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Friday, 1 May 2009

Good Days, Bad Days

When one decides to challenge the collective wisdom of those who consider the BBC to be an impartial news source (post David Kelly), and decide that something must surely be done to halt the terrifying march of those who seek to inflict misery on our freedoms for purely selfish and intolerant interests (paid for by Labour out of our taxes), there are good days and bad days.

Bad days can make us sick to the stomach of the lies and audacity therein, feeling helpless in the face of relentless professionals who are funded beyond the wildest dreams of those who possess common sense. Good days though, for the underdog, will always be sweeter than that of the collective experience of any number of paid-for government cock-gobblers.

Bad days make one want to give up the fight, good days make one glad to be alive and kicking against the righteous.

If you are reading here, you have probably suffered some bad days. Times when you ask yourself if it is worth bashing your head against the brick wall of a government who couldn't care whether you lived or died as long as they get their dream of a utopian society where none shall dissent.

When you feel that way, read this article, published in Australia of course, not over here, and remember that whatever they can throw at you, you are not wrong.

Hal G. P. Colebatch April 21, 2009
Article from: The Australian

BRITAIN appears to be evolving into the first modern soft totalitarian state. As a sometime teacher of political science and international law, I do not use the term totalitarian loosely.
There are no concentration camps or gulags but there are thought police with unprecedented powers to dictate ways of thinking and sniff out heresy, and there can be harsh punishments for dissent.

Nikolai Bukharin claimed one of the Bolshevik Revolution's principal tasks was "to alter people's actual psychology". Britain is not Bolshevik, but a campaign to alter people's psychology and create a new Homo britannicus is under way without even a fig leaf of disguise.

The Government is pushing ahead with legislation that will criminalise politically incorrect jokes, with a maximum punishment of up to seven years' prison. The House of Lords tried to insert a free-speech amendment, but Justice Secretary Jack Straw knocked it out. It was Straw who previously called for a redefinition of Englishness and suggested the "global baggage of empire" was linked to soccer violence by "racist and xenophobic white males". He claimed the English "propensity for violence" was used to subjugate Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and that the English as a race were "potentially very aggressive".

In the past 10 years I have collected reports of many instances of draconian punishments, including the arrest and criminal prosecution of children, for thought-crimes and offences against political correctness.

Countryside Restoration Trust chairman and columnist Robin Page said at a rally against the Government's anti-hunting laws in Gloucestershire in 2002: "If you are a black vegetarian Muslim asylum-seeking one-legged lesbian lorry driver, I want the same rights as you." Page was arrested, and after four months he received a letter saying no charges would be pressed, but that: "If further evidence comes to our attention whereby your involvement is implicated, we will seek to initiate proceedings." It took him five years to clear his name.

Page was at least an adult. In September 2006, a 14-year-old schoolgirl, Codie Stott, asked a teacher if she could sit with another group to do a science project as all the girls with her spoke only Urdu. The teacher's first response, according to Stott, was to scream at her: "It's racist, you're going to get done by the police!" Upset and terrified, the schoolgirl went outside to calm down. The teacher called the police and a few days later, presumably after officialdom had thought the matter over, she was arrested and taken to a police station, where she was fingerprinted and photographed. According to her mother, she was placed in a bare cell for 3 1/2 hours. She was questioned on suspicion of committing a racial public order offence and then released without charge. The school was said to be investigating what further action to take, not against the teacher, but against Stott. Headmaster Anthony Edkins reportedly said: "An allegation of a serious nature was made concerning a racially motivated remark. We aim to ensure a caring and tolerant attitude towards pupils of all ethnic backgrounds and will not stand for racism in any form."

A 10-year-old child was arrested and brought before a judge, for having allegedly called an 11-year-old boya "Paki" and "bin Laden" during a playground argument at a primary school (the other boy had called him a skunk and a Teletubby). When it reached the court the case had cost taxpayers pound stg. 25,000. The accused was so distressed that he had stopped attending school. The judge, Jonathan Finestein, said: "Have we really got to the stage where we are prosecuting 10-year-old boys because of political correctness? There are major crimes out there and the police don't bother to prosecute. This is nonsense."

