Not for nothing was the milieu of the 1930s though to the 1950s called “The Climate of Treason“, in the title of yet another book on the Philby matter, that one by Andrew Boyle.
However, that was a milieu inside a milieu. I once knew someone, father of a girlfriend, who pretended to be aggrieved that, when he was at Cambridge in the 1930s, he was “approached” neither by Soviet nor British recruiters! He attributed it to the fact that he read Engineering rather than whatever else, but I think that the fact is that intelligence recruitment probably passed most undergraduates by…
I daresay that, for most undergrads in the Cambridge of the 1920s and 1930s, life was not hugely different than it would have been in the late Victorian era.
As to Philby and his small group of fellow Marxist-Leninist zealots, there has grown up an idea that they were symptomatic of a decadent “ruling class”. In some sense, perhaps, but while certainly socially, or in privilege, far above the mass of the population, Philby and his lot (Maclean, Burgess etc) were really middle-class careerists.
I suppose that the myth has grown up because they all (even Cairncross) attended fee-paying schools; Philby was at Westminster. These were, though, not aristocrats or very (or at all) wealthy, and Philby was actually part-Indian, a fact which is rather glossed over even today.
The idea that Philby’s “treason” was of huge importance has, in a sense, been to the advantage of the British intelligence people. After all, if his behaviour was of no great importance in the big scheme of things, then the work of SIS and MI5 would also have to be assessed accordingly…
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Exactly right. “Covid” zealotry, and facemask nonsense fanaticism, have parted company with any reality now. We are in a situation where “the virus” has supposedly killed (in the UK), about 1 in every thousand people (in the world generally, it is about 1 in every 4,000 people). Serious, unpleasant, but not the plague, and no reason to shut down society and economy.
I say “supposedly” killed because in fact most of those people were really killed by other conditions suffered from at the same time.
Dictatorial “lockdown”, mishandled Brexit, continuing mass immigration (though slowed by some voluntary repatriation over past months), collapsing real economy, sliding real estate values in London. Mass unemployment. Huge divides opening up, socially, culturally and politically.
There is no “revolutionary situation” in the UK. Not yet. By 2022, there may be, or at least the start of one.
“Dr” Louise Raw, prolific “antifascist” tweeter, fantasizing about being able to arrest, have arrested, or see being arrested, those with whom she disagrees socially or politically. Not “just” those she and her type label “fascist”, “Nazi”, “neo-Nazi” etc, but also persons such as American alt-Right journalist Andrew Ngo, or London radio loudmouth Julia Hartley-Brewer.
As I have often noted in this blog, “socialism” died around 1989 and has been replaced by the grotesqueries of “Black Lives Matter”, LGBTQXYZ nonsense, “trans” nonsense, “antiracism” nonsense and all the other socio-political absurdities we now see around the self-describing “Left”.
Silly people such as “Dr” Raw tweet about locking people up for their views, but she at least seems (?) to have enough awareness to realize that she and her cohorts cannot actually do that. She and they are reduced to bleating that the State, or someone, or anyone, should take such measures.
The self-describing UK “Left” is now the haunt not of the scoundrel, not solely anyway, but of those in a comfortable, unthinking, and mutually-supporting niche, who want to be told what to think, say or do by the EU, official bodies, “Covid marshals” etc. Thus they love Twitter, and their greatest joy is to see someone of whom they disapprove expelled from Twitter. They put forward no programme, have no political traction, and are basically irrelevant.
I might add, “ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee“…
“In the preface to the second edition of The Eighteenth Brumaire, Marx stated that the purpose of this essay was to “demonstrate how the class struggle in France created circumstances and relationships that made it possible for a grotesque mediocrity to play a hero’s part.”” [Wikipedia] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eighteenth_Brumaire_of_Louis_Bonaparte. [my bold emphasis].
Is that how Philby secretly viewed himself? As a “grotesque mediocrity” nonetheless able to play a role arguably (in Philby’s mind?) “heroic”? Was that one reason why Philby drank so much, that dissonance?
I suppose that we shall never know. In any event, I myself am sceptical of the (supposed) importance or significance of Philby, despite the books which continue to be churned out about him, mostly in the UK.
As a matter of fact, I once (in fact more than once; several times) met someone who had once met Philby, or at least had heard him give a lecture. I should have been more curious and asked about that person’s impression of the “great spy” and/or “great traitor”.
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable” [John F. Kennedy, 1962].
