With a couple of exceptions, the New Zealand women I have encountered have all been aggressively politically-correct (and frighteningly-ignorant) wastes of space. I wonder why.
Helen Clark thinks that cannabis use should be de-criminalized but that “the wrong sort” of opinions on social media should be criminalized. That tells you all you need to know about her.
More tweets seen
It is ironic that those of us often accused of wanting to institute dictatorship are in the forefront of the battle for free speech, freedom of expression, reasonable civil rights.
It is the pseudo-liberal supporters of the System, such as the Jew-Zionist element, the supposed supporters of (System) “democracy”, mainstream politicians etc (including most TV “celebrities” and talking heads, most “journalists” and other scribblers, most “human rights”-squawking barristers) who are on the other side, wanting strict “lockdowns”, shutdowns, forced vaccination, control of social media, and prosecution for anything “anti-Semitic” and/or “racist” etc.
Meanwhile, winning this week’s prize for stating the very obvious— Rory Stewart:
Rory Stewart says, though slightly more diplomatically, that Boris-idiot is a narcissistic waste of space, unfit for office. True, and many of us were tweeting and blogging the same, years ago. Still, “those who live in glass houses should not throw stones“…
“Ukraine’s armed forces and regional officials say Russia is launching attacks on all fronts in eastern Ukraine in what seems to be new offensive.” [The Guardian].
I think that the Russian forces are now doing what I thought they were trying to do about a month ago, i.e. drawing a line from the coastal regions of the Sea of Azov and Black Sea up the eastern bank of the river Dnieper through Zaporozhye and Dnipro [former Dnepropetrovsk], then towards Kharkov, with the aim of eliminating all Ukrainian forces to the east of that line, then occupying all territory to the east of that line.
Once the above has been accomplished, the strategy may well be to strike north from Dnipro and west from the Kharkov area (once Kharkov is either taken or isolated), thus controlling and/or occupying almost all of Ukraine east of the Dnieper and south of Kiev itself.
Ha ha! I could not ignore that prize example of socio-political idiocy. Seems that there are still “useful idiots” around who idolize the Jew Marx. Not that everything he wrote was wrong; even Hitler said that (see Hitler’s Table Talk). However, what was, in its heyday, a serious political movement, meaning Marxism, or Marxism-Leninism, has become (gradually, since the 1950s) a farrago of nonsense play-politics, on the periphery of both events and political thought.
In the famous words of Marx himself: “…first time as tragedy, second time as farce“…
Thus actor-turned-activist Laurence Fox displays ignorance of history, ethnology, and politics, all in two short tweets. As I have written previously, you can dump Fox in the same bin as Toby Young, James Delingpole, Breitbart, GB News, the fake “Free Speech Union”, UKIP/Brexit Party/Reform Party, Nigel Farage, “Tommy Robinson”, and Katie Hopkins (etc):
Grifting wastes of space, as well as controlled opposition.
1,000 one day, 700 the next, even 1,200 on one day last week. This is an invasion. The fact that it consists of migrant-invaders in rubber boats, mostly unarmed, is irrelevant.
It will be recalled by some, perhaps older readers, that, when King Hassan of Morocco decided to take over the mineral-rich region of Spanish Sahara (now Western Sahara), he was opposed by Spain, then still ruled by Franco, who however was then at death’s door (d. 20 November 1975).
Hassan cunningly decided that, rather than invade Spanish Sahara in the conventional way, where his troops would be up against the very tough Spanish Foreign Legion [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Legion] and other military elements, he would use what is now sometimes called “soft power”, a “people’s march”, thus pressuring Spain via the UN.
What we now see in the English Channel, as well as elsewhere, both around the UK and in other parts of Europe, is an invasion, presented otherwise by a transnational political and msm conspiracy.
The UK is the target destination for the migrant-invaders. Part of that is the relatively easy help available as soon as they get here (hotel accommodation, food, pocket money of about £50 a week); part of it is because the UK cities are becoming black/brown and are not fully European any more, thus perhaps seeming more welcoming. There again, unofficial (and untaxed) work is widely available for those that want it; for those that don’t, the social welfare system, though cut back in recent years, still provides plenty for people used to living in backward societies.
