Bristling Brock speaks out...
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Even allowing for journalistic tendencies to focus upon gloom and doom, there appears, nevertheless, to be an abundance of stuff going on around the world that make Bristling Brocks bristles bristle.
Let's start controversially. Israel versus The Palestinians. It's an appalling abuse of power one might say, but by whom ? Is it by Israel with its enormous US backing flaunting its power to impose settlers in a previously Palestinian occupied zone of Jerusalem, or is it the Palestinians - aka Hamas with undiluted Iranian backing - having a bolshy show of defiance ? It's probably a bit of both plus a whole host of other factors, but the upshot is the slaughter of innocents in the hope that that will get a few of the baddies at the same time. That is reprehensible on the part of the Israeli's - a provocative and wholly disproportionate response that will earn them no international respect. Not that the Israeli's have ever cared too much about international opinion whilst Uncle Sam covers their payroll.
Moving on, let's have a pop at the Sussexes. What utter tripe they now speak in some form of bizarre Americanese gobbledygook. Lost the plot ? Unquestionably, and with an excess of bad taste too. Cut them loose from their royal titles ? Unquestionably; despoiling over a millennium of heritage is not on. Go your own way kids, but don't try and milk that heritage on the way.
What about Biden's miracle economic recovery and the pledge to spend squillions on infrastructure renewal ? Great idea, pity nobody can do the maths - or should we say math for American consumption (???) - as economic recovery is an intractable alliance between tax revenue and inflationary control - neither of which are in good shape in LaLaLand. First Trump and now Biden - don't they have anyone who knows how to run good governance ?
Just to balance BB's clear biases, why have we got British troops wandering the deserts of Mali as peace-keepers ? If it's to give them desert operational experience, BB can see some merit in that, but if we're there to 'create peace' we are on a hiding to nothing (not least because the French forces there don't co-operate). We're talking of Islamic terrorists versus the forces of good (that's us bye the way), the irregular versus the regular - a military mission scenario that has never succeeded throughout history - think of Vietnam as a classic example. That's not defeatism, it's the difference between choosing your battles to assure success - and this isn't one of them.
Talking of the French, BB's favourite nation state, they seem to be scurrying down a far right rabbit hole with gay abandon (no pun intended) which will end up with either revolution or fascism if left unchecked - both have history in France, do they not ? And to cap it all, the suave M'sieur Barnier now gracefully vaults over the fence to say that Frexit has become a necessary possibility to consider for La Belle France to prosper. Wow, we'll be seeing flying pink pigs before long...
As for Radovan Karadzic being transferred from the Netherlands to a British prison for the rest of his natural, BB wonders whether he could be taken on a Thames boat ride one dark night and surreptitiously get sucked in through Traitors Gate to spend that 'natural' in a damp and dark place - where he might possibly catch a chill or two. The world can well do without his kind languishing comfortably as some sort of celebrity guest.
Enough of the bad stuff, to end on a smiley note, let's look forward to moving towards social normality next week - despite the viral mutation that seems to be threatening it - so that we can continue to prosper as an independent nation state. As the embryonic Americans used to say, 'The British are coming !' Let that be so.
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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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