BRITAIN’S CHRISTIAN VALUES?

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I noted that in Mrs May’s Christmas message to us lesser beings (painful to watch as she tries to emote), she wanted to remind us that this is a Christian country.

She said: “Let us take pride in our Christian heritage and the confidence it gives us to ensure that in Britain you can practice your faith free from question or fear”.

She is, of course, the English/female version of the Gordon Brown “son of the manse”, the “vicar’s daughter”

 

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Arlene must have told her what to wear.

 

I managed to avoid the Queen’s Christmas message (well done. Tris) but I’d lay a pound to a penny that she reminded us that in her long reign she has always tried to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. After all, she tells us that every year.

And we all know that the real power in the country is held by an unelected Christian fundamentalist, who apparently believes that the world was created by God 6,000 years ago and that he laboured for 6 days doing it, and took the seventh day off. And you mustn’t call her a dinosaur because there never was such a thing!

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And yet these three women, strong advocates of Christianity, oversee a country where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

It’s a mean cruel little place in which a woman who is going to marry into the royal family can spend £55,000 on a dress for a photoshoot, parliament can spend tens of billions on doing up its own buildings, Buckingham Palace gets extra money for repairs… and at the same time doctors are prescribing food to patients who are ill because of malnutrition and  we see the return of Victorian poverty illnesses like rickets.

And that’s BEFORE we leave the EU, which now all but a few predict will be an economic disaster for Britain at least for the foreseeable future.

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The following came from readers comments in the article above. Just how inhuman do you have to be to put this kind of regime into operation?

Examples of Benefit Sanctions

“One case where the claimant’s wife went into premature labour and had to go to hospital. This caused the claimant to miss an appointment. No leeway given”

“It’s Christmas Day and you don’t fill in your job search evidence form to show that you’ve looked for all the new jobs that are advertised on Christmas Day. You are sanctioned. Merry Christmas”

“You apply for three jobs one week and three jobs the following Sunday and Monday. Because the jobcentre week starts on a Tuesday it treats this as applying for six jobs in one week and none the following week. You are sanctioned for 13 weeks for failing to apply for three jobs each week”

“A London man missed his Jobcentre appointments for two weeks because he was in hospital after being hit by a car. He was sanctioned”

“You’ve been unemployed for seven months and are forced onto a workfare scheme in a shop miles away, but can’t afford to travel. You offer to work in a nearer branch but are refused and get sanctioned for not attending your placement”

“You are a mum of two and are five minutes late for your jobcentre appointment. You show the advisor the clock on your phone, which is running late. You are sanctioned for a month”

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“A man with heart problems who was on Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) had a heart attack during a work capability assessment. He was then sanctioned for failing to complete the assessment”

“A man who had gotten a job that was scheduled to begin in two weeks’time was sanctioned for not looking for work as he waited for the role to start”

“Army veteran Stephen Taylor, 60, whose Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) was stopped after he sold poppies in memory of fallen soldiers”

“A man had to miss his regular appointment at the job centre to attend his father’s funeral. He was sanctioned even though he told DWP staff in advance”

“Ceri Padley, 26, had her benefits sanctioned after she missed an appointment at the jobcentre – because she was at a job interview”

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“A man got sanctioned for missing his slot to sign on – as he was attending a work programme interview. He was then sanctioned as he could not afford to travel for his job search”

“Mother-of-three Angie Godwin, 27, said her benefits were sanctioned after she applied for a role jobcentre staff said was beyond her”

“Sofya Harrison was sanctioned for attending a job interview and moving her signing-on to another day”

“Michael, 54, had his benefits sanctioned for four months for failing to undertake a week’s work experience at a charity shop. The charity shop had told him they didn’t want him there”

“Terry Eaton, 58, was sanctioned because he didn’t have the bus fare he needed to attend an appointment with the jobcentre”.

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Added to this they removed £30 a week from the sickest people, they are in the throes of rolling out a system for benefits (Universal Credit) that does not work (still!) but not in Cabinet ministers’ constituencies, and amongst a list of other miserable mean minded policies aimed at saving money at all costs, most of the people of Grenfell Tower (the building that burned down because the richest council in England couldn’t be bothered putting proper insulation on it because it was populated by poor people, and for whom there was recently a big service in London, with bigwigs including Charles and William and the Maybot herself), are still homeless, and May laughed off the notion of child homelessness on the basis that kids weren’t actually sleeping on the cold streets in the open air…as many adults are. All fur coats and no knickers!

