Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Nation Revisited # 137, March 2018

Readers' Messages

I welcome comments from readers, even if they are critical. Joe Owens wrote to say that I am just preaching to the converted and regurgitating the same old stuff. He may well be right. Bernard Franklyn complained that the population has become apathetic, and he is undoubtedly right. Robert Lyons contacts me from the USA and John Beattie from Canada. I hear regularly from John Bean, Frank Walsh, and Eddy Morrison, and from my comrades at the Friends of Mosley. We all have our own opinions but we share an aversion to Zionism and Old Gang politicians.

messages are not so welcome. I am not Jewish but I have been mistaken for one. During the 1967 Arab-Israeli War I was buying a shirt in the OK Bazaar in Cape Town. The Jewish woman serving me was obviously upset and I asked her what the trouble was. She said that she had family in Israel, and then she said: "Anyway, what's a nice Jewish boy doing here when you should be fighting in Israel?

Some readers have concluded that I must be Jewish, or in the pay of the Jews, because I don't promote the Great Conspiracy Theory. Others have accused me of being a Freemason, or a homosexual because I don't attack them. This kind of thinking is dangerous nonsense. I know nothing about Freemasonry and what consenting adults get up to in private is their business. I do not attribute the sins of the world to any particular group but to greedy men and women of all persuasions.

Why do I bother? Well, it's ten years since the last financial meltdown and the experts are predicting another one. When major companies like Carillion go under we can expect trouble ahead. We could be in for another slump but our useless politicians are preoccupied with 'Brexit'. We live in interesting times and I shall continue to monitor the situation.

Those with good presentation skills can make videos or address meetings, but I shall continue to write my blog and enjoy receiving your messages. It may be a waste of time but you never know, I might influence someone out there, and if I do it will be worth it. 

What to do with the Banks

The financial crisis of 2008 showed how vulnerable the banks are. They don't make a profit by managing accounts, paying bills, and handling salaries and pensions. They make their money by investing in stocks and shares and by lending at interest. This is condemned as usury by critics of the banking system but a reasonable rate of interest on loans and deposits is necessary. Islamic banks don't apply interest rates but they use transaction fees to cover their costs. If the banks have enough money on deposit to cover loans they are successful but if they lend more than they can cover they are in trouble.

efore Margaret Thatcher deregulated the banks in 1986, credit was restricted and bank managers checked up on their customers, but that all changed when the banks were allowed to lend much more than they had on deposit. For about twenty years they got away with it until some financial genius in America decided to sell packages of sub-prime mortgages. This started a bubble all over the world as investors scrambled to get rich quick, and like all bubbles, it burst.

The resulting crash brought down Lehman Brothers in America and Northern Rock in the UK. Soon, the government had to bail out most of the banks. The alternative would have been to let them fail which would have cost people their homes, jobs and pensions. Disaster was avoided but many people thought that the government should nationalise the banks altogether.

The trouble is that governments would inevitably dip into bank deposits to finance important things such as; buying American missiles, giving foreign aid to ungrateful dictators, and building high-speed railways that cut the journey time from London to Glasgow by ten minutes.

They would rob the banks just as they robbed the National Insurance scheme. If all the money that had been paid in by the workers had been properly invested in a dedicated pension fund our pensioners would be comfortable instead of just about managing.

The only bank owned by the government is the Bank of England. It was established in 1694 to refit the Royal Navy and raised £1.2 million in twelve weeks by selling bonds. That was a lot of money in the seventeenth century. The BOE was nationalised in 1946 but many people think that it's still in private hands. Amongst the bank's assets are 310 tonnes of gold. This is well below our neighbours; Germany - 3,374, Italy - 2,451, France - 2,435.

The Thatcher experiment with deregulation resulted in the banks taking unnecessary risks but since the financial crisis of 2008 they have restricted credit and helped to strangle the economy.The problem is cultural as well as economic. In the old days, people were cautious and the banks avoided risk-taking. Banks, insurance companies, and pension funds need a gently expanding economy administered by honest men and women. The government should have a controlling share; say 51%. The banks employ 2.1 million people and contribute £35 billion a year to the exchequer. We need their skill and experience but they shouldn't be left to their own devices.

International finance is dominated by powerful families that swindle the nations of the world with impunity. They are what the Soviets used to call 'Rootless Cosmopolitans'. They are ruthless manipulators but your average high street banker is simply a service provider. Jesus whipped the money changers out of the temple but we must rely on regulation.

The Tory Legacy

rejudice against foreigners is deeply ingrained in the Tory Party. Their arguments about sovereignty and free trade sound reasonable but they are really motivated by petty nationalism of the worst kind. The sort of jingoistic rubbish that one finds in the Daily Mail. Their hearts are hardened
and their minds are closed.