21 years ago, I went over to Calais for the day, with car, and on a free ticket, to buy booze and cheese, mainly. It was at about that time that concerns about the illegal immigrants started to become louder.
In early evening, I had a drink in a little bar not far from the hotel de ville. I mentioned the immigrants, who even then were becoming apparent in Calais. The bar owner told me, “we are not troubled so much by them. They stay for a few days, a week, then they move on to England“. Need one say more about the French attitude?
A reminder: that was in the year 2000, 21 years ago. The UK authorities were not effectively barring entry then and, 21 years later, still are not…
The key question is how to stop the migration invasion of the UK. Harsh though it is, I can see no choice left but to use brute force, and if that means sinking the invasion fleet in the Channel, so be it.
“In his 1925 book Practical Idealism, Coudenhove-Kalergi envisioned an all-encompassing race of the future made up of “Eurasian–Negroid[s],” replacing “the diversity of peoples” and “[t]oday’s races and classes” with a “diversity of individuals.”
In an interview in the first Pan-European Congress in 1926, he expressed the support of Jews by the Pan-European movement and the benefits to Jews with the elimination of racial hatred...” [Wikipedia].
Well, there you have it, right from the horse’s mouth. European peoples wiped out, replaced by “Eurasian Negroids”, and real diversity of European peoples replaced by a meaningless “diversity” of individuals, all of which individuals to be, ultimately, mixed-race “Eurasian Negroids”. That, and society ruled by the Jewish element.
You could not describe more succinctly what is now developing in the UK, France, and elsewhere. Not only in Europe, but also in the former offshoots of Europe: Australia, USA, even New Zealand.
I would urge as many readers as can to send this blog post, or the information above, to those unaware of the true situation. Enlightenment as to all of the above is still eluding the broad mass of people in the UK, though the number understanding what is going on is slowly growing.
As for dealing with the conspirators themselves, I hold my peace for now, in view of Britain’s now very repressive curbs on free speech.
Incidentally, the “readers’ comments” appended to that Daily Mail report are telling: many of those commenting plainly despise both/all System parties, and want to vote for a party which does not yet exist.
One opinion poll now puts pathetic Starmer-“Labour” ahead of Boris-idiot’s misnamed “Conservatives”, and by several points. Is that an outlier? We shall see. I have blogged for some time that it comes down to whether the sheer ineptitude and lack of ability of “Boris” and his truly absurd Cabinet of clowns, together with their corruption, can outpace the equally unfit for office “Labour” label.
They call it “democratic choice”, but it is nothing more than a scam, really. Oh, and guess which element is embedded in both System parties? Yes, that’s right— “them” (((them))).
A reference both to the present Israeli Ambassador’s spoken and written view that marriage between Jews and non-Jews is “a problem” that should be addressed, and to the fact that Keir Starmer is married to a Jewish woman (and their offspring are being brought up as if full-Jew, complete with Jewish religious holidays etc).
The fact is that the puppets of Jewish and Israeli power, people such as Keir Starmer, Boris Johnson etc, have to take any insults that the Jews throw at them, because they are slaves or curs of that Jewish-Israel lobby. “Boris” did it after Shai Masot, from the Israeli Embassy, called him “an idiot”. “Boris”, in Parliament, later, just laughed off the Jew’s insult, or tried to…
The House of Commons is infested…
Well, this week I well and truly trounced political journalist John Rentoul. Perhaps, in the popular expression, he should get out more! I scored 10/10, the best I have done in these quizzes (I may have scored 10/10 once or twice before; cannot remember).
“Hampshire Afghan refugees will be offered private rentals and new laptops and smartphones
Southampton City Council said housing stock is drying up.
Hampshire charity Community First is also asking for laptop, smartphone, and tablet donations for evacuated Afghan families….The charity asked for donations to be “new, nearly new, or used devices that are in good condition” (!). [HampshireLive]
Words fail me.
Meanwhile, many British people are homeless, and now more will be, because traitors in central and local government have given away limited housing stock to unwanted and backward invaders.
Reasons not to vote Labour
Here’s a few:
Yes, the Conservative Party (particularly part-Jap sadist Iain Dunce Duncan Smith) made a bad social welfare system far more cruel, but never forget that it was the Labour Party under Blair and (especially) Gordon Brown that introduced lying “assessments”, “sanction” regimes, ATOS etc— and some of those responsible are still “Labour” MPs; Stephen Timms, for one.
