Monthly Archives: February 2009

Bryan Gould disowns New Labour

Hat tip to Tom Harris for pointing out Bryan Gould’s article, I disown this government, in the Guardian’s Comment is Free.

I remember Mr Gould, former Labour MP and member of the shadow cabinet, as a seemingly decent sort of bloke – far too decent for New Labour, as it transpires.

He returned to his native New Zealand in the mid-Nineties to work in a university, but disowns his former Party with these words.

The floor is all yours, Mr Gould…

Those, like me (and almost everyone I know in the Labour party), who have been critical over the years of New Labour and its record in government, might have expected that the passage of time would bring with it a kinder judgment. And in my case, in particular, it might have been thought that – 12,000 miles away in New Zealand – distance would lend enchantment.

How, then, to explain that the more we take the long view of the Blair and now the Brown government, the sharper seem the contours of its failures and betrayals? How is it that the features of its landscape that grow – as our perspective lengthens – in shocking, anger-making prominence are those shameful episodes at home and abroad which cumulatively are a complete denial of what a Labour government (or any British government) should have been about?

There have been of course many good and decent day-by-day achievements of this government. Across the whole range of political issues, I do not say that Britain did not do better under Labour than it would have done under most alternatives. But these achievements have been molehills, judged against the towering peaks scaled by New Labour in its rejection not only of Labour, but of any decent and civilised values.

The first – and for that reason perhaps most unexpected – contravention of civilised norms was the Iraq war. The damning judgment of that doomed enterprise has been repeatedly rehearsed, but to read the charge sheet again is still a shocking experience. A British prime minister, claiming the right to moral leadership and an almost religious duty to confront evil, sucked up to a soon-to-be discredited US president and helped to launch an invasion of a distant country – an invasion based upon a lie, and one that flew in the face of international law, undermined the United Nations, alienated the whole of the Muslim world, seemed to validate the claims of terrorists and those who recruited them, destroyed the country that was invaded and killed hundreds of thousands of its citizens, took many young soldiers to their unnecessary deaths, and rightly reduced Britain’s standing in the world.

The New Labour government still refuses to acknowledge that any of this was wrong. It will not even countenance an independent inquiry into how such a fatal mistake was made.

It may seem improbable that the scale of the Iraq calamity could be matched in any other area of government. Yet, as the reasons for and scale of the global recession become clear, it is also increasingly apparent that another global (as well as British) disaster can be laid – substantially, if only partly – at the door of the New Labour government.

It was, after all, that government which enthusiastically endorsed the virtues of the “free” market, which turned its back on the need for regulation, which celebrated the excesses of the City, which proclaimed that it was “intensely relaxed about people becoming filthy rich”. The government that should have protected the interests of ordinary people was dazzled by the super-rich; unsuspecting Labour supporters found themselves thrown on the tender mercies of a marketplace that was cleared of any limits that might have restricted the rich and powerful. There have been no more enthusiastic cheerleaders for the culture of greed and excess than New Labour ministers.

On the central issue of politics – the willingness of government to use its democratic legitimacy to intervene in the market in order to restrain its excesses – the New Labour government ensured that the dice lay where they fell and applauded as they did. It was Tony Blair who, standing shoulder to shoulder with Rupert Murdoch, proclaimed that the future lay with the “globalisers” and that those who wanted to reclaim some control over their lives were “isolationists, nationalists and nativists”. It was Gordon Brown who removed the major economic decisions from democratic control and handed them over to unaccountable bankers.

That betrayal of those who looked to a Labour government to help them has seen a rapid widening of inequality and a sharp intensification of social disintegration. It is the jobs, homes and lives of ordinary people that have borne the brunt. The country is a weaker and poorer place as a result.

But even that failure pales by comparison with the latest revelations about the abandonment by New Labour of any pretence to civilised standards. We now know that this government connived with the Bush administration to hold people illegally, to kidnap them in secret, and to torture them while in custody – all in the name of a war against the forces of darkness. The perpetrators of these outrages seem to believe that they can be washed clean by simply declaring their superior morality.

