Sunday, 1 October 2017

European Outlook # 46 October 2017

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A Vision of the Future

The Nazis were as divided over Europe as the politicians of today. Regrettably, nationalist sentiments and ingrained prejudices afflicted the Third Reich. Alfred Rosenberg, the humourless Minister for the Occupied Territories, believed in a Nordic Master Race sprung from the lost continent of Atlantis but Joseph Goebells, the down-to-earth Minister of Propaganda, saw the Second World War as a battle between ideas rather than tribes. In his remarkable speech 'Europe in the year 2000', he said:

"Europeans are more and more realizing that our differences are only family squabbles when measured against the vast problems that the continent must solve. I am convinced that just as we look back with some amusement on the narrow-minded conflicts between German provinces in the 1840s and 1850s, our posterity in fifty years will look back with similar amusement on what is going on today in Europe. They will see the "dramatic battles between nations" of small European states as family squabbles. I am convinced that in fifty years we will no longer think in terms of nations, but of continents and that the entirely different, and perhaps much larger, problems will concern Europe."

In order to realise Joseph Goebells' vision of the future, we must embrace all of Europe. Political systems do not last forever. The Soviet Union defeated the armed might of Nazi Germany but it collapsed, almost without a struggle, in 1990. The current European Union is a work in progress. The UK has voted to quit the EU but we are still Europeans and our future is inextricably linked to the mainland. Few of our politicians can visualise the future. Most of them are incapable of seeing beyond the next five years. But Europe will continue to develop and Brexit will be but a footnote to history; a temporary aberration. 

Jan Lamprecht



Jan Lamprecht is a South African author who runs the website. www.historyreviewed.com

His articles and videos show South Africa descending into chaos under a corrupt government. Robert Mugabe the dictator of Zimbabwe recently complained to a South African minister that the Whites have got too much power. He replied, "that's the fault of your friend Nelson Mandela." 

South Africa is rich in natural resources and self-sufficient in food but the country is beset by crime and corruption. The Blacks are no better off than they were under apartheid and those Whites that do not live in gated compounds are desperately poor and vulnerable. So much for the promise of the 'Rainbow Nation'.

Jan Lamprecht believes that the five million remaining Whites in Southern Africa can regain control. He maintains that the Black regimes in power are so corrupt and inefficient that they can be overthrown.

The Whites are less than ten percent of the South African population but the Afrikaners faced similar odds at the Battle of Blood River in 1838. A force of 470 Voortrekkers (pioneers) defeated a Zulu army estimated at 80,000 men. The Afrikaners had three men wounded; the Zulus had 3,000 killed. But fate did not always favour the Whiteman. Forty years later a Zulu army of 80,000 warriors defeated a British column of 1,800 men at the Battle of Isandlwana 

In the Battle of Omdurman in 1898 Lord Herbert Kitchener led an Anglo-Egyptian army of 25,000 men against a Sudanese Mahdist army more than twice his size. At the end of the day the Anglo-Egyptians suffered 48 dead and 382 wounded. The Mahdi's army had 12,000 killed, 13,000 wounded, and 5,000 captured. Battles are won with equipment and organisation as well as bravery.

We are unlikely to see the restoration of white rule in South Africa because the international companies that control the gold and diamond industries don't care if the country is run by Whites or Blacks, so long as they have got the mineral rights. Jan Lamprecht blames the Jews for the fare of the Afrikaners but the British Empire was responsible for stealing the gold and diamonds and the nationalistic policies of the Afrikaners discouraged European migrants who went instead to Australia.
 

The Housing Crisis Gets Worse

The lack of affordable housing, particularly in London, is critical, and the North Kensington tower block disaster has made things even worse. The thousands of apartments that line both banks of the Thames from east to west do little to solve the problem. Most of them are built for investment rather than accommodation. They are bought and sold by foreign investors and remain empty most of the time.

The policy of selling off council houses and flats has reduced the housing stock and construction is hampered by planning permission and the availability of mortgages.

Demands for rent controls are opposed by the Tories who say that landlords would be frightened to rent, but the system works in New York where the courts fix fair rents and tenants' rights are guaranteed.

London now has a majority of private rented properties and house building is not keeping up with the increase in population. People have moved further and further out of the capital in search of affordable housing, but essential workers such as doctors, nurses, police, and fire fighters must be housed locally.

Instead of wasting money on aircraft carriers without planes, and nuclear missiles that will never be used, we should build enough houses and flats for our people to live in. Poor housing breeds desperation and desperate people have no incentive to work hard. Our productivity continues to lag behind our competitors. France produces in four days what we do in five. We must deal with the housing crisis as a matter of urgency and restore the morale of the people.

Those who argue that immigration is to blame for the housing crisis should remember that we had a housing shortage after the war when we had virtually no immigrants. As a temporary measure returning servicemen and their families were housed in prefabricated dwellings.