Anyone wanting to get rid of the present “Conservative” regime, and thinking that the “Labour” Party is the answer, think again.
Well, that’s better than the situation in the UK, where since the 1970s the amount of space per person has shrunk. Hutches for masses?
I lived on and off in the USA, mostly in the early 1990s though I did also spend time there in 1999, 2001 and 2002. Many Americans are fine people, but the mass media there is almost, not quite, 100% owned and operated by Jews. TV, radio, film, newspapers, magazines, book publishing. Americans have little choice but to see the world largely through the Jewish, Zionist, and Israeli lens. Fact. They are also brainwashed from childhood with “holocaust” propaganda and fake history.
The biggest mistake that anyone can make is to say “the Israeli Jews do terrible things to the Palestinians but Jews in Britain are different”. There are, admittedly, some nuances, cultural overlays etc, but the main difference is that the ones in the UK do not (yet) have total power over us.
Matthew Parris and the “tinkers”
I am a long way ideologically etc from Matthew Parris, but he does occasionally enunciate truths which few others in the msm or Westminster political milieu will say. Example, from his Times column:
For once (?) Parris is kinder than me! His basic thesis is, however, correct.
It used to be said in the USA that a conservative-minded person was just a liberal-minded person who had been mugged!
I recall that old hypocrite and humbug, Michael Foot [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Foot], so beloved of the BBC, changing his pro-“Traveller” tune pretty quickly once a pack of them parked their caravans by his opulent detached and Listed house on Hampstead Heath.
I recall an amusing cartoon about that in a newspaper of the time, which showed two hedgehogs at night looking at a Gypsy caravan with smoke coming from its chimney; one says to the other, “since they camped on Hampstead Heath, they bake you in muesli”.
In fact, though, the old Romanies who sometimes ate baked hedgehog were not the same as modern “Travellers”, who are mostly of Irish origin and, as Anna Soubry, below, says, mostly not rural-dwellers:
I should never have imagined that the former MP for Plymouth and Angostura (or somewhere) would agree with me on any subject! God does indeed move in mysterious ways…
Well, this week, I again beat John Rentoul. He scored 5/10, but I trumped that with 7/10. The answers that I did not get were those to questions 2, 6, and 10.
There were also protests in London, one major one (perhaps 150,000-strong) against the slaughter being once again perpetrated by Jews against defenceless Palestinians, the other (also quite large, maybe 100,000-strong) by people who want an end to the ridiculous and unnecessary “panicdemic” “rules” and “measures”.
As in the mass media of the socialist world before 1989, the mainstream media in the West are now ignoring what they want to muffle or stifle. Dangerous tactics— people are starting to get very angry. Justly so.
Some Israeli Jews show their true colours…
Most of them look incapable of doing anything themselves, for all their callous and cruel big talk. If a squad of SS suddenly came around the corner, they would run quickly enough!
Look at the ancient “Israel”, as seen in the Old Testament: slaughter of whole tribes and nations was mandated and carried out. What we today would call “genocide”. Ideas ingrained over thousands of years…
So not only a black woman but a rather plain one, and one who was brought up from age 9 in the USA. Why a black actress playing Anne Boleyn? Oh, yes, she says that it is just “a story“. She and her supporters say that race should not matter. Really? Oh, well… next up, a white man (with or without “blackface”) playing the role of, say, Nelson Mandela. Oh, no, wait…
The above tweet refers to fanatical Jew-Zionist trolls on Twitter, particularly Steven Silverman of South Essex (currently tweeting as @ssilvuk), and Stephen Applebaum of Watford/Edgware (currently tweeting as, inter alia, @grubstreetsteve and @rattus2384). Both exposed in open court as secret trollers and harassers of anti-Zionists, mostly women.
Both of the above are active members of the malicious Jew-Zionist organization known as the “Campaign Against Antisemitism”, or “CAA”. Silverman is also an office-holder in that cabal, and styles himself “Head of Investigations and Enforcement”. Shin Beth-lite?
