Category Archives: Social Policy
it’s a crazy world out there ~ be a rational anarchist
how long before we see these scenes again?
Just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse along comes the penultimate act of the presidential election in the United States. Depending on who you want to believe the ‘occupation of the capitol’ was either a peaceful protest gone wrong, or a violent insurrection presaging another American Civil War. Patriots or Anarchists?
The best thing I’ve heard is that President Trump has been banned from twitter. The truth of it is that nobody with even half a brain should ever use twitter in any way, shape, or form. Twitter is merely the modern equivalent of the washroom wall.
Here in Blighty our parliament has approved the latest tranche in our never-ending lockdown ~ to last until the end of March. Today, England is now in lockdown day 290.
The compulsory wearing of face masks, lockdowns, and now mass vaccinations ~ any student of history who has even so much as glanced at the literature on the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 knows that nothing governments and the medical professions do is going to make much difference to the numbers infected, and the people who sadly get very sick and die. However, here in England the over-zealous police are gleefully throwing their not inconsiderable weight around as though they alone know how to control the coronavirus. Woe betide you if you leave home without a very good reason, or you get caught without a face-nappy, try to drive to McDonald’s, or have a visitor in your home.
It’s always the way that if you grant someone in uniform a little authority they will tend to abuse it. Give someone in uniform an inch and they will try to recreate George Orwell’s 1984.
The insane saga surrounding the mass vaccination programme here goes grimly on. It seems that each consignment of vaccination doses has to be approved by some bureaucratic nonsense called the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency, and that approval process takes three bloody weeks per batch. Those first in line for the jab are the over 70s, but there are only 7 mass vaccination centres around England. How many over 70s do you know who still drive? Madness.
Some say that Boris Johnson is doing a marvelous Job. And that our Health Service is the best in the world. All I know is that I’ve stopped believing most of what I see and hear in the news.
Marmaduke doesn’t want to get arrested
England will be closed down for months to come
some would say that’s being flown the wrong way up
Despite flashes of official optimism following the first vaccinations against the coronavirus, it would seem that there is no end in sight to the manifold miseries of lockdown, self-isolation, and national shutdown. Scotland faces a national shutdown from midnight tonight, and there is no doubt that Prime Minister Boris Johnson will very soon follow suit for England. He is making a televised statement at 8 p.m. this evening, and Parliament is being recalled on Wednesday this week, presumably to ratify whatever draconian new measures are announced.
Even harsher coronavirus measures than before will mean that UK borders will be closed, international travel stopped, all stores except food stores and pharmacies will be shut, all schools closed, any and all household mixing will be banned, and people will only be allowed to leave their homes for one of a specified list of essential reasons, such as food shopping.
Despite these draconian emergency measures the numbers infected with COVID-19 will keep on rising, and more and more people will die. There is nothing politicians, health officials, or medical science can do about it. The coronavirus will mutate faster than vaccines can be developed to prevent each new strain. Once a virus is loose in the general population there is no way short of Divine Intervention of controlling it. And, who’s to say that God didn’t inflict this on the world?
The virus will eventually burn itself out, as all pandemics do. But, this could take months or even years. Until then we will all just have to suffer.
Good luck to us all.
best to bar your door and fort-up ’til spring
order, counter-order, disorder, chaos
The British Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis is descending into farce, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson leading the charge towards chaos and civil disorder.
To begin with; England is mostly in the severest extant tier four lockdown, and faced with an even stricter tier 5, (which has yet to be invented). Yet, Mr Johnson is urging parents to send their youngest children to school tomorrow. This could be a whole new ‘slaughter of the innocents’. On the third hand, the Prime Minister has not ruled out a nationwide full shutdown of everything to try to control the new mutant strain of the virus. Interestingly while primary schools here will be open tomorrow January 4th, no decision has yet been made on whether higher education establishments will be allowed to open even on January 18th.
It turns out that the whole lockdown idea touted by the disgraced, adulterous Professor Neil Ferguson came from Communist China. What kind of guy is this mad professor anyway? He’s got no medical qualifications whatsoever, in fact he never even passed a basic biology examination. The latest on that is that lockdown hasn’t worked here because we are a ‘western liberal democracy…..’ WTF?