             Peter Rachman (photo credit wordpress.com)

In the fifties, the pimp and rent racketeer Peter Rachman terrorised his Notting Hill tenants with impunity. He was the landlord to Christine Keeler and Mandy Rice Davies, and well connected to the establishment, but he was such a violent criminal that the authorities were forced to act. A lot of people were relieved when Peter Rachman died of a heart attack in 1962 at the early age of 43. He is buried in the Jewish cemetery at Bushey.

The 1965 Rent Act gave some protection to tenants but we need a new Rent Act to stop the current rackets. The trouble is that so many leading politicians are landlords. According to the Daily Mirror Chancellor Philip Hammond gets £10,000 a month for his rented townhouse. 


Ten Miles From Anywhere

John Bean was editor of 'The Wickhambrook Scene' parish magazine from 1975 to 1993. Wickhambrook is the West Suffolk village that he 'escaped' to from Croydon in 1973. It is not a political work but an important social history and a record of a way of life that was threatened when he wrote this book, in 1995, and has all but disappeared since then.



June 1975. Fifty years ago life in Wickhambrook obviously had its charms. But if for some it was the 'good old days', it was also 'very hard old days' compared with today. At least that is the impression we gained when your editor talked to Mrs Edith Claydon.

Mrs Claydon, who was born in Dalham and came to live in Wickhambrook in 1920, states that one of the main differences compared with today is the state of the roads. All the minor roads and what we now call 'B' roads were merely dressed with stones, and road menders could be seen trundling their wheelbarrows to fill in the numerous holes with stones. The main Bury to Haverhill road had superior treatment, however, for here a steamroller was used to bed the stones down more firmly. There were very few cars about until the Thirties arrived. One of the first people in the village to possess a car was Dr Wilkin, which replaced his pony and trap.

At this point, Mrs Claydon added that the late Dr Wilkin was the only doctor and that in those days you went to see him if you were really sick and 'not just for a cut finger'.

If you wanted to go shopping in Bury St Edmunds or Newmarket you went by bicycle or pony and trap, if you were fortunate enough to have either. If not, you could either go on Mr Ernie Hurrell's old bus on market days or with the late Mr Charlie Cook of the Duddery, who had a horse-drawn van fitted with seats and some sort of shelter if it rained. Eastern Counties did not start their bus service until the Thirties.

In those days Wickhambrook was served with five pubs. In addition to The Cloak, the Greyhound and the Plumber's Arms (still with us today as your editor is pleased to say), there was also The White Horse, which closed down about 1926 and is now where Dr Batt lives, and The Walnut Tree at Attleton Green, now the home of Mr & Mrs Crysell. The Walnut Tree was also known as the 'Sizzle'. This was because of the landlord, the son of a butcher, invariably had either some sausages or chops cooking in a pan on an open fire for the customers. The Walnut Tree only closed down some ten years ago.

The Cloak was an independent pub - the others all being Greene King - where the landlord, Mr Ted Mills, brewed his own beer for sale to the customers. It was bought out by Greene King when Mr Mills died in the Thirties.

Opening times would be around 9.00 am right through to 10.00 pm. There were no saloon bars or bars as we know them, just a tap room, and they were, of course, lit by oil lamps. Mrs Claydon stated that with Friday being pay day some - certainly not all - of wives waited hoping there would be some money left to buy food at the shop - which stayed open to 9.00 pm for this purpose. Less timorous wives would go into the pub and pull their spouses out if it seemed to be getting late.

In the homes, everybody relied on wells or pumps, and some even ponds, for their water supplies. Mains water, as with electricity, did not come to Wickhambrook until the mid-Fifties. Only the large houses had indoor sanitation.

The use of slates was still common at Wickhambrook School in the Twenties, and there were no school dinners or free transport for the children. Those children who could not get home to their dinner would bring what their parents could afford, often a piece of bread and dripping, and would wash this down with a drink of water from an old enamelled mug which used to hang on the side of the school pump. The toilets were primitive and heating was provided by coke stoves. School leaving age was thirteen. 

All of John Bean's books; 'Ten Miles From Anywhere', 'Many Shades of Black', 'Blood in the Square', and 'The Trail of the Viking Finger' are available from Amazon.


Reds Under The Bed


                Arthur Scargill (photo credit Wikipedia)

An Aims of Industry booklet from the mid-seventies entitled 'Reds under the Bed' reminds us of the chaos caused by strikes and industrial disputes. There is no doubt that Communists were behind most of the trouble in those days. The Communist Party was controlled by Moscow and its aim was to damage the British economy in order to bring about a Communist Revolution.

"Every politician, every industrial relation specialist, every labour correspondent had been well aware all through the summer and autumn that there were 11 men on the miners' 27-strong executive determined to make trouble for the nation if they possibly could. The Government knew it. Far from seeking a confrontation they specially tailored Stage 3 so that the miners could have a much larger rise than any other group of workers.

