English Rights Campaign

to defend the rights and interests of the English nation

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

QUOTE OF THE MONTH (bonus)

'A number of MPs have used the term “divorce”. I prefer not to use that term with regard to the European Union, because often, when people get divorced, they do not have a good relationship afterwards. MPs need to stop looking at this as simply coming out of the European Union and see the opportunity for building a new relationship with the European Union, as that is what we will be doing.'
Theresa May speaking recently.

In the EU referendum we did not vote to stay in the EU while we might negotiate with them to build 'a new relationship with the European Union'. That was not even on the ballot paper.

We definitely did not vote to remain in the EU 'as we negotiate a new deep and special partnership with the European Union' – to quote the Forward, written by Theresa May, of the White Paper for the Great Repeal Bill, as it is called. That was not on the ballot paper either.

Nor did we vote to ask the EU's permission to leave. We voted to leave. Why have we not done so?

Thursday, April 06, 2017

QUOTE OF THE MONTH (bonus)

'I am (as usual) for extreme measures. I would like to say to Spain, if you do not open the Custom House in a week we will abolish all our anti-smuggling restrictions and we will not bother about the importation of arms into Cuba.'

A departmental note written by Joseph Chamberlain in 1897, in response to yet another dispute with Spain over Spanish tariffs against Gibraltar.

The Spanish settled.

QUOTE OF THE MONTH


'The Algeciras Conference [in Spain], the most important European diplomatic gathering since the Congress of Berlin twenty-eight years before, formally opened at the Algeciras Town Hall on January 16, 1906. New red carpets had been laid in the corridors and on the stairways, and the long table at which the Municipal Council usually met was covered with fresh green baize. The diplomats representing the thirteen powers attending were senior ambassadors.'

'M. Révoil, the French delegate, a small man with a waxed moustache, smiled at everyone except the Germans, whom he was determined to foil. The British delegate, Sir Arthur Nicolson, bent with arthritis, seemed even smaller than M. Révoil, until he began to speak. Then, this shy, frail man, who had spent seven years as Minister to Morocco and was now British Ambassador to Spain, spoke with impressive authority.'

'When the conference opened, Count Tattenbach [a German delegate] went on the offensive. He declared that France could be permitted some authority to restore order in those parts of Morocco near the Algerian frontier, but that France's wish for a mandate to establish order throughout the country was inadmissible. He described German policy as an attempt “to secure full guarantees for the open door,” and tried to persuade Nicolson that Britain should be supportive. If Britain arranged for France and M. Révoil to make concessions, Tattenbach continued, the threat to peace would quickly disappear and the conference promptly and successfully end. Nicolson replied that his country had special treaty obligations to France and that “it was not for me to urge concessions on my French colleague.” After this meeting Nicolson wrote to his wife, “I felt really insulted and really furious … so that I could eat nothing afterwards … He [Tattenbach] is a horrid fellow, blustering, rude, and mendacious. The worst type of German I have ever met” …
         The Germans would not yield; neither would the French … “We are close to a rupture,” Nicolson wrote to his wife. “The Germans have behaved in a most disgraceful way. Their mendacity has been beyond words. I would not have thought Radowitz [a German delegate and ambassador in Madrid] capable of such unblushing lying and double dealing” …
         During the conference, Gibraltar was visible from Algeciras, the gray granite mass looming above the mimosas and orange trees. On March 1, the combined British Atlantic and Mediterranean fleets appeared in the harbour: twenty battleships, dozens of cruisers and destroyers, an immense display of naval power. At Nicolson's suggestion, Admiral Lord Charles Beresford, the British Commander-in-Chief, invited all of the delegates to dinner on board his flagship, King Edward VII. To avoid difficulties of protocol, no national anthems were performed and the single toast of the evening was to “All Sovereignties and Republics.” The massed bands of the fleet played and, as the diplomats were being ferried back to Algeciras, one hundred and forty fleet searchlights beamed into the night sky. Thereafter, when the delegates looked towards Gibraltar and saw the ships lying beneath the towering rock, Count Tattenbach's bad temper seemed less threatening.'

The above quotes are from Dreadnought: Britain, Germany, and the Coming of the Great War, by Robert K. Massie.

