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Take for example the Democratic party 'over there'. As Patricia McCarthy points out at The American Thinker site, there have been three Democrat national debates between the herd of 'wannabe' candidates scrapping for the chance to take down 'The Donald' and yet . . . and yet . . . at none of them was there a single 'Stars and... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
In case any of you are bewildered by my heading, I will provide you with the 'Wiki' description of 'Mr. Magoo' as "a wealthy, short-statured retiree who gets into a series of comical situations as a result of his extreme near-sightedness, compounded by his stubborn refusal to admit the problem"! Yeeeeeeees, well, I think that about sums up the Rt.... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I refer to the late, and absolutely and positively great, George Gershwin, who probably more than anyone cemented my affection for America which is odd given that he was of Ukrainian and Lithuanian Jewish descent - but, hey, that's America! It is not often that you will see the 'WaPo' quoted in these august columns but I came across a... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
However, there is one bright spot in my life. Yesterday, in the depths of my depression I decided to treat myself to a new book on the history of two, er, 'giants' of the 19th century, Gladstone and Disraeli. Of course, I know of them but not much about them. I am learning fast as I devour Richard Aldous's book... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
And today I am not much better! What are my symptons? Nausea, filled with bile and sick to my stomach. Yesterday, I truly plumbed the depths of despair because for the first time in my 80 years I utterly despised my own country. Having watched and listened to the capering monkeys in Parliament on Monday I almost vomited. This collection... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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Not quite, Fresia. This from the House of Commons library with my emphasis: "The UK had an overall trade deficit of -£64 billion with the EU in 2018. A surplus of £29 billion on trade in services was outweighed by a deficit of -£93 billion on trade in goods. **The UK had a trade surplus of £44 billion with non-EU countries**." https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-7851 I think we may be about to fall of the end of Mr. Carpenter's thread, so just to say it has been a pleasure to converse with you.
Indeed, Freesia, economies are constantly on the move and controlling them is rather like herding chickens, although, of course, some people in some countries do control them by keeping their chickens/people in coops surrounded by wire! As to our old country, I bring you tidings of great joy from The Mail this afternoon: "UK economy shakes off Brexit recession fears after it grew at its fastest rate for six months in July" And before you say it, yes, of course, next month the stats could all go the other way - it was ever thus! The important thing is to ignore the shouty voices claiming that 'the end of the world is nigh because of Brexit'. They only screech that sort of stuff because they are anti-Brexit and they just adore being rules by Berlin and Paris!
Mary, sorry, I have only just spotted your comment. I truly am NOT an "Irish-hater par excellence" although it is true that when *some* of the Irish set bombs that kill children, or try to assassinate our Prime Minister, or blow ceremonial horses to bits, etc, etc, I do get a bit grumpy! Particularly as we gave them their independence years ago! As to your younger brother, I am sure that he is a splendid chap and if he could see his way clear to lending me a few quid I would be very grateful! In the meantime, it's a real pleasure to converse with you again - courtesy of our generous host who appears to have rescinded his harsh expulsion edict, er, for the moment anyway!
Standby, take cover, the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case is about to resurrect! According to the American Thinker site, someone called Joel Gilbert is poised to unveil a TV/film documentary on the subject. Don't ask me why but that case back in 2012 utterly fascinated me. It sort of encapsulated the essence of American society riven as it was, and still... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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A fine selection, thanks to my Aussie contributors - again! An angelic little boy or a cheeky little sod - you choose: A delightful angelic little boy was waiting for his mother outside the ladies room of the gas station. As he stood there, he was approached by a man who asked, "Sonny, can you tell me where the Post... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I will try again and this time I will do my very best to avoid irony, a type of humour not easily understood 'over there' or even 'over here' sometimes! I used the expression "there will be blood" because it is the title of a terrific film I much admired and it is a phrase with almost poetic resonance. Perhaps I should have enclosed it with inverted commas to indicate the irony - sorry! I certainly did not wish to advocate *real* violence, something which, by and large these days, we do not indulge in 'over here' - 'praise the Lord and, er, pass the ammunition.' (Ooops, more irony!) As to Brexit, it is entirely honourable to support either Brexit or Remain. Naturally, it is in the nature of high stakes politics that 'the rules of cricket' are not strictly obeyed! Even so the behavior of 'Remainer' MPs has plumbed new depths. The vote in the Commons was 498 votes to 114 to trigger Article 50, the means by which we would leave the EU and, of course, the dreaded 'Peeps' voted 52-48% to leave. Since then, the Remainers have deployed every trick in the book to delay and thwart our exit. Mrs. May, a Remainer at heart negotiated a deal with the EU (a poor deal in my view!) but the Commons voted it down on THREE occasions. Thus to comply with the wishes of the British people, 'BoJo' went for a straightforward exit without a deal. The 'Remainers' seized on this and raised a hurricane of scare stories about the likely suffering that would ensue if we found ourselves all alone in the world, thus ignoring the past 1,000-odd years of independence! (Ah yea, 'Independence', that's something you 'Yankee-doodles' know all about and rather treasure it, I gather!) Tony, in effect, accuses us Brits of not knowing or understanding the dangers of being independent, or to put it another way, from way 'over there', he knows better than us what's good for us! Yeeeees, quite! He urges us to hold *another* referendum, or to put it another way, he suggests that we resort to the methods of dictators throughout the world who insist their people keep voting until they finally vote the right way! Again, yeeeeeees, quite! As to the 'Great Question of the Age', "Is Donald Trump a racist?", I plead both ignorance and uncertainty. In this 'woke' age, the definition of what is and what is not, racist, is a very 'movable feast'. As far as I know, he has never owned any slaves, unlike some of the founders of the modern Democratic party! He is so damned elusive that I must leave to the late Baroness Orczy to define him, er, with a slight word change from me: “They seek him here, they seek him there Those Yankees seek him everywhere Is he in heaven or is he in hell? That damned elusive Pimpernel” I really must stop now and I apologise if I have failed to answer any of your points but the sad fact is that I am boring myself almost to sleep!
