Thursday, December 11, 2008

Some icy patches on the curate's path

Christian police and counsellors sacked for their beliefs. Apparently it's OK to mail officers asking them to wear pink ribbons for Gay History Month (I kid you not - somehow I don't think Ernst Rohm will figure prominently), but not OK to object to it. Graham Cogman and Gary McFarlane will not be the last victims of out new religious orthodoxy.

Apparently Hutus and Tutsis just can't get on.

Dalrymple on the changing British character.

Before the English and British became known for self-restraint and an ironic detachment from life, they had a reputation for high emotionalism and an inability to control their passions. The German poet Heinrich Heine, among others, detested them as violent and vulgar. It was only during the reign of William IV—“Silly Billy,” the king before Victoria—that they transformed into something approaching the restrained people whom I encountered as a child and sometimes as a doctor. The main difference between the vulgar people whom Heine detested and the people loathed and feared throughout Europe (and beyond) today is that the earlier Britons often possessed talent and genius, and in some sense stood in the forefront of human endeavor; we cannot say that of the British now.

But the second point is also important. The moralization of the British in the first third of the nineteenth century—their transformation from a people lacking self-control into exemplars of restraint—was the product of intellectual and legislative activity. So, too, was the reverse movement.

Looks like Met officers have done the PC stats course.

Around one in 15 of all rapes in London are gang rapes involving three or more attackers, according to latest Metropolitan Police statistics.

There were 126 in 2006, 91 in 2007 and 85 so far this year. But the force says 'these offences may be under-reported'. In other words, the phenomenon might be far more widespread.

The majority of victims - 60 per cent - were white, while 28 per cent were black.

Scotland Yard identified certain characteristics among attackers. Around 40 per cent of suspects were described as Afro-Caribbean. A further 13 per cent were of Indian or Pakistani appearance.

Officers insist that this is not a race issue, simply a reflection that most gang rapes take place in the most deprived boroughs, which have disproportionately high ethnic populations.

Socialists against mass immigration ? Socialists who think it benefits big business but not ordinary people ? It'll never catch on. What do you mean, it has ?

Fear and loathing in the markets. A lot of other people seem to be asking the questions I asked the other day.

The rush for the safety of US Treasury debt is playing havoc with America's $7 trillion "repo" market used to manage liquidity. Fund managers are hoovering up any safe asset they can find because they do not know what the world will look like in January when normal business picks up again. Three-month bills fell to minus 0.01pc on Tuesday, implying that funds are paying the US government for protection.

"You know the US Treasury will give you your money back, but your bank might not be there," said Paul Ashworth, US economist for Capital Economics.

The gold markets have also been in turmoil. Traders say it has become extremely hard to buy the physical metal in the form of bars or coins. The market has moved into "backwardation" for the first time, meaning that futures contracts are now priced more cheaply than actual bullion prices.

Good to see that Germany, contrary to my earlier fears, are not yet committed to Gordonomics. Read the whole thing.

"Our British friends are now cutting their value-added tax. We have no idea how much of that stores will pass on to customers. Are you really going to buy a DVD player because it now costs £39.10 instead of £39.90? All this will do is raise Britain's debt to a level that will take a whole generation to work off. The same people who would never touch deficit spending are now tossing around billions. The switch from decades of supply-side politics all the way to a crass Keynesianism is breathtaking. When I ask about the origins of the crisis, economists I respect tell me it is the credit-financed growth of recent years and decades. Isn't this the same mistake everyone is suddenly making again, under all the public pressure?"
Sounds about right. The crisis was caused by too much credit and not enough saving, Gordo's response is to hammer savers and use the taxpayer (and the printing press) as a source of more credit. The BBC spin the story thus :

"sources close to the government said Berlin was "out of step" with most nations on how to handle the crisis."
They're certainly out of step with the UK. They make things in Germany that people want to buy. And they're made by German companies.


Rob said...

The Left was traditionally anti-immigration, or certainly the unions were. Immigrants competed for jobs with their members.

It was only from the sixties and seventies onwards that the Left agitated for mass immigration. This corresponded with the Labour Party's capture by bourgeois leftists and internationalists, marginalising the old guard. For them, mass immigration was a weapon against western culture, which they sought to tear down.

The fact that their natural supporters, the working class, would suffer as a result wasn't a problem for them - they despise working class people anyway.

Anonymous said...

Are you really going to buy a DVD player because it now costs £39.10 instead of £39.90?

Perhaps also Gordon hasnt noticed that we dont make DVD players here. If a few more DVD players are sold here, thats less VAT for him and more money going abroad. And thats a good thing for us all because...

