Saturday, 29 December 2012

Nation Revisited

           # 99, January 2013 
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Well Done Everybody
The low turnout at recent UK elections showed how disinterested people are in democracy. The voters know that their opinions are ignored and that voting is a complete waste of time. And given the choice of parties available one can hardly blame them for staying at home.

The Labour Party has benefited from the unpopularity of the government but the industrial working class that sustained them is shrinking fast. The heavy industries have gone to Asia and their once powerful trade unions have lost their clout.
The Liberal Democrats have got some intelligent policies but they have been damaged by their coalition with the Tories and are undermined by the mass circulation newspapers, Sky TV and Channel 5 for being pro-European.

Ukip are doing well but if Britain quits the European Union they will lose their raison d’être. They are therefore trying to become a Poujadist movement by calling for tax reform and immigration controls.
The BNP intend to make good a budget deficit of £126 billion by withholding £6 billion from the EU and £8 billion in foreign aid (2012 figures). But even a financial genius like Nick Griffin can’t make 6 + 8 = 126. This is no doubt a mathematical conspiracy by Marxists, state agents, traitors and Searchlight spies.

The Green Party is making progress in middle class areas like Brighton but they are not likely to appeal to a wider constituency. The Respect Party is more or less limited to immigrant areas and the various far-left parties are hopelessly divided.
Given a choice of parties in the pockets of big business it’s no wonder that a ballot box was recently returned in Monmouth with not a single vote cast. Elections are being decided on turnouts of 25% or less. The Old Gang is crying crocodile tears over the decline of parliamentary democracy but more and more people are refusing to take part in head counting. The real winners of last year’s elections were the apathy party; the majority of men and women who refused to put illiterate crosses on ballot papers to give a gang of ungrateful chancers £65,738 a year plus expenses. Well done to everybody that stayed away from the polls. Emma Goldman was right when she said: “if voting changed anything they would abolish it.”

The Rise of Ukip
People have got very short memories. The Labour Party won all their by elections despite being responsible for ruining the economy and flooding the country with immigrants. They have only been out of power for two years but people have already forgotten how bad things were under Gordon Brown. The public’s response to Croydon town centre being burned down by rioting black mobs was to re-elect the Labour Party that brought most of them to the UK.

But the big surprise was the rise of Ukip. They have become a rightwing populist party that has eclipsed the BNP. They have captured the anti-Euro vote and they now seek to grab the anti-immigration vote. While their far-right rivals have been arguing amongst themselves Ukip have come up with a simple non-racist five year ban on immigration that is legal as well as popular.
They came second in a string of by elections but their prospects are still as limited as their horizons. The Tories could blow them away by calling a referendum on Europe but the more likely scenario is that Dave Cameron will do a deal with Alex Salmond. He will drop his insistence on a yes/no Scottish referendum to offer the SNP “devo max” – total autonomy within a federal UK in return for scrapping the Scottish MPs at Westminster and ensuring a Tory majority in an English parliament.

Despite Brian Leveson’s conclusion that the popular press is impartial it’s clear that Ukip is promoted by the mass media and could easily be destroyed by them. Nigel Farage enjoys favourable publicity at the moment but if Dave Cameron did a deal with the media barons to save them from regulation the inanely grinning face of the great patriot would disappear from our screens and newspapers.
Like all political parties Ukip is comprised of human beings who enjoy all the usual vices. There’s almost bound to be a sex scandal or a financial impropriety waiting to be exposed by our “fearless press.” These things are part of the human condition and it seems that politicians are particularly vulnerable to temptation.

