Sunday, 31 December 2017

Nation Revisited # 135 January 2018

All articles are by Bill Baillie unless otherwise stated. The opinions of guest writers are entirely their own. This blog is protected by the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19:
"We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share ideas with other people."

The State of the Nation

Theresa May has agreed our divorce terms with the EU. We will leave the single market and the customs union but maintain 'close alignment'. We have adopted the rules and regulations of the EU, and we will pay our dues, but we will bring back the blue British passport, with genuine cardboard covers, to prove our 'independence'. Chancellor Philip Hammond explained our position on a visit to China: "We won't technically or legally be in the customs union or the single market, but we're committed, as a result of the agreement we made this week, to creating an environment which will effectively replicate the current status quo so that businesses can carry on trading with their commercial partners across the EU as they do now, borders will operate as they do now, and financial service businesses will be ablle to carry on conducting their business as they do now." 

Time will tell if he is right, but whatever happens, we will still have our problems. Theresa keeps telling us how lucky we are to have full employment but many jobs are low-paid and insecure. European immigration is down but non-European immigration is constant. We are starting to take training and education seriously but there are skills shortages in most areas. It costs over half a million pounds to train a doctor but we can bring one from India for the price of an airline ticket. And ten years after the financial crisis consumer debt is at an unacceptable level. 

We need a Government of National Unity as never before. The Tories cannot command a majority and Labour cannot be trusted. Austerity was unsustainable and tax increases are unpopular, so we will go on borrowing money for public services and hand the debt to the next generation. We need a sensible discussion about priorities. We must ask ourselves if we can afford to renew the Trident missile system or buy the planes for our new aircraft carriers. This discussion must be beyond party politics, and the politicians should think of the country instead of their own ambitions.

The question of Europe
has dominated politics for years. The Leavers believe their own propaganda about the EU being a dictatorship when it's really a customs union of 28 sovereign states. We were only half-hearted members of the EU; we were not in the eurozone or the Schengen area, so we probably won't notice much difference when we leave. Our endemic problems are nothing to do with the EU, they are the fault of under-investment and short-term policies.

The Brexiteers want to trade with the United States but Donald Trump has demonstrated his protectionist policy by imposing a 300% tariff on Bombardier aircraft sales. This will cause massive job losses in Northern Ireland. So much for our 'Special Relationship'.

President Donald Trump has outlined his 'fake news' foreign policy which cast Russia and China as enemies in order to justify his defence budget. He is reviving the Cold War and Boris Johnson is slavishly following him. 

Our adversarial political system is out-of-date and so is our foreign policy, our industrial and military strategy, and our forward planning. We need to face up to reality.

Race and Culture

Race and culture were analysed by Francis Parker Yockey in 'Imperium'. He described the biological view of race as 'vertical' and the cultural view as 'horizontal'. Benito Mussolini said: "Race is a feeling; ninety-five percent, at least, is a feeling. Nothing will ever make me believe that biologically pure races can be shown to exist today. Amusingly enough, not one of those who have proclaimed the 'nobility' of the Teutonic race was himself a Teuton. Gobineau was a Frenchman, Chamberlain an Englishman; Woltmann a Jew; Lapouge another Frenchman."

Andrew Brons contends that distinctive races make distinctive cultures. He is right up to a point but most civilisations did not arise in isolation but by borrowing from each other. We got gunpowder from China, our language from India and mathematics from Arabia. 

Europeans dominated technology but the Asians were never far behind. This was due to the inventiveness of the people but other factors must be considered. To develop industry you need coal and iron and to be sailors you need access to the sea. Cultures, therefore, are the product of races, geography, contacts, and resources.

Since the Second World War millions of non-Europeans have settled in the UK. We could control further immigration and deport criminals and undesirables but wholesale repatriation is practically impossible. There are simply too many of them. 

              Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - photo AP

Whether we like it or not they are part of our population. Some of them are terrorists, criminals or parasites but many of them make a positive contribution to our society. Black and brown faces dominate our television screens and the American actress Meghan Markle will bring a touch of colour to the Royal Family when she marries Prince Harry.

The Third World population explosion is out of control and threatens to flood Europe with economic refugees. We have a right to defend ourselves against this invasion but we must also keep a sense of proportion. Race is important but it's not everything. People who work hard and obey British laws and customs should be respected.

Easy Money

Government borrowing has actually fallen this quarter but consumer borrowing is getting out of control and a credit squeeze looks likely. The government are proud of their employment record but far too many people are living on credit, and a rise in the interest rate has hit them hard.

People have got short memories and burst bubbles are soon forgotten. Optimistic bankers imagine that it will be different this time. But it will be the same. We will go from boom to bust just as we did before. A proactive government would take steps to avoid it but we haven't got one. We have got a reactionary government that only shuts the stable door after the horse has bolted.

The Tories have promised to build more houses but many of them are landlords who benefit from a tight housing market. They will not limit credit because they have invested in banks and finance companies. They are speculators who see the parliamentary system as an extension of the stock exchange.

We survived the financial crisis of 2008 but we might not be so lucky next time. The banks have been bailed out and new regulations should ensure that they don't overtrade in the future. But personal loans have reached epidemic proportions and the sheer volume of defaulters could break the banks once again.

The Tories try not to interfere in commercial matters. When the train drivers go on strike they say that its a matter for the unions and the train companies. But the banks are too important to be left alone. We need a National Investment Bank, as proposed by the Labour Party, to provide legitimate services, such as mortgages, car loans, deposits, and current accounts. There is very little competition between the banks because interest rates are set by the Bank of England. 

Housing should be run by the Government and not left to local authorities. Social housing should be available and the National Investment Bank should provide low-interest loans to builders and house buyers. This would not be as expensive as it sounds. It costs a fortune to keep families in bed and breakfast accommodation, and thousands of construction workers would be employed. 

The old nationalised industries were inefficient but some of our giant corporations are just as bad. The banks pay millions of pounds in salaries and bonuses to their directors, but they are closing branches to save money. It's time for the state to get involved.


More students are going to university and getting degrees than ever before. This must be a good thing but many people claim that education has been 'dumbed down' and that many degrees are worthless. They may have a point but this country is desperately short of doctors, scientists and engineers. The Philippines turns out more engineers than we do. If we are to compete in the modern world we must have educated people who have been to university or served an apprenticeship.

