Thursday, August 06, 2020

Hey, Did Someone Say 'Culture War'?

Crikey! Even the squishes are Guido Fawkes are talking about C****** W**. Yep, they've finally noticed that the average university campus is like that line from The Blues Brothers - they have both types of ideology: Blairite and Corbynista.

I'd give them a John McClane style 'welcome to the party, pal' but if you want to know the real reason why  Respectable Conservatives have suddenly decided to start referencing the huge gray thing in the room, take a look at what they posted later in the day.

Yes, indeed. Confidence in scientific advice is collapsing for some reason. We're just lucky that there are no big issues requiring scientific input in this country right now.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, normal people are starting to wonder if there's some kind of connection between the bias in Academia and the terrible quality of its output.

Consider our nation's (apparent) modeler in chief, Neil Ferguson. Looking at his track record, I'm not sure he could predict an uptick in the death rate for members of the avian community in December. More to the point though, his track record is not just bad, it's consistently bad. Basically, he's doing science, but not the sort you can use to predict things or where you need to update your theories if reality keeps letting you down.

You know, that type of science.

Needless to say, I think most of us had worked out the secret of his success even before we got introduced to his bit on the side, Helga von Wokenheit, Head of Globalism at the Global Institute for Globalism.

The point is not just that bias on campus leads to jobs for life for the suitably woke (though it does), or even that bright up and coming conservative academics need to either take a vow of silence or change careers (that's true too), it's that you can't have a healthy intellectual environment where everyone has to carefully walk the tightrope of approved ideology. It's hard to be innovative when out of the box can mean out of a job.

All this just leads to a bigger issue. The genius set at Tory HQ have refused to tackle issues like this on the grounds that they're too dangerous politically. Better just to kick the can down the road.

Hey, how's that working out for you guys?

As Trotsky would say - and he would know - you may not be interested in culture war, but culture war is interested in you. There are real world consequences to letting lunatics take over vital sectors of the country. Never mind whether or not taking on Professor Snootlington is really that high risk politically anyway, the choice is either to face the political risks of meaningful reform or face the political risks of dealing with the inevitable results of a dysfunctional and corrupted system.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Burka Nation

Nope, that's not a fair analogy: a burka is a face-covering inspired by superstitious nonsense whereas Boris-Burkas are worn so that viruses will get blocked by a single layer of cotton...

You know, just like how you can keep wasps out of your back garden by putting up a barbed wire fence.

Really, it's nothing at all like a religious cult in any way whatsoever. 

Besides, you can trust dot gov - look how well their other great ideas work.

Some say this is all down to the collapse in actual, real, religious faith. If this life is all that there is, then the fear of death leads our weaker brethren to worry too worry about maximising the years in their life not the life in their years.

Well, maybe, maybe not, but this is where I came in. We're supposed to sneer at our crazy pants ancestors and their religious hang-ups but I note even Henry VIII didn't insist on muzzling the whole population. Ditto, Queen Mary, Cromwell and James II.

True, Churchill did briefly consider requiring citizens to carry - not wear - their gas masks  everywhere but he dropped the idea as stupid and unworkable.

BTW, that was in time of war and involving specialised respirators proven to work against the putative threat. Meanwhile we're into week fifteen of a three week lockdown, so all things considered this case is more like demanding people in 1952 carry round an emergency ukulele at all times.

Well, either that or this.

Come to think of it, if we replaced all cars with unicycles that would probably save a few lives too. And you know the rule: If it saves one life....

And then there would be that other benefit too if we implemented Operation Unicycle. I can't help noticing that the Maskerbators will do anything to cut down on the risk from Wu Flu except the one thing actually proven to cut the risk.

Look at this tosser. 

Hey, Brains Trust, the only way the mask is going to keep you safe from the Kung Flu is if it stops you eating that garbage.

But no: you can tell what really motivates by what they do, not what they say. They'll virtue signal and they parade round in their regalia as members of the New Woke Order but actually swerving lunch or lifting some weights? That would take actual..... effort. I mean, it would also make them safer, but screw that.

Apparently, Covid 19 is a huge threat, but not one of those ones where you take any action to protect yourself from it.

That's my deal: I'll take these guys seriously if every time they preach the importance of making sacrifices to Hoodonia, the God of Masks, they drop and bang out twenty push ups.

Hey, I'm old enough to remember when we worried about totalitarian governments wanting to gag the press, not the entire country (but BTW, what are odds that there will be an exemption for media employees)?

Just to be sure though, the sight of the MSM pushing ludicrous regulations that they themselves will evade should in no way reduce your respect for the watchdog media.

That's the real point right there. As a wise man - me - once said: they hate you. The political establishment get off on  rubbing the public's nose in  it. They think it's hilarious to make previously free citizens shuffle into the store gagged like gimps and they'll think it's even funnier once they manage to victimise a few rebels.

