‘Sir’ Salman? Hmmm.

June 19, 2007

I find myself in something of a quandary over the award of a knighthood to Salman Rushdie, for his ‘services to literature’ (as someone said in the paper today, “What services? What literature?”). It is true that under NuLabour knighthoods, peerages, etc. have become seriously devalueed by being presented as rewards/bribes to NuLabour supporters and funders and also used as another form of social engineering (ie; by making what’s left of the House of Lords more ‘diverse’ in appearance). But still, the idea of that smirking, useless waste of space Rushdie – whose books are pretentious, poorly-written, unreadable and deeply anti-British in the usual ‘post-colonial’ way, and were only published and praised to the skies by the ‘literati’ because of the latters’ incomprehensible sense of guilt at still being overwhelmingly middle-class and white – being knighted by Her Majesty and prancing around putting on further airs while writers and artists whose boots he is unfit to shine are ignored for being non-‘pc’, and unfashionable in actually having something worthwhile to say, is nauseating, to say the least. On the other hand, this rather unexpected parting gesture from Blair, who of course decides these things and ‘recommends’ them to the Queen, has clearly greatly annoyed those excitable Muslims again; which is basically a good thing if it demonstrates to them that the UK is prepared to stand up for the principle of free speech. Not that NuLabour have done much of that so far towards the Islamist loonies – so maybe there’s some other motive involved? I can’t decide whether my annoyance at this particularly irritating creative nonentity being so honoured outweighs my pleasure at the idea of sticking two fingers up at the hysterical ‘Islamic’ world. On the whole I think the best solution would be if some mad extremist were to take it into their mind to assassinate Rushdie just as he’s coming out of Buckingham Palace with a big self-satisfied smirk on his face! Or maybe even when he’s just going in? Unfortunately no doubt even more money will be spent, in addition to the £10 million that has already been expended, on protecting him from such an attack, so I suppose it’s a forlorn hope. Perhaps he will just choke on his own anti-British, post-colonial-chip-on-on-the-shoulder bile one of these mornings and save us all some money?


A very enjoyable book

June 14, 2007

I’ve found this absolutely brilliant new book called How to be Right, by one James Delingpole. It’s subtitled The essential guide to making lefty liberals history, and is absolutely hilarious. As well as being a very astute and pointed expose of the endless ‘pc’, ‘multicultural’, liberal-left drivel which has come close to destroying the British way of life and normal sane ways of thinking about anything over the last ten years of appalling socialist misrule. It is essential and highly entertaining reading for anyone who cares about this country or indeed western civilisation and hasn’t been intellectually lobotomised by government and media newspeak. I am sure I shall refer to it again, but here are some wonderful random samples:

‘ACCESS: Isn’t it tragic that people from council estates hardly ever go to the opera? Isn’t it a crying scandal that museum and gallery attendance remains so stubbornly white and middle-class? Isn’t it a national disaster that only a tiny percentage of the population regularly visits the theatre?

No – it’s bloody brilliant. It means we live in a country where we’re still free to make our own cultural choices. ……rather than having them rammed down our throat by the State…..

ANTI-RACISM: Principal topic in all state primary schools

HUMAN RIGHTS: Food, shelter and warmth and – what was the other one? Oh yeah – that’s it: the right to hijack a planelod of terrified Afghans, fly to Britain and live there indefinitely at taxpayers’ expense because, hey, Afghanistan’s, full of people who hijack planes and stuff…….

LITTLE ENGLANDER: (n.) Idiot who stubbornly refuses to accept that higher taxes, greater bureaucracy, loss of national sovereignty and the introduction of wave upon wave of pointless, meddling, irritating, pettifogging regulations are just what Britain needs.

ENVIRONMENT: Principal topic in all state primary schools

ENVIRONMENTALISM: Bossy new world religion based on the self-flagellating principle that unless we make things worse for ourselves things cannot possibly get better.

RECYCLING: Principal topic in all state primary schools’

and so on. It’s a great read, and most refreshing. I am somewhat encouraged that books like this are being written, published and sold by comparatively young writers in Britain today. It indicates that all is not quite lost – perhaps there’s some hope that eventually this and other books of the same tendency can bring about a revolution in fashions of thinking and some sort of conservative renewal that could yet save us. I’m not wildly optimistic, but still, it’s nice to think there might be some hope.


Another good book

May 7, 2007

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.


‘Londonistan’

July 6, 2006

As I mentioned before, I have been fascinated and horrified by this remarkable book by Melanie Phillips – it says, far more coherently and comprehensively than I am able to, everything I have been thinking and feeling about the state of affairs in Britain and the world for the last few years. I strongly recommend it to all who really care about western democracy and its preservation. She has done a great service by writing this book – I only hope enough people read and are influenced by it to change what we are doing to ourselves before it’s too late. As usual I don;t feel too optimistic about this.

Here are one or two quotes, to give an idea of what the book’s all about:

The intersection of an aggressive religious fanaticism with the multicultural ideology of victimhood has created a state of paralysis across British institutions’.

‘There is a distinction to be drawn between Muslims and Islamists. Islamism is the politicised interpretation of the religion that aims to Islamise societies. …But it is`the dominant strain throughout the Muslim world, and so far there has been no serious challenge to it – not least because those who do speak out against it run the risk of being killed.’

‘Aisha Siddiqa Qureshi wrote in Muslim World Today that “radical Islam threatens to subjugate the world and murder, enslave or convert all non-Muslims”.’

