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!
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.
Originally posted on The Sceptic Isle:
The recent plea from Nile Gardiner of the influential US think-tank The Heritage Foundationwas a pleasing reminder that there are still some voices in the US who see the merits of an independent United Kingdom. It is unfortunate that official US policy is to compel Britain to remain within the union as part of its desire to see a united Europe modelled on its own image.
Such homogeneity is easier to interact with diplomatically and also easier to manipulate and handle in matters of foreign affairs, such has been the case in US support for a politically loaded association agreement between the EU and Ukraine.
The US administration has little time for the concerns of British EU- sceptics, such as conserving the independence of our legal system and our foreign, economic and security policy, and restoring the sovereignty of parliament. This is a shame because a Britain integrated into…
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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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It’s been like an old rumbling and smoking volcano for the last 40 years, now this old volcano as recently been hitting much higher on the richter scale, red hot lava is now spewing forth. The UK voters have run out of patience with all the politicians that have over the decades deceived, contorted, and obfuscated on the offer of a UK EU Referendum. OK so some European countries have referendums more than others just take a look at Switzerland. The Swiss are offered to participate in many various referendums concerning very big national issues. Other countries will only have a referendum on big major issues say once very decade like Ireland or France. The UK though by comparison is like a referendum desert where no rain does fall, we have endured an extremely long referendum drought. 1975 was the last time the UK had a referendum, and this is causing a public growing resentment and visible friction between the citizens and the established politicos classes. The politicians of all three major parties. their thinking was well you all get to vote in elections every 5 years and that’s enough to express your democratic wishes, leave the very important stuff to us, we know better.
Just take a moment to think of all the different UK Prime Ministers that have come and gone, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, and now David Cameron. In 1975 people in the UK agreed to a ‘Common Market’, a agreement of trade within Europe. 40 years later after the Maastricht treaty and the Lisbon treaty the EU is completely different, its evolving into a semi federal pan European entity, than it ever was envisaged in 1975. Did the citizens of the UK get a voice or were offered a choice during the Maastricht and Lisbon treaties? I think we all know the answer to that, we where told this question is too big for democracy, too big for the voters, let the politicians decide for you, like we were all ignorant uneducated little children. Well now after long last the volcano as erupted, the build up of pressure was just too great. This is the reason why Nigel Farage as rocketed into the political stratosphere in the UK, he as said enough is enough, the people demand a EU referendum now. Mainstream politicians have lost the common touch and they only have themselves to blame for their contempt of the democratic voting process.
Presently all three main parties are in a complete flap now, its like the circus as come to town, finally they are really worried and concerned as voters are abandoning the mainstream politics and flocking over to UKIP. Cameron is promising a referendum in 2017, but people remember his ‘cast iron’ pledge for which he now infamously is remembered for reneging on that promise, while Ed Miliband’s and Labour approach to a referendum is? well no one actually knows thats the problem, as its like trying to find your way through a very thick fog, obfuscation is a Labour political art form. Nick Clegg and the LibDems believe in a EU referendum, just as long as a EU referendum never actually takes place; it was a weak disguise and it never really fooled the voters. During a recent 2nd reading of a EU referendum bill trying to pass through the labyrinth of Westminster, this is what the House of Commons chamber looked like, LibDems and Labour MPs just did not turn up at all to even debate the matter. They do not wish to even discuss the the UK EU relationship, because they do not want a EU referendum.
Now there is a palpable feeling that the clock as stopped ticking, the perplexing and the baffling EU referendum politics within the Westminster as just gone into over drive, as the politician’s finally recognise the voters have lost their patience with Westminster. It looks like the UK politicos have at last seen the red hot lava coming down the mountain and they don’t like what they see as they do not want to get burnt? But its too late now,you had 40 years and did nothing, now its time for the people to speak.