In the name of God, go!
No, I am not talking about the egregious Dominic Cummings. I have already, some time ago, blogged my views about him:
What I am talking about is this ridiculous Government-created panic, and its accompanying “lockdown”, shutdown, curfew and social nonsense. The “2 metre social distancing”, the shutdown of barbers, dentists, vets and other useful services; also, the pathetic facemask-wearers, the rabbits clapping like idiots every week (though not so much where I myself live); also, the toytown police (and their change from being protectors and crimefighters to being zookeepers, or guards in a dystopian, fake-communitarian open-air prison camp).
I am thoroughly sick of this whole and largely unnecessary nonsense, foisted upon a supine and useless public by an even less useful idiot posing as Prime Minister, a part-Jew public entertainer who is very obviously out of his depth in his present office.
I have just been trying to watch an episode of Inspector Morse, only to find it interrupted by the sort of advertisements common today, meaning a split-screen ad showing about 20 children, mostly non-European, howling some pop song and basically supporting both the lockdown/shutdown and the multikulti society from which the children have sprung.
As I have blogged previously, the unnecessary panic about the Coronavirus outbreak (more people in the UK were killed by “Hong Kong Flu” in 1968, without such measures taken, though I myself was at school in Australia at the time) has tested to destruction many long-held assumptions about UK society.
Tested and found wanting have been MPs, Parliament, the Government, the almost non-existent official Opposition, the police, the legal system, the Press and msm (especially the BBC).
Opinion polls seem to indicate that a sizeable proportion of the public, perhaps a majority, want the “lockdown” to continue, at least as far as not “allowing” (sending) people back to work in what used to be the normal way.
Why do so many people want to not “return to normal”? There are several aspects to this. We are told that the sole reason is because people are afraid that the “virus” will get them or their children. Really?
A child under 5 has about 1 chance in 20 million of dying from “Coronavirus” aka “Covid-19”; in fact, children and young people of any school or university age have virtually no chance of dying from “the virus”.
The msm has tried to brainwash the public into saying (as also happened in the AIDS panic of the 1980s) that “everyone is at risk” and/or “everyone has a equal chance of getting infected”. Well, it was certainly not true of HIV/AIDS (even heterosexual transmission was largely confined to non-Europeans, especially blacks), and it is not true of Coronavirus.
If the infected person shows no symptoms, it scarcely matters to that individual infected. The only issue is transmission to those at risk, which mainly means those over 70.
So far, even on the inflated figures produced by the NHS and Government, there have been (to put it harshly) “only” 38,000 deaths in the UK from or with “the virus”, and many in fact died from one of up to 4 other conditions. Even taking the statistics as they stand, it is only, roughly, 1 in about every 1,900-2,000 people resident in the UK.
For me, leaving aside the trashing of civil liberties etc, the bottom line is that a shutdown of the entire economy, or at least 80%-90% of the economy, cannot be sustained indefinitely. It cannot be sustained even for the time already spent, in fact.
Returning to why much of the public wants a continuation of “lockdown”, or a very gradual relaxation, I am afraid that I take a possibly cynical view, which however I think correct.
About 8.4 million employees are on “furlough” at time of writing, and are getting 80% of their pre-lockdown pay provided by the State. Some are also getting the remaining 20% topped-up by their employers.
When you take into account the costs of having a job (transport, clothing, lunches etc) this means that the furloughed employees are actually better-off than they are when working. They are getting the same income or more, but are spending far less, most shops, pubs etc being closed.
Admittedly, that would not apply to all employees, because of the cap imposed of £2,500 per month, but it would cover the vast majority.
Apart from the above, there is the point that, for many, this is like a holiday, albeit rather restricted. The roads have been empty, and are still relatively uncrowded; Nature has come back, and there are more birds visible and audible. There is a marked absence of drunken loutishness in some places, because the pubs and “clubs” (I mean those noisy crowded places many seem to like, not the Carlton or the Travellers) are closed.
People have few responsibilities at present if they are on furlough or other vacation. There is no need (or ability) to go to doctors, dentists, MOT garages, shops (except food shops) etc. No need (or ability) to make duty visits to relatives or others.
Barristers (as I once was) have no need to go to court (with some exceptions); vicars need not take church services or tend to their flock directly; shop staff etc need not and cannot sell; waitresses cannot and need not wait; doctors are doing far less; even the police have less to do (allowing them to cruise about like the militia in The Handmaid’s Tale), now that the drinking-holes are shut, householders sit at home (making burglary almost impossible) and everywhere else, almost, is closed, making bank or other robberies impossible.
If you add in the “self-employed” (real or nominal), who are also being covered up to a point, then the true figure on paid leave is probably somewhere around 9-10 million, about a third of the workforce as it was before this all happened.
Then you have to add in those many millions now “working from home”, many of whom have only a fraction of the work to do that they would have had before. They are on at least semi-holiday.
