Tony Blair – a man prepared to lie for his country.

It is been a week now since Tony Blair made his Oscar winning speech at an Open Britain event on the 17th of February, calling on the country to rise up and block Brexit. The speech itself held no surprises for me although I had not realised my contempt for the man had much further to go. My disdain for the man aside I have had a few days to reflect on what is happening here. 

The elite media – the BBC in particular gave Mr Blair an unchallenged platform for the entire day, not a single journalist managed to ask a single question as to why he has the right to undermine democracy in this country. Given the way the BBC and the rest of the elite media operate this was fairly predictable but what is disturbing is that few journalists seem to understand this is why millions of ordinary people like me no longer trust them.

 

Tony Blair referred to patriotism in his speech “How hideously, in this debate, is the mantle of patriotism abused. We do not argue for Britain in Europe because we are citizens of nowhere”. Subsequently I have noticed a worrying shift in the mood music from the elite media. Remain seem to be very keen to introduce the term patriotic as an adjective for what they seek to achieve. Now throughout the campaign I deliberately avoided playing the patriotism card, I felt that if we went down that route very shortly the term traitor would come up. For the sake of brevity I believe in my country and my people and see no need for them to be ruled by a foreign unelected power, I would argue that means I could be described as a patriot. Remain really should have a deep and meaningful about this narrative, giving away sovereignty and our taxes to foreign agents takes a huge leap of mental gymnastics to be described as patriotism. Is the end game to portray Brexiteers as traitors? For real? Good luck with that one.

 

My deeper concern is the steady drumbeat that is starting to portray pensioners as the new hate figures in the gallery of deplorables for the elite media and the Remain campaign. This is nasty stuff and needs to be stamped out before it gains traction. It has all the hallmarks of the poison peddled by Alistair Campbell and Peter Mandelson (Tony Blair’s chums). How this one works is to sow a seed in the minds of the young and so called Liberals that it is bigoted old people that took us out of the EU. Well a couple of points here, these bigoted people resisted both fascism and then communism to keep our country free. As for the young, well about 30% of young people wanted to leave the EU. The difference being these 30% of young people bothered to vote. Last of all, blindingly obvious that it is, we all become pensioners one day, so let’s not go there eh?

 

Returning to Mr Blair’s speech, the unchallenged narrative being pushed is that people are allowed to change their mind and there should be a second vote. This is of course disingenuous. For those of us that decided years ago that the EU was corrupt and anti democratic we were never given a vote on the EU constitution – dressed up as the Lisbon treaty, this despite being promised a referendum by all three main parties. So we sat there, denied our voice because for many of us that hold more left of centre views voting for UKIP was not really an option.

 

Yet finally a mainstream party – the Conservatives, offered us a real choice, a meaningful vote, an in out referendum. So I held my nose, I voted Tory solely as a vehicle to secure the more meaningful vote. Somehow I doubt I was alone in this and it may well explain the Conservative victory in the General election (I guess Labour being pants also helped).

 

Now I introduce this point for a reason, you see Brexit can be overturned, of course it can, but it should be done so democratically. So for all of you demanding a second referendum I would say this, vote for a party that promises to hold a referendum on re-joining the EU in the next general election. Get a mandate for what you seek instead of what you are doing at the moment which is to subvert democracy and my rights as a taxpayer and citizen to have my voice heard for a change.

 

If you are unwilling to do this can you at least stop calling yourself Liberal or Progressive? You see there are other terms that better describe you.

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The cult of no borders and the death of the Green Belt

I was born in London, within the sound of the Bow Bells which makes me a Cockney. When I was young my parents moved to Hertfordshire and the delights of Hemel Hempstead, right in the heart of the Green Belt.
Like most working class kids in the town my parents did not have much money but my childhood was a happy one. One of the real pleasures of growing up in Hemel was the freedom I had and the sense of space all around me. When I got bored with terrorising my neighbours I caught fish, hunted rabbits, climbed trees and generally made a nuisance of myself. During the summer holidays I would love to set off with friends on epic bike rides exploring the countryside.

It is of course easy to look back on all of this and be overly sentimental, yet when you experience nature like this you are also aware of the harshness of the natural environment, I understood it was better to kill an injured animal than leave it suffer, so I learned to dispatch wildlife quickly and cleanly, taking no pleasure in this but feeling no remorse either. 

I now live in London but my love of nature has never left me and at weekends if we get time my wife and I head off into the countryside to go exploring. I am not a religious person but I find that something deeply spiritual in me is awakened when I am close to nature once more. There is just something about being in an ancient forest that connects me to something grander and more meaningful than my comfortable life in London.

I believe one of the reasons for the growing disconnect between the people that live in cities and the people that live in the country is their lack of contact with nature. Nature is many things, tough and beautiful are two attributes but you can be certain of one thing, nature is no liberal, nature has no time for frivolity. I think that without exposure to nature our thinking becomes more and more at odds with reality. We lose our grounding and our ability to understand our true character.

So given the importance of nature to our general well being I was quite disturbed to hear the BBC running various pieces this weekend over the need to build on the Green Belt. Where the BBC is concerned I have a deep suspicion when they start a new narrative without any obvious connection to a current news story. The fact that most of the speakers arguing for the need to build on Green Belt land were barely challenged tells me that the BBC et al are in the process of preparing us for some done deal to concrete over the last remaining parts of countryside in the South East of England.

Not once did I hear any speak out that this perceived need to do this is a direct consequence of social policy. Mass immigration being the obvious one, adding three million people to the population of a small island in the space of a decade would bring obvious pressures. Less well considered is the neo Liberal social policies that attack the family as the basic building block of society, reducing us to individuals. A society made up of individuals requires more housing, an already overcrowded island adding millions of people adds even further pressure on our countryside.

So where are the people who should be resisting this? Our Green Party? Nope don’t look for any common sense from that quarter; they have all bought into the same insane no borders dogma of the Globalists. The book Soylent Green was intended as a warning, not a manifesto commitment from the Green Party.

On a daily basis I see the pressure nature is under, urban foxes are a common visitor from nature in my neighbourhood (especially on recycling day). I spend a lot of time in Spain, you never see a fox – even in the countryside, this tells me that foxes don’t want to live with us but in Britain they have no choice, we have concreted over so much of the environment they have nowhere else to go.

All of us that care about nature must make a stand now, we must protect our Green Belt, we must protect nature. We must all say loud and clear that enough is enough, our population needs to shrink not increase and we will not build on a single inch of our Green Belt. So stop believing this fake narrative from the BBC and the rest of the elite media, our sanity as human beings depends on it.