Monday, 30 April 2018

Nation Revisited # 139 May 2018

Foreign Policy.

The United States of America was born of Revolution. They fought the War of Independence, the Indian Wars, the Mexican War, the Spanish War, the First World War; the Second World War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and several colonial wars. They nearly came to blows with the Soviet Union over the Cuba Missile Crisis, and they are currently waging economic war on Iran, North Korea, and Russia; the same kind of blockade that led to the war with Japan.



The defence industry is a vital part of the American economy. They have 2.2 million people in the armed forces and 2.1 million in the defence industry. In 2017 they spent $773.5 billion, which is more than China, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the UK, India, France and Japan combined. That's a lot of money and to justify it they need a lot of enemies.

American hostility to Russia
started in 1917 when the Bolsheviks seized power. The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991 but America never relented and they renewed their anti-Russian campaign during the Russo-Georgian War of 2008 when Georgia failed to annex Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In 2014 the government of Ukraine was overthrown by a coup that was financed and organised by Israel. When the new regime revoked the constitution protecting the Russian-speaking provinces, the people of Crimea and the Donbas region appealed to Russia for help and Crimea was returned to the Motherland. More recently, the Russians were blamed for the attempted assassination of a defector and his daughter in Salisbury, and for their support of Syria.

Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is the sworn enemy of 'Islamic State' and a defender of religious minorities but he is demonised by the West because of his opposition to Israel and his friendship with Russia. The alleged gas attack was merely an excuse for intervention.

Britain's contribution to the punitive raid was lauded by the flag-waving Tory press but they never mentioned that the Storm Shadow missile is made by MBDA, the Tornado combat aircraft that launched the missiles was made by Panavia, and the Typhoon support aircraft is made by Eurofighter, all of them joint European ventures.   

We are tied to America by blood and language, and they are our biggest trading partner outside Europe, but we should distance ourselves from their aggressive foreign policy. The American people are alright but their government is dominated by Zionist warmongers. There is no reason for the UK or the EU to be on bad terms with the Russians. They are fellow Europeans who have contributed in full to every aspect of human achievement.


              Yuri Gagarin the first European in Space

The Russian Federation is a major supplier of gas, oil, and aluminium to industrial Europe. If we leave the EU, as planned, we should sign a treaty of friendship and co-operation with Brussels and another with Moscow.

Repatriation

The Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, was forced to resign for threatening to deport some of the first wave of immigrants from the West Indies; the so-called 'Windrush Generation'. A passionate speech denouncing the 2014 Immigration Act by David Lammy the black Labour MP for Tottenham was applauded by all parties. He spoke on the eve of the Commonwealth Conference at which an embarrassed Theresa May hoped to strike trade deals with our former colonies.



She will find that t
here's no such thing as 'Free Trade'; trade deals always come with strings attached. To be members of the EU we had to accept its rules and regulations. If we want to trade with America we will have to accept genetically modified crops and chlorine-washed chicken, and if we want to trade with the Commonwealth we must accept their immigrants. There are very few Australians and Canadians wanting to come here but there are millions of Africans and Asians who would be better off under our generous social security system.

The Windrush fiasco shows the desperate need for identity cards and a central population database. The government doesn't know who is in the country and its various departments are not sharing information. Some of those threatened with deportation had served in the armed forces, paid taxes in this country, and drawn pensions and benefits only to be told that they shouldn't be here. 

Whatever their legal status people from overseas who have lived here for many years consider themselves to be British, as do their children, and grandchildren. We could enforce stricter border controls, deport illegal immigrants, criminals, potential terrorists, and volunteers but the idea of rounding up black and brown people and throwing them out of the country is a fantasy. In 2016 we deported less than 40,000 people from the UK. 

When Oswald Mosley proposed the resettlement of West Indians in 1955 there were only 125,000 of them in the UK. He wanted to send them home to decent conditions by revitalising the Sugar industry in Jamaica. In those days Britain had the power to do such things. Between 1968 and 1973 we forcibly deported the entire population of the Indian Ocean Territory of Diego Garcia to make way for an American military and naval base. In return, we received a discount of £14 million on the purchase of American missiles.

The resettlement of Commonwealth immigrants would still have been possible in 1971 when their numbers had risen to 1.5 million but now we have 8 million of them, and despite the Immigration Acts of 1962, 1968,1971, 2014, and 2016, they are still coming. 

Opinion polls report that immigration is of great concern to the public but
parties like the National Front have consistently failed to get an MP elected. Ukip briefly had two MPs but they only campaigned against East Europeans.   

