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Group recognition in social animals

     Race and social recognition 

     Robert  Henderson 

   The general reason why racial and ethnic differences result in hostility between different groups is simple: homo sapiens is a social animal.  

Being a social animal requires members of the social group to use signals, both physical differences such as smell or  physical  differences and/or behavioural changes  such as the use of calls to allow other members of the group to identify who is and who is not within the social group. 

 Human beings require such signals, and especially behavioural ones,  to allow  other humans to identify  a group member. Of course humans are better at the recognition game than any other animal.  David Hume put forward the idea that a human would identify with other humans up to a point. For example, an  Englishman travelling in China would welcome the company of another Englishman first, then the company of  a Frenchman,  then the company of a or German more than he would a Chinaman . 

 Finally, however much liberals claim physical race is of no consequence humans give the lie to this in racially mixed societies   by disproportionately take taking as sexual partners those of the same general  racial types. This is unsurprising because there is such huge   physical differences, for example, between  the Nordic type and African pygmies. 

What did the British ever do for India and the rest of the Raj? ?

In the Monty Python film Life of Brian there is a a scene known to Python fans as the ” What have the Romans ever done for us” . This involved John Cleese asking repeatedly “What have the Romans ever done for us ?” with various members of the cast coming up with things such as Roman roads, clean drinking water, education, medicine. All of this was done for comic effect but it had a serious message because the British Empire like the Roman one brought a great number of useful things to the subcontinent .Hence we can play What did the British ever do for us?, viz

What did the British do for India (and the rest of the subcontinent) ?

Created an entity called India from an amalgam of warring states

Stamped out many vile practices such as thugee and Sati.

Gave India the largest railway system in the world

Gave India modern roads

Gave India introduction to western Science

Gave India a modern education system

Gave India a modern system of law

Gave India a modern police force

Gave India a modern civil service
Gave India a modern Army

Gave India a modern navy

Gave India an air force

Gave India a modern civil service

Gave India an inside track to modern medicine

Gave India an inside track to industrialisation

Rescued much of the subcontinent’s history

Stopped serious Muslim/Hindu massacres of one another

Gave India a form of representative government

Built New Delhi

Introduced cricket to the subcontinent

The what did the British do for us? can be employed when judging the British Empire generally .

British official colonial policy from around 1900 was (1) to eventually raise the culture of the indigenous peoples in those colonies to a state where they could rule themselves .and (2) until those people were fit to rule themselves to act as guardians to those people.

As to the specific things the British brought to the colonies in general, those I listed for India were brought in part to to the colonies widely the most widespread being schools and universities, medical facilities and the idea of representative government.

More generally the exercise can be employed for any country. Why not have a go?

Below  are hyperlinks  to most of the material on my  Living in a Madhouse  and England Calling blogs.

 If you  want to look at a particular post just click on the highlighted title below.

If a link fails put the title of the piece in the search facility into either  the  Living in a Madhouse or England Calling  blogs  and it should bring it up.  If  you have persistent problems please let me know what they are.

I intend to eventually to sort the links into categories.

I also intend to do the same with e England Calling blogs posts.

 Robert Henddrson 14 March 2021


The UK in 1940 is not comparable to the UK in 2020

Cornavirus outcomes are similar          

Coronavirus: Sweden and the UK compared

The ballot fraud has legs

Forget coronavirus: there is a true global existential threat that is almost upon us

Mass immigration: the most fundamental treason   

The truth is the British are  against further mass immigration full stop

The non-economic costs of mass immigration to the UK

What a true assessment of the economic costs of mass immigration would include

The liberal internationalists idea of debate on immigration

If there had been no post-1945 mass immigration into Britain …

The consequences of an end to mass immigration  

Libertarianism, immigration, race, cultural roots and collective identity

To understand history one must understand the religious mind

An explanation of for the care home coronavirus high death rate         

How Dominic Cummings should have handled his press conference

We could be heading for a de facto identity card

Coronavirus and the herd immunity ploy

Judicial Review of the corolavirus lockdown in England

Hospital capacity is what matters at the moment

Taking the best scientific and medical advice is a nonsense

Ethic minorities mote likely to be Corolavirus victims

Sweden chooses freedom over draconian laws

The 39 Grays  dead are not victims      

The death of free expression in England

The trial of Alison Chabloz

The ever narrowing range of permitted opinion in England

Equal Pay  and political correctness     

The BBC and the Rivers of Blood speech at 50          

The “Windrush Generation” – There should be plenty of evidence to show residence in the UK

The threatening implications of cryptocurrencies

The Grenfell Tower block fire and its aftermath

In the West  with easy contraception and abortion humans need security to breed

Why the universal wage is a non-starter

Racial preference in babies        

What  to do if you are accused of inciting racial hatred

2016 and the future

The Thomas Mair Affair

The Archers: an  everyday story of feminist folk

White Lives Must Matter (to US politicians)

The West is a sitting duck while Muslims are in our midst

Brexiteers: hold your nerve       

A Muslim Mayor,  the Labour Party, anti-Semitism and the future   

Criticism of Israel  and  anti-Semitism

What should  reasonably count as illegal sexual activity with a minor ?

Defend your national territory  or lose it       

The Tories and Blairites were ideologically hidebound fools to underestimate Corbyn       

Abolishing National Insurance would be a tremendous gamble             

Greece and the Eurozone : holding tight to nurse for fear of something worse

The digital tyranny – The threat posed by a cashless society

What can we learn from the  2015 British General Election?

See mass migration for what it is – invasion 

The coming digital tyranny

What can the quantum world teach us about reality?       

Three-parent babies – Redesigning Nature

Islam is simply incompatible with Western society

Out of Africa thesis for modern Man growing ever  more dubious

The times they are a-changing

Antibiotic resistance has the potential to be another man-made warming mania     

British Future report says 25% of British adults want all immigrants repatriated  

Who should vote in an IN/OUT EU referendum?

Civitas meeting  2 10 2014 – Should we seek to remain in the EU for trade only?

Bruges Groups meeting 24 September 2014  – The EU’s attack on Britain’s most successful industry [the City]

The persecution of Emma West continues

Hands up everyone who still takes NATO  seriously

The white liberal fantasy collides head-on with the  reality of Islam

The BBC decide one call with a minute to go is enough for immigration on Any Answers

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss and the worthlessness of public inquiries

Piers Morgan’s illegal receipt of information from the Met Police referred to the IPCC

Politics has no place in a charity

The Commons Education Select Committee  and the libel of the white working-class

The curse of the Blair Doctrine

The reckless mass medication of Britain

Civitas Meeting  – The trouble with Europe  19 May 2014

Surveillance and the insurance industry        

Operation Elveden and Piers Morgan – My attempt to enlist the help of Leo McKinstry

Farage versus Clegg debate  2 April 2014

LBC Nigel Farage versus Nick Clegg EU debate 26 3 2014

The Old Buffoonian treads on dangerous ground

Piers Morgan’s criminality: The Met Police’s Directorate of Professional Standards prodded into action

Operation Eleveden and Piers Morgan’s criminality – the Home Secretary brought into play

How the BBC fixes the political bias of Any Questions

Why did Piers Morgan lose his CNN programme?  