The 11 consist of six communists and five members of the 'Labour Left'. The undisputed leader of this dedicated band is Michael McGahey, vice-president and Scottish president of the union, a member of the Communist Party national executive and of its inner cabinet, the political committee. The other Communists are Bill McLean, from Scotland, Joe Whelan from Nottinghamshire, Jack Collins from the Kent coalfield, Peter Tait from Yorkshire, and Dai Francis, from South Wales. Lawrence Daly, the union general secretary, is an ex-communist and usually regarded as a 'hardliner'.

Since 1971 five Marxists of the Labour Left have been elected to the national executive. Their leader is Arthur Scargill from Barnsley, who achieved fame, or maybe notoriety, by leading the violent attack on the Saltley coke depot during the 1972 miners' strike. The other four are Owen Briscoe, from Doncaster, Peter Heathfield, from North Derbyshire, Emlyn Williams, from South Wales, and Eric Clarke, from Scotland." 

The Russian Federation is a parliamentary democracy with a market economy and no interest in British industrial relations. Despite Boris Johnson's enthusiastic backing of American sanctions against the Russians, we do very little trade with them. Russia is virtually self-sufficient and American economic warfare does more harm to countries like Poland that used to export agricultural products to Russia.

In the seventies, when disrupting our industry was part of the Soviet strategy, Aims of Industry were right to expose communist subversion but today there is no foreign involvement. British workers are right to be angry after ten years of cutbacks and wage freezes, especially when MPs get huge increases and BBC 'personalities' take home millions of pounds.

World Trade 

Most trade is internal, and most crops are grown in the country that eats them. In the UK we grow about 60% of our food. We could do better but we import Danish bacon, New Zealand lamb, French wine, Irish stout, and Belgian beer because we like them. We both import and export motor vehicles and machine tools. We could make optical equipment to rival the Germans and they could make jet engines to rival Rolls Royce but we prefer to specialise. Most economies are dominated by services. Instead of making things we earn a living by cleaning windows, flipping burgers, pouring pints, fixing boilers, servicing computers, driving vans, and selling insurance. Even Germany, the world's greatest exporter, is mainly a service economy. 

Our trade deficit is
manageable inside of the European Union with its guaranteed market of half a billion souls, but outside of the EU we will have to export more than we import in order to save our precious dollars. It was easy to be a great exporting nation just after the war when Germany, Italy and Japan were in ruins, but it's not so easy now. We will have to accept a smaller economy with a lower standard of living. 

The World Trade Organisation is under American rules. Scotch whisky will have to compete with Jim Beam and Jack Daniels. We will have to accept chlorine-washed chicken, hormone-fed beef, and genetically modified crops. And our environmental laws might not suit the American motor industry. America uses trade as a weapon of war. States perceived to be hostile, like Russia, Iran and North Korea are punished but Japan and South Korea are rewarded, Britain would have to earn her place by supporting American foreign policy.
       

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Thursday, 31 August 2017

European Outlook # 45 September 2017

All articles are by Bill Baillie unless otherwise stated. The opinions of guest writers are entirely their own. This blog is protected by the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19: "We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people."
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Murder Most Royal - suggested by Carl Harley

Guy Walters is the author of 'The Traitor', 'The Leader' and 'The Occupation', works of fiction that depict Oswald Mosley as a puppet dictator under the Nazis. In an article in the 'Weekend' magazine, he previews a television series entitled 'Royal Murder Mysteries'. 



He recalls the deaths of Prince George who was killed in an air crash in 1942, the Earl of Errol who was murdered in Kenya in 1941, the Russian Royal Family who were slaughtered by the Reds in 1918, and the mysterious death of Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria in 1886.

It's sometimes difficult with writers of historical novels to separate fact from fiction. The loss of the RAF Short Sunderland flying boat carrying Prince George and thirteen others was carefully investigated. The murder of the Earl of Errol, who was a member of the British Union of Fascists, and a member of the Kenya Legislative Council, remains unsolved. Sir Jock Delves Broughton was charged with the murder but found not guilty. He was the husband of the Earl of Errol's lover, Lady Diana Broughton.

The bodies of the Romanovs have been identified by DNA analysis using samples supplied by the British Royal Family. But the death of Mad King Ludwig remains a mystery because his family will not allow an autopsy.

The combination of Royalty and murder is irresistible to historical revisionists. They accuse Winston Churchill of being responsible for the death of Prince George who was thought to have Nazi sympathies. Churchill was a ruthless man who did not hesitate to sink the French Fleet. But can we really believe that he ordered the deaths of fourteen RAF personnel just to silence Prince George? Their scant evidence is taken from 'Double Standards' a book about Rudolf Hess by Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince. I once asked a conspiracy theorist to prove that Rudolf Hess had been murdered but he challenged me to prove that he had not. In the end, you believe what you want to believe. 

Union Movement

Oswald Mosley died in 1980 but his ideas live on. 'Ten Points For Action' was published forty years ago but they are still relevant. Compare these visionary policies to the paranoid fantasies of the far-right. 


