That bitter Remainer being everyone’s favourite example of a loony professor, A. C. Grayling, who routinely defames Brexiteers. And the Brexiteer who mocked him by giving him a taste of his own medicine is Pete North.
If we evidence a criminal damage then we would act. But can’t usually. You say upsetting to endure, consider for a second, how upsetting it would be, being uprooted every few days. That’s why we always act in the best interests of all parties with proportionality and legality.
You can’t say both these things:
(1) It’s the travellers’ lifestyle choice to constantly move about and we should respect that that’s how they prefer to live.
(2) It’s “upsetting” for travellers to constantly have to move about from one place to another.
Theresa May has rebuked Boris Johnson over his claim that Muslim women in burqas resemble letter boxes and bank robbers, urging the former foreign secretary to apologise after he defied an order to do so by Tory chiefs.
Another open goal presents itself for Boris: tell her sod off.
How many chances will this guy be given to take the crown? The right is desperate for him to become the new Trump. The problem is that he’s still a Tory. So he’s part of the problem.
Anne Marie Waters actually sums it up rather well:
Boris on the bandwagon. It works like this: politicians do nothing about a problem, see the problem grow, see others get support to solve this problem, then change their tune. People trust the “established” politicians, vote for them, then they do nothing.
And this is what will happen. If Boris becomes PM, then all the normal people (ie. the non-loony left) will think that all these problems will finally be sorted, so they’ll go back to voting Tory. But they won’t. Boris will do little, and the civil service and the left will continue to run Britain.
Please forgive the self-promotion (which I don’t do much of), but it’s nice when your first Amazon review is a five-star one:
I have no connection to the reviewer (who posted his review on the American Amazon site).
So, er… how about you buy a copy? I’m also happy to send out free copies to reviewers (and even Twitter commenters count as reviewers), so if you want a freebie, just ask.
There’s an NHS dentist I go to. Whenever I go there there are rude signs all over the place threatening patients who fail to turn up to appointments, or who turn up late. Miss two appointments and you’ll be kicked off their register. You’re costing the NHS billions. Thanks to you, the NHS will fail and we’ll all die, that sort of thing.
My NHS doctors’ surgery also has these sort of signs, although theirs are somewhat more polite, more like this:
I’ve seen these sorts of signs all over the country, and in Australia too, and I do sympathise with the surgeries.
However, what I have never seen is any acknowledgment that doctor and dentist surgeries routinely waste the time of their patients, on a massive scale. For decades I have been kept waiting by doctors. It used to be that you could expect to wait at least forty minutes after your appointment time, often an hour or more. In recent years things have improved somewhat, at least in my experience, as the NHS has made more of an effort to get their act together on this issue, but you can expect that you’ll never be seen at the time you’re supposed to be seen.
Where are the figures on that? Where are the posters saying “This surgery has costs its patients X minutes of wasted time this month because it has failed to see them at the time agreed, which equates to £Y at the average salary.’
It’s true that it’s not easy for a surgery to set an exact time to see someone, with so much going on in the surgery, and some of it unpredictable. But that applies to patients’ lives too. We have to make the effort to get there on time, no matter the disruption to our own lives, or our work. But you’d never know this from the NHS and its posters. For them the abuse is all one way.
Also, doctor and dentist surgeries are not that unpredictable, really. The same sort of thing happens in them, day in, day out, year after year after year. Each surgery has numerous doctors. Each area has numerous surgeries. Each county has numerous areas. There’s an enormous amount of data on this. They know pretty much how it works. They know how long the average appointment takes. They know how many longer-than-usual appointments happen each day, on average. They know how many people usually miss their appointments. Sure they have a emergency appointments to deal with as well these days, but they know how they usually work as well. So really they should have a pretty good idea of how to stay on time.
(Of course, what makes things much more difficult than they should be is the fact that the government is so involved. The UK government used to insist on 10-minute appointments. That was dropped a few years ago, but it still seems to be the norm.)
The other thing to mention is… how exactly are missed appointments a problem if the surgeries are always running late? Doesn’t this in fact help the surgery, because it means that it doesn’t run as late as it otherwise would? Are we supposed to believe that the doctors at a surgery really spend 634 minutes every week in their office twiddling their thumbs? Rather than getting the next patient in, who had already been waiting for thirty minutes? Or doing a bit of that research that GPs always say they struggle to find the time for? The fact is, they know how many people on average miss appointments, and they build this in to their schedule, just like airlines oversell flights because they know some people won’t turn up.
So missed appointments don’t really cost them anything like what they tell you. Whereas being kept waiting in a waiting room does cost patients, because most of us can’t get on with our work there, or do something we want to do.
