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Trump’s appeal can be summed up in five words

30 January 2016

9:00 AM

30 January 2016

9:00 AM

The Dolly Sisters were off to Davos last week for the World Economic Forum: Nat Rothschild and Sebastian Taylor in their finest playing up to Harry Selfridge, in reality Christine Lagarde, the IMF chief. This total waste of a week advertises itself as a discussion of the global issues of the day. In reality, it’s utter twaddle, unless one is networking like the Dolly Sisters, or showing off like Justin Trudeau, the Canadian premier whose mother is Margaret, once upon a time a Studio 54 regular and a friend of yours truly.

Old Greek ship-owning families, prominent ones such as the Livanoses, Goulandrises and Chandrises, eschew such shenanigans, leaving them to that downmarket version of Zorba the Greek, Alexis Tsipras. His vulgar manner and hairy appearance would have pleased the likes of Tom Driberg and Guy Burgess almost as much as he’s pleased the Greek electorate, who have twice voted him prime minister within a year.

Not everyone in Davos is a hustler, starting with the sainted editor of this magazine, who writes in the Diary this week about his surprise at a £52 hamburger. You should try Gstaad during the high season, oh exalted one. Another good man among the barbarians was Dimitris Diamandopoulos, aka Jamie Dimon, of J.P. Morgan fame. Yes, we Greeks get around, but most of us dislike mingling in the circus of egotism and self-absorption that Davos has become. And speaking of Greeks, all of us here in Gstaad have decided to boycott the Academy Awards this year because no Hellenes have been nominated.


Actually, although I have been invited to the after-Oscars party these past 20 years, by the Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, I have never attended. That’s because, year after year, no Greek actor or actress has been nominated. I have spoken to my NBF Harvey Weinstein about having more Greeks among those who vote, but Harvey wasn’t aware that we had moving pictures in old Hellas. Especially talkies. Anyway, the mother of my children has decided to boycott watching the awards, which should scare the shit out of the networks, so expect Greek actors and actresses to be nominated next year for the first Technicolor movie that is also a talkie in the land of Tsipras. Who said that African-American methods of crying foul non-stop don’t work. The next thing you know, Charlotte Rampling will accuse Greeks of being anti-American, heaven forbid.

But let’s be serious for a change: what they should have been discussing up in the Alps is that jihadism is not about to be defeated in 2016, and that war and misery in the Middle East and Africa will send millions and millions of people to Europe. Tunis, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Indonesia, Turkey, France, Iraq, Syria and Egypt are under attack, and the fat cats up high on the Swiss mountainside are discussing robotics and artificial intelligence. The migrant crisis is the greatest threat to Europe since a certain Austrian-born failed artist decided to send his Panzers east and west. A German chancellor was the bad guy back then, and a German chancellor is the bad guy today — a fact that kills this Greco-German, who loves the country of Goethe and Beethoven and Rundstedt and Guderian even more than he loves Ava Gardner and Betty Grable.

But not to worry. Uncle Sam has the Saudis on his side — and William Kristol. The latter is a short fat man whose rhetoric and propagandising helped convince George W., the most intelligent man ever to inhabit the White House, to attack Iraq in 2003. And I ask you, dear readers: how is it possible that a man like Kristol and his fellow neocons are still influential in Washington after they have aided and abetted the greatest American foreign-policy disaster ever? Millions have become refugees, perhaps a couple of million have died, close to two trillion greenbacks have been wasted, and still these people are swanning around DC spreading their foul ideas.

Their latest gambit is to sink Donald Trump. The Donald’s consistency in the polls can be explained in five words: he speaks for the ignored. People in both the US and in Europe are sick and tired of the threats of terrorism, race riots and multiculturalism. And, most of all, of political correctness. Trump has a ready audience among white working-class people, the very same people elitists and the bien pensant like the neocons ignore and actually think very little of. The media have been having a hell of a time crucifying Trump — no adjective is left unsaid — yet still he clings to his polls.

After the great Enoch Powell speech alluding to the Roman poet Virgil, he became a non-person because Ted Heath was shocked — shocked that someone in his party spoke the truth. Yet 74 per cent of those surveyed agreed with what the great Enoch had said. No one ever mentions this fact, just the allusion to the rivers of blood.

