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Brickbat: It's in the Jeans

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Police in South Yorkshire, England, have apologized for stopping a man and criticizing him for wearing jeans while exercising. The police department mentioned the encounter in a tweet detailing some of the actions it has taken to make sure that people are not violating coronavirus restrictions by leaving their homes for nonessential reasons. Walking or jogging for exercise is considered an essential reason for leaving one's home. But cops apparently considered it bad form to do so while wearing jeans.

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  3. No need to make a joke, The Brits have become one.

    1. An entire island of Poe’s Law.

    2. Reliably. Life over there has become a “Dr. Who” episode complete with flying daleks. Now just watch the ever expanding power diminish once the pandemic is over….maybe not.

  4. Where can I get the list of approved exercise apparel? It is probably all Nike which explains why people couldn’t wait for the store to open.

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  5. “Between essential saunter in jeans as exercise, an essential trip to the shops for egg custards and essential trip to the cash machine for £20 to use in the morning, we’ve offered a lot of advice.”

    With all due respect, what does that utterance even mean?

    1. It means the party gets to determine what activities are allowed. Don’t confuse what you think is necessary with what is approved. The proles need to ask permission first.

  6. No jokes about the fashion police? Fist, I’m disappointed in you.

    1. Are they wearing suede denim?

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  7. Reminds me of Monty python. “Not to leave the room!”

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  9. Cops cleverly noted that jean cloth is a French invention, thus wearer was culturally appropriating and polluting Anglo-Saxon culture with some froggie frippery.

    1. Jean is from Italy. Denim is a French derivative.

      1. What about blue dyed canvas?

        1. Canvas and dying are of ancient origin.

  10. Occasionally England will show flashes of classic liberal (ei. “libertarian” for those of you in Rio Linda) sensibility on occasion. Hell, they invented classic liberalism. But far more common are the long periods of statism of various sorts. And like all authoritarian, it starts at their local councils. Moral busybodies with way too much free time running for council is the problem. Imagine your Home Owners Association running an entire nation. That’s England.

    1. “Imagine your Home Owners Association running an entire nation”

      Yeah, that would be a really bad thing. As research has recently shown, such persons are narcissistic sociopaths by nature; or, as put by CS Lewis:

      “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”

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