In defence of being right, but dubbed as being Right.

Left, Right, misogynist, feminist….seeing beyond the blur

Now it’s been established beyond any doubt save James Murdoch being blind that he knew about Newscorp hacking, why is he not in a police station being charged?
By the same token, it’s equally obvious that Dave vetoed thin air last Thursday on behalf of his mates in the City, so how did he get away with it so easily in the Commons yesterday?
Surely those observations make me a card-carrying liberal? No, they don’t.
Tonight on ITV news I watched an account of surveillance evidence in the Steven Lawrence case. It was about the clearest case of ‘inadmissable evidence calling for a false conclusion on behalf of the jury’ I think we are ever likely to see. Yet the entire media set has reported this development without any reference to the point of law whatsoever.
Since Dave’s involuntary attack of principles last week, half the population of a corrupt and obviously overmanned bureaucracy in Brussels has been briefing for Belgium about why Britain is doomed. Much as I think Cameron a prat, I find myself deeply suspicious of any organisation which, every time it’s offered a chance to ask the citizens what they want, scuttles off in the other direction….and then smears anyone who opposes their commercial insanity. It’s all a bit too Mandelson for me.
Surely those observations makes me a UKIP Little Englander neo-Nazi? No, they don’t.

I have little doubt that I’d disagree on a thousand issues with regular readers of this blog, but on the really big stuff about equality before the law and putting community before money, we’d be on the same barricade in the end. For me is there is no difference at all between the bad science of feminism, and the denialism of neocon economics. My sole guiding light is that we are a flawed species, and all I want to do is keep the mad folks away from any and all levers of power. I follow that increasingly faint light in the certain knowledge that they will always pull the wrong one. And then keep on pulling it, regardless of the result. (This would apply whether they be Nigel Thurlbeck or Tim Geithner, Harriet Harman or Ollie Rehn, Lloyd Blankfein or Wayne Rooney)

I find myself confused. I have an increasingly successful blog, and yet feel more and more isolated from the mainstream of socio-economic and political debate. Regardless of the way they vote, I don’t like undeserved privilege, and I really don’t give a monkey’s plonker whether that is Islamic or City privilege. Is that so unusual? It seems to be.

This something to which all genuine liberal democrats should give some thought.

117 thoughts on “In defence of being right, but dubbed as being Right.

  1. Calm yourself big guy, we may not be perfect but we are with you, more or less and with a few exceptions. So, seems to me you have no choice but to keep on keeping on.

    Here’s to it.

    • Ditto, Jwoo…
      Hey JW, chill and try to relax… we live in a Gibsonian Mad Max world.
      Buty hey have a rest, get some r&r, but then get back in that saddle.
      You are one of a very few info sources that is reliable and trustworthy..
      Keep on sloggin’!

  2. ‘I find myself confused. I have an increasingly successful blog, and yet feel more and more isolated from the mainstream of socio-economic and political debate. ‘

    Yup! Me, too, but that’s why I read your blog! The mainstream is so compromised, it’s barmy, makes no sense and leaves one knowing less than one started with. I’ve concluded that sensible discussion, debate and information transfer now only occurs in the margins!

    • I’ve concluded that sensible discussion, debate and information transfer now only occurs in the margins!

      …perhaps the next question is why?

      • Good, I’m glad you said that, because that was exactly what I’d been pondering. Why? Not that I’ve got any complete answers, just pointers and doubts, but I certainly think we are being more than failed, we are actually being both suppressed and manipulated, according to definite and identifiable strategies. Not that this is new, but I do think it has reached a critical point.

      • @Sal
        we are actually being both suppressed and manipulated, according to definite and identifiable strategies

        there is again the Why question but this time there is also by whom (as in, is it those that actually appear to be doing the manipulating)

  3. Many of us feel the same way and believe that democracy itself is dead. Personally I am sick of all politicians of all flavours and I would see them removed. What would replace it I do not know; it may not be important.

  4. You have an increasingly successful blog because you ARE isolated from the mainstream etc There’s nothing contradictory in that. The mainstream is the problem not the solution. The only question is what it will take for the growing number of refusniks to take to the street. As Macaulay put it;
    Then out spake brave Horatius,
    The Captain of the Gate:
    “To every man upon this earth
    Death cometh soon or late.
    And how can man die better
    Than facing fearful odds,
    For the ashes of his fathers,
    And the temples of his gods?”
    So where’s Horatius, and who is he?