Race and immigration are two things, like sex and money used to be, that people are not allowed to talk about. Well, they can all go to hell. The EU is a dictatorship by unelected bureaucrats that wishes to control out lives. Our elected representatives know this yet they are doing everything they can to perpetuate it. That’s what they should have been discussing in Davos.

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  • sandy winder

    Just as Farage speaks for the ignored in the UK

    • Sanctimony

      Farage certainly voices my opinions and his eloquence and pertinence is, sadly, always shouted down by Liblabcom, who have the funds and means to get their poisonous lies and propaganda into to the colluding media….

      We are being railroaded into a continuance of our involvement with the most utterly vile, unelected, corrupt and self-serving institution of the last 60 or so years: the EU…

      Tomorrow, Cameron goes, cap in hand, to beg for concessions from a Luxembourger, to enable our remaining in the EU….

      Why is the Prime Minister of a great world power grovelling at the feet of a self-confessed drunkard who represents a country of less than 500,000 people…

      It’s all beyond parody…

    • Todd Unctious

      You cannot spell ignorant.

      • LittleRedRidingHood

        Just as you can’t spell sanctimonious.

        • Todd Unctious

          You’re a gobby little nuisance with chuff all to say aren’t you?

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            Only in response you your contribution. Glad I got your attention.

          • Todd Unctious

            Like I said. Nothing to say. Just tiresomely trying to grab attention. Very shallow.

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            It was in response to your amazingly intellectual one liner.

            “You cannot spell ignorant”

            You set the bar mate. Happy to answer any questions you may have.

  • 9sqn

    Wow ! We need more of this Taki. Outstanding article.

    • davidshort10

      Why?

      • Rick Thorn

        Because ’tis true my sensibilities and those of my friends ARE BEING IGNORED (and disdainfully too!!!)

    • You beat me to it!

    • Shazza

      Have you read his online magazine Takimag? It really is excellent.

      • 9sqn

        Thank you, I will.

  • sarahsmith232

    If you like this then this humdinger of an article is for you –
    http://www.city-journal.org/2016/eon0122fs.html
    Amazing the way so much of it applies, 100%, here.

    In case F.Nelson is reading – can you get young Ed West to write about the effects of ‘postmodern pluralism’ in the UK? Guaranteed to be just as a good a read.

    • Adaadat

      Excellent article you linked to. There’s also a piece about Cameron, in the current issue, by one Mr. Daniel Finkelstein. It’s sure to be in fawning praise of him.

      The by-line is: “Britain’s prime minister rebranded conservative ideas for a twenty-first-century electorate.”

      The electorate demanded he ditch conservatism, for a New Labour ‘third way’, or some other such bull~~~~.

  • davidshort10

    How this fool continues to be employed as a columnist should be a mystery. But then again…..No one ever bothers getting rid of him. He gets invited to exclusive parties only because he inherited a lot of money. He has achieved nothing of significance despite his privileges. Being a boozer is not an attractive quality just because you are an entitled old playboy. A drunk is a drunk.

    • Probably because he’s good at his job. How about that?

      • davidshort10

        Truly the Spectator is a powerful troll and anonymous coward magnet.

        • Thanks for the endorsement!

        • Sanctimony

          Is that why you are here ?

        • LittleRedRidingHood

          Attracts plenty of left wing shrills as well…. Ahem!

          • davidshort10

            You don’t have to be left-wing to disagree with one born-rich worthless and bad person who writes in support of another born-rich worthless and bad person. Taki has often paid tribute to the Germans of the 1940s. Trump is just a loud and stupid blow hard appealing to the basest elements, but the best and biggest democracy in the world will and does see through him. My father fought against this kind of person and thinking in the Second World War, and was awarded the Military Medal, as did the fathers of my friends. I am too old now but I would do the same if allowed.

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            Who are you to judge anyone’s character?
            Trump earned his wealth. Are you jealous?

