Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The avuncular Leviathan that preyed on young boys

WHAT IS IT ABOUT ROCHDALE? Its 95,796 residents have had to put up with a lot of bad publicity in recent years; and it continues today by the revisiting of an old sore.
            
              The town was in the headlines in 2012 when a gang of Asians groomed then abused and raped vulnerable young girls. Despite 83 formal attempts by health workers between 2004 and 2010, to warn of what was occurring, Rochdale Borough Council, social services, and the local police, remained unconcerned or cynical - fear of upsetting the Muslim sensibilities both locally and nationally appears to have played its part in the various indifference to what was going on among the various agencies.
            
             It was indifference of another kind that let the people of Rochdale down in the 1970s.  This time mouths remained tightly shut because of a powerful local individual, and national treasure.
            
             The morbidly obese local MP Cyril Smith indulged his perversions on children living at the 50 bed Knowl View residential home for children with learning difficulties. The 29 stone Liberal MP became a pal of Jimmy Savile, after the latter invited onto his Clunk Click show on the BBC; thus a friendship was born.
            
              Rochdale's current MP, Liberal Democrat Simon Danczuk, along with Matthew Baker, have written an account of the period published as Smile For The Camera: The Double Life of Cyril Smith, and serialised by the Daily Mail.
            
             If Cyril had been born a 100 years earlier, his parents would have pitched a tent at some fairground and charged people to gaze upon his enormous bulk. The fairground and the tent however seemed to be the perfect metaphor for his appearances on television. He was popular, and people tuned in amazed, at first by his size but latter, after the initial fascination with weight and volume had passed, affection took over.
            
            As with Savile, Cyril Smith was popular; and with popularity comes respect from the media (It's all part of the celebrity culture). In Rochdale Smith was powerful… even untouchable; just as Savile was at the BBC. Rumours abounded about his true nature within parliament. When David Steel, the leader of the Liberal Party, heard rumours of the unnatural sexual peculiarities of Cyril Smith, his spokesman's reply was: ‘All he seems to have done is spanked a few bare bottoms.’ David Steel, who knighted Smith, has yet to comment on the current media interest in Smith.
            
            But there was another scandal of a none sexual nature that ultimately destroyed Smith's popularism, and as always it was money rather than sex that reduced Smith nationally. Smith owned 1,300 shares in Turner and Newall, a company manufacturing asbestos when the appalling dangers of the substance were becoming known. In 1981 he asked the company to formulate a speech, in which he pronounced: "The public at large are not at risk" from their product.
             
            But in 2008, long after the dangers of asbestos were known, there were calls for Smith to be stripped of his knighthood; a call that the present leader of the Liberal Democrats, rather belatedly, now endorses. At the time Smith declared that the estimated 4,000 deaths a year through asbestos was 'relatively low'.

NICK CLEGG is in denial. Denial that he ever knew what Cyril was up to either sexually or in his associations with Turner and Newall. It was long before his time and he knew nothing about both. I cannot believe that any leader of such a party with such a past, and with such an individual among its ranks, could have known nothing about it. It afflicts common reason. But such afflictions among politicians are not uncommon.
            
            Clegg must have known of Smiths reputation, as he must of known of Lloyd George's. Naivety on such a scale, if it exists in a politician, ill equips him or her for the office of leadership. Better it would have been for Clegg to have admitted to knowledge of the rumours about Smith before he became party leader.
            
             If he truly believes that he knew nothing of such activities, then he should never have been elected. His intellectual shallowness regarding his knowledge of his own party's history should never have elevated him to its leadership. All parties have warts, including the Liberal Democrats, and it is no good pretending that his party bears little resemblance to the old Liberal party that Cyril Smith was a part of.
            
             The trouble is, Clegg had praised Cyril Smith as abeacon and an ‘inspiration’ on his 80th birthday in 2008, and said he was ‘deeply saddened’ at his death two years later. The Liberal Democrats were founded in 1989, and Nick Clegg uses this date to plead 'ignorance' of Cyril Smith's sadistic behaviour.
            
             I know Clegg spent many of his student years, and some his formative political years in Europe, as a tea maker to Leon Brittan in Brussels. But he must have grasped some history of the party he felt himself born to lead. It is my guess that as the Liberal Democrats were the unquestioned true believers in the great enterprise of a federal Europe; Nick jumped aboard. He had found his political niche.
            
