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WORD OF THE WEEK

November 28, 2022

EACH week, I will try to feature a different WORD used by grievance-based Social Justice academics to give readers some understanding of the real meaning of the increasingly influential, politically charged, change seeking language they use.

A broad understanding of this postmodern language is crucial to everyone now because it informs and motivates political decision making in evolved societies like ours often without proper understanding or comprehension among readers, listeners and viewers who come across it as, often, they simply do not know what it means.

I am currently reading Cynical Theories by Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay and regard it as a very well written, clear, concise and lucid essential primer to highlight and explain how leftist Social Justice academics informed by French postmodern philosophers have already changed and re-set our language and attitudes to centre everything on gender, race and identity to the detriment, they assert, of everyone.

This week’s word is INTERSECTIONALITY or INTERSECTIONAL.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersectionality

It describes a framework or, if you like, a navigable building site for everything to do with discrimination and privilege so we can all fully understand where we stand or fall in this scheme of things. It may prompt you to consider if you are being oppressed or are an oppressor and whether you experience privilege or discrimination.

The word is commonly used as a kind of entirely all-embracing and fully functioning preface to things like feminism so that, for instance, an intersectional feminist will be interested in a more fully understood lived experience of oppression and discrimination than, say, a feminist taking into consideration all factors and will be far more aware and informed about how multiple often subtle factors impact upon minorities unfairly in a colonialist white mostly male supremacist world.

It is an entirely new word which relies on the user fully accepting and embracing the concept that the world IS colonialist white mostly male supremacist, and it was first used by American black feminist legal studies scholars with leading exponent Kimberle Crenshaw credited with using it first.

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FREE SPEECH UNION NEWS

November 28, 2022

Sign our petition urging Elon Musk to stop banning gender critical voices on Twitter

We’ve started a petition urging Elon Musk to restore the accounts of people expressing gender critical views on Twitter, e.g. the view that sex is biological and immutable and women can’t have penises. We think the number of accounts that have been banned for this reason runs into the hundreds and possibly the thousands. Here is one of the key paragraphs:

Some gender critical accounts have been taken down simply for asserting the view that sex should be defined biologically. Posts such as “Only females get cervical cancer”, “If you have a uterus you will be female”, “If you have periods you are a woman” and “Having a penis is what makes someone male” were all deemed by Twitter to be in violation of the platform’s rules against ‘hateful conduct’. But such views are not hateful. In banning gender critical accounts on the grounds that such views are ‘hateful’ – or banning accounts because they have ‘misgendered’ or ‘deadnamed’ trans people – Twitter is appealing to an imaginary consensus in favour of the view that it is transphobic to define sex as biological and immutable, or that self-declared gender identity should determine access to single sex spaces and services, or that people are entitled to compel others to use their preferred gender pronouns. No such consensus exists, which leads us to conclude that the reason so many gender critical accounts have been banned is because Twitter’s content moderators have taken the side of the transrights activists in this debate. If Twitter is to become the digital town square you want it to be, where free speech is sacrosanct, the moderators must remain above the fray when it comes to matters of ongoing public debate. They should act as holders of the ring, not political combatants.

Please sign the petition and help persuade Twitter’s new owner to lift the ban. You can find the petition here.

New research reveals generational divide on free speech issues

A new report for the think-tank Policy Exchange by FSU Advisory Council member Professor Eric Kaufmann has found compelling evidence that UK schools are becoming sites for indoctrination rather than education (TelegraphTimesUnherd). The report surveyed attitudes among different age groups and found that young people are markedly less liberal than older generations on issues like free speech, democracy and the need for tolerance of dissenting opinions. Specifically:

  • Nearly a third (29%) of 18-24 year-olds say author JK Rowling should be dropped by her publishers for her gender critical views – that figure falls to 10% among adults, and just 3% among those over 50.
  • An equal proportion of young people (38%) agreed and disagreed with the idea of removing Winston Churchill’s statue from Parliament Square because he held racist views – among adults as a whole, 68% disagreed with moving the statue compared to just 12% who agreed.
  • Two in five 18-24 year-olds agree that schools should “teach students that Britain was founded on racism and remains structurally racist today” while 25% disagree – adults as a whole rejected that statement by 53% to 24%.

It’s all too easy to blame ‘perma-offended’ young people for this generational divide, says Madeline Grant (Telegraph). But what about those she describes as “enabling adults”? After all, educationalists have long understood that teaching professionals are important role models, possessed of the capacity to influence the attitudes, values and behaviours of those under their tutelage. So when, say, colleagues of the philosopher Kathleen Stock turn and look the other way as she’s getting hounded on campus by transactivists (Unherd), or when senior academics fire off emails to students that denounce visiting speakers like Dr Helen Joyce and apologise for the “distress” her immutable biological presence on campus may cause (SpectatorTelegraph), or when academics instigate public discussions about how to cancel an early career researcher who has been investigating the various forms of discrimination experienced by gender critical feminists in academia (Spiked), or when… and so on and so forth – in those moments it’s difficult to believe that impressionable young undergraduates aren’t able to spot the moral of the story for anyone who wants to get ahead in life.  

Joanna Williams seems inclined to agree, although the “enabling adults” she’s concerned about aren’t academics, but teachers (Spiked). So-called ‘activist teaching’ has been on the rise for a while (GuardianSpikedTelegraph), but what the Policy Exchange report reveals is that the politicisation of children’s education is beginning to have an impact on the views of young people. Polling commissioned for the report reveals that six out of 10 school leavers say they were either taught about ideas associated with neo-Marxist critical race theory or heard about them from an adult at their school. These include concepts like white privilege, systemic racism and unconscious bias. Slightly more – 65% – say they either encountered the concept of patriarchy or the idea that there are multiple genders from adults at school.