          • davidshort10

            Erm, Trump inherited a lot of money. If he had invested it in a stock market tracker fund, he would be wealthier than he is now. He has squandered his inheritance. He is just an entitled born-rich fool with political sentiments that match those that a certain person used to put us into a global conflagration in 1939 and led to the death of millions of Jews, gypsies and homosexuals through racial prejudice. If that is what you admire, then God help you. Who am I to judge? A human being and a Christian. Judge not that ye be judged, of course. As for being jealous, what a laugh. I have plenty of money to last me and enjoy life without having to count the cost without being a born-rich kid. I was born poor. It is life’s lottery. We should all start with nothing and our character and endeavour will see where we end up.

          • davidshort10

            I don’t hide behind a moniker. This is my name. You should show your name too if you think you have the right to comment or to criticise me.

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            What goes around come around fella. If the rabid left were not so viscious and uncompromising maybe more people would use their real names to air their views. As it is, I am not prepared to lose it all for words written here.

          • Todd Unctious

            Depends what job one has. Many employers would sack you for commenting anywhere. The Civil Service and most Banks for a start.

          • davidshort10

            I doubt it. And one is not brave enough to make a statement using one’s own name then don’t make a comment.

          • davidshort10

            Well, if a person thinks he or she is stopped by working in a certain world so he or she cannot give his or her name then that person should not comment, but usually ii is just cowardice. If anyone wants to disagree with me in public and have a fight, I don’t mind. I am not a coward.

          • Todd Unctious

            Trump inherited his wealth. On leaving University (aged 25 to dodge the draft) his already very rich dad gave him $6 million and a small property empire. His German dad earned it. He just uses it to massage his self worth.

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            Then he went bankrupt and had to start again.
            But even if he is what you say. How on earth are any of the other privileged candidates any better? In my opinion none of them have any integrity, but that’s how you have to be to be president of the US.
            What trump says is upsetting the establishment elites which mean he must be saying the right things. I don’t particularly like the man, but anyone who gets up their nose is worthy of support.

    • Sanctimony

      As you squat in your Abidjan cesspit, you have obviously been bitten by a large tsetse fly… or some other such poisonous insect… the result being that your brain is fermenting with the onset of leptospirosis or some other such spirochetal infection and you have lost both your sense of humour and reason.

      Taki may be frivolous at times, but his sh.t detectors can normally sniff out the venal and corrupt, while at the same time making us laugh…. something you will never be guilty of…

    • Spivy

      You ain’t pished by any chance guv? You dunarf talk shum bolox

  • Leftism is a societal cancer

    The words are: Not All Whites Hate Themselves

    • QuébecCityOliver

      But many of them sure hate/fear non-whites.

      In the interests of fairness, that statement probably applies to almost all races, religious, ethnic groups, and even many social groups (particularly those who use terms like “righties” or “lefties”).

      • Leftism is a societal cancer

        “But many of them sure hate/fear non-whites.” – What is the relevance of this? We are talking about Trump’s appeal which has to do whites wanting strong border controls so the demographics of their nation don’t change in their disfavour quite so quickly, so they can protect themselves from crime committed by illegal immigrants and because they are sick of the media constantly attacking them as a group. I.e. they’ve realised that acting in their own group interests isn’t wrong or evil like they’ve been told and they are tired of the double standards.

        “In the interests of fairness, that statement probably applies to almost all races, religious, ethnic groups, and even many social groups (particularly those who use terms like “righties” or “lefties”).” – It does but it doesn’t equally apply as whites have been told in the media, in the education system and by our politicians that not hating ourselves and acting in our interests to secure through political policy our demographic majorities in our ancestral homelands is utterly evil and equivalent to mass murder.

        Also for the some races and ethnic groups the message told to them has been quite different. They’ve been told that they are victims at the hands of evil white oppressors.

        • Mary Ann

          Of course, if you don’t judge a man by the colour of his skin then it no longer matters, do you judge a man by the colour of his hair or eyes.

          • Leftism is a societal cancer

            Race is more than skin colour and I’m “judging” people (whatever that means) but merely preferring my own.

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            Did you know Mary Ann that there are over 40 million illegal immigrants in the US right now. That is a significant number. Almost the population of France.
            Why shouldn’t they be worried?

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            Only if it’s his own hair.

          • Todd Unctious

            I judge him by whether he sups bitter, lager or cider.

