Podcast of my Fortnightly Review article here.
Scotland’s Named Person scheme has been ruled unlawful by the UK’s Supreme Court.
The Court referenced the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in its decision:
Individual differences are the product of the interplay between the individual person and his upbringing and environment. Different upbringings produce different people. The first thing that a totalitarian regime tries to do is to get at the children, to distance them from the subversive, varied influences of their families, and indoctrinate them in their rulers’ view of the world. Within limits, families must be left to bring up their children in their own way.
Source: United Kingdom Supreme Court
IT MAY BE well over fifty years since Dean Acheson made his famous statement that “Great Britain has lost an Empire but not yet found a role” but it still proves useful to the intelligentsia as a stick with which to beat any upstart patriots…
Source: The Fortnightly Review
POLITICAL LIFE SEEMS to be a series of avoidable misjudgements. Blair’s decision to take Britain into the Iraq War, the decision by the Labour Party to allow their leader to be chosen by all and sundry who coughed up three quid, Cameron’s decision to chance everything on a referendum, all resulted in a deluge of unintended consequences and all were avoidable.
Source: The Fortnightly Review.
THE SPECTRE OF an EU army has made an appearance during the referendum campaign, only to be dismissed as fantasy by the pro-EU lobby. It’s a fantasy, says the Guardian, for Eurosceptics, federalists and armchair generals.
This dismissal would have been more convincing if an EU Battlegroup had not been on manoeuvres on Salisbury Plain recently. Nor was it helped by the President of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, having called for the creation of such an army.
Source: The Fortnightly Review
Read my book, it’s better than an army.
A RADICAL PROPOSAL
The purpose of the European Union is to create a single European state in which the individual member states are subsumed into and subservient to the government in Brussels. A vote in the referendum for remain is a vote for political union.
Those who wish to live in that European state should be able to do so. But to do that they should leave Britain as it currently exists and settle in one of the EU’s other vassal states. Ireland, for instance, since that’s not far away and is never going to secede from the EU.
That will leave the rest of us with Britain, the country we want, the country most of us were born in or have adopted as our own, the country we love, the country that should be ours to govern as we see fit, the country that belongs to us. The rest can go and be good little Europeans elsewhere.
Read my book if you want to know why cupcakes are fascist.
A list poem of useful phrases for all Guardian scribes when writing about the Royal Family, patriotism, the English and the British.
GUARDIAN QUEEN WHINGE
Royal Wedding whinge
Street parties whinge
Union Jacks whinge
Performative cheeriness whinge
Back to the empire whinge
Middle-class nationalism whinge
Confected history whinge
Cultish signifier whinge
Sadomasochistic Toryism whinge
Far right whinge
Football supporter whinge
England flags whinge
Boarding schools whinge
Chummy nationalism whinge
Colonial history whinge
Kitsch nationalism whinge
Enforced pageantry whinge
The Queen whinge
Read my book, it annoys the politically correct Guardian reader..