Don’t write them off just yet

By now everybody knows about the results of the recent elections in the UK. The fact that Labour has suffered a defeat is good news for most of us who care about England. And I hope that there can be no more obstructions put in the path of Britain’s exiting the EU. After so many previous efforts to thwart Brexit, I can’t help wondering if someone will make an effort to delay it further; I wonder if the EU can legally pull something out of the hat at this point?

James Thompson at Unz.com gives a good analysis of the election results. Among other things, he brings out the fact, of which many in America are unaware, that the United Kingdom is made up of several separate ‘nations’: the three on the island of Great Britain, England, Scotland, and Wales, and then Ulster, in northern Ireland. England tends to be the most conservative part, with Scotland siding with the Brexit globalists, and making noises about independence, while voting against it in the last referendum on the subject. Wales, as Thompson notes, is leaning towards the English stance. I often hear people in America complaining of the “leftist” English, but they seem not to know that it is the other components of the UK that skew the politics of the country in a leftward direction. I can’t say I agree with the writer of the piece, or with the finer points of Chesterton’s supposed viewpoint on politics, because I am not a Catholic, but somehow Chesterton’s poem seems to fit the current situation in England.

“They have given us into the hand of new unhappy lords,
Lords without anger or honour, who dare not carry their swords.
They fight by shuffling papers; they have bright dead alien eyes;
They look at our labour and laughter as a tired man looks at flies.
And the load of their loveless pity is worse than the ancient wrongs,
Their doors are shut in the evening; and they know no songs.

We hear men speaking for us of new laws strong and sweet,
Yet is there 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.
It may be we are meant to mark with our riot and our rest
God’s scorn for all men governing. It may be beer is best.
But we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet.
Smile at us, pay us, pass us. But do not quite forget.”

A disappointment

Did Boris Johnson mean it when he made reference to getting immigration under control? It seems he didn’t mean it, as his recent statements contradicted what he was saying during all the Brexit confusion.

Even as he spoke about ‘getting the numbers down’ he made a deal with the EU that, for the foreseeable future, there will still be ‘Free Movement” between the UK and the EU, a policy which has guaranteed the entry of large numbers of immigrants.

The Labour Party has even more radical policy changes in mind:

The opposition Labour Party, for example, has voted at its most recent party conference to not just to allow Free Movement immigration from the European Union to continue, regardless of Brexit, but to extend Free Movement to other countries around the world, shut down all detention centres, and — perhaps not for unrelated reasons — extend the vote to all non-citizens resident in the country; moves Home Secretary Priti Patel believes could increase annual net immigration to an astonishing 840,000 a year.

Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) September 26, 2019

Imagine that many new arrivals in a small island nation like the UK. It seems that there is a housing shortage as it is. It seems as though there is some kind of mania compelling this obsession with importing immigrants en masse. And it’s the same in all parts of former Christendom. What will it take to bring some kind of common sense back before the situation is beyond repair?

The people make the place as I’ve said so often, and soon if the indigenous peoples of Britain and Northern Ireland are outnumbered and with their low birthrate, they may be headed for oblivion. This saddens me immensely; I think that the English or British have been people of high accomplishment, and they created a country that rightfully drew admiration for their achievements.

The one-world agenda has little to offer on the positive side, and it will mean a much less “diverse” world when everyone is thrown into the one-world ‘blender’, making for far less varied world than then one into which we were born.

And then the leaders of the leftist Welsh political party Plaid Cymru are saying they want to make their whole country, small as it is (population 3 million) into a ”sanctuary country” for the world. If that happens, Wales will slowly or quickly see the loss of their unique people and culture — and their country will be another overcrowded, overstressed country. But will there even be ”countries” in the former Christendom, or will we all be ”world citizens”, of no fixed character?

Or can a people preserve their ethnic identity in spite of no longer having a geographical territory to be themselves, and continue their culture, and their religion and folkways?

In considering that situation, which seems to be in the cards for so much of the Western world, I think of our Cajun people in Louisiana, who, having been colonists in Nova Scotia back in the 18th century, found themselves displaced, removed, and scattered. That event was in 1755, and it is still referred to as the ‘Grand Derangement‘. A good many of the displaced Acadian French people settled in Louisiana, as most Americans know. So many of the Acadians or ‘Cajuns’ maintain a strong sense of being who they are despite being a definite minority. But they and the local Anglo-American population of Louisiana are not at odds; they are not hopelessly disparate peoples. Most Cajuns are very loyal to America; there is not the sense of alienation, and no chips on shoulders or grievance mentality. For the most part there is little friction if any.

