Sunday, December 08, 2019

Open on oeuvres...


Library closed? Local youth club shut down? No money for bin collections because of "austerity"? After the last recession we found out that many councils had hundreds of millions of savings stashed away. Now, just to confirm something else we presumed but didn't know: Wasting Monet? (TaxPayer's Alliance) "Local authorities own a significant amount of artwork. Museums, galleries and libraries are part of the public sector and often under the remit of their local authority. Some authorities’ pieces of art are of significant value." [PDF]

Local authorities in the UK own at about two million pieces of art, which is worth nearly £1.9 billion.

Middlesbrough council had the most with more than 250,000 items. They didn't reveal how much it was worth. Of those that did, Manchester city council had the highest value, just over £369 million. Bassetlaw council had the most recent purchases: 201 and Wiltshire council had the least on display: zero percent from 2099 items (one of eight councils with nothing on display).

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Only Orthodox outrage...?


Only Orthodox outrage? Nope: thanks to Koyla on this article at Harry's Place for posting a great thread from Facebook from Maajid Nawaz of Quilliam:

"I’m getting rather tired of the equivocation around this Labour antisemitism issue, so here’s a thread for confused pundits & voters. Some smart people out there have been hoodwinked by dishonest political hacks, or are simply too tribal to accept the difference in the following (written on twitter so apologies for the choppy style) People of any political persuasion must acknowledge:"
1) Every party will have some policies you don’t like
2) Every party will also have rogue members, or leaders, who said nasty things too
3) usually, if a party has policies you disagree with, you simply don’t vote for them
4) for Britain’s Jews & their allies, the issue with Labour Party is none of the above. I repeat: it is *none of the above*. So Corbynists, pls stop obfuscating, strawmanning & deflecting.
5) the issue is Labour Party stands accused of being *institutionally antisemitic* (racist)
6) this is *very* different to finding individual policies you hate, or representatives who utter bigotry
7) for a body to be institutionally racist (ironically, a phrase coined by a 90s Labour gov. inquiry) *not every member* is necessarily a racist,nor necessarily is the leader
8) for a body to be deemed *institutionally racist*, intention & individual behaviour isn’t primary issue. Rather,outcomes are considered. If the totality of this body’s procedures, institutions& structure lead to *racist outcomes*, then sincerity &individual intent is no defence
9) This is why 90s Lab government’s McPherson inquiry (rightly) deemed police ‘institutionally racist’ after unpunished racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence. They were not calling all police officers racist. Nor did it mean that other UK orgs didn’t suffer racism too
10) so, back to the Labour Party: British jews and their allies are accusing this Labour Party under Corbyn of being ‘institutionally antisemitic’. This means precisely that the party’s mechanisms, procedures and institutions lead to racist outcomes against its Jewish members
11) this does *not* mean every Labour member is racist. It also does not necessarily imply that even Corbyn is (he might be). Rather, it points to the failure of Corbyn’s ship, with him as captain,to steer away from antisemitism. Sincere individual intent is not a condition here
12) what British Jews are (correctly) alleging is that the Labour Party discriminates against them, as a party machine. That the outcomes in that party no longer protect them against racism. This is an *institutional* failure
13) So, back to my opening line about political tribalism: any instinctive defence, “Whataboutery” response, or even allegations of hypocrisy, like “why aren’t you doing more to address racism in your own party?” entirely miss the nature & seriousness of what is (accurately) alleged:
14) British Jews and their allies are *not* in a state of alarm because Labour has individual racists in it (which is bad enough as it is). No. The Tories, Lib Dem’s, Brexit party & others all have bad apples. I repeat: the issue isn’t the existence of bad apples
15) the issue very precisely & seriously is under Corbyn, Labour seems not only to have ignored the problem, or denied it, but in many cases doubled down on it & worse even blamed the victims for reporting it. In other words: the Labour Party machine has been co-opted by racism