The British Green Party expose their totalitarian mentality          

Cast iron proof of Piers Morgan’s criminality distributed widely to the mainstream media

Don’t take the Swiss vote on immigration quotas as a done deal

What the British people want from their politicians… and what they get

Democracy and Political Ignorance – Why smaller government is smarter

Parliamentary pay, expenses and conditions: a remedy for corruption

Operation Elveden and Piers Morgan – The Metropolitan Police Commissioner brought into play

Civitas meeting: Transforming the market: Towards a new political economy           

How reason may be ignored and ideologies embraced or discarded

Bruges Group International Conference 9 11 2013

You looking at me?           

One nation Labour: work, family and place – a taste of Labour’s next election propaganda

Is the English Defence League (EDL) the real deal? 

Operation Elveden and Piers Morgan et al – I try to bring Norman Baker MP into the picture

The Marxist Ralph Miliband and how he bit the English hand that fed him

Royal Mail and ideology

Replacing the BBC licence fee

Would a libertarian society deprive individuals of cultural roots and collective identity?

Inventing trouble  

Sorting out the mess after the Euro collapses

A Diary of the Hutton Inquiry    

The surveillance state – The practical problems and implications of biometric identities

Royal Mail privatisation – an act of ideology not of necessity or prudence

How much public money is being stolen and wasted because of the privatisation of public services?

Book review – The Liberal Delusion

Cleansing the (Parliamentary) Augean stables

The EU: Making the going good for getting Out

Ethnic Conflicts (review) 

Margaret Thatcher and the cult of personality        

How governments created the present welfare mess

Housing: to the haves shall be given….

The EU IN/OUT referendum: strategy and tactics for those who want to leave the EU

Press regulation and the British constitution

The Letwin Plan – Freedom of the Press in a post-Leveson UK

Curing media abuse – A statutory right to reply is needed           

The significance of borders –why Representative Government and the Rule of Law Require Nation States

Wages and welfare benefits are not comparable

The US and Ethnic voting – Why white America (and the rest of the West) has to play the ethnic card to survive       

Opt out of opting in or out         

Gay Marriage, political correctness and Newspeak

The “wrong” sort of indoctrination (for the left)

Too many people – the world’s worst enemy

Blair’s very, very long Journey  

The BBC, Newsnight and Lord McAlpine: where were the libel lawyers?

How the rich and powerful get away with murder: a look behind the elite veil

Jimmy Savile, George Entwistle and the balance of probabilities

Being arrested in England is no small matter anymore

Effects of Mass Immigration on Canadian Living Standards and Society

New British Fascism – book review

Political speech and action in Britain: What is legally permitted ?

The new leader of the Greens knows how to keep mum

Killing no murder – the right of the individual to defend their home

Public and Private Confusion George Orwell, left politics, modern liberals and the BBC

Anders Breivik and the problem of political trials

The Olympics and the left – It’s the political correctness, stupid…         

The 2012 Olympics and the deep sporting culture of Britain

The white working-class and the British elite – From the salt of the earth to the scum of the earth

Public and private confusion (and, yes, there is an alternative)

Clare’s law, blackmail, malice and the surveillance state

How Obama brought the politics of race and ethnicity to the White House

A solution to identifying the origin of immigrants who cannot or will not say who they are

The abolition of the GCSE and the return of O Levels

Courage is the best defence against charges of racism

Why Jeremy Hunt’s claim of no bias is a nonsense

Is there a deliberate attempt to sabotage the trial of Rebekah Brooks and co?

The character of Barack Obama in his own words

Liberals in a multicultural denialfest

Why liberals are terrified by Anders Breivik

Administrative justice: Gordon Brown misbehaved in the same general way as Jeremy Hunt

The value of anecdotal evidence

“Free markets and “free trade” = elite propaganda”

A prayer and a reading for the laissez faire religionists

Big Brother plus is knocking on your front door

Population – the elephant in the global warming green room

The Universal Terrorist God

How the BBC censors evidence of press misbehaviour      

The credit crunch: an effect not a cause

The claustrophobia of diversity

The corrective medicine for media abuse is a statutory right to reply

Can a Libertarian also be a Conservative?

A libertarian party is wrong in principle.        

The English origins and value of the USA’s Second Amendment

Poems of Existence

Barry George and the celebrity effect

Stephen Lawrence, Gary Dobson, David Norris and a political trial

White attacker/non-white victim = racist motive: non-white attacker/white victim = no racist motive

Moral Simpletons Target Innocent Man

The world after the Euro

You must be mad if you don’t believe in the liberal globalist credo

The globalist lies about the British Labour market

Housing and the Coalition’s dirty secret         

The Olympics and the left – It’s the political correctness, stupid…         

Muhammad Ali and the white liberals

That NuLabour “mistake” over mass immigration wasn’t a mistake non-shock

The end of the offence of “insulting behaviour”? Don’t you believe it 

It isn’t a crisis of capitalism but a crisis of globalism

Another day another lethal financial derivative  The 2011 British riots and the white liberal’s great lie

The 9/11 attacks – The view from 11 Sept 2002 and 2011          

War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Knowledge is Ignorance…. Treason is Patriotism…         

How the Kosovan war developed the Blair Doctrine

1984 and the internationalist warmongers

The racial and ethnic make-up of the August 2011 UK rioters by group

Not as white as they are painted

The Great Charity Scam

Spaced Out – What is the point of Homo Sapiens in space?

Against Ideology    

The Oslo massacre and the treason of the liberals  

The complete “The wages of Scottish Independence”

Too big to bail-out? Spain and the future of the Eurozone           

The PCC’s refusal in 2003 to investigate Rebekah Wade for paying police bribes

Laws are for “little people” – the Mandelson mortgage fraud cover-up

Don’t be surprised that the police failed to thoroughly investigate the News of the World

Robotics and the real (sorry, Karl, you got it wrong) final crisis of capitalism

How to tackle the politically correct

Meditation without metaphysics

Libertarianism, immigration, race, cultural roots and collective identity

Means subverting ends – The fatal flaw at the heart of libertarianism

Foreign Aid – A Danegeld extracted by the Liberal Internationalists

Strangling Freedom

Free expression or permitted opinion: that is the choice

Watch out : the Coalition is laying the ground for a national identity system 

The wages of globalism

David Kelly, NuTory Boy, Norman Baker and me    

Osama bin Laden – who did the Navy Seals kidnap?

The complete Joy of Diversity columns          

Osama bin Laden: more dangerous dead than alive?

Why the nature of bin Laden’s death matters

How elites feed conspiracy theories    

If we leave the EU we mustn’t be another Norway

Article 50 is a poisoned chalice – Don’t drink from it

The utilitarian case for the monarchy

The ever increasing madness of political correctness

The value of anecdotal evidence

The immorality of Utilitarianism           

No Second Amendment = a disarmed people

Drug Control: Futile and Immoral

New Labour, new fascism? – Tony Blair and the Führer principle          

The failure to charge Piers Morgan with illicitly receiving information from the police

The refusal of the police to investigate Rebekah Wade

Why public service broadcasting (PSB) matters

Whites in the sub-continent and sub-continental Asians in the UK

Nations and Empires

How do we explain liberal internationalism as a biological phenomenon?

The position of minorities           

What the nation state owes you and what you owe the nation state

What to do if you become involved with the criminal law

Japan and The Big Society

Why did auditors fail to blow the whistle on the banks?

