Boris: Oh, just a cuddly toy of crony capitalism and social engineering

Some in the Tory party look at that charismatic gaffe-prone cuddly bear called Boris as a savior, new Messiah, a Thatcher reborn. Others warn that his big mouth means he ends up in too much of hot water too often. Still, there are some who see him as a policy lightweight. There were times when I too was enchanted by his charisma and thrilled with the image of him rebuking the Leader of the Opposition at the dispatch box. Not anymore. But for me neither his verbosity nor his only passing interests in anything resembling a policy presents a problem. On the contrary, I am very much worried about the kind of policies that are lurking behind that amiable teddy bear persona.

Yesterday, I learnt the Mayor supports the Takeaways Toolkit to fight obesity in London by boosting healthy eating and tackling takeaways. Proposals include something like managing “the proliferation of takeaways across the capital” and how to “use planning guidelines to restrict where and when takeaways set up, as well as how to use environmental and health regulations and laws around street trading”. Another quite helpful idea proposed is to reduce the number of holes in salt shakers …. I think you got the picture – so much for the concept of market capitalism in mayor’s head. But the crony kind, well, that’s a different thing. Here, Boris knows his friends. While a bit of small retailers’ regulation and red tape here and there is harmless: “We cannot solve the banking crisis by imposing more regulation than our competitors abroad.” Hear! Hear! And I just wonder how far away his dream of the Estuary Airport is from North Korean capital Pyongyang’s Ryugyong hotel and other communist architectural fables. Perhaps, in the future we can also introduce a law to ban coffee shops and reduce our red meat intake – due to carbon footprint as well as health. And I still haven’t mention Boris happy jump on global warming scaremongers’ band wagon. And his big friend the former REPUBLICAN governor Arnold Schwarzenegger – not decided whether to support Romney or Obama.

Yes, Boris reminds me of another mayor of a big metropolis, the businessman turned soda-banning social engineer Michael Bloomberg. In this context Johnson’s Olympic rebuke to Mitt Romney this summer doesn’t surprise me that much anymore. I read somebody joking that Boris’ premiership will be just a way station of his career to be crowned by the US presidential post. Fortunately, Boris renounced his citizenship in 2006.  But I am sure about one thing: if he decided to run he would definitely seeks the presidential nomination from his fellow members of the Democratic Party. Boris for PM?! No, thank you.

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The age of hubris is over! (Any volunteers to break it to the Western world?)

The British television is full of documentaries about the Second World War. Some are usually even worse than others. One such piece was on display on BBC Two last Monday at nine. It was a classic microwavable stuff – full of rehashed film footage. And make no mistake, the Berghof pictures were there too!  When, for the one hundredth time in my life, I saw the figure of Dear Adolf set against the majestic peaks of the Bavarian Alps, in full colour, I thought I was going to vomit. Well, yes, if you want to attract the working classes and i-Generation to the screens you need a bit of colour which is usually not on offer in abundance when looking at those black-and-white ages of the 20th century.  Berghof always saves the day, also stir into the bowl:

–          a few computer generated X-Box- games-resembling images, menacing,  fast-changing and exploding

–           paltry commentary about German anti-Semitism and evil genius of Hitler

–          heap loads  of classical music – Mahler, Mozart, Bach … well it’s evil too, ain’t it? those long ear- tiring migrainous pieces for a strange-sounding tools. Music? Eeee. Where’s Rihanna and Lady Gaga!?

Mix the substance well (but don’t bother too much as it will always stay thin anyway) and it’s ready to be served to the masses.  By the way, anti-Semitism is always presented in those documentaries as something vestigial. Well, hello there BBC producers!? Wake up! Do you still read the Guardian and Independent?! Do you laugh at Steve Bell’s cartoons?! And what about Mr Ahmadinejad or Abu Hamza?! Or comrades Livingstone and Galloway?!

I guess that BCC piece would sit well as an introductory material for some backwater primary school. But the sad reality is that these days this is your premium offered by the public broadcaster. Danny Cohen would be proud, but is busy busy commissioning some meaty celebrity-packed rubbish over at Beeb One.

Instead of poking our fingers at history and shaking in disbelief at stupidity of our predecessors,  those documentaries should make us think about our present. Are we that different? Do we really know better?  In the 1930s there must’ve been thousands of people for whom all that was coming have been only too obvious. They must have become crazy with (not) screaming it out. Hitler was there for almost a decade before the hell broke out.  But people don’t like changes and prefer not to see them, especially those for worse – the ones that put some demand on them to act. And so people choose to sleep it away …. and steer their own existence right into the hell of oblivion.