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In England, NHS trusts are cancelling non-emergency operations as their health service falls apart for lack of money, staff and someone to manage it. Schools in some areas are washing kids’ clothes and taking parents to food banks or feeding them in breakfast clubs, while at the same time begging for money for books from richer parents. Prisons in England are in many cases privatised. The staffing levels are ridiculously low and the population ridiculously high. Violence is rife and riots are frequent.

I could go on, through other areas of public life: ships that are letting in water and that were built to carry aircraft we haven’t bought, Cabinet ministers falling like ninepins because they lie to the prime minister… the lowest pensions in the developed world to show how little we care about our elderly population (unless they are royal or lords) and the total mess that is Brexit deteriorating by the day…but by now you’re getting bored.

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A lot of Munguin’s readership is Scottish. We are lucky. Our health service is the best performing in the UK, as are our trains. Our prisons are better managed, and so far I’ve heard nothing of rickets. Far from perfect, we may be, but we are lucky. It’s no joke to be in England and not to be rich. (They find money for rich people)

So that is the Britain which hails blue passports as a major achievement.

That’s the Queen’s idea of a Christian society.

That’s Mrs May’s idea of Christian government.

I’m not a Christian, but I was forced as a schoolboy to go to daily Christian services at school in England and made to do two lessons a week of Bible Study, so I know a few things about the basic principles of Christianity after all these years.

Either our teachers were lying, or the people who oversee this mess, Liz, Arlene and the Maybot don’t even begin to resemble Christians.

 

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Nope, Daily Mail. We shall sneer and sneer and better than sneer at your iconic blue passports, ya roasters. The moronic thing is that they won’t be iconic. They will look exactly like everyone else’s passports because they are required to meet standards set by the UN. And, you could have had blue passports all along, of course, but then you wouldn’t have been able to blame that on the EU. The EU never demanded red.  Maybe you could put a wee story in them so that we will have something to read while we queue at immigration as aliens instead of EU citizens?

 

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48 thoughts on “BRITAIN’S CHRISTIAN VALUES?”

  1. That’s a £986 Sentaler camel coat, brown beret and £630 Stuart Weitzman’s Hiline boots, Meghan walked arm-in-arm with Harry.

    She was clutching a brown leather Chloe pixie bag, which sells for £1,400.

    £3000 +/- and that’s before we consider her frock and her underwear…

    Rub our faces in it why don’t you, Miss Marple!

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    1. Your last line says it all tris.
      Ever since I watched my parents sign the Scottish Covenant in 1950, I have never been able to understand why we allow another country to govern us. Especially these days, when the elderly, the poor, and the most vulnerable in our society, are being subjected to the vilest treatment imaginable from the most heinous, and incompetent, U.K Government I have ever lived under.
      While I am aware that support for independence has risen according to the latest poll, it remains a puzzle to me why anyone with a modicum of common sense, and humanity, would wish to remain under the control of the evilest Westminster administration, certainly in recent history, but apparently a sizeable number of Scots still prefer this option.
      Maybe it’s my age, but I feel if we don’t take the opportunity to free ourselves from all that being part of the U.K entails in the now inevitable second Scottish Independence Referendum, then it will be a long time before another chance becomes viable.
      While I don’t really fancy campaigning throughout the winter months, I believe we have to have a vote before the 29th, March, 2019, as this will be our best opportunity to hammer home the absurdity of leaving the E.U, costing the Scottish economy tens of thousands of jobs, and many billions of pounds in revenue.
      Can we do it, in the face of what will be the greatest, and most hate filled, propaganda campaign ever launched by the British Establishment against a friendly neighbour. Never forget, they have almost the complete support of the M.S.M, so the daily barrage of fake news will be unrelenting.
      Can we do it? Time will tell.

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      1. Well, I’m up for it when those who know more than I do say that it is the time…

        And like you, I’d rather do it in the summer, but when they call, I’ll do my bit.

        I don’t understand why someone would let a bunch of hateful psychopaths rule their country, doing what they do.

        I fear as the Brexit disaster comes home to roost things are going to get so much worse.

