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The small but loyal group of supporters of this blog and its Thursday Polls might well, after last night’s performance, the night before that and no doubt coming up also in the UK Parliament be expecting me to make an EU-related poll today, but as we have had so much of this now, enough to almost drive a nation and a continental mental, i thought we could think about something else. For tose who want to think about the EU then the question I asked two weeks ago has become more relevant now than it even was then, and that poll is still open and I am watching carefully how the weight of answers is changing as we progress through this process, as indeed can you. That poll is right here.
Beyond that you can shortcut to all the existant polls here, and feel free to add your voice to any of them, as I tend to keep them open for a while in most cases.
For today, we look in fact not for the first time in my content (those who have been following the Play UK talk shows will know that this unhappy family is an inevitable topic of conversation in talk radio, and the Not The Tommy Boyd Show and James Whale show were no exceptions. James Whale in particular has been very supportive of Madeleine’s parents, Gerry and Kate McCann, pictured).
Now it emerges in today’s news that Netflix is going to release a film about Madeleine’s Disappearance called “The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann”. Gerry and Kate McCann have been critical of the film, saying that it might hiner the police investigation.
I would have thought the stronger argument would be that this tragedy is not supposed to be for the idle entertainment of the masses and the profit of a media organisation, but then really one has to wonder how many newspapers and associated advertising have already been sold on this story over the last 12 years. Gerry and Kate have been through a lot, not only through the loss of their child but also through being suspected themselves, even formally held as arguidos in the death of their child. Now I have been in a similar position as them, only thankfully for 12 minutes and not for 12 years, but even that was enough to tell you that this is not a pleasant experience, although my joy when the French police found George (who had run away, being autistic and adventurous, a dangerous pairing of traits) safe and well more than made for the evident suspicion of me by the French detective when he spotted the blood on the lintel (which happened to have been left over from George’s nosebleed the previous day – my explanation that it was his, but we thought we had managed to clean it all up was obviously not the best choice of words under the circumstances, as the detective’s “remain in my sight, please” indicated). For the record I personally believe Gerry and Kate are innocent, not because of my own experiecnes and not because it is impossible for them to have done such a deed in a moment of anger or through self medication and then covered it up through fear, but because deception specialists are really very good and they would be able to pinpoint leakage and would have got to the truth of the issue by now in such a high profile case if Kate and Gerry were not being truthful. So, despite being very naturally and by dint of being an auditor a rather unpleasantly skeptical person about human nature, I am with the McCanns, be sure of that.
I still wonder if they are right in saying that such a film will hinder the investigation. I am far from sure that the police alone, given all the cuts in manpower and the increasing reliance on technocracy which is not retrospective, is going to be enough to solve this case. I believe that, tasteless and unsavoury as this film may be, and I probably will not watch it myself, keeping the image of Medeleine and the whole story in the public eye may be exactly what it takes to wring some truth or even a confession out of a person who has managed to keep everything quiet. Or maybe, hopefully, one day a young woman with one bicoloured iris is noticed by a young neighbour who only knows about Madeleine because it was kept in the public eye. These days the police are not resourced but the ordinary public are greatly resourced. That is why I don’t think the McCanns are right to be against the film, even though I fully sympathise with their feelings about it.
What do you think?
Well Ruddy interesting it is too. This week, pseudoconservative Amber Rudd did an eggshell tiptoe on LBC (where news used to come first) talking about mean tweets and why that’s more important than knife crime, and when asked whether she came in for more abuse as a woman she said something like “It definitely is worse if you are a woman and worst of all if you’re a coloured woman. Diane Abbott gets a huge amount of abuse and I think that’s something we need to continually call out” (for the benefit of my readers who learned English properly, that’s modern-illiterate for “I think that is something which we should be continually challenging”. She wasn’t advocating calling out abuse across the street at Diane Abbott all the time, at least I hope not.)
