So, that’s it. Another year over… and another one about to begin.
For most of us it can hardly fail to be a better year than 2021.
Munguin wants to thank all Munguinites who have sent in contributions to All Our Yesterdays (as well as Soppy Sunday and Just for a Laugh) and all of you who have commented and added to our knowledge and enjoyment and helped to maintain the notion that every day is a school day Chez Munguin.
Quokka sent me a couple of things for tomorrow and reminded me that it is already 2022 in Western Australia. Fortunately Munguin, who thinks that he is so grand that New Year should happen to him first, was out of the office at the time, partaking of a little light refreshment… so he’s unaware of this shortcoming of mother nature.
But before he and his bottle disappeared, he asked me to wish you, on his behalf, the best possible 2022.
And, if the USA ever gives the idiot Brits a trade deal, who do you think will prevail in every single negotiable aspect?
This is Dominic Raab’s stately home (which he has to share with [fate worse then death] Liz Truss), provided by the tax payer, because he is deputy prime minister (because he absolutely insisted he be given that title when he was demoted from being Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary and replaced with Tuess).
And this is what he got for the local hospital as a SMALL token of his appreciation. He certainly wasn’t kidding when he said small. Minute might have been more appropriate. Jeez!
And, I dunno about you, but when I make a small donation to a charity, as I think probably most of us do, I don’t, ever, take a selfie of me doing it and then post it to Twitter as if somehow I was saving the universe with small box of chocolates and some mince pies.
SIR Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, he of punch-up fame, and MP for the Cotswolds, has declared that the “principalities” of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are being too cautious about Covid and are interfering with people’s liberties.
He gave an interview to Times Radio in which he was asked: “How concerned are you about England being out of step with the rest of the country?”
His reply was that he thought it was the other way around.
“I think the principalities are out of step with with England. I think they have been overly cautious. I think they’re doing more damage to their economies than they need to. I think they’re doing more damage to people’s liberties than they need to.”
Neither Northern Ireland nor Scotland has ever been a principality. Scotland was and is a Kingdom, and the part of Wales that was a principality ceased to be so in the 1500s.
Now I know that Tories are traditionally a bit behind the times…
But seriously, we thought the 18th century was as far back as they went.
As for what OUR governments are doing compared with the English government, here’s a professor of public health:-
Is it just me or did the BBC presenter not seem happy with his answer?
Int the meantime, the number of people in hospital with COVID in England has risen to 9,546, according to Sky News. This is a 38% increase form last week.
My granny used to say of people who thought themselves right even when everyone was doing the opposite from them, “everyone’s oot o’ step but oor Jock”. It seems like in this case, “Everyone is out of step with the exception of our SIR Geoffrey Clifton Brown”.
People are suggesting that Liz Truss may be the next prime minister.
And this news comes just when you thought that nothing and no one could ever be worse than Johnson.
Liz is a complex woman. She was a Remainer who, immediately the leadership of her party became “leave”, decided her career would be more likely to prosper if she rethought her stance and adjusted her opinions in light of the English vote being marginally FOR leave… so that’s what she did.
Of course to be fair she has that in common with the Noble, Gallant and Rt Hon Baroness of Links to London, and her successor Jackson of Carlot, not to mention our own dear Fluffy Mundell, all of whom were totally convinced of the wisdom of leaving, once it was pointed out to them that that was what England had (marginally) voted for.
But did you know she was once a Liberal Democrat who didn’t like the royal family or that she was a Jimmy Savile fan?
She is, as Brendan May points out consistent in her inconsistency.
You see, Daily Mail, although it is true that Omicron is less likely to make you so ill that you have to be hospitalised (especially if you were bright enough to avail yourself of the vaccine so readily available across Europe, which, sadly, not everyone was) it is also true to say that it is VERY much more transmissible. Indeed the numbers appear to double every day.
So, as Adam Kay (who’s an actual, y’know, medical doctor and incidentally worth a follow) points out:
Dear Daily Mail,
If virus A has half the hospitalisation rate of virus B, but the number of people with virus A doubles every two days, then hospitalisations from virus A catch up with virus B in two days.
So, not really vindicated, as shown by these figures from two days ago:
So, given that what we are trying to do is unblock some of the hospital beds for all the people who have had falls, or accidents or heart attacks or strokes or whatever and give all these people we clapped for for a minute every Tuesday night a wee bit of a break.
I’m told that Douglas Ross asked at FMQs for us to do what England is doing, or words to that effect.
I’d respectfully suggest that these figures show that he should weesht..
It seems, from what I can see, that work meetings at Downing Street may be conducted in the gardens over a bottle or twelve of expensive stuff from the cellars…which might explain their handling of things.
Also, what position does the prime minister’s current wife, Carrie Johnson hold, apart, obviously, from <tee hee> “first lady”?
And this, you’ll remember, was Mr Johnson’s advice to people around that time: