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This election might prove to be a mistake, for the polls indicate support for May is slipping away

Lawks-a-mercy! The good folk of Barchester have been whipped up into a frenzy of indifference over last Wednesday’s political debate, which I believe was broadcast by the Bolshevik Corporation in front of one of their ‘invited’ audiences of unbiased rabid lefties – as far as Mr. Nuttall was concerned it was a bit like Marie Antoinette offering cake to a committee of fishwives. I hardly ever watch the Electrical Magic Lantern, so I’m glad to say I missed the organised chaos which ensued. I do wonder how they get away with it. More than ever I am convinced we are a nation captained by poltroons and brainwashed by villains, less brave than we once were and certainly more intimidated.

Mr. Farron, fresh from his cabbage patch, blathered on about nothing in particular, as is the way of all Liberals when they open their mouths. Ms. Krankie continued to beat the nationalist drum (“…as frenzied as a blind lesbian in a fish shop” according to the Archdeacon), and Comrade Corbynov proclaimed the shape of things to come when Britain abandons its armed forces and supplies all citizens with white flags (and a Health and Safety course explaining how to wave them) free of charge. I refrain from commenting on Ms. Wood’s contribution as she is Welsh and cannot help it.

How wise of St. Theresa of the Kitten Shoes not to sit alongside these squabblers – yet has she missed a trick and opened herself up to criticism by not joining in? In my humble opinion she is not as sure-footed as some make out. This election might prove to be a mistake, for the polls indicate support for her is slipping away, and in an age of bombs on the street and scimitar-wielding mentally-ill lone wolves, it does her no credit in the eyes of many to be seen in the company of Saudi oil sheiks, not to mention the suppression of a ‘very sensitive report’ into Saudi Arabian funding of Jihadi groups in the United Kingdom (which begs several questions as to why suppress? Should we not be told?). No wonder there are wild, extravagant parties at Mustafa Fatwah’s every night. Well, we shall see. ‘Che sera, sera’, as Signora Vesey Neroni would say.

A recent visit to the Science Museum in London seems to have inspired Mr. Slope with things technological. All week we have been subjected to sounds of hammering and clunking coming from his room in the East Wing. When questioned at breakfast, he would only reply, “Progress, dear Madam, progress!” with a conspiratorial smirk on his face. Most annoying.

Then yesterday evening, my Lord the Bishop and I were summoned to the Great Hall by a beaming chaplain standing before a large object covered by a large patchwork quilt.

“Behold!” cried Mr. Slope, “My gift to mankind and the Church! A mechanical Archdeacon, steam powered and fully functional. It can roll its eyes, wag its finger and bluster in three languages. I have given it wheels instead of feet so that it can make its own way on parochial visitations.”

Off came the quilt and there stood the strangest thing, a veritable Frankensteinian construction made from cast iron, galvanised tin and bits of copper, dressed in clerical garb, the spitting image of Archdeacon Grantly. It took several minutes before we regained our equilibrium. My Lord the Bishop cleared his throat and asked Mr. Slope to give a practical demonstration.

“At once, my Lord,” said Mr. Slope, whereupon he slid his hand under his creation’s clerical apron and pressed a button. There was a great gathering of air, a whirring of cogs, before the whole contraption exploded with a bang, the blast throwing us all several feet across the flags. In truth, it was Archdeacon Grantly to a tee, but for the Church a modernisation too far. We left the hapless Mr. Slope to pick up the pieces and retired to the Red drawing room for a restorative Earl Grey and hobnobs.

Time’s winged chariot as usual puts a spoke into matters, so I must press on. I am going to the Barchester Goethe Institute this evening for a Schnapps und Shuhplattler Fest, which is being held as a sort of apology for Frau Merkin’s latest remarks and those of the ghastly Schulz, who seems determined to upset everybody. Herr Schulz calling President Trump ‘unacceptable’ and ‘autocratic’ is like the pot calling the kettle.

So until next week, dear hearts, adieu.

