A touch of Escher!!
Messed up Brexit. Messed up Covid. Wrecked the country. Sleaze and corruption.
Thank you John Peachey and Chris Riddell
Brexit, for me, has been the biggest disaster for this country since the Second World War. It has diminished us greatly and made us a far worse place to live.
Here’s why I think that is the case:
- It has empowered the minority of British who are racist, xenophobic and nationalistic. They now think they represent the mainstream of British thinking and have the right to feel superior and abuse foreigners.
- It has driven a wedge between us and our closest allies – the European nations. The EU was devised as a means of opening trade and fostering collaboration between our neighboring countries, thus tying us closely together, bonding us economically and preventing disputes and division leading to conflict and war. Hostility has been a hallmark of Europe throughout history. It could again. We’ve already had gunboat diplomacy.
- It has insulating Britain and removed our freedoms to travel, study and work. This has made it much harder for Brits living in the EU, students wanting to study or travel in the EU, Brits wanting to work in the EU. There is now less freedom, less opportunity and a mound of red tape. My grandchildren have narrower horizons.
- It has created chaos with all the joint ventures, scientific, commercial, law enforcement, antiterrorism, and information. We have had to replicate, at great cost, many of the things that we previously shared with Europe.
- Travel and Trade used to move completely freely. Now we have massive amounts of red tape, huge border controls with extra complexes customs officers, delays, inspections, bureaucracy and costs.
- It has cost us an absolute fortune. Far from saving £350 million a week we have already spent more than we paid into the EU during the whole of our 40 years! We have employed an army of solicitors, bureaucrats, customs officers and officials. Firms have fled into Europe or gone bust.
- It is threatening to rip the union apart. Scotland and Ireland might well break away to the detriment of us all.
- It has landed us with the most extreme right-wing incompetent, sleazy government we have ever had.
I cannot think of a single benefit of this disastrous decision.
We wrested back control from an EU government which we were an important part of and helped shape and gave it to a bunch of arrogant Eton Schoolboys who have not the slightest degree of understanding or compassion for ordinary people. They are in it for themselves.
Somehow many people think this was worth doing.
I think we were lied to and conned!!
This has been an unmitigated disaster and the worst of it is that we now have this lazy, inept clown as a Prime Minister!
Not to be trusted!!
The Idiot Wind
‘It’s a hard rain’s a gonna fa-a-a-all’
Dominic kicked the door shut and tossed the bundle of papers onto the table.
Michael looked up and smiled.
‘You’re sounding a bit chippa today Dom.’
‘Too damn right I am,’ Dominic smirked. ‘Two more of those civil service bastards have resigned. I tell you Mike I’m going to have the lot of them out before I’m done.’
‘Well done Dom,’ Michael nodded. ‘Yes the times they are a changing.’
Dominic chuckled ‘You’re down in the groove, Mikey baby. They’re gonna be ‘knockin’ on Heaven’s door.’ He glanced at his watch. ‘Where’s fatso? He said ten and it’s nearly ten past.’
‘Something about a phone call, but I reckon he’s called in at number eleven. He’s got the hots for the new aide.’
‘You reckon? I’ll be your baby tonight eh? Figures. He’s never been able to keep it in his pants.’ He shook his head. ‘Anyway, when’s Pompeo’s bitch due back?’
‘Sometime tomorrow I think,’ Michael winced. ‘You want to be careful with all this name-calling Dom. You know what a temper our esteemed Foreign Secretary has.’
Dominic grinned. ‘If you think I’m scared of the Karate Kid you can think again. I know where the bodies are buried.’ He winked at Michael. ‘All of them.’
For a moment a shadow crossed Michael’s face but as he went to reply the door opened to reveal a familiar bulky figure who entered, ran his hand through his wild, blond hair and smiled.
‘What ho, how goes it chaps? Sorry I’m a bit late, but you know how it is; things to do, people to see.’
Dominic smirked ‘Honey just allow me one more chance to get along with you,’ he chanted.
Boris shook his head. ‘Still on with the Dylan theme, eh?’
‘But of course. It’ll be thunder on the mountain tonight, you hope?’
‘Of course not and anyway you ought to pack this Dylan lark up. ‘I’ve just seen Matt. It’s really freaking him out.’
Michael nodded. ‘He’s right Dom. Last night’s offering of ‘Only a Pawn in their Game’ really hit home. I thought he was going to cry. He’s sure he’s being set up to take the blame for the way the pandemic’s been mishandled.
Boris grinned. ‘First time he’s been right since I gave him the job.’ A look of self-satisfaction crossed his face. ‘His legacy is going to be…’ he paused for effect….. ‘Corona Corona.’
