Jolyon is a snivelling little git

The Good Law Project has dropped its legal challenge to the government’s recruitment of Kate Bingham as chair of the vaccines taskforce, which had alleged it failed to follow a valid process and gave key roles in the pandemic to people well-connected to the Conservative party.

In the same legal action, the GLP is maintaining its challenge to the appointments of Dido Harding as head of NHS test and trace, and of Mike Coupe, who formerly worked with Harding at Sainsbury’s, as director of testing.

That argument against Countess Kate always was going to be difficult to support. But look what the snivelling little git is doing here. Risky decisions, taken against the clock, let’s prosecute the one that didn’t work and ignore the one that did. As a condemnation of the process of taking risky decisions against the clock.

Emotionally balanced people – those not charging after a title in order to recover from their father’s rejection of them – wouldn’t do this, would they?

26 thoughts on “Jolyon is a snivelling little git”

  1. This is all about terrifying decision makers so they’ll concentrate on covering their arses rather than getting things done. Then once they’ve applied the precautionary principle and totally fucked everything up, they’ll be crucified for their failure.

  2. The Good Law Project is like Stop Funding Hate in that it hides its malign purpose under a title implying the opposite. Like all lawfare it’s starting to look like the application of Gresham’s Law to litigation.

  3. His statement is one of the most nasty, graceless things I’ve seen in a while. It was Ritchie levels of twattishness. When what he actually should have said is “I’m sorry, I was wrong all along.”

  4. Dominic Cummings latest substack makes a point on the impact of these judicial reviews on (not) getting things done-https://dominiccummings.substack.com/p/the-uks-procurement-system-and-judicial/comments

  5. aaa: ’ His statement is one of the most nasty, graceless things I’ve seen in a while.’

    Well, consider the source! It was indeed even worse than the recent failed Tory candidate for Chesham and Amersham’s utterings …

  6. Harding got a shit job which was unnecessary and impossible to do. Too bad.
    In yesterday’s Times Alice Thomson-Milksop gives her the thumbs down. She is quite unsuitable as a candidate CEO of the NHS. Everyone is.

  7. Anyone challenging the appointment of Dido Harding to lavatory cleaner’s got my approval. Another one on the revolving public & establishment teat.
    Who’s Mike Coupe? Another one?

  8. I’ve never met anyone called Jolyon. Was this his kimono-clad, mammal-murdering turd named by a parent who was a Galsworthy fan?

    (At 17 I found Galsworthy unreadable. Should I give him a second go?)

  9. Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)

    Well, the greatest worldwide theft of taxpayers money in the history of tax,and the greatest rollback of personal freedom in so-called liberal democracies in the history of liberal democracy, are going on under the cover of this so-called emergency which left a barely-noticeable blip in all-cause mortality. Do we want any of it prosecuted, or are we fine for chums of mates to profit from fast bucks, sorry, fast decisions?

  10. “Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)

    a barely-noticeable blip in all-cause mortality.”

    It will be interesting to compare the 5 year period to the end of 2021 with the 5 year period starting in 2022.

    My guess is that most of those that died of Covid would have died in those later years anyway and we’ll see a fall in death rates in those later years which balances out.

    We’ve destroyed the economy and saddled us with debt for a couple of generations in the vain hope of giving a few extra years to generally old already terminally ill people.

    Of course by the time this is realised as a bad call, those who made it will be enjoying a comfortable retirement.

  11. “Not until you are 117” Oh dear God, by then the Scottish football team will have won the Euros. Or at least qualified for the knock-out stages.

  12. “ My guess is that most of those that died of Covid would have died in those later years anyway and we’ll see a fall in death rates in those later years which balances out.”

    2019 was the lowest ever winter mortality in U.K. records so no doubt some of the deaths were overdue as well and I’m sure official comparisons will use that as a baseline to hype up Covid

  13. I believe for older age groups there cycles of low to higher mortality with the low periods being referred to a dry tinder, nature catches up with you at some point.

  14. I found Henry James unreadable at 17. Should I give him another go? also George Eliot, E M Forster, Isaac Asimov,
    I’d better stop there

  15. I did EM Forster’s Howards End for O level. I thought it crap. A couple years later ( after seeing the film) I tried to read Passage to India. I think I binned it after 20 pages. Wafer thin plots, cardboard cutout characters and ludicrous dialogue.

  16. The Mayor of Casterbridge was my O level Eng Lit, together with Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. I did not finish the Thomas Hardy but the Shakespeare was OK, I can still quote it.

    I did not get the O level, but I have managed without.

    (I find Adam Smith quite hard going too, well-written though it is. I rely on the PJ O’R precis.)

  17. Philip,

    I found Isaac Asimov to be witty, engaging and informative… writing about science (for instance, his collection of essays about the history of science in “The Stars in Their Courses”.

    His science fiction, I generally found dull and impenetrable, and – perhaps because of the people raving about how reading the Foundation saga should be mandatory when I found it tedious – never got very far with it.

    But, there’s often that issue of time, taste and preference. I did quite like Edgar Rice Burroughs’ tales of Barsoom, but as free downloads from Project Gutenberg not as purchases; but they have dated hard and some of the cliches that Burroughs got away with at the time, grate now. I’m still unaccountably fond of E.E. Smith’s “Lensman” books, despite (or because of?) their flaws and purple prose.

    And, for any proper geeks out there, I ended up with a signed copy of “War in 2080” by Dave Langford recently…

  18. Problem with reading classic novels is that you’re looking at an artform in its infancy. Pages of scenesetting & descriptions. Good modern writers get a lot more out of fewer words so the information content is denser.

  19. Very much agree with you about Asimov’s SF, Paul. It is bloody tedious. Appealed when I was 16. Not so much, far too many decades later. But I reckon most of what’s called the Classic Science Fiction’s the same. For a start the characters are always white American. Even if they’re aliens. Set in some version of wasp America. Even if its a galaxy away. Even the Science bit doesn’t amount to much. Mostly it’s Westerns with spaceships instead of horses.
    It’s a far cry from the other SF. Speculative fiction. Which can be set then, now or tomorrow & explores what if this or that were different & how would people react & change.

  20. Well.. the whole WASP american bit has a lot to do with those books being written for a specific market, under a rather restrictive bout of censorship… Even more so for the stuff written for the Youth/Young Adult market.

    And as with any artist, especially those with large outputs like the pulp era writers… Not all stories are good, and some are verifiable turds. But because “Great Artist”, you’re not allowed to say so…
    Asimov, at least in my opinion, had his best work in his short stories. His long formats…. Not so much. May be because his shorts are basically reformatted greek fables, as he himself quite often admitted.

  21. Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)

    Can I add Tolkein, Thomas Hardy, and Philip Pullman to the list of massively overrated crap novelists?

  22. You may, BiNK with my hearty agreement.
    I feel like a complete mug for having read the last 200 pages of War and Peace, which are surely the most boring rant in fiction.

  23. I read Moby Dick, because I was assured it was the great American novel. That’s a week of my life I won’t get back. It would have benefited greatly from a stern editor (preferably one with a science qualification) who could have got it down to 100 pages.

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