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All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely self-publicists

Goodness! The Law is an ass, as everyone knows, and has as much to do with justice as a fish has with a penny farthing. During the tenure of Sir Keir Starmbahnführer, the CPS became the Committee of Public Safety, ever watchful, ever vigilant, ready to pounce at the slightest political deviation or whiff of hate crime, which amounts to the same thing. Now it seems their grip is tightening. According to their latest guidelines, published in The Jupiter this week, they no longer need evidence when dealing with discrimination against Trans-polygrip-bicarbonate folk – what counts is the victim’s perception of hurt or injury. One can see trouble ahead as denunciations multiply and those with long-standing grudges settle old scores (the image of Cherie Blair grinning widely like some animated post-box at the prospect of the inevitable litigious avalanche is too horrible to contemplate). When the law favours one particular pet group above another – as increasingly seems to be the case – it makes a mockery of the whole system and inculcates a sense of injustice amongst the unfavoured. Comrade Corbynov has yet to fully absorb this concept, his party having abandoned core constituents for multi-kulticide long ago. I will consult Sir Abraham Haphazzard on the matter, but I fear there is little that can be done, for madness has gripped the minds of our politicians, who forget they are first and foremost our servants. O tempora, O mores!

When I think of Comrade Corbynov I see someone who is half Bolshevik and half idiot savant, a sort of Leon Trotter riding though Peckham on a tricycle, hammer and sickle in one hand, vegan sandwiches in the other. The Archdeacon was much amused by Comrade C’s plan to introduce a maximum wage, suspiciously set just above his own earnings as Leader of HM’s non-loyal non-Opposition.

“What can the man be thinking of! Has he no understanding of incentive? Of economics? Does he not realise people will vote with their feet and seek employment abroad if such legislation were passed? By what right does he have to decide what another man or woman should or should not earn? Are we not free men? Who do these mealy-mouthed Marxist granny-grave-robbers think they are with their diarific-materialism and collective cut-pursery?”

Broadly speaking I concur with the Archdeacon. Comrade Corbyn is not fit to manage a child’s pocket money, let alone to determine the economic future of the kingdom. Whether we are free men or not is another matter entirely, one which Mrs. Dismay seems determined to sort out once and for all.

Who is this Dame Louise Casey, and which pantomime is she starring in? If she is in favour of equality, why has she accepted a title? Why is she afraid to call a spade a spade (i.e. name the religion of intolerance) and instead lump all religions together in her politically-inspired polemic? Why can’t prod-nosed Liberals and busy-body politicians just bugger off?

At an afternoon gathering in Barchester’s Assembly Rooms last week I was accosted by Mrs. Vesey Stanhope, mother of the infamous Signora Neroni and the irritating Bertie.

“Ah, Mrs. Proudie, have you seen Meryl Streep?” she enquired.

“Certainly not!” I replied, “What she does in the privacy of her own home is her own affair!”

Mrs. V.S. giggled.

“Streep is not a verb, Mrs. Proudie, it is her name. Meryl Streep is an actress, recently given a lifetime’s achievement award. It’s in all the papers.”

“Do actresses achieve anything?” I replied. Really, this was too much – one disapproves of the theatre, and actresses are not the sort of people one wishes to associate with. A chance meeting with Lola Montez at Euston was quite enough.

“Well, she achieved front-page headlines with her condemnation of President-elect Trump. Everyone’s talking about it.” Mrs. V. S. flicked her fan to emphasise the point.

Thespians are as much inclined towards group-think as Comrade Corbyn’s lot, and, despite their millions, are socialistical to the core. So, Ms. Streep is against Trump, but all for trumpeting her superior values and virtues at a (presumably) non-political event? I suppose all the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely self-publicists.

In the light of recent outreach events at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, Mustafa Fatwah has asked my Lord the Bishop to sing Surah 19 in our cathedral next Sunday. For those not in the know, it is the passage which specifically denies the divinity of Christ. Mr. Slope, ever the one to embrace the olive branch as well as the olive skinned, expressed himself in favour. The Archdeacon, however, was not.

