Sunday, April 22, 2018

About That 'Electability' Thing....

I don't know where that unfortunate elderly couple from Hither Green are staying but I assume it must be a big place, since the whole of the Tory Party seem to be hiding out there too.

To put it another way, if President Assad really does have chemical weapons, he just needs to store them on an encampment of Loveable Traveling Folk and Theresa May won't go near them.

All of which raises the question: are the Tories motivated by cowardice or just stupidity? Ever since the accession of Fat Dave, Professional Conservatives have justified throwing their principles overboard with patronising lectures about the importance of electability. Now, suddenly there's the political equivalent of a £1,000 note lying on the floor and they're nowhere to be seen.

Are these guys genuinely afraid of losing the votes of the 'pro-home invasion' tendency? Have they become so thoroughly cucked that they're incapable of taking a stand even on the vexed question of whether to support law abiding householders over violent criminals? Or is that they're so far gone into a post-modern death spiral, and so obsessed with focus groups, push polls and microtargeted Facebook ads that they've lost all touch with reality?

Who knows? But at least we can hope to be spared any more lectures about the Very Special Political Genius of Professional Conservatives.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Who, Whom Shall Be The Whole Of The Law


There no better evidence that the two Irish rugby stars accused of rape really are innocent than that the left has chosen to go after them. Look who the left doesn't protest: apparently, it's eminently possible that a thirteen year old girl would consent to group sex with middle-aged sleaze bags but not that a twenty-something would consent to sex with a couple of international athletes.

Yes, indeed: even the age of consent is Islamophobic now.

There's the obvious point that yet again it turns out that this Grrrl Powah! only extends as far as targeting people who won't fire back, but consider the flip side. Consider how Victorian the feminazi position sounds. We're meant to take it as read that no woman would be interested in a couple of professional sportsmen teaming up for a ruck between her posts. Is this feminists talking or Peter Hitchens? Who's buying all those copies of 'Fifty Shades' anyway?

The feminist approach to due process is literally like the old witch trials, either the accused drowns or his failure to drown proves the Patricarchy is keeping him afloat. No one is ever innocent - except the bearded guy ranting about Infidel whores.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

SJWs Always Project

As many have pointed out, the left no longer loses elections, instead every single time it turns out they got robbed by a massive, huge conspiracy designed to make them look like out of touch freaks.

Hence why we’ve had nearly two weeks of MSM drones trying to claim that Trump was elected thanks to a small group of brilliant – yet evil – psychological manipulators in the flat bit of England. How likely is it that Cambridge Analytics have the type of deep psychological knowledge that can swing elections? Consider the nature of the supposed whistleblower:
In the words of the Observer’s pink-haired, nerdish whistleblower, former CA employee Christopher Wylie….
You’d think a company full of supposed genius psychologists would spot an obvious kook, huh?

B O’N gets half way there:
These people are so entitled, they were so used to getting in their own way in politics, that as soon as something didn’t go their way they assumed that some massive, powerful, shadowy group must have warped the heads of us, the little people.
But there’s more to it than that: consider the actual scandal of the Nazi pug farce. 

Almost all MSM coverage has concentrated on the question of whether or not it’s actually funny. They take it as given that it’s the government’s role to deal harshly with Felony Unfunny. Barely a single MSM drone will ask if unlicensed comedy is really a serious social ill demanding state action. They just can’t imagine that each and every one of their own petty prejudices should not be enshrined in law.

Hence the meltdown over Brexit and Trump. It’s all projection. They’re convinced that the right will abuse power as badly as the left always does. It may be a good thing overall that the right doesn’t do this, but we ought to at least stop pretending that there's anything reasonable or respectable about the left's position.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Guardians Of The Narrative

Good post by Ace here re: America's allegedly elite media and their passive aggressive attempts to push conspiracy theories. It's all good but this bit struck a chord:
Those who have expressed skepticism about this conspiracy theory have been pilloried -- pilloried by the NeverTrump Smart Set Circle Jerk for a long time.

Jonah Goldberg certainly saw the attacks on Mollie Hemingway.

Why did he never say, "Wait a minute, the Washington Consensus is not agreed that there is any 'there' there, so her opinion, while it could be wrong, is perfectly respectable at this point in time, with this current state of the evidence?"

Seems very strange that the Washington Consensus has known there was no "collusion" for a while now and yet so few members of the Washington Consensus stepped forward to say that skepticism about this was a perfectly reasonable attitude to take.
Hmmmm.... that sounds vaguely familiar.