The UK is seventh in the educational league table of nations which is dominated by East Asia. There is room for improvement but some of those criticising the system are simply reactionaries who preferred it when only a privileged minority of students went to university and most people were blissfully ignorant. That's why they support tuition fees and oppose free education. 

If educational standards were as bad as they say we would not attract students from all over the world who pay handsomely for a place at a British university. And our leading universities would not have earned their reputation as centres of excellence.

We have traditionally relied on imported workers. Instead of training our own people we have opted for qualified people from abroad. It costs over half a million pounds to train a doctor but we can get one from India for the price of an airline ticket. Fortunately, we are beginning to realise that money isn't everything. There is nothing wrong with employing people from abroad but a self-respecting nation should train its own bricklayers and brain surgeons.


When the Soviet leader Nikita Kruschev visited Britain in 1956 he was taken to the state opening of Parliament to witness Black Rod knocking on the door of the Commons to demand entry. It's reported that he had such a fit of laughter that his minders were concerned for his health. There are worthwhile traditions but many of them are bizarre.

The Coronation of 1953 was a tableau of tradition. The Archbishop of Canterbury anointed the Queen with oil and recited prayers in Latin. Some of these ceremonies dated back to the Middle Ages but most of them were invented for Queen Victoria's coronation. 

There was a boom in the education industry in the Twenties that resulted in hundreds of private schools being founded. These are confusingly known in the UK as 'public schools'.
These schools were brand new but hey adopted 'ancient' traditions that were designed to convey a sense of antiquity. 

People like theatrical displays and the organisers of rallies and coronations are good at providing them. Once a year a procession of lawyers appears at the Law Courts dressed in wigs and gowns and carrying posies of flowers as a defence against the plague. Bemused tourists take pictures of them and we are supposed to trust in British Justice because its guardians are stuck in the past.

Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is a stickler for tradition. He wears double-breasted suits, speaks in measured tones, and boasts that he has never changed a baby's nappie despite having six children. He is living in the past but he is not the only one.

In Melvyn Peake's brilliant Gormenghast trilogy we discover a world ruled by traditions that are so ancient and obscure that nobody understands them. Unfortunately, the way we run the UK is not so different from Gormenghast.

Parliament's rules were laid down in the eighteenth century. MPs get six weeks off in the summer to get the harvest in, and they rent flats in London because it used to take days to travel by stagecoach.

When MPs vote in the House of Commons they shuffle into lobbies. In almost every other parliament they use an electronic voting system which gives an immediate result, but our representatives are herded like sheep to be counted.

Outdated rituals should be reviewed but there are plenty of traditions that are worth defending; the rights of free speech, free assembly, freedom of religion, and trial by jury. Unfortunately, these hard-won freedoms are under threat from anti-terrorist legislation, and dogmatic nationalism. Our freedom is protected by The European Court of Human Rights which was founded in 1950 and is entirely separate from the European Union. The ECHR reports to The Council of Europe which comprises 47 states, only 28 of which are in the EU.


We have got used to terrorist attacks in the UK. It used to be the IRA planting bombs but now it's so-called 'Islamic State' that are killing and maiming innocent people. The government has reacted by arming the police and bringing in anti-terrorist legislation. They have also turned their attention to far-right terrorism.

This type of terrorism is rare in the UK but there have been several bombings in the United States, notably the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995 in which Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people and injured 688 when he bombed the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building. 

In 2011 Anders Breveik (pictured) killed 77 young socialists and injured 319 in Norway. This massacre was carried out to publicise his manifesto. He has since tried to sue the Norwegian government for infringing his civil rights.

We have suffered several atrocities in the UK. In 1999 David Copeland, a former member of the BNP, killed 3 people and injured more than 100 in a bombing campaign that culminated in the destruction of the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho. Copeland targeted Asians in East London, Blacks in Brixton, and gays in Soho.

This was followed by two incidents in 2008. Martyn Gilleard of the British People's Party was jailed for possession of bombs, weapons and ammunition. In the same year, Nathan Worrall was found guilty of possessing materials for terrorism.

In 2016 Thomas Mair shot dead Labour MP Jo Cox. He was not known to any of the far-right parties but he subscribed to several political publications.

In 2016 Home Secretary Amber Rudd designated National Action as a terrorist organisation. She is a dedicated 'anti-Fascist' and a 'close friend' of Tory MP Kwasi Kwarteng.

Far-right websites accuse the government of going too far but we cannot allow people to make bombs and carry guns. There is little difference between a far-right bomber and an 'Islamic State' bomber. They both kill and terrorize innocent people. The global capitalist system is unjust and unsustainable. It can be reformed but nothing will be achieved by acts of violence or the promotion of hatred.

The British government has got a record of using anti-terrorist legislation against patriots. Defence Regulation 18B was designed to control the IRA but it was used to close down Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists in 1940. Over a thousand Blackshirts were detained without charge or trial, some of them until the end of the war. Recent anti-terrorist laws will be just as flexible.

Frank Walsh

I recently visited Frank Walsh the veteran ninety-two-year-old political campaigner who used to be known as the King of Speakers Corner. His apartment contains all the equipment necessary for a dedicated blogger; computers, printers, stocks of paper and artists materials on which he produces his distinctive blog "Our Voice", a unique mixture of prose, poetry and artwork.

Frank was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1925, a year before the General Strike. His father was badly wounded during the First World War and Frank was raised in a children's home. He joined the Merchant Navy in 1939 and volunteered for the army in 1943. He has travelled the world, studied the classics, and immersed himself in history.The following extract from his blog is typical:

"This may be my last 100th issue, due to age, so when I snuff it, bye bye and fight to the death to free and keep our folk alive. In loyalty to our dead and offspring via the world's folk family's voices in which your aims can be heard. For folk forum laws by and for each folk and to show Zion's elitist racism is against Patriots' preservatism. As our species to be or not to be is our question."

Over cups of coffee, we discussed history and current affairs and lamented the lack of a charismatic leader of the patriotic movement. Frank takes the view that contentious issues should be set aside while we concentrate on fighting finance capitalism. He has seen many parties come and go over the years and he reckons that millions of pounds have been wasted on pointless elections. Money donated by genuine supporters, many of whom could not afford it.

He fights on because he is convinced that the system can be reformed. His perseverance is an example to younger men who feel that the task is too hard, or that they are too old to make a difference. He has health and mobility problems but he is still fighting for Britain.