If only it would always work out that way. If.

Could this situation be replicated in Europe, or this country, as we head towards being minorities in our own native lands?

I ponder about this, and I have my own sense of what the future may hold.

I was just reading news commentary about the decline and ‘Grand Remplacement’ of ‘Old Stock Canadians’, which includes the French Canadian population, the Anglo-Celtic Canadians, and others (Ukrainians, Russsians, et al.) It seems as if we are all in the same boat, despite any ethnic or cultural differences among the European descendants. But can a culture and a sense of peoplehood survive in a “polyglot boarding house” as someone termed it?

It’s disappointing to witness Boris Johnson in his self-identified role as a ‘pro-immigration politician.’ But then I think few people expected anything different from him, with Brexit being the more pressing issue for many UK voters.

Brexit deal ruled out

The path to Brexit has become so convoluted in recent weeks that it’s hard to know what comes next. But some people who closely follow this process seem very confident that the Remainer faction will be defeated.

James Delingpole, for one, in an article with the title, “Hurrah for Chancellor Merkel — Saviour of Brexit”.

The sub-headline says that Merkel has — however unwittingly — given the UK a gift: a no-deal Brexit. She has said that a deal is ”overwhelmingly unlikely,” which gives the UK every incentive to leave without a deal, rather than to compromise, accepting the terms which are apparently to be forced on the UK, if Merkel and the EU globalists get their wishes.

I hope this is true; this situation has taken so many twists and turns over the last couple of years; it’s hard not to wonder what new twist will suddenly pop up as the UK is about to cross the finish line.

But as to the main reason why the UK and the EU are at an impasse over an agreement on Brexit, it’s apparently the question of some conditions being imposed regarding Northern Ireland: Merkel et al have said now that NI must stay permanently tied to the EU, remaining in the EU Customs Union. Merkel says that NI cannot leave. It seems that the Republic of Ireland (Southern Ireland, the 26 counties) agrees with the EU’s idea of separating Northern Ireland from the UK. And it’s apparently a case of ‘no Brexit without acquiescing to the deal’.

Arlene Foster, of the Democrat Unionist Party in Northern Ireland, said that no such deal was acceptable. I hope the UK and Northern Ireland stay steadfast. Any ‘union’ which tells members, after the fact, that no exit is possible — ever — should make one uneasy, to say the least. That sort of ultimatum is not the kind of thing that isn’t compatible with ‘freedom.’

#brexit, #northern-ireland, #republic-of-ireland, #united-kingdom

‘Britons Rediscovering themselves’

Though I haven’t had the time to put together a real post — sorry, I had hoped to — here’s a link to some commentary from the inactive Sarah, Maid of Albion blog. (Via Elliot Lake News & Views).

There are also a couple of videos worth watching at the link.

I waver between cautious optimism about England/the UK and discouragement, especially considering the less-than-ideal political situation there. As I’ve watched the unfolding situation with the new PM, Boris Johnson and his cabinet, things don’t look quite as promising as they might have. But still, if Brexit happens, that’s at least something.

A new PM for the UK

He’s an improvement over Theresa May, though not everyone is enthusiastic over Boris Johnson as the new Prime Minister. The Cambrian Dissenters blog titles their piece ‘PM Johnson and a Conservative Civil War.

Is that exaggeration? I defer to the people of the UK as being better judges of the ramifications, but there do seem to be some warning signs as to Johnson’s leanings. For instance, his cabinet appointments so far seem not to have the best interests of the indigenous people of the UK. Sajid David, Priti Patel? Then there is Amber Rudd. I can see how this list might be disconcerting to many people.

There is no perfect situation, I suppose, but as the Cambrian Dissenters piece puts it, Theresa May’s behavior was ‘duplicitious’, bordering on ‘treason.’ At least perhaps the people of the UK, who voted in the majority to leave the EU, will see their political will carried out. So we can hope.

The UK and the US estranged?

My previous post addressed Pat Buchanan’s column on the growing rift between Britain and the United States. In my blog piece I noted that there is a very obvious animus that has grown up between the two kindred peoples on either side of the Atlantic.