Enoch Powell’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech        

The liberal war mongers satisfy their urges

Universal distraction

How corruption entered public service

Market economies and the illusion of choice

Most people cannot make provision for the future

What shall we do about the old?

What a tremendously thoughtful fellow Dr David Kelly must have been

All British banks are “too big to fail”

Who should be allowed to strike?

Does the Welfare State corrupt?          

The nation state: the only platform for democratic control

Obama, US citizenship and the Presidency   

Selling Britain by the pound: the immorality of privatisation

London Zoo and the global warming religion           

Could Britain be self-sufficient in food?          

How should we decide what public servants are paid?

Inflation is theft on the grandest of scales

Public and private confusion (and yes there is an alternative )

Public service and private enterprise : what do we mean by efficiency?         

Corporate efficiency: public service versus private enterprise

Public ownership = public confidence

The railways – a classic public service

The welfare state is a good deal

Why should the haves pay for the have-nots?

What should be provided indirectly by the state?

What should be public and  what should be private

What should be provided directly by the state?

How do we decide what should be provided by the state?

Be anti-social; live to a ripe old age

So you think private healthcare would beat the NHS…     

The nation state – the only way to democratic control     

Islam is simply incompatible with liberal democracy

No 10 ‘interfered to push through £600m plan for virus superlab’

Metropolitan Police refuse to say how much is spent on “equality and diversity”    

Out of Africa? – Races are more different than previously thought

Free markets and “free trade” = elite propaganda

“Free markets” and “free trade” as a religion

A sane alternative to globalism

The present state of global economies           

Waking up to the threat of the Second World

“Free markets”, “free trade” and the emasculation of democratic control

Relative poverty, wealth and power

Robotics and the real (sorry, Karl, you got it wrong) final crisis of capitalism

The logical end of a free market is monopoly

“…since records began in 1659”           

How the market fails to provide what the customer wants

Is society materially enriched by “free markets” and “free trade?

If weather persists it becomes the climate     

Does “free trade” deliver greater prosperity? The lessons of economic history

The Wealth and Poverty of Nations – David Landes

Do we really want to live forever?

Don’t be bullied by the bankers

Is society materially enriched by “free markets” and “free trade?         

Do you want this potential terrorist target in the heart of London?

Has “free trade” ever been practised?

What do we mean by “Free trade”?

The “Free markets” con

The bigger the genome, the less efficient?

Economics and the liberal internationalist mind

White men can run

The police are effectively colluding in violence

LibDems make a mockery of elections

How British higher education became corrupted

Man-made global warming is the 21st century phlogiston

The age of stupid

FIFA and the evils of supra-national organisations

Societies and the implications of differing racial IQs

IQ and society

IQ and a dysgenic Western future

Blacks: the odd man out?

Why have whites dominated?

Why have East Asians not dominated?

How the IQ level of a society rises

High status/high IQ jobs

The High IQ individual in a low IQ society

IQ and the position of ethnic minorities

Is MigrationWatch UK a security service front organisation?

Low and high IQ behaviour

The increasing IQ demands of modern society        

Blind obedience to the law is the dictator’s friend

The rich have never had it so good

Taking Liberties

IQ and life in more complex societies

The Government’s EU referendum lock: giving the key to parliament and voters?  

The more primitive the society the less it relies on high IQ related skills

Speciation by culture – an analogy with computers

Race – the most potent of human behavioural triggers    

The cuts which are beyond the Pale for Britain’s political elite

Speciation by culture

Here’s a funny joke about stoning

Is a libertarian party a contradiction in terms?

Homo Sapiens – How primitive is primitive?

The “Taxing the rich produces little money” lie

The intelligence of erudition

Does an IQ test measure general intelligence?

What is measured by IQ tests?

Is IQ innate?

How Britain supposedly got richer and its people became unhappier

Secret services: a conspiracy against the public

Racial differences in IQ

IQ and national wealth

Making servants of our masters

The new aristocracy

Reason is not the primary driver of Man       

Terrorists or traitors?

The nation state     

England and Britain – what is it to be British?           

Let’s be honest ….everyone’s on welfare       

Laissez faire economics makes you richer – Oh yeah?

Nailing the “We’re all in this together” lie

The overheated climate debate

Why Western elites are so keen on “free markets” and “free trade

The most dangerous people in the world

English National Identity 

The vicious poison in the British economy is the outlandish cost of housing

The people of England     

What makes a nation?.   

Why have the bankers escaped punishment?

Why all the banks should be nationalised

Men, morality and international order

What is Libertarianism?  

Against Nature       

The liberal bigot     

How well-to-do liberals choose to live – A lesson from Primrose Hill

The GeePees: a cautionary tale 

If the Euro does not survive what would be the aftermath?

The principles of taxation – a guide for politicians

How the BBC surreptitiously censors callers to phone-ins

The Blair daughter’s attempted suicide and the public’s right to know

16-Year_old delivers address to Labour Conference

Oh my aching sides …Stop it MI6         

Public provision and a civilised society go together

A prayer and a reading for the laissez faire religionists      

Patriotism is not an optional extra       

Intelligent Design is creationism in pseudo-scientific disguise

What is the rational position on religion?

What is treason today?

National Identity Theft

Armed forces to defend Britain not to serve the New World Order

Islam knows no compromise     

Men and machines: which is master which is slave?

The character of Tony Blair?      

Why is this blog entitled Living In A Madhouse?

Population – the elephant in the global warming green room

The overheated climate debate


Film reviews

Politically incorrect film reviews – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier … Spy

Politically incorrect film reviews – Precious

Politically incorrect film reviews  The Blind Sside e.

Film reviews – Capitalism: a love story

Politically incorrect film reviews – God Bless America

Politically incorrect film reviews – Django Unchained

Film Review – They Shall not Grow Old

Film reviews – Inside Job

Film review The Death of Stalin

Politically incorrect film reviews – 12 Years a slave

Wall Street, the Wolf of Wall Street  and the decline of moral sense

Politically incorrect film reviews – Belle

Film review of Churchill

The Darkest Hour

Film review of Dunkirk    

Film review – Transcendence

Film review – Steve Jobs 

Politically incorrect film reviews – Made in Dagenham

Film review – The Revenant

Politically incorrect film reviews – The Martian

Film review- Legend         

Politically incorrect film reviews – Dear White People broadcasts the wrong message

Politically incorrect film reviews – Coriolanus          

Politically incorrect film reviews – Gran Torino

Politically incorrect film reviews – Ire in Babylon

Politically incorrect film reviews – Four Lions?        

Film review – CitizenFour

Film review – Her: a salutary tale

The Hateful  8 – A tale told by an idiot

Film Review – They Shall not Grow Old

Politically incorrect film reviews – The Millennium Trilogy

Film review – Ex Machina

Film reviews – 50 Shades of Grey  (tedium)

Film review – Still Alice    

Harry Brown  

American Sniper misses  the target – film review

The Imitation Game – film review

Film reviews – The drama of the everyday – Locke and Last Orders     

The Emperor’s New Clothes (2015)

Politically incorrect film reviews – The Sweeney

Politically incorrect film reviews – Selma takes the wrong road to watchability

Politically incorrect film reviews – Mandela: the long wal to freedom

Politically incorrect film reviews – Django Unchained

 England Calling Hyperlinks 

Of what has England to be ashamed?