When Selwyn Lloyd was appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in 1951 he protested to Winston Churchill: "But Sir, there must be some mistake. I do not speak any foreign language. Except in war. I have never visited a foreign country. I do not like foreigners. I have never spoken in a foreign-affairs debate in the House. I have never listened to one." Churchill growled back: "Young man, these all seem to be positive advantages."

Almost everyone in Europe was overjoyed when the Berlin Wall came down. Between 1961, when the wall went up, and 1989, when it came down, 239 people died trying to escape from East Berlin. The bankrupt DDR propped up its economy by selling political prisoners. They sold 33,700 people to the West and detained thousands more in their notorious prisons. The 'Stasi' policed the country by fear with a vast network of spies and informers.

But Margaret Thatcher was unmoved by the plight of our fellow Europeans. In December 1989 she told the assembled heads of Europe: "We beat the Germans twice, and now they're back." She was bitterly opposed to German reunification and couldn't understand why the French supported it. She never understood that the Common Market was about peace and security. She thought that it was a purely commercial venture. That's why she was happy to wear her famous jumper in 1975 bearing the flags of all nations.

President Donald Trump is of Scottish and German ancestry but he is unashamedly anti-German. He is the natural ally of Boris Johnson, the leader of the hard right extremists that have hijacked the Tory Party. If Theresa May falls they will take us out of Europe and negotiate a trade deal with America. They pretend to harbour no grudges against the Germans or the French, but it's not true. They say that they're against the EU and not against Europe, but they are lying. They are motivated by fear and hatred, like Margaret Thatcher, and by Atlanticism, like Winston Churchill.

Of course, they are perfectly entitled to their opinions but they shouldn't pretend to support British independence when they are ready to turn us into the 51st state of the Union. Conrad Black made a persuasive argument for Anglo-American Union when he owned the 'Daily Telegraph', but at least he was open about it.

Economic Nationalism

In answer to a reader's comment, the BNP website explains their economic policy.

"We call our idea economic nationalism Luke, read my post above which describes the basics of the banking system we propose. Taxes are high under the present system because government spending must come from either borrowing or taxation. If the government borrows via bond issuance the national debt increases and so does the interest on the debt leading to high taxes further down the line, so it's a no-win situation. A sovereign government can issue its own currency completely debt and interest-free if it so wishes and has the moral fibre to do so, but the big bankers would hate it and that is why it is not done." 

The article to which he refers calls for restrictions on imports and the encouragement of British manufacturing. Of course, such policies would be reciprocated by those nations that send us goods. If we stopped importing German cars the Germans would certainly stop importing British cars.

The article calls for the ending of foreign aid and our withdrawal from the Middle East. Those are achievable objectives but it should be remembered that foreign aid and military assistance are often linked to lucrative trade deals.

The BNP wants the British government to issue debt and interest-free money, but it has been doing so for years. Between 2009 and 2012 the Bank of England issued £375 billion in 'Quantitative Easing' and in August 2016 it authorised another £70 billion.

If QA works our economy will be saved but if it doesn't we will follow Zimbabwe into bankruptcy. At one point they had multi-billion Zimbabwe dollar bills in circulation until the currency was replaced by the US dollar.

Money doesn't have to be backed by gold or foreign currency reserves but it must have the confidence of those using it. The value of any currency is decided by international consensus. Any country that defaults on its debts is blacklisted, but a nation deeply in debt, like the United States, is trusted because of the underlying strength of its economy.

The BNP have come a long way since one of their members answered my question about their economic policy by saying: "we don't do that left-wing crap." Economics is the key to understanding politics. We have not been self-sufficient since the eighteenth century and we need to trade with our neighbours. We also need skilled workers from abroad. We can choose where we get them from but until we train our own people we will need them. These are facts that cannot be trumped by emotion.

The far-right's economic policies were copied by John Tyndall from Oswald Mosley's pre-war British Union. When the British Empire was destroyed by the Second World War, Mosley abandoned Imperial Preference and moved on to Europe. But Tyndall clung rigidly to policies that were no longer viable. Economic nationalism and compulsory repatriation are the twin fantasies of the far-right.

The Housing Crisis

The Chancellor's decision to cut stamp duty for first home buyers is welcome but saving £5,000 on a £500,000 home in London will not solve the housing crisis. And nor will making 'affordable' homes part of any new development. The thousands of flats being built along the Thames in London are selling for £1,000,000. They are mostly being bought by wealthy foreigners as an investment. An 'affordable' flat would cost 80% of the selling price - £800.000. That still puts them beyond the reach of most people.

There is no point in building houses in cheaper parts of the country. People want to live in London, Birmingham, and Manchester because that's where the work is. And they need to be a sensible distance from their place of work. Some people are wasting four hours a day commuting; time that they should be spending with their families.

We need social housing on a grand scale and a new Rent Act to protect private tenants. The government has promised to build a million houses in the next three years but we don't know how many of them will be for rent, or how many will be genuinely affordable. Margaret Thatcher's dream of a property-owning democracy has not been realised. Seventy-three years after World War Two we still have a housing shortage.

