THERE is absolutely no need to exaggerate the current cost of living crisis.
It’s scary enough as it is.
Just ask any family losing sleep over how to pay their bills or stunned into open-mouthed silence at the supermarket checkout.
The cost of food, fuel and essential household products is rocketing around the world.
Prices are rising by 9% en el Reino Unido. The last time inflation was so high was in 1982.
Entonces, this is the worst financial situation we’ve seen for 40 años, and a desperately worrying time for millions of people.
And at such a time of such economic meltdown, we expect those whose job it is to fix it to offer us three things: solutions, common sense, and calm.
En lugar de, the governor of the Bank of England, the most important financier in Britain, is running around like a hysterically hyperbolic headless chicken.
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Helpless? Andrew Bailey, you’re the Governor of the Bank of England. It’s literally your job to have the answers.
And if the Apocalypse is truly upon us then nothing you do or say matters because it will literally be the end of the world.
Ahora, you might think that Bailey and his team are working round the clock in their offices to rescue us.
But you would be wrong.
We learned today that Bailey is allowing his staff to work from home a staggering four days a week.
Presumably, they’re all sheltering in private bunkers from the impending Armageddon?
Bailey says everybody else should “think and reflect” before asking for a pay rise, which is a laudable position when your salary is £575,000 and you’re managing the economy over Zoom while sitting in your briefs on the sofa.
mientras tanto, the former chief economist of the Bank of England says “maths” should be rebranded because it’s frightening.
Andy Haldane told The Times it should be called “numeracy”, which is less “scary.”
I suppose we know where he took his ‘numeracy’ lessons. Sesame Street
But the last thing we need right now is a ridiculous debate about whether poor little snowflakes can handle the word ‘maths’ without going into anaphylactic shock.
The only thing that’s REALLY frightening about numbers right now is the rocketing inflation.
The governor and his stay-at-home staff need to get serious about a serious situation: stop waving the white flag of surrender, stop using woefully irresponsible language, and get back to work.
The British Monarchy undoubtedly has a lot to answer for if you consider the grand sweep of history.
King Henry the Eighth had what’s now known as a “highly problematic” relationship with women, especially when they were in close proximity to a guillotine.
His daughter Queen Mary was a big fan of burning Protestants in front of large crowds, which is also now frowned upon.
And don’t even get me started on King George III without whose madness and incompetence, I would almost certainly be King of America today.
The truth is that Britain has had Kings and Queens for about 1,200 years and just as with US Presidents, some of them have been dumb, significar, malevolent or useless. Otros, including the current Queen Elizabeth II have been magnificent.
similar, the British Empire was responsible for some very good things and some very bad things.
But they all happened in the past, a long time ago.
Different rules, different rulers, a different age.
That’s how history works.
None of it has got anything to do with today’s Royal Family, which under the always-dignified reign of La reina has led the Commonwealth with great affection and respect.
But sadly, every royal tour is now accompanied by a shrieking chorus of demands from social justice stirrers.
The latest target is Prince Charles, who’s visiting Canada to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
The Royals faced demands from rights groups in Canada to formally apologise for the way indigenous people were treated during the age of Empire.
This after the Earl and Countess of Wessex faced protests over Britain’s historic links to slavery on a visit to the Grenadines.
And the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were met with demands for reparations in Jamaica.
Mirar, it’s beyond question that the British Empire committed atrocities by the enlightened standards of today’s world.
Just as it is beyond question that there are things to be ashamed of in our past.
But there are also many reasons why we should be extremely proud to be British.
We’re a great country that’s done many great things.
Yet all the good is being forgotten now as the royals embark on what seems to be an endless grovelling apology tour for the behaviour of our ancestors.
And sorry, but I’m finding it increasingly irksome.
The Queen’s jubilee should be about celebrating her remarkable 70-year reign – nada más. It might be the last chance we get to truly honour her, so let’s save the hand-wringing and self-flagellating for another time.
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Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with at least 2.8 million people dying each year as a result of being obese.
More than half of young American adults are either overweight or obese.
In England and Scotland obesity is now a bigger cause of deaths than smoking.
But rather than tackle this problem head-on with the direct action that’s urgently required, woke warriors want health professionals to ease off on the global fat fight because it’s – sí, lo adivinaste – racista.
The University of Illinois Chicago’s school of public health defines weight stigma as “the discrimination or stereotyping based on a person’s weight,” which it claims is “reported at rates comparable to racism and is one of the last types of discrimination still condoned and carried out by public health and medical experts.”
Its report adds: “Focus on body size is ‘rooted in racism’ dating back to Charles Darwin” who “created a hierarchy of civiliSation, placing whitemen on top and people of colour, specifically black people, at the bottom, considering them to be “less civilised.” Fatness used as a marker of “uncivilised behaviour” while thinness was “more evolved”.
The report went on to “advise against using “extremely stigmatizing” words like “obesity” in favour of terms such as “people in larger bodies.” This is apparently to curb fatphobia, a fear of fat people.
For the love of God… the people being lectured about all this are doctors. Highly educated, medical professionals. They should be allowed to get on with their jobs without worrying about upsetting people who need to lose weight.
Pro-tip, por cierto, if you want to lose weight try doing a bit more exercise and sticking less food down your gullet.
The idea that it’s now deemed racist to criticise morbid obesity is yet another symptom of the woke virus’s morbid grip on common sense.
We now know that higher mortality rates from Covid-19 in the black community was linked to obesity rates.
When we tell our armies of medics who are mobilised in the fight on fat to stand down, because it’s racist, we’re actually putting our minority communities at greater risk of poor health and death.
And that, ironically, is racism.
Professional footballers are among the most lavishly-paid athletes in the world.
Top players earn millions every month for kicking a ball around, which may seem ridiculous, especially at a time of economic crisis like this, but their salaries driven by market force.
They get paid a lot because they’re the best at what they do and they make a lot of money for their teams.
And the same simple economic calculation should apply to men and women.
That’s why I’m in total agreement with the ground-breaking decision by the US Soccer Federation to pay its women’s team the same amount it pays its men.
US Women have fought hard for equal pay for years.
And they’ve earned it. They’re a ruthless winning machine – skilled, fuerte, resilient. They’ve won four World Cups, four Olympic Golds and eight Gold Cups.
Compare that with the US Men’s team, which has won precisely nothing of note and is about as entertaining as a Meghan Markle podcast.
It’s not realistic right now for all female sports teams or individual sportswomen to earn the same as male counterparts.
It depends on the sport, and their level of success, star power and revenue streams.
But in this case, it’s a no-brainer.
The US women’s team may be very smug and annoying but they’ve got every right to be.
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They’re more successful than the US men’s team, get bigger crowds, just as many sponsors and are much bigger stars.
If anything, they should be paid more.