1) Action to Build Houses. We want Action to solve the housing problem. It should be taken out of the hands of local authorities and entrusted to Government leadership with powers to mass produce houses and flats like an 'operation of war', turning out homes as munitions were mass-produced in time of war.

2) Stop the Land and Rent Rackets. Give the Government the power to acquire land at pre-boom prices and to finance housing by low-interest loans, paid for by high-interest charges on all non-essential and luxury building. Such action would bring down house prices and rents and at last provide good but cheap housing for all.

3) Stop Immigration - Start Repatriation. We want Action to ease the pressure on housing and other social problems (like the reintroduction of diseases unknown in Britain for hundreds of years) by stopping all further immigration and by repatriating all post-war immigrants to good jobs and conditions in their homelands, to which prosperity had been restored by using the surplus wealth and production of united Europe. But Britain could make a start now before the complete union of Europe is achieved.

4) Choice in Education and Health. We want Action to build good schools, colleges, universities and hospitals, just as we would mass-produce houses and flats. Parents should have a choice of schools for their children. We should not be taxed to provide those health services we will never use (maternity benefits for confirmed bachelors!) but free to pay in proportion to our requirements.

5) Free Speech - Law and Order. We want Action to ensure freedom of speech for everyone, guaranteed by the Government, which has a duty to maintain law and order in the State and to take effective action against mob violence, which today denies freedom of expression to any views of which its agitators disapprove. Let us maintain local police forces with their local knowledge and experience, but let us supplement them with a highly-trained, well-equipped, mobile national police force, to put down organised crime and to maintain public order.

We would ensure freedom of the Press for both newspapers and the public. Any man who felt himself misrepresented in the Press should be guaranteed (by law) equal space to reply in the newspaper concerned. This would free the public from the expense of seeking justice through costly libel action and free the newspapers from the legal blackmail of a threatened libel action by some unscrupulous racketeer.

6) Capital Punishment. The death penalty should be restored to the statute book, to be used sparingly in the case of premeditated murder. The Court of Appeal should have a solemn duty to reprieve if in any doubt. The sentence could be carried out not by hanging, but by a quick and painless injection or by some other humane method.

7) Action in Europe. To put these policies into practice Britain must advance beyond the concept of a so-called united Europe and Common Market to which the Conservative Party has at last been converted and which the Labour Party still opposes. We must advance quickly to "Europe a Nation", which we have advocated since 1948. We stand for a union of all Europe, our former white Dominions and southern Africa, a great "third force" independent of both America and Russia.

This "third force" must have a central government for its defence, the economy, finance and scientific development, with power to raise wages and control prices as production increases for a guaranteed market, insulated against unfair competition from the rest of the world. 

We need a European army, equipped with the most modern weapons to defend our continent against attack from any quarter. This should be financed on a European budget, instead of each small country straining its economy to finance its own defence.

8) National and Regional Governments. There should be independent national and regional governments for each European country and the main regions. This would enable England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and other European countries and regions to have their own parliaments for internal affairs and for the preservation of their national and regional cultures.

9) The Irish Problem. The ultimate solution to the Irish problem is the union of that country within a united Europe. But the bloodshed must first be brought to an end by a free vote on a county basis in each of the Six Counties and a subsequent readjustment of the border. The bulk of the Catholic population in the North would then be ruled (as is their wish) from Dublin, with a lessening of present tensions, the IRA would lose its bases in the North and the British Army would have a much shorter border to patrol against infiltration from the South. In this improved situation agreement could more easily be reached on the eventual union of Ireland, with the rights of the Protestant minority protected and guaranteed by European government.

10) Government of National Union. We stand for a government of national union and effective action, drawn from the whole nation, from the professions and the trade unions, arts and science, the law and the armed forces. Government elected by the whole people alone should govern. It should have power to lead the economy, raising wages and controlling prices as science increased production. Then we will have cooperation instead of conflict in industry.

We want Action to halt the "brain drain" and to arouse a new spirit of national service in our British people, by relating all reward directly to skill, effort, initiative and responsibility. There should be "great reward for great service", crowned by higher pensions drawn from the wealth of the new economic system, as the reward in old age for those who had loyally served the nation throughout their lives.

Jews & Nazis

In his political memoir Many Shades of Black, John Bean tells the story of Colin Jordan’s supporters who rented a house in Coventry in the late fifties. The house was wrecked as a result of them playing games of ‘Jews & Nazis’.  Today, their descendants are still playing the same games.

The original Nazis were supporters of Adolf Hitler’s National Socialist Party in Germany. Today, they can be anything from historical re-enactors who dress up as Storm Troopers to crusty old reactionaries who believe in the Jewish Conspiracy Theory.  President Donald Trump is a strong defender of Israel with Jewish grandchildren, but he is accused of having Nazi sympathies because he wants to limit immigration. A Nazi is, in fact, anybody who criticises the Jews or expresses an opinion not approved by them.

