Diary Blog, 11-12 May 2020

Boris-idiot and the Chinese virus

Well, Boris Johnson’s shambolic amateur-night Churchill impression of yesterday has not exactly gone down a storm. I think that the infamous casting director who first rejected Richard Whiteley’s application had the right injunction: “Himoff!

Even that peculiar little “Misbegot”, Philip Schofield, is doing a Peter Finch “Network” reprise!

Yes?

In fact, the usually supine msm talking heads such as Schofield seem to be getting back a heady whiff of journalistic (or whatever) independence. Look at Piers Morgan, here tearing a strip off one of the barrow-boy “Conservative” MPs, former market gardener Andrew Bridgen [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Bridgen#Early_life_and_career]:

Reading some of the readers’ comments in, eg the Daily Mail, the public mood is now becoming unforgiving toward Boris-idiot and his Cabinet of fools. And that is before the furlough money tap is shut off…

Even the msm journalists are scathing toward “Boris” now. The only one I saw who is not critical was the ancient reactionary joke scribbler, Janet Daley, in the Telegraph.

I forecast after the 2019 election that, with Labour an irrelevance, any opposition to the “Boris” government of fools would come from within the Conservative Party itself. So it is proving to be.

The public too are now, too late, awakening to the horror of the full uselessness of “Boris” Johnson. Yet he can only be (lawfully) removed by his own MPs, and they are very unlikely to do that at this stage.

Tweets seen, etc

In one part of his mind, “Boris”-idiot knows that the Underground is the best incubator that the Chinese virus could ever find. Another part of “Boris”, however, imagines that all those workers that have to resume (or continue to) work in London can just hail a taxi! Or perhaps bicycle, or stroll, to their work, as do Oxford students en route to lectures and tutorials.

“Boris” should be told that London workers of all kinds do not all live in the purlieus of the Palace of Westminster, or bicycle from Mayfair or Belgravia. Some come in from as far away as Didcot, Diss, Margate and the Isle of Wight! Not to mention North Finchley, Epping, Morden and Ealing

The tweet below caught my attention mainly because it is typical of the times: semi-literate, yet the tweeter is apparently a writer who has written or broadcast for BBC, Sky News, Guardian, New York Times etc…

As I have blogged before, forcing the public to wear absurd facemasks or scarves round the mouth or face will not only not do much (if anything) to stop the Chinese virus, but will be the biggest boon the shoplifters and other criminals have had for years. Eyewitness and cctv evidence will become almost useless, and people will look rather alike in many cases, so facilitating petty (and perhaps also serious) crime.

Evening foray

So to Waitrose. The police, even in this quiet corner (with apologies to Gogol’s Dead Souls) seem to have become much more active. A police jeep saw me and, though ahead of me just before I turned from one road to another, circled around by another route so that the police were behind me after a minute or two. Being rather intuitive, I had guessed from the start that that is what he or they would do, but (having a clear licence and the car insured and MOT-compliant), I could not be bothered to outwit them. In the end, the police followed me all the way to Waitrose in the nearby town, but did not bother to stop me after I turned into the store car park. Still, a sign of the times…

As to Waitrose itself, no obvious shortage of anything and, as on my previous visit, few shoppers, though this time none wearing those pathetic masks or wound-round scarves.

Recent tweets seen

Interesting tweet below, too!

and this (below):

I noticed that in someone, in either January or February (I forget which) for several days, and I believe that I myself may have caught this virus in early February but shown no symptoms at the time (despite being 63). I suppose that I shall never know.

“Furlough” scheme

The furlough payments scheme “should be extended”, it is said:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/may/12/extend-furlough-scheme-or-face-spiralling-job-losses-rishi-sunak-told

Why? It is not necessary once the absurd “lockdown” is lifted. The scheme costs £8 billion per month, almost as much as the entire NHS with its 2 million employees, which costs £11 billion a month.

It is suggested that the scheme might continue until September instead of end of June. Another £24 billion, almost as much as the wrongheaded HS2 project (in its entirety)! In fact, I would support the furlough extension if that meant that HS2 would be scrapped, but I doubt that ministers will do that. It would be too elegantly simple.

