Ye have broken faith with those who died

Poppy Day used to be a big deal in Canada, even in downtown Toronto where I used to live. It’s because a Canadian wrote “In Flanders Fields” during World War I which is a poem every Canadian once knew. Its first words are:

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow,
between the crosses row on row
that mark our place.”

This is why poppies are sold and worn on Remembrance Day everywhere. Don Cherry is something like Richie Benaud in Canada, although I don’t think he ever played hockey, or not at the top level. But he was to hockey commentary what Richie Benaud was in cricket. Here is the story that goes back to November 11, but this is the best telling I have heard.

As anyone interesting in hockey or politics already knows, Don Cherry of Coach’s Corner fame was fired on Monday, Remembrance Day, for saying on the air that immigrants should wear their poppies and have some respect for the fallen soldiers just like the rest of us. He had the effrontery to actually say “you people” so all the friggin’ SJWs went nuts and now Don is fired.

Full disclosure, most of what I know about Don Cherry is he likes loud suits. I don’t watch Hockey Night in Canada. I hate hockey, I hate television, so I never was a fan of Don Cherry for the most part, except the suits. They were flashy.

I looked him up, he’s been wearing his loud suits and doing Hockey Night in Canada since 1980. 39 years of television. That’s longer than the Ed Sullivan Show. Its about the same length of time Ed Sullivan was a broadcaster. But Don didn’t die in the saddle like Ed, he had his horse shot out from under him by SJWs.

SJWs like these women here. CTV television, The Social.  Watch the clip… if you can. Its racist in the full dictionary sense of the word, also stupid and disgusting.

#fireJessAllen is trending on Twitter, and with good reason. Jessie Rae Allen came right out and said white boys who play hockey are bullies and morons. Her exact words are in the video clip, but I’ll reproduce them in case it gets memory-holed:

“I don’t worship at the altar of hockey. I never have,” Allen said, “and maybe it’s because of where I grew up and going to a couple of different universities. There’s a certain type of person in my mind, in my experience, who does.”
Allen continued saying, “And they all tended to be white boys who weren’t, let’s say, very nice. They were not generally thoughtful. They were often bullies.”
“Their parents were able to afford to put them, you know, spend $5,000 a year on minor hockey.” Allen suggests that the money would be better suited to travelling and learning about the world.
She concluded her statements saying that Don Cherry is a “representative” of the type of person that Allen is talking about. Allen acknowledged that Cherry has “done some good things” but added

 “Whether he’s charming or not, but he’s still a bigot and a misogynist.”

Generally I don’t believe in people getting fired for talking, not even talking on television. Free country, you are free to run your mouth. Be all the jackass you can be, I don’t care.

But this is not “generally”.

They fired Don Cherry after 39 years for saying the truth: Downtown Toronto, nobody wears a poppy. Mississauga, Brampton, nobody wears a poppy. And they should. Because people died for them to be free. Acknowledging that sacrifice is part of being a Canadian. That’s what he said, and they fired him.

Jesse Allen said white boys are bullies, idiots and bigots. Don Cherry is white, a bigot and a misogynist, and it was GREAT that they fired him.

Comparing Mr. Cherry to Ms. Allen, she’s a whole new level of bigoted. Hockey players and people who watch hockey are uncultured White hicks who hate immigrants, women and the outside world.

So if they fired Don Cherry, they BETTER fire Jesse Allan.

You Lefties wanted new rules? No problem. Now you can live in fear of your job just like Conservatives do.

Update! :

Seen first at Blazing Cat Fur (hi Arney!) we have The Apology from Jess Allen and CTV. From the Blob & Snail:

CTV says it is apologizing to anyone who was offended by comments made by a correspondent on its show The Social following the firing of hockey commentator Don Cherry.

As apologies go, its very legal boilerplate. Bottom line, -real- racism gets a pass, Jess Allen keeps her job, Don Cherry still very fired.

So no surprises here. Business as usual, shut up and get back to work you useless proles.

Upperdate: Full CTV statement:

“CTV’s The Social is based on opinion and debate about current issues, and we often hear from viewers who don’t agree with some of the perspectives on the show.
However, Jessica Allen’s comments about hockey have generated an extraordinary response. We’ve been touched by the stories we’ve heard from Canadians everywhere, including families from Humboldt, about what the game means to them. That matters to us.
We would like to apologize to everyone who was offended by the remarks, and let you know your feedback sparked much debate and introspection at The Social and CTV. We won’t restrict our hosts from offering their opinions on an opinion show, but we’ll always listen to viewers when they offer theirs.”

