Writing, blogging married mum of two boisterous boys..Tweets powered by Diet Coke, Earl Grey and wine“, “Educator/Writer/Student“, “Bristol based Graphic Designer. Gets giddy over lovely paper and buttons“, “*Producer|Cam|Editor *PhD #VR@ExeterDoctoral (yr 3, on hold) *Support Worker (#autism)“, “Nature, landscape, holloways, streams, printmaking. Wild swimmer & pluviophile“, “Founder & M.D of the Rabble Chorus, a lovely crowd of 350 community singers, open to all who fancy a bit of music on the side. Environmental activist, musician“, “Books. Music. Language. Science. Theology. Family. Talk. Think. Opinions my own. Pilot and PhD researcher (human factors and linguistics)“.

And so on.

Taken in a line. Just look at them. Not a steel worker, nurse, bus driver, train driver, cleaner, carpenter, plumber or the like among them. The “working class” seems to be absent.

Certainly not absent are the Guardian-readers, small business owners, suburban housewives (who prefer some other designation), well-paid freelancers, retired people (who used to be academics or working in reasonably-paid office jobs etc).

Also well-represented are various species of “Looney Tunes”.

Also absent is anyone likely to be “poor”.

As blogged previously, all her partisans are pseudo-socialists and/or “poverty tourists”, most if not all rather comfortably-off, many either retired or otherwise economically inactive (though not short of money); and quite a few with obvious mental health “issues” and/or problems with rational thinking. Also, various loony “trans” supporters.

Disturbing to see a Labour MP in there too, one Jim McMahon [Lab. and Co-op; Oldham West and Royton].

Oh, well, enough for now.

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Diary Blog, 5 January 2023

Afternoon music

[painting by Volegov]

On this day a year ago

Peter Hitchens

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-11599987/PETER-HITCHENS-Wear-mask-want-understand-fear-control-NOT-health.html.

Worth reading.

The “Jack Monroe”/”Bootstrap Cook” storm continues…

I started off, several years ago, thinking that “Jack Monroe” (who changed her name at some point by deed poll from her birth-name of “Melissa Hadjicostas”— she is half-Greek Cypriot) was a generally positive influence, bearing in mind the poverty mainly introduced under the all-misnamed “Conservative”, “Liberal Democrat” and “Labour” System-parties since about 2008.

I became gradually more sceptical over the years. I noted the upswell of criticism of “Jack Monroe” since July or August 2022, so looked at the matter, which perusal resulted in my blog post of 30 September 2022: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2022/09/30/diary-blog-30-september-2022-including-an-assessment-of-jack-monroe-aka-the-bootstrap-cook/.

In the past months, I have seen more and more material from Twitter and elsewhere about how “Jack Monroe” made up or embellished much of her personal biography, while concealing other parts, such as the fact that her grandfather was wealthy, and that her father is still what many might term a rentier (someone who lives parasitically off rental property); apparently, he owns a number of rental properties in the Southend (Essex) area.

I also discovered how, partly thanks to the tweeted and otherwise-expressed support of half-Jew TV cook and scribbler Nigella Lawson, “Jack Monroe’s” number of Patreon donation/purchase adherents (each sending her between £3.50 to £44 per month) grew from about 200 to about 800, a figure which declined after summer 2022 and has now fallen to 623. Still, multiply 623 by any figure between £3.50 and £44. Every month. Taxfree (possibly). My own guesstimate? About £6,000 per month.

I was sceptical about “Jack Monroe” partly because she seemed to be on good terms with the egregious Israel-based Jew-Zionist solicitor, Mark Lewis [see https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/11/update-re-mark-lewis-lawyer-questions-are-raised/].

Sure enough, I discovered that, the deeper I looked, the more fakery and near-fraud seemed to attach itself to “Jack Monroe”: the unreliable (to say the least) biography or, as people now say, “backstory”; the endless whining and demanding for money; the various tiny violins being played to get people to give to her (e.g. involving her son, who it now turns out does not even live with her most of the time, e.g. around her possibly-invented medical conditions, mainly mental but also physical). Etc.

I also discovered that genuinely-poor people, some of whom had donated monies to her monthly via Patreon, had been refused refunds after she failed to supply the goods and services offered for various levels of Patreon subsidy.

Then there was the threat to sue MP Lee Anderson [Con, Ashfield] for having openly called her a parasite “living off the backs of the poor“. Which she most clearly is.

No legal action has ensued and, after 8-9 months, never will, now.

That last reminded me of another fraud who quite frequently used to threaten me (and many others) with an action in defamation, and some (including Tommy Robinson) with other legal action— Mike Stuchbery, online “antifa” cheerleader, who begs money from people online while fighting a good (actually risible, and laughably derivative, ideologically) pseudo class war from cafes in Germany.

In fact, Stuchbery and one-time “antifa” comrade Roanna Carleton-Taylor (along with a tame Paki-stani solicitor), got about £12,000 out of ~700 mugs in order to fund a legal action against “Tommy Robinson”. No action was ever taken.

No-one except those three knows what happened to the money, but Stuchbery is still sitting in German cafes, “fighting” the (online) “class war” of his imaginings. See https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/10/23/a-few-words-about-mike-stuchbery/.

Another “comrade” of Stuchbery’s, “Dr.” Louise Raw, recently tried the same gambit, and, in a matter of a week or so, has raised nearly £15,000 in order to, ostensibly, “sue Jeremy Clarkson“. Well, numerous lawyers on Twitter have only just stopped laughing. I wonder what will really happen to the money Louise Raw has bagged?

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Imagine being as deluded and dim as that tweeter, Jan Fuscoe, yet another very comfortably-off “Jack Monroe” fan (she was a scribbler and photographer for Time Out magazine and others, and is currently scribbling for the Daily Telegraph about Sardinian holidays etc).

As if the fact that there are worse fraudsters and tricksters around somehow exculpates the behaviour of “Jack Monroe”! Also, how has “Bootstrap Cook”/”Jack Monroe” ever “helped” “people in poverty” anyway? By appearing on a few TV shows (for money)? By selling poverty-play books for £20 a go?

Jan Fuscoe seems to fit the usual “Jack Monroe fan” profile: middle-aged, rather comfortably-off, and almost certainly rather “woke” as well.

In a word, “Jack Monroe” is shameless, the ideal mock-heroic figure for “woke” Britain…(and always ready, in case of anyone criticizing her, with either a contrived “mental health” or illness defence, or with a snarling “I’ll sue you” counter-attack).

