Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Confessions Of A Subject And A Plea For Forgiveness.

I hereby declare myself an enemy of the people. My crimes against the demos are manifold and span a number of years of shameful activity. It is my wish to list them now on this day so that I may first acknowledge my wrongdoing and then begin the process of atonement and rehabilitation.
I have sought to undermine the structures of society by cultivating liberal views on human rights issues including the rights of immigrants and religious freedom. I let myself be corrupted by a European lifestyle and furtively pursued the accumulation of foreign language skills to facilitate that corruption. I believed that democracy was defined by constitutional checks and balances to executive power.  I also believed that the judicial system and the rule of law was the best way to hold executive power to account.  Furthermore, in the selfish pursuit of a meaningful and purposeful career I became a citizen of nowhere.  In doing so, I made no attempts to conform to the model of a hard-working family.  My career was only made possible by the propagation of the lie that global collaboration is the single route to the advancement of mass market technologies. In return for my salary I turned a blind eye to the obvious truth that advancement can only be made by closing borders and protecting domestic markets from superior products and workers and ideas. The extravagant bribes paid to me in the form of a monthly salary came only at the expense of other workers who bravely exposed the lies of globalisation and European integration at great personal cost.  On many occasions I even participated in hiring decisions that made no bias towards UK candidates.  Instead, I believed that the principle of competitive advantage was a foundation of the 21st Century economy.  Only now can I see my folly.   Finally, I abandoned Albion to pursue my own selfish goals. I should have no right of return and beg for forgiveness.
I am an enemy of the people.
Forever in Brexit,
 
Terry Entoure

Well, there it is.  My confession.  I'm writing it now just in case I ever need to pull one out of the bag in the public glare of a show trial.  What do you think?  Will they rehabilitate me or send me to the gulag? I reckon I'm destined for a spell of political re-education. My crimes are just too great and span far too many years. This blog probably won't help my chances, either.

It's a weird situation that people like me are now the enemy.  People like me are now the enemy of those who claim membership of the "people" and those who speak for the "people" but probably don't self-identify as "people".  They could direct their anger at the CEOs of global corporations who depress their wages.  They could express fury at the repeated lack of government action to suppress speculation in the housing market.  I'm just going to throw it out there but is it too much to ask for them to focus their attention on the PPI scandal?  How about billionaires like Richard Branson who furtively shovel their money around the world to avoid paying taxes?  What about the procession of UK governments that rejected calls for a meaningful increase in the minimum wage?  No, they're not to blame, it's definitely those liberals with their fancy education and snooty jobs that nobody understands.  Remoaners, the lot of them. Yeah, it's definitely them. They just use big words that nobody understands and walk about telling everyone how complicated everything is and how you need a PhD these days if you're going to make any headway in quantum chemistry.  Rubbish!  Enough of experts!

People like me are now the enemy of the people. I'm a liberal; I'm educated; I like to use long words when they are helpful to understanding; I like to think I have niche expertise that can't be quickly mastered;  I think the best person for the job is the best person for the job; I believe in the rule of law;  I'm lucky enough to earn significantly more than average but nowhere near enough to have an offshore bank account or dodge taxes;  I have never, ever worn any clothing with a flag on it;  I would always choose loved ones over country;  I like crossing borders without needing a passport.

Things really have changed.  I find myself part of a shadowy elite group classed as an enemy.  Honestly, if you ever met me you'd be as amazed as I am. Meanwhile, Nigel Farage and the Daily Mail can express unconditional support for a fascist without challenge; newspapers can call out individuals as traitors for upholding the rule of law or merely expressing a political opinion that was the manifesto pledge of every major UK political party at the 2015 General Election; the Prime Minister rejects all accidental or uncontrollable contact with the population in favour of stage-managed events; those events are dutifully reported by a media that is either supine or far too close to the corridors of power to retain objectivity; a fever has gripped Westminster politics as politicians scramble to realign themselves with the new conensus despite not agreeing with it.  Something is happening and it has a disagreeable flavour so I'm going to keep that confession to hand. It might just come in handy one day.

Over and out,

Terry

PS It's of interest to no one but that tech demo is just about complete.  It has been a very stressful few weeks but life can get back to normal for at least a few months now.

PPS I absolutely love show trials. Hmm, that sounds a bit fascistic.  I meant to say that they make for fascinating history:  the Pendle Witch trials, Stalin's show trials, the McCarthy trials, Mao's cultural revolution. Who will play the role of Matthew Hopkins, the Witchfinder General, when the UK finally waves goodbye to constitutional democracy?  I'm actually amazed Paul Nuttall didn't claim a spell as Chief Witchfinder on his cv.

17 comments:

  1. Scary times indeed. One of my favourite plays is The Crucible by Arthur Miller about the Salem witch trials. The play was an allegory about the McCarthy hearings and Miller risked a lot by writing this play at the height of the hysteria.

    I never thought I'd live through a time in this country which would mirror what happened then. I'm hopeful that as in the past the dark times will pass, although that will take a good while yet as we're only at the beginning of the process.

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    1. I never thought I'd see a time when we're all relieved that a fascist only gets 1/3 of the vote in a Western European country. I never thought I'd see a fascist like Le Pen interviewed multiple times on the BBC with barely a mention of fascism or the anti-semites and conspiracy theorists that make up Le Pen's inner circle. I never thought I'd see a politician like Farage be so warmly welcomed to the mainstream while actively supporting and aiding fascist groups like FN. I know it's the Daily Mail but I thought they might have learned their lesson after supporting Hitler and Moseley. 21st Century fascism doesn't look like Hitler or Moussolini; it looks like Marine Le Pen and Beppe Grillo; it is media trained; it knows what buttons to push to make it appear non fascist.

