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Our English correspondent Seneca III returns with a disheartening look at the current state of political affairs in the United Police State of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Deus ex Machina — Narrative of a Tragedy in Three Acts
by Seneca III
Caveat: There are no caveats regarding this week’s rant, although it may constitute a ‘heads up’ and our Cousins across the pond and our European Kin would be wise to have a close look at any similar, well buried legislation in the darker corners of their own Statutory Instrumentation. — S III.
(Deus ex Machina (L fm. Gk) — God out of the Machine)
A couple of weeks ago I was in conversation with an old friend (in the Antipodes) as a result of his calling me, having just read my previous Post. During the course of this conversation he posed a seminal question: “What precise mechanism or mechanisms can your Junta-In-All-But-Name use to effect a seizure of absolute power?”
This question has been bouncing around in my old grey matter ever since, particularly within that intransigent part that tends to seize upon a particular idea and refuses to let go of it — somewhat like a mangy old dog with a dirty bone — and thus I have been on another eye-opening journey through the bowels of progressive totalitarianism, through the rotten rump of what once was a great, patriotic political system governing a once United Kingdom.
I am beginning to wish that I hadn’t.
DEMETRIOUS: Villain, what hast thou done? AARON: That which thou canst not undo. CHIRON: Thou hast undone our mother. AARON: Villain, I have done thy mother.
― William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
Act I — The Twilight of the Gods
Scene 1 — Meltdown
First we look at the exposed face of the Mother of Parliaments and cast our eyes over the tip of this iceberg shaped monolith, the bit that sticks out above the waterline, the medusa that is the UK State apparatus as we find it now halfway through the second decade of the 21st century.
Balancing precariously on top of that exposed and rapidly melting pinnacle, trying desperately to establish how many angels can dance on the head of a very slippery ideological pin, we find the current leaders of the two main political Parties and one from a minor. Venal all, the first two present as a vacuous, Islam-besotted rich boy (with some very dodgy foreign friends) and an incoherent and mentally dislocated glove puppet openly manipulated by the hand of a collection of moribund Trades Union thugs. At their feet, scrabbling desperately for its moment in the Sun, is a diminutive puddle of even more duplicitous slime wearing a so appropriately yellow-coloured rosette.
All in all this tableau is not a heart-warming sight. With a General Election on the near horizon, it is quite a precariously balanced one to boot, little more than a triplet of ephemera blown out of their time by the hurricane winds of the 21st century, mayflies, having risen and now falling after their failed breeding season — three morally defenestrated tyro Horsemen of our Apocalypse anxiously awaiting the return of the Fourth who at the moment, but only for the moment, is otherwise occupied in Brussels, France, and Denmark.
Looking even further down the slippery slope our eyes will settle on the next layer of Misgovernance. Below the Horsemen we find the Principal Secretaries of State, Ministers, Junior Ministers and their ‘Special Advisors’ and then several layers of ‘Honourable Members’ (sic), the ‘Backbenchers’ as they are so quaintly labelled, so many of whom could hardly be described as the sharpest needles in the legislative sewing kit — except when it comes to creative expense accounting, that is.
And immediately below them, unhealthily close up tight, and most but not all ideologically in step with the left or the far left of the now conjoined social conservative and Labour Party drones, are the Parties Minor, all strong on ambition but currently weak on the ground and hoping to obtain a larger foothold and hence leverage in nine weeks’ time. Finally, beneath them all, right on the waterline, we find the exposed part of the principal Executive Branch of government, the Judiciary and, by association, much of the legal Profession, a murder of ambulance-chasing moral ambivalents with second homes and large amounts of pony fodder to fund, who in essence direct that Common Purposed iron fist in a no longer velvet glove, HM Constabulary, now known almost universally as the ‘Thought Police’.
There are many others, of course, partly submerged, particularly the mind-altering, borderline-superstitious interconnected disciples of the Human Rights, Racism, Global Warming and Multiculturalism myths, all to be found peddling their creed throughout the media, academia, the teaching profession and anywhere else they can penetrate. However in the interests of restricting this particular article to a readable length we shall have to leave that lot there, basking in the chill, actinic arctic light, and dip our heads below the waterline to have a look at what is happening beyond the light of day.
Scene 2 — Crossing the Styx
In those murky depths, where outsiders rarely penetrate, where the modern Scylla and Charybdis ply their trade, is the real power, eternal and existential, the arch schemer and manipulator of the posing, posturing political fools above, the gorgon that drifts so effortlessly in the shadows as its shadow stalks us down all our days: the Secret State, a squat, pyramid-shaped construct. At its apex the Mandarins head a Civil Service consisting of 350,000 careerists, penetrating deep into the intestines of the serpentine edifice above and in its turn supported by a vast, ever shifting sardine-like school of internecine bottom-feeders at its base — the Quangonistas, that self-serving tribe of pecuniary advantaged nomadic Jobsworths creating, maintaining and enforcing the politically correct diktats superimposed on our deconstructed and culturally exsanguinated nation.
