Now that the terrifying Dominic Cummings is the hero of the Left, perhaps we’ll see him at the head of whatever party takes over from Labour.
Maybe he could share the leadership with another enthusiast for using Covid as the excuse for strong, benevolent state power – the hardline millionaire communist Professor Susan Michie.
After all, his stated view that what the country needed was a sort of ‘kingly’ dictator is not very far from her vintage Stalinism.
It was wonderful to watch the Islington Left, who have long hated Mr Cummings because of his role in the EU referendum, and his wild ride to Barnard Castle, sinking with soft sighs into his manly arms because he attacked someone they loathe even more – Boris Johnson.
Now that the terrifying Dominic Cummings is the hero of the Left, perhaps we’ll see him at the head of whatever party takes over from Labour
Well, regular readers here will know that I am not keen on Mr Johnson either. But if we don’t, as a people, wake up pretty soon, we’ll get something even worse.
Almost every word spoken by Mr Cummings during his one-man show last week was based on a huge, slimy falsehood.
That falsehood is, and was, that shutting down the country saves lives. This untrue claim is rather undermined by what evidence we do have.
Many countries praised for their severity in closing down life at the start of the panic later faced major resurgences of the disease they claimed to have controlled.
Countries which did not strangle themselves, notably Sweden and Japan, did not come off notably worse than most of the world and did better than some places. The same pattern can be found among the states in the USA, which had many and varied approaches.
Regular readers here will know that I am not keen on Mr Johnson either. But if we don’t, as a people, wake up pretty soon, we’ll get something even worse
So fuming that Johnson caused great loss of life by not acting sooner is just speculation at best and wrong at worst. In my view, Mr Johnson did terrible damage anyway, even if he did less than he might have done if Cummings had been in charge.
The devastation of the health service, from NHS dentistry to GP services and cancer prevention and treatment, is and remains frightful and will cost lives for years – a total for which nobody is being blamed.
As for the cost to the old in loneliness and despair and to the young in ruined education, it is simply uncountable. But it exists and we will pay for it for decades to come. The same is true of the devastation of small business and the crazy squandering of non-existent money which only idiots think we will not have to pay back one day. People who want power love crises and fear. They flourish at times of panic and dismay.
Could it be that they think they will benefit if they make things look worse than they really are? And could it be that, in fact, they have no answer, except ‘Me! Me! Give it to me! Make me King!’?
If you’re happy to have your confidential medical records shared with unnamed third parties by the NHS, don’t read on. If you are not happy, you have until June 23 to opt out of this amazing plan. There’s an item on the Peter Hitchens blog explaining how to do so.
Some time ago, I visited Belarus and wrote critically about its very nasty leader Alexander Lukashenko. Since then, when travelling by train in the area, I have thought it wiser not to transit across Belarus. My family mocked me for this. Now they have stopped doing so. Lukashenko is not just any old tyrant. By comparison, Russia is pretty rational.
In another strange alliance between the fashionable Left and its opposite, the unpleasant Max Mosley, who died last week, got a generous send-off from the BBC and other Left-liberal media. People who would never normally have any time for anyone even faintly associated with Fascism, as Mosley was, and open racial bigotry, as Mosley was (though he lied in court to hide it), found nice things to say. His loathing for a vigorous free press was more important to them than all that. So what do they really care about?
Midwives? No, abortionists in all but name
It’s time to rename Call The Midwife. It would be a good way of marking its transformation from engaging historical drama to relentless politically correct propaganda vehicle. May I suggest Call The Abortionist? Yet again, the fourth time by my count, it has waded into the abortion issue. The thing could have been written by some pro-abortion workshop.
We had the cliché of the poor working-class family, overburdened with children, in which the husband beats the wife and the wife, naturally, inserts a rusty old skewer into herself rather than have yet another baby. It is suggested that this is a common outcome of the then abortion laws (under which legal abortion was difficult but not impossible). In fact, a report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, published in the British Medical Journal of April 2, 1966, disputes this claim. But this grisly event impels the sainted Nurse Trixie – played by Helen George , right – to write to The Times in favour of making abortions easier
We had the cliché of the poor working-class family, overburdened with children, in which the husband beats the wife and the wife, naturally, inserts a rusty old skewer into herself rather than have yet another baby.
It is suggested that this is a common outcome of the then abortion laws (under which legal abortion was difficult but not impossible). In fact, a report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, published in the British Medical Journal of April 2, 1966, disputes this claim.
But this grisly event impels the sainted Nurse Trixie – played by Helen George , right – to write to The Times in favour of making abortions easier.
As a result she is invited on to BBC Radio, where pompous, heartless, complacent upper-class old men talk over her.
But, of course, she fights them off, claiming that under the new planned law, nobody will take the decision to abort lightly, a claim not borne out by events since 1966.
Almost the entire cast gather round their wireless sets, applauding her view. No reasoned opposition is heard from a likeable character.
The BBC claims this sort of caricature of reality is not biased and, anyway, bias in drama doesn’t matter, a ridiculous argument. Drama influences far more than news.
The BBC ignores its legal responsibilities to be impartial, in return for which it gets all that lovely licence money. That is why it needs to be shut down and replaced by a new organisation prepared to listen to and fairly portray both sides of vital questions.
Don’t get rid of public service broadcasting. Just get rid of the BBC which refuses to serve the public.
Here’s how to halt this terror on our streets
And still we seem determined to make a mistake we shall regret forever, the licensing of e-scooters. They are not green. They will actually lead to people taking even less exercise. And somewhere near you, a child or an old person will have her bones broken by one ridden at crazy speed on the pavement by an idiot.
The supposed ‘experiment’, permitting these nasty devices to operate in some areas in spite of laws against them, spreads this week to London. As a recent ITV documentary pointed out, it’s pretty clear that where these ‘experiments’ have taken place, there has been a lot of unchecked illegal abuse.
There is no effective way of making sure they are ridden only by insured, responsible people. They are a terror to the blind and deaf, driven at speed on the pavement.
And they are – I here predict this – the ideal vehicle for the bag-snatcher, the mugger and the drug-dealer. They can zip up behind you silently. They can carry two people, one to drive and one to rob. And they can disappear down a narrow alley in seconds before you know what has happened to you.
And that is on top of the general danger. This ‘experiment’ has been begun at the urgings of slick lobbies who see a money-spinner in e-scooters.
It will be said to have succeeded, unless we write, in large numbers, to our MPs, saying we are against this change for the worse. Writetothem.com and email make this easy. Please do so soon.
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