SO, HOW ARE THE POTENTIAL “LEADERS” (SNIGGER) GETTING ON AS WE APPROACH THE SECOND CONTEST?

Maybe if you were the prime minister, Mikey, you could get a better camera, and just a wee word of advice…maybe don’t do the taping in a sauna next time.

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Boris, it seems, dislikes Scots as much as Scots regard him with suspicion. Although using Gordon “North British” Brown as an example was an unfortunate choice.

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And Rory the Tory has promised to set up a Department for the Union, with its secretary of state being his deputy, the First Secretary, no less!

Apparently, it will deal with all the “regions” and have a multi-billion pound budget… and, of course, it will bring us all together again after Brexit.

Oh, you have to laugh, but then Munguin has more of a chance of becoming prime minister than he does so I reckon we can dismiss that idea.

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Le Royaume-Uni est déjà effacé, quel que soit le futur Premier ministre

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Hmmm. There might have been a more tactful way to put this. I mean it does sound, at first read, like an instruction. Do it and do it now!

With the lowest pension in the developed world, pensioners choosing between heating and eating and being about to be hit with a bill of £155 a year in a tv tax, your lot are hardly showing willing, and given that, until recently it was your area of responsibility in England, I have VERY little confidence in your ability to manage it.

As usual, Britain completely neglected to plan for the future. In this case for a surge in people ageing… It’s almost as if they hadn’t had 70+ years’ notice that that was going to happen.

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And, does that include standing up before running away with all the EU money which was intended for Scottish farmers, and depositing it in the bank accounts of English Farmers?

Still, that probably IS working for Scotland in your book.

Pinneys, eh?

And why do all you people keep on talking about “our” United Kingdom?  It’s about as united as an undone jigsaw that’s lost 50% of its pieces.  Has some focus group told you that if you repeat it over and over, this unity will eventually percolate into our thick “ordinary people” heads?

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Because, a bit like standing with your legs open to make you look powerful, it doesn’t work. (Actually, that makes you look like you wet your pants!)

Seriously, it either gets on our nerves or makes us laugh like drains.

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Obviously, this one renders us silly with laughter.

In the aftermath of Brexit, the country is divided as never before… and I can’t see that using the phrase “our united kingdom” (or the other one we hear ad nauseam, “our precious union”) is going to change any of that.

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The Tories are divided; Labour is divided; young and old are divided; the countries of the union are divided. Almost everything about this godforsaken place is divided, and you using stupid phrases at every turn only makes it worse.

Give it up.

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LOL. Good old Ken Clarke…

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JUST FOR A LAUGH

Thanks to Frank, BJS Alba and Alex Tiffin.

 

 The Augusta Chronicle, U.S., June 13, 2019
De Volkskrant, The Netherlands, June 12, 2019.
De Volkskrant, The Netherlands, June 14, 2019 .
 POLITICO.eu, Belgium, June 15, 2019
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Hamish pretending to be Ruth… 

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First published in The Buffalo News, U.S., June 13, 2019.

SOPPY SUNDAY

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“You’re not getting in till you tell me the password”.

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Horace the baby hedgehog.
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Hyena and baby in the sand pit.
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Boris, you say? Oh dear.
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Watch the claws buddy!
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Come on in, the water’s ffffff freezing!
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Waltzin Castle, Belgium.
n tort
Why walk when you can get a lift?
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The Faroe Islands.
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Downtown Ulan Bator.
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Utah winter trees.
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Indian elephant.
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A vegetarian crocodile 
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Awwww.
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Once upon a time, there were three humans…
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Don’t get too close.
A hug for Panda.
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Well, you have to do something with your neck while you sleep.
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Well, that’s it for another Sunday. See you next week?

 

 

 

 

 

Seconds Out, Round One

Boris won 114 votes in the first round of the Conservative Party leadership contest (and co-incidentally the contest for the prime ministership of the UK. His nearest rival, the foreign secretary with the name that it’s easy to make a mess of, got a mere 43.

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Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther the Unliked, who came last with only 9 votes, were vanquished.

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Scores were as follows:

• Boris Johnson 114
• Jeremy Hunt 43
• Michael Gove 37
• Dominic Raab 27
• Sajid Javid 23 (despite being backed by that well-known winner, the Colonel)
• Matt Hancock 20
• Rory Stewart 19

Eliminated: 

• Mark Harper 10
• Andrea Leadsom 11
• Esther McVey 9

It seems pretty certain that, unless he does something catastrophic and loses most of his support, Johnson will be one of the finalists.

I imagine though, that Hunt will partially catch up with him along the way. Already I can imagine that Mr Harper’s votes may largely be transferred to Hunt or Gove, McVey’s will almost certainly go to Boris, as will the majority of Leadsom’s

In the next round, I imagine that Hancock and Stewart will be eliminated, and probably Javid and Raab too. Rory’s votes likely to go to Hunt/Gove; Javid’s too. Hancock’s and Raab’s more likely to go to Boris.

My prediction (barring something really weird from Boris) is that he will go forward, against either Gove or ‘Unt, to the constituency of relatively elderly southern Tory voters, and win.

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Meanwhile, Rory Stewart is threatening rebellion … (I put it down to the opium)

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Rory Stewart says if Boris Johnson locks the doors of parliament to get No Deal he will ‘bring him down’. 
Stewart says parliament will meet across the road at Methodist Central Hall and bring a Boris Johnson government down.

Whoever wins, I suspect that it is a fiction that the EU will reopen talks or change very much about the treaty that Theresa May signed with them, as this seems to suggest.

TRADE NEGOTIATIONS ARE NOT ABOUT LOVE

BUT WHAT WOULD HE KNOW, HE’S ONLY AN EXPERT…