Passing Observations 84

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. In Scotland, 14-year-old children are being routinely asked about their experience of anal sex. Parents and teachers who allow this obscenity to continue should be classified as criminals.

2. After a 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of mounting a far right terror plot (have you noticed how all terror plots these days are `far right’?) the police admitted that children are now responsible for one in eight of those arrested on suspicion of terror offences.

3. We watch a lot of old films these days – especially ones we have already seen and enjoyed. In a grotesque and ever-changing world, there is great comfort in familiarity.

4. More and more children are wearing hats in schools as teachers insist on having the windows open. As I warned a year ago, far more people will die because of windows being left open than would have died if the windows had been left closed. Many teachers seem to have taken an overdose of stupid pills.

5. At my age I have decided that it is unwise to exercise for a period of three hours before meals and for a period of three hours after meals. That leaves a couple of three minute spots which are suitable for taking exercise.

6. A small British company with 20 employees reports that it normally spends £16,000 to £20,000 on electricity but that in December 2021 they spent £37,000. And for much of the month the company was closed for Christmas. How many small companies will survive rising energy prices? How high will inflation go as companies mark up their prices?

7. Am I the only one to have noticed that white males hardly ever appear in advertising these days? Life must be particularly hard for middle aged and elderly white male models. They never seem to get any work.

8. An Indian tycoon called Piyush Jain was arrested after police found $24 million in cash and 23 kg of gold on his premises. He has been arrested on charges of tax evasion. It makes the heroic Sir Ken Dodd’s effort look positively puny.

9. Scientific papers which are likely to damage a drug company’s profits are unlikely ever to be published. Moreover, there are journals in existence which blatantly charge drug companies to publish papers which can then be quoted on their advertising material. There is no industry in the world quite as corrupt as the pharmaceutical industry but the vast medical journal industry gives it a good run for its money. Publishing magazines for doctors is a very profitable industry because drug companies pay far higher advertising rates than advertisers putting advertisements in, say, magazines for golfers or train enthusiasts – even though circulations are often tiny.

10. Many High Street banks are still shutting at lunchtime. So hardly any customers bother to go to their local bank anymore. This will give the banking bosses an excuse to shut down even more local banks. The bank staff (who can’t see the future) don’t seem to mind these shorter hours – they should.

11. 'What is said of a man is nothing. The point is, who says it.’ – Oscar Wilde. (And great comfort to those being demonised by Fakeopedia and the BBC etc.

12. At least 1.2 million people are self-isolating in Britain. My guess is that 1.1 million of those could (and should) be at work. Staff absences have become a huge problem in essential industries. This, of course, is quite deliberate.

13. In the UK, green taxes make up 25% of electricity bills. These green taxes are there to mollify the insane climate change promoters.

14. The new highway code in the UK will result in a massive increase in deaths among cyclists. How many foreign lorry drivers coming into Britain will realise that cyclists now have priority on the roads?

15. Civil servants are still enjoying the plandemic. They’ve had a great time. Many have worked very little in the last two years – but been paid in full. Now, gazillions of them are `working from home’ – which means they have an excuse to be even more incompetent than they were beforehand. Their absence from work is making life intolerable for those trying to earn a living decently and honourably.

16. If you’ve ever wondered about the difference between a flat and an apartment here it is: a flat costs up to £250,000 and an apartment costs over £250,000.

17. A doctor in Maine has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation after prescribing ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine. Her licence was suspended for 30 days after she was accused of circulating misinformation about covid 19. Shades of the USSR.

18. The Chinese government has cautioned citizens to wear gloves and masks when opening mail and parcels – to protect themselves against infection. It has also been suggested that they open packages outdoors. Oh, and, Chinese citizens have been advised to minimise purchases of overseas goods. Sounds like a trade war to me.

19. Airlines in the US have warned that 5G could ground aeroplanes and cause chaos. (I first warned about this on 6th January on this website.)

20. A good friend tells me that he went into a café where neither staff nor customers wore masks. The café was crowded. Two doors away there was a café where the staff wore masks and were unpleasant to non-mask wearers and fanatical about track and trace details. The café staffed by ignorant Nazis was `pretty much empty’. An excellent lesson there for café owners.

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.