Guardian Realises Rishi’s One of Them

Last night the Guardian published what must be the most damning revelation of Rishi’s premiership yet: he has private healthcare. How the government recovers from this after tomato-gate is anyone’s guess…

Almost half of the story is dedicated to the manufactured outrage of activists and campaign groups, with the co-chair of “Keep Our NHS Public” quoted as saying “It should be no surprise that Rishi Sunak has private medical care arrangements; this will be the norm for many of the rich and powerful…”, and Dr Ellen Welch of the Doctors’ Association UK claiming “If NHS general practice continues to be neglected and private practice becomes the norm, it is the least well-off who will suffer.” Suffering by reducing pressure on NHS services, apparently…

Well, if private healthcare is the norm for the “rich and powerful”, Keep Our NHS Public must be furious at appearing in the GuardianHere are the benefits of working at GNM (Guardian News & Media):

What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander…

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WATCH: Marina Hyde Endorses the Taxpayers’ Alliance Core Policy Agenda

Marina Hyde has a new book out based on her often hilariously opinionated and searing columns – usually decrying Brexit and roasting the political players involved. In a real turn up for the books, the Guardian columnist has some sound opinions that Guido heartily agrees with – particularly on the Guidoisation of politics. This is the idea that democratic politics, which has long been recognised as a branch of show business for ugly people, is increasingly a sub-genre of reality television, with interchangeable characters. That’s not a particularly left/right belief.

In an interview about the book she argues that generally we have an “unbelievably bad crop of politicians”. More specifically soundly, when Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy asks the classic beauty pageant contestant’s question, “If you could change anything in the world, what would you change now?”, instead of calling for world peace, Marina calls for the simplification of the tax system, implicitly endorsing a long standing policy goal of the Taxpayers’ Alliance. She praises Hong Kong’s slimmed-down system, which whilst progressively starting at 2%, goes up to a maximum top rate of just 17%. It also has clear and simple tax rules with few loopholes. James Roberts, managing director of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, says “It’s heart-warming to hear of comrade columnists now calling out the complex and burdensome tax system. Get in touch and we’ll sign you up!” Something to splurge the royalties on, Marina.

What Just Happened?!: Dispatches from Turbulent Times” – Marina Hyde

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Fake News and Fantasies of Anti-Frackers

The Guardian struck it rich in their ongoing opposition to fracking on Wednesday when geologist Chris Cornelius, one of the founders of Cuadrilla’s shale operation in the North West, threw shade at the chances of the industry re-opening.

The geology in Lancashire isn’t conducive, he said. It’s too expensive, investors won’t fund it, it won’t lead to “a meaningful supply of new gas”, the regulatory environment is oppressive, and there’s no social license for it.

It’s true the anti-frackers have polluted the environment with fake-news stories of “flaming faucets” and being “thrown out of bed” by earth tremors 2.9 on Richter (a level that is barely discernible on the surface). The clean-up of the information environment will take decades.

Chris Cornelius may or may not be right in his various assessments, though they are all out of his area of expertise. The industry has advanced since his time, the regulatory environment can be changed, the law against illegal protest behaviour can be tightened, provision for national pricing might be introduced. Time will tell.

The certainties that he – and most anti-frackers – express are no better than opinions (“A dangerous fantasy . . . cheaper than renewables . . . do nothing to cut bills” – Ed Miliband.)

In the matter of investment there is a pipeline of cash ready to flow, not least from Jim Ratcliffe’s INEOS.

Cornelius’ one area of expertise is undermined by Francis Egan, current CEO of Cuadrilla, who wrote to the Guardian rebutting his geological assertions:

“Mr Cornelius left Cuadrilla more than a decade ago and has not been involved in the coring, fracking or flow testing of recent wells by Cuadrilla and other industry players, and does not have the most recently available data. His knowledge base is more than a little dated and we completely disagree with the conclusions he consequently draws.”

The Guardian declined to publish the letter…

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Sneering Sentimentalism at the Guardian

Classic sneering Guardian editorial this morning

“Royal rituals are contrived affairs meant to generate popular attachment to a privileged institution and to serve as reminders of a glorious past. Monarchy’s power rests upon a central myth; that traditions and ceremonies have remained unchanged over 1,000 years of family drama. In reality the parades and commemoration services have been invented, and reinvented, to preserve the monarchy’s relevance. However, they are also essentially ephemeral, devoid of anything more powerful than that which is sentimental and evocative. How much Britain will be changed once this moment floats past the country is as yet unknown.”

Of course that didn’t stop the Guardian’s editor Kath Viner accepting a ticket to the funeral from the “privileged institution” herself. Maybe she’s sentimental…

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Liz Will Save Taxpayers £30 Billion According to Guardian

Rishi and the Guardian keep saying Liz’s tax cuts will “cost” billions. Just a regular reminder that the money belongs to taxpayers; a tax cut does not cost taxpayers, it saves them paying taxes that they can instead spend in the real economy. The mindset that thinks taxes are a “cost” is a mindset that puts the state before the individual. Language is a tell about attitudes – socialists always think in terms of tax cuts costing the state revenue.

Helpfully, the Guardian and their experts have broken down the £50 billion figure in their headline:

So to translate into how this works on your payslip breakdown: taxpayers will save £13 billion from scrapping NICS, £6.7 billion will be saved by married couples by making the marriage tax allowance fully transferable – supporting families and in doing so strengthening society. £11 billion will be saved by removing green levies off your energy bills and £19 billion will be saved by businesses to be reinvested or more likely to pay increased wages in the inflationary environment we are now in. The only true cost to taxpayers is therefore the £10 billion on strengthening defence.

The net saving to taxpayers pocketed, based on the Guardian’s figures, is £30 billion. Much of which will unfortunately go towards paying their increased energy bills. So Liz Truss’s tax savings are the best way to ameliorate energy price rises without getting into price controls which distort price signals. Price signals that incentivise people to change their energy usage and insulate their homes…

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Parliamentary Staffers Claim “Difficult” Work Causing Bad Mental Health

This morning’s Guardian published a rare exclusive which caught Guido’s attention: a “groundbreaking” study which reveals the alarming truths of working in Westminster. According to this pioneering research, around half of MPs’ staffers are at “breaking point” and suffer from “clinical levels of psychological distress“, with nearly 20% describing the experience of working the in mother of parliaments as “harrowing“. One of the reasons it’s been such a traumatic experience? Yes, Brexit…

“Parliamentary aides said they were at “breaking point” after years of crises, from Brexit to Covid, a lack of support from superiors and abuse from the public… 49.5% met the medical threshold for psychological distress – more than twice the level in the general population.”

The Guardian also somehow manages to connect this to Partygate, claiming the findings will “raise further concerns about the working culture in Westminster” ahead of Sue Gray’s report. A working culture so harrowing, so emotionally distressing, that staffers just can’t cope with how much fun it is to get drunk on subsidised booze. Even during Covid, staffers were handed a tax-free £312 bonus to cover home-working expenses. Must be tough. Meanwhile in Kyiv, MPs and their staff are still heading in to the office despite, erm, a full-scale invasion and missile strikes…

 

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