People all over the world have been driven from their homes by war and poverty. Germany took in 13 million refugees after the Second World War and has since accepted 3 million Turkish workers and a million refugees from Syria. In 1888 there were 25,000 Jews in Palestine but there are now 7 million. A million Rohingya refugees have been driven out of Myanmar, and more than 3 million Europeans have fled from Africa. There are plenty of precedents for repatriation but it's not likely to happen in Britain. For a start, our newspapers would never stand for it. 

               https://europeansworldwide.wordpress.com/


World Trade

As
Britain was disengaging from the European Union, Ukraine was taking the first steps towards membership. The Ukraine-EU Association Agreement of September 2017 gives them privileged access to the single market. Ukraine, Turkey, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland, and Norway are associate members of the EU and the Balkan states have applied to join. 

We don't know what Theresa  May will agree with the EU but some sort of accommodation is inevitable. The grandiose plans of Boris Johnson will come to nothing. We might pick up some new customers but the bulk of our trade will remain with our neighbours. According to the International Monetary Fund, UK exports in 2017 accounted for 14% of our economy. We sold 54.3 % to Europe, 21.2% to Asia, 16.7% to North America, and 2.8% to Africa.

Our major exports are machines, cars, pharmaceuticals, precious metals, aircraft, optical equipment, plastics, and chemicals. We also have a thriving trade in banking and insurance.

President Trump recently slapped a 292% tax on Bombardier aircraft sales. The US Trade Commissioner reversed his decision but it showed his determination to protect American industry. America has always used trade as a weapon of war. Countries that obey US foreign policy are rewarded as 'favoured nations' but Russia, Iran and North Korea are being damaged by US sanctions.

In the next few years, the lies of the Daily Mail will be exposed. The nations of the world are not clamouring for our products, and those that grant us access to their markets will demand that we let in more of their immigrants. China and India have already made this point. It's an unwritten rule of economics that people follow trade across borders. Until the Sixties, the Australians had a White Australia policy but since they became dependent on Asia they have been forced to admit large numbers of Asian immigrants. It would be very dangerous for us to put ourselves in the same position.

About ten years ago I attended a meeting in London at which Robert Wilkinson, a ninety-year-old Blackshirt, and 18B detainee, gave a stirring speech. He said that nothing had changed since the Thirties when the Tories exported jobs and imported cheap labour. How right he was.
   

Where do the Blancos Live?

In 1969 I walked into a cantina in Panama and saw a local newspaper on the bar. On the front page was a photo of the military junta led by General Omar Torrijos who had overthrown the elected government of Arnulfo Arias. They were all white men but most of the people in Panama are black or brown. I asked the barman "where do the Blancos live?" Without pausing for thought he replied, "Switzerland."





Panama was conquered by the Spanish in 1538. The eastern part, Darien, was briefly colonised by the Scots in 1698. The Americans backed Panamanian independence from Colombia and in 1903, and they imported a quarter of a million West Indians to build the Panama Canal which was finished in 1914. Today Panama is only 10% white. This is in contrast to neighbouring Costa Rica which is 83% white.  

In those days the Americans controlled the Canal Zone, a strip on both sides of the canal. It was spotlessly clean, air-conditioned and well run, but as soon as you stepped outside you entered the jungle. Panama was falling to bits and its ramshackle police force was a disgrace. Only the army looked as though they knew what they were doing.

In 1979 the Panama Canal was handed over to the local government but the country soon degenerated into a narco-state under the notorious General Manuel Noriega, an ex-CIA agent turned drug dealer. In 1989 President George HW Bush sent in the 82 Airborne Division to disband the Panamanian Defence Force and arrested its leader. Operation 'Just Cause' cost the lives of 23 Americans and 314 Panamanians. General Noriega was sentenced to forty years in prison.

Panama's misfortunes cannot be entirely blamed on its racial composition. Like most of Latin America, it has been cruelly exploited by greedy foreign imperialists and corrupt local despots. The revenues from the Canal have not been spent on the people. Thousands of impoverished Panamanians have fled to the USA but Donald Trump is currently building a wall to keep them out. 


The Death of a Jewish Klansman


Kevin Wilshaw was a former National Front organiser and contributor to Nation Revisited who has revealed to the national press that he is gay and that his mother was Jewish. He spent years promoting the National Front, and according to the Huffington Post, when his wife left him in 1996 she cited Adolf Hitler as the 'other man' in their relationship. He tells his story on YouTube -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DC--AtuKtFs


 
Daniel Burros was another man of Jewish ancestry who joined a far-right movement. He was born to George and Esther Burros in New York in 1937. He attended the Hebrew school at Richmond Hill and worshipped at his local Synagogue. But Daniel was so obsessed with the Nazi regime that he abandoned his heritage. He joined George Lincoln Rockwell's National Socialist Party but it wasn't extreme enough for him. He then tried James Madole's National Renaissance Party but that was even more liberal. Eventually, he joined the local branch of the Ku Klux Klan where he made such an impression that they made him Grand Dragon. He seemed to have reached his goal in life but when the New York Times exposed him as a Jew he killed himself with a gunshot to the head. 