'Right to Buy' gave millions of people the chance to own their own homes but it depleted the available housing stock and almost killed social housing. We must get back to building safe family houses that people can afford. The tower block experiment ended in disaster. Old people and families with children cannot live in high rise blocks. We need houses with gardens and all the necessary services; sewers, roads, broadband, transport links etc. If the government carries out its promise to stop land banking and make more land available, it can be done.


When Dr Beeching was asked to make the railways pay he started by listing loss-making lines for closure but he got carried away with enthusiasm and butchered the network. Years later, Margaret Thatcher did the same thing with coal mines. She could have shut down the most unprofitable pits but she closed down practically the entire industry. The government is now rebuilding the railways and we are importing coal that we could have produced ourselves. That's what happens when common sense is abandoned and dogma takes over.

Adolf Hitler should have sued for peace following the collapse of his invasion of the Soviet Union in 1943, but he fought on and wasted millions of lives, including his own. The top Nazi generals tried to reason with him but he was convinced of the superiority of the German armed forces, even when Field Marshal Paulus surrendered at Stalingrad and Field Marshal von Manstein was defeated at Kursk. Another example of dogma coming before reality.

If we leave the EU and import cheap food from outside Europe we will undercut our own agriculture. At present our farmers are protected by the Common Agricultural Policy but the Tories will let 'market forces' prevail. 

Politicians have good ideas from time to time but they sometimes go too far. They pretend to know what they are doing but their projects often end in failure. Margaret Thatcher went ahead with the Poll Tax despite being advised not to. She was right that everyone should pay for local services, but there is no point in a tax that people can't pay. Theresa May was also right that a lot of old people are comfortably off, but she was foolish to threaten to stop their Winter Fuel Payments just before an election. Both women put dogma before common sense.

We live in changing times. Artificial intelligence, medical science, and automation are changing the world. We must embrace new ideas, such as geopolitical union, social responsibility, and a universal wage, and not allow dogma to hold us back.

Our 'Black' Ancestry - John Bean

Without exception, the UK daily press and all main TV channels have welcomed research at the Natural History Museum which, they said, shows our ancient ancestry was black. It is the media's interpretation of a facial reconstruction on the skull of Britain's oldest skeleton, the 10,000-year-old Cheddar Gorge Man.

A typical press report on the findings began: "The earliest Britons were black-skinned with dark curly hair and possible blue eyes." This came from a Henry Bodkin of the Daily Telegraph, a so-called serious Tory paper. The photo produced everywhere shows that the face was a dark bronze and the hair was straight down to mouth level and then became wavy. Perhaps our Mr Bodkin wanted it to appear more African with complete curly hair. As for the definitely blue eyes, well you can't have that with an ancient African, hence it was "possible" blue eyes.

I make no criticism of the pioneering work of the archaeologists who found scraps of DNA in the ear of the Mesolithic 'Cheddar Man'. They then cross-referenced the genomes of modern inhabitance with known origins of living near the area of the Gorge. Their DNA now comprises roughly 10 percent of the genetic makeup of most white people living in the UK. But the maximum figure of 10 percent is not good enough for the heading to Mr Bodkin's report. This says "The first Britons were Black - and their DNA lives on in most of us."

That was also the view of a dusky lady on the BBC, who went even further by suggesting that the overwhelming majority of Brits throughout the UK were black in origin. Ignore the fact that 90 percent of our ancestors were Celts, Saxons, or Vikings (the Normans were cross-breeds of French and Viking). Furthermore, Archeologists in mainland Europe have recorded ample evidence in DNA testing that their 'whiteness' goes back at least ten millennia.

NR Comment

Piltdown Man was discovered by Charles Dawson in 1912 and only refuted in 1953. For 41 years the world's leading scientists accepted the hoax as the 'missing link' between man and ape. Sometimes politically motivated scientists find what they are looking for. 


All articles in Nation Revisited are written by Bill Baillie unless otherwise stated. The opinions of guest writers are entirely their own. This blog is protected by the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19: "We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share ideas with other people."


Thursday, 1 February 2018

Nation Revisited # 136 February 2018

The British Aerospace Industry

Hundreds of jobs at BAE Systems are threatened by a lack of orders. Unfortunately, the Typhoon multi-role aircraft is not suitable for use on our new aircraft carriers which require planes capable of short take-off and vertical landing. Instead of developing our own aircraft we have ordered fourteen F35B's from Lockheed Martin at a cost of £2.5 billion. We will eventually buy 48 planes, the cost of which will escalate as the pound falls against the dollar. We must also consider the cost of putting British aerospace engineers on the dole.

Our former Defence Minister, Michael Fallon, suggested that we support America by sending our new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to North Korea before she is properly commissioned and without aircraft. Perhaps he wants to ram the first North Korean ship that we encounter?

