Passing Observations 83

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. Revolutions have often been triggered by hungry people. The planned global economic downturn will be accompanied by a rise in oil prices and food prices around the world. Mass starvation will result. Wars must be expected. This is all deliberate.

2. There is much discussion about the fact that some batches of `vaccine’ seem to cause more serious side effects than others. This is a dangerous red herring – misleading and irrelevant. We should not be talking about batches of jabs – we should be reporting the fact that the jabs don’t work, are dangerous and should be abandoned. Discussing the problems associated with specific batches seems to suggest partial compliance with the jabbing programme. `No jabs for anyone’ should be our mantra.

3. Well-meaning activists are arguing that there should be cameras in all the rooms at care homes. I understand the demand but this is a terrible idea. I have for years been arguing for fewer cameras in the street and in shops. Arguing for more cameras merely puts more power into the hands of Big Brother. We should, instead, be arguing for better trained, better supervised staff. The one exception, however, is to allow cameras in rooms for patients who don’t have the ability to report that they are being abused in any way.

4. The media (and particularly the BBC) like to pretend that women’s sport is of equal value to men’s sport. This is pure sexism. Who in the world would prefer to watch women playing cricket, rugby, football, golf or tennis if they could watch men playing those sports? The pretence is woke, politically correct and sexist.

5. Some say that tearing down statues (and getting away with it in law) is free speech. It isn’t. Free speech is leaving the statue there so that people can discuss it, debate it and then take it down if the majority agree it should come down. When small groups of people decide what is right that’s fascism, totalitarianism and other nasty isms.

6. `A bore is a person who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company’ - Gian Gravina

7. A footballer has just won a ruling to block the publishing of an allegedly offensive tweet which he made when he was aged 14. Is this what we have come to? People are to be judged by things they said when they were 14?

8. Consumer inflation in the UK is now 5.1% and in America it is 6.8%. I look forward to hearing apologies from all those who sneered when, a year or more ago, I forecast massive inflation was on its way.

9. According to the Office for National Statistics, house prices in the UK rose by another 10.2% in October 2021. That’s really healthy, isn’t it?

10. Britain is short of 100,000 lorry drivers. The main reason is that nearly two thirds of drivers chose to retire early – most blaming the huge queues and administrative problems which followed the mess made of Brexit. I suspect the mess was no accident.

11. An epidemiologist recently claimed that a virus variant which is more transmissible is likely to create bigger problems than one that is more deadly. I think this is the sort of utter nonsense upon which governments around the world have built their fraud. Colds and flu have been with us for longer than there have been handkerchiefs.

12. `No one gives it to you, you have to take it’ – the film Departed. That is true of freedom. You might think it is a basic human right – and it is – but if we want it we still have to fight for it.

13. A classical English village needs to have a shop, a church and a pub. Most villages in England now have none of those. The result is that the houses are mostly owned by city dwellers who come for the weekend and bring their food, etc., with them. Villages will never be as they were. The changes are not accidental. They were deliberately brought about to push people into blocks of flats in cities.

14. One of my banned books about covid is still getting one star reviews from people who couldn’t possibly have obtained or read a copy – because it is banned and unobtainable.

15. Doris Johnson, the UK’s Prime Minister, has been complaining about the amount of vaccine information on social media. What he doesn’t mention is that the internet is the only place where the truth can appear. Mainstream media is now owned by governments. In the UK, the BBC has a policy never to allow anyone on one of its programmes to question any form of vaccination.

16. Big cyber companies sell governments hacking tools which they can use to access smartphones. These tools allow your government to read your messages, look at photographs you’ve taken and to turn on the microphone (when you’re not using your phone) and listen to your conversations. They can also look at deleted messages and draft messages. All this is done without the person who is being spied upon knowing what is happening. Anyone who questions a government in any way is likely to be targeted. Their phones, and the phones of their friends and relatives, will be hacked.

17. An online pharmacy I tried to use refused to accept me as a customer because they said they had been unable to access my medical records. (I opted out some time ago.) Another pharmacy complained that they hadn’t been able to check my passport details. If you value your privacy then you have to protect it.

18. The longest and oldest `living wall’ in Europe has been partially cut down by Brighton and Hove city council – to create a new cycle lane. Brighton is the home of the greens. The living wall was the only Local Wildlife Site in the UK. Plants and trees were cut down by the council. Let’s hope the cyclists enjoy their new cycle lane.

19. It’s not difficult to argue that missionaries did more medium and long-term harm than slave traders and it is easy to argue that green climate change nutters will do far more harm than either. (That would make a good debate. But no broadcaster would ever dare broadcast it.)

20. Government advisors and scientists are clearly aficionados of Mark Twain’s saying: `Never let the truth get in the way of a good story’.

Copyright Vernon Coleman January 2022

Vernon Coleman’s latest novel (largely written before March 2020, since when he has been busy with other things) is called `Dr Bullock’s Annals’. It is the story of a young general practitioner in Victorian times. Life might have been hard then but in some ways it was also a damned sight easier.