THE TORY CONFERENCE IS GOING WELL…

Boris got a rousing welcome from Mancunians.

And the faithful were clearly agog to hear what drivel they were being fed.

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At some fringe meeting, Bojo was talking about a climate change summit he’s holding in Glasgow, if you please, where he wants there to be a big union flag at the back of the stage. And…

Well, I suspect she doesn’t want to be anywhere near your flag. But you do realise that being stupid enough to mention all that, does mean that Glasgow, very much a YES city will be teaming with Saltires, inside and outside of your summit. (Incidentally, does your boss… you know, your old bro with the orange skin… know that you are into climate change stuff???)

And in the meantime, they carried on sleeping.

TORY CONF

The “scandal” of Boris’s wandering hands won’t go away. I’m not one to comment on whether it is right to bring something like this up after years, or whether they should have dealt with it at the time.  He was their boss. It’s not always easy to deal with your boss in that kind of situation and unless you know all the circumstances it is best to stay out of it. But not dear old Tobe. He seems to have just gone and made it worse.

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Ho hum… And then there is the ever charmless Hopkins person:

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Has anyone ever come across a more stupid or repugnant character than Hopkins?

Ooops, maybe I spoke too soon.

I dunno. Can anyone point me in the direction of something sensible said by someone…anyone… at the Tory Conference?

I wonder if this is what passes for sense in today’s England.

Addition:

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.

AND THEY’RE OFF…

YOU CAN SMELL THEM FROM HERE

Munguin takes an irreverent look at the utter farce that is the Tory Party Leadership Race. 

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One of them is Dom and the other one was a talented man.

According to Craig Murray, it was Dominic Raab’s team that sneaked out news about the bin-raking House Elf and his cocaine sniffing ways. As he says: “Incredible that this process is choosing the UK’s next Prime Minister. It’s like watching rats fighting in a sewer – only the Tory battle stinks much worse”.

Indeed it does, Craig.

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Rory, seriously… don’t, just don’t.

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Jeremy Hunt launching his campaign for the Tory leadership on Monday morning

Journalist: So, Mr Hunt, have you ever broken the law?

Hunt (grinning inanely): I wracking my brains, but, no, I think not.

Five hours later…

Hunt’s Spokesman:  Erm, see that thing earlier about breaking the law. Well, Jeremy was right, apart from last year when he breached anti-money laundering laws brought in while he was in the cabinet…

Oh well, his crime-free past was good while it lasted! Maybe he was on something when he forgot to declare all that stuff.

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Rank (and I do mean rank) outsider in the race, the terminally silly Esther McVey, was dealt a bit of a blow this morning.

And Victoria Derbyshire does a James Naughtie with Hunt’s name…

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And Boris has proved that he knows his target audience: the well-off elderly “Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells” types who are paid-up members of the Tory Party. To buy their votes, he’s promising a massive £10 billion a year tax cut to the better off, to be paid for by the Brexit Bonus (huh?) and an increase in National Insurance contributions on the less well off. Well, we can’t all be winners!

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And I’ve saved the best till last. The idiots’ idiot.

He seems to forget that for a little while at least (well, no one lasted long in that government), Dom was the Brexit secretary, responsible for getting himself and his “country” humiliated by the EU.

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BORIS TO STAND FOR PM JOB

BoJo has confirmed that he will stand in the election for the next leader of the Conservative and Unionist Pary, which I suppose makes him the first “serious”(sic/sick) contender. 

OK, OK, I know.

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This is what passes for serious in the Tory Party today.

His name will go forward in addition to those of Esther McVey and Rory Stewart.

Considering their position, it is thought, are the following band of… erm, Conservatives:  Michael Gove, Amber Rudd, Sajid Javid, Dominic Raab, Jeremy Hunt, Penny Mordaunt, Andrea Leadsom and Liz Truss. (Maybe I should have listed the ones who are not standing.)

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We have the distinction of being blocked by the Leadsom on Twitter. We’re working on the others.

I suspect that most Munguinites don’t want any of them, but, unfortunately, in our present circumstances, whether we like it or not, one of them is going to be the next UK prime minister. So, with that in mind, who do you hope, the Conservatives elect?