So why all the posters? Well, it’s the NHS. They’re in charge, not you. The posters are there to remind you of that fact. We’re the boss, and you must act accordingly.
Yes we should. Celebrate the urge some people have to ink their skin. Because then we know not to hire those people. Or let them marry our children. They’re telling us, very kindly, that they’re unsuitable for the position. And that is kind of them, because it saves us a lot of trouble. Maybe if we need some ditches dug then getting some guys with tatts is okay. But that managerial position? No. Maybe if the guy makes the effort to cover them up. Otherwise no. He could dig some ditches if he really needs some work.
But what about those middle-class millenials who don’t come from the typical working class background where tattoos are the norm, and they’ve just jumped on the bandwagon? Should we throw them out as well? Yes indeed we should. They’re even worse. At least the working class painted people have a sort of excuse. At least they’re sometimes the salt of the Earth types. In fact, I’m only kidding about them, really. But a young idiot who thinks tattoos are cool and rebellious, even though there is plenty of evidence of Billy Idol on the web, is absolutely the last person I’d want working for me. Not even digging ditches. And he can get his paws away from my daughter.
The same applies to women with pink hair. Women who dye their hair pink, or blue, or whatever colour is currently trendy, are putting a sign on themselves that says ‘I am an unstable, selfish, illogical feminist who will talk shit for hours about things I know nothing about, and get irrationally upset about ridiculous things.’ They may not realise they’ve branded themselves in this way, but they have. And I for one am thankful for it. And, one day, my son will be thankful too.
Update: This all goes double for people with face tattoos.
I hate to rag on Spiked for a second day in a week, because Spiked is generally great and Brendan O’Neill is a modern hero (even if he does underestimate Commies) and all the rest are top writers, but they really haven’t a clue what’s going on with the James Gunn situation, attributing it to right-wing ‘snowflakes’:
The right can no longer delude itself into thinking that offence culture is exclusively perpetuated by the left
The author, Christian Butler, has no idea of the tactics involved, and thinks it’s just hypocrisy:
The hypocrisy of it all is startling. While right-wingers rage against the sacking of Roseanne Barr for a racist tweet, ‘snowflake’ censorship on campus, or people who call for statues of Confederate soldiers to be torn down, they have, in the past few days, had someone fired over offensive tweets he posted more than a decade ago.
You may not agree with the tactics, but it’s rather embarrassing to have written an article on this and not know what the tactics are.
There was no large-scale public demand for Gunn to be fired. This was largely the work of conservative tweeters who, when they’re not decrying the Twittermobbing tactics of the left, are wont to weaponise their own offence against liberal targets. In sacking Gunn, Disney was effectively indulging the sensitivities of the likes of conspiratorial right-wing social-media personality Mike Cernovich
Butler is under the impression that Disney sacked Gunn to please Mike Cernovich. Why the would give a flying fuck about Mike Cernovich is not explained. I mean, does anyone really believe this? That Disney sacked a guy who made loads and loads of pretty raw paedo jokes — apparently he’s been deleting hundeds of Tweets in the last few days — and it’s because they wanted to please a right-wing Twitter guy?
Put yourself in the place of one of the big bosses of Disney. You make films like Bambi and Dumbo. It’s just been publicly revealed that one of your directors routinely made jokes about raping little boys. You’d seriously argue in the boardroom that he needs to stay on the payroll? Who the hell would do that? Even I’d sack him, were I a Disney boss.
So Kurt Schlichter is naming his call to turn the left’s tactics back on them the ‘poison gas’ theory:
In World War I, everyone used poison gas on the battlefield. In World War II, no one did. Why? Because everyone was too scared to after seeing what happened the last time.
Good name, and worth a try. One worry I have with it — well, apart from the fact that lots of squishy right-wingers have said how terrible it is that the right fought back and got James Gunn sacked — is that it may not work very well, seeing as how leftists run everything. I mean, Disney fired James Gunn, sure, but that’s because it’s Disney, and he was a serial joker about being a paedo. But what’s gonna get the average publishing company or film studio to sack a left-winger? Short of a footage of them torturing cats, not much.
Interestingly, Schlichter says that #MeToo has been stopped because it was taking large chunks out of the left’s hide:
Did you notice how the whole #MeToo thing faded away? Is it because of all the scumbags and slimeballs in Hollywood and the media who got outed? Nah. It’s because the campaign, which was designed in large part as a flanking attack on Donald Trump, ended up taking out too many liberals. They won’t tell you they stopped, but they have. The price got too high, so they quit taking scalps.