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Thursday, 30 November 2017

Nation Revisited # 134, December 2017

All articles are by Bill Baillie unless otherwise stated. The opinions of guest writers are entirely their own. This blog is protected by the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19:
"We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share ideas with other people."

Thinking the Unthinkable

As the full implications of Brexit are realised people are starting to question the wild promises of the Brexiteers. We now know that it will not mean more money for the National Health Service, or an end to immigration. We are about to declare ourselves 'independent', but our oil is running out, we have to import nearly half of our food, our armed forces are stretched, our productivity is lagging behind France and Germany, our gold reserves are depleted, and our National Debt stands at £1.8 trillion.

In the days of the British Empire, we traded manufactured goods for cheap food and raw materials from the Dominions. But that system was destroyed by the Second World War and we turned towards our near neighbours in Europe. Now, a forty year campaign by the popular press has torn us away from the European Union and condemned us to an uncertain future.

Whatever happens in the next two years we will
still be Europeans by history, geography, blood and culture. We have survived two world wars and lost our empire but we are basically the same people. Unfortunately, the transformation was too much for the older generation. But they are dying and their grandchildren are pro-European. It's therefore inevitable that we will take our place in Europe.

Perhaps we should
think the unthinkable and abandon Brexit? European Commission President Jean-Paul Juncker said: "I don't like Brexit. I would like to be in the same boat as the British. The day will come when the British re-enter that boat, I hope." Lord Kerr, the former head of the British diplomatic service who wrote Article 50, said that the UK could stay in the EU even after exit negotiations had begun. And the political journalist Allessio Colonnelli, writing in 'The Independent' stated; "Don't worry Remainers, Britain will rejoin the European Union within 30 years." 

Nobody in 1945 would have believed that the British Empire would be dismantled within twenty years. Or that our population would be changed forever by mass migration.
Or that we would be using decimal currency and buying petrol in litres. It may be difficult to imagine us back in the EU but stranger things have happened. 

Ukip and North Korea

The policies of the UK Independence Party and the Workers' Party of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea are almost identical. Both are motivated by an
obsession with 'independence' and a hatred for foreigners.

The official website of the DPRK states:

"The Democratic People's Republic of Korea is guided in its activities by the Juche idea authored by President Kim Il Sung. The Juche idea means, in a nutshell, that the masters of the revolution and construction are the masses of the people and that they are also the motive force of the revolution and construction.

The Juche idea is based on the philosophical principle that man is the master of everything and decides everything. It is the man-centred world outlook and also a political philosophy to materialize the independence of the popular masses, namely, a philosophy which elucidates the theoretical basis of politics that leads the development of society along the right path.

The Government of the DPRK steadfastly maintains Juche in all realms of the revolution and construction.

Establishing Juche means adopting the attitude of a master towards the revolution and construction of one's country. It means maintaining an independent and creative standpoint in finding solutions to the problems which arise in the revolution and construction. It implies solving those problems mainly by one's own efforts and in conformity with the actual conditions of one's own POLITICS country. The realization of independence in politics, self-sufficiency in the economy and self-reliance in national defence is a principle the Government maintains consistently.

The Korean people value the independence of the country and nation and, under the pressure of imperialists and dominationsts, have thoroughly implemented the principle of independence, self-reliance and self-defence, defending the country's sovereignty and dignity firmly.

It is an invariable policy of the Government of the Republic, guided by the Juche idea, to treasure the Juche character and national character and maintain and realize them. The Government of the Republic always adheres to the principle of Juche, the principle of national independence, and thus is carrying out the socialist cause of Juche."

Ukip produced a comprehensive manifesto for the 2016 general election but they are best known for wanting an independent Britain with strict immigration controls, extended armed forces, protectionist trade policies, and a strong sense of identity.

That sounds reasonable but like the road to Hell, nationalism is paved with good intentions. The ruling party in North Korea came from the Partisans fighting the Japanese in World War Two. It was a national liberation movement motivated by patriotism. But it has degenerated into a military dictatorship that has turned its back on the world and threatens to go to war with America.

Extremists encourage each other, and they have no sense of proportion. Ukip and North Korea share an ideology based on paranoia and defiance. A Ukip supporter once told me that they would 'eat grass' rather than share national sovereignty with the European Union. Kim Jong-Un has a similar view. He constantly threatens South Korea and Japan and barely tolerates China. Nationalism always goes too far - and it always ends in tears.

A North Korean style future for Britain is not a good idea. We do not need a demented dictator constantly threatening our neighbours and posturing for the cameras. Margaret Thatcher was bad enough but Boris Johnson would be intolerable.

Training and Education

One of the few hopeful developments of recent years has been the realisation that we need to train our own people instead of relying on immigrants. Successive governments have imported doctors and nurses from abroad because it was cheaper than training them here. And the same goes for engineers, scientists and other skilled occupations. Now, at last, we are making apprenticeships available and gearing university education to the needs of industry. We need accountants and surveyors, as well as sociologists and media studies graduates.

We have imported skilled workers for so long that we will not replace them overnight. When the Uganda Asians were being expelled by Idi Amin in the seventies, prime minister Ted Heath was reluctant to let them into the UK because public opinion was against immigration. But when it was pointed out to him that they were middle-class people; doctors, lawyers, accountants and shopkeepers, he changed his mind because we needed all of those trades. In fact, the Asian doctors from Uganda saved the National Health Service at that time.

The big businessmen who run this country generally go for the cheapest labour and they couldn't care less where it comes from. When they are not importing cheap labour they are exporting jobs. The Tory philosophy is that governments should not interfere in industry. Our labour laws were won by the trade unions. If it had been left to the Tories we would still have children working in mines and factories. Theresa May tries to present a caring image but few people are convinced.

Politicians are united in their praise for the multiracial society. But the real reason why they bring Third World immigrants here is for cheap labour. According to the General Medical Council, it costs £610,000 to train a doctor in the UK, but we can bring a qualified doctor from India for the price of an air ticket. Engineers, scientists, lawyers and other professionals are just as expensive to train.

Conspiracy theorists think that immigration is driven by a sinister Marxist plot to destroy the White Race but it's really a matter of supply and demand. The Industrial Revolution was accomplished with labour torn off the land. The Welsh coal boom attracted workers from Scotland and Ireland. The post-war reconstruction drew immigrants from the Caribbean and the Indian subcontinent, and we currently depend on workers from Europe. 

