Not Currently Posting

Given my propensity to express an opinion at the drop of a hat, there is clearly a big gap in my recent postings, have I lost my mojo and incentive to post after almost 10 years ? Not really, it is the holiday season when people are either on holiday, thinking about going on holiday or, having been on holiday are now back and feeling deflated because they have nothing to look forward to.

This shows up most in the media and has long been known as the “silly season” as far as the type of stories published. In this environment it would be far too easy to get angry over some of them particularly those where people long retired from a job give an opinion on something which is then headlined as if it was serious news from an authoritative source when it is some geezer “giving out” with no IMHO about it. I will ‘return’ when I think I have something to say 🙂

How Misery Loves Company

The UK is an extraordinary country in so many ways but none more so than the desire to see disaster around the corner from any deviation from the current ‘orthodoxy’ whatever that may be at the time. Currently leaving the EU has all the Metropolitan classes in great disarray as they contemplate the end of what they see as a cosy status quo that suited them so well even though the demise of such a world has been written on the wall in large letters for some considerable time.

The title of this piece refers to all the ardent “Remainers” that have recently resurfaced because of the Summer Holidays to sing their dirge of woe, one more time over Brexit. Continue Reading →

Loose Language and Crackpot Media

Some years ago when visiting one of my Sons, their teenage babysitter was talking about her recent shoe buying spree, I made a remark about Emelda Marcos who was a well known passionate hoarder of shoes. My Daughter in Law looked at me smiled and said “She has no idea who you are talking about.” Of course she was right and as you get older, things you think of still as fairly recent, often turn out to have happened 20 or 30 years ago.

This came to mind with the recent hullabaloo concerning “MP Anne Marie Morris suspended for racist remark” a clear case of total nonsense bought about by spite and a hungry media. Continue Reading →

The UK Media Has Totally Lost It

It is my view that the UK media including the BBC, have totally lost the plot when it comes to seeing what is going on around them and as a consequence are reporting total gibberish. Nobody has seemed to grasp just what a strange period in British politics we are going through and have been for the past year since the EU Referendum.

No one has made any efforts to tap into the mood of the electorate, having “decided what their (the media’s) themes and prejudices are”, every editor and dumb arsed reporter is proceeding robotically down that path without even a sideways glance at the electorate which is very odd state of affairs indeed. Continue Reading →

Beware Ambition

“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” (James 3.6)

“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing”. (Proverbs 12:18)

Both these Biblical quotes should be uppermost in the minds and hearts of every politician and journalist speaking or writing about the tragedy at Grenfell House and yet they are not, both Corbyn, Sadiq Khan and many in the media have been unbelievably reckless and this needs to stop. Continue Reading →

A Personal Luxury

Whilst it is true that currently I am more focused on my ‘pictures’ website so that I would be concentrating less on blogging here, there is another facet to all of this which is worth stating. This is the sheer luxury afforded to me by being someone who is posting personal opinions on a website they finance for themselves and does not have to answer to an editor or deadlines the way professional journalists have to.

Where this certainly plays out well is when it comes to the current state of Brexit negotiations. Continue Reading →

Is It the Fear of Being Wrong ?

Yesterday we had a big pro EU march in London on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and just days before Theresa May launches Article 50 to fire the starting pistol on the UK leaving the EU. Today the Observer newspaper prognosticates all things dire as a consequence of leaving the EU. This is all unrealistic nonsense because one fact alone “rules all” and that is the result of the EU Referendum, was the decision to “Leave”.

Now it has little to do with the “will of the people” although that is important, the main factor is that it was a totally unexpected result that dealt a body blow to the Establishment both in this Country and within Europe and that has consequences because there is no going back, we and the EU can only go forward, there is no choice for either party. Continue Reading →

Total Nonsense in the Westminster Bubble

I cannot say that Laura Kuenssberg of the BBC is one of my favourite political journalists because she isn’t, like the predecessors in her role for the BBC, she too has become far too full of herself, too clever by half and not thoughtful enough. If has always amused me that a corporation funded from taxation, feels the need to be as ‘sensational’ as the commercial media when they have actually been given the opportunity to do a high quality job when it comes to the ‘News’.

The problem and echoed by Nicola Sturgeon this week in Edinburgh is that both the politicians and journalists get so bound up in the minutia of their trade that instead of speaking to the public, they are really talking in a closed room to and among themselves. To us outside of this bubble, it most often sounds like childish nonsense and generates no respect for them, no wonder the public baulk at the idea of paying MPs proper wages. Continue Reading →

As the Time Approaches

One of the more interesting things concerns the not so subtle changes we are seeing over the up coming Brexit negotiations in the British media. For six months it has mainly consisted of the ‘Remoaners’ led by The Economist and Guardian, telling all and sundry how the economy is about to collapse on the one hand and on the other, the Leavers led by The Mail, Express and to some extent The Telegraph painting a picture of some kind of modern day ‘Promised Land’.

Both camps were totally wrong sadly, life is a bit more complicated than that but finally we are starting to see articles written from the perspective of the other members of the EU and they aren’t confident about the process and outcomes either. Continue Reading →

Bring It All On

In his first week in Office, Donald Trump has been signing Executive Orders like mad all designed to show his supporters that he fully intends to live up to the promises he made on the campaign trail. The consequences of most of these will be catastrophic to comical but believe it or not, this is a ‘good thing’ because in one way or another it will publicly demonstrate the limits to his power and this may well be a deliberate tactic on his part.

We have all the usual UK domestic political suspects raging about Theresa May not ‘condemning’ the 90 day ban on refugees and people from specific Muslim countries but Realpolitik says that she was right to hold back on that and common sense also dictates caution, rushing to judgement may prove to be very foolish in the end. Continue Reading →