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3 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Kristian Niemietz: We ... · 0 replies · +1 points

On Bertrand Russell and Communism:

His assessment was as harsh as that of any hawkish Western politician when he described the Soviet state as "an asylum of homicidal lunatics where the warders are the worst."

Ronald W. Clark, The Life of Bertrand Russell, Knopf, New York 1976, p.382.

On purely intellectual grounds, he gave two succinct reasons for opposing the philosophy of Karl Marx: "one, that he was muddle-headed; and the other, that his thinking was almost entirely inspired by hatred."

Robert E. Egner and Lester E. Denonn, eds., The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell 1903-1959, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1961, p. 479.

4 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Bob Seely and James Ro... · 0 replies · +1 points

"the defeat of Fascism and Communism"

Abroad maybe, but I suspect that in this country many of those who keep calling others Fascists are Communists in all but name.

4 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Steve Bell: I'm a form... · 0 replies · +1 points

Who are we dealing with? Here is are two short extracts from European Commission (Wikipedia):

"Commissioners swear an oath at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, pledging to respect the treaties and to be completely independent in carrying out their duties during their mandate."

"There is one member per member state, but members are bound by their oath of office to represent the general interest of the EU as a whole rather than their home state."

But what is the general interest of the EU? The idea was drawn up by people imprisoned by Mussolini on the island of Ventotene. From

"Spinelli (1907–86), a former Communist, became a leader of the federalist movement due to his primary authorship of the Manifesto and his postwar advocacy. The manifesto called for a break with Europe's past to form a new political system through a restructuring of politics and extensive social reform. It was presented not as an ideal, but as the best option for Europe's postwar condition."

Note the words "it was presented". But what was the intention?

6 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - "Difficult, and often ... · 1 reply · +1 points

In 1914, G.K.Chesterton published a novel "The Flying Inn" in which the prime minister of the time (Lord Ivywood) had been persuaded by a Turk to adopt Islam, and was imposing Islamic practices, especially banning alcohol, from the top down.

Here is an extract from a Russian review of the book:

«Chesterton subtly emphasizes that Britain is in a time of stagnation, that it needs some changes, and there are many possible directions for such changes. But (excuse me), how . . . can the "right " direction come from a person without their own thoughts, who can at best formulate the thoughts of others?

To sum up, Lord Ivywood is just that - he translates perfectly (and ingeniously) what others have invested in his mind, but he himself is not capable of either creativity or sentiment.»

Here is a review (English) of the book:

In my view, Theresa May lets activists do her thinking for her.

11 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Ministers appear to ha... · 0 replies · +1 points

And yet this discussion has been started by Theresa May saying it should be "demedicalised".

Here is an article stating that the genetic or medical picture is not as simple as most people assume:

11 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - WATCH: May - We want t... · 0 replies · +1 points

Theresa May is completely out of her depth in matters such as this.

According to Dominic Lawson, halfway down this article, in the section headed "Gay marriage and a bitter Brexit divorce"

the way SSM was introduced by Cameron caused a swing to UKIP which made him make the offer of the Referendum part of his subsequent election manifesto.

I cannot (as yet) predict any massive political fallout from this, but logically, demedicalisation would imply that sex-change treatments should not be free on the NHS.

Here is an article written by an American transsexual: "Defining Man and Woman In The Age of Transgender Self ID Absolutism." which begins

Transgender activism must not prevent people from using their common everyday senses to tell who is who within reason.

13 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Mohammed Amin: When do... · 1 reply · +1 points

The people that really make me angry are not the Muslims, but well-meaning people from own native culture who chime in and will not let one speak about such matters, and come out with buzz-words like "welcoming, "inclusive", and "bigotry".

23 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Joe Porter: We must pr... · 7 replies · +1 points

But how far to push LGBT rights? Is it fair that children should formally have “two fathers” or “two mothers”?

24 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Profile: The Jews in B... · 0 replies · +1 points

Is he then just plain anti-?

28 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Why the Americans make... · 0 replies · +1 points

I have been watching a rerun of one of Michael Portillo's rail journeys through Ireland, and on Thursday a new series where he visited Ukraine.

Although one cannot simply map this bit to that bit, there are too many similarities between the two situations to allow one to feel comfortable. Ukraine shares a lot in common with Russia, but its own identity which does not want to be assimilated.