Something Must Be Done

London famously has overtaken New York for murders.

The mayor, a nasty incompetent little man has decided, doubtless with the assistance of Mrs Dick (the name alone is a guarantee) the head of the metropolitan police, that given that the nationwide gun ban has been such a roaring success (…ahem) that a ban on kitchen knives will be even more successful!

From Zero Hedge:

This hyperbolic response by politicians who desperately need to be seen as doing something, comes in the wake of a growing number of stabbings since Britain outlawed guns altogether. While Britain can now boast, as Piers Morgan[*] famously did in his interview with Alex Jones, that they were only about 30 gun murders in Britain in the year prior, British politicians failed to notice that crime continues to happen, just through different means. It became clear when Britain’s crime stats were put up against those of gun toting New Yorkers.

*Cunt

At a time when the government are desperate to encourage people to cook at home and eat more veg it is obviously deeply ironic that they are at the same time looking to outlaw the essential iten required to do just that, the most useful tool ever invented.  But these cunts don’t do irony.

Shortly after London Mayor Sadiq Kahn’s city-wide ban on knives, The Express had reported that one of Scotland’s leading doctors has called for a ban on “killer” kitchen knives.

In a separate story, we read in the Mail that Rome fans, trying hard one assumes to ingratiate themselves with the local citizenry, have attacked liverpudlians with hammers and belts.

Are they now going to try and ban the second and third most useful inventions ever?

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A Tidal Wave Of Good Intentions

This blog has a lot of time for Michael Gove, by far the ablest minister in Cameron’s government, and in fact the ablest minister in a UK government for some time.  He is bright, decent and honest – a most unusual combination.

He  did good work as Minister of Education, and then his timely adoption of the Brexit cause was an important waypoint in that campaign.

But oh dear, we read in the Telegraph today that he has been spouting some utter dribble:

A tax of up to 22p could be added to plastic bottles to prevent the tide of rubbish flowing into the oceans, under plans announced by Michael Gove on Wednesday…  Announcing the scheme, Environment Secretary Mr Gove said: “We can be in no doubt that plastic is wreaking havoc on our marine environment – killing dolphins, choking turtles and degrading our most precious habitats.

Which brings us to two things:

  • Most of the problem plastic in the world is put there by consumers in Africa and South America.  Measures like this will do absolutely nothing to resolve the problem.
  • I have never thrown away a plastic bottle (as far as I can remember) and the same is true probably for a majority of the population.  I carefully crush them and put them out for recycling.  This plan would mean that I can no longer do that as it would cost me 22p a time (more than the contents of the bottle in many cases).  I or Mrs H will be obliged to fill a box periodically and go and waste an hour of my time getting back our deposits.

It is an insane idea. 

The article goes on to say:

It comes amid speculation that Britain could use some of its overseas aid budget to help Commonwealth countries to cut down on plastic pollution.

No fuck off.  Let’s cut our overseas aid budget altogether and spend it on our own defence.  If these countries want to spend money reducing plastic consumption let them cut down their spending on private jets, swiss bank accounts or nuclear weapons programmes.

A Downing St spokesman said: “Marine pollution, particularly from plastics, is one of the most significant challenges facing the world today and the Commonwealth spread over six Continents is uniquely placed to take transformative action so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is cleaner and greener than we currently find it.

No it’s not.  The most serious threat facing the world today is idiots in government wanting to be seen to be virtuous by the kind of people of sign up to Change.org campaigns.

It is that the gains in wealth, wellbeing and freedom over the last centuries of struggle will be squandered by feelgood pinko twats at international conferences.

This blog cares passionately about the environment, and spends its free time working hard to improve the immediate environment around Castello Italicus.

More importantly it recognises that a richer world will be a more environmentally friendly world, as caring for the environment is a luxury afforded only to people who don’t have to worry about where their next meal will come from.

The history of care about the environment is a history of people from rich countries who don’t have to work.

Measures like the ones proposed by Gove will reduce wellbeing and wealth, and therefore their contribution will be perforce negative for the environment.

 

No, You’re Wrong

That normally reliable repository of intelligent comment The Continental Telegraph, doubtless wishing to be seen to be publishing a diverse set of opinions, has a piece about gun control in the US by a certain Tom Fuller in which he informs us that:

I don’t believe at all that I have any right to park an Abrams tank in my driveway or a Humvee with a mounted fifty caliber machine gun.

Mmmh, anybody else spot the straw man?

He goes to reassure us that it’s ok, and a nevralgic political issue which has been simmering for decades dividing the country like no other except abortion, is in fact easy to fix, because:

I believe the limits can be drawn quickly and using common sense using those facts. Background checks for all gun sales, prohibition of gun ownership to convicted felons, convicted domestic abusers (there are shamefully some types of domestic abuse not classified as a felony), withdrawal of semi and automatic rifles from the market and a mandatory buyback of such weapons as are already in private hands.

