John Harris has Snippa’s number

Popular revulsion towards bureaucracy has always blurred into a perception that the left’s prime movers tend to be distant, arrogant and pious. Back in 1937, George Orwell pointed out that “to many people calling themselves socialists, revolution does not mean a movement of the masses with which they hope to associate themselves; it means a set of reforms which ‘we’, the clever ones, are going to impose on ‘them’, the lower orders”.

26 thoughts on “John Harris has Snippa’s number”

  1. Pol Pot knew who the real enemy was: other members of the intelligentsia. I still disapprove of his methods.

  2. Related:

    George Mason economist Robin Hanson offers a brilliant class analysis of two of 2019’s top movies: the critics’ choice Parasite and the people’s choice Joker:”

    ” Parasite Versus Joker
    By Robin Hanson · January 25, 2020 10:00 pm

    My take: Parasite is done in a style designed to appeal to upper class folks, and it is about class conflict from a more upper class perspective. Joker is designed to appeal to lower class folks, and it is about class conflict from a more lower class perspective. Which is part of why upper class critics prefer Parasite.

    “… Another possibility is that they see the upper class perspective on class conflict as correct, and the lower class one as mistaken. They don’t like Joker pushing the lower class view, and they don’t actually want lower classes to act; they instead want upper class folks to approve new policies to be run by upper class folks in the name of helping lower classes.

    via Steve Sailer
    https://www.unz.com/isteve/robin-hanson-on-joker-vs-parasite/

  3. Ritchie lives in Ely, with a Tory MP, Tory district Council and a Tory County Council.

    No mixing with the unwashed for him, no.

  4. OT from the DT

    Prominent Remainers have vowed never to use the special 50p coins minted to mark Brexit amid claims that Boris Johnson’s celebration plans are an attempt to “rub our noses in it”.

    With approximately three million Brexit coins due to enter circulation on Jan 31, the date of the UK’s exit from the European Union, arch-Europhiles have claimed they will refuse to use them.
    They include Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former Downing Street press secretary, who said he would be asking shopkeepers for “two 20p pieces and a 10” over the new 50p, which bears the message “peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations”.

    He was joined by Labour peer Lord Adonis, who declared on Twitter: “I am never using or accepting this coin.”

  5. If the remainiac bastards don’t want their 50p pieces then I’m sure we can take them off their hands –just to help out.

  6. Labour is largely run by, and it’s membership is, unions, and they are now public sector workers and students.

    These people do not want neoliberalism: more markets means less unions, free market jobs rather than the public sector holiday camp. They only ever saw Blair as a trojan horse to get harder socialism. That’s why they hate him.

  7. Some bright spark might set up a fund to help restore the British fishing fleet and arrange for collection tins for the 50p pieces to be placed by shopkeepers’ tills.

  8. Spud is at it again over on the Accoutingweb website.

    This time, he’s claiming that companies should be using their accounts as a marketing tool.

  9. Andrew, isn’t that the whole point of the annual accounts, at least for listed companies? 200 pages of bullshit and photos about modern slavery, diversity, climate change and social responsibility, with a dash of sustainability, 20 pages detailing how much the directors get paid and then 10 pages or so tucked away at the back with the numbers

  10. The writer doesn’t really get the point, though, of much British political history. If you want change your best hope is usually Radical Tories.

    Abolition of slavery. Roman Catholic “emancipation”. Abolition of the Corn Laws. The Second Reform Act (far more radical than the earlier Whig one). Et bloody cetera. Sometimes, it’s true, you get something useful from a Conservative-Liberal coalition e.g. the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919.

    If you want bone-headed reaction vote Labour. Their 1945 reforms of the Welfare State were designed, it seems to me, to fix onto the country permanently features of the wartime Command and Control Economy.

  11. “Diogenes

    Andrew, isn’t that the whole point of the annual accounts, at least for listed companies?”

    Dunno. Have you ever decided on buying a Whirpool washing machine rather than one built by Siemens after studying their accounts? The 200 pages of bullshit is intended for investors not potential customers.

    And Spud thinks all companies are missing out on a fabulous marketing opportunity because the accounts filed at Companies House don’t have anything except accounts in them.

  12. @dierieme “If you want bone-headed reaction vote Labour. Their 1945 reforms of the Welfare State were designed, it seems to me, to fix onto the country permanently features of the wartime Command and Control Economy.”

    I saw a documentary that suggested Labour thinking post 1945 was heavily influenced by the way the USSR was organised in WWII. Labour politicians were impressed at how brilliant central control worked to produce lots of tanks.

