Very strange. Is there a concerted purpose behind this?
Looking back now, it is clear that a major factor in the last two years or so of “panicdemic” was a mass psychological experiment, and on a huge scale across the world, with the intention not only of seeing how far the masses could be pushed, but of conditioning those masses to accept the most ridiculous strictures, such as the facemask nonsense, the “social distancing” nonsense etc. At what point would the masses say “this is just stupid…and I am not doing it!“?
Most never did. They obediently lined up, six feet apart, masks on, in order to buy bread, even when later (in the UK), the “rules” and fake “laws” were adjusted so that those stupid “rules” applied in the supermarket, but not in the pub across the road! Yet still 90%+ of the sheep complied, and even failed to see how ridiculous the whole thing was. Indeed, those who did protest online did so on the basis that the “rules” should apply everywhere, not because they should not have been imposed in the first place.
As Peter Hitchens predicted at the time, the present shambolic UK Government has managed to fairly easily create a propaganda narrative that the various “panicdemic” measures have been successful, and so, thanks to them (and of course the “vaccines”), the public is now free to enjoy the economic wasteland created by those stupid “rules”, “laws”, and “measures” (and the money largesse distributed by Indian “clever boy” Sunak).
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The only decent future for Europe is as an alliance of independent ethnostates, loosely allied to or connected with Russia.
(((Barrister))) and LBC radio presenter apparently (but see below) cannot distinguish between “furlong” and “furlough“! Says it all about the state of both the Bar and msm broadcasting in 2022, unless he meant it as a deadpan kind of joke (I think that actually he was just joking; must have been).
Completely out of touch, if (again) he is being serious.
In a sense, the “panicdemic” was not just a conspiracy, but a concatenation of conspiracies.
Incidentally, I just saw, today, a YouTube video interview with someone I met about 43 years ago (at the Goetheanum, near Basel, Switzerland), and who knew someone I knew slightly in London. I think that I shall blog about that tomorrow, though, and will repost the video, which is here:
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I have no idea who is that silly woman who says, in that clip, when “Boris”-idiot gets booed, “I certainly didn’t see that coming“. What planet is she living on? Most of the people of the UK now hate the idiotic part-Jew poseur, and the only reason that Labour is not higher in the opinion polls is because most people do not think that Starmer and his motley crew are much (if at all) better, overall.
“Boris” has not been overthrown by his own MPs yet for a like reason: who will replace him? Not because there are no Conservative MPs who would be as good/bad as “Boris”, but because there are no obvious candidates who would be far-and-away better.
The absurdity of it all is that you now see the most ridiculous Conservative Party MPs being suggested, in the msm as well as on social media, as suitable replacements for Johnson, as suitable party leader, and so as suitable Prime Minister.
I am talking about the likes of Liz Truss, Penny Mordaunt, even Nadine Dorries! How low, ethically, intellectually, and culturally, is the Conservative Party willing to go?
Maybe a more traditional figure such as Jeremy Hunt might still pick up the gauntlet.
The British police are no better. As said, this is a problem all across Europe, and maybe beyond. A problem, but also a symptom, a symptom of societies nearer to collapse than most people think.
Stand up, load up, and speak up for Western and white Northern European race and culture!
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I heard of the situation in Gothenburg/Goteborg 15 years ago. Migration invasion, followed by breeding of untermenschen. Gangs of young Arabs and Africans (mainly Somalis), terrorizing whole districts of the city.
Sweden needs to wake up, stand up, and load up.
Puppets on sticks, or should that be monkeys on sticks?
Was reading the above article on the Royal Family and UK monarchy by scribbler A.N. Wilson.
Long ago now, I reviewed a book by A.N. Wilson on Amazon UK, where I was about 40th most popular reviewer (out of millions). Later, around 2012, the Jew-Zionist lobby had me barred from reviewing on Amazon UK (and on the separate American site…so much for “free speech” in the occupied USA…). All my reviews were then hidden from the public, and remain so.
One of the reviews effectively lost was the one about a book on British history in the 20th century, by A.N. Wilson. My view had been that his book was a really good read, but at the same time riddled with historical inaccuracies, absurd conclusions, and simple spelling mistakes. This article is similar in some respects.
Look at this:
“…we should not take the durability of the institution for granted.
At the end of World War I, when Russia, Germany, Austria and many other European nations were replacing their monarchs with forms of government in every way more tyrannical and bloody, George V, our king, once quietly remarked: ‘I’m going to have to work hard to keep my job.’
He and his wife, Queen Mary, did indeed work to develop the concept of constitutional monarchy.
Far from endangering parliamentary democracy, it strengthened it. Witha monarch as head of state, there is continuity and stability — it is no accident we remained a democracy when countries without kings or emperors ended up with leaders such as Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini and Franco.”
Well, let’s see. “At the end of WW1...” etc: In 1917, the rule of Nikolai II in Russia was replaced by that of the Provisional Government under Prince Lvov and Alexander Kerensky. It was not “tyrannical” or “bloody“, but was chaotic and unable to rule. Indeed, one could argue that the previous years of Nikolai’s rule, at least since the 1905 uprising, had been at times both tyrannical and bloody, especially if the Russian participation in WW1 is placed on the scales.
True, the Bolshevik government, which replaced the Provisional government later in 1917, was certainly bloody and, in the lay sense, tyrannical, and that was so even under Lenin, certainly later yet under Stalin.
