THIS HAS TO STOP

Warning: Don’t look any further if pictures of death and destruction upset you.

I don’t like taking sides in wars that are nothing to do with us and that I don’t fully understand. And heaven knows, how would someone like me understand war in the Middle East? How could any Brit?

Invariably there are bad and good on both sides. And invariably  you lay yourself open to not unreasonable criticism if you  favour one side against the other without understanding the intricacies.

Whatever the faults of the terrorists in Yemen, the Saudis, using weapons manufactured in the UK, aren’t targeting only terrorists. They are bombing hospitals and schools. They are killing little  boys and little girls.

It’s bad enough that they are doing it. But it makes it very much our business that they are using UK-made weapons, and receiving strategic help from UK forces.

While Boris Johnson thinks that Londoners should demonstrate outside the Russian embassy to protest at the horrific bombings in Aleppo, he doesn’t show the same enthusiasm for protests outside the Saudi embassy. Of course, Boris’s lord and master isn’t a close personal friend of Mr Putin and no embarrassment would be caused to the Saxe Coburgs by Brits shouting anti-Russin war slogans.

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DON’T WORRY, FOLKS, THEY HAVE BREXIT FIXED: OR WHAT KATIE DID NEXT WITH HER YACHT

aaaAccording to various reports, the nutcases who have taken over the asylum, to use a very politically incorrect phrase from my granny’s era (ie Westminster), are still sure that the way to fix Brexit is for there to be a royal yacht… and for Kate Middleton to be its captain.

Well, maybe not quite its captain, but certainly the most important person on its decks.

Phew, and for a moment I thought we were sunk, if you’ll pardon the nautical pun.

But seriously there are those in the Tory party who think that as well as having a name and shame list of people who employ foreigners (that they now say they aren’t going to show anyone…so  who’s it going to shame?) and a sacking rota in NHS England for any doctor not born in England (as soon as they can find a homegrown replacement), we should have a royal yacht built to take our betters around the world promoting Britain and British values… (y’know, greed, xenophobia and class rigidity, etc).

“I think we have to ask ourselves what sort of Britain we want to live in and what we can do … to make Britain great again,” said Jake Berry as he put forward a motion in parliament on Tuesday calling for the reintroduction of the Royal Yacht Britannia.

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Jake Berry

Well, I agree to an extent with the first part of what he said. At this period of great change we certainly need to consider what kind of country we want to live in.  Do we want one where well over a million people depend on food banks? Are we happy with the number of children living in poverty? Are we proud of the fact that we have one of the lowest pension rates for old people in comparison to the average income? Are we satisfied that the Nation Living Wage doesn’t pay enough for people to live on? Do we feel happy spending more than two hundred billion pounds on a weapon we won’t use without express permission from another state? Do we want to do up Buckingham palace while people are living in cardboard boxes? Are we happy with a £9 billion bill for tarting up the Houses of Lords and Commons? Is a railway from London to Birmingham at a cost of probably £100 billion what we need more than anything else?
There are many other questions that spring to my mind. Funnily, should we have another royal yacht isn’t one of them. Maybe it’s just me, but… Oh well.

aaaaThe second part of this great plan appears to be all about Kate. Lazy Willie’s lazy wife.

Not Willie himself, strangely, given that he’s royal and she’s not.

It seems that the people who brought you Brexit think that along with the royal yacht, the best thing to impress those foreigners that they dislike so profoundly but unfortunately need to impress, is Kate Middleton.

Never mind the fat lazy businessmen that prefer to play golf than go out and get orders. Let them spend their days and nights on the golf course and in the bar afterwards. leave it all to Kate.

And Brits wonder people laugh at them.

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Munguin Esq: Proprietor

Munguin wishes to apologise for any inconvenience caused when his minions were updating the site this afternoon. Compared with Blogger, WordPress is decidedly complicated.

We know that some had expressed approval of the design of the site, however, we found that it was impossible to add sidebars with blog links to that design. So we had to find an alternative that would allow us to do that.

It’s maybe not so pretty, but it’s practical.

Hopefully, when we are a little more conversant with the site we’ll be able to change the colours around a bit and make it more appealing.

I think we got most of the current blogs onto the list. if there are any we’ve missed, please let us know and we’ll update!

 

 

DEAR SCOTTISH DAILY EXPRESS

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I’m not sure why that is a headline in the Scottish Daily Express (15p less than the Record and Mail).

Your referendum vote, Scots?

As far as I’m aware, in this country we voted to stay in the EU by a margin of more than 62%. (Although, I suppose the average reader of the Daily Diana, which is morphing into the Daily Kate, may have voted for Brexit.)

