Vote blue, get green. Vote red, get green. Vote yellow, get green. Vote SNP, get green. I wonder why they bother to even have a proper Green Party.
So in yet another way, Britain is becoming more and more like the old East Germany. Really? Yes.
The East Berlin Commissioners would have welcomed our frenzied desire to snatch little children from their mothers’ arms and stuff them into day care centers while their parents marched to work.
The wild plans that Johnson embraced last week will cost billions in subsidies and thus in taxes. They endanger the power supply. They will also mean more children working for change in the infernal mines of Congo to find the raw materials for the batteries on which this noble project is based.
They would have smiled at our easy divorce, our high schools, and our creeping state broadcaster, breaking out party propaganda and closing the airwaves to dissent.
But above all, they would have recognized our fake parliament – many different parties, but only one opinion.
Did you know that communist East Germany had a liberal party and a nominally conservative allegedly Christian Democratic party? They did.
They even had general elections, where you could vote for these forgeries (voting against was harder, and staying home would also make you notice).
I paid too much to travel abroad by train instead of plane, long before Greta Thunberg was even born. But none of this counts in my favor. Because the new Green Frenzy is a faith-based dogma, not a set of deliberate opinions
But like ours, they were all the same. And like ours, they represented the elite before the people, instead of the other way around.
What does green actually mean? It doesn’t mean you love the planet. It means that you like a slogan.
I have always been a defender of our natural heritage. I feel almost physical pain at the sight and sound of a tree being cut. I mourned the destruction of the railways and the resulting tyranny of the automobile.
I have been mocked by colleagues for 40 years and despite drivers who rode bikes, unfortunately for me in a right-wing way.
I paid too much to travel abroad by train instead of plane, long before Greta Thunberg was even born.
But none of this counts in my favor. Because the new Green Frenzy is a faith-based dogma, not a set of deliberate opinions.
As Labor leader Keir Starmer discovered in his Trotskyist 1920s, a moralizing, self-righteous perceived concern for the planet is the new Marxism.
It’s not a moral system. It is organized hypocrisy in which you show that you are good by saying the right thing. Actions don’t matter. It’s your opinion they care about.
If you’re a Hollywood star, you can fly first class and drive a gas guzzling car as long as you swear allegiance to the Cult of Greta. But you can be sure that others will suffer for it, whether they like it or not.
The wild plans that Johnson embraced last week will cost billions in subsidies and thus in taxes. They endanger the power supply. They will also mean that more children will dedicate themselves to small change in the infernal mines of Congo to find the raw materials for the batteries on which this noble project is based.
You can be sure that life will be poorer, darker, colder and generally glomeric, again a bit like East Germany.
So it is probably a good thing that we are rapidly losing our freedom to object, that our new People’s Police are getting more bossy every day, and most of us really enjoy hearing what to do.
As Labor leader Keir Starmer discovered in his Trotskyist 1920s, a moralizing, self-righteous perceived concern for the planet is the new Marxism. It’s not a moral system. It is organized hypocrisy in which you show that you are good by saying the right thing
A dark war … and a brutal stab in the tail
When former British Army officer James Le Mesurier was found dead on a street in Istanbul a year ago, many people feared foul play. A brave and charming man in all probability, Le Mesurier had made many sinister enemies through his involvement in the dark Syrian crisis.
A brave and charming man in all probability, Le Mesurier had made many sinister enemies through his involvement in the dark Syrian crisis. And now an extremely fascinating BBC Radio 4 series, Mayday, is trying to explain the affair
And now an extremely fascinating BBC Radio 4 series, Mayday, is trying to explain the affair. It packs quite a punch to naive defenders of the brutal, torture-based Assad regime in Syria. I would say the program is pretty much on the side of Mr Le Mesurier and the long campaign to bring Britain into the Syrian civil war.
But can I insist on caution on that? As the program admits, the famous White Helmets, a brilliantly published rescue team that Le Mesurier helped set up with a lot of money from Britain and other major powers, have their problems.
What were their relationships with the Muslim fanatics in the areas where they worked? And what happened to western money?
The BBC has (among other shortcomings) carefully reported the appearance of one White Helmet in a jihadist recruitment video, and the presence of two White Helmets in an Islamist ‘execution’, ie murder (they took the body away). It has also alleged that the White Helmets shared a building in Aleppo with Al Qaeda supporters.
I’m not as reassured as the program’s presenter seems to be by the organization’s PR promises that these supposedly isolated incidents have been handled.
Then there is the money problem. Mayday Rescue was the name of the organization through which the money (estimated at over £ 80 million) was funneled. There is some pretty devastating evidence that finances are in a terrible mess. It was so bad that the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs withdrew its support.
Our own State Department told me when asked about this, ‘When the UK and other donors were made aware of the allegations, it suspended further funding for Mayday Rescue and called for an independent forensic investigation. to the claims, which has since taken place. The official position now is that there were ‘gaps’ in the records (quite big, I think), but no evidence of fraud or misappropriation of funds.
Undoubtedly, it is best to let Le Mesurier rest in peace, and I do not mean to attack him. But I think intervention in Syria was a big mistake, and would almost lead us into such swamps.
By supporting fanatical Islamic forces against Assad, we sided with a scorpion against a cobra. The question was always whether we would be bitten or stung, or both.
I asked the BBC last week for ratings for the panel show Question Time, to see how they relate to the recent and distant past. The BBC declined to provide them.
Proof that the mask fanatics can’t have it both ways
Can a Covid virus only move in one direction through a mask? Or can it go in and out? Because if it can go both ways, we now know that all this wearing a mask is an almost complete waste of time
Can a Covid virus only move in one direction through a mask? Or can it go in and out? Because if it can go both ways, we now know that all this wearing a mask is an almost complete waste of time.
Barely noticed in the mainstream media, a serious Danish investigation into the effectiveness of masks reported its findings on Wednesday. Three major scientific journals (shame on you) refused to publish it – you can only guess why.
The Danes did well. They recruited nearly 5,000 people. Half wore masks, of a rather better quality than the kind mainly worn in Great Britain. Half not.
They all lived normal lives. They lasted for a month. At the end, 1.8 percent of the mask wearers tested positive and 2.1 percent of the unmasked positive for Covid. In other words, there was almost no difference.
Everyone has said very carefully that it does not measure whether wearing a mask protects others. Not directly. But I would say that unless masks and viruses both work in one direction, the answer is pretty clear. But with this kind of thin evidence for masks, our government still threatens non-wearers with tyrannical, ruinous fines of up to £ 6,400.
What would they impose if they had decent proof that things worked? Death penalty?
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