Build Back Better

The results of the elections are in: The Tories increase their Parliamentary majority with a by-election win in Hartlepool, the SNP came up short of a majority in Scotland and Lozza lost both his race and his deposit. James and Toby have plenty of analysis.

We then turn to Auntie Beeb’s “hug” expert, they debate who will be more sorry in five years time, and just what exactly does “Build Back Better” really mean?

Then on to Culture Corner… are books meant to be read or listened to? Does anyone actually read anymore? For viewing we touch on a couple of BBC offerings, This is My House and The Pursuit of Love  and from the “family” film genre, The Croods: A New Age.

Sound this week is from the PM’s visit to Hartlepool where he congratulated his newest MP, Jill Mortimer.

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  1. Taras Coolidge
    Taras
    @Taras

    James and Toby agree that Toby is not a raging pedo in the pay of a dark conspiracy, even if his name appears in Jeffrey Epstein’s little black book.

    If Toby had ever visited Pedo Island, James explains, he would have milked it for a dozen articles about how awkward and embarrassing it was.

    James believes that the inane phrase heard on all sides, “build back better”, is the sign of a vast conspiracy; but Toby thinks it’s just the usual political pabulum.

    James imagined how Toby would apologize to him if, in five years time, they are both in a gulag. Toby imagined how James would apologize to him if, in five years time, they are both not in a gulag.

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  2. Charlotte Member
    Charlotte
    @Charlotte

    Gaaaaahhhh. Way too much crosstalk and interruption. I must take a break from London Calling if it’s going to give me agita. 

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  3. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    CharlotteWay too much crosstalk and interruption.

    They get passionate sometimes. 

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  4. Mark Alexander Coolidge
    Mark Alexander
    @MarkAlexander

    Politics corrupts the morals and judgment. (You agree, right?)

    Power is addictive. (You agree, right?)

    Those who already have tons of money want more of something else. (You agree, right?)

    Anyone who has truly studied the history of progressives, far leftists, and totalitarians knows that the default position should be conspiracy rather than coincidence.

    Read Double Lives: Spies and Writers in the Secret Soviet War of Ideas against the West, by Stephen Koch.

    Read or reread Witness by Whitaker Chambers.

    Read The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. (You started it, but never finished it, right?)

    You may have read one or two of these, but if so, and you still believe in totalitarian coincidence, you have not understood what you have read.

    You have not understood:

    …..the nature of power seekers

    …..the joy of lording it over others

    …..the addiction (now obvious in the prevalence of Cancel Culture) to destruction.

    Even when the evidence is in front of you every day, it’s easier to believe in self-interested coincidence rather than conscious conspiracy of a few and how the politically minded go along because their mindset is simply to shapeshift and adapt to the changes of power and opportunity.

    The ratio of useful idiots to conscious conspirators is always at least tens of thousands to one.

    You cannot thoughtfully read all three of these books, completely and with attention, without facing the profound discomfort of what has been going on in Western countries for decades.

    Have fun!

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  5. GeezerBob Coolidge
    GeezerBob
    @GeezerBob

    Send that man a tin foil hat!!!!

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  6. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    GeezerBob: Send that man a tin foil hat!!!!

    Which one?

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  7. Richard Easton Member
    Richard Easton
    @RichardEaston

    How big of a deposit did Fox forfeit?

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  8. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    Richard Easton: How big of a deposit did Fox forfeit?

    £10,000. That’s about $14,153 USD. You need to get 5% of the vote to get your deposit back. 

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