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We bid farewell to bonny Scotland! Well, there's no way we can force them to remain! Mind you, if that's "the high road" they are determined to take, then all we can do is shut the door firmly - very firmly! - behind them and wish them good luck in the 'welcoming arms' of the European Union, a.k.a. the German... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Or perhaps, a better question is, "What's the French for 'Bang him up!'? I refer, au naturel, to that French pygmy - or should that be 'pigmy'? - Nicolas Sarkozy, the former President of France and a leader - mais non, the leader! - of the European Union. According to Zero Hedge, he has just been charged with taking back-handers... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I remember with great fondness the sniggers and giggles reading Viz magazine in my uni days, and in particular one bunch of characters called the "Bottom Inspectors". A send-up of authoritarians everywhere, in the form of an inspection and correction agency tasked with examining the nation's buttholes and the meting out of vicious remedial action against any transgressors of the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Once again, multi-apologies for my absence in recent days but, honestly, what is there to discuss these days? Life and politics is (almost) totally 'boring-snoring'! Even so, tomorrow is the beginning of a major 'Crash-Bang-Wallop'! Tomorrow sees the end of the endless Brexit 'yadda-yadda' and Boris, like me 60+ years ago, has to shuffle to the edge of a cage... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Sadly not for Blighty, but rather for the Jerries - here's the Economy Minister, Peter Altmaier, holding up the Fatherland's V-shaped GDP recovery ... Yet it is already clear that Germany's economy is faring much better than its closest European equivalents France, Britain, Italy and Spain. Its GDP fall for the lockdown quarters was substantially less than those countries... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I ask the question because as pantomime villains go he's put in some performance, managing to piss off every block and player, major and minor, apart from Qatar, Somalia, half the government of Libya, and some Hairies in Azerbaijan ... The list of the pissed is quite astounding: Vlad, Assad, all shades of camel-shaggers (excepting the above), the mad... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I apologise for my recent absence although I must point out that it was not due to my habitual idleness, merely the fact that I couldn't think of a single thing to say! Well, you must notice it, too, the unending tedium of day after day with absolutely nothing much happening. I know I am a well-honed 'honker 'n' hooter'... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Blighy's self-imposed mini-Auschwitz completes its deathcamp status by becoming the country's top Covid super-spreader ... Imposing more new coronavirus restrictions would be "too hasty", scientists have said after figures revealed that up to a quarter of patients currently in hospital with Covid-19 caught the virus after being admitted. Across England as a whole, 18 per cent of patients in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Crikely, is Jeremy Warner on a one man mission to stick a rocket up Blighty's arse or what?! ... We thought that, as a nation, we were good at stuff, even “world beating”. So, apparently, did everyone else. As recently as a year ago Britain was assessed by the Global Health Security Index to be second only to the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Look, we all have our 'foodie' likes and dislikes but even so, shooting and wounding your own brother and actually killing his girl friend when they brought home the wrong sort of fast-food order seems a tad O.T.T.! I mean, I like my cheeseburgers to be 'just so' but murder is well out of order as a means of complaint!... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
As troubled America is learning the hard way! (Apologies, by the way, to 'old Will' for slightly misquoting him!) No-one is entirely to blame for America's woes, it's just those damned "events, dear boy, events!" Even so, Mr. Matt Purple asks a critical question in The Spectator this week - "What if no one accepts the election result?" Gulp! Well,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Well, it is our wedding anniversary after all, thus the boat, so to speak, had to be pushed out! Happily, in this 'Zummerzet' backwater of Milborne Port, we have been blessed with a superb restaurant, The Clock Spire, in what used to be the village school. The setting might be somewhat eccentric - you keep expecting the Head Master to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
According to Ben Lawrence in The Telegraph, poor, old Bill Shakespeare is under attack again from the usual collection of ideologues and ignoramuses. The reason, as far as I can tell, is that the wretched scribe from Stratford failed to fall into line on 21st century opinion/prejudice, er, that is, the 'opinion/prejudice' of 21st century buffoons who seem not to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Jeremy Warner paints the high level picture of Blighty outside the EU thus far ... Throughout the pandemic, we have also seen another alarming plunge in business investment, far worse than anything witnessed on the Continent or in America. This may be related to Britain’s pending departure from the EU single market, but again it is something of an... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I am happy - nay, delighted! - to say that I have not viewed any of yesterday's 'shout-fest' between Trump and Biden. However, from all reports I would suggest that the only thing the American people learned yesterday was that neither candidate is fit to be the mayor of 'Hicksville', let alone President of the United States! Hitherto, despite my... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
According to Stephen Daisley at The Spectator there are fissures appearing in the ranks of the Scottish National Party (SNP) - ohdearwhatapitynevermind'. Daisely, I should add, has long been a shrewd observer of all things Scottish. According to him: The Sturgeon-Murrell reign has gone largely unchallenged in the ultra-disciplined SNP — but that is changing. The Sunday Timesreports that party... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
I trust our civil servants about as far as I could piss into a gale! And as for 'Team Boris', with one or two exceptions, I rate them no higher. Thus, rumours of a deal being struck with the autocrats in Brussels fill me with dread. I wanted 'OUT' with no 'ifs, buts or maybes' - end of! Yes, it... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
God and Donald move in mysterious ways their wonders to perform! Yes, yes, of course there is a difference between God and Donald although the latter may doubt it! Anyway, God, for reasons unknown to me, has unleashed the dreaded 'Covid-lurgi' on us all probably because we have all been very naughty boys and girls! Donald, on the other hand... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Plucky little Vietnam, eh?! Well not so little actually, the population of Vietnam is 95 million, but at the time of writing, Vietnam has had total cases of 1069 and the death toll from both peaks of the pandemic is 35! In the first spike of the pandemic Vietnam went head-to-head with Covid, full-on linear war with a nationwide lockdown,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
First there was Dishy-Rishi with his "Thatcherite" pronouncements ... Yet buried within the reassurances of wage support and loan extensions were several topics painfully absent from recent political discussions – trade-offs, balancing risks, quality of life and the limits of Government. “I cannot save every business”, he emoted, “I cannot save every job. No Chancellor could.” It may be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Apologies for my absence this week but the simple fact of the matter is that I had nothing to say - who cheered? - however, today I do have some bile to extrude so take cover. I have detested the National Trust for decades, even back in those halcyon days when the 'Memsahib' and sundry friends would suggest trips to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
God! Life sure is tedious, ain't it? And yes, yes, I know all about the dangers of 'living in exciting times' but even so, this current existence is truly 'boring-snoring'! Mind you, I suspect that the eventual outcome of this 'covid-virus-thingie' may well prove to be cataclysmic. Not so much the virus itself but the eventual knock-on effect on the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
Sorry, Donald, but Daniel Hannan has it about right: I will not attempt to paraphrase his impeccable English, so instead I will take the lazy way out and just paste and quote from his piece in today's Telegraph: If I were an American, I’m not sure I could bring myself to vote for Donald Trump. It’s not that he lacks... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
There is nothing, in my limited opinion, quite so fascinating as American constitutional 'brou-ha-has'! The death of Justice Ginsberg and the resulting open seat on the Supreme Court right on the cusp of a Presidential election is mouth-watering! 'Back in the day', when Democrat Party politics were fairly sane, the matter would not have been quite so critical. Today, alas,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!
There's no doubt about it, Boris has faced a fairly severe crisis with all this 'Covid-crap' but the fact is that he has been found wanting! Let me make clear that I do not have any brilliant, fresh ideas on how it should be handled but the muddled response from Boris & Co. has been mostly desultory, occasionally heavy-handed and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2020 at DUFF & NONSENSE!