It’s the failure of logic….

But I also say other things too.

Thank heaven for regulation: the driver made a mistake but they were driving at less than the speed limit.

Therefore the regulation is irrelevant, isn’t it, as they were already driving at less than that regulated speed.

And you say thanks for the NHS.

Well, no. For accident victims were helped off the road before we had an NHS. Accident victims are aided in places which don’t have an NHS. You know, everywhere else in the world? Around my way the ambulances (and the firemen) are volunteers. Seems to work just fine. What is meant is thanks we’ve got a health care system, an emergency response system. But that we’ve got the NHS as those doesn’t mean the NHS is the only way to organise those.

And other public services.

Ditto. There are other ways to organise services to the public.

And you note why it is that we live in a community.

And note that it matters.

Indeed we do and it does. Which is why other places do manage to organise such things communally without the use of the State’s power to command and insist.

And that all pay their part in it by paying tax so we can all enjoy the benefit of living in that society which can function because we do.

If we do it communally but not through the State then it’s possible to do it without using tax, isn’t it?

Because, yes I know tax does not pay for public services, but without tax to control the inflation that their supply would otherwise create, much of this would not be possible.

Tax is not necessary to do any of the above things. As plenty of places around the world show by doing them but not using tax to do so.

Now, back to work.

Perhaps, at least we can hope, to work on the idea that just because Britain does something in a particular manner it is not necessary to use that particular manner to do that thing?

24 comments on “It’s the failure of logic….

  1. Thank heaven for regulation: the driver made a mistake but they were driving at less than the speed limit.

    Great. They were so distracted or careless they didn’t notice a completely obvious pedestrian crossing right in front of them with a young person on it, but at least they were obeying one law.

    Doesn’t he realise that the key thing is not obeying some law, but being alert and in control AT ALL TIMES? I’m not saying speeding is irrelevant, but what’s the point of driving at 28mph if you don’t notice things like pedestrian crossings?

  2. Because, yes I know tax does not pay for public services, but without tax to control the inflation that their supply would otherwise create, much of this would not be possible.

    I love this bit. He realises he has wandered out of his own padded cell by waxing lyrical about taxes and public service, and so comes up with this pathetically weak comment about controlling inflation. Because, as we all know, the NHS was MUCH LESS effective in 1974 when inflation was 24%.

    Stands to reason.

  3. Because even when your son gets run over, you can still turn it into a blog about tax and state control.

  4. Andrew C

    Even if I did not have children of my own the idea of using your children to make a political point speaks to a deep mental illness bordering on psychosis

  5. @Rob, June 6, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Doesn’t he realise that the key thing is not obeying some law, but being alert and in control AT ALL TIMES? I’m not saying speeding is irrelevant, but what’s the point of driving at 28mph if you don’t notice things like pedestrian crossings?

    Gov’t, police & activists have brainwashed population Speeding is more important than observation.

    Speed Kills – Cameras Fine : result drivers stare at speedo

  6. I agree with Pcar. Looking out of the windscreen is more important than staring at the speedo. Wish Plod could see that and stop prosecuting at 1 division of the speedo above 30, as that’s the accuracy of the blasted thing.

    Last time I did the speed awareness course (yes, for 35) Plod was on about Kinetic Energy, when impacts are about momentum transfer, and by the way, Mr Plod, the units of Kinetic Energy are not Newton-pounds. Idiots.

    And that’s before I go off on one about the stupid videos.

  7. Driving is complex. Speed limits confuse things further. Part of the time we are expected to limit our speed to whatever number has been thought up, regardless that a higher speed would be safe. The rest we are supposed to notice that the posted speed limit is unsafe, and drive at a lower speed of our choosing.
    Anyone traveling at a constant 58mph on a country lane is within the speed limit but will crash on the first bend.
    Anyone traveling at 33mph on a straight empty road with good visibility will be safe from crashes but at risk of prosecution.
    Apparently anyone traveling at 28mph towards a zebra crossing is fine even if they don’t think to look out for pedestrians.
    How do we know what speed the driver was doing? By his account of his Speedo reading? Maybe by GPS on his phone, but GPS can’t half come up with funny instantaneous readings (oh the times I’ve run at 60mph- according to GPS).

  8. The usual broken record.

    NHS wonderful. Praise be to the State! Praise to Tax (which we don’t need to pay for the NHS)

    NHS dire. We need more State! More tax! (which should be increased to pay for the NHS)

  9. “the idea of using your children to make a political point speaks to a deep mental illness bordering on psychosis”

    Well they probably suffered greatly when he was in Dachau as a prisoner of conscience.