  5. Or Shelley
    Rise like lions after slumber
    In unvanquishable number!
    Shake your chains to earth, like dew
    Which in sleep had fall’n on you:
    Ye are many – they are few.”

  6. Chin up old bean. Maybe all we can do is stop these bastards polluting our souls with their rubbish. That is an achievement in itself.

  7. Thank the lord that you are isolated from the mainstream. The mainstream represents the shower of self-obsessed shit that has infested all forms of our lives. Whilst everyone else is kneeling at the altar of newscorp and praising the sharp suited sheisters (maybe shark eyed bastards would’ve been a better description) that have punched the world to it’s knees; you have, throughout it all, remained the voice of informed reason. Keep up the good work

  8. Unfortunately, when confusion reigns (as it most certainly does now) people tend to revert to gut instinct and prejudice. What else can they call on? Religion perhaps, but that seems less and less popular, in the UK at least. Perhaps confusion and powerlessness will lead to change – for the better one hopes?!

    • “We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be
      We shall never surrender..”

      Let us not forget that those words were spoken by a a man who actually did put his life on the line for what he believed in, before entering politics, as distinct from any of the super hero ar..e.oles currently throwing their weight arround.

  9. John, you’ve just made me reconsider the meaning of term “liberal democrat”. All this time I thought it was a term that had been hijacked by a pack of moronic, self-serving, psuedo-socialists. As a real world term I’d never really thought about it in a positive light.

    Thankyou, I appreciate you making me think about it.

  10. Re C4 News and Stephen Lawrence.In the original trial,the judge may have disallowed the police’s tapes,which the 2003 Justice Act does permit,hence the defense has a problem,’I am sickened by my views in 1993 but I was at home with my Mum that night’….The jury will decide

  11. John please dont lose heart.

    Your blog is a 100 times more readable than most MSM tripe that disguises itself as aserious journalism!!!

    I hope you didn’t mind the ! I will send you some for Christmas.

  12. It’s already been said above but I want to add my voice. The beauty of the slog is that it is not mainstream. I don’t have to agree with every word (although I agree with most), I know when I get the email that there is a new post, that I am about to read something bollocks free. And it is a genuine pleasure to know that.
    The internet has changed the world. We see it from Tunisia to Moscow and everywhere in between. I know we are not about to have the English spring, but I do also know that places like this, where people can exchange views, and have access to ideas and people we would never otherwise meet, are making a difference to our society.
    There is now has a viable alternative for people who refuse to listen to the same worthless, biased crap that gets turned out by politicians and the press. The slog is a wonderful example of that.
    Keep up the good work John,

  13. Don’t let the bastards grind you down. An old saying but, very true.
    In truth there is nothing we can do apart from write comments on blogs, these self serving scumbags know that, they don’t give a hoot about us as long as we contribute with our taxes. Relax, enjoy, it’s all over too quickly, as a good friend of mine used to say, “F*ck em, if they can’t take a joke”
    Do everything in life that makes you happy, there’s no point in not!

  14. “…and all I want to do is keep the mad folks away from any and all levers of power.”

    A noble sentiment, and a task that surely qualifies for the accolade “Mission Impossible”. And how does that old epithet go again; “I’m sure the whole world’s crazy, except for me and thee. And sometimes, I’m not too sure about thee!”

    Unfortunately that’s the way it is in this world – an almost non-stop assignment of “kicking against the pricks.” The world is full of ‘em, in every walk of life, everywhere you go – with an especial concentration in politics – and, to the relief of Batty Hatty Harman, the use of the word prick here has nothing to do with gender. She is one, even if she hasn’t got one.

    But there is an antidote to the ‘black dogs’ that these constant encounters can engender, and, as so often, it comes from Winston, who himself was frequently afflicted with them. From memory, it went something like, “Never, never, never, never, ever give up!”

  15. Hello John,
    I read your latest article with a smile. You have realised that it really is “everyone is out of step”. That realisation is a milestone on that road to enlightenment (and I’m not bullsh*tting here). Soon, if not already, it won’t matter that everyone else seems to be wrong…you’ll derive great pleasure from KNOWING that they are wrong.
    You say….”””I find myself confused. I have an increasingly successful blog, and yet feel more and more isolated from the mainstream of socio-economic and political debate. “”””
    Your blog is increasingly successful because,when people find it, they recognise in your postings the genuine concern and level of decency that they themselves may have, but think it’s no longer fashionable. That’s why your blog is in the ascendant. It’s needed!

