Saturday, 28 February 2009

Culture war weapons #1

“the creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again: but already it was impossible to say which was which.” - George Orwell, Animal Farm.

I’ve got two problems with our particular neighbourhood of the blogosphere.

The first is that while I share much of my colleagues’ anger and frustration at the utter failure of our rulers to get a grip and deal with the threats and other problems that face us today, analysis of how it all came to go so badly wrong so quickly tends to be sketchy or absent.

[Please, honourable exceptions; do not hurt me; you know who you are but I might have missed you out. I’d love to read your thoughts on this.]

Because who controls the past controls the future and who controls the present controls the past, I sought to find out how our peaceful, law abiding and respected country has so quickly degenerated into corruption, crime and poverty and I needed to find out right soon.

The other part of my worries about my comrades of the dextrosphere is that some are too optimistic about our side’s chances of making effective change on the one hand and also their current almost eschatological hope for nationwide political upheaval and some exciting overthrowing to be done against our corrupt and self-serving new masters. I think that this latter posture is reactionary in both senses of the word.

I’m a conservative and therefore I don’t expect any single source to have all or even most of the answers, but…

Knowledge is power and power is a weapon, as well as a goal, of war.

The Triumph of the Political Class by Peter Oborne is a very fine weapon indeed, as it is a rich source of truth about the present and recent past of British politics.

A political journalist and author, Oborne has anatomized our new ruling caste: their origins and beliefs; their activities, inter-relations and ways of life, and what this all means for good government. It means death.

Bullet-points now for the skim-reader, about the political class, hereinafter referred to as the PC;

# What we’ve got here is a self-perpetuating elite of lifelong, full-time politicians who are usually university educated and have no business or military experience and who subsist pretty much as financial beneficiaries of the State and the State’s clients and supporters (such as the mainstream media, the subsidized arts and academia, and certain favoured State-supplying private contractors and think-tanks.) They have no interests inside civil society and none within politics other than the accumulation and use of power for self and partisan – or factional – gain.

# The PC has corrupted almost all the institutions of government and society that once were anatomized as ‘The Establishment’: the formerly neutral Civil Service, the security services, the judiciary and rule of law, parliament and the independent press, and has even muscled into the Royal Family’s private grief for partisan advantage.

# It has blurred the distinctions between the private spheres of family, charity and commerce and merged them into public power and the institutions of government and on top of this it has broken down the separation of party political interests and the State and the State’s resources.


Political party membership has tumbled since 1945 for 20% of the population to a few hundred

thousand now. Political parties need media resources to persuade would-be voters as the mass doorstep canvass has become a thing of the past. This requires money and control over the media.


The PC believes in the overwhelmingly beneficial power of government to improve the lives of individuals and nations – if government given enough power and freedom to use it at will.


The 1960’s university Marxists plus the Age of Aquarius radical individualists have moved into politics to effect their ends peacefully but dishonesty via the conquest and subordination of traditional national institutions to their ends alone.

Some impatience with the old establishment began under the Thatcher Tories’ time in office – remember her liking for Yes Minister?, and so some boundaries began to be eroded or overleapt in her eagerness to get the country working and prosperous again, and to win the Cold War. However, this was as nothing compared with the monsoon of subversion and the embedding of partisan ‘advisers’ throughout Whitehall when New Labour came to power.

They have no income of their own apart from what they can make in government and from its clients so they can’t really do the honourable thing when they are proved to be wrong or dishonest and resign – so the Civil Service gets to carry the can instead.


>Corruption of the Civil Service’s upper echelons from being professional and permanent governmental advisors to becoming partisans of the ruling party’s policies. Subordination of Cabinet Secretaries’ impartiality to New Labour’s factional needs, for example, began much from the start of Tony Blair’s first term of office.

>Creating a political and media elite who feed each other – exciting initiatives announced in newspapers whose circulations rise in return for support up to and including the whitewashing of corruption and the smearing of honest officials and whistleblowers. The press was right at the head of the queue to trash the reputation of the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Elizabeth Filkin as she battled and tried to punish MPs’ corruption. She was ousted in part by the press and in part by briefings made by senior figures in all three major political parties.

>Bringing partisan outsiders (‘advisors’) into government – and empowering them to issue orders to the Civil Service.

>Muscling in on the judiciary.

>Absolving a tame and well-paid Parliament from the consequences of improper conduct and persecuting the upholders of its honour and propriety.

