Britain’s humiliation

The pathetic David Cameron on the Libyan evacuation farce:

“I’m incredibly sorry that people have had a difficult time. This is not an easy situation”

And it isn’t made any easier by the arrogance and incompetence of people who are paid to do jobs they are singularly incapable of carrying out effectively or properly.  Sorry, it seems, is now the easiest word.  Sorry is what is offered up readily in place of properly carrying out the basic functions of a government.

This is now a nation on its knees.  We have been dragged here by successive governments, staffed by over rated managerialist incompetents, that have intentionally allowed the proper functions of a nation state to decay into uselessness because they don’t believe this country should punch above its weight.  They have the ‘small island’ mentality. The one that recites the narrative that it isn’t our place to be important on the world stage. Never mind the globally significant achievements of this country and its people over the centuries, they believe we must not be a world power and they sneer at anyone who disagrees.  Instead they say we must scale down our capability and our influence to match the small geographical area of these islands because anything else constitutes some kind of arrogance.

Theirs is an artifical construct.  Only a fool would argue that a nation’s influence should be constrained because of its physical size.  What matters is not the amount of land a nation covers, but what the people of that nation can do, what challenges they can overcome, what great strides they can take for the betterment of everyone and what great examples they can set.  Britain earned its place at the world’s top table because of the entrepreneurial and daring mindset of many of its people.

The rush for mediocrity and the guilt complex of the self loathing has seen us replace our can-do attitude and sense of self worth with incompetence and failure.  And the self loathing celebrate this.  That is where we are today and that is, in a nutshell, how we were led here.  It is why our self reliance has been supplanted by reliance on the state. It is why every measure of this country’s capability has declined, from the standard of our education to the quality of our goods and services, from the strength of our armed forces to the ability of our public servants.

It is a nauseating disgrace. It is a national humiliation.

The first consideration of any government is the protection and security of the people it serves.  The government failed spectacularly to do that in Libya. While the governments of other countries were busy providing a means of exit in the absence of commercial travel, arranging transit to ports and airports in convoys, generating lists of people to be extracted, and putting on the ground a visible organising presence by embassy staff to manage the operation at the airport, the oh-so-grand United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office was telling Britons to stay put if they wished or leave on commercial flights.

Listening to the accounts of Britons who had made it out of the country yesterday – before the FCO had shaken itself from its laser like focus on surrendering this country’s interests to the European Union – we heard the humiliating tales of Portuguese and Argentine embassy staff providing assistance to Britons while our embassy staff were nowhere to be seen.

A nation that once governed effectively and ran competently a global Empire in the challenging days of ships and horse mounted couriers, has found itself incapable in the digital age of communicating clearly and mounting a cohesive evacuation operation for several hundred of its citizens stuck in a country only a few hours flying time from London.

That the first aircraft chartered by the FCO to fly people out of Tripoli developed a technical fault and sat on the ground for 10 hours, without anyone having the wit to source another without delay, was truly symbolic.  It was a working example of this nation’s decline and the extent to which our character has been eroded by handwringing wimps.

So it was no surprise that the Foreign Office’s failure should provoke a typically pathetic response from David Cameron that the government must ‘learn the lessons’ from it. What utter bullshit.  This isn’t the first time.  It is code for doing nothing and trying to dodge the deserved contempt of the yet again let down public.

Where are the lessons that have been learned from previous failures?  Anyone can learn from their own mistakes, but wise people learn from the mistakes of others. But not in this country.  With our useless stuffed suits wandering aimlessly around Whitehall we continue to make them and are condemned to continue making them.  These are the kind of people who have transformed Britain into third rate country deserving of scorn.  They did not want us to have a nation of which we can be proud and even now actively play down moments in our history of which we should be proud and that should be inspiring the next generation.

The people of this country have been lulled into a virtual coma by those who want to undermine it. The political parties, the establishment, the media, all of them have conspired actively or through silence in this evisceration of our nation.  It will continue until some people have the courage to take this country back from the quisling, defeatist bastards and make it something we can be proud of again.

22 Responses to “Britain’s humiliation”

  1. 1 Tubb 24/02/2011 at 1:35 pm

    Well said, sir.

  2. 2 Agincourt 24/02/2011 at 1:41 pm

    Could the explanation that the British Libyan-bound plane that was sitting for 10 hours on the tarmac in the UK was suffering from a technical hitch have been a completely false one? A technical equivalent of a ‘diplomatic cold’? I suspect the decision-makers at the very top (Hague, Clegg, & Cameron) didn’t know what to do. With Cameron in the Gulf & Clegg in Switzerland, I suspect this was the disfunctional Coalition at its most disfunctional. Clegg probably refusing to allow anything to be done until he had finally agreed to it. So firstly Cameron had to wait for Clegg to decide, & once the decision – whatever it was – had been made, vague Hague probably just dithered even more!

