Category Archives: Elites

London Spectator: ‘Why I don’t, never have, and never will trust the people’

I knew these people thought this way, but I am shocked to read anyone admit it quite this openly. As always, check out the comments. (BTW, I’m getting mixed messages on whether people are or are not able to read a few Spectator articles free per month. Any feedback appreciated.)

‘It was late, and a friend and I were left to talk Brexit. He’s a keen and convinced Tory Brexiteer MP but to stay friends we have tended to steer off the topic. This, however, felt like a moment to talk.

The conversation taught me nothing about Brexit, something about him, and a lot about myself and the strain of Conservatism I now realise I’m part of — and which is part of me. Oddly, then, this column is not really about Brexit, but about trusting the people. I don’t. Never have and never will. Our conversation forced me to confront the fact.

…As I’m not running for office (any more – Ed.) I shall not pull punches.

Tories like me, and I think we used to be in the majority, see good governance as an effort to live with democracy rather than to an effort to live by democracy. It is why we were so chary about referendums in the first place. We are wary of the populace and instinctively hostile to the instincts of the mob. We see the popular will as a sometimes dangerous thing, to be handled, guided, and on key occasions (and subtly) thwarted.

…When I first went into politics, initially as a researcher, in 1977, it was commonplace among us Tories to see and describe ‘the will of the people’ not as our mentor but as a rock to be navigated. Capital punishment and judicial flogging were very popular with the public. The hanging debate at party conferences was an annual nightmare for our leading spokesmen, but I never heard it suggested, even by colleagues who supported the return of these punishments, that we should bring them back because the people wanted it… This subversion of democracy (in Theresa May’s phrase) caused me embarrassment, but not a second’s guilt. Sod democracy: hanging was wrong.

Worth a watch:


Global Elitists Are Not Human

It is often said that “other-izing” people overall can be dangerous and other-izing your enemies specifically can be tactically detrimental. For one, it can lead to a false sense of superiority over those people as you assert some kind of imagined genetic advantage. It can also lead to dangerous generalizations of vast groups as you categorize and pigeonhole millions as being exactly the same when this is rationally impossible. However, other-izing is perhaps the only option when faced with a very particular type of person embracing a very particular brand of ideology; other-izing can become a matter of survival.

I am of course talking about globalists.


Who is the Ruling Class?

They Exposed Themselves Last Night

…The most privileged people in our country are arrogant and self-important. But they are still dependent on the votes and confidence of the public. To convince the voting public, themselves and each other that they are magnanimous and trustworthy, they make public shows of “compassion”. They crusade to expand insurance coverage for “the uninsured”. They open our borders without discrimination both to those who will enrich our culture and those who will impoverish it. They grant subsidies for all manner of anti-social and counter-productive behavior: low interest financing and tax benefits for useless degrees at schools that offer not much more than “party campuses” and breeding grounds for political unrest, welfare benefits that encourage families without fathers and multi-generational dependance the list is endless. The bottom line is that The United States of America is turning into a modernized reproduction of the Ancient Regimes of pre World War I.

Instead of “The Church”, The Royal Families and the Landed Aristocrats, we now have Politicians, Academics, Journalists and Money Manipulators as our “betters” but the result is very similar. If I had the artistic talent, I would do an updated version of the Heinrich Kley drawing above showing the new worthies loading up the backs of our working people and entrepreneurs with illegal immigrants, affirmative action, alternative energy…,


Don’t Play By The Elitists Rules

In politics, whoever controls the context of a debate wins the debate. They set the rules of the game. For far too long, the elitists who control, and benefit from the power of government, have controlled the context of our political debate, and as a result, have entrenched their own power at our expense.


Gallia Watch: Manuel Valls calls for “stigmatization” of the FN

The ruling elite of France is “panic-stricken” at the possibility of a Front National victory on March 29 and in the 2017 presidential election. Prime Minister Manuel Valls makes no effort to hide his fear. In a March 8 interview on Europe 1, hosted by Jean-Pierre Elkabbach, Valls agreed his party had not been able to solve major problems, but at the same time insisted there would be no going back on the reforms that had been made.

