Is Prince Charles ill-advised, or merely idiotic? | James Delingpole

July 29, 2010

I do wish the Prince of Wales weren’t such a terrible prat because then I wouldn’t have to say it in print and quite ruin my chances of a knighthood. But he is a prat. A dangerous prat at that — as he reminded us yet again just the other day in a speech he gave to ‘business leaders’ at St James’s Palace about what he thinks is happening with ‘climate change’.

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2 thoughts on “Is Prince Charles ill-advised, or merely idiotic?”

  1. yaosxx says:30th July 2010 at 1:54 pmI’d say both! Thought this was amusing and very well written James!
  2. david w t milanes says:1st August 2010 at 3:19 pmIt is rude ill mannered of you and vile to attack Prince Charles in this way. He is earnestly trying to do good and trying to send a message to humanity or those that will listen to respect the planet to cherish nature.He wants us to pass on a world that is worth your children living in, a world where nature flourishes where man is not so dominant that he destroys everything. Just imagine how beautiful this country was in the time of John Clare. Not everthing was right but try to imagine what has been lost and then you might in a small way understand why Prince Charles cares as much as he does. Please tell what good you have done in this world that bears comparison with what he has done?

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Lefties Have Got away with Feeling Superior for Too Long — Let the Fightback Begin

July 18, 2010

I was at a debate at the Institute of Economic Affairs last week when the speaker next to me — a preening, prickly chap with a moustache and hugely self-important manner — took it upon himself to apprise the assembled throng of the most extraordinary fact: apparently, James Delingpole is nowhere near as good at delivering Ronald Reagan quotes as Ronald Reagan was.

‘As I can testify from experience,’ he added, impressively, ‘having heard Reagan speak on several occasions.’

‘Gosh!’ I thought to myself. And again ‘Gosh!’ I’m often taken aback when complete strangers decide to have a go at me personally in debates.

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  1. Eric Smith says:18th July 2010 at 2:34 pmDelingpoleYou are starting to sound like Alan Bastard’s rude father. Worse, you are degenerating into the British Anne Coultard and that, in my opinion is exactly what we don’t need. The reason the welfare state still exists post Mandelson and Thatcher is to facilitate the accelerating transfer of wealth from poor to rich without the rich being murdered in their beds. Layers of bureaucracy are actually a form of protection for big business (from start ups).

    It is ironic that your public school sparring partner, George Monbiot is probably miles to the right of you. He is an extreme right wing statist, you are an extreme right wing libertarian. It is also ironic that global warming / carbon trading is a gigantic corporate operation, initiated by Enron that you oppose and he supports.

    http://homepage.ntlworld.com/sealed/gw/business.htm

  2. James W says:19th July 2010 at 4:02 amThe fundamental reasons why I hate the left are two-fold;1. as you say, they assume moral authority from the fact that historically they supported the poor, the exploited, the sick and the disenfranchised………..who with a heart would not have supported Labour’s main ideals 1918 to 1950?

    Labour’s problems – particularly from 1990 onwards stem from the fact that there is no longer any oppression and poverty in Britain………everyone has the vote, everyone gets the calories they need (the blue collar classes are largely obese), everyone has access to education, healthcare, everyone has warm homes, television, mobile telephones, internet access and foreign holidays……….there is equality in the dynamics of employment and discrimination on the grounds of gender, race and sexuality has been outlawed and there is a massive level of social protection…….the question of rights and prosperity are thus relative.

    Thus, Labour have a huge problem in defining their purpose – they have none as the socialist agenda has been achieved in full. Basically Labour is all dressed-up and has nowhere to go.

    Which brings me on to the second reason I loath the left.

    2. their propaganda machine stifles truth, individual freedom and peoples’ opportunities to make progress.

    Labour is facistic in nature – the individual must place all his/her trust, faith and adoration – not to mention money – at the feet of the party elite and swallow the shibboleths of the Labour creed……..the class war…….greed and a lack of concern go hand-in-hand with capitalism…..Labour is the only party that cares…..is the only party with moral authority… and is the only party that never EVER makes mistakes – and if they do, they should be forgiven because they were made with the best of intentions.

    Absolute loyalty is expected…….and that means putting the state’s needs before those of the individual…….and because the beatific ends always justify the means the party will trash any opposition with ruthlessness and if necessary brutality – onward socialist soldiers!

    Faced with a culture that does not comply – why, they will dilute it, denigrate it, destroy it and build a new one more to their own liking.

