Ghosts Of ’68 Threaten Macron’s Technocratic Dream.

The idealistic hope that mass protests and civil disobedience could trigger real social change met with some success in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries but looked to have died after the USA’s 1960s civil rights movement and anti – war protests. The recent mass demonstrations of Frane’s gilets jaunes (yellow vests) movement in 2018, a movement which has spread to Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Britain, Italy, Sweden and Canada looks to have resurrected this style of political activism.

The yellow vest movement is not idologically fuelled as protests from the 1920s to 1960s were; it’s fueled by desperation and what Francis Fukuyama in a recent essay (Against Identity Politics (Foreign Affairs, Sept/Oct. 2018),termed the working classes’ “perception of invisibility” a view echoed by French geographer / author Christophe Guilluy who said that “the French people are using the gilets jaunes to say we exist.Unstoppable”: Christophe Guilluy on the cultural divide driving the yellow vests (via Arshad A.)

“Not only does peripheral France fare badly in the modern economy, it is also culturally misunderstood by the elite. The yellow-vest movement is a truly 21st-century movement in that it is cultural as well as political. Cultural validation is extremely important in our era.

One illustration of this cultural divide is that most modern, progressive social movements and protests are quickly endorsed by celebrities, actors, the media and the intellectuals. But none of them approve of the gilets jaunes. Their emergence has caused a kind of psychological shock to the cultural establishment. It is exactly the same shock that the British elites experienced with the Brexit vote and that they are still experiencing now, three years later.”

The author expands on how the working-classes have come to be excluded?

 “All the growth and dynamism is in the major cities, but people cannot just move there. The cities are inaccessible, particularly thanks to mounting housing costs. The big cities today are like medieval citadels. It is like we are going back to the city-states of the Middle Ages. Funnily enough, Paris is going to start charging people for entry, just like the excise duties you used to have to pay to enter a town in the Middle Ages.

The cities themselves have become very unequal, too. The Parisian economy needs executives and qualified professionals. It also needs workers, predominantly immigrants, for the construction industry and catering et cetera. Business relies on this very specific demographic mix. The problem is that ‘the people’ outside of this still exist. In fact, ‘Peripheral France’ actually encompasses the majority of French people.”

And the role the liberal metropolitan elite played in this?

 We have a new bourgeoisie, but because they are very cool and progressive, it creates the impression that there is no class conflict anymore. It is really difficult to oppose the hipsters when they say they care about the poor and about minorities.

But actually, they are very much complicit in relegating the working classes to the sidelines. Not only do they benefit enormously from the globalised economy, but they have also produced a dominant cultural discourse which ostracises working-class people.

The middle-class reaction to the yellow vests has been telling. Immediately, the protesters were denounced as xenophobes, anti-Semites and homophobes. The elites present themselves as anti-fascist and anti-racist but this is merely a way of defending their class interests. It is the only argument they can muster to defend their status, but it is not working anymore.

Now the elites are afraid. For the first time, there is a movement which cannot be controlled through the normal political mechanisms. The gilets jaunes didn’t emerge from the trade unions or the political parties. It cannot be stopped. There is no ‘off’ button. Either the intelligentsia will be forced to properly acknowledge the existence of these people, or they will have to opt for a kind of soft totalitarianism.”

By mobilizing 80,000 heavily armed “security forces” in an unsuccessful attempt to suppress dissent, as President Macron has, looks more like hard authoritarianism than soft totalitarianism. The boy Macron has of course tried to justify his heavy handed response by a fatuously claiming  he has a duty to defend “the social order,” i.e. to maintain the  domination of the ruling elite.

But the French elites are discovering the unsettling reality that it’s impossible to defend every traffic-speed camera, every bank, etc. from sabotage and that their working class challengers are smart enough to know this. I’ve often finished article calling for civil action against authoritarianism with the line, “THEY CAN’T PUT US ALL IN PRISON.” It is intended as a warning to those who would control society, rather than an exhortation to those who challenge authority.

The class analysis of the current crisis shows a reversal of polarity from the 1968 general strike of elite students and labor unions. Fifty years ago, the students of the elite universities, in an orgy of virtue signalling (the left never changes though they scream for change,)  lent their support to the trade unions and this combination nearly toppled the government with a general strike.

Now, students of the elite Paris universities, brainwashed with politically correct ideology on gay and trans rights, the desirability of mass immigration and the duty of nanny state to micromanage our private lives, are supporters of the technocrat elite, as the most fervent hope of most of these students is to nail down a position in a government department or QANGO, jobs which are threatened by the yellow vest dissenters.

