20 January 2019

Well, what a week! First, the Brexit deal gets eviscerated in the largest ever defeat for a government proposal in living memory, then the Prime Minister survives (barely) a no confidence vote in her leadership. We are no closer to knowing WTF the looney Brexiteers voted for in the EU referendum and so we aimlessly drift on, rudderless and leaderless. Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

Oh, and we also had our first smattering of snow this week – looks like it’s downhill from here.

John Crace had another excellent column in the Guardian on the aftermath of Mrs May’s historic Commons defeat:

May defended her record, slowly and robotically. She was a legend: she’d been held in contempt of parliament; she’d lost a budget vote; and now her Brexit deal had suffered a record parliamentary defeat. That was a stunning hat-trick of own goals. And she hadn’t even done the decent thing and resigned! Beat that! She was already a YouTube classic. Give her a few more weeks and she’d overtake David Cameron as the country’s worst-ever prime minister.

It is a bizarre contradiction – Mrs May loses her “flagship” policy in an historic defeat because two-thirds of her own party can’t stand it. Yet, the following day the same members of her party express their overwhelming confidence in her ability to lead the country. Make of that what you will. One does have to admire the chutzpah of the junior minister (sorry, I forget his name – like so many of the current Tory ministers he is imminently forgettable) who resigned his position the day before the vote. Interesting how he didn’t have his crisis of conscience a month before when the vote was pulled. Since nothing changed between then and now he must be grateful for that extra months’ ministerial salary. Good to see another example that our politicians have their priorities right.

We’ve had a pretty busy week – we’ve been visiting kitchen manufacturers along with some tile and work surface outlets to see if we can make some decisions concerning our new kitchen extension, work on which is allegedly going to begin soon. Why is there so much choice? It makes the decision-making process considerably more difficult than it ought to be. Of course, I don’t really mind and since I have such crappy taste that’s probably a good thing. Ms Playchute has all the decorating sense and taste in our household and, while I am happy to share my opinions I understand and accept that they are useless and undoubtedly wrong.

Other than that, life continues in “quiet” mode around here. We’ve had some lovely photos and videos from our Chinese family while they are away to remind us of what we’ve been missing.

Thank goodness Jessie has not yet discovered Adam’s old drum kit in our basement.

Finally, Happy Birthday to Nick today! And, we mustn’t forget to wish Max a Happy Birthday on Thursday! It’s hard to imagine that it’s a year ago we were all on tenterhooks awaiting the arrival of Max the Magnificent – how well he’s done! Happy Birthday.

Like father, like son.

Love to you all,


PS – I hate to burden you with yet more John Crace but he wrote another cracking column on Friday in which he pondered which of the many useless Prime Ministers this country has endured should be considered the most useless:

I often keep myself entertained trying to work out who has been the worst prime minister of the past 150 years. And it always comes down to the same two people. Theresa May or David Cameron. You might have thought that by now May would be edging it: after all, it takes a special kind of genius to trigger article 50 without having a clue what you want to do next, to call a snap election to give you a minority government, to impose unnecessary red lines on your Brexit negotiations, to be found in contempt of parliament, to lose a vote on your budget, to go down to the worst ever defeat in the Commons and still lack the basic skills to articulate whether you have a policy or not. But even after all this, Dave still gets the nod, both for his ideological pursuit of austerity and the thoughtless, casual way in which he has split the country for decades to come by calling a referendum that only a small minority of his own party wanted.

Marvellous. And I’m inclined to agree. No question that Theresa May has been spectacularly useless and incompetent through this whole sorry Brexit mess but as the architect of the disaster Cameron has to take the top prize. And yet, he still thinks he was right – the arrogance of those suffering from delusions of adequacy is simply staggering.

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