Eliminating Inconvenient History.

Recent events in America have unleashed a storm of protest against the treatment of black people all over the world. Not just current treatment, or the recent actions of the Police and other authorities, but historical ones too. This is understandable, and it has been suggested to me that the George Floyd incident was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

In the last week, numerous corporations and organisations have felt it necessary to make public statements and even apologies on the issues of Black Lives Matter, and the long history of institutional racism in the western world. Laudable perhaps, and possibly also necessary for marketing purposes and attracting customers in future. Both Nike and Apple have been involved, ignoring the fact that they are happy to exploit Asian labour by paying the workers in countries like China a pittance for long hours, compared to salaries in the West. Is that not also a form of racism, and one that is acceptable to most customers who buy i-phones, or the latest trendy trainers?

So if this is just the beginning, then where does it end?

Pulling down and defacing statues has caught on quickly, following on from the same thing happening to Confederate Statues and war graves in America a couple of years ago, as well as this week. One commemorating an 18th century slave trader in Bristol was thrown into the water, and those in honour of Cecil Rhodes and Churchill in London were defaced last weekend. Having statues that supposedly honour such people (Churchill was a well-known racist) is questionable, I agree. But is it not better to learn from their mistakes in the past, and allow them to remain to remind us?

I would suggest it is.

Because when you begin to eliminate history, you start to re-write it. You conveniently forget that African and Arab trade slavers existed long before any white men became involved with them. In fact, many still exist in some countries today. I don’t see anyone protesting about that history, or those current events. What about the Egyptian and Roman empires? Both were built on slavery, and expanded by the use of slaves. Should we pull down The Forum in Rome? Demolish The Coliseum? Have any of those demonstrators pulling down statues ever enjoyed a holiday to Rome, or Egypt?

The Pyramids are said to be one of the seven wonders of the world. Mausoleums to pharoahs, built on the blood and sweat of countless slaves. We know that, we learn about that, and when we go to look at them, we appreciate that. Let’s blow them up though, because surely they commemorate cruelty and slavery? Let us topple the statues to Tiberius and Caligula, and cast them into the Tiber. If it’s good enough for one slave empire, why not for all of them?

How far back is far enough?

And what about churches, and western religions? Most built with the huge wealth of countries who dealt in slavery, or stole natural resources like gold from countries in South and Central America. They killed the people there that opposed them, (who were also slavers of course) before enslaving others to work in their mines and goldfields. The wealth generated was given in large part to the Catholic Church, who actively used to oversee all those operations on the pretext of bringing religion to heathens. So when we admire European cathedrals, and the amazing statues and relics stored within, let’s not forget where the money came from. Exploitation, and slavery.

Time to pull them down perhaps?

On the news today, I heard that the film ‘Gone With The Wind’ is no longer to be allowed to be shown on television in Britain. How long before they start banning others? What about all those Hollywood epics about Egypt? And the films ‘Young Winston’, or ‘The Darkest Hour’? They are about Churchill, so let’s ban those too. And what about books? How long before Margaret Mitchell’s book of ‘Gone With The Wind’ is banned too? She got an award for that, so let’s take that back hile we are at it. Then it would seem logical to ban ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, ‘Huckleberry Finn’, and any historical book that has a contemporary view on black people that has since been identified as racist?

An Asian reporter on BBC News declared this morning that he feels ‘uncomfortable’ about reading the ‘Tintin’ comic books with his young son, due to the way some characters are portrayed. Save his embarrassment, just ban them. Then everyone can start to forget history, and begin to change the facts to suit this new and different agenda.

Fortunately for me, I will likely be dead before all that has happened.

How anti-China stories are concocted: On bio-chemical weapons

China has been accused of being responsible for the outbreak of Covid-19. I thought for a long time that the proximity of biological research laboratories to Wuhan was no coincidence. This article offers a very different theory, and is worth reading.

My American Friends: A Question

I hold no brief for any side in American politics, as I generally consider the Republicans and Democrats to be as bad as each other when it comes to looking out for the interests of big business over the welfare of the average American. But the recent behaviour of President Trump has me confused as to how he has been allowed to remain in office, without being removed by anyone with an iota of commonsense.

However, I know that almost 50 % of Americans still support him, and many even consider that his handling of the Covid-19 crisis has ‘gone well’.

This is a man who has suggested using anti-malarial drugs, because he has financial connections to the company that makes them. He has gone so far as to suggest that ingesting or injecting bleach or disinfectant might help to kill the virus, or that inserting a light inside your body might work too.

These are not the actions of a statesman, and definitely not of a president. They are not even the actions of a madman, as a madman might actually believe that what he was saying was true. They are incomprehensible, and are not only dangerous, but potentially fatal. To my mind, those statements should warrant criminal charges of wilfully endangering life.

Like our own ‘hideaway leader’, Mr Trump seems to consider the significant loss of life is a fair price to pay for business continuing to profit at all costs.

Since the beginning of this pandemic, he has appeared to be cynical, heartless, flippant, and uncaring. He has offered support to armed demonstrators intimidating politicians, and even nurses. If I hadn’t seen and heard all this with my own eyes, I would have considered it to be the stuff of a tragic comedy.