You know, the full Q&A schtick. So let me put it this way:
if they can re-elect Justin Trudeau they are as stupid a nation as the world now can find.

Shameless and corrupt

An election is the final judgement of voters. There is plenty of chicanery in an American election, but almost all of it is on behalf of Democrats. Now these same Democrats want to add a another tier to the process: the right to try to remove a President from office if the President is not also a Democrat while the Democrats have a majority in the House. Here is some more from Drudge which is now anti-Trump and as corrupt as the rest of the media. This is a Democrat perspective, the same kind of vermin who think socialism is the answer.

Trump Nears Defining Hour as Impeachment Goes Public...
Faces limits of his power...
Schiff on Hook to Make Case...
Offenses Include 'Bribery'...
Dem lead lawyer known for prosecuting mobsters, swindlers...
Republican senator: All comes down to motive...
President Considered Firing Intel Inspector General...
In private speech, Bolton says policy decisions guided by personal interest...
Napolitano emerges as top critic...
FACEBOOK Sued for Censoring Posts Naming Whistleblower...
Death Threats Increase...
State Dept faces biggest crisis since McCarthy hysteria...
Aides counseling Trump not to fire Mulvaney...
Senate trial to last 6 WEEKS?
Therapy dogs headed to Capitol Hill...
Cable news showdown...

And to look at things from the other side, this is Victor Davis Hanson on 10 reasons why this impeachment ‘inquiry’ is really a coup. I’ll give you the last one but you should read the other nine as well.

10) Precedent. The indiscriminate efforts to remove Trump over the past three years, when coupled with the latest impeachment gambit, have now set a precedent in which the out party can use impeachment as a tool to embarrass, threaten or seek to remove a sitting president and reverse an election. We are witnessing constitutional government dissipating before our eyes.

Eight years of Obama was all right, but eight seconds of Trump was not. Biden and Clinton corruption as obvious as the moon on a cloudless night while after three years of hunting high and low there has been nothing found that could even begin to tarnish Trump and suggest his intent from start to finish was anything other than to provide honest government, prosperity and even-handed justice. But forecasts on these things are hard to make since you never really know what any of those Republicans really think.

An obvious suicide

If you are a threat to the Clintons, what else do you expect. All three posts below are from Instapundit. You will not see any of it in the local paper, or on the ABC which is well-known for its support of violence.

LET’S PLAY A ROUND OF “WHISTLEBLOWER SHIT-SHOW!”  Well, CBS fired Ashley Bianco, producer formerly of ABC for allegedly releasing the video that outlines how ABC spiked an investigation of pedophile and Clinton mega-donor Jefferey Epstein. Megyn Kelly interviews her and she tearfully denies it. On the same day, James O’Keefe published a letter from the real whistleblower.

In the meantime both networks are following the DNC-talking points about investigating leakers: When the President does it, it’s bad. When they do it…crickets.

Where to start? I wish Kelly had asked Bianco what CBS told her when they fired her. That aside, I’ve been asked a lot about her legal remedies. Honestly, you could take what I know about Labor Law, put in your eye and still see pretty well. As I understand it, NY is an “at-will” state, meaning they can fire you for no reason unless it’s a race/age/gender thing.

Defamation? Maybe, but defamation claims in NY require “in hac verbae”, that is a pleading of the actual defamatory statement in the Complaint. And you can bet that both CBS and ABC would fight coughing up any docs for years, and would resist pre-action discovery to depose the HR departments to find out what ABC said to CBS. I doubt this lady has the financial wherewithal for that kind of fight.

But, this may be one of the rare instances where a cause of action for Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress might work. Very generally, the tort requires that the plaintiff must have been in the “zone of danger” of the defendant’s negligent act, or it must have been foreseeable that the defendant’s negligent conduct would have caused the plaintiff emotional harm. (And New York does not, like a few states, require physical harm or contact). And if CBS fired an employee on ABC’s mistaken say-so, well, that’s pretty damned negligent. Dare I even say “collusion”?

Who’s taking odds that CBS writes a check to make this go away?

BTW, Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself.

Then this.

Not to mention this.

It’s sort of all taken as something of a joke, but with today the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, it’s kind of spooky how ignorant so many people in the media and among the general population are.