England and the arts

 The only world empire ever worthy of the name            

Ultimately the USA is the child of  England

England and the only bootstrapped Industrial Revolution

England – the saviour of the Reformation            

The political genius of the English

Freedom is part of England’s cultural DNA

The first and most natural of nation states

English – the language of the world        

The mother of modernity

English National Identity

The people of England

What makes a nation?  

England and Britain – what is it to be British?

The English haters

The English and the rule of law 

The first and most natural of nation states

The great anti-patriot

The Archers: An everyday story of simple politically correct folk

English education, immigration and political correctness

English education and the triumph of the progressives

English education: the roots of its politicisation

English education in saner times              

English state education – a project to culturally cleanse the English

England was wealthy long before the Empire and the Slave Trade

Evolving English exhibition – ends 3 April 2011

England and the Enlightenment               

England and the practice of science        

England and the concept of science        

The beginnings of English intellectual history

Quantifying English intellectual accomplishment               

The British elite express their hatred and fear of England

The beginnings of England’s political success

England: the mother of modern politics

English liberty and the Peasants’ Revolt

The freeborn Englishman

Part of England has been invaded           

Part of England has been invaded part 2

If England was a sovereign state again   

Is it in the blood? and the hypocrisy of the media

A fundamental malaise

Cameron’s “British values” enshrine political correctness

America’s love-hate affair with England in films

The appetite for Englishness in films      

Englishness in Films – Master and Commander

Don’t laugh; Labour are flying the English flag

The English Year Zero

The roots of English democracy

How Thatcher became the useful idiot of the education progressives

English education and the great grade inflation fraud     

Notable English technologists and inventors

Human accomplishment and the English              

The truth about social housing and ethnic minorities

Nations and Empires

The position of minorities           

What the nation state owes you and what you owe the nation state

What to do if you become involved with the criminal law

Being arrested in England is no small matter anymore

Political speech and action in Britain: What is legally permitted   

What has happened to “English votes for English laws”?

Black and Asian cultural separatism in the UK

Middle England Murders

Don’t make complete Celts of yourselves

The development of the franchise in England

The democratic spirit and the English civil war, Commonwealth and Protectorate

The Levellers: the first English radicals

England and the rejection of violence

English liberty and the weakness of state power

English liberty and the Black Death          

The English in North America – Locating the Hidden Diaspora

The wages of Scottish independence – Public Debt

The wages of Scottish independence – the currency problem

The wages of Scottish independence – the loss of the military

The wages of Scottish independence – public sector employment

The wages of Scottish independence – immigration

Cameron is unwittingly preparing the way for Scotland to become independent

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland spending much more on public services than they collect in tax

The truth about UK oil and gas

Make sure the costs of Scottish independence get into the media

How English football became foreign football played in England

Scottish independence? Yes, but only on thaese terms

The right to own and carry weapons in England

The right of self-defence in England       

How the CRE ignored the racial abuse of the English

The white working-class and the British elite

The English white working-class and the British elite – From the salt of the earth to the scum of the earth

Mass migration is an English not a UK problem  

Will there always be an England, whatever the origin of its people?

The 2011 British riots and the white liberal’s great lie

No need to speaka da English in the NHS…          

War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Knowledge is Ignorance…. Treason is Patriotism…

The English must not take their future for granted

The racial and ethnic make-up of the August 2011 UK rioters by group

The racial and ethnic make-up of the 2011 rioters

Not as white as they are painted             

No 10 Downing Street e-petitions dealing with Immigration, the EU and the ECHR

No 10 Downing Street e-petitions dealing with England and the English

The English Landscapes and Identities Project

Patriotism is not an optional extra

The Spring Edition of the Quarterly Review is out

All you could ever want to know about Scottish independence

Skintland: The Economist spells out the wages of Scottish Independence

The complete “Wages of Scottish independence”

The wages of Scottish independence – England, Wales and Northern Ireland must be heard

The wages of Scottish independence – If Parliament says NO    

The wages of Scottish independence – infrastructure

The wages of Scottish independence – a divided country

The wages of Scottish independence – membership of the EU

The wages of Scottish independence – Nationality          

The wages of Scottish independence – The monarchy

An “independent” Scotland must not be allowed to have the pound as their official currency

The English origins and value of the USA’s Second Amendment

Diane Abbott, racism and “positive discrimination”

Stephen Lawrence, Gary Dobson, David Norris and a political trial

The deaths of Richard Everitt and Stephen Lawrence: compare and contrast

Human Accomplishment and the English

Referral of Piers Morgan’s perjury to the Leveson Inquiry

Emma West has trial delayed yet again

Emma West, immigration and the Liberal totalitarian state part 1

Emma West, immigration and the Liberal totalitarian state part 2

Emma West, immigration and the Liberal totalitarian state part 3

The oppression of Emma West : the politically correct end game plays out

Emma West trial delayed for the third time

The globalist lies about the British job market

The black-instigated and dominated 2011 riots and the Great Elite lie

Remember, remember the fifth of November – it speaks to us today

That NuLabour “mistake” over mass immigration wasn’t a mistake non-shock

It isn’t a crisis of capitalism but a crisis of globalism           

Politically incorrect film reviews – Tinker, Tailor, Soldier ….Spy

Helping Boris Johnson to understand why foreigners “get all the jobs”

Liberals in a multicultural denialfest

Poems of cricket

Modern batsmen don’t know they’re born

Michael Vaughan and the greatest English Test bowler

The Archers: an everyday story of simple feminists saying “Men!” folk

The Archers – an everyday story of simple ever more politically correct folk

The Archers: an everyday story of simple ever more absurd storylines folkThe Archers – an everyday story of simple politically correct folk part 2

The Archers – An everyday story of underclass folk

The Archers: an everyday story of feminist career women folk

The Archers – An everyday story of age shall not wither them and implausible plot-lines simple folk

The Archers: An everyday story of disabled folk

The Archers: an everyday story of simple culling  the Archers from the programme folk

Politically incorrect film reviews – Outlaw and Made in England

How England  became the mother of modern politics

Devolving powers to Manchester is the thin end of the Balkanising of England wedge

English votes for English laws: a rich diet of political fudge

Ed Miliband and the Left’s attempted sabotage of England and Englishness

Elizabeth I’s speech at Tilbury before the defeat of the Armada

The gratuitous denigration of things English – the reign of Elizabeth I

England could be Balkanised by stealth after the 2015 General Election

Devolution and an EU In/Out Referendum part 1 – The Electoral Arithmetic – UKIP Daily

Devolution and an in-out referendum Part 2 – The hard facts to be put before the Celts

Poe The complete Joy of Diversity columnsms of England

The Effects of Mass Immigration On Canadian Living Standards and Society

The claustrophobia of diversity 

Bring the Nuclear Deterrent to England now

It must be no to Devomax          

Leveson Inquiry: Robert Henderson’s application for core participant status

Leveson Inquiry – Wanted- people who have had their evidence ignored

Piers Morgan lied to the Leveson Inquiry

George Orwell, left politics, modern liberals and the BBC             

Is it in the blood?, Peter Oborne and the question of Englishness

England: the mother of modern sport

The Olympics: England and the Celtic Fringe       

Well, at least there wasn’t a six-foot dancing penis

Public and Private Confusion (And, yes, there is an alternative)

The abolition of the GCSE and the return of O Levels      

Courage is the best defence against charges of racism

The utilitarian case for the monarchy     

The significance of borders –why Representative Government and the Rule of Law Require Nation States

How the English saw themselves at the height of Empire – Cecil Rhodes’ will

Youth unemployment: how to cure it

Wages and benefits are not comparable

You have to understand religion and the religious mentality to understand history

Sixty years ago – we were naturally greener then

Is it in the blood?, CMJ and the hypocrisy of the media

Elite Mischief – Gordon Brown and The Francis Crick Institute

Do you want this potential terrorist target in London?