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  2. A nice pic of Humza Yousaf, presumably because of the trains, and I’m sure the man would understand exactly what I mean by saying that he’s a far better Christian than that bunch of expletives deleted you mentioned. Come to think of it, Glasgow Central Mosque – I think I have my facts straight – has been doing wonderful things producing food for the homeless, things like that. One description of the Church of England that’s been pretty valid for a good long time now is that it is the Tory Party at prayer… so best not look for any liberation theology anywhere around there.

    For the politicos involved, they’re all whited bloody sepulchres. Just to be seasonal about it.

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    1. Yes, Humza was there becasue of the trains, for which he takes no end of stick, but which have consistently been the best in the UK for a long time… and he’s already got plans for a government bid for the next round of franchises.

      Religion doesn’t really have a monopoly for decency. There are many good people of all religions and none.

      What I can’t stand is this trite rubbish that these London politicians throw at us about what good Christians they are, all the time treating those less well off than themselves like some kind of trash.

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      1. I find the criticism of Humza by Tories quite hypocritical since UK Tory policy is that the running of railways is nothing to do with government after the award of the franchises, a position firmly maintained by the UK Department of Transport eg vis—a-vis Southern Trains.

        Indeed, I vividly recall Cecil Parkinson asserting in a TV interview at the time of privatisation that it was precisely because railways are vital to the national interest it was all the more important that government should have no part in running them. This statement was made with the dreadfully earnest expression which always served Mr P as justification for unsupported assertions.

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      2. Just so, Tris. If we go back to Victorian times, there were even those who argued that the State had no business doing poor relief at all because it deprived good Christians of opportunities to exercise their Christian charity… Ah well, Dickens found that sort of thing sickening too.

        I miss my Moroccan bro – a truly wonderful, decent, good person. Smart too. He told me, among many other things and many years ago now, about the doctrine of zakat, one of the five pillars of Islam. Here’s the Wikipedia thingmie on it: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zakat. The motto of the National Zakat Foundation (nzf.org.uk, but “national” in the sense of being based in Lunnon) is “Our vision is a faithful, confident, selfless and self-sufficient Muslim community in the United Kingdom. ”

        I particularly like the “selfless” bit. That’s your actual caritas, that is. Can’t say fairer than that, can they really, guv?

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        1. As one of the Five Pillars of Islam, zakat is a religious obligation for all Muslims who meet the necessary criteria of wealth.[7] It is not a charitable contribution,[8] and is considered to be a tax, or obligatory alms.

          It’s probably the Christian equivalent of tithing …

          It seems that the punishment for failing to honour your obligations is a lot more severe than that for Christians who do not give a tenth of their wealth to the church.

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          1. As far as I can tell, zakat is viewed more as a moral obligation than a legal one under secular law at least, and you don’t get the spiritual purification aspect of it if you don’t do it voluntarily. As an arrangement for keeping people from starving, and for reminding the rich and the powerful that they are part of the community and it is their duty to give back, it is pretty good, I think. It also predates new-fangled notions such as national insurance and social security by quite a few centuries! It’s worth remembering too that there is no equivalent of the Catholic or any other church in Islam, so giving zakat to a local imam was not like tithing to the Church in the centralized, institutional sense.

            Many years ago – 40, maybe, when we both had more hair – I asked my Moroccan bro what he knew about the Thousand and One Nights – and wow, what a lot he told me! In particular, he knew some Moroccan folk tales about Harun ar-Rashid, who was a real person, Caliph of Baghdad in the 8th century – his name translates as Aaron the Just. The folk tales portrayed him as a romantic figure who would do things like giving his bodyguards the slip and sneaking out of his own palace dressed in civvies to go where the common people of Baghdad gathered, just so he could find out at first hand what their concerns were, and as a result, sometimes he would provide unexpected relief and even largesse to help people overcome personal tragedies and losses.

            Here’s the URL of the Wikipedia article about him: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harun_al-Rashid. I draw your attention to this little snippet in it: “An alliance was established with the Chinese Tang dynasty by Ar-Rashid after he sent embassies to China”. This would have been about 500 years before Marco Polo made his trip to the Middle Kingdom…

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            1. Ah yes – “Peter’s Pence” – that is the phrase I finally found hiding under my mental bed. In other words, donations or payments made directly to the Roman Catholic Church in Rome, rather than through local parishes. Thank you Wiki for the confirmation!

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  3. Non – EU passport queues were generally around 90 – 120 minutes at Lisbon in October (which means incidentally that luggage will sit on the carousel for that length of time, which seems like an excellent theft opportunity for those so inclined).

