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Putin has Europe where he wants it

July 26, 2022

By Paul Homewood


Meanwhile, in the Spectator:





Have we reached the endgame of Vladimir Putin’s energy war against the West, the point at which he turns off the gas for good?
This afternoon, Gazprom announced that from Wednesday morning it will cut the quantity of gas flowing through the Nord Stream 1 pipeline to Germany to 33 cubic metres per day. This will halve the current flow of 67 million cubic metres and is just 20 per cent of the 167 million cubic metres which flowed through the pipeline before the Ukraine invasion.
Ostensibly, the cut is for reasons of ‘maintenance’. That is unlikely to wash. Nord Stream 1 relies on a compressor station powered by six turbines, but Russia was supplied with two spare turbines to prevent any need for reduction in flows during maintenance periods. One of the turbines has just been returned to Russia after servicing in Canada.
The latest cut will not just further damage a German economy which is on the brink of recession (Olaf Scholz’s government has previously intimated that the country’s famous car factories may have to close if gas supplies are short). It will also have a knock-on effect all over Europe, sending prices skywards once more.
It is another serious embarrassment for the Scholz administration. Slow to impose sanctions against Russia in the wake of the Ukraine invasion, Germany did later announce plans to wean itself off Russian gas and oil, with Russian gas planned to make up no more than 10 per cent of total demand by the middle of 2024.
Germany looks rudderless, because it is now Putin who is setting the timetable. At the current rate it looks unlikely that in two years’ time there will be any Russian gas left for Germany to boycott. Europe, and especially Germany, is not merely heading for economic turmoil as a result of energy starvation. Putin is managing to make Europe look politically powerless.

  1. HotScot permalink
    July 26, 2022 5:55 pm

    One of his pledges when he intervened in Ukraine was to topple the world elite’s plans for a Global government.

    • catweazle666 permalink
      July 26, 2022 6:16 pm

      If that is true he has my and my wife’s support.

      • HotScot permalink
        July 26, 2022 10:10 pm

        My personal analysis of Ukraine?

        Putin got wind of west Ukraine about to make a big move into Donbas which would represent Genocide as Zelinskyy had already banned the Russian language. (Donbas is ethnic Russian Christian).

        Putin moved troops to the border to repel any attack.

        Official reports (OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine) reported 7 days of artillery exchange between Ukraine & Donbas on their border before Russia crossed into Ukraine. Ukraine had moved artillery from Kiev and are therefore the aggressor.

        An artillery attack is historically a pre cursor to a mechanised ground battle to take territory. That’s just a stone cold fact. No point in wasting ordnance otherwise.

        Donbas requested assistance and Putin obliged as, he has stated in the past, that he will defend the ethnic Russian Christians in Donbas.

        Question: With 150,000 Russian troops amassed on the Russian/Ukraine border, why would you attack Donbas unless you had a suicide wish?

        Perhaps to provoke Russian troop to cross into Ukraine/Donbas and be seen as the aggressor?

        Russia did intervene, delivered UN Article 51; which empowers any UN member to come to the aid of another UN member. It’s a single paragraph, you can look it up, and no distinction is made between ‘parts’ of a UN nation i.e western Ukraine and the Donbas region.

        Putin rendered aid to a fellow UN nation against an aggressor.

        How do we know Donbas was attacked by an aggressor?

        The first thing the UN via NATO did was to refuse a No Fly Zone over Ukraine. Why? Because technically and politically it would represent aiding an aggressor.

        For the very same reason, no UN nation has dared put a single boot on the ground in Ukraine.

        The west stood by and watched a million people killed in Rwanda, and the genocide in Bosnia because they didn’t have the guts to intervene beforehand.

        Putin stopped an almost certain genocide in Donbas, and he’s condemned by the west.

        However, this time Putin represents over half the worlds population as China, Africa, Latin America and India (the largest democracy in the world) have refused to condemn him.

        Putin has an 83% approval rating in Russia. He’s participated in building 30,000 churches across the country. His countrymen have had free rein to travel the world since the wall came down.

        Perhaps people should ask themselves why there are no Russian refugees crossing the English Channel on RIBS.

      • Ben Vorlich permalink
        July 26, 2022 11:05 pm

        Russian was banned in 2012 by Viktor Yanukovych. Ukrainian became the official state language. Ukraine is Orthodox 10% Greek mainly in the West.

        Putin knows his history, democracies take a lot of pushing into war, The Rhineland, Czechoslovakia, Abyssinia, Libya, rearmament. Only when an Invasion of Poland thought impossible forced it was action taken.
        As far as I’m aware there’s never been an Article 51 in the USSR or Russia. Many Poles, Hungarians and Czechs could testify to that if they were alive.
        I haven’t heard of any anti-EU politicians or journalists being pushed out of 5th floor windows or drowning in swimming pools, or even being on a diverted commercial aircraft and removed.

      • M E permalink
        July 26, 2022 11:08 pm

        Good for you!

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        July 27, 2022 7:26 am

        ” Putin stopped an almost certain genocide in the Donbas and hes condemned by the West ” …..

