Many people, for various reasons like high inflation and low wage increases, if any, will be looking forward to a rather reduced Xmas celebration this year. And having worked in some of the poorer areas of Dundee, I know how much pressure is on parents at this time of the year to provide their kids with the best that they can afford. This year it may not be much.
Fortunately, however, our beloved royal family will not be among the scrimpers and savers.
Windsor Castle, for example, is clearly unbothered by the cost of electricity and although Snarles has reduced the staff, it appears they have sufficient people on hand to do the work.
Christmas tree No 1.
And Christmas Tree No. 2.
The heating must be on in the castle because these servants are hardly dressed for the cold.
Munguin will just have a vase of flowers on the table.
And of course there will only be one member of staff… guess who.
It’s good to know that while many of his subjects will sit down to rather poor fare for Christmas lunch, if indeed any at all, our gracious sovereign and his charming and HUGE family of hanger on benefit recipients will enjoy nothing but the best. How generous of his loyal proletariat to provide so generously for him.
I wonder it Airmiles the Unprotected will be invited this year now that Mummy’s no longer there.
Bulls and Bears outside the Frankfurt Börse.
Brenda sent me this story as yet another Brexit bonus hits at the heart of the London economy. (London is a remainer city.)
As the UK is no longer an EU member, the bloc has set out plans to shift processing trillions of euros of derivative transactions from London to Frankfurt as London faces competition from EU financial centres in Paris and Frankfurt.
It seems that, in fact, you can’t actually have your cake and eat it as was suggested by the Boris.
Bonne chance, Paris! Viel Glück Deutschland!
UK is Germany’s third export market, but we are concerned that trade between Germany and the UK has continuously declined since the Brexit referendum. Britain has traditionally been Germany’s fifth largest trading partner. In 2022 UK will drop out of the list of the TOP 10 (blue line), says the German Ambassador to Britain.
Some more cake just gone stale?
Embarrassingly, this is on GB News, the Brexit lovers’ channel. As we watched it, more cake went mouldy before we even ate it the first time.
And to cheer you up, from BLP and Brenda.