But it might not take a juicy scandal to bury Ukip: they are killing themselves with constant repetition. They have been predicting the demise of the EU and the collapse of the euro for donkey’s years but both are still going strong. If you want to know who will win an election it’s best to look at the bookmakers’ odds. And if you want to know the viability of a currency look at China’s foreign reserves. Tony Gallagher, the desperately depressing editor of the declining Daily Telegraph, is convinced that the euro is doomed but the cheerful new Chinese leader Xi Jinping can’t get enough of them. The EU is the world’s largest trading bloc and the euro is the second most traded currency after the dollar. You can either listen to the last gasp of a dying newspaper or follow the example of the world’s fastest growing economy.  
The press is still powerful but fifty years ago it was all-powerful. Malcolm X is hardly remembered today but he was one of the first popular leaders to challenge the stranglehold of the press barons. In 1964 he said:

“The press is so powerful in its image-making role; it can make a criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. This is the press, an irresponsible press”…
“If you aren’t careful, the newspapers will have hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

Too Late For Justice
In 1988 Ronald Reagan agreed to compensate Japanese Americans detained without trial during World War 2. This cost the American taxpayer $1.6 billion. Inspired by this act of redemption former BUF member John Charnley wrote to Chris Pattern at the Home Office to demand a pardon for his wartime imprisonment under Defence Regulation 18B. Charnley invoked the Petition of Human Rights 1628 which states that: “No free man may be imprisoned other than by lawful judgment of his peers or by the law of the land.” Chris Pattern is a good man in many ways but his answer was a classic legal cop-out. He replied:

“It would seem that whilst Mr Charnley was detained under the law as it then stood, but not convicted of any offence there is therefore, no offence that can be pardoned. There is no power by which the Home Secretary can effect or, as it were, ‘wipe out’ the fact that he was detained under the exceptional powers of detention in the Defence Regulations. I am afraid I can only confirm that there is no action which the Home Secretary could now properly take.”
The recent publication of Cruel Britannia by Ian Cobain (Portobello Books) details some of the atrocities committed against victims of 18B and prisoners of war under chief interrogator Robin ‘Tin Eye’ Stephens. He was exonerated at his subsequent court martial but as more wartime documents are released the truth about this dark chapter in our history will be revealed. Even David Blair in the Establishment mouthpiece the Daily Telegraph admitted:

“The Attlee government covered up these horrors and Stephens walked free after a flawed trial.”

Nellie Driver was a courageous BUF organizer who was imprisoned without charge or trial under Defence Regulation 18B. Together with over a thousand others she was detained simply for opposing Winston Churchill’s war. She further defied the forces of ‘democracy’ by writing the following haunting poem:

Within these walls confined at night
I often heard them cry
Although my woes were far from light
My own eyes were not dry,
It seemed that justice came that way
And haughtily passed by.

(Nellie Driver – The Ballad of Holloway Gaol)

Sixty-eight years after the war there are probably no survivors of 18B. It’s too late for them to be pardoned or compensated. 18B was not a legitimate security measure. A thousand unarmed and untrained men and women would have been no use to an invading German Army comprised of 9 infantry divisions and 2 airborne divisions. 18B was a vindictive act of political persecution by the fanatical warmongers Winston Churchill and Herbert Morrison. Following the Battle of Britain Adolf Hitler cancelled Operation Sea Lion because he couldn’t beat the RAF or the Royal Navy. The excuse of detaining alleged “fifth columnists” made no sense after November 1940 but many of them were held captive until 1945. Innocent men and women whose only crime was to disagree with Winston Churchill and stand up for their rights: the very principles that the war was supposed to be about.

The Roots of European Union

Opponents of the European Union accuse it of being a “Marxist-inspired” organization designed to enslave the world under a global dictatorship. But the father of the EU, Robert Schuman, was no Marxist, he was a devout Catholic who devoted his life to public service and the cause of European unity.
Speaking at Strasbourg in May 1949 he outlined his vision:

“We are carrying out a great experiment, the fulfillment of the same recurrent dream that for ten centuries has revisited the people of Europe: creating between them an organization putting an end to war and guaranteeing an eternal peace. The Roman church of the Middle Ages failed finally in its attempts that were inspired by humane and human preoccupations. Another idea, that of a world empire constituted under the auspices of German emperors was less disinterested; it already relied on the unacceptable pretentions of a ‘Fuhrertum’ (domination by dictatorship) whose ‘charms’ we have all experienced.
Audacious minds, such as Dante, Erasmus, Abbé de St Pierre, Rousseau, Kant and Proudhon, had created in the abstract the framework for systems that were both ingenious and generous. The title of one of these systems became the synonym of all that is inspirational: Utopia, itself a work of genius, written by Thomas Moore, the Chancellor of Henry VIII, King of England.

