If gates are left open, people will walk through them

This, from Brendan O’Neill, is worth a read:

[T]he political elites cannot come out and say ‘We no longer want Britain to be a democratic sovereign nation’. So they developed a pseudo-progressive language to describe and justify their weakening of British sovereignty. They claim to be post-borders. They argue that the nation state is over. They say any defence of the nation is nationalism, and nationalism is dangerous. They insist that in a globalised world it is futile to try to erect borders against flows of people or goods or capital, and so on. And they seem ignorant of the message that their anti-borders, anti-nation political myopia sends to both the British people and the world at large. It tells British people their views don’t really matter, certainly not as much as cleverer people in Brussels. And it tells the world that Britain is a pretty porous place, not really that keen on protecting its borders. That it is a post-country, effectively, beholden to external influence and flows rather than being assertively, democratically sovereign. Perhaps now we might think about the kind of message this self-denuding cult of post-nationhood sends to more confident nations like Russia.

Indeed, we should not be surprised that a nation whose political and intellectual elites continually say ‘We are post-nation and we are open to the flows and fluxes of the globe’ might also find itself more open to the opportunism of states that have scores to settle here. After all, we effectively said: ‘We have no borders.’

I have to say, having seen over the last few years acts of despicable violence carried out on British soil by people who were in every meaningful sense foreigners (and in some cases unequivocally so), I find the outrage over Russians running about killing people a little…inconsistent. If Putin were a little less pasty and a bit more Muslim, I doubt we’d be making such a fuss. I’d find all this tough talk over Russia a lot more convincing if we’d not been so pathetically weak in every other area of national security, protecting the public, and looking out for our long-term interests.

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19 thoughts on “If gates are left open, people will walk through them

  1. He’s a bit camp, Putin. It’s mildly surprising that that doesn’t buy him some immunity from criticism.

  2. Do you consider Russia to be confident? To me, they act the way they do because they feel weak and paranoid. While I agree wholeheartedly with the sovereignty discussed above, I think people look at Russia with Rose-colored glasses.

  3. Do you consider Russia to be confident?

    Far from it, which is why it is so damning they see Britain as weak. They’d not act like this with the US or China.

  4. By ‘we’ I hope you mean ‘they’ as in our glorious leaders and media. I and many I know would ban,deport and or imprison anybody coming here and trying to upset the balance in a country that has worked so well for so long and a culture that has spanned the world in its brilliance.

  5. By ‘we’ I hope you mean ‘they’ as in our glorious leaders and media.

    Yes, but there’s no escaping the fact that far too many people subscribe to their agenda.

  6. May and her foreign minister stood on the floor of Parliament and accused Russia of an act of war. Some people even compared the attack to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. And then they did virtually nothing. Does that not say everything about modern Britain, how utterly contemptible the Brits are, how supine and servile?

  7. Does that not say everything about modern Britain, how utterly contemptible the Brits are, how supine and servile?

    Frankly, I don’t think this is half as damning as the public seeing live footage of grown men being escorted into the UK as children, while the authorities lie to them with utter contempt. I also don’t think it’s as damning as Islamic terrorism being excused and ignored over and over again. The options for retaliation against Russia are limited. What’s our excuse for importing people who detest us?

  8. The options for retaliation against Russia are limited. What’s our excuse for importing people who detest us?

    That’s the real question, but of course the xenophilic mania for exotic immigrants is something that affects every western country, so it doesn’t really say much about Brits in particular. The powers that be have decided that the western ethnostate must be destroyed. Why they have done so, I find hard to fathom, and perhaps they don’t even know themselves.

  9. May and her foreign minister stood on the floor of Parliament and accused Russia of an act of war

    No, they didn’t. She accused them of an ‘unlawful use of force’, which is ambiguous enough that it doesn’t have to mean ‘act of war’, and the phrasing was obviously very carefully chosen specifically to allow that wiggle room when it came to determining the response.

