The Gospel According To May 402


Thanks @ROBN1980 for this illustration

On their return the apostles told him all that they had done. And he took them and withdrew apart to a town called Bethseda.
When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing.
Now the day began to wear away, and the twelve came and said to him, Lord the people are hungry.
Now Jesus turned to them and said “There are many complex reasons why people are hungry. The best way out of poverty is for them to get a job. Now bugger off while I eat these five loaves and two fishes.”
Now one amongst the faithful, a man named Marr, arose and said, “Lord, many of them do have a job, and yet they are still hungry. Behold, even here are hungry nurses”.
And the people were sore perplexed.
And Jesus looked upon the nurses and he said “Physicians, heal thyselves. Ha! See what I did there? Now bugger off and let me eat these loaves and fishes.”
Upon having refreshed himself with the loaves and fishes, Jesus turned to the text of his authorised biography.
On reading the story of his birth, Jesus called Luke and said unto him “Thou art my beloved biographer, in whom I am well pleased”.
“Verily, this story of my birth is well written. It will sell for many years. The Nativity will have a strong stable readership. Ha! See what I did there?”
“Now clear off and give me some peace, I have to send a letter to Tim Farron upon the evils of sodomy.”

Explanatory note: On the Marr programme today, Theresa May responded to an Andrew Marr question about nurses having to use foodbanks, having suffered a 14% wage cut since 2010. May, a strongly professed Christian, replied “there are many complex reasons why people use foodbanks” and “the best way out of poverty is to get a job.”

One Tory line which May used on both Marr and Peston, I have seen trotted out by the media themselves repeatedly in the last few days. May stated that under the Tories, the wealthiest 1% of taxpayers pay a higher proportion of taxes than ever under Labour. Adam Boulton was pushing this line on Sky News recently, using the figure that the wealthiest 1% pay 29% of income tax.

I have seen nobody make the obvious rejoinder. Under the Tories the wealthiest 1% have the greatest percentage of national income in modern political history. That is why they pay more tax. But due to tax avoidance, it remains the case that the wealthiest pay a lower percentage of their income in tax than any other group. There is no chance that this obvious reply will be given to Theresa May by an interviewer, or that Adam Boulton will start proclaiming it on the airwaves.

The above post is designed to highlight the hypocrisy of May and her unchristian attitudes. It in no way intends to insult the teachings of Jesus; rather the opposite.

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402 thoughts on “The Gospel According To May

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    • Loony

      Is there any reason you omitted to mention that the homeless people in question are Lithuanian nationals who speak a lot more Russian than English.

      Do you have any solutions to this problem? If so what are they? Do these solutions involve the spending of money? If so whose? If it is your personal money then there is no issue, you can go and solve the problem with or without publicity as you may choose. If you have in mind the spending of someone else’s money then who are these people and why are they more responsible than you?

      • reel guid

        Loony

        I suppose you think people who live in squalid underground tunnels experience trickle down.

        • Loony

          I think that Russian speaking Lithuanian nationals who who live in squalid underground tunnels have a lot of problems. Problems that have something to do with the fact that 9.4% of the population of Lithuania are Russian and that in Lithuania they are subject to discrimination. The costs of this discrimination are largely funded by the EU,

          So the EU pays for and assists in the active discrimination of a Russian minority in Lithuania. This drives Russians out of Lithuania some of whom end up in squalid underground tunnels. Idiots (for that is what they are) take up their cause and agitate for someone, other than themselves, to fund and finance these people.

          If such agitation is successful then word will get back to Lithuania and more of the Russian minority will make their way to the UK. This will encourage the Lithuanian authorities to step up their discrimination of their Russian minority and hey presto just like magic you have full blown ethnic cleansing.

          Do you think that financing ethnic cleansing is an ethical activity?

      • Sharp Ears

        Predictable response. Nationality of the people known for a fact? Why does that matter? They are people ffs.

        • Loony

          I merely read the link you provided which states them to be Russian speaking Lithuanian nationals.

