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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Reflection of Farage/Clegg Debate - and the EUs peacocks.

It seems that Nigel Farage and I are in step in our thinking on the Sevastopol issue - the EU has to be careful not to tread deeply into the Russian sphere of influence. At least Obama and the EU are now tacitly acknowledging that military options must be ruled out.
In his debate with Clegg, Farage is reported to have accused the EU of having blood on its hands over the Ukraine. Clegg on the other hand praised the bloc's influence in Eastern Europe; he is reported to have said "It was the British governments that pioneered the enlargement of the European Union so we'd have more peace, more democracy and more rule of law in our European neck of the woods."

Mr Farage responded by saying "we can all hang our heads in shame. We've given a false series of hopes to a group of people in the west of Ukraine; So 'geed' up were they that they actually toppled their own elected leader. That provoked Mr Putin and I think the European Union frankly does have blood on its hands in the Ukraine and I don't want a European army, navy, air force or a European foreign policy."

I think that the way ahead now surely lies in the EU and the USA recognising Crimea as part of Russia, with Russia withdrawing troops from the Ukrainian border and all parties, the USA, the EU's member states, Ukraine and Russia agreeing on Ukrainian neutrality, recognised and guaranteed by all.

Otherwise, we are set for a Black Sea Freeze, if not a wider Cold War II.

Monday, 24 March 2014

EU peacocking is a danger.

The EU is wrong to perform its current diplomatic sabre -rattling routine. 

The reality is that the interest which Russia has in Sevastopol, and hence Crimea, is vital to her; more vital to her than Portsmouth is to the UK. 

The old arrangement, the one put in place by Khrushchev at a time when no one dreamt that the USSR would ever fall or fail, gave Russia all she needed and let Ukraine have her place on the world stage.

The EU has disturbed that when Baroness Ashton (The English Woman) carried out her pas de deux with Kiev.  It is the EU which has the expansionist mindset.

So why all this EU peacocking?  Is it because it takes the eye off the Eurozone crisis?  

I think so: It is an old ploy, and a dangerous one at that.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Sevastopol

The EU has forgotten (or more likely, its unelected bureaucrats are ignorant of) the fact that Russia will hold her need for her Black Sea naval base - and the access that gives her - as vital to her interests - it is within what used to be recognised as the Russian (USSR) sphere of influence.
 
Stupid of the EU and unbelievably naive of Obama to not realise that.
 
A nation does not easily forget 25 million war dead nor which near neighbour was influential in that.
 
Putting it diplomatically.
 
 

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Nationalising Familes in Scotland - State Controlled Childhood

The SNP are planning, or rather plotting, to appoint a so-called named person to be a guardian for each and every child in Scotland, without the consent of parents.

This is state imposition. It is tantamount to national control of families in Scotland - nationalisation of families.

I think that parents' common law rights, or, if you will, their so called human rights, are being usurped.  This must be illegal and is contrary to natural justice.

Not at all  British!

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Mandela - Tribute

I was a school boy in South Africa when Nelson Mandela and others were convicted of acts of sabotage.

 The ANC, under Mandela, had resolved to switch from a campaign of non-violence in the face of the intransigence of the Apartheid Regime.   I recall power line pylons being blown up and on one occasion heard that a man had been shot whilst attempting to deposit bags of poison on the reservoir feeding Durban, my home town.

 I also clearly remember the bombing at Johannesburg Central Station, attributed to the African Resistance movement, not to the ANC itself: that bomb, placed by John Harris, killed a 77 year old woman and injured others. The event shocked South Africa and even as a child I had become aware of an often unspoken but palpable public fear as a backdrop to life. Harris was sentenced to hang and was executed in in 1965.

 
That background of fear in those days in South Africa, a fear that a mass uprising would lead to widespread bloodshed, led to the Apartheid Regime being kept in power by the white only electorate.

 It was as if there were two nations living in the same space but almost completely out of touch with each other, in different worlds.  I don’t doubt that if I’d been born a black South African, I’d have joined the ANC, and would have wanted to rebel. Years later, serving in Northern Ireland, I saw parallels in the Catholic Protestant divide.  These are divisions we still see across the world today – making the change and reconciliation in South Africa all the more remarkable.

Nelson Mandela had embarked on a change from a campaign of non-violence to one of an armed struggled. That led to his arrest and conviction.  One can only guess at how far that armed struggle would have gone, under his power and influence.

Mandela being sentenced to imprisonment on Robben Island surely curtailed ANC violence, and, ironically the 27 years there profoundly influenced Mandela. When he was released, he was a man of peace. 

I visited South Africa the year before the first proper elections: the white population was still in fear – people barricaded their homes at night, avoided sleeping near windows, some even doing so in internal corridors.
But as I travelled about, speaking to all races, I sensed nothing but goodwill within each race. I felt that no one had bad intent though almost all still feared that others did.  Everyone held back and voted in hope. Mandela’s magic worked; the elections were a huge peaceful success.
Robben Island was the making of Mandela, and Mandela was the making of new South Africa, now a free sovereign nation. Living up to his legacy is now South Africa’s greatest goal and its next mountain.