Begin became Prime Minister of Israel in 1977. The Irgun terror outfit later became part of two political parties that were very similar, Herut and Likud, the latter of which is presently the governing party in Israel.
Israel is a state founded on terror, led by terrorists and murderers, and the only difference between 2021 and 1947 is that the terrorists are now the state, or part of the state.
The MPs do not fear the voters, as voters. As to what the freeloading bastards do fear…well, I think that at this point I shall not say more, in case some typical 2021 malicious creature denounces me to the authorities, which would (again) be very boring.
What does Hitchens want? A medal? I was saying all that before him, but am not making a good (or any) living out of it.
I disagree strongly with Hitchens when he writes, in his column today, that he is “glad that antisemitism is so unpopular today“. He ought to be a little consistent, and see what element is (not entirely but to a large extent) behind the very trends that he writes or rants about! Who does he imagine controls most of the UK mass media, to name just one crucial area?
This country would be a great deal better for a little (more) intelligent and defensive “anti-Semitism”…
Two years before my own first visit to Moscow.
I myself was briefly in the DDR (East Germany) in 1988, travelling by car from the south of Poland to West Germany, but I was only there for 2 days. To this day, I have never seen Berlin, whether East, West, or reunified. Moreover, I have no wish to see it.
I never met him, and rather disapproved of some —by no means all— of his views (as seen in the newspapers, mainly) and activities (e.g. foxhunting), but he was an important figure in his own field and in terms of socio-political life.
He was, arguably, better known in Central Europe than in the UK. I recall seeing a whole window full of his works, in Czech translation, in a Prague bookshop. That was in 1999, 11 years after I first saw the city (in 1988 it was still under socialist rule).
“Scruton published a rueful article in the Spectator magazine, lamenting the Maoist climate of intolerance sweeping through our institutions. ‘We in Britain are entering a dangerous social condition in which the direct expression of opinions that conflict — or merely seem to conflict — with a narrow set of orthodoxies is instantly punished by a band of self-appointed vigilantes,’ he wrote.” [Daily Mail].
Naturally, those who supported his work in trying to bring greater freedom to the former socialist countries East of the “Iron Curtain” are out in force. Here is a tweet by the Jewish historian, Anne Applebaum:
In the 1980s, Roger Scruton organized money and books for dissidents in Eastern Europe. I was one of the student couriers who helped smuggle them "across the iron curtain." I am still grateful for what Roger did for them, and for me.
Sadly, her support for freedom in socialist Central and Eastern Europe in the 1970s and 1980s was not reflected in her behaviour in blocking me on Twitter a few years ago. I had never tweeted to her, as far as I can recall, so I assume that I was blocked for purely political reasons. Not very “freedom-loving”…Her works about Stalinism are interesting (and a very important resource), though. I myself own a copy of her book, GULAG: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulag:_A_History
Scruton was at one time friendly with a couple of people I knew in South London. That would have been in the 1970s. He would visit on his bicycle (an Oxbridge affectation which must have been hazardous in South London even then); he was at that time sometimes at Goldsmiths’ College in New Cross and may have taught there on occasion, though his main base was Birkbeck College (University of London) in Bloomsbury.
Scruton apparently enjoyed talking philosophy with the people I knew, but he ditched them and cut off contact after one of them was reported upon by the trash press as being “far right”. He was afraid that the connection might damage his career, which was just starting to take off at the time.
Curious to read that, in 1974-76, when he was 30-32, Scruton read for the Bar, at the Inns of Court School of Law (which I myself attended in 1987-88). He was Called in 1978, at age 34, though he never practised. I wonder why he bothered to become a barrister; because the Bar was a —small-c— “conservative” profession? Maybe because being even nominally a barrister was putting two-fingers up to his modest origins in High Wycombe, and to the father who stopped speaking to him after he won a place at Cambridge? Was that also one reason why he took up foxhunting?
Scruton was certainly interested in money, setting up private companies etc. Again, perhaps a result of financial insecurity in his earlier life.
A mixed picture. Not unflawed, but a substantial figure.
