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Diary Blog, 22 October 2020, including a few more thoughts about “socialism” in the UK

The infantile and disordered

https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/10/20/the-sky-history-controversy-shows-how-pathetic-anti-fascists-have-become/

I must have missed that particular storm in a Twitter teacup. Typical, though. The self-described “Left” (a term which, like “Right”, I never use), or (pseudo-) “socialist” element has nohing much to say.

In 1989, socialism died, all over the world. That was as true of British socialism or social democracy as it was of Soviet socialism (which just expired and evaporated within a couple of years, being replaced by “oligarchic” kleptocracy), and Chinese socialism (which kept the names and forms of socialism while transforming into complete cut-throat capitalism under overall State supervision).

In Britain, the Labour Party changed from a social-democratic party with socialist roots and pretensions into a basically finance-capitalist party with social-democratic pretensions. Clause 4 (nationalization) was ditched; within a few years it was uncontroversial for the half-Jew Mandelson, Tony Blair’s most important ally, to say that he was “intensely relaxed about people getting filthy rich“. Imagine Clement Attlee, Harold Wilson or, say, James Callaghan saying that (in public)!

As Labour became a non-socialist party in the 1990s, the more socialist-oriented element in it became infected more and more with the peripheral politics of identity.

As a frequent browser in Collet’s London Bookshop in Charing Cross Road in 1976 (aged 19), I saw that they had shelves devoted to books and magazines about “sexual politics” and the like, as well as what became known as “multiculturalism”. I was social-national even then, and thought that those areas were, even in the context of Marxist/post-Marxist ideology, sideshows at best. I was right then, but wrong down the line, because it was exactly that sort of stuff that eventually took over, not the Labour Party as such, but the more “socialist”-leaning element within it.

What are the concerns of those “socialists” on, say, Twitter? “Refugees” (most of whom are bogus anyway); “LGBT” etc; supporting all the “Covid-19” nonsense (facemasks, lockdowns etc); “black lives matter”. After all those, maybe poverty too, but the real old-style socialists focussed on relief of poverty as of prime importance, together with the whole socio-economic pattern of society. Also, those old-style activists had a idea of how to achieve their objectives. The post-Marxists have exchanged that for what amounts to a virtue-signalling whine.

The Twitterati who think themselves “socialist” (there are exceptions), especially the “antifa” element and the Jew-Zionists, find their greatest pleasure and victory when someone with whom they disagree (usually unthinkingly) is expelled from Twitter. Most interesting tweeters (like me, if I immodestly say so) are now gone from increasingly dull Twitter.

Also, the Twitterati are often found complacently reciting that xyz (like me) have rightly been expelled from Twitter because “Twitter, Facebook, YouTube etc are commercial companies and can expel or deny service to anyone”. Pretty pathetic. A surrender to the marketplace, and a quasi-monopolistic marketplace at that. No thought as to the rights of the citizen qua citizen (eg free speech rights) going beyond mere contractual rights.

One might add that Twitter is the main playground of such people. Not the real world where real events happen and where questions of politics, questions of importance, are decided.

Whining on Twitter (“slacktivism”) becomes the substitute for real political or social action.

You can see all of that in the Corbyn saga of recent years. Corbyn Labour was not without its virtues, though Corbyn was really a surviving example of an old-style socialist surrounded by those new-style pseudo-socialist virtue-signallers; political coelacanth [“Coelacanths were thought to have become extinct in the Late Cretaceous, around 66 million years ago, but were rediscovered in 1938The coelacanth was long considered a “living fossil“— Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coelacanth].

The result of the obsession with peripheral matters (perhaps the most bizarre and off-piste is re. “transphobia”) has been that Labour itself (and the so-called “Left” in general) has become politically almost irrelevant, despite the Labour Party being the only major “opposition” to a Conservative Party government of surpassing incompetence.

Matters of wide public concern: mass immigration and migration-invasion; education; NHS services; a future for the young; security for the old; the environment; housing; pay and benefits.

There are really only two groups now vying for ideological supremacy under the superficial show of politics: the System of “ZOG”, “NWO” etc, and social nationalism. The so-called “Left”, though vocal, is an irrelevance on the wider stage.

The year 2022, 33 years on from the last “reset” of world politics in and after 1989, will be of prime importance. Large-scale change.

