The England Cricket Board cannot complain about the recent enormous loss of the Ashes when its own policies have led to this situation.
The England cricket team relies on good quality players emerging from the county game. The ECB has deliberately made this less likely by pushing the four day game to the periphery. Games are played early and late in the season when the weather is likely to intervene. Players don’t develop because the games are cancelled.
The prime part of the season, when county cricketers should be enjoying good wickets and developing their skills is given over to the Hundred, a format of the game that was never needed and should not exist. It allows no Test match skills to develop but rewards a whack-and-run technique. It appears to be pushed not as a means to develop high class cricketing skills, but to widen the cricketing audience. This would be achieved naturally, if the England team was an exciting team to watch, a team that gave Australia a good game and brought the Ashes home.
Once an organisation takes its eye off its main aim it declines. This is happening at the ECB. They have decided to prioritise getting a wider audience and not improving the test team. It was a conscious decision. Losing the Ashes is a direct result.
The impression is that the ECB do not care about the Ashes anymore. The way the four day county cricket game has been treated compared with the Hundred suggests they are not prioritising test cricket.
For our test team to improve, county cricket must be taken seriously. It must be prioritised above the Hundred.
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 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.