          Their nationality matters a great deal – as it is the inevitable consequence of the principle of the free movement of people so beloved by the EU. This is the EU in action.

          Ask yourself one simple question. If you were in some form of economic or social difficulty would you find it easier to attempt to rescue yourself if you were in a country where you spoke the language of that country.

          I note that you do not offer an opinion as to whose responsibility it is to help these people. So presumably you do not consider it to be your personal responsibility.

          • Habbabkuk

            Sharp Ears

            Loony – for whom I have no particular brief – has put a number of very pertinent questions to you.

            Since you grabbed our attention by posting in the subject in the first place, I do think you owe it to readers to answer those questions or at least to try to.

            And not with silly ad hominems. With real, substantive matter.

            There’s no point – except perhaps for self-gratification – in coming onto the blog, dropping your little offering and then flying away again.

            That’s the sort of thing bluebottles do.

          • Sharp Ears

            ‘That’s the sort of thing bluebottles do.’ @ 11.38

            You should know.

    • John Spencer-Davis

      The article states that there is assistance waiting for these homeless men but that they have chosen not to avail themselves of it. To be fair.

      The reasons for that are another matter. Perhaps they fear being sent back to their country of origin if they are taken within the system. The article states that one of the men is here legally, but I wonder if he would be permitted to remain if he does not have work.

      • Habbabkuk

        If he is an EU citizen he can come to the UK without a job and look for one when here. It happens all the time; most find work but a few unfortunate ones don’t. I don’t know whether he would be able to claim some kind of benefit.

  • reel guid

    Scottish Labour tweeted a pic of Alistair Darling and Ian Murray meeting young voters in what looks like the poshest café ever. Very conducive to a discussion on the plight of the precariat I’ve no doubt.

  • Kerch'ee Kerch'ee Coup

    Talking of populism,Trump does still seems to be intent on breaking log- jams business break-through style by personally inviting President Duterte to Washington even as the largest Chinese fleet since the early Ming dynasty puts in at Davao, the latter’s home town and power base.CNN disapproves because Duterte called a spade an s.o.b. and replicates the US-supported and excused Thaksin’s war on drugs in Thailand.
    Trump says he is also prepared to meet with KimJong Un,a proferred carrot, that could also keep people in South Korea on-board with the US following the likely election of the less pro American but rather uninspiring Moon Jae-In.US recognition and respect are important to the North and Fort Knox needs its tungsten.
    So , I still have some hopes for Trump for aw -that and aw that

  • glenn_uk

    Hieroglyph: “I strongly suspect Le Pen is going to win.”

    I hope you’re wrong, but if Le Pen doesn’t win, once again all the concerns of those otherwise decent people who were persuaded to vote for her will be dismissed.

    Immigration concerns will be waved away. The populist message that she’s attempting here (although it would never have been implemented!) about exporting jobs and enriching banksters will be forgotten about, there’s no problem, nothing to see, move along.

    Why is nobody having an honest discussion about the concerns of the majority, other than the fascist Reicht and socialists? The natural parties of socialists have been corrupted beyond belief, so all that’s left as any alternative to the happy-clappy “third-way” neo-cons is a fascist party, or hard-right Conservatives.

    Apart from Corbyn, of course. Which the Establishment cronies will want to dismiss out of hand, without ever daring – not for a moment – to deal with his policies. No, it’s his… his… leadership! Look at the beard! OMG, he does gardening in an allotment! What about his appearance? Huh! Huh!

    Look over your shoulders, Establishment cronies. The fascists will throw you aside like a used condom the moment you stop being useful.

      • nevermind

        It would, wouldn’t it? That many Brexiteers here are very much interested in busting the EU by walking away from it all and doing what the establishment wants. Marseillaise and rousing speeches on the BBC do help a lot to garner favours here, so I’m not surprised that many here promote French fascists.

        If Macron looses, which is not impossible, and our very own Maggie may would love this to happen as it gives her Kitten heels some spring during the next round of laissez faire cuts to pensions and disability PIP’s,etc.etc.