The MSM is now claiming to be shocked - shocked - by events in Telford. Apparently, the notoriously naive newshounds from Fleet Street were bamboozled by the fast talking big city cops from Shropshire.

The thing is though, plenty of people were reporting on what was going on, Breitbart and Katie Hopkins for two. The MSM wasn't just skeptical about these reports, they were certain that it was outrageously outrageous even to suggest such things could be happening.

They weren't just unconvinced, they were prepared to state affirmatively that anyone who claimed there was systematic sexual abuse by Islamic gangs was a nasty Nazi nutter.

Well, now we know just why people thought there might just be the slightest possibility of Islamists targeting Infidel girls, how about these guys get asked to produce the evidence they used to decide it was all a hoax?

This goes to Ace's larger point. Just as the Washington elite never quite come out and say that they think the Golden Don finishes a tough day's presidenting with a game of chess while drinking vodka and listening to Tchaikovsky, Britain's MSM never get round to saying what they think is *really* going on in places like Shropshire.

Yes, the MSM doesn't believe that there's any connection between Islam and sexual exploitation of Infidels, so what *do* they think is going on? What other possible explanation can there be for how we keep finding gangs consisting entirely of one certain religious group targeting girls from any other religion except their own? And how about these guys answer that one before they get to point and shriek when anyone next mentions the I word?

Monday, March 12, 2018

Privatisation: This Is Why

Our long, dark national nightmare is over:
KFC has returned to its former delivery contractor to supply chicken to 350 of its restaurants after hundreds were forced to close last month. Bidvest Logistics lost its KFC contract to DHL, whose issues with its delivery hub sparked chicken shortages across the country and the vast majority of restaurants shut at one stage.
No doubt the usual suspects will be citing this for the next ten years as an example of the failures of capitalism, before calling for a Central Council for Chicken Products to ensure the public has a constant supply of CCCP approved food.

Never again can this country face the horror of nearly a whole *month* short of fried chicken! We need the type of careful planning and strategy that has made the NHS what it is today....
The heartbroken parents of a two-day-old baby who died after a needless operation today described the horror of their son 'arriving home in a coffin'. Paul Mitchelhill died in his mother's arms following risky abdominal surgery carried out by a doctor who wanted to 'prove a point'
Oops... but at least they moved fast to get to the bottom of it.
Solicitor Lynda Reynolds from law firm Hugh James, who represented the couple, today said: 'The family have endured a long wait for resolution of this tragic matter while GMC and police investigations have been ongoing.
The family have had to not only deal with these terrible events, but have also continued to have to fight for their voice to be heard since newborn Paul passed away in 2013.
Maybe it was complex case and it all came down to a judgement call?
Delivering her verdict, coroner Mrs Dilks said: 'A locum surgeon with responsibilities for Paul's care failed to undertake a thorough analysis of the risks and benefits of the primary closure operation.
'He undertook the operation within the first day of life when no emergency action was indicated and without the knowledge and appropriate discussion with Paul's parents and surgical colleagues.
'He failed to identify abdominal colleague syndrome or give appropriate weight to the concerns expressed by the paediatric intensive team in respect of Paul's condition.
'He failed to undertake timely abdominal surgical decompression. These failings directly contributed to Paul's death.'
Hmmmmm.... it's a complete mystery why no one pulled up this guy..... and .gov is trying its best to keep it that way.
Solicitor Lynda Reynolds [said the parents] were initially refused Legal Aid to fund representation at the inquest and only after an appeal were they granted a 50 per cent contribution towards their legal costs.
'The Legal Aid Agency contends it is 'reasonable' for the family to contribute towards their legal expenses.
'Without specialist representation getting to the truth and understanding what went wrong and achieving some accountability for the loss of loved ones is impossible.
'This is quite apart from the fact that public funds have been used to provide legal representation for the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Trust'
So they kill off members of the public then use public money to smother any investigation. What a great business model. That's the difference right there. It's not about efficiency. The private sector may be more efficient but that's not the big thing. It's about accountability.

A fried chicken company does a one-eighty in less than a month, meanwhile it takes five years to get the truth about a dead child. Who would you trust not to make the same mistake again?

Monday, March 05, 2018

The Greatest Living Englishwomen Speaks....


....and her PR team collapses to the floor sobbing:
I come from South America and it’s part of our culture to speak out.
'Our culture'?

But...

But...

I thought Gina was as British as Elizabeth I flying a spitfire over Stonehenge and so anyone who pointed out she was a Plastic Brit who sounds about as convincing talking about Britain as Prince Charles sounds gangsta rapping was therefore a really huge racisss....

