I like it when a normal sensible women also criticises the warped leftie mentality of feminism and its social justice warrior mindset. Men are ‘privileged’ really? Most men are out there busting their balls paying for the mortgage and trying to hold their marriage together. After 20 years or less the wife turns around and declares she wants a divorce, oh! and she also wants the house and the car etc, (and they say all men are entitled??) and forget trying to get access to seeing your kids. She will have the full force of the courts behind her, why? because she is a ‘caring mother’, and you? well you as a man are seen in the eye’s of the law as just a male walking ATM cash machine. But its all about equality, right? Anyway I think alot of men would like to thank Christina Hoff Sommers for showing and exposing the heavily feminist one sided argument and how men have become virtually demonised in the media. As she is a woman her criticisms carry far more weight. If a man criticise’s feminism well of course he is a portrayed as a misogynist bla, bla, bla. But I think the tide is turning, men have just had enough of the PC judgemental hypocrisy coming from the so called 3rd wave feminist movement, and men are being much more vocal in the opposition to it. Meanwhile divorce rates are going to go up through the roof as marriages and families are dragged through the divorce courts. Some of the talk I hear from feminists online on twitter, they are not looking for any kind of gender equality, far from it, they want to subjugate men into a grovelling state of submission. Well bring it on femnazi’s!
One thing you can guarantee is politicians will never fail to disappoint you, and they do it in spades. The Tories moaned and complained endlessly about the ‘biased BBC’ when they where in the last coalition govt with the LibDems. Some what fettered by the coalition they lacked the real power to do anything, understandable. Fast forward to the last UK elections, Tories get a small majority and are now in govt all by themselves, happy days you would think – wrong!
Cameron selects real political bruiser to take on the BBC, a pitbull, a real rottweiler, take a sharp intake of breath for some radical reforms of the BBC. End result out stumbles a small cuddly puppy called @ John Whittingdale secretary for culture, media etc. Not so much as a growl more like big sad puppy eyes and can I lick your nose and play with some string. What does he pull out of his ministerial bag, lots of soppy watered down proposals for the BBC. These are hardly bold or radical, just tweaking the BBC alittle here and there. John Whittingdale at the behest of PM Cameron has completely caved into the BBC, its just that simple. The BBC waste’s money by the truckload, is well documented in the media.
The BBC will not survive in the digital age if it does not face up to its massive waste and over spending. Tony Hall keeps talking about a ‘BBC transformation’ but turkeys don’t vote for Christmas do they. The Tories have failed to challenge the BBC, timid and lacking in resolve they have cowered to the BBC demands. It has to be said Nigel Farage would have been much bolder towards the BBC, the Tories are lost sight of their free market beliefs. Are you listening Mr Cameron? you could have implemented these changes. What’s the point of having power if you just sit on your hands? There are 165,00 signatures and growing to end the BBC, but what’s the point if politicians and govt just ignore these online petitions as they do?
The free over 75s Licence fee is some what of a smoke screen. Tony Hall gets a cosy letter from George Osborne ( how to con the viewers). Firstly the BBC is not paying for the ‘free’ over 75s Licence Fee’s, we are with the new £10 increase. But the real hidden agenda is TV catch up, its well known that its been a real thorn in the side of the BBC as its been haemorrhaging money via people watching for free via iPlayer and other forms of catch up. Bottom line is the BBC as, and is losing money with this legal loophole of people not watching ‘live’ content but catch up content.
The BBC cannot control the internet, just like all other media. Here is a copy of the John Wittingdale’s statement declaring in future the BBC is going to INCLUDE all forms of content live and catch up. That will include any form of TV catch up on tablet, laptop, mobile, within the remit of the BBC Licence.
To add insult to injury we then have to watch the BBC interview the BBC, in essence the BBC is interviewing itself, its complete vomitsville! Viewers? what viewers, where are they? BBC knows best, keep the plebs out., they will just say nasty things about us. Here is BBC2 newsnight chatting with Danny Cohen (a paid BBC employee, salary £320,000) telling us all how great he thinks the BBC is? Well he would say that earning that kind of cash ££££, he is hardly going to declare – Oh I think the BBC is really crap and it wastes truckloads of our cash, he would be out of his well paid job.
The BBC says it is cutting 1,000 jobs, trimming the fat, the BBC is still a vast organisation employing 19,000 people. Tony Hall says the BBC Licence Fee will last another 10 years? he is hoping, the clock is ticking Tony, The BBC throws our Licence Fee money around like a drunk at a wedding. Drink up everyone, those gullible UK TV tax payers are footing the bill, cheers! Tony Hall is paid £450,000, thats 3 x more than the Prime Minister of the UK. The BBC may be liked around the world but is unpopular in the UK with its arrogance, wastefulness, and leftie arty farty liberal bias, Well its not over yet, there is going to be a colossal blacklash now both towards the bloated BBC and also the Tories for cosying up together.
Cameron had better listen to the voters who put him in Number 10, we can just as easily kick his arse OUT again! Get rid of the puppy and get a real pitbull to take on the bloated BBC? I will be blogging more on this contentious issue in the months ahead.
I cannot confess to know a great deal about Dutch politics being in the UK. Most Brits are still confused whether to actually call the country Holland or the Netherlands? The only Dutch political party I have ever heard of is the D66 party, its a liberal centre party with a popular visible presence on twitter.. Like most European countries the Netherlands as a broad spectrum of political parties like the Christian Democrats CDA (centre right) and socialists parties on the left. There are many more parties of different political shades here if you wish to familiarise yourself more with all Dutch political parties There as always been a loose bond between Netherlands and the UK, both are countries which are proponents of enlightened democracies and free trading nations. Something like 85% of Dutch people speak English, the highest percentage in Europe, which never ceases to is amaze me when ever I visit the Netherlands.
But the whole of Europe, like the Netherlands is going through a type of deep cultural crisis and change. Europe since the 1960’s and the 1970’s as had decades of corrective thinking, multiculturalism, gender studies, all this as emanated from the European academic left and the political left. To criticise those decades of ingrained ideology at that time you would be quickly labelled a ignorant racist etc. Europe had become so PC, so politically correct, everyone was afraid of expressing any real or true opinions due to looking out of step with long established accepted ideals.
Now there as been a definite and perceptible mood swing in the opposite direction, people are starting to question this fuzzy warm socialist way of accepting facts that everything in this world must be equal, by order of some government body full of left leaning academics. The pervading and growing threat of Islamic fundamentalists as woken many people up from their politically correct multicultural slumbers. Example – There are now thousands of mosques right across Europe, but there as not been one single church built in Saudi Arabia. Europeans are starting to question their easy going liberal beliefs. One man, a Dutch man stepped right up to the plate and spoke about the growing threat of radical Islam, the elephant in the room that everyone was so nervous to discuss, the growing threat of Islam in Europe.
Many elite politicians, journalists, academics, all tactfully avoided the subject for fear of offending the decades of politically correct dogma that we have all been spoon fed on for so long. The one man who spoke up and is still speaking out, is Geert Wilders of the PVV Dutch party. He is out spoken and clearly states what he believes in, and in a age of clone politicians all being media managed, well its a breath of fresh air to the stifling and suffocating atmosphere of the the modern PC world we all now live in. The EU in Brussels is in a sort of semi state of panic as they now have labelled any out spoken political parties in Europe as ‘populist’, but isn’t that what democracy is supposed to be all about. Maybe Brussels as forgotten that simple democratic principle, when you stop listening to your citizens and your voters, well maybe its time for all the over paid eurocrats and the Brussels professional career politicians to go, just depart and leave their political office’s ASAP. Europe now needs a new direction, in a new world.
A insightful blogpost with good analysis into the changing world of open and free trade within the Anglosphere in relation to the UK. Time for the UK to leave the clutches of the restrictive EU and rekindle past historic links around the world as well as with new emerging ones. Its almost as if the UK feels like its experiencing a re-awakening, like a snake shedding its skin, no more historical guilt angst and socialist dogma that we as a nation have been systematically spoon fed since the 1960’s from Labour and the left
The UK as always been a free trading trading nation, so lets return to our old traits and fully rejoin the Anglosphere, to trade freely and leave behind the European semi socialism and dirigiste thinking that the French seem to love so much.