 


Daniel Burros was not a spy or a government agent. He was a white supremacist who admired Adolf Hitler and shared his worldview. It's hard to believe that a Jew could hold such views but the ability of human beings to deceive themselves is legendary. Some people deny the Holocaust but there is no doubt that Jews were rounded up all over Europe and sent to concentration camps. When the British 11th Armoured Division liberated Belsen they found thousands of dead, dying, and starving people. We can argue over the details but the testimony of British soldiers cannot be dismissed as propaganda.

Adolf Hitler was a truly remarkable man who rescued Germany from humiliation, despair, unemployment and poverty. He provided social housing, health care, and universal education. He did many great things but he will always be remembered for the Holocaust. As William Shakespeare wrote of Julius Caesar: "The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones."

Comments

There was another mixed bag of comments from our readers this month. Martin Webster, the doyen of the far right, refuses to read this blog because he gets enough pro-EU propaganda from the BBC. Veteran nationalists John Bean and Carl Harley think that there's too much Mosley. Keith Thompson of Steven Books says that repatriation depends on the will to do it. AL thinks that the Jews are responsible for all of our misfortunes; I have advised him to join the Labour Party. Robert Best says to keep up the good work. Robert Edwards of 'European Action' complains of my errors and inconsistencies. Bernard Franklyn of 'The Flame' says that the younger generation is easily fooled. Frank Walsh of 'Our Voice' recommends 'Nation Revisited'. And Robert Lyons from the USA looks forward to each issue. I thank you all for your comments, please keep them coming.

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Saturday, 31 March 2018

Nation Revisited # 138, April 2018

Blogging 

I started a duplicated newsletter called 'Nation' in 1973. I was a member of Union Movement but Oswald Mosley's detailed economic policies did not appeal to the masses so much as the jingoism of the National Front or the dire predictions of Enoch Powell. We were all opposed to mass migration but our combined efforts did nothing to prevent it.



Undeterred, I started this blog in 2005 because I realised that the growing campaign against our membership of the EU would encourage non-European immigration. The latest immigration figures show that I was right. Since the referendum, we have taken in twice as many non-Europeans as Europeans. We are replacing Poles with Pakistanis, exactly as I predicted.

Ukip stood the truth on its head when they conflated immigration with Europe. The East Europeans, who share our race and culture, came here to work. Since the devaluation of the pound, many of them have gone home but the Africans and Asians are here to stay.

It is also ironic that patriots put their trust in the likes of Liam Fox, Michael Gove, and William Hague. They were members of the notorious Atlantic Bridge movement that was shut down by the Charities Commission. They preach British independence but they are really committed to the 'special relationship' with America. They are typical Tories who will never do anything to stop immigration.

A Well-Known Fact

Conspiracy theorists often say: "It's a well-known fact" in defence of their fantasies. One of them is that Angela Merkel is a Marxist who is flooding Germany with non-Europeans in accordance with the 'Coudenhove Kalergi Plan', They dismiss the idea that she is a compassionate woman who feels sorry for refugees. That's far too simple for them.


The father of conspiracy theory was Arnold Spencer Leese, a retired veterinarian and camel specialist who ran a minor fascist party before the war and influenced the far-right in the Fifties. He was obsessed with the Jews and cheerfully went to prison for defaming them. Leese died in 1956 but his worldview persists, and his followers blame the Jews for almost everything.

If Angela Merkel is a Marxist because she let in the Syrian refugees, then every British prime minister since we passed the British Nationality Act in 1948, must also be guilty; Clement Attlee, Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden, Harold Macmillan, Alec Douglas Home, Edward Heath, Harold Wilson, James Callaghan, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, David Cameron, and Theresa May. Between them, they let in millions of Third World refugees and immigrants. 

This fantastic nonsense can't be taken seriously. Some Jews, like the infamous George Soros, advocate mass migration, but others, like Melanie Phillips, are opposed to it. Its greatest exponent was Peter Sutherland, president of the Irish Catholic Migration Commission, and a former chairman of Goldman Sachs, who warned us of the 'demographic time bomb' facing Europe.

The Jews tend to be liberals but plenty of them are opposed to immigration and Israel has acted to deport 'infiltrators'. The BBC reported in January:

"The Israeli government has issued a notice to thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment. The migrants will be given $3,500 for leaving the country within the next 90 days. If they do not leave the Israeli authorities have threatened that they will start jailing them from April."