I am reminded of those things when I look at the march of all those failed leaders of the Western world: Obama, Merkel, Cameron, Rajoy, Hollande . I think about it when, in disbelieve, I  see  inertia of European countries and their cavalier attitude to rising mountain of debt, their peoples’ and politicians’ arrogant unwillingness to change ways while searching for solutions by creating more problems.  That’s what I am reminded of when British press constantly talks about “austerity,” when there’s virtually none yet, and when I am watching them waking up on a regular basis to abysmal economic figures. Everybody is hunting chimeric bankers and the rich as a sliver bullet to problems created by bloated social states most of us still live on as parasites chocking on their own flesh. There’s no humility and no responsibility and no alarm clock seems loud enough.

Sadly, Barack Obama’s re-election only shows the virus of irresponsibility hit the last bastion of Western world too.Perhaps it really is time for our civilisation to clock off.

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Scottish Independence: vote Yes to salvage conservatism

Recently, I had a conversation with a guy who is pretty well accustomed to my rather conservative and reactionary opinions about the world. And so he almost chocked himself to death when I pronounced my opinion on Scottish independence.

First, I had a confession to make. I love Scotland. I think Edinburgh and Glasgow are the only two other real cities in the UK on par with any other European metropolis. I adore quiet and mildly threatening silhouettes of the Scottish Highlands ranges and if I had to I would eat haggis every week at least once –  the place once only occupied by unrivalled spaghetti dishes. I drink Scottish Breakfast tea blend in the afternoon as well (now, as a matter of fact). Just in case – perhaps, it teleports me up there one day.  And my bath is adorned with a small plastic Nessie with a Scottish hat. It is the one which is formed out of three pieces so it looks like if it was swimming in plastic. I take my  yogurt with Scottish heather honey and after years I am starting to get use to the taste of whisky.

Now, you pretty much know what’s coming. Don’t get me wrong. I consider Scotland a country too deeply revelling in socialist policies with cancerously spreading state sector gnawing that thrilling land of Adam Smith. But it’s a different country from England and deserves to get stranded on its own. It doesn’t leave a taste of plastic multiculturalism in your mouth. It’s more honest and true to itself. It still has its traditions and proudly so. Anyway, what has got that culturally, morally and economically bankrupt England to offer? I love to hate Alex Salmond and I prefer to close my ears to his demagoguery. But he is a very skilful politicians and he deserves credit for that. He is more in Maggie Thatcher molud – not like those lightweights Ed, Dave and Nick….

Scotland simply deserves and needs new conservative policy and politicians. But these will have to be free of prejudices about the ‘English’ Tory party and Westminster. The SNP is in Scotland to stay and I believe it deserves nationalistic but right-wing opposition. The time is now: Scotland should become independent and if I were a Scot I would vote for it. And then work relentlessly to form a right wing coalition to defeat Salmond.

I think this is the Spectator Frasier Nelson’s anecdote: when meeting Mrs Thatcher in the 1980s or 90s in London she sighed something along the lines “Another Scot! What are you doing here? We need you up there!” Yes, it’s time for Scottish conservatism to return home and rise again.

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The Spectator cold turkey: One month on report

This morning I read highly interesting if, how else, doom-gloomish interview in the Wall Street Journal with Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, on how free speech died on US campuses. See for yourself at the WSJ web.

I love the WSJ editorials and even more the two pages of op-eds, opinions and reviews. It’s my daily early morning dose of conservative intellectual thinking and I must admit I am hooked on it.

And that thought led me to muse on my Spectator abstinence anniversary.  I went cold turkey on that other ‘conservative stimulant’ (print as well as online versions) a month ago and with the deepest sadness I must report I haven’t felt any cramming for it since.

Who would miss James Forsyth’s never-ending U-turns, depending on who dined and wined him the night before? Are you still reading it? Can you update me on his thinking? Is the coalition now beyond repair or there’s light at the end of the tunnel and James can confide that the dynamic duo of the PM and his deputy (also known as two Cs) met the other week in an unnamed London house of their common PR friend to iron out differences on council tax on rich … Oh, this will probably be spoiled by Dr Cable’s unhinged statement next week, so that dear James can report the coalition is its final dire strait. And so James goes on and on and on. I just wonder whether he ever reads what he wrote a year ago. Perhaps yes … and then laughs uncontrollably, or perhaps no … because he would have resigned his punditry throne a while ago.

Who needs to read pro-Obama, pro-socialist articles by the Spec’s chief of research, whatever his name is. It’s enough to remember he desperately needed Mr Obama to win. Congratulations then!

And then there’s that the deep well of knowledge on every US issue called Freddie Gray…..

And there is a minefield of articles from authors with anonymous names. You start reading them with interest and end up in fury realising it’s that Cameroonian, left-of-the-centre, nanny state fluffy huggy babble.  And blood pressure starts rising ….

