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Our rulers are either tin-eared idiots (UK) or senile old idiots (US)

(Monday blog)

UK – Tin-eared idiots?

Can’t our useless government do anything right?

With utter despair, I watch our useless government ‘bravely’ resist all calls to provide free meals for underprivileged children during the school holidays. I thought Domnic Cummings was supposed to be some kind of strategic genius in running campaigns like Brexit and Boris Johnson supposedly had the gift of enthusing ordinary people given that he won election as London mayor twice. So, how on earth can’t these (IMHO) total cretins not see the damage they are doing to the Government’s credibility by resisting the calls to help poorer children get a decent meal?

Our rulers are dishing out billons to their chums like the (IMHO) waste of skin Dido Harding for a ‘test, track and trace’ system that doesn’t work rather than just adopting working systems from other countries. And billions have been stolen by fraudsters playing the Rishi Sunak Free Money game.

But then our rulers claim they can’t afford a few hundred million to feed poor children at a time when misguided anti-Covid Government policies are throwing millions of low-paid workers out of their jobs.

This is truly a PR disaster which makes words like ‘omnishambles’ and ‘cluster-f**k’ totally inadequate.

US – Senile old idiots?

Apparently Joe Biden has emerged from his cellar to do some campaigning.

When asked: “What’s your message to the folks who have not yet voted or do not yet have a plan to vote. And part two, for the 50 million Americans who’ve already voted, what can they do over the last ten days to help make sure that you’re the next President of the United States?”

Biden returned a wonderful mixed-up word salad at first, saying “Well, first of all, you know, uh, what really rankles, uh, my opponent is I say that, uh, the thing that bothers him most is he’s not a patch on Barack’s jeans. I mean, you know Barack was one hell of a president, and I tell you what, man, what an honor it was — I think you guys believe it, too — to serve with him. I mean, incredible honor. And, uh, I’m not being solicitous. I really mean that. Um, he had more integrity in his little finger than most people have in their whole body and he had a backbone like a ramrod. Has one.”

Then Biden seems to have got even more confused as he had a ‘senior moment’:

If this decrepit wreck actually gets elected, I’d advise you to tell your children and grandchildren to start learning Chinese

Can we believe the polls?

As we enter the last weeks of the US election, the polls are apparently consistently and confidently predicting a Joe ‘China’ Biden victory. But what we don’t know is how large the ‘shy Trump voters’ group is. That’s the group who will vote Trump, but when contacted by pollsters will say they’re either undecided or will vote Biden.

One polling organisation has come up with a trick. First they ask respondents who’ll they’ll vote for and the result shows a Biden victory. But then they have a follow-up question “who do you think your neighbour will vote for?” Many who said they were undecided or will vote Biden then say their neighbour will vote for Trump. And that suggests that the respondent is actually a shy Trump supporter who is unwilling to admit their own voting intentions.

Is this right? Who knows.

But I did see a slightly amusing comment from a website reader from Tampa Florida:

I see nothing but Trump signs everywhere.

In fact, going by yard signs, Biden will be coming in 5th behind:
1. Trump
2. Garage sale
3. Room for rent
4. No soliciting

5. Biden/Harris

9 comments to Our rulers are either tin-eared idiots (UK) or senile old idiots (US)

  • Loppoman

    Don’t agree that the taxpayer should fund these children.
    Each child has two parents who have the responsibility to look after him/her. Giving in just encourages useless parents to have more kids.
    Don’t have kids if you can’t afford to bring them up.

  • Colin

    You are right regarding the PR failure of the gov on this but wrong on the fact that there are masses of starving children out there. My wife works for the local authority and has seen the type of cars that turned up to collect free school dinners earlier in the year, BMW’s 4×4/s etc. Now of course they are delivered to every household that qualifies at even more cost. I have no problem with the needy getting help but this, like every other benefit, is abused on a large scale.

    It is about time we stepped back and took another approach, scale back on benefits that require no effort to contribute something back and spend the required amount of money providing vocational training (something that has never been done properly in this country) so that those that are not academic can aspire to learn a trade of some kind instead of being cajoled into a useless uni course that will leave them in debt but with no meaningful career.