The government has wasted billions of pounds on two aircraft carriers with no means of launching or landing aircraft. Nuclear ships use steam to power 'cat and trap' equipment, but our new ships are diesels which generate no steam. We, therefore, have to use STOVL aircraft which are not readily available.

When we get our expensive American planes we will be capable of fighting all over the world but what we really need are more destroyers and frigates to defend the homeland. We are a European country with no empire to defend.

Michael Heseltine resigned from the Cabinet over the Westland helicopter affair in 1986. Margaret Thatcher wanted to sell the company to America but he insisted on keeping it in Britain. Today, Westland is part of Leonardo, an Italian company employing 3,300 workers in the UK

Airbus is a French company which employs 15,000 workers in the UK. They have just signed an order for thirty-six A320 superjumbos with the Emirates.

Bombardier is a Canadian company that employs 25,000 workers making trains and aircraft in the UK and Northern Ireland.  

industry is led by BAE, a British company which employs 82,5000 workers making ships, tanks, missiles and aircraft. These companies employ British workers and pay their taxes. They are a vital part of our economy.

The Far Right
The first fascist movement in Britain was the British Fascists, founded by Miss Rotha Lintorn-Orman in 1923. They were fiercely anti-communist and pro-monarchist. Arnold Leese, a former BF councillor for Stamford, called them "Tories with knobs on." In 1929 he founded a rival movement called the Imperial Fascist League which was openly anti-Semitic. According to folklore, when Ron Hargrave applied to join the IFL Arnold Leese first measured his head with a tape measure and told him to report back in a week's time. When he returned Leese said, "A lot of people here don't like the look of you but I have decided to let you in."

        Ron Hargrave guarding the platform for JT in 1960.

In 1932 Oswald Mosley founded the British Union of Fascist which quickly became a mass movement but in 1940 it was banned and over a thousand Blackshirts were rounded up and thrown into prison under Defence Regulation 18B. After the war, he founded Union Movement to fight for ‘Europe a Nation’. He died in 1980 and UM was wound up in the nineties. Union Movement was never far-right but because it opposed Commonwealth immigration it was branded as such by the media.

The National Front was founded in 1967 to stop immigration, start repatriation, and get Britain out of the Common Market. It peaked in 1979 and its successor movement the BNP peaked in 2010. Both movements were eclipsed by UKIP which is now in steep decline.

The term ‘far-right’ includes everything from traditional conservatives to neo-Nazis. They command about ten to fifteen percent of the vote in most of Europe. Britain's first-past-the-post system keeps them out of Parliament but in Germany, the AFD has won 94 seats in the Bundestag, in Austria the Freedom Party is part of the coalition government, and in the United States, Donald Trump, a billionaire Zionist warmonger, has promised to build a wall on the Mexican border and make America great again.

There is a crying need for a sensible patriotic movement to fight for Britain in Europe. Ukip and the remnants of the NF and the BNP are stuck in the past and incapable of change. Most of their members have got one foot in the grave and it’s only a matter of time before a new party emerges to cater for the younger generation.

Readers who are suffering from mental health problems, including paranoia, should ask their doctor for help. Conspiracy theory can be cured by talking therapy. If you think that "they are out to get you", do not despair. The first step is to admit that you have a problem.

What is Nationalism?

We are familiar with Irish, Scottish and Welsh nationalism but less so with English nationalism. My generation was brought up on imperialism which embraced the four nations of the British Isles and even included Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans, and Canadians. We were all subjects of the British Empire.

I was proud to salute the Union Jack in the school playground on Empire Day but the Second World War had already destroyed the British Empire. One of the first men to realise it was Oswald Mosley who proclaimed ‘Europe a Nation’ in his book 'The Alternative' in 1947. Those of us who share his vision of a united continent with a progressive government are European Socialists.

Nationalism is a mixed blessing. At its best, it's a love of country, but at its worst, it's a fear and hatred of foreigners. Celebrating sporting achievements and holidays is a harmless expression of patriotism but beating up immigrants is entirely negative. 
Some people believe in a 'Confederation of Europe', in which fiercely independent nation-states would co-exist with each other. But history tells a different story. The German Nazis murdered the Austrian leader Englebert Dollfuss, and the Italian Fascists invaded Greece, which was a fascist state under General Metaxas. Nationalist states do not live happily with their neighbours; they invariably attack them. 

Little states tend to swagger and act tough, but great empires are self-confident. In the Roman Empire every citizen was protected by the declaration: “Civis Romanus Sum”- I am a Roman Citizen. In 1850 Lord Palmerston stated in Parliament that every citizen of the British Empire should enjoy the same protection. Britain is going through a painful divorce from the European Union but we will still be Europeans, and when the current outbreak of tribalism has subsided, it will only be necessary to say “I am a European”.