        Hitlers pretext for invading the Sudetenland was to protect German minorities facing imminent ‘genocide ‘ .. With Poland it was a staged border skirmish [ ” Putin moved troops to the border to repel any attack “?] that provided the pretext for Hitlers invasion of Poland in concert with Stalins Red Army [ when they were allies ] from the east ……. Putin’s pretext for reinvading and crushing Chechnya was the suspicious flattening of an apartment complex – a terror attack blamed on Chechen Islamist separatists but probably an FSB false flag ……

        They were pretexts……

        Now Putins compliant Kadyrov Chechen allies are fighting in Ukraine on behalf of Russia …. I guess Chechen Islamist mercenaries are part of the anti globalist pushback and the defence of Western civilization too are they Hot Scot ? Assads Syrian auxilliaries too ? ..Only a fool or admirer of Vladimir Putin would believe any such pledge [ classic Kremlin propaganda ] to justify the invasion of Ukraine was genuine or that he is an anti globalist savior .. Yes Ben Vorlich Vladimir Putin knows his history – and the dark arts of deception .He is a former KGB intelligence officer …Elsewhere , Putin – who visualizes himself as the heir to the czar Peter the Great – and Kremlinologists with inside knowledge, confided his real motive was to reassimilate what he sees as a renegade province from the age of the tsars and the USSR back into the Russian motherland .. He is a Tsarist atavist . Hence the church building drive ….Or should I say the church reconstruction projects after 70 years of Soviet decimation

        Was Ukraine the ‘aggressor in the 1920’s when the Bolsheviks over -ran the nation ? . How about 1945 – 1947 ? ….So much for ‘Hot-Scot’s analysis ….. Is Seamus Milne your ghostwriter or Walter Duranty your inspiration Hot Scot ? ..Vladimir Putin the GRU and the FSB have been training and funding neo Nazi and fascist groups in Russia just as the Honecker regime did during the 70’s and 80s . so don’t buy into the ‘de- Nazification rationale either .

      • catweazle666 permalink
        July 27, 2022 3:58 pm

        I think you’ll find that the anti-Russian neo-Nazi groups in Ukraine have been supported by the EU – not for nothing referred to as the Fourth Reich – with its ambitions of territorial expansion to the East.
        So for the third time in recent history Russia felt threatened by an expansionist European Empire, first Napoleon’s France then Hitler’s Germany and now the German-dominated European Union, this time via banks instead of tanks and military force.

        And once again the European empire is going to lose, first defeated by its own greed relying on cheap Russian energy and in six months’ time Russia’s old ally General Winter.

      • Micky R permalink
        July 27, 2022 3:57 pm

        The West intentionally bankrupted the USSR in the 1980s, the West should have commenced bankrupting Russia in 1999 after Russia bombed civilians in Grozny; instead the West continued and continues to support the Russian economy.

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        July 30, 2022 8:44 am

        This passage is risible in its denial of reality and historical revisionism It reads like it was composed by , Eric Hobsbawm or a Stalinist relic Kremlin propagandist :

        ” I think you’ll find that the anti Russian neo Nazi groups in Ukraine have been supported by the EU – not for nothing referred to as the Fourth Reich – with its ambitions of territorial expansion to the East ……..So for the third time in European history Russia felt threatened by an expansionist European Empire ”

        Allow me to nudge poor old Catweazle with a few history lessons
        For the record Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin was packed onto a train departing from a German station with bags stuffed with cash by Kaiser Wilhelm’s German secret police with the strategic intention of fomenting revolution inside Russia closing the eastern front and taking the Tsarist regime out of the first world war. The ‘expansionist European empire that was Wilhelmite Germany sponsored the Russian Revolution and the Bolsheviks rise to power .

        And now for the second lesson : Hitler forged a pact with Stalin colloquially known as the ‘Devils Alliance ‘ in 1939 that included a secret spheres of influence protocol resulting in the Soviet annexation of thje Baltic Republics and the joint invasion and dismemberment of Poland in 1939 by the Red Army and the Werchmat The Devils Alliance gave rise to a ditty that rhymed with Oh My Darling Clementine known as ” All the Russians Love the Prussians ” [ Volga boatmen sail the Rhine “] Somehow I doubt its a classic sung in the households of the Michie – Murray clan Seamus Milne Jeremy Corbyn and the rank and file of the Communist Party of Great Britain ..Putin denied the pact was a reality . When Stalin’s troops invaded Finland later that year – a conflict that came to be known as the Winter War – Russia’s ” old ally General Winter ‘ was on the side of the Finns The Red Army suffered terrible losses and was humiliated into an armistice . .Another term of the Molotov Ribbentrop Pact was a Commercial Agreement that saw the USSR supply Nazi Germany with oil wheat and other raw materials in return for military and industrial technology .. Russia was not feeling so threatened in 1939 as Hitlers ally …..Apparently German SS and Werchmat attaches were most impressed by Stalins gulag slave labor camps [ set up by the Kaisers man Vladimir Lenin of course ] they visited in the USSR ..It is speculated those visitations [ and the Armenian Genocide ] figured in the Wansee Conference that presaged The Holocaust The . Luftwaffe bombers that blitzed France and Holland and Britain were fuelled by oil from the Soviet Union

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        July 30, 2022 9:38 am

        Just when you thought it could not get any worse here is Catweazle and Hot Scots third history lesson as it pertains to the Kommunist Party Deutschland’s and the Nazi’s collaboration – the red brown alliance – during the 1920’s and latter Weimar Republic years leading up to 1932. Hitler and the Nazi Party would never have attained power in Germany were it not for the treacherous destabilizing connivance of Thallmanns KPD [ under orders from Stalin and the Moscow Comintern ] and the Nazi partys paramilitaries. Here is an excerpt from the War History Online article : ” How Communists in Germany Allied With Nazis to Destroy Democracy , September 2018 : [ Does anyone recognize the double ensign flag on the KPD Berlin headquarters in the image ?] to deliver another little ‘nudge” :