“I blame that fishwife First Minister of theirs,” he spluttered, “She’s one of those who believe all cultures are equal and all religions are simply variations on a theme. Where she leads, the Episcopal Church follows. The thing is, they are booking into the Apostasy Hotel, taking a double room with a potentially violent bedfellow. It can only end badly.”

A tad unfair, perhaps, but then the Cathedral Provost’s Christmas sermon compared President-elect Trump to King Herod, the slayer of children is certainly not Christian. In fact, it is unworthy of an Anglican cleric.

So, as the sporran of apostasy swings between the hairy legs of erroneous belief and the claymore of ignorance slices through the Dundee cake of tradition, I bid you all goodnight. “Lang may yer lum reek,” as they say over the border (but remember, you can always swab it down with swarfega, or Mr. Slope can lend a hand if you’d prefer).

  • David

    TGF ! Which translates as, Thank God it’s Friday, so that we can all enjoy another pertinent, and skilfully amusing message from Mrs Proudie of Barchester. Greetings dear Lady !

    So, once again, thank you indeed Mrs Proudie, for your on the button, uplifting words which rightly mock these naive and arrogant fools, who claim to know so much more about what is good for us, than the ancient wisdoms that we have found to possess far more depth, purpose, meaning and effectiveness.

    As the snow swirls around our humble Suffolk cottage, and my ballistic skills must be put on hold, I can do no better than relish a quote from above :

    “Why can’t prod-nosed Liberals and busy-body politicians just bugger off?”

    Quite ! For God’s sake give it a rest !

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Why thank you dear David, how very kind! The snow is swirling around the Cathedral here in Barchester, and looks very picturesque. I fear I shall be staying close to the fire this morning, fortified by the Earl Grey and hobnobs. Take care in deepest darkest Suffolk.

  • David

    Sympathies !
    But if you wish I can send you a sample, with a copy of Terms of Business ?
    Be quick though, it’s a vanishing commodity !

  • michaelkx

    “TGF ! Which translates as, Thank God it’s Friday, so that we can all enjoy another pertinent, and skilfully amusing message from Mrs Proudie of Barchester. Greetings dear Lady !” so say all of us sir.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Greetings to you too, dear Michael. Hope the snow is not too deep your way, and that you have a lovely day!

  • bluedog

    ‘The thing is, they are booking into the Apostasy Hotel, taking a double room with a potentially violent bedfellow. It can only end badly.’

    Glory be. One had always assumed that it was Slope with the knowledge of the Rough Trade, not the Archdeacon. This will feed those hungry tongues.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Methinks you have followed the wrong track with that one…

      • bluedog

        Heavens! Well, the story’s out now, nothing to be done but check the gossip column of the Jupiter for cryptic allusions.

  • CliveM

    Is it my imagination or are you particularly animated by this weeks events?

    I sense a hint of extreme irritability this week in your post!

    Understandable really.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Extreme irritability? Moi?? Never…

    • dannybhoy

      Yes I thought that Clive. But then I thought when a lady reaches a certain stage.. she may become hot, flustered and unpredictable. ;0)

  • len

    The world is going mad .I saw a sign the other day”If you’re not outraged your’e not paying attention” .

  • ecclesiaman

    Andrew Neil on the Daily politics yesterday expressed the law on hate crimes when speaking with the Physics Professor Joshua Silver who complained to the police about Amber Rudd’s speech at the Conservative party conference. It is registered as a hate crime but no action taken. Perception of hate (yes, not actual speech!) is all that is needed for the police to take action. This has been the case for some years as some know to their cost. Totalitarian? I couldn’t possibly comment.

    • Pubcrawler

      A “non-crime hate incident”, to be ‘precise’. Still a waste of police time, though.

      • Politically__Incorrect

        “a waste of police time”. Still, it keeps them off the streets.

      • Anton

        Non-crime because it happened to be spoken by the boss of the police force. What if you or I had said it?

        • Pubcrawler

          If you wish to find out, go for it. I’ll keep my bowstring under my cap for now.

      • No waste for them, though; they get paid the same. The point is to make the process into the punishment…and the revenue scoop. Dealing with the police, having your devices examined or picked up as evidence, paying for sensitivity training courses to show contrition. Hiring a lawyer, filing this and that and the other, with certified cheques attached, until they graciously “let you off easy,” at the end of which process you are expected to kiss their hands for their boundless mercy.

