I was in Lidl last night and was amazed to find green, red and yellow peppers in a plastic bag covered in union jacks. Great British Peppers I thought as I put them back. I’m sure that peppers can be grown in the southern part of England or possibly in greenhouses, but I’m these ones came from Spain and were packed in Britain.
Then there was a section of Great British Cheeses including I noticed, some with suspiciously foreign names. Just some mistake by the staff, I’m sure.
In my efforts to find food that wasn’t covered with jacks, I did discover some really nice French ham, some German sausage and some lovely Spanish chorizo, so all is not lost, and along in Aldi (much better), I got some nice Scottish cheese.
Honestly, Brits, we’re really not that thick.
In the meantime, to cheer me up, show me Brits taking back control in foreign parts:
via @Survation, 25-26 May Changes compared with 29 April.
I thought after 10 years of Tory government, austerity, the problems of Brexit the mishandling of the Covid crisis to such an extent that the UK had more deaths per capita than any other country, despite having a good deal more warning than many, and with a clearly incompetent and dishonest prime minister… that with a clever, articulate, relatively non controversial leader, Labour might have expected to make some progress.
OK, Starmer probably lacks the “star quality” of BoJo the Clown, but surely his education and training as a lawyer, his ability to formulate competent arguments and present them in an articulate manner (as opposed to Johnson’s stuttering and stumbling half sentences and mainly made up nonsense) along with the fact that he is establishment, proved with a knighthood, and his holding of a senior post in the English legal system, would have made him a more than serious match for Johnson.
But, despite the fishing crisis, the farming crisis, the northern Ireland crisis, the chronic mishandling of Covid et al, the polls remain puzzlingly substantially against him.
I accept that the bulk of the newspapers are more or less with Johnson, but I’m not sure who reads newspapers nowadays, so I’m at a loss.
OH LOOK, THERE’S A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL FAMILY…OH AND A SQUIRREL
I’m no fan of Dominic Cummings, as Munguin will tell you, but some of his testimony in today’s hearing is rather damning, especially for Boris Johnson and Matt Hancock. And it is difficult to believe that he would risk making it all up. Unlikeable he may be; reckless he may be, but stupid, I suspect, he is not.
I’m also at a loss to know why the BBC terminated televising the session before its end?
“Murder She Wrote” rerun, maybe?
It is, however, a great relief to know that that no lesser a person that Grant Shapps (some of you may know him by other names such as Michael Green, Corinne Stockheath and Sebastian Fox) tells us that the British public are more interested in the success of the vaccine roll out.
It’s comforting to be informed how we feel about such important matters by “people” of such distinction.
There was me being all cross and concerned about all the dead bodies.
A Scottish parent living in Bradford has expressed concern that their young child is having to take part in “One Britain One Nation” week at their primary school.
The week involves pupils dressing up in red, white and blue and singing an “anthem” called “One Britain One Dream”, which ends with the repeating lines “Strong Britain Great Nation”.
Regardless of my nationality, I’d be extremely wary of allowing my child to take part in this kind of so clearly political festival.
Particularly as it’s so plainly not true that we are one nation (given that we are actually three nations and a province) and that there is a massive divide between the way that Scotland and England vote (ie how we want to live our lives), whether in UK elections or UK referenda.
The idea that we should be teaching kids that we are united, strong, or great, is an insult to education and has a rather scary overtone.