      I wonder if we'll look back on Brexit as merely a symbol of the changes that are taking place. Brexit itself is only the start of a long process for what has been euphemistically called "taking back control". The current GE looks like the beginning of permanent government, especially without an opposition worth the name. On the other hand, maybe this will pass. I'm hoping that the reality of Brexit will put an end to this phase. My worry is that would require a powerful and objective press and an organised opposition.

      I'd forgotten about The Crucible. I'm more of a fan of shit horror so The Witchfinder General starring Vincent Price sprang to mind. The Crucible is much, much better.

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  2. Glad to be a fellow enemy of the people along with you, Terry.

    Hugh

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    1. Farage, if you're reading, arrest this man. Nuttall, he is an anti-Brexit agitator. I have been rehabilitated and now understand that Brexit means Brexit.

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  3. I'm also a fan of Witchfinder General. The laws don't apply to the rulers as we've just seen with the CPS caving in to the Tories.

    Hope you don't mind but I've just used your excellent line "This can all be avoided by voting for independence" when commenting on a Newsnetscot item. I gave you the credit of course. I feel this could be a terrific strap line for the referendum.

    If you're ever in London do let me know. I'm sure a few of the 650 members of the SNP branch in London would like to meet you.

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    1. Please feel free to use any sentence you like from this blog. Glad to be of use somewhere, somehow.

      I'm not often in London but I'll flag it up on the blog if I'm ever going to be in London village.

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    2. That's my Saturday night viewing sorted out. The Crucible followed by Witchfinder General.

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  4. Damn, I wrote a bit and sent it off and it disappeared into the ether.

    Can't face typing it again tonight. Sorry.

    But I will comment tomorrow.

    Great piece...

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    1. Computers can be very annoying at times. I generally hate them except on payday.

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    2. Indeed they are. If only I had a payday. Munguin keeps saying that the Czech is in the post. I keep looking for the postie, but, since they privatised it... Well I think he's been diverted to Norway (and who could blame him).

      Anyway, I'm not sure if there is a crime of being unBritish, but if there is, you, Sir, are deeply guilty of it.

      Foreign language skills? WHAT?

      What kind of Brit learns to say anything more than "two beers" in another language?

      I dunno. *shakes head in despairing manner*

      Next you'll be eating garlic or something.

      But you are not THE enemy. You, and I, are one (or rather two) of the enemies. The others are the poor, the old, the sick and Jo(e) Public. You know, the ones that don't have titles, or aren't chief executives or bankers.

      Juste comme toi, j'ai suivi un chemin d'apprentissage à l'étranger.. and in France, for goodness sake. What am I like?

      Just like you I believe in a European... and possibly even global... ideal.

      And now, if I wanted to get a UK government contract (which I don't) I would be obliged to hide my deep suspicions of what the set of overgrown nursery kids in Westminster are doing to with regards to the EU to qualify for even the first stages. The UK has become a horrible little offshore island specialising in unpleasantness.

      Truth is, I've never seriously felt British, never identified with this "rule Britannia, god save the queen" thing, but now I feel positively alien in the UK. I'm ashamed when I'm with my friends from not just Europe but from all over the world. (OK, I don't have that many friends; most of them are just people I know!)

      And most of all now, I am dumbfounded at the support there is for a set of incompetent, stupid, unfeeling, inhumane politicians in the UK government and their charisma free leader, stuttering stumbling, unstable and weak Mayhem.

      I feel like I don't belong.

      I want my broadminded, open, European Scotland back. I want to be part of the world.

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    3. I think there has been a real shift in British identity in the last few years. Twenty years ago I was happy to say I was British. I've never supported the Royal Family or been one to wave flags but I used to think that being British didn't involve any of that. Being British meant self-deprecating humour, a particularly wry outlook, eccentrics, heroic amateurism, school uniform, Top of the Pops and The Human League. It meant lots of things to different people. If someone had asked me if I was British I would have said yes. Nowadays I'm actually ashamed to be British, just as you are. Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya were the original reasons. Right now, though, Britishness means Brexit, it means closing borders, it means foreigners are bad for business. Britishness has also been conflated with a nascent and unpleasant English nationalism. It just doesn't mean what it used to mean. I'm most definitely not British any more, no matter what it says on my passport.I also want my broadminded, open, European Scotland back.

      In The Crow Road by Ian Banks there's a section where the main character goes down to the beach. A lot of stones on the beach come from ballast from passing cargo ships. Prentice, the main character, finds these stones fascinating because they come from all over the world. He likes to imagine where they might have come from and he feels connected to the world though the stones, even though he lives in a remote part of a remote country. I think it was a particularly Scottish scene: we are geographically remote and tiny but crave connectivity and recognition. I honestly don't understand why anyone would want to shrink their horizons, to ignore the stones on the beach. That's what Brexit means. That's what the new English nationalism means. It's also my interpretation of Britishness these days.

      Brexit is 95% about a new kind of English nationalism. It has a

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  5. TerryEntoure
    Scotland In EEA - Way back in the mists of time I wrote a blog post about the expected challenges an independent Scotland would face in trying to juggle trade with a post-Br...
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    What happened? :S

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    1. Sorry about that. That was me pressing "publish" instead of "save" in blogger. It is very much still being written. There's a save button, a preview button and a publish button in blogger. They're all in a line next to each other. Idiots like me can press the wrong one inadvertently. Think of it as advance publicity and it doesn't seem so bad.

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    2. Ah, ok! I was worried you were still using Windows XP. :P

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    3. I really ought to prepare my posts with quill and parchment to add a bit of gravitas.

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    1. I look forward to my next appointment confirmation being delivered by horse-drawn carriage and secured with sealing wax.

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