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What, more British Politics?


Sorry, y’all — I had a fridge emergency tonight. We’ve been quietly nurturing an iceberg at the back of the box (apparently!) that finally grew to engulf the drain plug. tl;dr I had to clean and defrost the fridge in a hurry tonight. We didnae lose any American bacon, though, so that’s okay (so precious and hard to get).

So today’s big political WTF moment — Boris Johnson, our next Prime Minister, dropped out of the race today. Rumor has it, he was knifed by his buddy and fellow-Brexiteer, Micheal Gove. For those who don’t follow British politics, that’s dude on the right knifed by dude on the left.

You can read the Telegraph’s take here, which is where I pinched the photo. There’s something more to this one, though, I feel sure. It’s not the same magnitude as if Hillary! suddenly dropped out without explanation, but it’s the same kind of hell no this doesn’t make sense.

Not that I was a fan of Boris — I warn’t — but it’s just too weird. Some kind of dirt on him, I suspect. There’s plenty, I’m told.

Now the odds-on favorite to get the job is Theresa May, a dreadful woman. Anti-Brexit, soft on immigration. She’s been a terrible Home Secretary and she’ll be a worse PM. The grass roots hate her — but her fellow MPs love her, and that’s all it takes.

The exact opposite of what’s going on with Labour, where the party members love Corbyn but his fellow MPs think he’s a disaster.

What the hell, British politics?


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: July 1, 2016, 1:31 am

I’m not a betting person, but if I were to place a bet, how do I bet 5 pounds on Rule 50 never being invoked?

Comment from Brother Cavil, Nie Mój Cyrk, Nie Moje Małpy
Time: July 1, 2016, 2:00 am

I can has EU for the Dead Pool?

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 1, 2016, 2:48 am

Jean-Claude Juncker…bonk bonk on the head!

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 1, 2016, 1:03 pm

I recently read Boris Johnson’s book on Churchill and enjoyed it. I have to say that I rather viewed it as a campaign vehicle from the perspective of Boris saying, “This is a man whom I admire, and a man I would try to emulate”. (Heh)

I suspect that Boris has made a wise move here in declining the PM position. One of my personal rules is to never take a job that no one has ever held before – appropriate I think to this rather unique situation. The reasoning is that are too many unknowns and unknowables right now. Whoever holds the PM job for the next year or so will fail, simply because there is no concensus about what the country wants. Any decision will anger at least half the population. It is better to watch a few predecessors be torn apart by the mob and finally step in when they’ve tired a bit and are willing to be led.

I remain of the belief that Brexit will happen though. The native pettiness of the French combined with the desire to punish that afflicts the Germans will see to that. Their first step (banning the UK from a meeting of an organization of which they are still currently a member) was a stupid idea. Next they will be at least flirting with bringing Turkey in to replace the UK, and that should pretty much seal the deal..

In the meantime I’m investing in popcorn futures….

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: July 1, 2016, 1:48 pm

By the way, for the future, defrosting a fridge is easiest done with an electric hair drier (and rubber boots -don’t forget the rubber boots!) if your wiring can stand the excitement. It’s surprisingly not messy as once you melt the front edge of the ice so that you can see a shelf, you can aim at the shelf and create a heat difference between it and and the ice – the ice will then come off in titanic sheets- Bang! Quinn the Eskimo’s your uncle!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: July 1, 2016, 3:08 pm

So Boris declines, and Theresa May is against Brexit, that leaves Michael Gove?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 1, 2016, 8:49 pm

Theresa May looks like a shoo-in, sadly. MPs elect the PM, remember — we have no say in it.

Some Veg, we turned it off for about an hour, and that was enough for me to get my fingernails into the edge. It popped off in one big highly-satisfying sheet. Ahhhhhhhh.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: July 1, 2016, 10:04 pm

So, Cameron resigns because he can’t “lead” the UK through an EU exit because he was against the exit. So the Conservatives then select someone who was against Brexit as a replacement?

WTH was the point of Cameron resigning?

Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: July 1, 2016, 11:37 pm

A shame it won’t go to Hannan. I like that guy.

Comment from Nina
Time: July 2, 2016, 4:03 am

Dang, I wish I only had to do a quick defrost! I had to replace my heating/AC system today. Well, it’s being done on Tuesday, but same as. Turns out the previous owner lied about quite a few things, including the AC. Totally not up to code and borderline trashing the “attic.” Last year I had to replace the fridge. The year before that the washer and dryer. Sigh.

At least they’re all up to the new federal and state rules for such things, and I’ve increased the value of my house by a buck or two. Frightfully expensive!

Comment from David Gillies
Time: July 3, 2016, 5:30 pm

Andrea Leadsom is miles better than May. And we are in the middle of a series of political upsets. Brexit itself, of course, then Cameron falling on his sword, then Boris dropping out.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 3, 2016, 9:22 pm

I always liked Hannan, Scott, though there were quiet and persistent rumors that he was a bit of a phony. Then, immediately after the Brexit vote, the made a statement to the effect that “this doesn’t change anything in terms of immigration” and everyone was all WTF?

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: July 4, 2016, 1:11 am

So my input is limited to SkyNews, DailyMail, and local sources — but it sure looks like everyone but Nigel is running full tilt away from implementing Brexit!

After all, 48% of the Britons love the EU and want to stay with it, and their views must be respected, right? Thats what the PM contenders are saying.

I’m thinking 2 years from now, the Belgian guy will still be dictating the size of English tea pots, how many fish the Cornwall guys can catch, and how many Syrian/Ugandan Muslims must be allowed to collect their benefits in Shropshire.

Maybe another referendum is needed? “Did we really mean Brexit? Yes or No.”

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 4, 2016, 6:08 pm

Bad news, tom: Nigel resigned today. From, like, politics.

The danger of that pack of howler monkeys refusing to implement Brexit is very real, though.

Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: July 4, 2016, 10:40 pm

“Then, immediately after the Brexit vote, the made a statement to the effect that “this doesn’t change anything in terms of immigration” and everyone was all WTF?”

Well, he isn’t wrong. If Parliament wanted to DOUBLE immigration, it could. He just wants it to be a solely UK decision, and I’m 100% behind that.

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