At the End of the Day

meglycinessnipYesterday was spent doing all those tidying up things that go with this time of year. Leaves are falling, fallen fruit needs to be swept up, and nuts gathered. It’s now obvious that the walnut crop is a disaster: black on the outside with nothing but dust where the flesh should be. It’s not just my tree – I’ve started checking out all the others in the area, and everyone has the same problem. If one picks them off the tree while still green, perhaps one in three are OK: but they’re no good for storage, because they need to be opened now. So I have a small sealed jar containing fresh, cream-coloured nuts, but that’s it.

The hazelnuts, by contrast, have thrived. The only trouble there is that the pair of red squirrels here have spotted this, and they got the lion’s share. Which is only fair, given that they need them – whereas for me it’s just a nice-to-have. As for the quinces, there are a dozen in total (usually I get over three hundred) and of pears are there none. Not one. A dozen cooking apples maybe – that was it.

Then last night, we had the mother and father of electric storms followed by four hours of torrential downpour. It was, to coin a phrase, too much too late: not only is the place now covered in tree bits and the pool full of plastic chairs, torrential rain like that isn’t going to do the local vines any good. 2016 is shaping up to be the worst vintage in my lifetime.

The thing about electric storms in France is that they knock out the electricity. Even landline phones these days need power, as of course does the internet….and the only gas for cooking is in the main house. So it was a night of candles, demi-monde lighting and then going to bed early. Mobile phones (if charged) are OK….if the reception is good. At my place it is almost non-existent.


In previous centuries, after disastrous weather like we’ve had this year (far too wet and cold followed by far too dry and hot) the authorities would, come August, have been worried. There is and always has been a direct correlation between crop-failure, consequent hunger and revolution. Even today, the agricultural planners (dealing as they do with increasingly international markets) make sure about the bread self-sufficiency first. In England, by comparison, no doubt the chaps at the Treasury would ask if the People had any spare cake available to eat. In France, rather more common sense is attached to the business of governance.

George Osterity having retreated to the back trenches, I confess to having been astonished at the verdicts given on David Cameron’s career following his decision last Monday to fall on his bank. The bloke was an inexperienced, mendacious idiot with no sense of people judgement: his career (all fifteen years of it) was a catalogue of bad decisions from start to finish….yet most reviewers yesterday called the Referendum ‘his one big mistake’. It beggars belief.

Given a key role in Michael Howard’s general election campaign, Cameron presided over a comprehensive defeat. Having gained the leadership, he made a series of silly promises that came back to haunt him later…and came up with The Big Society which soon sank with all hands, despite his repeated attempts to make it fly as a concept.

The pathetic, amateur-night nature of his briefings at PMQs meant that between 2006 and 2010, he barely landed a punch on a mentally ill Prime Minister, despite Brown’s Cabinet being involved in some of the most blatant and casual corruption and embezzlement seen since the Eighteenth Century.

Equivocating to ‘play safe’ during the 2010 election, he blew what should’ve been an easy victory against the serial dysfunctionality of Gordoom, and so wound up in a Coalition with Nick Clegg.

Soon after the election he made a speech praising the ghastly Erdogan, and engineered an opportunistic role for Britain in the Libyan war before later (at the second attempt) persuading Parliament to bomb Syria. All of these interventions proved disastrous for British security.

Fiscally, he bought into Osborne’s strategy for national debt reduction (it went up by 60%) and wiping out the trade deficit (it was only halved). All it would have required to reject the Chancellor’s wheeze was the ability to compare the savings over five years – 63 billion net versus a debt of just over a trillion Pounds. The economy itself, meanwhile, was even more unbalanced towards financial services as it had been when he came into Office.

In the midst of austerity confrontation, however, Cameron suddenly announced a scheme (HS2) to bring Birmingham and Manchester closer to London by train. It quickly emerged that nobody further North wanted it, nobody in the South needed it, and the budget had been – as a retiring Sir Humphrey casually informed the ways and means committee – “stuck in there on no basis at all….we made it up”.

Advised by his key spin doctor that his was a golden opportunity to cut Murdoch out of British politics, Cameron chose instead to appoint one of his editors, Andy Coulson, as Communications Chief, and allow free access to government documents for News International’s Rebekah Brooks. Both wound up on criminal charges, and the man appointed to handle the Murdoch acquisition of BSkyB, Jeremy Hunt, faced a Parliamentary Inquiry about his obvious bias and previous history of being close to Newscorp. Pressed by close colleagues to fire Hunt in the reshuffle that followed, Cameron inexplicably made him Health Secretary…and created a series of unnecessary NHS disasters and industrial actions.

Throughout his Premiership, Cameron underestimated the appeal of UKIP in general and Nigel Farage in particular. This led him to promise a referendum on Europe which, all parties agree, he believed he could win easily. His conviction became all the stronger after the shock size of his 2015 electoral victory over Eds Miliband and Balls, probably the weakest Labour leadership team in history.

David Cameron was immensely fortunate in the poor quality of opponents he faced. But when given the chance to give a verdict on the EU in general and him in particular, the grey voter (still in possession of common sense and discernment) stuck it to the British Establishment. It was the only time Cameron ever faced a worthy opponent, and he lost.

