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Me and my Big Mouth

The spring-like weather finally gave way to overnight snow.On an enforced day off. Having a Writing Day. Will struggle down to the pub at lunchtime.

Snow for Blog

 

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Snow: Fake News?

Leighton Buzzard, 4.30 pm. Still a sunny, spring-like, day. No sign of “The Beast from the East”, the killer cold weather that ‘s meant to be sweeping in from Siberia.

I went downtown for a pint earlier. They’re all talking about it on the bus and in the pub. Ok, there was a brief flurry of snowflakes, about ten of them. The bus drivers were talking about what to do on their enforced day off tomorrow. Dream on.

I blame the media for the panic. BBC News predicted folk dropping dead from heart attacks. Train companies had already cancelled trains – before a snowflake had even settled!

Coming out of the gym, a woman wore a hat – just to walk to her car! I wore my shorts at Morrison’s as I always do after the gym. It was a grand day, if a bit nippy, like.

What is it with this country: the tiniest threat of snow and the roads and rails grind to a halt. Are people dropping dead in Iceland and Canada?

I’ll see what’s happening when I watch the news at six. I expect it’s snowing in Scotland. If it snows seriously here I’ll offer my apologies tomorrow.

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Catalonia

Should the Spanish government have allowed Catalonia a referendum like the British government did with Scotland?  It looks like Catalonia is going to break away anyway, and they might have saved their country a lot of trouble.

I wonder what the EU are going to say about it all? I shall follow with interest Catalonia’s exit from the EU.

I suppose this will give Britain the opportunity to broker a trade agreement with a newly independent country, but what about football?  Will Barcelona-born players be banned for playing for Spain? Will the creation of new Catalonia team give Scotland a chance of gaining a few points in the next World Cup Qualifiers?

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Election Fever…

…live & direct from the Liberal Democrat Coffee Shop.

As a floating voter I wavered for a minute in the polling booth at 8.25 this morning.  I knew who I wasn’t going to vote for:  Conservative or UK-IP.

UK-IP did their job with Brexit.  They have some good ideas, but also one or two mad ones.  They’re irritating and divisive.  I don’t trust them.

I couldn’t put my name to some of the things the Conservatives are doing, though I quite like Theresa May.  She’s a good leader, and the best option for Brexit.  I went off her recently a bit though, when she failed to sign that letter criticising Trump for backing out of the Paris Agreement on climate change.  She also failed to back the London Mayor when Trump criticised him straight after the terrorist attack in Borough.  She’s definitely not the Iron Lady.

The Liberals are going to raise income tax by 1p.  This troubled me, but I expect the other parties will do the same.  The Liberals are generally anti-Brexit.  I’m just sick of hearing about Brexit, and have Brexit Fatigue.  I don’t even care if there is a 2nd referendum and we shake hands and make up (I might even vote Remain).  Do the Euros really hate us?  Not sure. I think all our European friends needed to do before the referendum was put their hands on our shoulder and say “You’re all right, Great Britain, you’re my best mate, ever…” .  Let’s move on…

Corbyn has some laudable ideas, but he needed a money tree to implement his policies. Dianne Abbot couldn’t tell us where the money was coming from and lost the plot when asked (get well soon, Dianne). I’d enjoy an hour or two with Corbyn and Dianne Abbot down the pub, but would I trust them to run the country?  No. Maybe a future Labour government.

I also remembered Corbyn as my MP many years’ ago in Highbury.  I remember his support for the IRA, and how he supported Arab terrorist groups, and allowed mad mullahs to sit in the street outside Finsbury Park Mosque and preach hate (I believe the instigator is now in prison in the USA, courtesy of Mrs May).

In the end I went for the LIberals.  I know they won’t get in, but I’ve done my bit.

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Insensitive & Unreasonable?

On Wednesday March 22nd, 2017, a Muslim convert drove a hired car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.  Three people were killed, and about fifty injured.  On attempting to storm the Houses of Parliament he stabbed a policeman to death, before being shot dead himself.

On the following day there were many road closures still in place in the Westminster area, when I was allocated an account job from Goldman Sachs to Cambridge Street, Pimlico.  The route went right through the heart of Westminster, so I had to take a slightly amended route.  I did really well to avoid the closures and resulting queues of diverted traffic, and was sure my esteemed passenger would appreciate my sterling efforts.  There were police vehicles speeding around, and we went past Millbank Circus where rows of international TV crews were parked up.  It was like a war zone.

We were almost there when m’lady commented that it would’ve ben better had I chosen a different left turn from Warwick Way, thus saving maybe a hundred yards.

I didn’t say anything, as it was a wait and return job and I still had a long ride back with her to the City.  All she was up to was picking up some papers, then returning to the office.  She cost her bank £53.  Honestly, some people.

 

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A Week in Politics

No wonder there’s such unemployment – George Osborne has taken all the jobs for himself!  He’s the new editor of the Evening Standard, while remaining the MP for Tatton. He has no experience of running a newspaper, and thinks he can fit it all into four mornings a week.  Being an MP clearly isn’t demanding enough. He also has his hands full with big business consultancy and trousering many thousands for after dinner speeches. As Chairman of the Northern Powerhouse, I wonder how that fits in with the Southern Powerhouse of the London Evening Standard?  If I were Mrs May, I’d tell him there was a conflict of interest and give him the boot.  He’s hardly going to be impartial as a Conservative MP on the Standard.  He probably drives for Uber in his spare time too. Anyway, thanks for your threat of financial Armageddon and an austerity budget.  That’s what made people like me vote Brexit.

Jimmy Krankie lookalike, Nicola Sturgeon, has demanded another referendum about Scotland leaving the union. It’s only 2 1/2 years since the last one.  It’s outrageous splitting the UK is discussed before formal discussions have even started on leaving the EU.  In the unlikely event that Scotland votes to leave, we can hardly negotiate two exits simultaneously.  Can’t you wait two or three years?  You’ll have a better idea how things are looking.  I think there could be a civil war in Scotland if they vote to leave.  Many Scots like being British and would like to stay in the UK.  It’s be no means certain the EU would have them either.  If they do leave and manage to join the EU, should their economy collapse, it’ll be the EU bailing them out, not us. Get real.

Donald Trump reckons British Intelligence spied on him for Obama.  Is this man high on spice?  Yes, and MI6 are still spying on him through his TV.  Every time he switches on repeats of Downton Abbey, Jim Carter is recording everything he says.

 

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Sturgeon

I don’t like that Nicola Sturgeon, there’s something fishy about her.

I don’t get why she criticises the UK’s wish to leave the EU, but wants Scotland to split from the rest of the UK, for similar reasons.

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