Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Theresa May's government

Alec Nussbaum:  "You can't judge Theresa May's government by the senior appointments she makes on the first day.  When Margaret took power she was obliged to stuff her Cabinet with wets like Walker, Prior, Gilmour and the rest.  Only when we see who the junior ministers are will we know the real ideological direction Theresa May intends to travel along."

A priority for Mrs May

And so today Theresa May will become Prime Minister.

I welcome her appointment.

And like many others I am speculating about what her policies might be.

Obviously Brexit.

And as a practicing Anglican I trust that Christian principles will guide her decisions (and perhaps she can reassert Prime Ministerial control over the appointment of bishops so the senior clergy do not continue as a self-appointed elite).

But one of the key areas Mrs May must address is the issue of immigration.

The referendum (as Sundar Katwala pointed out in one of his tweets months ago when he thought Remain would win) was a referendum on immigration.

And the people voted no to immigration.

That vote must be respected.

Above all, the continued existence of ghettos must be brought to an end.  Gently one hopes.  But robustly if necessary.

Post-war immigration has meant, for ordinary English people, the appearance of ghettos in every city, suburb and town in the country.  Not just one wave of ghettos, but a continuing process of ghetto-generation so that nowhere is safe from this blight.  Ghettos have even appeared in the rural countryside in the last ten years.

These ghettos have not been addressed honestly as a public evil.  Instead we have been told that they are vibrantly diverse communities to be celebrated as part of the (now discredited) policy of multiculturalism.  Anyone who spoke out against the creation of ghettos has, heretofore, been called a "racist".

This must stop.

Ghettos have appeared as a result of government policy over the last sixty years.

They must be dealt with as a result of government policy.

No more ghettos.

Therefore a priority for Mrs May must be the development of policies to stop the creation of new ghettos and disperse the existing ghettos.  In particular this must mean the ending of family visas enabling the importation of south Asian brides.  As for those Eastern Europeans already here, the young men can stay (they will be absorbed into the population easily) but it must be made clear that they will not be allowed family visas - if they are missing their families they can travel in the opposite direction.

Immigration policy is going to be a key test for Mrs May and her government.

If it does not stop, and the ghettos start to be removed, her name will become anathema to the majority of British people and large sections of her own party.

David Cameron has, for right-wing Conservatives, been a disappointment

We are to have a new Prime Minister today.

It is an exciting moment.

David Cameron has, for right-wing Conservatives, been a disappointment.  The disillusion began when he reneged on holding a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.  I know it was already signed by the time he took office, but he could have held a symbolic and consultative referendum.

Instead he chose to renege on his promise, in what became a slap in the face for the Eurosceptics.

And not surprisingly the Eurosceptics slapped his face back, and went on slapping it until he had had enough and petulantly resigned after saying he would stay on whatever the referendum result.  So on your way Mr Cameron.  I don't wish to sound ungracious but on the whole you will not be missed.


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Intellectually dishonest article about Sterling

Another intellectually dishonest article about Sterling in the Independent:

If you line up establishment commentators predicting economic disaster in the event of Brexit then is it any wonder that investors take fright when Brexit happens.

It is akin to shouting fire in a crowded cinema.

Make do with the immigrants you have already

Thus begins the special pleading over immigration:

Under the new normal of Brexit the guiding principle for all future immigration must be:  will it benefit the ordinary people?

Not the ivory tower academics,  Not the fat cat employers.  Not the upper-middle-class servant-employers.

They've had their turn.  They've had stonking levels of immigration (which the rest of us have had to pay for).  Now it is time for Sir Leszek Borysiewicz and his ilk to show some restraint.

You make do with the immigrants you have already Sir Leszek, 3 million should be more than enough for anyone.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

It needs to be done

Regarding the Labour party, the Parliamentary party must (MUST) reflect the membership.

Until this happens there will be no end to the crisis.  So the activists need to deselect the ones who are unrepresentative.  Painful and unpleasant, but it needs to be done.

The Conservatives also have this problem, but so far we are bit more discreet and polite about the issue (perhaps too discreet and polite - at least the EU referendum flushed out the Remainers).

I doubt this is a serious threat

Via Sundar Katwala the news that 20 Conservative MPs will defect if Leadsom is elected.

I doubt this is a serious threat.

But for the future someone needs to note the names so they can be deselected.

Andrea Leadsom has asserted the primacy of family life

Conservative leadership candidate Andrea Leadsom has asserted the primacy of family life over all other forms of social organisation:

It has been a long wait for Conservative members to hear this welcome message.

As a single person with no children (but nieces and nephews!) I nevertheless realise the fundamental importance of the family in creating and sustaining the sort of society I, and so many millions, wish to live in.

Society has been sick for so long that perversion (in its widest sense) has become the new normal.

But with Andrea Leadsom as Prime Minister things will change.

