Last Tuesday the British Army halted ‘all non-essential and non-operational activity’ for the six hours between 10am and 4pm.
This was ‘to consider and reflect on the British Army’s current culture and approach to inclusion and to set out how it will seek to improve both’.
Thinking this might be a spoof, I checked with the Defence Ministry who readily confirmed it.
I have not yet been able to get much information on how this went, though I am told that a fair few serving solders of the more old-fashioned type were more than a little embarrassed.
Likewise, you may have thought of Nato, as I once did, as a stern conservative military alliance, guarding the world against armed Communism.
Did you know that Nato now has an ‘Office of the Gender Advisor’, just as MI6 flies the Rainbow Flag (above) of the LGBTQ movement?
Nato is, in fact, the army of the sexual revolution, as it showed in its failed mission in Afghanistan. (Above, German soldiers march with Nato’s flag on February 9)
So it was, and I recall very well the bleak barracks and bases on the German plain which kept us safe from the USSR.
But did you know that Nato now has an ‘Office of the Gender Advisor’, just as MI6 flies the Rainbow Flag of the LGBTQ movement?
Current efforts to get us all to like Ukraine (in reality a fiercely nationalist country with a macho culture not unlike Russia’s) involve staged pictures of female soldiers in snowy trenches.
Nato is, in fact, the army of the sexual revolution, as it showed in its failed mission in Afghanistan.
Ever since the Blair creature ushered a fake crowd into Downing Street in 1997, Labour activists waving Union Jacks they despised, people have been manipulating genuine patriots into accepting or even supporting changes they would once have loathed. The amazing thing is that it has worked.
Almost nothing is now what you think it is, or what it used to be.
The school to which you happily send your children is in many cases a propaganda college, in which they are taught the new creed of equality and diversity.
Sometimes it goes further. I wonder just how exceptional Welbeck Primary School in Nottinghamshire actually is.
The most senior officer in the country, the wildly woke Commissioner Cressida Dick, has finally gone after a long catalogue of failure and worse. But she has gone not because she was useless, but because she was not woke enough
There, teachers have been accused of pushing anti-Tory propaganda down the throats of ten-year-olds.
The police enforce the desires of feminism and political correctness, responding ineffectively to crime and disorder only when they absolutely have to.
The most senior officer in the country, the wildly woke Commissioner Cressida Dick, has finally gone after a long catalogue of failure and worse.
But she has gone not because she was useless, but because she was not woke enough.
In the prisons, the law is openly broken and punishment is dealt out by the inmates to each other.
The Labour Party is the party of the radical middle class. So is the Tory Party. So are the Liberal Democrats.
And the BBC is rapidly becoming a form of thought police (though, for the moment, it seems to have suspended its investigation of me).
Yet all these things continue to look much as they did. Union Jacks are displayed, the Crown of St Edward, symbol of Royal authority, appears on cap badges and coats of arms.
The uniforms and the buildings look roughly the same. But what goes on inside and behind them is utterly different.
A furry hat in the middle of a thaw? How little Truss grasps about Russia
When Foreign Secretary Liz Truss stepped out in Red Square in a furry hat and coat, left, her clothes summed up just how little she grasps about modern realities in Russia. She must have been sweltering.
Local media mocked her for being wildly overdressed in the middle of a thaw.
Though one theory says that Ms Truss will wear almost anything to get herself photographed in a Thatcherish pose, and of course the Iron Lady famously wore a fur hat when she went to Moscow.
The weather is just one of many things which have changed since then. When I lived there in the early 1990s, winters were ferociously cold.
The river froze hard enough to walk on. You had to use vodka to de-ice your windscreen. Climate change has made it much warmer.
When Foreign Secretary Liz Truss stepped out in Red Square in a furry hat and coat, left, her clothes summed up just how little she grasps about modern realities in Russia. She must have been sweltering
Likewise, modern Russia is a medium-sized oil power, not a global giant, and it is absolutely not Communist. Whether President Putin is clinically insane enough to invade Ukraine we shall shortly learn. But I doubt that Ms Truss’s brief visit to the Russian capital will have made much difference.
For in an incident which British media have been coy about reporting, she showed a terrible ignorance of Russia.
Ms Truss was holding forth fiercely to the grumpy, sweary old crocodile Sergei Lavrov, the Kremlin’s veteran foreign minister. According to one of the better Moscow newspapers, Kommersant, Ms Truss told Lavrov that Russia should pull back its troops from the Ukraine border.
Lavrov said the troops had a perfect right to be there, then (perhaps sarcastically) asked: ‘Do you recognise the sovereignty of Russia over the Rostov and Voronezh regions?’ Both areas are firmly inside Russia.
But Ms Truss retorted: ‘Great Britain will never recognise Russian sovereignty over these regions.’ British Ambassador Deborah Bronnert then had to ‘tactfully explain’ to Ms Truss that they were Russian territory.
I put this account to Whitehall sources and they responded with a ‘non-denial denial’ in which nobody would actually say Ms Truss had not uttered the words attributed to her. Such is the force and mind of British diplomacy in these times.
I have long pointed out that it has been a positive disadvantage, in any British debate on Russia, to know anything about the subject.
Similarly, knowledge of Iraq was a handicap in influencing the debate on invading that country in 2003. But if the heir of Lord Palmerston does not even know where Russia ends and where Ukraine begins, would she (and we) not be wiser to keep out of any quarrels on the subject?
First, the Islington people started calling Peking ‘Beijing’.
Then Bombay was changed to ‘Mumbai’. Now Kiev is called ‘Kyiv’ by all the media who, new to that region, think that Ukrainian nationalism is woke.
Let them look up its unlovable hero, Stepan Bandera. Likewise let them look up the nasty Bal Thackeray, the man behind the change to Mumbai.
I can understand Left-wing people wanting to kowtow to the Chinese Communists, but why do they do so to Right-wing nationalists?
A lot of piffle has been written about the mobbing of Sir Keir Starmer the other day.
As someone who has been slightly mobbed by Leftist fanatics (who are far from clean in this matter), I thought Sir Keir behaved extremely well as he was insulted and heckled by some pretty disagreeable people.
A lot of piffle has been written about the mobbing of Sir Keir Starmer the other day
The Labour leader was calm and unprovoked.
It was the police who made it into an incident by bundling him into a car and then brawling needlessly with some members of the mini-mob.
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