So my question is this.

Given all this, are you still intending to support him, and vote for him at the next election? And if so, why?

I would genuinely like to know.

Virus Deaths: Racism?

I have been reading and watching the growing number of disturbing reports in Britain that claim the fact that virus deaths are disproportionate in people from backgrounds that include African, West Indian, and the Indian sub-continent are ‘deliberate negligence’. There is a Facebook group of British Muslims who openly accuse the NHS and the government of allowing their relatives to die, because of their ethnicity. One member even called it ‘ethnic cleansing’.

Now I see on the BBC that the new Labour Party leader is calling for a public enquiry into this, and it is to be led by Baroness Lawrence, a black woman who is famous for campaigning for justice for her murdered son many years ago.

I have to say that I personally find these accusations to be appalling. I worked in the NHS for 22 years, and know many who still do, including my own wife. I never saw any different treatment given to non-white people, and I worked in an area of huge cultural diversity.

To save Baroness Lawrence the time, and to save public expenditure, I can offer the following suggestions about why the differential in deaths in ethnic minority groups might be happening. And it has nothing to do with racism, as anyone who knows me well will affirm that I am not racist.

1) Traditional living conditions, and culture.
It is rare these days for white British extended families to continue to live in the same house. You might be hard-pressed to find a house where grandparents, parents, children, and aunts and uncles all share the same dwelling. However, in many families with an Indian and Pakistani background that is NOT unusual. The same applies to some West Indian and African families. Therefore, their chances of infecting more people when they return from work or shopping trips are far greater.
2) Religion.
Many people of the Muslim faith, and some Evangelical Christian groups come from those same backgrounds. Despite the current restrictions, it has been noted that some are still gathering in groups for religious services and celebrations. This is not the case with prdominantly white Church of England and Catholic followers.
3) City living.
The majority of people from those backgrounds live in areas where other people from those backgrounds also live. And they tend to be in larger cities, like London, Manchester and Birmingham. In Bradford, Yorkshire, Muslims from ethnic backgrounds make up 25% of the population. Therefore, living in populous towns and cities makes those people more susceptible to becoming infected.
4) Pre-existing medical conditions.
I can tell you from years of personal experience that people from those ethnic groups have a higher than average incidence of Diabetes. Much of this is caused by diet and lack of exercise, especially in the older age groups. They also have a very high rate of kidney falure, and the need for regular dialysis. This is supected to be genetic in origin. Being generally ill before the arrival of Covid-19 means you are much more likely to die, if you are infected. That is commonsense, not racism.

Much has been made of economic factors affecting survival. If this was the case, then the black and Indian doctors and nurses who have died would not have been affected, surely? Their income is above average, and in the case of surgeons, very high. And just as many white doctors and nurses have been infected and died. This is about being constantly exposed to infection. Not about how much you earn, and whether or not you are unemplyed and live on a housing estate.

By contrast, white British families tend to live separately. Children move out of home earlier, and grandparents rarely live in the family home. Uncles and aunts have their own accommodation, and family gatherings are usually limited to birthdays, weddings, and funerals. Our culture changed over the decades since my youth, but theirs did not. It’s not racist, it is just a fact. White British people have also been abandoning organised religion in huge numbers over the past forty years. Church attendances are falling, and nobody I know ever goes to any form of religious services. So, less gatherings, not racism.

In these difficult times, the last thing we need is criticism of the NHS, itself an employer of a huge percentage of staff from those same ethnic minorities claiming that those same people are actively allowing their relatives to die, and in some cases accusing them of facilitating their death by mistreatment.

Baroness Lawrence and the Labour leader should know better than to become involved in this sham of an enquiry.

Eating My Words

Nicola Sturgeon is the First Minister of Scotland, and the leader of the Scottish National Party. She is a long-serving politician, and a staunch advocate for Scotland being an independent country, and remaining a member of the EU.

And she also bears a passing resemblance to the Scottish comedian Janette Tough, who performs as a schoolboy character called Jimmy Crankie.

For over twenty years, Sturgeon’s abrasive style and constant harping on about independence really got on my nerves. The sight of her popping up on a TV interview would have me reaching for the remote, either to change channels, or mute the sound.

Then along came Covid-19.

The British government waffled and delayed. The Prime Minister hid inside 10 Downing Street, before going to hide across the river in St Thomas’ Hospital. On his departure from hospital, he rushed off to his second residence in The Chilterns, to hide there. He left others to bungle the handling of the pandemic, hoping to get the sympathy vote for having been ill. That’s if he was ever ill to start with.

Contrast that with Scotland. Their leader, Sturgeon, has been taking control from the start. She gives detailed daily press conferences about exactly what is going on, and even tells the truth about how many deaths have occured in Scotland, and where they have happened too. She answers the questions from repoters without being evasive, or dodging the point. And she uses whatever devolved powers are available to the separate Sottish Government to do her very best for the people in that country.

