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Well, I hope y’all proud of yourselves.

Brexit is a rolling disaster produced by sheer recklessness… With no conceivable good end regardless of the antics of Farage who is acting like a Poundland George Washington. Or any of the rest of them.

And I can’t stand the reveling in misery I have seen here or on Samizdata (though some exceptions there – which are routinely shouted down). The nastiness is palpable and I want no more part of it. I could explain further but why bother? I have tried here and elsewhere and am either ignored or called stupid or histrionic or some such.

So that is it.

I hope I have entertained here at times but that is it. I’m through.

I’ll be back but not here.

Have fun. And thanks – we had some good times…

Life after BRExit

My friend Alistair works in a hardware store here in Scotland and posted me this gem this evening…

By late afternoon we the workers had forgotten politics and were back just doing the job. A customer produced a mercury thermometer. I looked at it and said “The EU are trying to ban these!”

Then I caught the look in his eye, pure undiluted glee. “Not any more they’re not!” and we both fell about ourselves laughing.

We shouldn’t gloat, because it is not in our character to do so and regardless of the headlines, the closeness of the result only illustrates the deep divisions across the UK.

…but you’d have to have a heart of stone not to laugh and that is the best way of healing those divisions.

Cartoon of the Millennium.

Matt cartoon

And now a little light music… while Remain fiddles the vote.

The Who at their finest, even with the evident use of Uncle Sigmund’s Peruvian Marching Powder.


Unless we abandon the right to make our own laws and set our own destiny the pound might be a bit volatile for a few days, and I might face slightly higher prices for a short time.

Now, that doesn’t have quite the same powerful resonance as:

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Are there really people who prefer the first position to the second?


The Campaign is over – now it’s up to you

Vote Leave - Last Day of Campaigning on June 22nd 2016 (Smaller)

In the last month or so I’ve delivered thousands of leaflets, button-holed hundreds of voters and hopefully changed the minds of at least some of them from unsure, or remain to Vote “Leave”. No-one can ever measure the real impact that they’ve had on any campaign because it goes from nil through infinitesimal to negligible.

What matters is the difference that we make in aggregate, across hundreds of constituencies from the Shetland Islands to Gibraltar and that ultimately is now in the hands of the electorate.

I have guided, advised and cajoled, but after I put out my 30 boards at polling stations around Perth and Kinross, between 04:30 and 07:00 hrs tomorrow, that is an end to my roll as a campaigner, my role then becomes that of an official observer for the “Leave” campaign to ensure that the votes people make, both for “Leave” and “Remain” are accurately represented.

I feel somewhat humbled to be quite honest, but I will do my very best to ensure that the genuine will of the people is expressed, even if the vote goes against us. I have no problem becoming a defeated underdog, because I have fought hard for something that I believe in, right or wrong.

One way or another, tomorrow will be a defining moment for Britain, “Leave” or “Remain”…

Why I am voting remain…

[Duck and cover perfected - I'm from Gateshead]. It’s neaded at 55 degrees North.

I have been tempted to comment on this many times but my reasons became manifold so let us laser this down to just one. It is not my only by any means but it is, for me, the killer.

EU immigration. Apart from the stats (guesses?) for UK2040 being dragged by Piglet from Eeyore’s arse there is a more fundamental flaw.

All the “Leave” arguments on EU migrants (and Brexit makes not a jot of difference to, say, Syrian asylum seekers) is they strain our services. Schools and hospitals and all that.

No they don’t. I’m not gonna bother with stats on EU teachers and nurses but cut to the chase.

The fatal Brexit flaw is it is Malthusian. It is the idea that people are a strain on the system and not the engine room of it. If that is true then it is not a German engineer or Czech electrician at fault for being here. It is the system that says it is people who are bad and that these islands are over-filled. This an utter myth though true in an artificial sense because we don’t allow the Polish brickies to build more houses. And we don’t because Daily Mail readers don’t want more houses so due to supply and demand their house price would fall.

Sorry, a house is for living in. It should not be something to brag about in terms of rising “value” down the pub.

People do work. Work cascades. The French pharmacist will buy pizza made by an Italian. The Italian will buy a British pair of slacks. And it goes on. And on.

That is how it works.

A vote for leave is a vote for Malthus. It is a vote for a dismal attempt to return to a past that never existed.

Quote of the Day

Sic semper tyrannis

Vote “Leave”

John Galt

Velcome to ze House of Fun.

Angela Merkel

Ve haf more than enough dizzy with power pills to go around.

I watched the wrong game…

Last night I watched England v Slovakia which was an exercise in futility. I watched on thinking all this was folly. Meanwhile there were reports of the Wales match. And they hammered the Russians 3-0 with Gareth Bale delivering the coup de grâce.

Good. The Russians are out and their fans (the “Ultras”) have caused mayhem in France and yeah these were organised platoons who had trained for six months to cause Hell to satisfy the bloodlust of Putin. No-way this wasn’t orchestrated by The Kremlin and the new Tsar.