The European spirit signifies being conscious of belonging to a cultural family and to have a willingness to serve that community in the spirit of total mutuality, without any hidden motives of hegemony or the selfish exploitation of others. The 19th century saw feudal ideas being opposed and, with the rise of a national spirit, and nationalities asserting themselves. Our century, that has witnessed the catastrophes resulting in the unending clash of nationalities, must attempt and succeed in reconciling nations in a supranational association. This will safeguard the diversities and aspirations of each nation while coordinating them in the same manner as the regions are coordinated within the unity of the nation.”
If the Marxists wanted to bring about world government they should have infiltrated the British Empire. It was worldwide, contained all the races and resources of humanity and was controlled by a central authority. But far from encouraging the British Empire they worked hard to destroy it. Ramon Mercander killed off the Marxist plan for world government when he buried an ice axe in the head of Leon Trotsky in August 1940. His employer, Joseph Stalin, believed in “socialism in one country” – just like his ally of the time Adolf Hitler. Far from being a Marxist conception the European Union is the culmination of two millennia of cultural development; a political and ultimately a spiritual union with the potential to of feed, defend and preserve our civilization.

It’s a funny old world
We have all heard outlandish theories that are supposed to explain what is really happening in the world. They are usually based on the idea of a deliberate conspiracy and they are so popular that they have their own magazines and websites. The first rule of conspiracy theory is that nothing is what it seems to be. Plane crashes are never the result of mechanical failure or pilot error but always due to sabotage. And assassinations are never the work of a lone psychopath but always organized by a team of professionals working for one of more of the intelligence agencies.

These ideas become entrenched over the years, and when somebody disagrees with them they are looked upon as a heretic. The Kennedy assassination has been described as the mother of all conspiracy theories. The Warren Commission was thoroughly conducted but more than forty years later a Fox News poll showed that 66% of Americans thought that there had been a conspiracy while 74% thought that there had been a cover-up.
One of the persistent fallacies is that everyone is Jewish. This accusation is made against; Churchill, Roosevelt, Lenin, Stalin, Ataturk, Rupert Murdoch, the old Queen Mother and Tony Blair. But people are not necessarily Jewish just because we don’t like them. On the other hand Ferdinand Lassalle the father of German National Socialism was a Jew; and so was Harold Soref who was a standard bearer at Mosley’s great prewar Earls Court rally and one of the first Tory MPs to defy Central Office by opposing non-European immigration into the UK.

Paranoia is contagious and a good conspiracy theory can go viral. Seemingly rational human beings who hold down regular jobs and read the Daily Mail suddenly start believing that George W Bush organized 9/11; that the Moon landing was staged in Arizona and that Elvis is working in Starbucks. Official enquiries do nothing to disabuse them because they believe that government ministers and high court judges are all part of the conspiracy.
Conspiracy buffs believe that almost every prominent person who has died in recent years was bumped off. They were therefore unfazed when British intelligence officers were killed in the helicopter crash of 1994, and when the Polish president Lech Kaczynski was killed in the air crash in 2010. The trouble is that governments do knock off their opponents from time to time and intelligence agencies are often staffed by criminals and lunatics. We should also remember that Admiral Wilhelm Canaris, Hitler’s chief of military intelligence, was a British agent, and that the Cambridge Five;  Guy Burgess, Donald Maclean. Kim Philby, Anthony Blunt and John Cairncross were senior British civil servants and KGB spies. As Margaret Thatcher said when she fell from power: “It’s a funny old world.”

There is no Alternative
After two years of coalition government Britain’s economy is still in trouble. Unemployment and inflation are stable but we are still spending much more than we collect in taxes. We currently have a massive deficit of £126 billion.

The government can tinker with taxation and raid pension funds but it has no control over the cost of imported oil, gas and food. At the same time our exports are undercut by Chinese and Indian goods made by workers earning a fraction of our wages. Businesses cannot expand because the state-subsidized banks are still undercapitalized: since the financial crisis of 2008 lending rules have been tightened and credit is effectively frozen.
Attempts to levy VAT on takeaway food and holiday homes have met with massive opposition. The Labour Party want to tax the rich and the Tories want to cut benefits to the poor. But there are not enough people at either end of the social spectrum to balance the books. Most people are not rich or poor; they are the struggling middle class that are trying to pay their mortgages and hang on to their jobs. The government might trim £10 billion off the welfare budget and squeeze another £10 billion in taxation but they will still have a massive budget deficit. The only solution is to stop spending so much money. This would not necessarily result in a reduction in services. Crime has actually gone down since police budgets were cut.

