Fairly quickly we must redesign the Union Jack. I can see no method of stopping Scotland from leaving the Union, so there goes St Andrew’s Cross.
Not less than that may give us an opportunity to proper a historic incorrect and embody some image of Wales on the nationwide flag, offered they do not declare independence too.
Do you know that the Royal Arms of England used to characteristic a lion for England and a dragon for Wales? The dragon was dropped, in favour of a unicorn, when the English and Scottish crowns had been united in 1603.
Fairly quickly we must redesign the Union Jack. I can see no method of stopping Scotland from leaving the Union, so there goes St Andrew’s Cross
I discover this a helpful method to consider it. Now we have in recent times seen main nations, together with Yugoslavia, Germany and the USSR, change form totally. Maybe we must always get used to the concept we’re about to endure the identical factor.
When the Blair Authorities started its revolution in 1997, I believed there is perhaps some probability of saving the UK. However when the Tory Occasion adopted Blairism underneath David Cameron, the final hopes of that pale. Not that they had been very sturdy by then. I do not see how anyone can cease it now.
Nationalism makes many individuals in Scotland be ok with themselves, and anybody who helps British independence from Brussels cannot actually argue towards it. I believe that, towards all logic, if I had been Scottish, I might favour it for the sheer exhilaration of it.
And I now suppose that our solely hope of reunifying Scotland and England is to say: ‘We might be sorry to see you go, and proceed to treat you as associates and allies, nearer to us in all methods than anybody else on Earth. However in the event you should go, it’s best to know that you’ll at all times be welcome again in the event you change your minds. We’ll depart a lightweight burning.’
Nationalism makes many individuals in Scotland be ok with themselves, and anybody who helps British independence from Brussels cannot actually argue towards it
The very last thing we must always do is behave as Spain has in the direction of Catalonia. Heavy-handed rigidity will solely make the divorce worse when it comes. It actually goes to be very onerous to stop one other vote, and we should not attempt.
Makes an attempt to argue about funds, or defence, or foreign money simply will not work. Youthful individuals in Scotland are used to the concept. Many do not share the English view of the EU – not shocking, as Scotland’s regulation and politics are a lot nearer to the continental mannequin than ours. Why cowl ourselves in bruises in a useless effort to maintain maintain of people that – for now at the very least – favor to go away? Much better to remain on the very best phrases with them as soon as they go.
Allow us to, for some time, suppose fairly tougher about whether or not we will save England, our lovely, free affluent nation, its distinctive liberty, its restricted authorities, its literature, music, structure and panorama, its inventiveness and its braveness, the issues that made us nice within the first place and which – if we take the difficulty to protect them – may hold us in being sooner or later when others fail.
Accused of killing a person I’ve by no means met
On Monday I as soon as once more had followers mysteriously cancelled on my Twitter account.
On Tuesday I used to be censored. On Wednesday I used to be denounced in The Guardian.
On Thursday I used to be accused of serving to to kill a person I had by no means even met (I am going to come again to this). And on Friday I used to be attacked and abused within the Left-wing New Statesman.
I used to be additionally denounced on a web site related to the vice-chairman of the Conservative Occasion, so successfully an arm of presidency. Paradoxically, the web site – which claimed my phrases endangered public well being – is partly run by a person who spends a lot of his time defending cigarette firms.
That is regular life now for any dissenter from the official view of the lockdown – abuse, accusations and smears.
On Monday I as soon as once more had followers mysteriously cancelled on my Twitter account [File photo]
The censorship was a mysterious minimize within the recorded model of a weekly dialog I’ve every Monday on Discuss Radio with presenter Mike Graham. Mr Graham had nothing to do with it. However Discuss Radio just lately bumped into hassle with the pro-lockdown web monster YouTube, which supplies a platform for its recorded materials.
My guess is that somebody at Discuss Radio, nervous that YouTube may assault once more, minimize out some impolite phrases I stated about authorities propaganda (the entire episode is described on the Peter Hitchens weblog). That is what censorship does. It makes individuals minimize their very own stuff, so the censors do not should.
However the worst was the suggestion that I ought to be counted as accountable for a poor man who had died, in Shrewsbury, after testing constructive for Covid-19. The declare was that he had appreciated a few of my tweets, and because of this, had ignored precautions towards the virus and so died.
I am going to depart it to you to evaluate the energy of that. Livid screeching web warriors, who remind me strongly of the Purple Guards who denounced and attacked Mao’s enemies in Nineteen Sixties China, demanded I ought to confess my guilt and specific public disgrace. Usually, this type of factor can be simply dismissed. However within the present environment, I’m not so certain.
With every single day that passes, this nation grows darker and narrower, and extra just like the locations I used to go to in my overseas correspondent days, safe within the information I may fly dwelling to freedom, regulation and calm. Imagine me. I’ve seen numerous tyrannies and we’re turning, little by little, into such a spot.
Little one spooks? Now that basically is sinister
I ought to have nervous extra concerning the TV sequence Spooks, which glamorised MI5 as a heroic defender of the nation towards terrorism.
Now we have now obtained far too complacent about this fairly creepy organisation, with its monumental funds and its more and more political remit. I’m wondering when it’s going to lastly get the facility of arrest, which is able to make it really harmful?
Now we have additionally allowed the police to go down the identical path. Infiltrating undercover brokers into organisations that are primarily political, in addition to into precise felony gangs. Personally, I do not suppose that is particularly efficient at stopping crime, or proper. Now, having created this monster, the Authorities is attempting to manage it.
And what a large number they’re in. The Covert Human Intelligence Sources Invoice truly licenses authorities informers to commit crimes to assist them keep undercover – a direct blow on the rule of regulation.
If that isn’t dangerous sufficient, it permits youngsters for use as undercover spies by greater than 20 state companies. Kids aged 16 and 17 may even be recruited to spy on their very own mother and father. The one safeguard is that such little one spies ought to solely be utilized in ‘distinctive circumstances’, which has all of the power of a moist paper bag.
A lot reward is as a result of few MPs who’re preventing this nasty growth, and to the a lot bigger contingent within the Lords who’ve repeatedly tried to torpedo it. Should you create such powers, they are going to be used, and in ways in which no one thinks of now.
Probably the most hateful factor I ever noticed in my years in Moscow was a statue to Pavlik Morozov, a (in all probability legendary) little one who had denounced his personal mother and father to the authorities, after which been murdered by his grandfather. Hundreds of thousands of kids within the Evil Empire had been introduced as much as revere and admire this little toad.
When Communism fell, the Morozov idol disappeared from the park the place it had stood and has not been seen since. On the charge we’re going, maybe it’s going to find yourself on the empty plinth in Trafalgar Sq..
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