Stuff the BBC Forgot to Tell You

  1. Snotty Americans in Washington told India to stop buying oil and arms from Russia. The Indians were thrilled and grateful for this advice but the official response appears to be the diplomatic equivalent of ‘What the hell has it got to do with you?’
  2. Judges are now reported to be forcing covid jabs (which don’t do what they are supposed to do but which do kill people) on mentally ill and the educationally subnormal. Dr Josef Mengele FRSA, the BBC’s special correspondent, was contacted by ouija board and told the BBC he was thrilled to bits.
  3. If Jews or Muslims were treated as badly as Christians are treated there would be an outcry. A Christian woman was arrested for silently praying. Can you imagine the fuss if a Jew or Muslim (or anyone other than a Christian) were arrested for silently praying? And most retail establishments are now flogging Easter eggs as chocolate eggs – apparently determined to eradicate religion from Easter. Don’t buy a chocolate egg that doesn’t have Easter on the box. If I see one I’ll complain to the shop manager. She’ll probably say it’s not her fault – I’ll tell her it is and that as a member of an oppressed group (elderly white males) I feel ethnically violated.
  4. Researchers have found that the pandemic was bad for young people. They’re wrong. The pandemic wasn’t bad because there wasn’t one. Young people have been devastated (permanently in many cases) by the lockdowns, the closure of schools, the social distancing, the stupid masks and the deadly covid-jabs which are now causing an epidemic of sudden death which the entire medical establishment began by denying and now finds inexplicable, though climate change cultists claim that the deaths are a result of either global warming or global cooling.
  5. Someone from the Food Standards Agency claims that allowing cakes in offices is like passive smoking. That’s plain silly and patently nonsensical. The Food Standards Agency is just one of a myriad of utterly pointless and expensive public bodies. If all these agencies and quangos were closed, the Government could buy us all a cake each every week for life. That would be a much more sensible use of taxpayers’ money.
  6. Our politicians consider themselves above the law. Sunak, for example, displays the sort of morality you’d expect from a former Goldman Sachs employee which is hardly surprising since he is one. Professional politicians used to be lawyers and that was bad enough. Now politicians were either bankers (often from Goldman Sachs) or lawyers. The BBC Chairman, who is alleged to have helped Boris Johnson fix up an £800,000 loan, is also an ex Goldman Sachs employee. Having been fined twice by the police, Sunak now surely qualifies as a recidivist and should be on probation. MPs get arrested often but nowhere near as often as they should. They shamelessly refuse to resign. We live in a world dominated by deceit, double dealing, fraud, greed and scarcely hidden agendas. I can’t think of a single professional politician in the world who could be described as honest, decent and respectable (by which I mean `worthy of respect’). And the people manipulating the politicians (the armies of lobbyists, the hedge fund operators, the investment bankers, the NGO officials) are universally corrupt and self-serving.
  7. Public servants are only ever concerned about themselves. There is no sense of ‘public duty’ any more. Teachers, hospital staff and so on are too often only concerned with what they can get and not with what they can give. The selfishness of strikers suggests that they don’t understand just how a complex, interlinked society really works. Public servants who go on strike are victimising the poor, the elderly and the frail.
  8. The oil shortage (and inevitable price rises) is growing. Europe consumes 6.4 million barrels of diesel a day but produces only 5 million barrels. Since 5 is still smaller than 6.4m, the shortfall is imported – most of it used to come from Russia. Where are the politicians now planning to find the shortfall? Sanctions on imported, refined fuel from Russia start on 5th February. This is just as China’s economy reopens and the Chinese start sucking up all the available oil. One senior oil trader said we can look forward to a `shit show’ in the oil markets. What he means is that oil prices are about to soar again. And since lorries use diesel the price of everything (especially food) is also going up again.
  9. Enjoy your local library and swimming pool while you can. Councils are putting up their annual charges but much of their income goes on paying huge salaries to executives and ridiculous pensions to former executives. And, as I pointed out in my book Stuffed!, things are going to get much worse.