        ” The cooperation between the communist and Nazi parties in Germany to undermine social democracy must be one of the strangest and most extreme partnerships in politics …………..The KPD decided that the way forward in Germany was to do whatever it takes [ Richo they beat you to it !] to undermine the SPD government even if this meant working side by side with the Nazis ……………..Perhaps the most significant example of a red brown alliance can be seen in the 1931 [ referendum ] in Prussia where the Communist Party endorsed at Stalins behest , a Nazi referendum to overthrow the SPD government ………..The red -brown alliance was strong in Berlin where it had been a long standing strategy .As far back as 1923 , the leader of the KPD in Berlin Ruth Fischer ,had given a speech to fascist college students and attempted to appeal to them with abhorrent antisemitism ………….Nazis and communists would continue to collaborate . In 1932 [ the year the nascent Antifa was formed ] on the eve of Hitlers rise to power , the two factions united to support transportation and rent strikes which crippled Berlin and led to rioting . In some cases communists and Nazis stood arm in arm collecting money for the strike ”

        The European Union is a confederation based on eco socialist – or “Euro Communism ” political ideology …Not a Fourth Reich you silly man . The truth of the matter is that German imperialism , Nazism and Russian Communism have had a symbiotic ‘frenemy ‘ relationship ever since Lenin’s cashed up train journey in 1917 .From 2014 – 2022 Communist [ Prizrak Brigade ] and neo Nazi /fascist militias [ DSHRG ‘Rusich ‘ ‘the Black Hundreds , the Russian Imperial Legion et al ] have been fighting side by side in the Ukraine Donbas district

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        July 30, 2022 1:22 pm

        Like some dodgy ‘health worker ‘ muttered to me late last year : ” Its a time for healing “

      • catweazle666 permalink
        July 30, 2022 2:54 pm

        I’t try taking a bit more water with it if I were you!

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        July 31, 2022 2:32 am

        You have nothing you sad little twerp …..I saw your ‘catweazle profile on Tony Hellers page under another alias

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        July 31, 2022 8:31 am

        ” Micky’ laments the bankrupting of the USSR not after the Soviets invaded Finland , the Baltic states , Germany , Hungary Poland [ twice ] Czechoslovakia or Afghanistan but instead condones in hindsight the financial and economic ruin of of Russia as a punishment for the invasion of Chechnya and the destruction of Grozny long after the USSR was dissolved ….. Micky does not seem in the slightest troubled by the deaths of 20 -30 million people under Soviet dictatorships ……..Only one restive rebellious Caucasus province in the 1990’s

      • catweazle666 permalink
        July 31, 2022 5:51 pm

        Stuart, has anyone ever told you that you aren’t quite right in the head, you arrogant, obnoxious, pig ignorant little man?
        You need to get a grip, sunshine

      • I don't believe it! permalink
        July 31, 2022 6:16 pm

        Stuart’s posts are relevant and informative……unlike yours!

      • Micky R permalink
        July 31, 2022 6:25 pm

        @ Stuart Hamish. You are confusing the USSR with Russia, they are two different entities.

        You claim that I lament the bankrupting of the USSR; do you have any evidence to support that statement? Or is it just something in your head?

        ” Micky does not seem in the slightest troubled by the deaths of 20 -30 million people under Soviet dictatorships ”

        Unless you are omnipotent, you cannot possibly know what my views are re: deaths under Soviet dictatorships. Do you think that you are omnipotent?

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 1, 2022 6:05 am

        Poor old Catweazle had me roiling with laughter ironically resorting [ possibly out of frustration ] to the old Soviet tactic of pathologizing dissent [ ” you aren’t quite right in the head “?] in lieu of an intelligent rebuttal … Rather outed yourself there .. Now if indeed I am so ‘pig ignorant ‘ or ” not quite right in the head ” why are you incapable of refuting any of the extensive history lessons – and the linked articles I provided – for the benefit of you and the self styled ‘Hot Scot ? .. I think that is a fair and reasonable question

        ..” You need to get a grip sunshine ” ? …What a sophisticated well balanced chap His Catweazle avatar seems rather appropriate doesnt it ?……………” I dont believe it ” has evaluated and can appreciate what I wrote and quoted as true ..Unlike you

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 1, 2022 7:09 am

        Micky R ‘s question : You claim that I lament the bankrupting of the USSR ; do you have any evidence to support that statement ? Or is it something in your head ” ?

        Micky R , July 27 , 2022 , 3,57 pm : ” The West intentionally bankrupted the USSR in the 1980’s , the West should have commenced bankrupting Russia in 1999 ” ..What other interpretation is there complemented by your aversion to condemning Soviet invasions and atrocities in your reply ? .. Is it so hard ? You preferred the post Soviet era Russian Federation under Vladimir Putin was bankrupted and curiously have not chided the Peoples Republic of China . for ” continuing to support the Russian economy ” ….. Only the West …..Those analytical clues are sufficient ….No delusions of omnipotence ..No wild imaginings ‘ in the head ” As an aside the USSR primarily collapsed under the stress fractures of the Communist confederations repression of a chastened mix of restive ethnicities ,[ Chechnya for example ] economic dysfunction and expensive foreign military interventions … Deng Xiaoping and his successors saw the writing on the fallen wall and liberalized the PRC economy

        Moreover Micky has committed what is termed the ‘false dichotomy ‘ fallacy .: ” You are confusing Russia with the USSR . They are two different entities .”

        Not really. .Russia , the USSR, the Soviet Union and occasionally ” the Kremlin [ vis a vis America and ‘ Washington ‘ as synonyms for the United States ] were all popular interchangeable appellations well into the 1980s before the dissolution of the USSR and its partial reconstitution into the Russian Federation

      • Micky R permalink
        August 1, 2022 3:56 pm

        @ Stuart Hamish:
        ” The West intentionally bankrupted the USSR in the 1980’s , the West should have commenced bankrupting Russia in 1999 ” … is a statement with no mention of the rights or wrongs of bankrupting the USSR.