See also: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2023/01/03/diary-blog-3-january-2023-including-more-about-the-jack-monroe-scamstorm/; and https://ianrobertmillard.org/2023/01/01/diary-blog-new-years-day-2023-with-thoughts-about-ukraine-and-more-on-the-continuing-jack-monroe-storm/; and https://ianrobertmillard.org/2022/12/06/diary-blog-6-december-2022-with-more-opinion-about-jack-monroe/.

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The migrant-invaders should be eliminated in the Channel, before they ever reach the UK.

I blogged about Roger Scruton only a few days ago: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2022/12/29/diary-blog-29-december-2022-including-a-few-thoughts-about-the-philosopher-roger-scruton/.

My one and only visit to the EU Commission, in 1998, was enough— a nest of shambolic corruption.

As groups, both Jews and Muslims are inevitably hostile to European civilization, and to the future of European humanity.

Britain is now flooded with similar trash. Does any rational person believe that a better society can be built, or even the present level maintained, when there is a constant increase in the proportion of backward persons and groups within our borders?

Both main System political parties are promoting migration-invasion.

That idiot tweeter, “Charlotte”, is very typical of the “refugees welcome” and “anti-racist” dimwits around.

Come (back) friendly US bombers, and drop your bombs on…[with apologies to John Betjeman].

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

cf. kosher (kashrut) and halal slaughter…

(ps. I concede that many of our “Western” ways are also cruel, such as factory farming, and the industrialized slaughter of animals and birds etc).

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Is that a “poor person” buying a “Jack Monroe” book for once? No, yet again not someone in obvious financial need (a microbiologist and technician, in fact).

[This is the fundraiser of that lady, one of many genuinely struggling people ripped-off by “Jack Monroe” [https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/heather-booth-3?utm_term=Gde7678Nq].

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Diary Blog, 4 January 2023

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[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Satie]
[Tangier in the rain]

On this day a year ago

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This savage and unforgiving conflict will probably see huge escalation in 2023, especially in view of the refusal of the Kiev side to negotiate even a ceasefire unless Russian forces withdraw from all areas of mainland Ukraine and Crimea.

The Kiev side probably hopes that Putin will be deposed, and the war thus (?) ended. It may not work out that way, even if Putin does leave the scene.

The “Jack Monroe” Twitterstorm (etc) continues

A not atypical “Jack Monroe” supporter tweets. “Screenwriter and novelist” (unpublished?), and of a certain age. I have yet to see a Twitter pro-“Jack Monroe” defender who is either “young” (under 30) or in any way “poor”.

I have covered the Monty Python-esque “Jack Monroe” “advice” previously, in several blog posts, so do not want to repeat it all today, but the sheer nonsense of it is incredible (e.g. make a dinner for 11p per head; e.g. open cans using a knife and a mallet or hammer; e.g. make a curry by mixing a tin of peaches and one of chickpeas with some curry powder, and heat in a microwave, etc).

The many tweets below are worth considering:

Very modest— I doubt that “Jack Monroe” is pulling in less than £6,000 a month from Patreon alone.

Incidentally, if anyone wants to support, with a one-off £5 or so, a genuinely-poor and struggling couple, that lady (“@frugally-minded”) has a crowdfunder: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/heather-booth-3?utm_term=Gde7678Nq.

Having been “down there” in the pit of actual poverty a few times in my life (thankfully never for longer than a few months at a time), I am well-qualified to advise people how to really survive and even somewhat thrive in such circumstances, but I prefer not to publish openly my very valuable and learned/experienced advice. ‘Nuff said!

I notice that the number of “mugs” sending “Jack Monroe” between £3.50 and £44 each month via Patreon has now fallen to 623, as of time of writing; that’s about 25 fewer than yesterday. 25 mugs woke up (at last).

Stray idea

If you take as a notional starting-point the idea that there are about 40 million people of or over the age of 21 in the UK, and if you consider that the UK has an area of about 92,000 sq. miles, which is about 60 million acres, then that works out at, very roughly, 1.5 acres per person.

Now let us assume that the State took ownership over about 4%-5% of that land, in other words less than a tenth of an acre per person, allotted to any applicant such a plot, and let such people use the land allotted to them in a manner akin to an “allotment” (or, if they want, to do nothing with “their” land, which would help wildlife at least). It might have a huge effect, as well as helping poor people to feed themselves.

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allotment_(gardening); https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victory_garden.

The details might need refining, and the concept would need organization, but I think that the basic idea would work.

Incidentally, if any object that the idea involves “expropriation”, I reply that that is so, but it would merely redress a small part of the balance from the time of the “Enclosures” of common land, and/or the “Highland Clearances”. The aim is, however, not backward-looking “revenge” but forward-looking policy.

From the newspapers

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11597803/Santander-major-bank-UK-hire-graduates-class-degree.html

Santander is changing its degree requirements in an attempt to increase socioeconomic diversity in the workplace.

The bank will no longer require a 2:1 degree for graduates as recruiters try to find the ‘best candidates from a wide range of backgrounds’ – meaning those with third class degrees will now be able to apply.

[Daily Mail].

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11598345/Terrifying-moment-hundreds-men-swarm-girl-17-dressing-immodestly-Iraq.html

These are the type of backward bastards flooding into the UK with the acquiescence and/or connivance of the (((occupied))) “British” Government.

Maybe Santander will offer some of them a job.

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Ha. Not the only time the egregious and self-publicizing Jewish lawyer, Mark Lewis (now an Israeli resident and citizen), gave what at least some of his clients (as reported on Twitter and in the Press, and seen by me) regarded as duff advice.

I blogged about Mark Lewis, several times, years ago: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/11/update-re-mark-lewis-lawyer-questions-are-raised/

The Anti-national Covid Service. How sick, that untermenschen of his sort taint the work of very many good people in what is left of the NHS.

Twitter, home of the nut

Today’s total nut on Twitter is…”Ninawildflower”

Incredibly, seems that that Twitter account is not a parody-account.

…and any parent who (as that one claims) forces his child to be the only one in his school to wear a facemask is not only stupid but cruel and/or crazy, and should face some kind of intervention by the school or others.

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That has been my impression. Apart from which, this whole idea that “poor people” —or others— need books of recipes is rather odd in the age of the Internet, when thousands of recipes of all types can be accessed in seconds and without payment.

I see from Twitter that, in face of the continuing and indeed increasing Twitterstorm, “Jack Monroe” has, once more, tried two of her favourite tactics— feigning illness, and withdrawing from Twitter interaction until the hue and cry dies down. She has done that (combination) frequently before, the last time only a few weeks ago. She always returns quite swiftly, ready to ignore the many cries of “will you refund the money you took?“.