Now, as if to make my point for me, on the Unz.com blog, Buchanan’s piece was posted, with comments from readers — and it seems the Anglophobia I noted was very much on display in the comments from Americans. Am I surprised? No, but I seem to have underestimated just how much resentment and contempt some Americans feel towards the British.

Some of the condemnations were obviously intended for the rulers of the UK, whoever they may be. By that, I mean, just as with much of the world nowadays, the official heads of state seem to be simply fronting for unseen people, the people who actually run things.

Many Americans seem to think that Queen Elizabeth et al actually rule over the UK; and/or they think that the so-called ‘titled’ aristocrats are in charge. I suppose these critics are not aware of today’s frivolous and politically correct awarding of titles to non-British, and to some UK natives whose only ‘achievement’ is being a pop singer or prominent ‘social justice warrior’.

Britain, truly, is a shadow of her former self, and it was meant to be this way; it did not happen by accident.

And we can say the same of our country, and of the rest of the Anglosphere, as well as most of Europe.

So then, it takes considerable gall, in my opinion, to single out Britain and her people as being to blame for the loss of their country and heritage. If they are guilty then are we Americans to blame for the state of our country today? If we are honest and consistent, we would have to say so.

I wonder, too, about the harsh critics of Britain and her people; who are those who resent and loathe Britain? What is their origin? Either they are among the many ‘mixed Europeans’ who don’t have a particular ethnic identity, or people with misplaced historic grudges. Sometimes those of German descent are the most bitter and scathing about Britain, because of the bad feeling over the two world wars. To them, it is never over with; on and on it goes.

If I felt that kind of bitterness and alienation towards the country in which I was born, and the people of that country, I think I would pull up stakes and move to some country that suited me better, and a place where I might actually like my neighbors. That would show some integrity.

The old formula ‘divide et impera‘ comes to mind. Divided as we are, we are easy pickings.

The (once) Special Relationship

Pat Buchanan has a column this week which asks whether America and Britain are growing apart. I recommend you read it; he asks a legitimate question. Current news reports tell us how the UK Ambassador (now ex-Ambassador) Kim Darroch has been feuding with President Trump, calling him ‘dysfunctional’ and ‘unpredictable’, among other things. This is all to be expected as the left universally loathes Donald Trump, on both sides of the Atlantic.

However there has always, probably since colonial times, been distrust and dislike between Americans and our British kinsmen. It does seem to be worsening in recent years, at least judging by Americans’ comments on blogs and social media. The most popular criticism of the English/British is that ‘they don’t have the right to bear arms; they’re weak.’ Or, these knee-jerk Anglophobes jeer at ‘undemocratic’ Britain, with its class system, however weakened it is. This kind of American takes pride in saying that ‘we [Americans] don’t bow down to kings’. Oftentimes it’s said that ”we fought a war to keep royalty out of our country, to get rid of kings.’

Judging by the words of the Declaration of Independence, our forefathers clearly objected to George III:

“The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.”

Nevertheless, our country never expressly repudiated the idea of a monarchy, though some uninformed Americans repeatedly say that.

Certain Americans (I won’t say all) seem to feel superior to the British people in the sense that our political system is better and more ‘enlightened’ — we are ‘freer’ supposedly. But it seems we are all in the same boat.

In the above-referenced Pat Buchanan piece, he concludes that Britain is our most natural ally, though we are currently at odds. This attitude used to be the most commonly-held one in the U.S, at least until the mid-19th century wave of immigration. That influx brought a great many immigrants who either had no ties to England (or Britain) or who held animosity towards the English because of historical grievances. I wonder if we could trace a direct line between the anti-English feeling of later immigrants to today’s resentments on the part of some Americans?

Reading many internet comments and blog pieces, I often come across denunciations of English/British people (past and present), as well as the British government and the Royals. There are those who hold an everlasting grudge against the Puritans who arrived in the 1630s and their descendants, the ‘New England Yankees’ and the favored whipping-boys, the ‘WASP elites’. Some people are still under the misapprehension that those ‘WASP elites’ still run this country. Nothing can convince them otherwise.

All in all, it’s getting harder for Americans of English descent to feel appropriate pride in our ancestors. Hardly anyone seems to want to claim their English (or British) heredity, having internalized the scathing criticism of the English-descended American.

