Steyn on Britain and Europe
Further to my video observations about civilizational suicide as a form of moral narcissism comes this stark statistic from The Daily Mail:
So Britain's reaction to the cultural fault line revealed by 9/11 was to double its Muslim population. So for the most part did the rest of the west. The Mail reports:
I get a lot of mail complaining that I never feature Beatles songs in our Song of the Week. Okay then:
I also read the news today, oh boy. And it tells me there won't be any Beatles songs on the radio in Blackburn in a few years time, nor theatre in the West End of London, nor pubs in the East End, nor uncovered women in Birmingham, nor mixed swimming pools in Manchester, nor bacon butties in Sheffield, nor the teaching of the Crusades, the Holocaust and other problematic matters in schools... There might not even be Sheikh Speare - whoops, sorry, Shakespeare - at Stratford-upon-Avon. Because when you lose your future, you lose your past, too.
But there will be four thousand and more gaping holes in the heart of England.
Didn't some guy write a book about all this?
~Sweden has voted for the express checkout. My friend Ingrid Carlqvist reports:
Swedish officialdom couldn't be more sympathetic - not to the dead woman but to her killer. To Sweden's National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson, the victim barely rated a mention:
The Cologne police chief's position (for a week or so) was that the attacks did not happen. His Swedish counterpart's position is that it happened, but it doesn't matter: Onward!
Since New Year in Cologne what has been happening in Europe has been presented as a straightforward tale of the preyed upon (Continental women) and the predators ("migrant" men). But there is a third party present in Sweden, Germany and elsewhere: Continental men. Iben Thranholm is a Danish broadcaster. She writes:
Where are the Continental men in these tales from the new Europe? Are they all as pathetic and contemptible as Commissioner Eliasson?
~My Australian tour starts in a little over a week - on Valensteyn's Day in Perth, the perfect romantic night out for you and your sweetheart. But, if you don't already have tickets, your options are narrowing. We're sold out coast-to-coast - except for my big night in Cloncurry. Readers in Darwin, Adelaide and elsewhere have been indignantly demanding to know why I'm giving their towns the bum's rush in favor of Cloncurry. I love Adelaide - I've not only been there, I've been to gaol there. But, as to Cloncurry, you'll have to take that up with the IPA - if memory serves, we wanted to do Alice Springs but the Bananarama tribute band is booked in that night. At any rate, for any non-Cloncurry Steyn fans who'd like to be put on the wait list for Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra or Sydney, please email our pal Rachel here.
It's a nice diversion from reality as music is and also something new - a new CD to spend time with..
Actually it's a fun mix of musical styles from jazz to Bacharach to Looney Tunes to soft rock to Sting - which is a little outside my comfort zone, but I gave it my best. Feline Groovy is out now on CD, but if you can't wait for the mailman it can be yours in seconds via digital download from Amazon or iTunes.
from Steyn on Britain and Europe, February 5, 2016
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