But what is a Jew? When I wrote that Benjamin Disraeli was an Anglican I received a number of emails telling me that he was a Jew. But so was Karl Marx and he hated the Jews and was not shy about saying so. The picture does not become clearer by looking at the State of Israel that was established as a national home for the Jews.

Israel’s population of 8.3 million is 75% Jewish. The majority of them came from Europe but nearly two million came from Africa and Asia. The Falasha or Beta Israel Jews were rescued from Ethiopia in 1979. They claim to be descended from the Queen of Sheba who visited King Solomon in Jerusalem in 550 BC. According to the Bible the royal couple “exchanged many gifts.”  There are now some 130,000 of them in Israel.

The Tutsi people of East Africa also claim Jewish heritage. They were almost exterminated by their Hutu neighbours in 1994. They emigrated from Ethiopia in the fifteenth century and still follow Jewish customs. When the Jewish journalist Josh Kron visited Rwanda he reported: “I was greeted with a fist-pound and a touch to the heart by the money changer, who called me a fellow Jew.”

There are thought to be 30,000 Jews in India and 70,000 Indian Jews in Israel. In 2008 the Synagogue in Mumbai was attacked by Pakistani terrorist resulting in the deaths of six Jews.

The Shanghai Synagogue serves the 3,000 strong Jewish community in China.

In fact, the Jews come in all colours and can't be classified as a race. Many famous so-called Jews did not profess the Jewish religion, and many of the founding fathers of Zionism were self-confessed atheists. It seems that a Jew is someone who identifies as such. By setting themselves apart the Jews have contributed to their universal unpopularity. People who think themselves superior are bound to face hostility from the rest of humanity. This applies to the Nazis who think that they belong to the Master Race and to the Jews claim to be Gods Chosen People.


They are two sides of the same coin. Ze'ev Jabotinsky 1880-1940  (pictured) fought with the British army in WW1 and was a pioneer of the Zionist movement. He was financed by Benito Mussolini and befriended by the Nazis who shared his ambition to send Europe's Jews to Palestine.

Fantasy and Reality

Many people dream of returning to "the good old days", a mythical Golden Age without mass migration and global capitalism. Unfortunately, we are stuck with reality.

Today life has improved for most people but we are being overwhelmed by Third World immigration. White people are escaping the invasion by moving out of the inner cities, but that’s getting harder to do. Unfortunately wishing that ten percent of our population would go back where they came from will not make it happen. Repatriation would be very difficult. We would have to defy the United States and face sanctions. We would need the approval of the electorate, the agreement of our trading partners and the cooperation of the countries involved. We could start by sending back illegal immigrants, overstayed students, failed asylum seekers, criminals, and volunteers, but it would take a revolution to uproot immigrants who have settled here. Those who advocate rounding them up and sending them home should realise what is involved.

About a third of our immigrants are Muslims. Their birth-rate is generally much higher than the national average but this is expected to fall as they are assimilated. The public is justifiably outraged at terrorist atrocities but they accept that the majority of Muslims are not terrorists.

'Political Correctness' forbade any mention of immigration when it was non-European but the Poles were considered fair game by The Daily Mail and The Sun. They won the European Referendum by linking immigration to the EU - even though half of our immigrants come from outside Europe.

Their readers dream of an independent Britain but we are a small country with over sixty-five million mouths to feed and diminishing oil reserves. We must have access to the single market. We can keep our monarchy, our legal system and our Parliament but we cannot survive on our own. Those who think we would be better off out of the EU are mistaken.

Last year we contributed £4.6 billion to the EU but the Euro-sceptics arrived at a figure of £65.6 billion. They did this by guessing what trade we would do if we were not in the EU. An exercise in creative accounting that Robert Maxwell would have been proud of.

But if we quit the EU tomorrow we would still have to comply with international standards. The days of selling Morris Minors to grateful Australians are over. The Bruges Group preach ‘independence’ but they are staunch supporters of our ‘special relationship’ with America. Their heroine is Margaret Thatcher who made her famous Euro-sceptic speech in Bruges in 1988.  She stood up to Jacques Delors but went weak at the knees at the sight of Ronald Reagan in his flying jacket.

England united with Wales and Cornwall in 1284, with Scotland in 1707 and with Ireland in 1800 – amended in 1922.  We have been together for over two hundred years but each nation and region is still distinctly different. Despite our long tradition of national and regional identities within the United Kingdom some people are still worried that Europe will steal our nationality. They shouldn’t worry; Irish eyes will still be smiling, the Welsh will still be singing hymns and arias, the Scots will still be complaining and the English will still be apologising; so long as they are not replaced.

We survived the financial crash of 2008 by borrowing and 
printing money. But we can't do that indefinitely and we can't return to the Gold Standard or the dollar system. We should forget about trying to be a world power and concentrate on improving productivity. Our automotive and aerospace industries show what can be done with modern machinery.

Our banking industry is vitally important. The City of London is a major employer of labour and a massive contributor to the exchequer. The Government must ensure that the banks have sufficient deposits to cover lending, but those who talk about hanging bankers and abolishing the Bank of England are deluded. 