        If I’ve understood the rest of your garbled post correctly, you want me to engage with you in some sort of debate regarding the Soviet Union, Russia, China and several other countries. Wrong forum for that, but you can find me elsewhere on the internet where I look forward to discussing these issues in depth with you.

      • catweazle666 permalink
        August 1, 2022 4:25 pm


      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 2, 2022 4:34 am

        The sniping ignorant troll is you Catweazle Look at what you are reduced to : cliches and blaring capitalized demands ..No intelligent
        rebuttals whatsoever whereas I have posted essay length historical analyses …Is anyone here coming to your defense ? …

        I don’t see anyone

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 2, 2022 4:57 am

        Micky R after multiple contributions on your part here you are still reluctant to condemn the Soviet Unions invasions and atrocities[ such as gulags ruthless persecution of LGBT’s and political psychiatry – the latter seems to have made a comeback in Putins Russia ,….And the United States and Britain ] … You are exactly right : ” no mention ” ! ..Hows that for a Freudian slip ?…

        .It is a fact Russia , the Kremlin USSR and the Soviet Union were all interchangeable synonyms and titles for the same polity well into the 1980’s ..I explained this logically with reference to the United States…..
        Nothing garbled about that …It is just a fact you refuse to acknowledge

        .You are either confused or impervious to reason .and historical truth … Now that I am aware you are resistant to debate [ one you continued with until you were left with no wiggle room . I am used to that in debates ] I am not at all suprised you may have a soft spot for the Soviet Union

        Did you undertake an internet search of the False Dichotomy ‘ fallacy Micky ?

      • catweazle666 permalink
        August 2, 2022 4:09 pm

        “you are still reluctant to condemn the Soviet Unions invasions and atrocities[ such as gulags ruthless persecution of LGBT’s and political psychiatry…”

        I wonder what gives you that impression…

        Going the tone of your posts and your utter inability to tolerate views other than your own extremism, also to attribute to anyone and everyone extreme opinions that they have not expressed and to spray out insults like an out-of-control machine gun, it strikes me that such extreme intolerance and authoritarianism is far more your style than Mickey R’s, Mr. Hamish.

        I think it is far more likely that it is you that has a predilection to the eradication of any and all opinion that differs from yours by the very means that you decry in the Soviet Union.

        Perhaps you have failed to notice, but this is a climate blog, not a soapbox for intolerant extremist fanatics of any stripe with not just a bee but a whole beehive in their bonnet
        Now think on!

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 2, 2022 6:13 am

        I will cap off this risible exchange with a reminder that Micky R responded with a ridiculous, palpably false accusation : ” Stuart Hamish .You are confusing the USSR with Russia , they are two different entities ”

        This is what I wrote : ” Micky laments the bankrupting of the USSR not after the Soviets invaded Finland , the Baltic States [ etc ] ………but instead condones in hindsight the financial and economic ruin of Russia as a punishment for the invasion of Chechnya …..long after the USSR was dissolved ” .

        I clearly and unambiguously distinguished Russia ” long after the USSR was dissolved ” [ 1999 ] from the former USSR …..At the time of the Russian invasion of Chechnya the interchangeable terms Russia the Soviet Union and USSR , were no longer applicable. I know who is confused or dissembling and it is not me

      • Micky R permalink
        August 2, 2022 7:13 am

        Are you a rambling control freak in real life, or just on the internet? As previously: you’re posting your ramblings on the wrong forum, but you’ll find me on Reddit

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 2, 2022 11:05 am

        You can’t quite peel away can you ? I wont engage with you on Reddit ….You are boring …..What am I seeking to control here Micky R ?…..We are all entitled to defend ourselves – and the historical record – against traducement and lies on any forum

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 3, 2022 4:52 am

        .What a self centred narcissist who cannot see his own hypocrisy and incapacity to distinguish opinion from fact :

        ” Going by the tone of your posts and your utter inability to tolerate views other than your own extremism I think it is far more likely that it is you that has a predilection to [ sic ] the eradication of any and all opinion that differs from yours by the very means that you decry in the Soviet Union ”

        This from the man who proclaimed : ” Please do not feed the troll! ” Extinguish the debate . Conversely I have not made any such requests .[.Or shall we call them ‘orders ” ?] to terminate a discussion on this thread .The epitome of extremism and narcissism What a telling insight into his authoritarian personality…An intolerant autocratic style he projects on to me [ He reminds me of a relative of mine ] Notice that Catweazle is reduced to empty moralizing , self regard for his own opinions over facts – and taunting intellectually dishonest provocation – because he cannot refute any of the embarrassing facts I presented in my arguments ……And yet apparently it is myself who , in his own words, is ” not right in the head ” ?

        ” also to attribute to anyone and everyone extreme opinions they have not expressed and to spray out insults like an out of control machine gun , it strikes me that such extreme intolerance and authoritarianism [ there is the mans projection again ] is far more your style ” I have never advocated you be shut down .You implied as much [ Please do not feed the troll ] concerning me you narcissist

        Insults such as these? : ” Stuart has anyone ever told you you arent quite right in the head you arrogant obnoxious little pig of a man ” [ Catweazle ] ..Or this – understandably out of simmering resentment at having arguments dissected : ” Are you a rambling control freak in real life ” ? [ Micky R] Now as for the ‘out of control machine gun ” jibe how would you describe this hyperbolic mischaracterization of my arguments : ” to attribute to anyone and everyone extreme opinions they have not expressed ” Anyone and everyone ? .. I have never misrepresented anyone and everyone ” [
        You made that up . Another one of your egregious lies .[ That slur reminds me of a visitor to my residence last year who falsely accused me thus after ignoring evidence of assaults : ” you think everyone is corrupt ” .When I protested the absurdity of this he responded by moving the goalposts ‘ you insinuated it ” No I did not ]

        So am I to presume my intolerance of your hypocrisy, narcissistic self regard pretentious moralizing , misrepresentations and lies is somehow intolerance as a fault of mine ? I suppose you have no choice but to rationalize it away like that . And I suppose it is my irascible ‘tone ” that precludes Micky R from condemning the Soviet Unions atrocities and abuses ? Well how convenient .The old tactic of the Soviet Union : political dissidents and critics are not just mad – they’re bad !