        • QuébecCityOliver

          I cannot express it any better than Trump has about Mexicans and by extension

          all Latinos in the USA. If you have not listened to what he has said then you do not understand his appeal to whites in the USA. IT is about hate.

          You raised the point about hate. Self-hatred exists among blacks in the USA at probably higher levels than whites. Even if your argument had weight, the facts are that blacks in the USA are still at a disadvantage on average and a double one because their parents were at a disadvantage.

          I remember the 90s when crime was a real problem. Crime is much less of a problem than it once was.

          • Leftism is a societal cancer

            “I cannot express it any better than Trump has about Mexicans and by extension

            all Latinos in the USA. If you have not listened to what he has said then you do not understand his appeal to whites in the USA. IT is about hate.” – No, it is about self-preservation. What did Trump say that is so bad about Mexicans? Why should whites have to care about that more than their own people and safety? Anti-white rhetoric is much more prevalent in the media but you don’t see many non-whites particularly upset about this. He was talking about illegal Mexican immigrants and much of what he said is true as they do commit crimes at much greater rates than legal immigrants and natives.

            You seem besotted with the notion that all people are equal, all races are identical or equal in most relevant aspects and that all groups commit crimes at equal rates in proportion to their share of the population. All of this is delusional nonsense.

            Of course blacks are at a disadvantage compared to whites. Some of this is a result of coming from (relative) poverty and other social factors such as the prevalence of broken homes but genetics (lower average IQs, lower time preference, more violent, higher testosterone, more likely to be pyschopathic, etc.) plays a significant part.

          • Pioneer

            Yes, it is because of the Democrat plantation. Been getting worse since the sixties.Indoctrinating vitimhood, grievance mongering, and supporting race hustlers.No surprise there is a feeling of hopelessness leading to welfare dependency crime, etc.

            It is part of the cultural marxist program. That is how they destroy the host. Divide and conquer. Identify a “minority” tell them they are oppressed and the majority is the oppressor.The more minorities that can be agitated, the better. Importing alien cultures is a major weapon.

            Identity politics is the game – equality before the law etc has gone. All depends on “Identity”. It is a deeply racist and sexist construct.

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            Exactly!
            https://youtu.be/dYu6qhd88_M

            This is the strategy being emoyed across the western world.
            The muslims are the oppressed minority in this case.

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            It is the hate of multiculturalism not specific races. Why are we, the white race being forced to diversify.
            Should we not enforce the same principle on, Asia, Africa, Middle East and South America?

            Why only us?

            Why are we being forced to diversify our businesses and state controlled organisations with people from minority groups.
            Why do we need to look forward to a muslim prime minister?

            Do the majority not count for anything anymore?

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            At a disadvantage? Do they not attend the same educational institutions as the rest of us?
            Do they not benefit from positive discrimination, which is doing nothing more than lowering the standard to fill a quota?
            The term disadvantaged is too easily being used as an excuse for avoiding hard work.
            If someone is good at what they do, with the correct (and legitimate) qualifications, who will benefit my organisation, they would have the job if there were no better candidates.
            I would not fill a positive discrimination quota with people less suitable for a job as that is disrespectful to the rest of the workforce and is also RACIST.

            Lefty progressives can’t see that.

      • David Stirling

        They fear non-whites with good reason.

      • LittleRedRidingHood

        Not unlike the cultural Marxist hate of majority white groups. They are we I g as well ?

    • Todd Unctious

      No . Trump loves himself.

      • Leftism is a societal cancer

        We are talking about his supporters not him. I don’t doubt that he has an air of arrogance. It helps with dealing with a hostile media even though it is certainly a character flaw.

        • David Stirling

          It stops the media from ignoring him like they did Ron Paul

      • Shazza

        He has every reason to.

        • Todd Unctious

          For what? His inability to sustain a marriage. His success at avoiding the draft for Vietnam. His whacky hair. Or his bigotry?

          • David Stirling

            Bigorty? How dare he not place the interests of the entire rest of the world before those of actual Americans!

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            You just hate successful people who have a mind of their own and are willing to articulate their opinion that grates against your own.
            I suppose you love Hillary?

