Parish Newsletter of St Raccoon’s with Bleeding Heart.

by Anna Raccoon on October 18, 2016

cvajxqcweaam_bgA warm welcome to the newest members of our congregation, Ali Mustapha-anuvver and his husband Ali Mustapha-anuvver-relative-somewhere. May they live in peace amongst us, and instil us with the wisdom of their ancient ways.

Our little congregation has finally been blessed with the child refugee that we had pleaded with the authorities to be allowed to care for – a bony 16 stone boy  with a full upper lip of hair. As we crowded round his cot to get a better look at him, he curled his little fingers round my dog collar and uttered his first words in English.

‘Succour! Succour!’ he cried.

Verily shall this congregation succour him unto old age.

We had been told by that excellent charity which has worked tirelessly amongst the mud of Calais to bring this bundle of joy to us that little Ali the 3rd, as we have named him, was at risk of being sex trafficked had we not taken him in. It is unbearable to think of him with no more protection than a feather boa on the pole dancing circuit, or worse, taking the place of the charming Katya in the third cubicle from the left at the ‘VIP Gentlemen’s Club’.

The Misses Dorothy and her friends have spent the night unpicking the 33 matinee jackets that you knitted for his arrival in this cold and inclement land, and have already fashioned a bootee for his left foot – more wool is urgently needed if we are to produce a right foot. Indeed the cot blanket has proved to be some three foot short – so volunteers to the crochet needle ladies please!

We have managed to secure an appointment for little Ali to see a Doctor on January 31st 2017 – we can only pray that the privations of French medical care has not wrought too much damage to his frail body.

It is hard to imagine the terrors that the little shaver has endured, nor to understand the mentality of his so-called ‘family’ in England, who have left him alone in that terrible camp all this time, waiting for our Christian community to rescue him.

Our venerable leader of this faith tells us that local councils have found 3,000 places of safety, equipped with warm blankets, good food, and security, so can accommodate another 2,999 children such as Ali. A loud cheer went up from the huddled ranks of the homeless under railway arches and the women and children currently in seaside hostels as they shelter from their menfolk. Who knew that the authorities could move so quickly and efficiently?

I can hear little Ali as I write, gurgling contentedly in his cot, so proud of his one word of English.

‘Succour, succour’, he cackles.

May the religion of peace be upon you children, all donations gratefully received.

The right Reverend Holy Rowan Berry-Stoopid, of the parish of St Raccoon.

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Pericles Xanthippou October 18, 2016 at 10:54 am

I trust he’s at least 6’1″ tall (preferably more like 6’7″) … or a keen athlete. Otherwise the only person he need see in January is a bariatrist!

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The Blocked Dwarf October 18, 2016 at 11:00 am

I assume the photos at the top of the post are those of the ‘child’ refugees from Calais-witz ? Dear sweet innocent things they are, and how could anyone not be moved by the sight of their emaciated little frames? It would be a hard BREXITing heart indeed that would deny these modern day Bataan Death march survivors sanctuary.

Sarcasm aside, perhaps now the Daily Mail et al will cease to use the word ‘Children’ to describe young adults and drop the word ‘teenager’ when talking about 19 year old waitresses from the Slag heaps of Wales.

Oh to be alive in 70 years time to witness the ‘Kinder of Calais Transport’ statue being unveiled in Dover.

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The Blocked Dwarf October 18, 2016 at 11:04 am

*ps for that statue I suggest a 8 ft bronze Batmangellis (or however her name is spelt) with three cute female toddlers on each arm, wading through a WW1 type shell hole of racist bureaucracy whilst mouthing ‘fear not Dianne Abbot, I shall prevail’

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Anna Raccoon October 18, 2016 at 11:07 am

I think it is fair to say that after the grooming encapsulated by this screenshot of the BBC coverage of the problem – even the most bleeding heart liberal was a little surprised by the events of yesterday.

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The Blocked Dwarf October 18, 2016 at 11:19 am

Accompanied? Surely that little boy is being accompanied by his mother…as is right and proper, although personally i think she should be holding his hand on that Norfolk beach.

Huh? You mean that isn’t a picture from Cromer beach ? Well the wife of the Profit was only 9 so my comment holds true even if I got the location wrong.

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Peter Raite October 18, 2016 at 1:21 pm

It is certainly the case that even previously a number of “children” have been admitted to the country on the basis – in the absence of any identgification documentation – that they could not possibly be anything other than the age they themselves claim to be. This leads to the rather obvious if bizarre result that such “children” are, once in the country, compelled to attend school. Word in the playground is that some of them do not demonstrate very good attendance, not even being willing to play the ruse out for a year or two….

