High life

Watching my grandchildren schussing down a mountain is what makes me happy now

9 March 2019

9:00 AM

9 March 2019

9:00 AM


As everyone knows, the definition of serendipity is searching for a needle in a haystack, and instead finding a farmer’s daughter. Not so fast, as they say. I live among farmers and haystacks up here in the Alps, and I’ve yet to run into a farmer’s daughter who is worth the buckshot in the bottom. I was thinking of such matters all last week while skiing with my son and his two children. How happy I feel now, surrounded by wife and children and grandchildren — something I’ve avoided throughout my life while chasing daughters.

Incidentally, the little turd Taki (just turned 13) is now so good a skier that the ‘race of the generations’ has been called off. He’s just too fast and I’m just too old and slow, so my son J.T. took pity and announced the race will take place some time in the future. The higher virtue of pity prevailed over the sin of pride. Yet I found a delight in watching the most ordinary and most basic of occurrences: grandchildren schussing down mountains (I really am getting old). I also found an old book by Andrea von Stumm, Free Lies 4, published by our ex-chairman Algy Cluff, which brought back so many memories I called the author and reminisced like mad.

Yep, it’s a funny old world, with youngsters throwing off constraints and living the life of maximum self-expression (or so they believe) while making fools of themselves. Constraints are good, and I was reminded of them when a bunch of old British friends arrived in Rougemont, the village next to this ‘shithole’, and presented me with a baseball cap with a ‘Make Gstaad Great Again’ logo on it. They’re all Brexiteers but did not go overboard in describing the situation. They did not insist on walls and wars, just independence from foreign rule. Good old British understatement and all that.

The reason I call this beautiful village a shithole is that it’s losing its traditions. Traditions are beliefs in certain values, values no longer respected in the West. Money is the Genghis Khan that’s done us in. Statues are being torn down in America to satisfy race hustlers, and the R-word is now a precious commodity to be used in destroying anyone who is not in agreement. The western media are almost totally left-wing and see an opportunity to wipe out conservatives and traditionalists. Feminist outrage has propelled some extremely useless females to run for president in the good old US of A, so if you think Trump is trouble, wait until Kamala Harris or some other know-nothing takes over.

Let’s face it: there is no cultural integration between Europe and Africa, but if anyone says it, he or she’s a racist. Here in this region, a few poor Africans were taken in and I occasionally see them all walking sullenly, always together, waiting for the next free meal. I feel as sorry for them as I’m certain they feel contempt for me, but the truth is they’d be much better off back home, wherever that may be. The smearers and manipulators in the media can smirk all they want, but my 13-year-old grandson posed a question none of the Fourth Estate gang would ever dare pose. We were discussing places that Trump has called shitholes and how un-PC it was to say such things. ‘But how will they know how bad their lives are if we don’t tell them, they might think it’s normal to be hungry and sick?’

What was that about from the mouths of babes? The epidemic of stabbings and gang violence in Britain largely affects black youths. But until Trevor Phillips, a black man, came out with it, our politicians and commentators were too chicken to say it. Everyone else knew it and we talked about it, but the media and political class stayed shtoom. Ditto when British Pakistani Muslims targeted young white girls and the fuzz, politicians and the BBC pretended not to know in order not to give offence. Give me an honest authoritarian government any day over a weak PC one. The left recognises this, hence its attacks on the governments of Hungary and Poland.

Traditional democracy worked perfectly in countries whose people were basically the same. Africa and the Middle East have more problems because they largely consist of tribes with flags, though no one will say this. The left has been emboldened by the current culture wars, and race is what spurs them on.

And now back to tradition, and the shellacking it’s taking. In America, traditions came from the Christian religion and the British heritage. No longer. Hollywood, the media and immigration have set new rules. Ironically, the Swiss, who are very traditional people, have allowed rich foreigners to turn once-sleepy villages like Gstaad into glitzy ghettoes for Gulf and Far East crooks. So what happens? Easy: old rich and educated people like me (sorry about that) have put up the barriers of our chalets and circles and see only each other. Ditto for the poorly educated, far richer and extremely vulgar new arrivals. The latter will one day soon outnumber us and prevail. As Gstaad goes so does Europe. You read it here first.

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