Perhaps I should rephrase that and ask, which of these 4th raters do you think would be the least harmful to Scotland and the UK?

I suppose that given that the present incumbent is the Maybot, the bar is set pretty low for some sort of improvement.

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Little addition here for Juteman who was trying to identify my sweet smelling plant:

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What d’ya think, Jutie?

FEAR NOT. RICHARD LEONARD IS BOUND TO BE ON THE CASE

I MEAN HE WOULDN’T JUST TWEET HIS ANGER WITHOUT ACTUALLY DOING ANYTHING, WOULD HE?

Rudd is rolling out her defective benefits system in Edinburgh just before Christmas.

She must know that it will leave families penniless at perhaps the cruellest time of the year. When people will have no money to put on their electricity and gas meters, no money for kids’ treats and no money for food.

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Fortunately, though, as we noted above, Richard Leonard is on the case.

This is absolutely shameful.

So, presumably, tomorrow he will be writing a letter, along with Nicola Sturgeon, to Treeeza, demanding that Universal Credit (and hopefully all other benefits) be devolved to Edinburgh where they will be overseen by ministers who are actual human beings.

I can’t tell you how angry I am about this.

Until they iron out the faults in Universal Credit it shouldn’t be rolled out anywhere at any time. But, although, as you know, I hold no brief for Christmas and all its tra la las, you’d have to be some kind of fool to believe that it was appropriate to roll this shambles out in December when you know that the folk concerned will get no money for FIVE weeks.

What kind of person would sign off on that?

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Oh yeah, her, silly question.

Not that this one would have been any more human.

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McVey

We probably suggested this last year, but we make no apologies for doing it again this year. Munguin and I (and Munguin’s gran and I) won’t be buying big presents for each other. Instead there will be a small token gift. We’re all lucky enough to have all we need. Whatever else we would have spent on gifts will be used to help food banks.

Staples, some treats and maybe some little presents for children who otherwise would have nothing.

Nothing for kids, at Christmas?

Jings, that’s such an un-Christian thing for a deeply religious Prime Minister and monarch to preside over.

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The walls should start to crack as you walk through the door, you dreadful, heartless, cruel woman.
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I don’t suppose you or yours will go without over the festive period.

As for the Daily Record, can I just respectfully remind them of this:

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So, don’t you look so smug! We didn’t think you were promising us THIS fiasco.

FUNNY, IN AND OF ITSELF, BUT EVEN BETTER TODAY

In Northern Ireland, the Eleventh Night or 11th Night refers to the night before the Twelfth of July, a yearly Ulster Protestant celebration. On this night, large towering bonfires are lit in many Protestant/loyalist neighbourhoods in Northern Ireland and are often accompanied by street parties.[1]

The bonfires are mostly made up of wooden pallets and tyres, with some reaching over 100 ft tall.[2]The event has been condemned for displays of sectarian or ethnic hatred, anti-social behaviour, and for the damage and pollution caused by the fires. The flag of IrelandIrish nationalist/republican symbols, Catholic symbols, and effigies, are burnt on many bonfires. 

So says Wikipedia.

It seems that their building skills leave something to be desired.

These things can be devilishly dangerous.

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I’d not care for that too close to my home.

Must smell pretty unpleasant too.

But most of all… today of all days does it remind you of anything?

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In other news, the man that broke the English Health Service is now the Foreign Secretary. I suppose that’s good news for users of their Health Service…well unless Esther McVey gets his job in which case they should probably all write their wills.

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We won, we won: let’s smash up an ambulance to celebrate.

London Ambulance would like a help to identify this dozy item who thought that the best way to celebrate England’s victory over Sweden was to trash a rapid response ambulance, taking it off the road and out of action. Unfortunately, she was not alone in her stupidity and criminal vandalism. Report her if you know her.

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Boris giving what passes for deep thought as to how he can stuff Maybot

Mrs May managed to hold her fractious cabinet together on Friday night with a threat that anyone who voted against her could collect their redundancy money as they handed in their red boxes and chauffeured cars at the door. Not surprisingly, given that it is 41 miles back to London and the local taxi company has gone out of business, none of them did. And as Fluffy was clearing up the dirty dishes and heading for a night spent with Fairy Liquid, the rest of them rode back to London in their ministerial limos.

