Establishment

The establishment and the nerds have joined forces

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That’s one of the things that’s changed recently. The establishment, by which I mean both the old aristocracy and the newer University-educated class of journalists, lawyers, broadcasters, public servants, ‘creative’ media types, etc., have joined forces with the nerds, that is,  likes of Mark Zuckerberg, the Twitter creeps, and countless lower-level techies. They’ve united to […]

Brexit

They’ll have to drag May out by her fingernails

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Last month I said this about any possible Tory confidence vote in Theresa May’s leadership: In times past a leader would be expected to resign if the confidence vote did not result in an overwhelming victory, but given the Brexit situation, and the way May has clung on to the leadership no matter how bad […]

Media

Way to kill your profession, dude

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Modern journalists are pretty dumb. That doesn’t really need any more evidence, does it, given all the stupid things they have been saying for years. But they’re even dumber than that. Because by acting as overt political operatives they’ve blown their cover. There were an awful lot of journalists in the past who were fairly […]

Media

‘Roll the dice’ journalism

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A sampling of today’s Guardian headlines: Brexit Britain’s dash for growth will be a disaster for the environment The irrational fear of migrants carries a deadly price for Europe Brexit is bad for Britain’s health, doctors say It’s ‘roll the dice’ journalism. Today Brexit/capitalism/anti-progressivism is bad because… roll the dice… X! Tomorrow Brexit/capitalism/anti-progressivism is bad […]

Commies

Why was Lenin a game-changer?

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Why did everything change after Vladdy Ulyanov? How did he make the world worse even after his immediate impact in the USSR was over? It’s sometimes said that the reason is that he was so utterly ruthless. But history is full of people who were ruthless. Take the Romans. Roman armies would bring back prisoners […]

Arts

Boomerang logic

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The working class insists on the middle-class ‘sharing the wealth’, without most of them realising that this means that the middle-class oversees the sharing of the wealth, which results in an awful lot of it going to the sort of middle-class people that the overseers like, and the feckless poor, and foreigners. There’s very little […]

War

Bill Speakman, you did well

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You may have seen the articles about Korean war hero Bill Speakman dying of old age recently. The amazing stories about him brought to mind the following joke: ——————————– Little Suzy, little Joni, and Little Johnnie are asked to tell a story about their family, and to draw a moral from it. Little Suzy says, […]

Economy

A very Seely article indeed

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Conservative Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely get very confused at CapX talking about libertarianism versus conservatism: Take housing; on the Isle of Wight the quasi-worship of markets clashes with our desire to grow our economy. We export our young people because the homes we need aren’t those developers want to build. A free market […]

Commies

The Pied Pipers of Venezuela

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Raedwald seems sceptical about the UN Human Rights Council and the nations on it, such as Venezuela: THE POL POT PRIZE FOR POPULATION DEGRADATION The judges were faced with a strong field of candidates and shortlisting was a difficult process. Finally, the decision was unanimous to award the prize to VENEZUELA; the sheer levels of […]

Cricket

The new establishment: using language to cover up inconvenient truths, just like the old establishment did

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There’s a story up on Cricinfo — the biggest cricket site in the world — at the moment about why Sri Lanka’s captain getting caught ball-tampering is not the big deal like the three Australian players who got caught ball-tampering recently. I wasn’t that interested in Cricinfo’s list of reasons why, because putting sweet, sticky […]