Related blog posts: https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/01/01/disordered-and-infantile-people/; https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/01/18/some-thoughts-about-venezuela-socialism-and-developing-a-more-advanced-society/; https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/castro-and-cuba/

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brendan_Clarke-Smith

I had not previously heard of this backwoods MP. Seems that he was a teacher, somewhere; where? Only a (brief?) stint as headmaster of an unspecified school in Romania is noted. I suspect that he is yet another chancer and freeloader in the Commons. A Romanian wife who is a doctor in Bassetlaw, wherever that is (actually, Nottinghamshire). A prime candidate for my “Deadhead MPs” series. Watch this space.

Perhaps Clarke-Smith might think about how real pay and the real level of State benefits have declined over the years, placing many —even many who are in full-time work— in poverty. He himself has presumably been able to live off his wife’s earnings (at least to a large extent) for years.

Brendan Clarke-Smith seems to be yet another “pleb-Con”. In the German phrase, “put a beggar on a horse and he rides it to death“. Typisch…

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Quite. My own experience (in part): https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/when-i-was-a-victim-of-a-malicious-zionist-complaint/

The idea that evil hypocrites such as Dunce Duncan Smith, the jew “lord” Freud, Esther McVey and Therese Coffey want to “help” people is naive, to say the least.

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The facemask zealots all pretend to be following The Science, but in reality their zealotry goes far deeper and has nothing to do with science, and everything to do with some strange wish to conform.

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Diary Blog, 5 September 2020, including thoughts about the demise of the “Alt-Right”

Eric Joyce and India Knight

I may not always agree with her ideological positions, but Julie Burchill is rarely boring as a writer:

https://www.spiked-online.com/2020/08/12/the-silence-of-the-hacks/

When I still had a Twitter account, I received a couple of rude and unsolicited replies (to a tweet not addressed to him) from the then-MP Eric Joyce, and another, though on a different topic (re. MP expenses generally) from his then-fiancee, “columnist”/book scribbler India Knight. Her tweet was both presumptuous and incorrect.

As to Joyce’s own expenses, during his time as MP he managed to rip off the taxpayer in a truly royal fashion: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Joyce#Expenses_claims; https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-8499753/ANDREW-PIERCE-final-shame-violent-ex-major-bragged-touch-Im-MP.html

[As some Daily Mail readers’ comments noted, Joyce was not an officer of the Black Watch (though he was a private soldier in that regiment), but later was commissioned in the Royal Logistics Corps].

As to India Knight, I laugh at her present embarrassment, but feel that it is insufficient punishment. Still, there it is.

Oh, here is the “happy couple”, at an event for dogs:

Long-term relationship: Eric Joyce and his partner India Knight pictured in London

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Unfortunately, neither Jew barrister/scribbler Rupert Myers, nor former hugely-overpaid charity executive and woke-drone, Brendan Cox, both sex pests and sexual assaulters of vulnerable drunken women, were ever prosecuted. I believe that both tweeted against me in the past. Myers certainly did.

Once again, persons who deserve punishment but have escaped.

In fact, “free speech” is now severely restricted in the UK, largely because of the Jewish lobby that Julia Hartley-Brewer supports, or implicitly supports. As for “democracy”, hardy ha ha.

Still, I disapprove of the Extinction Rebellion zealots, overall, and can see that the System and its police are tolerating them for covert reasons, so I repost JHB (who was another one once rude to me and also wrong, on Twitter, in the past) out of duty on this occasion.

It is a rare day when I repost material from Jewish lobby drones like Stephen Pollard and Douglas Murray, but “no religion is higher than truth” [सत्यान्नास्ति परो धर्मः]…

Long-term readers of this blog will be aware that I have blogged in the past about “Extinction Rebellion”: https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/08/16/the-extinction-rebellion-levellers/; and https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/10/09/extinction-rebellion-greta-thunberg-cressida-dick-and-the-madness-of-protesting-crowds/; and https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/09/29/greta-thunberg-system-approved-wunderkind/

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1902! Think about that!

So much for the “peer reviews” so beloved of the mediocre Twitterati…

Oh, and where did this “no platforming” of dissenting views start? In the campaigns by Jew-Zionists to shut down or shout down the opinions of anti-Zionists and social-nationalists. The whole idea of historical revision or inquiry being labelled “holocaust” “denial” etc. Also, people losing jobs, professions, and homes because of Jew “lawfare” (malicious complaints to police, CPS, social media sites etc).

Then there came, in parts of Europe, quasi-mediaeval laws banning what can be said or written about the Second World War, particularly the non-existent “gas chambers” etc. So called “holocaust” “denial” laws.

That tendency then spread to dissenting views about “climate change”, under the label “climate change denial”.