I have never heard of Rand Paul, but I have now. I was just trawling through US politics on youtube and discovered this Republicam White House contender just by accident. This the kind of person I would be inspired to vote for, and I am not even a USA citizen, I am from across the pond in the UK. This is a person that his kind of political vision and ideals that may appeal to US conservative voters would, but would resonant easily with Conservative;s right across the the Anglosphere. People are hungry for politicians to have some kind of conviction, yes you have to widen your appeal to attract voters from the middle ground, but at least don’t be ashamed or afraid to declare what you actually believe me. Who wants to listen to a clone politician, no one, certainly not me.
Small govt, less red tape, more enterprise, more free trade, well yes I heard you say we all Conservatives say this standing at a election podium trying their best to inpress and to get elected.. What I like about Rand Paul is that he says it in a libertarian sort of way and in his laid back manner, but with a keen sense of common sense economics, promising to shrink and cut the bloated US public sector debt. I am sure he will declare that he is running for the White House some time soon. Interesting how himself and Ted Cruz will compete? who is going to become the Republican nominee or possibly just eventuallythey will both agree to amalgamate into a running pair, who knows.
Certainly keep a eye on Rand Paul. I only wish we had a Rand Paul type politician in the UK in our own up coming general election in May this year 2015. We are trying to keep out the socialists Labour and the SNP (Scottish Nationalist Party) parties out of Number 10. Well I will certainly watch out for Rand Paul’s political progress, hope he runs, fairly sure he will declare his intentions soon.
A sneak peak across the pond into Congress politics and elections. Seems that the liberals / progressives (Democrats) want to lower the voting age to 16 and also make voting completely compulsory. Voter ID is something of a hot topic in the USA and is very much discussed, and is very different to the UK. In the UK people just stroll in with your voting registration card on voting day and that’s about.it or vote by mail. In the USA if you don’t have your correct voting ID, you miss your chance to vote. Voting fraud and race politics seem to be a sensitive topic on matters of voter ID in the USA. Its common knowledge most black voters vote Democrat, though not all, but the vast the majority do, which some how the Democrats try to portray the voter ID subject as a race issue.
As for compulsory or mandatory voting, well now that is a big, massive change. The USA as a large population, mandatory voting to become compulsory, so how would that actually work? what failure to vote would result in some kind of penalty. Getting the whole country out to vote on a single day as it would be mandatory, well that could become a major headache to enforce. Anyway more interesting to hear more about the new Republican contender Ted Cruz declaring he is now running for the White House. Obama as had a rather lacklustre presidency, people expected great things from him, and its turned out, well its all been rather dull. Though to be fair the republicans hold both the Senate and the House, making life extremely difficult for him to pass legislation. Well that’s all for now on USA politics, just a short post, I will be posting more on USA and Capitol Hill politics, but from from a UK perspective, also it makes a interesting change from writing just about UK and EU politics. It would be a major shift to the right in American politics if the Republicans held onto both the Senate and the House and took also control of the White House? Who knows, time will tell.
An insightful look at Greece elections and the surge of Tsipras and Syriza’s popularity. The Greeks seem determined to end up with a socialist state style run economy much like Venezuela. Anyone Greek with half a brain and an ounce of ambition will be heading for the nearest airport ASAP if Syriza wins the elections.
Originally posted on The Greek Politics Blog:
The Greek election is just around the corner and Europe’s eyes are set on the radical left opposition, Syriza, that is poised to win it.
Contrary to a growing opinion that the leftist party and its young leader, Alexis Tsipras, could end austerity in both Greece and Europe, an unsuccessful Syriza government could not only bring the country to its knees but also mean the end of left-wing politics in Greece.
It might be true that Alexis Tsipras has given hope to a worn out nation, but it has been the wrong kind of hope. Feeding on people’s shock and disillusionment, his party enjoyed a UKIP-like surge making promises about changing the country and the continent.
These promises (higher wages, lower taxes, a bigger public sector, complete disregard towards European and international institutions) are not new. They are what the late Andreas Papandreou
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