Germany after WW1 was not a tyranny. The Weimar Republic was decadent, badly-run, verged on disorder at times, and was quite illiberal towards those who, like Hitler, were German nationalists, but it cannot really be called either tyrannical or bloody. Neither was the government of Hitler, in its 6 years of relative peace (1933-1939). It was dictatorial; it was not tyrannical. There is a difference. As for “bloody”, not so, overall.
What about Wilson’s contention that ” He [George V of England] and his wife, Queen Mary, did indeed work to develop the concept of constitutional monarchy.” True up to a point. Wilson’s phrasing is awkward. The “concept of constitutional monarchy” had been developing in England and the UK for centuries, certainly since the English Civil War and the century following (17th/18th centuries).
Moreover, the same process was happening across Europe; certainly that was so in the 19th Century. It was not confined to the UK by any means.
As for Italy, Mussolini was dictatorial, though not officially a dictator (though he presented himself as such). Some who were (thankfully) repressed under his rule (notably the Mafia and other criminals, and Stalinist Communists) would say (wrongly) that he was a tyrant, but Italy remained a constitutional monarchy right the way through Mussolini’s rule, a fact that Wilson either does not know or fails to mention.
“An Allied invasion of Sicily began in July 1943, leading to the collapse of the Fascist regime and the fall of Mussolini on 25 July. Mussolini was deposed and arrested by order of King Victor Emmanuel III in co-operation with the majority of the members of the Grand Council of Fascism, which passed a motion of no confidence. On 8 September, Italy signed the Armistice of Cassibile, ending its war with the Allies.” [Wikipedia].
In fact, Italy only ceased to be a monarchy in 1946, following a mass referendum.
So Wilson seems once again to need either a history lesson or a lesson in how to express himself. Having said that, I certainly agree with most of his criticism, in the article, of Harry (“the Royal Cuck”), Meghan Markle (“the Royal Mulatta”), Andrew Windsor, and others, such as the horrible and entitled (mostly in both senses) moneygrubbing “younger members of the Royal Family”.
I believe that A.N. Wilson was once a regular guest of the Queen at table, at Windsor Castle, but was (sometime in the 1980s, or maybe a little later) cold-shouldered after he wrote a piece in the Evening Standard about what he had heard at dinner.
I stick with my view, held for nearly two years now, that much of the Covid madness has been a very-large-scale psychological experiment in mass conditioning, designed to result, down the line, in an almost robotic and very Pavlovian response to the orders of the System.
Remember the early/mid 2020 “social distancing”, with lines of shoppers obediently x-metres or feet away from each other, only moving forward on the orders of deadhead supermarket “marshals”? Then there has been the facemask nonsense, as noted in the tweet. Also, the almost-useless and often dangerous “vaccines” and “boosters”, and the equally-useless mass “testing” for “the virus”.
Somewhere not far down the line, there will be the microchipping of the population . Those refusing to be microchipped will be, pretty much, social outcasts, unable to travel internationally or even within the UK (or wherever), all but unable to access services, all but unable to buy food or car fuel (as cash is phased out). Already, I read, many under-24 people are accustomed to using cards for almost all purchases, and use cash as little as once or twice per month. They will be easily persuaded to be microchipped. The microchipping will come in “not with a bang but a whimper”, and few will see the dangers and implications; even fewer will resist.
“We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children”— 14 words…
It may be, that not very far in the future, the societies of Western and Central Europe will fall into complete decadence, their economies ruined, their legal and political systems ineffective and scarcely operational. A kind of Dark Age may be coming. If so, what really matters is to be prepared to seed a new pan-European civilization and culture, which can eliminate evil and disorder, so that a better future, and far future, will be able to exist.
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I posted the above film clip out of amusement, really. I (quite genuinely) wonder why idiots like that speaker, and her tiny and lumpenproletarian audience, waste time on demonstrations like that. Still, there it is.
A long time ago, in the 1980s, I was —very unusually— coming out of the Circle Line station at King’s Cross. It was a a summer afternoon. There was, just before the stairs leading to the street, a bank of public telephones. I happened to notice that there was a small black diary or notebook on the floor. I picked it up and looked at it, thinking that I might post it back to the owner, or hand it in to the police.
Said diary turned out to belong to someone at an address nearby, so I walked there. Why not? I was in no hurry, and I like to help people if I can.
I soon arrived at the flat where the diary’s owner lived, 1930s social housing. I (dressed in a pinstripe suit, and sporting a silk tie) knocked at the door. A strange, rather red-faced and intense young woman opened the door, but only about 6 inches. I explained that I had found the diary and where. She looked very suspicious; taking the diary, she shut the door without a word of thanks! I suppose that when the (1980s version) of the “woke” revolution (was going to come), courtesy, or indeed simple politeness, and gratitude, would be unnecessary…
Perhaps the odd young woman thought that I was a member of MI5 or Special Branch who had stolen her diary to get intelligence, and/or was wanting to get to know her or even recruit her. Or did she imagine that I wanted to rape her (or whatever)? God knows. Stupid creature. As often said, “no good deed goes unpunished”…
Did the young woman use the public telephones to avoid any telephone tap on her own telephone? Or did she simply not have a telephone in the flat? Mobile telephones were effectively unknown then, of course.
I wonder where said young woman is now? Probably a member of the Labour Party (Corbyn faction), and/or a local Labour councillor, now aged 60+ and with decades of silly militancy behind her. Or did she fall by the wayside en route to the post-Marxist promised land, marry some accountant or solicitor, and acquire a suburban house, and a holiday home in some place unaffected by the collapse of white England? Who knows?