I won’t attempt to speak for the English, but it’s my impression that their heritage (which is in part the same as ours) is under constant attack, and their ancestors are decried as perpetual villains. Why? Because of their successes and their strengths. This is upside-down, but then so is our world now.

Despite the fact that apparently, most Americans have no significant English (or British) roots — at least, by their account — they still must face the fact that much of our culture — our folkways, our children’s games, our proverbs and sayings, our folklore, and even many of our idioms come from our English heritage. That’s not insignificant.


‘Hate crimes’ in the UK

The Washington Post is sensationalizing the death of a Polish man in Harlow, England, making it out to be part of a wave of ‘hate crimes’ against foreigners in the wake of Brexit.

Notice that the language and rhetoric in this article follows the pattern of the ‘hate crime’ stories from our own country, depicting the victim as almost angelic in character. This is not objective reporting, obviously.

HARLOW, England — He went down with a single punch.

Arkadiusz Jóźwik — shy, devoted to his mother and an immigrant to Britain from his native Poland — was out with friends late last month enjoying pizza and drinks when they were set upon by a group of teens, some reportedly shouting anti-Polish slurs.”

And:

Eric Hind, a Polish-born friend of Jóźwik’s, said the day after the vote that he received messages on Facebook: “What time is the next bus back to Poland?” His mother and his sister were told by their factory manager that “now you Poles need to pack up your bags and go back home.”

The vote mandated no such thing. But the threat of violence may force them out just the same.

“People are scared and horrified. I’m scared and horrified,” Hind said “My wife wants to move back to Poland. I keep saying, ‘Let’s not panic.’ Arek’s death was one case. But it could have been me.”

This follows the template of stories about alleged White-on-black or White on Moslem ”hate crimes”; the minority group always expresses abject fear, claiming to be in fear for their very lives — oh yes, those bloodthirsty English are such terrors to the innocent.

I’ve written before about the numbers of Polish criminals in the UK and Ireland, as well as various crimes by other Eastern Europeans in the UK. I repeat myself because someone needs to draw attention to it. I am not saying the victim was a criminal nor am I saying he deserved what happened to him. I don’t know those things. I am simply questioning the framing of this incident as some kind of xenophobic ‘hate crime’ done simply because the man was foreign.

I would say that there are more crimes by Eastern Europeans against native English people than vice-versa. And Poles are the most numerous of the Eastern Europeans in the UK, to my knowledge. I have posted statistics and charts/graphs before to illustrate that point. How is that relevant? In that some English people have begun to resent the growing Polish presence and the loss of their own communities and neighborhoods. And they are disturbed by the crimes committed by out-groups, understandably so. ‘Xenophobia’, or just vestiges of healthy self-preservation instincts?

The Poles enjoy favorable press in America because of the many Polish-Americans here. I have nothing against Poles or Polish-Americans, but they want it both ways by asserting their own nationalism (“Poland for the Poles!” the slogan at recent rallies in Poland) yet they don’t see (or refuse to admit) any contradiction in their moving in tens or hundreds of thousands to the UK. France, Ireland, and other European countries, claiming it to be their right.

Many Americans with Polish ancestry, be it only one grandparent or great-grandparent, are fiercely defensive of that ancestry, and won’t hear a word of criticism about their kinsmen emigrating to wealthier countries for the same reasons that Mexicans come to the United States: for more material goods, and to siphon off money to send back home. Our country loses billions by means of foreign workers sending their remittances back ‘home’, and it is the same process with the immigrants in the UK and Ireland. Those countries, like ours, are being taken advantage of, and the immigrants plead victimhood whenever it suits them, to cover for their own opportunism.

Everybody wants to be on the victimhood bandwagon. Why not? You get attention, sympathy, possibly money, and certainly you get power, or some kind of ‘high’ from putting those you envy and hate on the spot. Imagine: you might even have them jailed or fined or ostracized. That has an appeal for those of low character, I am supposing.

I am not arguing that the Poles are bad people. It maybe that Poland is sending some of its undesirables West in order to get rid of troublemakers. I have no doubt that the Latin American countries and some Middle Eastern countries have done and are doing just that. So it may be that among many “law abiding, hard-working” Poles there are some bad apples who do inspire resentment.