        For the same reasons she better watch out that her cotton wool campaign of disengagement works well, that all her dependent BBC staff and MI’s are up for the challenge. I expect that this election will be that of mega cheats doing their best to make it look democratic.

        Letting go of this unfair electoral system, always resisted by our elected representatives, only grudgingly did they accept an ultimatum, offering a take it or leave vote on the possibly worst kind of electoral system in AV+, is the key to change in this country.

        All those resisting do it for the purpose of keeping the status quo alive!

      • Laguerre

        Of course Macron could lose, even from his current 20 point lead (May could too, and her lead is much less, having declined in the last week, but you’d be hard put to find many people who are ready to say she will lose). But I don’t think he is going to lose. It’s all a bit too difficult for Le Pen to win. Lots of factors. Do French people really want revolution, and the inevitable decline in living standards? Are they really that dissatisfied (ils sont râleurs, les français – moaners)? There’s not much enthusiasm for Frexit – the EU has actually been very good for France. If she does win, she has no parliamentary representation (nor does Macron, but forming a coalition is easier for him), so it will be cohabitation – her against the Assemblée and the Sénat, even after the parliamentary elections coming. I could probably think of more things, if I had the time, but I suspect people are going to grit their teeth and vote for Macron.

        • Laguerre

          Oh yeah, and I don’t think abstentionism is going to be a serious danger now. It was. My friend wasn’t going to bother voting in the second round, if there wasn’t a good candidate. Now she’s changed her mind. I think, like in Britain, this election is seen as a very important one for the future.

    • Habbabkuk

      “… if Le Pen doesn’t win, once again all the concerns of those otherwise decent people who were persuaded to vote for her will be dismissed.”
      ____________________

      There is certainly the risk of that. It is more or less what a spokeswoman for M. Melenchon was saying the other day. When asked to comment about the intention of the other parties to erect a “wall” (or “dam”) around the FN – as happened in 2002 – she said that that was all very well but the problem was that every time that happens the waters on the other side rise higher (the implication being that one day the dam risked being breached).

  • michael norton

    This is good, quite unexpected.

    The unpredictability of Donald Trump’s approach to the Middle East means The United Kingdom should no longer support U.S.A.
    foreign policy in The Middle East, peers have said.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39775694

    The Lords have been working on this some time, so not sure if the 59 Tomahawk Missile strike feeds into their thinking.

    Perhaps Craig might offer a view?

  • Iain Orr

    The most succinct comment on the Marr/May interview came from a friend who takes an interest in the problems of AI:
    “in May we have discovered a new species: our first Prime Minister who fails the Turing Test.”

    • Sharp Ears

      🙂

      I am going to hear a talk about Alan Turing shortly. I have followed the story with its sad end quite closely.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    I’ve had two council election leaflets through my door so far. One’s from the Tory. Lots of pictures of Tory with traffic cone, Tory with kiddies, Tory with hard hat, etc. Constituency is wonderful, such lovely people, instantly forgot the rest.

    And there’s the Labour one, with specific policies on specific issues, list of candidates, no pictures. I’ll buy that.

    • MJ

      The best I’ve had is from an independent who states that he has no policies. I like this guy already.

    • fred

      I bumped into my local Independent candidate, A I Willie McKay OBE Nobull Prize, in the street in Wick and he asked me for my vote which he will get. He’s an ideal candidate, his work takes him all over the county talking to people, hearing their views, listening to their complaints. He has his finger on the pulse and will work for the local people not for his party in Edinburgh.

  • Republicofscotland

    Well the extent of Theresa May’s delusions over a quick Brexit have come home to roost. As Junker, relays the arrogance and incompetents of Theresa May and her bungling Brexiteers.

    First up May and her right hand man David Davis(soon to be axed for interfering with RIPA) allegedly argued, and huffed and puffed in Junkers presence that Britain did not need to pay the whopping divorce bill, of which some say it could be as much as £60 billion quid.

    Junkers alledgedly soon put the May and Davis in their place by saying, no pay no deal.

