We know how this works, don’t we?

Andrew Dickie drew my attention to this Dutch manifesto for the After Coronavirus era:

OK:

4) Reduction of consumption and travel, with a radical decrease in luxurious and wasteful forms, towards necessary, sustainable and meaningful forms of consumption and travel.

ZIL Lanes for Sages from Ely, innit?

32 thoughts on “ZIL Lanes”

  1. Prince Gingerstepson-und-Thumbprint

    I have to travel by private jet, to protect my wife and son.

    Albeit, after today’s announcement of by us of complete disinterest in our primary audience, that protection may no longer be needed.

    The private jet, however, is, as I am sure you understand.

  2. The whole thing’s great

    This concise manifesto, signed by 170 academics working in the Netherlands who deal with international development issues

    Pol Pot did nothing wrong.

    Replacement of the current development model aimed at generic GDP growth, by a model that distinguishes between sectors that are allowed to grow and need investment (the so-called critical public sectors, clean energy, education and care) and sectors that need to shrink radically given their fundamental lack of sustainability or their role in driving excessive consumption (such as the oil, gas, mining, and advertising sectors).

    We need to kill this freeloading dog, say fleas.

    Development of an economic policy aimed at redistribution

    In 2020, Dutch social scientists (lol) have invented income tax and the welfare state.

    Transition to circular agriculture

    Collective farms.

    Reduction of consumption and travel

    Except the Elect and migrants, obvs.

    Debt cancellation

    Let’s blow up the entire financial system and see what happens.

    As scientists and committed citizens

    Reminder that bullying is not only not wrong, it’s a moral imperative when dealing with these fucking dweebs, lest they forget their place in the social hierarchy.

    Feed em to the pigs, Ecksy.

  3. “This concise manifesto, signed by me, is aimed at 170 academics working in the Netherlands who deal with international development issues”

    Fuck off.

  4. I got lucky and my trip to Fiji with my wife and her family was in February, just before everything went to hell in a handbasket. Drank a shedload of beer with my father in law while we were ‘supervising’ the grandkids in the pool.

    Reduction of consumption and travel, with a radical decrease in luxurious and wasteful forms

    But that’s the fun way to do it. Piss off, tosser.

  5. Took the gamble and traded our cancelled anniversary trip in for another trip next year with some upgrades thrown in instead of a refund, good to have something to look forward to and even squeezed in a price guarantee in case prices drop over the next year.

  6. If they want these excellent plans put into practice they should form a political party and stand for election.

  7. Steve,

    “the so-called critical public sectors, clean energy, education and care”

    And they would have classed windmills in there, and not the laptops that everyone is currently using and are causing oil share prices to be in the crapper.

    How much more good was done for the environment by Pornhub replacing people driving off for a copy of Asian Babes at the newsagent? I bet it’s more than all the Teslas have done.

  8. 4) Reduction of consumption and travel, with a radical decrease in luxurious and wasteful forms, towards necessary, sustainable and meaningful forms of consumption and travel.

    Where does a chain of Hornby trains going round in monotonous circles operated by a fat chap on a sofa with his cock out fall into on the scale of luxurious and wasteful to necessary consumption and travel?

  9. All travel by those not considered goodpersons shall by default be “luxurious and wasteful”. Rob

    Fortunately, Santa maintains a naughty and nice list that can be used to determine who may travel.

  10. Bloke in North Dorset

    “This concise manifesto, signed by me, is aimed at 170 academics working in the Netherlands who deal with international development issues”

    Fuck off.

    The Dutch people I got to know when working there and in other countries will be ahead of you with that sentiment.

    Lets hope their universities are going to get the same culling ours are hopefully getting.

  11. Some more sagacious observers have recommended precisely the opposite of this tripe. Get out and enjoy what the world has to offer. Society has already done the monastery and hairshirt routine and it was neither pleasant nor helpful.

  12. Off topic, but was talking to a US colleague today, about the corona panicdemic in the US. As we know, the country has gone from record employment to record unemployment in a few weeks.

    He was telling me about going past a queue (I believe it’s known as a “line” in Leftpondian) for food handouts and noticing how long they were.

    The queue, apparently, was a queue of cars, not a queue of pedestrians.

  13. @BoM4

    Oil price in USA went negative today – running out of storage

    The price of the West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, whose May contract expires on Tuesday, experienced the sharpest decline by falling more than 300 per cent. Its price hit nearly minus-$40 per barrel before settling at minus-$37.63 per barrel, representing the first time an oil futures has turned negative in history

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/oil-price-us-record-low-coronavirus-crude-stock-barrel-latest-a9475116.html

    Coronacrisis shows that European Union is SICK! German MEP Beck warns European Parliament
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGlqNx4QCbo

    Brilliant……we need more guys like this Gunnar Beck. But, nobody is listening, look at all those empty seats, MEPs at home receiving nice wages

    Meanwhile: Here we are in the UK locked down getting harassed from police if you sit on a park bench in the sun, being told to get back in your house when sitting in the garden yet they fly in hundreds of of European workers for farm work? No tests or checks either! WTF is going on? British workers will do farm work after all many are sitting at home penniless

  14. Replacement of the current development model aimed at generic GDP growth, by a model that distinguishes between sectors that are allowed to grow and need investment (the so-called critical public sectors, clean energy, education and care) and sectors that need to shrink radically given their fundamental lack of sustainability or their role in driving excessive consumption (such as the oil, gas, mining, and advertising sectors).

    Academics who apparently believe that you can build and equip education and care facilities, and build windmills, solar panels and batteries without mining. That includes metallurgical coal for steel production.

