Ghost of Christmas Present:Look upon these! [opens his robe] Ebenezer Scrooge: What are they? Ghost of Christmas Present:They are your children! They are the children of all who walk the earth unseen! Their names are Ignorance and Want! Beware of them, for upon their brow is written the word “doom”! They spell the downfall of you and all who deny their existence! Ebenezer Scrooge:Have they no refuge, no resource? Ghost of Christmas Present:“Are there no workhouses? Are there no prisons?” Ebenezer Scrooge: Cover them. I do not wish to see them. Ghost of Christmas Present:I thought as much. [Present closes his robe to conceal the children] They are hidden… but they live… oh, they live…
A Christmas Carol 1984
Tommy Robinson has won an appeal of his sentence in the UK:
Robinson’s barrister argued that although the judge was right to immediately order the video be removed from Facebook, he should have adjourned contempt proceedings against Robinson to give him more time to consult with lawyers.
He was arrested at around 10.45am, did not get legal representation until midday and the hearing that saw him handed a “manifestly excessive” prison sentence started after lunch, Mr Dein said.
He argued that proceedings were “unnecessarily and unjustly rushed”, causing Robinson’s representative at the time to miss potential mitigating factors that could have lowered his sentence.
Robinson’s real “crime” has been to report on trials that the UK finds uncomfortable, namely crimes involving Muslim immigrants preying on young women. Here is the video
In America this is what we call “journalism” but in 2018 England this is called “crime” and for this crime Robinson was tried sentenced and jailed in less time than it took me to drive from Fitchburg MA to Lancaster PA where I am writing this post and then put a gag order on discussing it that prevented journalists from talking about it.
Now Tommy is free on bail which means he will still face retrial and given that Britain is what it is these days I’m not all that optimistic about his chances. This is what happens when a society is more afraid of speaking about crimes and who is committing them then about said crimes themselves and embrace ignorance over facing reality.
But it’s at least a small triumph that worldwide public opinion kept up pressure to the point where it was more expedient to allow him bail.
In the end it up to the British people to decide if this is the country they want to live in, may they make a wise decision.
Hayden: [stopping his horse and drawing a pistol] Good night Mr. Breen John Breen:You mean I can go? Hayden:Anytime John Breen: [looking at the armed men around behind him] What makes you think I will? Hayden:Because that way you’ve got a chance, a small one, but a chance John Breen: [griping reigns of his horse] Well never let it be said I didn’t take it
The Fighting Kentuckian 1949
On May 10 1941 Rudolf Hess flew solo to England to propose peace between England and the Third Reich. It had been a plan he had been working on since Sept of 1940, running short of fuel he had to bail out and was captured the next day making the case for peace between the British Empire and the Third Reich.
From Sept 1940 to May 1941 England had been standing alone against the Undefeated Reich, Italy and Japan, their army and not recovered from the loss of their equipment at Dunkirk. The Battle of the Atlantic against the U-Boat fleet was still very much in doubt and the prospect for help was not good. The non-aggression pact between Russia and Germany was still in force and the American public was not inclined to enter another war in Europe and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which would change their minds was still seven months away.
It’s a good thing for the world that Britain in 1941 was not run by the folks at Alder Ray Hospital in charge of Alfie Evans, the people at the NHS, the Judges in charge of his appeal, or the British Government of today that let it happen. For those folks and those on social media who have steadfastly defended them, the idea of costly fighting on with the odds against them would have had no appeal when you had a no cost alternative that guaranteed their existing empire.
Much easier to keep what they had and give up the freedom of France, Holland, Belgium, Poland, Norway and Poland. then take the long shot risks for the sake of their freedom.
The world is very lucky that the half American Winston Churchill was in charge at the time and was able to lead and inspire his people to fight on.
Alas for Alfie Evans that Churchillian “never say die” attitude while expressed by thousands of Americans online and in person was not present in the British Government in general or in the NHS in particular. A single hour of Winston and Alfie Evans would have been in Italy weeks ago given food and water with a chance, however small, for survival.
How incredible is it that the we have the spectacle of a German Doctor saying that this decision would be unthinkable in modern day Germany
A leading German pediatrician is saying that the way the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is dealing with disabled toddler Alfie Evans and his parents would never happen in his country given its history with the Nazi regime.
“We have learned in Germany because of our history, that there are things that you do not do with severely disabled patients,” Professor Nikolaus Haas, head of the Child Cardiology and Pediatric Intensive Medicine Unit at Munich University Hospital, told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper in an April 26 article.