  3. 3 microdave 24/02/2011 at 2:12 pm

    An excellent post. Would be nice if it was printed on the front page of every newspaper, sadly you and I know that won’t happen.

  4. 4 James morrison 24/02/2011 at 2:17 pm

    AM for PM? :-)

    Something definitely needs to be done, and the frustration is not knowing who, what or how!

  5. 5 peter geany 24/02/2011 at 2:53 pm

    Very well said. In my euphoria at finally seeing the back of the worst PM this country has ever seen, I for a fleeting moment thought that a coalition may be a good thing given the depth of the poo we are in. How wrong could I be? Although I never liked Clegg I was sort of tolerant of Cameron….for a day….maybe.

    But it’s not just that I disagree with them on Climate change and energy and Europe, but they are truly bloody useless on just about everything (except maybe Education). Cameron and his mob were delivered by Labour the perfect political scenario for any opposition, a country on its knees, yet he blew it, and now he is hell bent on the sort of mediocrity that only comes from having your head up your a…s.

    It is actually harder to be this useless as a government than to do a half reasonable job. With Labour it comes naturally, but I had expected better of the Tories, but then again they are led by some sort of reincarnation of the SDP. I lack the energy today to despise Cameron; I guess that will come as the months pass.

  6. 6 Rob 24/02/2011 at 3:21 pm

    Did I hear right that RN warships couldn’t go in to pick up Brits because it “wasn’t safe”? Jesus wept! No wonder the Iranians captured those RN sailors so easily. To think that, not that very long ago, a British warship appearing on the horizon would strike terror in the hearts of thiose who would defy us. Humiliation doesn’t seem a strong enough word.

  7. 7 Autonomous Mind 24/02/2011 at 3:26 pm

    Well HMS Cumberland is now docked in Benghazi so not sure if that rumour you heard is accurate.

  8. 8 Rob 24/02/2011 at 3:40 pm

    I think it was the case yesterday, in the Daily Mail I think.
    Good news that something is now being done.

  9. 9 ReefKnot 24/02/2011 at 4:10 pm

    Aparently the scheduled flights ( BA and BMI )had been cancelled earlier in the week, so why were FCO relying on them ? As for the chartered flights, is there any truth in the rumour that they were actually delayed by the need to conduct Risk and Gender Impact Assessments ?

  10. 10 TheBoilingFrog 24/02/2011 at 5:00 pm

    Utterly well said, AM it is a national embarrassment indeed.

  11. 11 Rut.N.Branch 24/02/2011 at 5:51 pm

    It is indeed nothing but Britain’s humiliation. Your analysis is exactly right. But when you say something like ‘a nation of which we can be proud’ or ‘history of which we should be proud’ you lose me entirely. I do not think the motivation should have anything at all to do with pride or glory. All we need is a corps of highly competent people getting on with the job they have asked for and have been entrusted with. Their motivation should be simply to further the interests of the people of the British Isles to the single minded exclusion of all other considerations. Surely that is not very difficult for them to understand.

    What we have today are self-seeking, small minded people with no self-confidence and no ambition. These people are not serious. They set themselves up as our representatives but they do not represent us in any reasonably accurate interpretation of the phrase. They are completely the wrong calibre of human being to be the leaders of any nation. They are impotent in any crisis either because they do not know what to do or because they do not care to do what the people demand of them or because they do not dare to do it. They have certainly not ingested the job description and probably have not even troubled to read it.

  12. 12 jameshigham 24/02/2011 at 6:57 pm

    The thing is, AM, we’ve already been humiliated too many times.

  13. 13 Chairman of Selectors 24/02/2011 at 8:58 pm

    What a post.

    I often think to myself. “when did England/Britain really start its downward trajectory to becoming this grotesque, spineless, feeble, embarrassing excuse of a once great country? I usually settle on 1997, but I am sure it stretches further back. This whole post colonial guilt thing amazes me. I am fiercely proud of our history as a nation, the extraordinary achievements of our people, the world wars etc etc. Not that the kids know this now. They are actively taught to be ashamed of our colonial past (BBC’s “horrible histories” anyone?) and history is now taught through the prism of leftist political correctness. I sometimes land on the quite pathetic scenes of “grieving” at Diana’s funueral as a clear sign something was wrong, the media whipping up the plebs into a frenzy of self indulgent sorrow. I also often think about that moment when our royal navy boat was captured by the iranians and paraded around like performing monkeys. OUR BLOODY ROYAL NAVY?

    The country is shot. Our armed forces are a shambles. Our health service a seething mass of bureaucracy and filth. We have no industry. A country entirely addicted to the state. No pride, no soul, no patriotism. We are a disgrace. A self loathing, spineless, hateful bunch of lemmings.

