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 own 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 43 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 edition 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.