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Confusionism: Piers Corbyn, Boris Johnson’s Climate Guru, Back in the News Again.

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Piers Corbyn and Kate Shemirani.

Back in the News Again.

This Blog’s project of building an encyclopaedia of confusionism, following in the footsteps of our ‘look up to’ Phillipe Corcuff has been gathering pace.

With our hard-nosed news hounds we have been tracking the red-brown movements like the WPB, Galloway, Williamson, the Farage coat-tailers and national populist identitarians, of Spiked, The Full Brexit, and former New leftists recycled into Brexiteers, anti-rootless cosmopolitans like Paul Embery, and the overt “conspiracy movements and far-right parties and action groups”. Not to mention by-ways such as the music of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist Leninist) troubadour Cornelius Cardew.

A mighty task, and even our best gumshoes find it difficult to keep track of our star confusionniste, Piers Corbyn, and his latest antics.

As recently as 2015, Johnson claimed “global leaders were driven by a primitive fear that the present ambient warm weather is somehow caused by humanity; and that fear – as far as I understand the science – is equally without foundation”.

He also wrote an article in 2013 suggesting the government should consider preparing for a mini-ice age caused by solar activity, drawing on a discredited theory by the climate denier Piers Corbyn – brother of the former Labour leader. And in the same year, Johnson said windfarms – now a key part of the government’s plan to transition to net zero – couldn’t “pull the skin off a rice pudding”.

Guardian. Today.

There is this as well:

There is a confusionniste explanation of why Piers is in the news again, and trending on Twitter.

Written by Andrew Coates

September 20, 2021 at 5:15 pm

Brexit: Autumn of Anguish as Shortages Grow.

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As Autumn Comes Brexit Backers Squirm.

London, Burning by Anthony Quinn (2021) is a novel about the final years of the 1970s, the end of an era. The principal threads are about Vicky Tress a young policewoman who gets involved with the Bent Coppers scandal, . Hannah Strode a youthful reporter, Callum Conlan is an Irish academic and writer who gets accused of involvement with the IRA, and Freddie Selves a theatre producer putting on a musical based on the Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. Thatcher’s (fictional) shadow home secretary, ‘Anthony Middleton’, gives the book an even serious political player edge. Quinn lays on period atmosphere with a trowel, the Bomb Squad, Punk, and (this is a distant memory…) Silk Cut from cigarette machines in pubs. As Margaret Thatcher’s fortunes rise, the fin-de-régime, Labour government of James Callaghan is shaken by an endless series of strikes, the Winter of Discontent.

Following strikes by refuse workers Callum “was becoming so used to the ight of uncollected rubbish in the street” that he barely notice it. He couldn’t remember when the bin men had gone on strike. London had always seemed to him untidy and litter-strewn; but this something else, a towering rubbish dump that choked the pavements and stank to high heaven.”

The Winter of Discontent (1978 -9) was also marked by a Lorry Drivers’ Strike,

In Kingston upon Hull, striking hauliers were able to blockade the city’s two main roads effectively enough to control what goods were allowed into and out of the city, and companies made their case to their own nominal employees to get past the barricades. Newspaper headlines likened the situation to a siege, and the Battle of Stalingrad; fears that food supplies would also be impacted fuelled panic buying. Such coverage often exaggerated the reach of the strikers, which served both their interest and their employers’.[33] It also helped the Conservatives disseminate “Stepping Stones”‘ arguments about unionism out of control to the public; letters to the editor across the country reflected a growing public anger with the unions

Lorry drivers are again at the centre of the news…..

Bin collection within 24 local councils has been disrupted due to self-isolation rules and a lack of workers to drive the lorries.

Local government leaders have called on the home secretary Priti Patel to relax immigration rules for heavy goods vehicle drivers to ease the disruption.

Independent.

Will this Autumn of Anguish be followed by a new Winter of Discontent?

UK faces two year ‘perfect storm’ of Brexit and Covi and…

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LBC.  EJ Ward.

A “perfect storm” of Brexit and Covid staff shortages which could last for two more years, a leading business group warned last night.

A “perfect storm” caused by Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic has left businesses battling shortages of lorry drivers, waiters, chefs and construction workers, according to the Confederation of British Industry, which represents 190,000 companies.

Director general Tony Danker warned that the “acute” skills shortages will extend into yet more industries and may not resolve themselves until 2023.

Hundreds of thousands of overseas workers, who left Britain during the pandemic, have stayed abroad while others left in the wake of stricter immigration rules following Brexit

Arch-Confusionniste Paul Embery is not shaken:

Brexit-bashing tweet ruthlessly mocked after ‘middle-class’ food shortages claim ‘Bonkers’

Brexit Denialists out today:

Written by Andrew Coates

September 6, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Dominic Cummings ‘tens of thousands’ died unnecessarily because of way Covid was handled’.

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This story is still developing. By any standards it is beyond serious, and far beyond what even those opposed to the National Populist Tory Government and its leader expected. The pundits will write at endless length about it, the Tories will circle their wagons around the Leader and the gammon will shrug it all off. Then the anti-Starmer left will some find some way to use it to attack Keir Starmer.

Written by Andrew Coates

May 26, 2021 at 2:54 pm