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The Blocked Dwarf October 18, 2016 at 11:28 am

Ahhh I think i have found the root of the problem.

Wiki gives us a clue: “Syria produced about 1.9% of the world’s phosphate rock output and was the world’s ninth ranked producer of phosphate rock in 2009”

It’s spelt with an ‘e’ before the ‘r’ not an ‘o’ you illiterate liberal dipshits! Did they not teach spelling at journalist school?

Unaccompanied Syrian MinErs, not minOrs!
No I’m not just being a grammar nazi, this stuff is important.

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Anna Raccoon October 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

Classic Dwarfism!

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Whyaxye October 18, 2016 at 11:42 am

“Our venerable leader of this faith tells us that local councils have found 3,000 places of safety, equipped with warm blankets, good food, and security, so can accommodate another 2,999 children such as Ali.”

Excellent! That’s most of the population of “The Jungle”. I hate to think of those poor people having to endure the misery of living in France with its religious wars and ethnic persecutions.

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Major Bonkers October 18, 2016 at 11:47 am

Helpful phrases for refugee immigrants to Great Britain:

– Please direct me to my Council House.

– I hear Rotherham is very nice. I would like to live there.

– Please direct me to the dole office.

– You are a racist Islamophobe.

– Death to the Jews!

– I know my rights.

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JuliaM October 18, 2016 at 12:21 pm

/applause

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The Last Furlong October 18, 2016 at 12:36 pm

In the absence of a Like button –

“Like”

“Like-a-lot”

“Made-my-day”

Thanks.

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Don Cox October 18, 2016 at 12:49 pm

What puzzles me is why they so much want to live in Britain. What’s wrong with France or Germany ?

Perhaps it’s just that they know a little English but no French or German.

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The Blocked Dwarf October 18, 2016 at 1:08 pm

If the government would scrap all ‘in work benefits’ over night and make it a mandatory imprisonable offence to employ anyone not holding a UK (or EU until Brexit) passport in anyway what-so-ever….

Does that answer your question?

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Peter Raite October 18, 2016 at 1:24 pm

It already is illegal to employ anyone not legally entitled to work, cf. Byron Burger.

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The Blocked Dwarf October 18, 2016 at 1:32 pm

Remind me, how many thousands of middle class professional woman are in prison for employing illegal AuPairs/Nannies/Gardeners/Boy Toys…?
That’s what I’m talking about. Will the manager of that Byron’s be doing time any time soon? I doubt it. Be a bit different if the manager -or whoever actually employed the illegals (ie gave them the job) was already in custody awaiting a mandatory prison sentence of say 6 months for each illegal employed.

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Peter Raite October 18, 2016 at 1:52 pm

The point about Byron is that its managers were NOT knowingly employing people not entitled to work, because said people had provided convincing forged documentation. Byron fully co-operated with the Home Office when the issue came to light, and they (Byron) got castigated for it by the Twatter Brigade, not for empoying illegals, but for (supposedly) “grassing them up.”

I do think that anyone knowingly employing those they should not should be punished for it, but there also should be a robust mechanism for potential employers to have applicants’ documentation checked by people who are presumably more addept than they are in spotting forgeries.

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Peter Raite October 18, 2016 at 1:53 pm
The Blocked Dwarf October 18, 2016 at 2:58 pm

but there also should be a robust mechanism for potential employers to have applicants’ documentation

Hence my point about just using the passport. In these days of EU-interconnectivity surely an Did.The.Pisspot.Agency.Issue.Me.com , where prospective employers, ie anyone, could simply punch in the number and be told if it was a passport issued by the relevant agency to whom (there could be anonymity safe guards applied for the paranoid among us. ie ‘passport issued to Mr.S on the xx/xx/xxxx). The only downside would be that Hardscrounging of “inwork benefits” British Families would have to fork out for passports even if they weren’t planning on ever vacationing abroad…a couple of hundred quid every ten years or so to be allowed to take up employment isn’t an unreasonable demand in these ‘what idiot pays money to go on Staycation?’ these rain soaked days. Every country in the EU has a passport agency with a centralised list of numbers issued and to whom….and removal of the ‘in work benefits’ would lead to a massive drop in EU citizens coming here even before we close the borders and wander off into glorious xenophobic isolation after BREXIT.

I hear what you say about Byrons (thanks for the link), but ‘knowingly’ always covers ‘convincing forgeries’ .

