Sunday, 20 January 2008

Britain is doomed

Anyway, I've been busy lately but I thought I'd mention why I fled Britain to the far side of the Atlantic. This is based in part on a comment I posted to another blog a few months ago, shortly after I left.

In addition to myself, some of my friends have gone, another now lives abroad most of the year, and others have talked seriously of getting out; all of them the kind of skilled, educated workers who are supposed to be the backbone of Britain's future 'knowledge economy'. Before I left I mentioned to the Pakistani guy who ran the local corner shop -- and emigrated to Britain long ago -- that I was going, and even he said he wished he could too.

Skilled, professional, middle-class workers are literally queuing up to leave Britain; for example, last I heard the Canadian embassy in London had a five year backlog of emigration visa applications.

The fundamental problem is that Britain today is only a good place to live if you're a Russian billionaire who pays no taxes, or you're on welfare. The skilled, educated middle class are being screwed by high taxes, declining real wages and a high cost of living, while Muslim terrorist sympathisers and white secular 'single mothers' who've never worked a day in their lives get big handouts paid for by those middle class taxes. 'Free' housing on welfare is a huge benefit when the average house in London costs $600,000, and the 'tax credit' welfare system often allows a single mother who works minimum wage for a few hours a week to take home more money than a middle-class professional working full time.

To some the 'brain drain' looks like a religious problem because such a large fraction of Muslim immigrants live on welfare, but the white middle-class rarely interact with them; the working class and welfare class whites who do live in or near Muslim areas don't have the option of leaving as most countries require a degree and proof of skills. Nor is Islam, per se, the problem; while young, middle-class Muslim immigrants may conduct terror attacks, the older middle-class Muslims who arrived in the UK decades ago were largely assimilated and can see Britain's decay just as clearly as we do. The older Muslims I knew were more British than the teenage chavs whose ancestors had been in Britain for centuries.

Now, that said, one of the reasons I left Britain was because I don't want to live under Sharia law, but it was a secondary issue compared to the more basic one of the lousy quality of life for middle-class workers there today. I would also add that the government's open borders policy increasingly made me feel that I was already living in a foreign country so why not move to one?

Unless there is some dramatic change, in a couple of decades Britain will be a nation of rich bankers, welfare cases (many of them Third World immigrants) and government employees. That's not a formula for social cohesion, and as the welfare state breaks down, we'll see open violence between the chavs (aka anglo-saxon welfare scum) and the unskilled immigrants who compete with them for welfare and jobs.

Another of my secondary reasons for leaving was the chavification of the area where I worked to the point where I was no longer happy leaving my car parked in the street (every now and again the chavs would set a few on fire for fun) or walking a few minutes from the office to the nearby fish and chip shop to pick up some food before I went home at night. When I was a teenager there were few places I wouldn't walk at night -- the town welfare estate being one of them -- but a couple of decades later with an infestation of CCTV cameras in place of police and a mass influx of unassimilated, unskilled immigrants there were increasingly few places I felt at all safe.

Which brings us on to a third reason: Britain is being turned into an intrusive, total surveillance police state which would have had Stalin or Hitler thinking it was Christmas all year round. The middle class are harassed for minor infringements of bullshit laws, while the scum are free to prey on the middle class at will; even if the police catch them, odds are they'll get less punishment for a real crime with real victims than a middle-class professional will for driving at 80mph on a motorway. They don't even have to care about being jailed for a while, whereas with the increasing spread of 'police checks' for employment, the middle class could lose their jobs over some minor infractions.

The thee things Britain really needs are a return to the days when immigrants were expected to assimilate, the elimination of the police state in favor of actual policing and sensible punishment, and a total revamping of the welfare system which has largely supported the growth of violent ghettos full of people of various races and religions who never do anything productive in their lives but have plenty of time to be destructive. Unfortunately, those policies are far too politically incorrect to happen until there's a catastrophe which requires them... particularly as the Labour party are increasingly reliant on the votes of Muslims, criminals and welfare cases to maintain power. Their core support used to be the urban working class but they're the very people hit hardest by 'multiculturalism' and mass immigration of unskilled workers.

By the way, it's worth noting that, thanks to Britain's antiquated electoral system, Labour won the last election with only 22% of the votes. Some people have predicted a 20+% Muslim population in the UK before 2050... so Sharia law may not take long.

That's assuming, of course, that the EU doesn't ban elections in the UK well before that point.

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Filterkeys

One of the reasons I really hate Windows is because of all the stupid crap that's installed by default because three users thought it might be useful. One of the most annoying is the stupid dialog box which comes up if you hold the shift key down for a few seconds.

Finally, I discovered how to permanently disable the stupid thing thanks to this web site:

Stupid Windows Features

Monday, 13 August 2007

Moving

I've just moved out of Europe and across the Atlantic, so won't be around much for a while until I have my life set up over here!

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Elephants In The Living Room #1

In modern Western culture, we have a herd of elephants in our living rooms; problems that are obvious to anyone who looks for them, but which the majority are trying desperately to avoid noticing.

One of the largest is this simple fact: most people today are economically worthless. Morally, perhaps, they're all God's children and that, but economically they're a drain on society rather than a benefit.

Britain has around a million unemployed, many of them long-term, and millions more who are 'permanently disabled', many of them for life, and many of them disabled in the last few years. The reality, of course, is that the last Tory government began a policy of reducing unemployment figures by shifting long-term unemployed onto disability benefit, and the Labour government since have continued and extended that policy. 'Permanently disabled' is now just a more politically correct term for 'permanently unemployed'.

