The (long-overdue) departure of Blair as PM was along the same sick-making lines as his arrival. It was as though the nightmarish ten years during which he and his cronies have devastated the British constitution, our society, culture and reputation in the world had never happened. I remember the nauseating coverage of his ‘triumphal progress (accompanied by the evil witch-hag Cherie), and the arrival of the ‘messiah’ at Number 10. And there we were again, as he prepared to retire, still posing as some sort of gift to mankind and indulging in the most shameless display of insincere emotion and daring to witter on about Britain being ‘blessed’ – what, under him and the NuLabour shits? – you must be joking! And even weeping a little tear or two. The thing about Blair, like Hitler or Stalin and other monsters in politics, is that I think he is so lost to reality that he actually believes in his own propaganda; he genuinely sees himself as a lovable, caring saviour figure and benefactor of mankind who is misunderstood by the crowd and still suffers nobly on their behalf. In another life he would probably have been one of those loonies who start new religions with themselves as god. How often do people need to have it demonstrated that professional politicians are the last people on earth who should be allowed to do the job! They are all self-deluding, ruthless megalomaniacs. And now we are going to get another Blair in the form of Cameron. What did this country do to end up with leaders like this?
I have decided to change the title of this blog. The new name is a bit more interesting, I think – and quite accurate, too. The term ‘conservative anarchist’ is borrowed from the great George Orwell, who saw himself in that guise. (Unfortunately I cannot at this moment remember exactly where he uses the term.) In other words, someone who has a strong attachment to tradition, the past and established ways of doing things – particularly of Britain – but also a deepseated dislike and distrust of arbitrary authority and government interference, whether on a local, national or supranational level. Yes – I think that more or less sums it up.
I really must recommend one of my recent reads, A Political Philosophy – arguments for conservatism by Roger Scruton. It says all the things I’ve been feeling about Britain, the World, society, liberal-leftism, the environment and a host of other things so very much more eloquently than I seem able to, and with the analysis and argument of a respected philosopher behind it all. Really very thought-provoking, though a little sad-making, too, as once again it reminds me of so much we have lost.
I’ve been feeling a trifle guilty about neglecting this blog for so long. I think I got tired of being angry and ranting about the state of the world – not that it stopped me doing it verbally rather than in the written word; and I also had a couple of pretty serious outbursts on Musings, which was supposed to be free of such things. But I have been inspired by finding Mr. Mounsey’s remarkable Devil’s Kitchen blog and the discovery that there are lots of other people out there who feel much the same as me, and that some of them are quite intelligent and witty, and feel I must contribute to the conservative online debate. I am in two minds about the subtitle of this blog, though. I mean – in a general sense the term ‘neoconservative’ describes my position quite well, but the term is perhaps a little too closely identified with a particular party and tendency in the USA; not that I don’t empathise with much of their thinking. Perhaps my term ‘conservative anarchist’, borrowed from George Orwell, is better?
Anyway, in the meantime, while I think this out, do please visit http://devilskitchen.me.uk/ – it’s well worth a read and has a myriad links and recommendations. A word of warning to the sensitive – the language is frequently somewhat rich!