Damning with faint praise

From the PR for another one of these lefty books that tells us we need more state because coronavirus.

“The best thing I’ve read about how we got into this mess, and how we get out.”
Frankie Boyle

You’re using Frankie to do the blurb on a book of economics? Jeez, what did people who actually understand the subject say about it?

37 thoughts on “Damning with faint praise”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    And it is not much of an endorsement even then. Mein Kampf is, without question, the best book I have ever read on the international Jewish conspiracy to take the West down. As, of course, the only such book I have read.

    Not being a Guardian reader or anything.

  2. That’s from the Brace Glakely book, isn’t it? A woman who didn’t let her ignorance of how banking accounts work stop her writing a book about banking

  3. Frankie Boyle: when did it become OK to be a comic who’s not funny? There seem to be hundreds of the buggers.

  4. Flatcap

    “This moment demands a radical programme similar to the Green New Deal that demands social justice, equality and an economy with the future of the planet at the fore. If not, the alternatives, as Blakeley warns, may be even worse than we feared.”

    Other than the various lefty bingo subjects in a list, this is going to be fab when it’s released. Saving the planet? Like, with CO2 being reduced as everyone is working from home, and that that is likely to be long term? Maybe we can have more railways, one of the lefties favourite things, even though they’re all going to be empty when commuting dies.

    God, HS2 is going to be fucking beautiful when it’s running with no buggers on it, isn’t it? We have a new white elephant of the state to point at (I reckon we’ll see the death of rail, and people using cars for occassional journeys).

  5. when did it become OK to be a comic who’s not funny?

    I understand they self-identify as funny.

  6. ‘… how we got into this mess, and how we get out.’

    How we got in – the State run Leviathan admitted Covid patients into general hospitals and general wards, thus ignoring 200 years of experience and evidence, breaking the primary rule of infection control, never mix infectious people with non-infectious people.

    They therefore turned hospitals into centres of Covid infection foci, bred it and spread it, by discharging infected patients into care homes and their own homes to spread the disease further. They built Nightingale Hospitals as over-flow facilities instead of isolation units to take all Covid infected people, whilst they continued to admit and spread and breed infection in general hospitals, and the Nightingale Hospitals stood empty.

    How to get out of it? Stop testing, get back to normal. Take away Leviathan’s non-contestable monopoly.

    People get Colds, ‘flu all the time, some elderly who are in poor health and moribund die a bit sooner as a result . It’s called reality and for many a welcome release.

  7. Mein Kampf is, without question, the best book I have ever read on the international Jewish conspiracy to take the West down.

    “A heil of a read!” – David Irving, history buff

    “Hitler? I hardly touched er!” – Wiley, rap musician

    “I can see where he was coming from” – Jeremy, Islington

  8. Frankie Boyle is a weapons grade cvnt and near the top of the list for unfunny comedians, probably only topped by Marcus Brigstocke.

    More seriously, I always imagined Mein Kampf to be a shit read – is it? I did however manage to wade through at least some of “On The Dictatorship of the Proletariat”.

  9. Dear Mr Worstall

    Off topic, but quite interesting and, indeed, topical:

    “(3) In this regulation—

    “emergency responder” has the same meaning as for the purposes of section 153A of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984(1); “

    Inheritance Tax Act 1984 needs “emergency responders”? For professors of tax who get overexcited?

    The face nappy regulation:

    https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/791/part/2/made

    DP

  10. @DP

    s153A ITA exempts such workers from IHT if they die from injury or disease contracted whilst carrying out their work.

  11. Its interesting that the legislation doesn’t define in any way what a ‘face covering’ must be made of. One assumes that nothing prevents one from utilising a fairly open weave mesh material, like a string vest, that sort of thing.

  12. “s153A ITA exempts such workers from IHT if they die from injury or disease contracted whilst carrying out their work.”

    Typical Civil Servants looking after their own. I get killed doing my job, pay up says HMRC. Police chief crashes his car while at work and kills himself, no IHT to pay says HMRC…………….

