Friday, June 29, 2007

"It has no bedrock. It exists on shifting sands"

Quentin Davies could be describing Britain rather than David Cameron.

"Under your leadership the Conservative Party appears to me to have ceased collectively to believe in anything, or to stand for anything. It has no bedrock. It exists on shifting sands. A sense of mission has been replaced by a PR agenda.

Although you have many positive qualities you have three - superficiality, unreliability and an apparent lack of any clear convictions - which in my view ought to exclude you from the position of national leadership to which you aspire and which it is the presumed purpose of the Conservative Party to achieve."

Didn't do Tony Blair any harm though, did it ? We get what we deserve.

In related news : Pride in Britain has fallen sharply over a generation, researchers said yesterday. The percentage of people declaring themselves "very proud" of the nation fell from 55 per cent in 1981 to 45 per cent now. The shift is attributed to younger people being less likely to have the "strong attachment" of older generations, the study by the National Centre for Social Research found. It said generational change had been more rapid in Wales and Scotland than in England, suggesting that young people may be more receptive to appeals from nationalist parties.

Oh deer : Success among stags was judged on the basis of how many fawns they sired.

Hmmm : The number of marriages in England and Wales has slumped to the lowest level on record, it was announced today. The 10% cent fall reversed three years in which an increased number of people had tied the knot. Provisional figures from the Office for National Statistics showed there just were just 244,710 weddings in 2005.

In London the decrease was even more marked, with marriages falling by 35%. The figures follow changes in the law by the Home Office in February 2005 to make it more difficult for non-Europeans to win the right to stay in Britain by marrying.


Foxy Brown said...

You Engleeesh have all swallowed the historical revisionist relativism of your ancestors being murdering, enslaving genocidal bastards. I have more pride in the achievements of this great country. RULE BRITANNIA!!

Nannette said...

Thanks to the Nu Labour immigration policy, we're awash with jihadists:

London bombs are protesting Rushdie's knighthood!

Hours before London explosives technicians dismantled a large car bomb in the heart of the British capital's tourist-rich theater district, a message appeared on one of the most widely used jihadist Internet forums, saying: "Today I say: Rejoice, by Allah, London shall be bombed."

CBS News found the posting, which went on for nearly 300 words, on the "al Hesbah" chat room. It was left by a person who goes by the name abu Osama al-Hazeen, who appears regularly on the forum.

Al Hesbah is frequently used by international Sunni militant groups, including al Qaeda and the Taliban, to post propaganda videos and messages in their fight against the West.

There was no way for CBS News to independently confirm any connection between the posting made Thursday night and the car bomb found Friday.

Al-Hazeen's message begins: "In the name of God, the most compassionate, the most merciful. Is Britain Longing for al Qaeda's bombings?"

Al-Hazeen decries the recent knighthood of controversial author Salman Rushdie as a blow felt by all British Muslims. "This 'honoring' came at a crucial time, a time when the whole nation is reeling from the crusaders attacks on all Muslim lands," he said, in an apparent reference to the British role in Iraq.

"We say to Britain: The Emir of al Qaeda, Sheikh Osama, has once threatened you, and he carried out his threats. Today I say: Rejoice, by Allah, London shall be bombed," the message reads.

Speaking at a news conference Friday after the bomb scare in central London, the Metropolitan Police force's Counter-Terrorism Commander Peter Clarke said that officials had "no indication that we were going to be attacked this way".

Prior to the Thursday night posting by al-Hazeen, there had been no specific allusions to threats against London or Britain seen on al Hesbah, or any other major jihadist forums in recent weeks.

Several responses to the posting by other forum members expressed hope that an attack against London would be realized in the near future.

In response, al-Hazeen urges patience, saying, "Victory is very close, but you are just rushing it."

Reached by Friday, the Metropolitan Police's media office could not confirm whether investigators were aware of the Internet posting on al Hesbah.

Intelligence sources who spoke to CBS News Friday morning seemed to express surprise at the discovery of the device, suggesting there had been "no warning, no intel, no smell" as a prelude to the plot — a vacuum of information which reportedly had Britain's domestic intelligence agency "very, very worried".

The attempted bombing in London's Haymarket area came one week before the second anniversary of the July 7 bombings that killed 52 people on London's transportation network.

Also Friday, a London jury was expected to hand down a verdict in the case against five young men who were charged with trying to blow up city buses and trains in 2005.

The men, all from London, were arrested after police found homemade devices on trains and buses that had failed to detonate properly — sending puffs of smoke from backpacks that frightened commuters, but injured no one.

Early reports from law enforcement officials indicate that the car bomb found Friday morning may also have failed to detonate properly — causing smoke to appear in the passenger area. It was the smoke that prompted people to call explosives officers to the scene.

One explosives expert told the British Broadcasting Corporation that the device — comprised of gas canisters and nails — appeared to be a fairly crude construction, and not the work of anyone with an extensive knowledge of weaponry.

Britain has wrestled since the July 7, 2005, over how to deal with the threat of "homegrown" terrorism. Young men from the country's large Muslim population are easy prey for radical clerics and propaganda campaigns propagated on Internet forums such as al Hesbah.

In addition to messages calling for jihad in Britain, detailed video demonstrations of how to construct bombs using gas canisters are readily available on the forums.

verity said...

Nanette - Yeah, yeah. Whatever. I didn't read your giant post because this was signalled 20 years ago and no one cared.

Ten years ago Blair slithered in and stayed for 10 years. Everything else is irrelevant. They kept on voting for Blair although he hates the intelligent, brave, inventive, justice-loving British. How does it feel to have a prime minister who hates us?

Disabling. Disempowering.

Isn't Blair the result of some illegitimacy? Wasn't his mother illegimate? Is that why they don't want children to have birth certificates with the father's name these days? Blair felt very hurt as a young shit? The whole world has to be engineered to suit Tony's feelings?

Even Blair's schoolmasters couldn't stand him. Well, some turds just won't flush.

Let's hope for a public and humiliating end to the career of this ego-ravenous still-floating evacuation.

Nannette said...

Verity, I suggest you read Londonistan by Melanie Phillips, and wake up to the fact that there were terrorists here more than 30 years ago.

Observer said...

Verity, I suggest you read Londonistan by Melanie Phillips, and wake up to the fact that there were terrorists here more than 30 years ago.

Yes because the British Government cut a deal - we had PLO offices in the 1970s....but when the French kicked out Algerian terrorists for bombing the Metro London offered them a home.

When the Dutch cracked down on Somali benefit fraud they moved to England

Britain courted foreign students and had an easy visa policy - even Peter Mandelson and Lord Browne used this student visa scam to keep their boyfriends here

Germany brought in foreign students so they could live in Hamburg and take flying lessons in New York

MI6 has flirted with these groups for years and London and Paris have competed for influence in the Arab world and accommodated every faction just as Paris provided refuge for Khomeini.

I just admire British soldiers who can put their lives on the line for a nation in as big a mess as this with duplicitous governments which abuse them and engage in treachery - but I suppose the Army gives them an escape from the corrupt civilian world into one where your team looks after each other and bonds of loyalty mean something

Nannette said...

Observer, it's all told in Eurabia by Bat Ye'Or who gave a conference in Toronto yesterday.

She gave a great speech, and answered all the questions we could ever ask.