Bristling Brock speaks out...
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Control of the pandemic would look to be going in the right direction in Britain. If statistics mean anything, they indicate a lessening impact by the Corona virus.
Yet folk bleat and complain about not getting their freedoms back quickly enough. Whilst queuing outside a pharmacy recently, an overly large, much face painted advocate of being given her freedoms back moaned about how ridiculous it was to have to queue. The pandemics gone 'Aint' it ?' No, sad creature, it hasn't - it's just more under control for the time being. Perhaps such exponents would still like to make their argument when they're six feet under.
Whatever mistakes in getting this pandemic under control may have been made - and there's no denying there have been a few - the government have diligently stuck to their guns and enforced the various messages of civil behaviour that were deemed necessary. And, on the whole, it has worked. Let's face it, nobody in living memory has had to deal with a pandemic before, so a few bumpy decisions here and there may just be forgivable. In short, Boris and his team have done pretty well. To counter this diligence, we have the massed population of these British Isles, whose behaviours at the fringes have been poor to non-existent in terms of responsibility and consciousness of what's actually happening around them. How many times have you queued somewhere to find a breathing, blabbing individual two feet behind you and impatiently trying to edge you on ??? Fortunately, the vast majority behave well and that diligence would appear to be paying off. As for the blabbering souls who don't understand much at all... where can we send them ?
Having expressed support for government strategies, BB was nevertheless dismayed to find that a home testing kit he recently acquired, emblazoned with the NHS logo, etc also proudly displayed a 'Made in China' strap-line. BB's heart sank. Why, with all our medico-technical savvy, are we buying testing kits from a dubious country like China ? Can anyone believe anything they say or do - or manufacture in this instance ? One suspects not, but lo' we have Chinese test kits !!! Room for improvement on that one, Boris.
Has anyone noticed how wet, Joe Biden sounds ? BB has been around a few years and listened to a wide range of US presidents, but cannot recall a time when such a president sounds as though he's half asleep, really bored and wishing he wasn't standing in front of a public microphone. If inspiration is the stuff of presidency, Biden isn't cutting it by a long shot. This allies itself to recent and authoritative commentaries about the embattlement/survival of Western democracies and the encroachment of subversive actions by the likes of China and Russia. It's a complex international debate, but BB grimaced when reading that the Foreign Secretary had recently summoned the Russian ambassador to 'tell him off' about Russian sabre rattling in the Ukraine region. Yeah, they're really going to worry about that, aren't they ? As this subversion no doubt continues we really need to decide exactly how we should appropriately respond to such overt provocations - a verbal 'please don't do this anymore' is hardly going to be meaningful with rogues like Deng Xiao Ping and Putin. Unfortunately, our EU 'friends' have taken the line that doing supply deals with these rogues and sanctioning them at the same time is a really productive way of ameliorating their subversions. An even bigger, 'Oh Yeah !' Thank goodness, we left the EU !
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Umpteen centuries ago, we were almost permanently at odds with the French, a theme that has continued in an on-off fashion right up to the present day. A century and a half ago, we were at odds with the Russians and the Germans in roughly equal measure, again, you might imagine, something that has endured in a rather soft and indeterminate way also to the present. In the middle of all that, we were at odds with the embryonic Americans - and an enduring love-hate relationship has lived on since that time. At those times, patriotism was an accepted and important emotion, that sense of belonging to a nation state that purposefully opposed those who would wreck it. It was a base feeling, and hopefully remains in the majority, an innate driver of loyalty, duty, pride and being on the right side of whatever dispute was challenging the integrity and probity of our nation state. No doubt those opposing that from the belligerent side had similar emotions about their own country. Some histories have been brutal and often mistaken in purpose, but they happened at times when knowledge, values, beliefs and perspectives were different - not seen through the prissy viewing lens of 21st century liberalism.
So here we are now hosting this new enemy that lives within our very own societal walls, the wokists, the neo-liberals, the lefties, the politically correct apologists and the misguided - call them what you will, for they are the vocal noise ringing in all our ears on just about every subject under the sun. They see themselves in a disciple like role, committed to spreading their word amongst our population, lambasting doubters, scorning those who might think otherwise and vitriolically preaching division and discord. The tragedy is that they are getting away with it. Institutions cow in fear of being 'outed' or black-balled by this noisy rabble of ideological purists and feel obligated to include them in their own corporate and even governmental decision making bodies. We have become fearful of saying the wrong thing, of expressing an opinion that may not be conformant, of being seen to oppose this frantic micro-mob of zealots who claim their righteous right to condemn, castigate and tear down everything that their narrow outlook doesn't recognise. We have been invaded - for the first time in a thousand years - by those who would destroy us from within. It will destroy societies, cultures, our history, our true values and beliefs and our self-respect if we do not challenge this mindset vigorously. Power to the elbows of those who are trying to re-balance our societal outlooks - for those are what the rest of the world sees and for which we, historically have been renowned. We need and want them back.
It seems that the EU is in a muddle. To a Brexiteer that comes as no surprise and, one suspects, that it is a revelation to a growing number of Remainers as well. The political experiment they dragged most of Europe into is crumbling, mainly due to the duplicitous and unethical behaviour of its leadership. Europe has been a melting pot of all manner of political and militaristic adventures over the years. None have endured because of the innate individuality of the Continent's nation states - you could describe Europe as the crucible from which all else in the Western world was forged, but in itself it has remained the same tribally differentiated mosaic it always was. The EU as a federalist experiment was always doomed to fail. Unfortunately, its continuing failure will create collateral damage.
As for the US - what on earth are they up to ? They've aggravated both the Russians and the Chinese (which in itself is no bad thing as a guiding principle) in ways that have set any form of international cooperation back years and at the same time heightened the threat of confrontation. Being robust in your opposition to something is one thing. Doing it cleverly is another. Unfortunately, the US doesn't seem to have grasped the latter technique.
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This will be a comparatively short little addition to the previous blog...
Is it not extraordinary when the bile of ignorant American opinion (and there's always been plenty of that) is ratcheted up by a TV chat-show host and her well rehearsed interview style of certain personages ? Is this where they get their news from ? Is this where the public position on any issue is debated - on a choreographed television interview ? Is this the country that has chosen to lead the Western world with its dubious standards ? Is this the country we in Britain need to take lessons from over race or any other matter in world affairs ? On that last question, definitely not.
Any true Brit will find it galling (that's the politest this commentary will concede) that America will actually listen to a TV show that has been prepped and rehearsed so many times that its viewers will actually believe it as gospel. It beggars belief that as a collective, Americans can be so influenced by what can only be described as little more than a propaganda PR opportunity.
They berate the special relationship. Well, it shouldn't bother us that much as that so called relationship has always been "What America wants, America gets". Sounds a familiar phrase, doesn't it ?
We must rue the day when a TV presenter dictates the attitudes of a country the size and variety of the US. As for accusations of racial bias in little old Britain, we need no lessons on that from such a messed up US as it is these days - correction, always has been.
It's an opportunity for Britain to tell them to mind their own business - they have plenty that needs their undivided attention - and Bristling Brock certainly hopes we have the political and social balls to tell them so. Britain is better than this, always has been, always will be. Sorry Boris, if this flies against your hoped for trade deal, but Americans will never agree a deal that is equable. Hope you realise that.
The diatribe endeth - but BB probably hasn't said the last on this appalling American attitude yet.
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