  • Bernard from Bucks

    Of course I expect you realise Mrs Proudie, that chocolate hobnobs have a much larger ‘carbon footprint’ than say, a Paris croissant or an American pretzel?
    And as for Earl Grey; why it is shipped half way round the world from China – or is it India?
    You see, not being a tea drinker, I have no idea. I prefer to walk to my local hostelry and indulge in a brew fermented only five miles away in Marlow.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Goodness no, dear Bernard – Earl Grey comes from Fortnum and Mason’s…

      • Bernard from Bucks

        And from a Lord Ashcroft Poll in ConHome today –
        And if the Prime Minister were a biscuit? “A Marks & Spencer selection”. “A Viennese Whirl, or something like that.” “A chocolate Hobnob.” That’s a pretty fancy biscuit. “Well, she’s up herself, isn’t she, and so are chocolate Hobnobs.” “A Jaffa Cake. She’s nice on the outside, but I don’t like the middle of a Jaffa Cake.” “A cookie. They’re tough, and they crumble.” “One of them hard ones at the bottom of the tin that have been there six months. It looks quite nice but you bite it and break all your teeth.”

        • Manfarang

          Not so smart cookie.

  • Skidger

    Let’s hope that the blessed St Theresa of the Kitten Shoes is still with us this time next week, Mrs Proudie or I fear Comrade Corbynov propped up by the wee Krankie. Oh dear an attack of the vapours.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      A dreadful prospect indeed, dear Skidger…in truth I think Mrs Dismay will get her majority, but perhaps much smaller than was projected a few weeks ago. We shall see of course….

    • michaelkx

      The thought of it give me an attack of the vapours too. and the screaming hap dabs>>>>

  • Martin

    Polls, does anyone still believe in them?

    • David

      The wise do not, no. But their purpose is to manipulate peoples voting patterns in the directions they wish. Polls aim to be stealthy fake news.

      • Manfarang

        William Hill
        Conservative majority 1/4
        No overall majority 7/2
        Labour majority 10/1

      • Martin

        David

        Seems the electorate is getting wiser then.

  • Father David

    Mrs. Proudie, may I respectfully suggest that you watch the “Electrical Magic Lantern” more often for, had you done so you would have realised that it was Angus Robertson batting for the SNP and not “Ms. Krankie.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      I know, call it artistic licence…

  • David

    Good morning Mrs Proudie, for I see that once again you have done us all proud with your most excellent summary of all things political and Barchester. Many thanks indeed !
    Indeed you have given me a new idea to propose for the governing of our nation.
    Having lost all faith in representative democracy I propose that we move rapidly towards a system of direct voting on all major matters, and with decisions announced – not decided mark you – by a mechanical Prime Minister of the type you described. Given the innate common sense and conservatism of the average man I am sure that this would provide a far better system than the appaling charade presently confronting us.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Good morning dear David, yes I think you may be right. Our present system is on its last legs but refuses to die, and so we find ourselves repeating the whole nonsensical circus again and again. If only Mrs. Dismay was a true conservative…I fear she is a globalist at heart, and as sure-footed as a one-legged elephant walking a tight-rope…

      • David

        You took thee words straight out of my mouth Mrs Proudie.
        A conservative Mrs Maybe is certainly not, but merely a pawn in the hands of the globalists. Her much vaunted weekly church attendance is, I fear, little but mere habit, for I see no expression of the love and fear of God in her policies or actions.

    • Manfarang

      A plebiscite instead of a general election. Now what was the name of the man who did that?

  • Father David

    “call it artistic licence” – I think it looks to me more like Mrs. Proudie has fallen prey to “Fake News”

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      I shall dust the naughty step in preparation for your visit…

  • Father David

    “a one-legged elephant walking a tight-rope” in kitten heels. Sounds a dangerous act to me. Good to hear that the BBC’s Today programme is already writing Mrs. Dismay off in it’s political drug-related sketch if the vicar’s daughter fails to get a massive majority. The next Conservative Leadership election is already up and running and Ms. Amber Rudderless has already thrown her hat into the ring with her “Judge us on our record” intervention – such cruel glasses!

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      I wonder if modern science could do something with Mr. Disraeli’s DNA…bring him back to life …I’d even welcome Mr. Gladstone back…alas it cannot be…

      • Royinsouthwest

        Both of them would be an enormous improvement on any present day British “leader”, as would that old rascal Lloyd George. Given a choice, however, I would prefer to clone Oliver Cromwell, even though Happy Jack might not be quite so happy then. However you cannot please everybody.

  • CliveM

    Rarely has a campaign been as inept as the Conservative one. May’s judgement must be called into question and her claims to be the one best able to ensure a good Brexit, look increasingly threadbare.