As for Marxism - Karl Marx was a notorious racist who despised blacks and Jews, despite his own ancestry.

Zionism is Jewish supremacism, Marxism is a discredited economic theory, and mass migration is part and parcel of global capitalism. People inevitably follow goods across borders. It's a well-known fact.

Is History Repeating Itself?

In 1896 Cecil Rhodes, prime minister of the Cape colony provoked a war with the South African Republic in order to steal their gold and diamonds. He ordered Leander Starr Jameson (pictured) to invade the Transvaal from Rhodesia with 600 men armed with machine guns and artillery. The operation was financed by Alfred Biet of the De Beers Corporation. The invaders were supposed to support an armed rebellion by British settlers, but the uprising never happened and they were forced to surrender to Commandant Piet Cronje. Jameson was lionised by the British press but the government was forced to abandon the deception.



In 1943 the Germans found the body of Royal Marine Capt William Martin who was carrying documents indicating that an Allied invasion of Greece was imminent. The body was, in fact, that of a Welsh tramp called Glyndor Michael, and the real destination was Sicily. 'Operation Mincemeat' was a success. The Germans sent their crack troops to Greece and the Allied invasion of Sicily went ahead. 

More recently Tony Blair used his infamous 'dodgy dossier' to justify our invasion of Iraq. He lied to Parliament, and to the country, about 'weapons of mass destruction'. He was subsequently cleared by the Chilcot Inquiry but no such weapons were ever found.

The international consensus is that the Sergei Skripal affair was a Russian operation. Diplomats have been expelled and sabres have been rattled, but could it be a case of history repeating itself? We have never forgiven the Russians for intervening in the Caucasus, reclaiming the Crimean peninsula, penetrating our airspace, posting messages on Facebook, or helping to win the war in Syria.

Russia is a European power with massive reserves of gas and oil. The last time we picked a fight with them was the Crimean War 1853 - 1856. It cost us 25,000 lives and £76 million (about £4 billion in today's money). The highlight of the war was the suicidal Charge of the Light Brigade. Perhaps Boris Johnson will lead a similar cavalry charge against the Russian guns at Sebastopol? We live in hope.

At least the Crimean War was in pursuit of British foreign policy. The current anti-Russian campaign is in support of Donald Trump's defence spending - currently $700 billion. Americans who can't afford medical treatment can sleep soundly in their cars knowing that their government is capable of destroying the planet. They may be hungry but they have the biggest navy in the world.

Old Borders

Monmouthshire was long considered to be part of England until the county was awarded to Wales by the 1972 Local Government Act. Most of the people of Monmouthshire are happy with their status but a minority are resentful.

The Italian province of Alto Adige was part of Austria until 1919. The population mostly speaks German but they are content with their autonomy. Now, the Austrian Freedom Party (FPO), the junior partner in a coalition government with the Austrian People's Party (OVP), is agitating for the return of the region to Austria.

Similar border disputes can be found all over Europe; some Italians want the return of the coastal region of Croatia,
German nationalists want the western region of Poland, Hungarian nationalists covet the Romanian province of Transylvania, and Russian and Ukrainian nationalists are fighting over the Donbas region.

They should realise that territorial ambitions are pointless. It doesn't matter if Monmouthshire is in Wales or England, or if the Tyrol is Austrian or Italian. These old quarrels are as irrelevant as the separatist movements in Scotland, Belgium, and Spain. They have no place in the modern world.

Our continent is being invaded by the teeming masses of the Third World. We should stand together as Europeans instead of worrying about nationalities. Belgium is a typical example of the pointlessness of petty nationalism. The Walloons and the Flemings are fighting over which language to speak while their country is being taken over by North Africans. 

Jeffrey Hamm explained Union Movement's policy in Action No 293 of July 1981.



"From time to time we draw attention to the flaws in the EEC, in grave danger of failure and collapse because it put the cart before the horse, seeking to create a common market before a common government.

A truly common market is of vital importance, with the industries and agriculture of our continent dedicated to maximum production, not for export but for consumption by our European peoples.

There is a vast market within Europe for all that Europe can produce, and it should be insulated against the undercutting of Asia and the communist bloc.

But Europe needs more, much more than an economic policy. It needs faith, a profound belief in the cause of European unity.

Europe needs a European government for its defence and for the leadership of its economy, with national governments for all internal affairs, and regional administration for local matters and for the preservation of the ancient languages and cultures of our continent.

Within that concept, there is no clash between a healthy nationalism and patriotism on the one hand and a devotion to the Europe of which our respective nations are a part."

