Diary Blog, 11 April 2020

Matthew Hancock

Seems that little Matt Hancock has once again exposed his own ignorance…

Regular blog readers may recall that I wrote about Hancock last year:

https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/09/09/deadhead-mps-an-occasional-series-the-matt-hancock-story/

Now he tries to seem terribly important and portentous as Health Secretary during our Coronavirus times, but somehow it just does not wash.

Italy 

In fact, it looks very much as though Coronavirus has peaked in Italy

Despite the peak having probably been reached in Italy, its government has decided to extend “lockdown” until 3 May at earliest. Will there be an Italy left once the populace emerge blinking into the early Summer sunshine? I doubt it.

Does that mean that the UK government-of-fools will extend “lockdown” until June? If they do, they are looking for trouble.

This idiotic woman, below, has the same vote as you. Now do you see why our form of “democracy” leads to governments run by idiots and/or confidence tricksters?

https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/11347343/stockpiler-mum-bins-food-no-regret/

The bitch is not even giving the stuff that is still OK and within date to local foodbanks! It is not hard. Waitrose and other supermarkets have large bins beyond their checkouts.

Early tweets seen

Ah. Here’s one from some Twitter “celebrity” called Felton. He has 170,000 Twitter “followers”, no less, and is a TV comedy writer, apparently.

Absolutely peak Twitter stupidity. Thinks that people are “expert” because they have a few letters after their names and/or positions as government advisers. Not so. The principal government adviser on Coronavirus, one Ferguson, of Imperial College, said that UK deaths from the virus could reach 250,000. A month later, quite recently, he said 5,700! Hello? The actual figure, at time of writing, stands at just below 9,000.

While we are on the unpleasant but necessary topic of deaths from (actually, “with” or “related to“…) Coronavirus, we might remind ourselves that there are about 70 MILLION inhabitants of the UK. In other words, and in round figures, so far there has been 1 death for every 8,000 of the population.

Obviously, that is a serious public health problem, amounting to several thousand people having died in the past week, but it has to be seen in the context of the approximately 10,000-11,000 people per week who die in this week of the year anyway, taking the past five years’ average. The increase is actually below 1,000 per week, over the past week, and a matter of about 500 extra per week in the past month or so.

So far, only a few brave souls such as the scribbler and TV talking head, Peter Hitchens, have put their heads above the parapet and asked “is it right to shut down the whole economy, pretty much, for this, particularly when we do not really know what if any beneficial public health effect the ‘lockdown’ has?”

One might say “weigh a doubt against a certainty”: the “doubt” is what if any good effect the “lockdown” is having; the “certainty” is what negative effect the “lockdown” is having on the already-fragile UK economy.

Lies, damn lies and statistics…

The government of fools

What would I have done?

What would I myself have done, were I at the head of government? This:

Had I been the ruler of the UK (take that as you will), I should have ordered a complete lockdown for one week only. Complete. That would have sent the message to the population, and would have enabled preparation in NHS and police etc. After that, I should have pushed hard, with every tool available to government, the only measure we know beyond question halts Coronavirus spread, namely the thorough and effective washing of hands with soap and water, perhaps every 15 minutes.

I should have restricted gatherings of people in large excited groups and in very confined spaces (again, the only places we know spread this virus greatly) and would have recommended the responsible use of parks, beaches, shopping areas and so on. No-one wants to get this nasty condition, so I think that would have been as, or nearly as, effective as the “lockdown” that we now have.

The Underground, trains and buses (and equivalents outside London) would have to cease operations for the duration, or only allow a small proportion of “key workers” aboard, so that “social distancing” could be observed in those incubators of the virus.

That would have saved most of the economy from a terminal spiral. Now, as things are, we are approaching what amounts to a near-collapse economically, unless the “lockdown” stops very soon.

The “furlough” payments cannot be maintained indefinitely, and at present are due to determine in 2-3 months, at (I believe) the end of June. When that happens, huge numbers of employees will simply be made redundant. Retail, manufacturing, service. Many enterprises and indeed whole sectors were showing weakness before “Coronavirus” or “COVID-19” was ever a factor.

The political impact will be huge. The millions who cheered on Dunce Duncan Smith in his attacks on those without paid work, for example, will be shouting, not cheering, when they end up on “Universal Credit” and find that they get a weekly pittance and not the pay they had before the “crisis”.

Housing too. Millions will not be able to afford rents, and Housing Benefit will not cover rents in full. We then see the collapse of both the parasitic “Buy to Let” market and the wider housing market. Property will be worth 50% of what it now is. Perhaps even 25%. Impossible? 20 years ago, properties were about a fifth, even a tenth, of what they are now, supposedly, “worth”. Does the rocket only go up and never down? Will banks be lending freely after all this? I doubt it.