          • Todd Unctious

            I dislike Trump. I am wary of narcissists, massive egos and blatant liars.

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            I don’t particularly like him either, but if he gives the establishment a bloody nose, that will do for me.

    • Dave_Plankton

      Moron appeals to fellow morons.

      • LittleRedRidingHood

        And you have no answer. Other than insult.
        The traitorous left, don’t you love ’em

  • edithgrove

    and the EU summed up in fourteen words: “The EU is a dictatorship by unelected bureaucrats that wishes to control out lives.”

    • Alex

      Just like our own government then!

      • edithgrove

        the EU is our government

        • Mary Ann

          So we didn’t elect the Tories to run the country, wonder why we had an election.

          • edithgrove

            you told us you live in France, so that would be François Hollande that you elected

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            Another EU puppet.

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            What are they other than EU puppets.

  • DaviddeAngelis

    A retort to left-wing state broadcaster Channel 4’s Trump ‘documentary’ from t’other night: http://www.davidsedgwick.co.uk/blog/review-the-mad-world-of-donald-trump-channel-4-tuesday-26th-january

  • Polly Radical

    Hitler was actually a naturalised German citizen.

    • AdrianM

      I’d love to hear your reason for mentioning this?

      • Todd Unctious

        To pretend he wasn’t Austrian !

        • AdrianM

          And your point is?

          • Todd Unctious

            Trump was so ashamed of his German forebears,he pretended for twenty years that his dad was Swedish.

          • David Stirling

            He wasn’t ashamed of them, his dad did it so he wouldn’t be ostracized by Jews after the war

          • Todd Unctious

            Trump maintained the pretence in his book “Art of the deal”in 1987. Trump only reconciled with his Hun past in 1999. I can understand pretending not to be German in 1947…….but 1997?

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            Hillary is pretending to be a person with integrity and morals. What’s your point?

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            And Obama is pretending he is a Christian. What’s your point?

      • RWJetzt

        C’mon now, haven’t you learnt the rules? We can’t talk about anything here without bringing up Hitleeeerrrr and the Naaaarrrzziiiis and how Islam is the new Naaarrrrziiiiis, these cucks have to make it absolutely clear that they’re not racist or anything.

  • Spivy

    A delight to read a clear and concise understanding of the causes behind Trump’s rise. The elites, the media and the establishment created conditions from which the following problems arose: the GFC; bailing out criminal banks with public money; austerity; printing money leading to massive inflation of property prices; importing millions of immigrants to create a new slave class and thereby lining the coffers of the corporations and the rich; shaming anyone who disagreed with their policies through PC….and this is just the beginning of the list. Trump speaks for the disenfranchised who are very, very angry. It’s the establishment they want to smash, and they will succeed, one way or another. Trump is just the first of the rebels who will lead the West into total chaos. He will win the WH, and then it’s Europe next.

  • trobrianders

    Another idiot trying to pass Trump off as a lunatic fringe appealing to a lunatic fringe. I’ve got news for you. Your existence will soon be threatened in such a way as to have you running into the arms of the populists like Trump who will surely follow in greater number.

    • QuébecCityOliver

      Where is the evidence to show that the West’s very existence is threatened?

      FFS, the IRA represented a more significant threat than muslims do now and I know, I grew up in Luton.

      Also, if you truly believed that you would be in a shack somewhere or fighting with the Kurds.

      • amnobdy

        Demographics my simple-minded fellow. By the way, the fight is firstly at the ballot box.

      • Bill Kendall

        I don’t remember the IRA shooting dead over a hundred citizens in France, or putting bombs on London buses and trains, etc. etc.

        • red2black
        • Todd Unctious

          The IRA blew up a London bus stop queue in 1975 and abLondon bus in 1996. You’re right. You don’t remember. The Troubles killed 3,600 and wounded 47,000.

          • Mary Ann

            And the IRA were being funded by Americans. I remember Maggie talking to an American victim of the Harrod’s bombing, pointing out that a lot of their money came from the US, about the only time I applauded her.

          • Freddythreepwood

            Every day, Mary Ann. I applauded her every day. Every single day.

          • Todd Unctious

            Sycophant alert.