Cookery books are bestsellers, quite often, but I wonder how many people (I presume mainly women) buy them but then never actually use them to make things? Not a rhetorical question. I actually do not know.

I do recall seeing, as a child of 10 (in 1967), several massive coffee-table-size books in the kitchen of my aunt-by-marriage, in Mosman, Sydney. I still recall the title of one: Larousse Gastronomique [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larousse_Gastronomique]. A huge and thick hardback book.

I have no idea whether my uncle’s wife ever actually cooked anything. I certainly never saw her make anything there, and that kitchen was as pristine as the rest of her large house on the side of a bay (Middle Harbour). There again, she had a cleaning lady and no less than three Norwegian au pairs (there to “assist” with her two adopted children— a baby and a small child), so perhaps the lack of mess or detritus was not surprising.

There was in fact one time I when I saw the said relative make something; in a holiday beach house at Palm Beach (in the area now called the Northern Beaches, the very northmost part of the Sydney area, but it was not called that then). The food in question was lobster with home-made (I think) mayonnaise, the first time I had eaten either; consumed outside. I do not recall having either lobster or proper mayonnaise again until I was in my twenties.

See also: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Larousse-Gastronomique-Hamlyn/dp/0600620425.

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Sunak is actually proud of having participated in the lockdown/shutdown of the “panicdemic”, and proud of having sprayed money around like a drunken sailor!

Meanwhile, sick people are not being adequately helped, migrant-invaders continue to be ferried across the Channel, many are suffering financially very much, and the UK’s environment is being degraded.

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Diary Blog, 19 December 2022

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On this day a year ago

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Not necessarily “forever“…

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dewsbury#Recent_history.

Don’t confuse real Romanian people with Roma Gypsies, though.

…and in England, most of the well-meaning (?) virtue-signallers who gave up parts of their homes to Ukrainians (often total ingrates) have found that they now cannot easily get rid of those nuisances (few of which are either genuine “refugees” or indeed poor).

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[Red Square, Moscow, 1946]

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Is that (the £8.4M) true? If so, how?

Liz Truss graduated from university in 1996. After that, she worked for Shell for not more than 4 years, until 2000. Her position was just a low-grade graduate-entry one, during which employment she also qualified as a management accountant; she left in 2000 to join Cable and Wireless, and was there for 4-5 years, but although she did eventually get appointed Economic Director, she was only at that level for a year or two at most.

Liz Truss was also Deputy Director of the Reform think-tank for a year or so (2008/2009).

After having won a House of Commons seat in 2010, Liz Truss was a backbench MP for 2 years, and gained minor preferment 2012-2014, joining Cabinet in 2016. She was, therefore, a Cabinet minister for 6 years until she became Prime Minister in 2022 for the notoriously and historically-short period of 44 disastrous days.

So from where does the £8.4M come? Surely not from her family, who though not poor were employed persons (father an academic, mother a schoolteacher); I have not heard tell of any considerable family money.

As for Truss’s long-suffering husband, he is a chartered accountant, so again, while not poor, scarcely living in great opulence amid heavy wealth.

Liz Truss cannot have begun to make more than a modest salary until about 2004, had 2-3 years out of employment (she has two children, and also took time out for reasons of political careerism etc) until 2008, and she ceased to be employed (prior to becoming an MP) in 2009 or early 2010. In other words, she probably only had ~4 years of relatively high earning.

A Cabinet minister and MP is paid a total of around £160,000 (plus expenses), but the £160K is taxed, and she was only earning that for 6 years.

The mystery or puzzle remains: if Liz Truss really does have assets of £8.4M (even if you include those of her husband) from where did the money come?

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liz_Truss#Professional_career.

Ha ha! Look at the “selection process” for MPs. They are often selected either because they know the right people and/or went to school with them, or worked with them previously in some way; or they are selected because they have paper “qualifications” which look good but in reality are not worth a hill of beans.

For example, “Oxford degree” (which these days is scarcely worth squat, and 94% of them are now either “Firsts” or “upper seconds”).

Many MPs (refer to, e.g., my “Deadhead MPs” series on the blog) also more or less invent a fake CV— fake or embellished academics, non-existent private business “successes” (e.g. companies that were set up, but which actually made no money), worthless business or other qualifications and/or “letters after the name”, such as meaningless “doctorates”, or a couple of years at the bottom level of the Bar, or even membership of bodies such as the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), etc.

All of the above, plus an air of confidence, easily impresses provincial selection committees.

Even those MPs exposed (later, after having been selected and then “elected”) usually manage to shrug off their dishonesty. Look at Iain Dunce Duncan Smith, an egregious example. Invented or hugely embellished his education (rock-bottom poor at secondary level, and then made up a fake degree from an Italian university he never actually attended; also turned a corporate in-house course lasting 2 weeks into a “management diploma”). Then his embellishment of a very underwhelming military career. And so on.

The fact is that Liz Truss is only one of very many MPs who are, in reality, mediocre or worse, and have been right from the start.

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The world is not without kind people” [Russian proverb].

I certainly agree with that. This ghastly mess should never have happened as it has developed. The Russian High Command and GRU should have eliminated the Jew Zelensky —and his corrupt and dictatorial coterie— before (just before) launching an all-out and swift advance, including mass paratroop landings, on Kiev. One single and massive knockout blow for the sake of mercy, to save the civilian population from attack and misery, and to achieve the main objective before the NWO/ZOG support from USA etc could be mobilized.

The human cost (in Russia as well as in Ukraine) has been terrible: see tweet below

Saint-Just said that “no-one can rule guiltlessly“, but a leader must always be aware of the hurt even the most necessary actions entail. The human cost of war is terrible.

May be true. The Western msm is concealing other Kiev-regime war crimes (eg field-execution of Russians captured in battle or otherwise).

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Radio loudmouth James O’Brien, one of the least pleasant msm drones. A rather ignorant person, posing as erudite and principled.

As blogged previously, my opinion of “Jack Monroe” has gone from mildly supportive (several years ago) to slightly critical (see my blog post of three months ago: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2022/09/30/diary-blog-30-september-2022-including-an-assessment-of-jack-monroe-aka-the-bootstrap-cook/) to very critical (now).

As for “her lawyer“, well that is or was the egregious Mark Lewis, now resident in Israel: see, e.g. https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/11/update-re-mark-lewis-lawyer-questions-are-raised/.

