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Please read and review:

http://spectator.org/archives/2009/05/20/w...inster-implodes

IN A WAY IT WAS all predictable. From the moment Labour took office under Tony Blair in 1997 it set about destroying Britain's sense of its historic culture, tradition, virtues, values and identity. The Adversary Culture was given free rein to attack every British institution which might contribute to such old-fashioned ideas as virtue, patriotism and duty.

Blair claimed soon after coming to power that Britain was no longer "living in the world of a hundred years ago, when guys wore bowler hats and umbrellas, all marching down Whitehall." Yes, and those were the guys who gave Britain a notably incorrupt public culture that once enabled it to do things like govern India with a tiny handful of flintily honest men. Under New Labour an intense culture war was opened up on every possible front to bring old-fashioned values into disrepute. There were some thing it was thought that real "ladies" and "gentlemen" did not do, such as lie and cheat. The use of the terms "lady" and "gentleman" was made a sacking offence at one university, an innovation which the government condoned as being in accord with the spirit of the times and of Cool Britannia. Symbols of patriotism, including the flag of St. George and the British flag itself, were banned on grounds of political correctness and in order to facilitate the celebration of diversity. Would-be police recruits were turned down for wearing Union Jack tattoos, foster-parents were banned for attempting to teach foster-children Christian values.

Heroic and admired figures from history and the values they championed were ridiculed, denigrated or ignored, by everyone from teachers' unions to local tourism authorities. Seedy and dissolute rock stars and other icons of the drug culture were given honors by the government. Public money was lavished upon theatre and other arts that celebrated nihilism and derided every traditional value and virtue.

A vacuous, hideous celebrity culture was promoted such as to make Oprah Winfrey look intellectually refined by comparison. As well as being starved of men and equipment the ethos and values of the armed forces were systematically attacked not only by the dominant culture of the deconstructionism/political correctness whipsaw but also by all manner of government policies -- probably a major factor in the British Army's dismal performance in Basra. The catalogue of cultural destruction goes on and on. In countless ways the present government has condoned or encouraged the work of the adversary culture in hollowing-out British traditions and values.

The long-drawn-out serial betrayal of the Gurkhas was not only despicable in itself: it was a flaunting of official dishonor and an unambiguous repudiation of honor as a public value. The betrayal of the Gurkhas was not some kind of ghastly inadvertent bureaucratic foul-up or failure of imagination: it was a deliberate attack in the culture-war on the sort of people who admire the Gurkhas and the old-fashioned values of loyalty and valor which they embody. Zimbabweans, black and white, who had moral claims on Britain, including in some cases the claim of past war-service, were abandoned to the psychopathic Mugabe regime. Outright political betrayal and viciousness for cultural and ideological reasons came in many forms, including the abolition of grammar schools that had previously given low-income children an opportunity for a decent education. Scandals and inhumanity exposed in the press in hospitals, prisons and other areas went unrectified and were apparently treated by the government with indifference.

Now Britain has discovered that a large number of the men and women entrusted with holding its high offices of State and with making its laws are -- well, what they are. Where they have not broken the letter of the law they have, in both gross and in disgustingly petty grubbing of other people's money, broken its spirit -- and Britain, with an unwritten Constitution, is more dependent than many nations upon the spirit of the law being observed.

C. S. Lewis said in 1938: "We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful."

Britain is reaping the fruits of a decade and more of a quasi-official culture laughing at honor, honesty and ordinary virtue.

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Rather silly article. The author should read up on the history of the British treatment of the Ghurkas and the abolition of Grammar schools. What he is talking about in the main hasn't only occurred in the last 12 years, it began in the late 1970s with the break down of the liberal consensus and the end of deference. Even the advocates of market reforms point out one of its advantages is that it destroys previous patterns of interaction (these are typically seen as bad and inefficient). Unfortunately for an American who wants to transplant the alleged "culture war" over here this leads to some rather inconvenient problems which he rewrites history to avoid.

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Most of the Grammar Schools were closed down during the first five years of Margaret Thatchers reign -and why do Americans continue to sneer at the British Armys record in Southern Iraq ?