Living on Borrowed Money

Many desperate families are in debt to banks and loan sharks because they can't live on their wages.The construction giant Carillion has collapsed, the National Health Service is virtually bankrupt, and the government borrows nearly fifty billion pounds a year just to keep going.

Some of the unfortunate people who find themselves in debt are poorly educated and come from a culture of poverty and ignorance. But the leaders of our nation have been to university and many of them have their own businesses. They know that you cannot get out of debt by borrowing money.

Idealists promise a debt-free society when socialism is established, but while we are waiting there are practical measures that can be taken. For a start, we should recognise that we are not a world power and stop acting like one. Our campaign in Afghanistan was a waste of lives and money. Helmand province, for which we were responsible, is now a Taliban stronghold with a thriving opium industry. And our military adventures in Iraq, Libya and Syria were just as futile.

Our new aircraft carriers and the Polaris missile system are vanity projects that we cannot afford and don't need. The main threats to this country are illegal immigration and terrorism, but we cannot stop illegal immigrants or terrorists with aircraft carriers or nuclear submarines.

The House of Lords should be transformed into a Senate charged with monitoring government spending. The US manages with 100 senators and we should follow their example. It should be illegal for the government to spend beyond the budget, except in time of war or national emergency. This would upset the various lobby groups that champion railways, roads, and other expensive projects, but it would reduce our crippling national debt.

When we have invested sufficiently in health, housing and education, we can think about defence spending. But until then we should act like a modern European country and stop pretending to be a great world power.

The Abuse of Power

Harvey Weinstein is not the first film producer to take advantage of his wealth and power. Hollywood has always been notorious for the 'casting couch' that gave us some of our favourite stars. When Marilyn Monroe was awarded a big film part a reporter asked her what it meant to her, she replied: "it means I will never have to suck another Jewish cock." (Dennis McDougal - The Last Mogul, Crown Publishing, New York)

But this kind of behaviour is not confined to the film industry. Rich and powerful men have always exploited their positions and ambitious young women have always co-operated with them. In the 2008 BBC television drama "Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley" the 'Iron Lady' was shown offering herself to Ted Heath when he was in charge of selecting Tory candidates and she was an aspiring MP. Ted Heath didn't fancy her, but how many female MPs got their jobs by sleeping around?

Feminism is now de rigueur. Hardly a speech is made nowadays that does not promote women, blacks and gays. Our leaders are determined to shield them from hurtful words or actions, and they have introduced legislation to protect them. It's alright to dismiss elderly white men as "pale, stale and male" but being disrespectful to women, homosexuals or ethnic minorities will not be tolerated.

Social attitudes change with time. We are being taken over by Puritans who see a racism and sexism wherever they look. We go through this cycle every hundred years or so, as the pendulum swings between liberalism and hypocrisy. But human nature never changes and people of all races, faiths, and genders will always misbehave.

The Degrading of Women - John Tyndall from Spearhead Nov 1999

John Tyndall was an old-fashioned nationalist who never came to terms with the loss of the British Empire. His "Economic Nationalism" was based on pre-war policies which had been rendered obsolete by the Second World War. When Nick Griffin admitted that a whites-only Britain was no longer possible he replied in 'Spearhead': "Contrary to all this nonsense, a whites-only Britain is indeed possible - through a BNP victory. And without such a victory  not even any limited relief from the present multiracial horror will ever be possible." JT lived in a world of his own but he was a brave man who occasionally hit the nail on the head.  

Faithful to the canons of political correctness and to the great delight of the Blairs of this world, Britain is becoming a feminised society - feminised at least in respect of those spheres of life which have traditionally been seen as the domain of men.  One symptom of this tendency has been the downgrading of masculine qualities and the proliferation of so-called 'males' in which these qualities are manifestly lacking. Another - equally repulsive - has been the attempt to induce women to play masculine roles - to become, as it were, ersatz and second-rate males instead of first-rate representatives of their own sex. 

Nowhere has this latter tendency been pursued to the point of insanity more than in Britain's armed forces - up till recently admired throughout the world for their toughness, discipline and professionalism, but now increasingly becoming just another experimental ground for social engineering, including the nutty theories of human equality - both racial and sexual.

Penny Rushton (24), from Cannock, Staffs., with her crew-cut, back-pack and rifle, is not a picture of feminity. She has served in the Royal Artillery but is now trying to get into the Royal Marine Commandos, one of the toughest military units in the world.

To win the Commandos' famed Green Beret she must complete a ten-mile endurance course in 72 minutes in full kit. She must also do a nine-mile speed march and a 30-mile solo mission on Dartmoor in eight hours. Even half of the male trainees fail to make it in these tests, but Penny (5ft 2in and 8 1/2 stone) is determined to succeed.

An army spokesman talking to the press said: "A few years ago having a woman join the Commandos would have been unthinkable. This shows how far women have come in the forces. Penny is there on merit, She gets no special treatment."