             In truth his ignorance regarding the history of the Liberal and later the Liberal Democrat Party, was sincere. Cyril Smith would have meant as much to Clegg as the existence of UFOs. He, in all probability, knew of this monster and his reputation but never thought that through his own ambitious political passage, Smith would become an issue. 

DAVID STEEL, on the other hand, who has until now been allowed to remain silent; should be asked to give an interview. For it was he, more so than Nick Clegg, who must have been aware of Cyril Smith's sadism.
            
            Steel let the rumours flourish; as his spokesman at the time noted: ‘All he seems to have done is spanked a few bare bottoms.’ Cyril Smith was a star act for the Liberal Party. In terms of popularity he measured his own with David Steels, and was a populist asset for a party in decline.
            
            Cyril 'Jabba the Hutt' Smith was a monster that destroyed young lives and whose bestiality was allowed to continue through fear, and the cowardliness of those who spread the rumours in not coming forward. As with Savile it was the cravenness of those around him who clung like barnacles to the hull of the capital ship in the fleet.
           
            In Savile's case it was BBC programme makers, technicians and producers, as well as the press. In Smith's case it was the politicians from all parties that listened to the rumours, and remained silent…and of course, once more the (especially tabloid) press.
            
            Clegg must have known, as did much of the media at the time. I dislike Clegg; I dislike his politics and his mendacity when in his party's 2010 manifesto he supported an in/out referendum on Europe. But on this issue, Lord Steel should be the one being hounded by the Daily Mail. It was he after all who had the real insight into what was happening but still carried on using Smith's popularity to his Party's advantage.
           





The court of Caligula

SHOULD PARLIAMENT now be re-christened Caligula's court, after the roman emperor who turned his palace into a brothel? Well, it is a trifle over the top, but sexual licence leads to degeneracy, whether of the hetro or homosexual kind. When such licence is tolerated within this country's seat of power, then comparisons of the kind I made above will resonate especially among future historians.
            
            Politicians have always behaved injudiciously, but they kept it at a distance from the palace of Westminster; usually in their London flats or country homes. Lloyd George never invited ladies into the Strangers Bar, got drunk and lifted their skirt. Jeremy Thorpe had never brought Norman Scott to the same venue, got drunk, opened his flies, and cupped his scrotum in his hands. Tom Driberg settled for dubious Soho clubs to take his young boys. Such behaviour was a private affair conducted far away from the centre of power.
            
           What is happening now is a debasement, but an acceptable one. Acceptable that is until Firecrest Films carried out an investigation which was shown on Channel 4. Now David Cameron has ordered a code of conduct for Tory MPs. Cameron must have known, be it through tittle-tattle, what was going on in Parliament. He must have, therefore shrugged his shoulders at was happening among his MPs.
            
           Yesterday, the ex-Deputy Speaker of the Commons and Tory MP Nigel Evens, was rightly found not guilty on a series of charges brought against him by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) relating to homosexual sexual activities. He was right to have been found not guilty, but, as I see it; not because the activities did not take place: but because they were enacted with the consent of the people Mr Evans was indulging himself with.
            
          Mr Evens has done nothing illegal, but, when drunk, he did try to impose his homosexual needs (I am trying to be as polite as I can) on young interns, who may have not complained or wished to complain about Mr Evans' behaviour. But such behaviour only brings disgrace upon Parliament - in addition to which, our right honourables also treat the public who elect them as their milk cow when it comes to the additional extras that come to an MP - I of course mean the expenses, and subsidised alcohol.

OVERALL, THE behaviour of our politicians, whether relating to their sexual behaviour or financial fraud, regarding their expenses, leaves a nasty taste among the electorate and Caligula's court seems less farfetched than I thought.
            
          When you have an enclosed community, not only at Westminster, but within the capital city as a whole: from where the rest of the nation become the forced recipients of whatever is coming out of a politically correct capital via the media in all its forms - where the Metropolitan elite harvest their ideas as to how the rest of the country should live and behave: ideas which may stand in opposition to the rest of the country; but who are nevertheless force feeding them to the rest of us provincials with our backward-looking ways.
            London is fast becoming not a city, but another country to many of us: and the palace of Westminster a sordid, decadent, and degenerate blot on the landscape. After this latest dissolute behaviour, following the expenses scandal which resurfaced this week, the public should be outraged. But it is hard to determine because the indigenous people are slow to take to the streets and express their anger and frustration with the political class. What the politicians like to call tolerance is often apathy. Apathy born not of indifference or idleness, but contempt and frustration; for they know that whatever they do the political class will come up with all the right rhetorical bluster; and the London-centric press will applaud it - only to see nothing come of it.
           Politicians are seen as thimble-riggers, those con-artists who would hide a pea under one of three thimbles and invite some poor idiot (in this case the voting public) to pick the right thimble. The thimble-rigger allows his 'client' to win a couple rounds before taking him for all he is worth.
           
