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The number of ‘essential workers’ is enormous — 21 Comments

  1. When the dust starts to settle and we gaze out at the economic wasteland our careless panic has wrought, thoughts will turn to accountability.
    Giving aid and comfort to the enemy or economic sabotage has long been a category we have reserved special vehemence for.
    How many of those casually condemning others to years of poverty whilst secure in the knowledge that their taxpayer funded pension is secure would benefit from living on the level playing field of the self employed?
    Other thoughts on who the mob might turn on if this proves to be no more than seasonal flu+ and the NHS has been directed to slow walk use of Hydroxy-chloroquine + Azithromycin???

  2. People who don’t understand how the world works are probably a far bigger problem than we realise. Think about what the actual consequences of this zero carbon shit would be. Masses of people think that life would just carry on as normal with everything working just the same but with electricity from windmills.

  3. Back in ancient history when Brits were Brits, something like 40,000 Londoners died during the German Blitz. Despite a death toll which puts today’s Panic Virus in the shade, shops would proudly display signs saying “Open As Usual” to indicate their defiance and their commitment to carrying on.

    Reportedly, a certain shop lost its entire frontage during one evening’s bombing. Next day, the owner put up a sign saying “More Open Than Usual”.

    Almost any admirable objective can become a negative if taken to extremes. Society’s obsession with “safety” has been building for years. It has now reached the point where it is counter-productive. Sadly, there is no clear path back to the positive spirit that Londoners were once capable of exhibiting in the face of adversity.

  4. Unfortunately the Ruling Classes are utterly divorced from the Doing Classes, in a way that pretty much mirrors the divide between the Aristocracy and the Workers 100-150 years ago. Your average university educated Civil Servant, or local council CEO or NHS bureaucrat is as far removed from how the sewers work, or how food gets into Waitrose, or how the lights come on when the switch is flicked as Lord Fontescue was from the lives of the farm workers on his estate, the miners in his mines or the factory workers in his mills.

    We need a new revolution.

  5. Jim makes an interesting point about the gap between our rulers who live in the world of producing Words and the doers who live in the world of producing Real Goods & Services. How to bridge that gap?

    It is interesting to recall that Elvis Presley at the height of his fame had to put his career on hold and do National Service, just like everyone else. That was a good way to put the future Ruling Classes face to face with “Diversity” and the inescapable realization that there is no correlation between education and competence.

    Perhaps some form of National Service is a concept worth reconsidering — no-one can enter Oxbridge until she has completed 2 years shoveling slag in Scunthorpe, side by side with her fellow citizens?

  6. I have long thought that you shouldn’t be able to enter parliament unless you have spent at least five years doing a real job. And by that I mean doing something that is demonstrably useful.

  7. “It is interesting to recall that Elvis Presley at the height of his fame had to put his career on hold and do National Service, just like everyone else. That was a good way to put the future Ruling Classes face to face with “Diversity” and the inescapable realization that there is no correlation between education and competence.”

    I’ve always thought that a good educational system should not allow anyone who goes through it to be good at everything. It should provide a range of activities that allows everyone to be good at something, and almost as crucially, everyone to fail at something. Its absolutely terrible for the academically bright to sail through school thinking the sun shines out of their behinds, and never have to have their face screwed into the mud by the thick but very good at sport types, to face failing woodwork because their woodwork project more resembles the tree it started out as, or to have their singing and acting laughed at for its utter awfulness.

    Thus when the academically bright inevitably end up at Oxbridge etc, and finally get to lord it over the rest of us in positions of power, they might just remember that a) they’re not superior to all the other people who didn’t follow their path, and b) there are millions of people out there who can do things that they can’t. And a degree of humility might ensue, rather than regarding the broad mass of humanity as some sort of sub-human species that it is their duty to control and subdue.

  8. It’s a bit like the Scandinavian town where a loud horn was used to scare away tigers. When someone pointed out that there were no tigers in that area, the answer he got was “see, it works!!”

  9. Late to the party, but…

    It’s worth remebering that National Service wasn’t exactly egalitarian. Those with public school educations were automatically selected for officer training at a very early stage of their basic-training. A pleb with a degree was almost certain to become an instant Sergeant in the Education Corps (a “schoolie”), other than that, the military remained an incredibly class-structured organisation, down to the distinguishing “Officers and their Ladies”, “Sergeants and their wives” and “other ranks and their women”.

  10. Even later to the party ….

    I’m an electronics engineer, degrees, CEng, 40 years design / production experience, run companies etc. I was invited to dinner a few years ago, mainly academics and political people there, My neighbour at the table leant over and said she’d heard from (the hostess) that I was an engineer. I agreed (reluctantly, because I knew what was coming). She said “ That’s wonderful, I need some advice. We’ve been having a lot of trouble with the dish washer recently. Would you like to have a look at it sometime? “

    I’ve also had a mob of “plastic free Abergavenny” women – all well educated – accusing me of harassment because I asked them if they could explain how their mobile phones, cars, houses, cookers, medical systems, freezers, underwear, in fact almost anything were going to work if they didn’t use plastic. The PPE lot have no idea where the electricity comes from and the shit goes in the world.

    I’m sorry if I sound bitter.

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