“Our ethical understanding in Germany is different, I mean – thank God. The [hospital’s] logic that it is better for the child to die than that someone else looks at it, and even to sue [for that] in court, this is an unimaginable behavior for me,” he said.
Alas this is not unimaginable this is reality. Alfie Evans is dead, a bit shy of his 2nd birthday and the risk to the NHS and it’s defenders posed by his continued survival has died with him, ironically the same week that the newest son of British Royalty was named.
Pettibone told Robinson that some of the border-control officers who’d detained them in Britain had privately expressed agreement with their views but had said that they dared not speak out publicly on these matters for fear of losing their jobs. “The British people, we just suffer in silence,” one of them told Pettibone. “It’s just how we are.” Pettibone replied that if they remained silent “it’s only going to get worse. You have to act in some way, or you’re going to incrementally lose your freedoms. One day it’s going to affect you. … So you might as well stand up now. Because you’re only losing every day.”
If you are a Royal watcher you will not that Prince William of England’s wife delivered their third child, a boy this week, mother and son are doing fine and I of course wish the best for both.
There have been a lot of comparisons about the difference between the princesses’ treatment and woman in Labor at NHS hospitals who are apparently routinely sent home while in labor due to shortages, but I’d like to compare the little tyke to Aflie Evans.
Alfie is a 23 month old London Toddler who is very sick but to who, not only is treatment being denied by the British National Hospital System, but his parents are being denied the chance to seek treatment elsewhere for their son and have been told they will be arrested if they attempt to take their child from the Hospital for such treatment elsewhere.
Even the Pope has weighted in:
Moved by the prayers and immense solidarity shown little Alfie Evans, I renew my appeal that the suffering of his parents may be heard and that their desire to seek new forms of treatment may be granted.
In the video, posted on Facebook at 6:40pm local time (London), Thomas Evans tells viewers that a hearing is to be held by conference call at 7:15 pm, with the Italian Ambassador to Great Britain, Judge Anthony Hayden, and Thomas Evans’ barrister present.
“The Italian Ambassador is going to do all he can now to seek request of Alfie’s care, and try to have Justice Hayden allow Alfie to go,” Evans says. Earlier today, the Italian government granted Alfie citizenship in a bid to transfer him immediately to the Bambino Gesù hospital in Rome.
“No one can promise that it’s going to happen, but Justice Hayden’s either going to either agree to life support being withdrawn, or he’s going to agree to let Alfie go to another country, today, as soon as today, as soon as the next couple of hours. We are going to have Alfie in the Vatican being treated,” he says.
The Judge decided to withdraw life support. As of this writing despite this Alfie continues to breathe on his own
For 9 hours Alfie has been breathing on his own. It came to a point when Kate could actually fall asleep. Kate is asleep next to him. We are checking his stats. His oxygen level is below 70 because he is working. How long, after a few hours presumably breathing on his own, (Tom intervenes after a few minutes), at what point did the doctors intervene?
When I sat them down and told them that this is becoming like a crime. Starving him of food and hydration, starving him potentially of oxygen. Nutrients and water. So I sat down with the doctors. We had a meeting for about 40 minutes and they said you know what I am right and I was always right. He is not even suffering. Have the doctors given him any food or water? They left him without food, water and oxygen for 6 hours. He is working.
I felt blessed when they confirmed his water and now his oxygen. It is not changing his breathing, he is still breathing on his own, but his body is oxygenated. But he needs to be supported within the next hour or so. He has been doing this for 9 hours, but he will need to be supported within the next hour or so.
The idea that it is necessary for British subjects to get the permission of a British court to allow them the chance to save the life of their child, ANOTHER British subject, whom a British hospital refuses to treat, is so diametrically opposed to principles that the British people held in living memory that I am amazed that the British people are willing to put up with it and ashamed that Her Majesty, who with her family stayed in London for the blitz would countenance the extraordinary contrast between the treatment of her granddaughter-in-law and great grandson and this British subject that she is sovereign to.
This incidentally is what a post Christian society looks like.
I submit and suggest that the NHS has returned Britain to a land of feudal serfs and Lords only without any of the restraints that the Church was once able to put on said Lords toward their vassals, and that this state suits said Lords (and I extend the definition of that term not only to landowners but to any with wealth and influence) just fine.
The Revolution of Washington. Adams, Jefferson and Franklin is looking better and better.
Closing thought, Never forget that to our friends on the left, all of this is a feature not a bug as they intend the same for us here, with themselves as the Lords.
Update: fixed some bad grammar Alfie still alive after 13 hours
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