The vaccination programme is also in a complete mess. Each recipient needs to receive 2 injections, spaced three weeks apart, (according to the manufacturer’s doctors and scientists). However, in order to boost the numbers ‘vaccinated’ the idiotic health minister Matt Hancock is saying that there will be 3 months between vaccinations instead of 3 weeks. Every statistic trotted out concerning COVID-19 is a damn lie. As it happens a significant number of people, (perhaps 40% of the population), will turn down the opportunity of receiving the injections.
Many health professionals, such as retired doctors and practicing dentists, have given up on volunteering to administer the coronavirus vaccination because of the stupid bureaucratic nonsense surrounding the process.
Top officials in the NHS have insisted that urgent cancer operations will not be scrapped in order to free up beds for coronavirus patients. Methinks they doth protest too much.
Meanwhile, a recent nationwide opinion poll shows that if there were a general election now, Boris Johnson’s Government would be thrown out on its ear, and he would lose his own parliamentary seat, all because of the mismanagement of the coronavirus crisis.
You couldn’t make it up.
Nobody else is applauding you, Mr Prime Minister
So I got to the airport, got as far as the gate, and I am not going to Cancun. Slightly upsetting. I live in a police state. The nazis treated people better than this.
better the Devil you know than the Devil you don’t
It seems that truckloads of Pfizer / BioNTech’s Covid vaccine are on their way from Belgium to the UK, where use of this brand-new miracle cure has just been approved by our medical regulator. Already our Prime Minister and Health Secretary are claiming that the end to the pandemic is in sight, and that the vaccine would ‘allow us to reclaim our lives and get the economy moving again…..’
I’m not holding my breath. The initial delivery of this particular vaccine will comprise of 800,000 doses, and given that two doses are required 3 weeks apart this tranche will treat a maximum of 400,000 people. Allow for logistical problems, wastage, people not turning up for the second dose after the rather nasty side effects from the first injection, and I predict that maybe a quarter of a million people might be properly immunised.
On top of that there are already arguments about who should be treated first, with some saying it should be care home residents and staff, while others insist the first to get the vaccine should be front-line health workers. That should be fun, the National Health Service has a staff of 1.4 million. The population of the UK is said to be 67,886,011 people ~ really? In which case put me down to be inoculated sometime after the first 67 million.
An effective and safe vaccine usually takes more than 10 years to develop, this Pfizer vaccine is hitting the English streets after only 10 months. This new vaccine is said to be 95% effective. Really? The most effective vaccine in medical history to date is the Tuberculosis vaccine which is proven to be 89% effective, while at the other end of the scale the vaccine against the Rotavirus is only 35% efficacious. The vaccine we are all supposed to have for measles is 69% effective. So, I don’t believe the coronavirus vaccine will be anything like 95% effective.
Anyway, why bother at all? Some 1.64 million people in the UK are said to have been infected by the coronavirus, or about 11% of the population. Really? There are so many false positives as to make the number of stated infections laughable. Of those infected 59,051 have died, or 0.08% of the population, and even those numbers are so massaged as to be meaningless.
The dry run for the mass vaccination programme is being called Exercise Panacea ~ how appropriate.
Many doctors, nurses, and other health professionals state privately that they will not be submitting to this vaccination. Neither will I, not ever.
this vaccine will prove to be a Frankenstein’s monster
it’s disorder, not a decision
this rather chaotic artwork is in the Getty Villa
Here in England we are being governed by Chaos Theory, The Butterfly Effect, and the Chicken Little Syndrome. Princess Nut Nut, (aka Carrie Symonds), has an unwarranted influence on the Prime Minister, and Michael Gove has lost his marbles. On leaving the European Union we will have an energy policy completely based on offshore wind farms, and an agriculture policy written by green activists who have never even got their hands dirty. The official response to the supposed coronavirus pandemic ranges from hysteria to blatant propaganda, all based on whatever the ‘scientists’ say today.