  13. Jim you’re such a cynic.

    Civil servants are saints, saints I tell you and whose only motivation is public service and altruism.

  14. The Meissen Bison

    Jim: Police chief crashes his car while at work and kills himself, no IHT to pay says HMRC……………

    As I remember the story, it was Police chief sits cowering in his car when dangerous stabber doing bad stabbing outside Palace of Westminster and quite right too says official spokesperson.

  15. dearieme: July 27, 2020 at 12:00 pm.

    Alternative comedy = you know, not funny. Addolff 1983 ©

    Plus the best thing Frankie Boyle has ever said is re: Branson and climate change: @richardbranson
    You own an airline you mad cunt.

  16. The Meissen Bison

    On the matter of civil servants as saints there’s a piece in today’s Times.

    Under the heading Demand for private school places leaps after lockdown it transpires that demand for places at private schools has jumped by “as much as” 30%. How come?

    In April apparently 59% of private primary schools provided live online lessons with teachers compared to only 3% of state primaries.

    For secondary schools the percentages were respectively 72% and 6%

    An emeritus professor of education at Cambridge University tells us: “Fleeing to the private sector is an easier option than campaigning for state schools to be properly resourced and equipped, which is what should be happening. The state sector has always been the poor relation in education — around 25 per cent of education spending goes on the 7 per cent who are privately educated.”

    It’s not so much the envy and fecklessness that irritates, it’s the ludicrous logical contortions that these wonderful folk put themselves through.

  17. ‘Frankie Boyle is a weapons grade cvnt and near the top of the list for unfunny comedians, probably only topped by Marcus Brigstocke.’
    I’m sorry but I’m not having that. Have you not heard of Nish Kumar?

  18. Surreptitious Evil

    More seriously, I always imagined Mein Kampf to be a shit read – is it?

    Yes. Utterly dreadful. ‘Das Kapital’ is more entertaining and ‘The Joy of Tax’ is better written.

  19. A friend had to read Mein Kampf as part of his degree. “Turgidly unreadable” is the closest description.

    Have you ever read the original Gaston Leroux Phantom of the Opera? It’s taken me three attempts and I still haven’t finished it. Think that for politics & economics.

  20. TMB,

    “In April apparently 59% of private primary schools provided live online lessons with teachers compared to only 3% of state primaries.

    For secondary schools the percentages were respectively 72% and 6%”

    My kids 6th form college was brilliant. They ran the same lessons, with kids, on zoom. But I’ve heard all sorts of stories.

    The thing with teaching is there’s some really great people in the public sector, but it’s not consistent. There’s brilliant people who will make stuff happen. No laptops? They’ll put out a call to parents for old machines, local businesses and so forth. Others will be like “we don’t have machines for all the kids *shrug*” and do almost nothing.

  21. When he started out, Boyle could be quite cutting, in a humorous way. Then he started concentrating on people’s appearances, such as David Coulthard’s chin (like a dolphin) or Rebecca Arlington’s face (like looking at a reflection in a spoon). To make fun of people because of their personal looks and image is something that I detest. That’s why I can’t stand the fat, ginger, four eyed, Scottish twat.

  22. Some other cunt unfunny comedians, phil jupiler and his dwarf spastic friend, also that canadian female. They,re always in the same programmes so you know whom i mean.

  23. +1 Penseivat. When it comes down to things like that, that is just RUDE. I am surprised that no one ever says what is obvious… He is embarrassed about his ugliness and ridiculously small Dunker

  24. “More seriously, I always imagined Mein Kampf to be a shit read – is it?”
    Back in the days when I was young and I would read anything, I had a go at reading it. It’s a shit read. I didn’t even get as far in to MK as I did in to the Book of Mormon.

  25. NDR did you read it in German? I knew guys who tried to read it, then they got to a strange passage and looked at the German. It was a crap translation.

