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Nationalism

Quite often we hear how nationalism is dangerous. Bad. Wrong. It has negative connotations, and is associated with both the world wars. If you want to see how far the SJW poison has spread google nationalism. Negative images and Nazi flags abound. Yet nationalism is rising across the world. Brexit and Trump are two clear examples. Also, nationalist governments have been elected in Austria, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. Catalonia has a separatist movement that appears to be growing in strength. So is nationalism really that bad? And why is it on the rise?

A Look Back at History

Let us examine World War One. Surely the clearest case that shows nationalism is bad? Different countries, each with a notion of their superiority, squaring up to each other and being belligerent. Eventually it spilled over in to open war. But was it really nationalism? Most of the countries involved had some kind of Empire. Britain certainly did. France had overseas territories. Russia had a land empire, as did Austria Hungary. The Ottoman empire had held sway over the middle east, parts of North Africa and Europe. Germany had some colonies but badly wanted an empire. Britain was afraid of losing hers. Russia was always looking to expand, and draw in more Slavic peoples. The Ottomans wanted to win back territory, and vie for more land with Russia.

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UK Since the Referendum-Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

(All data, graphs and figures from the Office for National Statistics. Available under the Open Government License.)

Where to begin? The amount of disinformation before, during and after the referendum on EU membership has been staggering. Now commonly called fake news, this has been spread by various mainstream media across television, the internet and old fashioned newspapers. It includes national broadcasters, key politicians, pressure groups, vacuous celebrities and even a U.S. President. As the saying goes there are “lies, damned lies, and statistics.” So I am going to examine a few. As with most things the context is key. We are now in a position to see what has happened 18 months down the line. Looking at long term trends also helps put things in perspective.

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EU directive – General Data Protection Regulations

Sweaty Dave, Going Postal
Europa Building, Brussels

You may be wondering why recently you have been getting post from banks, utilities and financial institutions amending Terms and Conditions.
A new set of rules are coming into force in May next year, which few of you will have heard of, but most will be affected. General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), an EU directive, comes into force in the UK on the 25th of May 2018, despite Brexit. GDPR are an update upon the older, looser Data Protection Act and will be followed by the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) due in 2019.

Few companies or individuals have started to prepare for the new regulations and most that do, say they will struggle to be ready in time.

What is all the fuss about?

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Clinton Crimes – The Silence is Deafening. Part One

James Dalton, Going Postal
Hillary Clinton – revered by the media

…Or. How the Mainstream Media Manipulates the Masses.

There’s a lot going on in the news at the moment. Much noise on many stories. We rely on journalism to provide the public with a window into what events of importance are happening in the world. Journalists aren’t doing this for the UK public. They are loud on many issues and quiet on others.  I’m sure you know by now that Kevin Spacey the Hollywood actor is gay, evidently, though like me you probably have no interest in Mr Spacey’s sexuality.

Something is rotten in the State of Denmark. In the UK there is much rot too. In its political state and journalistic state, carrion litters Westminster, Whitehall, the printed press, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky news channels – and this week the aroma has been overwhelming.

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The EU is Doomed, Part Four

Jonathon Davies, Going Postal

Problems between East and West

When the Roman Empire fell in the west, what remained in the east carries on. To us it is commonly known as the Byzantine Empire, they called themselves Romans. It took on a more Greek identity, focused on Constantinople, and had its own Patriarch to oversee orthodox Christianity. It was they who successfully converted the Russ, ancestors of modern Russia. Here was preserved much of the ancient learning from Greek and Roman academics, scholars, doctors, philosophers, scientists, mathematicians, etc. The Empire had split in to east and west, each with its own Emperor.

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The EU is Doomed, Part Three

Jonathon Davies, Going Postal

Brexit

Bryan Ward-Perkins’ The Fall of Rome and the End of Civilization (2005) makes the point that constant invasions led to rebellions, as a measure of self-help to deal with the situation. This further depleted Imperial resources. The Empire in its latter days had a tendency to break up in to smaller blocks. Well, in this vein we have had the Brexit rebellion. Fed up with uncontrolled migration, 17.4 million people voted to leave. When the U.K. does eventually leave, this will further deplete E.U. resources. Allied to this Britain rode out the 2008 financial crisis better than most. This was because it was not tied to the disaster area of the Euro single currency.

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The last betrayal?

bassman, Going Postal
Traitor and all round loon

There are those on this site who think that the Tories are sleepwalking in a trance towards the destruction of their electoral prospects, possibly forever in their current guise. I spend a lot of time reading round the points we raise on here, which means I am forever about 465 comments behind in a permanent state of catch-up. I thought I would devote some of my time to reminding myself how we came to this critical moment, and perhaps some of you would appreciate a refresher: there will be some cutting and pasting so it’s a bit cheap to claim much of a writing credit, but: hey ho. It’s a fairly brisk canter through some of the salient features as you can go on and on in the detail of it all, but any cursory study of the period will expose the hostility and dishonesty of successive governments on a grand scale towards their own citizens, and the persistent thread of bloody-minded opposition to being ruled from Brussels.

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The EU is Doomed, Part Two

Jonathon Davies, Going Postal

Invaders and immigration

Peter Heather in The Fall of the Roman Empire (2005) lays the blame on failure to deal with external threats from the Persian Sassanid Empire in the East. Roman military misadventures in the East cost huge sums of money and bogged down 20%-25% of its army. Sound familiar? It took 50 years to come to terms with this threat. How long have we had troops in Iraq and Afghanistan? How long has Syria been rumbling on? Added to this, writes Heather, were the later Germanic invasions which finally broke the Empire.

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