The World This Week From Mennies

Friday 14 October 2022

So, another week in and a busy one at that, but nice to get the chance of some light refreshment at my favorite hostelry, Mennies. No doubt there will be lively discussions of the events of the week.


Well, last weekend saw the annual SNP conference where Nicola Sturgeon gave an excellent speech of obfuscation, smokescreen and a very liberal helping of yet more carrots. So, for the benefit of the remaining SNP membership let me sum it up for you. 

“ There will be no referendum in 2023 as I promised, but we would really like you to think there will be in order that you can continue to contribute to the party to keep me and my husband ( the male one, sorry the sort of male one) in the manner we have become accustomed to. Meanwhile, Mike Russel will be along in a few minutes to convince you that we are actually in the midst of a campaign. It is sort of a virtual campaign which needs a good imagination to actually get to grips with it, but you have had quite a bit of practice with imaginary SNP concepts, have you? Like the imaginary £600,000 campaign fund you thought you had contributed to, but turned out to have been woven through SNP funds. So that’s all for another year and remember, the advantage of a virtual campaign is that you don’t actually have to turn out for it, and hang about these windy and wet Scottish streets. So hope you have enjoyed the conference and all the selfies you have of me, see you next year.”Love Nicola.


Yes believe it or not, that sums up the SNP conference and next years one is to be held in a phone box on North Uist, where the main speaker will be Dorothy Bain the lord advocate who has just taken a case in the supreme court of the UK ( no one told her that we have a court of session in Scotland). Her speech next year will be on this action where she put the case that scotland doesn’t seem to have a case for holding another referendum on independence. Yes, I kid you not, that is exactly what she said, but Nicola will be proud of her, wont she? Because Nicola has never really wanted independence.


On other battlefields, Ukraine, with the help of the UK and the US tried to blow up a bridge from Crimea to Russia, this coming only a week after the US caused several explosions which damaged the gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. Zelensky’s  bridge explosion was celebrated before it actually happened by the issue of postage stamps to celebrate Ukraine’s latest act of terrorism, only problem was that the stamps depicted two explosions when in fact only one detonated, showing quite clearly who carried out that particular act of terrorism. The bridge is now operating as normal which is more than can be said for Ukraine’s own  infrastructure which has been under intense attack since Zelensky’s, the US and the UK joint  act of  terrorism.


Meanwhile in Britain’s house of horrors ( number 10 Downing street) our illustrious but thick prime minister. Liz Truss again performed a massive reverse when she sacked her chancellor of the Exchequer . She sacked him for doing what she told him to do, as she confirmed on the news tonight, when she said that she was fulfilling the promises made in her contest to be leader of the dumb and dumber party, the Tories. Honestly you just couldn’t make this comedy up. It gets worse by the day.


Big problem is that the alternative is Kier Starmer who is just another player in this comedy of horrors and I would imagine that if Truss declares an election, he will shit himself. The UK is in a self-induced mess brought about by a combination of Brexit, and sanctions on Rusia, all brought about by the biggest set of dumbbells the world has ever known.


The sad thing about all of this is that with Britain never having been so weak, we have a so called leader, Sturgeon who is more interested in getting men into women’s toilets than she is in doing what it says in the SNP constitution and that is separating Scotland from the god awful mess that is the UK today.


So, enough of this joviality and down to the business of tonight and that is a couple of pints and a blether .


To all my friends the world over , have a good and safe weekend and remember

Stand in the same place for long enough and the whole world will pass you.

The art is, not letting it pass you by.




I have been in business for well over half a century but I learn something new every day. My politics are the middle of the road. I believe that the far-right and far-left are equally harmful. Jim Murphy ( at that time, leader of the Scottish Labour party) asked me if I called myself a socialist. I said, "no Jim, I am not a socialist, I am a capitalist, but a capitalist with a social conscience.

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