Hat tip: CallingEngland
Mark Wallace doesn’t seem to think that the populace or Parliament should have a say in whether or not we go to war, even when that war has nothing to do with us. He seems to think that the democratic decision was “mistaken”.
There was nothing mistaken about it.
“The consequences of the vote will be numerous. More Syrians will die, many of them probably through further uses of chemical weapons.”
He cannot be serious. How many more would / will die at the hands of US and its bombs? How many of them will be civilians?
You only need to look at Iraq and Libya to see that the West’s intervention has devastated those countries and has been responsible for atrocities against minorities – particularly Christians.
Is anyone proud of those results?
Is our country any safer, any freer or any more prosperous?
The only beneficiaries of these wars are:
* the banks, which finance all sides;
* the war machine;
* despotic elements which then go on to take power;
* the “security” services and Big State proponents and corporate hangers on.
The ordinary person has lost liberty and security and is paying for it all.
I’m glad democracy won. May it gain strength, once again.
Douglas Carswell hopes that Business for Britain will tip the balance in favour of the Better Off Outers by removing from the FCO a trump card (or should that be a Joker?) that it has used time and again to bamboozle the public: that British business is in favour of our remaining in the EU.
I agree. While Business for Britain has no chance of effecting a renegotiation due to the EU’s “ever closer union” goal, it does give the BOO camp more ammo.
It is clear that the Sir Humphreys of this world run the show – those who would “undermine, subvert or control the legitimate government of the UK”, either for political or ideological reasons, or because they have been bought by the EU.
As someone remarked, MPs don’t listen to their constituents, Cameron doesn’t listen to MPs and civil servants don’t obey orders from the elected government.”
The EU subversion programme has broken the links between the levers and the cogs in all our governmental and quasi-governmental institutions. In effect, the cogs – placemen – are running the show, while those elected to pull the levers find that those levers have precisely zero effect and that they don’t have the power they thought they had.
This type of subversion is clearly laid out in Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals“. That ghastly Clinton woman wrote a thesis on Alinsky’s work, Obama was carefully schooled in it (he was a “Community Organizer”) and Cameron is a self-confessed fan of both Alinsky and Cass Sunstein.
When you put those pieces together, having read Alinsky’s book and surveyed our current socio-political landscape, it’s not difficult to discern the UK’s trajectory, as plotted by the unelected who have brought us all to this unholy pass.
The Tories are desperate to finger UKIP, as this latest piece of political sophistry demonstrates.
Mass immigration, as has been organised in Britain, is neither a left-wing nor a right-wing issue. It’s a corporatism issue. Corporatism is not capitalism – it is almost the exact opposite of it.
Corporatism is the unholy alliance between big business and the State, whereby big business puts politicians into office, writes laws which its pliant politicians enact – screwing the competition, while providing big business with tax breaks, immunity from prosecution, etc.*
Mass immigration benefits big business because it drives down wages in the host country, while supplying an ever-increasing number of consumers. The negative consequences of such immigration is paid for by the resident taxpayer.
Firstly, nobody voted for mass immigration. It was imposed on us by a government for whom less than 80% 20% of the country voted. There is nothing libertarian about that.
Secondly, the people of this country have invested their lives in the structure or institution that is known as Britain. They have paid taxes into it (rather than emigrate) and settled down, having planned for their future with their families. They have had to make assumptions based on election manifesto promises and they have every right to expect honesty and integrity from parties who made those promises.
Mass immigration has destroyed their jobs, their culture, and their life opportunities – and while they’re dead against it, they are being forced to pay for it all – especially when it all goes wrong.
What is libertarian about that?
*The NHS’s “health tourism” scandal is a perfect example of big business benefiting from the state. Big Pharma gets an unlimited number of clients whose bills are all paid for – in advance – by the state. Should “emergency treatments” turn into long-term “care”, so much the better.