I do not know how many people are working more or less as before “Coronavirus”, but probably only about a third of the pre-virus workforce.
As others have noted, it is obviously the case that people working (a bit) from home, getting full pay and possibly high pay, who have large houses, pleasant gardens, maybe even swimming pools and tennis courts, are having a rather pleasant time, so long as their Waitrose or Ocado delivery of food and Chardonnay is made when required.
Those living in, say, small rented hovels, or rented council flats in large crowded cities, perhaps with small children, and so effectively imprisoned by this Government (supported by the useless and now Jewish-Zionist-controlled “Labour” Opposition), are in less pleasant circumstances.
However, many at least do not have to work in low-paid and boring jobs, because “furloughed”; even those who are unemployed are better-off than pre-Coronavirus, because the DWP is overwhelmed by new applications for unemployment and other benefits, has fewer staff available and has suspended almost all of its now-customary bullying and harrying activities.
In the circumstances, it is hardly a surprise that many want the “lockdown” to continue. That is even more so now that the more officious aspects of “lockdown” (eg the toytown police lecturing people doing nothing wrong, moving them on etc) are being relaxed as the public increasingly ignore the restrictions anyway. Soon, some more shops and beer gardens etc will re-open. There is little appetite for Britain’s typically crowded, unpleasant, expensive commute to a job that, for many, pays not too well anyway.
The bill, however, will be presented in due course…
I would not usually repost anything by “Prison Planet” Watson, who is politically a complete waste of space, as well as a craven doormat for the Jewish lobby, but this (below) is worth seeing:
People are so funny, but so irritatingly thick! Look (below) at tweeter @mccarthylarry, who feels no (economic) pain. No, not yet. “Furlough” monies are being doled out, businesses propped up. Wait until companies start making millions redundant, wait until every day brings the fall of a hundred (including “iconic”) companies…
I said the same as Lord Sumption, before he did. People paid little attention to me. True, I was never on the Supreme Court. Having said that, Lord Sumption was on the Supreme Court bench, and until now he too has been ignored, and almost as much as me, Peter Hitchens and others who saw through the “virus” scare-panic.
Meanwhile, the economy is sliding fast
“Britain’s manufacturers are poised to make tens of thousands of workers redundant after a worse-than-expected slump in orders, prompted by the pandemic that has left many firms struggling to survive.
A survey by the manufacturers’ lobby group, Make UK, found that 25% of companies are already drawing up plans to cut jobs in the next six months. A further 45% say they are considering redundancies.
Only 30% said they expect to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic with all their staff on the payroll.” [The Guardian]
The Machine Stops
More tweets seen
I wonder whether the msm talking head Sunday TV shows (Marr, Peston etc, if Peston has not yet been sacked) will talk much about the plainly sliding UK economy, or will it all be “lockdown”, Cummings, “second wave” (which may never come) and schools? The British talk about schools and education so much that you would think that schools and education were really rather good in the UK. Sadly, not so.
I have to agree.
“Protests” in USA
What is possible? Is anything possible?
I was watching the TV news showing the launch of the Elon Musk rocket. Musk is an interesting (though not necessarily “nice”) character.
What I saw on the TV led to musings about what is or is not possible in this world. Peter Hitchens was tweeting a day or two ago about an obscure story by E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops
That story was written in 1908 (repub. 1928) and seems to prefigure the Internet, email, Skype, and the atomic bomb, not to mention “pandemic”, “lockdown” and “social distancing”!
The story has been dramatized a few times, as here (below) for radio:
It is a truism that fiction often foretells fact in the sense of inventions, events etc. There are many examples. Jules Verne is often mentioned in this context: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jules_Verne
My own theory is that anything that the human mind can imagine can become physical or material reality. That is not to say that the later reality exactly matches the earlier thought, essay, drawing, or story.
Leonardo da Vinci suggested that there could be mechanical flying machines. He even made some detailed drawings. In reality, his machines could not have flown. What is important is not Leonardo’s drawings as “blueprints” but the fact that he had such ideas at all. His “planes”, “helicopters” and “parachutes” were “defective” in terms of 20thC or 21stC engineering viability, but what matters is that he had such ideas in the first place! And that is why Leonardo was a genius…
The human mind is probably only at the very start of its evolution, in big-picture terms. If I think now, for example, that in the future human beings will be able to fly without machines, or kill by a look, or make plants grow by the power of thought, that is mere fancy or speculation today, but may be everyday reality at some point in the future. Why? Because I have thought it.
Of course, had he not the money to make real his ideas, Elon Musk would probably be written off as a crank, as were others in their day, such as Galileo, who thought the Earth spherical when almost the entire educational, “scientific” and political establishment (under the Church) and all of the population, pretty much, believed the opposite, the the Earth was flat.
Christopher Cockerell was such a “crank”
The Wright brothers, too:
and many others.
A very interesting film (no audio) in colour, about Germany in 1945, after the defeat and fall of the Reich.