    As for me, I may not agree with everything you say….but like others here, I’d look forward to joining you at the barricades.
    Kennyboy

    • John, apart from my interest in a lot of what goes on in the world of conspiracies, your blog is the only blog that I read and occasionally have something to add to.
      For all our sakes, “dont let the b***ards grind you down”.

  16. I don’t think anyone ever expects to be in the dark and the desert, holding up the torch of free thinking and debate. All those who find themselves there are surprised.

  17. JW – you have many more genuine/authentic connections with readers than with most MSM writers/broadcasters, so have no worries about being isolated.

    Carving out a new Jerusalem takes patience and hard work!

    Keep at it.

    One suggestion I have, is to make this more of a Forum format. Why? Because then we can see things related to particular topics (threads) more easily – and we can see how ideas evolve.

    As it is, I find it quite difficult to follow, even with links back.

    I appreciate I am the only person who thinks this – now that is more like being isolated!

      • Thanks kfc and sal. :-)

        Well, I would see JW as the only ‘guardian of threads’ – ie only he could start a new thread, so he owns the taxonomy.

        What I have come to appreciate is that there is a huge amount of valuable experience/ideas/viewpoints which would be best served in a forum format. Nothing fancy though!

        It would enable people to more easily coalesce around key topic areas, and ultimately provide a vehicle for a call to action at some future point.

    • great idea

      This plug-in says it will add a forum into a WordPress blog http://simple-press.com/

      Beyond that I’m afraid I’m Sergeant Schultz’d – where does one put these plug-ins, it says in the wordpress/plugins directory – I guess that’s server side, but how does one install stuff on the WordPress server ?

      If someone can give me a push start on plug-ins I’m happy try it on my blog – providing I don’t have do any scripting,or mashable upping – I’m too old to learn all that crap – what was wrong with assembler anyway.

      RP

      • I always thought this sort of “plug ins” folder ought to be within the “tree” that is that application in your programme files. It is at anyrate in a similar case for plug ins for Adobe Photoshop

        try doing a folder search for part title~ plugin

      • There are far better dedicated pieces of open source forum templates out there. I would happily help set up anything JW wanted help with and contribute financially.

        In terms of it losing focus from JW’s posts a very clean home page with a dedicated news feed is available. I thought about a forum a while ago and did some thinking on layout and structure. I was coming at it from an open source government policy angle, where as a community policies could be debated and written as a community based on empirical data and the aim of using common sense to benefit the most people of Britain. If anyone is interested let me know and we can develop the idea further.

      • @Richard G – I’m an old programmer. I have lots of plugin directories (folders), for GIMP, MS Visual Studio, Irfan, Firefox, Chrome etc etc – but not for WordPress, because I haven’t installed WordPress. I think WordPress is server sofware. Plugins are little bits of software that need a bigger bit of software to plug into. eg to use the Sharpener 3.0 plugin you must have installed Photoshop.

        @Mo – I agree, don’t change a winning formulae. My suggestion would not change the blog as it currently exists, it would add an item in the right hand column, perhaps next to the Traffic button saying Forum

        Behind Forum there would be a JW controlled list of topics in which Sloggers could have an ongoing conversation on that specific issue, so when something happens like Mulcaire’s arrest was last week those interested can make comment, post links whatever in the Hackgate topic – rather than off topic comments on the blog proper.

        The main blog would remain as it is – the forum would be an adjunct not a replacement.

    • Oh,NO, not a forum, all you get are enemy trolls who disagree in a nasty way, or plant suggestions in order to move the discussions away from the original subject to one in their favour.
      Why change something successful? Keep slogging John, the resistance needs you, change is coming, on the surface everything seems as usual, but underneath…………

  18. My Mum thinks I’m strange because I walk out of the room when the BBC news comes on. ‘I thought you were interested in the news,’ she says.
    ‘I am.’ I reply. ‘That’s why I can’t watch the News’.

  19. John, so I take it that you want some Belgian Mannekinpis low grade bank clerk type to scrutinize the UK budget before it is presented to parliament?

    And that Brussels can insist that we change the uncooperative Cameron with their specially trained organ grinder’s monkey Clegg instead?

    I am sorry, but stuff them, Van Rompey and that fat arsed Burroso can go to hell. I am with my Prime Minister on this one.