    My guess is that medium sized single terminal airports will be the greatest problem for the blue passports, unlike multi – terminal places and smaller regional airports with far fewer non – EU arrivals. Experience will tell, and I look forward to travellers’ tales from 2019 onwards.

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    1. Yes. It will be interesting to see just how successful their iconic passports are when they are actually asked to do the job.

      Look out for headlines about the evil EU taking revenge on poor Britain.

      I’m just not looking forward to travel in Europe.

      I sometimes travel with my Hungarian friend. He will walk straight through then have to find a café or bar to wait in while I struggle through immigration.

      Oh, isn’t all this control we are taking back just so empowering?

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  4. I don’t pretend to be a Christian Tris, eyes opened to it around the age of 12 and their behaviour has baffled me since. Sons and daughters of the manse(and Kirk) see from an early age that a good living is to be had from lying.
    How on earth do they get people in the welfare system to make decisions like this? Do their parents know? Are they proud of their offspring? I sincerely hope that when the Scottish welfare system comes along we recruit caring people, not Thatcher’s children. Give Munguin regards from the Panda pair, they seem to be enjoying the snow here this morning.

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    1. I suspect that they get people who need a job and, reluctantly in many cases, will do what it takes to keep themselves in a job. They, after all, know better than anyone else just how bad life can be if you find yourself at the other side of that desk.

      The Scottish government has promised to administer social security with a heart. That won’t always be easy. There are people who swing lead big time (I know, I’ve worked in that system), but let’s hope that they can keep it decent.

      Munguin sends Christmas greetings to the Pandas. Despite being half penguin, he isn’t particularly fond of snow. At the first sign of it, he takes to his penthouse suite and sends me to the shops! 🙂

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      1. Some people are just unemployable… there can’t be all that many people who are simply work-shy. That term “work-shy” itself – it goes along with that discrimination in the minds of the Usual Suspects between the “deserving” and the “undeserving poor”. Some people are just not cut out for the world of work – best we recognize the fact, and move on. A lot of jobs have never been remunerated, or properly remunerate, anyway – imagine how much it would cost you to get people in to do all your cooking and cleaning and housework so you didn’t have to do any at all. This is what people with severe disabilities face, if they want to live in a decent environment, which, let’s face it, most of us do.

        All this is an argument for a universal income, I believe; a citizen’s wage, if you will: everyone gets enough to survive, and if you do work, you earn proper wages and pay tax on them. If you have special circumstances and special needs, then you apply for additional dosh to pay for your care assistants and whatever.

        My experience with DWP over the years has been very bruising, traumatic, even, and having our Scottish Government administer disability benefits will I am sure be extremely beneficial. You wouldn’t know it from the meeja, of course, but our government is pretty competent – especially in comparison to the scary clowns in charge at Westminster right now. It is also far, far more concerned about our well-being. Still, DWP is rotten to the core, as far as I can tell. We need to rethink it, radically.

        As I recall, the idea of a universal income was mooted in the USA back in the Carter years, if I remember right, in other words, back in the ’70s. One of the reasons it never made it off the drawing board was – wait for it – that it would empower women to leave abusive or otherwise unsatisfactory marriages. In other words, male wage-earners (we’re thinking in terms of the old microeconomic paradigm whereby the man has remunerated employment while the woman has housework, and sells Tupperware for “pin money”) – the male wage earner could no longer wield the threat of destitution over his dependent spouse. To my mind, that alone is reason enough to back the concept of a universal income.

        “Full employment” is a difficult concept in economics… in my experience, economies may have high unemployment and underemployment levels for two physical, on-the-ground, real-life reasons: they are underedeveloped, like Kenya, say, and there simply isn’t enough industry to provide jobs – Western-style jobs – for all the people who want them. They have lots of people in the informal economy – in Swahili, they call it jua kali, which means “hot sun”, or maybe “harsh sun” – because these activities take place in the open air, generally. They also have a lot of people who do not participate much in the cash economy – subsistence farmers among the settled, agriculturalist tribes such as the Kikuyu and the Kamba (broad-brush, stereotypical description), and livestock and limited agriculture among the semi-nomadic ones, e.g. the Maasai (ditto). In other words, people have to eat, people have to have livelihoods of one kind or another, and human beings are really pretty wonderful at staying alive, on the whole.

