66 thoughts on “IN CASE YOU MISSED IT”

  1. As a football referee, he should surely understand the result of endlessly scoring own goals. It usually means your team’s rubbish and will lose in the end.

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    1. I saw that.

      “Our precious union; our family”

      Just imagine for a moment being in the same family as her and her cohorts.

      Imagine being in the same family as Braverman who dreams of deporting people to a country in Africa with a record on human rights even more dodgy than England’s.

      They repel me. All of them.

      Who would have thought you could look back with a smile on idiots like Dopey Dorries, Repellent Raab, Useless Eustace, Joke Jake, the guy with three names, one of which was female… and Hopeless Hand-Cock?

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    1. Wow!

      The plot for that sounds remarkably similar… and I agree, the dress looks very similar including the belt.

      She just about vain enough and stupid enough to do that too.


    1. LOL. I knew you’d find a way to blame us.

      The trouble is that Labour’s policies in a few areas mirror here.

      I was appalled to hear that some Labour spokesman seemed to pretty much in accord with Braverman over Rwanda.

      And then there was the woman from Labour who said that England should take a leaf out of Spain’s book re the independence movements.

      Spain sent in storm trooper type police and beat people, including 90+ year olds.

      And in Scotland Labour and Tory politicians are in bed with one another and Jackie Baillie becomes more Conservative by the day.

      Can you Brits not find any moderate politicians now?

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      1. Jackie Baillie personifies the new type of Conservative Labour MP/MSP very well although there are lots to choise from.
        The best indication of the coming together of the former rival parties was during the heyday of Better Together UKOK when an advert appeared urging members of the Cowal Conservative Ladies’ Lunch Club to waddle along to listen to a speech by none other than Jackie Baillie MSP who was to be extolling the virtues of the Precious Union.
        I know a free lunch is important to people on a limited income (with expenses), but no-one at Imperial Labour HQ realised how this would look to ordinary people or even to members of the Red Tory branch.

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        1. It was a bad look. I remember there was a photograph which I can no longer find, of her standing in front of a Conservative Logo.

          Their reward for being seen hand in glove with the Tories, and then choosing a right of centre leader who wasn’t even in the Scottish parliament, was that they lost 97% of their seats.

          Choosing Murphy was a huge mistake. I couldn’t believe that they would do it, but they are making that mistake again. Sarwar, Baillie, Sir Strarmer, Rachel Reeves et al.

          Hardly a trace of “labour” in them.


  2. From Tim Stanley no less

    The mood at the Tory conference is grim to funereal, and for good reason. They know they’re beat. There’s a sense that something has changed in British politics and we ain’t going back.

    Labour is revived; the Tories are divided and unpopular. But it’s about more than just a 45p tax cut, which was a bad idea, or the U-turn, which was suicidal (if a centre-Right government can’t pass a tax cut with an 80-seat majority, it’s dead in the water). The reality is that Britain doesn’t want what the Conservative party is now selling

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    1. And to top it all off, the late Queen died. A woman who stood for sacrifice and putting your country first. Keir Starmer has brilliantly exploited these themes, making out that Elizabeth II was a closet socialist. EH?


      1. Starmer’s a million miles away from being a socialist. Corbyn was thereabouts, but the mail/scum/express etc. – as well as his own fence-sitting – did for him.

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        1. New Labour didn’t like him. He was far to left of centre for them.

          I’d say a lot of Starmer’s people are right of centre.

          Some of them revoltingly so.


          1. For “new labour”, read also tories. Both follow the same path and wouldn’t want anyone reactionary rocking the boat of self-enrichment. Thus, despite greatly increasing Labours membership – and mostly from a previously disregarded young age group – Corbyn was heaved out on trumped-up “anti-semitism” grounds. The definition of this that’s used includes “being critical of the state of israel” as anti-semitism, so if you suggest that the killing of a group of Palestinian children that’re gathered in a cemetary might be a bit de trop then you’re a raging anti-semite, apparently.

            Israel can get tae. Bunch ae murderous so-an-so’s with the full backing of the USA.

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              1. LOL. Yes, I would, Niko if I were you.

                In fairness, there are differences in some of their policies, but there are some very anti-democratic notions in there.