    The guys in Brussels are talking about the European project, one currency, one European passport, bits of the UK clumped together with bits of France to form an administrative region, etc. Stuff them!

      • Yep, just because something is put on the table, does not mean it can’t be taken off the table or moved elsewhere on the table, like maybe, the 85 percent supermajority vote for ESM bailout will be delayed until 2018 – happy Finland, no, of course you have an election in 2018, how about 2019, yes, good, Next question …

  20. Always remember-
    this is perhaps the most fantastic time in history for the workin’man to be alive and adult.
    In these contemporary times, when we have had more than 50 years of wealth, comfort, health and personal safety in the western world, and a standard of living unimaginable to our great grandparents, the masses of us have been luckier than any generation.
    The price we are honoured to pay, is that the evil and greedy overstepped the line in our times, and it falls on us to defeat them. To do that, all we have to do is make a stand for ethics, morality and the common law.
    It might mean that we have to take risks, but isn’t that why we are all alive, to react to an uncertain future and a changing world, and make it better for our descendants.
    Would any of us rather have not been here?

    • @FTW
      ‘To do all that, all we have to do is make a stand for ethics, morality,
      and the common law.’
      The only problem is that none of the political parties listen to the electorate and I don’t know how we get around that.
      It seems that all we can do is vent our frustrations on this blog.

    • FTW

      “and make it better for our descendants.”

      A difficult job seeing as we (collectively) have engineered a situation that is diametrically opposed to that. We have done a ‘Brown’ on our descendants that worse than the one he inflicted on the UK in his period of office. What part of “Sorry, there is no money left” don’t you understand.

      There is no way that my children – early fifties – can aspire to my lifestyle (comfortable, but not excessive), and my grandchildren are completely stuffed. It doesn’t matter much who looted the treasury; bankers or wankers (AKA known as politicians), the room is empty and any means of refilling it have been destroyed.

      It is far worse than any of Stalin’s ‘Grand Plans’. In Biblical terms we are about to experience the Egyptian famine with no Joseph.

      M.

      • Mountainman
        I have it on very good authority from a Jewish friend that what Burke actually said was ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for Goodman to do nothing’. Isiah Goodman was the world’s only lazy Jew, and it’s all his fault.
        The real Jewish jokes are always the best….as told by Jews.

  21. John – forget the words as they mean what people want them to mean these days. You are the guy in the pub who talks sense and can back it up with facts. Being in a minority of one doesn’t mean that you are wrong. Indeed the 99% (to coin a phrase) have very little idea about what really is the problem. Keep it up.

  22. Personally I would be very disappointed if I agreed with everything in your blog! Blogs which simply parrot and reinforce a ‘me too’ meme are a waste of reading time and dangerous.
    That leads into exactly the MSM trap of living in what is essentially now a fantasy world, in their case of simplistic politics with made up explanations leavened by X factor. I find my world now has very little in common with the MSM’s.
    I find things here which are broadly and usually sympathetic to my feelings but also things that broaden my thinking – which is why I’m here.

    • +10 from down under, I learn so much from your blog, it assists me in looking at our small country with a braoder vision. I couldn’t agree with you more in regard to blogs that perscribe to ill informed criticism vitriloic nonsense tjey are incredibly dangerous

  23. Hi John,
    Most of us know how you feel; the solutions to the problems facing us seem so clear; so why can´t the majority of the population see it? The answer is we have had it too good for too long, and people follow the old saying “if it ain´t broke don´t fix it” But now it is broke. Nothing changes whilst the going is good, it´s hard times that produce change and the success of your blog indicates that people are starting to want that. Now I gather you are not always impressed by Americans but here are few words of inspiration from across the pond.
    Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
    Calvin Coolidge

  24. Your site is needed, John. You give out a lot of information that we would otherwise not get. I learn a lot from it and feel completely at home here. Thank you!

  25. With regard to the trial in respect of the Lawrence murder, it will take a really independent jury to withstand the media and PC presure to find the accused innocent. How there can be a fair trial after the media circus defeats me. The rule against double jeopardy should not have been abolished-the State has infinitely more resources than any individual has, and once intent on getting a guilty verdict will eventually do so. However the public was swayed by the injustice of “obviously guilty” defendants being found innocent-no doubt they would have a different view if they themselves were on trial.
    Too often decisions are made on the basis of emotion and sentiment rather than rationality-and its getting worse.

