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Political Correctness can kill. Here are two famous examples (VIDEO)

Willem Mengelberg and Benny Hill were beloved public figures in their time. But political correctness in their native lands ended their lives in depression and isolation.

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The first victim of political correctness is the truth, but politically correctness is far more than a conduit of lies and a cover for treacherous political policies. It has actually cost lives in a very specific sense. To understand this, one must examine the sad and peculiar deaths of two popular figures, Willem Mengelberg and Benny Hill, two martyrs in the war against political correctness.

Willem Mengelberg

Mengleberg was the long-time director of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. It is fair to say that without Mengleberg’s fifty-year long stint at the helm of the Concertebouw, the orchestra would not enjoy the prestigious reputation it does today. As a conductor, Mengleberg was masterful. The highly refined tonality he extracted from his orchestra, his poetic use of tempo rubato and his penchant to amend scores or make ‘changements’ as he called them, led to Mengleberg being widely praised and sought after.

Why then is so little said about Mengleberg in popular culture today and why did he die poor, depressed and in exile?

The answer is political correctness or more actually put, proto-political correctness. Mengleberg was what they call a musicians’ musician. He loved every element of performance, was exacting in his study of lengthy scores, premiered great works, and was beloved by members of his orchestra and by the composers of his day. When the fascist German forces occupied his native Netherlands, he continue to perform. He was a totally apolitical man and simply felt that even during the dark days of war and occupation, the music must never stop.

However, after the war, the Dutch government persecuted him as though he was some sort of war criminal. He was fired from his position at the Concertgebouw, stripped of his pension, was banned from performing publicly. and was forced to live in exile in Switzerland. He died in 1951, two months before his ban on musical performance was to end.

By contrast the German conductor Hermann Abendroth had joined the Nazi party. He too was stripped of his prestigious musical directorships after the war. But for Abendroth, the story did not end there.  Working with the Communist government of East Germany, Abendroth rehabilitated his reputation and repented for his political errors. He spent his final years as one of the most respected artists in East Germany, so much so that he was the only man allowed to smoke inside the state radio broadcaster’s studios.

One of his crowning achievements was conducting Beethoven’s 9th symphony in Moscow with a Russian orchestra in 1951. Schiller’s ‘Ode to Joy’ in the final movement of the symphony was sung in Russian, a true testament to peace and reconciliation after the war.

Yet for Mengleberg who never joined a political party, there was no such justice. Only poverty and death. He was one of the first victims of what one would now call political correctness. Two years ago, I wrote to the Dutch government asking them to posthumously exonerate Mengelberg of any wrong doing. I received no reply.

Benny Hill

Benny Hill remains one of the most globally popular comedians from an English speaking country. Most remembered for his fast-motion ‘chase scenes’, Hill’s comedy was also highly witty and explored social hypocrisy in areas ranging from mass media, international-relations, the welfare state and the many quirks of British culture. He was also a talented poet and songwriter.

The Benny Hill Show was broadcast from 1955 until 1991. Its popularity remained steady both in Britain and around the world. However in the 1980s a so-called new wave of British comics appeared whose routines included diatribes ridiculing Hill. One of the most infamous such individuals was Ben Elton. These new comics were less funny men than they were political preachers. None of them were was talented as Hill and none explored political issues with the subtlety of Hill. It was around this time that the term political correctness first entered the wider lexicon, first in America and later in Britain.

Hill was fired in 1991 and became seriously depressed. They claimed he was old fashioned and ‘out of touch’. They called his comedy sexist and racist.  It was neither. If anything,  his comedy has aged far better than those of his political detractors from the cultural Marxist left.

Benny Hill lived for his work and without it his life became devoid of all meaning. In 1992, neighbours began complaining of a foul odour emanating from Hill’s flat. He was long dead and his body was decomposing. When the authorities took his corpse away, they found in the letter box, a contract for a new television show. Could this have saved his life?

Mengleberg and Hill are just two examples of public lives that ended in private ruin and sorrow due to the onslaught of political correctness. There are countless examples of ordinary individuals who have lost their lives, income, happiness and families because of this form of cultural oppression.

Although the mainstream media continue to publically ostracise anyone who violates their politically correct agenda, the election of the outspoken anti-PC Donald Trump gives one a glimmer of hope. This charade, this curse has blighted the west for too long. Time to end it now.

 

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Brexit Withdrawal Agreement may lead to Theresa May’s downfall (Video)

The Duran – News in Review – Episode 151.

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The Brexit Withdrawal Agreement has been published and as many predicted, including Nigel Farage, the document is leading to the collapse of Theresa May’s government.

