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12 June 1981. Thought for the Week: The world has never had a good definition of the word - liberty. With some, the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labour; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labour."
COMMENTS ON THE BRITISH SCENE
The following comments are culled from the May 16th issue of British On Target, and written by Mr. Jeremy Lee, Deputy National Director of the Australian League of Rights.
It seems that Brixton epitomises so
much of what has happened to Britain since I was last here
30 years ago a combination of economic depression and racial
conflict now finding expression in blinding violence and carefully
planned revolution which must become a national situation
unless the basic causes are correctly identified and remedied.
Today, Britain staggers like a blind man from crisis to crisis. Its physical capacity is at the moment greater than it was in 1945. It cannot remain so much longer if a practical vision is not developed by the British people. "There have been plenty of politico-economic visions painted by vote getting politicians. How many 'lights at the end of the tunnel' Britons have been treated to since 1950, only they, themselves, can tell. "But that is a far cry from a mood of purpose and determination in a people. Such a thing is essentially spiritual and comes from a combination of things - a correct statement of the problem not being the least of these.
"Much of the genius of C.H.Douglas lay in his painstakingly correct statement of the problem. That he did so long before the symptoms were as evident as they are today must be the greatest reason for examination of his solutions. Douglas dealt not with idealism, but with reality. "Enoch Powell was right about the issue of Immigration, yet, despite Bristol and Brixton, not one national paper in Britain has been bold enough to say so.
Powell's comment after Brixton? 'We haven't seen anything yet.'
"Because Britain's leaders cannot yet face the reality of Powell's warnings, the only people free to act are the revolutionaries who organised Brixton. They are acting out of the gospel of Marx who stressed that because the British would never fashion a revolution themselves, it would have to be imported. Britain's immigration policies since the fifties amount to 'imported revolution', Enoch Powell being almost the only politician brave enough to say so.
The Revolutionaries Behind the Scenes
Debt is the key factor behind these huge rises. Southwark had a debt of 470 million pounds. Camden's debt is about the same - 2,500 pounds for every person in the borough - and interest payments alone this year will total some 70 million pounds.
"Sir Brandon Rhys Williams, Kensington's Tory M.P., predicts that central London will lose one third of its population in the next ten years as a direct result of high rates. "After all, rates are a form of property tax. This tax has now become far too heavy, particularly in central London", he said. (New Standard, April 14th, 1981).
"Significantly, however, the Leftwing is fighting for higher rates. In Southwark for instance, 14 Leftwing Labour councilors demanded the rate increases be set at 40% instead of the 38% agreed to. So much for the 'voice of the proletariat'. The latter must not be allowed to own private property!
"But where is the voice offering an intelligent campaign for lower rates? And where is the financial policy, which would allow not only councils, but also such utilities as British Rail, and the whole structure of British industry to get back on its feet? "The 364 economists who issued a recent statement criticising Mrs. Thatcher's economic policies have no answers themselves; nor yet the group of 30 prominent world bankers, including Johannes Witteveen, former managing director of the International Monetary Fund, who issued a statement on April 15th supporting Mrs. Thatcher. They are the devil and the deep blue sea, between which the British people are helplessly squeezed with the resulting Bristols and Brixtons.
"A great many worthwhile people in the English speaking world have seen through the party game - and about time too! There is a great yearning for absolutes, for values and for spiritual quality, finding expression in a rejection of the phony, the power seeker, and the political gimmick. We are on the edge of a spiritual revival in the West - make no mistake. It needs looking for at the moment; but it's there. We'll miss it if we search in the Halls of Power, tempting though it might be.
One Worlders Starting To Panic?
"Is the Brandt Report a plan for World Government? How come it follows so closely the edicts of Lenin on this subject, written in the twenties? Is it true that its message is enthusiastically endorsed by the Soviet Union? What benefit can be accrued by the creation of money, and the aggregation of interest bearing debt on a world scale? Wouldn't this be a perpetuation of the longtime aberrations, which have contributed to the current world crisis? How will the Brandt Report aid the Third World problems in the Brixtons and Bristols of Britain? If the debts of Turkey, Upper Volta, and Ecuador can be written off, why can't the debts of Islington, Camden, and Southwark?
"Enormous resources lie behind the campaign to have the Brandt Report recommendations accepted by a compliant and exhausted Britain. It is being sold in the parishes, political parties, and on university campuses. "A dedicated association of individuals, armed with nothing more than the right questions - asked infuriatingly through the letterbox, in church meetings, in newspaper columns, and political circles - could do wonders:" An intelligent and persistent question campaign across Britain might do more to expose the real facts on money and debt creation than anything else. Leading from there into some positive suggestions for alleviating local problems may well be the first humble steps in the real breakthrough we are all praying and working for."
It is clear that in spite of Prime Minister Fraser's assurances following the Burr affair, that many Government backbench Members are far from satisfied. The Tasmanian Liberal Member has discovered that members are expected to be faithful "yes" men, and that any criticism of party leaders or policies is frowned upon. The Burr affair has highlighted the necessity for Members to be responsible only to their electors, not to party machines. But electors themselves must give the lead by voting and acting in a responsible manner. Government Senators who are displaying commendable independence should be given every possible encouragement and support.
Remember all the propaganda about the necessity to impose savage increases in petrol prices because there was a worldwide "energy crisis". The OPEC oil ministers have just announced that they have frozen oil prices until the end of the year - because of the worldwide oil glut!
There is nothing like hard experience to dispel windly idealism. The Australian teachers who went to Zimbabwe have been brought face to face with some unpleasant realities. One teacher writes to draw attention to many of the problems, including accommodation. Then there are the severe currency restrictions. Only 600 Zimbabwe dollars a year can be changed into other currencies. Zimbabwe dollars are not accepted elsewhere. There is increasing evidence that Mr. Mugabe would like to make Zimbabwe a one party State like many other African countries. Incidentally, these one party States, like Tanzania, will be warmly welcomed at Mr. Fraser's Commonwealth Conference in Melbourne, where they will strongly condemn "racist" South Africa.
The anti-South African campaign of the Fraser Government does not extend to criticising nations other than New Zealand concerning sporting contacts. Britain, Ireland, France, Argentina and, yes, the USA - have either hosted a Springbok tour or travelled to South Africa. Why only criticise New Zealand? What about the old Anzac spirit? Surely it is not dead in Australia.
The Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church are the latest victims of the New World Economic Order conspiracy. They are quoting the Brandt Commission Report on how the "rich" nations must help the "poor" nations. The World Council of Churches has also been making use of the Brandt Commission Report, which is a major instrument in the campaign to foster the New International Economic Order. Essential reading on this subject is Jeremy Lee's "Upon That Mountain", price $1.40 posted.
From Hansard: Representatives, May 13th.
Mr. Lionel Bowen, Deputy Leader of the Opposition:
Mr. -Malcolm Fraser:
Mr. Lionel Bowen:
Mr. Malcolm Fraser:
Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle referred
the question to the Treasurer.
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