Welcome to the Freedom Show. Today we are discussing is our government doing enough to protect us? The bizarre double standards in reactions to murders depending on the identity of the perpetrator and are sunglasses racist? In the studio to give us her opinions is Carmina Hat .
When someone is fast-tracked, someone else is held back. That shouldn’t be decided by skin colour
It has been reported today that ‘black police officers are to be fast tracked into senior roles’. This is being done to counter the slow recruitment of officers from minority backgrounds. The Home Secretary has said, ‘Progress on the recruitment of black officers has been stubbornly slow and we know we have so much more to do’.
This is a fundamental misunderstanding of what the government’s job is. Once the way has been made clear for everyone to have the same opportunity to join the police, then the government’s job is complete. In the UK there is equal access to the police force, so whatever the ethnicity is of people applying to be police officers it should be accepted as the result of people’s personal decisions. The government has to stop pushing for woke-inspired targets. People have to be trusted to make their own decisions without government interference.
‘Fast-tracking’ means giving a position to someone that they would not otherwise be deemed experienced enough to hold. They might be suitable later in their career, but the very definition of fast-tracking is that they are getting promoted quicker than someone else. And when the fast-tracking is deliberately happening by skin colour then people who should have had those positions and do have the requisite experience are being ignored, because of their skin colour.
Woke calls for this sort of thing are predicated on the idea that there was discrimination against minorities in the past. But there isn’t discrimination against minorities now. Anyone can apply to be a police officer.
For every black police officer who is fast-tracked into a position, a non-black officer is denied promotion.
This policy needs to be reconsidered. People will be held back in their career because of their skin colour…there’s a name for that isn’t there?
The Long March through the Institutions has reached rugby stadia
Who foresaw this one? Rugby is the latest target for the woke, who revel in pulling down and excluding in the name of building up and including. In a sign that the woke really have infiltrated everywhere, activists are calling for a ban on the headdresses worn by fans of Exeter Chiefs on the grounds of cultural appropriation. (They want to get rid of the name Chiefs as well, but these people work in stages and that annihilation waits for us later if we capitulate now).
Exeter Chiefs are a rugby team in England. Their fans sometimes wear headdresses of the kind that a ‘Chief’ might wear. It’s fun. It beats the usual bobble hat. But it’s now deemed inappropriate because… well usually cultural appropriation! is shouted to stop people making money, but here it is just to stop them having fun. It’s claimed to be offensive and mocking. But this headdress wasn’t chosen to mock, it’s an acknowledgement of strength and virtue.
The woke behind the attack of course don’t care about facts. They are the latest incarnation of the society-and soul-destroying neo- and cultural- Marxists. For them this sort of accusation is a bread and butter way to sow division and enmity. It helps with the demoralisation they think is necessary before they can make their final push for communist utopia where everyone feasts on unicorns and rainbows and no one ever again has to work, suffer or die.
We must not give in to this confected grievance. Cultural appropriation as a problem is absurd. Like all wokery it puts the very worst spin on everything and allows of no positive reasons for what they see happening. Taken to its extreme cultural appropriation wouldn’t allow anyone to wear anything that they hadn’t invented themselves, but like most of racially-charged wokery, it of course only applies to white people. It seems crazy to be writing about race in the twenty-first century, but these woke people push their rules to corral whites, who they see as oppressors. While they want to ban whites from wearing anything with its roots in another culture, minorities will usually escape their censure. There’s a word for that sort of thinking and it’s exactly what the woke claim to be fighting.
If we give in to this call then we are accepting the deranged view that white people can only wear, eat and enjoy what their own group has invented. At the same time, to point out the woke madness, under their rules, minorities could walk around in bowties and bowler hats sipping Champagne from Yorkshire puddings and complaining about the lack of cucumber sandwiches.
If we’re really going to worry about cultural appropriation, isn’t the rugby team complaining most loudly about Exeter’s headdresses called Wasps? Soon someone will be protesting that they are appropriating their yellow and black kit from wasps. Outrageous! Cancel them today! It sounds ludicrous now, but let’s revisit in a decade when the woke have sown all the division they can manage with people and have moved on. Or, let’s not get offended on behalf of people thousands of miles away. Let’s stop confusing I wouldn’t wear that with no one should wear that.
Let’s allow people to wear what they want.
Figures quoted in the media are invariably inaccurate, so when the news announces that deaths from flu ‘could hit 60,000’ this winter it is vital to take the actual number with the usual pinch of salt. But the fact that flu deaths are going to go up, even if not to the levels claimed, is alarming.
The reasons given for this increase in deaths? Lockdown and social distancing.
When lockdown was instigated there was no cost-benefit analysis done at all. If there had been then this is exactly the sort of thing that would have been examined. Lockdown has caused a huge backlog in operations and caused many people to be given much worse diagnoses than if they had been able to see a doctor earlier.
The flu jab that is given every year will be less efficacious, again because lockdown meant that there wasn’t enough flu going around for scientists to create the best possible injection.
This could come under the heading ‘Huge and Unexpected Side-effects of Lockdown’, but the side effects should have been researched and cannot be dismissed as unexpected. It was obvious that locking people in their houses would have a raft of terrible effects, effects that are just beginning to appear.
We won’t get apologies for the economy-destroying, life-sapping, life-taking lockdowns of the last two years, but we must have an acknowledgement of their damage and an undertaking: Lockdown must never be inflicted on the population again.
The heaters don’t heat, the cars don’t go far enough, the turbines don’t provide enough power, yet these are the things that Net Zero intends us to rely upon.