    Who can vote for her with enthusiasm? She is a political pygmy, with pretensions.

    But, but, but what are the options? Farron? Never has the claim that voting Liberal is a wasted vote, been so true. Nuttal? Who? Corbyn? Terrorist loving, Britain hating Corbyn. The man who believes that a British soldiers death on the streets of Ulster is an achievement.

    And the man (if a recent poll is to believed), more people believe will make a good PM than May.

    He will destroy this country as an act of deliberate policy.

    So sadly our hopes depend on May.

    Dear Lord protect us.

  • bluedog

    ‘I have given it wheels instead of feet so that it can make its own way on parochial visitations.’ Inspirational! Is this the start of Porta-chapel.org, nee Porta-loo? A forty foot container suitably converted, consecrated and equipped with a folding steeple enabling it to pass under low bridges could prove the best way to bring the mountain to Mahommed, so to speak. Country-hice wedding out of sight of the papparazi? Ring Porta-chapel for fast and efficient service. Paired with His Grace’s Robo-priest, a new evangelism beckons.

    • David

      That’s the stuff – splendid !
      Feeling entrepreneurial, or perhaps just evangelical ? If so the entire job is yours – the project definition, design, tendering, overseeing construction followed by the marketing and launch of the initiative.
      You are best advised to run a pilot project for twelve months, followed by the launch of the revised Mark 2 Mobile Chapel …. onward and upward !
      PS I have contacts in both the vehicular and the larger scale bodywork fabrication businesses – just saying !

  • Hi

    Well my vote is already in the bag for the Conservatives , but with a VERY HEAVY HEART. And frankly I am secretly hoping for a small majority: the manifesto and the campaign are very opaque and it feels like we’re being asked for a blank cheque by Mrs May on the basis on the mantra:

    “Strong and stable leadership , in the national interest, coalition of chaos”!

    I’m upset May hasn’t been visible in the campaign : if she’s Thatcher 2 , why didn’t she handbag the leftists in any debate. How can she be strong if she can’t even debate with political foes?

    • Cullerchris

      She’ll be hiding behind the sofa. Just like she did during the Brexit referendum.

    • Chefofsinners

      The Labour Party manifesto includes a pledge that “A Labour government will immediately recognise the state of Palestine.”

  • Father David

    If Obadiah Slope can create a robotic Archdeacon then surely it is not beyond the realms of possibility for the Bishop of Barchester’s wife to create a clone of Dizzy and the Grand Old Man or, as Disraeli called him , “God’s Only Mistake”?

  • Hi

    Actually I feel quite angry about the need for this election anyway and especially that May and her clique have messed it up! As much as I cannot stand Labour and Corbyn,far from a doddering old Foot , he’s had a good campaign. He could even win. Which makes me even more upset.

    Let’s look at the MANTRA again:

    “Strong and stable leadership , in the national interest, coalition of chaos”!

    1). Strong leadership = refusing public debate with opposition

    2). Stable leadership = u turn on elderly healthcare when it went down like a bucket of sick, but in the middle of a campaign

    3). In the national interest = in the Conservatives and incidentally May’s personal interest when it looked like a majority of 200.

    4). Coalition of chaos= only possible because someone wanted an early election brought about by party and personal interest. If you don’t want that on the county there was 3 more years before it had to happen.

    5).Oh and I know Labour will tax and spend by at least £50 billion. But at least they and the liberals are STRAIGHT with voters that taxes WILL be increased. The Conservatives will also increase taxes – as they have for 7 years- but think they can not state this and attack the others with tax bombshell claims. Yet there’s been one massive tax bombshell , called the business rate increases. This is hurting natural conservative minded people. The other tax bombshell is the asset tax or dementia tax. That’s really not gone down well and again this attacks conservative supporters. The energy bill cap is stupid in so much as Labour proposed this and it was heavily criticised , so why should it be ok now? They are taking us supporters for granted.

    6). Why cannot we debate the policies and philosophy behind them? Why is state interference in energy prices o.k. (Conservative policy ) , but nationalizing railways (Labour policy) is taking us back to the seventies? Is state funded tuition fees right? How are we going to fund the NHS and elderly care? What is the actual Conservative strategy for Brexit? Why are Labour’s taxes wrong, but the Conservatives ones okay? Etc etc.

