The lowest common denominator on race

The Guardian is running a series of articles about “race” of which the main theme appears to be that white people just by being white people have a lot to answer for.

For example;

White people say they want to be an ally to black people. But are they ready for sacrifice?

If the white people in my life could hit a button and instantly remove the privileges afforded to them along racial lines, would they hit that button? [1]

This is the idea of “white privilege”. This is a new front in the war. It is no longer enough to condemn racism (which undoubtedly exists and is horrible) but now “white people” are faulted – just for being white. Continue reading “The lowest common denominator on race”

Manufactured racism

This is a story in the Guardian about a woman who was stopped by police while driving. They had concerns about her tinted windows. (There are regulations about the degree of tint). The woman refused to get out of the car. The police officers (after several minutes) removed her from the car. They believed her refusal to get out of the car was suspicious. One can easily see why busy street-level officers would draw such a conclusion if someone refuses to allow a lawful search of their car to take place.

That is really all there is to it. The police acted lawfully. There is no claim that they used racist language.

The tone of the complaint – from the woman, her barrister and of course the writer in the Guardian is that this was some kind of racist incident. This is purely manufactured racism. (And itself is therefore racist). Continue reading “Manufactured racism”

Who is Dominic Cummins?

The performance in the Rose Garden, in which the government’s senior adviser Dominic Cummins attempted to explain his breaking of quarantine rules and his creative interpretation of the guidance, was absurd. Dominic Cummins attempted to frame his deciding to do his quarantine in Durham rather than in the place where he was living (London) and to visit a beauty spot on his wife’s birthday to “test his eyesight” as “legal and reasonable”. He set out, he said, to clear up the “confusions and misunderstandings”. But the backdrop to this is the article in the Spectator, written by his wife and to which he, apparently, put his name, in which they attempted to give the false impression that they spent the quarantine period in London. His wife wrote how they had  “emerged into the London lockdown”. No explanation for his trip to Durham could have been credible unless it had been prefixed with a sincere apology for this attempt to mislead people. It wasn’t. (Apparently he was asked about this article by journalists in the follow-up questions to his statement and, according to John Crace of the Guardian, failed to offer an explanation [1]).  Unless you explain why you lied about something you can’t, meaningfully, clear it up. This should be obvious. To anyone except a phantasist. I didn’t understand this at the time but having read one of Mr Cummin’s articles on his own blog site it transpires that the basic problem here is that Mr Cummins is a teenage phantasist. Continue reading “Who is Dominic Cummins?”

They can’t stop lying

This is Matt Hancock the ‘Health’ Secretary lying about the new tracing system for Covid-19. Of course, as with the quarantine system for new arrivals which was brought in weeks too late – on the downward part of the curve – there is the problem of explaining why if this is so important it wasn’t introduced earlier. This is lying government Minister Hancock:

Some people will ask ‘why now? Why not launch this programme earlier in the course of the pandemic?’

The answer is because we needed to flatten the curve. Right at the start of the epidemic, we had a contact-tracing system in place but as the virus raged towards its peak, the number of infections grew so large that we needed a national lockdown. That was the only way to get it under control.

Effectively, everyone in the country was contacted and told to stay at home.

Now, we’ve got the number of new infections each day right down and the number of contacts of those who’ve tested positive is small enough that we can be in touch with everyone who we need to. [1]

That sounds good and maybe some people will believe it.

But the fact is that track and trace was abandoned on March 12. [2] And the lockdown which this liar describes as a sort of universal isolation scheme was introduced on March 23. Which gave the virus 11 whole days in which to run free.

Matt Hancock is lying is head off.