We, The People;

The ‘ Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea’. Sounds really good, when it is either read or spoken. Trouble is, as we all know in reality, the People in North Korea have no say in how they are ruled; there ain’t much Democracy around: and as for the term Republic. That definition reads as ‘a state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch’.

Try telling  Supreme Leader Marshal of the Republic Kim Jong-un that his country’s name doesn’t quite ring true to the known facts. If you survive the assassination attempts by a nerve gas, even if you are a distant relative, you might find yourself tied to the muzzle of a large-calibre artillery piece. Our Li’l Kim just don’t take kindly to overt criticism.

I mention North Korea, which is ‘run’ as a true Communist State, along with all the trappings, mainly as an illustration of a truly repressive State, with Orwell’s phrase ‘Some are more Equal than others’ as the background noise of that truly unhappy country. The dictator’s rule is firmly enforced by the ruthless wielding of power by the World’s fourth largest standing Armed Forces.

Few people these days have witnessed the ‘rule of the gun’; as is of course standard fare in North Korea. I am of an age where I too have witnessed the ‘mailed fist’; as I recalled of the time when I was a young Engineer Officer in the Merchant Navy.

Why write of a repressed people: why recall the actions of a group of armed and uniformed sadists? In truth, I have just finished possibly the most frightening book that I have ever read. It is a work of fiction, but every sentence, paragraph, chapter could, in truth be taken from an America which, if the forthcoming Court cases do not totally demolish the edifice of lies and corruption which comprise this attempt to subvert, suspend and overcome the Constitution upon which was founded America; could speedily come to a bleak, dark reality. 

The novel is entitled ‘People’s Republic’: it is the first of a group of five; and it is eerily prophetic. I cannot recall a novel which gave me the feeling that the writer had taken facts, speeches and future policies promised by various (Democratic Party) politicians; and brought them to life. I commend this work for the attention of both Republican and Democratic enthusiasts alike. You might not agree, many sceptics would simply dismiss the very idea: but I would suggest that anyone with perhaps a semi-open mind read what might: just might, be just around the corner!

The Single Item which just might damp down the Election fires

JoeAs the President reluctantly grants the Biden team access to Federal Transition funds: whilst reserving his own Legal processes, what would make everyone stop, stand and indeed stare is this:-

Why doesn’t Joe Biden stand up and announce that he and his team will be joining the various Legal Challenges against this seemingly flawed Election? On the basis that he does not wish to be associated with any activity which may prove legally suspect: and will accept the results of those Legal Challenges: and thus dispel, forever, that he knew that the Election was proven to be flawed!

So, how’s about it, Mr. President-possibly-Elect? Time to put your cash down!

The Headlines; just for a change, Speak as One

Reuters states UK abuse inquiry says Catholic Church prioritised reputation over children

Daily Mail says Cardinal Vincent Nichols accused of putting Church’s reputation before safety of children

The Tablet states Calls for Cardinal Nichols to resign over safeguarding failures

The Guardian says Leader of church in England and Wales refusing to resign despite damning IICSA report

And even the BBC chimes in with Cardinal Vincent Nichols criticised over leadership

So, when I heard the discussions on the radio, and then went searching online; I discovered that the Church’s top man in England and Wales, the Cardinal himself was refusing to even contemplate resignation: even in the face of a blistering denunciation of his role, and that of his many bishops who went along with his path; in the tragic tale of sexual abuse, cover-up and lying. Lying, so that his bloody Church could somehow avoid being placed in the spotlight; being found wanting in the very area, the only area which counted. The acceptance of responsibility! Nothing more: nothing less!

This man, elevated to the pinnacle of his Church, below the Pope alone; should have resigned immediately the truth commenced emerging! But what do we see, instead of an honest response to the Inquiry’s findings that he was responsible? We see what we have seen many, many times before. A clinging on to the trappings of power. We see his response, via a church spokesperson who stated that the cardinal would not be resigning following the inquiry’s criticisms because he was “determined to put it right”. He claims he gave his resignation to the Pope, but our mate Francis just said, “Carry on, Cardinal”.

This Pope is almost as bad as this scarred Cardinal. The Pontiff should have copied Cromwell in his dissolution of the Long Parliament: but that is perhaps too much to expect from an Argentinian Junta-lover, who is, unfortunately; nothing like the assassinated Romero.

Biden, Hunter: and the Deep State’s double standards.

When the name Edward Snowden appears, it is usually linked with the journalist Glenn Greenwald, for it was Greenwald who helped Snowden publish his damning set of files which disclosed the NSA’s blatant disregard for America’s Laws, amongst many other crimes. But it is Greenwald I write about today, because I admire a man with integrity by the bucketful, and Greenwald possesses more than one bucket.

Just consider the uproar, the shocked incredulity, the true banner headlines, if one of President Trump’s family had been found to have bought influence, peddled access to his President father, indulged in drug-soaked interludes. You could almost see the Articles of Impeachment, demanding that the Senate try this President for High Crimes and Misdemeanours, self-generating from the ‘truly-offended House Democrats, as they posed, and pouted, and yammered incessantly. And, if it were true: rightly so!

