The World This week from Mennies



So, another week almost in and as usual, a very busy week at work. Just today, we took delivery of our latest vehicle, a 92 seat double deck bus and would you believe it, the guy delivering it from London (yes always good to give third World countries a bit of trade ) managed to find a tree to hit ,and it arrived with a smashed side window. As it was going out on a job today it meant a bit of a move on to get it repaired in time which we managed with a good 10 minutes left to relax before it went out.


Elsewhere in the World, we had the awful further reports from Turkey of the Washington Post journalist’s gruesome demise in the Saudi Arabian embassy. It would appear that, subject to verification this man was dismembered whilst still alive. If this is true, then these people who are running that regime are monsters and one of the most disgusting aspects of this horror story is the way Donald trump and our own government in Westminster are turning cartwheels to try to ameliorate the effects of this outrage on our best buddy, Saudi Arabia. Hypocrisy on every level when you think back to the feigned outrage against Russia when baseless claims were made the day after the Skrippals were taken ill. This shows once and for all that we and the US are governed by the same class of monsters that committed this outrage in Turkey.


In the Uk, we had another humiliating trip to Brussels for our hapless Prime Minister as she once again tried to push an agreement on leaving the EU. This time she was again rebuffed and didn’t even get an invitation to dinner and presumably had to nip around the corner to a sandwich shop for sustenance. When is she going to understand that it is not up to the EU to make things easy for this bunch of nut jobs who are driving us towards the cliff edge and oblivion. It is up to the UK to get out of the self-imposed conundrum of the border with the EU, because it is the UK that will manufacture this border when we leave together with the ramifications to the Good Friday agreement that will follow.

A couple of Months back I was in Brussels and went to the European parliament on an open day they were holding. I was able to ask a question in the parliament and asked what the attitude was of the EU to the question of Scottish citizens who are also citizens of the EU, in the light that Scotland voted by 62% to stay in. The speaker said that this was a question that had been discussed and they would always consider the effects on their citizens in any negotiations with the UK and also said that they were fully aware that the vote had went the way it did through misinformation being presented to the British people. In effect, I wonder if this is the reason for the EU being pretty stringent in their dealing with the British Government, an attempt to consider the fact that we were lied to in the referendum and up to the point where we actually leave, we are all still EU citizens.


I see that Russia, Turkey, Germany and France are to have a summit on the War in Syria., Excellent, please keep the US warmongers as far away as possible. From any agreement and always beware that it is Israel who are pulling the US strings. The US bombed Syrian soldiers last week for having the effrontery to be attacking America and Israel’s friends, ISIS.


Back on the independence trail (and an exceedingly long trail is  becoming) and we had Nicola Sturgeon going down to London to make a speech on Brexit and suggesting extending the time scale of Brexit , this is after making it very clear ( or as clear as she ever is) that “she” will make up her mind on another independence referendum “ once the Brexit situation is clear. I think she still sees herself as the saviour of the Union. Would someone please tell her that this is not her job and she was elected to govern Scotland always remembering that she leads the party of independence.

I have heard from a reliable source that there are politicians within the SNP who are becoming very uneasy about the way Sturgeon and her husband Perter Murrel (chief exec of the SNP) are running a political party like a family business, not at all good.


So enough of politics, it is Saturday night and I am in my favourite hostelry, Mennies , so I raise a glass to all my friends wherever you are on this fragile planet of ours, and a wee thought before you go.


In all my years in business I have employed thousands of people

I have employed some really intelligent people

And I have employed some pretty stupid people

But I have learned something from every single one of them.




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