As for the idea floated around Westminster that employees might return part-time, and that the furlough payments be reduced accordingly, that idea would seem to have no logic at all behind it.

Kay Burley

I rarely bother with TV news these days. A kind of Soviet-style government mouthpiece, whatever the channel designation. However, I did see a few minutes of Sky News this [Tuesday] morning. Kay Burley interviewing Angela Rayner.

I do not have much time for Angela Rayner, but Kay Burley’s behaviour was extraordinary to those of us brought up to think that news presenters should be or at least seem “impartial”. To my mind, Kay Burley showed herself completely pro-Conservative Party, pro-Government. I am not talking about giving Angela Rayner a hard time as interviewee but Kay Burley simply shouting out her own opinions and refusing to leave open the possibility that the Government might have acted incompetently. In other words, she did not so much ask questions as demand that her view be accepted.

I have often seen Kay Burley cross the line into partisan territory. She was very hostile to Corbyn from 2015 to 2019, and totally in the pocket of the Jewish lobby; at least that was my strong impression. However, I always discounted the claims of Corbyn supporters that Kay Burley was biased in favour of the Conservative Party as such. No longer a question. She is.

Angela Rayner did try to remonstrate, mildly, with Kay Burley, about the latter’s behaviour in the interview, but to little effect. Indeed, Kay Burley hit back! This is what happens when fairly mediocre, not highly educated people, get jobs as news anchors, get paid a million a year or whatever, and then forget that they are only reporters or news facilitators, not active players. John Humphrys was another example.

Sanity breaks out here and there…

Coronavirus is not at epidemic levels in Britain, experts at Oxford University have said, with new figures showing that only a tiny proportion of the population is currently infected.

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that just 0.24 per cent of adults – approximately 136,000 people – have the virus. Separate surveillance by the Royal College of GPs indicates it may be even less. 

Figures released last week showed just 0.037 per cent of people have the virus…” [Daily Telegraph]

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/05/11/coronavirus-no-longer-epidemic-uk-oxford-study-finds-cases-falling/?li_source=LI&li_medium=liftigniter-rhr

Edwina Currie

Ghastly old Jewess Edwina Currie has apparently been on daytime TV, supporting the Government’s “policy” on “lockdown” etc. Poor Government!

Edwina Currie, like many Jews, especially women, “smiles”, or goes through the motions of what human beings do when they smile, when there is no actual reason to smile. I have never discovered why “they” do that. Like a nervous tic rather than any expression of humour or warmth.

As to Edwina Currie specifically, I remember well her overnight destruction of the UK egg market in 1988. My memory is not at all taxed. I remember that incident because I heard about it in specific circumstances that make it easy to recall. It was late at night and in December 1988, and I was at the Hotel Grand (now the Mercure Grand Warszawa) in Warsaw.

Ilustracja

I had just that evening arrived by train from Bielsko-Biala in the south of Poland. Outside, the snow lay heavy on the ground.

I turned on my radio and found the BBC World Service (which at the time was still worth listening to). The news from the UK had two main items: there had been a terrible train crash at Clapham, South London, with much loss of life; also, Edwina Currie, the government junior minister responsible for, inter alia, the egg industry, had said (wrongly) that most eggs in the UK were contaminated by salmonella. As a direct result of Edwina Currie’s mistake, 4 million hens were slaughtered.

Tweets seen

Ain’t that the truth?!” [above]. Now, every Tom, Dick and Sharon has a “degree” from some place or other, quite many have a “Master’s”, involving a 1-year course, which no-one ever fails; in fact at Oxford and Cambridge you get a “Master’s” degree merely on payment of a small sum, with no course requirement, work, or dissertation required!

I am not making that up. In fact, I recall that my then girlfriend, in the 1980s, was sent a letter from Cambridge University warning her that if she wanted to be able to put “M.A.” after her name, she would have to pay (I think) £35, because the time limit was approaching (as I seem to recall). She had graduated around 1971. The limit must have been 10 or 15 years, if there was a limit. Maybe the University just wanted the money.

https://www.cambridgestudents.cam.ac.uk/your-course/graduation-and-what-next/cambridge-ma

What a farce…

As for “academics”, “academia” in the wider sense is now full of fakes and simplistic ideologues such as the woman lecturer (I think from Southampton University), whose tweets I saw on Twitter recently, to the effect that books written by “Nazis” should be burned. These are among the gravediggers of European civilization. They must be stopped.