Our armed forces should be structured for self-defence and we should expand the Anglo-French Defence Treaty to include the rest of the EU. But the biggest drain on our resources is the upkeep of those who have never worked and are determined not to. Not the genuine unemployed who are looking for work, or the sick or disabled who are unable to, but those home-grown and imported parasites who are content to live on handouts. A drastic revision of welfare payments would start a stampede to get out of the country. The airlines would do a roaring trade flying home foreign scroungers and our native work-dodgers would find a job if the alternative was starvation. This may sound harsh but if we do not reduce spending and borrowing the pound will depreciate and the Welfare State will collapse.
NR Five Questions answered by Arlette Baldacchino

We asked our readers five questions; Who are you? What do you believe in? If you could direct government policy what would you do? What are you proud of and what do you regret? How would you like to me remembered?
So far we have had replies from John Bean, Robert Edwards, me (Bill Baillie), Michael Woodbridge, Eddy Morrison and Robert Best. Here is Arlette Baldacchino of the Viva Malta website.

We are still looking for replies, not just from writers and ‘intellectuals’ but from anyone with something to say, Please send your replies to:
Who are you?

My name is Arlette Baldacchino and I am one of 5 siblings born to a Scottish-Maltese father and a German-Maltese mother, making me as European as I am Mediterranean. I live in Malta, a small island in the Mediterranean where culture and tradition, together with strong family values are the foundations on which we build our future. As time went by, I started to realize that the same beliefs that shaped my life were changing, and as a mother I knew that the legacy I inherited from my ancestors was completely different to that which we are passing on to the next generation.
What do you believe in?

I believe that I have the right to Be.
To be serene in my environment; to be proud of my achievements and to strive for more, seeking within to find the strength we didn’t even know existed.

I believe in securing a future for our children, one that is not merely as noble as that of our forefathers, but better. A future anchored in tradition and improved with the advancement of science and technology.
I have the greatest respect for Mother Nature, for the earth and the cosmos, and I draw strength from the power of elements: the full moon, a roaring fire, and the waves crashing onto the shore in a splendid display of raw energy.

Politically I believe that the future is beyond left and right and that if we are to preserve our birthright we must put aside petty differences and seek what unites us. We must learn from the mistakes of the past, and close ranks to work together for a future that unites all people from a European background wherever they are, from Ireland to Vladivostok and beyond.
If you could direct government policy what would you do?

I would secure our borders and put an immediate end to all non-European immigration. This would be followed by a repatriation programme to send all foreigners back to their homelands.
Just as important would be a complete overhaul of the educational system and a similar exercise in mass media. Our children are growing up in a world that burdens them with guilt for the perceived sins of their forefathers coupled with an admiration for anything foreign and “exotic”. This is wrong and damaging, and if we really want to implement change, we must start with our children for it is these youngsters who will direct government policy eventually.

What are you proud of and what do you regret?
I am proud of the fact that I act on my beliefs. In 2005 I co-founded a website and forum to raise awareness of the problems I have highlighted above. We also use this website to offer an alternative source of news and educational articles that the mainstream media does not cover, or worse, hides.

I am a proud activist and mother, and I practice what I preach, whether political, cultural or spiritual. I am a committed animal lover, a vegetarian and I am also teetotal.
I have very few regrets, mostly because when I am wrong I apologies and learn from my errors.

How would you like to be remembered?

I suffer no delusions and know that I am loved and hated in equal measure, so I will be remembered exactly as I am living. However with those I care for, I would like to be remembered as one who offered a safe haven; a sacred spot where souls meet to rest and nest, safe in the knowledge that their secrets are kept and their vulnerabilities respected. I am a loyal and brutally honest woman, and for all that it’s worth, that is how I will be remembered.












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