          • Shazza

            After 9/11 ‘Irish’ Americans realised that terrorism was not much fun or that romantic when you are on the receiving end – hence the funding for the IRA dried up.

          • freddiethegreat

            Amateurs. Forget the IRA, try the ANC. 47,000? Mph.

          • QuébecCityOliver

            Not applicable.They weren’t fighting in the west (well, mostly not).

            The point is clear. The Troubles were killing 100+ civilians, soldiers and combatants every year in the UK for 30 years.

          • Todd Unctious

            120 a year to be precise. Or ten a month.

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            Maybe because our security services are better at detecting plots before they are actioned than they were 40 years ago.

          • Todd Unctious

            Or because Johnny Jihadi is a badly organised shower of buffoons.

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            You sound like Melchitt in Blackwater. Underestimating the enemy. They’ve outsmarted the armed forces of the west in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia…. Some would,say by design of our establishment.
            Thank Christ you’re not in charge.

          • WTF

            Time to knock this dis-information on the head.

            The 100 killed each year were predominantly with the main participants in the Troubles, Irish republican paramilitaries such as the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA); Ulster loyalist paramilitaries such as the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) and Ulster Defence Association (UDA). Add to these the army trying to maintain law and order in the North and the innocent civilian deaths were few and far between.

            Who do Islamic Jihadists target, innocent civilians of course, do you get it !!!

            It wasn’t much different with turf wars between the Krays and the Richardsons, I was in the east end of London during that period and civilians like me weren’t at risk from either side. Its a shame the Krays aren’t still around as they wouldn’t put up with any Islamic s*** in the east end today, that’s a given !

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            And we appeased the terrorists. A bit like what we are doing with Islamism.

        • Mary Ann

          The biggest difference between the IRA and Muslim jihadis is that the IRA were not prepared to die for their cause which made them less successful, they didn’t care a f… for those they killed. There is another difference, the Americans are scared of Jihadies yet they funded the IRA, so the Americans didn’t care a f…. about us either.

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            I have to congratulate you Mary Ann for the fact that that is the first post from you with which I actually agree and makes sense.
            Keep up the good work 😉

      • Leftism is a societal cancer

        The threat is demographic not simply about violence. Although they did commit violent crimes against us at much greater rates than we do against them all while our media and politicians cover up those crimes against us.

      • polidorisghost

        “FFS, the IRA represented a more significant threat than muslims do now and I know, I grew up in Luton.”

        Go back and see Luton now

      • WFB56

        Your argument is that you “grew up in Luton”. This takes lame to a new level.

        • freddiethegreat

          I just heard from Luton that …. my aunt is ill.

        • QuébecCityOliver

          Merely pointing out that I grew up in the heart of 70s/80s Irish terrorism and 90s/2000s muslim terrorism.

          I am simply observing from a violence perspective the Troubles were far more significant than what the UK is currently facing.

          How can I make it clearer – come back to me when these muslims are killing 20+ soldiers a year and I will rethink my position. Paris happened every year in the UK (mostly in NI, of course) for 30 years. Just when it was in dribs and drabs no-one cared (well except in Luton and Ireland).

          • Eurocentric

            It’s inconceivable that you can even compare the two situations, especially in mentioning the figure of 20 soldiers per year, over a 30 year period, with the mass murder of civilians by Islamists in half that time. If 3,600 people died in that conflict in three decades, what do we say about almost 3,000 in just one day in New York by Islamists?

            In actual fact, there were hardly any years in that time in which the number of soldiers killed in IRA attacks exceeded a dozen, which is bad enough, but not enough to be considered a major existential threat for Britain.

            Furthermore, the IRA had only one gripe and that was with the British/English over what THEY considered to be occupation of the six counties. Their sole aim was perceived unification of the divided country, not to take over Britain or anywhere else.

            Attacks against the military and the loyalist Ulster Constabulary also cannot be compared with the killing of almost 3,000 civilians in New York, or, if you want only to discuss the new order only, in Europe and Britain in just the past few years, many hundreds of innocent people have died or were severely injured by Islamist attacks, and certainly brutality against – in particularly – Jews in their own domicile – simply because they’re incited by the Quran and radical imams.