It is here, somewhere at the epicentre this privileged realm, that we will find the locked cupboards of the Ministry of Hidden Skeletons. There lie the real records of the Department of Whitewashes and Cover-ups, the transcripts of the Secret Courts, the Secret Registers and all the of the other products of a vast personal power preservation and surveillance apparatus that has long been busy gathering and hoarding every little bit of information that may be useful in keeping an increasingly stroppy electorate in its rightful, ignorant place. And, in passing, further down this subterranean corridor can also be found the various publicly funded Party spin machines, the arch peddlers of misinformation and disinformation to a recently supine public at large. But not supine any longer, one can but hope and begin to suspect.
And so to…
…Act II — The work of the Secret State
Scene 1 — Westminster, 2004 — The Civil Contingencies Act 2004
Prior to 2004, ‘civil contingencies’ were covered by the Civil Defence Act 1948 and the Civil Defence Act (Northern Ireland) 1950. However, these Acts were deemed inadequate by the then Labour government following
- the fuel protests of 2000 (which were a direct response to the way the Labour Government’s outrageous fuel duties were strangling British transport businesses whilst they were under attack from inexpensively fuelled EU vehicles),
- the mass flooding also in 2000 (resultant mainly from inadequate waterways management and maintenance by an underfunded and overstaffed Environment Agency), and
- the Foot and Mouth epidemic in 2001 that set the British farming industry back by at least a decade (the disease spread nationwide directly resultant from the implementation of EU regulations which destroyed the existing network of small- to medium-sized locally-sited abattoirs supplied by predominantly local producers and replaced them with huge, regional mega-abattoirs which required the moving of livestock all over the country irrespective of geographic origin or state of health)
…and thus needed replacing in their entirety — which in my opinion they did not, and could easily have been modified to accommodate even the changing circumstances brought about by the EU-fixated Marxist-Socialist Labour administration.
Nevertheless, to this end the Deputy Prime Minister, John (now Lord) Prescott, a.k.a. ‘John the Erudite & Numerate’, the ex-shop steward with a chip on both shoulders and with only two neurons, which were rarely connected anyway, was tasked by Blair with producing new legislation. The result, created for this inadequate clown by the shadowy denizens of the Secret State, was predictable and, naturally, the antithesis of everything the phrase ‘democratic freedoms’ implies.
I am further of the opinion that this Act is arguably the most iniquitous assault on the freedoms our citizenry in modern times. Its provisions permit the establishment of an absolute dictatorship answerable to no one but the ruling Junta and brutally enforced by a Common-Purposed Police Force…and it won’t take much to trigger its imposition, just a certain level of kinetic activism by friends of the fourth horseman, perhaps?
Some definitive abstracts from the Act may be found in the Appendix — be aware, my Antipodean friend, be very aware — and the Act in full may be found here, and for comparison purposes Chap 5 of the 1948 Act here.
Scene 2 — Westminster, other Acts 1998-2015
In conjunction with the Civil Contingencies Act there are several other Acts that could be interpreted and used to give due cause to apply the former or even automatically initiate it. I list them briefly below for the benefit of anyone who may be of a sufficiently morbid disposition to actually want to look them over — it’s damned hard work, mind you, wading through all the extraneous verbiage in order to get to the core function, as the harpies of the Secret State intended it to be both for us and for a significant percentile of the Legislative.
Human Rights Act 1988… well, you may think that, but I couldn’t possibly comment!
Racial and Religious Hatred Act 2006… clever trick, that, arbitrarily defining Islam as a race conjoined with a religion whilst it is in fact a theocratic political system encompassing and practised by every race on the planet with the possible exception of a few lost tribes in the Amazon basin and on the Andaman Islands.
Counter-terrorism and Security Bill 2015… the final nail in our coffin. Presented by implication as being needed to help deal with those endless acts of barbarism that obviously have nothing to do with ‘Islam’, it will in fact enable the hobbling and eventual destruction of any emergent patriotic movements by or on behalf of the native inhabitants. Anyone who resists, or even looks as if they might be about to resist their ethnic cleansing will be dealt with according to its provisions. Pushed through both the Commons and the Lords with unseemly haste, this Bill received Royal Assent on the 12th February and is now law — the Counter-terrorism and Security Act 2015.
Act III — In the afterlife
Scene 1 — The Machina that delivered us from evil (or so we were told!)