A hoax and a scam

We just get used to it but these people on the left, these people in the media. these socialist nobodies, wish to overturn the democratic process. They should be put in jail. Not only are these people corrupt to the core, not only are these people ignorant, not only are they attempting to overturn our political system, they are as incompetent in their inability to make sound policy as it is possible to be. We treat much of this like a joke, but that is only because they have been unsuccessful. In fact, they have only been partly unsuccessful. They should be treated as the traitorous scum they actually are.

AND LET ME ADD THIS about the person the left is trying to overturn as president: Trump will lead the NYC parade he saved. The Democrats are soul-sick and vermin. Their leading presidential candidates are policy fools and with not a single moral scruple between them. They are liars and thieves, all of which is known. But this is the real Donald Trump, with a story that goes back to 1995 when he was not running for anything.

In August 1995, organizers for the annual Veterans Day Parade in New York City looked at how much money they had three months before the big day.


The New York Times reported, “A request to airlines to donate blankets for aging veterans was turned down because logos might not be visible on television.”


The Times reported, “Then Donald Trump, a non-veteran, agreed to throw in $200,000 as well as raise money from his friends, in exchange for being named grand marshal.”

In short order, they had $2.4 million, saving the parade and the city’s honor.

On Veterans Day 1995, United Press International reported, “More than 500,000 people jammed the sidewalks of Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue Saturday to watch three generations of veterans march in the Nation’s Parade. The crowd cheered as 25,000 veterans marched in one of the last national events marking the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II. The mood of the parade was festive despite the blustery weather, with marching veterans smiling and onlookers shouting ‘Thank you.'”

The story also said, “Organizers, who placed the turnout at closer to a million, said the parade would not have been a success if it hadn’t been for real estate developer Donald Trump, who contributed $200,000.

“‘Donald Trump saved the parade,’ said parade director Tom Fox, himself a Vietnam veteran. ‘We had asked for donations from 200 corporations, and none of them came through,’ he said.

“‘This donation is the single most important thing I’ve ever done,’ said a beaming Trump. ‘This is more important than all of my buildings and my casinos. This is my way of saying thank you to all the men and women in the armed services who have made it possible for me to become a success. Without them freedom and liberty would be gone.'”

And now it is without Donald Trump freedom and liberty would be gone. We live in very dangerous times.

The media and Mr Trump

I’ll start with this to set the scene: Anti-Trump Media Is Waging Psychological Warfare Against the American People.

They hate Trump and they want him removed from office. They hate the American people who voted for Trump and insult them repeatedly by calling them racists, xenophobes, and worse.

None of this is happening by accident. The anti-Trump media, which is most of the media, is waging a psychological war against the American people.

They are using every resource they have to convince you to hate Trump as much as they do, and they’re doing it every single hour of every single day.

I will then add this from Drudge.


And I’ll finish with this: That NBC poll showing 49 percent in favor of impeaching Trump has some VERY interesting internals where you find this among other useful information.

The next US election, which is exactly a year from now, is far far from a certainty in how the vote will go. But it is an election that will determine a good deal about our future across the West. But then, who cares since many/most of us won’t be there to see what finally unfolds, and our “elites” are already building their barricades to protect themselves.

The political lessons of the Katie Hill event

This will disappear by Monday but it is interesting to follow. From the comments section on WHAT KATIE CAN DO, Katie Hill that is. From Powerline.

The job of the establishment media is to make mountains out of molehills and molehills out of mountains. Now we’re charging up a Hill and it ain’t San Juan. It’s Katie, and she’s knocked Ms. Omar/Hirsi/Elmi off the front pages of our leading papers…er…she’s competing for front-page status at the Daily Mail and New York Post…uh…well…OK, so nobody other than writers and consumers of bigoted blogs will notice, but among us it’s big news. The real story here (not the real photos) is vote harvesting and general election fraud that’s part of all our big-city elections and is running rampant in California. Has anyone seen the report from the voter-fraud commission that President Trump started up just after election? Oh, that’s right. The voter-fraud commission was shut down because there wasn’t any fraud and what little actually existed could be policed by the Our People’s Division of the Department of Justice. Has anyone noticed any investigation from our Justice Department? Any convictions?

This is one of the geniuses who originally lost in a gerrymandered Republican district but who ultimately ‘won’ when bags of ‘absentee ballots’ were discovered a week after the election. Did the Republiclowns sue or make any kind of a protest? Nope. And now we have this appetizing spectacle.