16) if one understands the nature & seriousness of the allegation, then one would never reply by saying, by way of example: “but what about Johnson and niqabi Muslim letterboxes?” Bad thing to say, but not evidence that the Tory party *machine* discriminates against Muslim members
17) Also, it’s very important to recognise that criticising ultra-Conservative Muslim dress is a political right, because the ‘choice’ to adopt fundamentalist dress is a valid societal choice that must equally be subjected to scrutiny - like any religious conservativism must be
18) No. Racism is not the same as criticising my religious choices, or lack thereof. You can (politely) criticise my religion, because it’s an idea. All ideas must be scrutinised. But one cannot insult another’s race, without being rightly deemed a racist.
19) Jews are both a people and a religion. European antisemitic tropes against Jews concern their supposed habits as a ‘people’, not their religion. So, its racism to suggest that all Jews are secret greedy capitalists, or have large ugly hooked noses, for example.
20) no serious Jewish voice or organisation has ever said it’s racist to criticise Israel. None. I repeat, none. This is a complete Strawman. I criticise Netanyahu’s policies regularly and know many Jews and Israelis who do so too. The issue is about
a) traditional European antisemitism flooding back into Labour (eg: East London ‘greedy capitalist’ mural that Corbyn defended)
b) holding Israel’s Jews to higher standard than the world
c) an obsessive focus on Israel for errors that are far worse elsewhere
d) supporting or otherwise praising genocidal, jew-murdering terrorist groups
21) some examples for all of the above can be (non-exhaustively) found here: The Golem Twitter thread.
22) So, people like Tory Baroness Warsi, who seems to have made a career of late out of deflecting over this antisemitism issue in Labour, to attacking her own party instead over “Islamophobia” (sic) totally miss the point:
23) Johnson, or any rogue Tory MP or member, can and do say racist or proto-racist things, but does the party with a Muslim-origin Chancellor really discriminate against Muslims institutionally? Does it then double down & deny its racism (I repeat: blasphemy is not racism)
24) this Muslim believes not. And I have *never* voted Tory in my life, and will not do so this time either. There are problems in the Conservative party, yes. I disagree with them, yes. But they are yet to meet the test of being *institutionally* anti-Muslim.
25) truth is, there is only one major political party right now that has had senior former cabinet members resign over this (correctly) alleged *institutional* racism. There is only one party that is being investigated by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission over said racism. That party is the Labour Party
26) AND THIS IS WHERE I GET UPSET: if Boris Johnson, Jo Swinson, or anyone other party leader, let alone individual MP, had SHARED A PANEL in Parliament with members of the now banned violent NEO-NAZI UK-based TERRORIST group National Action, you would all be going ballistic now
27) yet Corbyn not only shared platforms with jew-killing Hizbollah &Hamas TERRORISTS,he not only called them friends, but took £20K from their sponsor: holocaust denying theocratic dictatorship of Iran. Now...imagine you’re Jewish, and then imagine Corbyn in No.10 as PM. Precisely.

After all the above has been digested & recognised as a unique problem only with Labour right now, then add that Corbyn is a Brexiter too & may bargain away the UK with SNP (allowing Scotland another vote) just to become PM, you’ll get why we say #NoToAppeasement & #NeverCorbyn

After the holocaust we vowed in Europe #NeverAgain - then Bosnia happened. Europe is not immune to repeat-offending. We must never be too arrogant to think we are. Brexit or Remain, we do have choices other than Labour. We must not betray our Jewish cousins over a tribal vote

After all this, if we still choose Labour, at least let’s stop pretending we are “progressives”, or that we care about racism & minorities or that we “listen to victims when they tell us we’re hurting them”. It’s all BS. Just admit that you really don’t give a damn about Jews.

Ends."

This needs little or nothing adding to it. Outstanding, although Corbyn himself has a lot more to answer for than just this.

[brown bold emphasis throughout is mine]

Friday, November 01, 2019

October's over II...


The original October's over was long ago in the 'innocent' days of a young Owsblog (currently in its 15th year). Now it is nearly all mostly primarily about not being out of the fucking EU yet. Boris isn't dead, in a ditch or otherwise, as he said he would be. Conservative Party hubris is threatening Brexit and it is plain for all to see they do not want to leave the EU. There is at least one legal mechanism with which we could have easily left, now we'll wait to see who the government is.  The Brexit Party won't form the next government [maybe part of it?] but they could certainly be well represented in the next Parliament; I hope so. Their campaign launch had a number of interesting aspects; sounds like real change...


It is "Time to Clear the BREXIT Blockage" as Get Britain Out so succinctly puts it.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

October obambulation...


Weekend wandering. England, England, England. October 25th was - as you all know (ahem) - the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. The [in]famous two-fingered salute (V sign) is 'said' to have come from English longbowmen but according to Wiki "no written historical primary sources support this contention"...except (Wiki goes on...) "Medieval illustrations and tapestries, however, depict English archers giving the sign, as do tapestries hanging in Angers Castle, home of the Angevin (Plantagenet) dynasty." Hmmm, seems like there may be some 'primary sources'. That said, maybe it was just the V of Henry the Fifth (Henry V), what would have been had it not been for his 'unexpected' (convenient?) death...

Anyhoo...on to October 26th and the Rugby World Cup semi-final between England and New Zealand's outstanding All Blacks. The V sign makes its return (image)! Best England performance EVER...and that's in 50 years of watching although early on in the 1960s I could hardly understand what was going on.  Love this: “New Zealand lose occasionally but they are never crushed. So this was a glorious first. Forget the scoreboard. They scored one lucky try and for the rest of the evening, they looked like little boys being bullied outside the sweet shop. They were lucky not to lose players to the bin and there was a time when Marius Jonker, the TMO, was a far bigger danger to England than the opposition." Stephen Jones for The Times quoted in Rugbypass. [my emphasis]

And so onto today, 27th October: the 100th year anniversary of the first performance of Edward Elgar's last major work, the tear-jerking Cello Concerto in E minor. "Most concertos take a little time to come to their main point. if they don’t make you wait until the slow movement – and many do – for their crux, they at least keep the listener waiting through a short orchestral introduction. Elgar was having none of it." [sic] A bit like England XV yesterday. [edit] And another V image - obviously the player makes the difference!

Unfortunately we won't have an all BREXIT rugby World Cup final but if it were so who better than Elgar to provide some Pomp and Circumstance.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Oncoming obrogation II...


The UK voted to leave the EU 1213 days ago...FORTY months. Now the slimey cunts (especially you Letwin) have voted to delay again; all for the best of the country of course; nothing partisan in the votes though, err...

[Link]

Very similar to the last delay vote (Cooper-Letwin) back in March.


Update: And The Brexit Party will tell you of a"new independent analysis of the deal by Brexit Facts4EU.Org, compiled with legal advice, spells out 10 ways in which Boris’ new EU treaty is not Brexit. Interesting points HERE (PDF) "A layman’s summary of the EU’s new ‘UK colonisation treaty’agreed by the PM yesterday"

Get Britain Out have their own similar summary HERE (PDF) plus their Fact SheetHERE (PDF)

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Oval outstanding...


I very much doubt there is anyone in the whole world who bet on this? [BBC] "Their second try was an epic, a thing of rugby wonder" but a month ago not even Keita Inagaki's grandma would have put money on Japan winning their Rugby World Cup group: "Tears of joy for Japan, tears of despair for Scotland, tears of exhaustion for everybody else."

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Order out of oppressive oligarchic ordure II...


Follow up to "Order must be maintained: Becow must be restrained" [LINK].

David Starkey: "the elite is guilty of treason...". We Know! [YouTube link] "Historian and broadcaster David Starkey speaks to Brendan O’Neill about the ‘lying, deceiving shits’ in the establishment." Please listen to it all.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Order out of oppressive oligarchic ordure...


Order must be maintained: Becow must be restrained. He believes himself to be democratic and correct; he is wrong and he is a tyrant. "The only form of Brexit which we will have, whenever that might be, will be a Brexit that the House of Commons has explicitly endorsed" he says, forgetting that both the referendum result and the overwhelming vote by MPs for the European Union Bill to implement Article 50 (by a massive 81% in favour) is that explicit endorsement, i.e. LEAVE.

Martin Sewell, writing on the blog of His Grace, on the button again: "The Legislature has become the Executive, and there is no mechanism to call them to account"

"The UK Constitution defines and defends the ‘separation of powers‘. When Labour introduced the Human Rights Act in 1998, strict adherence to that doctrine made us alter the ancient role of the Lord Chancellor..."

Now, the Bercow-led Evil Alliance (really in league with the Sith Order) of corrupt, partisan, pompous egotisical shysters have "stepped over an important line".
'The intent of separation of powers is to prevent the concentration of unchecked power by providing for “checks” and “balances” to avoid autocracy, over-reaching by one branch over another, and the attending efficiency of governing by one actor without need for negotiation and compromise with any other (Wikipedia).'
"That matters.
"What they did not do was pause to reflect on the full implications of such a constitutional shift. It has indeed brought in an autocracy, for those intent on having their own way cannot be required to submit to the people’s judgement even though a majority of parliamentarians voted for it. There are currently no checks and no balances. The Legislature has become the Executive and there is no mechanism to call them to account; they have blocked a general election. We have become an autocracy..."
 A General Election refused. A vote of no confidence refused.

"MPs ought to be reliable servants of the people. Currently they are not. A man cannot serve two masters. Members of Parliament cannot simultaneously be taking instructions on how they should act from the electorate and from their EU allies in Brussels."
"The risk to the country by shortsightedly trashing our constitutional settlement is infinitely more serious, and the prorogation period – however long it lasts – might usefully be spent considering whether this is wise and in the public interest".
This most definitely is Parliament vs. The People: the 2015 European Union Referendum Act gave the Leave/Remain decision to the people; Parliament is stopping the government doing what it promised...we know where you live.

[my emphasis throughout]

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Obvious oblectation; ominous obloquy


Prorogation of parliament is entirely NORMAL!
"Prorogation... marks the end of a parliamentary session. It is the formal name given to the period between the end of a session of Parliament and the State Opening of Parliament that begins the next session. The parliamentary session may also be prorogued before Parliament is dissolved."
[Added] Also, back in May 2019, well over a 100 days ago, "the current parliamentary session reached a striking landmark. It became the longest session by sitting days since the English Civil War (1642-51)" [House of Commons Library] !!

Obvious oblectation: 'She’s not "just a figurehead''. "Her Majesty The Queen is Britain’s final constitutional backstop... 

...Such authority is historically sound.
  
"A.V. Dicey wrote in 'The Law of the Constitution' (1885): "The House can in accordance with the constitution be deprived of power [when] there is fair reason to suppose that the opinion of the House is not the opinion of the electors."" 

"Edmund Burke noted: "The virtue, spirit, and essence of an House of Commons consists in its being the express image of the feelings of the nation. It was not instituted to be a controul upon the people, as of late it has been taught, by a doctrine of the most pernicious tendency. It was designed as a controul for the people."" [Raheem Kassam]

It stuns me how ignorant and thick many of the UK's MPs are. You can understand the waily, shrieky, undemocratic, pathetic, sinister Remain shouty tossers not understanding, but our duly elected officials you would think understood. Nope. Dumb fucks of ALL parties shouldn't be anywhere near power.

Ominous obloquy: Intersetingly, on Raheem's own website, I found out for the first time that the recent G7 summit agreed a "hate speech charter" as if the current draconian thought crimes aren't enough. Was this reported in the UK?