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National Socialism has passed into history, but the essence of it, in a new form, will rise up to rule Europe.
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I believe in public service broadcasting, but the BBC has not been that, in any serious way, for years, for many years.
I believe in the original dictum of Lord Reith: “inform, educate, and entertain” in that order of priority.
The major strategic mistake the BBC made, at least 50 years ago, was to compete with ITV (and commercial radio) for “ratings”, i.e. cheap popularity. The whole point of having the licence fee (meaning a tax on owning a TV) was, or should have been, to create a TV and radio service which concentrated on relatively “high-minded” stuff. Instead of that, the BBC established Radio 1 and, on TV, dumbed down, first of all, BBC1 TV and then BBC2 TV.
The dumbing-down continued, particularly from the 1980s. In the 1990s and thereafter, the BBC television output gradually declined in quality, and the new efforts were generally poor. BBC Three television was markedly rubbish (it was eventually put online-only), though one bright spot was the new BBC Four, which is now (now that BBC 2 TV is so poor) the only decent BBC TV station, the only one with any intellectual pretension.
As for radio, the World Service was reduced from something really worthwhile in the 1970s and 1980s to very poor in terms of quality through the 1990s, and by 2010 to rock-bottom.
The process continues. On radio, it is noticeable that the dumbing-down continues; Radio 3 output is sometimes close to some of that on Radio 2 these days.
I therefore welcome the announcement that the BBC licence fee (tax) is going to be abolished. I welcome it on principle, and also because, these days, something like the BBC, a huge and bloated corporation run by and staffed by, largely, an in-group, almost all thinking the same way (and mostly the wrong way), is totally anachronistic.
Turn on your TV. How many channels are there? 100? More. Yes, mostly rubbish, but many not, or not completely. Do the few BBC ones really offer anything different from the rest? I say no. Ads? The BBC may not have paid advertising, but it advertises its own shows all the time, which is equally irritating.
Now we have the Internet as well. There is just no justification for subsidizing what the BBC, most of the time, now does.
At one time, almost every country in the world, even the tiniest, had its own “national airline” or “flagcarrier”. That was basically an outcome of international conditions that, by the 1980s, had already been superseded by new norms that better reflected reality. The BBC, as it now is, has no place of significance in the world, and no right to be subsidized by a punitive tax.
I also look forward, of course, to the overpaid BBC drones and “celebrities” having their rice-bowls taken away, but that is a secondary, though pleasant, thought.
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Interesting, if true.
I have little doubt that a proper study would confirm a similar rate in the UK, maybe 50,000+.
Listened to part of the pathetic and irritating BBC Radio 4 Today Programme. Little Matt Hancock promoting his NHS app and medical records non-privacy nonsense. No concern for personal rights, or personal privacy.
Little Hancock expressing pleasant surprise that (apparently) almost no-one has had flu in the UK for 18 months. Seems, on the face of it, to see no connection between the “Covid-19” “panicdemic”, the faked statistics thereof, and the “surprising” statistics about flu.
Good sense has almost fled from the UK.
The UK was shut down pointlessly, with huge economic damage and huge but non-Covid health damage. The Government are a bunch of clowns, advised by twerps such as Professor Ferguson and crazed quasi-Communists such as the Michie woman. The propaganda pumped out has led to a population resembling fearful rabbits (especially older people), and all the nonsense around the situation, especially the facemask nonsense, is supported zealously by the Twitterati twits (of course), who are always wrong about everything.
Look at the latest news. “Vaccine passports”, which liar-in-chief “Boris”-idiot swore would never be introduced, now are going to be introduced, though under other names. Meanwhile, it is clear that “Freedom Day”, already postponed once, will probably never happen, and if it does, will both not live up to its name and/or be short-lived, until the next (supposedly “necessary”) “lockdown” shutdown.
When will people wake up and “just say no”? Ever? I am doubtful. The UK population is now so weakened by political correctness, and also by the fear of the State and social pressures brought on by State propaganda, that I fear that few will dare to be dissident.
I think that I was the first, or one of the first, several years ago, to identify Jew troll Ben Gidley (@bengidley), who writes absurd sociological gibberish at Birkbeck/Goldsmiths (University of London), as being the same as “@bobfrombrockley”, and also various Twitter trolling accounts, including “@inthesoupagain” and “@antinazisunited”. That troll used to tweet against me on a daily basis until, finally, he and other Jews conspired successfully to have me removed from Twitter in 2018.
Incidentally, Hitchens has the wrong Twitter name there: the correct one is “@bengidley” (not “@ben_gidley” (though that latter may well be yet another of the little bastard’s Twitter accounts) .
…and that, of course, is the plan— atomized individuals, unable to gather together, complain or protest together, even talk together…
What is now happening in System party politics, eg by-elections etc, is a “Schauspiel” or spectacle to fool the British people, akin to when teenage louts take a beachball from a small boy and then tease him by throwing it to each other as he stands, upset and confused, in the middle, until some sensible adult sorts them out.
Yes, there might be a slight change or tweak of policy, but not much, if, say, the LibDems were to win 80 seats (in some unlikely scenario) and so deprive the misnamed Conservatives of the Commons majority. The LibDems usually back the present Government; indeed, Labour, the supposed official Opposition, usually votes with this absurd Government of complete idiots.