Anyway, as I heard Wales were two up against the Russians my heart lept (It couldn’t but because I was watchingEngland dragging out a goal-less draw) and it immediately came to me…

Men of Harlech cease your dreaming!
Can’t you see the scoreboard gleaming?

And then Bale.

Good on you Wales!

I suspect the Russian team won’t be playing their next games in France but somewhere a lot colder.

This going down as unclassified because we have no category to tag it even though we have more tags than you shake a stick at.

Quote of the Day

A fundamentalist Christian will board a plane, fly to Africa and open an Ebola hospital. A fundamentalist Muslim will board a plane and fly it into a building. There is a difference.


A fundamentalist Christian and a fundamentalist Muslim will both believe in the literal existence of the Garden of Eden, so I would prefer neither of them to be teaching the local high school biology course. I would, however be perfectly relaxed were either to be teaching maths, French or Art.

However the existence or otherwise of the Garden of Eden in not an issue of morality. While I would be happy for a Christian, any Christian, to teach my children the difference between right and wrong, on that issue I would keep a Muslim away from them with a pitchfork.


Eleutherophobia is the fear of freedom. According to the bible, the fear dates back to the time of Moses. Eleutherophobia is very commonly suffered by slaves throughout the history, because many of whom may not know how to do right things when alone. Many sufferers think that it would require more responsibilities in order to be free and could panic if they do something wrong.

Symptoms of eleutherophobia include suspicion of others, a sense of servitude, nausea while thinking about freedom, social anxiety, tremors, difficulty of breathing and weeping.

Overcoming this fear requires understanding what freedom means and how it can provide personal and corporate liberty. A therapist can help manage the fear by explaining the prospects of freedom, and usually, your response has a lot to do on how you view these prospects. Changing the logic response and the fear response may follow.

Another quote…

…from all our favourite music-hall comic,

“When I saw Mustangs over Berlin, I knew the jig was up.”

- Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring.

And he was right.

I am conflicted. Seriously. I have thought for ages of putting up a list of the truly great fighter ‘planes and it is difficult to compare across eras. So you can stuff your Spitfire and your English Electric Lightning (magnificent though they were). The P-51D does it for me.

For me better looking than the Spit (I know that is a hanging offence in England because by English law the only thing better looking than a Spitfire is Pippa Middleton’s buttocks), much better range and just pure sex to take the stick with. And when Major General James Doolittle* got his paws on the 8th Airforce and used the P-51s on the offensive rather than defensive. Well, in just over a week 17% of German fighter pilots were lost. The Luftwaffe never recovered.

The P-51 truly won the air-war over Germany.

*Rarely has anyone had a less appropriate surname.

I agree with President Obama


Do I?

That’s pretty much a first.

I agree with President Obama over his refusal to use the term ‘radical Islam’, albeit for different reasons.

Obama refusal to use the term is a demonstration of his contempt for the reasoning abilities of his fellow citizens, by failing to use the term he panders to Islam as a whole, and hopes to focus attention on other issues, such as the supposed failings of tolerance in America, and the need to disarm everyone who isn’t a criminal.

I, on the other hand, don’t use it because radical Islam, in the sense everyone is using, doesn’t exist. The violence we see is not due to any new fangled radicalisation of Islamic belief, but rather to the ancient doctrine of Jihadism. This is a fundamentalist interpretation to be sure, and while it is certainly not a universal view, it has been mainstream for the entire existence of Islam.

Use of the term radical implies something new, or unusual, or extreme. It is none of these. What we call radical Islam is, in historical terms, not in the least radical.

I would certainly consider proposing the use of ‘fundamental Islam’ in preference to ‘radical Islam’ as part of the CCiZ house style, but I am surrounded by stroppy individualists here. Seeking agreement with this lot really is like herding cats, so I won’t bother trying.


The “radical” Muslims aren’t the crazies with the long beards and the mad staring eyes spouting medieval gibberish that they happen to believe to be the word of God (and who am I to say they are right or wrong?).

No, by the proper use of the word “radical”, they would be those who believe they can transform Islam, with all its traditional beliefs and vile prejudices, into a faith that’s compatible with modern, tolerant Australia.

Rowan Dean: Courier Mail 19 June, 2016

H/T Andrew Bolt

Quote of the Day.

"The E.U. has a flag no one salutes, an anthem no one sings, a president no one can name, a parliament that no one other than its members wants to have more power (which must be subtracted from national legislatures), a capital of coagulated bureaucracies that no one admires or controls, a currency that presupposes what neither does nor should exist (a European central government administering fiscal policy), and rules of fiscal behavior (limits on debt-to-gross domestic product ratios) that few if any members obey and none have been penalized for ignoring. …the 23rd of June can become Britain’s Fourth of July — a Declaration of Independence. If Britain rejects continuing complicity in the E.U. project — constructing a bland leviathan from surrendered national sovereignties — it will have…taken an off-ramp from the road to serfdom."


George Will.

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