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    I was born in 1939 BC. That's 'Before Computers'. Luckily I survived the following events in my life, such as World War II, The London Blitz, Rationing, and worst of all... Archbishop Temple's School.

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    During the 'Thatcher Years' I lost my hair and a lot of people lost a good deal more. My career fluctuated to say the least as I was demoted, promoted, fired and hired a number of times, but still I managed to stagger on into a welcome retirement and to celebrate 54 years of happy marriage.
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Archive for the ‘political’ Category

Heroes or villains ?

Posted by Big John on December 30, 2015

It goes without saying, that many of the people who made the British Empire so ‘Great’ were pretty unpleasant characters: but, having said that, it is almost impossible to judge them by today’s standards, which is what is happening in the case of the Cecil Rhodes’ statue.

Nearly every town and city in the UK has at least one statue of a ‘conquering hero’ posh pukka sahib or the like. Are they all to be removed ? If so, I suggest that we start with the upper class white supremacist colonialist who said that he was off to take part in …

… “a lot of jolly little wars against barbarous peoples” who had a “strong aboriginal propensity to kill” … “It was great fun galloping about.” … and personally killing at least three “savages” !

He wrote of his “irritation that Kaffirs should be allowed to fire on white men”, and demanded more conquests, based on his belief that “the Aryan stock is bound to triumph”. He also declared that he was “strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against uncivilised tribes …[It] would spread a lively terror.”

He hated Indians stating that … “They are a beastly people with a beastly religion”. He also believed that “natives” were like helpless children who will “willingly, naturally, gratefully include themselves within the golden circle of an ancient crown”.

So who was this great man ?… No! .. It wasn’t Cecil Rhodes … It was …

… Winston Churchill !

Posted in political, rant | 4 Comments »

Another ‘climate change’ con !

Posted by Big John on December 16, 2015

I recently bought a small table lamp at my local ‘Homebase’ store. That was easy. The hard part was trying to find the correct light bulb for it. Even one of the sales staff was confused by the shelves full of dozens of different bulbs which we are now forced to use.

What will they change next in their quest to ‘save the planet’ (and make a fortune) ? .. I wondered.

Now I know … Gas must go ! .. That means the natural gas which we rely on to heat our homes and cook our food.

Of course this bright idea comes from the recent Paris jolly summit, where our Dave said … ‘This global deal now means that the whole world has signed to play its part in halting climate change.” … No it doesn’t ! .. It means that the UK government will fall over it’s self to comply with any new regulations, while most of the rest of the world’s leaders nod, smile, go home and …

… don’t ‘give a shit’ !

Posted in humour, political, rant | 2 Comments »

Here we go again. – Part Thirteen

Posted by Big John on December 1, 2015

Will we join in the bombing of IS fanatics in Syria or won’t we ?

Of course we will. Our Dave wants his ‘Churchill’ moment in history !

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has told MPs that the UK is already a target for Islamic State extremists and the threat has “intensified” .. and .. “air strikes alone” would not destroy IS but .. ‘could reduce its ability to attack the UK’.

Please someone tell me .. How ?

The terrorists are not making plans for a Paris or Mumbai style attack while sitting under a palm tree in Raqqa. For, just as in Paris …

… They’re already here ! 

Posted in political, rant | 2 Comments »

Barbarians … ‘inside the gate’ !

Posted by Big John on November 17, 2015

Unlike the United Kingdom, France is a country that can call on several well armed police forces in both local and national emergencies. There is the ‘Gendarmerie Nationale’ (a military force) … the ‘Police Nationale’ (a civilian force) which includes the ‘CRS’ (Compagnies Républicaines de Sécurité), the formidable riot police, and various municipal police forces whose officers are also armed: and yet they were unable to prevent the recent terrible events in Paris.

However, they appear to have responded fairly quickly and in some numbers which meant that the terrorist attacks were brought to an end before more lives were lost.

Which brings me to my question … What will happen if when a small number of homicidal religious nutters carry out similar actions in London or some other British town or city ?

We do not have any kind of national or local paramilitary police force. In fact the vast majority of our police officers are unarmed, we have very few ‘armed response vehicles’ (ARVs) on the streets and the weapons carried in these vehicles are no match for the AK47 Kalashnikovs and explosives used by these deadly medieval butchers.

I’m afraid that our ‘contain and negotiate’ until someone with a gun turns up approach won’t work when dealing with a fanatical loony who is only too happy to be ‘sent to paradise’ as he takes as many innocent people as possible with him.

To make things worse, there are said to be around 450 (probably many more) ex-jihadi volunteers freely walking our streets after returning from Syria, and as usual and, despite all the rhetoric, the same incompetent idiots who let them back into the country haven’t a clue how to protect us from them.