    • chefofsinners

      The BBC article on this is hilarious. Politics increasingly resembles a Norman Wisdom film.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-38597714

      • Anton

        In that case it wouldn’t be funny. O, wait…

      • IanCad

        Much more of this nonsense and I think the dam will break. Is there not warrior blood in our veins? The history of our times will make dull reading unless we re-grow a spine.

      • “He said he would consider whether the police response was “satisfactory” and said he was taking legal advice with a view to taking “further action”.

        What’s it got to do with him?! Professor Silver is a bonkers old busy-body with not enough to do.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      A true conservative government would have removed such filth from the statute book. Alas, we only have faux conservatives now…

      • bluedog

        Mrs May promises that the ECJ will have no jurisdiction.

  • William Lewis

    Priceless, Mrs. P!

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Why thank you kind sir!

  • Politically__Incorrect

    My Goodness Mrs Proudie, you really are on fire today! Not literally of course, more like a hermit who has found a discarded pack of Viagra. Much has happened in the news this week. Yes, the Christian Persecution Service want to bypass the legal process with hate crimes. I hear they are considering summary executions for anybody who upsets one of these transgender folk.

    I must admit that when I saw the photo of Dame Lousie Casey on this blog my reaction was not so much “who is that?”, but more “what is that?” A reject muppet I thought at first, one that was discarded for fear of frightening the children too much.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      I donned the Crusading Corset this morning…one has to sometimes

  • Dominic Stockford

    And now the little known, but very posh, Quorn Hunt has resigned from a post most people didn’t really know he held. Resulting in a lot of self-aggrandisement for him, and another trippette for the plebians to the voting booth, or the post box, which ever they choose. I gather he is going to look after old things in a museum, which was what I thought he was doing anyway….

    • Anton

      Fancy standing in a bye-election in Stoke, Dominic?

      • Dominic Stockford

        Stump up £2,000 so I can get a decent campaign going and I’m all for it. Where is Stoke?

        • Maalaistollo

          Ask the ancient Greek (aka the Duke of Edinburgh), who must have been there as he is reported to have declared it ‘ghastly.’

    • David

      A immaculately groomed, champagne socialist there I suspect, and off now to a safer public salaried post, leaving Captain Corbyn steering a steady course – for the rocks !
      You just have to admire their commitment to the great cause don’t you ?
      Having said all that, he may be one of the more sensible ones. More will trickle away, leaving only the hardliners, the loons and the otherwise unemployable remaining – absolutely splendid !

      So dare I anticipate celebrating attending Socialism’s funeral ? No because although I do think that the party has signed its own death warrant, in the past, the Labour Party when it served working people, achieved many good, compassionate things. But then it lost its way.
      However sadly cultural Marxism is alive and well in the pretend Conservative Party, as this article shows. And this weak, confused, almost vacuous at times, government has no effective opposition, so vital for democracy’s health. Our democracy is in a sorry state. I hope that Brexit enlivens it !

    • Royinsouthwest

      Quorn Hunt resigning? How on earth is that possible? Has the Labour Party been infiltrated by a group of fox hunters? Quorn Hunt’s website says nothing about any rsignation..

      http://www.quorn-hunt.co.uk

      Tally-ho, as the Inspector would probably say!

      • Anton

        It’s a wordplay on “Tristram Hunt”.

        • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

          I think the reason he has departed is that Comrade Corbyn serves beer and sandwiches at Shadow Cabinet meetings, not Veuve Cliquot and caviar…

          • Dominic Stockford

            It may well be, on the other hand it may be that he just doesn’t like the cut of his jib.

    • David

      Isn’t “quorn” imitation meat for veggies ?

      • Dominic Stockford

        He’s an imitation toff, pretending to be a Labour luvvie.

  • chefofsinners

    As you like it, Mrs Proudie. All the world is indeed a stage and the men and women merely players. I try not to dwell on their exits and their entrances, although Mr Slope takes an interest, I believe.
    ‘Tis still true that one man in his time plays many parts. At first the infant, mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms. Then the intellectual infant mewling on social media and puking in the arms of the nanny state. Then the mature post- modern progressive: sans morality, sans taste, sans everything.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Wonderful!

