Government by outrage

Looks like Trumps and Johnson are playing the same game. Keep making outrageous statements, when the press reacts, change the subject and make another outrageous statement about something else. Wash, rinse, repeat.

There is virtually no point in reacting to their every statement. For example, our pathetic new home secretary, Priti Patel, has made headlines by saying that her government needs to be able to read people’s Whatsapp messages. Of course, this is to act against terrorism, child abuse, etc, etc, ad nauseam. One could get stuck into this and say she might as well ask for every home to have cctv monitored 24 hours by government spies.

But what would be the point? She’d just come up with some other stupid idea to distract us from the reality that this is the worst, and most right wing government in modern times. If possible, it might be to right of the dreadful Thatcher. Thatcher was a liberal compared to Priti Patel, who loves the death penalty (yes, I did read she had changed her mind, but I think she’s lying about that), hates those filthy perverted homos, and loves rich people. She’s a positive boil asking to be lanced.

This is all a distraction from what the Tories stand for: more money for rich people. That is all they care about, and they need to distract poorer voters from that issue. So they stir shit up.

They can stir up more shit than anyone has the attention span to take in and rebut. So yes, we can acknowledge Tories are full of it. The point is, to get them out of office, not try to rebut every stupid idea they come up with. Offer better ideas. Tories aren’t fit to govern, and the message Labour and other parties should be putting out is they they can do a better job than any Tory, because you cannot trust a Tory with your life or vote.

Where the fuck is Jeremy Corbyn?

Labour risks total wipeout if it fails to take Boris Johnson seriously

This guy, Aditya Chakrabortty, is absolutely right. As is Alastair Campbell. Boris the Bozo is running with the ball, he’s the media’s darling – well, the Tory press, anyhoo – and where is Corbyn and the rest of Labour? Twiddling their thumbs in Torremolinos?

They may as well be. Nothing beats Corbyn for an absence of leadership, a total vacuum at the top. It’s no wonder Boris is bracing for a quick electoral fuck. He knows he can trample Corbyn who has no fire in his belly for a fight, and screw the people at the same time. He’s relishing the prospect.

Rees-Mogg is what Orwell warned us against

Jacob Rees-Mogg – the Tory Moggie – is what George Orwell warned us against. In his efforts to limit the speech of his minions, he is limiting their freedom of expression. This is especially true when he bans words such as “equal” and “unacceptable”. He wants to make it impossible to criticise toads like himself.

Orwell called this Newspeak:

Newspeak is the language of Oceania, a fictional totalitarian state and the setting of the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949), by George Orwell. To meet the ideological requirements of English Socialism (Ingsoc) in Oceania, the ruling Party created Newspeak, [1] a controlled language of restricted grammar and limited vocabulary, meant to limit the freedom of thought— personal identity, self-expression, free will — that threatens the ideology of the régime of Big Brother and the Party, who have criminalized such concepts into thoughtcrime, as contradictions of Ingsoc orthodoxy

Well, the Moggie is hardly an advocate of any sort of socialism, more of a patriarchy. But the means are the same. Control of language and opinion. The Moggie wants the same control on the Tory side. He’s an utter nightmare. Big Brother, in the Moggie’s case, is the Tory party. He lives and sleeps by it. He’s a True Believer in the Tory Right To Rule.

A true Orwellian nightmare.

Trump trolled

The Screw-Up Behind the Hilarious Presidential Seal Fiasco, Explained

Yup. That’s Trump.

At first glance, it looks just like the official seal of the President of the United States.

But look closer. The eagle’s left talon clutches not arrows, but a bundle of golf clubs. Remember the olive branch that is traditionally held in the right talon? Now it’s a wad of cash. And wait. Why does the eagle have two heads instead of one? Turns out this is exactly the way the eagle in Russia’s coat of arms looks, a not-so-subtle nod to the president’s deep ties to that country. In case that wasn’t blatant enough, instead of “E pluribus unum,” the eagle’s banner reads “45 es un títere,” Spanish for “Trump is a puppet.” [Trump is the 45th president.]

The Washington Post reported that apparently no one noticed when Trump got on stage in front of this altered version of the presidential seal on Tuesday at the Teen Student Action Summit of Turning Point USA, a conservative youth organization. The image of Trump before the fake seal has been widely circulated online, with #45IsAPuppet trending on Twitter.