            The aim of Islamic terror is entirely different: it’s a gripe with ALL non Muslims with the intention of founding an Islamic caliphate worldwide, intending to force conversion to Islam. This is infinitely more alarming and dangerous to everyone, not just Britain. They make no bones of this in all their declarations. They are not taking on the military, but are hoping to achieve their aim by terrorizing people into submission. If you can’t see this as an existential threat world-wide, you’re not thinking straight.

            As we are seeing, the numbers of Isis supporters willing to conduct massacres anywhere are also well in excess of the relatively small number of active IRA members. There is no excuse for any terror, but nobody should ignore the clear signs of a very different kind of struggle to that of any other “liberation group.”

          • QuébecCityOliver

            I thought we were discussing internal threats to the UK not the USA.

            To imagine that the IRA thought success could be won just through force of arms is simply wrong. The injured thousands a year, not hundreds. Also, our military are fighting Daesh. You are trying to conflate two things – the aims of some muslims overseas and internally. Those fighting internally are far less powerful than the IRA were. I don’t say we shouldn’t combat that ideology. But it won’t be defeated by somebody like Trump or by bombs and bullets.

            As you point out it is ideas that will win. Their ideas will be defeated internally and externally by both muslims and non-muslims.

            And I still disagree on your numbers. The IRA were far more deadly (in the UK).

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            I can’t help but think that you are really quite wrong. Come the end of this year you will see the threat that Islam is to western cultures as millions more “refugees” enter Europe in the warmer weather, and the subsequent carnage they cause.

          • WTF

            Wrong, he’s on a different planet !

          • WTF

            The IRA didn’t gang rape several thousand young girls as did Muslim men or doesn’t that count in your tally !

            Going by your moniker, I assume you live in Canada but considering I lived in London near Woolwich barracks all through the long 30 year IRA campaign, I can assure you I never felt afraid. I even went to Belfast on IT business at the police head quarters at Castlereagh and never felt particularly threatened outside afterwards despite staying at the Europa hotel that was bombed once or twice. I was rarely inconvenienced and despite the few unfortunate civilian deaths on the mainland, by far the majority of people did not feel under threat. That all changed after 9-11, London Bombings, Madrid, Paris, gang rapes, Islamic Apartheids, self segregation, just add that mix together and today is completely different under Muslim terrorism than ever happened with the IRA.

            Correct me if I’m wrong, but if you’ve never lived in the UK and London or been in Belfast specifically during the IRA campaign, you’re clueless as to how people felt then as compared to now.

            So where were you during this period ?

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            Firstly the Islamist will not target soldiers but you and I.
            They don’t care how firmly your brown nosing snoz is rooted up their unwashed ar$e, you will be a target as well.
            Secondly, why do we have to wait for bloodshed before you are convinced, when all the indicators are there that Islamism is going to cause a firestorm in the west. (they are openly telling us this is what they are going to do.)

          • WTF

            BS- I lived in London at the time and a pub 1 mile down the road from me in Woolwich was blown up after a warning. I never felt threatened by the IRA as they were predictable in the way they operated. Muslims Jihadists are complete religious nut cases, they care nothing for anyones life including their own and are far more dangerous that the IRA ever were.

      • To believe ‘the IRA were a more significant threat than Muslims’, basically illustrates why Muslims are such an existential threat. Our education system is churning out people who can’t weigh evidence and rationalise. The IRA posed a moderate military/terrorist threat to one Western country, but there were lines they didn’t cross and their sympathisers weren’t approaching the majority in many towns and cities across the entire West. Your statement is breathtakingly stupid

        • QuébecCityOliver

          But their sympathisers did approach the majority in Luton (which was never bombed, I might add). This idea that muslims in the UK are more of a threat than the Irish based on demographics is flawed.

          6 million Britons had a grandparent born in Ireland – are they Irish? The idea that muslims will stay muslims is the key to this thinking that they represent a threat. These people will not stay muslim any more than the people of Luton stayed Irish.

          • Chamber Pot

            That these moslems have stayed moslems is self evidently the case ?

          • LittleRedRidingHood

            Why are conflating a nationality with religion.
            One is a choice, one is set at birth.
            And Why do you think the Muslims will stop being muslim?
            I’m sick of cultural Marxist vandals defacing our culture and attempting to dilute our race with multiculturalism.

