Since I have been away....

The government here has been trying to involve itself in an Arab civil war without the troops, or weapons, or means, and armchair generals have touted a 'no-fly' zone without quite understanding what that means about preliminary strikes on air defences and over 500 Libyan aircraft; a weird 'common law' rebellion against Magistrates' Courts has got going in the North West; a New Jersey politician has beaten a supercomputer (I wonder how George Cayley would have done); a new form of social security which will necessitate taxmen in everyone's bank account has been brought in; an Irish businessman has decided that democracy as it has been conceived is dead (and Eamon Gilmore has thrown away the chance to lead a genuine Irish opposition, which means that Fianna Fail will come back, insh'allah); and Egyptians have started behaving like Romans. It is funny how Americans since Dallas, or Ike, have been Praetorian, but Muslims across Asia and the Maghreb have behaved like the children of the Dominate.

Oh, and the Chinese have worked out that the West is Christendom and Christendom is the West; the short cultural suicide (and aborticide) since the sixties will at least not end without that revelation. Peak oil is back (and mainstream), speculators are partying like it's 2008 (which in some ways it is) and Her Majesty's constabulary are feeling bullied.

Almost by the day, some new staggering lack of awareness emanates from the political class, away there in fairyland, and from their fellow travellers in minor universities and the more mediocre of the legal profession. Today's plan is to destroy small business owners who want to sell me the occasional lucky strike or packet of American Spirit.

The ride down is going to be madder than I had anticipated. Hope you are all well. I've been extraordinarily busy lately, but have been missing blogging and wanted to return properly at some point. Such is the way of the world, though, I want remaining debts as low as possible and the cupboard as full of necessities as I can make it before the real volatility starts. I'll be back properly soon, but am all over facebook and twitter if anyone fancies a chat.

Comments

Toni said…
Glad to hear from you again Martin. I agree with much of what you say and the ride down will be worse than we all expect. Will the west invade Libya to restore peace? seems unlikely as only Italy is really dependent on Libyan gas and they have problems a plenty already. Egypt is a more difficult situation as the West has already proven in the past it is willing to go to war to ensure the Suez remains open. Regardless, the events happening in the middle east and North Africa are the beginning of a fundamental Islam that will be at best, West unfriendly. As far as our great and good are concerned I can only assume Cameron smugly talks about Big Society because he assumes us great unwashed never read Orwell. Your point about the taxman is funny because no one noticed that when the tax services were rolled into custom and excise, they assumed the powers of the customs and excise department which is the only government department in the UK to have free access to enter your property without a warrant and to access all your financial information without any recourse or just reason. That happened and nobody noticed. The stripping away of our basic human rights always happens without anyone noticing.
Martin Meenagh said…
Hi Toni, good to hear from you too. I think that the other side of the power was laid out around three years ago, when the government gave itself the right to invade 'dormant' bank accounts and redistribute the money to charity. That also, of course, relieved the banks of having to bother, with the consequent trust law complications.

It's becoming clearer and clearer that the moment to save ourselves passed. We could have had long-term energy programmes based around thorium and coal, a ring-fenced national savings and insurance fund, a proper education system, flatter, fairer taxes, and a genuine referendum on europe. We could have jailed some bank bosses to show who was in charge--but instead, they did.

What we'll get is spite and bullshit drowned out by loony noise.

Perhaps it always ends this way--things just get too complex, like Mancur Olsen said. Still, my chin is up, and my debts are heading through the floor and down :D