      • Hmm. Ever done jury service? Those random members of the public have a disturbing tendency to make up their own minds. That’s why Lee Kwan Yew removed the right to trial by jury in Singapore. These rather loathsome individuals are getting a perfectly fair shake.

      • Dunno where this will end up-but in response to Seb Weet-being loathsome is not a crime (well, actually with the curtailment of free speech, saying anything not PC is loathsome and therefore a crime!). If it was, many people would be before the courts (particularly our leaders)-the question is not whether the accused are loathsome, but did they murder Stephen Lawrence? Almost certainly they were in the environs-but proving these two did it should require more than them being loathsome (rather a proven point in my view-but others may not agree).

      • @Mick C – that is exactly my point. They clearly are loathsome but as you say that isn’t a crime, and nor should it be. I’ve done jury service twice and sat on a number of cases each time, and I was struck on every occasion how common-sensical and fair minded my fellow jurors were… the one or pricks were heavily outweighed by the sensible. If the jurors think they are loathsome but not guilty, they’ll let them off. If they think they are loathsome and guilty, expect an extremely fast verdict.

        My other abiding recollection from jury service is being stunned at how astonishingly, unutterably, mind-bendingly thick the coppers were – they were to a man and women denser than lead. The criminals were marginally even less intelligent. I suspect if you’re a smart criminal you never get caught.

    • A man who has been a serial rapist – No, this is inadmissable evidence. A past murder or two – again inadmissable. Past driving offences – inadmissable. 
      What sort of judge is in charge!

      • @Nhoj asks “What sort of judge is in charge ?”

        I’ve not been following the case closely, but I’d imagine its a standard issue common law criminal judge. If you want inquisitorial judges you’ll have to relocate to the eastern mainland.

        And I agree with MickC, abolishing the rule against double jeopardy was a travesty of justice – but the MSM rules, OK – RP says, NO it is not f***ing OK.

      • It’s not I think about the judge but more if I’ve got it right for a trial (the legal process as it stands at present) to only be judged on the quality of evidence (facts?) directly related (presented before the jury?) to the alledged act (or omission) at this moment not what has happened before

    • MickC
      Much as I loathe the defendants on sight, one must put feelings aside: without equality before the law, there is only the jungle.
      This is inadmissable evidence, and ignoring that makes us no better than the Stalinist era in the USSR.

      • Well said JW. This is just another POLITICAL SHOW TRIAL.
        There was some very disturbing things said on the film but that is all they are WORDS.
        None of it is admissible as evidence but seems to being used as such to ensure a conviction.
        Everyone knows who Steven Lawrence is but how many know who Kriss Donald is ?

        I’ve been amiss and not perused your blog as much as I used to but glad to see your still on the ball.
        Keep gewin wi yed down as we say Oop North.

        Best wishes for the Christmas and the New Year.
        SK.

  26. Hi John,
    Thanks for an excellent & stimulating blog. We might not always be 100% in accord, but it’s as near as dammit.
    Your point “…more and more isolated from the mainstream of socio-economic and political debate…”
    Remember, all positions are relative. The vast majority of we plebians are more and more isolated from the mainstream of socio-economic and political debate.
    Not because we have undergone some seismic shift, but the “elite” have distanced themselves from us and reality.
    If we wish to enter “mainstream political debate” we would have to do likewise. and although there are probably those who would disagree with me, but I do not consider myself to be a candidate for the funny farm yet.

  27. IF you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
    But make allowance for their doubting too;
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:
    If you can dream – and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breathe a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    ‘ Or walk with Kings – nor lose the common touch,
    if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
    And – which is more – you’ll be a Man, my son!

  28. Sal:

    ” but I certainly think we are being more than failed, we are actually being both suppressed and manipulated, according to definite and identifiable strategies. Not that this is new, but I do think it has reached a critical point.”

    I think it has reached a critical point not because we are being “suppressed and manipulated” more than before, and you’re correct when you say that this is not new. But what is new is the ability, via the internet, of ordinary people who don’t like the stench of what they’re being told in the MSM to find sources of actual information about events or people in positions of power. I’m sure TPTB are becoming all too aware of the exponential spread of real information via the internet, and it’s their possible reaction to this new situation that genuinely worries me.

    • I think the net has got us up to the point that we “now realise we are being manipulated”.