    AM I share entirely all your sentiments, but I’m afraid I think the ship has sailed. We have a voting system designed to keep the status quo. One party intent on seeing the destruction of Britain, the other refusing to do anything about it.

    I currently reside in Australia (which certainly has its own issues, not least a quite incredibly incompetent labour government). My wife and I upped sticks in 2008 when we just had had enough of England. Sadly the wife misses family so I will be dragged back at the end of the year, but for how long I don’t know. I am already plotting another overseas posting. The UK is just too depressing.

  14. 14 Uncle Badger 24/02/2011 at 9:12 pm

    Superb post, AM, summing up so much that has gone wrong in this country.

    There is a small voice in the sea of competing arguments suggesting to me that there could be some unknown explanation for these ‘technical faults’ and it will, one day, be revealed.

    Then I remember the 15 Royal Navy sailors taken like lambs by the Iranians in 2007 and a red mist descends.

  15. 15 stupidboy 24/02/2011 at 10:09 pm

    The Trust Fund Kids don’t give a monkey’s arsehole about the average Brit.
    Even the faux apology was stage-managed with the leader of the ‘modern, compassionate, conservative bastards’ sharing the ‘lessons learnt’ cobblers with a bunch of flowers.
    Now if it was several hundred bankers stranded in Libya…

  16. 16 Andy Baxter 24/02/2011 at 10:11 pm

    if AM is the PM can I be the Home Secretary? puuuhhhleeeese

    first job; sort out the criminal justice system that allows the scrotes to take the piss out of the criminal justice system and get away literally with MURDER

    second job: reintroduce the death penalty by ‘hang by the neck until dead’ for lawfully convicted murderers, by ABSOLUTE presumption of Innocence, and conviction only by UNANIMOUS JURY decision, AND with absolute right to appeal AND right of Home Secretary to commute IF in the public interest…

    third job; repeal of the PACE Act 1984 to free Police from pointless paperwork and removal of target driven guff…

    fourth job….err have a cup of tea and review how the three action points above work in practice…

  17. 17 PT 24/02/2011 at 10:49 pm

    Right to the heart of the matter AM. Pity, though, that nobody within the ruling elite would understand it, even if they were forced to read it.

  18. 18 Jack Savage 25/02/2011 at 12:27 am

    I am just wondering what the technical fault was?
    Please,please do not tell me it was that one of the toilet doors would not shut properly or the hot coffee machine was out of order.
    Christ knows how the Dunkirk evacuation would have been managed today.
    I am 60 years old and just about old enough to see how it all slowly and horribly happened. My “daring and heroism” might only extend to getting a ladder out and climb on my roof in a thunderstorm to fix it but I feel like the last of a bold generation compared with what I read in the papers.
    No fireman or policeman would be allowed to do it even if he wanted to.

  19. 19 James morrison 25/02/2011 at 10:44 am

    @Andy Baxter – You’d get my vote! :-)

  20. 20 I.M Pizzed-Off 25/02/2011 at 5:18 pm

    The Libian’s were crying out for human intervention, (preferably with guns) to help them fight GutlessGadaffi, but the World must’ve had their TV’s turned off! We are always hearing ‘Tough on Terror’ ‘We must fight Terrorism’, Cameroon and his posse’ were selling ARM’s, where? f??king next door, (nearly)…. this country is a f!!king shambles …… and hearing things like, ‘it’s not safe to send our Military their right now’! Where’s Rambo, Arnie and Superman when you want them? … Join The Army, Navy or Air Force, WHAT FOR? … bet the Scouts or Girl Guides could do a better job! .. Nuff Said! … Ministers and Politicians are all a gutless bunch of no good !RSeHoles

  21. 21 ScrumpyJack 25/02/2011 at 10:58 pm

    All going to plan….

    I don’t understand why some of the posters are so upset, it’s all following the plan.

    13 years of brainwashing in the education system produces just the calibre of people we want. Don’t forget headmasters are now sacked for trying to instil discipline from the outset in schools.

    Senior personnel are totally PC compliant. They follow every concept including AGW. An off PC comment in the office can result in disciplinary action. Equality and Diversity programmes involving theatre groups are in vogue.

    Any armed force that actually sticks up for itself are decried as fascist or bullies (Israelis for example). Do you not think that if the CO of an RN ship wasted a pirate vessel that the MSM and Guardianistas wouldn’t be apoplectic. Unfortunately the skipper of Cumberland couldn’t hold a telescope to his missing eye and ignore the instructions from home.

    AM sums it up with this:

    “And it isn’t made any easier by the arrogance and incompetence of people who are paid to do jobs they are singularly incapable of carrying out effectively or properly. ”

    Self serving Sir Huphreys and politicians.

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