Musings on Lockdown from a Hobbit named Dave

What have I learned from lockdown?

  • Who does it benefit? It benefits large chains and corporations and online traders. The small high street shops are closed. The high street has been in decline for years due to large out of town shopping super-centres. One would imagine that when people start to go out, they will find that their high streets, small retailers, grocers, butchers, clothes shops may no longer be there. How many pubs and entertainment will go out of business? Is it going to become the kind of terrain where anyone out on the street is seen a thug and a problem with no reason to be there?
  • People working from home with no financial loss – it has become apparent that these are the bullshit jobs – with no value to society. The fact that your job continues with little or no variation means that no one directly benefits from it. It may be that it is merely there as a unit of production to make money for your employer. I think that when the lockdown comes down these jobs may well remain at home with many more of them being made up. It will save your employer money on electric and cleaning and rent for their nefarious dealings whatever they may be.
  • Working class people come out of the woodwork. – The classes of worker who are of benefit to society are clear. They are the people who can’t afford to work from home, the nurses, the carers, the delivery drivers, the shelf stackers, bus and train drivers, distribution of food and supplies, plumbers, electricians and engineers. I think there are some more, but their activities are on hold; they are needed but not immediately, clothes-makers, house builders. These are the people we force to put their lives on the line for the rest of us to keep safe behind them, like a human shield – and who is at the back of the queue for death? It’s the toffs, the CEO’s, the share holders, the landowners; the most privileged in society.
  • Compliance – Lockdown has shown me how easy it is to have a population obey orders without question. Nobody needs to think for themselves; zombie-like everyone can follow the rules. “Stay home”, “Stay Safe”, “Save the NHS”. Politicians have cast the care workers as heroes to make them accept that they are losing their life in work because they don’t have the privilege of staying at home and following the rules. Making it sound as if they do this out of duty or love rather than the necessity to earn a living makes it somehow acceptable. In the past governments used patriotism and nationalism to send young men to the slaughter and now they send workers to their deaths with little care or comment bar a clap on a Thursday night. Why would we accept this?
  • Keeping governments in power under the threat of a working class kick off: patriotism and Nationalism again. – When Margaret Thatcher was worried about losing power, she started a war to maintain it. The government need to appear to be servants of the people, “all in it together”. The minute we see them for the scammers they are they will lose control. Hence the incompetent clown Boris, a total buffoon of a man, who increases his popularity with a bogus illness (from which incidentally he was in no danger of dying) proving himself to be just a man like you or me, man of the people, hero who survived against the odds. Does this sound like bullshit to you as well?
  • Educational opportunities. – These are now as they should be as far as the bourgeoisie are concerned. The children of rich parents get their one to one tuition online while the children of plebs are left to be home-educated by parents who have never had any experience of having to teach, or of home learning in all probability, being of a generation that has been thoroughly brainwashed by the school system themselves. The working class are successfully put firmly in their place, women once again confined to childcare and housework, existing only to provide the next workforce for the rulers.
  • The voices of the dissenters have been effectively erased – Anyone that will not or cannot accept the government strict codes of obedience painted as evil. They will kill us all. I am appalled and ashamed at the speed in which the working classes are learning to point the finger and report on their neighbours, families and friends. I didn’t believe how easy it was to create this environment of fear that brings out the worst in people, while banning and blocking the community that brings out the best in us. Effectively separated from each other being locked away in our flats, bedsits, behind our computer and TV screens. Consumers of media, controlled, herded and shepherded. Alone we are powerless, the only way to reclaim our power is to risk coming out blinking into the sunlight and uniting with our fellow human beings.

LIBERAL/LEFTIST SYMPATHY FOR BORIS JOHNSON.

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Miners’ Strike Stories Film Premier

Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign

Miners’ Strike Stories Film Premiere, March 6th to coincide with the end of the miners’ strike in March 1985. The Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign wanted to record the real stories from participants of the great strike as a way of preserving on film the heroic struggles of our Miners, Families, Women Against Pit Closures and other supporters from across our mining communities.

These accounts not only tell the story of times past, but also provide inspiration to future generations of why they should become involved in the Trade Union Movement today.  The première will be held in the iconic Miners Hall, which holds dozens of miners’ banners. Light refreshments will be provided.

Organised by the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign, Deputy Chairperson Joe Rollin will compère the evening which also includes speakers Chris Peace—OTJC Activist, Chris Kitchen—National Union of Mineworkers, General Secretary and Richard Burgon MP— Shadow Justice Secretary.

Friday March 6th p.m.National Union of Mineworkers  2 Huddersfield Road Barnsley South Yorkshire S70 2LST: 01226 215555 E: orgreavejustice@hotmail.com W: www.otjc.org.ukTwitter: @orgreavejustice Instagram: @orgreavejustice Facebook: @OrgreaveTruthandJusticeCampaign

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Red And Black Telly: ELECTION COMMENTARY ( 9 )

A few thoughts on BBC ‘impartiality’

We well remember the bollocking they gave Michael Foot for failing to imitate the toff style at the cenotaph.

Here’s Mark Wallace, executive editor of conservative home, echoing Dr Goebbels:

“In fairness” the lie worked, and that’s all that matters in politics.

 

A still showing the wreath the prime minister laid the wrong way round

A still from a clip of the 2016 Remembrance Sunday service the BBC ended up showing

There has been a lot of comment on social media about footage of Boris Johnson at last Sunday’s Remembrance commemorations at the Cenotaph in Whitehall. Footage which shows him looking a bit tired (possibly hungover?), somewhat scruffy, stepping out at the wrong moment to lay his wreath then stepping back and finally, laying the wreath the wrong way round. Footage which isn’t going to do his image a lot of good as we head into a toxic election campaign. Here’s how it was reported: Remembrance Sunday: Boris Johnson pictured laying wreath on Cenotaph upside down.

When the BBC reported the commemorations on the news that evening, they showed footage dating from 2016 of Johnson laying a wreath at the Cenotaph: BBC…

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