But, just step back and examine the lack of coverage, the casual brush-off that the New York Post’s headline story about the son of the Presidential Candidate. About the treasure trove of emails which point to years of influence peddling by Hunter Biden; about the meetings with ‘Big Joe’; about the millions of dollars allegedly slushing through the Biden family’s accounts. As with seemingly one voice, all the major news outlets sprinkle fairy dust around, and out of the haze appears the words, “Its all down to Russian Interference’. No proof at all, no journalistic push to even suggest that the ‘proof’ is just around the corner: Nope, it had to be Russia!  Couldn’t possibly be Joe and Hunter and the rest of the creepy clan who were about to claim the PRIZE which had been snatched from the Left’s grasp by the upstart billionaire who just wasn’t ‘one of us’!

But, back to Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald is a traditional leftist committed, above all, to forcing transparency on people who hold power. Years ago, Greenwald co-founded a news site called The Intercept. Thursday, he resigned. In a statement, Greenwald explained why:

“The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I removed all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the candidate vehemently supported by all New York-based Intercept editors involved in this effort at suppression.” 

Greenwald’s article is still available at Substack. Even after the Presidential Election, which still rumbles on, it is worth a read; just to examine how the Left’s minds work when they wish to cover something up. Remember the phrase ‘Fast and furious’? Nope, not the film, the legal but really badly thought through exercise in how, hopefully, to bring ‘Gun Control’ to America by the back door. That was down to Obama and his sidekick the then Attorney General Eric Holder. One American, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry died from the gunfire of ‘Fast and Furious’ weaponry; one F&F weapon was recovered from the murderous idiot who tried to shoot up a ‘Draw Muhammad’ convention: and one F&F Barratt .50 calibre sniper rifle was recovered when drug kingpin El Chapo was arrested. Fourteen ATF agents were disciplined, but Holder, Obama? Not even a wrist slap!

Advance, Australia Fair

When I was a young Engineer Officer in the British Merchant Navy, I was fortunate enough to twice visit Australia. I did get to know a few of that Nation’s wonderful inhabitants. Those days, there were no ‘politically correct’ limits on what anyone could say; about either another person, another group or indeed, another Country. The Aussies I met, from Cairns to Newcastle, from Sydney through Melbourne and on to Adelaide and Perth, were direct, plain speaking descendants of the great British flow of genuine migrants, along with throngs from many other European Nations, which had combined to give Australia a unique perspective on their Country, their Commonwealth and the UN-lucky countries elsewhere. 

Their rather touching belief that every country was the same as Australia in terms of size was demonstrated when a Cairns-based wharfie foreman asked me whereabouts I lived in England. I replied ‘My folks live near Crook, in County Durham’. He then asked me how far Leeds was, from Crook. I again replied ‘Oh, Leeds is about a hundred miles from Leeds’. He then said the magic words, “You’ll know my Grandma”. It took a fair while to dissuade him of the belief that England was of the same population and distance standards as his own Country.

But the greatest gift that that magic mix of Nationalities gave Australia, in my own view, was the built-in scepticism of Government, of politicians in general, and of the belief that Ronald Reagan was dead right.

But sometimes, Australia does come up with the right Governing policies and, more importantly, Government Agencies who carry out those policies, fairly, firmly; but on mainly supporting the side of ‘The Little Guy’, because that same ‘Little Guy’ doesn’t wield enough muscle of his own. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has just ordered Tianjin Shun Xin Yuan Shipping to repatriate nine crew members who have been onboard general cargo ship Brio Faith for more than 12 months.

Seems as though the AMSA guys did an on-board inspection after a tip-off (now I just wonder who held THAT particular mobile phone) and discovered (shock; horror) that some crew members had been on board for up to two YEARS. 

AMSA refused the owner’s proposal to keep the seafarers onboard until the next port, Shanghai, and issued a direction notice prohibiting the ship from departing until all nine seafarers had been repatriated.

Those seafarers are now making their way to Brisbane to take international flights home.

The ship embarked fresh crew to meet its minimum manning requirements and departed on Wednesday.

I have written before today of the hidden crisis covering some five-six hundred thousand PEOPLE who are being virtually held against their will; because of the total collapse of crew renewal and transfer arrangements due to the Corona Virus.

Why doesn’t the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency throw a lifeline to all personnel who sail into British waters, ports, anchorages and harbours: and tell the Ship Owners to ‘get off their comfortably-padded arses, and arrange for similar arrangements for all overdue staff to be replaced before such vessels depart our waters’. 

Now there’s a thought: a UK Government Agency standing up to an Industry. 

Nope: Never Happen!

And it is Just Possible!

We’ve all been told that he’s a ‘lost cause’.

We’ve all been told that he’s been a disaster for America!

Me? Being an Englishman, and possibly a slightly sceptical one at that; I reckon he would be far less divisive than the Communists surrounding Old Joe.

However, I don’t vote in America, but, if American; maybe watch this, and then make your mind up; based upon his words alone.