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At the height of the reign of Boris Johnson all was going swimmingly. People occupied with their every-day work or pleasure: my lord and lady hunting in the forest of Saint James, or dancing in 10 Downing Street, or bowing to their Merry Johnson Highnesses, as they pass in to dinner.

Hebdomadally one could espy the citizens’ wives and their daughters looking out from the balconies ; and the burghers over their beer and Mumm, rising up, cap in hand, as the cavalcade passes through London with torch-bearers, trumpeters blowing their lusty cheeks out, and sciuadrons of jack-booted lifeguards girt with shining cuirasses, and bestriding thundering chargers, or halting, mayhap, at Master Mogg’s town house of Monplaisir, which lies half-way between the Palace of Westminster, the Orrery of the Anglosphere and the Heliport for the sennight voyage to Marabella.

Those days are passed….

There are people who compare the latest episode in the Boris Johnson saga to Panto. Laugh at dotty William Moggy, boo and hiss the evil Bojo, and cheer on every new twist and turn in the Christmas Quiz, Party and Downing Street orgy. The fruit of our imaginations has taken shape in actual Christmas Pantomimes, “Most of the action in the show apparently takes place in a version of the expensively constructed Downing Street media room. And many other pantomimes across the country are joining in. In Glasgow, starring Elaine C. Smith Cinderella In the King’s Theatre, the script is filled with references to hypocrisy in imaginary celebratory ceremonies and high places.” (Dame Blame Game: Now Jokes On Boris Johnson As Panto Stars No. 10 ‘Party’ Joke)

Labour races to nine-point lead in polls in wake of sleaze controversies at No 10

Labour has its biggest lead since 2014 while a large majority of voters now think Johnson should resign.

Yet not everybody on the left is full of Christmas cheer at the moment:

Starmer: Only In The Lead Because He’s Not Boris Johnson

Keir Starmer, you are utterly intolerable. You lead in (some) polls simply because you are not Boris Johnson. That must feel good. You’re ahead because the other guy is an arsehole, and an absolute disaster. Not because of anything that you have done, but because the alternative is utterly detestable.

You see, Keith, I don’t see you as the lesser of two evils, because that’s still evil, Sir. You are six of one, and that loathsome stockpile of pissed-up inadequacy Johnson is half-a-dozen of the other. 

My despair for where we find ourselves now is only equalled by my anger for the establishment bootlickers that gave us Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and Sir Keir Rodney Starmer. 

They say “you get what you vote for”, and while that’s not completely untrue, a vast majority of us, the people, haven’t voted for either Starmer or Johnson to do anything from running a stall at a village jumble sale to running the country into the ground. 

But you know how our ‘democracy’ works. 

Frankie Howerd wisely recommended not mocking the afflicted

So we will not.

Written by Andrew Coates

December 12, 2021 at 4:47 pm

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  1. Looks like Starmer’s “Don’t scare the horses” strategy is coming to fruition. He needs to present a front so people who voted for the Conservatives feel comfortable voting Labour (this was one of the keys to Tony Blair’s success). While Labour still has Scottish problems that will probably prevent them getting an overall majority , if they do achieve some form of power, I suspect Starmer may pleasantly surprise the UK Left. In a similar way the US Left have been happy with Biden so far and his Left wing agenda.
    The UK Left seems to delight in abusing Starmer . This venom surprises the American Left and Far Left who always circle the wagons and defend whoever the Democratic President is , no matter how centrist. They call Starmer a sell out and someone too close to Big Business but they should remember that John McDonnell (a self confessed Marxist) was running around City of London Banking and Business forums in 2019 saying that they shouldn’t be scared of any incoming Corbyn government and that Big Business may even benefit from their plans.


    December 12, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    • It is perfectly possible to be critical of Starmer, as this Blog has done on issues like Migrants, and the sweeping expulsions (there is news of another one today of a well-known North London activist who was a CLP Chair until his suspension, but I am waiting for him to speak further than FB), to make a lot more radical criticisms of his policy and strategy, without this kind of hysterical twaddle.

      Still the Squawking one seems too dumbfounded to comment, as yet….