    The other thing that is badly needed is the scrapping of the NHS and replacing it with the German health care system model therefore removing the state from it’s operation. Again because it is free at the point of access it is abused and the service offered is poor. As Thomas Sewell said you either pay by waiting a long time for treatment or getting poor treatment with the socialist model or you pay more financially yourself and get better more immediate treatment, I prefer the latter. We pay NI these days for nothing just as we pay road tax for very little in return and quite frankly a private company would not get away with that and there’s the rub, the state is extremely inefficient and ultimately arrogant with our money so stop letting it run things.

  • Stillreading

    Great blog today! Whilst I too have long believed that you shouldn’t have children if you can’t afford to house, feed and clothe them, the fact is that Socialism, including socialsm as practised under various Conservative administrations, has encouraged people to believe that it is their right to produce as many children as they wish (or can’t be bothered to prevent conceiving!) and the Nation’s tax payers will take financial responsibility for their welfare. I can scarcely think of a step better designed to alienate millions of parents, including those who are normally responsible and self-sufficient, than to announce withdrawal of that support right now, in the thick of family financial crises which have been directly generated by the Government’s own ever more confusing policies of partial or total lockdowns, often in areas of the country where there is a disproportionate number of less well-off families. And those from whom the Government are withdrawing support are CHILDREN. I watch and listen with incredulity while Boris Johnson, his “advisor” Cummings (who evidently needs to visit Barnard Castle again in order to be able to see the disaster unfolding right under his boss’s nose!), the appallingly ineffectual Hancock and all the rest are determinedly creating the accurately named cl+ster f+++k. (Omnishambles doesn’t even begin to hack it!) I heard just a few days ago on R4 that MPs are able to obtain a slap-up meal of steak plus assorted very tasty vegetables for around £11 in the House of Commons restaurant. Doubtless they can enjoy a bottle of subsidised wine with that as well. Do many of them have any idea at all how thousands of their constituents live? In favour of some at least of Tory MPs, there is increasing pressure on the PM to change his mind on this. Let’s hope that common sense and humanity prevail. Whether it is viable, or even moral, Government policy to permit parents to believe that the State will continue indefinitely to provide unlimited financial assistance for as many offspring as they may choose to have in the future, is a different matter entirely and one which is long overdue for debate. Personally I have long thought that unlimited support should be withdrawn, but any announcement to that effect must be made well before (at least 9 months, the period of human gestation) rather than after the event. The fact is that the children in need of food, children who, teachers tell us, routinely go to school hungry, are already here and are likely to be even hungrier during the school holidays. As for the ludicrous Test and Track system, it’s a foregone conclusion that anything Dido Harding goes near will be a total disaster, this being no exception, so we can assume she’s well on her way to another Honour! (According to various news comments yesterday, Boris et al, plus of course all the behind-the-scenes manipulators like Cummings, are hoping for a Biden win next week. Presumably they think he’ll be clay in their hands, unlike the loose canon Trump. An alliance, then, of the hopelessly senile and the terminally incompetent. Not a lot to feel optimistic about is there?)

  • A Thorpe

    I can see the argument that so much money is being thrown about by Boris that paying for these meals is insignificant. It also shows the incompetence of the government to allow the reaction to build up, but is hardly surprising that there is always somebody willing to create more state dependence. Trump meanwhile is handing out money to families, perhaps to buy votes. However, I cannot see any reason to provide fee meals in school holidays, or at any other time. I was brought up in a poor family but food was the priority and my mother knew how to manage a limited budget. If they want food on the table them they will have to get rid of the TV, phones and other non essentials.

    Obama’s presidency seems to be in the news more often. I have a quote fromThomas Sowell – Obama prevented Jimmy Carter being the worst president ever.

  • William Boreham

    I’m looking forward to the US presidential election. There’s a certain amount of schadenfreude watching a nation that has caused so much grief worldwide and responsible for the death of millions of innocents since 45, tear itself apart no matter who wins. Bring on the riots and looting I say, couldn’t happen to a more appropriately psychotic society.