However, by Saturday, cracks were appearing in the coalition of crackpots, as Boris described  Mrs May’s plan as ” a turd”. (In my opinion that was rather praising it.)

So who, I hear you ask, is the new Foreign Secretary?

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Esther McWhatsit.

Talking about people who need sacking, Munguin demands that we give official mention to the odious character, Esther McVey, and her lies about the National Audit Office’s report into Universal Credit. It seems to me that she is either an out and out liar or incredibly incompetent. Or, more probably, both.

She didn’t mislead parliament, she lied to it. Why is she still a Cabinet minister?

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Not a beauty pageant then?

It’s the marching season. The time when the Orange Order marches to celebrate a battle which took place in July 1690 (I’m indebted to Panda Paws and Andi for the correct date). Yep, they are THAT up to date. But then, they only go back 6,000 years to the beginning of the universe.

These marches are frequently disruptive and aggressive in nature because their whole purpose seems to be to rub their ancient victory in the faces of the Catholics (against whom they won in the Battle of the Boyne.

One such march in Glasgow yesterday passed St Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church on London Road in the Barras. It did so just as members of the congregation were leaving the church.  Canon Tom White was spat upon and lunged at by a man with a pole and other members of the congregation were insulted.

Now, I am against banning people from marching, no matter how futile and stupid their marches may seem to me. However, all marches should be lawful and people behaving like savages shouldn’t be excused because they reckon that are doing it in their god’s name.

If these people want to march and can’t control their more boisterous elements, they must be kept away from places where they may be provoked into violence. Clearly, that must include religious institutions of any kind other than their own.

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Jeez, that flag clashes horribly with orange waistcoats. ‘Taste o’ an ingin” as my Gran would have said.

When there was an independence march in Glasgow a few weeks ago, Ruth Davidson condemned it because it was disruptive to the life of the city… roads had to be closed, and there was the expense of policing the march (on which, there was no trouble at all).  She has been remarkably silent about the various Orange Marches that have taken place in the last few weeks, including the one with her boss, Arlene, the deputy prime minister, in attendance.

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Ewwww.

I wonder why that would be?

Of course, it is typical of the Tories in Scotland to rush out with a condemnation of anything, absolutely anything, that the SNP does, without for a second considering how it might come back and bite them on the backside (as the tablet story did this week).

And given the number of Ruth’s councillors who have been involved in racist behaviour (and in some cases sexual offences) this question of hers didn’t date well…

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Probably slightly better than you do, matey.

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RANDOM THOUGHTS

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Not, in any case, that there is anything wrong with simply advertising on Facebook. Parties USED to advertise in the newspapers when they had a readership. NO one suggested that was wrong as long as they didn’t overspend.

!dont grow up poor or i'll starve you
When you grow up a bit and go to school, just don’t be poor, otherwise, I’ll starve you. Hush now…
!leaf
It seems the Royal Mail is being paid to deliver stuff straight to the skip.  Censorship by the postie?
a nigel4
I’m not sure the government’s plan is quite that good.
adwp
DWP: Heartless Bastards. I don’t swear on the blog (I do in real life) but this is sickening. If you thought IDS was bad. McVile takes evil to whole new level.
!bre12
Erm, y’what? I see you weren’t in the loop then!
ahands lords
Of course, the House of Lords is a travesty of democracy in any case, but this is for sure. When MPs lose their seats they should NOT be given a meal ticket for life in the “upper” chamber. The public expressly said they didn’t want them. They threw them out. The will of the people and all that. Why are they still there, as Michelle Moan said, FOR LIFE?
ddd
Judgement? You have to be joking!
!nicola
Well, I don’t know if it’s true, but if it is, you certainly wouldn’t see it on the BBC.
anige3
LOL, posh boy. Do you seriously think that they aren’t already laughing like drains at the Brits? You need to get out more.
military salaries
So, just how many ranks in Scotland are going to be paying a few pence more in tax as of April, in return for better services?