It’s all a bit Kafkaesque, George Orwell, and the Book of Revelations. It could be worse; I could live in the Police State of Wales, where pubs are not allowed to serve alcohol.
Amazingly, I am now handling all of this insanity surprisingly well. The social distancing, limited support bubble, no hugging, no sex rules don’t affect me much. I live alone in my seaside garret, I recently broke up with my long-term long-distance ‘friend’, and my only family is somewhat estranged. However, I do feel for those trying to live a more ‘normal’ life. There is frustration and tragedy out there ~ I can imagine how I would have felt if I was prohibited from visiting my dying father in his care home, and I can imagine how I would feel if I was prohibited from meeting my girl-friend. There was a ’70’s movie called No Sex Please We’re British it’s not so funny anymore.
Back in the day my life was utter chaos, governed by the butterfly effect, all overlaid with a semblance of order. I had a mantra; I am an utterly cool guy, living a really great life….. And if you know anything at all you know that any man who has a mantra like that is drowning in a sea of troubles and confusion. Up until last week I was beset by doubts, fears, frustrations, jealousies, and resentments ~ and that was just the chaos and turmoil running around in my mind like a frantic hamster-wheel. Up until last week I was mired in a slough of despond.
The really smart people eventually realise that their life is fucking shit, and sooner or later do something about it. The snag is that whatever you do is going to involve some pain and loss. Completely breaking with chaos hurts.
tunnel vision is not a solution to anything
in solitary confinement there is no tomorrow
Trump has got nothing on what the British Government is doing to its own people
Here in England the government has divided the English regions into 3 tiers of lockdown restrictions; supposedly to help control the spread of the coronavirus. Tier one has a medium level of restricted freedom, no worse than you’d get in the average police state. Tier two has a high level of control on the population, not much worse than East Germany had for years. Meanwhile tier three has a very high level of laws, regulations, and rules that take away the freedom of the people.
As I expected my town is firmly in tier 3, along with all the rest of the North of England, as far south as Leicester, Lincoln and Nottingham.
This means that none of us northerners can meet anyone socially, unless we already live with them. Anyhow all the bars, cafes, pubs, hotels, and restaurants have been shut down, by order. So have every single one of the other places you might want to go for a day / evening / night out. But you can go to a funeral, as long as the numbers attending are 30 people or less ~ does that include the deceased?
Oh, and we can only travel go to work or school, providing we don’t use public transport.
The good news is that from December 2nd I can take a long walk. Nice. But there will be bugger all else to do here up north.
Sanctimonious Southern Bastards is about the least rude thing I can say about the people who drew up these
fucking stupid tiers, laws, regulations, and rules.
There might be one other piece of bittersweet news. If the airlines are flying from here it looks like I can get on a flight to Cancun ~ except I might not be allowed to stay away from home overnight.
Who knows what the fuck is going on?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson
just another adulterer
just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you
this man is not running the country
After an initial period of believing everything the government said about the alleged coronavirus pandemic I became suspicious because nothing seemed to really make sense. The numbers just didn’t add up ~ and the official story just goes on being a classic model for black propaganda. In historical terms this virus is not that serious ~ if you don’t believe me the just look up the Spanish Flu epidemic.
Life went on as normal during the Spanish Flu ~ something the government is determined will not happen during the months and years that COVID-19 can be used as an excuse to grab draconian powers over the general population. But why?
The answer is in the people concerned and became obvious when, out of the blue, Boris Johnson announced that wind farms could power every home by 2030. So why the sudden ambition to make the UK the world leader in green energy? And, why his sudden pledge at the UN biodiversity summit to protect 30% of UK land for nature as a ‘boost for biodiversity?
The main suspects are;
- Professor Neil Ferguson, the government scientist who’s deeply flawed computer model predicted megadeaths if the UK and the USA didn’t go into immediate lockdown. The philandering adulterer has a lot of previous when it comes to destroying society due to his erroneous predictions on the spread of infectious diseases.
