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Boris in Purgatory

August 19, 2020

I have a new slogan for my unfortunate compatriots who have been bombarded with messages on TV, radio and print media over the past few months. It is this:


One day, there will be an opera about these days. Quite possibly it will be called Boris in Purgatory. More dramatic possibilities than Nixon in China, I reckon.

I don’t really want to launch into a rant about the British government being the most shameless, incompetent, venal, self-serving, blatherous shower of ordure to have gathered in one place in living memory. So I won’t, because then I’d feel obligated to justify my insulting language by going into chapter and verse on their shortcomings. Instead, I’ll just say Johnson, Hancock, Patel, Jenrick and Williamson. That should be enough to be getting on with. And if that’s not enough, I’ll also say care homes, PPE, NHS management, virus testing, track and trace, Brexit negotiations, A Levels, quarantine and Barnard Castle.

Anyway, I’ll stay silent, because my mother taught me that if you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all. But I would really prefer if my silence was reciprocated by those with whom I’m in regular discourse, because if anyone mentions social distancing and all the other COVID cliches, my spleen is in danger of melting.

I’m only really interested in hearing three words: resignation, prosecution and election. And as far as C***D is concerned, I would prefer not to be the target of any more self-righteous, misleading cant until until somebody I trust tells me “your vaccination is now available. Please arrange an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible.”

And that’s my last word on our current situation. At least until I can think of something more constructive to say.

From → Politics, UK

  1. I thought it was still possible to unseat a government with a vote of no confidence in Britain. Is that not true?
    If it still is possible, then perhaps you could start a write in campaign to all MPs to demand such a vote?
    with the proviso that such “requests” contain the suggestion that their own place of privilege will be tied to their action on this.
    Worth a try, no?

    • Not really. The government has a majority of 80. They’re already terrified of the consequences of deviation from the party line. There were a number of rebels, but they were booted out of the party before the last general election. If things continue to deteriorate, it’s possible that Conservative MPs might organise an internal vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister, but if the opposition tried such a measure against the government as a whole, they would fail. Turkeys don’t vote for Christmas. Unfortunately we’re not due another general election for four more years, so it seems that we’re stuck with these idiots, in one shape or another, until then. Nil desperandum!

  2. What you’ve written IS constructive. Please carry on.

  3. thank you for the explanation. I was not aware of the full “lay of the land”.
    Welcome to my world.
    Hope your wise point of view will spread about here, as well as there.

    • Nobody outside the US is watching events in your country more keenly than me. Where America leads, Britain will follow, hopefully in the right direction!

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