The recent picture of a small British patrol boat challenging a Spanish warship that had deliberated sailed deep into British territorial waters at Gibraltar, shows the level to which Britain has sunk.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

QUOTE OF THE MONTH (bonus)

Friday, March 24, 2017

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

'The nation which comprises the Staatsvolk [the English are the Staatsvolk of England] confers upon the state the culture of the nation, as is reflected by the religion, the holidays, and the history for example. In this way, the civic institutions of the state reflect the culture of the nation. For the civic nationalists and multiculturalists, this is a problem. The civic nationalists respond by trying to drive out the nation's culture and influence from the civic institutions, while the multiculturalists seek to multiculturalize those institutions with immigrant cultures.
          Regarding the problem of national unity, there are three positions. First, the ethnic nationalists stress the weakness of civic nationalism/constitutional patriotism and its likely failure to hold the nation together. Second, there is the liberal wing of civic nationalism/constitutional patriotism which disagrees and promotes the idea that citizens can be taught to give allegiance to the state devoid of any national culture. Third, there is the communist wing of civic nationalism/constitutional patriotism, the Habermasian view, that the likely weakening of national loyalty is desirable, should be encouraged, and is a prerequisite for a communist revolution. With the Habermasian view, civic nationalism/constitutional patriotism is a mechanism for promoting the opposite of patriotism – that is, promoting a hatred of the country's history and hence the Staatsvolk. With the Habermasian view, the state is owed allegiance by all citizens; immigrants and other disaffected groups are to be encouraged to challenge existing national culture and tradition. The state owes no loyalty to the nation. Multiculturalists likewise reject the concept of a national culture; Parekh and his supporters even go so far as to advocate a 'multicultural post-nation'.
          In this way, civic nationalism/constitutional patriotism is a means of destroying the nation state and replacing the national culture, the culture of the Staatsvolk, with universalist values – i.e. abstract theories such as international human rights laws, with the state implementing these theories in preference to defending the national interest. International and superstatist organizations are to be promoted – in particular the EU.'

The above is from The Genesis of Political Correctness: The Basis of a False Morality, by Michael William (available from Amazon, Kindle or direct from CreateSpace). The 'basis of a false morality' subheading is important.

It should be noted that, in response to the latest Islamist terrorist atrocities, Theresa May was talking of our common values in parliament, including human rights (as she interprets them). She is further obsessed with globalization and global institutions. May is a part of the problem and not a solution to it.

The Genesis of Political Correctness deals with responsibility of political correctness for the increase in Islamist terrorism, including an analysis of the sympathy of many Muslims for that terrorism.

Friday, February 24, 2017

THE FRINGE EFFECT


The results of the Stoke Central and Copeland by-elections demonstrate the feeble appeal of UKIP to disgruntled patriotic voters. UKIP had been especially hopeful of winning the Stoke Central by-election as Stoke had voted strongly in favour of leaving the EU. UKIP assumed that those who voted Leave would be inclined to vote UKIP.

The new UKIP leader, Paul Nuttall, himself stood as the UKIP candidate in Stoke Central. His campaign started well and victory was expected; even Labour admitted that they were struggling. However the UKIP campaign became mired in tittle-tattle about the embellishment of Nuttall's CV, and as to the details of his attendance at the Hillsborough tragedy – a very sore issue for Nuttall's local Liverpudlians who have fought a hard campaign over very many years to expose the comprehensive dishonesty of both the Police and the various pompous inquiries.

However, it would be a mistake to attribute UKIP's defeat to this tittle-tattle. The Trump campaign had its own difficulties and yet the USA voted for President Trump. That was because patriotic voters were attracted to his ideological stance and believed that he would tackle the USA's serious problems. A similar ideological battle exists across Europe where sensible right-wing parties are doing noticeably better than UKIP, which has struggled to win parliamentary by-elections and failed to advance in general elections. UKIP styles itself as being libertarian rather than right-wing or nationalist.

Immediately prior to start of the above two by-election campaigns, UKIP came out in full support of the May Government's Brexit Postponed strategy (see the English Rights Campaign item dated 19 January 2017), in which Britain will remain in the EU in the short to medium term, will be involved in an interim relationship with the EU in the medium to long term, and might eventually leave the EU only in the long term – and even then the aim is to forge a new partnership. Meanwhile, payments to the EU continue unchanged, immigrants continue to pour in, and the balance of trade deficit continues uninterrupted. All wings and factions of UKIP were positively gushing over the May Government's Brexit policy.

One cannot imagine why UKIP decided to betray their country, their cause, their voters, or their ordinary members in this way. In any event, the Tory vote remained strong, even in Stoke Central which had a low priority as the Tories were focusing on Copeland where they won (it was only in the final week that the Tory big guns, including the Prime Minister, showed up to campaign). UKIP totally failed to make any inroads into the Tory vote.

The poor showing in the by-elections, as with the poor performance at the last general election (see the English Rights Campaign item dated the 30 April 2015), proves that had UKIP controlled the anti-EU campaign in the referendum, then that referendum would have been lost. It was Vote Leave who won the referendum, with much needed support on the ground from ordinary UKIP members and activists.

