John Bull is Christian and British-and fiercely protective of both. This is his personal blog – John’s words, thoughts and passion for is beloved nation and faith.
Formula 1 has for as long as I can remember, been a passion of mine.
I have always enjoyed motor racing and hence been a fan of the pinnacle of this sport. However more than ever Formula 1 seems to be a sick beast. Indeed even its engines these days snort rather than howl – a reflection perhaps of our current era and sign of the times.
Some might see something as trivial as sport or entertainment irrelavent to larger political issues but I think many comparisons can be drawn to factors that now permeate our societies worldwide. It also demonstrates how left wing governments will affect their peoples general enjoyment of their everyday lives with pedantic control measures.
In the last 5 or so years new measures have crept into formula one and have been copied as ‘the in thing’ by many large national motorsports series. These measures mirror many of the measures brought in by our far left government in Britain to control the people. Indeed Formula one of late has become a nanny state within a nanny state. It is becoming a reflection of the same liberals that run all Western governments with their self-righteous clowning.
Stewards hand out grid penalties and stop and go’s for the most minor offense. Gone are the days when drivers were allowed to take a risk in racing and sheer off a little bodywork as a result. Thesedays the governing bodies monitor every incident with a fine tooth comb, similar to how cctv monitors us. This incessant regulating often results in drivers been given large penalties which inhibit their ability to race. What is the point in going for an overtake if you will be reprimanded ten places if you dare to breath on the other car as you glide past?
Afterall isn’t racing what Formula 1 should be about. Do the fans tune in to see the latest set of sponsors on each car? No! They tune in to see the best drivers and machinery in the world going at it hammer and tong. At least that is the theory.
In 2014 as I write this, po-faced nannying of every fine detail is as worse as ever. In a recent race at Silverstone the nannying came to a head as the race was stopped for a full hour after a fairly minor crash that broke a piece of barrier on the track. Niki Lauda, one sane entity in the asylum bemoaned the ridiculous descision to stop a live race for a whole hour just to re-build a steel barrier that had a million to one chance of being hit again. Lauda gloriously spoke his mind live on BBC as Eddie Jordan and Suzi Perry (presenters of the coverage) smirked embarrassingly.
It shouldn’t take an ex-world champion to work out that what was being done was a travesty and yet all the presenters on auntie Beeb took the mad politically correct stance, united with the health and safety race director Charlie Whiting. Indeed after the race BBC released a 10 minute video harping on about how the barrier just ‘had to be replaced’. They even had the gaul to put words in Lauda’s mouth stating he ‘would agree’ after watching their poor unreasoned, and unchallenged (no comments allowed of course) analysis that the race had to be stopped for a full hour. I was surprised the feature was not rounded out with the line; “freedom is slavery”. BBC came across as the usual self-righteous left wing entity as they are. Its a shame that such a lack of objective journalism is there to face the problems in F1. A corrupt establishment of spineless social climbers sums the organisation up well. They are all too busy rubbing each other on the back to say anything truthful. From the smirks seen by presenters, Suzi and Eddie I suppose it would be foolish to have a spine and not be concerned about anything except your next paycheck.
New this year is a regulation on ‘track limits’. The stasi, oh sorry I mean stewards have now taken it upon themselves to watch each car rounding a corner and if all four wheels are on the rumble strips too often.. yep, you guessed it more sanctions.
With the recent arrival of Formula E one can see perhaps what uninspiring future Formula 1 has as a sport. The cars are electric because of course global warming is definitely happening and there is definitely a big hole in the ‘Ozone layer’ caused by petrol engines. This is absolutely true (just ask Al Gore). In Formula E the cars are no longer open wheel because that would be far too dangerous. Their electric engines max a measly 140mph (if that) and the driver lineup is a mixture of pc picks and has beens. But this is what the left wing zealots promote, this is the future it seems of all open wheel racing. Look at the states; their Indy Cars are already close wheeled, new this year, and one can’t help but be turned off by it all.
In the good old days drivers were allowed a growling v12 engine. They were allowed to race wheel to wheel without some nancy boy having a heart attack. They chain smoked and were as professional at driving as they were at womanising. They were not in the slightest bit effeminate and were not scared of dying. They were fighter pilots in those days, men every lad could look up to as a good alpha male role model. Even as recently as Ayrton Senna we saw drivers that were not afraid to criticize bureaucracy honestly and openly (to the chargrin of many schemers). Not just please the sponsors. Of course the limp wristed liberal types will call our sterile and regimented brave new F1 as ‘progress’. But I must ask progress to what exactly? Progress towards monotony and an end to all individuality and character it seems.
Tracks are no longer winding adventures through woods and valleys. Modern circuits are all shortened and given a large dose of ‘health and safety’ chicanes. We could not possibly have a driver doing over 200mph on a straight without bubble wrap now could we. Whereas old tracks had personality the new have chicanes. This neglect of some of the classic tracks was well summed up when Hockenheimring was given the health and safety treatment and the old circuit left to rot like a ‘disgraceful’ unfashionable grandfather.
Where do the fans come into all this? Do they have a say on a sport that is largely financed by them turning up to races and switching on their television sets? No I suppose the fans will agree we need to turn formula one into a communistic robotic procession. Because that is the reality under the current governing bodies who cannot let anything go without their big-headed interference. Perhaps the end goal is to do away with such entertainment altogether, afterall even with constant sanctions it is still a sport for mostly ‘white privileged’ men. At this rate the sport will lose a lot of funding as the large traditionalist and loyal fanbase will simply not want to know anymore.
Now how does this relate to the bigger picture politically you might be wondering? Well if we relate the way Formula is in terms of cultural marxism we can see how this way of teaching has affected every large outlet of media in our society. Anything large or mainstream is hit with this sick disease. The main ways Formula 1 is affected is as follows; The constant health and safety campaigning and provisions that have come in promotes less alpha male personalities. Where impressionable children saw brave and dashing pilots of the past the ‘men’ in Formula 1 now no longer require a set of balls because the sport is so safe a child could do it. It therefore means more effeminate influences including a large amount of affirmative action female and ethnic minority drivers can enter the sport on the back of no tangible talent or results (that does not include Lewis Hamilton, who is a decent driver by the way). The goals of marxism to mould out all uniqueness and ironically diversity, to make everyone a clone, are present in the sport today. The controls on how drivers overtake with penalties means individual talent and spark are much less likely to be on display. Communist thinking has no room for someone blessed with more talent than the next man or a creative mind. A dangerous sport is something marxists hate and want to destroy because it produces warriors, men who can and will take risks. They don’t want the controlled population to raise a finger.
The future of Formula one is going to be reflective of the future of our society I feel. Drivers will be replaced by robots. Fans will be cued when to clap and cheer. Cars will most likely be electric and BBC presenters will be as up their own derriers as ever.
I just want to make clear however much I am critiquing the sport I am very much a fan and still enjoy watching F1. I am just pointing out some of the agendas that have affected the sport and how I believe it relates to a bigger picture politically in the world today. A lot of this is looking to where things are clearly going than where they are now.