    They missed out the parts about how we in the UK managed to feed everyone despite being blockaded whilst millions in the USSR starved to death and never wondered why it was the tiny UK that was supplying goods to the mighty USSR and not the other way round.

    Apparently the evil capitalists in the USA could get oil out of the ground and ship it to the USSR more cost effectively than the glorious Soviets could get oil from their own back yard.

  13. @Andrew C

    “intended for investors not potential customers”

    But do the investors really care about most of the verbiage either?

    My suspicion is that a lot of it is intended at least in part for financial journalists, in the hope that they might pick up on some “good news story” about sustainability or diversity or whatever from the gumph during their report on the numbers.

    If I’m wrong and that doesn’t come into the equation at all, then the poor sod writing it must be well aware they are writing the unreadable and it is going to remain resolutely unread…

  14. “more cost effectively than the glorious Soviets could get oil from their own back yard.” That that was quite a feat by the Comrades, given that their modern oil industry pre-dated the more famous American one.

    WKPD: ‘In 1846, under the supervision of state advisor V.N. Semyonov an engineer Alekseev drilled a 21 m deep well using a primitive percussion drilling mechanism, in Bibiheybət to explore for oil, with positive results. More than a decade later, on August 27, 1859, “Colonel” Edwin L. Drake struck oil on American soil for the first time.

  15. @BF

    “Prominent Remainers have vowed never to use the special 50p coins minted to mark Brexit amid claims that Boris Johnson’s celebration plans are an attempt to ‘rub our noses in it’.

    With approximately three million Brexit coins due to enter circulation on Jan 31, the date of the UK’s exit from the European Union, arch-Europhiles have claimed they will refuse to use them.”

    All we need now is for Boris to put it on all banknotes too. Probs wouldn’t fit on 1p coins, so Adonis can be paid by the sackful for whatever it is he does.

  16. MBE, I think it is for minority shareholders.

    The vast majority couldn’t care less about the company’s sustainability or whatever. The tripe is to appease minority owners who are only there to make trouble.

  17. And the blue Rule Britannia passport? Are they going to use those?

    (I suggested years ago they should put one of those chips that plays carols in xmas cards in to passports to play Rule Britannia when it’s opened.)

  18. Some industries have little reliance on working class workers – finance, law, much tech and software, much media (a few cameramen perhaps). These industries are filled with college educated staff who often vote Labor in the UK or Democratic in the US. They are also hostile to any industry that might kick up a little dirt. Other industries do have a heavy reliance on working class workers and they perceive, often rightly, that the people in the “elite” occupations want them off the planet. What Labour or the Democrats have done to a great extent is to align the working class’s interests with the interests of the managers and owners of the industries that employ them.

  19. dearieme,

    The writer doesn’t really get the point, though, of much British political history. If you want change your best hope is usually Radical Tories.

    Finding them and getting them into the PM slot and then keeping down the One Nation weeds is the problem, though. People like Cameron and May, and maybe Boris, are cockblockers for a hard, blood-pumping radical.

  20. Dennis, The Swinging Tool of Capitalism

    What Labour or the Democrats have done to a great extent is to align the working class’s interests with the interests of the managers and owners of the industries that employ them.

    Interestingly enough, though, here in the States that alignment does not include the labor leaders who supposedly represent the working class. The gulf between who blue collar workers vote for and who union leaders endorse is wide, and growing wider.

  21. Bloke in Costa Rica

    Re the Brexit 50 pence coins: I’m sure quislings like Campbell and Adonis (was ever a name more at odds with its owner’s appearance?) were perfectly happy the Mint foisted the 25th anniversary of EU accession coin on us, or the one to commemorate the UK’s presidency of the Union. I’ll not put any links for fear of spam traps but just Google “50p EU coin” to refresh your memory.

  22. Agree with Diogenes for large companies the annual report is produced for the NGO crowd, who are likely the only ones that read it.
    The growth of the annual report from when it used to be a copy of published accounts with a directors statement to the glossy fluffy crap produced now likely aligns to left wing march through the institutions

  23. If you want a giggle, read about how Lenin was in Switzerland when the Russian Revolution kicked off – without him to control it, dammit, how dare they! – and had to rush across the continent to take charge and make sure the plebs revolted properly.

  24. Jgh, Lenin’s trip went via Sweden and Finland and was expedited by Germany. Churchill wrote that Germany was sending a deadly bacillus into the body of its enemy

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