           Political rhetoric has become such a device; which makes the behaviour of our politicians all the more contemptible after the monetary and sexual corruption that has been part of life at Westminster.

IT IS MY GUESS that why such lewd sexual behaviour has been tolerated by party leaders, is because it is being practised by gay MPs. After all, homophobia is a toxic substance in 'modern' Britain, and woe betide anyone who falls fowl of it. Such behaviour has been allowed to take hold through fear of being seen as a homophobe - in the same way the police and social services in Rochdale and Oxford feared being called racist, when gangs of Asian men plucked orphaned or homeless young white girls (some merely children) from social services and the streets to be sexually abused - including rape. Such is the age of political correctness.
            
          It is my guess that the behaviour in Westminster will continue. The right noises will be made by the thimble-riggers, but no one, except the die-hard party loyalists, will believe them. Public cynicism of the political class is the healthy response to the way, over several decades, politicians have been trained by spin doctors into a studied contempt for the public: and having learnt interviewing techniques from the very people who have interviewed them…for a price of course; how can the public have anything but contempt for the three main parties, and cynicism for their baggage handlers and tent followers - the journalists - especially the lobby variety who have symbiotic relationship with those politicians who wield power in the land.
           
           
           
           
           
           

           



           






             

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The politics of envy

IF THE POLL in yesterday's Mail on Sunday is correct, 60 per cent of the British people are believers in the politics of envy and agree with Ed Balls' intention to raise the tax burden on those who earn over £150,000 to 50 per cent. I bet not many of those 60 per cent have any consideration for the rich. They see them as greedy and selfish, and deserving little sympathy. Yet, how many of that 60 per cent buy a lottery ticket on a Wednesday and Saturday in the hope of becoming what they despise? 
            
            Ed Balls' boast that over five years his tax would raise £15 billion, is ridiculed by all and sundry including  his own Labour supporters. The true estimate is £100 million each year, and in today's Daily Telegraph, twenty business leaders warned of the consequences to the recovery of such an antic.
            
            Ed knows of course that he has introduced this policy for purely political reasons. He must know his claims are nonsense and is pandering to a streak of envy within the British, which has become engrained since the 1960s. Wealth creation is almost despised on the Left, and Ed is pandering to these almost primeval socialist instincts that have caused nothing but misery whenever they have surfaced throughout modern history .
            
            I remember when Dennis Healy, as Labour chancellor, threatened to squeeze the rich until the pips squeak. As with Ed Ball's, Dennis was doing it primarily for political effect. It was red meat to the caged animals at the Labour Party conference, who were red in tooth and claw socialists who would have had Clause IV tattooed on their arms - where ordinary working class men would have had either their mother or the name of some other loved one's.
            
           At one time in the 1970's when Britain was, economically speaking, almost on its knees. Taxing the rich was a popular sport for the Labour Party, and at one point levels of such taxation peaked at 83 per cent[1]; an unbelievable proportion of anyone's income, let alone the rich. This would have left those, who today are in the £150,000 income bracket  with a £25,500 salary, which is about today's average wage.
            
           The Labour Party has always used three historical levers when it comes to managing the economy, tax, spend, and borrow - simples: and under Gordon Brown this formula was used to increase the public sector, whose millions of employees are natural Labour supporters, and could be relied upon at election time.
           
           New Labour under Tony Blair tried to transform businesses' loathing  of the Labour Party as anti-business and anti-enterprise. When in power from 1997 to 2007, he managed to gain the trust of business. The Labour Party did briefly, under his tutelage, become the natural party of government; by winning three general elections.
            
            Now it seems the Party is returning to its true nature; and the economy will suffer once more as a consequence - perhaps fatally so next time.
            
            Ed Balls is, after all, only doing what pre and post Blair Labour governments have always done; dip their hands into people's wallets, and do so as if it were some kind of human right of theirs to so do. Labour are well used to fleecing people of their earnings; and if those serving on today's opposition benches were earning over £150,000, the 50% tax increase would, no doubt, only apply to those over £200,000.
            
