Fairly Big Brother isn’t it?

Yes, obviously, it’s social distancing and all that but still…..

18 thoughts on “Fairly Big Brother isn’t it?”

  1. The Meissen Bison

    Excellent to place that drip Hancock under a sign reading ‘Hot Water’. Because that’s what he will be in soon enough.

  2. Emmanuel Goldstein was neither as scary not as incompetent. Even Big Brother didn’t show the same fascist tendencies as proposing to lock everybody up indefinitely because a few would not comply.

  3. Bloke in North Dorset

    I’ve been listening to someone talking about surveillance capitalism and how it could be used to monitor all of us and that this crises is the catalyst for it to switch from capitalists to governments.

    Scary stuff, especially when you consider how a large section of the population is lapping up the way government has given itself the ability to order us about and decide our day to day lives. This is how we get the cult of the strong leader supported by busybodies. Its not a big leap to seeing how we drifted in to WW2 when people wanted strong leaders to bring about some order and safety.

    I’m also getting concerned that those deciding that we need to crash the economy have very little skin in this game. How many civil servants, politicians, advisers, teachers etc have been furloughed and living of a much reduced income? Its about time they were voluntold that this will be happening and they’re gong down to £25k or whatever it works out at. (I’d prefer £0 but that won’t happen.

  4. “I’m also getting concerned that those deciding that we need to crash the economy have very little skin in this game. How many civil servants, politicians, advisers, teachers etc have been furloughed and living of a much reduced income? Its about time they were voluntold that this will be happening and they’re gong down to £25k or whatever it works out at. (I’d prefer £0 but that won’t happen.

    BIND +1000

    The members of the HOL want their attendance allowance to continue even when they are not “attending”.

    Surely there can be no justification in the straitened times we are about to face for anyone in the public sector to continue to have guaranteed occupational pensions

  5. @ BiND I wonder how many civil servants are being recompensed for the difficulties of having to work from home – just like the “honourable” Members of Parliament trousering 10K Hard Lying Allowance

  6. Bloke in North Dorset

    Another Orwellian touch, a number of the podcasts I’ve been listening to recently are carrying adverts that start “This is a message from the goverenment ….”.

    I’m also part way through listening to Hector Drummond and he’s just made a point that a lot of people are now losing their jobs and realising this isn’t a holiday. Similarly, academics who were likely to be calling for the lockdown are realising that universities aren’t immune.

    It won’t be long until this gets enough traction for the MSM to start taking notice then we’re going to be seeing a different conversation. Looking at some of the announcements today I suspect the government is realising that perhaps we won’t be as docile as they’ve been finding.

    I’m not necessarily advocating an end to lockdown right now, there may be something I’m missing (although I doubt it), I just want to see a lot more scrutiny of the decision and a more grown up conversation of what living with the virus means, because this lockdown really can’t go on much longer.

  7. We really meed to convert the public sector into DCS type schemes dependant on overall success of UKplc.
    At the moment you have whole swathes of the public sector right down to the cartmans in uniform policing walking in the peak district, completely secure with their public sector pensions, blase about crashing the economy and comfortable they will always have a wage coming in.
    Then you have the private sector, the engine of the economy, hemmed in with rules on the pension schemes open to them, having to listen to privileged public sector types making decisions when as Bravefart says, they have no skin in the game.

  8. Have heard about heath authority projects being on hold or delayed and the contractor PM and others etc being extended and paid with Very little to do as they don’t want to let anyone go.
    Or even funnier, project teams told they can talk to operational staff, but the managers are all too busy in emergency meetings to meet with them

  9. Economists warn PM not to ease social distancing measures
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbdtOWXKAzI

    What? Those are some dumb economists is Ritchie one of them? No economy = no healthcare

    Australia pushes for inquiry into COVID-19 outbreak…
    …and MPs say they won’t install Gov COVID-19 App
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR3jP09nF-g

    An inquiry that goes nowhere just like every other inquiry into nefarious incidents: “Lessons will [not] be learned”
    When a Gov. minister can’t answer truthfully weather China can be trusted it is a clear indicator that the Australian People can NOT trust the minster

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