But it seems that his “only” mistake was the Referendum decision. All of which goes to show what passes for excellence in UK politics these days.


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30 thoughts on “At the End of the Day

  1. Achieved through his incompetence perhaps, but the Brexit result means Camoron cannot be called the worst PM in history. He was a useful idiot and deserves some credit for being moronic enough to allow the vote.

    But otherwise, this vacuous media mouthpiece will be forgotton very soon – good riddance.

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  2. I was briefly tempted to make some quip about gathering nuts and The Slog, but decided that the subject had been investigated at sufficient length yesterday and to allow that particular dog some well earned slumber.

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  3. For as long as I can remember, I have found dramatic meteorological events of the celestial variety to be a source of wonder, particularly when experienced under canvas. Thunder is often euphemistically described as ‘God moving the furniture around’ – potent evidence, to my mind, that she really does exist.

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  4. The third para was a satirical reference to Jermy Clarkson’s explosive exploits in the Chipping Norton area, and the lost opportunity for a suicide pact made in Heaven, had he and D’aphid Cameldung been both brave and decent. Suffice to say that multiple attempts at posting all met with failure, perhaps it just wasn’t funny..

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  5. This is probably boring for everybody, but multiple attempts with various alterations all failed and for the life of me I can’t imagine why. Was it the mention of babbling Brooks perhaps?

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  6. @Hieronimusb – lol know the feeling.

    I see it a little differently JW, the referendum was going to happen at some point because without it the people are not bound into the EU superstate although the politician have signed the Lisbon Treaty. The article 50 is kind of like a red herring, you can just tear up the Lisbon Treaty and with it article 50.

    The real prize was to bind the UK population into the EU while the going was fair, a decade ago you would have done it. With what is happening now in Europe with France, Germany and Italy all feeling the pressure of the appointed commissions orders they are starting to tear themselves apart.

    Europe is a mess of the commissions making and looks like Austria is going to get a far right president if the glue permits.

    The removal of all democratic voices, national borders, etc. this one world of the globalists and our referendum was one little part of that all dressed up under the disguise of REMAIN when we were never in it. Ready to post letter to the government next go round on the grounds I am not ready to cede sovereignty to a lessor form of governance ever so anybody who does I can consider commits the crime.

    Parting shot to dwell on this, murder is murder, but if a person kills a lawmaker who was attempting to cede sovereignty what does that make the person? What laws are actually allowed to be breeched to keep sovereignty … as far as I can see they will say any action is permissible to defend the nation, but is not that action to defend sovereignty?

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  7. When a comment fails to post, the page is refreshed but the top of the page appears, rather than the comment. If one presses ‘back’ on the browser a message saying that the comment could not be posted appears.

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  8. You’ve missed out Cameron’s murder of disabled people and the criminalising of unemployed and homeless people – otherwise a good summary of a Bullingdon ‘ne’er do well’

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  9. A propos rien, you might be interested to read Robert Tombs’s The English and their History. Nearly 900 pages excluding notes, I’m only on p59 and reviewing the newly brutalised and Normanised England. It’s well written, engaging, full of insights, and gives a breadth of perspective rare in historical accounts. So far and news to me, is that England was the richest, most sophisticated, free and peaceful country in Europe before the Normans. How’s that for a revelation?

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  10. It’s not just WordPress that use FreedomSoftware® (my take on America’s ‘Freedom Fries’ to replace French Fries in their restaurants. I can’t recall which outrage it was, but America was outraged.)

    This from RT on Facebook’s activities. One cannot call it censorship because the US is the land of the free and the home of democracy. That doesn’t stop them doing it, it just stops people using that word to describe their activities. It’s like calling America the land of the free when it’s not. But that’s another story…

    https://www.rt.com/usa/359371-facebook-dakota-access-protest-censor/

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  11. Peter Gardner,

    you raise an interesting point: how an invader can bring their own ideas of how to do things … that destroys the ways of a successful economy. Reminds me of Greece, and earlier in the last century, Germany (under Hitler, America’s stool pigeon).

    I wrote this years ago about the language the Normans used to belittle their Saxon charges, you might find it interesting.

    https://gemmasponderings.wordpress.com/2012/08/30/why-do-we-swear-in-dutch-and-say-pardon-my-french/

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  12. I noted that you chastise labour under brown for corruption and embezzlement but appearto be silent about tories and the same transgressions I hope it is because you believe it is because that is what tories do?

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  13. John
    You’re not the only one who lost their nuts the other night! ;o)

    As I said in my comment yesterday, the IT system around these parts in France is going back to the future – 1998 style…

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  14. @Micky

    Cock up or conspiracy? In my view the ‘blunders’ in the ME have just been too frequent to believe that our Foreign Office is serially incompetent. Iraq, Libya, Syria and probably Iran if Assad succumbs. I have come to the conclusion that Cameron was just doing the bidding of his controllers. Oded Yonin/General Wesley Clark’s 7 countries in 5 years seems much more plausible than criminally incompetence. I’m sure the fact that neither Iraq, Libya nor Syria had B.I.S. central banks played its part too.

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