The case in which Mark Lewis acted for “Jack Monroe”, as her solicitor (I believe that he instructed both leading and junior Counsel who appeared in court as her advocates) was a not-very-difficult defamation action against social commentator Katie Hopkins: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monroe_v_Hopkins.

Ms. Hopkins had to sell her house to cover not the award made (only £24,000) but the c.£300,000 legal costs, being mainly those of the claimant (“plaintiff“, as was): see https://www.devonlive.com/news/property/katie-hopkins-luxury-devon-home-1526502.

I am not sure that I believe that “Bootstrap Cook” now has a lawyer, as such, but we shall see. She threatened to sue MP Lee Anderson [Con, Ashfield], and Martin Daubney, “alt-right” (?) political commentator, but that was in mid-May this year, seven months ago. In theory, “Jack Monroe” has time, until early to mid-May 2023, in which to issue proceedings, but the courts may not take kindly to issuance which is only just in time, and so far no preliminary correspondence has been received (I read), so it is unlikely that any action will now take place.

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Frequent readers of my blog will know that I am interested in the ~33-year cycle: 1923, 1956, 1989, 2022…

The vlogger above mentions other things that have resonated with me for some time, such as how few people really understand our technology; I do not mean how to use it, but how to recreate, or even to repair it if necessary. Very very few.

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The “Jack Monroe”/”Bootstrap Cook” fall from grace continues to stir the Twitter teacup:

Fake indeed. I heard some inside track in 2010 (well before the election which brought into being the “Con Coalition”) about planned slashing of spending by the Labour Government.

For people such as tweeter “David Townsend” (“@DavidTo60389264”), creatures such as the Swedish Autistic, Meghan Mulatta, and “Jack Monroe” are somehow fighters for the Good. What can one say?

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Christmas University Challenge

Once again, watched a heat of the pre-Christmas alumni contest, this time the School of Oriental and African Studies [SOAS], London University, against Balliol College, Oxford.

I think that I recognized only one player, the Daily Telegraph journalist/commentator, Sherelle Jacobs [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherelle_Jacobs].

As I expected, Balliol won easily but, to be frank, were no better than mediocre. As for SOAS, the oft-seen term “OMG!” is what comes to mind. One half-caste-looking youngish woman whose name I cannot now recall (she apparently specializes in “racism”…wouldn’t you know?…) actually thought that Mozart was still alive in 1976! There were several other absurdities almost as incredible from her and the other SOAS alumni. Almost unbelievable, even for a cynic (reluctant cynic) such as me.

How did I do? Better than both teams put together, to be immodestly frank.

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Diary Blog, 14 November 2022

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[VDNKh after overnight rain, Moscow]

On this day a year ago

“Jack Monroe”, “Bootstrap Cook”

Saw many tweets lambasting Waterstones for promoting the latest Jack Monroe book, Thrifty Kitchen, to be published in January 2023 at a cover price of nearly £20, but already discounted to £9.99. I wonder whether the “Bootstrap Cook” brand is now damaged beyond repair. Still, 665 mugs are still paying Jack Monroe between £3.50 and £10 a month each as an absurd act of virtue-signalling, so I imagine that she is pretty sanguine (so long as the thousands of pounds continue to roll in monthly).

I also saw this:

“Mark Lewis Lawyer” is not much of a threat to people who, even if they have libelled someone (not always as clear-cut as many imagine) have defences such as “truth”, “honest opinion”, “publication on a matter of public interest”, and/or either absolute or qualified “privilege”.

I have assessed and written about Mark Lewis several times over the years, though not recently (in fact not since 2018 or 2019). I would dispute that any of what I have written about him is actionable, but in fact he has never even threatened me with a defamation action, no doubt because he knows that he would lose, but also because he knows that my financial circumstances (both capital and income) are now such that even any victory in court would be of little use when any damages and costs awarded could never be collected. See below for more about Lewis.

As for the “Bootstrap Cook”, her libel victory over Katie Hopkins was inevitable. It took no legal skill at all, or very little, in my view, bearing in mind that, as far as the libel itself was concerned, it had occurred because Katie Hopkins had demonstrably said something untrue about Jack Monroe (apparently mistaking her for the obscure socio-political scribbler Laurie Penny) that had caused Jack Monroe serious harm. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monroe_v_Hopkins.

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurie_Penny.

It occurs to me that the “Bootstrap Cook” may have become a little gung-ho about libel actions after her easy victory over Katie Hopkins, who not only had to pay Jack Monroe £24,000 but also to sell her house to pay the £300,000 legal costs of Jack Monroe, a goodly chunk of which went, no doubt, to “Mark Lewis Lawyer”. Probably a third or so.

Not all defamation actions are so simple, or the awards and costs so easily collected.

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I continue to watch the situation. See also https://ianrobertmillard.org/2022/09/30/diary-blog-30-september-2022-including-an-assessment-of-jack-monroe-aka-the-bootstrap-cook/.

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Well, there it is: Indian “clever boy” and money-juggler, Sunak, has no arrows in his quiver, except to make everyone in Britain poorer. The real economy will dive next year.

After that, read the books of David Irving and Correlli Barnett.

(talking about the pathetic yet sub-terroristic “Just Stop Oil” idiots).

When will the Matt Hancocks of the Westminster monkeyhouse be punished according to the full measure of their deeds?

Why would anyone take Arnold Schwarzenegger seriously? Just an Austrian bodybuilder who struck lucky in the USA and married into its political Establishment. A puppet on a stick.

Ignore” them, or get them?

Finance-capitalist dystopia

God…how sad. “MAID” refers to this: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/medical-assistance-dying.html.

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The (whites-only) referendum of 1992 which ended apartheid resulted with nearly 70% in favour of ending that applied concept and, in effect, in favour of handing over power to the ANC: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_South_African_apartheid_referendum.

Tragic. Those idiots thought that their way of life would be mainly upheld if they appeased the ANC. How wrong they were. Gave up their historically-conferred right, and what for? A comfortable life, a swimming pool, rugby, an SUV in the drive, a beer in a sports bar, golf, and no outright war.

Had they only held on for a short while, South Africa as a white European-origin country would have survived. The collapse of the Soviet Union and its satellites meant that funds and arms to the black rebels would have been cut off. Cuba, so prominent in so-called “liberation” struggles in Africa (Angola, Mozambique, South-West Africa/Namibia etc) was also cut off from Soviet funding after 1991, and had to withdraw from Africa.

The white population could have accelerated real apartheid, laagering the white populations mainly in specific parts of the country, as already planned for, and creating autonomous black zones and regions.