    Of course the party elite are not bound by any of the rules and principles that they impose on the plebs – they are free to accumulate wealth, advantages and accolades and of course perpetuate their influence by nepotism.

    The Left is bankrupt, both morally and spiritually……..there time has been and gone, they need to wither and die.

    The Gillian Duffys of Britain have been ripped off big-time – Boxer has retired to his field to find it is surrounded by a massive steel fence patrolled by compliant thugs and vicious dogs, but there is no grass in it and half of the field has been ear-marked for a shiny new school and community centre.

  3. John of Kent says:19th July 2010 at 10:52 am“James W says:
    July 19, 2010 at 4:02 amThe fundamental reasons why I hate the left are two-fold; -snip-”

    I agree with everything you posted! very sensible and insightful analysis as to why labour serves no purpose anymore. Actually, you missed one huge point, under the Bureacratic dictatorship that is the EU, no political party in the UK now serves any purpose. Except, maybe UKIP.

  4. James W says:20th July 2010 at 9:28 amJohn of KentUKIP are mostly nutters though aren’t they? Saying that I did give Farage £50 to help him beat that little twat Bercow – not that it did much good.

    The main point is why will Cameron – apparently so keen on the plebiscite on matters of constitutional importance – not hold a referendum on EU membership?

    After all what is the point of voting on how a sovereign government is to be elected if the elected government has no sovereignty over which to govern?………….If you get my drift.

  5. Alec Y says:20th July 2010 at 7:59 pmThere is no point to any other party except UKIP. Yes exactly, the trouble is getting the message across to the masses. What annoys me are people like Dan Hannan who pretend to be eurosceptic yet remain in the Tory party.
  6. John of Kent says:21st July 2010 at 9:41 amI don’t think UKIP are nutters! BNP yes, but UKIP no. Read their policies on their site- very sensible stuff.I would say the three main parties are suffering under a massive delusion for swallowing the AGW scam hook line and sinker. Therefore the Con-Dems and the Labs are the nutters! And it is a sign of insanity – not standing up to the Eurocratic dictatorship that rules our lives.

    It is insane to want to stay un the EU and to follow all the lunatic carbon reduction policies when there is no need to reduce carbon emmissions. I would therefore say that the UKIP are perhaps the only sane party!

    You are right though, our elected government has no power as it has all gone to the EU, they merely pass EU dictates. And the EU is not democratic.

    Therefore, from your own argument, to preserve democracy the only sane vote has to be for the party who would get us out of the EU.

  7. James W says:21st July 2010 at 2:39 pmJoK,What you say is right. However, the fact remains that UKIP members are most certainly not full plates of chips.

    Look at their leaders…………Kilroy-Silk for a start, then Farage nearly goes and kills himself in some ham-fisted stunt.

    Hannan is a very smart bloke…….the rest are just talkative blokes from the golf club……and they cost the Tories the election……….or I suppose you could say Cameron’s refusal on the EU vote did.

    Whatever.

    I’d say that they need to enter coalition with the Con-Dems………absolutely anything to keep the left out.

  8. John of Kent says:22nd July 2010 at 2:05 pm” 6.I’d say that they need to enter coalition with the Con-Dems………absolutely anything to keep the left out.

    I agree with that, but don’t believe everything you read in the (mostly liberal-lefty) media that you read about UKIP. Kilroy silk left the party years ago and Farage’s accident was, well just an accident as far as I am concerned. The media do anything they can to smear UKIP.

    Where the Tories have gone wrong is they need to adopt UKIP policies. I did not vote for the Tories because their policies were weak! I will not vote for a party that adheres to the Anthropogenic Global warming/ climate change theory.

    UKIP speak out against both the EU and AGW. If the Tories had the UKIP policies, I would vote fot them, however they have sickeningly positioned themselves just slightly to the right of the Lib Dems, hence the “Con-Dems” alliance. I have little faith in this government, on the things that matter I don’t see them being any better than labour! ;-(

  9. SamG says:23rd July 2010 at 1:11 pmA completely unrelated pointThe left in Oz

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/07/19/2957323.htm

    Over 95% above-the-line voters will give legislative power away because of their acquiescence to personality politics.

  10. Mike Paterson says:27th July 2010 at 10:42 pmJames, you don’t blog frequently enough. Maybe you’re on your summer hol.

