I thought I'd start a thread that I've done in other places with my tongue firmly in my cheek. Once a week I'll post a little round up of the smaller things in the political arena that either slip through the net on other threads, or wouldn't merit a thread of their own, but might provide a talking point here or there. These items might be a week or more old because I don't always pick up on things immediately (I've got a life) so please bear with me. Feel free to respond in the vein the thread is intended.
Flying the Flag
One would think that with Coronovirus, weekend storms and a shambolic Cabinet re-shuffle to be getting on with our puppet-on-a-string Prime Minister would be a busy bloke, but not so it seems. His most pressing problem right now seems to be a flagpole. He's applied to have a bigger pole erected over 10 Downing Street and got an application off to Westminster Council late last month. It may run into difficulties due to the building's listed status but a decision is expected by the end of March. I wonder what flag he wants to fly? Given the deterioration in relations with Scotland and Northern Ireland a Union Flag might not be appropriate. A St Georges Cross would seem provocative in the circumstances so in all probability Dominic Cummings will probably order him to run up an anarchist flag. At least he'd be happy with that.
......... And Talking of Dom
Sajid Javed toppled, a racist superforcaster hired and then let go, a tea cosy on his head.... it's been a crazy time recently for the sociopathic, unelected bureaucrat who is running a country that voted to get rid of unelected bureaucrats, but in the world of Dom it looks like there's more to come. A BBC documentary about Boris Johnson is planned to feature CBI man Colin Perry who says Dom once "seized me by the collar and tie, slammed me against the wall and raised his fist as if to hit my face." And what brought this hissy fit (that Cummings denies happening) on...? Perry claims it happened when he accused Cummings of wanting to leave the EU entirely which Dom then called a "lie". Whaaaat..? Dom wanted Britain to leave the EU...? Surely not.
Colin Browning (Remember him?)
The previously unknown Brexiter caused Remainer delight and hoots of derisive laughter with his tweet about a trip to Amsterdam. "Absolutely disgusting service at Schiphol Airport. 55 minutes we have been stood in the immigration queue........" (You know the rest). Naturally he turned out to be yet another example of leavers blaming Europeans for stuff that isn't their fault and Browning has since admitted "I wrongly tweeted without knowing the facts. Schiphol have since clarified why the issue occurred and I apologise to them for my outburst." Less amusing is the rest of the content of Browning's Twitter timeline which features wisdom like "Give it five years and Sky Sports will be women, blacks and queers only presenting." Oh well, that will give Andy Gray and Richard Keys something to talk about if they ever get their jobs back.
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
The idea of a bridge between Scotland and Northern Ireland is certainly silly. Not the proposal, just the very thought that a Tory government could ever achieve such an engineering project efficiently and within budget. That idea is risible . But let's not discard the thought altogether. It could happen once Scotland and Northern Ireland become independent countries and then the whole thing could be realised as part of a properly organised and funded EU infrastructure project.
Silly Political Party of the Week
Citizens For Undead Rights and Equality
The Party takes its name from a zombie video game "Dead Rising 2". Apparently it campaigns for Britain's no-longer living citizens. Their manifesto includes robust social re-integration for zombies, for permitting marriages between the living and the undead and making cemeteries more comfortable for Britain's resurrected populace. The party has gained some support too. Capcom, the video game company behind the Dead Rising series supported a protest of more than 50 zombies (oh alright, living people dressed up as zombies) in front of Parliament in 2010. Party leader Harry Cole didn't seem discouraged by poor election results. He told The Independent "We fielded candidates in four constituencies at the General Election and only came last in one of them. It's clear that there is support for those running on the zombie ticket."
My Mate Lizzy Wizzy* Says.........
"Dominic Cummings is the epitome of everything he fabricated for leaving the EU. Take the unelected bureaucrats thing. Now we have decisions on our future being made by faceless, unaccountable figures, not in some far off distant land, but inside Downing Street itself. We are governed by arrogant, hubristic individuals with absolute unaccountability and zero democracy. Well done Dom. And yet, he's still fighting. It's still not enough. Even as the wheels are just starting to come off of the most colossal vanity project of an insecure little dictator since the end of the 1930s, he's still not satisfied. If he so desperately needs to prove his intellect why not put himself at the head of the NHS or the Universal Credit project? Turning around either of those would win him international plaudits but both would require compassion alongside an extraordinary mind. Not likely to happen then."
*Lizzy Wizzy was the screen name of a girl I became friends with on an LGBT discussion forum more than ten years ago. We have met up at Pride on several occasions and she's a very good friend. And if you thought I'M an anti-Brexit, remoaner, Euro loving snowflake........... I usually end my little weekly de-briefs with some of her acerbic wisdom. Watch this space.