Diary Blog, 31 August-1 September 2020

The madness continues

BBC Radio 4 News report on a budget/holiday airline flight where —horrors!— passengers were not wearing facemasks. It was claimed that one couple have already (since yesterday? Perhaps I misheard) both “developed Covid-like symptoms“. Well, I don’t believe the woman talking about having been infected; maybe she and her husband are planning a nice little compensation claim against the airline.

Even leaving all that aside, “mild Covid-like symptoms?” So what do they want? A medal? What does it matter if a few people develop mild symptoms? Yet here we are, with the BBC going mad because one couple out of hundreds of passengers on a plane are showing mild symptoms of “the virus” (which may or may not be “the virus” and could have been picked up anywhere). This has become hysteria on the grand scale.

More-pleasant news

Housing shortage? What housing shortage?

…and the rent is only £281,661 per monthhttps://www.rightmove.co.uk/properties/53869510#/

Ilford

I have been to Ilford (East London) a few times. The first was when I was a Bar pupil (trainee) nearly 30 years ago and we had a case at Snaresbrook Crown Court where some Arab gypsies had targeted the BHS store in Ilford (now shut down with all the rest: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Home_Stores). The barrister whom I accompanied wanted to see the locus for some reason, so we drove there.

I blogged a couple of years ago about that trial: https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2018/08/03/first-steal-a-chicken/

Snaresbrook Crown Court - Wikipedia
[Snaresbrook Crown Court]

Sometime around 2006-2007 I returned to Ilford, where there was a small County Court which was, a few years later, one of the hundreds of County and Magistrates’ courts closed by reason of the spending cuts of the 2010-2015 David Cameron-Levita government: https://www.ilfordrecorder.co.uk/news/politics/ilford-county-court-to-close-1-753547;

Ilford County Court to close | Ilford Recorder
[Ilford County Court, permanently closed 2011-2012]

On my third visit to Ilford (on the same matter as I visited the second time), again I appeared at the small, dark and moribund-looking County Court (one good thing was that, being situate in a side street out of the central area of Ilford, one could park almost opposite the Court, by a small park or cemetery).

I had stayed overnight at a strange “hotel” of sorts, which was actually in a multistorey car park in the central area, and was on the top floor of the same. I may have been lucky, in that a fellow-member of my chambers, a medico-legal expert called Dr. Thomas (an ex-NHS consultant), parked there a few weeks later, also because he was due to appear at Ilford County Court; his car was broken into, his wig, gown and legal books etc all stolen.

I had the opportunity, if such is the bon mot, to explore the area of central Ilford around the hotel, as I searched for a takeaway (I think that I found a Chinese in the end). My impressions of Ilford (and this was about 14 years ago): something like a cross between a downbeat part of New York City, and maybe Calcutta (though I have never been to the latter).

Seems that Ilford is almost a microcosmic example of the rest of urban Britain: migration invasion, scarcely a white face, litter everywhere, and not so long after I was there, closure of shops and even the local County Court.

More Coronavirus madness

One of the “victims” mentioned in the report at top of this blog post was on Sky News, saying how terrible it was that no-one was wearing a facemask or “social distancing” on the plane! How do you “social distance” on a crowded plane? I think that the woman was a totally brainwashed facemask zealot. She and her husband had themselves decided to “self-isolate” even before being “ordered” to do so! So yes, 16 people out of nearly 200 on that plane have “tested positive”. So what? None are or are likely to show any, or any serious, symptoms.

There is a massive scam/fraud being tried on by the System, via the Government and msm. Fear propaganda.

1 September 2020

Tweets seen

As the UK becomes ever-more obviously a “control state”, with an “elected” dictatorship of a government and a compliant or similar “Opposition”, anything is justifiable if it stands up for the reasonable freedom and decent future of the British people.

Hopefully, a GoFundMe appeal will be launched to pay his fine. The bigger question is how to destroy the cabals that are behind the conspiracy to make the population compliant and intimidated.