                She makes Priti Patel look , well, like a twin.

                I can seriously understand why Labour had to move to the right, particularly in England.
                I read Mandelson’s book on how and why New Labour came about.

                It was a “if you can’t beat them, join them” story.

                To form a government you have to get votes in South East England. To do that you have to appeal to the reasonably well off who are making a lot of money under the current system and don’t want that to change.

                I totally understand that. That is the kind of government that England wants. They should have it.

                They had the opportunity to vote for a Labour government under Corbyn and they didn’t take it.

                But, in Scotland, why would they think that this would go down well?

                Margaret Curren had said that they needed to be more “Labour” in their approach in Scotland, and yet Jim Murphy got the job as branch leader. As far right as you can go in Labour in Scotland without being Jackie Baillie. And we all know what happened there.

                If Labour wants to do well in Scotland it will have to become a Labour Party for Scotland and it can’t do that whilst being tied to a party that has to appeal to the ffotherington-Smythes in the Home Counties.

                All the Unionist parties were against Brexit. Kezia spoke out, The Noble Baroness spoke out, whoever was the Liberal leader spoke out. It was a terrible idea and MPs, MSPs, advocated voting against it.

                And that was how Scotland voted. 62-38 Remain.

                And immediately, all the unionist parties changed their minds. It had overnight become a great opportunity. Odd.

                That was fair enough in England where the public voted 54- 46 to leave. You accept the result of your referendum, no matter how bad you think it is.

                It wasn’t fair in Scotland.

                Basically what that (and the “you have to get votes in the South of England to win” attitude) tells me is that they aren’t a Scottish party. They are doing what’s best for the south of England where the votes are.

                Just like the Tories, they vote for things Scotland doesn’t want and doesn’t need.

                Instinctively I’m a socialist. And I can’t see, for me, any attraction to Labour.


              2. For a start, Niko, there’s one from last week; the creation of Great British Energy. What’s the point? It’s just going to be another company that doesn’t generate but buys from those that do.

                If Starmer had stood on that stage and said that the best, and fairest, thing to do for the people of these islands is to nationalise the power generation companies and that a Labour government would do this at the earliest opportunity, I would sit up and take notice.

                See also the grinding down of the NHS, rail privatisation, and, and. I sure that he’s quite pleasant company, but there doesn’t appear to be any fire in his belly. He’s been bought by the establishment with that knighthood, and he seems to be quite comfy therein. He’s not doing much to rock any boats whatsoever.

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                1. Didn’t the Noble Lord Prescott promise to renationalise the railways back in 1997.

                  It’s probably the easiest of renationalisations and would cost very little, given that the companies tender for the right to run each line, and when their term runs out, the government gets them back to offer them again.

                  And yet, despite that and the fact he was deputy prime minister, so had a bit of weight, (no double meaning intended) it never happened.

                  They don’t want nationalisation.


            1. Yes. That definition of anti-Semitism is ridiculous. By the same token, and criticism of Saudi or Iran or any of the Gulf state, Jordan, or indeed, Palestine, would have to be considered Anti-Islamic. And criticism of the USA wold be Anti-Christian.


  3. A time zone-factored update to the previous Random Thoughts discussion of historic national icons……the Stone of Destiny and the American Liberty Bell.

    I looked for, but didn’t immediately find, a recording of maybe the last time the Liberty Bell was rang……well, “bonked” with a rubber mallet……..on 6 June 1944, D-Day in World War II . It’s the second (one minute) recording on this National Park Service website. (The first recording is a computer-generated simulation of what it might have sounded like before it cracked.)

    There was a time when the old bell could be touched by visitors. Today, only the visually impaired can touch the bell. I was about 10 years old on a family trip to the East, when I touched the bell. Ran my hand along the crack of course. (This internet picture is not me.)

    BTW, hiding historical icons from foreign marauders in or around churches seems to be essential to the stories. The Stone of Destiny was among the artifacts hidden under the floor of Westminster Abbey during WWII, and the Ian Hamilton gang in 1950 finally revealed the location of the stone they hid by summoning the authorities to Arbroath Abbey. In September, 1777, the Old State House Bell was taken down from the tower of the Pennsylvania State House (where independence had been declared the previous year), loaded into a wagon, covered with straw, and spirited out of Philadelphia in advance of the British Army which was marching on Philadelphia. For nine months, it was hidden under the floor of Zion Reformed Church in Allentown, Pennsylvania [60 miles to the west] while the British army occupied Philly.

