Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Quotations from Lord Salisbury

[For Salisbury's thoughts on Romania, click here.]

No lesson seems to be so deeply inculcated by the experience of life as that you should never trust experts. If you believe doctors, nothing is wholesome: if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent: if you believe the soldiers, nothing is safe. They all require their strong wine diluted by a very large admixture of insipid common sense.

Letter to Lord Lytton (15 June 1877)

After all, the great characteristic of this country is that it is a free country, and by a free country I mean a country where people are allowed, so long as they do not hurt their neighbours, to do as they like. I do not mean a country where six men may make five men do exactly as they like. That is not my notion of freedom.

Friday, 23 June 2017


"The new mainly left wing habit of lying while calling other people's normal political language lies is the most dangerous development in politics at the moment.It's a genuinely Orwellian attempt to gain control of 'truth' for political purposes. Nothing, not newfound Russian nuclear superiority, not Chinese military expansion, nothing threatens liberal democracy as seriously." Peter Risdon

"A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people." Walter Bagehot. (This is exactly what the British parliament should be, but no longer is. Hence the decline in the importance of and respect for Parliament.)

Friday, 9 June 2017

The morning after the night before

A very strange lunar landscape.

Labour might win Kensington where a recount is taking place. The world has gone mad.

It has been confirmed that Theresa May will visit Buckingham Palace at 12.30 to seek permission to form a government. What constitutional monstrosity is this? She doesn't need the Queen's permission - she already is the Queen's Prime Minister. She should go there to resign.

(Is this nonsense somehow to do with the Fixed Terms Act or are they just cretins when it comes to the constitution?)

The Tories should have given Nigel Farage a seat in Parliament and put him in the cabinet - he would have won them many votes. 

I always wanted Michael Gove for Prime Minister. He would presumably not have called an unnecessary election. Or perhaps he would - and have fared better.

As Ed Miliband said, after defeat in the 2015 election,

"When you win, everything you did was an act of genius and when you lose, everything you did was the work of a fool."
Theresa May looks a bloody fool today and must not stand upon the order of her going. Gordon Brown is vindicated in not going to the country in 2007 though James Callaghan is not for not doing so in 1988.

Macmillan and Heath looked far-sighted in taking us into the EEC. Now Enoch Powell and Gaitskell look visionary. 
Assuming, as of course I do, that Brexit happens. Some will attempt to undo the referendum result.

Theresa May reminds me of Hillary. Both are secretive, colourless, Blairite swots, who are frightened of speaking in public. Though Theresa May made her career on her merits not by marriage

Who should replace Mrs. May? Thank God Osborne didn't stand. I like Michael Gove, who is very clever, very nice and believes in Brexit. But he thinks he's not up to it. Nor is Boris. Boris would be no good. No good at all. A globalist who'd bomb Assad. A Hillary in drag.Hopeless at detail. He'd give us a very soft Brexit.

Best politician of all is Lord Salisbury, but he's a peer. Worst possible? Anna Mary Soubry, I suppose. (Or Ken Clarke.)

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Original sin is complete nonsense. We are striving to better ourselves. And we are striving to deal with mental illness. And we will make progress.

The last words in this dialogue are the most informative about the state of America (and the West) today.

American Democrat-voting lady of great benignity: Something I hope for the near future: Self-driving cars and trucks can't be used to run people down.

Me: People kill. Cars don't. Nor do guns.

Tina, a passer-by: Could be hacked

American lady: Okay, yes, you're all right, and I should have stipulated, I hope for unhackable self-driving vehicles!

Me: But this is human nature and cannot be changed only contained and suppressed. Man is a killer. “'Homo homini lupus' [man is wolf to man]. Who in the face of all his experience of life and of history, will have the courage to dispute this assertion?”

American lady: I think there is also a major, hardwired pathway toward generosity and altruism deep in the core of our human nature.

Me:  Original sin.

American lady: I don't believe there is such a thing as original sin.

Me:  The one Christian dogma that can be proven, as Chesterton rightly said.

American lady: I fully respect your right to believe anything at all you want.

Me:  You think people are basically good and original sin is nonsense? No wonder you vote Democrat.

American bystander: Original sin is complete nonsense. We are striving to better ourselves. And we are striving to deal with mental illness. And we will make progress.