South Africa could have defended itself easily, with its powerful armed forces (including a navy, an airforce, as well as army); it even had atom bombs (six, which were dismantled in the mid-1990s). Other very advanced weapons too.

Water under the bridge now? Yes, but the white and the black populations continue to suffer the effects, not of white rule but of black rule.

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British society has not been so rigged, fixed (in both senses) and socially-immobile for a century or more.

Behind such decisions, the Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan. The UK (and all of Europe) to be favourable to non-white invaders.

A black woman accused of doing a very similar thing is due in criminal court in Bristol in January 2023.

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I was partly brought up on, and still love, the lush music of John Barry, the popular easy-listening music of a post-1945 Western civilization now in crisis.

I like this, too:

[painting by Joyce Norwood]

Income inequality can be social inequity

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/nov/14/chairman-greggs-millionaires-more-tax-jeremy-hunt
Ten years ago, in the epilogue of my book Bread: The Story of Greggs, I stressed the need for the astonishing increase in top earnings in Britain to be curbed. At that time this was considered a serious problem. Yet despite the best efforts of many influential public voices, this position never translated into policy.

Sadly, since then, the growing divide has become even more extreme.. The richest 10% of households now hold 43% of all the country’s wealth, according to the Office for National Statistics. The bottom 50% hold only 9%. We now have 177 billionaires in this country, up from just 29 in 2010, with a combined wealth of £653bn. The difference between very wealthy and less well-off people has become obscene.”

[Ian Gregg, in the Guardian]

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…and that thick creature is now a Bencher of my old Inn of Court, Lincoln’s Inn. He is welcome at the Inn, whereas (by reason of Jewish plotting) I was wrongfully and unlawfully disbarred in 2016 and so automatically expelled from Lincoln’s.

In what kind of England is a thick non-white such as Lammy more welcome than me? It’s just mad. A system like that does not deserve to survive.

See also: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2017/07/09/the-slide-of-the-english-bar-and-uk-society-continues-and-accelerates/.

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Diary Blog, 8 November 2022

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

Though composed in 1945, that symphony seems to me to be closer to the optimism of the UK in the early 1950s, eg the 1951 Festival of Britain [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festival_of_Britain], which optimism lived side-by-side with the dullness of postwar rationing (which lasted, in part, until 1955) and the economic degradation of a country which had exhausted itself fighting an entirely unnecessary war for 6 years.

On this day a year ago

“Beer Hall Putsch”

The so-called “Beer Hall Putsch” began on the evening of 8 November 1923.

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

[1930s ceremony in Munich, honouring the fallen of the 1923 putsch]
[“At the end stands Victory“]

“Bootstrap Cook”

If “Bootstrap Cook” is sued, I wonder whether she will pay out actual money this time for her previous solicitor, self-promoting Israel-based Jew, “Mark Lewis Lawyer”, to act for her? Last time, when “Jack Monroe” sued Katie Hopkins (and won £24,000 plus very heavy costs), Lewis acted (and instructed Counsel) on the “no win no fee” basis but, in that case, Bootstrap Cook was the claimant.

See also, generally, https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/11/update-re-mark-lewis-lawyer-questions-are-raised/.

Reading about “Jack Monroe” recently, in far more detail than I have in previous years, I now wonder quite seriously whether some of her activities merit the attention of the Fraud Squad or the like. Hard to say without a full investigation.

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In the short term, somewhere such as Ascension Island. Or West Falkland.

The Western world needs a cultural purge, a real one, the like of which has never been seen in Europe or the Americas.

So will be the Dnieper dam(s), and all other electricity-generating stations currently under the control of the Kiev regime. The following tweet is from a week or so ago:

I have blogged previously, though a few years ago, about that lunatic, Hallam: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/08/16/the-extinction-rebellion-levellers/.

Hallam poses as a “former organic farmer” whose “business” was apparently ruined (somehow) by “climate change”. In fact, his “farm” (smallholding) consisted of about 9.6 acres! More like a large garden. When I had lease of a country house in Cornwall 20 years ago, our gardens and other grounds were 4 acres or so (with de facto use of another 100). In the aerial photograph below, the bit my wife and I occupied was the main house and the area where the trees are:

[my one-time home, photographed in about 100 acres of North Cornwall]

See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Hallam_(activist).

Before African misgovernment ruined Kenya and the rest of British East Africa, it had railways, good ones, run properly by British people. The long-distance routes even had restaurant cars with full dinner service!

“COP27”, another globalist multikulti beanfest, attended by incompetent “leaders” and finance-capitalist exploiters.

Why has the bastard not been shot or otherwise punished? Elected tyrant.

Leslie Phillips

Leslie Phillips! I have to admit that I thought that he had died maybe 20 or even 30 years ago.

When I was a child, in the 1960s, he was inescapable. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Phillips.

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I do not know enough about mental conditions to label someone who poses as all things to all men, but that seems to be “Jack Monroe”, in my opinion. Turn the kaleidoscope slightly, and you get a slightly different view. Turn it again, and again a slightly different picture appears.

Macron looks rather “needy” there. You would think that it is France, not Venezuela, that is a shambolic, pseudo-socialist, disaster…

It has been said (rightly or wrongly) that another Twitter account which asks for money is also “Jack Monroe” under a pseudonym. Seems unlikely, but I just do not know.

I have no idea whether that other account is (or was— the account being now deleted) “Jack Monroe”; whether it is or was, it seems to have been an outright fraud whoever was operating it.

Yet (as of today) 663 mugs are still sending money every single month to “Jack Monroe”; maybe as much as £6,630 per month. In cash. Taxfree. Also, scribblers from, eg, the Irish Daily Mail, are still tweeting in support of what now looks like it might be at least akin to an outright fraud.

The only way to sort out the competing claims seems to be a civil or criminal court examination.

My own opinion why so many (not poor, indeed often affluent) persons defend the “Bootstrap Cook” is because she has become a kind of totem for a number of causes, and that effect is facilitated by the multi-headed nature of her own well-publicized identity or identities.

People often just believe what they want to believe. You only have to look at “Boris” Johnson, who (tellingly, aided and abetted by the Press, TV and radio for 20 years) was able to convince tens of millions of people that he was hugely intelligent (he’s not), hugely cultured (he’s not) and has great socio-political ideas (he has no ideas at all beyond schoolboy “bridges over oceans” and the like). A complete idiot, yet millions, even now, believe in him.

“Boris” is only one egregious example of that syndrome.

