SINCE my article in TCW on global cooling and China last November, record low temperatures have been noted all over the planet, with substantial snowfall. China is busy building coal-fired power stations and an 11-year-old boy froze to death in his bed in Texas.
As we move inexorably into the next grand solar minimum with its challenges of both keeping warm and having enough to eat, we have to contend with the greatest act of national self-harm – the response to Covid – since the English civil wars. Until the restoration of Charles II the people had to put up with the banning of games, sport, dancing and singing (except in church): are the similarities becoming clear?
I am grateful to Robert Tombs’s The English and their History for the prohibitions imposed by the Puritans that I list below; any error is mine, not his.
‘The most sexually repressive regime in our history making adultery a capital offence’: well, that would have been a way of getting rid of Johnson, but we remember the pandemic prohibition on not having sex indoors with partners not living in the same dwelling plus plenty more pettifogging guidance.
‘Dens of Satan (pubs) were shut down en masse’: say no more.
‘Loose wenches rounded up for slave labour in Jamaica’: in our imitation of China this is one we have missed out on. China hasn’t, of course, with its mass rape of Uighur women. Prior to the pandemic, our authorities, through the sins of omission, effectively outsourced the rape of our own scapegoated and vulnerable section of society.
‘Racehorses were confiscated’: Remember the hysteria after the Cheltenham Festival 2020 went ahead. Horseracing leads to gambling, an activity subject to never-ending handwringing.
‘Fighting cocks, bears and dogs slaughtered, inspiring Macaulay’s quip that Puritans were concerned less with the pain of the animal than with the pleasure of the spectator’: today we have a nutty Green telling us that once we lose a pet we shouldn’t get another one.
With the Puritans the populace were subject to endless petty moral persecution – and we know how they must have felt. We have Public Health England who have been battering away at us for decades and with Covid seized their chance. We must also consider the communists and fellow travellers taking their cue, if not instructions, from the CCP. It’s interesting how the believers in God and the disbelievers in God are at one about how the people should be treated.
What about the big banana? Johnson was always more of a libertine than a libertarian; ‘to say he has the morals of an alley cat would be to libel the feline species’, said one-time Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre. So is it surprising that a man of no moral anchor after his brush with death should suddenly turn Puritan? Below is an extract from Cromwell’s biography from the excellent online Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (subscription required).
‘Cromwell . . . defended the making of law outside parliament: “if nothing should ever be done but what is according to law, the throat of the nation may be cut while we send for some to make a law” (Speeches, 100, 17 Sept 1656). A merchant called George Cony refused to pay customs duty on the silk he was importing on the strong ground that the protector’s right to customs lapsed with the dissolution of the first parliament. To ensure that Cony lost the case, the council, with Cromwell’s consent, imprisoned both Cony and his lawyers until they agreed to withdraw their suit.’
I don’t think we are too far off. Johnson is no Churchill, just a petty dictator.
Cromwell died bitterly regretting that his works on the nation hadn’t brought about the Second Coming. We must pray the nation finds the collective strength to defeat our present dictatorship and prevent the coming of China.
The rejoicing of the restoration of the monarchy with Charles II in 1660 was short-lived. Within a few years bubonic plague scourged the land and there was, of course, the Great Fire of London. We face a third period of self-harm which will dwarf the first two: Johnson’s ludicrous green proposals which will pauperise the nation and take us in exactly the wrong direction to survive global cooling. The English people are, and are going to be, involved in an enormous battle to save their nation.