Beware: Zombies on the line!

My thoughts and opinions tend to vary by about 180 degrees from those espoused by the Guardian. That particular left-wing and ultra-lefty organ considers people such as I, who hold trenchant right-wing views and are disinclined to be quiet in the promotion of those views, as dangerously ‘populist’, probably fascist; and definitely worthy of a slow extinction event. But, once in a blue moon, they produce a true gem of fairly impartial reporting, such as when they print this op-ed item which discusses, in incredible detail, the ‘ins-and-outs’ and tortured birth pains of HIGH SPEED TWO, or HS2  as it is commonly known. The article sets out, in great detail, how momentous, expensive and sometimes biased political decisions are actually made, how influence is brought to bear by lobbyists with a financial axe to grind, and how, in the end, the taxpayer is left holding and funding the abortion which resulted from these decisions.

When the Guardian sets out to do a hatchet job, they do it extremely well, and I commend it to OoL readers as a striking example of what British journalism is capable of. Now all we have to do is to persuade the Guardian to repatriate their governance and cash from Jersey, and they can rejoin the MSM without the cant of doing one thing, whilst saying another!


Another article from the Guardian which I have just read myself tells of the price paid by betting shop staff through cost-cutting measures; along with the  true scourge of FOBT’s, or Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals, which are rightly regarded as the ‘Crack cocaine’ of the betting industry. Read at your leisure, before wandering down to the ‘betting shop’ to give your hard-earned cash to the bookies!

7 comments for “Beware: Zombies on the line!

  1. June 7, 2016 at 11:55 am

    As a long time railway buff, I worked on the old Great Central Line in the 1950’s with men who had joined the railway before WW1, the link to Simon Jenkins was great reading. The HS2 is likely to become one of the biggest fattest most stupid turkeys in history. The collateral damage of its costs etc. will be immense. It can never and will never operate at any sort of profit.

  2. Henry Kaye
    June 7, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I have long been of the opinion that the spending activities of our governments should be severely limited. These “ministers” who go into politics very soon after completlng their PPE education have nothing but ideology to equip them with important fiscal decisions. What do they really know about anything?

    • Ted Treen
      June 7, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Q:“…What do they really know about anything?..”

      A: Everything when it comes to nest-feathering, but absolutely nothing when it comes to the viability of public expenditure. I (as ex-railway staff) am with Demetrius: HS2 is nothing more than Cameron’s egotistical Ozymandias moment.

  3. June 7, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Now all we have to do is to persuade the Guardian to repatriate their governance and cash from Jersey, and they can rejoin the MSM without the cant of doing one thing, whilst saying …

    Fat chance.

  4. Hereward Unbowed.
    June 7, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    HS2……….. I liken it to this megalomaniacs crazed dreams.


    FFS – we should never have built HS1!

    The Chunnel – It was never ever about what Britain wanted – period. Simply put, the lies told about this railway and its demented sister – project defy gravity, but why oh why are they (Bliar?McRuin/Camoron) so keen on NOT telling the truth?

    I’ll let you hazard a guess – as to why!

    It’s a good tale narrated by Jenks but as per …….he missed the point and by a fucking country mile – spectacularly at that – it was ever thus.

    The only reason for this idiot idea? Look no further than here.

    It will be done, no matter what is the cost, no matter if it is (not) required – it ain’t.

    We’ve got to get out and away from the Brussels ‘grand projet’ – for, we cannot afford its beyond psychotic – grandiloquent delusion.

  5. Errol
    June 7, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    A very long article and not a single mention of TEN-T, or the EU’s involvement whatsoever. Then, as usual you read the guardian comments. Hate filled, angry serial spendaholics demanding that more good money be thrown after bad as long as the grand socialist empire continues.

    • Hereward Unbowed.
      June 8, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Last night, unfortunately, I watched that green tosser and endlessly garrulous Eton fop and charlatan informing the great British public that (paraphrasing)… “it is the British thing to do – to vote for more EU”.

      For fucks sake. Although he did quite well, Mr. Farage always misses the boat, somehow all the leave campaign does (why, oh why, oh why?) – they need to start spelling it out – AND now would be a perfect time.

      We are being led up the garden path, either Camoron understands not much about the EU federal superstate, fuck all about the ACQUIS – “I’ll get my reforms” – my arse!
      Plus, Dave comprehends not at all the history of the Westminster claque where it was agreed to a total Omerta, a wall of silence and long ago…though, we’re all in need of a history lesson:

      The British public, have been unaware of the changes and this was deliberate policy.

      It started well before we joined in Jan 73.. The tragedy of, the reorganisation of local government was the first great ‘EUropeanisation’ where during 72-74 the local districts, councils and traditional infrastructure of English administration was very purposefully destroyed and the big Metropolitan councils were inaugurated. Done, planned in Brussels. this was a land grab – literally and metaphorically – the twinning of UK villages and towns to EUropean shitsplats and the consequent intermingling of councillors and local dignitaries – showed local UK apparatchiks the ‘benefits’ of kowtowing and joining up with the big council ‘tent’ over in Brussels – know it, realize it that, our EUropeanisation has been in train for a very long time…………….very clever – finessed – since 1972, we have been………………….

      As we see from Cabinet papers and other documents of the early Sixties, Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and his ‘Europe Minister’ Edward Heath were put completely in the picture about the secret ‘grand plan’. But in June 1961 the Cabinet formally agreed that it must not be revealed to the British people.

      In Macmillan’s words, to admit ‘the political objectives’ of the Rome Treaty would raise ‘problems of public relations’ so ‘considerable’ that they should be kept under wraps. It was vital to emphasise only the economic advantages of British entry.

      Chris Booker here.

      And this:

      This was a deliberate lie, as no one knew better than him and the senior Foreign Office official who two years earlier had written a secret paper on ‘Sovereignty’.

      The paper chillingly spelled out how it would be the end of the century before the British people woke up to how much of their power to govern themselves and make their own laws had been given away — by which time it would be too late.

      My highlighting.

      I’ll throw this in, for these were the final days of our total subsuming into the Brussels hive.

      People need to understand, but we just can’t, don’t see it.

      Egad! we should sense it but we’re too insensate, in a stupor, coshed by a hard sell of EU propagandizing. But we should know that, we are a mere satrapy and a lowly province of le grand projet.
      How apt it is and talking of HS2 – like a railway train coming down a track – they made us build and when I say ‘they’ I mean WESTMINSTER AND BRUSSELS – FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES: ANY LONGER – THERE IS NO REAL DISTINCTION.

      Only by voting OUT, by getting out, can we commence to drag our country back out…….. from the jaws of the Brussels Superstate.

      It’s nearly too late, this is the last chance station before we set off and the EU – sinks the west.

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