- Written by Charles Naton
- Category: Politics
Who's afraid of Britain First? Quite a lot of people it seems. I'm sure they'll be thrilled to learn just how influential they are in the wake of the latest in a long and wearying line of grooming gang scandals. This particular kerfuffle is a little different though, as the action is taking place right in the heart of Whitehall rather than in some grey, far flung northern town.
It's hard to know which is worse, the wholesale abuse of vulnerable young girls by grooming gangs, or officialdom's complicity first in turning a blind eye and then actively suppressing the truth of this industrial scale exploitation.
Now it seems that Home Office Mandarins have determined that not even our elected Home Secretary should be permitted to see her own department's report into the organised ruination of so many young women and girls. It goes without saying that if the Home Secretary is essentially being told to jog on by her own department, the unwashed rest of us have no chance when it comes to seeing this mythical report. Not in the public interest, you see.
Naturally, the usual suspects in the Twittersphere are happy to endorse this politically motivated suppression, arguing that “far right extremists” (cue scary music) will exploit the report's findings for political ends. Of course that hoary old chestnut makes about as much sense as defusing a bomb that's already detonated. In case anyone hasn't noticed, the far right are already exploiting the establishment's complicity and cowardice by claiming that the institutions designed to protect us from harm are actively conspiring to let that harm to continue. You know you've stepped through the looking glass when Britain First actually has a point about something.
Wow, it must really suck to be a Democrat right now; I mean, seriously!
With Super Tuesday out of the way it's looking more and more like the party top brass has decided to throw its weight behind Joe Biden as the best and only hope of beating Bernie Sanders to the nomination. Of course there are plenty of delegates still to play for and anything could happen, but it's clear that the DNC will not permit Sanders to clinch the nomination, even at the cost of running Joe Biden against a rampant and increasingly popular Donald Trump.
Even if Sanders manages to force a brokered convention, anyone but Bernie is now the unofficial party line and delegates will act accordingly. Letting slow Joe face Donald Trump in the general election might seem like a suicidal strategy, but when it's the only available option the decision-making process becomes extremely simple.
The DNC top brass must surely know that backing yet another ageing neo-liberal who's showing clear signs of failing health is not a way to win elections.
So why do it?
It's mostly because they don't really have much of a choice at this late stage; but that doesn't mean they can't yet pull something that resembles a rabbit out of the hat. Everybody in the world knows that forgetful Joe has no chance against the Donald, especially as Trump's quite willing to go there when it comes to Hunter Biden and the whole Ukrainian gas thing. In fact it's reasonable to wonder whether Biden can even make it to election day without his cognitive performance deteriorating rapidly.
- Written by Charles Naton
- Category: Media
Every once in while, a corporation or institution makes a decision so astonishingly bad that average people wonder just how a bunch of high-powered and highly paid executives can be so monumentally stupid. These "teachable moments" used to come along once every decade or so, but now they seem to be happening every other week.
The latest catastrophe has been the instant backlash provoked by Scandinavian Air's spectacularly ill judged marketing strategy of deriding Scandinavian culture as somehow fraudulent or not real, while at the same time encouraging customers to engage in yet more of the same cultural appropriation they've just been belittled for.
Now Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) are shocked to discover that the general public are not altogether happy with being told that almost every part of their cultural identity is somehow invalid, which is pretty much the same thing as denying that a huge part of them even exists in any meaningful sense. Not only is this obvious nonsense, but it's just one more wearying example of the cultural and anthropological bigotry which has become a disturbingly acceptable part of media discourse in recent years. Boiled down, this pernicious form of psychological self-flagellation holds that pretty much everything in Western societies (and especially the Anglosphere) is somehow stolen from some other society and is therefore not real or worthy of respect.
It's only fitting that I dedicate my 100th blog post to the great David Berlinski; mathematician, writer, polymath and probably the single most dangerous heretic alive today.
With a fiercely talented and mathematically trained mind, Berlinski has become the scourge of establishment academics as he questions the most basic assumptions upon which disciplines such as physics and evolutionary biology currently rest. The reason he is such a threat to the status quo is that he identifies and calls out the articles of scientific faith which are cunningly disguised as settled facts...plus he's just a lot smarter than they are.
Perhaps being the child of Holocaust refugees has something to do with Berlinski's uncanny ability to sniff out patterns of thought and systems of belief that masquerade as established scientific principles, despite their being nothing of the kind. Probably the best example of this surgical separation of what we know from what we think can be found in The Devil's Delusion, Berlinski's masterful deconstruction of “scientific” atheism. As a secular Jew, Berlinski doesn't argue for or against the existence of any First Cause or Creator; instead he merely exposes the many, many questions left unanswered by astrophysics and evolutionary biology by deflating their claims to know an awful lot more than they actually do.
So here it is, merry Brexmas, everybody's having fun!
The results of this general election will be discussed and written about for decades to come, and with good reason. This is quite literally the end of an era. Future history books will compare and contrast the period that went before with the one that dawned on Friday December 13th 2019.
The abject failure of the Lib Dems' revoke Brexit offering speaks for itself, and much has already been made of the starkly contrasting results obtained by both the major parties. By now it's common knowledge that Labour have suffered their worst electoral defeat since 1935, but apparently that's okay because Jeremy Corbyn claims to have won the argument. Some would say it's unkind to deride the afflicted, but mockery is the only rational response to self-delusion of such galactic proportions. Something that's much more interesting than the ongoing corbynista meltdown is the sheer scale of Boris Johnson's triumph. Pretty much everybody knows that it's the largest Conservative majority since Margaret Thatcher's last election victory in 1987.
- Written by Charles Naton
- Category: Politics
I know I won't be the only one switching off his social media feeds when the polls close on December 12th. If current election projections are borne out, I have no desire to drown in the torrent of abusive bile and wailing lamentation that's certain to swamp the internet when the people of the UK choose the next Parliamentary intake.
The inevitable outpouring of Leftist rage on Friday 13th will also be very revealing for those with eyes to see. When confronted with their failure to convince the masses of their own best interests, the mask of many a meme sharer will slip to reveal these caring, compassionate and concerned citizens for who they really are. It won't be pretty, but it's always instructive to watch these enlightened souls fly into a blind fury when they realise that the people they claim to champion are not so easily moved by some clever soundbite about tolerance and compassion. They are about to discover that the average voter is actually smarter than a ten year old child. Who knew?