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How to scare the British

Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron who has secured the job as President of France.  He seemed right at home, talking to war veterans after laying a wreath with former President Francois Hollande.

Apparently a part of French voters wanted to make sure that Marie Le Pen did not succeed. I see a correlation with current British politics here.  Jeremy Corbyn is an untested leader, who has come out with such determined opinions that he is scaring the populace.  I did feel sorry for him, though, when a Veterans’ charity told him not to come calling to Labour voters because they did not like his vented opinions on Northern Ireland, namely the IRA.  This must be why politicians dislike putting their cards on the table, but in his case, it is better that we know now than have it inflicted if in power.

Can you see him talking to Donald Trump?  He is unlikely to get along with the capitalist and Britain’s special relationship will be pitched out of the window.  That includes the future of the US airbases in Britain for strategic purposes.  This election has ramifications in every direction.  Maybe it has always been like this and I haven’t noticed before.  What do you think?

Have a great week

LucyLou

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Mugwumps and Fopdoodles – British Politics Today

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Anyone who dispenses with the services of Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson would be shooting themselves in the foot.

We, that is, the British public, like him. He is irreverent but always spot-on with his literary comments.  He told a Parliamentary Committee that he was not staying for a third round of the same questions, as he had already answered them.  He had better things to do, which begs the question of who makes up the diatribe between the committee and the attendee.

We might waver a little about his post as Foreign Secretary, but there have been no complaints thus far, no diplomatic flag-waving by the EU. The odds are that he is doing a good job.   However, in an article for ‘The Sun’ newspaper, last week, he did call Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader:

“ a ‘mutton-headed old mugwump”.

At last, someone is using our beautiful language, instead of dumbing it down for immigrants.

Deliciously, MP Tom Watson, most remembered for his loud role in the Rupert Murdoch fiasco, has struck back. During a speech to Blackpool Trade Union, Usdaw, today Monday 2nd May, ‘The Sun’ newspaper has it that Tom Watson will apparently call Boris:

‘a caggie-handed cheeseheaded fopdoodle with a talent for slummocking about’.

(‘Cheeseheaded’ is a type of screw with a raised cylindrical head’ .  A fopdoodle is a stupid, insignificant fellow.)  Well he is not a fopdoodle, although I will now seek an opportunity to use the word elsewhere!  It is hilarious and I love it.  It is especially funny as this is after Tom Watson, is to say today, according to ‘The Sun’ newspaper:

“At a time when we need a serious-minded, national representative …”

Interestingly there is no explanation for a mugwump. Good old Google.  A mugwump is a person who remains aloof, especially from party politics. Since it rhymes with ‘chump’, he is then worsening the insult.

Please, please, please can we continue these linguistics? It is a delightful part of being English.

Have a great week

LucyLou

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Trident Revival Like Walking Through Jam

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Well, he’s done it.  Jeremy Corbyn has had himself portrayed on primetime news with his back to the camera, which shows he is more interested in the constituent than he is in the news station.  Hmmm, it sounds good but his comment:

“I make jam,”

would have floored me.  Thinking about it afterwards, making jam is considered warm and cuddly, homemaking.  That is for people who don’t make jam.  It is fun collecting plums from my mother’s garden, but I remember an upturned chair with muslin cloth strung between the legs and waiting for the jam to drip through. That was far too slow to my mind as a child.

What is jam to do with Trident? A sticky mess if ever there was one, it has been mothballed twice. It was reprieved the first time and hastily mothballed again by an incoming government of a different hue.  Thirty years ago Trident was considered almost out-of-date, but hugely expensive.  Can it now be considered as being like watching television without colour as it was well into the 20th century? And why has Mr Corbyn said he will revive it?  I suggest a competition as we all know the British are the world’s best inventors.  Design a modern weapon by using components from Trident. Er, ‘make do and mend’ and that other great saying ‘all’s well that ends well’.

Jam and Trident? If you don’t have the exact amount of jam in your jar for the UK Women’s Institute, it will be rejected and you will have twenty jars of unsaleable jam.  Precision is required.  If we get our weapons wrong, Parliament will stall, because they don’t listen to experts. How about melting it down and starting again?

There was a PB (parliamentary broadcast on TV) yesterday from the Green Party who have an inkling of just how much power they can wield, if they are careful.  Trident is not in their field* at all.

Wish us luck.

LucyLou

*sorry, I couldn’t resist.

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A Danger to Democracy

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On 18 July Jeremy Corbyn refused to read out Labour’s policy on nuclear armament as it did not agree with his own.  At that point, he was not acting as a public servant but doing what he wanted.  Furious heckling from his own MP’s showed their disillusion at a discussion that had been booked in 2015 and a Shadow Cabinet meeting had agreed to read out Labour’s policy.

I remember years ago that I was beaten in a show of hands, but I had to swallow and accept a democratic vote.  Apparently Jeremy Corbyn does not want to be disappointed, but that is not democracy.

For the record:

‘Labour remains committed to a minimum, credible, independent nuclear capability, delivered through a Continuous At-Sea Deterrent. We will actively work to increase momentum on global multilateral disarmament efforts and negotiations, and look at further reductions in global stockpiles and the numbers of weapons.’ (The Spectator 19 July 2016.)

What do you think?  Is there democracy in the UK?  In Europe?

LucyLou

 

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