Major Failure

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‘Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.  With Major Major it had been all three’, so wrote Joseph Heller in Catch-22.  Major Major was a decent looking man who ‘floundered bewilderingly from one embarrassing catastrophe to another’.  Major’s major achievements if they can be so termed were Black Wednesday, when George Soros got one over on the government that he led, by initiating a run on the pound; and the privatisation of Britain’s creaking Victorian rail network and the trains that ran on it.  The companies which run these have together received more taxpayer subsidy per annum than British Rail did, with profits being creamed off by Richard Branson and his ilk.  The network itself was temporarily renationalised and one of the franchises may soon go the same way.

Major’s major failure was in not permitting a referendum on British membership of the European Union, the treaty for which he signed 25 years ago to the day.  I was 25 years old at the time, so I am part of the generation – resented by those who were in their infancy, in gestation or yet to be conceived back then – who waited nearly half a lifetime for a vote on this.  As I have typed on previous blog posts, I don’t know which way I would have voted had a referendum been held then, so I am not going to condemn those felt the same way last year.  However, it should be obvious that the longer a referendum was deferred the more likely a ‘Leave’ outcome would become, if only because voters of my generation would want to kick the political establishment (which the Green Party recently joined through its pro-EU stance), for denying them a say for so long.

But yet it didn’t have to be that way.  Back in 1992 there was no inkling that the EU would expand east of the former Iron Curtain (save for the former DDR) and if the eastern boundary of the EU had been permanently defined as Stettin to Trieste then a fully integrated Western European Union may have gained popular support in Britain, because there would have been no large scale economic migration from east of that boundary; and Britain would have been in a union with countries with which it shares a common cultural, genealogical and linguistic heritage; but not with those which it doesn’t.  Germans, who inhabit the geographical and political centre of Europe, need to grasp this.

To put it bluntly, ‘Eurosceptism’ has always been the default position in Britain, because Britain’s geographical separation from Continental Europe has always been a psychological one.  Where ‘Europe’ in a political sense extends no further east than Germany and Italy – with Sweden also accepted as ‘Western’ – most British people are willing to accept that as a political partnership.  What we now have is a political ‘Europe’ that is unrecognisable both in a geographical and political sense from the one which my generation was brought up with.

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Back to the Future

Travel along the A45 as it cuts through the western suburbs of Coventry and you’ll see a Jaguar car dealership.  This is located on the site of the former Matrix Churchill factory, which manufactured machine tools that were sold with the knowledge of Britain’s Tory government led by John Major, to the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein.  It was one of the contributory factors that led to the downfall of Major’s government.  At the time that the Tories lost the 1997 general election, the former factory was derelict with the site being used for paintball games and car boot sales; appropriate I thought at the time: pretend warfare and dodgy dealing.

As John Pilger detailed in Hidden Agendas, the armaments industry was one of the few British industrial successes during the 1980’s at a time when other manufacturing industries were in decline.  Its support depended on access to government; and the government convincing the electorate, via compliant media, that it was necessary for ‘competitiveness’, ‘prosperity’ and so on.  Attached was with the usual caveat that if ‘we’, the British, didn’t sell these armaments to various repugnant regimes around the world that the French would do so instead; which is true and will continue to be regardless of whom the French elect as president, but it is a morally vacant excuse nonetheless.

During her visit last week to the loose cannon in the White House, Theresa May stated that Britain and the US will never again invade sovereign foreign countries; something which sounds too good to be true, particularly with May claiming to speak on behalf of the US.  But such invasions are unpopular because of the number of flag-draped coffins that end up being brought home, usually of young men from areas where there are little other career opportunities besides joining the army.  The ideal for such wars is to do them by proxy, as the US did using the Islamic Mujahadeen in Afghanistan, with some sterling assistance from our British SAS.

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With that in mind and the need to develop trade deals, with or without Brexit, Theresa May met Turkey’s Islamist president to agree an armaments deal.  This is perfect as Turkey being a member of NATO can fulfill by proxy the belligerence of any British government policy in the Middle East and BAE Systems benefits from the contracts.  So Theresa may be turning into Maggie after all.  However we just have to conveniently overlook Erdogan’s human rights record, related to which is his wish to eradicate secularism in favour of Islam.  Theresa should have worn a patriotic headscarf for the occasion.  Be warned what will come from this.  Besides the morally repugnant arms deal in itself, prepare for the Tories to clamp down on criticism of Erdogan, his government and Islam in general.  Also, be aware that post-Brexit, employers will seek to acquire cheap disposable migrant labour from Turkey rather than Poland.

