Flatulent tosspottery

No Love, it isn’t

The HIV epidemic is driven by stigma and inequality.

It’s driven by fucking and drugs.

Both entirely human things, things that are going to happen. Yes, it’s all a problem and things do need to be done. But you can only solve a problem if you identify the correct causes. Pulling down statues of slavers and reinstating the £20 UC uplift aren’t going to solve a problem caused by fucking and drugs now, are they?

Umm, changing the wrong word, aren’t they?

A historic Scottish pub will change its name after its owner, Greene King, said it could offend punters who considered it racist.

The Black Bitch, located in Linlithgow, West Lothian, was built in the 17th century and named after a female dog that forms part of the town’s official crest. It still stands as a statue in the town centre.

Local lore dictates that the eponymous greyhound had courageously saved her owner from starvation while they were imprisoned on Linlithgow Loch.

Greene King has now said it will rename the pub to The Black Hound because of the company’s “commitment to being an anti-racist organisation”.

Twat is indeed twat

Prominent trans activist Paris Lees criticised Redmayne’s casting in 2015, saying: “What right does Eddie Redmayne have playing a transgender woman?

Ms. Lees, do you understand the word “actor”? The verb “to act”? It means “pretending to be what you are not for dramatic purposes”.

Once you grasp that basic bit of the English language you should be able to work out the rest.

Fun, innit?

Azeem Rafiq has apologised for using anti-Semitic slurs in an exchange of messages with another cricketer.

Rafiq admitted sending messages more than a decade ago in which he joked about a Derbyshire player, Atif Sheikh, being reluctant to spend money on a meal out because “he is a jew”.

“I am the victim of racism!”

“Oh aye?”

Of course, we’ll have to see how this fully plays out but rarely have we seen the wind spill out of the sails of a moral outrage quite so quickly. It’s like finding out that Jim Bakker was shagging the help while preaching the Bible….ah, see the problem with that one?

What a sodding absurd calculation

Elon Musk has saved almost $2bn on his tax bill after a poll asking Twitter users if he should sell 10pc of his stake in Tesla sparked a sharp drop in the carmaker’s shares.

Tesla’s shares have fallen by more than 10pc since the weekend, whittling down the value of Mr Musk’s holdings, after he promised to heed a vote on social media to offload stock.

That also had the effect of reducing Mr Musk’s taxable gains – and therefore the potential bill he will have to pay US authorities – a Telegraph analysis has found.

Seriously, nonsense.

The resulting share price fall following his tweet saved Musk almost $2bn in tax.

Cretins.

Idiots

Millions of landlords face a bill of almost £10bn to make their properties better insulated if the Government forges ahead with plans to make rented accommodation more energy efficient, according to analysis from a leading law firm.

JMW Solicitors estimates that around 2m landlords will be stung by the proposals from the Business Department, which will require all houses for tenants to achieve a rating of at least band C under the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) scheme.

The firm warned that the cost of installing new insulation and other energy saving measures would run to £4,700 per property – or £9.4bn in total.

David Smith, a partner at JMW, said: “The approach taken by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy in their proposal is difficult to understand as it fails to take into consideration the reality of properties in the UK.

For example, I have a small flat in Bath (recently starring in Bridgerton!).

4 inch ashlar construction, no cavity, Grade II* listed so even double glazing is illegal.

It becomes illegal to have flat rentals in central Bath?

Ignorant twats – well, it is Oxford I suppose

Oxford University has been accused of a “moral failure” after accepting a multi-million pound donation from the Mosley family.

The university was given £6 million from a charitable trust set up by Max Mosley to house the fortune he inherited from his father, Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists.

Two of Oxford’s colleges – St Peter’s and Lady Margaret Hall – have also accepted cash from the Mosley family trust totalling more than £6.3 million, The Telegraph can reveal.

Max Mosley, who set up the trust a decade ago, signed off the accounts which confirmed the donations shortly before his death in May of this year.

Pecunia non olet and all that.

Sure, they were fascists. The money wasn’t.

What in buggery is “lateral violence”?

Professor who claimed to be indigenous woman called ‘Morning Star Bear’ exposed as ‘imposter’
Investigations have revealed that one of Canada’s ‘most powerful women’ is actually of Polish, Russian and Czechoslovakian origin

So what is this then?

She decried a “smear campaign” and “lateral violence,” but this week Dr Bourassa, who was named as one of the country’s most powerful women in 2021, was suspended by UoS and stepped aside from her role as scientific director of the Indigenous health arm of CIHR.

Anyone care to explain “lateral violence”. As something other than “Darn, I got caught” that is?