      Andrew Coates

      December 12, 2021 at 5:53 pm

  2. I’m writing because I’m genuinely baffled, and I pose a question others can probably answer for me, You see, I went to see what Rachael from Swindon said in full on her blog (I’m that kind of masochist) and found she also had a dig at the Shadow Cabinet alongside Sir K. Here it is; “Even if you can see past the overwhelmingly unpopular irritant Streeting, you’ve still got a benefit-claimant-hating Nancy Astor fan as shadow Chancellor, and the Melville pin-up, Yvette Cooper, whose track record for losing is only second to that of Nigel Farage, is the shadow Home Secretary.” OK par for the course (except the Nancy Astor reference, but I’ll come to that later)

    But my query is about the “Melville pin-up”. Who is the target ? I only know directly of two Melvilles. The immediate one is Herman, the US novelist of course. The second is one Mary Melville who married a mate of ours when he emigrated to Oz in the early 70’s. I’ve lost touch with them now, but I’m sure they’re still enjoying life in Cairns. But I don’t think either are the hate figures that Rachael refers to. So I go to Melville in Wiki. There are plenty of places called Melville across the world, (as well as a crater on Mercury). But of the list of people no-one jumps out; plenty of undistinguished writers and clerics from the past, ditto sportsmen and women. The only one I looked at out of interest was one Sam M who was an activist and anarchist associated with the 1960’s US “Weather Underground” So I’m asking; who is this Melville who Rachael links indelibly to Yvette C ? I genuinely am baffled.

    And the Astor reference. I share Racahels’s disdain for Lady Astor, an anti-Semite of the first order and a hater of the common herd. Not sure why Rachel Reeves is bracketed with her, but one other Labour figure sure is; Take this – more by accident than design, the statue of the old hussy was unveiled in her Plymouth constituency in 2019, during the election campaign, and again by accident, both Boris J and Jeremy C were in the patch. From ITV West of England from 2019 see; “On this day a statue of the UK’s first female MP was unveiled in Plymouth – and two Prime Ministerial candidates were in the West Country answering questions on female MPs. Nancy Astor changed politics forever when she took her seat 100 years ago. In Plymouth, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was there to see the statue on the day it was unveiled. While Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn praised Conservative Nancy Astor’s legacy saying: “I’m really pleased the statue is going up”. I’m sure Rachael will update on this later.

    David Walsh

    December 12, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    • With Rachael Swindon there seems to be a big money making element in her posts. All these leading UK Alt Left figures monetize their content and their audience are composed of people who seem willing to pay money for that so she will continue to produce. It’s literally her job. Obviously this performative nonsense if damaging to the UK Left as it is not constructive criticism (which is acceptable) and merely helps the Right.


      December 12, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    • There is a James Melville who is apparently a liberal pundit,

      My theory is that it’s a typo and Swinny is referring to the creatures in the science fiction novels of Cde China Tom Miéville.

      Chances are the pin up ones are either, ” Handlingers Sentient parasitic disembodied hands which control the mind of their host.”, “Khepri. The khepri are a race of humanoid scarab beetles. Female khepri possess bodies very similar to those of human women, except that their skin is crimson in colour and they possess large scarab beetles in place of heads.” or “Vampir. The vampir are vampires, possessing great speed and strength, forked tongues, certain magical powers, and capable of living indefinitely. Vampirism on Bas-Lag is caused by a bacterium, and the technical term for the “disease” is photophobic haemophagy.”


      Andrew Coates

      December 12, 2021 at 7:39 pm

  3. Question is: will Labour be more popular than the Tories led by whoever replaces Johnson? That party is usually ruthlessly efficient at defenestrating leaders who become an electoral liability.


    December 13, 2021 at 12:51 am

  4. You quote Frankie Howard, my favourite comedian, as saying that you should not mocking the afflicted. That’s a good job then as you would have to mock yourselves! Rachel Swindon and Chris Williamson are absolutely correct. Starmer is the pits. A class enemy The person who put Assange where he is. An enemy of freedom of everywhere. A devoted supporter of racial supremacy and apartheid. It’s no surprise that you support him

    Tony Greenstein

    December 13, 2021 at 9:28 am

    • Howerd’s injunction is, precisely, the reason you should not be mocked, Tony.

      P.S: If he really *is* your favourite comedian, you should at least take the trouble to spell his name correctly.

      Jim Denham

      December 13, 2021 at 7:58 pm

      • Repeating my joke confirms that Denham is nothing if not unoriginal. Good to see that the ‘socialist’ imperialist is alive and well

        Tony Greenstein

        December 13, 2021 at 8:50 pm

        • We all rejoice in your wellness Tony and hope you are weller and weller. If not weller.

          Andrew Coates

          December 13, 2021 at 8:56 pm

          • lame, lame and lamer Andrew

            Tony Greenstein

            December 13, 2021 at 9:00 pm

            • No further anti-disabled people language is allowed on this Blog.

              Andrew Coates

              December 13, 2021 at 9:06 pm

              • typical identity politics. Lame applies to your jokes not your legs

                Tony Greenstein

                December 13, 2021 at 10:07 pm

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