Now we see the same tendency in respect of “Coronavirus”. Anyone doubting any part of the officially-approved narrative, whether of the causes, spread, or treatment of “the virus” (or even things such as the facemask nonsense) is to be censored or banned…

I think that I can lay claim to having been consistently hostile, for a decade or more, to Boris-idiot, the part-Jew, part-Levantine public entertainer who has now been posing as PM for over a year, and whose jokes are starting to fall very flat.

Likewise, I can also claim that I was able to discern at an early stage that “Boris” was not the strong leader many imagined, but as weak as weak could be, made yet weaker by his complete lack of both ideology and principle. The mob now starts to catch up with me.

G.K. Chesterton, that great cynic who was also a great reverer (to paraphrase Nietzsche) would be very sad to see what has happened to what he called the “good Christian inns” of old England.

The only heartening thing is that many are awakening to how deeply sinister all of this is. Incidentally, in Russian prisons, going back to the time of Stalin at least, prisoners being taken anywhere inside a prison are ordered to face the wall whenever another prisoner is brought along the same corridor.

Pay peanuts, get monkeys; pay more, get more monkeys…

There it is again: “holocaust”, “global warming”, “climate change”, “Coronavirus pandemic”, “Black Lives Matter” (etc)…”YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO QUESTION THE NARRATIVE”…

…and few will annoy the plebs by saying the truth: that most of the negative changes in the UK have come about because said plebs are more interested in whether the “England” team (mostly non-whites anyway) has won a football game, cricket match or rugby fixture somewhere on the other side of the world than they are about the shape and structure of their own society, or the composition of their own cities.

America has not seen anything like this since the days of the Hard Hats, the Yippies, the Black Panthers, and the Weather Underground. Maybe not even then.

The “Alt-Right”

A few years ago, one heard much about the “Alt-Right”. They were the steam powering the Trump campaign, they were rallying in the USA, they were active on social media in the UK. Now? As the Americans say, “crickets”. We just hear crickets, as I did at night as a child in Sydney. The noisy sound of silence.

Look at a few examples: Katie Hopkins is now off the msm, off Twitter, though still on YouTube, Facebook and her own website.

Tommy Robinson has decamped to Spain and is barred from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, though still has his own website and is trying to get back on YouTube.

“Prison Planet” Watson is on Twitter (though briefly barred) , YouTube (I think ditto), Facebook.

The other UK “alt-Right” faces, such as Sargon of Akkad (Carl Benjamin), have faded into obscurity.

In the UK, we see that those “alt-Right” faces who merely rant and rave, and have no real political influence, are still online. Paul Joseph Watson, aka “Prison Planet”, poses no threat to the System, despite his million Twitter followers. He has no party, though he did join UKIP (with Benjamin and others) in 2018. When he joined UKIP, that doomed party (which peaked in 2014) acquired, not a million members but…500! A timely reminder of the relationship between a Twitter “following” and a real one…

Oh, and in the real 2019 election, UKIP got less than 23,000 votes across the 44 seats it contested, an average of little more than 500 each. So much for “Prison Planet’s” real-world political influence.

Katie Hopkins had more real influence, which is why the System had her expelled from Twitter. The same is true of Tommy Robinson. He, like the others, is just “controlled opposition”, but his street army of ex-EDL bottlethrowers had at least the potential to become a real street army. It went too far, so the System closed him down.

Note that all the above are professedly pro-Jew, pro-Israel. That did not save them and will not save them, as soon as the game moves on. They are used; they are not, in the end, playing on their own behalf, even if they imagine that they are.

In the end, the “Alt-Right” and similar are just a distraction from real politics. Is there anything good about them from the social-national point of view? I suppose that they do, to a limited extent, partly set the agenda, but only to that limited extent.

Only organizations with a real world presence can survive a System onslaught, if and when it comes. Those making a living from donations etc online only will find no shelter when the wintry winds blow.

I do not regret the demise of the “Alt-Right”. It clears the decks for real action.

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I think that that tweet by tweeter “@FreejackFan” is not so far from my own attitude.

What is very noticeable is how many pseudo-socialists on Twitter are supporting (from the safety of their computers) the Extinction Rebellion mob. “An infantile disorder” indeed!

Need I say, at least to regular readers of this blog, how much I hate the “free Press”, more accurately termed either Lugenpresse or Judenpresse? The last two terms are more or less interchangeable.

