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October 13, 2014

UKIP and the Secret People

Something quite unprecedented appears to be happening in England. With the crushing victory of the United Kingdom Independence Party over the  Conservatives in one by-election and its even more surprising near-defeat of Labour in another, the political class is terrified at the prospect  opening up before it. The Tories, Labour and Lib Dems, who are agreed on almost everything, might actually have to begin listening to the wishes of the electorate whom they have neglected for decades–or be swept away.

Most English people want their country back.  They are sick of being governed by Brussels and they  are fed up with mass immigration, which was foisted upon them against their will, with no consultation of any kind. They have been patronised and spoken down to for decades, and they have had enough. They aren’t “racists” (to use that sloppy and inaccurate term employed by mainstream politicians and the media to close down discussion). They don’t hate immigrants; they are just furious that immigration is out of control.  And even Boris Johnson, who’s likely to be the next Conservative leader, has admitted that they are right.

In his poem The Secret People G.K. Chesterton gives a brief  summary of English history from Tudor times onwards,  as it affected   ordinary people and their relationship with their governing class. Here’s his unPC take on the dissolution of the monasteries:

And the eyes of the king’s Servants turned terribly every way

And the gold of the King’s servants rose higher every day.

They burned the homes of the shaven men, that had  been quaint and kind,

Till there was no bed in a monk’s house, nor food that man could find.

The inns of God where no man paid, that were the wall of the weak,

The King’s Servants ate them all. And still we did not speak.

…The thread continues with the execution  of Charles I at the hands of “the new grave lords” who had “eaten the abbeys’ fruits”, and “the men of the new religion with their bibles in their boots…and some were pure and some where vile, but none took heed of us.” Then he speaks of the French Revolution, successfully opposed by the rulers of Britain, until finally:

We hear men speaking for us of new laws strong and sweet

Yet there is no man speaketh as we speak in the street.

It may be we shall rise the last as Frenchmen rose the first,

Our wrath come after Russia’s wrath and our wrath be the worst…

Smile at us, pay us, pass us; but do not quite forget;

For we are the people of England, that never have spoken yet.


Irish Times Dodgy on `Divisiveness`

Here’s a devastating comment from Hibernicus on the Irish Catholics’ Forum.

Today’s Irish Times reports an opinion poll saying that there is a majority in favour of a referendum to make our abortion laws less restrictive.  Did the Irish Times say that such a referendum would be divisive, and that it would be difficult to draft an amendment that would not confuse voters and have unexpected results, as it has been doing for years whenever it was suggested that a referendum should be held to tighten the laws? No, it was gung-ho for a referendum. Divisiveness is only divisive when it involves opposing what the Irish Times wants; when it’s a question of pushing through what the Irish Times wants, the Tara Street Oracle thinks no divisiveness too extreme.
We all know the Irish Times’ little tricks, but it’s always useful to document them.


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