  • dannybhoy

    “Who is this Dame Louise Casey, and which pantomime is she starring in? If she is in favour of equality, why has she accepted a title?”
    Brilliant.
    We may make a great success of an official post, but if we believe in equality why would we accept an honour? One of the things I liked about kibbutz life was that all kibbutz members were equal. Not in strength or looks or intelligence, but in value.
    “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”

    As you say, ” Why is she afraid to call a spade a spade (i.e. name the religion of intolerance) and instead lump all religions together in her politically-inspired polemic?”
    Not only is this a great insult to the reasonably law abiding Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Rastas living amongst us, it is the equivalent to denying the influence your mother played in giving you love, security and a set of values to live your life by…
    Christianity is our heritage. Whether us native Brits accept it or not, it is the faith which influences our national identity.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      I find these titled equalitarian high-ground moralists nauseating…

      • dannybhoy
        • Royinsouthwest

          Even the religions that accept polygamy (is there more than one?) agree that it is inherently a relationship between people of the opposite sex. I think that Tibetan Buddhists accepted polyandry (a woman with more than one husband). I don’t know whether or not it is still practised there but polyandry is also a heterosexual arrangement.

          The only religion that seems to endorse same-sex “marriage” is the PC religion.

          • dannybhoy

            Polyandry? Was that the one with Hayley Mills?

          • Dominic Stockford

            Wasn’t that polyandrogyny?

          • dannybhoy

            Ah the Gershwin classic!
            (hums to himself)
            ‘Summertime and drogyny’s greasy…’

        • chefofsinners

          Love between one man and one woman is a wonderful thing – so long as you’re between the right man and the right woman. -Woody Allen

          • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

            How snuggly!

          • dannybhoy

            Love Woody Allen’s wit..

          • carl jacobs

            What wit?

            How to improve the Woody Allen Film Experience: Watch Buster Keaton instead.

          • dannybhoy

            Well agreed his films aren’t that great, but some of his quips are priceless.
            I also like Buster Keaton (the General), but prefer Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy.

          • Sarky

            Remember watching the ‘trail of the lonesome pine’ as a kid and laughing until I cried.

          • dannybhoy

            That was real humour. Also when they delivered a piano!

          • CliveM

            Then there was the Saspirila sketch.

          • dannybhoy

            Wot?

          • CliveM

            Can’t stand Woody Allen, or Buster Keaton, but Charlie Chaplin; The pits!

          • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

            You mean Brad and Angelina?

      • bluedog

        Most of them would support the abolition of the monarchy.

        • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

          The poltroons!

          • bluedog

            Indeed Mrs P, equality is all. Culture too. Culturally these people are divorced from the masses and their interests. But M/s Casey has been on a crash course in reality. That her findings are a courageous departure from the evidence cannot be denied, but one thing at a time…

            One fears for Charles and the lovely Camilla.

  • Royinsouthwest

    I wonder how the police would react if a Brexit supporter made a list of all the derogatory things that politicians and the media said last year about Brexit voters? They would probably reply that being called racist, bigoted, “Little Englander”, fascist, nazi, ill-educated chavs, etc. etc. was not “hate speech” because the Brexit voters do not share common “protected characteristics.”

    If anyone wants to become an “official victim” they should try and make sure that they qualify using one of the 9 characteristics in the list below.

    Protected characteristics
    https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/equality-act/protected-characteristics

    age;

    disability;

    gender reassignment;

    marriage and civil partnership;

    pregnancy and maternity;

    race;

    religion or belief;

    sex;

    • Dominic Stockford

      I am afraid that under most of these headings only certain groups qualify as ‘protected’ – thus number 7 won’t protect you and I. I am guessing that being a conservative Christian means that most of the headings get thrown in the bin for us, our failure to confirm to secularism will trump any protection we might in fact need.

    • Anton

      Can anybody think of a joke that lampoons them all at once?

      • chefofsinners

        Yep – Donald Trump

        • dannybhoy

          Lets wait and see. I fear there may be an attempt to ‘remove’ him…

          • Dreadnaught

            If ever there was a bullet magnet it’s the D man.