    • Chefofsinners

      I’m dreading the dementia tax. I’ll be hit with a bill for 20 years back payments.

      • Merchantman

        Don’t worry you’ll be the new normal if Corbyn wins.

      • Dominic Stockford

        Excellent comment.

      • Anton

        Imagine the effect on some of the other commenters here…

      • Royinsouthwest

        Just forget about it!

    • Anton

      The election represents a failure of the Fixed Term Parliaments Act – which may or may not be a good thing.

      • Paul Greenwood

        It was to protect Nick Clegg…..he seems to be okay even if his wife is in deep trouble at Decherts for trying to scam £16.5 million from Eurasian Natural Resources in rampant overcharging

        • Anton

          Clegg? It was because Labour and the Tories who were in power agreed, for once.

  • Royinsouthwest

    Today’s Guardian has an article by one of their regular columnists Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, with the title “I used to be a shy Corbynite but I’m over that now.” Needless to say the words “terrorism”, “terrorist”, “Britain” and “British” do not occur anywhere in the article but “EU” does. She supports Corbyn because he “believes in a more equal society.” I agree that Corbyn does believe in a society in which some are “more equal” than others but that is not quite what she meant.

    The entire article is a good example of two things:

    1. How the left in Britain are completely unable to decide in an objective manner what things are of prime importance and what are secondary.

    2. How the modern British left are completely devoid of patriotism.

    • Merchantman

      The Left are without Faith or remembrance of most things decent these days. A more deluded and dangerous bunch to the integrity and commonwealth of the UK it is hard to conceive. I can’t see them organising Brexit, let alone keeping the Country Secure in any sense of the meaning of the word. As long as they get out of bed on the left hand side, and rub the rest of us folks noses in it; for them everything is well with the world, in’it? They’ll make 1917 (Probably the worst year in human history to date) look like a Vicarage Tea Party.

      • bluedog

        Given the current inclinations of the CofE clergy, the term ‘Vicarage Tea-party’ denoting a certain gentle civility seems hopelessly out-dated.

    • bluedog

      As to 2)., how can you be a patriot if you are a globalist with multi-cultural convictions? Everyone knows that patriotism = nationalism = fascism.

  • Anton

    Four things matter most for this country today. In no particular order:

    * the rise of Islam

    * the national debt and continued overspending

    * family breakdown

    * Sovereignty: loss of it to Europe and nationalist movements within the UK

    The major parties are seriously addressing only the last of these.

    • John

      Hmm, you can’t sort out family breakdown by act of Parliament. Difficult to stem the rise of Islam by passing new laws as well. It will take a sweeping revival such as we are praying for in this Thy Kingdom Come initiative to impact on 1 and 3. Government’s job is to address 2 and 4.

      • Anton

        We can and should pray for our country and its leaders, but we should also remember that the church is portrayed in its founding and definitive documents, the New Testament, as a small minority saved from the world which should regard any influence on politics as a bonus rather than the norm.

        Of my four points, sovereignty and the national debt are four square the government’s responsibility to manage. It is indeed difficult to deal with the rise of Islam via laws, but government exists to do difficult things or it is useless. Various measures have been advocated in the threads of this blog recently, some of which I support and which have been enacted elsewhere. Impartial enforcement of existing laws on the Islamic community would be a start.

        Family breakdown can most certainly be influenced by government policy. The State could restore the married couples’ transferable tax allowance, penalise financially women who conceive and subsequently give birth while unmarried, penalise financially men who fail to support their children conceived within marriage, restore the element of morality to sex education, and refuse to recognise any sexual relationship between men and women other than marriage.

        • David

          Hear, hear !

        • Paul Greenwood

          In 1922 40% Government Spending was Debt Repayment for WW1. That is why they raised interest rates and cut wages. If you want to get the INCREASE in national Debt down – never mind the principal which ail explode if interest rates ever rise – tell May to abolish State Pensions altogether, Housing Benefit, and charge for using Hospitals. There is no other way now the Base Rate of Income Tax is no longer 35% as in early 1970s

          • Anton

            State pensions are a debt of honour to people who have paid in. But many benefits don’t help the people they were originally targeted at: housing benefit benefits landlords, for instance. The question is how to wind it – and consequently rents – down without causing mass evictions.

