Well, this week I did not do so well. Only 4/10, one of my worst-ever scores. John Rentoul got 6/10. I did not know the answers to questions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 10.
The Daily Telegraph was more honest 9 years ago, in 2012: see my blog from 2019— https://ianrobertmillard.org/2019/02/04/white-flight-in-a-small-country/.
The police are now “too busy” (in their own minds, “too important”) to deal with the real crimes that matter to most people, just as most nurses are too busy or too important to deal with basic cleanliness of hospitals, (so cleaning has been outsourced to useless private companies).
The police, infested by Common Purpose etc, now seem more interested in censoring online or other opinion, and acting as a poundland KGB.
“Here is the Mattel company, with its new range of trouser-wearing, white-coated, stethoscoped ‘role model’ Barbies, frantically sucking up to the Spirit of the Age.
Not all of them are vaccine inventors like Dame Sarah. One is described as a ‘frontline worker’ who ‘joined forces with other Asian-American medics to fight racial bias in the pandemic’. Another is a psychiatrist who has ‘campaigned against systemic racism in the healthcare profession’.
And so once again we see a major corporation making its peace with the new regime. There is barely any company, institution, school, publication or church which has not done the same, or is not about to do it.
People who would have laughed at ‘loony Left’ councils 30 years ago now use language and follow rules which they once mocked when Ken Livingstone and his allies proposed them.
Those who claim to despise Jeremy Corbyn often follow the ideas he helped devise…
And it is not just that they join in. They are afraid to criticise. Huge areas of opinion are now closed off from discussion, for fear of cancellation, advertising boycotts, and generally being cast into the outer darkness.
With gathering speed and completeness, a total revolution in thought and morals is taking hold of Western societies, just at the moment when they should be girding themselves against pressure to become more like China.
The zero-Covid fanatics, ready to throttle our society in pursuit of an illusion of perfect safety, have greatly benefited from this. And in the weeks to come the zealots of man-made global warming will press their dogmatic agenda and their demands that we impoverish ourselves to save the planet (demands China refuses to follow).
If all this had happened in a few weeks, while Red Guards slouched on street corners and the leaders of the old regime were dragged off to the firing squad, we’d see it for what it is. But, as long as there are enough loo-rolls in the supermarket, and the electricity keeps flowing, most people will never notice the revolution raging all around them.” [Peter Hitchens, in the Mail on Sunday].
Hitchens’ column this week is also worth reading for comment about both the ever-shrinking British naval reach, and the facemask nonsense.
I have still not watched the doomed GB News “controlled opposition” TV station. I have watched a few clips on Twitter. Today I saw another grovelling interview of a character from the malicious Jew-Zionist pressure group and fake “charity” calling itself “Campaign Against Antisemitism”. This time it was CAA “Chief Executive” Gideon Falter.
The interviewer was one Michelle Dewberry [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Dewberry], described (I think rather kindly) by Wikipedia as “businesswoman, politician, presenter, and media personality.“
The “businesswoman” bit seems to be based on two small businesses started 15-20 years ago, both of which seem to have bombed, though information seems limited.
As for “politician”, that seems to be founded on her two unsuccessful attempts to be elected as MP (once as Independent, once for Brexit Party).
As interviewer, I thought her grovellingly unwilling to challenge Falter. Other impressions? Semi-coherent, biased in presentation, and actually rather dull.
I do not suppose that Michelle Dewberry will find life tough once this TV station (pretending to be a media outlet for dissidence) collapses: she has a rather wealthy boyfriend [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Jordan#Personal_life].
How long before GB News does collapse? At a guess, 6-12 months.
[Update, 7 August 2022: seems that I was premature in predicting that GB News would disappear within 12 months. It is still around, though I myself have still not seen it even once.
GB News’ most recent filed profit/loss, only up to May 2021, shows a loss of £2.7M.
Interestingly, for a TV channel with such a name, the four main people at the channel have the following nationalities: Australian, Dutch, and British/American: see https://find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk/company/12859339/officers.
See also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GB_News.]
More late tweets
“Kaplan”…Every. Single. Time.