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Most of the Grammar Schools were closed down during the first five years of Margaret Thatchers reign -and why do Americans continue to sneer at the British Armys record in Southern Iraq ?

From what he has written he also clearly doesn't know why the Tories lost the 1997 election.

Worthless noise really.

I particularly like the random comment about arts funding. A fear of the theatre as celebrating "nihilism"! Party like its 1951! A lot of the money went into classical music actually (presumably he finds da Ponte operas a bit racy or something?). Childish in the extreme. If I was writing a parody of a right-wing think piece I'd leave that out for fear of going too far with a somewhat unfair stereotype. This shows up the crude translation job he is doing, in the US arts funding is, frankly, the same as giving money to Marxists. The NEA is like Kryptonite to Republicans, as they cycle through government the Deomcrats rev it up and the Repubs try to murder it. In this country however I dare say more than one Tory MP or Telegraph reader may occasionally pop along to the Proms, nip into the National Opera or what have you. The politics and the sensibility is different, it has never been a traditional British value to hate the arts (as it is for a certain sort of American) but this chap, being a bit lazy, doesn't know that.

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Yes, and those were the guys who gave Britain a notably incorrupt public culture that once enabled it to do things like govern India with a tiny handful of flintily honest men.

Tell that to the Indians strapped to the end of a cannon and blown to pieces after the Mutiny, or the hundreds of civilians slaughtered in Amritsar in 1919.

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The author is an Australian, therefore he has a massive chip on his shoulder about Britain, I think that explains his vitriol.

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The author is an Australian, therefore he has a massive chip on his shoulder about Britain, I think that explains his vitriol.

Haha. Case closed. I see he did spend time in the states so I'm not entirely embarassed by my commentary.

The Australian 'chip' is really quite strange. What is sad about it is that it isn't even reciprocated, I don't think anyone cares what they get up to.

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Tell that to the Indians strapped to the end of a cannon and blown to pieces after the Mutiny, or the hundreds of civilians slaughtered in Amritsar in 1919.

+1 i like the word "INCORRUPT" and "FEW HONEST MEN"

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From the moment Labour took office under Tony Blair in 1997 it set about destroying Britain's sense of its historic culture, tradition, virtues, values and identity.

Totally agree with this.

1 local example for me has to be Devon County Council changing their coat of arms logo;

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featuring the latin motto of seafarer Sir Francis Drake - auxilio divino, which means "by divine aid".

To this fúcking disgrace;

Devon_County_Council_logo-2.jpg

Their reasoning behind this..... to save £3200 per year on printing costs...

********.

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The British in India?

The British contribution to the creation of India was indispensable.

That explains,

“At the outbreak of World War II, the Indian army numbered 205,000 men. Later on during World War II the Indian Army would become the largest all-volunteer force in history, rising to over 2.5 million men in size.”

Idiots guide

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_India...my#World_War_II

And

"Durbar of 1911

Held in December to commemorate the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary as Emperor and Empress of India. Practically every ruling prince, nobleman, landed gentry and other persons of note in India attended to pay obeisance to their sovereigns.....

They then appeared at a darshan (a sight) at the jharoka (balcony window) of Red Fort, to receive half a million or more of the common people who had come to greet them."

Idiots guide

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_Durbar

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Totally agree with this.

1 local example for me has to be Devon County Council changing their coat of arms logo;

Devon_arms.png

featuring the latin motto of seafarer Sir Francis Drake - auxilio divino, which means "by divine aid".

To this fúcking disgrace;

Devon_County_Council_logo-2.jpg

Their reasoning behind this..... to save £3200 per year on printing costs...

********.

Never realised Devon County Council was Labour controlled...

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Like thieves in the night New Labour despise the people they steal from and desire to steal their history too.

Another example, why change the nomenclature for a Magistrate to a District Judge? Why? What’s wrong with Magistrate?

What were the printing costs in this inane exercise? Considerable methinks.

Be assured, I hate the Tories too but as this thing plays itself out I begin to believe New Labour hates me and mine more than the Tories do.

