Time for Polly to elect another people

Howl, beat your head against the wall, tear your hair and despair of this country. How can it be that nearly half the population thinks the reason people lost their jobs in the pandemic was due to their own underperformance? Just 31% attribute it to bad luck. Look around every city and town to see the shuttered shops, closed offices, boarded-up pubs, bars and restaurants, the blindingly obvious signs of the mass loss of jobs. Yet again those on the left are forced to confront some dismal realities about British public attitudes.

23 thoughts on “Time for Polly to elect another people”

  1. The Brexit vote came as the heaviest hammer-blow in living memory

    Let’s rock!

    I met a devil woman
    She took my heart away
    She said, I’ve had it comin’ to me
    But I wanted it that way…

  2. Odd, Polly is complaining about the Lockdown ? I thought everybody on the middle-class Left welcomed it, loving the fact that they can stay at home on full pay while the plebs deliver food to them.

    Also she obviously believes in these YouGov polls. I mean blimey Polly, do you also have fairies at the bottom of your Tuscan garden ?

  3. “This research shows that enthusing the public with a strong enough will to significantly reduce inequality requires exceptionally clever efforts of persuasion.”

    That explains why Polly has done zilch to reduce inequality by giving most of her own money to the poor!!

  4. Underperformance? Pollster bollocks.

    KCL may be up-market poll-liars but liars they are. Talking to the usual moron sample perhaps.

    At a time when ASDA are talking about 5000 job losses. They are in Johnson’s big mate circle who have had business channelled their way by the LD farce.HTF have they “underperformed”?

  5. “King’s College London’s deep research into how people feel about inequality is enough to all but extinguish political hope.”

    That’s excellent news on this sunny early spring morning! For Polly’s political hopes to be extinguished would be an amazing benefit.

  6. The furlough and lockdown revealed to many many organisation just how many of their staff are literally redundant. 75% of staff not doing any work, and the world keeps going. That is quite literally the very definition of redundant.

  7. Hurts, doesn’t it. Following Theresa May’s minority rule, when Parliament in effect held the government hostage (refusing to enact ‘the will of the people’), there was much breast beating about right-of-centre voters favouring ‘strong’ Putin-like leaders and their becoming disenchanted with ‘democracy’. Turns out that left-of-centre voters – commentators such as Polly – are little different. “This is the way it ‘should’ be and when we get in you will do as you’re told.” Have listened to SNP commentators prior to Salmond’s appearance later this morning: whatever blows he manages to land on Sturgeon will be as naught in pursuit of the great ‘progressive’ cause. End justify the means.

  8. “do you also have fairies at the bottom of your Tuscan garden?”

    It was in Umbria and anyway I’ve sold it and anyway it doesn’t count because I write for the Grauniad and anyway …

  9. “Guido enjoyed listening to three home-owning multi-millionairess Polly Toynbee …”

    Where are all these “homes” I wonder? Somewhere in these isles?

    How does Guido know she owns three? Can you just search at the Land Registry site?

  10. dismal realities about British public attitudes

    After a year of listening to fat skiving bedwetters’ hysteria about ‘the COVID’, their demands to stay on the sofa forever at the expense of Britain’s few remaining taxpayers and their remarkable keenness to shop their neighbours, I am WAY ahead of Polly.

  11. “King’s College London’s deep research into how people feel about inequality is enough to all but extinguish political hope.”

    Fundamental to the left’s mind-gargling inanity here is that they see inequality of outcome as the problem. Not of opportunity. The word ‘fair’ means something very different to a normal bloke in the pub than it does to an Islington tofu muncher. Their version of ‘fair’ would be a monstrous denial of rights to anyone who is a little bit cleverer or more talented or more hardworking than the benefits slob. Fuck ’em. Sideways. With a pineapple.

  12. Henry Crun

    Very much buried on the ‘Foreign news pages’! Imagine if that were Trump but of course MSM bias and rampant deplatforming are ‘right wing myths’…

  13. Dennis, On The Front Lines Fightin' Them Chlorinated Chickens

    Only by tackling inequality at a local level can we turn around Britain’s blame culture and address social injustice

    And what, exactly, does confronting “blame culture” (whatever that is) to address “social injustice” (whatever that is) have to do with getting a sales clerk back into a store, working?

    Yet again those on the left are forced to confront some dismal realities about British public attitudes.

    Here’s a better idea: Why doesn’t “The Left” try confronting the dismal reality that their concern for ending “social injustice” has nothing to do with making things better for the proles and everything to do with letting a narrow band of the petite bourgeoisie indulge their totalitarian instincts.

  14. I mean, you can blame it on bad luck – the bad luck to be sufficiently unproductive that your employer decides they can’t afford to keep you on when business dries up during a pandemic.

    Or to have bad luck to work at a business the government forces to shut down – as happened to me last summer.

  15. ““There is no widespread appetite for change,” concludes the final section of this devastating report. What a blow to all of us who hope this crisis can be a 1945 moment, that the state’s massive intervention for the survival of so many might have whetted the appetite for more. “We should not expect a widespread reappraisal of the case for greater government intervention in the economy, despite the economic hardship wrought by the pandemic,” is the sobering conclusion.”

    The woman in charge of vaccination should be made a Baroness, order of the garter, dominion over Kent, whatever we can. Top job there.

    The rest of it has been utterly shite. The models of spread? Shite. Local council volunteer plans? Shite. Teachers wanting a holiday until the holidays? Shite. A large chunk of government on furlough? Shite. Laptops for kids? Shite. Public Health England? Shite. Police acting like fucking nazis. Shite.

    It’s nearly all been terrible. It’s been the volunteers and businesses keeping most things running. People had a “help out” group on Facebook locally within hours of the first lockdown. Internet people helping businesses to switch to online from bricks and mortar. A small business I know has collected hundreds of old laptops to give to kids. The supermarkets, the bus drivers, the factories have all been great.

    I rarely have sympathy for strikes, but that Burton’s Biscuit Factory one, I get it. They’re seeing public sector workers sat on their arse for months, while they work every day for a tiny pay raise.

    I hope at the end of this, the public vote to burn the public sector to the ground.

  16. Most depressing is how many people attribute success and failure only to hard work and ambition: people believe this is a meritocracy, not a system governed by birth and luck.

    Polly isn’t much one for self-awareness, is she?

  17. “ Fundamental to the left’s mind-gargling inanity here is that they see inequality of outcome as the problem. Not of opportunity.”

    Isn’t this why the new buzzword is ‘Equity’ allows them to sidestep the equality of opportunity argument and blame the systematic faults they believe are inherent in the system

  18. I be upset a few people with the simple question’If men over 40 are twice as likely to be victims of Covid why aren’t they prioritising vaccination to men?’

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