But it's worse than that. In addition to permanently disabling millions of people, the Labour government have hired many more into worthless government jobs as 'diversity monitors', administrators, police performance evaluation, or whatever.

But it's even worse than that. In addition to the welfare scum and the government bureaucrats, there are vast numbers of private sector workers whose jobs only exist to enforce various laws; collecting taxes or advising people on how to avoid paying tax through our horrendously complex tax exemption laws, for example.

But it's even worse than that. In addition to the welfare scum and the government bureaucrats and the private sector 'law enforcers' there's also a huge financial system which exists primarily to compensate for the inflation that government deliberately creates. If we had stable money, we could simply stick it under the mattress... but since the government is printing more than 10% more money every single year in the UK, we have to give the money to the banks in the hope that they'll manage to sustain its value.

So I don't think it's hard to see that perhaps two thirds of the population of the UK are little but consumption machines who do nothing else to help the productive minority, and many who actively harm the productive minority.

Of course this is hardly new. Rome had a huge mob of worthless people fed bread and circuses whose only role was to suck dry the productive members of Roman society; this is why the productive Romans came to welcome the prospect of barbarians destroying the Roman Empire and freeing them from slavery. A competent Emperor could have turned the situation around, but not only were they increasingly inept through Rome's decline but they had no stomach for facing the mob.

The question is, what do we do about it? As Western societies grow poorer, there will be less and less money available to fund millions of worthless people. Either welfare to the worthless will have to be cut back further and further, or taxes will have to rise until they cripple productive activity; the former will cause chaos through rioting, the latter will cause collapse as the productive emigrate or go on strike.

Fixing the problem would take decades and require major political changes. Unfortunately we neither have the time or the politicians with balls who would push through unpopular changes, so it won't happen. Most likely the problem will be allowed to fester and grow worse with ever-increasing taxes until we see a revolution or total social collapse.

Sunday, 1 July 2007

'Who Is Alan Greenspan?'

Alan Greenspan was the man who could create or destroy markets with a well-worded sentence. As the most powerful central banker the world has ever seen -- probably the most powerful central banker the world ever will see before the whole idea is totally discredited in the upcoming economic collapse -- it's only fitting that he's given us the largest credit bubble that the world has ever seen.

A few years ago we listened to his every word and to many people he looked like the world's best economist. Now, as the credit bubble falls apart around us and looks like it may take down the entire post-WWII global economic and political system, he looks like the world's biggest dumb-ass.

But is that right?

I'm not so sure. Greenspan was a Randite, and a supporter of the gold standard, long before he became a central banker; that's about the greatest possible transition in economics. But did he ever really change?

In 'Atlas Shrugged', one of Rand's ideas was that the productive people of the world could destroy the looters by giving them exactly what they wanted. What most people want today is free money for doing nothing, and with his credit bubble Greenspan has given that to them good and hard. If that leads to the collapse of the US economy, the end of the American Empire and the demise of the paper dollar, hey, he was just doing his job, right?

Dumb as a rock or a brilliant Randian strategist who's laughing at the chaos he's caused just by giving people what they wanted? Who is Alan Greenspan?

'Car Bombs' in Glasgow and London

Another day, another bomb attack on the British people. Fortunately the Islamic nutters demonstrate again that they're utterly inept, and no-one but the terrorists got hurt. In a way it's almost funny that they think they can defeat Western culture with the Keystone Jihad.

Some have suggested that these may be the British suicide bombers that al Qaeda was muttering about recently, but I doubt that myself. Building a working car bomb out of household materials isn't easy, and they apparently hadn't even tested theirs to ensure they would work; even in the UK, PC Plod might raise an eyebrow if someone reported a car exploding in a remote area packed with petrol, nails and gas cylinders. Al Qaeda, on the other hand, have plenty of places around the world where they could safely test these things out before trying an attack; who's going to notice another exploding car in Iraq or Afghanistan?

Unfortunately I suspect we can't rely on the ineptitude of our multicultural guests forever; will this actually make the British government stand up and take some action before they do manage to blow up hundreds of people in a crowded area? Or will Brown just bend over and compromise away yet more of our culture in favor of Islam instead?

Friday, 22 June 2007

Helping Africa Starve

Yet another government screwup in Africa.

More than 33,500 tonnes of food aid has been delivered to Somalia by the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) since the start of the year. But in Marere district in the lower Juba valley, farmers and elders said the food distribution had brought chaos and driven down the price of maize by 60 per cent.


So we supposedly have a problem of not enough food being grown to feed the people of Somalia, and the Western lefties decide 'something must be done'. What do they do?

Musa Yusuf Ahmed, 44, was a policeman before the Somali government collapsed in 1991. Now, he tries to make a living from farming, growing maize, beans and watermelons. He normally sells a 50kg bag of maize for 100,000 Somali shillings (about £3.10), but Mr Ahmed said it had dropped to 40,000 (£1.25). "For we farmers it is a big problem," he said. "The food will benefit the people with no money but it will hurt the farmers."


Yes, ship over food that massively undercuts the local farmers as they try to sell what they did produce, and makes farming a far less viable business. So more farmers will go out of business and the food supply will drop.

No wonder Africans are starving. With 'friends' like the Western left, they don't need enemies.