May hem 122


Theresa May announced the security services have foiled forty major terrorist plots in the last decade. They also successfully prevented Rotherham FC from winning the Champions League and the sky from turning into plasticine.

We have had, on average, a major “anti-terrorism act” curtailing vital liberties every 20 months in that period, to the point where it is illegal for me to give a talk in Westminster (see last post). We have security theatre of the absurd, everywhere. Air travel is a misery due to the war on toothpaste, but I can carry two litres of extremely flammable duty free 50% spirit on board a plane. At Waverley Station in Edinburgh a taxi can no longer enter due to “terrorism”, but they can drop me outside and I can take my 60 kg of plastic explosive in two suitcases down the elevator.

The disaster of universities today is corporatism and managerialism. It is not an excess of freedom of speech. Academics dare say very little – they spend their entire time wracking their brains as to how to produce research that will attract finance, and thus meet cash targets and not lead to redundancies and departmental closures. Universities see themselves overwhelmingly as businesses, not as self governing academic communities and centres of intellectual inquiry. In Scotland, every University Principal is on over 300,000 a year and every University Secretary on over 200,000. There are no poets or philosophers on University Courts – bean counting is the only discipline deemed relevant to university governance. A tiny number of eccentric academics are devoted to their teaching, but there is no income stream of any kind dependent on teaching quality.

Now Theresa May is going to make doubly sure no student ever hears anything interesting or inspirational, by giving University administrations – who want nothing but a profitable business – a “duty to protect” students from extremist thought. This idea is so illiberal it makes me physically vomit. The net result will be a cumbersome system of vetting for every external speaker, having to submit texts for approval in advance, to be seen by the University administration. The result will be a firm intention to discourage external speakers from appearing at all, in order to avoid the cost of this bureaucracy.

I speak frequently in universities and certainly am not going to submit my talks for pre-vetting (I always speak off the cuff anyway). In fact, if this legislation goes through, I am going to undertake spontaneous guerrilla lectures in universities, just popping up and starting talking, with no prior approval at all. I hope others may join me. We need a flying squad to preserve the very notion of academic intercourse without political constraint.


122 thoughts on “May hem

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  • Ishmael

    “Britain, then, had just ruined itself fighting fascists. It was a fairly big thing at the time, known as World War 2.”

    O was that the case, O i’m sorry. I seemed to think ‘we’ where just being fachist elsewere at that time.

    And what about the bankes ect, mmmmm yes, not all of us where fighting them, come on, be honest.

  • Ishmael

    “However, there can have been no age before the present when there was greater complacent, moral self-satisfaction than in West today”

    I assume that refers to the 1%, I don’t see much in regular people, but in reality more than in the elete where so much is fake anyway. If they are so moraly self satisfied why is every public apperance scripted and managed, they hide from the public, they are not powerfull or confident, or satisfied.

    ‘The west’ just killed a few million people, mostly innocent, I think your ‘feelings’ are a mask for that reality.

  • Jives

    In 10 years this is the most honest andimportant post you’ve ever offered Craig.

    Thank you so much.

    We are in a grotesque phase of insane lies and complete bollocks.

    Tick tock liars.

    Even Strat players are getting tortured and MK-Ultra’d/Zerzetsuned.

    Word.

    Olivetti IPA QC’s know now.Mirror.Letters.

    Cant hide now Jack,Eliza et al…

  • glenn_uk

    @KKKanSpeccy: “Britain, then, had just ruined itself fighting fascists. It was a fairly big thing at the time, known as World War 2.

    Whose side would you have been on, then, had you been lucky enough to pitch in, during those enlightened liberal times?

    Honestly, CanSpeccy – I couldn’t have made it up, nor encouraged you to show a more obvious side. At least the Klan own it.

    “It is natural that in every age the majority believe that their own peculiar view of the world is more enlightened and morally superior to that of their ancestors. But history, of course, shows otherwise.

    Shame you totally ignored my post – in a reply directly to you – which addressed this very point. What is the purpose in opening a discussion, and then waving away or blowing past someone responding to your discussion? Is this just a venting station for you, in the hope that some might be influenced, or were you actually trying to engage some minds on the point? “Phil” did just the same on the last thread (and not just to me, I hasten to mention).

    Kindly flag your posts, “This is my view, I ain’t moving from it, and don’t welcome discussion.” Unless your username is good enough to indicate the same, and you expect people to simply learn it from experience.

    If you’d care to review, there was a reply that suggested our “peculiar view of the world” has progressed in some respects, regressed in others. Guess you missed that one among all the other fan mail.

