The strengths and weaknesses of the Engish

Published: Fri, 08/27/21

The BBC actually reported on protests in Australia last weekend. Of course the emphasis was on violence, arrests, and fines, rather than the reason hundreds of thousands of people were on the streets. A senior politician was given air time lamenting the relatively low uptake for jabs in Australia, I believe only around 20% of Australians have allowed a needle to to stuck in their arms, and called on all Australians to ‘do the responsible thing’ and get jabbed. At least the BBC mentioned that some people are not 100% happy with official efforts to ‘fight the virus’, albeit on the other side of the world.

I have been trying to work out what the underlying attitude is in this country (The UK, but specifically England). English people like to think of themselves as freedom loving and basically decent and tolerant. On one level Covid 19 measures have not been as heavy handed in England as in many countries such as France. We do expect our government to be reasonable, to apply common sense, and to have respect for individual choice. On the other hand there are certain English attitudes which serve the Covid agenda very well.:

‘More than my jobsworth’. People in very minor authority do not need to be coerced into enforcing ridiculous regulations. Even the suspicion that someone higher up the food chain might want something applied, such as wearing face coverings, the response will be ‘it is more than my jobsworth to let you in not wearing a mask. This will soon extend to jabs as well, as in a barman saying, I can’t serve you in this pub without a ‘vaccine passport’, more than my jobsworth, even if the decision is theirs alone.

Snitching. The nasty little eight year old who was always running off to teacher to tell tales of bad behaviour in the playground is now 78 years old and ringing the police to report her neighbours for having some friends round for tea. I have very limited sympathy with Afghans who collaborated with the occupation for 20 years. They got well paid for assisting the occupation forces, while the invaders killed hundreds of thousands of their fellow countrymen and women. Now, they are concerned as to how the Taliban will treat them now. Maybe the English are too tolerant of traitors and collaborators, but we have never been invaded since 1066, so maybe we do not yet realise how serious collaboration with tyranny can be.

Respect for the police. I actually have some sympathy with the police officers. These people are supposed to detect and prosecute crime. So, it should be obvious to even the least imaginative constable that Covid is the biggest, and most evil, hoax ever perpetrated on the human race. I think the police have generally behaved quite well over the past 20 months and have done their best to walk the line between ‘following orders’ and not becoming the gestapo. Maybe at some point the chief constables will decide that enough is enough and arrest the cabinet and charge them with crimes against humanity. Well, we can all dream can’t we?

The problem with respect for the police is that fear of being reported to the forces of law and order, even if there is nothing plod can actually do, is a very powerful constraint on action and protest. Luckily a great many people have still been willing to protest and the police have not been able to stop the marches.

Trust in Authority. I hear this one a lot. ‘ but I can’t believe that the government/the BBC/my doctor/a teacher/the civil service/my newspaper of choice/etc etc would lie to me!’ The English sheep still have this very sweet and trusting confidence in their shepherds. My sister will discuss Covid with me (most Covid true believers won’t discuss the matter at all) but the conversation always ends with her saying. ‘But the government would not do that too us, the BBC would not deceive us, and, if you can’t trust doctors who can you trust?

So, being English I recognise certain characteristics of my race which are not bad as such. A willingness to take responsibility seriously, a willingness to assist authority in preventing crime, a respect for the police, who, by and large, earn that respect in return, and a trust, and confidence in authority figures, many of whom we elected in the first place. These perfectly healthy attitudes are then used against the English because we fail to recognise two techniques which are widely employed for the purposes of mental manipulation.

The Overton Window, which limits the discourse within the trusted areas of information. If you only listen to trusted sources, and trusted sources only feed you a false narrative, your whole belief system will be false.

Cognitive dissonance is the pain that comes with accepting that those you thought you could trust are actually lying to you. If you can look outside the Overton Window and cope with the pain that comes with accepting what you find there, then you can take responsibility for your own freedom and, help others to do the same.



PS You may think I am being a bit harsh about collaborators, but we have to take responsibility for the choices we make. A good example was Vidkun Quisling, leader of the Norwegian puppet government under the Nazi occupation, whose name has become a byword for traitors and collaborators. You can find our why here

PPS It also seems that the German government has woken up to the danger it is putting its citizens in