Nothing more clearly distinguishes those beyond the pale than their willingness to use the secret, illegal and cowardly infliction of pain to terrify, cow and bend to their will helpless people being held without charge or trial or legal redress. It beggars belief that any British government could, in a supposed democracy, do so, and not even bother to respond to its critics. It is simply incredible that a Labour government claiming to represent the values of the Labour movement could believe in these circumstances that it has any right to remain in office.

For me, this is too much. I am sick to the stomach. I disown this so-called Labour government. I protest.

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The Nation Speaks – Part III

A big thank you to Paddy Connaughton from Bolton who emailed me recently:

Hello Stewart,

The reason i’m writing this is the fact i have just stumbled upon your website. Thank God someone is out there telling the truth about this government and the state of our country. I have read some of your articles and have found that my wife and i agree with all of them.

After 22 years of working hard in the building industry, paying my taxes and trying to be a good citizen, I was made redundant in 2007, found two more jobs only to be laid off due to this economic depression. For all the talk by Gordon about public works and getting us back into work, i find nothing is being done. I now believe the government just don’t care about mine or anybody else’s situation.

I am beginning to think this is all a plan by the new fascist state of New Labour to keep the majority of manual workers on minimum wages. For too long these people have hacked into every aspect of our lives and eroded our freedoms of expression in order to control us. So thanks Stewart for having the guts to openly stand up to them, even with the threat of the the Police spying on you. I just wish the people of England could show a bit more of a backbone and publicly show their contempt for this government by openly defying them as the brave French and Icelandic people so often have.

Keep the faith, Paddy

Thank you for those kind words. I have to say though, that it doesn’t take much guts to stand against a government that has shown itself to be so completely reprobate. In my case, Labour’s failure to honour their manifesto promise to hold a referendum on Europe, was the straw that broke the camel’s back. It is now a matter of standing up for our country and our freedom or losing everything to the whore that sits in Brussels.

The way the government has betrayed the young people, especially, makes me sick. No, the time came when I realised I had nothing left to lose by speaking out and I wished I had started years ago, but better late than never. Hopefully.

I will keep the faith. There is no fear in love and there is no strength like God’s.

Feel free to email me with your own views. I only publish names after gaining the permission of the writer.

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New Poster Series – Part 2: Brown’s Betrayal is Labour’s Shame

I am grateful to a reader for emailing me about this poster. He says this is a really great leaflet to get round the houses in labour estates – also looks good for fly posting and notice boards or just left lying about where it will be picked up.

WANTED – More posters that advertise the truth about our scandalous, traitorous, seedy little band of terrorists that call themselves our Government!

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The ‘wisdom’ of a New Labour prole

Warning: the distressing photo at the bottom of this article might open your eyes to the reality of abortion.

It is unsurprising that all Labour seem to be capable of in terms of political debate is to slag off anyone who disagrees with them.

It’s very easy these days. For example, if you think that foster children would be better off living in a normal family environment than with cohabitees (of any gender combination), then you can be labelled a homophobe. No discussion. Game over.

If you think that deporting people who came here illegally, preach hatred in order to stir up others to violence against us and cost us a fortune to keep, both when they are free (on benefits) and when in prison, then you are racist (even if the person is of the same ‘race’ as you).

Anyway, yesterday I designed this poster for a Labour supporter called “Andrew F” after his request on Tom Harris MP’s blog for a sign he could put up to promote Labour’s “progressive policies”.

After seeing my artwork, he said this on Tom’s blog:

Stewart – Well yes, the two million abortions is progressive actually. Allowing women control over what goes on inside their uterus is a liberal value. Thank you!

Can you see what he is doing? He is using soundbites, clichés and New Labourspeak – “progressive,” “allowing women control,” “liberal value”. He is not using his brain to make up his own mind – it has clearly been made up for him and so he feels comfortable to scoff at such an idea that human life is sacred.

I replied on Tom’s blog with a few comments, but he didn’t approve them. I don’t know why, but here they are:

Andrew F – you have the government you deserve.