- Antonia Staats is Neil Ferguson’s adulteress mistress and a rabid green campaigner on such issues as catastrophic anthropogenic climate change.
- Boris Johnson, the UK Prime Minister has no previous when it comes to climate change, (previous record in speeches), in fact his previous statements on the subject are all over the place. Historically the position of the Conservative Party on man-made global warming is that it’s a load of bull crap. So why the sudden change?
- Carrie Symonds, is Boris Johnson’s girlfriend. She is a staunch campaigner on green issues, most specifically for Oceana, a non-profit group focused on influencing governments’ policy decisions aimed at preserving and restoring the world’s oceans. Oceana specifically promotes offshore wind farms, exactly as Boris Johnson has just committed the UK to make massive investment in.
- Matt Hancock, is the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. He knows bugger all about health and social care, having read Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford. From 2014 to 2015 Hancock was a Minister of State for Energy, supporting the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change on such issues as carbon capture and renewable energy deployment. He is very much in favour of green energy and reducing the UK’s carbon footprint.
- Zac Goldsmith, Minister of State for Pacific and the Environment, and his connections pull all of the above together. He previously worked for The Ecologist magazine. Amazingly, (not), he is a huge fan of green energy. Zac is the son of billionaire Sir James Goldsmith. The Goldsmith Foundation focuses on such issues as climate change and the rainforests.
The more we stay at home the lower England’s carbon footprint will become. Is this just a coincidence? BTW, there is no such thing as a coincidence.
Some say that we should all stay at home to Protect the NHS and reduce the spread of COVID-19. And that we should avoid all but essential international travel. All I know is that the government’s regulations have little to do with the coronavirus, and a hell of a lot to do with the extreme green agenda.
the real reason behind coronavirus lockdowns
got a song, got a dance, got to dance
This song is cheerful, but not too over the top. I need a little light music, just to lift the doom and gloom that’s pervading England like some pernicious thorn forest. Feeling very down and out, so could really use some company today.
There is no sign at all of the very strict lockdown being lifted here. We can’t even visit friends.
This song and dance is for a very close friend.
Please listen with a smile in your heart.
at least Marmaduke hasn’t left me
obedience is the fundamental foundation of all police states
the shape of things to come
Day after day we see more rules and restrictions foisted upon us by the power-crazed unelected officials who are running things now. Do not be fooled by the announcements and pronouncements made by Prime Ministers, Ministers, Presidents, Governors, et al, for those people are mere mouthpieces for the unkempt, unshaven, and badly dressed pseudo-scientists, non-practicing doctors, statisticians, and insane single-issue lobbyists who are really running this crazy war against the non-existent threat of the coronavirus. There was a mantra trotted out by politicians here in the UK; ‘we are following the science…..’ Meaning; ‘we are only following orders…..’ Where have I heard that before?
No badly constructed computer model, no unproven theory, no set of false and manipulated statistics, and no private hobby-horse is too far out to be taken as justification for imposing more and more controls upon the supine herd of sheep the general population of towns, cities, counties, states, and counties has become.
Who would have believed that fathers could be prevented from attending the birth of their child, that relatives would be prevented from comforting the dying, that children would be stopped from attending school, that we could all be forced to wear face-masks, and that we would be stopped from meeting friends in a pub? It’s insane, and it will only get worse. Compulsory vaccinations, compulsory testing, and national identity cards are on the drawing board.
Woe betide you if you dare to question or ignore the illegal new rules and regulations imposed upon us. Here in the UK you could be fined £10,000 for having a party.
Well, all I can say is keep calm and carry on. Do not get fined, and certainly do not get arrested. Instead just pay lip-service to all of the draconian crap we are supposed to embrace and obey. Where you can, go against the spirit of the regulations and merely follow the ‘letter of the law’. Live your life to the full, enjoy every second that you can, go shopping, go to the pub, eat at a restaurant, walk on the beach or in the woods, and whatever you do; seize the day.
Some say that the sky is falling. And that we should all stay at home except for essential journeys. All I know is that the days will be longer and better if we enjoy them to the full.
listen as the clock strikes thirteen