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From now on, the only people who live together but will not be able to get these protections will be brothers and sisters, who continue to be driven from their former homes by inheritance tax, when one of them dies. Civil partnerships are state licenses for cohabitation. They are deliberately stripped of any remaining religious content. That is why radicals have been campaigning for them for so long. There is no room in them for the ‘sexist’ distinction between husband and wife.
And the wholly artificial and frankly absurd borders of the old Ukraine Soviet Republic were hard to enforce, as there were so many links, of families and economy, which operated across them. I suspect this did considerable damage to an economy formerly integrated with the Russian neighbour. Ukraine, which has a highly-educated and industrially skilled population, as well as valuable agriculture and mineral resources, good transport infrastructure and good sea access, really ought to be prosperous and happy. The horrible effect of 70 years of Soviet rule interspersed with ultra-violent German invasions and Russian counter-attacks is one reason why it is not.
In fact, the Black Sea is to Russia much as the Gulf of Mexico is to the USA, or the Irish Sea is to us. In fact, more so, since the Black Sea is a dead end, not a passage. As far too many people know today – especially the distressed families of young men and women derailed by marijuana use – Powell’s decree was all too successful. Hospital beds for the mentally ill are extraordinarily hard to find and keep. But this has obscured his equally wrong ‘Water Tower’ speech of 1961, in which he launched the idea that the mentally ill should be cared for in future ‘in the community’.
I feel for any people stuck with such a government. For this reason I feel entitled, from time to time, to say things about other people’s countries which are not entirely complimentary. But there are some nationalisms so engorged with fury and passion that the slightest aspersion brings rage and resentment. Generally, these are the countries which would benefit most from a good, long self-criticism session. I do my fair share of criticism of the country formerly known as Great Britain, and so feel entitled to say the occasional critical thing about other people’s countries too.
This is not because I wish to intervene in them but it is often because I want to discourage other people from interfering in them. They are confined in the Idlib region, after defeats in much of the rest of Syria, especially following the capture of Aleppo by forces of the Assad state backed by Russia. It appears their eventual final defeat is likely unless they can somehow persuade the USA and other major western powers to offer them major support, soon. There are signs that, though the recent OPCW leak has been very poorly covered in Western media, it has led to some concern among diplomats. France issued a bizarre statement affirming its confidence in the OPCW, though very few people in France know that the body’s impartiality has been questioned.
They don’t fit in our carefully-balanced constitution, which gives the final decision on all matters to Parliament. But how can that be so, if there is a rival source of power which also comes from the voters? This is the cause of the mess we are now in, which is quite bad enough. Sometimes I wonder just how many of the people who collect awards and honours really deserve them. I have seen a lot of people fail to get credit for hard work, courage and enterprise, while others carried off the gongs.
My advice in all such matters is ‘Calm down, dear’. Its economy is the size of Italy’s and failing badly. Meanwhile we pay no attention to the real threat from China, which has now extended its influence into South America, and into Eastern Europe, and which grows more powerful every day.
Our lawless enemies kept their guns and bombs, rose to power, and dined at Windsor Castle. The final scenes of slaughter are, by contrast, powerfully moving. In many parts of this country, the balance of fear is shifting. Criminals are not afraid of the police and the courts.
This horrible phrase, which at first sight sounds so cosy and enlightened, was a big, thumping lie. Enoch Powell is, in my view rightly, condemned for his careerist, cheap and deliberately inflammatory 1968 speech about immigration, which was selfishly designed to restart his stalled political career and halted all serious discussion on the subject for years. Prisons have to cope with alarming numbers of severely mentally ill inmates, for whom they can do little or nothing. Each year there are frightening numbers of episodes in which mentally ill people, shoved out on to the streets and given drugs because there are no beds for them, kill or injure innocent people at random. Last week it was officially admitted that police are having to ignore more and more crimes to look after mentally ill people cast adrift by our broken mental health system. Scotland Yard, for example, gets a call seeking help with a mentally ill person every four minutes.
Who cares if Doctor Who is a man or a woman? Anyone would think it was one of the ancient offices of state, like Archbishop of Canterbury or Lord Chancellor . But Jodie Whittaker’s debut in the role was a heavy-handed expression of equality and diversity propaganda, a comprehensive school, post-Christian, multicultural mish-mash, so full of pious messages that it left no room for a decent plot. As far as I could work out, a large clove of garlic from another galaxy was trying to take over the world by stealing people’s teeth. There was a surprising number of violent deaths. Why do so many in the media use the completely wrong word ‘rescue’ when our naval and coastguard ships pick up illegal immigrants, who have been deliberately sent out into dangerous seas in unfit craft by criminal people smugglers?
It may well be a side-effect of Russia’s intervention in Syria, which has greatly frustrated Saudi ambitions in that region, Saudi ambitions which the USA, Britain and France, plus Turkey, had very much hoped to help fulfil. Berlin got its reward, for all the help and gold it had sent Lenin through the mysterious middleman Parvus Helphand. Lenin used the gold to overthrow Russia’s first ever free government, which had come to power in March 1917 and was continuing to fight against Berlin and Vienna. And Lenin, by then an absolute tyrant, handed Ukraine to Germany in the crushing Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. This passage is particularly noteworthy. (I have inserted the more normal spellings of the names of some cities rendered in the less well-known Ukrainian form) .
The results of this unhinged, greedy and ill-informed action have been catastrophic. The Kerch Bridge was not put up overnight. In fact its construction took three years between May 2015 and May 2018. If any ships truly have been ‘bottled up’ in Mariupol or Berdyansk, because they are too tall to get under it, then their captains or owners must surely have very slow reactions.
I also recommend Richard Sakwa’s interesting book ‘Frontline Ukraine’ as an antidote to much of the foolish conventional wisdom churned out on the topic. Let’s be optimistic and say that it is possible that, despite his total lack of qualifications, experience or the sinews of power , he is in fact ideally suited to the job and will be the saviour of the Ukrainian people. But forgive me if I add that it seems pretty unlikely to me. It seems more likely that he will have to rest on, and call forth, the powers which rule Ukraine, mostly oligarchs.