The labor unions are also missing in action, as they are now adjuncts of the ruling elites, feeding at the same trough of tax revenues and corporate globalization-financialization profits and promoting the same policies that are damaging to working class living standards and social mobility: mass immigration, globasisation (which the working class recognise as exporting jobs,) Islamification of society, erosion of national sovereignty and cultural values and so on.

The gilets jaunes / yellow vests are a working class revolt against the elites, who like medieval aristocrats, regard the “lower orders” as stupid, infantile and in need of paternalistic guidance, and those among the working and lower middle class who identify with the elites: the pseudo-progressive hipsters, the aspiring technocrats and the comfortably secure state employees, all of whom are now on the elite side of the barricades.

The Paris elites and their enablers may find that the next general strike won’t immobilize Paris, it will strangle Paris from the periphery. The unions which were on the democratic side of the barricades 50 years ago may find their identification with the ruling elite challenged, and they’ll be forced to either remember their roots and side with the authentic working class (yellow vests) in a general strike or throw their support behind the undemocratic technocrats like Marcon and those in his administration, who planned to run France for the benefit of their own caste, the university educated, progressive liberal, globalist, soft left.

The quasi-progressives claim to be anti-fascist but are themselves the anti-working class fascists (Beniot Mussolini defined fascism as the collaboration of state and corporate business to exercise absolute power,) and are not appreciating the fact that the ‘stupid working class oiks’ of the Yellow Vest movement are exposing their self-serving hypocrisy. Like the US liberals of the early twentieth century, they are all for civil rights “so long as the niggers don’t leave the plantation.”

Here”s a news snippet that encapsulates exactly what is wrong with the way Marcon and his elitist cronies are trying to handle the crisis. “On Tuesday, the person picked to lead the country’s planned “great debate” on the issues resigned over her €14,666 monthly salary (£13,200; $16,800)” which is $200,000 annually, roughly seven or eight times the average worker’s salary.

Now what kind of plonker would put an academic who already has a well paid position in charge of establishing dialogue with truck drivers, factory workers and labourers who, thanks to elitist policies, are stuggling to make ends meet. That’s the kind of insensitivity responsible for triggering the anger that drives the protests, an illustration of class division in a nutshell. The fake-progressive technocrats are skimming $200,000 a year to defend an indefensible undemocratic neofeudal system of exploitation that handsomely benefits the few at the expense of the many. And the hypocrites call Marcon’s opponent Marine Le Pen “far right.” Bollocks.

 

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corbyn-remainCorbyn’s hypocrisy – a long term opponent of the EU, he’ll now go with the flow to get more power Source: spiked-online.com

‘Jeremy Corbyn’s decision to endorse staying in a customs union with the EU provoked derision in one of Labour’s key northern strongholds yesterday. Many families in Doncaster – a town synonymous with heavy industry, mining and the railways – have backed the party for generations.

The South Yorkshire town, heavily backed Leave in the 2016 referendum, after seeing traditional industries such as coal mining and heavy engineering destroyed by Margaret Thatcher’s war on the working class and then the indistries that sprang up in the wak of that economic disaster progressively exported to low labour cost third world nations by Tony Blair’s Labour government, which simultaneously imported unskilled semi – literate immigrants, many locals feel Labour no longer represents their views.

Mother-of-two Beverley Smith, 55, a retail manager, said: “Corbyn is wrong. There’s a big wide world out there we can trade with. The people voted heavily for Brexit because they know what they want. I know quite a few who voted Conservative for the first time in the general election last year. People’s will to come out of Europe is stronger than their support for Labour.”

“So many people down south have no idea what’s going on in the North and what everyone here has to say.”

Lifelong Labour supporter Ron Wales, 77, a retired engineer, said: “He’s wrong on the customs union. I voted out – I’m a big believer in us being on our own.” Ukip supporter Nigel Berry, 59, who runs the fish stall he has worked on since he was 13, said: “I’ve seen how the EU has destroyed Britain’s fishing industry. People voted to leave completely, not to stay in in some form. Corbyn has sold out his core voters.”

Factory worker Michael Smith, 46, who is the fist in his family for generations not to work in coal mining, said: “Labour are afraid to listen to the ordinary people. Are we allowed to get what we wanted on Europe or not?’ On immigration, he added: “We’ve run out of jobs, houses, why not put our own people first?”

Robert Lowry from Newcastle said: “He’s now hinting that there could be a second referendum because people like me didn’t know what we were voting for! Does that mean that when there’s a general election that the losers can call for another election because they’re not happy with the results? Another point, look at all the remainers. Tony Blair, Clegg, Branson (who doesn’t pay tax in this country) I rest my case.”

