A RACE TO THE BOTTOM

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Danny, our man in America, sent me this.

So, what do we have so far on them? A potential Education Secretary that doesn’t like public schools and prefers that the Church run education; a Heath Secretary that hates Obamacare; and a possible Secretary of State who had an affair with a woman with whom he shared top secret documents… Splendid.

Oh yeah, and in the middle of the night I heard that Dan Quayle had been seen entering Trump Towers, so I’m imagining a Secretary for Potatoes.

Yep, the USA is definitely going to give the Brits a run for their money with Boris, who doesn’t know much about bridges, Davis who doesn’t know much about the EU, and Foxy who doesn’t know much about anything.

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32 thoughts on “A RACE TO THE BOTTOM”

  1. I’m starting to like this world where experts are shunned. Always fancied having a go at dentistry but the hard slog to get there put me off. Now’s my chance. Just need to finish watching Marathon Man for some tips on molar treatment. Who’s first?

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    1. Who needs experts. I tell you what, we can go into partnership in Switzerland (the money’s good there). You do dentistry and I’ll do brain surgery. There must be something on Wikipedia somewhere about it.

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      1. Yep… should be up and running by next week sometime, and it’s better than dentistry. You don’t have to make inane chatter with your patients while they make strange grunting noises.

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    2. Sorry Terry its been done already in the 1960s. They were called School Dentists. Their prey, I mean patients, were working class children of primary school age.

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      1. Sadly, something I thought was genuine, appears not to be:

        “”May you live in interesting times” is an English expression purported to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. While seemingly a blessing, the expression is always used ironically, with the clear implication that ‘uninteresting times’, of peace and tranquillity, are more life-enhancing than interesting ones, which from historical perspective usually include disorder and conflict.

        Despite being so common in English as to be known as “the Chinese curse”, the saying is apocryphal, and no actual Chinese source has ever been produced. The most likely connection to Chinese culture may be deduced from analysis of the late-19th century speeches of Joseph Chamberlain, probably erroneously transmitted and revised through his son Austen Chamberlain”

        I wish this were not true, for it is my – go to – quote of all time….

        😦

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  2. Talking about mess,, some clown from HMRC was claiming that, under new rules, ‘official errors’ costing people money do not count and will not be rectified if the claimant was not aware of the error at the time.

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    1. That is beyond belief. A few years ago, I got a letter from them saying that there had been an error. I owed them £400 which would be deducted through PAYE, and they altered my tax code. I had no idea, as I’d been scrupulously honest with them, but accepted that they knew what they were doing and somewhere along the way there had been a mistake and I made no protest.

      Some time later I got a letter from them saying that there had been an error. (Surprise surprise.) I had been over-taxed and they owed me £600+ (plus interest). I got a cheque.

      They are notoriously under-staffed, over-worked and workplace morale is, to put it mildly, low!

      Clearly, as a cost saving measure, they aren’t bothering to correct their mistakes.

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  3. tris an you lot

    See Divvy Davis is saying the UK would be willing to pay for access
    to the eu market….
    so Scotland who voted overwhelmingly to stay pays disproportionately
    (we do normally ) to guarantee the City of London remains incredibly
    weathy well can see how that is going to regarded in nat circles.

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    1. I don’t think I’d bother much about what he says, Niko. He really doesn’t know his butt from his armpit. Norway pays for access to the single market (more per head than the UK) and has no say in how it is run. It also has to allow free movement of people. Try that one on the right wing nutters and see how you get on Dave, ya tube!

      I did notice that Philip Hamm… (yawn) even typing his name puts you to sleep… Anyway Pip says Scotland will get no separate deal on the market.

      Now, correct me if I’m wrong but I kinda thought it was going to the Supreme Court. A British court, with British judges making solid British judgements based on on Fair Play and British Values. So what that boring old git doing prognosticating?

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    1. As Mhairi Black pointed out they are really good at spending money on palaces. But when it comes to old people… pffff. They’ll find the money for London. Seriously they will be gubbed if they don’t. But something else will have to go. And you can bet your last cent that it will not be something for the rich that bites the dust. I think it’s goodbye health service, never mind an extra £350 million a week.

      When are people going to see that they got sold a crock of sh*t.

      Again as Mhairi said, “hell slap it to them”./

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  4. Enjoyed the blog post and discussion! The principal things that unite most of Trump’s potential cabinet appointees is that they are billionaires who gave seven figure donations to the Trump campaign. That certainly explains the dreadful woman who hates public education and teachers unions, and who has been appointed Secretary of Education. At least former CIA director Petraeus only gave out secrets to his mistress, so surely he’s fully qualified for Secretary of State. (Foreign Secretary in British government.) Or Trump might choose former prosecutor and New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani who was Trump’s attack dog in the campaign. Either would be a fitting partner to Boris in the august councils of diplomacy.

    A picture of Rudy in a typical diplomatic posture:

    Thanks for the entertaining list of Qualyeisms. I missed the Dan Quayle era, but he is clearly SO much more than just a man who can’t spell potato.

    His explanation of World War II and the holocaust can only be fully appreciated as it happened:

    So we’ll have to see exactly what important post Mr. Trump has in mind for this moron. Since Trump’s reportedly considering Sarah Palin as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the possibilities boggle the mind.

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    1. WELL NOW……..the new blog hosting site hot links to websites. Cool! So let me take this opportunity:

      In these days that Americans are contemplating President-elect Trump, we are being forced to reconsider DubYa Bush as a towering Presidential statesman and intellect. But let us also never forget how really FUNNY this “statesman” was. Yes of course we will never forget the inimitable “food on his family” and all the other classic Bushisms. But there is one that is less well known, but among my very favorites. American Presidents are often heckled and occasionally booed, but usually, people are polite enough not to actually laugh at them while they are speaking. However, there was the time when Mr. Bush was asked to describe the technical points of Native American sovereignty over tribal lands:

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      1. I wonder what was going through his head as he listened to that question.

        Next to nothing I suppose.

        Fool me once…

        Bless him. On reflection, I think that Dan was even less coherent.

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    2. Ahhhhh, a job for Sarah, at last, so that she can leave the frozen wastes of Alaska for, erm DC in January.

      Still, as she reads all the newspapers she’ll be fine, and if she gets stuck she can always call the Queen of England for help.

      What with Quayle and Palin in the team it should seem like 4 years of comedy. The only thing is that the satirists will be out of a job.

      Thanks for the info on which I based the post.

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