The first family planning clinic was opened by Marie Stopes – a Nazi sympathiser and eugenicist who sent Hitler some of her poems and was otherwise also quite mentally unhinged.

First they came for the unborn, then they carried out fatal experiments on the military, then they came for the geriatrics and one day they will come for you, Andrew.

Learn about training the public to accept eugenics. The Government/UN/big corporation-backed environmental movement has blinded you into thinking ‘save the planet’ means it would be better if people DIED.

An unborn human being should not have the death sentenced imposed because the mother thinks she has a right not to have to be ‘inconvenienced’ by the fruit of her moral decisions.

And what about the father’s rights? We never hear about these, do we? No, because you, Andrew, like most people, have been breast-fed Feminism all your life. A particularly nasty tipple – ostensibly from the paps of women, but in fact from the evil brains of Nazi eugenicist types who hate humanity and all we are capable of achieving.

I suggest you read my comments above about the definition of “progressive”.

Andrew F left his most disturbing comment till last. After thanking him for helping me understand what a Labour supporter thinks ‘progressive’ means and hoping God has mercy on his soul for his attitude towards humanity, he replied:

Suffice to say that any God who thinks women should be forced to carry a life-threatening parasite for three quarters of a year can take his mercy and shove it where his sun doesn’t shine.

I don’t know how old this person is, but I suspect he is a fairly recent graduate of the British ‘education’ system, where he has been conditioned to be a mindless drone, where scoffing and mocking are cool and civility and debate are ‘passé’ .

Andrew F is a symptom of a truly sick society. One that is dying; perhaps almost dead. A country that is so far gone that it is ripe for a takeover by enemies, foreign or domestic.

To describe this poor unwanted child (below), aborted at 22 weeks, as a life-threatening parasite is shocking indeed. Anyone who thinks similarly should escape the clichés and newspeak that override their own cognitive functions and see the truth that God’s creation is not to be so mistreated and mocked.

It makes me wonder if the schools and media have even managed to suck the conscience out from the feeble among us.

Do you remember the group of MPs trying to force a change of law in Northern Ireland where abortion is still illegal? Despite opposition from all religions and all political parties in the province, Labour MP, Diane Abbott, and a small band of cohorts decided to make it their business to overrule the current law and ignore the wishes of most of the people.

Thankfully they failed, but abortion and its promotion are immensely important to New Labour, which is the reason some of them want very young primary school children to be brainwashed into believing that abortion is a good thing.

I cannot look at this picture for more than a second or two before the tears start welling up. I thank the Almighty God that I still have humanity and normal feelings.

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New Poster Series – Part 1: Dying to vote Labour?

Following a request from a Labour supporter for “something to get fired up about” for a sign, I designed this:

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Geert Wilders and the Fight for Europe

National Review
By Bat Yeor
February 16, 2009

Does defending Western values constitute “inciting hatred”?

Britain has just witnessed the spectacle of a duly elected parliamentarian from another EU country, Geert Wilders of the Netherlands, being denied entry to the country because he constituted “a threat to public policy.” Wilders, after being detained briefly at Heathrow, was sent back to Holland — where he has further legal troubles. Three weeks earlier, a Dutch appeals court had ordered prosecutors to begin criminal proceedings against Wilders for “inciting hatred and discrimination” and “insulting Muslim worshippers” through his public statements and his 2008 film, Fitna. The order to proceed with the criminal prosecution resulted from pressure put on European states and on the UN Human Rights Council by the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The OIC’s aim is to punish and suppress any alleged Islamophobia, around the world but particularly in Europe, and it has been a leader in creating the conditions that made the U.K.’s Wilders ban possible.

The OIC is one of the largest intergovernmental organizations in the world. It encompasses 56 Muslim states plus the Palestinian Authority. Spread over four continents, it claims to speak in the name of the ummah (the universal Muslim community), which numbers about 1.3 billion. The OIC’s mission is to unite all Muslims worldwide by rooting them in the Koran and the Sunnah — the core of traditional Islamic civilization and values. It aims at strengthening solidarity and cooperation among all its members, in order to protect the interests of Muslims everywhere and to galvanize the ummah into a unified body.

