Friday, July 23, 2010

Britain no longer has the cash to defend itself from every threat, says Defence Secretary

"In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Dr Fox said the dire state of the public finances meant the Armed Forces could no longer be equipped to cover every conceivable danger.

Since the Second World War, the nation has maintained a force that can conduct all-out warfare, counter-insurgencies such as in Afghanistan or medium scale campaigns like the Falklands or Sierra Leone.

But Dr Fox has given the strongest signal yet that it will have to give up one or more of these capabilities, which have been maintained at the same time as contributing to collective security pacts such as Nato. “We don’t have the money as a country to protect ourselves against every potential future threat,” he said. “We just don’t have it.”

So, the Greenham Wimin have got their way in the end. The Toys will be taken from the Boys (and Girls) on the grounds that they are too expensive.

As Margaret Thatcher once said "Socialists will spend other people's money on pursuing their dreams until there is none left". That is what has happened here. New Labour has left the country so bankrupt that it cannot even defend itself.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Book Recommendations

I've been doing a lot of reading during my blogging sabbatical, and I wanted to draw your attention to a couple of books.

I can't believe that I haven't previously mentioned 'Taken Into Custody' by Steven Baskerville. As I have said before, my on-going research demonstrates to me that the political discrimination facing men, fathers and the family are infinitely worse than I had imagined. This book is truly shocking.

Some interesting videos related to the book can be found here.

Another astonishing read was 'The Welfare State We Are In' in which James Bartholomew argues very persuasively that Britain, and especially its poor, would have been better off had the welfare state never happened. Sound surprising? Read the book. Or watch a related video here.

Both highly recommended.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Reckoning

I should apologise to my regular readers for the long absence. Sometimes other commitments just get in the way. It has been a while since I last did any significant blogging, and quite a lot has happened in between.

Firstly, that appalling government is now out of office at last. I am sad to say that I voted for Blair in 1997, but during the last two or three years of New Labour, I found them little short of terrifying. It is undoubtedly the most authoritarian government we've had since World War 2, and probably since Cromwell.

There is too much to say in one short article, but three things really stand out in my mind about the Labour government.

Immigration policy.
As Home Office whistle-blower Steve Moxon exposed in his excellent book 'The Great Immigration Scandal', and Labour apparachik Andrew Neather later admitted, it was Labour's policy to flood the country with uncontrolled mass immigration, specifically in order to alter the composition of British society, and to destroy traditional British national identity. They wanted to 'render the Right's arguments obsolete, and rub their noses in diversity'. They had to keep this secret from their core white working-class voters - the very people the Labour Party was formed to represent - because they knew that the electorate would never accept such a policy. I don't know about you, but to me, secretly planning to destroy the country's national identity sounds a lot like treason.

The Illegal Wars
The New Labour government launched military invasions of two sovereign countries, Iraq and Afghanistan, without any basis in international law. The reasons we were given for these wars were fabricated, and kept changing over time. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Saddam possessed no weapons of mass destruction. Alastair Campbell fabricated evidence claiming that he did. The distinguished scientist David Kelly knew this, and died mysteriously, almost certainly murdered. Campbell is a war criminal under any meaningful definition, a propaganda minister who is prepared to disseminate lies in order to manufacture a spurious casus belli, provoking a conflict which caused over 100,000 civilian deaths, with countless others maimed, injured or displaced, a war which has provoked Islamic terrorism at home.

Afghanistan is hardly any better, one of the longest and most intractable military quagmires of recent times. And for what? Because Osama bin Laden is hiding there and they make women wear the burka? Why am I not convinced?

Both of these wars were ultimately about global energy security, and us sucking up to the Americans.

Not only did Labour send our troops to war, but kept them deliberately starved of funds and equipment. How many troops have died in Afghanistan for want of a helicopter or some body armour? I heard tell of troops being sent on patrol with only 10-15 rounds on them, in a rifle which holds 30 rounds. This is the way that Labour fights wars, sending troops out on foot with a half-empty gun, while squandering billions on a failed welfare state, increasing government surveillance, and promoting political correctness.

Some say that Labour has a long-standing distrust of the military ever since the planned coup in the late 1970s. When Wilson resigned in office, there was an internal leadership election. In the event James Callaghan won, but one of the candidates was Tony Benn, an ardent Leftist. There was apparently a plot involving Airey Neave, later killed by the IRA, to mount a coup if Benn came to power. Neave himself was a noted WW2 veteran, and this coup would have involved the military. The story is that Labour has had it in for the military ever since. So, Labour, when it returned to office, made sure that the army was kept very far away, very busy, and very starved of resources. That way it could not be a threat to Labour ever again.

Whether or not this is true, it seems clear that the Left does indeed hold the military in deep suspicion and contempt, because the Left, since it had its own internal coup, and Labour moved from being the Party of the Working-class Man, to being the Party of the Middle-class Working Woman, now regards the military as the symbol of everything it hates about 'The Patriarchy'; "Take the toys away from the boys and give peace a chance", chanted the Greenham Common wimin in the 1980s. This culture will have had real effects during cabinet horse-trading; more Chinooks, or more state-funded child-care? Hmmm. What would Harriet Harman do?

We should never have been in those wars in the first place, but it was infinitely worse to go into them without even supporting the troops properly. No wonder Cameron talked about "a breach of the Military Convenant". It was exactly that.

The Deficit
Labour expected to be wiped out at the polls, so it spent the last six months or so in office pursuing a scorched earth policy, deliberately making spending commitments it knew the next government could never honour. On its way out, it then left a sneering note saying "Sorry, there's no money left". Again, deliberately wrecking the country's finances for years to come sounds to me a lot like treason.

I don't have space here to talk about the economic mismanagement during the good years, the crime on the streets, the catastrophe that is the education system, the bloated benefit-dependent underclass, or the systematic attack on men and the family.

It is easy for us to sneer at politicians, but this is far worse than casual pub cynicism. This was a train-wreck of a government. It is difficult to imagine a worse set of outcomes.

It is not enough merely to say good riddance. Half of these people should be in prison for the rest of their lives, and what's more, they know it.