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The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.
The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.

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Despotism is the new Liberal Democracy


Recently, I tweeted as below. It is not exhaustive, this is Twitter after all but it serves as a useful starting point for a piece I did not think needed to be written, such has been my own "compliance" in the con.

I've written previously about the World Economic Forum agenda, spoken just this week on George Soros and do not share one iota of enthusiasm for our next King's (and his son's) enthusiasm for The Great Reset or Build Back Better.

I abhor the cult of Wokeism and all of its pernicious, insidious pettifogging. Yet it has taken me two years to be awake to what has happened to Democracy. The tyranny that our forefathers fought 2 world wars against has won. Not a shot was fired.

The developed world has sleepwalked into complicit submission with authoritarianism and in some cases, totalitarianism. This is an oil tanker that has no speed regulator, steering wheel or Captain, has unlimited fuel and has only one objective: tyranny.

In the UK, having scared our own population to death with dire warnings of the consequences of ignoring "Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives", we have at best:

  • A hobbling increase in National Debt;
  • Diminished public services, not least GP access and spiralling elective surgery waiting list;
  • Residual population control (with the emergency powers of the Coronavirus Act still live)
  • Creeping censorship (2 Cabinet Ministers calling for a comedian to be cancelled or prosecuted under the ever widening scope of the Online Harms Bill).

All that and we are considered to be getting "back to normal" as we are preparing for "living with COVID-19".

The Freedom Convoy in Canada was a beacon of light for those who believe in real freedom. Theirs is "the wrong kind" of protest.

Justin Trudeau was happy to attend a Black Lives Matter march and willingly "take the knee" amidst the worst of the pandemic but has (illegally) invoked the Emergencies Act to break up the protest in Ottawa, freezing bank accounts and stealing property from not just the protesters but anyone who dared to fund them.

Canadian police have been knocking on the doors of citizens who dared to post support for the truckers to "check their thinking". Pre-crime anyone?

Austria has imposed compulsory vaccination against COVID-19 on its entire population.

Jacinda Ardern, bastion of progressive politics? Not quite. Openly dividing her citizens by vaccination status.

Joe Biden. I'll leave it there.

And it is not just those on the left.

Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison presided over a spectacularly unsuccessful "Zero Covid" strategy and state lockdowns are the new normal.

As for our own Prime Minister, his reputation for libertarianism is in the recycling and the chumocracy that was a regular feature of Camborne hit unprecedented levels of corruption at the beginning of the pandemic with an endless supply of public money seemingly doled out to anyone who thought Matt Hancock was a competent Secretary of State for Health & Social Care.

The United Kingdom is a proud and largely law abiding nation. We stayed at home, apart from those who set the policy. We protected the NHS which repaid us by not treating the chronically ill because they might spread COVID-19 (although hospitals remain the single largest source of transmission). We saved lives. Or did we?

We have stored up a mental health tsunami that will erode productivity for decades to come. Hundreds of thousands will die from untreated cancers, heart disease and other conditions that don't matter because they are not COVID-19.

Today is my line in the sand. From Bill Gates to Klaus Schwab, I will resist globalism. Marxism which could never win at the ballot box must be driven out of our education system from pre-school to universities.

Economic vandalism must be reversed. The state must be shrunk. Police forces must investigate burglaries instead of off colour tweets. Immigration must be used only to fill vacancies in the employment market that our own population are too skilled for. At the moment, no such vacancies exist.

With 3 centre left parties vying for power in the United Kingdom (ignore the names above the door, they are all derivations of the same oligopoly), I will champion what I believe is the only way back from the subsidence into which we edge further.

The case for Social and Fiscal Conservatism is more compelling than ever. I'm not advocating Back to Basics thanks John Major. I have no interest in us re-joining the European Union, Michael Heseltine. Instead, I'm with Julie Burchill, who wrote an excellent piece this week on the 1980s being the last real decade of "freedom".

Margaret Thatcher withstood the Cold War, Trade Union rabidity, roaring inflation and an economy on its knees and restored the economic and social prosperity of the United Kingdom in 11 years.

She would have no truck with the New World Order, preferring to stand alone if necessary and turn her back to the madness sweeping the rest of the world.

I'm proud to be a Thatcherite small c conservative who trusts the people of this country to make better decisions for themselves than the state ever will.

The saying goes that if you want to see into the future, look into the past. On that basis I choose 1979, not an Orwellian 1984. 

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