Well, if this is true and Penny Rushton does make it into the Commandos it can only mean one thing.

She will have gone a long way towards sacrificing those unique feminine qualities that make women special - and which in fact make the world go round.

Which no doubt would delight Tony and his 'New Labour' Government. This crew seem bent on turning women into half-men just as they want to turn men into half-women (some would say setting an excellent example themselves!)

Of course, we expect this kind of tomfoolery from politicians. But aren't we entitled to hope that the chiefs of our armed services would know better?

Just who was the nitwit who, with apparent enthusiasm, told the newspapers that Penny gets "no special treatment"?

Women should indeed get special treatment - because women are not the same. Our ancestors knew it. Our nation was built upon it. In fact, every nation that has made any worthwhile mark on history has recognised it as an eternal truth.

And an essential part of the difference is that women should not be called upon to perform combat roles in the armed services. This is not because women have any less courage than men, but only because their courage is of a different kind, also because the physical and psychological hardships of life in the front line in wartime are hardships best suited to the male species - just as women, and women alone, are equipped to cope with the unique hardship of childbirth.

What the feminists (male and female) of New Labour seem incapable of understanding is that this kind of nonsense, far from raising the status of women and 'liberating' them, simply degrades and insults them into an environment in which they cannot possibly compete on fair terms with their men-folk. This is the same as degrading and insulting men by casting them into those areas of life that are the natural domain of women and where women perform best.

Britain will not get back on proper course until we rid ourselves of this madness and revert to a society in which men and women are valued equally but acknowledged as different. 

All articles are by Bill Baillie unless otherwise stated. The opinions of guest writers are entirely their own. This blog is protected by the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19:
"We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share ideas with other people."


Sunday, 31 December 2017

Nation Revisited # 135 January 2018

All articles are by Bill Baillie unless otherwise stated. The opinions of guest writers are entirely their own. This blog is protected by the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19:
"We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share ideas with other people."

The State of the Nation

Theresa May has agreed our divorce terms with the EU. We will leave the single market and the customs union but maintain 'close alignment'. We have adopted the rules and regulations of the EU, and we will pay our dues, but we will bring back the blue British passport, with genuine cardboard covers, to prove our 'independence'. Chancellor Philip Hammond explained our position on a visit to China: "We won't technically or legally be in the customs union or the single market, but we're committed, as a result of the agreement we made this week, to creating an environment which will effectively replicate the current status quo so that businesses can carry on trading with their commercial partners across the EU as they do now, borders will operate as they do now, and financial service businesses will be ablle to carry on conducting their business as they do now." 

Time will tell if he is right, but whatever happens, we will still have our problems. Theresa keeps telling us how lucky we are to have full employment but many jobs are low-paid and insecure. European immigration is down but non-European immigration is constant. We are starting to take training and education seriously but there are skills shortages in most areas. It costs over half a million pounds to train a doctor but we can bring one from India for the price of an airline ticket. And ten years after the financial crisis consumer debt is at an unacceptable level. 

We need a Government of National Unity as never before. The Tories cannot command a majority and Labour cannot be trusted. Austerity was unsustainable and tax increases are unpopular, so we will go on borrowing money for public services and hand the debt to the next generation. We need a sensible discussion about priorities. We must ask ourselves if we can afford to renew the Trident missile system or buy the planes for our new aircraft carriers. This discussion must be beyond party politics, and the politicians should think of the country instead of their own ambitions.

The question of Europe
has dominated politics for years. The Leavers believe their own propaganda about the EU being a dictatorship when it's really a customs union of 28 sovereign states. We were only half-hearted members of the EU; we were not in the eurozone or the Schengen area, so we probably won't notice much difference when we leave. Our endemic problems are nothing to do with the EU, they are the fault of under-investment and short-term policies.

The Brexiteers want to trade with the United States but Donald Trump has demonstrated his protectionist policy by imposing a 300% tariff on Bombardier aircraft sales. This will cause massive job losses in Northern Ireland. So much for our 'Special Relationship'.

President Donald Trump has outlined his 'fake news' foreign policy which cast Russia and China as enemies in order to justify his defence budget. He is reviving the Cold War and Boris Johnson is slavishly following him. 

Our adversarial political system is out-of-date and so is our foreign policy, our industrial and military strategy, and our forward planning. We need to face up to reality.

Race and Culture

Race and culture were analysed by Francis Parker Yockey in 'Imperium'. He described the biological view of race as 'vertical' and the cultural view as 'horizontal'. Benito Mussolini said: "Race is a feeling; ninety-five percent, at least, is a feeling. Nothing will ever make me believe that biologically pure races can be shown to exist today. Amusingly enough, not one of those who have proclaimed the 'nobility' of the Teutonic race was himself a Teuton. Gobineau was a Frenchman, Chamberlain an Englishman; Woltmann a Jew; Lapouge another Frenchman."