>Using military and political intelligence data for purposes of public persuasion.

>Well-paid movement available and unchecked between politics, Civil Service, private companies that water at the public trough, plus quangos and think-tank/’charities’ that support the statist party line. Bankers’ bonuses, anyone? Polly Toynbee at Guardian and BBC.

> Absorbing the leadership of all three national parties into a comfortable club wherein mutual support and shared values set them against their own core supporters and the national interest. Creating and fighting over a soggy centre ground where, for example, the class interests of the working classes or the middle classes are frustrated by the sheer lack of competition between party leaders and their policies.


# Democracy becomes a meaningless sham; a game of musical chairs played by a small group of friends where everyone gets a go at the prizes in return for not offering the voters distinct choices that would exclude the other players for a parliament or three. Call them the NewLabDemoServatives.

# Government is incompetent: unquestioned by an investigative media which has now become government’s poodle, and unchecked in folly and haste by a neutered Civil Service and a weakened judiciary, it spends money like water on projects that achieve little or no good, often do great harm, and managed to make a just war against undoubted tyrants and the foulest ideological and existential assailants on Earth both unpopular and Britain’s part in it unappreciated by the bulk of a (briefly-indoctrinated) British public.

# People are looking for something else; something that the deracinated, internationalist corrupted, invaded and subverted gentlemen’s club of Westminster Whitehall and their arts, media and academic cheerleaders and apologists and their refuses to address.

In a recession which is morphing into a depression, what people turn to might not be very nice at all…

And the PC is clueless when its policies lead directly to something other than the heirs of Churchill and Atlee.

There is no single source of truth this side of the Afterlife, and so I take some exception to what Oborn has written:

> He understates the importance of cultural Marxism – which would be influential in government and the academy, media and arts even if we brought back Maggie and Norman Tebbit (Peace Be Unto Them) and the old-style Civil Service; Sir Humphrey Appleby and all today.

(Men kissing in Doctor Who, Skins, Life on Mars, atheists on Thought For The Day!)

> He understates the importance of the European Union and how the left-wing ’Conservatives’ had sold off much of Parliament’s power and our freedom long before Tony Blair and Gordon Brown set foot in Downing Street.

> He thinks the West was wrong to go to war with Iraq. I disagree, but that’s for another time.

However, if you really want to know what’s been going on and why you absolutely must shout at the ‘Conservative’ on Question Time as he goes along with the four other Left-wing celebrities’ high-spending fantasies and their anti-Semitism, and wonder why no TV interviewer ever asks any politician ’What makes you think the Government has the right to tax people to pay for this untested programme?’ – then The Triumph of the Political Class will show the source much of your anger.

Which takes me back to my issues with other Starboard watchers…

Part One.It’ll be easy: once we win the election and we get on of ours into power.

No, it won’t. The three main parties are riddled with the PC and they are going to fight like hell to keep their privileges and they’ll have the full force of the PC in the media, the academy and entertainment accusing us of genocide if our Health Secretary suggests the thriftier use of generic sticky tape in NHS stationery offices. Detoxifying the Civil Service will be a long and bloody struggle with Tony’s Cronies and Gordon’s Morons fighting every foot of the way and all four broadsheets and the BBC and Sky slandering our work as ‘politicization of the Civil Service’ – a decade after it was in fact completed and ignored by the MSM.

Even if (heaven forefend!) a tidal wave wiped out half a Tory Cabinet and left John Redwood, David Davis and Liam Fox in charge, they’ll have to be damned careful and offer the remaining, purged Civil Service its old position of influence and privilege back again.

I’d give Elizabeth Filkin the job, with the promise of Cabinet Secretary as a retirement present once the job was done.

And by the time all this was done, then the cultural Marxists would have marched through the last surviving parts of the Education, Justice, Defence and Transport Ministries and would be holding the government of the day to some kind of ransom.

Still, that’d be something for a loyal and independent Civil Service to actually deal with to prove their regained integrity...

Part Two; we really need a change of the whole set-up.

No we bloody don’t. The careful oversight of the separation of powers between Parliament, bureaucracy, judiciary, party and private enterprise created by a century and a half of careful integrity-testing by the uptight squares and judgemental Victorian mandarins worked. Let’s not fanny around with constitutional conventions and upheavals – let’s just haul the ship of State off the reef, hang the mutineers, and let the true authorities do their fewer, and cheaper, legitimate tasks.



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