For me, the most interesting thing to see is the devastated state of some (most) of the German cities after the Allied bombing and Soviet bombardments. What a contrast to today! In fact, even by 1960, Germany was already rebuilding fast, most obviously in the Bundesrepublik (West Germany), but also in the DDR (East Germany).
Throughout history, civilizations have been destroyed, rebuilt, renewed, and in some cases vanished forever, even without leaving external ruins (one example is that of Sparta).
Thoughts such as these impelled me to blog on such themes last year:
The toytown police state gets tough
“As the government has started to ease restrictions – and the rules made so broad as to be effectively unenforceable – the police’s enforcement powers have been ramped up,” said the letter, seen exclusively by The Independent...The combination of increasingly vague police powers and heightened fines…” [The Independent]
Several hundred blacks, half-castes and a few white “cucks” (to use the Americanism) are at time of writing in Trafalgar Square, in support of the black rioters and looters in the USA.
This pathetic demonstration (about 1 in every 20,000 of the London population, or 1 in about 100,000+ of the UK population is so ridiculous that one can only shake one’s head. On Twitter, it’s big…
Looking at tweets, there could be as many as 1,000 in Trafalgar Square, so make that 1 out of every 10,000 in the London area…
Once again, the disconnect between reality and Twitter, especially now that the screeching Jewish lobby has had most of the more thoughtful and interesting tweeters expelled. Well, what goes around comes around, as the Americans say…
Below, a couple of tweets about Naomi Campbell and the latest in the “Prince” Andrew and Jews scandal. So the Jews bribed a black woman to ensnare white girls? Wait a minute! That’s just like “Nazi” propaganda! Surely that cannot be true? Oh no, wait…
My thoughts about the above opinion poll tweets: people are not judging on policy, because you could hardly put a razorblade between the “two main parties”, both of which (now that Corbyn has gone and the Jew-Zionist lobby is back in control) are under the same (((control))).
The voters are judging this Government of idiots on character grounds, really.
You cannot imagine a careerist like Keir Starmer getting numerous stray women pregnant, bunging some of them public money as well, in the manner of Boris-idiot. Likewise, I doubt that Starmer would drive hundreds of miles in contravention of his own semi-dictatorial “rules”, or drive through an area of the country replete with accident black-spots “in order to test his eyesight”! Neither would he tolerate an “adviser” who did that.
Not that I take the Cummings matter or petty scandal very seriously, because the “rules” are nonsensical anyway…but the public seem to take his breach and perceived hypocrisy very seriously indeed.
The point is, though, that without Cummings and his crew, Boris-idiot would have no policies at all, really. His own “ideas” are those of a boy of 15 (at best)— bridges across the Irish Sea, artificial islands with enormous airports on them, magic economic development plans that exist only in the clouds…
I cannot see Keir Starmer and “Labour” enthusing anyone, but Boris-idiot’s honeymoon period is already well and truly over. After the end of “lockdown”, and more seriously, “furlough” payments and business loans, we shall see where the economy is. In a pretty bad state, I am guessing. In a hole, quite possibly.
In such a situation, the people might be ready for a new direction…maybe some form of social national ideology will be able to capture the hearts and minds…
Peter Hitchens’ tweets today
All worth reading.
Music to soothe the savage breast…
For once, Trump seems to be doing a few things right: attacking the nasty “antifa” idiots, and threatening Twitter, Facebook etc with accountability re. people denied access to their platforms.
“Chancellor Rishi Sunak on Friday promised a “new collective national effort” to revive Britain’s economy, as ministers drew up plans for a big job creation scheme to address the spectre of mass unemployment.” [Financial Times]
So having ruined the economy, the idea is to blame “the virus” (not the “lockdown” and shutdown) and then to launch a massive “make-work” project, probably at minimum wage.
Black rioters and looters —called “protesters” in the (((msm)))— attack and rob white people wherever they can find them. Americans call this a “chimp-out”…
I used to own a copy of Gorky’s book (selected essays etc), The City of the Yellow Devil, about his visit to New York and other places in the USA. He was not entirely wrong. Here we see a society, a culture, which has fallen into gross materialism and which has all but forgotten its mainly white Northern European roots. Those at the bottom are excluded from most of the material benefits of the society and economy and, given a chance, they (mainly the or some of the blacks) seize what they can, unless stopped.
Below, a tweeter attacks the looters. Understandable, but this situation shows multiple flaws in the society as a whole, as well as the criminality of the looters.
Hitler was right. Only some version of National Socialism, adapted for time and place, can save America now.
America may be faced before very long with a choice between a kind of dictatorship and a kind of diffuse civil war and chaos. If so, let us hope that the values of white Northern European culture prevail in the end.
Read this. Read. This.
If you only click on one link in this blog post, make it this one:
That report and interview should be required reading for all UK MPs, all Scottish MSPs, all Welsh AMs, all Northern Irish politicians. All msm journalists, TV presenters etc too.