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'A gaping silken dragon,/Puffed by the wind, suffices us for God./We, not the City, are the Empire's soul:/A rotten tree lives only in its rind.'

Wednesday, 28 November 2012


... the appointment of the Canadian, Mark Carney, to be the next governor of the Bank of England (from next July) has led to a burst of Canada fever in the UK. We can safely ignore most of what the paid hacks write and say, but I recommend this letter to The Daily Telegraph, which appeared in today's edition:

'Sir, I am just old enough to recall with deep gratitude
how Canada came to our assistance in both world wars.
I will never forget Vimy Ridge and the disastrous adventure
in Dieppe in 1942. The Canadian troops for this ill-considered
adventure were encamped around Dorking in Surrey. We
made many friends. What a fine and generous nation. 
I hope the new Governor of the Bank of England will prove
to be as steadfast as his former nationals were.
John Driver, Farnham, Surrey.'

I couldn't have put it better myself - 'what a fine and generous nation.'


  1. Hmm,

    Thanks for the sentiment, on behalf of my late Father, you're welcome and he had a great time, (more fun than in Italy or Holland anyway).

    I've been avoiding comment but just let me remind you that Carney comes from power in a land that, despite some notable exceptions, has been ruled for much of the last 300 years by various oligarchies of the rich, largely for their own benefit. So if it all ends in tears in a few years time, remember we let you have him, but you asked!

    cheers! Ross

  2. Don't worry, Ross, I have no illusions whatsoever about internationalist financial whizz-kids, the Bank of England, or the global finance system. It is difficult to see it all as little more than an illusion, or a fraud. But, like many people who have even the slightest acquaintance with the last century, it is difficult to see how it could all be changed without us sinking, again, into mass murder and even more chaos. As the man said, 'I wouldn't start from here'. And, sadly, although Social Credit managed to get some power in parts of Canada, it seemed uninterested in currency or banking reform - how odd. But, in terms of Canada and the debt the UK owes, well, I'm from a generation that remembers. I would like England, at least, and the UK (if we are still in existence in the future, caught up, as we are, between separatism, the dreadful super-statism of the EU, and the monster of globalisation) to rekindle its links with Canada and the other countries we have a particular kinship with.