As to what we should do about it, Joanna thinks it’s high time activist teachers had some schooling of their own – the crucial idea that none of them seem to have grasped, she says, is that conveying subject knowledge and pushing a particular political view are not the same thing when you’re a salaried, public-sector worker in a western, liberal democracy.

Not that that would solve the problem overnight. As she readily concedes, there’s the rest of the ‘woke-pedagogic-complex’ to think about. Because behind every local, pink-haired, non-binary teacher forcing children to take the knee are the academics writing the school curriculum and textbooks, the university educationalists training each successive generation of teachers, the journalists and campaigners agitating for their own pet issues to gain a foothold in the classroom, and the people stocking the school library and putting together online resources for teachers and children alike.

Employee activists thwarted in bid to cancel academic conference

An academic conference in Glasgow was nearly axed at the last minute because LGBTQ+ venue workers were so upset at the thought of the event’s likely content that they “weren’t willing” to come to work (Christian InstituteScottish Daily ExpressTimes).

The ‘Education not Indoctrination’ event was originally due to take place last Saturday at Civic House at the city’s Speirs Locks. Delegates including Dr Stuart Waiton (Abertay University), Emeritus Professor Frank Furedi (University of Kent) and Dr Penny Lewis (Dundee University) were set to debate the ways in which woke ideology is taking over schools and universities, and often has a ‘chilling effect’ on those who dissent from it.

Speaking to the Scottish Daily Express, Dr Waiton said: “This attempt to cancel the event is illustrative of the dangerous and deeply intolerant times we live in, where any discussion or disagreement about issues like race and gender are silenced. The whole point of this conference is to have a discussion about some of the dogmatic and ideological developments in schools, developments that clash with the idea of an open, liberal education for all.”

Jointly organised by education campaign group Hands Up Scotland, alongside The Christian Institute, Academics for Academic Freedom, The Battle for Ideas, Stand By Me (Scotland) and For Women Scotland, the conference comes at a crucial time for schools, particularly in Scotland, where the SNP-led government is at the vanguard of imposing woke values on society.

Take Education Scotland’s forthcoming Racial Literary Programme, for instance, with its content on intersectionality, anti-racism and “racial microaggressions” (Critic). Then there’s the General Teaching Council of Scotland’s renewed professional standards document, which states that “Scottish teachers must demonstrate professional values of social justice”. There’s also the Scottish Government’s new sex-education curriculum, which will expose very young children to overtly sexualised material and risks normalising underage sexual activity (Herald). And there’s also a new LGBTQ+ vocabulary (cisgender, transgender, bisexual, non-binary, genderfluidity) being taught in schools, and new government guidance on ‘Supporting Transgender Pupils in Schools’, which advises teachers not to question a child’s desire to transition (Times).

Important issues, you might think. But not everyone agrees that any of this should be up for debate.

In an email sent a few days before the event was supposed to take place, Agile City, a “community interest company” which operates the Civic House venue, emailed the organisers claiming that the conference’s programme had upset the values of protesting LGBTQ+ staff who would refuse to come to work if the event went ahead. Agile City said: “The content of the event has just been highlighted to us via your online marketing, and through further research to be in opposition to the values held by our team and staff members who comprise part of the LGBTQ+ community. As such the staff who were booked to manage the event are not willing to work. Without staffing in place, we cannot host your event.”

What the whole affair reveals, according to Rob Lyons, “is the brittleness of woke thinking” (Spiked). It is one thing to be passionate about particular issues, he says. But it’s something else entirely to think that the mere airing of a different point of view is a threat, in and of itself.

Thankfully, the story has a happy ending – conference organisers were able to find another venue and the event went ahead at the city’s Tron Church.

Women’s rights campaigner attacked by pro-trans activists now threatened with arrest for ‘hate crime’​

Sussex Police has threatened a women’s rights group founder with arrest in connection with something she said at a feminist rally two months ago unless she ‘voluntarily’ agrees to be interviewed at a police station. Ironically, she and other protestors were attacked by transrights activists at the rally (Mail).

Kellie-Jay Keen, whose online campaigning name is ‘Posie Parker’, was told by a Sussex police officer that a complaint had been made alleging she had used “words or behaviour to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation”.

Before the event in question – a Let Women Speak rally held in Brighton on September 18th – Kellie-Jay was sent threatening messages, including some advising trans activists to “fight her by any means you see fit”. Officers arrested two people at the rally after masked pro-trans campaigners clashed with attendees (SpikedCritic). It prompted JK Rowling to tweet: “I see the Be Kind brigade are once more hiding behind their black masks, throwing smoke bombs, screaming ‘scum’ at women speaking up for their sex-based rights.”

Ms Keen has now released a recording of the phone call she received from Sussex Police, in which she was threatened with arrest (which you can listen to in full here). Pressed by her as to what the allegation was, the police caller replied: “The crime is use of words or behaviour to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation. It’s gonna be a voluntary interview so you can give your side of the story as well.”

But when the officer is asked exactly how voluntary the interview is, she replies: “If you don’t attend then we will potentially be looking at getting Wiltshire Police to come and arrest you so they can come and interview you themselves.”

Sussex Police has found itself at the centre of a series of controversies regarding gender and women’s rights and has previously been described as being “at the forefront of ‘woke’ politics” (Telegraph).

The force was subject to ridicule in 2017 after a sergeant warned high street stores that “feminine care” signs on women’s sanitary products breached gender equality rules. More recently, Sussex Police unveiled plans for a system where criminals can be recorded as having no gender or other identities (Independent).

In 2020, the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner trumpeted the inclusion of Sussex Police in Stonewall’s Top 100 LGBT inclusive employers.

Earlier this year, approximately three dozen officers, including Chief Constable Jo Shiner, celebrated this year’s Brighton LGBTQ+ Pride event by posing in rainbow colours and tweeting “Have a ‘fabuloso’ time!” (Breitbart).

