We got through the war and we’ll get through this

A MAN born more than three decades after the Second World War is acting like he flew Spitfires against the Luftwaffe.

Martin Bishop, 41, from Lincoln, has declared that ‘we got through the war, and we will get through Brexit’ despite being minus-38 years-old when Hitler invaded Poland… More here.

Heard so many people use the war as an example of why we will be fine after Brexit. The difference is that we had no choice but to go to war, Brexit is a choice.

In answer to the first question — “What do we mean by ‘leaving the EU’?” — the book suggests options including “becoming a European Economic Area member like Norway.” That position is now anathema to Brexiteers, whose views have hardened on what leaving means as negotiations have continued… More here.

As Brexit gets closer the views of those who led the ‘criminal’ campaign get more hardline as do those who support them.

A controversial ferry contract awarded to a company with no ships as part of no-deal Brexit plans has been scrapped, the government has said. Ministers had faced criticism for the £13.8m deal with Seaborne Freight, which the BBC found had never run a ferry service. The Department for Transport said it decided to axe the deal after the company’s Irish backer pulled out… More here.

Incompetence or dodgy deal, or both?

As we get closer to Brexit day, the whole thing gets sillier. I have still not heard one fact based argument that shows how Brexit could be positive for the UK. I simply hear people saying things like ‘It will all be fine’ and ‘You have nothing to worry about’ without a shred of evidence to back up the belief.

It’s no different to climate change deniers. They don’t believe scientists and conclude that they are somehow being paid to come up with all of the evidence they have (yes, evidence). They are happy, however, to simply ‘know’ that it is not true because they have sat in a chair for a long time and listened to the likes of Trump and the Daily Mail.

Seriously, parts of our population have completely lost their minds. They have become ignorant to the truth and are instead choosing to believe what those in right-wing circles tell them without any evidence at all. They are quite happy, however, to dismiss ‘evidence’ if it does not fit their world view, their very narrow minded world view.

These are the people who follow others, those you work with who have no opinions and who just settle for an easy life. These are the people who only think about themselves and who could not give a damn about the next generation. They know the risks involved here, but are too insular and selfish to care. It’s driving me crazy and I suspect it has only just begun.

As a final thought, I’m not sure who has handled Brexit more deceptively, but I suspect that Jeremy Corbyn is the worst Brexiteer of all.

A broken system

The problem of free work is getting worse as the UK’s freelance army grows. The number of self-employed people in the UK has increased from 3.3 million in 2001 to 4.8 million in 2017, according to the ONS, contributing the most to employment growth since the financial crisis. Yet self-employed workers earn on average £240 a week, compared to £400 by those in full-time work… More here.

One small aspect of many things that are wrong in the UK at this time. The issue of rich stealing from poor is a growing one that only seems to be escalating.

Brexit is a lie

May’s defeat should dispel any illusion that there is a happy ending to the Brexit story. The truth of the matter is that the project that defined May’s premiership — negotiating a Brexit deal acceptable to both the EU and pro-Brexit legislators in her Conservative Party — was structurally impossible. The terms on which Conservative Brexiteers wanted to leave the EU were not acceptable to EU negotiators, and the compromises necessary to bring EU negotiators on board were not acceptable to Conservative Brexiteers. No amount of negotiating could address this dilemma… More at Vox.

No amount of arguing and negotiating will hide the fact that what was sold to the British people is impossible. Well, it is possible, but only by seriously damaging huge parts of the UK.

The Best Men Can Be?

I’ve been shaving since I was 12, since the beginning I used Gillette because that’s what my father used, now I will never use it again, and neither will my father, collectively been your customers for 50+ years never again #BoycottGillette #Gillette

@Gillette has made it clear they do not want the business of masculine men.

I will grant their wish.

I have used #Gillette razors since they sent me a free sample on my 18th birthday, and will no longer buy any of their products.

Watch the video above and then read the two comments below it.

So, ‘masculine’ is getting upset by an advert?

‘Masculine’ is bullying people?

I see this all of the time. Men who believe it is masculine to talk down to women, who believe it somehow threatens their masculinity to show sensitivity to others.

Men who believe they are 100% masculine often do not understand what true masculinity is.

Same sh*t, different countries

2017:
Remainer: It’s going to be awful
Brexiter: Rubbish. It’s going to be brilliant

2018:
Remainer: It’s going to be awful
Brexiter: No it isn’t. You just have to believe more

2019:
Remainer: It’s going to be awful
Brexiter. We voted for awful. We knew we were voting for awful

Tweeted here.

I’m only watching Trump’s immigration speech tonight literally because it’s part of my job. I don’t recommend that any of y’all watch unless you have to. It will be the same racist, xenophobic, unfounded anti-immigrant bullshit. Don’t waste your own time in 2019.

Tweeted here.

This isn’t getting any better is it?

How to be right about the EU and snowflakes

I have now finished How To Be Right: … in a world gone wrong by James O’Brien and it has proved to be a hugely enlightening read. 

He covers a variety of topics including-

Snowflakes – a word I hate which is often used by right-wing people to describe those of us that care about racism, any form of political correctness and so many other human attributes such as common decency. He turns it around beautifully and kind of proves that right-wing people are the biggest snowflakes of all (because they get upset by everything in 2018).

Being gay – you have to read this part to truly understand the craziness of those who believe it is a sin.

Brexit – oh yes indeed. The event that he states was great for his career and bad for his soul. He strips it down perfectly and evidences why the hardened Brexiteers are what they are. 

I ended up buying the audiobook as well as the Kindle edition so I could get through it quicker on my daily commute and it will stay with me for some time. Sadly, the people it needs to have an effect on are impervious to common sense, decency and facts, and are too far down the path of believing what they have been told for decades, but for the rest of us it is a fantastic read from a person of sensibility in what increasingly feels like a world full of fools.

The reason they have been hoodwinked can be displayed in the following two links-

See 20 years of FAKE NEWS about EU by UK press

Fake news to influence the UK public to vote for Brexit has mostly come from our very own so-called professional journalists right here in the UK. Here’s a list of fake news by the UK press over the last 20 years. Every single story here has been debunked as fake news. It’s hard to pick just one but my personal favourites are ‘Euronotes cause impotence‘ by the Daily Mail and ‘EU puts speed limit on children’s roundabouts‘ from the always entertaining Daily Express.

Euromyths A-Z index

Myth: Curved bananas have been banned by Brussels bureaucrats, with shops ordered not to sell fruit which is too small or abnormally bent.
Sources: The Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Daily Express (21 September 1994)

Truth: Yes … and no. Curved bananas have not been banned. In fact, as with the supposed banning of curved cucumbers, the Commission regulation classifies bananas according to quality and size for the sake of easing the trade of bananas internationally.

The evidence is there and in millions of places on the web and in the real world, but so many people do not want to see it, or they can’t because they have believed the bullshit for too many years and they will continue to do so. It’s tragic.

Sinatra and Kennedy

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The sequence of events seems essentially right, except for the quaint idea that Bobby—or anybody else who read a newspaper or gossip column over the previous twenty years—was unaware of Sinatra’s fraternizing with the Mob. If Frank’s fondness for gangsters had survived this long without making much trouble for the administration, why would it cause such an eruption now? More here.

A short article, but worth a read.