Still, never mind, our Dave has vowed that British “resolve” would defeat Islamist terrorism. Thank goodness for that,  …

… I feel safer already !

Posted in political, rant, religion | 3 Comments »

Here we go again. – Part Twelve

Posted by Big John on September 29, 2015

It’s ‘boots on the ground’ time again, as our Dave has agreed volunteered to send British troops to Somalia and South Sudan; but don’t worry because he said everything would be done to ensure troops deployed to these countries remain safe.. “Let me stress that obviously we will want to see all the right force protection arrangements to be in place”.

So how come that in Somalia, a country infamous for piracy, bloodshed, Islamic fundamentalism and hostility to Westerners, our soldiers will be helping an African Union peace-keeping force which has been fighting Al-Qaeda’s murderous mates Al-Shabab, who earlier this month killed a dozen Ugandan soldiers belonging to that same ‘peace-keeping force’ ?

It has also been reported that UK soldiers are to be sent to provide security for a new embassy in Mogadishu, a city where not so long ago, in what became known as the ‘Black Hawk Down’ mission, eighteen US troops were killed, mutilated and dragged through the streets by a jeering mob.

If I was a soldier and was offered a choice of posting, I’d opt for the slightly safer … shi.. sunny, sandy …

… South Sudan. 

Posted in political, rant | 2 Comments »

I couldn’t let this day go by …

Posted by Big John on September 9, 2015

Today thousands of my fellow subjects citizens are celebrating the fact that ‘er Maj’ has been on the throne for 63 years which means, I think, that she is our longest reigning monarch.

Why they celebrate Gawd only knows. Perhaps one day they will wake up to the fact that the monarchy is an expensive irrelevance, and see that the Queen’s limited constitutional role would be better performed by an elected president who would be paid a modest salary for the duration of his tenure. In this day and age it is quite unacceptable that the political office of ‘Head of State’ should remain hereditary.

If you don’t agree with me now, you may do when you remember who will be the next one to sit on the throne, …

… pompous potty Prince Charlie !

Posted in political, rant | 3 Comments »

Barbed wire ain’t the answer !

Posted by Big John on August 30, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I get the impression that many people in this country, including the media, do not know the difference between a refugee and an immigrant.

So, what is the difference ? .. Well, a refugee is someone who is forced to leave his homeland and seek asylum in another country, and an immigrant is someone who just chooses to resettle in another country.

It is strange that many of us do not understand this, for we have seen both landing on our shores for hundreds of years, such as the Huguenots escaping persecution in France, the Jews fleeing the Russian pogroms, and later the Nazis, the Ugandan Asians kicked out by Idi Amin, the Irish and the West Indians looking for work and a better life: and although they were not always welcomed, and the ‘multicultural society’ proved not to be such a great idea, in general, our country has benefitted from the gradual influx of both refugees and immigrants.

Now we see hundreds drowning in the Mediterranean and dying in the backs of traffickers’ trucks as tens of thousands of Syrians, Eritreans and other nationalities flee war and seek safety within the European Union who’s members seem to have little idea of how to handle the situation. I know that it is a far from simple task, but surely they should be making a collective effort to stem the flow by setting up ‘safe havens’ where these people can be ‘processed’ rather than allowing them automatic entry into the EU which leads to the chaos which we have seen recently in some parts of Europe.

The Germans, to their credit, are taking in 800,000 refugees. It makes you question, knowing our past history, …

… what we should be doing ?

Posted in political, rant | 3 Comments »

It’s what kids do !

Posted by Big John on July 21, 2015

I see that the toadies at Buckingham Palace got it all arse about face last week when they released their stories about Willy the brave part-time air ambulance co-pilot and “hero” Harry, saviour of the Rhino, as these PR stunts are usually brought into play after ‘the shit hits the fan’ about some ‘royal’ misbehaving, not before: and who looks like they were in trouble this time ? Well, non other than ‘er Maj’ herself.

Now, I never thought that I would see myself defending (reluctantly) the sour old sovereign, but, although it is well known that Uncle David (Later Edward VIII) and many members of the aristocracy were fans of the Führer, I doubt very much that a seven year old pampered English princess was about to run off and join the Nazi ‘Bund Deutscher Mädel’.

Yes, she was just seven, playing in the garden with her parents. It was only 1933, and not many people knew the truth about the Nazis plans. In fact, to many, Hitler was just a funny little man with a toothbrush moustache and hair hanging over one eye (remember Charlie Chaplin).

It was all a very long time ago, but I can still remember my young friends  coming out of the cinema after Saturdays’ children’s movie matinee shouting .. “Put your hand up if you want to play Hopalong Cassidy or Robin Hood !”

Perhaps Uncle David had a premonition and shouted .. “Put your hand up if you want to play …

… Kings and Queens !”

Posted in humour, nostalgia, political, rant | 3 Comments »

 
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