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History Like It Used to Be

History like it used to be

Because I was taught history properly by my prep-school teacher Mr Bradshaw, my head is full of easily accessible dates which I know I’ll never forget. Obviously, I know Crécy (1346) and Agincourt (1415), but I also know one or two more obscure ones like those of Blenheim, Ramillies, Oudenarde and Malplaquet. This is because of a cunning acronym Brad taught me — a phone number BROM 4689 — which I dare say I remembered mainly because at the time I lived in Bromsgrove.

According to the new history-teaching orthodoxy, of course, dates are an unwelcome imposition on a child’s creative spirit. What matters now is not whether you can remember why, when or by whom great battles were fought, but how well you can empathise with the misery felt by their participants. Not royal or noble participants, obviously, because they’re insufficiently representative of the common man. This is why every Nu Generation history teacher’s favourite war is the Crimean War: because then you get to bring in Mary Seacole.

How do we stop our kids being bored rigid by this turgid PC drivel? How do we rescue them from the even more depressing new orthodoxy, whereby history is to be taught not as an exciting narrative about goodies and baddies shoving red-hot pokers up kings’ bottoms and sailing the seas in ships called Shit Fire, but as a multiplicity of competing viewpoints which render all attempts at objectivity ultimately meaningless?

One option is to drip-feed them at home with excerpts from proper old-school history books like H.E. Marshall’s Our Island Story (republished by Civitas), Ladybird Series 561 classics like King Alfred the Great and Oliver Cromwell, or George Chamier’s more recent When It Happened in Britain. Another is to get them watching the BBC’s Horrible Histories (CBBC). Not that they’ll need much persuasion. If they’re anything like my kids, they’ll be on to it already — probably viewing it on computers via BBC’s iPlayer because that’s how the inheritors of the earth do things these days.

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4 thoughts on “History like it used to be”

  1. James W says:21st June 2010 at 1:55 pmLooks like a great piece – I shall save reading it in full until I pick up my Speccie.

    Anyway, fully agree, it’s dreadful leftist garbage isn’t it?

    Quite depressing that the left are happy to consign the nation’s fantastic history to, well, history………..all for the sake of wanting kids to know what it was like to go without TV, toothpaste, tetracycline and Toblerones.

    I fucking loath the left.

  2. Herkinderkin says:4th July 2012 at 3:14 amJames, the “”red more, click here” link throws a 404 error..
    1. Eric says:4th July 2012 at 3:21 amIt looks like the problem is on The Spectator site – there are google links to the article, but the article is not showing on Spectator.
      1. Herkinderkin says:4th July 2012 at 4:02 amThanks Eric. I’ll come back to it tomorrow – his subject is dear to my heart. Mrs H and I had to assist in our own children’s primary school education by teaching them basic arithmetic, English, spelling and grammar, as none of those were addressed adequately by the schooling at the time.

        And this is the scary bit – our kids are the same generation as James. Now, HE writes as a concerned parent, so how much worse has it become after another generation of galloping political correctness?

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Men Fight for Their ‘Mates’ — It Is the Secret of Why They So Love War

One of the nicest, gentlest fellows I’ve ever met is a man named Mike Dauncey. He’s so terribly polite that he can’t bring himself to swear even in extremis and if you had to guess what he did before he retired, you’d probably say ‘country parson’. In fact, though, Brigadier Mike Dauncey DSO is a bona fide war hero, known as the ‘sixth Arnhem VC’. Only five were in fact awarded at the battle. Mike was put up for the sixth, only to have the letters ‘VC’ crossed out on his citation and amended to ‘DSO’ by one BLM (that’ll be Bernard Law Montgomery) who felt that, heroism or no heroism, five VCs were quite enough for one debacle.

When you learn what Mike did as a young lieutenant, though, you’re left in little doubt he deserved better.

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My moment of rock-star glory at a climate change sceptics’ conference in America | James Delingpole

May 27, 2010

Wow! Finally in my life I get to experience what it’s like to be a rock star and I’m loving every moment. OK, so the drugs are in pretty short supply. As too is the meaningless sex with nubile groupies. But what do I care, the crowd love me and I love them. God bless America! God bless the Heartland Institute’s Fourth International Conference on Climate Change!

You’d think it would be quite dull, a conference of 700 climate sceptics (or ‘realists’, as we prefer to call ourselves) cooped up for two and half days of intense panel sessions (‘Quantifying the Effects of Ocean Acidification on Marine Organisms’; ‘Green Eggs and Scam: the Myth of Green Jobs’; ‘Analysis of the Russian Segment of the HADCRUT3 Database’) and lectures (beginning at 7.30 a.m). But I haven’t had so much fun in years.