Mugabe Deposed

Robert Mugabe has been deposed by the Zimbabwe army after 37 years of bloody dictatorship. He was the darling of the liberal establishment when he was appointed president following the fall of the 'rebel' government of Ian Smith. White rule in Rhodesia may have been paternalistic but it provided adequate food, health care and education.

When Robert Mugabe took over from Ian Smith he expressed joy at inheriting "a wonderful country with a modern infrastructure and a viable economy." But he destroyed it by printing money and giving confiscated farms to his 'comrades'. Three million Zimbabwean refugees fled the country but Mugabe's supporters in London and Washington continued to back their 'brave black freedom fighter' who brought down the 'evil fascist regime' of Ian Smith. They cheered when the white population was reduced from 300,000 to 30,000, and they callously ignored the Matabeleland massacres of the Eighties when at least 20,000 people were murdered.

                              Ian Smith 1919 - 2007

Ian Smith led the government of Rhodesia from 1964 to 1979. He was an RAF fighter pilot in the Second World War who fought for Britain but he was vilified by the gutter press for defending European civilization in Africa. He warned that premature black rule would spell disaster and he was right.

At 93 years of age, Robert Mugabe is beyond justice, but those who made excuses for him should be charged with aiding and abetting murder. Recently, young men who said stupid and irresponsible things about the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox were sent to prison. That's fair enough but those politicians, businessmen and journalists who supported the corrupt regime of Robert Mugabe should be similarly dealt with.

Climate Change

President Donald Trump has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and vowed to invest in the coal industry. He is keeping his election promise to the coal miners and showing the world that he doesn't believe in man-made climate change. Most American industrialists and scientists disagree with him but some of his supporters believe that there's a conspiracy against coal.

In February 1974 I thought that coal was a great national resource. I wrote in "Nation":

"We are fortunate to have a vast wealth of national resources here in Britain. Our coalfields, properly managed, could provide enough fuel to fire power stations and provide ample electricity for all our needs. It is difficult to get a true idea of the amount of coal in the ground of Britain. Most experts put the figure at about a hundred years supply but recent finds may well have doubled this estimate. What's more improved methods of burning coal more cleanly and efficiently are being developed."

That was before I knew about climate change. I now recognise that we have a duty to protect the environment and that we must find cleaner sources of energy. Nobody in their right mind thinks that it's a good idea to poison the atmosphere. Even if climate change is a natural process it still makes sense to keep the air we breathe as clean as possible.

When our primitive ancestors donned animal skins to keep warm they were using their brains to survive. Our entire existence has been a war on nature. We have selectively bred wild grasses into cereals and domesticated wild animals to provide food. We have crossed mountains, oceans and deserts and we are now reaching for the stars. But we dare not destroy our own planet by the careless use of fossil fuels.

Colourful Language

The language of politics is a constant source of amusement. The Brexiteers have adopted a prose style similar to those full-page advertisements that used to appear in the Daily Telegraph in which the North Koreans talked about "running dog capitalist lackeys" in the service of "American imperialist warmongers." They always described themselves as "peace loving" and Kim Il Sung was "The Great Leader"?

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the smartly dressed Tory MP for North Somerset is a thoroughly decent man who refuses to submit to "political correctness." He is also a great man with words. In a debate on European judges he used the word "floccinaucinihilipilification." (estimating something as worthless). He describes the European Commission as "sclerotic" and the EU as an "unelected dictatorship." A lesser-known nationalist calls it a "genocidal tyranny."

These people have a distorted image of Europe. Instead of seeing our fellow Europeans as our natural allies they see them as our enemies. Chancellor Philip Hammond recently described the EU negotiating team as "the enemy." And he is one of the most pro-European Tories. They think that the other 27 nations of the EU are ganging up on us, and they see everything from mass migration to inflation as a "European" problem.

There are many reasons for the Tory antipathy to Europe. Many of them are of the generation that remembers the British Empire, and some of them think that it still exists. Others are motivated by anti-German and anti-French sentiments.

And there is also the pro-American lobby that is hoping for a favourable trade deal with the USA. But Donald Trump actually means it when he says "America First." He recently slapped a 300% surcharge on the Canadian aircraft maker Bombardier which will cause massive job losses in Northern Ireland. America has never practised free trade. They have always used trade as a weapon of war and they are still pursuing the same policy with Russia, Iran and North Korea. Canada is supposed to be America's partner in NAFTA but Trump did not hesitate to act against them in defence of Boeing. The Americans never got over the rise of Airbus and they are fighting back.

People are beginning to realise that leaving the EU will not be as easy as they thought. A poll in The Times in October showed a clear majority are now favour of staying. But the diehard anti-Europeans will never surrender. They have got two years left to talk about "bloated" budgets, "dictatorial" directives, "unelected" politicians, "hated" flags and "unaccountable" commissioners. They have used every word in the dictionary to undermine Europe and their mischief has brought us to the brink of disaster. The pound has already depreciated by 20% and will drop further if we finally jump off the cliff. Some sort of compromise that keeps us in the single market and the customs union would be possible if the fanatics would stop screaming about "sovereignty", but that's another one of their favourite words. 

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Nation Revisited # 133, November 2017

All articles are by Bill Baillie unless otherwise stated. The opinions of guest writers are entirely their own. This blog is protected by the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19:
"We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share ideas with other people."

We Are What We Are

Whatever happens in the next few years our future will be linked to Europe. Our language and culture are European and even our Royal Family is German. The Little Englanders have won the referendum but they cannot shift our geographical location or rewrite history.

People were seduced by The Sun and The Daily Mail. We were told that Poles and Romanians and living on benefits. In fact, most of them are working hard and half of our immigrants are non-Europeans from the Commonwealth. 

We are what we are. Until the British Nationality Act of 1948, we were a totally European nation by race but our politicians decided to import labour from the Commonwealth and now 12% of our population is of non-European origin. If we stopped immigration tomorrow we would still have millions of black and brown people who were born here or have lived here for a long time.

Many people are reluctant to accept the changes to our population. They cling to the fantasy of repatriation and they ignore our growing mixed-race population. But most people are more realistic. They can tell the difference between the mindless thugs who burned down Croydon town centre a few years ago from those who make a positive contribution to society.

We are all sick of being blown up and intimidated by so-called refugees and asylum seekers. Dole scroungers, terrorists, drug dealers, pimps and child abusers should be imprisoned or deported, but hard-working immigrants and their descendants who make an effort to assimilate should be respected. This is not a matter of 'selling out' but plain common sense.

