Soapbox: Is the National Trust Too PC?

This year is the 50th anniversary of the part decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.

Various events have been planned to mark the occasion, including a festival by the National Trust to highlight their properties with connections to LGBT history.

But should the National Trust be doing so? The writer James Delingpole thinks not.

He gets on his Soapbox for the Daily Politics.

Radio Free Delingpole: Popes and Puppies

This week, James welcomes back British author, columnist, and expert on all things American, Tim Stanley. They discuss the ongoing budget negotiations, why Britain may actually be doing better than the U.S. in terms of cutting the fat, why James would make an excellent Pope, the advantages of owning a dog, and their New Year’s Resolutions.

Listen here.

Radio Free Delingpole
Radio Free Delingpole

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Radio Free Delingpole XVI: Buying Britain’s gold back

June 30, 2012

Today’s Radio Free Delingpole is dedicated to one of my new obsessions: gold. Partly I’m interested in it for the same reason Gollum was in the ring – because it’s shiny and precious and makes me feel like I can control all Middle Earth. But mainly it’s because I think our global economic policies are steering us inexorably towards monetary collapse. Gold, historically, has a proved a useful store of value in times of inflation or hyperinflation. I see no reason why this shouldn’t happen again WTSHTF (as we Austrian-survivalist-anarcho-capitalist types like to call the coming event).

Which is yet another reason, of course, why we should all so viscerally loathe Gordon Brown – and never ever forgive him for what he did to our gold reserves. Not only did he sell them off at a pittance –  395 tonnes of the stuff at a rock bottom $275 an ounce – but he actually got even less than he could have done by “butchering the trade.” This is the City phrase for telegraphing your sale in advance. In other words, if you announce to the world that you’re going to sell large quantities of your gold reserves – as Gordon did – gold holders will naturally sell off their own reserves beforehand, anticipating the inevitable price drop. As I detail in this Spectator article, what this also meant is that Britain has dropped way down the league of gold-owning nations.

The Chinese are surreptitiously building up their reserves; so too are basket cases like Venezuela. Britain, however, now languishes at a mere 17th in the international bullion-owning league table. And when it comes to gold holdings per capita we don’t even make the top 20. (The Swiss come top with – in 2011 figures – $6,000 worth of gold per person; the Lebanese are next; then the Germans. Britain has the lowest per capita holding in the EU).

This is why I think it’s such a totally brilliant idea that my friends Ralph, Jan and Will from the Real Asset Company are campaigning for us to Buy Britain’s Gold Back. Well, obviously, being a company where you can buy gold bullion that’s just the sort of thing they would say. And if you are going to buy gold, let me warn you right now, it’s not a one-way bet: I bought a thousand quid’s worth last year on the understanding that by this time the world’s economy would collapse and my bullion would be worth at least double. Instead, the world economy didn’t collapse and my shiny precious is now worth less than one thousand quid.

Nonetheless,  for what my ignorant amateur’s opinion is worth, I do agree with those who argue that gold (currently priced around the $1500 dollar mark) is going to hit $2,000 an ounce before it hits $1000 an ounce. Partly, this will be because of the inflationary effects of Quantitative Easing (of which, insanely, our government for one is planning more). Partly, it will be because of intriguing – and under-reported – policy shifts like the US Federal Reserve’s proposals to have gold bullion declared a “zero-risk-weighted” asset (currently it has a 50 per cent risk-weighting), making it less likely that in future capital-impaired banks will feel the need to dump their gold holdings.

Anyway, you can take or leave this stuff, as you will. I’m not trying to turn you all into goldbugs. In fact I hope you don’t become goldbugs because you’ll only end up weird and obsessive and shunned by people at parties. But if you want to read further, I do recommend the excellent Cobden Centre (“for honest money and social progress”) or Bogpaper.com (“Getting you out of the s**t since 2012”) or, if you really want to freak yourself out and live every day like it’s the last before the world ends, there’s the monumentally depressing Zero Hedge.

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One thought on “Radio Free Delingpole XVI: buying Britain’s gold back”

  1. Alois Klein says:6th July 2012 at 10:32 amJames
    Read watermelons-need more like you to spread the truth

BBC – Radio 4 Woman’s Hour

June 19, 2009

BBC – Radio 4 Woman’s Hour

James discusses men’s relationships with male friends on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour/03/2009_24_thu.shtml

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C4 Podcast Interview

James weighs in on Obamacare on C4’s (Clarence Mitchell IV’s) show. Click here to listen.

One Response to “C4 Podcast Interview”

  1. Michael says:June 17, 2009 at 2:45 pmCongrats on the interview. Just one question though; isn’t it true that returning the provision of healthcare to private interests could lead to a monopolising oligarchy that, in the final analysis, treats it shareholders prior to its patients? How can healthcare be provided in a way that doesn’t finally become a bloated private-sector version of the ineffective State sector that it is trying to replace – or, more briefly, how can we keep monopoly out of healthcare?The ideal is of course independent hospitals and clinics, and independent health authorities, but surely the market will swallow these up and impose a uniform and inflexible health care system much like the one that many people seem to be disenchanted with…