  • Stillreading

    “I was brought up in a poor family but food was the priority and my mother knew how to manage a limited budget.” Thorpe, you speak of my own mother who in WW2 years and at least the decade thereafter did absolute marvels with only the basics – and probably only those of us who remember food rationing can truly appreciate just how minimal were those basics. However, that was then and successive generations have grown up with the belief, always ultimately fulfilled, that the State – aka working taxpayers – will provide, irrespective of how irresponsible may have been the conduct of the individual who created the need. As I wrote above, due warning of withdrawal of State assistance must be given so that behaviour may be modified. As for the gigantic wall-mounted TVs (I don’t have one), the many pay channels now considered essential by many (I have none), and the daily fag consumption (I’ve never smoked), I totally agree. I am daily enraged by the sight of single mothers, almost certainly living off “the social”, baby in buggy, fag between fingers, uttering inanities into a mobile while another kid drags behind yelling, but it is Government policies and the sense they have increasingly given of entitlement, which have brought this about. It is withdrawal of support right now, in the midst of unprecedented financial crises for families, which I find unacceptable. Get covid-19 over (hope a vaccine comes sooner rather than later). Then, as Colin writes, we need a more realistic attitude and approach to education, so that young people are trained in practical skills to earn their livings by producing what we consume, whilst reducing their potential for future reliance on State support. Restore universities to what they once were – institutions of academic excellence for the truly academically able.

  • leila

    You left out the appalling obesity displayed by said mother with kids, mobile and fag! sadly most nhs staff shown on TV clips are equally handicapped.

  • Stillreading

    You’re quite right leila! I said the same thing to myself only yesterday, watching a TV news item featuring yet another woman saying she had no food for her kids. A few months on a strict diet wouldn’t have done her any harm. Three children incidentally, teenagers or almost so, clearly of mixed-race parentage. She was white, so obviously an Afro-caribean father. Where, I ask myself, are the fathers of all these youngsters? (Racial heritage has nothing to do with it incidentally – there are just as many male offenders in the indigenous white population.) Why aren’t ALL fathers paying adequately towards the upkeep of the children they helped create?? The Law in the UK regarding parental contributions after separation are deplorable. There again, probably not a great deal can be done retrospectively, but a much firmer line ought certainly to be taken in future. There is no excuse in these days of DNA testing. If the kids are proven to be yours, you cough up!

  • Brenda Blessed

    Tonight (27 Nov.), Sky News’ female reporter Alex Crawford’s report was from Georgia, a traditionally Republican state.

    The entire piece consisted of interviewing Democrat-voting black people. The message being that if enough black people vote Democrat, Trump will not only lose Georgia for the first time in living memory, he will lose the entire election and the Democrat liberal-nihilist utopia will be back in the driving seat.

    Give credit where credit is due. I didn’t see Sky News staff hand out voting forms to the black people

    We were told that the number of polling stations has been reduced severely – you obviously have to vote in person there – in order to lengthen queues in order to put the blacks voters of voting. The queues put on display showed mostly white voters queuing to vote, but there were black voters present. Not a sign of any intimidation. Therefore, it appears to be true that black voters don’t like to queue.

    The entire report was anti-Trump. Not a hint of an attempt at balance.

    Earlier, there was a report about increasing diversity in football. Apparently, progress has been made in increasing the diversity of the players (BAME) up to a third, but at the admin, refereeing and coaching level there is very little diversity.

    Apparently, some clubs have committed to raising the admin, refereeing and coaching levels to 15% in order to represent the BAMR population.

    Not a word was said about the fact that the BAME population in the country is 15% and therefore there is a need to reduce the numbers of BAME players to that level from an over-represented third and increase the number of non-BAME players, most of which are black, who number around only 3% of the population.

    Moreover, most of Sky’s adverts are packed with BAME people at a very much higher level than 15% of them. It is more around 80% plus.

    Sky News UK is now easily as woke and PC as the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. However, the BBC is the only one of them that everyone is forced to pay for unless they get Pension Credit and apply for a free licence.

    According to one regular advert for Innovo incontinence pants, for females, whose wearers are now in charge, it is time to demand change, underlined by a military standing to attention.

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