Hitchens is right. Look at the proclamations from government, the documents from the “advisers” and sinister backroom types that have leaked, from Common Purpose drones such as Cressida Dick (who actually suggested that non-masked persons should be “shamed”, meaning bullied, in public. What about, inter alia, “exempt” persons? Do they have to explain themselves to aggressive mask zealots and busybodies, begging their permission or leave?).

Look at that “study” from Brazil. Even on its face, it is plainly nonsense. Its methods and bases are obviously biased. A priori flaws etc.

The “study” also seems to conflate mask-wearing, washing hands, and “social distancing”.

I have blogged for months in favour of washing hands frequently, which is almost certainly the only really important way of protecting oneself and those in one’s own social circle.

“Social distancing”, if done reasonably (eg not attending crowded nightclubs, pubs etc) is also sensible. It is for individuals to protect themselves that way, mostly by avoiding crowded and hot places. The whole “keeping 6 feet away from everyone” is not necessary; peripheral.

As for facemasks, they are useless and may be counter-productive. For the State to mandate the wearing of muzzles is quite wrong; dictatorial.

I have already seen many tweets saying (inaccurately, and presumably based on the fact that the “study” has been published in some obscure psychology magazine) that the “study” has been “peer-reviewed” and so (it is implied) credible. The problem with that is that when a “study” is created by people with a certain view, and then “reviewed” favourably —and so published— by people with similar views, objectivity goes out of the window, and the “study” is not worth the paper on which it was written.

To use the reductio ad absurdam, a “study” created by idiots and “peer-reviewed” by idiots is in reality not credible.

We are getting perilously close to equating dissidence with insanity, as in the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s, as exemplified by the notorious Serbsky Institute: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbsky_Center

Brenton Tarrant

I would not wish to kick someone who is well and truly down, but it is worth considering what Tarrant might have done had he not carried out his notorious massacre. He might, for example, have engaged in political educative work, trying to awaken New Zealand to the menace of mass immigration.

More interestingly, Tarrant might also, for example, have planned and carried out the establishment of a mini-ethnostate in New Zealand, perhaps in the South Island, which has only about a million inhabitants (compared to 4 million on the North Island). The South Island has only one medium-size city (Christchurch; 377,000 inhabitants) and only one other of any size (Dunedin; 105,000). About half of the population live in those two cities.

New Zealand has about 5 million inhabitants in an area about 20% larger than the whole of the UK, which has (disastrously) nearly 70 million people now.

The South Island of New Zealand, much larger than the North, is 58,000 square miles (England alone is 50,000) and, as noted, has a million inhabitants, compared to about 56 million in England alone. The population density is only about a 60th of that of England.

Indeed, the third-largest island of New Zealand, Stewart Island, has only about 400 people in 650 sq. miles, i.e. an area of about 20×30 miles.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stewart_Island. It would be easy to simply take over such an island by moving a few hundred supporters there. Tarrant was maybe too much of a “lone wolf” to think like that.

Tarrant’s massacre has resulted in sympathy for the Muslim immigrants to New Zealand. At least, that is the official line.

There might have been another and better way.

Some notes:

I blogged about the Christchurch attack at the time: https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/03/25/the-new-zealand-attack-and-related-matters/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stewart_Island

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Island#People

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/31/new-zealands-astounding-wealth-gap-challenges-our-fair-go-identity

Tweets seen on 1 September

That is in North America.

As far as that tweet is concerned, I agree with Batten 100%. Hitchens is too ready to say “it’s all incompetence by the government and its advisers”. Yes, true enough but too limited. What about those behind the Government, embedded in the Deep State and msm?

Once again, Hitchens is partly-right. However, would you call the Jew Shapps, the part-Jew “Boris”-idiot, the Indian Rishi Sunak, the Indian Priti Patel, Matt Hancock, Gavin Williamson, or the rest, “sons [or daughters] of gentlemen”?! I suggest that Hitchens overvalues the result of a secondary education at Eton or Winchester…

Valete (for today)

Tomorrow, I shall be 64. Let us hope that the year ahead will be productive.

36 thoughts on “Diary Blog, 31 August-1 September 2020”

  1. I’m afraid it DOES very much matter when a person has even mild or no symptoms of Covid-19 because it genuine symptoms are present or such a person IS infected then they CAN pass the disease onto others who MAY DIE from it or suffer badly.