          • They’ve tried pretty well everything else.

          • Dreadnaught

            But do they know about his Kevlar comb-over? heh-heh-heh.

          • Oy. No up-tick hobnob for that one. Keep your day job, Dreads!

            With that, a good weekend y’all and a shabbat shalom.

          • dannybhoy

            The idea of a business man running an economy makes sense. He has certainly rattled the cages of the political establishment (which is a good thing), but whether he has the temperament to lead America…
            I would not be at all be surprised if something happens, but I fear all hell will break loose in the States.

          • Dreadnaught

            A good war is always welcomed by the industrialists.

          • CliveM

            Remind me, how many times has he declared bankruptcy?

          • Not enough. Most businesses fail (just look at the numbers) “When you run hundreds of businesses, bankruptcies are an inevitability.”

            http://takimag.com/article/top_10_trump_myths_gavin_mcinnes/print

          • Royinsouthwest

            Peacefully in the same way that some people claim that the EU engineered the removal of Berlusconi in Italy, or …?

            EU Commission Staged Coup Against Berlusconi in Italy
            https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/uncategorized/eu-commission-staged-coup-against-berlusconi-in-italy/

          • dannybhoy

            It would have to be done so as to minimise public alarm..

          • bluedog

            Trump is Nixon redux. All the Democrats and half the Republicans hate him. In the view of this communicant, there is every chance that the Republicans in the congress and the senate will revolt after a decent interval, depose Trump and install Spence. The only thing likely to save Trump from this fate would be a successful naval war with China. Like Thatcher, he would then be untouchable.

          • dannybhoy

            Spence?
            You perhaps mean Pence?
            Trump has obvious weaknesses, but hey if he’d been the political elite’s choice all that would have been hidden.
            Apart from Ronald Reagan, modern US presidents have not exactly covered themselves in glory or done the US economy any favours..

          • bluedog

            Apols. Pence, of course.

          • dannybhoy

            No, it’s Mike. Pence I think.

          • The Democrats won’t matter much until the mid-terms; they have imploded. Lost both houses (the Senate and Congress), most state legislatures, traditional working class and even minority voters, and after expecting a grand victory,are so freaked-out and demoralized, even I feel for their sorry butts. Ok, not really.

            Apart from a minority of never-Trumpers and “establishment Republicans” like Jeb Bush, Senators Graham and McCain, the Republicans have mostly rallied behind Trump. Nothing succeeds like success (many times over and against seemingly insurmountable odds) and Trump has been on a wild success streak even as president-elect, making deals, picking people and bringing jobs while Obama enjoyed his 5 million $ vacation in Hawaii. The markets have been rallying, the public is hopeful. Trump is forming a remarkable cabinet of competent people with connections deep into the Republican party, has shown his ability to stand up to the media, government agencies and the Washington barnacles, so don’t expect a revolt…apart from a few inner city looters and celebrity melt-downs. If he accomplishes a quarter of what he hopes to, he’ll still put the US on a good course and be remembered as the best prez since Reagan.

          • bluedog

            Really hoping you’re right, Trump’s ideas on a lot of topics are a breath of fresh air. But there seems to be some very dangerous baggage out there within the links to Russia. The other area of weakness is his nepotism. Putting his son-in-law into the government must be Trump’s worst idea yet. You can’t sack him, and if you do you’ll never see the grandchildren again. No upside and massive downside.

          • Hoping I’m right too; started off as a never-Trumper, until I noticed that what looked like stupidity, was actually uncanny street-smarts combined with surgical strategy, the likes we have never seen since Macchiavelli.

            He’s denied links with Russia, and that one would be tough to lie about, with the CIA and FBI Dems and lifers after his blood. And plenty of cabinet members and senators to keep him from going soft on Ivan…how great of a job did Obama do, not to mention Hillary the Reset Button? He made the Kushner kid an advisor (perfectly allowable) because of his skills; it was Jared and the sweet, but lethal Barbie, Kellyanne Conway, who pulled his chestnuts out of the fire in the final stretch and he wants them at his side. He promised to bring the boy in even before he won and anyway, Trump would fire his own mother if she napped on the job.

