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By Pete Moore On November 14th, 2019 at 8:16 pm

The European Commission has accused the UK of breaching EU rules by not putting forward a new commissioner.

The EU executive has asked the UK to nominate a member for the new Commission, due to take office next month […]

Sir Tim Barrow is understood to have said guidance ahead of the 12 December poll prevented the government putting forward candidates for jobs at EU institutions.

But the Commission argues EU members cannot use domestic law to avoid compliance with EU treaty rules, which have a higher status.

Well there’s a conundrum. What to do? I’d be tempted to put the EU on hold till the 31st January. However, rules is rules. But whose rules? Remoaners are clever. They’ll know what to do. They’ve been educated and everything.

Should the government take civil service advice that a candidate cannot be named?

Or should it say “Yes, we must nominate a candidate, because EU law is superior?”


By Pete Moore On November 14th, 2019 at 8:07 pm

Half of northern England is under water at the moment. Places with “Meadow”, “Bourne” and “This is a floodplain” in the name mainly. The commie press is telling us that it’s all the fault of Boris. He alone ought to have stopped the floods, and now that they’ve happened he must do the mopping up.

I’m not so sure really, so it’s good to read a little background. This has it all for me: history, typography, place names, the lot. All that, and the enduring stupidity of planners, architects and developers. It really is jolly interesting. Unroll please –


By Pete Moore On November 14th, 2019 at 7:45 pm

Rangers and Celtic are the big two Scottish football clubs. Near neighbours in Glasgow, the best of friends, oh yes. Rangers went bust in 2012. A mountain of debt resulted in its liquidation and a new Rangers FC was born. It had to start again in the lowest tier of professional football in Scotland.

And, oh – oops, the liquidation, and all the investigations, legal threats and anger that went with it, was a result of a £50 million blunder by the taxman.

Worth the watch

By Patrick Van Roy On November 14th, 2019 at 4:58 pm

Time…. the only benefit that getting sick has given me is time.  It has also been the curse of being sick, I went from 60hrs a week working to nothing. I understand why when people retire they die.  I can no longer enjoy the majority of my hobbies. I still go to the range once a week, but no competitions, no hunting, no fishing, no boats, no motorcycles.

That leaves me only reading, writing and TV to fill my time. I read and consume news pretty much nonstop, but their are times we must all unplug.

I have been binging a new show, it only has 2 seasons so far, and it is on Netflix. MARS created by National Geographic. It’s part documentary and part soap opera. It chronicles the first settlements on Mars. It bounces between  today and 30-40yrs in the future.

I’m in the middle of the second season, and even though I’m not happy with the politics of this season, the show is still fantastic.

Take the time, it’s worth the watch.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Lie

By Mahons On November 14th, 2019 at 1:04 pm

There is no factual dispute that the President of the United States used the threat of withholding military aid from a desperate Ukraine which was threatened by the primary adversary Russia for the purpose of securing dubious but damaging allegations against his political rival in a domestic election.
This is clearly an impeachable offense, and those suggesting otherwise have resorted to issuing a wall of noise that mixes lies, distortions, laughable conspiracy theories and patently irrelevant accusations.
But it doesnt matter.
The remedy created by the founders of the nation for an executive run amok is no longer viable. We have reached a breaking point. The Republican Senate will not convict the President of anything. Not because they believe him to be innocent, on the contrary, they know him to be guilty. They will not convict him because to do so would be political suicide.
No prior American President in the throes of an impeacent scandal would have survived the news he looted a foundation for veterans and at the same time warmly host an authoritarian like Turkey’s leader who had just opened a military offensive on an American ally. In days gone by his own party would be calling for his head. Now, his antics are accepted as antics. The few adults in the Administration are roundly dismissed as they candidly give up. It is as sorry a state as the nation has ever seen.
Trump will use the not guilty vote in the Senate as a weapon in the campaign. A better political course of action would have been to investigate, present the findings and in a legislative act of discretion – decline to impeach.


By Pete Moore On November 13th, 2019 at 7:09 pm


“Ultima Thule” has been a literary and cartographic reference for thousands of years. I wasn’t aware that the National Socialists also referenced it, but I know they had Tiger tanks. Are we to rename all big cats now?

Come to think of it, by this twisted logic, the Germans will have to rename just about every town, village and geographical feature in the country.


By Pete Moore On November 13th, 2019 at 6:52 pm

The black hole is never big enough.

Labour is promising to spend more on the NHS in England than the Tories if it wins the general election.

The NHS currently spends £367 million per day. By way of comparison in the colonies, that’s $471 million per day. Ah, but let’s say there are six times more Americans than Britons. A comparable spend over there, on a terrible national healthcare rationing bureaucracy, would be $2.82 billion – per day.

Clearly this is not enough. I demand that spending be increased – up up and away – until everyone is a nurse and the entire GDP goes to the NHS. Only then will we have a health service of which we can be proud.

Raise the Curtain

By Patrick Van Roy On November 13th, 2019 at 1:19 pm

The great Brexit betrayal

By Patrick Van Roy On November 13th, 2019 at 2:21 am

Click the Picture and enjoy a half hour of excellent analysis.

In Protest……

By Patrick Van Roy On November 13th, 2019 at 1:07 am

John Legend and Kelly Clarkson have made a Politically Correct version of Baby it’s Cold Outside…..  Ahh the poor snowflakes are offended. Now my favorite version is by Deano, J Gordon Levitt and Lady Gaga did a cute version…… but a PC version? They go to far. Here is the Original male and female version of the original both with original intent. Because both genders want. It’s called biology.