21 comments on “Some redundant words in this headline

  1. Alec Salmond was a genuinely talented demagogue and snake oil salesman, who would easily have been a senior Cabinet member and possibly Prime Minister if he’d joined Labour or the Tories.

    What’s Nicola Spurgeon’s appeal – Krankies nostalgia? Is a large percentage of the Scottish electorate of Ewok ethnicity?

  2. “It has never been hard to tell the difference between a Scotsman with a grievance and a ray of sunshine.”

    ― P.G. Wodehouse

  3. Steve,

    “What’s Nicola Spurgeon’s appeal – Krankies nostalgia? Is a large percentage of the Scottish electorate of Ewok ethnicity?”

    The frightening thing is that she’s still above average leader of any party in government.

    Theresa “omnishambles” May
    Jeremy “the worst aspects of The Good Life combined with the worst parts about communism” Corbyn
    Vince “invisible” Cable
    Gavin “who?” Shuker

    No idea who leads Plaid Cymru. Probably someone with an insufficient number of vowels in their name.

    She’s only tipped by Arlene Foster of the DUP who seems to do a good job with her little band.

  4. Isn’t it in Plaid’s constitution that their leader has to be called Daffyd or Jones? (I’m sure Daffyd Wigley isn’t the leader because a small voice is telling me that all the parties have female leaders except Vince and Grandpa.)

  5. I’d forgotten all about Vince Cable. Are we sure he’s still alive?

    @DTP, no mate; we make fun of you for nearly electing Shillary.

  6. @DTP, no mate; we make fun of you for nearly electing Shillary.

    If Brexit is a guide, if we were still British we’d have elected Trump and then handed the presidency to Clinton because she refused to concede.

  7. DtP, Pffff, there’s no way you’d still still British. The colonies would have been handed over to the French.

  8. Henry, I read it as ‘still be British’ I think the human brain as a great autocorrect going on.

  9. Steve – I actually agree that Alex Salmond is a very talented politician, imo probably one of the two or three that have changed things massively. Thatcher and Farage being the others btw. Without him Scottish Nationalism is still a minority interest. However he seemed to be unable to reach the West of Scotland voter. They have built, like Scousers, a mythology of their own socialist goodness and Salmond couldn’t connect. Sturgeon seems to be able to get that. However she can’t access the “Tartan Tory” areas of Rural Scotland that Eck seemed to get. It’s one of the great problems the Nationalist movement has. Selling two Scotlands to two Scotlands

  10. Dennis, who here (apart from the couple of non-useful idiots) made fun of you? We envy you the Trump. We don’t envy you that majority of non-useful idiots who went the other way.

  11. @Bloke on M4 March 14, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Theresa “omnishambles” May

    How can we trust a woman to run the country whose favourite ‘lucky coat’ looks like a sleeping bag?

    …Never underestimate the power of clothing. Female politicians should not whinge that their male counterparts can get away with suits, while they have to contend with fashion. The right clothing can send all sort of messages, and give the wearer an immediate advantage. Without sounding sexist, smart women can always use the right clothing to their advantage in any situation.

    Theresa May has the fashion instinct of a hamster. She has no natural instinct for what to wear, is badly advised, and constantly looks slightly ill at ease in whatever she’s chosen first thing that morning. I cannot believe that anyone chooses for her or styles this obstinate woman, because she is so badly dressed.

    I can sum up the catastrophe of Brexit in one key outfit, one which the Prime Minister has stuck to like glue over the past few weeks. She’s worn it to church, she’s worn it to Brussels, and she’s worn it to Parliament. Theresa May clearly regards this collarless, shapeless blue coat as her ‘lucky’ look, especially when it is worn with a down jacket underneath. The total effect is like a badly packed parcel, instead of signalling chic, power and control, it screams insecurity.

    The blue coat reveals one thing – Theresa May is a failure. We already know she lacks empathy, she believes that dogged single-mindedness will triumph over flair and innovation (wrong). She has single-mindedly stuck to this coat and it’s as big a disaster as her Brexit deal.

