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Issue No.: 550 | April 2013

'Trousering’ a Brown Envelope in Myanmar and Communal Politics in Britain

Professor Christie Davies
Thanks for Freedom First – a good source of information about Bharat, where I was a visiting academic 1973-4, and a country for which I still feel much affection.

I see the Congresswallahs are the same as ever. They have more Congress positions than in the Kamasutra. Meanwhile the bureaucrats still obstruct progress. When Mrs. Gandhi was in power, I always used to refer to India as a ‘chumchocracy’

 I am just back in UK from Myanmar - a walking socialist disaster. They not only need democracy, they need free markets. As it is, the Burmese military rulers will survive by allowing in big corrupt foreign enterprises, particularly the Chinese, on a crony and back-hander basis. The Chinese will get a port in the Bay of Bengal. Money talks.

Bribery creeps in here too. In Britain, we have a wonderful slang term for this; it is called ‘trousering a brown envelope’. I do not know what the dhoti equivalent would be. Many of our MPs and peers here in Britain have gone to jail or at least had to resign for making false expenses claims but they have not had the guts to prosecute the worst offender, Baroness Uddin because she is a Muslim. 

Readers should check out these links,_Baroness_Uddin  

One is the House of Lords report on Baroness Uddin. The others refer to the misdeeds of Muslims on local councils. They have infiltrated the Labour Party just as the Trotskyites used to, and fix meetings so that a Muslim candidate is chosen. Then they try to replace qualified local administrators with Muslim pals of the Muslim councilors. I used to live in a three-councilor ward where perhaps 20% of the people were Muslim. The rest of us were Christians, Jews, Hindus and Sikhs. Somehow, all three of the councilors were Muslims. They never mixed with the rest of us. One lived across the road from me. He never spoke to any of his non-Muslim neighbours - we are Europeans, West Indians and Sikhs so we do not count. It cost the Labour party all three seats because people went in for tactical voting to get them out. The Muslims will no doubt scream Islamophobia but the real problem is Muslim communalism - the curse of India has come to England. They switch between Labour (the equivalent of Congress) and the Muslim based Respect party. Shades of Jamaat-e Islami.

PROFESSOR CHRISTIE DAVIES, a political sociologist and the author of ‘The Strange Death of Moral Britain’ (Transaction 2006) was a visiting scholar in India in 1973-4 and wrote regularly for Quest and later New Quest. He has been contributing to Freedom First as well





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