A TALE OF TWO COUNTRIES

Today’s English/Welsh edition of the Sun.

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…and by contrast, the Scottish front page…

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So much for “our precious union” and “our UNITED kingdom”.

(PS: I see the English/Welsh Sun has already gone back to using Farenheight as we prepare to leave the EU. I wonder when the price of 55p will be rendered as 12/-.)

Thanks to Joe Pike for the pics!

Oh, and this is the Irish Times…

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NOW WE HAVE SOMETHING ELSE NOT TO SNEER AT

 

For some time now we have been under strict orders not to mock the iconic blue passports which will be introduced sometime…who knows when… after the UK leaves the EU.

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Munguin has been, more or less, careful to heed the instructions of MPs.

Who, after all, is he, a mere media mogul, to disobey the commands of our richers and betters?

It’s been hard not to snigger at the passports, though, for several reasons.

After all, they won’t actually be iconic, because in the 21st century, passports from Canada to New Zealand, from Albania to Zambia, meet international standards of size, shape and layout, so that they can be read by electronic readers at every airport across the globe. And the standard has for some time been set by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

And the UK’s EU passport could have been blue in any case. The red colour was only a Brussels’ suggestion. Croatian EU passports, for example, are blue!

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Add all that to the fact that they will be manufactured in France and  “iconic” (iconique) melds easily into “ironic” (ironique).

But enough of that, for there is something even more exciting to celebrate… and not in any way to mock or sneer at. Today, in his budget, Mr Hammond (you know, the cheery looking bloke with the smiley face? Aye, well, not him, the other one with the long face that looks like he lost a shilling and found a sixpence) will announce another Brexit bonus.

Yes. The UK is to have a new 50p coin, issued on the day it leaves the EU.

What about that then. eh?

In retrospect, we probably should have warned you to be sitting down before you read it. But for those of you who are still with us and haven’t passed out with excitement, it is true. A celebration of Brexit will be made available to us all, even readers in Scotland (probably).!£!£$

And in a bid to send out a positive signal to the world, it is expected to bear the phrase, ‘Friendship With All Nations’. Doesn’t that tug at your heart?

So, y’know, people from Kenya to Kazakhstan who lay their hands on a 50p piece (worth next to nothing) will be aware that Britain wishes them friendship, in a sort of isolationist way, because, obviously, it is better than everyone else.

AND…

It was The Sun what done it.

According to that august organ:

“The Sun has campaigned for the Government to create an enduring gesture to mark Brexit as a landmark national moment, such as a special stamp or coin.”

It continued:

“The commemorative coin has had to be personally signed off by the Queen, as it will bear her head.” (This gave them an excuse to include a photo of Liz, which always goes down well with Sun readers., although for the more sophisticated taste of Munguin readers we thought this more appropriate.)

And, if there’s anything left in the shops, just imagine what fun you can have spending it.

You could hope for a sale at Poundland…

Or you could get a tattoo… as long as you weren’t too fussy about spelling.

Or maybe a second-hand hat? (Note from Munguin: You’ve fallen for the crowd-pleasing photo of Liz, you idiot!)

This place gets madder by the day.

THE SUN COMIC GETS IT WRONG AGAIN…

…AND SOME HALF WIT MP FALLS FOR IT

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Despite the very very obvious errors in this Sun article, Jacob Rees Mogg, multi-millionaire businessman was happy to endorse it:

Thanks to the Sun for calculating the huge savings for us all outside the Customs Union, except for the one on cigarettes which no government would pass on.

Someone with a basic knowledge of how these things work was bright enough to point out the error of their ways to the Sun, and this is the result.

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Scary, isn’t it?

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Now, that made you laugh… I hope this will make you smile:

HAVE WE GOT ANY SOLICITORS?

 

I’ve just read on Twitter that a guy I follow, Martin MacDonald, took some pictures of the wildfires in Lochalsh. (Not the ones used in this peace which came from Googling.)

He posted them on his Twitter feed and soon got this tweet from the “Scottish” Sun.

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Mr MacDonald replied in the negative:

Replying to 

Sorry, no.

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No equivocation there. Just plain and simple NO. Even a moron could have understood.
So what do you think the Sun did?
Yep, you’d be right.
They deleted their original tweet asking for permission and used Mr MacDonald’s photographs anyway.
Is there anything he can do?
I’ll be honest I would absolutely refuse to allow one of these Tory rags to use any picture I had taken unless the payment was in four figures. However, I’d make an exception in the case of the immoral, disgusting Sun, Scottish or not. For them, I would require a seven-figure sum!
Why do these newspapers not have reporters any more? Why, as this fire has been raging for some time, have the “Scottish” Sun not got a reporter or photographer there in Skye taking photographs and asking locals how they are coping, talking to the Police and Medical and Fire Services?
Why do they just steal other people’s stuff?
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Le nouveau “British Blue Passport” sera fabriqué en France

According to The Sun (OK OK, I know) the new British Blue Passport, is to be made in France. But who knows, maybe it’s true.

Rumour has it that Jacob Rees Mogg is going to get Nigel to throw him into the Thames along with the next load of smelly kippers he comes across.

Now please, whatever you do….

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Or as they say at the factory where they will be made…

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Arrêtez de vous moquer des passeports bleus

 

HELPING OUT THE SUN …

czjleg4xcaaxuw2The Sun, in its usual helpful fashion, has kindly provided a handy “cut out and keep” guide to a what a terrorist looks like, lest perchance you should see one in the High Street when you’re out and about Christmas shopping. (Munguin is fond of Nuit St Georges 2012, by the way!)

Not surprisingly, given its source,  it was a rather over-simplified guide.

Like so much of the Sun’s coverage, it left out great chunks of relevant material. Y’know, the kind of material that doesn’t match the Sun’s right wing,  xenophobic, nationalist agenda. Fortunately, a Twitter friend of mine, Aamer Anwar, put up the above picture and captioned it: “So whilst the Sun does a ‘helpful’ cut out & keep terrorist guide they miss out Jo Cox’s Nazi killer”.

Odd that, we thought!

So in an effort to better educate the public, we decided to help spread it around a bit more. After all, you never know who you’re going to bang into in the darker reaches of Auchtermuchty High Street when you’re searching for that special bottle of ‘Nuit’!

Although the Sun’s circulation figures are on a downward trajectory, they do still have more readers than Munguin’s Republic. So, as we like to do what we can in our own way, can we ask you to help by spreading it around on your social media (with credit to Mr Anwar).