    After all, this IS a highly infectious viral airborne disease. The intent behind all the restrictive measures is to prevent even larger numbers of people from getting the disease.

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  2. Well, Peter Hitchens, there IS something wrong with you in that you have appeared on tv many times arguing for more severe sentences including the death penalty for murderers yet here you are encouraging law breaking by urging the authorities to go easy on deliberate law breakers like Piers Corbyn!

    Either you support the forces of law and order or you don’t! Piers KNOWINGLY broke the law and thus has to face the consequences of doing so!

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  3. Social distancing is not easy to do on an aeroplane especially in economy class as most people will be using but really this is the responsibility of the airline and they should do it by not using flights to their full capacity ie cutting aeroplane flight capacities by half etc!

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  4. I doubt that it would. The airlines can decrease capacity quite a lot and still operate on a bare bones basis but then if a few airlines do go bust so what! There is surely too much air travel nowadays polluting the environment etc and this is a symbol of too much worldwide trade/globalist economics/globalism generally. This virus is going to put excessive globalism into reverse. Nationalists should see that as an opportunity but too many are squandering it!😞☹️

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  5. I should wish you a happy birthday, but in these times it sounds like a cruel joke. I hope you had a nice day, enjoy some beautiful food and a great film. At least, that is what I would do. Cheers!

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    1. Claudius:
      Thank you. The day is still young here.

      The only way in which social nationalism can triumph here is if the existing system breaks down or ceases to satisfy the needs of the people. In that sense, Lenin was right: “worse will be better”…

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  6. New Zealand sounds like a wonderful country to live in with its low population density, great scenery and democratic voting system of Mixed-Member Proportional Representation MMP modelled after Germany’s excellent system.

    Unlike our moronic ‘Conservative’ government their government respects the people enough to have a fair voting system and doesn’t destroy their countryside by allowing in far too many immigrants thus making the population density go up to extreme levels.

    https://www.makevotesmatter.org.uk

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

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    1. I think that it *was* a good country, m’Lord of Essex, but NZ made the same mistakes as the UK. In the early 1990s, a “Thatcherite” clone government clamped down heavily on the Welfare State and also sold off the equivalent of UK council housing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_housing

      Immigration: not so far from UK levels, in percentage terms. 1% are not Muslim; small, yes, but that is where the UK was about 50 or so years ago. Importation of blacks, Middle Easterners, Chinese, too.

      The NZ governments of recent decades have been poor, overall.

      All the same, as you note, only 5 million in a land 20% larger than the UK.

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      1. Yes, they have had some Thatcherite governments from the main centre-right party called the National Party which imposed neo-liberal economics upon them. The National Party PM, Jim Bolger, basically abused First Past The Post with his economic policies which were made worse in New Zealand’s case since they don’t have even an unelected upper House of Parliament let alone an elected one to provide some sort of restraint upon a government.

        This history along with the fact that the archaic First Past The Post electoral system enabled all this and produced TWO ‘wrong winner’ election results in a row ie a party ‘winning’ the election by having more seats in parliament than having the actual largest number of votes in the country finally prompted their politicians to have a referendum on a proportional representation (PR) voting system.

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  7. I wouldn’t mind living in Canada either. Although they have the same profoundly undemocratic voting system as we do thanks to their being a former British colony they don’t have a bad quality of life with a low population density, uncrowded roads etc. My mum and dad have been there on holiday and enjoyed their magnificent scenery in the Rockies a great deal. Yes, living in a country with wide open spaces and low road traffic must be brilliant.

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      1. Yes, it is a beautiful country with some truly stunning scenery. My mum and dad also said Canadians were exceptionally friendly and welcoming to them as tourists.

        As you say, Canada has some of the most PC and globalist politicians on the planet including their notorious for these tendencies current PM, Justin Trudeau.

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      2. It is a very beautiful country with some truly stunning scenery. The people are nice too! My mum and dad commented to me after they returned home about the courtesy, friendliness and how welcome they had felt as tourists after visiting the country

        Canadian politicians as you say are amongst the most PC and globalist in the world though with their current PM, Justin Trudeau, being a particularly notorious example of the tendency.

