Before you go any further, I’d advise you ensure that you don’t have any liquid in your mouth when you read the second graphic. New keyboards can be expensive.
Absolutely think you should clean up, Neil… whatever that means.
And just for a laugh…
Mrs May and I agree.
Chemical weapons are abhorrent. They must NOT be normalised.
That said, I have some questions for her.
1. Will she agree with me, and many others, that Saudi Arabia’s use of phosphorus bombs in Yemen is abhorrent and that it must be stopped?
2. Should we stop selling weapons to Saudia Arabia, and instead bomb their facilities in order to stop them using chemical weaponry against kids in Yemen?
3. Is the difference that Mrs May sees between the regimes in Syria and Saudi anything to do with the fact that Bashar Assad, although a medical doctor, is only a commoner, whilst Salman and his crown prince are royal personages and personal friends of the Saxe Coburg Gotha family?
4. I can see that there is a certain logic in by-passing the United Nations in matters like this. After all, Russia would certainly have used its veto, which would have made the exercise utterly pointless. But does this mean that the current set up of the UN is de facto useless?
5. If so, would it be sensible to reorganise the security council so that say, no countries were permanent members and that none had a veto? A majority could carry the day?
6. In the absence of taking any steps to modernise an organisation which, of course, is vastly out of date in its structures, based as they are on a post WWII world, would it be acceptable for countries other than the USA to take action without the UN’s approval on the basis that the US-UK (they nearly always act together) or France (a little more independent, depending on the president), might veto what THEY want to do?
7. Mrs May and her cabinet and backbenchers have made much of a new global Britain taking back control from dreaded foreigners. Is that control to be taken back and given to parliament in London, or to Mrs May, based on the somewhat dubious tradition of the royal prerogative? And, will Mrs May also take back control of the defence and foreign affairs briefs from Washington?
Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and “smart!” You shouldn’t be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!
8. One reason that was given for the UK action being taken without parliamentary debate was that it would have spoiled the element of surprise. Is Mrs May unaware that there are people in Moscow and Damascus who read the daily outpourings of the boy president in Washington and who, therefore, were not prepared for the ‘nice and new’ missiles heading their way? (PS: Can you have “nice” missiles, and does anyone actually use second-hand ones?)
Of course, you all know the story.
As I understand it, after World War II, a bit before my time, Britain was short of manpower, and it had a big rebuilding job to do. So it invited people from its Empire (particularly the Caribbean) to come and work in the UK, mainly England, where the bulk of the rebuilding had to be done.
Of course, these people sometimes had young kids who, not unreasonably, came with them.
And these kids grew up in the UK while their parents, often really badly treated by natives because of their colour, helped to put the country back on its feet. They went to school, and then on to work, college or university. Many of them have lived all their lives in Britain. Some of them have never been back to the Caribbean, even for visits. They know no one there. They paid taxes in the UK all their lives. They think of it as home.
Now they are being given the full “British Values” treatment by Westminster. They have no paperwork to prove they are British or that they have a right to be in Britain. (It probably didn’t occur to them, y’know, before they’d reached their tenth birthday, that one day they would require paperwork.)
Now many have been sacked by employers because it’s illegal to employ them. They can’t claim benefits and they are being deported.
Amber Rudd, who it seems to me couldn’t find her backside with two hands and the aid of a guide dog or six, says she doesn’t know how many of them have been deported wrongly, presumably because the Home Office just deports people and then shreds all the paperwork. The Home Office shredders are, after all, notorious for their vociferous appetite for anything that looks a tad dodgy.
The Home Secretary criticised the application of the crackdown – introduced by Theresa May, her predecessor in the job – telling MPs: “I am very concerned about the way in which the Windrush generation have (sic) been treated.”
But, asked if there had been wrongful deportations, she said she would have to meet Caribbean High Commissioners urgently to “find out if there are any such people who have been removed”. [BBC]
The Caribbean nations asked for a meeting with Theresa May, which initially, almost unbelievably, she declined. When you are pinning your post-Brexit hopes on the Commonwealth in just a year’s time, it takes a strong and stable, not to say brave leader to snub a fair few of their members today. However, they must have found someone in Downing Street with just a modicum of sense, and it seems that she will now see them.
Whether, of course, they will derive anything useful from her stuttering and stumbling through a pre-written statement, is debatable.
It is, though, interesting that, given the administrative mess it made over Windrush, the UK is promising to make provision for registering the 2.5+ million or so EU citizens who currently reside in the UK (and without whom we would be hard-pressed to continue functioning) so that they can remain here after next March, now 11 months away.
What chance is there that the Home Office is going to manage this responsibly? What is the likelihood that they or their children, in years to come will find themselves unceremoniously deported to Bratislava or Berlin, Paris or Prague?
My advice to EU citizens would be NOT to trust them an inch. They are a bunch of duplicitous, inefficient and heartless bastards… and that’s letting them off lightly. Check, double check and then check again, and even if you are satisfied, never ever underestimate how inefficient and /or perfidious this lot can be.
Have a backup plan.
And they say that Scotland wouldn’t be able to manage without them… Jeeeeez.
Big welcoming party today. Just like your trains, our transport is a bit overcrowded.
Thanks again to Dave.
It seems that the English Health Secretary has been caught out after he made “errors” by neglecting to declare his interest in a company, set up with his wife, which bought up luxury flats.
According to the Guardian, Hunt said that “his failure to declare a business interest with both Companies House and the parliamentary register of MPs’ interests was down to “honest administrative mistakes” and that he did not gain financially as a result.”
A Downing Street spokesman said: “Jeremy has rightly apologised for an administrative oversight, and as the Cabinet Office have (sic) made clear there has been no breach of the ministerial code.
“We consider the matter closed.”
Oh well, that’s OK, isn’t it? Because, in fairness, people do sometimes make mistakes. Honest ones. And why, just because Mr Hunt is very rich and very powerful, and clearly has something on the Maybot (given the fact that she tried to sack him in the last reshuffle and ended up promoting him instead) would that be any different?
And, surely, there is no doubt that we should give people the benefit of the doubt?
Of course not…
So, in that case, some of these decisions, made by agencies of the self-same government may surprise you…
On the other hand, they probably won’t.