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Man clubbed to death – live on CNN

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This is what happens when you’re a cretin and a TV anchor (but I repeat myself) with all the Lefty soundbites needed for TV, but a birdbath deep knowledge of history – and you come up against someone at least as verbally slick as yourself – but smarter and more informed.

She was brilliant in agreeing with his premise and then turning the tables on him. The look on his moronic face and his silence when she finishes talking is just priceless. You can almost see the gears turning upstairs and – he has nothing so ends the segment.

Lemon was recently demoted to some CNN morning show and was on tenterhooks about getting fired like Stelter, John Harwood and others. This won’t help his employment prospects, let alone promotion back to prime time.

For future reference in case that Twitter link gets killed, here’s what she said:

“Well, I think you’re right about reparations in terms of, if people want it though what they need to do is you always need to go back to the beginning of a supply chain.

Where was the beginning of the supply chain? That was in Africa, and when it crossed the entire world, when slavery was taking place, which was the first nation in the world that abolished slavery? The first nation in the world to abolish it, it was started by William Wilberforce, was the British. In Great Britain, they abolished slavery.

Two thousand naval men died on the high seas trying to stop slavery. Why? Because the African kings were rounding up their own people, they had them on cages waiting in the beaches. No one was running into Africa to get them.

And I think you’re totally right. If reparations need to be paid, we need to go right back to the beginning of that supply chain and say, ‘Who was rounding up their own people and having them handcuffed in cages?’ Absolutely. That’s where they should start. And maybe, I don’t know, the descendants of those families where they died in the high seas trying to stop the slavery, that those families should receive something too, I think, at the same time.”

Before you get too excited about the words of one Englishwoman who’s not going to accept such debate framing, you need to take a look at these other members of England:

Written by Tom Hunter

September 21, 2022 at 1:55 pm

The Second Elizabethan Age

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From history’s perspective it will be remembered as being more tumultuous than the first one, the key difference being the eclipsing of Britain as an Empire rather than its growth in the world, and the very different place that a Queen of England would hold in it.

Being a Republican I always looked upon the age of Kings, Queens and Emperors as simply a traditional hangover from the past, their powers everywhere slowly whittled away by the development of modern societies and mass politics.

But even so, like many traditions, I respected them, even with all their pomp and silliness. Such are the threads of our cultural bloodstream. I suspect that around the world there will be people who opposed her station, status and institution who nevertheless may shed at least one tear at her passing and feel an unexpected sadness at the news of her death.

And Queen Elizabeth II was one to be respected. The photo below is her explaining the workings of a car engine to her mother, during a visit to a base of the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS), a women’s army auxiliary branch in which Elizabeth served.

She endured a lot and I would have given more than a penny for her thoughts on the changes she had seen in her Empire during her life and reign as Queen. Was she sad? Disappointed? I don’t think she was ever melancholy about it; the toughness of her generation and her own character saw her deal with much worse things up close – sadly often her family – than the decline of a world, and she had a sense of humour through it all, as shown in my favourite example shown here.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 9, 2022 at 1:33 pm

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I For One, Welcome Our New Insect Overlords

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So lets take a more detailed look at the latest result of democracy in the United States of Europe, aka the European Union.

European Commission President: Ursula Von Der Leyen.

  • German Defence Minister for the last five years. By all measures the German military is in worse shape now than when she started, despite her various plans and announcements. 
  • That may not entirely be a bad thing.
  • Daughter of a senior Eurocrat who was born in Brussels.
  • Supports a United States of Europe (of course, why else would she go for this role).
  • Wrote that although it was important to have “more democratic involvement” in the EU, that had to be prevented from “impeding Europe’s ability to act.”
  • Excellent relationship with Saudi Arabia.
  • Plagiarised large parts of her PhD – but got off the hook when her university concluded that there had been no intent to deceive.
  • On the other hand she does have seven kids, which makes a nice change from most Euro leaders.

European Council President: Charles Michel

  • Former Prime Minister of Belgium, another artificial political creation that has added little to humanity in its 189 years of existence.
  • Son of a prominent Belgian politician.
  • Began his political career at the age of 16.
  • Ousted as PM in a no confidence vote last December.
  • Remained as ‘interim Prime Minister’ for more than six months because Belgium.
  • Parachutes into this new job: “so long suckers“!
  • Doesn’t even have to move cities.

European Central Bank President: Christine Lagarde

  • This one I recognise from her IMF days, where she’s been earning €500K a year – tax-free.  Sweet! How does that work, especially on a Continent that makes a fetish of paying your fair share of taxes to keep government running?
  • Father was a professor of English and mother a teacher of Latin, Greek and French literature.
  • Good relationship with Saudi Arabia, having praised King Abdullah upon his death as having been “a strong believer in pushing forward women’s rights“.
  • In 2016 she was convicted of being criminally negligent with €400 million of taxpayers’ money. No jail time though – and she kept her job!!!!
  • Now the EU has decided that this is no barrier to giving her the keys to their Central Bank.
  • However, she will at least pay taxes, and possibly on a reduced salary.

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs: Josep Borrell

  • Former Foreign Minister for Spain.
  • Former European Parliament President.
  • Forced to resign from the European University Institute over an undeclared €300,000-a-year conflict of interest.
  • Fined €30,000 just last year for a “very serious breach” of insider trading rules on the Spanish stock market.
  • A Gibraltar hawk who says Britain will split before Spain does.
  • Would welcome an independent Scotland in the EU.
  • Opposed to an independent Catalonia.
  • On Iran he says that “Iran wants to wipe out Israel; nothing new about that. You have to live with it.”.
  • Also tough on journalists, as well as Catalan protesters. On that basis he may get along with Trump.

These four have several things in common. With the exception of Borrell, they’re all “high-born“; Borrel’s dad was a baker but aside from him, none are the spawn of toilers. They’re all highly educated, much more so than the voters. They’re all very wealthy. They’ve all been politically active from a young age. And finally, they’ve all managed to escape failures, scandals and actual convictions that would have ruined those lacking their wealth and connections.

They undoubtedly all know of eachother and likely have met eachother many times, since they all move in the same political, financial and social circles and have done so for decades, floating high above the Great Unwashed.

These people were selected for their positions after “negotiations” in the upper levels of the EU, which also included their predecessors, just to make sure everything keeps ticking along as planned. Following this selection, the MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) applied their usual rubber-stamp vote.

Any subject of the USSR and the Eastern European Communist bloc would recognise this pattern.

Incredible is it not? Representative democracy is accepted by most because it means that voters are at most just one remove from the decisions made on their behalf. These people are now in positions several times removed from the little people that they represent – and that’s before we consider how removed their lives were from those people in the first place.

Perhaps even more incredible is that Europeans who support this are often highly vocal about the awful choices Americans faced with Hillary Clinton and Trump in 2016, or will face in 2020 between Trump and the current clown show of Democrat nominees – or really anything about US democracy. Well, it’s true that US democracy has problems – even some similar problems, judging from the size of its Administrative State – and they are getting worse. But they haven’t degenerated to this farcical state yet.

I’ll leave the last word to Kent Brockman, reminding his new overlords that he can be helpful to them in rounding up others to be ruled.

No EU worshipper could have put it better.

Written by Tom Hunter

July 17, 2019 at 1:15 am

Question

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Today is the Queen’s Birthday long week-end.

If Phil the Greek makes it to one hundred, will Lizzie send him a telegram?

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June 12, 2016 at 7:10 am

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