Extinction Rebellion, like their idol, Greta Nut, have no solutions to the problems they highlight. They seem to believe that industry and modern life can be and should be shut down within about 5 years. They also seem to be saying that, if they can get 3.5% of the population to support them, that they can impose their ideas (such as they may be). Have they considered what might happen if the other 96.5% of the population start to dislike Extinction Rebellion intensely? Walls, squads. You get the picture.

Of course, Judenpresse scribblers such as Dan Hodges are hypocrites. Not one of them stood up for me in 2016 when I was wrongfully disbarred for having tweeted, in the end, five (5) completely true tweets about UK society. Not one stood up for free speech. Not Dan Hodges. Not Julia Hartley-Brewer (whom I think is part-Jew). Not the Jew hypocrite Oliver Kamm (in fact, he told the newspapers, and also tweeted, how much he approved of my disbarment).

As one of the tweeters I have cited in this blog tweeted, Extinction Rebellion is controlled opposition. Look at how the police give it pretty free rein, at least up to the point at which the public notices. Cressida Dick (again); Common Purpose (again).

Those supporting Extinction Rebellion’s activities today are ideologically pathetic, like the tweeters cited below, even though the msm does often print a pack of lies.

The Extinction Rebellion mob might be the catalyst, somewhere down the line, for a reaction that will be of a very different kind, and which may well roll its tanks over their “3.5%” (though in fact, in System elections, Extinction Rebellion candidates have never, as far as I know, even garnered 1% of the popular vote, or even a tenth of 1%.

Roger Hallam, the de facto leader of “XR”, stood in the last EU elections (as “Independent”). His vote was 0.004%, i.e. 4 votes out of every 10,000 voters! https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2019/08/16/the-extinction-rebellion-levellers/

A recent Daily Mail report: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8694867/Fury-Extinction-Rebellion-founder-says-MPs-bullet-heads.html

Incidentally, if anyone thinks that I am kindly disposed to the Daily Mail, google “Ian Millard barrister Daily Mail” and see what you find…

As far as I am concerned, if all the scribblers for the Mail and the rest of the Judenpresse lose their jobs, I shall be happy. That, however, does not mean that I support the “XR” idiots. Far from it.

Look at this (below)!

When Africans can establish and run any state, or even make the ones bequeathed to them by Europeans function properly, maybe then they can think about creating a “superstate”!

The tweet below is typical of the muddled thinking common among UK pseudo-socialists today:

The tweeter is of course right, or partly-right in talking about the System newspapers, but seems to think that the revolution that “XR” will never bring about would usher in a new age of rights and freedoms. Who will control the Press then? Assemblies of “comrades”? Ever heard of Kronstadt?

System police getting rough with British demonstrators at Dover, people sick of migration-invasion. Not one robocop went down on one knee. “Is it ‘cos we is not black?”

but look at the tweet below:

A pseudo-socialist “XR” supporter yet again. A Jew. “National Policy Officer, RMT union.” Pro-“BLM”, pro-facemask nonsense; and also pro-Israel ? (his Twitter profile does not say).

Yes, because the System needs the organs of propaganda in order to impose a quasi-dictatorship on the UK. The newspapers (together with radio, TV and schools) promote the “Coronavirus” fear propaganda, the “Black Lives Matter” propaganda, the “holocaust” propaganda etc.

Diary Blog, 29 June 2020

Facemasks

The UK Government itself, despite making the wearing of masks compulsory on public transport, admits that the wearing of such masks has minimal effect on the Coronavirus situation generally, and in fact no more than minimal effect in terms of protecting the wearer or anyone else.

So why make the wearing of “face coverings” (which can be something as loose as a college scarf!) compulsory? Because this incompetent government is driven entirely by public relations and opinion polls. The plebs have been scared out of their skins by months of governmental and mass media propaganda. As a result, you see frightened rabbits wearing masks in Waitrose, carefully trying to stay the (again mandated for no reason— no scientific evidence backs it) “2 metres social distancing” from other shoppers.

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The average age of death from Covid-19 in the UK is around 82, and most of those people have comorbidities. I said to our managers that we had to test people and could not just be throwing them into nursing homes. But that is what they did. Homes were virtually ordered to take elderly patients. We had one nursing home that ended up with 12 deaths in a week.”

The health service treated elderly, vulnerable people as figures on a piece of paper. The lack of any brain power being applied to this was amazing. They had one objective – to clear the hospitals – and everything else was subordinate to that. Of course, they will never say this is what happened. But that is precisely what did happen.”

We are probably all going to get Covid-19 and we are all going to keep getting it. The only purpose of lockdown was to protect the health service from being overwhelmed, which did not happen. The end result is that lockdown was a waste of time. It cannot be continued forever.”

[Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, in Spiked magazine]

If you were a German camp commandant somewhere like Belsen at the end of the war, and your inmates died of disease and malnutrition because Allied bombing etc had cut off supplies of food and medicine, you got hanged when the British or Americans arrived, but if you are an NHS adminstrator, and you deliberately send elderly and sick people somewhere, knowing that they will die as a result, or not caring (and you were “following orders” from superiors and Government), you are not hanged. People think that you are wonderful. They even stand outside their houses and clap like idiots on command to thank you. Mad world.

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How very true that is. A Cabinet headed by Boris-idiot, who is part-Jew, part-Turk, part-GodKnowsWhat, born in New York City, brought up largely in the USA and Belgium, descendant of generations of con-men.

Then there is the rest of the Cabinet, a scrapheap of Jews, Indians, and at least one woman (and a stupid woman at that) who became an MP on her back (if such is the bon mot); then we have an idiot (Williamson) who, as Defence Secretary, played with his pet spider while “threatening” China with a gunboat in the South China Sea (China has 850 large naval ships…), and so on. [Williamson is now Education Secretary, because even Boris-idiot saw that Williamson’s level of knowledge about military and naval affairs, and strategy, is limited to Airfix model soldiers, or playing Risk].

I have been critical of previous UK Cabinets and governments, but this one is unsurpassed. Jesus H. Christ!

This government is incompetent but, more than that, it is —like its predecessors— a tool of the New World Order conspiracy/consensus and the Jew Zionist occupation. ZOG/NWO.

I think, subject to correction, that it was William Cobbett (or maybe John Stuart Mill) who said that a sign that English liberty was no more would be when or if the civil jury were abolished. That is the civil jury, not the criminal jury.

In fact, the civil jury was largely a dead letter by the time of the Second World War, and was used in only a discrete number of case types. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juries_in_England_and_Wales#Civil_juries, a situation which has become even more constricted in recent times. Even defamation cases are now commonly heard in the absence of a civil jury: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juries_in_England_and_Wales#Civil_juries

That was the civil jury. However, it has never been seriously mooted that the criminal jury be abolished. I say “seriously”; there have always, at least in my lifetime, been those against criminal juries. In my view, these critics mostly come into two categories: those (often academic lawyers) who think that ordinary juries are too stupid to think through the facts of cases properly; also, the more extreme “law and order” fanatics, who think that criminal juries acquit too often.

I disagree. While I do agree that (as far as observation can judge) the ordinary jury is certainly not on a high intellectual level, what the jury does, in reality, is import both a sense of justice and a societal imprimatur to the verdict. It is the job of both counsel and judge to explain the case to the jury in a way that will enable the jury, as the arbiters of fact in the case, to come to a just conclusion.

There have been exceptional cases. The Diplock courts in Northern Ireland: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplock_court. A friend of mine, a barrister, saw a Diplock court in operation in Belfast, in the 1980s. He said that it was like a bizarre parody of a normal UK court. The judge was similar, the barristers were similar, but there was no jury, and there were policemen there toting submachineguns! Incidentally, in the case that my friend saw, the accused was acquitted.

Comment: https://www.counselmagazine.co.uk/articles/opinion-juries-in-isolation

It may be that the size of the jury will be reduced: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8272455/Juries-reduced-size-time-WWII.html

Even in the Second World War, jury trials continued, and even in cases of espionage: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/28/britain-nazi-spies-mi5-second-world-war-german-executed, though I have to wonder how the discretion of the jury was maintained. Maybe the jury were “selected” specially, though they did occasionally acquit alleged German (usually Abwehr) agents.

Barristers vary much in their political and social views, but the vast majority still support jury trial in criminal cases.

I am also concerned about the idea of “virtual” trials, where the demeanour and impression of the witnesses cannot be, in my view, properly judged. That becomes all the more important in serious criminal cases

Traditional courts such as the Old Bailey (sketched during the trial of Ian Huntley) are too small to maintain social distancing so could be swapped for large lecture theatres
[above: artist’s sketch of the Ian Huntley murder trial; sketch by Priscilla Coleman]

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The blacks think that they are in the ascendant, but of course have no idea (((who))) is pulling their strings.

This “Black Lives Matter” nonsense is basically a puppet show for fools (including, sadly, quite a few white ones). Behind it is part of the ZOG/NWO scenario.