The OIC is a unique organization — one that has no equivalent in the world. It unites the religious, economic, military, and political strength of 56 states. By contrast, the European Union represents half as many states and is a secular body only, and the Vatican — which speaks for the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics — is devoid of any political power. Many Muslims in the West resist the OIC’s tutelage and oppose its efforts to supplant Western law with sharia. But the OIC’s resources are formidable.

The organization has numerous subsidiary institutions collaborating at the highest levels with international organizations in order to implement its political objectives worldwide. Its main working bodies are the Islamic Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), which seeks to impose on the West the Islamic perception of history and civilization; the Observatory of Islamophobia, which puts pressure on Western governments and international bodies to adopt laws punishing “Islamophobia” and blasphemy; and the newly created Islamic International Court of Justice. As stated in its 1990 Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam, the OIC is strictly tied to the principles of the Koran, the Sunnah, and the sharia. In a word, the OIC seeks to become the reincarnation of the Caliphate.

The OIC regularly reiterates its commitments to protecting the political, historical, religious, and human rights of Muslims in non-OIC states, especially Muslims who form the majority in specific regions of non-Muslim countries — such as the southern Philippines, southern Thailand, and western Thrace in Greece — as well as Muslims in places like the Balkans, the Caucasus, Myanmar, India, and China. The OIC supports Hamas and the Palestinians in their struggle to destroy Israel, as well as the Muslim fight for “legitimate self-determination” in “Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir.” It has condemned the “continual Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan,” and it expresses its full solidarity with “the just cause of the Muslim Turkish people of Cyprus” and with Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, whom many hold responsible for encouraging the massacres in Darfur. The seat of the OIC is in Jeddah, but the organization regards that location as temporary: Its headquarters will be transferred to al-Kods (Islamized Jerusalem) when that city has been “liberated” from Israeli control.

In its efforts to defend the “true image” of Islam and combat its defamation, the organization has requested the UN and the Western countries to punish “Islamophobia” and blasphemy. Among the manifestations of Islamophobia, in the OIC’s view, are European opposition to illegal immigration, anti-terrorist measures, criticism of multiculturalism, and indeed any efforts to defend Western cultural and national identities. The OIC has massive funding from oil sources, which it lavishly spends on the Western media and academia and in countless “dialogues.” It influences Western policy, laws, and even textbooks through pressures brought by Muslim immigrants and by the Western nations’ own leftist parties. Hence, we have seen Kristallnacht-like incitements of hate and murder against European Jews and Israel conducted with impunity in the cities of Europe — where respect for human rights is supposed to be one of the highest values.

Geert Wilders is the latest victim of this enormous world machinery. His crime is maintaining that Europe’s civilization is rooted in the values of Jerusalem, Athens, Rome, and the Enlightenment — and not in Mecca, Baghdad, Andalusia, and al-Kods. He fights for Europe’s independence from the Caliphate and for its endangered freedoms. He had received serious death threats even before Fitna was released.

Many Muslims in the West support him, but Geert Wilders’s principal weapons are his courage and his willingness to resist even his own government, which is slowly submitting to the OIC’s pressures. Wilders’s enemies pretend that he is an insignificant personality who makes “provocative” statements only in search of fame. In fact, if his motivation were self-interest, he could do far better by courting the OIC’s favors — as so many Europeans are doing, consciously or unconsciously — rather than risking his freedom and indeed his life.

— Bat Yeor is the author of studies on the conditions of Jews and Christians in the context of the jihad ideology and the sharia law. Recent books include: Islam and Dhimmitude: Where Civilizations Collide and Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis, both from Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.

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The threat from Islam is real

A couple of recent incidents made we want to write about the threat of Islam to our way of life. Tom Harris MP wrote in his blog Neither the Koran nor the Bible sit comfortably with western values, which had me having a go at him, a self-confessed Christian.

Unfortunately, Tom uses old media tricks (he used to be a journalist) like setting up straw men and here we see him criticising his own religion as a cushion against accusations of Islamophobia.