            Labour politicians are as ambitious as Tory ones to increase their personal wealth. But the Tories are not hypocrites when it comes to entertaining lobbyists, or finding any other means by which their status as MPs can increase their income. Labour MPs are equally ambitious regarding their own self-interest; being a natural feature of human nature - especially if such natural behaviour encompasses the family. But nevertheless, they remain highly critical of the Tories for behaving as they themselves are all too well prepared to do.

REMOVING HALF THE income from anyone is theft by the state. Yet politicians (as well as, sadly, 60 per cent of the British population) see it as in some way I am yet to understand, as being somehow 'fair'. How can taking half a person's income from him be considered in any way fair. At least a mugger only sates his appetite for easy money on a single purse or wallet.
            
            Modern government on the other hand, is fast resembling the robber barons of old. Today Robin Hood would be on the side of the rich under a Labour government. The state has no right to demand such rates of taxation as Ed Balls is proposing on the most talented in every field of human enterprise. The businessmen and women entrepreneurs; the ambitious of all pursuits; the successful writers and artists; those determined to succeed at every level of society; all seek advancement and wealth free from crippling forms of taxation.
           
             Society progresses via ambition and the unrestricted freedom to use it; but such savage taxes only make ambition  an un-worthwhile endeavour.  What Ed Balls proposes is not some new formula that will clear the deficit by 2020, but one which will ruin the country long before.
           
              Ed Balls cannot be such an idiot, can he? He must know that, given the experience in France of Hollande's 75 per cent tax on his hassled rich; he must surely realises that such a prohibition on wealth creation can only drive away the most ambitious and talented - wealth creators in fact. Some 200,000 French men and women have escaped France to come to the UK, as well as other more receptive European countries to escape the socialist French president's idiocy.
            
              Yet Ed Balls is as determined upon travelling the same path as the French president. I begin to wonder whether socialism is at all sane as a concept set as it is in opposition to human nature. I believe that socialism is a utopian freak of human nature, which the more it is encouraged the greater the misery it will manage to create; and its history validates this. It had a purpose in those decades of the 19th and early 20th century when the industrial revolution resembled the wild west, and the commoditisation of human labour, as Marx described it, free from union representation, turned this early industrialised capitalism into a truly abhorrent system that brought misery to millions of working-class people.
            
             Now, Ed Ball's is behaving as if we still live the lives we did then. Socialism served a function during the rise of capitalism, and will do so again if modern capitalism, at any stage, retreats back to its early beginnings.
            
             The 50 per cent tax rate is like a genetic throwback to the 1970s. Ed Balls is finished as a politician, even if his leader does not yet realise it. Ed Balls was Gordon Brown's Grima Wormtongue[2]         who protected his master, but only  in his own self-interest. He was as responsible for the almost ruination of this country as Brown and the bankers. He is not liked in the country, even if his 50 per cent announcement attracted much support.
            
              Ed Ball's is a busted flush in fact. But Ed Milliband is frightened to sack him. Probably because of Ball's support within the unions. The very unions whose block votes made him the leader of the Labour Party. I truly hope that Ed Balls remains where he is, as does, no doubt, David Cameron.
                       
                                                                 



[1] Source: Economa
[2] Wormtongue is a reference to Lord of the Rings 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Sex selection - a new focus in the abortion debate

THE INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER is to be congratulated on their exposure of sex selected abortions among Asian communities. This is a practice that most of us knew was happening, a priori, but the Independent has found sound empirical evidence from studying the 2011 census, which suggests that 4,700 female embryo/foetus  have been aborted within such communities; because within such cultures a dowry has to be paid by the family when a daughter marries.
            
            The government had denied that any such evidence existed when, last June, Earl Howe, a minister at the Department of Health (DoH)  insisted that; ‘on sex selection, we have no evidence at all of gender-related abortion in the UK. Concerns were expressed about this in the Press, but analysis has been done that shows the UK birth ratio is within normal limits’.  The DoH never had the evidence because they did not want to find it. Ministers and civil servants knew of such practices, but preferred not to investigate them for fear of offending the Asian communities that practiced such gender related abortions.
            
            The DoH has turned a blind eye, in the same way the police and social services in Rochdale and Oxford did, when young white girls were harvested from the streets by Asian gangs to be abused and raped; and they did it for the same reason.
            