The British and US sudden conversion to Keynesian economics has a bit of a flaw, if you dont make anything, pumping money into the system just increases the outflow of money.

Our lack of manufacturing capacity really coming home to roost now.

Anonymous said...

The conversion of leftie liberals to a religious belief in the magical properties of unlimited 3rd world immigration has to rank as one of the greatest scams ever pulled by the elites.

In my battles with liberals on-line (and in the flesh) one is left with the impression there is quite literally NOTHING they wont sacrifice to prove their anti-racist credentials. The economy, education, public health, environment, animal welfare, control of crime, housing, the green belt, free speech, working class wages and on and on. It only takes a few minutes before they start channeling the spirit of Norman Tebbitt and start waxing lyrical about the meek of the earth getting on their bikes and looking for work, that, and castigating white people for not liking competition.

It almost makes me despair for our future.

paul ilc said...

It was either welfare reform (very unpopular with zaNU-LAB's client vote) OR mass immigration, using the taxes from immigrants to fund parasitism and welfare dependency (and reduce wage-inflation?). zaNU-LAB chose the latter...But, far better to have reformed welfare and reduced parasitism by putting our welfare-dependent class to work!

Anon 1250:
I understand that the UK is still the 6th largest manufacturing economy in the world, and that car production in 2006/7 exceeded all previous records. So, it's just not true that the UK doesn't make anything anymore, though automation and efficiency means that you are less likely to know someone who earns our foreign exchange. That said, I believe Gordo's rash super-Keynesian reflation package spells disaster, imho (but then I'm not an economist).

Anon: 1:01. Agreed and well put! Anti-racism is now a religion, along with anti-human, anti-industrial, pantheistic environmentalism. The logical contradictions of left/liberals are boundless; and, generally, they somehow manage to conceal this from the majority.

Anonymous said...

The trouble is with our car production is that profits made are going to go to foreign companies. Toyota, Honda, GM, Ford, Peugeot and now TATA as well.

We are just a screwdriver operation. This is often the case in other industries too.

In the bad old days the state was involved in all sorts of sectors of the economy but at least they actually made something. Coal, railway locos, steel, ships, cars etc.

dearieme said...

"The trouble is with our car production is that profits made are going to..": that's typically not much of a problem because the profits are far smaller than the money spent here on labour and so forth.

Anonymous said...

yes dearieme but if the companies were home owned we would be getting the money spent on British labour and the profit staying here as well.
Would that not be better?

Anonymous said...

regards the gang-rape, I the stats seem incomplete.
"Around 40 per cent of suspects were described as Afro-Caribbean. A further 13 per cent were of Indian or Pakistani appearance."

So who are the other 47%? maybe they are 'white' but if I'd have thought it get more media coverage.

"Officers insist that this is not a race issue, simply a reflection that most gang rapes take place in the most deprived boroughs, which have disproportionately high ethnic populations."

But those boroughs also have a disproportionately low number of 'white' people so 60% 'white' victims seems very high.
Or can this be explained?

Anonymous said...

The racial aspects of gang rape?

Try The savage path from Knoxville to Tottenham Hale

Joe90 said...

Re the horrible gang rape phenomenon: a similar situation has been reported over the last few years in France. There, youths of Algerian descent are disproportionately involved.

The use of mobile phones to record the attacks and share the footage has been a common feature in France too.

In Britain, it does seem difficult to believe that race or ethnicity is not a factor in at least some gang rapes. In many different times and places, rape has been used by young men as a way to establish the dominance of their particular ethnic group over another.

Mark said...

Anon 8.54pm-
I'm sure that press release of partial stats on gang rapes is meant to give the impression that up to 47% of such incidents involve white British assailants.The Home Office aren't exactly rushing to clarify whether there are seperate categories for black Africans, Somalis, or 'Eastern Europeans' (as is normally the case now in the public sector).
Also if you were to put in a FOIA request about this you'd probably get endless prevarication, not hard facts.

Anonymous said...

Gang rape is one of those things the locals just dont seem to do. Which is why we have to import foreigners to do it for us.

I too dont believe the white component of those figures is anything like 47%.

Im sure many MSM journos go to bed every night and ask in their prayers for a white gang raping a non-white woman, we would hear of little else for a year or three. It just doesnt seem to happen at all. Even singular white/non-white rape itself is a rarity. Whereas the reverse is a depressing regularity.

Of course as the eunuchs in the police tell us, its not a racial issue. Its almost nothing else.