    The wagon the straw and the bell arriving in Allentown:
    (Today, it’s still mounted on the old original wooden yoke.)

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    1. Nice to hear it bong back in 1944 and compare it with how it would have sounded at the time when it rang out freedom.

      We’ll have to get one.

      I suppose they used to hide things in church buildings because they tended to be treated with a certain reverence. Less likely to be raided by the enemy.

      Probably not so true now.

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      1. LOL Tris…..Scotland should definitely get one. Finding one with an interesting crack might be difficult though. 🙂

        During the Bicentennial, members of the Procrastinators’ Club of America jokingly picketed the Whitechapel Bell Foundry [in London] with signs “We got a lemon” and “What about the warranty?” The foundry told the protesters that it would be glad to replace the bell—so long as it was returned in the original packaging.
        In 1958, the foundry (then trading under the name Mears and Stainbank Foundry) had offered to recast the bell, and was told by the Park Service that neither it nor the public wanted the crack removed.
        The foundry was called upon, in 1976, to cast a full-size replica of the Liberty Bell (known as the Bicentennial Bell) that was presented to the United States by the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, and was housed in the bell tower…. at the former visitor center on South Third Street.

        Actually, when I was personally examining it, I realized that what most people think of as the crack, is in fact overlapping drill holes and chisel marks where the crack was widened and bolted in an effort to repair it, sometime in the nineteenth century. The hairline crack however extends on, a quarter of the way around the bell and all the way up into the crown. If you run your fingers in the widened part of the crack, you can feel the overlapping drill holes. (You could do that back when I was a kid. 🙂 )

        If you bring this up to full size, you can see the hairline crack from the top end of the “repair” line, going diagonally up and to the right. The crack goes through the word “AND,” bisecting it diagonally, then extends on around the bell and up into the crown.

        Shown in white:

        During the nineteenth century, the city of Philadelphia (which owns the bell) allowed it to travel widely and be “boinked” from time to time. This worsened the crack, and so the bell doesn’t travel these days. The internet/YouTube seems not to have picked up on the recorded “sound” of the liberty bell very much. D-Day may have been the first time the sound was recorded. It was also recorded later in 1944 for radio stations to play on V-E Day. I saw an auction ad for a single sided 78RPM record that was issued.


        1. LOL. That was a brilliant response, Danny.

          I see the crack goes right to the top. They are right to keep it from moving now. I’d hate to be responsible for moving it.

          Did you bid on that record? Who has the equipment to play 78 rpm records now?

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          1. Tris…..LOL…..I didn’t bid on the record. A thousand dollars or so would be pricey, especially with no way to play it. 🙂 I’m surprised though that it’s apparently not uploaded on YouTube.

            Whenever I’ve been in Philly, I’ve checked out the bell. With a close look (or by reading the Wiki article,) it becomes clear that what most people think of as the crack……from pictures on stamps, coins, the $100 note, etc …… really an attempted repair, and the tiny little crack is MUCH longer. If it were to go all the way across the crown and then down the other side, the bell would literally fall into two pieces. So it doesn’t travel anymore.

            The “Traveling Icon of Freedom” section of the Wiki article describes its travels.


            On the bicentennial Eisenhower dollar coin (“1776-1976”), the bell appears to be on the moon. 🙂


            1. I’m a bit shocked that people on these trips managed to steal some of the bell for souvenirs. ” but souvenir hunters had deprived it of over one percent of its weight”

              Who does that sort of thing?

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              1. Tris……I too was surprised to read that. I wonder where (or how) you could chip off a piece. Maybe along the inside edge, which seems a little bit rough, but it’s certainly not obvious.

                It’s easier to see how a lot of the “Star Spangled Banner” is missing. This is the flag that in 1814 was still seen flying “by the dawn’s early light” after the British shelling of Fort McHenry…..inspiring the poem, which became the lyrics to the national anthem.

