Earlier today, I wrote of the Skipton clamper and the strongarm tactics employed by firms on ordinary citizens who were potential customers in the area.
Now before I go any further, a warning – this post breaks the netiquette of minimizing linking to one’s own site. The posts linked to are so long that it would have extended this post to impossible lengths to have copied and pasted all the material. Thus the links appear below. Feel free to skip this post altogether if you’re offended by that. I seriously don’t give a damn about visits but do care about the things actually said in those posts and the comments below them.
There’s another issue to this clamping business and that’s the utter callousness of people in this country these days, opting for the Draconian solution first, often without any understanding of the circumstances. Just as with the parachutee problem, the culpable ones are the higher-ups. The man in that picture was hired for those qualities and the firm advertised itself for its ruthlessness, which local firms availed themselves of.
So local firms knew what they were doing to potential customers.
There’s a mix here of the British penchant for the Draconian solution, an attitude which has always existed – look at the miner’s strikes – and the issue of the people behind Draconian solutions. In the case of those strikes, it was two strongwilled lots of people locked in a Power struggle against each other and the public suffering. The union leaders were the ones who called out the workers, the firms were unyielding on pay and conditions and the future of the industry was largely Thatcher’s doing.
Let’s not get into that old issue as such here but the attitude does need looking at – it’s always been there in this country afflicted by a strangely compliant mindset which is, at the same time, quite happy to call for the Draconian solution in Letters to he Editor, i.e. at a safe distance. There’s the skit about the couple at a restaurant table who are bitterly complaining to each other about the food, the waiter comes past and asks how everything is. “Fine, thank you.”
There are also people high up who are exploiting that and as society disintegrates, as in the way people treat one another and withdraw into their shells, so it is accompanied by the Skipton clamper mindset which can only see its own self and no implications further down the track – in that case ultimate lack of custom for businesses in the area. The firms will say custom will still come – people have no choice. They need to buy to survive.
This is so far at odds with the Christian model which has been abandoned in schools and at home and shows the latter to have been a pretty clever and well thought out solution on how to run a society. Even in the 60s, when the unrest was getting up a head of steam, there was still a relative feeling of safety and freely going about one’s business. Not today. Whereas once you’d get a rebuke or warning, now you’re arrested and thrown in jail, even for your opinions:
The Mail ran a poll on that and a small majority approved of him being led away and sent to prison for his opinions. That’s horrifying, this almost casual way we’ll approve the rough handling of others who oppose us or who are simply not us. Wherever is the Niemoelian sense in people that what we approve done to those people over there will eventually come back on us?
Where’s the “do unto others”? Doesn’t exist any more because kids don’t even know about it. They’re educationally and morally ignorant, except for some primal drive for decency inside which falls away when their own interests are threatened. In a nutshell, that is a descent to the bestial, reflected in the Eminesque art and architecture around us. It’s a childishness, an infantilization, which many bloggers have noted. It’s been induced and the ones who have allowed it, made policy which will produce it and sat back, wringing hands and faux-bemoaning it later are the PTB.
One particular place these animals are is in local councils. It must be apparent to even the thickest sheeple that the councils are a problem. Raking off millions to invest in Iceland, they increasingly bump up council taxes to pay for inanities and lesser services and hit the residents for even having a rubbish bin slightly out of place. Someone has got into those councils and has added a harder edge to interfacing with the public.
Someone like Common Purpose.
Our favourite “lead beyond authority” global socialists are masters of the carrot – groupthink, plus subterfuge and illegality – and the stick – strongarm tactics and prosecution. That wheelclamping in Skipton is well known by the councils, themselves inhabiting regions run by the global socialists, e.g. Yorkshire Forward, e.g. the South-West.
If you look at that last link and read the blurb on Simon Moore, then look at the post on Groupthink link above and many other pundits’ work on CP’s tactics in their “leadership beyond authority” programme, at taxpayer expense, then multiply that by every local business association, every council, every regional development organization in this country – you will gain an idea of just how riddled with this cancer our country has become. This is the horror of Tavistock revisited. Just ask Geoff Mulgan:
They’re into anything which moves, e.g. the Media Standards Trust [old news but worth looking at again]:
The Media Standards Trust adjudicates on reports and complaints about media bias.
Look at the list of trustees. Sir David Bell (Chairman, Financial Times Group) is also Common Purpose, -( link below). Robert Peston is also Common Purpose, but he wouldn’t want you to know;) The best part is that they share premises with Common Purpose, same rooms, and Common Purpose provides their IT functions.
Represented are, Anthony Salz (Executive Vice Chairman, NM Rothschild) , and Charles Manby (Goldman Sachs) , and best of all, Deputy Chair Julia Middleton (CEO, Common Purpose) .
Orphans of Liberty runs post after post on how the insanity is playing out across the nation and indeed the world. This lot are into everything going, even the hacking scandal. They have officers/graduates in every council in England.
They are ostensibly “there to help”, always immediately available with advice to the local authority, ready to step in and run projects, as in the following [H/T Tim Gaunt via Ian Sumage @CPNorthEast] from the Miliband years:
Among the successful applicants are:- Common Purpose is a project involving a number of independent and maintained schools working with public sector organisations and other local and national businesses in Newcastle upon Tyne to contribute to the teaching of citizenship as part of the school curriculum and to help raise standards in Key Skills. The “Your Turn” programme for 13-14 year olds will give pupils a practical overview of citizenship and an understanding of the decision making process in their city. A series of workshop days will be held on different themes such as Local & National Government decision making, Crime & Justice, Wealth Creation, Education, Housing & Health and the Arts.
We’ve seen the type of “citizenship” or communitarianism peddled by Common Purpose already, many times over. Here’s an innocuous sounding release:
This year, the group has been set the challenge of figuring out what healthcare reforms would make heart surgery possible for only $1,000 USD.
Good stuff eh? Altruistic projects with only the good of the community at heart. Except, as Ken Craggs points out about one of the leader/participants:
Seema Malhotra @commonpurpose is Director of the Fabian Womens Network & former Chair of the Fabian Society.
[Or was at that time] Altruism? Community spirit?
These people are organized, they have the resources of the taxpayer supporting them and the taxpayer is blithely unaware of just who these people are and by what philosophy/ideology they’re operating. “We are legion.” They are everywhere, up and down the country. Even among the people you deal with every day you may have a Common Purpose graduate on your hands. If it’s a key position holder you need to approve something, odds are that it will be one of this legion.
And you gaze at society and see baffling PCist inanities and Draconian solutions and wonder why. That’s a key reason why. I wish I had a pound for every time someone has said: “I had no idea,” “I thought they were a philanthropic organization running leadership courses.”
Even co-author at my site, JD, doesn’t get the whole story. On the clampers post he responded: “Ah yes, privatise everything, better and more efficient services ….. what could possibly go wrong?” Now of course there’s much to the privatization issue and how it was done but what is missing in that response is the role of the PTB behind it, about CP and its inordinate influence in microaffairs of state, in localism. Witterings from Witney is all for localism, a la Hannan/Carswell’s The Plan but what is not mentioned is that CP already has the local communitarianism tied up.
These “people” have it just as tied up as the Americans were tied up in the 50s to 80s [see Jenner and Quigley]. And part of this is fearmongering. A paedophile here, a gunman conveniently appearing there and people are running about half-hysterically, willing to accept any State solution to allay their fears. Meanwhile, the actually fearful thing – the cancer of Common Purpose, spreads around the body politic without even being detected.
That’s where we are and combined with the EU tactics, we’re caught in a giant scissors movement or to switch metaphors, a sheepdogging and coralling.
And almost no one sees it.