Archive for the ‘Great Britain’ category

Reversing the failure of the BNP

September 9, 2012

With the BNP now stagnating (if not imploding) it’s time to reconsider whether European-style populist politics are the way forward.

In demographic terms, the basic approach of the BNP has been to go after the working class white rump – those disgruntled whites who are feed up with the current establishment, but lack the means or opportunity to join those skilled or wealthy British whites who are fleeing overseas.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of limitations in focusing on the rump. Firstly it lacks money, secondly it lacks skills, and unlike the constituency of the centre left, it continues to shrink in the face of ongoing third world immigration engineered by the centre left.

If the BNP is going to attract more funding and talent, then it needs to become more appealing to more enterprising and wealthy voters and supporters, and to do this it needs to think outside the conventional nationalist box.

One of the contributing factors in Britain’s current predicament has been its decision to turn its back on the British Commonwealth and seek closer economic and political ties with Europe. But in doing so it’s created a lot of division between Britain and the white British Commonwealth.

Today, white Commonwealth (and other) citizens of British ancestry are shut out of Britain, while millions of non-white immigrants take their place. At the same time, white citizens in colonial countries are feeling increasingly apprehensive about becoming a minority in places which have been majority white for the last two centuries

If whites are indeed becoming a diaspora minority in the British Commonwealth, then, like the Jews and Chinese, they will need an indigenous homeland they turn to if things get too hostile on the periphery.

By easing work and residency requirements for persons of native British ancestry, the BNP could attract funding and support from outside Britain, particularly from whites in South Africa and resource rich Canada and Australia – the two nations which are increasingly becoming the economic engine room of the UK Commonwealth.

In addition to changing its immigration approach from a defensive stance to an offensive one, the BNP will also have to change its economic (and education) policies to appeal to more middle class voters – particularly those who are currently wasting their votes on the one trick pony UKIP. A good starting point would be look closely at the policies of other maverick nations like Israel and Switzerland.

In population terms, this “Israelification” of immigration policy could make Britain even more overcrowded, particularly in the short term, but given the desperate position in which Britain’s finds itself drastic political chemotherapy is essential.

Bleeding Britannia

February 6, 2012

 Recently Brazil overtook Britain to become the world’s sixth richest economy. Brazil’s increasing wealth is mainly down to a combination of rising resource prices and relatively good economic management. And Brazil isn’t the only developing country experiencing high economic growth, even African nations are experiencing significant economic growth on the back of cheap communications, rising resource prices and Asian investment.

Meanwhile once wealthy Britain faces low growth, rising unemployment, and a worsening balance of payments position.

Which raises the question, should it’s government still be sending billions of pounds in aid money to relatively resource-rich developing countries?

Once a upon a time Britain did have significant resources of its own – including good arable land, regular rainfall, abundant fisheries and sizeable amounts of oil and gas. But thanks to centuries of population growth, immigration and consumption of fossil fuels, this crowded little isle can no longer be regarded as resource rich country. And along with a declining resource base, comes increasing vulnerability to unfavorable economic changes in other parts of the world. For example, futher problems with Iran, could cut off essential gas imports from the Middle East, while a resurgence of nationalism in South America could be a disaster for British mining interests.

Given the UK’s vulnerable situation, it would seem unwise to contribute to any form of overseas aid beyond emergency help for natural disasters.

At present, David Cameron still seems to have neo-con delusions about spreading British influence through foreign aid, but how long is such generosity likely to last in a lousy economic climate?

In tough times charity begins at home.

The Education industrial complex compounds recession

January 16, 2012

Graduate underemployment in the UK is reaching new heights, and the government’s handling of the situation is getting increasingly farcical.

In this Telegraph story for example, a geology graduate is complaining of having to work for free, for a US-owned pound store to get a weekly dole payment, instead of working in a voluntary job in a local museum.

I’ve nothing against people having to work for the dole, but if a skilled, high-IQ graduate is doing an unskilled job for a foreign company and not paying any income tax, how on earth does that benefit British society?

Of course, the really important thing to take away from this story isn’t that some graduates are being put in silly situations, which is par for the course when dealing with welfare services, but the massive gulf between the number of graduates and the number of graduate positions.

Prior to the late 1980s, graduate underemployment wasn’t really a big issue. Sure we had serious under-employment and unemployment, but most of it was concentrated among people with low skills or those living in acutely depressed areas. Graduate unemployment didn’t get out of hand because you needed relatively high marks to go to university, universities didn’t put on the hard sell to attracts students, and they regulated access to vocationally-orientated courses like teaching to make sure most graduates found placements after graduating.

However, in the early 1990s, universities were commercialised and encouraged to compete with one another to attract as many fee-paying graduates as possible (and the bastard child of Milton Friedman and Anthony Giddens was born!) At the same time, universities and politicians started pouring out simplistic propaganda about the financial benefits of university education. This resulted in a huge surge in enrolments, particularly for liberal arts degrees, but also for fashionable fields like web design, and to a lesser extent for science degrees. As enrolments grew, so did the universities, and sizeable amounts of coin were also pumped into non-teaching related costs like student dorms, college landscaping and advertising.

What makes today’s graduate underemployment worse, is it represents a huge waste of public investment in education and training. If large numbers of students end up working in fields that don’t require degrees, then what benefit is the country receiving from investing in their education? Not only that, but many students have large student loan debts (often to foreign bankers) which means they’re less likely to start families and are more likely to take off overseas in search of higher wages.

It’s time we stopped pretending the national interest is the sum total of millions of “autonomous” young consumers “finding themselves” and is, just that, the national interest.

Bringing home the wild frontier

December 28, 2011

In the 19th Century adventurous young British males  had to travel on long arduous voyages to far off lands like Afghanistan and South Africa to find fortune and excitement:

 

But thanks to enlightened liberal immigration policies the adventure and excitement of the wild frontier has now come to them! (well Oxford High Street to be precise) :

Who says diversity isn’t enriching!

A word of warning though, as in the 19th Century, when bright crimson jackets were a prominent target for enemy spears and arrows, wearing a pair of these could prove hazardous:

British Freedom Party on Islam

December 27, 2011

The British Freedom Party has drawn a lot of criticism in alternative right circles for being a watered down version of the BNP, but I like the party’s philosophy on the question of Islam.

It’s easy to get bogged down in protracted arguments about whether Islam is or isn’t a dangerous, anti-Western ideology, but as BFP leader Paul Weston points out, the main issue is really a demographic one.

Islam per se may or may not be big a threat to the West, but there is no arguing that Islam has a significant percentage of extreme, militant followers. A small Muslim population isn’t really a big threat since a small minority can’t impose its will on the majority. However the bigger the Muslim population becomes, the more trouble there will be with its more extreme followers, and the more pressure on non-Muslims to adopt Muslim culture.

Therefore, in Britain’s case the best policy for dealing with Islamic extremism is simply to limit the number of Muslim immigrants into Britain.

Pricey prayers

November 11, 2011

Want to see the inside of Westminster Abbey?

Well expect to shell out 16 pounds. That’s the current entrance fee for Britain’s most famous Anglican church.

With prices like that, it’s no wonder people are turning away from religion in the UK.

Imagine if the same logic was followed in the Muslim world, with big fees for impoverished Arabs to visit the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Unfortunately for Anglicans, Islamic leaders aren’t that stupid.