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the moon is a balloon October 18, 2016 at 5:41 pm

But all of that quite reasonable and sensible pragmatism once again taxes the innocent citizen to effectively procure an ID card (passport) so that he or she can be distinguished from some 6’2″ “child” who cannot even keep a straight face as he strides into a human rights, innit, nirvana. Bollocks to some new rules. How about applying the existing libraries of them wih a modicum of commensense?

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The Blocked Dwarf October 18, 2016 at 6:03 pm

How about applying the existing libraries of them wih a modicum of commensense?

I couldn’t agree more…..but the chances of that happening are lower than May securing the BREXIT she says she wants.

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the moon is a balloon October 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm

I take your point but Brexit is unavoidable now – even for those clinging on limpet-like. It astonishes me that otherwise senible people actually consider the single market as it has turned out to be a good thing rather than a bureaucratic conspiracy against innovation, competition and the people. The Devil himself could not have designed a more destructuve stupidity. But we digress, I fear.

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Nemo October 19, 2016 at 10:25 am

“Brexit is unavoidable now” – agreed, and these are “children”.

Rossa October 20, 2016 at 8:36 am

Considering that it came to light before the Brexit vote that there are some 2 million or more National Insurance numbers in circulation/being used/have been issued than the official figures for taxpayers on the tax man’s database, it appears to be somewhat difficult for HMRC to keep track of them (there’s a surprise), let alone any employer being able to verify as genuine. Though it is supposed to be one number for life per eligible person, how did these extra numbers get issued and to whom? Are they all still current and we therefore have more people working/unemployed/retired etc. Or is it that in some cases as the media has suggested in the past their associated human person may be dead and the number transferred for a fee to an unknown living and breathing someone?

Before any proposal for an ID card (especially as we already have several forms of ID) can be accepted surely the mess that is HMRC needs to be sorted. The idea that it would make any difference to the numbers of illegal workers when HMRC ain’t fit for purpose is nonsense IMO. It would seem to me to be nothing more than another revenue raising scam rather than a solution to the problem it is touted as being able to solve.

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Don Cox October 19, 2016 at 9:56 am

This law makes no sense to me.

I would much rather have an Eritrean earning his keep than living off benefits. And if there has been a threat to the jobs of British citizens, it has come from other EU citizens, who are legally entitled to work here, and will be until Brexit is concluded.

And we don’t have bad unemployment problems outside of a few “rustbelt” areas.

Also, from the point of view of common decency, it seems to me to be simply wrong to prevent a man (or woman) from working.

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Don Cox October 19, 2016 at 9:51 am

You are assuming that all British people have passports. Mine ran out years ago and I have never renewed it.

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The Blocked Dwarf October 19, 2016 at 10:01 am

No I wasn’t, i did say that those Brits without would need to get one. No doubt, whingers that us Brits are, The Daily Xenophobe would grizzle about ‘extra burdens’ on ‘hardworking Great British families’ until the government made it free to apply for.

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The Blocked Dwarf October 18, 2016 at 1:01 pm

“Migrant ‘children’ arriving in Britain from Calais to critics claiming they look ‘old enough to be adults’ may appear older ‘because war has toughened them up’, the Home Office claim” ( http://tinyurl.com/jtdndwq )

What the Home Office spokesperson actually said was: “ISIS -it makes a man of you!”

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Dioclese October 18, 2016 at 3:20 pm

If in doubt, keep ’em all out…

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JuliaM October 19, 2016 at 7:31 am

THIS!

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AndrewWS October 18, 2016 at 3:41 pm

Yes, but …
theenk of the cheeeldren!

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JuliaM October 19, 2016 at 7:31 am

I promise to, if I see any…

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tdf October 18, 2016 at 5:30 pm

Mr Peter Sutherland, former Goldman Sachs Chairman, former Irish Attorney General, former EU Commissioner, former Chairman of Allied Irish Banks and currently the United Nations Special Representative for International Migration (his retirement gig) uses his Twitter account to lobby and advocate in favour of Europe accepting more refugees.

According to media articles, Mr Sutherland has three homes – in Ireland, the UK, and Spain. I do not know if he has children, but I would imagine if he does they are grown up. So I cannot see that he requires all three of his homes. I’d reckon he has some space available.

My response to wealthy globalists who lobby to accommodate more refugees is: “Great! You first!”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Sutherland

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Matt October 18, 2016 at 7:56 pm

It would not take much more to make me weep. It is bad enough when these moslem invaders take the piss out of Britain but I find it close to intolerable when Britain takes the piss out of Britain. God help us all.