Maybe it's Because I'm a Londoner



My old friend John Bean lives in a sixteenth-century Suffolk cottage which he describes in his book as being "Ten Miles From Anywhere." He recently endorsed an article by Rod Liddle which appeared in The Spectator, entitled, "If you're not tired of London, you're tired of life." Rod Liddle supports Nigel Farage, and Millwall FC, whose unofficial slogan is "No one likes us, we don't care." The article begins:

"London, city of the damned. City of incendiary tower blocks, jihadi mentals trying to slit your throat, yokels from Somerset up for the day to enjoy a spot of ramming Muslims in a white van. City of Thornberry, Abbott and Corbyn. City of Boris. City of anti-Semitic marches to commemorate Al Quds. City of Isis flags and where, in most boroughs, white British people are a largely resentful minority. City of vacuous liberal platitudes - we all stand together, not in my name. Why would you live there? I would rather live in Gaza, just about. If you are not tired of London by now then you are surely tired of life. City of gender-study courses, LGBT action days and poor huddled masses, mainly foreigners, earning fuck all."

Liddle drones on relentlessly until he concludes:

"I can see why the right, then, is in favour of immigration. But I cannot for a second understand why the left goes along with it. As Marx said, it is the means by which the rich become richer. I used to like London. But what now is there to like?"

He can resent foreigners as much as he likes but you are just as likely to be blown up by terrorists in Manchester as in London. The 'establishment', which he despises, covers the entire country, and although his hated politicians represent London constituencies, only Diane Abbott was born in the capital. Jeremy Corbyn was born in Wiltshire and Emily Thornberry in Surrey. He asks what is there to like in London. I suggest; our integrated transport system, our bookshops, theatres, museums and art galleries, our world-class teaching hospitals, our universities from which Rod Liddle benefited, our beautiful buildings both ancient and modern, our pubs and restaurants, and the bustle of a busy city. It's true that we've got a lot of immigrants but most Londoners are still the easy-going, brave, and stoic citizens that survived the Blitz. In the words of the song: "Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner that I love London town."

Nuclear Israel

As the western nations impose sanctions on Iran and encourage civil disobedience amongst the Iranian people, the state of Israel continues to deny possession of nuclear weapons. Recently, Avraham Burg, a former speaker of the Knesset, said that it was "outdated and childish" to deny that Israel had nuclear and chemical weapons.

Israel was determined to be a nuclear power from its foundation in 1948. Israeli agents stole or bought nuclear materials and information from around the world. They bought 20 tonnes of heavy water from Norway in 1959, 100 tonnes of yellowcake uranium from Argentina in 1963, and 600 tonnes from South Africa in the 70s.

France started testing nuclear weapons in 1948 and produced her first atomic bomb on the orders of Pierre Mendes France in 1954. Andre Finkelstein, a former director of France's Atomic Energy Agency, revealed the extent of French complicity in Israel's nuclear program to Avner Cohen, an Israeli-American nuclear historian.

By the end of the 50s, there were 2,500 French technicians working at the Negev desert facility at Dimona. The world first became aware of the top-secret nuclear plant when Mordechai Vanunu (pictured), a fearless Israeli scientist, blew the whistle to the Sunday Times in 1986. He was kidnapped by Mossad agents in Italy and abducted to Israel where he was imprisoned until 2004. On his release, he denied being a spy or a traitor and insisted that the Jews do not need a state of their own. Fourteen years later he is still confined to Israel and prevented from joining his wife in Oslo.


The Jewish conspiracy theory is a grotesque fantasy but Zionism is a reality and such is its power in the US and Europe that we looked the other way as Israel acquired nuclear missiles and submarines. Iran and North Korea are sanctioned and threatened with destruction for trying to go nuclear but Israel denies access to UN inspectors.

The Royal Wedding



Mixed marriages have been around for a long time. Guy Mitchell had a hit in the Fifties with his song "She wears red feathers and a hula hula skirt." It told the story of a London bank clerk who married an exotic beauty from the South Seas. It was a jolly song that was not disrespectful. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9H0YMtyCcM

In 1948 Seretse Khama, the future leader of Botswana, married Ruth Williams an Englishwoman. This caused a diplomatic row with South Africa and a parliamentary enquiry in the UK. It also featured in the street corner oratory of John Bean who banged on about the Bamangwato tribe well into the Sixties.  Australian backpackers in Earls Court and Jewish stallholders in Bethnal Green were well informed about the tribal politics of Southern Africa. 