The Chiles test for white liberal racial hypocrisy

The “wrong” sort of indoctrination (for the Left)  

Sorting out the mess after the Euro collapses    

The terms on which the rebellious American colonists may be taken back into the Empire

ADC John Grieve and Greg Dyke’s “Hideously white BBC”

The Liberal Delusion – Book Review       

Michael Heseltine – Rebalancing the British Economy

Suppressing scandal – The Mayor of London’s State of London Debate 12 June 2013

Emma West trial scheduled for the fifth time

Emma West’s trial scheduled for the sixth time

The persecution of Emma West continues

Emma West and the State – The State has its way (sort of)          

Richard North: useful idiot or Europhile wolf in Eurosceptic’s clothing?

Bruges Group meeting 23rd April 2013 – Immigration: Can we control it?

Margaret Thatcher: the most useful of idiots is dead

The EU IN/OUT referendum: strategy and tactics for those who want to leave the EU

Crime, punishment and public confidence in justice

The Stephen Lawrence killing: Are we in for more legally rickety convictions?

PC World: Playing a little game with the politically correct

The Old Buffoonian treads on dangerous ground

What happens if Scotland votes NO to independence? 

Roger Scruton on the injustice done to England by devolution

Frank Field calls for an English Parliament on Any Questions

What the British people want from their politicians … and what they get

The 2016 County Championship goes down to the last day.         

The danger the County Championship is in and how to save it

The two Divisions of the County Championship are not a mile apart

Foreign players in County cricket

Black and Asian cricketers in the England team

Is modern fielding really superior to what it was in the past?

Where have all the express bowlers gone?         

How to get larger crowds for County Championship cricket matches

Don’t let the elf and safety  fanatics emasculate cricket

A sane future for English cricket

What is wrong with English cricket?

Mending English cricket

The uglification of cricket

The decline of batting technique and other modern cricketing ills

How foreign imports sabotaged  English  cricket

English sport and the alien invasion

What would be the effects  of a radical reduction in immigration to the UK?

The non-economic costs of mass immigration to the UK               

What a true assessment of the economic costs of mass immigration would include

If there had been no post-1945 mass immigration into Britain

The Camp of the Saints  tested against reality

British Future report says 25% of British adults want all immigrants repatriated  

Immigration  and the price of a liberal conscience

SNP XMAS Novelties 2010   

SNP 2012 XMAS Novelties





The Scottish Independence Referendum – unanswered questions

The future of England   

Bruges Group International Conference 9 11 2013

Jack Wilshere and the English

Is the English Defence League (EDL) the real deal?

The housing crisis and how to solve it    

The BBC way with Scottish independence

Would a libertarian society deprive individuals of cultural roots and collective identity?

The trouble with England

Ashes news – “Australia’s experiment with their Asian immigrant population will be shelved.”

The Scottish referendum and the accidental emergence of the English voice

All you could ever want to know about Scottish independence

The Scottish independence referendum  – The second STV debate 2nd Sept 2014           

Salmond vs Darling round 2 – The  shameless chancer versus the trembling incompetent

What is treason today?

 Alex Salmond’s attempt to disown the UK national debt should be a non-starter

Scottish Independence – How Cameron sold England down the river with the Edinburgh Agreement

BBC drama goes in to bat for Scottish independencelex Salmond is a chancer in the mould of Paterson and Law

The Commonwealth Games:  England should have many  more medals against their name

The Commons Education Select Committee  and the libelling  of the white working-class

Federal Trust meeting: Devolution in England: A New Approach – Balkanising England By Stealth

How the BBC fixes phone-ins – The Radio 5  Breakfast Programme phone-in on 6 May 2014

Who will  speak for England?

Islam is simply incompatible with Western society

Film review: ’71 – Life with the safety catch off

Film Review – Mr Turner

The BBC and “coloured  players“

Film review – Brexit: the movie

Brexiteers: hold your  nerve

The logic of Brexit

The EU refuses to answer questions about post-Article 50 activation by the UK

Article 50 is a poisoned chalice – Don’t drink from it

Grassroots Out (GO) public meeting of 19th February 2016 at the QE II Convention Hall in Westminster

After the EU referendum

Britain will vote to leave the EU if the public message is right

Defend your national territory  or lose it

Shamocracy – The Tories give a whole new meaning to democracy

Reasons why Ukip will underperform in the upcoming election 

Britain needs electoral reform but the abolition of first past the post  (FPTP) is not the answer

The remainers throw away their best chance of sabotaging Brexit.

Brexit: The threat from  the Remainers…and how to refute and  defeat  them

Theresa May decides to go to the country  – Start counting the spoons

Theresa May’s Betrayal – Bruges Group meeting 3 12 2018

Don’t listen to the ” keep Theresa May at all costs ” Brexit siren voices

Brexit and surviving Mrs Maybe               

Petition on Number 10 website : The UK to use the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties to leave the EU now

The Vienna Convention on  the Law of Treaties gives  the UIK the right to leave the  EU immediately

Theresa  May’s   “clarification” of Brexit  means Brexit

Killing two political birds with one stone

The attempted  murder of  Brexit

EU Referendum – England voted 53.37% to leave            

Lord Palmerston sums up all that Brexit is about               

Escaping the  European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019.

Slaying some Brexit Monsters

Is Boris Johnson walking into an EU trap?

Stand fast must be the order of the day  for Leavers

Speaker Bercow  may have  radically changed the rules of the Brexit game

Brexit: an object lesson in elite betrayal               

Call those who would overthrow Brexit by their true name: traitor

The Bruges Group meeting 28 March 2018 – Too many loose ends remain untied

If a Eurofanatic wanted to design a plot to thwart Brexit ……

Bruges Group Meeting 1 June 2015 – John Redwood says he could vote to stay in the EU

There is much that suggest George Floyd’s death was an accident

Robert Henderson

Some facts about the death of Floyd and the subsequent  trial of the police officer Derek Chauvin

1. Floyd  was a very large and powerfully built man , much larger than any of the police involved.

2. He had twice refused police orders: the first time to get out of his car and the second time to get into the police car. Had he obeyed the second order he would be alive today in all probability.

3. The second act of disobedience occasion involved Floyd going limp to avoid bring put in the police car.

4. The restraint hold Chauvin used was one sanctioned by his police force.

5. Floyd had a heart condition which may have contributed to his death. Chavin cannot have known that.

6 Floyed had drugs in him at the time which may have contributed to his death. Chavin cannot have known that.

In summary, the police had reason to believe that Floyd was simply being difficult and potentially carried a physical threat because of his size.

There is also the fact that Floyd was a violent career criminal. Whether Chauvin knew about Floyd’s criminal record is unclear from the coverage of the event. However, Chauvin may well have done because he knew Floyd having met him when he (Chauvin) worked a a security officer and Floyd was acting as a bouncer.