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Ted Treen October 18, 2016 at 11:36 pm

It really is beyond belief that these “children” (all male, no females in sight) wouldn’t have their age queried in a British pub. Are the PTB terminally stupid, or simply so arrogant that they don’t give a toss about our opinions and demands?

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The Blocked Dwarf October 19, 2016 at 12:13 am

Actually the more i look at those photos of the poor liddle waifs, the more I have to wonder if there has been some skulduggery on the part of the photographers or rather the editors. Those 4 are so blatantly not what everyone, myself included, imagined that it is almost too blatant. Either someone at Daily Heil HQ went through every photo looking for those that are the least childlike or whatever arm of the Home Office vetted them needs root and branch reform and mandatory IQ testing. One might even suspect the photographers were instructed to shoot from an angle that would make them look as tall and imposing as possible…

I can think of many words or phrases to describe those depicted, ‘vulnerable children’ isn’t one. ‘Battle hardened on furlough’ might be though. I have seen less ‘tooled up’ swagger at the secure school for maladjusted teenage boys i worked in for a time.

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Mrs Grimble October 19, 2016 at 3:13 pm

Those 4 are so blatantly not what everyone, myself included, imagined that it is almost too blatant.
I couldn’t agree more. When the popular press wants to demonise someone, they choose their images carefully – look at how the only photos of Jimmy Savile published now are the ones with him wearing a weird costume and sucking on a phallic cigar, making him look like a mad pervert. And of course, with this refugee story, they’re careful not to mention that all these particular children are going to stay with relatives, who presumably won’t be putting up with any nonsense from them. Another thing the press isn’t mentioning is the distinct possibility that one of the four “pretend children” pictured may be their translator and thus really is the age he looks.
So readers of these papers are currently working themselves into a frenzy over the possbility that somebody, somewhere, may be getting all those oodles and oodles of benefit money, housing , wide-screen TV, Playstations and all the other goodies that scroungers on benefits are supposed to be getting. And nobody’s saying much about (just for instance) which companies are getting the $9 billion’s worth of NHS contracts that are currently being awarded, or the fact that food and fuel prices are going up.

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The Blocked Game October 19, 2016 at 4:58 pm

all the other goodies that scroungers on benefits are supposed to be getting.

Well in all fairness to the Daily Hitler crowd, I have to admit that some of us ‘scroungers’ on benefits do rather well. I was talking with the Landlady about this recently and she did the mental math and worked out i would need a job paying something like £2K a month to actually be better off than we are now. The Dreaded Benefits Trap, even if The Bestes Frau In The World was miraculously healed of her mental infirmities tomorrow (and heading into menopause there is a chance that her condition might be improved at least) I couldn’t afford to go back into fulltime employment unless I could find a job that allowed me to work the 300 hours a month I used to before she became ill.

Mind you, I don’t have a wide screen because I don’t see the sense in paying for god-knows-how-many channels of stuff I don’t want to watch, and anyways most of the tv we watch is German. The last video game I was any good at was ‘Jet Set Willy’ on the ZXSpectrum so i don’t have a PLayboXstationGame thingy either.

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The Blocked Dwarf October 19, 2016 at 5:04 pm

The Blocked Game?!?!?
How on earth did i manage that?!

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Anna Raccoon October 19, 2016 at 5:06 pm

Fortunately I was just on my way downstairs when I saw you had landed in moderation…..!

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JuliaM October 19, 2016 at 7:46 am

The latter, clearly…

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Stewart Cowan October 19, 2016 at 1:46 am

Let’s hope they don’t read this or I’ll need to buy some knitting needles myself to help kit out the wee bairns.

It shows the gullibility of those in ‘authority’.

We have managed to secure an appointment for little Ali to see a Doctor on January 31st 2017.

They jump the queue for everything!

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Hankenstein October 19, 2016 at 10:34 pm

My God you can write, madame Racoon.

There was an apologist for this reverse(parc) on the world at one (or whatever it’s called nowadays). I’m (halfway) sure there are some genuine cases among these “children”, but the apologist’s thrust was that doubt that to find it imaginable that there were any who were not was to be irremediably evil. I learn so much about myself from people like these.

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Owen October 22, 2016 at 9:50 am

“ECPAT UK is calling on the editors of The Sun, the Daily Star, the Daily Mail and the Daily Express to stop risking children’s security and inciting discrimination by publishing photographs and personal details about unaccompanied young people arriving in the UK from Calais.

