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‘Scottish National Socialism has more of Calvinism about it than it would care to admit’

Goodness! Dr. Livingstone’s latest dispatch from the Heart of Darkness, published in The Jupiter, is most encouraging. There has been a coup in Debra Dowa, with His Excellency the Supreme Warlord, President-for-life and Emperor of Bush, Veldt and Hinterlands, Robert Mugombi, placed under house arrest by the army. Why, one asks, did it take them so long? Let a Marxist into government and it is a sure-fire recipe for economic and social disaster, accompanied by a high body-count. From being the ‘bread-basket of Africa’, Mugabeleland has become the White Man’s Graveyard, at least as far as farmers and their families are concerned (these are the very people we should be offering sanctuary to in my humble opinion). One hopes Mr. Stanley can find our renowned and intrepid missionary before the cauldron reaches boiling point.

When one also considers the absolute mess that is now Venezuela, it should make one think very carefully about our shadowy opposition: let Comrade Corbynov and his friend McStalin get their paws on the nation’s finances, and it’s toilet-paper famine all round. As for Robert Mugombi, one sincerely hopes he has his Ceausescu Moment – not a very Christian thought, I grant you, but for Marxists I veer towards Old Testament remedies. As for loving thy neighbour, I would merely point out The Palace lies adjacent to Hiram’s Hospital, and one has standards.

Following Australia’s referendum on same-sex marriage this week, Mr. Slope was invited to preach in the chapel of the Australian High Commission in London, dedicated to St. Streuth and the Bonza Sheilas. He was most delighted with the arrangements, which began with a fanfare of digeridoos, the donning of liturgical budgie-smugglers by an escort of Bondi Beach lifeguards, and tying a kangaroo down, though Mr. Slope wisely demurred on the latter opportunity.

“We can do this,” said Frau Merkin as she welcomed the Third World into Dusseldorf et al. Well, she can’t form a government, at least not at the time of writing. She could of course extend the hand of friendship to the AfD, but being the ‘conservative’ that she is, she prefers to woo those pesky Greens, who demand too much in return. I mentioned the subject to Herr Pumpernickel, who runs the Sausage-U-Like franchise on the Market Place. He is not a fan.

“Ach, Frau Proudie, I came to England to get away from Geli and her Wilkommen choir!”

“Goodness,” I exclaimed, “so you are a refugee? I thought refugees were all the rage in Germany these days.”

“Nein, nein… I am ze wrong sort of refugee… I am German und zer is no platz fur me in ze fatherland anymore. Geli’s policy is ‘Out viz ze old and in viz ze new!’”

“Is she that bad?” I asked.

“She started out as bad, now she is wurst!” he replied, brandishing his chopper.

There followed a stream of German words that all sounded very unpleasant and which, thankfully, I did not understand. If the Reichkanzler is unable to forge a coalition, I believe she must go to the country again, hoping this time the people will get it right. I’m surprised she hasn’t conjured up one of those enabling laws that German politicians are so fond of. Give her time…

I do wish Bishop Broadbent would stop acting. He is not very good at it.

I was distracted from thinking about what lesbians wish to be called this week by the Archdeacon, who was positively beaming with joy. As this is a rare event, I ventured to ask what could possibly have happened.

“My dear Mrs. Proudie,” he chortled, “have you not heard? The French are revolting!”

“Rather an old joke, Archdeacon,” I replied.

“No, Madam, they really are revolting – they have taken to the streets to protest against the insane policies of their Young Jupiter, the idiot Macron! It seems details of his make-up bill have been leaked from the Elysée and the sums are astonishing – but that is only the tip of the iceberg. It has finally dawned on people that their president is a tool of the bankers and big business, that he cares nothing for ordinary folk – and, indeed, blames the French for radicalising the Islamics!’

“A catalogue of disasters indeed, Archdeacon, but I fail to understand why this makes you so happy?”

“One word, dear lady… Schadenfreude.”

Which, all things considered, is perfectly reasonable.

It may well be that the good people of Bonny Scotland will follow their Auld Alliance chums’ example, now that Chippy Ms. Krankie has legal sanction to stop poor people buying alcohol. This woman is determined to get her claws into every facet of life, extracting every ounce of joy she can, but then Scottish National Socialism has more of Calvinism about it than it would care to admit. The crunch will come when Krankie gets round to banning deep-fried Mars bars.