Mark Richards in Manchester added: “Looks like a Labour MEP has just confirmed that they are also going to sign up for uncontrolled EU immigration as well, so what part of Brexit is he going to honour. I feel sorry for the Labour voters who trusted him and his manifesto as he has made total and utter fools out of them, although I wont feel sorry for them if they vote for him again. John M from Nottingham summed it up nicely, commenting: Let’s face it the days when Labour was a true working class party I knew in the 1960’s have long since gone and been replaced by a Metropolitan elite Luvvies and snowflake left wing students who’ve never done a days graft in their lives …give em a brickies trowel and they¿d think it was a garden tool.

The problem for the Labour party has been obvious since George Orwell wrote ‘The Road To Wigan Pier‘ in the 1930s. The professional socialist elite had usurped the party from its grass roots working class leaders even then. The first part of the book is a study of life in working class areas, the second part a polemic against the british class system and against the wealthy socialist do – gooders whose superior and condescending attitudes to the working class will always work to prevent true social mobility.

Over the past 50 years these upper class (‘trust fund kiddies’) and professional class socialists have taken over the higher echelons of the party (Corbyn’s childhood was spent in a mansion in rural Shropshire, the duffel coat wearing, bike riding, man – of – the – people is an act, he’s never had a real job in his life,) leading to Labour policy being focused on fashionable causes such as multiculturalism or sponsoring tyrants in African failed states, while the party has increasingly ignored the views of the people who have traditionally supported them and on whose votes they rely; the working class who beyond paying the political levy in their union subscriptions do not appear to get a look in these days.

Margeret Thatcher once said “the problem with socialism is that sooner or later they run out of other peoples money” and if we look at the current Labour leadership’s public spending plans it is clear that Corbyn ever becomes Prime Minister, being in the EU or not will be of little consequence for the younger snow flakes and their gap years, because the tsunami of capital flight from the UK as companies avoid Labour’s public ownership plans, will make even the most OTT scaremongering of Remainers about Brexit look as ignificant as a gnat’s fart in a hurricane.

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An Important Lesson For Do Gooders

submitted by an Author Of The Storm (In the book referred to in this article a Dickensian type character refers to the heroes as ‘authors of the storm’ having confused the title of the French story ‘Orphans of the Storm.’)

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It is a major embarrassment for the UK’s Labour party, the party of elitists, academics, lawyers and the kind of people who even though they do not know you at all are certain they know what is good for you better than you do yourself.

Once upon a time the Labour Party was a truly working class movement, men with cloth caps and vowels to hard they could cut concrete and strong women with almost invisibly thin lips and megalitic arses who got into politics to campaign for equal opportunities for all.

The the do – gooders, the pious, self righteous, holier-than-thou brigade jumped on the bandwagon (well their previous territory, religion was losing popularity faster than Ken Livingstone at a Bar Mitzvah,) and suddenly The Labour Party was no longer the party of the poor, the disadvantaged and the downtrodden, but had become the party of the hand wringing, breast beating guilt addicts who CARED about the working class and were determined to help them, whether the working class wanted the kind of help on offer or not.

And now the Labour Party, which was always opposed to prejudice against any minority groups except The Conservatives and The Liberals, found itself, because the do – gooders had enshrined love of minorities as one of the movements sacred cows, in positions where it felt obliged to support two separate minority groups that were united by a deep and long lasting mutual hatred.

Thus it was that the Labour Party found itself on the horns of a dilemma over anti – semitism. The Jewish communities of London, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool had been one of the driving forces behind the rise of the Labour Party in the first half of the twentieth century and for that reason enjoyed a special place in Labour folklore. In recent years however, the gentle, secular Judaeism practiced in European nations has been the subject of a lot of suspicion because the Zionist (Jewish nationalist) attitude of Israel and their abominable treatment of the Muslim Palestinians living in Israel had led many people, and especially many Labour hand wringers, breast beaters and do gooders to blame all Jews for the actions of Israeli extremists (in much the same way as for most of the last 2000 yeas Christians blamed all Jews for the killing of Jesus (who probably didn’t exist but if he did and if he was crucified, was killed by the Romans because Pharisaic law had blasphemers stoned, while Roman law called for seditionist to be crucified). But I digress.

So now we have half the Labour Party supporting the Palestinians and saying what a bunch of cunts the Jews are (they mean Israelis and even that is not true because it’s a generalisation,) and the other half saying we should be nice to Jews because they have been oppressed and downtrodden.