If all peaceful protest, publicity and discussion is made impossible and even unlawful, the eventual result will be something more direct.
Talk about “cultural appropriation”!
One of the most telling ways in which the Jew-Zionist lobby has poisoned the UK is in the “denial” label. First there was “holocaust” “denial”, aimed at anyone, whether professional historian or not, questioning the “holocaust” narrative in whole or part (even the ludicrous “gas chambers” nonsense).
After that came climate change “denial”, a term aimed at anyone questioning the causes or effects of what was originally termed “global warming”. As with “holocaust” “denial”, it turns out that the “deniers” have at least the preponderance of fact on their side: Prince Charles and others were wrong when they said, in 2009, that humanity had 3, then 5, then 7 years “to save the planet”.
It turned out that the “experts” were not only wrong but actively mendacious in saying that the Himalayan glaciers would soon melt completely, resulting in the Ganges, Indus and Brahmaputra all running dry.
‘Gore claims the snowcap atop Africa’s Mt. Kilimanjaro is shrinking and that global warming is to blame. Yet according to the November 2003 issue of Nature magazine, “Although it’s tempting to blame the ice loss on global warming, researchers think deforestation of the mountain’s foothills is the more likely culprit. Without the forests’ humidity, previously moisture-laden winds blew dry. No longer replenished with water, the ice is evaporating in the strong equatorial sunshine.”‘ “
Well, now we have “Covid-19” “denial”! Anyone questioning the origins of “the virus”, anyone saying that the World Economic Forum and others are using the virus as a means for a “Great Reset”, anyone questioning the utility of repressive government measures such as facemask-mandating, “lockdowns” etc is a “denier”, a kind of heretic, probably a criminal or even a murderer…
This is that happens when it becomes a heresy to question officially-supported fact-narratives. Beware.
“In free countries…”. Quite…
Peter Hitchens still regards the UK as sort-of “free”. Debatable?
Hitler’s policy was resettlement of Jews. Millions did leave Germany, millions left Europe, in the 1930s and early 1940s. USA, UK, Australia, Palestine, and other places too.
What was “unhinged” was the UK and France offering Poland a “guarantee” in 1939 which was not worth the paper on which it was written. That spurious “guarantee” triggered WW2 as surely as the mass mobilizations of 1914 had triggered WW1.
More accurately, the “guarantee” to Poland, when not just ignored by the UK and France on the fateful days of 1-3 September 1939, triggered that disastrous war.
All well and good, but a System MP of that kind will just laugh at critical tweets, emails, letters etc.
Again, good as far as it goes, but that particular MP is not disposed to listen.
I lived in Cornwall for two years or so (and another two on the Devon side of the Tamar), having from 2002 to 2004 a lease of one of the largest country houses in North Cornwall (seen below in a 1940s photograph):
The immediately above photograph shows me standing by the ballroom carriage entrance. Incidentally, I am not giving a “Hitler” or “Roman” salute, but merely trying to pose “casually” for the picture, as if resting my hand on the stonework. I am not (it goes without saying) a natural photographic subject…
Cornwall offers few people well-paid work; small businesses such as the Cornish Cheese Company (I am not a shareholder, by the way!) need encouragement to succeed or even survive. The geographical location of Cornwall, its relative isolation, increases shipping costs, and so on.
I have no idea what shenanigans are going on in the Bristol Labour Party, but what might have been expected from Keir Starmer? It amuses me to see the parallels between him and that little pissant, “Conservative” Party Cabinet minister, Robert Jenrick: both completely in the pocket of the Jewish lobby, both married to Jewish wives (both of whom are property lawyers), both having children all being brought up as Jewish (eg celebrating the Jewish supremacist religious holidays etc).
Surprising court judgment
It is not for me to say whether or not that peculiar woman, Camila Batmanghelidjh, was in some measure a fraud, or whether what she did was in any measure fraudulent. All that can be said was that very large amounts of State funding were spent and probably wasted on a “motley crew” of inner city London ferals. She was in charge (supposedly).
All one can say for sure is that the government of the part-Jew, David Cameron-Levita, was a complete mess.
Supposedly of Iranian origin. (((I wonder))).
If correct, that certainly is terrible.
Fortunately for Patriotic Alternative, most of those seeing any such Sun “newspaper” expose will only look at the pictures!
One puppet of the Jewish lobby has been replaced by another. All hail “democracy”…