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Of course, he’s barking

But the interesting thing about the P³ is always exactly why he’s barking:

What will he decide? This man is a total egotist, apparently devoid of empathy, guilt or conscience. He will, I am sure, choose delay. People like Johnson always think ‘something will turn up’. This time it won’t. People will die though. and this time maybe that will, to use the commonplace term, ‘cut through’. It needs to. And if he delays Johnson and his colleagues will then need to be held to account. We have suffered too many politically imposed deaths in this country. I sincerely hope we do not do so again.

OK, so that’s the sort of person that democracy ends up putting in charge. Which gives us two possible solutions to the problem of ending up with such running our lives. Either we don’t have democracy or we don’t give democracy much power over our lives.

The P³’s solution is that we must have more democracy, more political involvement in our lives, and that the democracy must have more power over us as well. And to insist on more of the system while insisting the results are terrible, well, that’s barking, innit. Even, possibly, Upminster.

16 thoughts on “Of course, he’s barking”

  1. Did anyone save the prediction made by the LHTD, in which bodies would be piling up in the streets around now if we weren’t all welded into our homes? Have we passed his prediction date yet?

  2. I can’t fathom his argument. Is he complaining that the PM will extend lockdown, or is he complaining that the lockdown will not be extended? Or is he really barking and complaining about taking either of the binary options?

  3. And, on the Eighth Day:

    “Today is a big day for country-by-country reporting, the accounting system for multinational corporations that holds them to account for the tax that they pay by country, which I created in 2003.”

  4. This man is a total egotist, apparently devoid of empathy, guilt or conscience.

    I assume Spud has no mirrors in his house.

  5. 🙂
    Glad you noticed this in my LH rant!

    For the uninitiated:
    The Engineers Guide to rating Political Manifestos/Management Plans, etc

    Barking: Mad
    Epping: Two steps past Barking/Beyond Barking
    Upminster: As far past Barking as it’s possible to get.
    Wimbledon: Back through Barking and right out the other end.

    I have forgotten any others…

  6. Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)

    The correct terminology is having gone “the full Barking, Dagenham, and Redbridge.”

  7. Bloke in North Korea (Germany province)

    On second thoughts, maybe that’s metric units.

    Camden Town.

  8. Of course given lockdown is the greatest crime in human history it’s little wonder that someone who is the embodiment of evil in human form would stand foursquare behind it.

  9. Wasn’t he saying the other day that it was evil that dealing with Covid *hadn’t* been delayed in order to go through a two-year testing and contracting procedure, now he’s arguing that it’s evil that dealing with Covid *has* been delayed.

  10. Our local health official claimed that 16 weeks between vaccines was great and new studies had shown it was better etc. Then the following week when they found out they had extra coming they changed it to 8 weeks as it was best to get everyone done ASAP etc.
    That people still believe what they are being told after a year or more of flip flopping amazes me

  11. It’s such an obvious set-up.
    Boris encourages ntujob scientists to find new exponential threat, even of there isn’t any.
    Come the day, Boris refuses to delay despite nutjob scientific advice.
    Freedom! No resurgence of covid! (It’s summer.)
    Boris basks in acclamation, garlanded with laurels, crosses the Rubicon, assumes the purple, etc.

  12. Isn’t that giving the current govt the benefit of the doubt about the level of competence and unity required when it comes to be able to conceive and execute such a plan.
    More likely they decided to line up naysayers so they can then play I promised card but then will succumb to their own fear mongering and bottle it on the day

  13. “Today is a big day for country-by-country reporting, the accounting system for multinational corporations that holds them to account for the tax that they pay by country, which I created in 2003.”

    “Lobbyism in International Tax Policy: The Long and Arduous Path of Country-by-Country Reporting…

    Initial advances towards CBCR begun as early as 1977…

    In March 1980, not even two years after the OECD countries introduced the principle of consensus in the UN, the IASC presented a draft for a standard (IAS 14) for financial segment reporting per geographic area, which resembled CBCR, at least in principle. ” TJN report

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