        ” Perhaps you failed to notice but this is a climate blog not a soapbox for extremist fanatics of any stripe ” Then what are you doing here and why have you not lectured anyone else such as jamesgarethmorgan who proposed those who disagree with him be executed ?

        How deep is that hole you are digging for yourself Catweazle : 5 , or 9 feet ? It hardly matters

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 3, 2022 6:56 am

        You wonder what gives me the impression Micky R is reluctant to condemn the Soviet Unions invasions and atrocities such as gulags ruthless persecution of LGBT’s and political psychiatry ” ?

        Quite simply my judgement is based on Micky R’s persistent aversion . Catweazle has managed to rationalize this as ‘extremism ” on my part . I would hazard a guess he is embarrassed and infuriated now . A disgraced mendacious leftist professor in the politics department of my old alma mater once wrote that Communism and Nazism are morally equivalent evils ” …Was he an extremist ?

      • Micky R permalink
        August 3, 2022 7:31 am

        @ Stuart Hamish: Do you not realise that your extended ramblings have become generally unreadable in this format? Particularly your post August 3, 2022 4:52 am

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 3, 2022 7:57 am

        Little minds and their little victories that amount to nothing

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 3, 2022 9:42 am

        Are you feeling the nudge Micky ?

      • catweazle666 permalink
        August 3, 2022 1:37 pm

        “…a self centred narcissist…”

        Have you looked in a mirror lately, sunshine?

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 3, 2022 2:03 pm

        Micky R : ” The West intentionally bankrupted the USSR in the 1980’s ”

        The Reagan administrations strategy to isolate the Soviet Union and leverage the lowering of world oil prices was only one factor that resulted in the disintegration of the USSR ……..No acknowledgement of glasnost and perestroika ; restive nationalist movements ; a weakened Soviet military ; the domino effect of the 1989 Eastern bloc revolutions and the fall of the Berlin Wall , the internal dysfunction of the Soviet economy or the Afghanistan conflict ..No appreciative understanding of the complexity of the USSR’s unravelling …

        Just a dilettante blaming the West Who would possibly think Micky sympathizes with the USSR ?

      • Micky R permalink
        August 3, 2022 2:53 pm

        @ Stuart Hamish: On the basis of the incoherent, rambling and unreadable content within several of your posts (particularly August 3, 2022 4:52 am) , have you not considered that you might be mentally ill?

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 4, 2022 3:45 am

        Well lets just recount what ” I dont believe it ” had to say : ” Stuarts posts are relevant and informative unlike yours ” . No such criticism on his part ..No one here is coming to your defense or Catweazles Micky R My August 3 – 4,52 post is a rational deconstruction of his ridiculous pompous accusations and hypocrisy .

        Now if my posts are incoherent rambling and unreadable why wont you specify a few passages or are your arguments exhausted ? What proof is there I misrepresented “anyone and everyone ” ? ..Given denial and self delusion are psychological conditions you may wish to reflect on your bizarre posts Then again as I have pointed out on a number of occasions the DSM definition of ‘delusional disorder ” incorporates the Appeal to Consensus logical fallacy and cultural relativism ” [ read the laughable caveats in the wording : ” what almost everyone else believes” One would have to be deluded to believe that diagnostic critieria has any ,merit ]

        After all most psychiatrists and psychologists are as radically deranged, biased and dishonest as you As evidence [ not what “almost everyone else believes “] of that assertion one only has to research not just their history of iatrogenic abuses fake maladies , scandals and fad captivations but the position statements of various psychiatric and psychological associations on climate change and assorted woke causes …. Individually .consider Dr Allen Frances the savior complex Bandy Lee ” we the working class ” Susan Michie [ who happens to be a multi millionaire ] and their crazy rambling nonsense ……Allen Frances chaired the DSMIV and yet he contradicted himself in a manic CNN interview viciously attacking Donald Trumps character like some North Korean commissar only to recommend ” attacking his policies not his person ” He even ranted Americans were ‘crazy ‘ for electing him and advocated a false diagnosis to remove Trump from the presidency The very epitome of narcissistic personality disorder.. And political psychiatry .

      • catweazle666 permalink
        August 4, 2022 4:32 pm

        You know, I’m starting to think I’ve run into you before.
        You aren’t a reincarnation of the egregious Grimble, are you?
        Meanwhile, seek help.

      • Micky R permalink
        August 4, 2022 7:31 am

        Stuart, if you are in the UK then the “Mind” website has several phone numbers that might be helpful for you:

    • Tim Spence permalink
      July 26, 2022 6:21 pm

      “One of his pledges when he intervened in Ukraine was to topple the world elite’s plans for a Global government”

      And other woke nonsense were also criticized in his comments.

      • HotScot permalink
        July 26, 2022 10:23 pm

        Indeed. Like, if you come to Russia, don’t bother trying to impose your culture on us. You can leave if you do (paraphrasing).

        Putin is a Nationalist. He’s watched Europe implode under the deranged principles of its globalism and want’s no part of it.

        Evidently he was a WEF Young Global Leader however, like Boris Johnson, he didn’t ‘graduate’.

        As a very old friend and incredibly wise and successful business friend of mine used to say “If you don’t go, you don’t know’.