The Shadow Home Secretary concerned then is reported as saying that she was offended to be called a “coloured woman”, that this was “an outdated, offensive and revealing choice of words”, even though she was live on the air and Diane of all people should know that that can result in utterances which are far from what we would like to say. Anyhow, that particular shibboleth has changed since Amber Rudd, who is a little sheltered being a Member of Parliament and a Cabinet member, learned her political correctness. It’s pronounced “chibboleth” now. If you are going to say “shibboleth” then you might as well say “sibboleth” like an ephphin’ Ephraimite. Talking about being “coloured” was encouraged not all that long ago, now it is something that enrages the self-righteous like little else.
Instead of being negative, though, one ought to focus on the positive and identify what Diane Abbott would be perfectly happy to be called, or if not happy, then at least not be needing to be apologised to. What Milady Ambergris ought to have said is maybe a harder thing to assess, though. In the sentence “Abuse is worse if you are a …. woman” referring to what she meant by saying a “coloured” woman, what would you have said?
If you write “black” then you also exclude Islamic, which as we all know is another race, quite different from the Christian race, even though both these religions spanned the world and Mohammed was born not all that far from Israel and looked a bit Jewish by all accounts.
So there you go, you cannot win with the left. Even if you try to play their game by being empathetic to the abuse received by Diane Abbott for being a female with a racial minority appearance, you get trumped for not using the termes du jour. So what, I ask you, could she have said and what shouldn’t she have said?
Well, this week we read the not entirely unexpected news that we have wasted the two year and seven month period between voting and supposed to be leaving without managing a deal, and we were lways told that that meant we would leave without a deal. As usual it seems we were told lies and they now seem, both the UK leadership (horse laugh) and the EU, intent on extending the Article 50 period, which seems that the impossible is possible after all.
In a short time we will in fact know whether there is going to be an extension or not, but Theresa May is really leaving it till the last minute, two weeks before the final deadline, to ask for the extension.
The EU is then placed in a position of power, and will call the shots of whether they accept this or not, apparently all the states must agree and already one gerontophilic gnome who is the unpopular dictator of one of the less meaningful of the European countries has said his country (which incidentally we went to war to defend on two occasions) will veto the extension of we don’t have a plan.
Of course Macron won’t see it that way. He will think he is saving the British from themselves, and many British may well agree with him.
He will think he is doing the UK a “grande service de reconnaissance” for our co-operation with France putting blood on the ground against Nazi Germany. He will be thinking that he can leverage a second referendum in which the British people will decide that they do love the federalist vision after all, and “come back and stay for good this time”, as political commentator Paul Young puts it. Oh that we might indeed vote to stay, but to stay and fight the globalists and federalists, aligning ourselves with the Eurosceptic governments which include the Eastern side and Greece, Italy, Denmark, increasingly Holland. We will see after the next round of Euro-elections just how far the discontent has spread and in fact we are still only at the begiining of the resistance.
Corbyn has already been forced to say he will supposrt a second referendum, although how this makes him less Anti-Semitic is beyond me. Now May, who has discounted the Second Referendum all along, can pull the excuse that “Macron made me do it”.
Today’s poll won’t be open for long as it is a prediction poll and there won’t be any sense in it once we know the results, so please hurry up and vote and share this. The idea is to try to predict if there will be an extension, how long, and if there will be the condition of the UK having a second referendum.
There are so many variables that it is impossible to catch all, please just vote for which of the scenarios you think most likely. Not what you want to happen.
Well, this week we read the welcome news that Covington student Nick “the Smirk” will be suing the wishy-washy wibberal Washington “Oh Father I cannot tell anything other than a lie, Trump chopped down your cherry tree” soon-to-be Ex-Post. The sum he is playing for is 250 million dollars. One can but laugh. If he gets anything close to that, of course, it will cause tremendous sea-changes in the way the media work in similar cases in the future.
Maybe if it goes too far newspapers will be too scared to write anything that is not bland, and already old news and fully substantiated.
Now you can be the Judge in that trial. Here are some possible awards you can make in favour of Nick Sandmann, all in multiples of 25, to be consistent with what they are bidding for.
