Gosh, isn’t this nice?

Most forgiving of them, Boris is back in The Times. True, there’s been a certain gap but then he has done well since they fired him for making up quotes.

17 thoughts on “Gosh, isn’t this nice?”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Thomas Friedman has made a career out of convenient taxi drivers. Who almost always sound like New York liberals.

    But then he has the advantage of the conventional wisdom. Friedman never says anything that everyone else isn’t also saying. So no one makes a big deal out of it.

  2. Not sure how the addition of up to 3m ambitious hard-working citizens is going to help David Lammy’s constituents.

  3. Bernie G–If you mean the HK Chinese they are also solid anti-socialist votes.

    Interesting to see how ZaNu reacts to migrants who are going to vote against them.

    There needs to be an extra question on any HK intake form asking about Kung Fu skills etc. It would be great if we could get a crew of HK’s finest Kung Fu teachers arriving here.

  4. The Meissen Bison

    There is something wonderful about the fact that a small island in the Pearl River Delta rose to become a great trading city and commercial powerhouse of East Asia. Wonderful, but not accidental or fortuitous.

    Hong Kong succeeds because its people are free. They can pursue their dreams and scale as many heights as their talents allow. They can debate and share new ideas, expressing themselves as they wish. And they live under the rule of law, administered by independent courts.

    The problem with Boris Johnson’s grandiloquent tosh is that it shows up his own useless administration.

    It’s people are free – the UK is under an arbitrary curfew.
    And they live under the rule of law – the UK lives under an adhocracy.

    And if the British want to scale heights, let them aspire only to the foothills because of the ruinous green nonsense imposed by an infantilising government of talentless intellectual pygmies.

  5. Wonder if this has anything to do with the reports that the editor or the Times is Boris’s sister’s lockdown-breaking tennis partner?

  6. The Meissen Bison said:
    “Hong Kong succeeds because its people are free.”

    Imagine what Britain could do if we were also free!

  7. So Much For Subtlety

    Mr Ecks June 3, 2020 at 10:23 am – “If you mean the HK Chinese they are also solid anti-socialist votes.”

    You want to bet? I will give you good odds that in the UK, whatever their politics were in HK, they all vote for David Lammy. Time and time again we see that race dominates everything else in Western politics these days. That is why the Democratic Party has become the party of ethnic minority billionaires *and* Occupy Wall street. That is why the very rich conspicuously support Labour.

    Once they come here they will work out they can make a nice living shaking down White liberals for tax revenue. And lots of tax revenue too.

    Besides, I am old enough to remember when Mao was popular in HK and Britain was not. The present trouble is likely to be temporary.

    All migration is wrong and bad for Britain.

  8. And they know, albeit at second hand, how to treat troublesome Uyghurs.

    OK, none of you said it, but you thought it, didn’t you? Naughty boys.

  9. The Meissen Bison

    @RichardT – that’s me quoting Boris Johnson. He applauds freedom and yet loads up the British with all manner of exhorbitant policies which inevitably curtail freedom. He’s nowhere near as bright or courageous as he needs to be.

  10. If we are going to ‘level up’ we have to stop importing the world’s brightest and best, and give our left behind neighbours a hand in their progress up the greasy pole. I’m told that for a child born in the bottom fifth percentile of income in America the probability of them reaching the top fifth percentile by the end of their life is just 7.5 per cent (14.0 per cent in Denmark). Britain’s social mobility record can’t be much better. Things won’t change so long as we keep importing freshly minted, ready to go drones because it’s cheaper and more convenient.

  11. @ Bernie G
    Firstly anti-Beijing HongKongers are worker bees, not drones.
    Secondly assortative mating and heritability of intelligence makes the probability of someone born into the fifth percentile from the bottom reaching the fifth percentile from the top pretty low – their best chance is to become an entertainer (e.g. footballer, pop singer) but it seems from the cries of woe “suggested school closures could wipe out 10 years of progress in closing the achievement gap between poor and rich pupils” https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-52895640 about how far the disadvantaged children have slipped back relative to the majority during one term’s home schooling that we have been offering them a massive hand up.
    I confess that I find the latter implausible – although I am almost equally surprised that the BBC published anything suggesting that the eeevil Tories are helping the disadvantaged/poor more than their beloved Labour. The best way to give them a hand up the greasy pole would be to restore Secondary Technical and Grammar Schools, with the former leading to genuine modern apprenticeships and the latter into the professions.

  12. Watch out for slavery reparations having another go, Mr B.

    Remember, the British state exists to dole out punishment beatings to the better part of the populace.

  13. “The best way to give them a hand up the greasy pole would be to restore Secondary Technical and Grammar Schools, with the former leading to genuine modern apprenticeships and the latter into the professions.”

    Does the UK actually need any more professionals? Isn’t that what the bloated university sector has been turning out for the last couple decades? Country’s swamped with professionals.

  14. @ bloke in spain
    Please note that I made Secondary Technical my priority – and secondly, no I said that Grammar Schools led into the professions, aiming for more quality and less quantity than we currently get from Comprehensive schools and “universities” that are glorified Further Education colleges.

  15. The Meissen Bison

    BiS: Country’s swamped with professionals.

    The country is certainly swamped with useless people who call themselves professionals. Health “professionals”, marketing “professionals”, media “professionals” and a gamut of others too depressing to contemplate.

    The “professional” honorific signifies no more than this, that you should defer to them on questions relating to their supposed profession whose apparently wide-ranging parameters might astonish you should you question their authority.

    There’s a distinction to be made between “professionals” and people entering “the professions” like Doc Bud, ljh or m’Lud, to pick a few from our circle.

  16. @RichardT June 3, 2020 at 10:29am

    “Hong Kong succeeds because its people are free.”

    Imagine what Britain could do if we were also free

    A Technological Revolution as game/life changing and enriching as Henry VIII, Crop Rotation, the Glorious Revolution, the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution

    HKers, the not so bright/industrious could replace Border Farce, I’m sure they’d be good at deterring & removing illegals


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