We have to resist the ecodoom-mongers who would rather a planet with no one living on it than one that shows any sign of human life. As a species we have struggled out of extreme poverty for all. Many still live in poverty and that must be eradicated, but many people now live a life far better than their ancestors did only a hundred years ago – let alone before the industrial revolution. Capitalism has achieved this and it continues to pull people out of poverty. It will solve the issues that need to be solved, but it cannot do it by this time tomorrow, as the ecodoomers want. To even try is a recipe for impoverishment and a huge, highly destructive lowering of living standards.
What the Net Zero push will do is make a few people very rich, on the back of businesses that are only successful because of government policies. There is no free market push for things that don’t work – these green markets are literally being created by government. We are entering a Soviet style socialism, where suppliers are not reacting to market forces but to government edict. And that never works. When we are told what to make we end up with too much of things nobody needs and not enough of what people do need, because the business owners are creating what the government orders rather than what the market demands.
Such a system is great for those in the inner circle. For politicians it is basically a way to transfer public funds to private bank accounts.
In that way Net Zero is another of the bizarre alliances between ultra-leftists who want to destroy what exists at whatever cost, ready for their much-lauded, though never seen or articulated communist utopia, and ultra-crony-capitalists who make huge profits by supplying government with goods and serves that are unwanted and unprofitable for any but those with the contacts.
At some point it might be hoped that the two factions pushing this nonsense will realise their ultimate aims are incompatible. Yet the money pouring into the capitalist side of it may encourage them to allow the communist side to keep going. And so we end in poverty for most, extreme wealth for a few, power for the commies and little improvement in planetary climate, not least because the biggest polluters aren’t interested in joining in the self-destruction.
For those not part of the groups that will benefit Net Zero is utter insanity. For the rest, it is a chance to grab power and profit by deliberate impoverishment.
This must be resisted.
Another day, another woke madness hits the headlines. Today’s concerned the plant wisteria, which, of course, they deem to be racist.
We have to have another approach. The mainstream media has to stop giving these lunatics the oxygen of publicity. If they want to deem a never-ending list of things racist, then they are of course allowed so to do. But there is no need for the rest of us to report it or read about it.
The woke way depends on getting in the newspapers and causing outrage. That can easily be stopped if no one actually takes an interest in their announcements.
After all, we know that they will not be happy until everything has been demonised and destroyed. So let’s just assume that every day there will be a new woke announcement and something else, probably much loved, will be deemed unacceptable.
There is no need for us to take any interest. The majority of us don’t think that wisteria is racist, and we can go on with our lives, happily planting and tending wisteria without knowing that the neo-Marxists have targeted it. The woke can make all the this is racist pronouncements that they want, but the rest of us won’t have to hear it and if they’re not actually upsetting anyone they’ll soon have to find another way to frame their destructive anti-western ideas.
Of course, that new and improved leftism might be even worse, although it’s hard to see where they could go. But let’s stop encouraging their current method of trying to destroy something beloved of many by making spurious accusations.
Last night the Welsh parliament voted to go full totalitarian by implementing vaccine passports. These usher in a Chinese Communist Party style control of the population that should never be seen in a Western democracy. People in Wales will not be able to attend certain events unless their vaccine passport has the right details. For now the government is locking people out of big events, but the system will be in place to micromanage where everyone is allowed to go on a daily basis.
That is bad enough, but the way it happened is even worse. Owing to technological difficulties one member was unable to vote. The Parliament made no allowance for this. The motion carried by ONE vote. ie- this terrible policy was not even the will of the parliament.
This policy would have been outrageous if it had passed fairly, but to be implemented like this shows that the UK is descending into banana republic territory.
Vaccine passports are a sign of governmental overreach and a fundamental misunderstanding of a government’s role in a Western democracy. This vote must be reversed, and nothing like it must ever be implemented in any of the constituent parts of the UK.
‘Whoever says it most gets a free chalet in Davos’
The last few days have seen some remarkable videos being posted online. At first I thought they were spoofs or deep fakes, but they are directly from the Prime Minister’s Twitter account so it must be assumed that they are real. They really are most peculiar. In them the Prime Minister butters some bread, drinks some beer or eats some fish and chips, then says Build Back Butter, Build Back Bitter or Build Back Batter.
They are making fun of the phrase Build Back Better, which is being parroted by leaders around the world. Which in itself is very troubling. It used to be the case, up until circa 18 months ago, that leaders liked to be original. That they wouldn’t spout words or phrases that had already been used by someone else. But recently many of the leaders of countries around the world have been using this phrase Build Back Better.
It’s a jarring phrase because it’s not quite proper English. No Englishman would ever say build back, he would use the word rebuild. So it’s an imported phrase, something proved clearly when Johnson uses it, as he has a perfectly cromulent vocabulary that doesn’t normally stoop to such pidgin vulgarities.
Why this phrase is being repeated around the world is a question that remains unanswered. But why – when people are already asking, what does this mean, we didn’t elect you to do anything remotely to do with building anything back better – would the Prime Minister make a series of videos mocking the phrase?
It’s weird enough that the PM is putting out the sort of videos that a comedian would make to entertain his Twitter followers. It is peculiar that they refer to a phrase that is already raising hackles and appears to refer to some sort of totalitarian control under the guise of sustainability. The whole thing is incomprehensible. It is unbelievable that the PM’s office is literally posting comedy videos, so unless they are a call for help, they must have some deeper meaning.
What is it?