Hey, at least it's better than their previous stunts, like protecting rape gangs or letting terrorists walk free, so there is that, but the basic impulse is all the same.

What can we do about it short term? Nothing much, except to ditch all this talk about 'bringing the country together'. There is no country any more and these people are not our fellow citizens in any meaningful sense because, again, they hate you and they want you to suffer. The least we can do is return the favour.

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

They Hate You

Tucker Carlson's show on Fox is now generating the highest ratings in cable news history. I can see why: look at this bit where he takes on the left's flex towards identity politics

Yep, that's the really key thing about it all. The left hasn't just down-played actual inequality in favour of loopy conspiracy theories - talking about 'white privilege' instead of actual privilege. The left has now actively turned against the people it used to represent, using identity politics to provide a wafer-thin level of plausible deniability.

That's true in Britain too. There's a reason why of all the white football managers in all of the world, race-hustling bum Raheem Sterling chose to slime Stephen Gerrard. He knew what the MSM wanted and that's why they were happy to run with a smear that could have been debunked with a five second google search (BTW, isn't being able to spread provably false racial atrocity stories without suffering any consequences whatsoever also a form of privilege)?

It works the other way too, hence why Home Counties rich kid turned filthy rich tax exile Lewis Hamilton is now a leftist icon. He's sticking it to the man - specifically, the tax man, but as long as he comes out with the right amount of inflammatory drivel about the proles in the cheap seats liberals will hail his heroism.

That's true at a corporate level too. There's an almost perfect relationship between how woke a corporation is and how sleazy its corporate affairs are. Back to football again: the football authorities are super woke, meanwhile the folks building the stadiums for the next World Cup are treated as all but slaves (I bet Raheem is going to get right on that).

The modern left is all about using bogus claims of racial inequality to justify doing absolutely nothing about  actual economic and social  inequality.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

This Is Why Labour Can't Win Elections

If you had Theresa May in the 'Strange New Respect' sweepstake, collect your winnings: she's the latest Tory that the MSM has suddenly decided is a far-sighted visionary (now she's started attacking conservatives).

Personally, I'm pretty sure that pointing out that someone lacks the very special expertise of our foreign policy establishment may not be the killer point the usual suspects think it is. These are the people who turned Libya into a hell hole, tried to get us into Syria on the same side as ISIS and want to hand over our infrastructure to China. Basically, they're the Typhoid Mary of foreign policy. Not being in their little club sounds like a good thing to me.

Apparently, I'm not the only one, hence why BoJo got a huge majority - unlike certain people I could mention.

And all this is without considering the wider issues. Isn't the Labour Party's position pretty much the literal opposite of what their founders believed? Now the People's Party is claiming that, sure, you proles can go and vote for whoever you want, but the really important stuff needs to be left to our new aristocracy, like His Grace, Mark, Duke of Sedwill.

No one knows who these people are or how they got their jobs or even who they think they're accountable to. Apparently, paying a huge pile of cash plus a solid gold pension to civil servants, no matter how terrible they are at their job, is now a permanent feature of British life. Freedom of speech and equality under the law are disposable, but paying money to snoots is part of what makes us a civilised nation.

If the PM can't replace a useless civil servant, who can? Seriously, if we had any working journalists in this country they'd ask Starmer about this: just who can fire one of these guys? What would be a sacking offence?

Nope, Labour has supported all manner of PC witchunts against regular Joes, but the People's Party has  now thrown a ring of steel around the snoot class, yet somehow they keep losing elections. 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Access Media: 'Hate Speech? Never Heard Of It!'

Personally, I think 'hate speech' is a ludicrous concept - and, yes, some speech can encourage crazy people to do crazy things, but the operative word here is crazy! Some people think God is speaking to them via the weather forecast, that's not an argument for censoring the Met Office.

Still, you know who disagrees with all that? Raheem Sterling for one. He's convinced that every time some fat slob in Row XX shouts racist abuse at him it's both a cause and an effect of a deeper evil in British society. 

Yes, indeed, Fatso T Nobrain might never have been elected Dog Catcher, but all he needs to do is scream abuse at a grossly overpaid prat on the pitch and suddenly he's King Of All The White Men.

As it happens though, we've just had three white people stabbed to death in Reading just hours after St Raheem's friends at Black Lives Matter held one of their rallies. Coincidence? 

Well, hey, like I say, I'm a free speech maximalist so I'll defend the right of even obnoxious tools to spread stupid, racist conspiracy theories, but how about a bit of sauce for that goose? Any chance anyone from the MSM will ask St Raheem how all this meshes with his constant sermonising about the dangers of hate speech? If some guy shouting abuse at an overpaid celeb can provoke racist violence, how about thugs pushing deranged racist conspiracies? How about the aforementioned celeb using his media profile to push the same theories? Does that have any effect?

At all?

Nope, the same media cucks who hailed St Raheem's heroism - heroism in the sense of denouncing fat losers - have suddenly decided that hate speech doesn't exist after all.