Shame on you, Oliver. As if giving us the Poll Tax wasn’t enough.

October 19, 2019 1 comment

I am not in Dis-United Kingdom at the moment. I am in Catalunya which has its own troubles but that doesn’t stop me from being outraged by the shenanigans in our Parliament this afternoon.

I worked in that environment in the eighties when it was populated by serious people and when Oliver Letwin was a twerp in Maggie’s policy unit in Number 10. He wasn’t any old twerp, though, for it was he who recommended to his mistress that she use Scotland as a test bed for the Poll Tax.

That goes to show, rather spectacularly, that he doesn’t always get it right, as he proved yet again this afternoon when the dimwit pulled a stroke which condemns us to yet more Westminster chaos, to the delight of the minority who believe that marching through London waving EU flags and demanding something that was rejected at a referendum is in any way democratic.

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October 17, 2019 Leave a comment

I reckon I am an unlucky flyer. I always seem to be in the row in front of the arseholes who don’t know how to behave on aircraft, the middle aged blokes travelling together who think it’s all right to take on a few bevvies of a morning and invade the privacy of everyone around them.

Today the arsehole behind me was around six four. He thought the my seat was a rest for his knees all the way to Girona, while his mates were telling their stories to the whole fucking plane.

My hope is that when we fly back next week he’s in the seat in front of me. I do not get mad, I get even.

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October 11, 2019 Leave a comment

If Samoa beat Ireland without conceding a losing bonus point, Scotland will settle happily for a cancellation and two points.

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In Sky’s lavish new epic, Catherine the Great, Count Grigory Orlov is played by Richard Roxburgh. My Aussie friends will know him from another successful tv series, Rake.

Having seen him in that role, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see the count snorting a line through a rolled up 100 rouble note.

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I have two grandkids and it’s my earnest hope that they both see the 22nd Century. It’s also my hope that they live to see it in a sustainable planet. In that I have just as much interest as the pseudo-hippie anarchists, yummy mummies and attention seekers who are currently doing their best to screw up the traffic around Westminster.

Apart from being futile in that it alienates people like me, the majority I believe, it is also stupid because they are preaching to the reasonably converted, and because in the short, medium and long terms it will do absolutely no good at all.

Rather than chain themselves to manhole covers in London or join the hordes under the thrall of a criminal teenager, (Organising mass school truancy has to be against the law, surely) they should target the real enemy, the planet’s biggest polluters. Let them disrupt the traffic in Beijing, Washington or Delhi and see how they are treated there.

Or, if they are determined and selfish enough to persist, let them pursue a more effective tactic and contract the job out, to Edinburgh City Council, whose elected members have been fucking up the traffic in their city for decades.

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Sky’s production, ‘Catherine the Great’ is just that. My only small gripe is that Rory Kinnear and Kevin R McNally look so similar that I am having trouble separating their characters.

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I have just seen an abject apology for mistakes made in the Beech case by the Metropolitan Police by its second in command, Deputy Commissioner Sit Stephen House.

I will bet that there are a fair few serving and former Police Scotland officers who are astonished as I was.

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Rory Stewart: Ex-Tory leadership hopeful to step down
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I believe it was Groucho Marx who said that he wouldn’t want to join a club that would have him as a member. Rory seems to be taking that a couple of stages further by resigning from a party that had already kicked him out.

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October 1, 2019 2 comments

Looking at our Prime Minister on telly, I don’t believe a word he says, and neither does Ms Kuenssberg.

But I don’t want Corbyn!

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Flesh or fishy?

October 1, 2019 2 comments

For the avoidance of doubt I regard Boris as a bumptious twat full of misplaced self-importance. He does strike me as the sort of bloke who might squeeze the odd thigh under the table halfway through the third bottle of Rioja, then forget all about it. I don’t have any trouble believing Charlotte Edwards’ story.

However I do have two pertinent questions. 1) Why has it taken twenty years for her indignation to surface? 2) Why did she choose to tell all to the Sunday Times precisely when she did?

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Front line

I’m watching live a Sky coverage from Hong Kong, awestruck by the bravery of their correspondent Alex Crawford, and her crew. There are journalists, and then there are heroes.

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Quote of the week?

September 30, 2019 Leave a comment

‘It didn’t have to be this way, but World Rugby has made the bizarre decision to keep the stadium roof shut all through the World Cup. By the second half the place was steamier than the dog-eared bits of a Jilly Cooper classic.’

Andy Bull, The Guardian

Categories: Sport

More than a feeling

September 28, 2019 Leave a comment

There’s a new series available for bingeing on Sky. ‘City on a Hill’ is set in 20th century Boston, and gives Kevin Bacon an opportunity to show his stuff on something more developed than those EE ads.

Grab it.

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September 28, 2019 Leave a comment

I have just seen an ad on telly, telling me to be prepared for Brexit.

Won’t bother because it isn’t going to happen. The majority voted to leave but the minority won’t allow it.

If that’s how it goes, I want my Scottish passport, Now.

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September 26, 2019 Leave a comment

Princess Beatrice gets engaged to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi
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God bless the child

September 25, 2019 Leave a comment

Trans man to find out if he can be legally recognised as child’s father
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In all this nobody seems to be representing the best interests of the child.

The Supreme Court will have a field day with it.

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September 24, 2019 5 comments

The Supreme Court has ruled effectively that in future, Prime Ministers must seek the approval of Gina Miller or someone like her for every major decision they make.

I didn’t vote for Ms Miller; nobody did. I didn’t vote for a single member of the Supreme Court. I didn’t vote for Boris either, but somewhere along the line I feel that I have been cheated.

Parliamentary democracy has just been shot in the head.

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September 23, 2019 Leave a comment

Is this a hidden job creation project, another attack on employers, or just shameless, irresponsible electioneering bullshit?

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Climb down

September 19, 2019 Leave a comment

I am a ‘named person’. The name is Granddad.

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On display at Seacliff

September 19, 2019 Leave a comment

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