Labour and the Jews
“Charles James, author of a report which has been seen by The Daily Telegraph entitled “General Election Part Two: Why didn’t we win?”, wrote: “Many of us believe that the row about anti-Semitism has been stoked by the government of Israel and its helpers in the UK.”” [Daily Telegraph]
Sometimes it seems to me that English people hate trees. In fact, most do not, but every now and then you see newspaper reports of disputes about them, such as one seen a couple of years ago, where most of the people living in a street of surpassing ugliness somewhere in the North East wanted the only tree in the street chopped down. It was not even very tall or wild. Similarly, the neighbour-disputes about trees. In most cases, the trees are not in any way “dangerous” (an idee fixe in England— in, say, Germany, trees often grow close to houses, as indeed is the case in, say, Russia).
I attribute part of the blame to the “Thatcher’s children” types, the kind of pleb-Cons who, especially in certain kinds of neighbourhood, spend much time on “Do It Yourself” repairs and “improvements”, when not washing and valeting their prized cars. God forbid that their little gardens (probably tarmacked or gravelled in front and laid to lawn in back, with statutory tiny and pointless “water feature” as recommended by some TV “landscape” guru) should have hedges or trees that might even, at times, look slightly “untidy”.
Times such as this week, when high winds are expected, tend to bring out the anti-tree idiots, afraid that trees that have stood for decades or even centuries will be uprooted.
I think that it was Chekhov who wrote that “for some people, a tree is sacred”. Amen.
I cannot imagine what degree of narcissism and low self-awareness Clive Lewis must have, to even imagine that he might be a suitable Labour leader and potential Prime Minister. Incredible.
À la recherche du temps perdu
I happened to see on a map the tiny street off the Rue de Rivoli where I stayed in a small hotel with my first wife in, I think, 1990: la Rue des Mauvais Garcons (Street of Bad Boys). No doubt my harsher critics will think that an apt street for me!
I see that the Hotel Rivoli, decent but very basic, is only £95 equivalent per night even now, despite its good and central location (our room had a balcony and overlooked the Rue de Rivoli; it was one of the corner rooms shown in the photo below). I think that they charged £18 or so in the money of 30 years ago.
Harry and the Royal Mulatta— latest
“TORMENTED Prince Harry has been left “heartbroken” after cutting ties with the royals – but Meghan Markle has warned: “It’s not working for me” [The Sun “newspaper”].
The Mulatta has the Southern Californian self-centredness. Actually, the Queen has only one thing in common with MM beyond basic biology— she prefers her dogs to her offspring!
Look at this!
For those of you who are still unsure about Meghan Markle This is how she operates…
Good grief! Hard to believe. Harry is to the Royal Mulatta what “Johnny” was to Fanny Cradock!
“Cradock…mixed furious disdain with extreme tenderness towards her on- and off-screen partner, Johnnie, who became her third husband. Johnnie…was the TV ‘stooge’ who stood behind the chef, obeying her instructions and drinking wine while she cooked on her shows.” [The Guardian]
A typical tweet about that video, similar to many many other tweets:
Meghan fully expected Harry to stop conversing on the spot and introduce her to those men when she walked up. Because she’s the most important person in the room. In the world, really. Harry is so fortunate that she even lets him speak at all. Or breathe really 🤦🏼♀️
A first for my blog: a hit from Antarctica! Someone in a frozen scientific research base? A penguin? Descendants of fugitives from the Reich, brought to Antarctica by submarine in 1945 and now living in a secret centre hundreds of feet below the surface?
Another French “blast from the past”
Les Rivieres Pourpres, a good film but one which would have been far better had half of the director’s cut not ended up being binned.
Looking at the 5 runners in the race, one can only shake one’s head. I cannot see many voters (let alone floating or swing voters) being impressed.
TV ads and soaps as propaganda
Looks like someone needs to read my blog!
I want to know why on practicality every British TV advert we have a Mixed race family ? What is all this propaganda about ITV Channel 4 Channel 5. This is pure anti whiteism against the British population and insults intelligence. This is NOT a racist tweet just a question?
A while ago I was a designer at a public sector orgn. I was told any images I used must reflect the UK population ie one third non-white. That seemed reasonable. Now it seems our media have decided this country is 60-80% non-white. No realisation this is anti-white. #racism
Almost always a black man white woman. Ethnic minorities comprise 15% of the population to watch TV you would believe it was 50% . There is an agenda here. Nothing in these expensive commercials is by chance. Advertising agencies are owned by a different religious group to us
An opinion poll released this evening shows that Labour’s likely share of the popular vote has declined 4 points even since the General Election. Not exactly a shock.