The two compared:

I think the one on the right is more realistic than the original on the left. Hopefully, the teens in question might learn something, but frankly, I doubt it. If they were there to start with, they were faithful worshippers already.

Rees-Mogg, twit of the century

The comma touch: Jacob Rees-Mogg’s aides send language rules to staff

This was pretty funny, in a for gawd’s sakes sort of way. First, I have nothing against good grammar and rules of language and style of presentation. They are needed for comprehension and clarity. Every editor has those, though likely no two editors agree on everything.

The twit Rees-Mogg, commonly referred to as the member for the 18th Century (I think that’s being generous, he’s far more retrograde than that), goes much further than asking minions to adhere to common rules of grammar. And minions they are – the Moggie thinks he’s a superior species to the rest of us.

For example:

A list of rules has been sent to Jacob Rees-Mogg’s staff asking them to stop using words such as “hopefully” and demanding that they use only imperial measurements and give all non-titled males the suffix Esq.

I have no problem banning the word “hopefully”. It’s not a useful adverb, just adds flannel to speech. Bye-bye. But using only imperial measurements? That is not merely batshit insane – well, it is Rees-Mogg, one of the more intellectually flaccid of Tory members – it’s actually obstructive to understanding. No scientific or medical units of quantity are imperial. Everything is metric. Bar none. If the Moggie is too dumb to understand metric measurements, he’s too dumb to understand a lot of the most important technical communications a government has to deal with. Not that he should be trusted with any of it. We’re used to dealing with pints and litres, kilometers and miles, grams and ounces, and have a fair amount of flexibility, but to ban metric measurements takes you back to the stone age, Moggie, where you likely belong.

And what the fuck is this bullshit “Esq” – who the hell is an esquire these days? I suspect the Moggie just wants to be told which people have no title, so he can ignore them as the insignificant nobodies he sees them as.

Among the words and phrases considered unacceptable were: “very”, “due to” and “ongoing”, as well as “equal”, “yourself” and “unacceptable”. Rees-Mogg’s aides also barred the use of “lot”, “got” and “I am pleased to learn”.

Well, fair enough, I can agree to kiss a lot of these meaningless phrases goodbye. They are just padding. However, the Moggie doesn’t like the use of “equal” or “unacceptable”. He doesn’t like the word “equal” because it implies that he isn’t superior to everyone else on the planet. And besides, it might mean women being equal to men, which seems to bother this twit a lot. As for “unacceptable”, seems he’s afraid that’s the adjective that would normally be applied to his opinions.

However laudable some of his other linguistic idiosyncrasies may be, though, apparently they are only meant for others, not himself:

The official transcript of parliamentary proceedings, Hansard, records more than 700 instances of Rees-Mogg using one or other of the banned words or phrases.

Do as I say, not as I do. Well, he’s a vacuous Tory Moggie, so not much real substance there. Par for the course.

Says it all

Boris the Bozo the Clown

And this raving loon is now the darling of the Tory party, which doesn’t seem to care about the economy, business success, or even the very existence of the United Kingdom.This buffoon claims he wants to”unite Britain”, while the best he can do is drivel on about Brexit, hell or high water, and how wonderful hell and high water are. Don’t knock it till you’ve tried it! He is the opposite of someone who can unite a divided nation.

Perhaps they should call themselves the Disruptive and Disunionist party (DuDs). I doubt Boris is stupid – he did stumble his drunken way through Oxford – but he’s foolish in a lot of ways that matter for a prime minister of an increasingly divided nation.

There are many divides. Scotland/England, where the English are much more insular and inward looking than the Scots. North/South England, where wealth is concentrated in the south. Northern Ireland vs just about everyone else. And of course, the main problem underlying this, the divide between the very wealthy and everyone else. Wealth hasn’t been this concentrated in the hands of the rich since WWII.

The last is probably the most important in the Brexit vote of 2016. That vote is most likely symptomatic of the realisation that the poor are getting poorer, while the rich squander the proceeds of their wealth. It’s likely true that EU economic policies have contributed to this, but those policies are also those of the Tory party. Tories believe in transferring wealth from poor to rich people. That theft is their sole policy and reason for existence, to benefit their wealthy patrons. It’s not the EU causing economic problems for Britain, it’s the Tories.

