Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Lockdown insanity part Nine.

You can sum up the weekend news with three quotes from my current favourite author;

"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others"


"I love Big Brother".

But if were left to me I'd say something along the lines of; what a piss taking bunch of shameless, hypocritical bastards.  They must think the electorate is a bunch of dumb cunts.  Actually they might have a point.

If you believe Cummings (and others to be fair) done nothing wrong, you are a dumb cunt.  Please remove yourself from the gene pool.  Fuck off.
I feel better for that.

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Lockdown Insanity part eight.

In already surreal times what a weird few days we’ve had.  On Friday the country celebrated the 75th anniversary of the defeat of fascism.  There was an irony in this situation.  We are being led by far right governments, fascism has been rebranded as ‘Neo-Liberal’ and our ‘greatest generation’ is sitting wide eyed in care homes, waiting for an invisible enemy but this irony was lost.  The people who lived through the war should be applauded and celebrated but generally they are forgotten, just wheeled out and displayed at times like this.

Then came the much anticipated speech.  Apparently 26 million people watched BoJo the Clown on Sunday, waving his arms about, spitting and waffling and saying…  What exactly?   Yesterday we had smart arses on social media saying “Well I understand…” Implying you must be an idiot if you don’t.  Well wake up, most Brits are fucking idiots!  How many people have to die before these indoctrinated Tory lap dogs recognise the government has made a gigantic fuck up?  If the clown was lining people up and shooting them they’d say “well he’s relieving the burden on the NHS…”

Monday’s Telegraph quoted BoJo the Clown saying we need to “Use good solid British common sense…”  Jesus fucking bog flushing Christ!  If ever there was a recipe for disaster it’s relying on Brits to use their common sense.  The fucking British were holding fucking street parties on Friday!  Two months ago they were panic buying bog roll!  Not frozen meals or tinned food, fucking bog roll!!
Well I understand…”  They say.  Do you?  Here have a fucking medal.  Ignore the fact that there is no clarity, unlike the previous message; “Stay at home…” which was simple, obvious and virtually idiot proof.  What the fuck does “Stay alert…” mean?  Look out for a visible microscopic thing?  It might be lurking in the bushes somewhere ready to strike.  But I won’t know because I can’t fucking see it!  How the fuck am I supposed to stay alert?  Alert for what?  People coughing in the street?    The walking dead?  Piles of bodies?  Alert for people breaking the rules so I can pick up the phone and contact the thought police?  Actually Friday might have been the time for that…

Control the virus…”  What?  How the fuck can I do that?  Actually I thought that is what I was doing by staying at home?  Now I’m being told to go to work, surely I can’t do both?  Control the virus!  Most Brit’s can’t even control their fucking dogs!  I’m having a good day if I can control my fucking bladder!
At least the “Save Lives” part is unchanged, this part is pretty clear.  At least it is until you put it after “Stay alert, Control the virus”.  Somebody somewhere got paid to come up with this bollocks, presumably someone working from home who was halfway through a bottle of cheap gin.

It’s been almost forgotten amongst the ensuing confusion but early on in the clown’s performance he uttered something along the lines of thirty thousand deaths being “apparent success…”  What the fuck?  Is this the first time in history that ‘thirty thousand deaths’ and ‘success’ have been used in the same sentence?  The question almost asks itself, how many have to die…?

Anyway congratulations to the one eyed Tories on being able to understand a message which has already been contradicted.  On Sunday it was, “Go to work tomorrow…”  Then Monday, Adolf Raab says “No he meant Wednesday…”  Well if I’d have gone to work Monday it would have been too fucking late!  This was a pre-recorded speech for fuck sake!  How can a man with the most expensive education there is, fuck up a message in a pre-recorded speech?  You couldn’t make this shit up!

If you can’t work from home then you should go to work.  OK… So if you are desk bound with limited contact to other people in your work place you’ll be staying at home but if you do a job which involves contact with the public you should go to work…  Fucking genius!

Public transport will be running but don’t use it unless you really have to.  We don’t want loads of people crowded onto a bus or a train do we?  What about the fucking driver?  Yes its better all round if there are lots of empty buses trundling up and down the streets, that will make sense.