In September, the force was criticised by Home Secretary Suella Braverman for “playing identity politics and denying biology” after its Twitter account leapt to the defence of a male paedophile who identified as a woman and who had been misgendered online, warning social media users that they could be committing a hate crime and suggesting that “if you have gender critical views you wish to express this can be done on other platforms or your own page, not targeted at an individual” (SpectatorTelegraph).

Free Speech Cambridge book launch event – register for tickets here!

Free Speech Cambridge, an independent group of free speech enthusiasts in the Cambridge area, would like to invite FSU members to a friendly pre-Christmas drinks and celebration at the Pottery Shed in the Waterman pub in Cambridge (CB4 3AX) on Tuesday 6th December. The occasion will also be a book launch for Jerome Booth’s ‘Have We All Gone Mad?’ – a timely investigation into the rise of groupthink. Please arrive from 6pm with the talk starting at 7pm. There will be plenty of time for Q and A, general chat and socialising. Copies of Jerome’s book will be on sale, so please bring cash (actual cash) if you’d like to buy one. To confirm attendance, for further information and to join Free Speech Cambridge’s mailing list, please contact freespeechcambridge@gmail.com

IT DON’T WORK, JESS

November 25, 2022

“IF I was on that field, I’d have a sit down” lesbian icon Jess Fishlock said on the BBC Radio Wales commentary for Wales’s embarrassing 2-0 loss to Iran at the World Cup…

Well, she couldn’t have done worse than the men and may even have added something from a seated position, particularly if she was kitted out in rainbow colours and carrying a slogan or two to reflect the new progressive Cymru.

She could have formed a seated midfield triangle consisting of lesbians and women of colour strategically designed to let the opposition score to show Wales is a country which prides itself on its tolerance, gratitude and deep respect for other nationalities by letting in more than even Drakeford and Price would allow. She might even have scored a few own goals from a seated position, too, maybe to highlight issues around mental and physical disabilities. Heck, why not let her change the colour of the ball to black or a sort of rusty brown to really seal the deal.

She was most vocal and effective after the match in discouraging phone-in callers – one complaining about £15 for a pint of beer in Qatar – from voicing their obvious disappointment and disgust at how such richly remunerated sports people could perform so abysmally as if everyone should just be grateful for whatever the footballers did (a general and universal approach at BBC Wales, where robust criticism and fierce confrontational inquiry and assertion is totally lost in a sea of deep denial, political paralysis and paralysing compromise).

Indeed, Cardiff-born Wales women’s soccer team striker Fishlock seemed, in her commentary, to be shielding more than exposing players in a largely protective way and her comments seemed more grounded in west coast psychotherapy for “oppressed minorities” than in ruthlessly assertive Brian Clough-style winner takes it all bollockings and blistering barricades.

Would Fishlock drop Bale and Ramsey for the England game, she was asked, and answered that she didn’t know. Did she know anything or is asking a direct question and expecting a direct answer itself an oppressive micro-aggression now?

She was there, of course, to represent women but her utterances seemed mildly moronic, completely gutless and flat-footed with frequent uses of “don’t” when she should have used “doesn’t” to be grammatically correct and send the right message to our children.

Owen Money, yet another ancient over-rated relic overpaid and over here who doesn’t any longer cut it, took over the reins from the sports team to “cheer us up” after the match. That, by itself, would be enough to make the red and rainbow wall jump off a bridge.

This was a woefully inept performance by a Dad’s Army past their sell-by-date which I didn’t see but heard on the radio.

The elephant in the room, of course, is the disastrous appointment in 2018 of Ryan Giggs as Wales manager by the Welsh FA. Poor Rob Page was given first a caretaker role before getting the job but he was never a first choice and would not, ordinarilly, have got a sniff.

The preparation for this World Cup needs, now, to be properly assessed and evaluated to establish how effective it was then a completely new regime introduced quickly to jettison underperforming veterans and hopefully uncover some new talent and build a long-term strategy for success.

Just don’t ask Jess Fishlock to decide. She’d have to sit on it for a while.

But let us not, under any circumstances, have a victory parade through the centre of Cardiff ending at the Senedd with Dr Doom embracing these players and pinning silly medals on them in a glorious bunfight with lots of icing and cakes.

The boys of 58 genuinely definitely did deserve that but this lot definitely does not.

PLAYING THE RAINBOW CARD

November 22, 2022

PROFESSOR Laura McAllister was asked not to wear a rainbow-coloured hat to virtue signal on behalf of a grievance-based LGBTQ+ minority while supporting Wales at the World Cup in Qatar so has now accused FIFA, the game’s governing body, of foul play.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11454105/Female-football-fans-LGBT-themed-bucket-hats-confiscated-ahead-World-Cup-game.html

Now if Professor McAllister knocked on my door seeking entry wearing a rainbow-coloured hat leading what she calls the Rainbow Wall – angry homosexual and trans people supporting a menacing form of far-left Social Justice oppression and totalitarianism in our universities and public spaces far, far more than they support Wales – I would politely ask her to remove any symbols of virtue which I happen to not consider virtuous.

Hopefully, she would comply because it would be my house and not hers. If she later publicised the exchange between her and I, accusing me of all manner of human rights abuses and branding me a Nazi on my own doorstep, I would be – yet again – helpless and hopeless in an “inclusive” country which actively excludes me.

The same might happen in a mosque here in Wales. She was in a Sharia law Islamic state, for God’s sake, where society is structured according to religious tenets which believe in silly little fundamental scientific truths like two women in bed together cannot produce offspring and neither can two men.

Indeed, they also believe that promoting the fantasy that they can and living in a world where we routinely indulge them to normalise same sex marriage and family life while reconstructing our entire system to advantage them at our own expense is obscene.

They also strongly reject the willfully warped theories of Professor Judith Lorber to make gender – not biological sex – central and reject gender and sexuality as social constructs used by hierarchical white Christian European alpha male oppressors to act in a Foucauldian sense of a permeating grid, which has prompted an outbreak of gender bending and breaking with even young kids declaring themselves trans or non-binary.