This is an elegant and complete explanation

As President Biden prepares to travel to Europe to meet with the Pope and our NATO allies next week, there remains a huge national security problem for him to grapple with, one that hasn’t been addressed in any meaningful fashion for many years.

It is the root cause of our problems with China. It’s why some people don’t want to get vaccinated. It’s why some people still gleefully follow Donald Trump. It explains why Congress can’t get together in a bipartisan fashion to deal with infrastructure, health care and gun control. It’s why we have problems understanding climate change. It explains voter suppression. It’s why “critical race theory” has become controversial, why elements of our population on the left and right are at war with each other and why some believe the earth is flat and the Holocaust didn’t occur. It’s why some of us believe we’re still the “No. 1” nation in the world when — other than having the largest military — we clearly lag behind other major nations in many critical factors. More than anything else it explains why we fail.

The United States is a nation of militantly ignorant people, arrogant in their beliefs, unable to change their minds and unwilling to try. We lack education.

The reason we don’t already have the progressive paradise is because the proles are ignorant meatheads.

Well done on that as a means of gaining votes in Flyover Country.

So, what’s the solution?

Our lack of education is the single greatest threat to the existence of our nation.

Thought it might be, up the propaganda quotient by insisting more folk go to school for more years.

George is still retailing this little lie

One estimate suggests that, over the course of 200 years, the British extracted from India, at current prices, $45tn. They used this money to fund industrialisation at home and the colonisation of other nations, whose wealth was then looted in turn.

I did once try to track down this absurd number. It’s in one of those academic books that cost $hundreds and I never did manage to read the paper itself. But it’s balderdash even so.

Current UK wealth is around £15 trillion. So how did we nick $45 trillion from elsewhere?

What I think has happened is that Indian (Marxist, possibly even Maoist I think she is) writer misunderstanding, or misrepresenting, how letters of credit work.

Sigh.

He is a one, isn’t he?

Critics claim that the overhaul disproportionally benefits Western countries, while potentially hamstringing governments’ ability to set their own tax rates to entice international investment to their shores.

“The expected agreement would see rich OECD countries take the great bulk of new revenues, and would also sharply limit the freedom of others to set their tax rules and defend their tax bases,” said Alex Cobham, chief executive at the Tax Justice Network.

Now that there is an international agreement imposing tax rules he’s against an international agreement imposing tax rules.

Seems a bit strange having just spent two decades shouting for an international agreement imposing tax rules.

Let’s see if I’ve got Amanduh’s complaint right here

This week, as well, Reuters published a disturbing report exposing how One America News, which can aptly be described as an authoritarian propaganda channel supporting Trump’s demands to be installed illegally as president, is being bankrolled by the communications giant AT&T.

OAN’s founder, Robert Herring Sr., not only claims that OAN was started at the request of AT&T executives but that court records show “AT&T has been a crucial source of funds flowing into OAN, providing tens of millions of dollars in revenue.” AT&T defends this by saying they offer “many news channels that offer viewpoints across the political spectrum,” but of course, OAN is not “news,” because they heavily supported false claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent. OAN is profiting handsomely from Trump’s insurrection, as the “network’s online audience soared in November after conservative mainstay and OAN competitor Fox News affirmed Joe Biden’s victory.”

A cable channel, running on a cable system, makes money from being a cable channel running on a cable system.

This is funding, is it? And doesn’t count as just being a cable channel because Amanduh disagrees with it?

Umm, yes?

Trump’s lies!

According to the House committee: “On his federally mandated financial disclosures, President Trump reported that the Trump Hotel earned him over $150m in revenue during his time in office.

“However, the records obtained by the committee show that the Trump Hotel actually incurred net losses of over $70m, leading the former president’s holding company to inject at least $24m to aid the struggling hotel.

“By filing these misleading public disclosures, President Trump grossly exaggerated the financial health of the Trump Hotel. He also appears to have concealed potential conflicts of interest stemming not just from his ownership of this failing business but also from his roles as the hotel’s lender and the guarantor of its third-party loans.”

Profits from a business are different from revenues from a business. Umm, yes?

It might not be necessary to be fiscally ignorant to be a Democrat but apparently it does help.

We’re being lectured by Dame Margaret, Lady Hodge, are we?

Vicious:

There’s a “for sale” sign hanging over Britain. The Pandora papers have exposed how secrecy, influence, property and other assets are freely available to the highest bidder. Huge data dumps like this provide an invaluable peek into the secret world of offshore finance and the way it is exploited by the world’s richest people. Yet again, the UK and its tax havens stand at the heart of the world’s tax avoidance and dirty money crises. Britain asks few questions, doesn’t care who you are, and doesn’t mind where your money comes from.