So as I understand it I can’t spend time with family members who I know and trust from one or two other households but I could be asked to go to work with people from four or five other households that I can’t necessarily trust to have been doing the right things over the last few weeks.  While I’m working I could be in interacting with people who could have come from literally anywhere and done anything.  Yes I understand alright, I’m part of the fucking herd.

Just as the government ignored the warnings from Italy and Spain and did fuck all to prevent all this carnage they are also ignoring the warnings from Germany and South Korea which have seen sudden rises in infection rates since relaxing their restrictions.

The rest of the world is looking at the UK and US, shaking their heads and wondering “what the hell are they up to?”  While we Anglo Saxons with our inherited arrogance strut around puffing out our patriotic chests and prepare to saddle up and ride into the valley of death.  We don’t care what those bloody Europeans think do we?  Our mates across the Atlantic know what they are doing!  With Trump and BoJo we’ll be alright!?   No, we couldn’t possibly have two more unsuitable “leaders” at a time like this, in any other era they would have been declared unfit for office.  We are all fucked.

Cheerful fucker ain’t I?

Tuesday, 5 May 2020


1984 by George Orwell. 

This is unquestionably one of the greatest books ever written.  It may not be the most pleasing to read, it won’t leave you with a warm glow of pleasure but it is a brilliant, important work.  It is as relevant now in 2020 as it has been at any time since it was written in 1948.  When I was at school in the 1980’s, George Orwell was part of the curriculum.  I actually left school in 1984 and you’d think the book we studied would be obvious?  But no, someone in Thatcher’s vile government had removed 1984 from the list, instead we studied ‘Animal Farm’ which was very good and taught us to fear communism.  I didn’t actually read 1984 until the early 2000’s when we had the bastards Blair and GW Bush in charge either side of the Atlantic.  I read it and it terrified me because I could see many of the things Orwell wrote about had already come to pass.  For example Blair’s government used ‘doublethink’ as daily policy, I could go on…  Lockdown, with too much time on my hands I’ve read 1984 again and it’s now even more relatable to this fucked up world.

Britain is now known as ‘Airstrip One’, the eastern outpost of the Oceania super power.  Big Brother is the figurehead that represents the leadership of ‘the party’ practicing INGSOC (English socialism) which has totalitarian power in Oceania.  The mottos of the party are;
War is Peace      Freedom is Slavery          Ignorance is Strength
All of these are examples of “doublethink”- “To know and not know.  Even to understand the word doublethink required the use of doublethink.”  Doublethink means holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously and accepting both of them.  “To tell deliberate lies and believe in them.  To forget any fact that has become inconvenient”   Doublethink arrests the course of history.  Modern politicians wouldn’t do this… would they?  Yes, Johnson and Trump (to name just two of many) do this every day with little or no scrutiny.
Doublethink runs through Orwell’s fictional society, even the names of the controlling ministries; “the ministry of peace concerns itself with war, the ministry of truth with lies, the ministry of love with torture and the ministry of plenty with starvation”.  Which shouldn’t be a surprise to us in modern Britain as our own Ministry of Defence is used by government not to defend our country but to wage war for profit on foreign soil.

Society is split into three classes; the Inner Party “The brains of the state” which is the ruling elite and totals around 2% of the population, as has existed since societies were first formed.  Then there is the Outer party which represents the middle class, of which the protagonist, ‘Winston Smith’ is part.  These people do all the hard work that is deemed too important or complicated to be left to the underclass.  The Outer party are the most deluded members of society, they strive to become part of the inner circle and express themselves with zeal but whether they know it or not, Just like millions of middle class Britain’s in 2020 they will never be let into that club; “In general the greater the understanding the greater the delusion, the more intelligent the less sane.”   
The middle class are most susceptible to the mindless parroting of media soundbites and propaganda which is particularly prevalent on social media these days.  In Oceania it is known as ‘Duckspeak’; “Noise uttered in unconsciousness like the quacking of a duck”.  This has always been prevalent in Modern Britain, some recent examples; “Corbyn is a terrorist”  “Covid19 is an act of war by China”. 