Regular readers will know that Professor McAllister and the radical lesbian feminist movement she appears to lead is growing like topsy in the decision and policy making chambers in Wales, allowing her to make statements with genuine righteous indignation appearing to represent us all: “I pointed out that FIFA had made lots of comments about supporting LGBT rights in this tournament, and said to them that coming from a nation where we’re very passionate about equality for all people, I wasn’t going to take my hat off.”

She wasn’t representing me and I would strongly reject her version of “equality” and would actively “queer” it, if I may borrow from some of the language used by this perverted postmodern Queer Theory academic activist pressure group centred at universities on the west coast of America.

She is right to state that we Welsh are very passionate about equality of opportunities (where everyone gets an equal chance to win in an open and transparent process) but we are very passionately opposed to what she calls “equality” as hers is equality of outcome (a totally different thing to equality of opportunities).

Equality of outcome – the present system crippling democracy – seeks to actively engineer the open competitive process at the outset for jobs, contracts, political representation and many other things to deliberately unfairly favour representatives of minority groups so that, for instance, speaking Welsh and being homosexual become, in and of themselves, very significant advantages in the market place over heterosexual English only speakers which can be wielded as assets for a person seeking to cash in on the current political demand to bring about outcomes considered more pleasing to the ideological political pressure groups and extremists.

This leads to constant glaring examples of gay Welsh speaking people being selected for posts and positions NOT purely on their ability to do a job in an open and transparent process but based on the boxes they tick with ideological political pressure groups.

The smaller the arena, the worse this is and Wales is a small and hugely incestuous arena.

But the main issue now is around the motivations of many of the people who go to football matches and now actively seek to impose upon others their values and ethics with really rather odd and tone deaf passive aggressive ideological stunts and symbols like a team of male footballers, none of whom are gay, wearing rainbow armbands.

Was Professor McAllister there as a guest of the Qataris or of FIFA or did she fund the trip herself?

Things are incredibly financially tight and worrying here in Wales, so how did Professor McAllister and all these other bricks in the red and rainbow wall manage to find the cash to go and support Wales in the World Cup?

SHEIKH, RATTLE AND ROLL OVER

November 20, 2022

WE have to consider what Mark Drakeford and his all too obvious successor Vaughan Gething are doing in dirty dealing Qatar shaking hands with snake sheikhs and dodgy despots.

Are they there to do deals, like all the other dignitaries given free tickets and other tasty tawdry teasers in secret, to bring back new business and plenty of new cash investment (the only possible justification for their odd breaking of a Labour Party ban on going to Qatar, but how on earth would that be measured?) or are they using the national team’s appearance at the World Cup for the first time since 1958 as an opportunity to showcase Wales’s specific attractions and promote and market to boost tourism and inward investment?

The atheist far left socialist would ordinarily give such an openly oppressive, totalitarian Muslim Sharia law state a very wide birth because it is united by religious zealotry in the way Wales used to be – a conservative parochial small village church and chapel God-fearing nation pulpit-pounded into punishing passivity by a Crachach-led hierarchy.

But this is a new Wales nothing like Qatar’s openly traditional conservative family values-based parochial small village mosque Mohammad-fearing nation minbar-pounded into punishing passivity by an Islamic preaching elite backed by “eye for an eye” Sharia law.

Oh no, Drakeford’s vision of Wales reflects his progressive, atheist, postmodernist, radical feminist, Social Justice Theory dogmatic orthodoxy which places inclusivity (not, very significantly, inclusion. That’s a different thing as “inclusivity” for the vast majority of Welsh people means being actively excluded), diversity of identity, gender and sexual preference, multi-racism and multi-culturalism above religion with reason and tolerance above belief and faith.

But this vision of Wales is NOT, presently, the Wales we live in. Wales is a socially conservative country peopled mainly by Christian family values-based believers in things like marriage between Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve and in many respects its people differ only superficially from Qatari people in their grasp of the fundamental basics of lives lived mainly in close-knit families and communities.

In the safely anonymous space of a ballot box, the Welsh voted FOR Brexit as wholeheartedly as the English with very high numbers of Brexiteers in the most economically devastated areas in the south Wales valleys and the lower working class towns and cities currently facing ruin.

The truth is that Drakeford leads a powerful and very vocal Crachach and university campus-centred minority of fellow academics with little life or business experience better versed in Michel Foucault, Karl Marx and Audre Lorde than in Evan Roberts, William Williams Pantycelyn and the coalfield militants who always knew the price of a loaf and how to get one.

These powerful and very vocal Crachach and university campus minorities are now driving the car very slowly (observing the 20mph limits) but very determinedly against the real direction the silent majority who voted for Brexit want to go in.

Evidence of this comes in silly little things like the changing of Snowdon to Yr Wyddfa and Snowdonia to Eryri based on a petition of just 5,000 names in a country with something like eight million inhabitants.

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1698024/Mount-Snowdon-name-changed-Welsh

This wild wagging of the dog by its tail gets worse by the day with Welsh language activists and trans and gay rights propagandists as well as over generously funded BAME political pressure groups, green and rainbow-coloured alliances now calling the shots, their dogma and orthodoxy unchallenged, unquestioned and unconditionally supported.

So Drakeford will present the Qataris with a minority-backed ideological Wales (with the stress on its discrete difference to England rammed home again and again in a propagandistic promotion aided, abetted and inspired, possibly even scripted by his natural allies the nationalist Scots seeking further division to gain greater power for themselves) deeply based in postmodern academic fundamentalism rather than in ancient religious fundamentalism and he will actively compare and contrast life in Wales with life in Qatar while staying there to grandstand and boast about the “immense benefits” from his personal and personally-led revolution to make compulsorily Welsh-speaking Wales a sanctuary for migrants, a welcoming safe space for trans and gay people, and an outward looking, modern and liberal place of freedom, respect, civility, and progressive values.

