RANDOM THOUGHTS

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Today in Newcastle, England, someone threw a milkshake over Mr Farage’s expensive suit. And some Remainers are celebrating this.

But not Tris or Munguin. Are we alone in this?

The way to win political arguments is by having strong counter-arguments to offer, not soaking people in milk, no matter what flavour.

Seriously, many people had a laugh about it because, among Remainers, Nigel Farage is a hate figure, a bit ridiculous and well… it serves him right.

Fair enough. But, apart from giving people a laugh, what has this action done?

Well first, it seems to be the main story everywhere. The Twittersphere is humming with it. But I’ve yet to see social media mention of the fact that the Electoral Commission is looking into the financing of Mr Farage’s new party, although to be fair it is being covered by the old media.

James O’Brien

If I was worried about a former Prime Minister expressing fears about my new ‘party’ laundering dirty foreign money, I would probably pay someone to lob a milkshake at me & hope that the relatively trivial story distracted attention from the profoundly serious one.
So, intentional or not, there it is: people are talking about the milkshake and not about the possible criminality.

Secondly, covering someone, even Farage, in milkshake, is violence. And no matter how satisfying it is to see, it’s simply increased the likelihood of retaliatory violence from his supporters, and they might not use milkshakes.

Added to which, at the moment it has given him victim status.

And thirdly, how many people will it have persuaded to change their votes on Thursday? Well, probably none at all… but if any, it will have persuaded them the wrong way.

I can see why people think it is amusing, and in a way it is, so I don’t want to fight about it, but in my opinion, it will be counterproductive.

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That was then…

…and this is now

 

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!

9:25 PM · May 19, 2019 · Twitter for iPhone

 

HMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM…

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RANDOM THOUGHTS

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Thanks to Craig Dempsey on Twitter for this.

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Well, that’s one you won’t be able to scare us with this time… and we won’t believe you about B & Q, either. They threatened to stop investment if we left and when we didn’t they shut a pile of stores anyway.

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If Michael Gove is the next Tory leader, he intends to take back control… not just from Europe, but from Scotland. So maybe we can look forward to joining England with 58.1 doctors per 100,000 of the population!

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He does seem to think that London should take back control of everything. I wonder if he has a Queen Victoria complex, or maybe that’s his wife!

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To be fair, according to Gove, they do have a policy. It is to take money away from the devolved governments (steal it) and spend it on our behalf (but if agriculture is anything to go by, not necessarily in the devolved nations).

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So talking about the Tory leadership contest which is surely only a few weeks away, what do Munguinites think? Will it be Batshit Boris or Awful Andrea, Ghastly e Gove…or who?

Could it even be Egregious Esther, who has confirmed that she has received sufficient support to warrant putting her name in the hat?

Well, we’re talking the Tories! Anything is possible…even her, god help us.

To save himself further embarrassment, Dreadful David has ruled himself out.

No matter how bad it is, remember, the more ridiculous and extreme, the more likely we are to break free.

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It’s fair to say that, no matter how underfunded the NHS is in Austerity Britain, it is still one of the few things in the UK that is pretty universally popular. It is, therefore, as Sir Humphry would have said, “courageous” of Nigel to suggest it should be funded by private insurance, just as he is heading into an election.

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Ah, he probably thinks that Scotland is just a shooting estate… and shooting estates don’t have football teams of any gender!

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DEAR ANN WIDDECOMBE

Or should that read, “OH dear, Ann Widdecombe”?