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  8. If our Green Party really wished to get more votes at elections they would dump their commitment to globalist open borders and have a far tougher immigration/asylum policy in the interests of preserving the environment. Germany has its main globalist Green Party but they also have a small ‘Right-wing’ environmentalist party which is opposed to mass migration called the Ecological Democratic Party.

    The political choices a country can have when it has a DEMOCRATIC voting system of Proportional Representation!🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄👌👌👌👌👌👌😎😎😎

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  9. Peter Hitchens is a very strange guy politically-speaking. He has often been on tv and in the press calling for tougher sentences for criminals including the return of the hangman’s noose yet I have seen an article of his in his blog over at the Mail on Sunday condemning Singapore as a “despotism” and the sentence of judicial corporal punishment/rattan cane flogging imposed upon that Vietnamese ‘Briton’ for drug dealing there.

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  10. Yes, it is true that Singapore is a highly authoritarian country (they have only just legalised suicide this year) it isn’t really a “despotism” since they do have elections there and the state is not a dictatorship.

    I find it peculiar how someone can be against flogging but in favour of the death penalty. Surely, the reverse should be the case? After all, the death penalty is a unique punishment set apart from all others and is in an exclusive category all of its own due to its irreversible nature and the fact you are ending a person’s life and removing from them any prospect of redemption and rehabilitation. With the death penalty you are denying the criminal the chance of being viewed as a member of the human race/their very humanity.

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    1. If I were to put in charge of Britain’s criminal justice system with a remit to make it tougher for the criminal fraternity and to provide more effective deterrents, I would, first of all, increase the size of police forces so as to increase the ratio of police officers to the population, get them off their backsides in police stations and walking the streets, remove the constraints of PC lunacy from them, introduce rattan cane floggings for serious crimes and only then consider the return of the hangman’s noose and probably only after holding a national referendum on the subject.

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    2. Also, the death penalty is unique in another fundamental way in that it can be said to be a ‘double’ punishment in that it imposes a punishment not just upon the murderer etc BUT ALSO the criminal’s family with the loss of a loved one. The use of the rattan cane in Singapore doesn’t do that but their use of the hangman’s rope does.

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  11. Peter Hitchens is a very strange man politically-speaking. He has often appeared on tv and in the press calling for more punitive sentences for criminals up to and including the return of the hangman’s noose yet I’ve just seen him in his blog over at the Mail on Sunday calling Singapore a “despotism” and condemning the use of judicial corporal punishment/rattan cane flogging for that Vietnamese ‘Briton’ convicted of drug dealing in that country.

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  12. Peter Hitchens is a very strange guy politically-speaking. He has often appeared on tv and in the press calling for more punitive sentences for criminals up to and including the return of the hangman’s noose yet I have just seen an article of his over at his blog on the Mail on Sunday’s website calling Singapore a “despotism” and condemning the use of that sentence of judicial corporal punishment/rattan cane flogging used very recently on that Vietnamese ‘Briton’ convicted of drug dealing in Singapore.

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    1. Peter Hitchens, you should look on the bright side when you consider the case of that Vietnamese ‘Briton’, Yes, he has received 24 stokes of the rattan cane as a punishment for his evil crime of drug dealing and 20 years of incarceration in a tough Singaporean prison and yes the flogging IS undeniably brutal and he will have suffered some extreme pain for a few minutes and won’t be able to lie down comfortably for a few weeks due to the pain in his bum BUT HE IS STILL ALIVE and will remain so!🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

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  13. Peter Hitchens, that drug dealer should not be too despondent and SHOULD consider himself a lucky person because if you deal drugs in Singapore by amounts not a great deal more than he did you will be viewed by the Singaporean government as being beyond the pale, being not able to be reformed/rehabilitated, and have the very essence of your humanity as a living human being destroyed by being subjected to a mandatory visit by their hangman and being hung by the neck until you are dead.