Here from Le Figaro are excerpts of his remarks:

Prime Minister Manuel Valls revealed his fear that France would “shatter against the FN”

“The thing I dread, may I speak of my dread, my fear for my country? It is the FN at 30%, not in the second round, but in the first round of the departmental elections. An FN at 30% is a matter of extreme gravity. The thing I dread is an FN at 30% in the first round, because its platform is a disaster for the country.”

“I demand the stigmatization of Marine Le Pen; the Front National offers no solution. I call on all those who demonstrated on January 11, I say to them, ‘Get out and vote!'”

Read more…


UKIP fury as Channel 4 predicts race riots if Nigel Farage wins election

UKIP has accused Channel 4 of peddling ‘liberal-Left poppycock’ over an apocalyptic portrayal of what British life would be like if Nigel Farage became Prime Minister.

The row has blown up over a drama-documentary to be screened at tomorrow which imagines life under a Farage government. In UKIP: The First Hundred Days – which mixes acted scenes with real news footage – border guards are seen forcibly repatriating illegal immigrants amid race riots, as the UK prepares to pull out of the European Union.

The film shows UKIP winning a slim majority in May’s Election, but within three months, society is on the brink of collapse under Mr Farage’s Right-wing policies…

Last night, one aide close to the Ukip leader hit back, telling The Mail on Sunday: ‘This is typical of the poppycock peddled by the public-school educated Lefties who run Channel 4 and large chunks of the media’…


Dresden: €105,500 ($120,400 US) for anti-Pegida Demo

Now it’s out — the state pays six-figure sums for anti-Pegida demos!

This is the response of Dresden Mayor Helma Orosz to a written request from the AfD Group concerning the cost of the rally “For Dresden, Saxony — Openness to the world, humanity and dialogue together” on January 10, 2015.

With Roland Kaiser as a “guest star” of the Free State of Saxony, the total came to €105,496.68.

The City of Dresden contributed €30,000, paid from the budget of the Mayor.

Gordon Engler, culture and youth affairs spokesman of the AfD Group in the City Council sharply criticized the financing of the event: “It’s amazing how quickly so much tax money for a single symbolic event was spent… mainly to cover up the symptoms of their own failed policies. Not only has state neutrality has been violated, but [the authorities] have unabashedly helped themselves to public funds.”

(Note: edited Google Translate).

We have seen this pattern repeatedly, everywhere in the West.  Just look at how the UK government went after EDL, for just one example.


Financial Times: How to fix high price of housing? Who needs a greenbelt? Limiting immigration not even mentioned

And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On England’s pleasant pastures seen! — William Blake, ~ 1808

How would one describe a market in which the value of the same commodity varied by more than 100 to one? “Hugely distorted” is the answer. Yet that is precisely the situation for land near England’s most prosperous urban centres…

…The core question…is what is to be done with the green belts around our cities. Supporters of the policy of “urban containment” argue that this is a small island whose countryside risks being concreted over.

In fact, the land in green belts alone is one and a half times greater than in all cities and towns together. Moreover, the towns are far “greener” than green belts. Gardens cover nearly half of the 10% of England that is urbanised, while the dominant use of land in green belts is intensive arable farming, which is mostly hideous and offers less biodiversity than urban parks and gardens. Nor do green belts offer much if any amenity to the bulk of the population that lives in the great cities. Their value goes to the small number of people who own houses inside them.

So what is to be done? The price mechanism should rule…We do need to stop constraining the growth of the places where people really want to live. It is untrue that the green belts are areas of outstanding amenity. They are rather sources of increasing misery, as an ever-larger population is crammed into an artificially limited space.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the op-ed attracted only 14 comments, of which few seemed concerned about the green belt per se. I noticed this one:

Why not flatten Martin Wolf’s house — which I’m assuming is in London — and replace it with a high rise block?
When they’ve replaced all the houses and gardens in London with high rise blocks, I’ll be very willing to cede some of the green belt.

(Martin Wolf is the author of the op-end).

