I know how Anna Soubry feels

For two-and-a-half years we have been similarly libelled as Nazis, branded by everyone from Prince Charles to the Archbishop of Canterbury to broadsheet columnists as racist, xenophobic cretins whose self-destructive vote to leave the EU has resuscitated the ‘fascist tradition’ (in the archbishop’s words).

I’ve been sworn at whilst walking my children to school. A neighbour spat outside my home every time he passed. People colluded to get me out of my job. I’m referred to by the media (and others) as an ignorant/racist/nazi continuously. But now an MP who has engaged in all the pejorative name calling; an MP with nothing but contempt for democracy and the electorate; now that this MP has been heckled and called a nazi by some boorish types, it’s now I’m supposed to be appalled?

Somebody pass me the world’s smallest violin.

(For the record, I do not believe Anna Soubry to be a nazi. Even she is too sensible to support a Socialist party. However she does give all the appearance of being an entitled, anti-democratic, federalist, EU Apparatchik – it just doesn’t fit into a chant so well!)


Why I’m Buying Bitcoin

money press

He who controls the presses controls the press“.

We’ve seen the digital equivalent of this escalate pretty rapidly this year, with all the major digital “presses” limiting who has access to their services by “de-platforming” purveyors of “hate” (i.e. right-wing conservatives). And now the censorious, totalitarian tactic is being extended even further: “He who controls the money presses controls the money”. More and more individuals & organisations (ie right-wing conservatives) are being denied access to payment processing platforms. Financial blacklisting. If this latest escalation in the culture war doesn’t scare you – it really really should.

I’ve considered investing in Bitcoin quite a few times in 2018 – though “investing” isn’t the right word. I’m not doing it as an investment primarily but as a means of circumnavigating the new threat of financial tyrants. I’ve done my research and there’s certainly a long list of pros & cons. But I’ve decided  2019 is the year I take the plunge. The catalyst? This discussion between Dave Rubin and Jordan Peterson explains it. [Hint – it involves some of my recurring themes: freedom of speech, liberty, democracy … in the very literal sense of the word].

Smelly Elvis Lives

bazzMuch as I dislike driving traffic to The Guardian, this article is well worth a read:

I first met Barry just after he’d become a Christian and got involved in the children’s ministry I headed up  (…his first role was to play the part of “Smelly Elvis”!).  Proud to see him go from strength to strength, or – more accurately – from weakness to strength; from brokenness to wholeness; from hopelessness to hopefulness; from debt to solvent; and from death to life.

Divorceophobia – A Load of Old Bolsheviks.

leninNot a lot of people know that in the Russian revolution 100 years ago, one of Lenin’s key agendas was the abolition of the family.

He set about this in several ways: first he introduced “marriage equality” – making registered & unregistered marriages ‘equal’. (sound familiar?). Then he separated child rearing from marriage by removing the concept of illegitimacy and introducing abortion on demand (sound familiar?). The other significant step was “no fault divorce”. Basically, one party could say “I want a divorce” and it was granted. (I divorce thee, I divorce thee, I divorce thee … job done. Sound familiar?).

Of course, all these changes were justified on the grounds of compassion and liberation from the oppressive & outdated institution. Only cruel, old-fashioned people would oppose them.

The abolition of marriage in all but name had such devastating, catastrophic social effects that within one generation Stalin – yes, Stalin, of all people – decided he needed to completely reverse all of Lenin’s policies.

Of course, being students of history and being more enlightened our governments would never do anything so foolish. Who in their right mind would dream of enacting all these changes … in one fell swoop. See, surely that was Lenin’s mistake – doing it all at once! Much better to being about the abolition of the family incrementally.

Pretty much the only piece of Lenin’s ideology that hasn’t yet been introduced over the course of the past 2 generations in the UK is “no fault divorce”. But that is the governments’ latest proposal.

I know the topic of same-sex ‘marriage’ got a lot of us very exercised, but no-fault divorce is probably even more of a nail in the coffin for marriage. PLEASE RESPOND TO THE GOVERNMENTS CONSULTATION. There’s just 48 hours left to respond. There are some helpful guidelines here.

Thank you.

The Ghost of Brexit Lost

To those generous but deluded souls who say Mrs. Dismay ‘has done her best in a very difficult situation’, I say ‘No, she has not.’ She has done her very best for Brussels, and they are delighted. What Mrs. Dismay has done is to negate democracy.

So, as the gruel of lily-livered capitulation is forced down the throats of those starving for democracy and the well-heeled pussycat shoe stamps on the face of the electorate forever, I bid all you citizens of Airstrip One good night.