Can’t get no worse

This week has seen the Conservative Party Conference here, and there has been surprisingly little comment about the slogan on the wall that is intended, I suppose, to inspire farmers in the shires and the newly-won working class in the north to support Boris Johnson in these difficult times.

It’s no secret that there has been precious little actual content relating to Building Back Better in the conference, but rather papering over the huge cracks in our economy and social fabric, together with specious promises like Boris’s totally cynical, or else totally la-la, promise that Britain will be carbon-free by 2035 and that energy bills will be lower, even as energy bills increase astronomically and there are queues for scarce fuel at the pumps (and even main-stream media bemoan the lack of a coherent energy strategy).

But the real mystery – or at least to those who look for actual reasons in the lunatic asylum surrounding us – is what possessed the Conservative Party to choose a slogan that has become one of the main trigger phrases for global conspiracy suspicions, and specifically the WEF’s Great Reset. You will almost certainly have seen it written in numerous social media comments as “6uild 6ack 6etter.” And that’s scarcely surprising given its strong connection with digital IDs, and when its uncanny ubiquity is demonstrated in a clip like this:

Apart from the undoubtedly sinister links to Klaus Schwab’s self-publicised ambitions, which have every anti-globalist in the world fearing imminent totalitarianism, did you notice how the vast majority of the politicians using the phrase are so left-leaning as to risk tipping over: Ardern, Trudeau and a plethora of US Democrats on the world stage (and of course Bill Gates and Greta Thunberg), and even in Britain Tony Blair and Sadiq Khan for Labour and Layla Moran for the Lib Dems.

So what kind of political party borrows slogans already coined by its opponents – by both its main opponents in this case – and used extensively by a US President whose policies are both radically socialist and failing badly in the polls? I mean, centring a Conservative conference on that slogan is akin to using “Workers of the World Unite!” or “Smash the Four Olds!” certainly as far as Conservative voters already worried about the direction of the country are concerned.

None of the alternative explanations sounds very convincing. The first is that Boris and his entire party apparatus are blissfully unaware of the provenance of this slogan and the huge suspicion surrounding it amongst conservatives. Their PR department thought it sounded optimistic and would motivate the country, and the entire party had sunk all previous knowledge of it into their subconscious. This, to put it mildly, is implausible, barring mass hypnosis (now there’s a thought: anyone remember The Mule in Asimov’s Foundation trilogy?).

Or maybe “fifth columnists” in the party, fully sold on the New World Order, slipped the slogan past the leadership who are so busy fighting COVID that they have no idea it has appeared before. But even such ideologues, surely, would be aware that millions of people across the country could immediately join the dots, conclude that the Conservative Party has been captured, and abandon it in droves for the Reform Party. So that one doesn’t seem to fly either.

That seems to leave only the possibilities either that Boris, Rishi, and Co. have been ordered by globalist masters to keep the slogan front-of-vision whilst the Great Reset occurs, or that they’re in on the dirty business themselves. Either possibility would mean that although they know that a large proportion of their supporters, and many of their political enemies, will know what radical left policies it encodes, they just don’t care what we think.

Certainly the message grates against what is really needed at this time, which is wound licking, sticking plaster, and a hard slog to regain at least part of what has been thrown away over the last two years, against the background of world recession and civil unrest. That is unless the slogan is intended as merely comparative – “Look guys, we know we’ve made the country such a depressing place to live that everyone you speak to says the world has gone mad, so pretty well anything we do from here on in must be better.”

Except that what they’re actually holding over our heads is a great deal worse in every way – vaccine passports, lifelong boosters of spike protein, record unemployment, uncontrolled immigration, cuts in benefits, religious wokism everywhere, record fuel bills, record health waiting lists, etc, etc. Johnson has a way with words. But surely even he cannot believe that reassuring us about “uncontrolled immigration” by referring to a few useful EU truck drivers being invited over, when boatloads of illegal migrant land on our shores every day, will distract anyone from the evidence of their eyes.

Maybe its just far less subtle mass psychology at play. A friend told me that, apparently, the East German Stasi used to say that once you’ve repeated a lie solidly for three months, people will keep believing it even when the truth is fully revealed. I guess we’ll know how true that is by listening out for our friends and neighbours enthusing about Building Back Better with glazed eyes and a beatific smile, not just in Britain, but in the US, Canada, New Zealand and anywhere else the slogan has been parroted.

I’d have to say I’ve not heard it used by anyone in real life since last year, which gives me a modicum of hope for the future. Many have not received the mark of the beast yet after all.

About Jon Garvey

Training in medicine (which was my career), social psychology and theology. Interests in most things, but especially the science-faith interface. The rest of my time, though, is spent writing, playing and recording music.
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4 Responses to Can’t get no worse

  1. Levi Fetter says:

    “That seems to leave only the possibilities either that Boris, Rishi, and Co. have been *ordered* by globalist masters to keep the slogan front-of-vision whilst the Great Reset occurs, or that they’re in on the dirty business themselves. Either possibility would mean that although they know that a large proportion of their supporters, and many of their political enemies, will know what radical left policies it encodes, they just don’t care what we think.”

    I’m not sure which is worse, but neither bodes well.

    • Jon Garvey says:

      I suppose one question is to what extent “they” have properly factored in human bloody-mindedness. Poor uptake of teenage vaccinations here, and even poorer uptake of boosters amongst the “at risk.” Even the complaint seem increasingly to be disregarding what they are told on the news as propaganda.

      We shall see what tricks are used to try to ramp up fear again, as that seems to be the only things that has aided the great reset agenda, as opposed to the dislike of what it actually delivers.

      • Ben says:

        Yes, I have some hope that with time more and more people will get fed up and ‘opt out’. But it’s a hope more than a certainty right now. If the moves and shakers are all-in, how many people will be sufficiently detached from their TVs and social media to question the narrative – especially when questioners are being vilified and cast out like lepers?

        Personally, I find it hard to believe that this vaccine passport can last forever. People can put up with a lot of stuff “temporarily”, but there is no way to present “boosters forever” as temporary. I hope.

        • Jon Garvey says:

          I think at the moment the most intriguing development (maybe predictable) is that in UK, public interest in following orders is clearly waning because they’ve been allowed not to.

          Consequently it will be hard to make any re-impositions look other than totalitarian – the frogs have come off the boil, and their scalds hurt!

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