  15. It was originally published in the Trouw newspaper **. original publication here

    The fact that those people actually use the word “manifesto” and it’s in Trouw says enough for an average Cloggie: It’s straight from the Activist Looney Bin.

    Digging into it: The people who started it ( Werkgroep Voetafdruk Nederland ) is exactly the sort of self-appointed non-entity you’d expect. All of them, with *ahem* careers (and a …shitty… website. Seriously.. This is Back to the ’90’s stuff…) to match. They’re not even a proper club or foundation. About as official as a facebook group..
    There’s actually only two people in that group with actual academic credentials and careers. And not the chairman… He freely admits to never having graduated…

    The people who signed the “Manifesto” reflect this, and are almost exclusively Sociology and “Climate Sciences” post-grads and Master students. Technically academics, actual influence and academic weight: nada.
    And honestly getting just 127 people to sign a Thingie Ticking Their Boxes in those departments across the dutch Uni’s who have them is … a paltry result…

  16. It is becoming very hard not to believe this entire fugazi is entirely designed to re-establish the rightful place of the state functionaries to be in total control of the plebs.

  17. “All travel by those not considered goodpersons shall by default be “luxurious and wasteful”.”

    Just remember, travel by plebs is non-essential. That magic phase than can now be deployed to justify anything at all, override all laws and establish complete control.

  18. BoJo has a cunning plan. He’ll take his foot off our necks, and invite us to thank him for it.

    And so we shall.

    And no, I don’t think he’s that clever in the sense of having planned it that way, consciously.

    It’s just that we like having someone’s foot on our necks and, intuitively, people like him understand that.

  19. “And no, I don’t think he’s that clever in the sense of having planned it that way, consciously.”

    Agree. The public has actively demanded it. He’s just delivered to the mob.

  20. Trees are sustainable so let’s have more of those.

    Magic money trees and those trees that everything else grows on.

    I think that’s what they’re saying.

  21. Bloke in Germany not in New Jersey

    BoM4,

    As I frequently point out, the interweb makes more evil gas emissions than the entire global civil aaviation industry. And that’s not counting the energy requirements of the user devices.

    So greta facetiming her unthinking zombie eco warriors while mummy works from home on the VPN and daddy watches Asian babes kills far more polar bears than those of us who indulge in nonessential flying.

  22. Off topic but Murphy’s regurgitated TACs stuff is hardly getting any comments now. If his own cult followers like Pilgrim find it too much of an effort to respond then he really is on to a loser here. Not even a token “Agree with anything you say here Richard”.

  23. Bloke in North Dorset

    Agree. The public has actively demanded it. He’s just delivered to the mob.

    The MSM (esp BBC) certainly demanded it, whether the public really did or not is open to question given that in times of trouble they turn to the BBC to learn what to think. Its also fair to say that protecting the NHS was a great PR slogan for frightening the horses, which made the BBC more believable.

    I’m even less convinced that current polls are reflecting what’s really going, especially when they claim people want harsher lockdowns. Leaving aside the difficulty of polling now and the time lag, its anecdotal but I’m seeing a lot more questioning of the orthodox thinking. I also think people are telling pollsters what they want to hear, or at least what people think they should be saying. Nobody wants to be the first to stop clapping.

    When my MP dutifully retweeted the government stay at home messages I would get a lot of push back when I questioned the lockdown policy. When he tweeted yesterday that claims of reinfection in South Korea meant it was more important that we stay in lockdown I pointed out that this meant Angela Merkel was right, we have to learn to live with the virus. I didn’t get a dissenting voice, although nobody agreed either.

    Again anecdotal, but I’m seeing more chatter about Germany and Denmark relaxing their lockdown and discussion of what Sweden is doing. Andrew Neil has been questioning the banality of the MSMs performance at the press conference and judging by the comments there’s a lot of agreement (I stopped watching them).

    We could be in one of those moments where the public opinion just flips as people realise that its OK to be a dissenter. I certainly hope so and that I’m not deluding myself.

  24. That thing about being the first to stop clapping. I understand that, in former Communist countries, the top guy would make a speech at the party gathering after which everyone would applaud. The applause would then carry on indefinitely because no one dared to be the first to stop for fear of being accused of being some kind of dissident. How did the applause come to an end? Did all those present die of old age or are they all still there clapping even now?

  25. “We could be in one of those moments where the public opinion just flips as people realise that its OK to be a dissenter.”

    It’s the little things that cause the flip (straws, camels…) like not being able to get a haircut.

  26. Indeed, djc. It’s what I’ve always called ‘the horse shoe nail school of history’… As in the battle that was lost for want of ditto.

    I hope you’re right!

  27. “like not being able to get a haircut”

    You’ve nailed it.

    Bazza, I hope you’re paying attention. You’ve got two weeks….

  28. Here in Aussiestan, the initial restriction on haircuts was a maximum of 30 minutes. When it was pointed out to our dumb politicians that, according to their advice, the major risk was from being in someone’s company for 15 minutes, suggesting an hour is not much riskier than 30 minutes, they backtracked and made it unlimited.

    MrsBud will be having her 3 hour stint at the hairdressers on Saturday, it was supposed to be her pre-UK visit hairdo.

  29. Not being able to get his haircut was the complaint of my retired farmer neighbour who likened this to foot & mouth, but this time it affects everybody: same endless news coverage until the only response is to turn it off and sit it out.
    Even worse he observed, the lady in village who always had raven black hair has now gone grey. Women remember things like that, forever.

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