A few years ago, at the beginning of the current economic and fiscal free fall I remember reading the Spectator business article musing on how gold is not worth buying this time around. Well done! What a great piece of advice it was! The author probably doesn’t write for the big S anymore. You know, it’s difficult to get good Wi-Fi signal from the wine cellar of his Bordeaux chateau. I guess that is where all the profit from krugerrands he bought went. Yes, and to Patek Philipe watches, we all need at least three pieces, for our progenies.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying there are no decent writers or articles appearing in the Spectator. It’s just that I realised pleasure from those is always more than spoiled by the lot from above.  So I ended up asking: ‘Why to pay for that?’ And no, I am not saying there’s no place for all of those things above. But, please, don’t wrap them up as some ‘conservative’ magazine, perhaps fish and chips paper?

These days the Spectator very much reminds me of the BBC. Shying away from big themes and preferring cycles of ‘ephemeral crises’ which nobody talks about the week after. That’s my biggest quibble. It’s almost like actress Helena Bonham Carter’s description of David Cameron “not a rightwing person. If he was in America, he’d be a Democrat”.

At the time when I am looking for a conservative lighthouse I find evanescent and sliding-on-the- surface magazine I had no problem to throw into a recycling bin next week. Not even Rod Liddle can save it.

So, I don’t miss the Spectator and those moments of disappointment a bit. But I would love to miss it. I would love to be it some gutsy meaty and red-eyed ‘radical’ conservative magazine. Like Paul Ryan or Bill O’Reilly. I know, I can dream on ……

PS. Small warning: while the Speccie is non-addictive as a drug, it’s not harmless as it often causes dangerous rise in conservative person’s blood pressure.

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Buzzzz. Elections are here!

Hello there!

I just want to remind you not to forget to vote in the first (and probably the last) Police and Crime Commissioner Elections today. You know, one of Mr Cameron’s favourite toys, a few years ago that is. He barely speaks about that direct-democracy nuisance nowadays as he  have already thrown it out of his big (Society) pram. Now he and his best mate George were bought a new progressive toy, social issues – gay marriages, abortions and the likes. That’s apparently their medicine for winning the next elections. Or so told us George the other day in the Times: that is what they have learnt from their Republican ‘friends’ in the US. No, no. Don’t appeal to your conservative and Conservative base, don’t be true to your Tory principles (oh, sorry, that Dynamic Duo don’t have any). Perhaps they should start courting UK Hispanic vote as well? And I thought Republicans are now the most desperate conservative breed on this planet …..

Speaking of the Dynamic Duos and police elections …. I know, Commissioner Gordon or Batman are not available this time round but I wish you a lucky hand anyway.

PS. I am sorry to announce that in Surrey, where I am eligible to vote, the Tory candidate is so unimpressive I will go for an independent.  But I am sure Dave and Georgie will not mind. They don’t need voters like me, they need more moderately progressive left-of-the-centre folks.

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Hide till you can! BBC on the war path, again

And the blood pressure is rising again! This time the news is not connected to Saint Obama’s past and upcoming miracles but something even more sinister.  The world’s high(est) priest of unbiased journalism – the BBC News that is (please, disregard pedophilia cases), breakingly reports that the head of the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, Ahmed Said Khalil al-Jabari, has been killed by Israeli strike. The BBC reporter from Very Much Occupied Gaza, someone called Jon Donnison, writes that “the sound of gunfire echoed through the streets after Wednesday’s air strike which killed Mr Jabari” and HORROR HORROR ! “There are fears the attack (my italics and boldness) could lead to another war”.

Ho ho! So, somehow the fact that hundreds of Hamas rockets from Gaza have been pounding the south of Israel for a week now has not been considered a breaking news. We have had no Beeb reports on  -sound of falling bombs echoing through the streets of southern Israel. And thus it’s not the Hamas terrorists responsible for “the fear of another war”. Oh no, it’s the legitimate Israeli defense against an evil terrorist regime that initiates that, at least according to the BBC.

The Beeb sticks its head into its own ass regarding ‘CRISIS’ over its pedophilia reporting but this will never change its “balanced and unbiased” pro-Palestinian reporting. Well, those Palestinians they are all goodies after all, unlike those awful Jewish warmongers.

It’s not just the dead head of Jimmy Savile paraded constantly on the BBC screens in the last month that makes me puke, it’s the BBC’s reporting in general. Yes, the Corporation is in crisis but it is much much deeper that its dumb-down liberal management and journalists living in a London metropolitan bubble will ever acknowledge.