Don’t be fooled though. Behind Boris-idiot, behind the other “dirty democratic politicians” (as Hitler called the same sort in the Germany of the 1920s), behind fake “Labour”, behind the LibDem play-politicians, stand the ZOG (Zionist Occupation Government) and NWO (New World Order) cabals.
Well, I do not remember 1970s London as particularly wonderful, but overall it was still better than London in 2021. It had rough edges, but was not yet the zoo it has become.
There are shortages now. I notice that in the local Waitrose (the nearest small town to my home has only that one supermarket, and a Marks & Spencer food hall). Sometimes there are very limited choices in the fresh food areas. Fruits, some vegetables too. Is that the eventual idea, to make people line up for rations, as (at times, for some) in socialist East Berlin, or provincial Soviet cities in the pre-1989 era?
Think “The Great Reset”…NWO/ZOG…depressed scurrying crowds, all wearing masks, clutching their vaccine passports, desperate to be allowed to buy basic foodstuffs and to be permitted to travel beyond their local areas.
Question: at what point does actual uprising become the only choice left? Another question: will there soon even be any people with both intelligence and spirit, and who are both willing and able to rise up?
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Well, having known a few Finns, including one girlfriend (in the 1990s) I very much doubt that Finland really is the happiest country in the world, but it is a very good country all the same, I think. Why would they spoil that by inviting immigration, especially non-white immigration? Are there (((snakes))) in their cold Garden of Eden?
“Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them?” [Shakespeare, Hamlet]
Yesterday evening, went out to Waitrose. First outing for 4 days. Roads fairly quiet but not empty. It was after 1900 hrs, though.
At Waitrose, the car park almost empty, though a source told me that a Tesco supermarket, in another and more populated area 21 miles away, had been packed earlier in the day. Different factors though: that other area is quite suburbanized, is on a major “A” road, the time of day was earlier, and of course Tesco is more popular than Waitrose anyway, being slightly cheaper.
At Waitrose, the Handmaid’s Tale militia (Waitrose “marshals”) were few, in fact I saw only three loitering outside or cleaning shopping trolleys. There have been as many as half a dozen in recent weeks. There was no line to get into the store; in fact there were almost no customers at all.
Inside, disappointed to see no last-minute offers at 10% or 5% of the usual price (I can be rather a scavenger), but for once no shortages. All the usual suspects were available: bread, dry pasta, rice, pasta sauce, even bleach. I think that the shopping public has decided that the “panic buy” emergency is at an end and so there is no need to join the throng. In any case, in my area, many people must be sitting on mountains of loo paper, kitchen roll, pasta and rice.
Still, there is still a background panicked atmosphere around. I saw one silly woman wearing a thick scarf very loosely wound round her mouth and neck. Very unlikely to make any difference whatsoever to getting or not getting the Chinese virus. Even more ludicrously, I saw another and even more silly woman driving out of the car park, alone in her car and wearing a face mask! So…she is afraid that she might transmit “the virus” to…herself? Or is she afraid that, somehow, the air that comes into the car might harbour “the virus”? Which is impossible.
Some recent tweets by Peter Hitchens, who is worth reading because he is one of the few who has stood up against the Government-sponsored “virus” panic (etc) which has recently swept “the nation” (which latter does not exist any more, but let’s leave that aside).
The disturbing fact is that the police in many formerly free countries now actively side with a political viewpoint, and failure to hold that viewpoint can swiftly bring you into conflict with a body established to uphold *law* not the govt of the day. This is a huge loss., https://t.co/Mqgl3ouPOT
My view is that so-called 'lockdown' (in fact a US prison term which should not be applied to free countries) has so far had no discernible effect on the pattern of the disease, if you examine all the affected countries. https://t.co/4KqCKwunXN
The unmistakable sound of one mind shutting @hyperglobalist. What a dreary life you must lead cut off from the ideas you fear. Tombs is a good writer, though in my view his ‘That Sweet Enemy’ written with his French wife Isabelle, is better. https://t.co/wg63pXP2tj
On April 5 at govt briefing Dr Jenny Harries, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, confirmed that many deaths with Covid are not necessarily from Covid. She said: ‘These are Covid-associated deaths, they are all sad events, they would not all be a death as a result of Covid.’ https://t.co/UAGhuyLWfk
I know the difference between hard science, objective testable, falsifiable, experimental and predictive, and pseudo-science, which is none of these things but pretends to have the same status. Which is why it describes its guesswork as 'stochastic'. Big words baffle. https://t.co/HqNFNleQil
Heresy! An affront to our Dear Leader Kim Jong Al our All-Wise Helmsman ! But this article: https://t.co/pyWshJGJuY is also a calm, well-reasoned and researched corrective to much that has bene said about the Covid outbreak. Please read, but only if you are intelligent.
“Covid-19 is no more than a nasty, but basically normal, viral respiratory infection, though you’ll be regarded rather as a mullah regards a blasphemer if you say so. Why is this?
After all: it is precisely because its symptoms seemed so similar to viral pneumonia that the initial outbreak in Wuhan was missed until the numbers built, and it is now clear that we have been missing Covid-19 cases diagnosed as pneumonia in Europe at least as far back as December, probably earlier. In the vernacular: it looks as though it was bubbling away for ages before we noticed.”
