Positively my last words on the Clintons: Dammit, I'm not even American, let alone Catholic, and yet I still find myself expelling air through my pursed lips and inadvertently crossing myself as I realise what a near miss it was. But the Clintons are gone, politically they are no more, they are ex-Clintons! Dear old Donald can do what the hell he likes because he has already achieved his greatest goal and rid us all of that corrupt criminal family. Jonah Goldberg at the NRO sums them up best in a deliciously funny and vituperative farewell. Here is a short example:
Among Hillary’s greatest problems wasn’t that she was a liar, but that she was so bad at it. When Bill lied, it was like watching a jazz impresario scat. You could pull him off an intern, slap him in the face with a half-frozen flounder, and he could, without missing a beat, plausibly explain that he was just a gentleman trying to help push the young lady over a fence.
Read the whole thing and feel better about yourself and the world!
'Luvvies' are ludicrous: Never take them seriously when they are not performing - and don't take them too seriously when they are! We have already heard about Benedict Cumberbatch lecturing an audience about the plague of boils that will descend on this 'septic Isle' should we have the temerity to test the Gods by voting for Brexit. What a prat! Then yesterday we heard that the cast of a show called "Hamilton" in 'Noo Yawk' harangued the vice-President Elect, Mike Pence, for his effrontery in winning a democratic election. The finger-wagging was led by a black actor who had, according to CBS News, obtained his role by attending a racially segregated audition, an activity, incidentally, which breaks the New York City Human Rights Law. Time for hurling the rotten veg, I feel!
A late tribute to a very brave lady: I didn't even know that the SS Titanic had a sister ship called the SS Britannic, let alone that tomorrow will be the centenary of its sinking. Thanks to a superb article in The Daily Telegraph, now I know - and also I know a little of this very brave and very cool lady, Violet Jessop, who four years earlier had been rescued from the doomed Titanic.
These opening paragraphs set the scene but I urge you all to read the whole thing:
When [on the 21st November 1916] a mine struck the hull of the hospital ship Britannic, causing an explosion that shook the whole liner, Violet Jessop knew just what to do. She went to fetch her toothbrush.
The 28-year-old nurse had been one of the lucky ones to survive the sinking of the Titanic four years earlier, but now – by extraordinary coincidence – she was again in danger of drowning at sea as that great doomed vessel’s sister ship began to go down.
I am happy to report that the remarkable Ms. Jessop lived to the good age of 83 and tonight I shall raise a glass in her memory.
Blowing hot air: I know that 'The Donald' will have to face some exceedingly tricky decisions over the next four years but at least he has some 'easy-peasy' ones to make his life smoother. For example, do you guys 'n' gals 'over there' know just how much electricity all those windmills and solar farms actually produce, bearing in mind the gazillions of dollars that has been poured into them - and Al Gore's retirement fund? Well, according to Booker in the DT, about 5.4% of the total! 'Over here' it's almost the same - 5.3% - as we despoil our beautiful countryside with all those windmills. Re-open all those coalmines, Donald!
Arrivederci Renzo: Only two weeks to go before the Italian referendum on the (non)deal stitched up by their prime minister, Matteo Renzi, with the polit-bureau in Berlin-Brussels. A rifiuto will see Italy plunged into a banking crisis before Christmas - rather than afterwards! Either way, it will be arrivederci Roma and the preposterous EU will begin to crumble. EVVIVA!
Beware, the undead are amongst us! Quick, fetch me a stake and a hammer! The Mail reports that Tony Blair is planning a return to Westminster politics. On second thoughts, perhaps driving a stake through his heart - assuming I could find it - might not be shrewd. His main aim, apparently, is to overturn the Brexit result. My guess is that if Tony Blair joins the 'Remoaners', we 'Brexiteers' are home and dry!
'First, let's hang all the judges': I paraphrase Shakespeare's famous line from Henry VI, part II: "First, let's kill all the lawyers" which is guaranteed to bring the house down where-ever it is declaimed. Of course, I would only hang those judges who attempt to override the will of the people as expressed in the referendum, and I would only hang them by their silly robes and pelt them with rotten veg.
There they are - have you ever seen a bigger bunch of 'Cocklecarrots'? In the front row, smirking for Britain, is Lady Hale who has already publicly expressed her views on the forthcoming case over the legitimacy of the government in deciding to implement Brexit, not to her fellow Brits but to some Malaysians! As Charles Moore points out, for a judge to opine on a court case before the arguments are heard is highly improper and Lady Hale, if she has any principles hiding beneath that smug smirk, should recuse herself. Equally, Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, the President of the Supreme Court, should rethink his position given that his daft wife has been tweeting her anti-Brexit feelings since last June. Honestly, where do they find these people?
No more rumbles today