I find the argument  that the heart condition and drug use cannot affect the change of homicide strange. As far as Chauvin was concerned at the time of the death Floyd was simply being treated as what he was ostensibly a large powerful man who worked as a bouncer who had already been truculent. Moreover, Chauvin almost certainly had used the hold before with no ill effects.

Taking all the circumstances into account it is unreasonable to suggest Chauvin was behaving recklessly.

The UK in 1940 is not comparable to the UK in 2020

Robert Henderson

Comparisons between the UK in 1940 and the UK in 2020 are understandable but mistaken because   these are two very different societies .

To begin with the psychological/sociological situations are different.  The threat is 1940 was  one that everyone could understand, large numbers from their experience in the  Great War.   There was a clear enemy  in 1940 .

The coronavirus threat is an open ended one which the ordinary  person cannot do much to protect themselves,  not least because the virus is subject to mutation.

The war in  1940 brought full employment . For a generation which had gone through the privations of the 1930s and the Great Depression  this was both an opportunity to bring in a decent regular wage and  to  have their days filled with useful work,  the latter playing into  the sense of a collective war effort. Today people +are experiencing the reverse with fears of lost work and  much of the work done being done  is not done in the workplace but in the home.  That is isolating.

Another big difference between then and now is that far from neglecting the Nazi threat in the 1930s,  the UK government   had made considerable preparations for war , for example the development and manufacture of  high performance  fights (Spitfires and Hurricanes), the development of radar   and four engines  heavy bombers (Lancaster, (entered service 1942) Stirling (entered service 1941) , Halifax (entered service 1940.  It is worth noting that the Germans never developed a reliable  heavy bomber, the nearest they got to it was the  ill fated   Heinkel Greif (Griffin) 177 .

Equally important was  the rationing system for food and other essentials  which was up and running in 1939.    The British state was much better prepared to meet the 1940 emergency than  it is to meet the coronavirus.

But the greatest difference between 1940 and now is the composition and mentality of the British population.  In 1940   the only sizeable minority was the Jewish one.   The country was  very homogeneous .

Today the UK population is divided by the various  large ethnic and racial minorities  (whose separateness is encouraged by the purveyors of multiculturalism) and  other divisions wrought by political correctness  such  those based on gender,  sexual inclination and a faux idea of equality which promotes the interests not of all but the groups protected by political correctness.   Because of  this  country is  now noticeably heterogeneous in  race, culture and mentality.

To these differences must be added the effects of  the UK’s 47 year membership of what became the EU  and the divisions it  has created throughout  our membership and Brexit.,

Finally, devolution since   the Blair reformation  has resulted in  the Celtic Fringe gaining more and more powers  and especially in Scotland  there is  serious agitation for independence  while Wales and Northern Ireland    play at  independence forever point scoring  at England’s expense. England meanwhile has been ignored in the devolution stakes despite the fact she heavily subsidises Scotland, Wales and N Ireland.  The upshot of these changes to the UK  population has become  vastly more divided than it was in 1940. In 1940 there was a real sense of common purpose . Today that has become impossible.

Cornavirus outcomes are similar

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Robert Henderson

Professor Johan Giesecke of Sweden made the prediction in April 2020 that in the long run it would not make much difference how Governments of similar states responded to the virus because the result would be broadly the same. – see

There is solid evidence to support his prediction. Here are the deaths per million for major first world countries

Australia 36 deaths per million
Austria 738 deaths per million
Belgium 1736 deaths per million
Canada 441 deaths per million
France 994 deaths per million
Germany 450 deaths per million
Italy 1272 deaths per million
Netherlands 702 deaths per million
Poland 791 deaths per million
Spain 1101 deaths per million
Sweden 882 deaths per million
Switzerland 951 deaths per million
UK 1163 deaths per million
USA 1098 deaths per million

Stats taken from
on 6 January 2021

I have only looked first world countries because the rest are either incapable of producing accurate statistics because of a want of administrative capacity or are authoritarian states which cannot be trusted to tell the truth. In addition comparing say the UK with Nigeria would be l like comparing apples to oranges.

There are two striking things about the deaths statistics above. The first is how small a part of the total populations of each country are the deaths . The second is the considerable similarity of outcome in the majority of countries.

Of the 14 counties 11 fall into the range 702 – 1736 deaths with only Australia, Canada and Germany falling outside that range.

Australia is the only really serious outlier but that may be explained in part to it possessing huge physical territory with a small population.

The degree of similarity is impressive because the various countries adopted widely different approaches to dealing with the coronavirus, ranging from the libertarian Swedes to the chaotic Italians to the make your mind up UK to the strict lockdowns of the French and Germans.

The really worrying thing is that politicians throughout the world are placing everything on vaccines to be the magic bullet to end the crisis. This is far from certain because (1) we do not know how much immunity is gained from infection or from a vaccine and (2) a mutation can come along at any moment and upset the apple cart. Nor is it reasonable to imagine that enough people in the developing world will be vaccinated to provide universal herd immunity.

If the vaccines do not solve the problem political elites throughout the world will have nowhere to go.

Coronavirus: Sweden and the UK compared

Robert Henderson

Sweden is hated by the countries which have locked down . The lockdown merchants have every reason to fear comparison between their countries and Sweden. I have done a comparison between the UK and Sweden, viz:

UK population 68.021,298

Swedish population 10,123 ,190

68,021,2898 divided by 10,123,190 means the UK has 6,7 times the population of Sweden

UK infections 1,134, 356

Swedish infections 177,355

177, 355 times 6.7 = 1, 183,2785

UK deaths 51,766

Swedish deaths 6,164 Sweden

6164 times 6.7 = 41,29,88

Hence pro rata Sweden has

a slight;y higher rate of infection – which could be ascribed to carrying on more normally than the UK


a considerably smaller death rate – approximately 10,000 less than the UK . This maybe because Sweden was better prepared generally for the virus, has a better healthcare system (eg more doctors and nurtures pro rata than the UK) or did not fall into the trap of neglecting the of care homes

The ballot fraud has legs

Robert Henderson

Trump is being accused of making claims of voter fraud without providing evidence. This is untrue.
Evidence can be strange events , for example, if a company experiences unaccounted for loss of stock that could reasonably be counted as evidence that theft was occurring and a reason for the police to investigate. Similarly, if voting patterns such as improbable numbers of votes for one candidate occur that may reasonably be counted as evidence of fraudulent voting.
Take another scenario: a young woman with no serious problems suddenly disappears without explanation. There is no evidence of criminality but nether is it thought unreasonable to suspect foul play and for the police to start an investigation.
Trump is quite reasonably reacting to strange events. That is not to say there is voter fraud on a substantial scale . Rather, it is simply Trump wishing to have strange voting patterns investigated.
The main thrust of the Trump suits are that the postal ballots were kept from Republican scrutiny, viz:

Here is the unedited video of the material on the first video. Go in at 22 minutes.

Having watched these videos anyone with an open mind will have a strong sense of something very wrong with this election because :

1. Of the lengths to which those administering the counts went to to prevent republican scrutineer were denied any meaningful opportunity to see the ballot papers .

2. The difficulty in squaring the counts with Trump in the lead – for example a lead of approx 800,000 for Trump in Pennsylvania – one day and the sudden flood of supposed ballots for Biden overthrowing the Trump leads.

