“Bad news coming” thought Winston…


Christopher Houseman

No, not the impending cuts of so many public payroll salaries (some of which have jobs associated with them), but rather a certain commonality in the Coalition about the motives for their present course of action.

Nick Clegg has assured the LibDems that he doesn’t want to cut the state for the sake of cutting it. No, he wants to cut it so he can rebuild the state differently. Likewise, Liam Fox has informed the Tories that he doesn’t want to cut defence and nor does David Cameron (cue Tory applause) – but at the moment, he has no choice.

Thus is the libertarian ideal of a smaller state smeared in the eyes of political activists and the wider public as a necessary evil, a stopping-off point to be endured on the road to the sunny uplands of a reshaped and re-expanded State tomorrow.

Unless libertarians can convincingly and appealingly present to the public the truly joyous reality of being able to work (or not) as we please, with whom we please, to offer goods and services we’re proud of to whomever we please, libertarians will remain marginalised and misunderstood. They’ll be seen as an articulate but callous bunch, perversely rejoicing over the wider dislocation and misery caused by the State’s champions ditching the minions they think they can most easily do without.

When faced with people determined to do exactly the wrong thing, Lenin’s “The worse the better” dictum may be an accurate response to their failures. But it’s no way to market anything to anyone.

PS. I note the Tories’ pledge to let headteachers discipline children for misbehaviour on the way to and from school. I leave the last word on this news to John Taylor Gatto:

As schooling encroaches further and further into family and personal life, monopolizing the development of mind and character, children become human resources at the disposal of whatever form of governance is dominant at the moment.

I know it’s useless, stupid and, well, just sad, for a blog to talk about another one, but this is so funny.


David Davis

Mr Eugenides, here, lauds The Devil, who did it here, about some film review or other for some “picture” about Che Guevara (and no, you T-shirt still it not cool, you juvenile wannabe-murdering-scumbag.)

All we know about Ernesto “Chè” Guevara, on this blog here, is this. It’s a good picture for Christmas:-

That's better, that's more like it, see if you can pick up  a St Hilda's chick while wearing that.

That's better, that's more like it, see if you can pick up a St Hilda's chick while wearing that.

But the whole spat does raise an interesting point (interesting to me anyway…). The vast majority of the “film” “industry’s” stuff, described very seriously as “output”, seems to be what we on the liberal wing of politics would call “counter-cultural” – which is to say: it glorifies persons who either are authoritarian, or who would become so at the drop of a hat. We only rarely get something like “The Lord of the Rings” which even Gramsci himself would have difficulty politicising against his own culture. Here’s a list off the top of my head:-

Che Guevara

Lenin (a long time ago, in I think “Nicholas and Alexandra”)

Ghandi

William Wallace (a terrorist who got what he deserved, and no he was NOT the father of Edward III.)

Those journalists whose names I can’t remember who shafted poor Richard Nixon

Titanic (all that s*** about the poor thrid class Irish being locked in to drown….reprehensible, and if I was the legatees of the Shipping Line, I would have sued.

And many others.

The people who do this gear should try making the films in North Korea, or Cuba, about Kim or Fidel.

I guess the other point is that, well, we all want to be able in this cyber-age to be “up with it”, though what “it” is with which we have to be “with”, is ill-defined. We all want to flag useful and interetsing stuff to others, i guess.

….and what will the buggers do next?


David Davis

Anti-“war on terror” “laws” are being used to upset the normal course of events in the sorting out of an Icelandic Bank which has a little local difficulty. Hat tip Guido, who spotted this in the FT.

If “states” are going to start squabbling over stuff, as if it was post-war-rationed-sweets, like tantrumised children outside a playground in 1948, then we truly are in the poo. This is socialism “triumphing over all the world”, as someone called V. I. Lenin said it “must”.

(Thieving, murdering bastard, and good-for-nothing waste-of-space. Good that he started to smell and had to be replaced by a waxwork. Hope they burnt the remains while nobody was looking, sensible guys. Perhaps Lenin didn’t exist at all, and had to always be played by a body-double, like “Jacqui” “Smith” … in my saner moments, I can’t believe that such a person exists.)

Men, women, chivalry and MarxoFeminazism


David Davis

I am busy today, as this is Lancashire. Thus, owing to recent-but-decreasing-global-warming, it’s temporarily warm (brill !!!) for a couple of hours and therefore we have to do something about the grapes on the vines, or they will rot and we and our feudal-estate-slaves will both starve and have no wine. There’ll also be no chutney, for our Indian-takeaways (this is Lancashire, takeaway Chicken Tikka Masala is our national food) if we don’t get in the fast-rotting tomatoes, and the onions which are beginning so smell a bit iffy, and get them grubbed and boiled into the po’…..

I have therefore to redirect you for a little time. Bear with me till tomorrow, when I will find some other fatuous thing that the enemies of civilisation have done to blameless humans like us and our slaves, and I will then take the piss out of it, for your convenience.

In the meantime, I commend to you all a discussion on Brian Micklethwait’s blog, about how the marxohorrible feminazis view Sarah Palin – and by inference, all other ordinary normal women too.

Can women also be Gramsco-marxianazis? I think so, if something terrible goes wrong in their lives. Discuss. (The problem is why any of them wanted to be this thing, unless they were ugly (or deranged in some findamental way, either through misfortune or through socialist parenting) and therefore functionally-unshaggable, and (then) stupid enough to think that this was someone else’s fault other than perhaps their parents’. Imagine how pretty all the world’s women would be, without exception, all the time, if there had been no feminism ever, for about three generations. Having attended a University in the 60s/70s when sex had just been invented and released as freeware, (some would have called it shareware) I as a young man came to the conclusion that either unsuitably-small and rubbery breasts and/or bad breath beget socialist attitudes in a highly-educated woman; or else they don’t develop properly if she has been wrongly socialised and does not brush her teeth at least once each day. Discuss.)

If God had not intended us to fly, then he would not have given us tickets.


David Davis

Interestingly funny stuff from The Appalling Strangeness, about “Plane Stupid“. Never heard of them myself, being a bumpkin, but if they protest about runways and all that gear and complain that poor people can fly everywhere cheaply, then I will do the opposite of what they recommend.

The Devil cooks them nicely too, here.

I entirely favour cheap flights, because it means that people who are less-rich, or not green, or (on the whole) who have been robbed and short-changed by socialist state education, can afford to go to and enjoy drinking in nice places which they would never ordinarily see. I can see exactly how this would absolutely make the charrerati see red, but that’s not my problem, it’s theirs. The chatterati should get out less, unless it’s to join a three-hundred-year-excursion package to visit Lenin’s mausoleum, with (no) bed (and) sleep-deprivation and half-board in the cellars of Dzerzinsky Square.