During an interview with iTV’s Piers Morgan, remain’s Alistair Campell and leave’s Nigel Farage, were calling May’s Brexit deal a complete disaster.

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Alastair Campbell: “This doesn’t do remotely what was offered…what is the point”

“Parliament is at an impasse”

“We have to go back to the people” …”remain has to be on the ballot paper”

Nigel Farage:

“This is the worst deal in history. We are giving away in excess of 40B pounds in return for precisely nothing. Trapped still inside the European Union’s rulebook.

“Nothing has been achieved.”

“In any negotiation in life…the other side need to know that you are serious about walking away.”

“What monsieur Barnier knew from day one, is that at no point did Theresa May intend to walk away.”

“Fundamental matter of trust to the electors of our country and those who govern us.”

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss Theresa May’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, and why the deal is a full on victory for the European Union and a document of subjugation for the United Kingdom.

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Coming in at 585 pages, the draft agreement will be closely scrutinized over the coming days but here are some of the highlights as outlined by Zerohedge

  • UK and EU to use the best endeavours to supersede Ireland protocol by 2020
  • UK can request extension of the transition period any time before July 1st, 2020
  • EU, UK See Level-Playing Field Measures in Future Relationship
  • Transition period may be extended once up to date yet to be specified in the text
  • EU and UK shall establish single customs territory and Northern Ireland is in same customs territory as Great Britain

The future relationship document is less than seven pages long. It says the U.K. and EU are seeking a free-trade area with cooperation on customs and rules: “Comprehensive arrangements creating a free trade area combining deep regulatory and customs cooperation, underpinned by provisions ensuring a level playing field for open and fair competition.”

The wording might raise concerns among Brexiters who don’t want regulatory cooperation and the measures on fair competition could amount to shackling the U.K. to EU rules.

As Bloomberg’s Emma Ross-Thomas writes, “There’s a clear sense in the documents that we’re heading for a customs union in all but name. Firstly via the Irish backstop, and then via the future relationship.”

Separately, a government summary of the draft agreement suggests role for parliament in deciding whether to extend the transition or to move in to the backstop.

But perhaps most importantly, regarding the controversial issue of the Irish border, the future relationship document says both sides aim to replace the so-called backstop – the thorniest issue in the negotiations – with a “subsequent agreement that establishes alternative arrangements for ensuring the absence of a hard border on the island of Ireland on a permanent footing.”

On this topic, recall that the U.K.’s fear was of being locked into the backstop arrangement indefinitely in the absence of a broader trade deal. The draft agreement includes a review process to try to give reassurance that the backstop would never be needed. Basically, the U.K. could choose to seek an extension to the transition period – where rules stay the same as they are currently – or opt to trigger the backstop conditions. In fact, as Bloomberg notes, the word “backstop,” which has been a sticking point over the Irish border for weeks, is mentioned only once in the text.

As Bloomberg further adds, the withdrawal agreement makes clear that the U.K. will remain in a single customs area with the EU until there’s a solution reached on the Irish border. It’s what Brexiteers hate, because it makes it more difficult for the U.K. to sign its own free-trade deals, which they regard as a key prize of Brexit.

Predictably, EU Commission President Juncker said decisive progress has been made in negotiations.

Meanwhile, as analysts comb over the documents, Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the European Research Group, has already written to Conservative lawmakers urging them to vote against the deal. He says:

  • May is handing over money for “little or nothing in return”
  • The agreement treats Northern Ireland differently from the rest of the U.K.
  • It will “lock” the U.K. into a customs union with the EU
  • It breaks the Tory election manifesto of 2017

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4 resignations and counting: May’s government ‘falling apart before our eyes’ over Brexit deal

The beginning of the end for Theresa May’s government.

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Four high profile resignations have followed on the heels of Theresa May’s announcement that her cabinet has settled on a Brexit deal, with Labour claiming that the Conservative government is at risk of completely dissolving.

Shailesh Vara, the Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office was the first top official to resign after the prime minister announced that her cabinet had reached a draft EU withdrawal agreement.

An hour after his announcement, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab – the man charged with negotiating and finalizing the deal – said he was stepping down, stating that the Brexit deal in its current form suffers from deep flaws. Esther McVey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, submitted her letter of resignation shortly afterwards. More resignations have followed.

Labour’s shadow Cabinet Office minister, Jon Trickett, predicted that this is the beginning of the end for May’s government.