  10. The Expose website (give them money – it’s one of the best websites in existence) reports that before he became Prime Minister, Sunak had a huge investment in Moderna – the jab making company. (He had invested in a hedge fund called Theleme which had millions invested in Moderna.) Within two months of becoming PM, the loathsome Sunak announced a ten year partnership between his Government and Moderna. It’s about time Sunak came clean about his financial interest in Moderna. As usual Sunak is keeping quiet. I can’t think of a more crooked and unpleasant Prime Minister. At least Johnson (a self-centred, publicity hungry simpleton with the IQ of a tapeworm and a seemingly non-existent sense of morality) was so absurd, he was good for laughing at occasionally. (We should, I suppose, be grateful that Sunak has put that inane grin back into the electioneering box.)
  11. Corruption costs the EU up to £900 billion euros a year. I had no idea it was so little. Still, the level of corruption is clearly coming down so I suppose that’s good.
  12. The Daily Mail (which used to be a newspaper and which is now officially a cat litter tray liner) announced that Russia had declared war on NATO and the West. Actually, of course, it was the other way round. And it was Germany which announced that we were at war with Russia. (A Russian commented that perhaps Germany might do better in Russia than they did 70 years ago.) The BBC was more concerned with a sofa getting stuck on a staircase than with the impending nuclear war. When London is nuked, the BBC will doubtless be busy reporting on a sighting of Madeleine McCann.
  13. The Expose website (give them money) reports that the covid jabs have killed 1 in 874 of those who were jabbed. So far.
  14. Beavers have been introduced into the UK for the first time in 300 years. The BBC was thrilled. Beavers are lovely, clever creatures. They build dams which cause floods which can then be blamed on global warming. Each beaver will be made given an M.B.E. (which they will doubtless accept and then reject for publicity purposes).
  15. The UK’s public sector borrowing exceeded £27 billion in December 2022. That’s the highest since records began. Much of that is spent on paying the interest on the national debt. If you have children then their children’s children’s children are still going to be paying off the debt the Government has amassed in the last three years.
  16. A hospital was fined £800,000 when a baby died. Why? The result will be that there will be £800,000 less to spend on patients. Why not fine and sack the people responsible for the death? If there was a fine of £800,000 then someone did something wrong. Why is it always the innocent public who suffer when public servants screw up? The hospital trust was fined as a punishment for its failure. Having less money will surely mean it will be more likely to fail in future. The staff responsible should pay the fine – even if they go bankrupt doing so.
  17. The bizarre plans to divide Oxford (and other towns and cities) into prison compounds (which I have detailed several times before) won’t work. The people who thought up this evil plan forgot about football. How do you think football fans are going to behave when they find that they can’t watch their team on Saturdays? There will be a battle between the two idiots manning a barrier and 20,000 irate football fans. Who would you put your money on? Crazed football fans could save us all yet.
  18. EU standards for house building are designed to ensure that houses last 20 to 30 years before the fall down or need knocking down. Isn’t it strange, therefore, that houses which the Victorians built, without any EU regulations, are still standing and rock solid. (The climate change nutters will doubtless blame it all on global warming, claiming that the houses are melting in the intense heat of a Northern Europe winter.)
  19. Nurses, social workers and bureaucrats with an O level in golf course management, now decide NHS policy at national and local level. They, not surgeons, may select which patients are put onto surgery operating lists. Just thought you’d like to know.
  20. Researchers claim that they’ve shown that women who buy over the counter medicines might be more likely to develop ovarian cancer. What is the point of that observation? I can’t see that there is one. You can ignore ethical constraints and trawl through tens of millions of purchases and then try to spot women who are going to develop ovarian cancer but the vast majority of the women who buy indigestion medicines just have indigestion. I’ve just released a paperback of my book Paper Doctors which was published in 1977 and which is subtitled ‘A Critical Assessment of Medical Research’. This latest useless piece of research about ovarian cancer seems to me to be an example of the way researchers waste their time and our money. And idiots in the mainstream media think it’s important and useful. The money would be far better spent trying to reduce waiting times for investigations and surgery – that would save lives.

Vernon Coleman’s three volumes of autobiography are titled Memories 1, Memories 2 and Memories 3. Vernon was planning to write a fourth book in the series but hasn’t been able to think of a title. Suggestions on a postcard.