That’s alright then Tom!  Thank goodness you exist!!

We can really only think of a couple of problems with this.  The first is that it wouldn’t do any good.  Automatic weapons are already to all intents and purposes outlawed and have been since at least the 1980s.  Every state has its own gun laws and nearly all require purchasers to be sane and law abiding.  Often however these requirements are ignored.  So how about enforcing the existing laws before making any new stupid ones?

In every free country in the western world except Australia and the UK ownership of semi auto pistols and rifles is permitted under certain reasonable conditions.  The ridicuous laws in the UK and Australia  don’t seem to have led to any significant improvement in the law enforcement situation.  Certainly in the UK at least knife and gun crime are on the rise, and coppers can barely be arsed to try to do anything about it preferring to spend their time trawling twitter for rude comments about mosques or police horses.

In these countries the murder rate is not sky high.  There are next to no incidents.  How can this be?  Because ownership of firearms by law abiding people is totally harmless, and might even be beneficial as criminals are forced to consider that potential victims might be in a position to defend themselves.

The other slight problem that we can see is the bit about the mandatory buy back.  That is a recipe for massive civil disobedience, and possibly civil war and/or secession.  The chances are thousands of people would be hurt and killed if this was attempted.

This blog would tentatively suggest two things that could make a difference.  The first is the wider adoption of Gun Safety Orders in which in a very focused way, specific individuals eg parents, teachers would be able to take legal action to deny temporarily firearm possession to people showing clear signs of imminent disaster such as posting on facebook that they want to become a school shooter.  This has we understand been tried with encouraging results.

Possibly even more important would be a voluntary code of practice in the media, not to publicise the sad losers’ names.  Deny them their 15 minutes of fame.  Deny them, in Mrs Thatchers memorable turn of phrase, the Oxygen of Publicity.

For a few twisted individuals the chance to dominate the news for 24 hours trumps any moral or emotional considerations of right and wrong.  Remove that incentive and with time you will reduce the occurrence.

We are sure that if you plot the frequence and deadliness of these events against the amount of hours of coverage of the 24 hour news cycle you will see a strong correlation.

Vast Organisation Mindfucks Voters!

Brendan O’Neill has a piece, as ever well worth reading, in the Speccie putting to the sword the absurd idea that Cambridge Analytics has destroyed the world by brainwashing voters using their facebook data:

We’re meant to believe that Donald Trump won the presidential election and Brexit was victorious in the EU referendum because sinister rich and right-wing people trawled social media, harvested our inner-most lives, and then planted messages that ‘mind-fucked’ us into voting for things we shouldn’t have voted for? This is straight out of the David Icke school of political thought (I say thought…) where it is always assumed that faceless malevolent actors are puppeteering public life and secretly controlling people’s minds and behaviour. This might be the moment when the paranoid style of thinking went mainstream

However this blog is convinced that, certainly in the UK, there is one organisation at least abusing users’ faith in it and working to twist and form the electorate’s opinions in a leftward pro-EU direction.

That is of course the BBC, which has mutated from the essentially decent bumbling pro-British but even then somewhat earnest and well meaning media organisation of my childhood into a vast highly politicised instrument of the Common purpose cultural marxist wing of the political “elite”.

The BBC has been absolutely relentless in pushing its anti-Brexit, ant-Trump pro-Global Waring agenda, that is a demonstrable fact, and is in contravention of its founding principles.  It has not been above lying and coercion in order to do so.

Lately the labour left (whom Stalin himself would have purged as being too extreme) have been complaining about something called hatgate in which the BBC have apparently published a photo of comrade Corbyn looking like Krushchev, and clamouring that this is proof of political bias.

Could be a good moment to agree with them then get the whole rotten mess shut down.

Paging Mr Ecks!

Are We There Yet?

It’s been a journey full of ups and downs, mostly downs, that’s been going on throughout most our adult life; but maybe, just maybe, we are nearly there.

The Mail, bless’em, is carrying a story about how two academics have diddled taxpayers out of 10 grand in order to fund a study that has concluded that playing team sports in schools is racist, as are the values of fair play which we seek to inculcate.

They write:

Its authors … suggest that learning dances from different cultures should be given greater prominence… the emphasis in PE on health and fitness could even be imposing Western ideals of how people’s bodies should look… They also claim that ‘character-building’ practises such as ‘fair play’ have European roots.

As if that were a bad thing rather than one of the crown jewels of our civilization!  These christian values are why Europe is the place where the whole world wants to come and live!!

The end is in sight.

We have reached Peak Cuntery.

Hat tip/ Longrider