Mark Dolan: Biden lacks the judgement and cognitive health to deal with this ensuing Afghanistan crisis
Mark Dolan gives his views on the day's top stories.
Joe Biden's Afghanistan legacy
In a new low, in the handling of the Afghanistan crisis, Joe Biden, speaking about hurricane Ida, refused to take questions about the biggest international crisis America has faced for decades.
There is no accountability with this man. You can see that the question about Afghanistan actually angered him, as he slapped his hand on the podium. Well he can be as angry as he likes. He's not as angry as the mother of a Marine killed in the evacuation, who had the following withering assessment: “He is a feckless, dementia-ridden piece of crap”.
Not words I would use, but you can understand her anger. If that press conference wasn’t bad enough – remember this guy is always a no show, when faced with the tough questions. He’s no-show Joe. This gaffe prone president, in my view the most dangerous president in modern political history, could also barely conceal his boredom as he attended a ceremony for fallen US soldiers.
He was either checking his watch for the time, for the date, or perhaps he was worried about missing his favourite TV programme. Sesame Street.
Many say this man will not fight the presidential election in three year’s time. Frankly I don't give him three months at this rate. In my view he lacks the judgement, the intelligence, and the cognitive health with which to deal with this ensuing crisis. And let's check in shall we, with how it's going with the new-look nicer, friendlier Taliban. You know, plant-based, woke Taliban 2.0.
Ground news report a folk singer was dragged out of his house and shot by the Taliban, after they banned music. And here is footage of a newsreader, with a couple of thugs behind him, with rifles slung over their shoulder.
I wonder how the BBC’s Huw Edwards would feel working under those circumstances. Seen enough yet? Whether we like it or not, America's president is the world’s president. And need clear-eyed, brave leadership, as we deal with the consequences of the the catastrophic Allied withdrawal. In many ways the crisis has only just begun. Britain won't be safe, America won't be safe and the world won't be safe until there is someone in the White House that's actually up to the job. Don’t taker my word for it – the former commander of British troops in Afghanistan Colonel Richard Kemp, says the UK now faces it’s biggest terror threat in years. That's why this matters. And it doesn’t stop there. There are now reports breaking that North Korea have restarted a nuclear reactor, that is believed to have produced plutonium for nuclear weapons, according to the UN. So do you see why leadership is so critical at this point in our history? Leadership that from the mask loving, high priest of progressive politics Joe Biden is so sorely lacking. No show Joe, has got to go.
Met Police: Gender neutral uniforms
If you thought the police rainbow cars last week were a step too far, the mail are reporting that the London Metropolitan police, seemingly the most virtue signalling police force on the planet, are floating the idea of gender neutral uniforms for their staff.
Is this all they think about? Are they not worried about burglaries, domestic violence, muggings, knife crime, sexual assaults and murder? It seems their greatest priority is to perpetuate the heavily contested concept of gender ideology, which denies the very existence of biological sex – the idea that you are born a man or a woman.
We should welcome trans men and women into the force and into every part of our society. I couldn’t be more pro trans and have many pals who have been on that positive and important journey. And the right to be recognised as the gender by which you identify is sacred in my view. But last time I checked, trans men and trans women, have access to men and women’s police uniforms. And it's not the job of any police force to airbrush over and wipe out the idea, that you are born male or female.
For the country’s pre-eminent police force to challenge this, is an attack on basic science, and a crime against common sense. And all of this nonsense, is a profound insult to anyone who has been a victim of actual crime and have failed to receive justice.
I consider us to have the best police in the world. But right now, they seem to be embarked on a policy of extreme political correctness, at the expense of safer streets, which is their job and what we pay them to do. I’m afraid to say PC plod has lost the plot, and it’s got to stop.
Covid: What comes next?
The Mail are reporting Boris Johnson has said he will tolerate up to 50,000 deaths from Covid in the years to come, before considering introducing restrictions.
While that figure is awful and tragic – and let’s hope it doesn’t happen - it's sensible, because it is similar to the potential death toll in a bad flu outbreak, and bad flu deaths in the past have always been widely accepted by the public and the NHS as a sad reality.
Though I’ve been hugely disappointed by the prime minister's willingness to roll over for the doomsday scientists for the last year and a half, causing such enormous societal, economic and health damage, my view of the blonde bombshell has changed in the last couple of months.
He was urged by the opposition and sage scientists to cancel freedom day on the 19th of July. It was called reckless by Sir Keir Starmer to name but one.
Turns out it would have been reckless not to. In the end, it was much ado about nothing, no terrifying spike in cases - 100,000 or 200,000 a day, as predicted by some. And since the 19th, the public have had a chance to start living their lives again, to restore their mental and physical health and of course contribute to our economic recovery.
We are told today that Rishi Sunak is in a battle with the NHS over funding, in order to catch up on the lost months of treatment. Another consequence of lockdown by the way. Well that’s fine. I’m pretty sure the NHS will need more money, as will the justice system, the police and I would argue we should keep the uptick in universal credit. There will be more welfare requirements, more unemployed people, more mental health services, again due to lockdown. It's all money money money. And how do you get that do you reckon? Well, you need a healthy growing economy. And you can't do that with Covid restrictions and lockdowns.
We have a new pandemic of poverty, inequality and social deprivation. Which is why more lockdowns and Covid restrictions should be the last thing that voices on the left should be asking for. But of course they are. So pick a side folks.
As cases inevitably rise this autumn and winter, you can either have more scientifically debatable lockdowns, mandates for those wretched masks, which Professor Carl Henigan has called “not evidence based” and we can watch the country get poorer. Or, we accept that this dreadful, sometimes very nasty and highly transmissible virus isn’t going anywhere and that the economic and societal health of the country is now a greater priority. We've never stopped the world for disease before. We are now paying the price for doing just that.
The headlines about the price of lockdown will come thick and fast in the days, months and years ahead. Get used to it folks. Professor Jay Bhattacharya from Stamford Medical School in California has called lockdowns, and I paraphrase, the biggest public health cock up in human history. I tend to agree.
I won't forget the damage of what we've done, and those who have been its cheerleaders. All of whom now want money from the state, to clear up a mess of their making. But I will forgive what we have done, and I will heap praise on the prime minister and his government, if they make sure that on their watch, it never happens again. Virus going to virus I'm afraid.
Armed with the vaccine, and the immunity enjoyed by the millions who have already had the virus, it's time for Britain, to end the war on Covid.