A recession is when you lose your job

A depression is when I lose mine:

UK universities are cutting the jobs of thousands of academics on short-term contracts as the sector prepares to make sweeping cuts in the wake of coronavirus.

Institutions across the country have dropped hundreds of hourly posts and left temporary contracts to expire, leaving academics facing unemployment and depleting the capacity of departments to run courses and support students.

Leading to the claim:

It can be avoided. As I have long argued it is the consequence of putting the desire for what are thought to be “sound government finances” above any concern for the people of this country. It is economics gone mad.

And I can’t see it being accepted. The anger that this will give rise to will be long and sustained.

We too shall march against Ritchie having to rub along with only the one visiting professorship, no?

Just add Brexit, a second wave of coronavirus if it happens, disruption to food and medical supplies and people unable to feed their children with their houses under threat of repossession as they realise that there is no hope of another job that can pay the mortgage and a mix more politically toxic than anything that has even remotely happened in my lifetime will be created.

22 thoughts on “A recession is when you lose your job”

  1. Is it directly due to the effects of coronavirus or just an opportune moment to get rid of the useless tossers? In Herr Oberst Kartoffel’s case probably the latter.

  2. “a mix more politically toxic than anything that has even remotely happened in my lifetime”

    Was Murphy born after 1979? He doesn’t look that young.

  3. “The anger that this will give rise to will be long and sustained.”

    Would have thought flags, banners & street parties more likely.

  4. Oh no. What will we do when hundreds of Grievance Studies professors are fired? Where will young people learn to hate their parents and their own country?

  5. He talks shite about Brexit as ever.

    And there never was a first wave let alone a second one. But Blojob might use Winter Flu season 2020 to claim a 2nd wave, new LD. On one level he is that stupid. But I think he knows the country ending extra economic damage that would cause. An interesting choice–if no 2nd wave bullshit –Bloj is likely just a panicked hysteric. If 2nd Wave & LD is pushed then likely he is globo elites man cos such moves would be pushing us to Agenda 21ype collapse.

    Not encouraging then that the fucking weasel has handed LD powers to Local Govt scum. Their ranks –both as employed hacks and Councillor-vermin– are already full of Marxist business-harassing scum. A chance to lord it locally is God’s Gift. Is Johnson a globo agent here doing seemingly stupid shit for calculated reasons on behalf of his masters ? Or is the fearful cunt –in both senses–trying to spread the blame for economic disaster a bit wider? I have to say I think the former more likely than the latter.

    Nobody is going to be boo hoo-ing about a load of part time leftist Uni-pricks getting the boot.

    But Spud is right that there will be huge numbers of blisteringly angry folks about soon. Once dole claims the furloughed legions then it really kicks off. Govts own far-too-rosy report says 4 million on dole –I say seven. But only if the idiots stop fucking around with their little games. Bringing in a fresh load of puffed-up self important local gobboons as new players is not an encouraging sign. Maybe 10 million on the dole if substantial nonsense continues into next year?

    Some point must be reached where the state can’t pay its bills even with funny money printing galore.

  6. “people unable to feed their children with their houses under threat of repossession” People who try to feed their children with their houses, be they under threat or not, deserve to suffer.

  7. Mr Ecks: it’s worse than that. The government has only given powers to local government to choose to lock down, if local government makes the “wrong” choice, central government will reach over and lock them down anyway.

  8. “sound government finances”

    Without production, there is no economy. No economy, no finances.

    ‘a mix more politically toxic than anything that has even remotely happened in my lifetime will be created.’

    So you think maybe shutdown/lockdown wasn’t such a good idea?

    Kill the economy, then cry that the economy is dead.

    Meanwhile, there is joy in decadent academics getting furloughed. “Hey, teacher, leave them kids alone!”

  9. That sounds like a fun evening, a bunch of discontented middle-aged failures moaning and griping about politics. The good thing is that now Captain Potato has set out the situation, you can be certain that reality will be different. Reality never lives up to his expectations and the ermine never gets offered

  10. “a mix more politically toxic than anything that has even remotely happened in my lifetime will be created”: the Left needs a vanguard class to lead the Revolution (because the workers usually let them down).

    If this assortment of odds and sods provided that class then Dick Tattie may prove right. Remember the people who ended up running France weren’t the sans-culottes but provincial lawyers, ex-priests, and suchlike riff-raff.

  11. I’m almost tempted to send a sympathy card to that unimpressive end terrace in Ely for his job losses

  12. “Academic Lives Matter!!!! Fund the Sage of Ely! What do I Want? A nice cosy non-job with a grand-sounding title.” Screams the Potato.

  13. Dennis, Clear-Eyed As Always

    Do I see an organization promoting the “Fair Education Mark” in our future?

  14. Do I see an organization promoting the “Fair Education Mark” in our future?

    That would be a useful service. Rate degree courses from 5 stars to one burger.

  15. I think he’s very similar (albeit he’d hate the comparison which is why I make it) to conspiracy theorists like David Icke, Alex Jones and such. Simply predicts pending disaster and at one point in the future, like a stopped clock being right twice per day he will get it right and claim vindication.

    The post today ‘from furlough to meltdown is only a matter of months’ is the most politically and economically illiterate screed I have ever seen, and that’s saying something given he’s nearly at 2,000 pages worth of posts…. Just extraordinary!

  16. We should have sympathy for the falling star who was once the feted herald of Corbynomics, reduced to panhandling in the Thames Delta.

    Swing low, sweet chariot, coming for to carry him home.

  17. This flushing out of the universities is second only to the much needed flushing out of the government teat suckers.

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