There was little comment when the engagement was announced between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, an American actress of mixed race. One of the few objectors was Jo Marney the girlfriend of the recently sacked Ukip leader Henry Bolton. She was worried that the Royal bloodline would be contaminated, but a gene pool shared with mass murderers like Henry V111, and madmen like George 111 will not be spoilt by a soupcon of African blood.

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Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Nation Revisited # 137, March 2018

Readers' Messages

I welcome comments from readers, even if they are critical. Joe Owens wrote to say that I am just preaching to the converted and regurgitating the same old stuff. He may well be right. Bernard Franklyn complained that the population has become apathetic, and he is undoubtedly right. Robert Lyons contacts me from the USA and John Beattie from Canada. I hear regularly from John Bean, Frank Walsh, and Eddy Morrison, and from my comrades at the Friends of Mosley. We all have our own opinions but we share an aversion to Zionism and Old Gang politicians.

Some
messages are not so welcome. I am not Jewish but I have been mistaken for one. During the 1967 Arab-Israeli War I was buying a shirt in the OK Bazaar in Cape Town. The Jewish woman serving me was obviously upset and I asked her what the trouble was. She said that she had family in Israel, and then she said: "Anyway, what's a nice Jewish boy doing here when you should be fighting in Israel?


Some readers have concluded that I must be Jewish, or in the pay of the Jews, because I don't promote the Great Conspiracy Theory. Others have accused me of being a Freemason, or a homosexual because I don't attack them. This kind of thinking is dangerous nonsense. I know nothing about Freemasonry and what consenting adults get up to in private is their business. I do not attribute the sins of the world to any particular group but to greedy men and women of all persuasions.

Why do I bother? Well, it's ten years since the last financial meltdown and the experts are predicting another one. When major companies like Carillion go under we can expect trouble ahead. We could be in for another slump but our useless politicians are preoccupied with 'Brexit'. We live in interesting times and I shall continue to monitor the situation.

Those with good presentation skills can make videos or address meetings, but I shall continue to write my blog and enjoy receiving your messages. It may be a waste of time but you never know, I might influence someone out there, and if I do it will be worth it. 

What to do with the Banks

The financial crisis of 2008 showed how vulnerable the banks are. They don't make a profit by managing accounts, paying bills, and handling salaries and pensions. They make their money by investing in stocks and shares and by lending at interest. This is condemned as usury by critics of the banking system but a reasonable rate of interest on loans and deposits is necessary. Islamic banks don't apply interest rates but they use transaction fees to cover their costs. If the banks have enough money on deposit to cover loans they are successful but if they lend more than they can cover they are in trouble.

B
efore Margaret Thatcher deregulated the banks in 1986, credit was restricted and bank managers checked up on their customers, but that all changed when the banks were allowed to lend much more than they had on deposit. For about twenty years they got away with it until some financial genius in America decided to sell packages of sub-prime mortgages. This started a bubble all over the world as investors scrambled to get rich quick, and like all bubbles, it burst.

The resulting crash brought down Lehman Brothers in America and Northern Rock in the UK. Soon, the government had to bail out most of the banks. The alternative would have been to let them fail which would have cost people their homes, jobs and pensions. Disaster was avoided but many people thought that the government should nationalise the banks altogether.

The trouble is that governments would inevitably dip into bank deposits to finance important things such as; buying American missiles, giving foreign aid to ungrateful dictators, and building high-speed railways that cut the journey time from London to Glasgow by ten minutes.

They would rob the banks just as they robbed the National Insurance scheme. If all the money that had been paid in by the workers had been properly invested in a dedicated pension fund our pensioners would be comfortable instead of just about managing.

The only bank owned by the government is the Bank of England. It was established in 1694 to refit the Royal Navy and raised £1.2 million in twelve weeks by selling bonds. That was a lot of money in the seventeenth century. The BOE was nationalised in 1946 but many people think that it's still in private hands. Amongst the bank's assets are 310 tonnes of gold. This is well below our neighbours; Germany - 3,374, Italy - 2,451, France - 2,435.

The Thatcher experiment with deregulation resulted in the banks taking unnecessary risks but since the financial crisis of 2008 they have restricted credit and helped to strangle the economy.The problem is cultural as well as economic. In the old days, people were cautious and the banks avoided risk-taking. Banks, insurance companies, and pension funds need a gently expanding economy administered by honest men and women. The government should have a controlling share; say 51%. The banks employ 2.1 million people and contribute £35 billion a year to the exchequer. We need their skill and experience but they shouldn't be left to their own devices.

International finance is dominated by powerful families that swindle the nations of the world with impunity. They are what the Soviets used to call 'Rootless Cosmopolitans'. They are ruthless manipulators but your average high street banker is simply a service provider. Jesus whipped the money changers out of the temple but we must rely on regulation.