Fine if all this had truly made lives lived here better.

In the dark days in 2020 and 2021 at the height of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Doom’s Cardiff Bay regime persistently needlessly seized on it to build artificial borders with England and impose draconian measures on its own inhabitants by accessing discretely different medical and scientific advice which we were never able to access to significantly frighten people into compliance with unnecessarily harsh and punishing restrictions.

Drakeford brought these in as different measures in a different way to the English Westminster government, making the most of his health and safety powers devolved to him so that people who were unfortunate enough to live in Wales were unable to enjoy as much freedom and support as their neighbours only miles and sometimes yards away.

He later refused to have an inquiry into the Welsh government response specifically, claiming that it was part of a nationwide effort so not worthy of separate investigation.

I was unable to fly from Bristol Airport not because my flight did not take off but because Welsh Labour had banned all road transport out of the country over the Severn Bridge, meaning that for the first (and only) time in my life I realised that I did not live in a United Kingdom any more and was being held captive in Wales.

Drakeford bought PPE from China and introduced some of that country’s totalitarian policies which earned him the description of “Kim Jung Drakeford” including banning non-essential goods in supermarkets in October 2020, helicopters guarding the Anglo-Welsh border earlier that year, and the introduction of vaccine passports for various venues in September 2021 with harsher and more urgent and severe closures of public venues for recreation, exercise and entertainment.

During March 2021, he proposed that all men be subject to a curfew and his government quoted black supremacist militant hate group the Black Panthers in a June 2022 “action plan”.

The truth is that Drakeford has made Wales a positively unpleasant place to live in for me using his power under health and safety legislation, apparently vast in worldwide emergencies, to mask and conceal major flaws in an ancient analogue-based NHS on the point of collapse.

This is made very significantly worse by the fact that we live in a permanent one-party state with the Overton window constantly moving further left partly because Plaid Cymru exist only to prop up Welsh Labour and as there was no specific COVID-19 inquiry into Welsh government, they appear unaccountable and unquestioned.

For many years, I wanted to live in the country of my birth as a positive choice. Not any more. I might feel more at home in Qatar so long as Dr Doom doesn’t keep turning up to lecture me on human rights, trans and gay issues and labour transgressions as he constantly does here while the country itself and its people decline and despair.

TODAY I FEEL SICK AS A PARROT

November 20, 2022

“TODAY I feel gay”…”Today I feel a migrant worker” – where those two statements from FIFA president Gianni Infantino linked as his personal admission of sexual activity currently banned in Qatar using the word “feel” literally in the second and metaphorically in the first?

The truth, of course, is that Infantino himself would not understand the subtle differences between metaphorical and literal English language because the English language (the standard international language of business and travel) is a stranger to him so consequently he would not see the necessity to add the word “like” in both so we fully understood that he was speaking metaphorically and not literally and was not a homosexual (maybe temporarily) who had “felt” a migrant worker.

As is the case with all the foreign football managers in our midst, we have to parse and break down what they say for accurate meaning and they lazily rely on us to translate that for them while persistently speaking a form of infant school (or, in his case Infantino school) English because that is the language that sells.

So hopelessly denuded of engagement and involvement have we English-speaking Christian white Europeans become, we don’t any longer even attempt to point out their mistakes or correct them because they have the money/power and we don’t.

Subtle nuanced language is not the province of football – the positive invasion of foreign coaches who can barely string together a comprehensible sentence and the wholesale buying out of our game, stadia and all its values and ethics by dirty gulf state or Yankee wealth evidences this powerfully with the permanent procession of Manchester City’s Etihad billionaires to the top led by a Spanish manager who might think “subtle nuance” was a south American goalkeeper currently available for £15million if you talked to the right agents.

Nor, of course, is clarity, philosophical grasp and certainty about morals and ethics based in a firm foundation built solidly on egalitarian, humanitarian and evidence-based procedure and engagement between open, honest and truthful good actors.

FIFA is a racket rotten at its core and its president addressing us about his instinctive empathy for disabled and minority groups because he was a ginger minger as a boy was like Del “who dares wins” Trotter telling everyone in the Nags Head that his Trevor Francis tracksuits were ethically purely produced by minority groups he personally had helped by selling them.

Adopting a wounded morally righteous tone (I kid you not), he started from a political viewpoint which looks at the world as a morally and ethically corroded place to justify an individual’s own moral and ethical corrosion. The Godfather Michael Corleone’s “I did what I had to do to protect you from the horrors of this world” by making it a more horrific place but then favourably comparing their own horror with worse horror and concluding that everyone who points out horror of any kind is a hypocrite.

That is forgivable but to extend that, as he seemed to be doing, to clothe himself in a crusader cape and position himself as a benefactor motivated deeply and honestly to improve the lot of humankind, particularly disabled, minority groups with poor human rights and woeful access to meaningful help, support, care and treatment is totally unforgivable.

White Europeans “should be apologising for the next 3,000 years”, he said, drawing cynically on Foucauldian and Derridean postmodern postcolonialist propaganda in a Social Justice orthodoxy currently raging in universities, enabling even outright gangsters like Infantino to cry “racism” as a final block on any expression or robust enquiry of any kind with students and journalists disempowered and banned from questioning.

That is a classic example of burying us Christian white Europeans in guilt and accusing us of hypocrisy for anything we say because of our apparent exploitation and colonisation of black Asian minority ethnic minorities in the past. This is being used cynically to silence and suppress us more and more every day.

Far, far worse, it is being used by Infantino – and huge numbers of politicians now – to justify their own despicable track records of dodgy dealings, bungs, bribes and offensive oil and gas-rich state expansion and exploitation because as a Christian White European you are now the hypocritical permanently guilty nigger of the world who cannot any longer point to the faults and frailties of others.

