Passing Observations 102

Dr Vernon Coleman

This is a long standing series of small items which have caught my eye or mind and which seem relevant, startling, amusing or all three. Occasionally, items which appear here may return as a longer piece. Mostly they will not.

1. `The Expose’ website (well worth visiting) has had its account with PayPal permanently discontinued `due to the nature of (its) activities’. The Expose contains a brilliant and regularly updated collection of scientific articles on the rebranded flu and the Great Reset. PayPal, like YouTube, Facebook et al, presumably disapproves of information being made available to the public. I thoroughly recommend `The Expose’.

2. One in five top UK bankers has gained from the type of non-dom tax status enjoyed by the wife of the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

3. A retired charity worker has been fined £150 for throwing a sandwich crust to a pigeon. Boris Johnson was fined a third of that sum for breaking his own lockdown law.

4. Documents suggest that covid vaccine shedding may lead to miscarriage and or menstrual cycle disruption – this can occur if the non-jabbed breathe the same air, or have skin contact with, the jabbed.

5. More and more cyclists now have little cameras fitted to their helmets. One cyclist is reported to have reported over 1,000 motorists to the police. If a cyclist points his camera (and therefore his head) in the direction of a motorist is he not guilty of the new crime of staring? And is there not a law requiring a cyclist to ride his machine with due care and attention? Would pointing the camera at a motorist require an unnecessary and potentially dangerous head movement? Just asking.

6. Those who believe there is one law for us and one for them will doubtless remember that Boris Johnson flouted the rules over secret loans in order to pay for the decoration of his Downing Street flat. And he overruled both the Lords Appointments Commission and the security services to hand peerages to political pals. And he has broken his own lockdown laws and, it is alleged, lied to Parliament about it. And he is (at the time of writing) still Prime Minister.

7. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been attacked by one of his own senators who described him as an autocrat, a bully who has no moral compass and unfit to be Prime Minister. Morrison has also been described as a complete psycho, a fraud and a hypocrite and a liar. There’s a lot of it about among politicians these days.

8. Men and women can still retire at the age of 62 in France. The country’s public sector pension bills are massively higher than elsewhere. The nauseating Macron and his pals will doubtless ensure that France will be bailed out by the EU when it runs out of money.

9. The recent excitement over snake venom in the water (and its alleged link to covid) seemed like an April Fool’s Day joke to me.

10. Politicians and civil servants who attended illegal parties in and around Downing Street apparently took 300 photographs of themselves breaking the law. Is stupidity now an essential requirement for government work?

11. Climate protestors who glue themselves to the road must surely expect to leave some skin in the game.

12. Since Antoinette was diagnosed with breast cancer both she and I have been bombarded with utterly unnecessary and inappropriate online advertisements for funeral services, cancer charities and other goodies. I don’t know who sold our information but to say that I find this practice intrusive and offensive is to be considerably politer than I feel.

13. Banks have cut their opening hours dramatically. Their excuse is that fewer people want to visit their local branch but prefer to bank online. I don’t believe a word of it. People are being forced to bank online because their banks are rarely open.

14. I sent off a parcel the other day and to save queuing in a Post Office (one of the most hideous experiences known to man) I weighed the parcel at home, checked the Royal Mail prices and put on too many stamps. Despite this, the recipient of the parcel had to pay a surcharge. Seems like a good scam to me. Charge the sender and the recipient and rely on no one ever bothering to complain.

15. Once again, I am appalled at the behavior of pro-tennis players. Wimbledon is banning Russian players from their tournament solely because they are Russian. Surely this is pure racism in action? My guess is that Wimbledon doesn’t want to upset the BBC or the Duchess of Twiddlededee. The other players seem unlikely to protest. They have no balls. It would be nice to think that spectators would refuse to watch the damned biff bat tournament. But they won’t. What a miserable, compliant, pathetic nation the Brits have become. We have no right to be silent.

16. Civil servants in Wales are to be allowed to take off an hour so that they can go painting or go for a walk. A union spokesman said that civil servants could use their hour to walk `through a shady wood on the outskirts of Aberystwyth admiring wild flowers in bloom’. This is absolutely lunacy and typical of Wales where madness now seems to be endemic. Instead of giving civil servants an hour off the Welsh Government should be making them work an extra hour to catch up on the backlog of work.

17. A chum who uses PayPal to buy stuff online tells me that he is regularly invited to donate money to charity. The three charities most commonly earmarked for a contribution are all charities for women. If this is a widespread PayPal policy it seems sexist. (As an aside, how many charities are there which are exclusively for men?)

18. The European Union subsidises bull fighting to the tune of 200 million euros a year. I wonder how many EU supporters know this. (Not long ago, the EU was subsidizing the growing of tobacco. For all I know it still is.)

19. Western governments are sending arms to Ukraine to keep the war going. The arms industry loves a war.

20. Last Wednesday, my favourite jacket celebrated its 50th birthday. I bought it from a store called Austin Reed in Regent Street when I became a principal in general practice. I gave the jacket another ink stain as a present.

Copyright Vernon Coleman April 2022

Vernon Coleman’s latest book `Memories 1’ is the first volume of his autobiography. It’s unusual in that it consists of a mixture of reflections, experiences, confessions, regrets and observations – rather than the usual `and then I had lunch with…’ sort of autobiography. `Memories 1’ is available as an eBook, a paperback and a hardback.