Going, going, gone…?

It will be recalled that some “expert” called Ferguson, from Imperial College, told the government and msm that over 250,000 people might be killed by Coronavirus in the UK. He later had to “revise” his estimate to…5,700. In fact, that seems to have been mistaken too, though less so (the death toll is now, officially, not far short of 9,000, though that may be partly because everyone who has Coronavirus is now (for the past 10 days or so) registered as a “Coronavirus death” even though the real cause of death may be some other condition).

Well, now we see that the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, based in the USA, and apparently the leading data collector for such things not only in the USA but in the whole world, has “revised” its 66,000 prediction for the UK to somewhere between 22,000 and 62,500! So much for “the experts”…

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/11/us-institute-revises-down-forecast-for-uk-coronavirus-deaths

Silly, but it made me laugh…

Priti Patel

How can that freeloading and thick (in both senses) Israeli agent last, even in this government of fools?

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/apr/11/coronavirus-uk-live-matt-hancock-under-fire-over-ppe-comments-live-updates

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/coronavirus-live-uk-updates-covid-21839286

Meanwhile, the bitch tries to distract attention from her own and the government’s failings: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8210601/Home-Secretary-Priti-Patel-reveals-paedophiles-stalking-children-online.html

Below, a scene from our wonderful, liberal, free country (that we have been told about all our lives…)

A police officer on a horse talks to sunbathers in Victoria Park, London, as Britons continue to bask in the glorious Easter sunshine

Speculations and conspiracy theories

The present atmosphere gives rise to all manner of conspiracy theories. One or two may have elements of truth in them.

What if “COVID-19” (or some other one next year or the year after that) were to be deliberately released and designed to mutate, with the idea of reducing the population of the Earth to say a tenth of its present size? What if getting infected by the virus were not to confer immunity to most victims? What if second, third waves of slightly different viruses were to hit the world, leaving only 10% or 1% of the population alive and immune?

The atmosphere must be getting to me! I have only had one can of Pilsner Urquell!

In the end, one must have faith that the advanced section of present-day humanity (white Northern Europeans) will, even if only a tiny number of them, survive and thrive, creating a new and better culture and civilization down the line.

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TorchSwastika

Is not all Eternity mine?

14 thoughts on “Diary Blog, 11 April 2020”

  1. Germany has fewer deaths despite its larger population because it has been governed for decades on the basis of politicians seeking consensus wherever possible rather than picking upon even minor disagreements with opponents’ programmes and that has been facilitated by Germany having one of the world’s best electoral systems of a Proportional Representation nature.

    A system WE designed for them, ironically enough!

    Of course, the notion of each elector having a vote WITH EQUAL WEIGHT/VALUE to another elector’s goes over the head of a immature, undemocratic Tory like little Matty Hancock!🙄

    It takes a crisis like this to expose how badly governed Britain has been for so many decades under the anti-democrats of the CON Party and Labour.

    https://www.makevotesmatter.org.uk

    https://www.electoral-reform.org.uk

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  2. We have a political system seemingly permanently stuck in aspic where due to the archaic First Post The Post electoral system even a long-established party like the Liberal Democrats don’t have the numbers of seats in parliament they should have compared to their real electoral strength in terms of votes cast. If the Liberal Democrats can’t break through to have a decent number of seats then a new party with fresh and ‘controversial’ ideas about how to fund health services ie on the German mixed private/public model has no chance!

    FPTP is not only unfair it significantly hinders the chances of new parties entering the House of Commons with new ideas!🙄😡🤬☹️😞

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    1. M’Lord of Essex:
      All roads lead to Rome. The Bolsheviki were members of a party which at one time contested elections (pre-1914), but they did not seize power via any election…

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  3. Does this ‘government’ of fools and little Matty Hancock ever look at Japan? I guess not because that country has a sensible nationalist administration led by Shinzo Abe and nationalism would be alien to the Tories. Abe’s government has announced a huge economic stimulus package for the Jap economy with a significant part of it designed to encourage Japanese-owned companies to bring back production and jobs to Japan from countries like China.

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    1. M’Lord of Essex:
      A day or two ago, I included in my blog a graph forecast about the hit various economies will suffer from the Coronavirus (mostly from the measures taken by the various governments, rather than by the effects of the virus itself). Japan is set to be one of the worst hit, perhaps the very worst-hit.

