Stupid is as Stupid Does

I have long held politicians in low esteem. However, the suggestion from government circles this week that people panic buy petrol in the event of a strike that hasn’t yet been called and may not even come off and if it does will be a good couple of weeks away anyway was a new low for political stupidity. I mean, no one could have predicted queues at petrol stations as the hard of thinking topped up their fuel tanks in anticipation of something that if it did happen would happen a couple of tankfulls in the future anyway. Well, clearly going by the queues at Sainsbury’s this morning, stupidity is rife not only in government circles.

Y’see, it strikes me that no matter how stupid government is, the populace will always do their level best to out do them and, sure enough, a woman took it upon herself to decant petrol –  a highly flammable liquid with a low flashpoint and low evaporation point –  in a kitchen with the oven on –  I mean no one could possibly anticipate…

A woman in York has been taken to hospital with 40% burns after setting fire to herself while decanting petrol in her kitchen.

Obviously they didn’t…

A candidate for the Darwin awards if she had expired as a consequence of her rampant idiocy. And, no, I am not going to express any sympathy as a consequence of her 40% burns. No intelligent person decants a highly flammable liquid with a low evaporation point in the near vicinity of an oven that is switched on, FFS! This was entirely self inflicted.

Still, not to be outdone, we get demands from the hard of thinking trying to blame her stupidity on the gormless twat who started the whole ball rolling.

Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, has suggested that Francis Maude’s decision to encourage people to stockpile petrol may have had something to do with Hill’s accident. “It was a political invention, the panic of the last couple of days, and the nation and some people are paying a very, very heavy price for that.” Labour HQ is not explicitly blaming Maude, although one Labour peer has said that Maude should resign because of the incident.

If Maude is a moron, Balls is certainly a cretin. Look, yes, Maude’s advice was staggeringly idiotic. Stupid on a level that defies rational explanation –  a brainstorm in a teacup, perhaps. However, despite that, he is not responsible for the lunacy of those too stupid not to realise that decanting a flammable liquid in the vicinity of their hot oven was equally stupid. Y’see, some of us managed to ignore Maude’s advice because, and this is really, really important; we can think for ourselves and recognise stupid advice for what it is. Usually, anything proffered by government  is my starting point.

Jeebus, idiocracy here we come…

23 comments for “Stupid is as Stupid Does

  1. March 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Balls is a cretin, yes but he has something about Cameron stirring it up.

    • March 30, 2012 at 5:00 pm

      Cameron is a cretin, too.

      • David A. Evans
        March 30, 2012 at 8:37 pm

        You’re both understating the case!

        They’re ALL fucking cretins! (Please forgive my poor French.)

  2. john in cheshire
    March 30, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Given what the socialists did over the 13 years of their reign of terror, a couple of decades of silence wouldn’t come amiss.

    • CT
      March 31, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Amen to that!

  3. John
    March 30, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve just seen Cameron on the news exuding maximum gravitas for this woman. She was a complete fucking moron and if he’s had half an ounce of spine he’d have have called her just that.

    Our society seems to be assuming a new level of surreality. A stupid woman does the most stupid thing that even a complete cretin would avoid, and Cameron is SORRY? For fuck’s sake…

    Has anyone got a couple of spare gallons for Cameron, Milliband and Balls. I think we need Bonfire night early this year before these arseholes completely sink our once great land.

    • Dominic Allkins
      March 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Like… a lot.

      • March 31, 2012 at 6:32 am

        Seconded!

        • Den
          March 31, 2012 at 10:36 am

          Thirded

          • April 1, 2012 at 5:09 am

            Fourthed.

            (If there is such a word) 😈

            • Yve
              April 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm

              Fifthed…mmm, well totally agree and fifth to say so.

  4. John
    March 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    p.s. If (as according to that prick Ed Balls) Francis Maude should indeed resign for mentioning jerry cans then I at least expect Ed Balls and Ed Milliband to resign from politics altogether for the far greater crime of being in the Treasury and supporting Gordon Brown’s policies which screwed our country up so royally.

    • March 30, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Yeah, well, self-awareness isn’t a strong point…

    • Dominic Allkins
      March 30, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      “as according to that prick Ed Balls”

      That just made me burst out laughing on the train.

      Excellent point.

  5. March 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Oddly enough, none of my colleagues, friends OR family have been panic buying.

    I mean, why would we? We don’t listen to – or take seriously – anything else the government says, so why this?

  6. David A. Evans
    March 30, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Sorry… If it were down to a vote, she gets the Darwin.

    • March 31, 2012 at 6:33 am

      She’s already bred, so is technically unable to receive it…

  7. Bill
    March 30, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Well sorry but I see no stupidity on the part of Cameron n Co. All I see is a carefully engineered manipulation of their sheep to prove that they can still be herded into the slaughter house.

  8. Tattyfalarr
    March 31, 2012 at 12:53 am

    Just goes to show what mindless children some of the general public have been conditioned by abdication of responsibility to become.

    “But David Cameron told me to !”

    “And if he told you to put your finger in the fire ?…..” 😐

  9. Tattyfalarr
    March 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

    ?

    • March 31, 2012 at 11:19 am

      That was our resident troll impersonating Mark. And me too. He’s gone now.

      Normal service is resumed 😉

      • Tattyfalarr
        March 31, 2012 at 4:09 pm

        Ahhhh 😉

  10. Den
    March 31, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I feel sorry for the woman concerned and would not wish those injuries on anyone. However, she only has herself to blame. It may sound callous but that is the bottom line and had she not survived she would be a strong contender for the ‘Darwin Awards’ !!

    No politician should have to ‘apologise’ for her gross stupidity.

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