The Conservatives are happy, the Lib Dems are happy, The Greens are happy and UKIP are happy. Labour? Well they are dopey, grumpy and probably sneezy, sleepy, and bashful. George Galloway thinks he’s Doc but few agree with him.

Even though I’m not a Labour supporter (and for the benefit of those with a binary mindset, that does not mean I’m a Conservative) I’ll pass on to the party some advice from Terry Pratchett’s novel Dodger:

“Mmmm, as I recall, if you go around telling people that they are downtrodden, you tend to make two separate enemies: the people who are doing the downtreading and have no intention of stopping, and the people who are downtrodden, but nevertheless — people being who they are — don’t want to know. They can get quite nasty about it.”

So there you have it. If Labour want to be a coherent party they need to dump the self rightousness, gag the do gooders and stop siding with minorities. The ordinary people who make up the majority have rights too. There’s no way of being on the right side of the Arab / Jewish problem, they’re all Semites so whichever side you are on you are being anti semitic against one lot or the other.

(FYI:- Semites, the children of Shem son of Noah are the people of the middle east; of his other two sons, the Hamites, children of Ham, populate north African and the Japhetites (Europeans [us] are the children of Japhet. That probably does not make any sense to you, it doesn’t to me, but to a lot of people apparently, it is so important it’s worth killing for.)

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A Nice Little Bet On A Long Shot

Political Betting (image source: bbc)

The Boggart Blog bookie does not much care for political betting, there are too few serious contenders and it is too easy for the kind of operators who buy money betting on very long odds on. Spread betting is a different proposition but he has not ventured into that yet.

Still, things may change, the imminent election has so many uncertainties it throws up opportunities for the eneterprising bookmaker. One area our market making friend may get involved in is laying odds on surprise results in Labour held northern working class constituenceies. Why, you might well ask, when those seats are so safe?

Well here’s a news snippet that is in the public domain, the bookie knows more of course but bookies rely on inside information so he’s not sharing anything beyond this snippet.

… comments came as rumours spread that UKIP possess secret polling showing them ahead of Labour in a number of seats in Northern England.

While the party is not revealing the seats in question, a UKIP insider told Breitbart London that Labour have “taken either eye off the ball” in a number of areas that were previously considered safe. UKIP bosses are now expecting a number of shock results on 7th May that will dent Labour’s dominance in Northern England …

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Has Ed Miliband met his Bigotgate already?

Dan Hodges, a rabidly Blairite columnist for the Daily Telegraph (which explains perhaps why the DT is following The Guardian and Independent down the pan) commented on the incident in which Peter Baldwin, an aircraft electrician at BAE systems near Preston, Lancashire confronted Ed Miliband about Labour’s abandoning its working class roots.

Red Ed, the posh – boy Marxist, not only belittled Baldwin’s trade by equating it to a contruction electrician or the bloke wot fixes your granies washig machine (twenty – five quid for cash, luv) but similarly denigrated all skilled manual workers. And Hodges compounded the insult thus:

‘Now let’s have a look a Peter Baldwin. “The question on everybody’s mind is the referendum”. No, it isn’t. The question on everyone’s mind is who killed Lucy Beale?”

The Labour leader (right) asks electrician Peter Baldwin, “So who do you think killed Lucy Beale” (image source)

I sprayed the kitchen wall with cornflakes, then laughed so much I nearly shat. The idea is so ludicrous it deserves a prize at the comedy awards.

Peter Baldwin was talking about his fellow engineers in the staff room.

Does Danny Boy really believe that a bunch of engineers sit around discussing Eastenders? Who is Lucy Beale? Even my wife does not watch East Enders.

In my time I have worked with engineers, trod the factory floor, been a market trader and a computer professional. All put me into blokey environments and in none of them was Eastenders (or any soap for that matter) a topic for discussion. Who killed J.R.? Who gave a fuck?

Most conversations centred on sport, sex, and comedy. On occasion however the lads did discuss politics. And even tough I retired at fifty (Sixteen years ago), immigration and our relationship with the EU was high on the list of priorities, as were economics and foreign policy. On the EU, interestingly, the majority thought we should to get out because it was clear even then that Brussels was pushing towards a single federal state and that would mean loss of sovereignty and loss of civil rights.

Later in my career, as an IT consultant by then) I was involved with a corporation that employed more females and leftie types and guess what?

They also do not sit around discussing Eastenders – though to be fair they also don’t pay much attention to the EU either, preferring yo babble idiotically about equality and ‘yooman rights’.

The campaign has not even started properly yet, the election is still over two months away and already Labour, the paedophile l;oving party of elitists are busy showing their utter contempt for the the white working class, the demographic one whose votes they must rely for any hope of winning a majority.