      Some small groups are physically coming together to demonstrate. Only when the avarage joe is talking about non mainstream issues will something actually shift in society. I think it will happen, but when i cant say.

  29. “Fact times importance equals news”. Just a few years ago The Day Today and Brass Eye could be recognised as piss takes. Now they would be mistaken as real news programmes. Integrity and responsiblity have left the building. It is real anchors like you that keep some of the population sane, John.

  30. John
    Please keep up the good work, it far exceeds the standards of many MSM sites and your posts have helped to give me a good insight and education in both what has passed and the serious problems that we may encounter very soon

  31. John, One of my (very few ) modern heros is Vaclav Havel, I can understand much of his reasoning and philosophies; in relation to the isolation you feel from the mainstream, it is vital not to give in as his example showed to the world, sanity won’t happen tomorrow, or the day after, but it will return, rest assured………

  32. John,
    Maybe you feel isolated from the mainstream because you are running on a parallel mainstream but not one full of the bullshit that most of the rest seem to be spluttering out on a regular basis. I found your blog after a post you made on David Malones blog -golemxiv.co.uk – and I have read nearly every day since. Like David you look and think outside the box and I’m getting the feeling here that like most people here including me you are thinking ‘what kind of kip is this that we are living in? How did we let these donkeys into power? How do we put a stop to it all? Like the lawmower man looking for the back door it seems like an impossible search but there must be a way out of it…
    Some people are getting the feeling that you are thinking about giving up, I’m not getting that but if you are then best of Irish luck to you ;-)

  33. Stop feeling sorry for yourself. You are a complete inspirational force. You may seemingly not attract the response you deserve, or one that fully reflects the impact you undoubtedly make, but this can be explained by the intimidatory nature of your projected superiority.

    The scope, degree of analytical insight, work-output and soundness of principle, displayed in your blog, combined with your often sublime ‘End of Day’ observations, subject many, if not the majority,
    to a sense of intellectual or knowledge inferiority.

    YOU MAKE SENSE LIKE NO OTHER – TIME WILL SEE IT ALL COME RIGHT

  34. Don’t get down hearted John. You ARE generally right, and I say that as someone who’s well to the left of your regular commentors.
    The mainstream media seem to be reporting on a slightly different world to the one the rest of us have discovered since we started reading blogs like this. Your story about the Eurozone forever forbiding bondholder haircuts was spot on, and I havent seen that astonishing detail mentioned in ANY news story, ANYWHERE else.

    Your reporting on Crash 2 is the best i’ve come across. Keep up the good work.

  35. I only found this blog because someone was quoting it on a talkboard! (A good talkboard – NotTheTalk.) So some of its contents are spreading out across the world where people go for their amusement.

  36. I think the problem’s in the word ‘mainstream’ – it gives the impression that that is what the majority are thinking, whereas the reality is, I suspect that most people actually think along the same lines as yourself (at least that seems to be the case with everyone I speak to). We need to get rid of the word mainstream and replace it with a word which gives a flavour of what it really describes – something like ‘privilegedminoritystream’ would be closer! Then, we somehow have to get the media to adopt it and use it regularly leaving ‘mainstream’ to describe what it truly should. :)

  37. I found your blog through French friends..they rely on Google Translate which occasionally gives a bizarre aspect, but, basically they get it.
    They distribute you like the messages in the wartime resistance!

    What worries me..and my friends…is that this crisis will bring the Front National to power…or at least to influence..

  38. Sir,
    We all love you very much, and depend on your amazing insight and humour. Thank you from me and my huge circle of Brit friends here on the mainland.

    ps sorry about all my nonsense, I also need to contribute a word or two very very occasionally.

  39. Hi John, I believe in you too. Your views aren’t mad, they’re right.

    Times have changed, we are living in a wealthy society where efficiency and automation mean that we don’t all need to work – or at least work as hard. Money isn’t the problem, wealth distribution is the issue.

    And so we don’t have real innovators at the top, bursting to improve society,we have those inadequate types who crave recognition and emotional security. Politics, Banks, Corporations, Intelligence Agencies, Civil Servants – they’re all the same. The rich are scared stiff that we’ll all realise this and their positions will be at risk.

    The EU is the worst example of it. No-one wants to talk about why and how the community should work, its just a middle class job creation scheme where they have voted themselves huge salaries and pensions. They have no understanding of economics or society, if they did they wouldn’t have created all these madcap schemes and hoped they’d work. Each position and policy is grossly OTT and gold plated against the day when sanity reigns and they are reined back to something a tenth the cost and 100 times as effective.