We now know that 35 current or former heads of state have exploited secrecy to avoid paying fair taxes, to hide their wealth from the population, or to launder money they have stolen from their own people into Britain and elsewhere. We’ve also learned that the Conservative party has received millions of pounds in donations from oligarchs in foreign jurisdictions, who used their wealth to gain access to and influence over our government leaders here in Britain.

Hmm, that’s the Dame Margaret, Lady Hodge, connected with Stemcor is it? That one? The Dame Margaret, Lady Hodge, who is the only publicly known and named user of the Liechtenstein Disclosure Facility over a family trust or summat?

Oh.

All of her actions are and were entirely and wholly legal in every jurisdiction. But then so are most to near all of those in the Pandora Papers.

Shoot them

Or, perhaps, leaf it alone:

Wisteria has “colonial roots”, according to a sightseeing guide funded by Transport for London which has branded botanical terms “native” and “invasive” as offensive.

Classifying plants as “exotic” also has “colonial connotations” as it symbolises the “mysteriously foreign”, the authors of the map claim.

The ‘Art on the Underground’ pamphlet guides visitors through green spaces in Brixton, south London, pointing out the “colonial roots of plants in our parks, gardens and squares today”, and that acts of colonialism “still affect who owns a garden today and who doesn’t”.

Root out this hate. Trim society. Prune the prejudice.

Mr Olusoga’s outrageous demand

He really is demanding this:

The deeper question, however, is whether the UK television industry is capable of producing programmes that reflect Britishness in all its diversity – socioeconomic, regional, gender, sexual, generational and ethnic. The reasons to worry in this regard is because behind the scenes and behind the camera, television has long struggled to build a workforce that resembles the nation it seeks to reflect.

That’s not an outrageous demand, but this is:

What is most depressing about this report is how familiar it all is. Previous reports from previous decades say much the same thing. This, in part, I suspect is because the industry has failed to fully accept that the status quo is abnormal. All-white production teams based in London, a city with a workforce that is 36% minority ethnic, only seem acceptable because culturally we have normalised what is abnormal.

TV should reflect the nation. But actually, TV is made in London so it should reflect London.

So, let’s run this around the other way. Teesside is the most white – or most non-BAME perhaps – area of the country at something like 98.7%/1.3% (from memory). So a show like Vera should have near no non-pasty faced hard folk in t-shirts ganning doon the toon.

Is that what the show has? Nope. And now let us consider Olusoga’s likely reaction to our insisting that it should.

Quite.

Which is the barking mad bit?

Umm:

A Black History Month website controlled by a white man featured taxpayer-funded adverts alongside claims that white people are the “genetically defective descendants of albino mutants”, a Telegraph investigation has found.

Not exactly the way I would put it but as far as we know black is the default colour – perhaps the original – and white skin evolved several times. Evolution is the survival of those with different genes, or genetic expressions perhaps. White skin isn’t albino tho’. But the rest, genetically defective descendants of mutants, is actually true even if not quite the way to put it.

But that’s not the barking mad bit:

However, it is owned by a private business, controlled by Ian Thomas, an advertising executive, who set it up long after the annual celebration was established.

On Friday, Linda Bellos, who was instrumental in launching the Black History Month celebration in the UK in the late Eighties, compared the website’s white ownership to “enslavement”.

“The whole purpose of Black History Month is to empower us [black people] … I don’t want some white man, or even white woman, playing that role,” she said. “The taking of ideas, and indeed the taking of people, was done very successfully by the British, it is called enslavement. I am not talking about his motives, but I am talking about the outcome.”

Celebrating this nation’s lovely diversity with a website is enslavement now….

Cretins

Seriously, dribbling idiots:

In a joint statement on Monday night Mr Kwarteng and Ofgem chief executive Jonathan Brearley said: “Central to any next steps is our clear and agreed position that the energy price cap will remain in place.”

Earlier, Mr Kwarteng told MPs: “The energy price cap, which saves 15 million households up to £100 a year, is staying. It is not going anywhere.”

A government source said on Monday night: “The energy suppliers want to get rid of the cap. It came up multiple times [at the meeting]. But as Kwasi has said, the priority is protecting consumers, and the price cap protects consumers.”

Reality is non-optional. The cure for high prices is, of course, high prices. For they reduce demand and so bring it into line with supply. If you then insist that prices cannot rise to match supply then you guarantee shortages/queues and all that.

If you insist that wholesale prices can move and retail cannot then all the people buying wholesale and selling retail then go bust. That was the mistake California made.

Jesus, Tories are supposed to know about this stuff…..

Sector analysts have warned that, of the 55 energy companies currently existing, fewer than 10 may survive by the end of the year.