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Diary Blog, 17 January 2020

Something those under the age of, say, 25 should be shown, especially if they are followers of Greta Nut (Greta Thunberg)…

The international “System” will do anything, say anything, suppress anything so long as the reality is hidden: that the world simply has too many people and particularly too many non-European people.

Tweet about Belgium and also about Ukraine

From a couple of months ago, but just seen:

A bit like the UK, where there is an an enormously disproportionate Jewish presence in politics, law, business leadership, television, radio, Press, publishing, yet the masses are told —by that same (((controlled and/or influenced))) msm— about the allegedly huge “antisemitism” in the UK! Even the Cabinet is now basically a pack not only of Jews and part-Jews but of non-Jews who are completely in the pocket of the Israel lobby.

Britain today, British “Conservatism” today…

Take a look at this personification of much of what is wrong in the UK:

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

His degree was in Zoology and he then obtained a doctorate focussing on the mating habits of the common pheasant. His next step was to get his first job, aged 26, working as a journalist (for 8 years). He then became a director of a bank, Northern Rock, which, in 2008, was the first British bank to fail by reason of a bank run in 150 years (it was nationalized and then sold off in pieces to protect investors).

I suppose that a casual reader of such a CV might say, “what a clever man, to be a zoologist and journalist and then become director of a bank!” Well, not really, when you learn that his father had been a Northern Rock board member for 30 years and eventually Chairman, leaving just before Matt Ridley joined…

Under the chairmanship of Matt Ridley, Northern Rock had a business plan which involved borrowing heavily in the UK and international money markets, extending mortgages to customers based on this funding, and then re-selling these mortgages on international capital markets, a process known as securitisation. In August 2007, when the global demand from investors for securitised mortgages was falling away, the lack of money raised by this meant that Northern Rock became unable to repay loans from the money market. This problem had been anticipated by the financial markets, which drew greater attention to it. On 14 September 2007, the bank sought and received a liquidity support facility from the Bank of England, to replace funds it was unable to raise from the money market. This led to panic among individual depositors, who feared that their savings might not be available should Northern Rock go into receivership. The result was a bank run – the UK’s first in 150 years – where depositors lined up outside the bank to withdraw all of their savings as quickly as possible, particularly since everyone else was doing the same.” [Wikipedia].

In 2007, I was still a practising barrister. One day, I had just finished a contractual dispute involving boatbuilding at Southampton. I exited Southampton County Court to see something unusual: across the street, a Northern Rock branch, with a line of people outside. Right next door to Northern Rock, a branch (maybe a charity shop; I just saw the sign) of The Samaritans! I wish I had had a camera! I probably could have sold the photo to the national Press!

Away from reminiscence. So here we have Matt Ridley, trained in zoology, aged 36 and who has become a bank director (Chairman from 2002) by reason solely of family connection. To add to his other attributes, he is also a “libertarian” and an atheist. Oh dear…

Matt Ridley inherited a large estate in the North of England. It has been in his family’s ownership since the 17th Century (1698):

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

http://www.blagdonestate.co.uk/

http://www.blagdonestate.co.uk/about-blagdon/family-history

Matt Ridley is now causing a storm on Twitter because of his view that the past decade was the best ever.

If only everyone could inherit an estate and a fortune, become director of a bank (taking deposits from the public, at that) despite having no qualifications or experience whatever, run that bank into the ground, cost the country incredible amounts of money, yet face no personal penalty or sanction! If only everyone could be like that, the UK would be so much happier.

Having said that, I have been reading some tweets and other material about Matt Ridley. When it comes to scientific questions, he is interesting and may well be right in certain areas (e.g. re “Nature and Nurture”), but, like so many scientists (not to mention actors and others) becomes effectively an idiot as soon as he steps out of his magic circle into the realms of politics and, it seems, socio-economic policy.

The (((New York Times))): All The News That (((Fits)))

https://unherd.com/2020/01/what-has-the-new-york-times-got-against-britain/

Labour leadership

More black marks for Jess Phillips: she is pro-abortion, and is apparently endorsed by a few msm idiots such as James Corden (he tweeted in favour of her a year ago). She has given an interview to the joke “newspaper”, the Huffington Post:

https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/jess-phillips-labour-leadership_uk_5e20786ec5b673621f71c30c

She would “immediately” expel “anti-Semites”, apparently. For me, “anti-Semitism” is not a crime anyway (it is not a crime in England either, though many seem to have been brainwashed into thinking that it is). Seems that Jess Phillips believes in rights for Jews but not for “anti-Semitic” British people.

She would, it seems clear, actually expel Jeremy Corbyn from Labour! Oh, and she wants to bring back into Labour not only the disloyal Jewesses Luciana Berger and Louise Ellman, but also Fathead Chuka (Umunna)!

Monty Don’s American Gardens

I like gardens, though not gardening! I very much like Monty Don’s odysseys across the history and geography of gardens. His Italian Gardens series was excellent. This latest series today included the Middleton Plantation in South Carolina, near to Charleston, where I once had colleagues. We had a small lunch and business meeting at that estate one weekend. Only about 6 or 7 people. I recall that I decided to go local, so ordered catfish and collard greens; you can’t get much more “Southern” than that!

Tempus fugit. Doesn’t seem like 18 years ago…

If music be the food of love, play on…

Labour leadership poll

I thought that it might be closer than that. Well, we shall see. Not that I care, so long as Jess Phillips and Lisa Nandy have no chance. I suppose that the Labour membership is thinking that a System figurehead such as ex-DPP Keir Starmer would not frighten the horses electorally. True, but he would also be a pretty dull choice. I am not sure how much Starmer really wants positive change, whereas Rebecca Long-Bailey does, not that my view of her is particularly kind either.