Andrew Brons contends that distinctive races make distinctive cultures. He is right up to a point but most civilisations did not arise in isolation but by borrowing from each other. We got gunpowder from China, our language from India and mathematics from Arabia. 

Europeans dominated technology but the Asians were never far behind. This was due to the inventiveness of the people but other factors must be considered. To develop industry you need coal and iron and to be sailors you need access to the sea. Cultures, therefore, are the product of races, geography, contacts, and resources.

Since the Second World War millions of non-Europeans have settled in the UK. We could control further immigration and deport criminals and undesirables but wholesale repatriation is practically impossible. There are simply too many of them. 

              Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - photo AP

Whether we like it or not they are part of our population. Some of them are terrorists, criminals or parasites but many of them make a positive contribution to our society. Black and brown faces dominate our television screens and the American actress Meghan Markle will bring a touch of colour to the Royal Family when she marries Prince Harry.

The Third World population explosion is out of control and threatens to flood Europe with economic refugees. We have a right to defend ourselves against this invasion but we must also keep a sense of proportion. Race is important but it's not everything. People who work hard and obey British laws and customs should be respected.

Easy Money

Government borrowing has actually fallen this quarter but consumer borrowing is getting out of control and a credit squeeze looks likely. The government are proud of their employment record but far too many people are living on credit, and a rise in the interest rate has hit them hard.

People have got short memories and burst bubbles are soon forgotten. Optimistic bankers imagine that it will be different this time. But it will be the same. We will go from boom to bust just as we did before. A proactive government would take steps to avoid it but we haven't got one. We have got a reactionary government that only shuts the stable door after the horse has bolted.

The Tories have promised to build more houses but many of them are landlords who benefit from a tight housing market. They will not limit credit because they have invested in banks and finance companies. They are speculators who see the parliamentary system as an extension of the stock exchange.

We survived the financial crisis of 2008 but we might not be so lucky next time. The banks have been bailed out and new regulations should ensure that they don't overtrade in the future. But personal loans have reached epidemic proportions and the sheer volume of defaulters could break the banks once again.

The Tories try not to interfere in commercial matters. When the train drivers go on strike they say that its a matter for the unions and the train companies. But the banks are too important to be left alone. We need a National Investment Bank, as proposed by the Labour Party, to provide legitimate services, such as mortgages, car loans, deposits, and current accounts. There is very little competition between the banks because interest rates are set by the Bank of England. 

Housing should be run by the Government and not left to local authorities. Social housing should be available and the National Investment Bank should provide low-interest loans to builders and house buyers. This would not be as expensive as it sounds. It costs a fortune to keep families in bed and breakfast accommodation, and thousands of construction workers would be employed. 

The old nationalised industries were inefficient but some of our giant corporations are just as bad. The banks pay millions of pounds in salaries and bonuses to their directors, but they are closing branches to save money. It's time for the state to get involved.


More students are going to university and getting degrees than ever before. This must be a good thing but many people claim that education has been 'dumbed down' and that many degrees are worthless. They may have a point but this country is desperately short of doctors, scientists and engineers. The Philippines turns out more engineers than we do. If we are to compete in the modern world we must have educated people who have been to university or served an apprenticeship.

The UK is seventh in the educational league table of nations which is dominated by East Asia. There is room for improvement but some of those criticising the system are simply reactionaries who preferred it when only a privileged minority of students went to university and most people were blissfully ignorant. That's why they support tuition fees and oppose free education. 

If educational standards were as bad as they say we would not attract students from all over the world who pay handsomely for a place at a British university. And our leading universities would not have earned their reputation as centres of excellence.

We have traditionally relied on imported workers. Instead of training our own people we have opted for qualified people from abroad. It costs over half a million pounds to train a doctor but we can get one from India for the price of an airline ticket. Fortunately, we are beginning to realise that money isn't everything. There is nothing wrong with employing people from abroad but a self-respecting nation should train its own bricklayers and brain surgeons.


When the Soviet leader Nikita Kruschev visited Britain in 1956 he was taken to the state opening of Parliament to witness Black Rod knocking on the door of the Commons to demand entry. It's reported that he had such a fit of laughter that his minders were concerned for his health. There are worthwhile traditions but many of them are bizarre.

The Coronation of 1953 was a tableau of tradition. The Archbishop of Canterbury anointed the Queen with oil and recited prayers in Latin. Some of these ceremonies dated back to the Middle Ages but most of them were invented for Queen Victoria's coronation. 

There was a boom in the education industry in the Twenties that resulted in hundreds of private schools being founded. These are confusingly known in the UK as 'public schools'.
These schools were brand new but hey adopted 'ancient' traditions that were designed to convey a sense of antiquity. 

