Today, April 20th, is the fiftieth anniversary of British politician Enoch Powell's Birmingham speech against mass Third World immigration into his country. VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow has an eloquent post about this and VDARE.com has reposted the speech itself, with supporting hyperlinks brought up to date. There are YouTube clips of Powell actually delivering bits... Read More
I’ve reached the point in life when lamenting the end of another year comes more naturally than celebrating the beginning of a new one. How time flies! Another year gone already? After age seventy the passing scene more and more resembles the image one of Noël Coward’s characters supplied: it’s For example: The last time... Read More
[The following passages are excerpted from Eduardo Galeano’s history of humanity, Mirrors (Nation Books).] Origin of Freedom of Oppression Opium was outlawed in China. British merchants smuggled it in from India. Their diligent efforts led to a surge in the number of Chinese dependent on the mother of heroin and morphine, who charmed them with... Read More
Recently, Susan Bergholz, the devoted literary agent of the late Uruguayan writer and planetary great Eduardo Galeano, sent me this brief email: “A friend of Eduardo's and mine called yesterday to tell me, ‘Now we know where Eduardo went: he became pope!’” Somehow, that thought raised my spirits immeasurably. I was about to turn 71... Read More
All proper congratulations to David Cameron, elected last week as Prime Minister of Britain on the Conservative Party ticket. I can’t say I repose any great hopes that Cameron will actually conserve anything; but then, Britain’s not my country, so the stakes for me are merely tribal (the Anglosphere), civilizational (the West), and sentimental (I... Read More
I have taken another trip on my syllogismobile to an alternate universe. Among the artifacts I brought back with me was A.J. Braithwaite’s History of Britain (2011 edition), a standard text for British schoolchildren in that universe. The following extracts are from the final chapter, titled “Britain since 1945.” Britain and Ireland became Soviet satellites... Read More
Trying to protect a Korean journalist brought Henry Cockburn into conflict with the Japanese – and his own Whitehall...
I spent last week in South Korea helping make a television documentary about my grandfather, Henry Cockburn, who was British Consul General in Korea shortly before the First World War. He arrived in 1905, just as Japan was occupying the country and extinguishing Korean independence, for a posting which was to change his life and... Read More
(A Talk given in the House of Lords, Westminster, on February 23, 2005) Ladies and Lords, Gentlemen, Friends, It is a great honour for this small writer from far-away Jaffa to speak to you in this ancient abode of democracy and aristocracy intertwined, and I wish to thank my host tonight, my dear brother, his... Read More
H.R.H. the Queen Mother.
I was twice in the presence, approximately, of the Queen Mother, who died on Saturday. The first time was when, in my twelfth year, she came to open a new wing of my school. (That a senior royal should turn up to open a new wing of an undistinguished provincial boys' school was testimony to... Read More