  • DoNNyDarKo

    When I read the May revelation my eyebrows popped through my forehead.
    “Yes, of course we have” 40 Terror Plots !!
    If there was one single plot with anysubstantive evidence and a genuine attempt I’m sure it would have been all over the media with the banner that Good Government saves the people from the baddies once again.But they’re half baked resembling the FBI stings in the States.
    Let’s buy some chapati flour and bake a bomb.Exploding shoes or underpants?It’s like Billy Smarts circus.How can you take it seriously?
    You mention airports Craig.I’ve thought the same thing so often.Last year waiting in line to go through security at Khartoum Int,there were Arabs walking through ,side stepping the scanners with 3 gallon plastic bottles of water onto my flight.Needless to say, nothing happened.
    Since I read about the scope and ongoing nature of Operation Gladio I’ve begun to think that there are no terrorist events.Just orchestrated Govt. run projects with a long term objective.The terror groups are unwittingly being funded and directed by the same.
    By way of deception, thou shalt do war.We are just never told what the war is all about.
    But the big loser is personal freedom and the Westminster elite are becoming more brazen in the ways they take it away.
    Your speech was good Craig.Maybe not the largest crowd you’ve had of late but important that what you said gets out.But as we have heard this week,there are moves to curtail the internet,and that would include streaming of your speeches no doubt.

  • Resident Dissident

    “My father, at heart a pacifist, served as a volunteer in the belief that fascism was even worse than war. That was, in fact, the general view of the populace at the time.”

    And what is your view now?

  • DoNNyDarKo

    The two are inseparable SD.
    Fascism is militaristic therefore aggressive meaning a war is at some point inevitable.
    And during times of so called peace for the fascist state they are at war with themselves as we have seen with Franco,Mussolini,Hitler,Pinocet,The Greek and the Argentinian Junta.
    Fascism means war.But that’s my view. Sorry to but in.

  • Briar

    Nationalism is also militaristic and aggressive, and so means war. Just look at how English nationalism and militarism are being beefed up to boost public support for all the optional wars we have enlisted ourselves in. It’s hardly surprising we now support fascists in Kiev when we are trending towards fascism ourselves.

  • Jay

    Viz

    A baseball and a bat cost in total £110

    The bat costs £100 more than the ball.

    How much does the ball cost?

  • Silvio

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  • nevermind

    You haven’t met Brian fujisan, dojo expert with Scot heritage?

    He lifts and throws boulders because he can’t use his katana.

    Indeed Ben, and when he has no boulders he picks up 14 stone blokes to do his jugglin’….;) that is, after the essential meditating….

    Now here is another clue which should get the crossword finished,
    Koeln am Rhein lies next to which river?…..

  • Resident Dissident

    Donny Darko – I don’t disagree – which is of course why real fascism should never be appeased. I don’t intend to get into arguments with idiots as to what is and isn’t fascism – but it isn’t just everything you disagree with, and although I believe that the world needs more nationalism like a hole in the head, and that the innate supremacism of many nationalists can often develop into something worse (there is a fine line between the patriotism, which is pride and love of your origins, to a nationalism which becomes a view that you can impose and insult those that disagree with you) it isn’t the same as fascism. Nationalism is to smoking as Fascism is to lung cancer – and the treatments need to be quite different.

  • mike

    As the threat of full disclosure impinges on the UK’s elite paedophile ring (or rings) so the terror alarm gets cranked up to distract us.

    It’s news management, but the mainstream, like good little doggies, will pounce on the sops.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    The pretty straight guy with the large slice of pie (and his finger in everyone else’s) has a lot to answer for re universities. He it was who wanted 50% of school leavers in higher education. A typically vague and woolly proposal, which seemed wonderful only for as long as it took to ask the questions “Why?” and “How?”.

    “Why?” was easy. To disguise the structural underemployment in the already-shrunken non-financial sector. “How?” was a little less obvious. But his subsequent activities make it quite clear that Blair’s faith in market forces easily disposed of any idea that academia was of value in its own right*. And he was partially correct.

    For instance, one fine way of funding your Vice-Chancellor, and the intricate tiers of management who insulate him from reality, is, after all, to open a business school, and sell it hard to China. The Chinese actually want to understand Western business models – in the innocent belief that the West understands them itself, and despite the evident superiority of their own. And their government is happy to pay for this, as is the rocketing Chinese bourgeoisie, for whose children their time in a European university is the equivalent of the Georgians’ Grand Tour.

    Business courses for foreign students are, in commercial terms, sexy. Little investment in equipment, rapid returns, and, to be brutal, not too much scrutiny either of student ability or academic standards.

