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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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Video: Woman Driven Out of Grocery Store by Angry Mob For Not Wearing a Mask

“Get the f**k outta here!”

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Video footage out of Staten Island shows a woman being driven out of a grocery store by an angry mob because she’s not wearing a mask.

The clip shows the woman surrounded by other shoppers as they yell and cuss at her.

“Get the fuck outta here” and “get out” the crowd screams at the woman while pointing towards the exit.

“The viral video is part of a wave of social shaming on Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites, aimed at people not wearing face masks in public places,” reports Newsweek.

New Yorkers have been required to wear masks inside grocery stores and while using public transport since April 17.

Reaction to the video was mixed, with some decrying the actions of the mob but others vehemently supporting their behavior.

“Cool. Finally. Cuz at this point, a maskless person in an indoor place is like a shooter pointing his gun at me,” commented one respondent.

“Not wearing a mask during a pandemic is like not wearing a seatbelt in a car,” claimed another.

As we highlighted earlier, in Italy the left-wing government has announced it will recruit 60,000 citizen snitches to enforce “social distancing.”

In the United States, it looks like that won’t be necessary, as an army of volunteer Karens are willing to perform the same role for free.

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Founder of ‘Clap For NHS’ Movement Wants it to End

The cringe may finally be over.

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The founder of the ‘Clap For Carers’ movement, a weekly event where people in the UK applaud NHS workers, is calling for the spectacle to end because it has become too “politicised.”

“Annemarie Plas, a Dutch national living in south London, said she was “overwhelmed” by the support for the ritual, but said it was better to stop when it was at “its peak,” reports Sky News.

Plas, a yoga teacher, said, “Without getting too political, I share some of the opinions that some people have about it becoming politicised.”

“I think the narrative is starting to change and I don’t want the clap to be negative,” she added.

In reality, Plas is likely calling for an end to the event, which takes place every Thursday at 8pm, because it has begun to fizzle out and will begin to look increasingly pathetic as fewer people take part in it.

The optics of having one final big event will look far better than if the weekly clapathon was allowed to fade away.

As we previously highlighted, skeptics have pointed out that the event has turned into a bizarre kind of communal ceremony, with the NHS being deified as a religious institution.

Doctor and author Theodore Dalrymple says the NHS worship clapathon reminds him of communist despotism.

“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,” wrote the author.

In the United Kingdom, the National Health Service (NHS) is treated as a religious institution by many, who insist that it is the “envy of the world” and a sterling example of the supremacy of government health care.

However, a ranking of health care systems by The Lancet medical journal placed the NHS below Estonia and Slovenia, finding it to have “an especially low score for cancer care.”

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IKEA to Employ “Social Distance Wardens” to Patrol Shoppers

OK, Karen.

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IKEA is set to employ “social distance wardens” who tell people how to behave in stores as a whole new jobs market for Karens is created.

The Swedish furniture giant announced today that it would open 19 of its stores across the UK on June 1st.

However, families hoping to make a day of visiting the store can forget about it – only one adult and one child per household is allowed.

“Other measures to ensure safer trading during the coronavirus outbreak include “social distance wardens” to help shoppers navigate a new one-way system,” reports the Guardian.

Get ready; Our whole society is about to be patrolled by a new breed of busy-bodies telling you how to behave, where to stand, where to sit, where you can walk.

Karens all over the world are rejoicing at the prospect of getting paid for what they love the most – interfering in other people’s business.

All this in response to a virus which, according to the CDC, has a fatality rate of 0.26%, making it no more deadly than a bad bout of seasonal flu.

We’re pedantically re-arranging our entire society around social distancing cringe and empowering an army of new enforcers to make our lives miserable.

All in the name of transitioning out of a lockdown which, according to innumerable experts, will be responsible for more deaths than coronavirus itself.

Genius.

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