        We are also pretty good at providing for the old, ill and disabled members of our families and communities in the absence of a State that can or will help us do it. However, where this fails, the consequences can be lethal. That is the state of affairs that the current Westminster regime is evidently aiming for, and has already been quite successful in achieving. Assuming my facts are correct, the 120,000 excess deaths since the onset of the Tory regime at Westminster, and the more than 34,000 elderly people who died over and above the expected number who died last winter as a result of UK government policies should tell us that we cannot rely on the UK State to behave with even the minimum level of decency. That is why I believe that in addition to any other grounds we may have, independence for Scotland is also a moral imperative.

        The other type of high unemployment and underemployment is, or will be, a feature of hyper-developed economies where manual labour, human labour, is replaced by machines, whether they be smart robots or dumb pneumatic drills. This is a process that began long ago now – with the industrial revolution, basically – as when inventions such as the spinning jenny displaced the artisanal, cottage industries that preceded them, provoking the ire of the Luddites, literal and metaphorical, along the way.

        Another positive effect of proper social security schemes that provide reliable and sufficient income is that they combat low pay: if employers want to get potential employees to get out of bed in the mornings and come and work for them, they have to pay them enough to make it worth their while. Norway is in that happy state right now, if I understand things right. Currently, here in the UK, we really do have the worst of both worlds: most poor people in receipt of benefits of one kind or another are actually in work.

        People should not need tax credits and other benefits while they are in full-time work, but the way we have it structured at the moment, we are in effect providing a direct subsidy to employers who pay starvation wages. This is money from everyone’s taxes that is in effect being channelled to shareholders, CEOs, Board members and the like. We are subsidizing the rich out of the public purse, in other words, and underpinning and aggravating the already disastrously high level of economic inequality in our society.

        It needs to change. One more bang on my big bass drum: Scotland needs its independence, but England needs a bloody revolution.

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        1. P.S. It goes without saying (koff, koff) that we want that revolution to be as unbloody as possible. Nevertheless, the revolutions that other nations have suffered in order to make a start on breaking the stranglehold of their anciens régimes are not often reassuring as precedents.

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        2. That was a really good piece, Ed.

          I think I’ve said before on here that once upon a time benefits took into consideration the fact that, while technically some people could do some kind of work, the likelihood of anyone employing them to do it was so low that it was fairer to pay them benefits. No more. If you can move your hand you can put mouldy turkey through a till at Tesco. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that Tesco will want you to do that.

          In fact the UK is at more at less at full employment now. There are 1.5 million unemployed, but many of them fall into one of the pretty much unemployable categories:

          1. Elderly.
          2. Sick.
          3. Disabled.
          4. Alcohol/drug dependent.
          5. People with criminal records.

          Most of these people will be marked as employable. It’s just that until there is no one else, no one will employ them.

          However, unemployment isn’t as simple as that. Do you want a drunk, or druggie, or thief looking after your elderly relatives? Do you want to work in an office next to a sex offender?

          Probably not.

          I’m really interested in universal income, because as you say, within a pretty short period we’ll not a lot of the jobs that we have now. Online is replacing face to face. Robots are doing jobs that we used to do.

          This is an interesting read.

          https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/apr/15/neoliberalism-ideology-problem-george-monbiot

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            1. But, you know, Communism didn’t work either, because those who could took whatever they could. Much more than they needed. And those who had nothing still had nothing.

              I’ve said it before, some sort of Scandinavian model… although not perfect… would seem to be an answer that I could live with.

              Did you read Terry’s last post on life in Switzerland? It has much to recommend it too.

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              1. I haven’t checked out Terry’s post yet, but I will, I will. I found Switzerland rather stuffy when I worked in Geneva, and preferred to live across the border in la France voisine, as they call it there.

                No, attempting communism again would not be progress, rather the reverse! It’s sad, really: I don’t know of any period in Russian history that could be described as happy and fulfilling: – ghastly, oppressive governments, primitive conditions, generally just grim all round, the standard of governance varying between appallingly bad and downright evil. The scum always seem to rise to the top, and hope always seems to be stillborn. Oligarchs, kleptocrats, Putin and pals – what an appalling shower.

                I’ve lived long enough to see economic orthodoxy overthrown a couple of times in my lifetime, and we know of occasions when it was stood on its head before then too – so I cannot and will not accept that the current neoliberal dispensation is set in stone and will be with us for ever. Remember the Gold Standard, anyone? Fixed exchange rates (“The pound in your pocket has not been devalued”)? Not to mention all the other changes there have been in the Bretton Woods institutions since their inception in the aftermath of WWII – whatever happened to SDRs? I haven’t heard a peep about those for ages.