On a domestic political level, May has made her first serious foreign policy mistake, for which she should be electorally punished, but won’t be due to the uselessness of the parliamentary opposition.  Her claim that Turkey is one of the UK’s ‘oldest friends’ is fantastical to say the least.  A century ago Turkey was allied to Germany and T. E. Lawrence led an Arab army to drive the Ottoman Turks out of Palestine, the legacy of which is one of the root causes of the enduring conflict there.  More recently the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, a Commonwealth country with British military bases, in 1974 was hardly the act of a friendly nation, even though the Greek / Turkish division was exacerbated by British rule, which kept the communities divided.

One final and very important issue is that 44 years on from joining the EEC, Britain needs to repair its relationships with Australia and New Zealand, whose populations felt rightly aggrieved at the time that Britain had betrayed them by joining a trading organisation which imposed import tariffs on their goods.  In Pilger’s book he devotes a chapter to Anzac Day, which is symbolically important for all Australians and New Zealanders, as it commemorates when more than a thousand of their young men landed on the Gallipoli peninsula to be cut-down by Turks dug into the cliff-face.  We know who our oldest allies are and it certainly isn’t the Turks.  If our oldest allies feel betrayed once more they are certainly entitled to.  There is only one way back from this, May should resign or be got rid of and the arms deal with Turkey should be scrapped, but neither will happen.

Reference:

Arming the World, from Hidden Agendas, pp 115 – 152, Vintage 1998 (paperback, 1999).  Anzac Day, pp 249 – 280, from the same book.

Footnote to First Paragraph:

Coincidentally, John Butcher, the Tory MP in whose Coventry South West constituency the factory was situated – and who had worked for the Department of Trade, hence must have had some knowledge of Matrix Churchill’s business – lost his job when the constituency was abolished, the Tories effectively gerrymandering themselves out of a parliamentary seat.

New Dawn Fades

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Theresa may but she may not.  Her penchant for wearing heels is appropriate given how good she is at dragging them.  Since the referendum we have now had Six Months and Sweet FA.  Theresa desperately wants to be Maggie, but doesn’t have the electoral mandate; and she can’t be Maggie, because Maggie only stayed in power by convincing just enough people in the constituencies where it mattered, to vote Tory and share the spoils of purchasing the stolen goods that constituted our national infrastructure.  The family silver has been sold and now the cupboard is bare, our ‘sterling’ currency being anything but that, its market value based only on what investment return can be gained from it (next to bugger all with interest rates so pitifully low).  Under Tory then Labour then Tory we have had a ‘brick’ standard for our economy over the past few decades.  Little wonder then that for a large minority of voters in Britain, the EU is either better or no worse; and as the EU has ruled against Theresa’s Snoopers’ Charter, they have a valid point.

Many of these ‘Remainers’ believe that the EU needs to be reformed and that this is still achievable.  Their intentions may be sincere, but not a single one of them can elaborate how this reform can come about, given the EU’s track record of ignoring any attempts to do so and its contempt for any referendum result which goes against the deterministic European Project to create a continental superstate.  Theresa is, like Maggie was, a ‘Remainer’ at heart.  A true Tory, a whore to big business and its desires for anything that will reduce the costs of labour.  (It was Maggie after all who signed the Single European Act to encourage mass migration to drive down labour costs).  Theresa talks a lot of tough guff about immigration but without any sincerity.  Her track record as Home Secretary, by making cuts to the UK Border Agency, shows that she is anything but sincere on the matter.  Theresa realises that ‘Brexit’ is the only chance that she will ever have to make her mark on the world as a Leader.  With Hillary out of the way and Angela on the skids, Theresa could become the most powerful female Head of Government in the world; and a genuine ‘Brexit’, a clean break, would mean no more subordination to the EU.  But she won’t go that far, she is still trying for a fudge which will please no-one.

I made my departure, my ‘Leave’ vote, as I recognise that the EU has got beyond the point where it can be reformed, not something which I would have thought a decade and a half ago.  But to me, ‘Brexit’ is only worth having if it leads to greater reforms of the United Kingdom, such as it is, possibly away from being a Kingdom or Queendom.  An unelected Head of State, an unelected Upper Chamber (Lords rather than Commissioners) and the lack of a written constitution are issues which genuine progressives should be addressing, instead of clinging to the EU.  We Britons cannot change the EU, we are outsiders and always have been.  The EU will not adopt the common sense solution to its lack of moral authority, of a demerger into a Common Market for the trade in goods and services and nothing more than that.  So we must Leave the EU and build a better Britain, better than the Tories can ever offer us and take back the infrastructure which they plundered from us.  All this sounds very Old Labour, but that is what I am deep down.  The Tories’ procrastination over ‘Brexit’ is because only a minority of them genuinely support it, so the majority are hoping that the longer they can drag it out (with the backing of fraudulent ‘progressives’), the more fed up ‘Leave’ voters will become and say fuck it, why bother?