Gorge yourselves with the article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20328579

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Newsweek’s dancing on our graves

So that arch-liberal read-by-nobody magazine, oh pardon me, soon-to-be-online-only magazine, Newsweek in its latest issue depicts President Obama as a Napoleonic figure while the Republicans are ‘old, white and history’. I am afraid the irony has escaped the authors. So I just ask: When exactly is Mr Obama’s Waterloo? Well, soon, very soon indeed. Except, unfortunately, it will be ours too. Because, ehm, not just Republicans have ‘dinosauric’ tendencies: the most of the Western civilization is ‘white’. The most of it is or will be ‘old’ pretty soon. And thus we will all be just HISTORY.

Oh well, nevermind. Goodbye and thanks for those two thousand years. It was one hell of a roller-coaster ride!

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The postcard for Mr. President

Postcard for Mr. President

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Frankenstorm Beeb

There have actually been two Frankenstorms in the last few days. Yes, you guessed it correctly. One has had the form of a whirl winding natural disaster descending upon the North American continent – named Sandy. Another was a media catastrophe attacking our TV sets – named BBC News. I don’t want to joke about the magnitude, human tragedies and economic costs of the hurricane but the 24-hour new cycle gave us its own dose of media storm. Where was Syria and Libya and where was the Euro-crisis? All news was wiped out, as usual. I would not complain if this was North Carolina or even Texas. But this is London! And we were treated to BBC’s Jon Sopel reporting directly from the eye of the storm in the US. And the BBC was so graceful as to share with us a picture of a dangling crane in the Mid-Manhattan, ad nauseam.  Unfortunately, nobody will ever remember that poor construction tool it in a week’s time. The storm also brought much welcomed relief to the liberal media. The Romney momentum is over! Obama looks presidential! He is handling it all brilliantly. It’s his second chance after Benghazi. Oh sorry no, third chance or perhaps fourth or …… well sure, four years was long enough time to screw it all up, hundred times. So wake up Beeb, please! Not even Frankenstorm will save you know from another ‘liberal disaster’. This time it’s got a male name. It’s MITT ROMNEY.

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My sadomasochistic session with Charlie Rose

I did it again yesterday. The sadomasochistic part of my-self overruled my brain and I sat down at 7:00PM local time to switch to channel 609 to Bloomberg TV to watch Charlie Rose election special’s after-the-third-debate chat. It’s always been love/hate relationship with the programme. I like the format. I like it is long and thorough. I like how Mr Rose relishes his host status. I like how he never rushes his guests (and their brains) anywhere. How his thoughts and queries flow with the debate, sometimes feeling you don’t know how and where it will end. But it’s not a feeling of uncertainty; it’s a good feeling of excitement because Rose is warm, calm, comforting but steady. He and his guests are for an hour a part of your living room. Yes, I wish only that the old wooden table they are sitting around wasn’t that big.

You might have guessed the problem. Mr Rose and the large part of his guests are … liberals. Rather big problem. Especially after a good day’s work when you want to relax not shout at your TV, sorry, living room guests. And what is worse than liberal authors, actors, conductors, mathematicians, historians or doctors? Well, liberal pundits also known as journalists (although I have my reservations about that). The uncrown king of those debates always is Albert Hunt, the veteran chief Bloomberg political guru (or medicine man). Just to illustrate my point, even after the first debate Mr Hunt declared it was not clear at all who won it (the first one!). He also pronounced debates as inconsequential. Yes, you can say that again, Mr Hunt. Other contributors include big names from other liberal, pardon mainstream, outlets – NBC, Time, Daily Beast, Newseek, BBC America, PBS well … you name it .

To cut my hour suffering short, having watched the debate in question before I wrote my own  third debate blog (see down there below), I would have never written it. After those 60-minutes of liberal brainwashing I was:

A/ very unsure whether I watched the same debate they did (perhaps some supernatural forces intervened? Is our house a part of old Celtic burial ground? Was is a presidential debate from Saturn and incidentally tumbled over at two in the morning?)

B/ one hundred per cent sure President Obama is heading for the re-elections. He will win. Possibly big time! All my optimism was gone. It’s all in the bag. Ohio, Iowa, perhaps even Florida! I knew it would be four more years of quiet conservative suffering.

 

Nothing has really changed since 2008. They all still eat Obama’s fairy tales, even with the fancy wrapping paper on. The problem of the first debate was the president did not deliver ANY performance whatsoever. As long as he delivers, however below par it is, he is the winner, the Destroyer, the Master of Political Debate. And whatever Romney says they will criticise. If he is too detailed, it is professorial and laughable. If he is not providing details he is ‘un-presidential’ and not-worth-the–vote, moderately radical flip-flopper which doesn’t want to show his evil cards because, in fact, he doesn’t have any.

It’s at debates like these I become one hundred per cent sure no objective reality exists. Perhaps it’s just liberal reality which is out there! And I am in the state of suspended animation. How unfortunate! Help!!!  Get me out of this Conservative Matrix!

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