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In the early days of the Covid Panic, Peter Hitchens was one of the few people pointing out the utter foolishness of the lockdown policies. I took some comfort there was at least one public person pointing out the obvious. Here he is below.
I warned clearly in March 2020 that the out-of-proportion reaction to Covid would lead to this crisis.
I said: ‘Our economy is still crippled, and the overpraised Chancellor Rishi Sunak, like some beaming Dr Feelgood with a case full of dodgy stimulants, seeks to soothe the pain by huge injections of funny money.
He will get this back from us as soon as we are allowed out again. Just you wait till you get the bill, in increased taxes, inflation and devastated savings.’
And it came to pass, just as I said it would. I needed no magic powers to see this. Anyone could have done the same, including Mr Sunak.
As it began to be obvious even to him, I wrote here back in May last year: ‘Most of the people in charge of this country can’t remember what inflation is like. I can. And it scares me.’
Now, ridiculously, persons such as the Governor of the Bank of England are trying to blame our problems on the Ukraine War which he says could not have been foreseen – an odd claim since it actually began in 2014.
No doubt our involvement in that war will make things much worse, and I am coming to that. But the main reason for the Western world’s plunge into recession is the ridiculous over-reaction to the coronavirus.
And by inflation, the Bank of England says that, by the end of the year, it will be 15 percent! That’s the official rate. The real one is probably closer to 25 percent. One podcaster I followed said that in February, his energy bill was going up 54 percent by the spring. This was before the war! (I am also now shorting the Euro, which dipped below par with the USA for the first time last month.)
This same podcaster talks about all the food banks and the fact that he has seen at least two instances of people fighting in the lines. Just wait till it gets really bad and all the Afghans and Syrians start freezing from the lack of fuel. You think they are just going to sit around for that? Or do you think the cops who are so busy arresting pregnant women for hate crimes will hold the line when the real riots begin?
He goes on.
For some reason, the USA has for 14 years now been having a costly arm-wrestling contest with Russia in Ukraine. This turned hot eight years ago and has led to horrible numbers of deaths, and much destruction, in Ukraine itself.
I really cannot see what ordinary Ukrainians will ever gain from it. Nor can I see what interest Britain has in it, apart from our endless, rather pathetic desire to please the USA, which neither notices nor cares.
Yet we pledge billions in arms supplies, so sustaining the horror. The same goes for all the other European nations now preparing for a chilly winter of fuel shortages and raging high prices.
Is there anybody out there with the wit and courage to bring an end to this idiocy? Or, in years to come, as we sit unemployed in our freezing houses eating bread and potatoes, while Ukrainians pick about in the ruins of their ‘victorious’ country, wondering how to rebuild it, and where all the young men have gone, will we comfort ourselves by saying that it was all worth it?
It looks like it’s all coming to pass. It seems by the end of September, a whole lot of things are coming to a head. We will have way more things to worry about than the Russians in Ukraine.
The humanitarian crisis that is developing in Europe will most likely be one of them.Published in