I hear the Houses of Parliament are going to be bathed in red light this Christmas. It is to show solidarity with persecuted Christians across the globe. I suppose it is cheaper than actually doing something constructive to save them. One hopes the red light isn’t misconstrued…

Goodness, look at the time! I must go and get ready for Evensong, after which I must try to find the Cathedral Nativity set ready for the Christmas season. No doubt the figures will be covered in dust, so the kings will need touching up and the shepherds receive their annual blowing. Perhaps I should delegate this to Mr. Slope… but then again, perhaps not.

Until next week, dear friends, adieu.

  • meltemian

    You are on very good form today Madam, laughed out loud three times over breakfast much to the consternation of those present!

  • Chefofsinners

    Aaah, thank you again Mrs Proudie for kicking off the weekend with the gift of mirth. Just the gold and frankincense to come, if you would…

    I join you in rejoicing that the Reformation has finally reached Rhodesia. Mr Mugabe was a superb example of a Catholic head of state, but Armyniasm has triumphed. This could be his last Harare, although I hear that he plans to form a new Catholic party with Happy Jack, called MANU PF.
    Anyway, Benedictus Francis et spiritus methylated to one and all.

  • Inspector General

    One can imagine the scene, Mrs Proudie. Eva Broon sweeps into the hall. Delivers a rousing speech Catalonia style, which concludes with “Scotland Uber Alles” sang. With chants of “Och Aye! Och Aye! Och Aye!” from the party faithful, the Dictatress immediately issues a decree closing the border, and appeals to North Korea for as much tape worm medicine as they can spare. Kim Ill Dung flies over and delivers the small package personally. A meeting of two great minds takes place. They have so much to tell each other.

    • Inspector General

      BREAKING…

      Reports are coming in that an Ayrshire couple driving down for a weekend break in Carlisle were fired on by Scottish border guards…

    • Royinsouthwest

      Is it true that the Armistice with Germany bring WWI to a close never had legal force in Berwick on Tweed? If so, and the Brexit talks go badly, will Frau Merkel order the new EU army to conquer Berwick so that they will already have a foothold in this island if our government continues to refuse to cough up 100 billion Euros, or whatever the latest demand is?

      • Inspector General

        Indeed Roy. Your Inspector believes it to be so. Berwick is still officially at war with Imperial Germany, and de jure its successor, the EU.

  • these are the very people we should be offering sanctuary to

    A 1960 British Pathé video shows whites seeking sanctuary in Rhodesia after the Congo became independent. I wonder where British whites will find sanctuary when mass immigration makes them a powerless minority.

  • Dreadnaught

    Speaking of old Mahogany Head, are you aware that he has roots in Yorkshire where the name spelled backwards is E BA GUM…

    • Inspector General

      Should Mugabe face exile, one is in no doubt that several unpleasant regimes will offer him a home. North Korea and Scotland being just two that come to mind…

      • Dreadnaught

        He probably has a penthouse in Mayfair already.

        • Manfarang

          One in Soho. Zim is all one big Chinese takeaway now.

          • Dreadnaught

            V Droll.

      • Royinsouthwest

        Perhaps he would prefer Londonistan. He would probably have far more friends already living there.

        • Inspector General

          ♪ “If Robert Mugabe were here today, they’d send a limousine anyway”

      • carl jacobs

        North Korea and Scotland

        Heh. You are incorrigible.

      • Dolphinfish

        If he brings his lootings with him, Inspector, the English will find him a shire somewhere…

  • TropicalAnglican

    Item 1. Corbyn vs Trump on Venezuela and socialism
    Corbyn: “There is a different and a better way of doing things. It’s called socialism, and it’s something that Venezuela has made a big step towards.” (Source: helpful Conservative Party video, conveniently available on its Twitter account, can’t imagine who they might have got the idea from …)
    Trump (UN Address, Sep 2017): “The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.”
    Result: Wow! Corbyn crumples under a Trump trumple!

    Before I go on to item 2, here’s some news that may be of interest (Trump Admin threatens to shut Palestine’s Washington DC offices):

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5094763/US-puts-Palestinians-notice-DC-office-shuttered.html

    Item 2. It’s The Donald vs the Pope!
    Oh dear, according to Pope Francis, some of us have quite “perverse attitudes” (aargh, and have been lumped in with big bad Trump, too):

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5088793/Pope-rebukes-climate-deniers-perverse-Bonn-message.html

    Heeere’s Trump’s take (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Jun 2017 rally, pl watch for at least 4 min.):

    https://youtu.be/C-70bH68M80?t=2174

    So who’s right? Cast your vote!

  • Royinsouthwest

    The SNP May have Calvinistic tendencies Mrs Proudie, but all the same I very much doubt that John Knox would have approved of Wee Krankie. You are probably aware of the fact that Knox thundered against “the Monstrous Regiment of women.” Doesn’t that description fit Nicola Sturgeon?

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      I depends how she self-identifies…

  • Dolphinfish

    Did you hear about the suicidal Englishman who told his chauffeur to drive over a cliff? Or how about, “what’s the difference between England and a teabag? The teabag stays in the cup longer”. Or why do the English make the best lovers? They can stay on top for forty-five minutes and still come second. I don’t know why such jokes always come to me when I hear “wee Krankie” from English lips. Equally lame and obvious, I suppose.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      ‘Give me your weak, lame and obvious….’ Proudie 6:15

  • Manfarang

    “There has been a coup in Debra Dowa.”
    Oh no there hasn’t. Just a few soldiers practicing tank driving in the city.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Spoilsport

      • Manfarang

        Well I am used to “revolutions” as they call them where I am.

  • carl jacobs

    So this Minimum Unit Pricing scheme is interesting. It seems designed to deliberately eradicate a particular type of product from the market – that being low-quality alcoholic drinks with high alcohol content. One suspects those are highly profitable beverages built on a business model of “Create cheap sh*t with a lot of alcohol because the people who buy it won’t be too concerned about quality. They just want to get drunk.” We’ll see whether demand is sufficiently inelastic to prevent this from working.

    • These mass produced chemical ciders are not drunk for pleasure but to get pissed quickly and cheaply. Will this measure be successful? One doubts it. From the central belt you can get to Carlisle or Newcastle in 90 minutes. People are resourceful. There’ll be bootlegging runs between England and Scotland. With 2 Lts of Cider costing £11.50 in Scotland and £3.50 in England there’s scope for profit.

      • Dolphinfish

        Another good reason for independence.

        • carl jacobs

          An independent Scotland would simply create yet one more free-riding security consumer in Europe while simultaneously weakening one of the few European countries still capable of providing security. There isn’t any good reason for it.

          • CliveM

            He’s just a chippy little nationalist, his type are one of the reasons I moved out.

          • Chefofsinners

            There are many good reasons for it, including:
            To stop the endless whingeing from North of the border
            To end the democratic deficit through which Scots get to vote in Westminster on issues that only affect the English
            To ensure an everlasting right wing government in England and
            To teach the Scots the falsehood of their firmly held belief that they are perpetually being ripped off by the English.

            If the English were given a referendum on independence then it might just happen.

          • Inspector General

            Independent penniless Scots do have a cunning plan. Political and economic union with Norway. The Norwegians have billions of oil money salted away and the Scots have-ne.

            Not making this up, you know…

          • Dolphinfish

            What do you suppose has been funding welfare handouts around the sink estates of Yorkshire and Dorset the last forty years? Someone has to pay for all those washing machines sitting in English gardens.

          • Inspector General

            Just the suggestion of a possible union with rich Norway by the SNP Scavenging Committee only goes to show Scottish contempt of other peoples extends well beyond their derision of the English…

          • carl jacobs

            Why would Norway want to pour its savings into Scotland?

          • Inspector General

            Nordic solidarity?

            Anyway, Jimmy Mac hopes to continue eating come the glorious separation and it won’t be the English feeding him…

          • carl jacobs

            There won’t be any independence. What would they use for money?

            1. The Euro? Not a chance Europe sucks in another financial liability.

            2. The Pound Sterling? As if the Bank of England will act as lender of last resort and cover Scotland’s deficit.

            3. A currency board? Without cash reserves?

            4. Print their own currency? Can you say devaluation?

            Scottish independence would be preceded by massive capital flight south. No one with half a brain will trust their assets to that gov’t if they can help it.

          • Inspector General

            The Scots DO print their own currency. and to get one of their notes in your change in England is yet another disappointment in life as not every establishment is happy to accept them…

          • Pubcrawler

            Scottish banks do print their own notes, but they are underwritten by the Bank of England. Following any putative independence, this will no longer be the case. They will be no more than pretty paper to wrap your deep-fried Mars bar in.

