Passing Observations 116

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. ‘Try to make everyone happy and you’ll wind up a rich mediocrity; but you’ll never get anything done that is worth doing.’ – (Len Deighton in ‘Funeral in Berlin’)
  2. According to the BBC, 74% of 11-16 year olds trust news they see on television. If that doesn’t scare you, and make your blood run cold, nothing will.
  3. I have no credit rating. Nothing at all. The last time I tried to buy a mobile phone (a simple one, not a smart one) the shop assistant refused to let me have one – even for cash – because of my non-existent credit rating. I am already living with a social credit score of 0.
  4. ‘England Test team has five uncapped players’ read a headline I saw. Surprised, I took a look. The headline referred to a team of lady cricketers. I suppose it would be too un-woke for news organisations to be forced to say when they’re referring to lady cricketers.
  5. Liberals, Greens and climate change nutters are more dangerous than any terrorists.
  6. Two online pharmacies wrote to me offering to sell me medicines to give as a Father’s day gift. Neither pharmacy sold anything other than medicines so what the devil did they have in mind? ‘Hi, Dad. Happy Father’s Day. I’ve bought you some aspirin.’ (Sadly, my Dad was killed by NHS doctors some years ago. The tragic, almost unbelievable story of his killing is in my book Why and how Doctors kill more people than cancer.)
  7. I have been warning for many months that it will be a surprise if the total number of deaths in 2022 is not greater than average. If so this will be partly due to the deadly covid-19 jabs and partly due to the fact that doctors and hospitals have abandoned patients and allowed waiting lists for investigations and treatment to grow to obscene levels.
  8. I received an email from a friend I’ve known for many years (a former Fleet Street Editor). But the email was from an unusual address. And the tone didn’t sound quite right. I wrote to my chum’s usual address and the email wasn’t from him. A hacker had broken into his email account and was writing to all his friends and contacts pretending to be him and asking for financial help. As you might expect my chum is mortified. There are, as we all know, some evil people out there. So, be extra vigilant!
  9. The point scoring nonsense that is social credit forces people to be false to themselves and fake to others.
  10. Someone called Pete Doherty has apparently written his memoirs. He confessed afterwards that he was surprised that the book was written in the first person which, he said, differed from what he had expected.
  11. A woman had a heart attack and collapsed in a street. A man went to her help and stole her dog.
  12. A badger comes into our garden every evening and knocks down the bird feeder pole to get at the sunflower hearts. A fox also comes into the garden at the same time and queues behind the badger to eat what is left. Neither of them is as clever as the crow which shakes the feeder so that seeds fall onto the ground to be eaten by friends and family.
  13. A woman from the television is threatening to call the police because someone has set up a fake social media account in her name. All social media accounts in my name are fake.
  14. The principle behind social credit is betrayal. The aim of the conspirators is that we will be betrayed by politicians, civil servants, professionals, neighbours and workmates.
  15. If you don’t like your Wikipedia entry, a Wikipedia editor will change it for you in exchange for £500 or so. And then another editor will change it so that you look horrid. And so on, ad infinitum. Why doesn’t Wikipedia be honest and set up Wikiprotect? You give them £500 and they promise not to come round and break your windows.
  16. A woman is stepping down from her job with a City of London brokerage. According to the Financial Times, she says she wants ‘to build a portfolio of non-executive roles for companies and government bodies’. Quango time! And there was me, thinking that people were selected for government bodies because they could help improve life for the rest of us – rather than because they wanted to build a portfolio of roles.
  17. Millennial online journalists get stupider and stupider. I saw an article the other day which made it clear that the writer didn’t know what a dinosaur was.
  18. In 1949 the magazine ‘Popular Mechanics’ predicted that computers would eventually weigh as little as one and a half tons.
  19. The speed at which new knowledge accumulates is now so fast that by the time a university student graduates, just about everything they’ve learned will be out of date.
  20. There is no evidence that the covid-19 jab is safe for pregnant women. The UK Government originally said that the jab was not recommended for pregnant women. They admitted that no one knew whether it was safe for breast feeding women. Or what effect it might have on future fertility. However, the latest official guidance is that the covid-19 jab should be given only when the potential benefits outweigh any potential risk to mother and foetus. That, of course, should be never. But doctors who want their big jabbing fee give the jab anyway.

Vernon Coleman’s book Covid-19: The Greatest Hoax in History was banned four times. But it is now available as a paperback and an eBook. If you’d like a copy please go to