          • Paul Greenwood

            Impose Rent Controls to force landlords to negotiate or simply have Housing Inspectors check every single tenancy for violations of code

          • Anton

            Rent controls have longer-term bad effects, ie property dilapidation. I’d reduce housing benefit by 10%pa until it is negligible.

          • Paul Greenwood

            Unfortunately around 40% Conservative MPs are BTL landlords

          • bluedog

            The British government has a long standing but undisclosed policy of reducing its debt by increasing the rate of inflation. It works every time. Just don’t be a saver ‘cos the purchasing power of your capital will be sacrificed for the greater good.

          • Anton

            Many of its commitments are inflation-linked today, for the first time in history.

          • Paul Greenwood

            Has not worked well though since the Banking Disaster has raised National Debt more than WW2 and running a perpetual trade deficit means it cannot never be reduced

      • IanCad

        Re-introducing Section 28 would help things get back on track.

    • Paul Greenwood

      You really think Cameron adding 50% to National Debt during his 5 years in office is “addressing” the issue ?

      • Anton

        Pardon? I said that the Tories *weren’t*.

        • Paul Greenwood

          I said they were simply inflating the problem

    • bluedog

      Add an ageing population where a very high percentage, say 25%, will be over sixty-five in a few decades time.

  • Anton

    The robot is a fine tool for ecumenism. There’s a switch on the back that can be set to one of Roman Catholic / Anglican / Eastern Orthodox. Take off the back cover and you can even reset it to Judaism / Islam / paganism.

    Human, all too human…

  • suppression of a ‘very sensitive report’ into Saudi Arabian funding of Jihadi groups in the United Kingdom

    Roll on the day when a pro-British government publishes a report into why Labour and the Conservatives opened our borders to Islam, and then did everything in their power to help the evil religion flourish.

    • Royinsouthwest

      The British government regards Saudi Arabia as source of oil (obviously) and money. I do not simply mean money for arms contracts but also for investment in Britain. Also lots of wealthy Saudis will have some money sloshing around in British banks. Therefore the British government’s policy may be summed up as follows:

      1. Keep taking the money.
      2. Keep quiet about terrorism.
      3. Speak loudly about Islamophobia.

      That is why the report on Saudi funding of Jihadis is “sensitive.”

      Perhaps Wikileaks can do us a favour.

      • Paul Greenwood

        Saudi funding of mosques in UK is going to present a few problems but since the English were so very patient with respect to human sacrifice in Rochdale they can no doubt accept human sacrifice 12 miles away in Manchester

        • bluedog

          Does the recent USD 350 billion Saudi defence deal with the US give the Saudis the right to build mosques cross the US, unfettered? It would only be a surprise to learn that it does not.

          • Paul Greenwood

            Would not think it is connected. Saudi uses all sorts of companies and charities to shield its activities and the report Cameron ordered into Saudi funding of Wahhabism in UK has been “shelved”

          • bluedog

            Come on. The Saudis would have noticed Trump’s instinctive anti-Islamism and have simply bought themselves immunity. The travel ban didn’t apply to them because the deal was pending. They did the same with TM, although she had not proposed any specific anti-Islam measures. As a consequence, Islamic terror in Britain and the US will not be called out for what is, sourced in Wahhabism. Once a leading Western power makes the call that Islamic terror is based on Wahhabism, the Saudi monarchy will totter.

      • @ Royinsouthwest—You forgot: ‘4. Make Britain Muslim.’

        • Royinsouthwest

          No doubt that is Saudi policy but it won’t be British government policy.

          • @ Royinsouthwest—it won’t be British government policy

            Click here and scroll down to ‘Regional and country-level patterns of births and deaths’. UK 2010 to 2015, Christian deaths exceeded births by 10,000+ while Muslim births exceeded deaths by 10,000+. Your argument runs: Britain is going to become Muslim but it isn’t government policy so none of the parties is to blame. If you’re a Christian, I suggest as respectfully as possible that you owe it to the Christian community to get a grip on reality.

    • bluedog

      Interesting to learn that Trump has his price. In the case of his anti-Islam position it was a USD 350 billion arms deal with the Saudis, on signing which he became pro-Sunni and anti-Shia. Mrs May had previously capitulated. We really need a dissenting state or non-state actor to collapse the Saudi tyranny, the natural ally being Iran.