      No doubt that is why the Japanese government has taken such a path. The measures taken by Rishi Sunak in the UK are of course also expansionary and inflationary, but are not well thought-through, imo. All that has to be set against the deflationary effects of both the Coronavirus and the “lockdown”.

      Had I been the ruler of the UK (take that as you will), I should have ordered a complete lockdown for one week only. *Complete*. That would have sent the message to the population, and would have enabled preparation in NHS and police etc. After that, I should have pushed hard the only measure we *know* beyond question halts Coronavirus spread, namely the thorough and effective washing of hands with soap and water, perhaps every 15 minutes.

      I should have restricted gatherings of people in large excited groups and in very confined spaces (again, the only places we *know* spread this virus) and *recommended* responsible use of parks, beaches, shopping areas. No-one *wants* to get this nasty condition, so I think that would have been as, or nearly as, effective as the “lockdown” that we now have.

      That would have saved most of the economy from a terminal spiral. Now, as things are, we are approaching what amounts to a near-collapse economically, unless the “lockdown” stops very soon.

      The “furlough” payments cannot be maintained indefinitely, and at present are due to determine in 2-3 months, at (I believe) the end of June. When that happens, huge numbers of employees will simply be made redundant. Retail, manufacturing, service.

      The political impact will be huge. The millions who cheered on Dunce Duncan Smith, for example, will be shouting not cheering when they end up on “Universal Credit” and find that they get a weekly pittance and not the pay they had before the “crisis”.

      Housing too. Millions will not be able to afford rents, and Housing Benefit will not cover rents in full; scarcely any. We then see the collapse of both the parasitic Buy to Let market and the wider housing market. Property will be worth 50% of what it now is. Perhaps even 25%. Impossible? 20 years ago, properties were about a fifth, even a tenth, of what they are now, supposedly, “worth”. Does the rocket only go up and never down?

      Also, will banks lend freely after all this? I doubt it.

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  4. The lockdown became inevitable as soon as the virus came into the country. What this stupid ‘government’ has done wrong is not instituting it far sooner ie at least three to four whole weeks before they done it whilst they were wasting valuable time sending mixed messages. Also, even now, they haven’t made the lockdown more thorough by ordering most flights to cease and ensuring those returning home go into quarantine for 14 days as New Zealand done.

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  5. Those millions of ‘I’m Alright Jack’ types who cheered on Ian Dunce-Smith whilst he was persecuting the unemployed and the disabled with his very ill-thought out welfare ‘reforms’ causing some to take their own lives deserve to lose their jobs and suffer. If they were callous and stupid enough to applaud the thick, part-Jap sadist Dunce-Smith then we shouldn’t spare them any tears.

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  6. This stupid ‘Globalism First NOT Britain’ Tory government still hasn’t put into place any effective border controls as New Zealand’s Labour PM, Jacinda Arden, done WEEKS AGO.🤬😡

    No wonder Priti Vacant/Priti Useless has gone absent without leave!

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  7. Is Priti Vacant/Priti Useless gong to announce tough new border restrictions at our airports like New Zealand’s government done weeks ago? If she is, I might have a small amount if respect for her though her actions should have been taken far sooner.

    As we both know she is in the job not through any proven ability but because she ticks two PC boxes ie she is a female and she is of Indian origin.

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      1. And she is Home Secretary one of the four great offices of state! God, just how much lower can we sink? She is so bad that even Teresa May got fed-up and removed her from office!

        Mediocre MPs like Priti are one reason we need PR as competition can do for British politics what it can achieve in raising standards in private businesses.

        If we had the German version of PR: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electoral_system_of_Germany the Tory voters of Witham could use their constituency vote to get rid of her as the Tory MP in that seat whilst still voting Conservative for a regional Eastern England PR list.

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      2. Thank you, M’Lord of Essex.

        Theresa May removed Priti Patel because not only was Patel incompetent, but she was actually corrupt, receiving money secretly from Israeli sources (that was concealed, as far as I know, from the public). Her behaviour came close to being (and perhaps was) in breach of the Official Secrets Acts and other legislation. In wartime, even in the UK, Priti Patel would have been shot or hanged, after a brief trial.

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  8. This crisis and beforehand has revealed that the Tories are perfectly ready to use the power of the state for policing people’s thoughts and opinions ie police arresting people for sending mean tweets but when it comes to a beneficial and useful way of expressing authoritarianism they dither and delay or don’t do it at all ie travel restrictions at airports.

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  9. Yes, even if people have concerns about its use for ordinary crimes like murder there is surely a case for either retaining or bringing back hanging for special crimes like treason. Priti Vacant/Priti Useless as a blatant Israeli agent should be a prime candidate for a visit by a hangman.

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