3. The dead voting .

Forget coronavirus: there is a true global existential threat that is almost upon us

Robert Henderson

The attention of the world is currently fixed on coronavirus  but there is another far more serious danger hurtling towards  us  in the shape of  Artificial  Intelligence (A.I.) and robotics.

Both are advancing rapidly. Probably within the lifetime of most people now living – and  quite possibly in the next fifteen  years – there will be general purpose robots (GPRs) capable of doing the vast majority of the work now undertaken by humans. When that happens international free trade and free market economics will become untenable.  The real final crisis of capitalism will be the development of technology so advanced that it makes capitalism in the impossible because machines will make humans redundant across  vast swathes of the economy.

 Economic history shows that technological advance before the advent of digital technology creates new work. It may have very painful consequences for individuals whose livelihood disappears – the British hand-loomweavers of the early industrial revolution are a classic example – but new opportunities for employment have always  as an economy becomes more sophisticated and variegated. The hand-loom weaver found work in the new factories; the redundant western factory worker of today in a call centre. At worst they might only get a MacJob but at least it was a job.

But if the GPRs can do the MacJobs as well as the more demanding work, then there will not be many new jobs for humans, not even much supervisory work because GPRs will need little supervising, and less and less as  of it they become ever more sophisticated. Hence, this technological advance will be like no other:  GPRs will not only take away existing jobs, they will devour any new work; the easier work first, then the more complex.

The normal human response to such ideas is not reasonable scepticism, but rejection based on a refusal to accept the reality of change, a rejection expressed with ridicule along the lines of the Victorians’ response to the car:  “It will never replace the horse”. Mention robots and people commonly scoff “Science Fiction” to get rid of the matter without further debate. This type of response is natural enough because human beings, apart from disliking change, do not like to think of themselves as dispensable or redundant. Moreover, incessant propagandising by western elites has made it received opinion of the age that work is becoming ever more demanding and requires an increasingly educated and knowledgeable workforce, something which seems to most humans to make them uniquely capable of doing the jobs of the future and, by implication, this excludes mechanisation (and robots) from the majority of future human employments.

The hard truth is that most modern work requires less knowledge and skill than was required in the past. A peasant four hundred years ago had to know about his soil, his plants and animals, the seasons, the weather, where natural water was and be able to do a hundred and one practical things such as ploughing, sowing, harvesting, making and repairing of fences and ditches, using tools and turning out cheese and cream and dried meat and vegetables How many jobs today require a tenth of that volume of knowledge? Nor did more demanding work stop at peasants. A 17th century craftsman would have served a long apprenticeship. Jobs which did not require an apprenticeship would have probably required some manual skill. Those who aspired to intellectual employment had to laboriously write and amend their works rather than enjoying the immense convenience of a word processor. That and the cost of writing materials forced them to become precise in a way that virtually no one is today. Perhaps most importantly,  modern division of labour with one person doing a repetitive job was not king. A person making something four centuries ago would probably make the entire item and quite often a variety of items, for example, a 17th century blacksmith would not merely shoe horses but make a wide range of iron goods., GPRs today could take over a great deal of employment in Western economies and much of the industrialised parts of the developing world, especially China, because there are so many simple jobs which would be within the capabilities of very basic GPRs.

But that is only half of the story. If most jobs are not demanding of much by way of learned skills and even less of intellect, they do need diligence. Human beings are generally more than a little reluctant to put themselves out in work which has no intrinsic interest for them or which is not very highly paid. So what will an employer do when he can employ a robot instead? He will go and gets himself some GPRs which will not get awkward, do what they are told, keep working all the time without being watched, does not make regular mistakes and requires no wages or social security taxes or holidays or sick leave. And it will not be able to sue you for being a bad employer.

In the beginning at least there will still be a sizeable chunk of jobs which GPRs will not be able to do. These will be the jobs which cannot be reduced to quantifiable tasks; jobs which cannot be done by following an algorithm; jobs which require judgement and jobs which require motivation to achieve a complex end which is not obvious from the units of means which are required to achieve it.  But that work is  only a minority of jobs, probably a small minority, perhaps 20% of the total. If the earliest GPRs could only undertake fifty per cent of the jobs which humans do that would be catastrophic. Human beings will not be able to kid themselves for long that everything is going to be all right.

There will be two further advantages enjoyed by GPRs over humans. In principle there are no limits to increases in the capabilities of GPRs; there is no such human potential in the present state of knowledge. For  the foreseeable future there is nothing to suggest that human capacity can be raised dramatically through education and training, not least because attempts to raise IQ substantially and permanently through enhanced environments have a record of unadulterated failure over the past fifty years or more. The second advantage is that GPRs will come with a guarantee of performance. An employer gets what it says on the tin. Moreover, the performance will be consistent. Humans beings do not carry such a guarantee. The individual’s qualities only become apparent once on the job and are subject to variation according to the physical and mental wellbeing of the person.  This makes them a gamble for anyone who employs them. A faulty or rogue GPR could be repaired or replaced without moral qualms; sacking a human being raises all sorts of ethical questions and matters of sentiment.

The social and economic effects of GPRs 

When the first GPRs appear those in political authority will probably try to say everything will be all right when they are first presented with the problem. Now it might be thought that it would be pretty obvious that a GPR which could do everything the average human could do and then some would spell trouble for the human race, but it never does to underestimate the power of custom, ideology and the sheer unwillingness of human beings to face troubles which are not immediately upon them.  The tired old and worthless comparison with technological change in the past will doubtless be made, namely, that new jobs for humans will be generated by the GPRs. But that will not last long because the reality of the situation will very rapidly force elites to accept the entirely new circumstances.

There will  be a dilemma for the makers and distributors of goods and services. At first it might seem attractive to use GPRs, but as humans lose their employment and the purchasing power derived from it the question for private business would be who exactly are we producing for? Fewer and fewer people  would be the answer. For politicians the question would be how can we finance government including public services when our tax base has collapsed? The answer is we cannot as things stand.

The early response

As GPRs threaten to destroy the world’s economy, politicians will be faced with an excruciating dilemma. If GPRs are allowed free rein by governments the consequence will be a catastrophic collapse in demand as humans lose their employment en masse and an inability of the state as it is presently constituted to provide welfare to those put out of work or even to maintain the essential services of the minimalist state such as the police and army.

The situation will be pressing no matter how supposedly rich a country is because the majority of people even in the developed world are actually poor. They are only a few pay packets away from destitution. Even those who own their own home will not be able to sell the property  because who will there be to buy it?

To begin with attempts will probably be made to control the crisis bureaucratically by instigating rationing and price controls. But that will not go to heart of the problem which is how do you sustain an economy in which most people are not working. In the end politicians will be faced with two choices: ban or at least seriously curb, the use of GPRs or adopt a largely non-market economy. Banning GPRs completely would create a particular problem because some countries would continue to use them and this could lead not merely to cheaper goods and services but technological leaps which exceeded anything humans could do. A country which relied only on humans would be at a hopeless disadvantage.