      • @ bluedog—Whatever succeeded the House of Saud could be even worse for the West, as we’ve seen in Iraq and Libya, and would probably see in Syria if Assad fell. Plus, the Salafist/Wahhabi interpretation of the Qur’an now has a life of its own, independent of the Al Saud; the genie is out of the bottle and I think the world is stuck with fundamentalist Islam.

        • bluedog

          Think Schumpeterian creative destruction with Islamic characteristics. The collapse of the House of Saud is an essential step in the discrediting of Islam among its adherents, and opens the way for a number of non-Arab powers to compete for control of the holy places. Chief of which are Turkey, Iran and Pakistan. The collapse of the House of Saud would also ensure the liquidation of Saudi protectorates like the poisonous Qataris.

        • Anton

          If the two Islamic holy cities were destroyed in a major war then I think Islam would lose a lot of steam because such an event would be inconceivable according to its view of the Creator, who would thereby Lose Face. Bible-readers, in contrast, have the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians to look to for precedent.

          • @ Anton—Muslims believe that every event is preordained by Allah. If Mecca and Medina were destroyed, Muslims would give thanks to Allah and rebuild them.

          • Anton

            Perhaps we shall learn which of us is right!

          • bluedog

            Alternatively they would fight each other for the privilege of doing so, and thus being able to dominate their religion. But the collapse of the Saudi monarchy is the essential precursor.

  • Anton

    Congratulations to President Trump for standing by an electoral pledge and getting the USA out of the Paris climate agreement.

    Yes, the science IS settled, as follows: global warming due to human activity is being hugely exaggerated by the IPCC and others. I shall not trespass on Mrs Proudie’s thread with a scientific discourse but this is beyond doubt now.

    What then is the real agenda? Without question, the elites wish to set up a world fiat currency by which they can control the world – remember the aphorism that if you control the money supply then the laws are irrelevant – and if global warming were true then it would be a problem requiring an internationalised solution, and consequently a huge impetus toward a fully internationalised political system.

    Please do not misunderstand me. (1) I do not believe in a bilderberger cabal who secretly run the world, just an elite whose names are in the public domain if you know where to look and who are high up in big finance, big business and big politics. (2) There has been a world currency for thousands of years – gold – but not a world FIAT currency. (3) I believe strongly in free trade of goods across borders but not free movement of peoples across them.

    Warmest congratulations to Donald Trump. He is unlikely to get warmist congratulations, however.

    • Manfarang

      Covfefe

      • Anton

        It’s clearly a reference to the Church of England (CofE).

        • Manfarang

          Fe Fe. Originating in Chicago; a slang word that is defined as “a party” So it maybe some nocturnal activity Trump indulges in

          • Anton

            That was rumoured to be Obama.

            Perhaps it means Coffee?

          • Paul Greenwood

            It is being trademarked by an Ad Agency in St Petersburg

          • Anton

            Ah, that’s a thought. Does it mean something in Russian?

          • Paul Greenwood

            MONEY

    • Dominic Stockford

      Its a great step forward.

      • TropicalAnglican

        The title alone of Chapter 6 of his book Crippled America is entertaining:

        The Energy Debate: A Lot of Hot Air

    • David

      Well said. Your well reasoned approach is very close to my own understandings.

    • Paul Greenwood

      Goldman Sachs was incredibly peeved to have lost another money-spinner…….Lloyd Blankfein expressed his Frust

  • Dominic Stockford

    Both these two websites tell a rather different story to the pollsters, who seem obsessed with their own fame, rather than a careful seeking of the truth.

    http://www.electionforecast.co.uk/
    http://www.electoralcalculus.co.uk/homepage.html

    I’m going for a 56 seat majority for the Tories, by the way.

    • IanCad

      I do hope you are correct Dominic. I’m somewhat more pessimistic but I’m so often wrong.

    • Jon of GSG

      That is interesting. I’ve been following the blog on marriott-stats.com and he thinks something similar – actually he puts the majority at around 80 when I last looked, but says it all really depends on turnout.

  • vsscoles

    It is indeed grim to have to calculate which is the least worst option on polling day, and to find that all one is left with is the deeply incompetent and underwhelming Mrs May. I shall hold my nose and deliver my vote in that direction, as the others are all unspeakable.

    • Paul Greenwood

      one misses the incredibly competent David Cameron and his wonderful sidekick Georgie Osborne…….(sarc.)