GREEDY OWN GOALS OF WORLD CUP KINGS

November 17, 2022

WALKING, talking (or, perhaps more appropriately) running, squeaking footballers in Qatar along with Mark Drakeford and Vaughan Gething will report back on human rights abuses, political transgressions against trans people and gays, and slave labour at the 2022 World Cup in a Muslim Sharia law state.

So, we will have to rely on Christiano Ronaldo, a barely human self-awareness free zone so far up his own probably professionally pampered anus that he can no longer smell, and Gareth Bale, a giggly, girly, permanently protected and promoted physical prize specimen who appears to think and speak mainly with his feet offering verbally nothing more profound than witless whispers, to inform and educate us.

God help us and God protect us from the new Prince of Wales and Portugal’s Primadonna prince enthroned in royal courts safely surrounded by always approving sycophants, serfs and fawning flunkeys while drowning in cash.

Ronaldo lashed out at Manchester United, who currently pay for his extravagantly gilded hideously obscene lifestyle, in a “no-holds barred” interview with Piers Moron seeming to be actively aiding and abetting him (all sporting media interactions are now mere personal aiding and cosmetic grooming for them often by them, dangerously facilitated and enabled by the fact that too many of the journos are now themselves old sporting stars) to try to make viewers feel sorry for him. His wife or girlfriend lost a baby and the club, he claimed, didn’t do enough to support them. How many people living in grim and getting grimmer Newport – with an NHS which can no longer treat you for accidents and emergencies – will be able to empathise and sympathise with this brainless idiot?

This was the sporting version of Prince Andrew’s car crash interview with Emily Maitlis but without any journalistic rigour, meaningful interaction and forensic professional approach or note taking, leaving Portugal’s most famous ambassador like an unguided nuclear missile aimed at himself to delightedly, wholeheartedly with glee and vindictive vigour smash that country’s reputation to smithereens in one devastatingly stupid and brain-dead contribution. Who would want to visit Portugal if it is peopled by others like him?

It was a master class in self destruction from someone too self-obsessed and dim to even know when it is happening.

Tone deaf, hopelessly self-pitiful, inured against grim reality or even any reality at all, manically minted, ringed by a warrior-like guard of fearful dependent sycophants, muted, insecure and frightened journalists now actively ostracised professionally and socially for asking anything even approaching probing questions, odious dodgy agents and image rights people taking their cut, and football coaches who very clearly now no longer actually “manage” the players and seem, to me, to live in fear of these wildly powerful oafs in love with money and the mirror.

“I’m charismatic,” he said at one point and others holding different opinions are “jealous of me” or “liars”. Was he looking at Moron or at a mirror? If I got on a bus with him sitting on it, I would get off pronto and wait for the next one.

Both Ronaldo and Bale are limited in linguistic clarity, rhetorical flow and the ability to properly communicate – Ronaldo in English, which he still doesn’t seem to instinctively understand or properly use despite his wealth and Bale in Spanish and Welsh, neither of which he has properly mastered.

I suspect that they have in common a school education where far more time was spent outdoors exercising on fields and in gyms than in libraries or at computer screens so they send the dangerous message to our kids that study is for fools while also confirming the view that intellectual depth, insight and a profound philosophical grasp are not entirely analogous with sporting prowess and a winning mentality.

I suspect they also tend to measure progress entirely quantitatively and never qualitatively (how many goals scored, how many pounds/dollars earned, how many new businesses started) so, in many ways, appear to fit perfectly in offensive Qatar, where surface gloss and cosmetic sheen will cover up everything in a capitalist wet dream of excess, indulgence and “superstar” gazing overseen by a royal family luxuriating in absolute power (not dissimilar, in fact, to our current crop of professional footballers).

Asking those two to report back on misdemeanors and injustices they might spot in the oil and gas rich state of Qatar, (so rich that they were able to effectively buy the tournament with bribes and bungs) is a bit like asking Reggie and Ronnie Kray to report back from a conference on knuckledusters in Canning Town.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qatar

Add to that the paranoid preparation of professional sports people by press and media types who now live in fear of negativity (for that think congruence and authenticity) so surround them with fearful and approving “yes people” and cynically train them to smile and say nothing in interviews in a pleasing way to camera (as they all now specialise in doing to keep their ratings up, though Ronaldo abandoned that completely in his spiteful outburst to Moron) and you have the perfect recipe for one of those classic meaningless utterances designed carefully to avoid committing to an opinion which drips off their tongue like ketchup at McDonald’s.

“Well Reg, there were some knuckledusters you liked and some others you didn’t. Some could do the job really well, others maybe not so well. You take your pick with knuckledusters.”

SHOULD WE POLICE MEAN STREETS?

November 12, 2022

A MAN walked out of Marks and Spencer in Newport town centre today with three trays of luxury food without paying, black masked petrol and electric bicycle riders whizzed up and down the street frightening the life out of me and Deliveroo and Just Eat bike backpackers sped along pavements and through the bus station’s waiting areas brushing dangerously against passengers waiting patiently.

Store security staff have told me that a huge number of young people now regularly carry dirty needles and/or knives and machetes which they are willing to plunge into you so challenging anyone is likely to be a very dangerous exercise. They also complain that since Gwent police and crime commissioner Jeff Cuthbert emphasised “inclusivity” in his mission statement (a leftist post-modernist Social Theory term which deliberately excludes me and many others like me to deliberately favour and priotitise above me and my needs grievance-based minorities in green and rainbow-coloured alliances) police presence in the town centre has dropped markedly and lawlessness and disorder increased.

https://www.gwentpcp.org.uk/en//?s=

Welcome to a lawless zone which used to be our town centre.

