Thoughts for the midweek – 23rd November 2021

The wrong kind of Danish Girl

Eddie Redmayne has apologised for playing a transgender role in the Danish Girl. Apparently, the role should have gone to a trans actor.

Following that logic, Tom Cruise, not a pilot, should not have played Maverick in Top Gun. Michael Caine, not a spy, should not have played Harry Palmer. Yul Brynner, not a King, should not have played a King. No one should play an alien. Ban pantomimes.

This lunacy must stop or no films, theatre productions or television programmes will ever be made again that don’t spend the first half of their running time apologising for transgressions of futuristic revisionism.

The “progressive” identitarian activists who cry foul/cultural appropriation/transphobia (delete as appropriate) at everything that does not fit with their ever more narrow world view are a small but vocal lobby.

Find your voice, before having the wrong kind of voice becomes a crime. To quote Martin Niemoller, a German intellectual from 1945:

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the labor leaders, but I did not speak out because I was not a unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.
As one day became another and others disappeared, gypsies, mentally retarded, homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, criminals, anti-socials and emigrants, I remained silent because I was not one of them.
Then it was they came for me, but no one spoke for me because by then there was no one left to speak.

All the answers to what’s coming at you tomorrow can be found in yesterday.

Peppa Pig World or Cloud Cuckoo land?

When behind in the polls and addressing a community of whom you have allegedly previously stated “f*ck business”, referencing Peppa Pig World for 6 minutes, going off down multiple tangential rabbit holes and losing your place in your speech (taking 25 seconds to find it again amidst a sea of apologies) is unlikely to improve your ratings or even credibility with your audience.

It is no understatement to say Boris’ premiership is unravelling at a rate of knots. It is rapidly beginning to resemble the long march to doom that scarred John Major’s time in office, prior to electoral annihilation at the hands of Tony Blair.

In Major’s case, he won an election he was not supposed to win and just 4 months later the UK crashed out of the Exchange Rate Mechanism (“ERM”).

Major doubled down by imposing a 3 line whip on the Maastricht treaty without bothering to ask the electorate.

A succession of “Tory sleaze” incidents led to “Back to basics” which became a stick of derision with which to beat Major on Groundhog Day until the 1997 General Election when the nightmare ended in humiliation and he headed to the Oval to break the spell.

Nowadays, Major, the arch Europhile, haunts Boris like the ghost of Christmas past, positing as a latter day Ted Heath.

The parallels of Major’s slow motion political death by a thousand dropped catches with Boris’ tenure since winning the 2019 General Election are all too obvious.

COVID-19 is becoming his ERM via the dystopian “emergency powers” of the Coronavirus Act.

“Take back control” has become a sick joke given the more than trebling of migrants arriving via the Channel crossing (so far) in this calendar year.

Johnson’s own 3 line whip over Owen Paterson (sorry changes to the appeals process for breaches of parliamentary standards) and subsequent U-turn 24 hours later almost surplanted Major’s suicide note over Maastricht.

Theoretically, Boris has 3 more years before he has to go back to campaign mode. In reality, up coming by elections following the slaying of Sir David Amess, passing of James Brokenshire and resignation of Paterson, will be 3 referendums on Boris’ leadership, all in theoretically “safe” Tory seats.

At the end of October, the Teflon Prime Minister remained ahead in the polls and the Labour Party’s ongoing omnishambles gave no suggestion that they might provide a credible opposition to his government.

Fast forward 3 weeks and it transpires that the Johnson government is in a tail spin and even this husk of a Labour Party, riven with division, still dominated by Momentum and more focused on woke activism than workers is ahead in the polls.

Keir Starmer, has got off his knee and got his eye on the most unlikely heist since Ocean’s Eleven. Except this is not fiction.

The truth will set you free

The acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, much to the chagrin of the Democratic Party’s hard left, is a victory for justice.

The jury bravely discharged its responsibilities by ignoring the obvious pressure from Black Lives Matter, ANTIFA and sickeningly every virtue signalling Democrat from Mayors to Governors, Senators to the President himself and reached its verdict based on the facts and the law, rather than their slander.

Gun laws in the US may be abhorrent to many this side of the pond but like it or not, Rittenhouse, 17 years old at the time of the tragedy of Kenosha, was acting within the law carrying a semi automatic rifle.

Rittenhouse’ self defence assertion was supported by being hit on the head by a skateboard and being on the ground when his gun was discharged against those who wished to end his life (who were armed by the way).

This is not a defence of Kyle Rittenhouse. Nor of US gun laws. It serves however as a reminder to those “community leaders”, activists and politicians who wish to pass judgement and slander an innocent adolescent to suit their narrative, be it anti racism or trying to win the presidency. Stick to the facts.

© justchrisdavies 2021

Published by justchrisdavies

Happily married. Thatcherite Conservative, hawk, libertarian, meritocrat, patriot, free speech, free markets, abhor all identity politics, woke/cancel culture/Critical Race Theory. Privilege is not exclusively white. Proud of my country, and it’s history. Support our armed forces. Refuse to bow to revisionism. The Laffer Curve will set us free. Lower taxes = higher tax receipts @justchrisdavies on Twitter, GETTR and Parler. Support GBNews, Fellow of the Bow Group, Member of the Bruges Group.

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