          • The Norwegians are too sensible to fall for that one.

          • Royinsouthwest

            Perhaps rather than the whole of Scotland the Sheltlands and Orkneys could join Norway. For a large part of their history Denmark and Norway formed a united kingdom and the Shetlands and Orkneys were only given to the Scots by the Danish king as a wedding dowry.

        • Inspector General

          Are you a pure Scot, Dolphinfish? They’ll find out if you are not, you know. An independent Scotland will be for pure Scots in the first. It’s the way hard up countries operate, and will become apparent after the entire nation undertakes 3 days of mourning when the EU announce it has no intention of taking on another drain of its by then tight finances…

      • carl jacobs

        At the margins, sure. Near the border, certainly. But moving liquid is hard. It’s heavy and takes up a lot of space. You need a whole distribution network plus drivers and trucks. And the margin isn’t that high.

        • Then it may come to vans being “borrowed” and raiding parties South of the border with the larger stores being targeted. This will bring desperate times to the Gorbals and Govan.

          • Desperate times create desperate measures, I can see the Moonshine in the back yards lighting up the Gorbals.

        • Anton

          O I don’t know Carl. Liquid moves through me OK.

      • Anton

        Is that the price promised? What will it do to the price of a pint of heavy in a Glesca bar?

        • A minimum price of 50p per unit of alcohol.

          • Anton

            What on earth is a unit? I drink pints of beer, pints of cider, glasses of wine and shots of spirits (not all at the same time…) I have no idea how many “units” are in a large bottle of strong cider.

          • Ray Sunshine

            It’s a measurement of alcohol content. 1 unit = 10 ml of pure alcohol.
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_of_alcohol

          • Pubcrawler

            Pint after pint after pint, as the old Ansells adverts had it (though why one would want to drink Ansells in the 70s…)

            Total units of contents of a bottle are printed on the label. Usually in very small print and easily ignored.

            Wassail!

          • 22 units in a large bottle of cider.

          • Anton

            Thanks. The present Scottish government will not outlast this legislation!

          • IanCad

            The Scots are a castrated, conformist, obedient race of moral dwarves who, since long ago, have abandoned the mighty inheritance of their noble ancestors.
            No likely rebellion as far as I can see.

    • CliveM

      The RCC is in for a major hit in its income, Buckfast (brewed in Buckfast Abbey), is one of the major targets of the policy.

      Disgusting stuff. A restaurant in Glasgow even used it as a base sauce for a curry. Blurgh……….

      • Bring back Vin Mariani.

        • CliveM

          I’ll have to google that!

      • Indeed, but a ‘wee Buckie’ is a favourite tipple of Glaswegian alcoholics (i.e. most Glaswegians), so I’m told.

        • CliveM

          It’s never a ‘wee Buckie ‘!

      • Anton

        I like it!

        • CliveM

          We’ll keep it as our little secret, i won’t tell anyone else.

  • Father David

    Don’t you think that a good Catholic boy like Robert Mugabe ought to be given Political Asylum in the Vatican?
    As Francis has no need of them I understand that the Papal State Apartments are just gathering dust – these commodious chambers would offer ideal accommodation for the 93 year old ex President of Zimbabwe.

    • carl jacobs

      OK, I must admit that this is funny, and far be it from me to overlook an opportunity to hit Jack below the belt, but … this isn’t really fair to the RCC.

      • See, this is what happens when Catholic teaching about the relationship between State and Church is ignored. We get murderous dictators quoting scripture and denying authority to the Church.

        “Only God who appointed me will remove me. Even Romans 13 says leaders are appointed by God. I am an image of God, who appointed me to my current position.”
        (Robert Mugabe, 2008)

        Now who started this belief that the Church wields no authority over the temporal order?

        • carl jacobs

          Even Satan quoted Scripture to support his agenda. No necessary conclusions can be drawn from the fact that Mugabe quoted Scripture. And it does not in any case follow that the solution to such a problem as Mugabe quoting Scripture is a Pontifex Maximus vomiting forth a noxious mass of papal decrees. Tyrant B is not a good solution to the problem of Tyrant A.

          • Tyrant? The Pope would not be a tyrant. The Church would offer advice for the prudential judgement of the rulers of democratic nations.

          • carl jacobs

            One in authority does not offer advice. You can’t have it both ways.