This is just further evidence for my theory that the Remoaner fanatics are almost entirely drawn from one of two groups:
  • People who don't understand Britain
  • People who don't like Britain.
Hey, Remoaners: quite a few of us rather like the idea that British political culture is not some deranged mix of a supermarket trolley dash and the Roman coliseum. 

Meanwhile, how's that 'healthier' culture working out for people in South America? 

That's the flip side of it: globalists keep telling us we need to embrace other cultures, but we're not supposed to point out that said cultures frequently produce hellholes, objectively worse by every possible metric.

Apparently, we're not supposed to 'speak out' about that. In fact, we're even expected to swallow stuff like this:
People know me for the Brexit case, but I’ve been a transparency activist in the City of London in the charity sector for years.
She's a 'transparency activist' but we're not allowed to ask how someone with zero public profile previously suddenly gets David Beckham levels of coverage in the media or who's funding her campaign. How about we get some immigrants from a culture where they practice journalism?

Thursday, March 01, 2018

We're All Going To Die (Part 2376)

Must be an even-numbered week. If it was odd-numbered then the MSM would be pushing Fat Pride and the dangers of anorexia. Instead we get this:
Millennials are set to be the fattest generation of Britons, with 70% dangerously overweight before they hit middle age, research shows.
People born between the early 1980s and mid-1990s are set to overtake baby boomers as the age group with the highest proportion of overweight or obese people, according to Cancer Research UK.
Heh. And you thought 'Cancer Research UK' was all about men in white coats slaving over a hot DNA sequencer.

 Like, hello? It's [current year] and nerds are out, prodnoses with powerpoint presentations are in.

Of course, there is a slight problem with this message. Hence the tortured attempt to avoid the elephant in the room:
Prof Linda Bauld, a cancer prevention expert at the charity, said the projection showed many millennials, despite their reputation for “following seemingly healthy food trends”, needed to improve their eating habits, cut down on junk food and eat more fruit, vegetables and fibre.
Their 'reputation' for healthy eating. Is she saying it's all a hoax? More to the point is she saying that the the most narcissistic generation in history are less concerned with their health than Gen X or even Boomers?

Millennials have been indoctrinated with the government-approved healthy eating message from the womb. Now it turns out they're fatter even than slobby Gen Xers, clearly the answer is MOAR PROPAGANDA.

 These people are the stereotype Englishman abroad thinking the locals will understand him if he just shouts loud enough. Meanwhile, the more people follow their guidelines, the fatter they seem to get. The prodnoses might want to try thinking about what that might say about their theories and whether alternative explanations might be worth looking at.

A scientist could explain the process to them - if they still employ any.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Brendan Cox: Bringing A Touch Of Class


Recent revelations about Brendan Cox have just confirmed my suspicions that we should only ever pay half-price for newspapers, since they only give half the story anyway.

As I understand it, the two main excuses in the MSM for not reporting on this before now are:
  1. Savvy, streetwise journos were bamboozled by a smooth-talking master manipulator                                       

  2. Everyone knew, but they couldn't bring themselves to report it
To put it another way, the MSM's defence is to claim they're either morons or corrupt. Either way, they're not exactly making a good case why anyone should be all misty-eyed about the MSM going the way of the dinosaur.
  
For an example of Option One, consider this from Amanda Platell, which seems genuinely naive if only because otherwise she would surely have taken out this bit:
Hundreds of thousands gathered last year for the Great Get Together – which he organised to combat loneliness – where people extended the hand of friendship to strangers at street parties
It was extending his hand of friendship too much that got him in trouble in the first place.

Option Two is as here. I'd have more sympathy for MSM drones claiming they didn't want to go after a widower, if only they hadn't spent weeks tormenting a twenty-five year old bimbo model who told racist jokes about Megan Markel (as it happens, Me-Again has recently taken over from Comrade Cox as the most obvious beneficiary of the MSM's 'Don't Mention The War' reporting).

Plus all that's without remembering that the MSM didn't just refuse to report on these allegations, they actually ran glowing profiles of Creeper Cox.

This is just further proof of my theory that the New Left is just like the Old Right. Just like the Old Right they're obsessed with class distinctions and, no, basing their class divisions on politics and ideology rather than money and family is hardly an improvement.

This is not mere expediency, or ideological loyalty. They really do think they're better than us.  Consider this: all the commentary from our alleged betters has been about this guy's supposed struggle, and how it's super that he's 'reflecting and taking responsibility' (now he's been caught).

