Just a terrible performance, hopeless

As a result of that third wave cases are rising rapidly. We have no idea what the true impact of vaccines on this wave might be. What seems certain is that the AZ vaccine is not of great use in managing it. What is absolutely certain is that the UK’s failure to properly double vaccinate people in short time scales has left more people vulnerable to it than is necessary.

How we must abase ourselves:

One of the top global performances. But of course the Tories are bastards…..

It’s as if large weddings and pop festivals and ordering at the bar in pubs are the most important issues in everyone’s lives, when that very clearly is not true. These things do not represent ‘freedom’ despite the representation that they might in the press.

A certain amount of Quaker roots coming out there. Or perhaps just general prodnosenishness. People like doing these things. If there’s no good reason, or no high risk – high! – to third parties (edited for clarification, see comments) in their doing so then they should be left to get on with it. Because that’s what liberty means, that we all get to chart our own course through life. Not live according to the precepts of a Retired Accountant from Wandsworth. Nor his valuations of our behaviours.

17 thoughts on “Just a terrible performance, hopeless”

  1. ‘If there’s no good reason, or no high risk – high! – to their doing so then they should be left to get on with it. Because that’s what liberty means, that we all get to chart our own course through life.’

    I assume this is careless writing, Tim, not careless thinking. Neither you nor Boris (and certainly not that fat cunt in Ely) get to decide whether I take any risk, high or not.

  2. “Then they should be left to get on with it”

    Oh, but we can’t be allowed to do that – we might get ill, and become a burden on the precious NHS. The same NHS which has multiple, well paid “Inclusion” Advisor & Manager jobs on offer, according to Old Holborn…

  3. @Interested: I’m not going over to his site to check, but I suspect that passage is actually a quote from the Potato that’s not been properly formatted…

  4. I think that’s true of the paragraph above Julia, but pretty sure that is from Tim himself.

    Here’s the para in full – can’t imagine Murphy writing it himself 🙂

    A certain amount of Quaker roots coming out there. Or perhaps just general prodnosenishness. People like doing these things. If there’s no good reason, or no high risk – high! – to their doing so then they should be left to get on with it. Because that’s what liberty means, that we all get to chart our own course through life. Not live according to the precepts of a Retired Accountant from Wandsworth. Nor his valuations of our behaviours.

    I do agree that Tim’s slightly eccentric approach to formatting can sometimes make it hard to tell. Im loath to complain about this blog, being as it’s free and consistently entertaining and interesting, and has been in the 15?-odd years I (and I think you) have been reading it, but if I have one gripe that would be it.

  5. Interested/ Julia M

    ‘It’s as if large weddings and pop festivals and ordering at the bar in pubs are the most important issues in everyone’s lives, when that very clearly is not true. These things do not represent ‘freedom’ despite the representation that they might in the press.’

    That’s Murphy for sure – adding as Tim says, a puritanical streak to his totalitarianism. I imagine given he was barred from pubs in Burnham Market he has a genuine dislike for them as an institution!

  6. Lockers

    Thanks for that. You’re right of course!I am guessing he feels he should be living in Burnham Market if he got adequate recognition by ‘society’ which caused the confusion. It was DOWNHAM Market where he was barred from every hostelry!

  7. VP

    Yep, that is obviously Murphy – it has his nasty and self-righteous brand of hectoring porcine hypocrisy right through it. It was the para below which is in question (I say it’s Tim obviously). I blame Worstall for italicising above but forgetting to do so below 🙂

  8. Van_Patten said:
    “DOWNHAM Market where he was barred from every hostelry!”

    Was he really? I hadn’t heard that. How splendid of the local publicans. What was it for – boring other customers or complaining about the pubs’ own tax planning? I doubt it was anything jolly like drunk and disorderly!

  9. RichardT

    As I heard it was he was banned from his local, having complained once too often about some aspect of the pub to the landlord(s) who then told him to do one ( not enforcing the smoking ban with sufficient zeal for his taste for example) Downham Market operates a ‘barred from one, barred from all’ policy which is why he has had it in for the pub as an institution ever since.

  10. Bloke in North Dorset

    I see the latest strain has headaches and runny noses as symptoms. Odd that, people getting runny noses and headaches in spring and early summer, especially as nature is running about 2 weeks late after the atrocious spring.

    Looks like Piriton might get on the List of Covid medicines.

    As to the list above, most of the small countries at the top eg Chile, can be discounted because they used a Chinese vaccines and they’re looking like less than 50% efficacy.

  11. VP;
    Barred from one, barred from all seems to be fairly standard these days (ie. from about 10~12 years ago).
    Heard the pub phone go of an evening, landlord says “oh, him, ok” and next bloke through the door gets “sorry, mate, go home” a fair few times.
    Though it usually gets sorted out the next day, and all is sweetness and light.
    If the Tuber refused to back down, aka being a complete tit, then the ban would stay. And if that happened, Plod probably got informed, as that’s the way the scheme work/ed/s.
    Still, you’ve gotta laugh.

  12. It’s not Quakerism that being exposed, it’s Puritanism. Quakerism condemns forcing your views on other people, Purtanism delights in it. The Puritans fled England not because they were persecuted, but because they were being prevented from persecuting others. ‘Twas the New England Puritans that hung Quakers for refusing to be intollerant.

  13. Scuba diving is high risk and as far as I know there’s technically and legally nothing to stop anyone in the country buying all the equipment and just jumping off the side of a boat on their own though. I look forward to the public outcry and government action to close this terrible loophole

  14. LOL. PHE literally released a study the same day showing an estimated 92% efficacy for two doses of AZ against the Indian variant.

    Of course, he’ll weasel that we don’t know the TRUE figure (is it 91.2% or 92.4%? You are banned for trolling).

  15. He’s getting really bogged down in a debate on which countries have the best two-jab vaccination rates… he’s claiming that his trolls are only looking at the single jab rates, but the data – which they have linked – shows very clearly they are right and Ritchie is blowing smoke out of his arse.

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