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Euthanasia - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'

Well, I have managed to survive the lurgy.  And, what’s more, the prospect that with every cough, Lady Warnock might pop ’round to put a bin liner over my face … for my own good, of course.  Sodding euthanasiasts.


We will speak more of youth-in-Asia anon.


The sub-Prime Minister, the rarely right and dubiously hon Gorrrrrdon Brrrrrroooooun, simply must go.  Mind, that won’t stop us – we who wear the blue rosettes – from having a 146-seat majority in the House, it appears.  (I chortle in my glee.)  The realm may yet be saved.






I suppose, in that light, La Rowling’s recent contribution (ahem) is an investment in the resignation honours.  Rather a stiff price for a peerage, but that’s Labour for you.  She cannot be mad enough to imagine that it will actually stem the tide – or stop the hæmorrhage of Labour’s funds as well as its credibility, if ever it had any, which I beg leave to doubt.


I must say that I was appalled by the invincible ignorance and the resolutely earnest bien-pensant tone of the bit from the HP news aggregator, clearly penned by a frightfully committed person from abroad, that breathlessly reported JKR’s throwing away her money in these terms:

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has donated £1 million ($1.83 million) to the Labor [sic] Party in the United Kingdom, in a rather personal appeal she hopes will highlight the plight of the poor.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s ruling party is facing strong opposition from the Conservative Party there and Rowling’s very public interjection may help sway the public’s favour [sic]:

“The Labor government has reversed the long-term trend in child poverty, and is one of the leading EU countries in combating child poverty,” said the nation’s richest author, whose fortune was recently estimated at 560 million pounds.

“David Cameron’s promise of tax perks for the married, on the other hand, is reminiscent of the Conservative government I experienced as a lone parent.”

“It sends the message that the Conservatives still believe a childless, dual-income, but married couple is more deserving of a financial pat on the head than those struggling, as I once was, to keep their families afloat in difficult times.”

The Conservative Party there leads by 20 points in a recent opinion poll.



‘Strong opposition’ over ‘there’ (in the mysterious and inscrutable UK) is, to put it with all the mildness of a stage curate, an understatement, as the twenty point Tory poll lead should alert one.  As for the idea that JKR – who, as a person rather than as an author, is one of the dimmer Gloucesters in the herd, as witness her top-up of the coffers of a party poised for a decade in opposition – will single-handedly reverse the public mood, well….  There are fangirls and there are fangirls, but this is midsummer madness.


I’ve not seen such persistent nescience since, well, the other day, when the world’s central bankers made utter asses of themselves.  What the devil are they playing at?  (Answer: a combination of rent-seeking and succumbing to regulatory capture, but the point is, they’ve no idea that that is what they are about.  Have Jas Buchanan, Gordon Tullock, Armen Alchian, and Lord Harris of High Cross lived and laboured altogether in vain?  Are Hayek and von Mises utterly disregarded?  Have Smith and Ricardo lost their value? Yes, I know, these stupid buggers have hardly heard of these men, let alone read them.  The problem is not in the market’s invisible hand, but in the visible boot (indeed, bovver-boot), stomping away, of the State.)


This is what happens when a soi-disant ‘elite’ shoulders its way to the fore.  I don’t believe in or care for ‘elites’ save they are wholly meritocratic, but if there must be one, can it not at the least be sufficiently educated and competent to have some pretension to the title?  (This is why I am astounded when I hear Hazel-my-little-chipmunk-Blears sledging Governor Palin.  She is blatantly repeating the partisan talking points of what Americans seem to think is an elite – whether they embrace or despise that ‘elite’.  Some elite.  Redbrick academics educated above their intellectual capacity, bloviators, and devout Obamorons?  Even the Yanks can do better than that.)


A mad world, my masters.  Yet improving.  (God help the Idiot Messiah* of Illinois should he, per impossibile, win the American presidency.  Forget the adoring masses at the Prussian-Wilhelmine-and-Nazi victory-phallus column in Berlin: should Mr Obama become president, he should then face a Europe led by right-of-centre, pro-American** heads of government in Italy, Germany, and France … and if not on that day, soon thereafter, in the United Kingdom.)

Why, yes, being off-colour does make me rather stroppy, why do you ask?


The next post shall doubtless please most of you rather more than this shall.  It has Actual Gay Content.


* I was amazed, last month, at fpb’s assertion that Mr Obama’s insipid, ‘uh’-clogged vapourings were at least the sound of thoughtfulness.  The man is not notably intelligent above the average run – and what a very average run it is – of politicos.  And it surely cannot take much lucubration to vomit up the same tired idiocies of Leftism? 


** Rather more so than are some of Mr Obama’s more wild-eyed disciples, I may add.

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tekalynn From: tekalynn Date: September 21st, 2008 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Your politics are yours, sir, and you are welcome to them.

Best wishes for your speedy recovery.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: September 22nd, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

First things first: congratulations and best wishes w/r/t yr anniversary.

May it always mark a happy year.

As to yr comment, of course my politics are mine. Whose else? The definition of a tyranny is that one is FORCED to hold OTHER people's political opinions. One definition of oppression, which we may see daily on LJ, is being EXPECTED to hold other people's opinions, having their opinion set up as 'normative', seeing their opinion taken as the default, the gold standard, and the Only Reasonable One, and being barracked, sledged, or marginalised by the conformists who take that other opinion as gospel and recoil from any dissent.

And there are those who wonder why, being daily and hourly confronted with this lock-think and the peculiarly graceless attitude of those moving in lock-think, conservatives become a trifle tetchy at times.
tekalynn From: tekalynn Date: September 22nd, 2008 08:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: First things first: congratulations and best wishes w/r/t yr anniversary.

Thank you very much for the good wishes, they are deeply appreciated.

I do see your view, even if I don't agree with the politics. Thank you.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: September 22nd, 2008 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
You may not care for Obama (he is Liberal, after all); I was myself leaning towards McCain who has served as his sons do now -- but Sarah Palin is so ignorant she makes George Bush seem cosmopolitan. She's like the talking Barbie doll that was recalled because it said stupid things like, "Math is so hard!"

And when lobbed softballs like "Why do you think the President's policy is the only workable solution?" Mrs. P reacted liked the very dollie when the battery was pulled, which is to say, she drew a blank so complete that even Sean Hannity couldn't put words in her mouth. They're trying to say that she has a natural affinity for foreign relations because Alaska is right next to Russia up there somewhere.
fpb From: fpb Date: September 22nd, 2008 06:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Incidentally, how much foreign policy experience had Truman when he became President? He had never even been told about the Manhattan Project, and when he met Stalin in Potsdam, Stalin knew more about the Americna atom bomb than he did. And what about one-term representative Abraham Lincoln, wholly unknown outside Illinois (then a redneck frontier state) until the campaign of 1960?
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: September 22nd, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, he is ignorant; teach him.

He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, he is a fool; shun him.

Sarah Palin didn't know what Bush's foreign policy, which she supports, is. And she couldn't even guess at it, even with leading questions.
fpb From: fpb Date: September 22nd, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you are talking about the first interview, the interviewer did not ask about the Bush "policy", but about the Bush "doctrine". Palin asked him to clarify, and he refused. And he was right, because there is no such doctrine - unless it be the right of pre-emptive attack, which is something that every president since Jefferson has taken for granted. The "Bush doctrine" is an invention of journalists, first mentioned by the conservative Krauthammer and then elaborated ad nauseam by liberals who wanted to prove that what Bush was doing in Iraq was something novel and different and not the same kind of thing done by innumerable American presidents in Latin America, Greece and other places. So, if you question me about - say - the honesty of Richard Nixon, the heterosexuality of our noble host, or the religion of Christopher Hitchens, I shall have, like Governor Palin, to ask you to clarify about something I never knew existed. And if you refuse to clarify, you will not have proven me ignorant, but yourself a fraud.
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: September 22nd, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Y'all ain't from around here, are ya?
fpb From: fpb Date: September 22nd, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, I'm-a no. I'm-a from de Land o' Love-a.
fpb From: fpb Date: September 22nd, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

"The campaign of 1960" - WHOOOOOOPS!!!

I meant 1860, of course.
fpb From: fpb Date: September 22nd, 2008 06:13 am (UTC) (Link)
If "people with dementia have a duty to die", what is Mary Warnock's excuse for still being with us?

I can't imagine I am the first to ask.
fpb From: fpb Date: September 22nd, 2008 06:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I would not blame JKR for whatever a spokesperson - Labour, I understand, rather than engaged by her? - has said about her goals. I very much doubt that she is swollen-headed enough to imagine that she can change the mood of the country single-handed; and in fact, to come to the aid of the party when the party is visibly collapsing is, as such, not a contemptible action. I was rather less impressed by Gordon Brown's overheated flattery in response. "One of the world's greatest writers"??? Now, I have regularly quarreled with people who insist that she is not a great writer; she is, and only the exercise - which I did recently - of actually transcribing and paraphrasing her prose, sentence by sentence, can give you the idea of her carefully disguised excellence of craftsmanship. But "one of the greatest in the world"? Goethe, Dickens, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Dante, Moliere, Cervantes, Virgil, Aeschylus, Sappho, Homer, the greater Psalms? Do let us be serious. This kind of outburst reveals a mentality rather more prone to grovel - rather more Peter Pettigrewish, in fact - than one would like to see in a head of government.
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