See what's missing? These are people whose whole lives are spent playing Victimhood Poker, but now there are real victims, not a word about them. They treat them like bit part players in the great drama of 'Brendan's' heroic struggle to be less of a sleaze. The MSM are the Duchess sweeping past the down-trodden peasants on the way to pay tribute to her fellow aristocrat, cruelly cut down by dirty rebels while attempting to exercise jus primae noctis.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Not Part And Parcel Of Living In A Big City After All


Say what you like about the Florida shootings, but at least liberals have finally found a foreign culture that they're prepared to say is inferior to British culture. Dealing with cultures where they carve off their daughter's clitoris? That requires 'nuance', but the Second Amendment is bad, bad, bad.

Apparently, this time you should look back in anger. Hold the tealights and the balloons, and bring on the rage. If we don't do anything at all, the terrorists will have won.

Or something.

The thing is though that the contrast between Britain and the US when it comes to mass murder is exactly why Americans are reluctant to give up their guns. Some say the Second Amendment needs to be repealed to protect the public, others say the same about the UK Human Rights Act. The difference is that the Second Amendment is an integral part of a constitution that's not only older than that of Germany, France, Spain, Portugal and Greece, it's older than all of them combined. Meanwhile, the Human Rights Act was foisted on the UK by Blair in 1997, and the public keep voting for a government that promises to - but never actually does - repeal it.

To the point: the Second Amendment survives because the American people support it, while the Human Rights Act survives because the political class have imposed it on the public.

The Second Amendment is both a product and a foundation of a uniquely American view on the relationship between the citizen and the state. At a deep level the American people have decided that as many problems as an empowered citizenry brings, that's still preferable to a phoney-baloney democracy where a depraved political class is free to inflict obscenities such as the HRA on the serfs.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

They Don't Want It, They Just Want You Not To Have It


We’re now more than a fortnight from the outrageously outrageous revelations about The Presidents Club and the feminazis are still begging the question: if there is ‘no place for this sort of thing in modern Britain’, what is there a place for? 

Hey, it’s a serious question: in so far as they’ve successfully bullied charities into turning down donations from these guys, what are they going to do to plug the hole in their accounts? 

To put it another way, if the folks at the Presidents’ Club really were just a bunch of anachronistic losers who need to get with the New Girl Order, the feminazis should have no trouble selling tickets for their hip & happening [Current Year] alternative. They can call it the Commissars’ Club, with Clare Balding lookalike waitresses dishing out organic vegan meals while Julie Bindel entertains everyone with a 45 minute routine about sending men to ‘some kind of camps’.  

But no: the floor is clear for as these empowered wimminz to fill the gap but, strangely, it turns out that they’re more concerned with criticising how men raise money for charity than actually, y’know, raising any money themselves. In the bonkers zero sum world of the feminazis, men have lost so they’ve won, and pointing out that the fact that charities are objectively worse off is, like, sexist or summink. 

Has there ever been a more perfect example of feminism in action?

Sunday, February 04, 2018

The Protocols Of The Learned Elders Of The Patriarchy


Apparently, the online world is a cesspit of fake news and you should only trust the verified truthiness of the MSM and their deeply fact-checked stories. Like this:
Liberal Democrat deputy leader Jo Swinson has revealed how she desperately fought off an attempted rape by a ‘nice young man’ she thought was a friend.
The former Minister only stopped the horrifying attack by shouting at him that what he was about to do was rape. Ms Swinson told The Mail on Sunday last night: ‘I was really under threat. I was physically pushing him away and saying, “I do not want to do it.” 
Sounds like we need to get this guy off the street ASAP! To the Batmobile, Robin!

But wait....
The traumatic incident happened in the late 1990s when she was a 19-year-old studying at the London School of Economics. She declined to name the attacker, who was a fellow student. 
Yep, this guy was so dangerous she decided to do absolutely nothing about him and still won't name him.

Say, does Haven Monahan have an alibi?
Ms Swinson, a former Business Minister in the Coalition Government, added: ‘He was about to do something horrendous and I managed to get him to stop. I told him, “If you make me, that’s rape.”
Alternative Interpretation: this silly cow goes back to some guy's place at 1 AM, he tries to get to first base, and she freaks out and calls him a rapist.

Which is not deranged at all.

Speaking personally, I'm thinking that if anyone dodged a bullet here, it was the guy who belatedly realised why no man should ever talk to a feminist.

