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‘Clapping For NHS’ Reminds Author of Communist Despotism

“It reminds me in its tendency to get longer and louder and almost more hysterical, of the applause after a speech by Nicolae Ceausescu.”

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British author Theodore Dalrymple says the country’s weekly activity of clapping in public for the NHS reminds him of how party members were forced to enthusiastically applaud Communist despots or face being labeled a dissident.

While no one is comparing the consequences of not clapping for the NHS to those of people who refused to clap for Stalin (that would be stupid), Dalrymple does note one important similarity between the two.

“It reminds me a little, in its tendency to get longer and louder and almost more hysterical, of the applause after a speech by Nicolae Ceausescu or other communist despot, in which everyone in the audience had to show himself as enthusiastic and the most enthusiastic applauder, and to continue applauding as long as someone else was applauding, for to be the first to stop might be taken as a sign of disloyalty and dissent from the official line,” writes Dalrymple.

Describing the clapathon as “emotionally kitsch,” the author feels there is “something unpleasant” about the implication of not joining in with the collective gesture.

“There is often the implication that if you refrain from making it—and even worse if you actively refuse to make it—you are in some sense an enemy, in this case, of the people,” writes Dalrymple. “Whatever your inner conviction, it is safest to join in. By doing so you avoid drawing attention to yourself and you are assumed to think and feel like everyone else, which is always safest.”

“As the evenings have passed, so the applause grows longer, louder and accompanied with ululations of one kind or another,” he adds.

Dalrymple is correct. Far from starting off enthusiastically and tapering down, the applause for the NHS builds to a crescendo, and on the most recent occasion even involved people playing bagpipes and others setting off fireworks.

While the hundreds of thousands of Brits who have volunteered to help the NHS should be commended (aside from those who merely did it to virtue signal on social media knowing they would never follow through), applauding from your window for 5 minutes a week is lazy, self-aggrandizing and ultimately helps nothing.

Dalrymple also notes how clapping the NHS elevates the government institution to the level of a deity and that some people subconsciously may think that worshipping it will provide relief from coronavirus fears – just like people who whipped themselves during the plague in sacrifice to God.

“During the Middle Ages, when the cause of epidemics was unknown, other than the justified wrath of God, there were long processions of self-flagellating penitents through the streets, who no doubt thought that the blood that they drew from themselves and the pain that they suffered would abate the epidemic by causing God to relent,” he writes.

Meanwhile, a similar activity has been organized for tonight where Brits are being encouraged to ‘clap for Boris’ given that their Prime Minister is now hospitalized in intensive care with persistent COVID-19 symptoms.

Given that many of the same tolerant leftists who gushed over the NHS have welcomed the prospect of Boris dying, don’t hold your breath.

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Get Woke, Go Broke (Literally)

“Pronouns matter…but not customers.”

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I know ‘get woke, go broke’ has become a bit of a boomer cliché.

But we’ve just witnessed one of the most glaring examples of it ever.

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Toronto Police Cause Confusion With Post About Missing ‘Woman’ With a Goatee

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Toronto Police caused confusion on Twitter after posting about a missing ‘woman’ despite the accompanying picture showing a biological male with a goatee.

“News Release – Missing Woman, Ryerson Avenue and Bathurst Street area, Isobella Degrace, 27,” stated the Twitter post.

“She is described as 5’10″, with a thin build, shaggy blonde hair, and a full goatee,” the Toronto Police Service said. “She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and grey pants.”

Apparently, observing Canada’s gender identification rules is more important than accurately describing a missing person.

Respondents on Twitter were quick to chime in.

“How are we supposed to find her when you post a picture of a dude?” asked another respondent.

“How would you describe this woman on the radio or via text?” asked another.

“If you laugh, it’s a hate crime,” joked one person.

Despite the stupidity, Isobella Degrace was eventually located by authorities about 9 hours after posting the tweet.

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NHS Removes References to Women From Advice About Menopause

Doctor slams health body’s pandering to transgender activists.

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The NHS has caused controversy yet again by erasing all references to women from an online advice section about the menopause, an exclusively female condition.

The previous language on the NHS website stated, “The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally.”

However, the new version has removed all mentions of the female gender in the name of satiating the demands of transgender activists.

“The NHS website provides information for everyone. We keep the pages under continual review to ensure they use language that is inclusive, respectful and relevant to the people reading it,” said a spokesperson for NHS Digital, the agency that runs the website.

Dr Karleen Gribble of Western Sydney University slammed the change, asserting that it puts women’s health at risk.

“The risk of de-sexing this information remains that women who have low English or health literacy may not know that the information applies to them,” said Gribble, a nursing and midwifery expert.

The doctor said that erasing women violates the “basic principle” that public health advice should be specifically targeted towards those most impacted.

“That first sentence of the older version ‘The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally’ is really important in signposting to women that they should read further,” she said.

“The fact that some women might have low literacy and not know basic terms is shown by the fact that they included a link to a definition of what periods are in the earlier version,” Dr Gribble said. “In de-sexing the page they have removed the links to further information.”

As we previously highlighted, the NHS also altered its guidance pages on ovarian cancer, removing instances of the word “women” in a move they claimed was intended to be more “inclusive” toward trans, non-binary and intersex people.

British Health Secretary Sajid Javid responded by saying, “I don’t think it’s right,” adding “biological sex matters.”

Javid told Sky News, “You won’t be surprised to know that as a health secretary, I think that your that your sex matters, your biological sex is incredibly important to make sure you get the right treatment, the very best treatment.”

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