    Sexy projects and disciplines get funding and show a profit. Workaday absolute essentials don’t. No mechanisms are in place to redistribute the wealth from sexy to unsexy projects – as Britain, so its universities. Any surpluses go to servicing debt and recruiting more management. Formerly, the universities did research in which business saw no commercial advantage, and consequently didn’t do itself. Under the post-Blair model, the universities don’t do research in which business sees no commercial advantage, and consequently doesn’t fund.

    Added to this: during the scramble to get a share of all Blair’s newly-educable school leavers, most universities initiated building facilities for them. These cost an absolute fortune, and required huge loans, effectively anchoring the universities to the market economy. Post-crunch, of course, servicing the debt has pretty well beggared the unis, and the steady reduction in government funding for unsexy research hasn’t helped either. Now the unis are scrambling for private money, however, and a new rash of lousy campus buildings, debt-funded, is necessary…

    *Excluding from this, the Dear Leader’s alma mater, St. John’s, Oxford, obviously. Some things are sacred.

  • YouKnowMyName

    @DonnyD 6:20am chapati flour and bake a bomb

    http://www.brighthub.com/education/homework-tips/articles/122532.aspx (more than 600 historic explosions using flour!)

    @Silvio 9:01am for the Deep State – we just have to look at the struggles of Turkey who seem over the last decade to have been busy arresting 50% of their civil/judicial/military society. Turkish deep state seems to be inextricably linked with Gladio. As just a tourist occasionally to Turkey I don’t know which 50% is arresting which 50%; is the US/NATO/Gladio side currently in charge – or being ‘un-peeled’

    Surely *all* the Gladio involved nations have this Deep State, we normally only become aware of glimpses here and there…’cept for Turkistan.

  • DoNNyDarKo

    You know my name:
    I know flour explodes and how well it burns.But in no explosion will all the flour burn leaving floury residue wherever…It’s also a very unreliable delivery system…. gets damp easily…in say a sweaty rucksack.
    Certain events were reported as having been caused by C4 and within days that had turned to chapati flour which happened to match the ingredients found at the safe house.Difficult to understand how explosives experts could mix the two up.It was found to be not explosive enough and so they added black pepper.
    ” The baker men,were building bombs “

  • Ba'al Zevul

    DD – from memory, the chapati flour wasn’t intended to be used as an explosive per se, but to stabilise a very unstable homemade liquid explosive. Or for chapatis…

  • Republicofscotland

    Bert and RoS

    “I got information today indirectly from Jeremiah Adebolajo, brother of Michael Adebolajo, who says his brother was perpetually targeted by the MI5/6, as he was himself. Indeed MI5/6”
    _________________________________

    Yes John Goss I couldn’t agree more the whole thing stinks to high heaven, now their saying they planned to kill a soldier, whilst conversing on social media, an easily forged claim.

    What really frightens me is the amount and level of civil,servants who would have needed to be in on this false flag, to pull it off successfully.

  • YouKnowMyName

    statewatch.org have this take on the bill without clothes

    UK: SCOPE OF NEW CT BILL NOT LIMITED TO TERRORISM?: Counter-Terrorism and Security: Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill – (they have link to full txt) This Bill amends the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act (DRIPA 2014) which in turn amended RIPA 2000. On first reading this means that although the Foreword refers to “terrorism” there is no such limitation in the text of the Bill so its scope is not limited to combating terrorism as neither DRIPA 2014 and RIPA 2000 contain such a provision. Clause 17 of the Bill covers the: “Retention of relevant internet data” (such as everyone’s IP address). If this is the case it would appear the new CTS Bill could cover any crime. It is also worthy of note that reference to a “person” includes: “an organisation and any association or combination of persons”</blockquote

  • Porkfright

    Mike, 26th. Nov. 9.39-My thoughts exactly. The dangerous combination of lack of trust in mainstream politicians and media, plus the emerging threat of V.I.P paedo or worse stuff being outed could lead to some pretty nasty “Terrorist Incident”, if you see what I mean.

  • lysias

    Turing was only one of a number of homosexuals to be prominently prosecuted and convicted in the early 1950’s in Britain. It was Home Secretary David Maxwell Fife who presided over this witch hunt in the Cold War atmosphere that intensified with the return of Tories to power in 1951. I am surprised to see, looking at his Wikipedia entry, that one of the victims, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu is still alive at the age of 88.

  • Jives

    That’s right Lysias.

    Them Eton etc boys couldn’t abide Turing’s poovderdom lest it revealed their own.

    Each man kills the thing he loathes within himself.

    Buller! buller! buller!,Bullingdon oink!

    Oooh sir why is my bottom sore every morn?

    Sir> Shut up boy and ask Savile!

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