Democrats like Katie stole the midterm election using ballot harvesting, which allows third parties (even illegal aliens) to submit mail-in ballots. Democrat harvested ballots that were marked Republican were promptly shredded..? There’s a reason ballot harvesting illegal in 49 states.

My God Katie Hill has everything. Nudity, pot smoking, lesbian, wife swapping Nazis.

I think we may be at the point where even the Dem media should be able to openly admit that they treat stories/scandals about Dems 180 degrees different than about Republicans. It is so obvious, so out in the open, that they really should be able to admit that on the record. There is zero question that if this lady had an (R) after her name this would be front page, non-stop, above-the-fold “news,” together with endless “analysis.”

Ms. Hill and Ms. Omar (or whatever her real name might turn out to be) are simply the reminders of the truth we first learned when Billy Clinton became the poster boy for all things feminist, despite his obvious history of sexual abuse. The democrats are rank hypocrites and only use standards of morality when they can employ them to cudgel Republicans. So, long as their political representatives media personalities, or entertainment moguls.will vote for the Green Ordeal or publicly support the party line, like open borders, socialist pipe dreams, and gun confiscation; the progressives don’t care if they are serial rapists (Weinstein, Cosby, Lauer, Bill Clinton), child molesters (Polanski), incestuous fraudsters (Omar), or any other perverse category you can name.

The Democrat media and Leftist Twitter has already decided that Hill did nothing wrong because of “consent”. Reminds me of the Democrat media’s defense of Bill Clinton’s predatory behavior with Monica Lewinsky.

Bottom line: if you are a politician on the right, don’t try this yourself.

Recovering a lost position

There is little doubt in my mind that Trump blundered in his initial response to the Turkish threat to enter Syria and attack the Kurds. He may wish to end American involvement in the Middle East, and he may wish to reduce American casualties in these various conflicts, but the Americans also didn’t spend almost two decades in dealing with Al Qaeda and its offshoots to throw it all away in a hasty withdrawal, specially when visiting deep harm on one of America’s principal allies is the aim. And there were plenty of others to lay down the line to the President beside myself. So Trump has done what is necessary to repair as much as he can, which begins with this letter, reprinted from Trump talks Turkey, Beltway clutches its pearls. The first part is the letter, which the president of Turkey said was thrown straight into the bin (and how likely is that?) while what follows after are the responses from the criminally insane media.

Erdoğan didn’t say much of anything, but here’s the crazed headline response from Washington:

“Is This Real?”: Trump Sends Third-grade Reading-level Letter To Erdoğan —Vanity Fair

This letter Trump sent to Erdogan is ‘so weird we had to check with the White House to make sure it’s real’ —MSNBC

Jake Tapper: I thought this Trump letter was a joke … it’s real —CNN

Trump’s Letter To Turkey’s Erdogan Shows President Is ‘Deeply Unwell,’ Says Historian: ‘So Threatening, So Unhinged, So Bizarre’ —Newsweek

Read President Trump’s Bizarre Letter to Turkey’s President —New York magazine

Trump’s Letter To Erdogan Was So ‘Adolescent’ People Thought It Was A Fake —HuffPo

You can see the full makings of a freakout. They’re off their rockers with this one.

As for Trump, all the rest of us can see is that the president remains crazy like a fox.

After all, what better way to address a near-dictator hell-bent on killing Kurds than with a do-this-or-I’ll-beat-the-crap-out-of-you letter of this kind?  It’s actually appropriate, because it’s language a thug like Erdoğan can understand.  What better way to talk to him than with words like this?  Trump leaves the Ankara dictator with no uncertainty as to what Trump wants and what Trump will do, same as a godfather in some place like Howard Beach might get across.  Strongmen respond to strong words, not namby-pamby niceties, and Trump just laid it out for Erdoğan what he’s got to do in language he can understand and what’s going to come down the pike if he doesn’t.  An intractable tyrant isn’t going to negotiate nicely, after all, so New York–style street frankness works better.

What’s more, the tone of the letter was unexpected.  It had the strategic element of surprise.

Trump, of course, is under high political pressure at home, even from Republicans, over the U.S. pullout in Syria, as it’s viewed as harmful to our Kurdish allies who helped fight ISIS.  The press is flooding the airwaves with pictures of Kurdish misery, some actually fake.  The other thing is that not all of the Kurds are U.S. allies; Kurdistan is a big place, and some Kurds are firebomb-happy Marxist terrorists and presumably the ones Erdoğan wants out of the picture.  But there may be some allies caught up in Turkey’s offensive, and as Republicans pile on to Trump and insist on endless war, Trump is telling Erdoğan to get the heck out.