Globalisation is the secret love child of the EU, and the EU itself is a Frankensteinian construct introduced surreptitiously, step by devious step out of the back hatch of the Bilderberg machine. Both are artificial constructs and both are brought to dubious life and nurtured in a petri dish of oil wealth, multinational corporate greed and a lust for absolute personal power on the part of a small coterie of self-appointed elites so personified at the annual Bacchanalian gathering in Davos. However, the EU was poorly designed and developed, has not taken well and is withering in its rancid agar-agar, whilst Globalisation is fast becoming a self-sustaining plague vectored by the ethnic cleansing of Europe’s native peoples and being effected through a process of population-replacement masquerading as multiculturalism — and it is ironic to say in the least that this grotesquery is being abetted by the brutal criminalisation of our civil rights and imposed via that nihilistic ideology, Islamic Uniculturalism.
Scene 2 — Oh, Machina, deliver us from the evil born of the Deliverance
De modo Sarracenos extirpandi, ‘On the method of wiping out the Saracens’, is the title of a blueprint for Western survival written by the 14th Century Dominican Bishop of Smyrna and later Archbishop of Soltaniyeh in Persia, one Guillaume Adam. He knew a thing or two about the Religion of Peace, did Guillaume, and obviously felt its depredations did have something to do with Islam after all. Pity our elites do not think the same.
Whatever… I recently read somewhere that we in the West face three enemies: Our own governments, our own media and Islam in that order. It does ring a bell with me, and I wonder if the people will ever become their own machina — Villagers bearing torches? Burghers bearing arms? Warriors bearing honour? Villains in graves? Barbarians in flight? Wonders in words and deed? — but who knows? I certainly do not, but my mind does wing back to a tiny historical vignette: It is reported that the Duke of Wellington, when riding through his lines on the eve of Waterloo and seeing his troops drinking, brawling and singing around their camp fires, turned to one of his aides and said “I don’t know if they frighten Mr. Bonaparte, but they certainly frighten me”.
Perhaps it is time at last that the whole rotten collection of national and cultural deconstructionists began to fear their own people more than they fear losing the votes of the Religion of Peace. Oh where, where, is our Perseus, I cry?
The epilogue is yet to be written, and it will not be written by me — it is in the hands of the Gods.
Vengeance is in my heart, death in my hand,
Blood and revenge are hammering in my head.
― William Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus
Seneca III, Middle England, The Stoic’s Corner, almost the ides of March 2015.
|1.||‘Deus ex Machina’ is a plot device extensively used in Greek tragedy where a machine is most often used to bring actors playing gods onto the stage in order to resolve a seemingly unresolvable problem. Both Aeschylus and Euripides used this device, the latter most effectively in his Medea where the deus ex machina is a dragon-drawn chariot sent by the sun god. It is used to convey his granddaughter Medea, who has just committed murder and infanticide, away from her husband and to the safety of Athens. (Now, could that be an interesting analogue of modern times?)
|2.||From the Low Saxon, ‘lesbarg’.
|3.||“Tory MP Alan Duncan’s government job as “special envoy to Oman” didn’t stop him accepting a free holiday to Spain from the UK arm of a company involved in Oman’s biggest bribery scandal. Duncan took the Oman role (along with “special envoy to Yemen”) when he stepped down as development minister in July 2013…his entry in the register of MP’s interests shows that in October 2013 he went on a £5000 “leisure” trip to Grenada, Spain, paid for by CCC Ltd, the UK arm of Consolidated Contractors Company, the Middle East’s largest building firm…
[…] This is not the only contact between Consolidated Contractors and the Tories. Founded by Said Khoury, a Palestinian billionaire who died in 2013, and now run by his sons, Consolidated Contractors’ various arms have given the party hundreds of thousands of pounds in recent years. Nor is its reputation impeccable: when a legal dispute with its former partner Munib Masri reached the British courts, a judge called Consolidated Contractors a “complete disgrace” for flouting court orders. The case was settled in Masri’s favour in 2011.” Private Eye 1383 — January 2015.
|4.||From ‘Quango’ — Quasi Autonomous non-Governmental Organisation — semi-public administrative bodies outside of the civil service but receiving financial support from the government, which also makes all of the senior appointments to them: roughly 994 of them collectively in 2007, 1.5 million employees, annual cost to the taxpayer £170 billion, although precise, up-to-date figures are virtually impossible to extract from the un-disambiguated output generated by row upon row of hooded civil service scribes hunched over their electronic parchments wielding quills dipped in the ink of obfuscation — the obedient, tabulating elves from the lower echelons of that huge community troughing at the taxpayers’ expense and ingenuously referred to as ‘public servants’.
|5.||The ‘Silent’ State is a book (William Heinemann, 2010) written by Heather Brooke, a freelance journalist and Freedom of Information campaigner to whom I am indebted for her courageous exposure of the dark side, several examples of which I have alluded to above.