The  best response, I reckon, came from Mr Walton, who commented on the Twitter post, thus:

𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗪𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗼𝗻 

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@channingwalton
“We didn’t know what we voted for”. Show us the plan you voted for. then!
We all must know people who voted “Leave” for wildly different visions of the future, which some politician or another promised.
Because there was no coherent plan for leave. No one in government thought for a minute that it was going to happen. And David Cameron, throughout the campaign, refused to make even the smallest preparations for leaving.
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So what you had was a series of ideas put forward by a series of people who were not in government and never would be. Might as well have asked a member of the cast of a pantomime.
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Or a contestant on “Strictly Come Dancing”.
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Ah, yes… well, OK…
The current state of the two main UK parties and the impasse, about which we have talked endlessly, and which is still ongoing, in the London parliament proves that even 3 whole years after the referendum they still can’t agree on what “leave” means.
How could people have known it would turn out like this?
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I had hoped to get to Glasgow for the march on Saturday, but domestic duties have got in the way, I’m sad to say.
I was hoping to meet up with folk that I’ve known for so long, but never met, and some I’ve only just encountered.
But, if any other Munguinites are going and want to meet up with other Munguinites… you can always leave initial messages on here.
Hope it’s a fantastic day.
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LET’S HAVE A LAUGH AT BREXIT

COZ WE HAVEN’T DONE IT FOR A WHILE

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Mrs May has gone on a walking holiday in Wales.. and we all know what kind of farce that sort of thing can conjure up. Imagine her alone with her trusty advisor, Philip, for a whole week… [shudder].

So let’s laugh while we can, because heaven knows what crap she’ll come up with while she’s away.

So, it occured to me that there are now two Brexit parties lining up for the EU elections.

Firstly there’s Nigel’s party, launched last week (which, if I’m not mistaken, has lost its leader already) and then there’s super loonie “new” UKIP (even nuttier than before), which seems to have lost a lot of support, not least that of its own MEPs.

From 24 members elected, they are down to four serving members at the last count.

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The defections are probably because of the hard right-wing stance of the latest in the party’s sad succession of leaders since Mr Farage declared “job done” and resigned back in 2016.

Mr Gerald Batten (at least it wasn’t Battenberg!) and his close advisor, Mr Tommy Robinson or (on Sundays) Mr Stephen Yaxley-Lennon make some of the previous holders of the post seem almost normal. Just imagine being too nutty for the likes of Coburn?

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The thing is, that while I admit that there is going to be a fair number of people who will want to vote for one of the hard-line Brexit parties and secure a no deal Brexit, didn’t it occur to them that having two parties standing in every seat is going to split the vote and let other parties through the middle?

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Ho hum…

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So don’t be surprised if you get calls from insurance companies. The Tories have to make money somehow.

 

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And Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat…
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Maybe add 14 o’clock and 15 o’clock…
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Making your mind up…
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Jeez… who told you that doing deals with the devil was a good idea? Actually, I’m not sure that I know which one of them I’m addressing that to. Both?

ENCORE UNE FOIS: OH DEAR

Will she come up with a good reason for there to be an extension?

What could it possibly be… I mean, if you have taken it to the wire with parliament before and failed dismally to get an agreement, what can you possibly do that will please MPs enough to make them vote for essentially the same deal with a few minor tweaks?

The backstop is non-negotiable and won’t be any different in 3 months. What else is there?

Still, never mind, Farage’s great march is ca’in’ awa bra! Eh?

Thirty? Forty?

And…

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He hasn’t been seen for a few days now. He can’t have spent all that time in the pub… can he?

No, honestly, everything will be just fine

Ah, wait, if we can’t eat our pets… what about our neighbours?

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Oh, I say DOCTOR Fox,

What happened to the 40 trade deals you told us you’d have ready on the day we left.

So far, I understand that Switzerland and the Faroe Islands have signed up. And given that you’ve flown around the world 4 times, first class, in the getting of them, I think that’s fairly crap value for money, don’t you?

I’m also rather dubious about the Uk being the 5th largest economy in the world given that the USA, China, Japan, India and Germany are bound to be bigger… not to mention probably France. Certainly, after Brexit, it will be lucky to be the 15th largest…

Unless you count the market in black market food.

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I’d say that Nigel Farage’s new party just made a no deal Brexit a lot more likely, given that if the Maybot fails to do what “the British people ‘apparently’ voted for”, ie cut their throats and stab themselves in the heart, then the Tories will lose big time to old Nigel at the next election.

Oh, what fun we are having.

Start stockpiling.