It’s appropriate, and now that all presidential conversations with world leaders are now subject to leaks, heh might as well release it.  It was going to get leaked anyway.

It might just work, given that nothing else works with Erdoğan.  The Turkish president’s staff claim he’s thrown it in the trash, but rest assured: he hasn’t.  Trump has his attention now, and he’s going to try to stop him.

It’s talking Turkey.  It may be rough, but rough is good for a thug like Erdoğan.  What’s important in diplomacy is that the message is clear.  Erdoğan now knows the deal.  Too bad the Beltway doesn’t.

So this is where we are now: Donald Trump Triumphant After Successful ‘Tough Love’ Diplomacy with Turkey.

President Donald Trump hailed the ceasefire agreement with Turkey on Thursday, noting that his unconventional approach had brought everything to a peaceful conclusion….

“I guess I’m an unconventional person, I took a lot of heat from a lot of people, even some of the people in my whole party,” Trump said.

Trump said that Turkey had a “legitimate problem” with the Kurds in the 20-mile safe-zone and that his unconventional approach had dislodged previous roadblocks to the deal.

He thanked the Kurds for their patience, saying that they were “incredibly happy with the solution,” as it would help save their lives.

If he doesn’t wish to say in public that he had screwed up, it’s OK with me. But he did screw up and only the uprising from many many Republicans made him see the light. I hope it taught him a lesson, because had he not done what he did, this would have followed him all the way to November next year. In this way, it will be gone in a week.

Websites with all the right side news and views

Don Suber’s favourite political websites now that Drudge needs to be replaced. Other than CDN, which I have now included, they were all there on the right side of this column, or at least the first eight or so. And don’t forget Catallaxy.

Those are pretty much my rules. I would add trust, but verify. I will add my own favorite sites, but first let us look at his list, which I totally agree with.

His No. 1 site is Whatfinger: “Whatfinger has effectively replaced the fading Matt Drudge as the top conservative media go-to site for finding otherwise buried, non-left-wing-biased analysis and news you can use. Tons of it. Bookmark it. Now.”

I agree, and said so last year.

His No. 2 is the Blogfather, Instapundit, which at 18 is almost as old as the Drudge Report.

Ponick wrote, “Glenn Reynolds’ useful, entertaining site offers an eclectic approach to news and information. Constantly scrolling entries include brief to medium-length commentaries on each provided link. Links can include science and health stories, along with the site’s usual political, education, and international coverage. Glenn is still there, but the site now includes links and information from a variety of trusted sources as well. A charter member of the PJ Media group, these original pajama guys were once denounced as amateurs by CBS et. al.”

Ah yes, the some-guy-in-his-pajamas blogging putdown.

Well, I am in my PJs.

His No. 3 is Lucianne, which is about as old as the Drudge Report but still conservative. Lucianne Goldberg, the proprietor, gave Drudge the Monica Lewinsky story.

Ponick wrote, “Lucianne’s site has long been one of my favorites. She posts reliably conservative and highly useful links that are always closely connected to the events of the day – mostly political, of course. Aside from the top-most breaking news links, Lucianne links are always followed by a concise executive summary of the linked article. Which means you can just digest this nugget and move to the next one. Or link to the referenced site and read the entire story.”

L-Dotters are the great commenters.

His No. 4 is Ace of Spades, which is in its 16th year.

He wrote, “In truth, Ace is mostly a commentary site. But a number of the site’s contributors, include Ace, provide a plethora of useful news and commentary links. This is a continuously scrolling blog, so the most recent stuff is near the top. J. J. Sefton’s wildly cantankerous Morning Report here is often the most interesting section.”

His No. 5 is Real Clear Politics, which is not a conservative site but it is rather balanced and its staff-written stuff often is contrarian to lefty reporting.

His No. 6 is Zero Hedge, which had a good run as a financial site in 2008 and 2009. Since then it has a bad habit of predicting the end of the world again.

He wrote, “ZH pieces typically come at you with a bitingly cynical, iconoclastic viewpoint. Alas, some of those viewpoints come at you from the left. Some are simply wrong. But on balance, you’ll get info here you can’t find anywhere else. And most of it is pro-capitalist and pro-business.”

Ponick was too modest. He should have listed Communities Digital News.