Finally the majority underclass, the dumb masses called the Proles, in these people Winston sees a light in the darkness; “If there is hope it lies in the Proles…”  But Orwell is damning in his descriptions of the lives and interests of the Proles; “Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbours, football, beer and above all gambling filled up the horizon of their minds…”  Then a bit later; “It was not desirable that the Proles have strong political feeling…”  Orwell goes further in a scene describing a riot; “Why could they never shout like that about anything that mattered?”, “Until they become conscious they will never rebel and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious…” This describes most British people today regardless of ‘class’, too distracted by unimportant shit to stop and take notice of what is happening around them.  The Establishment does not want too many people engaged by politics so uses broadcast media to distract, Murdoch didn’t buy the rights to English sport for profit alone.  British people are forever arguing amongst themselves these days whether it be political loyalties or just sporting tribalism. 

All party buildings have a telescreen in every room which broadcasts Party propaganda but also spies by recording what happens on the other side of the screen, party members are permanently under surveillance.  (Somebody could make a TV show out of that…)  Today our televisions broadcast propaganda and as has become apparent in recent years, our home computers spy on us.

The world of 1984 is split into three superpowers; “Three philosophies are virtually indistinguishable…”  Oceania which represents USA ; Eurasia is a thinly veiled Russia and Eastasia is basically China.  That’s not a bad prediction for something written in 1948.  Orwell is accurate when it comes to the areas in which these conflicts are fought; “there lies a rough quadrilateral with its corners at Tangier, Barraville, Darwin and Hong Kong.”  Take a look at a map of the world, how many of the conflicts since the Second World War have fallen into this area? 

A feature of life in Oceania is the daily “Two minutes hate” where the party members assemble in front of a Telescreen to vent at images of Emmanuel Goldstein (AKA ‘the enemy of the people, Big Brother’s nemesis, if he even exists?) and other current enemies of the party.  The propaganda fuelled rants remind me of the British media’s vilification of Jeremy Corbyn in recent times.  “An attack so exaggerated and perverse that a child should be able to see through it and yet just plausible enough to fill one with alarmed feeling that other people less level headed than oneself might be taken in by it…” 

There is so much in 1984 that has become everyday political tactics.  For example, the hiding of bad news beneath a bigger story, the Telescreen announces a crushing war victory but follows this by informing of a reduction in the chocolate ration.  This trick became obvious to most when Blair was in power.  “The world view of the party imposed itself most successfully on people incapable of understanding it” : “By lack of understanding they remained sane, they simply swallowed everything and what they swallowed did them no harm because it left no residue behind, just as a grain of corn will pass undigested through the body of a bird…”

Winston’s job at the ‘Ministry of Truth’ is basically rewriting history to suit the party’s current ideology.  He is literally rewording newspapers and other publications to make the Party’s latest pronouncements have some historical evidence; “And then the lie would pass into permanent records and become truth” In recent years both Trump and Johnson have made outrageous statements and told blatant lies which they have later denied and the modern media lets them get away with it and forgets.  The £350 million infamously daubed on the side of a bus would have been very useful in the current crisis.  They use sound bites and evil propaganda to set the agenda. 

 Orwell describes the objectives of war in 1984; “The primary aim of modern warfare is to use up the products of the machine without raising the general standard of living”; “An all round increase in wealth threatens the destruction of a hierarchical society…”  Add to that in our times war is an extreme form advertising for manufacturers to sell arms to people who are not ideologically fit to own them.  Once a few years have passed the ‘power’ can then intervene to forcibly remove the weapons it supplied and the process repeats itself, Iraq being a fairly recent example.
 “While war could be won or lost no ruling class could be completely irresponsible…”  Look at the world now!  In 2020 the Establishment is confident that it will not need to use its population to fight war and prevent invasion therefore feels safe in fully exploiting the people to the last penny.  In the UK the Establishment is slowly but painstakingly dismantling the rights of ordinary people that have been acquired since WW1. 