          • Todd Unctious

            TheIrish diaspora is now 70 million strong and they form about 8% of the US population.

          • WTF

            You’re conflating two completely different ideologies.

            The IRA generally warned civilian targets they were going to bomb, Nuslim terrorists never do. The IRA never carried out suicide bombings, Muslims terrorists do. The IRA never carried out killing sprees against civilians, Muslim Jihadists do. The IRA was part political and part criminal, Jihadists are motivated by religion pure and simple.

            Finally, you could negotiate with the IRA, there is no chance you can negotiate with Jihadists.

      • David Stirling

        The Irish weren’t predicted to become a majority in Western countries in the next few decades

      • LittleRedRidingHood

        Islam impacts me now.
        The IRA didn’t agitate for my social norms to change.

        • William Brown

          Quite. This is what consistently flies over the heads of the lefty luvvies. Still the rest of us will have to nurture them and allow them to make mistakes – like children, how else will they learn?

    • davidshort10

      He certainly has a lunatic fringe on his head!

      • William Brown

        Boom, boom!

  • WFB56

    “The Donald’s consistency in the polls can be explained in five words: he speaks for the ignored.”

    A great line, thanks.

    However, it doesn’t overcome the fact that the US Presidency is not an entry level job. That’s what it was for Obama and look how that worked out.

    • freddiethegreat

      But Trump has actually had a real job.

      • Todd Unctious

        Well he is definitely a piece of work.

      • Sanctimony

        Yes, anything but another f…… lawyer !

  • Child_of_Thatcher

    Its two words, mass immigration

  • Did Jeffrey Epstein turn up with Nat Rothschild at Davos?

  • haywardsward

    That Kristol and all those other PNAC nutters still have any attention paid to them just goes to show that as Hegel said “The only thing we learn from history , is that we do not learn from history” With a later corollary, Santayana “Those that do, not know their history are condemned to repeat their mistakes”

    • Fritz123

      This is only true for those who put form aka narrative over content.

      • haywardsward

        Fritz,Thank you for the reference to Alun Munslow. I have read Deconstructing History & some from The Routledge companion to historical studies but not The Future of History

  • charles kinbote

    it’s not that I’ve got anything against the charming diminutive name-dropper and occasional mythomaniac; I am even learning Takispeak: “Old Greek ship-owning families” can be translated as rapacious tax evaders responsible for the dire state of Greece

    • Fritz123

      All things have two sides. And there are also Greeks who allowed them to do this.

    • William Brown

      Not to mention the German bankers and their political cohorts, who were so desperate to have the cradle of democracy within their vanity project, to lend, lend, lend, despite the balance sheet.

  • John M

    I can do it in just three words :
    Racist
    Mysogynistic
    Moron

    • Fritz123

      This is what his audience is maybe. But he may be the only one who could convince them that this is wrong.

    • LittleRedRidingHood

      That can be applied to Bill Clinton as well can’t it. And probably every president in the 20th/21st century.
      Nothing like a blind bigoted leftard eh!

    • Todd Unctious

      The idiot is already claiming he won in Iowa. Reckons Cruz rigged the vote. So we can add paranoia to his list of evils.

  • Fritz123

    Gadamer is dead.

  • Peter Simple

    The worst GOP candidate is always infinitely to be preferred to the best that the Dems put up. Vote “Trump”, if that is what it comes to.

    • Fritz123

      Palin was worse. A stupid quick murderer. Obama was not so bad. I like Cuba most. This was like Nixon in China.

  • Fritz123

    How to understand Trump? Is it true that he is basically still the left Democrat that he once was? I do understand him in that way: He is asking his audience whether those at the top are idiots and the audience says Yes!! In this way he is increasing complexity and not reducing it. For me is the only one who would decide cases in a reasonable way. Shrillary is a murderer.

  • davidshort10

    Why doesn’t the Spectator institute a rule that commentators cannot hide behind a moniker but must show their names? I do. You won’t have so many trolls.

    • William Brown

      Umm…his name is Taki Theodoracopulos. He’s quite well known.

      • davidshort10

        !!

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