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But, alas, I am all too well aware that dreams can frequently turn into nightmares. Even so, this is my pick: Prime Minister: 'BoJo'. He is merely the latest in a fine line of English (er, well, in his case some Turkish as well) eccentrics and I have a soft spot for eccentrics, they add to the gaiety of nations.... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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So from where did young Master Stephen Crabb MP suddenly appear? This young, Welsh whipper-snapper who has, apparently, been lurking in the Tory undergrowth for some time, has now suddenly started jumping up and down shouting 'Me! Me! Me!' in a bid to be considered for the leadership of the Tory party and, given the current circs, to be prime... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Or at least, that's what it feels like. All those damned "events, dear boy, events" keep jumping out like so many 'Jacks in the box'. Every time I wander past the 'telly' where the news service provided by my ex-best friend Rupe is playing - with the sound down - I have to turn it back up to try and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Of course, DA, you are as right as you ever are! What we Brits should have done is to tremble at the thought of being placed at the back of the queue as the overseer cracks his whip and just done what we were told to do. Of course, the next time the USA goes off on yet another foreign adventure and looks to allies for support we will gently remind you that, er, sorry and all that but we're at the back of the queue! Finally, none of the grand political strategists here ever answered my question as to how your fellow citizens would re-act to being invited to join a 'Union of all the Americas' in which sundry Brazilians, Mexicans, Argentinians and the like would have an equal voice in laying down the law?
"But of course President Obama did say something. Indeed he said plenty. He did advise, lecture, and lead." He sure did and as a confirmed 'Brexiteer' I was delighted because his threat to place Britain at "the back of the queue" if we had the temerity to leave gave my side its first impetus. You see, we don't like foreign leaders telling us we're, er, 'uppity'!
There I was, filled with the joys of Spring even though it hasn't stopped raining since Christmas, my heart uplifted by the prospect of Brexit, my only slight disappointment being that last night I couldn't watch England play their 'practice match' against Iceland (prior to walloping 'les Frogs' later on) because of a prior social engagement and then - quelle... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Thank you, Your Grace, and of course, I grovel, Ma'am, I grovel.
I assume that the 'd' in "dricey" above stands for Duchess! Such hauteur I have not seen since the last time I saw 'The Importance of Being Earnest' featuring that 'grande dame', Lady Bracknell! Well, I mean, how dare those ill-educated oafs and 'oafettes' have the gall to vote on an arrangement that effects almost every part of their daily lives! Don't they realise that their superiors are the only people qualified to have a say? The answer is obvious, they must be dispatched for immediate re-education! Bah! Humbug!
"I never thought I'd find myself defending the Tory David Cameron, but his promise to stage a Brexit referendum was, in retrospect, a gutsy call." No! Cameron took the decision because he was 'frit' - and guess who famously used that word! He once promised a referendum but broke his word claiming that the 'il-Liberal-non-Democrats' (as I call them) with whom he was forced - but not too reluctantly - to form a coalition would not stand for it. However, at the election last year he was terrified that the UKIP party (Brexiteers to a man) were gaining huge popularity and might have stopped him winning so he was forced to promise a referendum for a second time. Somewhat to his surprise, I suspect, he actually won and was thus 'hoist in his own petard'. Finally, could I ask a literature expert such as yourself to stop using the non-word 'populist' and stick to the proper root word 'popular'?
Sorry, sorry, yet more 'Brexit' ruminations. It's Monday and I am a worried man. We all enjoyed the celebrations and the news that 'Dim Dave' had a little weep when he was forced to hand over the keys to No.10 - poor diddums! We also enjoyed the sight and sound of all those crooks and creeps in Brussels snapping and... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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The world might be in turmoil (or not), the markets might fall (only to rise again), politicians might go (but some will come back) but here at D&N all is calm and serene and continues as before. Thus, nothing is permitted to interfere with your Monday Funnies without which the earth really might shift on its axis! Bert, at 85... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
For reasons I have frequently stated before - you remember, I'm a hopeless forecaster - I intend to keep my prognostications for the future of British and European politics to vague allusions, a sort of compendium of 'well, possibly, this' or 'on the other hand maybe that' but 'there again, even none of the above'. So if you have come... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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So I'm tootling off after lunch to stay the night with 'SoD' because this evening it's party time as we celebrate a friend's 50th birthday party. After the second bottle of 'champers' he and I will no doubt settle the Brexit argument once and for all! Nothing quite like an intra-family punch-up between two drunks in the garden to light... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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That might be the title of another play from 'Old Will' were he still around to chronicle our current programme of "events, dear boy, events". In his absence, alas, you will have to make do with me - yeeeeees, quite! It is a pity Will's not here because the reign of 'King David II' needs the imagination of a playwright... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Max, do you have difficulty with English or is it that you suffer with Peter G's reading difficulties? Whatever, please try and tell me what it is about the words "I have never denied the *fact* that the climate changes" that you do not understand.