Labour should have stood up to the Jewish/Zionists (the “Israel lobby”) and hit back hard on issues such as the way British people are tricked, bamboozled and exploited. Never give the lobby an inch. Oh, and stop shedding fake tears over the hugely overblown “holocaust” farrago. Apart from anything else, the Second World War (in which about 80 million died, about a tenth of whom were German) ended 75 years ago!
The opinion poll indicates that 16% of voters do not favour any System party.
Listening to Farming Today on BBC Radio 4. Lawless bands engaging in illegal hare coursing. All or almost all is done by Irish tinker “traveller” riff raff, aka “gypsies”, but the BBC will not, of course, permit those words to be used. The BBC interviews farmers in the Fen country about this criminal nuisance, but either the farmers do not dare to designate the criminals or the BBC does not permit them to do so. This gives a false picture.
It is as if these hare coursing criminals have come from outer space, as far as the BBC is concerned. No question is put on air as to who or what these “people” are; just “hare coursers”… who arrive in 4WD cars, do illegal hare coursing, bet on it, film it. But they are not “travellers”, “gypsies”, “tinkers”…oh no…BBC, police, even the victims say “No Sir, we’re not “racist”…” As Americans say, “what a crock”!
“Fewer than one in 100 alleged hate crimes investigated by the UK’s first dedicated police unit have resulted in a charge, as experts say £1.7 million would have been better spent fighting violent crime.
Just 17 cases, or 0.92 per cent of the 1,851 incidents logged by the UK’s first online hate crime hub have led to charges.
Only seven of those charges resulted in a prosecution, meaning that under one in 200 proceeded to court. Three cases were pending a Crown Prosecution (CPS) charging decision, according to the figures obtained under Freedom of Information laws by the Press Association.” [Daily Telegraph]
Ha ha!…and of those remaining 7-10 cases, most probably ended in acquittal.
Greta Thunberg (again)
Incredibly, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, the ultimate System radio mouthpiece in the UK, has Greta Thunberg as “Guest Editor”.
I have already blogged about both Greta Nut and the connected Extinction Rebellion nonsense:
One has to ask why the Today Programme has asked this mentally-disturbed, autistic creature, 17 years old this week (on 3 January 2020), and who has no educational qualifications of any kind (not even school ones), let alone any scientific ones, to edit their show? It’s pure System propaganda.
Greta Thunberg is no more authentic than a ventriloquist’s dummy:
If I am honest, Greta Nut’s “impassioned” rants just make me laugh out loud. Ridiculous, irrelevant little nut.
Kay Burley was apparently offered not only a safe Westminster seat by both Lab and Con (in 2015), but even an immediate Cabinet place! The present system is just mad. It is neither democratic nor rational.
This is another vignette from my time at the Bar, specifically from my first six months (of a year, split up into two segments, in 1992 and 1993, with six months sojourn in New Jersey and New York in between) as a Bar pupil, which is a trainee barrister. I have, in a previous blog post, introduced the slightly comical figure of “the pupilmaster”, the anxious little Mauritian Indian barrister who was supposedly supervising me (we were the same age, 35). This account tells the tale of our day out in the university town of Cambridge.
Town and Gown
I had been to Cambridge a couple of times before. The first time was when I was about 25, with my then girlfriend. She was 32, a graduate of Cambridge University, and had contemporaries who were establishing themselves in academia and elsewhere. We stayed for a day or so with a couple who still lived in Cambridge; one of that couple was having his PhD thesis published as a book, and worked at the famous Scott Polar Research Institute.
My second visit to Cambridge, a decade later, was again University-connected, this time invited, by a friend at the Bar doing a Master’s degree, to Queen’s College, to the annual dinner of something called the E Society, a society which existed only to give its annual dinner; a club reminiscent of that written about by G.K. Chesterton in The Queer Feet [http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/QueeStep920.shtml].