The far populist right took advantage of this misconception in the 2016 referendum, and fired up resentment against the EU for allegedly siphoning off funds that should have been spent in Britain. Hence Boris’s lie about the £350m a week that could go to the NHS if we quit. He knew it was a lie, he just didn’t care. It suited his purpose. The problems of a disproportionate distribution of wealth in the UK weren’t created in the EU – they were created here by Tories, but Boris needed to lie about that in pursuit of power, which the Tories have now given him.

So Boris doesn’t get the underlying problems. He’s only interested in pursuing power for its own sake and will do whatever it takes to retain it, no matter what the collateral damage to other people or the country as a whole. He can’t unite the country, because he has utter contempt for over 90% of it. His main interest is in the wealthy and powerful. He’ll dance to their tune. He can visit northern England all he likes. He doesn’t actually give a shit about it, just wants to appear as though he does.

Tories cannot be trusted to govern…

… themselves, let alone a country. Especially not with a leader like that lump of lard, Boris the Bozo.

He’s packed his cabinet with hard right Thatcherites and Randists who only care for the wealthy and healthy, not for the vast majority of Britons. Neither, apparently, do they care for the United Kingdom, as they give the Scots Nats more and more ammunition to leave the Union – and it wouldn’t surprise me if it took a unilateral declaration of independence to do that. Neither do they seem to care if their ideology wrecks Britain’s economy, as they are obsessed with Brexit in order to retain power and outflank Farage. And let’s not forget Tory “austerity” actually means a transfer of money from the poor to the rich. The Tories stand only for the wealthy.

Frankly, they ought to join Farage, as he has more leadership ability than the lot of them combined. At least that way, they’d be being honest.

This has been a palace putsch by the near-fascist paparazzi, and nothing good will come of it. It remains to be seen whether the nominal conservatives still left in the Tory party will rebel against what is coming, or go along with Johnson as spinelessly as the American Republicans have taken to licking Trump’s rotund arse in the US.

Interesting times are really not what we need right now.

World fascists applaud Johnson’s selection as PM

Far-right leaders join Trump in welcoming Boris Johnson to No 10

Rightwing, populist and nationalist leaders have welcomed Boris Johnson’s imminent arrival in Downing Street after Donald Trump praised the UK’s new prime minister as a “Britain Trump” who was “tough and smart” and would “do a great job”.

In Italy, Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right, anti-immigration League and deputy prime minister, wished Johnson “all the best”, adding: “The fact that on the left they are painting him as ‘more dangerous than the League’ makes me like him even more.”

Brazil’s authoritarian far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, added his congratulations, tweeting that Johnson had been elected “on a commendable commitment to respect the wishes of the British people” and could “count on Brazil in the pursuit of free trade … and the defence of freedom and democracy”.

Tories certainly have the prime minister they deserve, a braying jackass. Boris, like Trump, has no real policies or doctrine. With the pair of them, their only actually policy is ME FIRST. They are both racists, though Trump seems to go a bit further with his support of white supremacy, and neither cares a jot or whistle for ordinary folk. Both are in it to profit themselves.

One can only hope that enough Tory MPs will recover some sense of decency and vote for a second referendum on Brexit, or a new election, and that Boris will be the briefest tenant of 10 Downing Street ever.

The UK as a whole can’t laugh at the US about Trump any more. Our only saving grace is that the British people didn’t select Boris, any more than the Americans voted for Trump by a majority. They are two fascistic disasters.

Johnson makes a total kipper of himself

Apparently, Boris the Bozo was addressing the Tory faithful somewhere, and waving a kipper around as he sought to blame the EU for kipper transportation rules from the Isle of Man which are actually set by the UK government, not the EU. The EU regulates transport of fresh fish, but Boris is blithely unaware that kippers are smoked, not fresh.

Par for the course. I’m prepare to believe that he managed to scrape a degree in classics from Oxford, and is not completely illiterate, but he’s pig-ignorant about everything else.

Waving red herrings around, for god’s sakes. That smoked him out.