          • bluedog

            ‘At the press conference, Cecilia Vega of ABC News gave Mr Trump the opportunity to put this explosive allegation to bed.

            She asked: “Mr. President-elect, can you stand here today, once and for all and say that no one connected to you or your campaign had any contact with Russia leading up to or during the presidential campaign?”

            Mr Trump’s answer? It never came.’

            From an article in the UK Daily Telegraph by Ruth Sherlock. Of course he has denied links to Russia. Innocent until proven guilty and the witnesses are off the plutonium slimming diet.

          • Not the press conference I saw, where Trump clearly and three times, denied the allegations when he spoke. Most reporters never had their questions answered….there were over 200 of them! Nice trick from the ABC.

          • bluedog

            Worth reading the whole of M/s Sherlock’s article if you can get access to it. There’s a whole lot of briefing going on.

          • It’s behind a paywall, but from the opening bit I saw, can’t say there is much worth reading; more like a regurgitation of Huffington Post or BuzzFeed spins.

            Look, you know I’m hardly a Russophile, but Ivan, and not to mention everyone else, has been cracking into US gov’t servers for years. They try to interfere with every election. Not a peep from Obama, nothing about China’s theft of 20 million accounts in gov’t files, no complaints up until now. Not a peep about how Hillary’s server was probably mined for years. Obama having kittens over something that’s been happening ever since we were cursed with his presence is just pathetic distraction crap over the embarrassment of having the Dem party’s dirty laundry aired. And because it’s a good way to obscure Hillary’s criminality and incompetence. Just another desperate attempt, in a long line of such, to damage Trump. The funny part is, all these shenanigans keep on backfiring badly.

          • bluedog

            You’re probably right, but it’s all a matter of conjecture at present. Trump needs to run fast and deliver on his promises to keep ahead of his enemies in the Republican Party. It’ll be like Game of Thrones in there. He needs to keep building his popular support so that they can’t justify a regicide on the basis of bad polls. I don’t think you can compare Hillary’s stupidity with Trump’s Russian links; different orders of magnitude. There has never been any suggestion that either of the Clintons was compromised by a foreign power. The stories on Trump are so shocking that you can’t helping thinking there is no smoke without fire. Having said that, the West badly needs Trump to succeed. His cabinet is excellent as you say, and his foreign policy ideas are very interesting indeed. Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem is precisely the right answer to the weekend conference in Paris.

          • Yes, all conjecture until he takes office. But he is already running fast; perhaps too fast with his forays into international affairs by goosing China, shaming the corporate world and cranking up NASDAQ to historc levels. But no matter how successful he is, all will be for naught unless he seriously disables the mainstream media.

            I don’t think you can compare Hillary’s stupidity with Trump’s Russian links; different orders of magnitude.

            Whatever “Russian links” Trump may have had would be the kind that other global corps had or have. Such as Pepsi, McDonalds, Microsoft… Put aside the partisan smears and conspiracy theories and what you have is Hillary with her Benghazi cover-up,the pay-for-play, “charity” foundation, media manipulation, the intelligence brokerage headquartered in a server in her bathroom, corruption of the Departent of Defense and possibly the FBI, hobnobbing (apologies to Mrs P) with sultans, selling uranium to Russia, etc., etc. The only reason Trump looks worse than Hillary in your eyes is because the governments and the press in Europe are going ape-shit against him.

          • bluedog

            ‘The only reason Trump looks worse than Hillary in your eyes is because the governments and the press in Europe are going ape-shit against him.’

            Not really. Trump has already been cautioned on Russia by his Secretary of Defense designate (Impressed by the ‘s’ in Defence?). Anyway, now that a Trump-Putin summit is on the cards we will see for ourselves how they interact. One suspects that rapprochement with Russia is a key part of Trump’s China strategy. If Trump can play on Russian fears of losing their Far East to an expansionist China, then the result could be highly beneficial to the West. He will need to press the Russians to make peace with the Japanese, a key US ally in the China containment strategy. The peaceful eviction of Russia from Konigsberg would be another positive.

          • Maxine Schell

            The “report” of the scandal or accusation read like something written by pre-teens.