                For more than a century the flag was privately owned by the Armistead family, (before it was given to the Smithsonian,) and the family would snip souvenirs and give them to veterans or descendants of veterans of the War of 1812. As seen today at the Smithsonian, about 8 ft of the original 42 ft length of the flag is missing…….almost all from the stripes of the 15 stripe flag, but somebody got one of the 15 stars. 🙂


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                1. I honestly can’t see why anyone would want to own a bit of a legendary object illegally.

                  It’s not like you can brag about it to anyone… This is my Turner and this is my Rembrandt and here’s a chip I took of the Liberty Bell and a few threads I stole from the star spangled banner…

                  People are odd, as Munguin ofttimes reminds me.

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  4. Already the glorious leader’s speech has been edited for the plebs.

    The policical parties references have been removed,seems the thought that everyone else in the country is against them had to be edited.

    Bad news from the energy companies, there might not be enough oil and gas for domestic and industrial users if there’s a cold spell.
    Not helped by the Opec and Russia agreement to reduce output to raise prices.

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    1. LOL Surprise surprise. They had Winston Smith in cutting and pasting for Big Sister?

      That’s the Opec which is pretty much controlled by Saudi Arabia. That’s the place that Nadine Dorries went to spruce up cultural relations with as part of Global Britain. (You wonder how she managed to stay sober for the few days when was there.)


    2. I walked past an elderly neighbour’s house last night and as I hadn’t seen him for a few days, glanced in at the ground floor window.

      He was sitting in front of the tv with a jacket on. I knew he was struggling with increased costs and had discussed a few energy saving ideas with him, but it shook me to see… and this is only October.

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      1. Not a lot of help but the £66 should allow him to run a bar of the fire for 6 hours, the tv, if modern, will run for 10 hours on a unit.

        Remind him that gas is a third of the price of electricity and gas central heating on lowest setting should help, one room heating.

        It’s a disgrace, in 2022 we can’t have some comfort, why is there a London Allowance but no Northern Allowance or height allowance?

        Food inflation is much greater than the CPI figure of 10%, foreign holidays are in the calculation.

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        1. I think he has electric storage heaters, Dave. He’s not using them.

          I don;t really know him that well, so I can’t poke my nose in too much.


          1. Storage heating is so difficult to operate, if you store tonight and tomorrow turns out mild you’ve just wasted money.
            My father in law had them and couldn’t afford to run them in the house, just used one.
            Result, burst pipe in the winter.
            Tonight’s media are on about black outs, highly likely if theres the usual November/December snow.

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            1. Yes. I can remember turning up at a mate’s house one Saturday afternoon in February, the sun was shining and he had all the windows open, because the day before it had been really cold and he’ll stored heat overnight…

              Someone forecast a white xmas.


  5. Pork pie company, Melton Mobrey Co, goes bust.

    The old Dairy micro brewery goes bust.

    We didn’t burn coal in the last coal fired power station yesterday, 50% near enough, demand was met by wind, a benefit from Birmingham conference speeches.

    Seems that we’re in for another increase in taxes, the income tax relief is pegged until 2024, so you and I will pay more tax even if the pensions rise by CPI, how benefits will do we’re not to know asyet but sue llen brave has said they need reduced as too many are using them to top up their salaries, maybe wages might be more accurate.

    Mortgages clim to 6% but savings rates remain under control but IF they do go up you will pay tax as the relief rate is fixed.


    1. Re Income tax bands
      Bottom Band is set by ukg and is fixed until 2024 as you say
      Scottish bands beyond this set by SG. I believe that the thresholds for 19% , 20% and 21% were altered in 2022 but thresholds for 41% and 46% rates have been frozen for a couple of years.

      So if your earnings are under approx £43K and SG follow previous practice the tax creep will be less than in the rUK

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      1. Hopefully, they will, although I’m sure that the Tories will be out there telling everyone that Nicola Sturgeon need to follow Liz Truss… until Liz does another U-Turn and then we need to follow that.


    2. Ah fuel costs too much for them. Loads of small companies closing down.

      I’m not sure why the Brits won’t put a windfall tax on the companies that are making billions in profits and feed that back to companies that employ hundreds of thousands throughout the UK.