Let us look how far we have come since the Referendum:

  • Post Brexit the United Kingdom has become a nation state once again.
  • With Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom as the two leadership candidates we are assured that Protestant Anglican Christianity will be governing the development of policy.
  • And if Andrea Leadsom becomes leader we know that the family will be at the centre of society.

Andrea Leadsom is supposed to have been "naive" in allowing her comments to slip out.

And yet if she had planned this disclosure it could not have done her more good among the Conservative membership.

Perhaps she did plan this?

And note the sneering has begun...

Sunday, June 26, 2016

As it happens, Guardian writer Owen Jones is mostly right in this article:

"It may not have been the working-class revolt against the political establishment that many of us favoured, but it is undeniable that this result was achieved off the back of furious, alienated working-class votes." 

But he is wrong to say:  "The growing chasm between the generations has only been deepened." - the thing about young voters is that they eventually become old voters, and as they accumulate assets they will change how they feel about politics.

The leadership candidate that offers this programme will receive my support

Lots of speculation about who will be the new leader of the Conservative party:

I am less concerned with personalities than with the vision the various candidates are going to offer.

Speaking personally, now we are a nation once again I want to see:

1  A Royal state - which means The Queen in Parliament is genuinely supreme.

2  A Christian (and Established Anglican) state - which means that within an overall acceptance of tolerance, United Kingdom laws should be explicitly based on Christian principles, and the country should return to a symbolic (and actual) recognition that officially society is Christian.

3  A One-Nation state - which means that everyone feels included, no-one is "left behind" (and I am open to policies of redistribution), and that immigrants who are already here are gently but firmly encouraged to assimilate.

The leadership candidate that offers this programme will receive my support and I will campaign and vote for them.

The Leave result

This morning at Holy Communion, as I knelt at the Communion rail, I thanked God for the Leave result.

And in one of the hymns we sang:

Spirit of our God, descending,
fill our hearts with heavenly joy;
love with every passion blending
pleasure that can never cloy;
thus provided, pardoned, guided,
nothing can our peace destroy.

The consolations of British nationalism

It is far too early to assess the impact of Brexit on the SNP.

Previously nationalism in Scotland had an advantage because it was countered by a blergh pan-EU nothingness.

Fine for the people who did well out of the EU but offering nothing to those left behind.

Into that cultural vacuum the SNP poured the consolations of Scottish nationalism and exceptionalism.

What few people have realised since last Thursday is that the United Kingdom is a nation once again.

A rival nationalism is now on offer to Scottish people.

And if handled correctly, the consolations of British nationalism will prove to be far stronger than localist Scottish nationalism.

It is time to beat the SNP at their own game.

And we should do this by strengthening and refinancing British institutions.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

They have also, absentmindedly, taken back control of southern Ireland

It is not possible for the Irish Republic to have a economic destiny distinct from the United Kingdom.

The geographic facts insist on this.

Therefore the people of the United Kingdom have not just taken back control of their own country, they have also, absentmindedly, taken back control of southern Ireland.

Of course, anti-English bigots like Fintan O'Toole are spluttering on their bile as they realise this fact.

But unless the EU is going to grant the Irish Republic the modern equivalent of a Berlin airlift, the southern Irish will have to accept the status of a client state.

Possibly a fig-leaf formula will be found where the Irish republic can be simultaneously in the EU and economically subservient to the United Kingdom.

And possibly the same formula can apply to Scotland.

But no-one should be in any doubt over where the economic power will be located.

Friday, June 24, 2016

That fifth column

Of course, one must resist recriminations and retaliations.

One must be magnanimous in victory.

But one aspect of the referendum is that it has flushed out all the pro-EU cheerleaders in the parliamentary Tory party:

They will all have to go.

Quietly one hopes, and without public bloodletting.

But we cannot tolerate that fifth column in our midst any longer. 

Nationalism is the only ideology on offer

The Labour Party proclaims that it is an internationalist party, but there will have to be some serious rethinking following the referendum:

Unless Labour is going to espouse rejoining the EU as a policy, they have no option but to become a nationalist party.

Nationalism is the only ideology on offer.

Same goes for the Conservatives.

They might be able to maintain a wishy-washy sort of genuflection to the United Nations, but that is not going anywhere.

And a battle with intransigent EU negotiators is only likely to inflame nationalist sentiment in the United Kingdom.

So we now need to start asking: what will Conservative nationalism look like, and what will Labour nationalism look like?

The first party to answer that question will win the 2020 election.
It would be very difficult for Nicola Sturgeon to fight a second independence campaign against the backdrop of an EU that was falling apart:

And we are at least two years away from the political situation being stable enough for the SNP to risk it.

Therefore there will be no second referendum in Scotland in the short, or indeed medium term.
I agree that Angela Leadsom would make a fine leader of the Conservative Party:

The difficulty with "Boris" is that he wants it too much.

We are a nation once again

Mission accomplished:

Now we will see all sorts of deleterious experiences that have occurred over the last forty years go into reverse.

And tired (indeed, exhausted) as we must all feel, the real work begins NOW.

We are a nation once again.