            Socially liberal Britain is seeing a few chickens coming home to roost. Ever since   the 1967 Abortion Act was steered through by the then pre-knighted and peeraged David Steel, the debate about the status of the embryo/foetus  has raged - are they human or just clumps of tissue without any human genus?
            
            In order to pay homage to the rising tide of feminism; it was decided to strip the  embryo/foetus of all human identity, and it continues to be the case today. No wonder our feminists have, along with other contentious practices adopted by our other minority cultures, ignored what should have been a cause-celebre for feminism.
            
            If, on the other hand, some senior Canadian police officer says that women who dress provocatively cannot complain if men are overcome with lust; then the feminists take to the streets en-mass all over the Western world.
           
           At least the feminists are consistent in that they care little about the embryo/foetus  whether male or female. But one would have thought that by selecting the female embryo/foetus for termination on grounds of gender, they would have protested at the attitude held toward women by the Asian communities.
            
            But, also like the DoH, as well as the social workers and constabularies in Rochdale and Oxford; the feminists have also decided to turn a blind eye regarding the Asian communities chauvinistic attitude to women. Compared to the way women are treated in other cultures, particularly, but not exclusively Muslim ones, our white Western feminists are living in an Amazonian paradise regarding the advancement of their sisterhood. 
            
             They are hypocrites all, and their feminist manifestoes, articles, and books, are filled with  so much false piety. They care  little about the sufferings of their gender, if such suffering is confined to ethnic minorities.

BUT BACK TO the issue of abortion. There is another statistic, referred to by Dominic Lawson writing in today's Daily Mail. This concerns the laxity of the 1967 Abortion Act. At the time we were told there would be all sorts of safe guards written into the legislation that put strict limits on the procedure. One being that two doctors must be consulted before an abortion is allowed. But those doctors who opposed, for ethical reasons, any termination, removed themselves, rightly, for reasons of conscience from any practice resulting in abortion.
            
            This meant however, that the embryo/foetus had lost many an ambassador for their cause. Now, of the 200,000 abortions carried out each year, some 50% have been terminated without the need (presented in the 1967 Act as being in its spirit) of any intervention from two doctors. The term used in the Act was, two doctors acting "in good faith" by judging in part the mental condition of the mother. Much it seems was left to faith by a liberal constituency which was, on the whole, secular in its outlook.
            
             David Steel  is now about to experience the world beyond the thin end of the wedge talked of in 1967 and ever since. Many other liberals, from within all the main parties who regard abortion as in some way "progressive", are finally tainted by this inhuman procedure.
            
             The 1967 Abortion Act was neither 'progressive', or in any way to be considered to be a humane response to the back street abortionists that preceded it. Consider just how many writers, musicians, artists, and scientists have been denied the possibility of advancing our civilisation through the application of this foul act. Selfish and self-centred women have, over the decades since 1967 terminated their pregnancies; but for no other reason than using the procedure as another form of contraception.
           
             We were once told that no women chooses lightly to abort her pregnancy. This was, at the time, in 1967, the feminist response to those on the Right who opposed Steel's abortion act - thus came into being this new addition to the various other methods of contraception. Abortion  today  has become as familiar as the seasons to those wishing to rid themselves of an unwanted problem.
            
             There should be in theory, none, or very few abortions taking place. Women have the pill as well as the morning after pill, along with more traditional methods of contraception. Men either have the Catholic method of withdrawal, or the condom. And in extremis being neutered.
            
             We have all these methods of prevention, yet still every year 200,000 abortions take place. If abortion has not become another form of contraception, then let our liberal politicians from all the main parties who supported Steel's abortion act explain to us where we have lost their liberal plot.
           
              Abortion involves the killing of a human embryo/foetus; not a dog's or cat's. The only way the liberal elite would understand this, is if we were to describe the Leonardo Cartoon as the mere embryo/foetus  to the finished master piece; and therefore without significance and could be readily put to the flame. Imagine the outrage at such an abortion of a work of art.
            
             Well I feel the same way about the human embryo/foetus. I am an atheist, but not a secularist. Between 1968 and 2003, six million legal abortions were performed in the UK[1]- while five hundred abortions are being performed each day.
            
             With this rampant nightmare in progress, what the liberal's are concerned with, if at all, is gender selection; not the cruelty and denial of opportunity to either sex brought about by such killings. I say killings because the parameters of the term murder are set by the state, and, the 1967 Abortion Act made abortion legal. So the destruction of human life, under circumstances allowed by the state; is perfectly legal.
            
