Monday 25th May 2020
Still kicking off about Dominic Cummings, with JK Rowling entering the fray, and her very funny texts. Yesterday someone released an official tweet from the Home Office, following Boris’ decision to back Cummings still, and the continued reworking of what a lockdown should engender.
“Arrogant and offensive. Can you imagine having to work with these truth twisters?”
After it was duly removed, she offered a year’s salary to the sleuth.
One can imagine the scene in the government offices right now, the Prime Minister’s door slamming, the roaring, the staff running round the corridors -or at least their living rooms, where they’ve been WFH, zooming back and forth between walls in a show of urgency. The slammed phones, the papers fluttering in the air as a bespectacled secretary scrambles to pick them off the floor. The whodunnit perpetrator, possibly holed up in a photocopying room, making surreptitious folders, or downloading data while a colleague fakes a seizure.
It turned out for a while it was this guy, who shares his name with a famous Labour trade unionist from the past. But then it was revealed he was a comedian, and not the people’s hero.
Well, what an epic spectacle, with #BooforBoris or #Booris trending for a day, planned for an 8pm Tuesday. We should order popcorn. The Twitterstorm is also full of supporting tweets for the government, that runs into the new Dominic Cummings show, and subsequent investigations as to how many copy-pasted messages have aligned, and by accounts inactive for years, sometimes decades, before recent revival. In other words bots, run by the Conservatives, and another of Cummings’ tricks from up his algorithmic sleeves. His public announcement, to a gathering of the press in his glorious Durham garden, showed he was unrepentant, claiming his circumstances exceptional, which the law apparently did not overtly disallow. JK, who appears to be tweeting hourly through lockdown (new story too she just announced, called Ickabod or summat, that’s setting every HP fan near to self immolation with expectation), had something to say on that:
Well, quite an enjoyable showdown. But in other more sobering news, Trump was spotted playing golf as America’s death toll breached 100,000 on the Memorial Day weekend. Biden, who was out for the first time in 2 months, released an advert:
Meanwhile the crowds packed it in stateside, with some of the usual scenes of protest, such as two ‘Karens’ wearing facemasks but with a big hole in the mouth visors cut out (a bit gimp-like) so they could fully partake in Germfest ’20.
Another meme doing the rounds has been the nurse protesting against lockdown alongside the rest of the circus, until it was noticed she had on a fake badge (handwritten fer Chrissakes) and a dodgy costume.
Plus the Republicans’ chairwoman for Arizona urging protesters to fake it:
“Planning protest to #Reopen America? EVERYONE wear scrubs and masks -the media doesn’t care if you really in healthcare or not -it’s the “message” that matters!”
Meanwhile China has quietly taken away Hong Kong’s rights not to stay bidden to the thumb of the Party. While everyone’s too busy with the pandemic, and many of the Hong Kongers are too fearful of infection to protest, as they so valiantly do. After months of fighting off the extradition laws, which would in effect make the Hong Kongers submissable to Chinese legislation- and treatment -as any Mainlander, thus losing their special status of Two Systems One Country, as promised for 50 years in Handover.
Well now all that protesting appears for nothing. China’s quietly taken the initiative, with the appointed HK leader, Carrie Lam telling the world they ‘have no place’ to protest and denying the law will curtail citizen rights. Hmmmmm. I do kinda feel for her sometimes, dubbed ‘Beijing’s Puppet’ and jeered wherever she goes, although she has handled C-19 quite winningly. But she is evidently lying imo.
This comes hot after China decided to give every adult Hong Konger $1200 for being “overwhelmed by a heavy atmosphere” back in February, alongside a wave of freebies in the new budget. It appeared to be part fiscal handout for a struggling economy, part bribe to not keep protesting by the millions, for months on end. The new laws will ban treason, secession, sedition and subversion -everything the Hong Kongers have been doing for years, starting an entire generation culturally used to mass protest and subversion.
The border is slowly being erased, and for the Hong Kongers that’s a loss of their democracy. It says a lot about our times, and our governments who will make use of the pandemic to sneak in their wishlist. From Victor Oban’s dissolution of democracy in Hungary to the US vowing only to ease sanctions against Venezuela (the socialist regime sitting on the world’s largest oil reserves) in so pressing times as these so long as they replace their anti-American leader. When denied, they swiftly followed up with a failed US invasion earlier this month, that’s been barely reported. A coup so botched and abandoned by its backers, and the plan reported in the press beforehand too, that the handful of mercenaries who arrived were only lightly armed and seasick already. And dutifully wearing face masks too:
The two surviving American mercenaries, hired by a security firm in Florida are now prisoners, paraded in front of the media and forced to confess. The lack of furor? Sheer embarrassment on Trump’s behalf.
I ended the day watching Disney’s nature films. Childish commentary (and completely devoid of science, positively avoiding it) but jawdropping photography. An unlimited budget surely helps. Insanely cute too. We need this in our lives right now.