“There are really only two particularly unusual things about the Covid-19 epidemic: the timing of its arrival and the lockdown some countries declared. And if we ask “Covid, where is thy sting?”, it is lockdown that will sting: in the UK, the death-toll of people not turning up to hospital with cardiac issues (admissions are down 50% across the country) is now unmissable in the weekly non-Covid excess death figures published by the ONS, now running over 3,000 per week just for England and Wales. The downstream toll from missed cancer diagnoses (referrals are down 67%, as stressed by Professor Sikora) is heartbreak yet to come.
This is to say nothing of the toll on education, liberty and the economy. We’ve given up everything we should hold dear for a virus that just turned up three months later than similar viruses normally do.”
Some of the comments appended to that blog post are also of interest:
“It’s also a consequence of the media being increasingly dominated by young people, who thus have no sense of historical perspective. We see it in the climate change debate – weather events that are bog standard in any sort of medium to long term time span are immediately termed ‘unprecedented!’ by the media, whose attention span (and personal experience) hardly goes back more than a decade or so. Thus the idea that something that happened in the 1990s could be relevant to what is happening today would be laughed at.” [from above blog post comments section]
“Life today driven by demands of the minority of vocal pathetic snowflakes’ demands for “no-risk”. Just look at the headline today about the Unions not wanting to go back to work until they ‘feel safe’. This is the language of infants.” [from above blog post comments section]
“Three points. Lockdown started AFTER peak infection and peak hospital admissions. Continuing infections/deaths occuring despite weeks of lockdown because hot spots of infection unaffected by general population, they are in hospitals and care homes. Sweden, Japan, S Korea, Taiwan had no lockdown, considerably less deaths than UK. Lockdown has had minimal effect on the normal bell curve of infection/deaths.” [[from above blog post comments section]
A “free country”?
Just as plans harden for a court challenge to Kim Jong Al's shutdown (see https://t.co/OCFvptAai1 A former govt law adviser says Human Rights laws should be suspended to prevent such challenge: https://t.co/F0PFubdewR Free country or what?
It is clear that some countries which have had little or no “lockdown” have done much better than the UK in dealing with the Chinese virus, and have at least tried to save their economies from ruination; others, on far more strict “lockdown”, such as Italy and Spain, have done worse than the UK (per capita) and now face economic meltdown.
I blogged from the start that (as the UK Government said before crazed advisers caused it to go mad) the only known way to safeguard yourself from getting this virus is to keep thoroughly washing hands with soap and water (or gel, if in transit). The other “measures taken” have been driven by public relations rather than any scientific facts. I mean the “2-metre social distancing”, the facemasks, the “stay home” mantra. As to those three aspects, it may be that a tiny number of people have been protected by such measures, but at what cost?!
Meanwhile, the London Underground has stayed open, though (you couldn’t make it up!) with reduced numbers of carriages, thus making the conditions even more friendly to “the virus” (and other viruses and bacteria). And let’s not forget the influxes into the UK: air passengers allowed in freely, and migrant-invaders “caught” in the Channel or on beaches, then directed to free shelter, food and cash, and allowed to mingle freely with the unwilling host population.
As for “Protect the NHS”, well the sacred cow has been protected, but at the cost of thousands of lives: those often elderly people bundled up and shunted off back home (to often-inadequate home care), sent back to residential care homes where they and other residents have been dying in droves, while the “clap for NHS” rabbits have been virtue-signalling on cue every week (though not as many ever did it as the propaganda would suggest, and the display has almost died out now; where I live, it was always only a tiny minority doing it).
Then there are the uncounted thousands who have died and will die because “lockdown” has delayed or cancelled consultations, treatment, surgical operations etc.
One may laugh at Boris-idiot and his “government of fools”, but these opportunists are killing people, by their half-measures but also by their over-reaction and by their sheer ineptitude and negligence.
I do not think that “lockdown” is very useful, and in any case I think that the Chinese virus is far more widespread than at first thought. It probably started to infect people in the UK in January or even last December. Neither do I think that the “social distancing” measures are hugely useful. What I do think useful are closures of crowded nightclubs, pubs, busy cafes, sports venues, pop concerts and (which was never done) closure of public transport in crowded cities like London. Places where people are jammed together and may breathe over each other.
My bottom line? Whatever the truth of any of the above, either way, the fact is that “lockdown” (especially) has huge economic effects, despite and even to some extent because of the ameliorating measures put in place by Rishi Sunak.
The Government has scared people silly, unnecessarily. Now, the public is only gradually getting used to the idea of not being under a kind of house arrest, only gradually getting used to the idea of going back to their —in many cases, boring— jobs. The 80%-of-pay furlough payments (capped at £2,500 per month) add up to 100% of pay for those making under £36,000 a year and who pay for transport to and from their usual work.
Apart from the niggling restrictions, the civil rights aspects and the sheer boredom, the “lockdown” has, thanks to furlough payments, not been too bad for many. However, the Government simply cannot indefinitely bribe much of the public not to work, not at that level.
For me, that is the bottom line, beyond all of the medical, scientific and other arguments around “lockdown”: it simply cannot be maintained endlessly, because it cannot be paid for.
Many have accepted “lockdown”, as a temporary measure, because they are not suffering financially. Indeed, that is what the furlough payments (etc) were designed to do. Furlough alone is costing £8 billion per month. By way of comparison, the NHS, with 2 million employees, costs £11 billion per month to run.
I doubt that the Government will authorize furlough payments after the end of June. Maybe until the end of July. Not later. Then those furloughed will either return to work or, in many cases, go onto the”Universal Credit” dole.
