The world is heaving a collective sigh of relief today. Thank you, America, for electing Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States. We shouldn't forget, however, that some 70 million Americans voted for Trump. As Peter Singer writes in Has America Lost its Soul? those 70 million people voted for someone… Continue reading Thank you, America
The end is near!
Oh dear. The world really is conspiring against me. I woke this morning to the news that Boris Johnson has hired Tony Abbott as a Brexit trade advisor. This is grim news indeed. The only good thing to come out of the last Australian election was the news that Tony Abbott lost his seat in… Continue reading The end is near!
Humour in adversity
One thing I will forever remember from this pandemic is our capacity for humour at a time of adversity. Every day brings new laugh-out-loud moments. The tweet below from the Scottish sports broadcaster, Andrew Cotter, commentating on the final suspenseful moments of his dogs struggling over a toy is superb. https://twitter.com/MrAndrewCotter/status/1248313303270596610 Boris Johnson is home… Continue reading Humour in adversity
I am profoundly disappointed with the election result this morning. The Conservatives under Boris Johnson lack integrity and honesty. Apparently, nearly 90% of their Facebook ads were found to be misleading. During one of the TV debates, the Conservatives rebranded their Twitter account to factcheckUK. There is already an independent fact-checking charity with the Twitter… Continue reading Despair
Love your greens
I had an epiphany this week. When suggesting a vegan diet to someone to reverse heart disease they responded by saying my vegan diet is more to do with animal rights than cholesterol, therefore, it's not relevant to them. However, my motives are irrelevant especially since I don't have heart disease. It's like refusing morphine after… Continue reading Love your greens
Australia worst country for electric car charging points
I just watched an interesting program on Australia's tardiness in addressing the climate emergency. It was published in April this year along with an article outlining Australia's efforts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YprAjQr1CuU&feature=youtu.be There's positive stuff in it that I didn't know, like the boom in renewable energy generation over the last year. But there's also much that's concerning… Continue reading Australia worst country for electric car charging points
Snow and Brexit chaos
We finally got some snow today. The first snow of the year and winter. It was beautiful but will probably be all gone by tomorrow. Daniel told me that he and his friends are going to form a band. Daniel has been learning the guitar for nearly a year and he's got a friend who's… Continue reading Snow and Brexit chaos
Highland dancing and trees
Elizabeth had her Highland Dance exam today and it went very well. Here she is before the exam. Her kilt was too long so I got some braces and hitched it up. That did the trick and meant that I didn't have to attempt hem surgery which would have been a huge undertaking with all… Continue reading Highland dancing and trees
Anti-gay-marriage campaigner has affair and leaves wife and kids
I'm delving into the depths of the gossip columnists by writing this but it's too dreadfully hypocritical not to share. Who needs fiction when there's real life? You may have heard of Barnaby Joyce. He's the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the National Party (a conservative party). He was in the news… Continue reading Anti-gay-marriage campaigner has affair and leaves wife and kids
Criticising our leaders and faith-based leadership
We live in a free society where we can criticise our leaders without fearing for our lives and I value that immensely. We ought to be challenging Theresa May on the appropriateness of a deal with the DUP. For the same reason, Labour's Diane Abbott can't now claim unfair treatment for the criticism that was… Continue reading Criticising our leaders and faith-based leadership
Take me to your leader
It's hard not to feel a bit of schadenfreude about the situation Theresa May has created for herself. When she first became prime minister about one year ago I was cautiously hopeful. I didn't know anything about her and it was a relief just to have someone in charge because for a short period we… Continue reading Take me to your leader
Strong and stable my arse
Theresa May's snap election that wasn't meant to happen turned out to be a bit of a disaster for her. She was handed a majority on a silver platter and somehow managed to squander it all on horse manure. Now she's carrying on as though nothing happened. It's a bit like that Monty Python sketch… Continue reading Strong and stable my arse
I voted today. I am a British taxpayer and I'm happy for my tax to go towards a world-class education system, pay rises for nurses, a strong national health service, more police officers, and effective policies that protect the environment for my children and their children. I did not vote for policies that only benefit… Continue reading I voted
Who is the bigger nincompoop?
Theresa May and Labour's Diane Abbott seem to be competing for the biggest nincompoop award in this election campaign. I think Diane Abbott is slightly more incompetent than Theresa May and even worse is that she's the shadow home secretary during a campaign with two terrorist attacks. The home secretary is the person responsible for… Continue reading Who is the bigger nincompoop?
The pen is mightier than the sword
Wars are not necessarily won by the army with the biggest guns, although I don't doubt it helps. They are won by the side that makes clever decisions and has an intelligent population supporting them. It is said that Britain was able to defeat Germany in WWII thanks in large part to the mathematicians at Bletchley… Continue reading The pen is mightier than the sword
John Crace from The Guardian calls Theresa May the Maybot. I think it's very apt because she has come across as stilted and robotic in this election campaign, repeating memes and displaying a lack of independent thought and critical thinking. I realised yesterday what I am particularly fearful of with Theresa May and that is… Continue reading The Maybot
I'll likely be voting for Labour or SNP on Thursday. I haven't yet decided which party but I'm leaning towards Labour because I really like Jeremy Corbyn and I want him to be Prime Minister. He rides a bike, he's vegetarian, and he wears his mother's knitted jumpers. What more could you want from a… Continue reading Liar, Liar!
The dumbest of the dumb
It's hard to see how the Donald Tump presidency will survive four years given the amount of lunacy and chaos he has unleashed in just three weeks. Sometimes I feel a bit sorry for him because he has become a laughing stock and I don't think he realises it. Every week there's something new and outlandish… Continue reading The dumbest of the dumb
Is Jeremy Corbyn sexy?
Of course he is! He has integrity and he's kind and you won't find sexier qualities than these. If I were a member of the Labour party, which I am not, I would be voting for Jeremy Corbyn. I hope he wins! I found this video of him from 1984 and any 35-year-old man who proudly wears his… Continue reading Is Jeremy Corbyn sexy?
A rant about human rights and trying to see a doctor
It must be time for a rant. I haven't had one for a while and things build up. Apparently the recently re-elected conservative government in the UK has plans to scrap the Human Rights Act. Why would they want to do that? It's sort of like saying, "Let's scrap the right to vote for women.… Continue reading A rant about human rights and trying to see a doctor