What an awesome leader Ed Miliband has turned out to be. If David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Nigel Farage, Nicola Bennett and that weird woman who is more crab paste than caviar had selected the Labour leader, they could not have picked on who would aid their campaigns more.

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Just when Labour leader Ed Miliband thought it was safe to go back to the transport cafe …

A strong feeling is starting to emerge that whatever the Labour leadeship does, the party are not going to win May’s election. In spite of the unpopularity of the Conservative led coalition, the feeling is taking hold that Labour is no longer the party of the working class, instead they represent professionals (particularly lawyers) and academics and are thus an elitist movement.

In a debate on the Labour Party’s rapidly diminishing chances of winning the general election in May, Labour MP Ian Lavery said he was “frightened” by the ruling “elite” in Westminster, elitists who have never held a proper job and and look down on the working class.

This hardly-a-shock revelation came as Labour MPs embarked on a renewal of the party’s internecine warfare between elite Fabian socialists and the working class grassroots over the direction the party should take, after Tony Blair, its most electorally successful (and most business friendly and Thatcherite) leader, warned Mr Miliband is leading it to defeat.

MPs like Mr. Lavery along with campaigners against paedophile cover ups such as John Mann (Bassetlaw) and Simon Danczuk (Rochdale), are firm supporters of a return to solid working class values, while the pensée unique Fabians led by the Earl of Longford’s niece (a fact she is rather coy about in her Wikipedia entry) Hattie Harman favours avoiding future paedophile scandals by lowering the age of sexual consent to FOUR and solving Britain’s economic woes by returning to a policy of uncontrolled mass immigration and funding the deficit by borrowing from international bankers.

Mr Lavery, the MP for Wansbeck in Northumberland, is a former president of the National Union of Mineworkers, taking part in the 1984-85 strike. He was elected in 2010.

His comments came during a fringe event at a conference organised by left-wing think tank CLASS, which is funded by the trade unions. He was speaking during a discussion on Labour’s welfare policy, in which he said the Labour Party is “in the wrong place” on the issue.

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Maureen Lipman: ‘Silly Bugger’ Miliband Can’t Be Jewish and Eat Bacon

Is the Labour Party about to find it’s soul? Doubtful, but at least Maureen Lipmann is making a bit of an effort to look for it. Part of the Labour Party’s soul resided in the Jewish religion, the rest – well it used to be said here in the north that the Labour Party owed more to Methodism than Maxism.

You see the true working class Labour supporter did not have much time for academics and intellectuals like Karl Marx. It was the elitists who formed The Fabian Society that dragged Labour down the road to authoritarianism. It’s strange though that while working class voters were prepared to put up with the likes of Lady Astor, Lord Longford and Viscount Stansgate and Labour’s army of wealthy lawyers and academics who considered themselves experts on working class lives even though few had actually done and honest days’s labour in their own lives. In spite of that, until now working class voters have largely remained loyal.

How strange it will be if something as mundane as a bacon sandwich destorys that bond.

What the working class will not tolerate is being patronised and when some smart arseed PPE graduate decided to respond to calls for Labour to reconnect with the working class by having leader Ed Miliband eat a ‘working class’ breakfast, a bacon sandwich it was patronising in the exreme to assume working class Labour voters were too ignorant to know that Ed Miliband is Jewish(ish) and most Jewish people do not eat bacon.

So now, not only has that stupid publicity stunt pissed off a lot of working class voters, it has pissed off a lot of Labour’s affluent Jewish suporters to. And the nation’s favourite Jewish Grandma, Maureen Lipmann, has gone on the warpath.

from Breitbart-London

“… it’s not exactly like all Jews refrain from bacon – such is my experience of living in Hampstead Garden Suburb for the past three and a half years anyway. I’m told (by some of my pulled pork-loving Jewish friends) that Judaism is “like a buffet cart” that people often pick and choose from. If Miliband chooses the bacon sandwich, who are we to judge?”

Well I’m certainly in no position, but actress Maureen Lipman seems to be, if her interview with the Times is anything to go by.

Lipman,[…] is described as being “intolerant of left-wing intellectuals who have left their Jewish faith behind”

When told of Miliband’s “tussle” with a bacon sandwich during the recent election campaign, Lipman said: “In the case of some people it makes them look extremely clever if they don’t take what would be a natural Jewish standpoint… That’s your posh left wing.
“Bacon sandwich! Silly bugger, if he thinks he’s coming here for dinner after that!”

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We think Ms. Lipmann is being a bit harsh. Anyone who saw the news pictures of Ed about to throw up his bacon sandwich would realise he was stitched up by his PR people.

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