And Breitbart News is a good source of news. The writing is over the top, but it has dropped an ill-advised attempt in 2017 at respectability, which is the last thing any conservative should want.

Don’t NRO yourself.

I also like Free Republic. Its readers post and comment on items. You have to watch the dates as old stuff gets recycled a lot.

My favorite is Reddit_the_Donald, which is basically a meme site. It is quarantined which means every visit is going on my permanent record, which means my social media score. Oh well. At 66, I will never get into Harvard anyway.

Citizen Free Press and the Liberty Daily are Drudge-looking link sites.

For a good laugh, I go to Memeorandum to view the latest in anti-Trump hysteria. It is strictly a linker of respectable sites like that nice and polite National Review and the unbiased New York Times.

Matt Drudge may have decided to go to the dark side for fame and fortune, but others have are there willing to fight back and have fun. Ours is not a gloomy and shrill world of climate change and sad, sorry, futile attempts to bring down a great president.

Brazen liars and criminals

The Democrats and their media enablers, of course. From The Other McCain, complete post.

HUGE: Former Top Spy Admits Obama Ordered Investigation of Trump Campaign

Posted on | October 8, 2019 | 18 Comments

James Clapper, who was Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in the Obama administrations, was on CNN yesterday and was asked, “Are you concerned that Barr or Durham’s investigation will find wrongdoing and seek to punish former intelligence officials like you?”

The message I’m getting from all this is, apparently what we were supposed to have done was to ignore the Russian interference, ignore the Russian meddling and the threat that it poses to us, and oh, by the way, blown off what the then commander in chief, President Obama, told us to do, which was to assemble all the reporting that we could that we had available to us and put it in one report that the president could pass on to the Congress and to the next administration. And while we’re at it, declassify as much as we possibly could to make it public, and that’s what we did. It’s kind of disconcerting now to be investigated for, you know having done our duty and done what we were told to do by the president.

Rush Limbaugh went off on this yesterday, because what we now know about the “Russian interference” — an illusion of “collusion” created as a pretext to spy on the Trump campaign — exposes Clapper’s investigation as part of political hit-job orchestrated by Democrats. For Clapper to twice say this was done on Obama’s orders is huge.

Learning from history

Spent the last couple of days at the History of Economic Thought Society of Australia meeting which was, as always, filled with interest and revelation. There are a handful of us on the free market side of things, but it is always instructive. If you are interested in these sort of things, even just in economics as such, you should become a member of HETSA and perhaps come along to the meetings.

Two things occurred to me at this particular meeting, which perhaps I ought to have noticed before.

The first one was while I was in conversation with our guest speaker whose specialty was in the theory of capital which is also my own, his from the Marx’s Capital side of things, mine from another side of things. But as we pressed on about the nature of the oppression experienced by the worker today, it became clear to me for the first time what the difference in our perspective is, or at least one such difference. For me, I take the past as unalterable, the present as the bequest from what came before and the future thought about in relation to how things might be improved given where we are. But he had one additional aspect that permeated everything he said and thought, and that was how unjust the past had been and how important it was to punish those who had been at fault (as he saw it) for these sins of the past, and in some way provide some kind of retribution for the harm that had been done.

Of course, most of those who in his view had been wronged are now long dead. Those who would be helped now are somehow those who might be brought together in some present-day category of those who had been wronged, and whoever might be paying the compensation, are those who are not in any specific sense the actual direct beneficiaries of this presumed wrong-doing, but that anyone who is doing well in the present – pick some category, capitalist, the rich, you name it. It is they who owe compensation to those other categories and groups identified as not doing as well today.

The more I listened, the more it was clear that this is the mantra of the left in general. Their aim today is to decide which categories of people had, in their view, been a victim of some perceived injustice in the past, and then work out who in the present compensation can be paid. A madness, but given that we cannot change the past, a very poor way to go about framing public policy.

The other revelation was how the obvious bits of economic policy for an economist – such as the great great harm that is done by trying to assist anyone by controlling prices rather than providing whatever compensation one might feel is necessary only after the market has determined what prices should be charged – seems a fantastic wrong. You cannot tell such people of the certain harm that comes from rent control or minimum wages. Deaf, dumb and blind to markets, although they live in a world of such abundance and ease, beyond anything imaginable less than a hundred years ago, all brought to them through the market economy. The misery and harm such people cause to others with their sanctimony and ignorance is hard to calculate, but it is enormous.