          • From the little I saw of the article, you’re right. Are you a teacher? The mishmash of partisan factoids, clumsily rewritten, is exactly what preteens do with cutting and pasting on the night before an assignments’ submission.

          • Maxine Schell

            No…just a mother…now great-grandmother. I think it was written for people like an aunt of mine, who would believe ANY rumor. (Remember old tabloid headlines “Hollywood Star Gives Birth to Martian Baby, etc” ?) I’m not much for conspiracy theories, this story is just too queer for common sense. Trump may have the morals of Bill Clinton, but if he were to pull those shenanigans, he’d do it in a Trump hotel (safer) than in Russian hotels, where we’ve been told for decades that they are bugged.

          • Wow, congrats!

            And yeah, amazing how after eight year of sucking up to the Russians, the Dems will believe any cheese that’s fed to them, and how days away from the inauguration, they found the courage to yap and growl at Putin. It’s cringe-worthy.

          • carl jacobs

            Republicans have mostly rallied behind Trump.

            That will last until (say) March.

          • dannybhoy

            As Avi says nothing succeeds like success, and if Donald Trump is able to rebuild the economy, reverse outsourcing, and essentially make America feel good about itself, then more of them will jump on the bandwagon. I too admire the way he has shrewdly picked people for key positions. That’s business savvy as opposed to one politician calling in favours from another politician..

          • He has no clear path to 270!

          • carl jacobs

            Might as well write up the articles of impeachment now. No reason to put it off until tomorrow. How about a charge of “Behaving like an idiot on Twitter” for a start?

          • Impeachment for tweeting. They’ll try that now too, thanks to you. But you know Rep Lewis deserved it and the public is quietly cheering.

          • carl jacobs

            How about …

            1. Being dumber than a fence post.
            2. Assault with a bad comb-over.
            3. Denigrating the Office of the President.

          • 1.So dumb, he creamed 16 competitors in the primaries, gelded the establishment in his own party, outmaneuvered the best Dem strategists and pollsters, used the alt-right while enticing the principled Reps, beat the Hillary machine at quarter of the cost and is turning every attack against him right back at his enemies (reality check: he won).

            2. Sure, not to mention his fake tan,pouts, overly long ties,and over-the-top garishness. Ever read-up on theories on the use of seemingly negative or comical imagery in visual branding? Reality check: he won.

            3. You’re kidding, right? Obama already brought the bar lower than our ankles with his narcissism, corruption and weakness. Trump’s antics could only improve things (reality check: he won); with them he he brought comic relief, millions of politically disengaged to gape in amazement and smashed the pomposity and crookedness of the past and once-hopeful ones in the eyes of the voters and supporters.

          • IanCad

            It is said that those who join the ranks late, and after wise consideration, often turn out to be the best troops.

          • carl jacobs

            It’s more correct to say “Hillary lost.” AMD President Obama at least knew how to act Presidential.

            I swear. This whole exercise reminds me of Libya the morning after the first airstrike. Lots of anticipation about this great new dawn that was about to break. Everyone simply chose to close their eyes to the looming reality.

            The guy is a buffoon. He doesn’t know Washington. He degrades the dignity of the office with his antics and don’t underestimate that. It will undermine his power. This is going to end badly.

          • It’s too early to tell which way this will go, of course, but the evidence that’s in, is that he’s a …well, no other way to put it… a winner. That’s a category of its own. Everything else is in the eye of the beholder looking at the present with the models of the past. Obama’s “presidential” act is a thin veneer, the public is sick of the Beltway barnacles,experts, lobbies and insiders, and Trump’s antics so far have only raised his stature among supporters. What you got here is a genuine massive political paradigm shift, the kind Obama wanted to make, but couldn’t. Don’t underestimate that.

          • PS, I tell ya, Carl, Obama driving your country and the world over the cliff was astounding, but too scary and depressing to be entertaining. But this Trump fellow…never seen anything like it. Love the way he’s yanking the Chinese too. That’s entertainment!

          • 1642again

            Agree with all that. He’s smashed his way into the oligarchy’s grip on power and they hate him for it.