The law has to be obeyed by everyone in order to ensure law and order. If, however, there is no visible presence to deter lawlessness and disorder with a very real and meaningful reminder of the penalty for doing so to effectively threaten and enforce if necessary promptly and publicly so that it is seen to be effective, fragile and vulnerable social ties and bonds break down altogether because there is no longer any respect left for anything or anyone. This, I am afraid, has already happened. I feel this every day.

Law abiding citizens like me start to wonder why I queue up to pay at Marks and Spencer when that man just walks out without paying, why I don’t hare up and down masked riding a petrol or electric bike or scooter when those kids do, why I don’t just ride along the pavement on my bike totally ignoring pedestrians when those delivery riders do.

Then, when law abiding citizens like me go to the police and complain and nothing gets done, law abiding citizens like me start to wonder what the law is really for, why it is there at all if it is not being enforced and perfectly understandably start to wonder if we should now be arming ourselves to deal with this growing lawlessness and disorder ourselves by physically enforcing it ourselves.

If there is no policing and we no longer have enforcement, then do we have the power to police and enforce ourselves?

I thought it annoying that the man did not pay but, doubtless, there will be people who would see it as an act of Social Justice (in keeping with their broad view that capitalism is a crime itself so any challenges to it can be seen as valid acts). They will go back in history to a time when our courts in the 19th century sent petty thieves to Botany Bay or locked them up for months for stealing a loaf of bread and will say that we can never regress back to that.

I would want that man to stop doing that, however, because food – despite the wild and cynically confected politically manipulative mantra of starving people relying on food banks and others riding on buses to keep warm – is not difficult to get as churches and charities are doling out free grub in pallet loads, which wasn’t the case in the 19th Century. He wasn’t hungry and probably didn’t need food.

Stealers, dealers and reelers like him are institutionally and instinctively corrupt and corroded con artists with little or no respect for themselves so, naturally, none for others. My hackles rise immediately I encounter them.

I noticed this man walking too closely down one of the aisles near me and instantaneously knew he was up to no good. His rangy and loose, imposing physical gait and subtly invasive movement gave off something akin to a foul smell and instantly triggered me to tighten up and proceed accordingly. I see his type every day and it now actively discourages me from going out.

I need police presence to protect me from him but now see little, if any, so have to seriously think about my options.

If our town centres are now lawless zones where masked youths zoom about at will breaking laws without any fear of police action, we are living in jungles with dangerous wild animals on the loose and in such jungles, it is advisable to carry a weapon just in case and to always keep it sharp.

Law-abiding citizens are starting to wonder why they just put up with it, why they look the other way when laws get broken, why they routinely follow the law when others so noticeably do not, why they feel nothing can be done when they know something should be done, why they feel increasingly more and more unsafe and invalidated in their own town centres, why they cannot any longer rely on things which used to be taken for granted but far, far more than anything else they wonder why a police which is “inclusive” should be so obviously excluding them by allowing lawlessness and disorder to thrive and grow.

WELSH IS NOT HOT

November 10, 2022

THE Welsh language is a thin slab of decorative icing on a much more substantial, thick and rich English language cake. It has no real practical purpose and struggles for meaning and positive direction even in Wales (where positive discrimination of outcome to favour fluent speakers has meant candidates are regularly appointed to top jobs disproportionately based on this one factor rather than on who can do the job best) with absolutely no meaning and positive direction anywhere else in the world.

Wales’s football squad heading to Qatar for this frankly evil World Cup consists of a large contingent of English-born players with grand-parents or parents born here with few if any fluent in the language yet marketing maniacs plan to “re-brand” the team as “Cymru” to cash in on this Dafydd Iwan-inspired fad, inviting more ridicule for aggressively dumb parochialism.

And now self-styled Welsh government – fresh from having insisted on Welsh first English second written communication as if this were Spain or France with a national language the vast majority of people actually speak so there is a natural vested interest for incomers to learn it – is calling for ideas to “protect Welsh-speaking communities”.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/nov/08/second-homes-and-brexit-pushing-welsh-language-to-tipping-point?amp;amp;amp

And the Guardian – always watchful of slights to minorities – warmly welcomed a suggestion that the death of the language may be a consequence of Brexit (quite how I cannot imagine), the buying up of second homes by English incomers after COVID-19 (as if those two are naturally inextricably linked) and the “cost of living crisis” (I put that in inverted commas because it is not a real factor but a confected, politically produced one with dubious credentials) from Simon Brooks, chair of the Commission for Welsh-speaking Communities, a Welsh nationalist academic at Swansea University (have you noticed the rise in the number of university academics who are Welsh nationalists?).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Brooks

A former chair of Porthmadog Town Council who, like me, probably hails from the Welsh-speaking heartlands in Gwynedd with a county council hellbent on independence and conducting most of its business through the medium of Welsh, Brooks appears to specialise in deprivation and dispossession symbolised most forcibly by the decline of a native tongue in fiercely proud and stubbornly traditional areas he calls “left behind”.

Both my grandfathers were English-born migrants who arrived in Bangor via circuitous routes to woo and wed local women and consequently my sense of Wales and of Welshness (and, by extension, of the language itself) was rather brittle and uncertain tending towards suspicion and anxiety rather than more open and welcoming inclinations.

Family members, consequently, rarely spoke the language except on odd occasions when in all-English company they wanted to say something unkind about someone within earshot (“look at that ugly fat bitch eating all the pies”) and not be understood. This, possibly naturally, led me to sometimes wonder if more fluent and competent Welsh speakers within my earshot were similarly viciously abusing me, particularly when I happened to be eating a pie in a pub in Caernarfon with a Bangor accent.

In fighting to protect the minority in Wales and placing their needs and fears at the centre of political debate disproportionately, Welsh government very seriously risks making the entire country seem a resentful, marginalised minority “left behind” and the language they appear to champion seem like some fully-loaded gun aimed at others who they mindlessly accuse of destroying their precious heritage.