They hate you simply for existing, hence why they come out with stuff like this: 
There is this view among many that this violence against women is something which is sort of the stranger leaping out of the dark alley, or a whole different series of horrible people that they wouldn’t have anything to do with.

Actually, what I took from that experience was that I could very easily see how rape could happen and the rapist could be a nice young man who would not consider that would be something he could do.
Yes, indeed, feminism is a nut shell: the complete lack of evidence that a guy is a rapist just means he's the worst type of rapist of them all, a non-raping rapist. He's clearly the kind of cunning predator who hides his evil by not committing any offenses whatsoever.

Oh, and the real reason she's suddenly remembered she was, like, kind of raped. Sort of:
Ms Swinson reveals her distressing experience in a new book, Equal Power. Described as a ‘call to arms’, it examines inequality issues – from the gender pay gap to everyday sexism – and how to turn them around. 
Yes, she's taking on sexism by pushing deranged conspiracy theories like 'rape culture'. Tune in next week when she'll be taking on antisemitism by demanding universities teach the Protocols of Zion.

Monday, January 22, 2018

#IDon'tBelieveHer


The process is the punishment, and it's sometimes capital punishment:
A coroner has slammed a detective for acting as 'judge and jury' in the case of a grandfather who killed himself after being accused of historic sex abuse.
Alan Bailey was 'hounded' to his death after being accused of indecency and rape by a woman who said he had abused her when she was 15, the inquest heard last week.
Yep, we're back in 'It Could Be Yewtree' territory.
The father-of-two, who maintained his innocence and was awaiting trial, faced a campaign of intimidation by the woman's partner leaving him 'paranoid' and suicidal.
But when he complained to [UNKNOWN POLICE FORCE] investigating officer Aneela Khali-Khan, she allegedly told him to 'man up' - failing to probe the harassment he faced.
Quick! Guess what force UNKNOWN is?

Yep, it's Hillsborough PD again! They've finally found a rape case they want to investigate. I can't imagine what it was about this guy that made them so much happier to go after him than, say, Rotherham taxi drivers. But it gets better, which is to say much worse:
The evening before he was due to answer bail, Ms Khali-Khan rang to say his estranged partner wanted to move back in the house.
She told him his wife should not suffer because 'she had done no wrong'. On February 18 he was charged with a series of sex offences against the woman.
The next day he appeared at court and was granted bail until his trial. But he was forced out of his home and ended up in a hostel for drug addicts and the homeless.
I guess the Tori Cuzt aren't that bad if they're free to spend time harassing a guy who's never been convicted of anything out of his own home.
But his alleged victim's partner started turning up at the store and then driving slowly past Mr Bailey's flat, on one occasion with the woman in his car.
He reported four incidents of harassment, but no officers visited him. He became increasingly 'jittery' and 'tearful' fearing he would be re-arrested for breaching his bail, though he had done nothing wrong.
Take note: stalking cases like this are *literally* why we have legislation covering harassment, not 'people saying mean stuff on twitter'. It's also what the police should be dealing with, instead of throwing men out of their home.
Ms Khali-Khan, who joined South Yorkshire Police in 2003, was a detective constable at the time with two years' experience in the criminal investigation department.
Last year she was promoted to Acting Detective Inspector. She confirmed ringing Mr Bailey to mediate between him and his wife over who should be living at the home.
At which point Mrs Merton would ask what it was about Ms Khali-Khan that first attracted the Promotion Board?

