by John Kersey
Address to the Traditional Britain Group Conference, London, October 24 2015
One of the curious things about education is that, having experienced it at first hand, everyone believes themselves to be an expert on it. This is particularly damaging in the case of politicians, whose record of interference in education during the post-war era has offered a prime example of the dead hand of the state going where it has no business to be. Meanwhile, those who supposedly are the experts – those who teach – have effectively presided over the decline of their profession through decades of mistaken ideology and a belief that their profession continues to offer the last resting place for the Marxist spirit of 1968. Read more
This speech was given to the Annual Dinner of the Traditional Britain Group at the Royal Over-Seas League, London, on 12 September.
Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for inviting me to address you tonight. I am going to address a few words on the current immigration crisis.
Let me begin with some considerations of principle. Freedom and civilisation are based upon a simple premise: that land should be privately owned. If we build a society based on the private ownership of land then there is no limit to our endeavour. For centuries, this was the foundation of the West; land was owned and managed by landowners who had a direct interest in its prosperity and an equally direct interest in the welfare of those who worked that land. If we seek the roots of the England we know and love, we find it most clearly in the private ownership of land.
In our time, this freedom has been challenged. Under socialism, and regrettably under governments that call themselves conservative, we have seen measures that have been designed to break the link between landowner and land, and instead to introduce a very different concept. This is the idea that sovereignty consists not in land but in the person. If the person is sovereign, then we will build a very different kind of society; indeed, we are unlikely to build a society at all, because individualism will cause that society to atomize into multiple and ever-changing identity groups.
Here, then, is the root of the immigration crisis. If we say that Read more
Dr Gabb tells me that he finds musical score-reading a challenge and would appreciate some pointers in the right direction. I hope I may be of some assistance. I have been reading scores since before I could play the piano – indeed, I owe the fact that I play the piano in no mean part to the fact that I read scores. Let me explain.
My home was not a musical one, and we had but few classical records. Noting my response to these as well as to a number of television signature tunes, my parents thought that I might have some form of musical ability. They bought me a small radio. I cannot remember being encouraged to listen to anything in particular. Radio 4 was the predominant listening elsewhere in the house, with Radio 2 for the football results. For some reason, I tuned in to the “old” Radio 3. It was not only the music that attracted me, but the presentation. The style and content spoke to me in a way that little has done since. I had found a spiritual home, and for some years believed that my future lay as a Radio 3 announcer. Of course, by the time I was old enough to be actively considering career options, that job had effectively disappeared.
This is the sort of thing I heard there:
This is the sound of order. It is at once clear, informative, elegant and humane. It is and remains, to my mind, the approach that is suited to the presentation of Western art music better than any other. I certainly did not find it stuffy or overly formal. By contrast, it opened up similar vistas to me as did Chapman’s Homer to Keats. It absorbed, fascinated and inspired. Read more
“The Radical Traditionalist Today” is a collection of essays and talks by John Kersey. Deriving from his contributions to the Traditional Britain Group and the Libertarian Alliance (UK), they explore areas of culture, politics and law, as well as addressing the increasing ideological censorship of the modern British state.
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by John Kersey
I was saddened to learn that Colin Grainger, known to the blogosphere as Captain Ranty, has died. He was a past chairman of Freedom2Choose, campaigning for the rights of smokers, an advocate of Lawful Rebellion and a passionate, often ranty, opponent of the prevailing establishment.
Dick Puddlecote has written, “I was just heading out last night when the very sad news appeared on Twitter that fellow blogger and friend Captain Ranty has passed away.
I’d known him for a couple of years when he started his blog in April 2009 and was in no doubt it would be a success due to the quality of his writing, as I described during his early days. Read more