The Tory Legacy

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rejudice against foreigners is deeply ingrained in the Tory Party. Their arguments about sovereignty and free trade sound reasonable but they are really motivated by petty nationalism of the worst kind. The sort of jingoistic rubbish that one finds in the Daily Mail. Their hearts are hardened
and their minds are closed.

When Selwyn Lloyd was appointed Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in 1951 he protested to Winston Churchill: "But Sir, there must be some mistake. I do not speak any foreign language. Except in war. I have never visited a foreign country. I do not like foreigners. I have never spoken in a foreign-affairs debate in the House. I have never listened to one." Churchill growled back: "Young man, these all seem to be positive advantages."



Almost everyone in Europe was overjoyed when the Berlin Wall came down. Between 1961, when the wall went up, and 1989, when it came down, 239 people died trying to escape from East Berlin. The bankrupt DDR propped up its economy by selling political prisoners. They sold 33,700 people to the West and detained thousands more in their notorious prisons. The 'Stasi' policed the country by fear with a vast network of spies and informers.

But Margaret Thatcher was unmoved by the plight of our fellow Europeans. In December 1989 she told the assembled heads of Europe: "We beat the Germans twice, and now they're back." She was bitterly opposed to German reunification and couldn't understand why the French supported it. She never understood that the Common Market was about peace and security. She thought that it was a purely commercial venture. That's why she was happy to wear her famous jumper in 1975 bearing the flags of all nations.

President Donald Trump is of Scottish and German ancestry but he is unashamedly anti-German. He is the natural ally of Boris Johnson, the leader of the hard right extremists that have hijacked the Tory Party. If Theresa May falls they will take us out of Europe and negotiate a trade deal with America. They pretend to harbour no grudges against the Germans or the French, but it's not true. They say that they're against the EU and not against Europe, but they are lying. They are motivated by fear and hatred, like Margaret Thatcher, and by Atlanticism, like Winston Churchill.

Of course, they are perfectly entitled to their opinions but they shouldn't pretend to support British independence when they are ready to turn us into the 51st state of the Union. Conrad Black made a persuasive argument for Anglo-American Union when he owned the 'Daily Telegraph', but at least he was open about it.

Economic Nationalism

In answer to a reader's comment, the BNP website explains their economic policy.

"We call our idea economic nationalism Luke, read my post above which describes the basics of the banking system we propose. Taxes are high under the present system because government spending must come from either borrowing or taxation. If the government borrows via bond issuance the national debt increases and so does the interest on the debt leading to high taxes further down the line, so it's a no-win situation. A sovereign government can issue its own currency completely debt and interest-free if it so wishes and has the moral fibre to do so, but the big bankers would hate it and that is why it is not done." 

The article to which he refers calls for restrictions on imports and the encouragement of British manufacturing. Of course, such policies would be reciprocated by those nations that send us goods. If we stopped importing German cars the Germans would certainly stop importing British cars.

The article calls for the ending of foreign aid and our withdrawal from the Middle East. Those are achievable objectives but it should be remembered that foreign aid and military assistance are often linked to lucrative trade deals.

The BNP wants the British government to issue debt and interest-free money, but it has been doing so for years. Between 2009 and 2012 the Bank of England issued £375 billion in 'Quantitative Easing' and in August 2016 it authorised another £70 billion.

If QA works our economy will be saved but if it doesn't we will follow Zimbabwe into bankruptcy. At one point they had multi-billion Zimbabwe dollar bills in circulation until the currency was replaced by the US dollar.



Money doesn't have to be backed by gold or foreign currency reserves but it must have the confidence of those using it. The value of any currency is decided by international consensus. Any country that defaults on its debts is blacklisted, but a nation deeply in debt, like the United States, is trusted because of the underlying strength of its economy.

The BNP have come a long way since one of their members answered my question about their economic policy by saying: "we don't do that left-wing crap." Economics is the key to understanding politics. We have not been self-sufficient since the eighteenth century and we need to trade with our neighbours. We also need skilled workers from abroad. We can choose where we get them from but until we train our own people we will need them. These are facts that cannot be trumped by emotion.

The far-right's economic policies were copied by John Tyndall from Oswald Mosley's pre-war British Union. When the British Empire was destroyed by the Second World War, Mosley abandoned Imperial Preference and moved on to Europe. But Tyndall clung rigidly to policies that were no longer viable. Economic nationalism and compulsory repatriation are the twin fantasies of the far-right.