        I believe any belief in Putin’s involvement in the WEF can be summed up with that. I suspect Boris was the same, but thank’s to secondary influences eventually succumbed to Klaus’ hypnotic stare.

    • Mr Adam Gallon permalink
      July 27, 2022 9:05 am

      Ah, the mythical “Global Government”, is this version being run by the Illuminati, the WEF, Bill Gates or shape-shifting lizards?

      • July 27, 2022 9:52 am

        Global Government is not a thing (yet), but it is also not a myth, it is the desire of many, and therefore a tendency which operates like a ratchet.

      • Realist permalink
        July 28, 2022 9:28 am

        Try reading Agenda 21 and Agenda 30. There are some people who want “global government”

  2. Mad Mike permalink
    July 26, 2022 6:52 pm

    I’m absolutely amazed that Germany and the West didn’t see this coming. But maybe I’m not.

    • HotScot permalink
      July 26, 2022 10:26 pm

      They saw it coming OK. And welcomed the profit. You might notice certain parliamentarians have/are leaving the sinking ship. Merkle for one, Mario Draghi, and of course Boris.

      • I don't believe it! permalink
        July 27, 2022 12:36 am

        Boris did not leave the sinking ship!
        He was kicked out!

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        July 27, 2022 7:51 am

        Angela Merkel – like Vladimir Putin – was stationed in East Germany and she was a Communist functionary . Apparently a GDR youth corp Marxist Leninist propaganda secretary …..One is a globalist and one is a nationalist ? …They were indoctrinated and trained as Communist operatives under totalitarian regimes ..

    • dearieme permalink
      July 26, 2022 11:02 pm

      Famously the Orange Oaf saw it coming, warned about it, and was dismissed by the bloody fools in the EU as a village idiot.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      July 27, 2022 8:00 am

      Germany under Merkel lived in a fantasy. Germans were lulled into a completely false sense of security, littered with obvious contradictions on energy, immigration, trade, the euro, the EU and Russia. She convinced Germans that they weren’t bailing out Greece, Italy and Spain when they were, that you could close nuclear plants without any problems, that allowing the ECB to issue bonds wasn’t mutualising debt and ensuring that German taxpayers would pay Greek pensions, that Germany didn’t need to spend on defence or on infrastructure. Every new delusion was cheered on not just in Germany. The fall of a great country led to the brink of disaster by slavish devotion to a leader (again).

      • catweazle666 permalink
        July 27, 2022 4:05 pm

        President “Mutti” Merkel must be the most successful ever Russian sleeper agent, even more so than the Cambridge contingent.
        The damage she has caused is incalculable.

  3. Dave Ward permalink
    July 26, 2022 6:57 pm

    “To 33 cubic metres per day”

    Somebody missed out a million there!

  4. July 26, 2022 7:04 pm

    Putin was reported as saying ‘if you want more gas, open Nord Stream 2’. So that will likely go on being his answer to EU squeals about supply cuts.

    • Phil O'Sophical permalink
      July 26, 2022 7:37 pm

      Putin is reported as saying all sorts of things he never did, and not reported saying a lot of other stuff that he did say but which doesn’t fit the media narrative. But I could easily have missed it, so if you have a source that would be handy.

      • HotScot permalink
        July 26, 2022 10:27 pm


      • M E permalink
        July 26, 2022 11:13 pm

        Quite right. In my country we can access some Russian media. In Australia I think they can’t. I expect the UK and US are the same from the wild media headlines. Not banned yet in N Z!

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        July 27, 2022 8:02 am

        So how do you know which is which?

      • July 27, 2022 10:53 am

        Here’s your source Phil…

        TEHRAN, July 20. /TASS/. The launch of Nord Stream 2 is one of the ways to increase Russian gas supplies to Europe although half of its capacity has already been allocated for domestic consumption, Russian President Vladimir Putin told journalists.

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        August 4, 2022 10:00 am

        To correct you M E Russian media outlets such as Russia Today
        can be accessed online in Australia ….

  5. Harry Passfield permalink
    July 26, 2022 7:13 pm

    Seriously, if the next UK PM does NOT get fracking before year-end we will live (in some cases, die) to regret it. There has never been a time since 1945 when this country has needed a strong PM to get this country fighting-fit; to challenge the fifth-columnists; and to drain the swamp (as someone once mentioned – and made a start on). It may be too late for this Winter but we could be more in need this Winter following.
    And once fracking has been sorted there are many. many other nonsense ‘projects’ that need to be cancelled.

    • HotScot permalink
      July 26, 2022 10:28 pm

      We have 5 years of this crap. No chance it will be cleared up by next winter never mind this one.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      July 27, 2022 8:06 am

      We have finally reached the point where there is so much regulation and so much government interference that businesses cannot grow and in some cases cannot function. This has been coming for years as government only looks at the cost of a new regulation (if we are lucky) not at the cumulative cost. Now with inflation politicians are whining about a lack of growth – but businesses have been running very fast just to stand still for the last decade because of government. We have clogged up every business and every venture so that they struggle just to keep going, let alone to grow.

    • Ian Wilson permalink
      July 27, 2022 10:50 am

      Absolutely right, Harry, but have either of the leadership candidates, or for that matter those who have fallen by the wayside, proposed fracking in their campaigns? All they do is propose tinkering with peripheral energy issues instead of tackling the root cause of the problem, gas four times the US price because they bottle out in front of the Green Mafia.

  6. Realist permalink
    July 26, 2022 7:13 pm

    The country’s famous car factories will definitely have to close if the imbecile politicians in Europe (EU Commission and even national governments whether EU countries or not) keep forcing them to make electric cars that the actual market does not want.

