The Plastic Hippo

October 23, 2014

In sickness and in health

Filed under: Health,Media,Politics,Rights,Society — theplastichippo @ 2:00 am
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Via bbc.co.uk

Via bbc.co.uk

After a period of quiet introspection, I have come to the conclusion that I have been completely wrong in suggesting that Tory ideology is destroying the very fabric of society. The very fabric of society is not being destroyed. Instead, it is being systematically measured out, marked with chalk and then cut up into profitable bolts to be sold off to any passing sharks looking to make a fast buck from basic human necessity. I was also wrong about Tory ideology. The gangsters doing the selling off are not even Tories.

Ever since the English Civil War and the subsequent Age of Enlightenment, Tory ideology has been based on “God, King and Country” along with a dollop of High Church Anglicanism mixed with a little avuncular oppression. (more…)

October 16, 2014

Scrounger cull

Eastry Court image via The People

Eastry Court image via The People

With political correctness gone mad; three cheers for a politician brave enough to speak common sense and offer a practical solution to an insidious burden that affects us all. There are times when honesty dictates that simple truths need to be addressed and difficult words need to be spoken if we are to protect ourselves from abject ruin.

Existing within our communities, there are some sections of society that contribute absolutely nothing to the general good. Festering on state handouts, this underclass wallows in self pity and exploits a something-for-nothing lifestyle choice at the expense of decent, hardworking normal people. In a caring and compassionate society, it must be said that some of these unfortunates have been reduced to depravity through no fault of their own but by an accident of birth. Others, however, have made a conscious decision to defraud the state. In these austere times brought about by selfish nurses, teachers, social workers and malingerers, it is time to abandon so-called politic correctness and name names to shame these scroungers. Good people of the United Kingdom and beyond; we are being forced to pay the bill for the lavish lifestyles of Conservative peers freeloading in the House of Lords. (more…)

October 13, 2014

Making your mind up

bbc.co.uk

bbc.co.uk

When something or other turns out to be a little bit popular, it is sadly inevitable that even moderate success will attract imitators, copyists and blatant plagiarists.

Whenever talent and originality emerges or gimmicky notoriety makes money, there are legions of bandwagon jumpers looking to cash in. Hence we had decades of everyone trying to sing like Kate Bush, then Bjork, then the Hemidemisemiquaver 64th note urban yodelling of Whitney Houston, then the artificial removal of the glottal stop in the style of Lily Allen and now the pop star as harlot Lady Gaga persona. When Abba won, other nations decided that the only hope of winning the Eurovision Song Contest was to be represented by two ugly blokes and two attractive women who might or might not be moonlighting from the adult film industry. Thus the nervous nation was on the receiving end of Save All Your Kisses For Me complete with its own funny little dance and Making Your Mind Up with disturbingly kitsch skirt ripping. It is surprising that former minor celebrities up before the bench on serious charges have not cited ripping off someone`s dress in front of a live TV audience of millions as evidence of the period`s zeitgeist. (more…)

October 9, 2014

Zombie invasion

Filed under: Education,Health,Rights,Society,World — theplastichippo @ 3:00 am
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Via Anchorbat

Via Anchorbay

There is nothing even remotely funny about contagious diseases and Ebola in West Africa is just about as serious as things can get. It is so serious that western governments are now urgently deploying military personnel to fight the deadly virus. Cuba, it seems, are sending doctors.

Ebola is not funny; it was not funny last week or last month or back in December or even further back in 1976 when the virus began spreading in Sudan and Zaire. Similarly, it did not raise many laughs in 2007 when it killed more than 400 in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Only medical statisticians can tell us when an outbreak becomes an epidemic and when an epidemic becomes a pandemic but, according to some western governments and the feral media that supports them, we are now facing the end of the world. (more…)

October 6, 2014

Lord of the flies

Via standard.co.uk

Via standard.co.uk

It is as if the entire coalition cabinet has been flying on an aircraft which has suffered an unfortunate but non-fatal crash on some deserted island far away from civilisation and the controlling influence of grown-ups.

Imagine an enclosed society where marooned public schoolboys fight to the death over the death of a government. In 1954, William Golding did. He could never have imagined that his inspired allegory would become reality in, of all places, the Palace of Westminster. We have been treated to some fairly colossal howlers during the 2014 party conference season. When given their go at holding the conch, Ed Miliband forgot to mention the deficit, David Cameron told a massive lie about the deficit and Nick Clegg tried to claim credit for the massive lie about the deficit. With all three parties haemorrhaging membership and distain at politics turning into disgust, the descent into savagery is inevitable. If the Scottish independence campaign was characterised by negativity, threats, scare-mongering and insults, the next seven months of hysterical shouting will make the Jerry Springer Show sound like Gardener`s Question Time. (more…)

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