Maxwell Knight, MI5's Greatest Spymaster

The British Fascists were founded in 1923 to defend Britain against a Communist Revolution. They attracted Patriots such as William Joyce, and Maxwell Knight who did not see the State as their enemy. Maxwell Knight joined MI5 in 1931 and began recruiting his fellow fascists. When Oswald Mosley founded his British Union of Fascists in 1932 many of the BFs joined him, including the spies. 

This situation lasted until 1940 when fascism became the enemy and members of the BUF and similar movements were accused of being Fifth Columnists. Maxwell Knight had already proven himself by breaking a Soviet spy ring in Woolwich Arsenal. Now he promoted himself and his department by exaggerating the threat posed by domestic fascism. Following the arrest of Tyler Kent and Anna Wolkoff, he convinced Churchill to detain over a thousand fascists without charge or trial under Defence Regulation 18B.

"Much of that intelligence had been patiently accumulated by MI5 and in particular by M section (Maxwell Knight). The end of British Fascism had been made possible by the diligent, selfless work of M's agents, including Eric Roberts, EG Mandeville-Rowe, Claud Sykes, John Hirst, Kathlene Tesch, Friedl Gaertner, Harold Kurtz, Vivian Hancock-Nunn, Jimmy Dickson, Helene de Munck and Marjorie Mackie. Without their intelligence, gathered during thousands of hours of painstaking and often boring undercover work, it would have been extremely hard, perhaps impossible, to execute the order in May 1940 to detain all senior British Fascists." 

Few of those detained managed to appeal but Ben Greene, a former Labour Party candidate and a member of the anti-war British People's Party, was released after eighteen months imprisonment when the evidence of Harold Kurtz, another Maxwell Knight agent, was shown to be false.

After the war, Maxwell Knight continued to run agents and penetrate Soviet Intelligence. He was a strange character who was married three times but had a horror of sex. He collected animals all his life and ended his days as a respected naturalist and TV presenter.

In his new book 'Maxwell Knight, MI5's Greatest Spymaster' Henry Hemming tells the story of a man who would not hesitate to put his friends in danger. Many of them were sent to prison and some of them were executed.

Hemming rehashes the rumour that William Joyce's razor scar was inflicted by an Irish woman. The attack on Joyce at Lambeth Baths was reported to the police at the time and there is no doubt that it was done by a communist thug. Incidentally, Lambeth Baths are in Lambeth not in Battersea, and Bromley is in South London not in the East End. 

'Maxwell Knight, MI5's Greatest Spymaster' is available from Amazon. 

The Press

The euro referendum was won by The Daily Mail and The Sun. The power of the mass media is being challenged by the rise of the Internet and satellite broadcasting but it's still mighty powerful. Newspapers should be used to educate and inform but all too often they pander to the basest instincts of their readers.

Some of the anti-Polish propaganda that was put out by the popular Press during the referendum campaign bordered on incitement to violence. If they had written the same hateful nonsense about Blacks or Asians they would certainly have been prosecuted.

They convinced their readers that immigration could only be controlled by leaving the EU, but we are now being told by senior members of the Government that we will continue to import foreign labour for years to come. 

The case of the baby Charlie Gard was another example of disgraceful journalism The poor little boy had no chance of survival but his distraught parents were encouraged to believe that he could be saved by unscrupulous newspapers.

They have spread unfounded allegations about prominent people and damaged the reputations of innocent men. When ordered by the courts to pay compensation they do so but the damage is already done. They rely on defamation to titillate the public and make little effort to arrive at the truth. 

In our media-driven society, emotion trumps logic and the masses are misled by false propaganda. The proprietors of the gutter press are responsible for lowering standards and promoting jingoism. They glorify war, distort the truth, and spread confusion. They are entirely reprehensible.

A reader accused me of ignoring Richard Branson. When I replied that I knew nothing about the man, he gave me a copy of the Daily Mail featuring a two-page critique of Branson by Quentin Letts. The article accused the entrepreneur of self-promotion and complained that Virgin Trains received a subsidy - just like every other railway company. It was a typical Daily Mail production - all opinion and no evidence. Quentin Letts has written for most of the newspapers but he has found his natural home in the Daily Mail; probably the worst newspaper in the world. 

The  Prime Atrocity - Frank Walsh

For ages, by  fairy or factual stories as the Trojan Horse, the betrayal of Jesus by Judas, the Fall of Rome etc. it has been the desire of humanity's socially aware forebears, often at the cost of being scorned, tortured, murdered, to try to warn their living kin and offspring { e.g. Utopia yearning youth. } against being lured by utopias and harnessed as shock troops by Folk Traitors and alien usurpers who use their utopic carrots to lure their victims, notably  the native idealists', to do the donkey work of putting alien parasites and their flunkey Folk Traitors into power by being conned cannon and factory fodder who are taken-in by aliens’ beguiling grins etc., to enslave themselves and kin by wrecking their forebears' fought for and wrought economic, political and cultural social ideas, meant to ensure their offsprings' security, prosperity and continuity of their social authority over their destiny for eternity.

Such a social Warner was the 18th c. poet John Scott in this poem: I hate that drum`s discordant sound. Parading round, and round, and round. To thoughtless youth it pleasure yields. And lures from cities and from fields. To sell their liberty for charms. Of tawdry lace and glittering arms. And when Ambition`s voice commands. To march and fight and fall in foreign lands. I hate that drums discordant sound. Parading round, and round, and round. To me, it talks of ravaged plains. And burning towns, and ruined swains. And mangled limbs, and dying groans. And widows tears, and orphans groans. And all that Misery`s hand bestows. To fill the catalogue of human woes.

Another Warner was  Marcus Tullius Cicero { 106 - 43 B.C. murdered on Antony's order } a Roman statesman and chronicler who, thru analysis of his learnt social mechanics of history, tried to warn his kith-kin of their sure extinction thru the growing chaotic running of their country by loose living rulers, who feeling secure in their ivory towers of power, fell easy victims to the Brutus cajoling and stab in the back wily money lenders who need to secure the usury interests they live on, so they naturally seek total political and cultural power to bleed till dead the native folk to secure their parasitical luxury living.

So, as now, they acted as undermining agent provocateurs, who as one Zionist nation use their world widespread international finances etc. to destroy other nations' economies and so political security and independence.  At the same time, their rising power attracts and recruits each Folk's scum of traitor turncoats and stooges to make covert columns of mercenary Folk Traitors and their toady collaborators  to cause  wars etc. with the hideous deaths of millions of victims who in life, as most of today's folk do, jeered, attacked and betrayed - as they did Jesus - those who tried to save them from being hideous corpses or the WHY WE ? wailing, hideously mutilated victims of their negative social attitudes inevitably made holocaustic wars, in which millions of innocent children suffer, for their meek parents rather flunky bow to dissolute and dictatorial rulers than have the guts to unite and smite the parasites.

So, never only blame the leechers for poverty or wars, also blame the toady dolts they favour breeding to keep them fulfilling for the Zionists', their puppet Churchill's dream of an aristocrats' democracy built on self-reproductive, wholly obedient, robotized slaves, who historically have been farmyard selectively bred from those with the least genetic drive to question their masters` orders etc. and now can be much faster bred, easier brain programmed and efficiently job type selected thru genetic engineering to be the best docile robotry.  Who as dodos trust the invading refugees, who when grown slaughter them.

                                      Frank Walsh

Government by Experts

Under our Cabinet system of government, a minister is appointed for each function of the State. We have a Minister of Health, a Minister of Education, and so on. From time to time they are shuffled into different positions but their civil servants remain in place. The ministers do not need any experience. The Foreign Secretary does not need to speak several languages or understand foreign affairs. And the Defence Minister does not need to be an old soldier. Anyone can do any job because they are advised by civil servants who know what they are doing.

When we vote at a general election we elect a cast of actors who play their parts. If they are good at remembering their scripts they appear on TV spouting well-rehearsed lines about nuclear power or the state of the drains, and if they get caught out by a difficult question they have lots of tricks to get them through the interview.

It would be sensible for Ministers to be qualified. The Minister of Defence should be a military man, the Minister of Health should be a doctor, and the Minister of Education should be a teacher. They should be appointed for the life of the parliament and only replaced if they dropped dead or were sacked. But under the existing system, a Minister only needs a good set of teeth and the ability to smile in the face of adversity.

Dave Cameron was just such a politician. He fitted the bill so perfectly that they made him Prime Minister. In his short but eventful career, he helped to destroy the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, that was protecting Europe from sub-Saharan invasion. He picked a fight with the European Union, called an unnecessary referendum, lost his job, effectively devalued the pound by twenty percent and retired to count his money and write his memoirs. 

We might think that a particular Cabinet Minister really knows his stuff but his strings are pulled by a technocrat who has never been elected by anyone. The Cabinet system is just another democratic deception.

The End of Oil

Seventy percent of oil production is currently used to power petrol and diesel vehicles but they will be phased out and replaced by electric motors in the near future. 

Britain fought the First World War partly to steal the Middle East oil fields from the Turks. Germany invaded the Soviet Union to steal the Caucasus oil fields from the Russians. And the Japanese were forced into war by an American oil embargo.

In each case, the real intentions of the belligerents were disguised by jingoism. Britain promised to liberate the Arabs from the Ottoman Empire and used Lawrence of Arabia to lead the fight. Adolf Hitler presented his disastrous invasion of Russia as a war against Bolshevism. And the Japanese-led Greater South East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere was really an old-fashioned colonial empire.

The big oil companies used their influence to discourage alternative energy sources. Andrew Fountaine (pictured) the author of 'The Meaning of an Enemy' was an expert on hydrogen power but his research was shelved. And it's suspected that Prohibition in America was designed to ban the production of alcohol which competed with gasoline. 

The decline of the oil industry will change the world. Scottish Independence has been postponed by the drop in oil prices. We have already seen the collapse of the Venezuelan economy and other oil states such as Nigeria and Saudi Arabia are scrambling to reorganise themselves. 

It's tempting to blame all the troubles of the world on conspiracies but nations are driven by economic forces and technological developments.

Nationalism Knows no Limits

The unofficial referendum in the Catalan region of Spain has revived the separatist idea. Similar movements in Britain, Italy, France and Belgium are agitating for 'independence' and Britain's detachment from the European Union is part of the same nationalist agenda.

The trouble is that nationalism knows no limits. If the UK secedes from the EU there is no reason to think that it will stop there. Scotland and Wales already have separatist movements and Northern Ireland is torn between Britain and Ireland. There are also separatist movements in Cornwall and the Shetland Islands. 

If the separatists succeed Europe will be reduced to a patchwork of mini-states. The only way that we can survive is through unity. A hundred years ago Europeans dominated the world but now we are outnumbered by Africans and Asians and our home continent is threatened with invasion. The last thing we need is to split and splinter into ever decreasing units.

There is no point in fragmentation. Catalonia and Scotland already have their own parliaments and police forces; they do not need their own armies and all the paraphernalia of statehood. The only way a state can achieve genuine independence is through economic and military self-sufficiency. Only united Europe can feed and defend itself and protect the ancient languages and cultures of small nations. The Catalans, the Scots, and all the peoples of Europe will be represented in the coming United States of Europe. 

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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Nation Revisited # 132 October 2017

All articles are by Bill Baillie unless otherwise stated. The opinions of guest writers are entirely their own. This blog is protected by the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19:
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The Candour ABC of Politics

I remember Rosine de Bounevialle from the early sixties, she was a brave little woman and a dedicated Empire Loyalist. The AK Chesterton Trust published her book 'The Candour ABC of Politics' to mark the one-hundredth anniversary of her birth in 1916. She traces the decline of Western civilization from the French Revolution and observes that almost everything from education to manners and morals has deteriorated, including the Catholic Church, to which she was devoted. She was a traditional Catholic and an old-fashioned conservative but she had a mind of her own. Her hero was Leon Degrelle the Belgian SS general who fought for the Fuhrer and never apologised. And she admired William Joyce, the pugnacious Irish-American broadcaster who was executed for treason to Britain.

Rosine took over as editor of Candour when AK Chesterton died in 1974, and she kept it going until her own death in 1999. Colin Todd now edits the magazine.