    • John Hultquist permalink
      July 27, 2022 4:39 am

      High end electric autos are very nice. Totally unnecessary and mostly result in a wealth transfer from regular folks to the richer ones.
      If someone gave me a new Subaru Solterra and paid for a charger, I’d drive it for grocery trips. After its 8-year battery life I won’t need it.

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        July 27, 2022 7:56 am

        I like your golden ratio clover studded profile John ….I a agree with you 98 % of the time

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        July 27, 2022 8:12 am

        Yes I’d have one in London for trips round the city, particularly as you get to avoid charges and taxes. But I wouldn’t shell out for one myself as I can only afford one car and I need range.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      July 27, 2022 8:10 am

      That’s a real risk but people need cars and so will buy what’s available. I can’t see EVs reaching ICE volumes though as they are simply too expensive. Maybe a 20-30% decrease in volume? That’s serious enough for Germany.

      • Realist permalink
        July 28, 2022 8:49 am

        What is shocking is that the manufacturers let their arms be twisted by politicians. They should have closed (or threatened to) factories long ago to put a stop to the madness. The problem with EVs is that they are only anywhere near practical for SOME usage, but certainly not all. People need vehicles that they can use for _every_ type of usage, not separate vehicles for each type. EVs are effectively city runabouts.given their small size and lack of range not to mention the long recharging times. Maybe good for people who actually live in cities, don’t have to transport anything and never venture anywhere else.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      July 27, 2022 12:01 pm

      Germany already looks doomed as manufacturing is leaving or preparing to do so. On the subject of car manufacture, Ford have decided to build its battery car plant in Valencia and not at its existing German plant at Saarlouis. blackout-news makes good reading of the idiocy of Germany although at the moment the english pages have not been updated.

  7. Phil O'Sophical permalink
    July 26, 2022 7:32 pm

    I normally have much time for Ross Clark, especially on the climate emergency fraud, but the headline is wrong. It is the Globalists who provoked the turmoil in Ukraine, and the war, with this end in mind, who have Europe where they want it. And the pigmy Euro-politicians (I use that word advisedly) who, with knee-jerk sanctions, have dug the hole in which they find themselves. How can anyone talk seriously about ‘Putin’s energy war’ when Europe declared they would wean themselves off his supplies by the end of the year (take that Mr Ruski), and then whine when HE reduces supplies in a shorter timescale. And it was Canada, quoting scanctions, that intitially refused to service and return the compressors that Germany needed. And remind me whose politicians laughed at Trump at the UN, when he warned them of precisely this outcome. No wonder the Germans invented the word: Schadenfreude.

  8. bobn permalink
    July 26, 2022 9:50 pm

    Got to hand it to him. Putin has played his cards pretty damn well. We all saw this coming when the Western imbeciles sanctioned themselves in March. But our elites still dont see they’re holding losing cards and need to stop bluffing. Putin has Aces and he’s calling it. The longer we refuse to negotiate then the more people die, and the more land goes into East Ukraine after the inevitable division of the country that ends the civil war.

    • HotScot permalink
      July 26, 2022 10:31 pm

      I couldn’t have put that better myself.

      The Ukraine conflict is being propped up by Biden.

      I don’t really believe the crap about Hunter funnelling funds to Joe. There are far to many ways to make a fortune in US politics without colluding with foreign powers. Ask Nancy Pelosi.

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        July 27, 2022 8:22 am

        Putin is an authoritarian nationalistic fantasist. He has dreamed of an Imperial Russia for years and has tried to add to Russia multiple times. But he’s a mediocrity and backs down often when challenged. The Russian economy is very small and much of its modernity relies on Western imports. He’s already lost 50% or more of his front-line tanks and armoured vehicles and used up most of his precision weaponry. He can’t rotate depleted units back to Russia as the soldiers run away. Russia can make progressin Ukraine only through vast artillery shelling and costly infantry assaults. We’ll see whether that can be kept up with increasingly poor quality troops and better long range weaponry on the Ukrainian side.

      • bobn permalink
        July 27, 2022 1:28 pm

        Best you start reading more widely phoenix and not just the western Propaganda. Just saw this headline.
        ‘Russia Unveils Large-Scale Military Exercises In East, Signaling Force Strength ‘Unaffected’ By Ukraine’
        There’s no evidence russia is weakening or Russian morale falling. No UK newspaper or TV channel is doing factual reporting, they just repeat the MI5 lies. Try the ‘military summary channel’

    • Stuart Hamish permalink
      July 27, 2022 7:58 am

      Or you are a Russian account troll

      • catweazle666 permalink
        July 27, 2022 5:15 pm

        Time will tell…

      • Stuart Hamish permalink
        July 30, 2022 11:34 am

        I have a fair idea of you are too …..Care to reply to my rebuttals of your nonsense above ?

      • catweazle666 permalink
        July 31, 2022 6:02 pm

        Why would I bother to waste my time attempting to rebut your 100% insulting, invincibly ignorant nonsense?
        I might as well try to convert a Jehovah’s Witness to Satanism.
        Perhaps if you learn to post politely instead of madly ranting about subjects of which you clearly have neither knowledge nor understanding, merely bigotry, there might be some point…
        You need to lay off the Buckie, sunshine!

  9. Duker permalink
    July 26, 2022 11:29 pm

    The obvious answer is that EU countries are refilling their storage instead of using the gas and Putin has calculated that they supply can be cut accordingly.
    Its economic warfare of course , but the West is doing much the same in return. Same as medieval times when a siege was the best way to defeat an enemy at least cost to your self.

  10. Gamecock permalink
    July 26, 2022 11:42 pm

    ‘Scholz’s government has previously intimated that the country’s famous car factories may have to close if gas supplies are short’

    Not exactly. They’ll move. All major manufacturers have facilities around the world. They’ll just shift production.

