Friday, 26 June 2020


I do surveys for Nectar points. I don't know who pays for these, but they obviously have money to burn. I get very annoyed about the quite lengthy ones who collect a lot of information and then drop you out as 'not suitable' or the survey has 'met its quota'. I may stop doing them because of that, as it wastes a lot of my time while they dodge 'paying'.

Today however, hilarious. It was about Next. Have I shopped there in the last 12 months. Yes. Rank the three main reasons you shop at Next (out of about 9). How much did you spend? £101-200. Did you spend more or less than before? Well, more. Will you spend more of less next time? Less.

What reason were you shopping? Pick answer from list, of which none were relevant.

In fact I detest Next. I went in there and bought quite a bit for our granddaughter, who is somewhat abused by her mother's family, poor soul. Being four, she quite liked the experience. We went into Next as we were in the shopping centre and it was the most likely place we could get what we wanted for her.

I never give the place a thought outside that and certainly have no plans to go back in there. I also seem to have found myself on a good number of email lists, but not theirs.

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Black Lives Do Indeed Matter

If you aren't that interested in politics, but are a lovely, caring person, the headline seems fairly straightforward. There is racism within the predominately white Western societies, that at worst shows itself with incidents like the killing of George Floyd. It doesn't matter that he was an armed robber, his killing was almost casual.

But do think about it (and as I write this, I am thinking of white and black people). We don't know that the policeman killed Floyd because he was black. All we know is that the policeman is exactly the sort of person who shouldn't be a policeman and his basic immorality permitted him to kill someone.

But more than that, why is there an organisation called Black Lives Matter? And you not only don't hear 'All Lives Matter' it is a theme that is actively attacked if you try to use it. The essence of BLM is the inherent suggestion that someone thinks black lives don't matter. Don't get started, yes I'm sure some people are like that, but they are the ones to ignore, not those actually targeted by BLM.

I mean, some nit flew a banner over a football stadium (that's actual football, not modified rugby) saying 'white lives matter' which is also a statement of fact, but the professional outrage crowd went nuts. But it was playing into BLM's hands.

BLM is actually fairly unconcerned with racial issues, beyond their usefulness to ideology, being an organisation dedicated to Marxist principles and consequently seeking to destroy capitalism and the justice system, which all stand in their way.

Getting black people to riot and loot and burn on the streets, was specifically to say to other people (whites, similarly horrified blacks) that here were black people doing terrible things. We should oppose and clamp down on these people. Basically, promoting and perpetuating racial division, which would be largely non existent without their constant input.

Pushing victimhood makes you feel oppressed, even if you aren't. That there is racism is evident in the range of names for black people, that are designed to denigrate, yet I am not aware of a reciprocal repertoire against whites. Though interestingly, the equally disgusting 'coconut' is amazingly racist, yet of more recent invention (from the Left, naturally).

To accuse a person who's skin tone is darker, of being a white person within, is a particularly pernicious insult. Not really black, because they 'think' like a white person, also suggesting there is always something wrong with being white!

The Left believe that if they can destabilise society, particularly through violence, then that society is ripe for them to step in and take over. Corbyn was indifferent to election results because he never envisaged achieving real power that way.

So black people are told probably by the white, intolerant, illiberal liberals to take offence at every turn. Sticks and stones are for riots, but everyday words must be considered more harmful, causing injuries you cannot recover from. You must take to the streets, riot and loot. Only by this route can you find yourself governed by people who will show you what real and professional oppression is.

To the Left of course, a successful black person is a problem, they have got above their station. You are not supposed to benefit from capitalism, as it lifts more people out of poverty than any other political system ever has, and you will be abused for it. A traitor, indeed.

To me, I care nought for race, but support the idea that you measure a person by the content of their character, which is why ipso facto I detest Marxists for their nihilism. To me the biggest crime is to deny anyone, anyone at all, opportunity. The rest is up to you and the content of your character.