A headline that caught my eye:

Soccer Club Demands Fans Who Booed BLM Undergo Re-Education Courses Before Being Allowed Back

Cambridge United have handed a stadium ban to fans who booed players taking a knee before their home game against Colchester.

Other fans have been asked to undertake education around discrimination and equality before they are allowed back into the Abbey Stadium.

A handful of fans could be heard booing ahead of kick-off in the League Two fixture on December 15, even though it was quickly drowned out by applause.

As I understand it, soccer fans are the paying customers of soccer clubs. So Cambridge United is banning its own customers. How long can any business last if it bans its own customers? Not very long. I expect to soon hear that Cambridge United has gone broke.

It’s another example of how crazily upsidedown our world has become. We no longer pay attention to public opinion: we instead re-educate the public Public opinion has become something to be shaped by an elite of experts.

I experience such re-education myself, from my tobacco packets, which tell me:

Smoking causes 9 out of 10 lung cancers.

My tobacco packet is encouraging me to stop smoking tobacco. Isn’t that just like Cambridge United banning its own fans?

My response to this advice is to simply become ever more determined to carry on smoking. And I imagine that the response of Cambridge United fans will probably be to become ever more determined to boo BLM (which thoroughly deserves to be booed). When people are pushed, they push back.

So how successful are attempts to re-educate the public likely to be?

I think it’s likely to backfire spectacularly.

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25 Responses to Upsidedown

  1. Timothy Goodacre says:

    I won’t be taking the knee for anyone. I detest all these idiots rewriting our history. We have NOTHING to be ashamed of. Just look at Zimbabwe !!!

  2. Chris Sorochin says:

    How, exactly, will they know who these “booers” are?

  3. Mark Jarratt says:

    Upside-down is correct. Unfortunately too many show supine acquiescence to government diktats, no matter how ludicrous, irrational, or unfit for purpose. Claiming “smoking CAUSES 9 of 10 lung cancers” is a calculated lie. Lung cancer remains relatively rare, although oddly, some data concludes rates have increased since widespread smoking bans. As with any risk, it is relative, according to the Law of Paracelsus (the dose makes the poison), known since antiquity. Healthism is a cult, like appeasing the evil CV19 god, and cults are not susceptible to reason, facts or analysis…but you know that! From me in Launceston, Tasmania (not Cornwall). 🌽🧱

  4. Lepercolonist says:

    BLM are Marxist nation haters. They deserve to be booed.

  5. waltc says:

    There’s a great line T S Eliot once wrote that was something along the lines of “either the entire world has gone mad or I have and please, God, let it be me.” Well, it’s not me and the world is getting too mad and tiresome to want to be part of.

    • RdM says:

      “All the world is queer save thee and me, and even thou art a little queer.”
      ― Robert Owen

      Don’t give up yet, Walt! ;=})

    • RdM says:

      The world is wider than your temporarily perceived part of it, portion, potion – and we want you in it, bright eyed, observing, commenting, rising above it, writing in of or on it. OK?

      Fiction? Reportage? Notes from the front? From back at home? Step outside …

      Keep healthy and well, take walks, take notes, get what sunshine you can, fresh air ;-

      Make a change of scene !

      This too shall pass …

      Veni Vidi Vici

      Or Velcro. I stuck around …

  6. Rose says:

    Now it all makes sense.

    Neil Ferguson interview: China changed what was possible

    “Professor Neil Ferguson has given an extraordinary interview to Tom Whipple at The Times, in which he confirms the degree to which he believes that imitating China’s lockdown policies at the start of 2020 changed the parameters of what Western societies consider acceptable.

    “I think people’s sense of what is possible in terms of control changed quite dramatically between January and March,” Professor Ferguson says. When SAGE observed the “innovative intervention” out of China, of locking entire communities down and not permitting them to leave their homes, they initially presumed it would not be an available option in a liberal Western democracy:
    It’s a communist one party state, we said. We couldn’t get away with it in Europe, we thought… and then Italy did it. And we realised we could.
    – Professor Neil Ferguson, The Times

    He almost seems at pains to emphasise the Chinese derivation of the lockdown concept, returning to it later in the interview:

    “These days, lockdown feels inevitable. It was, he reminds me, anything but. “If China had not done it,” he says, “the year would have been very different.””

    To those people who, still now, object to lockdowns on civil liberties principles, this will be a chilling reminder of the centrality of the authoritarian Chinese model in influencing global policy in this historic year.”

    Unfortunately, the interview was published in the Times on Christmas Day and we only get the Sunday print edition, so I can’t check it’s veracity.

    Professor Neil Ferguson: People don’t agree with lockdown and try to undermine the scientists

    After a year when his advice helped to drive pandemic politics and his personal life was news, Professor Neil Ferguson says he was mostly right.

    Tom Whipple, Science Editor
    Friday December 25 2020, 6.00pm, The Times

    Curses, foiled again.

  7. Steven simon says:

    When the blm Organization tried to desecrate the statue of winston Churchill did they not realise if the nazis had won all black people would no longer exist in this country.Perhaps I should organise an alternative blm march.Bald lives matter

  8. Rose says:

    Just in case you haven’t heard anything about it, the United Kingdom leaves the EU tonight at 11 pm. (Midnight Brussels time)

    BBC and Sky seem to be too busy to mention it this morning.

  9. Roobeedoo2 says:

    Happy New Year, all :D

  10. Clicky says:

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