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Still A Great Country

By ATWadmin On May 20th, 2009

MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT have been hogging the headlines recently to the bemusement of others. Tonight I had a chat with my Milanese friend Monica (she lives in Rome) who is quite amused by the fuss. Having lived in Rome I understand her; Italian politics <i>exists for</i> corruption, a corruption which is blatant, on a scale that would shame even our honourable tribunes, and yet accepted by Italians with a shrug. It’s <i>expected</i>.

So I accept the Monica’s giggles at our genuine British outrage. But then we’re British, our fury is genuine and it is us.Our fury reassures me also. It demonstrates that morality and decency are alive, even if it’s over a 50p KitKat (that’s you, Blears) and it makes the Eyeties laugh. Which brings me onto Casper the cat

Cats and cars never mix, and poor Casper the cat has learned his lesson after getting his head wedged in a spare tyre. The mischievous Siamese found himself in the tight spot and needed the help of a fire-crew after a passer-by found him in distress.

The RSPCA were first on the scene and officers took him to Bury St Edmunds fire station in Suffolk where firemen spent an hour cutting him free.


‘We had to use cutting equipment to chip away at the wheel and it took the best part of an hour. ‘We made a special plastic guard to fit between his head and the cutters to protect him. ‘The cat was fine afterwards although his skin was a bit raw around his neck.’

The hapless Siamese was taken to a local vets to be checked over.


Aye, I know – tax, other people’s money and all that – let me have it in the thread if you like. But I like it that we are outraged at the sheer pettyness of a wealthy MP charging a chocolate bar to our tab, and not only do I love it that our firemen will spend an hour cutting a daft cat out of a wheel, that they’ll take an hour because they’re caring for the cat is a very precious thing.

Sometimes this is a very great country still.


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