There are numerous “doctors” of this or that (esp. on Twitter) who actually use the title, despite not being medical doctors, academics in any formerly-accepted sense, or persons in either holy orders or scientific institutes. Infra dig, but that is what Britain today is like: just a bad joke.

Despite official figures (quite possibly inflated) showing that 30,000 or so people have died “of” (with) Coronavirus, i.e. about one person out of every 2,000 in the UK, and that only about 4 people (if that) out of every 10,000 are presently infected, the public panic has scarcely abated. Fear has been spread (by the Government, the Opposition, the NHS lobby, the msm etc), and it is now proving hard to rein back on that.

The “Great Replacement” continues…

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8309529/Joy-52-migrants-saved-languishing-Greek-camps-flown-UK-start-afresh.html

More Hitchens tweets

This is key, but it is actually alarming that so many people, including those with “degrees” and recognized professional qualifications cannot see it. I had smoked salmon for breakfast this morning, and the weather became less cloudy. I do not imagine that the weather became less cloudy because I had smoked salmon for breakfast. It would have happened whether I had smoked salmon, devilled kidneys or raspberry pop-up tarts. cf. “lockdown” and Coronavirus.

Rishi Sunak and furlough

Sunak has extended the “furlough” scheme until October. A remarkable decision, and I think the wrong one. The right decision would have been to open up the economy completely or almost completely from this week or certainly by the end of the month.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-52634759

What has now been done is to say to at least 7 million employees and self-employeds, “stay on holiday until the Autumn” on what amounts —for many of them— on full pay, once the costs of simply being employed are taken away (eg transport to and from work).

Yes, others are “working from home”, either actually or notionally, while yet others are, whether as “key workers” or not, still working normally. However, a quarter of the total workforce are now as good as economically inactive until October or even November. The economic fallout will be massive, as will be the upfront costs of “furloughing” all those people: £8 BN x 7 months = £56 billion.

As Lord King, the former Governor of the Bank of England said today, the economy will not be damaged as much by the furlough programme costs (if only because the cost of State borrowings is very low at present and can be spread over long future periods) as it will be by the fact that a quarter of the workforce is not doing anything productive, and because companies on the edge before the “virus” struck are now insolvent but kept in suspended animation by “furlough” monies to employees, loans to companies from the State, and rent holidays (and/or suspension of rent default proceedings in the courts).

The furlough payments will keep up demand to a certain extent, but only to a certain extent, in that payments are capped at £2,500 per month.

The effect on the currency is as yet unknown. Other European (and yet other) countries have similar schemes, so there may well be relativity, but eventually the pound sterling must fall vis a vis most other currencies, thus fuelling inflation in the UK.

I have seen inflation of that type. It has political effects. I am not talking about the utterly mad hyperinflation of Germany in 1923 but a lesser, yet still fast, inflation. When I first went to Poland in 1988, the taxi drivers had a little sticker by the meter. You paid a multiple of what the meter said. When I was there in Summer 1988 (for a couple of months), the stickers read “x2” and then “x4”. When I returned, a few months later, the stickers read “x8”, then “x12”. The following year, the year when the whole Soviet and Eastern European socialist system started to collapse visibly, the stickers read “x40” and then, I think, “x200″…

For a foreigner (what some Germans of the post-WW2 occupation of Berlin called, in a mix of English and Russian, a “valuta vulture” , “valuta” being the Russian for “foreign currency”), the collapse of the Polish zloty in the late 1980s had selfish positive effects: I for example could take a taxi to whatever passed for a good hotel (when I was first in Poland, I was not staying in hotels), have a breakfast, get a taxi onward, and pay (including tips) about £1 or £2 for breakfast and taxis combined. That was not much even in 1988.

Anything produced in Poland could be bought for pennies in English or American currency. For example, I bought a few Polish vinyl records of symphonic music for about 10p or 20p each.