    Okay, yeah, that means the German factories close, which will hurt Germany. But the companies will be fine. They have probably been plotting leaving, anyway. It’s not like they don’t know what Schweinehunds have been running their country. Big blow to Germany, but Audi, BMW, Mercedes, and VW probably don’t care.

    • I don't believe it! permalink
      July 27, 2022 12:30 am

      Profoundly ignorant comment, but not as moronic as the comments made by Hotscot justifying the Russian invasion of the Ukraine.
      Large German companies have Works Councils/supervisory boards (works councils gives you a clue as to their composition) that have significant influence on how a company is run (you only have to look at the last few years at VW to see that). To suggest that they are going to agree to large scale redundancy in German car plants is simple idiotic.
      Normally the comments on this site are interesting and informative but it appears this article has attracted comments from the fruitcakes and the loons.

      • Gamecock permalink
        July 27, 2022 10:11 pm

        They’ll be surprised to hear that in Greer and Tuscaloosa.

        ‘While the Mercedes-Benz luxury brand, a division of Daimler AG, is one of the few automobile companies that still has a plant in its founding city, it also has plants in 22 countries around the globe.’

        ‘As a global company, the BMW Group operates 31 production and assembly facilities in 15 countries’

        ‘Throughout North America, there are a large number of Volkswagen manufacturing plants, so there is a wide variety of different Volkswagen models currently being manufactured there. North American Volkswagen models include the City Golf, the City Jetta, the CrossFox, the Derby, the Eos, the GLI, the Gol, the GTI, the Jetta MkIV, the Jetta MkV, the Jetta Wagon, the Lubo, the New Beetle, the New Beetle Convertible, the Passat, the Passat Wagon, the Passat CC, the Rabbit, the Routan, the Sportvan, the Tiguan and the Toureg. Not all of these models are produced in all countries in North America, but they are more easily available because shipping is overland. ‘

      • Gamecock permalink
        July 29, 2022 10:12 pm

        I heard today that VW is moving all engine manufacturing out of Europe to Mexico.

    • I don't believe it! permalink
      July 27, 2022 12:51 am

      Strange how my critism of both Hotscot’s support for Putin and Gamecock’s lack of knowledge has disappeared.
      Thought that didn’t happen on this site!

      • I don't believe it! permalink
        July 29, 2022 11:18 am

        Glad to see that my comment was lost in moderation.
        German car companies have manufacturing plants around the world (TUI were shipping parts from Germany to Detroit for BMW on a daily basis in the last year!) including in Russia.
        VW’s ex boss wanted to rationalise the the spread of manufacturing plants, including those in Germany.
        Ex boss tells you what happened!

    • I don't believe it! permalink
      July 27, 2022 8:59 am

      German owned companies have supervisory boards that have a large percentage of workers on the board so it is highly unlikely that German plants will be shut in favour of overseas factories.

      • Gamecock permalink
        July 29, 2022 10:19 pm

        Electric Vehicles are the future!

        . . . German car companies tell their works councils.

        “We are going to leave the fabulous electric car business in Germany, and move all of the silly ass petrol production elsewhere.”

        German car production faces fascist government edicts, works council harassment, and questionable energy sources. It looks to me like they have pulled a fast one on their works councils, who believe EVs are the future.


    • dave permalink
      July 27, 2022 9:39 am

      The only ordinary people who support Putin inside Russia now are ancient alcoholics who have Soviet-style wet dreams of nuking America and Britain. The rest keep their heads down and worry about the remorseless and irreversible decline in their standard of living. Dentists cannot even get genuine Novocaine to numb the mouths of their patients. A holiday flight to Turkey (about the only place a Russian can still visit) cost 15,000 rubles in February; today it costs 60,000. Standard butter is 62.5% milk fats now instead of 82.5%. God knows what shit makes up the rest. Banks in Russia actually used to be very slick and convenient. Not any more. All the Apps have stopped working because the IT experts have slipped away to the West, never to return. A Mercedes 300 used to cost 4 million rubles; now it will set you back 11 million if you can dig up the money. And there will be none available once existing stocks are finished. Oh well buy Chinese junk instead.*

      OUR economic system can still deal with disruptions and shocks. THEIR’s (now including China) cannot.

      * South Korea for some reason is still selling cars in Russia. Do not expect that to last.

  11. July 27, 2022 10:29 am

    I think this war in Ukraine is a war of American making
    general Wesley Clark revealed the pentagon plan that seven countries that were to be toppled by the U.S. military in the coming five years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Iran. They may have succeeded in Syria accept for Russia,
    The U.S led 2014 coup in Ukraine. It has taken them 8 years to draw Russia into a war into Ukraine. They hope it will be another Afghanistan for Russia. It will partly destroy Ukraine.
    Economically it is hopped it will be bad for Russia and Europe as well as many parts of the World. But it will be good for America and that is what is important. The trillions of dollars of debt and failing financial system in America can struggle on.
    When every one is in enough debt the new central bank digital currency will come to the rescue. This is programmable money that will be tied to a social credit score.
    So be good citizens and wave your stars and stripe flags.

  12. Athelstan permalink
    July 27, 2022 10:51 am

    For Germany, indeed the eu there are no good outcomes here, unless they sue for clemency from the Kremlin. The likelihood of that receded into Kamchatka about the the time the west imposed their puny sanctions on Russia. President Vladimir Putin has been finessing the west ever since and royally. Still the chumps in the eu and UK, US cannot discern it. The rest of the world looks on in askance, the west from the outset have been out manoeuvred and had their bottoms spanked. Economically speaking the eu founders, and drowning in its own hubristic warped policy. Some might speculate on, really does the eu wish to commit economic hara kiri?

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