The first incident that has concerned me lately is the banning from the UK of Dutch MP, Geert Wilders. Mr Wilders has twice been invited to the House of Lords to screen his short film, Fitna.

The problem for the UK ‘authorities’ is that the film portrays Islam in a way that they do not want us proles to consider; that the “religion of peace” is not all it’s cracked up to be; that killing adulterers and homosexuals perhaps isn’t the road we want to travel; that female genital mutilation offends our sensitivities.

Wilders uses several quotes from the Koran to help get his message across in Fitna. I actually don’t give this any credence at all as I know how easy it is for non-Christians, and even many Christians, to misquote the Bible terribly.

Wilders also makes the mistake of not recognising Western influence in the creation of al Qaeda by portraying the 9/11 and Madrid attacks as works solely of Islam.

All that said, Wilders does give enough evidence, not that we need it, that the clash of cultures – Islam and what we know as Western culture – is likely to escalate into the societal equivalent of a mountain-raising tectonic plate collision.

That is as long as people in the West continue to be afraid of being branded racist/Islamophobic/hatemongers and submit to having their freedom and way of life robbed at Koran-point.

The BBC couldn’t get a Government minister to explain the situation to John Humphries on Radio 4’s Today, but he did manage to speak to Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman, Chris Huhne.

You can listen here to Mr Huhne telling John Humphries why he believes in freedom of speech, but only “up to the point where you become a threat to others – at that point society must step in.”

Not so ‘liberal’ after all. Typical modern British coward (Huhn (without the ‘e’) is German for ‘chicken’).

The other thing that has really annoyed me is the case of a foster mother with an unblemished record who was struck off the council’s register because a Muslim girl in her care became a Christian.

“A foster mother, who has looked after more than 80 children in the past ten years with an unblemished record, has been struck off the register because a Muslim girl in her care became Christian. The reasons given by her local council were that she failed in her duty to preserve the girl’s religion and to prevent the teenager from getting baptised, even though the girl was 16 and had made up her own mind to change religion. The woman has also been forced to move out of her home. She has lost the farmhouse she rented due to the loss of income from fostering.”

“The girl had been taken into care after being assaulted by a family member. She decided to be baptised because she saw it ‘as a washing away of the horrible things she had been through and a symbol of a new start’.

“Social services officials then advised the girl to reconsider her decision and urged her to stop attending Christian meetings, ruling last April that the girl should stay away from church for six months. (My emphasis)

“In November they struck the carer off their register, claiming she had breached her duty of care as a foster parent.”

What? Council employees seem time and time again to have been re-engineered to become traitorous, unholy cowards – so brainwashed by ‘diversity training’ that they would rather see good people destroyed than see sense.

It will serve us right if we become Dhimmis in our own country. The Islamists who desire to take over the whole world, especially the western world, must be laughing their heads off at the way we are playing right into their hands.

Tom Harris says that “I do know that the Muslims with whom I’m friendly seem to have no problem integrating with British society.” Maybe he means the MP in the neighbouring constituency or his local newsagent. What about the imams who preach death to Jews, Christians, Westerners generally? What about the people who call for the death of writers and cartoonists for the perceived crime of dissing Muhammad? What about those who take offence over every possible thing and in so doing make life almost intolerable for others?

Worst of all are the traitors in high places who are dismantling our civilisation and culling our freedoms by manipulating people’s differences.

It might seem that I am helping them here, but I am trying to avoid a conflagration with, hopefully, an honest appraisal of the danger we face if we lose the right to determine our own future, unmolested by others.

There are many other dangers, of course, like the EU, ‘human rights’ and political correctness generally, not forgetting GM food, humanism and many others things!

Let us not forget that mass immigration is just one of the methods that our masters are using to divide us and rule us. They are not interested in the ‘moderate’ Muslims that Tom Harris and the rest of us know. I certainly have no argument with them, but while an elected Dutch member of parliament is refused entry to the UK, thousands of radical Muslims have been allowed in to wreak havoc.

Just as planned.

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