    Sadly the Germans and French are jealous of us because the British are right, and all their theories on economics and society aren’t. They have featherbedded their economies, the French CAP is ridiculous and the Germans have subsidised their exports to the rest of the EU.

    All you have to do is keep plugging away mate. Drove past Prestwich yesterday, its still there. Don’t give up and prove Anthony Crossland wrong about Grammar Schools.

    • http://www.guystanding.com/

      Guy standing talks about how we need to support our society from the bottom and this involves redistributing wealth from the mega rich to the lower classes (and everyone else).

      In the early 80′s when the world went global, Guy says the leaders of the west made a pact that would make local citizens very poor. All down to globalisation and a few at the top became very rich. Globalisation aint bad, but we just need to tinker with how the wealth is distributed.

      He reckons we all should be given a living allowance to give everyone a basic std of living.

      Guy is an economist at the uni of bath and does actually have some of the answers we need to be looking at (as far as i can see).

  40. Don’t get down John, you are one of the best sources of truth out there. I and it seems many others much prefer the parallelstream media and what you offer. As has been said your number of followers is growing as they see that the wool has been pulled over their eyes and want that no longer.

    If you feel it necessary take a break for a couple of weeks, we’ll understand and be waiting for you when you come back :-)

  41. This is an excellent post. It speaks for me and, I suspect, for many of your readers.

    If I make the mistake of looking at the mainsteam TV news, I find I want to throw things at the speakers – irrespective of what coloured rosette they’re wearing. My eye-hand coordination isn’t what it was, so I’ve had to buy a 42″ TV to compensate for my poor aim. Does that make me eligible for any benefits?

    The traditional political descriptors of ‘right’, ‘left’ and so on are meaningless. Have you seen the ‘political compass’ notions?

    http://www.politicalcompass.org/

    Ray.

  42. “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”
    There is cold comfort in telling the truth, it makes one depressed when most people would rather listen to what they would like to hear because its easier than dealing with reality..
    Never mind those, I see those as cannon fodder, useful idiots who will always be victims of circumstances,
    How can you do else but crack on? Please continue your work, you have been more correct in your analysis than those who are paid by the MSM, and I am sure your conscious is clear.
    Having said that, I have not written anything new on my blog since march and although I feel I should, things have got to the point where I see no way out until this whole house of cards system crashes and burns.

  43. There are far too many who would man barricades in support of the X Factor, before they would a barricade in support of the truth in all matters that concern them and their children. The ‘truth’ is no longer seen as a welcome or marketable commodity.

  44. The mainstream press poodles have to be careful what they write in case they lose their jobs.

    Not you though…well done!

    Lib dems will vote for full term , not for the country, but for their privileges.
    Cameron needs to finish the job now, and call an election.

  45. Anyone who challenges the status quo should not expect bouquets of roses to be thrown at them.
    If you think you are doing it tough just look at the way Ron Paul is being treated by the status quo in the US. Funny thing, his popularity keeps growing as he is ignored and ridiculed. Could it just be that hei is exposing the bollocks in the position of the status quo?

  46. try again

    MSM – Mass Stupidity Media

    Case in point : Higgs Boson: What Has God Got To Do With It? – snippet

    We don’t call it the ‘God particle’, it’s just the media that do that,” a senior US scientist politely told an interviewer on a major European radio station on Tuesday.

    “Well, I am the from the media and I’m going to continue calling it that,” said the journalist – and continued to do so.

    The exchange, as physicists at the CERN research centre near Geneva were preparing to announce the latest news from their long and frustrating search for the Higgs boson, illustrated sharply how science and the popular media are not always a good mix.

    On BBC-WS talkback someone asked one of the CERN guys – “So what use is this thing, what’s it going to do for me?’

    The answer came back – “In the 19th century Blackstone asked a similar question of Faraday regarding electricity. Faraday’s answer was ‘Well, sir. one day you might be able to tax it’”

    I suspect the questioner didn’t have a clue as to who Blackstone and Faraday were, I rather suspect the program compère didn’t either, she moved on to the next silly question, I turned radio off.

    I would guess most Sloggers are baby boomers or thereabouts. I think our malaise results from a nagging doubt that we may be the first generation in a while to leave the world in a poorer state than we found it when we were born. Many of us are probably richer materially at this stage of our lives than were our parents at the same age. I don’t think my parents ever doubted I would have a better material life than they did; however they were doubtful about where our values were headed. I don’t have the same confidence regarding my kids or their kids material well being.