Publication of photos and personal details can risk the security of unaccompanied young people, who are known to be at a high risk of human trafficking and may be exposed to hate crime.

The language used by The Sun, the Daily Star, the Daily Mail and the Daily Express to describe these young people arriving from the ‘jungle’ camp in Calais is incendiary and inhumane. The deliberate questioning of age, without due care to safety or lawful processes, has the very real potential to expose individuals to abuse, racism and hatred whilst in the UK.”

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Sean Coleman October 22, 2016 at 9:32 pm

The events of September last year when Merkel told the EU to admit a huge number of so-called refugees were the result of hysteria. Very few people seem to recognize this. I joined Facebook a few weeks beforehand and was privileged to witness it close up. It happened very quickly. I think it was early in the week, perhaps Monday or Thursday, that the picture of the drowned Kurdish toddler appeared. The response on the little bit of FB that I saw was almost unanimous: Let them in! There was one dissenting voice, albeit mildly given the ‘culture’ of that medium, and that was me. (‘tdf’, if you are reading, that is ‘that was me’ not ‘that was I’!). When I read the Saturday paper the issue had been decided. Leading politicians and our diminutive President Higgins, were demanding that Ireland admit several thousand *and* grant immediate citizenship.

The well-known Irish economist David McWilliams supported it. In his newspaper column he argued that social media had shrunk the world and poor people abroad now know much more about life in the West. I pointed out to him on his blog that the phones in evidence in the tv coverage were more likely for communicating with extended family already resident in the refuge-countries of choice. (He used to get the Eurovision voting wrong in a similar way: he thought it was tactical voting to ingratiate oneself with neighbours while I had always argued that it was emigrants voting for their own countries – Wogan figured this out live one year when wondering why Luxembourg had given such a high vote to a tuneless offering from Portugal – ‘Oh, I get it! Gastarbeiter!’.)

People might remember the scenes at a central European railway station (not ‘train station’, the remembered words of Clement Freud’s accuser) where a train packed with refugees waited to leave with everyone aboard apparently screaming *hysterically*, while another image was of a would-be immigrant throwing himself and his young children *hysterically* onto the tracks, where a train did not happen to be passing at the time.

A couple of weeks later I listened to Radio France (I think they call it ‘France Radio’) where a Belgian journalist, Clementine Le Forissier, who had worked as a Berlin correspondent for several years, stated that this was the first time she had seen the Chancellor make a decision without careful examination beforehand. Her decision was ‘rapide, émotionelle et pas rationelle’. Some have argued after the event that this was some kind of sly ‘master stroke’ to make up for some perceived manpower shortfall in Germany. They are entitled to their opinion.

How is hysteria transmitted? Is it by the usual means (greatly speeded up in these ‘interconnective’ times) or is there something less visibile, along the lines of what Rupert Sheldrake writes about? Fantasy is surely related. Richard Webster of course appreciated the importance of fantasy. For example in his excellent Flat Earth News article he mentions in passing that he had long ago “come to the conclusion that we live within a collective fantasy, or a set of collective delusions”. Earlier this year I read Chrstopher Booker’s 1968 The Neophiliacs which examines the rise of the Fab Sixties by documenting the events of 1955/6 onwards. Booker, a noted Jungian scholar, identified two fantasy cycles, each following a sequence of five stages (from memory): dream, frustration, nightmare, death wish and fading into reality (or following fantasy cycle). Peter Hitchens had written approvingly of the book and I got it second hand from Amazon. I don’t know if I could follow it according to his framework but it is an extraordinarily insightful book. I came across a talk by him on YouTube about the IPCC where he described the global warming panic in a very similar five-stage fantasy cycle. He doesn’t do this in his excellent The Real Climate Disaster, which like the other book, examines global warming in its historical context, following the events in chronological order, although it is obviously in his mind.

One thing about the Neophiliacs is Booker’s reference to the Suez Crisis as an example of a right wing fantasy. Of course nowadays the big fantasies are all of the Left (the Guardian is an excellent source). One worry is that when the present happy clappy multicultural fantasy collides with reality a right wing fantasy will replace it. I think this is Hitchens’s fear.

I find it remarkable that two writers I have been following in recent times arrive at similar, or at least comparable conclusions, working from different directions. My own ‘research’ (if I can dignify what I have done with that word) has come to the same conclusion from yet another angle, this time from studying extraverts.