We do not know yet the full economic cost of the Government’s imposition of a toytown police state. Everything has been frozen: redundancies, sackings, domestic property evictions, commercial property legal actions for recovery of rent; and so on. We do know that the “ruthless entrepreneurs” and “hardnosed private enterprise” chancers, like Branson, have all been demanding, or begging for, money from Government. Many will beg without satisfaction.
Airlines (and so airports) may be uneconomic for months, for years. Ground support companies as well. Retailers may soon be failing by the hundred, by the thousand, not only from “lockdown” itself but because people will have less money to spend and may prefer to spend what they do have safely, via the Internet. Fancy a holiday in Spain or Italy? I doubt it. Not for a year or so, anyway. Ferry companies will also struggle. The list continues.
“Nine in 10 people do not want the lockdown to ease immediately – with 50 per cent happy to stay off work if they are getting paid or receiving government subsidies.
As Boris Johnson prepares to unveil his ‘exit strategy’, a poll found just 4 per cent believe the draconian restrictions should start to be lifted now, and another 7 per cent were not sure.” [Daily Mail]
So half the workforce are “happy” to stay off work so long as they are still getting paid? Well, there’s a shock (not).
The Daily Mail graphic is interesting, if accurate:
So hardly any of the public (4%) want an end to the “lockdown” nonsense immediately (well, it’s not the first time I have stood as part of a small but worthy minority), more than a quarter think that the end of this month would be best, but a fifth think that the end of June would be best (!), while nearly a quarter prefer the end of July or even later!
I doubt whether many presently content to sit at home indefinitely, or at least for another month, so long as they still get paid, are aware of the probably lasting damage that this is doing to the UK economically. They will only notice it when it hits home in terms of no job, no home, no future for their children etc. By then, the virus may be in the past, but the negative effects of “lockdown” will be very much around.
Sitting in my car earlier, I heard a Radio 4 broadcast of a 10-minute speech by the person currently posing as Prime Minister. I should say that it was somewhere between mediocre and poor. A half-hearted attempt to reprise Churchill in 1940 fell very flat. Johnson called Coronavirus “the most vicious threat to the UK I have seen in my lifetime”. So it seems that the Soviet Union, the Warsaw Pact and the Cold War passed “Boris” by?
Johnson seemed overwhelmed. This was not the easy prime minister stuff he wanted to do. He gave the impression of being not quite big enough for the role. His speech was pedestrian, forced, unconvincing. An overgrown schoolboy pretending and posing and whistling into a cold wind.
As for Johnson’s movement on “lockdown”, too little by far. He also went through a list of matters which only served to underline his incompetence and that of his Cabinet.
What Johnson does not seem to understand is that people are not waiting for his permission to do things such as drive places, walk through parks or national parks, or on beaches. Or maybe he does understand that he, the Government and the toytown police are losing control. His remedy? To make “lockdown” easier before people just ignore it.
Oh well, at least that stupid “Stay at home; Protect the NHS; Save lives” slogan is now dumped. Dump the weekly “clapathon” too!
Van der Valk
Another episode of the new Van der Valk. Slick compared to the mid-1970s original, a more developed storyline (in 2 hours compared to the original one hour), but somehow slightly missing the heavy Dutch atmosphere of the original 1970s stories.
I did not know that the series continued after the 1970s. As to that Dutch atmosphere, both productions were/are British, though filmed on location. I myself was first in Amsterdam in 1975, and made subsequent visits in the 1980s.
One aspect that seemed to be unnecessary in the new production was the introduction of a young black detective in a semi-comic role. Out of place.
Overall, I should award the new production 4 out of 5 stars. It is well done for the most part, though it suffers from the same problem as the first Van der Valk, namely the characterization of the title character. Somehow insubstantial or vacant. What makes him tick? Compare Van der Valk to Inspector Morse, Lewis, Endeavour, Wallander etc. Point made, I think.
Seems that I am not the only one appalled by how out of his depth Boris Johnson seemed today:
In summary: Stay home but go out as much as you like. Work from home but go back to work without using public transport. The infection rate in care homes is falling now that all the old people are dead. 2 week quarantine for air passengers but yet. Cheers Bozo.#BorisHasFailed
So in a nutshell. Step one: Make the impression of easing lockdown Step two: Give impossibly vague guidance on who can go to work Step three: Increase fines Step four: Use the vague guidance loopholes to rake it in Step five: oh and yes, every death a tragedy etc #BorisHasFailed
Boris Johnson has just declared the working class are expendable to protect capitalism. The people you'll risk your lives to work for will get richer from the safety of their own homes. The Tories could've sacrificed HS2 or Trident but are sacrificing you instead. #BorishasFailed
and to date there are 117,000 more tweets in the same vein.
So what? Now include Belgium and Ireland, the Netherlands, and Japan and Taiwan. Any serious analysis does not focus narrowly on a few countries. And it finds there is *no* pattern which links the severity of the shutdown and the number of deaths. https://t.co/u1rxNGlDsE
Define 'hysteria' @jlflanner. I'm not ordering people to stay in their homes,like Wee Willie Winkie, or sending out the police to arrest sunbathers, or spending £2.4 billion a day I haven't got, paying people to do nothing,on the basis of guesswork. I'm the one saying it's silly. https://t.co/0JHeYyEphe
I think the Churchillian pretence has never looked so thin. The Kim Jong Son statement was simultaneously boring and outrageous, then made ridiculous by clunky Blue Peter graphics. Like watching John Major declare war on Monaco. https://t.co/44cMGgvAoF
1/2 Watching Dear Leader Kim Jong Son's address to the people of the Democratic People's Republic of England, I noted this was the first time any head of government in this country had ever concerned himself with when and how I go to work, how I travel, who I meet.