People like theatrical displays and the organisers of rallies and coronations are good at providing them. Once a year a procession of lawyers appears at the Law Courts dressed in wigs and gowns and carrying posies of flowers as a defence against the plague. Bemused tourists take pictures of them and we are supposed to trust in British Justice because its guardians are stuck in the past.

Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is a stickler for tradition. He wears double-breasted suits, speaks in measured tones, and boasts that he has never changed a baby's nappie despite having six children. He is living in the past but he is not the only one.

In Melvyn Peake's brilliant Gormenghast trilogy we discover a world ruled by traditions that are so ancient and obscure that nobody understands them. Unfortunately, the way we run the UK is not so different from Gormenghast.

Parliament's rules were laid down in the eighteenth century. MPs get six weeks off in the summer to get the harvest in, and they rent flats in London because it used to take days to travel by stagecoach.

When MPs vote in the House of Commons they shuffle into lobbies. In almost every other parliament they use an electronic voting system which gives an immediate result, but our representatives are herded like sheep to be counted.

Outdated rituals should be reviewed but there are plenty of traditions that are worth defending; the rights of free speech, free assembly, freedom of religion, and trial by jury. Unfortunately, these hard-won freedoms are under threat from anti-terrorist legislation, and dogmatic nationalism. Our freedom is protected by The European Court of Human Rights which was founded in 1950 and is entirely separate from the European Union. The ECHR reports to The Council of Europe which comprises 47 states, only 28 of which are in the EU.


We have got used to terrorist attacks in the UK. It used to be the IRA planting bombs but now it's so-called 'Islamic State' that are killing and maiming innocent people. The government has reacted by arming the police and bringing in anti-terrorist legislation. They have also turned their attention to far-right terrorism.

This type of terrorism is rare in the UK but there have been several bombings in the United States, notably the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995 in which Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people and injured 688 when he bombed the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building. 

In 2011 Anders Breveik (pictured) killed 77 young socialists and injured 319 in Norway. This massacre was carried out to publicise his manifesto. He has since tried to sue the Norwegian government for infringing his civil rights.

We have suffered several atrocities in the UK. In 1999 David Copeland, a former member of the BNP, killed 3 people and injured more than 100 in a bombing campaign that culminated in the destruction of the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho. Copeland targeted Asians in East London, Blacks in Brixton, and gays in Soho.

This was followed by two incidents in 2008. Martyn Gilleard of the British People's Party was jailed for possession of bombs, weapons and ammunition. In the same year, Nathan Worrall was found guilty of possessing materials for terrorism.

In 2016 Thomas Mair shot dead Labour MP Jo Cox. He was not known to any of the far-right parties but he subscribed to several political publications.

In 2016 Home Secretary Amber Rudd designated National Action as a terrorist organisation. She is a dedicated 'anti-Fascist' and a 'close friend' of Tory MP Kwasi Kwarteng.

Far-right websites accuse the government of going too far but we cannot allow people to make bombs and carry guns. There is little difference between a far-right bomber and an 'Islamic State' bomber. They both kill and terrorize innocent people. The global capitalist system is unjust and unsustainable. It can be reformed but nothing will be achieved by acts of violence or the promotion of hatred.

The British government has got a record of using anti-terrorist legislation against patriots. Defence Regulation 18B was designed to control the IRA but it was used to close down Oswald Mosley's British Union of Fascists in 1940. Over a thousand Blackshirts were detained without charge or trial, some of them until the end of the war. Recent anti-terrorist laws will be just as flexible.

Frank Walsh

I recently visited Frank Walsh the veteran ninety-two-year-old political campaigner who used to be known as the King of Speakers Corner. His apartment contains all the equipment necessary for a dedicated blogger; computers, printers, stocks of paper and artists materials on which he produces his distinctive blog "Our Voice", a unique mixture of prose, poetry and artwork.

Frank was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1925, a year before the General Strike. His father was badly wounded during the First World War and Frank was raised in a children's home. He joined the Merchant Navy in 1939 and volunteered for the army in 1943. He has travelled the world, studied the classics, and immersed himself in history.The following extract from his blog is typical:

"This may be my last 100th issue, due to age, so when I snuff it, bye bye and fight to the death to free and keep our folk alive. In loyalty to our dead and offspring via the world's folk family's voices in which your aims can be heard. For folk forum laws by and for each folk and to show Zion's elitist racism is against Patriots' preservatism. As our species to be or not to be is our question."

Over cups of coffee, we discussed history and current affairs and lamented the lack of a charismatic leader of the patriotic movement. Frank takes the view that contentious issues should be set aside while we concentrate on fighting finance capitalism. He has seen many parties come and go over the years and he reckons that millions of pounds have been wasted on pointless elections. Money donated by genuine supporters, many of whom could not afford it.

He fights on because he is convinced that the system can be reformed. His perseverance is an example to younger men who feel that the task is too hard, or that they are too old to make a difference. He has health and mobility problems but he is still fighting for Britain.

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