                It was not always the case that people could trade and speculate on markets in money itself – if I remember right, Soros was among the first to start doing that. Currency trading – there’s another mechanism for fleecing the public: if it’s not a zero-sum game, perhaps someone will explain to me exactly what sort of value is supposedly created by that particular activity. I’m sure the same could be said of many – maybe even all – of those dodgy financial derivative thingmies that were cooked up to “make” money for some while their luck and a bull market lasted. At times it seemed that the financiers were running a gargantuan collection of Ponzi schemes with the completely predictable outcome, and everyone else has had to bear the cost of clearing up the mess. And ever since, those same people, and their successors, have been agitating to have all the controls lifted again so they can rip us off all over again.

                “Wealth creation”. A catchy slogan, isn’t it, but what does it actually mean? “Make money”. There’s another one – if you do it, or if I do it, it’s called counterfeiting, but other people have access to magic money trees whenever it suits Them. Now that actual cash money is just too, too old fashioned for words, darlings, and so much of it exists in electronic form only, you don’t even have to run any physical printing presses or minting machinery to multiply the amount of dosh sloshing around ready to be pumped into your slush funds…

                Ah well. It’s all very wearisome, really. I shall go to bed and attempt to think happy thoughts.

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                1. LOL. I hope you had happy dreams.

                  Politicians seem to be grappling with problems far bigger than they are. The world has changed, and continues to change.

                  Things that were impossible, and would have been unbelievable 20 years ago… even 10 years ago, happen.

                  And that pace of change is only likely to accelerate.

                  I just read an article that suggested that “age” is the defining difference in politics, I suppose particularly with reference to the EU referendum…

                  I think that there was always a divide between the generations, but that it has become more and more pronounced.

                  Young people today live in an entirely different world from their grandparents.

                  Politicians have to cope with a great deal that they didn’t have to cope with 40 years ago.

                  Instant answers are required where once people could take weeks to make decisions.

                  Maybe we ask too much of them.

                  On teh other hand, you look at Damien Green and think… W****r!

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    2. I am regularly amused by one son of the manse who is a prolific letter writer to the Scotsman and other papers, and who usually identifies himself as the son of the miner his father had been a decade or more before he was born rather than the parish minister he had become since.

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  5. Well that was a depressing read though I can’t disagree with a word of it. I think in your first comment Tris you mean Ms Markle though Ms Marple made me laugh.

    Anyway I’m feeling honour bound to cheer folk up now. Great news there are now eight Great Ape species as they have discovered another Orangutan species meaning there are three types of them!

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/dec/26/2017-annus-mirabilis-all-the-things-that-went-right

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    1. Aye, well PP, too much goodwill isn’t good for us… :: 🙂

      I think she will for ever be Miss Marple.

      Excellent news about the Orangs. Thanks for passing it on.

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  6. Nothing like a good sneer
    Especially at the Tory inventors Of sneering

    May also shares with our
    Gordon a complete lack of
    Empathy with normal people.
    Her broadcast was like watching a gurning competition.

    The Tory’s will never ever let
    Her run for another election If
    She was to ever meet normal
    People her weirdness would
    Do for her big time

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    1. You OK Niko?

      We missed you.

      Well she tried to meet a few ordinary people during her election campaign and lost her majority… you yeah

      You’re right. They won’t get rid of her until the worst of Brexit is past, then she’s history

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  7. Give them a break, Tris, they are only following the precepts of that gentle son of a workman when he reportedly said: “The poor you shall always have with you…so go out and multiply them!” or something like that.

    I shall say this in a whisper – hope you had a good xmas and thoroughly enjoyed the festivities as I did.

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    1. Indeed, David, indeed… words to that effect.

      I had man flu so Munguin and I had a quiet day and he allowed me to clock off before midnight with only a small reduction in remuneration. (Actually I really enjoy a quiet day.)

      Glad you had a good time. 🙂

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    1. Good news about your sister, Niko. However, “SNP-supporting” and “nationalist” are contradictory terms if by “nationalist” you mean the blood-and-soil fascist types like the BNP or the Tories… what does your brother say?

      Anyway, merry Christmas, Niko, I wish you and yours all the best. And many interesting family Christmas dinners to come!

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