Obviously, for anyone with eyes to see and a willingness to make some enquiries, Greta Thunberg is delusional. In her speech to the U.S. Congress this week. She said:
Even at 1 degree of warming we are seeing an unacceptable loss of life and livelihoods.
Utter piffle. The truth is the exact opposite, as the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) data shows. Actually, the figures are like this:
It is perhaps hardly surprising that Greta does not know better. She is a child, she has been skipping school and she has mental health issues. But she is being steered by Continue reading
Oh really? How easily they forget.
But it wasn’t just Grieve… Continue reading
The question arises as to how to categorise the MPs who are determined to try to block a “no deal” Brexit.
Strictly speaking, of course, it is not a “no deal” Brexit at all, because both the UK and the EU are bound by the deal of the World Trade Organisation treaty terms, and in any event, both the UK and the EU are committed to the notion that all sorts of things, such as the free passage of aircraft, are agreed even if there is no comprehensive withdrawal agreement.
But moving on from that terminological inexactitude (we will live with it for the moment):
We don’t mean “mad” quite in the mental health sense. We mean just really, really stupid.
The car analogy has been made before. Telling the EU that under no circumstances will the UK leave the EU without a withdrawal deal is not dissimilar to walking into a second-hand Mercedes dealer and saying “I will not leave this forecourt without having bought one of your cars”. In those circumstances, the price of a second-hand Mercedes (and the EU is very much second-hand goods) goes up quite a bit. Or, put another way, committing that there will never be a “no deal” is tantamount to putting oneself over a barrel and asking the Germans to give one a very thorough Continue reading
Congratulations to Australian tennis player Ashleigh Barty, who has just won the French Open.
She is an elegant player, mercifully free of the grunting that plagues many women in her sport, and a delight to watch play. By all accounts, she is also a rather good egg, which is an added bonus.
The flopsies are hailing her as “indigenous” and an aborigine. Now, that is a bit dubious. Real aborigine women are Continue reading
I do not know, of course if Gavin Williamson was really the source (if any) of the leak.
And obviously, revealing secrets is a BAD THING.
- Revealing that the Maybot’s opening of the UK’s 5G door to Huawei was against ministerial advice is hardly a secret of itself;
- Nor that it was against security chiefs’ advice;
- Not that it is highly offensive to and worrying for our closest allies;
- The Maybot has form for not only massive incompetence, but for her duplicity, for saying one thing and doing another, as she repeatedly compromises the UK’s national sovereignty and independence;
- The civil sevants who have accused him of being the leak have apparently been “out to get him” for a while.
Gavin Williamson says he has been condemned by a kangaroo court. He might be right; who knows? It is no great surprise that his enemies say, “Of course it was him”.
And it would not be total surprise if Continue reading
It would be all too easy to dismiss the 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg as a ghastly little know-nothing troll, but in a sense, that would be unfair.
Unhappily for her, she inherited none of the fabulous good looks of her ambitious mother, Malena Ernman (now an opera singer, but who once represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song contest) and she apparently suffers from Asperger’s syndrome. Not a promising start.
And bear in mind that the horrid little girl has yet to make a public utterance that is in any sense original, and so the blame for her banal ill-informed twaddle has to lie with those who filled her eager little brain with all this half-baked nonsense in the first place.
You know who Continue reading
I have remarked before that the evidence is that governments increase both the number and severity of accidents by posting artificially low speed limits, but they appease the floppsies and collect revenue from speeding fines. Here is how it goes as I drive from my house to my local town, Adelaide. I start on a dirt road. Speed limit: 100 kph.
It stays on 100 kph for the next bit; lots of bends on tarmac road. Then, as the road straightens out, the limit drops to 90 kph for many Continue reading
Julian Assange has been dragged out of the Ecuadorian Embassy and arrested for jumping bail and in response to a USA extradition request.
He probably is a bit of a plonker, but it is hard not to feel a sense of unease about the way he has been treated.
Instead of punishing him for jumping bail, the court might well have said, “You should not have jumped bail, and the bail is forfeit. But you have imprisoned yourself for seven years, which is far longer than we would have sentenced you to for that offence, and so we dismiss that charge. There are no outstanding charges or arrest warrants from Sweden. You are at liberty to walk free until your challenge to the USA extradition request has been determined”.
It is not obvious that it is in United States’ interest to try to bring him to trial there. The essential gravamen of Continue reading
Some poor chap loves his wife, to whom he has been married for 20 years, notwithstanding that her mental state has deteriorated terribly.
A totalitarian council has now taken him the court, seeking an order that he may no longer make love with her. Just in case the poor woman, who has lost her wits, has nevertheless joined the “Me Too” movement, and no longer consents to sexual intercourse with her loving husband.
Happily, the judge has supported the man’s right to love his wife according to the vows they made 20 years ago.
How can it possibly be right for public money to be spent Continue reading
Filed under Culture, scandal
Shamima Begum, who is the young woman who left the UK to join Isis and who now wants to return to UK with her baby, has said:
He has no proof that I was a threat other than that I was in Isis, that’s it.
In my experience, people who say “You have no proof I did it” rather than “I did not do it” usually did it.
It may be that international law will make it hard for the UK to exclude her. But the cost to the UK taxpayer of dealing with her and her baby and probably in due course her husband (who joined Isis as a fighter from Holland) in terms of legal costs, prison, social security etc may well be very considerable. And there must be a real risk that she will continue, from any home she makes in the UK, to further the objectives of Isis.
And so the Government is quite right not to be Continue reading