Now, I think that a referendum result should stand and that MPs shouldn’t be able to overturn it, which in any case, is exactly what Mrs May has said will happen. The argument that MPs are the representatives of the people and that they must have a say on all things seems to be to be not unreasonable in general terms. However, in the case of a referendum, the government has gone over the heads of the MPs to their bosses, the people themselves.

The result may not suit me, but fair’s fair. The people have spoken.  In any case, can you imagine the unrest, particularly in England, if parliament overturned the referendum result?

What I think might be reasonable is that MPs be given the opportunity to vote on how the likes of May,  Johnson, Fox and Davies are progressing to get the UK the best possible Brexit deal.

I mean it seems to me that under the current situation we are leaving these monumentally important decisions to some pretty phenomenally inexperienced and inexpert people. And they have vowed to keep all progress from parliament. Heaven help us!

Clearly, of course, I hope that before March 2019, the date at which (if Mrs May is to be believed) the UK will leave the EU, Scotland will have left the British Empire behind it and be independent.

 

SOPPY SUNDAY

 

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1. Don’t look now. It’s Boris Johnson. You’re too young to see anything as frightening! Welcome to the new Soppy Sunday place. We’d show you around but actually, we’re not sure where anything is, so just have a wander.

 

 

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2. Sunrise in Istanbul.

 

 

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3.Who are you and what do you want?

 

 

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4. Isn’t Wales pretty?
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5. I’m an owl. You can call me Wol (see Winnie the Pooh!)

 

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6. Ahhh, there you are, little one.

 

 

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7. Golden Lotus Banana, which I’m told, Jutie, can grow in a cold climate!
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8. Autumn.
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9. So true.

 

 

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10. Sweet Swiss Valley.
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11. Hmmm, I’m kinda stuck here.
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12. Sunset somewhere lovely.
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13. Don’t let them do it. Life’s barbaric enough in the UK without them killing foxes for “fun”.
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14. Look what’s around the corner.
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15. Hello, can we be of assistance?
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16. Bolivian Flamingos.
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17. Thai forest.

 

 

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18. Bolivian Llamas.
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19. Mongolian countryside.
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20. Well, I guess that’s it. I’ll see you next week in this new place of ours.

 

IS THIS THE BRITAIN YOU WANT TO LIVE IN?

During, and since the referendum on the EU, whilst there was some discussion on the various merits and demerits of the union, the overwhelming theme of the newspapers (of a certain type) in the UK was xenophobic and literally hateful.

Clearly, some press found that hate sold far more copies that nuanced and careful dissection of the facts. This led to some people basing their vote on a rather narrow definition of what the EU was about.

In short… Mr Average (or monsieur Tout le Monde) didn’t want to read about trade deals or exchange rates and would walk past a headline suggesting that was what was on offer, but a story  that foreigners were causing the breakdown of the NHS would chime with someone who had to wait for an appointment or a kid in an overcrowded class.

There seems little doubt to me that this has contributed to a large increase  in the number of hate crimes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, committed against foreigners from the EU or elsewhere. (While there is and has always been some hate crime in Scotland, according to Police Scotland there has been no similar increase here.) Tales abound of people being accosted and assaulted in the streets, and even on at least one occasion, killed, for speaking another language in public.

In view of this, I can’t help thinking that it was imprudent populism that led the UK governing party to highlight last weekend, just how tough they were going to be on foreigners.

The English health secretary made it clear that, just as soon as England had found some English people to train as doctors, they would send foreign medics home. (Just how he was going to do that wasn’t clear. Sack then? Make them redundant? For not being British? Well, with no Human Rights Legislation, anything is possible¬!)

Incidentally, by way of encouragement for English medics to take up these vacated posts, Hunt proposes to fine any doctor who leaves England within the first four years after qualifying!

Amber Rudd, their Home Secretary, intends that companies keep a register of foreign employees. In England, schools are sending out letters to parents asking where their children were born. And Boris the Buffoon is secretly (or not so secretly) stopping EU citizens working on a Brexit project!

Mr Fox, who is one of the Three Brexiteers, has refused to make it clear what will happen to EU people living and working the UK, because he wants to use them as bargaining chips in trying to get concessions from Europe. What a deeply unpleasant man he is. These are people, not chips in a deal, Mr Fox.

All of this seems to me to be deeply unpleasant stuff. Parts of Rudd’s speech were even being compared with Chapter Two of Adolph Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’!

Mrs May says that she wants to lead a government for the ordinary British (read English) working person, not the liberal elite, not the Eton elite. She wants to occupy the “middle ground”, she says! But  I think there is more than a little truth in this humorous piece from the Canary, which suggests that she searches the middle ground between UKIP and the Ebola Virus!

More seriously, and at the risk of being accused of endlessly wittering on about Scottish Independence (eh Niko?) if this is the Britain we are likely to have to live in for the next 9 years, I want out of here! Fast! Before I’m scared to talk French on my phone in the street!