Welsh devolution in 1997, of course, was a western not an eastern phenomenon and, of course, the subsequent political drive has been to satisfy the Cymraeg-based west at the deliberate and decidedly dodgy disadvantage of the more anglicised east by forcing them to show an interest in a language they have little to no vested interest in embracing.

Wales is hopelessly split and is, in essence, two separate and strongly conflicting and sometimes confrontational entities constantly at odds with each other. Meaningful devolution would have been centred in Aberystwyth or Bangor but Tony Bliar’s tawdry and tendentious con-trick ensured life-long Labour in a capital which every day grows more and more remote from its own country.

Even within one region, this can be evidenced. In north Wales there is a bizarrely stark and wildly disparate difference between the deep west in areas like Porthmadog and the Lleyn Peninsula and parts of Anglesey, where rural farmland communities still chatter monolingually, reserving English only for senior officials at the farm gate, and places like Colwyn Bay and Llandudno, along the eastern coastal riviera, where, traditionally, “Manchester by the sea” retirees stubbornly elect Tories into office to protect their pensions and persistently confirm that they are “British first”.

I was one of the few local people with an innate and natural understanding of this fascinating contradiction when I set out in journalism in 1982 in anglicised Deganwy on the North Wales Weekly News, ever mindful of the fact that our centres of power in policing, health and psychiatry, academia, and the arts were, in essence, English colonial sub-offices far from the madding crowds in Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham.

“What we face is an important moment in history,” Brooks said. “Lots of things have been going on in a short period of time. You’ve had Brexit, which is a huge economic jolt, then the pandemic, which led to a race for space. To my mind, anglicisation has gathered pace. There can be a tipping point in terms of language use. The fear is that a lot of these communities are at that tipping point.”

Welsh language zealots who can never rid themselves of bitter grievances over English “Welsh NOT” teaching in 19th Century schools here, still stay stuck in a historical blame game of constantly looking outward for oppressive regimes against them rather than at progressive entrepreneurs and developers (think Reynolds and McIlvenny at Wrexham AFC) for them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Welsh_Not

Blaming the decline of Welsh-speaking communities on Brexit is taking a frankly ludicrous liberty with verifiable fact, sensible rigour and academic methodology.

But then people like Brooks are not based in verifiable fact, sensible rigour and academic methodology at all and do not even any longer pretend to be.

Our universities are now awash with nationalist political propagandists and proselytizers who claim to be speaking cogent and conclusive sense for the majority when all they are doing is pandering to a minority with, frankly, specious and wildly incompetent and incoherent political conclusions with little to no supportive factual evidence based on their own personal prejudices and petty persistent preoccupations.

RIGHT OR WRONG NOT RIGHT OR LEFT?

November 5, 2022

POLICE recruits were asked if they belonged to orange lodges or secret societies in the 1800s as part of their entrance exams though I have no idea if being in either was seen as an advantage or a disadvantage within what was then a new force not an old service.

They are required to investigate crimes without fear or favour and without establishing political motivation in the way they really rather disturbingly seem to be doing in this story about an arson in Dover, Inspector Plod seeming to happily conclude that it was “far-right extremists” at work without, I sense, anyone actually asking them to make that deduction.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-63526659

Sceptical and forensic Sherlock Holmes might have asked Plod to explain his methodology in this case rather than just simply accept whatever they concluded but the usual suspects like the odiously prim and superior Yvette Cooper and her Zabutonian fans in Bloomsbury and Cowbridge manning BBC switchboards recording “hate crimes” are much more likely to accept whatever this progressive political commissioner-led police now says totally unquestioningly and unconditionally.

Traditionally, of course, a life on the beat as a “boy in blue” (women were not allowed until 1919) https://gmpmuseum.co.uk/collection-item/history-of-women-in-policing/ offered an impressively uniformed, equally impressively and richly subsidised safe haven for “far-right extremists” to wield weapons at will against loony lefty liberals.

A police canteen culture of mostly white male hetero-normative rampant sexism and misogyny ruled, their truncheons wielded as phalic symbols of oppression, with orange lodges and secret societies like the freemasons’ and the buffaloes offering fraternal social outlets where closer connections and co-operation could be forged in comfort with all safely sworn to serve the King or Queen so trebbles all round at the bar.

This reached its zenith in north Wales, where I grew up as a boy, with the masons allegedly having their own dedicated police lodge, raising serious concerns about impartiality and conflicts of interest as well as the course of justice being impeded by thorny stubborn eccentric parochial ropes and ties.

In their sinisterly slick and seriously manic, mad momentum-led march to “modernise” and “progress” with more women at the helm and rainbow-coloured cops coming out literally and metaphorically at Pride, our police now has set itself the task of aggressively publicly renouncing its past (like a relative recently set free from prison who insists on attending family gatherings dressed in a white suit and carrying a copy of the Bible to show they’ve turned over a new leaf).

One officer who was kind enough to offer me a lift home in his car once after my bicycle had been stolen assured me that the police was a far more “progressive” body today than in the past, evidenced, he told me, by the fact that he had a university degree and had considered other options including retail management before settling on his beat. This was very cold comfort for me as the theft was never investigated and nothing was done about my report (surprise, surprise) and all he effectively did was to warn me not to approach anyone I thought had stolen it nor, even, to challenge anyone who I definitely saw riding it.

What I most definitely did NOT want was for him to suggest some political motivation for the theft because that is NOT the business of our police.

What, for instance, if someone had been apprehended and a trawl of their internet history revealed that they had made comments on social media which were unfriendly to Islam (it’s usually to Islam and rarely if ever to Christianity) and had been spotted at free speech gatherings.

“Yes, it’s clear that far-right extremists have targeted you, sir. The fact that the bike was black in colour may have roused them and clearly there is evidence of similar activity among Nazi mobs in general now,” Peter Plod, who turned down a career in retail management, might have told me.

Cops must distinguish between right and wrong, not right and left.