There are lies, damned lies – and government statistics.
Yet these figures are what allow our governments to SCREW with us (and just SCREW us).
Five cases in point…
(1) In the early Seventies, the UK government made seat-belt wearing mandatory. The figures told them they would be able to close a load of hospitals – thus saving MONEY – thanks to the drop in injuries.
But they soon discovered that while motorist casualties did indeed go down – pedestrian casualties went UP. Drivers were treating the SAFETY devices as PERFORMANCE devices and driving FASTER.
(2) Later in the Seventies, despite doctors telling them “second-hand smoke” was pretty much harmless, the US government nevertheless went ahead and ordered research to be done. The outfit which did it came back and said – passive smoking was a KILLER.
This resulted in them bringing in a raft of measures designed to reduce that risk. They even banned smoking in BARS. The bars were apoplectic – they lost a fortune and many were forced to CLOSE.
But companies LOVED the new rules – it meant they SAVED a fortune on cleaning and refurbishment.
And while later research showed the original research had been deeply flawed, the US government – and those who had aped them – were not about to perform a U-turn. This was a pattern that was to repeat itself.
(3) Like in the Eighties, when STRAIGHT people began to become HIV-positive and governments started to take the threat seriously. Their figures told them people had gotten the vile disease from straight sex, so they told everyone to wear CONDOMS – devices which, since the pill had become easily obtainable, had largely been consigned to history.
Only later did it emerge that the people interviewed, who had claimed to have gotten the disease from hookers and fast women, had ACTUALLY got it from MALE hookers and women who had let them use the “back door” – something their wives had baulked at.
It transpired that people had more chance of being hit by lightning than catching AIDS from straight, “front door” sex.
So, did those governments say, “Oops – our mistake – forget those condoms”? Did they f*** – they had just spent millions of tax-payers’ dollars and pounds on AIDS advertising. Thus today, the official position is STILL “put a mac on it.”
(4) Also in the Eighties; after Mad Maggie had sold off Britain’s water and sewage to commercial interests, those fat-cats discovered they had been sold a pig in a poke. The system was antiquated and falling apart.
Typically, they blamed their consumers and demanded they use less water. With washing machines and toilets, the government was able to lean on manufacturers. But when it came to baths, they had to use a different approach. And so they said, “Hey, use SHOWERS instead of baths. They only use a fifth of the water – and therefore, heat.”
But once again, the figures were BOGUS. Firstly, they had indicated that people only ran showers for five minutes a go – whereas the true figure was DOUBLE that. And secondly, they failed to take into account that with showers taking less time, people had more time FOR them.
Thus most folk took around THREE TIMES the number of showers than they had previously taken baths. Which meant the true figure for water consumed by showers was little less than with baths – and with power-showers, it was MORE.
(5) But today, Britain is experiencing an even MORE iniquitous deception; government projections of future life expectancy.
Instead of simply SOLVING the Western World’s single biggest headache – unemployment – by REDUCING the age at which people can retire, ALL governments are actually trying to INCREASE it, to delay having to pay state pensions.
And in Britain, the government is trying to JUSTIFY that action – yet AGAIN, by utilising bogus figures.
THIS time, they are claiming that average life expectancy is dramatically RISING. They are taking the figures for a hundred years ago – matching them with today’s figures – and keeping the linear graph-line going UP to contrive a scenario which will demonstrate to today’s twenty-somethings that they can expect to live until their LATE NINETIES.
Which is a cruel LIE. And the way they are doing this is by INCLUDING the CHRONIC number of infant deaths which occurred a hundred years ago, thus artificially DEFLATING the figure for life-expectancy back then (to about 62) and comparing it with the TRUE figure today (about 80).
The thing is, back then, if you managed to survive the AWFUL living conditions prevalent at the time – until your twelfth birthday – you had almost as good a chance of reaching your eightieth as you do TODAY.
The REAL increase in life expectancy has been negligible. The only difference has been that loft insulation, double-glazing, central heating, cavity-wall insulation – allied with synthetic clothing and bed-clothes – now insulates children from the withering COLD of British winters.
This writer was nearly KILLED by the 1957 “Asian Flu” pandemic – a bug whose effects were MAJORLY exacerbated by his living in a house which enjoyed NONE of the afore-mentioned benefits and wearing clothes made from cheap cotton and wool.
Not to mention sleeping in an unheated bedroom under half a ton of blankets. I could hardly BREATH – and when I did, I watched clouds of condensation billow up to the ceiling. I am lucky to be WRITING this.
And those who did NOT survive that winter – and many winters before – are today helping – with their DEATHS – the current British government to kid gullible young adults they will live til they are nearly a HUNDRED.
Which is BULLSHIT.
But of course, by the time they find OUT, it will be too late.
However, it is not too late for YOU, reading this. Just remember; the next time you hear a politician or newsreader say the words – “government figures” – YOU ARE BEING LIED TO.