    As for the intangibles, such as morals, ethics, honesty, honour, politeness, love, duty …m I’m sure I’ll leave the world a lesser place than I found when I arrived. That ledger won’t be a pretty sight when some future Indians Jones digs ups our silicone chips from some midden or other.

    That’s better – not!

  47. For anybody who wants to sort out our growing political mess, going into politics is the absolute last thing they should do. The sort of serious change in Britain you allude to will never come about from the inside because the elites have way too much to lose and new recruits go thru a brainwashing process soon after entering Parliament. Change will only come about by people from outside.
    The Slog essentially provides a Call To Arms to the growing numbers of people who can see something is very very wrong.

    We have to be very careful not to replace a failed democracy with any one of the corrupt/incompetent Big Govt wannabes, like the one New/Old Labour have on offer under Blair/Brown and now Milipede/Hateman.

  48. Bloody hell-with the volume of responses, the original blog must have contained the word “Israel” somewhere! Didn’t see it tho’ and the responses generally agreed-showing that the Slog is far from alone.

  49. I don’t often leave comments on this blog as I feel that my knowledge of political and financial affairs are not as highly tuned as many of your regular contributors. However, since finding your site quite a while ago, I have to mention that I have managed to find one of the most intelligent, thought provoking and indeed, enlightening blogs I have ever had the privilege to read.
    So, please accept my heart-felt thanks for all of your many contributions. Long may they continue…

  50. Please don’t give up your blog John. I’m definitely a ‘left-winger’ in that I believe in economic fairness for all, and I passionately believe in the value of a welfare state despite it’s shortcomings. I’m one for a balanced mix of private and public businesses and services, but of course the whole lot needs drastically reforming. I’m sure many people across the political spectrum read your blog. I rarely comment ( and often refrain from wanting to ask questions of commentators on here due to my ignorance, but there must be many others who read your blog and, like me, don’t feel qualified to comment as I continuously struggle with trying to get to grips with understanding the economics side of the mess we’re in. You’re providing a truly useful service in educating us all on what’s going on and I’m very grateful. I have read your blog eagerly every day for the last few months. Keep up the good work!

    • @shiningrain – don’t be hesitant in asking questions (of me at least) one can often learn more from a question than from an answer

      I haven’t bothered to express by gratitude to JW directly in this thread,

      Instead I’m bothering to thank all the people who contribute regularly and irregularly via their comments. Without them this blog wouldn’t be a Top Blog.

      • @rightpaddock -
        Apologies for appearing to be a numpty but your blog appears to be private and access is limited to invitation only…

    • @shiningrain: I second @rp’s comments. I have learnt enough from informed folks on The Slog over the past months to think about a second career in bond trading et al -;) …ha-ha.
      JW is blessed with a crop of thinking people here who collectively make it both informative and enjoyable to read.

  51. May I add my appreciation. I try to explain to my dear missus that we are living, day to day, a historically crucial moment -real time, thanks to John’s contributions. She doesn’t believe me, but is impressed by your cogent references, if not by the near expletives.

  52. Hear hear to the above comments, we may be silent, but we are out here. Please keep this excellent blog going. For the first time in my life I have the desire to go out and do something about the parlous state of affairs in this, once great, country. To actively be involved in change, however small the contribution. I’ve been inspired by this blog, sounds like others have too. Perhaps that’s all you need yourself JW, a little inspiration?

  53. Your ‘confusion’ is the product of your ‘increasingly successful blog’, I think.

    Forty years’ ago, when I was running with the National Front, I thought myself to be pretty well in a minority of one among all my non-NF friends and acquaintances (and in the same kind of minority inside that Party !).
    Now, reading assorted Blogs, I know that my blend of national feeling and social awareness is shared by many who would be appalled by association with NF.

    The difference is the web. We now know what many other people think, and not just in our immediate circle, or even just in our own country. Your blog is a part of that revolution in communication and knowledge. So is the Arab Spring; although I’ve no idea why that was so effective, while the London March against the Iraq War was not.

    Although I am quite sure that Sir Tim Berners-Lee will be as influential in the revolutions of the 21st century as Karl Marx was in those of the 20th.

    The real trick will be translating shared opinions into effective action.

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