The Housing Crisis

The Chancellor's decision to cut stamp duty for first home buyers is welcome but saving £5,000 on a £500,000 home in London will not solve the housing crisis. And nor will making 'affordable' homes part of any new development. The thousands of flats being built along the Thames in London are selling for £1,000,000. They are mostly being bought by wealthy foreigners as an investment. An 'affordable' flat would cost 80% of the selling price - £800.000. That still puts them beyond the reach of most people.

There is no point in building houses in cheaper parts of the country. People want to live in London, Birmingham, and Manchester because that's where the work is. And they need to be a sensible distance from their place of work. Some people are wasting four hours a day commuting; time that they should be spending with their families.

We need social housing on a grand scale and a new Rent Act to protect private tenants. The government has promised to build a million houses in the next three years but we don't know how many of them will be for rent, or how many will be genuinely affordable. Margaret Thatcher's dream of a property-owning democracy has not been realised. Seventy-three years after World War Two we still have a housing shortage.

'Right to Buy' gave millions of people the chance to own their own homes but it depleted the available housing stock and almost killed social housing. We must get back to building safe family houses that people can afford. The tower block experiment ended in disaster. Old people and families with children cannot live in high rise blocks. We need houses with gardens and all the necessary services; sewers, roads, broadband, transport links etc. If the government carries out its promise to stop land banking and make more land available, it can be done.


Dogmatism

When Dr Beeching was asked to make the railways pay he started by listing loss-making lines for closure but he got carried away with enthusiasm and butchered the network. Years later, Margaret Thatcher did the same thing with coal mines. She could have shut down the most unprofitable pits but she closed down practically the entire industry. The government is now rebuilding the railways and we are importing coal that we could have produced ourselves. That's what happens when common sense is abandoned and dogma takes over.

Adolf Hitler should have sued for peace following the collapse of his invasion of the Soviet Union in 1943, but he fought on and wasted millions of lives, including his own. The top Nazi generals tried to reason with him but he was convinced of the superiority of the German armed forces, even when Field Marshal Paulus surrendered at Stalingrad and Field Marshal von Manstein was defeated at Kursk. Another example of dogma coming before reality.

If we leave the EU and import cheap food from outside Europe we will undercut our own agriculture. At present our farmers are protected by the Common Agricultural Policy but the Tories will let 'market forces' prevail. 

Politicians have good ideas from time to time but they sometimes go too far. They pretend to know what they are doing but their projects often end in failure. Margaret Thatcher went ahead with the Poll Tax despite being advised not to. She was right that everyone should pay for local services, but there is no point in a tax that people can't pay. Theresa May was also right that a lot of old people are comfortably off, but she was foolish to threaten to stop their Winter Fuel Payments just before an election. Both women put dogma before common sense.

We live in changing times. Artificial intelligence, medical science, and automation are changing the world. We must embrace new ideas, such as geopolitical union, social responsibility, and a universal wage, and not allow dogma to hold us back.

Our 'Black' Ancestry - John Bean



Without exception, the UK daily press and all main TV channels have welcomed research at the Natural History Museum which, they said, shows our ancient ancestry was black. It is the media's interpretation of a facial reconstruction on the skull of Britain's oldest skeleton, the 10,000-year-old Cheddar Gorge Man.

A typical press report on the findings began: "The earliest Britons were black-skinned with dark curly hair and possible blue eyes." This came from a Henry Bodkin of the Daily Telegraph, a so-called serious Tory paper. The photo produced everywhere shows that the face was a dark bronze and the hair was straight down to mouth level and then became wavy. Perhaps our Mr Bodkin wanted it to appear more African with complete curly hair. As for the definitely blue eyes, well you can't have that with an ancient African, hence it was "possible" blue eyes.

I make no criticism of the pioneering work of the archaeologists who found scraps of DNA in the ear of the Mesolithic 'Cheddar Man'. They then cross-referenced the genomes of modern inhabitance with known origins of living near the area of the Gorge. Their DNA now comprises roughly 10 percent of the genetic makeup of most white people living in the UK. But the maximum figure of 10 percent is not good enough for the heading to Mr Bodkin's report. This says "The first Britons were Black - and their DNA lives on in most of us."

That was also the view of a dusky lady on the BBC, who went even further by suggesting that the overwhelming majority of Brits throughout the UK were black in origin. Ignore the fact that 90 percent of our ancestors were Celts, Saxons, or Vikings (the Normans were cross-breeds of French and Viking). Furthermore, Archeologists in mainland Europe have recorded ample evidence in DNA testing that their 'whiteness' goes back at least ten millennia.

NR Comment

Piltdown Man was discovered by Charles Dawson in 1912 and only refuted in 1953. For 41 years the world's leading scientists accepted the hoax as the 'missing link' between man and ape. Sometimes politically motivated scientists find what they are looking for. 

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