      So, borrow rates climb but my savings interest won;t increase.

      Effectively people’s savings are worth less and less, but it would be dangerous to go out and spend them because you have no idea what these people are going to do with the economy next.


      1. The other day on R4 there was a discussion about taxes. It included ‘experts’ on taxes, economics and the inevitable entrepreneur who had made huge millions selling his plumbing business and who thought that overtaxing the rich was not the way to increase economic growth, naturally. He would go out and buy a Bentley, he said, with any reduction and that would be good for the economy! He might even start some new businesses. To be absolutely fair to him, he said he was British and it was morally right to pay his taxes here and not run off to a tax-free zone like Monaco.

        However, re windfall taxes. One of the experts ‘explained’ that Shell and BP made no money on their North Sea oil and gas businesses so any tax take would be peanuts! The big winners were the Saudis, the US and one other (may have been Russia but can’t remember). They were, of course, headquartered elsewhere, so we could not tax them. Shell and BP on the other hand are British but they don’t make any money here. Who are you supposed to believe? He didn’t think one-off taxes were a good idea for a number of reasons. Too many experts with too many conflicting ideas as a result of which nothing gets done and the country drifts into the doldrums.

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        1. Thing is about your plumber guy is that, if he made million, he could surely buy his Bentley anyway, and getting an extra £55,000 a year probably wouldn’t make that much difference.

          I’ve always been led to believe that, compared with Norway, Britain made some really bad deals with the Oil companies, so I’m surprised to hear that they hardly made any money. And honestly, if they weren’t making much money, why would they go on doing it?


          1. I think Westminster sold plots of the seas around Scotland to the highest bidders and that was the only money they got , I think the oil and gas companies paid very little tax because they were businesses registered in other countries.
            The same thing is happening all over again with wind and wave power.Foreign businesses bid for plots of the seas around Scotland to get a license to set up wind and wave power which they then link to the national grid selling the power to national grid but i do not think they pay tax on these sales because they are registered businesses in other countries.
            Having said that , the cost of plots is extremely expensive and has brought in huge amounts of money to Westminster who to this day still refuse to divulge information showing receipts from Scotlands assets.

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            1. Yep, I see.

              Maybe the Brits should have learned from the Norwegians who seem to have an endless supply of cash which originally came from the sale of oil.
              Their funds are probably more than the Brits’ deficit.


  6. Another old song came to mind – ‘K-k-katy’- and that stirred the inner William Topaz again…

    K-K-K-Kwasi, contemptible Kwasi,
    You’re not the only T-T-Tory I abhor
    As the s-s-sun sets on you and your party
    We’ll be waiting at your sh-sh-shithouse door

    Kwasi as the chancer was a joke
    Markets went a-stutter when he spoke
    Till that fateful day at four
    They were at his shithouse door, singing…

    K-K-K-Kwasi, contemptible Kwasi,
    You’re not the only T-T-Tory I abhor
    As the s-s-sun sets on you and your party
    We’ll be waiting at your sh-sh-shithouse door

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  7. In her speech to the Conservative Party conference yesterday, Liz Truss tried to create a divide between the Tories and their opponents. She said there was an “anti-growth coalition” which comprised of Labour, the SNP, the Liberal Democrats, the unions, think tanks, protesters, tweeters, those travelling from North London townhouses to BBC studios in taxis, and podcasters.

    Ummm… more or less everyone else.

    The Tories against the world.


    1. I’ll restrict myself to hoping for it, but for what I’ve heard, I don’t think that’s going to happen.

      Of course weather forecasts, even for the day on which they are made, are often wrong, but I heard it was reckoned that we’d get a dry and cold winter and that it could be a white Christmas.


    1. Winter of discontent.

      Bring back Slade, I say.

      Why did the Brits sell off all the gas storage facilities?

      I see that they say the “plan” would have to be approved by Charlie.
      1. Why?
      2. What would they do if he said no?
      3. Will that include heating in palaces, the house of commons and their noble lordships’ house?

      A friend of mine in Switzerland said that in his canton they are turning the heating down in offices.

      In homes… what will old sick people do? What about people with medical equipment that needs electricity? What about keeping insulin cold?


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