Her book ends with a biographical chapter which gives some indication of her spirit and determination. She had started a wartime job as a switchboard operator for the Government and was told to report for duty:

The very first day when I entered this suffocating place, two "seniors" approached me and asked if I was a "Union" member. I said, "No, I don't believe in Unions." The reply was: "Why ever not? We just got you a 'cost of living rise." "Yes," I said, "Before that, I received two pounds ten shillings a week, after the 'cost of living' rise, which was one shilling and sixpence and put me into the Income Tax paying bracket, which tax then came to ten shillings a week. I now receive a Net income of £2-1-6 (two pounds one shilling and sixpence, instead of the two pounds ten shillings I had originally!" The Union reps faded away.

'The Candour ABC of Politics' is available from the AKC Trust: 

That's What They Want You to Think

I once tried to explain to a conspiracy theorists that his condition was a symptom of paranoia probably related to depression. He replied: "That's what they want you to think."

Conspiracy theory is widespread on the far-right. I once heard a lecture from a Spanish professor who thought that the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland was a Nazi time machine that would eventually send us all back to the thirties. The poor fellow was as mad as a hatter but his audience gave him a standing ovation.

Another speaker, a former BNP councillor from Liverpool, managed to cram several conspiracy theories into a half-hour speech. It was the Full Monty; the Protocols, the Frankfurt School, Cultural Marxism, and the Coudenhove-Kalergi Plan. He ran out of time but not conspiracies.

I agree with Joe Owens on conspiracy theories, he says even if they are true, we should avoid them. Professional conspiracy theorists, like David Icke, can fill stadiums and sell books but his followers are a tiny minority. Normal people do not think that the Queen is a shape-shifting reptile.

The use of the word "they", as in "that's what they want you to think" is important. It's "they" who are stealing our culture and our agriculture. It's "they" who are flooding the country with immigrants, and it's "they" who are responsible for all our misfortunes. 

We await the results of the Grenfell Tower inquiry but the conspiracy theorists have already decided that the disaster was caused by criminal negligence. And some of them speculate that the fire was started deliberately to get rid of council tenants who are occupying valuable real estate. It is, after all, the sort of thing that "they" would do. 

Conspiracy theory can be a social handicap like Aspergers. Saying "that's what they want you to think" to a group of normal people is as embarrassing as shouting obscenities at a vicarage tea party. It is also a progressive affliction. Conspiracy theorists rarely stop at 9/11, or the Kennedy assassination, they invariably go on to harder things, like the 'murder' of Princess Diana, or the terrible truth about Prince Charles' overcoat. Eventually, they are snubbed by polite society and forced to seek the company of fellow sufferers.


According to a leading nationalist, the EU is a “genocidal tyranny” that is destroying the White Race as instructed by the Coudenhove-Kalergi Foundation. Count Coudenhove-Kalergi was an Austrian aristocrat who founded the Pan Europa movement in 1922. He was well connected to the statesmen and financiers of Europe and he is regarded as one of the founding fathers of the European Union. Being half Japanese, on his mother’s side, he was naturally tolerant of race mixing. In his 1925 book Practical Idealism he wrote the following:

“The man of the future will be of mixed race. Today's races and classes will gradually disappear owing to the vanishing of space, time, and prejudice. The Eurasian-Negroid race of the future, similar in its appearance to the Ancient Egyptians, will replace the diversity of peoples with a diversity of individuals. 
Instead of destroying European Jewry, Europe, against its own will, refined and educated into a future leader-nation through this artificial selection process. No wonder that these people that escaped Ghetto-Prison developed into a spiritual nobility of Europe. Therefore, a gracious Providence provided Europe with a new race of nobility by the Grace of Spirit. This happened at the moment when Europe's feudal aristocracy became dilapidated, and thanks to Jewish emancipation."

This was his own philosophy, based on his Freemasonic beliefs. It is not part of the manifesto of Pan Europa and has never been the policy of the European Union. The Count’s followers set up a foundation in his memory and they award prizes to individuals who have furthered the cause of European unity. But that does not mean that the recipients are committed to race mixing. Anyone can set up a foundation and dish out medals, it does not mean that they are in charge of anything.

Mass migration started in the UK in 1948 and by the time we joined the old Common Market in 1973 we already had millions of Third World immigrants. This obviously had nothing to do with Coudenhove-Kalergi or his obscure book. The Third World invasion was driven by economics and promoted by Tory and Labour politicians.

Margaret Thatcher, who was elected in 1979, famously said that she understood people’s fears of being “swamped.” Her words helped to destroy the National Front but she did very little to control immigration.

The Euro Referendum campaign was dominated by immigration. The popular Press convinced a gullible public that it was a European problem. In fact, the majority of our immigrants come from outside Europe and have nothing to do with the EU. 

Mass migration is welcomed by big business because it provides cheap labour. Employers have no interest in Race, they are only concerned with productivity. They are motivated by profit and our politicians are motivated by self-preservation. They are just as pleased with Black or Asian votes as those from native Brits. The Coudenhove-Kalergi nightmare is just another conspiracy theory; an attempt by sincere but confused people to make sense of the world.

Brave New World

The BBC documentary series Panorama recently covered the latest developments in genetic engineering. "Medicine's Big Breakthrough" is available on iPlayer.

Medical research continues to unravel the secrets of DNA and scientists are finding ways of treating genetic abnormalities, not only in the patient but in his progeny. Defective genes that are passed down through families can be edited out, and it's even possible that conditions such as addiction can be eliminated.

For many years environmental conditioning has been held responsible for human behaviour but the latest research is restoring the traditional belief in inheritance. Some families produce children that graduate unfailingly from reformed school to prison. Members of the criminal underclass randomly father children, mistreat women, abuse drugs and alcohol, and sponge on the State. Social Workers tell us that they can be rehabilitated with large sums of money, but our common sense tells us that they are wasters who will never be any good. Now, it may be possible to correct their criminal behaviour by genetic engineering. Where the social reformers have failed the scientist might succeed.

At present most DNA is a mystery but we are making progress and we may soon be able rid humanity of inherited defects both physical and mental. 

The so-called 'mercy killings' carried out by German National Socialists, and Swedish Social Democrats, in the forties, are not the same thing. They were playing at God by killing human beings but we would simply be mixing chemicals in a laboratory. Of course, once the science is perfected it's difficult to believe that we would not use genetic engineering to produce the healthiest and brightest babies. This may be interfering with nature but it could be seen as part of the evolutionary process. 