"More objectively". Yes, that would be useful since the glove-puppet, ooops, sorry, the distinguished economist you quoted was an Obama 'appatchik' since 2009. Alas, in 2011, the date of your quote, young Master Dylan Matthews, a former blogger, was all of 21 years of age. I know, I know, 'from the mouths of babes and sucklings' and all that but even so, hardly a distinguished analyst!
Sorry, Max, but I have never denied the *fact* that the climate changes, dammit, I live in England where it changes almost by the hour! However, in the course of its changes, sometimes benefits accrue and sometimes disasters. If indeed the climate is warming (which I doubt) then the benefits should be laid alongside the disasters. Or to put it in another generalised way, warm on the whole is good, cold is usually bad!
Sorry, sorry, but I simply could not resist popping over for a quick dip into International-Spiegel Online, a hopelessly Leftie German rag. Apparently, the German for shock-horror is, er, well, Schock-Horror - whodathunkit? Anyway, there's plenty of it to be seen at Spiegel: Brexit is a catastrophe, but it is not the end of the European Union And heading the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I note with interest that none of you internationalist socialists have been eager to take up the suggestion of a North South Americas Union? I wonder why?
"It sounds silly to connect Brexit to global warming" I couldn't have put it better myself!
No, no, I don't mean they're smelly, I mean that they are the runners and riders for the Tory party leadership race and they are off and running. Courtesy of Guido, these are the odds, at the moment, offered by Ladbrokes: Boris Johnson 4/5 Theresa May 3/1 Michael Gove 5/1 Andrea Leadsom 10/1 Stephen Crabb 16/1 Priti Patel 16/1 George... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Calm down, dear, we are simply reclaiming our country! Let me try and parse your words above. First you forecast bedlam with the whole world shaking on its axis. Really? All those figures you quoted showing huge falls this morning in market prices and currencies are already steadying and recovering by lunchtime which anyone would expect because that's how *free* markets operate. I do realise that in your socialist world such *freedom* of action is intolerable but happily, for now at any rate, that's what we have. Then you sneeringly refer to the "populists" as being the cause of all this disruption. Er, hello, the word "populist' stems from 'popular', that is, the free choice of, dare I say it, 'the People'! In this case, 'the People', or at least a majority of them, chose not to share their national sovereignty with 27 other nations. If and when your beloved President, either this one or the next one, decides that the USA should share its sovereignty with all the other countries of North and South America, then we Brits might have second thoughts. But of course, Obama's ego is of such huge proportions that he thinks it is OK to come over here and tell us, the nation that developed parliamentary democracy, that we should continue with a system that the USA would not consider for a moment! A system, I would remind you, that places not just one but five Presidents in total command with absolutely no method of sacking any of them no matter how useless they are and equally, no method by which "we the People" can choose their replacements. Would you like to be ruled by a Canuck, a Venezuelan, a Brazilian, an Argentinian and a Mexican on those terms? I don't think so! British democracy has not "been set adrift", it has been recaptured. And, I would remind you, that all the experts over here, including those from the Labour party, acknowledge that it was the British working class who swung the vote. Ah, but of course, I forgot, you dismiss those sort of people as, er, "rubes"!
Have a care, Sir, for as we have found out this morning 'over here', all the wiseacres, the pollsters, the commentators, the bankers, the economists, the bureaucrats and, above all, a huge chunk of the political class totally failed to read the mood of the British people. Jest sayin', like! Mind you, I'm deeply grateful to 'Ol' Big Ears' whose unwanted and unwarranted instructions and threats to the British people did so much to help us 'Brexiteers'.
Yesterday I glumly forecast that we 'Brexiteers' would lose which is what I have thought since the referendum was called. Last night I went to bed at just after 10.00pm with the pollsters saying that 'Remain' looked certain to win. I woke up about 2.00am and plugging in my radio ear-piece I heard the outstanding news that first indications were... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Yeeeeeeees, I see, or think I see. What you want is for the Republican party to do exactly what the Democrat party insists upon. Yeeeees, very, er, democratic!