She advocates robust action, including:

..’the remoralisation and reculturation of Britain by restating the primacy of British culture and citizenship. ..(and) recognise that British nationhood has been eviscerated by the combination of three things: mass immigration, multiculturalism and the onslaught mounted by secular nihilists against the country’s Judeo-Christian values. It would institute tough controls on immigration while Britain assimilate the people it has already got….While it (Britain) is being undermined from within, it is not able adequately to defend itself against the threat from without’….Unfortunately there is very little chance of any of this happening. Britain is currently locked into such a spiral of decadence, self-loathing and sentimentalitythat it is incapable of seeing that it is setting itself up for cultural immolation’. It was Britain that first developed the Western ideas of the rule of law, democracy and liberal ideals, and exported them to other countries. Now Britain is leading the rout of those values, allowing its culture to become vulnerable to the predations of militant Islam.’

 Like Phillips, I am rather pessimistic, as the British establishment is terminally undermined. But my theory is that there will inevitable be futher, and much worse, terrorist attacks in the UK that will eventually force a change of approach. It’s terrible to say it, but it will require more violence, mayhem and indiscriminate murder and maiming before we begin to face the fact that we are involved in a war against a fanatical religious ideology that seeks to destroy us and will stop at nothing to do so.


‘Londonistan’

July 6, 2006

As I mentioned before, I have been fascinated and horrified by this remarkable book by Melanie Phillips – it says, far more coherently and comprehensively than I am able to, everything I have been thinking and feeling about the state of affairs in Britain and the world for the last few years. I strongly recommend it to all who really care about western democracy and its preservation. She has done a great service by writing this book – I only hope enough people read and are influenced by it to change what we are doing to ourselves before it’s too late. As usual I don;t feel too optimistic about this.

Here are one or two quotes, to give an idea of what the book’s all about:

The intersection of an aggressive religious fanaticism with the multicultural ideology of victimhood has created a state of paralysis across British institutions’.

‘There is a distinction to be drawn between Muslims and Islamists. Islamism is the politicised interpretation of the religion that aims to Islamise societies. …But it is`the dominant strain throughout the Muslim world, and so far there has been no serious challenge to it – not least because those who do speak out against it run the risk of being killed.’

‘Aisha Siddiqa Qureshi wrote in Muslim World Today that “radical Islam threatens to subjugate the world and murder, enslave or convert all non-Muslims”.’

She advocates robust action, including:

..’the remoralisation and reculturation of Britain by restating the primacy of British culture and citizenship. ..(and) recognise that British nationhood has been eviscerated by the combination of three things: mass immigration, multiculturalism and the onslaught mounted by secular nihilists against the country’s Judeo-Christian values. It would institute tough controls on immigration while Britain assimilate the people it has already got….While it (Britain) is being undermined from within, it is not able adequately to defend itself against the threat from without’….Unfortunately there is very little chance of any of this happening. Britain is currently locked into such a spiral of decadence, self-loathing and sentimentalitythat it is incapable of seeing that it is setting itself up for cultural immolation’. It was Britain that first developed the Western ideas of the rule of law, democracy and liberal ideals, and exported them to other countries. Now Britain is leading the rout of those values, allowing its culture to become vulnerable to the predations of militant Islam.’

 Like Phillips, I am rather pessimistic, as the British establishment is terminally undermined. But my theory is that there will inevitable be futher, and much worse, terrorist attacks in the UK that will eventually force a change of approach. It’s terrible to say it, but it will require more violence, mayhem and indiscriminate murder and maiming before we begin to face the fact that we are involved in a war against a fanatical religious ideology that seeks to destroy us and will stop at nothing to do so.


A brilliant new book

June 23, 2006

I want to recommend about an excellent new book by British journalist Melanie Phillips, called Londonistan. It is a very clear and cogent expose of the appalling negligence and self-destructiveness of the British political establishment in allowing and positively encouraging the growth of Islamist extremism and terrorism in the UK over the last decades, and the terrible consequences for us and the rest of the world. More later


‘Mugged by reality’

April 28, 2006

'A neo-conservative is a liberal who has been mugged by reality'

– a quote from Irving Kristol, one of the early academic exponents of neoconservativism in America. This is perfect, succinct and witty description of a state of mind which I now realise is exactly mine. Nearly all of us of my generation in our youth were enamoured of the whole liberal-left, utopian, 'revolution' thing – we were all going to form communes and everything would be simply lovely – boy, have we been 'mugged by reality' since then! I have been reading the Douglas Murray book further, and have decided I simply have to define myself as a neoconservative, however pejorative that term may be on some people's lips, because that is the view of the world that corresponds currently with mine. We must get away from the curse of relativism – cultural, moral, aesthetic and otherwise – which is at the core of the rotten-ness, cynicism and defeatism of western society. If not, we are finished – we will lapse terminally into a cess-pit of drink, drugs, thuggery and philistinism under a dysfunctional but vicious 'pc' socialist police state, after which we can look forward finally to enforced Islamicisation and/or slavery under 'sharia' law, and religious tyranny – the latter is clearly is the only dynamic, totally self-confident and ruthless force in the world today, if the west doesn't re-discover both the importance and vulnerability of liberal democracy and start standing up for it and its true values with all its might. I am not hopeful, but at least we can clarify the issues and try to sound a warning to people to wake up before it's too late.