I am not familiar with the green belt in the UK, of course. But we also have one in greater Vancouver. Since I no longer live there I do not know if similar proposals are afoot there too (the house prices in Vancouver are extremely high).


Op-ed, Copenhagen Post: Anti-Islam is not the answer for terrorism

Author Zach Khadudu is a Kenyan by birth and a journalist by choice. He is a commentator and an activist with a passion for refugee and human rights.

“Je suis Charlie” was the rallying cry that resonated across the world after the unfortunate terror incident in France.

Even Bibi (Netanyahu) with his appalling human rights record was arm-in-arm with the rest of the world leaders to stand up for freedom of expression.

Maria Le Pen, the Pia K of France, saw an opportune time to push her anti-Muslim, anti-foreigner agenda.

In German, the anti-Muslim PEGIDA demonstrators gained renewed strength. Calls by Angela Merkel did little to deter thousands of people from attending their marches. In Denmark, spontaneous and organised demonstrators also took to the street to pour blanket blame on Islam and Muslims. In Belgium, which like Denmark, has a Muslim population of well over 5 percent, police raids on terror suspects ended in several fatalities including two policemen. Even in open-door Sweden, anti-Islam rhetoric gained momentum: mosques were attached and some injuries were reported…

…In the political arena, the tone is tough and extreme. Among the anti-Muslim movements in Germany and Denmark, it is clear-cut: get Islam out of Europe.

Yet what escapes most minds is the fact that Muslims are as much victims of terror as the rest of us. Muslims have been repeatedly asked to speak out and apologise for crimes they have nothing to do with. A whole community is constantly under fire to defend actions they are completely opposed to.

Fact is, as long as the tone remains combative and aggressive, there will be no solution…

Thanks a lot for the multicultural insanity, Western leaders. It now appears far too late to reverse it. Containment is the only option, but the elites — both left and right, with different motives — are determined for this wretched project to remain on schedule.  


Italy: ‘Informed immigration’ from Tunisia-Morocco with IPRIT

Tunisian immigrants waiting for their residence permit in Florence (photo accompanies the article)

Sponsoring informed and aware immigration, as well as an effective cooperation in managing flows with countries boasting over half a million migrants in Italy – including Tunisia and Morocco – is the main object of the IPRIT project (regular immigration routes in Italy).

The initiative is funded by the department of civil freedom and immigration of the interior ministry and implemented through the Idos research center in Rome, the Fondazione Mondo Digitale (FMD) and the Associazione Nazionale Oltre Frontiere (ANOLF).

The project vies to help Tunisians and Moroccans who want to move to Italy by training 25 operators in each country in the public and social sectors who will be able to help would-be immigrants, once they have been trained.

The project is in its second stage, which concerns Tunisia, Antonio Ricci of Idos told ANSAmed. There are currently 122,000 Tunisians residing in Italy.

Guides in Italian and French have been prepared to explain Italian immigration laws. Participants will also have an Arabic dictionary on terms related to immigration and a book explaining Italy’s social security system in relation to immigrants.

Also examined are the Italian-Tunisian social security convention and the agreement of “partnership on mobility” signed by Tunisia and the EU, which includes a clause of non-discrimination including many verdicts by Italian and European magistrates…

I have neither the time nor proficiency in Italian to research this further but it bears all the marks of an government elite-led project to encourage even more Muslims to move to Europe.  The leftists are doubling down — nothing must interfere with their program to Islamize Europe. 


Spencer: 5 Reasons Why Angela Merkel Is Wrong to Oppose Germany’s Anti-Islamization Rallies

After tens of thousands of Germans participated in rallies organized by Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West (PEGIDA), German Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced them, claiming that when they chanted “We are the people,” they really meant, “You don’t belong — because of your religion or your skin color.”

With one-third of Germans supporting the rallies, that’s either an awful lot of racists or Merkel is making a disastrous mistake in demonizing this movement. And she is, of course: Islamization is not a race, and it is not racist or xenophobic to oppose it.