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Tales of the unexpected | James Delingpole

May 22, 2010

The closest I’ve come to seeing a ghost was a few months ago when we went to stay in a haunted house. We had a deeply uncomfortable night during which it was cold and hard to sleep, and in the small hours my wife was awoken by a mysterious pressure on her chest, almost as if she was suffocating, and which may have been the tortured spirit of whoever it was who had died horribly there or which might have been the heavy quilt. Dunno. Couldn’t say. I’m itching to have a 100 per cent, cast-iron ‘Yes I saw a ghost and it was definitely a ghost’ experience, but this wasn’t it. Otherwise, this intro would have been more exciting.

Why do I so want to see a ghost? Well a) obviously so that I can write about it and tell people about it at dinner and b) because the longer I live under the extended Blair/Brown/Cameron nightmare the more reluctant I am to accept that this life is all there is. There are lots of people out there like me and they’re the reason Liverpudlian Joe Power is able to earn a living. Power sees dead people and for a small consideration of £40 (for a private consultation) or a tenner a head for one of his hotel events will communicate their messages from beyond the grave to their loved ones.

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It is left to me to point out this regrettable, overlooked fact: Dave blew it | James Delingpole

May 22, 2010

This is a column I never thought I’d have to write. I’d assumed that the conclusions to be drawn from the general election were so bleeding obvious that I could leave all the post-match analysis to the experts, while I distracted you with something more cheerful like, say, a piece about Fergal Keane’s brilliant new book on the battle of Kohima.

Apparently not, though. It seems that my job today is to point out an awkward fact that seems to have eluded about 98 per cent of political commentators in the mainstream media and 99.99 per cent of those Conservatives who invested their faith in Project Cameron: Dave blew it.

No, really. He did. Never mind that nonsense about the biggest swing since 1931, making the party electable again, tremendous achievement, best he could have hoped for and all the other desperate apologiae we’ve been hearing of late. Dave had an open goal — or at least one manned only by a cackhanded, decrepid, one-eyed nutcase, viscerally loathed not just by the opposition but by half his own team — and the best he could manage was to hit the post.

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Men Only | James Delingpole

April 22, 2010

I think it’s about time someone explained to women how to watch war films. They just don’t get them, in much the same way men don’t get handbags or expensive girl-shoes. They think it’s all boring and that the characters all look the same, so how can you care about them? They think there’s far too much shooting and killing and violence and horror and bang bang bang and it’s like watching paint dry. They’d rather let you watch on your own, if you don’t mind, while they go upstairs and read in the bath.

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Most gay men have realised that the Oppressed Victimhood party is totally over | James Delingpole

April 22, 2010

Some of my best friends are gay — but now I can go one better than that: one of them is HIV positive. ‘But that’s brilliant news!’ I told my friend when he spilled the beans the other day. ‘Now I can go round claiming victim cred by association. And if anyone makes an AIDS joke I can be, like, seriously offended and put on a solemn voice and say: “Actually, you know, if you had an HIV positive friend like I do…”.’ My friend agreed that being HIV positive was a very handy thing to be, in this respect. But on further consideration, we decided it would have carried more victim cred weight in the days before anti-retroviral drugs when a) it was a death sentence; and b) being gay won you many more oppressed-minority brownie points.

Personally I blame Ken Livingstone.

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Trouble Upriver

I rarely review TV drama.

Three reasons why I hardly ever review TV drama: 1) the length, 2) the politics, 3) sheer bloody laziness. I suppose the last one is the main reason but the others aren’t just excuses. It really is too depressing when, three hours into one of those Sunday and Monday two-part dramas, you suddenly realise that you’ve already wasted one evening and you’re about to waste another, but that you can’t bail out now because you’re in too deep — and what if something good and exciting suddenly happens?

Almost all TV drama is too long and the reason for this is that the more screen hours you fill the bigger your commissioning budget. So any ambitious director who wants to make a halfway decent-looking drama has to pad it out till it’s as bloated as a foie gras goose. This, of course, builds up expectations which the dénouement cannot possibly hope to fulfil. Especially not when — as is invariably the case, given the political sympathies of 99.99 per cent of people in TV — the twist turns out to be that the baddie wasn’t after all the innocent black crack dealer or the misunderstood Islamist or the fundamentalist eco-loon but, yes, yet another of those secretly evil, white middle-class males who make our world such a terrifyingly dangerous place.

Anyway, I’ve only seen part one of Blood and Oil (BBC2, Monday) and, though all of the above may yet hold true with part two, I’m enjoying it immensely so far.

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