Aldous Huxley described a world devoted to genetic engineering in his 1931 novel 'Brave New World'. It was seen as a critique of authoritarianism but GK Chesterton took a different view:

"After the Age of Utopias came what we may call the American Age, lasting as long as the boom. Men like Ford or Mond seemed to many to have solved the social riddle and made capitalism the common good. But it was not native to us; it went with buoyant, not to say blatant optimism, which is not our negligent or negative optimism. Much more than Victorian righteousness, or even Victorian self-righteousness, that optimism has driven people into pessimism. For the Slump brought, even more, disillusionment than the War. A new bitterness and a new bewilderment ran through social life and was reflected in all literature and art. It was contemptuous, not only of Capitalism but of the old Socialism. Brave New World is more a reaction against Utopia than against Victoria."

Whatever we think about genetic engineering it's here to stay. We cannot put scientific knowledge back in the box, but we can use it to our advantage.

Patriotism and Nationalism - Last Refuge of the Charlatans by Eddy Morrison, Aryan Unity Dec 2001

The editor of this e-zine started off his political life as a "patriot" and a "British Nationalist" - way back in 1967. Since that time I have evolved my philosophy and worldview so that I have gradually and gladly thrown false plastic British patriotism and Nationalism overboard - and replaced it with the much bigger view. That view? National Socialism and Pan-Aryanism.

To quote Lincoln Rockwell on the subject: (from In Hoc Signo Vinces) "What, in the name of the most elementary reason, is the difference whether Bartholomew Buckingham is born near the Thames, Hans Schmidt on the Rhine, Pierre Dubois on the Seine, Per Olafson in Stockholm, Eric Erasmus in Durban, Joe Doaks in Pondok, Ohio, or John Smith in Auckland, New Zealand, compared to the question of "Shall there be any more Bartholomews, Hanses, Pers, Erics, Joes or Johns?"

All over the Aryan World, Parties (not Movements!) are raising their heads and trotting out the tried-before-and-failed policies of "respectability", "populism" and tactics and strategy which drop principles on the grounds that "they are vote losers", whilst at the same time these groups look upon themselves as oh so clever in that they are disguising themselves as moderates and distancing themselves from us "crank nutzies" (and I quote one of their "Leaders" referring to me.

Dropping one's principles for the very dubious reward of gathering votes from the wrong people and gaining new members - members who are attracted by the watered down policies. Members who wear underclothes with their national flag on, or shop with Union Flag carrier bags stuffed with imported foreign goods. People who shed a crocodile nationalist tear when the State structured "Last Night at the Proms" (in the UK) lets them be openly "patriotic" for two hours once a year!

We have seen this before. The moment the chips are down and the Zionist controlled media start screaming "Nazi" and "Fascist" then these new members and voters will disappear like the March Violets they are. The soft sneaky way to victory is not the way of the Aryan. We have always faced the enemy head on and accepted the risks. To quote Rockwell again: "The only thing to which I can be loyal with any deep conviction - the only loyalty that makes any sense - is my racial, and therefore cultural brotherhood with my own people, no matter where they happen to have been born!"

Reject the purely geographical notion of "Nationalism" and embrace Racial-Nationalism and Pan-Aryanism which knows no borders. United the Aryan Folk can survive the New World Order Holocaust which is planned for us - but whilst we play the game of being respectable and wave our bits of coloured National Flags and ignore the great world struggle between the Aryan activists and the New World Order, then we are fooling ourselves, our people and we are wasting criminally valuable time that we do not have!

President Donald Trump

The President of the United States should not concern us in the UK. We are Europeans with our own problems to worry about. But we are so tied to the US politically that we cannot ignore the man in the White House. Before he took office in January 2017 Donald Trump made a series of promises to the American people. He said that he would improve relations with Russia, disengage from the Middle East, abolish 'Obamacare', and build a wall on the Mexican border.

So far, he has imposed economic sanctions on Venezuela, Russia, Iran and North Korea, he is still involved in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, he failed to get his medical insurance reforms adopted and has made no noticeable progress on the Mexican Wall.

Failed promises are well known to us in the UK. Our prime minister vowed to control immigration, build more houses, and balance the budget. But we don't expect her to do any of those things.

We live under a mad system where politicians spend millions of pounds, or dollars, to get elected, with no intention of making good on their promises. There is no control over them. They can promise what they like because they will never be held to account. There are no trading standards to protect voters. Makers of soap powder are not allowed to make false statements about their product but politicians are free to tell lies.

Donald Trump promised to get out of the Middle East when he was campaigning for president but he has increased America's military presence. He commands formidable armed forces and Theresa May is his loyal and obedient servant. If he decides to invade Iran in defence of Israel we will be with him all the way. Having destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan it seems inevitable that we will destroy Iran.

The American industrial-military complex needs another lucrative war but Russia, China and North Korea are far too powerful. Trump will probably go for Iran, and if he does Britain will be with him. We may not be able to afford our National Health Service but we will find a few billion pounds to kill Iranians. They have never done us any harm but they are the enemy of Saudi Arabia - one of our best customers.

The UK has been tied to the United States since the Second World War. Our only attempt at an independent foreign policy was thwarted in 1956 when British and French forces were ordered out of Egypt by President Dwight D Eisenhower. Our currency was tied to the dollar by the Bretton Woods Agreement until the Nixon Shock of 1971. Since then the pound has floated but oil and other essential commodities are traded in dollars. Our armed forces are under NATO command, and our Trident missiles are made by Lockheed Martin and kept at King's Bay Georgia. So much for national independence.

The German Election

Angela Merkel's CDU has won the German election with 33% of the vote, the Social Democrats were second with 21% and the AFD party was third with 13%. Angela Merkel has been punished for letting in the Syrian refugees in 2015. There has been trouble involving immigrants and refugees in several German cities leading to the rise of the nationalist AFD.

Angela Merkel did not let in the refugees as part of a dark conspiracy but because she is a compassionate woman. As a girl, she belonged to the East German youth movement but so did every one of her generation. She is not a Communist she is a Christian Democrat. 

With Russian help, Bashir al Assad is winning the war in Syria and refugees are beginning to return. When the war is finally over Syria will need manpower to rebuild the country and a great return of refugees will be required

The refugee crisis was the result of EU dithering. Europe should have acted promptly and not allowed the situation to degenerate into chaos. Hopefully, lessons have been learned. Refugees are fleeing from war, famine and poverty from all over Africa and Asia. The Italians have reduced the seaborn influx from Libya to a trickle by arming and training the Libyan defence forces. But a joint European effort is required to defend our continent from invasion.

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