  10. Yes, confirmed, Ritchie is a cunt.

    Anyway, another investigation starts. @richardjmurphy on twitter follows @BexwellMurph, I guess this is the son.

    I hope dad looks at the feed….
    https://twitter.com/BexwellMurph/with_replies

    From that, school seems to be…
    https://www.wymondhamcollege.org

    Mostly boarders, top rated state school in Norfolk. Nothing but the best for our Ritchie. He might not pay, he is a tight arse, but most of the pupils have parents who can afford to pay £14-15K a year to board. So hardly a state school that he’d have everyone else send their kids to.

    https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/3af2e9_a4b11a4619754d27aebffb5276d63fbc.pdf

    Cunt.

  11. Any locals know the geography?

    Google maps says it’s a 2 hour round trip to school. Either they are with the wife and closer, or Ritchie is claiming his son goes to state school while paying £15K a year for him to board.

    The smell of hypocrisy is strong here.

  12. Well, no. For accident victims were helped off the road before we had an NHS. Accident victims are aided in places which don’t have an NHS. You know, everywhere else in the world?

    I’m reminded of this local story from about a year ago about a woman who lives on a road she says has a lot of accidents. From the article:

    A woman who provided comfort to the fatally injured driver says she was already bracing herself for another crash and then it happened.

    […]

    While waiting for first responders, Teri’s daughter and neighbors talked to the two teenage passengers who seemed okay. She says the young driver was severely injured trapped in the wreckage.

    No, you idiot reporter, the woman you were interviewing is the first responder. But here in the States we’ve taken the term “first responder” to mean people with a government stamp of approval and that they should somehow be a class above us normal people.

  13. Poor Richard, telling everyone how his son is such a philosopher with deep understanding of tax, steam trains and the suffering of others.

    Meanwhile, there’s hope for the poor lad yet as in the real word, son is posting videos of a fleshlight on an exhaust pipe:

    https://ibb.co/d2FQho

  14. I have a mental picture of Murphy in his spare room shrine genuflecting before the lecturn on which the Joy of Tax and Tolleys yellow and orange tax books are laid reverentially, to give thanks for the deliverance of his son

  15. Noel

    Thanks for that – Ely to Wywondham would be about 1 hour 45 to 2 hours. No real surprise given his fondness for Soiviet/ North Korean style statist solutions to everything. the elite cadres in those countries made sure their children attended the best schools. Next he will be wanting his own ZIL Lane I am sure. What a nauseating piece of garbage – truly one of the most evil men in the world.

  16. If his son/s are boarded at vast expense, how does Murphy square provision of education available only to a monied elite against education as one of the public services which should be available to all under universal state provision regardless of means.

    Also, presumably the school benefits from tax breaks as a charity and also VAT exemption on its charges?

    Does he have private medical cover as well?

  17. It’s heart-warming to see that he’s much kinder to the person who nearly killed his first-born than to anyone who asks polite questions about the material on his blog.

  18. Its quite possible that a private school like Wymondham College runs a system of coach travel for day pupils to attend. My old school used to do that (presumably still does), and I would travel about a hour door to door every day to school and the same again back. Norfolk is not exactly that highly populated so a private school would probably have to pull pupils in from a reasonably large catchment area.

    There’s also a train line that connects the two places so he could catch the train every day instead, a friend of mine’s daughter did that to go to a grammar school in a neighbouring county for the 7 years of her secondary education, a 60 mile round trip by car.

  19. Noel, good sleuthing, well done! I posted a comment on Ritchie’s blog a few years ago asking whether his children attended their local state school in Downham Market, as at the time the town’s only comprehensive had a really bad OFSTED inspection. He deleted my comment so this doesn’t surprise me.

    A quick google indicates Ely to Wymondham is 49 miles, and while there is a direct train link, the school is 4 miles from the railway station, so I don’t think it is likely he is travelling from Ely. So he must be boarding, or else living with his mother closer to school, but didn’t Ritchie say on his blog recently he was now their primary carer? Something doesn’t add up here.

    What is it with the left and education – comprehensives for other people’s children, private/selective schools for their own. Crosland/Abbott/Harman/Toynbee/Milne and now Ritchie.

  20. Noel

    ‘Any locals know the geography?’

    Not that local, but we used to play rugby against them when I was at school. I always thought they were a public school. Certainly played like one, although we did beat them on occasion, unlike Oakham and Oundle, who always trounced us.

  21. I’ll just add that it was a long while ago (at least 25 years) so the school may have changed since then.

  22. A friend of mine has recently moved to Northamptonshire so his daughter could attend Oundle. Their Head of Sport is one Mr D Grewcock. Yes, that one. The picture of the U12C netball team with him towering above them is comedy gold.

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