We must accept that we cannot grow coffee or bananas in the UK. Our armed forces are well trained and equipped but we could not take on the Chinese. And our manufacturing industry is improving but we are not about to overtake the Germans. But we can stop Third World immigration, dump the emotional baggage of Empire and become a modern country. We can bring our servicemen home from the Middle East and learn to mind our own business. The trick is knowing the difference between fantasy and reality.

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Monday, 31 July 2017

European Outlook #44 August 2017

All articles are by Bill Baillie unless otherwise stated. The opinions of guest writers are entirely their own. This blog is protected by the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19: "We all have the right to make up our own minds, to think what we like, to say what we think, and to share our ideas with other people."
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Propaganda

Technology has
revolutionised communications. Martin Luther nailed his thesis to the door of All Saints' Church in Wittenberg and changed the world. Benito Mussolini led the March on Rome to sieze power. And, in the sixties, we relied on street corner meetings and literature. Today, such primitive methods have been overtaken by the Internet.



A young Bill Baillie campaigning for John Bean's British National Party in the 1964 general election. We were not an insular nationalist party, we believed in European solidarity and social justice. I went overseas in 1965 and when I came home in 1970 we had been taken over by the National Front and our progressive policies had been dumped. I therefore joined Union Movement and embraced Oswald Mosley's vision of 'Europe a Nation'. 

Social media is the modern way of communicating and video platforms such as Youtube are very effective. Donald Trump used Twitter and Facebook extensively in his presidential campaign and so did Emmanuel Macron in France.

Newspapers and magazines are expensive to produce and distribute but websites are affordable. We can reach more people on the Internet than we did in the old days by putting leaflets through letterboxes or selling newspapers on street corners. Competing with the mass media is obviously an unequal challenge but having discovered the truth it's our duty to encourage people to think for themselves and reject media brainwashing.

Newspapers, r
adio and television dominate public opinion but we can fight back by using the Internet. The State uses anti-terrorist legislation to silence its enemies but we can stay within the law by avoiding insulting or threatening language.

Ten years ago immigration was a taboo subject and only the lunatic-left talked about a "crisis of capitalism." Today, these ideas have gone mainstream and you don't have to be a political party in order to have an opinion. So, carry on blogging and posting on Facebook and Twitter. Let our voices be heard.

A Garden Green by William Harris,
first published in 'Lodestar' Winter 1986

Each year brings thousands of American tourists to Britain, and it is clear that many of them are seeking something the do not posses in their own continent. This, I suggest, is a past: their own past forged by their own ancestors, and not the pre-Colombian past of the Indian, which is the only true ancient thing they have. They must travel all these hundreds of miles in order to find their roots, be they of Celtic, Anglo-Saxon or Norman descent.

As so much nonsense is talked about Britain's 'mixture of races', it is worth quoting the words of Brian Branson in 'The Lost Gods of England'. In his chapter 'Who were the English?' he mentions these ethnic groups, adding "But none of these inter-breedings was what might be called in genetic terms 'a violent out-cross' such as would have been the case if Britain had been successfully invaded by an armada of Chinese, or Red Indians or African Bushmen. Apart from any alteration in physical appearance that would have befallen the new Island Race under such circumstances, one has only to suppose a pagoda in Canterbury, a totem pole in Trafalgar Square, and rock paintings in the Cheddar Gorge to imagine the cultural changes that would have ensued." He concludes that "the mongrelism of the English  turns out to be more apparent than real." That was first published in 1957, before the minarets of the mosque loomed over the trees in Regent's Park. 

Names are among the most ancient and lasting monuments in a culture, particularly those given to natural features in the landscape. In Britain they are usually Celtic, the Celts being the earliest of the above ethnic groups. The prefix 'Pen' for 'head' or 'headland' and the many instances of the name 'Avon', which means simply 'river' are two of the most obvious.

The names of our pubs are often far older than the buildings they adorn, and they tell us much. 'The George', and 'The Green Man', for instance, take us back to the traditional Mummers' Play of St George and the Turkish knight, and to a character in the Morris Dance, 'Jack in the Green'. The mummers would usually herald their appearance by announcing "Here come I". . . and in all these traditions, including that of traditional dance and song which is inseparable  from it, there are a number of folk-heroes who emerge: St George, Robin Hood and Maid Marion, King Arthur, Hereward the Wake, Dick Whittington, Dick Turpin, Nelson and Lord Collingwood. The villains (all of whom are often cut down by St George in the course of the mummers' play) include: Prince Valentine, Captain Rover, Turkey Snipe, Little John, Bonaparte and Sambo. The last prompts me to remark that the blackening of faces (so upsetting to the susceptibilities of the liberal left of today), is probably far older than the 'Black and White Minstrels', or the minstrels who used to perform on seaside piers. There are accounts of wassailers or masqueraders blackening their faces, and the 'Giant of Salisbury' (a huge effigy , which used to be carried in all important processions in the city, which is now in the Salisbury and South Wiltshire museum) was found to have had his face blackened at some stage in the past, before he was 'cleaned up'. 'Morris', of course, is thought to derive from 'Moorish' so, like the Mummers' Play, it may date from the time of the Crusades.