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  14. The virtues of judicial corporal punishment/rattan cane flogging as practiced in the very law abiding/safe state of Singapore or ‘Disneyland with the Death Penalty’ as one sarcastic British author called it:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caning_in_Singapore

    https://www.corpun.com/singfeat.htm

    The soft on crime/overtly liberal British ‘Tory’ government should not have whinged about that recent sentence being carried out for many reasons not least for the fact that Singapore only has this sentence for drug dealing let alone for any other crimes because of the fact it was a former British colony. Flogging with a rattan cane IS a legacy of British colonial rule!🙄🙄🙄

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      1. Singapore is notoriously tough on pretty much every form of crime with long prison sentences, floggings with the rattan cane and capital punishment via the hangman’s noose.

        Some offences most countries wouldn’t deem serious offences such as littering, failing to flush a public lavatory or spitting in the street will get you a substantial fine.

        It isn’t for no reason that tourists to Singapore often return home with T Shirts bearing the strapline: ‘Singapore: It’s a FINE city with examples of the crimes punished by large fines like littering.

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      2. It’s harsh enough in Hong Kong in some respects, m’Lord of Essex.

        I saw someone accidentally drop a paper on the underground railway there (on the platform); he dived down to scoop it up before anyone saw him and heavily fined him.

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  15. Singapore has gone a bit softer on drug dealing in recent years. Up to 2012 being found in possession of certain amounts with the presumption by the authorities that you are dealing in the drug by having such quantities earnt you a mandatory death sentence but now the judge is allowed a tiny bit of discretion in sentencing IF you can prove you are merely a courier for the drugs AND you either are proven to have a mental illness OR have given the Central Narcotics Bureau what is called “substantive assistance” in disrupting drug dealing networks.

    You will still get a very long prison sentence though!

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      1. Bloody hell! That infamous Misuse of Drugs Act is so strict! On occasions, I have taken Nurofen Plus over the counter tablets for a bad back problem. This contains a combination of the drugs Ibuprofen and Codeine. Codeine is listed in that act as a Controlled Category B drug! Does that mean that if I were to visit Singapore and needed to use these tablets I would have to inform the authorities there beforehand or take some other kind of action if I didn’t want to get into trouble with the law there?

        They REALLY don’t like ‘druggies’ in Singapore, do they?!!!😜😜😜😜😝😝😝😝😛😛😛

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  16. That drugs law is so bloody strict that if I were to visit Singapore I would be well advised to notify the authorities there about the drugs I sometimes take when I have a bad back before entering the country! On occasions I have used behind the counter drugs of paracetamol and codeine for it. Codeine is listed as a Class B scheduled drug in that infamous Misuse of Drugs Act!😀😀😀

    Yes, they really don’t approve of ‘druggies’ in Singapore, do they?!!!!

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  17. Bloody hell! That infamous Misuse of Drugs Act is so strict if I were to visit Singapore I could find myself in trouble with the law! On occasions, I have taken over the counter Nurofen Plus which contains a combination of Ibuprofen and Codeine for back pain. Codeine is listed in that act as a controlled Category B drug so if you don’t want to get into bother and need to take. Codeine do you have to inform the authorities there before you arrive in the country or take other actions?

    They really don’t like ‘druggies’ in Singapore, do they?!!!!😀😀😀😀😜😜😜😜

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    1. M’Lord of Essex, laws about drugs *are* a minefield. When I was last in Hong Kong (2006), I decided to try to get a decent supply of painkillers (for gout, from which I suffered; less now for some reason, maybe because I am under less stress), so asked my hotel if there was a local doctor I might consult. The doctor turned out to be a pretty Chinese woman whose office and dispensary was on the 24th flr of a building overlooking Hong Kong Island and the South China Sea. She gave me 1,000 suitable tablets (the NHS doled them out at about 28 a month, if that, even though I was then paying for prescriptions). Was concerned about Dutch customs (I was flying KLM) or French. In the end, I was never asked about the large plastic bottle of tablets.

      Now in some countries, that might have been a problem. When I was in Kazakhstan (1996-97), you had to get a prescription for *Vitamin C* capsules! And they were far lower dosage than those sold over the counter in the UK.

      Likewise, if you have even a tiny trace of an illegal drug *on the sole of your shoe*, you can be in serious trouble in the UAE.

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