Saturday, 22 December 2007

God rest ye...

A very Merry Christmas dear reader. Curb your consumption and keep it simple.

Although a paid up member of Agnostics Anonymous, I am, like Richard Dawkins, very much 'culturally christian'. In a talk in Oxford recently, His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman described himself as a Book of Common Prayer atheist, and I think he speaks for a lot of us in the anglosphere and indeed the West. It's part of who we are - it's in our cultural DNA and part of our identity.

It warms my heart to hear a good carol (O Come All Ye Faithful being my personal favourite) and to watch the Salvation Army band, a kid's Nativity play and the barfly's at Midnight Mass. Last year I had the privilege of witnessing a Mummer's Play in the pub and looking back I think it was the best present I got.

Needless to say, I despise the orgy of consumption - We need to reclaim Christmas.
We need less build-up, pressure, stress. We've lost the heart of Christmas. We need to get back to it's real tradition. The only gift we should receive on the 25th, should be companionship and a hearty meal...well, we can spoil the little ones a bit.

This is probably going to be my last post of 2007. But plans a afoot for '08, including my predictions in the political underbelly in the year ahead and a special look at the new(ish) political current/ideolgy of National-Anarchism within the anti-globalist/monocultural milieu. Bet you can't wait...

Best Wishes to you all. May peace prevail on earth.


Monday, 17 December 2007

Lucas MP?

The Greens comfortably held their Brighton Regency council seat last Thursday with Jason Kitcat (yeah, I know, tell 'im he's won the bet) romping home, hundreds of votes in front. This will surely give the Greens a boost in their quest to get Caroline Lucas elected to Westminster when the time comes. While they're avin a laugh claiming they've got a chance in Norwich South and Lewishan Deptford, maybe this old cynic will be proved wrong in Brighton Pavillion. And I do hope so.

Titbits from the Outer-limits
Tommy Sheridan was charged with perjury yesterday. Whatever the outcome, to the charge of damaging the anti-globalist left in Scotland, he is as guilty as sin.

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Steady as she goes?

Reports of domestic strife within the BNP are nothing new (at least since the Griffin revolution) and the party always seems to get up, dust itself down, and continue to grow. But reports this week, if true, seem a tad more serious.

There seems to be a growing dislike of Griffin's allies within the top brass which has led to the bowing out of several key figures over recent days. These include the talented Cllr Sadie Graham - a lady, if some sources are to be believed, is a former anarcho-punk and Hunt Sabber (well, there's nothing wrong with changing your mind) The Young BNP leader Danny Lake, and Steve Blake, the party's web editor, are also gone. Others include Scottish organiser Kenny Smith and Ian Dawson, the Yorkshire organiser who has called upon all BNP councillors to resign the party whip and sit as Independent Nationalists. One or two have taken him up and other seasoned observers tip the Epping Forest group to follow suit. Rumours are also doing the rounds concerning the entire Scottish and Ulster executives going.

Berrocscir's Banner does not believe this is the beginning of the end for the BNP, but it could prove more damaging than previous spats. It MAY cause a substantial reduction in candidates and less effective campaigning through loss of funds. What is clear, however, is the BNP brand name is too much of a household name just to disappear overnight.

In a separate development the party's ambitions on grabbing a GLA seat or three next May could have taken a slight knock. In addition to UKIP and English Democrat campaigns which could tempt the more moderate BNP voter. The NF and British People's Party are set to stand in one or two places and may attract the more 'forthright' of the BNP constituency.

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Those craaaaazzzy Russians...

I don't really want to talk about Putin and the Kids from Nashi, I've just eaten.

Apart from that Lugovoi geezer standing for Zhirinovsky's Liberal Democrats, the only thing interesting about Sunday's Russian Duma elections was a sight that made me fall off the sofa whilst slumped in front of Channel 4 News: Leading dissident Gary Kasparov being interviewed with ol' Eduard Limonov of the National Bolshevik Party at his side - talk about strange bedfellows! Limonov's been nicked more times than Peter Tatchell. If you've never heard of the NBP, google 'em. They're entertaining.