Merkel herself should know better, for these reasons:

The German government has already shown its understanding of this problem to be faulty:

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble also denounced PEGIDA, saying last Saturday: “People are right to fear Islamist terrorism. But not Islam.”

But “Islamist terrorism” arises from Islam. Or does Schaeuble think it is just as likely to emerge from the Lutheran churches as from the mosques? How does Schaeuble propose to separate the Islam that he considers benign from the Islamist terrorism he regards as malignant? He doesn’t say, and probably doesn’t have any idea how to do so — if he has ever seriously considered the question at all.

Schaeuble’s distinction is obviously based more on wishful thinking than reality. Merkel is foolish to perpetuate this willful ignorance – particularly since she has shown more sense in the past…


Financial Times upfront about where it sympathies lie: ‘Renzi is the last hope for the Italian elite’

Such an inconvenience for those in their villas, such as this one in Tuscany. Source.

Social and economic stress is rising every month in Italy, as are the political stakes for which Matteo Renzi, the reform-minded prime minister, is playing. Since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008, no big European countries and few small ones have taken as big a hit as Italy.

In six years the country’s economy has shrunk by 9 per cent and manufacturing output has collapsed by 25 per cent. Unemployment is above 13 per cent of the workforce, and the youth jobless rate is more than 40 per cent — the highest level since the 1970s.

Public debt is set to rise in 2016 to 133 per cent of economic output. What makes this picture so bleak is that not all of these woes can be blamed on the eurozone’s sovereign debt and banking crises. Uniquely among the region’s 19 member states, Italy’s economy has barely grown at all since the euro’s launch in 1999.

Political conditions in Italy are also disturbing. In countries that, unlike Italy, required emergency financial rescues in 2010-13 from the EU and International Monetary Fund, two-party political systems are cracking under the strain of populist insurgencies. But in Italy things are well past that point…

The non-elite parties are referred to in the article as “populists.”  And it is not just mass immigration — the euro common currency has not worked out very well for the country.  The economy is in bad shape, as the article notes.


German employers: PEGIDA is ‘damaging’ Germany’s image

Ingo Kramer, head of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA), told the Munich-based magazine Focus on Friday that Germany needed immigration to sustain its job market and social system, given that its population is aging.

Germany’s image as a business location was being damaged, Kramer said, by the impression that foreigners were the targets of Monday evening protests held since October by the PEGIDA movement in Dresden.

The group, which purports to be patriotically European and anti-Islamic, drew German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ire on Wednesday when she called its leaders racists who were full of hatred.

Kramer, like Merkel, said German society had a moral responsibility to help refugees fleeing conflict regions…

Get lost!

Japan is aging too but they are managing somehow. More business interests caring more about short term profits than the long term consequences for the country. These types are really starting to get on my nerves.


Labour elite thinks Northerners are stupid, MP complains

Burlington Arcade off Piccadilly. Source says “Love it or loathe it, Oxford Street is the centre of London’s shopping scene and a major draw for its temples to retail. It also divides the two wealthy areas of Mayfair and Marylebone. The former takes its name from a fair once held here, but today it is a rarefied bastion of the exclusive, its Georgian streets and squares packed with high-class shops, galleries and businesses.”

Ed Miliband’s inner circle think people with Northern accents are stupid, a Labour MP has claimed.

Prominent Left-winger Ian Lavery said the party’s elite looked down on working-class supporters in the North.

The Wansbeck MP, a former miner, said: ‘We’ve got an elite in Westminster which quite frankly frightens me.

‘They haven’t been anywhere or done anything, and when you’ve got an accent like mine they think, “well that man doesn’t really know too much”.’

Mr Lavery, a former president of the National Union of Mineworkers who took part in the 1984-85 strike, spoke out at a conference organised by left-wing think-tank CLASS.

He said too few of the Labour hierarchy in Westminster have done manual jobs, adding: ‘Sadly there’s not enough MPs who’ve actually worked on the coalface, on the factory floor’…

The elite class won’t give up its pleasant lifestyle without a huge fight — and that includes mass immigration. They hold virtually all the cards.  The Labour Party is now the Immigrant Party.  The Conservatives are not far behind.