2/2 All this absurd Maoist interference with private and personal matters was founded on a claim, unsupported by evidence, that he was somehow able to protect me from a virus. This is a classic distillation of fear into power….
3/2 As I watched this Maoist performance, it was amusing to think that only a few weeks ago this man and his party machine (now also flooding the country with fairy gold) were trying to persuade me that Jeremy Corbyn was a Marxist threat to freedom and the economy. Well, I never
Oh dear @kundesteria, how determinedly you miss the point. You actually *want* to believe that Big Brother can protect you from a virus, don't you? What all the evidence shows is that He can't. At some point you have to grow up and be an adult in a world of risk. https://t.co/W3E25SGO8U
1/4 https://t.co/AD52Rgaz0j"Standing in line two metres apart outside supermarkets does not make a lot of sense," Prof [Robert] Dingwall said. "The two-metre rule does not have validity and has never had much of an evidence base.
The only point at which I agree with “social distancing” is that it is common sense to avoid coming within a foot or two (i.e. far less than one metre) of people, just in case one of those nearby people were to sneeze or breathe excitedly on one, unlikely though that may be anyway. That should, however, be a personal choice, not a State-mandated compulsion.
I cannot wait to see whether the conforming rabbits in the line outside Waitrose will automatically adjust to any new “advice” from this hapless hopeless government of fools to the effect that one metre rather than two is OK. Psychological serfdom. Day 1— two metres; day 2— one metre. All line up at the approved distance, shop for “essentials”, then go home to stand at the door and “clap for the NHS”, making sure to note whether any dangerous dissidents are not clapping (cf. North Korea and Stalin’s Russia).
“Clap for the NHS”?
The NHS fetish is one of the weirdest traits of the British.
— General Flynn's Army🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@USAPanorama) May 2, 2020
Oh @alisonfi@moutet, my point isn't really about better or worse. All medical systems fail sometimes. My point is that we should have a rational attitude towards the NHS, and not make it into a religion (currently the only one allowed to hold services). https://t.co/Ta0zXthCUF
The British people have developed (or been forced by politically-correct termites in government, Common Purpose etc to develop) a kind of religion-substitute. NHS. You cannot discuss healthcare or health outcomes rationally in the UK because the health service is a kind of quasi-religion.
I favour the NHS in principle, but it has become an immobile, often poorly-functioning special interest bloc. One should not forget that it employs over 2 million people, so is politically powerful. Inertia is huge. In a crisis, the NHS flounders, cannot properly equip its staff, and is focussed on keeping up its image.
I think we in Britain were too busy closing railway lines, police stations and grammar schools to get around to closing hospital wards. @moutethttps://t.co/vSQS1ZmrK2
People may not be angry *yet* because it has not all hit the fan yet. Once many furloughed people find that their jobs are not there after June, and those with jobs learn how they're going to pay for all of this, then the "fun* starts.
I still can't believe that people can have a serious discussion about whether they are legally allowed to sit on a deserted park bench or not. I'm sure I'm going to wake up on the 1st Jan and realise it was all just a ludicrous dream that no one in real life would take seriously!
'Normal ppl don't do things like that' said a woman in the article. No they just wear slightly smaller masks, cross the road to avoid you on their once a day walk & agree that sunbathing on a deserted beach is a selfish, reprehensible crime. Well people can stuff normality now!
Ha ha! Look at this idiot! (below) [update note: that tweet from a Scotsman has now been deleted, apparently]. Thinks that State benefits and pensions (which are far less than average pay) should be cut to 80% of their present level to “share the pain” with those “furloughed”!
This ******* country has just gone mad. Look at the tweets by @JimBruce100, below, for example.
Yeah, if everyone was put in solitary confinement, there'd be no infections at all. Can anyone see any difficulties with that? https://t.co/x7MXyUaWij
The same Irishman, “J.P. Bruce”, tweeted this (below)!
I often stroll along a nearby beach. If there is a strong breeze blowing from the sea surely any dangerous droplets of Covid-19 which I exhaled could travel much further than 2 metres? It makes me wonder about the impact of wind speed generally on the transmission of the virus.🤨
What does it actually take for British people to ignore these “rules” and petty instant laws, and run a huge steamroller over “lockdown”, the toytown police, Boris-idiot, little Matt Hancock etc?
Public-private partnership— to brainwash the population
Since the Coronavirus situation began, followed and accompanied by the “Clap for NHS” stuff, I have noticed a considerable upswing in the notionally “private enterprise” organizations putting out what amounts to multikulti propaganda. You know the sort of thing: mixed race families, usually with a black, West Indian man and a white, usually blonde “wife” or other “partner”, their mixed-race children there too. A few of these propaganda ads even have two or more such multikulti “families” in the same clips.
This is no accident. Various ad agencies, numerous clients (fooled into allowing such stuff to go out under their corporate names), all dovetailing with System aims and purposes, including the recent “lockdown” nonsense.
We often hear about how, in Russia, Putin, the Russian state and its organs are tied to big business in an unholy alliance. Maybe we should look a bit closer home…
People starting to wonder “what happened to free speech” in the UK. (((They))) stole it…
The removal of dissident material from public view did not start with David Icke. I was removed from Twitter in 2018; Alison Chabloz has also been removed (and subjected to prosecution). The London Forum had its YouTube channel removed. Just a few examples.