  26. @John B July 27, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    Wonderful true post, you win thread

    @Jim July 27, 2020 at 2:28 pm
    Yep. Halloween mask or piece of lace, colander, sieve, chicken wire, crash helmet complies

    Reminds me to remember crash helmet for next visit to Tesco ‘remove crash helmets’ store

    So far, nobody inc door security* has challenged me for no mask – stand up and rebel

    * door security: chatted with him yesterday when he was on fag break, no mention of mask . Polish chap, common sense still allowed

    @Jussi
    “that canadian female” – Katherine Ryan? Never hear what she says as busy fantasising about shagging her

  27. Pcar–Your mate Jeff Taylor is saying that Frost has briefed Tory MPs that the “deal” is 80% done and it will be a”60% Brexit”. Not clear what that means –if true–but it has the stink of sell out on it.

    Already written to warn my MP that is not happening–and to warn the turd much more about the virus crap is heading his way.

    Blojob’s recent behaviours suggests he might well be a big enough mental case to throw away the one thing he had left still going for him.

    Have you any thoughts/insights?

  28. OT, but I’m surprised Tim hasn’t noted the passing of Peter Green.

    We were lucky enough to see him at the Beverley Picture House with the Splinter Group in 2001, on our 21st wedding anniversary as it happens.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRu7Pt42x6Y

    I’ve never been a fan of Santana, always looked upon him as an inferior Peter Green tribute band.

  29. @Mr Ecks
    First: Jeff Taylor is not my “mate”, forgot he existed until you mentioned. His reports are good, but he’s boring – mostly due to slow speech and 1960’s photo booth ‘venue’

    Boris: my trust in him & real Brexit plummeted when he voted for May’s surrender deal; sunk more when he ‘negotiated’ surrender deal Mk2

    Everything he’s done since then has been surrender to howling mob and he’s filled cabinet with similar bed-wetters and Left appeasers. Pay rise for “on strike” teachers – lunacy. Russia distraction – pathetic, China is the threat. I have zero trust or faith in him

    Johnson’s about as good at Brexit as he is stopping boat’s sailing full of young men across the channel

    Cummings sidelined? En route to Fox news like Cameron’s Steve Hilton who was ignored

    Steve Hilton spot on (A topic for Tim W too)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlMXsGi3GJY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re2Z3g_o7DY

  30. Bloke in North Dorset

    “ The thing with teaching is there’s some really great people in the public sector, but it’s not consistent. There’s brilliant people who will make stuff happen. No laptops? They’ll put out a call to parents for old machines, local businesses and so forth. ‘

    Katharine Birbalsingh. She used to blog as To Miss a With Love until she got outed (doxed as they say now) and Tweets as @Miss_Snuffy. The only way she could get back in to teaching after calling out the bigotry of low expectations at a Tory conference was to set up the Michaela Academy, which has some of the best results in the country. As she’s successful and outspoken you won’t be surprised to hear the education establishment hate her.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michaela_Community_School

  31. Pcar–Somebody on here referred to him as “my old mate” Jeff Taylor–I thought it was you-apologies for misremembering.

    Always knew Johnson was a bad sort–but he was the only game in town re Brexit and he and Frost have kept up the line until now at least. But if he is Treason May take 2-tough talk that masks sell-out Blojob must know that that is his last glimmer gone from the sky. 80 seat maj or not –he is a lame duck from then on.

    He was already in trouble even with a proper Brexit once the Great Paid Holiday ends, But add Brexit sell-out to ALL the rest and…

  32. “NDR did you read it in German? I knew guys who tried to read it, then they got to a strange passage and looked at the German. It was a crap translation.”
    Maybe that’s why it never really caught on outside Germany – bad translation.
    I read it in English with no comparisons to judge it by. It seemed incoherent, disorganised and unappealing. No argument, no narrative, no grip. Maybe it got more exciting further in, but I admit I didn’t get very far.

  33. @BiND
    Katharine Birbalsingh also ‘cancelled’ by BBC, C4 etc

    They pretend her school and methods don’t exist

    BBC “Back in Time to School” was good: pupils preferred Grammar & Secondary to Comps despite teachers trying to persuade them not to

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