January 31, 2011

The Freemen Of Egypt

The recipe for revolution seems to be: an inept leader, bloated government, rising inflation, high unemployment, waste, thieving money from the public pot, policemen acting with impunity, and a Cabinet made up, (mostly), of millionaires.

I think I pretty much described the disUnited Kingdom there.

It takes a lot for a nation to rise up. Repress, oppress, tag, watch, gaol, snatch, rob, beat and kill the citizens, and at some point the natives will grow restless. Restless enough to march, in their millions, and take away the power once granted to a few bad men.

The French said no.

(By taking their kit off, apparently).

The Tunisians said no.

(Until the government got the message).

And now the Egyptians have said no.

The only difference being that Mubarak seems to have gone deaf. (Shades of Broon?).

The cleverest thing I have seen during the Egyptian Revolution was the police leaving the streets. They have been replaced by the army, who have openly stated that they are on the side of the people. Which is pretty damn cool. I wonder if that would happen here?

Mubarak will go. That must be obvious even to him now. I suspect that several things are happening simultaneously: he is shoving money into his oversees bank accounts at a rate of knots, begging someone (the Saudis?) to give him shelter, and the Americans (probably) are working overtime to ensure that the "right man" steps in to fill the power vaccuum. After all, they spend a ton of money keeping Egypt as a buffer in the region. There is no doubt that they are strategically vital. To all sides.

The most important thing is that the Egyptians get the government they want. For thirty years they have put up with an egotistical, controlling, money-grabbing, power-crazy freak. They deserve a break.

At least we get to change our "leaders" every few years. The fact that they are exactly the same as the wasters we just unelected doesn't seem to matter to Generation X Factor.

Our day will come.

Has anyone noticed a common theme? Have you noticed how a revolution starts?

The people said "No".



WitteringsfromWitney said...

Well said CR - as usual!

To use your own words.......

And for how many years have we put up with egotistical, controlling, money-grabbing, power-crazy freaks?

If anyone deserves a break it is us!

It really is time now for us to say NO.

Woodsy42 said...

"Has anyone noticed a common theme? Have you noticed how a revolution starts?"

Yes, interesting how seemingly slight the trigger and the suddenness and strength of the protest.

Lion of England on a distant shore said...

T use your own words,generation x-factor
have got their brains exactly in the place were they sit down,they will realise it when it is to late.

I also see the UN war criminal Blair has been given air time by SKY to tell us in his infinite wisdom how everything should
run according to his to his vision,arh i feel sick!.

Captain Ranty said...



I've been saying no for quite some time. It is easier than people think.


Captain Ranty said...


The Tunisians put up with Ben Ali for over twenty years, the Egyptians endured Mubarak for almost thirty, and the French? They put up with a monarchy for centuries, much like we have.

The monarchy are not the problem here. It is the politicians, and the sheep who think that all is well.


Captain Ranty said...


'Tis true.

Is it ignorance or apathy?

I don't know and I don't care. I just wish that more of us would say the "n" word.


WitteringsfromWitney said...

So have I Cr, in my own small way - especially to bureaucracy. The look on their faces is priceless!

No is preceded by the word Why which causes just as much consternation as my final No.

Oldrightie said...

Mubarak will go when he's amassed enough hard cash and/or gold to guarantee a lily pad. Bet the banks are queuing up to receive his deposits!

William said...

I am currently saying NO to
The Borough Council
Two large British Banks
Two Utility Companies
TVL aka CAPITA aka BBC aka The State
Result all are stymied by NO because EVERYTHING the state or commerce does requires your consent.

WFW is right the best fun is had by asking why and when they fail to justify their claim then say no.

bofl said...

william....your post demonstrates what a corrupt shithole the uk is....
with institutionalised robbery under duress at every corner.....

we are all treated as a commodity to be used ,abused and shat upon......
well i was not born a slave.and i most certainly resent being treated as one by criminals using the law to steal everything from me......
will the proles on the uk wake up?
i doubt it...too stupid and lazy!

English Viking said...

If the people think they are going to be getting a better deal by removing Mubarak, they need to think again.

They thought that in Iran, when they removed the US puppet Shah and replaced it with the 'Peolple's Islamic republic'.

They thought that in Afghanistan, until the Taliban pitched up.

They thought that in Gaza, until Hamas and Hezbollah did more damage in a weekend than the Israelis did in a decade.

The common-denominator is Islam. You are correct in foreseeing a similar uprising in the UK. Give a few more years and the Islamic population will big so big and so militant, they will either take over the country by force, else win a General Election.

Then, and I am ashamed to say it, you will long for the good old days of Broon.

PS I loathe Labour (well, all of the politicos, really), so please don't think me a fan. It's just that the 'protest' in Egypt is not, in my opinion, a good thing; the end result will be devastating, especially if the Suez canal becomes closed to certain countries' shipping, such as those of the allies of Israel, for example.

Anonymous said...

A long hot summer is often the key to revolt.

Captain Ranty said...

Good comments from all.

I have expanded in my new blogpost.


Anthony said...

CR - you ask the question about which side our Military will be on come the revolution.

I think they will come down on the side of the people. They are extremely well trained, true, but still hold considerabe ties to their families and local communities despite the best efforts of the MOD through Options for Change, Regimental disbandment and amalgamations etc. The top brass are not as politicised as I suspect is required and are still quite detached from the Establishment.

Also don't forget the Operational Commanders are still seeing their forces being ripped apart even today.

All it would take would be the Commander of 3 (UK) Division to roll his boys into Central London and it is pretty much game over.

Captain Ranty said...


I agree.

Having served, I know that we will travel the world, meet interesting people, then kill them.

I do not believe that they will open fire on their own. And you are right: the OpCo's have as much reason to despise govt as we do.

It isn't Central London we need to get a grip of though, it's the City of London, with a few regiments sent to burst that Westminster bubble.


Jacobite said...

Our army I know would never open fire on its own people iam convinced of that, however if it did kick off here they would ship in french or german troops that would be a different story.

Anonymous said...

Play the system.

Bend the truth.

That is what our politicians do.

Never be easy when they try and mess with you.

Go to Court, be a twat.

I, for one, will no longer play ball with the bastards in charge.

Give their lickspittles and thugs some of the stress that they put you under.

Be awkward.


If in every interaction with the state you make it difficult for them, you are in a small way bringing the system to its knees.