From what UKIP representatives have said on television, then in the by-elections, for unprincipled opportunism, UKIP scores ten out of ten. For political strategy and tactics, campaign strategy and tactics, policy development and political positioning, zero out of ten on all counts. The patriotic cause in Britain is not owned by UKIP and unless UKIP is able to raise its game then it faces oblivion. One thing that is almost certain, is that whatever form Brexit takes, it will involve the abolition of Britain's MEPs and hence almost all UKIP's elected politicians and their employees, and its infrastructure and funding.

It will be seen whether these dismal results are the beginning of the end of UKIP, or a much needed kick up the backside. Paul Nuttall's leadership abilities will now be put to the test. If UKIP is to achieve success and win parliamentary representation, then it needs to be bold and to think big. It needs to get off the fence.


The fight between patriotism and political correctness is the fight between good and evil. It is as clear cut as that.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

QUOTE OF THE MONTH


'It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist.
Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn't really hack it).
The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.'


A BBC memo (written by David Cowling, a former special adviser to a Labour cabinet minister in the 1970s and the former head of the BBC's political research unit) that was leaked in June 2016.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

INAUGURATION ADDRESS

Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, fellow Americans and people of the world – thank you.
We the citizens of America have now joined a great national effort to rebuild our county and restore its promise for all our people. 
Together we will determine the course of America for many, many years to come.
Together we will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will get the job done.
Every four years we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly and peaceful transfer of power.
And we are grateful to President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid throughout this transition. They have been magnificent, thank you.
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning because today we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another – but transferring it from Washington DC and giving it back to you the people.
For too long a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.
Washington flourished but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country.
Their victories have not been your victories. Their triumphs have not been your triumphs. While they have celebrated there has been little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes starting right here and right now because this moment is your moment. It belongs to you. It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America today.
This is your day.
This is your celebration.
And this – the United States of America – is your country.
What truly matters is not what party controls our government but that this government is controlled by the people.
Today, January 20 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. 
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now.
You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic movement –  the likes of which the world has never seen before.
At the centre of this movement is a crucial conviction – that a nation exists to serve its citizens.
Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighbourhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves.
These are just and reasonable demands
Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation.
An education system flushed with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge. And the crime and the gangs and the drugs which deprive people of so much unrealised potential.
We are one nation, and their pain is our pain, their dreams are our dreams, we share one nation, one home and one glorious destiny.
Today I take an oath of allegiance to all Americans. For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense of American industry, subsidised the armies of other countries, while allowing the sad depletion of our own military.
We've defended other nations’ borders while refusing to defend our own.
And spent trillions and trillions of dollars overseas while America’s infrastructure has fallen into disrepair and decay.
 We have made other countries rich while the wealth, strength and confidence of our country has dissipated over the horizon. 
One by one, shutters have closed on our factories without even a thought about the millions and millions of those who have been left behind.
But that is the past and now we are looking only to the future.
We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in every city, in every foreign capital, in every hall of power – from this day on a new vision will govern our land – from this day onwards it is only going to be America first – America first!
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families.
Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength. I will fight for you with every bone in my body and I will never ever let you down.
America will start winning again. America will start winning like never before.
We will bring back our jobs, we will bring back our borders, we will bring back our wealth, we will bring back our dreams.
We will bring new roads and high roads and bridges and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation.
We will get our people off welfare and back to work – rebuilding our country with American hands and American labour.
We will follow two simple rules – buy American and hire American.
We see good will with the nations of the world but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their nations first.
We will shine for everyone to follow.
We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones, and untie the world against radical Islamic terrorism which we will eradicate from the face of the earth.
At the bed rock of our politics will be an allegiance to the United States.
And we will discover new allegiance to each other. There is no room for prejudice.
The bible tells us how good and pleasant it is when god’s people live together in unity.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
There is no fear, we are protected and will always be protected by the great men and women of our military and most importantly we will be protected by god.
Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. As Americans, we know we live as a nation only when it is striving.
We will no longer accept politicians who are always complaining but never doing anything about it.
The time for empty talk is over, now arrives the hour of action.
Do not allow anyone to tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can match the heart and fight and spirit of America. We will not fail, our country will thrive and prosper again. 
We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the mysteries of space, to free the earth from the miseries of disease, to harvest the energies, industries and technologies of tomorrow.
A new national pride will stir ourselves, lift our sights and heal our divisions. It’s time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never forget, that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots.
We all enjoy the same glorious freedoms and we all salute the same great American flag and whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the windswept plains of Nebraska, they look at the same night sky, and dream the same dreams, and they are infused with the breath by the same almighty creator.
So to all Americans in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, from ocean to ocean – hear these words – you will never be ignored again.
Your voice, your hopes and dreams will define your American destiny.
Your courage, goodness and love will forever guide us along the way.
Together we will make America strong again, we will make America wealthy again, we will make America safe again and yes – together we will make America great again.
Thank you.
God bless you.
And god bless America.

President Donald Trump, speaking at his inauguration.