It's clearly not her talent for police work:
Dr Hunter asked the officer: 'You said his wife had 'done no wrong'. What wrong, at that point, had Mr Bailey done? He had none. You assumed he was guilty?'
Ms Khali-Khan, who had no record of the phone call, replied: 'I would not have assumed that.'
It works just like that in the real world, too. Take HMRC for example:
"We have reason to believe you have failed to declare income from a second job."
"I have no record of that."
"OK, fair enough, off you go then."
Yeah, right! Plus bear in mind that plumbers, say, aren't trained in bookkeeping and it's unpaid work on top of their real job. Neither of those two things applies to police officers and recording investigations. In fact, there's seems to be a pattern forming:
Mr Bailey's other daughter Angela Bailey said after her father reported the other man driving past his house on April 22, Ms Khali-Khan rang him and told him to 'Man up'.
The coroner asked the officer about the phone call. She said they had a 'lengthy conversation', but her notes ran to just seven lines.
She could not remember Mr Bailey saying he was scared for his safety or that she told him 'no law had been broken'.
Again: Acting Detective Inspector and, oh, that second job!
Dr Hunter asked why she had not fully investigated the intimidation or a possible case of perverting the course of justice that could have affected legal proceedings.
'You did not take him seriously, you dismissed him,' he told the officer. 'I put it to you that you had already acted as judge and jury and had already formed an opinion about Mr Bailey's guilt.'
Dr Hunter is now a member of Britain's fastest growing club: the 'National Association of People With More Balls Than Tory MPs'.
He added: 'I feel Mr Bailey would have been better served by the Keystone Cops as opposed to South Yorkshire Police.
Yes, the Keystone Cops dealt with bank robberies, not people suddenly remembering they'd been robbed thirty years ago. Here's the key bit:
Dr Hunter accepted South Yorkshire Police's practices have improved significantly since 2010, but said he would be referring the force to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (formerly the IPCC) over the actions of officer Khalil-Khan.
He described her investigation as 'incompetent' and said there were 'serious questions about her conduct and probity that needed to be addressed'. She also 'missed opportunities' to deal with the intimidation.
Dr Hunter also referred the force over their handling of the family's complaint after Mr Bailey's death. He questioned their internal investigation and said his daughters received 'platitudes and a whitewash'.
'Daughters' you say? Well, that settles it! Women don't lie about allegations of crime.

See, this is the point. An allegation of a 'historic' sex crime is enough to destroy a man's life, but when we have complaints made by the deceased and his family *at the time* combined with a suspect who's records are dodgier than the clocks at Honest Joe's Car Emporium, suddenly it turns out that you can't trust chicks.

In fact, it's worse than that. The unsupported testimony of Ms Loony-Pants was enough to threaten a man's liberty and have his reputation destroyed, but we're not even allowed to question whether someone who - based on her own testimony - is incapable of basic record keeping should really be employed as a police officer, let alone promoted.

To return to a point above: if the Tory Party really wants to be relevant again, they should ditch the constant rebrands and focus groups and just go after the thugs in blue who destroy lives at the drop of a hat, then skate on technicalities when they're under fire.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

It's Science (For Some Values Of Science)


Showing exactly the kind of savvy political judgement that secured their massive landslide in 2017, the Tory Party is staying well clear of the John Worboys fiasco. I'm guessing their computer models of the electorate warned them to avoid alienating the key 'serial rapist' demographic.

Meanwhile, in the real world, this case is reinforcing everything we ever suspected about the rehab industry. Consider for instance their strange definition of 'independent expert'.

Personally, I’m just shocked – shocked – to find that an ‘independent expert’ producing reports for the Parole Board turns out to a True Believer in the Cult of Rehab... and she’d have gotten away with it too if it weren’t for you meddling kids reading the stuff she’s published openly for years!

As Britain's most brilliant blogger once said, the rehab industry is the Rosetta Stone for understanding how the left gets away with it. For years the left has tried to claim that if you oppose the rehab industry then you, sir, hate The Science. Now it turns out that these scientists sound a heck of a lot like a Guardian editorial.

Hey, can we at least get some ground rules so we can tell when they're being scientists and when they're being activists? Maybe something like lab coat on equals expert, lab coat off equals campaigner?

Sunday, January 07, 2018

The Difference Between Barnes Wallis And Disney


When Barnes Wallis made a bomb, at least it bounced. Disney: not so much. 

Yes, $464 million is serious money - although that's the gross and it has to be compared to the $4.2 billion they paid for the rights in the first place - but under performance of $187 million is a lot to pay for virtue signalling. Assuming a similar percentage drop off in DVD sales and merchandising, it looks like Disney have just paid a self-inflicted SJW tax of $200 million, or enough to make a whole other movie.

All of which is by way of saying that when the Smart Set tell us that 'people' are too sophisticated to want the supposedly simplistic narratives of the original Star Wars trilogy, they actually mean a very specific sub-set of people, namely themselves. 

Meanwhile, normal people just want to see a decent movie, same as they ever did. Hence why one of the few non-disastrous DC movies was helmed by a woman who explicitly rejected the kind of smirking cynicism exemplified by 'The Last Jedi'.

The point is not only that movie journalists turned out to be hideously out of touch with the public, but in so far as politics is downstream of culture, the implosion of Star Wars might shed some light on another failing franchise, namely the Tory Party.

Just like 'The Last Jedi', the Tory Party has embraced empty virtue signalling combined with a sneering attitude to actual virtue and it's having about as much success in terms of garnering support from normal people. It turns out that, MSM to the contrary,  the jaded hipster demographic isn't actually a barometer of where the country is going after all.