Good morning, and it’s another Thursday, so time for another Poll. Today happens to be Valentine’s Day and so it seems fairly obvious what the topic of today’s poll should be, after all, Valentines Day won’t fall on a Thursday for another 11 years (it’s true, check the calendar if you don’t believe me) it’s either now, or in 2030.
Well I have to say I still hope this blog will be going strong in 2030, and hopefully have more going on ][=[p-than now, but nevertheless it’s quite a long way down the road and one never knows what will happen even this year, let alone in eleven years, it is all in the hands of God.
So there’s no time like the present to participate in a Thursday Poll (remember we vote on Thursdays to honour the British tradition of always having elections on Thursdays, and 60 million people can’t be wrong, can they?) so here it is:
As always, feel free to comment in the comments area to this post. Please vote and share with all your Valentines.
In today’s news, Mr Juncker has taken any kind of further renegotiation of the withdrawal agreement off the table. The backstop is what it is, so it is, as the Irish say, so they do. or at least Mr Darth Vadarker, the leader of the Teashop or whatever it is they call their parliament, does. It seems we don’t have many friends in Ireland, or if we do, they’re not being very vocal and they may need to go and kiss that Blarney Stone of theirs.
So we are left with two options. The withdrawal agreement was already voted on and ought not to be presented again in this Parliament without amendments and amendments are not forthcoming. Hence we are left with two choices:
1) No-deal Brexit
2) Cancellation of Brexit by the withdrawal of Article 50.
The option of a Second Referendum was taken off the table a long time ago from the government, and no delaying of March 29th is likely to be allowed without a U turn on that.
There being only two remaining options then, here’s today’s Thursday’s Poll:
As ever, please feel free to add your comments below.
This is the fourth Thursday poll, a new initiative started at the outset of 2019.
In today’s news, there are several “cultural figures” (although the definition for what constitutes a “cultural figure” is not given. Certainly Peter Gabriel has written some very nice songs but he should stick maybe to singing about the Salisbury novichok business and not get into international politics) are saying that the BBC should be boycotting the Eurovision song contest because it is held in Israel and that’s not very fair on the Palestinians.
Please tick all of the below statements you agree with:
Please go ahead and argue your corner in the comments below.
So, dear readers, today is a Wednesday and according to the new plan which I laid out yesterday, Wednesday is polling day, which is unlike the UK where the tradition is to have ot on Thursdays and maybe I missed a trick there, in which case we can always change it later on.
Please note that there is a Polls section in the side navigation which easily takes you to various polls created here in the past.
The rules are simple, please go ahead and vote in the poll and you will see how others have voted to this point, and you can look at it again later on to see how that develops. The Poll should be URL linked to stop multiple voting from one place, as well as from one account. Of course, this doesn’t quite guarantee that nobody can change the poll but this is probably not one of the major opinion-forming fora in the world and therefore I don’t think anyone will go to the trouble of skewing the vote here, all it is is a bit of fun to see what other readers think on a variety of issues.
Today’s topic comes from the news and namely the news that the New Horizons Probe has sent us back a message from its fly-by of Ultima Thule, a name from mythology describing places outside the known world, especially the most northerly known point, which is the common name for the Kuiper belt body more formally known as (486958) 2014 MU69, when it has its dinner jacket on.
What’s your view?
Please comment and discuss all you like here, rather than in Polldaddy.
Theresa May has stated that the UK will not recognise Catalonia as an independent country and other EU leaders have also closed ranks against this new country, but it seems as though Governments of any country have a conflict of interest when it comes to recognising or not recognising break-ups of other countries We were happy to recognise the break-out states from Yugoslavia or the former Soviet Union.
What individuals think, which is supposed to be the central tenet of a democracy, seems to have been left by the wayside here. Theresa May probably has not asked enough UK people for their opinions to know whether British people are ready to recognise Catalonia as an independent state or not.
This poll is not just for the British. If you are human you can take part in it. Please give voice to your own personal recognition or non-recognition of the Catalan Republic.
Please share all you can so that we can have a nice representative sample of all on-line people from this planet.
Many thanks, whichever way you voted.