Dominic clapped his hands. ‘Nice one Boris. I’ll give you that one.’
Boris smirked. ‘Yes that’s the way it will be.’ He paused again. ‘When the deal goes down.’
Dominic sighed. ‘OK, OK, don’t milk it. Anyway, what are we doing here? Why have you called this meeting?’
Boris fiddled with his hair. ‘Well you see, there’s a couple of things have come up and I’m a bit worried about my ratings. I mean the pandemic and all this dying and stuff. It’s dropped me right down in the polls. I’m way behind Starmer at the moment.’
Dominic laughed. ‘Oh come on Boris. You’ve an eighty seat majority and people have short memories. Once this lot’s over, as far as the punters are concerned it will just be a case of ‘OK, so bad things happen but it could have been worse. Could have been me,’ and then they will move on. Plenty of other things for them to think about. Brexit. Immigration. That’s what it’s all about. Don’t forget – this is good old racist Britain – we’re on a winner there!’
‘Of course I’m right.’ Dominic leaned forward in his chair. ‘By the time ‘Malice in Wonderland’ has done her bit, you’ll be quids in.’ He smirked. ‘I Priti the poor immigrant,’ you know what I mean?’
Boris looked baffled. ‘Never heard that one before. Have you Mike?’
‘Can’t say that I have.’
Dominic grinned triumphantly. ‘John Wesley Harding’ 1967 or thereabouts. A classic.’
Boris beamed. ‘You know, I think you’re right Dom. I just wish this other problem was as simple.’
‘What other problem?’
‘Foreign Sec on the blower just now, reckons Trump’s going for it.’
‘Going for what?’
‘It’s this Chinese business Mike. Looks like it could be military action.’
‘You what? Against the Chinese?’
Boris nodded. ‘Raab reckons so; says the trade deal depends on it and we’ll be expected to send some troops.’
‘Sounds like Talkin’ World War III Blues.’
‘It’s not funny Dom.’
Dominic laughed. ‘All this even after we’ve flogged them the N.H.S.?’
‘Yes that’s what the Masters of War say.’ Boris scowled. ‘Look you’ve got me doing it now.’
‘Calm down the pair of you. You’re worrying about nothing – Don’t think twice, it’s alright, so we lose a few hundred squaddies, so what?’
‘Oh c’mon Dom,’ Boris interrupted, ‘I don’t give a toss about the squaddies, but it’ll play havoc with my ratings.’
‘No way,’ Dom shook his head. ‘Listen and learn. Joe Public loves a good war, assuming he’s not personally involved of course. Look at Maggie and the Falklands. Best election manifesto ever, bar none.’ He turned to Michael. ‘I’m right aren’t I?’
Michael nodded thoughtfully.
‘You know Boris, I reckon Dom’s spot on.’
‘But what if we lose? I mean, it’s the Chinese. Even the Yanks can’t guarantee winning. The answer’s Blowing in the Wind.’
‘Don’t be stupid,’ Dominic thumped the table. ‘So we lose? So what? We lie. For goodness sake man, it’s what you’re good at. You claim victory. The press will back you up, well most of them anyway.’
Michael, face flushed with excitement, jumped to his feet. ‘Yes, and when it’s all over we have a nice big remembrance service. Bring in the Royal Family. God On Our Side, and all that.’ He smirked with inspiration. ‘Get Charlie on the job, bit of multifaith, Gods and so forth. The people will love it! It’s a winner Boris! Yes, definitely!’
Boris beamed and rose to his feet. ‘You know, I think you’re right. I feel lots better now. OK, I’m off, things to do. You know what I mean.’
Michael sneered – he was good at it. ‘Are you off to play hide the snake?’
Boris opened the door. ‘That’s for me to know and you to ponder, but don’t forget the motto.’ He grinned evilly. ‘It Ain’t Me Babe. See you Thursday morning. Nine o clock meeting. Cioa.’
Dominic stared after the rapidly retreating figure. ‘The Drifter’s Escape,’ he muttered, and turning to Michael. ‘What a prat!’
‘I know what you mean.’ Michael nodded. ‘Thinks he can get away with anything.’
Dominic grinned, ‘That’s what he thinks, but me and you know different, don’t we, Mikey baby? I’m off. Catch you later.’
He swaggered off down the corridor accompanied by a surprisingly tuneful rendition of ‘It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.’
The sheep are all aboard – let the lying begin!!
When the right-wing media start openly representing the Prime Minister as a clown the game might be up!!
I bloody hope so! He’s a lazy inept liability!!