I’m sure once upon a time I would have found Peter Hitchens to be a stuffy and “ignorant” journalist. In my youth – when I knew everything. When I was twenty I really felt that everything was very simple. Everything was black and white and the unwise clarity and ignorance of youth (ignorance of the subtlety of life and of people) really was beyond my understanding. In spite of having a high IQ, and access to a good education, there is nothing like, firstly, age (which should bring wisdom, but at least affords experience), and secondly becoming a believer in Yeshua! The second one made the first richer, and less important (worldly wisdom is as nothing in the face of the wisdom of God!)
Peter Hitchens’ writings have changed for me. Not, I think, because he has changed, but because God has changed me and I appreciate them more. He’s a Christian conservative with vast political and social experience and wisdom. His warning today is very stark indeed.
He writes: (Link)
Is THIS a warning? In the past few days I have begun to sense a dangerous and dark new intolerance in the air, which I have never experienced before. An unbidden instinct tells me to be careful what I say or write, in case it ends badly for me. How badly? That is the trouble. I am genuinely unsure.
I have been to many countries where free speech is dangerous. But I have always assumed that there was no real risk here.
Now, several nasty trends have come together. The treatment of Jeremy Corbyn, both by politicians and many in the media, for doing what he is paid for and leading the Opposition, seems to me to be downright shocking.
I disagree with Mr Corbyn about many things and actively loathe the way he has sucked up to Sinn Fein. But he has a better record on foreign policy than almost anyone in Parliament. Above all, when so many MPs scuttled obediently into the lobbies to vote for the Iraq War, he held his ground against it and was vindicated.
In this, Peter is referring to the appalling media frenzy against Jeremy Corbyn for having the apparent temerity to demand the government follow international protocols, produce evidence in the Skripal case (clue: I don’t think they have any), and for this he has been mercilessly mocked and derided.
As I said before, and I quote: “It is also annoying to find myself in agreement with Jeremy Corbyn (a Marxist) who is calling for talks with Putin over the Skripal case). Of course the press paint him as “shameful” for not wanting WWIII!”
I reiterate it is very annoying to find myself agreeing with Jeremy Corbyn, but I have a preference for agreeing with those who are on the side of right, rather than agreeing just with those who are politically on the right. What he has said is correct, and his calls for Theresa May to deal with this properly are absolutely vital and must be heeded. How convenient for the elites that Labour’s leader is a laughingstock who no one listens to! Did they plan this? I would hate to ask!
Back to Peter – he is already noting in his own experience the cooling of attitudes towards anyone who dares to speak up for Russia on the basis of truth, if not affection: [emphasis added]
I have already been accused, on a public stage, of justifying Moscow’s crime in Salisbury. This false charge was the penalty I paid for trying to explain the historical and political background to these events. I wonder if the bitterness also has something to do with the extraordinarily deep division over the EU, which has made opponents into enemies in a way not seen since the Suez Crisis.
In any case, the crude accusation, with its implication of treachery, frightened me. I expect, as time goes by, I will be accused of being an ‘appeaser’ and of being against ‘British values’. And then what? An apparatus of thought policing is already in place in this country. By foolishly accepting bans on Muslim ‘extremists’, we have licensed public bodies to decide that other views, too, are ‘extremist’.
Because the authorities are terrified of upsetting Islam, nothing much will happen to Muslim militants. But conservative and Christian views such as mine will suffer.
And there is the vital piece of the puzzle – I wrote about this before (Read: How to close an open society – UK version. I urge you to read all of that article if you haven’t already, because in it I show the path to where we are now. The silencing of free speech starts with the control of “extremism” as personified by the “invader” (legally allowed in for the purpose). Taking aim at vocal islamists, the laws have been changed and will now affect you and me, dear reader. I quote from that article:
The laws that are being passed to stop *points* those people over there, are equally applicable to the native population who clamoured for those laws to prevent the perceived, actual or even faked activities of *points* those people over there – within our own country.
And behind all this anti-Russian rhetoric, and the devastating effect it is already having on freedom of speech (and freedom of thought) is none other than the CIA and the rest of the deep state (on behalf of their real masters).
Don’t believe me? Do you remember Udo Ulfkotte? He was a german journalist who came out publicly and admitted that he had been given his “talking points” by the CIA. In Germany. Let that sink in for a moment!
I quote from this excellent article: (Link)
An ARD TV documentary titled Strippenzieher und Hinterzimmer (‘String-pullers and Back Rooms’) – showed journalists, ministers and party functionaries consorting in a conspiratorial world of jiggery-pokery away from the public eye [on Youtube; UU’s ARD link gives a 404 ‘not found’]. The journalists featured there considered it normal behaviour, but took offence when challenged. One responded (in an NDR report):
UU comments: so truth is only for journalists?
The site notes that: “Udo Ulfkotte’s book Bought Journalists (Gekaufte Journalisten) was scheduled for publication in English in May 2017 under the title “Journalists for Hire”. However it seems the publication was delayed and then cancelled and to date no copies of the book are available in English.” We should also remember that Udo Ulfkotte died suddenly at the age of 56 in January of 2017. We shouldn’t be surprised, he was becoming vocal. So vocal that Wikipedia has to call his books “populist” “islamophobic” etc.
The truth, as anyone sees it, if that truth goes against the narrative being fed to us in the media, is dangerous. Thus the Marxist methods – discredit and destroy – are used against those who do not come into what Peter Hitchens refers to as the “leaden conformism” being promoted, he says, by the TV and internet.
The war which is brewing is nothing to do with anything Russia has done. It is a war for your mind and your allegiance. Your allegiance must be to the lies of your government or you may be called an extremist (even though your words, actions and adjurations to others are pacifist to the “nth” degree). My goodness when you can get suspended or sacked for offering to pray for someone (get your righteousness off me now!), you know that the thought police are well on their way to a totalitarian state.
May God Bless us with fortitude to speak the truth, even if there is a cost, a penalty, in this world for doing so. Let us try to remain honest in our words (where honesty is least often acceptable to others) and not be swayed by the liars in power.
Lastly, as a nation, we deserve our liars in power. We may despise them – because they are evil – but we deserve them for our acts. Our abdication of moral agency began long ago, and has been encouraged, leading to the permissiveness we see today which God so hates.
Russia is not our enemy. The truth, and words, are not our enemy either. Those who seek to curtail freedoms, or start wars on the basis of lies, are the real enemy of mankind (all mankind – of all colours and creeds).
God Bless you