It seems to me to be true that, if powerful men are to be taken out by a campaign like this, most of them are going to be turn out to be leftists, simply because that’s where most of the power is today. There are very few people in power, men or women, who aren’t leftists, or at least anti-rightists. The left still seem to operate as though it’s 1958 and all the bosses are Republicans.
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Have at it.
According to the editor of Spiked, the right-wingers who criticised Ash Sarkar (the woman who said to Piers Morgan, ‘I’m literally a Communist, you idiot’ on breakfast TV) are as bad as Ash Sarker herself. ‘It’s the living, breathing definition of a spat in which you want both sides to lose,’ he said. We’d expect this sort of moral equivalence from the Guardian, but it was something of a surprise that it came from Brendan O’Neill, who is famous for his waspish attacks on trendy young urban leftists like Owen Jones. But he doesn’t like Cold Warriors either: ‘Grouchy right-wingers, who really miss the Cold War and all its evil Commies that they could define themselves against, who spy in Teen Vogue’s cheering of a communist – still dying here – the imminent return of the Red Menace’.
As something of a Cold Warrior myself, I thought a few words in response would be in order. A lot of what O’Neill writes is true. Sarkar is undoubtedly a prat. But I think O’Neill is unwise to just laugh such people off, dismissing them as hipsters play-acting out comfortable fantasies. If we were talking about a 15-year-old who dons a new political identity every week, then yes, they’re probably playing political dress-up, and we wouldn’t want to take it too seriously. (But even then we’d give the twerp a good talking to about the realities of Communism.)
But this is a woman in her – I presume – late twenties, a woman who teaches at a University, a woman who knows perfectly well what the previous results of Communism have been like. My view is that when someone like that tells you they’re a Communist, take them at their word, and treat them accordingly. History is full of disasters caused by not taking seriously the political claims of fanatics who seemed, at the time, foolish and deluded, but who clearly had determination. And that applies especially – a thousand times over – with Communists.
The Communists only managed to take over in Russia and enforce their rule for so many decades because they were not taken seriously by the other left-wing parties, who were forever making excuses for them, telling everyone that they weren’t that bad really, and they don’t mean half the things they say. It turned out that they did mean all the things they said, and more, and they really were that bad, in fact, far, far worse than anyone imagined. So when a professional political agitator today says that they’re a Communist, I’m minded to assume that they aren’t just a soft bourgeoisie who really desires nothing more than the comfort of the status quo, as O’Neill assumes. Such a person may or may not be up to the task of personally ordering the gulags – literal or metaphorical – built, but they’ll certainly be up to the task of helping us to get to a position where they can – literally or metaphorically – be built. It won’t be any consolation to find Ash Sarkar has been thrown in there with you.
Other online commentators have dismissed the idea that Sarkar is a real Communist by noting her ludicrous definition of Communism in this interview with Owen Jones: ‘Communism is a belief in the power of people to organise their lives as individuals, their social lives, their political and economic lives, without being managed by a state’. Obviously this bears no relation to life in, say Mao’s China. It sounds more like the sort of thing Sarker’s libertarian enemies would say. But it’s also the sort of thing real Communists say. It’s the sort of thing Marx said; he thought the State would wither away under Communism, and we’d all be living in our own personal paradise. It’s the ‘Ur-topian’ vision of the future that drives Communists to take power, control speech, control thought, imprison dissidents, and which ultimately leads them to mass slaughter.
So maybe, just maybe, Ash Sarkar is a harmless social democrat bigging herself up. But with Communist ideas on the rise again, the UK Labour Party taken over by the hard left, and the establishment of the Western world becoming increasingly intolerant of incorrect thoughts, you’ll have to forgive me for taking her more seriously than that. The idea that we shouldn’t take such an opportunity to inform younger people what Communism was really like, even though students don’t get taught this at school, seems to me completely bizarre.
O’Neill also says, ‘their talk of revolt is an attempt to dilute a real revolt … They’re idiots, in fact, who play communist games in their echo chambers because what is happening in the real world – the overturning of the postwar political era by newly confident publics – makes them shake with dread.’
This gets things exactly the wrong way around. The recent political earthquakes and ‘popular’ revolts have not just come out of nowhere. The left hasn’t been harmlessly pottering about in its garden shed, looking after itself, and suddenly heard a couple of loud bangs which turned out, on investigation, to be Brexit and Trump. What happened is that the left has been busy trying to transform society into its own image, pushing its people and its ideology into influential positions, and imposing its politics on top of people. It was the success of this movement that caused the recent popular revolts.