Finally, one should try to be optimistic and wish good tidings at this time of year; and in keeping with that, the journalist whom I mentioned in an earlier post on this blog must be expecting a single malt from Santa, so merry is he.  However, I cannot share his merriment.  The contrived ‘migrant crisis’ and the terrorist attacks that have come in its wake do not bode well for a peaceful New Year, as both will continue indefinitely.  The globalist enterprise known as the so-called British Broadcasting Corporation, the voice of the political establishment, will accuse those who voted ‘Leave’ of turning their backs on Europe, hence being on the same side as the so-called Islamic State.  Just wait.

The Age of Consent

On 7th February 1992 John Major signed the Treaty of European Union, having refused to allow a public referendum on the issue.  If he’d had an ounce of integrity as Prime Minister then one would have been held at least a few months earlier; but then it was his predecessor Margaret Thatcher who signed the Single European Act on 19th February 1986 and Edward Heath, her predecessor as Tory Leader who signed the Treaty of Accession to the European Economic Community on 22nd January 1972.  Neither of them was willing to allow a referendum.  The record of the Conservative Party is of the continual erosion of British sovereignty, whilst wrapping themselves in the Union Flag and selling off our national infrastructure cut-price.

I was not of voting age back in 1972; but by 1986 I was and had a referendum been offered on either the Single European Act or the Treaty of European Union I don’t now how I would have voted, which is why I feel that it is unfair to condemn the millennials who didn’t know which way to vote in this year’s referendum (though I have no sympathy for those who protested at the result).  I was unaware back in 1992 that the Tories’ property-driven boom and bust was caused not only by the deregulation of ‘The City’ leading to a credit boom, but by Nigel Lawson’s fixation on keeping the pound within the European Exchange Rate Mechanism; hence Lawson refused to raise the Bank of England base rate when it needed to be and allowed a housing bubble to develop.  George Soros knew better with consequences which have become well-known.

I remember reading various ‘Europe of the Regions’ guff back in 1992 about which I was and still am sceptical because these ‘regions’ are inventions dreamed up by the Eurocracy; examples being that Oxfordshire (where I am from), the neighbouring county of Warwickshire (where I live) and two neighbouring counties, Gloucestershire and Northamptonshire fall within four different ‘Euro-regions’ by the partition of England.  Scotland and Wales are not partitioned as such by the Eurocrats.  Given the that EU back then consisted of only twelve members, all Western European (bar the economic basket case that is Greece), then I might well have voted in favour of the EU.  I really don’t know.  I couldn’t get motivated by listening to those Tories who opposed it when their own leaders had imposed it on Britain.

For me, ‘Eurosceptism’ is a more recent thing than it is among other people whose politics deep down are also Old Labour.  Probably up until a decade ago I used to support the principle of a ‘European Union’, but as it has continued to expand, it is trying to bind together countries with no common culture, history or economic interest, as well as no common language; and the huge economic disparities between the former Soviet Bloc and the developed economies of Western Europe have led to economically and environmentally unsustainable levels of migration.  It is a when and how, rather then if, the whole shebang falls apart.  Britain could be ahead of the game by getting out before it implodes.

Why I have entitled this ‘The Age of Consent’ is with reference to those millennials, including many who didn’t bother to vote, protesting that older generations should not be allowed a say; or that some ‘weighting’ should be placed on votes based on life expectancy.  The arrogance of these millennials is breathtaking.  Most weren’t even of voting age when Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown signed the Lisbon Treaty on 13th December 2007, having refused to offer a public referendum.  These millennials genuinely believe that they are more important then the millions of people older then themselves who were continually denied a vote on all the significant changes to the European Project since the one and only referendum held on the ‘Common Market’ on 5th June 1975.

These millennials may think that the older generations have now denied them to chance to live and work in other countries, which allegedly have a better standard of living and quality of life.  But they need to ask themselves why exactly does Britain have such a high level of inward migration if those other EU countries are better off.  They need to examine how this high level of immigration has led to slumlords buying up what ought to be the cheap first-time buyer properties; they need to examine the levels of youth unemployment in the Eurozone; they need to examine how the Single European Market has allowed unscrupulous employers to get away with zero-hours contracts.  Mostly they need to upskill themselves with a STEM degree not a useless one; and they need to stop sulking.

In 1968 many students protested against the Establishment before later joining it.  In 2016, a lesser number of students, but with an inflated sense of their own self-importance, protested in favour of the Establishment, showing themselves to be useful tools to all those corporate globalists who would like to see democracy eradicated and living standards continually eroded through the mass migration of labour.  What kind of ‘Brexit’ we get is yet to be decided owing to the lack of the government’s having a clear plan on the issue.  It could be a ‘Brexit’ in name only, but even if that is all it is, the referendum result still represents a rejection of the European Project as it stands; and at the risk of stating the obvious, yes I voted Leave.