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Comments about what’s going on in political life … … Please note that views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Health Concern or of it’s Councillors or members - but enjoy them - or ignore them (!) It’s your choice.

Local

Wyre Forest and West Midlands

Ahhh .. .. those idyllic sounds of the country-side which urban dwellers travel miles to hear (when they’re allowed to leave their Covid-ghettos). On the one side of the riverbank, in neighbouring Kingsland, near Leominster, could be heard the scratching of heads as puzzled representatives of agencies such as the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission, West Mercia Police, Herefordshire Council and a local BBC film crew emerged from the woodwork to “urgently investigate” apparent “vandalism on a grand scale” as the waters of the River Lugg could now be seen (shock-horror); accompanied by the droning of drones as they searched the area for .. whatever they were searching for, and the blatant bleating of uber-concerned environmental ‘woke-persons’. On the other bank there’s the sound of Farmer John Price’s 16-ton bulldozer ‘winding slowly o’er the lea’ back to his farm to the applause of the local villagers whose homes have suffered flooding (which the ‘Environment’ Agency has done nothing to alleviate); and the gentle fluttering of a letter of ‘Thanks’ through his letterbox from the local Parish Council who asked for the work to be undertaken. Farmer John, born and raised at Day Farm, is the local landowner with a life-long responsibility to the land - and the river; more so than those who are just ‘passing through’ Herefordshire and employed there, temporarily. What would Vole and Ratty have made of it all ? “Toot-toot .. .. what a hoot ! ___________________ Anybody smell petrol ? An American B-52 bomber which departed Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, ahead of a long-range show of force over the Middle East, ‘lost’ one of its eight engines and circled, dumping fuel over Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, while preparing for an emergency landing at RAF Fairford – 6pm Thursday 3rd Dec. The aircraft was forced to circle for more than three hours to reduce the amount of fuel on board to reduce weight and take stress off its landing gear. A U2 spy plane had earlier landed at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. The long-range, subsonic, jet-powered B52 strategic bomber has been operated by the United States Air Force since the 1950s and is capable of carrying up to 70,000 pounds of weapons while flying at a combat range of more than 8,800 miles without aerial re- fuelling. It puts one on mind of a conversation between the Berlin control tower and a (single- engined) fighter pilot who had declared an emergency due to low fuel levels and asked for landing priority – which was refused because a B52 had declared a ‘Mayday’ having ‘lost’ an engine. “Ahhh .. .. the ‘dreaded’ seven engine approach !” he was reported to have communicated. For the pedants amongst us, the B52 now uses a blend of synthetic fuel with JP8 aviation fuel.

National

Throughout the UK

The ‘alleged’ Margaret Ferrier, the ‘alleged’ Scottish MP, who allegedly (.. like Ian Hislop, it is alleged that one can never be too careful when people who are allegedly lawyers are around) broke Covid rules by making an 800 mile round journey on public transport while suffering with the virus, has been charged by po _ lice (as they’re called ‘north of the border). The 60-year-old (perhaps age matters ? .. perhaps not ?) represents Rutherglen and Hamilton West and is the first major public figure to face prosecution in connection with an alleged coronavirus breach possibly facing a maximum five year prison sentence if convicted. She had the SNP whip removed after it emerged that she had allegedly travelled from Glasgow to London on September 28 despite experiencing Covid-19 symptoms two days earlier and waiting on test results; and gave a speech in the House of Commons (that’s fact .. its recorded in Hansard); then, having received a positive coronavirus test result, chose to return to Glasgow by train instead of self isolating. So it’s Scottish lady ‘number one’ arrested and charged with culpable and reckless conduct. Who’s next ? _________________ And, speaking about ‘Number One Ladies” .. did anyone else see that ‘news clip’ on the Beeb ? The one where Scotland’s ‘First Minister’ was stood at a rostrum, droning-on (like a beginner’s bagpipe class), and “punctuating” her speech with hand and arm gesticulations (as politicians are taught to do .. see Tony ‘Orange-man’ Blair for a ‘Master- class’ .. ) While behind her stood another lady, ‘signing-away’ for the deaf and hard-of-hearing .. with a completely different series of hand and arm gesticulations. Talk about ‘tilting at windmills’ .. ! On the other hand, it could be more ‘drowning than waving’ with that ‘wee, timorous beastie’ of a politician’s plans ‘ganging aft a-gley’ (going often astray) with her highly- favoured EU putting fiscal barriers to her plan to re-enter their Union; and Shetland and Orkney likely to defect from her Independent Scotland, taking with them “their” oil and “their” fish stocks); and ‘England’ refusing to lend her “their currency” (the BGP £ Stirling). And, for ‘Sassenachs’ (the Englsih) and those Scots living ‘abroad’ in England, here’s a taste of Rabbie Burns .. But, Mousie, thou art no thy-lane, In proving foresight may be vain; The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!

International

Throughout the rest of the world

What will President Joe’s first job be now he’s back in the White House .. .. don’t forget, he’s been there before .. .. perhaps he’ll remember where things are ? Why .. .. to “Fill the Swamp, back up !” _________ What does Putin (or, for that matter, Kim or Xi Jinping) think will be next ? Why .. .. “Let’s make America Grovel, again !” _________ Seems strange that, in the American election, the “Final Campaign Push” was done with .. .. a Zimmer frame ? _________ “I look for a day when people will not be judged by the colour of their skin .. but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King “I looked for .. a woman .. a woman of colour .. to run for Vice President .. .. that right, Hon’ ?” Joe Biden _________ Time to play ‘Softball’ at the White House press conferences .. .. “Have you got a racquet, Hunter ?” _________

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