I cannot remember if I linked to this before:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMt8zkSP9xE

I probably did only a few weeks ago. Tino Sanandaji is a Kurdish immigrant in Sweden and economist. He says that his background enables him to say things about immigration into Sweden that Swedes (or ‘ethnic Swedes’) dare not. He argues that there is a strict taboo on the subject in Sweden, and of course it is little different elsewhere. For the benefit of those whose Swedish isn’t the best it is subtitled in English. The first half hour would do because after that I think he goes off into detail about how the immigrants (sorry, ‘refugees’), once they are in the country, find it very hard to find work.

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Sean Coleman October 22, 2016 at 10:05 pm

I still have this copied in my keyboard, as it were, so I’ll stick it here, where it should be. Sorry Anna.

I forgot to add that Booker saw two fantasy stages spanning the period. Looking at the back of his book now, he sees the early 50s as an ‘anticipation phase’, 1956 (Look Back in Anger, teddy boys, Suez), 1957-9 (McMillan never had it so good, early African decolonization) as ‘fantasy finding its focus’. Dream stage: Carnaby St, Liberal Party revival, Sputnik, tv now nationwide, tower blocks, De Gaulle comes to power, popularity of work ‘image’, Absolute Beginners, new Bishops of Woolwich and Southwark. Frustration stage: 1960 CND, Lady Chatterley case, ‘trad boom’ and jazz riots, campaign for British entry into Common Market, Crosland’s call for ‘dynamism’, JFK, Wind of Change, 1961 Kruschev Summit, Russia explodes largest H bomb and puts Yuri G into space, Britain applies for Common Mkt membership, CND mass arrests at Traf. Sq., the twist and pop painting, deaths of Lumumba and Hammarskjold in Congo, Nightmare: 1962 Orpington bye-election, , collapse of Britain’s deterrent and Common Mkt policies, TWTWTW, property boom at height, heyday of What’s Wrong With Britain journalism, first James Bond film, Cuba Crisis. Death Wish/ Anticipation of next cycle: 1963 worst winter for 200 yrs, death of Gaitskell, unemployment crisis, De Gaulle rejects British application, Profumo, emergence of ‘dynamic’ Harold Wilson, Scarborough ‘technology’ speech, Spies for Peace, eclipse of CND, gt train robbery, emergence of Beatles, collapse of satire boom, JFK assassinated. Dream stage 1964: pop boom at height, first pirate radio stations, mods and rockers riot, rise in crime rate, Labour elected: ‘New Britain’ and ‘100 Days’, BBC2, Sun, fall of Khruschev, first US city race riots, Frustration stage 1965 death of Churchill, Beatles MBE, Rhodesia, mini skirt, Vietnam escalation Nightmare 1966; Wilson wins majority, Moors Murders, financial crisis, pirate radios outlawed, first drop in crime in ten yrs, assassination of Dr Verwoerd, Vietname continues to escalate, Biafra Fade into reality 1967: Wilson collapses in polls, devaluation, Torrey Canyon, Jo Grimmond resigns, apogee of teenage drugs craze, Epstein suicide, Beatles meet Maharishi, flower power and psychedelia, worst riots yet in US cities, June war in ME, Culural Revolution, 1968 ass. of Martin Luther and Bobby K, Vietnam peace talks begin, Johnson resigns, student protess, Russia invades Czech. Nixon elected.

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tdf October 22, 2016 at 9:42 pm

@sean

“The events of September last year when Merkel told the EU to admit a huge number of so-called refugees were the result of hysteria. Very few
people seem to recognize this.”

I completely agree.

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Sean Coleman October 22, 2016 at 11:30 pm

People always look for rational explanations for what happens but often there don’t seem to be any. I also think it was the same wave if hysteria on both sides of the borders, hosts and ‘refugees’ alike. I once asked a friend who had still been living in England at the time what on earth was going on with Princess Diana’s funeral. ‘Sean, you weren’t there. You had to be there.’ I wonder if there is anyone who remembers the poor woman now.

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tdf October 23, 2016 at 12:00 am

@Sean

A predecessor of ‘our diminutive President Higgins’ is allegedly to receive a handsome tax credit in return for bestowing her papers upon the Irish nation.

http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/diarmaid-ferriter-mary-robinson-s-legacy-in-no-need-of-a-vanity-project-1.2838667

I have been told that there is an entire chapter devoted to her in sixth class history books in Irish secondary schools.

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tdf October 22, 2016 at 11:43 pm

@Sean

I think we don’t have to look too far from home to see a similar process at work in our own country right now…

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