The government is falling apart before our eyes as for a second time the Brexit secretary has refused to back the prime minister’s Brexit plan. This so-called deal has unraveled before our eyes

Shailesh Vara: UK to be stuck in ‘a half-way house with no time limit’

Kicking off Thursday’s string of resignations, Vara didn’t mince words when describing his reservations about the cabinet-stamped Brexit deal.

Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement leaves the UK in a “halfway house with no time limit on when we will finally become a sovereign nation,” his letter of resignation states. Vara went on to warn that the draft agreement leaves a number of critical issues undecided, predicting that it “will take years to conclude” a trade deal with the bloc.

“We will be locked in a customs arrangement indefinitely, bound by rules determined by the EU over which we have no say,” he added.

Dominic Raab: Deal can’t be ‘reconciled’ with promises made to public

Announcing his resignation on Thursday morning, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted: “I cannot in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the EU.”

Raab claimed that the deal in its current form gives the EU veto power over the UK’s ability to annul the deal.

No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime.

Former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith said that Raab’s resignation as Brexit secretary is “devastating” for May.

“It sounds like he has been ignored,” he told the BBC.

Raab’s departure will undoubtedly encourage other Brexit supporters to question the deal, political commentators have observed.

Esther McVey: Deal ‘does not honor’ Brexit referendum

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey didn’t hold back when issuing her own letter of resignation. According to McVey, the deal “does not honour” the result of the Brexit referendum, in which a majority of Brits voted to leave the European Union.

Suella Braverman: ‘Unable to sincerely support’ deal

Suella Braverman, a junior minister in Britain’s Brexit ministry, issued her resignation on Thursday, saying that she couldn’t stomach the deal.

“I now find myself unable to sincerely support the deal agreed yesterday by cabinet,” she said in a letter posted on Twitter.

Suella Braverman, MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the EU © Global Look Press / Joel Goodman
Braverman said that the deal is not what the British people voted for, and threatened to tear the country apart.

“It prevents an unequivocal exit from a customs union with the EU,” she said.

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Five Saudis Face Death Penalty Over Khashoggi Killing; Crown Prince Cleared

According to the Saudi prosecutor, five people charged are believed to have been involved in “ordering and executing the crime.”

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Saudi Arabia public prosecutor Sheikh Shaalan al-Shaalan said on Thursday that the kingdom will seek the death penalty for five suspects among the 11 charged in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, confirming suspicions that members of the murder squad purportedly sent to “interrogate” Khashoggi will now themselves face beheadings as the Saudi Royal Family closes ranks around the Crown Prince, per the FT.

As for Mohammed bin Salman who runs the day to day affairs of the world’s top oil exporter and is the de facto head of OPEC, the prosecutor said had “no knowledge” of the mission, effectively absolving him of any domestic suspicion, if not international.

The charges were handed down after the kingdom dismissed five senior intelligence officers and arrested 18 Saudi nationals in connection with Khashoggi’s disappearance. The Saudi insider-turned-dissident journalist disappeared on Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to pick up documents that would have allowed him to marry his fiance. Khashoggi was a legal resident of Virginia.

According to the Saudi prosecutor, five people charged are believed to have been involved in “ordering and executing the crime,” according to CNN.

The prosecutor said that the former Saudi deputy intelligence chief, Ahmed al-Assiri, ordered a mission to force Khashoggi to go back to Saudi Arabia and formed a team of 15 people.

They were divided into three groups, the Saudi Public Prosecutor said: a negotiation team, an intelligence team and a logistical team.

It was the head of the negotiating team who ordered the killing of Khashoggi, the prosecutor said.

The Saudis stuck by latest (ever changing) narrative that the Washington Post columnist was killed after a mission to abduct him went awry. The deputy chief of intelligence ordered that Khashoggi be brought back to the kingdom, Shaalan said. The team killed him after the talks failed and his body was handed to a “collaborator” in Turkey, he said.

Asked whether Saud al-Qahtanti, an aide to Prince Mohammed, had any role in the case, Shaalan said that a royal adviser had a coordinating role and had provided information. The former adviser was now under investigation, the prosecutor said, declining to reveal the names of any of those facing charges.

Al-Shaalan did reveal that a total of 21 suspects are now being held in connection with the case. Notably, the decision to charge the 5 comes after National Security Advisor John Bolton repudiated reports that a recording of Khashoggi’s murder made by Turkish authorities suggested that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was behind the murder plot.

But as long as OPEC+ is planning to do “whatever it takes” to boost oil prices, the US’s willingness to give the Saudis a pass could always be tested if crude prices again turn sharply higher.

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