Afternoon music

[painting by Jack Vettriano]

Migration invasion

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11402923/Couples-wedding-cancelled-venue-used-asylum-seekers.html

Revisionist archaeology

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

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

See also: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/01/26/the-tide-is-coming-in-reflections-on-the-possible-end-of-our-present-civilization-and-what-might-follow/

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Well-meaning people seem to be being used, duped (arguably).

Graphological point: note the hugely narcissistic giant loops of the first letters of the words, preceding the squashed rest of the words. Is it fanciful to say that that indicates a big front with nothing much behind it?

See also: https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/05/02/deadhead-mps-an-occasional-series-the-gavin-williamson-story/.

…again making one wonder what has protected that idiot for years.

Twitter minus one smug anti-British Jew equals good news

I had to put Julia Hartley Brewer straight on some legal points years ago (on Twitter). She blocked me after trying and failing to brush me off (with what she thought was a good reply until I pointed out her errors). She’s just a “controlled opposition” radio loudmouth.

Diary Blog, 6 November 2020

“There may be trouble ahead”…

Overnight, some straws in the wind. In Manchester, hundreds of students tore down 7-ft-high fencing put up to isolate their accommodation buildings. The security guards and police were unable to stop them.

Meanwhile, a poll shows that nearly half of young people intend to ignore the so-called “rules” over Christmas and New Year: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8918711/Four-10-young-people-say-BREAK-Covid-lockdown-rules-Christmas.html. If 40% say so, probably 60% really intend to transgress, and 80% will!

My feeling at present is that the System (and so the Boris-idiot ZOG/NWO “government of clowns”) intends to keep the police-state restrictions of the “lockdown” (shutdown) going until next Spring or Summer. They will probably “allow” a relaxation over Christmas and New Year, and so be able, later, to claim that there has been another “upsurge” in “the virus” by reason of the “irresponsibility” of parts of the public…

The virus is almost incidental. The real purpose is to weaponize it so that greater social and political control can be imposed.

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The malicious “Campaign Against Antisemitism” crows about its victory over a Jew who dislikes Zionist Jews. Only yesterday, the “CAA” failed to ruin pharmacist Nazim Ali (who was issued only with a “warning” by his disciplinary tribunal). I blogged yesterday about the Nizam Ali case.

I was amused to see that the “CAA” says that it was “advised” by Mark Lewis, the abusive solicitor who now lives in Eilat, Israel, and who now calls himself “Dr” Mark Lewis because his old poly gave him an honorary doctorate several years ago. I have blogged about the egregious Lewis in the past (use the search function on this blog to find those articles).

Quite right. Keir Starmer is a Jewish-lobby puppet and “virus” alarmist with no idea, about anything, worth anything.

Yes. That is where we are. Not the old socialist-style “police state”, but the new dystopian public-private partnership, politically-correct, virtue-signalling police state, heavily disguised with Common Purpose fake communitarianism.

Sargon of Akkad (Carl Benjamin)

The “alt-Right” or “alt-Lite” tweeter and vlogger, “Sargon of Akkad” (Carl Benjamin), has now been “suspended”, quite possibly permanently, from Twitter.

[update, same day: I may have been mistaken re. suspension of at least one “Sargon of Akkad” account. My main points stand, though]

Obviously, I have little time for those “alt-Right”/”alt-Lite” wastes of space (Sargon of Akkad, Prison Planet Watson, Katie Hopkins etc) but I have no wish to see them censored or gagged. The Jews and their “antifa” dupes are of a different view. They regard every free speech avenue closed as a victory.

It does reinforce my views that, firstly, System censorship and control is intensifying: the more interesting David Icke was removed from Twitter a day or two ago, and the Bitchute platform has suffered too, having been taken down.

Even Trump has been to some extent censored by Twitter!

If even the President of the United States cannot rely on having free speech, what chance for anyone else?

What really matters, though, is not online comment but concrete results, and boots on the ground.

Ethnic breakdown of voters in USA

Seems clear on the basis of the above (n.b. seems genuine but I have no source) that all of those groups except the (tied) top two (white and non-white college graduates, i.e degree-holders) and white non-college graduates, are far more likely to vote Democrat.

Non-whites now outnumber whites in the USA, and the disparity is growing. The 2016 and 2020 election were not simple white v. non-white contests, but it is clear that that binary was important in both elections and like to become more so.

Puting it bluntly, democracy of the one-man one-vote sort kills the future for white people if the population of voters is mixed, and the whites in the minority.

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As someone who has not cycled for nearly 40 years (and that was in Amsterdam), I think that the “cycle lanes” all over the UK are totally stupid. The problem, though, is they usually just appropriate part of an existing road, whereas in places like the Netherlands and Denmark, new cycleways are created, where possible, separate from motorized traffic. It’s all planned.

The careful and intelligent analysis and thinking of such as former Lord of Appeal, Lord Sumption (and me!), is out of place now. The “plebs”, the hysterical pseudo-intelligentsia of the msm and Twitter, the non-whites (speaking generally), have no time for it, and no understanding, and no tolerance.

I have never had much time for Julia Hartley-Brewer, but she is absolutely right here: the nation (not alone; there are others around the world) has lost its mind. It has been made to lose its mind. There are sinister forces behind all this “virus” panic, forces that are using the situation as an experiment in mass psychological manipulation.

The better white people in the USA should be making plans to concentrate mainly in one, or a few, areas. They have lost the demographic battle. Not that Trump supporters are all white by any means, but the wider question has nothing to do with the egregious Trump. It is a question of the future of European-origined people in the near-future North America.

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Late tweets

Now we hear that in Liverpool, in London, and across the UK, infections of Coronavirus are falling! This is being recorded now and has been in the past days. In other words, before the “lockdown” (shutdown) even started! What more does it take to wake up both people and Government?

I blogged to this effect, more or less, only last week…

I am basically opposed to nuclear power, but one cannot put one’s head in the sand. The UK is in danger of running short on power, partly because of the criminal increase in population by reason of mass immigration, then births to such immigrants and migrant-invaders.

At present, it would be possible, were there better relations with Russia, to import gas cheaply from Russian fields in the Arctic and Siberia. Looking ahead further, the UK should attempt energy security: solar, sub-earthly (deep heat) etc.

Late music

Diary Blog, 18 September 2020, including more thoughts about the “virus” situation and about Communications Act 2003, s.127

Coronavirus

This really is becoming ridiculous. “Local lockdowns”, a threatened second national “lockdown”, the population scared out of their stupid skin by deliberate Government action, people forced to wear facemasks and muzzles (enforced by busybodies and nuisances, including toytown police and “Covid marshals”, meaning retired or unemployable pests wearing yellow jackets and carrying clipboards).

