Seriously, the people of thE United Kingdom are not in the least unique. Every nation has those who will pull together in a crisis and do good stuff, and they equally have people like the hotel above, or people who buy up all the paracetamol, or toilet rolls who will cut each others’ throats if they see a quick buck in it for themselves.
There are even some who think that they are being stoically British by saying that following the medical advice and staying as isolated as possible is just giving in to it.
Anyway, I suppose they thought that it would be a good idea to make it look like they gave a toss at Buckingham Palace. So they wheeled William out. (Incidentally, he might like to remember that he is a prince of a lot of other countries that aren’t the United Kingdom, and that they might, in Canada or New Zealand, for example, take exception to the fact that he singled out the UK for this unique behaviour.
Honestly royals, you can talk down to us about disasters when we see you queuing for toilet rolls or paracetamol.
And then, there are the un-unique French… eh, what would you do with them? Hot blooded Latins, queuing in an orderly fashion, taking sensible distance precautions, not panic buying… Enough to go round.
If only they would behave sensibly like hardworking uniquely decent Brits…
You would have thought that it would be hard to find a positive thing to say about Coronavirus, but to cheer us in these hard times, here we are with a positive story.
It is reported that, with people staying at home much more, there has been a large reduction in the CO2 readings in many places. Air pollution is also reduced.
In Venice the canals are cleaner and, as these pictures show, swans have returned to live there. I know it’s not Sunday, but we need some cheering, so enjoy.
So, Munguin wants everyone to take care, but very specifically, if you are in any of the above categories, he absolutely DEMANDS that you take care. He can’t afford to lose readers.
So, why not Scotland?
And this MAY explain his reluctance to order the closing of pubs, restaurants, theatres, cinemas. If he ORDERS it, the people who own these businesses may be able to claim on their INSURANCE. If he recommends people stay at home, the businesses have no insurance claim.
Anyway, who pays £25, 540 for an after-dinner speech? If they’ve got that kind of cash to throw away on a third rate music hall act, they should lower premiums.
Ye Gads. Why is this man on tv? He’s already wished his idiot son on us.
Boris Johnson has slammed the brakes on the Brexit talks because of the coronavirus crisis – hours after his foreign secretary insisted they could go ahead as planned. Oh for an even semi-competent government at this time.
I read that all French citizens have been told that electricity and gas bills will be suspended for now so that people don’t scrimp on keeping themselves warm while they are forced to be at home. Oh, the advantages of having utilities where the state has a majority shareholding.
Given that we are told that we are supposed to keep at least a meter between us, why on earth is the English health secretary standing so close to this woman. He’s clearly making her feel uncomfortable because she moves away from him and then puts her bag between them.
And don’t even look at his trousers.
What an utter creep!
Still, it inspired me to find some good music.
Thanks to John, Andi (all his own work) and Quokka.
Thanks to John.
Thanks to Dave.
The same thing applies today. I won’t be around much, but I should be back in the evening. Chat among yourselves.
(My mum isn’t well and we are providing 24/7 care for her. My poor bro drew the short straw and is staying overnight.)
“In Scotland, they have a particular issue with the resilience of their public services”, says Boris Johnson.
Probably the resilience issues are that they aren’t privatised and, although they may be understaffed, they certainly aren’t as understaffed as their English (or Welsh) equivalents.
I can’t make my mind up about Johnson.
Does he say these things off the top of his head because that’s the kind of thing that posh Eton boys do without given a flying one about the consequences? Very rich privileged people don’t worry about consequences because by and large they can buy their way out of them.
Or does Cummings just feed him words and he repeats them without thinking because he isn’t in any real sense the prime minister? Just the bloke that waves from the back seat of a chauffeur-driven limo on his way to see the queen.
So, that’s alright then, huh?
No need to worry. All these silly preparations all the other countries are taking are just a waste of time. For heaven’s sake, even the uncaring, unsharing Tories in England are doing something to prepare for what MIGHT happen.
Still, after all, Trump’s pretty much a genius when it comes to these (and most other) things… isn’t he?
Talking about geniuses or genii (eh?) I see the idiot Gove was so chuffed with a joke that he told at a committee hearing that he poured himself a glass of water…all over his phone. What’s the betting the cost of the replacement goes on expenses?
Walk and chew gum, did I hear you say?
But none of that can trump (if you pardon the expression) the news that Chris Graying … ya know, Failing Grayling, world-renowned for train timetabling disasters, ferry companies with no boats, probation service that doesn’t actually do any probation work … and many other similarly catastrophic decisions, has been made chair of the, wait for it, Intelligence Committee.
Stop laughing at the back.
Chairman of the Intelligence Committee. Chris Grayling.
Look, I’ve said it again, in case you thought I’d hit a few dozen wrong keys in a drunken stupor.