After St George in the play has felled the Turkish knight, a doctor is called for, to 'cure' him. He is often played by a small boy dressed in a top hat and frock coat far too big for him and (in the version from Camborne, Cornwall) he says:
"I can cure the itch, the specs and the gout -
If there's nine devils, I can kick ten out."

He always cures the wounded knight so that the audience can then enjoy another bout of fighting but, in fact, his origins go back to the idea of death and resurrection which is the basis of most of the world's religions.

Sword dances are to be found mainly in the north of England and the midlands, and are either long-sword or short-sword ('Rapper') dances. There are several characters involved, apart from the six dancers, such as 'The Fool' and the 'Betsy'. The last is a strange hermaphrodite type of figure, a comic man in drag (also found in the Mummers' Play as 'Beelzebub' or 'Betsy Bub') who is, no doubt, an ancestor both of the pantomime 'dame' and the modern 'drag queen' At the climax of the dance the dancers (his six sons) decide that the Fool has 'got to go', and they put their six swords together to form a hexagon around his neck (known as the 'lock' or 'knot'). He is ritually decapitated and falls to the ground lifeless, only to spring to life once more and join in the next dance - the same pattern of death and resurrection once again. We also see this in the many versions of the popular 'John Barleycorn', a symbol of spring, when the first beer was brewed, who is cut down, thrashed, cut and drowned, but always survives and comes to life again.

Any idea that folksong is about innocent rustics disporting themselves with na├»ve decorum could not be further from the truth. Many of the folksong collectors, in the early part of this century, were amazed and incredulous at what they heard from the lips of shepherds, gardeners, and farm-hands. When many were illiterate and had no places of organised entertainment, these songs served the same purpose as reading the 'News of the World' - relating scandals, murder, seductions and all kinds of 'goings on'. It is utterly pointless to judge their values with the yardstick of prevailing ethics of today (a current pastime with some trendy pressure-groups who delight in sticking on labels suach as 'sexist', 'classist' or 'racist'!) There are songs of seduction and cuckoldry, and one which is clearly a warning against venereal disease: in 'Firelock Stile' the beauty sits on the stile (a parish boundary, no doubt where she could ply her trade with impunity):

"when a stump of a nail catched hold of her clothes
She fell down and she did expose
Her old rump-a-tump tooral looral laddy-dy" -

but six weeks later:

"She gave him some fire to keep out the cold" -
And he cursed the young damsel that learned him to play on her rump-a-tump-tump" -

Some of the humorous and macabre, such as 'The Body-snatcher's Trade', in which the would-be body-snatchers are hoaxed by a soldier getting into the coffin and pretending to be the corpse come to life. 'Little Sir Hugh' commemorates the mysterious murder of a nine-year-old boy at Lincoln in 1144 (mentioned by Chaucer and Marlowe) and the song even found its way into Norman French. It has clear connections with one of the most deeply disturbing songs 'The Bitter Withy', which uses pagan material in a nominally Christian context. The snobbish sons of 'Lords and Ladies refuse to play with the young Jesus, who makes "a bridge of beams of the sun". They try to follow him over this bridge and are all drowned; their distraught mothers go complaining to Mary, who lays Jesus across her knee -

"And with a handful of the bitter withy she gave him slashes three."

What are the folksong collectors to make of that? Or of the unfortunate prejudice regarding tailors as unmanly? This is exemplified in 'The Lousy Tailor' in which the butcher comes to seduce the tailor's wife, and catches the tailor hiding under the bed with a gun (which he is too frightened to use):

"Oh, spare my life, the tailor cries,and you shall have my wife."

The native British tradition in song, dance, drama, and its other manifestations is a fascinating mixture of the comic, the tragic, the bawdy, the romantic, the absurd, the frightening or the terrible: it is a green garden full of variety and loveliness, but not one to be trodden by the squeamish, the prejudiced or the faint-hearted.

A Changing World

In the last hundred years there has been so much progress
that it's hard to keep up with it. We are all conservatives at heart but we know that change is inevitable.

A two shilling coin - one tenth of a pound - was introduced in 1849 as the first step towards decimalization, but it took until 1971 before we changed over. The 'Daily Mail' and the National Front started a campaign to keep pounds, shillings and pence, and they did the same for drams, quarts, bushels and pecks - measures that are meaningless today. The 'Daily Mail' still gives out temperatures in Farenheit that nobody under sixty understands. 

The first commercial television service was launched in 1955 with considerable opposition. Tory grandee Lord Hailsham objected to its "overt brashness, egalitarianism and immorality." Cyril Black, the evangelical Tory MP for Wimbledon, led a nationwide campaign against it, and  Clement Attlee, leader of the Labour Party, vowed to restore the BBC monopoly if they were returned to power.