Yes, Tony, and I apologise again for being so prolix but some subjects are trickier than others. The questioned posed in the 2016 referendum was: "Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?" The people of Britain voted 52-48% to leave. Three years later we are still in their clutches and there is an enormous campaign running to ensure that we never leave! Now tell me, Tony, how do you think the people of America would re-act if that if it happened to them?
Freesia, I must tread carefully because our host takes a dim view of my occasional contributions and his axe, or red pencil, will descend in an instant thus cutting me off in my prime! All elections everywhere and at all times are contests between people with strongly opposing views, hence, the accusations of "Cheat! Cheat! Cheat!" which fly around when one side, inevitably, loses. Mind you, at the first referendum some 42 years ago asking us to join the EU, in which I voted 'NO', the complaints were minimal and I think, sorry though I was, the result was accurate. As I wrote above, this time the referendum was only granted by Cameron because he and, er, 'informed opinion' were absolutely certain that they would win easily. They were all totally 'gobsmacked' when they lost! Instantly, cries of 'foul play' began and they have mounted to a crescendo since. Our 'meeja', especially the 'dandruff-ridden' hacks of what used to be Fleet Street, are just as energetic as your lot over there but I have not seen or read one single *substantiated proof* of interference and not a word of complaint was made by David Cameron at the time or since! We have had 42 years experience of living under the rule of Brussels and more and more Brits are sick of it for very good reasons. Finally, if I read yet another tedious repetition of the phrase "Russian interference" which crops up just about everywhere when an election or referendum fails to go the way the, er, 'experts' foretold, I may move to Russia! Yes, a fate worse than death, even worse than living in the EU! Sorry, m'Lord Carpenter, for taking up so much space but it is not a subject that lends itself to a couple of sentences!
As a matter fact rather than 'guesstimates', the referendum occurred because dim 'Dave' Cameron, along with all the other metropolitan elites never supposed for a minute that the Brexiteers would win. Ever since they have striven by all means available to deny and destroy what I believe you Americans call "the will of the People". They may well succeed, in which case, sooner or later, 'there will be blood'!
One for 'SoD' and Jimmy: There is a review in this week's 'Speccie' of a biography of the late General Sir Thomas Graham who fought with distinction in the Peninsular war and ended up as Wellington's second-in-command. He founded the Perthshire Volunteers, later the 90th Foot which eventually amalgamated with the 26th Foot to form the Cameronians. The reviewer makes... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I agree that Chamberlain's reputation is overdue for *some* repair but it took him an exceedingly long time to remove the scales from his eyes. Churchill, on the other hand, saw what was coming years before. Mrs. May, alas, is beyond redemption!
This blog is deeply concerned about the future of our planet and so we have not one, but two, climate advisors from both ends of the earth. In no order of preference we have Andra from Australia and 'JK' from deep in 'them thar hills' in Arkansas. Industrious little beavers that they are, they never cease to bring us the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
For those of you confused, or just plain bored, by my post below on the famous Mosquito aircraft of WWII, the Daily Mail has just published an excellent story on the history of that amazing aircraft because some 'wizard prang chaps/nut jobs' (delete to taste) are about to start building a new one using the original plans. Of course, one... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I confess to having misgivings concerning Boris. I do not blame him in any way for the despicable treachery of his Tory 'Remainers'. Anyone who can vote for a Brexit process, for a referendum, then promise to abide by the result of the people's choice and then use every Machiavellian trick in the book to destroy it, deserves far worse... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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According to a review in this week's 'Speccie', Max Hastings has written a history of the (in)famous 'dambuster raid' of 1943. In these modern, effete times, the telling of that story is tricky given that the courageous leader of it had a dearly beloved black Labrador as a pet whose name was, er, well, "Nigger", actually! I have always sympathised... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
The ructions in Westminster are almost beyond description although our 'meeja' are making every effort to do so as they swathe through the equivalent of half a Brazilian rain forest to print their editions, er, well, if there are any Brazilian rain forests left, of course! The default mode appears to be that the nation is hopelessly divided but that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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I have just read an article by this leading Republican politician on the subject of WWII that is so stupid as to worry me that this buffoon has any influence on American foreign policy! Using the perfect vision binoculars of hindsight, this less than great historian condemns the British for their decision to go to war over Poland in 1939.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I keep putting my memory down and then forgetting where! For example, today, completely out of the blue yonder, I suddenly remembered that I had booked tickets for a classical concert. Could I remember when or even what the programme was. let alone where I had put the tickets? Not a chance! Happily, with the help of my two best... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I keep having these, er, 'original thoughts' but through a combination of idleness and distractions I never quite get around to expressing them - story of my life, I suppose. Anyway, for some time the impression has grown in me that if you are a white, middle-class, reasonably intelligent member of society who tends to the centre of what can... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
And as far as I am concerned, it cannot happen quickly enough! Of course, I refer to the coming general election which is as near a certainty as anything is in politics. The Boris/Cummings alliance is working a treat. It has smoked out all the serious 'Remainers' lurking in the Tory party although, given Boris's promise to boot them out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2019 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
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