  • alternative_perspective

    Without a strong mandate for the Conservatives we may as well abandon Brexit for a generation. She will not have the negotiating stance to demand anything from the EU and without support at home there is no certainty that any agreement will be accepted by parliament.
    If there’s a hung parliament or a Corbyn led minority government… its the end of the British economy, the pound will tank, our credit rating will be reduced to junk and inflation will rocket. With a staunch socialist in charge, the markets will abandon hope of the deficit every being wiped out and the debt expunged. There will be a balance of payments crisis and we will need bailing out, the super-rich (tax paying class) will flee our shores for New York, Singapore, Hong kong … and we will be “encouraged” to abandon the pound in favour of the Euro.
    Pants.

    • Merchantman

      ‘I am being beaten back on my right and on my left, I am attacking in the centre.’ Good advice but can she rouse the masses to see the danger, the huge danger?

    • Paul Greenwood

      You do not have a choice on BreXit. Art 50 is triggered and it is a One Way Street or do you not follow the negotiating Documents issued by EU Commission and EU Parliament ?

      BreXit MEANS BreXit even if the British are vacillating the EU27 is not.

      • Anton

        Good!

    • Paul Greenwood
      • Anton

        EVERYBODY has an unsustainable national debt today. Balance of payments has assumed less importance than in the 1960s.

        • Paul Greenwood

          You sell national assets to foreigners – ports, roads, airports, electric grid, gas network, schools, hospitals (PFI), government buildings…….to fund these deficits……

          • bluedog

            If the economy is perceived to be sound, foreign investors may prefer the liquidity of government bonds rather than illiquid fixed assets.

          • Paul Greenwood

            Government Bonds ersus real assets …..you are nuts

          • Anton

            Do you love England or hate it?

          • Paul Greenwood

            Irrelevant really. YOU have sold schools, airports, hospitals, HMRC buildings, student loans, ports to Foreigners fro gain funds to live high on the hog. What I “love” is irrelevant. YOU have done this

          • Anton

            I, Anton, have done nothing of the sort. Thank you for revealing what you think of England. Its inhabitants should be interested only in criticisms made out of love.

          • Paul Greenwood

            ???????????

          • Paul Greenwood

            Do you like borrowing from foreigners to import goods you cannot pay for other than by going into deeper and deeper debt ? UK sells €4 billion in cars to Germany but imports 25 billion

      • bluedog

        With a floating currency there can be no B of P crisis.

        • Paul Greenwood

          Yes there can. Unless you propose currency collapse and hyperinflation which is what happened to the Weimar Republic when the Reichsmark exchange rate collapsed

          • bluedog

            Hyper-inflation is the cause of currency collapse, not vice versa as your comment suggests. With a floating exchange rate any deficit on the current account is balanced by capital flows.

  • TropicalAnglican

    I was unaware of Mrs Thatcher’s views on global warming until I came across the pix on this thread:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/6et9u7/based_margaret_thatcher_nails_it/
    Alternatively, I’ve got another source here:
    “She [Thatcher] notes that the doomsters’ favorite subject today is climate change, which “provides a marvelous excuse for worldwide, supra-national socialism” (449).”
    https://www.perc.org/articles/margaret-thatcher-free-market-environmentalist

  • Inspector General

    Don’t take on so, Mrs Proudie.

    It’s all on line hype, you know. This supposed surge for Comrade Corbyn and his innumerate ‘Jenny from the plantation’. What was her name again, ah yes, ageing charwoman, Mrs Abbott. Tis the work of city dwelling Reds, Remoaners, Social Justice Warriors, the (oft university educated) workshy, consumers of gay cake, and career benefit spongers. To name but a few. Oh yes, we mustn’t forget ‘new age’ Church of England priests, if not covered earlier, which they probably would be.

    It’s a dangerous business these days to express your political leanings, and for the aforementioned, that would be anything not steeped in godless Marxism. You have to be careful in what used to be a throw-away comment to an acquaintance doesn’t end up as a public shaming on that dreadful facebook thing. It might even lead to nude pictures of you being circulated on-line, apparently. And none of us are safe from that prospect, are we Mrs Proudie, what!

    • michaelkx

      “it’s on line hype” I hope you do not have to eat those words, sir come the 9th of June.