Link for fun, sure you’ve all read it already but still,

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics...-wallpaper.html

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And I think there is another point here too.

On a deep, secret, hidden and never to be faced or admitted level, behind all the self-righteousness and as so often behind self-righteousness, just like most thieves in the night, New Labour hates itself too.

Has anyone else detected a hint of self-loathing in Mandelslime, the prince of darkness?

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And I think there is another point here too.

On a deep, secret, hidden and never to be faced or admitted level, behind all the self-righteousness and as so often behind self-righteousness, just like most thieves in the night, New Labour hates itself too.

Has anyone else detected a hint of self-loathing in Mandelslime, the prince of darkness?

they're f*cking champagne socialists - serving nice middle class liberals, exist to please mummy and daddy and ignore their own humanity, and grow up to be self-hating fascist-ego-tw*ts in nothing middle class public sector non-jobs, and subsidised too-big-to-fail corporations, stealing off the productive who they fear the most.

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Totally agree with this.

1 local example for me has to be Devon County Council changing their coat of arms logo;

Made up within living memory.

About as authentic as Disneyland.

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“they're f*cking champagne socialists”

Although it was my good fortune to f u c k a certain number of Bollinger Bolsheviks and limousine liberals when I was younger, I always tried to draw the line at champagne socialists, unter babes of the political species.

Please stop sounding like such a foot stampy prole. Your interface with New Labour self-righteousness is excessive.

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Never realised Devon County Council was Labour controlled...

Labour/Libdems same diff - it's a cross party conspiracy I tell you.

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"they're f*cking champagne socialists"

Although it was my good fortune to f u c k a certain number of Bollinger Bolsheviks and limousine liberals when I was younger, I always tried to draw the line at champagne socialists, unter babes of the political species.

Please stop sounding like such a foot stampy prole. Your interface with New Labour self-righteousness is excessive.

no, my tax bill is excessive

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Made up within living memory.

About as authentic as Disneyland.

Don't get me started on this ********...

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Labour/Libdems same diff - it's a cross party conspiracy I tell you.

The implosion of the nation beggars belief. How on Earth could this country go, in a little under sixty years, from great power to also ran? Politicians are in the greater scheme of things mere puppets.

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How on Earth could this country go, in a little under sixty years, from great power to also ran?

Because foolish people elected Labour by a landslide in 1945 to build a 'land fit for heroes'.

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“How on Earth could this country go, in a little under sixty years, from great power to also ran?â€

Oh that’s easy and it’s guess what, money.

Prior to 1939 the British had the resources to govern their empire and they made quite a lot of cash out of it and the peoples of the empire were more or less in consent because the British brought something akin to governance, something akin to progress and something akin to peace.

Post 1945 the British could no longer afford the empire, so they couldn’t make any cash out of it and times and attitudes had changed and the peoples of the empire were no longer in consent and the British had most singularly failed to provide peace.

Over the next 50 years the British had to scuttle back from empire, losing Singapore, Aden, Suez and the rest. OK, the Indians in their wisdom retained parliamentary democracy and the Singaporeans have built well on the foundations we laid but most everywhere else there is nothing much left blowing in the wind except the odd empty phrase like “The Winds of Changeâ€.

The proportion of the world’s money controlled by HMG has shrunk proportionately and now HMG can only mobilise some 60 million people instead of hundreds of millions.

But I wouldn’t describe us so much as also rans. The British influence in persuading the Americans not to use nuclear weapons in the Korean war was very important and General Jackson’s refusal to obey Wesley Clarke’s order to attack the Russians at Pristina airport during the recent Kosovo intervention was very important too.

But in a nutshell, GB fell off the top end of the top table world power because we spent all our cash defending ourselves and civilised values from the beastly Hun and those that raped Nanking. Not such a bad thing to have done methinks.

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Most of the Grammar Schools were closed down during the first five years of Margaret Thatchers reign -and why do Americans continue to sneer at the British Armys record in Southern Iraq ?

Perhaps because we didn't do what we were there to do, i.e. take control of the city and instead let the militias take control making a shameful agreement for them to stop shooting at us if we retreated to bases outside the city.

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