          • Of course you can. It’s not all about guns, trade and money. Although, you being American, Jack understands why you might think this way. Jack follows the Church not because of temporal repercussions, there would be none, but because it has authority from God to teach His will. The only power held by the Church would be to excommunicate those politicians who publicly supported actions contrary to clear doctrinal teachings.

          • carl jacobs

            Jack, the Pope can offer advice any time he likes. Nothing stops him. How then is this …

            Now who started this belief that the Church wields no authority over the temporal order?

            … a legitimate reaction to this complaint?

            this is what happens when Catholic teaching about the relationship between State and Church is ignored. We get murderous dictators quoting scripture and denying authority to the Church.

            What authority was denied to the church? The authority to give advice? And what temporal authority does the church require to give advice? Mugabe said only God could remove him. Is that the authority denied to the church?

          • Man can always use free will to deny the authority of the Church and Christ.

          • Anton

            Then why doesn’t it?

          • Is Jack the Pope to know such things?

        • Father David

          I don’t recall President Mugabe being anointed with Holy Oil 37 years ago – unlike our own dear queen who was indeed duly anointed in Westminster Abbey on a rainy day in June 1953 AD. “Touch not the Lord’s anointed”

        • Royinsouthwest

          Constantine?

          • IanCad

            Sarcasm meter has never rung so loud.

          • Why do you think Constantine waited until his death bed to be baptised?

          • Anton

            Bad advice from the church. He wasn’t the only one to do this at that time.

    • Not funny.

      You do know the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops Conference has been a fierce critic of Mugabe’s genocidal activities? But for anxieties about the safety of Catholics there, the Church would have issued an interdict against him decades ago.

      Personally, Jack hopes he is denied a Catholic funeral in order to avoid further scandal.

      • Father David

        Dear Sad Jack, He ain’t dead yet – but will probably be deposed by the morrow.

        • Pubcrawler

          “Sad Jack”

          Now that sounds familiar…

          • Father David

            Oh dear, your comment has caused me to refer to the Urban Dictionary and so I feel I must withdraw my earlier description – with apologies.
            May I add that no Jacks were harmed in the writing of this comment.

          • Pubcrawler

            Now either you’re missing my point or you’re being disingenuous.

          • Father David

            Your point being?

        • Chefofsinners

          You wouldn’t deny a man a Catholic funeral, just because he isn’t dead? Surely what matters is whether he can pay for it?

          • Father David

            i wouldn’t know about that sir, but what I do know is that the Archbishop of York will soon be able to resume wearing his dog collar once Uncle Bob resigns. In doing so tomorrow that will be a little step further on the long road to Christian Unity between Anglicans and Roman Catholics for a clerical shirt without a white collar is as sartorially inelegant as a lay man’s shirt without a tie.

  • not a machine

    Thank you Mrs Proudie for your journal and the wee chortle it allowed.

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      You are most welcome…

  • IrishNeanderthal

    The Church of England’s auto-immune disease by Melanie Phillips:

    It is certainly important for religious bodies, like everyone else, to be sensitive to the needs of those who don’t fit in. Being inclusive, however, does not mean giving powerful interest groups the right to remake society in their own image. Which is precisely what’s happening.

    The church hierarchy fails to grasp that secularism is a direct attack on the bedrock principles of Christianity. Secularism would ditch Biblical precepts in favour of radical autonomy, replacing normative morality and even physiological reality by subjective emotion and remaking the world in the image of “me”.

    Many think the church is an irrelevance. It is not. It is indissolubly connected with Britain’s national identity and the health of its culture. The church is, however, suffering from a kind of spiritual auto-immune disease, attacking its own protective organisms while embracing those that will destroy it. As with the church, moreover, so with the society at whose very core it lies.

  • Inspector General

    Mrs Proudie. The Inspector had to walk to town to use the cash point today. Finding himself with insufficient coin to afford the adult bus fare, he decided to use HIS HUMAN RIGHT!!! to self identify as a child for the morning. Bus driver was having none of it though, and the Inspector didn’t get very far – literally…

    • Mrs Proudie of Barchester

      Ah, but you see you are not Muslim. If you were, then all you would have to say is that you were twelve and everyone would believe you. It seems to work that way in Sweden…

      • Inspector General

        It could have turned out so differently, Mrs P. If only there had been a tranny thug on board!