War in 1984 and war now is another device used to keep the world in order. “A hierarchical society was only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance”;The two aims of the party are to conquer the whole surface of the earth and to extinguish all the possibility of independent thought “.  Though in modern reality no one power will conquer the earth those that currently hold power have almost succeeded in stamping out independent thought.  Nobody questions the structure of modern life.  From birth to education to work.  Then the Establishment pays us but encourages us to acquire stuff.  The more stuff = more successful and so we give the money we have earned back to the Establishment.

A citizen of Oceania is encouraged to believe their enemies doctrines are evil; “Barbarous outrages upon morality and common sense” But just like today, the reality is different; “Actually the three philosophies are barely distinguishable and the social systems which they support are not distinguishable at all.”  Since World War 2 the western powers have asked us to believe there is an enemy.  When I was young it was USSR, when this union collapsed it was Middle Eastern terrorists and now China is being set up as the bogeyman.  All rulers in all ages have tried to impose a false view of the world upon their followers”
But what obligations does Big Brother have to the citizens of Oceania? “Obliged to prevent their followers from starving to death in numbers that would be inconvenient”    Or as is topical today, allow inconvenient numbers to die from a viral pandemic, once the business elite have been appeased of course.

What the book describes is the post industrial revolution world in which equality became possible but was undesirable to the elite, who then used the new technologies to influence the masses; “The invention of print however made it easier to manipulate public opinion and the film and radio carried the process further”;  “The consciousness of the masses needs only to be influenced in a negative way”  Even in 2020 governments are using media of all forms to manipulate and influence public opinion, very few outlets can be trusted to give unbalanced news.  The Establishment owns the media, the Establishment controls what it wants us to know and dictates how we understand what we are told.

After capture Winston tries to fall into line but there is a part of his spirit that cannot quite be quenched; “To die hating them was freedom” There is only one form of torture left, Room 101.  The thing that is in room 101 is the worst thing in the world” Every single one of us has something lurking in Room 101, a weakness that could be exploited.  Room 101 destroys Winston; he utterly embraces Big Brother and is eventually released back into the society of Airstrip one.  He believes all the propaganda spewed by the Telescreen.  He can believe that 2+2=5.  He lives out his days an alcoholic and he knows that one day the bullet in the head will come but he will die loving Big Brother.

It is a grim ending to what is in all honesty a grim book.  It has been seen as a prophecy and a warning of the tricks a government can get up to.  It is likely that it is less of a prophecy and more a documentation of what was actually happening around the world during the Second World War. The light in the darkness of ‘1984’ is the message that freedom of thought is in itself freedom.  But if this is the definition of freedom, how many people in supposed free societies in 2020 are actually free?

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Lockdown Insanity part six

I know I’m repeating myself but I’m really struggling to get my head around this…

COVID19 was first reported in China in November 2019 and the first case in the UK on 31/01/20. 

Between January and March 2020 190 thousand people were allowed to into the UK from China.

02/03/20   WHO:-  There are three priorities for country readiness: 1) protecting health workers; 2) engaging communities to protect people who are most at risk; and 3) protecting countries that are the most vulnerable, by doing our utmost to contain outbreaks in countries with the capacity to do so.”

The British government continually ignored the advice of the WHO and ignored the advice of its own scientific experts.  It’s not as if there was any evidence to support ‘herd immunity’,  we had seen what had happened in China and Italy, we could see what was developing in Spain but still the British government did not act, they allowed the virus to spread.

12/03/20, Bo Jo the clown says banning major events will have “little effect on the spread”.  Despite this Professional sport did not go ahead in the UK that weekend, that’s right the Football Association acted before the government.

20/03/20 Emmanuel Macron phoned BoJo the clown and literally threatened to close the border unless the UK went into lockdown. 
23/03/20 BoJo the clown finally announces lockdown and compared to Churchill by Tory idiots that have gone quiet as the number of deaths has piled up.

Now the death toll in the UK, even with the manipulated figures, has been catastrophic.  Our leaders, privy to all the warnings and information, have led us to the highest death toll in Europe.  Whereas a few weeks ago we were looking at Italy and Spain in horror and sympathy, the rest of the world is now looking at us in that way.  But the other day the S*n newspaper told me to be happy because BoJo the clown and his whore had spawned a son.

Am I fucking missing something??