I never thought I would say this, but she should be the Prime Minister of Britain. She would do a better job than the clowns currently in control.

Well done, Nicola. I am impressed.

So I am eating my words.

It’s A Miracle! We are all going to be okay!

Not long after declaring he had the virus, Boris Johnson has been declared ‘fit and well’.

By an uncanny coincidence, after sheltering in a castle for a while, it seems Price Charles is fit and well too.

Wel that’s it. Everything is going to be fine. Nothing at all to worry about.

If those two such elevated personages can be cured of something they never had in the first place, then why are we concerned?

Panic over. Life goes back to normal.

Just hide somewhere for a while, (three days should do it) and it won’t kill you.

Do you still believe either of them really had it?

If so, I have got a bridge in London to sell you, going cheap.

New London ‘Death Camp’ will be ready soon

Much has been made of the fact that the government is rushing to convert an existing conference and entertainment venue into a new ‘Hospital’. They are working hard in East London’s Excel Centre to create two ‘wards’ that will each accommodate 2,000 people. They have even given it a nice name, ‘The Nightingale Hospital’.

Does that sound good to you? Well it doesn’t to me.

I would like to know how they expect to treat 4,000 people lined up together in a massive space that is one kilometre long. How will they keep them apart at a safe distance? Will there be respirators for those needing life support? (Unlikely) Where will they find the doctors and nursing staff to treat them? (Answer, The Military)

So what we have here is a place where those who are expected to die are going to be sent to, to do just that. In a huge enclosed space called a hospital that is really only a death camp.
It will be run by the Army Medical Service, and no doubt guarded by troops too.

Are you worried yet?

This guy is working there to get it ready, and he is.
Now, he is taking it seriously, at long last.

Note his use of the words ‘Makeshift Hospital’. Not, ‘New Nightingale Hospital’. He also mentions the building of what he calls ‘Two morgues’.

I suggest that the whole place is just one big morgue. Eventually.

Royalty: Leading By Example

Anyone who reads this blog will know how much I detest the Royal Family, and the aristocracy that surrounds it. But in this time of panic and concern about Covid-19, it is worth looking back in history to the years 1939-1945.

During WW2, the Royal Family of King George VI led by example. They stayed in London, risking being bombed along with the population. They visited factories, and toured hospitals to speak to the injured soldiers and civilians. They walked around the bomb-damaged streets of the capital in the hope of cheering the war-weary populace. The young Princess Elizabeth served in the Army as a driver, and many male members of the Royals joined the armed forces and saw action overseas.

This solidarity with the British people earned them a great deal of respect, during and after that war. My parents’ generation never forgot how the privileged Royals were seen to have stuck it out with everyone else.

Fast forward to 2020, and the virus scare.

All of the Royals have completely disappeared from view. Scuttled off to castles or palaces, behind fences or walls, surrounded by armed guards. The people who normally love to be seen wandering around waving at crowds, or gracing the front pages of our newspapers, are notable for their absence.

They could be given suitable protective gear to visit those gravely ill. They could practice ‘social distancing’ as they toured the workplaces still being staffed by emergency workers, shop workers, and other essential services. The could inspire, lead by example, pay the nation back for the centuries of wealth and privilege they have enjoyed.

But no. They are hiding away, until it’s all over. Cowards.

Talk about showing your true colours.

Once the current pandemic has passed, don’t forget to wave and cheer at them when they next appear.

South London Terror Attack: Sad News

Many of you will now be aware of an Islamist-inspired terrorist attack in the South London District of Streatham.

This is an area I know very well. It has no ‘significant targets’, and is a long way from any iconic tourist sites, or ‘important buildings’.

Yet it was the destination of choice for a young British Muslim who presumably wanted to ‘Die by Police’, in a rather pathetic attempt at immortalising himself through his religion and his actions.

Fortunately, both his victims are alive, and not seriously injured. That doesn’t mean that the scars and psychological affects of the incident will not continue to affect their lives though.

When the BBC News ‘calmed down’, it was soon reported that plainclothes police officers from the Anti-Terrorist Branch had shot and killed this man within two minutes of the first victim being stabbed. Video evidence clearly shows at least three such officers, one on a motorcycle, ‘dealing’ with the perpetrator at the scene.

More reports today revealed his name, and the fact that he had just been released from prison after serving less than half his sentence for ‘Terrorism Offences’. No doubt his history was serious enough that he was being followed by specialist officers, with close surveillance of his movements. Looking away from the brave actions of those police officers who stepped forward to shoot this man dead, despite him apparently wearing an explosive ‘suicide vest’, we have to ask why he was released in the first place.

He was released under the usual terms of British Law. Having served a large part of his sentence, he was ‘eligible’ for parole.

Sad to say, this law should no longer apply to convicted terrorist subjects who have been imprisoned for plotting such crimes. We saw what happened at London Bridge, and now in Streatham High Road. If those people want to put themselves above the law, purely in the name of their religion, then that law needs to change, where it relates to them.

They should have to serve ALL of their sentence, and not be released until we can be sure they no longer pose a threat to innocent people going about their daily business.