            Whatever his personal morality, he is doing and saying what is needed, speaking truth to power. Now he can wield it. A sure way to judge people is who they choose to work with them. From what I have seen so far it is very impressive. He seems intent on delivering the big parts of his manifesto even though the pundits said he never would. I suspect he will do more and be more radical than anyone believes. An able man who his following and power with his eyes on his epitaph should not be underestimated.

            He’s won back the Reagan Democrats, got 83% of the Evangelical vote and make inroads into the Catholics. If achieves half of what he wants he’ll be re-elected. The Republican Party will support him because they never expected to win the Presidency, people were saying they wouldn’t again without abandoning Conservatism

          • It gets even better; the Dems are in full freak-out mode and yet they keep on making stupid decisions. The attempts to unseat Trump with vote recounts, electoral college shenanigans and now this secret agent crap won’t help, and picking the mummified Pelosi to continue the job of bleeding-out Senate members, Schumer’s antics, Podesta’s clinging and even considering an antisemite Muslim radical, Ellison, as a future nominee, won’t help much either. Interesting times ahead!

          • 1642again

            Sounds like they’re following the path of Corbyn’s Labour. A nasty shock unhinges them completely and their true rancid insanity comes pouring out.

          • IanCad

            George Galloway’s antipathy toward Israel is repulsive; but he too, raises your same concern:

    • Good idea. Smack their silly gobs with their own collectivist medicine …a massive class-action suit.

  • IanCad

    Just short of a call to arms Gentle Lady. It will come; it will come.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Yes, I think it will…

  • Shadrach Fire

    Whilst I don’t believe in wage restraint I do question how some people can consider themselves worth a 100 time more than some fairly equitable and a decent wage earners. An MP, perhaps not a good example but they are on around £60k. What does a man do 100 times more to earn £6 million. Some might say quite easy as MP’s don’t do anything but you know what I mean.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      I take your point…

      • Shadrach Fire

        Thank you.

    • carl jacobs

      People are paid according to the marginal cost of replacement. If you are hard to replace, you make more money. The reason for example that professional athletes make so much money is because their skill sets are so rare, and many people will pay to watch. People don’t consider themselves 100 times more valuable. The market does.

      • The market reflects the values of our culture and encourages greed and selfishness.

        As Lilly Allen wrote:

        “Life’s about film stars and less about mothers
        It’s all about fast cars and passing each other
        But it doesn’t matter cause I’m packing plastic
        And that’s what makes my life so fucking fantastic.”

        • carl jacobs

          I suppose you might be right. We need a centralized office to set wages according to socially relevant criteria. How about we call it GOSPLAN?

        • Dreadnaught

          Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel for a ‘qoute’.

        • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

          Dreadful…

          • len

            Absolutely.

        • len

          Gonna need a few ‘hail Marys’ for that one

      • Dominic Stockford

        Many of these people also hold significant stakes in the company that pays them – they are in fact the ‘owners’. Why should an owner not pay themselves whatever they so wish?

        • Shadrach Fire

          What a person receives as a result of their ownership is dividends and not part of their salary.

          • Dominic Stockford

            If they didn’t own it and put their money in there would be no company. There are vast number of companies whose owners and founders and ‘runners’ are the major shareholders – they have full entitlement to whatever they choose to pay themselves. As to other big companies – it is the shareholders who vote in the salaries of most of them. If they don’t like it they can say no.

  • len

    Comedy Corbyn is only there to keep people amused. Enjoy it he won`t be there for long.
    Just saw him on the news wearing his Trotsky hat.

  • chefofsinners

    I’ve never seen Meryl Streep, but I think Vlad Putin has got it on video. It’s on his top shelf next to the one marked ‘Trumpy Pumpy’.

    • Dreadnaught

      I once saw Charlotte rampling.

      • Anton

        Do you like Kipling?

        • Dreadnaught

          I kiple regularly.

          • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

            Do you like Grinling Gibbons?

          • Dreadnaught

            I do now you little Minx.

  • dannybhoy

    I thought people might like to see an American interpretation of Louise Casey’s pronouncement on religious extremism and bigotwy..
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/british-equalities-czar-it-is-not-ok-for-catholic-schools-to-be-homophobic?utm_source=Daily%20Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Headlines