Christmas puddings

It takes a dramatic level of hypocrisy to take a job to lead the investigation of people allegedly detained in Downing Street in breach of the lockdown when you attended an event in your own office during the same time frame.

What the hell was the UK’s top civil servant, Simon Case (no connection, obviously) thinking when he took the job? If this was an attempt at Boris’ whitewashing then it was still a non-starter as someone was always going to alert the press about the party at Case’s office in December 2020 and expose the whole thing. investigation as being utterly shady.

And for the public, it seems to have been one shady frolic too many.

It certainly had an effect on the northern staffs in the election where the Conservatives lost a majority of 23,000 in a seat they had held for nearly 200 years.

For despite the fact that much more important things are happening in the world, the electorate, naively perhaps, but quite reasonably, expects our politicians to lead by example and the government to take the lead. public for fools at their peril.

When one of the supposedly safest seats in the country chooses a party that sold its principles less than ten years ago for you, less than 24 hours later, your Brexit champion resigns because he doesn’t ‘disagree with the government’s’ current direction of travel’, you know you’re in big trouble.

After the last general election and Labor’s inability to provide a credible alternative, or even a leader with an iota of charisma, the only people capable of defeating the Tories were the Tories themselves.

And of course, maybe even predictably, with Downing Street leaking like a burst pipe in my girlfriend’s kitchen, they seem to be doing just that.

Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries called him “a regicide in the party’s DNA” before being kicked out of a WhatsApp chat by former minister Steve Baker a few days ago.

It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas …


Speaking of which, are we going to start betting now on whether we’re actually having a Christmas this year? The Omicron variant is spreading across the UK like wildfire, but opinions differ as to whether the symptoms are this severe. Plus, with booster shots providing additional protection, the issue is no longer how many people get COVID-19 – that’s a given – it’s hospitalizations and deaths we need to be careful about.

These numbers won’t become apparent for a few weeks, but the coronavirus won’t go anywhere for the foreseeable future so life will have to continue around it, with precautions of course (the most important of which will use common sense) because that COVID is going to be just something else to add to the list of things that can kill us.


I was pleasantly surprised to find that during the whole week I only saw three people not wearing masks when they should have been.

Unfortunately, two of them delivered my new sofa.

To them, and everyone else like them, let me say this: what doesn’t kill you will just mutate and come back for another attempt until finally …

Stupid Answers to the Weekly TV Quiz

An idiot I’ve never heard of on Celebrity Chase:

Q: It is said that someone with a higher attitude is holier than …

Some water

And a moment from Tipping Point:

Q: Which pop artist designed the Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers album cover art?

A rose?

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