Finestein was fiercely attacked by teaching union leaders, as in those witch-hunt trials where any who spoke in defence of an accused or pointed to defects in the prosecution were immediately targeted as witches and candidates for burning.

Hate-crime police investigated Basil Brush, a puppet fox on children's television, who had made a joke about Gypsies. The BBC confessed that Brush had behaved inappropriately and assured police that the episode would be banned.

A bishop was warned by the police for not having done enough to "celebrate diversity", the enforcing of which is now apparently a police function. A Christian home for retired clergy and religious workers lost a grant because it would not reveal to official snoopers how many of the residents were homosexual. That they had never been asked was taken as evidence of homophobia.

Muslim parents who objected to young children being given books advocating same-sex marriage and adoption at one school last year had their wishes respected and the offending material withdrawn. This year, Muslim and Christian parents at another school objecting to the same material have not only had their objections ignored but have been threatened with prosecution if they withdraw their children.

There have been innumerable cases in recent months of people in schools, hospitals and other institutions losing their jobs because of various religious scruples, often, as in the East Germany of yore, not shouted fanatically from the rooftops but betrayed in private conversations and reported to authorities. The crime of one nurse was to offer to pray for a patient, who did not complain but merely mentioned the matter to another nurse. A primary school receptionist, Jennie Cain, whose five-year-old daughter was told off for talking about Jesus in class, faces the sack for seeking support from her church. A private email from her to other members of the church asking for prayers fell into the hands of school authorities.

Permissiveness as well as draconianism can be deployed to destroy socially accepted norms and values. The Royal Navy, for instance, has installed a satanist chapel in a warship to accommodate the proclivities of a satanist crew member. "What would Nelson have said?" is a British newspaper cliche about navy scandals, but in this case seems a legitimate question. Satanist paraphernalia is also supplied to prison inmates who need it.

This campaign seems to come from unelected or quasi-governmental bodies controlling various institutions, which are more or less unanswerable to electors, more than it does directly from the Government, although the Government helps drive it and condones it in a fudged and deniable manner.

Any one of these incidents might be dismissed as an aberration, but taken together - and I have only mentioned a tiny sample; more are reported almost every day - they add up to a pretty clear picture.

Hal G. P. Colebatch's Blair's Britain was chosen as a book of the year by The Spectator in 1999.

Your country is having the rug pulled out from under it on a daily basis. Your freedom to choose how you live your life is being taken away from you. What's more, no-one in your government is doing anything to stop it.

The UK press are indolent. The BBC complicit. And your purportedly democratically-elected government are ignoring everything you say. Even your MP writes back to say he/she hasn't time to listen to you as he has a righteous photo-shoot to attend with people who he considers superior to you.

Here's a suggestion for those bad days. Print off the above from Old Holborn's blog and re-read it whenever you feel inclined to give up. Get angry, and then make a pact with yourself that you will make someone else more angry than you feel when you read it.

Write more letters, badger more MPs, tell others that you know how they are being lied to by those they presume to be looking after their interests.

This will lead to more good days. And good days are nectar for us who are unpaid. The ones who truly care about the future freedom of all of us, rather than the narrow righteous view of life as proposed by those selfish few who care about their paycheck and nothing of the restrictions on liberty they are employed to force on others.

Go on, re-read it right now and be staggered once again how we have allowed our country to be destroyed like this. It's potent, isn't it? Remember this article every time you have doubts.

It works for me.


vincent1 said...

Spot on, we need a giant of a person to pull us out of this quagmire!

Anonymous said...

No links provided, so I went and found them.,,25361297-17062,00.html

timbone said...

It may sound odd, but in a strange sort of way it makes me feel better. What I mean is, it reminds me that, as a smoker, I have not been singled out while everyone else goes scot free.

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