    (Also, the reason the initial response was so weak — just expelling a couple of dozen diplomats — was obviously because Russia was bound to respond, and so they needed to have a range of options as to how to respond to that response. If they had started higher up the scale, then they would have had fewer options available to respond to Russia’s tit-for-tat response. You don’t start with your biggest gun, because then there’s nowhere for you to go but to pull the trigger. you start small and then work up).

  10. After the last known wolf attack in England, when the usual progressives were posting pics of the Bishopsgate bombing, I pointed out that if the British army were to react to Islamic terrorism with half the vehemence they reacted to IRA terrorism the left would be shrieking in the streets.

    Well, shrieking more.

  11. I find it interesting that we increasingly provide both a battleground for various tribal strifes and equally provide soldiers for wars in other countries, though in both cases I accept we are mostly talking RoP, and yet if we suggest that all this open-border ‘third-worldism’ is in effect a war on our streets then we are told to be quiet.

    I suppose however once this unnamed war begins to impact as much on Champagne Lane and Goldengate Mews as much as it does on Launderette Street and Winnie Mandela Towers then things may change somewhat. Of course by then, as Mrs Merkel is currently finding, it may finally dawn on our leaders that matters really have gone too far and cannot be recalled.

    But O’Neill is right that we are good at redefining words to support an agenda. I sensed the writing was on the wall when my local Dumpit Site was renamed as a Recycling Centre, in which things are still dumped but under a different badge. Will we say the same of the UK in years to come?

  12. Interesting article here (with, of course the usual caveats regarding how reliable the data is etc.):

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5519305/29-cent-15-year-olds-UK-come-immigrant-backgrounds.html

    Import Africans on an industrial scale and you will end up with Africa.

    Import Muslims on an industrial scale and you will end up with Pakistan.

    Etc. etc. and so forth …

    However, the politicians only admit to NET immigration. In other words, if 1,000,000 white, British born people emigrate per year and 1,000,001 Africans arrive per year, then you have net immigration of one. So nothing to worry about, eh?

  13. That study would have my 15 year old son classed as an immigrant as his mother is not English. She voted leave. He defended the Leave position at his private school and was pretty much the only one to do so.

    Would you rather have 100,000 HK Chinese, 100,000 from India or The same from Afghanistan? The chances are the first are very smart, the second are smart and the third are anything but however each of the groups is an individual so we have to screen on an individual basis. This takes time and money, so they don’t bother preferring to assume that everyone is equal. Oh.

  14. “If Putin were a little less pasty and a bit more Muslim, I doubt we’d be making such a fuss. I’d find all this tough talk over Russia a lot more convincing if we’d not been so pathetically weak in every other area of national security, protecting the public, and looking out for our long-term interests.”

    Assuming Putin actually did i’t’, then there was no small message sent to him when he can watch various people rape and murder with little censure on British soil.

  15. Howard Roark
    “Do you consider Russia to be confident? To me, they act the way they do because they feel weak and paranoid. ”

    I certainly think they are weak, but you must never let a weak opponent believe that you are weak also. Its much the same as dealing with a weak and insecure woman, they will exploit any perceived weakness to make themselves feel more in control.

  16. Tim Newman

    “Frankly, I don’t think this is half as damning as the public seeing live footage of grown men being escorted into the UK as children, while the authorities lie to them with utter contempt. ”

    Contrast that one with two young, attractive western women being escorted to the boarder and told to never come back as they are a serious threat to British society….

  17. @Jerry

    “Why they have done so, I find hard to fathom, and perhaps they don’t even know themselves.”

    Oh they know alright and it is intentional and has been planned around the table for many decades. See Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi and his plan and views on this subject, he was one of the original founders of this successful pan.

  18. @bob

    “Does that not say everything about modern Britain, how utterly contemptible the Brits are, how supine and servile?”

    I see that May and the UK are on their own with this one as well. Basing the allegations around the script of the TV show Strike Back and withholding all evidence should be enough to convince the British subjects but it may not be enough for foreign governments who now look like they are backtracking and cooling off on their support for her failing script.

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