      • Inspector General

        Be assured of a high turnout on the day, that man. One aspect of this GE is that there will be no complacency on our side. The prospect of Corbyn and the dreadful Black Abbott running this country is just not on!

        Just to be on the safe side, the Inspector will in the coming week seek an audience with the Chiefs of the Defence Staffs. It may come to it that we’ll need the military to take control if madness prevails…

        • bluedog

          Where’s Dickie Mountbatten when you need him?

        • Manfarang

          That may turn out Turkey.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Goodness! if I didn’t know better I’d say you were wagging a finger at me…

  • Anton

    Church of England faces calls to condemn gay cure and hold transgender renaming services:

    https://www.christiantoday.com/article/church.of.england.faces.calls.to.condemn.gay.cure.and.hold.transgender.renaming.services/109489.htm

    Tabled by synod member Jayne Ozanne, this private members motion will be debated in General Synod in July.

    Will this trigger the battle that the evangelicals have not to date engaged with in an organised fashion?

    • Inspector General

      Any attempt to limit our freedoms (banning of so called gay cure) is in the Inspector’s opinion, an act of wickedness. If a fellow, man or woman or child over 16, wishes to seek assistance to deal with unwanted and in their thoughts, embarrassing, feelings of that nature, then it is their right to do so. It is ghastly and thoroughly un-British that the option be taken from them.

      Does this mean that by extrapolation Jayne Ozanne is then a wicked creature? The Inspector is not prepared to say. You see, unlike Jayne, he’s not going to make any decisions for you.

      {This post has been passed by the Inspectorate’s ‘Good Disagreement’ board – Chairman, the Inspector General}

      • Anton

        We are all wicked without Christ.

        • Inspector General

          Never been a great fan of ‘one size fits all’ wickedness. Though it seems to have quite a following at Cranmer’s…

          • Anton

            That’s because we take the Bible seriously, Inspector.

          • Inspector General

            A requisite for reading the bible is wisdom. But you know that, don’t you, Anton.

          • Anton

            No. A requisite for reading the Bible is knowledge of the language in which it is written, nothing more. It imparts wisdom, if you let it.

          • Inspector General

            The first ever song appears in the bible. Sung by Adam to Eve…

            ♫ “Don’t sit under the apple tree, with anyone else but me”

          • Anton

            Where does it say it is an apple tree?

            The first conversation was palindromic, however:

            “Madam, I’m Adam.”

            “Eve”.

          • Inspector General

            “Who’s your friend, Adam?”

            “That’s my special friend. Steve”

          • Anton

            Don’t believe the rubbish about Lilith either.

          • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

            Are you being naughty?

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      if it looks like sewage, smells like sewage and sticks to your shoe like sewage, it is probably progressive leftism.

  • Inspector General

    Communicants may be aware that EU occupied Ireland will in all probability have it’s first outwardly homosexual PM. One Leo Varadkar. Big Gay is ecstatic on this development, as it fits in nicely with their vision of world domination, or so they would have it.

    What the silly buggers are only now waking up to is that Mr Varadkar is, politically, one of us. A pro life conservative. His appointment is thus to be welcomed with gusto!

  • Father David

    In the West by tradition it is an apple which is the implement of the Fall – in the East it is a pomegranate, although Genesis doesn’t actually mention the variety of fruit which is plucked from the tree.

    • Inspector General

      The Inspector has in his possession, nothing less than splinters from the true apple…

  • Father David

    Indeed, Inspector General – one of my favourite Christmas Carols “Adam lay ybounden” does indeed make mention of an apple
    “Ne had the apple taken been,
    The apple taken been,
    Ne had never our lady
    A-been heavene queen”
    So, I suppose your splinters relic proves conclusively that it was an apple tree and not a pomegranate tree but have you had your splinters examined by a fully qualified dendrologist to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt the age of the tree and its original location? Pip Pip

    • Inspector General

      Oh, alright. How about if the Inspector told you he also has the very worm, preserved in formaldehyde, that Eve spat out…

  • Father David

    I’d be more impressed if you said that you possessed the very skin sloughed by the snake that tempted Eve to be disobedient.

    • Inspector General

      When discovered, the worm was in two pieces. Proof beyond doubt that Eve had teeth. Early Christian tradition had it that she was toothless. One blames polytheist converts to the faith for that error, among others…{Ahem}

  • Father David

    That’s as well as maybe but did Adam have a belly-button?