The drawback was that very little was for sale anyway. The usual local shops were not well-stocked. Anything imported had to be bought at hard-currency-only “PEWEX” (pron. “Pevex”) shops: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pewex

Where did people get their dollars to spend at PEWEX? Mostly from the Polish diaspora, particularly the long-established Polish communities in the USA. Remittances to famly members.

One of Lenin’s probably apocryphal statements was “to destroy a country, first destroy its currency“. The fact is true, even if the attribution is not. Currency is a major factor of any state. States that do not have their own currency are joke states (eg Zimbabwe 2009-2019). States where the currency is very weak tend to be weak states (Weimar Germany in the early 1920s, Poland in the 1980s).

In Poland, the collapse of the zloty was not the cause of the collapse of the socialist system, but accompanied it, as did other trends, and the currency collapse was at least one cause of the collapse of “Polish” socialism.

The pound in 2020 or 2022 may not quite go the whole way of the Polish zloty of the 1980s, but “never say never”…

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What the government of fools has done, in effect, is declare a national holiday on full pay for millions of people. For a further 4 months. At the same time, the most egregious restrictions of the “lockdown” nonsense are to be relaxed (before the mob ignore them anyway…), so allowing all those people “furloughed” some freedom to enjoy their unexpected weeks and months of leisure.

 

21 thoughts on “Diary Blog, 11-12 May 2020”

  1. Janet Daly writes for The Telegraph which was one of the main cheerleaders for Boris-Idiot and is therefore partially responsible for lumbering us with the cretin. 😡🤬As a Yank she no doubt thinks it is brilliant we have a PM who admires a former PM with US ancestry who was far too trusting in Roosevelt ie Winston Churchill. In Winston’s defence, he at least was born here and not in New bloody York like the Killing Clown was!

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  2. If they are going to make people wear face masks then QUIT faffing around and MAKE A DECISION! Chancellor Kurz of Austria done that and made it compulsory for a few weeks. He is only in his thirties (one of the world’s youngest heads of government) and has much more in the way of PM credentials than Boris has.

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  3. To make matters still worse, the Killer Clown’s Home Secretary, Priti Vacant/PritiUseless, is still very much on the job – no, not the job the equivalent person in Australia under the excellent leadership of Scott Morrison would do but her usual one of letting in obviously wholly bogus ‘asylum seekers’ from Turkey (a pretty infected country) via Greece!

    Words utterly fail me with SICK and incompetent bunch!

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  4. If there was a Nobel Prize for morons, Boris would be the winner hands down. I have just read his idiotic proposals for “relaxing” this horrible quarantine/lockdown he has imposed on the British people. They are absolute impractical if not impossible, to carry out. I am quoting from this BBC article:

    https://www.bbc.com/news/explainers-52530518

    One among the many idiotic resolutions taken by this government of imbeciles is that hairdressers, cinemas, etc. will be able to re-open in July “as long as they can meet social distancing measures” How stupid can you be? How can someone cut another person’s hair at a distance of two metres? Would people sit at the cinemas keeping five empty seats between them?

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    1. Claudius:
      The rise of Boris Johnson from sacked (several times) trainee newspaper reporter to MP, Mayor of London and now Prime MInister, is in a sense perplexing. His only talents are (occasionally) skilful after-dinner style public speaking, and the ability to insert unnecessary Greek or Latin phrases or allusions into ordinary speech.

      I can attribute the rise of “Boris” only to a complete decadence of the political system in the UK. That, and the innate or ingrained habit of British people to defer to people who have attended Eton or Oxford University, though many who attend both are only there because their parents have the necessary money.

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      1. The worst thing about Eton College and our politics is that we only get the half-morons ie David Cameron and the completely thick ie the present incapable cretin but never the very occasional bright spark like Archibald Maule Ramsay MP or former Foreign Secretary, Lord Halifax, in 1940.😡☹️😞

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      2. Steven: Your comment about the selection of candidates to the PM office is obviously right. It seems that subservience to the Jewish World Order and stupidity (in that order) are the main qualifications required. I vaguely remember David Cameron’s public appearances, but I believe he was not a pathetic clown as Boris Johnson who must be, by far, the worst PM in English history. The man is embarrassing to look at. Friends of mine who do not speak English asked me, after watching Boris. “That guy is a clown, how did he become Prime Minister?”

