Sorry for my absence yesterday. I had a longish drive with the Memsahib to meet up for lunch with 'SoD' and his lovely 'dahlinkie'. Alas, the pub-restaurant was not very good and it seemed as thought it was 'amateur hour' in the kitchen. Never mind, it's always good to see 'SoD' and put him right on a few things - er, when I can get a word in, that is!
More madness: This, of course, follows on from the incompetent lunacy displayed by the Electoral Commission about which I wrote yesterday. Now I read, to absolutely no surprise, that the Met Police are similarly infected. The commander of the Anti-Corruption Squad gave his officers a pep-talk the other day and whilst insisting that they must adhere to the very highest standards in there conduct he suggested that they must be "whiter than white". To no-one's surprise, this was immediately made the basis of a racial complaint and the officer has been stood down subject to a lengthy investigation. If Chief Constable Dickhead, ooops, sorry, Cressida Dick had more than 3.7 brain cells she would put an instant stop to it and re-instate the officer. Don't hold your breath.
An absolute 'Must Read': I refer to Mr. Andrew Sullivan's essay in the Daily Intelligencer. It was provoked by the latest book written by Mr. Roger Scruton, a man whose intellectual powers I much admire. The book is Conservatism: An Invitation to the Great Tradition and I read the reviews and would have bought the book on the spot but then I remembered I was only up to Henry II in my latest book The Story of Britain so I was going to be somewhat pre-occupied for a while! Even so, it was enough to enthuse Mr. Sullivan to write an absolutely excellent article which I urge you to read.
'Laurenski' and 'Hardynski': I refer, of course, to the two Russian clowns who tried to kill the Skripols - and missed! - then inadvertently killed a totally innocent woman. The message according to the 'prints' is that they have badly embarrassed the Russian government and their own thuggish organisation. Maybe, baby, but I don't believe you could embarrass that bunch of goons, and certainly not their 'glorious leader' in any way. From Putin down they are so infused with their own swaggering conceit they wouldn't blush if their trousers fell down in the Praesidium! Their motto remains - 'Carry on Killing'!
He did it, by Jove, he did it - again! Yes, (Sir) Lewis Hamilton, building on his incredibly quick qualifying lap, strolled away to won the Singapore Grand Prix and build a 'yuuuuuge' lead over Vettel in the leadership points table. Mind you, I find these street races very tedious especially when they take place at night.
Peter Hitchens is hard, cruelly hard - but right! In today's Mail, Peter Hitchens has some extremely sour opinions to ram down our throats. I nearly threw up but managed to control it because very little of it was new to me. Hitchens lacerates Winston Churchill for his conduct during the war and the old booby deserves it, or at least, some of it. However, there is one thing about Churchill in the war that we should all admire and treasure and that was his brilliant effect on morale. He was the ultimate symbol and his galvanising effect on morale was tremendous. Hitchens has written a book on the subject and, dammit, I will just have to grit my teeth and read it.
Was there ever a bigger tit than this particular tit?
I give you - oh go on, take him, there's no charge! - the Most Rev. Justin Welby, aka, the Archbishop of Canterbury. He was the total tit who complained bitterly about the exorbitant profits and harsh working conditions associated with Amazon. Guess what! It transpires that the C of E have 'yuuuuuuge' investments in Amazon! Now we learn from The Mail, who are very naughty boys and girls, that a Syrian refugee family of two adults and four children who were offered refuge in Lambeth Palace have now been given the less than holy boot and asked to leave.
No more rumbles