The pace of change will not slow down, in fact, we can expect even more changes with artificial intelligence and self-drive vehicles. Technology is changing society and national governments are using taxation to redistribute wealth. The next step could be a universal basic wage, an old idea originally proposed by Major Douglas and now being supported by Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.



Some people are trying to put back the clock. The so-
called 'Islamic State' movement has caused death and misery all over the world. Similar movements in the West, though not so bloodthirsty, are just as reactionary. Ukip's former leader Nigel Farage adopted the dress and habits of the fifties. When most people were wearing shorts and tee shirts, he was sporting an overcoat with a velvet collar and a trilby hat. His obsession with the past has so far succeeded in devaluing the pound but his movement has thankfully been consigned to the dustbin of history.
 

The Myth of Economic Nationalism

Britain is a small country with a huge population and even the most rigid nationalists know that we could not survive on our own. The Tories believe in world trade and are opposed to protectionism but the National Front and their allies are still following John Tyndall's 'Six Principles of British Nationalism' which was published in 1965 and called for a revived Empire.

"If we consider only the six mentioned countries (UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Rhodesia) this Commonwealth would represent a world power with the combined area as great as Russia, with a European population of nearly a hundred million, of which about 85-90 per cent would be of British stock. This area would produce a super-abundance of natural wealth of almost every kind, with a vast fund of human skills ready to find substitutes for any materials that were in short supply. Such an area could, and should, become economically self-sufficient and militarily strong enough to deter aggression by any other power unaided. This would provide the basis for an entirely free role in world affairs, unfettered by the dictates of UNO or any other international grouping. We would have the means provided we had the will, to pursue an entirely independent British destiny, friendly to other powers but in no way reliant on them."

Britain tried to set up an Empire Free Trade system at the Imperial Conference in Ottawa in 1932. The Gold Standard was abandoned and tariffs were discussed, but the Dominions didn’t take kindly to Stanley Baldwin’s idea of restricting industry to the UK. The conference was also intimidated by the United States. Following the devaluation of the pound in 1931 Britain set up the Sterling Area, but it was disrupted by World War Two, restricted by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade in 1947, further reduced by the UK’s entry into the Common Market in 1973, and finally abandoned in the 1980s.

Without a common currency, or at least a system of fixed exchange rates, a revived Commonwealth would be forced to use a reserve currency such as the dollar or the euro. It would not have been possible to establish an independent Sterling Area in the sixties because our economy was too weak, and today, such a proposition would be unthinkable because we don't have sufficient gold and dollar reserves. 

John Tyndall’s dream of a revived Commonwealth was unrealistic in the sixties and completely impossible today. South Africa and Rhodesia have been lost to white rule. Canada is part of the American economy, and Australia and New Zealand rely on Asia. China and Japan buy most of Australia’s coal and iron ore. The Aussies are not likely to abandon their markets in support of a new British Empire. When JT wrote that 85-90 per cent of the Commonwealth population was of British stock he ignored the Afrikaners, French Canadians, Irishmen, and the millions of immigrants from every European country who have settled in the old dominions. Like most 'Nationalists', JT couldn't understand other people's nationalism. He wrote:

"I have never been able to understand this search for an Australian identity; you already have one and have had one for a thousand years, that of the British people who pioneered a land to the best of British standards."

The Australian Nationalist Jim Saleam replied:

"No, we Australians inherited all that old-Europe could offer, all of old-Europe, from the Latins, the Germans, the Slavs and the Celts and deep back to Greece and Rome and the dark lands of Eurasian forest and steppe. But we went on to create a new people and a new nation. We pioneered a land to the best of European standards and we will create a stormy history - a new Britannia in another world."



John Tyndall was motivated by patriotism but flag waving doesn't feed a nation. The 52% that voted to leave the EU are about to face the consequences. Our little islands cannot support an immigrant-swollen population of 65.5 millions. We import half of our food and fuel and we depend on the European market. The Tories want to tie us to America and the pro-Europeans want to stay as we are, but whatever happens we can forget about a revived Commonwealth.

'Imperial Preference' was the policy of the pre-war British Union of Fascists. Oswald Mosley wanted to turn the Empire into a self-sufficient world power. In the thirties that would have been possible but when the Second World War destroyed the British Empire he turned his attention to Europe. Unfortunately, some of his supporters lacked his vision and tried to keep the Empire going.

John Tyndall's spent half his life perfecting his oratorical impression of Oswald Mosley. He mastered the voice, the delivery, and the gestures but he never understood the policies. He may have flirted with National Socialism in his youth but he was essentially an insular nationalist.

The Front National are dropping their anti-EU policies following Marine Le Pen's failure to win the French presidential election. Opinion polls show that French people are worried about immigration but they are overwhelmingly in favour of the EU. The NF must do the same if they want to survive. If we leave the EU we will have to join the World Trade Organisation and rely on America. That's the reality of our situation, we will survive but the Empire has gone and it's not coming back.

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