It does not really matter whether you call it The Great Replacement, White Genocide, or anything else. What matters is that white Northern Europeans are being systematically targeted by forces of evil. War has been declared, on all fronts.

Of course, there is a widespread though unfocussed wish for a better society. That wish is being used as a kind of motive power for a number of things, movements, events, which in fact (if they come to fruition) will bring into flower a society of evil, just as the legitimate desire of Russians and others in pre-revolutionary Russia led not to a better society but to one far worse in most respects than had been the case before the Revolution(s).

The present discontent

An opinion poll says that only 6% of UK people want to return to their former (pre-Coronavirus) lives. In a sense, that does not surprise me. While many (including me) disliked the “lockdown”/shutdown for various reasons (civil rights, the damage done to the economy, society and the health of the nation etc), there are many (as I blogged from the start) who were and are enjoying it all.

The more affluent part of society rather liked the “lockdown” because many of such people have pleasant detached houses, with large grounds or gardens, swimming pools, tennis courts, even stables. Many were “working from home”, either doing less work than usual or at least not having to commute for hours, or go to meetings etc. For many, it has been an early “endless Summer”. The Chardonnay and seafood has been delivered by Waitrose or Ocado, the only thing missing is the social interaction (and if those “rules” are broken, who’s to know anyway?).

What about those “furloughed”? The lower-paid, below about £30,000 p.a., are having 80% of their pay covered (up to £2,500 per month), with no need to work and no need to spend on transport to such work. True, that does not cut it for people on higher salaries, but many of those are “working from home”, not furloughed. Others may just have chosen to look upon it as a partly-paid holiday of sorts.

Even the unemployed and/or disabled are better off during “lockdown”. The DWP has suspended its pathetic but cruel regime of “face to face interviews” (with semi-educated jobsworths from DWP itself or from carpetbagging private companies), and no-one (as far as I know) is required to “seek work” by making 100 or 50 (?) pointless applications every week.

Leaving money aside, many people have rather liked the absence of boring old work in itself. Then there is the natural world. I myself have noticed the resurgence of Nature, birds in particular.

In the past, I have blogged about how society should move from the workaholic frenzy of the past 40 years to, not a 1960s “society of leisure”, but to a less harried lifestyle (which I have called the “society of measure”).

What that means is that there must be a rhythm and structure to society. Our society must not be this dystopian, pseudo-“libertarian” finance-capitalist frenzied rush, “open all hours” society; the “eat your sandwiches at your desk” society.

Such a “society of measure” will have at least one day a week reserved, if not for religion and philosophy, at least for watching old (or new) films at home, for playing bowls, or cricket, or polo at home (or at least not professionally). Also, for boating, or lazing, or whatever else is not directly productive.

Yes, that does mean no “B&Q” or other stores open on the designated “day of rest” (and recreation); it also means that the people who work in retail have at least one day off.

It may be worth looking at hours of work. Even if the now usual 40 hours per week were to be retained, that could be changed to 10 hours per day, 4 days per week, or some other configuration.

At present, the Boris-idiot government is saying that it wants to go for, as an earlier government put it, a “dash for growth”. Disastrous. Sunday trading hours to be expanded, gimcrack housing speading like a cancer over the countryside, planning regulation chucked aside, and so on. Completely wrong.

These (below) were my thoughts on this topic a few years ago: https://ianrmillard.wordpress.com/2016/12/03/the-society-of-measure/

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Significant. People have seen the result of the pennywise/poundfoolish spending cuts of the past decade. As a Russian acquaintance of mine put it to me in 1993, referring to Leninism-Stalinism, and as we were sitting in the palatial main foyer of the Ukraina Hotel in Moscow, “Ian, that is an experiment that we do not wish to repeat“…

As in UK and across Europe. More testing means more “new cases”, but few require even basic medical attention; the death rate thankfully receding, because very few people who get the virus need medical help, and even fewer actually die from this.

Governments across the world (some governments) have made the wrong decision(s). The world economy is taking a huge hit, unnecessarily. The UK is facing a really major problem now.

The world (well, UK) in one tweet

I saw the tweet and radio clip below. For me, it contains about 6 things that make the UK worse than it need be. A radio presenter who is a Jewish woman (nein danke) and who is pursuing an “agenda” (nein danke), a radio show that is a bloody bore (nein danke), a black woman who is an MP (nein danke), and an MP (same MP) who is obviously as thick as two short planks and can hardly speak English even though born and (semi) educated in the UK.

NEIN DANKE! TO ALL OF THAT!

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

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

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[above: the surface raider, Atlantis]