Tsar Nikolai II was horrified by the Far Eastern peoples and their future expansion. He called them “the yellow peril”. He was right.
Coronavirus lockdown/shutdown damage
“A Mail audit of big companies found many are not planning for the majority of workers to return to offices until at least towards the end of the year.
In another worrying sign for city and town centres, several bosses said they expected working from home to become the ‘new normal’ after the crisis.” [Daily Mail] https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8565835/Downing-Street-urged-beef-work-message-firms-say-theyll-staff-home.html
Add to that the ludicrous facemask imposition and you can probably say goodbye to the “High Street”: shops, naturally, and many nearby businesses, such as restaurants and pubs. City centre hotels too, quite likely.
“Went into the city yesterday for a nice pub lunch. Caught the ‘rush hour’ train which is now 3 carriages smaller. Normally by the next stop it is standing room only but by destination the train was approx 2 thirds empty. At the rural stops mask wearing obedience was about 50/50. The city suburbs sheep all obeyed. At the pub the doorman turned the virus away and we could enjoy a socially close and mask free meal.” https://www.dailymail.co.uk/reader-comments/p/comment/link/574757949
“According to Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) data, people in Germany actually have the shortest working hours compared with all OECD member countries. However, it also has one of the highest productivity levels and employees are 27% more productive than UK staff that work more hours per year.” [news report]
Worth thinking about. Long hours and high productivity are two different things.
News today that the political activist known as Tommy Robinson has decided to relocate to Spain. The reasons seem unclear, though Twitter is suggesting that his home and family were targeted in an arson attack.
I would have thought that the answer to a security problem would have been to increase security, at the same time seeking out those likely to be a threat, rather than running away to Spain. Still, there it is.
I have blogged in the past about Robinson, both in terms of free speech online and in terms of the attacks on his family, including the one he said was orchestrated by “antifa” cheerleaders such as Mike Stuchbery, who himself fled the UK and now lives in Stuttgart, Germany.
Ideologically, I do not have much in common with Robinson except in that he opposes migration-invasion, as do I. Robinson, like the “alt-Right” wastes of space (“Prison Planet” Watson, “Sargon of Akkad” etc) and Katie Hopkins, frequently professes his love for Israel and Jews. That means, in the language of Dragon’s Den, “I’m out”.
Tweets noticed today
Nick Ferrari has a point, in general, but failed to address (at least in the clip) the fact that the Government of Boris-idiot has needlessly scared the population out of its skin, and has continued to do so, most recently by mandating these ludicrous facemask muzzles, making people wear them in supermarkets etc. That is one reason why people prefer to “work” from home.
Some people, in some industries, will be as productive at home as they are in “the office”, but most are not. One can see, though, why many prefer to work from home, especially if they live in pleasant detached houses in leafy suburbs, or in the country. No commute, no travel at all probably, no expense thereof. Wear what you want. Swim in your pool, if any. Watch old films. Keep nuisances, such as anyone above you in the office hierarchy, out of your hair and at a distance.
The facemask nonsense, even though it is not mandated at work in offices etc, does apply on public transport. Another disincentive to resume “normal” activity.
The fact is that this incompetent bunch of clowns under Boris-idiot has collapsed the economy both by mandating “lockdown” (shutdown) and by now trying to make people wear facemasks almost everywhere. Ludicrous. Toytown police state nonsense.
To my mind, it is clear that though Nick Ferrari is very out of date in his thinking, he does have a point about some people who are currently working from home. At the same time, it is clear that the economy around the office world of London and elsewhere —the offline retail sector based in “High Street” shops, among others— is probably not going to recover.
Of course, not every type of work can be done on a computer at home. Indeed, the most useful work cannot be so done at the present time: power plants, sewage and water works, most healthcare, road repairs, manufacturing, agriculture and horticulture. It may be different in a near-future world of robots and AI, but not just yet.
It is very typical of Twitter that the Twitterati imagine that almost everyone can work from home (they also favour mass immigration, and love facemasks, and the EU…etc).
The big political, as well as economic, hit out of this virus scare will come somewhere down the line, in 2021 and maybe 2022.
Indeed. You can add to the comments of Peter Hitchens and one Joanne Dean, above, that such non-laws are obeyed by the British people precisely because most British people are unthinking rabbits. Last week, it was OK and normal to shop without a facemask muzzle, and safe to do so. This week, it is in fact still safe to do so, but because a totally incompetent government has decreed that facemasks must be worn, all the rabbits are wearing one, and noting who is not wearing one.
Pathetic the way “the War” is still in the forefront of debate in the UK, though usually ignorantly. 75 years since it ended. Pathetic.
“Lord Jonathan, who is also a medieval historian, praised Sweden’s approach to the pandemic, after the nation bucked the global trend and opted against a lockdown.”
“Official figures show Sweden has suffered 564.4 coronavirus deaths for every million people. In comparison, the rate in the UK is 674.06.“
“‘Their hospitals were never overwhelmed. They never closed their schools. The predicted damage to their economy is about half of ours.’“
“Writing that ‘we cannot keep running away’, he added: ‘Our ancestors lived with far worse epidemic diseases without rushing to put their heads in a bag.”
“Lord Sumption added the report noted aggressive isolation policies ‘merely push all transmission to the period after they are lifted’. “
“This has been seen in countries which have recently lifted lockdowns, with a spike in cases seen in nations such as Spain, Germany, Japan and Hong Kong.”
“He added that intensive care units seemed to catch up with capacity within a month so the Government’s decision to lift lockdown in June was ‘six to eight weeks after it had lost any justification even by its own logic‘.”
Old and lost London
Amazing photos, some of them, such as the ones of Willesden Green, Willesden Lane etc, and cowsheds in Kilburn! Pre-1914 https://www.flickr.com/groups/lostlondon/pool/with/50163195781/
When I read a headline, “brawl in City of London rooftop bar”, I thought I was about to read about barrow-boy traders drunkenly shoving each other about. That would have been bad enough, but I was astonished to see the photographs: bad blacks breaking bones.
As the South Africans might say, skollies, turning a London bar into a shebeen… https://www.standard.co.uk/news/crime/police-appeal-fight-madison-rooftop-a4506731.html