The end of globalisation

The widespread banning of the use of GPRs in national territories would severely shrink international trade, because as sure as eggs are eggs not all countries would stop using GPRs  to produce items for export.  Any country using GPRs could undercut any country which banned GPRs. Protectionist barriers against countries using GPRs freely would have to be erected, although human nature being what it is, this would doubtless result in GPR products being supplied through a third country which had ostensibly banned GPR produced goods and services. The likely outcome of such a situation would be for protectionism to grow beyond the banning of GPR products to the banning of products simply because they were suspected to be GPR produced. This would also be a convenient excuse for simply banning imports.

Life without  market forces in play

The alternative to a protected economy in which GPRs are banned or severely restricted is a society in which the market is largely defunct. A perfectly rational and workable society could be created in which human beings stopped thinking they had to work to live and simply lived off the products and services the GPRs produced.  The GPRs would do the large majority of the work and the goods and services they provide would be given free to everyone whether or not they had formal employment. No GPRs would be allowed in private hands. Such a situation would mean the market would not make the choice of which goods and services were provided. Rather, the choice would be made by the consumer through an expression of what was needed or wanted before products were developed or supplied.  This could be done through  elected representatives to online voting by any member of a community for which goods and services should be supplied. For example, all available items could be voted from by the general population and those which were least popular dropped. The provision of proposed new lines or inventions could be similarly decided.

As for allocating who could have what in such a world, money could be issued equally to everyone in lieu of wages (a form of the social wage). Alternatively, in a more controlled society vouchers or rations cards could be issued equally to everyone for specific classes of goods. Greater flexibility could be built into the system by allowing the vouchers to be swopped between individuals, for example, a voucher for footwear swapped for food vouchers.

In such societies there would be scope for a limited use of private enterprise. People could provide personal services, for example, entertainment, and produce goods just using human labour (human-made would gain the cachet that hand-made has now). There would also need to be some greater reward for those who occupied those jobs which still required a human to do them such as political representation, management and administration. The reward could either be material or public approbation. It would not be unreasonable to imagine that in a society where necessary work was at a premium quite a few would take on such positions for the kudos.    There could also be some legal requirement to undertake work when required.

Who would be best placed to survive?

It might be thought that the people best placed to survive would have been those in the least industrially developed states because they would be less dependent on machines. But the trouble is that there is scarcely a part of the world which had not been tied into the global economy.  Even if a  country does not manufacture products or offer services on a large scale, it probably exports food and raw materials. One could  even include the recipients of foreign Aid for that flow money,  goods  , expertise and manpower is dependent on the Aid giving countries remaining economically robust.

The future

The rate at which robotics evolves will play a large part in how the story unfolds.  The speed with which GPRs replace human beings could be truly bewildering. The example of digital technology to date suggests that the stretch from a primitive GPR doing simple work which can be broken down into physical actions to a GPR with some sort of consciousness or a facsimile of what humans think of as consciousness will not be massive. Such development could well be speeded up by GPRs assisting with development as they attain more and more sophisticated abilities. The faster the development of  really sophisticated GPRs, the more chaos there is likely to be because there will be little time to plan and implement changes or for the human population to accommodate itself psychologically and sociologically to a radically different world. It is reasonable to assume technology will develop until GPRs are showing behaviour which suggests consciousness. They will make decisions such as what would be the best way of  achieving ends which are loosely defined, for example, an instruction to design a city redevelopment in a way which would have the greatest utility for human beings. At that point the GPRs would be effectively making value judgements.).

This is a real danger with potentially catastrophic world-wide consequences. The problem is getting people in power to address the subject seriously. There needs to be discussion and  planning now about how far GPRs,  or indeed robots or any type,  should be allowed to displace human beings in the functioning of human societies. Nor should we assume humans will happily tolerate GPRs  for reasons other than the economic. Robots which are too like humans make humans uncomfortable, probably because it is difficult to view a machine which looks like a human and acts like a human simply as a machine. 

Men and  machines : which is master and which is slave?

But the loss of jobs and incomes is only part of the problem which comes with intelligent machines.  The general consequence of our ever growing reliance on digital technology is that we are increasingly being controlled by the needs of the technology rather than using technology to serve us.  It is very difficult to escape such control. If a person is in work they will almost certainly have to use it. If they are in education they will definitely have to use it. Even if a person does not encounter digital technology  in their work or education, they find it increasingly difficult to avoid it in their private lives even if they refuse to use a computer or a mobile phone, ,  not  least  because  businesses  and    government  increasingly  require those dealing with them  to  do so by computer.

In  short,  people are  being  driven  to  become   computer  owners  and users  not because they actively want  to,   but   because   they  feel  isolated and excluded  if  they  remain computerless. 

Despite all these pressures, there are still a large number of people in Britain who have remained distant from the digital world. According to a 2019  Office for National Statistics report millions of  British adults have never been online. It  is unreasonable in a civilised society to simply hang the computer ignorant or the intellectually underpowered out to dry as digital technology looms ever larger.  Yet that is precisely what is happening.

There is one thing the government of any advanced country can and should do, create circumstances in which those who cannot come to terms with digital technology can live in an ever more computer controlled world. They can do this by maintaining non-computer access to state funded organisations and forcing through legislation larger businesses and not-for-profit organisations to do the same.

Worryingly, there is little evidence that  UK politicians are taking this problem seriously. There have been rather half hearted attempts to ensure that cash point machines are provided so that  no one has to travel more than a few miles  to draw cash but that is wholly inadequate because many people, and especially the old, will still find access difficult because they cannot readily travel several miles.

At the same time the  UK government is dragging its feet over making  access to cash a   legal right .  Failure to do so could all too easily allow the UK to sleepwalk into a cashless society, a state of affairs which would not only potentially give the government immense opportunity to intrude on private lives but be  a constant worry not only for those unaccustomed to  digital technology.

A change like no other

The Industrial Revolution  meant that someone living  in Britain between 1815 and 1914 saw more radical technological change than any generation before.  But   that change   was the difference between living in a still   largely pre-industrial society (in 1815) and an industrial society in its early middle age (in 1914).   Moreover, the   change did not require the vast majority of the population to master complicated machines at their work, let alone in their own homes.

In 1914 the most complicated machine most people would have   had   to operate was probably the telephone and vast swathes   of the population would not even have had to go that far into the world of technology. 

In the past 30 years all this has dramatically changed.   We are now in a world in which computers are absolutely integral to business and public administration and they are now the norm rather than the exception in homes.  For most people, it   is literally impossible to escape them.   Worse, they have become ever more complex and demanding to use and invade ever   more of our lives as microprocessors are inserted into the most unlikely things such as clothes.  In fact, all machines are becoming more and more demanding.

We desperately need  politicians who will not only act now to avert the  looming disaster which this unique situation threatens to be bring.   Don’t hold your breath waiting for them.

An explanation of for the care home coronavirus high death rate

Robert Henderson

BAME staff form a very high proportion of  both hospital and care home staff.

Coronavirus infection rates and deaths are much higher amongst BAME staff than amongst white staff

Patients in hospitals  have a higher risk of contracting the coronavirus  because of the large number of BAME staff .

Patients in hospitals have routinely been sent back to care homes without undergoing a test for coronavirus.

Inmates of care homes are more likely to be infected with the coroonavirus because of the high incidence of BAME staff.

Neither  staff nor inmates of care homes have been routinely  tested regularly for coronavirus.

In many care homes inmates cannot be kept apart because of the design of the care home.

RESULT A high casualty  rate from the coronavirus in care homes.

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