And rather than shaking in their boots, leftists like Ash Sarkar, who is noticeably not shaking in her boots in the slightest, are grimly determined to quell this revolt. Some of the Establishment are getting hysterical, true, but that is not them ‘shaking with dread’, that’s them getting very angry at the temerity of the populace not to submit. It also tells us that they’re not going to go away and drop their lifelong political activism just because someone tells them they’re just an overgrown student who doesn’t really mean what they say.
So I’m going to go right on being a Cold Warrior, until I stop hearing those chilling phrases, ‘That’s wasn’t real Communism’, and ‘Next time it will be different’. Because next time it won’t be that different.
Luckily for James Gunn – unlike Toby Young – he took out unemployment insurance.
Here’s some of his unemployment insurance on display on Twitter:
Some more thoughts on the topic of yesterday’s post.
Toby Young has just published in Quillette an account of his downfall, called ‘The Public Humiliation Diet’. The ‘Political Assassination Diet’ would perhaps be a more appropriate title.
Despite what some people on both sides of the fence are saying, James Gunn’s career isn’t over at all. Yes, he may have difficulty making mainstream movies for the likes of Disney for a while (Disney were his employers on Guardians of the Galaxy), but there will be plenty of companies queuing up to work with him. The left has made it clear that he’s one of them, and that he’s definitely not blacklisted.
Contrast this with the plight of Young, who was sacked or forced to resign from all his posts, including his charity positions, and is now out of work. When the left go to town on you, you don’t walk again.
Some on the left are saying that Disney only fired Gunn to keep the ‘alt-right’ happy. This is ludicrous. A company like Disney doesn’t care about the alt-right, and will happily ignore whatever it says. The only reason it fired Gunn was because it’s DISNEY. A family-orientated company. The biggest family-orientated company in the world. Who make a hell of a lot of movies for kids, and who are famously for proud of their wholesome image. Do you really think they could let a man make movies for them after the public had found out that he was a serial teller of sick paedophile jokes? Of course they couldn’t. That’s why. Not just because John Nolte said they had to fire him.
That’s also why Gunn will continue to get plenty of work. Gunn was too noxious for Disney, but companies that are not so clean-cut as Disney won’t be so bothered.
I note that Gunn has said, “Today I try to root my work in love and connection and less in anger”. Other than a few token and pasted-on scenes I can’t say I found the Guardians of the Galaxy movies rooted in love and connection. More about smashing stuff up and shooting people and expressing anger, I’d say.
I also thought the second one got pretty bad towards the end, especially when that lame and badly-acted character Kraglin became more involved. I couldn’t understand why such a dweeb was given so much screen time. But now I understand: the actor is James Gunn’s brother.
Nepotism. Is there nothing the left can’t condemn while simultameously engaging in?
The independent right – I call it that to distinguish it from both the establishment right, and the alt-right (because ‘alt-right’ has become a useless term) – is in disarray once again. For the last year or so many of them have been going on about how the left has been succeeding because lots of left-wingers are using Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals as their guidebook, and how right-wingers need to do the same.
The one rule the indy-right really emphasised was this one: ‘Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.’ We need to do this too, they said, and really hammer the left hard on it.
So: what’s one of the things the left has been doing recently? Getting conservatives fired for unwise tweets in their younger life, that’s one important thing they’ve been doing. Remember Toby Young? A few crude tweets from years ago, and the guy was hounded out of his new job. It was obvious that he was targetted not because of a few bad jokes he’d made in his days as a laddish attention-seeking journalist, but because he was a right-winger who’d been put into an influential position. It was a political assassination.
So if the right really was going to ‘make the enemy live by its own rules’, then it stands to reason that the thing to do would be to throw this sort of thing back in the left’s face: find some offensive tweets by influential leftists and get them fired. See how they like it. And that’s exactly what Mike Cernovich did to James Gunn, the Guardians of the Galaxy director and prominent anti-Trump crusader who had loudly cheered on Rosanne Barr’s firing:
I wish some of these so-called defenders of liberty would start to understand what freedom of speech is AND isn’t. Roseanne is allowed to say whatever she wants. It doesn’t mean ABCNetwork needs to continue funding her TV show if her words are considered abhorrent [tweet since deleted].
You have to say that after this tweet Gunn was pretty much asking for someone to go through his own Twitter account to see if what he’d said in the past also fell foul of the new rules. And unfortunately for James it turned out that he used to have a bad habit of making creepy paedophile jokes, and Cernovich made these public, and made sure his employers, Disney, were well aware of them, and so they fired him.