    Mrs Pcar & my mother agree – “dress to impress, dress for success”

  12. BoM4 – It’s amazing how low the bar is. Jim Hacker MP would be regarded as the second coming of Churchill these days.

    Dennis – If Brexit is a guide, if we were still British we’d have elected Trump and then handed the presidency to Clinton because she refused to concede.

    This is why you shouldn’t bump your head so much in the mosque.

    The EXACT SAME dynamic has been playing out in the US, where the people voted Trump and the Establishment has been doing anything and everything to slow-walk, undermine, repeal, or openly defy every single thing he’s tried to do, except tax cuts.

    Just today, leading cuckservatives joined the raving monster Democrats to rebuke Trump and pretend there isn’t a crisis on America’s southern border, because if there’s one thing both parties agree on it’s the urgent need to replace Americans with a more pliant and desperately poor brown servant class.

    Fred – Yarp, but I attribute Sturgeon’s success more to structural factors like the Labour Party abandoning working class folks to become a Metropolitan wankers and Muslims party.

    It’s certainly not her personality.

    Salmond, otoh, is a charming rogue who it’s hard not to like even as he merrily tries to loosen your watch strap.

  13. like the Labour Party abandoning working class folks to become a Metropolitan wankers and Muslims party

    Don’t neglect the voters’ revulsion of the corruption that is still endemic in the formerly “one party state” Labour strong(strangle)holds up here . Shades of Paulson persist.

  14. Salmond married a woman 17 years his senior. That rings alarm bells – see also Macron.

  15. ‘Nicola Sturgeon told she ‘is not bright enough’ to understand May Brexit deal’

    May is not bright enough to understand May Brexit deal.

  16. SE – oh yeah. I remember the stuff going on in John Smith’s back garden, and the perpetual shenanigans in Glasgow.

    Another thing, and somewhat related to the above, somewhat related to the Islingtonisation of Labour, is how rapidly they lost the Irish Catholic vote in Scotland.

    I’m surprised cephalopod boffins haven’t written books on that yet, because it’s the damndest thing – just 20 years ago, it seemed like Labour had the Celtic supporters / Friday fish supper aficionados vote locked up forever, with tremendous levels of identification from left-footers.

    This was a key part of the electoral coalition that allowed Labour to simply weigh, rather than have to go through the tiresome business of counting, their votes in urban Scottish constituencies.

    That ball’s completely burst now, and deflated in a remarkably short span of time. It’s as if the good people of Witney suddenly started voting in Socialist Labour Party MP’s, or black people in the US had a sudden wave of enthusiasm for fiscally conservative Republicans, or Liverpudlians erected a giant gold statue of Maggie Thatcher. A massive preference cascade that most politicians and pollsters never saw coming.

    There’s lessons there for the Conservative (lol) Party and Labour in Northern England, but you can be sure they won’t learn them until it’s too late.

    Chris – Yeah, it’s odd. One of the many reasons I like Top Shagger Trump is his sexual vices are so refreshingly normal in their heterosexual vulgarity.

    He likes to do sex to beautiful women. Apparently people were supposed to be shocked by this, but it’s a far cry from the weirdos in British politics, as the latest Lord Steel revelations remind us.

  17. The EXACT SAME dynamic has been playing out in the US, where the people voted Trump and the Establishment has been doing anything and everything to slow-walk, undermine, repeal, or openly defy every single thing he’s tried to do, except tax cuts.

    Leave it to Steve to be so intellectually shallow that he can’t scratch the surface of scratching the surface.

    With very few exceptions, the Republican establishment has been all in on regulatory reform, confirmation of judges and diplomatic initiatives with North Korea, NATO, etc. Then there’s NAFTA and the trade issues with China. Yeah, there are being pussies on illegal immigration, but they are hanging with him on most everything else.

    There is no SAME DYNAMIC playing out in the USA. Period.

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