The economy is in a far worse state than most want to admit. Huge numbers of people are losing their jobs, their small businesses etc; the NHS has abandoned vast numbers of non-Coronavirus patients; dentists are mostly still not working; young people leaving school and university have very little chance of a job, let alone a decent job.

The Government has so far bought off dissent and opposition: doctors and some other NHS staff have been chucked 4% pay rises even though most are working far less than they were 6 months ago. Business has received some financial help. Employees not able to “work from home” have been furloughed on 80% pay in many cases. Some are even better off, in real terms, than when they were working! This is madness.

The part-Jew public entertainer posing as Prime Minister is a deflated balloon now, and he (andhis mostly Jewish and Indian joke-Cabinet) plainly have no idea what to do except to keep the “Coronavirus” fear propaganda going.

I wonder whether the Government will choose the easy path in November and continue “furlough” payments, or not? “Boris” (Boris-idiot) usually chooses the easy way out, so it may be that payments will continue. If not…

There never should have been a “lockdown” (shutdown) of the economy and society. Only pubs, nightclubs, Tube trains, buses (and those not indefinitel), combined with control of inward flights.

The Government should have concentrated on getting people to behave reasonably (eg by not going to crowded hot venues), washing hands frequently, and so on. Self-help, helped by official advice, not fake “laws” and bullying.

I bet that, once the economy really tanks, the same people who are the greatest zealots for “lockdowns”, facemask muzzles and not opening schools etc will be the most vociferous in wanting more money spent on this, that and the other, money that will not exist thanks to the shutdown of the economy for months (or years?).

Free speech and Communications Act 2003, s.127

I happened to see this article by a Professor Tettenborn, whom I met once or twice when I was a barrister in Exeter 18 years ago, and who is now, it seems, Professor of Commercial Law at Swansea University: https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/09/16/we-need-an-overhaul-of-section-127/

I decided to offer the Law Commission my views on that very bad law, so very badly-drafted and so open to abuse (nb. the paragraph-format has been removed):

Re. Consultation on Communications Act 2003, s.127.

I have just read the following article by a Professor Tettenborn: https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/09/16/we-need-an-overhaul-of-section-127/.
I do not know Professor Tettenborn as such, though I did sit as a “Lord Justice of Appeal” with him in 2002, when judging an Exeter University student moot held at the historic Guildhall in Exeter. I was at the time a barrister in chambers in Exeter.
Please find below links to my blog pages detailing my own experiences around the notorious “bad law” Communications Act 2003, s.127.
While the attached articles are self-explanatory, I should like to make the point that this bad law, poorly drafted, has exercized what I believe a justice of the Court of Appeal once described as “a chilling effect” on legitimate freedom of expression in the UK (one —apparently now-ignored— provision of the 2003 Act even purports to criminalize anything posted online which is deemed “false”!).
This law has been used (misused) by, in particular, the pro-Israel “Zionist lobby” or “Jewish lobby”, to attack those with whom it disagrees. A brief search on the Internet will throw up numerous open admissions to that effect, i.e. that Zionist Jews in the UK and USA have been and are using what is sometimes termed “lawfare” against British people in the UK, meaning the making of politically-motivated attacks on people, complaints to police, social media organizations, professional regulatory bodies.
Two of the most active abuser-organizations of the law in question are “UK Lawyers for Israel” and the so-called “Campaign Against Antisemitism”, which overlap in terms of membership.
Key individuals engaged in such “lawfare”: Mark Lewis (solicitor, now resident in Israel), Stephen Silverman (resident in South Essex),Gideon Falter (resident in London and elsewhere), and Joe Glasman (resident in London area). There are others, almost all Jewish (there are odd exceptions), as are the three persons just mentioned here.
I myself have been a victim of lawfare, partly detailed in the two articles appended. As a result, I have been disbarred (2016), questioned under caution by police (2017) and expelled from Twitter (2018).
The organizations above now perch like vultures waiting for selected victims to post something online that they can claim is “grossly offensive”. This is political interference, by a special-interest lobby, with the rights of the citizen.
The Communications Act 2003, s.127 is an entirely tyrannical (and badly-drafted) piece of legislation.
Free speech must be protected now. By “free speech” I mean speech, and other communication and publication, on socio-political, historical and religious subjects.
Thank you for your attention.
Please note that I require no reply.
Ian Millard
These are the articles mentioned above:

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/when-i-was-a-victim-of-a-malicious-zionist-complaint/; and
https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/the-slide-of-the-english-bar-and-uk-society-continues-and-accelerates/

I hope that the Law Commission finds my articles and views of interest. At least someone is willing to speak the truth. If no-one else does, I have to…

Professor Tettenborn finishes his article thus: “Nevertheless, this is a proposal that undoubtedly takes the law in the way it should be going, and increases freedom of speech. It may not go as far as you wish, but it is better than nothing. Even better, it is merely a proposal, and the Law Commission welcomes comments on it. This is your chance. You have until 18 December. Any comments should go to online-comms@lawcommission.gov.uk or to Online Communications Team, Law Commission, 1st Floor, Tower, 52 Queen Anne’s Gate, London, SW1H 9AG. Feel free.”

So do it…

I might add that the Professor, though he mentions silly “Count Dankula” and his saluting dog, overlooks victims such as Jez Turner, Alison Chabloz, and me, among others. Still, better half a pint than no pint.

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Answer came there none…

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Below, a good example of the incredible madness that has taken root:

The potential? I wonder. Still, something has to…

Saw this too:

For once, I agree with “antifa” cheerleader (and all-round dodgy person) Mike Stuchbery, though my first thought was not “Agatha Christie” but “John Buchan”… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Buchan; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_works_by_John_Buchan#Novels

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There could be a place for someone with such skills…

These people should be on our side…and want to be.

For all their toughness, some of these Russian airborne troops are very decent people. I knew several former members of the Soviet VDV (Air Descent Contingent) when I lived in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 1996-1997. Very solid people.

Their parachuting skills are certainly in a different league from mine! My report card from my first jump (over Salisbury Plain in, I think, 1977, maybe 1978), made out by a former sergeant of the Parachute Regiment, said “exit slow, no position, no count, no effort; landing OK.”! The slow exit referred to was me having to climb out of the small cabin of a Cessna and halfway along the wing, while gripping at a strut, before casting off into the void (backwards…); you were then supposed to get into a certain body configuration in the air, while shouting out a count of 1-10. This is not easy! After that, floating peacefully thousands of feet down to Salisbury Plain was “a doddle”. Do people really do it for fun?!