              It is a good job that in the 17th and 19th  centuries, abortion was never rubber stamped by the state. For we may have been left without Shakespeare and Dickens, along with a flurry of artists, authors, engineers, and scientists over the coming centuries that lifted this country up on the world stage - how stupid can our people be?
            
             The wretched Steel has a lot to answer if he believes in a maker. If not, he will have done future mankind a disservice including his own future ancestors by the so-called 'progressive' path he, in his political immaturity, took.
            
             Abortion has limited the cultural blood of the nation. Many great minds in all spheres of human cultural activity have been put to the abortionists knife. Lives which will now never prosper mankind.
           

           
           

             
           




[1] According to the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC).

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Democracy abuse

‘I think that membership of the EU is absolutely fundamental to British interests and therefore we should be very wary of putting our membership in the hands of a lottery in which you have no idea what factors, completely unrelated to Europe, will affect the outcome of that lottery and therefore affect the fundamental interests for Britain…' Lord Mandelson

MANY AMONG THE Brussels bureaucrats and unelected commissioners there is talk of the post democratic age. What they mean is that democracy has outlived its usefulness. It is a pulpit for populism, a much loathed concept in Europe.
            
            That politicians should have to listen to and obey the wishes of the people through the ballot box is anathema; especially when it comes to the European project of a Greater Europe.
            
             It is truly frightening to listen to  the likes of the unelected Barroso, the president of the European commission, and one-time Maoist who sneers openly at the democratic process with constant references to its courting of 'populism'. He cares not one iota for majority rule because he believes it is based on politicians 'sucking up' to the electorate and promising them things he and his ilk believe go against the interests of a Greater Europe.
           
            He therefore condemns Cameron's meaningless promise to hold an in-out referendum on Europe in 2017 if , that is, he is re-elected; and then only after he sought to negotiate reforms. At least, however, Cameron still believes in democracy, which is more than can be said for Lord Mandelson who warns against allowing any democratic say on our membership of the EU.
            
            To him the issue is far too important to the country to allow the people of the country to have a say. It should be left to the politicians, who understand their nation's interests far better than do the people who elected them. To let the sheep chorus an anti-EU bleat via the ballot box, is, to the likes of the noble Lord, almost medieval. It is time for men of vision to advance European history once more, as happened under Napoleon and Hitler.
            
             We must not fail European greatness for a third time, seems to be what Lord Mandelson is suggesting. Only the Great and the Good can steer Europe's destiny - democracy at best slows things down; and at worst undermines the whole project. The people must step to one side and remain silent. Populism is, in the lexicon of the European family in Brussels, like a dose of the clap which must be treated with an anti-biotic…the noble Lord and the buffoon Barroso being the penicillin.
            
              I would see the likes of Lord Mandelson (and there are thousands more like him guarding the gate of the European project) as enemies of democracy. I would even go further: in their utter contempt for the European electorate they, on this one single issue, can be likened to Stalin and Hitler in the way they treat the will of the people. Both Hitler and Stalin would despise populism, unless it favored their point of view: and I think it is the same with Lord Mandelson and Barroso.
            
             If the British public were, instead of being Eurosceptical, fully supportive of Lord Mandelson's faith in the Greater Europe project; then any objection to the expression of the popular will through any in-out referendum would not be opposed. Indeed, the likes of Lord Mandelson would praise the wisdom of such a popular will. The truth is, that not only in the UK, but throughout the rest of Europe, it's people are wizening up to what a Greater Europe would mean to the nation state; and this is why the Eurocrats, among whom Lord Mandelson is a respected member, are fearful of the popular will of the people -  which is, after all, democracy.
            
            Lord Mandelson sounds like a late 18th century French aristocrat in his declamation against democracy quoted above.  Of course, like all of his kind, Lord Mandelson uses flowery language to disguise their contempt for the ballot box. He suggests, 'we should be very wary of putting our membership in the hands of a lottery…' The lottery, of course, refers to the ballot box and the will of the people.
            
            Lord Mandelson belongs to this country's  liberal elite that have hegemony over our Kingdom. Like many an authoritarian, he believes in democracy only in as much as it agrees with him. When it no longer does so, it becomes a pestilence: something either to be gotten rid of or ignored, if possible. Sadly for the good Lord, Euroscepticism can no longer be gotten rid of; so ways must be found to ignore it; and the best way is to prevent a referendum taking place.