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      3. Apparently, the saying is the ‘rich and thick’ go to Eton (another ‘Old Etonian’ is Prince Harry need we say anymore?) whilst those with money and intelligence go to Winchester College ie Sir Oswald Mosley.

        To my knowledge, we have only had one (in the distant past) ‘Old Carthusian’ (Charterhouse Public School) PM but we could have had a second one in Jeremy Hunt who, in my opinion, would have handled this situation better than Killer Clown has done.

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      4. Yes, his unfortunate rise is due to many Britons tending to defer to people educated at Eton and Oxford but also due to idiot, so-called ‘journalists’ making a virtue out of his clownish behaviour and, of course, the vicious Jew Zionist/Pro-Israel Lobby giving him massive support and destroying Jeremy Corbyn merely because he had shown a bit of sympathy for the Palestinian cause and mildly criticised some of Israel’s actions. You would have thought this Lobby would have given Jeremy a little break because he has NEVER been critical of that Lobby’s often extremist activity IN BRITAIN where it affects British gentiles but even that didn’t prevent Jeremy from attracting their hatred.

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    2. Cinemas should remain shut for as long as necessary. As you rightfully imply, how can you properly ‘socially distance’ in a cinema? Cinemas here are nowdays multiplexes on the whole with several screens inside them which don’t have huge seat numbers like normal cinemas with single screens had before but they are still perfectly large enough to transmit this virus seeing as the you are in one with around one hundred seats plus and packed quite closely together.

      I last went to the cinema in February where I watched 1917.

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    3. I have no qualms about a lockdown/quarantine. Yes, it isn’t pleasant but I don’t mind staying at home if that means an elderly person or someone younger has a better chance of avoiding catching this virus and potentially dying.

      This is called being unselfish – something that mainly Tory libertarians don’t really understand. I’m not a libertarian in most ways but a traditional, ‘Right-wing’ authoritarian just like many Tories used to be in the better past ie under Neville Chamberlain and Stanley Baldwin.

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  5. Libertarianism to me only has a very limited relevance in certain fields with the best example being most LGBT rights but apart from that area and very basic human rights like freedom of speech=freedom of thought it soon runs out of credibility.

    To me, libertarianism is basically a philosophy of anarchism given a posher name.

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    1. M’Lord of Essex:
      I agree, in essence, but cannot accept that one must be a “libertarian” to oppose the toytown police state being imposed by reason of the Coronavirus (which presently infects only about 1 out of several thousand people, the daily actual death toll having now reduced to 1 person out of every 300,000…)

      This may be only the start of the tyranny. Baby steps.

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    2. This political philosophy of the ‘small state is always the better state’ and ‘we must have maximum personal freedom regardless of any bad consequences’ is also the reason the CONservative Party refuses to control immigration properly because exercising proper control over national borders is one of the prime ways any state in the world exercises its power.

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  6. If you don’t believe in state power or the state itself then why bother yourself about the entry of others over the lines states demarcate their boundaries with ie national borders?

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    1. M’Lord of Essex, I take it that you are speaking as if “to me” rhetorically?Obviously, I hope, I *do* believe in State power, though only where that power keeps to its own legitimate areas.

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      1. Yes, I was speaking rhetorically. I had in mind libertarian ‘Tories’ like Daniel Hannan and others like him.

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  7. Controlling NATIONAL borders properly and adequately funding the Borders Agency IS important, Tories, and if you HAD been doing this for the last ten years then this crisis may not have arrived in this country as it still hasn’t in a few Pacific Island nations and you may have found you could have saved billions re the economy.

    Your choices re the economy and lockdowns would have been easier.

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  8. I have seen on the German news broadcast Tageschau on YouTube that even a few Germans have been protesting about their lockdown. Pity. Der Fuhrer would be disappointed in modern Germans. They used to be such a well-disciplined and ordered people once!😆😀

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    1. M’Lord of Essex,
      The Germans are a disciplined people, even now, but they have always been willing to rise up against unjust State behaviour, though not overnight.

      Germans are also, overall, a high-IQ people, and so may understand that, if A is done at the same time as B occurs, A is not *necessarily* the *cause* of B.

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