    Next up alledgedly May hinted that she thought citizenship of EU nationals and UK nationals could be sorted out in a jiffy. Junkers allegedly produced several bundles of weighty documents and said to May, this is just Croatia’s entry document, which has to be agreed by the other 26 nations, all of which will need to agree deals with Croatia, on matters such as health etc.

    May allegedly said to Junker at the meeting that she was expecting to be re-elected as PM, and that she wanted to make Brexit a success. Junker again is alleged to have said Britain will now be a third state, and not in the customs union, which means Brexit cannot be a success.

    There you have it straight from the horse’s mouth, Brexit cannot be a success, remember that, when you’re scrambling for a life-jacket on the decks sinking ship known as HMS Brexitania.

    • reel guid

      Ros

      Scotland’s has the prospect of the double whammy of May Rules and WTO Rules if we don’t get independence.

    • MJ

      There’s plenty of woo-woo stuff around (if you care to find it) about the consequences of Scottish independence but you’re not regurgitating that. Perhaps you’re resigned to the fact that independence ain’t going to happen.

  • Sharp Ears

    First item on BBC Radio 4 ‘news’ and being repeated on subsequent broadcasts – Diane Abbot’s foul up on LBC this morning.

    Also lead item on front page.

    Very important news donchaknow.

    General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn defends Diane Abbott over gaffe
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2017-39775693

    • craig Post author

      I know, though I was delighted to see that finally a few other people have kindly been contributing and undoing and balancing out some of the damage.

  • Habbabkuk

    The argument about whether the UK will have to reach agreement with the EU on the “principles” agreed by Heads (the UK bill, etc..) before future trade arrangements can be discussed/agreed is a false one or, to say it better, a red herring.

    Why is that?

    Because – as everyone who has ever been involved in complex, multifaceted international negotiations knows – the basic principal of such negotiations is that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”.

    Repeat : “Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”

    This means that if there is agreement, first, on the EU’s principles, that agreement is conditional on there being agreement, subsequently, on the future trade arrangements. Or, to put it differently. there needs to be agreement on all the components before a final, global agreement can be said to exist.

    Craig to confirm.

    • craig Post author

      That is the normal situation. But in this instance the EU are saying they will not follow that and wish to agree certain things before they will move on and discuss others. For that to proceed by insistence of one party rather than a mutually agreed methodology is unusual, certainly, and a power-play by the EU.

  • Tony

    “Adam Boulton was pushing this line on Sky News recently, using the figure that the wealthiest 1% pay 29% of income tax.”

    Income tax is only about 35% of taxation. This trick relies on the listener not knowing that important fact.

    • Bhante

      Even with respect to income tax, if the wealthiest are paying 29% of income tax while able to avoid – and evade – tax on a large proportion of their income – as appears to be the case – then how much of income tax would they be paying if they were pulling their fair weight? With tax avoidance and evasion, 29% of income tax relates to massively more than 29% of income. Surely it is fair to say that the wealthiest 1% are likely to be avoiding and evading tax on the most massive scale. Therefore it would not be surprising if, on average, they are only paying income tax on 10% or less of their morally-taxable income (maybe even 1% or 1/10th %, who knows).

  • Sharp Ears

    Observations on Boris Johnson.

    The Trade Dreams of Boris Johnson
    by Binoy Kampmark / May 2nd, 2017

    My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.— Boris Johnson, UK Foreign Secretary

    Few characters in history have seen so much spoken about him for one seemingly so irrelevant. Out of obscure follies and foolhardy decisions, he rose from being a questionable journalist for The Times, sacked, no less, for falsifying the news, to being editor at The Spectator. He also became a local Tory MP. Stints at publicity and image management started to push him into the fray.

    /..
    http://dissidentvoice.org/2017/05/the-trade-dreams-of-boris-johnson/

  • MJ

    I strongly protest this blasphemy. Criticise the Tories if you want, but this kind of thing is no good.

  • Sharp Ears

    Nearly bumped into Poison Gove in the high street just now. Quite a diminuitive chappie. Probably off to meet the local Tories.

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