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Evening music

Diary Blog, 29 July 2020

A few Twitter accounts seemingly worth following

https://twitter.com/MitfordUv

https://twitter.com/GreekPale/status/1288134507254755330?s=20

Reminiscent of the Serbsky Institute in the old Soviet Union: dissidence classified as mental illness. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbsky_Center

Interesting. I think that we all know that, in the end, these evils will not be fought and exterminated by debate, tweets, whatever. The enemy have taken away the right of the true European people to tweet, post on YouTube, publish books offline, sell books online via Amazon and elsewhere, post opinions online even on dedicated websites, let alone make public speeches or stand for election anywhere.

The whole “democratic” and “free speech” world is being closed off to social nationalism and even to ordinary conservative nationalism. That leaves only a few alternatives in the emerging culture war.

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A pretty good short film.

Regular readers of my blog will know that I am sceptical of the value of privately-held firearms as a guarantor of liberty. Not that I am “anti” weapon or anti-gun, as such.

I was once a member of a gun club, the now more or less defunct Kensington Rifle and Pistol Club, founded in the Victorian era (I believe). I was a member from 1976 to about 1985. I used only pistols there, usually the Browning Hi-Power: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Browning_Hi-Power

I have also, though again long ago (1970s, 1980s), handled and/or used other weapons, but mainly overseas, and including some automatic weapons such as, in Africa, the R-1 automatic/semi-automatic rifle (there was a switch on the side— Safe, Semi-Automatic fire, Full Automatic fire).

I have also some (limited) experience of shotgun use, mainly in Wales and Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s (incidentally, not shooting birds or animals; I disapprove fairly strongly of that kind of “sport”).

I mention all the above in case some, perhaps American, readers of this blog imagine that I am —what they may think of as— a typical European anti-gun person. No. However, the idea that weapons of that sort preserve liberty or one’s political freedom is just not so.

David ben Gurion said, in the 1940s, to one of the Jewish terrorist leaders (I think Shamir, a member of the Stern Gang —aka Lehi— and later a Prime Minister of Israel), “do you imagine that you can create a state with pistols?“.

I presume that ben Gurion meant “with pistols only“…Still, the point is valid.

The NSDAP was not primarily an armed body in the Germany of the 1920s and early 1930s. That despite the fact that most NSDAP activists had fought in the First World War and/or in the postwar Freikorps.

In the UK, the question scarcely arises. Tony Blair effectively disarmed the —almost entirely peaceful— recreational pistol and rifle sportsmen in 1997.

Incidentally, we may as well note that in the whole history of the UK, there have been only three gun massacres: Hungerford 1987, Dunblane 1996, and Cumbria 2010. I suppose that some would add to that the Raoul Moat affair of 2010, though Moat actually killed “only” one person (and nearly killed two others).

So the UK has suffered only three or four massacres or rampages in hundreds of years, of which two happened after the gun clubs and their members were disarmed in the late 1990s! Of those latter two incidents, one (the 2010 Cumbria massacre) was committed using legally-held long weapons (a small-calibre rifle, and shotguns); the other (the Raoul Moat matter, also in 2010) involved the use of weapons not lawfully held.

Reverting to the USA, many Americans (probably the majority) hold some form of firearm; many have several, some have dozens or even hundreds. Hundreds of millions of firearms, yet not so many incidents when the numbers are taken into account.

In relation to “preservation of liberty”, the American obsession with “the right to bear arms” is more theoretical than real. One has to ask, under what circumstances would Americans take up arms (meaning actually use arms) against the Federal Government or even, say, against the “antifa” mobs or those behind them? There have been few signs of either so far.

For me, the “gun-owning patriots” (or whatever) of the USA are people who are, so to speak, “all dressed up with nowhere to go”. At least so far…

Cartoon about the facemask nonsense

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Very true. When I last saw (and read) a copy of Private Eye, some years ago, its former, long ago, bite was absent. It is now, appropriately enough in view of its 1960s origins, akin to the “Norwegian Blue Parrot…nailed to its perch”… (come to think of it, that description might apply to many aspects of life in the UK of 2020, among which the Monarchy, Parliamentary “democracy”, the Press, the Bar, the Church of England, to name but a few).

As Peter Hitchens says, Private Eye is now lame, because it has to pull its punches so as not to offend Jews, Muslims, “woke” “celebrities” etc. The old Soviet “humour” magazine, Krokodil, no doubt known to Peter Hitchens (a former correspondent in Moscow), suffered from the same or anyway a similar problem. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krokodil

Untermenschen of that sort, raping German girls, would have been guillotined during the time of the Reich…

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and in case you thought that you had seen peak idiocy…look below!

Wear a facemask at home“, says this idiot woman medic! I have to admit that, though my opinion of the sagacity of the people of the UK was never high, it has never previously fallen as low as it has during the present “crisis” (scare). I bet that now there will be at least a few rabbits who will be sitting at home wearing facemasks, like actors in some dystopian black comedy…

[Magritte, The Lovers]

Corbyn libel case

I notice that Jeremy Corbyn’s legal defence fund is now standing around £318,000 at time and date of writing. The rate of increase has slowed. At one time, a couple of daysago, about £40 a minute was being donated; now, perhaps £2 a minute. https://uk.gofundme.com/f/47gyy-jeremy039s-legal-fund

It seems that the main, perhaps only, solicitor involved on the other side is the unpleasant Jew-Zionist fanatic Mark Lewis, now a resident of Eilat, Israel, and about whom I have blogged quite extensively in the past, mostly in 2018 and 2019. My exposures of this fake can be found readily enough by searching these pages, or via Google.

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Anyone wanting more information on what a self-publicizing fraud is Mark Lewis, of Eilat, Israel, the self-described great defamation specialist, should take a look at my several blog posts about him.

Mark Lewis’s “explanation” for his failure is in this Daily Mail report: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8572095/Rachel-Riley-Tracy-Ann-Oberman-drop-lawsuit-against-barrister-tweeted-bloggers-article.html

[“Get down there where you wanted to send me, you unclean spirit!”]

So much for Mark Lewis…

A few other people have been talking about Lewis today…

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champerty_and_maintenance#England_and_Wales

Music in late evening

It seems that the Devil did have at least some of the best tunes…

Arguably too fast a tempo; still, it works with the film.