So what did the indie-right do when this happened? En masse (especially in the UK) they said how terrible it was that Gunn had been fired. Deplored the whole thing. Defended his jokes, despite saying only last week how Hollywood was full of paedos and how it had to stop. “But he made a funny movie we like, you can’t sack him.” Basically handed their sorry arses to the left on a plate.
The left, of course, howled, and said how despicable it was that the ‘alt-right’ did this. Claimed he’d only been sacked to please the alt-right. Gunn’s cast members all said he should be re-hired. There was no mention of the fact that Gunn and his mates do this sort of thing to their enemies all the time. None of them said ‘Give Rosanne Barr her job back too’. Only James Gunn was to to be given mercy. She’s KKK, whereas he’s just a harmless jokester. So the left are playing their usual hardball game, gaze firmly fixed on the longer picture, while the right take their eye off the target because, like, well, Rocky Raccoon (or is it Bucky Beaver?) is so cute and funny.
I’m not saying that making the left play by their own rules is definitely the right thing to do. I was always uncertain about it, partly because I worried that the right would wimp out when push came to shove. And I don’t like people being sacked because they used to tell sick jokes either. But if you’re going to go around playing the tough guy, saying ‘Let’s beat them at their own game so they have to abandon their new rules’, you’d better have the backbone to stick to it. But what happened was that the guy at the front of their pack threw a punch, and then all the other tough-talking right-wingers ran away, because they it turns out they don’t like street-fighting after all.
Or almost all of them. One tough-talker who hasn’t run away is Kurt Schlichter, one of the main proponents of the idea that we should play the left at their own game. Whether or not you agree with him on his ‘throw-Alinsky-back-at-them’ schtick, you’ve got to admire him for sticking to his guns, and not backing down over James Gunn:
Oops. He just had his pointy head stuck on a figurative pike and I just don’t care.
Not even a little. Not anymore.
Cultural war is hell, and I propose it be hell first and foremost on the liberals who started it …
The New Rules are stupid, but they are the rules, and the only way the Old Rules can come back is if everyone agrees to them. And that requires we deal the pain.
So here’s a suggestion for the right. When you’re telling everyone how we need to act in future, go through some plausible hypothetical scenarios, and think carefully about what you’d do in those situations. I mean, what you’d really do given the way that most other people are likely to react. If what you’re really likely to do is the total opposite of what you’re saying we should do – if you’re not Kurt Schlichter – then maybe you need to rethink your proposals.
New claims have emerged that former US President Donald Trump, and British Brexit donor Aaron Banks, had Russian connections in the 2010s.
Veteran conspiracy theorist Wilder Shores made the claim after undergoing the latest hypnotic regression therapy thechnique recently made compulsory by President-for-Life, Her Holiness, the Re-animated Hillary Clinton.
‘I saw it all so clearly, it was definitely definitely Trump and some British frog-faced fellow who was drinking a big glass of beer, and the Russians and some aliens, and Trump and the British guy were being given chests of treasure and gold mines, and then the Russians stuck microchips into their necks to control them,’ said an excited Shores.
‘I now remember that I wrote all this down in 2016 for the FBI but the Trump administration suppressed it and put memory blockers in my grass juice so I forgot it all.’
The FBI has confirmed that Shores’ re-collections will be admissable as evidence in the next automatic trial. ‘We’ll need to tweak it a bit,’ an FBI spokeman said, ‘but basically it will go on the record as the undoubted truth.’
Her Holiness Clinton is expected to re-animate the corpses of Trump and Banks, who were both first executed in 2031, and announce further charges against them, charges which are expected to lead to yet another execution for both of them. Similar charges, convictions and executions were carried out in 2035, 2038, 2042, 2047, 2049, and every year since.
In related news, Dr Zimka Stichery has been given further grants to continue his pioneering work on re-animation. ‘I’m very grateful to her Holiness for the financial support,’ said Dr Stichery, ‘because without further research, the body of Donald Trump just won’t survive many more re-animations and executions. The hair, of course, is fine, that will last forever, but drawing and quartering his body so often takes a toll on it.’
Banks’ body, however, is reportedly in good shape.
‘The body of Banks — or is it Farage? — seems to be pickled in some sort of preserving fluid, and it’s basically indestructible,’ said Stichery.
A White House spokeswoman said the White House was looking at an alternative method of execution for Trump this time, in order to relieve the progressive damage to Trump’s torso. ‘There’s only so many times you can sew a body back together, so we’re considering a witch-style drowning this time,’ the spokeswoman said. ‘Our scientists are looking into what damage would be caused to the lungs by this method, and whether it would be compatible with the re-animation process’.