Who or what is behind all this? Three guesses…
Others join in, notably the idiotic pseudo-socialist “antifa” rank and file, but behind all that is the same impetus, the same world-problem.
Some people seem, even now, to be surprised that they do not live in a “free country”, even after having been subjected to mass house arrest, arbitrary harassment by toytown police for “crimes” such as sunbathing, going for a motorbike ride in the country, sitting on a park bench, walking along a beach etc. For God’s sake, robots, wake up!
What an inverted world we live in whereby David Icke is banned from Facebook and YouTube and Owen Jones is free to continue on both of these platforms.But then, one is embraced by British mainstream media, especially the liberal component, whereas the other one is not. #DavidIcke
I feel people ought to be able to make their own decisions to what they should and shouldn’t watch/listen to. #DavidIcke exposed Jimmy Saville 20 yrs ago as a pedophile, whilst Saville got a Knighthood. Noone listened & we all know how that story ended.
You may have agreed some or none of the opinions from #DavidIcke in the past. Now you’re not allowed to even consider them, because someone somewhere won’t allow YOU to decide. Censorship of any kind is dangerous, be careful of what you wished for.
Mass censorship by platforms such as Google and Facebook is one thing, but how long before all the web hosting & streaming companies start telling #DavidIcke and other independent content creators they can no longer use their services? Very dark times we’re living in… https://t.co/UWk911yE3y
I don't agree with a lot of what #DavidIcke says but that's not the point. Freedom of speech is what we base democracy on otherwise we have a dictatorship. Oh and while we are talking about misleading Covid19 information… pic.twitter.com/Gz2r28GqQ7
On the subject of the BBC, it has become a “State broadcaster” in the worst sense. More boring and more biased than the old Soviet TV channels. I regret to have to say (as someone in favour of public service broadcasting) that the BBC is basically enemy propaganda now, and its staff are part of that.
Its a sad world when a thorough piece of human shit like George Bush trends while a truly great human like #davidicke is being erased by youtube google and facebook. PLEASE DO NOT CLICK LIKE WITHOUT RETWEETING-either support the truth or fuck off. help https://t.co/fLkqfQym9I now pic.twitter.com/rvOfH8kqHq
— HARRY VOX – life during wartime (@voxnews1) May 3, 2020
Below, a fine example of how the self-described “Left” (pseudo-socialists) have lost all credibility and all ideological meaning. A wannabee msm scribbler lesbian applauds the censorship of David Icke and justifies it by his supposed breaking of the “terms and conditions” of a private enterprise…
Imagine crying “fascism” about a known antisemite getting kicked off a website whose terms and conditions he repeatedly broke. Get a life, dweebs.
I have to admit that, until today, I had no idea that the drink, Fanta, was invented in wartime Germany, and was the result of the US embargo, which cut off supplies of raw materials, meaning that Coca-Cola could not be produced in Germany.
A quite interesting article. Fanta was developed in Germany during WW2, but the usual orange flavour of today was introduced in Naples, in 1955. I was also unaware that there are over 90 (the article says both 90+ and 100+…) varieties of Fanta.
In February 2015, a 75th-anniversary version of Fanta was released in Germany. Packaged in glass bottles evoking the original design and with an authentic original wartime flavor including 30% whey and pomace, it is described on the packaging as “less sweet” and a German original. An associated television ad referenced the history of the drink and said the Coca-Cola company wanted to bring back “the feeling of the Good Old Times” which was interpreted by many to mean Nazi rule. The ad was subsequently replaced.” [Wikipedia]
Come to think of it, whatever happened to Tab, which was an early precursor to Diet Coke? My aunt-by-marriage in Sydney always drank that, circa 1967.
'Testing' is displacement activity. It has no bearing on the actual issue, and is an obsession with tame media who (like Soviet media in the old days) are willing to criticise *execution* of government policy, but not the policy itself. https://t.co/fN22DTsIwT
Yes, basically our government of teenagers panicked and infected the population with the same panic. So they over-reacted ludicrously and frightened millions with wild overestimates of danger. Now they cannot dispel the fear they spread. @bartbukhttps://t.co/FvXMLQTXVZ
The flu of 1968-69 killed 80,000 in Britain,but there was no house arrest & the country didn't shut down: https://t.co/Nzq5GxibX9 'Perhaps the 1968 pandemic did not prompt a worldwide economic shutdown because the generation in power had a more sanguine attitude towards diseases.
It is seen all the time, this idea that, eg, the 1970s were drab days of no electrical supply (by reason of strikes) and “three day weeks”. That was a mere few weeks out of 10 years! One year only, 1974 (plus the “winter of discontent” in 1978-79 (again a few weeks only for most people): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-Day_Week#The_Three-Day_Week
Likewise, we see, all the time, nonsense on TV about how food was terrible in the UK in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, even 1990s! I am tempted to think it all part of a media campaign to think our ghastly present is somehow good or “the best ever”, when that is far from the case.
Just yesterday I saw a tweet from a very odd official Hampshire Police account (@WatersideCops) to the effect that we are in an “ever-improving society”! Not for the first time, I wonder who is actually in charge of that very tendentious Twitter account. Some Common Purpose “alumna” (or alumnus, though I think not…)? An ideologically-fanatical infiltrator? Very odd indeed.