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April 23, 2009

St. George's Day


Writing for The Australian, Hal Colebatch argues Britain is evolving into "the first modern soft totalitarian state." There is stiff competition in our civilization's race for the bottom, but even Canadian soft power/multi culti/bilingual-newthink is left in the dust by what was once England.

My Mum saw it first. She said the country was unrecognizable in its hysteria over the death of Diana. I was wrong. She was right.

There are no concentration camps or gulags but there are thought police with unprecedented powers to dictate ways of thinking and sniff out heresy, and there can be harsh punishments for dissent.

Nikolai Bukharin claimed one of the Bolshevik Revolution's principal tasks was "to alter people's actual psychology". Britain is not Bolshevik, but a campaign to alter people's psychology and create a new Homo britannicus is under way without even a fig leaf of disguise.

The Government is pushing ahead with legislation that will criminalise politically incorrect jokes, with a maximum punishment of up to seven years' prison. The House of Lords tried to insert a free-speech amendment, but Justice Secretary Jack Straw knocked it out. It was Straw who previously called for a redefinition of Englishness and suggested the "global baggage of empire" was linked to soccer violence by "racist and xenophobic white males". He claimed the English "propensity for violence" was used to subjugate Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and that the English as a race were "potentially very aggressive".

Jack Straw is right about that last bit. Let us pray the English remember it too. It truly is far better to face the bullets than to be killed at home by a bomb.

In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act: The day Blighty fell apart (via the Steynian 348).

Gerald Warner recalls it: the day the police clashed with a bunch of wellie-wearing, tweed flat-capped country people and bashed in some heads.

Well, you see, these were people who were standing in the way of Tony's efforts to save the cute little furry woodland creatures from the nasty upper-class English who wanted to shoot them. But really, it was a message sent out to the bastions of traditional British culture. "It's over people. The Britain you knew is no more and this is what will happen to you if you try to bring it back."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 23, 2009 08:28 AM