The character of Poles or other Eastern Europeans is not the core issue here. The question is: do all peoples (especially those classed as ‘poor’ or ‘oppressed’ have some kind of natural right to emigrate where they will, regardless of the wishes of the people whose countries they move into? If we say that the Poles and their Eastern European cousins have such a right by virtue of being ‘Catholic/Christian, hard-working, and law-abiding’, then I guess that means that our Latin American ‘guests’ have the same right to come to our country in their  millions, and conversely, that we have no right to control who comes here, who stays, or who becomes a citizen.

To side with the Poles on this question is to side against ethnonationalism, the right of a people to their own territory, or the right  to have a country with borders. One  can’t claim to be any sort of a nationalist or ethnopatriot if he wants to make special exceptions for people with similar complexions.

And it isn’t ”all about skin color”, ever. A commenter at Free Republic, opus1 says:

“Polish is not Anglo. We have lost this distinction in the USA over the past 50 years as the “WASP” culture has faded from being the dominant one. It’s still prominent in UK and Europe from centuries of different groups fighting, reconciling, dominating and interacting with one another.

French, Italian, Hungarian, Polish, for example, are not all generically “white”. Anglo, Caucasian and white are used inter-changeably in the US, which is culturally, genetically and historically incorrect.

In Europe they are aware of the distinctions between Latin, Slavic, Magyar, Irish, Russian, Welsh, English, etc. These are anthropologically distinct races and cultures (not necessarily nationalities) not lumped together as “white.”

In the melting-pot USA we have lost some of that awareness, but sometimes you can see it in old movies, TV shows and books. The distinctions themselves are not racism, obviously. Read popular books written in the 18th and 19th centuries and you will realize the Americanized dominant world view has not been around forever.”

The ‘Brexit’ issue

What does the question of Britain possibly leaving the European Union have to do with the theme of this blog? Of course it’s an internal matter, but to anybody in the United States who has Anglophile leanings, or English roots, it’s certainly a matter of interest.

Having followed the news on the upcoming ‘Brexit’ vote somewhat casually, I am afraid that it looks as though the status quo will win out. And I don’t see that as a desirable outcome; I can’t say why the people of the UK seem to fear leaving the EU; maybe it’s a case of the old ‘better the devil you know’ reasoning.

I read here that those who fear Britain leaving the UK are thinking of expatriating themselves, in some cases, to Germany. My first thought, of course, is that who on earth would want to go from the frying pan (Britain) to the fire (Germany)? Have these people not read of the recent chaos involving all the ”refugees” flooding Germany at Frau Merkel’s invitation? Or of the announced decision to let the supposedly temporary ”refuge-seekers” stay permanently after only three years? Some of the British people considering becoming German citizens fear their applications may not be approved — yet the ”refugees” are being fast-tracked. I wondered just who would find Germany a desirable destination compared to the UK. One interviewee, married to a German man, says of Germany:

“A country that’s shown leadership in the refugee crisis and that’s shown itself to be inclusive and welcoming – not like the prevailing atmosphere in the UK right now, she says. ‘Europe should be celebrated – not feared’

I don’t like the politics of Brexit and the nationalism and intolerance that goes with it.”

[Emphasis above is  mine].

So this woman is a far-leftist, who finds ‘diverse and inclusive’ Britain not ‘inclusive and welcoming’ enough for her. She wants more diversity and more inclusion. She is, in my opinion, doing a service to her home country by expatriating herself.

On a different note, we have this piece from the Texas Nationalist Movement blog, expressing solidarity with those in the UK who wish to break free of the EU, and comparing the situation of Britain in the EU with the status of Texas within the Federal Union. It’s worth remembering that Texas was, following its break from Mexico, a free and sovereign nation, a nation which chose (after some consideration) to join the United States. I don’t know how my Texas colonist ancestors felt about that decision but it has proved to be a bad thing in light of the recent decay of the United States into a tower of Babel.

A comment on the piece suggests that Britain’s exit from the EU could inspire the Scots to achieve their own independence, but the fact is, the Scottish voters declined that choice not so very long ago. So it appears that the Scots aren’t interested in being free from Britain; the financial benefits of staying within the UK were apparently a factor.

However it’s natural for someone who is an Anglophile to wish that England might win her independence. Since Scotland refused to leave the nest when offered the chance, England might go her own way. The English, like English-descended Americans in this country, are the ignored and undervalued ethnic group, though they are the core, original people.