Brexit: The Uncivil War

Brexit: The Uncivil War – I loved it.

Yes, it was utterly depressing in its portrayal of the cynical manipulation and mobilisation of an uneducated, unengaged subset of our population by a corrupt conspiracy of vested interests.But as a drama, it was riveting.

“So this is it? This is what we have become?” as the mob is released was one of the most tear-jerking lines I’ve ever heard.

The huge underestimation of their opposition by the arrogant and entrenched powers-that-be is a sobering lesson as is the hidden strength of those who can tap directly into populations, by-passing media and politicians alike.

Not only was this good drama, it should be required viewing as a lesson in modern civics.

The Legacy of David Cameron

After Cameron resigned upon losing the Brexit referendum, I dropped a quick line to the Evening Standard:


That vast chasm between David Cameron’s ambition and his ability is what the entire country has now fallen into. 

This bumbling amateur, whose sole positive legacy after seven years of leadership is marriage equality, is a walking, talking role model for the difference between education and intelligence. 

This chinless wonder made the u-turn an art form so often that he drilled himself and his country into the ground. 

This embarrassing cypher of a man sums up perfectly the modern X-Factor / Big Brother / Geordie Shore / TOWIE / Jeremy Kyle-obsessed Britain: Full of ambition, full of neat little soundbites, full of the expectation that his “strategy” will somehow work out if only he can find someone with a clue about how to turn it into reality… but with a chronic lack of authority, ability and attention span. 

This Little Boy Blue, brought up with massive over-entitlement and equally massive ego, desperately wanted to lead the country from a very early age. Sadly, because he lacked peers strong enough to tell him to stop being silly and to go and do something a lot simpler instead, like banking, his ambition to lead has driven his country off a cliff. 
David Cameron is not so much Britain’s leader as Britain’s “Lemming-in-Chief”. 

His legacy is a country simultaneously laughing at him and crying. He must be so proud.

7/7 – Who won?

I would have a lot more respect for the media’s claims about “not being beaten by terrorists” on the tenth anniversary of 7/7 were it not for them all trying to out-do each other with displays of tacky jingoism which does nothing but cheapen the solemnity the occasion deserves. 

With the media running around like headless chickens on occasions such as this, it is difficult to reach any other conclusion than that the terrorists did indeed win. 

Their objective is to affect our society for the worse. They achieved that, sadly.

Newspapers aren’t taking Facebook seriously

Whine at The Evening Standard about rubbish Facebook captions from newspapers:


It looks like our beloved news sources have been saving a fortune and using cheap interns to write their Facebook story captions again. From this morning’s collection: The Mirror – “The voice of Mr. Burns is leaving – but how much of a whole will he leave on The Simpsons?”; The Independent – “Meet the first know warm-blooded fish…” and from The Mirror again – “Kid’s do the funniest things…”. 

Then there’s the single-word, clickbait caption, just in case their readers are too stupid to form the right opinion about something: The Telegraph tells us that a story is “Incredible…”, a sentiment echoed by The Mirror for a totally different story. The Independent, not to be outdone, tells us that a story is “Wonderful” before captioning another one with just “Ouch”.

And this lot wonder why we don’t take them seriously any more. Fuckwits…

Argentina predictably wrong on Top Gear

After months of listening to official complaints about the show, we finally got to see the two-part, two hour Top Gear special filmed in Patagonia…

By making all those whiney, ineffectual official government complaints about Top Gear without having seen the programme, Argentina, predictably, made themselves look extremely foolish.

Up to the point where the mindless neanderthals decided to attack the film crew, the whole two-part, two hour special had been, like all the other specials, an extended tourist promotion for the area.

The last eight minutes and the utterly misjudged Argentinian government reaction to it managed to undermine that. Had they left well alone and had the so-called “veterans” (who all looked suspiciously young to have been fighting in that conflict some 33 years ago) just ignored the camera crews, Argentina would have had its most positive global media exposure for decades.

Instead, they’ve portrayed themselves as thugs and idiots. Their loss…

Thames Garden Bridge

On the day the London Mayor gave the final go-ahead to the building of the Thames Garden Bridge, I thought I’d voice my support against the gobby naysayers:

I know there are soulless types who oppose it, but I’m delighted that the Thames Garden Bridge has got the final go-ahead from the Mayor. It will be an excellent addition to London’s attractions and will easily pay for itself.

They edited it down to:


How cheap is life?

After breathless, almost constant media coverage of a seige in a Sydney, Australia coffee shop which resulted in two deaths as well as the gunman’s, the Evening Standard devoted just half of page 24 to the Taliban’s massacre of over 120 Pakistani schoolchildren.


I realise that it might not have had the glamour and excitement of the live coverage from Sydney, but surely the cold, calculated murder of more than 120 children in Pakistan could have rated higher than the mere page 24 coverage you assigned it yesterday?

Or is there some mathematical function that defines exactly how much less a Pakistani child’s life is worth compared to a white middle-class Australian adult’s?

Paul Harper

Band Aid Hypocrisy

Someone had the idea of trying to clone Band Aid from DNA fragments found in the fossil of the old one…


I do love it when multimillionaire, millionaire and millionaire wannabes all get together to sing a song telling poor people to give money to even poorer people.

It really pulls at the old heartstrings.

Paul Harper

Misguided calls to extend the poppy display

Much noise is being made by people too lazy to get to the Tower of London during the last few months who now, suddenly, what to see the Remembrance Poppy Display before it gets removed from the 12th November.


Calls are being made to extend the superb poppy display at the Tower of London beyond the 11th November.

I disagree. It is the difference between respectfully commemorating something and wallowing in it.

If people want to see it again, then a similar idea could be implemented in the lead-up to the centenary of the end of the war in 2018.

Despite the Standard leading the calls for an extension, they printed it:


Turning off traffic lights at night. D’Oh!

Some idiot is – seriously – proposing that Central London traffic lights be turned off at night to save energy and improve traffic flow. If that doesn’t deserve a rant at the Evening Standard, nothing does:


Of all the lame-brained ideas I have heard lately, turning off traffic lights at night is by far the stupidest. Though I suppose it will give our A&E departments something to do when it would otherwise be quiet.

If they want traffic to be self-regulating, traffic lights should be set to flashing yellow like Zurich does. At least that way drivers know they are approaching a junction and should take care.

Turning them off is a recipe for disaster.

Which got printed as: