The latest in my series of Interviews with Immigrants is with Margaret Mary from England. She is the first person from Europe in my set of interviews.

The full playlist:

Philippe from Haiti

Hanna from Iraq

Alvin from El Salvador

Maria from the Dominican Republic (translated by Christian from Puerto Rico)

Lucine from the Cape verde Islands

Donald from Cameroon

Margaret Mary, England.

You’ll note there is one interview listed on the map not on the playlist yet. I’m hoping for a 2nd part to said interview soon, if not then it will go up in a week or so..

There is one aspect of the “Trump Baby” balloon business that the British government in general and Mayor Kahn in particular is missing and/or ignoring.

One of the things about a foreign leaders ANY foreign leaders, is there is invariably a group of people who are angry with them.

Maybe they are oppressive at home, maybe they are blocking British businesses maybe an individual citizen was mistreated, maybe they have the wrong position on X Y or Z, whatever the reason in a population of nearly 70 million people it likely isn’t hard to find 1,000 to 10,000 people who strongly object to any given leader at any given time.

And now those thousand to ten thousand people will see the Trump Baby balloon flying during his state visit and then demand something similar when the leader they dislike comes, moreover just as Trump’s enemies in England and the US are happy to fund this insult there will always be enemies of any given leader at home or abroad who will be more than happy to provide the funding to do the same and when they are denied the lawsuits will be interesting.

Now I’m sure that the government that is holding Tommy Robinson for daring to report on a story is not likely to be moved by demands that they be consistent on freedom of speech but it will be an embarrassment and will prove once again that Donald Trump has the uncanny knack of causing bad people pretending to be honest and honorable to show their true colors for all the world to see.

The irony of course is with an economy the envy of the world, a military that is piling up successes and his enemies at home making fools of themselves, while Trump might tweet about the balloon baby (to his advantage of course) he doesn’t really give a damn about it.  But it will be interesting to see what happens when a foreign leader who might actually give a damn about this kind of insult comes to Britain and faces it.

There is still time for Britain to avoid this nonsense but I doubt anyone in Her Majesty’s  government left with the fortitude, insight or the inclination to do so.

Update:  Piers Morgan to Mayor Kahn:

Morgan asked the mayor if he would have endorsed a giant black baby blimp of Barack Obama in protest during his presidency, or an image depicting Mr Khan as a pig despite that being offensive to Muslims.

Mr Khan said: ‘If it’s peaceful and if it’s safe. Look, I can’t be the censor. It’s not for me to decide what’s in good taste or bad taste.’  

If you believe that, then millions of Nigerian email spammers are dying to make your acquaintance.

a death sentence in England circa 1912 via Wikipedia

Nicholas Angel: You should be ashamed! Calling yourself a community that cares!
James Reaper: Oh, but we do care Nicholas!
Joyce Cooper: It’s all about the greater good!
NWA Members: [echoing in agreement] The greater good…
Nicholas Angel: How can this be for the greater good?
NWA Members: [echoing] The greater good…

Hot Fuzz 2007

Yesterday I told you about Alfie Evans the 23 month old Toddler who was removed from life support but kept on living. Alfie Evans spent the feast of St. George, Patron of England defying the odds by continuing to breathe on his own despite a court order removing him from life support the British Government, apparently upset that this 23 month old British subject refuses to surrender is life  has decided to go with plan B.  They have decided to deny him food.

toddler Alfie Evans is being starved to death by the hospital looking after him, the boy’s father Tom confirmed.

The 23-month-old is now approaching 24 hours since being removed from his ventilator. Tom says his son is still fighting, but he needs food. 

Mind you Alfie has been granted Italian citizenship, the Pope has appealed to the country and an ambulance is waiting to take the child to Rome for treatment without delay the moment the UK will allow it.

They will not.  This comment is from a self described: “passionate and unapologetic defender of the NHS”

Given that this doctor and the NHS has given up on young Alfie there is no logical reason prevent his parents from seeking treatment outside the UK as it as the only shot he has for life. To the normal sane person (and to Brits of just few generations ago) such a decision to deny parents such this option which has been freely offered would be inexplicable but there is actually, in my opinion, a very simple explanation.

I submit and suggest the British government is not afraid that treatment in Italy to save Alfie’s life would prove futile and result in his death, they are afraid that it would prove successful and he might live.

You see if Alfie Evans lives then every patient whose parents, friends or spouse have been convinced by the NHS that treatment for their loved one is useless will be asking themselves if that was really the case in their situation. Was the NHS simply trying to conservative their budget at the cost of their parents, friends, spouse, or children’s lives?

And if enough brits decide that the NHS is less concerned about preserving the lives of British Subjects than protecting the bureaucratic system spawned by the NHS,  then those who profit the most from that system might see a risk to their jobs, reputations and political future and power.

Now it’s fair to say that Alfie’s odds are not good and if he is allowed to go to Italy for treatment it is very probable that he will still not live to see his second birthday or much beyond it.

But Her Majesty’s Government and those who worship at the altar of the NHS can’t take even the slightest chance that Alfie beats the odds, because if he manages to survive, or even worse grows up to be a useful and productive citizen he will be a living breathing indictment of their system.

Therefore the courts of England have sentenced Alfie Evans to be slowly starved to death and the NHS and the Doctors and Nurses within it along with the pols who back it will insist that doing so is for the child’s own good. He gets the Black cap that the villains of Rotherham will not.

And the NHS will be safe for another day.

Erick Erickson has England pegged.

Closing thought #1: If you’ve ever wondered what those Death Panels Sarah Palin was talking about might look like, this is it.

Closing thought #2: Does anyone think for one moment that if this child’s last name was “Windsor” and his mother’s maiden name was “Middleton” that there would be no question of leaving the nation as Her Majesty’s Government would spare no expense to provide any treatment his parents requested?

Closing thought #3  Why is it every time I hear someone defending starving #alfieevens to dead I hear the NWA members from the movie #hotfuzz chanting “The Greater good”?


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