Definitive abstracts from the:
Civil Contingencies Act 2004
Part 1 Local arrangements for civil protection (Sections 1 to 18)
Section 1 Meaning of “emergency”
|(1)||In this Part “emergency” means—|
|(a)||an event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare in a place in the United Kingdom,|
|(b)||an event or situation which threatens serious damage to the environment of a place in the United Kingdom, or|
|(c)||war, or terrorism, which threatens serious damage to the security of the United Kingdom.
Part 2 Emergency powers (Sections 19 to 31)
Section 20 Power to make emergency regulations
|(1)||Her Majesty may by Order in Council make emergency regulations if satisfied that the conditions in section 21 are satisfied.|
|(2)||A senior Minister of the Crown may make emergency regulations if satisfied—|
|(a)||that the conditions in section 21 are satisfied, and|
|(b)||that it would not be possible, without serious delay, to arrange for an Order in Council under subsection (1).|
|(3)||In this Part “senior Minister of the Crown” means—|
|(a)||the First Lord of the Treasury (the Prime Minister),|
|(b)||any of Her Majesty’s Principal Secretaries of State, and|
|(c)||the Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury*.
Section 21 Conditions for making emergency regulations
|(1)||This section specifies the conditions mentioned in section 20.|
|(2)||The first condition is that an emergency has occurred, is occurring or is about to occur.|
|(3)||The second condition is that it is necessary to make provision for the purpose of preventing, controlling or mitigating an aspect or effect of the emergency.|
|(4)||The third condition is that the need for provision referred to in subsection (3) is urgent.|
|(5)||For the purpose of subsection (3) provision which is the same as an enactment (“the existing legislation”) is necessary if, in particular—|
|(a)||the existing legislation cannot be relied upon without the risk of serious delay,|
|(b)||it is not possible without the risk of serious delay to ascertain whether the existing legislation can be relied upon, or|
|(c)||the existing legislation might be insufficiently effective.|
|(6)||For the purpose of subsection (3) provision which could be made under an enactment other than section 20 (“the existing legislation”) is necessary if, in particular—|
|(a)||the provision cannot be made under the existing legislation without the risk of serious delay,|
|(b)||it is not possible without the risk of serious delay to ascertain whether the provision can be made under the existing legislation
Section 22 Scope of emergency regulations
|(3)||Emergency regulations may make provision of any kind that could be made by Act of Parliament or by the exercise of the Royal Prerogative; in particular, regulations may—|
|(a)||confer a function on a Minister of the Crown, on the Scottish Ministers, on the National Assembly for Wales, on a Northern Ireland department, on a coordinator appointed under section 24 or on any other specified person (and a function conferred may, in particular, be—|
|(i)||a power, or duty, to exercise a discretion;|
|(ii)||a power to give directions or orders (whether written or oral;|
|(b)||provide for or enable the requisition or confiscation of property (with or without compensation);|
|(c)||provide for or enable the destruction of property, animal life or plant life (with or without compensation);|
|(d)||prohibit, or enable the prohibition of, movement to or from a specified place;|
|(e)||require, or enable the requirement of, movement to or from a specified place;|
|(f)||prohibit, or enable the prohibition of, assemblies of specified kinds, at specified places or at specified times;|
|(g)||prohibit, or enable the prohibition of, travel at specified times;|
|(h)||prohibit, or enable the prohibition of, other specified activities;|
|(i)||create an offence of—|
|(i)||failing to comply with a provision of the regulations;|
|(ii)||failing to comply with a direction or order given or made under the regulations;|
|(iii)||obstructing a person in the performance of a function under or by virtue of the regulations;|
|(j)||disapply or modify an enactment or a provision made under or by virtue of an enactment;|
|(k)||require a person or body to act in performance of a function (whether the function is conferred by the regulations or otherwise and whether or not the regulations also make provision for remuneration or compensation);|
|(l)||enable the Defence Council to authorise the deployment of Her Majesty’s armed forces;|
|(m)||make provision (which may include conferring powers in relation to property) for facilitating any deployment of Her Majesty’s armed forces;|
|(n)||confer jurisdiction on a court or tribunal (which may include a tribunal established by the regulations);|
|(o)||make provision which has effect in relation to, or to anything done in—|
|(i)||an area of the territorial sea,|
|(ii)||an area within British fishery limits, or|
|(iii)||an area of the continental shelf;|
|(p)||make provision which applies generally or only in specified circumstances or for a specified purpose;|
|(q)||make different provision for different circumstances or purposes.
(All my bold and italic — S III)
The Rt. Hon. David Cameron, MP First Lord of the Treasury.
The Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
The Rt. Hon. Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury.
David Gauke MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
Priti Patel MP, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury.
Andrea Leadsom MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury.
Lord Deighton KBE
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