That dinner took place in the richly-panelled rooms of the Dean of the College, a pleasant though cunning-seeming host and fellow (or should that be Fellow?), who later became briefly famous in the tabloid Press for two things: firstly, fulminating against “guests” of undergraduates (i.e. girlfriends/boyfriends) staying overnight in College; secondly, having a young woman actually living with him! (I believe that, by tradition, his office was reserved for bachelors living alone). The dinner was for about a dozen and was black-tie.
I also remember the dinner for other reasons: the Wagnerian-themed menu (“Valkyries on Horseback” etc); also the administrative slip when my “vegetarian request” (put in by the person who had invited me) turned out to have been lost in action. I was then ceremoniously served by the butler with a couple of poached eggs on toast! OK for me, but a hard-core veggie or vegan would have had a fit. I also recall the shock with which a fellow guest received my account of a TV programme I had seen about Filipino “psychic surgeons”. Turned out that he was the Something-or-Other Professor of Cardiac Surgery (and was unamused)!
Cambridge Crown Court
I saw Cambridge Crown Court on TV news recently. A horrible building which might be described as “public loo meets nuclear bunker” (with a nod to the Guggenheim in New York, in my opinion Frank Lloyd Wright’s least-successful conception).
However, in 1992 Cambridge Crown Court was still held in the ancient-seeming Guildhall (in fact built only in 1939).
It soon became clear that Cambridge was a little behind London in attitude. In London, when someone on bail “surrendered to custody” on day of trial, the “surrender” was nominal: he checked in with the Usher and his name was ticked off a list. In Cambridge, the defendant checked in and, despite having been on bail for months, was shoved into a cell! So it was that pupilmaster and I, having robed, found ourselves witness to an argument between two court guards and our defendant, who had arrived not long beforehand and had been roughly pushed into a cell with an injunction to “get your arse in there”… Having pacified the ongoing argument, we settled down (well, stood there– no furniture) to hear the defendant’s story already read in the brief.
According to the defendant (who was of “gypsy”, i.e. Irish tinker or, in today’s politically-correct terminology, “traveller” origin), he had been invited to travel with his friend (co-defendant) to Cambridge, far from their homes in Shepherd’s Bush, West London, in order to see a used car which the friend wanted to buy. While walking in the centre of Cambridge, he encountered a person described by him as “a hippy”, who had offered him a cigarette. Well, that cigarette “must have been drugs”, said the defendant, because when he regained consciousness he was in the back of a car which was being chased by a police car. He had been unable to understand why the police car, blue lights flashing and sirens sounding, was trying to chase the car in which he was now a passenger. The chase ended and, despite his having tried to explain himself, he had been arrested. Unlikely that he had ever read Kafka’s The Trial, but his surprise echoed that of Josef K.
The police account, which formed the case for the prosecution, was different. In their view, a car had been stolen by the co-defendant and defendant, had been sighted and chased and our defendant had exited the car on a bend and rolled under a parked car. His attempt to hide had been brought to a swift conclusion by a police dog.
This depressing and hopeless case might have caused pupilmaster to think a little unclearly. Never very punctual [see https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2018/06/19/home-and-away-or-neighbours/], pupilmaster was in danger of yet again irritating a judge by appearing late in Court (a massive discourtesy if the judge has already taken his seat). He poo-poohed my warning about this, saying, “Don’t worry– I know a short-cut into this court; it’s up those stairs. I’ve been here before”, indicating a dark stairway not far away. The defendant was bid au revoir for the moment, and we ascended the stairs.
In the words of Victorian novels, “imagine my surprise” when, instead of emerging outside the courtroom, we found ourselves in the dock! Worse, the judge was seated, looking livid, and the court was packed to such an extent that it reminded me of the famous courtroom scene in the old black and white film of A Tale of Two Cities. This was not good. Pupilmaster hissed at me to find the (hidden) catch so that we could exit the dock and take our proper place. After some fumbling, this was done. The judge, quite the Judge Jeffreys type, had turned that odd red-purple colour which might be called Judicial Livid, and which I myself may have triggered a couple of times in succeeding years. Not good.
The barrister for the co-defendant was there and all we now awaited was the putting-up of the defendants. It was at this point that it turned out that the co-defendant had exercized his non-existent right not to turn up for his trial. As a result, the trial collapsed, the defendant was bailed again and a warrant was issued for the arrest of the co-defendant.
So it was that another day in the pursuit of Justice ended.