        On just his/her tweet, the bus driver and all his passengers could have been taken into custody and charged with hate, one of the few offences left in English law that attracts a mandatory death sentence, and the Inspector could have been given his ride and spared the awful business known as physical exercise…

        • Inspector General

          “Did you or did you not allow yourself to be carried on a bus driven by a transphobe?”

          “Regrettably I did, your honour”

          “Then, madam you are sentenced to death”

          “But what about my little ones? I only took the bus to town to buy them a little something for Christmas”

          “They’ll be sent to Australia. YOU’LL be sent to Tyburn. Next!”

          • Anton

            Nowadays people who are before the law are NOT sent to Australia, sadly… Ben Stokes.

        • Chefofsinners

          It as nought compared to the awful business known as public transport. Has your horse lost a shoe, Inspector?

          • Inspector General

            The entire Coach and Four went over a cliff near Cranham for some reason the other month, Chief. To minimise losses, the Inspector was able to sell the horses remains and the dead footman to a renderer…

          • Chefofsinners

            Glad tidings, Inspector. I mentioned that you’re hard-up on the Pink News website. Lots of people wanted to come to your relief. Someone even offered succour.

    • Chefofsinners

      Will buy you a skateboard for Christmas, Inspector.

  • Pubcrawler

    It does already 🙂

  • layreader

    Ah, that Ceausescu moment. The nightmare of all dictators. The time when they realise the loyal troops have deserted, and they’ve forgotten to organise the B and B in Riyadh. And Christmas is coming as well.

    • Father David

      The Securitate never came to the rescue in December 1989.
      No wonder Nicolae kept anxiously looking at his watch during the Show Trial at the Romanian Kangaroo Court. Yes, December is a wicked month for dictators.

    • Malcolm Smith

      Ah, that Ceausecscu moment! I remember it well. So, at the risk of being accused of self-promotion, I shall quote from one of my own blogs:
      “In 1989 the world watched on in amazement as the people of Eastern Europe spontaneously rose up in one country after another to sweep the Communist system into the dustpan of history. A paralysis of will gripped the power mongers in Moscow, once so quick to act. Like wild animals caught in the headlights, they stood, mesmerised and impotent. Those of us who lived through that time will never forget how rapidly and – wondrous to tell! – how bloodlessly the whole rotten edifice collapsed. Never before had there been such a revelation of how futile are the things on which mortals put their trust. What is the point of having the world’s largest nuclear arsenal, its largest and most efficient spy network, and a massive complex of prisons and secret police if, when the day of reckoning comes, they don’t so much fail, because they are never even put to the test?
      Let me recite some personal anecdotes. By December 1989 the only East European Communist dictator holding out was Nicolae Ceaușescu of Romania, who had actually fired on the demonstrators. At that time, I had to fly to London as the starting point of a three-month tour of Africa. Before departing on Christmas Day, I quipped to my mother, “I wonder how much of the Soviet empire will be around when I come back.” When I deplaned in London, what should meet me but the front pages of every newspaper showing the bodies of Ceaușescu and his wife – the only dictator to stand up to the revolution, and the only one to die.
      . . .
      It is ironic. Back in 1980, just outside the ruins of Babylon, I took a Bible study. I read out the prophet’s curse over the city, and I reminded my listeners that, behind the scenes, God is still the maker and breaker of empires. But we never guessed that, in less than ten years, we would see such a dramatic example of it.”
      http://malcolmsmiscellany.blogspot.com.au/2015/06/when-superpower-was-written-off.html

      • Royinsouthwest

        It would be wonderful if the jihadis’ version of Islam collapsed as suddenly as Communism – provided something worse did not take its place.

        • Coniston

          It is remarkable that the various Islamic groups, when they are not killing Jews and Christians, start killing each other. In Afghanistan, the Taliban and the Afghan Government troops sometimes join forces to try to destroy ISIS (now in the country), which they both fear. And as for the hatred between the Sunnis and the Shias……

      • dannybhoy

        A worthy – and one might add lengthy, observation..

  • IanCad

    Gerry Adams stepping down; Bobby Mugabe getting pushed out.
    Happy Day!! Now! If Sturgeon and May would, in short order, follow their examples, the year could yet end on an up note.

    • Manfarang

      Mediation in the Zim leadership crisis is being led by a Catholic priest according to state TV.
      It’s Happy Jack Day.

  • prompteetsincere

    Scottish National Socialism has less to do with Calvinism because nae Carritch an’ nae parritch. Constipated.